Government meetings calendar March 30-April 3

Monday, March 30
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Wednesday, April 1
Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Markle Municipal Building, 135 W. Sparks St.

Friday, April 3
Huntington Redevelopment Commission, 10 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.


DAR scrapbooks now in Indiana Room files

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented scrapbooks of the chapter’s history to Joan Keefer of the Indiana Room in the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Pictured are (front row from left) Judy Kaltenmark,
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered Wednesday, March 18 in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library to donate a collection of scrapbooks.

Shirley Peiffer Brown, registrar and vice-regent of the Huntington DAR, has assembled the scrapbooks over a period of seven years, working on documenting the chapter's 112-year history.

Brown says, "We're putting the books here to preserve in the Indiana Room. We want people to know that the Samuel Huntington Chapter is alive and well."


Funding offered to providers

Organizations that offer emergency food and shelter programs within Huntington County are invited to submit an application for review by the local board of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Huntington County United Way director Pat Horoho facilitates the local FEMA board, which is composed of members of several religious and charitable organizations.

Huntington County is eligible to receive $17,000 from FEMA to use for emergency food and shelter programs.

For more information or to submit an application, call Horoho at the United Way, 356-6160.

Shelter staff, board race to sell fund-raiser items

Employees at the Huntington County Humane Shelter have issued a challenge to Humane Society board members in an effort to bring in some needed funds to help them continue their mission.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Randy Rider (left) and Bill Finley (right), of Lime City Manufacturing, accept Love I.N.C.’s “Heart of a Servant” award from Jack Scheiber (center). The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday, March 18, in honor of Scheiber’s late wife Dorothy Scheiber, who spent 25 years working with the food pantries at Love I.N.C. and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Lime City donates a truck used by Love I.N.C. once a month to transport donated goods.

Service honored

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jack Scheiber (left) presents Love I.N.C.'s "Heart of a Servant" award to Paul Okuly, a long-time volunteer at the agency. The award, presented in memory of Scheiber's late wife Dorothy Scheiber, was presented Wednesday, March 18, at the organization's annual meeting.

Students place in state Machine Trades Contest

Huntington North High School vocational students (from left) Brian Bogner, Tony Sitton, Austin Clark and Michael Lewis recently participated in the Indiana Statewide Machines Trades Contest, where they won $4,550 in scholarships, tools and software.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Members of the Huntington North Vocational Machine Trades class recently participated in the 48th Annual Indiana Statewide Machines Trades Contest.

Brian Bogner, Tony Sitton, Michael Lewis and Austin Clark won awards in the event, held on Feb. 28 at Vincennes University.
Bogner placed second overall in the advanced division (second year students) and received scholarships and tools valued at $3,000.

TCU in a festive mood

TCU — Teachers Credit Union — will serve as sponsor of this year's Huntington Heritage Days celebration. Sandy Seacott of TCU (right) is shown with several members of the Heritage Days Steering Committee.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teachers Credit Union is once again sponsoring Huntington's Heritage Days, which will be held June 17-28 this summer.

This is the second year the business has served as corporate sponsor of the event.

The theme for the 2009 Heritage Days festival is "Celebrate Our Town." The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce organizes a number of events and activities, while a host of other groups sponsor a variety of other events.

Huntington's city-wide spring cleanup will begin on April 6

Huntington's city-wide cleanup returns this spring with curbside pick-up of items residents no longer want.

The city has traditionally held both spring and fall cleanup, offering both curbside pick-up and free dumping at the city landfill. Last fall, however, the city dropped curbside pick-up, citing rising fuel costs and other expenses, and offered only free dumping at the landfill.

Sheets Museum to raffle four-wheeler and guns

These specimens from the Rocky Mountain area of the United States and Canada will be on display through the end of March at the Sumner Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center, 200 Safari Trail, Huntington.
Photo provided.

The Sumner Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center now has tickets available for its 2009 Mega Raffle.

Winners will be drawn during the annual Sumner Sheets Fundraising Banquet, to be held on Sept. 12.

The top prize in the 2009 Mega Raffle is a Yamaha four-wheeler. Other prizes to be given away include a Mossburg 20-gauge over/under shotgun and a Marlin .44-caliber Magnum rifle.

Extension service to again sponsor Ag Day for third-graders

The Huntington County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will again sponsor Ag Day on March 24 at Hier's Park for all third grade students in Huntington County.

Students will get to see several animals, but the emphasis will be on learning about the importance of agriculture in their lives.

With trophy in hand, Varsity Singers head to state

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers are shown during their chanpionship performance Sataurday, March 14, at the Homestead Classic Showcase show choir invitational.
Photo provided.

Huntington North High School musicians capped an award-winning weekend with a grand champion trophy won by the Varsity Singers at the Homestead Classic Showcase Saturday, March 14, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

Also last weekend, the Varsity Singers received an invitation to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association state show choir competition March 21 in Indianapolis.

HCCSC to get upgrade to its wide area network

Technology at most local schools will soon get a boost in Internet speed as school officials recently approved an upgrade to its wide area network.

Information about the proposed upgrade was first presented to the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees on Jan. 12, but since that time a few changes were made and a new proposal was presented to and unanimously approved by the board on March 9. Tom Ashley, HCCSC's director of technology, has been looking into the upgrades for the corporation for several years.

HNHS graduation set for June 5

Huntington North High School seniors and their parents can finally proceed with making plans as the graduation date for the class of 2009 has now been set.

Commencement for this year's seniors will be held in the Huntington North gymnasium on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The date and time have been posted online and can be found by going to the school corporation's Web site at, then clicking on the "Visit our schools" link and choosing "Huntington North High School."

Story of Huntington's ice cream plant to be told Monday, March 16

The first Cloverleaf Creamery truck to deliver ice cream to stores is shown on a Huntington street about 1921. Cloverleaf Creamery, now known as Good Humor-Breyers, will be the topic of a Huntington County Historical Society program on Monday, March 16.
Photo provided.

The story of Huntington's (IN) ice cream plant will be told during a program on Monday, March 16, at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington.

"Out in the Cold: Cloverleaf-Sealtest Ice Cream Company" will be presented at 7 p.m.

Bill Abbott, who worked at Sealtest for seven years, will share some of his memories of the company. A representative of Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream will also speak.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the program.

City council slightly raises fines for some ordinance violations

The Huntington Common Council met Tuesday, March 10, and adopted an ordinance, which had been introduced at a previous meeting, resulting in a slight increase in fines for violations of some city ordinances.

The council consolidated fines for violations of ordinances into one chapter in the city's Code of Ordinances. The fines were previously scattered throughout various sections of the book.

A slight increase in some fines was also approved, including a $5 increase for a parking ticket. The fine now stands at $10.

Salvation Army approaching 2/3 of funds needed for unemployment help

As of Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., the Salvation Army of Huntington County has received $5,500 in donations and pledges toward securing up to $18,000 for matching funds for the recently unemployed in the county.

Capt. Tim Sell reported that major contributors "publicly rallying with their support" up to that point have been the United Way of Huntington County, $2,000; Pilchers Chapel United Methodist Church, with a pledge of at least $1,000; and Victory Noll sisters.

Schools, county will work together on signs

School and county officials are working together to correct signage problems and deficiencies regarding school zones and speed limits on county roads near local schools.

County Commissioners' President Tom Wall and County Highway Superintendent Troy Hostetler presented information on the issue to the Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees during their regular meeting Monday night, March 9.

Local Salvation Army seeking to match funds to help local unemployed

Due to the sharp increase in unemployment in Huntington County, The Salvation Army has established Hoosier Help for Hardship, a community partnership and a grant opportunity which could mean as much as $27,000 in assistance for the newly unemployed and their families.

4-H benefit auction returns this year

The Huntington County 4-H Benefit Auction returns this year, featuring a pork chop dinner and auction items ranging from a birdhouse to an aluminum livestock truck bed box.

The benefit auction will be held Saturday, March 21, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park. The evening begins with a 5 p.m. meal starring the same smoked pork chops that are served each summer at the 4-H Fair, says Luke Vickrey, co-chairman of the benefit auction.

The auction begins at 6:30 p.m., following the meal.

Haunts return in time for spring break

Pat Yeater works on one of the displays that will be in the Haunted Hotel's casket room. The hotel will be open for spring on March 13, 14, 20 and 21, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Looking for something to do this spring but don't have the money to travel?

Look no further than downtown Huntington, where the Jaycees' Haunted Hotel 13th Floor will be open for a spring break edition of "Ghouls Gone Wild."

The Jaycees have operated a haunted building in several locations in Huntington over the past 40 years. The group moved into the current location at 511 N. Jefferson St., where the Haunted Hotel was set up, nearly a decade ago, says Brett Molitor, manager of the Haunted Hotel.

Daylight savings time arrives Sunday

It's time to change time.

Much of the United States - Indiana included - will switch to daylight-saving time in the wee hours of Sunday, March 8.

Officially, Hoosiers are instructed to wait until 2 a.m. Sunday and, when the clock hits the 2 o'clock hour, move it forward to 3 a.m. - skipping an entire hour. The change makes sunrise arrive later in the morning and sunset arrive later in the evening.

Classmates seeking Jefferson Twp. School/South Upper Elementary alumni

Five former classmates from 44 years ago are looking for other Jefferson Township School/ South Upper Elementary alumni who attended the school between 1964 and 1968.

The classmates are planning a reunion for Saturday, May 30 at the Fabulous 105 and want to make sure all alumni have been invited. They also encourage alumni to visit a Web site set up exclusively for them where they can update their addresses and other personal information.

Red Cross Exective Director speaks

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mike Rohler, executive director of the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, speaks during the annual banquet on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Local Red cross president speaks

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Annette Carroll, president of the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, speaks Saturday night, Feb. 28, at the annual Red Cross banquet.

Joenita Keller earns recogntion for her years of service to Extension, 4-H

Joenita Keller (left) receives the Friends of Extension Award from Janell Brubaker during the Huntington County Extension Service's annual dinner meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Huntington County/Purdue Extension Office held its annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

A business meeting was held at 6:30 p.m., prior to a poverty simulation conducted by the office.

Janell Brubaker presented, on behalf of the Extension Board, the first annual Friend of Extension award to Joenita Keller.

Keller is a 45-year 4-H leader. She has been an Extension club member since 1963 and has served on the Extension board and numerous committees.

Firefighters will hone skills at new Huntington training site

Originally published Feb. 12, 2009.

A firefighter training facility, paid for with a state grant, could begin drawing firefighters from throughout northeast Indiana and beyond to Huntington as soon as this summer.

The training facility will be located on five acres behind the Huntington County Highway Department, says Brandon Taylor, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency. Although the highway garage is on Riverside Drive, he says, the entrance to the training facility will be off Indiana Street.

Emergency communications to change

Brandon Taylor, director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, holds of the new 800 megahertz radios now being used by emergency responders throughout Huntington County.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Feb. 12, 2009.

That police scanner in the kitchen will soon become obsolete.

Local officials are continuing to make progress in upgrading equipment that will provide all emergency departments in the county the greatest ability to communicate in the event of a crisis.

That new equipment operates on a frequency that is not compatible with the old-style police scanners.

School board approves requests

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees approved several requests during the board's regular meeting on Feb. 23, 2009.

They include:
• A field trip request for the Huntington North High School (HNHS) baseball team to participate in the Northern Indiana Baseball tournament in Elkhart April 10-11.

• The resignation of Alex Kock, a physical education teacher at HNHS.

Markle to move forward with water tower project

The Markle Town Council decided Wednesday, Feb. 18, to move forward with a proposed water tower project.

Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering Inc. representatives John Canton and David Harvey were at the meeting to present funding possibilities and to explain the general process of the project.

The project to create a 200,000-gallon elevated water tower and connect a water main is expected to take until the end of 2010 to complete.