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City officially recognizes Myaamia

Members of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma were present with Mayor Richard Strick for a proclamation signing on Tuesday, Nov. 24, recognizing the Myaamia people and honoring their contributions. (Top photo, toprow, from left) are Kirk Strass and Haley Shey. (Bottom row, from left) are Diane Hunter, Kara Strass, Mayor Richard Strick, Sue Strass, Robert Miller, Rachel Cirullo and Katrina Mitten.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick met with members of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, signing a proclamation recognizing the Myaamia people and honoring their contributions.

In addition to Strass, attendees included Doug Peconge, community programming manager for the Cultural Resources Extension Office, and Diane Hunter, an officer with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

Christmas lights galore


TAB file photo.

Although COVID-19 has tampered with many holiday plans this year, the plan for a holiday lights display at Sunken Gardens this year still stands. The plan thus far is to have the light display start on Sunday, Nov. 29, according to the Huntington County Parks and Recreation Department. Featured is a 2019 photo of the famous recreation of the Wolf & Dessauer Merry Christmas Wreath, located at Sunken Gardens.

Preliminary hearing for Town of Andrews

Featured is the Adams County Circuit Court building, in Decatur, where the Andrews vs. Raytheon court case took place.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Testimony in the court case between the town of Andrews and Raytheon Technologies continued over the course of two days.

The court proceedings began on Monday, Nov. 9, and continued on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Both sides met from 1 p.m. to about 6:30 p.m, on Tuesday and picked right back up on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 18, going from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday’s court proceedings were spent wrapping up expert testimony for the side of Andrews, with the court hearing via remote the testimony of Dr. Kathleen Gilbert, a current adjunct professor at Colorado State University.

Huntington native premieres first short film

Stewart Elmore, director and writer of “West Park”, a short film, addresses his audience  during a question and answer session at GQT Huntington 7 theater after the first official screening of the movie on Saturday morning, Nov. 14.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Huntington native Stewart Elmore debuted his short film “West Park” at GQT Huntington 7 theater on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The first official screening was held with two showings, and Elmore addressed the audience after each showing in a question and answer session.

The film was contrived as Elmore’s thesis project and was part of his Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television Directing from Columbia College Chicago.

In winter 2019 he began script writing, and overall it took a year and a half for Elmore to complete the film.

Markle American Legion Post history

Larry Jenks, of Markle, stands with an American Legion seal that was donated to him by American Legion Post 85 of Huntington. The seal will be displayed in the Indiana Room in the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

At the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, there is a local history room that holds items such as Huntington North High School yearbooks, local funeral records, histories of surrounding towns, a microfilm reader and more. And soon, it will hold a history of two American Legion Posts that were once located in Markle.

Blessing Trees ready at area businesses

Karing for Kids, based out of Bluffton, has been assisting families in need within Wells and Huntington counties during Christmas time for 17 years through their Blessing Trees program.

Every year, school counselors and social service agencies refer families to Karing for Kids for assistance. Usually, in the beginning of November, churches, nursing homes, businesses and other organizations are able to set up a Blessing Tree. Participants may then choose items from the trees to shop for and drop off, or donate money so that volunteers may purchase the items.

Keep calm & swim on

Katie Blair, of Huntington, traveled to the island of St. Lucia for a 41-mile swim that started on Tuesday, Oct. 13, taking nearly 30 hours to complete.
Photo provided.

By KATELYNN FARLEY During her middle school years, Katie Blair, originally of Mannheim, Germany, and currently of Huntington, picked up swimming. She joined the German junior national team in triathlon, doing it professionally in her early twenties.

Blair moved to the U.S. in 2003, living in Colorado Springs, Colo., prior to her move to Indiana.

Pomp and Plenty set Nov. 7-8

Eryn Dolby, along with other members of the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, practice a piece on Wednesday, Oct. 21, after school. The Varsity Singers will present Pomp and Plenty to the public on Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Annually, the Huntington North High School choral department holds their Pomp and Plenty concert at the end of November, featuring the Varsity Singers, Varsity Brass and Viking Volume, along with the Varsity Crew.

Though COVID-19 has brought on changes for many groups, especially school groups and athletic groups, the HNHS choral department is doing what they can to ensure the students within the department have their time to shine and perform for the community this year.

Josie has a way with horses

Josie Eckert stands with some of her numerous awards won at different competitions through the years.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

Huntington North High School junior Josie Eckert had the best horse in Malcolm, a Paint showman.

“We had wanted a family horse for Josie,” Heather Eckert, Josie’s mother, said. “We bought him sight unseen when he was two weeks old. He came to us weaned and was immediately all over us. He loved being a horse, riding the trails and eating his favorite snacks, carrots.”

Josie added, “He was bratty. He could open doors. His personality was big. By the time he was two, he was a fancy horse.”

Quilting group creates 61 blankets for those in need

Three members of the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church quilting group, (from left) Joyce Gravely, Linda Hollowell and Barbara Spreen, all of Huntington, display one of the 61 quilts that have been made for those in need. The quilts were shipped to Maryland on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

For nearly 20 years now, quilters and creators of all skill levels have been gathering at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday mornings, making quilts for those in need.

Now, after working as much as possible during 2020, the group is ready to ship out 61 finished quilts to Maryland.

‘Two Mothers’ making masks for vets

Sitting with a few of the Purple Heart masks, created by Two Mothers of Two Purple Heart Sons, which are available at the VFW Post 2689 for Purple Heart recipients are (from left) Wade Perkins, Karen Wehr, Gloria Holzinger, Larry Shaw and Chuck Kuschel.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Two local women are giving back to veterans in their community, using their sewing and creativity skills to do so.

Karen Wehr, of Warren, and Gloria Holzinger, of Huntington, have a special connection, through their sons who have received the Purple Heart award.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, both Wehr and Holzinger were involved with making facemasks for the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.

Respect Life Month is October

October has been pronounced Respect Life month in Huntington County. Debbie Stoffel, treasurer for Right to Life in Huntington, stands with Mayor Richard Strick to display the Respect Life proclamation, which was signed on Friday, Oct. 2.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

A signing ceremony on Friday, Oct. 2, proclaimed October to be Respect Life Month in Huntington.

During the ceremony in the City Council Chambers, Mayor Richard Strick read and signed the proclamation, which states “human life in the fullness of its diverse panoply at any and every stage of development” is worthy of respect and protection.

Huntington has recognized Respect Life Month for the past 42 years.

Homecoming will look different at HNHS in 2020

2017 Huntington North High School Homecoming King nominee Robert Borland stands with his sister, Charlotte Borland, during halftime of the 2017 Homecoming game. HNHS homecoming will look a little different this year, as the 2020 parade has been canceled and the number of fans at the football game will be limited.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

As with many events in 2020, Huntington North High School’s 2020 Homecoming events, slated for Friday, Oct. 9, will look a little different due to COVID-19.

The most drastic change for this year will be the cancellation of the Homecoming parade. The decision to cancel the 2020 parade was made by members of the administration. This will be the second year in a row that the HNHS Homecoming parade has been canceled, as the 2019 parade was unable to be held due to poor weather conditions.

3rd generation of Rader family now selling produce in county

Wayne Rader (from left) and his daughter and son-in-law, Ryan and Katelyn Shuttleworth, are the second and third generations of the Rader family to sell produce in Huntington County.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

The crisp Fall air and the gentle dew on the pumpkins contrasts with the fragrance of fresh-picked cantaloupe and sweet corn at Loon Creek Valley Farms in Banquo in the southwest corner of Huntington County.

Easy to find just south of Ind.-124 on Ind.-105, the colorful vegetable stand lures passersby to stop and revel in the bounty.

Behind the beauty of the early fall harvest is a long family tradition. Current owners Katelyn and Ryan Shuttleworth are the third generation of Raders to offer produce in Huntington County.

SRO Whitman explains his role in Hgtn. schools

tanding in downtown Huntington with his police car is school resource officer Ben Whitman. Whitman graduated from Huntington North High School in 2009 and is now a school resource officer there.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) school resource officer (SRO) Ben Whitman may not have realized he was training for his job.

Whitman, a 2009 Huntington North High School (HNHS) grad, joined the Navy and studied business administration at Ivy Tech, but found his place at Pathfinder Services and as a paraprofessional working with emotionally disabled students at HNHS.

“Both jobs were rewarding,” he said.

Little did Whitman know he was preparing for a future with all HCCSC students.

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