Church’s century-plus-old windows get a little beauty treatment recently

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Sept. 13, 2012.

The 10 116-year-old stained glass windows at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church have received a little beauty treatment more than a century after their installation in the Huntington church.

The windows were placed in the church in 1896, and sometime after that it became apparent that the tall, narrow windows needed some protection.

A protective plexiglass covering was installed on the outer side of the stained glass to ward off "baseballs and stuff," says Rev. Ron Rieder the church's pastor.


Newest Huntington University DMA prof brings wealth of experience to ‘phase four’

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Originally published Sept. 10, 2012.

To Dawn Ford, the job description for a digital media arts professor at Huntington University read like the score of her favorite soundtrack.

Initially, though, the Ann Arbor, MI, native wasn't so sure that it was the right move at that time.

"Looking back over my career, this will be career phase number four," Ford says. "It's an exciting stage for me."


‘Page on Stage’ helps students appreciate literature

Photo by Andre. B. Laird

Originally published Sept. 6, 2012.

For most youth, the subject of Shakespeare - the language, cultural nuances and accents - make it difficult to appreciate the beauty of the literature.
Until they participate in a "Page on Stage" workshop.

The program, in its fourth year, is presented by Joel Froomkin and Rich Najuch, co-owners of The New Huntington Theatre.

"We present the program to schools in the surrounding counties," states Najuch. "We work with the Honeywell Center and LaFontaine Arts Council."


Kids seeing healthier, more nutritious foods in school cafeterias this year

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 3, 2012.

Students are seeing healthier and more nutritious foods in the cafeteria as they return to school this year.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which establishes new nutrition standards for school meals, is being implemented locally by Ken Akins, director of food service for Huntington County Community School Corporation.


Local street artist a success on scale that matters to him

Photo provided.

Originally published Aug. 30, 2012.

Travis Bruner isn't rich, and he never expects to be.

But he's happy.

"I just want to be an artist," he says.

His works hang from the walls of his tiny Huntington apartment; more pieces are stored in the back rooms.
His creations, he says, sell as fast as he finishes them.


Costs too high to have dinosaur survey, ditch books put to rest

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 27, 2012.

Elisha Frazier's quest to establish a drainage ditch in his corner of Huntington County is spelled out in a handwritten document dated Oct. 17, 1881.

The words are written in a firm hand, the loops and curlicues of the old-fashioned penmanship densely covering several pages. The narrative is uninterrupted by scribbled-out words or blank spaces, yet entire phrases are undecipherable by the modern eye.

"They're not the easiest things to read," says Huntington County Surveyor Jay Poe, in whose care the document rests.


HU’s Hammel trades comfort zone for strike zone this summer

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Originally publilshed Aug. 23, 2012.

This summer, Jamon Hammel traded his comfort zone for a strike zone.

Hammel, of Andrews, a senior shortstop for the Huntington University baseball team, departed Andrews over Memorial Day weekend for Niagara Falls, NY, where he played baseball for the Niagara Power of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL).


Two-week 4-H exchange trip to Poland tops list for Huntington resident’s vacation

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Originally published Aug. 16, 2012.

When most teenagers think of how to spend their summers, a two-week trip to Poland doesn't top the list.

Unless you're Huntington resident Rhyan Geiger, who spent June 25 through July 8 in Poland as part of a team of 4-H exchange students.

Geiger says the yearly program is familiar to her family.

"We have previously hosted exchange students from Poland and Japan," she says. "Our team of nine had kids from Allen and Wells counties, one from Plymouth and another from Indianapolis."