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YSB raises awareness

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) has partnered with several entities to bring about child abuse prevention awareness this week, April 12 through 16. Featured, YSB intern Nicole Smith places blue pinwheels in the ground at YSB.
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The Huntington County Department of Child Services (DCS),  the Youth Services Bureau (YSB), along with the Prevention of Child Abuse Council organized by SCAN and various social service agencies and departments have shared some important information pertaining to child abuse and neglect in Huntington County.  

“During the week of April 12 through 16, blue pinwheels will be displayed throughout Huntington County as a reminder to us all that all children deserve to have safe, healthy childhoods,” stated Kerri Baker, DCS.

Ella Chic and F&F open store

Ella Chic Boutique Owner Stacy Callahan (left) and Flourish & Flounce LLC Owner Candice Munson cut the ribbon to celebrate opening a joint brick-and-mortar store at 247 N. Main St., Roanoke.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Ella Chic Boutique and Flourish & Flounce LLC had the official ribbon cutting for the opening of their joint brick and mortar store on Thursday, April 1, at 247 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Ella Chic Boutique Owner Stacy Callahan started her business as online only five years ago. After a few months, she decided to do pop-up events instead.

A year into doing pop-up events, Callahan bought a mobile boutique and ran that for a couple of years.

Josh Hart sets record with debut Top Fuel drag race

Huntington native Josh Hart competed in his debut Top Fuel drag race and was marked as the fourth person in history to win their debut event.
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Huntington native and racecar driver Josh Hart has made a big splash in the professional racing world, debuting in his Top Fuel racing career at the Amalie Motor Oil National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Gatornationals race that took place from Thursday, March 11, through Sunday, March 14, at the Gainseville Raceway in Gainseville, FL.

Even more importantly, Hart won his debut event, marking him as the fourth racer in NHRA history to do such a thing.

Wheels Workshop meets

Cooper Jackson jumps over an obstacle in his skates during the Saturday, March 27, Wheels Workshop event that took place at the 4-H Family Living building.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Saturday, March 27, a group of local biking, skateboarding, scootering and skating enthusiasts gathered at the 4-H Family Living building for a “Wheels Workshop,” which is the first event in a three-part series.

The workshop, which is a partnership between the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) and Purdue Extension, is funded by a grant through the Indiana State Department of Health. The grant was awarded to the school corporation to promote the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program, which seeks to increase movement before, during and after school.

Trammel joins at The Nail Station

Massage Therapist Bekah Trammel recently joined The Nail Station team. She provides a wide variety of massage options to her clients. The Nail Station is located at 317 Hauenstein Road, Suite 103, Huntington.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

The Nail Station has expanded their business reach by adding Massage Therapist Bekah Trammel to their team.

Trammel has been a massage therapist for one year. She earned her Associate’s of Applied Science in therapeutic massage from Ivy Tech.

Along with her degree, Trammel is also working toward certifications in canine and equine massage.

She states that she loves animals, and is hoping to help them through massage as well.

Joyful Songsters coming together

Several members of the Joyful Songsters group rehearse "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong on Monday, March 22.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The Community Choirs of Huntington County (CCHC) have a place for anyone and everyone interested in using their singing voices. One choir under the CCHC umbrella, known as the Joyful Songsters, is “designed to provide an integrated choral experience for those with and without disabilities” and is open to any teen or adult that wishes to participate.

Massage therapy open

Mekale Julian, licensed massage therapist, is practicing out of her studio “Align Massage Therapy” located at 472 W. Park Drive, Huntington.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

Mekale Julian, licensed massage therapist, has been working out of her new studio “Align Massage Therapy” since Jan. 1.

Previously, she worked at Hidden Moon Studio, in Huntington.

She works a lot with chronic pain, she says.

“I have a lot of people that have chronic issues that we work with. We try to improve them and get them through as best as we can.

“I have a lot of people who respond really well from that. Their quality of life is much better from it.”

She has been licensed since 2018, by Indiana Wellness College.

JROTC volunteers at humane society

Huntington North High School Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) students volunteered their time on Saturday, March 20, to the Huntington County Humane Society.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

Cadets from the Huntington North High School (HNHS) Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) have come to the aid of the Huntington County Humane Society, volunteering their time to help the humane society update their building.

Most recently, the cadets volunteered on Saturday, March 20, knocking out some major projects at the humane society.

Centennial business passed on

The Brockhaus family bought the Young’s Cafe and opened for business on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Pictured are owners (from left) Tim, Rachael and Rod Brockhaus.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

After over 100 years of ownership, the Young family officially sold Young’s Cafe to brothers Tim and Rod Brockhaus and Rod’s wife Rachael, on Nov. 2, 2020.

The previous owners, Larry and Sharon Young, made the decision to sell the business after finding that no one in their family wanted to take ownership once they retired.

‘The Starry Night’ delights

On Monday, March 15, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (second from left) collaborated with Pathfinder Services artists to create “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. Pictured are (back row, from left) April England, Elisha Martin, Jennifer Hardacre and Pathfinder Services Activity Specialist Sarah Schwab; and (front row, from left) Kathryn Griffin, Strick, Angel Shepperd, Marcia Sommers, Mary Solloway and Matthew Hartley.
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Pathfinder Services and the City of Huntington are collaborating on several events to celebrate March as Disability Awareness Month.

On Monday, March 15, Mayor Richard Strick worked on a painting with nine artists and Activity Specialist Sarah Schwab at Pathfinder Services Creative Abilities, which is located in the art studio at the Café of Hope, at Life Church, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

“We recognize that there are folks in our community who are living with challenges that some of us don’t experience the same way and they are a real blessing to us,” says Strick.

Lake Clare park remains closed

The Lake Clare Fitness Park is closed to the public. The park has been closed since June 2020. Huntington Township Trustee E.J. Carroll hopes the park will reopen soon.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Lake Clare Fitness Park has been officially closed since early June 2020, after a tort claim was filed against the park.

A tort claim is a civil wrong that causes a claimant to suffer loss or harm, resulting in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act. The claimant is typically seeking to obtain a private civil remedy, most commonly, money damages.

2021 senior class might have ‘normal’ celebrations

Prom, post-prom and graduation will all take place during the last weekend in May for the Huntington North High School's class of 2021. All events will take place at HNHS.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

On March 13, 2020, Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) superintendent Chad Daugherty announced that the corporation would be closed until April 10, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

At that time, the impression was that students would be able to return to classes as normal on April 13. Little did they know, the remainder of the spring 2020 semester would be spent learning virtually as COVID-19 numbers continued to climb in the community. Seniors at Huntington North

Hgtn.’s Learning Center growing

Tossing out the first scoops of dirt at the Huntington County Community Learning Center’s groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday afternoon, March 4, are (from left) Tiffanney Drummond, director, The Learning Center; Chad Daugherty, superintendent, Huntington County Community School Corporation; Jay Peters, director of curriculum, HCCSC; and Rief Gilg, principal, Huntington North High School. The project will add over 20,000 square feet to the career and technical eduacation building.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The ground was broken on Thursday, March 4, at The Huntington County Community Learning Center (LC).

A $4.5 million addition, slated to wrap up in September, is now underway.

“We are doing an expansion of our current facility,” explains Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Chad Daugherty.
“We will be going from 29,306 square feet to 49,784 square feet. So, we are adding on 20,478 square feet to help out with our programs for career and technical education (CTE).”

Prime time to spot bald eagles in area

Rebecca (left), Emily (center) and Conrad Day participate in the last Eagle Watch of the year on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Salamonie Lake. These events are put on by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services every year in January and February.
Photo by Emily Wyatt.

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services (UWIS) held their last Eagle Watch of the year on Feb. 27, starting at Salamonie Lake and traveling to several other locations. This is the 14th year UWIS has hosted these events. Locals of all ages gathered to see the birds in their natural habitat.

In this area, January and February are the best months to see many eagles at one time.

“They come to the reservoir area in the winter because we are always releasing water from the lakes, so there’s always fishing locations here,” Interpretive Naturalist Manager of UWIS Teresa Rody said.