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HU sees multiple campus improvements

Several areas of Huntington University are starting to see major changes, including the newly re-imagined Huntington Union Building (HUB) and the demolition of the Administration Annex building, featured above.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The campus of Huntington University has been experiencing quite a few major changes in recent months, with the most recent being the tearing down of the Administration Annex in the center of campus.

According to Dr. Russ Degitz, the university’s chief operating officer, the building has been scheduled to be taken down for “quite some time” as part of the plan to grow and re-imagine the Huntington University campus as a whole. Demolition officially began on Monday, July 12.

Tribute to Fallen Soldiers travels through Huntington

Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest gifted the family of Army Specialist Chad D. Clements with a Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service and a photo canvas on Wednesday, July 21, on their memorial motorcycle ride. Featured are (from left) Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest Executive Director Warren Williamson, along with Chad’s stepfather, Ed Tarter; mother, Anne Tarter; and sister Danielle Clements.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

The Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride traveled through Huntington on Wednesday, July 21, to honor Army Specialist Chad D. Clements, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010.

This is the 12th annual motorcycle ride that Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest has put on. For this ride, they will honor 75 fallen service members as they cross 18 different states and travel a little over 5,000 miles one way.

The ride began in Eugene, OR, where they lit the memorial flame that will stay burning throughout the entire journey.

Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County gets ‘refreshed’ July 15

Members of the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Huntington County play a round of 9 square, a game donated by Aaron’s during their second “refresh” of the BGC teen center on Thursday, July 15.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

The Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Huntington County revealed new renovations to the teen center on Thursday, July 15. Aaron’s, a corporate sponsor of BGC, supplied the second “refresh” for the teen center, the first being about five years ago. This is the first time Aaron’s has ever done a “refresh” twice in one BGC location.

For this round of renovations, Aaron’s provided new furniture and technology for the teen center to help the teens do their homework and have a place to hang out with friends.

Lake Clare Fitness Park has re-opened

Kris Boyer climbs over one of the obstacles at the Lake Clare Fitness Park during its official re-opening, which took place on Thursday, July 15.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Thursday, July 15, citizens from Huntington and the surrounding areas flocked to Lake Clare for the re-opening of the Lake Clare Fitness Park.

This event comes a little more than a year after the park was closed due to a Fort Wayne woman suing Huntington Township for neglect after her child suffered a broken arm while using the equipment at the fitness park.

O’Donnell Center receives blessing July 13

Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Catholic Diocese Fort Wayne-South Bend, blesses the O’Donnell Center on Tuesday, July 13. The O’Donnell Center was officially transferred from the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters to Huntington County that evening and will be home to Huntington County Community Corrections and Parkview Behavioral Health Institute.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Leaders and citizens of the community gathered together at the Our Lady of Victory Missionary (OLVM) Sisters Victory Noll on Tuesday, July 13, to celebrate the blessing of the brand new O’Donnell Center at Victory Noll, which was officially transferred from the OLVM to Huntington County on Friday, April 23.

Now, Huntington County Community Corrections and Parkview Behavioral Health Institute will call the O’Donnell Center home and will provide programming and opportunities to improve the lives of Huntington County residents in need.

Bear & Beak Bakery officially opens to public

Bakery owner Sharon Metzger reaches into the Bear & Beak Bakery case to pull out a baked good for a customer on Friday, July 2.
Photo by Laura Caicedo

Editor’s note: Caicedo is a Huntington University student who wrote this article for a Journalism Practicum class and submitted it to The TAB for publication.

It’s a cool summer Friday morning, and people are milling in and out of The Collector’s Box off Warren Street with plastic see-through boxes filled with different assorted pastries: cinnamon buns, cake by the piece, cupcakes, etc.

As you go down the stairs and look at the door window that reads “Bear & Beak Bakery,” you know you are in for a treat.

Farley promoted to editor of The TAB

Huntington County TAB Reporter Katelynn Farley was officially promoted to editor on Tuesday, June 29, her one-year anniversary with the newspaper.

Farley graduated from Huntington North High School (HNHS) in 2015 and continued her education at Huntington University (HU) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism.

Farley has lived in Huntington County her whole life.

Middle schoolers learn about renewable energy

Micah Sampson (left), a Renewable Energy Camp participant, displays one of the pieces of solar equipment that campers learned about and discusses the equipment with Huntington County Commissioner Terry Stoffel.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

During the last week in June, area middle school students gathered at Lincoln Elementary School for the Huntington Summer Renewable Energy Camp, which was a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) summer camp.

A total of 14 campers took part in the four-day camp, learning about different kinds of renewable energy. On Thursday, July 1, campers presented their very own model cities to members of the community, complete with diagrams of wind turbines, solar panels, dams and more.

Local teacher earns special scholarship

A local elementary school teacher recently had the opportunity to earn her master’s in curriculum and instruction through Western Governors University (WGU) Indiana and their Online Access Scholarship (OAS).

Kayla Whitacre, originally from Missouri, started off her teaching career in Fort Wayne, where she taught eighth grade language arts for two years. After that, she taught fourth grade at Lancaster Elementary School in Huntington for two years, until it closed. She then moved to Salamonie Elementary School and has taught fourth grade there for four years.

Freedom Riders host ride to benefit OCB

On Saturday, June 26, Freedom Riders Chapter 5 hosted a ride to benefit Operation Combat Bikesaver (OCB), a nonprofit organization based out of Crown Point.

According to OCB’s website, their mission statement is, “To lower the suicide rate by providing a therapeutic motorcycle workshop for veterans suffering from PTSD/TBI and/or depression.”

Veteran of the Quarter honored

Glen “Woody” Schnitz  (center) poses with several of those who were present for the first-ever Veteran of the Quarter award ceremony, which took place on Thursday, June 24, at the Huntington County Courthouse. They are (from left) Keith Eller, Phil Hibbert, Terry Stoffel, Tom Wall, Richard Strick, Rob Miller and Tim Eckert.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Huntington County Commissioners Rob Miller, Tom Wall and Terry Stoffel, along with Mayor Richard Strick, Sheriff Chris Newton and other members of the community gathered together outside of the Huntington County Courthouse on Thursday, June 24, to commemorate the first Veteran of the Quarter award.

American Legion celebrates milestone

Olin Roberts addresses those present at the American Legion Post No. 7 Centennial celebration that took place on Saturday, June 19.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The American Legion Post No. 7 in Huntington celebrated its Centennial anniversary on Saturday, June 19.

The event started out with a prayer by Chaplain Ed Hippensteel. During his prayer, Hippensteel spoke of the gratitude for the legion post, as well as for the sacrifices of the veterans and members who serve the post.

Abbett family cuts ribbon on June 20

The Abbett family, along with Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Steve Yoder (fourth from left) cut the ribbon to celebrate the re-opening of the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park in Huntington on Sunday, June 20. Featured are (from left) Zaira Finderson, Roger Finderson, Connie Abbett, Yoder, D’Artagnan Finderson, Terra Finderson, Delaney Finderson and Traci Ross.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

On Sunday June 20, the Abbett family gathered at Drover Park in Huntington to rededicate the newly renovated Terry R. Abbett Splash Park.

Terry Abbett served as the Huntington County Commissioner from 1996 to 1999 and as a Huntington County Councilman from 1992 to 1995. He also served as Huntington Mayor for two terms from 2000 to 2007.

During his time as mayor, Terry wanted to bring this project to life.

“Terry had this vision of a place where people could come have fun in the summer and wouldn’t have to pay for anything,” Terry’s wife, Connie Abbett, said.

Roanoke native strives to chase childhood dreams

Alex Underwood, of Roanoke, graduated from Columbia College Chicago this spring and plans to dive right into the world of stunt work this summer.
Photo provided.

“My whole life growing up, I wanted to be in the arts. Sometimes, what I wanted to do changed, but it was always art. I wanted to be a rockstar, a painter, photographer, musician, movie star, fashion designer . . . the list goes on. But whenever someone asked ‘what do you want to be?’ the answer always had something to do with art.”

Emley couple extends their catering biz to a food truck

Brad (left) and Sarah Emley stand in front of their recently acquired food truck for their business BEE-BQ. The couple has been catering for almost 10 years, but decided to branch out to a food truck this year.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

After almost 10 years of catering, Brad and Sarah Emley decided to bring their BBQ business to the road by buying a food truck.

Their business, BEE-BQ, started in 2012 when they catered a graduation party for a family member.

“It created a lot of interest and people wanting the same thing for private parties. It kind of started from there,” Brad said. “We just really enjoy outdoor cooking in general.”