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Teijin Automotive breaks ground

Teijin Automotive Technologies broke ground today to expand the capabilities at its Huntington, Indiana, facility, adding a topcoat line and assembly area.

These additions will enhance the capabilities of the company’s Huntington facility, which currently include compression molding, bonding, water jetting, sanding, and priming.

Humane Society hosts adoption event

One of the dogs looking for a furever home at HCHS’s mobile dog adoption event was Eliza, pictured with HCHS board member Allison Caley. Eliza’s adoption fee is sponsored.
Photo by Lyla Spath

Adoptable dogs from Huntington County Humane Society came out to meet the public at Orscheln’s Farm & Home in Huntington May 7 in hopes of finding their furever family.

“We wanted to give the dogs another opportunity to meet the community in a different way,” said HCHS board member Allison Caley.

“This is a really good experience for the dogs and gets them out of the shelter environment,” she said.
HCHS is a no-kill shelter. They usually have an average of 10 – 15 dogs and 20 cats available for adoption.

Huntington native wins powerlifting medals

Huntington native Jerry Whisenhunt, brought home two medals from the United States Powerlifting Association’s (USPA) The War competition, held on Saturday, April 23, in Perrysberg, Ohio.

Athletes participating in the meet were tested to ensure that they were drug-free.

“Throughout the meet, the quote I kept in mind during the meet was ‘As is our confidence, so is our capacity,’ by William Hazlitt,” said Whisenhunt.

Whisenhunt took first place 75kg junior (age 20 - 23) classic raw division.He also took second place 75kg open (age 24 - 35) classic raw division.

Huntington trail project receives funds

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner today announced 38 communities and non-profit organizations will receive a combined $65 million for 77 miles of new trail development as a part of the third round of the Next Level Trails program. With matching funds from applicants, this round is expected to generate total investment of more than $102 million.

Three sections of the Nickel Plate Trail in Indianapolis, Fishers, and Noblesville were selected, as well as local projects in Huntington, Jasper, Middlebury, and Shelbyville.

Detamore Farm receives Centennial Award

In 1904 Leroy Detamore purchased 400 acres of land in Jefferson Township near his grandfather Levi Detamore. He and his wife, Ivy, worked the farm and had three children, Milford, Dorothy, and Carl.

Milford died young leaving Leroy and Ivy to raise his son George Sr. Together the men grew corn, wheat, and beans and raised pigs and had a dairy farm.

When Leroy passed, George Sr. inherited the farm. He and his wife, Sharon, with their children George Jr., William, and Patsy, worked the farm.

Wabash firm purchases Huntington Aluminum

Metal Source, a subsidiary of Gebhart Holdings, has acquired the assets of Huntington Aluminum, a metals recycling facility located in Huntington.

This will serve as the sixth overall Metal Source location and the fourth processing facility.

The new Huntington location will receive upgrades that include improvements to equipment, buildings and infrastructure.

Metal Source will continue to keep the facility operational and plans to have improvements complete by the spring of 2023.

A tribute for Ellen

Youngsters take off to find eggs at the start of the Andrews Easter egg hunt on Saturday.
Photo by Lori Overmyer

Children dressed in Easter-themed shirts and dresses carrying baskets screamed with delight when they saw the filled plastic eggs outside and in at the Andrews Fire Department Saturday morning. For the children, the morning was about candy and fun, but for Jordan Hofmann, the day was bittersweet.

Community Harvest helps feed county

Community Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Kathy Selby checks stacks of food prior to distribution from the Farm Wagon in Huntington.
Photo by Lyla Spath

Community Harvest Food Bank motto: “Seeking to alleviate hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources.”

For 39 years, Community Harvest Food Bank (CHFB) has been helping reduce hunger throughout the nine counties it serves, including Huntington County.

Community Harvest Food Bank (CHFB) Farm Wagons make stops at various locations throughout the service area on a weekly basis. The Farm Wagons, which have been in operation for more than 20 years, are open to anyone in need.

Service dog is a life saver

Rachelle Shields is shown with her service dog, Don’tKnow.
Photo by Lyla Spath

Rachelle Shields credits her service dog, Don’tKnow, with saving her life. Shields has problems with balance, as well as anorexia and bulimia.

“Don’tKnow has been a Godsend. He can see a change in me,” Shields said. “He gets me to eat.
“He won’t eat his food unless I take a bite of it. I cook his food, too. He’s a picky eater, so I cook for him,” she said.

Shields prepares chicken, oatmeal, rice, beef, fish and ham for her dog. She eats the same things.

“If he sees I’m binging to an unhealthy degree,” Don’tKnow stops my eating,” Shields said.

Huntington park officials work on new master plan

Huntington Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a new master plan.  The plan is being developed by Cornerstone PDS of Fishers.

“The reason we are doing a master plan is that it provides an opportunity for public input,” said Steve Yoder, Huntington Parks and Recreation Superintendent.

“It identifies the goals and needs of the community, and provides an active plan for the parks department and City of Huntington to follow to achieve goals,” he said.

Mann’s robotics team headed to world finals

Amy Shultz, Rachel Patrick and Olivia Jackson work on one of the robotic devices.
Photo by Lori Overmyer

By Lori Overmyer
Spring Break officially began for the Horace Mann Elementary students and teachers at 3:45 on Thursday, March 31, but the robotics teams and coaches stayed behind and continued perfecting their robots to be ready for the World Championship in Dallas in May.
With the hallway lined with third, fourth, and fifth graders intently working with tiny parts and large schematics, the lure of vacation was far from anyone’s mind.

Bird enthusiasts visit Salamonie

Among the other birds seen by Stockbridge Audubon Society members during their Saturday, April 2 birding event, this yellow-bellied sapsucker was spotted near Salamonie Lake.
Photo by Ed Powers

On Saturday, April 2, members of Stockbridge Audubon Society took a day-long field trip to Salamonie Lake State Park to see the song birds, waterfowl and woodpeckers that live there. 

Andrew Wolfe, who led the outing, said that the group has several spring field trips to observe bird migration and see birds in various habitats, such as lakes, ponds and grasslands.

“I see these field trips as science,” Wolfe said.

Bowen Health clinic offers primary healthcare

Photo provided

Bowen Center officials introduced the public to its newest health clinic on Wednesday, March30.

The primary healthcare clinic is co-located with Bowen Center’s Huntington mental health outpatient offices and offers an integrated approach to healthcare for infants, children, adolescents and adults. In addition to the Huntington location, Bowen Center recently opened health clinics in Fort Wayne and Warsaw with more planned.

Robotics team advances to World Finals

Team members are Isaiah Bordeaux, Ryne Scott, Brandt Kline, Cole Ellet, Collin Eidson and Noah Bollinger.
Photo by Lori Overmyer

Corralling six middle school students and giving them the freedom to implement rules and design to build a functioning robot is totally doable when coaches and team members collaborate.

Self-named the Robo Phantoms, under the direction of coaches Travis Bolinger and Jon Bordeaux, the Crestview Middle School team built their “brain” or “Cerebro” as they refer to their robot, and placed seventh in state competition, and are headed to the worlds in Dallas, Texas, in May.

Getting back to nature

Alyssa Linder (left), seasonal interpretive naturalist at Salamonie Lake, helps Native Plant ID Workshop participant Robin Brennan-Perez (right) identify a tree. Photo by Lyla Spath
Photo by Lyla Spath

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services Center hosted a Native Plant ID Workshop on Saturday, March 26, at Salamonie Lake State Park in Andrews.  
More than 20 people participated in the three-hour training.

Participants hiked through the park and learned how to recognize trees native to Indiana.

The workshop was taught by Indiana Master Naturalist Jake Wyatt with assistance from Alyssa Linder, seasonal interpretive naturalist at the park.