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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.

Remembering our colleague, Dave Brooks

There is some question as to how Dave Brooks became a member of The Huntington County TAB’s advertising staff. What isn’t in question is that he loyally served clients in a five-county area for 35 years.

“In 1987, Dave came walking into the doors of The Huntington County TAB, trying to sell radio advertising to us,” former TAB co-owner Russ Grindle said. “Who knew it would turn into a career of 35 years for him? He was working at an area radio station, and we have never determined if he was trying to sell advertising to The TAB or looking for a job.”

Local guitarist defies odds, enjoys six decade career

Alan McCurdy plays a riff with Rock of Elders on Saturday, May 19 at the Huntington VFW.
Photo by Phil Smith.

To learn the guitar, dedication is required to avoid being part of the 90 to 95 percent of people who end up quitting. To master the instrument, becoming one of the five or 10 percent to rise to the level of expert takes an even higher level of grit. No one knows this better than Huntington’s Al McCurdy, who defied all those odds not once, but twice.

County libraries prepare to celebrate Library Week

During his library time while he was waiting to check out books, Roanoke Elementary School student Lincoln Brown created the dragon from the book series ‘Wings of Fire’ by using Legos on the Lego Wall.
Photo provided.

Huntington County communities have public libraries to serve local residents. Huntington County TAB will be featuring these libraries in advance of National Library Week April 3 through 9.

Two of the libraries and their offerings include:

Roanoke Public Library, 314 N. Main St. Ste. 120, in Roanoke.  Current hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

HNHS sports complex gets more donations

Huntington Sheet Metal has donated signs  for use at the Huntington North High School (HNHS) baseball and softball stadiums.
Photo provided by Huntington County Community School Corporation

Two more donations to Huntington North High School’s ongoing athletic complex construction and renovations were approved by the Board of School Trustees during Monday night’s board meeting.

Huntington Sheet Metal has donated a total of 12 signs that will be used on the baseball and softball stadiums, including nine distance markers, a retired jersey number for baseball, a 1993 state runner-up sign for baseball and a 2012 state runner-up sign for softball. The signage to be donated combines to a value of $4,585.80.