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Fancy Friday sees 70 participants June 4

Fancy Friday with Firefighter participants (top to bottom) Nathan, Madeline, Alyssa and David Mullins file out of one of the Huntington City Fire Department firetrucks on Friday, June 4, as Valerie Mullins (bottom, right) looks on.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Seventy participants were present at the Friday, June 4, fire house tour event hosted by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department and the Huntington Fire Department Etna Avenue station.

The event, known as “Fancy Friday with Firefighters” is brought to the community as an opportunity to get outside and experience things they may not usually get to see.

Park Programs Director Megan Thompson says that she approached the fire department about the event and they were “absolutely interested” in hosting the kids.

Freise joins rodeo sponsorship team

Emily Freise, of Majenica, pauses training one of the horses at Circle E Performance Horses to explain the technique she is using.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

One local teenager is taking her next step in the world of rodeo competition by joining the 2021 Beastmaster sponsorship team.

Emily Freise, of Majenica, is an amateur rodeo competitor with the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA). While participating in one of her rodeos in Michigan this year, Freise saw the opportunity to apply for the sponsorship with Beastmaster Rodeo, a national pro rodeo company.

Hoffman’s retirement surprise

Julie Hoffman was surprised with her completely restored 1965 Chevrolet Corvair convertible on the day of her retirement from Huntington North High School. Featured is a photo of Hoffman in the HNHS parking lot with the car during Homecoming 1979.
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Julie Hoffman, of Huntington, taught math and various other classes at Huntington North High School (HNHS) for 37 years. She had also been the department chair for a number of years.

After the 2020-21 school year, Julie decided it was time to retire.

“A lot of times, it’s still really fun,” Julie said. “I really like the kids, but I want be able to help more with my grandbabies.”

Julie went on to say that she has eight grandchildren.

New community center opening soon

The Ground Zero Community Center, 1230 S. Jefferson St., will open to the public with an open house and fundraiser on Saturday, June 5. Featured (from left) are directors Jeff Dimond, Bethanie Burns and Chief Executive Officer Rev. Jim Splawn.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Out of an abundance of need, several community members have come together to create a new community center on the south side of Huntington.
Rev. Jim Splawn, the pastor at The Mission House, along with Bethanie Burns and Jeff Dimond, came together after suffering losses related to drug overdoses. Specifically, after the death of two young people caused by drug overdoses at the end of 2020, the group knew that they had to do something to make a positive change in the community.

Student work on display

Adain Williams (left) and Matthew Greene discuss which PSA posters to vote for on Wednesday, May 19.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Riverview Middle School eighth grade students conducted a culminating novel study event in their Auxiliary Gymnasium on Wednesday, May 19.

All eighth grade students studied “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. In the novel, teenaged Conor O’Malley faces the grueling suffering of his mother’s cancer by council of a most unlikely character, a Monster transformed from a yew tree. The Monster is a projection of Conor’s inner conscious struggle to let go of his mother from the mortal world.

Wolfe donates to charity

Vera Wolfe carries in some of the grocery donations she recently made to Blessings in a Backpack.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

One young entrepreneur in Huntington County has opted to make several donations to area organizations over the past few months, with the most recent donation being a load of groceries delivered to Blessings in a Backpack.

Safe Haven Baby Box is ready for use

This is the outside of the Safe Haven Baby Box that is not located at the Southside Fire Station on Etna Avenue. It is unlocked and available for use.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Thanks to the efforts of the community and city of Huntington, another Safe Haven Baby Box has officially been installed and unveiled for mothers in crisis to use.

On Thursday, May 13, community members and city leaders gathered together at the the City of Huntington Fire Station located at 1333 Etna Ave. for a blessing and unveiling of the Safe Haven Baby Box. Monica Kelsey, founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, introduced the back-story of how Safe Haven began.

Mural is complete in Warren

The first mural in the Huntington County Mural Project is on the southeast wall of 111 E. 1st St., Warren. The artists were Amy Buchs and Dave Schlemmer.
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The first mural in the Huntington County Mural Project has been completed. It is located on the southeast wall of 111 E. 1st St., Warren, and was painted by artist Amy Buchs.

Buchs is a retired art teacher from Waterloo, who paints with her former co-worker and family friend, Dave Schlemmer. They have painted 12 large murals and several smaller pieces.

From her experience in Warren, Buchs said, “While we painted, many locals came by and shared memories and conversations. We are sure that these impromptu memory parties will continue for many years!”

Pathfinder establishes Greta’s Reading Corner

On Friday, May 7, Pathfinder Services hosted a dedication ceremony for Greta’s Reading Corner at Kids Kampus, in honor of Greta Schenkel who passed away in August of 2020. Greta’s parents, Kent (right) and Sally Schenkel, spoke to the children at Kids Kampus during the ceremony.
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Pathfinder Services hosted a dedication ceremony for Greta’s Reading Corner on Friday, May 7, at Kids Kampus, 435 Campus St., Huntington.

Greta Schenkel was 3-years-old when she attended Village School in a pre-school class for children with disabilities. Schenkel continued to be involved in and served by Pathfinder Services until she passed away at the age of 47 in August of 2020.

LC Nature Park opens in Roanoke

Featured is the LC Nature Park Education Center. The park had their grand opening on Saturday, May 1.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Those who are looking for a new way to learn about Indiana’s vast assortment of flora, fauna and geography, as well as the preservation of it, can look no further than LC Nature Park in Roanoke, which hosted its grand opening on Saturday, May 1.

Miss Amazing travels to Nashville

Eleven-year-old Tayla (Zartman) Beal, of Andrews and the reigning Indiana Miss Amazing Preteen 2020 will be competing in the National Summit in Nashville, TN, on July 30 through Aug. 1.
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Eleven-year-old Tayla (Zartman) Beal, of Andrews and the reigning Indiana Miss Amazing Preteen 2020 will be competing in the National Summit in Nashville, TN, on July 30 through Aug. 1 at Vanderbilt University’s Martha Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.

Tayla is the daughter of Amy Beal and the great granddaughter of former Wabash Mayor Robert Vanlandingham.

Miss Amazing programs teach self-advocacy skills to girls and women with disabilities ages 5 and up in a fun environment with real stakes.

Art by virtual students displayed

Art projects such as this one, completed by virtual learning fifth grade student Isabella Hall, of Flint Springs Elementary School, may be viewed at The Ice Cream Vault in Andrews.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Several artists from each of the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) elementary schools have been chosen to have their art displayed at a local establishment.

Annette Little, the art teacher at Andrews Elementary School, has partnered with Ed Asher, owner of

The Ice Cream Vault in Andrews, to display the art of her virtual-learning students.

The partnership was started because Little wanted to find a way to display the art of her virtual students in the same way that the art of her “in-person” students can have their art displayed.

HCCOA presents ‘Step Up To The Mic’

During the Huntington County Council on Aging (HCCOA) Variety Show, Ruth Reed sings and performs “Balmy ‘Bout the Ballet” as part of a group donned in tutus.
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On Saturday, April 24, the Huntington County Council on Aging (HCCOA) presented their annual variety show to the community.

The event, called “Step Up To The Mic” featured singing, dancing and instrument acts, each of which consisted of Senior citizens. Showings took place at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, which is located at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St., Huntington.

Master of Ceremonies David Dean, Sr., introduced each act as they came up to the stage to show off their talents.

Zach’s Pet Service plans expansion

Zach Shearer and his dog “Hank” announced the expansion project for Zach’s Pet Services on Friday, March 26, on the business Facebook page. The announcement marked the end of the businesses’ five-year anniversary celebration.
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On Thursday, March 25, Zach’s Pet Service (ZPS) in Roanoke celebrated five years of business in that location.

Shearer and his employees spent the week posting giveaways for clients and doing fun activities with the dogs like bubbles, an obstacle course and a piñata.

The real surprise came on Friday, March 26, when Shearer announced the construction of a new building to accommodate their growing business. Shearer noted that over 25,000 people saw the Facebook post about the expansion.