HU senior spends summer interning in Washington, D.C., for Sen. Brown

Huntington University senior Clint Smith poses with Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in Washington, D.C. during the past summer. Smith nabbed a prestigious congressional internship in Brown’s office for 10 weeks in July and August.
Photo provided.

Originally published Sept. 13, 2010.

A Huntington University political science major beat out more than 1,000 applicants to land a coveted internship in a U.S. Senator's office in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Clint Smith, a senior at HU, was one of 1,100 college students who submitted applications to Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) office for just 30 summer internships.
The Union City, IN, native originally saw the internship on the social networking website Facebook and heard about the position from his cousin who works for Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).

Heritage of Huntington beating the odds with its large group of centenarians

Centenarians and near-centenarians who live at The Heritage of Huntington are (from left) Paul Smith, Bill Poling, Juanita Young, Helen Bradburn, Helen Husband, Gertie Goble, Frances Lawver and Florence Schell. Not pictured is Helen Naab.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Sept. 6, 2010.

You expect to find older people at The Heritage of Huntington.

After all, the facility does specialize in assisted living and nursing care for Senior Citizens.

But residents at The Heritage who have lived a mere nine decades no longer qualify as the most senior among them.
Nine of the current 111 residents of The Heritage have reached or are about to reach 100 years.

"I think it's unusual," says Carla Wintrode, activities director at The Heritage, to have that many centenarians among the home's population.

Hubartt says he was ‘born inspired’ to be an artist

Paul Hubartt works on a new piece in his shop at his home in Warren on Monday, Aug. 23. The artist has specialized in woodcarving since his retirement, crafting intricate canes and walking sticks.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Sept. 2, 2010.

There are artists who need patterns for their designs.

There are artists who need a stimulus to craft a piece.

Then there are artists like Paul Hubartt, who can simply sit down and create.

"When I was a kid, I didn't want to be anything but an artist," Hubartt says. "I was born inspired."

Hubartt, a Warren resident, has been involved in art his entire life and has picked up on woodcarving since his retirement two decades ago.

Wileys know a thing or two about supporting HNHS athletics

Debbie (left) and Joe Wiley are retiring from heading up the Huntington North Viking Pride Adult Booster Club after spending more than 27 years working with the organization.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Previously published Aug. 26, 2010.

When it comes to supporting Huntington North High School's athletic program, Joe and Debbie Wiley know a thing or two on the subject.

The couple is stepping down from heading up the Huntington North Viking Pride Adult Booster Club after more than 27 years of service.

Flint Springs teacher ‘had a blast’ in her time as Derby Girl

Annette Stoffel sits at her desk at Flint Springs Elementary School, where she teaches fourth grade. Stoffel skated two seasons with the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Aug. 23, 2010.

"Hard hittin', charity driven" isn't a motto full of empty promises for the Fort Wayne Derby Girls, as Huntington resident and former skater Annette Stoffel can attest to from experience.

Stoffel skated two seasons for the Derby Girls as "Trouble's A BREWin'" in 2008 and 2009.

She is currently a fourth grade teacher at Flint Springs and has been a teacher in Huntington County Community School Corporation since 1993. She has also taught kindergarten, second, third and fifth grades.

Master Gardeners offer residents chance to mingle while learning more about the hobby

Master Gardeners (from left) Kay Lilie and Liz Snively check on the zinnias at the Master Gardeners’ garden outside the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services Center at Salamonie Reservoir on Monday, Aug. 9.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2010.

The Master Gardeners program in Huntington County offers residents the chance to mingle, enjoy a common interest with other people and both teach and learn more about the hobby, members say.

The program, part of the Huntington County Purdue Extension Office, is about 10 years old, says Ed Farris, Extension educator.

The gardens the club maintains at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park and at the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services Center at Salamonie Reservoir are educational gardens, Farris says.

Huntington University teaching group making connections with Chinese that could be long-term

Dr. Susan Burson, an education professor at Huntington University, teaches a class at Yung Wing Primary School in Zhuhai, China, in July.
Photo provided.

Update: On Sept. 28, 2010, Huntington University officially announced the signing of a five-year contract with Doumen School District in Zhuhai, China.

The contract will begin in 2011 and allows HU’s Institute for TESOL Studies to offer English training in the school district for the next half-decade. The ITS hopes that the contract will open up more opportunities for interaction between the Doumen School District, HU and the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

REMC operations dept. beating odds with 5 sets of twins

Five men who are employed at United REMC in Markle are the fathers of twins, ranging in age from 7 years to 1 year, as well as a single oldest child.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Aug. 16, 2010.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports in a 2004 study that out of every 1,000 live births, 32 sets of twins are born.

United REMC in Markle surpasses these odds as five men in the operations department have fathered twins. And to add to the similarities, each set of the United REMC twins has one older sibling.

Six-year REMC employee Joe Williams' daughters are the oldest of the 15 odds-shattering kids. Rylee, 10, is the older sister of Makinzee and Preslee, who were born on Jan. 27, 2003.

Bracken ... established out of necessity ... faded into obscurity

This sign, seen from southbound Ind.-105 alerting drivers to Bracken’s presence, is part of what little is left of the agricultural community of Bracken. The former Warren Township District School 2, a one-room schoolhouse, can be seen on the left.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Aug. 5, 2010.

"Thus it is seen that Bracken ... was established out of necessity."

Taken from a 1910 edition of "The Morning Times," not many other statements explain the rise - and fall - of Bracken, now a "ghost town" of Huntington County.

Tucked away in the northwest corner of the county along Ind.-105, Bracken was a typical agricultural community upon which Warren Township residents relied for essential supplies and services before the age of the automobile and modern highway design.

Thank you, Huntington County, for 25 great years in business

The Huntington County TAB co-owners Russ Grindle (left) and Scott Trauner hold the original sign they made to put over their first location at 1751 B N. Jefferson St., Huntington, when they started the newspaper 25 years ago.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Twenty-five years ago this week, on the third Monday of September 1985 - Sept. 16, 1985, to be exact - the first Huntington County TAB was published.

That seems like a lifetime ago, and technically, it is to a generation of Huntington County residents who have been born since then, and have always had The TAB available to them.

In some respects, it seems unbelievable to us, because back then, it was all about getting our foot in the door and getting off the ground.

HU grads serving as teeth in the gear of Cameroon’s economy

Taryn (left) and Dan Fleming are working as support staff with Wycliffe Bible Translation in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Huntington University graduates recently completed a six-month term in the country, and will return in August for a one-year commitment.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published July 26, 2010.

Last month, two Huntington University graduates returned from a six-month sojourn working in Cameroon, a central African country along the Atlantic Coast, with Wycliffe Bible Translators, experiencing a completely different culture while ultimately serving as teeth in the gear that is Cameroon's developing economy.

Resurrected Pulse Opera House enjoying reborn status as one of downtown Warren’s attractions

Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok and Ron Wartzok have been involved with Pulse Opera House in downtown Warren since 1986. The historic building was built in 1884 by Civil War veteran Silas Pulse.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published July 19, 2010.

One two-story Warren landmark has brought people together for well over a century through shopping, dancing, town meetings and most notably theatre.

After a 16-year period of non-use from 1970-1986, Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok and her husband, Ron Wartzok, have resurrected the Pulse Opera House to bring back the life it once had.

EMA deputy wants everyone ready for emergency

Brian Topp, deputy director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, stands by items in an example emergency kit. September is National Preparedness Month and the EMA is encouraging Huntington County residents to prepare for disasters.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

September is the seventh annual National Preparedness Month, and Brian Topp, deputy director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, wants to make sure Huntington citizens are ready for any emergency that may come their way.

"... People having a source for basic needs - I mean very, very basic needs - is very important for that first 24, 48, 72 hours. Outside of that, we have plans in place to bring that stuff in, but that takes time..."

Businesses again facing off in friendly competition

Employees of area businesses participate in last year’s Battle of the Businesses Fun Walk, held at Kriegbaum Field. The program, sponsored by the YMCA and Huntington Parks Department, features numerous events over three weekends
Photo provided.

Huntington County's businesses have started the annual faceoff in the Battle of the Businesses competition.

The event, sponsored by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA and the Huntington Parks Department, is in its eighth year.

YMCA Executive Director Dan Akeley says he brought the idea to Huntington from a YMCA where he was previously employed.

"The program started in the late 1980s and after seeing the way it worked, I took the concept here to our YMCA," states Akeley. "Some of the contests have varied over the years, based on the available facilities."

Heritage Pointe, Souder family hail century mark this year

The Souder family has been in charge of Heritage Pointe, in Warren, since 1937. This year the home is celebrating 100 years of offering services to the community.
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On April 7, 1910, Jacob C. Click, of Huntington, became the first resident of the United Methodist Memorial Home, of Warren.

Nearly three decades later, Dr. D.C. Souder took over the home's management, along with his wife Julia.

Now 73 years later, the Souder family legacy lives on through David P. Souder, current administrator and CEO of what is now called Heitage Pointe.

Warren resident flexing artistic muscles; wins LAC ‘best of show’

Cheryl Alevizon, of Warren, won Best of Show in the LaFontaine Arts Council 2010 Regional Art Exhibit. Alevizon’s entry, “Jungle Walk,” is a collage inspired by a magazine photo.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Warren resident Cheryl Alevizon has been flexing her artistic muscles for most of her life.

Alevizon recently won "best of show" in the LaFontaine Arts Council 2010 Regional Art Exhibit.

Her piece, a collage titled "Jungle Walk," is on display with several of the other entries at the Wilson Gallery at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on Huntington University's campus.

Toledo another piece of county fading into history books

Driving east or west along U.S.-224, motorists pass a green directional sign directly before the intersection with CR 200E.

There's an arrow pointing north to Simpson, and an arrow pointing south toward Toledo.

While there are no further signs to guide travelers to Toledo or Simpson, most locals can easily identify Simpson as the place with the large grain mill. But where's Toledo?

Businesses, churches team up for Malta House

Teresa Kaylor (left) and Kellie Herber check expiration dates of recently donated non-perishable food items on Monday, June 21, in the kitchen of the Malta House, a men’s shelter that is planning to open this September.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published June 24, 2010.

Local churches and businesses have teamed up to give down and out men a second chance through the Malta House, a men's shelter coming to 505 S. Jefferson St. this fall.

Pastor Kellie Herber, of Loon Creek Church and the shelter's unofficial director, says the shelter will be open by September, "it's just a matter of getting from Point A to Point B," she explains.

Riders pedal for Ugandan water crisis funding

Making a stop at Coffee D’Vine in Huntington as part of their Ride for Marale are (from left) Andy Friedlund, Morgan Jones and Matt Friedlund.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published June 17, 2010.

Three young men, including a 2010 Huntington University graduate, will be going out of their way this summer for what they call a water crisis in Uganda. They are making a trek across America.

Brothers Andy and Matt Friedlund, along with friend Morgan Jones will be riding from Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey to Seattle, Washington this summer to raise awareness and funds for African villages who need water wells.

Jeremy’s Ride duo finally finishes the final miles

Stan Bippus (left), and his nephew Jeremy Winkelman (right) stand with their bikes on the Atlantic coast in St. Augustine, FL, on Saturday, May 22, after finally completing a cross-country bike ride despite two major accidents.
Photo provided.

Originally published June 10, 2010.

Two and a half weeks ago, Stan Bippus and his nephew, Jeremy Winkelman, found themselves on Florida's Atlantic coast, with the ocean wrapping around the front tires of their bikes.

The pair had reached the end of what turned out to be a two-year, two-month 3,000-mile journey bicycling from California to Florida.

The two began their journey at Dog Beach in San Diego, CA, on March 23, 2008, and expected to have the coast-to-coast trip complete in 40 days.

Weber ending teaching career - again

Ruth Weber accepts a plaque from Steve Schenkel, director of the Huntington County Community Schools’ adult education program, during a reception on Thursday, May 27 honoring Weber on her retirement from a 51-year teaching career.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published June 3, 2010.

When Ruth Weber says, "I really like to teach," she means it.

She first walked to the head of a classroom in 1958, shortly after graduating from Huntington College.

Fifty-one years later, she's ending her career.

Or maybe not.

"I've got to find something else now that's worth doing," Weber said over a sandwich and a cookie during a Thursday, May 27 reception hosted by her co-workers and students.

Viking New Tech opening new chapter in learning at high school

A group of Viking New Tech teachers discuss some last-minute details before school starts during one of their weekly meetings on Wednesday, July 28.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Viking New Tech in Huntington North High School opens Thursday, Aug. 12, when Huntington students go back to school, and 116 freshmen are enrolled as the first-ever students to walk VNT's new halls.

VNT Director and HNHS Assistant Principal Kelly Renier says Huntington's New Tech location is one of 16 in Indiana, the most in the nation, and the Northeast Indiana region has the largest concentration in the country as well.

Local industry Isolatek stands alone in its field

Tom Converse, of Peru, and formerly of Huntington, releases molten iron in one of the blast furnaces at the Isolatek International plant in Huntington on Thursday, May 20.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published May 27, 2010.

Blast furnaces and molten metal sound more akin to the steel mills of Gary and Western Pennsylvania, but halfway between Old U.S. 24 and Little River on Broadway Street in Huntington is an industry that mirrors the large steel mills of the past.

Isolatek International, home to about 50 employees, is the only manufacturer of life-safety spray-applied mineral fiber insulation in the United States.

Huntington residents step up to keep parks nicely maintained

Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County members (from left) Brooklyn Holzinger, Sierrra White and Dylan Shively recently participated in a project to plant flowers in the downtown area planter boxes.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Summer is in full swing and more area residents have been spending time at the local parks than in previous years.

The Huntington Parks Department is responsible for the overall maintenance of the nine parks and Denise Bard, superintendent, says that the department has received an overwhelming response from people wanting to help with the upkeep.

"Well, it all started with the budget situation and the fact that we lost staff," states Bard. "We've always had a few volunteers every year, but never on this large a scale."

Operation Backyard making Huntington a brighter, cleaner city

Students from various local churches help build bunk beds at the Malta House in Huntington as part of Operation Backyard on Saturday, July 17.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

After the past weekend, Huntington residents may have noticed brighter fire hydrants, cleaner streets and improved properties as the result of a three-day youth event sponsored by several area churches.

More than 200 area youths took to the streets of Huntington on Saturday, July 17, as part of Operation Backyard, a collaborative effort of a dozen local church youth groups putting teenagers to work painting, cleaning and serving with local charities.

Indy-based group using two local schools for pilot program on height-weight study

Matthew Ruiz (left), an exercise science instructor at Huntington University, measures the height of Andrews Elementary School student Jagger Underwood while HU student Mariah Town records the numbers.

Originally published May 17, 2010

Not too long ago, report cards served as a record of a child's physical development as well as academic growth.
Height and weight were meticulously recorded along with grades and attendance.

Car show to give HU’s Mertz Center second shot to raise funds

Joe Bellinger (right), of Waterloo, talks about his vintage car with Sandy Smith (left) and Jim Starbuck during the Flashback to the ‘60s car show at Huntington University last year.
TAB file photo.

After a discouraging rain-out of its own earlier car show planned in April, Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service has another shot at raising money for a new van, thanks to a generous offer by a Huntington couple and their car club.

The Country Cruisers, which consist of Dave and Paula Funk, of Huntington, and several other local couples, will donate proceeds from their 15th annual "Flash Back to the '60s" car show on Friday, July 16, to the JMC.

First Mothers Club marks century on the local landscape

Current members of Huntington’s First Mothers Club pose for a recnt photo.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published May 13, 2010.

The First Mothers Club recently met at Huntington University for its annual guest luncheon.

The occasion was a special one as it also marked the 100th anniversary of the club's existence.

The club was started in the early 1900s by Susette Butler, who attended a Mother's Congress in Washington DC.

Andrews library gets new ‘friends’

Andrews-Dallas Township Librarian Nancy Disbro (left) discusses prizes for the library’s summer children’s reading program at the library recently with Friends of the Library President Laura Whiteleather.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published May 3, 2010.

The new Friends of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library group has some upcoming events planned to help promote the library and its history.

Beemer brothers have unique work situation

Huntington natives and brothers Jacob (left) and Nicholas Beemer, members of the United States Navy, serve on the same aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz. The occurrence is a rare one.
Photo provided.

Originally published April 29, 2010.

For most people, working with a family at the same place of employment is no big deal. However, for Nicholas and Jacob Beemer, it is.

The brothers both serve in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

Nicholas, a 2007 graduate of Huntington North High School, enlisted on Aug. 28, 2007.

Jacob followed suit by enlisting on Nov. 4, 2008.

Both are classified as E-4, Petty Officer Third Class, and recently returned from an eight-month deployment in the West Pacific.