4 Warren buildings to get facelift

Gina Canady, who along with her husband Scott owns a building at 115 N. Wayne St., Warren, stands across the street from the structure which was granted a 2010 Facade Grant.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Four buildings in downtown Warren are getting a facelift, thanks to grants from the 2010 Façade Grant Program.

The Wagon Wheel Café, East of Chicago, Accent Interiors and Scott and Gina Canady all applied for, and received, the grants. The building owner fronts all costs of the work, and the town then reimburses the owner for half of the total cost.

Gina Canady, owner of the building at 115 N. Wayne St. along with her husband Scott, says that the couple plans to install windows on the third floor of the building that are now covered with plywood.

Erie Railroad east yard to come alive again at historical museum

Huntington County Historical Museum Director Pat Bergdall poses with part of the Erie Railroad display currently housed at the museum. The historical society plans to build a replica of the east railroad yards and parts of Huntington that surrounded it.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published March 8, 2010.

Huntington will soon journey back in time to the days of the Erie Railroad and all the historic landmarks that marked Huntington as a vibrant railroad community.

The Huntington County Historical Society is embarking on a project to recreate the Erie Railroad east railroad yards on an "H0" scale.

Board member Gib Young says the historical society is trying to accomplish something that a lot of other museums already have in place.

A decade into new facility, Parkview execs still like the fit

Rick Baker (left), chairman of the Parkview Huntington Hospital board of directors, and Darlene Garrett, chief operating officer of Parkview Huntington Hospital, stand in front of the 10-year-old Parkview Huntington Hospital building on Stults Road.
Photo provided.

A decade into its new facility, Parkview Huntington Hospital is finding that it's still a good fit.

"We are thrilled with where we are," says Darlene Garrett, chief operating officer of Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Garrett and Rick Baker, chairman of the hospital's board of directors, used the occasion of the hospital's 10th anniversary in its Stults Road building to reflect on the physical structure itself as well as the service the hospital's staff provides to its community - and to ponder PHH's future.

Youth’s passion for Batman turns into collection for family

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Miller sits in front of the main part of his Batman collection. He has been a serious collector since 2002, and his family is also involved.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published March 1, 2010.

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Miller, 18, has spent the last six years of his life collecting Batman items.

But what was once a youth's passion is now a family affair.

He has everything from action figures to comic books, blankets to curtains, all stored in what he calls his "bat cave."

Miller also has a hand-drawn Batman pillowcase that a nurse made for him down at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, where he has been a patient for most of his life.

Local couple knows vital impact the March of Dimes can have

The Newton family is the Indiana March of Dimes Northeast Division Ambassador Family, and is a proud supporter of the March of Dimes March for Babies.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The Indiana March of Dimes has scheduled the annual March for Babies for Saturday, May 1, at Hier's Park in Huntington.

The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding the cause of both birth defects and premature births. It supports research in a variety of biomedical fields and supports neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) - special intensive care units for infants.

For one local family, the impact of advanced research in premature births has been all too vital.

Electrical Mechanical Devices is unique in what it does

Carl Draper, one of the founders of Electrical Mechanical Devices, Inc., tests a computer board at the EMD office on Monday, Feb. 15. EMD repairs a variety of electronics at its Huntington location.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Feb. 22, 2010.

"We're unique in what we do," says Michael Scott, one of the founders of the Huntington-based Electrical Mechanical Devices Inc.

The statement proves to be true as EMD is one of just a handful of companies in the United States with the authorization and experience in electronic repair.

EMD is essentially a repairer of fixing everything from computers to monitors to computer processors.

Two Roanoke couples prove that lasting marriages are more than just thing of past

Roanoke residents Ted (back left) and Claribel Husband (seated, left) and Art and Mary Burton have been married for a combined 147 years. The couples say the key to their success is a strong commitment to each other.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally publilshed Feb. 11, 2010.

For most people, lasting marriages that work are urban myths or something you watch on TV Land or Nick At Night during episodes of Leave It To Beaver, All in the Family or Little House on the Prairie.

Well, meet the Husbands and Burtons, two Roanoke couples with more than 140 years of marriage between them.

Ted Husband and Mary Burton are siblings and say strong family values and living through the Depression were instrumental in explaining why their individual marriages have lasted so long.

Hot reads nationally not big locally

Jan Carnes, head of adult services at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, displays books that made the frequent check-out list at the library for 2009 on Thursday, Feb. 4. While some genres enjoyed continued popularity, others sank or rose.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Feb. 8, 2010.

Each year, thousands of new books are published, but only a select few achieve "bestseller" status.

Devout bookworms across the country drive those sales, but do the hottest reads reflect what Huntington residents pick up?

According to statistics from the Huntington City-Township and Markle libraries, not necessarily.

Girl Scouts still finding ways to keep busy

Girl Scouts Andrew Broxon (left) and Cheyanne Geiderman don cookie costumes to work at a cookie sales booth.
Photo provided.

Originally published Feb. 4, 2010.

The organization has been in existence since 1912, and Girl Scouts are still finding ways to stay busy.

The local Scouts are in the midst of their annual Girl Scout cookie sale, a major fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana branch. That branch made up of 22 counties in the northern third of Indiana and southwest Michigan, including 15,500 girls ranging in age from 5 to 17. They are led by 4,700 adult
The cookie sale wraps up March 9.

Local turkey federation members reaching out to youth with program

Jay Buzzard (left) and Steve Nevius are members on the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation Flint Springs chapter. The organization recently received state and national recognition for completion of a five-star program for community involvement.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Wildlife conservation has always been one of the foremost missions of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The non-profit organization was founded in 1973 with a mission of educating others about wild turkey conservation and preservation of the country's hunting heritage.

The local Flint Springs Chapter, which has been in existence for 14 years, has been fostering that culture through its JAKES and Xtreme JAKES programs, which started last year.

JAKES is an acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics & Sportsmanship.

Local Red Cross knows county man is true ‘hometown hero’

Jim Miller (left) was presented with the “Hometown Hero of the Year,” award by Mike Rohler, executive director of the Huntington Chapter of the American Red Cross on Saturday, March 6.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Superman. Batman. Spiderman. Huntington resident Jim Miller. What do they all have in common? Heroism.

Although the first three are fictional characters, Jim Miller embodies the definition of ‘hero' by his actions last spring.

While headed home, Miller came upon a car accident on 600W, in Andrews, late last spring.

"It was a very bad wreck," states Miller. "The van landed on its roof and it was on fire."

Firefighter’s legacy lives on in form of lifesaving equipment

rank Buonanotte (left), founder of 500 For Life, presents a commemorative plaque and a new thermal imaging camera to Huntington Fire Chief Matthew Armstrong (center) and Huntington Mayor Steve Updike at the Southside Fire Station in Huntington on Jan. 21.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published on Jan. 25, 2010.

The legacy of a retired Fort Wayne firefighter will live on in the form of a lifesaving thermal imaging camera donated to the Huntington Fire Department, thanks to a joint effort by the firefighter's friends and family and 500 For Life.

Frank Buonanotte, founder of 500 For Life, presented the camera to Huntington Mayor Steve Updike and Huntington Fire Chief Matthew Armstrong in memory of the late Capt. Donald K. Derrow during a ceremony at the Southside Fire Station in Huntington on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Local Ducks Unlimited chapter helping fight for area’s waterfowl

John Block, chairman of the Huntington Hills chapter of Ducks Unlimited, stands with the 1999 and 2000 Top Flight Awards the chapter received from the national DU organization in recognition of the chapter’s fund-raising and involvement efforts.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Jan. 21, 2010.

This spring, take a minute to watch the skies over Huntington County, as thousands of migratory birds pass through to return north for the summer.

Many of these birds, especially ducks and geese, will stop to rest in the area only to continue flying the next day. The rest will make their summer home in the county, to the delight of bird-watchers and hunters alike.

Robotics team doubles up its efforts to score well at Purdue

Robotics team members (from left) Sam Kratzer, John David Paff and Samir Shaikh put their robot through its paces after the machine was unveiled on Monday, Feb. 22, in the Community Building at Hier’s Park.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Five years of experience - combined with a little extra money this year - had robotics fans seeing double earlier this week.

Moments after the robot  built by the Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team was unveiled on Monday, Feb. 22, a second robot, identical except for color, shot out from behind the curtain.

United REMC still lighting the way for rural residents

REMC employee Felix Vanner installs a new pole and transformer at a residence on West Maple Grove Road on Thursday, Jan. 14. The removal of a rotten pole and installation of the transformer was part of REMC’s improvement efforts.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Jan. 18, 2010.

Not more than 75 years ago, rural Huntington County was dark.

Farmers and others residing in the countryside were missed by the growing power grid that lighted towns throughout the county.

Then in 1936, then-President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, part of the president's "Second New Deal" program, designed to bring electricity to rural areas all across the United States.

Huntington County was no exception.

Roanoke Public Library going strong in centennial year

Celia Bandelier, library director at Roanoke Public Library, says the library has been an asset to the community for 100 years as it marks its centennial birthday on Feb. 19..
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

February 19 will mark 100 years of operation and service by the Roanoke Public Library, which since its arrival, has been an integral thread in the fabric of the community.

According to library archives, a group of local women was the driving force behind talks for a library in 1909. On Feb. 5, 1909, the women met at an area United Brethren Church to discuss the specifics. Florence De Long was elected temporary chair of the committee and the Library Club was organized to sponsor a library in town.

Lincoln Elementary students, staff connect to namesake

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Adam Drummond (left)  speaks to students, teachers and community members at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a log cabin replica of Abrahm Lincoln's boyhood home.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A local elementary school has reconnected with its heritage, helping its students create a link between themselves and a man they have never met.

In recognition of the school's namesake, Lincoln Elementary School students and staff built a replica log cabin of former president Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana as the culmination of the school's "Learning and Living the Lincoln Legacy" theme.

"We wanted to create a visual reminder of what it means to be a student at Lincoln Elementary," says Adam Drummond, principal.

Victory Noll Sisters want to give others a look into their lifestyle

Sister Rose Ann Kaiser of Victory Noll (right) speaks with an associate, Mary Alice Kelly, earlier this year at a meeting in Colorado.
Photo provided.

Originally published Jan. 7, 2010.

A new opportunity recently introduced by the Victory Noll Sisters gives interested people the chance to make a temporary commitment as a missioner.

Sister Rose Ann Kaiser, the program's representative, says there is more to the project than meets the eye.

Brix retires from job as Huntington police dog

Huntington Police officer Alan Foster will retire his dog Brix on Friday, Jan. 15. Brix has worked for the Huntington Police Department since 2000, helping to protect Foster and track narcotics and missing people.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Published previously on Jan. 11, 2010.

Editor's note: Due to his spinal nerve disease, retired K9 Brix was put down on Feb. 3, 2010.

For 12-year-old Brix, his game as a police dog is approaching its final buzzer.

This Friday, Jan. 15, Brix will officially go into retirement from the Huntington Police Department - although his retirement may include the occasional drug bust - and live with Patrolman Alan Foster, his partner in crimestopping for the last 10 years.

Governor tells locals Indiana holding its own in tough times

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks to members of the Huntington Optimists, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Huntington University.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Despite the poor economy throughout the nation, Indiana has been holding its own and actually gaining on its neighbors, Gov. Mitch Daniels told an audience in Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Speaking to members of the Huntington Optimists, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs at Huntington University, Daniels spoke about the current state of Indiana as well as strides being made to combat the recession.

His presentation was titled, "Fighting the Recession to Win."

Local woman’s pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong passion

Anna Hawley.
Photo provided.

Originally published Jan.4, 2010.

Passion. Commitment. Motivation.

Those are the words Huntington native Anna Hawley used to describe her quest for knowledge and learning.

Census to provide many answers

Bill Hancher, head of the local complete count committee for the upcoming census, displays one of the posters the committee is posting to make Huntington County residents aware of the upcoming count.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ten years ago, the city of Huntington was home to 17,450 people - 8,336 men and 9,114 women.

We had divided ourselves into 6,717 households, leaving 545 housing units throughout the city vacant. About half (3,284) of the households were married couples; fewer than a third (1,951) were one-person households.

Eighty-one percent of us had graduated from high school, but just 13.7 percent had a college degree. We spent an average of 18.1 minutes traveling to work.

How do we know that?

Simple - we filled out a form.

Roanoke woman issues $100,000 challenge to community for shelter

Jean Ann Tribolet, of Roanoke, says she will match any donations the Huntington County Humane Society receives up to $100,000 through Dec. 31, 2010.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

For years, the Huntington County Humane Society had dreamed of a new facility, allowing the society to more properly care for and adopt out the animals for which it provides.

Now, a generous woman with a heart for all animals has offered the humane society a challenge: she will match all donations the Society receives up to $100,000 toward the new building.

Jean Ann Tribolet, a Roanoke resident, has actively supported the society for years, and has now offered the challenge in order to get the building project off the ground.

HC grads making strides in Haiti

A couple with Huntington roots has been making huge strides in serving the children of Haiti for more than 10 years, and their efforts have only increased since the devastating 7.0 earthquake hit the small country on Jan. 12.

Brad Johnson, originally from Hope, IN and a 1993 Huntington College graduate, and his wife Vanessa, who is from Fort Erie, Ontario and a 1994 HC graduate, moved to Haiti in 1998 to work full time with the organization Mission of Hope Haiti, founded by Brad Johnson's parents, Bob and Sharon Johnson.

With roots and company still in Huntington, Hiner rolls on

Despite expanding from a single tractor trailer entity in 1967 to a company employing 260 people in five states, and being bought by a larger company in 1999, Hiner Transport has maintained its roots in Huntington.
Photo provided.

Originally published Dec. 28, 2009.

In 1967, Homer F. Hiner purchased a single tractor trailer and entered into the then-growing trucking industry.

The new Hiner Transport company soon added a second truck, and has since grown to a company that possesses more than 225 tractors and over 600 trailers in addition to providing work for 260 employees in five states, with the majority of those positions in Indiana.

Local Ducks Unlimited chapter helping fight for area's waterfowl

John Block, chairman of the Huntington Hills chapter of Ducks Unlimited, stands with the 1999 and 2000 Top Flight Awards the chapter received from the national DU organization in recognition of the chapter’s fund-raising and involvement efforts.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

This spring, take a minute to watch the skies over Huntington County, as thousands of migratory birds pass through to return north for the summer.

Many of these birds, especially ducks and geese, will stop to rest in the area only to continue flying the next day. The rest will make their summer home in the county, to the delight of bird-watchers and hunters alike.

But as development continues in the county and Northeast Indiana, where will these birds rest and live, and who will ensure their survival in the coming years?

The answer: Ducks Unlimited.

Lincoln Elementary parent volunteers help in building Lincoln's Cabin

Wendy Joseph checks an order for Lincoln Elementary School’s cookie sale to make sure it’s just right. Joseph is a parent volunteer for the school.
By Jessica Williams

Originally published Dec. 17, 2009

Parents at Lincoln Elementary are building President Abraham Lincoln's childhood log cabin.

Out of paper and volunteer hours, that is.

Cara Conwell, family involvement coordinator at the school, has started "Log into Lincoln" this year. The program tries to get parents to take an active role in their child's education while at Lincoln.

"The goal is to get parent involvement in the school. Studies have shown that the more parents (are involved), the better (their) students do in school," Conwell says.

Friends of Library looking forward to new home

Sue Jepsen, president of the Huntington Friends of the Library, stands with the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s popcorn popper that the Friends of the Library bought the library to use.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Dec. 10, 2009.

With a new home in the works, Huntington's Friends of the Library President Sue Jepsen has something to look forward to, even though her next big event isn't until June 2010.

Jepsen has been with Friends for 17 years, and once the new library addition is complete, her branch of the national organization will have a small spot to call its own to host its two large book sales each year, one of which just wrapped up this past weekend - the Holiday Book Boutique.

Lancaster K class helping in national experiment

Lancaster Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jeanne Paff and her students inspect photos of caterpillars aboard the International Space Station. The students are comparing the development of their caterpillars on earth with those in space.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Dec. 7, 2009.

The kindergartners at Lancaster Elementary School can't pinpoint the orbit of the International Space Station - "Far," Dale Johnson says. "A hundred feet up in the air." - but they can tell you the particulars of one of the experiments aboard the station.

County family uses UWIS backpack program to connect to nature

Jacob, Joshua and Terra Thompson (from left) participate in the Family Exploration Backpack Program offered through the Upper Wabash Interpretive Center of Salamonie Reservoir, which provides monthly-themed activities that focus on nature and wildlife.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

A Huntington County woman and her two sons keep in touch with the nature inside each of them.

They do this by participating in the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services' Family Exploration Backpack Program.

The program is still quite young, with only two and a half years under its belt. Teresa Rody, interpretive naturalist for the UWIS, co-created the program, which provides an in-depth study of nature by themed months, she says, such as wildlife, ants, camping and the reservoir.