Huntington police chief offers Halloween safety tips for everyone

Huntington Police Chief S. Thomas Emely offers these Halloween safety rules to protect yourself and your children:

Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths.

Always walk, do not run. You can slip and fall down.
Stay on the sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road.

Walk single file, facing the traffic.

Cross streets only at corners, with adults.

Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.

Plenty of Halloween activities are set

Lucas Esch, left, and Paige Fisher rehearse for “Night Chills” by Edgar Allan Poe at the Pulse Opera House recently.
Photo provided.

A haunted hotel and a haunted woods, costume contests for both kids and dogs, and hay-rides and cook-offs celebrate the season from one end of Huntington County to the other.

GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: The Great Pumpkin Festival will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Oct. 31, in downtown Huntington.

Events will be kicked off on Thursday, Oct. 29, with the Haunted Hotel, 13th Floor, at 511 N. Jefferson St., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enyeart heads up new HNHS sports direction

Randy Enyeart.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Oct. 1, 2009.

One Huntington North High School teacher and coach is bringing something new to the table this year.

Randy Enyeart, who teaches physical hducation and health and coaches football and track, has picked up the intramural sports program at HNHS to offer students another op-portunity to get involved.

"What we're trying to do is offer students other opportunities for athletic events outside of varsity sports," says Enyeart.

He says he understands varsity sports aren't for everyone.

Smart's childhood dream of flying is now a paying hobby

Chris Smart, of Huntington, stands in front of the trailer for "The Dreamcatcher," the host air balloon he pilots in competitions in the area and locally durng passenger rides.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published  Sept. 28, 2009.

What started as a chase 17 years ago has now became a paying hobby. For Chris Smart, his childhood dream was to fly.

"When I was young, I always wanted to be a pilot; always thought I'd be a jet pilot, but that didn't happen ..." he says.

But when he followed a hot air ballooner to his landing spot in 1989, he was offered the chance of a lifetime.
The pilot said he was in need for crewmembers and asked Smart if he was interested. Smart said he was and it took off from there, literally.

Roanoke to host its second annual Renaissance

Linn Bartling demonstrates the pottery wheel during last year’s Renaissance in Roanoke event. The arts festival will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Roanoke.
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The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual "A Renaissance in Roanoke: Taste the Flavor of Fine Arts" festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.

The event will feature various art exhibits and events, as well as food from local vendors.

"We're trying to make sure it's as special as possible," says Alice Eshelman, a member of the fair's steering committee and the proprietor of the Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke.

Huntington businesses add glamour to Housewalk

This is the official map for the Tri Kappa Housewalk on Sunday, Oct. 4. All four homes are shown.
Map provided.

The four homes featured on the Tri Kappa Housewalk this Sunday, Oct. 4, will get some extra glamour courtesy of several Huntington businesses.

Housewalk guests will also be tempted by sweet treats offered at the Kappa Konfections Shoppe, which will be set up in one of the four homes.

This year's featured homes are those of Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke; Richard and Becky Hawley, 1111 N. Jefferson St.; Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W, Huntington; and Ron and Marcia Rivers, 219 S. Main St., Roanoke.

Local residents have something to dance about

Butch Tracey, of the Happy Feet Round Dance Club, helps teach the moves during a recent round dancing lesson in the Moose Lodge. Tracey says his club will offer lessons in Huntington again, possibly in the winter.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Sept. 14, 2009.

Several Huntington residents have found something to dance to on Monday evenings.

Happy Feet Round Dance Club, based in New Haven, has offered dance lessons in Huntington's Moose Lodge since late August of this year.

Butch Tracey, instructor, and Mary Harlan, assistant, run the show.

Tracey is from Ossian and has cued since 1971. He began teaching three years prior to that.

Hawley's rebuilt home one of four set for Tri Kappa Housewalk

The Hawleys' large living room features an area for card games and a custom-built entertainment center, which is a duplication of the one lost in the house fire.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Richard and Becky Hawley's home, located at 1111 N. Jefferson St., will be one of the four homes featured in Tri Kappa's annual Housewalk.

The Hawleys' original home was badly damaged in a fire 2006, which resulted from a gas explosion next door.

"The original home was built in 1890, so it had a lot of history in Huntington," states Hawley. "We moved to the area in 1985."

Becky Hawley adds that in rebuilding, it was important to them to recapture the history of the home.

Patmores' 'dream house' in housewalk

The large kitchen in the Patmore residence features a commercial range with a handcrafted hood and an island that houses a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. The home will be featured in Tri Kappa’s Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Don Patmore chose Huntington as the place to build his dream house, he didn't know much about the area.

"I initially chose the area for three reasons," Patmore says. "Firstly, I wanted to get out of the area where I was in Warsaw. I also wanted wide open spaces and a buffer zone between me and my next-door neighbors. Lastly, I liked the fact that Huntington was closer to Fort Wayne."

The Patmore home, a combination of Don's and his wife Jo's tastes, will be one of the four homes showcased in this year's Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

HNHS Athletic Dept. strives to keep community in know

Huntington North High School Athletic Director Michael Gasaway stands in front of a large calendar of HNHS athletic events for the 2009-10 school year.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Sept. 10, 2009.

The Huntington North High School Athletic Department has added a new tool and updated an existing one to keep the communication open between the department and the community.

Athletic Director Michael Gasaway introduced the Athletic Hotline at the beginning of the 2009-10 sports season.

"We talked about how could people find out the status of games without interrupting what (Jill Landrum, athletic department secretary) is trying to get done at the end of the day," says Gasaway, explaining how the idea came about.

Local church reaches out to youth with 'Games in the Park' program

Rev. Rick Leone (right) and Paige Johnson play the part of sheep during a game of “What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?” Saturday morning, Sept. 12, at Laurie Park. Leone is pastor of the Church of Our Glorious King.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Roughly four years ago, members of the Church of Our Glorious King, in Huntington, embarked on a mission to reach out to their community.

Every Saturday in September and October since then, a group of volunteers facilitates "Games in the Park" at Laurie Park from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program is offered for youth in grades three through six.

Tom Bergler, program director, says there was a need.

HCCSC students fare well on ISTEPs

Chart by Cindy Klepper.

Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community Schools, has every right to be proud.

"We outperformed the state across the board," he says after reviewing results from his corporation's students on the latest ISTEP+ assessment.

And that's about the only comparison that's valid with this test. The ISTEP administered in the spring of 2009 had a new format and was given at a different time of the year than in the past, so Indiana Department of Education officials say it can't really be compared to scores on past tests.

Andrews Lions' support of leader dog program comes back to Walker

Aspen, a chocolate Labrador retriever Leader Dog, leads Bud Walker down Walker’s driveway in Andrews. Walker got Aspen three years ago through the Leader Dogs for the Blind program.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Originally published Aug. 27, 2009.

Andrews residents Bud and Joyce Walker's lives were saved from a negligent driver a short while ago - by a dog.

The couple was making a routine trip to the Wal-Mart store in Huntington. Bud, who is legally blind, was preparing to go across the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the store when a pickup truck sped through the intersection without stopping at the posted signs.

Roanoke home has made area couple into historic caretakers

When Ron and Marcia Rivers moved into their home near downtown Roanoke in 2005, they not only became the owners of a house - they became the latest in a line of caretakers of a piece of history.

And each of those caretakers over the past 115 years has made sure to pass down two keepsakes with the house - a picture of the house just after it was built in 1894, and a photograph of a little girl who was one of the home's original occupants.

HPD adds robot to its lineup

Huntington Police Officer Dale Osborn (center) listens to Huntington Robotics Team THRUST member Samir Shaikh as he operates “Fred” (shown at left) at Hier’s Park on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The robot will be used at police shooting ranges as a moving target.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Aug. 17, 2009.

A new member was added to the Huntington Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 11, but he will help in a different way.

"Fred" is a robot the Huntington County 4-H Robotics team, Team THRUST 1501 (Thundering Herd of Robots Using Student Thinking), built for the police department to use as target practice during shooting drills on the police range.