After a career of working under deadlines, Hammel eases into writing book about career

Bob Hammel types a story on his typewriter in the summer of 1962 during his time as a reporter for The Herald-Press in Huntington. Hammel eventually departed his hometown and ended up in Bloomington, where he went on to have a long and distinguished career in sports journalism. Hammel wrote about his career in a new memoir, “Last Press Bus Out of Middletown.” He will be discussing the book during two appearances in Huntington on Tuesday, May 14. The second of those appearances will be at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6 p.m.
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As a career journalist, Bob Hammel was accustomed to working under the pressure of tight deadlines.

So, ironically, when he sat down to write a book that recounted those years of his life, he did so without a deadline in sight.

“It must’ve taken 10 years,” estimates Hammel of the writing process.

“I was never great on deadlines anyway,” he adds with a laugh.

17 Huntington North students spend spring break trip on ‘science experiments’ in Belize

Seventeen Huntington North High School students participated in the science experiments of a lifetime when they spent their recent spring break in the tiny Central American country of Belize.

Led by HNHS science teachers Melanie Leas and Reed Sturm, the group spent nine days on the ecology-based study trip in order to research manatees and water quality. They also spent some time on some unusual tours, Leas says.

Local Zesto Ice Cream Store celebrates 20th year

The Zesto Ice Cream Store in Huntington is celebrating its 20th season in business this year.

Zesto Huntington was franchised in 1999 from the family of Zesto stores based in Fort Wayne, and is owned by Gregg and Brandy Ness.

The store offers soft-serve ice cream products, frozen yogurt and some hot food items.

Huntington City-Township Public Library to kick off new book club

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will kick off a new book club for adults Wednesday, May 22.

The History Book Club will focus on the type of books its name implies – non-fiction books with a focus on history. The club will first meet Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. and will meet every fourth Wednesday each month, with each meeting focusing on a new read.

The book to be discussed at the first session is “The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore. Each meeting will include light snacks and drinks around a discussion of that month’s book and related topics.

Huntington University names Eckert as new director of nursing program

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Jodi Eckert

Huntington University has named Jodi Eckert, RN, as its new director of nursing.

Eckert has been a member of the nursing faculty at Huntington University since 2013. Prior to adopting a teaching role in academia, Eckert worked in the nursing field through two Parkview hospitals. She has experience in surgical-trauma ICU and has been a house supervisor and a case manager. Eckert holds a master’s degree in nursing and is a registered nurse.

Invite community to first Breakfast on Farm

The community is invited to attend the inaugural Breakfast on the Farm event Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Beekman Holsteins farm, 11902 N. Meridian Rd., Huntington.

Admission to the event is free and the breakfast is also free. In addition, family-friendly activities are planned with an emphasis on education and to see a working dairy farm in action. Tours will be given of the farm’s facilities.

The event is hosted by Jay and Jasmine Beekman and sponsored by the Huntington County Farm Bureau, Rupley Farm Equipment and Prairie Farms.

New Hope invites all to Senior Connection

New Hope Church invites the community to attend its monthly Senior Connection on Tuesday, May 28, at noon for a potluck meal and fellowship, humor and door prizes.

This month Kris Hittler will present “Sewing from pillowcases.” She has a ministry of producing clothing for children in needy areas. She has taught many how to make dresses and other clothing items by using pillowcases that are donated.

Those attending the event  are asked to bring a dish to share for the potluck meal.

Pathfinder Homeownership Ctr. honors tax prep program helpers

Bill Horoho (left), a 10-year volunteer of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, holds the award he received at a recent dinner to honor volunteers. He is congratulated by Kristy Wall, HomeOwnership counselor and VITA coordinator.

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center recently held an appreciation dinner on April 24, honoring the volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success.

More than 60 people attended the thank you celebration at Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons. Bill Horoho was honored at the dinner for 10 years of service as a volunteer with VITA.

Kryder presented scholarship


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Isabella Kryder (first from left), a senior at Huntington North High School, was awarded a Roanoke Lions Club Scholarship on Monday, May 6, at the Roanoke Public Library. To be eligible for the scholarship, one of the main criterions was that the applicant must have attended Roanoke Elementary School for at least one year. Pictured with Kryder are her mother, Rita (second from left), and father, Ervin (third from left), and Roanoke Lions member Jerry Anderson.

Olinger awarded scholarship


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Katelynn Olinger (first from left), a senior at Huntington North High School, was awarded a Roanoke Lions Club Scholarship on Monday, May 6, at the Roanoke Public Library. To be eligible for the scholarship, one of the main criterions was that the applicant must have attended Roanoke Elementary School for at least one year. Pictured with Olinger are her father, Jamie (second from left), and mother, Melanie (third from left), and Roanoke Lions President Jon Perkins.

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