2019 Salamonie Summer Festival Schedule of Activities


7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Home Plate, Tower Park
Sponsor: Warren 1st Baptist Church

Tower Park
Rain Date: July 7


Moon landing discussion

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Erin Lewis, of the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, located near Kalamazoo, MI, gave an interactive presentation on how American put astronauts on the moon at the Huntignton Branch of the Huntingotn City-Township Public Library on Saturday, June 29. The event was in observance of the 50th anniversary of men walking on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Honor Flight fund-raiser

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Kyra Kelly (left) and Justen Kelley look over raffle times at the Honor Flight fund-raiser put on by Freedom Riders Chapter 5 of Huntington at Hier's park, in Huntington on Saturday, June 29. The event included two auctions, games and live bands.

Show Us Your Ride

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dominick McCann (left) and Josh Bauer discuss vehicles at the Show Us your Ride Car, Truck and Bike Show at Markle Health and Rehabilitation on Saturday, June 29.

Final Friday

Photo by Steve Clark.

Warren's second Final Friday concert series had its second rendition of the summer with a performance by (from left) Mark Pay, Jessie Brown and Emma Zinck on Friday night, June 28, at Riverside Park.

SS. Peter and Paul celebration

Photo provided.

Fourth Degree members of the Huntington Knights of Columbus form an honor guard as Knight Jeff Young leads celebrants down the aisle of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Saturday, June 29, after a Mass that was the highlight of the church's 175thyear. During the Mass, Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese Bishop Kevin Rhoades consecrated a new altar and blessed renovations at the church, which included the redecorating of three massive altars more than a century old. 

Janice Hencken

Janice Hencken, 79, of Huntington, IN, died June 28, 2019, at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab Center in Fort Wayne.

Gary L. Speelman

Gary L Speelman, 63, of rural Roann, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 7:45 a.m.  at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 24, 1955, in Huntington to Harold Eugene and Melba Jean (Powell) Speelman. He married Marilyn Tait on Oct. 4, 1982, in Wabash, and she survives.

Mr. Speelman was a 1974 graduate of Northfield High School. He worked 42 years at Ford Meter Box in Wabash. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Lagro and the FoMeBo Credit Union Board of Directors.  

Norma J. Betten

Norma J. Betten, 91, of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 12:06 p.m.  at Miller’s Merry Manor in Huntington.

Mrs. Betten attended Bippus High School and worked in production at Memcor in Huntington for 23 years, retiring in 2003. She was a member of Bippus Calvary United Methodist Church.

She was born April 27, 1928, in Uniondale to Glenn and Ivadel “Irene” Reece Rittenhouse. She married Robert Pinkerton, and he preceded her in death in 1974. She married Harry D. Betten on Nov. 19, 1976 in Bippus, and he preceded her in death on June 15, 2018.

Raymond C. Pelz

Raymond Charles Pelz, 84, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family in Van Buren, IN, died Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Mr. Pelz was in the United States National Guard for more than 10 years, serving during the Berlin Crisis.  He was a retired truck driver driving for Helms Trucking, Kroger, Essex Wire and Lowe’s. He attended Waynedale Baptist Church, was a member of Bluffton First Church of the Nazarene and currently attended Fort Wayne Trinity Church of the Nazarene.


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