Applications being taken for HELP scholarship in memory of John Decker

Huntington County HELP, Inc. for Disabled Citizens will award a scholarship in memory of the late board member John Decker.

The John Decker Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to a Huntington county resident who is a high school senior or a student enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in post high school studies who has or has had a physical or learning disability.

Disability must be documented with an IEP, a client of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or a physician's letter.

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.

Forks gets grant from DEKKO Foundation for building project

The Forks of the Wabash Historic Park received a $20,000 matching grant for its 1,500 square-foot addition.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Historic Forks of the Wabash Inc., of Huntington, has been awarded a matching grant from DEKKO Foundation worth up to $20,000 for a building addition at the Forks.

Any building contributions received between Dec. 8, 2009, and July 1, 2010, will be matched dollar for dollar.

The addition is roughly 1,500 square feet and will include a new entryway for tours, a larger gift shop for fund raising purposes, an archive storage room, and a large meeting room that can house about 175 people. The office will move into the current gift shop for more room as well.

Young to give program on GAR Room

Huntington County history buff Gib Young will present a free program on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

G.A.R. stands for Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union veterans of the Civil War.
It was not uncommon for county courthouses to set aside rooms for their G.A.R. organizations. The G.A.R. was dissolved after the death of its last member in 1956.

Young is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a successor to the G.A.R.

Huntington County Community Foundation opens Pyle Grant applications

The Huntington County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Stephanie A. Pyle "Spirit of the Community" Fund grant.

The grant will be awarded to not-for-profit charitable purposes that will keep Pyle's passion for community service alive in Huntington County.

Not-for-profit organizations and applicants with a not-for-profit as a fiscal agent may apply for the grant.

Applications must be received at the HCCF office by April 12. Awards will be announced after May 6.

Bellamy to present program on French influence in local history at historical museum open meet

Cindy (left) and Randy Bellamy are dressed in pre-Revolutionary War era garb. Randy Bellamy, who portrays a French trader, will speak at a Huntington County Historical Society program on March 16 about the French influence in Huntington County.
Photo provided.

On Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m., the Huntington Historical Museum will hold an open meeting.

Randy Bellamy, dressed as a pre-Revolutionary War era French fur trader, will present a program on French influence in Huntington County.

Bellamy and his friends have been French re-enactors for 17 years, traveling to festivals in Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Upcoming programs include Joe Krom presenting, "William Wells at the Forks of the Wabash," on May 18.
The museum is located at 315 Court St.


Huntington University announces new bachelor’s degree in marketing to start this coming autumn

Huntington University is offering a new Bachelor of Science in marketing degree beginning this fall.

The marketing degree will be offered through the university's business and economics department. Classes will focus on the principles of marketing, salesmanship, market research, consumer behavior, business communication, financial management and advertising and promotion. Enrollment is currently under way.

Senate, House hopefuls to debate in March 26 Huntington TEA Party event

Candidates seeking their parties' nominations to the United States Senate and House of Representatives will take part in a debate on Friday, March 26, sponsored by the Huntington TEA Party.

Senate candidates who have agreed to participate are Richard Behney, John Hostettler, Don Bates Jr. and Marlin Stutzman. All are seeking the Republican nomination to the seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.

Extension office announces 4-H calendar of events for March 15-18

Purdue Extension Cooperative Extension - Huntington County Office announces it 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 15.

They are:

Monday, March 15
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

7 p.m. - Tractor Club meets at Koenig Equipment.

Tuesday, March 16
6 p.m. - Shotgun, Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

6 p.m. - Rifle and Muzzleloader clubs will meet at Warren Sportsman's Club.

6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Gately will sign books, lead retreat at Victory Noll Center

Edwina Gately

Internationally-known speaker, writer, advocate, poet and mother Edwina Gateley will bring her message to Victory Noll Center with a pair of events in April.

On Friday, April 23, Gateley will be on hand for a gathering and book-signing of her new book, "In God's Womb: A Spiritual Memoir." On Saturday, April 24, she will lead a day-long retreat, "In God's Womb: Your Soul Journey With God."


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