Bookworm now handicap accessible thanks to Amramp

Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, tests the new ramp for the corporation’s Bookworm.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Instructional Services Center Bookworm has been ramped up by Amramp, Pathfinder Services' newest division.
The ramp was donated to the mobile library for use by children in wheelchairs, who can now be pushed up into the Bookworm.

Amramp officials also say carts full of books can now make the trek up into the library on wheels.

The presentation was made on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Singing tree


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Katie Melcher is dressed as a Christmas tree for the Roanoke Elementary School Christmas Sing-Along, held Dec. 22 and directed by school music teacher Barry Jamison. The program included a drama presentation by Paula Myers' second grade class, a performance by the Roanoke Rhythm choir, and musical selections by fifth-graders playing the recorder.

Salamonie Interpretive Center to be open New Year's

Salamonie Reservoir's Interpretive Nature Center will be open every day, including New Year's Day, this holiday season. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Annual entrance passes, DNR lake permits and annual horse tags for 2010 are available at the center.
The center features exhibits, floor to ceiling windows in the wildlife viewing area and staff on hand to answer questions. It is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Ind.-105 in western Huntington County.

Visit www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more information about the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.

Reading with a friend


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Riverview Middle School eighth-grader Matt Morrett reads to Carter MacDonald, a first-grader at Horace Mann Elementary, on Dec. 15. Students from Melanie Park's class enhanced their reading skills by collaborating with first-graders in Diana Farthing's class at Horace Mann. The older students encouraged the reading buddies to discover the joy of reading and read Christmas-themed books as well as letters written to Santa by the first-graders.

HU social work students team with United Way to push 2-1-1

Huntington University social work students are working with the Huntington County United Way to publicize the 2-1-1 phone number that can be called for information about everyday needs.
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Huntington University social work students are working hand-in-hand with the United Way to draw attention to a little-known source of help.

On Dec. 9, the senior social work majors involved in Carla MacDonald's social work practice III class presented their findings to community leaders concerning their partner-ship with the Huntington County United Way to help spread the word about the 2-1-1 phone information service.

Giving to the needy

The Huntington North Machine Trades Class donated approximately $1,000 in gifts to the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program, on Thursday, Dec. 17. On hand for the presentation are (from left) Taylor Westlund, Jeremy Ralston, AJ Nelson, Capt. Sally Sell, of the Salvation Army; Casey Smith, Chris King and Jonathan Tate.

Season for giving


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle System LLC adopted Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home for the fifth consecutive year and provided gifts for 23 residents. Pictured are Bendix employees (background, from left) Jammie Chism, Deb Driscoll, Shelly Neff, Marva Miller and Heath Pinkerton and Miller's Merry Manor residents Jessie Herrick and James Huff (foreground).

VFW honors Shearer as top firefighter

Gregory S. Shearer was honored by VFW Post 2689 as Firefighter of the Year. Pictured are (from left) Post Commander Dale Howell; Jerry Walling, chairman of the Firefighter of the Year program; Shearer; and Lois Hall, auxiliary president.
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Gregory Shearer was honored as Firefighter of the Year by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. The honor was presented Dec. 9 at the Post home.

Shearer joined the Huntington Fire Department in April 1994. He is certified as a firefighter second class, firefighter first class, first responder, master level in strategy and tactics, and operations level and technician level in hazardous materials.

Transwheel to expand its local operations

Transwheel Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of replacement wheels for the automotive aftermarket, announced Dec. 16 that it will expand its operations in Huntingon, creating up to 65 new jobs by 2011.

The company, which is the largest domestic source for replacement wheels and wheel covers to body shops, tire stores and wheel distributors, will invest more than $2.2 mil-lion to consolidate its Huntington area and Michigan manufacturing and distribution operations into an existing 155,000-square-foot facility in Huntington.

HNHS attains 'Best Buy' status


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The faculty and staff at Huntington North High School have once again demonstrated their ability to do more with less.

For the first time since 2006, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named HNHS one of the state's "Best Buy" schools - schools that organization says "give taxpayers the best educational outcomes for their money."
"As far as I'm concerned, the school's not just a best buy," HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley says. "It's a good investment."

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