River Friendly Farmer of Indiana awarded at SWCD annual meeting


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Greg and Eva Witkamp received the River Friendly Farmer Award Thursday, Feb. 18, during the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting.

March blood drives honor donors and volunteers during American Red Cross Month

March is American Red Cross Month, and the organization is honoring blood donors and volunteers.

"March is a time we can honor the contributions Red Cross volunteers make to our nation," says Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. "It's a time, too, when we like to encourage more people to get involved through the simple act of blood donation or by volunteering at a blood drive in their community."

Huntington University Excel to host meeting on nursing program

The Huntington University Excel Adult Degree Program will host an informational meeting on Feb. 23 on its "R.N. to B.S.N." program.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the nursing department on the lower level of the university's Science Hall.

The program offers registered nurses a way to complete their bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Classes are held on Thursday evenings, beginning March 18, on the Huntington campus.

Students will complete the nursing core in less than two years.

Library nears end of project

Jan Perkins (left) and Kay Stine, librarians in the children’s department of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, move children’s books to their new shelves in the expanded library on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kathy Holst won't deny that the Huntington City-Township Public library is looking a bit disorganized these days.

"We call it creative stuffing," says Holst, the library's director.

The library is nearing the end of a year-long, $3.4 million expansion project, waiting for state approval to occupy the just-completed addition.

When that permit will be issued, Holst doesn't know. In a perfect world, she says, it might be a week or two.

"We had the first walk-through by the state people yesterday (Feb. 17)," Holst says.

Extension Office releases 4-H calendar

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces its 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, Feb. 22 to Thursday, Feb. 25

They are:

Monday, Feb. 22

6 p.m. - Canine Capers meets for behavior clinic, in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

6:30 p.m. - Champion Achievers. Christ the King Church.

6:30 p.m. - Wayne Township Future Farmers. Banquo Church.

7 p.m. - Extension Board meets in the Extension Office meeting room.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Warren Sportsman Club.

Roanoke maps out projects for CEDIT funding

The Roanoke Town Council approved the town's 2010 County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) allocation plan at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The funding plan is just an idea of how the town intends to spend CEDIT money, and the town is not held to the plan.

"It's just to give the county commissioners an idea of how we're going to spend the money," says JoAnn Kirchner, Roanoke clerk-treasurer.

The plan is as follows:

• $5,000 to the Roanoke Town Court for the creation of a secure records storage room, per Indiana law.

Huntington City-Township Library program focuses on penguins


Photo by Andre Laird.

Kay Stine reads a story about penguins to a small group of area youth. The Huntington City-Township Library recently held a program that focused on penguins, with games, activities and refreshments.

SWCD honors project excellence


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes Huntington County youth who excelled in the 4-H soil and water conservation project. They are (front row from left) Bailey Irick, Alexandria Christman and Alexandra Forsythe; and (back row from left) Bonnie Hardy, Julie Winters, Robert Sliger III and Matthew Knight.

Training offered for literacy volunteer tutors

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition is in need of volunteer tutors.

Tutor Training will be held at the GED Classroom of Work One on Flaxmill Road on Tuesday eve-nings, March 2 to 23, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. Participants are expected to complete all four sessions.

Training is open to any adult interested in assisting others with reading, math, obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or improving their skills in English as a Second Language (ESL).

Kids Kampus to hold pie fund-raiser

Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center of Huntington is partnering with Moore's Pie Shop for a pie fund-raiser through Wednesday, March 3.

Pie varieties are fruit pies including Dutch apple, blueberry, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, cherry and peach; soft pies including coconut, lemon, chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter and poured pies including, pumpkin and sugar cream.

Specialty pies are also available, including black raspberry, caramel apple walnut, dietetic peach, apple or cherry, pecan and key lime.

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