Surber receives Masonic scholarship

Jordan Surber (second from left) has been awarded a $1,300 scholarship by the Indiana Masonic Lodge. With him  are (from left) his father, Rob Surber; Mason Richard Kimes; and his grandfather, Bob Surber.
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Jordan N. Surber, a graduate of Huntington North High School, has been awarded a $1,300 Masonic Scholarship by the Scholarship Board of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, Free and Accepted Masons.

Surber is the son of Robert N. and Cherie Surber, of Huntington. He plans to apply the scholarship toward his first year at Trine University, Angola, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.

Mt. Etna VFD gets cost share grant to help with equipment

The Mt. Etna Volunteer Fire Department has received a $4,843 cost share grant through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The money will be used to buy needed equipment for firefighters' personal protection and to replace the department's turnout gear.

A cost share grant is split half and half; the DNR will supply the grant money if the department can match the same amount.

Area food vendors to display wares at JeFFFest, too

Linda House (left) and Dorothy Webb (center) of Elizabeth's Team Room and Liz Dettling of Pizza Junction sample some of the items they will have for sale at JeFFFest 28 in downtown Huntington.
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JeFFFest, sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing, gets its unique name from the Jefferson Street location and the fabulous music, fine arts, and fun food that it offers.

The event is scheduled for June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the center block of Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington. Along with artwork offered for silent auction and music by Eric Clancy, the event also features a selection of food from area vendors.

Eight head to college with HCTA scholarships

The Huntington Classroom Teachers' Association has awarded eight scholarships to Huntington County students so they may continue their educational endeavors.

The recipients include Ross Whitacre, Katie Durrwachter, Daniel Leedy, Ashley Wilcoxson, Kiela Clore, Mary Ellen Richey, Taylor Stump and Mariah Town.

To receive a scholarship from HCTA, individuals must demonstrate academic achieve-ment and good character.


Purdue CAFO study group to reveal findings via broadcast on June 18

A team of Purdue University specialists who studied confined animal feeding facilities in eight Indiana counties, including Huntington County, will present their findings during a June 18 public meeting that will be broadcast to 21 locations across the state.

Community Impacts of Confined Animal Feeding Operations will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Andrews pavilion makes way for new

Tom Wuensch, owner of TW Excavating and the Andrews fire chief, operates his Bobcat Friday morning, June 5, to demolish the pavilion in the Andrews Park.
Photo by Jessica Williams

Tom Wuensch, the Andrews Fire Chief, directed some demolition on June 5 in the Andrews Park.

In addition to being chief, Wuensch also owns his own excavating company, TW Excavating, "So it works out pretty well," he says with a laugh.

Wuensch noticed the pavilion in the park was falling apart and unsafe, so he got some volunteers together from the fire department and his own company to tear down the existing pavilion and build a new one, at no cost to the town of Andrews.

A dream (almost) come true

Kent Schenkel with the state-of-the-art helmet he uses. Schenkel will participate in an ARCA test run May 27, with an opportunity to race on June 12.
Photo by Matt Murphy

Originally published May 25, 2009

Kent Schenkel has been chasing a lifelong dream for almost a decade.

Literally chasing. And passing. And tuning up.

Schenkel, 58, of Huntington, will be at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on May 27, testing for a chance to qualify in the Automobile Racing Club of America's (ARCA) RE/MAX Series "Racing for Wildlife 200" on June 12.

"It's been a dream that's coming true," he said.

Charles D. 'Chuck' Saner

Charles D. "Chuck" Saner, 70, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at 3:05 p.m. at Hospice Home of Fort Wayne.

Mr. Saner had previously lived in Akron and Warren. He retired in 1998 from Sealed Power of Rochester, where he had worked for 32 years. He had previously been employed by Pike Lumber Company of Akron. He raced stock cars at the Warsaw Speedway under the name "Farmer Saner."

He was a 1957 graduate of Akron High School and a member of New Beginning Worship Center in Huntington, where he played the bass guitar.

Charlotte E. Funk

Charlotte Funk, 87, of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 10:28 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mrs. Funk graduated from Laconia (IN) High School in 1940 and attended interior decorating school in Chicago, IL. She was retired from Indiana Bell Telephone Company after having worked for 17 years in the Fort Wayne and Huntington offices.

She was a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Roanoke; Bell Telephone Pioneers, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 Auxiliary and Moose Lodge 837, all in Huntington; and the Elks Lodge in Edgewater, FL.

David R. Bartrom

David R. Bartrom, 73, of Andrews, IN, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mr. Bartrom had been employed as a machinist at Orton Crane, American Hoist and the Long Beach, CA, division of McDonald-Douglas. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

He was born July 26, 1935, in Huntington to Charles E. and Goldie Marie Braden Bartrom. He married Barbara Garrison on July 2, 1955, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntington. His wife survives.


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