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.

City will return grant, kill Etna Avenue project

The Huntington Common Council killed a proposed Etna Avenue reconstruction project during its meeting on Tuesday, June 9, citing limited funding and opposition from community members.

The split 4-3 vote in favor of terminating the proposed project marked the end of a period of uncertainty for both residents and businesses on Etna Avenue.

Councilmen voting with the majority were Erv Ebersole, Brooks Fetters, Jason Fields and Steve McIntyre.

Those voting to continue with the project were Joe Blomeke, Keith Eller and Jack Slusser.

Festival banner honors veterans

The Salamonie Summer Festival banner was taken to Heritage Pointe in Warren on Monday, June 1, to be signed by veterans.
Photo contributed.

The community of Warren will pay special tribute to its veterans and current service members during this summer's Salamonie Summer Festival.

The theme of the festival, which will be held July 2-5, is "Let Freedom Ring: A Salute to Our Heroes." Veterans, service members and family members of deployed military personnel are invited to sign a banner bearing that theme, which will be on display during the festival.

Maridith J. 'Mert' Lahr

Maridith J. "Mert" Lahr, 74, of Fort Wayne, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, and Markle, IN, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Lahr was a 1953 graduate of Rockcreek High School, Huntington County, and was a member of the Huntington County Sports Hall of Fame. He was a self-employed carpenter and farmer in Huntington County. He had also coached youth Farm League and Pony League baseball in Markle.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Summer Leagues

Wednesday High School Development
Men's High Game: EJ Tackett, 240; Adam Fruit, 234; Mel Fruit Jr., 223.
Men's High Series: EJ Tackett, 653; Mel Fruit Jr., 640; Adam Fruit, 639.
Women's High Game: Stacey Hebert, 236; Elizabeth Bischoff, 195; Alex Rittenhouse, 193.
Women's High Series: Stacey Hebert, 625; Elizabeth Bischoff, 557; Alex Rittenhouse, 507.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 19-5; Trent Kline, 15-9; Alex Rittenhouse, 14.5-9.5.

Principal Faroh to take post as Lancaster Elementary teacher

James Faroh Sr., principal at Lincoln Elementary School for the past five years, will leave the principal's post to become a teacher at Lancaster Elementary School this fall.

Faroh requested the transfer, which was unanimously approved during a meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Turstees on Monday, June 8.

Faroh will teach fifth grade at Lancaster.

Permanent drug disposal sites set

Sorting prescription drugs during Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park are (from left) Scott Haskett, Kenneth Field and Jonathan Leist, the latter the director of the Huntington County Solid Waste District.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt says the recent Drug Drop Off Day was a big success.

The event was held on Saturday, May 30, at Hier's Park. Residents were offered the opportunity to drop off unused or unneeded prescription drugs.

"At the end of the day we collected over $200,000 worth of prescription drugs," states Hurlburt. "It was a busy and successful event."

Jonathon Leist, Solid Waste District director, says drugs were sorted into two categories, controlled and uncontrolled drugs.

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