United REMC still lighting the way for rural residents

REMC employee Felix Vanner installs a new pole and transformer at a residence on West Maple Grove Road on Thursday, Jan. 14. The removal of a rotten pole and installation of the transformer was part of REMC’s improvement efforts.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Jan. 18, 2010.

Not more than 75 years ago, rural Huntington County was dark.

Farmers and others residing in the countryside were missed by the growing power grid that lighted towns throughout the county.

Then in 1936, then-President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, part of the president's "Second New Deal" program, designed to bring electricity to rural areas all across the United States.

Huntington County was no exception.

Pathfinder Community Connections sets Neighborhood meeting for March 2

Pathfinder Community Connections, the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will coordinate a Northeast Huntington Neighborhood meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 2.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the basement of Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 530 Guilford St. in Huntington.

Flint Springs students use profits from business to help benefit others

Mike Rohler (left), director of the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, accepts a donation for  Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti from Flint Springs Elementary School third-graders Vanessa Dimond (center) and Blake Masterson.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Third-graders at Flint Springs Elementary School are using the profits of their business for the betterment of their world.

Their most recent project was the donation of $155.52, representing one day's profits from their popcorn business, to the American Red Cross to be used in Haiti relief efforts.

Health department reschedules HNHS vaccines for March 3

Due to the cancellation of school on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Huntington County Health Department has rescheduled its vaccination clinic at Huntington North High School for Wednesday, March 3.

Colorectal surgeon Klinker opens local office at Parkview Huntington

Photo provided.
Kelly Klinker.

Dr. Kelly Klinker, a colorectal surgeon with Northeast Indiana Colon and Rectal Surgeons, P.C., Fort Wayne, has opened an office in Huntington County at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

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.

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