Imogene L. Rittenhouse

Imogene L. Rittenhouse, 92, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at 9:55 p.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor in Huntington.

Londa Fausz

Londa Fausz, 79, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, at 12:42 p.m.  at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Ms. Fausz graduated from Huntington High School in 1959. After 42 years, she retired from her position as office manager for the Church of the Nazarene Northeast District. She was a member of Huntington First Church of the Nazarene.

She was born on April 7, 1941, in Fort Wayne, to Albert J. and Lela M. Smith Fausz.

Drake Goetz Memorial Park nearly completed; fills needs of Huntington

Local volunteers donated their time this summer to install playground equipment and pour sections of the cement walkway for Drake Goetz Memorial Park, located at 4082N-350E in Huntington. The park features a soccer field and pickleball court and will also include playground equipment, a walking path and more.
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Drake Goetz was known by many in the Huntington community, growing up in Huntington and attending Life Church. He attended Canterbury High School, where he was a soccer player.

At the age of 15, Drake died after being involved in an ATV accident. Shortly after his death, family members and friends started thinking up ways to help Drake’s memory live on that could also impact the community he grew up in. The answer became building the Drake Goetz Memorial Park.

Huntington North High School holds Senior Week; honors fall senior athletes

Walking with her parents, Adam and Kelly Clanin, is Huntington North High School senior and cross country runner Lily Clanin. The week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 was dedicated to senior athletes at Huntington North, ending with the senior night football game on Friday evening. Football players and managers, cheerleaders, cross country runners, band members and color guard members were celebrated before the football game on Sept. 4.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

In the spring, plans for school events like musicals, prom, graduation and more came to a grinding halt due to COVID-19 closures. Events that people in the community had been looking forward to for months were suddenly being postponed or canceled. Entire seasons of sports were missed, and Huntington North High School was unable to continue with their tradition of celebrating their senior athletes during their last home game of the season.

Huntington Parks & Recreation to host community events in September

The Huntington Parks & Recreation Department is hosting several community events and activities this month:

• “Yoga in the Park” will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Tuesday now to Sept. 29, in the large pavilion at Memorial Park.

Pre-register for the sessions by contacting megan.thompson@hunt or calling 358-2323 ext. 2502. There is a fee charged for all four sessions.

American Senior Communites earns 2020 award

American Senior Communities (ASC) has earned the 2020 Customer Approved award from Lincoln, NE-based health-care-intelligence firm NRC Health.

The award recognizes Senior care organizations across the country for creating an outstanding care experience for their customers. Locally, Markle Health & Rehabilitation is a member of the ASC family.

Chillin’ out by the campfire

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With their horses tethered in the background, family members (from left) Richard Watkins, of Andrews, Grayson Hampton, 5, and Lauren Hampton, both of Fort Wayne, enjoy relaxing at their spot in the Horseman’s Campground at Salamonie Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday, Sept. 5. Park officials reported the campground was “sold out,” as families set up camp and enjoyed themselves during the long Labor Day weekend.

Biscuits are cooking!

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jaden Denham (left), 13, of Marion, mans a huge skillet over the fire as she cooks up biscuits to go with sausage gravy at the Salamonie Lake State Recreation Area campground on Saturday, Sept. 5. Overseeing the campfire cuisine is a friend, Cayson Shollay, 4, also of Marion.

Purdue Extension holds free opioid crisis program for community Sept. 24

The upcoming Understanding the Opioid Crisis program will provide community members an opportunity for education and discussion around the opioid crisis in the community.

Purdue Extension will offer this free event on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. This program is open to all members of the public and will be held at First Merchant’s Heritage Hall located at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

United Way plans drive-through ‘Trunk-or-Treat’

The United Way of Huntington County is hosting a Halloween event for families in Huntington County looking for a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The “Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat” will be an opportunity for children to collect Halloween treats from local agencies and businesses that serve the Huntington community, all from the comfort of their own vehicles. The event will be free, but donations will be encouraged.


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