Keep calm & swim on

Katie Blair, of Huntington, traveled to the island of St. Lucia for a 41-mile swim that started on Tuesday, Oct. 13, taking nearly 30 hours to complete.
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By KATELYNN FARLEY During her middle school years, Katie Blair, originally of Mannheim, Germany, and currently of Huntington, picked up swimming. She joined the German junior national team in triathlon, doing it professionally in her early twenties.

Blair moved to the U.S. in 2003, living in Colorado Springs, Colo., prior to her move to Indiana.

Pomp and Plenty set Nov. 7-8

Eryn Dolby, along with other members of the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, practice a piece on Wednesday, Oct. 21, after school. The Varsity Singers will present Pomp and Plenty to the public on Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Annually, the Huntington North High School choral department holds their Pomp and Plenty concert at the end of November, featuring the Varsity Singers, Varsity Brass and Viking Volume, along with the Varsity Crew.

Though COVID-19 has brought on changes for many groups, especially school groups and athletic groups, the HNHS choral department is doing what they can to ensure the students within the department have their time to shine and perform for the community this year.

Josie has a way with horses

Josie Eckert stands with some of her numerous awards won at different competitions through the years.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

Huntington North High School junior Josie Eckert had the best horse in Malcolm, a Paint showman.

“We had wanted a family horse for Josie,” Heather Eckert, Josie’s mother, said. “We bought him sight unseen when he was two weeks old. He came to us weaned and was immediately all over us. He loved being a horse, riding the trails and eating his favorite snacks, carrots.”

Josie added, “He was bratty. He could open doors. His personality was big. By the time he was two, he was a fancy horse.”

Quilting group creates 61 blankets for those in need

Three members of the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church quilting group, (from left) Joyce Gravely, Linda Hollowell and Barbara Spreen, all of Huntington, display one of the 61 quilts that have been made for those in need. The quilts were shipped to Maryland on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

For nearly 20 years now, quilters and creators of all skill levels have been gathering at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday mornings, making quilts for those in need.

Now, after working as much as possible during 2020, the group is ready to ship out 61 finished quilts to Maryland.

‘Two Mothers’ making masks for vets

Sitting with a few of the Purple Heart masks, created by Two Mothers of Two Purple Heart Sons, which are available at the VFW Post 2689 for Purple Heart recipients are (from left) Wade Perkins, Karen Wehr, Gloria Holzinger, Larry Shaw and Chuck Kuschel.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Two local women are giving back to veterans in their community, using their sewing and creativity skills to do so.

Karen Wehr, of Warren, and Gloria Holzinger, of Huntington, have a special connection, through their sons who have received the Purple Heart award.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, both Wehr and Holzinger were involved with making facemasks for the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.

Respect Life Month is October

October has been pronounced Respect Life month in Huntington County. Debbie Stoffel, treasurer for Right to Life in Huntington, stands with Mayor Richard Strick to display the Respect Life proclamation, which was signed on Friday, Oct. 2.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

A signing ceremony on Friday, Oct. 2, proclaimed October to be Respect Life Month in Huntington.

During the ceremony in the City Council Chambers, Mayor Richard Strick read and signed the proclamation, which states “human life in the fullness of its diverse panoply at any and every stage of development” is worthy of respect and protection.

Huntington has recognized Respect Life Month for the past 42 years.

Homecoming will look different at HNHS in 2020

2017 Huntington North High School Homecoming King nominee Robert Borland stands with his sister, Charlotte Borland, during halftime of the 2017 Homecoming game. HNHS homecoming will look a little different this year, as the 2020 parade has been canceled and the number of fans at the football game will be limited.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

As with many events in 2020, Huntington North High School’s 2020 Homecoming events, slated for Friday, Oct. 9, will look a little different due to COVID-19.

The most drastic change for this year will be the cancellation of the Homecoming parade. The decision to cancel the 2020 parade was made by members of the administration. This will be the second year in a row that the HNHS Homecoming parade has been canceled, as the 2019 parade was unable to be held due to poor weather conditions.

3rd generation of Rader family now selling produce in county

Wayne Rader (from left) and his daughter and son-in-law, Ryan and Katelyn Shuttleworth, are the second and third generations of the Rader family to sell produce in Huntington County.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

The crisp Fall air and the gentle dew on the pumpkins contrasts with the fragrance of fresh-picked cantaloupe and sweet corn at Loon Creek Valley Farms in Banquo in the southwest corner of Huntington County.

Easy to find just south of Ind.-124 on Ind.-105, the colorful vegetable stand lures passersby to stop and revel in the bounty.

Behind the beauty of the early fall harvest is a long family tradition. Current owners Katelyn and Ryan Shuttleworth are the third generation of Raders to offer produce in Huntington County.

SRO Whitman explains his role in Hgtn. schools

tanding in downtown Huntington with his police car is school resource officer Ben Whitman. Whitman graduated from Huntington North High School in 2009 and is now a school resource officer there.
Photo by Lori Overmyer.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) school resource officer (SRO) Ben Whitman may not have realized he was training for his job.

Whitman, a 2009 Huntington North High School (HNHS) grad, joined the Navy and studied business administration at Ivy Tech, but found his place at Pathfinder Services and as a paraprofessional working with emotionally disabled students at HNHS.

“Both jobs were rewarding,” he said.

Little did Whitman know he was preparing for a future with all HCCSC students.

Huntington North JROTC program finds plenty of success

Competing in an activity during their Saturday, Sept. 12, competition are cadets in the Huntington North High School junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. The HNHS JROTC program currently has 90 cadets who are involved both in-person and virtually.

In September of 2019, discussion of adding a junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to the curriculum at Huntington North High School was taking place at a Huntington County School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting.

Now, just one year later, the JROTC program at HNHS has taken off, seeing 90 students involved through in-person and virtual attendance.

United Way’s 2020 ‘Live United’ campaign begins

Kyle Metzger, president and CEO of United Way of Huntington County, addresses those in attendance both physically and virtually at the United Way kickoff luncheon at St. Peter’s First Community Church on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

With the theme “Live United: Now More Than Ever” the United Way of Huntington County kicked off its 2020 fund-raising campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Kyle Metzger, president and CEO of the United Way of Huntington County, addressed those in attendance, both physically and virtually, at a kickoff luncheon, which was held at St. Peter’s First Community Church.

This year’s fund-raising campaign will look different than years past in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, Metzger states that things are in fact “moving on all cylinders.”

Samuel Huntington DAR chapter holds rededication service

Reciting a poem titled “Brotherly Heroes” during a rededication ceremony for Revolutionary War veteran Elijah Mitchell and for Vietnam War veterans Mike and George Bustos on Saturday, Sept. 12, is Gage Bustos, of Huntington. The poem was written by family member David Bustos.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a rededication service at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 12, honoring Elijah Mitchell, an American Revolution soldier, as well as two Vietnam War soldiers, Mike and George Bustos.

HU’s occupational therapy assist program accredited

With a predicted job outlook of 32 percent, Huntington University’s occupational therapy assistant baccalaureate program has been awarded the maximum years of accreditation possible for a program of its kind. Celebrating the occasion are HU OT students Lairen Miller, Bailey Funkhouser, Kaylee Garmire, Abby Matovich and Bailey O’Dell.
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Huntington University’s occupational therapy assistant baccalaureate program has been awarded the maximum years of accreditation possible for a program of its kind. This is a significant accomplishment, as HU is the first occupational therapy assistant baccalaureate program in the country.

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.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest to begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Huntington

Huntington native America Carrillo poses in front of a mural she painted for free on the side of The Brick House building in downtown Huntington. She completed the mural in July, and will begin work on another larger mural, located at 35 W. Market St., as part of the Make It Your Own Mural Fest initiative in northeast Indiana. She will paint the Make It Your Own Mural from Sept. 8 to Sept. 18.
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Make I­t Your Own Mural Fest starts tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will last until Sept. 18, in Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties, including Huntington.

The regional mural festival concept is intended to enhance the region’s efforts to drive and attract talent and tourism by investing in public art.

Over the 11 days, 11 artists will install a high-quality mural in each of the 11 counties.

In Huntington, America Carrillo will create her masterpiece at 35 W. Market St., Huntington.