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County woman says achieving inner peace and tranquility may be as far away as own back yard

Taking advantage of the wooded property at her parents’ home on Rangeline Road on April 12, Christy Thomson demonstrates how taking time to sit and take in the sights, sounds and scents of the woods can help hikers relax and reap several benefits to their physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Originally published April 24, 2017.

A rural Huntington woman says achieving inner peace, tranquility and spiritual renewal may be just as far away as your own back yard.

Christy Thomson, who may be better known as the music coordinator at the Parkview Huntington YMCA, calls it “forest bathing” or “forest therapy.” The moniker is derived from the Japanese word Shinrin-yoku, which is translated as “bathing your senses in the forest.”

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Healthy Kids Day

Photo by Steve Clark.

Isyabel Farthing, 5, participates in a throwing activity alongside Shelby Hiner, lead teacher at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, during Healthy Kids Day at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Saturday, April 29. Several local organizations set booths up at the event featuring kid-friendly activities that encouraged the development of youngsters’ bodies and minds.

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Elementary students, teachers to get new iPads for next school year

Elementary students and teachers will have new iPads to begin the next school year, as the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees threw its unanimous support behind the purchases in a meeting on Monday, April 24.

Before the board took action, it heard from Lancaster Elementary School first grade teacher Jeanne Paff, who urged the board to OK the purchase of the devices for students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

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HNHS boys capture third at own track invite

Jared Coolman, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track team, heaves the shot put during the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 29, at Kriegbaum Field. Coolman claimed third in the event with a throw of 43-10. The Vikings placed third at the meet with 94 points.
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The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track team captured third place at its own Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 29, at Kriegbaum Field.

Brock Spahr and Carson Bolinger both put forth silver efforts to lead the Vikings. Spahr, a sophomore, claimed second in the 1,600-meter run, clocking in at 4:35.96, while Bolinger, a junior, was runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in :43.58.

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Buttons and parade entry available for this summer’s Heritage Days

The 2017 Heritage Days button is now available at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.
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Organizers of the 2017 Huntington Heritage Days festival are lining up participants for the June 17 parade and offering the official button for the festival, which runs from June 14 through June 18.

The button features this year’s festival theme, “The ’40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity,” and the name of the festival sponsor, Gerdau Huntington Facility. It also depicts the Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, a jet trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force during the 1940s. One of the planes is on display in the veterans’ memorial at Memorial Park.