Huntington County resident, horse earn rare Century Club accolade

Janet Kirkpatrick, of Andrews, and her Arabian horse, HA HI Fire, or “Booker,” make their way together on a competitive trail ride in Ohio. The team recently marked a total of 100 years in age.
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The bond between horse and rider can be close, but when it encompasses a hundred years it is something special. One Huntington County resident, Janet Kirkpatrick and her Arabian steed, HA HI Fire, have made the century mark together in age.

Fire hydrant artist

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ashley Weill, of Huntington, paints a fire hydrant near the intersection of East Market and Warren streets in downtown Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 9, as part of the Downtown Hydrant-Painting Public Art Project put on by the LaFontaine Arts Council. The theme of this year’s project is comic book or animated characters. Weill says her hydrant will be a tribute to the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange.

Red Cross needs blood donors to cover shortage

The American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage. Help is needed now to ensure patients don’t experience delays in critical treatments.

Upcoming community blood drives are:


• Aug. 19, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Che-rry St.

• Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

• Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Huntington National Guard Armory, 800 Zahn St.

Fun with wheat

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lee Ann Snyder (right), of South Whitley, explains how pioneers made weavings out of wheat stems to Pat Bickel (left) and Martha Bickel Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash during Senior Day. Several demonstrations, exhibits and tours of the facility were available to Seniors during the special day.

School’s back in session

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Russell “Buzz” Buzzard (right), who was the custodian of the old Horace Mann school for 36 years and another 4 years at the new building on Waterworks Road rings the bell to signify that Horace Mann has reopened as an elementary school during a ceremony held Tuesday, Aug. 7. With Buzzard is his grandson (third from left), Rick Hall, and Hall’s daughters, Ella Hall (left), 12, and Maggi Hall, 10. The building, which was closed in 2011 as a cost-saving measure, welcomed students back to its halls on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Organic cheese plant coming to county

Golfo di Napoli Dairy has announced plans to locate a commercial organic cheese plant in Huntington County, creating up to 35 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.

New sign constructed

Photo by Steve Clark.

Workers from Mossburg Masonry, in Markle, construct a City of Huntington sign along U.S.-24 in Huntington, near Safari Trail, on Thursday, Aug. 9. The brick and limestone sign is situated at Huntington’s western gateway and joins identical signs already constructed at the city’s eastern and southern gateways. Pictured are (from left) Rick McClure and Aaron Mossburg. Not pictured is Kirby Mossburg.

5 generations

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The birth of Mariana Sweat on May 4, 2018, made it five generations for a local family. Shown at a recent gathering are (front from left) great-great grandparents Charles and Joan Klenke, of Fort Wayne, holding Mariana, and (back row from left) grandmother Dawn Anders, of Huntington; mother Sue Sweat, of Huntington; and great-grandmother Dianne Diehl, of Huntington.

New twist on genealogy data set for Aug. 20 at Huntington library branch

A presentation entitled “Rubik’s Cube Genealogy: A New Twist on Your Old Data” aims to share research knowledge with everyone and will take place Monday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Indiana Room.

Presented by Elissa Powell, CG, CGL, a professional genealogist and researcher, it will demonstrate a variety of tricks used in advanced levels of research and ways to look at what data genealogy researchers have from different angles.

Ivy Tech announces summer dean’s list students

Ivy Tech Community College recently announced the summer 2018 dean’s list for the Fort Wayne campus and the Warsaw site. Included in the list are local students:

Huntington – Bryant Bradler, Eden Conley, Kristopher Henderson, Audra Kimmell, Kami Koch, Lee Anna Mongold, Richard Schock, Danielle Schwartz and Jennifer Woodcox.

Roanoke – Austin Nagel.

Warren – Tonya Dentzer.

The Dean’s List, prepared and published each term, gives recognition to students who:

• Are degree-seeking.

102nd party

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Wilhelmina “Willie” Penn (seated), a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor in Huntington, celebrates her 102nd birthday with cake and presents at the nursing center on Thursday, Aug. 9, along with her daughter, Carrie Elser (left) and son, Charlie A. Penn. Penn’s birthday was actually Friday, Aug. 10 – but she was away from the center, out partying instead with family in celebration of the special day.

Shepherd’s Food Pantry sets distribution

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold their food distribution on Thursday, Aug. 16, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon for Andrews-Dallas Township area residents, at the Lions Clubhouse, located at 365 Leedy Lane, at the ball diamonds.

No appointment is necessary. First come, first served.

Several from Bowers Jewelry attend RJO Summer Buying Show

Bowers Jewelers staff (from left) Rob Paolillo, Jolene Paolillo and Penny Cuttriss visit with Asher Lubelsky at the Fischler Diamonds Booth during the 2018 Retail Jewelers Organization Summer Buying Show in Minneapolis, MN.
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Rob Paolillo, Jolene Paolillo and Penny Cuttriss from Bowers Jewelers and other top jewelers from around the country recently attended the 2018 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Summer Buying Show in Minneapolis, MN.

The three-day event, held semi-annually, gave jewelers the opportunity to learn about industry trends, network with other professional jewelers and share business ideas. This year’s show was themed “Minneapolis Rockstars.”

Locals compete at state fair

Here are the results of how Huntington County 4-H members placed in the 4-H Beef Show held at the Indiana State Fair:

Class 1, Commercial Breeding Heifers-9
Riley Richardson, fifth place.

Class 3, Senior Heifer Calves, born Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2017
Aubrey Landrum, third place.

Deadline to sign up for CRP is Aug. 17, reminds FSA

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17.

“Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,” said Fordyce.  “It removes from production marginal, erodible land and, in doing so, improves water quality, increases wildlife habitat and provides more opportunities for recreational activities, including fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.”