Nicole Johnson is new chair of PHH Foundation

Outgoing Parkview Huntington Foundation board chair Jeremy Nix (left) takes a minute for a quick photo with incoming board chair Nicole Johnson, right. Nix will remain on the board for one final year before ending his service, which began in 2011. Johnson most recently served as vice chair of the board for the organization, which raises and administers funds enhancing the patient care environment at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
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Nicole Johnson, of Edward Jones Investments, has become the new board chair of Parkview Huntington Foundation.

She succeeds Jeremy Nix, who is serving his final year on the board as immediate past chair.

Johnson has been a board member since 2015, and served as vice chair in 2017 and 2018. She has been a licensed financial advisor for 20 years, the past 18 of those operating her own Edward Jones office in Huntington.

Local EMA to host weather spotter training on March 7

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency will host the National Weather Service for Storm Spotter/Severe Weather Awareness training on Thursday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

This training will take place at the Huntington City-Township Public Library and will take about two hours.

The presenters are meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in North Webster.

Food line

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

More than 100 people lined up outside the Huntington County Courthouse Annex parking lot on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for the first distribution of the Community Harvest Farm Wagon. Officials with the mobile pantry say they brought enough food to give out to 200 people. The distribution visits Huntington on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. at 1330 S. Jefferson St.

List Senior Center Events for week of Feb. 11-15

Here is a listing of events happening in February at the Huntington County Senior Center:

Monday, Feb. 11
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Line dancing, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
• Chair aerobics, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Walk-a-mile in 15 minutes, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Line dancing, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
• Chair aerobics, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Burning the mortgage

Photo by Steve Clark.

Mandy Reber (left), executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, sets fire to the mortgage for the club’s current facility, located on East State Street, in Huntington, during a ceremony held in celebration of the mortgage being paid off on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the facility. The facility opened in 2015 following a $3.2 million capital campaign. Reber stated that the mortgage got paid off a year sooner than anticipated. Pictured with Reber is AmeriCorps member Adrian Delagrange, who is a staff member at the club.

DEE-licious Cooking set for Feb. 14 at Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will hold its monthly session of DEE-licious Cooking on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

For this Valentine’s Day session, Dee Kochen-sparger will share favorite recipes that she remembers from her mom’s cooking.

DEE-licious Cooking is a monthly program where Kochensparger shares recipes and kitchen tips from her own experiences.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St. in Andrews.

For more information call the library at 786-3574 or visit

Spaghetti dinner fund-raiser at Salamonie Feb. 19

Salamonie Elementary School will have its spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school.

The menu consists of spaghetti, bread sticks, Italian salad and drinks.

A free will donation will be accepted for the meal, with proceeds going toward the fourth-grade field trip to Camp Potawotami in April.

Salamonie School is located at 1063E-900S, Warren.

PHH announces its Community Health Funding partners

Juli Johnson, Parkview Huntington Hospital president (third from left), congratulates representatives of local organizations for receiving Community Health Improvement funding for 2019. Joining her are (front row from left) Holly Saunders, Huntington County Council on Aging; Stacey Stumpf, Cancer Services of Allen County; Johnson; Nicole Fairchild, Harold W. McMillen Center for Health Education; Ashley Allen, Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County; and Logan Patterson, Love INC; and (second row from left) Ira Bencun, Youth Services Bureau; Hannah Smith and Autumn Anderson, Blessings in a Backpack; Mike Stetzel, Youth for Christ; Holly Tester and Sherry Eckert, Blessings in a Backpack; Roger Vezeau, Youth for Christ; Sharon Metzger, Place of Grace; Elizabeth Hire and Carrie Blackham, Pathfinder Kids Kampus; Kyle Metzger, Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition; Todd Latta, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; and Rosella Stouder, Huntington House.
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For years, Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) has partnered with local nonprofits, schools, government and other groups in support of programs and initiatives that help equip individuals with life skills and resources for themselves so they, in turn, can contribute positively to the broader life of the community.

One of the forms that partnership takes is providing Community Health Improvement funding and PHH leaders have announced the recipients of 2019 grants in the hospital’s annual funding process.

Theatre Guild: ACT II hosts murder mystery

The cast of “Murder at the Pie Auction” rehearses the whodunit mystery that will serve as a fund-raiser event for Huntington Theatre Guild: ACT II on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17. Pictured are (front row from left) Deanna Albertson, Tim Ivey, Jordan Hersey, Kennedy Reed, Megan Stinefield, Jean Felton and Chris Jackson; and (back row from left) Keera Heyde, Andrea Broxon, Tyler Miller, Brett Evans, Caroline Runyan and Brody Coblentz.
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Huntington Theatre Guild: ACT II Is hosting its annual murder mystery dinner fund-raiser on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Huntington North High School Auditorium.

A matinee show will also be held Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. with dessert served.

The show is titled “Murder at the Pie Auction,” and is a comedy murder mystery. The audience will be seated on the stage for dinner as the cast performs. There will also be a silent auction of pies from local bakeries as part of the fund-raiser. The dinner will be catered by Kim’s Katered Affair.

Huntington native is now National Guard colonel

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Huntington native Matthew Handy has been promoted to the rank of colonel with the Indiana National Guard 38th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Additionally, with the promotion, Handy now serves as the state army aviation officer.
Handy’s promotion occurred at a ceremony on Jan. 18 at the Shelbyville Flight Facility, in Shelbyville.

A 1989 graduate of Huntington North High School, Handy now resides in Franklin Township. He and wife, Keli, have a son, Sam, and a daughter, Lily.

Huntington University hires new veep of university advancement

Stephen Weingart
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Huntington University has announced the hiring of Stephen Weingart as the vice president of university advancement, effective Feb. 11.

Although he spent the majority of his life in Ohio, Weingart is returning to his Hoosier roots and bringing with him nearly 30 years of business and advancement experience. His most recent experience includes nine years as the Global Business Strategist for FedEx Custom Critical, where he led 10-fold revenue growth for Latin America from 2005 to 2011 and launched FedEx Express services in Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Korea.

Zay bill would provide funding for pilot child welfare program

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) authored Senate Bill 365 this session, which would provide the necessary funding to pilot a child welfare program in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has struggled to keep up with the surging number of cases in Indiana, as the foster care population in the state has increased by more than 50 percent since 2012. The rate of Hoosier children referred to child protective services is the third highest in the nation and over twice the national average.

Jewelry workshop at Salamonie on Feb. 19

Local artist Candie Cooper will lead a “Diffuser Pendant Necklace” jewelry making workshop at Salamonie Nature Center, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Participants will be needle felting, die cutting felt shapes and implementing basic jewelry-making connections and techniques.

There is a fee for the class. Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127.

The Salamonie Lake Nature Center is located at 3691 New Holland Rd., Andrews.

Volunteers provide valuable service to Huntington

Joe Weill (first from left) and Paula Weill (second from left) receive assistance from their children as they perform landscaping work in Huntington’s Memorial Park last year. The Weills were among over 5,900 volunteers who spent more than 19,000 hours working on a variety of projects, events and programs for the City of Huntington in 2018.

Volunteers are providing a valuable service to the community, says the City of Huntington.

“It’s been a heck of a ride,” says Andrew Rensberger, the City of Huntington’s community engagement volunteer coordinator.

Rensberger has spent the past three years connecting people who want to help with community projects that could use the help. At first, he spent his time explaining community volunteerism to churches, businesses and service clubs, looking for people willing to tackle long-neglected projects throughout the city.

One hundred cups

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Roanoke Elementary School students celebrated their 100th day of school, which was Monday, Jan. 28, by making a pyramid using 100 red plastic cups. Shown with their handiwork are first-graders (from left) Kendra Goff, Bentlee Stine, Estella Kiser and Hadley Toll.