HNHS top teacher

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Family and consumer sciences teacher Jan Hildebrand (left) is all smiles, and – in her words – overwhelmed by being named the Huntington North High School 2019 Teacher of the Year. HNHS Principal Russ Degitz (right) applauds shortly after making the announcement during a breakfast held Wednesday, April 17, in the school’s media center.

Community garden to have free kick-off event

Helping Hands Community Garden will have a free kick-off event on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate the garden’s new location at 1350 S. Jefferson St., behind the Purdue Extension office.

There will be free workshops for all ages, including seed starting, making biodegradable pots, coloring pages, shredded paper seed starters and butterfly snacks.

There will also be refreshments and the Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will be painting faces and making balloon animals.  

This event is sponsored by First Federal Bank and Wertenberger Tire.

Deep in thought

Photo by Steve Clark.

Todd Young (right), Indiana’s senior United States senator, ponders a question posed to him by Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, during a panel on global food security conducted by Farm Journal Foundation at Huntington University on Wednesday, April 17. Kassi Tom Rowland, of Tom Farms and Farm Journal Foundation, also participated in the panel. Kip Tom, the ambassador and U.S. representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, took part in the panel remotely.

Island Vibe to perform at Roanoke Lions f-raiser

Rod Bowers (left) and Doug Laughlin perform Jimmy Buffet and the sounds of the Caribbean as the duo Island Vibe. They will perform at The Cottage Event Center on May 10.
Photo provided.

The beach party sound of Jimmy Buffet and the Caribbean will fill the stage as Tropical Music duo Island Vibe returns Friday, May 10, to Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Roanoke Lions Club.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tops in technical careers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington Kiwanis recognized the top two students in each of the Huntington North High School Career and Technical programs during a luncheon Thursday, April 18, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.

Make it Shine more

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Lauren Baker (left) and Isaiah Cottrell paint a bench at General Slack Park in Huntington as part of Make It Shine Week. Baker and Cottrell were part of a volunteer group from St. Peter’s First Church of Christ.

YSB names Safe Place coloring contest winners

In conjunction with the National Safe Place Awareness Week in March, the Youth Services Bureau have announced the winners of a coloring/art contest held for elementary and middle school students.

The winners are Maggi Hall, a fifth grade student from Lincoln Elementary School; Braxten Davis, a third grader at Andrews Elementary; and Serenity Sadler, a second grader at Flint Springs Elementary.

Norman is new president of humane society

The newly-elected officers of the Huntington County Humane Society are (front row from left) Tina Feller, secretary; Pat Merckx, outgoing president; and Wendy Sorenson, vice president; and (back row from left) Rod Feller, treasurer; and Andy Norman, president.

During the Huntington County Humane Society’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on March 19, members of the society voted in favor of the new board officers.

New officers are Andrew Norman, president; Wendy Sorenson, vice president; Rodney Feller, treasurer; and Tina Feller, secretary.

The officers are looking forward to the opportunity to serve the animals and citizens of Huntington County by providing a safe and clean environment for the animals and a friendly updated appearance for the citizens, they note.

Vaccination clinic

Vet tech students Ashley Holland (left) and Kayleigh Henry draw blood from a Jack Russell-pit bull mix dog owned by Todd Shockley, of Huntington, on Saturday, April 20, at the annual dog vaccination clinic sponsored by Riverside Veterinary Clinic at the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building. The event was a fund-raiser for the Canine Capers 4-H club.

Parks and rec garage sale

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Vendor Anita Lasley (left) talks hats with Jack Hamilton while Denise Couch looks on during the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department Garage Sale on Saturday, April 13, at the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Flagstar Bank opens voting for its community initiative grants

Flagstar Bank has opened voting for the “Flagstar Crafts Community” initiative, where Flagstar will grant $5,000 each to 28 nonprofits in the Fort Wayne region.

Each of the 28 branches recently acquired by Flagstar will provide a grant to an eligible nonprofit for a total of $140,000. Up to two nonprofits are eligible for voting at each branch. Nominees were selected by local branch and regional managers for their alignment with Flagstar’s giving priorities.   

Former local graduates Coast Guard helicopter rescue school

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Former Huntington resident Nathan Park graduated from Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School formally known as Aviation Survival Technician “A” School on Friday, April 5.

The school is six months long and divided into three phases of eight weeks each.

List Senior Center events for next week

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

Monday, April 22
• 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, April 23
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Walk-a-mile in 15 minutes, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24
• 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.

Archery tag to be featured at HD Kids Zone

Archery tag will be a featured event as part of the Heritage Days Kids Zone. The Heritage Days Kids Zone, formerly located in downtown Huntington, will move to Huntington North High School on Saturday, June 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Teams of five youth each are encouraged to play Archery Tag. The event is organized by Christian Life Tabernacle, who brings the equipment and facilitates the play. Each team playing pays a fee, and it is tournament-style play. Area youth groups and anyone interested in organizing a team of five should contact Richard Fishburn at 358-9100.

New Hope United Brethren invites Seniors to monthly Senior Connection

New Hope United Brethren in Christ on Engle Street in Huntington invites all Seniors to attend the church’s monthly Senior Connection.

The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon. This month Senior Connection will be held on Tuesday, April 23 for a potluck dinner. Those participating are asked to  bring a dish to share.

At this meeting there will be a historical presentation by Kevin Bledsoe of the Huntington County Historical Museum on the facts and fun of Huntington County. This presentation is full of pictures and memories of times past.