FW singer to serve on LAC fund-raiser group

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Lisa Loza

Lisa Loza, a vocalist with the Fort Wayne-based group Urban Legend, will serve as arts advocate at the LaFontaine Arts Council’s fall fund-raiser, Fashions for the Arts, on Nov. 4.

Loza began singing solos at church at age 4, was a member of the church choir in her teens and performed with an award-winning show choir in high school.

DNR gives $50K grant to St. Peter’s First CC

St. Peter’s First Community Church, in Huntington, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

The church will use the grant to help stabilize and restore its building at 206 Etna Ave., formerly the Drover Town German Reformed Church. The project will include repointing mortar joints, repairing or replacing falling bricks and repairing damaged or deteriorating woodwork.

Amateur radio group meets Oct. 23

The next Huntington County Amateur Radio Society meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend.

Helping feed the community

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The Markle Area Chamber of Commerce presents three checks in the amount of $350 each to area food pantries Monday, Oct. 9, at the Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Nazarene church to treat kids

The Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd., will hold a trunk-or-treat in its parking lot on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Children in fifth grade and younger are invited to come in costume to collect treats from decorated trunks. Snacks will be offered in the gym.

The family-friendly event is sponsored by the church’s children’s ministry department.

First Fed parent’s net income increases

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, announced on Oct. 12 that its net income increased $505,000, or 62.3 percent, to $1.31 million ($1.10 per diluted common share) for the company’s third quarter ended Sept. 30.

That compares to net income of $810,000 (67 cents per diluted common share) for the third quarter of the previous year.

The current three months earnings were impacted by a negative loan loss provision that increased earnings roughly $400,000, net of taxes.

Dinner will benefit Special Olympics

Huntington County Special Olympics will serve a fund-raiser lasagna dinner on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus, 2817 Theater Ave., in Huntington.

Dinner will include lasagna, salad, garlic bread and a brownie. A bake sale will also be held.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets help cover entry fees and equipment for bowling, basketball, corn toss and track competitions held throughout the state.

For more information, contact Keith or Nancy Hartley at 672-8316 or

Warren church to host Pumpkin Palooza Oct. 28

The second annual “Pumpkin Palooza” is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Warren.

A popular part of Warren’s Scarecrow Festival weekend, Pumpkin Pa-looza features free pumpkins, children’s games and activities and a complimentary lunch for the whole family.  

Senior Center to celebrate October birthdays Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m.

The Senior Center in Huntington will celebrate October birthdays on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m.

The birthday cake is provided by Tipton Place.

Celebrating birthdays in October are Holly Saunders, Marty Chapin, Joann Prus, Dick Barnes, Jim Anderson, Elizabeth Terrhaar, Beverly Shively, Mary Brooks, Marcie Kinsey, Helen Winterrowd, Rebecca Cozad and Sue Martz.

Honored Lion

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Lions Club District Gov. Roger Cash (right) presents Lion Richard Michel (left) with a certificate and chevron for his 50 years of membership in the Lions Club. The award was presented at the Bippus Lions’ regular meeting Oct. 10 at the Lions Community Building.

H.O.P.E. for animals adds two days to walk-in wellness clinic

Starting Oct. 17, H.O.P.E. for Animals Nonprofit Low-Cost Spay/-Neuter and Wellness Clinic will begin seeing pets in the Wellness Clinic for vaccines, heartworm tests and other basic wellness services without an appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Active in service

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Pam Scher (second from left) is honored for 35 years of active service in Tri Kappa’s Chi Chapter. She was initiated in 1982 and has been active ever since, and is now joining the associate chapter of Huntington. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Sherry Miller, active advisor; Scher; Kay Schwob, active president; and Sherrill Ness, associate chapter president.

HU to offer free will, financial planning event

Huntington University, in partnership with the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana, will be a host site for Write a Will Week. The event will take place at the Habecker Dining Commons on Oct. 23 and 25.

Lisa Garrott, local estate attorney and a member of the Forester Legacy Advisory Council, will write a simple will, free of charge, provided the participant includes a not-for-profit organization as a beneficiary.

Documentary Nov. 2 on early childhood

The first of a five-part documentary, “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation,” will be shown Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Crestview Middle School auditeria.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. and will include a free light dinner provided by the Indiana Youth Institute. The movie will be followed by a community discussion.

The documentary examines the reasons children in America are faring poorly and the consequences for the nation’s future.

‘Flocked’ house

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The “flocking” of Rebecca Hawley’s home during a recent Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa meeting was cause for excitement. As Dr. Janelle Pflieger of Cardinal Health presented the program, the Huntington North High School cheer squad set up the flamingos in the front yard.

Riverview invites vets to program

Riverview Middle School will honor veterans with a program at the school on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 1:45 p.m.

All veterans in the community are invited to attend.

The school is at 2465 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

Pathfinder to hold annual dinner Nov. 9

Pathfinder Services will hold its annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Huntington PAL Club.

The theme for the dinner is “Recognizing our talents and helping dreams come true for people along the path to self-reliance and inclusion.”

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Herbert D. LaMont Award and the Timothy Hancher Award.

The LaMont Award recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution toward creating opportunities for people in the Huntington community with developmental disabilities.

Salamonie Lake to host an evening of learning about the heavens at night

November’s Second Saturday at Salamonie Lake, to be held Nov. 11, will focus on “Night Sky Activities.”

The program runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center and will include making a  constellation craft and learning about the Aurora Borealis.

Participants can make art to go with what they learn and observe. Scouts can fulfill requirements for Tiger-Sky is the Limit.

Advance registration is required by calling 468-2127. A per-participant fee is payable the day of the event.

Wild Wednesday on Oct. 18 offers movie for Seniors

People 50 and older are invited to attend Wild Wednesday on Oct. 18 at the Huntington 7, 350 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for free doughnuts, juice and coffee and discounted popcorn and soda. Door prizes will be awarded.

The movie “Gifted” starts at 9 a.m. The film centers on a single man raising his niece, whose mathematical abilities prompt the man’s mother to make plans to separate the two.

Admission is charged.

Mmm ...

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Heritage Pointe of Huntington employees (left from third left) Chad Johnson and Taylor Scher sample some chili from the competition, Heritage Pointe of Warren, at the Huntington County Council on Aging's sixth annual Chili Cook-off Fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the future site of the Council on Aging, 1450 W. Park Drive, Huntington. Heritage Pointe of Warren employees (from left) Tara Bowman and Treva Flemming do the kibitizing.

Fizzing apple

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Watching an apple fizz as part of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14 are (from left) Braxton Ashbaugh and Jeremy Oppy. The Fall Fest was a fall-themed play day.

Pumptober Fest

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Juliana Smith (left) receives direction from Paul Bickel as she competes on the Huntington Parks Pump Track, in Yeoman Park, during time trials held as part of Pumptober Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7. Bickel, an amateur BMX racer from Huntington known as “Pump Track Paul,” organized the event, which featured racing, lunch and live music and served as a fund-raiser for Harmony Home, a halfway house set to open in Huntington next year.

Cain is new pastor at Andrews UM Church

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Steve Cain

Rev. Dr. Steve Cain has been appointed to become the next pastor of Andrews United Methodist Church.

Cain is a retired UMC pastor, having served four pastorates in Indiana, eight years as a missionary in Brazil and 16 years as a campus minister at the Wesley Foundation at Purdue.

His wife, Tracy, is a certified candidate for ministry, studying at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, after having received a BA from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and an MA in counseling from Huntington University.

Kids can get the feel of the season at Andrews library’s Fall Fest Saturday

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library will have its Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Fall Fest is a fall-themed play day for toddlers through third-graders, complete with apples, pumpkins and colorful leaves. Activities will include play dough, crafts and more.

Children 9 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling who is at least 13 years old.

Dollar General sets GO in Roanoke

A new Dollar General Store is now open near Roanoke.

The store, at 8733 N. U.S.-24 E, will hold its official grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m. The first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with product samples.

Dollar General stores offer name brand and private brand food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty products.

Relay for Life team selling cookie dough

The Relay For Life Team of Evangelical United Methodist Church is selling Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough. All proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Huntington County.

Members will be taking orders until Wednesday, Oct. 25. Payment is due with the order form. The cookie dough will be ready for pick-up on Monday, Nov. 13, at Evangelical United Methodist Church.

To place an order call Mark and Vickie Kiefer at 356-0219 or stop by the church office at 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Good shot

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Toby Wenger, 7, of Pennville, lets a beanbag fly toward a cauldron-shaped bucket during the third annual Huntington Parks Department Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Hier’s Park. Toby is the son of Ashley Wenger. The free, family-friendly event included games, a bounce house, DJ and food truck.

Lunch break

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Karen Poling (left), matron with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, dishes up a picnic meal for Dan Garde (right), a member of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, during a cook-out held Friday, Oct. 6, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds for all public safety personnel in Huntington County. Butch Williams (center), deputy director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency, gathers up carry-out meals to take to emergency dispatchers who were unable to leave their posts to attend.

Concert on Oct. 22 will benefit Place of Grace

Trinity United Meth-odist Church, in Huntington, will host a concert on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. to benefit Place of Grace.

The concert will feature Huntington University music department faculty and students and the Huntington University Gospel Choir, with participation from St. Peter’s First Community Church.

Sharon Metzger, executive director of Place of Grace, will describe the ministry’s vision and some of its success stories.

Place of Grace is a Christian-based transition home for women moving from incarceration back into the Huntington community.

Smokers can kick the habit with help from PHH

Parkview Huntington Hospital will offer a seven-week “Freedom from Smoking” class beginning Monday, Oct. 16.

Weekly sessions are held on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the board room on the lower level of the hospital, 2001 Stults Rd., Huntington.

Shelby Sheets, RN, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation coordinator at Parkview Huntington, is the certified facilitator  for the course. She will help each smoker develop a personal, long-term plan to stop smoking.