Orientation at Flint Springs is April 25

Flint Springs Elementary School will host its 2017-18 kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, April 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

Students must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2017, to enroll.

Parents must bring an up-to-date vaccination record and birth certificate.

Contact the school office at 356-7612 to put a child’s name on the school mailing list.

Preschool sets chicken fund-raiser

Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken will be at Juergens Do-it Best Hardware on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fund-raiser benefitting Growing Place Preschool.

Half-chickens and pit-tatoes will be available for purchase.

Juergens is located at 2850 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Optimists honor Crestview’s Driscoll and Gibson

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Grace Driscoll and James Parker Gibson, both eighth grade students at Crestview Middle School, have been recognized with the Huntington Optimist Club’s 2017 Youth Appreciation Award.

The award is presented annually to two students each from Crestview, Huntington Catholic and Riverview middle schools, along with three students from Huntington North High School. It honors students who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Driscoll and Gibson were recognized on March 2.

Creative Abilities artists contribute works to show

Sarah Kenworthy works on an acrylic painting of a peacock at the Creative Abilities Art Studio. Artists from the local studio have works on display and for sale at the ReNEWal Art Show at the First Presbyterian Church, in Fort Wayne.
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Works created by artists from the Pathfinder Services Creative Abilities Art Studio are on display, and available for purchase, at the ReNEWal Art Show through April 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, in Fort Wayne.

Show hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as during every First Presbyterian Theater production. Admission is free.

The show, funded by the AWS Foundation, gives members of the Northeast Indiana Artists with Disabilities Community the opportunity to interpret the concept of renewal.

Orientation sessions set for incoming kindergartners

Huntington County elementary schools will hold kindergarten orientation sessions in April and May.

Children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the fall of 2017. They and their parents are invited to attend the orientation sessions. Parents should bring the child’s original birth certificate and record of immunizations.

For more information, contact the child’s school.

Orientation sessions are:

iAB recognizes employees reaching milestones

iAB financial bank has recognized 38 employees celebrating milestone anniversaries with the organization during 2017. These employees represent a combined 365 years of service and on Thursday, March 2, a breakfast was held in their honor.

At this gathering, employees also took the opportunity to select the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Fort Wayne to receive a $1,000 donation in commemoration of the partnerships iAB has formed with both its employees as well as with the community.

Drawing for weather radios at local program

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is partnering with all 92 counties in the state to distribute more than 2,200 all-hazard radios to Hoosiers. The units, which are also known as weather radios, will be distributed on the local level by each county’s emergency management agency.

Huntington County EMA received 15 radios this past December, says the agency’s director, Bob Jeffers. Half of those units have been distributed, he notes, while the other half will be given away at EMA weather programs this year.

Central Christian sets old-fashioned sock hop

Central Christian Church invites the community to a sock hop at the church on Sunday, March 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Activities include hot dogs, hamburgers, root beer floats and dancing. During the evening there will be donated dances, a small auction and more.

The event is to help raise funds for the church’s youth group to go to Louisville, KY, on their first mission trip.

Tickets are on sale now, before and after services and also at the door. Children 2 and younger will be admitted free.

Roanoke woman earns Doermer Distinguished Scholarship at IPFW

Caroline Landrigan, of Roanoke, has been awarded the Doermer Distinguished Scholarship by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The award is a full ride scholarship to IPFW for four years, as well as an international business travel experience at no expense.

The Doermer Distinguished Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in business, which is Landrigan’s intended ma-jor. The recipient is paired with a faculty mentor and a mentor in the business community.

Huntington Township classes to meet April 29

The Huntington Township High School Alumni Association’s annual banquet will be held on Saturday, April 29, in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. Registration and a social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6 p.m.

Honored guests at this year’s event will include members of the 1947, 1957 and 1967 graduating classes. Anyone who ever attended Huntington Township School is invited to attend. Reservations are necessary.

Supporting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Members of American Legion Post 7 present a check in the amount of $2,500 to help fund the Vietnam Veterans Monument at Memorial Park. Pictured are (from left) Timothy Eckert, Huntington County Veterans Service Officer; Rachel Zahm, Vietnam Veterans Memorial TAPS; Michael Harrison, commander of American Legion Post 7; Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; and Olin Roberts, finance officer of Post 7. The presentation was made Thursday, March 16, at Post 7.

Funding the Fireworks

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Jim Hildebrand (center), treasurer of the Huntington Lions Club, presents a check for $500 to American Legion Post 7 to help fund the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Celebrating the occasion (from left) are Post 7 Financial Officer Olin Roberts, and Post 7 Commander Michael Harrison. The presentation was made Thursday, March 16, at Post 7 in Huntington.

Lions support Vietnam Memorial

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The Huntington Lions Club presents a check in the amount of $1,500 to help fund the Vietnam Veterans Monument at Memorial Park. Pictured are (from left) Timothy Eckert, Huntington County Veterans Service Officer; Rachel Zahm, Vietnam Veterans Memorial TAPS; Jim Hildebrand, treasurer of the Huntington Lions Club; and Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was made Thursday, March 16, at American Legion Post 7 in Huntington.

Love INC ready to help victims of March 8 fire

Love in the Name of Christ of Huntington County has announced that it is available to help the victims of the March 8 fires in the areas of food, clothing and small household items.

Affected residents who need emergency food assistance should call the Love INC office to schedule an appointment for food pick-up.

Those who are in need of clothing or household items can call the office and will be assisted, free of charge, as soon as possible.

Rummage sale set at Bethel UMC

Huntington Bethel United Methodist Church will have a rummage sale on Friday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Books, clothes, a computer stand, a piano and other items will be offered for sale.

The church is located at 625 Riverside Drive, at the corner of Riverside Drive and Allen Street in Huntington.

Beltone offering free, in-depth hearing screenings for anniversary

Beltone Hearing Centers will offer free, in-depth hearing screenings thr-oughout March to celebrate the company’s 77th anniversary.

In Huntington, the Beltone Hearing Center is located at 2808 Theater Ave.

Customers who take advantage of the free screenings are eligible for special offers.

Founder Sam Posen, of Chicago, IL, developed the first Beltone hearing aid in 1940. Beltone went on to introduce the world’s smallest hearing aid, the first behind-the-ear device and the first in-the-ear hearing aid.

Talking about hope

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Allison Miller, director of H.O.P.E. for Animals, speaks with passion about her agency as the keynote speaker of the Huntington County Humane Society’s annual dinner on Tuesday, March 14. The Fort Wayne-based facility has provided low-cost spay and neuter services and vaccinations for dogs and cats, including many that have been adopted from the Huntington Humane Shelter.

Huntington County Extension office announces 4-H activities

Here are this week’s Huntington County 4-H activities:

Monday, March 20
Tractor, 7 p.m., Wertenberger Tire.

Tuesday, March 21
Ag Day for third graders, 9 a.m., Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Shotgun, 6 p.m., Larry and Joyce Keiffer Family Living Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Canine Capers, 6 p.m., First Federal Community Building, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Crystal Clovers, 6:30 p.m., iAB financial bank Heritage Hall, Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Thurman Poe Award

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Penny Notter (left) accepts the Huntington County Humane Society’s 2016 Thurman Poe Humanitarian Award on behalf of her sister, Prudence J. Shumm, after Shumm was announced the posthumous winner of the society’s top award. Presenting the award is Jean Wilson (right), the Huntington animal control officer and manager of the humane shelter. The presentation was made during the Humane Society’s annual dinner on Tuesday, March 14, at Huntington University.

Deadline for FAFSA goes to April 15

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers has announced that the state’s March 10 financial aid filing deadline has been extended to April 15 this year in response to recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for families attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Beyond determining eligibility for state and federal financial aid, colleges use information from the FAFSA to determine their scholarship awards.

40 et 8 Voiture to host nurses training dinner

The Huntington County 40 et 8 Voiture 850 Indiana is having its annual nurses training dinner on Saturday, March 25, at the American Legion Post 160 in Roanoke. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

The dinner is free to all past and present nurses and their families. A short meeting will follow the dinner.

The American Legion post is located at 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke. For more information call 672-2298.

Helping out

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Doug Clark (left), a member of the Roanoke Lions Club, presents a $100 check to Chuck Balbaugh (center) and Ashley Black, chairman of a benefit held for 10-month-old Sophia Sterling March 18 at American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke. Balbaugh is Sophia’s maternal grandfather. The baby is being treated for kidney cancer. The money from the Lions Club, raised through its annual fish fry, was used to sponsor trivia contest prizes.

Cox joins staff at Any Shape of Hair

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Ashley Cox

Ashley Cox, Any Shape of Hair’s new stylist, brings five years’ experience with her to her new gig.

Cox, a Huntington native who graduated from Huntington North High School’s beauty program in 2011, started at the salon, located at 449 N. Jefferson St., on Feb. 14, and has not regretted making the switch.

She came to Any Shape of Hair from Smart Style, located inside Walmart, where she worked for about two years. Before that she worked at Fiesta Hair for three years, until it closed its Huntington shop.

Huntington Lions Club and Kids Kampus team up to offer free vision screens to area children under 6 years old

The Lions Club of Huntington County in cooperation with the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank is once again partnering with Pathfinder Kids Kampus for Operation KidSight. On Friday, March 31, starting at 10 a.m. until approximately noon, members of the Lions Club will be providing free vision screenings at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, 435 Campus St. in Huntingon for children ages 12 months up to 6 years.

A little gardening

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Interpreter Eva Webb (right) of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services pours some soil into a pot held by Nolan Skiles, 4, of Huntington, in preparation to plant seeds during a session of the Salamonie Preschool on Wednesday, March 15, at the Salamonie Lake Interpretative Center, while Everett Verba (lower right), 3, awaits his turn. During the class the children learned about plants and how they grow.

Riverview Middle School announces students on third quarter honor roll

Riverview Middle Sch-ool has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Eighth grade
Jordan Asher, Barrett Barscz, Emma Bradford, Rebekah Brunner, Cole Davidson, Adalyn Harvey, Andrew Hubartt, Madelyn Husband, Joseph Kibellus and Grace Lacey.

Also, Sara Lacey, Miranda Lippe, Garrett Palmer, Maggie Park, Beverly Rowley, Matthew Schnepp, Alexa Spahr, Miranda Spitler and Hudson Winters.

Lincoln Elementary recognizes faithful attendance

Lincoln Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Adison Allen, Lillian Bowers, Blake Buckland, Cheyanne Carpenter, Keegan Cohen, Bailey Covey, Brady Fields, Matthew Gruber, Ezra Haupert, Madilyn Hicks, Alayna Hunnicutt, Keagan Hutchison, Ryleigh Jones, Khourtnee Lucas, Tristan Mitchell, Rylan Powell, Emmitt Roach and Ava Wiley.

Crestview students earn academic recognition

Crestview Middle Sch-ool has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Sixth grade
Spencer Adkins, Madison Bowers, Audrie Bowman, Eden Brown, Maci Campbell, Jared Cart-wright, Corbin Dowden, Caleb Eckert, Lauren Grove, Matthew Grube, Hope Hewson, Emma Holzinger, Kianna Jennings, Madison Jones, Rebeccah Kerlin, Mallory Kline, Mya MacAleese and Landon Moreland.

Lincoln Elementary School students earn spot on third quarter honor roll

Lincoln Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Second grade
Colton Korporal, Rayne Lifsey, David Livingston, Fallon Powell and Kain Wallace.

Third grade
Corbyn Bonbrake, Carson Eckert, Kennedy Glassburn, Maggi Hall, Loghan Herring, Gage Joseph, Jaxon Kline, Faith Minton, Devon Okuly, Soyer Shaw, Jaelle Stephenson and Jake Stevens.

'Royal Ball'

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Jana Bonfield (left) children's librarian at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, places a crown on the head of Ava Brooks at the "Royal Ball" on Saturday, March 18, with youngsters invited to attend dressed as princes, princesses and other inhabitants of the royal court.