Huntington County Robotics team kicks off season

John David Paff, a student at Blackhawk Christian School, explains his game strategy concepts during the Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team THRUST 1501 kick-off on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Huntington University.
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The Huntington County 4-H FIRST Robotics Team THRUST 1501 kicked off its sixth season of competition on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Huntington University.

The 2010 challenge was announced at the gathering, requiring teams to build a robot that can play soccer and perform other tasks. FIRST teams have six weeks to design and build this robot.

During last year's competition, robots had to collect game balls and score them in trailers hitched to their opponents' robots while navigating on a surface that simulated the low-gravity environment of the moon.

Jr. Leaders to meet on Thursday, Jan. 14

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet Thursday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

During the business meeting, committee assignments will be distributed and planning efforts will begin for the New 4-H member workshop, 4-H Fairgrounds Flower Bed, Achievement Trip and 4-H Fair Assistant Superintendents, as well as discussion towards two major fundraising efforts scheduled in March.

A guest speaker will present information about cell phones, texting and teen drivers.

Huntington County SWCD sets annual meeting, banquet for Feb. 18 at Crestview

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual meeting and banquet on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Crestview Middle School.

Charlie Adams, a national motivational speaker, will be the guest speaker for the dinner. Adams has previously worked as a television news and sports anchor, and has interviewed several prominent entertainment and sports figures. He speaks at events around the country, and is the author of the inspirational book, "Stoke the Fire Within: A Guide to Igniting Your Life!"

Huntington County Arts Initiative to host wine and food tasting night on Jan. 22

The Huntington Arts Initiative Inc. will sponsor "Vino, Vittles and Vinson," on Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the New Huntington Theatre and Supper Club.

The event will feature wine-tasting provided by Jeff Armstrong of WineTime at Jefferson Pointe, Fort Wayne.

Wines will not be available for purchase on the night of the event, but may be ordered, up to 100 bottles.

Armstrong will also be on hand to answer questions.

Bankers recognized for 40 years in business

The Indiana Bankers Association Forty Year Club has recognized individuals who have devoted 40 or more years of service to banking.

The Honor Roll of Forty Year Club members, published in the December 2009 issue of Hoosier Banker magazine, includes these Huntington County bankers:

Big Brothers Big Sisters will benefit from an afternoon of bowling

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Huntington County is participating in the 30th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake event conducted by the regional Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

The event is a fundraiser for the organization, and local residents are asked to form groups of five people to help raise funds for the program.

Each team member is asked to raise $100 or more in pledges.
All teams are invited to participate in a local bowling event, where food and prizes will be provided.

Mobile mammography unit to be in Huntington

Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography unit will be in Huntington on Jan. 19 for women interested in scheduling a mammogram. The mobile unit will be parked at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 530 Guilford St.

Screening mammography is for both insured and uninsured women who are age 40 or older and have not had a mammogram screening in the past 12 months and have no prior or current history of breast cancer or problems with their breasts.

Relay for Life kick-off is Jan. 18

Amy Simmons (left), American Cancer Society community representative, and Dawn Miller, Relay for Life chairman, go over some last-minute details prior to the Relay for Life kick-off, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18, at Parkview Huntington Hospital. The kick
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The Huntington County Relay for Life will have its kick-off on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital in conference rooms one, two and three. It is open to the community.

The meeting will provide interested people in attendance information about the event and everything that goes with it, including the history of Relay for Life, fundraising ideas and materials for the teams.

Cooking classes are Jan. 12

The Purdue Extension Office, Love INC, College Park Church and A Lo Nuestro, a His-panic fellowship, have again partnered to offer free cooking classes, at College Park Church.

“Cooking With Love” will be offered three times each month and the primary focus is to teach participants how to make healthy meals on a reduced budget.

Susy Jennings, of the Extension Office, serves as the main teacher of nutritional informa-tion.

January’s topic is healthy snacks and classes will be held today, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

YSB offers parenting classes

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is now accepting participants for its Empowering Parent classes.

Two classes are offered.

Growing As Parents (GAP) is designed to cover normal growth and development, age appropriate discipline, nurturing communication and many other topics. The two-hour class is offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and runs for eight weeks beginning on Jan. 13.

Secretary of State Rokita to speak at annual Huntington chamber dinner

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita poses alongside eight-foot stacks of folders that held corporate documents before being digitally scanned as part of his office’s e-Services initiatives.
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Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will be the keynote speaker for the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce's 86th annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 25.

The dinner will be held at the LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Rd. A social time begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. For more information or reservations, contact JoAnn Burnau at 356-5300 or

O'Donnell to present economic forecast

Jim O'Donnell
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Huntington University Professor Jim O'Donnell will present his 2010 economic forecast as part of the Huntington University Foundation Breakfast Series on Jan. 13.

The title of his presentation is "Do You Have the Stomach to Invest?" O'Donnell will look back at the 2009 economy and offer thoughts about what the new decade may bring.

Copies of O'Donnell's "The Shortest Book Ever on Saving For Retirement" will be available for purchase.

Christmas baby -- Christmas presents

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Norma Etherington, left, of Huntington County Right to Life, presents a gift to Ryder Wade Randol, center, and his mother, Kayla Enyart, right, in honor of Ryder's designation as the "Christmas Baby." Ryder was born on Christmas Day 2009 at 5:18 a.m. to Enyart and Ryder's father, Jason Randol, and was 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Huntington County Right to Life has a "longstanding tradition" of presenting a gift to the first baby born on Christmas day, Etherington says.

Stoeckley stays at Roanoke Town Council head

The Roanoke Town Council unanimously re-elected John Stoeckley, left, and Troy Karshner, right, as the 2010 president and vice president of the council, respectively, at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
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President John Stoeckley and Vice President Troy Karshner were unanimously re-elected to their posts on the Roanoke Town Council during the panel's Jan. 5 meeting.

Current liaisons retained their positions.

The council awarded the town insurance contract to Mettler Insurance, despite the company having the higher quote.
Mettler had the 2009 contract. After noting some discrepancies in the competing quote, council members said they believed that taking the Mettler option was in the best interests of Roanoke, despite it being $5,000 higher than the competition.

Senate hopeful to speak at local TEA Party meeting

Richard Behney, who plans to run for the United States Senate seat of Evan Bayh this year, will be at the Huntington TEA Party meeting on Jan. 15 at Life Church, 950 E. State St. from 7 to 9 p.m. He joins a list of other speakers.

Behney has been politically involved since the fall of 2008, when he volunteered for the Hamilton County Republican party. In February 2009, he took part in the Chicago TEA Party and in March of the same year, he is said to have founded two movements in Indianapolis - "Indy Defenders of Liberty" and the Indianapolis TEA Party.