EXCEL to hold open house on Jan. 6

Huntington University's EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

This free event is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree through the EXCEL program. Carrie Hoffman, admissions consultant, will be on hand to answer questions.

2010 Area XI beef meeting to be held on Jan. 6

Producers can get a head start for calving season by listening to advice from an area expert.

The 2010 Area XI beef meeting, hosted by the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) and Purdue University Exten-sion, will take place on Jan. 6. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Columbia City at the Eagle's Nest on 125 S. Glen Trail.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to host farm show Jan. 12-14

The 2010 Fort Wayne Farm Show will provide farmers and producers with an update on agriculture issues and the newest equipment and technology available to them.

The show will be held Jan. 12-14 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The farm show features both a trade show and educational sessions presented by Purdue Extension and the Northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Session topics include grain and livestock marketing, climate, wind farming, future challenges for agriculture, niche markets and pond management.

Sign of the season

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Grace Driscoll and her dad Mark share a sled ride together down a hill at Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23. It was the first day of winter break for Huntington schools.

HU making program cuts in response to 'gloomy' economy

Huntington University will suspend two academic programs, reduce its faculty by one, and cut five staff positions as it responds to what it calls "gloomy economic conditions."

The master of arts in ministry leadership program and the undergraduate major in Spanish will both be suspended in 2010, the university has announced.
Enrollment in both programs is small, HU spokesmen say.

Three currently vacant staff positions will be eliminated and the school will delay filling two other positions for up to three years.

PHH awards $66,500 in grants

Parkview Huntington Hospital has chosen four nonprofit organizations in Huntington County to partner with to improve the health of the community.
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$66,500 to four nonprofit organizations in Huntington County.

The grants, made from the hospital's Community Health Improvement funds for 2010, went to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, Community and Family Services, United Way of Huntington County and Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

The organizations were selected on the basis of their ability to work collaboratively and proactively to improve the health of the community.

Neighborhood asssociation to meet Jan. 5

The Northeast Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Trinity United Methodist Church, at the corner of Guilford and Market Streets in Huntington.

The neighbors ask those attending to bring a list of what improvements or changes they would like to see within the neighborhood so that the items can be discussed.

Contact Marla Stambazze at the Department of Community Development with any questions at 358-4836, 201 N. Jefferson St., Room 204.


Red Cross asks citizens to put blood donation on resolutions list

While many New Years resolutions go by the wayside, one resolution can last a lifetime: donating blood.

"When you resolve to donate blood in the coming year, you're committing to something that can help change lives - including your own," says Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

A single whole blood donation may help save the lives of up to three people, and may be given through Red Cross blood drives at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and other organizations.

County coroner remonds public unneeded drugs can be dropped off at two locations in county

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt reminds the citizens of Huntington County that their unneeded prescription medications can be properly disposed off at two locations withing the county -- the Huntington County Jail or the county health department.
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Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt reminds area residents that unneeded prescription medications may be disposed of at two locations in Huntington County.

Hurlburt says the medications may be dropped off at the Huntington County Jail or the Huntington County Health Department Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A third drop-off site may be added in the future, Hurlburt says.

Hurlburt says Huntington County residents have dropped off hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prescriptions at the two locations over the past year.

Huntington BZA to consider trio of requests at its next meeting on Jan. 4

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will consider three requests when it meets on Monday, Jan. 4.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held in the council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

Items on the agenda include:

• A request by Prudence Shumm to allow three additional cats over the per-household limit. She would have a total of two dogs and six cats on property at 655 Salamonie Ave.

Wrestling club donates to Varsity Singers

The Huntington County Wrestling Club has made a $2,500 donation to the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, Wrestling Club spokesman Andy Eckert told members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees during their meeting Monday night, Dec. 21.

Eckert explained the amount of the donation is the average cost to rent out the high school's facilities for a weekend event.

North Central Co-op, Land O'Lakes make gift to local Salvation Army

Scott Hoffman (left), of North Central Co-op, presents a check to Huntington Salvation Army Capt. Tim Sell on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Recognizing that many food pantries are feeling the stress of the current economic conditions in the area, North Central Co-op in conjunction with one of its major suppliers, Land O'Lakes, will be donating $27,500 to assist food pantries within the North Central Co-op (NCC) trade area.

Pathfinder seeks volunteers to hlep with tax prep

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will provide free tax preparation assistance to people with low-to-moderate income this year.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, provides tax credits to working adults and families with low or moderate incomes. Money can be used to pay down debts, buy items of family needs, or can be saved for the future.

Hearing is Tuesday on Hillside grant application

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. on a proposal by Hillside Shooting Sports to apply for a grant through the Department of Natural Resources.

The grant, in the amount of $100,000, would be used to construct a pistol and rifle range as part of the facility, says James Woods, spokesman for Hillside. If the grant is received, he says, the pistol and rifle range would be open to the public with an admission charge.

Hillside is located at 7870 N. Mayne Rd., Roanoke. The hearing will be held at the Hillside clubhouse and is open to the public.

LAC recognizes four Huntington North students

LaFontaine Arts Council Artists of the Month for December are (front row from left) Jessica Stahly, Alex Rader and Patricia Flores and (not pictured) Tyler Miller.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has honored four Huntington North High School students as Artists of the Month for December.