Volunteers ought to help with taxes

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

Anyone can volunteer for the free tax preparation program as the IRS provides free tax law training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns.

Training classes for volunteers will be held:
- Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
- Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Deadline nears to enroll in Leadership Academy

The enrollment deadline for the 2010 Huntington County Leadership Academy is Dec. 31.

Classes will be taught by Dr. Rick Upchurch and Ed Vessels. Sessions begin Jan. 6, 2010, and are held two mornings a month through May 12, 2010.

An application form is available online at or by calling Jason Parsons at 359-1559. If 13 students are not registered by Dec. 13, the 2010 academy will be canceled.


Boone is top teacher at HCS

Derek Boone.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Derek Boone, Huntington Catholic School's physical education teacher and athletic director, was recognized as the teacher of the year.

Boone received the annual Light of Learning award on Friday, Dec. 4, during an award presentation at St. Mary Catholic Church.

The award is based on nominations by parents of students attending Huntington Catholic.


DNR offers advice to landowners thinking of harvesting timber

"Call Before You Cut" is a new consumer protection campaign offered by the Depart-ment of Natural Resources Division of Forestry encouraging woodland owners to seek professional advice before harvesting timber.

A toll-free call to 888-939-9493 provides an information kit and advice on positive harvesting practices.

HNHS bands set free concert on Tuesday

The Huntington North High School Band Department will be hosting a Winter/Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington North auditorium.

Admission is free to the event, which will feature the Fall Concert Band, the Freshman Viking Band and the concert version of the Marching Vikes.

The bands will perform a variety of music, including Christmas music, marches and traditional band literature.

For more information, contact John Gardner, director of bands at 356-6104 ext. 1038, or by e-mail at


Mason helping MADD 'tie one on for safety'

Steve Mason (second from left), a volunteer with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ties a red ribbon on a Huntington County Sherriff's Department vehicle on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of MADD's "Tie One On For Safety" campaign.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Each holiday season has images of joy and cheer, as well as celebrations, get-togethers and parties, as friends and families travel to reunite to observe the time of year. But at the same time, thousands are affected by the increased deaths and injuries related to drunken driving.

The national Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization conducts the "Tie One On for Safety" campaign during November and December to raise awareness about the in-creased risk of accidents related to intoxicated drivers. One local man has spearheaded the campaign's arm in Huntington County.

2009-10 'Arts in Education' series gets udnerway

The 2009-10 "Arts in Education" series programming, sponsored each year by the LaFontaine Arts Council, began this week at Huntington North High School.

Joel Froomkin of the New Huntington Theater presented his reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to English classes at HNHS on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 7.

Rocking for a cause

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Katelyn Niswander (left) and Makayla Caley have a table full of snacks at the ready as they settle in for a seven-hour rockathon Saturday, Dec. 5, at Huntington Catholic School. Middle school students collected pledges to raise money that will allow them to help a family in need this Christmas.

Helping Riley

Photo provided.

Student Levi Snyder (third from left) and mother Peggy (right) were presented a check from Crestview Middle School Assistant Principal Chuck Werth (left) and Principal Chad Daugherty (second from left) in the amount of $3,748.86 for Riley Children's Hospital. Levi Snyder is a patient at Riley, and he and his mother will donate the check during their next appointment. The money was collected by the school's staff, which donated a dollar each Friday for the opportunity to wear jeans.

Ice Capades is theme of Salamonie IC camp for kids on Dec. 28-30

Salamonie Interpretive Center will hold a camp for youth ages 7 to 11 on Dec. 28-30, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

This year's theme is Ice Capades.

Campers will make homemade ice cream, play ice games, conduct ice experiments, discover "frogcicles" and learn about winter fish survival and ice fishing.

The camp features indoor and outdoor activities, movie time, snacks, crafts and games.

All camp activities are guided by interpretive naturalists.

Parents must complete health and participation forms.

Youth to host prom for Senior Citizens Dec. 19

The Huntington County Youth Leadership Academy is organizing a "Senior Prom" and is inviting the Senior Citizens of Huntington County.

The event will take place at the Lafontaine Center, 208 W. State St. in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The evening will include music, dancing and light refreshments.

Space is limited. Those planning to attend are asked to pre-register by contacting the Youth Leadership chairperson at 359-2425 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
There is a fee for tickets.


HU will offer B.S.N. through EXCEL

Diana Shenefield.
Photo provided.

Huntington University's Excel Adult Degree Programs will begin offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing for registered nurses in March 2010.

Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. on the university's main campus.

"Our program is designed for adult learners who work and have family responsibilities," said Diana Shenefield, an R.N. and instructor in nursing who holds a Master of Science degree in nursing.

13th Huntington County EXPO now taking event registrations

The 13th Huntington County Expo will be held March 20 and 21, 2010, and registrations are now being accepted from businesses and organizations wishing to participate.

The event is held every other year. It offers businesses, not-for-profit organizations, schools and community organizations a means of reaching approximately 8,000 to 10,000 people from a seven-county area.

In addition to the display booths, the Expo offers demonstrations, entertainment and a food court. All events take place inside the Merillat Fieldhouse on the campus of Huntington University.

Funds for the needy

Knights of Columbus members and volunteers will be stationed at various intersections in Huntington on Saturday, Dec. 12, to raise money for Love INC. Pictured are KOC member Tim Godfroy, Lindsay Godfroy (left) and Olivia Godfroy.

Local 4-H robot gets national notice

A robot built by the Huntington County 4-H robotics club for the Huntington Police Department is featured in the 4-H program's national online newsletter.

"It is quite an accomplishment for Huntington County 4-H to receive this special recognition at the national level," says Linda Aldridge, Extension Educator for 4-H and Youth.