Local Eagle Scout heading up food drive

Justin Miller.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Eagle Scout Justin Miller, of Huntington, is heading up a countywide canned food drive, which will run through Sept. 23.

Miller, a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, attended a senior high camp this past summer with other youth group members from the church.

During the camp they learned about hunger, poverty and homelessness. The session inspired the youth to put into action what they learned.

They set a goal to collect 5,000 canned food items and other non-perishables, now through Sept. 23. The youth have named the outreach effort "Canstock '09."

HNHS homecoming is this Friday

Students at Huntington North High School are gearing up to celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 18.

Festivities begin with the Homecoming Games on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Kriegbaum practice field. The games start at 6 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

A powder puff football game is set for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Kriegbaum Field. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and there is an admission charge.

Salamonie Senior Fall Fest is Sept. 14-17

The 2009 Salamonie Senior Fall Fest will be held this week, Sept. 14-17, in the Modern Campground at Lost Bridge West.

This four-day event is designed for mature adults.
Monday features the monthly Seniors' Carry-In luncheon at 12:30 p.m. with Arwin Provonsha speaking about Indiana fireflies, hands-on fly tying instruction at 3 p.m. and an Open Sew.

County BZA to hear pair of new requests

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider two new requests and revisit a previously-granted zoning exception during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Tom Farms LLC is requesting a special exception to allow placement of a 140-foot antenna tower on property at 4561W-1200N-35, South Whitley.

JB Towers LLC is requesting a special exception to allow placement of a wireless communications tower on property located on McKeever Road, Andrews.

Vessels, Upchurch to teach Leadership students

Ed Vessels and Dr. Rick Upchurch will teach the Huntington County Leadership Academy for the second consecutive year.

The academy is currently registering students for the 2010 session, which begins in January.

Montana to speak at HU Foundation dinner

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The Huntington University Foundation will hold its annual dinner on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the university's Habecker Dining Commons.

The featured speaker will be Melissa Montana, CEO/president of STAR Educational Media Network. Montana's presentation is titled "Embracing the Future with Hope and Promise."

The public is invited to attend the event. To make reservations, contact Barb Baker at 359-4069 or The registration deadline is Sept. 22.

Fallen walnuts wil help fund Free Health Clinic

Jim Wilson (left) and Rev. Dave Ballinger (right), pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, roll up walnuts outside the Hoosier Drive-In. Trinity United is collecting walnuts through November as a fundraiser for the Huntington Free Clinic, which is loca
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Trinity United Methodist Church is collecting walnuts to sell in order to raise money for the Huntington Free Health Clinic, which is housed in the church.

Church members are asking the community to collect walnuts in baskets or bags and bring them to the church at the corner of Guilford and Market streets every Saturday af-ternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., starting Oct. 3 and continuing through Nov. 7.

Collection sponsors are also willing to come pick the walnuts that have been collected and bagged.

Drivers sought for Red Cross veterans' transport

The Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers for its veterans program.

The Red Cross provides daily transportation services, free of charge, for veterans to their medical appointments in Fort Wayne, Marion and Indianapolis.

The service is provided only when there are sufficient volunteer drivers to donate their time to drive.

All vehicles are provided by the Red Cross, along with fuel expenses.

The need is increasing since the addition of a new van that provides assistance with wheelchair bound veterans.

Info offered on Register nomination

The Huntington Historic Review Board will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to discuss the nomination of an area just north of downtown Huntington to the National Register of Historic Places.

The area being nominated is on both sides of North Jefferson Street, between Park Drive on the south and Collins/Madison streets on the north. The area is roughly bounded by College Avenue on the east and Oak, Stephen and Buchanan streets on the west.

Pflieger to share collection of historical photos taken in Huntngotn County

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The Huntington County Historical Society will hold a special open meeting and program on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

The program will feature historical photos of Huntington County, from 1875 to 1980, including photos from Rickert Studio.

Alan Pflieger will present the program. He is a member of the society as well as a professional photographer.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served afterwards.

For more information contact the society at 356-7264.


Swine Boosters to meet Thursday

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.

The discussion items include election of officers, selection of the 2010 judge, proposed changes to swine project in the 4-H Fair book, review of fair's pork chop tent and other old and new business.

Anyone with a nomination for a 2010 4-H swine project judge should submit a short bi-ography to the Executive Committee prior to the Sept. 17 meeting.

On a hunt

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Joey Gamrat as Tom Sawyer, Kayla Smith as Becky Thatcher and Jordon Stanley as Huckleberry Finn (from left) check the map in a scene from "Tom Sawyer," now on stage at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. Final performances are Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 17-19. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Lobby doors open at 7 p.m. and theater doors open at 7:30 p.m. For online reservations, visit

4-H fair association to hold annual meeting

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The board will hear final committee reports from the 2009 4-H Fair program, approve the 2010 Huntington County 4-H Fair dates and elect board members and officers for the coming year.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension - Huntington County office, located at 354 N Jefferson Street, Suite 202, Courthouse Annex call 358-4826 or e-mail


HCTPL, Markle branch offer Fall Story Time

Fall Story Time sessions begin at Huntington and Markle libraries on Sept. 15.

Weekly Story Time sessions will be offered to children from birth to 7 years at the Main Library in Huntington on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting Sept. 15 and 16.

Children ages 2 to 7 years are invited to Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning on Sept. 17.

Story Time introduces the child to children's literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests.

St. Peter Lutheran to offer computer classes

St. Peter Lutheran Church will again offer computing classes for adults in its school building at 605 Polk St.
The fall classes will begin the week of Sept. 14 and will end Nov. 19. Spring classes will be held in March and April of 2010.
Beginning computer users as well as those wishing to return are welcome.
The times for the classes are currently set for Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings or afternoons. The weekly classes last about an hour and a half.