Keystone Club earns recognition for volunteerism

The Keystone Club of the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County has earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

The award was presented after the leadership group compiled more than 600 volunteer hours during 2009.

Club members raked leaves and shoveled snow for the elderly and disabled, conducted food drives, helped re-open the Huntington House, helped unload, sort and distribute supplies at the Love INC Back to School Bash .

Roush Lake visitors can experience a winter's night

J. Edward Roush Lake and the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services will host "The Silence of a Moonlit Winter's Night" on Jan. 30 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participants will hike through the winter stillness and view the night sky with Fort Wayne Astronomical Society members' telescopes and will eat a moonlit meal in the heated building. They will also get the chance to listen to stories around the bonfire and will take part in a scavenger hunt, while riding in cars.

Health food demo

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Susy Jennings, family nutrition program advisor, Purdue Extension Office, talks with a group of area residents during "Cooking with Love" on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The program, which is offered three times each month, teaches residents how to create inexpensive yet healthy meals.

The Master's Pantry will benefit from pizza buffet

A Pizza Hut buffet on Monday, Jan. 25, will benefit The Master's Pantry in Markle.

The buffet will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pizza Hut in Huntington.

The Master's Pantry will receive part of the price for each buffet sold as well as all tips given to the volunteer servers. Funds raised will be used to purchase items to stock the shelves at the pantry.


Jan. 30 fish fry will raise funds for Markle Park

The Modern Woodmen of America, Camp 3127, will co-sponsor a fish and tenderloin fry on Jan. 30, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Markle Church of Christ.

The event is a benefit for the Markle Fish and Game Club Park. All proceeds will be matched by Modern Woodmen up to $2,500.

The money will be donated to the Markle Fish and Game Club to replace wooden park barricades and posts.

There is a cost per person, with a discount for children ages 12 years and under. Children under 5 years are free of charge.

Optimist scholarships now available for three students

The Huntington Optimist Club announces plans to give $1,000 scholarships to three Huntington County residents who are high school seniors or currently attending college.

Applications for the scholarships are available at Huntington North High School and at the office of Matheny, Hahn, Denman & Nix LLP, located at 45 W. Market St. in Huntington.

The application deadline is March 31, 2010.

For additional information, contact Jeremy Nix at 356-7030 or Carol Hacker at HNHS, 356-6104, ext. 1054.


Organizations accept donations for Haiti

Thousands are dead and an unknown number have been left homeless after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti, on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Here’s how you can help:

• The American Red Cross is accepting cash donations. Checks can be made out to the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, with “Haiti AP 2885” written in the memo section of personal checks. Checks can be dropped off at or mailed to the local chapter at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 203, Huntington, IN 46750.

Three local schools are Four Star winners

Three Huntington County schools — Lancaster, Northwest and Roanoke elementaries — are among Indiana’s Four Star Schools.

Lancaster and Roanoke are repeat winners, while Northwest has earned the award for the first time this year.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett announced the 2008-09 Four Star school distinction on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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.
Photo provived.

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.