Area conservation officer Bolt gets honor as district officer of year

Indiana Conservation Officer Erick J. Bolt has been named district officer of the year for 2009 by the conservation officers of District Two.

The district includes the counties of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Adams and Wells.

Free flu shot clinic to be at Warren Pharmacy on Feb. 22

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a free H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic at the Warren Pharmacy on Monday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The H1N1 flu shot is available to anyone free of charge. The seasonal flu vaccine is not available.

Residents of neighboring counties are welcome.

For questions about vaccinations, call the Health Department at 358-4831.

This service is provided by the Huntington County Health Department.


HU offering homeschoolers phys ed program

Huntington University's Department of Physical Education will again offer a physical education program for elementary-aged homeschooled children this spring.

There will be nine sessions during the University's spring semester. Class time is from 1:15 to 2:05 p.m. in the field house of the university's Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. The dates for the sessions are March 4, 11, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 24; and May 6.

HU to hold SPARK workshop for PE leaders

The Huntington University Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management will host a SPARK workshop on March 5 for physical education teachers.

The workshop will be presented in collaboration with the Indiana School Health Network. SPARK is an acronym for "Sports, Play & Active Recreation for Kids."

Chess champ

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Anthony Johnson (at right, in back) plays a championship chess match against Alex Sereno (at left, in back) on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Johnson won the match to be declared the library's chess champion. The tournament was the culmination of a series of chess lessons at the library under instructor Jack Oberholtzer. Playing in the foreground are James Crago (left) and Adam Wixted (right).

Edward Jones will sponsor Roanoke run/walk

The organizers of the Discover Roanoke 10K/5K run/walk have announced that Edward Jones Investments has agreed to become a major sponsor for the inaugural event, to be held in downtown Roanoke on April 17 at 9 a.m.

The event, which benefits the Roanoke Elementary School PTO, is open to participants of all ages.

Edward Jones joins United REMC and Bippus State Bank as sponsors. Members of the local team of Edward Jones advisors include Jim Ditzler, Chuck Harris, Nichole Johnson, Trent McBride, Jim Scheiber, and Jim Warner.

Pathfinder Services offers free beginning sign language classes

Pathfinder Services Inc. is offering free beginning sign language classes at its Huntington, Wabash and Plymouth offices this month.

The classes are being offered to all Pathfinder employees and to the community.

Class topics include understanding deaf culture, the history of sign language and an introduction to the manual alphabet and basic signs.

Classes are for those who would like to learn basic sign for the first time, or just brush up on their skills.

Productive day

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ivy Tackett, 9, stands next to her product of a snow day on Wednesday, Feb. 10; a nearly seven-foot tall snowman she and her dad, Daniel Tackett, made while enjoying a day without school.

Huntington County 4-H clubs announce this week’s meetings

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service - Huntington County office announces the 4-H calendar of events for Feb. 16 through Feb. 28.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

6 p.m. - The Rifle and Muzzleloader clubs will meet at the Warren Sportsman's Club.

7 p.m. - The 4-Leaf Clovers will meet at the home of the Lahrs.

7 p.m. - There will be a Fair Board meeting in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

7 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Riders meet in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Colts ‘Thank You’ tour to make stop at Glenbrook Square Mall on Feb. 17

The Indianapolis Colts will present their "Thank You Tour" at Glenbrook Square Mall, 4201 Coldwater Rd. in Fort Wayne, On Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The tour will highlight the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship Trophy.

Other elements of the tour include autograph signings with Colts cheerleaders and Colts alumni players; Blue, the Colts' mascot; a free 2009 recap poster and live music by Dave and Rae.

Alumni players expected to attend include Tarik Glenn and Bernard Whittington.

Brady and Willard will combine talents for recital

Sopranos Ashyln Brady and Anna Willard will present a combined vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Indiana State Police accepting applicants for academy

The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 70th Recruit Academy. Interested individuals may apply online at htm. Applications must be received via e-mail by midnight on Feb. 28.

Dance troupe performs March 6 at Merillat Centre

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform March 6 at Huntington University. Photo provided.
Photo provided.

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans return to the main stage of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on March 6 to present a colorful celebration of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures.

The Tamburitzans is the longest-running live stage show of its kind in the United States. Through a virtual journey filled with color, sound and movement, the ensemble relates the joys of life and the timeless beauty of the many cultures, which it artistically represents.

Purdue economist says tax reform legislation to make govt. units interdependent

Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer explains the effects of property tax reform on governments and taxpayers in Huntington County during an informational session Monday, Feb. 8, at Crestview Middle School.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Balancing a budget used to be so easy.

The state set a maximum levy - a maximum dollar amount that could be raised through property taxes - for each city, town and other taxing unit. The taxing unit would divide the maximum levy by its assessed value and come up with a tax rate.

No more, says Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer, who for nearly two hours on Monday, Feb. 8, delivered a rapid-fire analysis of the twists and turns of the tax reform legislation passed by the Indiana legislature in March 2008.

Markle volunteers to de-trash

A meeting will be held at the Markle Fire Station concerning the de-trashing of the Wabash River on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of de-trashing is to clean up the river and preserve the heritage of the Wabash River, and volunteers are needed for the project, say officials of the sponsoring organizations, the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Markle Park Board.

Trash and dead brush will be cleaned up along the banks, with permission from landowners.