HU offers informational meeting on adult classes

Huntington University's Excel Adult Degree Programs will hold an informational meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3,  at 302 Lake St. in Huntington where the Excel Office is located.

This building also houses the Huntington University Graduate School and the headquarters for the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

This free-of-charge 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.

DNR will seek input on gypsy moth infestations

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the presence of the invasive gypsy moth insect, problems associated with the infestations and methods for dealing with the insect.

A meeting focusing on Huntington and Wabash Counties will be held on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, 9214 W. Lost Bridge West, Andrews.

Porgram features portrayal of circus elephant trainer

The story of Modoc - a 1,900-pound gray Indian elephant - and her week-long rampage through Wabash and Huntington counties will be recounted during a free program on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

Michael Beauchamp will portray Modoc's trainer, Capt. Terrell M. Jacobs, who grew up in Wabash and spent part of five decades traveling through the United States with the best-known circuses of the day.

Joy Pleasers offer information to potential clowns

The Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will be holding an informational meeting on Feb. 16, at the Heritage of Huntington, open to anyone interested in clown ministry. Pictured at Victory Noll are Jeanette Ebersole, as “Calico” and Midge Decker, as “Tid Bit.”
Photo provided.

Joy Pleasers Clown Ministry will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, Feb. 6, at The Heritage of Huntington.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in taking upcoming clown classes, being offered by the ministry.
Classes will run on Feb. 13 and will be held at The Heritage of Huntington. The class ends with a graduation ceremony.

The class will start at 9 a.m. and will guide the prospective clowns through the process of choosing their clown type after they have applied the make-up of the four types of clowns.

Networking session set for Feb. 3

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will present the first networking showcase of 2010 at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University, on Feb. 3, at 7:30 a.m.

Chamber Ambassadors will facilitate "Speed Networking" with John Mignone, from Mignone Communications, as the emcee.

Attendees are asked to bring at least 20 business cards to share.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Jo Ann at the chamber at 356-5300 or e-mail her at ChamberAdmin @Huntington-Cham


Oberholtzer will teach chess classes for teens at Huntington library

The Huntington City-Township Public Library invites students in grades six through 12 to come to "It's Chess Time @ Your Library," with instructor Jack Oberholtzer, to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the HCTPL Main Library, located at 200 W. Market St. in Huntington.

Teens can learn to play chess, build their strategy skills, and play practice games, as well as take part in a chess tournament, which will then continue on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Alexis Bartrom is spelling champion at Northwest Elementary School

Photo provided.Alexis Bartrom.

Alexis Bartrom won the Northwest Elementary School spelling bee on Jan. 12 by correctly spelling the word "denominator."

She will advance to the county spelling bee, which will be held Feb. 1 at 7 .m. at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons. Champions from all county schools will participate.

The runnerup in the Northwest competition was Emily Willard.

The school spelling bee featured 11 students, who sere selected from all Northwest fifth-graders through a preliminary test of 50 words.

HCS announces honor roll list

Huntington Catholic School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2009-10 school year.
Honor roll students are:

All A's
Grade four - Johanna Dohrman, Katherine Jamison, Rileigh Johnson, Gabrielle Linker, Melanie Lisnicchia, Gavin Rosen, Emma Woolard, Jack Young and Rees Zay.

Grade five - Katie Hunt, Alexandra Short and Alyssa Woolard.

Grade six - Lia King and Hannah Van.

Grade seven - Makayla Caley, Alexandra Kreider, Luke Scheiber and Corinne Zay.

Grade eight - Conner Kreider, Nathan Pike and Mary Simms.

Huntington North announces its honor rolls for the first semester

Huntington North High School has announced its honor rolls for the first semester of the 2009-10 school year.
Students earning all A's are:

Grade 9
Victoria Applegate, Allyson Baldridge, Lauren Daas, Sierra Dinius, Marie Ditzler, Onna Doering, Olivia Ely, Malina Fairchild, Austin Garde, Kara Gilmore and Morgan Goetz.

Also, Kelsey Griffith, Cameron Hackney, Audrey Hiner, Jaclyn Hiner, Kelsey Hollowell, Jacob Humbert, Molly Irick, Trenton Kern, Tyler Korthal, Cordell Lewis and Matthew Lorton.

Jan. 26 meeting to help students file for college financial aid

All parents of high school seniors, their senior students and anyone - including non-traditional students - who plan to attend college next fall are invited to attend an informational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, for help in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a form that serves as the foundation for many loans, scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

School make-up days are March 22 and May 14

In light of the closing of Huntington County Community School Corporation schools on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22, school make-up dates have been announced.

For Thursday’s cancellation, HCCSC students will attend school on Monday, March 22, and for Friday’s cancellation, schools will be open on Friday, May 14.

In addition, parents and students are reminded that school will be in session on Friday, March 19, in order for teachers and staff to attend a conference on April 23. Schools will therefore be closed on Friday, April 23.

Child-rearing classes offered in Zanesville

Zanesville Community Church will offer a series of 12 lessons starting Monday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m.

A second session will be held on Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. Classes will be offered twice weekly.

“The Essentials of Disciples” provides advice on how to raise children, offering counsel on effective discipline, self-confidence and safeguards in a dangerous world from experts including James Dobson.

For more information call 638-4239

The church is located on Indianapolis Road in Zanesville.

YSB to hold annual Volunteer and Community Recognition Dinner

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County will be hosting its annual Volunteer and Community Recognition Dinner on Jan. 28.

The dinner will be held at St. Peter's First Community Church, located at 206 Etna Avenue in Huntington.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

There is no cost to the dinner, but reservations are requested.

"This is our way of recognizing our volunteers and all of those who we have worked with and who have supported us in 2009," says Jan Williams, executive director of YSB.

Teen suicide prevention group to hold training

Each year an estimated 775,000 family members are affected by a suicide attempt or a suicide death of a loved one.

Countless others are concerned about friends who may be contemplating suicide.

Huntington County is not immune to this frightening statistic.

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will be hosting a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training on Feb. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau's office located at 1344 Maple Drive.

Precious gift

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Red Cross supervisor Suzanne Henry (right) collects a blood donation from Kim Overholser Saturday morning, Jan. 16, at Northview Church of Christ. The session at Northview was the first Red Cross blood drive of January, which has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. Additional blood drives this month are Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Huntington University; and Friday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Heritage Pointe in Warren. To schedule a donation, call 800-733-2767 or visit