Riders' Rendezvous speaker

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Dann Perigo talks to a small crowd about mules at the Horseman Campground at Salamonie Reservoir as part of Salamonie's annual Riders' Rendezvous on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Fourth annual Alpaca Farm Day on Saturday

Alpacas will be on display at the Alpaca Farm Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Michel Century Farm.
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Michel Century Farm, of rural Huntington, will hold its fourth annual Alpaca Farm Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can meet the alpacas and feel their fiber.
Demonstrations of carding, spinning and felted hat making will be given throughout the day.

Alpaca products and dyed fiber will be offered for sale. Children's activities will also be offered.

The farm is located at 6824W-600N.

For more information, call 344-1647 or e-mail


Smashing good time

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Nathan Ratcliff, youth minister at Warren Church of Christ, braces himself as Livvie Calhoun makes her throw on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Don't breathe

Katelyn Niswander (left) spoons off a cotton ball to Rebecca Teusch during a Huntington Catholic Middle School party on Friday, Sept. 18, in the school gym. The object of the game was to move the cotton ball down the line of students, using only the spoons held in their mouths. The middle school party is an annual event sponsored by the HCS Student Council.

Vintage printing press among new museum displays

A century-old printing press is delivered to the Huntington County Historical Society by a 1941 Model A Ford once used as a tow truck by Harley Henline in Huntington.
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A vintage printing press once used in Huntington will be among the new displays at the Huntington County Historical Museum.

The press, donated by Stine Printing of Huntington, was manufactured by the Chandler & Price Company of Cleveland, OH, in the late 1800s.

The press was originally operated by hand but later adapted to run on an electric motor. The museum staff will restore the press to its original hand operation so its printing capabilities can be demonstrated to visitors.

Huntington County Literacy Coalition still looking for volunteer tutors

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition is searching for volunteer tutors.

Tutor training will be held in North Manchester on Thursdays during October at the Learn More Center, located in the Town Life Center.

Warren UCC to lead festival's old-time worship

An old-time worship service will take place this Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. on the Hier's Park outdoor stage as part of the 34th annual Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

The non-denominational service will be led by Scott E. Nedberg, pastor, and the congregation of the Warren United Church of Christ. It will feature old-fashioned preaching and hymn singing.

The church will also hold a regular worship service at 10:45 a.m. that day at its home church at 302 N. Wayne St., in Warren.

HNHS and Huntington Beauty College offer vocational courses in cosmetolgy, manicuring

Huntington Beauty College recently opened its doors to Huntington North High School vocational students. Students can participate in either the cosmetology or manicurist programs. Here, students are working on perfecting techniques on their mannequins.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Beauty College has joined forces with Huntington North High School's Vocational Department to offer courses to vocational students.

Bonnie Swiatkowski, director of education at Huntington Beauty College, says the ven-ture started in June and has seen a lot of positive response.

"Currently, we have 20 students enrolled in our program," she states. "We offer courses in cosmetology and manicuring."

The cosmetology diploma trains students on how to do perms and haircuts, as well as techniques on improving clients' nails and skin.

Legion Post 85 gift will help expand Kids Kampus play area

Kendra Sandlin (third from left), a kindergartner and a member of the American Legion Post 85 Junior Auxiliary, presents a check to Taylor Reeves (fourth from left), a first-grader and student at Kids Kampus.
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American Legion Post 85, Huntington, has dedicated the profits from its tenderloin dinner in August to an improved indoor play area for children at Kids Kampus.

Kendra Sandlin, a kindergartner at Huntington Catholic School and a member of the American Legion's Junior Auxiliary, presented a giant check in the amount of $1,195 to Taylor Reeves, a first-grader at Flint Springs Elementary School and a member of the Inventor class at Kids Kampus. The giant check was made by Signs Etc., of Huntington.

Government meetings Sept. 21-28

Monday, Sept. 21
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, third floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of Huntington City Building.

Huntington Board of Aviation, 5:30 p.m., terminal building at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals, 7:30 p.m., G.A.R. Room, second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Marching Vikes to put on free show Tuesday, Sept. 20

The Marching Vikes will perform a free exhibition Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.
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The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes will offer the community a free performance of their 2009 pre-game and competition shows on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.

Introductions and the performance will last about 45 minutes.

This year's show, "Time," opens with a custom piece written specifically for the Marching Vikes. It borrows from the tune "Time After Time" and uses a variety of time signatures.

Star Insurance teams win A B.I.G. Day Golf Outing

Christopher Camp tees off at the start of the A B.I.G. Day Golf Outing Wednesday, Sept. 16, at LaFontaine Golf Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The LaFontaine Golf Club hosted the A B.I.G. Day Golf Outing on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

The Star Insurance team came in first place by shooting a 52. Dyer Health and Wellness took second with 54 and was also the only team to be awarded a skin, carding an eagle on the par 4 fourth hole. The Schacht-Pfister, Inc. team came in third place by scoring a 55.

The closest to the pin winner on hole 2 was Brent Stanley; on hole 5, Jim Sprinkle; on hole 14, Mat Quickery; and on hole 17, Jay Mertz.

HU students wins T-shirt design contest sponsored by FL youth hostel

"Summer Color," a design by Felicia Pettigrew, won a T-shirt design contest held by Casa Yallaha youth hostel in St. Augustine, FL.

Pettigrew is a 20-year-old Huntington University student from Huntington.

Pettigrew entered four designs: "Bridge Street," "Sitting by the Beach," "Florida Oranges" and "Summer Color."

HU students win award at LA film festival

"Nero Bloom: Private Eye," a film by Huntington University digital media arts film students Jason Eberly and Nathan Hartman, won the Best Student Feature Award at the Cinema City International Film Festival in Los Angeles held Sept. 10-12.

"Nero Bloom" also received recognition as a finalist because it earned a score of 3.5 or higher on a 5-point scale from the judging panel.

B&G Club, parks dept. to celebrate Worldwide Day of Play on Friday

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play on Friday, Sept. 25.

The Worldwide Day of Play is being promoted by the Nickelodeon children's television network to encourage all children to turn off the television and go outside to play.

The local event will take place at Drover Park and the Bendix-Hiner Splash Pad, 1215 Etna Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's free to all youth and families.