Andrews pavilion makes way for new

Tom Wuensch, owner of TW Excavating and the Andrews fire chief, operates his Bobcat Friday morning, June 5, to demolish the pavilion in the Andrews Park.
Photo by Jessica Williams

Tom Wuensch, the Andrews Fire Chief, directed some demolition on June 5 in the Andrews Park.

In addition to being chief, Wuensch also owns his own excavating company, TW Excavating, "So it works out pretty well," he says with a laugh.

Wuensch noticed the pavilion in the park was falling apart and unsafe, so he got some volunteers together from the fire department and his own company to tear down the existing pavilion and build a new one, at no cost to the town of Andrews.

City will return grant, kill Etna Avenue project

The Huntington Common Council killed a proposed Etna Avenue reconstruction project during its meeting on Tuesday, June 9, citing limited funding and opposition from community members.

The split 4-3 vote in favor of terminating the proposed project marked the end of a period of uncertainty for both residents and businesses on Etna Avenue.

Councilmen voting with the majority were Erv Ebersole, Brooks Fetters, Jason Fields and Steve McIntyre.

Those voting to continue with the project were Joe Blomeke, Keith Eller and Jack Slusser.

Festival banner honors veterans

The Salamonie Summer Festival banner was taken to Heritage Pointe in Warren on Monday, June 1, to be signed by veterans.
Photo contributed.

The community of Warren will pay special tribute to its veterans and current service members during this summer's Salamonie Summer Festival.

The theme of the festival, which will be held July 2-5, is "Let Freedom Ring: A Salute to Our Heroes." Veterans, service members and family members of deployed military personnel are invited to sign a banner bearing that theme, which will be on display during the festival.

Principal Faroh to take post as Lancaster Elementary teacher

James Faroh Sr., principal at Lincoln Elementary School for the past five years, will leave the principal's post to become a teacher at Lancaster Elementary School this fall.

Faroh requested the transfer, which was unanimously approved during a meeting of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Turstees on Monday, June 8.

Faroh will teach fifth grade at Lancaster.

H.H. Niswander to remain in Huntington as GM reorganizes

Dave Niswander (left) and Sam Niswander, co-owners of H.H. Niswander in Huntington, display the letter they received from General Motors, informing them that their dealership would be allowed to stay in business, selling GM’s Buick and GMC Truck lines.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dave and Sam Niswander are a couple of happy souls.

Ecstatic, even.

The brothers, co-owners of H.H. Niswander Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac-GMC Trucks in Huntington, received "the letter" last week - a missive notifying them of their future status with General Motors.

And the news was good.

Niswander will keep the Buick and GMC Truck brands of its GM dealership. However, GM canceled its franchise agreement with Niswander for the Pontiac and Cadillac brands.

"We're here and we're going to stay here," Dave Niswander says.

Huntington invites residents to meeting concerning Etna Ave. project

The city of Huntington is inviting residents to a public meeting concerning the proposed Etna Avenue reconstruction project Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The Etna Avenue project is a general improvement construction project of Etna Avenue from the Wabash River to Jessup Street that has received over $2.5 million in federal funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The City Council has tentatively scheduled a vote on whether or not to move forward with the proposed project for the June 9 meeting.

Master Trooper Jeffers among three receiving recent state police honors

Robert Jeffers.
Photo provided.

Master Trooper Robert M. Jeffers, of Huntington, was one of three Indiana State Troopers recognized for their achievement, service and dedication to the Indiana State Police and the citizens of Indiana.

Community donations

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 presented checks to three area organizations on Tuesday, June 2. On hand for the presentation were (front row, from left) Harold Bennett, Post 2689 commander; Norma Roth, Huntington County Free Clinic; Holly Saunders and Sandy Allen, both with Huntington Area Transportation; Dan Fisher, chair of the Huntington Fireworks Committee; and Dale Howell, incoming Post 2689 commander; and (back row, from left) Don Wieging, American Legion Post 7 commander and Paul and Jill Augspurger with the Huntington Fireworks committee.

Keepsake memory

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School graduates Teresa Johnson (left) and Sarah Henderson get their photographs taken by a family member after the HNHS graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5.

Leading the class out

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School valedictorian Kailtyn Batt (left) and salutatorian Tayah Kline lead the graduated Class of 2009 out of North Arena at the close of the HNHS graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5.

Moving the tassel

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School graduating seniors Joey West (left) and Ross Whitacre move their tassels to the right side of the mortar board after receiving their diplomas during the HNHS graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5.

Light moment

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Graduating senior William Jacob Fulton wears a grin -- and perhaps most important -- has his diploma after a small mix-up resulted in his name being called out of order during the Huntington North High School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5.

Last performance

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ethan Kattau on guitar (left) Zen Hess on drums  and bass guitarist David Geders (not shown) joined with senior members of the HNHS Concert Choir, Varisty Singers and glee club to perform the class song, "Time of My Life," during the Huntington North High School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5.



Photo by Cindy Klepper.

An exuberant Jessica Zimmerman gives a big thumbs up to someone in the crowd during the Huntington North High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 2009 on Friday, June 5.

Full-day kindergarten to be standard this year

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has announced that all eight elementary schools will move to full-day kindergarten for the 2009-2010 academic year.

This change will move all kindergarten programs in the county to a full school day, Monday through Friday.
While kindergarten students are not required to participate in the full day schedule, they are strongly encouraged to do so, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.