Celebrating success

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

"The Barefoot Hawaiians" perform a traditional Hawaiian dance during a luau held Tuesday, May 26, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation. The performance and the luau were part of a celebration of the facility's top customer satisfaction rating. Markle Health and Rehabilitation had the highest customer satisfaction rating score of all 47 Indiana facilities operated by American Senior Communities. The scores were based on customer satisfaction surveys sent to current residents and their families in April.

Elks Scholarship

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Donald D. Schoeff (left), president of the Indiana Elks Association, awards the Wells County Elks Scholarship to Kaitlyn Batt, a graduating senior at Huntington North High School. Batt plans to use the $1,000 scholarship to attend Duke University, where she will major in biology and global health. Her career plans include attending medical school and working with Doctors Without Borders. Batt is the daughter of Greg and Karen Batt, of Huntington.

Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa awards six college scholarships

Chi Chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa of Huntington has announced its 2009 scholarship recipients.

The Laura Blackburn Scholarship is awarded yearly to a high school or college student majoring in education. This award is in honor of long-time teacher and Tri Kappa member Laura Blackburn. Alison Spahr, daughter of Tom and Amy Spahr, has been awarded the $1,000 scholarship.

Growers can trade extras at Plant Swap

Huntington's annual Plant Swap will be held Saturday, June 6, on Jefferson Street between Washington and Market streets.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the Swap begins at 10 a.m. and continues until noon.

Entries for the Container Contest must be registered by 9 a.m.

Swappers may bring up to 20 plants for the round-robin style swap.

Plant categories are: perennials, annuals, house plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables and garden miscellaneous.

Plant Swap rules include:
• Absolutely no money is to be exchanged for any swap item.

New trail will open on June 6

A new recreational trail that follows the Wabash River west of Huntington will be dedicated on Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m.

The dedication ceremony will be held at the trailhead, located at 2753 W. Park Drive, across from Huntington Nursery. The public is invited to attend the event, then walk or ride a bicycle down the trail after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Murphy to challenge Burton in Republican primary

Indiana Rep. Mike Murphy, of Indianapolis, announced Thursday, May 28, that he will be a candidate in the Republican primary for Indiana's Fifth Congressional District.

That seat is currently held by fellow Republican Dan Burton, also of Indianapolis, who has served since 1983.

The district includes all of Tipton, Grant, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Hamilton, and Hancock Counties, as well as parts of Marion, Shelby, Howard and Johnson counties. Huntington County has been a part of the Fifth District since the 2000 census.

Roanoke student wins IPFW writing competition

Michelle L. Keplar, of Roanoke, a freshman at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is the winner of the Nineteen Eighty-Four Community Book Read and Essay Contest, sponsored by The Remnant Trust at IPFW committee.

Keplar responded to the question, "How is the society in which we live moving toward or away from the society depicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four?" with her winning essay, "1984: An Everlasting Warning About Humanity."

Kids Kampus 'Summer Kamp' will keep kids busy reporting the latest news in print and on the air

Kids Kampus is hav-ing a Summer Kamp for children ages 5 through 12, from June 1 through Aug. 12.

The Kamp includes up to 50 hours per week along with snack, meals and activities.

Summer Kamp participants will be "reporters" for the summer. There will be a weekly publication and news broadcast on what is going on around Kids Kampus.
Each week will include a different theme, including:

• June 1-5: Garden week.
• June 8-12: Animal/Pet wee.k
• June 15-19: Radio/Television week.
• June 22-26: Home Economics eeek.

School board approves requests, resignations, donations

The Huntington County School Corporation's Board of Trustees approved several requests during the Tuesday, May 26, meeting at the Administrative Service Center.

They include:

Certified resignations
• Lori DuBois, agriculture, Huntington North High School (HNHS).

• Amanda Tumbleson, art, Lincoln Elementary.

Classified resignations
• Dawn Eckert, Transition coordinator, Huntington-Whitley Special Services (HWSS).

• Melissa Wesco, food service, Riverview Middle School.
ECA (extra-curricular activities) resignation

Remembering those who died

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bill Glover (right), past commander of Raonoke American Legion Post 160, pays tribute to Huntington County veterans who died in 2008 during a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25, at the First Church of hte Nazene. A list of the deceased veterans' names burns in a helmet inf front of Glover as a symbol of the veterans' new place in the "Post Everlasting." Huntingotn County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton watches.

Back in the day ...

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This scene from downtown Huntington history features a vehicle of the day parked in front of the Edelweiss Pool Room and Petrie Bakery, which were located at 542 and 546 N. Jefferson St. The history of downtown Huntington is the focus of Huntington Alert's first Historical Walking Tour, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30. Participants can pick up guides and quizzes at any of the participating businesses and try to answer the history-related questions on the quiz. The top prize is a pair of tickets to a show at the New Huntington Theater.

Roanoke llibrary offers summer reading program

The summer reading program at the Roanoke Public Library will begin June 16 and continue through July 21.

Sessions will be held at the library each Tuesday, at 10 a.m. for children ages 6 and younger and at 2 p.m. for children completing first grade and above.

Each program will include story time, crafts, songs, finger plays and a reading contest. Prizes include Tin Caps baseball tickets, Indiana Beach tickets, Applebee's coupons, movie tickets and more. A special prize will be given to the top reader.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Indiana State Police Trooper Trent Kiefer (left) congratulates Emily Horne, a fifth-grader at Flint Springs Elementary School, during a graduation ceremony held Wednesday, May 20, for students who completed the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Several students read essays they had written about their experiences in the program, and the students and their parents were treated to cake and ice cream after the graduation ceremony.

Local Red Cross chapter offers two more classes

The American Red Cross of Huntington County will offer two additional community classes in adult CPR with AED June 1-7 in recognition of National CPR/AED Week.

The classes are open to all Huntington County residents 16 years and older who have never been certified in CPR/AED. Each class is limited to 10 students.

A class will be offered Monday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a second class set for Wednesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the local Red Cross office at 356-2910 or redcross@hunting


Boys & Girls Cloub to offer early education, activities

Beginning on June 1, the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will open its doors in the mornings to offer club members educational classes and activities for two hours.

Mandy Reber, the club's executive director, says four different classes focusing on science, reading math and cooking will be covered during this time.