Flint Springs students use profits from business to help benefit others

Mike Rohler (left), director of the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, accepts a donation for  Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti from Flint Springs Elementary School third-graders Vanessa Dimond (center) and Blake Masterson.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Third-graders at Flint Springs Elementary School are using the profits of their business for the betterment of their world.

Their most recent project was the donation of $155.52, representing one day's profits from their popcorn business, to the American Red Cross to be used in Haiti relief efforts.

Dennis Grain to be the site of Tractor Club meeteings

Huntington County 4-H Tractor Club meetings will begin on Monday, March 1, at Dennis Grain, 587E-800N, Huntington.

Meetings will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parents are advised to attend the first meeting to assist in completing the 4-H Club enrollment paperwork and required signatures.

Four additional meetings will be held:
March 9, at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
March 15, at Koenig Equipment, Ind.-9.
March 22, at Wertenberger Tire, 1400 S. Jefferson St.
March 29, at Doug Carroll's home, 11306N-900W.

Colorectal surgeon Klinker opens local office at Parkview Huntington

Photo provided.
Kelly Klinker.

Dr. Kelly Klinker, a colorectal surgeon with Northeast Indiana Colon and Rectal Surgeons, P.C., Fort Wayne, has opened an office in Huntington County at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

River Friendly Farmer of Indiana awarded at SWCD annual meeting

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Greg and Eva Witkamp received the River Friendly Farmer Award Thursday, Feb. 18, during the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting.

March blood drives honor donors and volunteers during American Red Cross Month

March is American Red Cross Month, and the organization is honoring blood donors and volunteers.

"March is a time we can honor the contributions Red Cross volunteers make to our nation," says Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. "It's a time, too, when we like to encourage more people to get involved through the simple act of blood donation or by volunteering at a blood drive in their community."

Huntington University Excel to host meeting on nursing program

The Huntington University Excel Adult Degree Program will host an informational meeting on Feb. 23 on its "R.N. to B.S.N." program.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the nursing department on the lower level of the university's Science Hall.

The program offers registered nurses a way to complete their bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Classes are held on Thursday evenings, beginning March 18, on the Huntington campus.

Students will complete the nursing core in less than two years.

Library nears end of project

Jan Perkins (left) and Kay Stine, librarians in the children’s department of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, move children’s books to their new shelves in the expanded library on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kathy Holst won't deny that the Huntington City-Township Public library is looking a bit disorganized these days.

"We call it creative stuffing," says Holst, the library's director.

The library is nearing the end of a year-long, $3.4 million expansion project, waiting for state approval to occupy the just-completed addition.

When that permit will be issued, Holst doesn't know. In a perfect world, she says, it might be a week or two.

"We had the first walk-through by the state people yesterday (Feb. 17)," Holst says.

Extension Office releases 4-H calendar

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces its 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, Feb. 22 to Thursday, Feb. 25

They are:

Monday, Feb. 22

6 p.m. - Canine Capers meets for behavior clinic, in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

6:30 p.m. - Champion Achievers. Christ the King Church.

6:30 p.m. - Wayne Township Future Farmers. Banquo Church.

7 p.m. - Extension Board meets in the Extension Office meeting room.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

6 p.m. - Rifle Club. Warren Sportsman Club.

Huntington City-Township Library program focuses on penguins

Photo by Andre Laird.

Kay Stine reads a story about penguins to a small group of area youth. The Huntington City-Township Library recently held a program that focused on penguins, with games, activities and refreshments.

Training offered for literacy volunteer tutors

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition is in need of volunteer tutors.

Tutor Training will be held at the GED Classroom of Work One on Flaxmill Road on Tuesday eve-nings, March 2 to 23, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag dinner. Participants are expected to complete all four sessions.

Training is open to any adult interested in assisting others with reading, math, obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or improving their skills in English as a Second Language (ESL).

Kids Kampus to hold pie fund-raiser

Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center of Huntington is partnering with Moore's Pie Shop for a pie fund-raiser through Wednesday, March 3.

Pie varieties are fruit pies including Dutch apple, blueberry, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, cherry and peach; soft pies including coconut, lemon, chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter and poured pies including, pumpkin and sugar cream.

Specialty pies are also available, including black raspberry, caramel apple walnut, dietetic peach, apple or cherry, pecan and key lime.

Huntington County 4-H Horse and pony judging callout meeting is Feb. 27

A callout meeting for 4-H youth interested in participating in the Hunting- ton County 4-H Horse and Pony judging team will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, starting at 2 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the home of Scott and Kristin Husband. For directions to their home, contact the Purdue Extension - Huntington County office or the Husbands at 672-8225.

Huntington County Master Gardeners to explain rain barrels

Gardening enthusiasts can learn to make a rain barrel during the March forum sponsored by the Huntington County Master Gardeners.

The session will be held March 6, beginning at 9 a.m., at Hier's Park.

Each participant will leave with a fully operational rain barrel. The barrels can be used to collect rain water, which can then be used in the garden. Collecting rain water for use in watering the garden conserves water and fits in with the current trend of "going green."

Caterpillar awards

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Caterpillar representative Leo Plomin (left) presents his company's silver level award of excellence to (from left) Ronda Wiland, Brian Cripe and Bill Schubert, representing the OEM air treatment products division at the Huntington Bendix plant. It was one of three awards presented by Caterpillar to Bendix, a Caterpillar supplier, during Caterpillar's visit to the Huntington plant on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Safety council to hear March program concerning noise-induced hearing loss

Jennifer C. Graber, an audiologist for ENT Associates, will present a program on noise-induced hearing loss during the March 10 luncheon meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

Graber had been scheduled to speak during the council's February meeting, which was canceled because of inclement weather.

The March 10 meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Habecker Dining Commons, Huntington University. To make a reservation, contact Holly Sale at 355-3203 or, or send a fax to 355-3236.