Quayle Center adds second LI system to list

The Quayle Center made its annual visit to Long Island, NY, the week of June 8 to present a program to fifth-graders at Camp Avenue Elementary School in Merrick, NY.

However, this year's trip was just a little different.
The trip was significant because it marked the second school system which the Center now serves in Long Island as part of its outreach programming. For the past five years, the Center has provided programming to schools in Smithtown, which is further east on the island.

Local TEA Party organization sponsoring another rally

Huntington got its first dose of a TEA Party on April 15, 2009, along with more than 800 other cities around the nation.

TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already, representing the organization's belief in limited government and fair taxes.

Now, due to the success of the first event, the local Huntington TEA party organization is sponsoring another rally on July 4 at the Huntington County Courthouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, the organization will have a booth set up at Heritage Days and a float in the Heritage Days parade.

YMCA requests parking changes

Dan Akeley, Executive Director of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, is in the process of requesting the Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals for a change in the number of required parking spaces.
Akeley says the amount of parking spots he has now at the facility, 203, is the "right amount" and doesn't wish to add more spots.

However, Huntington County's current zoning laws for a site zoned general business state Akeley needs 286 spots available for the new facility's usage.

Pace dealership gets good news

Joe Pais, owner/president of Pace Auto Group, displays the letter naming his dealership as one of the dealers that will remain open as part of the New GM.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Joe Pais will be around to sell another car.

Many other cars, he hopes.

Pais, owner/president of Pace Auto Group at 239 Hauenstein Rd., has been selected by General Motors to remain an active Chevrolet dealer as GM restructures in the wake of its bankruptcy.

"We're looking forward to being able to provide service to the community, and to support our 30 employees and their families with jobs," Pais says.

Clancy will jazz up the downtown for JeFFFest

Eric Clancy.
Photo provided.

Eric Clancy, a jazz pianist from Fort Wayne, will provide the "fabulous music" for this year's JeFFFest, an event combining music, art and food.

Co-sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing, it will be held June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington.

Clancy, a graduate of Huntington University, currently teaches and leads the jazz ensemble at HU. He also gives private lessons.

Markle board appoints Madsen as BZA member

The Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, June 17, was full of routine business.

James Madsen was appointed as the new Markle Board of Zoning Appeals member to replace the previous appointee because that member moved out of the community. The council decided by consensus to appoint him.

Tina Dudgeon, director of the Wells County EMS, requested a spot on the agenda.

Heritage Days opens with midway, several new events

The balloon glow, part of the Hot Air Balloon Fest at Huntington Municipal Airport, is one of the returning events for the first weekend of the Heritage Days festival in Huntington.
TAB file photo.

This year's Huntington Heritage Days has some new events to offer during the opening weekend.

The annual festival officially gets under way on Thursday, June 18, at 5 p.m., when Mid America Shows Delaware opens its carnival rides and games for the first time in downtown Huntington.

The carnival will be set up on Warren Street, between East Park Drive and Court Street, and will continue through Sunday, June 21.

Events new to the festival this year include a Band Booster Breakfast, a run at Victory Noll and a reading awareness event at Huntington Municipal Airport.

Winning window catgegory B

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Vivian Barton poses with the window at Rodger’s & Vivian’s Income Tax Service that won its category in the Heritage Days window decorating contest.

Winning windows feature Huntington history

Pat Bergdall, director of the Huntington County Historical Museum, poses with the window decorated by the Huntington County Historical Society. The window won its division of the Heritage Days window decorating contest.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two downtown businesses are the winners in the eighth annual Heritage Days Window Display Contest using the theme for this year's Heritage Days, "Celebrate Our Town."

The Huntington County Historical Society Gift Shop, using a window provided by Rodger's & Vivian's Income Tax Service, 323 N. Jefferson St., won first place in category A, which is the division for home décor and gift shops.

Rodger's & Vivian's Income Tax Service, 323 N. Jefferson St., won first place in category B, which is mostly a non-retail division.

City gets state wrestling tourney for fifth year

For what the president of the Huntington County Wrestling Club called an "unprecedented" fifth consecutive year, Huntington will again be the site of the Indiana State Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament.

The deal was contingent upon the wrestling club getting use of Huntington North High School for the weekend of March 12-14, which was approved by the Huntington County Community School Corporation two weeks ago.

Literacy coalition, UW team up for adults

Steve Schenkel (left), the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s director of Adult and Continuing Education, accepts a $2,000 check from Jay Ballard of the United Way Community Leadership Development Committee, on Wednesday, June 10.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County Literacy Coalition and the United Way of Huntington County have teamed up to support adult education programs.

The literacy coalition recently received a $2,000 grant from United Way to maintain cur-rent GED efforts within the community.

Adults interested in enrolling in adult education classes can visit the vocational Technical Building, 2201 N. Jefferson St. or call 356-2858.

June office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office will be closed during the month of July, but information will still be available by calling 359-1391.


United Way cabinet prepares for 2009 campaign

Members of the 2009 United Way Campaign Cabinet discuss plans for the upcoming United Way fund drive on Thursday, June 11, at First Federal Savings Bank.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The United Way of Huntington County Campaign Cabinet has been engaged in planning for the 2009 annual United Way fund drive for the last four months.

Locally, United Way supports and funds 15 organizations and agencies.

Michael Zahn, First Federal Savings Bank president and 2009 United Way campaign chair, states, "As we move forward toward the beginning of this year's campaign, I'm excited about the enthusiasm and support from this year's campaign cabinet."

Metzger receives Irvin and Lorette Murphy Scholarship

Bippus State Bank recently awarded its 2009 Irvin Murphy and Lorette Murphy scholarships to two students.

Huntington resident Jason Metzger was one of the recipients of a $300 scholarship.

He is a junior at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne pursuing a degree in finance.

Metzger is the son of Jerry and Dianne Metzger, of Huntington.

The other recipient was Cathy Forrester, of Lagro.

WLAB radio, HU form strategic alliance

Award-winning Christian radio station Star 88.3 WLAB-FM, based in Fort Wayne, and Huntington University have formed a strategic alliance.

The university will extend financial support to the newly established Star Educational Media Network in the form of a loan, a cash investment structured as a loan, and a possible bank loan guarantee. In return, the university will receive a significant stake in the new non-profit enterprise, several positions on its board of directors, on-air and off-air promotion and expanded educational opportunities for students.

Huntington County Fair TAx Association to have info session on Thursday, June 18

The Huntington County Fair Tax Association will present an informational session on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

"The FairTax - HR25/S 125" will be held at the Dan Quayle Center in the upper gallery.

Speakers will be Ron Heilman, of Fort Wayne; Adrian Messer, of Silver Lake; and Danny Higgins, of Peru.

Attendees are invited to bring questions.

For more information on the FairTax Plan, visit

For more information about the session, call Mary Oberle Hubley at 356-1398.

The Quayle Center is located at 815 Warren St.