Sewer construction starts on northeast side

A new phase of city sewer reconstruction will interrupt the flow of traffic on the northeast side of Huntington starting today.

"The month of July is going to be really ugly downtown," warns Dave Schoeff, assistant director of the city engineer's office.

The first phase of the sewer project played havoc with traffic around the City Building, Post Office and Huntington City-Township Public Library. Work in those areas is essentially complete, Schoeff says, except for paving.

Students will see some new teachers and staff members in schools this fall

Several staff changes were approved by the Huntington County Community School Cooperation Board of Trustees at its meetingon Monday, June 22

They include:
Certified resignations: Jennifer Caley, speech language pathologist from Huntington-Wells Special Services, and Joe O'Connell, math from Huntington North High School.

New certified staff: Melissa Blake, social studies for Riverview; Shoshannah McKinney, math for HNHS; Melanie Park, reading specialist for Riverview and Mycal Rodenbeck, social studies for Riverview.

Changes at HNHS could pave way for 'communities'

Possible renovations at Huntington North High School could pave the way for the creation of "small learning communities" at the school.

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, meeting on Monday, June 22, discussed basic maintenance needs at HNHS, such as heating and cooling in the gym and auditorium and air ducts and ventilation issues in the locker room areas.

In addition, the board is looking into creating "small learning communities."

United Way rewards local adult ed program with summer funding

The Huntington County Community School Cooperation's Adult Education program has been so successful that it has received a gift from United Way to continue operation through the month of July.

Adult and Continuing Education Director Steve Schenkel says the program receives funding from the state only for the fall and spring seasons, not summer. But because of the increase in participation, he says, he felt the need to continue through July, even though "July has always been an open month."

Anchor Room Bookstore to host release party for Rahn's new book

Dave Rahn
Photo provided.

The Anchor Room Bookstore in Fort Wayne will host a party today, June 29, celebrating the release of "Evangelism Remixed: Empowering Students for Courageous and Contagious Faith."

The book, to be released July 1, is co-authored by Dr. Dave Rahn, director of the graduate youth ministry leadership program at Huntington University, and Dr. Terry Linhart, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Bethel College.

The event, free and open the public, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at 4530 Lahmeyer Rd., Fort Wayne.

Registration near for Roanoke event

"A Renaissance in Roanoke" will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown Roanoke.
Registration is due July 1 for local and regional artists wishing to participate.

The artists can display their original work on Main Street and can put their pieces up for sale. Live music and food will also provide entertainment. A Fall Farmers Market will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grant will fund fire education, prevention programs

Joseph R. Adams (right), engineering specialist with FM Global, presents a $1,000 check to (from left) Huntington firefighter Steve Gray and Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong. The gift will be used for fire prevention efforts.
Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Fire Department has received a $1,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, an insurer of large businesses. FM Global is based in Johnston, RI.

The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities by educating the community and reducing the number of fires.

Fires continue to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage worldwide, FM Global says, adding that the majority of that damage is preventable.

Cleaning up

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kim Hostetler (foreground) cuts down weeds as fellow volunteers wield rakes, lawnmowers and weed trimmers at an overgrown lot on Court Street Saturday, June 20. A group of volunteers organized by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development spent Saturday morning taming tall grass and weeds at five vacant homes and lots on Court, Leopold and First streets.

4-H fair animal pre-entry forms due by July 1

The Huntington County Extension Office reminds all 4-H members who plan to exhibit animals at the 79th Huntington County 4-H Fair that animal pre-entry forms are due no later than Tuesday, July 1 to the Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office.

Warren Tri Kappa awards five scholarships to area students

The Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa in Warren has awarded five scholarships to area students pursuing a higher education.

Winners of scholarships are:
Mahria Vance, daughter of Michael and Amy Vance, of Warren, graduated from Huntington North High School, where she was active in choir and Battle of the Bands. Vance is a 10-year 4-H member, a certified lifeguard and teaches guitar lessons. She plans to attend Ball State University to seek degrees in business and journalism.

Heritage Days works its way up to parade on Saturday

Four-year-old Kenzie Gamlin (left) and Brooklyn Case, 2,  enjoy a ride on the dinosur carousel on Thursday, June 18, in downtown Huntington.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Heritage Days are well under way.

The second week of festivities kicks off Wednesday, June 24, with the crowning of this year's Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the Huntington University Merillat Center for the Arts.

Three juniors emerge as REMC scholarship contest winners

Three high school juniors emerged as the winners of this year's Youth Scholarship Con-test sponsored by United REMC.

Placing first in the judging was Brittany Blazier, a student at Norwell High School. A repeat winner from last year, Alyssa Hollowell, took second place. And placing third was Lauren Chanley. Both Hollowell and Chanley attend Huntington North High School.

Meeting the ducklings

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Miller brothers (from left) Dylan, Mason and Colton get a close-up look at some ducklings during United REMC's annual meeting and picnic on Saturday, June 13. The event featured live entertainment, games, activities and a short business meeting.

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.