School board gives Shafer authority to cut up to two teaching posts - just in case

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees gave Superintendent Tracey Shafer the authority to cut up to two teaching positions for the 2009-2010 school year during the board's meeting on March 23.

Even so, Shafer said he is not likely to make any cuts.

"It's not something we're looking to do," he said. "But if it became necessary, we would have the option."

Reductions in staff are dependent on the number of students enrolled for the next school year, Shafer said.

JeFFFest returns to downtown Huntington

JeFFFest will return to downtown Huntington this summer, coordinated by LaFontaine Arts Council members (front row from left) Jan Tharp and Ann Freds and (back row from left) Paula Bittner, Dan Rumple, Adam Drummond, Ruth Marsh and Sharon Lehman.
Photo provided.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has announced that a successful summer event will return to Huntington.

JeFFFest, which gets its name from the "fun food, fine art and fab music" on Jefferson Street in the downtown area, will be held on June 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The "fun food" will feature taste-size portions of offerings from local food vendors, including restaurants and caterers.

4-H calendar for week of March 30-April 5

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 30 to Sunday, April 5.

Monday, March 30
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.
6 p.m. - Helping Hands. Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Government meetings calendar March 30-April 3

Monday, March 30
Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Wednesday, April 1
Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Markle Municipal Building, 135 W. Sparks St.

Friday, April 3
Huntington Redevelopment Commission, 10 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.


DAR scrapbooks now in Indiana Room files

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented scrapbooks of the chapter’s history to Joan Keefer of the Indiana Room in the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Pictured are (front row from left) Judy Kaltenmark,
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered Wednesday, March 18 in the Indiana Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library to donate a collection of scrapbooks.

Shirley Peiffer Brown, registrar and vice-regent of the Huntington DAR, has assembled the scrapbooks over a period of seven years, working on documenting the chapter's 112-year history.

Brown says, "We're putting the books here to preserve in the Indiana Room. We want people to know that the Samuel Huntington Chapter is alive and well."


Funding offered to providers

Organizations that offer emergency food and shelter programs within Huntington County are invited to submit an application for review by the local board of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Huntington County United Way director Pat Horoho facilitates the local FEMA board, which is composed of members of several religious and charitable organizations.

Huntington County is eligible to receive $17,000 from FEMA to use for emergency food and shelter programs.

For more information or to submit an application, call Horoho at the United Way, 356-6160.

Shelter staff, board race to sell fund-raiser items

Employees at the Huntington County Humane Shelter have issued a challenge to Humane Society board members in an effort to bring in some needed funds to help them continue their mission.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Randy Rider (left) and Bill Finley (right), of Lime City Manufacturing, accept Love I.N.C.’s “Heart of a Servant” award from Jack Scheiber (center). The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday, March 18, in honor of Scheiber’s late wife Dorothy Scheiber, who spent 25 years working with the food pantries at Love I.N.C. and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Lime City donates a truck used by Love I.N.C. once a month to transport donated goods.

Service honored

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jack Scheiber (left) presents Love I.N.C.'s "Heart of a Servant" award to Paul Okuly, a long-time volunteer at the agency. The award, presented in memory of Scheiber's late wife Dorothy Scheiber, was presented Wednesday, March 18, at the organization's annual meeting.

Students place in state Machine Trades Contest

Huntington North High School vocational students (from left) Brian Bogner, Tony Sitton, Austin Clark and Michael Lewis recently participated in the Indiana Statewide Machines Trades Contest, where they won $4,550 in scholarships, tools and software.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Members of the Huntington North Vocational Machine Trades class recently participated in the 48th Annual Indiana Statewide Machines Trades Contest.

Brian Bogner, Tony Sitton, Michael Lewis and Austin Clark won awards in the event, held on Feb. 28 at Vincennes University.
Bogner placed second overall in the advanced division (second year students) and received scholarships and tools valued at $3,000.

TCU in a festive mood

TCU — Teachers Credit Union — will serve as sponsor of this year's Huntington Heritage Days celebration. Sandy Seacott of TCU (right) is shown with several members of the Heritage Days Steering Committee.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teachers Credit Union is once again sponsoring Huntington's Heritage Days, which will be held June 17-28 this summer.

This is the second year the business has served as corporate sponsor of the event.

The theme for the 2009 Heritage Days festival is "Celebrate Our Town." The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce organizes a number of events and activities, while a host of other groups sponsor a variety of other events.

Huntington's city-wide spring cleanup will begin on April 6

Huntington's city-wide cleanup returns this spring with curbside pick-up of items residents no longer want.

The city has traditionally held both spring and fall cleanup, offering both curbside pick-up and free dumping at the city landfill. Last fall, however, the city dropped curbside pick-up, citing rising fuel costs and other expenses, and offered only free dumping at the landfill.

Sheets Museum to raffle four-wheeler and guns

These specimens from the Rocky Mountain area of the United States and Canada will be on display through the end of March at the Sumner Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center, 200 Safari Trail, Huntington.
Photo provided.

The Sumner Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center now has tickets available for its 2009 Mega Raffle.

Winners will be drawn during the annual Sumner Sheets Fundraising Banquet, to be held on Sept. 12.

The top prize in the 2009 Mega Raffle is a Yamaha four-wheeler. Other prizes to be given away include a Mossburg 20-gauge over/under shotgun and a Marlin .44-caliber Magnum rifle.

Extension service to again sponsor Ag Day for third-graders

The Huntington County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will again sponsor Ag Day on March 24 at Hier's Park for all third grade students in Huntington County.

Students will get to see several animals, but the emphasis will be on learning about the importance of agriculture in their lives.

With trophy in hand, Varsity Singers head to state

The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers are shown during their chanpionship performance Sataurday, March 14, at the Homestead Classic Showcase show choir invitational.
Photo provided.

Huntington North High School musicians capped an award-winning weekend with a grand champion trophy won by the Varsity Singers at the Homestead Classic Showcase Saturday, March 14, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

Also last weekend, the Varsity Singers received an invitation to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association state show choir competition March 21 in Indianapolis.