Andrews food pantry to be open on Thursday

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold another food distribution  Thursday, May 18, between 10 a.m. and noon for Andrews and Dallas Township area residents.

The location is 67 N. Snowden  St., in Andrews, in the old union building behind the town hall.

No appointment is necessary.

Food is available on a first come, first served basis.

County’s Master Gardeners to hold annual plant sale Saturday, May 20

Sharon Ernst (left) and Kay Lilie, co-chairmen of the Salamonie Interpretive Center Garden, take plants up from the ground so they can be sold in the Huntington County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, set for Saturday, May 20, at the Larry and Joyce Ke

The Huntington County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 20, in the Larry and Joyce Keiffer Family Living Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

‘Walk to School Day’

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Lincoln Elementary School students, along with parents, community members and the Huntington County Health & Wellness Coalition, walk down Taylor Street to Lincoln on Wednesday morning, May 10, as part of “Walk to School Day.” The group started its walk at Hier’s Park.

2012 teacher of year Park speaks at BIAB fund-raiser

Dr. Melanie Park, a Riverview Middle School teacher who was named Indiana’s Teacher of the Year in 2012, was the guest speaker for the Blessings in a Backpack fund-raising dinner on May 5 at the Joseph Decuis Farm.

Blessings in a Backpack provides food for Huntington County students to take home for the weekend, and Park explained the difference that food makes in the lives of the children.

Sunday concert features cellist, violinist

Dr. Robert Lynn and Elizabeth Smith will perform as a cello and violin duo at the Evensong Concert on Sunday, May 21, at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Lynn holds degrees in music performance from William Jewell College, Truman State University and Ball State University. He has played cello with numerous orchestras throughout the Midwest. He currently serves as the principal cellist of the Manchester Symphony.

Teachers’ group awards scholarships

(From left) Jarrett Braden, Jarin Matheny, Mallory Oswalt, Kirsten Roller and Madison Waldfogel.
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The Huntington County Teacher’s Association has awarded scholarships to Jarrett Braden, Jarin Matheny, Mallory Oswalt, Kirsten Roller and Madison Waldfogel.

Braden is the son of Tonya and Trent Braden. He plans to attend Ball State University and study geology with a concentration in meteorology in hopes of becoming a meteorologist.

Matheny is the son of Patty Myers and Tom Matheny. He plans to attend Ball State University and study digital sports production with the goal of becoming a sports broadcaster and journalist.

Youth can venture into the outdoors at Salamonie Lake’s summer day camp

Youth ages 7 to 12 are invited to “Outdoor Adventures” day camp at Salamonie Lake June 28 and 29.

Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Day campers will meet at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Activities will include outdoor cooking, archery, canoeing, hiking and survival skills. Families are encouraged to camp for the night and enjoy some evening stories around a campfire.

All activities are led by trained interpretive naturalists and a certified shooting sports instructor. Daily lunch and a snack are included.

Crestview projects take to the skies

Dillon Gagnon, Austin Gagnon and William Relue (from left) inflate a weather balloon Thursday, May 11, at Crestview Middle School as Crestview science teacher Cheryl Simms watches in the background. Austin Gagnon, a recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, spearheaded a NASA-funded project at Crestview which culminated with the students launching rockets they had made as well as the weather balloon.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Crestview Middle School students gathered on the school’s soccer field Thursday, May 11, for a long-anticipated launch of rockets they had constructed.

They’d had to wait through two weeks of rain cancellations, but when the launch actually came to pass, the rockets soared into the sky.

The program that led up to the launch, though, had an even longer incubation period.

Huntington University’s doctoral students create award winning video

Huntington University’s doctor of occupational therapy program students (from left) Cody Zimmer, Caroline Hesterman, Mallory Coleman, Caitlin Hansen and Danielle Brenner created the “Celebrating 100 years of Occupational Therapy” video that was chosen as one of 10 to represent the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Student Centennial Video project.
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Students in Huntington University’s doctor of occupational therapy program collaborated on a video project that was selected as one of 10 videos by the American Occupational Therapy Association to represent the Student Centennial Video project.

The video “Celebrating 100 years of Occupational Therapy” was created by second year students Caroline Hesterman, of Fort Wayne; Mallory Coleman, of Milford, OH; Cody Zimmer, of Peru; Danielle Brenner, of Lima, OH; and Caitlin Hansen, of Indianapolis.

Nonviolence training conference July 28-29 at Nazarene church

A two-day regional conference and training on nonviolence will be held July 28 and 29, at the Huntington Church of the Nazarene.

The conference, “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” is hosted by the Victory Noll Center in collaboration with Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters and Pace e Bene, a nondenominational organization working toward nonviolent change.

John Dear, Ken Butigan and Kit Evans-Ford from Pace e Bene will facilitate discussion and training as attendees examine Jesus’ call for nonviolence and alternative methods of engagement.

Salamonie Seniors to learn about mindfulness

Michelle Starnes, a manager at LifeBridge Senior Program with Parkview Health, will be the speaker at the June 5 Salamonie Senior Luncheon.

Starnes will speak about finding peace and calm through using mindfulness in nature.

Mindfulness is a process of bringing one’s full attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment.

Using this technique in nature allows a person to fully experience the peace and calm that can be found in this type of setting.

Parkview Home Health and Hospice seeks volunteers; training starts today

Parkview Home Health and Hospice is seeking volunteers to serve in a variety of roles.

Hospice volunteers provide services to individuals who are nearing the end of life. They may provide companionship to a person in the final weeks of life, offer support to family members and caregivers or help with community outreach.

Current volunteer needs include:

• Visiting with patients throughout the week, offering caregivers a chance to take time for themselves.

‘Evening with Trook’ set for German School

The Old German School will host “An Evening with John Trook” on Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

Trook, a lifelong Huntington resident, has maintained a close friendship with Amish communities and has been a collector of antiques for more than 60 years. He has shared his expertise as a speaker for groups throughout northeast Indiana.

The program will include a variety of stories pulled from Trook’s life experiences. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Tri Kappa awards four scholarships to locals

Pictured (from left) Kayla Koch, Alexandra Short, Jami Norwood and Josie Beaver.
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The Tri Kappa State Scholarship committee has awarded a $1,000 state scholarships to the Huntington Chi Chapter’s nominee, Kayla Koch.

Koch is currently enrolled at the University of Saint Francis with a major in physician’s assistant studies.

The local Tri Kappa chapter awarded two general scholarships and the Laura Blackburn Memorial Scholarship, each in the amount of $1,000. Each scholarship is awarded annually by Tri Kappa and is based on academic achievement, character and impact.

Those receiving general scholarships are:

Pathfinder gives accolades to free tax prep volunteers

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, a NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, recently honored volunteers who assisted with the free tax preparation program for the 2017 tax season. Pictured are (front row) Kristy Wall; (middle row, from left) Sheryl Glancy, Logan Patterson, MacKenzie Jennings, Amber Prather and Lindsey Patterson; and (back row, from left) Paul Hammel, Andy Vaught, Felix Liu, Bill Horoho, Michelle Santa, Jan Baumgartner and John Aleman.
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Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, a NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, recently held an appreciation dinner honoring the volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success.

More than 25 people attended the thank you celebration.

Volunteers who assisted with the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center’s Free Tax Preparation program included John Aleman, Jan Baumgartner, Larry Carr, Tyson Dietrich, Sheryl Glancy, Paul Hammel, Linda Holmes, Bill Horoho, Felix Liu, Leah Ness, Logan Patterson, Amber Prather, Michele Santa, Andy Vaught and Seth Walker.

‘Praying with Fr. Solanus’ group to host Mass May 20

The group “Praying With Father Solanus” will host a Mass on Saturday, May 20, at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington.

Mass begins at 1 p.m. and will be preceded by recitation of the rosary at 1 p.m. After Mass, those in attendance will be able to visit the bedroom once used by Rev. Solanus Casey.

Casey, who died in 1957, was approved for beatification by Pope Francis earlier this month.

St. Felix Catholic Center is at 1280 Hitzfield St., Huntington.

Sparks Cemetery gets new signage, memorial plaque, flagpole and flag

Sharon and Lonnie King stand with the new sign, memorial plaque and flagpole and flag at Sparks Cemetery, near Markle. Sharon King is a descendant of Soloman Sparks, who donated the original two acres for the cemetery, and she and her husband placed a memorial plaque in his honor.
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Sparks Cemetery, near Markle, has a new sign, memorial plaque and flagpole and flag.

The granite stone, flagpole and flag were partially funded by Myers Funeral Home and private donations.

The plaque was donated and placed by Lonnie and Sharon Sparks King, of Pulaski County, in honor of Soloman Sparks, who donated two acres of land from his farm for a public cemetery in 1854. Burials of family members on that plot date back to 1854.

Erie and HNHS jazz bands to perform tonight

HNHS senior Jazz Band members Kaitlyn Burkhart (left) and Katie Hunt hold the gold award the group received at a state jazz competition, while other members of the band gather behind. The HNHS band will join with the Erie Community Jazz Band in a jazz concert tonight, Monday, May 15, at the Huntington County Courthouse.
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The Huntington North High School Jazz Band and the Erie Community Jazz Band will perform tonight, Monday, May 15, in the rotunda of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The concert will include both classical and contemporary jazz.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Guests should enter through the Jefferson Street door.

Admission is charged, with proceeds benefiting the HNHS band department.

LaFontaine Arts Council recognizes three Huntington Catholic students

Three students from Huntington Catholic School were recognized by the LaFontaine Arts Council as Artists of the Month awards for May. They are (front row, from left) Grace Bryant, art; Lillian Holzinger, music; and Seth Scheiber, band. Their nominating teachers are (back row, from left) Barbara Martin and Joan Gardner. Not present for picture is band teacher Douglas McElhaney.
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The LaFontaine Arts Council has recognized three students from Huntington Catholic School, Grace Bryant, Lillian Holzinger and Seth Scheiber, for their achievement in art, music and band.

Visual art teacher Barbara Martin nominated Bryant, an eighth grader, for her artistic talent. She is the daughter of Mark and Terese Bryant, of North Manchester.

“Grace is very talented, creative and hard working,” Martin says. “She always is willing to listen to creative criticism and works to improve.”

Andrews firefighters to host tenderloin dinner

The Andrews Volunteer Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat tenderloin dinner on Saturday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the station, 796 N. Main St., in Andrews.

The menu consists of grilled and breaded tenderloins served with broasted potatoes, green beans, applesauce, a dessert and drink.

There is a charge for the meal, with a discount for children ages 6 to 12 and no charge for children under 6. Carryout is available.

Just reward

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (left) presents a Master of Arts in counseling to Elizabeth M. Bolinger, of Warren, during HU's 119th commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, May 13, in the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse.

HU commencement speaker

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dr. Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, addresses the approximately 279 members of Huntington University’s Class of 2017 during HU’s 119th commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, May 13, in the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse. Hoogstra urged the students to live a life of generosity.

Dr. Platt addresses crowd

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Steve Platt, of Huntington, addresses the crowd at Huntington University’s 119th commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, May 13, in the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse after receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Platt, a Huntington College graduate, is a former basketball standout and coach at HU and currently serves on the university’s Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies Advisory Council.

Honorary doctorate

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (left), president of Huntington University, presents an honorary doctorate in commercial science to Kelly Savage, of Grandville, MI, during the school’s 119th commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, May 13, in the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse. Savage, a Huntington College graduate, is a longtime member of the university’s board of trustees.

'Time to Say Goodbye'

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ja’Shon Burks, of Indianapolis, performs “Time to Say Goodbye” at the start of Huntington University’s 119th commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, May 13, in the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse. Burks graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education.

Stamping out hunger

Photo by Steve Clark.

Love INC volunteers (from left) Josh Gooley, LIly Klotz and Rex Tribolet load food into Tribolet's truck at the Huntington Post Office following the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the post office on Saturday, May 13. Mail carriers collected the food on their routes. Love INC received the food from the city routes and Meal Ministry received the food collected from the rural routes.

Music in the City concert series kicks off

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

O’ Sister, Brother performs in front of a crowd gathered in downtown Huntington Friday evening, May 12, for the first free Music in the City concert of the summer. Members of the folk group are (from left) Kyle Jackson, guitar; Bennet Spickelmier, cello; and Tyler Gault, accordion. Next up is West Central Quartet on June 9.

HNHS Achievement Night

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School Principal Russ Degitz congratulates senior Eliljah Chesterman after Chesterman was announced as a State of Indiana Technical Honors Scholarship recipient during HNHS Achievement Night on Friday, May 12.

A sweet thank you

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Carrie Bowers, an assistant teacher in the Wiggles class, grabs a bite of breakfast on Wednesday, May 10, at Pathfinder Kids Kampus. The breakfast was part of a celebration honoring their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Blessings recognizes helpers

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Volunteers and committee memebrs who assist with the Blessings in a Backpack program were recognized during the organization’s annual fund-raiser held May 5 at the Joseph Decuis Farm.