Making the right choice

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jane Hite (left), of Huntington, helps Bill Finley, of Markle, decide on what kinds of dahlia tubers to purchase from her booth on opening day of the Huntington Farmers Market, Wednesday, June 7. The market will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through the summer months, located in its new downtown location in the parking lot at Cherry and Washington streets.

More Indiana families may be eligible for WIC under new rules

More Indiana families may be eligible for nutrition benefits through the Indiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program under revised federal poverty guidelines that recently took effect.

Sixth Swan Street Lincoln reunion set for July 8

The sixth Swan Street Lincoln Grade School reunion is set for Saturday, July 8, at the Lincoln Elementary School building on East Taylor Street, in Huntington, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lunch will be served, with table service provided. Kentucky Fried Chicken will be available to eat, but attendees are asked to bring crock pot food as well. Covered dishes will also be accepted, along with snacks and desserts.

Water and tea will be provided. Attendees are asked to not bring alcoholic beverages.

Beating the heat

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lily-Ann Jackson (left), Karson Ritenour (middle) and McKenzie Ritenour beat the heat at the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park, in Huntington, on Thursday, June 8.

Andrews woman earns dean’s list at IU-Kokomo

Brittany Nickole Sloan, of Andrews, is among 583 full-time Indiana University Kokomo students who earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2017 semester.

Dean’s list students earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0, while carrying at least 12 credit hours throughout the grading period.

Burnworth promoted

Photo by Steve Clark.

Mike Burnworth (middle) is sworn in as a lieutenant in the Huntington Fire Department by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney (left) during a ceremony in the Huntington City Council chambers on Tuesday, June 6. Holding the Bible for Burnworth, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, is his wife, Julie.

Library to host potted herb garden w’shops

Teens can boost their cooking games by starting their own potted herb gardens in workshops at the Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Local gardener and plant specialist Brandi Kalhoefer will be at the Huntington branch Monday, June 19, from noon to 2 p.m. and at the Markle library Friday, June 23, from noon to 2 p.m. to talk to teens about how to identify, grow and use fresh herbs. Each teen in attendance will leave with their own herb garden.

St. Felix Center to host ‘Praying with Father Solanus’ Mass

The group “Praying with Father Solanus” will host a Mass on Saturday, June 17, at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington.

Rev. Gerry Pehler, a Capuchin priest serving at St. Bonaventure Monastery, in Detroit, MI, will celebrate the Mass.

Pehler previously served as a brother at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Huntington. He is a member of the Order of Franciscans Minor, Capuchins of St. Joseph Province, the same order to which Rev. Solanus Casey belonged.

HCARS to participate in two-day field event

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society and other local hams will participate in a two-day field event on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.

Locally, the group will operate based in front of the ReStore at the Habitat for Humanity facility, located at 250 Commerce Drive, Huntington and will be in operation continuously from 1 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Shepherd’s Pantry to hold distribution June 15

The Shepherd’s Food Pantry in Andrews will hold its next food distribution for Andrews and Dallas Township area residents on Thursday, June 15, between 10 a.m. and noon, at 67 N. Snowden, in Andrews.

No appointment is necessary. First come, first served.

Contributing to agriculture

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Huntington County Farm Bureau President Paul Jacobs (left) receives a certificate and congratulations from State Sen. Andy Zay in recognition of his contribution to the county’s agriculture Wednesday, June 7. Jacobs received the award during an agriculture appreciation luncheon hosted by Zay at Huntington University, which also included remarks made by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

Lt. Governor visits

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State Sen. Andy Zay (right) chats with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch Wednesday, June 7, during an agriculture appreciation luncheon held at Huntington University. Crouch spoke to the group of invited guests about the importance of Indiana’s agriculture industry and presented awards to area Hoosiers to recognize their outstanding contributions to agriculture.

Pfister gets Ph.D. in physical therapy

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Katey Pfister

Katey Pfister, of Huntington, recently graduated from Trine University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

She previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2014.

She will begin her career as a physical therapist in Noblesville this summer.

Relay for Life

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Boy Scout Troop 637 leads a group of cancer survivors and their supporters around the Huntington North High School track at Kriegbaum Field on Saturday, June 10, in the early stages of the 2017 Huntington County Relay for Life. The fund-raising event ran from noon to midnight.

Downtown sounds

Photo by Steve Clark.

The West Central Quartet entertained Friday evening, June 9, in downtown Huntington at the second Music in the City event of the summer. Shown are two of the four band members, (from left) Patrick Gillan, bass and Andrew Stout, vocals.

Camel encounter

Photo by Steve Clark.

Handler Maddie Houser (left) and Curt VanOver help Aiyden Hill get ready for a camel ride on Friday afternoon, June 9, as the Hoosier Camel Encounter set up shop next to the ABWA Brat Tent at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Brat tent service

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chris Newton (left) chief deputy of the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, serves lunch to Dan Bracht at the ABWA Brat Tent on Friday afternoon, June 9, at the Hutnignton County Fairgrounds. Several dignitaries continued the tradition of helping with lunch serving at the tent, which was held all day Friday and in the evening on Saturday.

Park dedicated

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rotary Centennial Park, at Jefferson Street and West Park Drive in downtown Huntington, was dedicated during a brief ceremony on Thursday, June 1, featuring an appearance by Rotary International President John Germ (third from left) and a proclamation by Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (right). With them are (from left) Huntington Rotary Club member Rose Wall, who spearheaded a drive to raise more than $125,000 to help build the park, and local club President Nicole Johnson.

Tri Kappa honors Smith with Youth Art Award

Sherry Miller (left), president of the Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa, stands with Emma Smith, Youth Art Award recipient and Teri Fuller-O’Brien, art department chair at Huntington North High School. Smith holds her artwork entitled “The Lonely One.”
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Emma Smith, a junior at Huntington North High School, has been awarded the Youth Art Award sponsored by the Chi Chapter of Tri Kappa.

Each year a work of art by a student is selected from pieces created during the year by students in art classes. The selection is made by a group of members from the local Tri Kappa Chapter. The work is then professionally framed by Four Corners Custom Framing.

The state chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa strongly supports culture in their endeavors statewide.

Smith’s artwork, “The Lonely One” is a vivid pencil drawing.

HNHS ‘74 to have early 45th picnic this summer

The Huntington North High School Class of 1974 has decided not to wait the full five years for its 45th reunion in 2019. Instead, a reunion committee is planning a summer picnic. Classmates will gather at the large pavilion at Memorial Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. A simple, light lunch, including soft drinks, will be served, as well as live music provided by classmate Steve Williams.

Young graduates

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Preschool graduates of Pathfinder Kids Kampus hold their certificates during a spring program held May 31 at the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the Huntington University campus. In addition to the ceremony recognizing the 29 preschool graduates, the program featured musical and dance numbers by children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and a slide show with photos of activities that took place throughout the year. More than 250 friends and family members were in attendance.

Drop-off for school clothes

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Tom Spencer (far right), of Huntington, and his sons (from left) Cameron Spencer, 10, Gavin Spencer, 6 and Landon Spencer, 13, show off the schoolhouse-inspired drop-off box they constructed to collect clothing and shoes for school children on Friday, June 2. The collection box is located in the parking lot of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N. Donations of clothing and shoes for kids ages preschool through high school will be accepted until July 28. On July 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All veterans invited to attend Vets Shooting Sports Range Day July 16

All veterans are invited to attend the Veterans Shooting Sports Range Day on July 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at Indiana DNR Roush Lake Shooting Range.

There is an entry fee per weapon, but is free to veterans. Weapons and ammunition will be provided.

Activities include a 50-yard rifle shoot, rifle and pistol target, skeet, trap and poker shoot. Those participating are expected to provide their own shotgun, rifle or pistol as well as ammunition.

Parkview Huntington recognized as ‘great community hospital’

Parkview Huntington Hospital has been recognized on the Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Great Community Hospitals” list for the third year in a row. The hospitals included on the list are recognized for quality, patient satisfaction and overall excellence.

College Park Church hosting Scoutabout Bible Camp

College Park Church, in Huntington, is holding Scoutabout Bible Camp from June 12 to 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening.

Open to 4-year-olds through children entering fifth grade, the camp has a national parks theme and will feature lessons on true hope, love, peace, riches and power. There will be skits, lessons, games, crafts and snacks.

Family members are invited to attend on Friday, June 16, for family night, which will feature food and games.

College Park Church is located at 1945 College Ave.

Five local students earn Trine dean’s list honors for 2017 spring semester

Five local students attending Trine University’s main campus were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester.

Those who earned dean’s list honors include:

• Corben Havener, of Zanesville, a sport management major.

• Doyle King, of Huntington, a mechanical engineering major.

• Marissa Koons, of Huntington, a criminal justice major.

• Nathan Pritchard, of Roanoke, a biology major.

• Caleb Stoffel, of Andrews, a mechanical engineering major.

Huntington County SWCD has grant money available for cover crop use

The Huntington County SWCD has funding available through a Clean Water Indiana grant. This grant project will promote the use of cover crops and the application of gypsum.

Some of the benefits from these practices include improved soil health, prevent soil erosion, condition the soil and improve soil infiltration rates.

The SWCD will also provide one free soil test to each participant who wishes to have their garden tested and provide free of charge cover crop seed for these gardens.

A spirited donation

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Mike James (left) of Johnson Petroleum talks prior to presenting Lincoln Elementary School Principal Ashley Ransom (right) with a check for $1,000 recently. The money was raised from the Economart Citgo’s Spirit Pumps between March 13 and May 8. A portion of the sales from the yellow and black pumps was donated to Lincoln Elementary. The school will use the funds to purchase new school supplies. The Spirit Pump is part of Citgo Petroleum Corporation’s Fueling Education program.

George, Garnet Bergman awards to eight students from this area

Pictured top row (from left) Pagie Coolman, Johnna Cummins, Kaitlyn Drayer and Kaitlin Jones; and bottom row (from left) Austin Rosen, Connor Sabinske, Spencer Sharpe and Sophia Smekens.
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The Huntington County Community Foundation has announced that Paige Coolman, Johnna Cummins, Kaitlyn Drayer, Kaitlin Jones, Austin Rosen, Connor Sabinske, Spencer Sharpe and Sophia Smekens are recipients of the 2017 George and Garnet Bergman Scholarships.

Coolman, a rising senior at Huntington University, is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Debra and Dennis Spitler, of Warren.

At HU Coolman participates in soccer, track and field and basketball. She is an HU Foundation student representative and has made the dean’s list all three years.


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Library Junior Volunteer Kiana Kistler plays through the window leading from the library to the outside enclosed patio with Erik Bonfield, 14 months, son of Jana and Robert Bonfield, of Fort Wayne, Saturday, June 3, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.