Killen gets 75-year recognition at August Mt. Etna Masonic meeting

J. Don Killen (seated) is recognized for his 75th year in Freemasonry at the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge. Celebrating the occasion with him are (standing from left) Past Grand Master of Masons James Barkdull, Mt. Etna Lodge Worshipful Master Jathan Jones, Paul Killen, Riley Killen and Andrew Killen. 
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J. Don Killen was recently recognized for his 75th year in Freemasonry during the August meeting of the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge.

Killen joined the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge in 1944, where he received his three degrees to become a Master Mason. Past Grand Master James Barkdull, representing the Indiana Grand Lodge of Freemasons, presented Killen with a certificate and lapel pin to commemorate the event.

‘Night of Hope’ on Oct. 5 to benefit McKenzie’s Hope

“A Night of Hope” to benefit McKenzie’s Hope will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at the PAL Club, 2101 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

The evening will consist of dinner, drinks, a live and silent auction and speaker.

Tickets to the fund-raiser and more information is available by going to

Announce Senior Center events for coming week

Here is a listing of events happening in August at the Huntington County Senior Center:
Monday, Aug. 19
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Line dancing, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
• Chair aerobics, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 20
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Walk-a-mile in 15 minutes, 10 a.m.
• August birthday—Bingo celebration at Senior Center, 1:30 p.m.

Huntington County youth do well in State Fair horse and pony

Here are the results of how Huntington County 4-H members placed in the 4-H horse and pony show held at the Indiana State Fair:

Class 2, 56” and under, Intermediate Exhibitor
Addison Funk, fourth place.

Class 3, 56” and under, Senior Exhibitor
Jacob Ellet, fourth place.

Class 8, 56” and under, Intermediate Exhibitor
Addison Funk, seventh place.

Right to Life accepting entries for upcoming photo contest

Huntington County Right to Life is accepting submissions for its 38th annual People’s Choice Baby Photo Contest through Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Eligible babies must have been born during 2017, 2018 or 2019 and reside in Huntington County. Submitted photos may be up to 8 by 10 inches in size. They should be unframed and feature only the baby. The following information should be printed on the back of photos: full name of baby, date of birth, male or female, names of parents, address and phone number. Photos may be picked up following the announcement of the winners in The TAB.

County youth results for state fair rabbit show

Here are the results of how Huntington County 4-H members placed in the 4-H rabbit show held at the Indiana State Fair:

Class 1, Senior Buck
Reagan Wilson, fourth place.

Class 4, Junior Doe
Reagan Wilson, third place.

Class 8, Junior Doe
Reagan Wilson, first place.

Nate Mills Memorial Firefighters’ Fund expanding financial assistance

The Nate Mills Memorial Firefighters’ Fund has announced it is expanding its financial assistance for training expenses to include firefighters from Mt. Etna, Warren, Markle and Poneto volunteer fire departments.

Nate Mills, a 1991 graduate of Huntington North High School, began his career as a firefighter at age 19 with the Markle Volunteer Fire Department. He trained as an EMT so he could go on more runs and, in 2006, joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

After a three-year battle with cancer, Mills died on March 1, 2015, at the age of 41.

High-point performers

Huntington County 4-H horse and pony members celebrate their status as high-point performance champions at a recent banquet held after the Huntington County 4-H Fair.

Silver buckle winner

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4-Her Amara Eckert (center) receives a silver trophy buckle for achieving the highest overall placing showing only one horse at the Huntington County 4-H Fair. She received the award from sponsors Linzy Lahr (left) and Travis Lahr at the recent Huntington County 4-H horse and pony banquet. Eckert is a 10-year 4-H member of the Silver Streak Saddlers 4-H Club and the daughter of Matt and Heather Eckert.

Bickel book-signing at museum Aug. 21

Author Dan Bickel, of Huntington, will be holding a book-signing event on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Huntington County Historical Museum, in Huntington, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bickel will be signing copies of his book “A Little Of This, A Little Of That, And A Whole Lot Of Other Things.” The book is about Bickel’s life growing up in a family with 18 children in Huntington.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Bickel plans to donate proceeds to charity.

The Huntington County Historical Museum is located at 315 Court St., Huntington.

W. Park Drive to close on or after Aug. 19 for work

On or after Monday, Aug. 19, West Park Drive, in Huntington, will be closed to traffic from Bartlett Street to Dimond Street for the reconstruction of a box culvert carrying the historic stone WPA channel under West Park Drive.

In March, the City of Huntington was awarded $842,746 through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings program. These matching funds allow the city to reconstruct the West Park Drive Culvert and pave 3.7 miles of city streets.

Locals earn high placings in State Fair poultry show

Here are the results of how Huntington County 4-H members placed in the 4-H poultry show held at the Indiana State Fair:
Class 22, Hen
Kammy Miller, second place.

Class 48, Pullet
Kammy Miller, third place.

Class 1, White Egg Shell Pullets
Kammy Miller, second place.

Local Extension hosts ‘Day at Lakes Tour’ Sept. 12

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers are holding an event, The Day at the Lakes Tour and Great Kosciusko Treasure Hunt, on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The event is open to all. Attendees will meet at the former Kmart building in Huntington at 2727 Guilford St. and depart at 8 a.m. A daylong excursion, the event will see attendees visit the towns of Silver Lake and Winona Lake, as well as Blue Barn Berry Farm, in Syracuse, and Webster Lake, in North Webster.

New Hope Senior Connection set for Aug. 27 with potluck meal

New Hope Church at 2001 Engle St., Huntington, will hold its monthly Senior Connection on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon.

There will be a potluck meal with turkey and dressing provided. An informative program will be presented by Rita McCabe from the Huntington County Extension Office highlighting home economic programs.

The community is invited to attend this monthly fellowship. Those attending are requested to bring a potluck dish.

Tours available Aug. 17 for UB Block preview

Paid tours will be given on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. of the United Brethren Block in Huntington as it gets ready to be re-opened soon as UB Lofts. Considered a blighted area several years ago, the block will include 37 market rate lofts, art studios, a culinary kitchen and several Huntington University entrepreneurship programs.
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Once in such peril that it was on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list, the United Brethren Block in Huntington will soon re-open as UB Lofts and include 37 market-rate lofts, art studios, a culinary kitchen operated by Pathfinder Services, Inc. and Huntington University’s entrepreneurship programs.

Visitors are invited to check out the project, which underwent a $9 million restoration headed by Anderson Partners, at a Landmark Look tour on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by Anderson Partners, Indiana Landmarks and Huntington Alert.