Preview steer and heifer show

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Hailey Jester, of Moreland, positions her shorthorn heifer durintg the Huntington County Cattlemen's 33rd annual preview steer and heifer shown on Saturday, March 18, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Spinning wheel

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School senior Trisha Stamper works on a pottery wheel as Mike Kelsey and his son, Evan, watch in the background during ArtsExpress on Saturday, March 18, at Crestivew Middle School. The 25th annual event featured artwork, performances and demonstrations showcasing students in the Huntington County Community Schools.

Checking out the art work

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jon (left) and Sue Ellet look at some of the drawings on display at ArtsExpress on Saturday, March 18, at Crestview Middle School. The 25th edition of the event featured artwork, performances and demonstrations showcasing students in the Huntingotn County Community Schools.

Painting a piece at ArtsExpress

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sam Rieger paints a small square of canvas, reproducing a tiny section of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night," at the 25th annual ArtsExpress on Saturday, March 18, at Crestview Middle School. Visitors to the event painted 240 of the small squares, which will be joined into a mural and displayed at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Ag Day for third graders set for March 21 at Huntington County Fairgrounds

Third-grade students from public, private and home schools in Huntington County will participate in Huntington County Ag Day events at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, March 21.

The Huntington County Extension Office has coordinated an Ag Day event each spring for many years. The goal of the event is to educate third-grade students about agriculture. 

Trio emerge with crowns to rep Warren in festivals

The winners of the 2017 Miss Warren pageant are (from left) Kendal Zavattaro, Little Miss Warren; Sarah Jones, Miss Warren; and Sophia Tolen, Junior Miss Warren. They were crowned Sunday, March 12, at the Warren Church of Christ.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Out of a group of 17 hopeful girls, three emerged with crowns Sunday, March 12, to represent Warren during the town’s 2017 festival season.

Sarah Jane Jones was chosen as the 2017 Miss Warren, while the town’s Junior Miss Warren title went to Sophia Tolen and the Little Miss Warren crown was awarded to Kendal Zavattaro.

The event took place at Warren Church of Christ, with pews filled by families and friends of the contestants, who modeled outfits, performed a sample of their talents and answered questions posed by emcee and former Miss Warren Hayley Haynes.

Citgo station’s ‘Spirit Pumps’ aims to raise funds for Lincoln ES

The Economart Citgo, at 1970 E. State St., in Huntington, has installed Spirit Pumps to help raise funds for Lincoln Elementary School.

Each month, a portion of sales from the Spirit Pumps will be donated to Lincoln Elementary School. The pumps, decorated in yellow and black, were installed on March 13 and will remain in place until May 8.

The school will use the donations to purchase new school supplies.

Metro Kiwanis honor pair of Riverview Middle School

Riverview Middle School Principal Curt Crago (right) introduces the school’s outstanding eighth graders, Matthew Schnepp (left) and Maggie Park, during a meeting of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club.
Photo provided.

The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club has recognized Maggie Park and Matthew Schnepp as outstanding eighth graders from Riverview Middle School.

The students were honored by the Kiwanians on Feb. 27. They were selected for the award by the Riverview staff on the basis of their individual accomplishments and excellence in scholarship, citizenship, character building activities, extracurricular achievement and leadership.

Vet combo launches lawn management service

The owners of the new 2 Vets Lawn Management company are (from left) Sabrina Newcomb, Dennis Newcomb, his son Kaylan Newcomb and Taylor Newcomb. Both Dennis and Kaylan served in the Marine Corps, the inspiration for their business name.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Dennis Newcomb is proud of his service as a U.S. Marine, and the tradition has passed down to his son, Kaylan Newcomb, who was officially discharged from the Marines March 10. It’s that service that has become the inspiration for the name of their new business, 2 Vets Lawn Management, a full-service company that has years of experience behind the name.

As Dennis Newcomb explains it, he began working for LML Estate Management in Fort Wayne, then six years ago he struck out on his own with D&S Lawn and Landscaping in Huntington.

Northwest kindergarten registration, orientation night is set for April 20

The Northwest Elementary School kindergarten registration and orientation night is Thursday, April 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school, located at 4524W-800N, Huntington.

Activities for children include a live animal show, bus ride, snack and meeting new friends.

Parents and guardians are asked to gather in the gym for an informational meeting while children are visiting the kindergarten classrooms. They are asked to bring a birth certificate, immunization record and Social Security number for each registered child.

Huntington library hailing ‘Tartan Day’ on April 8

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will be celebrating Tartan Day on Saturday, April 8, with an afternoon full of Scottish-themed food and activities.

There will be performances by a bagpiper and tenor drummer at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., a showing of the Pixar film “Brave” at noon, Scottish folk tales at 2 p.m., and a variety of Scottish food for sampling and crafts for all ages from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be interactive displays on the various tartan patterns and clans, as well as Scottish words. The entire afternoon is for all ages.

Young artists at ArtsExpress can have hand in mural recreation

Giggabuggy co-owner Ann Richard displays a copy of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” Each of the 240 tiny canvases at left will be painted to reproduce a small portion of the artwork and will then be joined together to create one large mural. Young artists are invited to paint one of the squares during ArtsExpress on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crestview Middle School.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Young visitors to ArtsExpress on Saturday, March 18, can have a hand in creating a mural that recreates a well-known piece by Vincent van Gogh.

Each young artist will paint a 6-inch by 6-inch canvas with a small portion of “The Starry Night.” The 240 tiny canvases will then be put together to create a 10-foot by 6-foot mural that will be displayed in the community.

“They will be guided, but each of the canvases will have a different style, because it’s painted by a different person,” says Ann Richard, co-owner of Giggabuggy.

Gourmet Ramen w’shop on April 8

Teens will get to try their hand at spicing up ramen noodle soup, the staple college food. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library invites teens to a Gourmet Ramen workshop, as part of the Teens in the Kitchen program series.

Participants will learn how to turn a humble packet of ramen soup into a nutritious meal, including dessert. No cooking experience is necessary for those who wish to come.

Huntington University faculty, staff teaching free job search readiness workshops at LC

Huntington University faculty and staff have begun teaching free job search and career readiness workshops at the WorkOne Northeast career center at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, 2201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The arrangement is the first of its kind in the 11-county WorkOne Northeast system, where the workshops are typically taught by WorkOne staff.

Local Parkview president to discuss community health at HU breakfast

Juli Johnson, president of Parkview Huntington Hospital, will discuss community health and wellness during the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on April 12.

Johnson will discuss the hospital’s expanded focus — going beyond the physical health of community residents to address other aspects of well-being. Parkview Huntington is working to make appropriate resources available to help each individual and to encourage growth and collaboration of local organizations contributing to quality of life in Huntington County.

First Freewill Baptist holds open mic night

The First Freewill Baptist Church, 1805 Salamonie Ave., is hosting an open mic night at the church on Saturday, March 25.

Snacks will be served at 5 p.m. and singing will begin at 6 p.m.

The evening is open to all and any gospel singers or groups are welcome to come and join in the singing.

Reading challenge

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Ronda Smelser (right) and Anna Brinegar (rear) try to read a document while wearing glasses that simulate having a vision impairment Thursday, March 9, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Nicole Schieman, director of Huntington University’s occupational therapy program, presented a program on visual and auditory disability as part of the library’s March Disability Awareness Month observance.

Lake City pledges $10K to Y’s debt reduction

Lake City Bank recently pledged $10,000 to the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA campaign. Pictured are (from left) Paula Whiting, assistant vice president, office manager, Lake City Bank; Ben Davis, CEO, executive director, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; and Marshall Weadick, vice president, commercial banking officer, Lake City Bank.
Photo provided.

Lake City Bank has pledged $10,000 to the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s debt reduction campaign. The campaign will help retire debt and enable the YMCA to continue to offer its 80-plus programs and initiatives that help promote a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Book and cookie sale

Photo by Steve Clark.

Marjorie Richardson (left) accepts payment from Carly Sexton at a book and cookie sale conducted by Friends of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library in the library’s basement on Saturday, March 11. Proceeds from the sale will go toward programs, services and improvements at the library.

Northwest ES announces 3Q perfect attendance

Northwest Elementary School has honored students who achieved perfect attendance during the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

Samantha Atkinson, Dietrich Barker, Hayden Baumgardner, Miller Baumgardner, Kameron Burkhart, Katelyn Burk-hart, Alex Cannici, Lillian Craig, Adele Cryderman, Adalyn Cutting, Asher Draffen, Emma Eller, Mason Estep, Alexus Feighner, Kiptyn Felton, Nollan Fisher, Harper Forni, Myles Forni and Eric Frey.

First Church of Nazarene to present discussion on atheists and views

The First Church of the Nazarene will present “The Atheist Delusion: Why Millions Deny the Obvious” on Sunday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

The program will address the question, “What scientific question will challenge your atheistic belief?” The meeting will include the “Million Dollar Table” and tests showing how easily people are deceived. Each household will be offered a free DVD, “The Atheist Delusion.”

The church is located at 1555 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Hall to share body safety message

The Child Protection Team, in partnership with the Huntington County Community School Corporation, Department of Child Services and the Youth Services Bureau will once again host Sgt. Terry Hall’s Body Safety program on March 21 and 22.

Cookie workshop at Huntington library on April 3

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host a cookie workshop for children ages 8 to 12.

Kids will learn the basics of baking in the Cookies, Cookies Everywhere workshop, to be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 3.

Those in attendance will practice their culinary skills by baking an assortment of cookie flavors—including chocolate chip, snickerdoodles and sugar cookies.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Relay for Life hosts pizza fund-raiser

The leadership team of Relay for Life of Huntington County will host a Pizza Hut buffet fund-raiser on Monday, March 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntington Pizza Hut, 101 Frontage Rd.

A portion of the price for each adult buffet sold, along with all tips, will go to Relay for Life.

The theme for this year’s Relay for Life is “May All Your Holidays be Purple!” The event will be held on June 10 from noon to midnight, with a different holiday celebrated each hour.

For more information, contact Mark or Vickie Kiefer, event leads, at 356-0219.

Huntington library branches to host breakout room sessions in April

“Escape rooms” are all the rage right now. These puzzle and teamwork-filled games are a great way to think outside the box and enjoy some light adventure.

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will host some breakout room sessions for ’tweens and teens ages 11-17, themed around the latest Harry Potter series of films. They’ll take place at 3 p.m. on April 5 in Markle and 3 p.m. on April 6 in Huntington. Participants are encouraged to bring their friends.

Huntington Catholic announces honor roll

Huntington Catholic School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Third grade
Rayleigh Pearson.

Fourth grade
Kaitlynn Fowerbaugh, Penelope Harrell, Augustus Kline and Kylee Nevius.

Seventh grade
Joshua Plascencia, Andrea Krumanaker and Laura Hartmus.

Eighth grade
Chloe Shepperd, Olivia Godfroy, Lillian Holzinger and Grace Bryant.

Roanoke Legion to host benefit for baby

American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke, will host a dinner, trivia contest and silent auction on Saturday, March 18, to benefit a Roanoke family.

Sophia Sterling, 10-month-old daughter of Steve and Megan Sterling, was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumors, a form of childhood kidney cancer, in late 2016.

She began chemotherapy almost immediately. Earlier this month, surgeons removed one diseased kidney and 25 percent of the other kidney. Sophia is now recovering at Riley Hospital for Children, in Indianapolis.

The Sterlings have another daughter, Olivia, at home.

Northwest students earn top honors

Northwest Elementary School has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Fifth grade
Samantha Atkinson, Morgan Betterly, Kylee Burnau, Evan Camomile, Sydney Cotton, Olivia Craig, Delaney Dorsett, Jackson Eckert, Aydon Eppard, Vanessa Frey, Macyn Hostetler, Cooper Kowalski, Austin Law, Lucas Lehman, Megan Lickey, Aiden Lindsey and Evan Lochner.

Birthday Book Club

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School seventh-grader Chelsea Swada is recognized for donating a book to the school library to celebrate her March birthday, during the Friday, March 3, all-school liturgy held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Pathfinder story time

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John Niederman, president of Pathfinder Services, leads a story time session on Wednesday, March 8, at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, in Huntington. Niederman read the book “It’s Okay to Be Different” to 3, 4 and 5-year-old children in observation of March as Disability Awareness Month and in celebration of this year’s theme “I’m Not Your Inspiration.”