Music in the City finale

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of the community enjoy the final Music in the City series concert of the summer in downtown Huntington on Friday night, Aug. 11. James and the Drifters was the evening's entertainment.

Entertaining at Tipton Place

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

The Erie Band entertained the residents of Tipton Place in Huntington during a barecue and concert on Thursday evening, Aug. 10.

Set support group for parents and caregivers

Monthly sessions for parents of children 5 and younger will begin in September at St. Peter Lutheran School, in Huntington.

PEP, Parents Encouraging Parents, will provide a time for parents and caregivers to get together and enjoy social activities, share experiences and participate in discussions that help encourage families and provide support.

During that time, their children can play with other children their age in a supervised setting.

‘Who is My Neighbor?’ series at Victory Noll

Victory Noll Center is offering an eight part series exploring the question “Who is My Neighbor?”

This question is found in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus was willing to engage everyone around him from fishermen to lepers, from the Samaritan woman to the Syro-Phoenician, from tax collectors to the poor widow. When asked, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus offered a parable and then his own question: “Now who would you say was a neighbor … ?”

Bishop Rhoades to celebrate Mass at St. Felix Catholic Center

Bishop Kevin Rhoades will celebrate a Mass for the Sick on Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington.

The Mass begins at 1 p.m. and will be preceded by recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m.

The Mass is sponsored by the group Praying with Father Solanus, named in honor of Rev. Solanus Casey. Casey, whose intercession is credited with many apparently miraculous cures, spent 10 years of his life at St. Felix Friary, in Huntington. The former friary is now the home of St. Felix Catholic Center.

Local riders place in State Fair 4-H Horse and Pony classes

The results of the Indiana State Fair 4-H Horse and Pony Western Division and Contesting competitions have been announced.

Results for the residents from Huntington County who participated are:

Western Type Pony
Colt or gelding 56 inches and under
Emma Eckert, third place.

Intermediate Western Showmanship at Halter
Sixth Grade
Emma Eckert, seventh place.

Results of Huntington County 4-H’ers’ participation at State Fair

Results of many Indiana State Fair non-animal projects have been announced.

One local 4-H’er, Alexandra Forsythe, won the Sweepstakes Award for having the best overall exhibit in the 4-H computer project. Her entry addressed designing and building a supercomptuer and particle accelerator.

An orange ribbon awarded to a project signifies an exceptional blue ribbon exhibit, and other top exhibits are awarded blue ribbons. Exhibitors can also receive second-tier red ribbons, third-tier white ribbons and green participation ribbons.

New park in Warren gets grant for stage

A $28,800 state grant will pay for the construction of a stage at a new park in downtown Warren, completing the second phase of a three-part development project.

“When we get Phase 2 done, we’ll have a useable park,” says Jeff Souder, who’s chairing the Warren Chamber of Commerce committee that’s working on the park.

The park project is one of six “quality of place initiatives” throughout Indiana to be awarded grants from the Place Based Investment Fund, administered by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Shelter to have pets at Roanoke farm market

The Huntington County Humane Shelter will hold a mobile adoption event during the Roanoke Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Aug. 12.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include both cats and dogs. Cats that have been spayed and neutered will be available at a discounted rate.

The Roanoke Farmers’ Market is in downtown Roanoke, on Main Street.

Pathfinder Outsource Mfg. to host After Hours

Pathfinder Outsource Manufacturing will host an After Hours event on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its 1152 E. State St. location.

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by calling the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce office at 356-5300 or

Christian motorcycle group at First Baptist Aug. 20

First Baptist Church and the Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) invite motorcyclists to attend worship with the Marion Prayer Warriors Chapter of CMA on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the church, located at 220 E. Market St., Huntington.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and a free lunch, free games for kids and bike blessings begin at noon and last until 2 p.m. A live band will also provide entertainment.

Those with bicycles, cars, skateboards and other rides are also welcome to attend the event.

Practicing going to class

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Checking their schedules, incoming Huntington North High School freshmen Alivia Hughes (left) and Makenzie Fishbaugh run through a mock school day as part of their orientation session on Friday, Aug. 4. The class of 2021 boasts 422 freshmen beginning their high school careers.

Taste of Roanoke

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Jack Pickard (left), of Roanoke, waits as Kayla Pulver makes him a “walking taco” at the Christ’s United Methodist Church booth during a previous Taste of Roanoke. Restaurants and local organizations will again offer food ranging from entrees to desserts, along with live entertainment, at this year’s event in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rev. Casey beatification tickets now available

Tickets for the beatification Mass for Rev. Solanus Casey, which will be held Nov. 18 in Detroit, are now available.

The tickets are free but must be reserved by Monday, Aug. 14, by contacting Jan Scher at 356-1917 or 450-3045. No one will be admitted to the Mass without a ticket.

Those requesting tickets must provide their names, addresses and emails, and whether they plan to arrive in Detroit by car or by bus.

Victory Noll Center offering three wellness practices classes

Victory Noll Center is offering Wellness Practices for Self-Care on three Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12 and 19, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Participants can learn practices that nourish their body, mind, emotions and spirit. Maintaining a sense of personal awareness and balance, along with caring and compassion for themselves, can enrich the care and compassion they offer to others.

Classes will include calming breath work, gentle T’ai Chi move-ments/meditation, quiet reflection, standing yoga stretches, and more. Casual, comfortable clothes are recommended.

Fur-ball Bash on Sept. 23 benefits animal welfare

The H.O.P.E. for Animals “Hip to Snip Fur-ball Bash” will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Conference Center, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.

A night of entertainment, including music by Urban Legend, casino gaming for fun and comedy/magic with Peto the “Almost” Magnificent, is planned. There will also be silent auction tables and 50/50 raffles.

New pastor installed

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Rev. Tony Steinaker (left) was installed as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Huntington, on Sunday, Aug. 6. Bishop Kevin Rhoades (right), head of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese, presided at the installation ceremony during a Mass that was concelebrated by several other priests. The parish also welcomed a new parochial vicar, Rev. Maicaal “Mike” Lobo.

Story Time, Discovery Crew starting up at libraries

Fall Story Time and Discovery Crew signups are underway at the Huntington City-Township Public Library from Sept. 5 through Nov. 16.

Children from birth through 7 years are invited to this year’s “Fall Into Story Time” sessions at the Huntington and Markle libraries beginning Sept. 5. Sessions take place Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. and Tues-
day evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington library, as well as Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Markle library.

Bendix on track for record production

The Bendix facility in Huntington is on track to produce a record number of remanufactured brake shoes in 2017, company officials say, meeting a growing demand for the product.

The Huntington plant is producing more than 7,000 brake shoes a day, up from a previous high of 6,321 in July of 2016.

Bendix is on target to produce 1.64 million shoes in 2017, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the former record of 1.28 million shoes made in 2016.

SS. Peter and Paul offers classes in Catholic faith

Sessions in preparation for membership in the Catholic faith are being offered by SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Huntington.

Sessions began on Wednesday, Aug. 9, and will be held each Wednesday from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the church basement at 860 Cherry St.

YMCA to host blood drive on Sept. 1

The American Red Cross needs blood donations to overcome a chronic blood shortage.

Donations are needed now to ensure blood remains available for patients in need.

An upcoming blood donation opportunity in Huntington is set for Friday, Sept. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Family YM-CA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a Target eGiftCard.

School is back in session!

Photo by Scott Trauner

Ashlynn Arrington (front) and Jocelyn Buzzard get off the bus and head for their first day of the new school year at Riverview Middle School earlier today, Wednesday, Aug. 9. Riverview was the first school to start the new school year.

Happy Dog offers both grooming and training

Stacey Lewis gives a haircut to a dog named “James Brown” at her new business, Happy Dog Grooming and Positive Training.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Stacey Lewis started out as a dog bather for a local groomer.

Armed with the skills she’s developed over the years, she’s now opened her own full-service dog grooming and training business.

“I had dogs on the books even before I opened,” Lewis says as she gives a haircut to a small fluffy dog named “James Brown” at her Bracken Road shop.

Lewis opened Happy Dog Grooming and Positive Training in mid-July, building on a career that began when she went to work for another local dog trainer, Susan Sharpe, in 2011.

Getting off to a Head Start

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Head Start teachers (from left) Melissa Thompson and Alicia Bowers accept a donation of school and craft supplies donated by Huntington Metro Kiwanis member Sharon Rethlake (right) on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Rethlake is also among Kiwanians who come to read stories to the Head Start pupils weekly, as well as donating four books to the classrooms each time they read.

Guilford, N. Jefferson yards are chosen best for month of August

Jen and Phil Shealey, shown in front of their North Jefferson Street home, earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for August.
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Homes on Guilford Street and North Jefferson Street have earned Huntington Yard of the Month honors for August.

Place of Grace, a transitional home for women at 540 Guilford St., and Phil and Jen Shealey’s home at 1019 N. Jefferson St. are the August recipients.

Place of Grace opened early this year in Huntington’s downtown Old Plat district, inheriting a landscape template from Trinity United Methodist Church, which had previously used the home as a parsonage.

United Way thanks its ‘leadership givers’ for generosity in community

Mandy Reber (left), executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, introduces former club member Tosha Davis, who is now in her second year of college, during the thank you breakfast for United Way Leadership Givers Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Forks of the Wabash. Davis talked about how being a member of the club helped her become the first in her family to graduate from high school and go to college.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

The United Way of Huntington County served breakfast to its “leadership givers” Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash to thank them for their generosity in funding the agency the past year.

One person thanking them was a member of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, one of several United Way success stories.

Farm Bureau to hold District 4 fall meeting

The Indiana Farm Bureau will hold its District 4 fall meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in Converse.

The meeting will be held at the Converse Church of Christ, 301 E. Wabash St., Converse. Meals will be funded by county Farm Bureaus.

Speakers include Deanna Young, president, Bucket Buddies Mission, Inc.; Janis Highley, grain analyst assistant, Chicago Hedge; and Marlin Carpenter, CEO, Gardengate Greenhouse.

Announce Huntington County Community Schools start, end times

Huntington County Community School students will return to classes on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Although schools normally run on a 30-minute delay on Wednesday, that won’t be the case on the first day of classes. Schools will begin at their normal times on Aug. 9.

School start and end times are:

Andrews Elementary
First bell:  8:30 a.m.; start time (tardy bell): 8:50 a.m.; 30 minute delay start:  9:15 a.m.
Regular dismissal:  3:40 p.m.; 45 minute early release:  2:55 p.m.

Dobler starts schooling at Troy in AL

Raeann Dobler, of Roanoke, has completed IMPACT new student orientation at Troy University. She enrolled at Troy University for the Fall 2017 semester at the Troy campus beginning Aug. 16.

Troy University is based in Troy, AL.