Chamber holds lunch to honor administrative assistants

Sam Kaiser accepts his grand prize of a diamond necklace during the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Administrative Assistant’s Day on Tuesday, April 20. The event included a gourmet meal and door prizes.
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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce celebrated Administrative Professionals Day with a gourmet lunch buffet at the Huntington University dining commons on Tuesday, April 20, as well as door prizes.

The grand prize winner of the diamond necklace - sponsored by Matheny, Hahn, Denman & Nix; Edward Jones, Nicole Johnson; BSB Investments and McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home - was Sam Kaiser.

Following are the names of the door prize winners and the gift's sponsor:

HNHS to present ‘Footloose’ May 6-8

Alex Rader (standing, left) and Chris Royer (standing, right) play Ren and Willard in the HNHS production of “Footloose,” which opens Thursday and runs through Saturday. Behind them are Mary Sanchez (left) and Travis Koontz.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School will present "Footloose" on May 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

The play begins in Chicago, where a group of young people have met at their favorite dance club to unwind and say goodbye to Ren McCormack (Alex Rader). Ren's father has walked out on the family, so he and his mother must move in with his aunt's family in the small town of Bomont.

Extension office sets 4-H events for week

Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office announces the schedule of events for this week:

Monday, May 3
6 p.m. - Pets-N-Vets. Huntington Veterinary Hospital.

6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

7 p.m. - PQA workshop. Community Building, Hier's Park.

Tuesday, May 4
5 p.m. - Waggin' Tails. Home of the Smarts.

5 p.m. - Bowling. Rainbow Lanes.

7 p.m. - PQA workshop. Community Building, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, May 5 6 p.m. - Golden Eagles. Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Riverview is third in math contest

A team from Riverview Middle School placed third in the Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition, which was held April 21 on the HU campus.

Northridge Middle School, of Middlebury, won the competition. Edgewood Middle School, of Warsaw, took second place.

The top three individual winners were Corbin Bullock from Northridge, first; Grant Carlson from Edgewood, second; and Audrey Grewe from Northridge, third.
Eighteen schools competed.

HU awards two Horizon Leader Scholarships

Two Fort Wayne students have been accepted into the Horizon Leadership Program at Huntington University.

Karina Palma, of South Side High School, and Isaiah Stephenson, of North Side High School, each received a Horizon Leader Scholarship covering fees associated with tuition and housing costs for up to 10 semesters through a combination of federal, state and institutional aid.

Friends of UWIS to meet

The Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services will meet Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in the Interpretive Center at Salamonie Lake.

The recently-formed Friends organization plans to develop and support projects and events that will enhance the natural and cultural heritage of Salamonie, Roush and Mississinewa lakes. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month.

For information, e-mail


Session set for new 4-H’ers

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders are sponsoring a workshop for all new 4-H members and their parents on Thursday, May 6, at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park. 
The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of the workshop is to help answer questions that new members may have about the Huntington County 4-H program.

Flower fundraiser for 4-H

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County 4-H leader Vicki Harris sorts geraniums Thursday, April 29, at Hier's Park. Members of the county's 4-H clubs took orders for the flowers as a fundraiser.

Flag raising ceremony on May 4

The Color Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 will raise a new flag at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.

The flag was flown over the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on March 29 in honor of the library.

Following the ceremony, cookies, coffee and lemonade will be served while local historian Jean Gernand talks about the history of Andrews.

The library is located at 30 E. Madison St., Andrews.


Run for the Rams tickets available

Run for the Rams, the major fundraiser of the year for Huntington Catholic School, will be held Saturday, May 15, at the PAL Club in Huntington.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with a gourmet dinner including beverages and dessert beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the event and can be purchased individually, with discounts for tables of six or 10. Reservation must be made by May 7 by calling the school's Middle Building office, 356-1926, or the Primary Building office, 356-2320.

Dyer earns Modern Woodmen award

Samantha L. Dyer was recently awarded a $10,000 four-year Fraternal College Scholarship in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America.

Dyer is one of 36 regional scholarship winners chosen this year. Selection is based on students' personal and academic achievement, including the results of the American College Testing Program or the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

She plans to attend Ball State University.

Dyer is the daughter of Bernard and Cindy Hedrick and Gary Dyer, all of Roanoke.


HCCSC hosts conference on Schools Exceeding Expectations

The Huntington County Community School Corporation hosted the national SEE Conference (Schools Exceeding Expectations) from Wednesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 24. An estimated 530 participants attended; nearly 400 were from HCCSC.

Eastern Tent Caterpillar poses threat to small flowering trees, Farris says

The Eastern Tent Caterpillar (ETC) has been found in Huntington County on flowering trees. These pests can appear in large numbers and can nearly defoliate a small tree.

This insect is one of the first insects out in the spring-time and sometimes hatches even before leaf buds break.

These web-making insects are called tent caterpillars because they produce webs in the central crotches of trees.

HNHS math students earn honors at contest

A group of Huntington North students recently competed in the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics contest, in Fort Wayne.
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Thirteen students from Huntington North High School competed in the ICTM math contest on Saturday, April 24, on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The contest was sponsored by the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Several HNHS students won local awards and will be receiving certificates. Results of the contest are:

In the Algebra II test, Ali Meyer placed first and Elizabeth Blinn and Kayla Koch tied for second place.

Simms and Kreider earn Metro Kiwanis honors

Huntington Catholic School Principal Jason Woolard (left) is shown with (from left) Conner Kreider, Kiwanis Past Lt. Gov. Jim Dinius and Mary Simms. Simms and Kreider were honored by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club as outstanding eighth-graders.
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Mary Simms and Conner Kreider were recognized April 19 by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club as outstanding eighth-graders from Huntington Catholic School.

Simms and Kreider were selected for the honor by the Huntington Catholic School eighth grade staff on the basis of scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, extracurricular achievement and leadership. Each is "a shining example to others in the community and at Huntington Catholic," HCS Principal Jason Woolard says.

Genealogy group to hear war program

The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet on Wednesday, May 5, in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Library.

The guest speaker will be Ron Woodward, county historian for Wabash County. His program will be about the Spanish-American War.

The library is located at 200 W. Market St. in Huntington.


Leadership program is topic for HU Foundation

The Huntington County Leadership program is a resource to develop future leaders who foster community involvement.

On May 12, those attending the Huntington University Foundation's breakfast will hear firsthand how this program is benefiting the local community.

Author will speak to quilters

The next meeting of the Huntington Piecemakers Quilt Club is Thursday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., at Evangelical United Methodist Church.

Quilt historian Marilyn Goldman will present "Quilt Dating." She has been studying quilts and quilters for over 35 years and is the co-author of "Quilts of Indiana: Crossroads of Memories," a historical book about Indiana quilt-related history.


Looking around

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation hosted an educational conference for The Center for Effective Learning from April 21 to 24. Conference attendees toured various HCCSC schools on Thursday, April 22. Taking a look at Lincoln Elementary School are (from left) Sue Pearson, of Syracuse, NY; and Katherine Allen and Susan Burgett, both from Lawrence, MA.

Therapist will discuss ergonomics during Safety Council luncheon

Robert Frigo, an occupational therapist at Parkview Huntington Hospital, will present a program on "Ergonomics in the Workplace" during the May 12 meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. It will include lunch.

Reservations must be made by May 7 by contacting Holly Sale, Safety Council president, at 355-3203 or


Techniques for life

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Members of the "Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' by World" class received certificates of completion on Thursday, April 22. The program, sponsored by the Huntington County Purdue Extension, provides support and information on achieving economical stability, for low-income families. Present for the ceremony were (front, from left) Jennifer Braun, Shelly Saunder and Karen Hinshaw, Extension educator; and (back row, from left) Ruth Shoemaker, Jason Gomez, Karen Atchley and Larissa Williams.

Fun Night set for Lincoln families

Lincoln Elementary School will host a Family Fun Night for third grade students and their families on Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m.

The evening will include activities put together by third grade teachers.

The school is located at 2037 E. Taylor St. in Huntington.


Commissioners’ Ride is May 8

A.B.A.T.E.  and the County Commissioners are joining forces for the Commissioners’ Day Ride May 8.
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The Huntington County Commissioners are joining with a local motorcycle group to sponsor the Huntington County Commissioners' Day Ride on Saturday, May 8.

The co-sponsor is A.B.A.T.E. (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana Region 3.

Sign-in is from noon to 1 p.m. May 8, at the Huntington County Courthouse. A "blessing of the bikes" will precede the ride, and the day will end with a meal at the Eagles Lodge in Huntington.

The event is open to all motorcycle riders. For information, call 227-0472.

Arts demonstration

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School junior Kayleigh Nichols makes stringers to create bead craft during the ArtsExpress 2010 on Saturday, May 1, at Crestview Middle School.

Enjoying 'A Taste of Spring'

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Enjoying the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce fund-raiser, 'A Taste of Spring,' on Saturday evening, May 1, are (from left) John Vickrey, Jim Sparks and Vicki Sparks. The catered event featured wine and beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction with items donated by area companies and individuals.

March for Babies

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The local chapter of the March of Dimes held its Mrch for Babies on Saturday, May 1, at Hier's Park.

Entertaining at ArtsExpress

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Lincoln Elementary School singers entertain the crowd at ArtsExpress 2010 on Saturday, May 1, at Crestview Middle School.

Goat weigh-in

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Don Poulson checks the weight of a goat during the Huntington County 4-H Sheep and Goat ID Day held Saturday, May 1, at Hier's Park.

Huntington North FFA host farm day event at Wall Farm

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Horace Mann kindergartener Brendon Gaunt enjoys riding the makeshift horse at Wall Farm on Friday morning, April 30. Every year for over 35 years, kindergarteners from across the county visit local farms. The Huntington North FFA group hosts the events.

Roanoke clean-up set for Saturday

This Saturday, May 1, Roanoke residents might see groups of high school-age students roaming around town.

These area kids are in town to pick up trash.
The youth department at Roanoke Baptist Church, located a few miles away from town in Allen County, will be hosting its annual Community Clean-up Campaign in Roanoke. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., about 30 high school students will remove trash and litter in the majority of town as well as along US-24.