‘Make A Difference’ volunteers set time

Volunteers participating in a community cleanup project in Huntington on Saturday, Oct. 23, should meet at the Huntington City Building, at the corner of Cherry and Market streets, at 9 a.m.

The project includes cleaning up curbs along the main streets coming into the City of Huntington.

The project - "Make A Difference Day" - is supported by the USA Weekend Magazine, and because of this, the Paul Newman's Own Foundation is donating breakfast cereal to all volunteers.

Children to help hospital

Life's Little Treasures Daycare in Markle will hold a riding toy safety event the week of Oct. 25, to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event is part of Trike-A-Thon, which is in its 25th year. The week-long curriculum for daycare centers and pre-schools teaches children riding toy safety through a series of interactive stories.

At the end of Trike-A-Thon week, children can bring their bikes or riding toys to school and practice the safety lessons they have learned.

Boys and Girls Club sets a night of family fun

The third annual Family Fun Festival will be held on Oct. 28, starting at 5 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County.

The evening will include pumpkin decorating, face painting, a silent auction, a cake walk, corn hole games and a moonwalk, all supervised by Best Buy employees.

Wendell Bradford Hog Roasters will prepare a meal of pork sandwiches with homemade barbecue sauce, sauerkraut, baked beans, applesauce, chips and homemade cookies.

Following the meal, the Boys and Girls Club members will present their version of "Alice in Wonderland."

Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 17 to 22

Huntington County Extension Homemakers members Kate Nave, Glenna Brown and Edie Fulton (from left) stand next to the downtown business window they decorated in observation of Extension Homemakers Week.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers organization is observing Extension Homemakers Week Oct. 17-22, and is using a downtown business window to highlight some of the organization's activities.

Glenna Brown, Kate Nave and Edie Fulton decorated the window at Rodger's and Vivian's Income Tax Service on North Jefferson Street.

The Extension Homemakers are active throughout the year.
The Paper Artisans Extension Homemakers Club sponsored a Crop and Shop on Oct. 9.

Senior Friday to feature ‘Blind Side’

The next Senior Friday movie date is Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m., at Huntington 7 Theater.

The featured movie will be "Blind Side."

Free coffee and doughnuts will be available as well as door prizes.

Senior Friday partners are Huntington Senior Center, Norwood Health & Rehabilitation Center and Parkview Huntington Hospital.

October co-sponsors are Bailey-Love Mortuary, Karen S. Campbell, Campbell & Dye Insurance Inc., MarkleBank, Markle Health and Rehabilitation, Miller's Merry Manor and Parkview Home Health and Hospice.

In character

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Joel Froomkin of New Huntington Theater reads "Jekyll & Hyde" to Riverview Middle School students at the school's gym on Friday, Oct. 8. The reading was part of the Theater's Page on Stage series, and was arranged by the LaFontaine Arts Council and funded through the Huntington Community Foundation's Marj and Homer Hiner Fund, as well as Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Author will discuss Christianity

Will Samson.
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Christian author Dr. Will Samson will address "Can Christianity Change the World?" during the Forester Lecture Series on Oct. 26, at 7 p.m, in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on Huntington University's campus.

Samson is the author of "Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess" and co-author, with his wife Lisa Samson, of "Justice in the Burbs."

YFC administrator will be the guest speaker for HU leadership luncheon

Luther Whitfield.
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Rev. Luther Whitfield, senior director of urban ministries for the Fort Wayne-area Youth for Christ, will speak about the injustices in the world and how to deal with them and ultimately overcome them in his address titled "From a Loser to a Leader."

Whitfield will be the guest speaker at Huntington University's Leadership Luncheon, which will be held on Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m.

Student nurses will administer flu shots at clinic

The Huntington University Department of Nursing and the Huntington County Department of Health will host a flu shot clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the university's nursing lab, located on the lower level of the Science Hall in Room 074.

There is a fee for the shots.

A free nasal mist will be offered to children 18 years and younger. The vaccination includes the H1N1 strain.
This is the fourth year that the university and the health department have teamed up to offer a flu shot clinic for the community.

Alzheimer’s support group will meet Nov. 10

The Alzheimer's Association offers support groups for those who care for Alzheimer's patients.

Participants in support groups receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the problems they face and the latest in information regarding research.

The local support group will meet on Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m., at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

All meetings are confidential and free of charge.

For additional information contact the association's Helpline, 24 hours a day, at 800-272-3900.

Optimist of the year

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Eric Fawcett was named Optimist of the Year on Sept. 30 during the Optimist Club's installation banquet at Huntington University. Fawcett was also sworn in as 2010-11 treasurer.

Optimists install officers for 2010-11

Darlene Stanley (left), outgoing president of the Optimist Club, swears in club officers for the 2010-11 year.
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The Optimist Club swore in officers and elected board members during an installation banquet on Sept. 30 at Huntington University,

The officers for 2010-11 are Pete Schownir, president; Tom Mettler, first vice president; Todd Nightenhelser, second vice president; Ruth Marsh, secretary and Eric Fawcett, treasurer.

Fawcett was also named Optimist of the Year.

One-year board members elected were Mark Wolf, Todd Nightenhelser and Mike Rohler. Kamie Tomasek, Seth Kimmel and Rick Beemer were board members elected to two-year terms.

Village Chiropractic raises funds for Amramp

Amramp has partnered with Village Chiropractic, of Fort Wayne, to raise funds to provide a handicap-accessible ramp to a family in need.

During October, Village Chiropractic will donate the fees from all new patients to Amramp.

Fees for established patients visiting Village Chiropractic on Oct. 21 will also be donated to Amramp.
Through Oct. 15, half of the fees charged to youth 14 and younger were donated to Amramp.

The fund-raiser goal is $2,000.

Flu shots offered at Tipton House

Area Seniors can visit Tipton House on Oct. 21 to receive flu vaccines.

Shots will be administered by Angels of Mercy HomeCare Plus and there is a cost, with a discount for those who show their Medicare cards.

Refreshments will also be served.

For more information call 356-2028.

Tipton House is located at 460 Forks of the Wabash Way, Huntington.


PHH offers program on dealing with asthma

Parkview Huntington Hospital will present a free four-hour program, "Understanding Asthma," on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the lower-level classrooms at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

"Understanding Asthma" is an educational opportunity designed for asthmatic adults, children and their parents, who would benefit from a positive experience with practical asthma education.

Library patrons will be asked to judge pumpkins

The Huntington City-Township Public Library and Markle Library will hold pumpkin decorating contests.

From Wednesday, Oct. 20, to Monday, Oct. 25, decorated pumpkins may be brought to either branch of Huntington City-Township Public Library to be displayed in the Children's Department.

Pumpkins should not be carved, but can be decorated with markers, paints, yarn, cloth, hats, or any such item. Pumpkins may be submitted by families, individuals, or groups.

HM chili supper Oct. 21

Horace Mann second grade students Grace Bradford (left) and Emma Bradford show some of the items up for bid in a silent auction to be held as part of the annual Horace Mann Chili supper on Thursday, Oct. 21.
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The annual Horace Mann Chili Supper will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Wizard of Oz-themed menu includes all-you-can-eat Tornado Chili, Toto's hot dogs, Dorothy's applesauce and Auntie Em's cinnamon roll and drink.

Paint technology

Photo by Russ Grindle.

BASF Corporation representative Scott Rickard (left), explains the benefits of new technologies of paints used in automotive paint booths to a group of interested people at an open house sponsored by PACE Chevrolet in Huntington on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The open house also featured a meal and tour of the PACE facility.

IPFW 21st Century Scholars program to hold upcoming meetings

The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Twenty-first Century Scholars program will hold affirmation meetings throughout October and November.

All Twenty-first Century Scholars, high school seniors and their parents/legal guardians must attend one session. Due to the importance of this meeting, participants are required to be on time. Meetings will start promptly at the times listed.

‘Make A Difference Day’ to make improvement in community look

Bill Lesh works on a curb on West Park Drive which has not been cleaned in several years.
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Various projects will take place in Huntington for "Make a Difference Day" on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, as part of the nationwide event - all in an effort to improve the physical appearance of the community.

A committee has been formed to determine what projects to work on during the day. Committee members are working with the Huntington County Department of Community Development.

Project ideas include trimming curbs on streets that lead into the city, picking up trash and leaves and trimming trees.

Ward benefit Oct. 16 at Kermit’s in Andrews

A benefit event for Courtney Ward will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Kermit's Food Shop, Andrews.
Ward was injured in an accident.

The event includes poker run, an auction, pizza buffet and musical entertainment provided by a live DJ.

Sign-in starts at 10:30 a.m. for the poker run and the first bike will leave at noon.

The auction starts at 4 p.m. and karaoke at 9 p.m.


Andrews library plans breakfast, Harvest Party

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library has a variety of activities now available to the public:

The Library Crochet Club meets on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon, with its next meeting on Saturday, Oct. 16. Attendees are encouraged to bring whatever knitting or crochet project they are working on.
The Andrews Lions Club and the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library are holding a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Oct. 23 from 7 to 11a.m., at the Andrews Lions Community building at the ballpark.

Malta House sets cook-off

The Malta House will host a chili cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Rabbit Pavilion at Hier's Park at 5 p.m.

There is a fee for the dinner, which will be followed by an auction with items such as sports memorabilia, game and zoo tickets, home landscaping items, gift certificates and baskets, and hotel packages.

For more information, call 358-9380.


Spanish classes immerse HNHS in Hispanic culture

Huntington North High School student Krista Johnson (left) explains how to eat the nopales cactus to an unidentified HNHS student during a fair featuring Hispanic and Hispanic-American culture held Oct. 1 at the high school.
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The Spanish 3 and 4 classes at Huntington North High School hosted a fair focusing on Hispanic and Hispanic-American culture on Oct. 1 in the HNHS fieldhouse.

The fair was funded by a grant from Ecolab and was attended by ninth grade English classes at the high school who are reading "The House on Mango Street," a coming-of-age novel by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros, published in 1984.

Riverview and Crestview middle schools' year-long Spanish classes were also able to attend the fair.

Hoosier farmers can win money for non-profits

Indiana farmers in 83 counties have the opportunity to win $2,500 awards for their favorite nonprofit organizations.

The awards are available through Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program.

The program's first two pilots provided nearly 500 farmers in 10 states with $2,500 awards to direct to their favorite nonprofits. That totals nearly $1.2 million invested since the first pilot program began in January.

The program has now expanded to more than 1,200 counties across 38 states.

Old German School is site of musical celebration of the season on Oct. 17

A "Celebration of Autumn" musical program will be held at the Old German School on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Traditional hymns will be sung and played by the Sharp Creek Musicians with dulcimer, violin and guitar accompaniment.

The school was built in 1887 by members of the St. Paul's German Evangelical Church to provide religious education in the German language. The building has recently been restored and now contains various exhibits depicting the history of the church and the German settlement.

TEA Party cancels Oct. 16 program by Kokomo radio commentator Heck

A program by Peter Heck, a radio commentator and teacher from Kokomo, scheduled for Oct. 16 at Huntington North High School, has been canceled.

The program, "We're All Whigs Now," was to have been sponsored by the Huntington TEA Party and Wabash C3 (Citizens Committed to the Constitution).


HNHS choirs perform tonight in school auditorium

The Huntington North High School choirs will present their 26th annual fall concert, "Let The Music Begin" at the Huntington North High School auditorium tonight, Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature the Freshman Viking Chorale, Freshman Viking Ladies, Women's Glee Club, Concert Choir and Varsity Chamber Singers.

Each of the choirs will be presenting selections it has been working on since the beginning of the school year.

Tickets can only be purchased at the door, and children 6 and under are free.

Entries sought for chili, scarecrow contests

Entries are being accepted for the Chili Contest and Scarecrow Contest, both held as part of the Warren Scarecrow Festival on Oct. 29.

The entry deadline for both contests is Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.
The contests are open to individuals, groups and businesses. There is no entry fee for either contest, and cash prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced the evening of the festival.

For information about either contest, contact Diana Ratcliff at 317-874-8787.


Pleasant Chapel to have soup supper, bazaar

The Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of county roads 1100N and 100E, will hold a soup supper and bazaar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The menu will include chili soup, vegetable soup, carrot and celery sticks, sandwiches, drinks, pies and cake.

A freewill offering will be taken.