Brown's tenure as chamber president ends after seven years

Robert "Bob" Brown.
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The seven-year tenure of Robert "Bob" Brown as president of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce comes to an end today, Friday, March 5.

Brown announced his departure in a letter sent out Friday afternoon. He has been battling health problems for several years, and says in the letter that his health has played a role in his departure.

"The board of directors has determined that my health has become an issue that has limited my effectiveness," Brown says. "At the close of business, March 5, my stewardship as the president will conclude."

26 additional businesses sign up for EXPO spots

Twenty-six additional businesses and organizations have registered for this year's Huntington County EXPO.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 13th Huntington County EXPO on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 21, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Merillat Fieldhouse at Huntington University.

Varsity Singers dominate competition at Northridge

Huntington North High School’s Varsity Singers perform their award-winning routine Saturday, Feb. 27, at Northridge High School. The local group was named grand champion at the show choir invitational.
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The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers won the grand champion trophy and swept all caption awards at the Northridge High School Show Choir Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 27, in Middlebury.

The HNHS Varsity Concert Choir was named grand champion concert choir at the same competition.

Both groups are directed by John Wenning.

Updating constituents

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

State Rep. Dan Leonard (standing) makes a point during a legislative update session Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The session, sponsored by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, also featured comments from (seated from left) State Sen. Gary Dillon, Huntington Mayor Steve Updike, and Huntington County Commissioners President Tom Wall. Each of the four presented remarks, then answered questions from those in attendance.

Cheering ISTEP

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Sadie Landrum, Horace Mann Elementary School guidance counselor, interviews Huntington University soccer player Marvin Martinez during a pep rally at the school on Friday, Feb. 26, in preparation for the ISTEP examinations this week. Guest speakers included members of the Fort Wayne Fusion arena football team, Huntington North High School cheerleaders and other community leaders.

Cantron/cancer support meeting on March 15

A Cantron/cancer support meeting will be held on March 15 at 7 p.m. in the basement of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Dr. David Murdock, D.C., will be the guest speaker. He will talk about the Nutritional Center of Fort Wayne and its efforts in fighting cancer.

The church is located on the corner of Guilford and Market streets.


In print

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg and a proponent of digitized books, displays a reproduction of a page from the Gutenberg Bible during a talk Saturday, Feb. 27, held as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Roanoke Public Library. Hart believes digitized books, available through the Internet, are the future of libraries.

Arts Initiative to sponsor ‘Sock Hop for the Studio’ on April 16

The Huntington Arts Initiative Inc., will sponsor a "Sock Hop for the Studio" on April 16 at the PAL Club in Huntington, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event will begin with Hot Dog Happy Hour, during which those in attendance can purchase hot dogs or Coney dogs with or without cheese, root beer floats, and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Food service will continue throughout the evening. Complimentary chips, pretzels, and popcorn as well as a cash bar will also be available.

Love Unity Feast highlights church cooperation

Members of the Love Unity Feast Planning Committee prepare for the Love Unity Feast Dinner at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Huntington.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A Love Unity Feast, designed to emphasize the cooperation of area churches through Love INC, will be held Sunday, March 7, at Heritage Hall in Hier's Park.

A meal of homemade chicken and noodles or pork loin will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carry-outs will be available.

The event is sponsored by partner churches of Love In the Name of Christ. Proceeds will benefit the outreach ministry of the churches through Love INC.

4-H sets dates for shotgun classes

The shotgun discipline of the Huntington County 4-H Shooting Sports program will begin classes on Tuesday, March 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

Any youth interested in the shotgun discipline must complete the required paperwork, along with parent signatures and permission forms, and pay the registration fee no later than the first shotgun meeting on March 9. 
Youth may also register at the Purdue Extension Huntington County office prior to the first meeting.

100 years, 100 days at Trinity United Methodist

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Gertrude Goebel reads to children in the Trinity United Methodist pre-school class on their 100th day of school. Goebel, a resident of The Heritage of Huntington, will celebrate her 100th birthday on March 13.

Seizure training starts on March 6

Apostolic Grace Fellowship Church, Andrews, will host a seizure training seminar on Saturday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m.

Topics includes the basics of epilepsy, understanding seizure disorder and first aid for seizures.

Registration is required and the deadline for all registrations is Thursday, March 4.

To make a reservation call 786-1000.

The church is located at 98 S. Snowden St., Andrews.


First Nazarene accepting March Angel Food orders

First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington, will accept orders for Angel Food Ministries distribution through March 17.

Orders can be placed Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Wednesday through 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Checks, cash and food stamps are acceptable forms of payment and are due at the time of ordering.

The March distribution date is March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., via the gymnasium entrance.

Alice will tumble in at the Pulse for eight shows starting March 12

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The 2010 Pulse Opera House season opens March 12 with a rabbit, a chase and a grand adventure.

The show, of course, is a family-friendly adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story "Alice in Wonderland."

In addition to the creative sets designed by Ron Wartzok and the fantasy costumes designed by Cynthia Smyth-Wartzok, this production features an original score by Barry Jamison.

Jamison will perform the title song, which was developed during the Pulse Playwright's Project, at selected performances.

Alzheimer’s group to meet March 10 at Parkview Huntington Hospital

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

The Huntington County group will meet at Parkview Huntington Hospital on March 10.

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

All meetings are confidential and free of charge.

For additional information on the support group, contact the Helpline, 24 hours a day, at 800-272-3900.

The hospital is located at 2001 Stults Rd.

Moose Lodge round dance classes still accepting new students

"New Basics" round dance classes are now being offered at the Moose Lodge, located on Frontage Road.

Classes will be held on Mondays, starting at 6:30 p.m., with instructors Butch Tracey and Mary Harlan.

For more information call 350-1943 or 224-7630.

Classes have already started, so anyone interested is asked to call the organizers as soon as possible.

Beginners will be accepted March 8 and 15.


Gulley back to teaching role -- with National Guard in Afghanistan

HNHH Principal Jeremy Gulley.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

One of Huntington’s educational leaders will dust off his military uniform and head overseas later this year.

Huntington North High School Principal Jeremy Gulley, 37, has been asked to return to active duty help teach  agricultural techniques at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He will oversee the 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team that will be based in a coastal province in Afghanistan from August 2010 to August 2011.

Gulley explains that 85 percent of Afghanis farm, and they need help improving their farming methods.

Huddleston earns local B&G Club accolade

Josh Miller (left), program director at the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington, recently presented the organization’s youth of the year award to member Katelyn Huddleston, who will represent the club in state competition on April 15-16.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Katelyn Huddleston was recently named Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year for the local chapter.

The honor, open to members 14 through 18 years old, has criteria including academic performance, leadership ability, community service, home life and the member's strides to overcome obstacles.

Ashley Allen, who works at the club and served as one of the judges for the local competition, says candidates are judged on their overall achievements and contributions. The judges' panel was comprised of club board members and Boys and Girls staff.

Hoosier 4-H members will travel to Poland

The deadline for applications for the 4-H youth trip to Poland this summer is Friday, March 5.

Twenty-five 4-H'ers and adults from northeast Indiana will travel to Poland this summer to share and learn about the 4-H program. The 4-H'ers will stay with host families, participate in 4-H activities and learn about daily living in Poland.

The adults may also stay with host families and will focus on Polish culture and history. Travel dates are June 16 to July 3.

Attorney General Zoeller tells locals about what office is doing

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller speaks to members of the Huntington Optimist Club on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Huntington University. Zoeller reviewed consumer protection efforts of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Sworn into office in January 2009, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has already made strides in protecting Hoosiers from consumer fraud.

Zoeller spoke to the Huntington Optimists Club on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Huntington University. He discussed new ways that the office of the attorney general is getting involved with protecting Hoosiers from fraud, as well as giving the public an idea of what the Attorney General's office is doing overall.

Loon Creek Church will offer garden space to Huntington County residents

Loon Creek Church, located off Warren Road at 734W-100S, will start its "Gardens of Hope" a little earlier this year, beginning with an informational meeting on March 13 at 10 a.m. at the church.

This is Loon Creek's third year of plowing the church land and offering 10-foot by 20-foot plots for community members to garden. The lots are available at a first come, first served basis and are open to the public.

Information and applications will be available at the meeting. Contact Dan Herber or Chris Sunderman at 468-2344 with questions or concerns.


Becker, McElhaney get Kiwanis honors

Danny Becker (second from left) and Carley McElhaney (third from left) have been named Outstanding Eighth Graders by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club. With them are Crestview Middle School Principal Chad Daugherty (left) and Kiwanian Martin Young.
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Danny Becker and Carley McElhaney, students at Crestview Middle School, were honored by the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club on Feb. 22 as outstanding Eighth Graders.

Becker is the son of Tim and Marla Becker. McElhaney's parents are Doug and Jeanna McElhaney.

Honorees are selected by the school staff on the basis of scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities and leadership.

Math, science award applications being taken now

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels recently announced that applications are being accepted for the 2010 Hoosier High School Math and Science Awards.

This marks the third year for the awards, which Daniels created to recognize Indiana's top high school math and science talent.

All Indiana high school students are eligible to receive the award and can apply online.  Nominations from teachers, principals and other school staff members also will be accepted.

Jazzing it up at Crestview Middle School

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Members of the Naptown Jazz 5 perform Thursday, Feb. 25, at Crestview Middle School. The "FUNdamentals of Jazz" program was presented to Huntington County middle school students by the LaFontaine Arts Council as part of its Arts in Education programming. Students learned about the role of improvisation in jazz and joined in on a "jazz rap" and the song "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing."

Regan-Dinius to be speaker at next county genealogical society meet

Jeannie Regan-Dinius, director of special initiatives for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources-Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Huntington County Genealogy Society.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Library's Indiana Room.

HNHS Class Council raises funds for Haiti

The Sophomore Class Council of Huntington North High School has conducted several fundraising activities to benefit the Haiti relief efforts of the American Red Cross.

Homerooms at the high school competed in collecting change for several days. Homeroom 221B, under the direction of Gary Baltzell, won the competition after collecting a total of $65.58.

Six members of the Sophomore Class Council collected more than $300 after a two-hour walk-athon. Participants were Sarah Homme, Gretchen PeGan, Laura Daronatsy, Jordan McIntyre,, Hannah Dean and Colin Spencer.

Announce 4-H events for week of March 1-6

Purdue University Extension, Huntington Office announces the 4-H calendar of events for the week of March 1 to 6.
Monday, March 1
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

7 p.m. - Future Leaders meeting, at the home of the Littles.

7 p.m. - Tractor Club meeting at Dennis Grain.

Tuesday, March 2
6 p.m. - Muzzleloader and Rifle clubs. Warren Sportsman's Club.

6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Hall.

7 p.m. - Jefferson Junior Farmers meeting, at the home of the Chenoweths.

Business of the month for March

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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce recently named PACE Chevrolet as business of the month for March. Owned by Joe Pais, the business opened in 1992. Over the past 17 years, the business has sold more than 10,000 cars and conducted more than 100,000 service transactions. In addition, the company and its employees have donated more than $100,000 to the community in sponsorships and contributions. Pace, located at 239 Hauenstein Rd., is a full-service dealership, selling new and used cars and offering financing, parts and collision repair.

HU among area colleges, universities collecting Easter baskets for SCAN

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Grace College, University of St. Francis, Indiana Wesleyan, Huntington University, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Manchester College, and Trine University are collaborating to collect 2,000 Easter baskets to be donated to the children of clients of SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect).

SCAN is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to eliminate child abuse by preparing parents and protecting children. Established in 1974, the organization serves 13 counties in northern Indiana, including Allen County.

Shakin’ Bake to perform benefit to bring traveling memorial wall to town

The band Shakin’ Bake will perform Saturday, Feb. 27, at Huntington North High School to help raise funds to bring the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to Huntington.
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The band Shakin' Bake will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Huntington North High School to help raise funds to bring the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to Huntington.

Tom Wall of Wall's Homes and Ray and Nancy Bonebrake of Nick's Country Cafe will host a meet-and-greet session with band members Chris Davidson and Allan Miller on Saturday, Feb. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at Nick's Country Cafe, 1643 Old U.S.-24E. Tickets for the evening concert will be available for purchase.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.