Learning the crafts

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alison Spahr (left) and Katie Durrwachter, two of the directors for the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's S.P.A.R.K. program, practice a craft in preparation for the program. S.P.A.R.K. (Summer Parks and Recreation for Kids) opened June 7 and will continue through July 16, with activities available at Memorial, Hier's, Gen. Slack, Drover, Elmwood and Laurie parks weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is a registration fee for the program. For information, call the Parks Department office at 358-2323.

Salamonie students on honor roll all four quarters

Salamonie School has announced its all-year honor roll for the 2009-10 school year.

All A's
Second Grade

Grace Asher, Brody Brown, Logan Christian, Kolson Herstad, Michael Parks, Erin Small, Corbin Snow and Paige Starr.

Third Grade
Brock Spahr.

Fourth Grade
Rachel Ervin, Conner Mason, Tabitha Smith, Taylor Starr, Tyler Stroud, Leigh Trickle and Benjamin Warpup.

Fifth Grade
Hayley Haynes, Sophia Smekens and Brooke Trice.

Volunteers helping to maintain community garden

Local volunteers (from left) Ron Hammel, Bob Koehlinger, Dean Rittenhouse, Phyllis Stouder and Lowell Stouder work in the Helping Hands garden adjacent to Huntington North High School.
Photo provided.

Community members are stepping in to maintain the Helping Hands garden at Huntington North High School.

Bob Bowker, agriculture teacher at HNHS, recently led a group of local volunteers in pulling weeds, planting peppers and tomatoes and mulching a variety of vegetables in the garden.

Bowker says the weather has caused some problems in the garden, with weeds popping up and damp conditions ruining a section of green beans. Several plants were lost due to standing water, he says.

David Ballard wins Lesh Scholarship

Huntington North High School graduate David Ballard was named the recipient of the Joseph H. Lesh Scholarship, by the Huntington County Community Foundation.

While at Huntington North, he was a member of the National Honor Society, a Junior Rotarian, participated in Campus Life and student training, and was also a state qualifier in the DECA Marketing Competition.

Ballard plans to attend Taylor University to major in international business.

He is the son of Jay and Janet Ballard, of Huntington.

Rohrabaugh is awarded doctorate in therapy

Valerie Rohrabaugh.
Photo provided.

Valerie Rohrabaugh, a 2004 graduate of Huntington North High School, graduated from the University of Indianapolis on April 30, 2010, with her doctorate in physical therapy.

She has accepted a position in Franklin, where she will treat a variety of patients in an outpatient orthopedic setting.

Rohrabaugh is currently living in Indianapolis.

She is the daughter of Todd and Jody Rohrabaugh, of Huntington.


Horace Mann students earn honors for entire year

Horace Mann Elementary School has announced its All-Year Honor Roll for the 2009-10 school year.

Those students are:

All A's
Fifth Grade

Cody Barton.

Fourth Grade
Tremar Clore, Jacob Fowler, Cory Little, Joseph Schnepp, James Spann, Randi Thompson, Alyssa Voght and Jackson Wright.

Third Grade
Cheyenne Karst, Olivia Rosen and Cassidy Sandlin.

Allred, Santa, Mower receive Optimist Club scholarships

Taylor Allred, Maria Santa and Kayleigh Mower are the recipients of Huntington Optimist Club scholarships.
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Huntington North High School graduates Taylor Allred, Kayleigh Mower and Maria Santa were recently named recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Huntington County Optimist Club.

Allred was named valedictorian at Huntington North. He was the Northeast Indiana American Chemical Society Chemistry Bowl champion, was a scholar athlete and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

Ellenberger receives scholarship

The Huntington County Community Foundation recently announced that the Heith Garner Scholarship was awarded to Siearah Ellenberger.

Ellenberger is a graduating senior at Canterbury High School.

Her volunteer activities include Parkview Huntington Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne, Love INC, Huntington Public Library and the Youth Services Bureau.

She plans to attend Ball State University to study nursing.

Ellenberger is the daughter of Rich and Debra Ellenberger, of Huntington.

Locks of Love donation

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Tonya Parrett (left), a stylist at McVoy Studio, holds up the length of hair she has cut from 4-year-old Gracie Fields for a Locks of Love donation during the 2010 Relay for Life on Saturday, June 12, at Kriegbaum Field in Huntington. The donation will be towards a wig for cancer patients who experience hair loss due to chemotherapy treatments.

Survivor lap

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Bob Brown (left) and Bob Trout watch some infield activities while they take their Survivor Lap on the track at Kriegbaum Field durng the 2010 Relay for Life on Saturday, June 12. The event continues today, Sunday, June 13.

Survivor start line

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Cancer survivors line up at the start line of the 2010 Relay for Life on the track at Kriegbaum Field on Saturday, June 12.

Huntington North Class of 2010 puts its stamp in the book

Huntington North senior Amanda Dyson, right, accepts her diploma from Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees Vice President Rick Brubaker on Friday, June 4.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The 411 members of the Huntington North High School Class of 2010 graduated on Friday, June 4, in North Arena.

6th annual Fun and Fitness Rides to go through August

Bicyclists (from left) Jason Crago, Chris Bucher, Eric Bucher, Nick Hancock, David Lloyd, Jan Lloyd, Mark Timbers, Lee Ann Kline, Rex Kline and Ronald Miller are among the participants in “Fun and Fitness Rides” being held every Monday.
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The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau and Three Rivers Velo Sport are sponsoring the sixth annual 3RVS Fun and Fitness bicycle rides in Huntington during June, July and August.

All interested bicyclists are invited to meet every Monday at 5:45 p.m. at the Visitor and Convention Bureau, located at North Jefferson and Market streets. There is no cost to participate in the rides, which will travel throughout Huntington County.

Hammel earns Mary Reiff Scholarship

Jamon Hammel was recently awarded the Mary Edith Reiff Scholarship by the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Hammel, who is attending Huntington University, is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School.
He plans to major in accounting.

Hammel is a Presidential Scholar, Colloquium Scholar, and a member of the Dean's List. He is a member of the Huntington University baseball team, Saint Mary's Catholic Church, and a 10-year member of 4-H.

Huntington Catholic School announces end-of-year awards

Huntington Catholic School has announced its end-of-year awards.

Academic awards for students in grades one through three went to:

First grade - Luke Eckert, Olivia Godfroy, Jessica Hartmus, Lillian Holzinger, Lindsey Hunt, Reid Johnson, Kassidy Krumanaker, Samantha Leal, Macy McCloskey, Nicolas Mickley, Matthew Quintos, Corah Rupley, Seth Scheiber and Merisa Walter.

Caged cats abandoned at adoption facility

Denise McNally, president of the Helping Paws board of directors, checks out the 17 cats abandoned in the parking lot of the Helping Paws adoption center on Bus.-24.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The 17 cats that materialized outside the Helping Paws adoption center were apparently healthy and accustomed to human attention.

But by the time Helping Paws volunteer Betsy Bilyew found them Monday morning, June 7, they'd been crammed into four pet carriers for as many as 14 hours with no food, no water and "really, no shelter," Bilyew says.
Once discovered, the cats' dire situation was soon rectified, but Bilyew is concerned about the state of mind of whoever left the cats in the no-kill shelter's parking lot.

Assessor says in-house study cheaper, quicker than work by outside firm

The Huntington County Assessor's office has saved Huntington County at least $50,000 by completing the county's state-mandated annual ratio study in-house and 165 days ahead of schedule, says Terri Boone, Huntington County assessor.

Boone said that since the study was mandated in 2006, the county had always contracted the study to an outside company, and the results were often late. She said this year, the assessor's office had the staff and capability of performing the ratio study in-house, and therefore decided to not contract the study.

Butterfly workshops offered June 23 at Victory Noll

The Huntington County office of Purdue Extension and Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters present "Metamorphosis in Your Own Backyard" on Wednesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This one-hour workshop, offered twice at different times, features a description of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, butterfly facts and myths, and information on how to attract butterflies to yards.

Entertainment and activities announced for this weekend’s Relay for Life event at Kriegbaum Field

The Little Black Dress (LBD) Trio will perform Saturday evening, June 12, during this year’s Relay for Life at Kriegbaum Field. Pictured (from left) are members Barb Jones, Doug Hartle and Lisa Mertz.
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The 2010 Huntington Relay for Life kicks off Saturday afternoon, June 12, at Kriegbaum Field, with activities throughout the Relay until Sunday, June 13.

This year's event includes 43 corporate sponsors and 25 donors. Themed laps will be held nearly every hour and luminarias will be on sale at various times in honor or in memory of those touched by cancer. There will also be many on-site fundraising efforts.

Ochs is awarded Souder Scholarship

Ross Ochs was recently named recipient of the Paul S. Souder Memorial Scholarship.

Ochs will be attending Lewis University.

A 2010 graduate of Huntington North High School, he plans to study aviation security. While at Huntington North, Ochs was a member of the varsity track and cross country teams, all-state in cross country, was voted track MVP three times and best on track twice.

He was also a Toys for Tots volunteer and involved in Campaign for Change.

The scholarship is awarded to applicants planning to pursue a career in the field of aviation.

Youth invited to join Junior Humane Society

The Huntington County Humane Society has begun a summer program for kids ages 10-12, held the first and last Saturdays of each month from June through September from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Humane Shelter.

The Huntington County Junior Humane Society will meet to learn about and discuss protecting wildlife, keeping animals healthy, birdwatching and various careers involving animal care.

Godfroy, Okuly graduate from Miami

Kevin M. Godfroy and Karise M. Okuly, both of Huntington, graduated May 8 from the School of Education, Health and Society at Miami University, Oxford, OH.

The school's 171st annual commencement ceremony was held in Yager Stadium.

Godfroy is a 2006 graduate of Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne. He earned a bachelor of science in education degree in physical education.

Okuly is a 2006 graduate of Huntington North High School She earned a bachelor of science in education degree in social studies, graduating cum laude.


Sixteen are recipients of Shuman Scholarships

The Huntington County Community Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Charles and Wilma (Sanger) Shuman Family Scholarships.

Recipients were Sarah Carter, Kourtney Brubaker, Emily Frankle, Nicole Shaw, Lauren Chanley, Alyson Hess, David Ballard, Alex Hoffman, Mallory Bunting, Taylor Foley, Jessica Musselman, Heidi Blocker, Paige Huff, Ian White, Leanne Gehrke and Ellen Wolf.

Camping funds

As part of the Community Service Project at Flint Springs, the third graders sold popcorn at lunch twice each month. All proceeds have been returned to the community through different organizations. Pictured is student Macy Lange, right, presenting a check worth $100.50 to the Director of Parkview YMCA, Dan Akeley, to fund a child to attend summer day camp for one week.

Roanoke, Huntington churches set June blood drives

The Red Cross says giving blood this summer is as easy as one, two, three.

"Think of it this way," says Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. "One: It takes about an hour to donate blood. Two: Someone in America needs blood every two seconds. And three: up to three lives can potentially be saved through a single blood donation."

Red Cross officials hope it's that kind of thinking that can help people see it's relatively simple to make a difference.

Sell Chiropractic donates to American Red Cross

Photo by Andre Laird.

From March 22 to April 30, Sell Chiropractic conducted a stuffed animal drive to benefit the American Red Cross of Huntington County. The toys are given to youth in times of disaster and other emergency situations. Pictured are Tom Laupp (front, left) and Kathy Scott, both Red Cross volunteers and Dr. Mark Sell (back, left) and Mike Rohler, executive director of the American Red Cross of Huntington County.

Roanoke releases its perfect attendance list

Roanoke Elementary has announced its all-year perfect attendance for 2009-2010.

Brady Henline, Madison Milton and Dillon Willett.

First Grade
Jack Braden.

Second Grade
Alyssa Dauscher.

Third Grade
Jessica Henline, Isabella Kryder, Jesa Kummer, Conner McCord, Josh McQueen, Samantha Smith and Erika Vinson.

Fourth Grade
Carlyn Albright, Lauren Farrell, Eric Reust, Austin Spahr and Bradley Whitcomb.

Fifth Grade
Dane Eherenman, Jacob Ely, Jenna Henline and Alex Jarrett.


Oakbrook will wash Seniors’ cars Friday, June 11

Oakbrook Village will be offering a free car wash for community Seniors on Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Seniors can have their vehicles washed for a donation of a non-perishable food item and proof of identification.

The food items will be donated to Love INC.
Oakbrook Village is located at 850 Ash St.


Andrews Elementary School announces perfect attendance

Andrews Elementary has announced its fourth quarter perfect attendance for the 2009-2010 school year.

Following are the students in alphabetical order.

Amber Adamonis, Chesney Anderson, Crystine Arivett, Peyton Barnard-Crum, Levi Bell, Britney Bickel, Alexis Bowers, Donovan Burris, Danita Clark, Kelsey Coles, Kendyl Coles, CJ Dawalt, Samanta Diehl, Jacob Diehl and Bayleigh Double.

Huntington County SWCD receives clean water grant

A Clean Water Indiana grant received by the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will allow 10 local landowners to try incorporating cover crops into their management plans.

One-time payments of $400 are being offered to the first 10 farmers who sign up for the program that have never used cover crops in the past.

Applicants must be Huntington County landowners with property in Huntington County. Seeding dates will vary depending on what type of cover crop is selected.