Chamber seminar will focus on social media

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will host a social media seminar on Wednesday, July 21, in the chamber's conference room.

The event begins at noon and lasts approximately one hour. The cost includes lunch.

Nathan Palmer of AdDesign and Justin Davidson of Orion Solutions will demonstrate business and private uses of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reservations should be made by July 19 by contacting the chamber office at 356-5300; by fax to 356-5434; or by e-mail to chamberadmin@hunting


July business of the month

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Lake City Bank has been named the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for July. Pictured from left are Joe Burgess, Amy Stansell and Gene Snowden, Chamber Ambassadors; Mary Smith and Teresa Ray, of Lake City Bank; Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce; Paula Whiting, assistant vice president of Lake City Bank; and Lou Ann Kaye, JoDeane Knowles and Terry Miller, Chamber Ambassadors.

Locals can help soldiers to ‘phone home’

Local residents can participate in a national collection drive to help connect soldiers overseas with their families in the states via old cell phones.

"Cell Phones For Soldiers" is a program started by two Massachusetts teenagers. Their idea has become a national program with several national sponsors.

By collecting old cell phones and trading them for telephone calling cards, the organization currently sends about 25,000 one-hour phone cards to overseas military personnel each month.

Amramp, Helping Hands team up for project

Pictured is the crew from Helping Hands, a volunteer group through the First Church of the Nazarene in Huntington, who assisted Pathfinder’s Amramp in the installation of the ramp at a house in Huntington on Saturday morning, June 19.
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Pathfinder Services' newest division, Amramp, which specializes in modular ramps, completed another ramp with the assistance of Helping Hands in Huntington.

Amramp allows for families and businesses to rent or buy ADA compliant low cost, modular ramps with a non-slip ramp surface. The ramps are made of durable, non-skid mesh steel ramp grips tires and is safer than wood, allowing the weather to pass through. Pathfinder's Social Mission Closet allows for ramps to be provided for free through community donations and a generous donation from the Pathfinder Foundation.

Pathfinder seeking volunteer for neighborhoods

Pathfinder Community Connections, the housing division of Pathfinder Services, is seeking a volunteer to help with its foreclosure prevention and neighborhood development efforts.

The volunteer will work through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program. The volunteer will work out of Pathfinder Community Connections' Fort Wayne office and will conduct neighborhood surveys, develop workshop materials, recruit resident volunteers, raise funds and more.

Some benefits are offered with the position.

Office to collect jeans for back-to-school event

Love INC and Huntington Chiropratic have teamed up to collect jeans for the more than 400 children Love expects to provide clothes for this fall prior to the start of school.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Love INC and Dr. Stephen Geders have teamed up to provide children jeans for the upcoming school year, a need Bill Fetrow of Love INC says is all too common these days.

"We are working with a larger number of families than we have ever had in the past regarding basic needs," Fetrow says. "Many of our friends and neighbors have gone through the difficulty of having one or two of the major income earners lose their paycheck, but we have now reached the time when the unemployment benefits have run out for those families.

Informational session set on HU’s adult program

Huntington University's EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will hold an information session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, at Espresso Gallery Inc., 10357 Illinois Rd., Fort Wayne.

This free event is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree. Tonya Horvath, admissions counselor, will be on hand to answer questions.

EXCEL offers evening and online classes tailored to the schedule of working adults. Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time.

Indiana residents now have ability to register to vote online

Indiana residents now have the ability to register to vote online.

Online Voter Registration became the newest addition to www.indiana on July 1. It allows Indiana residents to submit a voter registration application electronically to the appropriate county voter registration office. Only Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah and Washington have previously offered online voter registration.

Bringing a piece of history

American Legion Riders Chapter 7 and Homier Distributing are teaming up to raise funds to bring the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall to Huntington on Sept. 15.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The American Legion Riders Chapter 7 will be rolling into Huntington on Sept. 15, bringing with them the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall. On July 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Homier Distributing, 325 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington, will donate a percentage of its sales, and will also have free hot dogs and soft drinks for donations,  to fund the memorial.

Democrats plan caucus to choose new secretary

The Huntington County Democrat Party will hold a caucus and reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Democrat Headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The caucus is being held to fill the vacant office of party treasurer.

Anyone interested in being considered for the position must send a letter of candidacy to Democrat Chairman Jim Long, 2066 Sabine St., Huntington, IN 46750. The letter must be postmarked no later than 72 hours in advance of the meeting.


Making it airtight

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

John Bostel (left) construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity of Huntington County, talks with Jonathan Kline, of Pro Seal Insulation, about the process that Kline's company uses to install insulation. Habitat for Humanity is working on its current build, located on Iowa Street.

Church to offer ‘Fun in the Park’

First Presbyterian Church of Huntington is sponsoring "Fun in the Park" on Wednesday, July 7, and Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at General Slack Park in Huntington.

Kickball, sno-cones and hot dogs will be provided by the church. The public is invited to attend.

General Slack Park is located between Guilford and Byron streets north of Tipton Street.

For more information, call the church at 356-8680.


4 Dreyer scholarships to be offered

Parkview Huntington Foundation's board of directors has approved a policy change that increases the number of Jill Dreyer Scholarship awards from two to four each year.

Two scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester, and two for the spring semester.

The board also increased the scholarship amount from $500 to $750 per scholarship awarded.

Since the scholarship was established in 2004, $4,000 has been awarded to Parkview Huntington Hospital employees pursuing educational studies in nursing.

Faith Chapel will hold social at ball diamond

Faith Chapel United Methodist Church will host an Ice Cream Cone Social on July 11 at the Clear Creek ball diamond.

Ice cream cones will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

Faith Chapel United Methodist Church is located near the corner of CR 300W and CR 1100N and holds Sunday School at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. each Sunday.  Children's church, nursery care and youth programs are offered. 
For more information, contact the church at 344-1466 or visit

Farmers’ Market returns to Roanoke this Saturday

The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce will host the first week of the Farmers' Market on July 10, from 8 a.m. to noon, on Main Street.

The event will be held each Saturday through Sept. 11 and features various entertainment acts and activities.

The Roanoke Striders, a walking group, will continue to take community walks. The group is open to anyone interested in taking walks of one to two miles. It meets in Zent Commons, on the corner of Main and First streets.
People interested in the Roanoke Striders can contact Valerie Powers at 494-0222.

Writers Network to meet

The Huntington Area Writers Network will hold its next meeting today, Monday, July 5, at 6 p.m., at the Huntington City-Township Library.

Assigned writers will read some of their work for other members of the group to critique.

A short discussion of the group's activities will also be held.

The writers network is open to area writers and poets.
The library is located at 200 W. Market St.


4-H club picks winning T-shirt design

Blue Ribbon Riders 4-H Club members (left) Savanna Stoltz shows off her winning design for the front of the club’s new shirts, while fellow club member Kaitlyn Drayer displays her winning design for the back of the shirt.
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The Blue Ribbon Riders 4-H club will be wearing new T-shirts this year and the T-shirts were designed by their own members.

A design contest was held to decide the new shirts' design for this year. Many entered the contest.

The 4-H members all voted on the designs that they wanted and came up with two winners; one design for both the front and the back of the shirt.

The design that was chosen to be on the front of the T-shirt was designed by Savanna Stoltz, a four-year 4-H member.

Junior Leaders to meet on July 8

The Huntington County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet at Linda Aldridge's home, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 8.

The group will finalize a variety of 4-H Fair details, including assisting with 4-H project judging at Lincoln Elementary and Heritage Hall, the Sunday Worship Service on Sunday, July 25 at Hier's Park, and other responsibilities during the 4-H fair.

Yost makes TU’s Spring Dean’s List

Taylor University recently announced the list of students named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2010.

Among them was senior Emily Yost, of Huntington.

Full-time students are named to the Dean's List when they have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and carry at least 12 credit hours.


Local SWCD has Clean Water Indiana Grant available to use

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District has a Clean Water Indiana Grant available that will provide funding for seeding of cover crops.

The SWCD is promoting the use of cover crops to help reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients entering rivers and streams.

The grant provides an incentive to Huntington County landowners to incorporate river crops into their management plans.

The incentive program is being offered to the first 10 farmers to sign up, who have not used cover crops, with a one-time payment of $400.

Identifying the bunnies

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

On Wednesday, June 30, David Mills and Tammy Rush, 4-H rabbit superintendent, work together to tag and identify rabbits that will be entered into the upcoming 4-H Fair rabbit show. The event will be held on the grounds of Hier's Park.

Baker, Miller to be honored at TinCaps game

Two Huntington County men were recently honored as part of the YWCA's annual 100 Good Men campaign.

John Baker, of Huntington, and Steve Miller, of Warren, will be the guests of the Fort Wayne TinCaps at their home game on July 6 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Baker and Miller will be recognized on the field during a pre-game ceremony.

"100 Good Men" is sponsored by the TinCaps, MarkleBank and Eagles Aerie 3512.


Roush Lake to host JAKES event

The Flint Springs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host a JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) field day, on Saturday, July 10, at Roush Lake.

The event, open to youth ages 10 to 17, will provide an opportunity to experience the outdoors through hands-on learning, fellowship and fun.

Field day activities include learning about hunting, camping, fishing and other conservation-related topics.

For more information, contact Steve Nevius at 356-9341 or visit


Churches want to fill stadium in search of hope

Pastors Dianna Teusch, left, and Jimi Staton are heading up Encounter 2010 – a worship event with the aim to provide hope to Huntington residents on July 8, 9 and 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

A free three-day event next week designed to bring Huntington residents together and find hope, say pastors Jimi Staton, of New Life Fellowship Church, and Dianna Teusch, of First Brethren Church.

Encounter 2010 will be held July 8, 9 and 10 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday - from 7 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. at Huntington North's Kriegbaum Field, and will feature songs, music and worship. Twenty-six churches from the county are involved.

"It's an opportunity to come out and gather as a community and to hear some good, encouraging words ... Life is still good," Staton says.

Duke Energy donates to Huntington County Habitat for Humanity

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jody Kramer (front row, left), engineering office coordinator with Duke Energy, presents a $1,000 check from the local Duke office to Jean Wright (front row, right), executive director of Huntington County Habitat for Humanity. With them are (back row from left) John Bostel, Habitat's construction superintendent, and Karen Hedrick, consumer order worker with Duke.

St. Mary’s graduates include two local students

Two Huntington residents were among the May 2010 graduating class of Saint Mary's College.

Anna Hougendobler, daughter of Jenny and Duane Hougendobler, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Ellen Pfister, daughter of Margie and James Pfister, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

Saint Mary's College is in Notre Dame, IN.


Hunters can sign up to harvest deer on private property as service for landowners and farmers

Starting July 1, deer hunters who want to help landowners or farmers remove excess antlerless deer from private property during the regular deer hunting seasons can sign up on at

Mud Bogging in Andrews

Photo by Andre Laird.

Chris Burnau gets his Ford truck stuck up to the headlights during his run at the Mud Bogging contest on Saturday, June 26. The event was held in Andrews and partly sponsored by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Rolling down the river

Photo by Andre Laird.

Participants in the Canoe and Kayak Race navigate their way down Wabash River, on their way to Lagro. The event was held in conjunction with Lagro Good Ole Days, and the race was sponsored by the festival committee and Lagro Café.

WorkOne official tells commissioners NE Indiana is recovering

"We are seeing that northeast Indiana has reached the recovery phase," said Kathleen Randolph of the WorkOne Northeast during the Huntington County Commissioners' meeting on Monday, June 28, giving the commissioners some good news about the economic downturn.

WorkOne Northeast is an agency funded and backed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that helps employers and employees find one another and provides skills training to potential workers at no cost to the worker.

Randolph and Gary Gatman represented the agency in a report to the commissioners.