Honor from the city

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

John Laatsch (left), respresenting Evangelical United Methodist Church, recieves a certificate from Huntington's volunteer coordinator, Allison Timbrook, during a pizza and pie dinner on Saturday evening, Feb. 7, at Hier's Park honoring individuals and groups for volunteeting their time during the year to work on city projects such as picking up trash and weeding flower beds. The church donated 2,078.12 volunteer hours in 2014, the most of any group.

Rewarding the volunteers

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Coordinator Allison Timbrook (back left) and Mayor Brooks Fetters (back right) talk to the crowd at the pizza and pie dinner Saturday evening, Feb. 7, at Hier's Park honoroing Huntington residents and groups who volunteered their time working on city projects such as picking up trash, weeding flower beds and putting together picnic tables.

Beef tagging and weighing

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Gary Hunnicutt (front) weighs and tags an animal during the 4-H beef project weigh-in and tagging event Saturday, Feb. 7, at Hier's Park.

New endowment to help youth with opportunity to play baseball

Jeff Phillips (left), president of the Huntington County Baseball board of directors, accepts a check for $10,900 to fund the Richard “Dick” Haines Memorial Scholarship. The gift was made by Haines’ family including his widow, Lavonne Haines (seated), and his children (from left) Bill Haines, John Haines and Jo Anne Haines McKinzie. Not pictured is daughter Ricki Haines Roessler. The fund, established with the Huntington County Community Foundation, will provide scholarships to youth unable to pay fees or purchase equipment to play on an HCB team.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A new endowment fund will honor the memory of a man who was integral in the founding of Huntington County Baseball while ensuring that all Huntington County youth have the opportunity to play the game.

The family of Richard “Dick” Haines has established an endowment fund through the Huntington County Community Foundation to provide scholarships for youth whose families would otherwise find it difficult to pay fees and purchase equipment to play in the league.

Cutting the ribbon to fitness

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Owners, staff members, ambassadors from the Warren and Huntington chambers and others celebrate the official opening of Warren Health and Fitness with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Jan. 30.

Birthing Center nurses honored for certifications

Parkview Huntington Hospital held a celebration on Thursday, Jan. 29, to honor six registered nurses from its Family Birthing Center who have earned the inpatient obstetric nursing certification. Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Family Birthing Center nurses Abigail Vanderpool and Marcy Faurote; and (standing, from left) Jenny Dohrman, inpatient manager at PHH; birthing center nurses Pamela Sprowl and Kari Zollinger; Judy Boeger, senior vice president and chief nursing executive for Parkview Health; Angela Lehman, certified lactation specialist in the PHH birthing center; birthing center nurse Angela Skinner; Doug Selig, vice president of patient care services at PHH; and PHH President Juli Johnson. Not pictured is birthing center nurse Shari Reust.
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Parkview Huntington Hospital has honored six of its nurses for receiving inpatient obstetrics nursing certification from the National Certification Corporation.

Registered nurses earning the certification are Marcy Faurote, Angela Skinner, Kari Zollinger, Abigail Vanderpool, Shari Reust and Pamela Sprowl.

To earn the certification, nurses must have completed two years of practice in the field, must have worked a minimum of 2,000 hours  and must pass a national examination.

After passing the exam, each nurse must pursue continuing education on select topics.

Red Cross lists three upcoming blood drives in February

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February.

Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping their blood donation appointments. Healthy and diverse blood donors are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Optimist donation

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Ruth Marsh (right), president of the Huntington Optimist Club, and Optimist Club treasurer Paula Whiting (left) present Mandy Reber, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, with a check for $10,000. The money will go toward the Boys & Girls Club’s new facility. Construction on the new building has already begun behind the club’s current location.

Donation towards community education

Photo by Joni Knott.

Lake City Bank presents the Learning Center Development Team with a check for $1,000 on Friday, Jan. 30, to be put towards the launch of the Huntington County Community Learning Center. Attending the presentation are (from left) member of the Learning Center Development Team Ed Vessels, Learning Center Director Tiffanney Drummond, Paula Whiting of Lake City Bank, and United Way of Huntington County Executive Director Jenna Strick.

Teen dating violence awareness month

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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters signs a proclamation declaring February 2015 to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, while surrounded by domestic violence awareness advocates from YWCA Northeast Indiana on Friday, Jan. 30. Pictured (from left) are Intern Katelyn Jackson, Community Education Coordinator Jennifer Rohlf, Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, Family Case Manager Brenna Riley and Director of Community Programs Arika App.

HU’s Smith to lecture on Gracey

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Tim Smith.

Dr. Tim Smith, associate professor of history at Huntington University, will give a lecture titled “Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? General Gracey in Asia 1942-51” for Huntington University’s Centre for Non-Western Studies.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Conference Room of HU’s RichLyn Library.

Naturalist classes now forming at Salamonie I C

Become an Indiana Master Naturalist through classes at Salamonie Interpretive Center, March 19 through May 7.

Classes will be Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the exception of one Tuesday evening and one Saturday morning class. Students must be age 18 or older.

Students will learn about wetlands, astronomy, mammals, birds, spiders, geology and soils, wildflowers and forestry.

Participants must attend the March 19 orientation. Students must attend no less than eight of the nine sessions, complete a final exam and 30 volunteer hours to obtain the IMN certification.

Roanoke Kiwanis cooks up fish fry

The Roanoke Kiwanis Club will host its annual Fish Fry  on Feb. 27 at the Roanoke American Legion at 1122 N. Main St., in Roanoke.

All-you-can-eat fish, French fries and cole slaw will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be a discount for tickets sold before the dinner. For tickets, contact a Kiwanis member at 494-2651.

Cowboy supper Feb. 28

Horse enthusiasts can share a meal with others at the Cowboy Gathering at Salamonie Lake on Feb. 28.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center and includes supper and a program on Grand Canyon mules.

Participants should bring their table service. Donations will be accepted. Advance registration is required. Space is limited. Register by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 468-2127.

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services ( uwis) is located at 3691 S. New Holland Rd., Andrews.

First Farmers Bank notes 4Q activity

First Farmers Financial Corp. (OTCQB: FFMR), parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., announced earnings of $3.9 million, or $1.10 per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014, compared with $3.8 million, or $1.07 per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2013. The company’s net income for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, increased 2.6 percent to a record $16.2 million, or $4.55 per share, from $15.8 million, or $4.44 per share for 2013.