Messy work

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School students Brittaney Notestine and Tyler Houser (foreground) work together to clear up debris in the basement of the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 14. As part of a United Way event, students had a work day where they helped out at the courthouse, City Building and Huntington's old opera house.

Three agencies to again use teamwork to aid local needy in holiday season

Love In the Name of Christ, The Salvation Army of Huntington County and Huntington County Toys for Tots will again work together as a Christmas clearinghouse to assist needy families and individuals this holiday season.

The Salvation Army will be taking applications from those families who are in need at its facility, 1424 E. Market St., Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2-6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all days.

Vedndors are need for annual holiday craft show at KBC in Warren

Vendors are needed for the annual holiday craft show to be held at the Knight-Bergman Center in Warren on Nov. 21.

Any type of craft, homemade goods, "shabby chic" or other forms are allowed. The show, however, is not open to commercial vendors.

New this year will be farmers' market items.

For more information call 375-2436.


HU Fall Work Day

Photo by Matt Murphy.

A group of Huntington University students from Wright Hall work to replace a roof at the home of Aloralee and Donald Bromley on Frederick Street in Huntington on Saturday morning, Oct. 10. The young men were part of HU's Fall Work Day, in which students from around the campus perform service projects throughout Huntington County.

YSB to hold dining fund-raiser at Applebee's

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is hosting a "Dine to Donate" fundraiser at Applebee's of Huntington on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

"The agency will receive 15 percent of all sales during this time. Supporters must have an accompanying coupon for the proceeds to be received," says Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau.

Honored arrival

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Gene Snowden, one of two men for whom Lake Sno-Tip at Huntington University is named, arrives by helicopter on Saturday, Oct. 10, for the lake's birthday celebration. Snowden served as the guest of honor at the event,

4-H judges workshop on Nov. 7 in Fort Wayne

Adults interested in learning how to become 4-H project judges at county 4-H fairs are invited to attend the Northeast Indiana 4-H Judges Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The event will be held at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, located at 8611 Mayhew Rd. in Fort Wayne.

The workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. A general session at 9 a.m. will explain the philosophy of judging 4-H projects, working with youth during the judging process and understanding project rules.

Saying thanks

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Huntington Firefighter Travis Monsey, who works out of the Etna Avenue fire station, helps himself to breakfast Thursday, Oct. 8, at Parkview Huntington Hospital. The hospital hosted the breakfast for Huntington County firefighters during National Fire Prevention Week as a way to thank them for their dedication and hard work in providing professional emergency services to the community.

Abbott completes Air Force training

Austin Abbott.
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Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Austin J. Abbott recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

Abbott completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Party music

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The band Laced with Grace of the Markle United Methodist Church performs during the church's community block party Saturday, Oct.10, in downtown Markle. The party included food and games in addition to the music.

Roanoke Kiwanians are collecting pop can tabs

The Roanoke Kiwanis Club is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

In recent years, the club went to Indianapolis to prepare and serve breakfast to family members who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being treated at Riley Hospital. The club decided that this year, it would collect pop tabs instead.

The price of the tabs ranges from 40 cents to 80 cents per pound. In 2008, $78,000 was raised for the house. The club's goal is to collect one million tabs, which is equivalent to 1000 pounds.

Seniors will hear Leist explain fitness options offered at Huntngton YMCA

AARP Chapter 2175 will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the LaFontaine Center.

The featured speaker will be Lisa Leist of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, who will talk about a new program being offered to seniors at the "Y" pertaining to nutrition and exercise. Leist will also discuss some of the important foods that are needed in a daily diet and will include a discussion on the kinds of exercise that best benefits seniors.

Women's Day Away set at Nictory Noll Center

Victory Noll Center is offering an "Intergenerational Women's Day Away," a program for women of all ages.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Victory Noll, which is located at 1900 W. Park Drive in Huntington.

Women are encouraged to gather with mothers, grandmothers, daughters, nieces, aunts, sisters or just friends for the day. This year's program will explore stories of women who have made a difference and discover how individuals have made a difference in each other's lives.

Angel Tree host sites sought

Karing for Kids' annual Christmas Angel Tree Project will return to Huntington County for the second year and Wells County for the seventh year.

"The trees will be in the hosted locations beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10," says Rhonda O'Reilly, president of Karing for Kids Inc. "Currently we have 30 locations that have agreed to host one of our trees. We are looking for other businesses or churches that would like to host a tree. The more locations there are, the easier for the community to get involved."

Kids Kampus offering 'Dinner to Go'

Kids Kampus will be having a Take-N-Bake "Dinner to Go" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon until 2 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 500 MacGahan St. in Huntington.

The child care center is offering Take-N-Bake Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce, Baked Ziti with Marinara Sauce and Penne with Butter and Cheese. Each meal serves six to eight people and comes with ten breadsticks.

The cost per meal varies. All orders must be received at Kids Kampus by Wednesday, Oct. 21.

YMCA co-ed volleyball registration on now

Registration for the YMCA's co-ed volleyball league will continue through Oct. 28.

The league lasts seven weeks, starting Oct. 29 and running through Dec. 18. All teams will play every Thursday or Friday, between 8 and 10 p.m., and matches will be best of three, with rally scoring to 25 points.

A double elimination tournament will be held at the end of the season with the date to be announced.

There is a cost per team and team captains are responsible for collecting player.

'Hoosier Heroes' scholarships now available

"Hoosier Heroes," a program of Indiana Dollars for Scholars, is an opportunity for Indiana high school juniors and seniors to win one of 10 $2,000 college scholarships while honoring a Hoosier who has had a significant impact on their life.

Hayes graduates from basic

Army Reserve Pfc. Justin T. Hayes has graduated from basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.

He is the son of Joe Hayes, of Markle. He is a 2009 graduate of Huntington North High School.

Miss Huntington 2010

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Lauren Petersen, of Bluffton, waves during her walk of fame after being crowned 2010 Miss Huntington Sunday afternoon, Oct. 11 at the Huntington North High School Auditorium. Petersen is a junior at Ball State University.

Seeking veterans for special Vets' Day honors

Making plans for a Veterans Day service are (seated from left) Jerry Helms, Dave Ritenour, Bruce Stanton, Dale Howell and Rodney Funk; and (standing from left) John Decker and Jerry Walling.
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Two groups of veterans who served during World War II, as well as veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, are eligible for special recognition during this year's Huntington County Veterans Day program.

The program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene. Veterans who qualify for the recognition must register in advance by contacting the Huntington County Veterans Service Office.
Groups of veterans eligible for special recognition include:

Stretch of Wabash River could become healthier by releasing reservoir water

A stretch of the Wabash River through northern Indiana could become significantly healthier in just a few short years by releasing water from reservoirs to simulate heavy rains, says a Ball State University professor.

Mark Pyron, a biology professor and staff member of Ball State's Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Center, is participating in a project that will modify reservoir operations of the Roush, Salamonie and Mississinewa reservoirs next fall in order to partially restore the watershed's natural water flow.

Property taxes due on Nov. 10

Huntington County fall property taxes are due on Tuesday, Nov. 10, County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton has announced.

Taxes can be paid at most banks in Huntington County or at the Treasurer's Office in Room 104 of the Courthouse. Hours for the Treasurer's Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Spooky tales with a historical flavor

John Purcell will portray a schoolteacher telling spooky tales during the “Ghost Walk.”  The event is sponsored and will be held at the Forks of Wabash Historic Park on Oct. 24.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Spooky tales with a historical flavor will abound during the Ghost Walk at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park.
The fourth annual event will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

Small groups will be sent out every 15 minutes, with the last group scheduled to go out at 8:15 p.m. Reservations are suggested and should be made by calling 356-1903.

Roanoke benefit for trooper's child on Oct. 24

A benefit will be held Oct. 24 in Roanoke to help an Indiana state trooper whose daughter has brain cancer.

All of the money raised will go directly to the family of State Trooper Sean Swaim to help with expenses associated with his daughter Reagan's medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

A hog roast will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m., along with a silent auction.

Deadline for scarecrow and chili contests to be held in Warren is Oct. 23

The deadline for registering to enter the scarecrow and chili contests to be held as part of Warren's Scarecrow Festival is Friday, Oct. 23.

Registration forms for both contests are available at National City Bank, MarkleBank, Bolinger's Propane and Warren Service and Supply, the Town Hall and East of Chicago Pizza, all in Warren.

HU grad school opens counseling center

Graduate counseling students Joel Harris, Kellie Woll, Lisa Wanner, Angie Hinton, Kyna Johnson, Carole Brace and Katie Razor (counterclockwise from right)  along with Dr. Jerry Davis meet in the waiting room of the new LifeSpring Counseling Center.
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The Huntington University Graduate School has opened LifeSpring Counseling Center, a free counseling clinic on the university's campus.

The clinic is staffed by students in the graduate school's master of arts in counseling program and supervised by the program's director, Dr. Jerry E. Davis.

LifeSpring Counseling Center accepts donations, but the counseling sessions are free. The hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The counseling center is open to the public and serves individuals, couples, families and children.

Hispanic outreach advocate to address violence

The Council Against Domestic Violence will host Patricia Liberto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Huntington County Sheriff's Department, second floor.

Liberto is a Hispanic outreach advocate from the YWCA in Fort Wayne. Her one-hour program on domestic violence and the Hispanic culture will be titled "How to Approach without Offending."

Living rosary

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Members of the Huntington Knights of Columbus council form a living rosary near the grotto at St. Mary Catholic Church on Sunday, Oct. 4, gathering around a memorial to all unborn children whose lives were ended by abortion. From left are Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus members Joe Rakoczy and Brent Stanley; Rev. John Pfister, pastor of St. Mary Church, who led the prayer; and Fourth Degree members Jack Mettler, Bruce Van Gilder and Jeffry Young. Members of St. Mary and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic churches in Huntington and St.

Mature voices sought to fill out chorus for 'Messiah'

For 54 years, Huntington has treated itself to a community performance of Handel's "Messiah."

Over the past few years, though, the community has slipped away, leaving the musical responsibilities largely in the hands of Huntington University.

This year, the 55th year for the performance, coordinators George Killian and Sue Nunemaker want to bring the community back.

"We'd like to have more community people in the chorus," Nunemaker says.

Job's Daughters Week

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike (seated) Signed a proclamation on Thursday, Oct. 8, designating Oct. 11-17 as Job's Daughters Week in Huntington. With him are (from left) Cheyenne LaVine, marshall of Job's Daughters; Tiffany Dimond, honored queen of Job's Daughters; Denna Dimond, bethel guardian and worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star; Les Howe, master of the lodge; and Taylor Feller, guide for Job's Daughters. Job's Daughters is an organization for young women.