Story time sessions begin the week of Feb. 22 at Huntington and Markle libraries

Story Time sessions begin the week of Feb. 22 at both locations of the Huntington City-Township/-Markle Public Library.

The weekly story time sessions are open to children from birth through 7 years at the main library in Huntington.

Those sessions are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 23 and 24.

Children ages 2 through 7 may attend story time sessions at the Markle branch library, which are held on Thursdays beginning on Feb. 25.

Derby winners

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Winners in Cub Scout Pack 3135's Pinewood Derby were (from left) Luke Eckert, second place; Russell Teusch, third place; and Levi Teusch, first place. The contest was held Saturday, Feb. 13, in the St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium, Huntington. All registered Cub Scouts, regardless of pack placing, are eligible to race in the Wabash Valley District Pinewood Derby, to be held March 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. For information, contact Steve Higgins at 710-5637 or

YMCA to host free Family Night

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will hold a free family night on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The pool and gymnasium will be open for use. Family-centered activities throughout the evening will include family water polo, family dodgeball and family quest.

Refreshments will be served.

Family Night is the kick-off event for the YMCA Partners with Youth campaign.

Pre-registration is required by calling the YMCA at 359-9622.


Extension offers money management class

“Where Does Your Money Go?” will be presented by Karen Hinshaw, Purdue Extension educator, in the second floor meeting room of the Courthouse Annex Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1p.m. and Monday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.

Former patients honor pair with PHH Guardian Angel awards

 Mary Wilson, R.N., (left) and Conni Harris-Shoemaker, R.N., nurses at Parkview Huntington, are the first two recipients of the hospital Foundation’s Guardian Angel award.
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Parkview Huntington Hospital employees Mary Wilson, RN, and Conni Harris-Shoemaker, RN, were honored by former Huntington County patients as the first Parkview Huntington Foundation Guardian Angels.

With a gift to the Parkview Huntington Foundation's new Guardian Angel program, former patients as well as patient family members can say "thank you" to the hospital employees or even the departments that provided them with excellent care during their stay at the hospital.

Great ride

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The sun was out, the snow was prime and the friends were together as they rode a pool tube down the hill at Memorial Park on Thursday, Feb. 11. Enjoying the moment are (counterclockwise from left) Mikahla Haston, Hannah Edris and Kayla Campbell.

Area conservation officer Bolt gets honor as district officer of year

Indiana Conservation Officer Erick J. Bolt has been named district officer of the year for 2009 by the conservation officers of District Two.

The district includes the counties of LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Adams and Wells.

Free flu shot clinic to be at Warren Pharmacy on Feb. 22

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a free H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic at the Warren Pharmacy on Monday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The H1N1 flu shot is available to anyone free of charge. The seasonal flu vaccine is not available.

Residents of neighboring counties are welcome.

For questions about vaccinations, call the Health Department at 358-4831.

This service is provided by the Huntington County Health Department.


HU offering homeschoolers phys ed program

Huntington University's Department of Physical Education will again offer a physical education program for elementary-aged homeschooled children this spring.

There will be nine sessions during the University's spring semester. Class time is from 1:15 to 2:05 p.m. in the field house of the university's Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. The dates for the sessions are March 4, 11, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 24; and May 6.

HU to hold SPARK workshop for PE leaders

The Huntington University Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management will host a SPARK workshop on March 5 for physical education teachers.

The workshop will be presented in collaboration with the Indiana School Health Network. SPARK is an acronym for "Sports, Play & Active Recreation for Kids."

Chess champ

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Anthony Johnson (at right, in back) plays a championship chess match against Alex Sereno (at left, in back) on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Johnson won the match to be declared the library's chess champion. The tournament was the culmination of a series of chess lessons at the library under instructor Jack Oberholtzer. Playing in the foreground are James Crago (left) and Adam Wixted (right).

Edward Jones will sponsor Roanoke run/walk

The organizers of the Discover Roanoke 10K/5K run/walk have announced that Edward Jones Investments has agreed to become a major sponsor for the inaugural event, to be held in downtown Roanoke on April 17 at 9 a.m.

The event, which benefits the Roanoke Elementary School PTO, is open to participants of all ages.

Edward Jones joins United REMC and Bippus State Bank as sponsors. Members of the local team of Edward Jones advisors include Jim Ditzler, Chuck Harris, Nichole Johnson, Trent McBride, Jim Scheiber, and Jim Warner.

Pathfinder Services offers free beginning sign language classes

Pathfinder Services Inc. is offering free beginning sign language classes at its Huntington, Wabash and Plymouth offices this month.

The classes are being offered to all Pathfinder employees and to the community.

Class topics include understanding deaf culture, the history of sign language and an introduction to the manual alphabet and basic signs.

Classes are for those who would like to learn basic sign for the first time, or just brush up on their skills.

Productive day

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ivy Tackett, 9, stands next to her product of a snow day on Wednesday, Feb. 10; a nearly seven-foot tall snowman she and her dad, Daniel Tackett, made while enjoying a day without school.

Huntington County 4-H clubs announce this week’s meetings

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service - Huntington County office announces the 4-H calendar of events for Feb. 16 through Feb. 28.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

6 p.m. - The Rifle and Muzzleloader clubs will meet at the Warren Sportsman's Club.

7 p.m. - The 4-Leaf Clovers will meet at the home of the Lahrs.

7 p.m. - There will be a Fair Board meeting in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

7 p.m. - Blue Ribbon Riders meet in Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Colts ‘Thank You’ tour to make stop at Glenbrook Square Mall on Feb. 17

The Indianapolis Colts will present their "Thank You Tour" at Glenbrook Square Mall, 4201 Coldwater Rd. in Fort Wayne, On Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The tour will highlight the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship Trophy.

Other elements of the tour include autograph signings with Colts cheerleaders and Colts alumni players; Blue, the Colts' mascot; a free 2009 recap poster and live music by Dave and Rae.

Alumni players expected to attend include Tarik Glenn and Bernard Whittington.

Brady and Willard will combine talents for recital

Sopranos Ashyln Brady and Anna Willard will present a combined vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Indiana State Police accepting applicants for academy

The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 70th Recruit Academy. Interested individuals may apply online at htm. Applications must be received via e-mail by midnight on Feb. 28.

Dance troupe performs March 6 at Merillat Centre

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform March 6 at Huntington University. Photo provided.
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The Duquesne University Tamburitzans return to the main stage of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on March 6 to present a colorful celebration of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures.

The Tamburitzans is the longest-running live stage show of its kind in the United States. Through a virtual journey filled with color, sound and movement, the ensemble relates the joys of life and the timeless beauty of the many cultures, which it artistically represents.

Purdue economist says tax reform legislation to make govt. units interdependent

Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer explains the effects of property tax reform on governments and taxpayers in Huntington County during an informational session Monday, Feb. 8, at Crestview Middle School.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Balancing a budget used to be so easy.

The state set a maximum levy - a maximum dollar amount that could be raised through property taxes - for each city, town and other taxing unit. The taxing unit would divide the maximum levy by its assessed value and come up with a tax rate.

No more, says Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer, who for nearly two hours on Monday, Feb. 8, delivered a rapid-fire analysis of the twists and turns of the tax reform legislation passed by the Indiana legislature in March 2008.

Markle volunteers to de-trash

A meeting will be held at the Markle Fire Station concerning the de-trashing of the Wabash River on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

The purpose of de-trashing is to clean up the river and preserve the heritage of the Wabash River, and volunteers are needed for the project, say officials of the sponsoring organizations, the Markle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Markle Park Board.

Trash and dead brush will be cleaned up along the banks, with permission from landowners.

Huntington TEA Party to meet at Life Church Friday

The Huntington TEA Party will be having a TEA Party meeting at Life Church on Friday, Feb.12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Featured include:

- Richard Mourdock, Indiana State treasurer, who will speak on the Constitution and a Tribute to Abraham Lincoln.

- Micah Clark of Indiana American Family Association, with his topic "How to Influence Your Legislator", Indiana FairTax.

- Cindy Gamrat "What is the Huntington TEA Party, Political Party or Patriot Group? You Decide."

RMS student Jacobs makes essay finals

Kathleen Jacobs, of Huntington and a student at Riverview Middle School, is among 20 Indiana eighth-graders who have been selected as finalists in an essay contest sponsored by Senator Richard Lugar, Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

A total of 632 students from 42 counties participated in this year's contest.

Huntington North students earn art, writing awards

Scholastic Award winners from Huntington North High School include (from left) seniors Sarah Richison, Tiffany Street and Kelsey Smart, all Gold Key winners.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington North High School Art Department recently announced the 2010 Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition winners from its school.

Gold Key winners include senior Catherine Esch, drawing; senior Patricia Flores, drawing; senior Haley Goodwin, sculpture; senior Sarah Richison, two awards in drawing; senior Kelsey Smart, jewelry.

Sending hope

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Salamonie School students (from left) Amanda Pugh, Bailey Martin, and Tianna Caudill assist Principal Rick Reed in loading medical supplies for delivery to Mission of Hope in Haiti, on Feb. 5. Mission of Hope is an orphanage, hospital, and school in Haiti. Social studies students across the county donated much needed medical supplies to aid the mission.

City trash pickup to change for Presidents Day, Feb. 15

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15.

Monday's trash route will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 16, along with Tuesday's regular trash route.

All items should be out for pickup by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.


City trash pickup to change for Presidents Day, Feb. 15

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15.

Monday's trash route will be collected on Tuesday, Feb. 16, along with Tuesday's regular trash route.

All items should be out for pickup by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

HNHS musicians perform at district ISSMA contest

Forty-six students from Huntington North High School performed in the annual ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) Instrumental Solo and Ensemble District Contest Jan. 30 at Eastbrook High School.

Students performed music in three levels or groups. Group III is intermediate, Group II is advanced and Group I is highly advanced. Ratings are based on the Olympic system - gold, silver and bronze.

Band directors Thaine Campbell and John Gardner report the following results:

Close examination

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Judge Dave Hauser examines a rabbit in the satin class during a Rabbit Show held at Hier's Park on Saturday, Feb. 6. Local 4-H'ers also had the chance to purchase rabbits for this year's 4-H Rabbit Show.

Derek Boone receives Light of Learning award on Feb. 4

Derek Boone, a teacher at Huntington Catholic School, was recognized on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the annual Luncheon in Celebration of Excellence in Catholic Education, where he received his Light of Learning award.

The luncheon was hosted by Quality Dining Inc. at the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott in Fort Wayne. The event was held in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6.

Boone was among 19 Catholic school educators presented with the award, which recognizes positive impacts on Catholic Education in the Fort Wayne area.