Community

Local Walgreens now has H1N1 vaccines for public

Walgreens stores in ten counties, including Huntington County, are now offering the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to anyone in the general public age nine and older.
Priority group vaccination restrictions were recently lifted by the Indiana Department of Health.

The vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis and by appointment. Pharmacy hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A shorter wait time is likely between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., when two pharmacists are on duty.

EXCEL to hold open house on Jan. 6

Huntington University's EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

This free event is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree through the EXCEL program. Carrie Hoffman, admissions consultant, will be on hand to answer questions.

2010 Area XI beef meeting to be held on Jan. 6

Producers can get a head start for calving season by listening to advice from an area expert.

The 2010 Area XI beef meeting, hosted by the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) and Purdue University Exten-sion, will take place on Jan. 6. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Columbia City at the Eagle's Nest on 125 S. Glen Trail.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum to host farm show Jan. 12-14

The 2010 Fort Wayne Farm Show will provide farmers and producers with an update on agriculture issues and the newest equipment and technology available to them.

The show will be held Jan. 12-14 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

The farm show features both a trade show and educational sessions presented by Purdue Extension and the Northeastern Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Session topics include grain and livestock marketing, climate, wind farming, future challenges for agriculture, niche markets and pond management.

Sign of the season


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Grace Driscoll and her dad Mark share a sled ride together down a hill at Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23. It was the first day of winter break for Huntington schools.

HU making program cuts in response to 'gloomy' economy

Huntington University will suspend two academic programs, reduce its faculty by one, and cut five staff positions as it responds to what it calls "gloomy economic conditions."

The master of arts in ministry leadership program and the undergraduate major in Spanish will both be suspended in 2010, the university has announced.
Enrollment in both programs is small, HU spokesmen say.

Three currently vacant staff positions will be eliminated and the school will delay filling two other positions for up to three years.

PHH awards $66,500 in grants

Parkview Huntington Hospital has chosen four nonprofit organizations in Huntington County to partner with to improve the health of the community.
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$66,500 to four nonprofit organizations in Huntington County.

The grants, made from the hospital's Community Health Improvement funds for 2010, went to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, Community and Family Services, United Way of Huntington County and Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County.

The organizations were selected on the basis of their ability to work collaboratively and proactively to improve the health of the community.

Neighborhood asssociation to meet Jan. 5

The Northeast Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Trinity United Methodist Church, at the corner of Guilford and Market Streets in Huntington.

The neighbors ask those attending to bring a list of what improvements or changes they would like to see within the neighborhood so that the items can be discussed.

Contact Marla Stambazze at the Department of Community Development with any questions at 358-4836, 201 N. Jefferson St., Room 204.

 

Red Cross asks citizens to put blood donation on resolutions list

While many New Years resolutions go by the wayside, one resolution can last a lifetime: donating blood.

"When you resolve to donate blood in the coming year, you're committing to something that can help change lives - including your own," says Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

A single whole blood donation may help save the lives of up to three people, and may be given through Red Cross blood drives at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and other organizations.

County coroner remonds public unneeded drugs can be dropped off at two locations in county

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt reminds the citizens of Huntington County that their unneeded prescription medications can be properly disposed off at two locations withing the county -- the Huntington County Jail or the county health department.
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Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt reminds area residents that unneeded prescription medications may be disposed of at two locations in Huntington County.

Hurlburt says the medications may be dropped off at the Huntington County Jail or the Huntington County Health Department Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A third drop-off site may be added in the future, Hurlburt says.

Hurlburt says Huntington County residents have dropped off hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prescriptions at the two locations over the past year.

Huntington BZA to consider trio of requests at its next meeting on Jan. 4

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will consider three requests when it meets on Monday, Jan. 4.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held in the council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

Items on the agenda include:

• A request by Prudence Shumm to allow three additional cats over the per-household limit. She would have a total of two dogs and six cats on property at 655 Salamonie Ave.

Wrestling club donates to Varsity Singers

The Huntington County Wrestling Club has made a $2,500 donation to the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers, Wrestling Club spokesman Andy Eckert told members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees during their meeting Monday night, Dec. 21.

Eckert explained the amount of the donation is the average cost to rent out the high school's facilities for a weekend event.

North Central Co-op, Land O'Lakes make gift to local Salvation Army

Scott Hoffman (left), of North Central Co-op, presents a check to Huntington Salvation Army Capt. Tim Sell on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Recognizing that many food pantries are feeling the stress of the current economic conditions in the area, North Central Co-op in conjunction with one of its major suppliers, Land O'Lakes, will be donating $27,500 to assist food pantries within the North Central Co-op (NCC) trade area.

Pathfinder seeks volunteers to hlep with tax prep

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will provide free tax preparation assistance to people with low-to-moderate income this year.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, provides tax credits to working adults and families with low or moderate incomes. Money can be used to pay down debts, buy items of family needs, or can be saved for the future.

Hearing is Tuesday on Hillside grant application

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. on a proposal by Hillside Shooting Sports to apply for a grant through the Department of Natural Resources.

The grant, in the amount of $100,000, would be used to construct a pistol and rifle range as part of the facility, says James Woods, spokesman for Hillside. If the grant is received, he says, the pistol and rifle range would be open to the public with an admission charge.

Hillside is located at 7870 N. Mayne Rd., Roanoke. The hearing will be held at the Hillside clubhouse and is open to the public.

LAC recognizes four Huntington North students

LaFontaine Arts Council Artists of the Month for December are (front row from left) Jessica Stahly, Alex Rader and Patricia Flores and (not pictured) Tyler Miller.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The LaFontaine Arts Council has honored four Huntington North High School students as Artists of the Month for December.

Winning speeches

Austin Hildman and Hartley Geyer (second from left and third from left, respectively, in the front row) were winners in the Voice of Democracy speech contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. With them are Post Commander Dale Howell (left), Voice of Democracy Chairman Jerry Walling (second row) and Auxiliary President Lois Hall. The VFW also sponsored the Patriots Pen program, with Mary Simms presenting the winning speech. Runners-up were Conner Kreider and Abigail Henderson.

Huntington PAL Coub receives $1,000 grant to fund equipment and uniforms for football program

The Huntington Police Athletic League (PAL) has received a football equipment grant from USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, among other Indiana groups.

The $1,000 grant packages include a variety of football equipment and uniform options.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL - a first in the league's history. The nonprofit will be awarding $1 million in equipment grants o more than 800 football programs in the US for the 2010 season.

Bookworm now handicap accessible thanks to Amramp

Tracey Shafer, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, tests the new ramp for the corporation’s Bookworm.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Instructional Services Center Bookworm has been ramped up by Amramp, Pathfinder Services' newest division.
The ramp was donated to the mobile library for use by children in wheelchairs, who can now be pushed up into the Bookworm.

Amramp officials also say carts full of books can now make the trek up into the library on wheels.

The presentation was made on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Salamonie Interpretive Center to be open New Year's

Salamonie Reservoir's Interpretive Nature Center will be open every day, including New Year's Day, this holiday season. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Annual entrance passes, DNR lake permits and annual horse tags for 2010 are available at the center.
The center features exhibits, floor to ceiling windows in the wildlife viewing area and staff on hand to answer questions. It is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Ind.-105 in western Huntington County.

Visit www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more information about the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.

Reading with a friend


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Riverview Middle School eighth-grader Matt Morrett reads to Carter MacDonald, a first-grader at Horace Mann Elementary, on Dec. 15. Students from Melanie Park's class enhanced their reading skills by collaborating with first-graders in Diana Farthing's class at Horace Mann. The older students encouraged the reading buddies to discover the joy of reading and read Christmas-themed books as well as letters written to Santa by the first-graders.

HU social work students team with United Way to push 2-1-1

Huntington University social work students are working with the Huntington County United Way to publicize the 2-1-1 phone number that can be called for information about everyday needs.
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Huntington University social work students are working hand-in-hand with the United Way to draw attention to a little-known source of help.

On Dec. 9, the senior social work majors involved in Carla MacDonald's social work practice III class presented their findings to community leaders concerning their partner-ship with the Huntington County United Way to help spread the word about the 2-1-1 phone information service.

VFW honors Shearer as top firefighter

Gregory S. Shearer was honored by VFW Post 2689 as Firefighter of the Year. Pictured are (from left) Post Commander Dale Howell; Jerry Walling, chairman of the Firefighter of the Year program; Shearer; and Lois Hall, auxiliary president.
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Gregory Shearer was honored as Firefighter of the Year by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. The honor was presented Dec. 9 at the Post home.

Shearer joined the Huntington Fire Department in April 1994. He is certified as a firefighter second class, firefighter first class, first responder, master level in strategy and tactics, and operations level and technician level in hazardous materials.

Transwheel to expand its local operations

Transwheel Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of replacement wheels for the automotive aftermarket, announced Dec. 16 that it will expand its operations in Huntingon, creating up to 65 new jobs by 2011.

The company, which is the largest domestic source for replacement wheels and wheel covers to body shops, tire stores and wheel distributors, will invest more than $2.2 mil-lion to consolidate its Huntington area and Michigan manufacturing and distribution operations into an existing 155,000-square-foot facility in Huntington.

HNHS attains 'Best Buy' status


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The faculty and staff at Huntington North High School have once again demonstrated their ability to do more with less.

For the first time since 2006, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named HNHS one of the state's "Best Buy" schools - schools that organization says "give taxpayers the best educational outcomes for their money."
"As far as I'm concerned, the school's not just a best buy," HNHS Principal Jeremy Gulley says. "It's a good investment."

In appreciation


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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 presented a certificate of appreciation to the Burger King franchise in Huntington in recognition of the restaurant's participation in the VFW Unmet Needs program for military personnel. Pictured are (from left) VFW Quartermaster Leslie Ackerman, VFW Chaplain and Program Chairman Jerry Walling, Burger King Manager Janice Brunnmeier, VFW Past Commander and Huntington County Veterans Service Officer Bruce Stanton and VFW Senior Vice Commander Mike Smith.

Help for Habitat


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Steve Miller (left) receives a donation from Mark Sell of Sell Chiropractic, on Monday, Dec. 14. The donation, for $340, will be put into Habitat's general operating fund.

4-H Beef ID Day is Jan. 9 for all beef steer and heifer entries

Huntington County will hold its 4-H Beef Identification Day on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the cattle barns at Hier's Park in Huntington.

All 4-H members planning to exhibit beef steers or non-registered breeding heifers must bring their animals for weighing, identification and ear-tagging between 9 a.m. and noon on that Saturday.

Huntington firefighters to show appreciation for support with dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 23

Huntington firemen Mike Burnsworth (left) and Kevin Closeprepare chicken for a community dinner on Dec. 23. All Huntington residents are invited to the free event, which is a show of appreciation by the firefighters for community sup
Photo by Matt Murphy.

Huntington firefighters are hosting a chicken-and-noodle and beef-and-noodle dinner for the community on Wednesday, Dec. 23, to show their appreciation for community support in light of recent budget cuts.

"It's a way to thank the community for supporting us with the signs," says firefighter Mike Burnsworth. "Things are hard right now, and we want to give back to the community."

Mural painter Fettinger earns historical society's Miller award

Mark Anson (left), outgoing president of the Huntington County Historical Society, presents the Virginia Miller Award to Robert Fettinger during the society’s holiday meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington resident Robert Fettinger, whose mural of a long-ago downtown Huntington graces the wall of the Huntington County Historical Museum, received the Huntington County Historical Society's 2009 Virginia Miller Award on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The award is presented annually to presented to an individual who has helped preserve some aspect of Huntington County history. It is named in honor of the first recipient, whose efforts to preserve Huntington County history led to the creation of the museum's 1835 model village.

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