Knights, parishioners honor lolcal Catholic priests

Local Catholic priests were honored during a dinner March 6 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Dillon Council 1014 in Huntington.
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The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Dillon Council 1014 hosted a dinner honoring Huntington County priests on March 6 in observance of the "Year of the Priest" as declared by Pope Benedict XVI.

The event was held in Rieder Auditorium at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Huntington and was attended by 150 members of the Knights; parishioners at SS Peter and Paul, St. Mary, St. Joseph and St. Catherine of Alexandria; and other guests.

EXPO to offer food booths, entertainment

Bob Zahm, of Huntington Heating and Cooling, the electricity chairman for the Huntington County EXPO, sets booth placements for the event, to be held Saturday and Sunday,  March 20 and 21, at the Merillat fieldhouse at Huntington University.
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Four food booths and two days' worth of stage entertainment await visitors to the Huntington County EXPO on Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21.

Food offerings will be by the American Business Women's Association Forks of the Wabash Chapter, Nick's Kitchen and Zesto, all of Huntington, and Sweet Cinnsations, of Roanoke.

The ABWA booth will have different features on each day. On Saturday the group will be serving Nelson's Chicken, ribs and potatoes. The Sunday menu will be Pizza Hut pizza.

Ag Day a vital part of HC’s revenue

Did you know that Huntington County ranks in the top 25 percent of counties for agricultural products sold in Indiana (23rd of 92 counties)?

The most recent U.S. Census of Agriculture (2007) reports the total value of Huntington County ag products sold was $122,410,000.

Agriculture is important to our local economy. Many people are employed in farm or farm-related jobs, including production agriculture, farm inputs, processing and marketing and wholesale and retail sales.

Work under way to curb erosion at Roush Lake

These concrete bricks will be used to stop the erosion problem at Roush Lake on the north and south downstream sides. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently in charge of the project.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at J.E. Roush Lake is currently installing articulated concrete block mats that will serve as erosion protection on the north and south downstream slopes of J.E. Roush Dam adjacent to the spillway.

While contractors are working in the area, the parking lot in Arrowhead South Recreation Area will remain closed to the public. Work is scheduled to be complete by May 31, 2010. Arrowhead North will remain open to the public, and visitors can park in that area to gain access to the Wabash River.

Applications being taken for HELP scholarship in memory of John Decker

Huntington County HELP, Inc. for Disabled Citizens will award a scholarship in memory of the late board member John Decker.

The John Decker Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to a Huntington county resident who is a high school senior or a student enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in post high school studies who has or has had a physical or learning disability.

Disability must be documented with an IEP, a client of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or a physician's letter.

Dog club to offer shot clinic

The Huntington 4-H Canine Capers club will hold a fundraising vaccination clinic on April 10 from 2 to 6 p.m, in Heritage Hall at Hier's Park.

This clinic is for dogs only and is sponsored by Riverside Veterinary Clinic.

Vaccinations and services being offered are the first year rabies shot, DHLPPC (a recommended yearly vaccination), a limited amount of bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine, heartworm tests and nail trims.

Cash only will be accepted.

Swine Boosters to hold next meeting March 22

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the 4-H Community Building, Hier's Park.

The agenda includes an update on the 4-H Fair pork tent, a review of 4-H Fair rules for the swine project, Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) youth training and other business.

For more information, call 358-4826.


Game Day at LaFontaine Center

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Louise Moore (right) and Madonna Robbins (left) play bingo at the LaFontaine Center's community game day on Monday, March 8. The day was planned to get local residents acquainted with the LaFontaine Center.

Salamonie campers to study trees

Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to Salamonie Reservoir's "Treemendous Trees" day camps for three days, March 23-25, or April 7-9.

Each day includes a variety of activities from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Both camps programs are identical.

Participants will study trees from crown to roots. They'll learn about controlled burns, identify trees, meet a DNR forester and learn about his or her work, come face to face with animals that live in trees, and more. Activities are both indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather.

Forks gets grant from DEKKO Foundation for building project

The Forks of the Wabash Historic Park received a $20,000 matching grant for its 1,500 square-foot addition.
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The Historic Forks of the Wabash Inc., of Huntington, has been awarded a matching grant from DEKKO Foundation worth up to $20,000 for a building addition at the Forks.

Any building contributions received between Dec. 8, 2009, and July 1, 2010, will be matched dollar for dollar.

The addition is roughly 1,500 square feet and will include a new entryway for tours, a larger gift shop for fund raising purposes, an archive storage room, and a large meeting room that can house about 175 people. The office will move into the current gift shop for more room as well.

Young to give program on GAR Room

Huntington County history buff Gib Young will present a free program on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

G.A.R. stands for Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union veterans of the Civil War.
It was not uncommon for county courthouses to set aside rooms for their G.A.R. organizations. The G.A.R. was dissolved after the death of its last member in 1956.

Young is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a successor to the G.A.R.

Huntington County Community Foundation opens Pyle Grant applications

The Huntington County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Stephanie A. Pyle "Spirit of the Community" Fund grant.

The grant will be awarded to not-for-profit charitable purposes that will keep Pyle's passion for community service alive in Huntington County.

Not-for-profit organizations and applicants with a not-for-profit as a fiscal agent may apply for the grant.

Applications must be received at the HCCF office by April 12. Awards will be announced after May 6.

‘Beat the Blahs’ at the Salamonie Interpretive Center

Salamonie Interpretive Center will hold its second "Beat the Winter Blahs" session on March 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The program features the chance to view numerous wildlife species through the bird window, wood carving, crafting with fleece and card games.

For more information, call 468-2127 or visit

The center is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Ind.-105 in western Huntington County.


Bellamy to present program on French influence in local history at historical museum open meet

Cindy (left) and Randy Bellamy are dressed in pre-Revolutionary War era garb. Randy Bellamy, who portrays a French trader, will speak at a Huntington County Historical Society program on March 16 about the French influence in Huntington County.
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On Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m., the Huntington Historical Museum will hold an open meeting.

Randy Bellamy, dressed as a pre-Revolutionary War era French fur trader, will present a program on French influence in Huntington County.

Bellamy and his friends have been French re-enactors for 17 years, traveling to festivals in Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Upcoming programs include Joe Krom presenting, "William Wells at the Forks of the Wabash," on May 18.
The museum is located at 315 Court St.


Huntington University announces new bachelor’s degree in marketing to start this coming autumn

Huntington University is offering a new Bachelor of Science in marketing degree beginning this fall.

The marketing degree will be offered through the university's business and economics department. Classes will focus on the principles of marketing, salesmanship, market research, consumer behavior, business communication, financial management and advertising and promotion. Enrollment is currently under way.

Extension office announces 4-H calendar of events for March 15-18

Purdue Extension Cooperative Extension - Huntington County Office announces it 4-H calendar of events for the week of Monday, March 15.

They are:

Monday, March 15
6 p.m. - Canine Capers. Community Building, Hier's Park.

7 p.m. - Tractor Club meets at Koenig Equipment.

Tuesday, March 16
6 p.m. - Shotgun, Family Living Building, Hier's Park.

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

6 p.m. - Radio Control Driving. Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

Gately will sign books, lead retreat at Victory Noll Center

Edwina Gately

Internationally-known speaker, writer, advocate, poet and mother Edwina Gateley will bring her message to Victory Noll Center with a pair of events in April.

On Friday, April 23, Gateley will be on hand for a gathering and book-signing of her new book, "In God's Womb: A Spiritual Memoir." On Saturday, April 24, she will lead a day-long retreat, "In God's Womb: Your Soul Journey With God."

HU professor will present piano recital on March 23

Dr. Patricia Spedden, professor of music at Huntington University, will present a piano recital on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Center for the Arts.

The recital will feature piano arrangements from her two CD recordings - classical works blended with hymns and praise songs - against a backdrop of visual images and nature sounds.

Shaping the future

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Mike Gibson, a State Farm agent from Roanoke, speaks during the Huntington County Regional Vision 2020 meeting on Tuesday, March 9, at Huntington University's Habecker Dining Commons. Community leaders present were split into five groups for each of the Northeast Indiana Foundation's pillars - Quality of Place, 21st Century Talent, Infrastructure, Competitive Business Climate and Entrepreneurship. The purpose of the meeting was to develop a vision aimed at shaping the vitality of the regional economy.

Warren church sends pastor into retirement

Gerald Moreland (right) and his wife Ruth celebrate Moreland’s retirement on Jan. 10 from the Warren Church of Christ after a 45-year career as a pastor in Ohio, Markle and Warren. He is now a chaplain for Heritage Pointe.
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On Jan. 10, a secret operation - codenamed "G-ment" - was conducted at the Warren Church of Christ to celebrate the 45-year career of the church's pastor, Gerald Moreland.

The event, short for "Gerald's retirement," was planned by numerous people, including his wife Ruth. The couple's four children - Rachel, Angela, Sarah and Luke - along with four guests spoke of Moreland during his last service, which drew an estimated 280 people. That is almost double the average Sunday attendance of 150.

When Moreland first went to Warren six years ago, he says the number was 50.

Explaining the rules

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington University students Curt Sanders (left) and Melissa Hicks go over the rules of "Capture the Continents" to a group of second and third grade homeschool students on Thursday, March 11. The activity, held at the university's fieldhouse, was part of physical education class for elementary-aged students.

School board votes to reduce members’ pay

At the request of Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees President Kevin Patrick, the board unanimously approved a reduction of their compensation during their meeting on Monday, March 8.

The reduction includes a 10 percent cut to the yearly stipend of $2,000 given to each board member and a reduction from $112 to $100 for each special meeting attended by a member.

The new figures are effective April 1.

Former Huntington County business owner offers free prom dresses

High School girls in Huntington County have a chance to look great for prom night, for free.

Sue Mygrant, the former owner of Wedding Rentals and More, has 75 prom dresses she wants to give away to local high schoolers.

"I didn't know what else to do with them," Mygrant says. "There are people out there struggling to make it, and I wanted to help out the community."

Good Citizen Award

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Taylor Phillip Allred (fourth from left) recently received the Good Citizen Award from the Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. With him are (from left) his father, Tom Allred; DAR State Regent Martha Barnhart; local Regent Alice Stickler; Taylor Allred; his mother, Cindy Allred; and local DAR historian Jean Kaltenmark.

Salamonie School PROS group to hold fund-raising carnival

The Salamonie School PROS will be holding their bi-annual carnival on Friday, March 26. A supper will be held from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. The games will start promptly at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m.

The supper will consist of walking tacos, nachos, hot dogs, chili dogs and East of Chicago pizza. There will be numerous games for all ages, including inflatable interactive games and raffles as well.

All games, food and raffles will require tickets, which can be purchased ahead of time.

Huntington Democrat Party to hold business meeting Tuesday, March 16

The Huntington Democrat Party will hold a business meeting on Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the party's headquarters.

The meeting will include the election of a vice chair, which due to Indiana Laws, must be female.
Interested women can send a letter of candidacy to Chairman Jim Long, at 2066 Sabine St., Huntington, IN 46750.

The meeting is mandatory for precinct committee members.
The headquarters is located at 20 N. Jefferson St.


Applications being taken for scholarship

Huntington County HELP, Inc. for Disabled Citizens will award a scholarship in memory of the late board member John Decker.

The John Decker Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to a Huntington county resident who is a high school senior or a student enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in post high school studies who has or has had a physical or learning disability.
Disability must be documented with an IEP, a client of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, or a physician's letter.

Master Gardener instructs group on making rain barrel

On Saturday, March 6, Master Gardener Richard Wymer instructs a small group on how to make their own rain barrel. The workshop instructed participants on the benefits of using rain barrels to help in water conservation as well as for environmental reasons.

4-H volunteers orientation workshop set for March 25

Individuals interested in serving as volunteers with the Huntington County 4-H program or current volunteers with less than two years of service must attend the County 4-H Volunteer Orientation workshop on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the Courthouse Annex and will cover 4-H policies and procedures, expectations and responsibilities of 4-H volunteers, safety issues with working with youth and understanding positive youth development.

Working on costume design at Evangelical UMC

Photo by Andre Laird.

(From left) Elizabeth Grantham, Marianne Christman and Eve Rowley work on the stage and costume designs during ‘Drama Day,' held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, on Saturday, March 6. Participants practiced skits, designed the set and costumes and performed for friends and family later in the day.