Ricke and Bonham hold lead roles in HU production of 'Proof' Sept. 24-26

The first offering of the Huntington University theater season will feature Joe Ricke, of Huntington, as a mentally unstable genius in "Proof."

Ricke, a professor of English at Taylor University, is joined in the cast by Alicia Bonham, who plays his daughter Catherine. Bonham, of Upland, is a senior theater perform-ance major at HU.

Also in the cast are Phil Black and Bethany Edlund, both junior theater performance majors from Fort Wayne.

And they're off...

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Riders head off from downtown Huntington at the start of the race portion of the sixth annual Huntington On/Off-Road Bike Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Who's the boss

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Senior Alex Rader, "Ike the Vike" (left), shows the Logansport Berries' mascot, Felix the Cat, who is boss while riding on top of the Class of 2010 float during the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 18.

Catching a ride

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington North High School girls' cross country team members get a ride on North Jefferson Street during the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 18. The parade kicked off the evening's events, followed by the Homecoming football game, at which Huntington North took on Logansport.

Homecoming royalty

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School seniors Megan Bucher (left) and Mitch Vezeau were named Homecoming Queen and King, respectively, at halftime of the Vikings' Homecoming football game against Logansport on Friday, Sept. 18.

Homecoming pep rally

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington North hgih School Dance Teams performs during the HNHS Homecoming pep rally on Friday morning, Sept. 18.

Homecoming court

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School will select a Homecoming king and queen this week, with the royal representatives to be crowned during the football game on Friday, Sept. 18. Seniors vying for the titles of king and queen are (front row from left) Jesse Matheny, Paige Stephens, Meagan Piedmont, Lisa Daronatsy, Megan Bucher and Mitch Vezeau. Not pictured is king candidate Wes Carroll. The remainder of the court is made up of (back row from left) Peyton Pike, sophomore; Gracie Winkler and Alex Herber, juniors; and Karlie Crago and Thomas Trout, freshmen.

Life Long Learning to host career fair at HNHS for both students and adults

The Life Long Learning Committee of Huntington County will host a Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with hopes of starting high school students on the right foot and getting Huntington adults back on their feet.

The committee's president, Steve Schenkel, says members of the community and his group discussed ways to promote careers after high school graduation. This led to the idea to have representatives from different fields get together in one place, along with schools that can provide the necessary education for each field.

Some rural residents could get new addresses

Some rural Huntington County residents may soon have new addresses if a proposal by the Huntington County Surveyor's Office is passed.

The Indianapolis-based Schneider Corporation has submitted a bid to review property addresses within the Huntington County Geographic Information System (GIS) and all other county departments.

The proposal is the final phase of work on updating and correcting the GIS that was begun earlier this year.

Sixth Huntington On/Off-Road Bike Challenge this weekend

The sixth annual Huntington On/Off-Road Bicycle Challenge will be held this weekend, Sept. 19 and 20, and will include a two-day 140-mile race, which is shown here from last year.
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The Sixth Annual Huntington On/Off-Road Bicycle Challenge, hosted by the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau and 3 Rivers Velo Sport, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, on more than 175 miles of roadways in Huntington County.

The event features three different events on four distinct courses.

A competitive race, sanctioned by USA Cycling, consists of two 70-mile courses that run both on and off-road.
One course will be used on Day 1, and the other will be featured on Day 2.

HU enrollment reaches a record 1,250 students

Huntington University has achieved a record-breaking overall enrollment of 1,250 stu-dents for the fall 2009 semester.

"Having a growing enrollment in the midst of a difficult economy is an incredible blessing," says Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president. "We appreciate that our students continue to see the value in pursuing a high-quality, Christ-centered education."

Flu, pneumonia shots offered throughout the county by Parkview Home Health & Hospice

Parkview Home Health & Hospice will host a series of flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics during September, October and November at locations throughout Huntington County.

The initiative is made possible with support from Parkview Hospital's Community Health Improvement program. The vaccination is available for people nine years of age and older. There is a fee, which must be paid at the time the vaccine is administered. The fee may be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Agriculture executive is leadership luncheon speaker

Beth Archer.
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The Huntington University Center for Leadership will host a leadership luncheon Sept. 24 open to business and community leaders.

Flu shots available at Senior Center Sept. 22

Huntington County Council on Aging and Parkview Home Health and Hospice will sponsor flu shots in September.

The shots are open to the public and they especially encourage seniors to participate in this program.

Medicaid and Medicare cards will be processed at the time of the shot so bring them; if Medicaid or Medicare is non-applicable, participants will be charged. If participants also need a pneumonia shot, it will have an additional cost.

Dropping in

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Local Eagle Scout heading up food drive

Justin Miller.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Eagle Scout Justin Miller, of Huntington, is heading up a countywide canned food drive, which will run through Sept. 23.

Miller, a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, attended a senior high camp this past summer with other youth group members from the church.

During the camp they learned about hunger, poverty and homelessness. The session inspired the youth to put into action what they learned.

They set a goal to collect 5,000 canned food items and other non-perishables, now through Sept. 23. The youth have named the outreach effort "Canstock '09."

HNHS homecoming is this Friday

Students at Huntington North High School are gearing up to celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 18.

Festivities begin with the Homecoming Games on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Kriegbaum practice field. The games start at 6 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

A powder puff football game is set for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Kriegbaum Field. Kick-off is at 6 p.m., and there is an admission charge.

Salamonie Senior Fall Fest is Sept. 14-17

The 2009 Salamonie Senior Fall Fest will be held this week, Sept. 14-17, in the Modern Campground at Lost Bridge West.

This four-day event is designed for mature adults.
Monday features the monthly Seniors' Carry-In luncheon at 12:30 p.m. with Arwin Provonsha speaking about Indiana fireflies, hands-on fly tying instruction at 3 p.m. and an Open Sew.

County BZA to hear pair of new requests

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will consider two new requests and revisit a previously-granted zoning exception during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Tom Farms LLC is requesting a special exception to allow placement of a 140-foot antenna tower on property at 4561W-1200N-35, South Whitley.

JB Towers LLC is requesting a special exception to allow placement of a wireless communications tower on property located on McKeever Road, Andrews.

Vessels, Upchurch to teach Leadership students

Ed Vessels and Dr. Rick Upchurch will teach the Huntington County Leadership Academy for the second consecutive year.

The academy is currently registering students for the 2010 session, which begins in January.

Montana to speak at HU Foundation dinner

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The Huntington University Foundation will hold its annual dinner on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the university's Habecker Dining Commons.

The featured speaker will be Melissa Montana, CEO/president of STAR Educational Media Network. Montana's presentation is titled "Embracing the Future with Hope and Promise."

The public is invited to attend the event. To make reservations, contact Barb Baker at 359-4069 or The registration deadline is Sept. 22.

Fallen walnuts wil help fund Free Health Clinic

Jim Wilson (left) and Rev. Dave Ballinger (right), pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, roll up walnuts outside the Hoosier Drive-In. Trinity United is collecting walnuts through November as a fundraiser for the Huntington Free Clinic, which is loca
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Trinity United Methodist Church is collecting walnuts to sell in order to raise money for the Huntington Free Health Clinic, which is housed in the church.

Church members are asking the community to collect walnuts in baskets or bags and bring them to the church at the corner of Guilford and Market streets every Saturday af-ternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., starting Oct. 3 and continuing through Nov. 7.

Collection sponsors are also willing to come pick the walnuts that have been collected and bagged.

Drivers sought for Red Cross veterans' transport

The Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers for its veterans program.

The Red Cross provides daily transportation services, free of charge, for veterans to their medical appointments in Fort Wayne, Marion and Indianapolis.

The service is provided only when there are sufficient volunteer drivers to donate their time to drive.

All vehicles are provided by the Red Cross, along with fuel expenses.

The need is increasing since the addition of a new van that provides assistance with wheelchair bound veterans.

Info offered on Register nomination

The Huntington Historic Review Board will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to discuss the nomination of an area just north of downtown Huntington to the National Register of Historic Places.

The area being nominated is on both sides of North Jefferson Street, between Park Drive on the south and Collins/Madison streets on the north. The area is roughly bounded by College Avenue on the east and Oak, Stephen and Buchanan streets on the west.

Pflieger to share collection of historical photos taken in Huntngotn County

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The Huntington County Historical Society will hold a special open meeting and program on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

The program will feature historical photos of Huntington County, from 1875 to 1980, including photos from Rickert Studio.

Alan Pflieger will present the program. He is a member of the society as well as a professional photographer.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served afterwards.

For more information contact the society at 356-7264.


Swine Boosters to meet Thursday

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Family Living Building at Hier's Park.

The discussion items include election of officers, selection of the 2010 judge, proposed changes to swine project in the 4-H Fair book, review of fair's pork chop tent and other old and new business.

Anyone with a nomination for a 2010 4-H swine project judge should submit a short bi-ography to the Executive Committee prior to the Sept. 17 meeting.

On a hunt

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Joey Gamrat as Tom Sawyer, Kayla Smith as Becky Thatcher and Jordon Stanley as Huckleberry Finn (from left) check the map in a scene from "Tom Sawyer," now on stage at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. Final performances are Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 17-19. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Lobby doors open at 7 p.m. and theater doors open at 7:30 p.m. For online reservations, visit

4-H fair association to hold annual meeting

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Hier's Park.

The board will hear final committee reports from the 2009 4-H Fair program, approve the 2010 Huntington County 4-H Fair dates and elect board members and officers for the coming year.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension - Huntington County office, located at 354 N Jefferson Street, Suite 202, Courthouse Annex call 358-4826 or e-mail


HCTPL, Markle branch offer Fall Story Time

Fall Story Time sessions begin at Huntington and Markle libraries on Sept. 15.

Weekly Story Time sessions will be offered to children from birth to 7 years at the Main Library in Huntington on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting Sept. 15 and 16.

Children ages 2 to 7 years are invited to Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning on Sept. 17.

Story Time introduces the child to children's literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests.

St. Peter Lutheran to offer computer classes

St. Peter Lutheran Church will again offer computing classes for adults in its school building at 605 Polk St.
The fall classes will begin the week of Sept. 14 and will end Nov. 19. Spring classes will be held in March and April of 2010.
Beginning computer users as well as those wishing to return are welcome.
The times for the classes are currently set for Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings or afternoons. The weekly classes last about an hour and a half.