Ride 2 Provide is Saturday in Markle

Douglas Sagstetter (left) and Nate Mills.
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The ninth annual Ride 2 Provide will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, in Markle, with proceeds earmarked for two area residents being treated for cancer.

This year's recipients are Douglas Sagstetter and Nate Mills.

The day begins with a motorcycle ride. Participants can check in from 11 a.m. to noon at Markle Park. The first bike will leave at 12:10 p.m., and the last bike will return to Markle Park.

All other events of the day are open to the public, whether or not they ride.

B&G Club members treated to bike ride

Lilly Helvie (foreground) leads Zander Mason over a log crossing at Kintionki Trail at Salamonie Lake State Forest.
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With Love Left Over, a Huntington-based organization serving special needs children and their families, hosted a free mountain bike clinic for members of the Huntington Boys & Girls Club on Aug. 4.

The clinic included bike inspections, a repair demonstration and tips on negotiating obstacles and log crossing.

Club members then took a five-mile ride on the Kintionki Trail at Salamonie Lake State Forrest.

Club members were invited to participate, free of charge, in the third annual Off Road Challenge sponsored by With Love Left Over on Aug. 9 at Salamonie Lake.

Surfing the web

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Ember Christle climbs through a giant spider web at Salamonie Preschool's "Spectacular Spiders!" session on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Children learned about spiders, made spider crafts, and took a nature hike to look for spiders.

Local 4-H’er wins Sweepstakes Award in state fair forestry project

A Huntington County 4-H'er won the Sweepstakes Award in the forestry project at the Indiana State Fair.

Rachel Bryant, of Huntington, competed in Level 1 of the forestry project, for grades three through five.

State Fair judges award one Sweepstakes Award for each project, recognizing the Sweepstakes winner as the overall best entry in that project.

Winning blue ribbons in the forestry project at the State Fair are Darren Jackson, level 2, and Julie Winters, Level 3.

Additional State Fair project judging results are:

Registration open for DNR deer hunting class

Registration is open for a free Department of Natural Resources program that teaches participants how to hunt white-tailed deer in Indiana.

"Hunt, Fish, Eat" starts Aug. 19 in Indianapolis and Aug. 27 in Bloomington. The program is a four-session series, with an optional fifth session. Sessions are once a week and offer hands-on learning in a safe environment.

The classes help new hunters ages 18 and older to improve their self-reliance skills and to learn to harvest a source of fresh, local meat.

St. Peters FCC holds fund-raising road block

St. Peter's First Community Church held a road block on Saturday, Aug. 2, to assist a local organization fund improvements to a mountain bike trail at Salamonie Lake.

With Love Left Over, an organization that works with children with special needs, is working to make improvements to the Kintionki Trail at Lost Bridge West.
The project will involve raising areas of the trail that remain wet through the spring and fall and completing the "rock gardens" obstacle on the trail.

Urban Legend returns to perform at ‘Taste of Roanoke’ on Aug. 16

Urban Legend will return to Taste of Roanoke for the third consecutive year. The annual event will be held Saturday, Aug.16, in downtown Roanoke.
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Taste of Roanoke will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Roanoke.

Local band Urban Legend will again provide the entertainment.

This is the third straight year the band will entertain during the event. Main Street will be shut down and the band will set up on the sidewalk on the west side of the street. The music starts at 5 p.m.

Urban Legend plays a blend of music they call rock and soul. The song list covers chart-topping hits from 1965 to 1985 with a couple of new songs sprinkled in.

Arts Council names winners of exhibition at HU

Artist KristinA stands beside her sculpture, “Panache,” which won Best of Show at the opening reception of the LaFontaine Arts Council’s Regional Art Exhibit, held at the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University on July 31.
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Artist KristinA, of Fort Wayne, won the Best of Show award at the LaFontaine Arts Council Regional Art Exhibit in Huntington.

KristinA's steel sculpture titled "Panache" highlighted the show at the opening reception July 31.

Two Judge's Awards were presented. They went to Jerry Hertenstein, of Fort Wayne, for "Stacked," and Leslie Vrchota, of Roanoke, for "In My Dreams."

The Judge's Awards were sponsored by DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLC and McVoy Design Studio.

First, second and third place awards were handed out in each of three classes.

Victory Noll offers T’ai Chi classes

The Victory Noll Center will offer a series of T'ai Chi Chih classes beginning Sept. 9.

"T'ai Chi Chih: Joy Through Movement" will continue through Nov. 11, with no classes on Sept. 30 or Oct. 21. Sessions are held each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The leader for the classes is Jan Parker.

T'ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose designed to activate, circulate and balance each person's energy.
The registration deadline is Sept. 4.

Drover Town 5K run, block party set for Sept. 13

The first Drover Town 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Drover Town Block Party.

Runners and walkers will step off at 9 a.m. in the area of St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington, and will wind through Drover Town before returning to the church area.

Participants may pick up a registration form at the church, print a form from or register online at Those who register by Aug. 28 will receive a discounted entry fee and an event T-shirt.

iAB raises nearly $5K for cancer research

iAB financial bank raised $4,891 for the American Cancer Society by participating in the Huntington County Relay for Life on Saturday, June 14.

As the top fundraising team in the event, 30 iAB employees and family members achieved Silver Team Fund-raising Club Level, completing the 24-hour walk to raise funds for cancer research.

Employee Maxine Ptak was the top fundraiser for the entire relay, raising $1,010.

iAB employees continually seek ways to partner with local communities to meet the needs of others, says Michael C. Marhenke, iAB President and CEO.

Hgtn. County health department offering vaccines for students

The Huntington County Health Department is offering vaccinations for children entering school this fall.

Available vaccines include Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), first and second doses of meningitis vaccine and chicken pox boosters.

A fee is charged, and children with insurance must present insurance information. Children on Medicaid may have the fee waived by presenting a Medicaid card.

Vaccinations are given by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the health department at 358-4831, extension 1.

Signing up for school

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Donna Shoebridge (far left), a paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary School, hands information to Deb Morris (third from left) as she registers her children Noah Morris, 6, for first grade and Abby Morris, 8, for third grade on Wednesday, July 30. Brandi Denman (second from left) looks on. The first day of school for students is Aug. 13.

Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year can be found online at district website

Bus routes for the 2014-15 school year may be found online at the Huntington County Community School Corporation's website,

Once at the website's homepage, select the "Parents" tab, choose "Transportation" in the drop down menu, and access the route schedule by clicking the appropriate link on the right hand side of the page. Routes are separated between elementary and middle/high school.

For those without Internet access, HCCSC Director of Transportation Vanessa Fields can be reached at 358-2217.


HC students to work with new mobile laptop lab

Sibings Baden (left) and Alexandra (center) Craig, along with mom Tiffany Craig, chat with teacher Rita Disler during registration day at Huntington Catholic School on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Students in Huntington Catholic School's Middle Building will be working with a new mobile laptop lab this fall.

Principal Jason Woolard says the 30 laptops will be stored on carts that can be moved from classroom to classroom and used in academic areas, mainly science and social studies. They can also be used for online assessments, he says. Students will be using some Google Apps for Education as well as Google Docs, which they can then access from home.

The mobile laptop lab will complement the computer lab already in place in the Middle Building, Woolard says.