One more time

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A crew from Dunigan Bros., of Jackson, MI, digs a trench along William Street across from Elmwood Park on Monday, June 30, to lay a new water main. Earlier this year, the crew installed in a new sewer line along the other side of William Street. The line will extend along William to Clark Street and Frederick Street, with a target completion date for the entire project of Nov. 2.

Four earn Andrews Lions Club high honors at recent meeting

Joyce (left) and Bud (center) Walker have been named Lions of the Year by the Andrews Lions Club. With them are Slim Fouts (back) and Phil Bitzer (right), club president.
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Four members of the Andrews Lions Club have earned honors.

Mike Okuly, a 23-year member of the Andrews club, received the Melvin Jones Award from the International Lions Foundation.

Mark Anson, a 54-year member of the Lions Club, was presented with the J.P. Woods Award, the highest award given by the Lions of Indiana.

Joyce and Bud Walker were selected by the Andrews Lions Club as the club's Lions of the Year in recognition of their outstanding service to the community.


Mt. Etna UM women making bazaar plans

The Mt. Etna United Methodist Women are planning their 2014 fall food and craft bazaar to be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last year's event was such a success from quilts to jewelry to booking signings to baked goods that the group is currently reserving booth spaces for anyone who would like to show off and sell their handicrafts. Some of last year's vendors have already reserved their spaces.

Najuch, Froomkin realize seven-year dream

New Huntington Theater co-owners Joel Froomkin (left) and Rich Najuch (third from left) explain how they planned and constructed the set for the Different Stages production of “The Sound of Music.”
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Rich Najuch and Joel Froomkin have finally arrived.
"This is what we wanted to do when we came here seven years ago," Najuch says as he surveys the work-in-progress that will, by July 8, create a slice of Austria inside The New Huntington Theater.

That's opening day for "The Sound of Music," the first production to occupy the once-vacant theater's main auditorium since Froomkin and Najuch landed in Huntington in 2007.

Even then, they knew the story of the von Trapp family would be their first major show.

It just took a while.


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Daphanie Geiger (left) and Andrea Krumanaker cut out decorative paper to cover washers that will become the focal point of the necklaces they were making Saturday morning, June 28, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Prior to the necklace making session, participants in the library's Club Create made slow-cooker dips for snacks at the end of the morning.

Local FFA students attend state convention

Two of the members of the Huntington North High School state champion FFA horse judging team, Rachel Platt (left) and Jessie Earhart, received the squad’s accolades and hardware at the Indiana State FFA convention in mid-June at Purdue University.
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The Huntington North FFA Chapter attended the 85th Indiana State FFA Convention from June 17 to June 19.
The convention was held in West Lafayette on the Purdue University Campus.

Members that attended convention were Autumn Taylor, Courtney Coffman, Sarah Hunnicutt, Bailey Irick, Madison Wohlford, Emma Landrum, Brandon Briggs, Andrew Laymon, Kathleen Jacobs, Rachel Platt and Jessie Earhart.

State champion horse judging team members Rachel Platt and Jessie Earhart represented the team and received awards.

Easy does it

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Matt Schnepp, 11, of Huntington, gingerly removes a wooden block from the oversized Jenga tower during the S.P.A.R.K. day camp Monday, June 30, at Drover Park. Matt is the son of Bob and Sara Schnepp. About 10 kids participated in the fun, sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

HU is hosting trip to Holy Land in the fall

Huntington University is hosting a trip to the Holy Land this fall.

Middle East expert Dr. Mark Fairchild will lead the trip through Israel and Turkey, along with HU President Sherilyn Emberton and Vince Haupert, the university's vice president for advancement.

The tour will take place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12 and will visit multiple sites throughout the Holy Land, including Ephesus, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem.

HCCF awards $500 matching grant to Boy Scout Troop 637

Boy Scout Troop 637 has been awarded a $500 matching grant by the Huntington County Community Foundation.

The grant will be used to help purchase equipment for boys whose financial circumstances prevent them from participating in troop activities.

The troop raised funds for its required match through popcorn sales, running the swing at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival and holding a Nelson's Chicken barbecue. The troop raised more than $1,000 to help with operating costs.


New Rotary president

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Rose Wall (left) was recently installed as president of the Huntington Rotary Club for 2014-25. She is congratulated by Andy Eads, who served as Rotary president the previous year.

Board to meet, discuss plans as 4-H Fair nears

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Board will meet Wednesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at Eric Laymon's residence, Andrews.

The board will discuss continuing plans for the
84th annual Huntington County 4-H Fair to be held July 11 to 25.

For more information, contact Julia Miller, or 358-4826 at the Purdue Extension Huntington County office, located in the County Courthouse Annex Building, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington.


A night of waiting tables benefits Boys & Girls Club

Andy Sprinkle of the Brick House Grill (back row, at left) presents a check to the Parkview Boys & Girls Club staff and members.
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On May 5, three staff from the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County served customers at the Brick House Grill all evening in order to raise funds for summer programming. All tips and 10 percent of the bill were donated by the Brick House to the Boys & Girls Club.

"I love being able to talk with people face-to-face about the club," said Sharon Metzger, executive assistant at the club. "It's easy for people to give to the club, especially when it involves tasty food."

Do you want some ketchup with that?

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emily Eherenman, a member of the Huntington North High School Leading Leos Club, helps Christiana Jordan, 9, of Huntington, with her meal at the New Life Fellowship Food Ministry dinner Thursday, June 26, as Caitlyn Brown, 9, of Huntington, (left) looks on. Eherenman joined club members Lukas Kaylor and Alexander Meredith in serving meals and providing drinks to diners. Christiana is the daughter of Katie Garrison and John Jordan. Caitlyn is the daughter of Betty and Glen Brown. Leading Leos is a part of the Lions Club International organization.

Dogs on display

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Cora Helton and her dog compete in the costume portion of last year's Huntington County 4-H dog show. The 2014 dog show will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at Hier's Park, in Huntington. The dog show is the first event of this year's Huntington County 4-H Fair and will include competition in obedience, showmanship, agility, rally and costume. In addition, the 4-H'ers and their dogs will demonstrate agility and other skills on Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. in the show arena at Hier's Park. Spectators are welcome but are asked to leave their dogs at home.

Shopping at the Farmers’ Market

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Barb Fetters (right), of Huntington, adds a couple of tomatoes to her purchase as Jackie Hobbs assists Wednesday, June 25, at the Huntington Farmers' Market. The market, located at the corner of Warren and Market streets, saw a brisk business Wednesday despite threatening skies. Vendors offer a variety of items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, plants, salsa and maple syrup.