B&G Club, parks dept. to celebrate Worldwide Day of Play on Friday

The Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play on Friday, Sept. 25.

The Worldwide Day of Play is being promoted by the Nickelodeon children's television network to encourage all children to turn off the television and go outside to play.

The local event will take place at Drover Park and the Bendix-Hiner Splash Pad, 1215 Etna Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's free to all youth and families.

VNC to hold five-week course on John's words

One of the most intriguing writers in the Bible will be the subject of the program "Reflections on the Spirituality of John's Gospel," a five-week course beginning Oct. 1 at Victory Noll Center.

John shows how a deep interior life can be accompanied by a very acute awareness of what is going on around us. The simplicity of the fourth Gospel does not render it impersonal, but living and vibrant.

Local citizens' advisory group to meet Sept. 21

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the City of Huntington will meet on Monday, Sept. 21, to receive and consider information regarding the City's Long Term Control Plan.

Additional matters will be discussed as well and another meeting will be held on Oct. 19.

The meetings will be held in Common Council Chambers, third floor of the Huntington City Building, located at 300 Cherry St.


Quilt donation

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Rita McCabe (center), of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers Club, presents two lap robes to Lois Landrum (left) and Vera Stetzel, resisents at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Intent on the target

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tim Kennerk tosses a pair of balls toward the ladder during a ladderball tournament Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the courtyard at Our Sunday Visitor. The company's employees participated in a ladderball tournament to raise money for the United Way.

Announce winners form Roanoke Fall Festival Ducky Run contest

The Roanoke Kiwanis Club held its annual Ducky Run Sept. 12 at the Roanoke Park as part of the Fall Festival.

Winners included:

$100 cash from Roanoke Kiwanis - Matthew Weigelt;

Savings bond from National City Bank - Lori VanOver;

Savings bond from Bippus State Bank - Celia Bandelier;

Two football tickets, Purdue vs. N. Illinois, from North Star Accounting - Ruth Stoeckley;

$25 cash from J.O. Wolf Tool & Die - Sam Williams;

$20 cash from United REMC - Emma Rommel;

Wing clean-up

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 302, of Roanoke, wash the wing of a plane on display at the Grissom Air Force Base Museum. The Scouts spent a day washing two of the planes as a service project. For more information about joining Boy Scouts, call Kevin Adams at 747-8175 or Dennis Boyer at 672-3635.

Saalmonie to host educational weekend for trappers

Salamonie Reservoir and the Indiana State Trappers Association (ISTA) will sponsor a free trapper education course for all ages at on Oct. 10-11 at the Upper Wabash Interpre-tive Center at 9 a.m. each day.

The program starts on Saturday, Oct.10, with education on trapping issues, ethics and regulations. Lunch will be provided. After lunch, participants will set traps for furbearers on the trap line under the close supervision of the instructor. Traps will be left overnight and checked the next day.

Pressing for cider

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Richard Bowman, of Logansport, shows a group of Seniors the traditional way to make apple cider on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. The activity was part of Salamonie's Senior Fall Festival, which ran from Sept. 14 to 17.

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

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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.