Ham radio operators to meet at Cafe of Hope

The Huntington County Amateur Radio Society will meet on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., in Huntington.

The public is always welcome to come to the meetings.
Anyone who is interested in knowing more about amateur radio or wants to become an amateur radio operator should attend.


Family hobby now an official business: Relentless Powersports

Photo by Steve Clark.

Cameron Baker and Casey Baker felt the time had come to turn their hobby into their job.

The brothers were full-time farmers who sold powersports vehicles out of their garage on the side.

Over the course of three to four years, however, that side venture grew so much that the Bakers decided to make it their primary venture and push farming to the side.

Local 4-Hers earn awards at Area XI 4-H Tractor Driving Contest Juy 27

Winners of the 4-H Area XI 4-H junior tractor driving contest are (from left) first place, Colin Suchcicki, Huntington County; second place, Brady Girod, Adams County; and third place, Kolton Bailey, Noble County.
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Huntington County 4-H members participated in the Area XI 2014 4-H Tractor Driving Contest on Saturday, July 26, at the LaGrange County Fairgrounds.

Eight youths participated in the junior and senior lawn and garden driving and the junior and senior tractor driving contests.

Conner Lauer and Zach Ramp both competed in the junior lawn and garden contest. They placed fifth and eighth, respectively, out of 11 competitors.

Senior tractor driving winners

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Winners of the 4-H Area XI 4-H senior tractor driving contest on July 26 are (from left) first place, Lane Whitted, Huntington County; second place, Michael Winters, Huntington County; and third place, Elliot Gehres, Adams County.

Senior lawn tractor driving winners

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Winners of the 4-H Area XI 4-H senior lawn tractor driving contest on Saturday, July 26, are (from left) first place, Chandler Lewis, Huntington County; second place, Tyler Stephan, Huntington County; and third place, Christina Coats, Noble County.

Filled backpacks

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Becky Sands (right), program supervisor at Youth Services Bureau, accepts backpacks and school supplies from Jeremy Penrod, Rotary president-elect, at a recent Huntington Rotary Club meeting. Rotary members continue their tradition of supporting the back-to-school drive to equip Huntington County school children with the tools to get their school years off to a good start.

VNC to present ‘Elder Awareness Day’ Sept. 12

Victory Noll Center in Huntington will present "Elder Awareness Day" on Sept. 12 in an effort to raise public awareness of the social and psychological issues of aging.

The keynote speaker for the event is James Gambone, Ph.D. He is a published author, award- winning filmmaker and national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. He will discuss the aging process and the importance of developing intergenerational relation-
ships when caring for the elderly.

Bendix expands local plant to remake brakes

An employee at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, in Huntington, rivets  remanufactured brake  shoes to the same quality standards as original equipment shoes. Bendix recently opened the second phase of its Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center on Sabine St.
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The Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems plant in Huntington has expanded its brake shoe remanufacturing capabilities.

The expansion adds a salvage operation to the assembly operation that opened in 2012, explains Mike Pogorelc, plant manager of the Huntington facility.

The salvage operation, located at 1230 Sabine St., in Huntington, went online in July.

Matthew 25 service program returns

Victory Noll Center will again host its "Matthew 25 Project" service program to assist those in need in our area.

Volunteers to the program have produced hundreds of no-sew blankets and hats over the past two years that have been donated to local service agencies for distribution.

The program takes its name from the Bible verse Matthew 25:40, in which Jesus says "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least, you did it for me."

Kids get homework help at St. Peter’s First

A community-based homework help program providing middle and high school students with a quiet and safe place to do their homework will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The program will be held at St. Peter's First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., Huntington, on Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Transportation from Riverview, Crestview, and Huntington North is available for students to get to the program.

While at the program, students will receive assistance, support and encouragement from adult volunteers.

Huntington City-Township Public Library taking Story Time registrations

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is now accepting registrations for its fall Story Time sessions.

The weekly sessions begin on Sept. 9. Sessions are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Main Library, in Huntington, for children from birth through seven years.

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

Huntington County Free Health Clinic open house is Aug. 22

An open house at the Huntington County Free Health Clinic will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A ribbon cutting to officially open the clinic building at 1255 Engle St., Huntington, will be held at noon.

The clinic, located for many years at Trinity United Methodist Church, moved Jan. 1 to the Engle Street location, the former home of the Family Practice Associates medical office.

ABWA national selects local member Crone as one of its Top Ten of year

Michelle Crone
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Michelle L. Crone, business banking administrative manager of Wells Fargo Bank in Huntington, has been named one of the Top Ten Business Women of the Year by the American Business Women's Association.

The Top Ten Business Women of ABWA is a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement.

Wiffle ball tournament for Schmaltz fund-raiser

The second annual Garry Crosbie Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held Sept. 13 in Markle, and teams can register through Aug. 24.

The tournament is sponsored by the Steve Kelly Cancer Relief Foundation and proceeds will go to the foundation and to the family of Wyatt Schmaltz, a Huntington boy being treated for cancer.

The double elimination tournament will be held at Markle Park. Each team will receive six T-shirts and will be guaranteed of playing at least two games.

Concessions will be available all day. Several activities will be offered for children.

First day fun

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Students from Nicole Warpup's kindergarten class at Salamonie School, in Warren, get in some recreation time on the first afternoon of school on Wednesday, Aug. 13.