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Ivy Tech to offer CNA class at Horace Mann

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will offer a CNA class in Huntington.

The class will prepare those interested in working as nursing assistants with the knowledge and skills essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals and home health agencies, all under the direction of a licensed nurse.

Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the Indiana State Department of Health certification exam for nursing assistants.

VFW post and auxiliaries recognize outstanding community service

Earning outstanding service awards during the Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 Veterans of Foreign Wars community service appreciation program Saturday evening, Feb. 21, are (from left) Jim Kneller, honored by the VFW Men’s Auxiliary; Mike Harrell, honored by the post; and Sondra Howell and Susie Draper, honored by the VFW Women’s Auxiliary; with VFW Post Commander Leslie Ackermann.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honored members of the post and its auxiliaries, as well as members of the community, during a dinner and program held at the post on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Post 2689 and its auxiliaries rank first in the VFW Department of Indiana for hours and money spent in community service.

During 2014, the Huntington  organization contributed 63,839 volunteer hours and spent or donated a total of $83,545.  

VFW auxiliaries recognize outstanding community service


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Dave Saxton (left), who has four sons serving in the United States Marine Corps, was recognized during the Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 Veterans of Foreign Wars community service appreciation program Saturday evening, Feb. 21. The honor was presented by Pauline Gearhart, president of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, as (from left) Post Commander Leslie Ackermann and member Steve Garwood hold up pictures of Saxton’s four sons. A fifth son was unable to enlist for medical reasons, and a daughter is too young for the military.

Sparing nothing


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Crestview Middle School students Luke Hentz (left) and Konrad Spitler go for strikes at Oak Lanes. The school’s physical education classes taught by Marla Becker and Phil Wiley recently completed a bowling unit, which included the students being able to bowl during a block time of their related arts

Exam women’s roles in peace process at Victory Noll Center

A five-part series showcasing women’s roles in the peace process will begin March 14 at the Victory Noll Center, in Huntington.

“Women of Peace” will continue on April 11, May 9, July 11 and Aug. 8, with all sessions meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The program will use as a resource “Women, War & Peace,” a PBS mini-series, which places women at the center of a dialogue about conflict and security and reframes the understanding of women’s roles in the peacemaking process.

Trying it on for size

Braiden Icenogle, a fourth-grader at Roanoke Elementary School, tries on a lineman’s gear when a group from Heartland REMC visited the class to provide a demonstration of electrical safety.

VNC to host nine-part series to examine road of incarcerated people

“JustMatters: Prison Reform,” a nine-part series at the Victory Noll Center, will examine the journey of those who are incarcerated, the development of skills to empower a values-based life and the practices of restorative justice.

Prison ministry has long been a part of the work of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, from the writing of letters to prisoners by Sister Martha Wilke to a program of ministering to women who are incarcerated in Indiana state prisons.

Top teacher


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Audrey Fetters (left), 2014 Teacher of the Year, was honored during the Hoover-Bickel Post 2689 Veterans of Foreign Wars community service appreciation program Saturday evening, Feb. 21. With her is Post Commander Leslie Ackermann (right). Fetters teaches kindergarten at Flint Springs Elementary School.

PHH awards Community Health Improvement funds

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s 2015 community partners are (front row, from left) Aidan Hosler, Adam Bonner and Derek Farley, all of Blessings in a Backpack; (second row, from left) Mandy Reber, of the Boys & Girls Club; Diana Shenefield, of Huntington University; Jenna Strick, of the United Way; Erica Freise, Katelynn Farley, Dana Meyer, Alex Hosler and Kyler Town, all of Blessings in a Backpack; (third row, from left) Carolyn Ray, Huntington House; Holly Saunders, of Huntington Area Transportation; Stacey Stumpf, of Cancer Services for Huntington County; Chris Newton, of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department; Jan Williams, of the Youth Services Bureau; Tom Karst, Parkview Huntington Hospital Board chair; Joey Spiegel, of Love INC; and Rosemary Wagner, of the Huntington County Free Health Clinic; and (back row from left) Todd Latta, of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA; Megan Bobay, of the Health and Wellness Coalition; Juli Johnson, Parkview Huntington Hospital president; Ryan Warner, Parkview Huntington Hospital Board member; Terry Stoffel, Huntington County sheriff; John Nelson, Parkview Huntington Hospital Board member; and Ed Freize, of Blessings in a Backpack.
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Parkview Huntington Hospital has awarded 2015 Community Health Improvement funds to 11 Huntington County organizations to provide resources to improve the health of the community.

The grants awarded through the Community Health Improvement Program target specific areas that are in line with the hospital’s mission.

Grants were awarded to:

Jeans-wearing iAB employees help Rescue Mission

iAB financial bank donates $5,700 to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, in Fort Wayne, as part of its “Fun Committee” fund-raising activities. Pictured (from left) are Angela Kuhn, iAB branch manager and Fun Committee chair; Rev. Donovan Coley, The Rescue Mission CEO and senior pastor; Laurie Brumbaugh, The Rescue Mission major gifts officer; Amanda Miller and Kristin Smith, iAB Fun Committee members.
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 iAB financial bank recently presented the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission with a donation in the amount of $5,700.

Annually, iAB’s “Fun Committee” determines a non-profit agency to support through fund-raisers for the year. Choosing the Rescue Mission as their 2014 charitable partner, monthly “Jeans Days” were held in order to raise dollars for this donation. On these special days, iAB employees were able to wear jeans to work with a minimum contribution of $3.

Warren pageant organizers move event to April 25

The Salamonie Summer Festival Pageant is undergoing a makeover for 2015.

It will now be called the Miss Warren Pageant and will be held on April 25.

The winners will serve in roles throughout the year at events such as the Salamonie Summer Festival, Scarecrow Festival and the Holiday Walk and Festival of Trees.

There will continue to be three age groups: Little Miss Warren, 5 to 8 years old; Junior Miss Warren, 9 to 13 years old; and Miss Warren, 14 to 18 years old.

Welcome home, soldier


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The family and friends of SSG Sean Ripley celebrated his return home to Huntington on Friday, Feb. 20, after serving nearly 11 years in the United States Army, much of his deployment spent abroad. Pictured  are (front row from left) son, Elijah Ripley, 7; Sean Ripley; son, Paxton Ripley, 1; and Sean’s fiancée, Kristen Schenkel; and (back row from left) step daughter, Kennedy Ritchie, 5; mother, Jackie Ripley; and father, Mike Ripley, all of Huntington.

Habitat to celebrate at Spring Gala and Auction

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity will host its third annual Spring Gala and Auction on Saturday, March 14, at the Huntington PAL Club, 2101 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

Social hour is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. The meal offers a choice of roast beef au jus or chicken cordon bleu. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

The theme this year is “Black and White & The Little Red Door.”

Victory Noll Center T’ai Chi Chih sessions set to begin on March 31

The Victory Noll Center will offer a series of T’ai Chi Chih sessions beginning March 31.

T’ai Chi Chih is a series of 19 slow, gentle movements and one pose designed to activate, circulate and balance the energy flowing through the participant. The movements are accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities and can be performed while seated.

The classes will be led by Jan Parker. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. March 31 through May 19. The registration deadline is March 24.

‘Pints and Paints’ will benefit arts in schools

The La Fontaine Arts Council of Huntington County will hold a  “St. Paddy’s Pints and Paints” fund-raiser on March 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Expectations Events Center in Markle.

Those attending will create a painting and take it home with them that day. Giggabuggy will provide the necessary  canvases, art supplies, and simple instruction in a casual atmosphere. Tickets include appetizers and cash bar will be available.

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