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Inclusion is key for hydrant artists sprucing up Huntington

Pathfinder Little River Art Group artists Alan Cullan (left) and April England transform the fire hydrant outside the Pathfinder Services location on State Street into an Incredibles cartoon character. Their group, along with artists from Creative Abilities, Pos’Abilities and Essential Skills Class groups have joined area artists in beautifying Huntington with the freshly painted hydrants.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Artists from all across Huntington County have been sprucing up 41 fire hydrants around town, painting cartoon figures on them in Huntington’s downtown district and other major points throughout the city. The artists, many of them well-known, include members of the Creative Abilities, Pos’Abilities and Little River Art Group as well as the Essential Skills class from Huntington North High School.

New local YMCA youth golf program has lesson going beyond the sport

Tim Allen, the sports director at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, pauses for a moment from sorting through equipment for the YMCA’s new youth golf program, which he will be organizing. The program, called DRIVE, was created by The First Tee, a sports organization that seeks to interest youth in golf
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will soon start offering a youth golf program.

While one of the goals will be to teach the fundamentals of golf to children between the ages of 6 and 8, there will also be another, more important goal for the program, says Tim Allen, its organizer.

“It does introduce the game of golf to kids, but it is really, honestly, more about teaching good conduct and behavior and etiquette and manners and, honestly, how you treat people,” he says.

Huntington BBQ Festival returns to help community and bring fun

Members of the Petunia’s Pig Pit crew who are organizing the Huntington BBQ Fest are (front row from left) Brenda Rosen and Sabrina Newcomb; and (back row from left) Larry Rosen Jr., Dennis Newcomb and Norm Sisemore. The barbecue contest event takes place Aug. 25 at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
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The Huntington BBQ Festival returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 25, giving hungry patrons an all-you-can-eat meal and a vote for the best barbecue while helping two local ministries at the same time.

The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Hospital Show Arena at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, rain or shine. Organizer Brenda Rosen says with a theme of “Feed the Hungry,” all proceeds from the festival will go to the New Life Meal Ministry and the Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Eckert is at center of 2018 Ride 2 Provide Aug. 18

Rachel Murchland Eckert (second from left) will be the beneficiary of this year’s Ride 2 Provide, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Markle Park. Eckert, a Markle native, was diagnosed with stage four metastatic colon cancer in December of last year. Also pictured are (from left) Eckert’s daughter, Macy Eckert; Eckert’s husband, Jeremy; and Eckert’s son, Max.
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The 13th annual Ride 2 Provide is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Markle Park.

While the motorcycle ride that the event is known for will commence at noon, a variety of other activities will be taking place both before and after that time.

The aim of all those activities is the same: raising funds for a good cause.

Old-time lemonade stand benefits Riley

Bryden Ricker, 7, mans the lemonade stand at his home on Felt Street in Huntington Thursday, July 26. The youngster is donating the proceeds from his sales to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When Bryden Ricker was at the local YMCA, he was inspired to do what he could to help others less fortunate than himself. So, he asked his mom if he could sell some lemonade.

“He kept begging me to do a lemonade stand, and finally I said yes,” says Jana Ricker, Bryden’s stepmom. “After we got it set up, that’s when he said he wanted to donate to Riley.”

Zanesville Lions Club Summer Fest Saturday

Steve Whetstone mans the grill, cooking up bratwurst and toppings at the Zanesville Ballpark during the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival last year. Food and other treats will again be offered at this year’s festival, set for Saturday, July 28.
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There will be wheels – and deals – throughout the town of Zanesville Saturday, July 28, as the Lions Club Summer Festival gets underway. Lions Club member Melba Edwards says there are plenty of opportunities for people to not only come view the events planned for the day, but also sign up and become part of the festivities.

New this year is a co-ed softball tourney, which will be held at the Lions Club Ball Diamond, Edwards says.

United Way Pacesetters urged to lead campaign charge from ‘Zero’ to ‘Hero’

Team Stanley, serving as the campaign chairs of the 2018 Huntington County United Way Campaign, hold up cards spelling what they hope the 14 United Way Pacesetter companies will become as they begin their fund-raising efforts, ahead of the official start of the campaign in September. Pictured are (from left) Brent Stanley, Megan Reckelhoff, Nick Stanley and Darlene Stanley. The skit was performed at the annual Pacesetter Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18, at the Historic Forks of the Wabash.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

From “Zero” to “Hero,” the 14 Huntington County United Way Pacesetter companies who will lead the charge in the 2018 fund-raising campaign were exhorted to go above and beyond, by just 5 percent more this year.

Rolling into Roanoke participant has roots deep in town

Roanoke native Klint Crawford (right) stands beside his 2012 Porsche Cayman R while his son, Clay, stands beside his 2005 BMW M3. The Crawfords will be bringing their cars to Roanoke on Saturday, July 21, for this year’s Rolling into Roanoke car show, where the spotlight will be on European automobiles and motorcycles.
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One of the many cars set to be exhibited at Rolling into Roanoke this Saturday, July 21, is a 2012 Cayman R. Produced by German sports car manufacturer Porsche, it will fit right in at this year’s show, as the theme is “Across the Pond” and European cars and motorcycles will be in the spotlight.

While the aforementioned Cayman R may hail from overseas, its owner, Klint Crawford, does not. In fact, when Crawford comes to Roanoke, he’ll be coming home.

Local youth sharing her blessings with ‘Hunger Banquet’

Ellie Stephenson (right) is all smiles as she sees that the number of registrations for the Hunger Banquet she is hosting has increased; her mother, Mandy Stephenson, reacts to the good news. Ellie Stephenson hopes to have at least 50 people attend the unusual, interactive banquet set for July 15, which will focus on world hunger.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published July 9, 2018.

Ellie Stephenson is a bright, articulate 10-year-old who will be in fifth grade when school starts back up at Lincoln Elementary School. She also recently learned a powerful lesson about being grateful for what she has, an epiphany she wants to share with the world.

With a little help from her parents and some friends, she will do just that when she throws a “Hunger Banquet” for the community on Sunday, July 15, at 5 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church. It’s an experience that participants are not likely to soon forget.

Pathfinder clients make new friends this summer

Jon Sizemore (left), 13, catches a basketball during some interaction time at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County Thursday, June 21. Also participating in the game are (from left) Alexia Ramirez, 12, Mitchell Parker, 16 and Ella Emery, 13. Members of the club hang out with Pathfinder teen clients each morning, doing fun things such as using the computer, watching videos and cooking.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published July 5, 2018.

Mornings in the summertime at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County are always busy and boisterous, with kids in every part of the club having fun on their break from school.

But for about 20 to 30 youths who are clients of Pathfinder Services, the fun is teamed up with making some important friendships.

Lancaster mission to build well in Africa continues to completion

Children who were first-graders at Lancaster Elementary School this past school year hold up a banner that states the grand total of their fund-raiser for the Georgie Badiel Foundation during a Skype call with the foundation’s creator, Georgie Badiel, on Thursday, June 28, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The grand total, $11,588.91, will fund the construction of a well in an African community that does not currently have access to clean water.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Classes may have ended for good at Lancaster Elementary School this past school year, but the school’s mission to build a well in Africa did not.

Johnson returns home to Lime City to train for shot at national track title

Lauren Johnson, a professional runner from Huntington, runs a lap on the track at Huntington University’s King Stadium on Tuesday, June 12. Johnson is competing in the 1,500-meter run at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, which begin today, Thursday, June 21. With the meet being held in Des Moines, IA, Johnson returned to Huntington to get reacclimated to running in the Midwest’s climate.
Photo by Steve Clark.

When professional runner Lauren Johnson comes to Huntington, it’s usually to visit with friends and family in her hometown.

Her most recent trip to the Lime City, though, was motivated by something else. This time around, she was here to train for a national title.

Pair of HNHS grads leaving ‘Blessings’ to next generation

Huntington County Blessings in a Backpack founders Emily Johnson (far right) and Hollyn Anderson (second from right) symbolically hand off the ministry to members of the local committee during work time Wednesday, May 30, at Café of Hope at Life Church. Johnson and Anderson are graduating from Huntington North High School this year. Celebrating the occasion are (front row from left) Ashlynn Goster, Kate Gradeless and Autumn Anderson; and (back row from left) Dairian Goelz, Katie Melcher, Hannah Smith, Peyton Miller  and Meg McDonald.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published June 11, 2018.

Back in 2011, when Hollyn Anderson and Emily Johnson were in sixth grade at Crestview Middle School, they had no idea that they would make such a huge impact on the world around them – specifically, on hundreds of hungry children in Huntington County.

Their desire to feed kids has turned into a major charity in Huntington County, growing each year of its operation and bringing in thousands of dollars to make it happen.

Lancaster Elementary first-graders, others try to make last days count for something long-term

Jeanne Paff (seated), a first-grade teacher at Lancaster Elementary School, looks up at a screen displaying the Skype chat that she and students at the school had with Georgie Badiel, the creator of the Georgie Badiel Foundation, on May 7. First-graders at the school were impacted by a book that was inspired by Badiel’s childhood experiences trying to bring clean water to her village. As a result, the students started a fund-raising campaign to dig a well in an African village.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Lancaster Elementary School may now be closed, but if the school’s last classes of first-graders have their way, it will live on in a new form on the other side of the world.

Pair of local families get state honor for having centennial farms

Melissa Killen (left) sorts through photos showing the Killen family farm as it has changed through the years with her father, Donald Killen, during coffee time together at the Café of Hope, in Huntington. Donald Killen still lives on the homestead, which was recently recognized as a Hoosier Homestead Farm for being in the Killen family for more than 100 years.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Their families have been the salt of the earth for generations in Huntington County, producing food by tilling the land and raising a variety of animals. This year, the two families are being recognized for having their farms in the same family for at least 100 years.

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