Leadership Academy idea may help fill vacancies

The members of the Huntington County Vacant Buildings Committee are (from left) Terry Miller, Malcolm McBryde and Dessie Krumanaker, who founded the group from a project birthed during a Huntington County Leadership Academy class. They seek to find occupants for the county’s vacant commercial buildings.
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An idea that grew out of a Huntington County Leadership Academy think tank is taking aim at filling empty buildings in Huntington and throughout the county.

Simply called the “Huntington County Vacant Buildings Committee,” the group is looking for commercial buildings that are without occupants, with the idea of connecting them with businesses that are seeking a spot to land.
The group is made up of three Leadership Academy graduates, Dessie Krumanaker, Malcolm McBryde and Terry Miller, who came together during the 2018 academy in March.

Parkview Family YMCA sees plenty of growth in new facility’s 10 years

Jill Gradeless (left) and Todd Latta, the senior program director and associate executive director, respectively, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, pause from their work at the facility on Monday, Nov. 5. Today, Thursday, Nov. 8, the YMCA celebrates 10 years in its new building. Photo by Steve Clark.
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The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA celebrates its 10th anniversary today, Thursday, Nov. 8.

While the facility has been around for a decade now, there are still some items in it that trace their origins back to the establishment that it replaced, the Huntington YMCA.

Among those items? The spin bikes.

“Those have been holdovers from the old Y,” notes Ben Davis, CEO and executive director of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. “So, we have spin bikes that are more than 10 years old – which is way longer than their anticipated lifespan.”

UB Block coming back to life from edge of demolition

Restoration Specialist Julio Cruz works on the stained-glass window outside the Odd Fellows Hall building in the UB Block, in Huntington, on Friday, Oct. 12. Cruz’s work is a part of a rehabilitation project that commenced at the UB Block this past March. The project, which will see the UB Block refurbished and house apartments, plus spaces for Huntington University and Pathfinder Services, is almost halfway complete.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Jon Anderson’s favorite projects are the ones that almost don’t happen.

Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of AP Development LLC, an Indianapolis-based real estate development company that is overseeing the rehabilitation of Huntington’s UB Block. It’s a project that qualifies as one of Anderson’s favorites because it has saved historic buildings for which demolition loomed.

Huntington County Extension Homemakers celebrate state week Oct. 15-19

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Indiana Extension Homemakers Week is Oct. 15 to 19 and a display was used during September to highlight the local homemakers’ activities for Huntington County at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

This month members of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers will read books to the preschoolers at Head Start. The organization reads to the children four times a year. In preparation for the event, the extension homemakers made 72 book bags to give to the children at the first reading to keep their books in.

Animal abandonment rising in county, sometimes with fatal result

The Huntington County Humane Shelter says animal abandonment is on the rise in the county, sometimes with dangerous or even fatal consequences.

“Abandoning animals at the shelter is a very big problem, and a lot of people don’t realize that the majority of them do not stay there,” says Huntington Animal Control Officer Jean Wilson. “If they do not bring them in during our business hours when we ask them to and they just leave them on the property, we can’t guarantee that they are safe.”

Huntington County deputies, animal control officer go the extra mile for Andrews family

Sue-Ellen Sommers, of Andrews, poses with her dogs Buck (left) and Scruffy. She and her husband, Terry, recently lost Buck when he developed severe seizures.
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It was a distraught Terry and Sue-Ellen Sommers who called Huntington County’s 911 Dispatch in the wee hours of Thursday, Sept. 13, when they were at their wits’ end over the behavior of a beloved member of their family.

SA’s Marak to take message into Opera House Saloon Sunday morn

Capt. Dennis Marak, of the Salvation Army’s Huntington branch, will deliver the sermon during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival’s worship service on Sunday, Sept. 23. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The service begins at 9 a.m. in the “Opera House Saloon.”
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Capt. Dennis Marak will take his message right into the Opera House Saloon when he preaches at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23. The old-fashioned, non-denominational worship service begins at 9 a.m. at the “saloon,” located on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

“I’m honored to be part of it. Since the Salvation Army has been here since 1889, we have been an integral part of what the county has done and has accomplished, and we continue to do,” he says, “I just think it’s a real privilege.”

Dr. Carnes reflects on daughter’s life-changing donation decision

J. David Carnes, MD, Parkview Physicians Group – Family Medicine (right), with his wife, Janice (left), and daughter, Colleen, at the Parkview Huntington Community Gala last year, where Carnes was honored for his contributions to healthcare in Huntington County. Colleen made her own contribution in July, when she donated a kidney to a Fort Wayne boy, inspiring regional and national media coverage and her parents’ pride.
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There’s no time like a family gathering for a special announcement.

And at Easter, J. David Carnes, MD, and his wife, Janice, received surprising news from their daughter, Colleen.

“She said, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m going to donate a kidney this summer,’ says Carnes, a Huntington native who practices with Parkview Physicians Group – Family Medicine and sees patients at Parkview Huntington Hospital. “She was very committed and comfortable with her decision. So we said, ‘Oh, OK, then.’ We were all for it.”

Local ‘hip hop’ artist bringing in heavy hitter for Oct. concert

Kyle Schnepp, also known as Lyrical the Miracle Man, poses for a press photo ahead of the “Jimmy Pop’s Party at the Park” hip hop concert, on Oct. 13 in the First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. Seven artists are set to perform at the event, including national recording artist Mac Lethal.
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A national “hip hop” rapper known for his rapid-fire lyrics is coming to give a concert in Huntington, thanks to the efforts of a local artist.

Kyle Schnepp, of Huntington, known on the local hip hop scene as “Lyrical the Miracle Man,” is organizing the multi-artist show, which will feature David McCleary Sheldon of Kansas City, MO, also know as Mac Lethal, as its headliner.

Artists to again use sidewalks as canvas in 2nd ‘Chalk Walk’

Christian Garver (left) and Joshua Matos work on a chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the Huntington County Courthouse last year during Huntington’s first Chalk Walk. The event returns on Sept. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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The second annual Huntington Chalk Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Huntington County Courthouse square from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists of all ages and ability levels will have the opportunity to adorn small or large sections of sidewalk with their finest chalk art. Chalk will be provided while supplies last. Participants will have from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to work on their art.

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.
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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
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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.
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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.”