Trio of Huntington North cheerleaders gain elite entry to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY

Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders (from left) Dylinn Hertel, Lauryne Pearson and Arianna Betterly are headed to New York City this November to march and cheer in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The three juniors each tried out individually for the opportunity to join the All American Cheerleaders in this year’s parade. The trio will be the only high school cheerleaders from Indiana to appear at the event.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Three Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders are not only going to represent their school in a nationally televised parade this fall, but they will have the distinction of being the only high school cheerleaders from Indiana to appear at the event.

Arianna Betterly, Dylinn Hertel and Lauryne Pearson, all HNHS juniors, were selected to march and cheer in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in New York City on Nov. 28.

Elmore steps back in time to hopefully launch future career

Huntington native Stuart Elmore (right) directs actors Neil O’Callaghan (left) and Kristi Alsip during production on “West Park,” a short film, on Thursday, Aug. 29, at West Park Skate Center, in Huntington. The film was shot over the course of four days at the skate center. In addition to Elmore, a student at Columbia College Chicago, the film’s team included Jack Pickard, Paige Grable and Alex Underwood, all of whom are also from Huntington.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Stuart Elmore used to work at West Park Skate Center.

From middle school through high school, he was an employee at the venerable Huntington roller rink, which his family owns.

Now 23, Elmore recently turned back the clock and worked at the skate center once more.

Only this time, he wasn’t handing out skates or selling concessions.

This time, he was calling the shots on a short film – one that he hopes will launch his career as a director.

United Way campaign, ‘Invest in Our Community,’ gets official start

Orion McCormack, donor development coordinator of United Way of Huntington County, shows the impact that United Way donations have made in the community during the 2019 Campaign Kickoff luncheon held Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Huntington First Church of the Nazarene. In December, United Way is also having a “Giving Tuesday” donation opportunity, a food drive to benefit local food banks.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With the theme of “Invest in Our Community,” the 2019 United Way of Huntington County fund-raising campaign got off to its official start Wednesday, Sept. 18.

HNHS student hoping to make difference with comic-strip flyers

Jaq Webb, of Huntington, a junior at Huntington North High School, holds the comic-strip style flyer he created providing several resources and suggestions for those interested in celebrating peace and taking care of the Earth’s environment. The flyer is available in both English and Spanish.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A Huntington North High School student hopes he can use his art to influence people and help bring change to a world in which peace is at a premium.

Jaq Webb, a 17-year-old HNHS junior, has created a comic-strip style poster and flyer to educate and provide resources about the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, recycling, taking care of the environment and writing to representatives in Congress, among others. And Webb, who is a Spanish student, has created the infographic poster in both English and Spanish.

At first look, ILEARN scores not making many in state happy

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The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the Spring 2019 Indiana Learning Evaluation and Readiness Network (ILEARN) results last week, much to the chagrin of teachers and many Hoosier school districts, including the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Joy ride in Ford Model A finally comes to end for Andrews couple

With their 1930 Ford Model A dubbed “Abigail” in the background, Sharon and Tom Laupp, of Andrews, show the map of the United States that has been filled in, after they completed visiting the final few states this summer of the 48 states they’ve traveled in their vintage auto. The states they completed culminated in them visiting the famous “Four Corners” of the U.S., comprised of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
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A joy ride in an antique automobile reached a milestone this summer for Andrews residents Tom and Sharon Laupp after they logged the final states visited to complete the map of the 48 contiguous continental states in the United States.

It took a number of years – starting in 1996 after the couple first obtained their 1930 Ford Model A they nicknamed “Abigail” – but more than 20 years later they found themselves standing in the famous “Four Corners” of the U.S. and crossed the final four states off their bucket list.

Pathfinder Toasts the Arts with Meraki event Thursday at winery

Pathfinder Services Creative Abilities artist Reed Pickard gets a kick out of lending his creativity to painting a 2019 BMW i3 “Art Car” in preparation for the Meraki: Toast to the Arts event on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Two-EE’s Winery, in Roanoke.
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The community is invited to turn out to support the arts in a very special way, when the Pathfinder Services’ 2019 Meraki: Toast to the Arts event opens its doors on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.

The event, held for its second year, will be at Two-EE’s Winery, in Roanoke.

The evening features a concert by Indianapolis-area singer/songwriter Jennie DeVoe and her band that gets underway at 7:30 p.m. DeVoe’s music style is described as a unique blend of Americana-soul-roots and jazzy blues.

Birthday party for dog at humane shelter a chance for her to ‘give back’ in a way

Lilly Anne, a rescued Cocker spaniel, will have a party on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Huntington County Humane Shelter from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate not only her first birthday, but also her recovery from having a serious illness that required thousands of dollars in treatment.
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When little Lilly Anne turns 1, she’ll get a big birthday party bash, not just to celebrate her first year, but to celebrate her recovery from a serious illness. Everyone is invited.

Lilly Anne, a rescued Cocker spaniel, has been the unfortunate definition of a sick puppy, after her first owners surrendered her to the rescue at only 4 months old, when they brought her to a veterinarian for her puppy shots.

Crochet ladies’ ministry a labor of love

Members of the Angel Hugs Ministry of First Freewill Baptist Church, in Huntington, hold up crocheted items they have created to donate to cancer patients. Pictured are (from left) Deb Spencer, Dawn Mitcham and Brenda Paynter. The group seeks referrals of those they can provide with their handiwork.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A group of ladies at First Freewill Baptist Church get a big kick out of being called “hookers for the Lord.” But, indeed, with hooks in hand – crochet hooks, that is – the women of Angel Hugs Ministry have created hundreds of handmade items to bless those who are battling cancer and other serious ailments.

The group, which started with Deb Spencer in October of 2009, has met every Monday evening for a couple of hours to work on making colorful prayer shawls, afghans, lapghans, baby blankets and chemo hats, with every item becoming a donation to someone with a need.

Preschool youth at Parkview Huntington ‘Y’ eating veggies because they’re raising them

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

What’s got the preschool youth at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA all excited about eating their veggies?

On any given day a child may be seen clutching a radish, or a green pepper or even some broccoli that they take home with pride.

That pride comes from having had a hand in raising the vegetables, thanks to a program partnership between the Y and the Purdue Extension, using grant funds to build a raised garden container in the playground yard.

PHH helping children improve while having fun with high-tech center

Luke Hall (right) has fun as he prepares to exit the Parkview Huntington Hospital’s new pediatric therapy gym, as his therapist, Hannah Koeneman, keeps watch on his progress and encourages him to exercise his muscles.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Luke Hall thinks he’s going to the hospital to play on the cool playground-type equipment they have there. But his therapist knows he’s actually getting a workout.

The 5-year-old, who has been diagnosed with developmental delays, looks forward to his sessions at the new Parkview Huntington Hospital Pediatric Therapy rooms, located in the recently opened Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. When he sees the gigantic rainbow mural on the wall outside the gym’s doors, he makes sure to high-five all the colors before bounding inside to start some serious play.

Technology to help low income get health care

Kelley Miller, RN BSN, of Love In the Name of Christ, sits behind the desk of the ministry’s telemetry clinic examination room in Huntington, as Dr. Brad Isbister is shown on the tablet in a live stream meeting used to make medical examinations from the Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic in Fort Wayne.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Since the closing of the Huntington Free Health Clinic in June of 2017, low-income people in Huntington County who do not have health insurance have had to go out of the county to receive health care. Some just went without. But a partnership with local ministry Love In the Name of Christ and Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic in Fort Wayne will allow folks to receive the care they need via cutting-edge technology.

‘70s Show’ and Scooby-Doo vehicles highlight Rolling into Roanoke rides

A van resembling the Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo” will be one of the many vehicles at this year’s Rolling into Roanoke on Saturday, July 27, in downtown Roanoke and Roanoke Park. The Mystery Machine will be accompanied by several other famous cars from TV and film in the 1970s and beyond.
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The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser from “That ‘70s Show” and the Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo” were both sites of socializing for the characters on those TV shows.

They were, simply put, vehicles that brought people together.
And Rick Fischer believes they’ll continue to do just that when they appear at the latest Rolling into Roanoke on Saturday, July 27.

County resident Brennan recalls time spent with moonwalker as 50th anniversary rolls in

Mike Brennan, of Huntington County, sits next to the trophy he received for winning the Purdue Grand Prix in 1975. He is holding a copy of a newspaper article that was written about his victory. After the race, Brennan got to meet Neil Armstrong, who served as the event’s grand marshal.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Long before astronaut Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon, he was walking to class at Purdue University.

Upon returning to earth, Armstrong maintained ties with his alma mater in West Lafayette. For instance, in 1975, he served as grand marshal of the Purdue Grand Prix, a large go-kart race held annually at the school.

And it’s in this context that a resident of Huntington County, Mike Brennan, met Armstrong.

Huntington North track girls pass baton down the line; all see advantage to multiple sports

Lauren Johnson (left), Hannah Stoffel (middle) and Addy Wiley stand together on the King Stadium track at Huntington University. All three are successful distance runners at different points in their careers. Johnson and Stoffel are Huntington North High School graduates while Wiley is currently a student at the school.
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Running is a solitary sport.

But Lauren Johnson, Hannah Stoffel and Addy Wiley have company.

Local track athletes, the three are specialists in either the 1,500 or 1,600-meter run.

Huntington North High School is a point of confluence for the trio, with Johnson and Stoffel having graduated from the school in 2005 and 2016, respectively, and Wiley set to do the same in 2022.