Samuel Huntington DAR chapter holds rededication service

Reciting a poem titled “Brotherly Heroes” during a rededication ceremony for Revolutionary War veteran Elijah Mitchell and for Vietnam War veterans Mike and George Bustos on Saturday, Sept. 12, is Gage Bustos, of Huntington. The poem was written by family member David Bustos.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Samuel Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a rededication service at Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 12, honoring Elijah Mitchell, an American Revolution soldier, as well as two Vietnam War soldiers, Mike and George Bustos.

HU’s occupational therapy assist program accredited

With a predicted job outlook of 32 percent, Huntington University’s occupational therapy assistant baccalaureate program has been awarded the maximum years of accreditation possible for a program of its kind. Celebrating the occasion are HU OT students Lairen Miller, Bailey Funkhouser, Kaylee Garmire, Abby Matovich and Bailey O’Dell.
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Huntington University’s occupational therapy assistant baccalaureate program has been awarded the maximum years of accreditation possible for a program of its kind. This is a significant accomplishment, as HU is the first occupational therapy assistant baccalaureate program in the country.

Drake Goetz Memorial Park nearly completed; fills needs of Huntington

Local volunteers donated their time this summer to install playground equipment and pour sections of the cement walkway for Drake Goetz Memorial Park, located at 4082N-350E in Huntington. The park features a soccer field and pickleball court and will also include playground equipment, a walking path and more.
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Drake Goetz was known by many in the Huntington community, growing up in Huntington and attending Life Church. He attended Canterbury High School, where he was a soccer player.

At the age of 15, Drake died after being involved in an ATV accident. Shortly after his death, family members and friends started thinking up ways to help Drake’s memory live on that could also impact the community he grew up in. The answer became building the Drake Goetz Memorial Park.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest to begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Huntington

Huntington native America Carrillo poses in front of a mural she painted for free on the side of The Brick House building in downtown Huntington. She completed the mural in July, and will begin work on another larger mural, located at 35 W. Market St., as part of the Make It Your Own Mural Fest initiative in northeast Indiana. She will paint the Make It Your Own Mural from Sept. 8 to Sept. 18.
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Make I­t Your Own Mural Fest starts tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will last until Sept. 18, in Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties, including Huntington.

The regional mural festival concept is intended to enhance the region’s efforts to drive and attract talent and tourism by investing in public art.

Over the 11 days, 11 artists will install a high-quality mural in each of the 11 counties.

In Huntington, America Carrillo will create her masterpiece at 35 W. Market St., Huntington.

McKenzie’s Hope focuses on child advocacy ­in calm surroundings

McKenzie’s Hope’s new victim advocate, Wendy Ash (seated) is joined by Executive Director Kathryn Schilling. The collage of hearts was made by children who have come to the agency to share their experiences with abuse and family violence.
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A Huntington not-for-profit agency that focuses on helping children and families embroiled in domestic violence may be one of the town’s best-kept secrets.

It’s called McKenzie’s Hope Huntington County Child Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, Inc., named to keep alive the names of victims of child abuse in the hopes of giving other children a safe, non-threatening place in which to tell their stories.

HU greets new students at move-in day on Aug. 27

Guiding new Huntington University students during new-student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 27, is Admissions Counselor Brayten Carpenter. Huntington University held the majority of their move-in day orientation events outside in an effort to stay socially distanced.
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Huntington University students flocked to campus on Thursday, Aug. 27, to kick off move-in day and orientation weekend. Parents moved in their children, campus staff and administrators were present to greet students and give information and students new and returning were able to “come home” for the new fall semester.

National Wildlife Federation certifies Huntington property Wildlife Habitat

Robert Meier stand next to his hummingbird feeders outside his home, where his land has been deemed a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
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A chunk of land in Huntington County has been deemed a Certified Wil-dlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

The parcel belongs to Huntington County resident Robert Meier and his wife Dalphe.

The 17 acres of land are a welcoming home to all types of native wildlife, a flock of free-range chickens and the Meiers’ dog, Roger.

Driving down the gravel lane to the home on the property, visitors are greeted with the signage that shows the land has been designated as a wildlife habitat.

After over 20 years of partnership, Owen’s market becomes Kroger

Crew members put up a new Kroger sign on Monday, Aug. 17, at the former Owen’s grocery store location at 2718 Guilford St., Huntington. Other changes in the switch from Owen’s to Kroger include new light installation and the use of the Kroger App for customers.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

After being in partnership with Kroger since July 1998, the Huntington grocery store Owen’s, located at 2718 Guilford St., is officially changing its brand, now running under the Kroger brand name.

Bendix celebrates 40 years with new expansion of Huntington campus

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ new Huntington Distribution Center serves as an example of the company’s 40 years of investment in the Huntington community.
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A lot can change in 40 years – and at the Huntington campus of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, it has.

What started as a 30-person warehouse and distribution center in February 1980 has grown into a leading-edge, multifaceted operation encompassing multiple facilities and employing nearly 450 people across the city.

What hasn’t changed is the primary reason Bendix Huntington is marking four decades of expansion, success and community leadership.

Community comes together to honor boy whose spirit touched their hearts

The family of Wyatt Schmaltz stands next to a motorcycle holding a teddy bear, which was the first bike out in the Wyatt’s Ride fund-raiser bike run event held Saturday, Aug. 8, in Huntington. More than 300 bikes were registered for the event, along with cars and trucks in support of the Schmaltz family. Pictured (from left) are Deacon Schmaltz, April Schmaltz and Caden Schmaltz. April’s son, Wyatt, 9, died July 24, after a-six-year-long battle with cancer.
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Wyatt Schmaltz loved all things superhero and dinosaur related. He was part of Cub Scout Troop 3607, attended Horace Mann Elementary School and was the youngest brother to Cayden Schmaltz, 12, and Deacon Schmaltz, 15.  And from the age of 3, Wyatt was also a cancer patient. But that didn’t stop him from caring about others and always looking to the future.

“He didn’t know a stranger,” says April Schmaltz, Wyatt’s mother.  “Even on his worst days, he always had a smile.”

Mountain bikers of Huntington County compete for state champ titles

Competing in a DINO bicycling event is 13-year-old Wyatt Doctor, of Huntington. The competition was held at Potato Creek State Park on Sunday, July 26.
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Huntington area mountain bikers have been competing for state champion-
ship titles in a mountain bike race series across Indiana.  Three of the six races have been completed, and all of the local racers are in contention to win a state championship title in their respective categories.

As of Aug. 2, 13-year-old Hunter Bauman, of Ossian, is leading the 11 to 14-year-old junior division, and 13-year-olds Wyatt Doctor and Zane Loshe, both of Huntington, are also in contention for that division.

Schoeff brings his past experience to serve in new national role as Grand Tiler of the Elks

Donald Schoeff Sr. takes the oath of office to become Grand Tiler for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
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Kindness, compassion, commitment. Huntington resident Donald Schoeff Sr. embodies all three in his past work in law enforcement and public service as Huntington County’s assessor and auditor.

However, his lifelong commitment and implementation of the ideals of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (BPOE) have impacted all in his sphere.

On July 8, Schoeff was installed as the Grand Tiler of the Grand Lodge. This national honor is a culmination of 56 years of dedication. Schoeff’s sponsor for the position was Jim Nichelson, past grand exalted ruler.

Huntington House’s new director eyes plans for expansion as need for homeless shelters increase

New Huntington House Director Jennifer Gomez (left) accepts the keys to the house from retiring Director Rosella Stouder on Friday, July 24. A party to honor Stouder is planned for Thursday, Aug. 20, at Café of Hope.
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The mission to help the city’s homeless women will see a change in leadership, as the director of Huntington House, Rosella Stouder, officially retires this month and hands the job to its new director, Jennifer Gomez.

A retirement party will be held for Stouder on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington. But until then she will be on vacation, with Gomez in charge.

Doctors pledge help to erase patients’ debts

Standing in front of Cardinal Family Medicine is Dr. Janelle Pflieger. Cardinal Family Medicine has partnered with Shumacher Family Medicine, in Plymouth, and RIP Medical Debt, to raise funds that will clear medical debt for select families in eight surrounding counties. To donate to the fund-raiser, go online to www.secure.qgiv.
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Three doctors in northern Indiana, Drs. Janelle and Matt Pflieger of Cardinal Family Medicine, in Huntington, and Dr. Joel Schumacher of Schumacher Family Medicine, in Plymouth, have pledged to erase $1.7 million in medical debt for their eight surrounding counties by partnering with RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit organization that allows generous donors to clear the medical debt that cripples families and individuals.

Soldiers receive posthumous honors, plaques at graveside services held at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Gib Young, a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, talks about the plaque, wreath and lily decorating the grave of Corporal Edwin Sexton, a soldier in Company C, 130th Ohio Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony honoring him and two other veterans Saturday, July 25, at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A single calla lily lay on the crest of a gravestone of Corporal Edwin Sexton, a soldier long dead in Huntington’s Mt. Hope Cemetery. A wreath was laid in front of his grave and a newly-installed marker acknowledged him as the last Union soldier buried in Huntington County.