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Marching Vikes shine in Roanoke, continue busy September slate


Image by: Phil Smith. Senior trombonist Matt Pharoah performs during the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade.

By Phil Smith Pounding the pavement, despite searing late summer temperatures can sap the energy from anyone — but try doing it while maintaining your alignment with someone on either side of you and while also toting a heavy musical instrument. The Huntington North High School marching band doesn’t let hot parades and marching band competitions, or recruitment woes brought on by a world-wide pandemic slow it down. Fresh off the Roanoke Fall Festival parade on Saturday, Sept.

Patriotism abounds at Roanoke parade


Image by: Phil Smith. 2022 Roanoke Fall Festival Queen Corynn Barton, in the back, waves to the crowd, along with, from left, Jaela Faulkner, Aubrey Tyler, Ella McDaniel, Addison Tyler and Sydney Taylor. In the back is Erika Bugg.

The sidewalks were impassable, due to the enthusiasm of the attendees sitting, standing and waving American flags during the 68th Annual Roanoke Fall Festival Parade. Patriotism was at its peak, as the 619 individuals, 60 vehicles, and six floats provided the visual incarnation of this year’s parade theme “America, the Beautiful,” sponsored by the American Legion Post 160. The parade began with a check for $2,500 being presented to the Roanoke Police Department’s K-9 Unit from the Roanoke Sons of American Legion. The check was presented for the newest officer of the K-9 Unit, Doc.

Fred Loew and 100 Years of Soybeans


Professor Fred Loew, Huntington University Archives

As autumn approaches and farmers begin the harvest processes, great attribution goes out to former growers and individuals that devoted their lives to the industry. The history of the soybean crop cannot be discussed without mentioning the innovative spirit of one distinguished educator and botanist, Dr. Fred Loew. He grew up in rural Michigan, but came to Huntington for an education. At the time Huntington College was known as the new Central College, from which he graduation in the year 1902.

Meet and Greet

Right to Life of Northeast Indiana will be holding a meet and greet event on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Park Pavilion in Huntington. Right to Life encompasses LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Allen, Wells, Adams, and NOW Huntington County. With the closing of the Right to Life of Huntington this past May, we are excited to let the Huntington county area know that we will be serving them as their Right to Life of Northeast Indiana, with Zachary Rodgers as Executive Director.

Pale swallow wort found locally

Pale swallow-wort, an invasive plant species, was recently found in Huntington University’s campus woods making it the only confirmed population in Indiana.
Pale swallow-wort, or vincetoxicum rossicum, is native to Eastern Europe, near the Black Sea. It was likely brought to the U.S. in the late 1800s as an ornamental.

Author signs books, gives talk

Amy Williams signing her book “Peacefully Living Through Prana” at Amethyst Lotus in preparation for a four-week emersion workshop starting July 9. She will be teaching a heart-centered way of living and talking about more than what is in the books.
Photo by Claire Butler

Amethyst Lotus recently hosted a book signing with author Amy Williams where she talked about a heart-centered way of living as seen in her books.  
Williams is an author, speaker, and the founder of Parenting Through Prana which is an online resource for heart-centered learning for parents, but also for reparenting ourselves.

“I believe that a huge part of parenting is not just how we form and mold our children but how we learn to heal the things within us so we can be more of who we are and create a safe space for our children to be who they are” Williams said.

Buhler named to USABA board

elected as one of four athletes on the USABA board of directors.
Picture provided.

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) announced the election of two additional athlete representatives to its Board of Directors.

One of these two new additions is Huntington native Zach Buhler.
Buhler competed in his first Olympic games in Tokyo as a member of the USA Men’s Paralympic Goalball Team which finished fourth.

Prof helps teach others worldwide

Jerry Sherlock poses with a group of students on one of his trips.
Photo provided

Dr. Jeffrey F. Sherlock is a professor of International Business and Management at Taylor University who teaches business courses around the world.

He had traveled to a variety of countries including China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ecuador, Argentina, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, France, Poland, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.

The Hive set to open

The Charles and Opal Johnson Chapel.
Photo by Claire Butler

Brian Young, owner of B. A. Young, Inc., is opening The Hive and Spiritual Celebration Center at 509 E. State St.

Young is a Huntington native and co-owned an electric company in Huntington before starting his own, B.A. Young Inc. in 2000. Since buying the old 509 Church, Young has been working on renovations to transform it into a multi-purpose center where groups can gather for occasions of all kinds.  

There will be a dedication ceremony with a date to be determined that includes a reception including cookies, chips, and refreshments. Everybody is welcome to come.

HARTA hosts fundraiser

The Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA) recently had its sixth annual Beer and Wine festival at the Huntington County 4H Fairgrounds to support their upcoming trail expansion project.
Attendees could sample from Indiana wineries, breweries, ciders, and for the second year, distilleries.

Army veteran now helping youth

Bobby Blair, retired Green Beret and Huntington native, now teaches JROTC at Huntington North. With 24 years of military training under his belt he has been able to pass that knowledge on to the kids through this program.

Blair enlisted into the Army Reserves as a personnel administration specialist in 1993 while still in high school as part of the split OP program.
This meant that after basic camp in Fort Jackson, SC, the summer before senior year, he would go for army drills in Fort Wayne every month during the school year.  

Friends bid farewell to HNHS exchange student

Huntington North High School (HNHS) exchange student Theo Wachs and friend Lauren Templeton sign a memory canvas at his good-bye party.
Photo by Lyla Spath

Approximately 50 friends and neighbors gathered to say good-bye to Huntington North High School (HNHS) exchange student Theo Wachs May 21.
Wachs, age 17, is from Koenigstein, Germany, near Frankfurt.

“I came to study in the U. S. to help improve my English,” Wachs said.

Along with learning more English, Wachs had the opportunity to experience American culture first-hand. He noted that some of the major differences between life in Koenigstein and life in Huntington are diet and use of public transit.