Author: Steve Kimmel

11 Jan Township High Schools invited to Heritage Days parade meeting

The Heritage Days steering committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is planning a special addition to the 2018 Heritage Days Parade. As the theme for Heritage Days is the ’50s: Community Strong, the committee is inviting the 15 township high schools of that era to each produce floats representing their individual schools. A meeting will take place in the South Room of the Huntington Township Public Library on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. for those interested in being a part of the parade. Before the consolidation of these 15 schools into one county high school, a large rivalry existed between them during sectional tournament sports time. As individual entries to the parade, their floats will also be judged and a winning entry will be selected. This addition to the parade is being headed up by Stan Bippus and Jim Denman. The committee hopes that each school will be represented in the parade with a float decorated with things that represent their particular school. The schools include: Andrews High School, the Cardinals, colors red and white; Banquo High School, Indians, blue and white; Bippus High School, Tigers, blue and gold; Clear Creek High School, Bulldogs, red and white; Huntington Township High School, Bearcats, purple and gold; Huntington Catholic High School, Rams, black and gold and Huntington High School, Vikings, red and black. Additional schools included: Jefferson High School, Spartans, green and white; Lancaster High School, Lancers, red and white; Markle High School, Eagles, blue and gold; Monument City High School, Greyhounds; purple and grey; Rock Creek High School, Aces, black and red; Roanoke High School, Stonewalls, green and white; Union High School, Sharpshooters, blue and white and Warren High School, Lightening Five, blue and white. Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24 with the parade on Saturday,...

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11 Jan Sock Hop planned for Heritage Days 2018, June 22

A Sock Hop is planned as a part of the 2018 Heritage Days festivities. The Sock Hop is part of celebrating The ’50s: Community Strong, the Heritage Days theme, and will take place on Friday evening, June 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants are encourage to dress in ’50s garb, and dance to the music of the Moon Cats at a location in the vicinity of Jefferson and Franklin Streets. The Moon Cats play 50s and 60s classic type music, and the sponsor of the event is Lake City Bank. The Heritage Days car show will be also be taking place in downtown Huntington during this time as part of the celebration. Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. Official colors for Heritage Days are Black, White and Silver. For information contact the Chamber at (260) 356-5300 or email skimmel@huntington-chamber.com. Visit www.HuntingtonHeritageDays.com....

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11 Jan Heritage Days Parade has new judging categories

New judging categories have been selected for The Heritage Days Parade for 2018. The parade will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. With the theme The ’50s: Community Strong, parade judging categories will still include Best Theme Float. Other categories to be judged will include: Adult Group, Antique Vehicle, Best 1950s Sectional Float, Best Horse Unit, Best Musical Unit, Classic Vehicle, Marching Color Guard and Youth Group. Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. The official colors for Heritage Days are Black, White and Silver. For information contact the Chamber at (260) 356-5300 or email skimmel@huntington-chamber.com. Visit www.HuntingtonHeritageDays.com....

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11 Jan Township High Schools invited to Heritage Days parade meeting

The Heritage Days steering committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is planning a special addition to the 2018 Heritage Days Parade. As the theme for Heritage Days is the ’50s: Community Strong, the committee is inviting the 15 township high schools of that era to each produce floats representing their individual schools. A meeting will take place in the South Room of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. for those interested in being a part of the parade. Before the consolidation of these 15 schools into one county high school, a large rivalry existed between them during sectional tournament sports time. As individual entries to the parade, their floats will also be judged and a winning entry will be selected. This addition to the parade is being headed up by Stan Bippus and Jim Denman. The committee hopes that each school will be represented in the parade with a float decorated with things that represent their particular school. The schools include: Andrews High School, the Cardinals, colors red and white; Banquo High School, Indians, blue and white; Bippus High School, Tigers, blue and gold; Clear Creek High School, Bulldogs, red and white; Huntington Township High School, Bearcats, purple and gold; Huntington Catholic High School, Rams, black and gold and Huntington High School, Vikings, red and black. Additional schools included: Jefferson High School, Spartans, green and white; Lancaster High School, Lancers, red and white; Markle High School, Eagles, blue and gold; Monument City High School, Greyhounds; purple and grey; Rock Creek High School, Aces, black and red; Roanoke High School, Stonewalls, green and white; Union High School, Sharpshooters, blue and white and Warren High School, Lightening Five, blue and white. Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24 with the parade on Saturday,...

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01 Dec The ’50s: Community Strong, 2018 Heritage Days theme

The Heritage Days Steering Committee has named the theme for the 2018 Heritage Days festivities as The ’50s: Community Strong. Festivities celebrating Huntington’s 55th Heritage Days will relate to the 1950’s, continuing to explore our heritage, and will be held at locations throughout the community, Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. The 1950’s in Huntington were a family-oriented time where much of the city’s activities took place in the main business district. The principal business district extended north and south with Jefferson Street as the main thoroughfare and included the adjoining streets. All of the retail shopping, restaurants, churches and activities were found here. Community Gym, located in the former Central Elementary School, was the location of many countywide events including basketball tournaments, dances, sock hops, concerts and more. Cruising through town in a ’50s automobile was also a popular way to connect with friends. The Heritage Days 2018 button depicts the former YMCA, which was located at the corner of Warren and Washington Streets. The YMCA was considered the community center of the 1950’s in Huntington according to a Newcomers Guide from 1951. It was the main location for youth activities and its facilities were used by many organized civic, social and religious groups of the city and county. The Swing Inn Club was located in the lower level of the “Y” and boasted a membership of 500 high school boys and girls. In 1951 a countywide learn to swim campaign was promoted for the first time with 372 boys and girls participating. The ’50s were a colorful vibrant era, and it was a time of hard work getting the country back to stability after a period of war and reconstruction. People were happy and by the end of the ’50s, the hard work of rebuilding the country had paid off....

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26 May LaFontaine Arts Council announces JeFFFest

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing will once again sponsor JeFFFest. The event will take place Sunday, June 18, in downtown Huntington from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature fun food, fabulous music and fine art. The art part of JeFFFest offers artists of all ages the opportunity to create a special work on a 5” x 7” canvas. These official JeFFFest canvases are $5 and can be purchased only at the frame shop, 419 N. Jefferson Street, during regular business hours, beginning Wednesday, May 3. Business hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Completed canvases are to be returned to Four Corner Custom Framing by Friday, June 9 at which time they become property of the LAC. They will be professionally framed and displayed for the silent auction at the frame shop beginning Friday, June 16. The silent auction concludes the evening of JeFFFest. Artists may purchase more than one canvas, and any media can be used on the canvas. Submissions must be dry and ready for framing when they are turned in. All proceeds from JeFFFest go toward the LaFontaine Arts Council’s “Arts in Education” programming. For more information about JeFFFest, contact LAC executive director Debbie Dyer at (260) 358-0055 or frame shop owner Paula Bittner at (260) 356-0650. In addition, both the LaFontaine Arts Council and JeFFFest have Facebook pages with photos and additional information....

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26 May Heritage Days “Bear Hunt” at Izaak Walton on June 18

A Heritage Days “Bear Hunt” will be held on the Izaak Walton League grounds, Hauenstein Road, Sunday, June 18. The new event will take place from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. for families with their children. Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, the “Bear Hunt” will include stuffed bears hidden throughout the club’s grounds. Families can purchase a “hunting license” for each child “hunting bear” for $5. Lunch is also part of the price which includes a hot dog, chips and drink. Each child can take the bear home that they find on the “Bear Hunt.”...

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18 May Warbirds on display, plane rides available at airport, June 18

World War II era warbirds will be on static display Sunday, June 18 at the Huntington Municipal Airport as part of the 2017 Heritage Days celebration. A T-Texan Warbird will also be available for paid rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited and a feed by the Civil Air Patrol will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Young Eagles Rally will also be a part of the event at the airport on June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This rally is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 2 (EAA). It is part of a nationwide program that makes it possible for kids, age eight to 17, to have a free airplane ride, and introduce aviation to the youth of the nation. There is no entry fee for admittance to the airport, and all proceeds from the public feed will go to various projects the Civil Air Patrol has in progress....

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25 Apr Heritage Days celebration June 14 to 18, Gerdau official sponsor

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce along with area organizations and businesses will celebrate Huntington Heritage Days Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. The corporate sponsor of this year’s event is Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road. Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producer of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau's special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality (SBQ) steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The business offers its customers a wide array of heat treated and value-added processed products. Mike Cash is the plant general manager of Gerdau’s Huntington Facility and Kendall Mickley is division controller. The Heritage Days theme, The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity,” will give those participating in Heritage Days an opportunity to show patriotism for the country and in the local community. The theme is part of the ongoing effort to “explore our heritage.” Heritage Days begins on Flag Day 2017, June 14 with a variety of activities. The official Heritage Days colors are red, white and blue. Parade entries and other Heritage Days activities are encouraged to incorporate the theme/colors in the entry or event. The official Heritage Days 2017 buttons, depicting the theme logo, are available for $2 at the Chamber office, 305 Warren Street. The button depicts a United States Air Force plane used in the 1940s. The plane is Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, which was a jet trainer aircraft, and one of the planes on display at Memorial Park as part of the park’s veterans’ memorial. Buttons can also be used to receive discounts at several Huntington businesses. The ABWA sponsored Brat Tent will take place the week prior to Heritage Days for 2017. The Brat Tent will open at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 E. Taylor...

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21 Apr Patriotism can be shown at Heritage Days Parade, buttons available

Those with a desire to show patriotism for the country and in the local community, in an open and very special way, are invited to join the 2017 Heritage Days Parade. This year’s theme, The 40s: Liberty, Democracy, Dignity, gives participants the opportunity to pay tribute to a time when great patriotism was alive and well in the United States. Heritage Days begins on Flag Day 2017, June 14, and continues through Sunday, June 18. The parade will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m., and the official colors are red, white and blue. There is a $25 entry fee and a certificate of liability (proof of insurance) should be available. Gerdau Huntington Facility, 25 Commercial Road, is the official sponsor of Heritage Days. Gerdau is one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world and the leading producers of long steel in the Americas. Gerdau’s special steel North American division specializes in producing special bar quality steel for the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural and energy markets. The official Heritage Days 2017 button is now available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce office, 305 Warren Street. The button is $2 and depicts a United States Air Force plane used in the 1940s. The plane is a Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, which was a jet trainer aircraft, and one of the planes on display at Memorial Park as part of the park’s veterans’ memorial. For more information about Heritage Days contact the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce at (260) 356-5300 or visit www.huntingtoncountychamber.com or www.huntingtonheritagedays.com....

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