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Roanoke Chamber and Roanoke Elementary PTO

The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce presented the Roanoke Elementary PTO with a check for $500 dollars during their Annual Business meeting, Christmas Party.

The organization also announced that another $1000 will be donated to the PTO in 2018.  The Chamber is very supportive of the decision the HCCS recently made to build

a new school building in Roanoke


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Chamber News

Chamber Board is busy planning for the 2017 year…

  John Klingenberger has rejoined the Chamber Board and is chairing a
    committee to discuss the impact of the 900N corridor and how it might be
    able to be leveraged to promote the Roanoke Community.  He is in the
    formation stage and if you are interested in serving on this committee please
    contact John at

County Surveyor Jay Poe, the project engineer for 900N and Mark
    Wickersham will speak at the April 11 board meeting to update us on the layfayette rd
    project.  All members are welcome to attend.  6PM Roanoke Library.
    Corey Ayers has stepped up to save the Farmer’s Market.  As many
    know Andi did an outstanding job, but her employment has moved her to
    Chicago. This is a huge task and will only survive if the membership
    volunteers a day or two to help Corey.  She will be holding an organizational
    meeting soon and if you would like to help please contact her at

With the help of Stephanie and Kathy, I have agreed to Chair this year’s
    Vintage and Handmade Event.  This event is a major financial contributor to
    paying for the Friday night family events.  I need volunteers to help the day
    of the event with set up and tear down. 

Stephanie McKibben continues to serve as the Chair of the three Friday
    night family nights on Main Street.  She also needs volunteers to help with
    set up and tear down at these very well attended and successful events. 
    Contact her at

Alice Eshelman will again be the Chair of the Taste of Roanoke.  If you
    want to help with this contact her at
    We are seeking ways to assist our industry partners.  If any of you have ideas
    to share please contact me,
    We will also be involved with the Town Council, Roanoke Beauti8cation
    Foundation and Art Council in a discussion of adding LED lights to the lamp
    posts in downtown.  Also, how to decorate for Christmas.

Members are always welcome to attend our board meetings.  We meet
    the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Roanoke Library.  We plan to have
    enhanced board meetings each quarter and bring speakers with items of
    We have reserved the Cottage Event Center to hold our Annual
    Christmas meeting and awards program on December 12  this year.  Hold
    that date on your calendar and we will get the invitations out early
    November.  Also, we are looking for all chamber members to nominate
    individuals to be recognized for Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and
    Business of the Year.  We will get the description of each and a nomination
    form out to you in early November as well.

Roanoke is noted for its charm and being a great place to raise a
    family.  It takes all of us to make this possible.  We are counting on you and
    your business to step forward and help this year.
    Again, thanks for your support
    Perry Collins
    2017 Roanoke Chamber President

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Volunteers Wanted

Are you looking to help out and get involved with any events that go on in our wonderful community? The Roanoke Chamber is always looking for people to help with all the events that take place over the course of the year. Contact Dave Burns on the board of directors and we would love to have your help. There is also a position available to join the Chamber Board of Directors. If you are interested contact anyone on the board of directors and you can sit in on our next meeting and find out what the chamber is all about.

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Roanoke pupils earn perfect attendance

Roanoke Elementary School released a list of pupils who achieved perfect attendance during the 2012-13 school year.


Celeste Ackley, Carissa Gasper, Ava Geiger and Bryce Taylor.

First grade

Ella Colclesser, Jaxon Heath, Sophia Scheer, Avery Szelis, Maddie Watts, Emilie Willett and Sam Williams.

Second grade

Brianna Cutting, Caleb Eckert, Adalynn Jones, Trey Myrice, Zachary Rice, Jareck Snow, Beth Tallman and Grace Vaught.

Third grade

Christian Cutting, Victoria Donaldson, Trey Hack, Jesston Heath, Kendal Kline , Tyler Melcher, Noah Ray, Ethan Vaught, Dillon Willett and Ari Wise.

Fourth grade

Brison Beekley, Max Colclesser, Noah Denney, Parker Gibson, Roscoe Heath, Lawson Shearer, Kevin Slusher and Hanna Whitney.

Fifth grade

Isaiah Clampitt, Elijah Eckert, Lauren Karshner, Alayna Stroup, Noah Wiedenhoeft and Hannah Will.

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Spring Fling marks Roanoke milestones

Roanoke is ready for its annual Spring Fling.

On Saturday, May 4, downtown Roanoke merchants welcome back spring with grand openings, re-openings and shopping specials.

The community will observe the grand opening of the new library, at 314 N. Main St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Helping to commemorate the event will be more than 15 area authors (Roanoke, Huntington and Fort Wayne) who combined have published more than 40 books.

Concurrently, the Coil Factory Building where the library is housed will have an open house. From 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcome to peruse the reclaimed factory space which during World War II reportedly was on Hitler’s hit list for making electrical coils. Built in the early 1900s as a hardware and agricultural implement business, it grew to house more than 400 employees during the ’40s as part of the war effort. In addition to the library, the building now boasts 10 different business ventures plus a conference room, work-out facility and locker rooms.

One of the businesses, Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery, will be open with a special gallery showing of works by artist George McCullough. Known for his oil paintings and plein air works, McCullough was a beloved art professor at the Fort Wayne Art Institute and IPFW. He died in 2005.

That same day, Crestwoods will open an exhibit of art by Edward Alvarez, Bryon Thompson and Mike Van Vooren. An open house is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. The show continues through June 15. For more information, visit, or call (260) 672-2080. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Around town, stores will be open and offering springtime specials. Of note, Moose & Mollies gelato and ice cream shop has its grand reopening and Paper Moon gift shop is celebrating its third birthday. 

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