Christmas crafting

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sally Welborn, of North Manchester, works on putting together a Christmas craft following lunch at the Salamonie Senior Luncheon held at the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Monday, Dec. 2. The popular event treats Seniors to a potluck lunch with a speaker or program held monthly.

Historical society to host Christmas program

The Huntington County Historical Society will host its Christmas program on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Historical Museum, located at 315 Court St., Huntington.

The Children’s Choir of Huntington will sing Christmas carols and Santa Claus will make an appearance. Refreshments will also be provided.

The event is free and open to the public.

First Day Hike on Jan. 1 set for Salamonie Lake

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services’ staff invites the public to join them for a First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Salamonie Lake.

Hikers will meet at the interpretive center for a one-hour stroll through the woods along the moderate Tree Trail. Dress for the weather. Families and friendly dogs on leashes welcome.

Advance registration is requested by calling 468-2127.

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is located at 3691 New Holland Rd., Andrews.

Today, Dec. 9, is first day for signing up for Conservation Reserve Program

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signups for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) beginning today, Monday, Dec. 9. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is Feb. 28, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.

Spreading Christmas cheer

Photo by Steve Clark.

Employees at Metalloid Huntington wrap gifts for students at Horace Mann Elementary School, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Gifts contained winter clothing, such as coats, hats, gloves and boots. The gifts will be delivered to students in need of winter clothing. Employees pictured are (from left) Brody Harmon, Steve Ball Jr. and Brant Hiple.

Huntington resident earns accolade at recent ‘Realizing the Dream’ event

A Huntington resident was among 30 first-generation college students recognized at the 30th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet hosted by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) on Nov. 2 in Indianapolis.

Daniel Shivley, a Trine University sophomore and a mechanical engineering major, received a $3,000 check to help with college costs. His “most influential” teacher, Reed Sturm, a science teacher at Huntington North High School, received a $1,000 professional development grant.

Hungry birds

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lydia Bolinger drops a cotton ball, meant to represent food, into a mockup of a bird’s nest containing baby birds during a Salamonie Preschool session titled “B is for Bird Beak” on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, in rural Andrews. Attendees learned about how birds consume different types of food and how their beaks are tailored to their needs.

HU ag footprint continues to grow with add of animal science ed center

As Huntington University President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (right) stands by, Bob Krouse speaks from the podium about his father-in-law and the new HU animal barn’s namesake, Don Strauss. The Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center will house key livestock of HU’s agricultural degree program.
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Huntington University’s agriculture footprint continues to grow as plans are finalized for the latest capital addition to the institution: The Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center.

The development of the nearly 6,500-square-foot structure was made possible thanks to a lead gift from Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services. The facility was announced at the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies’ Harvest Celebration on Dec. 3.

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA to host ‘dive-in’ movie on Dec. 14

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will be hosting a “dive-in” movie on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will give attendees the opportunity to watch Christmas movies while floating in the YMCA pool. During intermission, attendees can decorate an eight-foot underwater Christmas tree.

All standard swim banding rules will apply. If one is unsure of a child’s swim level, plan to arrive at 5:45 p.m. for a quick swim test prior to the event.

City’s Christmas open house

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Staci Bashop (left), of American Family Natalie Chevalier Agency in Huntington, chats with Carol Pugh, administrative assistant to Mayor Brooks Fetters, at the punch table during the city’s annual Christmas open house on Thursday, Dec. 5. The event was held inside council chambers in the City Building.

Flag team makes donations

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Flag Team of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 823 in Huntington made a donation to three area charitable organizations on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Checks in the amount of $200 each were presented to New Life Meal Ministry, Love In the Name of Christ and The Salvation Army. Celebrating the occasion are (from left) Roberta Rector, of the Eagles Flag Team; Susan Wieczorek, of New Life Meal Ministry; Jeffrey Zimmerman, of the Eagles Flag Team; Erin Didion and Kelley Miller, of Love INC; Ann Zimmerman, of the Eagles Flag Team; and Normalene Daniels, of The Salvation Army.

Rebels stock pantry

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The Salamonie Student Council recently sponsored a food drive at Salamonie Elementary School in November to support the Bread for Life Food Pantry in Warren. All classes together brought in a total of 1,814 items. Bridget Swaidner’s class was the winning class, and each student received 10 Rebel Bucks. Student Braylon Szelis was also recognized for his extra efforts in donating more than 500 items himself. The student council will go to the food pantry on Thursday, Dec. 12, to help sort the food.

Learn how to make unique gifts at Salamonie IC Dec. 14

Anyone interested in making a unique holiday gift will have an opportunity to construct a fairy house at a workshop in the Salamonie Interpretive Center, in rural Andrews, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m.

During the two-hour workshop, participants will construct a miniature forest display.

SA needs project help

The Huntington branch of The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to help with two separate projects this holiday season.

The first involves ringing the bell to encourage donating to a kettle at the Huntington Walmart. Ringers are needed for a variety of dates and times.

Go online to to sign up for times or call the Salvation Army office at 356-3485.

Volunteers are also needed for The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas distribution, which is set for Thursday, Dec. 19. Call the office at 356-3485 to sign up.

Joining Team Mikayla

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Representing the Huntington Police Department, Patrolman Clayton Baker (right) presents a check in the amount of $1,400 to Mikayla Skinner outside the police station on Thursday, Dec. 5. Skinner is a local Ball State University student who has been battling an aggressive form of leukemia and the donation will go to help with medical expenses. Twenty-two members of the police department raised the money by letting their beards grow during the entire month of November.