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Local Salvation Army kicks off Christmas Kettle Campaign Nov. 14

The Salvation Army kicked off its Christmas Kettle Campaign on Friday, Nov. 14, by illuminating its Tree of Lights at Central Christian Church. The tree’s lights will be changed from red to green as the Salvation Army raises funds for next year’s programming. Pictured are (from left) April Reed, Lindsay Sell, Stefan Poling, Capt. Barbara McCauley, Rob Owen, Scott Mooney, Jason Sell, Gary Davisson, Bart Rumler and Jean Schilling.
Photo by Joni Knott.

The Salvation Army kicked off its Christmas Kettle Campaign with the illumination of a Tree of Lights at Central Christian Church on Friday, Nov. 14.

The Salvation Army, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary in Huntington, hopes to generate enough funds this season to fully support its community programming for 2015, says Salvation Army Capt. Barbara McCauley.

“The tree represents our goal of $100,000,” Salvation Army Advisory Board Chairman Stefan Poling explains. “When we meet our goal, the whole tree will be lit green.”

YSB taking Bailey Award applications

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is currently accepting nominations for its annual Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award. This award has been presented annually since 1999 to an individual or group who demonstrates a strong compassion for the youth and families of Huntington County.

The nominee can be an individual or a group who has made a positive impact in the lives of young people through activities that empower, encourage and support youth.

Prickett to receive Homeland Security scholarship

Alyssa Prickett, of Huntington, has been named as one of 15 Indiana students from various parts of the state who will receive scholarships from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation for their college education.

She was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Prickett is a volunteer at the Huntington County EMA. In her role, she helped update the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and was appointed to the position of special events and planning coordinator.

Red Cross asking for holiday blood donations

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give a lifesaving blood donation this holiday season.
Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady.

On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.

Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.

Trinity UMC to host free community T’giving dinner

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church pose behind a table full of 30 turkeys, totaling about 700 pounds, that will eventually be cooked and served at the community Thanksgiving feast to be held at the church on Thursday, Nov. 27. The dinner is free and the public is welcome to share in the feast. Pictured (from left to right) are Jim Wilson, Linda McDonald, Liz Godts, Michael Land, Amy Land and Ellie Shewan.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trinity United Meth-odist Church, 530 Guilford St., is the host of the community Thanksgiving dinner, to be held Thursday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

This is the 29th year that Trinity has sponsored the dinner, which is open to the public free of charge.

Carry-outs are also available from noon to 1 p.m.

For shut-ins or those who receive meals on wheels, call the church office at 356-0987 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to order a delivery.

Warren chamber offering memorial, honor bows to be placed on town Christmas tree

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce is once again offering bows that will be placed on the town’s Christmas tree in honor of a living or deceased loved one.

The bows are the only decoration on the tree, other than lights. The name of the person being honored is written on the bow before it is placed on the tree.

Bows are available in white, for deceased loved ones; yellow, for those who have served or are serving in the military; and red, in honor of living loved ones.

The Berg brings a big city feel to a small town pub

Eli Gearhart (second from left) is the co-owner of The Berg Ale Haus, a new pub in downtown Huntington. The Berg offers both a bar and a family room. Pictured with Gearhart are (first from left) Christi Atkins, assistant bar manager; (third from left) Dena Grover, bartender; and Sara Reust, front of house manager.
Photo by Steve Clark.

As the owners of The Berg Ale Haus, in Huntington, were deciding what to name their establishment, a question they often fielded from the public ended up providing the answer to that query.

“As we started talking about what we were going to do, everybody would ask us, ‘What are you going to do with The ‘Berg?’,” says co-owner Eli Gearhart, referring to the building’s old tenant, The Heidelberg, a bar and eatery.

“So it just kept coming and coming up and we just thought we would run with it and just keep the name the same.”

Preschoolers can make holiday crafts at Salamonie Interpretive Center

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Holiday Craft Bash!” on Dec. 17.

Participants will celebrate the holidays by making crafts.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s education and includes learning letters, building a craft, social interaction and time outdoors, with a nature-related theme.

There is a small fee per child.

Candy collection


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Beth Bucher, a staff member of Dr. John Regan’s dental office, shows some of the candy collected during the office’s Halloween candy buyback program. Regan offered cash and toothbrushes to children who turned in trick-or-treat candy to his office. Unopened treats are being sent to military members overseas through Operation Gratitude.

Siegwarth promoted to assistant VP at iAB bank

Meegan Siegwarth.
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Meegan Siegwarth, marketing director at iAB financial bank, has been promoted to assistant vice president.

Siegwarth holds a Bachelor of Science in speech communications from Ball State University.

She has nearly 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing and has been with iAB since 1998.

She volunteers with Junior Achievement, Rescue Mission and Soles4Souls, Inc.

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