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Down to final week for nominations for free automotive repair

There is just over one week left for people who know a worthy individual or family needing automotive repair to nominate that person or family for the Holiday Give Back to the Community Program.

Mike's Car Care Center, of Huntington, and its NAPA distributor, Ridge Co., which has a store in Huntington, have teamed up to provide $1,000 worth of repair to an individual or family whose nomination is chosen on Friday, Dec. 9. Mike's Car Care will provide $500 worth of free labor and NAPA is supplying $500 worth of parts, says Mike's owner Mike Keplinger.

Masonic Gathering set for Dec. 21 at Heritage Pointe

The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge will host a Masonic Gathering of all Masons and Eastern Star members on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

The group will meet at The Cove, located near the entrance to Applegate Chapel near the mailboxes. Each session lasts about an hour.

The gatherings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the same time and place.

The gatherings are designed to offer all men and women with Masonic backgrounds an opportunity to meet informally and visit with friends and new acquaintances.

Students -- and some teachers -- highlight 24-act variety show

Sophie Smekens rehearses her monologue for the Huntington North High School Variety Show. The show will be presented twice, with the first performance tonight, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. A second show is set for Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Both are in the HNHS auditorium, with tickets available at the door.

Twenty-four acts featuring a host of Huntington North High School students — and a smattering of teachers — will be showcased during the school’s annual Variety Show.

The show opens tonight, Thursday, Dec. 1, with an additional performance on Friday, Dec. 2. Both shows are at 7 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium, and tickets are available at the door.

The show’s theme, “So Random,” reflects the wide variety of acts that will cross the stage.

Wurtzel joins iAB as portfolio mgr.

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Jared Wurtzel

Jared M. Wurtzel has joined iAB financial bank’s wealth management department as a portfolio manager.

Wurtzel earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and is pursuing accreditation as a certified financial planner. He has more than five years of experience in the financial investments industry.

Festival of Trees is this weekend at Heritage Pointe

The fifth annual Festival of Trees at Heritage Pointe, in Warren, will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3.

This year’s theme is “A Magical Celebration.” Mrs. Claus will be baking Christmas cookies and serving hot cocoa and cappuccino. Santa Claus will stop by Friday afternoon.

The event will be held in the Calico Room on the first floor of Heritage Pointe. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

Heritage Pointe is located at 801 Huntington Ave., in Warren.

Pitch-In donations will be used to help neighbors

Tim Godfroy (left), co-chair of the 2016 Knights of Columbus Pitch-In, and daughters Lindsay (center) and Olivia prepare for this year’s roadblock, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3. Donations are used to provide assistance to Huntington County residents who have a temporary financial need and nowhere else to turn.
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Members of Huntington Knights of Columbus Council 1014 will be stationed at intersections throughout Huntington on Saturday, Dec. 3, collecting donations for the council’s 2016 Pitch-In program.

Contributions are used to help Huntington County residents who have temporary financial needs and have nowhere to turn for assistance.

HU, community chorus will perform ‘Messiah’

Members of the Huntington University music department will join with a community chorus for the 62nd annual community performance of “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., in Huntington. It is free and open to the public.

Advent service is on Sunday

Christ the King Episcopal Church invites the public to its Advent Lessons and Carols service on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. A Holy Eucharist service will follow.

The church is located at 1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Santa Claus to visit Huntington library Dec. 10 for stories, songs and pictures

Santa Claus will once again make a stop at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m., Santa will join library staff and patrons for a holiday-themed story and sing-along session.

Parents are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures of their child with Santa.

The program is free and children of all ages are welcome, though the stories themselves are geared for young children.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Main Street Bakery turning out pies, cookies and more in Mt. Etna

Kim (left) and Jim Hethcote have opened Main Street Bakery, in Mt. Etna.

Kim and Jim Hethcote thought they might open a bakery when they retired.

But after Jim went to an auction to bid on a rocking chair and came home as owner of a tiny house in Mt. Etna, the bakery moved to the front burner.

Kim Hethcote opened the doors of the Main Street Bakery on Nov. 12, and since then she’s been turning out apple dumplings, cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, noodles and more five days a week.

Cookies, candy and crafts featured in holiday sale

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers will hold their annual Holiday Cookies, Candy and Craft Sale on Friday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Hall in the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 Taylor St., Huntington.

Cookies will he sold by the pound and candy by the half pound. The craft sale will include items offered by several individual Extension clubs.

Proceeds will go to community service projects and to supply the kitchen at Heritage Hall.

Children can create cards at library for holiday

During the entire week of Dec. 12, the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will have supplies out in the Youth Services area for children to create handmade holiday cards.

Visitors can drop in any time all week, and the supplies are free for all to use.

The Huntington library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Heiney takes over as new Sheets exec director

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Chelsea Heiney

Although she has a degree from Indiana University in political science, Chelsea Heiney’s career focus took a dramatic shift after she worked an internship in the Indiana State Senate and spent a few months as a temporary staffer in the proofreading department. She found her niche working with animals at the Sheets Wildlife Museum.

Trinity United Methodist Church invites community to free lunch on Dec. 3 and Jan. 7

Trinity United Methodist Church invites the community to a free lunch on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days.

The church is located at 530 Guilford St., at the corner of Market and Guilford streets, in Huntington.

Construction underway on Ehler Island bridge at Forks

Volunteers (from left) Phil Hibbert, David Miller and Jim Hollar unload planks to be used in a bridge to Ehler Island at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park  on Saturday, Nov. 26. Additional volunteers are being sought to work on the bridge on the first three Saturdays in December.
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Construction is underway on a bridge that will link the trail at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park to Ehler Island.

The initial group of volunteers is looking for more hands to help with the project, as well as individuals and businesses willing to sponsor pieces of the bridge.

Ehler Island lies in the Wabash River, separated from the main Forks property by a shallow channel. Two primitive campsites have been developed on the island as part of an Eagle Scout project led by Kevin King.

Santa Claus to make stop at Andrews Town Hall on Dec. 10

Santa Claus will make a stop at the Andrews Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Visitors can decorate and eat a cookie and visit with Santa. Coffee and punch will also be available.

The event is free for all, sponsored by the Andrews Summer Festival.

McKenzie’s Hope throwing Polar Express Event Dec. 3 afternoon

McKenzie’s Hope is throwing a community Polar Express Event Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s First Community Church.

Children, along with their parents/guardians, can experience the magic of “The Polar Express” movie, write a letter to Santa and get their picture taken with him, though attendees must supply their own camera. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.

Historical museum to host open house Dec. 11 to hail bicentennial

The Huntington County Historical Museum will hold an open house on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Indiana’s 200th anniversary of statehood.

There will be a short ceremony at 3 p.m.

Mayor Brooks Fetters and a representative of the city council will be in attendance, as well as U.S. Rep.-elect Jim Banks and State Rep. Dan Leonard. Jo DeFord will display her 19-star flag. The Company Singers will be historically outfitted and provide music during the event.

Y Strings group to present Christmas recital on Dec. 17

The Y Strings group will present a Christmas recital on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. The concert will be held in the Longaker Recital Hall in the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University.

The students will perform solos, duets and small chamber ensemble pieces.

The public is invited, as well as prospective students. Tickets are on sale at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Extension brings back Freezer Meals program starting Dec. 7 at Huntington library

The Purdue Extension Office will bring back its Freezer Meals program the first three Wednesdays of December and January, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Starting Dec. 7, those who register can prepare an entire meal for freezing, which can be pulled out and cooked in a slow cooker. Supplies will be provided, but registration is required. Each session can be signed up for individually, and there is a small fee to cover costs.

Roanoke Pullers raise funds for Erin’s House

Kelly Schoenemann (left), of the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association, presents Audrey Ehle, of Erin’s House for Grieving Children, with a donation of $3,000, raised from the recent Roanoke Fall Festival tractor pull events.
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The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association teamed up with Erin’s House for Grieving Children in September during its annual Fall Festival and Tractor Pull Showdown in order to raise $3,000 for Erin’s House.

Mother Nature did not cooperate this year, raining out the last part of the tractor pull as well as dumping three inches of rain on the event site overnight, forcing RTPA to cancel the demolition derby that was scheduled for the following night.

Despite the weekend being cut short, the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association was able to donate $3,000 to Erin’s House.

Huntington County 4-H Rabbit Workshop is set for Dec. 15

The Huntington County 4-H Rabbit Workshop will take place Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the First Federal Savings Bank Community Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Topics to be addressed include:

• What does it take to raise and take care of rabbits?

• What does it mean to be in the 4-H rabbit program?  What all is involved?

The program is free to 4-H members and people thinking about joining the 4-H rabbit program.

For questions or to RSVP, contact the Huntington County-Purdue Extension Office at 358-4826.

Andrews library to host fairy house workshop

Master Gardener Sharon Laupp will present a fairy house workshop at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m.

Laupp’s creations will be on display, and participants will be able to create their own mini versions for a small fee.

Registration is requested.

For more information on this program and library services, call the library at 786-3574 or visit andrews.lib.in.us.

Crestwoods to feature women artists

Crestwoods Gallery, in Roanoke, is featuring all female artists for an upcoming show entitled “A Celebration of Women in Art.”

There will be an artist reception on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an open house on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will run through Jan. 12.

Together forever


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Landon Quickery (left) carries Mr. Q while classmate Jaicey Mayer holds Ms. U during a wedding between the letters Q and U at Roanoke Elementary School. The two letters, which are always together, were officially joined in a ceremony conducted by Ron Goetz, school counselor, and witnessed by the school’s kindergartners.

Delivering good cheer


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The staff at Hickory Creek at Huntington delivered some holiday cheer — in the form of homemade pie pops from Willy Wonka’s factory — to some of the nursing home’s local referral sources on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Making the deliveries were (from left) Melissa Abston, activity director; Molly Mochamer, social service director; Alexis Arnold, administrator; Jimmie Whitaker as Willy Wonka; Jaime Tackett, business office manager; and Ashley LeMaster, MDS coordinator.

State trails board seeks new members

The Indiana Department of Recreation is seeking nominations for five openings on the state’s Trails Advisory Board (TAB).

The openings are for representatives of the following trail-user or interest groups: environmental groups, hikers, mountain bikers, trail support groups and users with disabilities.

Nominees should be involved with a local or statewide trails-oriented organization. If selected to be on the board, members are expected to serve a three-year term starting March 1, 2017, and attend quarterly meetings.

Harvest Celebration raises $100K for HU ag dept.

Bryan Kirkpatrick, author of “Faith and the Farm: God, Family and Life in America’s Heartland,” speaks to guests at the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies Harvest Celebration and Auction held Nov. 10, at Huntington University. The auction raised more than $100,000 for the institute.
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The first Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies Harvest Celebration and Auction on Nov. 10 raised more than $100,000 for the institute, Huntington University officials have announced.

Those funds were raised through a live auction conducted by Steve Ness, broker-owner and auctioneer for Ness Bros. Some of the items auctioned off were a Hyper mountain bike, a one-night getaway and breakfast at the Purviance House, an electric power washer, a Moose 25-gallon sprayer tank and a Holland propane heater.

Pathfinder seeks contributions to help make seven dreams come true

Vicki Cundiff learns that her dream of seeing Dolly Parton live was coming true. Her wish was one of several fulfilled through Pathfinder Services’ Dream Fund, which is seeking gifts to help make more wishes come true.
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Pathfinder Services is inviting community members to contribute to its Dream Fund on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The Dream Fund allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to fulfill their lifelong wishes. Parthfinder’s goal is to raise enough funds to support seven dreams, which totals nearly $3,000, by Nov. 29. The fund has been used to fill individuals’ dreams to attend a Blackhawks hockey game, have a specialty spa day, go to a Dolly Parton concert and a ride in a new Chevy Camaro.

NEIB declares special cash dividend

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that its board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of 50 cents per share on the company’s common stock.

The record date will be Dec. 6 and the payment date will be Dec. 20.

“We are pleased to reward our shareholders with a special dividend,” says President and CEO Michael S. Zahn. “Our earnings and capital levels remain strong which allows us to return a higher level of our profits to our owners.”

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