Evangelical United Methodist singers to offer ‘Tree of Light’ in honor of holiday season

Members of six churches are represented in the choir that will perform the Christmas musical “Tree of Light” on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 11 at Evangelical United Methodist Church.
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Evangelical United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas musical on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

This year the choir will perform “Tree of Light,” created and arranged by Dale Mathews and Michael Frazier. The musical celebrates the birth of Jesus with exuberant praise and worship.

“Tree of Light” shows the spiritual symbolism in one of the world’s most recognizable symbols, the Christmas tree.

State gives OK to university’s agricultural education program

Huntington University announced that the Indiana State Board of Education has approved its agricultural education program for the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.

Huntington University is one of only two higher education institutions in Indiana that offer four-year degrees in agriculture.

A friend of Alice

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Hanna Surfus (front, center) is surrounded by (from left) Maggi Hall, Izzy Harlan, Emma Grace Mounsey, Ellie Stephenson and Elizabeth Shape as they work together to create the caterpillar in Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” now being performed at the Pulse Opera House in downtown Warren. Shows take place this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. For reservations, visit or leave a message at 375-7017.

On the same beat

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The students in the Whole Notes class, taught by Denise Gilliland (left), sound out the rhythm on flash cards as part of their introduction to music and singing on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Heritage of Huntington. During the final class of the year, the children performed what they had learned for their parents and families and led them in a sing-along. Pictured (from left to right) are Madi Riggers, Katy Clampitt (back to camera), Caitlyn Bowers, Braden Johnston, Lilly Ayres and Kasen Johnston.

McKenzie’s Hope gets honor, check

Emily Adkins (left), of Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling, presents a check, toys and office supplies to Jessica Broyles, executive director of McKenzie’s Hope, onWednesday, Nov. 30. The donations represent contributions from Paul Davis’ clients. The company chose McKenzie’s Hope as its charity of the month for October.
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McKenzie’s Hope was recently chosen as the Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling charity of the month, receiving toys, office supplies and a check in the amount of $338.71.

Items included in the donation were copy paper, trash bags, hand sanitizer, pens and markers, as well as Hot Wheels cars and Play-Doh. These items help McKenzie’s Hope provide comfortable activities for children while at the center.

Curious pupils

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Teachers at Roanoke Elementary School recently chose students who most exhibit the life skill of curiosity. They are (front row, from left) Mason Dondjkowski, Benjamin Thurston and Jacob Hosler; (middle row, from left) Ella Perkins, Norman Wilkinson, Ben Augspurger, Kristen Plasterer, Owen Crago and Kennedy Zahm; and (back row, from left) Cohen Endsley, Georgia Denney, Alexis Nunemaker, Josie Mueller, Dylan Cissell, Breyden Black and Braianah Reed.

Shop with a Cop in its 17th year of helping out

Cops and kids and Christmas have become a mission for Sheriff Terry Stoffel.

This year, for the 17th year, Stoffel is organizing Shop with a Cop.

Some 40 youngsters, and maybe up to 50, will go shopping at Walmart the evening of Dec. 19, accompanied by a like number of law enforcement officers — county and city officers, town marshals, Indiana State Police troopers, conservation officers and anyone else who wants to join in.

The 40 to 50 kids who will go shopping with a cop this Christmas has grown from just six or seven kids the first year, Stoffel says.

Children can do cards at library week of Dec. 12

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.

Democratics to meet Dec. 7 at library

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch.

The public is welcome.

A warm donation

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Employees at the Lassus Brothers Handy Dandy store in Roanoke, along with representatives of the Roanoke Lions Club and Roanoke Elementary School, celebrate a donation of 452 sets of winter hats and gloves — one for each member of the Roanoke Elementary School student body.

Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church to serve community dinner Dec. 10

The Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in Andrews, will serve its annual free community dinner on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Richards Ranch House is donating 200 pieces of chicken, Walmart is donating six sliced hams and Owens is donating four turkeys.

The free dinner is primarily for the community and all surrounding areas. Everybody is invited to attend.

The church is located at 116 S. Main St., across from the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Valet parking will be provided to any who need that service.

HU soccerwomen to put concepts into play in mission trip to Thailand

Morgan McCloughan (left) and Brandi Spear, both members of the Huntington University women’s soccer team, display the T-shirts the team is selling to raise funds for a service trip to Thailand. The team will also hold a fund-raiser on Monday, Dec. 12, at Pizza Hut.
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Huntington University junior women’s soccer players Brandi Spear and Morgan McCloughan have a long offseason stretching ahead of them. They decided to use that time to put into practice a concept their team talked about all season.

The team leaves on Jan. 1 for Thailand, where members will spend their mornings teaching English in an elementary school and a college for a week at each location.

Bolinger, Skinner are Dec. Junior Rotarians

Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for December are Samantha Skinner (second from left) and Robert Bolinger (third from left). With them are Nicole Johnson (left), standing in for club sponsor Adam Drummond, and club sponsor Mark Wickersham.
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Robert Bolinger and Samantha Skinner are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for December.

Both are seniors at Huntington North High School.

Bolinger is a member of the HNHS Varsity Singers crew and is active in a youth group. He plans to study web design or graphic design at Huntington University or Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Bolinger’s parents are Marie and Robert DeWeese, of Warren.

Santa Claus set for visit at fairgrounds Dec. 11

Santa Claus will make a visit to the iAB financial bank Heritage Hall and First Federal Savings Bank Community Building at the Huntington County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Children can come see Santa and get their picture taken, as well as write him a letter.

Santa’s Gift Shop will also be open for kids to shop for family members. Cash only is accepted for sales. Children can wrap their presents before taking them home.

Roanoke Library Board announces December meeting date change

The December meeting of the Roanoke Public Library Board of Trustees will be held on Dec. 19, a week earlier than normally scheduled due to the Christmas holiday.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the library.

HU Foundation Breakfast Dec. 7 hails Christmas

Huntington University invites the public to attend the Huntington University Foundation breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as the university celebrates the Christmas season.

This year, Huntington University students will perform Christmas songs and Dennis Miller, Emmanuel Community Church lead pastor and HU trustee,will share a message of hope and peace.

The foundation breakfast is held on the second Wednesday of each month, October through May, and is open to the public. It will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons and conclude by 9 a.m.

Huntington University house undergoes transformation to become a multicultural center

Tyler Braidic, a maintenance department employee at Huntington University, paints a wall inside the university’s Multicultural House. Braidic also serves as assistant men’s basketball coach.
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A house on the Huntington University campus is being renovated to serve as the university’s Multicultural House.

“It will become a space that is identified as a cultural hub on our campus,” says Daryl Singleton, director of multicultural affairs and minority student engagement at HU.

The Multicultural House will serve as a place where international and minority students can feel welcomed and at home, HU spokesmen say. It will be open to all students, offering a place to learn about all cultures.

Business of the month

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The Meat Shop has been designated as the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce’s December Business of the Month. Celebrating the occasion on Tuesday, Nov. 29, are owners Cindy and Kevin Prus, holding the sign, joined by (from left) Chamber ambassadors Terry Miller, Jackie Boxell, Les Graham, Mike Hartburg, Steve Godfroy, Ben Davis and Charlotte Center.

New Norwood head seeking involvement

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Duane Ott

Since Paul “Duane” Ott started his position as the executive director of Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in July, he has implemented some cha-nges aimed at more community involvement, as well as inviting the public to come out and visit.

Ott, a resident of Marion, has been in the long-term care industry for about 20 years, as a nursing home administrator and in licensed assisted living. He is undaunted by the day-to-day challenges of the job.

HCVCB doing online biz survey in county

The Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, along with associations throughout the region and across the country, is conducting an online survey to better understand the outlook for business growth in the region.

The survey is directed toward area business leaders in any field, especially restaurant, retail and visitor-based businesses.

To access the survey, business owners should visit vey?id=003F000001cq3b O. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete. The survey deadline is Dec. 9.

‘Holiday Craft Fun’ Dec. 21

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Holiday Craft Fun” on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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, located in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education, including learning letters, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

Lifetree Café examines how to deal with worry

Practical suggestions for dealing with worry will be offered at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The program, titled, “Overcoming Worry: Practical Help, Simple Solutions,” features a filmed interview with Cheryl Eresman, a clinical counselor, as well as a screening of the short film “God Box.”

During the program, participants will explore coping mechanisms that help fight anxiety.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at 50 E. Tipton St., corner of Tipton and Warren streets.

Kids’ Bingo at ADTPL

Children can win presents as prizes at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11:30 a.m.

Children can play Bingo and select a gift for someone special when they win. Then they wrap the presents and take them home, ready to place under the tree.

All children are welcome, 3-year-olds through eighth-graders, but space is limited, and registration is requested. Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling who is at least 13 years old.

DAR will honor ‘Good Citizen’ on Dec. 21

The Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, located at the corner of Guilford and Washington streets.

During the program, the chapter will honor its Good Citizen.

Blankets for Advent

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The kindergartners in Julie Ramp’s class at Huntington Catholic School recently completed their Advent project. The students helped tie fleece blankets for the Matthew 25 project at the Victory Noll Center. Those who participated are (front row, from left) Evalyn Dolby, Vanessa Ball, Sara Arellano, Rilynne Lewis, Scout Stepler, Elin Mickley, Emylia Shideler and Addison Bischoff; and (back row, from left) Sister Rose Zita Rosonke, Imogen Schnepp, Ethan Fowerbaugh, Anne Bergler, Zoey Njeri, Jedadiah Kline and Lyndzey Eckinger.

Book sale

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Chayton Foster, of Huntington, leafs thorugh a book on the wilderness of the 19th century during the Huntington City-Township Public Library Friends of the Library Book Sale on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3.

Fairy House builders

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The Andrews-Dallas Towship Public Library held a Fairy House Worshop on Saturday, Dec. 3. Working on their houses are (from left) Jurelan Cook, of Marion; Shannon Kochensparger, of Kokomo; and her son, Perry Kochensparger.

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.