Fruit for the holidays

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Lions Club member Herb Mills (left) helps Joe Diehl, of Huntington, with a box of citrus fruit while his wife, Cheryl Diehl, holds a summer sausage they plan to purchase Saturday, Nov. 22. The club’s annual Christmas tree and fruit and summer sausage sale is on, located at the scout cabin across from Memorial Park in Huntington.

Skate center helps out family with fund-raiser

Khloe Rees (middle) holds hands with Jewel Shively (left) and Stephanie Johnson as the trio ventures out onto the rink at West Park Skate Center, in Huntington, during a benefit for Wyatt Schmaltz, a local 3-year-old being treated for cancer.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Two months ago, Joe and April Schmaltz didn’t know Brayden Brennan.

Skip ahead to Saturday, Nov. 22, and the couple was enjoying an evening at West Park Skate Center, in Huntington, that Brennan put together as a benefit for their son, Wyatt.

Three-year-old Wyatt Schmaltz was diagnosed in April with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that starts in young nerve cells. Since that time, the Schmaltzes have seen the community rally around their family, rendering them emotional and financial support.

HU sophomore Coble earns ‘Realizing Dream’ s’ship

Tori Coble.
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Tori Coble, a sophomore at Huntington University, has been awarded a “Realizing the Dream” scholarship, given to 31 students at private colleges and universities in Indiana who are the first in their families to attend college.

Each student received a $2,500 check to help with college costs. In addition, the teacher or mentor named “most influential” by the student received $1,000. Coble chose Sarah Holsopple, at teacher at Wawasee High School, in Syracuse, to receive the award.

A visit from royalty

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Alli Harris, Miss Huntington 2014, reads a book to kindergarten and first-grade students at Salamonie School on Monday, Nov. 24. Harris read a book in each classroom. She explained what her second title, Miss Congeniality, meant and discussed the importance of the life skills of active listening and caring.

HU nursing department to give HS students sneak peek at camp

Michelle Blevins (left), of Fort Wayne, and Ben Borton, of Somerset, MI, are both seniors and nursing majors at Huntington University. The school will host a week-long camp in the summer of 2015 for high school students to explore the nursing profession and the nursing program at HU.
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The Huntington University Nursing Department will give high school students a sneak peek into the life of a nursing student through the department’s first nursing camp academy to be held in the summer of 2015.

Set install service for new priest

Christ the King Episcopal Church will host an installation service for the new priest in charge, Rev. Theodore Neidlinger, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

Bishop Edward Little of the Diocese of Northern Indiana will officiate.

Light refreshments will be served following the service.

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

Seniors can watch ‘Home Alone’ at Wild Wednesday

“Home Alone” will be shown during the Huntington County Senior Center’s Wild Wednesday on Dec. 3 at the Huntington 7.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The PG-rated comedy features Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for a vacation in France. Kevin learns to fend for himself and to protect his home against two bumbling burglars.

Carla Gebert will present the Parkview Huntington Health program, explaining when to call 911.

Library helper

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Nathan Park checks books in the juvenile fiction section of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library Saturday, Nov. 22. Park, a junior at Huntington North High School, volunteered his time to take inventory at the library to satisfy the school’s community service requirements for students.

Lions’ trees return to Huntington

Huntington Lions Club member Gerald Smelser holds up a Frasier fir tree for sale at the Lions Club lot across from Memorial Park Saturday, Nov. 22. More than 400 trees were delivered to the club for its annual Christmas tree sale.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington Lions Club opened its annual Christmas tree sales on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Scout Cabin on West Park Drive, in Huntington, across from Sunken Gardens.

Boy Scouts from Troop 637 assisted with unloading and setting up the trees.

Indiana-grown Scotch pine and Frasier fir trees are available Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. There are no sales today, Thanksgiving Day.

The club is also selling oranges and grapefruit from Texas and pecans.

Local fire fighters association head warns of holiday home fires

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day, the National Fire Protection Association says, adding that  cooking fire is three times more likely on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year.

“Most fires on Thanksgiving occur between noon and 4 p.m. — the peak cooking hours,” says Jason Meier, president of Huntington Fire Fighters Association Local 680. “A lot of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and in the kitchen while cooking.”