Portion of Etna Avenue to be closed Dec. 12

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the City of Huntington’s contractor will have Etna Avenue closed from Waterworks Road to Jessup Street.

This unexpected closure is to complete work incidental to the storm sewer construction. The closure will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. and is anticipated to last five to six hours. Only local traffic will be allowed during this time.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works and Engineering Services at 356-1400.

Evangelical Community choir to present Christmas musical

Choir members from multiple area churches will present a Christmas musical at Evangelical United Methodist Church on Dec. 14, 15 and 17.
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The Evangelical Community Christmas Choir will present the Christmas musical “Noel-Night of Everlasting Love” in four performances this week at Evangelical United Meth-odist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., in Huntington.

Performances are set for Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The musical, written by Derric Johnson and orchestrated by J. Daniel Smith, contains unique arrangements of popular Christmas songs.

HU ranked among 50 best social work programs

Huntington University was ranked as one of the 50 best online bachelor’s of social work programs in the United States by BestM

HU came in at No. 10 on the 2018 list.

“Our students tell us that our online program stands apart from others because of the residency component each of the three summers of the program.

Duke Energy again assisting customers with bills

Duke Energy is once again assisting customers who may struggle to pay their winter energy bills.
The company is contributing $600,000 for low-income customer energy assistance through its Helping Hand program.

In addition, Duke Energy Indiana customers and employees have contributed about $96,000 to date for the program, raising this year’s total to almost $700,000.

Customers who need help paying their electricity bills can receive up to $300 toward their bill if a local Energy Assistance Program agency determines they are eligible based on need and other criteria.

Forks of the Wabash Museum names winners of annual tree decorating

The Forks of the Wabash Museum, in Huntington, has announced the winning trees and wreaths from its annual Christmas at the Forks decorating competition.

This year’s competition saw 15 trees and four wreaths on display at Christmas at the Forks, which was held Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. Votes by attendees determined the winning entries.

Voters’ ballots also entered them into drawing to win the respective tree or wreath they voted for.

The tree competition was split into two categories: entries from businesses and entries from nonprofit organizations.

Kudos to local art

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Huntington County Community Foundation Board Member David Daugherty (left) presents a grant check in the amount of $100 to Warren Creative Arts Outreach representatives Cheryl Alevizon and Josh Heim. The “kudo grant” was presented in conjunction with the group’s recent soup supper fund-raiser.

Coats for Kids collection drive at Northside Cleaners on now

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Northside Cleaners has launched its annual Coats for Kids collection drive for the Salvation Army.

Owner Christine Zahm says the drive will last until around Dec. 22.

“We collect them, we clean them for free, then give them to the Salvation Army to distribute,” she says.

Children’s coats are especially needed, but any coat can be donated that is new or gently used.

Barrels will be located at the cleaners where they may be dropped off during business hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week.

Lincoln student’s artwork to be 2017 Christmas card design for Huntington

Mayor Brooks Fetters poses with second-grader Taylor Mooney on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Lincoln Elementary School upon announcing that her artwork was selected by the LaFontaine Arts Council as the winning entry in his annual Christmas card art contest. Mooney’s art serves as the cover for the 2017 City of Huntington Christmas card.
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Christmas artwork from local first and second-graders currently adorns the walls of the Huntington City Building.

While it’s an honor for the students to have their creations displayed in one of Huntington’s most prominent buildings, one piece of art from that number also has the special distinction of having been selected as the cover for the 2017 City of Huntington Christmas card.

Going shopping

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School seventh-graders Lindsay Godfroy (left) and Caleb Scheiber discuss which presents to buy at the school’s Santa Shop on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The shop offered a variety of low-cost gifts to allow children to shop on their own to give Christmas gifts to their family members.

Parents encourage parents in new group

Those attending a recent PEP (Parents Encouraging Parents) group at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church are (from left) Judy Turgeson, Noelle Lorenz, Susan Kellam, Marjorie Richardson, Linda Hollowell, Marcia Brown and Sandy Slusser. The group encourages parents of young children to socialize and network with others.
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St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church has started a new parents group called Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP).

The focus of the group is to provide a place for parents of young children to come and socialize and share while the children socialize with peers their own age.

The group meets once per month on the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. The program is free and all are welcome to attend.

In November, the children made Christmas cards for local nursing home residents and shut-ins as their group activity.

Lassus Handy Dandy customers help with Blessings in Backpack

Lisa Southworth (left), manager of the Roanoke Lassus Brothers/ Handy Dandy store, presents a portion of the cereal and canned goods donated by the store’s customers to Brandi Shockney, receiving the donation on behalf of Blessings in a Backpack.
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Customers of the Roanoke Lassus Brothers/ Handy Dandy staff recently donated money toward the purchase of cereal and canned goods for the Roanoke Blessings in a Backpack program.

Nearly 150 items were donated by the store’s customers.

The Sonrise Church, Roanoke Campus, in partnership with Blessings in a Backpack, provides a weekend meal to around 40 Roanoke area school children each week.

Invite public to Senior Connection

The community is invited to a special Senior Connection program on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at noon at New Hope Church.

The public is invited to join in a potluck fellowship where everyone brings a dish to share. After the meal there will be a festive musical presentation by Gary Grimes.

For questions, call 356-0870.

New Hope Church is located at 2001 Engle St., Huntington.

Holiday fun

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Salamonie School fifth graders (from left) Kinzie Cobbs, Maleah Warpup and Lola Smith put their heads together to make Christmas tree ornaments at the annual Salamonie Fun Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Families visited several stations at the school with different activities, including listening to stories, getting their picture snapped in the Santa Photo Booth and watching the Salamonie Singers perform.

HCCSC helps Salvation Army

Photo by Steve Clark.

Chad Daugherty (left), Huntington County Community School Corporation’s assistant superintendent for instruction, stocks non-perishable food items alongside Dave Gillespie, Salvation Army of Huntington County volunteer, in the Salvation Army’s gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 7. Thousands of food items were amassed during an HCCSC food drive that started just after Thanksgiving. HCCSC representatives picked up the items from the corporation’s schools earlier that day and transported them to the Salvation Army, where they helped unload them.

HU junior gets natl. FFA honor

Karilyn Riehle, a Huntington University junior majoring in agribusiness marketing, has received the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization.
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Karilyn Riehle, a Huntington University junior from Churubusco, has received the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences. Requirements include at least three community service activities totaling 50 hours or more.

Fewer than 1 percent of FFA members receive  the award each year.

Evensong concert Dec. 17

December’s Evensong concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

“Christmas at Trinity: 2017” features vocal and instrumental soloists and the Handbell Ensemble on the first half and a musical by the Chancel Choir on the second half.

The musical this year is “Forever God Is with Us” by Marty Parks.

The church is located at 530 Guilford St., Huntington.

‘Winter Gifts for Critters’ at Salamonie Preschool

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Winter Gifts for Critters” Dec. 13. The class runs 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 basic education, including learning letters, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors, always with a nature-related theme.

Wild Wednesday set for Dec. 20 at Huntington 7

The next Huntington County Council on Aging Wild Wednesday will be held on Dec. 20 at the Huntington 7 Theater, 350 Hauenstein Rd., Huntington.

Theater doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the movie, “Love the Coopers,” will be shown at 9 a.m.

Admission to the movie for people age 50 and older will be two cans of food from the following list: soup, green beans, peas, Ramen noodles and peaches.

Free doughnuts, coffee and juice will be available, with popcorn and sodas available for purchase at a discount. Door prizes will be given away.

Christmas at Crestview

Photo by Steve Clark.

Bryan Ringo (left), Crestview Middle School choral director, conducts his sixth-grade choir during a Christmas concert at the school on Monday, Dec. 4. The school’s sixth-grade band performed at the concert as well.

Teens on Town to have holiday activity on Dec. 15

Teens on the Town, a program provided by Pathfinder Community Supports, will have a holiday activity for teenagers with disabilities in December.

On Friday, Dec. 15, Teens on the Town will be going to Marion to visit the Walkway of Lights. The group will go out to dinner afterwards at Culver’s.

Parents or guardians should arrange to get their teen to the Pathfinder Community Supports office, located at 1152 E. State St. in Huntington, by 4:30 p.m. and pick up their teen at 8:30 p.m.

Transportation to and from Marion will be provided by Pathfinder Services.

A Santa’s box of Toys for Tots

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The American Legion Post 160, Roanoke, and the Northeast Indiana “Mild to Wild” Jeepers concluded a toy collection drive on Dec. 2 to benefit Toys for Tots. Pictured with the overflowing donations are (seated from left) Pete Smith, commander of American Legion Post 160; and Chuck Balbaugh, Post 160 Sons of American Legion adjutant; and (standing from left) Karen Jeffers and Stephen Jeffers, of “Mild to Wild” Jeepers, Janet Sheets, American Legion Post 160 Auxiliary president; and Scott Balbaugh, Post 160 Sons of American Legion commander.

Commish to meet twice Dec. 19

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in two separate sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

An executive session will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Commissioners’ Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The purpose of the meeting is with respect for discussion of records classified as confidential by state or federal statute.

The commissioners will meet in a special session at 9:45 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room to conduct regular business.

Vectren again offering Gift of Energy program

Vectren Energy Delivery is again offering its Gift of Energy program this holiday season, which allows individuals to make a payment toward the Vectren energy bill of a friend, family member or neighbor.

The monetary pledge, which makes a perfect holiday gift, company officials note, will be displayed on the recipient’s next bill as a payment. Both the donor and recipient will receive an official Gift of Energy certificate in the mail, listing the donor’s name, recipient’s name and the amount of the pledge. If elected, the donor can remain anonymous.

Holiday ornament workshop at main library

The Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library invites children ages 6 to 13 to bring a wallet-size photo of themselves and their creativity to a holiday ornament workshop on Friday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. to make their own handcrafted photo ornament to give as a gift.

All supplies will be provided and this workshop is free, with no registration required. 

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

Plan commish seek input on comprehensive plan

The Huntington County Plan Commission will hold a public hearing to collect citizen input for the Huntington County Comprehensive Plan update during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse, Room 207, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

All interested persons are invited to attend.

Written comments filed with the Department of Community Development will be considered at the hearing along with oral comments from interested persons at the hearing.

Finding treasures

Cathy Scott (left) and Sharon Solloway, both of Huntington, sort through some vintage Christmas books at the Friends of the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s annual Holiday Book Boutique, on Saturday, Dec. 2. The popular sale featured gift-giving quality books and videos off all genres.

Metro Kiwanis serves Thanksgiving meal to youth at Boys, Girls Club

Members of the Huntington Metro Kiwanis club serve a Thanksgiving meal to the children of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County on Monday, Nov. 20. Shown in the photo (from left) are Leslie Zahm, Jon Ellet, Jim Dinius, Terry Oden and Steve Williams.
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The Huntington Metro Kiwanis prepared and served a Thanksgiving meal to the youth of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The meal was served on Monday, Nov. 20, with both children and their families invited to the meal.

Metro Kiwanis members who participated in the event were Jim Lewis, Leslie Zahm, Jon Ellet, Jim Dinius, Terry Oden, Steve Williams, Sue Ellet, Barry Giggy, Glenda Giggy, Sharon Rethlake, Judy DeLuca, Kevin Amick, Ann Oden, Rita Dinius, Pam Lewis, Evelyn Priddy and Bob Zahm.

Local BG Club to hold Christmas Dance Showcase

The Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County will host a Christmas Dance Showcase on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

Members of the club’s dance program will take center stage to showcase their moves at the event, which is free to attend.

The program, which is made possible by donations and a grant from 21st Century Scholars, gives members the opportunity to learn multiple types of dance.

A cookie reception will follow the showcase.

The club is located at 608 E. State St., Huntington.

Free community Christmas meal at Bethesda Dec. 9 in Andrews

A free community Christmas dinner will be served on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church, in Andrews.

The “come as you are” dinner, the seventh annual, will be served from noon to 2 p.m. All residents of Andrews and the surrounding area are invited to attend. Seating is available for nearly 200 people.

The menu will include ham donated by Walmart, turkey donated by Owen’s North and fried chicken donated by Richards Restaurant.

Heralding His birth

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A choir and orchestra perform the climaxing movement of Handel’s “Messiah,” also known as the “Hallelujah Chorus,” Sunday evening, Dec. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The 63rd annual presentation was directed by Dr. George W. Killian Jr., of Huntington University.