Evangelical choir to do Christmas musical

The Evangelical Community Christmas Choir will present “We’re Glad You Came” on Dec. 12, 13 and 15. Members of the choir are (first row from left) Melina Ashley, Patty Jacobs, Linda Hall, Vickie Kiefer, Phyllis Pieper, Nicole Johnson and Courtney Byerly; (second row from left) Myra Sturm, Nondus Christman, Norma Fisher and Susan Clark; and (back row from left) Dave Kaylor, Ben Hoffman, Gerald Moreland, Pat Thompson, Matt Stephenson, Adam Drummond, Mark Kiefer and Mark Swing. Not pictured are Marti Lundy and Brittney Stephan.
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The Evangelical Community Christmas Choir will present the Christmas musical “We’re Glad You Came, A Musical Celebration of the Savior’s Birth,” on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

All performances are at Evangelical United Meth-odist Church, 1000 Flax-mill Rd., in Huntington. This is the seventh year the community choir will be performing a Christmas musical.

Blessings in a Backpack to have fund-raiser at boys’ hoop games

Blessings in a Backpack will conduct a fund-raiser drive on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball games.

Donations and 16-ounce jars of peanut butter will be collected beginning at 6 p.m., during both the junior varsity and varsity games.

Donations will support elementary school students in Huntington County who receive Blessings in a Backpack items each weekend.

Those writing checks are asked to note in the memo line that it is for Huntington schools.

Candy shop opens downtown

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Little Sweets Spot officially opens Saturday, Nov. 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as a store full of customers and well-wishers stand by. Marking the occasion are (from left) Huntington Mayor-Elect Richard Strick, owners Tim Savage and Misty Savage, Mayor Brooks Fetters and Sonya Foraker of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Board. The store is located at 315 N. Jefferson St.

Announce Senior Center events for coming week of Dec. 9 to 13

Here is a listing of events happening in December at the Huntington County Senior Center:

Monday, Dec. 9
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Line dancing, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
• Chair aerobics, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Walk-a-mile in 15 minutes, 10 a.m.
• December Senior party.

Wednesday, Dec. 11
• Walking group, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
• Line dancing, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
• Chair aerobics, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A ways up

Photo by Scott Trauner.

A crew from Horvath Communications attaches sections of a 240-foot communications tower being erected on property owned by Rupley Farm Equipment just over the Huntington County line on Monday, Dec. 2. At this point in time, workers were about 120 feet in the air.

Lions support Roanoke library

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The Roanoke Lions Club recently made a donation to the Roanoke Public Library. The donated funds were raised through Lions Club activities over the summer. Pictured are (from left) Sara Perkins, member, Lions Club; Celia Bandelier, director, Roanoke Public Library; and James Vachon, member, Lions Club.

LARE application deadlines moved back to Jan. 15

The deadline for submitting Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) applications has changed to Jan. 15, 2020, which differs from the date from previous years.

The LARE program strives to protect and enhance aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife while ensuring the continued viability of Indiana’s publicly accessible lakes, rivers and streams. The program accomplishes this through measures that reduce non-point sediment and nutrient pollution.

Cancer Services to be topic of next Lunch and Learn session

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana will be the topic of the next Lunch and Learn session at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hollie Dove, outreach coordinator for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, will be speaking about the organization. Cancer Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing meaningful resources, information and compassionate assistance.

First Fed parent to have special cash dividend to be paid on Dec. 26

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., (OTCQB: NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that its board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of 75 cents per share on the company’s common stock.

The record date will be Dec. 12, 2019, and the payment date will be Dec. 26, 2019.

Christ’s United to hold annual cookie walk

Christ’s United Methodist Church will hold its annual cookie walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The community is welcome to attend.

The church is located at 148 W. Third St., Roanoke.

For more information, call Rev. Carla Rice at 366-3978.

Red Cross notes need for blood does not diminish at holidays

The need for blood does not pause for the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than one  million units of blood could be transfused in the United States.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed.

Upcoming blood drives in Huntington County are:
• Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

• Dec. 16, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

Set Christmas bazaar to benefit Children’s Cancer Foundation Dec. 7

A Christmas bazaar to benefit the Children’s Cancer Foundation will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the American Legion Post 85 banquet room.

Vendors will have items for sale including Color Street Nails, handpainted sawblades, jars, ornaments, upcycled crafts, signs, homemade candles, holiday cards, jewelry, woodworking, hand-sculpted polymer creations, quilted and crocheted items and snowmen and floral designs.

K of C roadblock to raise money for area needy

Huntington Knights of Columbus member Roger Dinius collects money for the local K of C Pitch-in program in a previous year. This year’s pitch-in is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The Knights of Columbus, Huntington Council 1014, will hold the 2019 Pitch-In roadblock on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Intersections covered will be North Jefferson and MacGahan streets, Market Street and the Downtown Mall, and South Jefferson and Etna Avenue.

In addition, there will be a mail campaign.

This year is the 42nd anniversary of the Pitch-In program. Over the years, the program has raised thousands of dollars to help the needy in Huntington County.

Frozen kid

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Rebekah Drummond, as Elsa, warms the audience in the Pulse Opera House production of “Frozen, Jr.” Performances will be held at Huntington and Wells county elementary schools today, Thursday, Dec. 5, and limited seats are still available for the shows on Dec. 6 and 7. Reservations are available online at or by leaving a message at 375-7017.

Beacon donates $41,000 to Riley Kids

Through the efforts of employees and members, Beacon Credit Union’s annual fund-raising drive for Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation brought in over $41,000.

Events such as canvas paintings, local restaurant proceed nights, decorating contests, dancing with the stars and bake sales along with other creative efforts were organized throughout the year to help raise funds for pediatric research and enhanced treatments which Riley provides to the children of Indiana.