Friendship dancing

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jeanne Johns (center), a Native American of Kiowa and Potawatomi ancestry, leads first-grade students at Lancaster Elementary School in a friendship dance during a day of Native American learning on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Activities included Native-themed crafts, music, sampling food and learning various aspects of traditional and modern Native American culture.

HU takes rank No. 440 nationally in Forbes’ 2017 ‘Top Colleges’ list

Huntington University has been named one of “America’s Top Colleges 2017” by Forbes.

Out of the 650 schools ranked, HU was No. 440 in the nation and No. 101 in the Midwest. Huntington was ranked No. 15 in Indiana.

The U.S. Department of Education says there are more than 4,500 college campuses across the United States.

Forks of the Wabash, Indiana Dream Center offer shopping

The Forks of the Wabash Historic Park and the Indiana Dream Center are partnering to offer Christmas shopping at the Forks.

The shop in the park’s museum will open today, Monday, Nov. 20, and again on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 22; and Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shop will also be open on Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Breakfast with Santa and Christmas at the Forks.

The Indiana Dream Center will offer holiday decorations including nativity sets, Santas, Christmas villages, snowmen, small trees and novelty decor.

Lassus Foundation, Roanoke Lions team up to help 8 Roanoke groups

Eight Roanoke area organizations each received donations of $100 from the Lassus Foundation and the Roanoke Lions Club Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Lassus Handy Dandy store in Roanoke. Celebrating the occasion are (front row, from left) Celia Bandelier, Roanoke Public Library; Claudia Houck, Inter Church Council; Tammy Winans, Roanoke School Library/Media Center; and Brandi Shockney, Roanoke Fireworks; (middle row, from left) Gidget James, Elmo’s 34; Tedda Shepherd, Elmo’s 34; Jessica Landrigan, Roanoke PTO; Lisa Southworth, Lassus Handy Dandy; Seth Parker, Roanoke Elementary School; Ryan Carroll, Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department; Vicki Bair, Lassus Handy Dandy and Elaina Ailes, Lassus Handy Dandy; and (back row, from left) John Nelson, Roanoke Youth Sports; Jim Coppock, Roanoke Lions Club; Doug Clark, Roanoke Lions Club; Todd Heckman, Elmo’s 34; and Denis Dearduff, Roanoke Fireworks.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Lassus Foundation and Roanoke Lions Club have teamed up to present donations to eight Roanoke community organizations.

The Lassus Foundation allows each of its stores to choose a charity in their community, and the Roanoke store asked the Roanoke Lions Club to assist in choosing which agencies to fund.

Realizing the Dream

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Matthew Neely (left), a Trine University student from Huntington, and Ruth Reed, who Neely named as his most influential teacher at Huntington North High School, both received awards at the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) Realizing the Dream banquet Nov. 4 in Indianapolis. The event recognizes first generation students attending ICI campuses who were selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in their freshman year. Neely is a sophomore majoring in exercise science.

Senior Center to celebrate November birthdays on Tuesday

November birthdays will be celebrated at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

A party, with a birthday cake provided by Tipton Place, starts at 1:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling 359-4410.

November birthdays include Dick Murray, Walley Emley, Connie Forman, Nancy Thrasher, Walter Clark, Cynthia Stinson, Linda Campbell, Judy Ann Frischman, Oretta Keese, Virginia Pack and Jennifer Braun.

Beck speaks at Harvest Celebration

Photo by Steve Clark.

Scott Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, speaks at Huntington University during the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies’ second annual Harvest Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Beck was the featured speaker at the event, which included a complimentary dinner, a live auction and special recognition of the institute’s ongoing sponsors.

Gutwein to meet visitors at Crestwoods Gallery

Artist Gwen Gutwein will be painting at Crestwoods Gallery, in Roanoke, on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

She will answer questions and talk about her art.

Gutwein and other artists, including Alan Larkin, Elizabeth Wamsley, Austin Cartwright, Tom Keesee, Cathy Blyth, Dana Fair and more, will have artwork for sale through Dec. 31.

Trinity UMC to host Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 23

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church display the 31 turkeys, totaling 660 pounds of meat, they will cook and serve at the church’s annual free community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pictured (from left) are Lee Ann Smith, Liz Godts, Jim McDonald, Jim Wilson and Rev. Steven McPeek. This is the 32nd year that Trinity UMC has sponsored the dinner, which is open to the public.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Trinity United Meth-odist Church will have its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

This is the 32nd year that Trinity has sponsored the meal, which is open to the public and free of charge. Last year 655 meals were served, with 125 people volunteering from 14 churches.

Carry-outs will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for those who wish to take meals home.

Bowling, Markle Health receive accolades

Nichole Bowling (left), a CNA at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, receives the Quest for Excellence Award from Donna Kelsey, CEO of American Senior Communities.
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Nichole Bowling, a CNA at Markle Health & Rehabilitation, received the Quest for Excellence Award given by American Senior Communities, which operates Senior nursing centers statewide.

In addition, Markle Health & Rehabilitation, located in Markle, was named Healthcare Community of the Year by American Senior Communities. The award recognizes the  nursing community’s exhibited excellence in service and operations.

Healthcare Community of the Year

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David Story (left), chief operating officer of American Senior Communities, and David Alexander (second from left), the company’s vice president of operations, present the Healthcare Community of the Year award to (from left) Vicki Shepherd, executive director of Markle Health & Rehabilitation, and Lisa Mack, director of nursing at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

Markle library to host earring class

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library invites adults ages 16 and older to learn to make their own beaded earrings on Saturday, Dec. 9, at noon. 

The workshop will be led by veteran beader Rebecca Sandlin. 

This program and the materials are free, but registration is required due to limited space. Call the Markle branch at 758-3332 to sign up.

The Markle branch is at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

Christ the King to hold service of Thanksgiving

Christ the King Episcopal Church will hold a Thanksgiving service on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

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

Donations to Pathfinder to be matched on #GivingTuesday Nov. 28

Pathfinder Services is teaming up with AWS Foundation to encourage donations to the local organization on #Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28.

All new donations to Pathfinder Services will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. In addition, any previous donor who increases their gift will have the amount of the increase matched.

To join Pathfinder Services’ #GivingTuesday initiative, visit pathfinder

#GivingTuesday was initiated in 2012 as an opportunity to support local causes following consumer-driven days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

More digital check-outs can lead to more funding at 2 libraries

The Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library are asking their patrons to check out more digital books and help the libraries win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for their OverDrive collection.

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If they hit 81,913 digital checkouts by the end of the year, they will be eligible for the funds.

Feeding the United Way

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Bendix employees Heather Desotell (left) and Patsy Ray dish up lunch during the “Taste of Huntington” event at the company’s Franklin Street plant on Thursday, Nov. 16. About 25 local restaurants donated food for the lunch, which was organized by Bendix employee Keith Pinkerton as a fund-raiser for the Huntington County United Way. Employees paid to take part in the buffet and that money was donated to the United Way. Pinkerton planned to feed about 100 employees at the event, which is in its 15th year.

Pomp & Plenty

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington North Varsity Singers held its 33rd annual Pomp & Plenty fund-raiser this weekend, with a Disney theme. The group performs "Be Our Guest" on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the HNHS Auditorium. The final show is this afternoon, sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

"A Whole New World"

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Emily Spencer (left) and Isaac Albertson sing "A Whole New World" during a performance of the Huntington North Varsity Singers' 33rd annual Pomp & Plenty fund-raiser on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Reber honor

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Mandy Reber (left), executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, receives a Community Partner Award on behalf of the club and congratulations from Carrie Sellers during the Pathfinder Services annual dinner Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Huntington PAL Club.

Community Partner Award

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Michael Overholser (left), of Pathfinder Outsource Manufacturing, listens as Brandon Keaffaber of Shuttleworth, Inc. accepts a Community Partner Award from Pathfinder Services during the organization’s annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Making rosaries

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Gaven Bearmann (left), a kindergartner at Huntington Catholic School, watches as Jan Scher shows him how to put the finishing touches on the rosary he made on Monday, Nov. 13. Scher and other members of the Our Lady of Fatima Blue Army spent the day at the school, helping students in all grades make rosaries. The activity took place during the 100th anniversary year of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal, in which she urged the children to promote praying the rosary for peace.

City life a century ago

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This photo taken in 1911 shows the Odd Fellows building on Franklin Street, in Huntington, just east of a saloon-restaurant and a grocery store. The Huntington County Courthouse is barely visible across the street to the right. An old cannon and a working water pump can be seen on the courthouse grounds. This photograph and other local artifacts can be seen at the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pathfinder celebrates self-reliance, inclusion at annual dinner

Pathfinder Services activities specialist Sarah Schwab (center) holds the 2017 Timothy Hancher Direct Support Service Award, presented at Pathfinder’s annual dinner Thursday, Nov. 9, by Barbara (left) and Bill Hancher. Schwab has worked at the organization since 2009. The award, presented each year to an exceptional employee, includes a check for $250.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A celebration of self-reliance and inclusion brought supporters of Pathfinder Services together for the organization’s annual dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Huntington PAL Club.

The theme of the evening, “Helping Dreams Come True for People Along Their Path to Self-reliance and Inclusion,” focused on the recognition of talents and celebration of dreams come true for individuals served in the four main service areas offered by Pathfinder Services: education and training, employment services, aff- ordable housing and community integration.

Donation for Blessings

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of Flint Springs Elementary School’s fifth-grade class present a donation to Blessings in a Backpack from money raised during a recent “Save the Pumpkins” dodgeball game. Students paid $1 each to play the game, as well as purchase T-shirts designed by fifth-grader Sophie Lunsford (third from left). Pictured are (from left) Flint Springs Physical Education Teacher Jo Ellen Earhart, Aubrey Wiegmann, Lunsford, Emily Johnson of Blessings in a Backpack, Marissa LeMar and Madalynn Wellman.

Roanoke Elementary artists

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Students from Roanoke Elementary School created works of art for the Renaissance in Roanoke art festival on Oct. 14. Students who produced works that received awards were recently recognized at the school.

Roanoke woman participates in Lugar public service series

Tinisha Weigelt, of Roanoke, is one of 20 women from across Indiana participating in the 28th Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

The goal of the series is to “increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed governmental positions at the local, state and federal levels.” To date, 489 Hoosier women have graduated from the series.

Birdhouse decorator

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Four-year-old Cora Mattern, of Lagro, paints a mini-birdhouse while her grandmother, Laura Whiteleather, of Andrews, looks on at a decorative mini-birdhouses session at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Saturday morning, Nov. 11.

Mass at St. Felix Catholic Center hails beatification Mass for Casey

Rev. Solanus Casey is shown in front of the St. Felix Friary, in Huntington, his home for 10 years.

Rev. Tony Steinacker, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, will celebrate Mass on Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Felix Catholic Center, in Huntington.

The Mass begins at 1 p.m. and will be preceded by recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m.

The Mass is being held on the same day as a beatification Mass for Rev. Solanus Casey in Detroit, MI, which will be concelebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, head of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese.

Gospel rules at open mic

The First Free Will Baptist Church, in Huntington, will hold an open mic night on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. and the singing will start at 6 p.m. Anyone who sings gospel music is welcome to join in.

The church is at 1805 Salamonie Ave.

Projects inspired by history

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-graders read historical fiction books in October and later made projects about their books. Alivia Hernandez (left) created a project inspired by the book “Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary” while Miles Leach crafted a project inspired by the book “I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937.”