Trinity sets concert

Trinity United Methodist Church’s December Evensong Series concert will consist of Christmas music presented by the Worship and Arts program.

The program will take place Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 530 Guilford St., Huntington.

Soloists from Trinity UMC and the community include Ana and Zach Allen, Michael Langford, Michael McGovern, Dr. Thomas McGovern, Myrna Neff, André and Kristine Papillon and family and Margy Stinson.

CF Industries again awards minigrants to county schools

Brad Gordon (front row, left), superintendent of CF Industries’ Huntington Terminal, presents Classroom Minigrants to Huntington County teachers (front, from left) Jill Spenner, Lisa Nightingale, Lisa Geller, Marta Waldfogel, Brandi Cross and Patty Jacobs; and (back, from left) Heather Hiple, Cari Whicker, Bill Bostain, Blake Childs, Sam Ryan, Mike Beaver, Les Hoffman and Sam Wright.
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CF Industries has awarded a total of $3,791 to teachers in four Huntington County schools through its Classroom Minigrant program.

The grants, awarded to teachers who incorporate agriculture or the environment in the classroom, will allow students to:

• Monitor and report on the growth of chickens from egg to chick.

• Investigate abstract theory and math-based problem solving to design a product to be created on a 3D printer.

• Maintain an outdoor classroom to learn about stewardship.

Red Cross notes blood need doesn’t decrease at holiday

This holiday season, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood doesn’t pause. While many are celebrating the holidays with family and friends, patients in hospitals are still relying on blood products.

Donations tend to decline during December, especially around the holidays. The following donation opportunities in Huntington County are:

• Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Shuttleworth, 10 Commercial Rd., Huntington.

• Dec. 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at PHD Incorporated, 4763 N. U.S.-24E, Huntington.

Union Church fish fry benefits By the Book

Celebrating a donation from Union Church to the “By the Book” program are (seated, from left) Janet Husband, team leader; and Nancy Beaver, president, Associated Churches of Huntington County; and (standing, from left) Myron Husband, team leader; Dave Stamper, organizer; Sue Stamper, organizer; Kathie Mower, director, “By the Book” program; and team leaders Marcia Kline and Harold Kline.
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“By the Book” Weekday Religious Education program received a check from Union Church for $8,649.77 on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from money raised from an annual fish fry held at Union Church.

That donation, along with a $2,600 matching gift from an anonymous donor, will help fund the religious education program.

The church served about 983 individuals during the evening.

“Without the help of the community and the many volunteers this would not be attainable,” organizer Dave Stamper says.

Crestview students using science to help earth

Crestview Middle School student Joe Melchi adds washers to weight down a strip of biodegradable plastic he made during class on Monday, Dec. 5. Students used their choice of a variety of non-petroleum products to make the plastic, then tested the product for strength and stretchability. The activity was funded with grants from CF Industries and the Huntington County Community Foundation.
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Students at Crestview Middle School are trying to make the world a better place.

They spent time on Monday, Dec. 5, mixing together ingredients including vinegar, tapioca, potato starch and more to create a plastic that is not petroleum based and therefore biodegradable.

“This is kind of cutting edge technology,” teacher Nancy Durrwachter says.

Petroleum based plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to break down, she says; plastic sheeting made from non-petroleum materials can break down in as little as two to three weeks.

Bumbling detective highlights holiday dinner show

Larry Bower returns as bumbling detective John Fieldstone in the New Year’s Eve comedy-mystery dinner theater at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a comedy-mystery dinner theater, “Dead in the Water.”

The Dec. 31 performance by Fort Wayne’s Bower North productions is a fund-raiser for Oak Hill Farm.

Larry Bower is the bumbling “defective detective” John Fieldstone, a sleuth who seemingly does everything wrong right up until the moment he solves the crime.

Audience members will mingle with the characters during cocktails. The play starts after a dinner prepared by Walnut Hill Catering.

Pathfinder teens will visit Marion Walkway of Lights

Teens on the Town, a program provided by Pathfinder Community Supports, will have a holiday activity for teenagers with disabilities on Friday, Dec. 16.

Teens on the Town will be going out to dinner at Culver’s and then will visit the Marion Walkway of Lights.

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 p.m. and pick up their teen at 8:30 p.m.

Transportation to and from Marion will be provided by Pathfinder Services. Teens will need to bring money for dinner.

Salamonie’s Second Saturday program will take close look at deciduous trees

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Servic es staff presents “Can I Stump You?” during its Second Saturday program on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Participants can learn how deciduous trees stay alive in winter, enjoy a hike, make several holiday crafts, taste maple syrup at a pancake lunch, watch a movie and more. Some activities fulfill requirements for Tiger Scouts, Stories in Shapes.

Santa will eat with kids at First Free Will Baptist

The First Free Will Baptist Church will host a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

Christmas games and activities are also planned. Parents are welcome to bring a camera to take their children’s picture with Santa.

The church is located at  1805 Salamonie Ave., Huntington.

St. Peter’s First, 509 join to host Advent services

Two Huntington chu-rches, the 509 Community and St. Peter’s First Community Church, are collaborating to offer a series of Advent services for the community.

The next service will be held tonight, Thursday, Dec. 8, at the 509 Community, located at 509 E. State St.

A service will be held at St. Peter’s First Community Church, 206 Etna Ave., on Dec. 15, and the final service will be on Dec. 22 at the 509 Community.

All services begin at 6 p.m.

Dayton minister/artist to preach on race Dec. 11 at Huntington Church of the Brethren

Chibuzo Petty, an organizer, minister and artist from Dayton, OH, will preach on “Jesus, the Racist” on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Huntington Church of the Brethren.

He will also talk to the Sunday school classes about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The church service is at 9:45 a.m. and Sunday school is at 11 a.m. the church is located at the corner of Washington and Guilford streets.

The public is invited.

Advent Vesper at Faith Lutheran

An Advent Vesper service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church.

A Christmas youth program will be held at the church on Wednesday, Dec 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The church will also have a Christmas Day communion service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25.

Faith Lutheran Church, LC-MS is located at 3416E-900N, Roanoke.

Holiday flicks to be shown at Markle library

The Markle Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold a holiday movie marathon on Thursday, Dec. 22, all day beginning at 9 a.m.

Movies to be shown can be found on the library’s website at and include recent and popular films.

All movies are rated G or PG, making this a program for the entire family.

Call the Markle branch at 758-3332 for more information.

The Markle library is located at 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

The Huntington and Markle libraries will be closed Dec. 24 and 26 and Jan. 2.


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Huntington Catholic School students who have displayed the Christ-like spirit of gratitude were recognized following the all-school liturgy on Dec. 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church. They are (front, from left) Elin Mickley, kindergarten; Steven Ball, first grade; Zariah Tinoco, second grade; and Alexandra Craig, third grade; and (back, from left) Kaitlynn Fowerbaugh, fourth grade; Steven Holzinger, fifth and sixth grades; Chelsea Swada, seventh grade; and Tony Clor, eighth grade.


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Huntington Catholic School students who have displayed the Christ-like spirit of generosity were recognized following the all-school liturgy on Dec. 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church. They are (front, from left) Jacoby Thornton, first grade; Karlie Holzinger, second grade; and Karsen Bischoff, third grade; and (back, from left) Kylie Nevius, fourth grade; Joe Bowers, fifth and sixth grades; Evan Linker, seventh grade; and Taylor Reeves, eighth grade. Not pictured is Emylia Shideler, kindergarten.

Home under construction

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Emmalee Otto, 4, of Andrews, helps her mom, Kari Otto, build a Christmas-themed fairy house Saturday, Dec. 3, at a workshop held at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. Earlier, Emmalee’s dad helped her make one of her own.

Eagle watch set for twice in January

Mississinewa Lake’s annual Sunrise Eagle Watch will be held twice, on Jan. 7 and again on Jan. 21.

Each event runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and is highlighted by the opportunity for participants to observe the largest documented bald eagle roost in Indiana.

Participants should meet at the Miami State Recreation Area boat launch to caravan to the roost site. Participants should also dress for the weather and bring binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.  

Public can harvest firewood from felled trees at Mississinewa Lake

The public can harvest firewood by permit from already felled trees in designated areas at Mississinewa Lake’s Pearson’s Mill State Recreation area through Dec. 31.

The firewood program will help the park remove the high number of trees affected by past flooding, natural causes and the emerald ash borer that are in areas along roads and trails. The park cannot adequately remove all dead trees on its own.

Only trees that have been felled already by park staff will be permitted to be taken.

Creative Abilities Art Studio holds open house

Creative Abilities Art Studio, a part of the Pathfinder Community Supports Day Services program, is hosting a holiday open house and shopping event on Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Unique, hand-made pieces of art will be available to purchase during the open house with cash, check or charge.  

Items for sale include various sizes of acrylic and watercolor paintings, jewelry, home décor, quilts, decorative birdhouses, memo boards, wreaths, Christmas ornaments and décor and more.  

Just add glitter

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Huntington City-Township Public Library Director Beka Lemons (left) advises Liam Rushing, 7 of Huntington on finishing glitter-filled sensory bottle as his mom, Megan Spencer, helps. Lemons led the workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Huntington branch, in which participants made bottles filled with glitter and different liquids to create soothing, mesmerizing patterns when shaken.  Ingredients could include a combination of glue, glitter, food coloring, vegetable oil, hair gel and corn syrup.

Castle receives ‘Dream’ award for achievement

Jessica Castle
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Jessica Castle, a sophomore art education major at Huntington University, is a recipient of a 2016 “Realizing the Dream” award.

The awards were presented to 31 first-generation students attending independent colleges and universities in Indiana. The honor recognizes sophomores selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement during their freshman year.

Miller joins sales staff at Troxel Equipment

Tim Miller
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Tim Miller has joined the sales staff of Troxel Equipment.

Miller will focus on agriculture equipment and will be working out of the Wabash store. He has 13 years of sales experience in the agriculture field.

Miller can be reached at 888-879-9353, by cell at 571-7336 or by email at

Huntington University’s online programming gets more accolades

Huntington University’s online programs have been ranked third in Indiana by AffordableCollegesOn

The website based its rankings on academic rigor, student support and affordability for online learning. Financial aid and student-teacher ratios were also considered.

The website analyzed information for all accredited public and not-for-profit institutions in the United States that offer at least three online bachelor degree programs and have an annual tuition fee of less than $25,000.

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

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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.