Making a fairy house

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sharon Laupp (right) shows an example of a fairy house she made, as Nicki Beal (left) and Jodi Mook observe, during the fairy house workshop held Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library. About 15 people took part in the workshop, each choosing materials and crafting a unique fairy house to take home.

Food pantry donation

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Rev. Jim Tormey (left), of Seminary United Methodist Church, accepts a check for $500 from Roanoke Lions Club member Charlie Crawford. The donation, which was generated by the club’s 2015 fund-raising efforts, will benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry.

Huntington County Safety Council sets holiday meeting

The Huntington County Safety Council will hold its holiday meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Lunch will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The program will be presented by harpist Sarah Wall.

Reservations must be made by Dec. 4 at noon with Holly Sale, president, at 355-3203 or

Relay team will host ‘Paint for Life’

Team Pink Ladies & the T-Birds will hold a Paint for Life fund-raising event on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The evening will include food and drinks, door prizes and holiday fun.

All proceeds will go to Relay For Life/American Cancer Society.

Reserve a seat by calling Beth Blocker at 356-9117 or Sara Brown at 344-0113, or register online on the Events page at Gig

Holiday Show returns to Supper Club

Erin Baltsar, seen performing during the 2013 edition of The Supper Club Holiday Show, returns this year as the seasonal favorite makes a comeback. She’s joined by a pair of fellow New York-based performers in the show, opening Dec. 3 at The New Huntington Theater with theater co-owner Joel Froomkin serving as master of ceremonies. Photo provided.
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After a year off, The Supper Club Holiday Show returns in December to The New Huntington Theater with a familiar cast and format.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” says Rich Najuch, who shares creative responsibilities with theater co-owner Joel Froomkin. “It was always the favorite thing we did all year.”

The 2015 show opens Thursday, Dec. 3, with performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Dec. 20. The evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by an optional buffet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Children’s, handbell choirs to perform

The December installment of the Evensong Concert series at Trinity United Methodist Church will feature the Children’s Choir of Huntington County giving its annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The Trinity Handbell Ensemble will also perform.

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

The Evensongs Concert Series can be found on Facebook at Evensong TUMC.

Andrews holiday party set

The Andrews Summer Festival Committee will host a Christmas party on Dec. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Andrews Town Hall.
Non-perishable foods for the Andrews Food Pantry will be collected. There will also be refreshments, kids’ crafts, raffle, bake sale and pictures with Santa. There will also be prizes awarded for the ugliest Christmas sweater.

Walnuts for health

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Members of Trinity United Methodist Church recently presented a donation of $2,000 to the Huntington County Free Health Clinic. Celebrating the donation are (from left) Ed Beckner, clinic board member; Don Mathias, a member of Trinity; Ann Emely, clinic coordinator; and Midge Decker, clinic board member. Trinity raised the money through its annual October collection of walnuts, which are processed and marketed to a company in Missouri. All proceeds go to the clinic.

A thank you for their service

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The Huntington Lions Club presents a check for $400 to Boy Scout Troop 637 on Saturday, Nov. 21, in recognition for the work the scouts perform for the community. One of the troop’s service projects is unloading trees from the delivery truck for the Lions Club’s annual Christmas tree sale.

State Tri Kappa organization to award a variety of scholarships

The state Tri Kappa organization will award a variety of scholarships to college students throughout Indiana in the spring. Each state scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.  

NEIB declares special one-time cash dividend for First Federal shareholders

Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, announced on Nov. 25 that its board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of 50 cents per share on the company’s common stock.

The dividend will be paid on Dec. 23 to shareholders of record on Dec. 9.

Huntington University chosen to ‘Top 50 Christian Colleges’ recently

Huntington University has been named to the list of “Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations 2016” by Christian Universities Online.

The ranking highlights schools that go above and beyond when it comes to students’ academic achievements.

Each school on the list significantly surpassed its predicted graduation rate, showing that care has been taken to enhance students’ college experiences from acceptance to graduation.

FFA judging awards

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The Huntington North High School FFA livestock judging team competed at the Keystone International Livestock Expo held in Harrisburg, PA, on Oct. 3. The team, consisting of members (from left) Madison Wohlford, Leigh Ann Trickle, Sara Hunnicutt, Emma Landrum, Bailey Irick, Tanner Shipley, Brandon Will and Lane Whitted, placed third in reasons, fifth in swine and ninth overall. Hunnicutt placed sixth in beef and sixth in reasons as an individual.

Engineering students can apply for awards

Northeast Indiana DiscoverE and its regional partners will present $1,000 in academic awards to engineering students during the yearly Engineers’ Week banquet in February.

Applications for the academic awards must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31.
For additional information and an application, visit the DiscoverE website at

Schnepp earns distinction

Donna Schnepp (left) is congratulated by Chuck Hughes, general manager and educator with Crosstex/SPS Medical Supply, in Rush, NY, after earning the title of Certified Healthcare Leader from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management.
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Donna Schnepp, of Huntington, has earned the title of Certified Healthcare Leader through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Schnepp is an eight-year employee of Lutheran Hospital, in Fort Wayne, where she is a certified instrument specialist in the sterile processing department. Her responsibilities include decontamination, assembly, inspection, testing and sterilization of surgical instruments.

Change library board meeting

Due to the holidays, the Board of Trustees of the Roanoke Public Library will meet one week earlier than its regular schedule in December.

The meeting is on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Public Library.

Gamble earns scholarship as Coca-Cola Leader of Promise

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Lea Gamble.

Lea Gamble, a building construction management student at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, has received a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.

Gamble, a 2014 graduate of Huntington North High School, first took classes at Ivy Tech Northeast as a dual credit student at HNHS. She became a full-time student at Ivy Tech in fall 2014.

After the hunt

John Black (left), shooting sports activities chairman for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, and Michael Harrell (middle), president of VFW Post 2689, listen to a story by Steve Nevius, president of the National Wild Turkey Federation Flint Springs Chapter and member of the NWTF state board, at a lunch in the Roush Lake offices following the fifth annual disabled veterans hunt on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Planetarium fun

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Bridget Swaidner and Nicole Warpup’s kindergarten classes listen as Salamonie Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Cindy Brooks (right) talks about a digital planetarium set up in the school’s gym on Monday, Nov. 23. Region 8 Education Service Center recently acquired the planetarium through a grant from Star Bank and Salamonie students learned about constellations, moon and sun rotations and mythological stories from it.

Inside Peter Pan’s world

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Johanna Ashley (left), of Huntington, is Smee and Dillon Higginbottom, of Bluffton, is Captain Hook in the Pulse Opera House production of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” The show, featuring Huntington residents Spencer Blackburn, Grace Dimond and Maggi Hall as John, Wendy and Michael, respectively, opened Nov. 27 at the downtown Warren theater and continues on weekends through Dec. 13. Shows are Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 and 13 at 4 p.m. For tickets, visit or leave a message at 375-7017.

Huntington County SWCD to meet Dec. 8

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:15 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Theaters’ ‘quiet’ video created by HU students

A group of Huntington University students produced a “silence your cell phones” video that is playing at 30 regional locations of Goodrich Quality Theaters, the parent company of the Huntington 7 theater.

The one-minute video launched Nov. 20 and will run through January 2016 in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.

The production was led by Adam Konger, a junior film production major from South Whitley.

Effectiveness of prayer to be explored at Lifetree

The effectiveness of prayer will be explored at Lifetree Café on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.    

The program, titled “Prayer: Could a Conversation With God Change Your Life?,” features a filmed interview with former PGA golf pro Wally Armstrong, who found an unusual way to make his prayers more meaningful.

Armstrong, who is also the author of “The Mulligan: A Parable of Second Chances,” says, “There’s a new level. I was a believer in prayer, but I found there’s a big difference between believing something is true and experiencing something is real.”

Future shade

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jose Guzman (left) and Alvaro Perez settle a maple tree into its planting spot at Rotary Centennial Park, in downtown Huntington, on Monday, Nov. 23. They were among a crew from Harlow Landscaping, Fort Wayne, planting trees, shrubbery and other greenery at the new park.

Local Special Olympics have calendars for fund-raising

Huntington County Special Olympics has a limited number of its 2016 wall calendars for sale.

Thirteen paintings by Pathfinder Services clients are featured on the calendar, one on the cover and one on each month.

Proceeds from the calendar sales will go toward entry fees and sports equipment for Huntington County Special Olympics.

To purchase a calendar, contact Nancy or Keith Hartley at 672-8316 or

Bed benefit for disabled veteran

The American Legion Post 160 in Roanoke will host a benefit fund-raiser for disabled Navy veteran Gary Marshall on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the post, located at 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke.

The chili and hot dog supper also features a silent auction, tip boards and bake sale. Cost is a free will donation.

Proceeds of the event will be used to purchase a new bed, designed to prevent additional injury and improve Marshall’s quality of life.

Cash or check donations may be accepted directly through Bippus State Bank, 577 Geiger Drive, Roanoke, IN 46783.

Local robotics team wins grand champ honor

The Thunderbirds robotics team won the grand champion title at the regional Lego League competition on Nov. 21. Team members are (front, from left) Gage Crawford, Brock Brubaker, Camille Harris, Brianna Elston, Noah Zahn, Grace Driscoll and Darcy Williams; and (back, from left) Brooke Elston, Chris Elston, Lori Elston, Cole Davidson, Samuel Elliott, Travis Bolinger and Connor Nash.
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The Thunderbirds, a Huntington County robotics team competing in the FIRST Lego League, came home from the regional qualifying tournament in Fort Wayne on Nov. 21 with the grand champion title.

The win at Ivy Tech, in Fort Wayne, qualifies the Huntington team for the Indiana State Lego Competition, to be held Dec. 12 in the Gates Athletics Center Fieldhouse at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

The Thunderbirds’ 397 points was the highest score on the Lego table and the highest ever scored by the team in its seven years of competition.

Roanoke Kiwanis helps community several ways

The Roanoke Kiwanis helped clean up the highway in October in advance of the community-wide art festival, collecting 15 large garbage bags from the roadside ditches along U.S.-24 leading into Roanoke.

The Roanoke Kiwanis will be ringing bells at the Salvation Army’s red kettles in early December.

The group will hold its annual member appreciation breakfast at the meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3. It will be held at the Roanoke Brethren Church starting at 7 a.m.  Visitors and individuals interested in joining are encouraged to attend.

Life Church to host Giggabuggy painting session as fund-raiser

Life Church will host a Gigabuggy painting session on Dec. 5 to raise funds for the church’s youth ministry.

The painting sessions will be held at Café of Hope beginning at 4 p.m. Participants can choose one of two painting options.

Reservations can be made in advance at a discounted price online at gabuggy. Full-price admission is payable at the door.

2016 HC Leadership Academy to start on Jan. 12

The Huntington County Leadership board of directors and Purdue Extension are hosting the 2016 Huntington County Leadership Academy. The classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 12.

Classes will meet bi-weekly until May 31. All class sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Purdue Extension Office, located at 1340 S. Jefferson St., in Huntington.

The purpose of this class is to help participants enhance their leadership skills and use those skills to maintain and improve the quality of life in Huntington County.