The TAB seeking special holiday services for publication on Monday

Area churches are invited to include their special Christmas and New Year’s holiday services in The TAB’s service listing.

Email services, along with dates and times for each service to

Deadline to receive information is today, Thursday, Dec. 14, by 4 p.m.

HU Foundation honors Strickler

Vincent Haupert (left), Huntington University’s vice president for advancement, and Michael Zahn (right), HU Foundation president, honor Rocky Strickler for his 40 years of service as a Foundation board member.
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The Huntington University Foundation honored long-standing board member Rocky Strickler for his 40 years of service. Strickler, who is a lifetime resident of Huntington, was honored for his service at a November HU Foundation luncheon.

Legion 160 Auxiliary donates to Blessings in Backpack program

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 Second Vice President Bev Swaim (right) presents a check for $300 to Hollyn Anderson, co-founder of Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County.
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The ladies of American Legion Unit 160 in Roanoke recently donated $300 to Blessings in a Backpack. Second Vice President Bev Swaim presented the check to Hollyn Anderson, co-founder of Blessings in a Backpack of Huntington County. The Auxiliary voted to make the donation at their meeting on Dec. 5, after members from Blessings in a Backpack gave a presentation to the members in attendance.

Getting some Christmas cookies

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

John Smith, of Huntington, loads up his container with a selection of cookies baked by the Extension Homemakers on Friday, Dec. 8, at the annual cookie and candy sale held in the First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

NIPSCO reminds public to be aware of CO poisoning, gas leaks

Safety hazards and other emergencies can occur without warning.

Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) crews often team up with public safety service personnel to respond to emergencies such as fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning. In 2016, NIPSCO responded to more than 40,000 such emergencies. In an effort to help reduce these hazards, NIPSCO is reminding customers to be prepared for two common winter emergencies.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Union Church donates $8,700 to ‘By the Book’ ed program

Members of Union Church recently presented a check for $8,700.75 to Associated Churches for their “By the Book” program. The money received was from the annual fish fry held at Union Church on Nov. 2. Celebrating the occasion are (front row) Bekah Bates; (middle row from left) Erika James, Danielle Gonser, Nancy Beaver and Wes Hotchkiss; and (back row from left) Nathan Williams, Will Hotchkiss, Bobby Schultz, Isaac Eckert, Jamie Hotchkiss and Jack Braden.
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The Associated Chur-ches “By the Book” Weekday Religious Education program recently received a check from Union Church for $8,700.75. The money received was from the annual fish fry held at Union Church on Nov. 2, to help fund the program along with a matching gift from an anonymous donor. The church served 1,024 individuals during the evening.

Invite area beef producers to meeting Jan. 4

Beef producers are invited to attend an upcoming meeting hosted by the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) and Purdue University Extension.

The Area XI beef meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Columbia City at the ag museum on the grounds of the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, 680 W. Squawbuck Rd.

The meeting will feature food and information on beef issues from a Purdue Extension specialist.  IBCA will provide an update on policy and programs.

Reservations can be made to the Whitley County Extension office at 244-7615 by Dec. 29.

Dream Center donation

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Indiana Dream Center presented a check in the amount of $510 to the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Thursday, Dec. 7. The donation represents a portion of the proceeds from the Dream Center Thrift Store’s Christmas decoration sales, much of which was held at the Forks of the Wabash during its Festival of Trees event.

Christmas program at Seminary

A Children’s Christmas program presented by the Kids Club and older Dance Class will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10:15 a.m. at Seminary United Methodist Church.

The program will be followed by Christmas goodies.

A Kids Club caroling and Christmas party will be held Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The church is located at 285 N. Seminary St., Roanoke.

Birthday book girl

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Evalyn Dolby, a first-grade student at Huntington Catholic School, holds up the book her parents purchased to honor her birthday on Friday, Dec. 1 during an all-school liturgy. She will be the first student to read it, then it will be placed in the school’s library for other students to check out.

10th annual German Christmas program at old German School is Sunday

The 10th annual German Christmas program will be held at the Old German School on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.

The program will include singing of traditional Christmas carols, and the reading of the Christmas story from the gospel of St. Luke in both English and German. German Christmas customs will also be described and a wild cedar tree with German decorations will be featured.

Rev. Conrad Thompson will give a message and the evening will conclude with candlelight and singing of “Stille Nacht” by a sixth generation descendant of the Schenkel family.

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.
Photo by Steve Clark.

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.