Teaming up for a Christmas cantata

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

More than 20 singers from six area churches teamed up for a Christmas cantata at Evangelical United Methodist Church on Friday night, Dec. 15. The event was called "Noel: Night of Everlasting Love." The choir was directed by Mark Kiefer and scripture verses were narrated by Dave Kaylor.

Boys & Girls Club Christmas party

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Channing Olinger (left) and Ava Wiley decorate Christmas cookies at the annual Christmas party at the Parkview  Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County on Friday evening, Dec. 15.

Charlotte Borland earns Lilly Scholarship

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Charlotte Borland

Charlotte Borland, a senior at Huntington North High School, is the recipient of the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

The scholarship, awarded through the Huntington County Community Foundation, affords Borland four years of otherwise unreimbursed full tuition and required fees to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana, as well as a special allocation of up to $900 for required books and equipment.

PHH patients using new device for support

Parkview Huntington Hospital Family Birthing Center nurses Beth Crist (left) and Angie Skinner (right) introduce Anne Malone, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild, to the new Sara Stedy lift. The assistive device is one of two purchased to help hospital patients with weakened muscles or mobility challenges, thanks to Guild funding through the Parkview Huntington Foundation.
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Patients at Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) are now getting a little more support, thanks to a new assistive device.

St. Peter’s First Community Church announces several holiday events

St. Peter’s First Community Church has several Christmastime events planned.

The church will hold Advent services on Thursday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. Children are welcome, but no nursery or children’s programming will be provided.

Cookie decorating will take place at the church on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cookies will be included in Christmas bags for shut-ins and will be served during fellowship time on Sunday, Dec. 17. Participants are welcome to bring a dozen cookies to share.

Local homeschool co-op offers benefits

High school students Austin Kline (left) and Job Savage discuss a math concept presented during a video demonstration, as parent/teacher Tim McGuin (center) observes during class time Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Promise Education Cooperative. The homeschooling cooperative began in August in downtown Huntington.
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A new cooperative venture by parents of homeschooled students has opened its doors in downtown Huntington, offering augmented benefits that individual home-schoolers may not have available.

Promise Education Cooperative opened its doors in late August, and operates in a newly-renovated facility at 37 E. Washington St. in the former Huntington Floor Covering store. In its first year, the cooperative is providing enhanced education to eight students from five area families.

Hauenstein Hills residents donate 150 pounds of food to Love INC

Maintenance Tech Mike Freel (left) and Area Manager Lisa Pavey of Hauenstein Hills apartments show the donations of food collected by the apartment complex’s residents before they leave to drop it off at Love INC.
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Residents of Hauenstein Hills apartment complex recently held a food drive and pooled together around 150 pounds of food to donate to the food pantry at Love In the Name of Christ.

“We were very excited with the participation from our residents,” says Lisa Pavey, area manager at Hauenstein Hills. “We collected food the whole month of November.”

The food was delivered to the ministry on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Weigelt earns spot in public service program

Tinisha Weigelt, of Roanoke, was recently accepted into the Lugar Series Excellence in Public Service program at the Ivy Tech located in downtown Indianapolis.

Weigelt will take part in this competitive program which has as its mission to increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed governmental positions at local, state and federal levels.

Invite public to Fetters’ State of the City address Feb. 2 at Café of Hope

The public is invited to attend the State of the City address by Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 a.m. at Café of Hope, located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.

There is no cost to attend.

Coffee will be provided.

Applications are available for Legal Education Opportunity program

Applications are available for the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) program.

The ICLEO program is designed to assist traditionally underrepresented groups in pursuing a legal career. The Supreme Court established ICLEO 20 years ago to help bring diversity to the legal profession.

Applications are available online at and are due by March 1, 2018.

ICLEO offers students a preparatory institute the summer before law school. This year, the institute is being hosted at Notre Dame Law School.

Mt. Etna Masons name Beard jr. honorary member

Hayden Beard (front row at right) holds up a special “Junior Honorary Member” award he recently received from the Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge for his service to the lodge. Celebrating the occasion are (front row from left) Reece Beard; and (back row from left) Steve Williams, Cindy Haley, Bob Haley, Diane Beard and Skyler Beard.
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The Mt. Etna Masonic Lodge presented a special recognition to Hayden Beard at their December meeting, designating him a “Junior Honorary Member” of the Lodge.

Steve Williams, worshipful master of the lodge, presented the award to Beard for his faithful assistance to his grandfather Bob Haley in taking care of the lodge, setting up special activities, mowing, cooking and general handy-man projects.

Beard was presented with a framed certificate and a special apron, while Haley received a special lapel pin as a mentor.

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

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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

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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

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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.
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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.