December Junior Rotarians

Rotary Club No. 300 named Huntington North High School students Alyssa Hollowell (second, from left) and Taylor Allred (second, from right) as Junior Rotarians for the month of December. Also pictured are Hollowell's sponsor John Easterday and Allred's sponsor Annette Carroll.

BSB's year-long fund-raiser results in gifts to school kids, needy families

Bippus State Bank employees have been participating in a yearlong fundraiser to benefit the less fortunate.

Every Friday throughout the year, the employees have the opportunity to contribute to the Jeans Fund when they choose to wear jeans on that day.

The money is then donated to local agencies that provide services for the needy.

In August, a portion of the fund was used to purchase a variety of children's jeans for Love INC's Huntington County Back-to-School Fair.

HC Homekers to hold cookie, candy sale on Dec. 11

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers are sponsoring their seventh annual Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale on Friday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex.

Cookies will be sold by the dozen, and candy will be sold by the half-pound.

Proceeds will go toward education and community service programs in the area.

The Courthouse Annex is located at 354 N. Jefferson Street in downtown Huntington.

For more information, contact Earlynn Worster at 468-2494.


Red Cross plans December blood drives

The American Red Cross of Huntington County will hold several blood drives during December.

They are:
• Dec. 16, from 2 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 641 N. Main St., Roanoke.

• Dec. 21, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

• Dec. 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse St., in Markle.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 800-448-3543 or visit for more information.

Artists can attend workshop on grants

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) will host a regional grant workshop for artists inter-ested in applying for a grant through the Individual Artist Program.

The free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Allen County Pub-lic Library, Fort Wayne.

The event is open to artists from the IAC's Region 3 (Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, La-Grange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties).

Biggest kisser

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Crestview Middle School teacher Kevin Gass poses with a piglet, the main character in a recent United Way campaign fundraiser. Students participated in jar wars to see which teacher would have to kiss the pig in front of the student body.

Weaving away

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Teacher Jeanne Johns (center) demonstrates the Native American way of weaving, with assistance from Lancaster Elementary School kindergartners Noah Saunders (left) and Phoebe Mayhew, on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The students participated in crafts, a Native American dance and viewed a presentation by Johns.

Huntington TEA Party to host several speakers during Dec. 5 session at Life Church, Huntington

The Huntington TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party will host several speakers during a session on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 .m. at Life Church, 950 E. State St.

Speakers include Matt Christman, addressing cap and trade; Al Sims, discussing election of candidates based on principles; Huntington Common Council member Jason Fields, with an update on city issues; and Rev. Mike Hill, asking "Does God still perform miracles?"

Set information session for HU EXCEL

An informational session on Huntington University's EXCEL adult degree programs will be held Monday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the university's Science Hall.

The free session is open to anyone interested in the possibility of pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree through the EXCEL program. Carrie Hoffman, admissions consultant, will be on hand to answer questions.

EXCEL offers evening classes in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash one night a week, one subject at a time. Classes are also offered online.

Friends of Library sponsoring Holiday Book Boutique Dec. 5

The Friends of the Library will sponsor a Holiday Book Boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Items for sale will include high quality used books as well as special and vintage books.

The sale is open to the public.

Donations of nearly new and very gently used books as well as other items for the Holiday Book Boutique are now being accepted at the Main Library through Thursday, Dec. 4.

For more information, contact the library at 356-0824.

The library is located at 200 W. Market St.

River clean-up on agenda in Markle

The Markle Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Markle Park Board, is proposing a Wabash River Clean-up Project for early spring 2010.

The project would entail removing trash, overgrowth and dead plant matter from the banks of the river on both sides of the levee as well as west of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and levee outlet control facility.

Linda Beck, a member of the Markle Chamber of Commerce, says that the project was been talked about previously, and that the Wabash River is important to Markle.

YSB offers training in teen suicide prevention

The Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force will host a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training on Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The training will be held at the Youth Services Bureau office, 134 Maple Drive in Huntington. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch with them for this training.

Student film returns for DVD party

'Nero Bloom: Private Eye' returns to Huntington University for a free screening and DVD release party on Friday, Dec. 11.
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Mystery! Suspense! Adventure!

The student film "Nero Bloom: Private Eye" will return to the Huntington University campus for a free screening and DVD release party on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium.

Library to host game night Dec. 15

The Huntington City-Township Library will host a free game night for area youth on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The event is designed for youth in grades six through 12 and includes food, games and chances to win prizes.

For those who choose to use the prizes as holiday gifts for siblings and friends, a gift-wrapping station will be provided at no charge.

Registration is advised, as space is limited.

For more information, contact the Children's Department of the library at 356-2900.

The library is located at 200 W. Market St.


Richardson graduates from NG basic training

Ryan Richison.
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Air National Guard Airman First Class Ryan M. Richison recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

Richison completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied sci-ence degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Richison is a 2008 graduate of Huntington North High School.

Huntington Tri Kappa offers college scholarship in honor of Connie Schul

The Huntington Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa is offering a $500 scholarship in honor of former member Connie Schul.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Huntington County resident who is currently a high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior.

Applications are available at the guidance office at Huntington North High School.


Bright spot at Sunken Gardens, thanks to generosity of several

There will be a bright spot at Sunken Gardens this year, thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals.

The giant Christmas wreath that once graced the front of Huntington's Wolf & Dessauer department store will be lighted Thursday, Dec. 3, for the Christmas season.

The remainder of the traditional Christmas light display at Sunken Gardens will remain dark this year, a victim of the city's current financial crunch.

Local Salvation Army kicks off its 2009 Christmas campiagn

Shane Smith, left, sticks some money in The Salvation Army donation kettle at Kmart on Wednesday, Nov. 25 as volunteer bell-ringer Jayme McFadden looks on. The donation kettles are out around town at various locations, including Big Lots and Walgreens.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Salvation Army of Huntington County has kicked off its 2009 Christmas campaign.

This year's target goal is $100,000, the highest goal ever set locally, Salvation Army officials say, because of an increase in need. Last year's goal was $95,000.

The Salvation Army says it has seen its food pantry double over the past two years. Christmas food and toy assistance requests have increase by 60 percent so far, Salvation Army spokesmen report.

Well supplied

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Employees of Good Humor-Breyers delivered a truck full of food and gifts to Love INC on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Pictured are (from left) John Damen, scheduler; Mark Gehrke, logistics supervisor; and Dan Fisher, maintenance technician. Breyers employees "adopted" four families, bringing in gifts for the members of those families, and held fundraisers to purchase extra items for other families. The company also donated a large quantity of food items that will be used to stock the shelves at Love INC. The agency will continue to accept requests for Christmas assistance through Dec. 4.

Roanoke Kiwanis keeping road clean

Roanoke Kiwanis Club members (from left) Mike Gibson, Alan Amick and President Butch Wygant pose with some of the trash they picked up along US-24 in Roanoke.
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As the sponsor of the portion of U.S.-24 that passes through Roanoke, members of the Roanoke Kiwanis Club recently picked up garbage along the corridor.

In total, the group collected 12 large bags of trash for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The semi-annual highway cleanup helps keep Roanoke's main thoroughfare looking attractive.

Upcoming events for the group include ringing bells in the community for the Huntington Salvation Army on Friday, Dec. 4, outside the Roanoke Post Office, Roanoke's branch of National City Bank, and Hoosier Foods.

Warren Church of Christ marks 110th anniversary

The side of the Warren Church of Christ has been painted to commemorate its 110th anniversary.
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Warren Church of Christ will celebrate its 110th anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 6, with a variety of events.
The church was founded by 17 charter members on Dec. 3, 1899.

Jim Lloyd, who served as minister from 1980-84, will bring the 9:30 morning message of challenge and praise The service will also include singing hymns from the 1890 era and a Power Point picture show of the history and heritage of the church.

The church will also honor those who have been members for 50 years and hear testimonies from those who have four or five generations of family in the church.

4-H scholarship application workshop to be held Dec. 14

A workshop to assist 4-H members in completing a variety of state 4-H scholarship applications will be held on Monday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Huntington County Extension Office.

The workshop will cover an overview of 4-H scholarships available at the state and local level and some of the detailed worksheets for youth to use in completing applications. Youth planning to attend this workshop must contact the County Extension Office no later than Thursday, Dec. 10 by 4 p.m., to ensure sufficient handouts are available for participants.

Helping a child

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Cellular Connection, in conjunction with its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 20, presented Saige Lambert (holding check), who was diagnosed with leukemia, with a $500 check to help with medical expenses. On hand for the presentation were (front row, from left) Jamie Lambert, Courtney White, Manager Jenny Blair and (back row, from left) Greg Lambert, Todd Farr, Sarah Poole and Audrey French.

Knights of Columbus to hold its pitch-in

Huntington Knights of Columbus Council 1014 will hold its annual "Pitch-In" campaign on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with roadblocks set up in three locations throughout the city.

In the 33-year history of "Pitch-In," the Knights have raised more than $200,000 to help Huntington County residents in need. Money raised by the Knights of Columbus from various means including roadblocks is administered by Love INC.

New officers

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The 4-H Fair Association recently elected its new officers for 2009-10. They are (from left) Todd Landrum, treasurer; Steve Ambriole, vice president; Carlene Peters, secretary; and Terry Schoeff, president. The 2010 Huntington County 4-H Fair will be held July 16 through 30.

HU to commemorate fall of Berlin Wall

Huntington University will host two events, a lecture and a symposium, in December to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Dr. Gale Stokes will give the Walter and Georgiana Ball Lecture on Dec. 1 as part of the university's Forester Lecture Series in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons.

Stokes' 7 p.m. address, titled "Thinking about 1989," will focus on the significance of the collapse of communism and the aftermath still dealt with 20 years later.

Diversity emphasis trickles down to unversity's annual Book Jam

Huntington University students Lindsey May, Ashlee Smith, Carrie Hall, Alicia Miller and Erica Cripe (from left) discuss a book with Huntington County fourth and fifth grade students during one of their weekly “Book Jam” sessions.
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Huntington University's year-long emphasis on diversity has trickled down through the Department of Education to leave its mark with this year's annual Book Jam.

Book Jam gives Huntington University students the opportunity to team with the Huntington County Community School Corporation to facilitate discussion groups with fourth and fifth graders in an effort to promote a love for reading. The reading program was developed by Dr. Cindy Steury, professor of education at HU, and Trace Hinesley, director of special programs for the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

CF Industries donates to pair of organizations

Accepting donations from CF Industries Huntington superintendent Brad Gordon (second from left) are (from left) Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong, Huntington County Emergency Management Director Brandon Taylor and his assistant director Brian Topp.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

CF Industries, of Huntington, has presented contributions to the Huntington Fire Department and Huntington County Emergency Management.

The donations will be used by each of the agencies to increase rescue capabilities.

The $1,390 gift to Emergency Management will be used to purchase confined space and rope rescue equipment to be used by the Huntington County Technical Rescue Task Force.

Riverview Middle School group does NASA landing simulation at Brownsburg learning center

Riverview Middle School seventh-graders (from left) Savannah Moyer, Brandyn Roberts and Jared Bartrom were among a group that traveled to the Brownsburg Challenger Center to participate in a simulation spacecraft landing on Nov. 20.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A group of Riverview Middle School seventh grade students traveled to the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center to participate in a NASA spacecraft landing simulation on Nov. 20.

The center is a living memorial to the space Shuttle Challenger astronauts who perished in the ill fated launch on Jan. 28, 1986.

There are 47 such facilities in the world, where students have the opportunity to run a simulation space landing.

Science teacher Steve Park says the students, 24 in all, were chosen because of their efforts in the classroom.

Salamonie Bird Club schedules a full six months of birding activities to begin 2010

The Salamonie Bird Club has announced its calendar for birdwatching events from now to June 2010.

On Dec. 12, the club will meet briefly at 12:30 p.m. and then visit the Salamonie Interpretive Center's Holiday Open House, which begins at 1 p.m.

New Year's Day, 2010, the club will conduct the Christmas Bird Count. For more information, contact Ellen Eppard at 260-758-3233.

On Feb. 20, 2010, there will be an Eagle Watch from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salamonie In-terpretive Center. Bring snacks and a full tank of gas. Also, be dressed for the weather.