‘Nutcracker’ latest in line of library Christmas season plays

Ballerina Ali Everett, a volunteer at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, performs the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy for children at the library on Thursday, Dec. 11.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Dec. 15, 2014.

You can hardly turn a corner at the Huntington City-Township Public Library without running into a nutcracker.

Nutcrackers lined up in a display case; a nutcracker peering down from on high; and nutcrackers perched atop shelves, tables and desks.
And by the end of this week, some 748 children will know all about not only the nutcracker, but also “The Nutcracker” — the Russian ballet based on a German story and spun into a dream.

Andrews couple uses dollhouse to depict ‘Spirit of Christmas’

Tom and Sharon Laupp, of Andrews, stand in front of their Christmas Spirit dollhouse on Monday, Dec. 1. The decorated dollhouse is part of the Crop Production Services Christmas display in the window of D&D Bike Shop in Warren. The display won first place in the business division of the town’s window decorating contest.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Dec. 11, 2014.

Sharon Laupp never outgrew her love of dollhouses.

Even after she was grown and married, the desire of her heart was to have a dollhouse she could decorate in her own personal taste.

So, when Sharon took an out-of-town trip with some friends to attend a dollhouse show, her husband, Tom, decided to surprise her by making one himself.

“Happy wife – happy life,” Tom says, with a grin. “Our old church had an organ stored, and when they decided to build the organ again, I grabbed a bunch of lumber from the old boxes.”

Artists soaring in environment of Creative Abilities Art Studio

The men’s sewing group at Creative Abilities Art Studio prepare fabric to be made into remote control holders. The group includes (from left) Harley J. Wolfe, assistant Tania Lange, Mathew Hartley, art director Sarah Schwab and Shawn Kelley.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Dec. 8, 2014.

The Creative Abilities Art Studio is still taking tentative steps, but the artists themselves are soaring.

The southside Huntington storefront is filling up with matted watercolors, handcrafted purses and sculpted jewelry, and more items are still being produced by artists wielding needles and brushes.

Eventually, some day, the items will be available for sale, with profits going to the artists.

“We’re just kind of venturing our way into the whole sales thing,” says Rose Mills, program director for the art studio.

Dog helps lead Dave Tyler to 50-year career in funeral business

Dave Tyler (center) was honored in June by the Indiana Funeral Directors Association for his 50 years in the funeral business. Andy Clayton (right) presented the 50-year award for the association; with them is Tyler’s wife, Peggy Tyler.
Photo provided.

Originally published Dec. 4, 2014.

It all started in high school.

“I guess you could blame it on the dog,” says Dave Tyler, flashing his ever-ready grin.

The dog, he says, put him on the road to what’s now a 50-year career in the funeral business.

And, yes, he admits the fact that he grew up around funeral directors may have played a role in his choice of profession.

But still, he blames it on the dog.

“It was probably my junior year high school science project that threw me over the line,” he says. “My dad and I embalmed a dog.”

HNHS student uses singing talent to tackle bullying issue

Rylie Lynn Bowman, 17, displays some of the memorabilia she collected during her recent travels with the Teen Nation Tour. Bowman sang and shared her experiences with students during the anti-bullying tour’s stops at middle and high schools.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Dec. 1, 2014.

It would seem unlikely that a young, pretty, vivacious and talented girl like country singer-songwriter Rylie Bowman would be the object of bullying, but she says not so.

The 17-year-old Huntington North High School student says she has been a victim of bullying, like so many youths in practically every school in the nation.

And she is doing something about it.

County resident says turkey hunting truly is a unique sport

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Indiana State Board Member and Flint Springs Chapter President Steve Nevius shows off three of his various turkey hunting trophies at his home on Nov. 22.
Photo by Joni Knott.

Originally published Nov. 27, 2014.

Turkey hunting is a unique sport, says Huntington County resident Steve Nevius.

Unlike the hunts for other creatures, hunting turkeys involves a high level of hunter-game interaction while requiring the hunter to remain quite still, he says.

“They have excellent eyesight,” says Nevius. “If turkeys could smell like a deer, we’d never be able to hunt them because we wouldn’t be able to get near them. As it is, the older the bird, the more difficult they are.”

Roanoke Beautification Foundation still making positive impact on town

Deco Illusions Owner and Roanoke Beautification Foundation Board Member Rick Fischer shows off one of the historic streetlamps strung with lights for the holidays. The streetlamps along First Street are one of the recent projects that the Roanoke Beautification Foundation has completed.
Photo by Joni Knott.

Originally published Nov. 24, 2014.

Created as a means to enhance and revitalize the historic character of Roanoke, the Roanoke Beautification Foundation was established in 1999 and works to make a positive impact on the community.

“The beautification is a 501c3 and it was originally established when the town was going through some renovations, remodeling and updates as a way to create resources,” said Deco Illusions Owner and Roanoke Beautification Foundation Board Member Rick Fischer.

Manly Mentors program seeks to fill role model void for students

Lt. John Brewer of the Huntington Fire Department chats with second grade students Sophie Hart, 8 (left), and Cana Brown, 8, during lunch at Flint Springs Elementary School Friday, Nov. 14. Brewer is part of the school’s Manly Mentors program, which seeks to give students interaction with male role models.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Nov. 20, 2014.

Once a week, Craig Martz can count on getting the scoop about the latest games from second-grader Gabe Brooks, as they chat over lunch.

“This is my buddy – we do a lot of talk about gaming,” says Martz, a firefighter with the Huntington Fire Department.

Martz has lots of buddies on Fridays, during lunchtime at Flint Springs Elementary School, as he and two other firefighters, Travis Monsey and Lt. John Brewer, visit with students as part of the school’s new Manly Mentors program.

New Crestview club teaching students about small engines

Larry Eckert (middle), a teacher at Crestview Middle School, helps students Colin Betterly (left) and Jackson Lunsford reassemble a four-stroke lawnmower engine in the school’s Small Engine Club on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Eckert started the club this school year.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Nov. 17, 2014.

Larry Eckert hopes his Small Engine Club propels students much like the engines they study.

A new club at Crestview Middle School this year, members have had a chance to get their hands on small engines and learn how they work. Eckert, who teaches technology education at the school, liked that Riverview Middle School offered a Technology Club, which gives students the opportunity to repair things around the school, discovering how they function as a result.

Hines returns to county after 30-year absence

Rick Hines.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

After being away from the Huntington County community for about 30 years, Rick Hines is back – this time, in the pulpit as the new pastor of Union Church.

Hines’ official first day on the job was Monday, Nov. 3, after driving the night before from Pittsburgh, PA, where he had been pastoring two churches.

He grew up in Roanoke and graduated from Huntington North High School. From there his journey led him away from Huntington County.