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YMCA students Christmas program

Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Pre-K students (from left) Jonah Jeffers, Veda Brown, Caleb Cureton, Lyriel Plasterer, Jozie Medina, Jackson Cutshall, Brantley Myers, Violet Lederle, Adali Wisialowski, DJ Patterson and Konner Covey practice a performance of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on Thursday, Dec. 17. The students later performed the song as it was recorded and uploaded to the YMCA’s YouTube page. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators made the decision to air the students’ program virtually, rather than inviting an in-person audience. The program was part of the students’ celebration during the last day of class before the holiday break.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s preschoolers performed their Christmas programs differently this year.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hard decision was made to not let anyone into the classrooms during the students’ holiday celebrations.

Educators reimagined the 2020 Christmas program performances, said Karen Teusch, preschool coordinator.

Each class performed their program in their classroom. The performances were recorded and uploaded onto the YMCA’s YouTube page.

Elf on the shelf


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Roanoke Elementary School principal Jami Craft dressed as an Elf on the Shelf on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to greet students as they entered the building. Featured is second grader Zayden James checking on Craft.

HARTA Christmas light ride


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA) held a Christmas lights bike ride on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Featured are participants re-starting their ride after taking a look at the light display at Sunken Gardens in Huntington.

HNHS Showing Christmas spirit


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Students and staff at Huntington North High School have been participating in dress-up themes at school to ring in the holiday season. HNHS staff members are (from left) Kelli Dennis, Brenda Turner and Renee Armstrong displaying their reindeer-themed outfits.

2nd grader wins Christmas Card Contest

Mayor Richard  Strick (right) presents a certificate to Flint Springs Elementary School second-grader Brantley Denman, this years’ winner of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Contest, as Flint Springs art teacher Sara Scott (left) looks on.
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A local second-grader won the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Card Contest for 2020.

Brantley Denman from Flint Springs Elementary School was announced Wednesday as this year’s overall winner. The LaFontaine Arts Council selects the winner, and local first- and second-grade elementary students participate in the contest each year.

Mayor Richard Strick on Wednesday presented a certificate to Brantley, who will also receive a framed print of his winning design.

Individual winners from each elementary school that participated include:

Mother-daughter duo at drive-through meet-and-greet


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Mother-daughter duo Jennifer and Alli Jennings (top photo) dress up as Princess Jennifer and Princess Alli to greet the children of Huntington during a drive-through meet-and-greet at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 28. The meet-and-greet also featured characters like Buddy the Elf, Santa, The Grinch and Snoopy.

Drive-through meet-and-greet with Santa


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

A drive-through meet-and-greet with Santa and his friends, part of the Christmas in the City celebration, took place at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 28 for the children of Huntington. Featured are three drive-through participants (front to back) Christian Stout, Ruthie Stout and Lilly Stout, along with their dog, Gus.

Christmas time friends


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Santa brought along his friends (from left) Snoopy, The Grinch, Buddy The Elf and two princesses to help greet the children of Huntington during the city’s annual Christmas in the City celebration, held on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Causing a Traffic Jam


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas lays in the middle of the road at the drive-through station for Huntington’s Christmas in the City celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28. Thanks to Santa, the Grinch did eventually move out of the way so that participants could pass through.