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Salamonie students win card contest

Kindergarten through second grade students at Salamonie School were recently able to participate in a Christmas Card Contest. Featured (front row, from left) are contest winners Wyatt Blair, Nora Colclasure, Lillie Leazier, Macie Richardson and Trey Shenefield, with (back row, from left) Josh Heim of JH Pottery Works and Cynthia Callison, the Salamonie art teacher. Shenefield and Colclasure’s designs will be turned into professional Christmas cards. Photo by Katelynn Farley.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

Students in grades kindergarten through second grade at Salamonie School were recently presented with the opportunity to use their art skills for a special project – designing Christmas-themed pieces for a Christmas Card Contest.

The tradition for the contest began last year in Warren when Josh Heim, owner and operator of JH Pottery Works, realized that students in the town of Huntington were able to enter designs with the Mayor’s office in a contest for a town Christmas card. Heim said he wanted to “borrow” the idea and give children in Warren an opportunity to do the same.

Christmas in the Village is coming soon

Downtown Roanoke will come alive on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, for their Christmas in the Village celebration.

On Friday, participants are encouraged to be downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. to shop at local stores.

A lighted parade bringing Santa into town will take place at 7 p.m. The parade will begin near Third and Main streets and end at First and Main streets.

Ouabache presents its Wonderland of Lights

Ouabache Wonderland of Lights will run nightly from Friday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. The drive-thru event has many lighted displays throughout the park that can be seen from the car, including a synchronized light show at the Fire Tower Plaza and over 40 displays in the campground.

There is an admission fee per vehicle that may be paid with cash or check. Individuals may also purchase gift certificates for the Wonderland of Lights at the gatehouse during the event times.

Santa visits Huntington


Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Saturday, Nov. 27, at the end of the Christmas in the City event in downtown Huntington, participants were greeted by Santa as he rode down the street in a Huntington City Fire Department truck.

Face painting fun

On Saturday, Nov. 27, community members flocked to downtown Huntington for Christmas in the City 2021, which featured several activities, including face painting at The 5th Parlor. Children such as Archer Dockery (featured) were able to choose from designs such as a Christmas ornament, a snowflake and a Rudolph nose and antlers for their face painting.

Donuts with Santa


Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Saturday, Nov. 27, the Huntington County Historical Museum hosted a Donuts With Santa event, in which children could come sit on Santa’s lap for photos and then enjoy a breakfast of donuts while they wrote letters to Santa and crafted ornaments. Featured above, Olivia Knapp sits with Santa for a photo.

Playing holiday tunes


Photo by Katelynn Farley

Christmas in the City 2021 had a little bit of something for everyone, including shopping opportunities and free treats as well as the arts. Located outside of the Indiana Dream Center, a variety of Christmas-themed tunes were played by members of Lime City Brass.

Volunteers meet to prep annual free Thanksgiving Day meals

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Trinity United Methodist Church members began preparing the cranberry relish for their 35th annual free Thanksgiving Day Meal. Featured are (from left) Tim Allen, Liz Sanders, Liz Godts, Lee Ann Smith, Greg Sprinkle and Patty Sprinkle.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford St., Huntington, will once again be serving the Huntington community with their free Thanksgiving Day Meal on Thursday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They were unable to have the meal last year due to COVID-19, so this year will be the 35th annual meal.
According to meal organizer Tim Allen, Jim and Gloria Wilson began the free meal tradition at the church in 1986.

Running the 5k race


Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Saturday, Nov. 13, members of the community gathered at the Indiana National Guard for Huntington’s Veterans Day 5k race. The event had three options for participation: a 1-mile family fun walk, a 5k and a bike ride. Huntington North High School student Leaf Vanover prepares to cross the finish line after running the 5k.

Running the 5k race


Photo by Katelynn Farley

On Saturday, Nov. 13, members of the community gathered at the Indiana National Guard for Huntington’s Veterans Day 5k race. The event had three options for participation: a 1-mile family fun walk, a 5k and a bike ride. Featured above, participants race through Memorial Park at the beginning of the race.