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‘Christmas at the Forks’ planned


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The Historic Forks of the Wabash Museum and Educational Park will hold its annual “Christmas at the Forks” event on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the annual Breakfast with Santa will not be held this year. The banquet room will be filled with decorated trees and wreaths from local organizations, businesses and individuals. Masks are requested.

Christmas tunes


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Playing popular Christmas and holiday tunes during Warren’s Festival of Trees on Friday, Nov. 20, is brass trio (from left) Terry Miller II, Neil Laymon and Marie DeWeese.

On the pottery wheel


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Giving a pottery demonstration during Warren’s Festival of Trees on Friday, Nov. 20, is professional potter Joshua Heim, of Warren. Those looking on are (from left) Emara Stivers, Clare Fortney, Lincoln Stivers, Elsa Fortney, Zane Fortney and Rehnn Stivers.

Christmas in the City is still a go

The holidays are here, but so is a pandemic that’s trying to kill the joy.

Fortunately, Christmas in the City Re-imagined for 2020 wins and the celebration will last all season.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick, health department officials and other members of the Downtown Business Association met with the Chamber of Commerce to re-imagine how to give the community the holiday party that’s so needed in a safe environment.

The Christmas tree in Rotary Park will be lit Wednesday, Nov. 25, before Thanksgiving. There won’t be a public ceremony.

Warren Festival of Trees

The 2020 Festival of Trees will be held in Warren on Friday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is being hosted by Historic Warren Main Street.

Thirty-two trees have been entered into the festival. There will also be 26 holiday walk stops and 14 gingerbread houses to view.

Event maps will be available for pick up from the Warren Town Hall Annex, Golfo di Napoli dairy, Homespun Market or Son-Rise Bakery.

Voting buckets for gingerbread house voting will be located at the Warren Town Hall Annex, 131 N. Wayne St., from 5 to 8 p.m.

Santa to arrive in Warren

Santa is slated to arrive in a horse and wagon in the center of Warren, 132 N. Wayne St., escorted by the Warren Fire Department, to meet and greet children of all ages on Friday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m.

The town Christmas tree will be lit that evening and participants are invited to then proceed to the Knight Bergman Center for the rest of the evenings’ celebrations. Drinks and cookies will be available and Santa will be available for children to meet and discuss their Christmas wish lists.

Thank you for your service


Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Bob Holzinger (right), U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War, and his wife, Gloria Holzinger, are served breakfast by Karen Sandlin (left) at the VFW Post 2689 on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, during the annual free breakfast served to all veterans at the post. 

Veterans Day


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

The Andrews Lions Club participated in the 2020 Veterans Day Parade in Huntington, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 7. 

Leading the way


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Members of the Huntington North High School JROTC group made up the Color Guard at the start of the Saturday, Nov. 7, Veterans Day parade. Other JROTC members brought up the rear of the parade, marching. Photo by Katelynn Farley. 

Pets for Vets


Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Members of the Huntington County Humane Society, along with some furry friends, walk down MacGahan Street in Huntington during the Veterans Day Parade held on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Mayor runs ‘Trifecta’ for Purple Heart Gateway Arch

After running an Ultra 50K – over 31 miles – Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (left) and his friend and co-runner Brandi Krumanaker stand in front of the T-33 Shooting Star jet at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park, where a Purple Heart monument has been incorporated. Strick and Krumanaker ran the Ultra 50K as part of the Marine Corps Marathan Trifecta, which also included a 10K and a marathon. The duo completed the trifecta as a way to raise funds and awareness for the Purple Heart Gateway Arch project in Huntington.
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Huntington’s Mayor Richard Strick ran over 64 miles to raise funds and awareness for the Purple Heart Gateway Arch in Huntington.

The Arch will eventually be installed over West Park Drive, near the Historic Forks of the Wabash trailhead.

Strick virtually ran the Marine Corps Marathon Trifecta, which included three races – a 10K (six miles), a marathon (26.22 miles), and an ultra 50K (over 31 miles).

Strick says he finished in late October. He recently finished a training he calls “couch to marathon in a year.”