Plans for Huntington Arts Initiative to be announced at fund-raiser Jan. 22

Plans for The Huntington Arts Initiative will be officially announced during fund-raising reception to be held Friday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The New Huntington Theatre.

The Huntington Arts Initiative, a non-profit professional arts organization, will be housed in two downtown buildings at Warren and Market streets. The buildings were purchased at auction this summer by theater co-owner Rich Najuch, and preliminary renovation work has begin.

The Christmas story

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Beccah Kerlin (left) and Porter Kennedy filled the roles of May and Joseph during a Christmas program put on by the College Park Preschool. The program was held in the College Park United Brethren Church sanctuary and included Christmas songs by the creative play and preschool classes.

City to hail project end

The City of Huntington will hold a celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to mark the substan-tial completion of its sanitary sewer separation improvements project.

All sewer lines have been installed and restoration items including asphalt paving will be completed in the spring.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the Huntington City-Township Library, at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, a reception will be held inside the library.

City staff will then demonstrate the effectiveness of the stormwater treatment system in-stalled in Area 1 of the project.

BZA to meet on Tuesday

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. to consider a request to place a wireless communication tower near Andrews.

JB Towers, LLC, is asking for a special exception to place the tower on property zoned for agricultural use. The property is located along Ind.-105 near Andrews.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.


Republicans seek applicants for open spots

Applicants are being sought for open positions on the Andrews Town Council and the Union Township Board, as well as the position of Dallas Township trustee.

All candidates must be at least 18 years old and must have voted Republican in the most recent primary.

Town Council candidates must reside in the corporate limits of Andrews; the Union Township Board candidates must reside in Union township; and the Dallas Township trustee candidate must reside in Dallas Township.


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Andrews/Dallas Township Public Library Board Member Edna Strickler (right) helps Aaliyah Quillen (left) create Christmas ornaments at the library on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5. The event was the library's children's activity for December.

Historical society to hold Christmas open house Dec. 15

Mark and Vickie kiefer wil perform old-fashioned Christmas music during the Dec. 15 meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society.
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The public is invited to a Christmas open house and program at the Huntington County Historical Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

Local musicians Mark and Vickie Kiefer will present a program of old- fashioned American Christmas music, which will feature a sing-along and the background stories of many favorite holiday songs.

Mark Kiefer is the choir director at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, and has also taught fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School for the past 35 years.

Business of the month for December

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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce announced Bowers Jewelers in Huntington as the December 2009 Business of the Month on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Pictured are (front row from left) Beth Stoffel, Penny Cuttriss, Gene Bowers and Susie Bowers, owners; Jolene Paolillo, and Rob Paolillo, and (back row from left) Terry Miller, Tera Garretson, Bob Brown, Amy Stansell, Gene Snowden, Joe Burgess and Paula Whiting.

Clerk's office to halt passport service

The Huntington County Clerk Treasurer's office announces that as of Jan. 2, 2010, it will no longer be handling passport applications.

Vicki Stoffel, Huntington County clerk, says the reason is two-fold.

"We have tried to make our budget as low as we possibly can for 2010 and as such our postage budget was cut by $5,000," Stoffel states. "Also due to new regulations by the U.S. Department of State, with postage, it has become more expensive to mail the passports."

Volunteers ought to help with taxes

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be providing free tax preparation assistance to people with low-to-moderate income this year.

Anyone can volunteer for the free tax preparation program as the IRS provides free tax law training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns.

Training classes for volunteers will be held:
- Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
- Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.


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