Bright spot at Sunken Gardens, thanks to generosity of several

There will be a bright spot at Sunken Gardens this year, thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals.

The giant Christmas wreath that once graced the front of Huntington's Wolf & Dessauer department store will be lighted Thursday, Dec. 3, for the Christmas season.

The remainder of the traditional Christmas light display at Sunken Gardens will remain dark this year, a victim of the city's current financial crunch.

Local Salvation Army kicks off its 2009 Christmas campiagn

Shane Smith, left, sticks some money in The Salvation Army donation kettle at Kmart on Wednesday, Nov. 25 as volunteer bell-ringer Jayme McFadden looks on. The donation kettles are out around town at various locations, including Big Lots and Walgreens.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Salvation Army of Huntington County has kicked off its 2009 Christmas campaign.

This year's target goal is $100,000, the highest goal ever set locally, Salvation Army officials say, because of an increase in need. Last year's goal was $95,000.

The Salvation Army says it has seen its food pantry double over the past two years. Christmas food and toy assistance requests have increase by 60 percent so far, Salvation Army spokesmen report.

Foresters burn Saint Xavier at free-throw line for ninth win

The Huntington University men's basketball team made up for a lackluster shooting performance by sizzling at the free-throw line to defeat host Saint Xavier University, 79-73, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The Foresters knocked down 37 of 41 free throw attempts for 90.2 percent - including 15 of 16 by Tyler Shively, to notch their ninth win of the season without a loss.

Richard D. 'Dick' Smith

Richard D. "Dick" Smith, 72, of Huntington, IN, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at 2:37 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Smith was a 1955 graduate of Marion High School. He worked for 27 years with the Marion Parks and Recreation Department in various positions, retiring in January 2003. He served in the United States Army in Germany from Feb. 27, 1956, to Feb. 13, 1959. He also served in the National Guard as staff sergeant for 16 years.

Margaret Koomler

Margaret Garman Koomler, 99, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Heritage Park Nursing Home.

Mrs. Koomler was a homemaker. She had been a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church and Scott United Methodist Church.

She was born Dec. 9, 1909, in Huntington County to Nestor and Minnie Rice. She first married Herbert Garman, who preceded her in death. Her second marriage was to George Koomler, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy White, of Fort Wayne.

Michael J. Dyke

Michael J. Dyke, 49, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at 8:10 p.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Dyke was a contractor with A-1 Builders in Huntington.

He was born June 17, 1960, in Huntington to Kenny Wall and Patsy Arivett Brown.

Helen I. Poehler

Helen I. Poehler, 92, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at 5:20 a.m. at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Poehler was a graduate of Huntington High School and a lifelong resident of Huntington. She had been employed by the H.K. Porter Company for 20 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Peter's First Community Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 Auxiliary and American Legion Post 85, all in Huntington.

Kathy Hostetler

Kathy Hostetler, 86, of North Manchester, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 3:15 p.m. at the Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester.

Mrs. Hostetler retired in 1983 from Sears in downtown Marion, where she worked in the parts and service department. After retirement, she volunteered with the Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries Response Group. She was a member of the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Whitley County.

William B. Haradace

William Bill Hardacre, 58, of Huntington, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at 10:30 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Hardacre had been employed by H.K. Porter and had owned and operated Hardacre Construction. He joined the United States Navy after graduating from Huntington North High School and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.

He was born Sept. 12, 1951, in Huntington to Edward L. Sr. and Helen M. Wall Hardacre.

Earl D. Smith

Earl D. Smith, 91, of Ossian, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Ossian Health Care.

Mr. Smith had been employed as a track foreman for the Erie Railroad. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Mizpah Shrine.

He was born May 21, 1918, in Huntington to Arthur and Bessie Walters Smith. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Esther L. Green Smith.

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