Photo by Matt Murphy.

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.
Photo provided.

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

Photo by Matt Murphy.

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.

Christmas sharing

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Dixie Harrold displays some of the items donated for Huntington County Right to Life's 30th annual Christmas Care and Share Program. This year, the group will provide gifts for 25 children. Each child will receive numerous gifts and each family will receive wrapping materials and a grocery certificate. Donations of new gift items for children through age 6 and new wrapping materials are being accepted at the Right to Life office, 34 E. Washington St. For more information, call 356-5933.

Deadline nears to enroll in Leadership Academy

The enrollment deadline for the 2010 Huntington County Leadership Academy is Dec. 31.

Classes will be taught by Dr. Rick Upchurch and Ed Vessels. Sessions begin Jan. 6, 2010, and are held two mornings a month through May 12, 2010.

An application form is available online at or by calling Jason Parsons at 359-1559. If 13 students are not registered by Dec. 13, the 2010 academy will be canceled.


HU athletics teams up with Love INC

The Huntington University Athletic Department is teaming up with Love INC to sponsor local families for Christmas.

The HU President's Office along with each of the 15 athletic teams is buying gifts and providing food for Huntington County families. Through these efforts, the children of 13 families will have presents to open on Christmas morning.

Cookie sales will raise funds for Love INC

Mt. Etna United Methodist Church will hold its third annual Christmas cookie party on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The youth will be making and decorating Christmas cookies that will go on sale the next day at 10 a.m. between services.

There will also be games, crafts and Christmas devotions.
The proceeds from the cookie sale will go to Love INC.

The church is located at 6383W-600S.


Boone is top teacher at HCS

Derek Boone.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Derek Boone, Huntington Catholic School's physical education teacher and athletic director, was recognized as the teacher of the year.

Boone received the annual Light of Learning award on Friday, Dec. 4, during an award presentation at St. Mary Catholic Church.

The award is based on nominations by parents of students attending Huntington Catholic.



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