Andrews Community Helpers keep filling a need at Thanksgiving

JoAnn Prus (foreground) and Laura Dillon dish up a meal Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller’s Pub in Andrews. The Andrews Community Helpers prepared and delivered more than 160 meals to shut-ins and people in need in the Andrews area.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

More than 160 Thanksgiving dinners were hand-delivered to Seniors and families in need in the Andrews area on Saturday, Nov. 21, thanks to a group of volunteers calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers.

This is the eighth year for the tradition, which has grown from just 44 dinners being delivered the first year. The number has nearly doubled from last year, when only 85 dinners were delivered, volunteer Laura Dillon says.

Each recipient received generous helpings of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, yams, rolls, pie and deviled eggs.

Diversity emphasis trickles down to unversity's annual Book Jam

Huntington University students Lindsey May, Ashlee Smith, Carrie Hall, Alicia Miller and Erica Cripe (from left) discuss a book with Huntington County fourth and fifth grade students during one of their weekly “Book Jam” sessions.
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Huntington University's year-long emphasis on diversity has trickled down through the Department of Education to leave its mark with this year's annual Book Jam.

Book Jam gives Huntington University students the opportunity to team with the Huntington County Community School Corporation to facilitate discussion groups with fourth and fifth graders in an effort to promote a love for reading. The reading program was developed by Dr. Cindy Steury, professor of education at HU, and Trace Hinesley, director of special programs for the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Giving thanks

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ashlynn Snyder (left) takes a scoop of candy from the bowl as Renee Greving (right) looks on during the Trinity United Methodist Preschool Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, Nov. 23. The feast included the Thanksgiving favorite, sliced turkey, along with other finger food.

CF Industries donates to pair of organizations

Accepting donations from CF Industries Huntington superintendent Brad Gordon (second from left) are (from left) Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong, Huntington County Emergency Management Director Brandon Taylor and his assistant director Brian Topp.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

CF Industries, of Huntington, has presented contributions to the Huntington Fire Department and Huntington County Emergency Management.

The donations will be used by each of the agencies to increase rescue capabilities.

The $1,390 gift to Emergency Management will be used to purchase confined space and rope rescue equipment to be used by the Huntington County Technical Rescue Task Force.

Riverview Middle School group does NASA landing simulation at Brownsburg learning center

Riverview Middle School seventh-graders (from left) Savannah Moyer, Brandyn Roberts and Jared Bartrom were among a group that traveled to the Brownsburg Challenger Center to participate in a simulation spacecraft landing on Nov. 20.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A group of Riverview Middle School seventh grade students traveled to the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center to participate in a NASA spacecraft landing simulation on Nov. 20.

The center is a living memorial to the space Shuttle Challenger astronauts who perished in the ill fated launch on Jan. 28, 1986.

There are 47 such facilities in the world, where students have the opportunity to run a simulation space landing.

Science teacher Steve Park says the students, 24 in all, were chosen because of their efforts in the classroom.

Time for dessert

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Trent Shively (left) and Mason Harman are in line for dessert during a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club prepared and served the dinner, which was followed by bingo.

Salamonie Bird Club schedules a full six months of birding activities to begin 2010

The Salamonie Bird Club has announced its calendar for birdwatching events from now to June 2010.

On Dec. 12, the club will meet briefly at 12:30 p.m. and then visit the Salamonie Interpretive Center's Holiday Open House, which begins at 1 p.m.

New Year's Day, 2010, the club will conduct the Christmas Bird Count. For more information, contact Ellen Eppard at 260-758-3233.

On Feb. 20, 2010, there will be an Eagle Watch from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salamonie In-terpretive Center. Bring snacks and a full tank of gas. Also, be dressed for the weather.

Opening weekend

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Ken Zuk (left) plays Mr. Potter and Chase Adams (right) is George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life," which opens Friday, Nov. 27, at the Pulse Opera House in Warren. Performances are Nov. 27 and 28 and Dec. 3, 4 and 5, all at 8 p.m. To make a reservation, visit or call 375-7017. Those donating a non-perishable item for the food pantry will receive a discount on the price of the ticket.

Artists of the month

Photo by Matt Murphy.

The LaFontaine Arts Council announced its artists of the month at Crestview Middle School on Thursday, Nov. 19. Pictured are (front row, from left) Dylan Campbell, art award winner; Andrew McElhaney, band award winner; and Kaylie Killian, choir award winner. Also pictured are (back row from left) Nancy Malicki, Crestview art teacher; Doug McElhaney, Crestview band director; Bill Richey, Crestview choir director; and Sharon Lehman of the LaFontaine Arts Council.

Yanovictch, Geders win vocal awards

Katie Geders.
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Two Huntington University students achieved high marks at a recent vocal competition.

Sarah Yanovitch, a sophomore vocal performance major at Huntington University, took first place for the second year in a row in the sophomore women's division of the Indiana NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition, which was held on Oct. 31 at Anderson University.


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