Creative Abilities Art Studio hosting holding open house this Friday

Creative Abilities Art Studio, a part of Pathfinder Community Supports Day Services program, is hosting a holiday open house and shopping event on Friday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unique, hand-made pieces of art will be available to purchase during the open house with cash, check or charge.  

Items for sale include various sizes of acrylic and watercolor paintings, jewelry, home décor, quilts, decorative birdhouses, memo boards, wreaths, Christmas ornaments and décor and more.  

Pair trying to launch friendly event for Heritage Days

Jim Denman and Stan Bippus are trying to locate alumni from each of the former Huntington County township high schools to discuss an idea that could bring all the schools together for a fun and friendly event for Heritage Days in June, 2018.

The theme for Heritage Days 2018 is “The 50s: Community Strong.” Their goal is to meet with some former township high school students/alumni to discuss an event to create some fun and friendly competition between the former township high schools.

Yoder’s flock up to plunge challenge for needy families

Conner McCabe (left), Walker Leas (right) and other participants in the Christmas in Our Town Polar Plunge react to the chilly water in the Markle Pool during the event on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event was a fund-raiser, with all proceeds going to families in need in the community.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Rev. Chad Yoder had a challenge for his congregation at Markle United Methodist Church.

The challenge? Raise $500 for needy families in the community and he would wear a Santa Claus suit when he jumped into the Markle Pool during the forthcoming Christmas in Our Town Polar Plunge.

Yoder’s congregation was up to the task – and when the pastor leapt into the chilly pool on Saturday, Dec. 2, he did so clad in Santa Claus’ iconic red and black attire.

Purdue Master Gardener intern training to run from Feb. to April

Purdue Master Gardener intern training will be held at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 12 and ending April 9.

There will be a wide range of subjects covered in the training including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 22.

Having the attitude of gratitude

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington Catholic School students were honored for displaying the spirit of gratitude during an all-school liturgy on Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Pictured are (front row from left) Adriana Schenkel, kindergarten; Gavin Sink, first grade; Gena Harrell, second grade; and Mia Mendoza, third grade; and  (back row from left) Kaydence Anderson, fourth grade; Phoenix Stepler, fifth grade; Micah Lenn, sixth grade; Alex Gomez-Ramirez, seventh grade; and Ethan Linker, eighth grade.

Pair of local churches team for several advent services

St. Peter’s First Community Church will partner with 509 Community to provide midweek worship services beginning tonight, Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.  Services will be held in the SPFCC sanctuary on Dec. 7, 14 and 21.

Children are welcome, but no nursery or children’s programming will be provided.

‘The ‘50’s: Community Strong’ Heritage Days 2018 theme

The Heritage Days Steering Committee has named the theme for the 2018 Huntington Heritage Days festivities as “The ’50s: Community Strong.”

Festivities celebrating Huntington’s 55th Heritage Days will relate to the 1950s and be held at locations throughout the community from June 20 through 24.

United Way accepting apps for impact funding

The United Way of Huntington County is now accepting applications from all 501(c)3 organizations that serve Huntington County for community impact funding for the 2018-19 funding year.

Organizations which have a role to play in enhancing the quality of life for all in Huntington County in the areas of education, health and wellness and financial stability can apply for funding.

RC notes blood is good gift

This holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking the public to think outside the gift box and give blood.

Donations tend to decline during December, especially around the holidays, but the need for blood remains steady.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities are:

• Dec. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Auto Truck Group, 13710 Lower Huntington Rd., Roanoke.

• Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

A generous spirit

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students at Huntington Catholic School were honored for having a spirit of generosity during an all-school liturgy on Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church. They are (front row from left) Nathan Mullins, kindergarten; Keira Becker, first grade; Logan Holzinger, second grade; Zariah Tinoco, third grade; and Jayden Smith, fourth grade; and (back row from left) Garrett Thomas, fifth grade; Katie Brown, sixth grade; Lindsay Godfroy, seventh grade; and Andrea Krumanaker, eighth grade.

Admiring the handiwork

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Heritage Pointe of Warren held its Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 1. Admiring a decorated tree are (from left) Jay Kay Stafford, Cyson Shaw and Elijaa Shaw, all of Warren.

St. Peter’s FCC seeks project volunteers

St. Peter’s First Community Church is seeking volunteers to assist with two projects.

Volunteers are needed in the Love In the Name of Christ Christmas Shop, which the church is hosting on Dec. 14 and 15. Helpers will assist shoppers and help encourage a warm, exciting shopping experience. Items for the shop are also needed.

Interested individuals may contact Erin Didion at 356-0933.

Huntington County Chamber names December Business of the month

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Love In the Name of Christ, often known as Love INC, has been named Business of the Month for December by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Local Scout Young earns Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Jack Young (left) is pictured with Clear Creek Township Trustee Jay Hammel. Young restored the Clear Creek ball diamond playground as his community service project to obtain the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
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Jack T. Young, 18, a senior at Huntington North High School and a member of Boy Scouts Troop 135, Huntington, received his Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 25.

Scouts seeking to attain the ranking, the highest one in Boy Scouts, must meet several requirements and plan a community service project. Young chose to help restore and make the Clear Creek ball diamond playground safe and usable again. The park had rundown equipment and was always muddy most of the baseball season due to no ground barrier.

Tracking the giving

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Salvation Army Capt. Dennis Marak poses next to a new sign installed on Tuesday, Nov. 28, to track the progress of the red kettle fund-raiser. The sign is on the front lawn of Huntington Chiropractic Center, on North Jefferson Street in Huntington, and the thermometer will be filled in as contributions come in. This is the first year for the thermometer, which is in addition to the traditional tree of lights on the lawn of Central Christian Church on MacGahan Street. The Salvation Army has a goal of raising $97,000.

Beautifying Roanoke

Photo by Steve Clark.

Jim Warner (third from left), of the Roanoke Beautification Foundation (RBF), accepts a donation from Chris Stephan (fourth from left), owner of Stephan DRP, and representatives from other local entities on Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bippus State Bank, in Roanoke, that will cover the cost of an RBF project that saw special lights installed in downtown Roanoke. The lights are currently being used for Christmas, but possess filters and will be able to be utilized for a variety of holidays.

Variety performers

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington North High School students Kiana Kistler (left) and David Troyer perform “Aladdin Dance” as part of the school’s 2017 Variety Show Thursday, Nov. 30. Students sang, danced, played instruments and performed skits in a wide variety of acts in the show.

Seniors Koch, Poling are local Rotary Club Jr. Rotarians for month

Karmen Koch (second from left) and Sam Poling (third from left) are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for December. With them are Rotary Club sponsors Adam Drummond (left) and Mark Wickersham.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Karmen Koch and Sam Poling, both Huntington North High School seniors, are the Huntington Rotary Club’s Junior Rotarians for December.

Koch participates in soccer, basketball and track at Huntington North, also serving on the Student Athletic Board. She is among the Top 25 of her class, serves on class council and is a member of FCA.

Koch plans to major in pre-pharmacy and run track in college, but is undecided about a school.

Her parents are John and Joy Koch, of rural Huntington.

Sheriff hoping community again steps up to give Christmas to less fortunate children

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel holds a list of just a few of the names of children recommended for the 15th annual Shop with a Cop program by elementary schools and the Department of Family Services. Stoffel says 50 kids will participate this year, partnering with a law enforcement officer to go shopping for Christmas. He hopes community donations will help fund the program.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

If Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel gets his way, around 50 kids in the community will have a Christmas they might not otherwise get this year, and he hopes the community will step forward and help fulfill that goal.
It’s the 15th year of Shop with a Cop, in which law enforcement officers team up with Walmart to take children on a Christmas shopping spree. Stoffel’s projected budget is around $6,000.

Pro Resources rep to present workplace safety program at Dec. 13 meeting of Huntington County Safety Council

Adam Edwards, of Pro Resources, will present a program on safety in the workplace during the Dec. 13 meeting of the Huntington County Safety Council.

The group will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Our Sunday Visitor, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington. A buffet meal will be provided by Nick’s Country Café.

Reservations must be made by Dec. 8 at noon by contacting Jeff White, Huntington County Safety Council president, at 355-3656 or

Top honors

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Three members of the Andrews Lions Club recently received the W.P. Woods Award, the highest achievement for Lions Club members in Indiana. The local recipients are (from left) Phil Ruppert, Joyce Walker and Bud Walker.

Theater guild presents ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

Cast members of the Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” take a break from rehearsal on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Pictured (front row, from left) are Wallace Rowley, playing Linus; Mia Cotton, playing Lucy; Bryce Foerman, playing Charlie Brown; and Craig Rowley, playing Pigpen; and (back row, from left) Solveig Webb, playing Patty; Sophia Tolen, playing Frieda; Emily Albertson, playing Sally; and Evie Webb, playing Violet.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Christmas, Charlie Bro-wn style, comes to Faith Community Church of God as Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Dec. 8, 9 and 10.

Show times are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10. The show is family friendly and ticket prices offer discounts for students through college and children.

Local Extension to hold annual Holiday Cookies, Candy, Craft Sale

The Huntington County Extension Homemakers will hold their annual Holiday Cookies, Candy and Craft Sale on Friday, Dec. 8, in First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 631 Taylor St., Huntington.

The sale begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. There will be no early sales.

Several Extension clubs will set up tables to sell craft items.

Those interested in the cookie and candy sale will be given a Styrofoam container and can fill the container with the cookies or candy they wish to purchase.

Elves galore

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The Pulse Opera House production of “Elf, Jr.” is teeming with elves, including (front, from left) Abigail Drummond, Taylor Rogers, Thom Greving as Buddy the Elf, Ella McIntosh and Ava Dubois; and (back, from left) Megan Gilleand, Ellie Stephenson, Mya DuBois, Jackson Barlow and Cana DuBois. The show, which features a total of 32 youth ages 7 to 18, runs for two more weekends at the downtown Warren theater. Performances are Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 4 p.m. Special performances for area schools are on Dec. 7 and 8.

Record number in Turkey Trot raises more than $25K for PKK

A record 1,117 runners and walkers raised more than $25,000 for the children and families served by Pathfinder Kids Kampus Thanksgiving morning during the 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and one-mile Turkey Trail family fun walk in Huntington.

The ages of the participants ranged from 2 to 77.  Elias Rojas, of Syracuse, won the overall male competition. The overall female winner was Angi Mook, of Terre Haute.

Honor Flight donation

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Tom Meyers (second from left), representing Northeast Indiana Honor Flight, recently accepted a $500 donation from the Roanoke Lions Club. Secretary Diana Bernard (third from left) presents the check while club members Larry Elliott (far left) and Charles Crawford look on.

Heritage Center donation

Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Roanoke Lions recently presented the Roanoke Area Heritage Center with a $250 donation. Brandon Juergens (second from left), from the center, accepts the donation from Lions members (from left) President Jon Perkins, Secretary Diana Bernard and Vice President Craig Bernard.

Huntington County Democrats to meet on Dec. 6

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Members will discuss the party’s objectives for the “Get Out The Vote” campaign for the 2108 elections.

The public is welcome.

State dept. chooses HU graduate for English Language Fellow Project

Huntington University graduate Shushan Richardson uses vowel sound dominoes to teach pronunciation during a monthly English teachers’ roundtable hosted by the United States Consulate in Guagzhou, China. She is training English teachers in China through the United States Department of State’s English Language Fellow project.
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Huntington University graduate Shushan Richardson, of Marion, was selected by the United States Department of State to participate in the 2017-18 English Language Fellow project.

Richardson earned a master’s degree in education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from HU in 2016. She is spending 10 months at South China Normal University, in China, where she is training English teachers.

Rish joins Ness Bros. as real estate agent

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Keanu Rish

Keanu Rish has joined Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co./Real Living Real Estate as a real estate agent.

Rish is based in the company’s Huntington office, located at 519 N. Jefferson St.

Ness Bros./Real Living Real Estate specializes in providing real estate services in northeast Indiana through its offices in Huntington and Fort Wayne. 

Rish can be reached at 356-3911 extension 125 and by cell at 330-4314. 

Real Living Real Estate has more than 450 real estate brokerage offices and over 10,000 agents in the United States and Portugal.