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.

Northeast Indiana Bancorp sets special dividend on common stock

The board of directors of Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has declared a special cash dividend of 50 cents per share on the company’s common stock.

The record date will be Dec. 8 and the payment date will be Dec. 22.

“As we continue to maintain high earnings and capital levels, the board of directors is rewarding our shareholders with this additional dividend,” President and CEO Michael S. Zahn said.

The book value of NIDB’s stock was $29.97 per common share as of Sept. 30, with 1,214,879 shares outstanding.

Christmas After Hours open house set for Hgtn. City Building on Dec. 7

A Christmas After Hours event and open house will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Huntington City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The community is invited to attend.

Mayor Brooks Fetters will host the event. Artwork by first and second grade students from Flint Springs, Lincoln and Huntington Catholic elementary schools will be on display throughout the public areas of the City Building.

Light refreshments will be served.

Thanksgiving treats

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Jimmie Whiteaker (left), a resident of Hickory Creek Healthcare, and Brittany Newsome (right), a Hickory Creek employee, deliver a pumpkin roll to Amy Thornsberry, community integration team leader at Pathfinder Services, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Hickory Creek also delivered pies and pumpkin rolls to the Huntington Fire Department, Parkview Huntington Hospital and Huntington Area Transportation in appreciation of their service to the Huntington community.

Faith Lutheran to hold vesper services

Faith Lutheran Church, in Roanoke, will hold midweek vesper services for Advent on Wednesdays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.

The services start at 7:30 p.m.

Regular services on Sundays are at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the church at 672-1140.

Kids Kampus is recipient of $1,000 Kudo Grant

Kids Kampus Interim Administrator and Early Head Start Director Elizabeth Hire, Huntington County Community Foundation board member Fred Scheiber, Pathfinder Services President John Niederman, HCCF Associate Executive Director Matt Ditzler and Pathfinder Services Senior Director of Business Development Loretta Mottram (from left) display the $1,000 Kudo Grant awarded to Pathfinder Kids Kampus by a group of foundation board members.
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The Huntington County Community Foundation (HCCF) awarded Path-finder Kids Kampus with a $1,000 Kudo Grant during the Kids Kampus Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.

More than 1,000 people competed in this year’s event, which raised over $30,000 to the benefit the children served by Pathfinder Kids Kampus.
HCCF Associate Executive Director Matt Ditzler describes Kudo Grants as “a great way for HCCF board members to engage, support and promote our local nonprofits and their fund-raising efforts.”

Community Learning Center to host pre-apprenticeship in building trades

A free, three-week building trades pre-apprenticeship program is planned for Jan. 15 through Feb. 2 at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works have announced.

The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, is designed to enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations, which include laborers, carpenters, iron and sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, insulators, painters, plasterers and roofers.

Kids Kampus selling holiday gift cards

Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center of Huntington is joining with Great Lakes Scrip Center to offer gift cards.

Through the partnership, Pathfinder Kids Kampus earns a percentage from every gift card sold.

There is no additional cost to those purchasing the cards.

Gift cards are available for restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters, home improvement stores, gas stations and more.

All orders are due with payment by Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. to ensure delivery for pick up by Dec. 16.

Pathfinder Christmas Party

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Pathfinder client April England (left) poses with Santa Claus after receiving a gift at the Altrusa Club's annual Pathfinder Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Tough choice

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Stacie McElhaney (left), of Huntington, and her mother, Gail Plasterer, look over which trees they want to vote for at the Christimas Tree Walk at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Saturday, Dec. 2. Guests voted for their favorite decorated tree in the 13th annual fund-raiser.

Holiday Book Boutique

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Friends of the Library member Sharon Rethlake (left) helps Kristin Lorenz (middle) and her daughter, Abby, buy some books at the Huntington City-Township Public Library Holiday Book Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Trinity women set Christmas tea for Dec. 7

Trinity United Methodist Women invite the community, both women and men, to its annual Christmas tea on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington.

Judy Ruble will present the musical program. Tickets can be purchased from any member of Trinity United Methodist Women.

Members willing to contribute refreshments should use the signup sheet in Ball Lounge.

Roanoke library sets story time

Roanoke Public Library invites preschoolers to Story Time Tuesdays, occurring on Tuesdays in December at 10 a.m. at the library. Dates for the event are Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

The program lasts about 45 minutes and includes stories, crafts and other activities.

The library asks that groups of three children or more be registered by calling 672-2989.

The Roanoke Public Library is located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke.

YSB taking Bailey Award nominees

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is currently accepting nominations for its annual Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award.  

This award has been presented annually since 1999 to an individual or group who demonstrates a strong compassion for the youth and families of Huntington County.

The nominee can be an individual or a group who has made a positive impact in the lives of young people through activities that empower, encourage and support our youth.

Community performance of Handel’s Messiah is Sunday at St. Mary Church

The 63rd annual community performance of Handel’s Messiah will be presented Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntington.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The one-hour performance features a chorus of community members, Huntington University students and the concert choir from Pioneer Junior-Senior High School, as well as a 26-piece orchestra.

Pitch-In donations help those with nowhere to turn

Tim Godfroy (center), co-chairman of the Huntington Knights of Columbus Pitch-In, prepares for this Saturday’s event with help from Olivia Godfroy (left) and Lindsay Godfroy.
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The Knights of Columbus, Huntington Council 1014, will hold its 2017 Pitch-In roadblock on Saturday, Dec. 2.  

Intersections covered will be North Jefferson and MacGahan streets, Market and Jefferson streets, and South Jefferson Street and Etna Avenue.  Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, there will be a mail campaign.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Pitch-In program.  It is based on the idea that there are a number of people in Huntington County who have temporary financial needs and have nowhere to turn for assistance.   

Crestview musicians to present trio of Christmas concerts Monday evening

Crestview Middle School musicians will present their Christmas concerts on Monday, Dec. 4, at the school.

The sixth grade band and choir will perform at 5:30 p.m., the seventh grade band and choir at 6:30 p.m. and the eighth grade band and choir at 8 p.m.

Crestview Middle Sch-ool is located at 1151W-500N, Huntington.

Santa Claus announces visit to Andrews

Santa Claus will visit Andrews on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Santa will be at the Andrews Town Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., waiting to hear Christmas wishes from children. The children can also decorate and eat a cookie.

Cookies, coffee and punch will be available.

The event is free for all.

Salamonie families will get together for Fun Night

Salamonie Elementary School will hold a winter Family Fun Night on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Students and their families can write letters to Santa, make crafts to take home, bowl in the gym and have pictures taken at the Santa photo booth.

The Salamonie Singers will sing Christmas carols. Hot chocolate, milk and cookies will be served.

Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

Salvation Army head Marak points out that every little bit helps locally

Chris Troxell (left) and her son, Trey, of Huntington, drop some money into the Salvation Army kettle at Owen’s North on Friday, Nov. 24, while bell ringers Felix (third from left) and Deb Vanner look on. Friday was the first official day for the bell ringers in Huntington.
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Capt. Dennis Marak wants you to keep two things in mind when you hear the Salvation Army bells ringing this Christmas season:

Every bit of change tossed into the red kettle helps, and that help goes a long way with your friends and neighbors.

“I’m ringing at Walmart, the food side, Friday and Saturday,” Marak says. “And people say, ‘I’m sorry I don’t have a lot of money.’ But I’d like people to know every little bit helps … Every bit helps.”

The Huntington Salvation Army has a goal of raising $97,000 throughout the holiday season.

Heritage Pointe of Warren to host Festival of Trees

Heritage Pointe of Warren invites the community to its sixth annual Festival of Trees on Friday and Saturday, Dec.1 and 2.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Trees will be on display in the Calico Room at Heritage Pointe.

This year’s theme is “Right Down Santa Claus Lane,” and Santa will make an appearance Friday at 1 p.m. to hear Christmas wish lists.

Mrs. Claus will be baking cookies and serving hot cocoa all day.

Sugar Plum, the head elf, will assist with the festivities.

Heritage Pointe is at 801 Huntington Ave., Warren.

Rain song

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Jan Perkins (left) holds an umbrella over Son Grown Preschool students (from left) Khloe Denney, Chase Davis, Kynzie Bowers, Scarlett Pippin and Zoey Small as the group sings about the rain during Perkins’ story time session at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The preschool, which is affiliated with Evangelical United Methodist Church, makes monthly visits to the library.

Christmas treat

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People attending the official lighting of Sunken Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 26, wander through the display at the adjacent Shakespeare Gardens, which includes a giant Grinch head and a train driven by Santa Claus himself. The light displays in the gardens, both located along West Park Drive in Huntington, will be turned on each evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season.

Huntington library branch lists Christmas activities

An “Elves and the Shoemaker” winter extravaganza, a visit by Santa Claus, free gift-wrapping and more events are planned at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library for December.

Each day in December the Huntington library will have crafts and activities for all ages. There will be something new to make each week, including ornaments, cards, holiday garland, coupon books, gift tags and thank you notes.

A Thanksgiving-themed story time

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Preschoolers enjoy a story read by Library Assistant Karen Baker Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, at the Roanoke Public Library. Story time will continue for the rest of the year on Tuesdays through Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the library, located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120 in Roanoke.

Leadership Academy setting 2018 classes

Huntington County residents who want to develop their leadership skills are invited to take part in the 2018 Huntington County Adult Leadership Academy.

The series begins Jan. 17 and continues through May 30.

Academy graduates will be equipped to serve in leadership roles in community organizations.

Q and U nuptials

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Roanoke Elementary School kindergartners Addison Tyler (left) as Mrs. U and Landon Quickery (right) as Mr. Q play the bride and groom at the recent Q and U wedding, officiated by the school’s guidance counselor, Ron Goetz. The kindergarten classes attended the ceremony and talked about all the words that are formed by using Q and U.

PJs and crafts

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Kaylee Beeching (right) and her dad, Ryan Beeching, of Andrews, work together to make a beaded bracelet using a sparkly pipe cleaner Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library’s Pajama Party. Story time and snacks were also part of the party’s activities.

Cornerstone Church sets preschool show, Santa visit and holiday services

The Cornerstone Alliance Church of Roanoke will have its Cornerstone Preschool Christmas Program on Friday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Three other community-wide events include Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This is in conjunction with Roanoke’s “Christmas in the Village” Dec. 1 and 2.

Participating families can enjoy a breakfast meal and an opportunity for the children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Swine Boosters to discuss fair, show

The Huntington County Swine Boosters will meet on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex.

The discussion items include possible improvements for the Huntington County Fairgrounds, 2018 open swine show opportunities and other old and new business.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension – Huntington County Office, 1340 S. Jefferson St., Huntington, at 358-4826.