City tears down the old ‘Milligan Structure’

As part of City Parks and Recreation Department plans to improve accessibility and amenities at the Sunken Gardens and Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park, the old stone building known as the Milligan Stone Structure was razed on Monday, Dec. 3.

According to Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, numerous stories and folklore surrounded the Milligan Stone Structure but no concise narrative has ever been developed.

Former mayor campaigns for brighter city

Standing beside a lamppost on Cherry Street decorated for the Christmas season are (from left) Steve Yoder, superintendent of Huntington Parks and Recreation for the City of Huntington; former Huntington Mayor Steve Updike; and current Mayor Brooks Fetters. They have launched a campaign to raise funds to pay for additional decorations for the downtown area.

Local townies may have noticed that Huntington is a bit brighter, lighter, warmer and more welcoming this year with the arrival of Christmas decorations on 76 additional lampposts around town.

Fall Festival fund-raiser breakfast at Christmas in Village

The Roanoke Fall Festival Planning Committee is holding a sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 8, at American Legion Post 160, in Roanoke, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition to sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs and assorted fruit will be served as well. Coffee and juice will be available to drink.

There is a fee for adults and a reduced fee for children 12 and under. All proceeds will do to the Roanoke Fall Festival Planning Committee.

HM first-grader wins Mayor’s card contest

Mayor Brooks Fetters poses with Collin Flowers, a first-grade student at Horace Mann Elementary School, in Huntington, who was named the winner of the sixth annual Mayor’s Christmas Card Contest on Wednesday, Nov. 28, during an assembly at Horace Mann. First and second-graders from three local elementary schools produced Christmas art for the contest. As Flowers’ submission was selected as the winner, it will grace the cover of this year’s mayoral Christmas card.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Collin Flowers was announced as the winner of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Contest on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The contest sees first and second-graders from local elementary schools produce Christmas-themed art, with the winner’s submission going on the cover of the official Huntington mayoral Christmas card.

Celebrating Ecolab investment

Photo by Steve Clark.

Local dignitaries, personnel from Ecolab Huntington and officials from Ecolab corporate take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new machinery at Ecolab’s Huntington manufacturing plant at 970 E. Tipton St. The machinery, which represents a $4.5 million investment, has enabled the plant to add a new product line.

Local YMCA seeking successor to Davis

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will be seeking new leadership as CEO Ben Davis recently announced that he has accepted a position with the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, MI.

Davis began his role in Huntington in April 2014. Since that time the YMCA has experienced a surge in membership enrollment, new programs and philanthropic support from the community. The Y recently celebrated its 10th birthday in the current facility on the campus of Parkview Huntington Hospital, and announced several new program and equipment additions.

USPS notes upcoming deadlines for mailing

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25, to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:

• Dec. 4 – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail.

• Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail.

• Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground.

• Dec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express.

• Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards).

Local man passionate about 2nd career at restaurant

Mike Akers, owner of Blazin’ Akers BBQ, shows off a rack of ribs and the sides that come with one of the meals served at the restaurant. Akers says he is fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant, after retiring from his former job.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington native Michael Akers put 25 years in as a process engineer at PHD, but becoming a restaurateur was his passion.

After he retired in early May, his passion became a reality.

“I’ve always wanted to do this. This has been a dream of owning my own little diner,” he says.

He purchased the former Baxter’s restaurant building three years ago and after a “soft” opening in early October, he had a grand opening on Nov. 15.

Inaugural ‘Dessert’ at Forks set for Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22

The Historic Forks of the Wabash is holding “Desserts by Candlelight in the Chief Richardville House” on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

The first-time event will see an array of desserts served to attendees. Beverages, including wassail, eggnog, coffee and tea, will also be served.

The event will start at 7 p.m. each session in the Chief Richardville House.

There is a fee for tickets. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Forks at 356-1903. Space is limited to 32 attendees per session.

Crestwoods Gallery to host artist reception on Dec. 8

Crestwoods Gallery will host an artist reception on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists will be available to talk about their work. Crestwoods represents over 100 artists including Gwen Gutwein, Austin Cartwright, Elizabeth Wamsley, Catherine Blyth, Norm Bradley, Alan Larkin and more.

Refreshments will be served. The show runs through Dec. 22.

The gallery is located at 314 N. Main St., Roanoke.

Business of the month

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Desk and Copy Stop, 434 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, was named the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for December. Celebrating the occasion are (front row from left) Chamber Ambassador Matt Ditzler; Dave Dimond, Dave Wasmuth and Ann Wasmuth, all of The Desk and Copy Stop; and Chamber Ambassador Darlene Stanley; and (back row from left) Chamber Ambassador Danielle Shaw; Mark Wickersham, executive director, Huntington County Economic Development; and Chamber Ambassador Kolby Rosemeyer.

Christ UMC cookie walk on Dec. 15

Christ United Methodist Church will hold its annual cookie walk on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. until noon.

The church has also set its Christmas Eve service for 7 p.m.

The community is welcome to attend both events.

The church is located at 148 W. Third St., Roanoke. For more information, call Rev. Carla Rice at 672-2945 or 366-3978.

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc. declares special cash dividend

Northeast Indiana Bancorp Inc. (OTCQB: NIDB), the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank, has announced that its board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of $0.75 per share on the company’s common stock. The record date will be Dec. 7, 2018, and the payment date will be Dec. 21, 2018.

Couple brings love of camping to fruition with Happy Camper store

Ashley Gerdes (left) and husband Chad Gerdes are the owners of Happy Camper, a new outdoors-themed shop at 411 N. Jefferson St., in downtown Huntington, that offers children’s, women’s and men’s clothing, plus other items, such as games.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington entrepreneurs Chad and Ashley Gerdes wanted to open up a business in town.

They just weren’t sure what kind.

Would it be a salon? A restaurant?

But then it hit them.

“There’s nowhere to shop,” laments Ashley Gerdes. “There’s nowhere to get gifts for people.”

So, rather than joining Huntington’s salon or restaurant scene, the Gerdes opted to go a different route and give their fellow residents a place to go shopping for clothes.

Santa Claus to be in Andrews Dec. 15

Santa Claus is coming to Andrews on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Andrews Town Hall.

Children can decorate and eat cookies during the event. Coffee and punch will be available.

The event is free and sponsored by the Andrews Summer Festival Committee.

The Town Hall is located at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.