Warren chamber offering memorial, honor bows to be placed on town Christmas tree

The Warren Area Chamber of Commerce is once again offering bows that will be placed on the town’s Christmas tree in honor of a living or deceased loved one.

The bows are the only decoration on the tree, other than lights. The name of the person being honored is written on the bow before it is placed on the tree.

Bows are available in white, for deceased loved ones; yellow, for those who have served or are serving in the military; and red, in honor of living loved ones.

The Berg brings a big city feel to a small town pub

Eli Gearhart (second from left) is the co-owner of The Berg Ale Haus, a new pub in downtown Huntington. The Berg offers both a bar and a family room. Pictured with Gearhart are (first from left) Christi Atkins, assistant bar manager; (third from left) Dena Grover, bartender; and Sara Reust, front of house manager.
Photo by Steve Clark.

As the owners of The Berg Ale Haus, in Huntington, were deciding what to name their establishment, a question they often fielded from the public ended up providing the answer to that query.

“As we started talking about what we were going to do, everybody would ask us, ‘What are you going to do with The ‘Berg?’,” says co-owner Eli Gearhart, referring to the building’s old tenant, The Heidelberg, a bar and eatery.

“So it just kept coming and coming up and we just thought we would run with it and just keep the name the same.”

Preschoolers can make holiday crafts at Salamonie Interpretive Center

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool’s “Holiday Craft Bash!” on Dec. 17.

Participants will celebrate the holidays by making crafts.

The class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s education and includes learning letters, building a craft, social interaction and time outdoors, with a nature-related theme.

There is a small fee per child.

Candy collection

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Beth Bucher, a staff member of Dr. John Regan’s dental office, shows some of the candy collected during the office’s Halloween candy buyback program. Regan offered cash and toothbrushes to children who turned in trick-or-treat candy to his office. Unopened treats are being sent to military members overseas through Operation Gratitude.

Siegwarth promoted to assistant VP at iAB bank

Meegan Siegwarth.
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Meegan Siegwarth, marketing director at iAB financial bank, has been promoted to assistant vice president.

Siegwarth holds a Bachelor of Science in speech communications from Ball State University.

She has nearly 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing and has been with iAB since 1998.

She volunteers with Junior Achievement, Rescue Mission and Soles4Souls, Inc.

Demolition begins at former H.K. Porter plant

Mayor Brooks Fetters, working with the aid of an experienced machinist, operates a backhoe to begin the demolition of the former H.K. Porter Brake Manufacturing Plant on Friday, Nov. 14.
Photo by Joni Knott.

A celebratory swing with a backhoe by Mayor Brooks Fetters began the long-awaited demolition process at the former H.K. Porter plant on Nov. 14.

Removal of the buildings — neglected, full of asbestos and serving as a breeding ground for varmints — was welcomed by those living in the surrounding area.

“It’s created a lot of problems,” said local resident Kathy Morris. “Now, I’ve got to go get mouse traps. Who knows what’ll take off from here? We’ve had a lot of animals — mice, raccoons and cats galore.”

Families can learn and have fun at Salamonie Lake Christmas tree program

Families can learn the history of the Christmas tree, make a craft, play games and help decorate the interpretive center for the holidays at Salamonie Lake’s “Oh Christmas Tree!” program on Dec. 13.

Participants are invited to stop in any time between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

There will be a movie, and participants are invited to bring treats to snack on while they watch it.

Move gives Jimmy Pop’s an option for dining in

Owner Cliff Coon sits inside the new location of Jimmy Pop’s Pizza Shop at 863 E. Market St., in Huntington.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jimmy Pop’s Pizza Shop has weathered a move and a fire, and is now settling into its new location.

The bigger digs, owner Cliff Coon says, offers a dining area and the addition of beer to the menu.

The pizza place was located at South Jefferson and Briant streets for 13 years before moving a few blocks north to 863 E. Market St., the former home of You Name It.

“The building was available and the opportunity was irresistible,” says Coon, adding that a dine-in option was something that had been requested by customers.

Koob joins board as Stephan and Rider retire

From left, Kyle Koob, Daniel Stephan and Randall Rider.
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Daniel L. Stephan and Randall C. Rider have retired from the boards of Northeast Indiana Bancorp and First Federal Savings Bank. Stephan served on the board for 27 years and Rider served for 25 years. Both board members ended their service at the October meeting.

Kyle Koob was elected director to the boards of Northeast Indiana Bancorp and First Federal Savings Bank in August of this year.

Hersey is narrator for ‘Scrooge’ at MU

Huntington North High School senior Jordan Hersey will have a featured role in the Dec. 7 Christmas show presented by the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.

Hersey will tell the Charles Dickens story in “Scrooge,” a piece for orchestra and narrator.

The show begins at 3 p.m. in the Cordier Auditorium at Manchester University, in North Manchester.

The A Cappella Choir and Manchester Symphony Chorus will perform with the orchestra.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, and students younger than 18 are admitted free.

Pomp & Plenty

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The Huntington North High School Varsity Singers will present their 30th annual Pomp & Plenty performance this weekend with shows on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served Saturday at 5 p.m. The show theme is “Back Home Again,” a celebration of home, Huntington and Indiana. The group will perform music in a variety of styles including pop, gospel, Broadway, jazz, swing and more.

Minicks compete in national fitness challenge

Angela Minick (center), son Eli (left) and daughter Gabbie are participating in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play Fit Family Challenge.
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Angela Minick and her children, Gabbie and Eli, have been selected to participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play Fit Family Challenge.
Triple Play is the Boys & Girls Club’s signature health and wellness program.

The Minicks were among 25 families selected from hundreds of applicants, and the only family selected from Indiana.

Christmas Extravaganza is Saturday at Hier’s Park

Local vendors, many of them offering lines of direct sales products, will band together for a second year to raise funds for two local organizations.

The second annual Christmas Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Hier’s Park, in Huntington. Proceeds will benefit Upward basketball and Love In the Name of Christ.

Cornerstone to host community meal

Cornerstone Alliance Church will host the Roanoke Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 27, from noon until 3 p.m. at the UAW Hall, located at 5820E-900N, Roanoke.

The dinner is open to anyone in the community, especially those who may be alone at Thanksgiving. Donations for the meal are welcome.

For more information call 466-7116.

Right to Life accepts new slate of officers for 2015

At the November meeting of the Huntington County Right to Life organization a slate was presented and accepted.

Officers for 2015 are  president, Deanna Mills; vice president, Norma Etherington; secretary, Dixie Harrold; and treasurer, Debbie Stoffel.

Bickel reported the 2013 Little Christmas Sock Project has ended with 432 responses and $7,762 in donations. Proceeds from the project help cover office expenses. Volunteers have made the socks for the 2014 Little Christmas Sock Project. The little socks will be mailed with the November newsletter.