Northwest PALs

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The Northwest Elementary School October PALs celebrated their awards with a special luncheon with Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel on Friday, Nov. 14. PALs are students who are nominated by their classroom teacher for showing Pride, Achievement or Leadership in the classroom. The students were presented certificates for their achievement.

Holiday concert Dec. 5 at Cottage Event Center in Roanoke to benefit Toys for Tots in two ways

Janelle (left) and Jonathon Taylor, better known as the J Taylors, will be headlining the Dec. 5 holiday concert at The Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke.
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Attendees at the Cottage Event Center’s Dec. 5 holiday concert featuring husband-wife duo The J Taylors will have the opportunity to help hundreds of Huntington County children have a merrier Christmas.

Along with a portion of the ticket sales being donated to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots, audience members are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to area families.

Habitat, ReStore under one roof

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The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Huntington County Habitat for Humanity (HCHH) and the ReStore in their shared new location at 250 Commerce Drive on Thursday, Nov. 13.

9 from Crestview earn all-region band honors

Crestview Music Department has announced that nine members of the band have been chosen to take part in the 2014 All-Region Junior High Band. This band is made up of some of the best musicians in the northeast corner of Indiana.

The All-Region Band will be held this year at DeKalb Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23. The band is made up of more than 100 members this year. Members were chosen by an application that they and their director fill out.

Karing for Kids Christmas Angel Trees returning

Payton O’Reilly, 3, hangs angels on a Karing for Kids Angel Tree at Markle Church of Christ. 
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Karing for Kids Christmas Angel Trees are returning for the 12th year.

Trees were set up on Monday, Nov. 3, and will be in place until the final return date of Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Each child on the Karing for Kids Christmas Angel Tree list will receive eight gifts, consisting of two toys or fun things depending on their age, clothing, pajamas, shoes, coat, socks and underwear.

Local K of C chili cook-off draws 11 entries

The Huntington County chapter of the Knights of Columbus held a chili cook-off on Oct. 25, drawing 11 entries.

Kevin Thompson took first place in the judged category, while Sandy Stoffel took top honors in the people’s choice category. Jenni Folk finished second in both categories.

The event was organized by Eric Lopshire, with Jeff Young, Tonya Young, Billy Floyd and Adam Fisher serving as judges.

Proceeds benefited S.O.S. (Support Our Seminarians).

Making music

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Dennis Flick, a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, demonstrates his bassoon for students at Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 13. Flick was part of a wind quintet from the philharmonic that visited the school.

Knights to collect for Pitch-In Dec. 6

The Huntington Knights of Columbus council will hold its annual Pitch-In fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the organizations will be stationed at the intersections of North Jefferson and MacGahan streets, North Jefferson and Market streets and South Jefferson Street and Etna Avenue to accept contributions.

The money raised is used to help Huntington County residents who have a temporary financial need and nowhere to turn for assistance.

No money is given to individuals.

HU Foundation honors Carol Shuttleworth

Carol Shuttleworth (center) poses with Ed Vessels (left), president of the Huntington University Foundation, and Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton after receiving the foundation’s Distinguished Service Award on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
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Carol Shuttleworth, a former member of the Huntington University Board of Trustees, was presented with the Huntington University Foundation’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The presentation took place during the foundation’s monthly breakfast meeting.

Shuttleworth served as a trustee of the university for a total of 17 years, from 1988 to 1993 and again from 1997 to 2009, noted Ed Vessels, president of the Huntington University Foundation.

First-hand account

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Major Mike Spahr, currently a member of the Indiana Air National Guard, describes his experience as a 19-year-old serving in the United States Army during a Veterans Day program at Riverview Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Spahr, a 1988 graduate of Huntington North High School, enlisted the year after his graduation and soon found himself jumping into Panama as part of an effort to depose dictator Manuel Noriega. The ceremony also included performances by Riverview musicians and a student-produced video explaining the significance of Veterans Day.

Hgtn. Lions Christmas tree sales start Nov. 22

The Huntington Lions Club’s Christmas tree sale begins Nov. 22, at the Scout Cabin on West Park Drive across from the Sunken Gardens.

Indiana-grown Scotch pine and Frasier fir trees will be available, along with tree stands, tree bags, Texas fruit in 5, 10 or 20 pound bags and scented candles and wreaths.

Hours are Sunday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All proceeds stay in the local community.

Keiffer wins 4-H design contest for 2014-15

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Above is the winning design of Madelyn Keiffer for the Huntington County 4-H program for 2015.

Keiffer wins 4-H design contest for 2014-15

Madelyn Keiffer (right) is the winner of the Huntington County 4-H theme/design contest. Victoria Keiffer (center) placed third, and Emma Melcher (left) placed second.
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A design by Madelyn Keiffer has been selected to serve as the theme for the 2014-15 Huntington County 4-H program year.

Keiffer is a member of the Future Farmers 4-H Club, in Wayne Township. Her theme design, “Learn, Live, Laugh, Lead … Through 4-H,” will be used on a variety of 4-H program materials during the year, including the Huntington County 4-H Fair book which will be available in January.

Second place in the contest went to Emma Melcher, a member of the Corn Cob 4-H Club. Third place went to Victoria Keiffer, a member of the Future Farmers 4-H Club.

Theatre Guild to precede Pomp & Plenty show

Andrea Broxon sings “Johnny One Note” during an Oct. 11 fund-raiser for Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II. The reactivated community theater group will serve as the opening act for the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers’ Pomp & Plenty concert on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium.
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 Members of the Huntington Theatre Guild: Act II will perform prior to the afternoon performance of the Huntington North High School Varsity Singers’ Pomp & Plenty concert on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Showtime is at 3 p.m. in the HNHS auditorium.

Theatre Guild: Act II is the successor to the former Huntington Theatre Guild, which was active in the community for about 25 years beginning in the mid-1970s. The rejuvenated group has already staged a fund-raising talent show and is working toward a regular schedule of plays, musicals and youth productions.

School board seeking applicants for Huntington library board trustee

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees is accepting applications from anyone interested in serving as a trustee on the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board.

The appointment is for a four-year term that will begin on Jan. 1.

Applicants must live in the district served by the library and must have been a resident of the district for at least the two previous years.