Great listeners

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Several Flint Springs Elementary School students received the school’s monthly Fabulous Falcon award for November for exhibiting excellent active listening skills.

Local EMA advisory board reschedules meeting to Dec. 18

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency Advisory Board has rescheduled its meeting for Dec. 18 at noon in the EMA office.

The agenda includes discussion of changing the meeting schedules for the advisory board and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Mittens for Millions kicks off collections

Mittens for Millions has started up its collection drive again this year with several drop-off locations for new and gently used hats, gloves and winter apparel.

Locations include Wings Etc., Mighty Dawgs, 20 West Salon, Huntington Federal Credit Union, JD’s Bar & Grill and the Andrews-Dallas Township Library. Huntington County Girl Scouts are also collecting for the drive.

Added this year are locations in Fort Wayne, Scizzorworks Salon and three Fort Wayne One locations.

Holiday remembrance program set for Sunday

A holiday remembrance program, open to anyone who has lost someone they loved, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel.

Rev. Richard Strick, pastor of St. Peter’s First Community Church, will present the message, “I’m Still Hurting,” as well as the opening and closing prayer. Ann Bostel will provide the music.

Those attending will be invited to write down the names of the individuals they have lost, and the names will be read aloud during a candle lighting ceremony.

Ag outlook

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Jim Mintert, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University, speaks about grain prices during the 2015 Agriculture Outlook Breakfast held at Huntington University on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Mintert presented the outlook for next year’s grain and livestock markets. The breakfast was presented by the Purdue Extension-Huntington County Office.

Area business magazine ranks First Federal as top area SBA lender

First Federal Savings Bank was recognized as the number one SBA Lender in Northeast Indiana in the most recent issue of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Results were taken from October 2013 to September 2014 and covered a 12 county area.

Huntington Baptist Church offers free gift wrapping

Huntington Baptist Church offers free Christmas gift wrapping at Big Lots on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After purchasing a gift, bring it to the table at Big Lots and one of the volunteers from Huntington Baptist will wrap and decorate it for free.

‘Best Christmas Present Ever’ set for Dec. 13-14 at Union Church site

There will be two showings of the musical “The Best Christmas Present Ever” at the 400N campus of Union Church, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14.

The Saturday show will start at 6 p.m. while the Sunday presentation will commence at 10 a.m.

Around 70 children will present the musical.

The 400N campus of Union Church is located at 3688E-400N, Huntington.

Christmas lunch

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Beverly Himes (right, standing), an employee of the Huntington County Senior Center, hands a plate of food to Barbara Pinkston (left), of Huntington, during the annual Christmas party held at Miller’s Merry Manor on Thursday, Dec. 4, as Jo Ann Sell (right, seated) prepares to enjoy her meal. The Christmas party is one of the most popularly-attended Senior events of the year.

Local 4-H clubs announce schedule of upcoming meetings

Upcoming meetings of Huntington County 4-H organizations include:

Dec. 8 — Best-N-All and We Raise ’Em, 7 p.m., Warren United Church of Christ.

Dec.10 — T-Bone Club, 6:30 p.m., Salamonie School gym.

Dec. 11 — Junior Leaders, 5 p.m., The Heritage of Huntington; and Hoosier Boosters, 7 p.m., Courthouse Annex.

Dec. 13 — Junior Leaders community service, 5 p.m., Walmart.

Dec. 14 — Pork Chop Club, 3 p.m., First Baptist Church in Warren.

Heritage Days 2015 theme to be ‘30s radio tribute

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Huntington’s 2015 Heritage Days celebration will pay tribute to the power of radio in the 1930s.

“Broadcasting the 1930s” has been announced as the theme of the 2015 festival, which will be held June 17 through June 21.

George, Joni Killian to be featured entertainers at safety council meet

George and Joni Killian from Huntington University will be the featured entertainment at the Huntington County Safety Council’s holiday meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The meeting will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons at HU.

To register for the meeting contact Holly Sale, HCSC president, at 355-3203, by fax at 355-3236 or by email at

Door prizes are also sought for the meeting. Contact Sale to arrange pickup of items or bring them to the meeting.

Red Cross ask blood donors for ‘one last gift’

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood.

Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come.

Being there has its perks

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All 22 members of Courtney Hixson’s first grade class at Lincoln Elementary School were treated to pizza for lunch for having the highest classroom attendance at Lincoln during October. The pizza and drinks were supplied through the Growing Our Future Classroom Education Fund at the Huntington County Community Foundation.

Children can win prizes at Andrews library Bingo

Children will have an opportunity to win gifts by playing Bingo at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 9, or Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Upon winning a game of Bingo and selecting a gift, children will get a chance to wrap the gift so it’s ready for placement under a Christmas tree. Bingo commences at 5:30 p.m. on both days.

All children are welcome, from three-year-olds to eighth-graders, but registration is required. Call 786-3574 to register and select Tuesday or Wednesday.