Special Events & Festivals

Gather ye hither for many types of Renaissance Faire entertainment

The Nickel Shakespeare Girls will be one of the main entertainers at the Renaissance Faire, sponsored by the Huntington Jaycees. The event will be held May 27 through 31.
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Gather ye hither, the Huntington Jaycees presentation of the Renaissance Faire approacheth!

The event, which will be held at the PAL Club, May 27 to 31, will feature various forms of entertainment for young and old.

Highlighting the event are "The Nickel Shakespeare Girls," a trio of women well versed in Shakespeare and the Elizabethan period.

Along with impromptu comedy, clown work, choral work, fight work, acrobatics, and songs, the trio will perform excerpts from any Shakespeare play upon request.

Books gift

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Horace Mann librarian Tammie Frederick, (center, wearing hat) helps students pick out a free book for Christmas on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22, in the first of two school-wide book giveaways to promote reading within the school.

Building houses

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Corinne Zay, a seventh-grader at Huntington Catholic School, decorates a gingerbread house as part of a Christmas class project. Teacher Michelle Kindle led the project.

Kettle proceeds

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The Roanoke Kiwanis Club recently delivered the proceeds from its bell-ringing efforts to the Huntington Salvation Army. The Roanoke community donated $180.27 to the kettles while the Kiwanis were ringing bells outside of several locations in Roanoke, including the Post Office, Lassus Handy Dandy and Hoosier Foods, in early December. Roanoke Kiwanis Treasurer John Nelson (left) presents the check to Capt. Tim Sell (right) of the Huntington Salvation Army.

MarkleBank donates to area food banks

MarkleBank Vice President Andy Marshall (left) and Presdient and CEO Greg Smith (center) present Master's Pantry representative Brian James a check for the Master's Pantry food bank in Markle. Photo provided.
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In light of the current economic climate, MarkleBank decided this year to forego the Christmas luncheons it has held in the past few years in Wells and Huntington counties.

Instead, MarkleBank used the money that was budgeted for those parties, $6,500, and made donations to local food banks and other charities.

Local groups that were given $1,000 each include Master's Pantry in Markle, Love in the Name of Christ in Huntington and the Warren Food Pantry.

Tam-A-Sak has the winning tree at Forks of the Wabash

Winners of the fifth annual Christmas Tree Walk, held recently at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park, have been announced.

The first place winner by visitors' vote was the tree decorated by Tam-A-Sak. In addition to traditional ornaments, the tree was decorated with gloves, mittens, candy and gift cards. It was won by Adam Wixted.

The second place winner was decorated by the Master Gardeners of Huntington with dried flowers, moss and pine cones. It was won by Hank Frenhaber.

Sharing the spirit

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American Legion Riders of Post 7 recently delivered Christmas gifts to veterans residing at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Pictured are Brailynn and Brandon Vogelman (front and center), giving presents to resident Bruce Shipbaugh (front right). Also pictured are (back row left to right) Caroline Halder, co-historian; Don Wieging, commander of Post 7; Joie Jodrey, secretary; Barry Wehr, co-director; Bill Farmer, historian; Tracy Hill and Jan Bartrom. Six other residents received gifts.

Singing tree

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Katie Melcher is dressed as a Christmas tree for the Roanoke Elementary School Christmas Sing-Along, held Dec. 22 and directed by school music teacher Barry Jamison. The program included a drama presentation by Paula Myers' second grade class, a performance by the Roanoke Rhythm choir, and musical selections by fifth-graders playing the recorder.

Giving to the needy

The Huntington North Machine Trades Class donated approximately $1,000 in gifts to the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program, on Thursday, Dec. 17. On hand for the presentation are (from left) Taylor Westlund, Jeremy Ralston, AJ Nelson, Capt. Sally Sell, of the Salvation Army; Casey Smith, Chris King and Jonathan Tate.

Season for giving

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle System LLC adopted Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home for the fifth consecutive year and provided gifts for 23 residents. Pictured are Bendix employees (background, from left) Jammie Chism, Deb Driscoll, Shelly Neff, Marva Miller and Heath Pinkerton and Miller's Merry Manor residents Jessie Herrick and James Huff (foreground).

Leading the carols

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Miranda Lippe, right, and Santa lead the crowd in Christmas carols at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 12. Santa also read stories to the children.

An edible house

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First grade students at Andrews Elementary School have been studying gingerbread by reading and comparing many different versions of the story "The Gingerbread Man" through a variety of literature activities. They also baked gingerbread cookies and were visited by a gingerbread man before building the houses. Pictured building the houses are Samantha Elser (left) and Annie Pruitt.

All that glitters ...

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Natalia Jenks (left) and Jessica Houston add glitter to paper candy canes during a Christmas party held Friday, Dec. 18, at the Huntington County Boys and Girls Club. More than 150 youth and 70 parents and guardians attended the party, with each family receiving one of the 43 frozen turkeys donated by IMG Insurance and Sysco Food Services. The club received Christmas gifts from the Today Show's Holiday Toy Drive and handed out 55 MP3 players, CD players, digital cameras, hundreds of Disney DVDs, Kidz Bob DVDs, toys, cookie cutters, digital photo frames and more.

Churches planning special Christmas Eve, Day services

Kris Dunn (standing at left) and Emily Klepper (seated) portrayed Joseph and Mary in a short play presented by Huntington Catholic School students during an Advent service on Thursday, Dec. 17.
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Huntington County churches are planning special services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Some of those services include:

Bethel Assembly of God, 1640 E. Taylor St., Huntington: Dec. 24, 6 p.m.

Huntington Baptist, 2435 Waterworks Road, Huntington: Dec. 24, Candlelight service at 6:30 p.m.

Bible Baptist, 205 Leba Lane, Huntington: Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

First Brethren, 245 S. Marion Road, Huntington: Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m. - Children's story and inspirational message. Refreshments will follow.

Time is growing short to mail those Christmas packages

Huntington City Post Office employee Wayne Kelton (left) assists Darrin Malone with mailing a parcel. The post office says due to an increased volume of packages, customers need to plan ahead to avoid delays.
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With time winding down, residents looking to ship parcels to friends and loved ones have only a few days left to ensure they make Christmas.

Julie Przybylinski, supervisor of customer service at the Huntington City Post Office, says that during the busy season, hours of operations are slightly modified.

"Now, through Dec. 23, we will operate under normal hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday," Przybylinski states. "On Christmas Eve, (Dec. 24) and New Year's Eve (Dec. 31), we will be open from 8 a.m. to noon."