Special Events & Festivals

Santa and admirers


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Santa Claus visits with several of his admirers during Winter Warrenland activities Friday night, Nov. 27, in downtown Warren.

Photos with Santa


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Young Brooke Stout (right) and Santa pose for a photo during the Christmas in the City event in downtown Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Santa arrives in Huntington


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Santa and Angel Smith, a dispatcher with Huntington Rescue, get a ride into downtown Huntington on Rescue One on Saturday, Nov. 28, during Huntington's Christmas in the City.

Andrews Community Helpers keep filling a need at Thanksgiving

JoAnn Prus (foreground) and Laura Dillon dish up a meal Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller’s Pub in Andrews. The Andrews Community Helpers prepared and delivered more than 160 meals to shut-ins and people in need in the Andrews area.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

More than 160 Thanksgiving dinners were hand-delivered to Seniors and families in need in the Andrews area on Saturday, Nov. 21, thanks to a group of volunteers calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers.

This is the eighth year for the tradition, which has grown from just 44 dinners being delivered the first year. The number has nearly doubled from last year, when only 85 dinners were delivered, volunteer Laura Dillon says.

Each recipient received generous helpings of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, yams, rolls, pie and deviled eggs.

Giving thanks


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ashlynn Snyder (left) takes a scoop of candy from the bowl as Renee Greving (right) looks on during the Trinity United Methodist Preschool Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, Nov. 23. The feast included the Thanksgiving favorite, sliced turkey, along with other finger food.

Time for dessert


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Trent Shively (left) and Mason Harman are in line for dessert during a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. The Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club prepared and served the dinner, which was followed by bingo.

Jolly Old Christmas Elf ready to make first appearances

Madison Wajer visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus during their visit to Huntington during the 2008 Christmas in the City event. Santa will arrive in Huntington this year on Saturday, Nov. 28.
TAB file photo.

The Christmas season is fast approaching - and with it, Santa Claus.

The jolly old elf will make his appearance in two Huntington County towns this weekend, rolling into Warren on Friday, Nov. 27, and then showing up in Huntington on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The visit to Warren is part of "Winter WarrenLand," which begins with Santa's arrival at the Warren Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday. He'll officiate at the lighting of the town Christmas tree and downtown lights, then lead the crowd to the Knight-Bergman Center for another lighting ceremony and refreshments.

Thanksgiving helpers


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Don Adkins hands out a packaged Thanksgiving dinner to a waiting delivery crew Saturday, Nov. 21, at Miller's Pub in Andrews. A group of loosely-organized volunteers, calling themselves the Andrews Community Helpers, prepared about 150 Thanksgiving dinners that were delivered to shut-ins and anyone in need in the Andrews area. This is the eighth year for the project. The number of meals prepared and delivered this year almost doubled from last year, when 85 meals were sent out. Nine turkeys, three hams and all the trimmings were prepared for the meals.

Essay winner


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Mike Perkins (right), judge of the "A Day of Remembrance" essay contest, presents a plaque to contest winner Sydni Fife (left), a fifth grade student at Lancaster Elementary at the school on Thursday, Nov. 12, as part of the school's Veterans Day celebration. The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 85 in Huntington sponsored the contest, and plans to continue the event next year.

Salamonie veterans' program


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Salamonie School's seventh and eighth grade choirs perform "Letters from War" during their annual Veteran's Day program on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11. The choir is under direction of Mrs. Susan Coolman, pictured right.

Raising the flag


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Senior Vice Commander Michael Smith (left) assists Jerry Walling, Veterans of Foreign Wars chaplain, in raising the flag at a ceremony outside Lancaster Elementary School on Thursday morning, Nov. 12. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 in Huntington sponsored the flag raising in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Kindred spirits


Photo by Scott Trauner.

World War II Army Air Corps veteran Bill Jones (left) talks with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Wil Kline and his childlren after the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.

Reviewing the program


Photo by Scott Trauner.

World War II Army Air Corps veteran Paul Thompson (left), reviews a photo of the Veterans Day 2009 Program held Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, with his daughter-in-law, Nancy Thompson. The event was put on by the Huntington "Colunty veterans' Servie Office and held at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Accepting his honor


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Roy D. Shideler (left), a World War II Purple Heart recipient, accepts the display-encased medal from Air National Guard Lt. Col David Lombard, the executive officer of the 122nd Fighter Wing, during the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, at the First Church of hte Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.

Proud recipient


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Rick Stell flashes a big smile as he receives honors from Air National Guard Lt. Col. David Lombard, executive officer of the 122nd Firghter Wing, during the Veterans Day 2009 Program on Tuesday eveing, Nov. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The program was put on by the Huntington County Veterans' Service Office.

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