Special Events & Festivals

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."

Huntington Street Department announces closing for Christmas

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, for Christmas.

Thursday's trash route will be covered on Wednesday, Dec. 23, along with Wednesday's regular route.

Friday's route will be collected on Monday, Dec. 28, along with Monday's regular trash route.
The department will also be closed on New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Friday's trash will be collected on Monday, Jan. 4, along with Monday's regular route.

All items must be set out for pickup by 7 a.m.


In the gaming spirit

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Debbie Hersey (center), a staff member at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, helps Rachel Kinsey (left) and Marysah Ellenberger (right) in a game of Apples to Apples during Holiday Game Night Dec. 15 at the Library. Students in grades six through 12 were invited to play games and win prizes to give as gifts.

Metro Kiwanis holds children's Christmas party

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Huntington Metro Kiwanis held its annual Christmas party for children on Dec. 14.

The evening festivities began with Metro Kiwanis members greeting and visiting with the children. They were then treated to a special dinner prepared by Santa's little helpers.

After the meal, the children were entertained by Chester, Crayola Mae, Luvy Mae, Tid Bit and Miss Violet from Clown Ministries.

The winner

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Glenda Hall poses with her gingerbread house (foreground) that placed first in a gingerbread house decorating contest held by the residents of Rivergreen Apartments. Also placing in the contest were Sue Dieringer, second; Pat Lusch, third; John Moore, fourth; and Dorothy Merriman, fifth.

Warren COC to present Christmas cantata Sunday

The Christmas Choir of the Warren Church of Christ will present "Night of Miracles" on Sunday, Dec. 20, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service.

The cantata is directed by Betty Yoder and features solos by Yoder, Becky Hartley, Shirley Fusselman, Gerald Moreland and Bill Bonham; a trio of Diane Winkler, Liz Richardson and Hartley; and a father-son duet by Paul and Bill Bonham.

Bill Cartwright will serve as the narrator.

The church is located at 3rd and Wayne streets in Warren. The community is invited to attend.


Boys and Girls Club hosts Christmas party Friday

The Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County invites all Huntington children, members and non-members and their parents to attend the club's 2009 Christmas Party.

The event will take place on Friday, Dec. 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This free event includes Christmas crafts, live Christmas music, Christmas games, dinner, presents and pictures with Santa.

Parents may also enter raffles the door prizes, turkey dinners donated by SYSCO and more.

The club is located at 608 E. State St.

Call 359-1750 for more information or with questions.


Filling it up

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Bill Fetrow, director of Love INC, evaluates his truck's bed as he looks for more room to fit donations from Huntington University athletes. Fifteen athletic teams and the president's office bought gifts and food for thirteen local families to enjoy this holiday season.

Christmas greetings

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Roanoke Elementary School fifth-grader Morgan Karshner works on a Christmas bag and card on Dec. 11. Students made the bags and cards for 150 veterans living in Huntington County nursing homes. The bags will be filled and delivered by the American Legion.

Christmas concert

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The Andrews Singers entertained their Andrews Elementary School classmates and parents in two Christmas performances on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Hanging with Santa

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Pathfinder Services client Paul Chapman gives Santa a hug after receiving his gift, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the American Legion Post 85. Santa's visit was part of the annual Christmas party for Pathfinder clients, sponsored by Altrusa International.

Banquet of baked goods

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Maryann Kummer (left) and Becky McClure select cookies from a table on Saturday, Dec. 12, during the Cookie Walk. The event was hosted by Christ's United Methodist Church, in Roanoke.

Old German School to host Christmas program

The heritage of the "German settlement" will be celebrated with a Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Old German School.

Dressed as vintage carolers, the Sharp Creek Musicians will be in performance, singing traditional Christmas hymns.

The German School was built in 1887, by members of the St. Paul Evangelical Church and recently restored.

For more information call 356-4218.

The building is located three miles north of U.S.-24 on the Huntington-Wabash County Line Road, at the intersection of West Maple Grove Rd. and CR 1000W.

Helping the needy

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Roanoke Elementary Student Council members Kenzie Estep (left) and Mary Winans volunteer as bell ringers on Dec. 5. The Student Council volunteered to help the Salvation Army as bell ringers at Lassus Handy and Hoosier Foods in Roanoke.

No room

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Members of Union Church, dressed as Mary and Joseph, re-enact the scene from the inn at Bethlehem on Thursday, Dec. 10, as part of the live nativity the church held this past weekend at Hier's Park.

Singing holiday tunes

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Members of Union Church operate puppets singing comtemporary Christmas songs on Thursday, Dec. 10, as part of the live nativity event the church put on at Hier's Park this past weekend.

Angelic performance

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Huntington Catholic pre-school students perform one of their numbers on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the school's Christmas program, which was titled, "The Little Bell That Wouldn't Stop Ringing."