Special Events & Festivals

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

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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

Photo by Jessica Williams.

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 ...

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

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.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

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.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

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

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

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

Photo by Jessica Williams.

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

Photo by Scott Trauner.

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

Hanging with Santa

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

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."

Huntington County residents can help Salvation Army, Love INC

Local charities are asking for donations this holiday season, and Huntington County resi-dents can help.
The Salvation Army, 1424 E. Market St., Huntington, accepts donations year-round, but is in special need of food items for the holiday season. The Salvation Army provides food for over 200 families, and also packs 400 food boxes for the needy in the community, says Captain Tim Sell.

The Christmas story

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Beccah Kerlin (left) and Porter Kennedy filled the roles of May and Joseph during a Christmas program put on by the College Park Preschool. The program was held in the College Park United Brethren Church sanctuary and included Christmas songs by the creative play and preschool classes.


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Andrews/Dallas Township Public Library Board Member Edna Strickler (right) helps Aaliyah Quillen (left) create Christmas ornaments at the library on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5. The event was the library's children's activity for December.

Historical society to hold Christmas open house Dec. 15

Mark and Vickie kiefer wil perform old-fashioned Christmas music during the Dec. 15 meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society.
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The public is invited to a Christmas open house and program at the Huntington County Historical Museum on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

Local musicians Mark and Vickie Kiefer will present a program of old- fashioned American Christmas music, which will feature a sing-along and the background stories of many favorite holiday songs.

Mark Kiefer is the choir director at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, and has also taught fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School for the past 35 years.

Christmas sharing

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteer Dixie Harrold displays some of the items donated for Huntington County Right to Life's 30th annual Christmas Care and Share Program. This year, the group will provide gifts for 25 children. Each child will receive numerous gifts and each family will receive wrapping materials and a grocery certificate. Donations of new gift items for children through age 6 and new wrapping materials are being accepted at the Right to Life office, 34 E. Washington St. For more information, call 356-5933.

HU athletics teams up with Love INC

The Huntington University Athletic Department is teaming up with Love INC to sponsor local families for Christmas.

The HU President's Office along with each of the 15 athletic teams is buying gifts and providing food for Huntington County families. Through these efforts, the children of 13 families will have presents to open on Christmas morning.