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Dear Abby: Every year for the last 15 years or so, my husband’s sister has sent us a huge box of homemade cookies for Christmas. My husband is from a large family, and she does this for each family. I know it involves a great deal of time and effort

Since 1972, Gamma Gamma chapter of Tri Kappa has hosted the House of the Christmas Mouse, a magical holiday experience for kids of all ages. Unfortunately, this year, due to COVID-19, there will not be an in-person Mouse House experience. Instead of a two-day event, Tri Kappa will offer several ways to continue its holiday tradition in a safe and responsible way.

Dear Abby: I could use some advice on the best response to my 89-year-old father’s letters. He cleverly inserts insults into them without writing anything for which he could be criticized.For example, he has always talked about how he hates fat peopl

Dear Abby: Recently, I kindly and lovingly gave my daughter some feedback on how she berates her husband in front of my 8-year-old grandson. I told her I didn’t want him to grow up thinking that’s how we treat the people we love. To make a long story

As scavengers, vultures play an important role in the ecosystem. Formerly suppressed by the effects of pesticides on reproduction, populations of both black and turkey vultures have increased dramatically in recent years. Vultures adapt and thrive in close proximity to people. They often form large roosts and loafing areas, numbering from a few dozen to hundreds of individual vultures.

The Church Calendar includes activities such as prayer and study groups, mid-week meetings, and events and holiday celebrations. Only emailed reports to community@tribstar.com will be published. Briefs must be received eight days before Saturday publication. Please include a contact name and phone number. If announcing an event, list the time, date, address and cost; notices will be published the Saturday before the event. A full list of activities and programs will be listed at tribstar.com/features/faith. If you have any questions — or to change your activity information — please call 812-231-4343.

Good news to report: Terre Haute Bridge Club players Thomas Siefert and Diane Jordan-Wagner partnered in winning a large 1,500 point or less tournament in Indianapolis this past week. Fantastic to see a couple of students from club president James "Sonny" Kirtley's Sunday class do so well.

Editor’s note: Send news of social, fraternal and philanthropic organizations to Groups and Gatherings, Tribune-Star, P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; community@tribstar.com (email); or 812-231-4321 (fax). List time, date, address and nature of event or meeting. Please include a contact name and phone number. Items must be received 10 days before publication.

This week’s Historical Treasure once belonged to a Terre Haute woodworker and musician, Dewey Hood. The museum is proud to have several items in its collection that were donated by the family of Hood — including his World War II medals and a violin he handcrafted himself. The 1930s Zebra Harmonica was made by Johann Schunk of Germany.

Leslie Werner has been named Banking Center Manager for First Financial Bank’s Crown Hill Banking Center in Clinton. She assures the branch operates efficiently and effectively, while making customer service a top priority. She also opens new account

Regional HospitalMacie Nicole Matherly, Prairie Creek, and Norman Allen Richey, girl, Sept. 17.Parita Navinbhai Naik, Fairbanks, boy, Sept. 21.Shelbie Leigh and Corey Michael Underwood, Shelburn, boy, Sept. 25.Kimberly Ann Chambers, Chrisman, Illinoi

A virtual hiring event by the Indiana Department of Correction is set for Nov. 18. The 4 p.m. event will include general information about the IDOC as well as some specific information about local facilities with available positions.

Relative to life and operation within correctional facilities, opportunities for religious practice and needs are sometimes limited. To aid and help shoulder this need within the Indiana Department of Correction, a wide variety of religious groups now provide weekly digital rebroadcasts of their services, with some creating specific messages targeting the offender population directly.

American Ancestors will present a free webinar from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Titled “Jewish Immigrants in the American Antiques Trade,” it will focus on the work of two early-20th century Jewish cabinetmakers from Lithuania who became authori

Local club president James “Sonny” Kirtley resumed his free Sunday afternoon bridge lesson on Zoom. Slam searching techniques focusing on 1430 Roman Key Card highlighted the lesson. In a shocking development, the “class” was defeated by Milt Van Reed in a challenge match for the mythical/imaginary Challange Match Belt.

Editor’s note: Send news of social, fraternal and philanthropic organizations to Groups and Gatherings, Tribune-Star, P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; community@tribstar.com (email); or 812-231-4321 (fax). List time, date, address and nature of event or meeting. Please include a contact name and phone number. Items must be received 10 days before publication.

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry would like to remind deer hunters and landowners about its donation program. After they’ve filled their freezer, they can help feed Indiana families in the area by donating to the “Meat” the Need initiative.

The Mecca campus of Free Life Community Church will host a pulled pork barbecue fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. Meals will be available for carry out or drive through in front of the church at 4924 College St.

The 2021 Indiana state park passes, lake permits, off-road cycling permits, and horse tags are now available at property offices and front gates, and online at ShopINstateparks.com.

Community events offered Nov. 9 and 10 in the Wabash Valley.

Little Caesars, 2520 Wabash Ave — (3 Critical, 4 Non-Critical) Expired Certified Food Handler, Observed pizza not marked with time to discard, Observed several gnats in and by 3-bay sink.Penn Station, 2566 Wabash Ave — (3 Critical, 2 Non-Critical) C

In 1882 Indiana passed a law requiring that births be recorded by every county. This meant that doctors, midwives, parents, and anyone assisting at a birth, were required to report it to the county health department. Compliance with the statute was slow, but it gradually increased into the early-1900s. In 1907 Indiana passed legislation requiring all counties to report their births to the state Department of Health. Again, reporting was uneven but increased over time, reaching full compliance by 1920.

Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville and Charleston, Illinois, awarded numerous scholarships for the fall semester. Two Illinois students are among those who received scholarships.Harold Henson of Paris received the Pam Taylor Scholarship. Deedra

Editor’s note: Send news of social, fraternal and philanthropic organizations to Groups and Gatherings, Tribune-Star, P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; community@tribstar.com (email); or 812-231-4321 (fax). List time, date, address and nature of event or meeting. Please include a contact name and phone number. Items must be received 10 days before publication.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recent awarded Shakamak High School in Jasonville with the 2020 School and Community Partnership Grant, designed to bring together K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, employers and community organizations to plan and implement supportive efforts for students of all ages completing education and training beyond high school.

Home Packing Company was founded in Terre Haute in 1907. It was considered one of the largest and most modern plants of its kind in this part of the state. Over its years of operation, Home Packing Co. processed anywhere from 350 to over 10,000 hogs a week during its peak operation. Products were shipped all over the world from the Terre Haute plant. It was well known for the Dependable brand of hams, bacon, bologna — and the Wabash Brand Pure Lard.

Good news to report: The Terre Haute/Paris Tuesday evening Virtual Club Game remains strong and healthy with 10 full tables and 40 players competing. Discussion is underway by the Board of Directors as to how and when to add a second virtual game.

Landowners and farmers can learn more about different types of farmland leases, legal aspects of leases, and leasing trends at a Purdue University Extension virtual workshop, "More Than a Handshake," scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 12, and again from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Ashley Kilpatrick, Sullivan County Community Hospital’s Director of Care Coordination, has been named a 2020 Population Health Pioneer Award winner as the Population Health Nurse of the Year by Caravan Health, a national leader of accountable care or

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