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RICHMOND (AP) - When Alvin the dog rings bells, shoppers give. The unique opportunity to watch a trained dog ring bells is an extra incentive for shoppers of all ages to open wallets and purses for the local Salvation Army. Alvin and his human partners, Julia and Steve Roberts, often attract gener- ous donors to their kettle as they volunteer. They rang bells for two hours last week at Kroger. They will again volunteer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday outside Walmart. Millicent Martin Emery, reporter for the Richmond Palladium-Item , reports that many shoppers are curious about the very large but friendly and gentle animal. Alvin is a 5-year-old trained therapy dog. He's a Leonberger, a breed of work- ing dogs from Germany that range from 150 to 180 pounds. They are used for water rescue, search and rescue and carting. It took just a few minutes for the Roberts family to train Alvin to ring the bells on the stand they made for him. To keep ringing bells throughout a two-hour shift, Alvin welcomes a little prompting with treats that Julia brings. Some of his favorites are venison, cheese, cookies and turkey. "People can't resist," Julia says. "That's the plan." This is Alvin's fourth year to ring bells for Salvation Army and he's still a popular attraction. For example, in 2013, the Roberts's rang bells for a total of 15 hours during the holiday season, raising more than $100 per hour. Alvin is calm even when surrounded by groups of shoppers, but he has plenty of practice in a variety of settings. The family takes Alvin to local hospitals and rehabilitation centers, bringing joy to patients and staff. He also helps in schools with programs rang- ing from reading to pet care and safety and anti-bully- ing. Some of Alvin's Salvation Army donors are former patients or their families who remember the big fluffy dog, and Julia and Steve appreciate hearing stories about how Alvin cheered them. Julia said that last year, a woman stopped and put several bills in the kettle for herself and her mother each time Alvin rang bells. Alvin had visited her mother while she was hospitalized. "She said it made her and her mother feel so much better that she wanted to repay us," Roberts said. "She always came up to put money in and hug Alvin, then she would drive by with her mother in the car as they would stop for her mother to pet him and Alvin would lay his head on her lap." Alvin is so popular he even has his own page on Facebook called Alvin's Therapy Fan Club. Times-Union Sports Nation Mostly cloudy tonight; few showers Thursday. Contact Us Phone: 574-267-3111 Email: news@timesuniononline.com Website: www.timesuniononline.com Mail: P.O.B. 1448 Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 Low 41 High 55 Wednesday November 25, 2015 In our 161st year of continuous service to Kosciusko County Hoops Lancers open league play with 70-47 win over Taylor. Page 1B Chicago City awaits more protests over police shooting. Page 5A TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 STAFF REPORT 50 Cents Warsaw, IN Founded 1854 No. 279 Santa Claus visits with a child from the community during KringleFest 2014 in Winona Lake while elves look on. This year, the holiday event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Winona Lake Senior Center. Photo Provided WINONA LAKE - Get in the holiday spirit Dec. 5 dur- ing Winona Lake's annual KringleFest, an event for the entire community. In previous years, the event was held at Rodeheaver Auditorium. This year, however, it will be hosted at the Winona Lake Senior Center. KringleFest, which began in 2009, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5. It's for anyone in the commu- nity, not just Winona Lake residents, according to Winona Lake Limitless Park Dept. Director Holly M. Hummitch. During the event, there will be holiday train rides; Jin- gle Bell, a live Christmas reindeer; free crafts and $1 crafts; and snowman and snow fort building, weather permitting. Kids of all ages can shop "in secret" to purchase a gift and wrap it for a loved one. Each ticket for a gift is $1. Santa Claus will be on site for the traditional photo opportunity. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own camera to capture the memory. Any donations received during the event will go to the Winona Lake Limitless Park. For more information, call Hummitch at 574-267- 2310. BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com MILFORD - Milford police recently apprehended three juveniles allegedly involved in a rash of vehicle vandalism incidents. Milford Police said in a re- lease Tuesday they detained two juvenile males who con- fessed to a recent plague of vandalism and thefts from vehicles in town, which ex- ceeded $5,000 in total dam- age. A third juvenile was implicated in the incidents, which officers say had oc- curred during a three-week period. Milford officers stated that the juveniles were released to their parents and information related to the incidents has been forwarded to the Kosciusko County Probation and Prosecutor's Office for further review. Milford Nabs 3 Juveniles In Vehicle Vandalisms Officers from the Warsaw Police Department are searching for three white men in connection to an attempted armed robbery Fri- day night. According to an incident report filed by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department, Octaviano Ayala Vazquez was attacked by the three men at 9:47 p.m. Friday near the American Table restaurant in Warsaw. Vazquez told police that he was walking home to Eastgate Apart- ments when he walked past a ve- hicle near a dumpster in the Northern Lakes Orthopedics park- ing lot. When he passed the dump- ster, the men came out from behind it and asked him for money. When Vazquez told them he had none, they hit him in the left leg with an aluminum bat and fled the scene in a red, four-door vehicle, according to the report. Vazquez told police they trav- elled east on Lake City Highway. Police searched the area but found nothing. Vazquez refused medical treat- ment, the report states. Local au- thorities are still looking for the three men, described as young, thin and white. Winona Lake Offers Annual KringleFest Community Event Would-Be Robbery Victim Struck With Aluminum Bat BY CHRIS TULLEY Times-Union Staff Writer ctulley@timesuniononline.com Bell-Ringing Dog Helps Salvation Army In Richmond Alvin the dog rings bells for the Salvation Army on Tuesday out- side Kroger in Richmond. Alvin will ring bells from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Black Friday at Walmart. He'll likely make more bell-ringing appearances before the holidays. Photo by Joshua Smith, Palladium-Item BLOOMINGTON (AP) - Thanksgiving preparation felt like a family affair when students in the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic gath- ered to core apples, roll out pie dough and measure cin- namon and nutmeg. They were trading in their violins and cellos for rolling pins and aprons to raise money for a trip and to help the Community Kitchen. Just over 100 students from Bloomington high schools North and South make up the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic, and they will be headed to Washington, D.C., in February to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, as long as they can pay for the trip. The HYP hopes to raise around $30,000 to get the students to the perform- ance, and sold pre-ordered pecan, apple and pumpkin pies that families could serve up at their Thanksgiving table or donate to the Community Kitchen in Bloomington. ''So, not only are the kids doing this for themselves, but for somebody else in the community,'' said Maria Schmidt, a booster parent. The orchestra students were covered in flour, some of them trying their hands at baking for the first time, to get 160 pies ready for bak- ing. For the students, it was like spending time with fam- ily a little before the Thanksgiving holiday. Max Cron, a senior at South, was coring and peel- ing apples. Even though learning an instrument isn't easy, Cron said being involved in orchestra is a chance to relax. ''It's kind of like home base,'' he said. Hannah Hanscom, a sen- ior at North, feels the same way. ''Orchestra has become a family to me. We're just all friends, and we're there for each other, and we get to make music together,'' she said. Both Cron and Hanscom are excited about the oppor- tunity to show off their musical talents in Washington D.C. and didn't mind putting pies together. In fact, they said it was pret- ty fun. The HYP is one of four orchestras that will perform at the Capital Orchestra Festival at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Jane Gouker. Parents like Schmidt and Kim Vogelsang, who are boosters for the program, are happy to help out to get their kids and Gouker to the Kennedy Center. ''It's one experience that will last a lifetime. It's one that they'll remember,'' Vogelsang said. Philharmonic Students Making Holiday Pies To Fund Trip

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