by Emily Armentrout
Timbercrest Retirement Community celebrated its 125th anniversary, coming up in 2014, with 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees during its Festival of Trees.
Over 50 trees, sponsored by area businesses and organizations, were on display throughout Timbercrest Manor for the community’s enjoyment.
Timbercrest also hosted a craft bazaar and gave children the opportunity to meet and greet with Santa Claus himself. Visitors enjoyed cocoa bars sponsored by the News Journal, The Paper, Hoffman Nursery & Landscaping, Metzger Landscaping and Crossroads Bank.
The hallways were decorated with wreaths on residents’ doors, each hallway leading to another beautifully lit tree.
Timbercrest is overwhelmed by the community’s support and they deeply appreciate the sponsors and volunteers who made the Festival of Trees such a success.
by Gary Andrews
It was the tale of two halves for the Manchester football team Friday, as they needed a 20 point second half comeback to defeat county foe Northfield 23-20.
Northfield would totally dominate the first half, holding the Squires to just three points on a Ross Messer field goal with just 7 seconds left in the half.
Northfield would put the only points on the board in the first quarter on a Alec Wells 7 yard touchdown run with 52 seconds remaining to lead 6-0. Jared Short would run in the two-point conversion and Northfield led 8-0.
Both defenses would dominate in the second quarter with the only points coming on the Ross Messer field goal to make it 8-3 at the half.
Things would get a little busier on the offensive end in the second half. The Squires had the first possession of the third quarter, mounting a drive that was capped off by a Jacob Casper 2 yard touchdown run with 8:38 on the clock to give Manchester a 10-8 lead. The Norse would mount a drive of their own to answer the Squires, with Carter Frieden scoring from 1 yard out with just .30 on the clock and the Norse were back up 14-10. It looked as though the Norse would have the lead heading to the fourth, but Lucas Schilling thought why wait, scoring at the buzzer and the Squires took the lead back 16-14 with a quarter to go.
With 6:52 left in the fourth quarter, Jacob Casper would give the Squires some breathing room, scoring from 21 yards out and with the Messer kick the Squires led 23-14. Just 45 seconds later the Norse made things interesting, finding pay dirt on a Carter Frieden 9 yard run to make it 23-20. The two-point conversion failed and the Squires took over. After the Norse defense held they had one more shot. Northfield would move the ball and had it at midfield when the Manchester defense rose to the occasion, stopping the drive and preserving the 23-20 win.
The Squires did most of their damage on the ground with Jacob Casper leading the way with 197 yards rushing. Lucas Schilling added 126 yards.
Josh Bickel led the Northfield rushing attack with 50 yards. Carter Frieden added 34, Alec Wells 27, Shane Vigar 21, Jarred Short 11 and Drake Richter 9. Marcus Kroh was the leading receiver with 106 yards on 6 catches. Dylan Brown added 20 and Alec Wells 18 yards. Carter Frieden was 11 of 19 for 146 yards.
The Community Foundation of Wabash County recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.
“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that the Community Foundation of Wabash County has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and administration. With over 200 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
“This is critically important to our donors,” said Patty Grant, Community Foundation of Wabash County’s Executive Director.
by Kalie Ammons
Rachael Polk, owner and creator of Vapor Place, has a story that many people can relate to.
“I went to college and became a smoker, and my parents weren’t very happy,” Polk said.
After coming home from her freshmen year of college smoking, Polk’s parents were determined to help her quit. Polk explained e-cigarettes to her father.
“My dad started looking into it and researched all the different brands because he wanted to make sure he got me the number one,” Polk said. “And that was by far Green Smoke, and it still is, which is why we sell the product.”
Green Smoke produces electronic cigarettes that consist of a flavored cartridge called a cartomizer, a battery and a cigarette-like stem that lights up and releases a vapor when in use.
The e-cigs don’t contain the tar or carbon monoxide found in traditional cigarettes. There is also no harsh smell or smoker’s breath.
However, Polk had some issues with trying to find the right flavor and nicotine level.
“I smoked menthol and he got me a tobacco flavor, and then it was too strong or not strong enough, so we kept having to buy it off the internet without getting to try it or figure out what we really liked,” Polk said. “I wondered, ‘why isn’t there a place where people can come in and try it out so they don’t have to buy blind off the Internet.”
A $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will ignite several exciting new Manchester University programs and collaborations, including an undergraduate sales degree that is unprecedented in Indiana.
The MU initiative, “Liberal Arts Plus,” will enable the University to expand its leadership and engagement in northeast Indiana’s economic development to improve employment opportunities for Indiana college graduates. In addition to a new bachelor’s degree (and minor) in sales, Manchester University will:
-Develop at least five new certificate programs that align with the workforce needs of Indiana employers over the next five years.
-Engage 60 Manchester students in internships to provide them with professional experience and contribute to economic development initiatives in northeast Indiana through strategic use of their talents.
-Collaborate with work force agencies, other northeast Indiana universities and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to strengthen MU’s relationship with employers and leverage the Lilly Endowment grants for more support.