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 much anticipated volleyball sectional final at North Miami Saturday night with the upset minded Northfield Lady Norse taking on the six time defending sectional champion Southwood Lady Knights. Northfield would make it to the championship by defeating Oak Hill 25-9, 26-28, 25-14, 25-8. Southwood got to the final game by getting by county rival Wabash 25-22, 25-15, 25-20. Southwood would get off to a good start, flexing their muscle most of the night, winning their seventh straight title 25-16, 25-18, 25-15.
Southwood would get game one started with a Drew Rhamy kill that got a 5-0 run started to jump out to a quick lead. Tori Snyder would stop the run with a kill, but the Knights responded with three straight and led 8-1. The Norse would then find power hitter Kylie Echard who pounded two kills and the Norse cut the lead to 8-4. Amy Bowman would then get a kill as the Knights scored five of the next six to increase their lead to 13-5. Lexi Brickner had two kills during the spurt. Echard and Elaina Terrill would trade kills with Brickner and Sami White and the Knights held a 17-9 lead. The Knights would continue the pressure, building the lead to 21-12, going on to the 25-16 game one win.
After a 2-0 start for Southwood in game two the Norse would respond, scoring five of the next seven game points to take a 7-5 lead. Elaina Terrill would record two kills during the run with Liz Howenstine getting a tip for a kill. The Knights would then do what they do best and go on a run. Lexi Brickner would spike one straight down that started a 11 point run, putting Southwood in the drivers seat at 16-7. Sarah Peters and Sami White would also get kills during the run. The Lady Norse wouldn’t fold though. A kill from Holly Dyson got the Norse going as they would score nine of the next thirteen points to cut the Southwood lead to 20-16. The Knights would out score Northfield 5-2 down the stretch with kills from Murphy and White to win game two 25-18.
With all the momentum on Southwood’s side, the Knights would take advantage of it early in game three. Sami White would start the game with a kill, also getting kills from Murphy and Bowman to jump out to a 5-2 lead. Elaina Terrill would get a kill to make it 5-3 when the Knights did their thing. Starting with a Sarah Peters kill, Southwood strung out five straight to take a 9-3 lead. Liz Howenstine would stop the run with a tip for a point as Northfield scored three straight to make it 9-6. Another 5-0 Knight run would increase the Southwood lead to 14-6 when the Norse made a run. Tori Snyder would get a kill that started a 5-1 run as Northfield cut in to the Southwood lead at 15-11. Four straight by Southwood made it 19-11 as the Knights would not allow the Norse to score more than one point at a time down the stretch to capture game three 25-15 and their 7th straight sectional title.
Southwood will now host the regional on Tuesday against Clinton Central who was a 25-11, 25-18, 25-9 winner over South Vermillion. The game is a rematch of last years regional that the Knights won 25-21, 25-18, 25-16.
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.