by Eric Stearley
It was better late than never for Ryan Driscoll as he won Grand Champion Crossbred Classic Boar on Aug. 17, the final day of the 2014 Indiana State Fair.
I knew he was pretty good, but not that good,” Driscoll said about his six-month-old prizewinning boar. His pedigree was pretty nice, and his bone size for being how young he is.”
The 15-year-old said he’s been showing pigs for as long as he can remember. Son of Matt and Angie Driscoll, Ryan is the youngest of four children.
In addition to first and second place barrow, Ryan showed the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt at this year’s county fair. He’s seen success at the state fair in past years, picking up first places each of the last three years and showing the Division 2 Champion Crossbred Guilt in 2012. This year’s state fair, however, was his first time showing boars.
“The State Fair is the best show I’ve ever shown at easily,” said Driscoll, “and yes, it’s intimidating, because you’re going up against the best of the best.”
Driscoll’s Grand Champion sold to Crossroads Genetics, a boar stud. With a change of name by the new owners, he is now known as Young Gun, but when he won it all at the State Fair, he was Johnny Legend, a name Ryan came up with.
by Gary Andrews
The Manchester football team remembered their opener at Mississinewa last season and had one thing on their mind Friday night, and they got what they were looking for, payback !
The Squires got three touchdowns from Jacob Casper and one from Bailey Ness to top the Indians 27-13.
Casper got his first touchdown with 2:02 left in the first quarter after he ran a kick off back 82 yards for the score. After a Zach Hill kick, the game was tied at 7. The Indians led 13-7 in the second when Casper scored again. The Zach Hill kick was good and the Squires led 14-13 at the half.
With 11:51 left in the third quarter, the Squires would grab their first lead of the game when Bailey Ness scored on a 28-yard pass from Lucas Schilling to put Manchester up 20-13.
With the Squire defense dominating, Casper would put the nail in the coffin with 8:20 left in the game to grab a 27-12 lead, which Manchester would hold for their opening night win.
Lucas Scilling was 12 of 18 for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. Jacob Casper carried the ball 14 times for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns. Lucas Schilling rushed 5 times for 37 yards. Evan Milam rushed 2 times for 7 yards. Bailey Ness caught 5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Keelan Norwood caught 5 passes for 23 yards. Daniel Griese added 2 catches for 12 yards. Evan Milam had 2 catches for 7 yards.
by Gary Andrews
It took two quarters for the Southwood offense to find their rhythm Friday at Southern Wells, but with the defense controlling the game the offense found that rhythm in the third to explode for 19 points on their way to a 26-7 win.
The Knights got two rushing touchdowns from Nathan Hollars and a receiving touchdown from Zach Ball. Southwood also got a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery from Blake Martz.
Passing: Hollars 4/14 for 41yds.
Rushing: Hollars 16/67, 2 TD’s; Berlier 17/73; Weiss 2/34; Kirk 1/7.
Receiving: Finicle 1/0; Kirk 2/28; Ball 1/13.
The Knights had 263 offensive yards.
Tristyn Howell led the defense with 13 tackles. Nick Rebholz and Luke Perlich added 12 tackles each. Noah Kirk and Kale Weiss had 8 tackles each.
Evan Kirkover had 1 sack. Blake Martz and Jeremy Keller each had a fumble recovery. Noah Kirk and Tristyn Howell each caused a fumble.
The Urbana Lions Club is holding their third annual Golf Scramble on Sept. 21 at Waldo's Golf Course in memory of three Lions Club members who died this past year, Dallas Baer who loved playing golf, Jim Wilson, who supported Lions activities whenever possible, and life member Bob Frieden.
The first 48 players to sign up will receive a sleeve of golf balls from the Urbana Lions Club and a Colts golf towel and Colts visor from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance - Ron Baer. Proceeds this year will help fund the Vanessa Baer and the Wilbur Dawes Scholarships for Northfield students. Proceeds will also help with other Lions projects, such as dictionaries for 3rd grade Metro North students, free eye screening for preschool children in Wabash County, help with upkeep and improvements to the Urbana ball field and the Urbana Community Building for use by individuals and groups in the Urbana community and in Wabash County, ECHO car racing for youth, help for blind and visually impaired, help in providing eyeglasses and hearing aids, supporting the Cancer control facility at the IU Medical Center, and diabetes and law camp for students.
The Community Foundation of Wabash County and Manchester Meals on Wheels are pleased to announce the creation of the Manchester Meals on Wheels Endowment to support operation of the program that provides low-cost, nutritious meals to homebound, ill, or disabled persons who are unable to prepare or obtain meals, regardless of age or income.
Meal fees, generous donations, and church pledges raised through annual campaigns are the main sources of income for Manchester Meals on Wheels. The endowment will provide an additional revenue source for the program. Contributions to the endowment held by the Foundation will be invested and will produce investment earnings. A portion of the earnings will be used to support Manchester Meals on Wheels programs, not the original contributions. The idea of endowments is that, carefully managed, invested contributions will keep producing and keep building annually, ensuring permanent income for an organization. Among other things, earnings from the endowment will support the Manchester Meals on Wheels scholarship program that assists clients who are unable to afford the cost of daily meals.
"We know the Community Foundation of Wabash County is committed to helping organizations in the county grow their charitable assets and we are grateful for the commitment of the Foundation in mobilizing support and relief for those who need help," says David Rogers, board member of Manchester Meals on Wheels. "This endowment will give contributors in the community an opportunity to leverage their gifts and ensure the health of the organization for a long time to come."
Unmet needs for food and meals are a problem not only in North Manchester but in Wabash County as well. According to the US Department of Agriculture, food insecurity occurs when there is "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways." As of 2011, more than 4,500 people, or 13.8 percent of Wabash County's population, are food insecure. The average meal in Wabash County costs $2.46 per person. An additional $1,824,770 was needed in 2011 to meet the food needs of Wabash County.
The mission of Manchester Meals on Wheels is to close the gap on food insecurity. After parish nurses from two local churches became aware of the need for a meal delivery program in 2002, a board of directors was formed under the umbrella of Community Services of North Manchester, Inc. Ed Cochley, former director of Wabash Meals-on-Wheels, helped the new group organize, and Manchester Meals on Wheels began serving meals to clients in North Manchester in 2004. Initial funding was through donations from churches and private donors. The Community Foundation of Wabash County has provided assistance with office supplies through two grants.
Timbercrest Senior Living Community is the vendor for the meals, providing nutritious meals that are tailored to the client's health needs. The senior living community subsidizes meal costs to keep expenses down for Meals on Wheels clients. Apart from the Timbercrest food service employees, the organization has an all-volunteer staff. Forty-four drivers deliver meals and an all-volunteer office staff manages the program from the Town Life Center. In 2012, volunteers put in 615 hours delivering over 5,000 meals to clients.
While initially meals were only for home-bound clients in North Manchester, in recent years, the service has included clients who are unable to safely prepare their meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. A hot lunch and a cold dinner are included with each delivery.
"Meals on Wheels serves a critical role in providing affordable hot meals to those in need and home bound," says Community Foundation program director Julie Garber. "The Meals on Wheels Board has taken a very forward-looking measure by creating this endowment, which will provide a continual source of support for many years. Poverty and hunger will continue in Wabash County; we hope that others will contribute to the Meals on Wheels Endowment and help those in need."
Patty Grant, executive director of the Community Foundation of Wabash County, is pleased to serve a local organization through the creation of an endowment. "Through the Manchester Meals on Wheels Endowment, the organization and the Foundation hope to preserve and sustain Meals on Wheels resources for years to come. Thanks to David Rogers of the Meals on Wheels board for leading the way to ensure that the essential services they provide will hopefully always be available to the citizens who need them."
Contributions to the endowment can be received by the Community Foundation of Wabash County, located at 218 East Main Street, North Manchester, 46962.
For more information about Manchester Meals on Wheels, call the office between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 260-982-6010, to talk to a volunteer staff person. To learn more about the Community Foundation of Wabash County, visit www.cfwabash.org or call 260-982-4824.