by Eric Stearley
On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Wabash Carnegie Public Library invited its patrons and members of the Wabash community to meet, share, and discuss the future of the library, particularly plans to expand the facility.
“We have, for the past couple years, been thinking about some kind of expansion of the building,” said Director Ware Wimberly, “because we feel that there are needs that we cannot meet with the current structure.”
After analyzing how the current facility is used, they began looking at consulting firms, eventually choosing MKM Architecture and Design, a Fort Wayne firm with a long history working with public libraries, including several Carnegie Libraries. Partner Zach Benedict and Senior Associate Matt Sparling represented the firm at the public open house on Thursday, explaining the project motives, concepts and plans.
“In an evolved, progressive town of Wabash’s size, the type of community that would win a Stellar grant, it provides a really interesting civic institution that allows a self-employed, creative class to thrive, a place to meet clients, a resource, a business incubator,” said Benedict. “This is what a library used to be, and still is, in smaller rural communities that have a high percentage of creative class individuals, something that I think Wabash could attract in the coming 10 to 20 years.”
While expanding the library would create space for a larger collection, it would also create space for groups to meet, engage, and share ideas.
The Honeywell Golf Course and the Ladies Golf Association (LGA) are hosting the fourth annual Breast Cancer Prevention Scramble for men and women on Sunday, Oct. 5. The event begins at with a 1 p.m. shotgun start and concludes with a meal for all players. The scramble is a fundraiser to raise awareness of the importance of mammograms in the fight against breast cancer.
Proceeds will go to the Wabash County Hospital Mammogram Charity Fund. This fund provides for free mammograms and radiology readings for qualified women residing in Wabash County.
Lana Garber, secretary of the Ladies Golf Association, is assisting Mel Thomas of the Honeywell Golf Course in coordinating the event.
“Choosing to give our proceeds to the Mammogram Charity Fund allows us to directly help women in our own community,” said Garber. “Statistics show that breast cancer has touched every family in our county. Breast Cancer Awareness month in October is an ideal time for golfers, both men and women, to participate in a scramble for this great cause. Over $3,000 was raised in last year's event. Our goal is to exceed that this year."
“The Mammogram Charity Fund is directly assisting numerous women in our own county,” said Wabash Community Foundation Director Karen Newhouse. “As with all gifts to the WCH Foundation, 100 percent of the proceeds of this fundraiser is going to the cause to help provide free mammograms for qualifying women. I could share stories of how lives have been saved because the Mammogram Charity Fund was available. The Honeywell Ladies Golf Association’s scramble is a wonderful example of the compassionate action our community is willing to take to prevent breast cancer locally. ”
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.
by Shaun Tilghman
Despite the inclement weather, a large group gathered at the North Manchester Covered Bridge on Friday morning to take part in the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting that marked the bridge’s official reopening. Although Friday was the official reopening, the bridge was actually open to traffic as early as Thursday.
Wabash County Bridge No. 645 (North Manchester Covered Bridge, S. Mill Street over the Eel River) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Smith Bridge Company, from Toledo, Ohio, built the bridge in 1872 for approximately $3,515; the entire structure is built of wood, put together with pins, iron bolts, and square cut nails.
Following the disastrous fire that nearly destroyed the Roann Covered Bridge, the North Manchester Covered Bridge remains the only one in Wabash County with most of the original structure intact. Restoration of this unique bridge was recently undertaken to repair or replace deteriorated truss members, flooring, roofing, and siding in order to extend the life of this structure for future generations to utilize and admire.
Wabash County Commissioners Brian Haupert and Barry Eppley were both pleased with the results of the project. “I feel really good about the project and it turned out really nice,” said Haupert.
“The bridge was definitely in need of repair,” he continued, “and actually, when we took some of the siding off we found out it was probably in a little worse condition than we thought. They did get a little behind on the project, but that was for some unforeseen structural deficiencies and those are things that you just can’t help. They still only lost 44 days on the project and it looks good now. There is still a little bit of work to do – they’re waiting on some shingles and they still have some painting to do – but they’ll get it looking nice by next spring and hopefully by then we’ll have some grass growing in the area again.”
Eppley added, “It’s nice to have it battened down before the end of the year, especially since winter came a little early. There are still a few things to get finished up but I’m sure they’ll get that all taken care of without much trouble. It turned out fantastic, and it’s an accomplishment that wouldn’t have been possible without the additional funding we attained. We’re just glad to be able to hand it over for another generation to enjoy.”
Existing materials and construction details were reused as much as possible and the construction was completed with the approval of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, along with various permitting agencies and local officials.
Federal funds, secured from the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program and the Transportation Enhancement Fund, paid for 80 percent of the design and construction costs. Wabash County paid the remaining 20 percent with local high way money.
“It’s nice because the 80/20 split is an opportunity for the people here in Wabash County to get some of their federal tax dollars back, so it was good to be able to put it back into a project like this,” Haupert explained.
Overall, the project had a price tag of approximately $1 million, which included $180,300 for engineering costs, $805,000 for construction costs, and $90,500 for construction inspection costs. United Consulting (Indianapolis) handled the design and construction inspection, while CLR Inc. (Vincennes) and Square and Level Construction (Bridgeton) served as the general contractor and covered bridge contractor, respectively.
“This bridge has been a long time coming and we appreciate everyone being here today,” said Steve Jones, vice president of Business Development & Marketing for United Consulting. “I personally would like to thank the Commissioners – Brian, Barry, and Scott (Givens) – along with Highway Superintendent John Martin, for allowing us to work on this important project. I’d also like to thank INDOT for all of their help and guidance on this project, as well as the Federal Highway Administration for their contributions to the project. And I would especially like to thank the Town of North Manchester for their patience during the closure of the bridge for this project.”
Dan Reitmeyer, general superintendent for CLR Inc., described the project as fairly average in terms of the restoration work that needed to be done. “It was far less intensive than some of the bridge projects we’ve worked on,” he continued. “The biggest delay came while we were waiting for the utilities to get moved away from the bridge; other than that, most things went as planned. We still have some touch-up painting to do in a couple of spots and then just some general clean up, but for the most part it’s all done.”
Mark Berry, from United Consulting, did the construction inspection for the project and said the walkthrough Friday morning was to make a list of touch-up items that still need to be completed so they’ll have that information on file.
“A lot of what’s left to do involves painting, because we just ran out of good painting weather,” Berry added. “It took a little longer than anticipated, but sometimes you run into things you didn’t expect; for instance, we’re jacking up a bridge that has been settling for over 140 years, so some of those bolts just didn’t want to come out. Overall though, it went really well, and the contractor said a lot of times costs will go up 30-40 percent with these projects, but we were able to keep well beneath that, which is due in part to us being able to reuse so much of the original lumber.”
Haupert wrapped things up by complimenting the companies involved with the project and thanking them for their efforts. “Everybody was really great to work with, especially United Consulting, INDOT, CLR, and the Historic Preservation Program,” he said.
“This is the culmination of the ‘Year of the Detour’ in North Manchester,” Haupert concluded, “and I’m glad we could finish most of the projects off by the end of the year. We want to thank everyone that was involved in this project – it turned out fantastic and everybody should be proud of the work they’ve done here. It’s nice to give this little Christmas present to the county and the town; so again, thank you for all of your hard work.”