Officer David Rigney touched many lives
By Shaun Tilghman
News Editor – North Manchester News-Journal
Just over a week has passed since the accident that claimed the life of North Manchester Police Officer David Rigney, and in the wake of tragedy, communities across Wabash County have joined together not only in mourning the loss, but also in celebrating his life.
The 39-year-old LaFontaine native was off-duty when the crash occurred last Monday afternoon. Rigney was heading south on State Road 15 when his SUV fishtailed and crossed into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a school bus, before returning to the southbound lane and being struck by another vehicle – he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Brian Enyeart, a veteran of the North Manchester Police Department, said the loss was devastating on many different levels.
“People outside of law enforcement don’t understand the bond that law enforcement officers have – it’s more than just as coworkers or even friends, we truly are ‘brothers in blue’,” Enyeart said. “There is a lot of stuff that is easier to talk about with other officers than with other people, because they just don’t understand. With Dave, you always knew if you needed anything you could call him and he would be there to help you out.”
by Gary Andrews
Not only did the Wabash Lady Apache basketball team open their 2014-15 season with an impressive 60-44 win over Mississinewa Friday; they got to be part of history as senior Claire Cromer went off for 42 points to set the Wabash single game scoring record.
The Lady Apaches dominated right from the start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and leading 14-4 after the end of the quarter. Claire Cromer had all 14 points for Wabash.
Mississinewa would cut the Wabash lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter before Shelby Stone buried two shots from behind the arch to build the lead to 22-10. The Indians again cut the lead to single digits before Cromer drained back-to-back three’s, then hit four straight free throws to increase the lead to 31-18. At 31-22 Cromer would hit a shot before the buzzer as Wabash led 33-22 at the half.
Kristin Cromer and Sarah Puckett would get in on the scoring action in the third while Claire Cromer kept rolling as the Lady Apaches built their lead to 45-25 before leading 45-26 after three.
Claire Cromer would hit a three to get the Wabash scoring going in the fourth as sister Kristin hit two free throws as Wabash rolled to a 60-44 win.
Claire Cromer led the way with 42 points. Shelby Stone and Kristin Cromer added 6 points each, Sarah Puckett 4, Katie McCauley 2.
By Bill Barrows
Periodically, I have the privilege to witness heartwarming and amazing things that happen in the course of my daily activities in youth sports at the Wabash County YMCA. This week, I watched as a young man took a huge step forward on a long road back to regaining his health.
Jace Randel’s parents, Jason and Amanda, registered him to play 4th & 5th grade tackle football in August. Jace expected to play with a number of his classmates on the Cowboys team this fall while learning some life lessons along the way. He had no idea the roller coaster ride he had in front of him.
”On Aug. 20 (ironically, the same day as the first football practice) Jace began not feeling well. I took him in to his pediatrician after a few days of stomach pain. He ordered blood work, just to be sure it wasn’t an appendicitis. The blood work came back abnormal,” explained Amanda.
After consulting with their pediatrician, the Randels prepared for a trip to Riley Hospital.
“The Pediatrician explained to us that Jace's blood work had come back abnormal, and after consulting with a few Riley Oncologists, they thought Jace had leukemia.” Amanda continued, “We were being sent to Riley to run more blood work and prepare him for a bone marrow biopsy.” Jason & Amanda told their son what this meant; Jace was crushed.
“I told him that we were NOT putting our faith and trust into one test. We would be putting our faith in God who, we KNEW, could do anything!!” She explained, “What a calming affect that can have on a person, to know WHO is in control and WHO is all powerful,”
The blood work at Riley came back inconclusive. Jace received a platelets transfusion in order to perform the biopsy to prevent excessive bleeding. He had an allergic reaction to the platelet transfusion. Instantly, he began to break out in hives and his throat started swelling. After giving him large doses of Benadryl, he was finally able to sleep. The biopsy came back negative. Several other tests were run, for conditions such as; mono, autoimmune markers, and vitamin deficiencies, and all came back normal. Normal was a relative term. Jace wasn’t getting any worse, but was also wasn’t getting any better either.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood VolleyKnights had one last game scheduled for the year Saturday and it was the state championship. The Lady Knights had won nine straight games to win the sectional, then defeated Clinton Central 3-0 for the regional title. Last Saturday Southwood won the very tough Bremen semi state by topping Adams Central 3-1 and Hammond Bishop Noll 3-2 for the semi state title. Saturday at Ball State the VolleyKnights had the task of taking on defending state champion Providence for the state title.
Southwood, the 2A public school state champion hung tough, but the power hitting of Providence ended up being too much as the VolleyKnights fell 17-25, 14-25, 18-25.
Providence got off to a 10-3 start in game one before the Knights shook off the championship jitters and started to go to work. Emilie Harnish would get a kill and Bailey Lundmark a block during a 5-0 run to close the gap to 10-8. Providence would then score 10 of the next 14 points to open a 24-15 lead before two Sami White tips kept the game alive, but one last Pioneer kill ended game one 17-25.
Southwood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start game two with Sami White serving. Kaitlyn Murphy had a kill with White scoring on an ace and a tip. Bailey Hobbs would get a kill as the Knights extended their lead to 8-3 before the Pioneer’s got hot. Providence would score 6 of the next 7 points to tie the game at 9 before a White tip and an Emilie Harnish ace made it 11-9. With Southwood up 12-10 the sleeping giant awoke as Providence went on a 10-1 run to grab a 20-13 lead on their way to the 25-14 final.
by Mary Fuson-Stearley
Silas Zartman, assistant manager of Charley Creek Inn’s Wine and Cheese Shoppe, walks the path of the world’s famous Master Sommeliers with his recent wine study endeavors. He recently passed the Introductory Sommelier Exam, officially making him a sommelier.
The wine shop he helps manage is certainly deserving of such an expert. Named one of Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 100 in 2013, Charley Creek Inn’s Wine and Cheese Shoppe has been serving the Wabash community for more than 4 years. Tucked into the Miami Street entrance, they stock nearly 350 wines as well as 60 craft beers, and as many cheeses.
Wine has been recognized as the beverage of choice since around 7,000 BCE when the first evidence of its cultivation was discovered in China. The ancient Greeks recognized Dionysus and the Romans later honored Bacchus as the deities of this popular fermented grape juice. And of course, the Bible is said to mention wine a total of 231 times in the King James Version, with Jesus Christ himself transmuting water into wine, and serving it at the Last Supper, alongside his Apostles. Wine was regularly consumed with meals, used as medicine, and shared for Jewish ritualistic purposes throughout history. These grapes were later cultivated in the classic “old world” regions such as France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, where it was popularized as a proper art form.
The art of viticulture was carried over to the “New Worlds” with the settlers and was found to thrive in places like California, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and Australia. Even now, wine vineyards have been popping up in perceivably unusual places such as Slovenia, Uruguay, and even Indiana! The world of wine has truly taken a popular turn within the last 15 years, welcoming people from different backgrounds and walks of life to its enjoyment. Universities, such as the University of Dayton, have adopted “Wines of the World” courses and Sommelier bachelors and masters degree courses are offered in places like Boston University.
What is a Master Sommelier you may ask? Sommelier a French word, and it simply designates a wine steward. The attainment of a Master Sommelier’s Diploma is a four-part process that requires a precise use of all human senses. Wine can be appreciated with the eye, by observing the color and viscosity, the texture and temperature of the wine, the smell and ‘notes’ of wine, and of course, the taste and flavors picked up through taste.
After serving thousands of glasses of wine to locals and tourists alike, Zartman decided to broaden his knowledge in the area by successfully completing level I, the prerequisite course to the Certified Sommelier Exam administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers. With only 200 official Master Sommeliers in the world, the fourth level has a mere 10% pass rate. It is the most prestigious recognition in the wide world of wines.
The introductory course includes intensive instruction on all of the major wine-growing regions of the world, proper wine service, and an introduction to spirits, beer, and saké. In addition to these important skills, a participant in this course is also introduced to the CMS Deductive Tasting Method- a method of blind tasting that allows the wine taster to fully and analyze and understand the composition of a wine from the visual aspects and flavor to vineyard and vintage of a wine.
In the fourth, Master Level, a Sommelier is expected to blindly taste 3 white wines and 3 red wines accurately naming five of the six wines.
“You have to know grape varietal, region, and not just the country, not just Bordeaux, but what region of Bordeaux, like Médoc. And then you have to say vintage, and you have to do six wines and get five correct in 25 minutes,” Zartman explained.
What can we expect going into a wine tasting at the Wine Shoppe? First, you’ll receive a warm greeting and an offer to try a few wines free of charge. There’s always good music to provide a backdrop to the experience, and if wine’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options: beer, cheese, crackers, and spirits. As for wine tasting, there’s always a nice variety from which to chose.
“I try to always keep a nice lineup, where you can try a couple dry whites, a couple dry reds, and then a few sweet things too, because you always have a variation of people who want to try different things, especially the sweet stuff,” said Zartman.
Knowledgeable as always, Zartman introduced a beautiful Portuguese red blend and the poetry went as follows:
‘This is the Quinta do Crasto Douro red blend. Douro is the region in Portugal where port wine is made. So they take all of the same grapes that they use to make port wine and make a red table wine with it, but it’s done a lot different than most of your typical red table wines. It only sees about 5% oak, so it’s very fruit forward. It’s still a nice dry, red wine, but it just makes it very drinkable and very food friendly as well.”
Silas is planning to work towards the second exam that will officially certify him as a sommelier.
“I want to get my Cicerone Beer Certification next. I decided to take a break from wine for a little bit. It seems like it’s an easier test,” he laughed.
Wabash wine enthusiasts are quite lucky indeed; few towns this size have their own sommelier. We certainly look forward to raising a well-researched glass to the accomplishments of Silas and our fine collection of wine in the Wine and Cheese Shoppe.