City of Wabash 2015 Mayoral Candidates (from left) Republican Scott Long, Democrat Bob Mullett, and Democrat Margaret "Boo" Salb. To submit a question for the debate, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JPQCPBC
By Joseph Slacian
The Paper of Wabash County and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a mayoral debate on April 16 at the Wabash County Historical Museum.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m.
All three mayoral candidates – Democrats Bob Mullett and Margaret “Boo” Salb and Republican Scott Long – have agreed to participate in the event.
The public is invited to watch the debate in person, or view it live on The Paper’s WebTV. The Paper also plans to replay the debate on WebTV several times before the May 5 primary election.
“We believe that this event will give the people of Wabash a chance to hear for themselves what the candidates believe on a variety of subjects,” said Mike Rees, General Manager of The Paper of Wabash. “It also will give the public a chance to see the candidates think on their feet.”
A rider makes his way across the Mississinewa Dam during the 2014 Dam to Dam bicycle ride. The 2015 ride is scheduled for Sept. 13. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
Parkview Wabash Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Dam to Dam Wabash County Century Ride, officials with the ride’s committee have announced.
Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, CEO for Parkview Wabash Hospital, said she is thrilled to have the hospital serve as the presenting sponsor for what has become an annual destination event.
“Parkview Wabash is deep-rooted in advancing the efforts of programs and events that focus on the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” Custer-Mitchell said. “We are proud to sponsor an event that connects people with fitness, while enjoying the scenic countryside.”
By Bill Barrows
This is a good time of year to remind ourselves as parents and grandparents that we are supposed to be good role models and mentors to those “whose eyes are upon us”.
While some might think that the practice of good sportsmanship is limited to the athletes and coaches on the field, the fact is that fans play a critical role in sportsmanship.
I recently got a sobering reminder as I watched a basketball game on TV. I made a mindless remark about how one of the teams was playing. My 10 year old grandson looked at me and said, “Grandpa, you can’t say that!’ It wasn’t a vulgar remark, but it wasn’t necessarily a positive one. So I thought long and hard about it and decided to look for guidance for us all.
By Gary Andrews
The Southwood track season got underway Thursday as the Knights traveled to Mississinewa with both teams falling to the Indians.
The girls fell to Mississinewa 50-66.
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.