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 Shaun Tilghman
The North Manchester community is already in preparation for the annual FunFest By The River celebration next week, and along with the numerous activities people look forward to each year, this year’s schedule includes several new additions.
Traditionally, FunFest is advertised as a three-day event, but with multiple activities now scheduled on Wednesday and Sunday, it is really more like five days. This year’s festival is considered to officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 7th and to end on Saturday, Aug. 9th; however, there will be four activities on Wednesday evening and four more activities on Sunday.
“We seem to be creeping out of our borders on each end, as there are now several events taking place on Wednesday and Sunday as well,” said Laura Rager, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “On the Wednesday preceding FunFest this year, there is now a Powder Puff football game, a performance by Charles Billingsley, and a bonfire, as well as the start of the tennis tournament.
“The Powder Puff game came about because our theme for this year is ‘homecoming’, which was originally intended to relate to the number of people that come home to North Manchester during this time every year. Over the years we’ve learned that a lot of people schedule their family reunions, class reunions, or large get-togethers around FunFest because it gives everybody such a great opportunity to see old friends. So, that’s what our original intention was; but, when people began to think about school starting again soon and the start of football season being just around the corner, that different aspect of homecoming just kind of crept its way in and stuck.
“For most of us on the FunFest Committee, Powder Puff football is synonymous with bonfires, and Manchester Community Schools was not only gracious enough to provide the football field for our new event, but also the venue and the wood for the bonfire as well. I think that all will make for a very fun addition; now, whether it will continue going forward, that just kind of depends on how popular it is. I know it took a while for the idea to catch on but now we seem to have people gaining enthusiasm for it.”
Another new event preceding the official start of FunFest is the concert on Market Square sponsored by Shepherd’s Family Auto Group. The featured performer will be Charles Billingsley, who is a contemporary Christian artist.
“It kind of ties into our Playin’ in the Streets summer music program that we started last week because this falls on a Wednesday night, but it also happens to be the Wednesday before FunFest, so it kind of got tied into that as well,” Rager explained.
“On Sunday, we have our Summer Blast Baseball & Softball Tournament, which was really successful last year, so that’s kind of a carryover event,” she continued. “The Izaak Walton League Prize Shoot is also on the Sunday following FunFest, and this year, the Strauss-Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center is offering a ‘Dive-In Movie’ on Sunday as well. They will have free open swim while they show a movie up on the wall, so you can bring your floats or rafts and enjoy what sounds like it will be a really neat event.”
Rager went on to say that, while the Chamber Raffle has long been a part of FunFest, the prize this year is a little different. The winner will still be drawn during the Cruise-In Car Show on Friday night, but the prize is now a brand new Cub Cadet UTV (utility vehicle) with a hydraulic lift bed and four-wheel drive.
“It’s been really well received,” she added. “We’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by the number of women that are excited about winning it.”
According to Rager, the five-member band Small Town will provide entertainment on the Crossroads Stage both Friday night and Saturday night. “They do a great variety of music and will cover some well-known songs from several different genres,” she said. “They’ve been very well received here over the last couple years and they’re great to work with, so we thought it would be fun to bring them in for Friday night this year as well.”
“The Kiwanis ‘Ride for Riley’ is in its second year,” Rager continued, “and that’s a great event for a great cause, as all the proceeds go to Riley Children’s Hospital. People seem excited about that event, especially since it includes rides of several different lengths (50 miles, 20 miles, and 5 miles).
“Also, there will be a Craft Beer Tasting on Saturday evening. The Chamber is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the consortium of Home Brewers here in North Manchester. The idea for this event is different than that of a beer tent though; the intent is for people to experience different beers and the brewing process, so it’s more like an educational event.”
In terms of this year’s FunFest, Rager says just being out of the construction phase downtown is an asset in itself.
“I’m sure there were some people last year that thought stuff would still be all torn up and decided to take a year off from attending FunFest,” she concluded. “Everything is all put back together now, it’s very easy for people to get around, and it’s very attractive.”