The Hipsher brothers, Jim (left) and Jerry (right), co-own Hipsher’s Tool & Die, a local Wabash manufacturing business since 1946. Since they joined the establishment, Jim in 1955 and Jerry in 1960, neither has sought retirement and both attend work daily. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Hipsher Tool & Die has served the Wabash County community for 69 years as a family owned and operated manufacturing business. Brothers Jim Hipsher, 83, and Jerry Hipsher, 76, who joined their father’s establishment in the 1950s, also continue to serve by still working at the business. Neither have any intention of retiring any time soon either.
For the brothers, retirement isn’t as appealing as working.
“To some people, the whole retirement (idea) is the greatest thing in the world if you’ve got something to do,” Jerry said. “I have nothing else I really want to do. We have a lake cottage and a little place in Florida, but … just to do that, to be retired full-time, I’m not interested in doing that.
“I’d rather come out here because I enjoy the work I do and the people.”
The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team enters the packed house at the Warsaw semistate on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
WARSAW -- The Wabash Lady Apache basketball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday to play in itsfirst ever semistate. Wabash got to Warsaw by winning the Manchester sectional and Lapel regional.
Fort Wayne Canterbury would end the Lady Apache run, as Wabash had a cold shooting night, connecting on just 20 percent from the field in a 57-39 loss to the No.2 team in the state.
Brodie Hough (center) prepares to sign a letter of intent to play golf at Anderson University. He is joined by his parents Mike Hough (front, from left) and Michele Hough, along with (back row, from left) Wabsh Principal Josh Blossom, Wabash Athletic Director Greg Martz, Wabash golf coach Darren Porter, and Honewell Golf Course pro Mel Thomas. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Wabash senior Brodie Hough made his decision Thursday to play golf at Anderson University next year.
The Ravens are led by first year coach Kent Williams. Williams comes to Anderson with over 40 years of golf experience. Since 2010, he has been a golf instructor at Gray Eagle Golf Course in Fishers. In the 37 years prior, Williams served as Head Golf Pro and greens superintendent at Brockway Golf Course in Lapel.
Sami White (center) signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Davenport University. She is joined by her parents, Jody White (left) and Johnny White, as well as Davenport Coach Megan Lenhart (back row, from left), Southwood Athletic Director and volleyball coach Tom Finicle, and Southwood principal Tim Drake Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Southwood senior Sami White signed her letter of intent Friday to continue her volleyball career at Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan next year.
White led the Lady Knights to the 2A state championship game this past season and was selected first team all conference the past two seasons along with being selected first team all state and a member of the north all star team this past fall.
Davenport is coached by former Southwood stand out player Megan (Garner) Lenhart. Lenhart graduated from Southwood in 2000 and is 12th all time in career attacks and 12th in career kills
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.”