Mary K. Peabody bicycle staying local
Former Manchester College Art Professor Stephen Batzka poses with the Mary K. Peabody bicycle that he won during the Peabody Home Foundation Endowment Benefit Auction. The bicycle will be displayed at the North Manchester Center for History. Photo by Shaun Tilghman
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER Leading up to the first-ever Peabody Home Foundation Endowment Benefit Auction on Saturday, it was obvious that not everyone was pleased with the Foundation Board’s decision to auction off several unique collections and items, especially those that had specific ties to the North Manchester community.
One item that drew a lot of local attention when listed for auction, was the bicycle owned by Mary K. Peabody. Early on, however, Peabody Home Foundation Director of Development Stan Williams stressed that, although they were putting such items up for bid in order to help fund their own mission, they did still hope that the items would ultimately remain local.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Camp Peabodyís USO Show: A Swinging Good Time
A couple dances to music from the 1940s during the 2nd Annual Camp Peabody’s USO Show on Saturday at the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. Photo by Shaun Tilghman
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Peabody Retirement Community welcomed residents, donors, family, and friends to the 2nd Annual Camp Peabody’s USO Show on Saturday. Close to 400 people braved the slight chill to eat, laugh, dance, reminisce, and sing along to the tunes of some of America’s greatest composers and bandleaders from the World War II era.
“It was such a huge hit last year that we knew we had to bring it back again this year,” said Stan Williams, director of development for Peabody Home Foundation.
The Stardusters Orchestra from Indianapolis, featuring Janiece Jaffe and The Starlighters Singers, entertained attendees with their tribute to the great jazz bands of swing. Generous supporters of the Peabody Home Foundation and the George Leonhard Memorial Endowment, a designated perpetual endowment, made the event possible, according to Williams.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Insurance fee increases concern MSD teachers and staff
By Emma Rausch
MSD of Wabash County staff and teacher insurance fees are increasing and raising cries of concerns from those affected.
At the MSD school board meeting on  Tuesday, Sept. 8, representatives from both Northfield and Southwood faculty packed the board’s meeting room and flooded into the hallway to seek policy clarification and voice their opinions.
“I think as you guys know, most of the people are here for the insurance,” said Adam Marlett, Southwood Elementary School teacher. “Many people have questions regarding the insurance and there is some, I don’t want to say misinformation, but there is some misunderstood information that was presented to many of the teachers about when our pay would start being deducted and, looking at the numbers, it’s seeming that over the next two months we’re going to be switching over to the new consortium rates.
“The minimum that’s going to be a hit in everybody’s paycheck is going to be $150, up to a maximum of over $1,500, I think the actual number was $1,610 for people on family plans, when there’s a possibility that they might never receive the benefits of that consortium plan.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Mayoral debate set for Oct. 7
By Joseph Slacian
The Paper of Wabash County and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor a mayoral debate.
The three candidates – Democrat Margaret “Boo” Salb, Republican Scott Long and Independent Wade Weaver – have agreed to participate in the event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Historic Eagles Theatre.
The public is invited to watch the debate in person. Doors are expected to open at 6:30 p.m.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
USO Show returns to Peabody
A.V. “Bart” Corricelli danced with his wife, Phyllis, with the assistance of a nurse at the 2014 Camp Peabody’s USO Show. According to Peabody residents Cleo Hippensteel and Jean Hatch, the couple loved to dance in their younger years, but as they aged, Mrs. Corricelli became wheelchair bound. Nevertheless, the couple still made an effort to dance at the show. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Back by popular demand, Camp Peabody’s USO Show will be returning to Peabody Retirement Community for its second year on Saturday, Sept. 12, “bringing back” big band music from the World War II era, according to Peabody officials.
In 1945, WWII came to a close on Sept. 2. This past Wednesday marked the date’s 70th anniversary.
Peabody’s first USO Show honored the war and its veterans, according to Cleo Hippensteel.
“We just feel that (the show’s) so special and I feel that it’s also a credit to all the veterans,” she told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview. “I feel like we’re kind of honoring them too and they do at that program or they did last year and I think they will this year. They had our veterans here and interviewed some of them and talked to them. It was very nice.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
NM WIC office to remain open
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER – The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) office, here at 603 N. Bond St., will not close this fall after all. Rather, it will remain open for at least one more year.
WIC serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5, who are at nutritional risk, by providing nutritious supplemental foods and health care referrals, as well as information on healthy eating, including breastfeeding promotion and support, at no charge to participants.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Frampton-signed guitar to be raffled at Chili Cook-off
Local artist Michael “Hap” Hapner presents a specially designed guitar signed by Peter Frampton to Jessica  Brown, a member of the Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off committee. It took Hapner 26 straight hours to paint the guitar before Frampton added his signature. Photos by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
A guitar custom painted by local artist Michael “Hap” Hapner and signed by rock-n-roll legend Peter Frampton will be raffled off at the 13th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off.
The event will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Paradise Spring Historical Park. Cooking begins shortly after 8 p.m., and tasting will begin at noon.
Hapner, who has donated a fiddle signed by Charlie Daniels and a guitar signed by the rock band The Moody Blues in the past, said it took him 26 straight hours to paint the guitar.
“I had something in mind (for the pattern) on this one,” he told The Paper of Wabash County after presenting the guitar to the Chili Cook-off committee on Thursday night.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Bike enthusiasts to descend on Wabash County
Bicycle enthusiasts make their way down a small hill in rural Wabash County during the 2014 Dam to Dam ride. The Paper of Wabash County file photo
By Joseph Slacian
Some 400 bicycle enthusiasts, some as from as far away at Virginia, are expected to descend on Wabash County this weekend for the annual Dam to Dam Wabash County Century Ride.
Riders will leave the Wabash County YMCA between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, to travel one of five routes available.
The routes are 100 miles, 62 miles (or a metric century), 50 miles (a half century), 30 miles and 15 miles.
As of midweek last week, more than 320 people had preregistered for the event, presented by Parkview Wabash Hospital and organized by the Rock City Bicycle Club and Visit Wabash County.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08

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