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Park Board considers tennis court repairs

Cracks in the Honeywell Park tennis courts will be filled before the start of the next tennis season under action taken by the Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation on Wednesday night, Dec. 11.

In addition, the board instructed Park Superintendent Adam Hall to ask the Wabash City Council to begin setting aside funding for a more extensive repair.

Filling the cracks will cost the city $4,200, according to a quote received from Leslie Coatings of Indianapolis.

For that sum, the firm will clear structural cracks of vegetation and debris and fill it with court patch binder. It also will touch up the color on the cracks repairs; however, the firm warned that the color will not be an exact match due to the age of the existing courts.

Filling the cracks was one of three options the board could choose from.

Posted on 2019 Dec 17
Mannheim Steamroller to perform

When Roxanne Layton was a young girl, her father had grand plans to build a boat and sail around the world with his family.

To help occupy his 6-year-old daughter’s time while on the journey, he wanted to find a small, portable music instrument that she could play. That is when she was introduced to the recorder.

The trip never came to fruition, but the same can’t be said for Layton’s love of the recorder. It grew and grew, as did her mastery of the instrument.

On Thursday, Layton, who plays recorder and is a percussionist with the Mannheim Steamroller, will be at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater as the group puts on two performances.

“We pass through there a lot,” she said of Wabash. “We have a great audience there. We have great support there. We’ve played Indiana a lot – Indianapolis, Wabash.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 17
Area police help brighten county kids' Christmas

Wabash Walmart was buzzing with excited kids on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 14, as they took off into the store with local police officers as part of the annual Shop with a Cop.

For more than 20 years, the Wabash community comes together to raise money for the underprivileged youth of Wabash to be able to “shop with a cop” for Christmas presents to ensure that every child has a happy holiday season.

The money raised gets split up evenly per child that participates, and then each child is accompanied by an officer to pick out toys and clothes until they reach the allotted amount. 

“When I started doing this, 15 years or so ago, I didn’t quite understand the impact this has for these kids,” WPD Sgt. Chad Galligan said. “The best part is, we are not here to do any kind of investigation at all, zero. Nothing more than bringing kids smiles. So, every one of these officers that are in a uniform wants a child to smile. We just want these kids to have the best day ever.  We make sure that we spend a minimum of $100 per child, and there are about 200 kids this year.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 17
Lt. Governor visits Automated Egg

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch received a close look at the egg producing industry on Tuesday, during a 75-minute tour of Automated Egg Producers.

Company officials Bob Krouse, Dan Krouse and Sam Krouse led Crouch and others on a tour throughout the facility, explaining in great detail the process of producing and preparing eggs for market.

“I’ve been wanting to get up here for some time,” the lieutenant governor said. “One of the reasons I wanted to come is, as secretary of agriculture and development, I understand how important agriculture is to the Indiana economy.

“Poultry is a huge part of that. They contribute almost $4 billion to our state’s economy.”

She said she was impressed with the facility, especially from the aspect of an Indiana consumer.

Posted on 2019 Dec 10
City Schools preps for eLearning

Wabash Community Schools have been in preparation for eLearning days by having practice days to work out bugs, and creating a policy for when eLearning days begin.

During these days, WCS teachers and staff will participate in different types of professional development, while students stay home and do lessons online set up by each of their teachers.

Students and teachers will use Canvas, an online course management system that supports online learning, as the platform for eLearning days.

“We’ve been talking about this for years, and have had some good discussions,” said Wabash Middle School principal Mike Mattern as he addressed the WCS board at the Dec. 2 meeting.

“Moving forward this year, we want to, a little bit more, gear it towards some professional development days.”

Mattern shared with the board that an eLearning policy has been developed in order to set ground rules and expectations for when eLearning days begin.

Posted on 2019 Dec 10
Council gives first OK to smoking measure

An ordinance banning smoking in public parks and at public events on city property was approved on first reading by the Wabash City Council on Monday, Nov. 25.

The council passed the measure 5-1, with Council member Doug Adams casting the lone dissenting vote. It will consider the matter again on second reading at its Dec. 9 meeting.

Under the ordinance, the ban will be enforced by the City Code Enforcement Officer, his designee or the Wabash Police Department. Violators can be fined $50 for the first event and $100 for each subsequent event.

The city now has an ordinance prohibiting smoking within 50 feet of playground equipment at public parks. However, Mayor Scott Long told the Council that during recent visits to Friendship Hill, the city’s inclusive park, he found people smoking in the pavilion.

“Parents were sitting there smoking right next to their children,” he said. “If they can’t make the decision to protect their own child’s health, then we’ll do it for them in our city parks and on our city property at public events.

“This, in no way, hampers Brandt’s and their events, or any events on private property. It simply states Wabash City Parks and city owned property where public events are held, we’re going to prohibit smoking.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 03
Roann Scouts help 2 local groups

During the monthly meeting of the Cub Scout Pack 3905, the members presented donations to 85 Hope and F.I.S.H. Food Pantry.

Pack leader Tammy Sloane told the crowd that this month, the Scouts were learning about being helpful, and shared the story of why being helpful is one of the first things that Scouts learn.

“We are never too young to learn how to be helpful to others,” she said.

“The scouting program was developed for the purpose of being helpful, here in the United States. William D. Boyce needed help as he was walking down the street in London one night, he was lost, he didn’t know what to do or where to turn. There was a young man that came up to him and asked if he needed help and he showed him where to go. He asked this kid, ‘Who are you?’ and he was a Scout. And William D. Boyce was so impressed by this scout that he actually brought a scouting program into the United States. So that is why we teach the Scouts the law of being helpful.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 03
Dafoe tabbed for City Schools board position

Stephen Dafoe will be nominated to the Wabash City Schools Board on Monday, Dec. 9, when the Wabash City Council meets.

The council interviewed Dafoe on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the lone candidate for the seat now filled by Tiffanie King.

Dafoe met with the Council for about 20 minutes, after which it was the Council’s consensus to nominate him at the next meeting. He would begin serving in January to a four-year term.

During the interview, Dafoe said he would like to see Wabash City Schools improve its graduation rate to be more than 95 percent. He also said he would like to see more of the public take interest in the board and its works, suggesting a possible public relations campaign to inform the public on who is on the board and what their roles are.

There was some concern about a possible conflict of interest, as Dafoe’s wife, Megan, was recently hired to serve as receptionist at the City Schools’ central office.

Dafoe said that should there ever be an issue that could pose a conflict of interest because of his wife’s position, he would recuse himself from the matter.

Posted on 2019 Dec 03

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