Comedian Karen Mills to visit the Eagles Theatre

Comedian Karen Mills will take the Eagles Theatre stage as act two in the Thursday Night Comedy series. A 22-year comedian, touring as the opening act for Jon Stewart from “The Daily Show,” Mills said the Wabash crowd should expect an evening of fun and hard laughs. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

On Thursday, March 5, Karen Mills takes the stage with her stand-up at the Eagles Theatre as act two in the Thursday Night Comedy series. Comedian and television personality Trish Suhr will perform as the opening act for the evening.

Mills began her comedic career after taking acting classes when she lived in Atlanta.

“I had watched the ‘Tonight Show’ and different things that had comedians on and I just kept feeling that I could do that,” she said in an interview with The Paper. “Finally I got the courage to go to open mic night at The Punchline and the manager at the time said, ‘You know I really think you could do this for a living. You just really need to work on your material and build your time.’”

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Iditarod participant shares her experience with Wabash community

Karen Land holds her retired sled dog Romano while audience participants pet him and ask follow-up questions after her program at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library. Land is a three-time Iditarod participant who currently tours the nation to talk about her experience and answer questions about her dogs, the race, and what it took to become a sled dog musher. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Three-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race participant Karen Land presented a discussion at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library on Feb. 28.

With her retired sled dog, Romano, who she said was “just there to be a pretty face,” Land discussed the ins and outs of the Iditarod with an audience of 20 people, covering topics including dog care, some of the obstacles a musher might face during the race, and the benefits that have come from the race.

“Sled dogs are incredibly unique animals so (veterinarians) have been able to use and study their physiology to help other dogs and even humans,” she said.

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Chartwells workers help at The Access, MU food service provider is in first year of helping facility

Chartwells employees Denise Yocum and Diana Stephan help Access youth make superhero capes on Family Night at AYC.  Chartwell's provided the supplies to make the capes. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

NORTH MANCHESTER – Workers at Chartwells are volunteering their time this school year to help officials and youngsters at The Access Youth Center in downtown Wabash.

The volunteers provide a variety of services and programs for The Access, located at 74 W. Canal St.

“Each year we try to do some kind of service project,” said Nancy Gjertson, Chartwells’ Director of Dining Services at Manchester University. “Typically we’ve been doing Relay for Life. This year, we wanted to direct the activities to engage our staff outside of the workplace because they really like to give and they love being a part of other activies we’ve done. We wanted to see if we could make an impact on one place.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Longtime businessman remembered for his support of Wabash

By Emma Rausch

A longtime Wabash business man, John W. “Jack” Miller, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was 87.

A U.S. Army veteran, Miller was the founder and co-owner of Miller Furniture in Wabash, which opened in 1954, with his business partner Hubert G. Vrooman. He retired from the business in 1994. He also was involved with a variety of local organizations, including Wabash Community Service Board, the Peabody Foundation Board, and the Falls Cemetery Board.

He was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Wabash, where he served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and also enjoyed singing in the choir. He also was a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, and is a past president of the organization.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Furnas retires after 30 years of coaching youth baseball

Steve Furnas holds a player's batting glove while standing in the coaching box in recent years. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

In 30 years as a youth baseball coach, Wabash resident Steve Furnas has been involved in hundreds of games – 688 games, to be exact.

But don’t ask him his winning percentage. That, he is quick to note, is something he doesn’t know.

“Why are you there as a coach?” he asked rhetorically during an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s not about the wins. It’s about teaching.”

Furnas, who has coached in T-Ball, Little League, Babe Ruth, Junior-Senior League and American Legion Ball, has decided to step away.

“I figured at the 30-year mark maybe it was just time to hang it up,” he said.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Changes made to Primary Election voting

By Emma Rausch

Early voting hours will be reduced to four hours per day this year for the city and town Primary elections, Wabash County Election Board. Decided Friday, Feb. 20. Also, early voting will be available for two weeks prior to Election Day instead of the usual four weeks prior to election.

In addition, the board also decided to eliminate the Democrat ballot in North Manchester and LaFontaine due to no races. Lagro will not be having a Primary since there are no contested races.

County Clerk Elaine Martin said that hours were shortened from seven hours last year down to four hours for the upcoming Primary early voting period, including the Saturday early voting days.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
20 attend ceremony at Cancer Tree

Brian Chamberlain, lay speaker at Urbana Yoke Parish, reads the names of the individuals listed on the Wabash Cancer Society Cancer Tree on Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

About 20 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse to participate in the Wabash County Cancer Society's Cancer Tree Ceremony.

Brian Chamberlain, lay-speaker from the Urbana Yoke Parish read the names of the 72 individuals remembered on the tree. He also discussed how life is like a race. Some lives are sprints, while others are marathons. Many lives are like hurdles, with all the ups and downs individuals have. In the end, he said, the Father will be there to greet individuals as the cross the finish line.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Percy Jackson battles creatures during Honeywell Educational Outreach program

The Lightning Thief is a musical adaption of the nationally known children’s novel, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” The story follows Percy and his half blood companions as they battle their way to Hades to rescue Percy’s mom, stop a war between the gods, and prove to their Olympian parents that they’re worthy to be their children. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 17, elementary and middle school students from seven rural northern Indiana counties packed the Honeywell Center Ford Theatre to watch Percy Jackson and his friends stop a war among the gods in the Theatreworks USA non-for-profit musical “The Lightning Thief.”

Schools from Wabash, Miami, Cass, Fulton, Huntington, Grant, and Koskiusko counties left not one seat unattended at the 10 a.m. showing and still filled the theatre for a second showing at noon.

As part of the center’s Educational Outreach program, author Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was brought to life through song and sword fights by a six-person acting crew.

“The goal of our Page-to-Stage Student Matinees is to bring the literature students are reading in the classroom to life,” Educational Outreach Manager Teresa Galley told The Paper  of Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24

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