The highly anticipated arrival of Lutheran Air II in Wabash County took place Monday, Oct. 7, at Wabash Municipal Airport.
An hour-long reception with light refreshments kicked off before the helicopter landed in Wabash for the first time. After a brief welcome from Wabash Mayor Robert Vanlandingham and Brian Bauer, chief executive officer, Lutheran Hospital, interim chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network, attendees were invited to get a close-up look at Lutheran Air II and meet several members of the crew.
Culver’s of Wabash has partnered with Northfield and Southwood high schools as part of a larger, nationwide effort by Culver’s and its guests to thank the family farmers on which the restaurants depend on by donating 10 percent of its sales from Sept. 24, 5-8 p.m. to the schools’ FFA. The Thank You, Farmers partnership in participating restaurants all over the U.S., was unveiled in July to help spread awareness and generate support for this nation’s hardworking farmers.
“Culver’s restaurant as a whole have depended on family farms since the first restaurant opened in 1984,” said Jeremy and Dawn Waymen of Culver’s in Wabash. “We want to show our gratitude by helping support the next generation of farmers.”
By Eric Stearley
The quiet town of Laketon had one very noisy visitor Saturday as Huey 369 flew into town for the veteran celebration at the American Legion Sunset Post 402. More than 100 veterans, patriots, and enthusiasts came out to fly in the Vietnam War era helicopter, share stories, and celebrate the service of the men and women who protect our country.
The first Huey helicopter prototype took flight on Oct. 20, 1956. “Huey” is a nickname derived from the technical name HU-1. The 14 passenger Huey 369, an HU-1H model, went into service with the 498th Medical Company in 1971 where it served as a “dustoff” air ambulance in Vietnam. Forty-two years later, Huey 369 has been restored and is a fully functional helicopter in its original military configuration. The American Huey 369 organization flies into veteran gatherings around the area, taking veterans and supporters on member flights. Flight passengers at the Laketon event were flown from the legion lawn, over forest and field as the aircraft banked and dipped ultimately flying over North Manchester a few times and then back to the legion’s lakefront property.
The second annual North Manchester “Ride for Riley Kids” bicycle event, held during 2013 Funfest in August, attracted riders from five counties. The 50-mile and five mile Family Fun rides had the most participants. There was also a 30-mile route. All rides departed from Manchester Elementary School. The bike riders traveled through scenic agricultural areas as well as the communities of Liberty Mills, Bippus, Servia and Urbana. The residents of those communities saw bikers wearing florescent yellow “Ride for Riley” t-shirts provided by local business co-sponsors. Ride co-sponsors also provided funds for refreshments that were served to the 30 and 50-mile riders at points along the route. Refreshments were also waiting for all riders when they reached the finish line at the elementary school.
By Eric Stearley
At an informational meeting held at the city courthouse Wednesday, Sept. 25, Wabash Fire Chief Robert Mullett announced that the requirement for a fire watch is now being enforced. This mandates that business owners with a fire protection system will need to hire someone to watch the building for fire should the system go down for any reason, or chose to evacuate the building completely until the system is functioning. The fire watch personnel must also be a certified fire fighter in the state of Indiana and must be approved by the fire chief.
“This is not going to be popular,” said Mullett. “Whether it’s popular or not, it has to be addressed.”
By Eric Stearley
Audiences cheered this weekend as the Wabash Area Community Theatre took the stage for their performance of Peter Pan.
The stage was lit in a kaleidoscope of colors throughout the performance as Peter, played by Allison Thayer chased his shadow, befriended the Darling children, took the children to Neverland, and fought the evil band of pirates led by Captain Hook, played by Gary Dale.
A live orchestra accompanied the theatrics as the cast sang and danced through forests, in tree houses, and on a pirate ship.
The Mt. Etna United Methodist Women will host their 2013 Fall Food and Craft Bazaar on Sat. Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The group is currently reserving booth space for anyone who would like to show and sell their handicrafts.
Tickets to enter the Wabash County Hospital Foundation's Cash Raffle are on sale for $20 each or six for $100. Each ticket provides five chances to win cash. Drawings to win $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000 will be held at the Foundation's Gala on Nov. 9. Need not be present to win.