MU President Switzer receives top education honor for leadership

Manchester President Jo Young Switzer has received the 2013 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

She received the honor at the CASE annual conference of the six-state District V in Chicago, for “outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education and institutional advancement.” As the first female president of the 125-year-old school, Switzer has boldly led Manchester through transformational change, praised CASE.

CASE recognized President Switzer’s ability and conviction in:

•Actively supporting advancement and fundraising for the University

•Inspiring others to Manchester’s vision

•Establishing a positive image for Manchester while leading it to higher levels of success

•Increasing Manchester’s stature, and

•Encouraging innovation and risk-taking among employees

Posted on 2013 Dec 23
Lighthouse Mission director retires, receives Key to the City

Ashley Flynn

Claire Coyne, director of the Lighthouse Mission, was presented with a Key to the City by Mayor Bob Vanlandingham at last week’s City Council meeting.

“Claire Coyne will always be an honorary citizen of Wabash County,” Mayor Vanlandingham said.

He also announced that Dec. 15 would become Claire Coyne day in Wabash.

After receiving the key, Coyne said, “It’s been an honor.”

She was surprised by the accolade, as she came to the meeting upon her son’s request.

“I was coming to be Gregory’s mom. He said, ‘Mom, I’m doing a presentation for work, and I’d like if you’re there.”

Then Coyne went on to share a story.

Posted on 2013 Dec 17
Colin and Brad Show leaves Ford Theater roaring with laughter

by Kalie Ammons

“All right, let’s make up some crap,” Colin Mochrie, Canadian improv expert said to his partner in comedic crime, Brad Sherwood, at the beginning of the Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Show Friday, Dec. 13 in the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.

“At no point during the show do Brad and I know what’s going on,” reassured Mochrie. The shenanigans which ensued proved Mochrie to be honest.

Both Mochrie and Sherwood are veteran members of the British and American versions of popular TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? The show consists of the crew taking audience suggestions to perform improvised skits.

This stop on the Two Man Group Tour makes it the fourth time the duo has performed in Wabash.

“Small town,” said Sherwood. “One guy gets on stage and the whole audience knows who he is.”

Posted on 2013 Dec 17
Modern Impressions owner updates building façade with town grant

by Shaun Tilghman

Dawn Patrick, owner of Modern Impressions, is the first business owner to take advantage of the North Manchester Façade Improvement Program recently created by the town council to assist building owners in restoring the exteriors of their downtown establishments.

The local program is one of two façade improvement opportunities that are currently ongoing in North Manchester; the other involves a grant the town received through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Town officials first applied for the OCRA grant approximately three years ago, but prior to that they had received a design grant, which is when downtown building owners interested in participating could sign-up, according to town manager Dan Hannaford.

“We had 17 buildings included in that process originally, but Scott Zook (owner of Zook’s Café) has since dropped out of it because he did a lot of the work on his building himself,” said Hannaford. “I talked to all of the other building owners just last week and the architect is coming back around Dec. 12 or 13 to finalize everything for the construction phase – bids have to be out in March and the actual construction should then start around May.

Posted on 2013 Dec 17
North Manchester Historical Society to receive Outstanding Project Award from IHS

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is pleased to announce that the North Manchester Historical Society (NMHS) has been named a winner of the 2013 Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award for “The Year of the Opera Curtain.” NMHS received the award during IHS’s annual Founders Day event on Dec. 2, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award is awarded to an organization for an exceptional educational event or history project implemented during the past year, either one-time or ongoing, which relates to that organization’s mission. Examples include reenactments, publications, innovative media usage, exceptional teacher training, and displays or exhibitions.

Posted on 2013 Dec 17
Remember the Animal Shelter this holiday season

While you are out and about trying to find those perfect gifts for family and friends, remember the animals at the Wabash County Animal Shelter. As a non-profit entity, the shelter, located at 810 Manchester Avenue in Wabash, depends upon donations for all aspects of its operation.

Wet and dry dog, kitten and puppy food is a daily need, as is cat litter. The shelter asks that no donations of dry cat food be given at this time since there is an abundance of it at the moment. Dog and cat treats give the animals something special to enjoy; toys help keep them active and interested.

Donations of bleach, liquid laundry soap (no dry), hand sanitizer, paper towels, mops, brooms, dust pans, and Dawn dish soap help the staff keep the facility clean and the animal healthy.

Office supplies such as copy paper, stamps, envelopes and gift cards that can be used to purchase ink cartridges help cover office operations.

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter during operation hours or at a donation box located inside Big R.

Posted on 2013 Dec 17
WHS shop teacher encourages hands-on learning

by Emily Armentrout

Shaun Eiler has been teaching Wabash High School’s shop programs for the past seven years. He is a Northfield High School graduate, who attended Ball State University, always knowing he wanted to be a teacher.

“My grandfather was principal at Roann High School. Growing up, I always had people telling me stories about how he impacted their lives. I wanted to impact lives like that. I have always liked serving people,” Eiler told The Paper.

Math and English weren’t his strongest subjects in school, but he always enjoyed building things. Two teachers who influenced his life were his  Ag teacher, Jeff Smith, and former shop teacher at Northfield, Doug Koch. “Smitty showed even when you’re learning something you can have a great time doing it. So I’ve tried to make these shop classes something the kids enjoy so they get excited about taking shop,” said Eiler.

Eiler believes in teaching the students basic construction skills that they can use in the future.

Scheduling makes it difficult to cover every construction topic available, but Eiler focuses  on teaching students how to build doors and window frames, do basic electrical wiring, and make sound structures.

Posted on 2013 Dec 17
Larry Curless retires after 34 years with the Honeywell Foundation

Larry Curless, long-time affiliate of the Honeywell Foundation, will retire at the end of December after 34 years of service.  A reception to celebrate and honor his contributions to the Honeywell Foundation was held in the Honeywell Room on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Curless began his career with the Honeywell Foundation in 1979 by first serving on the Board of Directors and two years later was appointed treasurer, serving in that role from 1981 to 2001. During this time he participated in the “Miracle on Market Street” groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ford Theater addition.

Posted on 2013 Dec 17

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