Chili for Charity Cook-off packs Paradise Spring


by Kalie Ammons

With the temperature's high just hitting 54 degrees Saturday, the Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Cook-off was the perfect place to go warm up.

This is Wabash's 11th annual chili cook-off. With over 100 booths, the cook-off has raised approximately $60,000 in past years for charity. Bill Gerding and Steve Bowman are the co-founders of this successful event.

Wabash's chili cook-off proudly touts the title as the "largest chili cook-off east of the Mississippi River." Every year, thousands of visitors and chili connoisseurs come to sample over a hundred different chili soups. Some are known for their tasty flavors, some for their unique ingredients and some for their not-so-great attempts.

The hordes of people that swarmed the cook-off on Saturday were each given tickets after being stamped on the hand. The stamp let them try the chili, while the tickets gave them each a vote. Some opted to give all their tickets to the first booth, while others tasted and thought carefully before giving up a single ticket.

Each booth competed not only with their chili, but their attitudes and atmospheres to win over some tickets. Some would dance, sing, brag or even badger people into giving them their tickets. The Boilermakers chose to loudly claim their chili as the best, while the creators of the Amputee Chili used some curiosity and a little bit of fear to get people to drop their tickets.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22
Free workshops will help boost residents’ job-search skills

WorkOne Northeast career centers in Fort Wayne, Auburn and Marion will offer a free series of workshops in early November that will assist people in their job searches.

The workshops include:

“I’ve Got Skills/Resume Development” from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Auburn WorkOne center, 936 W. 15th St.

“Resume Development” from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Fort Wayne WorkOne center, 201 E. Rudisill Blvd, Suite 102.

“Interviewing” from 10-11 a.m. and “Secrets of Job Applications” from 12:30-2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Marion WorkOne center, 850 N. Miller Ave.

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
White’s Residential & Family Services debuts restructured clinical care program

White’s Residential & Family Services — one of Indiana’s largest and oldest nonprofit social services agencies — advanced its efforts to provide quality care to troubled children, teens and families through launch of a strategically restructured independent clinical program.

At the core of White’s new clinical services is a highly talented and experienced team of professionals with a deep bench of expertise in all aspects of child and family clinical care. Staff additions include five new licensed therapists, three psychologists and a psychiatrist.

In late May, White’s added Jessica Brown, MSW, LCSW, to the residential team as clinical program director. Brown was previously the county director of an outpatient mental health center, which included eight years of progressive administrative and clinical experiences in mental health and addictions.

As a licensed clinical social worker, Brown will supervise all clinical services and clinicians, ensure trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy implementation and trauma-informed practice at all levels of care, and guide the implementation of other evidenced-based programs to develop successful youth treatment outcomes.

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
County resident reunites with long-lost sister

by Ashley Flynn

For 25 years he searched for her. From the moment he saw her picture and heard, “this is your sister,” he questioned and researched, but never got more than a name: Vanessa. He was determined to find her, but his mother wouldn’t speak about it.

"Mum, I want to know who she is," Mark Mann would ask his mother, only to have her turn and walk away without saying a word, leaving Mark with unanswered questions for years. Then, Mark’s older brother passed away.

"I kept asking mum all these years. I went to New York when my older brother David was in the hospital and later passed away. I think that's when Mum starting feeling bad about keeping it all from me, because she got a hold of my uncle in England," Mark told The Paper.

Mark’s uncle Bunter got on the double-decker bus in Ipswich, Suffolk, where Vanessa Northcott worked. Having never met, he went to her and told her she had a brother named Mark looking for her.

Vanessa was shocked. She knew she had siblings, but not how many. And she had no idea any would ever search for her.

After getting her number, Mark called Vanessa.

“I called her at 8 at night here so it was 3 in the morning there. I said ‘this is your brother Mark,’ and she started crying,” Mark said.

“I was awake. I’ll never forget that night. That was a shock,” Vanessa told The Paper.

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
Coming next month: Cathy’s Natural Market, LLC

by Ashley Flynn

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Wabash residents will have a new option for buying their holiday meal ingredients.

Cathy’s Natural Market is set to open next month at 1315 N. Cass St., next to Joy Christian Bookstore.

“When you walk into our store, you will be able to buy anything you could at any other grocery store, but it’s either going to be organic, GMO free or some other type of specialty food,” Cathy Price, owner of the grocery told The Paper.

Cathy, who follows a strict wheat-free diet, hopes to cater to those with special dietary needs or those just looking for a healthier food alternative.

“We are tailoring to those people with restrictive diets. We are trying to make it easy for them, because I know the frustrations,” Cathy said.

Cathy has studied holistic nutrition and has been buying gluten-free products since 2009 when her husband discovered he has celiac disease, which is an immune reaction to eating gluten.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22
LIFE Center reflects on successful season

by Emily Armentrout

The LIFE Center has had a busy and exciting summer with fundraising events, kicking off with their second annual golf outing in July at the Honeywell Public Golf Course. This year, 18 teams participated. Don LeLand’s team won the church division and the McKee team won the individual division. The outing raised $8,575, and proceeds from the outing went to the ultrasound account, which allows the LIFE Center to continue providing free ultrasounds.

During the Wabash County 4-H fair, the LIFE Center once again held their Precious Child contest. The first place winner Danika Landis, daughter of Jeremy and Rachel Landis. There were 38 contestants this year, and the contest raised $900. The proceeds from this event went to allow the LIFE Center to continue to purchase items that the center may run low on such as diapers, wipes, prenatal vitamins and office supplies.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22
Wabash Industrial Business Complex selected for Duke Energy Readiness Program

By Emily Armentrout

The Industrial Business Complex, which sits on 135 acres of land in Wabash, has been selected as one of five properties in Indiana for Duke Energy’s 2013 Site Readiness Program. According to Duke Energy’s website, Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program “provides funding and expertise to help communities identify, assess, improve and increase awareness of industrial sites in the Duke Energy Indiana territory.”

In an email to The Paper, , President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, stated that the “process and evaluation were essential to Wabash County becoming a community working towards continuous improvement.” Konyha also explained the criteria by which Wabash County and the Industrial Business Complex were evaluated. Categories like site characteristics, utility adequacy/capacity, transportation access and site costs were included in the site evaluation. The Wabash Northeast Business Complex received at 77 percent, with a 229.75 out of 300.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22
EMA offers CERT training to county residents

Bob Brown, EMA Director, announced that the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency will be offering an emergency preparedness outreach opportunity for Wabash County residents.  The program is known as Community Emergency Response Team or CERT.  Training will start Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Wabash Christian Church located at the corner of Miami and Hill Streets.  Local volunteers from the community will form this new team that addresses emergency preparedness and disaster response in Wabash County. Current CERT members should plan to attend for refresher training. The class size will be limited to 22 adults.

Natural disasters such as severe weather, tornados, floods, winter storms happen throughout the year. Wabash county residents have experienced these weather related emergencies including an F1 Tornado that impacted the north side of the City of Wabash in October 2010 causing thousands of dollars in property damage.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22

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