Field day planned, new conservation practices installed at the Wabash County Farm

by Nan Hammel

ISDA Resource Specialist

The Wabash County Soil & Water Conservation District will host a field day at the Wabash County Farm on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The focus of the field day will be cover crops and the new conservation practices that have been installed at the Wabash County Farm.  Jamie Scott will be there to talk about cover crops and the County Farm cover crop plot in the field south of the lane.  Jamie and his family are the owners and operators of J.A. Scott Farms in Kosciusko County near Pierceton, IN.  He and his family have coordinated cover crop aerial seeding in an eight-county area for the last three years, resulting in 16,000-planted acres.  Scot Haley, the NRCS Northeast Area Resource Soil Scientist, will be there to cover the topic of soil health as we look at different soil pits on the property. Andrew Parsifal, an NRCS Agricultural Engineer from the Huntington Technical Service Team, will present on the design of the drainage water management system installed at the County Farm.

Posted on 2013 Nov 05
Indiana Extension Homemakers Association turns 100

by Kalie Ammons

In January of 1913, a group of people who believed in “the present and its opportunities, in the future and its promises [and] in everything that makes life large and lovely” came together to create the Indiana Home Economics Association. Fifty-three years later, the group changed their name to the Indiana Extension Homemaker’s Association, and they still hold true to these values.

The group has learned practical lessons from the start. Common lessons years ago were hat making, sewing, butter churning and operation on a budget. New lessons consist of: the use of credit/debit/gift cards, ID theft and account fraud, foods - the healthy way, and human development.

Posted on 2013 Nov 05
Hoosier Point, Joe’s Diner demolished

by Eric Stearley

For Bonnie Reed, Hoosier Point was more than a landmark. It was her work. It was a “jumpin’ truck stop,” and a restaurant full of memories. Above all, it was a gathering place.

“Everybody gathered at Hoosier Point,” said Reed. “It was like a big family.”

Part of what made it like a family for Reed was the fact that much of her family worked in or near the diner. She was employed at the restaurant on multiple occasions. Her husband managed the filling station next door. Her brother and daughter each managed the restaurant at different times. Reed’s father, Fred Hamilton, owned a garage across the road where he worked as a mechanic much of his life.

“It was a home away from home,” said Reed.

On Monday, Oct. 28, the SCS Environmental Contracting excavator engine was fired up and the walls of the historic structure came crashing down.

The landmark was built by Manuel and Ruth Leach in 1958. Half of the building was their home, while the other half housed their business, Leach’s Ice House. The building housed the couple and their two sons, Steve and Donald, for four years. Manuel eventually sold the building to National Oil & Gas, who leased it to every restaurant owner since. The company owned the building for more than five decades and made the final decision to have it demolished after a kitchen fire this past summer.

Posted on 2013 Nov 05
Roann to host Kid’s Community Harvest Party on Halloween

by Kalie Ammons

Looking for a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween with the kids? Look no farther than Chippewa Street (Roann’s “main drag”). The community will be closing off the street and filling it with family-friendly activities from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Community Building will be serving hot dogs, chips and drinks for those stopping by. There will be children’s games, a bounce house, a cakewalk and a chance to look inside the old cabins and jailhouse and plenty of treats. Hayrides will also be offered.

A costume contest will take place at 6:30 p.m. Participants (up to seniors in high school) will march down the center of the street to show off their costumes.

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
New water tower serves northern Wabash businesses

by Ashley Flynn

Indiana American Water joined the Wabash community leaders and partners in a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for a new 750,000-gallon elevated water storage tank at the city’s Wabash Business Complex.

This $2.2 million project was a collaborative effort between Indiana American Water, the City of Wabash, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, and is part of a larger $6.2 million initiative to place necessary infrastructure to the new complex.

“The placement of the new tank here was the result of a beneficial alignment of parallel interests. We were looking to add elevated storage capacity to our Wabash system and we were aware through our relationships with the Wabash EDG and the Mayor's office that the City was pursuing development of the business park at this location,” Joe Loughmiller, Indiana American Water External Affairs Manager told The Paper.

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
Arc of Wabash to hold art show

“A Touch of Arc” Art Show and reception, featuring works created by the South Miami Street Artists, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the Artistica Gallery located at 70 West Market Street is downtown Wabash.

The artwork displayed was created by people with disabilities at Arc of Wabash County, as a result of classes taught by Arc staff artists. Most of the pieces are the result of collaborations between Arc Staff and persons served by Arc.

Art classes began last April when Arc received a grant from REMC’s Operation Roundup. All of the materials used were either purchased using the grant money or donated by Arc staff members, the Lighthouse Mission Thrift Store or Wabash residents. Woods Framing and Art gave Arc a generous discount on the art supplies, matting and framing. Because of the grant and these contributions, classes were made available at no cost to individuals attending Arc who exhibited an interest in learning to express his or herself through art.

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
Manchester President Switzer to retire, MU leader McFadden named successor

Manchester University President Jo Young Switzer has announced her plans to retire June 30, 2014, contributing a legacy of strategic and mission-focused leadership that has transformed the University’s academic breadth, financial strength, enrollment and visibility. The Board of Trustees accepted her retirement Wednesday with deep respect and admiration for a job well done. Trustees also acted on their succession plan, naming executive vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dave McFadden to the presidency, effective July 1, 2014. 

As its first female president, Switzer has led her alma mater to critical successes and exciting community collaborations.

“President Switzer has led Manchester at a pace and with a strategic focus unprecedented in the history of Manchester,” said Marsha Link, chair of the Board of Trustees. “She has led from within and has also risen to great respect across higher education as a dynamic and thoughtful leader.”

Posted on 2013 Oct 29
Manchester Community Schools receive $25,000 grant to construct greenhouse

Students at a local school district will be using their construction skills to build a new greenhouse. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Manchester Community Schools received a $25,000 grant to help fund the building of a greenhouse. Math students will do calculations for the greenhouse design, and building trades students will assemble it. After construction is complete, science and agriculture students will use the greenhouse to grow a variety of seeds.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. More than 1,150 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.

“This grant will enable us to provide real-world experience in the fields of math, science, agriculture and technology,” said Janelle McLaughlin, curriculum director. “It will allow for more hands-on education and technology integration that will positively impact student achievement.”

Posted on 2013 Oct 29

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