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
Wabash County Christmas Promise to take the place of Operation Elf

A new committee under the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and Wabash Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) is planning to take on some of the activities once performed by Operation Elf in Wabash County this holiday season. The committee has renamed this project as Wabash County Christmas Promise. The primary purpose of the committee is to create a venue for anyone in the local Wabash County area to assist other county residents in need to provide gifts for their children during the Christmas season. The committee will be accepting only new toys and clothing for the children. They are asking those that may have used toys to donate them to locations like the Lighthouse Mission, Wabash County YMCA, or their local churches. No coats will be accepted this year by the committee. Donations of such items would be widely accepted at the Lighthouse Mission and distributed to any child in need of a warm coat as the weather begins to turn colder.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22
Wabash County CASA Program calls for volunteers

Wabash County CASA Court program is pleased to announce a training session scheduled to begin soon for those who would like to serve as a volunteer. CASA volunteers are a voice in the court system for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteers research, investigate and give reports to the court.

Currently, there is a large waiting list of children who do not have a volunteer available. Their case continues without this valuable advocate who acts in the best interest of the children. While our goal is to have an advocate for each case, without willing people to step forward for the children, this does not always happen.

Volunteers must be 21-years-old, without a current CHINS (Child In Need of Services) case, and able to give around six hours a month. We screen, train and provide the materials and ongoing support for you to be successful.

If you have ever thought about becoming a volunteer, now is the time. There are children waiting.

Please contact the office at 260-569-0533 to set up an interview and receive your volunteer packet.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22
Beacon partners with Banzai Financial Literacy to enrich students’ education

by Eric Stearley

In March of this year, a company named Banzai contacted Beacon Credit Union about a partnership opportunity to aid in students’ understanding of finances.

“Most, if not all, states have financial literacy built into their education system curriculum,” said Banzai’s Communications and Media Specialist Kevin Peterson. “The problem is that, with the tight budgets schools face, it’s hard for teachers to have the proper materials for teaching finance to their students.”

Banzai is a financial literacy program for junior high and high school students. It was awarded the “Curriculum of the Year” award by the Institute of Financial Literacy in 2010. The program uses real life situations to teach students about money management. It is the largest program of its kind, used by more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states.

Posted on 2013 Oct 22

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