Tractor Supply Co. Supports Pets and 4-H All in One Day

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Tractor Supply Co. partnered with to host pet adoptions as part of Pet Appreciation Week.  The Wabash County Animal Shelter brought two adoptable dogs to the event: Shilo, a terrier mix with a sweet disposition, and Sasha, an energetic and lovable brindle pit bull mix.

In addition to pet adoptions, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network was on site for the first time in the Wabash TSC parking lot. A non-profit organization from Indianapolis known for training dogs to assist children and adults with physical and/or developmental conditions such as diabetes, autism or mobility-related disabilities, ICAN came to the area to promote their mission. 

Staff members brought three dogs: Senna, a golden-lab mix; Tuck, a 12-week-old golden retriever pup; and, Mack, a black lab. Throughout their visit, the dogs demonstrated their service abilities by turning a light switch on and off, nudging a person to alert them, opening a cabinet door and more. The dogs showed tremendous discipline and focus as they went through their commands.

To better understand what ICAN does, Director of Development and Outreach Denise Sierp explained the process of training the dogs for placement.

“Right now, all training is done in the prisons by inmates,” Sierp said. “First, the pups work in a male facility where they go through some training. Then they are shipped to a women’s facility to train for a particular family or person. It is a two-year training process for the dogs and takes plenty of time, money and resources,” she added.

Posted on 2014 Sep 23
Wabash Middle School film project “#OurSelfie” accepted into film festival

Word was received by Teresa Galley, manager of the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program, that the Wabash Middle School film project, completed earlier this year, has been accepted into the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, set to take place between Oct. 24 and Nov. 2.

“More than 1,000 student-made films were submitted for the competition, and only 15 films were selected in the “Child Produced/Ages 6 – 14” category.  We are especially excited because this is the first time EOP brought a film project to the schools,” said Galley.

Under the guidance of sixth grade teachers Amy Degitz and Natalie Unger, twenty-seven Wabash Middle School students had the opportunity to work with Glasseye Productions, a film production company based in Manchester, England.  Working with filmmaker Danny Lomax, the students spent seven days immersed in the film production process from story-boarding to writing the final script, from auditioning for roles to learning the roles behind the camera.  The end result is an “anti-bullying themed” short film that runs just under 9 minutes.  The world premiere of “#OurSelfie” was held in the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre at the end of the project, including a screening of the movie and a film festival-style Q&A session with the 6th and 7th grade team.

Posted on 2014 Sep 23
Coaching workshop designed to strengthen business leadership skills

How do you help yourself, your company and your community, all at the same time? By participating in an all new, dynamic, hands-on, half-day positive coaching workshop offered by HR Ideas Unlimited. The workshop will take place at the REMC Building, located at 350 Wedcor Avenue in Wabash, on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

In business, leaders have to be both coaches and managers. To lead effectively, we need to know when to wear which hat. Positive coaching can increase your managerial effectiveness by understanding how and when to direct, delegate, or develop. This Positive Coaching for Results workshop is specifically designed for people who supervise and manage others and want to master the wide variety of coaching tools and methods available.

Positive Coaching for Results will be facilitated by area business professional, Alan Siepker, a local HR Manager, who will share his expertise in the field of management development and coaching.

Do you know what to do when an employee doesn’t achieve the desired results or behaviors expected or when an employee’s performance or conduct negatively affects their job, productivity, or the work environment?

The answer is, a leader must step in promptly to inform the employee that the situation must change or adverse consequences may result. There is a basic coaching model to assertively and positively coach individuals from whom a behavior change is expected.

Positive Coaching for Positive Results can yield consistent, positive results and actions by designing and delivering an assertive and direct message, while maintaining a polite, respectful, and supportive approach                  with the individual you are coaching.

What approach can a leader take to give an employee feedback without damaging the working relationship?

The keys to Positive Coaching are the consistent application of nine (9) action steps to improve performance and conduct. During this workshop, explore the use of I-Statements and When I-Statements to identify the behavior to be corrected in a way that is non-accusatory. Learn how and when empathy can be used to demonstrate support or understanding. In addition, expand your effective application of positive and negative consequences to improve, change, or extinguish certain behaviors.

Workshop exercises include how to explain the impact an employee’s behavior is having on others so that they can see the connection between the deficiency and outcome desired. Become skilled in recognizing the warning signs of employee anger and emotion and the process to anticipate and de-escalate negative responses while maintaining dignity and respect for the individual.

Posted on 2014 Sep 23
Wabash County Relay for Life: Farming for a Cure

by Emily Armentrout

Wabash County residents came out in full force on this chilly pre-fall weekend to support the Relay for Life again this year. With 30 teams coming out and approximately 100 survivors leading the way, the Relay for Life officially got underway at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

Though it was a chilly evening, relay teams came prepared to continue the fight to find a cure for all cancers. Teams had everything from RVs to tents and sold food and crafts, had a bounce house for kids play in and there was even a booth to get your nails painted.

With the survivor’s lap celebration officially kicking the evening off, teams, caregivers, friends and family lined the track to cheer on the approximately 100 survivors in attendance. After the first lap was taken, all the survivors gathered for a group photo and then pinned their survivor ribbons on their respective year makers. The makers started at “beginning the journey” and upwards to over 15 years.

Luminaries will also available in remembrance of those who have lost the battle with cancer. Cancer has touched the lives of so many in not only Wabash County but across the nation, and the Relay for Life brings that fact to light with the 30 teams participating this year. Each team has a reason to participate, each team member has a reason they are a part of the relay, whether it be in remembrance of a lost loved one or support of someone still fighting the battle.

Posted on 2014 Sep 16
Model A Ford Cars Cruised into Wabash

by Sandy Johnson

Thirteen beauties lined the street in front of the Wabash County Historical Museum on Saturday, September 13. As part of International Model ‘A’ Ford Day, Tom Louten from Andrews organized a group to drive into Wabash in their Model A Ford cars, tour the museum, and enjoy a meal at Harvey Hinklemeyers.

The antique autos drew the attention of many curious onlookers. Some stopped to peek inside the cars, while others drove by and took pictures. The Model A Ford cars, produced in the years 1928-1931, were painted different colors, including shades of green and red, as well as tan and black. Each vehicle had its own unique character, depending on the style and what personal touches its owners provided.  

Posted on 2014 Sep 16
Wabash Kiwanis Club to hold Bucket Brigade

The 18th annual Wabash Kiwanis Club Bucket Brigade for Riley Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year the Kiwanis will be located outside six local stores including Kroger, Bechtol, Wal-Mart, Big R, Walgreens and Save-A-Lot.

Wabash Kiwanis members along with Wabash and Northfield Key Club members will be accepting donations that will be sent to Riley. This year, the Indianapolis Colts have again joined with the Wabash Kiwanis Club project by donating a Colts backpack containing several Colts items.

Posted on 2014 Sep 16
Enrollment for new Dairy Farm Risk Management Program in Indiana has begun

USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia A. Wickard recently announced that starting Sept. 2, farmers are able to enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also launched a new web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, available at, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, Smartphone, tablet or any other platform, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Development of the online resource was led by the University of Illinois, in partnership with the USDA and the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy (DMaP). DMaP partners include the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Michigan State University.

Posted on 2014 Sep 16
Stirring it up with Angie Baer

I just returned from a getaway trip to Florida. If you are over 50 and have never been on a retreat with just your girlfriends, I highly recommend it. It is just good for your soul. A trip without husbands, children or grandchildren can be total bliss.
I have been making this recipe for coconut shrimp for many years now. The apricot dipping sauce is what makes this shrimp so yummy. Although it is not quite as good as the coconut shrimp we had on Lido Beach, it is a close contender.

Posted on 2014 Sep 16

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