by Shaun Tilghman
The North Manchester community is already in preparation for the annual FunFest By The River celebration next week, and along with the numerous activities people look forward to each year, this year’s schedule includes several new additions.
Traditionally, FunFest is advertised as a three-day event, but with multiple activities now scheduled on Wednesday and Sunday, it is really more like five days. This year’s festival is considered to officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 7th and to end on Saturday, Aug. 9th; however, there will be four activities on Wednesday evening and four more activities on Sunday.
“We seem to be creeping out of our borders on each end, as there are now several events taking place on Wednesday and Sunday as well,” said Laura Rager, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “On the Wednesday preceding FunFest this year, there is now a Powder Puff football game, a performance by Charles Billingsley, and a bonfire, as well as the start of the tennis tournament.
“The Powder Puff game came about because our theme for this year is ‘homecoming’, which was originally intended to relate to the number of people that come home to North Manchester during this time every year. Over the years we’ve learned that a lot of people schedule their family reunions, class reunions, or large get-togethers around FunFest because it gives everybody such a great opportunity to see old friends. So, that’s what our original intention was; but, when people began to think about school starting again soon and the start of football season being just around the corner, that different aspect of homecoming just kind of crept its way in and stuck.
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in memory of Rod and Sarah Haupert. A traffic accident took the lives of the father and daughter in 2012. This is the third year that a blood drive is being dedicated to them.
Friends and family say Sarah Haupert had a passion for helping save lives through blood donations. She was a loyal donor who started giving blood when she was in high school. At the time of the accident, Sarah was a student at Ball State University. She was scheduled to give blood at the Urbana Community Center a week after she was killed.
Donate Blood in Memory of Rod and Sarah Haupert
on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 2-6:30 p.m. at Urbana Community Center, located at 16 E. Half Street in Urbana.
Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment.
The drive is sponsored by the Urbana York Parish.
by Sandy Johnson
One of the newest thrift stores in Wabash will soon be celebrating their one-year anniversary. On Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center is planning a special event for customers with store hours running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
On Saturday there will be a storewide half-off sale on select items, cupcakes for the first 100 customers, and door prizes every other hour. Some prizes will include gift cards from local restaurants and salons, as well as store gift cards. There will also be a drawing held at closing that day for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Winners do not need to be present for these drawings.
“The store carries a wide selection of items to choose from such as, clothing, furniture, books, movies, televisions, jewelry, small appliances, treasures, and collectibles,” stated Salvation Army district manager Heather Hull. “There is new stuff put out everyday,” she added.
Hull has been working with the manager in getting the store ready for the celebration.
“We are happy to be in Wabash,” said Hull. “The location is great because it is off the highway and close to Wal-Mart, and the size of the store is perfect.”
When the plan was set for a Wabash store, the company was confident the store would succeed. Although the store’s earnings aren’t exactly where the company would like them to be, they continue to strive to make the store more profitable for the future. Hull pointed out that the store will be dropping their prices in order to stay competitive with other thrift stores in the area.
by Eric Stearley
Most people think of the year-end holidays as a time for giving, but autumn is always packed full of a different type of giving – charity fundraising events. One of the highlights in this year’s series is sure to be the second annual Smokin’ For A Cause.
In addition to Gary Henderson, board members Tim Jones, Mark McCoart, Kyle McCoart, Joe Gouvan, and Jeff Smith urge everyone to get involved in this year’s event, which will benefit the LIFE Center, among other local charities. Whether you’re interested in trying your hand at the smoker, setting up a booth for a local nonprofit, or just looking for a tasty meal, Smokin’ For A Cause is the place to be on Sept. 20.
The list of teams is growing, but there is still plenty of room for more amateur smokers to test their culinary masterpieces against other backyard barbequers. With 1,500 pounds of meat expected to be smoked, this year’s event is sure to be a winner for anyone with an appetite for smoked pork. With well over a month to go until the competition starts, there’s plenty of time to perfect this year’s winning recipe. There is not nearly as much time, however, to get registered for the event; the deadline is Aug. 20.
To register, fill out the registration form on this page and send it, along with a check for the entry fee, to P.O. Box 928, Wabash, IN 46992. For more details about the event, and to see the rules and regulations, go to smokin-for-a-cause.org.
The Wabash County Sheriff’s House and Jail, located on Main Street, was built in 1880 and served its original purpose until the current jail was built next door in 1979. Now, county officials are faced with a decision to restore or demolish.
The county commissioners have given Wabash Marketplace one year to find a party interested in restoring and using the building. It was recently placed on Indiana Landmark’s “Top 10 Most Endangered” properties list, with hopes that the right person or group will discover the building.
Dorothy Henderson knows the building well. Her father, Cecil Reynolds, served as the Wabash County Sheriff from 1947-1955, during which time she lived in the building. Now a resident of California, she shares her story. It’s easy to read and hard to forget.
by Emily Armentrout
During the 2014 Wabash County Fair week, the LIFE Center had an information booth like many other businesses in Wabash County. They were the booth with the adorable baby photos on display. Every year the LIFE Center holds the Precious Baby Contest as a way to raise funds for the center’s expenses.
This year, the Precious Baby Contest had 34 adorable contestants, but only one could take home the 2014 Precious Baby title. That Precious Baby was Weston Pretorius. Weston is the son of Joe and Andrea Pretorius.
Each contestant’s photo was on display throughout the week, with a number assigned that corresponds to a jar where the public can vote by putting money in the jar of the most “precious” baby. When the week was over and Pretorius was crowned Precious Baby, the center had raised $1,500, which will be used to buy supplies.
These supplies include baby items like wipes, pre-natal vitamins, and other baby items that the center offers to mothers in need.
“We are always running out of baby wipes, so we are constantly purchasing those,” Cheryl Meyer, Executive Director of the LIFE Center, told The Paper.
As the center operates through donations, they appreciate the support of the community. The LIFE Center’s next event will be their annual banquet, which will be held on Sept. 16 at the Honeywell Center, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the meal served at 6:30 p.m. Their speaker this year is Rebecca Kiessling.
Kiessling is a Pro-Life and Adoption speaker who was conceived by rape.
“She’s got an interesting story,” Meyer told The Paper. “She is now a mother of 5 and a family attorney.”
Two weeks ago, I took a Thai cooking class at Gallery 64 in downtown Wabash. What a cool thing to do! Although I'm usually the one standing behind the mixing bowl teaching cooking classes, it was fun being the student for a change. I will admit, I didn't have much experience with Thai dishes. I had no idea what Pad Woon Sen was, or that fish sauce is used in most Asian dishes as a base. Who knew that Panang Curry, a mixture of coconut milk, curry paste, lime leaves, brown sugar, fish sauce, peanut butter, veggies, chicken and Thai basil could be so good! What better way to learn about another culture but through cooking and tasting their food? You can bet I will be signing up for more cooking classes they have to offer.
This recipe for Tangy Ham Steak is super simple and delicious. The perfect week night summer supper.
The 2014 FunFest Table Tennis Tournament will take place at Scout Hall at Warvel Park, located at 7th and Market Streets, North Manchester on Aug. 9. The tournament events will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. The Wabash County Singles event will only be open to residents of Wabash County.
The tourney will have competition in seven categories, including one doubles and six singles events. It will be hosted by the Manchester Table Tennis Club and sponsored by Custom Magnetics Inc. of North Manchester.
Singles events will be: 15-and-under, novice (anyone who has not won a table tennis tourney and has never been rated above 1000), Wabash County, Women’s, 40-and-over, and open. The open singles and open doubles events provide a chance to play with some outstanding area players.
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