‘Come see the show!’

“Rats!” cast watch as (from left) Davy Falder, Will Galley, and Zander Rose rehearse a song for their upcoming performance. Director Jessica Keffaber and assistant director Lisa Fadil reminded students to “sing out” so the audience could hear them on stage. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch
The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Theatre program students are in the final phases of their productions before taking to the Ford Theatre stage this week.
With rehearsals, sets, and costumes nearly completed within three weeks, there is no room for nerves, said Marilyn Mason, co-director of the seventh through 12th grade performance “Fiddler on the Roof.”
“It’s really just work mode right now,” said Mason’s co-director Emily France in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I think the biggest thing right now is we know what’s coming up and what to expect and passing that to (the students) so that it does become their show next week and being able to do that as educators really.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Marketplace names new director
By Joseph Slacian
Emily Gardner is the new director of Wabash Marketplace Inc. (WMI), the organization’s board of directors announced on Tuesday. She will begin July 6.
Gardner brings six years of business and retail development experience with a specific focus in marketing and operational execution. For the last three years, Gardner has worked for the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.
“The amount of impact WMI is committed to generating within this community, paired with the increased programs offered by the organization requires a director with relational and organizational skills,” WMI Board President Jason Callahan said. “Emily (Gardner) was an ideal candidate because she already has strong relationships in downtown Wabash and with her experience at the Chamber, she has a strong knowledge of the various organizations that serve Wabash and their missions.” 
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Commissioners to suggest full-time Veteran Service Officer
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County Commissioners on Monday agreed to seeking a full-time Veteran Service Officer (VSO) for the county.
To do so, they must include it in the proposed 2016 budget, which is ultimately decided upon by the Wabash County Council.
The action came in light of two straight weeks of complaints from a group of veterans and their supporters who are dissatisfied with the help they are currently receiving from the Veteran Service Office.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
City gets $1.235 million additional appropriation
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash City Council approved an additional appropriation of $1.235 million on Monday, June 8.
The appropriations, which will be used for a variety of different projects, was unanimously approved, but not without a debate of nearly 40 minutes.
The largest bulk of the appropriation -- $500,000 – will be used for the city’s pledge to the Stellar Program. The council, in May 2014, pledged the funds should the city be named a Stellar Community. It received the designation in August 2014.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Museum completes phase one of caboose restoration
Christine Flohr gives a speech to celebrate phase one of Wabash County Historical Museum’s caboose restoration project. Flohr is the interim executive director of Wabash Marketplace, the organization the museum partnered with to get a grant for the project. Photo by Adam Smith
By Adam B. Smith
Driving up State Road 13 through downtown Wabash, visitors pass by a big red caboose sitting on a piece of track next to the Wabash County Historical Museum.
The train’s journey from active service to its current resting place has been a long haul, and the museum celebrated the completion of phase one of their restoration project Friday June 5.
Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III said the caboose went on its last ride sometime between 1906 and 1923 and found its way to a farmer’s field. He said his father saw the caboose while driving one day and asked about purchasing it, but the farmer told him it wasn’t for sale.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Roann man recognized for 45 years with Paper Coating
Daryl Evans (right) presents David Vigar with a plaque commemorating his 45 years of work at Miami-Wabash Paper. Cigar has worked at the paper coating company since he graduated high school in 1970. Photo by Adam Smith
By Adam B. Smith
A lot happens over 45 years. New ownership, a new name and a new building at a new location, David Vigar has seen it all since he stepped into Wabash Paper Coating on June 5, 1970, for his first day of work.
The company, now Miami-Wabash Paper, commemorated Vigar’s longtime service Monday, June 8, by presenting him with a plaque and a check.
Daryl Evans, Vice President and General Manager of Miami-Wabash Paper, said he thinks its unheard of for someone to work one job since graduating high school like Vigar. He said Vigar’s knowledge, efficiency and dependability in the workplace have made him enjoyable to work with.
“People like him just don’t miss work because they’ve got a runny nose,” Evans said. 
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Local Duke Energy facility reports petroleum spill on site
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Health Department received notice June 5 of a gasoline release, spill or overfill at the Wabash district office of Duke Energy, according to a press release from the local department.
Duke Energy had removed an underground fuel storage tank at its Wabash facility located at 1200 Manchester Ave., according to Angeline Protogere, communications manager.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Youngsters learn about exotic animals
A young boy shows his displeasure as Sasha Tetzlaff of the Fort Wayne Zoo shows a redknee tarantula to youngsters and adults at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading Program event June 10 at the Honeywell Center. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
More than 300 people gathered Wednesday morning, June 10, to learn about wildlife as part of the Wabash Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.
Sasha Tetzlaff of the Fort Wayne Zoo brought five different animals to the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall for young and old alike to see, discuss and feel during his hour-long presentation. Tetzlaff also took the program to the North Manchester Public Library for its summer reading program, as well.
 Tetzlaff brought with him a Mexican redknee tarantula, as well as a fire-bellied frog, an indigo snake, a Senegal parrot and a ferret. He also showed the exoskeleton of a tarantula.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16

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