by Eric Stearley
If you’ve visited Harvey Hinklemeyers in the past couple weeks, you may have noticed bicycles hung from the ceiling and cycling paraphernalia around the restaurant. While they aren’t trying out a new restaurant/bike shop hybrid business model, they are collaborating with Peru’s Breakaway Bike and Fitness Shop to promote the upcoming Dam to Dam Century Bike Ride, scheduled to take place Sept. 14.
“It’s part of our endless summer promotion, and with that, we’re going to give away bicycles,” said Jeff Butts, who owns the local chain, including the store in Wabash, which opened less than three years ago.
Anyone who turns in a Dam to Dam entry form at the restaurant will get five entries into the drawing for one of four bicycles. In addition, any customer who spends over $25 at the restaurant will get an entry into the drawing. It’s part of the restaurant’s “Endless Summer” promotion, which runs until Sept. 11, the Thursday before the race. Those who don’t win a bike have a chance to win a water bottle filled with gift cards, coupons for free food, and other prizes.
Comedian Rodney Carrington will perform on the Ford Theater stage at the Honeywell Center on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale for the show. This performance is recommended for mature audiences.
Rodney Carrington is a multi-talented comedian, actor and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums, which have sold millions of copies. Carrington has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years.
Starring in his own TV sitcom “Rodney,” which ran for two seasons on ABC, Carrington also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film “Beer for My Horses” which won the Tex Ritter Award from the ACM. Carrington also added “author” to his list of accomplishments with the release of his first hard cover book entitled “Rodney Carrington, Coming Clean” published by Hatchette Books.
Don't let the word caviar frighten you away from making this wonderful vegetable bean dip. Whether you are hosting a family reunion or tailgating with friends at a football game this fall, this Cowboy Caviar is sure to be a hit. I always make this at least two days before I am serving it.( Three days is even better.) This gives the flavors a chance to marry together. The original recipe says to drain the liquid off before serving but I never do. You will want to use Fritos Scoops or Tostitos Scoops to "scoop " up the bean mixture and liquid with each scrumptious bite. Keep this recipe in the front of your recipe box. You will use it over and over.
Northfield High School students and families have an opportunity to join a 10-day trip to England and Scotland in June of 2016.
Leaving on June 6, the group will visit London, Bath, Stratford, Stonehenge, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Edinburgh and much more. Because the school group is traveling with Explorica, a leader in the student travel business, they will be able to see twice as much as those who travel there on their own.
The added bonus to this trip is that trip goers have a 99 percent chance of visiting Highclere Castle, also known as Downton Abbey, and the group would be the first to do so with Explorica.
Planning this far in advance allows students to pay for this trip gradually through an online payment plan.
Details can be found online at www.explorica.com/Stouffer-7536 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If students are interested, there is a $250.00 discount for signing up before Aug. 31, 2014.
Rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $194,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.
The Lagro Volunteer Fire Department, Wabash County, was award $5,000 to purchase radios. The Roann Volunteer Department, Wabash County, was award $4,506, also for radios.
The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the USDA Forest Service. DNR Forestry staff reviews grant applications and selects recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.
As in years past, the Wildland Fire category was again highlighted, with departments purchasing equipment and gear to combat wildland fires.
Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and personal protective gear in an effort to increase firefighting capacity and personnel safety.
Grants awarded ranged from $969 to $5,000 and were given to 44 departments in Indiana.
Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grant opportunities should contact Crystal M. Hunt, Program Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, 46151, or call 765-342-4701.
Cannonball Lanes is under new management as Mark Solloway and Kelsy Presl recently became new business partners in a great adventure, along with Mark’s wife, Cindy. They look forward to serving the bowlers in Wabash County and the surrounding areas.
Mark has owned Bowler’s Depot Pro Shop inside Cannonball Lanes since 2008. He is not new to the game. He started bowling at the age of 4 and knew right then he was hooked. Mark is a 25-year veteran of the bowling industry. “If I wasn’t in a bowling alley, I was building or remodeling homes. Some around town know me as Mr. Fix-it, a business I have been doing for the last 15 years in this area. My true passion is bowling. Whether it be bowling for fun or competition. I enjoy sharing my knowledge so that others can enjoy bowling as much as I do. Drilling bowling balls, coaching and working with the youth bowlers is my way of giving back to the game I love,” said Mark.
Kelsy’s bowling is not as vast as the Solloways but he too started bowling at an early age. Since the age of 6, he has been spending time with family and friends, enjoying the game. To Kelsy, the game of bowling is a common denominator for everyone to enjoy themselves no matter the skill level, and an effective way to entertain groups of people. Playing in weeknight leagues has been a great way for Kelsy to maintain and gain new friendships. “While I am not bowling, I work in the family sawmill business at Quality Hardwood Products in North Manchester. I am also the Technical Director at Manchester High School’s Performing Arts. I look forward to providing an entertainment environment to the community of Wabash and surrounding areas with Mark and Cindy.”
By Sandy Johnson
Downtown Wabash was hopping this weekend with the Kunkel Cruise-In, “Takin’ It to the Streets” Sidewalk Sales, the Herb Fest, and the Farmer’s Market. Friday night started the weekend for the first two events. Many found themselves drawn to admire the various cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Honeywell Center parking lot. Others perused the sidewalk sales outside several downtown businesses looking for that great deal.
On Saturday, the Herb Fest drew in crowds at Paradise Spring Historical Park where booths were set up for visitors to look at the variety of items vendors brought to town. In addition, the weekly summer Farmer’s Market continued on Miami Street, with booths full of fresh fruits and vegetables to purchase.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the annual Kunkel Cruise-In, which showcased over 400 vehicles. The event began years ago after Dave Kunkel, a local car enthusiast, passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Dan Harvey, who worked with Kunkel, wanted to organize a car show to raise funds and awareness for ALS research. After 15 successful years, the Kunkel Cruise-In continues to bring in many car buffs from near and far alike, raising money for both ALS research and Vernon Manor Home for Children in Wabash.
Each day of the car show, cars, trucks and motorcycles were judged and winners were awarded prizes in different categories. Door prize drawings for those in attendance were also offered.
Garry Marion, president of Garmar Grain and co-owner of the Treaty and Speicherville elevators, announced recently that a lease agreement has been reached with Northern Ag Services (Norag), an agricultural entity based in Overland Park, Kan.
The Speicherville facility, which was closed this summer due to the expiration of its lease with FGDI, will resume operations next week. The Treaty elevator will experience no interruption in service during the transition to the new company.
“Over the last several months, I have searched to find a solution to the problem of how to continue to serve the farmers when the least with FGDI ran out. Norag operates facilities in Indiana as well as in other states, and it seemed to be the best fit for the community and for my employees,” Marion said. “In the off-season, Speicherville will be open two days a week and by appointment. It will be operated full-time during harvest. Treaty’s hours will not change.”
In addition to his duties as operations manager, Marion will be working as the grain merchandiser for both facilities.
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