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Area firefighters honor 9-11 victims

Right inside the main entrance of the Wabash YMCA, stair climbers were set up for people to participate in the 9/11 Stair Climb Challenge.

Since the tragic happenings of Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters and regular citizens have been climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center in remembrance and honor of the firefighters who lost their lives heroically saving others from the buildings.

Many people wear full firefighter gear as they climb, while others simply climb to ensure that the 343 fire fighters who sacrificed their lives are never forgotten.

Former firefighter, Dick White, for example, said he was unable to climb the full 110 stories, but still climbed as much as he could to honor his fallen brothers.

Posted on 2019 Sep 17
City OKs abatement for Wendt building

A 10-year tax abatement for M&R Brothers LLC was approved Monday, Sept. 9, by the Wabash City Council.

The firm, which does business as Wendt & Son, sought the abatement for a new building that it is constructing.

Prior to the vote, the council had a public hearing on the matter. The hearing was needed, according to Wendt attorney Doug Lehman, because abatements are generally sought before a project is started.

“The whole idea is giving tax abatement will give incentives to somebody for doing something they might otherwise not do,” he said. “So, if you’ve already done it, there’s no point in giving you an incentive to do it.”

However, Indiana statute recognizes that there are some occasions that might be appropriate to waive that “technicality,” he said. If a council opts to waive that requirement, a hearing is needed.

Posted on 2019 Sep 17
WMS students float down the Wabash River

Early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 6, volunteers from the Wabash River Defenders were busy preparing for two buses full of over 100 Wabash Middle School seventh graders to arrive for an educational river float beginning at the Lagro Bridge.

Mike Beauchamp, president of the Wabash River Defenders was there when the idea of the Defenders was born.

“In the little Lagro café, 10 years ago this spring,” Beauchamp told The Paper of Wabash County about when it all started.

“We didn’t know each other, but there were four or five of us that were real river rats, and we got to talking over coffee and we said ‘This river is the greatest thing and we need to give some help to this river and clean it up. We thought, with the five of us, we might get our friends involved and get 25 people and start to work on this river. By July 2019, we had 400 people in this river from Huntington County to Miami County.”

The River Defenders continue to grow and do good for the Wabash River.

“We have taken 130 tons of debris out of that river, including over five thousand tires,” said Beauchamp.

With all of the success of this team, the River Defenders continue to widen the scope of their services.

Posted on 2019 Sep 10
State launches anti-vaping campaign

Indiana has launched a $2.1 million campaign to help educate you people about the dangers of vaping and to encourage them to stop.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box unveiled the campaign on Thursday, Aug. 29.

The efforts have been named “What’s Beyond the Haze” and involves social media, text and school-based measures to spread the word.

“Part of it is just the awareness that what we are peddling and what we are sharing and getting people addicted to is so harmful so this is a full court press and it starts today,” Holcomb said in announcing the campaign. “We know we have our work cut out for us as vaping continues to grow. This will be a real blitz, making sure we’re reaching out to every corner of the state.”

The campaign comes at a time when some 200 people nationwide have been hit by a vaping-related illness. In Indiana, 24 people between 16 and 29 years have taken ill, including four under 18.

Posted on 2019 Sep 10
Midwest Eye honors teachers

Midwest Eye Consultants of Wabash did a Teacher appreciation giveaway leading up to the 2019-20 school year.

Once the giveaway was announced, the public was invited to submit teachers who they thought deserved to be a recipient of the giveaway. Winners received a $100 gift card to help purchase classroom supplies.

“We do an annual Back to School giveaway. However, in the past, it was focused more at giving school supplies to students. We’ve found that there are many wonderful community resources for this already, so we wanted to shift our focus and give back to the teachers who put so much time, effort and resources into children,” said Marketing Manager Kara Teel.

There were 65 nominations in total ranging from all over Indiana to northwest Ohio.

Posted on 2019 Sep 10
Parkview Wabash gets MAT grant

A Medication Assisted Treatment clinic program will open at Parkview Wabash Hospital sometime in 2020.

The clinic is made possible thanks to a nearly $725,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration. That will allow Parkview Behavioral Health to expand opioid treatment programs not only in Wabash, but in Huntington and Whitley counties as well.

Parkview’s MAT program began in 2018, thanks in part of a $1.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal is to establish an integrated system of MAT clinics, consisting of an urban hub and rural spokes located strategically throughout northeast Indiana to combat abuse disorders, including opioid abuse disorder.

The program also is designed to create collaboration with the court system, jails and community providers.

“We are thrilled that Parkview Wabash Hospital will be able to begin providing Substance Use services to the residents of Wabash County and beyond,” Parkview Wabash President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell told The Paper of Wabash County. “We know there is a need in our region and are working on several initiatives, including the establishment of this clinic to address that need.  Medication Assisted Treatment is an evidenced based treatment that shows great success and we look forward to partnering with all the agencies and organizations already working on combating this disease.”

Posted on 2019 Sep 03
Second-hand shopping thrives in Wabash

Shopping second hand has become a major trend in recent years due to vintage hunters and resellers storming local thrift stores.

The benefits of shopping second hand do not end with cool finds or being able to flip items online for profit. Thrifting helps to stall the fast fashion industries, which has positive impacts socially, environmentally, and economically.

“Fast Fashion” is the concept of clothes being provided quickly and as cheaply as possible to consumers.

Economically, for example, the world GDP is expected to increase 400 percent by 2050, which means a higher demand for clothing.

Environmentally, making clothing within the cycle of fast fashion, it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a single cotton shirt. That is enough drinking water for one person for 2 1/2 years.

Socially, according to nonprofit Remake, primarily female garment workers in Bangladesh make around $96 a month, which is only about a fourth of what the government’s wage board suggest is required to live a “decent life with basic facilities.”

Posted on 2019 Sep 03
MSD principals share improvement plans

MSD principals shared their school improvement plans at the MSD school board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

All improvement plans had an overall focus on professional development and increased student satisfaction through academics, activities and extracurriculars.

Southwood Elementary principal Phil Boone shared that there were 30 instances over this summer that teachers and staff took advantage of professional development opportunities.

“We are very proud of our lifelong learning modeling from our teachers,” Boone said.

Southwood Elementary is also making it a priority this year to focus on the social and emotional learning aspect for students.

“[Our student’s] minds are deep in formation in those formative years,” Boone said.

Boone also shared about the robotics team and STEM program that is being implemented.

Posted on 2019 Sep 03

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