Dr. Terrence O. Moore, author of a just released book on Common Core, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Citizens Committed to the Constitution (C3) on Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at Bachelor Creek Church in Wabash. All teachers, administrators, students, parents, grandparents and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
What is the Common Core? How will the Common Core English Standards affect the teaching of great stories in our schools? Will there be any great stories left in the minds of our children when the Common Core has controlled the curriculum and testing of both public and private schools for a few years? What are the real purposes behind the educational coup that has taken place with very little public debate and even less understanding?
by Shaun Tilghman
Despite the inclement weather, a large group gathered at the North Manchester Covered Bridge on Friday morning to take part in the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting that marked the bridge’s official reopening. Although Friday was the official reopening, the bridge was actually open to traffic as early as Thursday.
Wabash County Bridge No. 645 (North Manchester Covered Bridge, S. Mill Street over the Eel River) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Smith Bridge Company, from Toledo, Ohio, built the bridge in 1872 for approximately $3,515; the entire structure is built of wood, put together with pins, iron bolts, and square cut nails.
Following the disastrous fire that nearly destroyed the Roann Covered Bridge, the North Manchester Covered Bridge remains the only one in Wabash County with most of the original structure intact. Restoration of this unique bridge was recently undertaken to repair or replace deteriorated truss members, flooring, roofing, and siding in order to extend the life of this structure for future generations to utilize and admire.
Wabash County Commissioners Brian Haupert and Barry Eppley were both pleased with the results of the project. “I feel really good about the project and it turned out really nice,” said Haupert.
by Kalie Ammons
Wabash welcomes another new business this December. K&D Resale, located at 1383 N Cass St behind Mi Pueblo, sells new and used decorative and household items.
Before opening on Dec. 2, Kathy and Dave Stangl, founders of K&D, almost started the company by accident.
“We had the house on the market and we were looking to de-clutter and pack everything away,” said Kathy. “And about a year and a half later we took the house off the market and realized we had 85 boxes of Coke stuff.”
Instead of unloading all of those boxes back into the house, the Stangls took a different approach.
The Community Foundation of Wabash County and Manchester Meals on Wheels are pleased to announce the creation of the Manchester Meals on Wheels Endowment to support operation of the program that provides low-cost, nutritious meals to homebound, ill, or disabled persons who are unable to prepare or obtain meals, regardless of age or income.
Meal fees, generous donations, and church pledges raised through annual campaigns are the main sources of income for Manchester Meals on Wheels. The endowment will provide an additional revenue source for the program. Contributions to the endowment held by the Foundation will be invested and will produce investment earnings. A portion of the earnings will be used to support Manchester Meals on Wheels programs, not the original contributions. The idea of endowments is that, carefully managed, invested contributions will keep producing and keep building annually, ensuring permanent income for an organization. Among other things, earnings from the endowment will support the Manchester Meals on Wheels scholarship program that assists clients who are unable to afford the cost of daily meals.
Come the 139th anniversary of Mark Honeywell’s birthday with a festive evening of food, music and fun beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Honeywell House.
Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m.; with a three-course dinner being served at 7 p.m. Harpist Sarah Wall will entertain guests with a selection of classical and contemporary music during the evening.
The dinner menu will feature cream of roasted red bell pepper soup, a six ounce filet topped with bleu cheese and allemande sauce, with roasted asparagus and horseradish mashed potatoes, followed by sabayon with strawberries for dessert.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 260-563-2326.
Manchester President Jo Young Switzer has received the 2013 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
She received the honor at the CASE annual conference of the six-state District V in Chicago, for “outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education and institutional advancement.” As the first female president of the 125-year-old school, Switzer has boldly led Manchester through transformational change, praised CASE.
CASE recognized President Switzer’s ability and conviction in:
•Actively supporting advancement and fundraising for the University
•Inspiring others to Manchester’s vision
•Establishing a positive image for Manchester while leading it to higher levels of success
•Increasing Manchester’s stature, and
•Encouraging innovation and risk-taking among employees
Claire Coyne, director of the Lighthouse Mission, was presented with a Key to the City by Mayor Bob Vanlandingham at last week’s City Council meeting.
“Claire Coyne will always be an honorary citizen of Wabash County,” Mayor Vanlandingham said.
He also announced that Dec. 15 would become Claire Coyne day in Wabash.
After receiving the key, Coyne said, “It’s been an honor.”
She was surprised by the accolade, as she came to the meeting upon her son’s request.
“I was coming to be Gregory’s mom. He said, ‘Mom, I’m doing a presentation for work, and I’d like if you’re there.”
Then Coyne went on to share a story.
by Kalie Ammons
“All right, let’s make up some crap,” Colin Mochrie, Canadian improv expert said to his partner in comedic crime, Brad Sherwood, at the beginning of the Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Show Friday, Dec. 13 in the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.
“At no point during the show do Brad and I know what’s going on,” reassured Mochrie. The shenanigans which ensued proved Mochrie to be honest.
Both Mochrie and Sherwood are veteran members of the British and American versions of popular TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? The show consists of the crew taking audience suggestions to perform improvised skits.
This stop on the Two Man Group Tour makes it the fourth time the duo has performed in Wabash.
“Small town,” said Sherwood. “One guy gets on stage and the whole audience knows who he is.”
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