Help members of Wabash chapter of Thrivent Financial, Zion and Living Faith Lutheran and South Side Free Will Baptist give Nicholas Smith the gift of the outdoors! Come to a Nelson’s Port-A-Pit Chicken fundraiser at Brandt’s Harley Davidson on Saturday, April 25 from 3—7 p.m. and help Nicholas enjoy being outside. All proceeds will go directly toward building Nicholas the wheelchair ramp, porch and swing he needs.
Nicholas is nine years old. He has Trisomy 14, a rare genetic disease, and autism. He cannot walk or talk but loves to swing and be outside. Currently, his mother must lift his wheelchair up the steps to get Nicholas to enter or leave the house. With a wheelchair ramp, getting Nicholas inside and outside the will be much easier.
“Nicholas does not get to enjoy his summer like everyone else does,” Deborah Smith, Nicholas’ mother, says. “My goal is to have a swing made especially for him so that he can swing in the comfort of his own porch and enjoy the beauty that God has bestowed on us.”
Nicholas has two brothers, Zack, 11, and Braden, 8. The boys’ father passed away in 2011, so Deborah is raising them on her own.
“God chose me to be Nicholas’s mommy and I could never repay God for that blessing,” she said. “I thank God every day for him and the lessons that have come with him.”
Help spread a message of hope. Join the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of North Manchester and “Paint the Town Purple” on Saturday, April 19 beginning at 10 a.m. Businesses, community organizations and individuals are being asked to show their support for the event and help raise awareness for the fight against cancer by decking out the town—including homes, restaurants, businesses, meeting halls or other areas—in purple.
“We want everyone to see purple and to think about celebrating, remembering and fighting back,” said Sebrena Cline, Paint the Town Purple organizer. “Whether you use purple chalk to write an uplifting message, display a different reminder each day about important cancer screenings or dress a mannequin in Relay gear, it’s all about letting people know that there is hope. The sky is the limit on what you can do to decorate and send that message.”
Spring clean up, in the City of Wabash, will begin the week of April 28 through May 2, according to Scott Richardson, Wabash Street Department Superintendent.
Pick-up will be divided into four sections, following the same route as weekly trash. Items will be picked up from tree lawns and along city streets only. No pick-ups will take place in alleys.
Items to be picked up should be in place by 7 a.m. on the day of pick up or the items may not be picked up. Piles of items to be picked up should be no larger than 4 feet by 8 feet. Items for pick-up should be separate from brush piles. Brush will not be picked up the week of spring cleanup.
“If residents miss their pick-up time, they have the option of taking it to a city-provided dumpster at the Wastewater Treatment Plant or taking it back inside,” Richardson said.Spring clean up, in the City of Wabash, will begin the week of April 28 through May 2, according to Scott Richardson, Wabash Street Department Superintendent.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
“These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I prioritized the implementation of these disaster assistance programs now that the Farm Bill has restored and strengthened them.”
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Visual & Performing Arts (VPA), a program that provides musical theater and visual arts opportunities for students in Wabash County year round, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has experienced some changes this year.
One major change is that VPA is now a part of the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program. Judy Ward, coordinator of VPA, continues in her role of leading the program and now collaborates with Teresa Galley, Educational Outreach Manager at the Honeywell Foundation. VPA provides musical theater and visual arts opportunities for Wabash County students completing grades 3-12 each summer. For three weeks, June 2-20, VPA Summer Theatre will be held daily with performances on June 20-22. All theater rehearsals and performances will be at the Honeywell Center.
by Kalie Ammons
While some people may have heard of the underground water supply that supports Wabash County, many don’t realize where it comes from, how it got there, or how much longer Wabash can survive off of it.
To get these questions answered, The Paper contacted the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
“It’s just a real large formation of sand and gravel and water travels through that,” said Joe Updike, NRCS District Conservationist.
The “it” Updike is referring to is the Teays Valley, a huge underground pit that, as Updike said, is mostly filled with gravel and sand, but water filters to the bottom.
Many locals are under the impression that the Teays Valley is an underground river flowing through Wabash, however Dr. Jack Wittman, principal hydrogeologist at Intera Inc., says that’s not the case.
“This is a funny situation, because it used to be a river,” Wittman said. “Now it’s buried. It was, in fact, the Teays River. It’s a valley that was carved out by the Teays River. It actually was in about the same location as the Wabash River is right now, until the Wabash turns to the south at Lafayette. It’s a little bit to the north of the current Wabash River.”
While the word “valley” may conjure up an image of an exaggerated puddle, don’t worry: the Teays is not running out anytime soon.
by Eric Stearley
Downtown Wabash continues to be a hot spot for the entrepreneurial spirit with the opening of Filament Tattoo Company on Market Street Friday, April 4. It’s clear from the moment you walk in the door that this is not your typical tattoo shop.
Owner Matthew Haynes has been a pastor for the past 15 years. When Calvary Baptist Church closed in January, Haynes was out of a job and decided to go in a different direction.
“I decided I wanted to do something to stay in the community, because we really like Wabash,” said Haynes. “I’ve run businesses before, but I thought, ‘I love tattooing, and I love people, and I love Wabash, so to tie it all together, this would be a good thing.’”
Haynes has been helping out at Studio B Tattoo in Marion for the past couple years, which is where he met tattoo artist and Wabash native Roger Price. Haynes knew he wanted to be downtown, “just because of the vibe,” and when he came across the old bingo hall adjacent to Rock City Café and found out it was for rent, he jumped on the opportunity. In just two weeks, Haynes, along with many helping hands, transformed the smoky old bingo hall into a beautiful creative space.
“It was just a cool looking, massive, giant room, with brick walls and tin ceilings,” Haynes said.
After a deep clean, several coats of paint, construction of booths, and placement of a few giant Filament Tattoo Company logos on the walls, another downtown storefront was transformed from a vacant space into a place for art and community. The shop has three booths for tattooing and a piercing room, as well as an inviting lobby for patrons to meet, decide upon new artwork, and wait in anticipation for their turn in the chair.
Haynes is licensed to tattoo, but mostly leaves the artwork up to the professionals. Price has been tattooing professionally for five years, but anyone who knows him also knows that he’s been tattooing as a hobby for many more – eight more to be exact. On opening day, he gave the shops first tattoo to his brother David. The two made a deal; David got to be first in the chair and get a free tattoo, but Roger got to decide what it would be. He chose the shop’s logo, an old-school filament light bulb.
by Eric Stearley
The main attraction at April’s First Friday Art Walk was the Wabash County Museum’s Grand Opening of the Charles R. Showalter Gallery. Along with Chamber of Commerce representatives and a large group of community members, Mr. Showalter’s son, John, and his family, were in attendance to cut the ribbon and officially open the gallery.
The gallery will be a permanent installation in the museum. It was designed to showcase the work of Wabash County artists, and will feature new artists each quarter.
The Showalter name has a long history in Wabash. Charles R. Showalter was the son of two-time Wabash County Mayor Homer T. Showalter. Described by his grandson, John, as a gregarious, glad-hand politician and “Mr. Wabash,” Homer Showalter was a great promoter of the city, county, and state.
Growing up in his family’s home on Sinclair Street, Charles Showalter was the “black sheep” of the family, according to John. He left Wabash as a young man, traveling to Chicago to pursue his passion for art. After returning from military service, Showalter began working with Haddon Sundblom, creator of the original “Coca-Cola Santa Claus.” Showalter gained recognition as Sundbloms’ protégé, continuing to work on future Coca-Cola Santas. In addition, he created advertisement illustrations for Sealy mattresses and Hush Puppies Shoes. He was also the man behind the poster for the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” film and the designer of the first Coppertone Baby.
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