Wabash Valley Chrysler enhances Wabash Fire Department community program

Greg Thompson, general manager of Wabash Valley Chrysler, practices Hands Only CPR on the Wabash Fire Department’s new Resusci Anne CPR Unit during the department’s demonstration at Thompson’s dealership on March 10. Thompson partnered with the National Automobile Dealers Association Charitable Foundation to help financially support the fire department with training equipment, such as Anne. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On March 10, Wabash Valley Chrysler in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Charitable Foundation presented the Wabash Fire Department’s Community Outreach CPR Program with a new Resusci Anne CPR Unit training mannequin.

Through contributions by new-car and truck dealers and friends, the NADA Foundation provided financial support to schools, private colleges and universities, emergency disaster relief and other community service programs.

I joined an NADA group a couple of years ago and it’s just been amazing all the things that they do, not only for the dealers but for the community,” said Greg Thompson, Wabash Valley Chrysler general manager. “I was glad that Jay (Brainard) found the information and contacted me and said, ‘All you have to do is sponsor it.’

“It was no cost to us and so we immediately sent out an email saying that we wanted to sponsor the Wabash Fire Department and NADA said, ‘Great.’ About a month later, (Anne) showed up. It worked out really well.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
Heartland students build manipulation boards for Auguste’s Cottage

Lindsey LeBlanc, Memory Care Program Facilitator at Autumn Ridge, shows resident Darlene Slater one of the manipulation boards. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The boards are about 2-feet-by-3-feet, and contain a variety of items one might see every day around their home. There’s an outdoor water faucet, several different types of locks, an electrical socket with cords to plug in them, a light switch and more.

Created by the Building Trades Academy at the Heartland Career Center, officials at Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Centre’s Auguste’s Cottage Memory Center hope the boards help residents recall days gone by.

Called manipulation therapy boards, the devices, which can stand-alone or be mounted on a wall, are designed to help stimulate thinking and memory of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Lindsey LeBlanc, Memory Care Program Facilitator at Autumn Ridge. Students in Jim Hoover’s building trades class delivered the boards to Auguste’s Cottage on Thursday afternoon, March 12.

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
County Election Board tests voting machines

Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin (second from right) and Deputy Clerk Theresa Ehret help Wabash County Election Board members Betty Hamlin (left) and Mary Brane test the voting machines for the May 5 Primary Elections. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Voting machines for the May 5 Primary Election passed a preliminary test conducted Wednesday, March 11, by the Wabash County Election Board.

The tests are conducted prior to each election.

Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin said she and board members Mary Brane and Betty Hamlin, along with Deputy Clerk Theresa Ehret cast votes for all the candidates to make sure the machines had no problems in tabulating the vote.

They also tested the various ballots, which will be used in Wabash, North Manchester and LaFontaine for the primaries.

“We’ve never had any problems with the testing,” Martin told The Paper of Wabash County.

Following the tests, Martin, Brane and Hamlin signed documents to be turned in to the state certifying they had conducted the test.

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
Wabash High School students taken on Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge

Science teacher Bill Benysh sets up supplies at table in the Wabash High School library for the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge. Benysh advises the school’s Key Club which headed the challenge and invited other students to participate in the challenge. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On March 10, the Wabash High School Key Club accepted the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge and began designing bookmarks to encourage children from across the world to read.

For the next two months, students will create and mail in personally designed bookmarks for the challenge. For each bookmark, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1, up to $300,000 to the Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Key Club sponsor and science teacher Bill Benysh said that one of his roles as the club’s advisor is to find opportunities that the students would like and enjoy being involved.

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
NM man facing charges in shooting

By Joseph Slacian

A 24-year-old North Manchester man is still incarcerated in Wabash County Jail and is facing several charges after allegedly shooting a relative during an altercation Wednesday afternoon at a home on County Road 950 N.

Posted on 2015 Mar 05
Angling Road to receive stop sign

By Joseph Slacian

Changes are coming to the intersection of County Road 300N and Angling Road at Ind. 15.

Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, March 9, approved County Highway Superintendent John Martin’s request to place a stop sign on Angling Road.

Currently, he said, only 300 N has a stop sign.

“A couple of people have almost gotten hit there at that intersection, because Angling Road does not stop at 300, and it should,” Martin said.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
County Council passes resolution to fund local health department despite state complaints

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 23, the Wabash County Council approved a resolution to transfer appropriated funds from the County Health Maintenance Fund to the County Health Fund despite complaints received from the Wabash Health Department.

In a 6-1 vote, the council passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of $104,821.43 from the Health Maintenance Fund to the County Health Fund to assist with the Health Department’s costs. Council member Randy Curless cast the lone no vote.

The controversy with the transfer arose when Dr. Jeffrey Pyle explained to the council that, while the funds are needed and appreciated, there is a series of steps required by the Indiana State Department of Health to make the transfer.

“My concern is what I’m told directly by the people of the state,” Pyle told the board. “I talked to Kathryn Nicely, who is the (State Department of Health) grant administrator. … What she is saying is you can move monies, but there’s more to it.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
East St. fire still under investigation


Flames shoot from a home at 824 East St. while Wabash firefighters unload hoses at the scene. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The cause of a house fire on Wednesday, March 4, is still under investigation, Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash County of Friday.

The fire, at 824 East St., was reported at 10:36 a.m. Flames were coming from the front portion of the structure when firefighters arrived on the scene. It took about 30 minutes for the fire to be brought under control.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10

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