“Nothing is more important than making sure all Indiana children have access to the highest quality care that is provided at Riley Hospital,” says Cindy Simon-Skjodt, member of the Simon family who, in 2007, made the largest donation ever to Riley Hospital for Children.
In the spirit of this gift comes the announcement that the 17th Annual Wabash Kiwanis Club Bucket Brigade for Riley Hospital for Children will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year the donation sites will be outside six gracious local retailers: Kroger, Bechtol’s Grocery, Wal-Mart, Big R, Walgreens and Save-A-Lot. Wabash Kiwanis members will join with Key Club members from Wabash and Northfield High Schools to accept donations.
The Honeywell Golf Course and the Ladies Golf Association (LGA) are hosting the third annual Honeywell Breast Cancer Awareness Scramble for men and women on Sunday, Oct. 6. The event begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start and concludes with a meal for all players. The scramble is a fundraiser to raise awareness of the importance of mammograms in the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds will go to the Wabash County Hospital Foundation’s Mammogram Charity Fund. This fund provides free mammograms and radiology readings for qualifying, low-income women who live in Wabash County.
by Emily Armentrout
The Smokin’ for a Cause idea started when two guys received smokers for Christmas and in typical guy fashion, started friendly smack talk between themselves and others in the community,
“Once Joe and Gary got going back and forth on whose pork was better, I took my dad’s smoker and started smoking. It turned out pretty well my first couple tries so I got involved,” said Kyle McCoart.
The friendly smack talk continued at the Smokin’ for a Cause event that took place Saturday, Sept. 21 down in the Wabash County Museum parking lot. You could hear jokes about bribing judges or being disqualified for branding meat as you walked through the parking lot where the 14 teams had set up their tents and smokers since the night before. Smack talking aside, the atmosphere was fun and friendly.
“This is the first event in Wabash County for amateur backyard barbeque. We have 14 teams, but already have more teams interested in participating next year. Hopefully we can shut the street down and keep the fun going,” added McCoart.
Wabash businesses seem interested in continuing this event. They are already planning on returning to the Wabash County Museum parking lot area for the event next year. Also, the Wabash Marketplace donated a brick that will have the winning team engraved on it and they want to add to it every year.
by Eric Stearley
In 1996, local residents got together and organized Wabash County’s first annual Relay for Life, raising just over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. Saturday, Sept. 14, Paradise Springs Historical Park hosted Wabash’s 18th consecutive Relay for Life, raising nearly $50,000 to fight the disease.
As confetti filled the air, the relay kicked off with the survivor lap. Nearly 100 cancer survivors walked triumphantly around the relay track as friends and family cheered them on. Jennifer Denney sang “You Raise Me Up” as a sea of purple encircled the park.
“The survivors wear purple, which represents all cancers,” said Amanda Wiley, one of two survivor chairs for this year’s event.
Twenty-eight years ago, Dr. Gordy Klatt raised $27,000 to fight the disease by walking and running around a track in Tacoma, Wash. for 24 hours straight. From one man’s idea, the Relay For Life has grown into a worldwide event, which has raised more than $5 billion for the American Cancer Society to date.
Since 1988, Sergeant Terry Hall has taught Wabash County students about their bodies, how to keep themselves safe, and what is and isn’t okay when it comes to their bodies. Former director of the Good Touch, Bad Touch program, Sgt. Hall developed his own program called Body Safety, which he will share with students at area schools during the week of Sept. 23.
Terry Hall is a 38-year veteran of the Indianapolis Police Department. He spent seven years in the IPD Sex Offense Branch and was named IPD Officer of the Year and Investigative Officer of the Year for having the highest arrest and conviction rate for five consecutive years.
Sgt. Hall is a certified law enforcement instructor for the State of Indiana. In the last 20 years, his passion and dedication for protecting children has led to his training of over 40,000 prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal levels. Recently Sgt. Hall was asked to instruct employees at the Department of Human Services in Washington D.C.
by Ashley Flynn
Wine enthusiasts need not travel far to satisfy their taste buds. Just north of Peru off US 31 sits an 80-acre orchard that handcrafts a variety of flavorful, crisp – and not to mention award winning – wines and hard ciders.
McClure’s Orchard/Winery, a family operated business, sold their first batch of alcohol in 2010 after months of trial and error. Jason McClure and his wife Alison came up with the idea to add wine and hard cider to the orchard after making a few batches at home.
Open house held for employees and loyal customers
by Shaun Tilghman
Last Thursday, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Inc., located at 1002 SR 114 W in North Manchester, hosted an open house to celebrate both the dealership’s grand re-opening and its 45th anniversary.
Just under nine months ago, the North Manchester branch of the Shepherd’s Family Auto Group, which also has locations in Kendallville and Rochester, began a two-phase remodeling project. The first phase included building a 10,000-square-foot facility for the new service department, while the second phase involved renovations to the existing retail facility.
“We started the remodel inside after we moved to the new service department, which was around the second or third week of April,” said Tim Shepherd, President of the North Manchester Shepherd’s dealership, “and we finished during the first week of September, so this phase took about five months. We converted the old service department into a drive-thru service lane, a new lounge, a new conference room, a new GM (General Motors) accessories room, a new car delivery area, and an expanded showroom with additional sales offices.
By Eric Stearley
Local hunters have discovered a way to enjoy their favorite pastime, control the population of a public nuisance and support a good cause all at the same time. Coyotes for Charity had sportsmen from Wabash, Miami, Fulton, Kosciusko, Grant and Howard counties taking aim at cancer and coyotes simultaneously in this, their 10th year. The group sends coyote pelts to auction, donating the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
The group started in 2004 with four hunters harvesting five coyotes. This year the group, which exceeded 100 hunters, harvested 266 coyotes, more than the first five years combined.
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