Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, Brandt’s Harley-Davidson will host the inaugural Freedom Rally in support of past and present military.
Our men and women that have served and are currently serving are the backbone of our country, and this Freedom Rally will be hosted not only as recognition of service, but also to bring our troops together in support of each other. Joining the Freedom Rally will be many respected organizations on-site that benefit the military and their families, including: Tunnel to Towers Foundation from New York, Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, Operation Troop Aid from Tennessee, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America from New York, US War Dogs, Troops First Foundation, Vohne Liche Kennels, Marine Moms, Two Wheels for Warriors from Michigan, Quilts of Valor, Indiana Patriot Guard, and the Freedom Riders. There will be free, live music on Friday night, as well all day Saturday, and many other events, as well!
By Shaun Tilghman
When Manchester Marketplace (137 E. Main St.) opened for business in December 2012, owner Gary Long’s goal was to provide the local community with good products at good prices. Now, just a year and a half later, he has taken that goal one step further by expanding the bulk food & discount grocery store to include a fresh deli section.
“We opened Manchester Marketplace on Dec. 15, 2012, and on Feb. 27, 2014, we expanded and added the deli,” said Long. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do for a while now and we’ve been looking forward to offering this to the people of North Manchester and surrounding communities. It’s going really well and I’m excited about the products – we’ve gotten really good compliments so far.”
Basically, they’re just striving to continue in their effort to offer good products at good prices, according to Long.
“We even have several products in our deli that are gluten-free and have no MSG,” he added.
by Eric Stearley
Precious Gems & Metals, a retail shop located at 3 East Canal Street, will close its doors for good on May 22.
Precious Gems & Metals has been in the business of buying and selling quality jewelry, precious metals since 1979. The company has built its business on going into communities for short periods of time and buying up vintage and estate jewelry at competitive prices. Word spread over the years and past customers brought more jewelry, as well as friends and family interested in selling pieces. As much as 90 percent of the items purchased are melted down and sold as gold and silver bullion. A few years ago, owner Stan Walter opened a retail store in downtown Wabash to sell high quality items that he didn’t want to scrap.
With the recent drop in the prices of gold and silver, jewelry owners are less willing to sell their items. With fewer items available for Walter to purchase, there has been a notable decrease in the supply of qualities items to sell in the downtown store.
Comedian Ron White returns to the Honeywell Center on Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. to entertain audiences with his new show “Nutcracker.” Tickets went on sale Friday, May. 9. The corporate sponsor is Market Street Grill and associate sponsors are D & J Radabaugh Construction and Louis Dreyfus of Claypool.
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. He has sold over 14 million albums, received two Grammy nominations, and, over the past nine years, has been one of the top three grossing standup comedians on tour in America.
Beginning May 5 and running through May 30, soybean producers are being given an opportunity to decide if they want to be offered a referendum on the Soybean Check-off program. Producers who marketed soybeans between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec.31, 2013 and paid an assessment are eligible to participate in the request for referendum.
Producers who would like to be offered a referendum on the soybean program should contact their local FSA office for additional information or to complete a request form. Completed forms must be returned to the FSA office by the May 30 deadline.
In addition to the completed form, producers must submit proof that an assessment was paid in either 2012 or 2013. In most cases copies of settlement sheets should include the required proof of assessment being paid.
The current Soybean Check-off Program became effective on July 9, 1991 and the first assessments began Sept. 1, 1991. The Soybean Check-off Program is administered by the United Soybean Board, which has 70 members representing 30 states. Funds from the current check-off program are used to advance soybean marketing, promote technology and develop new uses for soybeans.
If I were to make a list of everything I love about springtime, having an asparagus patch just a few feet from our back door would be right at the top of that list. I love the fact that I can pick fresh asparagus for that evening’s dinner.
A few years ago, my Husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Ft. Wayne. I ordered shrimp scampi pasta, which turned out to be absolutely fantastic. I requested the recipe from the chef and was quickly turned down. A few days later, I decided to try and create my own version of shrimp scampi pasta. I started with the basics, adding a little of this and a pinch of that and soon I had a winner! The asparagus tips paired with the fresh mint and basil is simply delicious. I often prepare this dish during my cooking classes and it quickly becomes a favorite among my students.
by Eric Stearley
More than one hundred volunteers filled Legacy Hall on the evening of April 29 as the Honeywell Foundation thanked its volunteers with dinner, entertainment, and an awards ceremony.
The evening began as volunteers enjoyed a buffet of chicken calabash, baked steak, broccoli salad, Brussels sprouts with bacon, glazed carrots, whipped red skin potatoes with gravy, and a variety of desserts.
As dinner came to an end, the stage came to life with an a cappella quartet composed of Tony Millspaugh, Logan Horn, Lamar Horn, and Garry Texeira. The quartet mixed music with comedy as each member’s stage persona battled with the others for personal attention and order within the group.
After a few words from Volunteer Manager Michelle Campbell, the awards ceremony began. The most anticipated of the many awards was “Volunteer of the Year.”
“In the past, the volunteer of the year was based solely on the number of hours they worked,” said Campbell. “I wanted to change things up a little bit this year, and I wanted to value the volunteers that may not spend as much time here, but still do a lot for the Honeywell Center.”
The news that W.C. Mills Elementary would be closing its doors and consolidating with O.J. Neighbours and Wabash Middle School came earlier this school year, and the news was difficult for many students and community members, including the school’s former principal and current Wabash mayor, Robert Vanlandingham.
“I was there for a long time. When they closed Carpenter School, I went to Mills and taught fifth grade for a year and then became principal,” Mayor Vanlandingham told The Paper.
“To me, it’s a great neighborhood. It just seemed like that corner lot, with all the kids coming to school; a lot of focus came on that lot. We had a great staff. I’ll never forget my 50th birthday. I used to have an IU flag hanging and I would mess with kids and make them salute the IU flag. I came to work on my 50th birthday, and the teachers had a hoop with black and gold paper I had to run through.
“I get through it and all the teachers are dressed in black and gold. The hallways were decorated in black and gold, and then students were all dressed in black and gold. Every half hour, there were five kindergarten girls, dressed in Purdue cheerleading outfits and they would stand outside my office and do a Purdue cheer. Everyone got along so great. We had a staff that was so creative. We got a lot of work done, but we did it in a fun manner,” Mayor Vanlandingham continued.
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