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Grant County invites Wabash County veterans to ‘stand down’
By Emma Rausch
 
On Friday Oct. 2, the Grant County Veterans’ Service Office (VSO) invites Wabash County’s homeless and in-need veterans to the Grant County YMCA in Marion to Stand Down, a free event to help veterans apply for medical care, employment and other services.
 
Stand Downs take place nationwide and typically happen near the fall, according to Bob Kelley, Grant County VSO officer.
 
“Back in 2008, Vietnam veterans were realizing that there were a lot of homeless veterans wandering around (Los Angeles),” Kelley told The Paper of Wabash County. “So they did what they call a ‘stand down,’ stop everything we’re doing, collect these veterans up, enroll them into health care, let them know what their benefits are and it’s just spread like wildfire across the country.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
Local elementary school reenacts history in annual event
An O.J. Neighbours student ground corn on a stone during the O.J. Neighbours historical reenactment on Thursday Sept. 17. Kindergarten through fourth grade students performed various Native American and pioneer tasks such as churning butter and drying buffalo meat. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
O.J. Neighbours Elementary School hosted its annual historical reenactment on Thursday, Sept. 17.
 
“It’s just a way to make history come alive and make it personal for each child and each class has a different tribe and fourth grade is pioneers and it’s just a way for them to learn about history from a unique angle,” third grade teacher Lindsey Wilson. “It’s a way for them to take responsibility about what they learn and share in education and make it interesting for each other rather than a teacher standing up and talking the whole time.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
“411: It’s your body”
Sgt. Terry Hall asks Southwood Elementary children how many of them would come to school the next day and would tell everyone that their bike was stolen, the majority of which raised their hands. However, in a following question of how many would tell if they were touched inappropriately, very few raised their hands. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Sgt. Terry Hall returned to Wabash County last week to speak with the local students about body safety and, specifically, the “pretty big word,” child molestation.
 
Hall, a retired veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, developed the body safety program and has traveled across the country sharing it with every school that he can.
 
“What encouraged me (to speak about body safety) was I was the third in-line for molestation and there were several after me,” Hall told The Paper of Wabash County. “What broke my heart was some of my relatives and siblings have done drugs and gotten in trouble and have pulled robberies because they’re very angry inward people.
 
“This is something that child molesting causes. It causes very low self-esteem, your anger issues are amazing. I’ve talked to some kids that have done very negative things. They’re very angry about what’s happened to them. No one’s addressing the issue.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
Local boutique to ‘bling’ bras for breast cancer awareness
By The Paper staff
 
Ellen’s Dress & Bridal Boutique will host “Bras for a Cause” to raise breast cancer awareness and raise funds for the Parkview Hospital Mammogram Fund on Oct. 2.
 
The public is invited to “Bling Your Bra” to be displayed and be monetarily voted on. Those interested in entering a bra must deliver it to Ellen’s on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by 7 p.m. along with a $5 entry fee.
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
Dr. Ford Home to host Autumn Festival
By The Paper staff
 
A 19th Century Autumn Festival will take place at the Dr. James Ford Historic Home on Sat., Oct. 3 from 1-4 p.m.
 
Visitors will go back to a simpler time in history and enjoy a festival that celebrates the autumn season. There will be cider tasting for young and old alike, crafts for the kids, and free tours of the home and carriage house.
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
Life Chain planned Oct. 4
By The Paper staff
 
The 2015 Life Chain, sponsored by Right to Life of North Central Indiana, will take place Sunday, Oct. 4 in Wabash.
 
The event will be at 806 N. Cass Street near the Lighthouse Mission Thrift Store) from 2-3 p.m., rain or shine.  
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
Manchester Youth Yard Sale
By The Paper staff
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Organizers of the Manchester Youth Yard Sale is seeking consignment items for its Oct. 3 sale.
 
Those who consign their gently used children’s items will receive 66 percent of the sale price with the rest of the profit going to support Manchester Early Learning Center. 
 
The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., with half price from 4-6 p.m. Items include children’s clothing (newborn-14/16), high chairs, swings, maternity clothes, strollers and car seats, toys, games, cribs, and more. 
Posted on 2015 Sep 29
Local high school honors alumni in Hall of Distinction ceremony
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash High School Hall of Distinction Ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 3., in the Wabash Middle School Auditorium.
 
This year, the ceremony will induct Royal Davis, Loren Berry, Charles Showalter, Pat Smith II, Michael Beauchamp, Steven Ford, O.J. Neighbours and Gene Stratton Porter into the Hall.
 
The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
 
The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
 
Posted on 2015 Sep 29

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