by Sandy Johnson
Downtown at the Honeywell Center, the parking lot and plaza were filled with families during the annual Kid-O-Rama on Saturday, Sept. 20. This year’s theme, “Chalk One Up for the Arts,” starred temporary street artist, David Zinn, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who took the stage at 11:30 am. He demonstrated his talents by drawing on a section of the plaza stage using sidewalk chalk and charcoal. Within two hours, Zinn created a most impressive piece of art featuring his mascot, Sluggo, and a flying pig.
Zinn has been creating chalk art for over five years now.
“I started doing it in my driveway,” said Zinn. “Then someone suggested I take it a step further and draw in public, downtown.”
After several downtown gigs, art festivals, other events in the Ann Arbor area, and showing his art online, a new venture evolved. In addition to local events in his hometown, Zinn has traveled to different cities drawing on sidewalks and talking to children about art. During his week in Wabash, Zinn also visited some local schools where he spoke with the students about drawing and creating chalk art on the school playground.
Besides Zinn, there were many activities going on at the Kid-O-Rama. Children and adults created their own chalk art on the plaza. Many local businesses had booths with activities and trinkets for the kids. Free train rides were offered as well as an inflatable bounce house, a rock climbing wall, mini carnival rides, and pedal cart races. Brian from Brian’s Balloons also made an appearance with his giant bag of balloons. He spent the afternoon twisting balloons of various colors to create the perfect balloon object or animal for the kids.
by Emily Armentrout
Tommy and Trystin Music, a father-son karate duo of Wabash County and members of the United States Karate team, medaled at the Association for International Sports for All, which is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, after being in karate for only six years.
“Trystin started when he was in kindergarten. Trystin started before me. My wife took care of everything and one evening, she needed me to pick up Trystin from karate. I came down and met Sensei Castro and it sparked from there,” Tommy Music told The Paper.
Every year, the father-son duo traveled to Fort Wayne for a 3-day karate seminar. One year, the assistant head coach of the United States Martial Arts Karate team was as the seminar and 8-year-old Trystin caught her eye. “This is not a team were you just show up and say you want to be on the team. You get a formal invitation,” explained Tommy.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, Tractor Supply Co. partnered with Petfinder.com to host pet adoptions as part of Pet Appreciation Week. The Wabash County Animal Shelter brought two adoptable dogs to the event: Shilo, a terrier mix with a sweet disposition, and Sasha, an energetic and lovable brindle pit bull mix.
In addition to pet adoptions, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network was on site for the first time in the Wabash TSC parking lot. A non-profit organization from Indianapolis known for training dogs to assist children and adults with physical and/or developmental conditions such as diabetes, autism or mobility-related disabilities, ICAN came to the area to promote their mission.
Staff members brought three dogs: Senna, a golden-lab mix; Tuck, a 12-week-old golden retriever pup; and, Mack, a black lab. Throughout their visit, the dogs demonstrated their service abilities by turning a light switch on and off, nudging a person to alert them, opening a cabinet door and more. The dogs showed tremendous discipline and focus as they went through their commands.
To better understand what ICAN does, Director of Development and Outreach Denise Sierp explained the process of training the dogs for placement.
“Right now, all training is done in the prisons by inmates,” Sierp said. “First, the pups work in a male facility where they go through some training. Then they are shipped to a women’s facility to train for a particular family or person. It is a two-year training process for the dogs and takes plenty of time, money and resources,” she added.
Word was received by Teresa Galley, manager of the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program, that the Wabash Middle School film project, completed earlier this year, has been accepted into the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, set to take place between Oct. 24 and Nov. 2.
“More than 1,000 student-made films were submitted for the competition, and only 15 films were selected in the “Child Produced/Ages 6 – 14” category. We are especially excited because this is the first time EOP brought a film project to the schools,” said Galley.
Under the guidance of sixth grade teachers Amy Degitz and Natalie Unger, twenty-seven Wabash Middle School students had the opportunity to work with Glasseye Productions, a film production company based in Manchester, England. Working with filmmaker Danny Lomax, the students spent seven days immersed in the film production process from story-boarding to writing the final script, from auditioning for roles to learning the roles behind the camera. The end result is an “anti-bullying themed” short film that runs just under 9 minutes. The world premiere of “#OurSelfie” was held in the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre at the end of the project, including a screening of the movie and a film festival-style Q&A session with the 6th and 7th grade team.
How do you help yourself, your company and your community, all at the same time? By participating in an all new, dynamic, hands-on, half-day positive coaching workshop offered by HR Ideas Unlimited. The workshop will take place at the REMC Building, located at 350 Wedcor Avenue in Wabash, on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
In business, leaders have to be both coaches and managers. To lead effectively, we need to know when to wear which hat. Positive coaching can increase your managerial effectiveness by understanding how and when to direct, delegate, or develop. This Positive Coaching for Results workshop is specifically designed for people who supervise and manage others and want to master the wide variety of coaching tools and methods available.
Positive Coaching for Results will be facilitated by area business professional, Alan Siepker, a local HR Manager, who will share his expertise in the field of management development and coaching.
Do you know what to do when an employee doesn’t achieve the desired results or behaviors expected or when an employee’s performance or conduct negatively affects their job, productivity, or the work environment?
The answer is, a leader must step in promptly to inform the employee that the situation must change or adverse consequences may result. There is a basic coaching model to assertively and positively coach individuals from whom a behavior change is expected.
Positive Coaching for Positive Results can yield consistent, positive results and actions by designing and delivering an assertive and direct message, while maintaining a polite, respectful, and supportive approach with the individual you are coaching.
What approach can a leader take to give an employee feedback without damaging the working relationship?
The keys to Positive Coaching are the consistent application of nine (9) action steps to improve performance and conduct. During this workshop, explore the use of I-Statements and When I-Statements to identify the behavior to be corrected in a way that is non-accusatory. Learn how and when empathy can be used to demonstrate support or understanding. In addition, expand your effective application of positive and negative consequences to improve, change, or extinguish certain behaviors.
Workshop exercises include how to explain the impact an employee’s behavior is having on others so that they can see the connection between the deficiency and outcome desired. Become skilled in recognizing the warning signs of employee anger and emotion and the process to anticipate and de-escalate negative responses while maintaining dignity and respect for the individual.
by Emily Armentrout
Wabash County residents came out in full force on this chilly pre-fall weekend to support the Relay for Life again this year. With 30 teams coming out and approximately 100 survivors leading the way, the Relay for Life officially got underway at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.
Though it was a chilly evening, relay teams came prepared to continue the fight to find a cure for all cancers. Teams had everything from RVs to tents and sold food and crafts, had a bounce house for kids play in and there was even a booth to get your nails painted.
With the survivor’s lap celebration officially kicking the evening off, teams, caregivers, friends and family lined the track to cheer on the approximately 100 survivors in attendance. After the first lap was taken, all the survivors gathered for a group photo and then pinned their survivor ribbons on their respective year makers. The makers started at “beginning the journey” and upwards to over 15 years.
Luminaries will also available in remembrance of those who have lost the battle with cancer. Cancer has touched the lives of so many in not only Wabash County but across the nation, and the Relay for Life brings that fact to light with the 30 teams participating this year. Each team has a reason to participate, each team member has a reason they are a part of the relay, whether it be in remembrance of a lost loved one or support of someone still fighting the battle.
by Sandy Johnson
Thirteen beauties lined the street in front of the Wabash County Historical Museum on Saturday, September 13. As part of International Model ‘A’ Ford Day, Tom Louten from Andrews organized a group to drive into Wabash in their Model A Ford cars, tour the museum, and enjoy a meal at Harvey Hinklemeyers.
The antique autos drew the attention of many curious onlookers. Some stopped to peek inside the cars, while others drove by and took pictures. The Model A Ford cars, produced in the years 1928-1931, were painted different colors, including shades of green and red, as well as tan and black. Each vehicle had its own unique character, depending on the style and what personal touches its owners provided.
The 18th annual Wabash Kiwanis Club Bucket Brigade for Riley Children’s Hospital will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year the Kiwanis will be located outside six local stores including Kroger, Bechtol, Wal-Mart, Big R, Walgreens and Save-A-Lot.
Wabash Kiwanis members along with Wabash and Northfield Key Club members will be accepting donations that will be sent to Riley. This year, the Indianapolis Colts have again joined with the Wabash Kiwanis Club project by donating a Colts backpack containing several Colts items.
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