by Kalie Ammons
In January of 1913, a group of people who believed in “the present and its opportunities, in the future and its promises [and] in everything that makes life large and lovely” came together to create the Indiana Home Economics Association. Fifty-three years later, the group changed their name to the Indiana Extension Homemaker’s Association, and they still hold true to these values.
The group has learned practical lessons from the start. Common lessons years ago were hat making, sewing, butter churning and operation on a budget. New lessons consist of: the use of credit/debit/gift cards, ID theft and account fraud, foods - the healthy way, and human development.
by Eric Stearley
For Bonnie Reed, Hoosier Point was more than a landmark. It was her work. It was a “jumpin’ truck stop,” and a restaurant full of memories. Above all, it was a gathering place.
“Everybody gathered at Hoosier Point,” said Reed. “It was like a big family.”
Part of what made it like a family for Reed was the fact that much of her family worked in or near the diner. She was employed at the restaurant on multiple occasions. Her husband managed the filling station next door. Her brother and daughter each managed the restaurant at different times. Reed’s father, Fred Hamilton, owned a garage across the road where he worked as a mechanic much of his life.
“It was a home away from home,” said Reed.
On Monday, Oct. 28, the SCS Environmental Contracting excavator engine was fired up and the walls of the historic structure came crashing down.
The landmark was built by Manuel and Ruth Leach in 1958. Half of the building was their home, while the other half housed their business, Leach’s Ice House. The building housed the couple and their two sons, Steve and Donald, for four years. Manuel eventually sold the building to National Oil & Gas, who leased it to every restaurant owner since. The company owned the building for more than five decades and made the final decision to have it demolished after a kitchen fire this past summer.
by Kalie Ammons
Looking for a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween with the kids? Look no farther than Chippewa Street (Roann’s “main drag”). The community will be closing off the street and filling it with family-friendly activities from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Community Building will be serving hot dogs, chips and drinks for those stopping by. There will be children’s games, a bounce house, a cakewalk and a chance to look inside the old cabins and jailhouse and plenty of treats. Hayrides will also be offered.
A costume contest will take place at 6:30 p.m. Participants (up to seniors in high school) will march down the center of the street to show off their costumes.
by Ashley Flynn
Indiana American Water joined the Wabash community leaders and partners in a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for a new 750,000-gallon elevated water storage tank at the city’s Wabash Business Complex.
This $2.2 million project was a collaborative effort between Indiana American Water, the City of Wabash, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, and is part of a larger $6.2 million initiative to place necessary infrastructure to the new complex.
“The placement of the new tank here was the result of a beneficial alignment of parallel interests. We were looking to add elevated storage capacity to our Wabash system and we were aware through our relationships with the Wabash EDG and the Mayor's office that the City was pursuing development of the business park at this location,” Joe Loughmiller, Indiana American Water External Affairs Manager told The Paper.
“A Touch of Arc” Art Show and reception, featuring works created by the South Miami Street Artists, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the Artistica Gallery located at 70 West Market Street is downtown Wabash.
The artwork displayed was created by people with disabilities at Arc of Wabash County, as a result of classes taught by Arc staff artists. Most of the pieces are the result of collaborations between Arc Staff and persons served by Arc.
Art classes began last April when Arc received a grant from REMC’s Operation Roundup. All of the materials used were either purchased using the grant money or donated by Arc staff members, the Lighthouse Mission Thrift Store or Wabash residents. Woods Framing and Art gave Arc a generous discount on the art supplies, matting and framing. Because of the grant and these contributions, classes were made available at no cost to individuals attending Arc who exhibited an interest in learning to express his or herself through art.
Manchester University President Jo Young Switzer has announced her plans to retire June 30, 2014, contributing a legacy of strategic and mission-focused leadership that has transformed the University’s academic breadth, financial strength, enrollment and visibility. The Board of Trustees accepted her retirement Wednesday with deep respect and admiration for a job well done. Trustees also acted on their succession plan, naming executive vice president and dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dave McFadden to the presidency, effective July 1, 2014.
As its first female president, Switzer has led her alma mater to critical successes and exciting community collaborations.
“President Switzer has led Manchester at a pace and with a strategic focus unprecedented in the history of Manchester,” said Marsha Link, chair of the Board of Trustees. “She has led from within and has also risen to great respect across higher education as a dynamic and thoughtful leader.”
Students at a local school district will be using their construction skills to build a new greenhouse. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, Manchester Community Schools received a $25,000 grant to help fund the building of a greenhouse. Math students will do calculations for the greenhouse design, and building trades students will assemble it. After construction is complete, science and agriculture students will use the greenhouse to grow a variety of seeds.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. More than 1,150 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.
“This grant will enable us to provide real-world experience in the fields of math, science, agriculture and technology,” said Janelle McLaughlin, curriculum director. “It will allow for more hands-on education and technology integration that will positively impact student achievement.”
by Kalie Ammons
With the temperature's high just hitting 54 degrees Saturday, the Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Cook-off was the perfect place to go warm up.
This is Wabash's 11th annual chili cook-off. With over 100 booths, the cook-off has raised approximately $60,000 in past years for charity. Bill Gerding and Steve Bowman are the co-founders of this successful event.
Wabash's chili cook-off proudly touts the title as the "largest chili cook-off east of the Mississippi River." Every year, thousands of visitors and chili connoisseurs come to sample over a hundred different chili soups. Some are known for their tasty flavors, some for their unique ingredients and some for their not-so-great attempts.
The hordes of people that swarmed the cook-off on Saturday were each given tickets after being stamped on the hand. The stamp let them try the chili, while the tickets gave them each a vote. Some opted to give all their tickets to the first booth, while others tasted and thought carefully before giving up a single ticket.
Each booth competed not only with their chili, but their attitudes and atmospheres to win over some tickets. Some would dance, sing, brag or even badger people into giving them their tickets. The Boilermakers chose to loudly claim their chili as the best, while the creators of the Amputee Chili used some curiosity and a little bit of fear to get people to drop their tickets.