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Pathfinders cuts ribbon on newest group home

Pathfinder Services CEO Danielle Tips and Wabash Mayor Scott Long cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the newest Pathfinder group home in Wabash.

The home, located on Half Street, is the third in Wabash and the fourth in Wabash County. There also is a Pathfinder group home in North Manchester.

The 4,000-square-foot home will house seven Pathfinder clients.

“We are so thankful for our partners who have helped make this possible,” Tips said during a brief ceremony before the ribbon cutting. “As you know, aging in place is such an important aspect for everyone, especially for individuals with disabilities. That, in combination with finding affordable, accessible housing is an issue in communities all across the state.

“We are so thankful to have such great partners who have helped make that possible for the individuals we support.”

Posted on 2021 Apr 06
Montessori School spends class time in great outdoors

When Addie Neher, director of the Montessori School at Wabash Prebyterian school, had the idea for a summer forest school, she imagined a “school that provides an opportunity for children to develop a strong, tangible relationship with the natural world.”

“I sent an email to the ACRES Foundation back in March of 2020,” Neher told The Paper of Wabash County.  “With thanks to Casey Jones, Grady Stout, the Asherwood Property Manager, and Jason Kissel, Executive Director of ACRES, we were able to get a program up and running by July 2020. The school developed a morning program that included exploration hours, hiking, journal reflections, and so much more.”

Last summer, the program had 20 students, ages 3 through 9.

“The kids seemed to really love it! We’ve been back a couple times over the school year. When we come back to school, many students ask me, ‘When will we go back to forest school?’” said Neher.

Posted on 2021 Apr 06
Wabash CrossFit moves

Wabash CrossFit, previously located in the Wabash Village Shopping Center, cut the ribbon to its new location at 120 W. Canal St. in Downtown Wabash, during First Friday festivities on Friday, April 2.

“We wanted to wish you the best of luck with coming downtown,” said Keith Gillenwater, CEO of Grow Wabash County, during the event. “I know we started talking about a year and a half ago or so when you started looking for a facility downtown and finding the right place downtown that had high enough ceilings to actually accommodate what you do. I’m glad you were able to find this. (Your business) is a great fit for the revitalization of our community, a healthy community, a strong community.”

 
Posted on 2021 Apr 06
Area program has new assistant director

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County School Board members met to conduct business on Tuesday, March 23.

During this meeting, donations were approved for a total of $360.

Tiffani Flora was approved as the new Assistant Director of Special Education for the Wabash-Miami Area Program.

Summer School programming was discussed and approved, which includes new programs such as “Minds in Action,” a program similar to the former “Science in Motion,” along with the Supervised Agriculture Experience Program. Additional educational advancements and remediations will be offered as well. More information on summer school options will be provided to the public in the coming weeks.

Also, during the meeting, staff and students were recognized from each school.

Southwood and Northfield students who performed in the County Honors Band and Choir performance on Friday, March 12 were congratulated.

Congratulations were given to the Southwood Boys' Basketball Team on their season, which resulted in a Regional Championship, making it to the final four teams in Class A basketball.

Posted on 2021 Mar 30
AYC begins family recovery program

A new family recovery support group has started at The Access Youth Center (AYC).

The group – Access Recovery Family Style – will meet from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at The Access, 74 W. Canal St., and from 6-8 Fridays at Wabash Alliance Church, 1200 N. Cass St. Meals will be served at both sites.

Melissa Middleton will lead programming at both locations.

The new group was made possible through a round of emergency relief grants, according to AYC Director Liz Hobbs.

The organization, she said, was contacted by Wabash County United Fund Executive Director Steve Johnson about the grant.

“But there was a difference in that the grant was going to have a quick turnaround time,” she said. “Like maybe the money will be released to those approved in March, but it had to be spent by July.”

AYC officials had discussed doing some type of recovery program in the past.

“When I mentioned that to Steve from United Fund, he said, ‘You know, part of this grant is for addition and recovery and resources and help,’ Hobbs continued. “All areas of life have been affected by COVID-19, and recovery is no different. That’s kind of where it all started.

“It’s all happening very quickly, and we’re excited about it.”

Posted on 2021 Mar 30
Honoring heroes: Work to begin this summer on Hero Memorial

Officials from Visit Wabash County, in partnership with the City of Wabash, is pleased to announce a Hero Memorial to be installed in late summer 2021. 

The memorial will be located just north of the Wabash River on south Wabash Street and will replace the hero banner program that launched in 2019 and concludes in the fall of 2021.

“The Hero Banner Program was an incredible success,” said Christine Flohr, executive director of tourism for Visit Wabash County who helped manage the project on behalf of the City.  “There are so few lampposts available compared to the number of individuals who wanted to purchase a banner in honor of their loved one, especially when you have to take into account the lampposts that hold Christmas decorations in the winter months. The Mayor and I knew we wanted to come up with another option that would allow for more citizens to show gratitude for those who have served or are currently serving in the military, fire, and safety field.”  

The design for the hero memorial was created by David Hines, local engineer for Schlemmer Brothers Metalworks.  The memorial will include three 7-foot stainless steel pillars with decorative caps.  Each pillar will have the ability to display the names of 252 heroes. 

Posted on 2021 Mar 23
City Schools honors Swan Award recipients

The members of the Wabash City Schools board met on Monday, March 15. During this meeting the board presented the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Kathy Swan awards.

“At the high school, what we do, is I send out an email to all of the employees at the high school to figure out who are good nominees for this award,” Wabash High School principal Kyle Weiland said. “We received a lot of different names from each grade level, and once those are all submitted, I send out a poll to all of the teachers and they get to select who they think is the most deserving recipient each year. We have so many, but each one of them that will be recognized tonight is very deserving for their contributions to Wabash High School. One of the things I really encourage my teachers to think about is, you know, which are those students that make you excited to come to school each day, which ones are doing the right thing each and every day, which ones are treating each other, their peers, their teachers with respectful ways, and truly making this a great place to learn and teach and I’ve had positive experiences with each and every one of these students so I’m excited to recognize them.”

The 2020 winners were: Jorri Booth, Hunter Jones, Jaqobie Griffith, Maddie Helsel and Cody Ballschmidt.

“Jorri is a hardworking, diligent student who takes pride in her work,” said Booth’s industrial technology teacher, Shaun Eiler. 

“She takes the time to do things right the first time, and strives to turn in the best projects in every single class. And more importantly, she is also willing to help out students she sees struggling without any prodding from the teacher.”

Math teacher Niko Macaluso said of Jones, “I appreciate that Hunter actively participates in class discussions and always has a positive attitude when it comes to class. He has a tremendous work ethic when it comes to his academics and even when things get tough, he just doesn’t quit.”

Posted on 2021 Mar 23
Shenefield family honored

Clover Blossom Honey and the Shenefield family were honored Wednesday night, March 10, as the 2020 Farm Family of the Year.

The recognition came during Grow Wabash County’s Salute to Agriculture Dinner.

Clover Blossom owner Dave Shenefield, along with his sister, Beth, and his son, Derek, accepted the award on behalf of the family from Steve and Lisa Flack, the 2019 Farm Family of the Year recipients.

Howard Halderman, chair of the Grow Wabash County Ag Committee, introduced the Shenefields and explained why they were chosen for the honor.

“We want to recognize someone who does it right,” he said. “They do it right from an environmental stand point. They do it right from an economic standpoint. And they really make a contribution to the world.”

Posted on 2021 Mar 16

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