MANCHESTER SPARTANS | 22 #25 Manchester College fell to 2-1 on the season following an 84-73 home loss to North Central College last weekend. For more on the contest see the Sports Shorts section in this edition.
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WABASH VALLEY DANCE THEATER Wabash Valley Dance Theater’s annual Christmas festival will take place on Dec. 5, 2 p.m., at the Honeywell Center. The event will include brunch, a craft bazaar and a performance by Wabash Valley Dance Theater.
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Training session for Certified Livestock Producers to be held Jan. 25, 2011
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is holding a training session for the Certified Livestock Producer Program on Jan. 25, 2011, at Whitley County Farm Bureau Office, Columbia City. The training will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. The Certified Livestock Producer Program Training will cover five areas: environment, food safety and animal well being, emergency planning, bio-security and being a good neighbor. The Certified Livestock Producer Program is open to any size operation and producers of all species.
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World War II vet shares his story of active duty by Danielle Smith Walter Lengel’s story is similar to the stories of many American men in his age group: he was drafted and served three years in various countries for the duration of World War II. Although many men shared this same experience, they each have unique memories of their time spent overseas. Lengel was drafted in 1943 at 20 years of age. He served under General Patton in the 1st, 3rd and 7th armies and spent nine months at the front lines. “When I was there everyone was drafted,” he said. “I didn’t know anyone that enlisted on purpose unless they were older and had been in the service for awhile.” Lengel’s first stop was Liverpool, England. “We were on the boat three days and never even saw the dock because it was that foggy. We were only 10 feet from the dock,” he said. He spent a few months in Plymouth, England – 90 percent of which was destroyed from bombing – before going into combat in France. “When we went into France is when it got bad. Going from England to France our boat got hit with a mine. It killed 23 men on the boat, then we went on into the beach and took everyone off the boat and they sunk it,” Lengel said. Coming onto Normandy Beach there were no docks. The men would exit the boats directly onto trucks that had been waterproofed. Lengel arrived at Normandy after the beach had already been cleared, so his outfit was being assaulted by snipers only. “We went into the beach at night and we slept in these gliders that were shot down for the first four days. Then we started up on the breakthrough,” Lengel said. The breakthrough was 3 miles wide and 150 miles long, with Germans firing on each side. “That’s when I shot down the plane. I was the third truck in the convoy and I shot the plane down,” he said. After Lengel and his group made it through the breakthrough, their tanks ran out of gas. The men were unable to turn the guns to shoot at the Germans and 33 tanks were taken, each holding five men. Lengel was part of headquarters, which meant that he drove a truck to deliver rations and supplies to their outfit, which consisted of 800 men. “You would haul a load of gas to the front lines then haul a load of prisoners back,” Lengel said. He went on to explain that there were 20 prisoners in each load. For the first six months in France, the men were required to drive without lights on their vehicles at night in order to keep them hidden from the German planes overhead. “An airplane can be five miles up and see you light a match, a lot were killed that way,” Lengel explained. Driving the truck offered many experiences for him: on Christmas of 1944, he drove 300 miles and saw 56 vehicle accidents due to the weather, his assistant driver was shot by a sniper and he hit a mine that blew the floor out of his vehicle. Another duty of Lengel’s was to return displaced persons to their country of origin. “The Germans had brought them down to work and then after we took the towns we had to take these people back to their countries,” he explained. He went on to tell a story of an accident that he witnessed in which a truck with 40 displaced persons went off the edge of a mountain, killing all of the passengers. Lengel was in the town where the Battle of the Bulge occurred, two hours before the battle took place. “I was in there with a jeep to look for supplies and they started dropping German paratroopers,” he said. The 1st Airborne, approximately 25,000 men, was in the town for the battle.
WALTER LENGEL identifies areas which is outfit occupied during World War II. Lengel was drafted in 1943 and spent two years and three days overseas in various countries, primarily France. He was part of headquarters, which means that he drove a truck to deliver supplies and rations to the outfit. (photo by Brent Swan) Lengel’s memory is full of hundreds of anecdotes of different things he experienced during his tour of duty overseas, which lasted two years and three days. He saw countless men injured, transported tons of supplies and people and disarmed bombs. Lengel was told he would be stationed in Japan and was provided specs for the Japanese bombs and mines to study. However, before it was time for him to leave, the war ended and he was discharged. “In 1945, we came back on the SS Westpoint. We were the only boat that was allowed to come back because of the weather,” he said. “I came in at the beach in Virginia, then we went into a big building and they told us we were discharged and gave us a few dollars for a bus fare.” Lengel rode back to Wabash with a friend who was
also discharged. He arrived home at midnight. Now 87 years old, Lengel says he would like to return to France to see what it now looks like. “I’d like to go back to Plymouth, England, and all of them and see how it looks because there wasn’t much of it there when we were there,” Lengel explained. As is the case with many veterans, Lengel cherishes his memories of the service, but says he would not want to experience it again. “You would never make it again. Every time you were on the front lines your chances got worse of whether you would make it back or not,” Lengel said. In closing, Lengel stated that he doubts there are 100 men still living from his outfit.
Commissioners discuss new snow ordinance by Danielle Smith Bob Brown, EMA director, and Steve Downs, county attorney, presented a new snow ordinance to the Wabash County Commissioners at their Nov. 29 meeting. This ordinance would help Wabash County conform to the system that the State uses. In the current snow ordinance, Wabash County may only determine one level of snow emergency, the new ordinance would provide for four levels of emergency: - A Level 1 (Red) “Emergency” Travel Advisory would be declared when roads have become impassable and the County Highway Department is unable to keep the roadways cleared due to severe snowfall and high winds producing high drifts and blizzard like conditions. Travel may be restricted to emergency personnel only and essential emergency travel by members of the public. If this level is declared, all motor vehicle travel on county highways is prohibited. - A Level 2 (Orange) “Warning” Travel Advisory would be declared when conditions are threatening to the public’s safety. Only essential travel is recommended. Emergency action plans have been or should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations. If this level is declared, motorists may travel on
county highways at their own risk. - A Level 3 (Yellow) “Watch” Travel Advisory would be declared when routine travel or activities should be restricted in areas of the county because of a hazardous situation; citizens should use caution to avoid these areas. Schools and businesses should begin to implement their emergency action plans. If this level is declared, motorists should be aware that travel could be restricted on county highways and caution should be used. - A Level 4 (White) “Caution” Travel Advisory would be activated when conditions may develop that limit or hinder travel or activities in isolated areas. No travel restrictions have been imposed, but citizens should be alert to changing road and weather conditions. Vehicles exempt from the effects of declaring a travel advisory are emergency response vehicles, public utility vehicles, towing vehicles, vehicles being operated to care for livestock and any snowmobiles or other off-road vehicles that are declared to be “emergency vehicles” by the coordinator or Sheriff of Wabash County. Residents may monitor the status of travel alerts at Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s website, www.in.gov/dhs, by clicking on Travel Advisory Map.
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Agricultural outlook breakfast to be held Dec. 8 The Wabash County Extension Service and POET Biorefining will present a program titled “Agricultural Outlook Breakfast and PARP Program” at the Wabash County REMC Building on Dec. 8 starting with breakfast at 7:15 a.m., the program will begin at 8 a.m. The program is free to the public and is designed to help farmers, land owners, input suppliers, and those interested in agriculture make better business decisions in the coming year. The “2011 Agricultural Outlook Program” will be presented by Chris Hurt, an agricultural economist from the Purdue campus. Bryan Christjansen, POET Biorefining, will present “Update on Ethanol Production”. The program will also include “Choosing the Right Seed Traits to maximize Pest Control and Yield” by Bob Neilsen, extension specialist, A g r o n o m y Department Purdue University. Next on the program will be “Explaining the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Rule” by Curt Campbell, extension educator ANR, Wabash County. Last on the program will be “Weed Control Update” by Bill Johnson, extension specialist, Botany and Plant Pathology,
Purdue University. Those wishing to receive PARP credit towards re-certification need to be present for the complete program and will also need to pay the fee for credit. U.S. farmers had disappointing corn yields in 2010 and demand remains strong for grains, soybeans, and food around the world. Will there be enough to feed and fuel the world in 2011? The Agricultural Outlook for 2011 will help answer this and other important questions. The Russian drought last summer set the upward grain price pattern in motion. Their reduced production is breathing new life into U.S. exports, which could reach record highs. Much higher wheat prices encouraged U.S. farmers to plant wheat this fall after the lowest Indiana wheat acres on record in 2009. More wheat acres this fall will compete with corn and soybean acres next spring. Thus, the bidding war for 2011 acres is already underway. The volume of corn used for ethanol will set new records in 2011, but the rate of ethanol expansion is slowing sharply. Will there be enough corn acres to meet those demands next year? China excited the corn market last
spring by purchasing U.S. corn for the first time in 15 years. Some believe this could be the beginning of growing Chinese purchases in coming years. Crop prices are up, but so are input costs for 2011. This program will outline which inputs are headed higher and examine the crops that will provide the expected strongest returns next year. The livestock sector recovered somewhat this year after two financially devastating years in 2008 and 2009. Most species have reduced herds and flocks and may now be able to pay $5.00 a bushel for corn and still cover all costs. How will the much higher feed prices impact livestock and dairy production decisions in 2011? Will feed prices move higher than costs? Land values and rents should be headed higher in 2011, but how much and how high can land values and rents rise before they are too high? What are the driving factors to be watching? These and other topics will be covered. The breakfast is being sponsored by POET Biorefining and if you plan to eat breakfast please RSVP to POET at 1866-612-2532 or Wabash CES at 260563-0661 ext. 246.
Christmas in a Canal Town to be held Dec. 4
Christmas in a Canal Town will be held Dec. 4. All activities begin at 9 a.m., vendors will close at 4 p.m. Vendors will be located at the Log Cabin area, Lagro Community Church, Lagro United Methodist Church, Lagro Parks Board and Lagro Community Building. At 11 a.m. the Lagro Town Carolers will perform at the Log Cabin. They will be followed by the Bethel Singers at noon, also at the Log Cabin. At 1:30 p.m., Glenna and Tami Harmon and Suzann Hamilton will perform at Lagro Community Church. At 2 p.m., Minda Lehman will perform dulcimer music at the Log Cabin and “God’s County” will perform at Lagro United Methodist Church. At 3 p.m., Market Street Beat will perform at the Log
Cabin. At 4:30 p.m., the Canal Town Christmas Choir, under the direction of Steve Henderson, will hold a community sing-along and nativity adoration at St. Patrick’s Church. St. Nicholaus will be at the Log Cabin from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be chainsaw carving, kettle corn and roasted nuts. A warming fire and face painting will be located at the Log Cabin. A light lunch will be available at Lagro United Methodist Fellowship Hall. A oneprice meal special will be featured at Lagro Café beginning at 3 p.m. The Interurban Collectables Shop will be open on Basin Street. Tours of St. Patrick’s will begin at 1 p.m. The Bethel Church Nativity will be on the lawn of St. Patrick’s Church beginning at 5:15 p.m.
There will be a Christmas Lighting Contest for city and Lagro Township and a luminary lighting at dark. A Christmas parade with lighted carriages will be held, weather permitting.
Indiana Soybean Alliance sponsorship is part of plan to educate public on production agriculture Did you have your soybeans today? Maybe you did and you don’t even know it. High-quality, highprotein soybean meal is the main food source for Indianagrown beef, dairy, chicken, pork and fish, which makes soybeans a part of most people’s daily diets. Soybeans provide sustainable, farm-grown quality food not only for Hoosiers, but for many others around the country and the world as nearly half of all Indiana soybean meal is exported to other markets. These are just some of the facts visitors to the 2011 Indiana State Fair will learn as the fair celebrates the “Year of Soybeans” presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers. “Indiana soybean farmers are looking forward to connecting with Hoosier consumers at the 2011 Indiana State Fair,” said Indiana Soybean Alliance President Lynn Teel, a farmer from Chalmers. “It’s a great opportunity to start a conversation not only about the many uses of soybeans, but also how Hoosier farmers and their families are caring for our land, our animals and our economy.” According to the most recent statistics, Indiana ranks third in the United States in soybean processing and fourth in production. Hoosier farmers produce 244 million bushels of soybeans annually contributing $2.5 billion to the state’s economy. While most Indiana soybean farmers process their crops
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BONNIE INGRAHAM, president of the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Wabash County, presents a plaque to Brent Dawes, a member of the board of directors, in appreciation of his dedicated service to the board of directors of the Community Foundation. (photo provided) ment to the county has been demonstrated most keenly through his work on the D eve l o p m e n t Committee,” said B o n n i e Ingraham. “Although he is leaving from an active role on the board of directors, Brent will continue as a community volunteer on the D eve l o p m e n t Committee.” Erica Steele, a former Lily Scholar, spoke about the
impact the Foundation has had on her professional career. Beverly executive Ferry, director for the Wabash County Council on Aging, and Cynthia Johnson, director of education from the Learn More Center, reported on how the grants from the C o m m u n i t y Foundation of Wabash County have enhanced their organizations. The Community
Kubacki looks forward to serving her community Nov. 16 marked Organization Day, when all 100 members of the House, including 19 new S t a t e Re p r e s e n t a t ive s , were sworn in by Chief Justice Shepard. The newly-elected
Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma, discussed how all elected officials must be dedicated public servants. S t a t e Representative Rebecca Kubacki (R – Syracuse) was one
of the newly elected State Reps. “There is so much to be done this legislative session. I look forward to working with the Republican Caucus and balancing the budget without raising taxes,” said
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Saturday, December 4th 2-4 p.m. Walgreens will be taking pictures with Santa for a donation of $1.00 each. All proceeds are going to the Wabash County Animal Shelter. Bring the kids and your pets and spent the afternoon with our very special visitors. Refreshments will be served! Don’t forget to register for free gift certificates donated by Walgreens & J&K’s Mega Pet.
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Kubacki. In September, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative plan, addressing jobs, education, spending and standing up to Washington, D.C. At the time, Leader Bosma also noted that he wanted to ‘reach across the aisle’ and ‘bring civility back to the house chamber’. Today, Speaker Bosma reinforced the legislative plan, and the importance of working together for the future of Indiana. “I look forward to serving my community and listening to their needs on the tough issues that we have approaching this legislative session,” said Rep. Kubacki.
December 1, 2010
Police seek information in burglary of Goodfella’s Pizza
Wabash Police Department is investigating a business burglary that occurred during the evening hours of Nov. 2. Goodfella’s Pizza, 1118 Stitt St., Wabash, was broken into and an undetermined amount of U.S. currency was taken. The suspects also damaged computer monitors and equipment. If you have knowledge about this crime, Crime Stoppers wants to hear from you. You could receive up to a $1,000 reward if you have information that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information on other felony crimes not featured as crime of the week and on the capture of fugitives. Call Wabash County Crime Stoppers at 260-563-5821 or toll-free at 1-866665-0556 and give us your information, not your name.
WABASH HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 gathered for a reunion Aug. 13 and 14. Classmates and guests visited Charley Creek Gardens, the Kunkel Cruise-In and downtown Wabash. Principal Jason Callahan gave classmates an informative tour of the school followed by the class picture at the main entrance. Dinner was served at the Elks Lodge and music was provided by Monte Sieburns, which concluded the weekend. Classmates pictured are: (from left) front, Rick Stephens, Linda Dorais Zolman, Tyann Walter Snyder, Dee McCune Wall, Pricilla Rumpf Etter, Linda Chaplin Brooks, David Daine and Tom Leland; second row, Sondra Schlemmer Douglas, Judy Witkoske Eltzroth, Christine Hamilton Bucher, Carol Mattern Stefanatos, Judy Hurt Keown, Alicia Hetzner, Jodee Hoffman, Donna Airgood Friedersdorf and Darrell Jolly; third row, Cheryl Rettig Carpenter, Marion “Skip” Hattabaugh, Candace Campbell Hattabaugh, Janet Cartwright Choudhry, Jerry Price, Mona Leaky Friedersdorf, Doug Friedersdorf, David Idle, Ellen Hays West, Danny Schlemmer, David Larrowe and Robert Courtney; fourth row, Greg Pettit, John Eltzroth, John Brainard, Terry Brewer, John Lehner, Jessee Williams, Jim Green and David McCombs. Attending, but not pictured, were Linda Mason Mears, Sandra Bilodeau Chester, Joe McSpadden, Theresa Hanneken Gray, Sandra Renbarger Lane, John Friend, John Webb, Paul Johnson, Patsy Vrooman Myers, Leslie Shoemaker Kaiser, Phillip “Woody” Woodward and Ron Green. (photo provided)
North Manchester Historical Society to host an evening of Christmas music
On Dec. 13, the community is invited to an evening of Christmas music as a way for the North Manchester Historical Society to thank the community for their interest and support. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Timbercrest Assembly Room. Contact Carl for reservations at 260-982-2216 or Evelyn at 260-9826777. Call by noon on Dec. 10. The program begins at 6:40 p.m. and is free to the public. Everyone is welcome. In 1974, three volunteer women, Becky Waas, Hazel Keller and Eunice Brightbill, were working as a committee to establish activities for the residents of Timbercrest. They determined a need for an outlet of singing together in three or four part harmony. Many of the residents had participated in community or church choirs prior to their move to Timbercrest, and they felt some people would enjoy this activity. Becky Waas served as the first director. The people sang for their own enjoyment but were also available for programs and worship opportunities that happened at Timbercrest. When the position of director of activities was established, the choir continued. Marlin Brightbill took over the director’s position. He served in this capacity until his final illness. Mary Coe filled in for Marlin when he was hospitalized and was asked to continue after his death. She is the current director. The choir has a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music. They have, in past years, participated in combined choir experiences with several other Senior Living Centers. The choir members are all current members of the Timbercrest family. Wanda Miller serves as their accompanist. The average age of its members is somewhere within the senior citizen range. The biggest joy is the making of music together for the enrichment of the family living at Timbercrest and other friends.
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WINNERS OF THE $2,000 WCH FOUNDATION CASH RAFFLE drawing were (from left): Julie Echard, Jill Vigar, Bill Barrows, Patty Godfroy and Steffany Pegg. The five Wabash County YMCA employees went together to purchase one $20 ticket. Their $4 won them $400 each. Other raffle winners were Robert Beauchamp, who won $10,000, and Vickie Keller, Peru, $1,000. Nearly $16,000 was raised through the raffle, all of which will be applied toward the purchase of DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY for the hospital. The WCH Foundation extends its thanks to all who purchased and sold tickets. Top sellers were Kim Bishop who sold 120 tickets and the hospital’s SpringSide Life CareCenter staff who sold 75. (photo provided)
Miami County awarded Economic Development Administration Grant The Miami County E c o n o m i c D e v e l o p m e n t Authority (MCEDA) recently received big news from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic D e v e l o p m e n t Administration (EDA). The EDA announced the approval of a $2.5 million grant as the last piece in a financing package to bring 200
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very pleased that I could help put the final piece of the puzzle in place. Now Hoosiers hit so hard by the downturn in the economy, have a new opportunity for some good paying jobs.” Don Cates, Chairman of the Miami County E c o n o m i c D e v e l o p m e n t Authority, remarked, “This is fantastic news. In addition to C o n g re s s m a n Burton’s efforts, the community received non-partisan support and assistance from Senator Lugar, Senator Bayh, C o n g re s s m a n Donnelly, and C o n g re s s m a n Ellsworth and their staff ’s with this project – thank you. A special thanks to Phil Lehmkuler, State Director of USDA; Robert Sawyer, Director EDA Chicago Regional Office; and Governor Daniels for their leadership and vision in support of this project as well. It is refreshing when all of us, local, state and Federal officials and agencies work together to improve local, regional and State economies and create jobs. An aviation project, such as this, has been the vision for the redevelopment of Grissom for a long time by local and regional entities. This project is an excellent example of how our local and region al economy of North Central Indiana can become more diversified and stable.“
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LAFONTAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL recently hosted “Family Reading Night” to get the whole family involved in reading fun. Activities for the evening included a Book Walk, Book Bingo, a bookmark craft, guest readers on hand dressed as popular book characters and the annual school Book Fair. All activities were centered around a beach theme. Students and families could visit as many of the stations as they wished, as well as stop off in the cafeteria for a “beach” treat. Annually, LaFontaine Elementary hosts these Family Fun Nights to promote student/parent interaction, as well as to increase awareness of school-wide educational goals, particularly in math, reading, and writing. Money raised from the Book Fair will be used to purchase new books for the library. Dr. Sandra Weaver, superintendent of MSD, is pictured dressed as Fancy Nancy, prepared to read the book, Fancy Nancy. (photo provided)
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Grain prices moved higher this year and the costs of growing them are likely to do the same in the year ahead, according to Purdue University estimates. The 2011 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide projects that farmers could see double-digit increases in variable costs, which include fertilizer, seed, pesticides, fuel, machinery and other expenses not related to labor or land rental. The guide is available by going online to http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/exten sion/pubs/index.asp and clicking on “2011 Purdue Crop Guide.” While prices for corn, soybeans and wheat are up from this past spring, farmers will need those higher returns to offset a spike in variable crop production costs, said Bruce Erickson, Purdue’s director of cropping systems management and a crop guide contributor. “For rotational corn, which is most of the corn in Indiana, our estimates show variable costs in 2011 up around 13 percent compared with 2010,” Erickson said. “Soybean production costs will be up around 6 percent, and for winter wheat
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North Manchester resident Music shares concerns about property taxes remembers earlier times Dear editor, A song by Alan Jackson called “Remember When” keeps playing in my head and I’m trying not to cry. I remember when I heard our pets were being poisoned by dog food from China and our babies’ plastic bottles and toys contained lead paint. I thought, “The U.S. won’t put up with that!” Then we did. I remember when clothes didn’t need an extra button in a bag, and we didn’t put up with poor quality. It’s no longer an oddity for something brand new to fail or break. I remember when Americans were able to be as self-sufficient as they wanted to be. Then there’s a homeowner in Georgia who was fined $5,000 for planting too many vegetables, selling and giving some away, as he had always done. I remember when jobs were everywhere and our homes were our most valuable asset. We could call or write our Congress and they seemed to listen. Schools taught us how to think, not what to think. Kids could excel without being restrained until everyone else caught up so others wouldn’t feel bad. I remember when our elderly were revered because they have wisdom from years of hardship and heartache. They taught, we listened and are better off for it. Children were loved and cared for, and only smacked down for real offenses like disrespecting parents. (Not condoning violence against children). I remember when the President worked tirelessly on behalf of America instead of being on a perpetual vacation, campaigning and telling the rest of the world that no country should be more prosperous than any other. What does that tell you? Redistribution is a one-way ticket to the rest of the world. It’s not meant for us. I’ve never noticed the world’s poor being better off with billions of our tax dollars because it rarely reaches them. But I’ve noticed world leaders living in palaces while the “little” people around them starve to death. Obama says America can absorb a terrorist attack. Instead of telling the world we will make sand of our attackers, he bows and says we can take it! Where can we “absorb” an attack? Washington D.C.? That would be my guess. Who’s expendable? New York? Vegas? Wabash? No we can’t, it’s unacceptable. Anyone else wonder how unemployment stays at 9.6 percent, and inflation remains “low”? The numbers are being fixed. Obama says the recession is over and we are on the right track. Translation? They’ve put “stupid” in the water and expect us to drink it. Some say that we deserve to lose everything for having slaves, and pushing Indians onto reservations. I wasn’t there. If I was I’d be in that forgotten group of people that believed no human being should be owned or displaced. I’m not now, never have been and not until Jesus comes back will I be perfect. Only then by His grace do I expect to “squeak” by. I pray Psalm 109:8 for our President: “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.” May God bless us all. Pat Hammons North Manchester
Winchester Senior Center to offer reading with Head Start Reading to children has many benefits to it. Some of them include language and speech development, preparing them for school and it helps to increase their vocabulary. The children from the Head Start program will be joining Winchester Senior Center on Dec. 15 at 10:15 a.m. for Story Time. The Winchester Senior Center is looking for individuals to help read to the children. Do you have children’s books that they would enjoy? Feel free to bring children’s books and join us for a fun morning of reading
to the Head Start children! Help us to help make a difference in their lives. Please call 260-5634475 to reserve a spot to be a reading instructor. The Winchester Senior Center offers many different opportunities for seniors to make a difference in the community. To find out more information about opportunities to at the Winchester Senior Center, log onto our website at www.livingwellinwabashcounty.org or contact Megan McKillip at 260-5634475. Winchester Senior Center is operated by Wabash
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Dear editor, I appreciate the opportunity for public input on the User Fee Special Assessment before the Solid Waste Board of Directors have to make difficult decisions affecting our community. I have several issues to be considered. In the most recent election on the ballot was the referendum for the property tax caps for Indiana. The voters voted and the referendum passed by a large margin. I believe this proved that local property owners need some type of stability and at this time cannot afford higher taxes. If the user fee was passed, I believe this would open the door for other private businesses, schools and other governmental branches to use property taxes as a way to pay and manage their budgets. Unemployment benefits will be ending for a lot of local residents on Nov. 30. Total benefits of 99 weeks were given. On Nov. 12, the food bank sponsored another of the ongoing food for families in need. The event was held at the same location as always at the Dallas Winchester Senior Center, Bond Street. At this time, families in need started lining up several hours before the event. Vehicles were in a continuous line from the entrance of the park on Hill Street to the east all the way to Cass Street. This is over one mile of vehicles with families in need of food and services from
our community. This event lasted several hours with continuous lines. I have been fortunate with employment with the City of Wabash for 27 years, and also have been a property investor and manager. I have never seen so many vacant properties and properties in such disrepair. We have vacant properties in all neighborhoods. We have local realtors and local property managers closing and going out of business. In my opinion, the local business owners cannot afford another tax. Most property managers that are left in business will have to pass this expense on to the tenants. Considering all the foreclosures and tenants that have lost their
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Santa Claus to visit North Manchester on Dec. 4 The retail division of the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce is welcoming Santa Claus to North Manchester on Dec. 4. Santa will be arriving at the The Firehouse downtown on a fire truck at 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon, Santa will be at the The Firehouse for all little girls and boys to have a picture taken with him along with cookies and hot chocolate. Santa will be bringing with him a live Reindeer, we are not sure which one it will be, but it will be one of his best. Dave Randall of Werking Studio will be taking pictures for a small fee. For more information call the North Manchester Chamber office at 260982-7644.
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CAMO BELT BRANNON WALL AND GREEN BELT GARRETT HOERDT attended an American Taekwondo Association (ATA) tournament at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne on Sept. 11.Brannon was awarded a first place trophy for sparring and a second place trophy for forms. Garrett received a fourth place trophy in forms. Brannon and Garrett attend class at Risner’s Taekwondo in North Manchester. (photo provided)
Richvalley Extension Homemakers met R i c h v a l l e y E x t e n s i o n Homemakers Club met in the home of Angie Baer on CR 300 N. Shiela Sluss was co-hostess. Joyce Brewer presided the meeting and thanked the hostesses, Angie and Shiela, and quoted the thought of the month, “The most valuable antiques are old friends.” Patty Sausaman led the Pledge of Allegiance; Angie Baer led the pledge to the Christian flag. The club creed was recited by members present.
For inspiration, Shiela Sluss read the importance of understanding one another for compatibility. The song of the month, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”, was recited, led by Joyce Brewer, with deep thought of appreciation of what we have. Roll call was answered to “What are you thankful for?” by Angie Baer, Joyce Brewer, Ruth Dyson, Jane Long, Patty Sausaman, Shiela Sluss and Laura Coldren. Ruth Dyson gave a treasurer’s report. For citizenship, Angie Baer reported about the downtown theater renovation and how nice it looks and memories of going there and seeing it again and seeing the Charlie Creek Hotel inside and how well downtown streets are looking with
improvements. Shiela Sluss, Patty Sausaman and Ruth Dyson reported on the Carry In Carry Out program they enjoyed in October, put on by Miami County Extension Clubs. All club members who participated in Wabash County election meals are thanked. The food was good and enjoyed. Those who worked are appreciated too. Ruth Dyson gave a report about the craft bazaar at the REMC building. Joyce Brewer discussed the County Extension meeting that took place that afternoon in the courthouse office. The Kid-o-Rama went well, 300 attended. More adult help is needed. Those who do help enjoy doing it. Cards were signed for Bonita
Kirtlan and Sue Mitting. The next meeting will be Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m., at Peru Civic Center, for Christmas brunch. Bring a gift for a teenaged girl at White’s Family Services Cottage. Election of club officers will be held also. Next Kid-o-Rama will be Dec. 14, 1 - 3 p.m., at the Honeywell Center. I n d i a n a E x t e n s i o n Homemakers clubs will be 100 years old in 2013, there will be a special conference at Purdue. The meeting ended with club prayer.
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With prizes totaling $584 dollars worth of gift certificates from participating businesses, the holiday season is going to be a lot easier on the bank account this year. The following businesses have put together a â€œraffleâ€? for first, second and third prize consisting of gift certificates from each participant in different denominations for each place. Businesses include At Home Again, Cottage Creations Florist & Gifts, Harting Furniture Gallery, Hireâ€™s Gifts & Electronics, Nordmannâ€™s Nook, One World Handcrafts, Inc., Main View Inn, Pizza Hut, The Creative Stitch, Seifertâ€™s High 5 Sports, Kenapocomocha Coffee Shop and CafĂŠ, Zookâ€™s CafĂŠ and The Studio Jewelers. The rules are as follows: - Each customer will need five paid receipts with the name of a participating business and they need to be dated between Nov. 12 and Dec. 13. No limit on entries. - The customer will need to return the five paid receipts to a participating business (look for the display poster) or the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce office. The customer will need to fill out a â€œraffle ticketâ€? that will be provided at these locations and attach the five paid receipts to the back of the raffle ticket and drop into a Snowflake box that will be located at all participating businesses by the deadline of Dec. 13. - The winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Dec. 13 by the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Winners will be notified by phone. - First, second and third place prizes consist of gift certificates of different denominations from each participating business. â€œWe feel like this is a great way to promote our businesses in North Manchester as well as an opportunity for shoppers. Not only can they get their holiday shopping done in town, they have an opportunity to win some great gift certificates that would be very helpful in finishing up their shopping for this Christmas season,â€? said Chamber Executive Director Tim McLaughlin. The Snowflake Jubilee is sponsored by the Retail Committee, a division of the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 260-982-7644.
Manchester Symphony Orchestra announces concert on Dec. 5 â€œItâ€™s a Wonderful Christmas Concert,â€? is the name given for the next concert of Manchester Symphony Orchestra. Join the Sing-a-Long and other familiar Christmas melodies on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m., with early membersâ€™ seating at 2:30 p.m. The concert is held in Cordier
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