by Emily Armentrout
Timbercrest Retirement Community celebrated its 125th anniversary, coming up in 2014, with 125 beautifully decorated Christmas trees during its Festival of Trees.
Over 50 trees, sponsored by area businesses and organizations, were on display throughout Timbercrest Manor for the community’s enjoyment.
Timbercrest also hosted a craft bazaar and gave children the opportunity to meet and greet with Santa Claus himself. Visitors enjoyed cocoa bars sponsored by the News Journal, The Paper, Hoffman Nursery & Landscaping, Metzger Landscaping and Crossroads Bank.
The hallways were decorated with wreaths on residents’ doors, each hallway leading to another beautifully lit tree.
Timbercrest is overwhelmed by the community’s support and they deeply appreciate the sponsors and volunteers who made the Festival of Trees such a success.
By Bill Barrows
December basketball in Wabash County is important as conference matchups begin to build and coaches begin to evaluate adjustments within their own teams. The schedule for the second week of December starts out slow, but builds toward the weekend.
On Tuesday, the Lady Norse travel to Taylor for a non conference game, while the Lady Apaches travel up to Warsaw for a challenging test. On Wednesday, the Lady Knights host Mississinewa. On Thursday, the Manchester Squires host Warsaw in a matchup that will give the Squires a gauge as to how they stack up early in the season.
The weekend offers a full slate of games. On Friday, 3 county teams are in action. On the Boys side, Maconaquah travels to Wabash for a non conference affair. The Lady Squires of Manchester will be at Whitko for a conference game that is also a border battle. The lone county matchup of the week is the Lady Norse traveling to the south end of the county to take on the Lady Knights at Southwood. Wabash WebTV will broadcast that Metro Matchup starting around 7 p.m. Join the Harness Brothers, Rick and Tim, for all of the game action.
by Gary Andrews
The Wabash Middle School 8th grade boys’ basketball team competed in the Tippecanoe Valley Holiday Classic Tournament this weekend. In first round action the Apaches competed against the host Vikings. Following a slow start, Wabash went on to win 47-26. Luke Mattern had 18 points. Austin Vinopal had 12 points. Seth Yeadon had 10 points. Kory Fuller had 2 points. Austin Spangle had 4 points and Austin Cooper had 1 point.
Wabash went on to play Crestview in the Championship Game.
The Wabash Middle School 8th grade boys’ basketball team faced Crestview MS from Huntington in the championship game of the Tippecanoe Valley Holiday Classic on Saturday Dec. 7 at Tipp Valley. Using a fast start and a large offensive second quarter where the Apaches outscored Crestview 19-4, Wabash never let up and won 58-31.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood girls’ basketball team went on the road to Rochester Saturday, falling to the Zebras in overtime 58-56.
The two teams played an even first half, being tied 11-11 after the first quarter and 24-24 at the half.
The Lady Knights would out score Rochester 10-8 in the third to take a 34-32 lead after three, only to be out scored 18-16 in the fourth to force overtime tied at 50.
Rochester would out score the Knights 8-6 in overtime for the 58-56 final.
Leading the Lady Knights was Haley Heath with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assist, and 2 steals. Katie Stouffer added 12 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assist, 5 blocks. Amy Bowman had 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assist, and 2 steals. Brooke Elliott had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assist. Emilie Harnish had 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assist, and 3 steals. Abby Houlihan had 2 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Meranda Friend had 1 rebound, 1 assist.
The Community Foundation of Wabash County recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.
“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that the Community Foundation of Wabash County has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and administration. With over 200 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
“This is critically important to our donors,” said Patty Grant, Community Foundation of Wabash County’s Executive Director.
by Kalie Ammons
Rachael Polk, owner and creator of Vapor Place, has a story that many people can relate to.
“I went to college and became a smoker, and my parents weren’t very happy,” Polk said.
After coming home from her freshmen year of college smoking, Polk’s parents were determined to help her quit. Polk explained e-cigarettes to her father.
“My dad started looking into it and researched all the different brands because he wanted to make sure he got me the number one,” Polk said. “And that was by far Green Smoke, and it still is, which is why we sell the product.”
Green Smoke produces electronic cigarettes that consist of a flavored cartridge called a cartomizer, a battery and a cigarette-like stem that lights up and releases a vapor when in use.
The e-cigs don’t contain the tar or carbon monoxide found in traditional cigarettes. There is also no harsh smell or smoker’s breath.
However, Polk had some issues with trying to find the right flavor and nicotine level.
“I smoked menthol and he got me a tobacco flavor, and then it was too strong or not strong enough, so we kept having to buy it off the internet without getting to try it or figure out what we really liked,” Polk said. “I wondered, ‘why isn’t there a place where people can come in and try it out so they don’t have to buy blind off the Internet.”
A $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will ignite several exciting new Manchester University programs and collaborations, including an undergraduate sales degree that is unprecedented in Indiana.
The MU initiative, “Liberal Arts Plus,” will enable the University to expand its leadership and engagement in northeast Indiana’s economic development to improve employment opportunities for Indiana college graduates. In addition to a new bachelor’s degree (and minor) in sales, Manchester University will:
-Develop at least five new certificate programs that align with the workforce needs of Indiana employers over the next five years.
-Engage 60 Manchester students in internships to provide them with professional experience and contribute to economic development initiatives in northeast Indiana through strategic use of their talents.
-Collaborate with work force agencies, other northeast Indiana universities and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to strengthen MU’s relationship with employers and leverage the Lilly Endowment grants for more support.