by Emily Armentrout
The Wabash County Red Cross is seeking volunteers, not only to donate blood, which is always a great need, but they also are looking for Disaster Action Team members. Tracy Fox, Communications Manager for the American Red Cross, and Heidi Vandermark, Community Outreach specialist at the North Central Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, talked with The Paper about the needs here in Wabash County and a few community members who should be commended for their donations.
The Paper contacted the American Red Cross, seeking out a few of our county’s top blood donors. Some of the top donors in Wabash County have given between 19-32 gallons of blood, over the average span of 37 years.
John Miller, born and raised in Wabash County, has been a regular blood donor over the past 30 years. He has donated 19 gallons of blood in that time, but he believes he still has a ways to go in giving.
“It’s been over a 30 year period; it should have been a lot more,” Miller told The Paper. “All you have to do is need a pint of blood at the hospital and then people will realize how great the need is,” added Miller.
Patricia Chekouras, long time Wabash County resident, has donated 157 pints over the past 30 years, which equals out to 157 donations, as the Red Cross takes one pint of blood per donation.
by Emily Armentrout
Former Manchester assistant coach and current Northfield football coach and physical education teacher Brandon Baker has been selected to coach Northfield’s varsity baseball team. Baker is also a former Northfield graduate.
Baker joins a completely new coaching staff, which includes Justin Branock, Cody Schell, Tory Shafer and Troy Vigar.
“The team is responding well,” Coach Baker said. “It’s a totally new staff; no one from last year is back and they’ve responded well to everything we’re trying to do with them.”
Not only did the Norse baseball team have a staff change up, they also lost multiple senior starters and the winningest pitcher in Indiana high school history. This year, the team is made up mostly of juniors and sophomores, with a lone senior.
by Gary Andrews
The Northfield varsity baseball team evened their season record to 3-3 Saturday with a double-header sweep over Marion.
The Norse rode the back of Shane Vigar in game one who was the winning pitcher striking out 13, while going 4 for 4 at the plate.
In game one, the Norse jumped on Marion in the first inning. Adam Roser led off with a single and was followed with a single from Brad Bever. Roser and Bever would then pull off a double steal with Roser scoring on a steal. Drake Richter then drove home Bever and the Norse led 2-0 after one.
In the bottom of the third, the Norse would tack on two more runs. Vigar started the inning with a single and was drove home on a Remington Monce double. Bryce Kendall was then hit by a pitch and followed by a Nate Hembree bunt single. With the bases loaded, Monce was picked off third but Joseph Mitchell loaded them back up with a single. Kendall would score on a wild pitch and the Norse led 4-0.
Marion would pick up a run in the fourth, and it was 4-1 in the fifth when the Norse struck again. Bryce Kendall started the inning with a double, but was thrown out at third. Nate Hembree then singled and was followed by a Mitchell walk. Both runners would advance a base on a wild pitch when Brown singled scoring Hembree and Mitchell to lead 6-1.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood varsity baseball team hosted Peru in a double header Saturday, losing game one 5-4 before handing the Tigers their first loss of the season with a 9-8 victory in game two.
In game one, the first inning had plenty of action. In the top of the inning, Peru would strike first when Logan Brimbury hit a fly ball out to bring Cameron Beauchamp home. Richardson would then score on a Ray single for a 2-0 lead. The Southwood offense would waste no time answering the Peru opening. Jackson Blair led off the inning with a single and was followed by a Nathan Hollars single to put runners on first and second. Robbie Cole would then single and the Knights had the bases loaded with no outs. Brandin Frazier hit the fourth straight single, knocking in Blair and Hollars to tie the score at 2. On the next pitch Cole and Frazier pulled off a double steal with Jacob Lloyd making the Tigers pay with a 2 run single and the Knights led 4-2 after one.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the seeing eye hits they had in the first inning became a thing of the past the rest of the game as everything they hit went right at someone. The Tigers would chip away at the Knight lead, scoring 2 runs in the third to tie the game and scored 1 run in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead which held up for the game one win.
The Boscoe France Band, featuring Guitar Center’s 2012 Battle of the Blues winner, is returning to Wabash for the final show in the three-part series Thursday Night Blues: Live At The Eagles Theatre. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the historic venue.
Boscoe France, the band’s namesake and lead guitarist, started playing guitar when he was three years old and has known he wanted to be a guitarist since he was in kindergarten. He lived in Nashville for a while and spent a lot of time playing backup guitar for “everybody who was any kind of country act.” He also worked setting up and running stage lights for acts out of Nashville, as they toured the country.
He eventually left the touring life and moved to Madisonville Ky. where he now raises his son, 9, and daughter, 4. During most weeks, France is home from Monday to Thursday with his kids, touring on weekends. He raises his kids 12 feet from where he grew up, on the same block as most of the rest of his family.
“I was going to school and taking care of my kids, and I got a job in a coal mine,” said France. “It was a big change from being 150 feet up on a lighting rig to being six inches from hell. I finally decided I didn’t want anything to fall on me and kill me, so I got out of there and started playing at clubs. I just decided that’s what I was going to do, and I was doing good for me.”
The music world, however, had bigger things in mind for the Kentucky native. France rose to national attention when he beat out more than 4,000 guitarists throughout the U.S. to be named Guitar Center’s 2012 Battle of the Blues winner.
Since the contest, France’s life has changed quite a bit. His guitar collection went from one to over 20. The President of Gibson Guitars invited him to the Gibson Custom Shop for his birthday and told him to pick out any guitar he wanted. He picked a 1959 Les Paul.
“I got a little bread and took the kids to Disney World and bought my house,” said France.
Winning the contest has brought many new things into France’s life, but nothing could possibly compare to when B.B. King asked him to open a show at the Victory Theatre in Evansville, the night before King played at the Honeywell Center this past year.
“At home I’ve got two pictures on my wall. One is of Jesus, and one is of B.B. King, and that’s the truth,” said France, “and Jesus is on top, but B.B., he’s close.”
France recalled that during the performance, he was motioned onto the stage and two very large men (King’s bodyguards) stepped in front of him.
“They said ‘don’t you take one more step young man’ and basically said they would beat me up,” said France. “And then B.B.’s son came over and smacked one of them on the head and said ‘you let him walk out there, daddy said!”
In addition to France, the Boscoe France Band includes John Gillespie on bass and Jimmy Cummings on drums. The November show marks the Boscoe France Band’s return to Eagles Theater, where the trio first played on March 21.
“We made a lot of friends up there,” said France of his experience in Wabash. “I really liked playing up there. It’s a beautiful theatre. Everybody up there was super nice. Afterward we shot pool at a club and then everybody went back to the hotel and we played music and just jammed for a little bit. I really dug it.”
France loves talking to people and learning about people. Even with this success, France is one of the most humble musicians you may ever have the chance to meet.
“There’s some kid playing in his room that’s better than me, and some guy pumping gas that could take the wind out of me on guitar,” said France. “I thought I’d be playing at Moose Lodges. It’s been a blessing.”
The show is sure to be loud and exciting. The three piece band will spend two hours smashing drums, walking the bass strings and ripping guitar solos, only stopping for a minute at a time to tell the audience a little bit about themselves.
“If you don’t like guitar, we’re not the band to come see,” said France. “I’m like guitar with ADD. I’m obnoxious with it. I know I am.”
The band will play for the Thursday Night Blues series, but they walk a fine line between blues, rock and roll, and “real country,” as France calls it, which in his mind are all really the same thing. Even if you don’t like blues, you might like these guys.
“You can expect three people to get up and play music with no synthesizers and no loop pedals or delay petals and no backing tracks,” said France. It’s just the three of us playing music.”
France encourages fans and music enthusiasts to stick around and talk after the show.
“If I paid $12 dollars to go see a nobody perform, I’d want to talk to him and ask, ‘why is a nobody like you worth paying $12 to come and see?’” France joked.
Anyone who saw the Boscoe France Band the last time they were in town would tell you that the show is well worth the money. France also hopes to get in another round of pool at the same spot he stopped at last time he was here.
“They have a little bit of my self respect and dignity, so I hope I can pick that up while I’m there,” said France.
France says the band is looking forward to making the trip to Wabash
“It was one of our first bigger gigs,” said France. That’s huge to me that Wabash would allow us to come up and close out the blues series. Not only does it help pay the light bill, but it helps us grow and move up the food chain. This is the next big thing for us.”
Tickets may be purchased at the box office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday—Friday by calling 260-563-1102 or visiting www.honeywellcenter.org.
Eagles Theatre is located at 106 W. Market St. in Wabash.