Two Wabash Valley Shuri-Ryu Karate Academy students were black belted on May 15, an honor bestowed upon them by Sensei Mike Castro (center). Rob Barton (left) and Tommy Music (right) traded in their brown belts when Castro decided that they had earned to move up in rank, according to Music. “It’s an honor to be promoted to black belt,” Music said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I cried. It’s seven years coming. Almost seven years that Mr. Barton and I have been coming down (to the dojo) anywhere from five to six days a week, one to two hours at a time. It’s been a long road to now and it’s an honor.” Photo provided
When we reach adulthood, our priorities and responsibilities should change. We are at a stage of our lives where we need to be self-reliant, not depending on our parents, grandparents or others to take care of us. Being an adult brings the responsibilities of taking care of the children we have helped bring into this world. Their needs should take priority over our wants. As responsible adults, we need to provide for our families, unless we have a physical or mental disability or age prevents us from doing so.
Every person who lives in Wabash has the opportunity to receive free food from the following locations after they have exhausted their food stamps and WIC. For those who just don’t have quite enough funds to purchase food for the month the following is a list of service organizations, times and dates, that will help with food and cooking classes. Also, there are various churches throughout the county, which give food vouchers or gift cards to purchase food.
*Helping Hands of Wabash County, Inc., 20 E. Canal St., Wabash
Food pantry: First Monday of the month, except on holidays, then the following Monday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. You must live in Wabash County and provide proof of residence.
Hot meals program: Everyone is welcome during the last two full weeks of the month, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, then serving dates are one week earlier. Serving time is 5-6 p.m. Delivery is available for those who can’t get out due to disabilities. The contact number is 260-563-8775.
*FISH, 770 W. Hill St., Wabash (basement of the Women’s Club House)
Food pantry: Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., call for an appointment. 260-563-5151. Must live in Wabash County and provide proof of residence.
Cooking classes: The first Thursday of each month (September through April) at the Christ United Methodist Church from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
*Lagro Community Church basement, 730 Main St., Lagro
Food Pantry: The third Saturday of each month from 9-10 a.m. You must live in Wabash County and provide proof of residence.
*Senior Center, 239 Bond St., Wabash
Food pantry: Monday and Tuesday from 3-5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9-11:30 a.m.
Tailgate give away: The second Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must live in Wabash County and provide proof of residence. The contact number is 260-563-4475.
*Manchester Food Pantry, 500 N. Front St., North Manchester
Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m. Must live in North Manchester. The contact number is 260-982-9590.
*LaFontaine Food Pantry: LaFontaine United Methodist Church, 2 West Kendall St., LaFontaine
Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. LaFontaine area residents only. The contact number is 765-981-4021.
*Roann Food Pantry, 110 N. Chippewa St., Roann
Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. Restricted to Pawpaw Township residents only. The contact number is 765-833-2795.
*Access Youth Center, 74 W. Canal St., Wabash
After school program: Monday through Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Contact Lizz Hobbs at 260-563-2070.
*Area Five Nutrition Program, Warvel Park Scout Hall, 7th St., North Manchester
Program open to any person age 60 or older on a voluntary donation basis. Reservations must be made a day in advance. Start serving at 11:30 a.m. The contact number is 260-982-9940.
*Zion Lutheran Church, 113 W. Main St., North Manchester
Fellowship dinner: The second and fourth Thursday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m.
*Christian Heritage Church, 7667 River Rd., Wabash.
The contact number is 260-569-7710. Thanksgiving Day dinner served.
*Lighthouse Mission Store, 806 N. Cass St., Wabash.
The contact number 260-563-6979. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets given out if funding is available.
Free transportation is also available to all Wabash County residents, regardless of age, to any soup kitchen or food pantry located in Wabash County. The Wabash County Transit contact number is 260-563-7526 or 1-888-498-4400.