The Wabash Carnegie Public Library has been awarded an $8,399 LSTA Technology grant to develop a mobile laptop lab and offer free computer classes to the public. Grant money will fund the purchase eight laptops, a storage cart and charging station, software and instructor costs for computer classes.
“The library is very excited about the new opportunities resulting from this LSTA Grant awarded to the Wabash Carnegie Public Library,” said WCPL Director Ware Wimberly III. “The library looks forward to providing new learning and teaching opportunities that this grant will provide to patrons and staff. Particular thanks goes to Laura Beutler and Polly Howell from the library staff, who worked tirelessly to secure this grant.”
Computer classes will be open to WCPL patrons from teenagers to senior citizens and will cover a variety of topics including basic computer and Internet skills, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, e-reader and Overdrive use, online library services and resume creation training. Class topics were determined using a survey completed by WCPL patrons early this year.
by Kalie Ammons
The Wabash Little League Bingo hall has been running for over 30 years to help fund the Little League teams. The late Jackie Parrett was the original bingo operator with Bill Hensley and Tom Ehret as the founders. The bingo hall was started to support the players in the county by a unique and fun fundraising experience.
At one point, the Wabash Little League Bingo was successful enough to donate $250,000 to go towards the creation of the Field of Dreams.
However, according to the president of Wabash Little League Bingo Alan J. Zimmerman, things are not looking too good for the hall.
“The thing is, bingo is not as popular as it once was. Bingo operations all over the country are shutting down,” Zimmerman told The Paper. “Unless the public takes action and supports bingo, the loss could lead to the loss of Wabash Little League.”
by Kalie Ammons
Homemade pies à la mode, hot dogs and baked beans, fast pitched softball and carnival games will all be featured this Sunday, Aug. 25 in the Wabash City Park from 12-4 p.m. All proceeds from the event will help restore the Woman’s Clubhouse that overlooks the ball diamond.
“I think our Ice Cream in the Park is going to be really neat. It’s going to be of interest to all ages of people. We’re serving light lunches and the main thing being home made pies with ice cream. Our little kids’ games and of course the softball game by the oldies is going to be fun,” Mary DeLauter, Woman’s Clubhouse member and fundraiser organizer, told The Paper.
To get in the spirit for the Sept. 13 and 14 Relay for Life of Wabash County at Paradise Spring, the steering committee is asking the community to join in painting the town purple!
Many of the vacant building windows in downtown Wabash will be decorated for this event during the month of August. There will also be purple Relay banners hung on the downtown street poles to help draw attention to this effort. You can help by displaying a purple yard sign in your front yard or decorating your fences with purple ribbons or balloons, just to name a couple of ideas. Be creative!
The sixth annual Trucks in Paradise Show is on Saturday, Aug. 24, and will include something for everyone. In addition to the wonderful display of vehicles, visitors can learn some local history and travel back in time to the 1826 Treaty of Paradise Spring.
The registration hours for all types of trucks, custom cars, and motorcycles is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter house in Paradise Springs Park. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 entries that register.
This summer, the Wabash County YMCA was one of only 25 cities in the nation piloting the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. Locally, 55 students entering first and second grade this fall participated in SPARK, which stands for Summer Program of Awesome Reading for Kids.
In collaboration with MSD of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools, SPARK provided literacy instruction from certified teachers to ensure that students in the program did not experience summer learning loss, but in fact gained reading skills and can begin this coming school year at grade level. The program was made possible through support from YMCA of the USA and The Lutheran Foundation.
When Rita walked into the Senior Center for the first time she saw a great little community. “To walk in here at age 84 and feel as if you are a part of a team, and that you are needed, is a wonderful feeling,” she said. “I don’t mind coming here alone, because once you walk in, you are never alone again.”
Many who come to the Senior Center share Rita’s feelings. They’ve found a new group of friends and opportunities in addition to the many programs, resources, and services offered at the Center located at 239 Bond St., Wabash. According to CEO Beverly Ferry, the Senior Center group is family for many who either don’t have family nearby or who enjoy fellowship during the day.
The marketing team at Halderman Farm Management and Halderman Real Estate Services was recognized for their award winning marketing efforts by placing first in two categories of a national marketing contest sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association and USA TODAY.
The competition comprises 63 categories in six divisions: Photography, Postcards, Brochures and Catalogs, Newspaper/Magazine Print Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing, Digital & Social Media and Auction Marketing Campaign of the Year.