by Kalie Ammons
“How does this little town do it?” Donna Harman hears this question on the regular when she talks about the Roann Covered Bridge Festival. The festival is a huge event that draws a crowd every year.
“I’ve been helping with this festival for, I don’t know, 30-something years. We’ve been living in the Roann area for 38 years. …I really enjoy it and it’s so much fun,” Harman, the festival organizer, told The Paper.
So what will be drawing the crowd this year? The festival is packed with activities as always, ranging from tractor shows to Euchre. The festival starts Thursday, Sept. 5 at 8 a.m. with arts and crafts registration until noon. Then from 5-10 p.m. the vendors open and the rides begin.
“Thursday’s new event this year is a tractor rodeo. Farmers of the area are doing a farm truck and semi-farm truck pull at the pull field this year. And they’ve done a lot of improvements this year for the track down there. The put up a barricade for safety purposes,” explains Harman.
Another new attraction this year, organized by Cameron Huffman, is “Olde Town,” a set up by the cabins in Roann that will bring festival goers to a simpler time. There will be rug looping and candle making as participants look inside the cabin and listen to the music of Liza and Mark Woolever, who will be on the streets Saturday “with their old-time tunes and instruments.”
by Bill Barrows
Sunday’s Ice Cream in the Park event was the perfect setting for an Old Timer’s Softball Game that actually became a tribute to men spanning about five generations of Wabash area softball players. Mayor Bob Vanlandingham was asked a few months ago to see if this game could become a reality by Mary Delauter, one of the organizers of the event in the park.
As one of the former players who played on teams coached by the mayor, long before he entered politics, I felt honored when he asked me along with Steve Dyer, another longtime softball player to help him organize the game. Weeks were spent contacting players, setting up practices and researching old rosters and teams.
We set up three different practices to at least give the players a chance to workout, take some ground balls, fly balls and batting practice. A good number of players attended each scheduled practice session. Things were coming together. After the first one, I couldn’t decide if I was more euphoric for still being able to hit, field and throw (albeit with less power, range and accuracy) or relieved for just getting through it without getting hurt. I’m guessing a lot of guys felt that way.
The Urbana Yoke Parish would like to welcome Pastor Joe Helt and his wife, Sarah, to the church. Pastor Joe began his pastoral duties on Sunday, Aug. 11. Joe and Sarah currently reside in Warsaw, but after the first of the year, will be moving to the parsonage in Urbana. They just celebrated their first wedding anniversary and are expecting their first child in December.
Pastor Joe is currently working towards his master’s degree in pastoral studies and plans to graduate in 2015 from Midwest Center for Theological Studies.
Everyone is invited from the community to join in welcoming Pastor Joe and Sarah to the church.
Kids are back in school and already on many classroom schedules are the Junior Achievement programs they look forward to. After school, many young boys will eagerly participate in Boy Scout programs, too.
To raise the funding necessary to ensure that JA and Boy Scouts programs remain available to young people in this community, the Parkview Muddy Trail Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7. Designed as a muddy obstacle-filled 5K run, this will not be a speed or hard-core challenge event.
Participants can direct their support to Boy Scouts or Junior Achievement. When directing their support, JA supporters can also select their county, and funding will remain in the local community. Companies are encouraged to sponsor an employee team as a fun team-building activity. To raise funds for their entry fee, runners are encouraged to solicit donations from friends, family, and co-workers, too.
The touring Broadway productions of “Mamma Mia,” “West Side Story” and “Memphis, the Musical,” as well as concerts by iconic entertainers The Osmonds and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, are among the shows being offered during the 2013-2014 season of the Wabash Valley Music Association Series, presented by Wellbrooke of Wabash.
Additional shows for the upcoming season, the WVMA’s 58th year, are the Wabash Area Community Theater’s production of “Peter Pan,” and a performance of “Shakespeare In Love: Romeo & Juliet” by the renowned Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
“Year after year, the WVMA Series brings the finest caliber of entertainment to the Honeywell Center, a tradition of outstanding performances that is now in its 58th year,” says Doug Lehman, WVMA chairman. “Although I proudly serve in a leadership role with the WVMA, I come first as a fan. And this fan is excited for the 2013-2014 season to begin.”
The first show in the seven-show series takes the audience on a trip to Never Neverland with Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Lost Boys in the classic production of “Peter Pan,” presented Sept. 27 by the Wabash Area Community Theater at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.
Wabash, Indiana-based AgVenture McKillip Seeds has hired Chad Ealing, Roanoke, to serve farmers across east central Indiana and western Ohio as an AgVenture Yield Specialist.
AgVenture McKillip Seeds Sales and Marketing Manager, Mitch Snyder said, “We’re a very pleased to bring Chad on as an AgVenture Yield Specialist. Actually, our family business, McKillip Seeds was a customer of Chad’s in his previous role. His experience during his 13-year career has been built on service, education and competent delivery of products and services to his customers. He brings integrity and a hard work ethic to the table. We look for him to be a solid asset to every customer – helping them achieve greater profitability on every acre.”
Ealing has worked together with many area farmers over the past four years with another regional family owned and operated business. He worked out of Fort Wayne for a truck and rail scale business. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years working in various roles advancing his sales and proficiency skills.
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.”