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.
by Kalie Ammons
School registration throughout the county is underway, and already the Wabash County Promise has exceeded their goal to have 50 percent of students in grades K-3 sign up for a CollegeChoice 529 savings account.
Nine hundred and thirty students in grades K-3 have signed up for the savings account, which equals approximately 60 percent of the students in those grades. The students signed up during registration from the following schools: Manchester; OJ Neighbors; Metro North; and Southwood. Students from St. Bernard’s and Emmanuel Christian have not yet been calculated into the results. The Y will hold an open house for three nights for those who were unable to attend school registration.
Sixty-seven percent of these 930 participants were from O.J. Neighbors and Manchester, with the other third coming from the county schools.
There were a total of 1044 students in all grades K-12 who signed up for the savings accounts.
by Emily Armentrout
Locally owned and operated, SonRise Communications LLC is a fairly new internet service provider out of rural Wabash, catering to surrounding rural areas, from Bippus to Disko, and heading to LaFontaine by the end of the month.
SonRise Communications is a wireless IP Internet provider that uses radio frequencies from their multiple facilities to transmit Internet to people who cannot get service otherwise. SonRise Communications Internet service allows their customers in rural areas to do more advanced things on the Internet beyond just checking your email. You can watch Netflix and Hulu. “Gamers really love our service. That is something I have heard a lot,” said owner Doug Brown.
Their client list is currently at just over 200 customers but it is growing. They have the capacity to have 2,000 customers and Brown says once they reach that number they will decide whether to expand or not. “Once you go beyond that number, I feel like we could lose some of that personal touch. We’ll have to make a decision when we get to that point I guess,” added Brown