by Eric Stearley
Thursday Night Blues kicks off Jan. 30 with Dr. Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio, the first of the series’ three shows. The Power Trio, made up of James Hill on keyboard, Joseph “G.I. Joe” Maddox on drums, and A.J. Jones on bass, will join Duke on stage at 7:30 p.m.
Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Duke grew up listening to blues. At 10, he started playing drums, and when he was 13, he heard Muddy Waters for the first time.
“He was rehearsing in a nightclub and I was out in the alley with a friend of mine,” said Duke “I was so moved, I wanted my whole life to be able to be as invested in the music as he was. He would be in the room playing the song, but he was not in the room at all. He was someplace else.”
This was perhaps the single most influential experience in Duke’s early life.
“I don’t have the same voice he had and I don’t approach the guitar the same way he did, but the essence of his energy affected me and was one of the prime motivating things in my career.”
Shortly after, he picked up guitar. He knew that his life would be music, and to this day, hasn’t held a “real job” outside of his music.
“It’s the kind of music I grew up listening to,” said Duke. “That’s what I grew up playing and that’s what I dedicated my life to without even thinking about it.”
by Shaun Tilghman
Joel Harman, D.C., recently took the reins at Manchester Family Chiropractic, located at 110 N. Walnut St., following the retirement of former owner Dr. David Rodriguez. Dr. Harman practices the same techniques as his predecessor, but he also incorporates a more multidisciplinary approach when it comes to patient care.
Although he grew up in a family where visits to the chiropractor were the norm, and he himself relied on a chiropractor’s services multiple times, Dr. Harman didn’t have an interest in a career in chiropractics until high school.
“My chiropractor back home was very sports oriented, and he was even the team physician for a lot of sports teams in the area,” Harman said. “During my junior year of basketball I suffered a very severe ankle injury. I did the rehab with my physical therapist for 6-8 weeks and at that time it was feeling okay and I could stand on it, but as far as mobility it was very limited. My chiropractor then asked me to let him adjust my ankle.
by Eric Stearley
In mid-November, John Boardman was mowing his lawn when he noticed a visitor near his home. The visitor was about 35 pounds, tan in color, and what John believed to be a cocker spaniel. John’s cousin, who lives on Shady Lane Drive, had seen the visitor before, but was never able to get very close. The little guy stuck around, often hanging out near the crest of a hill at the edge of the Boardman property.
“I called the animal shelter after a few days,” said John. They had gotten calls about this dog, but they couldn’t get close enough to catch it after trying several times. The dog was scared of everything and everybody, and he never got within 100 feet of a person.”
Animals roaming around the south side of town was not unusual according to John, who recounted multiple run-ins with stray cats, for which he keeps a cage in the basement. Something about this little dog, however, stuck with John and his wife Marilyn. They could tell he was wearing a collar, and they knew someone must be wondering where their pet was.
Charley Creek Inn will play host to The Trifecta on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Trifecta is an evening of shopping, wine and chocolate tasting.
The Trifecta will be held in the Big Four Ballroom from 5—8 p.m.
Midwest blues legend Duke Tumatoe, an early member of REO Speedwagon, kicks off the 2014 Thursday Night Blues: Live At The Eagles Theatre series when the Avon resident takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, for the first in a three-show series at the historic Wabash theatre. The Blues series is welcomed by Mi Tunes 101.9 and 105.9 The Bash, and sponsored by the Noisemaker Music Store and Rhoads Window Shop.
The L.I.F.E. Center of Wabash County will be holding their annual Rally for Life on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Wabash Middle School auditorium. The program will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the walk to Falls Cemetery in commemoration of Roe vs. Wade. At the cemetery, ralliers will remember the children that have been lost to abortion, miscarriage or any other types of illness. The public is welcome to join this event.
Recently, the L.I.F.E. Center has welcomed a new member, Penny. Penny’s main job is to help the center raise the funds needed for a new facility. The center has run out of space in their current location. They are currently working out of one room for their consultations and ultra sounds. They are hoping to find a place that allows them enough room to multiple consultations and have a room for ultrasounds and also to house their Earn While You Learn program.
Marilyn Boardman officially retired from the real estate business at F.C. Tucker/Wabash Realty on Dec. 31, 2013. Marilyn joined the staff, at that time known as Wabash Realty LLC, in July 2006. She has been licensed in real estate since July 1, 1998. The staff of F.C. Tucker/Wabash Realty wishes Marilyn the very best in her future endeavors and her retirement from the business. Feel free to stop in or drop her a card at 503 N. Cass Street, Wabash.
by Emily Armentrout
Stella’s Resale and Thrift opened in Wabash last year after Tammy Snyder moved in from Elkhart the year before and fell in love with the town. A visit with her mother, a Wabash resident, inspired Snyder to open a resale shop with her husband. Snyder and her mother would often visit thrift shops together, and she wanted to bring some of that passion to Wabash.
The store’s name came from Snyder’s 9-year-old black lab, Stella. “I never had any girls, and I always wanted to use that name, so I named my dog Stella,” Snyder told The Paper.