By Eric Stearley
The quiet town of Laketon had one very noisy visitor Saturday as Huey 369 flew into town for the veteran celebration at the American Legion Sunset Post 402. More than 100 veterans, patriots, and enthusiasts came out to fly in the Vietnam War era helicopter, share stories, and celebrate the service of the men and women who protect our country.
The first Huey helicopter prototype took flight on Oct. 20, 1956. “Huey” is a nickname derived from the technical name HU-1. The 14 passenger Huey 369, an HU-1H model, went into service with the 498th Medical Company in 1971 where it served as a “dustoff” air ambulance in Vietnam. Forty-two years later, Huey 369 has been restored and is a fully functional helicopter in its original military configuration. The American Huey 369 organization flies into veteran gatherings around the area, taking veterans and supporters on member flights. Flight passengers at the Laketon event were flown from the legion lawn, over forest and field as the aircraft banked and dipped ultimately flying over North Manchester a few times and then back to the legion’s lakefront property.
The second annual North Manchester “Ride for Riley Kids” bicycle event, held during 2013 Funfest in August, attracted riders from five counties. The 50-mile and five mile Family Fun rides had the most participants. There was also a 30-mile route. All rides departed from Manchester Elementary School. The bike riders traveled through scenic agricultural areas as well as the communities of Liberty Mills, Bippus, Servia and Urbana. The residents of those communities saw bikers wearing florescent yellow “Ride for Riley” t-shirts provided by local business co-sponsors. Ride co-sponsors also provided funds for refreshments that were served to the 30 and 50-mile riders at points along the route. Refreshments were also waiting for all riders when they reached the finish line at the elementary school.
By Eric Stearley
At an informational meeting held at the city courthouse Wednesday, Sept. 25, Wabash Fire Chief Robert Mullett announced that the requirement for a fire watch is now being enforced. This mandates that business owners with a fire protection system will need to hire someone to watch the building for fire should the system go down for any reason, or chose to evacuate the building completely until the system is functioning. The fire watch personnel must also be a certified fire fighter in the state of Indiana and must be approved by the fire chief.
“This is not going to be popular,” said Mullett. “Whether it’s popular or not, it has to be addressed.”
By Eric Stearley
Audiences cheered this weekend as the Wabash Area Community Theatre took the stage for their performance of Peter Pan.
The stage was lit in a kaleidoscope of colors throughout the performance as Peter, played by Allison Thayer chased his shadow, befriended the Darling children, took the children to Neverland, and fought the evil band of pirates led by Captain Hook, played by Gary Dale.
A live orchestra accompanied the theatrics as the cast sang and danced through forests, in tree houses, and on a pirate ship.
The Mt. Etna United Methodist Women will host their 2013 Fall Food and Craft Bazaar on Sat. Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The group is currently reserving booth space for anyone who would like to show and sell their handicrafts.
Tickets to enter the Wabash County Hospital Foundation's Cash Raffle are on sale for $20 each or six for $100. Each ticket provides five chances to win cash. Drawings to win $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000 will be held at the Foundation's Gala on Nov. 9. Need not be present to win.
Crossroads Bank is pleased to announce the members of their Junior Board of Directors for the 2013-14 school year. The Junior Board consists of two high school juniors and two high school seniors from Manchester, Northfield, Southwood and Wabash High Schools.
The members this years are: Manchester High School: Adam Hanback, Mariah Mobley, Leah Sorg, Cole Mize; Northfield High School: Alicia Agness, Taylor Peterson, Joe Burcroff, Kalanu Watson Dunn; Southwood High School: Drew Rhamy, Alyson Gouveia, Noah Kirk, Grace Whitham; Wabash High School: Thomas Grier, Jordan Rauh, Claire Cromer and Shelby Stone.
Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority, Nu Chapter, celebrated Founders’ Day Sept. 17 at the Main View Inn in Manchester. Following the meal and candle lighting ceremony conducted by Renee Chenault, Mary Ann Mast was presented a gift in honor of receiving her 50-year pin at the annual International Convention in North Charleston, S.C. this summer.
Mary Ann Mast, currently Nu Chapter president, has held all chapter offices numerous times and was Province Secretary for one year.