By Adam Smith
While many may have found the summer solstice as a time to relax, some rose early and laced up their running shoes to be a part of the “Dash in the Bash” hosted by Wabash County YMCA. The race took place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22. This is the second year that the race has been held in Historic Downtown Wabash and it is well on its way to becoming a local tradition.
The main event of the “Dash in the Bash” was a 5-kilometer race that invited all participants to either walk or run a course that winds its way through the hilly landscape of Downtown Wabash. The Fort Wayne Track Club was present to time the race. They used a method of timing called “chip timing”. The runners had to wear a computer chip on their shoes that, when they ran across the mats at the finish line, recorded a precise time.
The overall winners for the males and females were Caleb Augustus and Erica Cordes. They will have a brick created with their names on it to be placed in the walkway in front of the Wabash County YMCA alongside last year’s winners and all of the donors who made the facility possible. Caleb completed the race in 16 minutes and 42 seconds. His time beat the record set last year for fastest time by Chris LaFree who ran the race in 17 minutes and 21 seconds. Erica completed the race with a time of 18 minutes and 30 seconds. She beat the time received by last year’s overall female winner, Brianna Martinez, of 19 minutes and 49 seconds.
Both young and old were present to participate in the race, the proceeds of which were donated to the Wabash County Health Initiative. The Health Initiative is striving to promote physical activity, better nutrition, and a tobacco-free lifestyle in the Wabash area. Event organizer Chris Sloane says that an important aspect of the race is to “engage the community in a healthy activity.” Runner Danielle Smith, a 5k race veteran, agrees and says she really enjoys that “the race is local and the people cheering you on are people you know.”
There were prizes awarded to the winners of each age division in the male and female categories. Everyone who was registered to run in the race was also entered into a raffle for the chance to win a door prize. Those registered also received a Dri-Fit t-shirt for their participation.
Before the runners even got to their marks, the Wabash County YMCA began a different aspect of the event: a pancake breakfast. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor, for just five dollars, a person could get all the pancakes that they could possibly eat. There was also a mile-long “fun run” for the children who had come. A large number of these kids were a part of the SPARK camp at the YMCA. The purpose of the camp is to help children retain what they have learned in school over the summer, promote physical well-being, and fight a growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
Renowned, classically-trained musical group Time for Three will deliver the finale concert for the 2014 Charley Creek ArtsFest, which runs June 26 – 29 in Wabash. Time for Three will perform on Sunday, June 29 at 6 p.m.
“We are thrilled to be hosting Time for Three this year,” said Katie Beauchamp, ArtsFest committee member. “They are brilliant musicians who weave their classical training with other genres like pop and blues. Their style and technique is truly fun to watch and hear.”
The Charley Creek ArtsFest events take place at multiple venues throughout Wabash; however, most of it is in the city’s downtown. Now in its seventh year of bringing first-class artists and performers to the area for a weekend of hands-on art workshops, live music, theatrical performances, independent film screenings, a downtown gallery walk and a fine art show and sale, the Charley Creek ArtsFest is an opportunity for people of all ages to experience the arts in an intimate manner.
On Friday, June 27, there will be a Richvalley Tenderloin Fundraiser in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church, located on Cass St. in Wabash to benefit Blessings in a Backpack.
The fundraiser runs from 4-7 p.m. You can get a meal, which consists of two pieces of meat, applesauce and chips, or only meat at a discount price.
All proceeds benefit will Blessings in a Backpack, which is a local organization that sends food home on the weekend, throughout the school year, with children who qualify. Blessings in a Backpack currently serves Metro North, Southwood Elementary, and O.J. Neighbors.
If anyone is interested in helping with the costs associated with the fundraiser, checks can be mailed to Jenny Wilson at 499 S 475 W, lot 2, Wabash, with "Backpack Fundraiser" in the memo line. A tax-deductible receipt will be sent back immediately. Also, if you are interested in volunteering with Blessings in a Backpack during the school year, contact Jenny at 571-4001.
The American Heritage Craft Show, sponsored by Gaunt & Son Asphalt Inc. and The Crow’s Nest Antique Mall, returns to the Honeywell Center in downtown Wabash on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The juried craft show features high-quality handmade craftwork including country, primitive, holiday items, home decor, purses, baskets, clothing, jewelry, gift items and more. Proceeds benefit the Honeywell Center’s Educational Outreach Program. Regional vendors will fill the Honeywell Center lobby, Honeywell Room, and gymnasium, selling holiday and home décor, primitives, jewelry, baskets, natural body care products, and furniture. Eugenia’s Restaurant will also be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you would like to participate in the craft show as a vendor call the Honeywell Center at 260-563-1102 for information. Applications and guidelines for potential vendors are also available on our website at www.honeywellcenter.org/2014/05/29/american-heritage-craft-show.
Also, that same day in Wabash, the Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Cook off, which will be held at Paradise Spring Historical Park, just blocks away from the Honeywell Center, will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. This event is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi and raises over $25,000 each year for area charities.
by Emily Armentrout
June 22 marked 50 years of employment at Thermafiber for Rodger Rapp. The company held a surprise luncheon to commemorate Rapp’s time there on Friday, June 20.
“Rodger has seen six different owners of the company over his 50 years here,” Steve Edris, director and general manager of Owens Corning Thermafiber told The Paper. “He has seen a lot of change with the company, but with Rodger, each day, he’s here; he shows up and is usually one of the first ones here. You never hear problems with him. He’s been a very dependable employee.”
Six different owners is only part of the changes Rapp has seen through his 50 years at the company. Position changes and technological changes have improved the productivity of his job over the years. Rapp has worked in Thermafiber’s office since he started. He has held positions in cost accounting and billing, but he also handles different office functions as needed. Rapp worked at Thermafiber for 19 years before the company had its first computer.
“It was a big change going from a typewriter to a computer with a printer. That was an adjustment for me, but as things evolve and different programs come along, the learning process is frustrating but once you get it, it makes the job quicker,” said Rapp.
Rapp also saw the first copy machine, which took 2-3 minutes to develop one copy, and he saw the office’s first fax machine, known back then as a telecopier.
“It is amazing how things have changed,” added Rapp.
On June 18, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury crash on SR13 near 400 South.
A 1999 Ford Mustang, driven by Jonathan Bailey, 24, Converse, was northbound on SR 13 near 400 South. The vehicle left the roadway on the west side of the road, traveled into the ditch, crossed 400 South and continued airborne and struck a paving crew, who were working on a driveway at 3946 South SR 13.
While airborne, the vehicle crashed into a utility pole and came to rest in the front yard of the residence. Mr. Bailey was transported to Lutheran Hospital. Mr. Bailey told officers he fell asleep as he was driving.
Two members of the paving crew were injured. Joshua Newsome, 30, Huntington, and Gregory Ness, 51, Huntington; both were transported to Lutheran Hospital. All three were treated and released.
Assisting at the scene was Wabash City Fire/Rescue, Noble Township Fire Department and Wabash County EMA.
by Emily Armentrout
Stella’s Resale and Thrift was opened in Wabash by Tammy Snyder two years ago. Now, in a full partnership with Christine Napier, the store is about to re-open at a new location, 563 North Cass Street, Wabash, allowing the store to offer more items, big and small. There new location is also wheelchair accessible, unlike their old building.
Stella’s continues to offer a variety of items including furniture, clothing, antiques and knick-knacks. The new building offers three times the space that the building on Wabash Street had to offer. They had expanded but quickly outgrew their former location. “We expanded to the other side and then we outgrew it. we just had a bigger vision. Who knows, in the next two years, we might outgrow this,” Snyder told The Paper.
“We love the traffic. It’s easy access. We love this location,” added Snyder.
“I had this lady tell me she goes to Dollar General all the time and never noticed us before,” Napier told The Paper of Stella’s previous location.
I think being a Grandma is one of God's greatest blessings. Grandchildren bring us joy and make our lives complete. Our six-year-old granddaughter came for a short visit last week. She loves to "help" her Papa work in the garden, especially giving leaf lettuce " haircuts". So, after a few minutes of playing beauty shop in the garden and "trimming" leaf lettuce it was time for me to make the salad dressing.
You can use most any variety of salad greens. Totally your preference. I just use leaf lettuce but adding a mixture of spinach or romaine will give your salad texture and color. Make sure to wash each leaf separately. This can be a pain, but it’s very necessary. Using a salad spinner or blotting with paper towel will help remove excess water from greens.
This recipe for hot bacon dressing will become a staple in your kitchen as it has mine. I seldom buy salad dressing from the store. With a combination of sweet and tart, this salad dressing will leave you wondering whether the salad you made is a salad or dessert.
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