Manchester University inaugurates 15th president in Spirit of Abundance

Cordier Auditorium was full Friday — an abundant response to a man who has “poured his heart and soul into Manchester University for decades,” according to Board of Trustees Chair D. Randall Brown, who presented the Presidential Medallion to Dave McFadden.

McFadden was inaugurated Friday as the 15th president in the 125-year history of the University, and he spoke often during his address about abundance and gratitude.

“Going forward, we will be audacious in embracing opportunity,” McFadden said. “We aim to grow our total enrollment by as many as a thousand students by the end of this decade, grounding new programs in our mission and infusing them with our values.

“Why? Because the world needs more Manchester graduates. We will be a source of hope and optimism, of promise and possibility, of ability and conviction.”

The auditorium on the North Manchester campus, which seats 1,300, resounded with the anthem “Only Now,” commissioned by McFadden and composed by MU alumnus Shawn Kirchner. “Only Now” adapts excerpts from the Wendell Berry novel “Hannah Coulter”:

“The world is so full, like a pregnant woman carrying a child within her, carrying a child in one arm and leading another by the hand…. Every puddle in the lane is ringed by sipping butterflies that fly up in a flutter when you walk by.”

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Chamber names Kirtlan Automotive ‘Blue Ribbon Business’ for November

November’s Blue Ribbon Business of the Month is Kirtlan Automotive. Kirtlan Automotive is a full-service auto repair and preventative maintenance center; they also offer light truck repair. Located at 750 South Cass Street, Kirtlan’s was established in 1993 and has been a Chamber Member since 1999. Kirtlan Automotive employees eight full-time and six part-time employees. All technicians are ASE Certified and enrolled in ongoing training programs.

Steve Kirtlan, owner and operator, has lived in Wabash all his life. He and his family pride themselves in being involved in the community. That being said, Steve was anxious to share information about an upcoming community outreach initiative. Steve and his staff will be selecting one person in need for up to $1,000 in repairs/service to his/her vehicle before cold weather makes its way to Indiana. Beginning Nov. 15, folks may stop in Kirtlan’s and pick up nomination forms. Nominations will be taken until Nov. 30.

Kirtlan Automotive is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and can also be found online at They can be reached by phone at 260-563-0848.

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Owens Corning Thermafiber employees increase gift to United Fund by 28.5 percent

Owens Corning Thermafiber employees responded to the beginning of the Wabash County United Fund 2015 fundraising campaign with an overwhelming pledge of $7,600.

“Once again the employees of Owens Corning Thermafiber responded with their generous support of the Wabash community and the agencies of the Wabash County United Fund by giving $4,626 for 2015. We are exceptionally proud of our employees’ continued generosity in supporting these agencies,” said Steve Edris, Owens Corning Thermafiber director & general manager.

Vince Brown, Wabash Plant Leader commented that “our employee pledges increased more than 28.5 percent over the previous campaign, and  I am impressed with the level of generosity and caring expressed by the Wabash team.”

More than twenty employees participated in the annual in-house campaign drive, according to Alan Siepker, Human Resource Leader.

“Our extraordinary employees have again responded to the need and given generously. We will be celebrating their achievement with fresh, home-baked cookies this month,” Siepker continued.

In addition to the employee pledges, the corporation matched the employee pledges up to $3,000.

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Wabash County Sheriff’s Department releases October statistics

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department recently released their statistics for the month of October.

Throughout October, the department issued 56 traffic citations and 83 traffic warnings. They made two DUI arrests.

The department arrested a total of 19 individuals, resulting in eight felony counts and 19 misdemeanor counts. There were a total of three drug arrests, resulting in one felony count and six misdemeanor counts.

The sheriff’s department worked a total of 36 criminal cases and 78 crashes. There were a total of 49 transports, and they served 434 civil process papers, along with 24 warrants. The department also made 12 public appearances during the month of October, with a total of 879 calls for service.

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Stirring it up with Angie Baer

 Few things taste better than a piping hot bowl of beef stew. I'm always looking for ways to use up the last of the garden vegetables, and this recipe for slow cooker beef stew is just the thing. This stew is chock-full of root vegetables from our garden. I don't recall ever having such a bountiful garden. We have had a surplus of carrots, onions, potatoes, and parsnips. This is Dave's second successful year for growing parsnips. A parsnip looks like a white carrot but tastes nothing the same. The best way that I could describe the taste of a parsnip would be that it has a hint of black licorice with a slight amount of heat. Sounds tasty doesn't it? I don't believe I would ever eat a raw parsnip but added to this beef stew, it adds a wonderfully unique flavor.

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Timbercrest birthday party culminates celebration of 125-year history

by Shaun Tilghman

Timbercrest Senior Living Community residents and staff gathered in the Assembly Room last Wednesday for a very special “birthday” party, which capped off the nearly yearlong celebration of the organization’s 125th anniversary. Although Timbercrest has only been a part of the North Manchester community for 46 years, in reality, the organization dates back to 1889.

Timbercrest kicked off celebration of their milestone during the inaugural Festival of Trees last December, followed by several other activities and events, including the Festival of Ice in February and the Summer Festival in June. While those events were geared toward getting the whole community involved, last week’s party provided a unique opportunity for those most impacted by the organization to celebrate together.

“Welcome, to one final celebration of our 125th anniversary,” said Timbercrest Administrator Dave Lawrenz. “We’re glad that so many of you came out to help us with this special birthday party. Around this day in 1889, The Old Folks and Orphans Home began its ministry in Mexico (Ind.) and James M. Corbin, age 79, bringing only a trunk and some clothes, moved into his new home and into a new family – that was a very memorable day in our history.

“James was the first of many – literally thousands – who would eventually call this special place home. On that day 125 years ago, the vision of one man, Levi Miller, became a reality. A pillar of the church and a community leader, Levi had a heart for those in need; so, he boldly donated 15 acres of land and erected a 30’ x 60’ building in order to care for old folks and orphans. Although a visionary in his time, it would be impossible for him to imagine what his kindness, his mercy, and his generosity would produce over the next 125 years. Today, we enjoy the fruits of his spirit and his efforts.”

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Wabash Area Community Theatre announces ‘Champagne and Mistletoe’ Dinner Theatre

Wabash Area Community Theater, in collaboration with Charley Creek Inn, announces plans for their dinner theater show, “Champagne and Mistletoe”, to be held on the Friday and Saturday evenings of Dec. 5-6. The evening will begin with cash bar service beginning at 6 p.m. in the downstairs ballroom. The singers will begin the evening festivities at 6:30 p.m. as they sing from the mezzanine, entertaining guests as they arrive for the evening. Chef Scott Howell and his staff will prepare a gourmet holiday dinner, featuring roasted tomato basil soup, tossed seasonal greens with champagne vinaigrette dressing, homemade rolls and whipped butter, chicken marsala, roasted red skinned potatoes, cinnamon carrots, and cranberry apple crumble. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Charley Creek Inn Ballroom and the meal served shortly thereafter.

“Champagne and Mistletoe” will feature an original script that will provide the narrative for favorite songs, readings, dances, and drama as the cast highlights Christmas melodies and memories spanning the decades from 1822 to the present. The ensemble will include songs mentioning mistletoe as part of their program, while the speakers present “champagne toasts” for the music and legends. Singers in the ensemble include Jennifer Denney, Susie Jones, Drea Konyha, Josie Wade, Jane Willmert, Samantha Kramer, Beth Miller, Cindy Rich, Amanda Shull, Charly Dye, Bruce Rovelstad, Bob Wade, Gary Dale, Bruce Green, and Ham Sadler. They will present favorite songs in a variety of musical styles, from classic musical standards, to rock and roll and gospel jazz. Most of the music will feature the keyboard artistry of Rick Elliott and the percussion enrichment of Bob Ferguson.

Posted on 2014 Nov 11
Wabash Valley Dance Theatre invites former members to join in 50th annual Christmas Ballet

by Eric Stearley

On Dec. 7, the Wabash Valley Dance Theatre will take the Ford Theater stage to present its 50th Anniversary Christmas Ballet. The performance will also commemorate owner Vickie Lambert’s 30 years as artistic director.

“We had our first one 50 years ago, so we’re celebrating this year, having our 50th, hoping to bring back lots of people from the past who were in the dance company and danced in previous festivals,” said Lambert.”

Lambert danced in the very first Christmas performance as a freshman in high school 50 years ago. She went on to teach under founder Pauline Geyer. Lambert took over in 1984 after Geyer passed away and served as the school’s artistic director until this year.

“I’ve been involved for a long, long time, so it’s all exciting,” said Lambert.

While Lambert continues to be involved with the dance theatre, Lisa Traver has taken over as artistic director for this year’s performance.

“She’s been teaching at the school for years. She’s been there for most of the time that I’ve been in charge,” said Lambert. “She’s excited, and a little nervous.”

During the Christmas ballet, students will dance to selections taken from performances over the past 50 years. In addition, former members returning for the event will have two opportunities to join in and celebrate the half-century of Christmas performances with a dance of their own.

Posted on 2014 Nov 04

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