by Ashley Flynn
For the past 10 years, Scotty’s Tavern has sponsored a charity motorcycle ride to raise money for Shop With a Cop (SWAC).
This year, the event raised $6,037 to donate to the organization that allows children to spend time shopping at Wal-Mart with a local police officer.
Mike and Corky Hall, along with their families, have organized the event since its inception, after the former owner of Scotty’s Tavern, Roger Prater, approached the two with the idea.
Prater, who passed away in a vehicle accident a few years ago, was looking for a way to give back to his community and chose SWAC to be the recipient.
Manchester University is offering a unique way to kick off the holiday season. On Thursday, Nov. 21, MU Theatre Director Joel Froomkin offers a one-man version of A Christmas Carol as a gift to the campus and community.
Froomkin’s performance is an unforgettable tour de force, taking storytelling to a whole new level. He’ll use the same version of the story that Charles Dickens performed for his lecture tours. “Although there have been countless adaptations of the story, nothing compares to Dickens’ original narrative. People are surprised by the level of wit and humor throughout the story.”
The most popular phase of Indiana deer hunting kicked off Nov. 16 with firearms season, and it serves as a reminder to hunters: Follow the rules, practice ethical hunting behavior, and have an enjoyable, safe time in the woods.
It’s estimated that at least a quarter-million Hoosiers participate in firearms season, which runs from Nov. 16 through Dec. 1.
Hunters are required to have a valid deer license unless otherwise exempt. Exemptions are listed in the DNR Hunting/Trapping Guide, available at outdoor retail stores or online at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2343.htm
The 1,700 square foot storefront, located at 1315 North Cass Street in Wabash, is planning a Grand Opening celebration for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is owned and operated by long-time North Manchester resident Cathy Price.
Cathy’s Natural Market will be a “one-stop shop for health-minded consumers,” according to Price. The store will carry organic produce, specialty food items for gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan diets, and non-genetically-modified food, as well as natural vitamins and nutritional supplements.
The market will also carry local farm-fresh organic meat and produce, natural baked goods for special dietary needs and gourmet cheeses, along with soaps, creams and various toiletry items made with all-natural ingredients.
Pathfinder Services of Huntington honored individuals and organizations within the communities they serve at their annual community recognition dinner Tuesday evening at Huntington University. Chant Thompson from the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
At the dinner, Bill Oromo, the 2012 Herbert D. LaMont Award recipient, and Diane and Brian Adams, the daughter and grandson of Kay LaMont presented the prestigious Herbert D. LaMont award to Nancy and Keith Hartley. Keith Hartley is the District Manager of SuperWash and currently serves on the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors, the organization’s Marketing and Media Committee as well as the Executive Committee. Additionally, Nancy and Keith Hartley have been very involved in Special Olympics in Huntington County.
by Eric Stearley
Thursday morning, Wabash County YMCA CEO Clint Kugler and Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan met with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Education Savings Authority Board, and representatives from the Commission on Higher Education to share the success of the Wabash County Promise. During the meeting, Kugler and Callahan were honored with the “Sagamore of the Wabash” award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence.
“It was totally unexpected,” said Kugler. “I’m so honored to have the leadership of our state recognize the potential and power of what Wabash County has been able to do in such a short period of time.”
“I definitely wasn’t expecting such an award or recognition for something that, at the end of the day, just seemed like we were doing our jobs,” agreed Callahan. “I think he and I both felt very humbled. I think we’re both motivated in the same way. We see this more as an opportunity to further the cause, instead of seeing it as the end of this initiative.”
The “Sagamore of the Wabash,” created by Governor Ralph Gates in the 1940s, is an award given to Hoosiers who have “rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor,” according the state of Indiana’s website. Only the governor has the authority to give the award. It is the governor’s second- honor, only surpassed by the Sachem Award, given to one citizen each year. In the past, it has been given to presidents, astronauts, volunteers, veterans, educators, entertainers and entrepreneurs.
by Eric Stearley
The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County kicked off its three-part eLearning program Wednesday, Nov. 6. Students got their first taste of at-home, technology-based learning, while district faculty and staff had a full day of professional development.
In August 2012, MSD schools began a one-to-one technology initiative, through which each student was given their own high-tech learning device to put the district on a fast track into the digital age. Kindergarten through second grade students each received an iPad, while 3rd through 12th grade students each got their own Macbook Air. This technology has allowed students unparalleled learning opportunities that were never before possible.
During eLearning Day #1, students at the elementary level created technology based projects designed to enhance their overall learning. Second grade students used their iPads to create a multimedia slide show presentation about non-fiction text features, such as the index of a reference book. The presentation had to include five slides, a picture, a picture caption, and voice-over, where students recorded themselves explaining the selected feature. Third grade students used the Garage Band program on their MacBooks to record a "fractured fairy tale," in which the students rewrote a fairy tale to make it their own.
The Healthcare Hero Award is presented annually to honor exceptional Wabash County healthcare workers and volunteers. The award provides the opportunity to celebrate the inspiration these "heroes" generate through their dedication and commitment in care giving.
This year, Jan Mattern was honored as the 2013 Healthcare Hero. Mattern is the Safety Administrator and Company Nurse at Ford Meter Box in Wabash and a dedicated volunteer in the community.
Mattern's nominators are the Wabash County Health Department nurses Lori Foust and Taisha Moore. Their letter of nomination clearly expresses a sincere respect and admiration for Mattern. They write that Mattern "serves as a living example of dedication and commitment to true patient advocacy, delivering personalized care to all patients…She serves as an important reminder that patient care is about people first. Mattern is a leader among leaders, with grace and generosity. She is highly skilled, compassionate, and consistently displays the highest ethical standards. Mattern is able to establish a level of trust and cooperation that facilitates mutually agreed upon and improved outcomes."
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