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Jennings joins county’s Extension staff
By Joseph Slacian
 
Susy Jennings has joined the staff of Wabash County’s Purdue Cooperative Extension.
 
Jennings, who is splitting her time between here and the Huntington County Extension office, is the Community Wellness Coordinator for the Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP).
 
The program is funded through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) dollars.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
NM facing ‘front burner’ issues in ‘17
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – The Town of North Manchester is facing some “front burner” issues in 2017, according to Town Council President Jim Smith.
 
Smith made the remarks during a State of the Town address to members and guests of the North Manchester Rotary Club on Thursday, Dec. 1.
 
The issues, he said, include a long-term control plan for storm water and sewer separation, a canoe launch, historical preservation of downtown, and a new gateway sign.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
The joy of reading: Program seeks to build reading skills in youngsters
By Joseph Slacian
 
Youngsters in 25 preschools and daycare centers around Wabash County have received free books this year, thanks in part to a program sponsored by a variety of local organizations.
 
The program, designed to help strengthen early literacy in Wabash County, traces its roots back to about 2005 when Teresa Witkoske, Extension Educator, Health and Human Services for the Purdue University’s Cooperative Extension office in Wabash County, received a Lily Endowment grant for literacy appreciation.
 
Since then, organizations such as the Purdue Extension, Wabash County United Fund, Wabash Farm Bureau, Extension Homemakers, Manchester University and more have joined forces to provide the free books to youngsters around Wabash County.
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Commissioners approve new vacation earning schedule
By David Fenker
 
Full-time county employees will soon receive more vacation time.
 
At the Monday, Dec. 12 meeting of the Wabash County Commissioners, the commissioners approved changes to the vacation benefits given to full-time employees.
 
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the new vacation day earning schedule gives full-time county employees more vacation time for fewer years of service.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Wabash Chiropractic Center welcomes new doctor
Dr. Seth McKinney
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash Chiropractic Center welcomed Dr. Seth McKinney in November, adding a third pair of hands to its caregiving staff.
 
McKinney, a 2009 Oak Hill High School graduate, was formerly a patient at the center, an experience that helped influence his decision to pursue a degree in chiropractic services.
 
“When I was sitting in undergrad at IUK, the Logan Chiropractic (University) came and talked to the class and I knew that I wanted to do something in the healthcare profession and it all clicked,” McKinney told The Paper of Wabash County. “I knew I wanted to do chiropractic. I had success with it and it gave me relief throughout my years of playing sports and it was one way I could give back to the community.
 
“I was able to see firsthand what it could do for the human body, what kind of relief I could get and not have to worry about going and taking a pill or something of that nature. I was able to get relief just from adjusting and letting the body heal itself.”
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Local animal shelter fundraises for paraplegic dog’s wheelchair
Baby Girl is a senior, paraplegic lab mix at the Wabash County Animal Shelter. To offer her the chance at a longer life with a loving family, the shelter is raising funds to purchase the dog a new wheelchair, which she will take to her new home. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Animal Shelter is raising funds to give a paraplegic dog a wonderful Christmas.
 
Baby Girl, a 12-year-old lab mix, has no feeling in her lower body and is in need of a wheelchair, according to Doug Bogert, shelter manager.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
WFD donates ambulance to Parkview Mirro Center
Wabash Fire Chief Barry Stroup (fifth from left) presents keys to an ambulance donated from the Wabash Fire Department to the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation to Parkview Mirro representative Matt Stieber. Looking on are (from left) Assistant Chief & EMS Director Andy Oswalt, Firefighter Matt Long, Inspector Mitch Meyer, Assistant Chief Adam Copeland, and Parkview Mirro representatives Adam Fischer and Chris Lozo. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation received an early Christmas present from the City of Wabash and the Wabash Fire Department.
 
On Friday, Dec. 9, representatives from the center received the keys to a used WFD ambulance that will be used in training around the area.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Witkoske receives national award
By Joseph Slacian
 
Teresa Witkoske received the 2016 Indiana Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS).
 
Witkoske, Extension Educator, Health and Human Sciences for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office in Wabash County, was named one of two Indiana recipients during the NAFCS’ national convention in Montana over the summer.
 
“The requirements are that you be at least a ten-year member in an Extension capacity,” she said. “They award two per state. Purdue is the only Indiana affiliate.”
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13

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