CountryMark President and CEO Charlie Smith participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to unveil the newly upgraded Unit Operations Laboratory for the Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering.
The school raised $550,000 for the project in order to bring the lab to the same state-of-the-art level as all the other laboratories located in Forney Hall on the West Lafayette campus. CountryMark donated $25,000 to the project, which finished renovations this summer. Students can now be educated using laboratory equipment and experiments designed for today’s industrial reality.
“We see great value in the chemical engineering program at Purdue,” said Charlie Smith, who also serves on the Purdue University Industrial Advisory Council. “One of its greatest strengths is the ability to introduce a world class education to students with a deep-seeded midwestern work ethic. The synergy of these two components creates extraordinary talent that we seek at CountryMark, and is sought by manufacturing companies worldwide.”
by Kalie Ammons
Don Barger and the folks at Wabash County Hospital have been working together to develop a facility to meet the demand for immediate care by patients whose conditions are not serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.
“Your typical coughs, colds, flu symptoms, sprains, strains, burns if you have something in your eye, just whatever needs immediate care, but is not an emergency. If you have shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, chest pain, you know, you should still probably go to the emergency room. But if you sprained your ankle playing basketball or you just don’t feel well, then that’s what we’re there for,” Barger told The Paper.
QuickMed opened on Monday, Sept. 16 and is currently in the hospital, adjacent to the emergency room. However, Barger hinted at some plans to construct a new facility.
“We are also looking at some space offsite. We’re revising some floor plans and we would like to move offsite, probably the first of the year,” Barger explained.
The Wabash QuickMed will provide previously limited services in Wabash County. Community members will now have access to reliable, walk-in health care without having to maneuver around a family doctor’s schedule or drive out of town.
“QuickMed is going to be comprised of two different components, one being the occupational health component and one the walk-in clinic component,” Barger said. “I am hoping between the occupational health patients and the walk-in patients we see 20 patients a day. I think that would be reasonable. Twenty-five, I think, would be really good,” Barger predicted.
A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to those who want venison will be available again this fall.
GiveIN Game, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its third year. Hunters who are willing to donate venison and people who would like to receive venison began registering on Sept. 1 at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/7240.htm.
Manchester Main Street (MMS) is hosting a “Riverfront” Park opening ceremony on Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m., to celebrate this truly collaborative community effort and wonderful addition to North Manchester. The event is open to the public and is a chance to meet the talented artists who helped make the park a reality.
The Wabash County Historical Museum, Inc. recently announced the start of their 2013 Annual Operating Fund Campaign. Mitch Figert, the museum’s recently appointed Executive Director, announced this year’s goal of $115,000.
“This is an aggressive goal compared to previous years’ campaigns,” Figert stated. “We have a lot happening at the museum and this campaign reflects the numerous improvements and additions taking place at our facility.”
Figert, who has been with the museum since mid-July, has openly commented on his plans to further engage families and youth in the historical museum. The museum currently admits all area school groups at no charge to the school corporations, educators or families.
The Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will host an open house on Sept. 13 from 4—6 p.m. at the new Welcome Center and Gift Shop to thank Jill Ross for her service to the organization for nearly three years.
Ross, Tourism Coordinator for the Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has accepted a position as Marketing and Business Development Director with L.A.P, Inc., a locally owned and operated business. Her last day with the CVB will be Sept. 13.
by Ashley Flynn
The Wabash County Extension Homemakers are seeking vendors for their annual Autumn Craft Bazaar scheduled for Sept. 21 at the REMC Building. They have extended the deadline to register as a vendor to Sept. 16.
Vendors may sell artwork, baked goods, crafts, health and beauty products or other items. There will also be vendors selling manufactured products such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Premier Designs Jewelry.
Each vendor is asked to provide a door prize to be raffled during the events. There will be refreshments and free admission for visitors.
The three Rs have added a big E in Metropolitan School District of Wabash County. eLearning is here! The Department of Education is working closely with MSD of Wabash County to advance electronic learning opportunities for our digital native youth, kids who only know the world with computers and smart phones.
The “EDays” structure forged in collaboration with educational innovators from IDOE’s eLearning division will provide students and teachers valuable experience in the rapidly emerging eLearning realm. The schools’ staff will create, deliver, assess and document eLearning instruction on three school days during the school year. These experiences are essential because most universities and a great many employers already use eLearning extensively.
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