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Walkers raise funds for March of Dimes
Tiffaney Drummond talks about her daughter Carter’s experience after being born prematurely in 2014. Carter was the ambassador for the 2015 Walk for Babies sponsored by the March of Dimes. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Walkers took to the streets of Wabash on Saturday, May 2, for the annual March for Babies fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes.
 
While numbers were down this year because of a variety of other activities scheduled around the area, officials are thankful for participants and sponsors.
 
“I was hoping for a better turnout,” Walk coordinator Pat Vanlandingham said. “We had some teams that didn’t show up. And I know there are some other good causes that are going on today, and the first soccer games are going on, too, so we’re competing with a lot of other events.”
Posted on 2015 May 19
Lippe named associate principal for Manchester Junior-Senior High School

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Dr. Jon K. Lippe was named the Manchester Junior- Senior High School Associate Principal during the Manchester School Board meeting on Tuesday, May 12.  After a year in this position, Lippe will become the principal of Manchester Junior-Senior High School with the retirement of current principal, Nancy Alspaugh, in June 2016.

Lippe has served as an administrator in the Warsaw Community Schools for the past ten years, most recently as the building level principal at Lakeview Middle School.  He has also worked as an assistant principal at Edgewood Middle School and was previously taught physics, astronomy and chemistry at Huntington North High School and Jimtown High School. 

Posted on 2015 May 13
Wabash County fire departments honor fallen brother on 20th anniversary of his death

Wabash County firefighters gathered at Memorial Lawns Cemetery on May 5 to remember Captain Greg Cussen, a Noble Township volunteer firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty 20 years ago. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
May 5 marked the 20th anniversary of Noble Township Volunteer Fire Department’s loss of Fire Captain Greg Cussen.
 
Cussen lost his life in the line of duty in 1995 when the department received a call of an explosion at Metro North Elementary School and the school caught fire. Cussen was rushing to the scene when he collided with another emergency vehicle from his fire department.
 
“There’s a couple of things we want to do here tonight and the first is honor and celebrate Captain Greg Cussen and the sacrifice that he gave, his life and service, and we’re also going to grieve his loss,” Pastor Alex Falder said before his opening prayer. “We hold those two things together, the celebration and the honor and the grief and the loss because any time we lose somebody, it leaves a hole.”
Posted on 2015 May 12
Harvey lawsuit on hold
By Joseph Slacian
 
A $1 million class action lawsuit against Harvey Industries has been put on hold.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein issued the hold in late April in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division.
 
His ruling came after U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Michigan appointed Steve R. Wybo of Conway MacKenzie Inc. as the receiver. 
 
The lawsuit against the firm, which is based in Livonia, Mich., and has its lone plant in Wabash, was “vacated and continued until such time” the receivership is lifted. Harvey representatives must file a status report within 10 days of the receivership being lifted, or by Aug. 24, 2015, whichever is earlier.
Posted on 2015 May 12
LaFontaine Town Board to have new makeup
Janet Robbins-Pattee (left) chats with others awaiting the returns May 5 in the lobby of the Wabash County Judicial Annex. Pattee was one of three to win the Republican nominations for the LaFontaine Town Board. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Jay L. Gillespie, Janet I. Robbins-Pattee and Lori A. Brane topped a field of six Republican candidates seeking the party’s nomination for the town council.
 
While seven people appeared on the ballot, one – J. Tyler Guenin – moved from the town prior to election, and asked people not to vote for him. None-the-less, he received 33 votes.
 
Gilliespie topped the field, receiving 149 votes. Pattee followed with 139 and Brane wit 136.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Tobias downs Haupert in NM Council race
By Shaun Tilghman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The Town of North Manchester had just one contested race on the ballot during the May 5 Primary Election, but local voters made their voices heard as challenger Chalmer “Toby” Tobias defeated incumbent Diane Haupert 277-87 to claim the Republican nomination for the Town Council’s District 5 seat. 
 
Upon learning of his victory, Tobias posted the following on the Chalmer “Toby” Tobias for Town Council page on Facebook last Tuesday evening: “What a whirlwind! We did it! Thank you to all who voted. You made your voice heard loud and clear, and I am incredibly honored to serve as your Councilman.”
 
Posted on 2015 May 12
Best of the Best students gearing up for artist ‘super bowl’
Wabash County students have prepared artwork for display and purchase at the eighth annual Best of the Best Art Show on May 17. In the Best of the Best art program, students refine their art skills, learn new techniques through workshops with local artists, and gain confidence to “become the best that they can be,” according to program co-director Jeanie Cooper. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Seventeen Wabash County art students have finalized their pieces for the eighth annual Best of the Best Art Show on Sunday, May 17.
 
Originally established in 2007 by Michael Hapner and previous Wabash City Schools Superintendent Dr. Celia Shand, the art program was developed to help expand student art abilities and entrepreneurial skills. This year, students visited the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and refined their artistic skills in workshops with local artists including Kristy Church, Jane Willmert, and Kellie Brace.
 
Southwood High School senior Shelby Babbitt, Wabash High School junior Mason Irelan, and Northfield High School senior and Heartland Career Center representative Zachary Clouse all agreed that they were glad that they joined the program.
 
While Clouse had wanted to join the program to follow in his older brother’s footsteps, Irelan and Babbit originally weren’t sure about the program.
 
“I never really thought I was going to be in Best of the Best because I never really thought that I was that great,” Babbitt said. “I think it’s made me more confident in what I do. When I did art projects in school, I’d always have to have permission and I’d have to have, ‘Is this going ok?’ Now that I’ve been in it and I’ve learned things, I feel more confident and able to do what I want and not what other people want.”
Posted on 2015 May 12
Palascak returns for a comedy show and a lecture
Michael Palascak, a comedian native to Wabash, returned as the final act of the Thursday Night Comedy series. The comedian performed for a sold out Eagles Theatre after his friend and fellow comedian Emily Galati opened for him on stage. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash native and nationally known comedian Michael Palascak performed for a sold out Eagles Theatre on April 23 as the final act in the Thursday Night Comedy series.
 
Palascak’s friend Emily Galati kicked off the night as his opening act and received several laughs for her opinions on the fine line between friendship and dating as well as how the most perfect man in the world is also coincidentally the most wanted man on the FBI’s top wanted list.
 
Palascak, who returns to his hometown to perform annually, has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and, recently, “The Conan O’Brien Show.”
 
This year, the comedian made a special artist lecture appearance on April 24 at Wabash High School, where he graduated in 2000.
Posted on 2015 May 12

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