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SACS board welcomes Milne, who says she’ll add another perspective

Aboite Township man leads Mizpah Shrine

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Hardiek’s wife, Shannon Hardiek, said the women’s project for 2013 will be a bracelet, with

Meagan Milne joined the Southwest Allen County School Board with a nod to board unity. Milne joined the board at its annual reorganization meeting, on Jan. 8, and quickly was nominated for the post of board secretary. She withdrew from that contest. “I want this to be positive moving forward,” Milne said after the meeting. “It’s a wonderful school system. I look forward to working with everybody and making it even better.” Milne, who was elected in November, took her oath of office days before that meeting, from her former employer, Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Terry Crone. “A little blast from the past,” said Milne, a former Carmel resident and an attorney. Though she has not resumed her law practice since moving to Allen County, she said her perspective as an attorney is one of the assets she brings to the board. “And I still have kids in school, which I think is very important,” Milne said. “To the extent that other board members have a wonderful perspective on things, I hope I can share with them not only the perspective of someone whose kids are still in school, kind of living it, but also coming from another excellent school system, Carmel.” In other business, the board approved four changes to the high school curriculum, as presented by Assistant Superintendent Phillip G. Downs. Basic Skills Development: Vocational and Independent Living, became available in January. The course is designed to build skills among special-needs students. Strategic Marketing will be available beginning with

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An Aboite Township resident recently assumed leadership of Mizpah Shrine. Michael Hardiek, 45, became the youngest potentate in the history of the local Shrine, founded in 1910, which serves 22 Indiana counties. Hardiek said his installation would be the last at the Shrine’s longtime home at 407 W. Berry St. in downtown Fort Wayne. He pledged that by year’s end the Shrine will complete its move to the new Shrine Center, at 1015 Memorial Way. After thanking Shrine nobles for their help and example in the past, Hardiek shifted the focus to the future. “My grandfather walked the halls of this building,” he said. “This building doesn’t fit us anymore.” He said the success of

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Mike Hardiek kneels to take the oath as potentate of the Mizpah Shrine. The Jan. 4 installation is to be the last at the downtown headquarters of the Shrine, which is moving to a new Shrine Center near the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. the new Shrine Center will confirm a greater success. “If we leave this building as a legacy to our children, then that means our hospitals survive,” he said.

That focus on the many children’s hospitals — which Hardiek referred to as “temples of mercy” — was central to remarks by Hardiek and others.

Community band has been making music for Fort Wayne for 33 years Fort Wayne Area Community Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the John & Ruth RhineCourtesy photo hart Music Center on the Humphries IPFW Campus. Conductor Scott Humphries and Assistant Conductor Susan Jehl have chosen a variety of music that includes “Suite for Tuba, “Four Scottish Dances,” “The Hounds of Spring,” “An American Hymn,” “Rough Riders March,” a compilation of music from the Broadway play “Les Miserables,” and more. Thirty-three years ago a teaser article in a local paper announced formation of a community band and invited interested parties to dig out their horns and bring them to Neff Hall auditorium at IPFW. Thirty-five musicians, many who had not touched their instruments since high school or college, showed up at the first rehearsal in mid-November 1979. That was the nucleus of what is now the 70member Fort Wayne Area Community Band. Nine of those who answered the invitation are still members.

Concert information Fort Wayne Area Community Band Tuesday, Feb. 26. Downbeat 7:30 p.m. John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Tickets $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, children over six $2 IPFW students admitted free with student ID Free parking in new parking garage across from Music Center

Just eight conductors have led the group during the past 33 years. Humphries is assistant professor and director of instrumental studies and music education at Manchester University in North Manchester. Of the ensemble, he says “they enjoy playing their instruments, work hard in rehearsals, like putting on the best possible performances and have a determination and drive to grow and improve. My two years with the band have been incredible. We presented a number of really professional concerts and I’m confident that people who attend the February performance will find it has See MUSIC, Page A3

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seven hope beads available for several projects, and all proceeds going to Shrine hospitals. Freeman Jewelers designed the bracelet. “In 2011, over 121,000 children were treated at a Shriners’ hospital and were given the hope of living a more normal life,” she said. A senior member of the Shrine, 2008 potentate Larry Chapel of near Knox, said Michael Hardiek brings more than youth to the office. “Mike brings an energy to the position that we need at times,” he said, “but still is very thoughtful, caring.” Chapel said Hardiek has volunteered to drive the Shrine van carrying children to hospitals in Chicago and elsewhere the past couple years. “I think that has helped him to understand what it’s all about,” Chapel said. “That’s such an important part of what we do.” Chapel said the Shrine was founded as a social connection, and adopted the hospitals program in 1922. That mission soon became the primary mission of the Shrine, Chapel said. “Mike understands that part of our programs, that part of our being,” he said. Hardiek said Chapel was the last person whom


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Shrine Potentate Mike Hardiek of Aboite Township addresses the installation ceremony. he and his wife consulted before committing to the path toward potentate, four years ago. “He was the last phone call I made,” Hardiek said. “He could have talked me out of it.” Hardiek said his predecessors taught him important lessons. He said a leader succeeds by the efforts of the team, not by his individual work. Also, he said, an important message can be shared in few words. Hardiek pledged to support the 2013 team, including the Divan,

whose members form the line of succession to potentate. “Any barrier you need taken down, anything you need,” he promised. Besides Hardiek, the Divan comprises: Steven Cowan, chief rabban; Gary Soblotne, assistant rabban; Jerry Freewalt, high priest and prophet, and; Hal Harting, oriental guide. Owen Wade will serve as treasurer, and Ron Harruff as recorder. Chapel said the Shrine Circus is a major fundraiser for the Shrine general fund. Other fundraisers include: the onion sale each spring, with profits going to the hospitals transportation fund; the horse show at the Shrine’s Columbia City horse arena, with proceeds going to the hospitals; and the fly-in breakfast each fall, with profits going to the hospitals system. Chapel said the horse show is moving from the fall, to the summer. He said local Shriners are major supporters of a Lake Michigan salmon fishing derby sponsored by the Great Lakes Shrine Association, and that event also supports the hospitals. Finally, Chapel said, the local Shrine has added a sportsman’s raffle, beginning this fall.

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MUSIC from Page something for everyone.” The band presents about a dozen concerts a year and has taken its brand of concert music to surrounding communities, too. It performs twice during Three Rivers Festival, three times at Foellinger Theater each summer and four concerts at the IPFW Music Center. The group also provides music for graduation ceremonies of Ivy Tech State College and

A1 University of St. Francis. Fort Wayne Area Community Band is composed of primarily amateur musicians, some IPFW students and a few music teachers who gather Tuesday evenings at IPFW to rehearse. Auditions are not required and any musician who is out of high school is welcome. For information, contact personnel manager Susan Nash at 432-0698.

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HUNTERTOWN — Gene Shatto’s friends turned out on his behalf Jan. 19, and so did friends of friends. The hog roast at Third Place was the Huntertown United Methodist Church’s way of helping Shatto to raise money for a kidney transplant. The event raised $4,000 toward the $10,000 goal. The parking lot got crowded just before the meal, and the dining area in the gym got busy soon after. “We just opened the doors and we’re filling up really fast,” said Patsy Hendricks, who spearheaded the fundraiser. “I think we’re doing really well.” Many people just donated cash. Volunteers served up roast pork with all the sides. Sheri Rollins of Garrett sat down to enjoy her dinner at a table shared by others from New Life House of Worship in Garrett. David Gamble, a New Life member, said he posted the flier on behalf of Shatto, whom he has known for six or seven years. The fundraiser was just

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Sheri Rollins, left, of Garrett accepts her dinner from Marion Steffen. Rollins is a member of New Life House of Worship in Garrett, where she saw a poster about the fundraiser in Huntertown. New Life congregation member David Gamble said he posted the flier on behalf of a longtime acquaintance, Gene Shatto of Avilla. Steffen is a member of Huntertown United Methodist Church, where she serves in the bell choir. the first of several to help Shatto, of Avilla. Church members also plan to sell sub sandwiches on Super Bowl Sunday. Hendricks said the Huntertown Lions Club will hold a fish fry for Shatto, but that outdoor event must wait for spring. “He didn’t ask for help, but we knew that he needed it,” Hendricks said as she spread the word about the dinner. “He’s a good man, so we initiated it.” Hendricks and the Health Outreach Team conduct blood pressure tests and

help out elsewhere throughout the year. That’s how they became aware of Shatto’s medical condition. “We do a lot of fundraisers, but we decided that’s one of our focuses this year,” Hendricks said. “We want to raise $10,000 for him to get a kidney.” Shatto worked at Supervalu food distribution center in Fort Wayne for 30 years. “The stroke just happened all of a sudden,” Shatto said. “For the 30 years that I worked, there See SHATTO, Page A7 · Convenient Hours · Franchises Available Open 7 Days: M-F 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm

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SHATTO from Page A6 was maybe a year that I worked only 40 hours a week. The rest of the time I worked 60, 70 hours a week. And the stroke just came out of nowhere.” Shatto also lost a foot, to diabetes. “I can work, but it can’t be a very demanding job,” he said. “Because after dialysis you just don’t have any energy. And there aren’t many places where you can work where you can say, ‘I need to be off Monday, Wednesday and Friday.’ ” Instead, Shatto reports to DaVita Kendallville Renal Center at 5:30 a.m. three days each week. He invests half a day in a procedure that he describes as a necessary evil. “If I don’t do it, I’m gonna die,” he said. “So I’m going to put up with it until a better solution is found.” That better solution, he added quickly, is a transplant. He estimated that $10,000 will cover the first year’s expenses, after the Medicare deductible known as “the doughnut hole.” “The Medicare co-pay is $5,700,” he said. “Once you have the transplant, your meds for the first six month are about $5,000 a month.” Shatto said he was on a kidney transplant waiting list at an Indianapolis hospital for two and a half years, but recently went to

Gene Shatto takes the karaoke mike during a fundraiser for the Kidney 4 Gene Fund at Third Place in Huntertown. Shatto, who was the beneficiary of the project, said he especially enjoys singing Elvis Presley and Garth Brooks songs.

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Lutheran Transplant Center in Fort Wayne. He began tests there Jan. 16, he said. The search for a donor is difficult, he said. “A hundred people might step forward, and only two or three are gonna be matches,” he said. He said he and his wife, Kim, are grateful to church members such as Hendricks, who is on the preschool and administrative boards, and the leader of Shatto’s small Bible study group. “She’s quite a good organizer,” Shatto said. Hendricks said she has plenty of help, from church members and the community. Feders Meats of Huntertown donated the cooking of the hog.

Malcolm Farms sold the hog at a steep discount. Restaurants, hair salons and other businesses donated certificates or merchandise for a silent auction. “Somebody from the church made a quilt and somebody else donated an electric piano,” she said. “A lot of nice things.” Shatto said prizes were donated for the silent auction, and for bingo. “We had 60 or 70 businesses donate,” he said. “All we had to do was ask.” Shatto said the church members who want to help him financially also give him emotional strength. “It’s nice to know that there are people who step up and help you,” he said. “They don’t owe me. They did it because they love it.”


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NAACP branch installs leadership The NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County Branch 3049 has elected and installed leaders for the 2013-15 term. The group issued a news release about its platform message, “The Change is Worth the Challenge.” That news release

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne welcomes four directors Westfall, attorney, Barrett & McNagny LLP. The four began their tenures in January. In a news release, board president Franklin A. Johnson said, “An enthusiastic, innovative and energetic board, in touch with the community, is essential to support and help grow an already performing executive director, Joe Jordan, to

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Aboite Library busy in February The Allen County Public Library plans these activities at the Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane. For details, call (260) 421-1310. Born to Read Babies and Books Mondays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and activities for babies and their caregivers. Smart Start Storytime Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities, and crafts for your preschooler. Baby Steps Toddler Time Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs and games for your toddler. Art for Homeschoolers Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2 p.m. Study a variety of different art techniques and mediums ranging from drawing to painting in 3D. All supplies provided. Art for Homeschool Teens Fridays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 10:30 a.m. Study a variety of different art techniques and mediums ranging from drawing to

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Allen County community weighs future uses for depot By Valerie Gough

When Alison Adams describes the Wabash Railroad depot as it would have been in 1887, one can’t help but imagine what it was like. For the people of New Haven, it was a doorstep to the world. It was where soldiers stoically said their goodbyes en route to war. It was where lovers boarded the train for a honeymoon in big cities like Chicago, Kansas City or St. Louis. At the time, just a few pennies would have purchased a ticket to Fort Wayne for a day of shopping or work. “This is where passengers would have warmed up by the potbelly stove,” Adams said, gesturing next to what used to be the ticket window. “I imagine the station staff would have also used it to brew coffee and put their feet up around it to keep their boots warm.” That potbelly stove now sits in a barn on Adams’ property awaiting restoration and will one day find its way back to the depot, although it won’t be func tional. As president of the New Haven Heritage Association, Adams led an effort to renovate the 126year-old train depot with painstaking attention to detail. “The two west rooms now have air conditioning and heat, although you can’t see any of that so it still looks the way it did in the 1890s,” Adams said. The depot, which was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2003, now boasts other modern conveniences, including a handicapaccessible ramp and restroom, a kitchenette, ceiling fans and new lighting. A recent ribbon-cutting celebration was the most activity the depot had seen since 1964, when the railroads abandoned the building. It sat vacant for more than 20 years, until the New Haven Heritage Association acquired the depot from Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1988, saving it from imminent destruction. It would take two decades of grant writing, fundraising and planning before renovations could begin, but it all came full circle on Dec. 7 when the New Haven community came out in droves to see the new depot for the first time. Now, association members must tend to finishing touches, such as lighting, landscaping and the addition of park benches and picnic tables, some of which will

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Justin York, project supervisor with A&Z Engineering, presents New Haven Heritage Association President Alison Adams with a photo book documenting the renovation to the Wabash Railroad depot. require additional fundraising. But they are also faced with repurposing the depot in a way that will once again make it a community gathering place. “At the moment, we are sort of catching our breath, but we’re exploring lots of ideas. We would just like to see it enjoyed and used,” Adams said. She has already been in talks with New Haven Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Clendenen, who agrees the depot could have many potential uses. While he envisions using the space for various naturalist classes and events, he said the Parks and Recreation department lacks the staff to keep the depot open full time. Adams hopes that problem can be solved

with the help of volunteers or other potential business opportunities. The depot’s freight room, for example, could be used to house a bike rental facility, Adams said, tying the building into recreational trails that run adjacent to the property. In 2007, Tim Hall successfully repurposed the historic Cass Street depot off Wells Street when he opened Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot. That structure is positioned on the St. Mary’s River and Rivergreenway trails and offers hourly, half- or full-day bicycle and boat rentals. “We think (Wabash Railroad depot) would be a good space for a summer bike rental for people to use bikes on the trails. It could also be a hiking or meeting place,” Adams said. “A reason-

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doing the bike rental is willing to answer questions about the building, and supervise the other rooms and historical displays.” Working to their advantage is the depot’s proximity to downtown New Haven. Trail users could bike to the depot, lock up their bikes and walk to retail, dining and entertainment. “As soon as we know what money we have left over, and if we can raise a bit from donations, we would like to get park benches, picnic tables and trees on the west side of the building so that even when the building is closed, there is a place for bikers to be, and a bike rack so that if they wanted to, they can lock up their bikes and walk a few short blocks into town and enjoy dinner or an ice cream,” Adams said. “We see it as a potential stimulus.”

There is also rental potential for company or family picnics, small club meetings — especially for railroad enthusiasts — or parties, she said, adding that it could be an interesting venue for a small wedding or reception, but a passing train blaring its horn every 15 minutes might not appeal to the average bride. For now, the depot serves as a chance for visitors to take a step back in time. While the New Haven Heritage Association has no deadline to nail down plans for the space, they are ready to tackle another historic undertaking — a 1913 building that used to be at the center of the community. “Once the depot is complete and going into operation, then we will be able to see what might be a long-term purpose for the old city hall building,” Adams said.

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to the silent film era. “The General,” the 1926 fulllength feature starring legendary silent film actor Buster Keaton, is regarded as a masterpiece of its era and widely known as one of the greatest silent film comedies of all time. “Trip to the Moon” is a 1902 film based on Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon” and H.G. Wells’ “The First Men in the Moon.” Audience members will also recognize this featured short from the motion picture “Hugo.” Starring Buster Keaton and set in the Civil War era, the General refers to the prized locomotive of Johnny Gray, Buster Keaton’s character. When the General is stolen by Union spies, Johnny sets out to rescue it, finding out in the process that his

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Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show Thursday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 3. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Senior citizens 60 and over $4, kids 12 and under $2. More information at

Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale Thursday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 10. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m.9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $6, kids 12 and under free. The more than 60 exhibitors will include 20 marine dealers from Indiana and Michigan, offering incentives on boats, personal watercraft, piers and more. Merchandise will include wet suits, wake boards, floats and water toys and more. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will conduct a water and boating safety class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The class is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Register at the DNR booth or the Indiana DNR website at For more information, call (260) 244-3720.

Circus begins 2013 tour Children stared at the sights as the 67th edition of the Mizpah Shrine Circus filled the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Shriners once again offered free admission to hundreds of schoolchildren. A human cross-bow hurled a daredevil through the air toward a safe landing on a giant inflated mat. Motorcycles leaped across hurdles. Elephants, horses and tigers performed for the crowd. Trapeze performers captured the attention of children and adults like. Clowns held the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention while performers shifted rigging and cages for the three-ring circus. The Fort Wayne show opened the 2013 season for the Zerbini circus, which marks its 250th year in 2013.

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Roanoke shops to stamp “passports” for Feb. 16 Shop Hop On Feb. 16, the downtown merchants in Roanoke are sponsoring a one-day event to bring people to town. “We’d love to get people out during the winter and come down here to have some fun,” said Stephanie McKibben, the owner of the Paper Moon gift shop. “Roanoke is beautiful in the winter, too, and the shops here have a lot to offer all year-round.” Many of the shops are participating in a Shop Hop event. Visitors to Roanoke will travel to each shop and have their “passports” stamped, turning them in at the new flower shop on Main Street, Dahlia Sage. All shops participating have donated items for a large gift basket that one traveler will

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Valentine’s Day through Feb. 16 rather than on National Cherry Pie Day, Feb. 20. The Silk Purse, located in Carroll’s Flooring, is having a sale on a variety of items, including their popular barn wood items. Paper Moon is having its winter open house on Feb. 7, but will have specials including discounts on soaps and candles on Feb. 16. GEMS, the furniture and high-end consignment shop, and Penny French Deal Gallery are reopening on Valentine’s Day after being closed for a winter break. Both stores will be open again on Feb. 16. Shoppers wandering downtown Roanoke are expected to stop and warm up at the street-side bonfires and toast a marshmallow or two or enjoy a s’more.

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J Taylors at Cottage Dahlia Sage owner works with other flowers, too benefit for ABWA The singing duo the J Taylors will perform an evening of Valentine’s Day inspired romantic music Friday, Feb. 15 at the Cottage Event Center on U.S. 24 in Roanoke. The show, which includes an Italian buffet style dinner, will consist of love songs from the Big Band era up to the present day. The event is a fundraiser for the American Business Women’s Association. Tickets are $25 per person for dinner and show. Doors open at

6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 and the show at 7:30 p.m. Future benefits include oldies rock by Tollgate Road on March 15 for the Boys & Girls Club, and Christian singer-songwriter Don Wharton on April 21 for the Roanoke Food Pantry. The Cottage Event Center will be host to a bridal showcase Feb. 23. Information on all upcoming events can be obtained by calling (260) 483-3508 or visiting

Roanoke Public Library Building Corp. tops $250,000 goal The Roanoke Public Library Building Corp. has announced the receipt of $53,500 from the E.J. Richards Trust. With the gift, the RPLB has exceeded its goal of raising $250,000 to fund the rehabilitation of the space in the “Coil Factory” on Main Street Roanoke. The Capital Campaign “Life Long Learning” will come to a close at the end of February. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to ensure their name is added to the list of donors must do so by Feb. 28. Foundation Co-chairperson Perry Collins encouraged others to participate. “Nothing could be more rewarding than ending the campaign with money set aside for future needs of the Library. With just a few more contributors we can do that,” Collins said. The library currently has 1,300 square feet of space. The new location will more than double it, by providing 3,000 square feet. The library plans to move its books to the new space March 2. This will be a community effort with an oldfashioned bucket brigade passing books down Main Street. Contact the Roanoke Library for more information, to schedule a visit from a fund-raiser, or to make a donation. The number is (260) 672-2989. See LIBRARY, Page B12

Donna Holloway said she named her new Roanoke floral and gift shop Dahlia Sage after her favorite flower and herb. “I love dahlias,” Holloway said. “They’re symmetrically perfect and come in beautiful gorgeous colors. They’re huge and dramatic and look phenomenal in a wedding bouquet. They’re one of my favorite flowers. I also love the herb sage. I love to cook with it but it’s the smell of sage that’s special to me; it takes me back to my childhood.” Dahlia Sage, 247 N. Main St., is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday until 8 p.m., and Saturday until 3 p.m. The shop also

is open by appointment. Holloway said she is grateful to her friends and family who encouraged her to open her own shop and delve into something she loves. A visual merchandiser and graphic designer by trade, Holloway spent years merchandising fashions and home decor and loved working with window displays. She said those experiences proved to be great skill builders for her. She is also a fine art painter who has turned a passion into a profession, painting acrylic pictures of homes and businesses; paintings are available by special order. Dahlia Sage offers fresh flowers,

and is getting ready for Valentine’s Day orders. The shop carries silk botanicals and arrangements, plus candles, gifts and jewelry. The shop shares a space with Rick Fischer of Deco Illusions, which uses high-end faux artistry skills to transform rooms, building and furniture. She said she has lived nearby for years. “I’m glad to be in the smalltown atmosphere of Roanoke with its cute artsy personality,” she said. “I love meeting my customers and having the ability to know them and better customize their orders.” Dahlia Sage offers delivery. The public may direct questions to (260) 672-0555.

Roanoke calendar packed with 2013 events Roanoke has a busy calendar for 2013, with some dates yet to be determined. To be announced: Grand opening of the Two E’s Winery To be announced: Grand opening of the Roanoke Town Library Feb. 16: For the Love of Winter. A of shopping and events with friends in Roanoke. April 20: Discover Roanoke 10k/5k. A run to benefit Roanoke Elementary PTO. May 3,4: Spring Fling in Roanoke. Shopping specials and entertainment around town. May 18: Springtime in the Village. Townwide garage sales, volunteer firefighters’ hog roast. June 15: Antique fair and ice cream social. Roanoke Beautification-sponsored event. July 3: Freedom on Main. Patriotic concert on Main Street. July 6-Sept. 28: Roanoke Saturdays. Farmers market. Fresh local farm produce and much more. Aug. 17. Taste of Roanoke. Old-fashioned block party with food and music. Sept. 5-8: Roanoke Fall Festival. 60th year of family fun. Oct. 12: Renaissance in Roanoke. Juried fine art show on Main Street. Nov. 8-9: Holiday Gift Extravaganza. Townwide holiday open house. Nov. 30: Shop “Small Saturday” in Roanoke. Dec. 6-7: Christmas in the Village. Friday: Santa arrives by fire truck and meets with children. Saturday: Outside Winter fun “All Creatures Great and Small.”

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(ALLEN COUNTY) The nationwide credit crisis may have turned “the American dream” into an extended nightmare for many Indiana home buyers and sellers. Banks and mortgage lenders (who are not going out of business) have tightened up their lending requirements to the point where many home buyers today can no longer qualify for a mortgage. Record foreclosures, rising unemployment, losses in the financial markets and the current credit crunch have not only reduced the number of buyers who can buy but have also increased the number of houses that sellers need to sell. Prices are under pressure as home sellers lower their asking price to attract a buyer, and as lenders resell their foreclosed homes below market value. And it’s turning into a vicious cycle -as many buyers need to sell their current home first -- and many sellers (unless they plan to rent) need new financing to get into their next home. As a result, a sea of real estate agents, mortgage brokers and home builders are going out of business. These professionals are in the business of serving buyers and sellers. But that’s hard to do with the credit crisis when the entire real estate industry traditionally relies on mortgage lending to finance buyers and get houses sold. What can homeowners do to sell their homes? How can buyers get financing if they can’t meet the tougher lending criteria on credit scores, income verification, down payment amounts and debt ratios?

There’s one local real estate professional who has found a way to make things work even with the present banking crisis. Mike MacDonald is the president of Summit City Investments, Inc. Since 1999, his private investment company has been buying houses throughout the Allen County, IN region without ever relying on banks. MacDonald’s company takes over existing mortgages or brings in private lenders allowing him to pay homeowners all cash for the properties. He then offers his properties for rent or “for sale by owner” using a variety of unique seller financing programs. By taking a long term approach and never relying on banks, business has never been better for MacDonald and his company. “Most sellers are unaware of the options we offer. What they need most is a qualified buyer... and we might just be that buyer. We can buy houses in as-is condition, pay top dollar and close in just a few days… or whenever they’re ready.”

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think they must be desperate before calling him to buy their house. “It’s a very common misconception. But until I look at a house and do some research, I won’t know my game plan for the property or what I can offer. But after a single visit to the property and meeting with the homeowners I can let them know exactly what I can do. My offer is good for 7 days and it’s only at that point, with my offer on the table, that a seller can decide if I’m going to become their buyer.” In fact, price is not an issue for MacDonald. As an investor, what’s important to him is the determination of what income the property can produce. “It’s easy to determine. I also do an appraisal and look at the recent comparable sales. Then I do whatever I can to offer a seller up to full price today -- or about what they might net sometime in the future pursuing a more conventional route. What I can pay depends on the condition, location and financing options available for that type of property. It only takes about 10 minutes to prescreen a property over the phone and to set an appointment. We typically buy 1 out of every 4 properties we see. In fact, for about half of those I have purchased, the seller pursued their other options and then came to realize that my offer was the best all along.” MacDonald believes the three biggest reasons a house doesn’t sell are: 1) it is overpriced, 2) it is poorly marketed, or 3) it is not fixed up to show well. “I can pay a fair price on a home that needs work. I might even plan to increase the value or marketability by adding a bedroom or bath, finishing a basement or installing a new heating system. Brand new carpet and paint will go a long way to attract a qualified buyer. But I understand that many sellers don’t have the time, inclination or money to remodel a house... just to get it sold. We solve that problem for sellers.” Overpricing a home could be the biggest mistake. Listing agents sometimes suggest (or a seller might decide) to ask for a higher price than needed. This might be to test the market or leave wiggle room to negotiate. However, this can backfire if the seller wants (or needs) a quick sale, or when the “days on the market” stacks up causing buyers to wonder what’s wrong with the property. Another misconception about how Mike MacDonald buys houses is the idea that he’s probably looking for sellers in financial distress. “Look, when a seller is out of time or out of options, then I’m usually their best solution -- if their property is not over-financed. But most people headed for foreclosure are either overleveraged or actually looking to save their house. If I buy the house the seller must move. They really need to get into a more affordable home... but sometimes I can help by swapping properties.” MacDonald warns about companies and real estate investors who target distressed homeowners. “Recent laws have been passed in Indiana that apply to any business and investor who targets people in foreclosure. Be cautious, do your research and perhaps seek legal advice when anyone wants to charge you an upfront fee for helping to get your loan modified, or... if they’re promising to lease the home back to you. That rarely works out like the borrower expects and can lead to accusations of fraud. Perhaps rightly so.” What does a real estate investor like

Mike MacDonald do with the houses he buys each month? What about the hundreds of houses his company has bought throughout Allen County, Indiana over the last 14 years? Simple. He rents them out or resells them. “We’re usually managing 80 to 100 properties at any given time -making us one of the largest owners of single family homes in the area. Each month we may have 10 to 15 houses for sale. Some we’ve owned for years and others we have recently bought.” With a reasonable down payment, MacDonald says he can sell you one of his properties using his popular owner financing programs -- even if you have damaged credit or a short job history. “If you can afford a first month’s rent, a last month’s rent and a security deposit, then I can probably sell you one of my houses.”

able things given even a short 6 to 12 months to work on a file. This also helps out some sellers who have found themselves in over their head.” “We do everything we can to get our buyers permanent bank financing. It’s a win-win because we pay sellers all cash and fund our deals with private lenders. Our lenders are mostly local individuals seeking alternatives to low bank CD rates. They earn 8 to 10% interest on real estate notes well-secured by our properties. When we get our buyer cashed out, we finally make our money and can payoff our investor. These investors usually want to reinvest allowing us to buy even more houses.” Unfortunately many of the mortgage programs once available are now gone. It’s reported that 75% of the available lending disappeared when FHA changed their rules last October and again early this year. But, if you have money to put down and can prove your income, there are still loans available now. In fact, some rural development loans and VA loans still allow qualified buyers to borrow with no money down. “We help all of our buyers get a bank loan as quickly as possible... or we finance them ourselves. But we’ve never relied on banks. That keeps us in control and maintains our sanity. But we get those loans done every chance we get. In fact, sometimes a buyer can qualify and doesn’t even know it. Other times they can qualify but need a flexible seller. We’re one of the most creative and flexible sellers you’ll ever find,” says MacDonald. Does buying or selling a home have to be difficult? Maybe not! “President Obama says today's economy is the worst since the Great Depression and it may take many years to recover. Unfortunately I think he’s right and so do many sharp economists.” Interested in selling your property quickly and easily? Looking to buy a new home without bank qualifying? It may be worth checking in with Mike MacDonald and his staff at Summit City Investments, Inc. Call them at (260) 267-0760 or visit them online at They’re in a unique position to help buyers and sellers overcome the new challenges created by the recent mortgage market meltdown and credit crisis. And if you’re looking for a conservative way to earn 8-10% interest on your idle cash savings or retirement funds, call and ask for info on becoming one of their private lenders.

His most popular owner financing program includes the opportunity to build “sweat equity.” Before repairing or remodeling a newly acquired house, MacDonald offers it in “as-is” condition to his buyer’s list. This allows his client to do the work (to suit their own preferences) in exchange for all or part of a down payment. “I have a lot of buyers who check my website each week looking for these ‘fixer upper’ deals. But if the home is not under contract within 10 days or so then I’ll hire my contractors to fix it up completely.” His next most popular program is a down payment assistance plan. Many buyers turn to MacDonald’s company because they don’t have the down payment required by today’s cautious lenders. Mike helps buyers build up equity or a down payment over time with his rent-to-own (or lease with the option to buy) program. In this program you can rent the property you’ve decided to buy, but have the option to close anytime over the next 1, 2... or even 5 years. A portion of the rent each month is credited toward buying. Additional amounts can be paid monthly for more rapid equity build up plus other promised amounts can be made later... like proceeds from the sale of another property or a pending tax refund. Once the buyer has enough “skin” in the deal, MacDonald can close with owner financing at the predetermined, mutually agreed upon price and terms. Or the buyer can close with a new bank loan. SUMMIT CITY INVESTMENTS, INC. is According to MacDonald, “There are so located at 2200 Lake Avenue, Suite 123 in many reasons my buyers like some time Fort Wayne, IN, holds a Certificate of before qualifying for a mortgage. They may Good Standing from the Indiana Secretary need to sell their house, work on their of State, and is a BBB Accredited business credit, establish more time on a job or with the Indiana Better Business Bureau establish two years of provable income on with an A+ rating, tax returns when self-employed. All our buyers are put in touch with a sharp Mike MacDonald is the President of mortgage broker who creates a plan for Summit City Investments, Inc. He is a them. We can recommend an affordable credit repair company that can do unbeliev- 37-year resident in the local community, and has been a long term partner in his family’s independent insurance agency and tax & accounting firm (G. A. MacDonald Associates, Inc.) For more information or to view a list of properties for sale, just visit 2200 Lake Avenue, Suite 123 Fort Wayne, IN 46805 Phone (260) 267-0760 -----------------

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Lutheran Medical Group completes Roanoke clinic Roanoke now has a new medical facility. Leaders from Lutheran Health Network, Lutheran Medical Group, the Town of Roanoke and Huntington County gathered Jan. 14 to cut the ribbon on the $1.2 million, 7,234-square-foot family medicine physician office at 280 Commercial St. Construction began in June 2012. The project resulted, in part, from a $100,000 CEDIT grant from Huntington County Commissioners. The office nearly doubled in size from

its previous space and features six exam rooms, an updated area for lab work, a procedure room and more convenient parking. Jeffrey Witt, MD, is LMG’s full-time family medicine physician in Roanoke. The practice also has four other employees. As the town and its surrounding area continue to grow, the larger facility will allow for the addition of a second practitioner and more staff. The new location on Commercial Street, which

On hand for the ribbon-cutting of the new Roanoke clinic are, front row from left: Perry Collins, Roanoke representative on the board of directors for Huntington County Economic Development; Patti Hayes, senior vice president regional service development, Lutheran Health Network; Larry Buzzard, Huntington County commissioner; Jeffery Witt, M.D., Lutheran Medical Group; Leon Hurlburt, president, Huntington County Commissioners; Jeff Wilson, contractor, Bob Buescher Homes; Diana Parent, CEO, Sperry Van Ness; Mark Wickersham, executive director, Huntington County Economic Development; Tom Wall, Huntington County commissioner.

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Two IPFW scientists to lecture at luncheon Two faculty members from the Department of Psychology at IPFW will be the presenters at Lunch with an IPFW Scientist at Science Central, on Saturday, Feb. 9. Assistant Professor of Psychology Michelle Drouin and Associate Professor of Psychology Lesa Rae Vartanian will present “Food, Color, and Music—What Are You in the Mood For?” A university news release asked, “Have you ever wondered why your friend likes broccoli but you don’t? Or why you get so happy when a certain song comes on the radio? Also, what does it mean when someone is feeling ‘blue’?” The program invites the public to find answers to those questions through a series of activities, examples and discussions. The program will be held at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is open to the public at a cost of $16 per person; $10 for Science Central members. Lunch is included. The Lunch with an IPFW Scientist Series is designed for families with children age 8 to 14; it plants in both the young and most seasoned participant a budding interest in science. After each presentation, which includes a handson activity, participants enjoy lunch with the presenter. Advance reservations are required. For more information on the series, visit or call Kathy Larsen, Science Central special programs manager, at (260) 424-2400, ext. 427. For reservations, call ext. 451

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Northrop rallies for player injured in ski accident By Garth Snow

After 15-year-old Noah Barbnecht was injured in a Christmas Eve skiing accident, the Northrop Bruin Backers stepped forward to help the freshman football player and his family. Plans for a Feb. 9 fundraiser continue. Noah’s family has moved him to Shepherd Center, an Atlanta hospital that specializes in treatment of spinal cord injuries. Barbnecht was injured

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money than a bake sale can raise, and they need more support than that, so I started thinking of ways to make it bigger.” And bigger, it is. Ticket sales have begun and dozens of businesses have donated everything from catering to flight lessons for Bruin Benefit for Noah Barbnecht. McCullough said about $12,000 worth of items for a silent online auction had been donated by Jan. 17, as the drive continued. The charity event features live entertain-

ment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages. The venue is Ceruti’s Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne. Hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jim Shovlin, sports anchor at WOWO, 1190AM, will emcee the event. “So a portion of every ticket sold goes to the family, along with the auction items,” McCullough said. “Although this is a family-friendly event, we ask that participants be 12 years of age or

older,” says a note on the group’s website, which specifies casual attire. Tickets are $30, and must be ordered in advance. Order tickets, check out auction items, and get more details at n/BruinBenefitForNoah. That site also contains a link to make donations to the family’s donation website. Or, order tickets by mail at Bruin Benefit for Noah, 2215 Cimarron Pass, Fort Wayne, IN 46815.

Science Central cuts ribbon for Genomics Explorer Exhibit Science Central opened its newest traveling exhibition, Genomics Explorer, on Jan. 18 at 1950 N. Clinton St. In a news release, Science Central said the exhibit examines Earth’s most crucial living creatures — plants — and investigates the important contributions genomics researchers are making to agriculture, human health and the environment. Cyto, the exhibit’s animated guide, enlists visitors’ help to put together the genomics puzzle. Cyto journeys with guests to a walk-through cell to discover interactive games, groundbreaking research, and learning opportunities. The exhibition was developed by Purdue University with funding by the National Science Foundation and the American Society of Plant Biologists. The primary objective of the exhibit is to illustrate that plant genomics is important for solving the puzzles we face in the environment, agriculture and human health. After viewing this exhibit, visitors

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Glenbrook Commons sold; other shopping centers for sale By Linda Lipp

About a year after its previous owner surrendered the property to its lender, the long-ailing Glenbrook Commons has been sold. The 254,000-square-foot center,

purchased by Bon Aviv Investments LLC and Zamias Services, is the largest of several northeast Indiana centers that have changed hands in recent weeks. Pine Valley Crossing, located at 1200 E. Dupont Road, across from Pine Valley Shopping Center; Jefferson Center, 67096739 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and Portland

Commons in Portland all were purchased by Paul Vlaskamp and Thomas Chronister, the same investors who earlier purchased the Auburn Cord Plaza in Auburn. The Auburn center has about 124,000 square feet of space; the other three have a combined 40,000 square feet. Yet another center, the 63,000-squarefoot Riviera Plaza at the corner of St. Joe Center and St. Joe roads, has been placed in receivership. Stanley Phillips, NAI Harding Dahm, was appointed receiver for Riviera Plaza, which is anchored by PNC Bank, Corner Pocket Pub and Belmont Beverage; and for the 290,000square-foot Logansport Mall, the largest shopping center in Cass County. Phillips also brokered the sale of the four neighborhood and community centers, which sold for a total of $6.7 million. The price Bon Aviv and Zamias paid to acquire Glenbrook Commons was not



disclosed. The center was purchased by the Hutensky Group in mid-2004 for $18.3 million. But the vacancy rate at the center was significant, and soared after two of its anchor tenants, Steve & Barry’s and Linens ‘n Things, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and closed their stores. The spaces have remained vacant ever since. Hutensky invested about $3 million in renovations to the center, and had hoped to redevelop the west-end anchor space, formerly occupied by Linens ‘n Things, for multiple tenants. But in December 2011, it surrendered the property to its lender, an affiliate of the former Capmark Financial Group, in lieu of foreclosure. Chicago-based Foresight Realty Partners took over management and leasing of the property at 4122 Lima Road at that time. But Capmark never intended to





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Bus link ends â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;awkwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transfer at city limits By Garth Snow

Signs designating links to the new Medlink route between Parkview hospitals were being erected in January, Citilink spokesman Betsy Kachmar said. Kachmar said many motorists wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice the signs, but those who depend on Citilink will understand the color-coded Medlink 15 markers. Those round markers will be placed beneath the bus-shaped, rectangular signs posted at bus stops. Hourly service between Parkview Hospital Randallia and Parkview Regional Medical Center began Jan. 7. Though there has not been time to measure the acceptance of that route, Kachmar said Jan. 18, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a few people who have figured it out.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have signage up, and that will help people connect,â&#x20AC;? said Kachmar, the assistant manager of Citilink/FWPTC. The route extends service to Parkview Regional Medical Center, which is just beyond city limits on the north side of Dupont Road. Parkview Health spokesman Eric Clabaugh reported favorable response to the new link. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing,

there was a lot of buzz and excitement around the route,â&#x20AC;? Clabaugh said. He said as he distributed fliers at PRMC, employees reported that patients had been asking questions about the service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it seems itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a pretty big hit,â&#x20AC;? he said. Parkview Health agreed to underwrite â&#x20AC;&#x153;the little extra leg of the tripâ&#x20AC;? connecting public transit to the hospital. Before the agreement, Citilinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flexroute 21 took passengers to a stop at a restaurant on the south side of Dupont Road. The hospital provided a shuttle. Sometimes, security guards would provide a ride. Some passengers walked to the hospital. Now, Clabaugh said, the bus makes two stops on the PRMC campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to move people from that awkward connection to a more graceful one, and that will take some time,â&#x20AC;? Citilinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kachmar said. The Medlink fares are consistent with Citilinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate structure. According to a news release, that fare is $1.25 a ride, with discounts available. Kachmar said readers can find more Citylink information at as it becomes available.





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GLENBROOK from Page hold the property long term, said Len Richards, who managed the property for Foresight, and soon put it back on the market for sale. Glenbrook Commons is anchored by Toys ‘R Us. Other tenants include

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Hancock Fabrics, Fashion Bug, the Ross Medical Learning Center, Verizon Wireless and the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center. According to the most recent listing on Loopnet, the center had about 150,000 square feet

of space available. In the announcement of the purchase, Bon Aviv and Zamias said that Dunham’s Sporting Goods would move into the center later this year, taking up 66,000 square feet of the vacant space. Bon Aviv, based in Cliffton, N.J., and Johnstown, Pa.-based Zamias purchased more than 1 million square feet of retail property in the United States in 2012, including five malls that had been owned by Kimco Corp. Bon Aviv is a privately held joint venture between Aviv Arlon Ltd. and Bon Investments Ltd. Zamias is a leasing and management company with a portfolio of 43 shopping centers in nine states.


will be visible from U.S. 24, is more readily accessible from the highway. The developer of the facility is Sperry Van Ness / Parke Group and Lutheran Medical Group is the tenant. The general contractor was Bob Buescher Homes. Ultimately, the smaller, homelike setting at 155 W. Eighth St. was not built for the medical complexity of modern health care and a larger facility

was needed. Lutheran Health Network officials also point to ongoing support from the community as being a factor in its decision to expand. The new Lutheran Medical Group facility is more than 80 percent larger than the previous office. It offers modern accommodations including additional, more convenient parking, six exam rooms, an updated area for lab work and a procedure room.

LIBRARY from Page B3 According to a news release, Richards died in the fall of 2011 and also left gifts to the Roanoke Park and Roanoke Beautification Fund, and a generous amount to Huntington County Foundation. Richards graduated from Roanoke High School, served in the mili-

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a very private person who constantly worked behind the scenes to make good things happen for Roanoke and its residents. The news release described him as a critical part of the group that rid Roanoke of the abandoned C&M Platting factory. He was a founder and very active member of the Roanoke Economic Development Organization that worked with county officials to return the former platting area back to the tax rolls. Richards is remembered for gathering donations for improvements along the main street of Roanoke.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 “Almost Maine.” Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St., Fort Wayne. By John Cariani. Directed by Todd Frymier. Tickets $35; includes meals prepared by The Bagel Station. Fort Wayne Fringe. Former Casa D’Angelo restaurant, 3402 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne. The first fringe performing arts festival, in partnership with Wunderkammer Company, will feature dynamic performers from Fort Wayne, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Columbus, and Atlanta. Performers will wow the audience with contemporary dance, theatre, and music. For more information on performance times, an artist lineup, and ticket sales locations, or to make a donation, visit, visit them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @FWFringe. Genomics Explorer. Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Genomics Explorer examines Earth’s most crucial living creatures — plants — and investigates the important contributions genomics researchers are making to agriculture, human health, and the environment. Cyto, the exhibit’s animated guide, enlists visitors’ help to put together the genomics puzzle. For more info, go to Mighty Jungle Adventure. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Little ones can build a rustic shelter of branches and leaves in a tame version of Jungle Survivor. Stop in at the Bagel Station for a snack and drink. Admission charge. Contact:, or call 427-6440. Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. , Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adults, $6, senior citizens 60 and over, $4; kids 12 and under, $2. More information at Ice Skating at Headwaters Park. Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. noon to 10 p.m. Prices are still $3 for children 13 and under and $5 for children 14 and over and adults. There is a $2 charge to rent skates, or patrons can bring their own skates. Every Wednesday until Feb. 27 will be a free skate day for children 13 and under. Antique appraisal fair. Glenbrook, 3811 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 2-4 p.m. An appraiser will examine family heirlooms. There is no charge, but a two-item limit is enforced. Reserve a time by calling 482-4651. Homecoming ‘4 Events in 1 Knight’. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne. 4:30 p.m. Mass in the media center; Casa Knight Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the café. Reservations required; Luers varsity girls and boys basketball vs. Snider at 6 p.m.; Boys halftime (approximately 8 p.m.) will recognize the Rev. Fred Link, other Franciscan Friars, and alumni from 1970-1984; Adult reception in the café will follow the games. For more information, contact Sarah Shank at or 456-1261, ext. 3039.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Art Farm Workshop: Found Object Mosaic. The Art Farm, 17612 N County Line Road E, Spencerville. Learn the art of mosaic creating a picture frame using found objects. This is a two-day workshop. Cost: $110 including materials. Register by emailing or call 238-4755. Seats are not guaranteed until payment is received.

Sausage breakfast. Our Hope Lutheran Church, 1826 Trinity Drive, Huntertown. 7-11 a.m. The preschool invites the public to enjoy breakfast and fellowship. Adults, $6; children 5 or older, $3. For details, call 6373625. Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Benefit. Bethel United Methodist Church, 8405 Lima Road, Fort Wayne. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Bethel United Methodist Church will host a breakfast to benefit their sister church, Taylor Chapel, which endured a major fire in December 2012. A free-will offering will be accepted. Fort Wayne Farmers Market. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to noon. A farmers market open to the public on the first Saturday of the month, October through May, inside the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field. Logos Institute of Biblical Studies classes. Greater Progressive Baptist Church, 2215 John St., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. Geared for an adult learning experience, these classes are taught by college professors and locally facilitated to provide the opportunity for feedback and discussion. Classes are $5 per night per class. For a list of the classes and more information, please go to Saturday Hike: Signs, Tracks and Scat II. Eagle Marsh Preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. 9-10:30 a.m. Learn about wild animals from their signs, tracks and scat. Indiana Master Naturalist Dane Nagy will interpret what the animals have left behind in the snow and mud. Come even if you did not attend the first session. Sponsored by the Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Call 478-2515. Postpartum Depression Presentation. Consulting & Counseling Associates, 4214 Hobson Court, Fort Wayne. 1-3 p.m. Learn about postpartum depression: how to recognize symptoms; how to battle and overcome the struggles; where to seek support and services. Consulting and Counseling Associates is sponsoring a free presentation. Registration required at 4214 Hobson Court, Fort Wayne. Phone 486-5251. Fort Wayne Dancesport Chapter Dance. IPFW Walb Memorial Union Ballroom, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7-11 p.m. The February dance is on the first Saturday, not the usual second Saturday.A group lesson in waltz by professional instructor Mark Bradburn begins at 7:15 p.m. General dancing begins at 8:15 p.m. For details see

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First Mondays lecture. IPFW Science Building, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. noon to 1:15 p.m. Room 168. Assistant professor of History Suzanne LaVere presents “A Lover’s praise of the Lord’s Command? Interpreting the Song of Songs in Medieval Europe.” Free and open to the public. For details on the series, go to or call Carl Drummond, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at 481-6160. Preschool open house. Leo United Methodist Church, State Road 1, Leo. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tour the building, meet preschool staff and learn about the curriculum and program. Information and registration for the classes of 2013-14 school year will be available. For details, call the preschool office at 627-2934.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Sunday Services. LifeWater Community Church, 5600 Westbreeze Trail, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. Liberty Hills addition. Black History Month lecture. Fort Wayne History Center, 302 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Dortch will present the George R. Mather lecture on the topic “How Bad Do You Want It?” The lecture is free and open to the public.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt. YWCA Women’s Shelter. Support group for women who are or have been physically or emotionally abused. For time and place, call (800) 441-4073. Facilitated by the YWCA Women’s

Financial Focus Should You Take a Pension Buyout? Have you recently received a pension buyout offer? If so, you need to decide if you should take the buyout, which could provide you with a potentially large lump sum, or continue accepting your regular pension payments for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision. Clearly, there’s no “one size fits all” answer — your choice needs to be based on your individual circumstances. So, as you weigh your options, you’ll need to consider a variety of key issues, including the following: • Estate considerations — Your pension payments generally end when you and/or your spouse dies, which means your children will get none of the money. But if you were to roll

the lump sum into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), and you don’t exhaust it in your lifetime, you could still have something to leave to your family members. • Taxes — If you take the lump sum and roll the funds into your IRA, you control how much you’ll be taxed and when, based on the amounts you choose to withdraw and the date you begin taking withdrawals. (Keep in mind, though, that you must start taking a designated minimum amount of withdrawals from a traditional IRA when you reach age 70½. Withdrawals taken before age 59½ are subject to taxes and penalties.) But if you take a pension, you

may have less control over your income taxes, which will be based on your monthly payments. • Inflation — You could easily spend two or three decades in retirement — and during that time, inflation can really add up. To cite just one example, the average cost of a new car was $7,983 in 1982; 30 years later, that figure is $30,748, according to If your pension checks aren’t indexed for inflation, they will lose purchasing power over time. If you rolled over your lump sum into an IRA, however, you could put the money into investments offering growth potential,


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mile east of West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 9-11 a.m. Meet at the Boy Scout office parking lot January through February and at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, from March through December and hike to explore and record the flora and fauna of Eagle Marsh. Make sure to dress for the weather. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 for information. Logos Institute of Biblical Studies classes. The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road, Fort Wayne. 6-7:30 p.m. Geared for an adult learning experience, these classes are taught by college professors and locally facilitated to provide the opportunity for feedback and discussion. Classes are $5 per night per class. For a list of the classes and more information, go to Appleseed Quilters Guild February meeting. Classic CafĂŠ, 4832 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Fran Foskey, from Bobbin Bear Quilting Designs, a long arm and education studio, will display their now finished projects they started in fall 2012. The stories and the techniques discussed should be both informative and amusing. Summit City Singers rehearsals. Shawnee Middle School, 1000 E. Cook Road, Fort Wayne. 7-8:30 p.m. Rehearsals for the spring concert series will begin in early February. Several concerts will be performed in the surrounding area in late May and early June. The choir welcomes new members. There are no auditions but singers must be able to match pitch. For more information, contact Judy King at 489-4505.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Drop-in Yoga in the Gardens. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30 p.m. The practice of yoga is a wonderful way to build strength and flexibility, reduce stress, and enhance general well-being. Taught by certified yoga instructor and world traveler Lanah K. Hake. A few blankets, mats and straps are available but bring your own supplies if you have them. Drop-in fee $7 (Conservatory members $5). Freedom From Smoking Class. IPFW Walb Memorial Union Ballroom, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. 5:30-7 p.m. Instructor: Natalie McLaughlin, RN, from Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Program. Program meets once a week for seven weeks in IPFW Walb Student Union, Room G 21. Sign up via email: The free smoking-cessation program is designed to help people learn what steps to take to â&#x20AC;&#x153;kick the tobacco habitâ&#x20AC;? and stay quit. Logos Institute of Biblical Studies classes. Blackhawk Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6-7:30 p.m. Geared for an adult learning experience, these classes are taught by college professors and locally facilitated to provide the opportunity for feedback and discussion. Classes are $5 per night per class. For a list of the classes and more information, go to

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Leadership Recognition Breakfast. Landmark Conference & Reception Centre, 6222 Ellison Road, Fort Wayne. 7:30 a.m. The Leadership Recognition Breakfast is the first event in the 2013 Business Weekly Power Breakfast Series. This year we will recognize Ian Rolland, the retired chairman of Lincoln National Corp.. Dedicated to the University of St. Francis, he served as a director from 1976-1995 and is treasurer for the board of trustees. Active in Fort Wayne community affairs, he is a board member of Anthony Wayne Services, the East Wayne Street Center, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Leadership Fort Wayne, the Courthouse Preservation Trust and

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the Timothy L. Johnson Academy. To order tickets, go to Mom & Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Out. Faith Baptist Church, 6600 Trier Road, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This childcare program is designed to parents and caregivers some well-deserved time to themselves. Children under 6 will spend the day in a safe, fun, Christian environment. Mom & Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Out is offered every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., September through May. Children will participate in many different activities: indoor and outdoor group play, movie days, arts and crafts, and fun in the kitchen. Call Danielle Rettig, 402-9893, for more information. 32nd annual Fort Wayne Boat Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 3-9 p.m. More than 60 exhibitors. Free boating and safety classes. Sign up online at Adults $6; 12 and under free. African-American Art: Up Close and Personal. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne. 6-8 p.m. Experience these historically significant pieces with Curator of Prints and Drawings Sachi YanariRizzo. For more info, go to Logos Institute of Biblical Studies classes. Pathway Community Church, 11623 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne. 6-7:30 p.m. Geared for an adult learning experience, these classes are taught by college professors and locally facilitated to provide the opportunity for feedback and discussion. Classes are $5 per night per class. For a list of the classes and more information, go to Anthony Wayne Toastmasters Meeting. Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Toastmasters meetings are open to everyone; for better public speaking and a lot of fun. Disorderly Bear Den. Fort Wayne Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Nonprofit, public charity gives teddy bears or other stuffed animals to children in trauma situations and the forgotten elderly. Accepting volunteers. Public welcome to monthly meeting. Call 409-9886 or email Depression/Bipolar + 12. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. 12-step program for those living with depression or bipolar disorder. For more info, contact Marilee Stroud at 312-6069 or

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oliver!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart; director John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell; assistant director Leslie Hormann; musical director Mindy Cox; choreographer Brittney Coughlin. Show times: Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Folks Uniting Nowadays (FUN). Linkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Ave., Fort Wayne. 1 p.m. The topic is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultures of Africans in Fort Wayne.â&#x20AC;? Presenters are Diana Jackson-Davis of Ivy Tech Community College and Fey Fey Mousou, male involvement coordinator of Community Action of Northeast Indiana. Lunch is available from $6 to $10. RSVP to 420-0765. Zoo Volunteer Opportunity Fair. Fort Wayne Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6-7:30 p.m. The Fort Wayne Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoo has volunteer opportunities for ages 13 and older. Learn about the programs, meet zoo volunteers, and meet zoo critters. Advance registration not required. For details, visit

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Spud Sunday. Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $6. Come have a warm, tasty baked potato with choice of toppings, salad and dessert. Bring a canned food item for the food pantry and enjoy a free dessert. Contact 747-9218 for further information. EACS School Choice Fair. New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, New Haven. 1-4 p.m. Black & White Series. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Silent Films â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trip to the Moonâ&#x20AC;? and Buster Keatonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The General,â&#x20AC;? featuring Clark Wilson on the Grande Page. Q-and-A session with USF professor, Jane Martin. Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under or valid student ID, or buy any five tickets in the series for $35. Discount only available at the Embassy box office. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box office and Ticketmaster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put Your Beliefs to the Test.â&#x20AC;? The Church House, 13313 Indiana St., Grabill. 6-7 p.m. Dove Ministries presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put Your Beliefs To The Testâ&#x20AC;? every second, third and fourth Sunday of the month, from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information call 486-9175 or 657-7017.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Spring Landscape/Lawn Seminar. Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW Campus, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. Registration deadline Feb. 11 for event 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 22 event. The public is welcome; a fee applies. Get registration forms by calling the Allen County Extension Office at 481-6826, ext. 3. Fun with Fairy Tales. IPFW Studio Theatre, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort


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Aboite & About • February 1, 2013 Wayne. 5:45 p.m. Does your little one love story time? Bring those stories to life by acting out traditional fairy tales that are an important part of childhood. Designed as a parent/guardian participation class, these classes celebrate stories that appeal to children and adults alike. Class takes place in Studio Theatre.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 History of Allen County. Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW Campus, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. 1 p.m. Todd Pelfrey, executive director of the History Center, will take everyone back in time to discuss the history of Allen County. Learn tidbits of trivia to share with family and friends. Offered by Allen County Extension Homemakers. General public invited; advance registration required. Forms available at extension office or online: For more info, contact Vickie Hadley at 481-6826. Mardis Gras celebration. Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Road, Fort Wayne. 6-8 p.m. Pancake and sausage dinner and silent auction featuring local sports packages, Vera Bradley items and more. Proceeds benefit the North Highlands Center for Learning, an after-school program of homework help, arts, crafts and activities. Call 426-4712 for details. Matchbox Twenty with opening act Phillip Phillips. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $78, $68, $42. Tickets on sale at the Embassy box office or through Ticketmaster.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Community education class. United Way of Allen County Carriage House, 334 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 4-6 p.m. Beth Murphy-Beams of the Center for Nonviolence will present “Understanding the Causes of Stress.” United Way and the Northeast Indiana Central Labor Council present classes each Wednesday through March 6. For information or to RSVP, call Tom Lewandowski at 482-5588, or email, or call Vickie Meyers at 469-4013 or email Swimming lessons pretesting. Carroll High School natatorium, 3903 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. 6-7:30 p.m. Early spring swimming lessons registration and pretesting. Saturday lessons begin Feb. 16. Monday and Wednesday lessons begin in March. Classes available for all ages. For details, visit

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 The Avett Brothers at the Embassy. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.75. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster outlets and

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum. Easter Seals Arc,

Find each day’s events throughout the month at:

4919 Projects Drive, Fort Wayne. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals and others wanting to learn more about autism are welcome. Topics vary monthly. For more information contact Susan Crowell at or call 637-4409. none.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Black Journey. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10

River Drive, Fort Wayne. 7:30 p.m. Directed by Chris Murphy. Cost: $5 for adults; $4 for high school students or younger.

a.m. A free, live stage show to celebrate Black History Month. American Family Theater musical takes the audience on a tour from Africa to modern-day America, celebrating African-Americans’ influence and contributions in science, industry, arts and public leadership. The 10 a.m. show is a school field trip. Free tickets for the evening show are available at the box office or through Ticketmaster. Call 424-6287.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Learn about ACPL Services. Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, 555 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. AARP Allen County Chapter 187 invites all AARP members and other interested seniors to hear Roseann Coomer of the Allen County Public Library speak about the services offered by the local library system. Anonymous By Adoption. Parkview Main Campus, 2109 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Support group for adoptees, adoptive parents, and separated siblings. Call 238-4529 or 744-1518.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Women’s Expo. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover your style, new ideas, rejuvenate your body and mind! Spend the day with friends and enjoy free spa treatments, fashion, shopping, cooking shows and more! Get free samples and chances to win prizes. Tickets: $5 at box office or Ticketmaster. For information, visit Saturday Studio: Drawing (Drafting & Perspective). IPFW Visual Arts Building, Fort Wayne. noon to 3 p.m. These art classes for high school students will focus on drawing. Fee: $99. Instructor: Christopher Ganz. To register, go to “Fiddler on the Roof.” Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Bishop Luers Athletic Booster Club Fish Fry. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cooked by Dan’s of Huntington. Meal includes fish, slaw, applesauce, potato, roll, dessert and beverage; cheese pizza also available. Cost: $8 adults; $5 children ages 611; children 5 and under $1. Drive-thru and carry-out available. Proceeds will help fund a new washing machine for the athletic department.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Video and panel discussion. Fort Wayne History Center, 302 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. The History Center and the African/AfricanAmerican Historical Society and Museum will present a video and panel discussion for the annual co-celebration of Black History Month. Free and open to the public. Fort Wayne Philharmonic Pops: Lights, Camera... The Oscars. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Tickets on sale at Embassy box office. Call 481-0777, or go online to Or visit the Arts United box office, 303 E. Main St. Promoter: Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 481-0777.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Bishop Luers Show Choir Invitational. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne. 6 p.m. Luers will host six middle schools and 20 high schools during its 39th annual Show Choir Invitational. Middle schools will perform March 1; high schools will perform March 2. Cost: March 1, $5; March 2 day show, $10; March 2 evening show, $10; March 2 day-pass, $15. March 2 day competition begins at 7:30 a.m.; evening competition begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door.

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River Drive, Fort Wayne. Noon to 3 p.m. Parents and prospective students are invited to tour the campus and learn about Concordia programs. Refreshments will be served. For details, contact Krista Friend, enroll-

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Erica hosted "A Gardener's Diary" on Home and Garden Television (HGTV) for fourteen years. In her role as host, she interviewed gardeners from all walks of life across the United States. Her curiosity about the impulse that drives people to garden, as well as her enthusiasm about plants, makes her a natural at facilitating the stories gardeners want to share.

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Aboite and About - February 2013  

Free-distribution newspaper serving communities in the Aboite area of Allen County, Indiana.

Aboite and About - February 2013  

Free-distribution newspaper serving communities in the Aboite area of Allen County, Indiana.