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December 14, 2012

Shrine Circus to bring tigers, elephants and ‘awe’ By Garth Snow

Steve Trump says the circus is a lot of work, and a lot of fun. Hundreds of volunteers will share the work of selling tickets for the 67th installment of the Mizpah Shrine Circus, Jan. 24-27 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Thousands of schoolchildren will take in the earliest of seven shows. “They’ll be in awe of the size of the Coliseum, the elephants, the tigers, anything and everything,” Trump said. “Some of them will look at those elephants, and go ‘wow.’ “ School groups attend the Thursday morning and Friday morning shows for free. About 8,000 schoolchildren will attend this year. That number will include students in grades three to five, from a wide area around Fort Wayne. The number will be in 2013, Trump said, because an ice day in 2012 kept many students from attending. The circus director, who has helped in assorted roles for 14 years, said Shriners work to offer affordable, quality entertainment while raising money for Shrine projects. “When you can take a family of four to the circus and feed them for a hundred dollars, that’s pretty cheap entertainment,” Trump said. That’s a high-end estimate, he said. Cheaper fare is available. The circus offers online ticket

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Erika Zerbini, the youngest of circus owner Tarzan Zerbini’s four daughters, directs elephants and horses for the circus, which opens its 2013 tour Jan. 24-27 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. discounts. The Fort Wayne show opens the 2013 season for the Zerbini Circus. Larry Solheim, the general manager for the circus, said Fort Wayne is the flagship show for the circus. The Coliseum is a great venue, he said, and justifies the investment in extra attractions for the event. Circus-goers will see 15 tigers, elephants, horses, BMX riders, a human

Polar Plunge to make splash for Special Olympics By Valerie Gough

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Two brave plungers step off a platform into a recycling bin filled with cold water during the 2012 Polar Plunge at Parkview Field. the plunge. But last year at Homestead High School, she got much more than that. Jordan Blevins, then a junior at Homestead, sidled up beside Fiechter to tell his peers about the fun, excitement and purpose of the Polar Plunge. The event benefits Special Olympics athletes

such as Blevins with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities. “I said ‘Jordan’s going to take the plunge this year. He’s collecting money so if any of you have any money you want to donate to the plunge, he will be here collecting See PLUNGE, Page A4

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It takes courage to stand in front of a crowd of people and ask for money. It becomes all the more difficult when it’s a group of teenagers — arguably the toughest room around. Julia Fiechter, the organizer and co-chair of the 2013 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Allen County and Indiana, finds herself doing that a lot this time of year. It is just a few months before the main event when hundreds of brave souls climb a platform 8 feet in the air to dive into a bin full of frigid water to raise money for the organization. It’s during these lunch hours that Fiechter hopes to recruit teens from area schools to participate in

crossbow and much more, he said. Circus owner Tarzan Zerbini first performed in Fort Wayne in 1972, when he visited with another circus. “We have a really successful show in Fort Wayne,” he said, adding that the circus attracts 75,000 to 80,000 people to the Coliseum. Zerbini said he has found good friends here. “We have a very good partnership,

because I put the show together and they sell the tickets,” Zerbini said. “I don’t tell them how to sell the tickets and they don’t tell me how to put the circus together.” Trump said he learned the planning process from his predecessor, Steve Johnson, who now handles publicity for the circus. “We’ve just grown over the years,” Johnson said. That growth has included the addition of the fair in conjunction with the circus, in about 2000. The circus trailers for the performers and their animals were housed in the basement of the auditorium. “Well everybody wanted to go down and see the animals,” Johnson said, “so we started putting the trailers outside and all the animals in the basement, where they can see the elephants, see the tigers, and all the performing animals.” Admission to the fair is free. Children may visit a petting zoo, featuring domesticated animals such as miniature horses, goats, potbelly pigs, chickens and sheep. Face-painting is available. For an extra charge, kids may enjoy battery-operated cars or pony rides, or have their photo taken with the petting zoo animals. “I’ve never actually stopped to count, but we probably have upward of 200 men and women who help during the week,” Trump said. The office opens in September, and begins selling tickets in See CIRCUS, Page A3

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CIRCUS from Page A1 December. “Usually we have a pretty big spurt right up t o Christmas,” Trump said. The tickets make great stockingstuffers he said. Behind the scenes, Trump and the Shriners make sure the show goes smoothly. “We do everything that goes along with hiring people,” he said. “We work with the fire department to get fire permits if there’s anything that has fire in it. We work with the animal control people. We actually hire him and he spends the week out there.” Profit from the circus helps to fund Shrine service to the community. “When you fund the Shrine Circus, you fund all the projects that we do,” Trump said. “It’s a very big part of our budget.” The Shrine participates in the city’s major parades, and in many smaller, community parades. Their entries include the horse patrol and bands. “There are little cars, tractors, dune buggies, golf carts, a little bit of everything,” Trump said. “Clowns. You’ve gotta have clowns.” As for Trump, one circus season leads right into another. He and a committee —usually of four — set show dates. He deals with contracts and liability insurance. “Actually my work for the next year starts in February and March, so I’ll be having stuff put together for 2014,” he said.

Adopt-a-School program visits Northcrest Elementary students STAR Bank employees took part in Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana’s Adopt-a-School program on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Northcrest Elementary School. This is the fourth time STAR employees chose to visit the school, leading students through the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. In all, 16 STAR employees provided instruction to the students at Northcrest. “Junior Achievement’s financial literacy initiatives are a vital part of our children’s education and lay the foundation for success later in life,” said Jim Marcuccilli, president and CEO of STAR Bank. “Our employees look forward to this day each year and enjoy working with the students and staff at Northcrest Elementary.” • A3

Shrine Circus ticket info The Mizpah Shrine Circus will present seven shows in the arena of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Show times are: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 Tickets are priced from $10 to $20. Order tickets and find savings up to 50 percent at Call the ticket office at (260) 422-7122. Children age 2 or older need their own ticket. Tickets ordered by Jan. 18 will be mailed. Tickets ordered after Jan. 18 will be available at the Will Call center, one hour before show time. Parking is available for $4 in the main lot, or $8 in the preferred lot. The Shrine Circus ticket office operates from 1015 Memorial Way. Beginning Jan. 2, a separate office will operate from the rotunda of the Coliseum. Direct questions to the ticket office, (260) 422-7122, or to info@mizpahshrinecircus. com. For information about the visiting Zerbini Circus, visit The Mizpah Circus Fair, featuring a petting zoo and other attractions, operates from the basement of the Coliseum. Admission is free. The fair is open from one hour before the first show of the day until one hour after the last show ends.

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that’s kind of the point of the plunge. “It takes courage to get in and it takes courage to get out. And it takes our (Special Olympics) athletes’ courage to play and to learn something new. Especially when they’re told they can’t do something for so long within their own school. They get to participate in something and it’s about teaching them skills and about working together as a team, enhancing their skills as an individual.” The money raised will help to buy uniforms, jerseys and equipment, and pay for facilities rentals to participate in the state summer games at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, June 7-9, 2013. To take the plunge, participants must raise a minimum of $75, or $50 for students with an ID. Groups and individuals may register online at specialolympicsindiana.or g. To ask questions about the event, contact Fiechter at 403-2005 or “The money that stays in Allen County we use 100 percent for our athletes. The money that goes to the state office helps reduce the costs to send our athletes to state games,” Fiechter said. The Polar Plunge at Parkview Field is one of 10 in Indiana that take place in February each year. In Fort Wayne, the plunge begins at noon, but guests attending the opening ceremony at 11:45 a.m. will hear from Mayor Tom Henry — who typically takes the plunge himself — followed by a safety presentation from the FWFD. Special Olympics of Allen County athletes will then sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and take the athlete’s oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Words to live by.

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Farm shares Christmas experience through yule trees By Garth Snow

The calendar said Nov. 23 and the thermometer read 30 degrees, agreeing that the Christmas season had arrived. At the St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm, customers pulled carts deep into the fields surrounding the St. Joe Road headquarters. A trolley circled the fields of fir, pine and spruce trees. Wind swirled around the barn and against the workers bundled in overalls. One machine shook needles from trees, and another tree bundled the trees in baling twine. Beyond the open doors of the red shed, workers shaped wreaths of green branches and wire. Shoppers chose wreaths and carried

them to the gift shop. Families paused for hot chocolate or coffee. Beyond the commotion, Judy Reifenberg dealt with the details of yet another opening day. She said she and her husband, Mike, make sure customers experience the fun of the Christmas tradition. “We just try to keep it really upbeat,” she said. “We offer the families time to come out and have family time together. So not only do they get to spend time together, get out in the country, have some hot chocolate and coffee, and have a little train ride, they get to take a tree home. After they purchase it, of course.” Families will have that option at the farm through Dec. 19. Some area farms will end their seasons earlier, and some later. The Boyer and Zimmerman families visited the

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farm, in keeping with a 20-year family tradition. Phil and Pat Boyer, of Woodburn, said they don’t study the trees as carefully as they used to. “We’re getting older now, so we just take the first one that looks good,” Phil said. Their daughter, Angela Zimmerman of Leo, was accompanied not only by her parents but by her husband, Kirk, and sons Michael, 13, and Troy, 7. Michael crawled beneath the branches to cut his first tree, for his grandparents. He then repeated the process for his own family. While the rural appeal of the farm remains constant, the top-selling tree has changed. “Now it’s the Fraser fir,” Reifenberg said, “but 10 years ago Scotch pine was No. 1.” “I think it’s because it’s a softer needle and they have more open spaces,” she said. “And they’re just a really pretty green.” “It’s not economy,” she continued, “because Fraser fir are really expensive trees because they take so long to grow in Indiana.” Of the farm’s 38 small sections of trees, only five are favorable to the Fraser fir. “They’re very, very finicky,” she said. “They grow very slowly, about 4 inches of growth a year. If we can’t grow them here we have to ship them in. It’s either taking up fields for too long or we’re having to pay shipping to get them in.” The farm also offers Scotch pine, white pine, Douglas fir and blue spruce. “We always try to educate our customers, who sometimes say they don’t see many trees,” Reifenberg said. “We’d love to control what God gives us but we can’t do that.” This year, for example, the drought was a factor. “We did lose some seedlings,” she said, “but it will affect our sales seven years from today, seven to 10 years, not this year. But next year we’ll have to double plant.” Though the shop opens after Thanksgiving and closes before Christmas, Reifenberg said it’s really year-round work. “We’re in the fields probably 10 to 11 months a year, and we try very hard to grow a really good product,” she said. Tree enthusiasts will have fewer choose-and-cut options next year. Owners Art and Jacqueline Tilbury said this is the final season for the Devil’s 40 Tree Farm near Churubusco. Owner Jim Alwine said the 2013 season will be the last for the Pines of Leo, near Auburn. Efforts to reach other farms listed on online directories confirmed that several other local farms have closed. Reifenberg made special mention of growers’ participation in Trees for Troops through the Christmas Spirit Foundation, an arm of the National Christmas Tree See TREE, Page A7

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John Clendenen, left, of Leo gets an assist from St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm employee Dane Okleshen of Fort Wayne. Employees of the north-east side farm use machines to shake loose needles from the trees before wrapping the trees in twine.

TREE from Page A6 Association. Farms across the nation donate trees to military personnel. “A lot of these families, the husband or wife is deployed, and it means the world to them,” she said. Two years ago, a white pine from the St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm was decorated aboard the USS Eisenhower, she said. This year, she said, all the trees donated in Indiana are gong overseas. “FedEx comes in and they ship them for free,” she said. “This is their busiest time of the year and they ship them for free.” She said 20 trees harvested from a downstate farm went to troops in a war zone, where transportation is difficult. “How they got there, I

don’t care,” she said. Reifenberg said Christmas tree growers are known for their assistance to other farms. When the couple bought and renamed the 11year-old farm in 1999, they received advice from other farmers. “There really are no competitors in this business,” she said. St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm offers choose-andcut and ready-cut trees, in addition to wreaths and greenery and a line of gifts. Trees available for cutting are tagged with the variety, the height and the price of the tree. The trolley runs only on weekends. The farm holds memberships in the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers’ Association and the National Christmas Tree Association. For more information, visit

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Heritage Park gathers winter wear for kids By Garth Snow

If the donation box in the lobby of Heritage Park isn’t overflowing with hats, gloves and mittens, it’s because the staff has emptied the box once again. The senior care community at 2001 Hobson Road is participating in the Warm Hands, Warm Hearts campaign. The winter wear will be donated to the Fort Wayne Community Schools’ children’s clothing bank, for ages preschool through high school. “We want to make sure

that Heritage Park remains a community asset, so we came up with the idea of trying to help the children in the Fort Wayne market,” said Terri Miller, the director of marketing. “The people have been so kind,” Miller said. Only new items are accepted for the clothing program. “We have people bringing over even homemade hats and scarves,” Miller said. The barrel has been emptied twice, Miller said. The drive continues through Dec. 19. For more information, call (260) 484-9557, or visit m/hrp. In a news release, American Senior Communities said the need for contributions is dire. “Child poverty in Indiana has been on the rise,” the news release said. The release said about two-thirds of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ 31,000 students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, an indicator of poverty. “We’re just trying to help as many kids as we can,” said Paula Johnson, guest relations coordinator. Donations are going well, she said.

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Christmas trees will be accepted at various drop-off sites Dec. 26 through Jan. 18, 2013. Christmas trees may be dropped off at the following sites: Fort Wayne National Serv-All compost site, 6231 MacBeth Road. Drop-off hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays Allen County Highway Garage, 2234 Carroll Road Foster Park West (soccer field parking lot west side) Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. (back parking lot southwest corner) McMillen Park (pool parking lot) Monroeville Monroeville compost site, 200 Utility Drive Leo-Cedarville Riverside Gardens Park (across the street) New Haven Jury Park Meadowbrook School (in the parking lot) City Hall, 815 Lincoln Highway East (north side) Woodburn Front Street (under the Water Tower)

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Marion Rothgeb. But it’s “Russ,” he said. It always has been “Russ.” While he still believes that he made the right choice in 1953, Rothgeb did not take similar pride in his suspended education. “In the back of my mind, I guess I felt like a quitter,” he said. “I have been disappointed, and ashamed.” The school board changed that when public relations liaison Tamyra Kelly presented the diploma to Rothgeb, who then shook hands with board members and administrators.

“EACS is proud and certainly honored to recognize Mr. Rothgeb for his commitment to lifelong learning and military service to the United States of America,” Superintendent Karyle Green said in a news release. Rothgeb, clutching his diploma, said he had thought of going to college, but no college woud accept him “without this piece of paper.” And now, college just might happen. For the moment, he’s busy on the condo board at Springfield Glen. He’s busy accepting congratulations.

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Marion “Russ” Rothgeb clutches the high school diploma that he received from the East Allen County School Board on Nov. 27. Rothgeb left Hoagland High School in 1953, to fight in Korea.

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tradition,” Sullivan said. The program has grown over the past two years, he said. “With the economy last year, we had some shortages so we made up some things at the end of the year.” “We’re actually looking to expand the program,” Sullivan said. Home Instead has served Fort Wayne since 1999, and has about 75 care-givers plus office staff. In a news release, Sullivan cited a U.S. Census Bureau report that 9 percent of U.S. seniors 65 and older are living in poverty and 27 percent are widowed. “Seniors faced with medical bills and the high cost of living can find they have little left at the end of the year,” Sullivan said. “That’s not the only issue, though. Personal needs may become magnified for so many living alone with no one to share their problems.” “Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say ‘thank you’ to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years,” Sullivan said in the news release. “Helping a needy older adult can bring fulfillment to the giver as well as the receiver. It does make a difference.” For more information, visit

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Use ‘Prana’ as therapy to reduce stress, raise vitality By Dani McGuire The name of the yoga school that I founded is called Prana, because in the yoga tradition prana is the name of the “life force” energy. It could

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plant them in the ground, they grow something. Plant a bagel and nothing happens. Plant some grains and they sprout new life. Same thing in our bodies. Water, not wine: When libations are flowing, drink a glass of wate in between each eggnog or glass of vino. Exercise: Jump start those intentions early and get a leg up on the New Year’s resolutions. Yoga is one of the best exercises, as it prevents against future stress. You wold not go to the beach without applying sunscreen, so enter the holiday season without stress protection? Laughter, and singing: Both strengthen our immune systems, so do each every day. If you see me driving down the road, you will certainly get a good laugh as I am belting out songs in my car. Love: As you are at those holiday soirees and out shopping, take a

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When Lutheran Hospital opened its newly renovated front lobby and entrance Nov. 12, there was a new tenant: a Walgreens pharmacy serving the needs of patients leaving for home. Having a retail pharmacy on site at a health-care facility is relatively uncommon. Justine Coffey, the director of the ambulatory-care practitioners section of the Maryland-based American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, said surveys show slightly less than 30 percent of hospitals nationwide have so-called outpatient dispensing pharmacies, and that includes both retail outlets and hospital-owned and -operated pharmacies. But Lutheran and Walgreens officials say there are a host of advantages to having an on-site pharmacy for departing patients, including: • Making prescription pickups more convenient for people. “If I’m a patient, I don’t want to fill my prescription when I go home,” said Lutheran Hospital Chief Operating Officer Erica Wehrmeister. “I just want to lay down.” • Increasing the chances that people will actually pick up and take their medications. Various national studies suggest that significant percentages of people either don’t fill their prescriptions or don’t adhere to their medication regimens once they do have prescriptions filled. Wehrmeister said Lutheran is exploring working with Walgreens to add an education component to their arrangement called WellTransitions that would have

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Lutheran Hospital COO Erica Wehrmeister stands inside the hospital’s Walgreens as pharmacy manager Tom Stoller looks on. Walgreens pharmacists interacting with patients during and after their hospital stays. That, the two organizations said, would presumably enhance medication adherence. • Possibly lowering readmission rates because people will theoretically be healthier by following medication protocols. Parkview Regional Medical Center handles the matter a little differently from Lutheran. Tim Cmelik, the director of corporate pharmacy for PRMC, said the medical center has a hospital-owned and -operated pharmacy that also has a retail license independent of a retailer. The arrangement, he said, provides the same benefits as Lutheran’s Walgreens. He also believes it gives PRMC “more control in adapting to the future needs of customers. It allows us to be more flexible to better serve the patient as health-care reform unfolds.”

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Stuff-A-Bus takes in donations, cash By Garth Snow

After three days of the Stuff-A-Bus Radiothon, the agency that serves 28 local church food pantries unstuffed the bus. They found that donations from sites on the city’s four corners totaled almost 8,000 pounds of food in the drive’s 20th year. “It’s a little bit down from last year, but quite honestly it’s more than we had,” said Charlene Rorick, the communications coordinator for Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County. In all, the pre-Thanksgiving drive took in 7,965 pounds of food, $350 in cash donations, and 730 pounds of medicine cabinet items. “The bottom line is that we have more food in our warehouse than we did a week ago,” Rorick said, “and we’ll get that out to our churches.” The shampoo, toothbrushes and other personal items will be relayed to the Franciscan Center, 4643 Gaywood Drive. As the Christmas giving season passes, though, the need continues. Contributors are invited to visit the shelter, at 602 E. Wayne St. Rorick said all containers should be intact, and donors should take care to ensure that food has not passed its expiration date. “We do not distribute anything that we would not eat

ourselves,” she said. She thanked the consistent contributors and those organizations that conduct special drives throughout the year. She said Canterbury High School delivers a large collection each October. “The school this year brought in over 18,000 pounds of food. They help us out quite a bit,” she said. “We’d really like to thank everyone in the community who came together to make this event a success,” said Roger Reece, the executive pastor of Associated Churches. In a news release, Reece thanked longtime Stuff-A-Bus partner WLDE-FM Radio and its sponsors, and the agencies that provided the buses. “Also, the volunteers and donors really came through for us,” Reece said in the release. At the Georgetown Square collection point on East State Boulevard, WLDE’s Dr. Dave kept listeners informed of the drive’s progress. As a 17year partner of the food drive, he said he was confident that donors would step up their generosity on the drive’s final evening. James Roth, the community relations director for United Churches, said the agency filled more than 93,600 food baskets last year. He said the need has been greater this year. He could not say the same of donations. Roth said member churches are getting more requests to

serve larger families, whose children have moved back into the home. “We’re finding families that have increased in size,” Roth said. “Kids have moved back home, parents have moved in.” Requests now come from households of 5 to 8 people, he said. “It used to be 2 and 3, maybe 4, but we’re finding that number increasing dramatically.” “We had folks who worked at TSA at the airport collectively acquired donations and they brought in one huge carload,” Roth said. Overall, donations struggle to keep up with the increased demand, he said. “It’s hard to put a percentage on it, but it’s down,” Roth said. “Not great numbers, but it’s down.” This year’s collection sites were: west, at Fantastic Sam’s in Chestnut Plaza, Scott and Illinois roads; north, at Travel Leaders and Rustic Hutch on Coldwater at Dupont; south, at Midwest America Federal Credit Union on Bluffton Road, in Waynedale; and east, at Georgetown Square. Franciscan Center Executive Director Tony Ley said requests for assistance increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2011, and will increase by the same rate this year. Clients visit when they run out of toilet paper, detergent and other household essentials. “These are things it’s very easy to take for granted,” Ley said. “Plainly put, it

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James Roth, left, the community relations manager for Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County, accepts donations for the Stuff-A-Bus program. Like other visitors to the Georgetown Square collection, this contributor preferred to remain anonymous. eases the burden.” “To eat healthy is expensive,” said Ley, adding that donations of items such as vitamin c tablets help pick up the slack for his clients’ diets. Donors may step forward year-round, he said. “Anybody who wants to put on one of these drives, they can call us and we’ll give them help,” he said. “We’ll put our box truck or minivan out there. It’s got logos plastered all over it.” Individual households can access their neighborhood food pantry once every 30 days. Households are assigned to a food pantry based on their address. For details, call Associated Churches at (260) 422-5328. Associated Churches was founded in 1944 and includes 135 churches as members.

What to donate Nonperishable foods that are in steady demand include: peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned items and cereal. Medicine cabinet items that are needed include: laundry detergent, shampoo, household cleaners, body soap, tooth paste, and first aid supplies. For a complete list, call (260) 422-5328.

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The Rev. Steve Bard of Harlan First United Methodist Church rearranges Stuff-A-Bus donations at Georgetown Square.

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The 18th annual Fantasy of Lights continues through Dec. 31 at Franke Park. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For $5, a carful of occupants may see the 61 displays, featuring almost 40,000 LED lights and thousands of feet of rope light. Each year, more than 40,000 people attend the fundraiser for the AWS Foundation. For more information, visit

As the temperatures in Fort Wayne begin to drop to the frigid, icy Midwestern winters, thousands of needy children and adults across the country could use a warm, fuzzy pair of pajamas to keep them cozy at night. That is the reason Orange Leaf Yogurt on Dupont Road is collecting new pairs of pajamas for disadvantaged area children. The drive originated with the company’s corporate location in Oklahoma City, Okla., as a way to spread warmth and happiness during the holiday season. “The goal is to raise 20,000 pairs of pajamas across the country,” said Alan Faulkner, the general manager of the Fort Wayne location. “Every store is donating to a nonprofit charity benefiting disadvantaged kids.” The Fort Wayne location is donating its stack of PJs to the Pajama Program, which distributes pajamas in more than 40 states to families and children in need.

The drive began Nov. 9 and continues through Dec. 16, Faulkner said. Any customer who donates a pair of PJs will receive 3 ounces of frozen yogurt. Faulkner said donors can eat in or receive a coupon to use on their next visit. Faulkner said the company has seen its business increase as more and more people discover the city’s first location tucked next to the Bandido’s on Dupont Road. He said the store is seeing more regular customers as the days go on. Those customers not only enjoy the store’s yogurt, but its commitment to serving the community, too. “So far everyone has liked the drive idea,” Faulkner said. “It is nice for people during the holiday season to help families in difficult situations. It’s a win-win situation.” Faulkner said the store is preparing to roll out its winter flavors such as Gingerbread, Peppermint, Eggnog, Hazelnut, Chocolate Mint and English Toffee. “We hope everyone will come out, try a new flavor and bring in a pair of pajamas for the drive,” Faulkner said.


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Outdoors show moves up to January in 2013 The fourth annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show is set for Jan. 25-27, almost two months earlier than its usual March date. “We want our audience to have a better window of

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Washington Center principal takes to the roof to read By Valerie Gough

It was a mere 30 degrees outside Nov. 13 as students arrived at Washington Center Elementary School. Greeting them from the roof were two famliar faces, school Principal Richelle Miller and administrative intern Stacy Rasor. While Rasor waved good morning, Miller cheerily called out to students as they filtered through the front doors. “Read your hearts out today,” Miller said with a smile. The Washington Center principal spent

her entire day reading on the roof while guests read to students inside, up to the final bell at 3:30 p.m. The stunt was part of the Pizza Hut BOOK IT Principal Challenge. The BOOK IT Program has challenged school principals to “Read Your Heart Out” during National Young Readers Week Nov. 12-16. The challenge put Miller in the running to win 101 copies of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Students also participated in a day of reading activities at Washington Center, with guest readers visiting classrooms, in addition to reading stations for classes to use throughout the day.


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Mansfield nearing troop collection goal Donations accepted at three locations By Nichole Hacha-Thomas

Alison Mansfield is nearing the completion of her senior year of high school. In addition to the normal things seniors do – taking senior photos, applying to colleges and planning her graduation party – Mansfield also is busy collecting items to send to U.S. troops overseas through her nonprofit organization, Operation U.S. Troop Support. “It is always’s a challenge balancing everything, but it is really exciting. This is something I love to do,” Mansfield said. After seven years, Mansfield has collected and sent more than 85,000 items to deployed units. Items include wool socks, toiletries, snacks, letters of support and small toys for soldiers to give to the Afghan and Iraqi children as gestures of goodwill. She is just 12,000 items shy of her goal of collecting 100,000 items before she graduates from Homestead High School in June. To inch closer to her goal, Mansfield pounded the pavement on the days after Thanksgiving, gathering items from Black Friday shoppers at Gander Mountain and at the southwest Kroger location the next day. She said the holiday season is always a good time to reach out to the community for donations. “I collect items all year long, but the holidays are when I get a major surge of items,” Mansfield said. She said during the holidays, people take stake of all they have and all they are thankful for and they are appreciative of their freedom and want to know how they

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Homestead High School senior Alison Mansfield collects items on Black Friday from shoppers at Gander Mountain to send to U.S. troops. Mansfield is nearing her goal of collecting 100,000 items before she graduates high school in June. can help a service member, which is where Operation U.S. Troop Support comes in. Operation U.S. Troop Support is collecting donations at three locations through Dec. 22. The public can drop items at: Brain Balance, 7517 W. Jefferson Blvd., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Biolife Plasma Services, 7921 Coldwater Road, during normal business hours. Southwest Allen County Schools Administration Building, 4824 Homestead Road, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cash donations also are welcome, Mansfield said. Any monetary donation assists the organization with shipping the items. Mansfield has been working toward her goal since she was 10 when, as a fifth-grade student, she founded Operation U.S. Troop Support after completing a social studies project. She researched the story of a soldier severely injured in a convoy explosion

Items needed: Operations U.S. Troop support is collecting the following items: New warm, wool/wool blend socks, international telephone calling cards, disposable razors, beef jerky, toothpaste & toothbrushes, ramen noodles, movie DVDs, gum, electronic games, trail mix board games, peanuts, flip flops to wear in showers, snack crackers, deodorizers, drink mixes, laundry sheets, shampoo, non-alcohol baby wipes, conditioner, batteries, and lotion, lip balm, puzzle books. deodorant,

while serving in Iraq. Mansfield said she was touched by the soldier’s story and dedication to his country and wanted to give back to those who give their freedom to fight for hers. “ I get notes back from soldiers who are ecstatic over getting a hotel-size bottle of shampoo. It really puts into perspective the fact we owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude,” Mansfield said. More information and a complete list of items needed is available at For questions, contact Alison Mansfield at Cash donations can be mailed to Operation U.S. Troop Support Inc., P.O. Box 80473, Fort Wayne, IN 46898.

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Get ready for a new holiday tradition By Nichole Hacha-Thomas

It’s almost that time again — time to bake Christmas cookies! Who doesn’t love to bite into a little bit of holiday cheer each year? I know I do. A few years back, my daughter and I began a holiday tradition. Fed up with the traditional iced sugar cut-out cookies, we decided to put a twist on holiday baking. Don’t get me wrong, we love the traditional sugar cookies, which overflow at every holiday party we attend. We just wanted something different. So, we decided to bake a different batch of cookies every day in the week leading up to Christmas Day. As soon as Dec. 1 rolls around, you can be sure my daughter is searching through cookbooks, magazines and online recipes to find just the right cookies. We have some of our favorites, which we bake each year — such as the perfect PB Kisses or the delicious Davy Crockett

bars — but we mix it up and decide as we go, too. Then, on Dec. 18, the baking begins. There are Fudge Blossoms, S’more cookie bars, an at-home version of the Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie at Red Lobster and more. Last year, we decided the cookies shouldn’t claim all the glory, so we added a fantastic batch of fudge to our repertoire. It tasted amazing and I think we are bringing it back this year, along with a few variations. Not only do the seven batches of cookies provide a little bit of flair amongst everyone else’s cookie-cutter sugar cookies, it is a fun time spent with my 12-year-old daughter who will one day bake with her own children. (We’ve tried to wrangle my son into joining us, but his official duty, he says, is as tastetester.) In addition to getting to spend time together for seven straight days, it is fun to have a project we work on together. We

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Dec. 18 S’mores cookie bars Not so Christmas-y, but still delicious, and a great way to begin the week filled with cookies. Ingredients: 44 squares graham cracker squares 6 tbsp. butter 1 bag marshmallows (10 oz.) 8 oz. chocolate chips

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The S’more cookie is a great way to kick off this holiday tradition.

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share in the successes and, equally, we learn from our mistakes together (like the time we made cracker cookies and forgot to melt the chocolate). The time, which produces delicious results, also strengthens our mother-daughter relationship. And, she’ll be one heck of a baker when she’s on her own. We’ve included our 2011 Seven Days of Christmas Cookies lineup and recipes

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COOKIES from Page B6 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda Bag of Hershey’s Kisses

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Perfect PB Kisses marry peanut butter and chocolate together in one delectable bite.

Dec. 19 PB Kisses These are, hands down, my family’s favorite. Ingredients:

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COOKIES from Page B7 1 cup of white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 8 oz. chocolate chips Assorted toppings Directions: Line a greased cookie sheet with about 40 crackers. In saucepan, melt butter. Add white sugar and stir. Add brown sugar and stir. Bring to a boil and stir constantly until mixture is gooey. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Pour mixture over top of crackers, covering the entire pan. Add any toppings you’d like, from pecans to walnuts or more chocolate chips. You can customize this recipe for each person in your house. Cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and enjoy.

Dec. 21 Festive Fudge Blossoms Yumminess at its core. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 box chocolate fudge cake Photo by Nicole Hacha-Thomas mix Festive Fudge Blossoms make 1 egg, lightly beaten for a magical mixture of 2 tablespoons water chocolate, walnuts and more 3/4 to 1 cup finely chopped chocolate. walnuts 48 Hershey’s Kisses

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut butter into cake mix in large bowl until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg and water until well blended. Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls; roll in walnuts, pressing nuts gently into dough. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake cookies 12 minutes or until puffed and nearly set. Place kisses in center of each cookie; bake 1 minute. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Dec. 22 Davy Crockett bars Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? These are chocolate chip bar cookies with a twist. Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 2 cups oats 1 cup chocolate chips 2 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions: Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in brown sugar, oats, and chocolate chips. Combine eggs, oil and vanilla. Stir into chocolate chip mixture. Press into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly



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Davy Crockett might have been known for his coonskin hat, but these cookies are a much better reminder of him. roll pan. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly before cutting.

Dec. 23 Fantasy Fudge This makes a delectable addition to any holiday party and the recipe is very generous. We usually have fudge well into the new year! (Here’s a hint: Don’t make fudge when it is raining. Odd but true, the moisture in the air courtesy Photo makes the fudge harder For the non-cookie lover, Fantasy to set, which results in runny fudge. Baking in Fudge hits the spot. the snow is fine.) Ingredients: 3 cups sugar 3/4 cup butter or margarine 1 small can evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) 12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 jar marshmallow creme 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 tsp. vanilla Directions: Line a 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Bring sugar, butter and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in 3-qt. saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until melted. Add nuts and vanilla; mix well. Pour into prepared pan; spread to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.

Dec. 24 Gingerbread sandwich cookies These are a little bit of extra work, but they are delicious and a perfect way to end your new holiday tradition. Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1 egg 3/4 cup molasses 4 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice Photo by Nicole Hacha-Thomas 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger A great way to end this holiday tradition is with cookies 1/4 teaspoon salt shaped like — what else? — Mini M&Ms Christmas trees. Buttery Decorator Frosting (recipe follows) Directions: Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3-inch tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press mini M&Ms into half of the cookies. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. When cool, make frosting and tint green if desired. Spread over the bottoms of plain cookies; top with decorated cookies. Store in the refrigerator.

Buttery Decorator Icing Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/4 cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/8 teaspoon salt 4 cups powdered sugar 2 to 4 tablespoons milk Directions: In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt. Beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Add 2 tablespoons milk; beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Add additional milk for desired spreading consistency.

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Create your own Christmas ornaments to remember Holiday decorating is a big part of the holiday season. Bins are taken out of the attic or garage, and decorations are once again given the opportunity to shine for several weeks before being packed away again. Among the many decorations families use to deck the halls are ornaments that were made by hand. This year creating homemade ornaments can be a crafty project that helps families make new holiday memories. Christmas tree ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and often tell the stories of holiday traditions. There are several different ways to create personalized, do-it-yourself ornaments and leave the cheap, easily broken ornaments from the dollar stores behind. Photo ornaments Fun photo ornaments showcase how a family has changed and grown over the years. Experiment with different ways

to create these ornaments. You can glue a photo to a ceramic ornament and cover it with decoupage glaze to set it permanently. Try purchasing clear, glass ornaments, then remove the top of the ornament, which is usually spring-loaded, before slipping a photo inside and replacing the top. You also can laminate a photo, punch a hole in the top and affix a ribbon. Ceramic ornaments The popularity of paintit-yourself pottery has led to an increase in ceramic and crafts shops across the country. During the holiday season such shops offer many holiday items that can be painted. Often the store will then fire the pieces after they are painted so that they are shiny and hardened for display. Those who want to do their painting at home can visit their local craft or hobby shop, where typically there are unfinished ceramic ornaments that

Gift ideas for the last-minute shopper Gift ideas still abound By Metro Creative It’s December 22 and you’ve just barely made it through half of your holiday shopping list. The panic may have set in that you just don’t have enough time to get everything done. This is a common scenario around the holidays. Shoppers have the best intentions to get their gifts early, but whether because of work obligations or social events, the task seems to get pushed further and further into December. Soon many are staring down the calendar experiencing sweaty palms. Many others may be putting

can be painted with acrylic paints found right in the next aisle. A finishing coat of clear glaze will help protect the ornaments from year to year. Wood crafts Many of today’s craft centers have expanded to include sections devoted to unfinished wood items. Everything from letters to animal cutouts to boxes and rocking horses can be purchased and finished. Turn keepsake boxes into painted and ribbonadorned gift boxes. Stain a treasure chest that can be used to store reindeer snacks for Santa’s crew. Turn small decorative pieces into ornaments for the tree. Paint and affix wood initials onto stocking holders to iden-

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Making your own Christmas ornament is as easy as 1-2-3 with these directions. tify to whom each stocking belongs. Crafty individuals also can turn plain wood plaques into signs with clever sayings, such as “Park your sleigh here.” Scavenge around the house

Young children can use any medium for making ornaments. Garlands made of macaroni or popcorn are traditional. Fabric scraps can be sewn and stuffed with potpourri for homemade scent satchels. Hand-drawn pictures can

be made and laminated and hung on the tree. The only obstacle with regard to DIY ornaments is a limited imagination. Homemade items can add whimsy and a personal touch to the holiday season.


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When Robert Strawser was 16, the Marion teenager spent 42 days in Fort Wayne’s Parkview Hospital recovering from brain surgery. His mother slept in chair outside intensive care or on a bench in the hospital lobby. His father shuttled back and forth from work in Anderson. It was 1970 and Parkview didn’t have a place like Ronald McDonald House where parents of ailing children could stay. “It might not have made a difference for me,” said Strawser, now 58. “But it certainly would have made a difference for my parents.”

Strawser and his wife, Rita, were on hand Nov. 27 when the new $2million Ronald McDonald House inside Parkview Regional Medical Center was officially opened. The Strawsers were among those who contributed to the capital campaign. The 9,000-square foot facility replaces a 2,800-square-foot space at Parkview Hospital and features 11 private guest rooms and a By Rick Farrant When Robert Strawser was 16, the Marion teenager spent 42 days in Fort Wayne’s Parkview Hospital recovering from brain surgery. His mother slept in chair outside intensive care or on a bench in the hospital lobby. His father shuttled

back and forth from work in Anderson. It was 1970 and Parkview didn’t have a place like Ronald McDonald House where parents of ailing children could stay. “It might not have made a difference for me,” said Strawser, now 58. “But it certainly would have made a difference for my parents.” Strawser and his wife, Rita, were on hand Nov. 27 when the new $2million Ronald McDonald House inside Parkview Regional Medical Center was officially opened. The Strawsers were among those who contributed to the capital campaign. The 9,000-square foot facility See HOUSE, Page B11

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HOUSE from Page replaces a 2,800-squarefoot space at Parkview Hospital and features 11 private guest rooms and a shared dining room, living room, kitchen, computer area and laundry room. It will serve parents and siblings of people 21 and younger being treated as inpatients at the medical center or other Parkview facilities. The space for the facility was donated by Parkview Health, which also contributed to the construction cost. “We desperately want to take care of the whole family,” Parkview Health President and CEO Mike Packnett said in an interview. “And I think many people understand how hard it is to have a child in the hospital. That when you have a child in the hospital, it’s the hardest thing in the world to be a family member and have no place to go. “For us to be able to have a place of respite for the family, it keeps them stronger than they ever could have been. It allows them to be the best parent they can be.” Lisa Pacula, executive director of Ronald McDonald House, fought back tears during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 27.

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Erin’s House breaks ground on new home Center is part of Y complex A bout of winter weather caused Erin’s House for Grieving Children to postpone its groundbreaking ceremony in November, but one can’t help wonder if it was all part of a bigger plan. The nonprofit, which offers support services for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one, fittingly broke ground Nov. 15 on National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Their future home at 5670 YMCA Park Drive, off St. Joe Center Road, is part of a YMCA complex under construction in north Fort Wayne. Joining in on the groundbreaking were Tony and Gail Farragh, the brother and mother of Erin Farragh, who inspired the organization that exists today. Erin Farragh was just 5 years old when she died unexpectedly in 1989. The

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Swamp monkey baby born at children’s zoo The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo recently announced that swamp monkeys Brie and Bangi are parents again. Their new addition was born Thursday, Nov. 1, and is the fifth baby for the prolific pair. The baby, which will not be named until a gender has been determined, has plenty of older siblings to keep it company: swamp monkeys Anderson, 3, and sisters Izzy, 2, and Luella, 1. An older sister named Calvin is now living at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, according to a news release. “At first, Luella seemed upset that she couldn’t get all of her mom’s attention,” said zoo keeper Erin Fairchild, “but she seems to have adjusted to the new baby.” For now, the baby clings to Brie’s belly to nurse and nap, but in a few weeks, it should begin to interact with its brothers and sisters, the zoo said in the release. By the time the zoo opens on April 20, 2013, the baby will be hopping, jumping and swinging in the enclosure with its siblings. Swamp monkeys are native to central Africa’s forests, where they feed on fruits, leaves and insects. As their name implies, swamp monkeys inhabit swampy areas and are good swimmers. They dive underwater to avoid predators.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 A Christmas Survival Guide. Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St., Fort Wayne. Conceived and written by James Hindman and Ray Roderick. Musical arrangements by John Glaudin. Directed by Carol HowellWasson. Tickets $35; includes meals prepared by The Bagel Station. Christ Child Festival. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne. Free admission. Hours: Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Fantasy of Lights. Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne. All proceeds benefit the AWS Foundation. Admission: $5 per car; 10 per 15passenger van; $25 per bus/trolley. For additional information, contact (260) 744-6145. It’s a Wonderful Life. First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. George Bailey learns the power one soul has in this world and how many lives each of us touches. This is a perfect piece of theater to put everyone in the holiday spirit. All students $10; advance sale tickets are $20; seniors 65 or older are $18. Showtimes: Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Legislative Preview. New Haven City Hall, 815 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven. 7:30 a.m. Learn about current legislation, how it affects your business and get answers from Sen. Dennis Kruse, Rep. Phyllis Pond and Rep. Matt Lehman. Coffee, juice, and rolls will be provided. RSVP requested.

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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, between Nov. 28 and Feb. 27, will be a free skate day for children 13 and under. Honoring our Veterans and Fort Wayne V.A. Hospital. Link’s Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Ave., Fort Wayne. 1 p.m. F.U.N. (Folks Uniting Nowadays) Friday, Honoring our Veterans and Fort Wayne V. A. Hospital, presents Charlotte Weybright, J.D. Community & Political Activist. All veterans and supporters of veterans are welcome to attend. RSVP at 4200765 or email Dr. Ruby Cain at ‘The Case of the Christmas Star’. Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown, 1150 South Harrison Street, Fort Wayne. 6 p.m. Bower North Productions presents the mystery-comedy and dinner show, perfect for individuals, couples, or small offices planning Christmas parties. A social time at 6 p.m. features appetizers and champagne followed by an elegant holiday buffet and the show. Tickets are $39.95. For reservations, call Carol at (260) 579-9226. Holiday Light Show. Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S Washington St, Van Wert, Ohio. 6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 25. Visit with Santa each Saturday. Proceeds to benefit 4-H Exchange Club. For more info, call (419) 203-2234. Holiday Pops. Embassy Theatre, 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. Holiday Pops with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children’s Concert Choir. Tickets available through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 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 ‘SNAFU in Santa’s Workshop’. Cinema Center, 437 E Berry St., Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. Can Quigley’s short-circuited invention save Christmas? Performed by Ecstatic Theatrics. Free photos with Santa after the show. Cost: $4; free for special needs on Dec. 20. For info, call (260) 750-9013. Joseph Decuis Vineyard Lunch. Joseph Decuis Restaurant and Inn, 191 N. Main St., Roanoke. noon. What a great way to get together with friends and celebrate the season. Wines will also be on sale at the Joseph Decuis Emporium. Cost: $45 with wine; $30 without (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations only. Call (260) 672-1715. Nature’s Christmas at Metea County Park. Metea County Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne. 2-5 p.m. Come enjoy a relaxed. back-to-nature Christmas at Metea County Park. Enjoy making seasonal crafts made with treasures from nature that you can take home. Have your family’s picture taken with Father Christmas while enjoying soothing Christmas Music and yummy refreshments. If there is snow there will be an oldfashioned horse drawn sleigh ride along the trails. If no snow, the horses will be pulling a wagon.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Sunday Services. LifeWater Community Church, 5600 Westbreeze Trail, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. Liberty Hills addition. Summit City Singers concert. United Methodist Church of the Covenant, 10001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne. 3 p.m. The program features music related to Indiana and then evolves to songs of the Christmas season. All concerts are free and family friendly.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Drop-in Yoga in the Gardens. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.,

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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 lanai 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).

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 Mom & Dad’s Day Out. Faith Baptist Church, 6600 Trier Road, Fort

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 Bridal Spectacular & Beyond. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, ,

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 years of age will spend the day in a safe, fun Christian environment. Mom & Dad’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, (260) 402-9893, for more information. 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. 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 (260) 238-4529 or (260) 744-1518. 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

Fort Wayne. Hours: Saturday noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission: $10. More info at Ft. Wayne Farmers Market. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing Street, 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.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27 Shipshewana Ice Festival. Shipshewana, , Shipshewana. Food chefs and

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 “Put Your Beliefs to the Test”. The Church House, 13313 Indiana St.,

members of the Michiana Ice Carvers Association will use a combined 30,000 or more pounds of ice to carve approximately 40 sculptures in varying shapes, from animals and toys to popular people, nostalgic food, and other interesting objects. For more information, go to

Grabill. 6-7 p.m. Dove Ministries presents “Put Your Beliefs To The Test” every second, third and fourth Sunday of the month, from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information call 260-486-9175 or 260-657-7017. • B15

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Throughout the Solar System and Beyond. Coventry Meadows, 7833 W Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 8-10 a.m. A light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers over the age of 50. Travel through the vast expanse of space with Chris Highlen, observatory director for the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Free. Contact for more information.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Zac Brown Band. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, , Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Reserved Tickets: $69.50, $59.50, $45.00. GA Floor: $69.50. Tickets on sale now. More info at

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 Kids Against Hunger Holiday Packing Event. Grace Gathering, 3157

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 Down the Line: Hard Chord. Embassy Theatre, 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Presented by 3Rivers. Tickets: $10, $12 week of show. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations and online at

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Wayne. 7 p.m. Presented by: Jim Didier, Choir Director and Kathy Schall, Bell Choir Director. Admission is free.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 Science Central Countdown to Noon. Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Can’t stay up until midnight? Multiple activity tables and demonstrations, a soda pop toast, and a countdown to noon will end the festivities with the annual 1,000-balloon drop! Cost: $7 per person, age 3 and up. Bring a canned food item and receive half off admission. For more info, go to The Philmore on Broadway New Year’s Party. The Philmore on Broadway,

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Dupont Times - December 2012  

Free-distribution newspaper serving the Dupont area of Allen County.

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