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Organizers say the Arcola National Truck & Tractor Pull wouldn’t happen without a host of helpers. “It’s run by the people of the community,” said committee Treasurer Jim VanEvery. “If they didn’t volunteer, we couldn’t have it.” Individuals and organizations pull together to support the pull, which VanEvery said is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters Matt Butts and Dave Branning serve as committee cochairmen. Lin Wilson volunteers as secretary. In an interview, they estimated that 300 people support the pull. This year, the three-day run is June 27-29. The Knights of Columbus from St. Patrick’s Church handle parking. The Lions Club

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A tractor revs up for the 2012 Arcola tractor pull. The pull draws about 10,000 people each year.

Two truck and tractor pull events span three days The MICHIDOH truck and tractor pull. 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Branning Park, Arcola. Admission: adults, $10; children 4-11, $5; age 3 and under, free. The Arcola National Truck and Tractor Pull, Region II Event. Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, 7 p.m., at Branning Park. Admission: adults, $10; children 5-12, $5; age 4 and under, free. In the event of rain, the event will conclude on Sunday. Tickets are available at the gates, and gates open two hours prior to events. Visit, or find the pull on Facebook. cleans up the track and grounds. Arcola United Methodist Church cooks a Saturday breakfast for pullers and volunteers. A Shriners unit — the Antique Power Club —

provides and operates the tow-back tractors for the pull, and Shriner John Brandon works separately to head up the committee that mows Branning Park.

Four Relays to help fight cancer It is not by chance that Mindy Torres coordinates Relay for Life events, the signature fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. “It’s very personal for me,” said Torres. “My grandmother is a four-time cancer survivor. I used to work with another nonprofit, and I loved it there, but it just didn’t hit home like the Cancer Society.” Torres came to the Fort Wayne office from northwest Ohio, where her father is battling his second bout of cancer. Torres and two other community representatives organize 16 Relays for Life in and near Fort Wayne. The first events were May 18, in DeKalb and Noble counties. Four events will be held in Allen County in June. Torres coordinates June 1-2 events at New Haven

High School and Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, and a June 8-9 event at Bishop Luers High School. Melissa Stephens coordinates a June 8-9 event at Sirva Inc. Christy Means does not work from the Fort Wayne office, but coordinates four of the 16 events in northeast Indiana. “The volunteers actually do most of the work,” Torres said. “They plan and implement. They are the driving force behind the event.” Organizations, companies and groups of friends organize teams and gather pledges for walks. Each Relay begins at 9 a.m. and continues for 24 hours. “It’s a signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, where teams of people get together and raise money and walk the track for 24 hours, really symbolizing the fact that cancer never sleeps,” Torres said.

Relay for Life of East Allen County. New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, New Haven June 1-2, 9 a.m.9 a.m. yIN Relay for Life of Northeast Allen County. Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School 17215 Woodburn Road, Woodburn. June 1-2, 9 a.m.-9 a.m. Relay for Life of South Allen County. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne. June 8-9, 9 a.m.-9 a.m. Relay for Life of West Allen County. June 8-9, 9 a.m.-9 a.m. Sirva Inc., 5001 U.S. 30, Fort Wayne. relayforlife. org/WestAllenIN

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The Arcola Volunteer Fire Department serves all of Lake Township. VanEvery and Branning said the population of the See ARCOLA, Page A4

Huntertown parents want a park that’s “serene and green,” says Dan Holmes. The chairman of the not-for-profit park development council said families have made their wishes known. “What I got from the parents,” he said, “is they would like to be able to take their kids back to someplace like they went to as a kid.” Instead of noise and lights, he said, parents want a more retro park where they can “go cook a hot dog over a fire, or do a s’mores.” Townsfolk have made their wishes known through postcards and at public meetings. The town council has entrusted Holmes’ board with 27 acres facing the main thoroughfare. “So basically we have ownership as long as we are an entity,” he said. “We are responsible, now,

for seeing the park through.” That process has begun. VolunHolmes teers turned out May 11 to cut trails through a stand of woods that has been little disturbed in about 60 years. Phase 1 will include a pavilion, an amphitheatre, five grilling/picnic area, and a paved or concrete walking path. Holmes predicted work will begin in 30 days to six weeks, and will be complete by fall. To assess the town’s park priorities, Holmes mailed 2,300 postcards. “We had 16 items that could go into a park, and I asked them to put down their top five and prioritize them, 1 through 5,” he said. “When those came back, I assigned a See PARK, Page A2

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point system and then totaled the votes and then lined them up 1 through 16 as far as importance. We took the top nine and tried to incorporate them into the park.� “Normally, you’d get about a 2 percent return because the people had to fill it out and then put a stamp on it and take it to a mailbox. That would be maybe 75 cards come back,� he said. “We had 660, which told me that we had a lot of interest and people want to have a park in town.� The town’s top priority, he said, is a playground. “We also added birdwatching, flower gardens, the things where you can just have a little meditation area,� he said. More suggestions followed. “There are quite a few people who would like to see a dog-walk

area,� Holmes said. “One little girl — I thought she had a pretty good idea — said ‘Did you ever think about having a tree house?’ � Holmes said a tree house might fit in the two oaks that stand sentry to the woods, which stretches to north from the open field of the park. Along the wooded trails, children also might find ropes to climb or log balance beams. For the most part, Holmes said, the park will preserve the natural character of the woods. “We’d like to see some plant identification, tree identification,� he said. A major part of the woods is a wetland, under the control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Holmes described a smaller pond as a forested, seasonal

wetland. “It’s only wet in the spring and the fall,� he said. “It’s a great place to watch for the waterfowl coming in and out. I don’t know how much we want to clean up. We’re going to talk with some naturalists and see what we can do with the area. But we want to maintain the integrity of this thing if at all possible.� “Nationally,� he said, “people who have these are tearing them out and putting in lakes, so this is a disappearing thing in the United States. Somehow, if we can make it usable and not have it unsightly, we’d like to keep it.� A wooden, observation walkway might be part of that solution. Long-term goals include playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, a softball field, basketball court

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Volunteers help clear walking trails. More helpers are needed for the next phases of park improvements. and ice skating rink, a splash pad, a community building, and room to walk a dog, toss a Frisbee or fly a kite. Those projects will cost more than the $91,000 or so in pledges that have been made so far. The committee will consider remembrance donations. Memorial bricks remain a consideration. Signs might be erected to acknowledge larger gifts to large projects, but buildings will not be named for the donors, Holmes said. The amphitheatre has been structured, and bricks will be added to reinforce the five levels. A plateau will overlook the

seating area, and allow space for lawn chairs or blankets, for a total seating capacity of 350 to 400. A stage will be built below. Some grilling facilities will be rustic, and other might have more paving. “We’ll go low-cost to begin with and see which ones the people are using,� Holmes said. “People are saying they want stuff from the past, so we’ll start with that.� Steve Fortriede, Pat Freck, Sue Gongwer and Bob O’Neal serve on the board with Holmes. “We’ve got a strong board,� Holmes said. See PARK, Page A3

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A Jack-in-the-pulpit grows in the shade of the Huntertown park woods. Park foundation chairman Dan Holmes said plant identification signs might be posted along the trails.

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firefighters. “At any one point, we had 12 to 18 workers,” Holmes said. The main park area still is covered in Holmes’ special mix of hay for horses. Holmes said he expects three cuttings, this year. By fall, he hopes the park looks very much like a park. He even hopes for a concert this fall. “We’re gonna hope that in the next two or three years we’ve got enough structures on here that it can’t be anything but a park,” he said.

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fire district has begun to increase. Branning said the 20 members of the department answer 12 to 15 calls a month. Butts said the four fire trucks and one rescue vehicle respond to many accidents. “We have both U.S. 33 and U.S. 30 in our area,” he said. The township budget would feel a hit without the proceeds from the annual pull, VanEvery said. “If it weren’t for this, the trustee would have to come up with a lot more money,” he said. “So it would probably increase people’s taxes out here a little bit. This is the single biggest source of income, at least in a good year.” Butts said the pull grew from the Arcola Days celebration in the early 1950s, when farmers would drive stock tractors. “As the years went by, everybody wanted more horsepower, and it evolved into the modifieds,” he said. The pull was born on the grounds of the former Arcola High School, and moved to Branning Park in 1978. The bleachers have a seating capacity of 3,400. VanEvery estimated the attendance at

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amazing. They’re not in the sports for the money, I don’t think.” Sausage burgers are the event’s best known food attraction. Wilson said she will enjoy the curly fries, or “the elephant ears if it’s not overcrowded.” “But the sausage can’t be beat,” said Wilson. “Nobody does pork like Indiana.” A beer tent also serves visitors. The committee members said they welcome the chance to serve their community. Wilson said she bought a house in the township in 2002, and helped to secure a FEMA grant for the fire department in 2005. She stayed on board as a member of the committee, which she described as “a good way to volunteer and give back.” VanEvery said he and his wife — the former Susan Stout — lived in the Arcola area when they were married, and then moved back to a family home in Arcola in about 1999. He said a house fire helped him embrace the opportunity to repay the fire department. “I mean

they helped me when we had that house fire,” he said. “And so I came over and I did what I could to help, and I wasn’t smart enough to say no, and I got to be treasurer.” He said he has been involved with the committee since about 2006. “I used to help cook the sausage,” he said. “That was a job that was a lot easier.” The Arcola Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1954, and has always had a tractor pull as a major fundraiser. Now known as the Arcola National Truck and Tractor Pull, it is sanctioned by the NTPA, and was named the Regional National Pull of the Year in 2012. The nationally sanctioned pull is held on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is a rain day. Thursday night action is part of the three-state MICHIDOH series, and features pickups, diesel pickups, and hot farm tractors. “It’s amazing that a town this size can put on an event of this size,” VanEvery said. “Without the community’s support, it just wouldn’t happen.”

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SINGERS from Page A6 King, the director, was a choir director in area churches and also taught drama at Canterbury School. Barbara Krick accompanies the choir. Krick has been a church organist for many years, gives private lessons and accompanies school groups in the Northwest Allen County Schools. Rehearsals also are a training opportunity for Roxie. “A couple in the choir train dogs for Leaders for the Blind. Roxie, and other dogs before her, come to rehearsal. While the choir practices their songs, Roxie practices behaving in public places,” King wrote. “She is doing great and we will miss her when she moves on

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Leo takes two first-place honors at Academic Super Bowl By Garth Snow

Leo Jr./Sr. High School teams won their divisions in two rounds of the 2013 Indiana Academic Super Bowl, held May 4 at Loeb Playhouse at Purdue University in West Lafayette. Leo teams competed in Class 2, which is the second-largest of four enrollment divisions. Leo scholars took first in fine arts and social studies, and third in English. Bishop Dwenger High School teams also

competed in Class 2, and won second place in English and third place in math, and also earned a top-six state berth in science. Bishop Luers High School teams competed in the smaller Class 3, and won second place in English, second place in social studies and third place in science. “We’ve got a trophy case here full of Academic Super Bowl championships. We’re very proud of our kids,� said Leo’s principal, Neal Brown III. The theme of the state

championship competition was “The Glory That Was Greece.� Teams answered 25 questions in each category, and the team with the highest number of correct answers was the champion. A question would come up on a screen, the team would have 20 seconds to answer, and the question would be scored immediately. Teams compete in the five subject matter rounds — English, science, social studies, mathematics, and fine arts — and in a sixth, interdisciplinary round in

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fine arts team, which included Jordan Schoonover, Paige Dempsey and Becca Williams, captain. Anne Longtine coached the English team, which included Becca Williams, Paige Dempsey, Kristy Rapes, Sydney Day and Jordan Schoonover, captain. Baumert said the same

three students won the state competition last year. “We start practicing in about October and they have some practice meets in March, and we have our area competition, which is actually at Leo,� said Baumert, who is in her second year at Leo. Hoff said her fine arts team has won three out of the past four years. “I’m pretty excited about that,� she said. She said the competition can be intense. “You’re kind of biting your nails at the end,� she said. In an email, Longtine said, “The coaches receive the curriculum in early fall and get the study materials to their team members and begin the study sessions. In other words, our season stretches from early fall to the first Saturday in May.� “Just like sports, it is separate, over and above the regular curriculum,� Longtine said. “The team practices and study sessions take place outside of regular school hours.� Each student will receive a certificate. The school also provides championship rings. “It is very rewarding to work with kids who love to learn,� said Hoff. “And yes they’re competing, but they love to learn.�

Dupont Valley Times • May 24, 2013 • A9

Diva Dash at Georgetown is rally against osteoporosis By Garth Snow

The Diva Dash is the perfect race for a beginning runner, according to Maureen Partee. The third annual race kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 15, from Georgetown Square. Partee works in the leasing and promotions office at Georgetown Square. “We’re the host and the title sponsor,” Partee said. Another company sponsored the race the first two years. Race director Sharon Christian is with another company this year, but will direct the race again. Christian is “the driving force behind the run,” Partee said. The 5k run/walk is a fundraiser for the National osteoporosis Foundation. The course has no hills and has plenty of shade, Partee said. “It’s really become the race known as for first-time racers and novices,” she said. “A lot of people walk it, also,” she said. The Fort Wayne Track Club will be on hand to keep the official times. “It’s grown each year,” Partee said. “We think we’re going to get up to 400 this year.” She said the 5k is the only all-

women’s race in Fort Wayne. Last year, 361 divas raised about $5,000 for the NOF. Registration forms are available at Healthkick Nutrition Center, 6344 E. State Blvd., and at Three Rivers Running Co., 4039 N. Clinton St., and at other local businesses. Steve Devine, the store

manager at Healthkick, said 150 runners had registered there as of May 1. Entry forms can be mailed to Race Director: Attn: Sharon Christian, 6426 Georgetown Lane, Fort Wayne IN 46815, and must be postmarked by June 5. Registration is $20 through May 31, and then

$25 through race day. Race day registration and packet pickup will be from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. June 15 at Healthkick. Everyone who registers in advance will receive a T-shirt, as will the first 200 participants. For more information about osteoporosis, visit In a news release, spon-

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to understand,� said Browning, chief financial officer for Parkview Health. “Because each health system’s different in how they (determine) their pricing. “You’re asking the right question,� he said. “It’s a tough question, and I can’t answer for everybody.� Browning said that, if anything, the data can serve as a starting point for discussions about health-care costs. Others in the industry either concurred with that assessment or found little significance in the pricing differentials. The numbers were contained in a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that looked at the average charges for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient stays in fiscal 2011 among more than 3,000 hospitals across the country. Government officials, acknowledging they also don’t fully understand the causes for the variances, said they released the numbers to help make the health-care system “more affordable and account-

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COSTS from Page able� and to assist consumers in the search for cost-effective care. A CMS spokeswoman said it is the first time the agency has released such claims-level data. In noting the sometimes wide variances in pricing, CMS used this example: The average charge for a joint replacement can range from $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Okla., to $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, Calif. Large variances, according to the report, occur even among hospitals within the same region. For example, the average charge for certain major small and large bowel procedures at Lutheran Hospital was $139,016 compared to $100,194 at Parkview Hospital, or a difference of $38,822. David Wiesman, vice president of the Indiana Hospital Association, cautioned that the average charges in the report do not reflect the final bill after negotiated commercial insurance adjustments or what many in the health-care industry consider are chronically low Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. “What hospitals charge,� said Lutheran Hospital spokesman Geoff • A11

A10 Thomas, “rarely reflects what they are actually paid by government or private insurers.� Wiesman and others in the industry said there could be a host of reasons for the charge variances, including: using different supply providers; readmissions that drive up the cost of care; sicker patients at a particular institution; specialized services; or different concentrations of government-assisted or uninsured patients. In the latter instance, hospitals must lean on commercial insurance to make up the difference between the cost of a procedure and what the government reimburses, Wiesman said. And so, a hospital that has a large number of Medicaid or Medicare patients may have higher charges. Although Wiesman doesn’t put much stock in the hospital charge numbers, he virtually echoed Browning’s comments about how hard it is to ferret out the triggers for the price differences, especially the larger ones. “There are so many variances there,� he said, “that it’s difficult to explain why Hospital A’s charges for a procedure

might be 100 percent different from Hospital B’s charges for a procedure.� Nevertheless, Browning aims to find out at the local level, even though his analysis of the CMS report showed Parkview Hospital’s initial average charges were lower than counterpart Lutheran Hospital’s 89 percent of the time for procedures that could be compared. The differences in charges between Parkview and Lutheran ranged from several hundred dollars at the low end to a high of $47,773. Overall, Browning’s analysis showed that when patient volumes for procedures are taken into account, Lutheran’s charges would have averaged about $8,000 less per case using Parkview’s pricing. Browning said he will look at the eight instances in which Parkview Hospital’s charge was higher and “see what items are in there that’s causing us to be higher than the competition.� In addition to pricing, Browning said it is important for consumers to look at the quality of service. Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Hospital, also said Lutheran’s main focus is on outcomes.

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the luminaria ceremony.” Friends and family members pay tribute to those who have battled cancer, including those whose fight has ended. The honoree’s name is written on a paper bag, weighted with sand. A candle is placed inside the bag, and lighted candles glow from bags in a circle around the track. The cost is $10. “And it’s really just to pay

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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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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. His most popular owner financing “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.”

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.

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Fair weeks away; queen deadline at hand By Garth Snow

The Allen County Fair is reaching out to a wider audience, according to David Marquart. The owner of Coliseum Productions Inc. said he has put on more than 3,000 events over 28 years in the United States and Canada. A graduate of South Side High School and a resident of Fishers, Marquart has signed on to help expand the fair, which returns July 23-28. He will help the volunteer board of “incredibly hard-working individuals” with advertising, sponsorship sales, and vendor and exhibit sales, and will provide general consulting. “And this year they’re

really trying to give it a face-lift and they’re bringing in monster truck events and demolition derbies, and there’s a hot air balloon glow and ride,” Marquart said. “They’ve really stepped with up some nice bands that have free entertainment every night. There’s an ice cream social one night and it’s free. There are a whole lot of things going on to get more people to come out there to make money to maintain the event.” Making money is essential, he said, because the Allen County Fair receives no support from the county. “Most county fairs are free to go to, and this one can’t be because

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Groups such as the Kiwanis are part of “the unheralded army that will continue to make the lives of children better,” according to Allen Superior Court Judge Charles Pratt. The founder of Great Kids Make Great Communities addressed five Allen County Kiwanis clubs, who held their first joint banquet at the Holiday Inn IPFW. Delegates expressed hope that “An Evening Celebrating Unity in Service to the Community and Youth” will become an annual event. Pratt served as keynote speaker for an audience of about 150 Kiwanis and guests. He recounted stories of violence in Allen County, and of efforts to combat the influences that contribute to that behavior. Pratt’s program offered free training to commu-

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George Drew holds a Kiwanis Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member of the Kiwanis A member since the mid1970s, Drew has served as a club president and as Indiana Kiwanis lieutenant governor. nity leaders in May. “Your individual and collective advocacy for services and programs for children and young adults has become an essential component of positive youth development throughout our community,” Pratt said. “You are See KIWANIS, Page B12

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“Faith & Family” is a fitting theme for the 2013 Canal Days, said festival committee President Jon Stauffer. “I think that’s really important,” he said. “Especially in this day and age. There are a lot of things that are scary in this world. The one thing that we can rely on as Americans is our faith and our family.” Canal Days returns to Broadway Street and Schnelker Park from Tuesday through Saturday, June 4 to 8. “We look forward to having a very good festival, good weather, just an all around good week,” Stauffer said. The festival theme corresponds to the decision to invite the Sidewalk Prophets to perform on the main stage from 8:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. Saturday. “That’s going to be really huge,” Stauffer said. Festival committee Secretary Jessica Jones said the recording group might attract 3,000 followers, to join the approximately 25,000



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A photo of Lucy Workman and Nolan Reuille was chosen for the flier and website to publicize the 2013 New Haven Canal Days. The two were photographed on a ride at the 2012 festival. Lucy lives in New Haven. Nolan visits his grandparents in New Haven during the festival each year. The festival judged the photo contest. people who usually attend the festival. Jones, who is in charge of food and crafts vendors and the parade, is an employee of the New Haven Parks Department, which partners with the nonprofit festival committee. “We’ve always tried to make it a family-friendly festival,” Stauffer said. “Just make sure Mom and Dad bring the kids of all ages and do the rides, check out the exhibits.” Stauffer said the suggestion of a big concert drew favor among the committee. His wife, Beth Stauffer, is in charge

of entertainment. “My wife does a lot of blogging and reviews in the Christian music world,” Jon Stauffer said, “And we thought ‘Let’s bring in the Sidewalk Prophets.’ They’re nationally known recording artists. It’s something bigger than Canal Days has ever done.” Stauffer said the group was part of Winter Jam at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum this past January. “It is a free concert to the public,” Stauffer said. See CANAL, Page B5

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they have to make money,” he said. “I mean it’s just five bucks.” He said income has to meet the expenses, set up the next year’s fair, and maintain the grounds year-round. “When the 4H or any not-for-profit agency wants to have an event, the fair likes to host it for free, but they need to make money off the fair,” he said. Marquart has worked with the Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky state fairs, and Indiana’s Huntington, Whitley and Kosciusko county fairs. “I’ve worked on fairs literally for 20 years from the operational, set-it-up point of view,” he said. “You stay ahead of the curve and keep the public interested,” he said. Volunteer boards often tend to avoid risks, he said. “This board is stepping out of the box, and it’s very refreshing to see that happen,” he said. Fair events include monster truck rides, karaoke contests, a strong man contest, a mechanical bull, smash-a-car, a classic car cruise, and pig

wrestling. The carnival fills the midway daily. Marquart said he Marquart attended the fair while growing up in Fort Wayne, but did not participate in 4-H. He became involved in event management as an employee of a Fort Wayne productions company, and later formed his own company. Today, he manages the Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show, which returns to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 24-26, 2014. He also is launching the Kitchen and Bath Home Design Show, which will debut Oct. 18-20 at the Coliseum. Though the Allen County FunFair is weeks away, planning is in full swing and pre-fair deadlines are imminent. June 1 is the first deadline to enter the Miss Allen County Pageant. The fee is $50, and an entrant may obtain a

sponsor for that fee. Late entries accepted through July 1 will pay an additional $15, according to pageant director Michelle Love. Contestants must participate in orientation and rehearsal. Entrants must be age 17-21, and must live in or attend school in Allen County. The queen reigns over the fair, and makes special appearances throughout the year. The fair queen advances to the Indiana State Fair Queen Contest. The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. July 21 at Carroll High School. Admission is $5. For details about pageant categories and deadlines, visit “Our program is very much like a starter group for a lot of girls,” Love said. “For most, this is their first pageant. It’s a great learning experience for them.” “The one thing that I hear is that it really helps to build their self-confidence, because this might be their first time on stage or being interviewed. It

makes us feel really good to know that we can help girls build these skills.” Love is a former fair queen, and was the third runner-up in the state pageant. She has been Allen County’s pageant director for five years. Girls 2 to 16 are invited to participate in the Little Miss Allen County program. No residency requirements apply to the Little Miss pageant, which is a fundraiser for the Miss Allen County Queen Scholarship Fund. Age divisions are: Little Miss Allen County, ages 2-6; Junior Miss Allen County, ages 7-12; and, Pre-teen Miss Allen County, ages 12-16. Age divisions are subject to change depending on entries. Titles will be determined by money collected, with one cent equaling one vote. Coins and paper money are accepted. The process begins during the fair queen pageant and continues through Thursday, which is Kids Day at the Fair. The crowns, sashes and prizes will be awarded at a coronation ceremony.

Almost Famous youth talent to perform By Garth Snow

The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council will recruit talent from many high schools for the Fort Wayne’s Almost Famous talent show, from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The venue is the 900 block of Calhoun Street. “I like how Fort Wayne is trying to become more of a community and make all different parts come together as one,” said Homestead senior Hanita Epstein. The event is the group’s second in less than a month, according to Epstein, who is this year’s president of the youth council. In an email, she wrote, “Our main goal is to try and bring the youth of Fort Wayne downtown and engage them in activities that benefit the community.” In April, the teens organized an art show that showcased many talented artists, Epstein wrote. The venue was the Rialto Theater. In an interview, Epstein said the talent show will draw talented singers and dancers from across the city. This year marks the third talent show. For photos of past events, visit Fort Wayne’s Almost Famous on Facebook. The group directs any income to support a reclamation project, the Rialto Theater, 2614 S. Calhoun St. Epstein said the art show gave the youth council a chance to observe the theater restoration in progress and to see the blueprints. “They’re turning that spot into a mixing of all the cultures, so a lot of the youth will be going there,” Epstein said. “Our main goal was to engage the youth in whatever we do, and ultimately we’re making the Rialto our own.” “So we’re talking with people that you might not otherwise meet,” she said. “It’s interesting to see how everyone from all the communities can come together and how everyone works together because they’re all focused on one goal.”

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B1 first year on the committee, though she has supported the festival during all her 10 years in New Haven. “My son is now in school, so I have a little bit more time to contribute,” she said. She also writes publicity for the festival guide. She said the nonprofit festival committee has funneled thousands of dollars back into the community over the years. Such festivals bring communities together, she said, and visitors might see neighbors whom they will not see for the rest of the year. “A lot of people come back home and they know the first weekend in June is going to be festival and so people come back for the midway. It’s a real family event. There’s something for everyone.” Jon Stauffer said the New Haven Festival Committee is a nonprofit organization. “We put on the Canal Days, but we also hope to have enough (money) to put it on the next year. But we also give back to the community.” He said a list of donations is available at the committee’s website, Jon Stauffer said Burton Brothers Amusements again will operate the rides for the midway. “And they are a very class operation,” he said. “They’re great to work with, and we’ve had a lot of positive comments about them.” Stauffer said the arrangement with the parks department is vital to the festival. A few

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Rotary Club adds flexible membership The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne has entered a new phase in the club’s nearly 100-year history by welcoming its first corporate member, Indiana Stamp Co. Inc./Signs Now Division of Indiana Stamp. The corporate membership category expands opportunities for businesses and organizations. “We realize that many business leaders today simply do not have the time to attend weekly Rotary meetings and participate in our service projects, although many leaders truly want to do so,” said David Borgen, club president. “Having a corporate membership category means the membership is held by the corporation and not the individual, with the corporation assigning three senior leaders of its

company to share membership duties and attend weekly meetings.” Tom Beaver, the CEO of Indiana Stamp/Signs Now, recognized these advantages and a few more. “I am a longtime Rotary member and deeply support the club’s activities and services but do not always have the time I’d like to support them,” Beaver said. “I saw the new corporate membership category as a way to share the Rotary values of service leadership with our younger leaders.” The three Rotary representatives from Indiana Stamp/Signs Now are Beaver; Sarah Chesebrough, the director of marketing and communications for the Indiana Stamp Companies; and Shannon Morgan, the director of sales for the Signs Now Division of

Grace College to host conference Representatives of more than 80 companies around the world are expected to attend the OrthoTec Conference & Exhibition at Grace College, June 5-6. Exhibitors and registered attendees can attend sessions at the college’s Orthopaedic Capital Center that focus on developments in orthopedic design and manufacturing. The program will cover hip-replacement issues, the proposed Unique Device Identifier rule and more. Kosciusko Economic Development Corp., Ivy Tech Community College, Grace College, Trine University, the Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Warsaw Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce will welcome visitors with information about industry, education, life and opportunities in the county.

Indiana Stamp Co. “We hope to attract many corporate members to the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne,” said Borgen, the Rotary Club president. “In this way, we make membership more flexible and accessible to local leaders who want to make significant contributions to their community and to the global projects of Rotary International.” The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, founded in 1915, has led and implemented many service projects. Among them are creating the Circle of Hope in Headwaters Park, donating the “Avenue to Trees” along North Clinton Street by Headwaters Park, adopting Washington Elementary School, assisting many high school students and young professionals to participate in international

exchange programs, and sponsoring high school programs and scholarships. Fort Wayne Rotary members have traveled to India to help Rotary International work to eradicate polio and to West Africa to help build schools. The club meets at noon each Monday on the second floor of Parkview Field. For more information about the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne’s corporate membership opportunities, contact club Secretary Jane Wilks at, 267-6540. Rotary’s 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs pledge service above self. The Rotary Club of Chicago was formed in 1905. The name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

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Cammermeyer, Jeff Depner, Daniel Dienelt, Kay Gregg, Justin Miller, Michael Porten, Britt Spencer, Alex Ziv and the art duo Dabs Myla. “Color has the power to seduce us and the power to repulse us,” Zimmerman said. “What we know is that color can be a powerful symbol that plays a critical role in our visual world. Color makes us love things we see or it can do the opposite. Like an upbeat song with heartbreaking lyrics, bright, bold color can dramatically alter how we perceive the subject matter of artwork.” Beginning with art classes in 1888 given by J. Ottis Adams and later William Forsyth, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has evolved into a center for the visual arts community in northeast Indiana. Regularly exhibiting regional and nationally acclaimed artists, the FWMoA also boasts a permanent collec-

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Highlights survive Huntertown Heritage Days cuts By Garth Snow

Huntertown Heritage Days will continue this year, but in a reduced form. Festival days are Aug. 2-4. Festival staples including the Friday evening pageant and fish fry and the Saturday morning parade and 5k run will go on as planned. Festival Treasurer Cher Fisher said the committee had to drop the beer garden and related entertainment and the fireworks display.

“We’ll get it going again,” Fisher said Tuesday, after a called meeting Monday night. “We just need to make sure that we have the money to cover everything, and we feel that the beer tent was a big expense. And we just want to keep it family-friendly.” She said the website will be updated to reflect the changes. Visit for details. The beer tent historically was set up across the street from Huntertown Elementary School. Most activities are held on the front lawn of the school.

The committee reconsidered the schedule, because of budget concerns and the limited number of volunteers. A festival fundraiser scheduled for Friday, May 31, will continue as scheduled. The barbecue chicken fundraiser will be held at The Third Place, on Cedar Canyon Road. Serving is from 4:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. For $8.50, guests will enjoy a half-chicken and potatoes. Andy’s Knockout Chicken will cater the event. “We’re just going to continue to raise money, and we hope that next year we can resurrect this thing,” said Fisher, who also

serves as parade chairwoman. A talent show, kids’ games and a visit from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab also survived the cuts. “And that will be the extent of it,” she said. “It was either that or we weren’t going to be able to do it at all.” To volunteer, contact “We need time, money, whatever people can give,” Fisher said before Monday’s emergency meeting. “If anybody is interested in helping even the slightest, it will help. We’d be happy to put you somewhere, even if it’s only for an hour.”

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Leo science teacher Shappell is East Allen’s top teacher By Garth Snow

Leo Jr./Sr. High School Principal Neal Brown III said science teacher Benjamin Shappell is “one of the bright spots in his field.” Shappell will represent East Allen County Schools in the state Teacher of the Year competition. Shappell first was Shappell chosen to represent his school, and then was chosen top secondary school teacher in the district. Shappell is a science teacher and has been with EACS for 10 years. Renita Peters of Leo Elementary was selected

as the district’s elementary teacher of the year. Peters is a sixth-grade teacher and Peters has been with EACS for 12 years. Lara Marino was chosen to represent Cedarville Elementary School. Marino is a firstMarino grade teacher and has been with EACS for 19 years. In all, 17 teachers were selected to represent their schools in the East Allen competition. “First of all, he’s an excellent teacher,” Brown

said. “Mr. Shappell does a good job in his classes. He works with students, he works with parents in the community, and he has a big investment in what we do here at Leo.” Brown said Shappell stepped forward to take extra courses so he could teach dual credit classes, which allow students to earn both high school credit and college credit in fields such as chemistry. “In order to prepare kids for the future, teachers also have to do things themselves to make that possible, and he was willing to do that and prepare himself on behalf of our school,” Brown said. As the chair of the science department, Shappell consults with and advises Brown, and then implements strategies

within the department. “So he’s well respected by administrators and his peers,” Brown said. The principal said Shappell supports the school’s Project Lead the Way. “That’s an initiative throughout the country where they’re trying to get kids more involved in technology,” Brown said. “If you ever go into one of his classes, the kids really enjoy it and they wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Brown said. “So he deserves to be teacher of the year for our school district.” “He’s down in Indianapolis as I speak,” Brown said. “He’s getting some equipment from Eli Lilly. They donate from their surplus. He volunteered to go down and take care of that. Nobody asked him. He just

stepped forward and said ‘I want to get some equipment for our school,’ and he does that every year.” “He takes the initiative,” Brown said. “He’s a part of the community. He coaches softball, and has a great relationship with our students. He’s a complete educator. He’s what we call a master teacher — someone who’s so good in their profession that they can teach others how to duplicate the process.” Such recognitions help to honor all teachers, said Brown, who has been a principal for 18 years. “It’s important because Mr. Shappell represents the teachers at Leo,” Brown said. “We have many good teachers at this high school and middle school. He’s a representative or a sample of teachers at Leo. Teachers

need to be recognized for being outstanding.” “If the students understand what they are doing and are good at what they are doing, you credit the teacher for that,” Brown said. Paul Harding Junior High School Principal Teresa Gremaux shared similar thoughts about her school’s nominee, and about the process. Audrey Wright tracks student data, looks at test scores, and finds ways to help students move forward. “(Teacher honors) … are so important because our staff needs to know that people recognize the hard work that they do,” Gremaux said. “And Audrey is no exception to that. It just makes for great working relationships among administrators and staff.”

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High schools show off CANstruction talent Area high schools competed in CANstruction 2013 at Glenbrook Square Mall on Coliseum Boulevard. CANstruction is the largest annual fundraiser for Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, collecting more than 85,000 food items in 2012. Each school team designed and built giant sculptures representing the theme Dynamic Duos, all made with donated canned goods and nonperishable food products. Local engineering and design professionals mentored the teams. The finished works were on display between Macy’s and Sears in the main corridor, and the public voted for the People’s Choice award by donating cans of food. The winners were: Most Cans/Food Items in Structure — Blackhawk Christian School, “Pooh & the Hunny Pot.” Most Excess Cans — Central Noble High School, “Cake & Ice Cream.” Best Meal — Canterbury High School, “Sandcastle, Pail and Shovel.” Best Use of Labels — New Haven High School, “Buzz & Woody.”

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Leo High School students prepare their sculpture, entitled “Peanut Butter & Jelly.” The display won the People’s Choice Award. Structural Ingenuity — Northrop High School, “Snoopy & Woodstock.” Jurors’ Favorite — Blackhawk Christian School, “Pooh & the Hunny Pot.” Best Use of Theme — (tie) Canterbury High School, “Sandcastle, Pail & Shovel”; and Blackhawk Christian School, “Pooh & the Hunny Pot.” 1st Honorable Mention — DeKalb High School, “Oreos & Milk.” 2nd Honorable Mention — Central Noble High School, “Cake & Ice Cream.” People’s Choice — Leo

Jr./Sr. High School, “Peanut Butter & Jelly.” Scholarships were awarded to four seniors, based on their leadership and dedication to CANstruction. The recipients were: Collin Hoagland, Leo Jr./Sr. High School; Keegan Holle, New Haven High School; Paul Steele, North Side High School; and Kelsey Wehr, DeKalb High School. For more information about the food bank, visit For more photos of the competition, follow the link to the Facebook page.

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Clinton St. Many species share cognitive skills that are considered key signs of higher mental abilities. Exhibit continues through Sept. 8. During the school year, open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For prices and more information, call 424-2400 or visit Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. Curves, 102 Lincoln Highway West, New Haven. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. IPFW senior art projects on display. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. In the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, continues through May 31. Walk through the gallery and see the senior projects from the Department of Visual and Communications & Design. For more information, call 421-1210. Memorial Day observances. Veterans Memorial Shrine, 2122 O’Day Road. Allen County Council of Veterans holds its annual Watchfire event from 9 p.m. Friday through 9 p.m. Saturday. The public also is invited to the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Parnell Avenue and State Boulevard, and ends with a ceremony outside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum’s Memorial Hall. For details, contact Craig Savage at 747-2977, or Summit City Toastmasters. Better Business Bureau, 4011 Parnell Ave. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Meets each Friday. For information, visit or call Kristal Heffley, 918-2065. Smart Story Story Time. Woodburn Library, 4701 S.R. 1 North. 10:30 a.m. This story time features finger plays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts. Dimension Illusion. Monroeville Branch Library, 115 Main St. 3:30 p.m. Rusty Ammerman presents a mix of magic and comedy for the whole family.

1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. Appointments preferably should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. Movie Night @ The Library. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. In Theater Lower Level 2. See a movie on the big screen the fourth Tuesday of every month. Movies will be rated G, PG or PG-13. Adults must accompany children under 13. The doors open at 6, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Little River Ramblers. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, onehalf mile east of West Jefferson Boulevard. 9-11 a.m. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, 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. Program continues every Tuesday in May and June. Baby Steps: Toddler Time Story Time. Georgetown Branch Library, 6600 E. State Blvd. 10:15 a.m. A program for 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers. Toddlers will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, games and other fun activities that emphasize vocabulary and letters of the alphabet. Born to Read. Grabill Public Library, 13521 State St. 10:30 a.m. You’re never too young to enjoy the library. For babies and their care-givers. Classics adult book group. Allen County Public Library — Dupont Road, 536 E. Dupont Road. 7 p.m. Adults are invited to read the classics or to read them again. “Around the World in 80 Days” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne will be discussed at the May event. Summit City Singers rehearsals. Shawnee Middle School, 1000 E. Cook Road. 7-8:30 p.m. There are no auditions but singers must be able to match pitch. For more information, contact Judy King at 489-4505.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Farmer’s markets begin. Barr Street Market, Corner of Wayne and Barr

900 Library Plaza. 10 a.m. For more information, contact The Genealogy Center, 421-1226. Smart Start Story Time. Grabill Public Library, 13521 State St. 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their grown-ups are invited to attend a story time to help them as they begin to read. Adult book group. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane. 2 p.m. A lively book discussion. This month’s selection is “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. LEGO Club. Georgetown Branch Library, 6600 E. State Blvd. 3:30-5 p.m. Join your friends and fellow LEGO fans to see where your imagination and building skills take you. PAWS to Read. Allen County Public Library — Dupont Road, 536 E. Dupont Road. 4 p.m. Like dogs? How about reading to the library’s certified therapy dogs? Drop-in Yoga in the Gardens. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

streets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market sponsored by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and other food products, and jewelry and crafts. Activities for adults and children. Admission to The History Center is free during market hours. Garlic mustard pull. Moser Park Nature Center, 601 W. Main St., New Haven. 9 a.m. to noon. Join a naturalist from the New Haven Parks Department to pull garlic mustard, an invasive weed. Sample garlic mustard pesto for lunch. For details, visit Research Church Records Series. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. 10 a.m. Churches played both a social and religious role in our ancestors’ lives. Enjoy a basic overview of the steps one needs to take to find church records. Explore Outdoors. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Examine the plants and gardens on the fourth Saturday of each month. Regular conservatory admission applies. Today, go outside and enjoy this spring day in the exploration garden. Acoustic SpokenWord Cafe Featuring PJ Sauertig & Jessica Crew. Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culure, 501 Brackenridge St. 7-10 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 26 Sunday Services. LifeWater Community Church, 5600 Westbreeze Trail. 10 a.m. Liberty Hills addition.

Zumbathon (Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culture Fundraiser). Renaissance Pointe YMCA, 2323 Bowser Ave. 1-3 p.m. “Put Your Beliefs to the Test.” The Church House, 13313 Indiana St., Grabill. 6-7 p.m. Dove Ministries presents on the second, third and fourth Sunday of the month, from 6-7:30 p.m. For details, call 486-9175.

MONDAY, MAY 27 Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt. 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 Shelter staff. Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 11 a.m. Parade begins at the corner of Parnell Avenue and State Boulevard, and ends at the Coliseum. Ceremony will be held outside the Memorial Hall. For details, contact the Allen County Council of Veterans, c/o Craig Savage, 747-2977. Paws to Read. Grabill Public Library, 13521 State St. 4 p.m. Anyone needing reading practice may share a story with a book-loving dog.

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THURSDAY, MAY 30 Mom & Dad’s Day Out. Faith Baptist Church, 6600 Trier Road. 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 & Dad’s Day 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. Smart Start Story Time. Georgetown Branch Library, 6600 E. State Blvd. 10:15 a.m. A preschool story time enhanced by the books, finger plays and maybe a craft. Botanical Brown Bag. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Noon to 1 p.m. Take an ordinary paper towel and transform it into a lotus, or a water lily. Conservatory volunteer Nancy Jimenez demonstrates origami paper folding at its finest. Bring a sandwich and stop in at the conservatory for an entertaining “garden moment” on the last Thursday of the month. Free coffee and tea. Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child ages 3-17. Conservatory members and volunteers admitted free. Teen Thursday. Georgetown Branch Library, 6600 E. State Blvd. 3:30 p.m. This week’s activity is Ductigami. Church rummage sale. St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road. 5-8 p.m. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 31; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Everything is priced at $2 a bag on Saturday. Anthony Wayne Toastmasters Meeting. Ivy Tech Community College, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. 6:30 p.m. Toastmasters meetings are open to everyone; for better public speaking and a lot of fun. Depression/Bipolar + 12. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 7 p.m. 12-step program for those living with depression or bipolar disorder. For more information, contact Marilee Stroud at 312-6069 or Yarn Lover’s Gathering. Woodburn Library, 4701 S.R. 1 North. 7 p.m. Beginning and experienced crocheters gather to teach, learn and create.

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. Curves, 5980 W. Jefferson Blvd. Appointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. Smart Start Story Time. Woodburn Library, 4701 S.R. 1 North. 10:30 a.m. This story time features finger plays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts.


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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 Free Fishing Day. Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road. Indiana’s adult residents do not need a fishing license in order to fish today only; all other regulations apply. Just in time, the DNR has stocked catchable-size channel catfish in 12 urban lakes, including Shoaff Park Pond. Germanfest 2013. Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St. Willkommen zum Germanfest! Join the community downtown for a weeklong celebration of essen, trinken, und Gemütlichkeit (eating, drinking, and having a really good time). Pavilion and bier tent hours: 10:30 a.m. to midnight, Wednesday, June 5; 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday, June 6; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 7; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 8. Cost: $2 from 25 p.m.; $5 after 5 p.m. All military personnel with ID admitted free of charge. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. No one under 21 permitted after 9:30 p.m. More info at Lecture on Fort Wayne parks. Fort Wayne History Center, 302 E. Berry Street. 2 p.m. History Center Executive Director Todd Maxwell Pelfrey completes the June Mather Lecture Series season with a look at “visionary landscape wizard” George Kessler, whose parks and boulevard plan have defined the look of the city.

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1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. Appointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Interfaith Build Concert. C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. Mark

p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the market area and honor Chuck Surack for his contributions to the community. Free admission to the History Center during this event. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $38. Tickets on sale at the Embassy box office.

Maxwell Sax Experience concert benefits Habitat for Humanity. $20 general admission, or $100 for VIP ticket. Call 422-4828. VIP ticketholders will enjoy an exclusive performance beginning at 5:30 p.m. The doors open for general admission at 6:45 p.m., with a cash bar and complimentary desserts available. The full concert begins at 7 p.m. $1 Night. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. 5-8 p.m. The evening of the first Thursday of the month features $1 admission for adults and children. Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free. For details, call 427-6440. It Is Well With My Soul. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. 6:30 p.m. Meeting Room B. A recap from the third annual Kellogg Foundation America Healing Conference includes research and presentation on racial equity and healing initiatives.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Robinson Chapel Just Up Youth Group Drive-Thru BBQ. Robinson Chapel, 12707 Tonkel Road. 4-7 p.m. $8 gets you a half-chicken, baked beans, apple sauce, roll and dessert. $1 per drink. Order to go or eat at the church pavilion and playground. Proceeds Benefit Robinson Chapel Youth Group Summer Camp Fund. Phil Dirt & The Dozers Concert. Fountain Park, southwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Street, Van Wert, Ohio. 7 p.m. The popular group returns for the 11th annual Fountain Park Summer Music Series. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. Pine Hills Church, 4704 Carroll Road. Appointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. EAA Chapter 2 Young Eagles Rally. Smith Field Airport, 426 W. Ludwig Road. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17. Registration: 9-11 a.m. Flights: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting). Parent or legal guardian must be present. Local Boy Scout Troop 460 fundraiser, Nelson’s Chicken sale. Rustic Hutch, 10202 Coldwater Road. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fundraising event to support high adventure trips. There also will be a car wash at Wendy’s nearby.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Teen swim party. Jury Park Pool, 1702 Glencoe Blvd., New Haven. 9-11 p.m. Featuring DJ Double K and The Great Andini Magic. For ages 1219. $3 per person. Concessions available.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Beginning Spanish Class for Kids. Alliance Community Church, 5610 Lahmeyer Road. 9 a.m. This opportunity requires registration. Please email Patrick Riecke at for a registration form.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 16th annual Ribfest. Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St. Four days of delicious, mouth-watering barbecue served up by national award-winning teams from across the country. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, rib sandwiches, barbecued chicken and more. In addition, some of the greatest live rockin’ blues music along with a little bit of jazz and country will hit the main stage. Cost: Entry is free daily until 5:30 p.m. After that time, cost is $8 age 13 and over; $6 seniors; $4 students, military, fire and police with ID. More information at “Don’t Be Ticked-Off!” Coventry Meadows, 7833 W Jefferson Blvd. 8-10 a.m. Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50-plus. Join Master Naturalist Russ Voorhees to learn about these slow-moving members of the arachnid family that need blood meals to complete their complex life cycles. Find out how to recognize a tick, preventive measures, and what to do if one finds you. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 to reserve a spot as space is limited.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15 Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. Celebrity Beauty Boutique,

“West Side Story” — Broadway at the Embassy. Embassy Theatre, 125 W.

3818 Illinois Road. Appointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. Garage Sale for the Troops. 7136 Pine Lake Road. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Operation U.S. Troop Support raises money for overseas postage and other needed items. The public is invited to visit the sale or drop off donations of new socks, toiletries, snacks, cards and letters of support. For a more complete list of needed items, visit Homebuyer Education Class. American Red Cross, 1212 E. California Road. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish. The class uses the “Realizing the American Dream” curriculum developed by NeighborWorks America. Participants receive a certificate of Training signed by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development certified housing counselor. The certificate may be used to apply for local homebuyer assistance programs, such as the City of Fort Wayne Down Payment Assistance program. Completion also allows individuals to enroll in the Bank On Fort Wayne program. Anyone interested in taking the class should call 427-8585 or 311. Family Fun Hike: Insects. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, onehalf mile east of West Jefferson Boulevard. 9-10 a.m. Families meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6301 Engle Road, to learn more about why the preserve’s insects are a vital part of the food chain. The group will hike to look for insect signs, homes and dining areas. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 for information.

Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. On sale at the Embassy box office. Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. The Towne House, 2209 St. Joe Center Road. Appointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. DeBrand Fine Chocolates, 10105 Auburn Park Drive. Appointments preferably should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. Short Hikes for Short Legs: Insects. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, one-half mile east of West Jefferson Boulevard. 9-10 a.m. For children 3 to 5 and a responsible adult. Children will practice counting as they learn that insects have three body parts and six legs. Then children will take a hike to explore where insects on the marsh eat, live and hide. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 for information.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Fort Wayne Greek Festival. Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St. A week-

Road. Let Dad spend Father’s Day on the golf course while helping out a good cause! This event benefits H.O.P.E. for Animals, a nonprofit providing low-cost, high quality spay/neuter and wellness services. Cost: teams of two or four, $100 per person. Includes greens fees, carts, use of range, light lunch and dinner and one extra day pass per person. Day passes, $10 per person. Play tennis, swim, work out or just enjoy the grounds. There will be raffles and kids’ events with prizes. Dinner is included. The facility opens at noon; dinner around 6 p.m. For more information, go to

end of Greek food, music, wine and dance. Visit the “Taverna” (beer and wine bar), “Kafenio” (coffee house), and the famous Kouzina (food service area) with the recipes that “Yiayia” (grandmother) would be proud to serve. The event also includes a 5K run. Hours: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For the latest info, find Fort Wayne Greek Festival on Facebook. Outsmarting Investment Fraud. Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, 555 E. Wayne St. 2 p.m. AARP Allen County Chapter 187 invites AARP members and other interested seniors to hear Marjorie Stephens, director of marketplace services for the Northeast Indiana Better Business Bureau, speak about outsmarting investment fraud, and “too-good-to-be-true” schemes that target senior citizens. Anonymous By Adoption. Parkview Main Campus, 2109 E. State Blvd. 7 p.m. Support group for adoptees, adoptive parents, and separated siblings. Call 238-4529 or 744-1518.

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pointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. Safe Sitter Classes. Lutheran Children’s Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This medically-based instructional, two-day program teaches girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Cost: $50. Must be at least 11 years old to participate. For more information, call Child Life Specialist Tammy Else at 435-7344 or go to Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum. Easter Seals Arc, 4919 Projects Drive. 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

Berry St. Appointments should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. Hoagland Days. Hoagland Community Park and Pavilion, 11320 Hoagland Road, Hoagland. Join in celebrating 140 years of Hoagland! This festival includes rides, games, parades, entertainment, bingo, a demolition derby, euchre tourney, Dachsund races, food and drinks, the Hoagland Days Queen contest, arena contests and more! For more info, call 639-3195 or go to Bostyx in Concert. Fountain Park, southwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Street, Van Wert, Ohio. 7 p.m. This family-friendly rock group pays tribute to Boston and Styx. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concerts.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Diversity Dialogue. YWCA, 1610 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne. Noon to 1:30 p.m. The Diversity Council of YWCA Northeast Indiana presents topics to incite conversation. The June topic is environmental racism. Free and open to the public. Free parking. RSVP on the YWCA Northeast Indiana Facebook page, or contact Administrative Coordinator Sue Hiatt at or 424-4908 ext.254.

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