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Homestead orchestra plays in New York By Garth Snow

When the Homestead High School Symphonic Orchestra returned from New York, the young musicians brought back more than snapshots and memories. They returned with motivation and awareness of career opportunities, according to Brad Wadson, director. “We are fortunate to have the Philharmonic here, and many students take that in,” Wadson said. “The New York Philharmonic was another level, and it really motivates the students from a musicianship standpoint.” “They see other aspects — the performers, pit, stage hands, lighting,” he said. “So it exposes them to a lot of different vocational possibilities.” That’s an important part of the music curriculum, Wadson said. The 29 students and 17 adults were on the road from June 10-14. The orchestra’s main destina-

Seven free concerts fill evenings at Indian Trails By Garth Snow


Homestead High School’s tour group is captured in a group photo in Central Park during the Symphonic Orchestra’s trip to New York.

tion was the atrium of the Sony Building, home to a summer music festival. Homestead’s orchestra followed the Valparaiso High School choir, as the lunchtime crowd gathered

to enjoy the music. The orchestra performed “Bacchanalle” from “Samson and Delilah,” “Jupiter” from “The Barber of Seville” and four other pieces. “They

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Barbara Krisher said the Aboite Township Concerts on the Green will feature mostly familiar bands during the 10th season at Indian Trails Park. The seven-concert series begins July 10, with music from 7-9 p.m. Concerts continue through seven Wednesday evenings, until Aug. 21. “We started out with 10 concerts, and we had to reduce the expenses,” Krisher said. The series also will start later, after the Fourth of July. “June was always a problem with the weather,” she said. “For some reason, June is always wet. And we really have no way to let people know if the concerts are canceled.” “This is a casual evening outside with people in the community getting together and having a good time,” she said. “And sometimes with the sun setting over Homestead High School, I think it’s a Norman Rockwell night.” “It’s just really beautiful,” she said. “There are bikers on the trail, and parents pulling kids in strollers, and inline skaters, walkers, people on bikes, and it just goes on and on, and it’s really wonderful to sit there with the sun setting and people enjoying an evening outside that doesn’t cost anything.” Food will be available. “A few years ago the fire department realized that they could offer hot dogs and other food items for sale at the concerts, and they usually will bring a couple of trucks over,” Krisher said. “It really works out well to support a terrific volunteer fire department. They are very community-oriented.” Krisher said the reduced schedule took extra time to prepare this year. She gives preference to the returning bands. “It takes a while to get the bands together, and See FREE, Page A6

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others to feel good. They wanted to share some of their energy and joy and to give a smile to families who are at the hospital.â€? Each girl painted a circle of her own design on a square piece of tag board. After the paintings dried, the art was cut into quadrants. Each piece then was recombined with others and assembled to make a mosaic of colorful circles. The ďŹ nal design reects the troop in many ways, according to a news release. “The circle shapes are similar to the circular badges which Junior Girl Scouts earn and wear on their uniforms,â€? the release states. “The mixing of each girl’s quadrant with the others is symbolic of how these girls work with, share and support each other. The vibrant, joyful colors reect their dynamic personalities.â€?

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streets were crowded, and keeping the group together was quite a task.” Students rode the subway, too. “That’s another unique experience that I think a lot of them will remember,” Wadson said. To make the trip possible, the orchestra conducted fundraisers throughout the school year. “We had a great travel agency, Grueninger Music Tours,” Wadson said. Wadson, who has been with the Homestead program for 20 years, said the orchestra has traveled to Kings Island and has taken in musicals in Indianapolis, but this was the orchestra’s longest trip. “We’ll look to do a trip every other year,” he said.

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Buddy Guy to perform at Foellinger Theatre The Foellinger Outdoor Theatre will play host to a living blues legend, Buddy Guy, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Special guest Quinn Sullivan also will perform. Reserve seating is $50 and $40. General admission is $30. Get tickets online at foellingertheatre. org, by calling (260) 427-6000, or by visiting the Parks & Recreation Department office at 705 E. State Blvd., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. As the king of the contemporary Chicago blues scene, Guy has served

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they give me their top three dates and I have to work around their schedule,” she said. “People have been walking into my office to get the schedule, and calling on the phone, and they start calling the middle of April,” she said. “This year we’re going to have something new, a concert after school starts, on the 21st of August,” she said. “People said ‘Nobody cares that school has started. Go ahead and have more music.” “It’s just something that has grown and grown,” Krisher said of the concert series. “It’s paid for by Aboite Township taxpayers,” she said. “It’s not a county park; it’s a township park.” Many taxpayers enjoy the park’s sports programs, or have children or grandchildren who enjoy the playground. “This is something especially for people who don’t see it on a regular basis,” she said. “I just feel that it’s another way for the taxpayer to take advantage of something that we have as a township.” The bands are wellknown in the Fort Wayne area, she said. Many of the bands have ties to nearby neighborhoods in Aboite Township. Among those local residents is Junk Yard Band lead singer Dale Pequignot, whose group has performed at Indian Trails Park since the series began. Pequignot serves as spokesman for the band, which he said was formed


Rick Brown gets a lift from fellow Junk Yard Band members, from left, Don Miles, Dale Pequignot, Greg Reszel and Mike Hockaday.

in approximately 1978. “We lose track,” he said. The Junk Yard Band will perform at the second concert date, on July 17. Bass player Mike Hockaday and Pequignot co-founded the band. They share the stage with: Rick Brown, on saxophone and keyboards; Don Miles, drummer; and Greg Reszel, lead guitar. “We took our first professional job around 1980,” Pequignot said. “We played for fun at Pelz Reception Hall, which is now called Lunz Reception Hall, on the southwest side of Fort Wayne. Back then there was a salvage yard right there, and we’d play for fun and people would flock to these parties and they called them the junkyard parties,

and they called us the band at the junkyard, the junkyard band. And that’s how we got the name.” He said he and Hockaday formed the band back in the late ’70s, at the height of disco. “That’s all you heard,” Pequignot said. “And there just weren’t any rock ’n’ roll bands in the night spots around Fort Wayne. It was prime time for people hearing some good old rock ’n’ roll again.” The band has a repertoire of more than 100 songs, which he describes as a sprinkling of music from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. At each date, they try to deliver both the familiar and the surprising. “It’s in our interest to make it as solid as in the past, but we also want to throw in some-

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thing new,” he said. “We’ve always chosen fun, upbeat songs that you can dance to,” he said. “We’ve never played heavy-metal music — music that lasts a real long time. You know, some songs go on

forever. We’ve always oriented it to just good rock ‘n roll songs that people can dance to. More people seem to just want to come and hear us play in concert. We do a lot of concerts these days.”

Aboite Township Concerts on the Green 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Indian Trails Park, Aboite Center Road. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket. July 10: Backwater Band, playing country rock. July 17: Junk Yard Band, playing classic rock. July 24: Shade & Shannon, playing Johnny Cash and friends tributes. July 31: Party Boat Band, playing tropical sandbar music. Aug. 7: Spike & The Bulldogs, playing ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll. Aug. 14: The Belairs, playing rockabilly. Aug. 21: Biff & The Cruisers, playing ’50s to ’70s Top 10 songs. For more information, visit Facebook and Aboite Township Concerts on the Green.

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Emphasis on swim safety puts kids at ease in water By Garth Snow

Heather Kresl says swimming classes also must be safety classes. Kresl, the instructional assistant at the Northwest Allen County Schools natatorium at Carroll High School, coordinated the schedule, lessons and instructors for the summer swimming program. Another class begins in September. Registration is not limited to NACS residents. Though she only recently began coordinating the classes, she has been close to the NACS swimming program for years. Her daughter Courtney, now 15, has been swimming competitively since age 7. Courtney belongs to the Northwest Aquatic Club and swims for Carroll High School, where she recently finished her freshman year. “And it started because the school corporation offers school day lessons. They bus the kids over during gym class,” she said. “It’s been a great thing for our family.” Some of Carroll’s instructors also assist with the community swimming program. Just weeks into the summer program, Kresl has seen results. “We’ve had a couple moms stop and tell me that they go to the lake a lot during the summer and they feel so much better about taking the kids up there, because the kids are more confident in the water,” she said. “They’re not afraid of the water, and the kids have more fun when they’re not afraid. The whole family gets to have more fun.” Brenda Robbins, the mother of two young swimmers, agrees. “It gives me more peace of mind to know that they know how


Gavin Robbins, 6, gets a hand from swimming examiner Claire Ellingson. Swimmers are assigned to class levels based on the skills they demonstrate.

to swim, and it gives them exercise, and they enjoy it,” Robbins said. Robbins watched as Carlee, 10, received her certification to swim at Level 4. Robbins’ son Gavin, 6, earned his certification to swim at Level 2. Both children attend Eel River Elementary School. Claire Ellingson, a recent Carroll High School graduate, tested the children. “I just try to teach them the basic swim skills in order to keep them safe and in order to perform to the best of their abilities,” she said. During the testing process, she checked specific guidelines to determine each swimmer’s skill level. Ellingson shared in the swimming program during her four years at Carroll, and was an instructor part of her senior year. She will be a freshman at the University of Indianapolis this fall, where she will not compete in swimming. “But I will still use it as exercise and a way to get out there and meet new people and keep physically active,” she said.

“Here at NACS we believe that kids really need to learn how to swim, because nine people drown in the U.S. every day,” Kresl said. “Children from nonswimming households are eight times more likely to be at risk of drowning. “We really want all the kids to learn to swim at least to the basic level, where they can go to a public park, they can jump off the diving board and swim to the ladder, and the parents don’t have to freak out every time.” “The kids learn responsibility here,” Kresl said. Children learn to never swim alone, and to wear a life jacket while on a boat. “Yes, you need to learn how to swim, but you also have to know how to be safe in the water,” Kresl said. Families are safer because of such programs, she said. “The more you know, the fewer close calls you’re going to have,” Kresl said. In the parent-child class for ages 6 months to 3 years, a parent gets in the water with the child.

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natatorium. Charges apply for each program. Kresl said records show that fall classes average 180 to 220 children. The first summer program, which ended June 20, served 95 children. “Summertime is a little bit lower because most people are out of town or they’re vacationing,” Kresl said. The natatorium is at 3903 Carroll Road. Call (260) 637-0430. Kresl said the public also can take advantage of open swim hours every day; she said a minimal fee is charged. The public may rent the NACS Natatorium for private pool parties, with rates as low as $75 for one hour for up to 30 people. Details are available on the website.


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Buckner Park on city’s west side may get upgrade By Garth Snow

would add picnic table seating for 64. A rental facility would have a kitchenette to accommodate birthday parties and similar gatherings. “And as part of that shelter there will be a building that will house the mechanical part of that recirculation area,” McDaniel said. Water would be collected in underground tanks, pumped through a filter and under purifying ultraviolet lights, into a chemical injector, and back to the splash pad. “Right now the water goes directly to waste,” McDaniel said. “We thought by adding this, this would save annually on utility bills and sewage costs.” “So in the long run you’ve got a pay-back,” Moll said. The Park Department said water usage increased by more than 1.1 million gallons from the summer of 2011 to 2012, an 18.3 percent increase. The cost for water and sewage disposal increased by 17.6 percent, with costs expected to continue climbing. The 3,000-gallon reservoir tank and water recirculating unit “will responsibly preserve and conserve water,” according to the Park Department’s grant request.

Buckner Park will add an open-air shelter, expand seating, create rain gardens and add a nature observation area, under a plan being advanced by the Fort Wayne Department of Parks and Recreation. Out of view from the west side park’s visitors, water from the splash pad would be captured, treated and recirculated. The improvements depend on a $200,000 Land and Water Conservation grant. Parks Executive Director Al Moll said a decision by the state Department of Natural Resources is expected by the end of the year. “If it is approved, we would match the funds in 2014 — which we have — to do the project.” In support of the grant application process, the Park Board held a public hearing June 20. No members of the public commented on the proposal. Fort Wayne submitted the application in May, said Steve McDaniel, the deputy director of park maintenance. The public hearing was a stipulation of that application process. The state DNR is expected to review applications from around the state this summer. Since the splash pad and


Deputy Director of Park Maintenance Steve McDaniel presents information to the Fort Wayne Park and Recreation Board. The board hopes to expand the pavilion at Buckner Park.

picnic pavilion opened in 2009 at Buckner Park, 6114 Bass Road, attendance has increased dramatically. “It’s so heavily used during the day and weekend that the place is packed,” McDaniel said. “So the need for an additional shelter is very strong.” “It’s always great to see the response,” Moll said. “It’s even better to see it

when it’s actually better than you ever anticipated and when you have people say ‘more, we want more.’ It provides something to that corridor of the city where we don’t have a lot of parks.” “So it’s a good response for the western corridor of the city,” he said. “We have a strong nucleus of parks in the city and eastern side,

but that park and that property is probably some of the nicest properties we have in the whole parks system.” “A lot of people don’t realize what a natural setting that is,” Moll said. “We have a long-term plan. It limits somewhat what we do out there. We’re not going to turn it into a major commercial development. We want to protect that

property for the long-term use of the community.” In recognition of the natural appearance of the park, the proposed improvements would create an observation deck with benches for contemplation. The deck would overlook rain gardens, which would be nourished by storm water runoff. The new open-air shelter

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PARK from Page A8 The new pavilion would have two picnic tables that meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards and six additional tables. Solar and high-efficiency lighting inside and around the pavilion would reduce energy consumption. The facility would be built with recycled materials, including metal, plastic and concrete. “The architecture will enhance what is already


Children play in the splash pad at Buckner Park, 6144 Bass Road. The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has applied for a $200,000 state grant to expand the facilities at the park. Water from the splash pad would be captured, purified and recirculated.

Ivy Tech to offer CDL training This summer, Ivy Tech Corporate College will begin to offer commercial driver’s license, or CDL, training. It will consist of classroom time, hands-on driving time and pre-trip inspection and lab work. The eight-week classes are scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday starting July 15 at SIRVA’s Fort Wayne office, at 5001 U.S. U.S. 30 West. During that time, students will receive classroom instruction and a driving/ lab time. This program will cost $4,246. This covers instruction, materials, Department of Transportation physical, application for learner’s

permit and license. Program fees also cover students’ first attempts at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles skills test. The CDL class will be offered on a regular basis. For more information or to register for CDL information sessions or instruction, call (260) 480-4118. “This type of collaboration between business and education is exactly what we need to create a demand-driven work force in Northeast Indiana,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “SIRVA and Ivy Tech are to be commended for moving the ball forward to meet the needs of logistics

companies in the region.” Nationally, the need for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to increase over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau projects a need for 21 percent more drivers from 2010 to 2020 — more than 330,000 employees. “The shortage of qualified men and women to drive trucks exists in northeast Indiana just as it does elsewhere in the U.S.,” said James Aschliman, executive director of Ivy Tech Corporate College. “We are proud to be providing highquality training for those desiring to enter into this industry.”

established with the first pavilion, reflecting a natural environment,” the Park Board wrote in its grant application. For details on the Buckner Park project, visit Other splash pads are at: McCormick Park, 2300 Raymond and Holly; Memorial Park, 2301 Maumee Ave. and Glasgow Avenue; Robert E. Meyers Park, inside the

north gate of Parkview Field; Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road, Kreager Park, 7225 N. River Road; and Waynedale Park, 2900 Koons St. and Elzey St. The splash pads are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The Parkview location is open to the public from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on days without scheduled events. The schedule calls for the play areas to remain open until Labor Day.

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Dorko to step down as Lutheran Health Network CEO Joe Dorko, CEO of Lutheran Health Network, will leave that post in mid-July to become special projects CEO for Lutheran parent company Community Health Systems Inc., network officials announced.

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Toast to Life helps hospice The dinner that pairs a six-course meal with specialty beers will benefit Hospice Home. The fifth annual A Toast to Life will be 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne. Seating is limited. Tickets are $125 per person. Buy tickets at Club Soda or at Visiting Nurse, 5910 Homestead Road. Hospice Home is operated by Visiting Nurse, a nonprofit agency. In a news release, the parent agency said, “A Toast to Life literally toasts the lives and memories of family and friends who are no longer with us.” The event also includes a silent auction of leisure and beer-related items. Club Soda has created a six-course menu to complement six beers from an Indianapolis brewer, Sun King. Representatives of the brewer and of Five Star

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All American Blood Drive offers ball caps for donors The American Red Cross is calling attention to the need for blood donations throughout the summer, by offering a free ball cap to anyone who comes to two special blood drives. The All All American Blood Drive continues through Saturday, July 6, in Fort Wayne. Anyone who comes to donate will receive a ball cap and will have their name entered into a national drawing to win one of ďŹ ve $3,000 gift cards. Donors will also be treated to hot dogs and ice cream in the refreshment area. Donors may visit the Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road: Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Or, donors may visit the Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107: Friday, July 5, or Saturday, July 6, 6 a.m.-noon. Donors may schedule appointments by calling (800) 733-2767 or visiting Individuals who are 17 (16 with parental permission in Indiana), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors

should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID. Blood is needed yearround, but the need compounds in the summer — and particularly around holidays — when vacation-related travel and activities increase the chance of accidents and injuries that require blood for lifesaving care. “We all expect the blood to be there when we need it, but only 8 percent of eligible blood donors give the gift of life,â€? the agency said in a news release. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make and keep appointments to give blood during the summer to help maintain a stable blood supply. The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals. In addition to providing blood to the community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conicts. • A11

Charity golf raises $170,000 The third annual Tippmann-McArdle Women’s Care Center Classic held at Sycamore Hills Country Club raised more than $170,000 for the Women’s Care Center of Allen County. Proceeds from the tournament support solely the local Allen County Women’s Care Centers, which are part of the largest pregnancy resource organization in the

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Brunswick Corp. will move production of its pontoon boats to the former Lincoln Foodservice plant on Hadley Road in August.

Brunswick docks pontoon project in Aboite By Doug LeDuc

An excellent northeast Indiana industrial cluster for boat manufacturing helped persuade Brunswick Corp. to expand in the area. In addition to the quality of its local work force and help from economic-development ofďŹ cials, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we have a wonderful supply base here,â&#x20AC;? said Dusty McCoy, chief executive ofďŹ cer for the Lake Forest, Ill.-based boat manufacturer, as he prepared on June 13 to celebrate the purchase of its new 360,000-square-

foot plant at 1111 N. Hadley Road, in Aboite Township. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you put something together as complicated as a pontoon boat, it has literally thousands of parts. We make several hundred of them, but several thousand we need from other people,â&#x20AC;? he said during a news conference at the former Lincoln Foodservice plant Brunswick is converting for marine production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a great supply base thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here on time with great quality and who can help us innovate as we innovate our busi-

ness, and that all happens right here in Fort Wayne with the supply base we have around us.â&#x20AC;? The company expects to move its local production into the larger plant in August. McCoy said there would be enough room there for the operation to triple in size before Brunswick would need more space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more excited to see a national company like Brunswick double down on its investment,â&#x20AC;? said Gov. Mike Pence, who attended the See DOCKS, Page A13



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DOCKS from Page A12 ribbon-cutting ceremony. He was referring to Brunswickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to continue the 50-year marine manufacturing history of the pontoonboat plant it owns at 2801 W. State Blvd., which McCoy said has been forced to turn away business lately because it has been operating at capacity. Brunswick employs 260 there making Harris FloteBote and Cypress Cay pontoon boats. Last year, the company announced plans to invest $1.2 million to expand operations in northeast Indiana, which would result in as many as 200 new jobs by 2016. The Allen County assessorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce listed the sale price of the former Lincoln Foodservice plant at $6.85 million. The sale was among this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger commercial real-estate transactions in the area. Public records show the property was sold by Lincoln Fort Wayne Associates, a private investment group, which included some former Lincoln Foodservice executives. Brad Sturges, president of CBRE/Sturges, which represented Brunswick in the transaction, said the company was looking for a larger Fort Wayne facility when the former Lincoln Food-

service plant became available, and the owners never needed to list it. Cleveland, Ohiobased Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens & Advanced Cooking had operated the Hadley Road plant since purchasing Lincoln Foodservice in 2008. But Manitowoc notiďŹ ed Indiana Department of Workforce Development last September that it would close the Fort Wayne facility by April to consolidate commercial oven production at its headquarters location. Brunswick could look at consolidating some of its marine production in Fort Wayne, where it makes boat components as well as pontoon boats. The company has some pontoon-boat and marine-parts production in other states, and if it makes business sense to do that work in Fort Wayne, it could be â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the table for us to discuss,â&#x20AC;? McCoy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There might be opportunities to bring that production here.â&#x20AC;? The Harris FloteBote brand originated in Fort Wayne, he said, and the highly skilled work force making the pontoon boats has a tradition of excellence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been making this sort of product now for decades, and we believe our product has



Gov. Mike Pence speaks at Brunswick Corp.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement June 14 of its expansion plans. Next to him are Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, center, and company CEO Dusty McCoy.

the highest quality in the industry,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the most innovation.â&#x20AC;? The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored Harris FloteBote with a 2013 Innovation Award for its new Crowne model, which the company describes as combining pontoon comfort with sport-boat agility. The associations presented the award based on the Crowneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative design and technology, including a new power lift sport arch and a global positioning system-based cruise control. The pontoon segment is a good part of the boat manufacturing business to be in as it gradually recovers from the recession, which cut unit sales to less than half of what

they had been in better times. NMMA data show annual powerboat sales had averaged about 310,000 for several years

prior to the recession, then dropped to a low of 142,290 in 2009. Brunswickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual report for 2012 said the company reduced its marine business and corporate headcount 60 percent during the past ďŹ ve years to adjust to the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downturn. Its boat segment sales fell to a recession low of $615.7 million in 2009 from $1.72 billion the previous year. The segment reported sales of $916.5 million in 2010, $1.008 billion in 2011 and $1.003 billion last year. The segmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 sales were down from the previous year partly because the company

had divested its former Sealine boat brand in August 2011. NMMA estimated the industry sold 171,300 powerboats last year, up 9 percent from 156,870 the prior year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve begun to see new boat sales increase. In fact, the pontoon category, which is sort of what we make here in this facility, was up over 20 percent in 2012,â&#x20AC;? McCoy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rest of the industry is coming back in ďŹ ts and starts, and generally it will continue to improve with the economy, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the largest boat builder in the world.â&#x20AC;?

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Golf outing funds scholarships The University of Saint Francis Office of Athletics will be host to its second annual golf outing, the Cougar Classic, on Friday, Aug. 2, at Bridgewater Golf Club in Auburn. NFL star and Fort Wayne resident Jason Fabini and Steel Dynamics Inc. co-founder and chairman Keith Busse will co-host the event to fund scholarships for USF student-athletes and provide a day of golf, fun and fellowship for USF Athletics fans, friends and alumni. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and golfers will tee off for the 18 holes at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with entry to the awards reception

with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. A VIP reception will be held the preceding evening on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Fabini’s home. Fabini played for 11 years in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. He is employed with Merrill Lynch and engages in charity work. Busse is a USF alumnus, trustee and namesake for the university’s Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Those who wish to register to play or learn about sponsorships can find information under the “athletic giving” tab at saintfranciscougars. com.

Trine picks up Johnson Academy sponsorship By Garth Snow

Timothy L. Johnson Academy has received a three-year sponsorship from Trine University. The school on the east side of Fort Wayne lies within the East Allen County School District. This past school year, 180 of its 302 students lived within the East Allen boundaries. Ball State University’s Office of Charter Schools dropped its sponsorship of Johnson Academy on Jan. 22, citing academic performance. The academy appealed the decision but withdrew the appeal before the April 18 hearing date. The East Allen County School Board considered sponsoring the academy, but voted against the course at


Timothy L. Johnson Academy School Leader Steve Bollier, left, and Trine University Senior Vice President Michael R. Bock listen as Johnson parent Ebonee Pilot addresses a public hearing about the future of the charter school.

an April 9 board meeting. If it had not found a new sponsor, the academy’s charter would have expired June 30. Trine attached several conditions to its offer to

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sponsor the academy. David Wood, managing director of Trine’s Education One arm, read the conditions at a meeting of the academy’s board of directors. The offer was accepted by the board members present, without dissent. Also at the table were Trine Senior Vice President Michael R. Bock and Johnson Academy School Leader Steve Bollier. Under Trine’s accountability plan, the academy must meet several requirements, including but not limited to: Achieve a grade of C or better during the first year of sponsorship. Improve to an A during the three-year sponsorship.

Establish art and music programs. Entrust day-to-day operation to the school staff. Allow regular monitoring by Trine staff. About 100 adults attended a public hearing immediately prior to the board meeting. Many of those attending were Johnson staff members or volunteers. Twenty-three adults and five students addressed the hearing, all commending the academy and calling for its continued sponsorship. “Together we’re going to figure this out,” Bock said. “We don’t bring all the answers, but with all the folks in this room, we know the answers are there.”

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City to buy several south side homes damaged by flood Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced that several homeowners in the Dalevue/Fernwood area have agreed to sell their properties to the city as a result of flooding challenges. Following the flooding in April, Henry walked the neighborhood and met with residents. At that time, he told them he would work on a buyout plan. The process moved forward, including additional meetings with residents, property appraisals, offers and

purchase agreements. The purchases were approved by the Board of Public Works. The process will now move to City Council for approval. The buyouts were voluntary. The homes will be demolished later this year and a larger capacity storm water pipe will be put in place along with an earthen berm to protect the homes that will remain in the area. City Utilities will soon advertise for bids to construct the storm

water pipe and additional storm water drains that will be completed by next spring. And, design work is moving forward on the earthen berm to protect the area up to the 100-year flood stage. The Dalevue/Fernwood area has had frequent flooding when heavy rains occur and when the nearby Fairfield Ditch overflows, moves across a field and surrounds the homes. The investment for the buyouts is $480,000. “We’ve worked closely with the Army Corp of

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coupled with buyouts have occurred on Winchester Road, the Park/Thompson area, the Woodhurst neighborhood, the Junk Ditch area and Westbrook Drive. Next year, homes in the flood zone along Eastbrook Drive will be purchased as part of the State Boulevard project.

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Foundation grants $40,000 to Science Central Science Central, a Fort Wayne gateway to informal science education, has received a $40,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation for the center’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater. The theater is the keystone of Science Central’s internal demonstration programs, providing a setting where students and visitors of all ages can participate in hands-on science demonstrations and activities. Lincoln Foundation has been the primary sponsor for the programs and events taking place in the theater space, and for supplies needed to conduct the demonstrations provided daily. Lincoln Foundation has funded the purchase of numerous items for the theater, including an Electrostatic Generator; air pressure equipment; Tornado Gun; sound system upgrades; and even ingredients needed to make liquid nitrogen ice cream, a favorite Science Central activity. Funding also assists with programming for special events, such as Doctors Day and Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown Day. “We are very grateful to Lincoln Foundation for their ongoing support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater,” said Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher. “Our job at Science Central is to help pique an interest in science, show real-world connections to science, and hopefully even inspire people to pursue careers that involve science, technology, engineering and math. The demonstrations in the theater are one of the primary ways we communicate science concepts with our visitors, and they are a favorite part of everyone’s experience at Science Central. We appreciate


Science demonstrations, such as hair-raising experiences with a Van de Graaff generator, take place in Science Central’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater on a daily basis.

everything Lincoln Foundation does to help educate and inspire involvement in science through their sponsorship.” Science Central has provided a hands-on fun learning environment for more than 17 years. Through more than 120 exhibits, school tours, distance learning programs and weekend public events, Science Central bring science and technology to almost 140,000 children and adults annually. For more information, contact Science Central at (260) 424-2400 or visit

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The Fort Wayne Park Foundation has elected Jill Perillo and James Poiry to serve on the board of directors. Rich Ferguson, Joe Jordan, Ian Rolland and Richard Waterfield have been re-elected. The following members will hold executive positions on the Park Foundation Board in the upcoming year: Sherrill Colvin, president;

Rolland, vice President; John McMillen, secretary; and Eleanor Marine, treasurer. Additional board members include: Kathy Callen, Madelane Elston, Jerry Fox, Sister Elise Kriss, Tom Quirk and John Shoaff. The Fort Wayne Park Foundation is dedicated to support the programs and operations of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.

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Anneke Lehman’s photograph — “Frozen in Time” — is on display at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Lehman is a junior at Carroll High School.

Area student’s art chosen for display in U.S. capital Carroll High School student Anneke Lehman was honored as the winner of the District 3 Congressional Art Competition. Her photograph, titled “Frozen in Time,” was honored at a ceremony at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. Lehman’s photograph will be visible in the Capitol building for one year. Lehman recently completed her sophomore year at Carroll High School. She her family moved to Fort Wayne from Grand Rapids, Mich. When she was assigned a project to take a long exposure photograph, she gravitated toward the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge in downtown Fort Wayne. Lehman said “the lights show something beautiful about Fort Wayne.” Nicole Croy, Lehman’s photography teacher, said,

“It’s a great opportunity to show her work and represent our area of the state.” According to U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s office, each spring the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington. The winner also receives two free airline tickets, compliments of Southwest Airlines, to fly from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C., to attend the

national reception. The theme for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition is An Artistic Discovery. Artwork accepted mediums are paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. Each entry must be original in concept, design and execution.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll kicked off the 16th year of the Lifetime Sports Academy at McMillen Park. Lifetime Sports Academy Co-Chair Jerry Fox, Academy Supervisor Tom Hogan, Golf Professional Rick Hemsoth, participants and supporters of LSA joined Henry and Moll in encouraging the crowd of youth at opening day to stay active and participate in the sevenweek program as often as possible. The session continues through July 26. Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 receive free group lessons in golf, tennis and swimming instruction in a supervised environment from certified coaches and trained professionals and volunteers. They may attend as often as they wish and stay as long as they’d like, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids are welcome to register for Lifetime Sports Academy at any time during the seven weeks of activities. Call 427-6000 or visit www.fortwayneparks. org/programs for more information. “More than 6,300 kids have been waterproofed in this program,” said Moll. “Each year, 20 to 30 participants move into the Competitive Swim Training Program at LSA, and then go

on and compete in the City Swim Meet.” A pavilion program provides arts, crafts and organized games. Special activities such as soccer, softball and volleyball are organized at various times throughout the week for children not participating in group lessons. Lunch is provided daily through the Fort Wayne Community School summer lunch program. “The Lifetime Sports Academy is not just a great sports opportunity for children,” said Henry. “It’s free, it’s a safe place for our children to go in the summer, and it teaches the type of leadership and team building skills that will help these children become outstanding and influential leaders in our community.” Also during the program, the Tom Jehl LSA Scholarship to the University of Saint Francis was awarded to Nicole Norton and Michael Fox. This scholarship is awarded to new students entering the University of Saint Francis who have participated in the Lifetime Sports Academy and have actively volunteered in the community. Two half-tuition scholarships are offered each year to applicants who have a minimum of three years of participation in the Academy.

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Former area principal gets top East Allen job By Garth Snow

Kenneth Folks stepped into the East Allen County Schools spotlight with a promise to involve everyone in his first priority. “The attitude in East Allen is going to be — and I’m sure it has been — that all children can

learn,” Folks said. The school board’s choice for superintendent introduced himself to local media in a half-hour presentation even before the board finalized his contract. That action was taken June 25, and Folks took the reins July 1. The Allen County native’s most recent post was as assistant superinten-

dent of Marion Community Schools. His previous positions include two Northwest Allen County Schools administrative posts. Folks replaces Karyle Green, whose last day at the New Haven office was March 1. School Board President Neil Reynolds, who introduced Folks to the media

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School Board President Neil Reynolds tells local media that Kenneth Folks brings many strengths to the role of East Allen County Schools superintendent.

for four years as principal of Carroll Middle School, and then from 2004 to 2010 principal of the brand new Carroll Freshman Center.” Folks said he was fortunate to be a part of the design concept for the freshman center. “Prior to that I was a teacher and coach at Norwell High School and Norwell Middle School from 1983 to 2000,” he said. “My first 14 years I taught social studies, biology, I coached football, I was head wrestling coach. My last three years in Northern Wells I was the assistant principal/athletic department at Norwell Middle school for a year and then assistant principal at Norwell High School for two years.”

“I’m just really excited to be here,” Folks said. “My experience in Marion has taught me that no challenge is too great. I was hired three years ago in Marion as the chief academic officer and my major focus was to get Marion High School off the fifth-year academic probation. My superintendent — Steve Edwards — assembled a great team, and we were able to accomplish that in one year.” “We went from five years of F to a C,” Folks said of Marion High School. “Last year we just missed a B by 5 hundredths of a percentage. This year we think Marion High School will be a strong B. So I think the experiences I’ve had working with instruction and working with an urban district will really help me here in East Allen.” “I’m just delighted that the board has faith in me and has invited me to take on this task,” he said. “I love challenges,” Folks said. “And I know there are challenges in East Allen. I just felt that with my experience I know I can come here and help make a difference. And I have a heart for Allen County because this is my home, this is where I was raised, and so being a part of a school corporation See AREA, Page A19

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AREA from Page A18 in a high-profile position like superintendent of East Allen is very attractive to me.” He said he will move quickly to fully understand the district and its educators. “I’ve got to get out to the buildings and I’ve got to pick the brains of the people who are here and find out what is on their minds,” he said. “I think having the absence of a leader for a few months and not having that superintendent, that leader to look it, I think has created some challenges for the district. So hopefully I can come in and fill that void, and be that link, that liaison, between the staff, our community and patrons, and the board. Having served in the North Wells and Northwest Allen districts, Folks has visited the East Allen County schools for athletic competitions. “At least I know where all the buildings are,” he said. “I think that familiarity with Allen County will really help me.” Folks lives in Fort Wayne with Kay, his wife of 33 years. Their son Nathan graduated from Norwell High School and then from Purdue forestry school in 2006. Their son Eric graduated from Carroll High School and then from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, in 2010. Folks said he values the opportunity to affect

the education of 9,500 students. East Allen is a large and diverse district, he said, and the schools must prepare students for life in a global society. “I feel like student academic achievement, that’s where our focus needs to be,” he said. “So the first thing I’m going to do — actually, later today — is sit down with our curriculum people and just take a look at what is in place. Obviously, being a principal and being an assistant superintendent for instruction, I’m very immersed in instruction and I feel that needs to be our focus. Obviously, districts have all other kinds of issues that we have to deal with in terms of transportation and funding and all those things, but it comes down to curriculum, instruction and assessment. I’ve got to be a learner over the next few weeks or even months, and just get immersed and find out what is going on, and how can I contribute, and then what direction do we need to go from that point.” Folks said he will be visible at community events and school extracurricular events. “I hope that people feel very comfortable approaching me and sharing their opinions, their ideas,” he said. “I’m a very open kind of person. I think I just need to establish those genuine, caring


Kenneth Folks introduces himself to the media. His appointment as East Allen County Schools superintendent was announced June 19.

relationships with everyone — the community, patrons, parents, staff, students — and that’s one of the things I’m looking most forward to is getting out into the community and meeting the people and learning their concerns.” “I am a transformational leader, meaning I am a very collaborative leader,” he said. “I like to get everyone’s input. I like us to come to consensus when we can. We cannot always come to consensus. As a building principal, I would always listen to everyone’s concerns and give them input on decisions, but ultimately I had to be comfortable with that decision. It’ll be the same way as superintendent. What I’m hoping is an atmosphere where people know that they can approach me, they can share their ideas with me.”

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Festival promises music for every taste The Three Rivers Festival celebrates is 45th year with the return of the popular raft race. The parade, fireworks finale and other popular features welcome spectators from July 12-20. Details of events and daily activities calendars are available at On its website, the sponsoring Three Rivers Festival not-for-profit organization said, “For over two decades, the Raft Race was unofficially heralded as the secondlargest spectator event in Indiana, with hundreds of unique homemade rafts and floating devices entertaining the throngs gathered for miles along the riverbanks. After a 15-year hiatus, the Raft Race will return, thanks to the charitable donations, and will include over $14,000 in cash prizes to participants.” The race begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20. Hotel Fitness and Hanning & Bean Enterprises Inc. sponsor the race. Another traditional highlight, this year’s parade is from 9:45 a.m.noon Saturday, July 13. The parade theme is “Made Here,” celebrating northeast Indiana. The website explains, “This year’s theme allows


The IPFW Mastodon floats above the 2012 Three Rivers Festival Parade in downtown Fort Wayne. Crowds will find their seats early Saturday, July 13, for the 2013 parade, which steps off at 9:30 a.m.

parade participants to be creative in showcasing what ‘Made Here’ means to them.” Lutheran Health Network sponsors the parade. The fireworks finale begins at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with a launch from atop the 26-story One Summit Square. A community band performs prior to the fireworks. The fireworks show is made possible by The Founders Club. The Three Rivers

Festival said this year’s entertainment lineup has music for every taste. “We hope with this year’s wide array of musical styles, we have something for everyone,” said Jack Hammer, executive director of the Three Rivers Festival. “Music brings people together, and what better place to come together than at our community’s biggest summer party.” Shows are held at the Hanning & Bean Festival

Plaza, under the pavilion at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. The daily lineup: Friday, July 12 — Shine up your boots for Mustang Sally, an all-girl country party band. Also, Allen Craig Miller of Nashville Nights and Nick Cross, two of Nashville’s rising stars, come home to Fort Wayne to perform. The Hunter Smith Band (ex-Colts punter) will open the show. $9 in advance, or $12 the day

of the show, or $9 with Three Rivers Festival Button at the gate. Sponsored by The Rusty Spur and K105. Saturday, July 13 — The festival welcomes TruTV’s “Full Throttle Saloon” with Jessie James Dupree and his rock ‘n roll legends Jackyl. All UAW members will get in free by showing their membership cards. $15 in advance or $18 day of show; $15 with Three Rivers Festival Button

at gate. Sponsored by General Motors, the UAW Local 2209 and 98.9 The Bear. Sunday, July 14 — Star 88.3 brings contemporary Christian music to the Three Rivers Festival as they welcome MercyMe on Star Music Sunday. Also performing are Hawk Nelson, Capital Kings, Warren Barfield and more. Tickets are available at Monday, July 15 — Monday night will feature the “Make Me a Star!” talent contest. Local singers, dancers, jugglers and other talented folks will compete for the $1,000 top prize. A “Shooting Stars” division will showcase the younger set’s talents. Fort Wayne favorite, Fawn Liebowitz, will entertain after the contest. $5 at the door. Sponsored by Star Financial Bank, WAJI 95.1 and WFFT FOX. Tuesday, July 16 — Tuesday night features Fort Wayne’s own Brother, with Kill Nancy, and Indy-based The Easthills rounding out the night. Tuesday will also feature $2 beers and $2 specials in Junk Food Alley. $2 at the door. Sponsored by OneMain Financial and Rock 104. See MUSIC, Page B7

Music enthusiasts invited to ‘Follow the Pipes’ Summer will be in full swing at the History Center with its participation in the Three Rivers Festival, Miami Indian Heritage Days and the Barr Street Market. Three Rivers and Northern Indiana Train (T.R.A.I.N.) model railroading exhibit will be back for another year from July 15-20, with an HO scale, fully operational freight yard run by the T.R.A.I.N. model railroad club. Regular museum admission applies for the event. During the Barr Street Market, the public can tour The History Center at no charge during the market hours every Saturday, rain or shine, through mid-September from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An old-fashioned photo booth will be available on July 6 for photos. Monday, July 15, the History Center and ARCH will lead a tour of Fort Wayne’s historic Lindenwood Cemetery. The tour


Cletus Goens plays the “Miss Page” organ at he Embassy Theater, the last of nine stops on the Follow the Pipes organ tour, July 16-18.

runs from 4:30 -7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. July 16-18 is the annual Follow the Pipes self-guided tour of area churches and their pipe organs. Several churches will be featured each day

with music, a brief history of those churches, and a concert at the Embassy Theater featuring their pipe organ, “Miss Page,” which dates to 1928. The free concerts are co-sponsored by The

History Center and the American Guild of Organists. Persons attending must provide their own transportation from site to site. For questions, please consult the History Center web site at or call (260) 426-2882. Miami Indian Heritage Days continues throughout the summer at the Chief Richardville House with the July 6 program focusing on Native American weaponry. Andrew Knight, a new presenter for MIHD, will provide the program. The Chief Richardville House is at 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, and was named a National Historic Landmark last year. Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs are held from 1-4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, May through November, and feature local artists, performers, and representatives from

Follow the Pipes organ tours Tuesday, July 16 St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 518 E. DeWald Ave., 1-1:45 p.m., organist Greg Vey. Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church, 1301 S. Anthony Blvd., 2-2:45 p.m., organist Adam Strong. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St., 3-3:45 p.m., organist Irene Ator.

Wednesday, July 17 First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., 9-9:45 a.m., organist Chelsea Vaught. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., 1010:45 a.m., organist Irene Ator. Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., 11-11:45 a.m., organist Wayne Peterson.

Thursday, July 18 St. John’s Lutheran Church, 729 W. Washington Blvd., 6-6:45 p.m., organist Martin Gigler. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St., 7-7:45 p.m., organist Michael Dulac. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., 8-8:45 p.m., organist Cletus Goens. Find details about the organs at the Miami Indians and other Native American groups demonstrating aspects of their lasting heritage for the public to

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Roanoke Street Fairs continue from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. July 5, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6. Youngsters and teenagers alike enjoy the games, with no admission fee. The games are enjoyed by younger children and teenagers, with no entrance fee and no fee for the games. The corn hole game and hula hoop contest are popular. Free, live music is provided. Food is available for outdoor dining. Moose and Mollie’s grills hot dogs and Italian sausages outside; the Emporium has hot-off-the-grill burgers and barbecue beef sandwiches. Dessert can be fresh crepes from La Dolce Vita or an ice cream cone from Moose and Mollies. For those who prefer indoor dining, the Village Inn has a family room upstairs and bar dining downstairs. Joseph Decuis at 191 N. Main St. offers fine dining inside with reservations and its courtyard with no reservations for their summer Fridays’ Blue Jeans Burgers and Beer.


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Roanoke looks forward to July, with produce fresh from nearby gardens finding its way to the farmers market downtown. Main Street is blocked off from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, July 13 to Sept. 28, for the 12th year of the market. Vendors sell from gaily colored carts and tables. Featured in addition to the produce are plants, flowers, crafts and baked goods. The Lions Club is on hand, making breakfast sandwiches on the grill. La dolce Vita prepares crepes al fresco, and the local merchants are open for business. For details, visit DiscoverRoanoke.

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Warriors aid Australia victory Several past and soonto-be Warriors traveled to Australia in June to compete in softball Down Under! Recent Indiana Tech graduates Martika Armstead (Richmond, Ind./Northeastern) and Shaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Kyra Armstead (Richmond, Ind./Richmond), along with incoming freshman Kelsey Whitaker (Reelsville, Ind./South Putnam H.S.), were invited to represent the United States as part of a team formed by USA Athletes International. Martika was a four-time All-Conference selection and two-time All-Region performer during her career with the Warriors. She hit .355 over her four years and holds several school records. Shaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Kyra played in 74 games for Tech and Kelsey has helped lead South Putnam High School to two state championships. The USAAI team, led by Warrior head coach Becky Norris and assistant coach Lloydene Searle, took part in the Academy Challenge


Indiana Tech softball stars Martika Armstead, from left, Kelsey Whitaker and Shaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Kyra Armstead show their medals from a tournament in Australia. that was held in the Sydney Olympic Stadium and walked away with medals after defeating Western Sydney in the championship game 6-5. Highlights from the trip included not only winning the title, but holding koalas and feeding kangaroos. USA Athletes International Inc. is a non-proďŹ t

organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in international Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through the experience. What started more than

August event is tribute show The Cottage Event Center will present a tribute to two Nashville legends Friday, Aug. 23. The doors open at 6:30, and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $10. Jeff Carr from Ypsilanti, Mich., will pay tribute to Willy Nelson. Cottage Event Center manager James Amstutz said he had been working for some time to book Carr. When they ďŹ nally agreed on a date, the booking led to the simultaneous booking of one of Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colleagues, Steven Ross Jahn, who pays tribute to Toby Keith. Tickets can be bought by credit card at (260) 483-3508, or through a link at Tickets also can be purchased at a new business, Good Grains gluten-free bakery, near the event center, or at Bippus State Bank in Roanoke. Amstutz thanked the bank and Elliott Insurance Agency for sponsoring the concert. Amstutz said he sought more tribute acts after the recent sucess of a Jimmy Buffet tribute show. Cottage Event Center is at 966 Locust Drive, just off U.S. 24 and just inside the Roanoke town limits. Proceeds from the concert beneďŹ t the Roanoke Lions Club, which supports local scholarhips in addition to global charity. Lions members will be on hand to grill hamburgers.

20 years ago with one baseball team has grown to more than 60 annual tours. More than 900 athletes in seven sports travel around to 14 countries. For more information on UAAAI, visit usaai. org. For more information on Indiana Tech athletic programs, visit indianatech. edu/athletics.

Indiana Tech athletes gather honors Indiana Tech student-athletes helped the Warrior athletic department reach new heights in 2012-13, culminating with the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and ďŹ eld teams bringing home the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst two national championships. A year after Indiana Tech saw a record number of student-athletes earn academic recognition for their performance in the classroom, the Warriors surpassed that number once again. Ninety-one Warriors qualiďŹ ed for Academic All-Conference honors, as a junior or higher with a gradepoint average of 3.25 or better, and 61 qualiďŹ ed for NAIA Scholar-Athlete status carrying over a 3.5 GPA. Tech also had one student-athlete named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team. Eleven varsity teams qualiďŹ ed as 2011-12 NAIA Scholar Teams by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The Warriors will look to pass that mark when this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


Darcie Faylor, a member of the Indiana Tech volleyball team, was one of 61 Warriors to receive NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards. Faylor is an alumna of Carroll High School.

awards are announced later this summer. In addition to the academic accomplishments, Warrior athletes succeeded on the ďŹ eld. Indiana Tech ďŹ nished third in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy standings after capturing ďŹ ve conference championships and two WHAC Tournament titles. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track & ďŹ eld teams won

the indoor championship, the third straight for the women and ďŹ rst overall for the men. The track squads then successfully defended the conference crowns at the outdoor meet, sweeping the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championships. In its ďŹ rst season as a WHAC sport, the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse team took home not only the regular season title, but also claimed the tournament championship. Also taking home a tournament title was the baseball team, which captured the top spot for the fourth time in the last ďŹ ve years. Indiana Tech also ďŹ nished in the top 25 of the NAIA LearďŹ eld Sports Directorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cup standings for the second consecutive year. The Warriors improved on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd place ďŹ nish by landing at No. 16, the highest ďŹ nish in school history. Tech was the top WHAC ďŹ nisher and was joined by three other members in the top 50. The Warriors saw

several teams experience national postseason play in 2012-13, highlighted by the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track & ďŹ eld teams winning the NAIA outdoor national titles. Along with the two team championships, the track & ďŹ eld teams claimed eight individual/ relay championships at the NAIA outdoor meet and two more during the indoor season. There were also a total of 100 All-American honors earned by Tech athletes throughout the year. Indiana Tech coaches received several honors as well with ďŹ ve WHAC Coach of the Year awards, one WHAC Coach of Character award, and two NAIA National Coach of the Year honors. To see a complete list of all Warrior Athletic accomplishments visit For more information on Indiana Tech athletics, call the Athletic OfďŹ ce at (260) 422-5561, ext. 2492, or visit athletics.

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USF Jesters offer free summer program The Jesters program at the University of Saint Francis will offer a free performing arts program for people with disabilities on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. on July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Sept. 3 at the USF dance studio in the back of the North Campus building. The six-week summer program will include dance/movement, stories, theatre, percussion and music (instrumental and voice) activities, and will create a template for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jesters performance in spring 2014. Participants may take part in the performance, but are not required to do so. The program is free to anyone with a disability, regardless of his or her involvement

with the traditional Jesters program held annually September through March. Sponsored by USF since its founding in 1978, the Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental/physical disabilities. Each year, the program provides 20 weeks of customized, structured performing arts activities. Each spring, the Jesters program culminates in an original multi-media performance. The purpose of the Jesters is to enhance quality of life for people with disabilities by engaging them in the creative arts. The vision is to help people with disabilities develop self-expression, self-esteem, socialization

and other life skills while providing learning opportunities to the USF community and the community at large. The program is made possible in part through funding by the AWS Foundation. Anyone interested in participating in the Jesters summer program can contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at mmcgowan@ and include the name and age of the participant plus email and phone number, or call (260) 399-7700, ext. 8001. Director Allison Ballard can be contacted for more program information at or (260) 745-3107.

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80-year-old veteran from Arcola receives diploma When Carroll High School graduated 450 students on June 8, 80-year-old LeRoy Blessing clutched one of those diplomas. Blessing put on a cap and gown to receive the diploma that had been 62 years in the making. Blessing attended Arcola School when he was growing up. When he was a junior at Arcola, he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps one year before receiving his high school diploma. Blessing says that he “wanted an adventure.” From 1950

until 1970, Blessing served with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Corps divisions. He specialized in operating mortars, and served in the Korean War, Okinawa, and two tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Marine Corps as a captain, and lives north of Orlando, Fla. Earlier this year, Blessing found the desire to get his high school diploma and sought assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. During the process, he found out the school from which he would have received his diploma — Arcola

School — no longer exists. Arcola Elementary now sits where Arcola School once stood, and so Northwest Allen County Schools was honored to help Blessing’s dream come true. During a tour of Arcola Elementary, Blessing reflected on how much the school has changed by saying, “It is refreshing to come back and see the changes. It was a small school and now it’s not so small. The entrance coming in is what I remember, and the gym.” Blessing’s memories of his childhood are still vivid.

He remembers his first teacher at Arcola, as well as the principal, and where his classrooms used to be located. “I lived the history instead of learning it from a book,” Blessing said. One such memory is of the time he stood watch over the casket of President John F. Kennedy while Kennedy’s remains were lying in state. Even though Blessing left high school early, he still believes in the value of an education. “It is quite an honor. I hope I can hold in my emotions. I might have one or two tears that fall,” Blessing said before the graduation. His original class only had 13 students in it. “It is something I never accomplished. I think I


LeRoy Blessing, 80, received his high school diploma with the Carroll High School Class of 2013.

have received what is needed to get a diploma,” he said.

After receiving his diploma, Blessing said he plans to relax.

USF implements faster path to business degrees The University of Saint Francis is offering an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Business Administration this fall semester through its College of Adult Learning. The BSBA is designed for adults who have previously attended college and wish to complete a business degree to advance a career, begin a new one or experience personal enrichment. Courses are offered in a five-week format, with one meeting per week, supplemented with outside and online

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IPFW lists noncredit courses The IPFW Division of Continuing Studies will offer more noncredit courses in July. Call (260) 481-6619 or go to for full course descriptions or to register. Business management courses, main campus: Launching Your Own Business: A Sound and Proven Path (13UBUS276E), July 10 (one meeting), Wednesday, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Fee: $25. Integrating Literacy Into the Visual Arts Curriculum (13UBUS524), July 8 to July 18 (eight meetings), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 4.5

CEUs. Fee: $450. Flipping the Classroom (13UBUS526), July 11 to July 12 (two meetings), Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 1.8 CEUs. Fee: $180. Computer technology courses, Main Campus: AUTOCAD 2012: LEVEL I (13UCMP301), July 13 to August 3 (four meetings), Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1.6 CEUs. Fee: $273. Fitness courses, Main Campus: Natural Face Lift (13UFIT110), July 10 to July 17 (two meetings), Wednesday, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Fee: $42. Personal interest

courses, Main Campus: The Next Level of Acting (13UPER592), July 9 to July 30 (four meetings), Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 0.8 CEUs. Fee: $175. Fitness courses, other locations: Beginning Golf for Women (13UFIT125), July 10 to July 24 (three meetings), Wednesday, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at Repeat Golf’s The Golf Shack, 9116 Lima Road. Fee: $66. Course Management: Let’s Play (13UFIT167B), July 13 to July 27 (three meetings), Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Lakeside Golf Course. Fee: $132.

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The Formula for Life student group at the University of Saint Francis invites the community to meet the Rev. Andre Sylvestre, the director of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in northern Haiti, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the ballroom of Brookside, the former Bass mansion. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email to Formula for Life has supplied Sylvestre’s orphanage with food for years through

its annual 5K walk/run and silent auction. Last fall, the group set a goal of raising $50,000 in funds and in-kind donations to help Sylvestre build a new orphanage to house 100 Haitian orphans on rural acreage he owns. The students met their goal, and construction is slated to begin this summer. Sylvestre will share how he founded the orphanage after discovering three children who lost their parents in the 2010 earthquake. He will tell about the USF group’s intersection with his orphanage and how that has affected his mission.

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Georgetown has free music By Garth Snow


The Northrop High School Big Orange Parade band marches for the 2012 Three Rivers Festival Parade. Area bands turn out in numbers for the parade each year.

MUSIC from Page B1 Wednesday, July 17 — Concert and radio hard-working heroes, Sevendust, from Atlanta offers hard core music fans in Fort Wayne this one-of-a-kind outdoor all ages show with Devour the Day and Fort Wayne’s Downstait. $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $15 with Three Rivers Festival Button at the gate. Sponsored by WBYR The Bear. Thursday, July 18 — Thursday is a showcase of Fort Wayne’s diverse pool of local music: I Wombat, Unlikely Alibi, URB and Cougar Hunter are in the driver’s seat. $5 at the gate. Sponsored by Sweetwater, Whatzup & Rock 104. Friday, July 19 — Friday is College Night in the Hanning and Bean Plaza. Bloomington’s biggest party band, The Main Squeeze, is “a raging funk experience.” Find out why fans loved

them at Bonnaroo and GlowFest. And for electronic dance music, from Chicago it’s Willy Joy, whose DJ sets and original productions have been packing sweaty dance floors across the country from major festivals like Lollapalooza. $8 at the door. Sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and A Better Fort. Saturday, July 20 — Pink Droyd performs Pink Floyd’s masterpiece “Dark Side of The Moon” in its entirety and other Floyd favorites. A full laser light show adds to the excitement. The David Todoran Band will also perform on the heels of his newest CD, “TRUE.” All Three Rivers Festival concerts are open to all ages; kids under 12 get in free with paid adult admission (except Sunday when it’s kids 5 and under free). Tickets for the July 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20 shows can be purchased

exclusively at the Embassy Box Office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., or by phone at (260) 424-6287. Tickets will also be available at the Three Rivers Festival Headquarters, 102 Three Rivers North, (260) 426-5556, or online at ThreeRiversFestival. org. Since 1969, the Three Rivers Festival has grown to become Indiana’s second-largest summer festival, an annual nine-day community celebration. In the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Headwaters Park serves as the hub for more than 80 official and affiliated family-friendly festival events. Three Rivers Festival is a not-for-profit organization, funded entirely by vendor fees, souvenir sales, refreshments and entertainment ticket sales, and the sponsorship and support of area businesses.

Merchants in and surrounding Georgetown Square on East State Boulevard are supporting outdoor concerts as a way of saying thank you to the community. The free concerts will be held from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month. On July 26, Urban Legend will present classics from the ’60s to today. On Aug. 23, Renegade will present country music ranging from Johnny Cash to Jason Aldean. Concerts are held in front of the Georgetown Branch Library. Visitors are reminded to bring lawn chairs or blankets The concert series began June 28 with an appearance by the Junk Yard Band and a barbershop quartet — Those Guys. For information on the Georgetown Fridays concert series, call (260) 749-0461. Maureen Partee said her father, Tom Jehl, and his brothers developed Georgetown Square in 1968. Tom Jehl died in 2006. Partee works with the merchants group and with the neighboring Georgetown Apartments. Her brother, Steve Jehl, has managed Georgetown Square for more than 30 years.

Partee said Tom Jehl worked to further the sense of community surrounding the East State Boulevard shopping center. The square launched Trick or Treat at Georgetown Square, which has provided children with a safe Halloween experience every October since 1972. “We wanted to think of other fun events, so that’s where the farmers’ market came into play, and we started Kids’ Days,” Partee said. Those offerings will mark their fourth year in 2013, while the concert series marks its second year. “I think that people love music,” Partee said. “We were ready to have a party on this side of town, so people showed up and it was a huge success from the beginning.” Partee and Jeff Sebeika, the owner of Georgetown Subway, help to direct the committee that organizes community events. “We keep adding and improving things,” Partee said. Sebeika said participation has grown beyond the specific boundaries of Georgetown Square, but the event still has a distinct northeast identity. Sebeika kept his Subway shop in Georgetown for 18 years before moving across the street three years ago. “I’m actually in Georgetown North,” he said. “We wanted to get a

coalition beyond the traditional Georgetown Square involved so we could reach out to all of the Georgetown area,” he said. Sebeika works with Partee on entertainment. “She and I have been leading the charge,” he said. “We have a variety of people who join in.” A Kids’ Day coincided with one of the 2012 concerts, and the group realized that the events meshed well. “So this year we’re doing all the Kids’ Days the same days as the concerts,” Partee said. She said a grant helped to fund the first year of the concerts. “We were going to have the ballet, the Philharmonic, and we were going to try to get the Civic Theatre to come out,” she said. The vision expanded, to combine arts groups and popular music for a broader appeal. “I think the initial goal was to do something a little bit different than just the standard concert,” Sebeika said. “So we’re adding a little bit of classical arts to a band concert.” “It’s giving back to the community,” Partee said. “We were calling it Georgetown Giveback. So many of these people have grown up here and have gone to events here, so it’s sort of the meeting place — the downtown — of northeast Fort Wayne.”

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Larger, better terminal may entice more fliers By Doug LeDuc

Fort Wayne has a new chance to impress the captains of commerce when their general-aviation business trips bring them to the city via Smith Field. Next to a new fueling farm they’ll find a much larger, improved and

recently renovated terminal building that wasn’t actually that old. Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority officials celebrated completion of the renovations, relocation of the fuel farm and the opening of a new aircraft maintenance operation at the airport five miles north of downtown Fort Wayne.

“It’s a real red-letter day for Smith Field. This is just the next step in the evolution of aviation in the community,” said Mike Gouloff, president of the authority. With new office space, 24-hour restrooms and a multipurpose room for meetings and training, the terminal at 902 W. Ludwig Road is four times the size of the building that previ-

ously served that purpose for 35 years. New pumps and lightemitting-diode displays make the fueling equipment easier to use, and the fuel tanks were positioned above ground when they were relocated to make them easier to inspect and maintain. The improvements are important to the business community because the

north side of Fort Wayne has been a hot spot for commercial development for more than a decade, and it is not just larger companies with private jets that use airports to move their people in and out of cities quickly. “A lot of smaller companies that have general aviation aircraft will utilize that (Smith Field) to access the community,” said Patrick

Dooley, vice president of airport development for Greater Fort Wayne Inc. The bigger, better terminal provides “a higher quality product to bring clients into the airport … and is a better reflection on the entire community,” he said. Smith Field is a half See FLIERS, Page B9

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degree. Enrollment is under way for the new program, which is being launched with the fall 2013 semester. The program will be delivered by the Division of Continuing Studies’ Online Learning Program. The goals of the RN to B.S. program are to offer a B.S. program in nursing that is more affordable, individualized, and flexible in order to better accommodate nursing

students’ work schedules and personal commitments. “Nurses work varying schedules and IPFW saw the online delivery format as meeting the needs of potential students while still maintaining the academic rigor IPFW requires. Students can no longer commit to being in class two or three evenings per week, See DEGREE, Page B9

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FLIERS from Page B8 hour’s drive north of Fort Wayne International Airport, and Scott Hinderman, the authority’s executive director of airports, said the smaller, general-aviation airport with its new terminal benefits commerce because “the advantage of aviation is the speed of doing business.” Before it was renovated, the building converted into a terminal had housed an aviation maintenance technology program for Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast. Ivy Tech’s Wabash Valley campus in Terre Haute sold the assets of its air-frame and power plant program to Ivy Tech-Northeast and the city of Fort Wayne in 2006 for a sum of $500,000 that was to be paid over five years. The next year, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority and Ivy Tech-Northeast built an 8,000-square-foot facility with a 5,000-square-foot hangar bay on the south side of Smith Field along Ludwig Road. Classes in the powerplant portion of the Federal Aviation Administration-certified air frame and power plant license school started there in August 2007, offering students training in aircraft engine maintenance and repair. The following year, students began to study maintenance and repair

DEGREE from Page B8 of aircraft hulls as part of the air-frame program. Students from the Anthis Career Center of Fort Wayne Community Schools studied there during the day and Ivy Tech offered adult education courses there during the evening. “Ivy Tech expanded so quick and they grew so quick they came out of this facility and we were able to work with them and keep their power-plant project and school on the airport,” Hinderman said. The building had been designed with the thought that, “if Ivy Tech would outgrow it, how do we incorporate an FBO in here, being it’s a nice facility,” he said. “We have very adequate facilities over where we were providing (fixed base operations), but there was a need for greater classrooms and office space.” The building had been built for $1.7 million and an additional $500,000 was spent on the renovations and fuel farm relocation. A $2.3-million, 21,000-square-foot aviation-technology facility that could accommodate the growth of the Ivy Tech program was built at the northeast corner of Smith Field’s 236 acres. The program had been operating at the capacity of its first Smith Field location with 90 students, and Andrew Welch,

director of marketing and communications for Ivy Tech-Northeast, said the new building could accommodate 200 students. The aviation and aerospace industries expect to see nearly 40 percent of their mechanics eligible for retirement by next year. To help fill some of those positions that open up, the program “is all about getting people ready for the career they’re hoping to get into,” he said. About 75 percent of the students who enter the program are interested in getting licensed for airframe and power-plant work to enter the market or move up in their careers, Welch said. Having aircraft maintenance services available to the public at a general aviation airport makes it more attractive to pilots and small aircraft owners, and the new terminal provided space for Sweet Aviation to start doing that early last month. “This expansion from both a flight school/ training provider aspect as well as aircraft maintenance give us the ability to hire more people, to create more jobs,” said Joel Pierce, general manager of Sweet Aviation. “I believe that it will help Sweet Aviation and well as all the other entities here and the airport authority itself to take the level of service to … a whole new altitude.”

City pet shelter changes hours Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control announced that the shelter’s pet adoption hours will change, effective Monday, July 8. Although the adoption center will be closed on Mondays, officials say animals will remain in the building available for adoption Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 12-5:30 p.m., and 12-7 p.m. Wednesdays. “At no time will the lives of animals saved through the shelter adoption program be affected by closing on Mondays,” the agency said in a news release. “The shelter will continue to provide offsite adoptions and transfers of animals to partner rescue agencies.”

With the aid of volunteers, the shelter will be able to schedule appointments for animals that were adopted on Fridays and Saturdays to be sent home on Mondays. Additionally, the shelter will extend the weekday adoption close time from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to aid in sending animals home with new owners. As always, pet adoptions will remain open the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Officials remind the public that a list of dates, times and locations for the Animal Care & Control Whisker Wag’n Mobile Adoption Center is posted on their website at

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but they can fit the work in as their schedule permits,” said Karen VanGorder, director of online learning for IPFW’s Division of Continuing Studies. After attaining the B.S. degree, nursing graduates may apply for the IPFW master of science with a major in nursing, an existing online program that allows nurses to choose from four areas of concentration based on their interests and career goals. Completion of the master’s degree may lead to their serving as managers or administrators in a medical or business setting, or as nursing school instructors. IPFW also offers another undergraduate nursing program, a bachelor of science with a major in nursing that provides a more traditional learning approach, meeting in classrooms and laborato-



ries on the IPFW campus. This traditional program is designed for individuals wishing to achieve a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing surrounded by peers in a more structured setting. Students may be admitted into the traditional B.S. program with no nursing experience or as licensed practical nurses who have graduated from accredited nursing programs. “The IPFW nursing programs help qualified LPNs matriculate into the B.S. program and we consider their education and experience as we place them in the nursing curriculum,” said IPFW chair of nursing Carol Sternberger, who also serves as associate vice chancellor for faculty development. The IPFW bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with a major in nursing culminate in


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Ukuleles, dulcimers to sound in Woodburn By Garth Snow

The sounds of stringed instruments will fill Woodburn two weekends this summer. The Indiana Dulcimer Festival celebrates its fourth year July 13-14, and the Midwest Uke Fest marks its second year Aug. 3-4. Both festivals make their home at Folkcraft Instruments. “The ukulele is going through a big renaissance period,” said Steve Ash, of Folkcraft. “It’s becoming more and more popular, growing drastically over the last 10 or 15 years. There is actually a Fort Wayne uke club, called the TrueUkes, and they meet here on the fourth Saturday of the month and have a little jam session.” “We bring in outside instructors,” Ash said of the festival. “We have people

from all over the Midwest who will be coming to this. Last year we had eight states represented.” “We have several instructors and a whole variety of classes, teaching both technique and repertoire,” he said. “And then each night of that weekend — both Saturday and Sunday — we’ll have concerts where the instructors will perform.” Ash is a member of the family that provides a home for the festival and sponsors the event. “I play the mountain dulcimer a little, and I’m learning the uke,” said Ash, who said that process will take years. Ash also helps build the instruments at Folkcraft. He is one of two people who assemble the instruments. Two other employees sand the wood. Ash has helped make ukuleles since the line was

added in 2007, at the rate of about 300 a year. Folkcraft and its predecessors have been making dulcimers since the 1960s. When the demand for comparable ukuleles became apparent, the Woodburn shop added the uke to its product line. “It’s because of the resurgence in the instrument and because most of the ukuleles that are available now are the knock-off imports,” he said. “There’s a spot for a high-quality, American-made, real-wood product and that’s the kind of thing that we know how to do.” “We’re the brand name for mountain dulcimers,” Ash said. Nick Young, Folkcraft’s customer service manager, said attendance at the first dulcimer festival, in 2010, exceeded his expectations. “Our first one we had 35 people,” he said,

“and the second a hundred, and it’s been growing ever since.” Folkcraft dates to 1972, but took over assets of other manufacturers that began in the late ’60s, he said. Young plays the Appalachian Mountain dulcimer and a second fretted, strummed instrument — the guitar. “I also play in bands,” he said. “I’ll bring the dulcimer onstage and play and people ask about it. It’s always a lot of explaining to do. You usually get a lot of ‘I know what that is’ or “My grandpa had one of those back in the day.’ ” Folkcraft sponsors a third music festival each year. The hammer dulcimer festival is held in April. “We’ve had two of those and pretty much doubled our attendance,” Young said. “People who know dulcimers think of Folkcraft,” he said.

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Indiana Dulcimer Festival July 13, 14 Paid registration for daytime classes. Concert from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. each evening, open to public for $10 charge.

Both festivals at: Folkcraft Instruments 22133 Main St. Woodburn, Ind. (800) 433-3655 For photos and product information, see

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Woodburn’s Day in Park expands with trivia night By Garth Snow

Woodburn’s Day in the Park will take up parts of two days this year. A trivia night has been added the evening of Friday, July 19, before the daylong festival on Saturday, July 20. “We just had an empty tent, and we thought ‘Let’s put it to use and make the town a little money,’ ” said Gary Messman, one of the main organizers. Tiffany Heckly also worked on the project. Messman said he learned of the trivia night concept through Hoagland’s festival. “And it was just a good, fun time, nothing serious,” he said. Teams of friends might dress like Komets hockey players or the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” Messman said. Players bring their own snacks. The sponsors sell the adult beverages for the 21-and-older crowd. “We’ve had a good reaction,” Messman said. “We’re getting a lot of teams talking smack. It’s just good, grown-up fun, so for $10 come and enjoy yourself.” Register online at Saturday’s festival features children’s games, a pie-eating contest, a corn hole tournament, horseshoe tournaments, a bicycle rodeo, entertainment and

more. A softball tournament begins Friday and ends Saturday. “They’ll start the day with the famous Lions Club doughnuts,” said Carol Martin, Woodburn Community Association president. “People go nuts over them. Last year they were sold out by 9 o’clock, so this year they’re going to make more.” “The parade is at 10, along with the horseshoe tournament and the food tent open at 11, and we kind of call it the Taste of Woodburn,” Martin said. “The different organizations have food in the food tent.” The food tent will offer the Woodburn Fire Department’s barbecue chicken. Other offerings will include corn on the cob, taco salads, nachos, hamburgers, lemon shake-ups, onion rings, hot dogs and chili dogs. “The proceeds go to the betterment of the community,” Martin said. Also Saturday, the Woodburn High School Alumni Homecoming will be held at the Woodburn Community Center from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The former Woodburn High School gym is on Main Street on the east side of Woodburn. To contact steering committee members, visit Martin said

the Class of 1959 was the last class to graduate from Woodburn. “We have students from near and far who are there for the Woodburn High School reunion, and they’ll be reminiscing over the good old days,” she said. Martin listed the following Saturday highlights: 10 a.m. — Parade. 11 a.m. — Queen contest and prince and princess contest. Noon — Brass band under the big tent. Noon — Bicycle safety rodeo. Noon-6 p.m. — Games for all ages. 2 p.m. — Hidden Talent variety show. 5 p.m. — Music, the Distant Travelers. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Music, the West Central Quartet. 9 p.m. — Queen coronation and donation drawing. The day ends with a fireworks display, which Martin described as “second to none.” “We started the Community Association about six years ago,” Martin said. “It was a group of people who helped promote and improve the community.” “It’s to help bring the community and surrounding area together, and get them involved,” she said.

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Four Freshmen to play at site of first show By Rod King Guest writer

Sixty-five years ago four young Indiana guys, all students at the Arthur Jordan School of Music at Butler University, gave their first professional performance of their career, in Fort Wayne. That was 1948 and the group was the Four Freshmen, and the site of that historic performance was the 113 Club at 113 W. Washington St. That launched the group, with their new vocal concept of jazz harmony, to great heights in the music world and their discovery two years later by renowned band leader Stan Kenton. Grand Wayne Convention Center, which now stands where the 113 Club was located, will be the site of the of the 26th annual Four Freshmen Society’s International Convention,

Sept. 5 -7. According to the co-chairpersons, Dave Blackwell and Marlene Lobsiger, between 400 and 500 Freshmen enthusiasts/fans from across the country are expected to be in the Summit City to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the singing group. The two have been working on convention arrangements for the past two years, and were tireless promoters of Fort Wayne and this year’s convention at last year’s international convention in Reno, Nevada. The Four Freshmen will perform two concerts during the event. First will be Friday evening, Sept. 6, following dinner and a performance of the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to Kenton. They’ll also close the convention Saturday night in a concert backed by 20 string players from the Fort Wayne Phil-

harmonic Orchestra under the direction of former Four Freshmen member Rod Henley of Las Vegas. The present Freshmen foursome of Curtis Calderon, Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger and Vince Johnson have been performing together since 2001 and will soon be the longest-tenured among the many Freshmen groups throughout the years. They work hard to honor the legacy of the original Freshmen (Ross Barbour, Don Barbour, Hal Kratzsch and Bob Flanigan, all of whom are deceased). The unique harmonies developed by that group featuring the melody on top distinguished them from other male singing groups. In addition, they accompanied themselves. The current four follows that tradition with Calderon playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Ferreira on


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performances and an opportunity to meet the Four Freshmen in the Hilton Hotel Atrium after the concert. Saturday’s activities include free time to explore downtown Fort Wayne, a Wannabee singing session led by Four Freshmen alumnus Greg Stegeman of Las Vegas, banquet with dinner music by jazz pianist Eric Clancy and bassist Kevin Pierkarski and the closing Four Freshmen concert and the Philharmonic strings. Blackwell

points out that this event is a convention for members and is not open for the public to pop in when they want. However, persons interested in participating can pay $10 to become a member of the Four Freshmen Society and also pay the convention fee in order to attend any or all of the scheduled events. For more information on the convention, check out the Society’s web site at fourfreshmensociety. com and click on the 2013 convention link.

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SATURDAY, JULY 6 Artists open call. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Conservatory taking information through July 13. An invitation for visual art to be displayed on the gallery walls during the 2014 exhibit year. Oil, acrylic, photography, pen-and-ink, and similar media encouraged. Submit digital images of a representative selection of work on a CD. Exhibits will have a two-month duration. Pieces must be ready to hang. Selected artists will be announced on the Conservatory’s website Aug. 1. Visit Family Fun Hike: Leaves and Trees. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, one-half mile east of West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne. 1-2:30 p.m. Families learn about the variety of trees in the preserve’s mature woods, the role they play in keeping the wetlands balanced, and how they provide meals for a wide variety of insects and other animals. Includes a cool afternoon hike in the woods. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515. Miami Indian Heritage Days. Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. 1-4 p.m. Andrew Knight presents a program on Miami weaponry. Series sponsored by the History Center. Representatives of the Miami Indians and other Native American groups demonstrate aspects of their heritage. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. History Center members and children 2 and under are admitted free. Admission includes a visit to the Chief Richardville House. Rock the Plaza. Allen County Library Main Branch, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 6-10 p.m. Enjoy outdoor music each Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or sit on the ground, and be ready to enjoy music by local musicians. Today’s lineup is Black Cat Mambo, Pop-n-Fresh and Small town.

MONDAY, JULY 8 Worship band camp. Pathway Community Church, 11623 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne. July 8-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For ages 9-12 and 13-18. Vocalists, drummers, guitarists, bass players and keyboard players can register by calling (260) 435-9022, or register online at Born to Read: Babies and Books. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for your preschooler. Kingston Dinner Dance. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 1819 Reservation Drive, Fort Wayne. 4:30 p.m. Kingston Healthcare Co. dinner/ dance featuring Music Express. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Supper 5 p.m. USO Dance 6-9 p.m. $5 tickets in advance; $6 at the door. Limited to first 400. RSVP 747-1523 or

TUESDAY, JULY 9 Night Hike: Nocturnal Insects. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, one-half mile east of West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne. 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. What do black lights, white sheets, and nocturnal insects have in common? Herpetologist Nathan Herbert and Master Naturalist Tiffany Holmes will discuss little-known facts about insects of the night and their importance to the marsh ecosystem. Then discover the homes and sounds of evening insects. Back at the barn, the group will find out what interesting creatures the black light has attracted. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515. Little River Ramblers. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, one-half mile east of West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne. 9-11 a.m.

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Explore the preserve’s interesting plants and wildlife. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 for information. Hikes continue every Tuesday in July. Smart Start Story Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for preschoolers. Totally Terrific Tuesdays. Allen County Library Main Branch, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Young Adult Services presents a program on “Magnificent Mosaics.” The design options are limited only by your imagination. For more information, call 421-1255. Afrikan Dancercise. Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culture, 501 E. Brackenridge St. 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. $10 per class. For more information, call 267-0596 or email

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Beginning Spanish Class for Kids. Alliance Community Church, 5610 Lahmeyer Road, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. This opportunity requires registration. Please email Patrick Riecke at for a registration form. www.Facebook. com/LearnSpanishFortWayne. Story time. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. This story time is for preschools and other groups. 30 minutes of theme-based stories, finger plays, early literacy activities and fun for ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 421-1220. Baby Steps Toddler Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, games and crafts for toddlers. Cookbook Book Club. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Read the club’s selection beforehand. Call 421-1310 for more information. Drop-in Yoga in the Gardens. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30 p.m. The practice of yoga is a wonderful way to build strength and flexibility, reduce stress, and enhance general wellbeing. Taught by certified yoga instructor and world traveler Lanah K. Hake. A few blankets, mats, and straps are available but bring your own supplies if you have them. Drop-in fee $7 (Conservatory members $5). Author Blake Sebring visits. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Gather in Meeting Room A to hear Blake Sebring, a Fort Wayne native who has covered Fort Wayne Komets minor league hockey for 22 seasons. He will discuss the Komets, other Fort Wayne sports memories, and his new book, “Fort Wayne History.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

THURSDAY, JULY 11 “Bountiful Birds of Eagle Marsh.” Coventry Meadows, 7833 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 8-10 a.m. Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50-plus. Many birds, from eagles to the tiniest hummingbirds, call Eagle Marsh home. Some migrate through while others live here year-round; some frequent the shore and some the trees, and all are important. Learn about the new species sighted on the marsh this year. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 to reserve a spot as space is limited. Short Hikes for Short Legs: Leaves and Trees. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, one-half mile east of West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 9-10 a.m. For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult. Each child will become a tree as they learn tree parts, their importance, and the beauty of their leaves. Then walk in the preserve’s mature woods to learn from its friendly trees. (Groups, please call to schedule a hike at another time.) Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact or 478-2515 for information. Genealogy for Teens. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Young Adults Services sponsors this four-session summer program to help unlock family mysteries. For more information, call 421-1255. Today’s topic is “Beginning Steps in” Anthony Wayne Toastmasters Meeting. Ivy Tech Community College, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Toastmasters meetings are open to everyone; for better public speaking and a lot of fun. Young Adult Services’ book club. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. This book club needs no name. Talk about books you have read recently and recommend them to other readers. Benefit for Erica Predum. Sweetwater Sound, 5501 W. U.S. 30. Main conference room. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentations form 6:30-7:40 p.m., reception until 8:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds go to help buy a special-needs van and pay medical expenses for a woman who was paralyzed in an automobile accident in 2007. Tickets $10 per person. For details, email Tom Tonkel at

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Butterflies with an African beat. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. The Conservatory’s annual live butterfly exhibit is available for a final weekend, featuring the music of Africa. Enjoy the stunning blue morpho and friendly owl butterflies and a variety of swallowtail and brushfooted species. Guests can explore the sounds and rhythms of the drum, shekere, and other native percussion instruments from different regions of Africa. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-17, free for ages 2 and under. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by WMEE 97.3-FM. Summit City Toastmasters. Better Business Bureau, 4011 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Meets each Friday. For information, visit or call Kristal Heffley, 918-2065. Young Adults Services’ First Fridays Book Group. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. Talk about interesting books while enjoying doughnuts with other home-schoolers. This month the group is reading “Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins)” by Andy Lane. Friday Nites Live. Jefferson Pointe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The band Shade N Shannon presents a free concert by the fountain. Mixed Media Works by Hannah Burnworth & Glass by Regional Artists. The Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, 6312-A Covington Road. Through July 30. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. Free admission. Milk House Studio pieces, created by Hannah Burnworth of North Manchester, utilize a variety of materials to create colorful, textural and whimsical paintings, collages and prints. Also, colorful glass is in the front window.

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Orchestra presents a free outdoor concert by the fountain. Creative Construction: LEGO Building Challenge. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 5:30-8 p.m. $10 per team. How creative are you with a bucket of LEGOs? Join the Lego Building Challenge and find out! Boys and girls ages 5-12 may choose one adult partner to form a team. Each team will receive a pre-sorted kit of various LEGO pieces (provided by Pack Rats Mini Mart) and 2½ hours to construct a project with the designated theme. Each project will be named, tagged and displayed at the Community Center along with a picture of the team who constructed it. While the projects are on display, spectators will be able to come by and vote for their favorite, so you will want to spread the word among your family and friends. Voting will begin July 13. The votes will then be tallied and the top three teams will receive gift cards provided by sponsor Hamilton Hunter Builders. Registration deadline: July 8. Call 427-6000 or register online at Registration Code: 343910-S1.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Daylily show. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy one of summer’s favorite flowers, the daylily, with a flower show presented by the Fort Wayne Daylily Society. Daylilies are a rugged and dependable garden flower, with colors from white and yellow to peach and raspberry. Experts will help you select the best varieties for our garden. Plants may be available for purchase. The show is held on the first Saturday of the Three Rivers Festival. Special discounted admission to the show and gardens. $3 adults, $2 children. Children age 2 and under admitted free. For details, call 427-6440. Rock the Plaza. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza. 6-10 p.m. Enjoy outdoor music each Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or sit on the ground, and be ready to enjoy music by local musicians. Today’s lineup is Jaded Joke, URB and Phil Potts Band. Genealogy: Just Start Looking. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. This overview of will demonstrate how to look for people, places, records and information using the largest commercial genealogical website. Intergenerational Wii Bowling Tournament. Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. 1:30 pm, Fee: $10 per team. The Nintendo Wii just might be the answer to the generation gap. Get your team together and compete for prizes in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Wii Bowling Tournament. Teams consist of one child (ages 5-16) and one adult (ages 50-plus). Each player will get one practice round before the competition begins. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 gift cards will be awarded to the top three teams. Every team will be recognized at a brief awards ceremony. The tournament is sponsored by Bethlehem Woods and Glenbrook Rehabilitation and Heritage Park. Registration deadline: July 6. Call 427-6000 or register online at Registration Code: Registration Code: 343902-S1.

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MONDAY, JULY 15 Safe Sitter Classes. Lutheran Children’s Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 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. Prospective baby-sitters must be at least 11 years old to participate. For more information, call Child Life Specialist Tammy Else at (260) 435-7344 or go to Big Bubbles on the Plaza. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. Fun with gigantic bubbles on the library plaza under the summer sun. Born to Read Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. Bring your baby in for finger plays, rhymes, songs, and stories just right for the little ones. First session for lap-sitters, later session for walkers. Born to Read: Babies and Books Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. Babies and their care-givers are expected at a story time designed to develop early literacy skills. The library will provide books, stories, puppets, tickles and singing during this 20- 25-minute program. Born to Read: Babies and Books. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. See where your imagination and building skills take you. All ages are welcome. Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum. Easter Seals Arc, 4919 Projects Drive, Fort Wayne. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals and others wanting to learn more about autism are welcome. The group meets each month, but topics vary. For more information, contact Susan Crowell at or call (260) 637-4409.

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Behind the Screen: Summer Explorations of the Embassy Theatre. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets $6, on sale at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster outlets and Family Fun Day. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s family fun time at the conservatory during the Three Rivers Festival. Kids can play on a giant inflatable slide, bounce around in a moonwalk, and go for a boat ride in the paddle pond (some height and/or age restrictions may apply). Explore a FWFD fire truck, do the twist or hula hoop at the bubble dance party, get a balloon animal, make some crafts, and play games for prizes. Buy a hot dog for 50-cents. A responsible adult must accompany children. Admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under. Wear your TRF button to receive an admission discount. For more details, call 427-6440. Baby Steps Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. This story time features songs, rhymes and short stories just right for 2-year-olds. For details, call 421-1315. Baby Steps: Toddler Time Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. A program designed for 2- and 3-year-olds and their care-givers. Toddlers on the go will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, games and other fun activities that emphasize vocabulary and familiarize the youngsters with the letters of the alphabet. Smart Start Story Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for preschoolers. Story Time With a Twist. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 1:30 p.m. Each week is a little

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Story time. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. This story time is for preschools and other groups. 30 minutes of theme-based stories, finger plays, early literacy activities and fun for ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 421-1220. Baby Steps Toddler Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, games and crafts for toddlers. LEGO Club. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 3:30 p.m. See where your imagination and building skills take you. All ages are welcome. “Paws” to Read. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 4 p.m. Two certified therapy dogs are panting to hear a good story. Yoga in the Garden. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Classes for all levels, with certified instructor Lanah K. Hake. For details, follow Fort Wayne Outdoor Yoga on Facebook. Call to register or to confirm class availability; 427-6440 or 427-6000. $30 for the public; $24 for Conservancy members. Limited to age 15 or older.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 Smart Start Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. A preschool story time enhanced by the latest research in emergent literary. Each session includes books, finger pays and maybe a craft. Smart Start Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. This program is for preschoolers who enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and some early literacy fun. Genealogy for Teens. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Young Adults Services sponsors this four-session summer program to help unlock family mysteries. For more information, call 421-1255. Today’s topic is “The Genealogy Center.” 2-Liter Terrarium. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Turn clear, empty 2-liter bottles into terrariums. IPFW assistant professor of biology Jordan Marshall leads the class in a closer look at soil and the composting process. Every participant should bring a clear 2-liter bottle. Register by July 11. $11 for the public, $9 for Conservatory members. For details or to register, call 427-6440 or 427-6000.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 5 p.m. Children should bring a stuffed animal for a special bedtime story time. After stories, tell the stuffed animals good night. Come back on Saturday, anytime during library hours, and pick up your friend along with a photo memory book of the overnight adventures. Friday Nites Live. Jefferson Pointe 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Junk Yard Band presents a free outdoor concert by the fountain.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Science Saturdays. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. On the third Saturday of each month, investigate a different topic with fun and family-friendly experiments, demonstrations, and activities, most of which can be repeated at home. Each program lasts 45-60 minutes and is appropriate for ages 5 and

up. Participants in NISTEM ( can also earn points for attending. Preregistration not required. The program is free with conservatory admission. Rock the Plaza. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 6-10 p.m. Enjoy outdoor music each Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or sit on the ground, and be ready to enjoy music by local musicians. Today’s lineup is Hip-OPhonic, Walkin’ Papers, Tone Junkies and Grateful Groove. Jazzworks! Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 7-10 p.m. Place a lawn chair in the gardens for the annual Three Rivers Festival firework finale, and listen to some of the best jazz the region has to offer. Observe from the Terrace or the Exploration Garden. Food and beverage available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing. No outside food or beverage. After the jazz performance, the firework finale can be viewed from one of the best locations in town. Doors open at 6 pm. No reservations needed. Regular conservatory admission applies; discount with TRF button. For more information, call 427-6440.

MONDAY, JULY 22 Born to Read Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. Bring your baby in for finger plays, rhymes, songs, and stories just right for the little ones. First session for lap-sitters, later session for walkers. Born to Read: Babies and Books Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. Babies and their care-givers are expected at a story time designed to develop early literacy skills. The library will provide books, stories, puppets, tickles and singing during this 20- 25-minute program. Born to Read: Babies and Books. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. See where your imagination and building skills take you. All ages are welcome. SonWest Roundup vacation Bible school. Christ’s Community Church, 10616 Liberty Mills Road, Fort Wayne. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Open to children ages 4 through entering sixth grade. Each evening there will be music, games, crafts, snacks and stories. Free. Call 436-2637 for information or to register.

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Movie Night @ The Library. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 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. Baby Steps Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. This story time features songs, rhymes and short stories just right for 2-year-olds. For details, call 421-1315. Baby Steps: Toddler Time Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. A program designed for 2- and 3-year-olds and their care-givers. Toddlers on the go will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, games and other fun activities that emphasize vocabulary and letters of the alphabet. Smart Start Story Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for preschoolers. “Classics” Adult Book Group. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Adults gather to discuss the classics you always wanted to read or would enjoy reading again. This month the topic is “Atonement” by Ian McEwan.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Story time. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. This story time is for preschools and other groups. 30 minutes of theme-based stories, finger plays, early literacy activities and fun for ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 421-1220. Baby Steps Toddler Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, games and crafts for toddlers. Diversity Dialogue. YWCA, 1610 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne. Noon to 1:30 p.m. The Diversity Council of YWCA Northeast Indiana presents topics each month to incite conversation. The July topic is transgendered or multigendered persons. 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. Genealogy Jargon. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. The world of genealogy has its special words and expressions, which might be difficult for beginners to understand. Genealogy Center staff will assist in understanding words and phrases that are used frequently in researching family history. LEGO Club. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 3:30 p.m. See where your imagination and building skills take you. All ages are welcome. “Paws” to Read. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 4 p.m. Two certified therapy dogs are panting to hear a good story. Yoga in the Garden. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Classes for all levels, with certified instructor Lanah K. Hake. For details, follow Fort Wayne Outdoor Yoga on Facebook. Call to register or to confirm class availability; 427-6440 or 427-6000. $30 for the public; $24 for Conservancy members. Limited to age 15 or older.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Smart Start Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. A preschool story time enhanced by the latest research in emergent literary. Each session includes books, finger pays and maybe a craft. Smart Start Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. This program is for preschoolers who enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and some early literacy fun. Botanical Brown Bag: Greet Those Mosquitoes. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Noon to 1 p.m. Indiana has more than 50 species of mosquitoes. Dave Fiess from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will explain the biology and habitats of mosquitoes, prevention and control measures, and what you can do to help the community. Drop in and pay at the door; $5 adult public, $3 for children 3-17 or Conservatory members or volunteers. For more information, call 427-6440. Genealogy for Teens. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Young Adults Services sponsors this four-session summer program to help unlock family mysteries. For more information, call 421-1255. Today’s topic is “Family Search and Other Free Websites.” How to Make a Video in Three Hours. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 5 p.m. Make a video from concept to editing in three hours. Program presented by Young Adults Services. For more information, call 421-1255.

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SATURDAY, JULY 27 Children’s chess tournament. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children through grade five can register to play in this all-day, unrated, chess tournament. Registration requested by July 3. Call 421-1220 for more information. “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Follow the bunny as he’s late for a tea party. Alice takes a trip after the rabbit runs into storybook favorites. Lots of audience participation and fun. Family Garden Close-up: Beat the Heat. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get a closer look at the plants and gardens on the fourth Saturday of the month with short walks, crafts and snacks. In July, share in an activity involving water as the group learns about the importance of water to plants and gardens. Make a splish-splash water craft, with a snack to follow. Drop in. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-17. Lincoln at the Library. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Gather in the Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2, for “Grandpa and the Kid: Two Civilians in the Ranks at Gettysburg.” Part of a series of lectures sponsored by Friends of the Allen County Public Library. Al Gaff, Civil War historian, will discuss the Battle of Gettysburg and the very different stories of two soldiers, John Burns and Charles Weakley. Rock the Plaza. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 6-10 p.m. Enjoy outdoor music each Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, or sit on the ground, and be ready to enjoy music by local musicians. Today’s lineup is the Brian Lemert Trio, Ivory West, Yet to be Mute and Unlikely Alibi. TRIAC Open House. Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culture, 501 E. Brackenridge St. 11 a.m. For more information, call 267-0596 or email • B15

TUESDAY, JULY 30 Baby Steps Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. This story time features songs, rhymes and short stories just right for 2-year-olds. For details, call 421-1315. Baby Steps: Toddler Time Story time. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. A program designed for 2- and 3-year-olds and their care-givers. Toddlers on the go will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, games and other fun activities that emphasize vocabulary and letters of the alphabet. Smart Start Story Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for preschoolers. Story Time With a Twist. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 1:30 p.m. Each week is a little different. The group will read stories, sing and dance, play some games, or do a craft.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Story time. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. This story time is for preschools and other groups. 30 minutes of theme-based stories, finger plays, early literacy activities and fun for ages 3 to 6. For more information, call 421-1220. Baby Steps Toddler Time. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, games and crafts for toddlers. Aboite Branch Adult Book Group. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Visit the Aboite Branch each month for a lively book discussion. This month the group is reading “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. For details, call 421-1310. LEGO Club. Allen County Public Library, Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 3:30 p.m. See where your imagination and building skills take you. All ages are welcome. “Paws” to Read. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 4 p.m. Two certified therapy dogs are panting to hear a good story. Yoga in the Garden. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Classes for all levels, with certified instructor Lanah K. Hake. For details, follow Fort Wayne Outdoor Yoga on Facebook. Call to register or to confirm class availability; 427-6440 or 427-6000. $30 for the public; $24 for Conservancy members. Limited to age 15 or older.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 SUNDAY, JULY 28 Iris Sale. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Noon to 3 p.m. Local iris hobbyists and growers team up once a year to offer the public the chance to buy starts of their favorite irises. These garden workhorses provide color throughout the spring and early summer. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society. Special discounted admission to the iris sale and Conservatory gardens: $3 for adults, $2 for children, children age 2 and under free. For more information, call 427-6440.

MONDAY, JULY 29 Born to Read Story Time. Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. Bring your baby in for finger plays, rhymes, songs, and stories just right for the little ones. This session is for lap-sitters. A session later in the morning is for children old enough to walk. Born to Read: Babies and Books. Aboite Branch Library, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne. 10:30 a.m. See where your imagination and building skills take you. All ages are welcome.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 16th annual Young Adult Chess Tournament. Allen County Public Library (main branch), 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Play chess, eat pizza and snacks and have fun. There will be different age and skill levels, and 18 trophies will be awarded. Registration deadline is July 26, 3 p.m. For more information, call Young Adults Services at 421-1255. Miami Indians Heritage Days. Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. 1-4 p.m. Katrina Mitten demonstrates Miami bead work. Series sponsored by the History Center, featuring local artists, performers and representatives from the Miami and other Native American groups demonstrating aspects of their heritage. Admission is $5 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free to ages 2 and under.

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