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Faith UCC plans graceful farewell By Garth Snow

Scholar credits parents, ‘most inuential teacher’ By Garth Snow

Faith United Church of Christ plans to end its story with dignity. The church at 10707 Coldwater Road will say goodbye to 46 years of ministry with a ďŹ nal service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15. Church historian Sheryl Stebbins busied herself recently sorting ďŹ les, marriage records and black-and-white photos from the church archives. “My grandkids were baptized here and they’re going to preschool here,â€? said Stebbins, who has been associated with the church for about 10 years. “It’s a grieving process,â€? she said of the impending closing and her work with the archives. “Our membership is down and we couldn’t afford the building,â€? she explained. A nearby church has signed a short-term lease on the building. Efforts to sell the building continue. As the story ends,


Faith United Church of Christ historian Sheryl Stebbins shares church photos with her grandson Ryan Stebbins, 4.

though, Faith parishioners want to say goodbye with grace. “We’re going through all the papers and the pictures,� Stebbins said. “We want to leave a legacy that this church meant something to a lot of people for a long time.

So we want to leave it meaningful and do honor to the church.â€? “We hope to scan a lot of the pictures, especially conďŹ rmations and baptisms, on a disc,â€? Stebbins said. Copies will be made available to parishioners. Stebbins will


Chris Brandell and Cody Knapp of Three Rivers Barricade & Equipment Co. load up the Carroll Road detour signs at the corner of Johnson Road. The company also added some striping as Carroll Road reopened May 14.

Carroll Road to U.S. 33 opens after bridge work Carroll Road reopened as scheduled May 14, after nine months of construction on two bridges. “I appreciate the general

public putting up with the road being closed since August,� said Kevin Butts, project manager for the Allen County Highway Department. “If we had let the bridges crumble, they’d have had to use the detours forever. It’s a real

improvement.� The affected one-mile segment of Carroll Road extends east from U.S. 33, past homes, Eel River Baptist Church, and Eel River and Riverview See BRIDGE, Page A5


Abby Lemert will receive the Presidential Scholar medallion June 22 in Washington, D.C.

she learned of Abby’s selection — and her own honor — as she and her husband were watching TV. “Seeing my name scroll across the bottom of the screen was bizarre. I was so happy for Abby, and so honored that she chose me,â€? she said. In an interview, Lemert also said Bruce and Doris Lemert have been supportive throughout her education. “My parents have always been very inuential, helping me See SCHOLAR, Page A7



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send a copy to the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ. Other records will be donated to a library or historical society. Among them will be a well preserved photo See FAITH, Page A6

Carroll High School senior Abby Lemert has been named a Presidential Scholar, one of only 141 students who will receive that honor June 22 in Washington, D.C. In turn, she has honored Tish Clendenen as her “most inuential teacher.â€? Lemert was taking a foreign language for advanced placement credit and was a sophomore in her third year of Spanish when she entered Clendenen’s classroom. “By the time I walked out of there, I knew that Spanish was something I wanted to pursue,â€? Lemert said. Clendenen returned the compliment. “She was always strong, willing to do whatever I asked her to do and more,â€? she said. “She’s just an impressive individual and a good person, too. She deserves it. This is huge.â€? Clendenen, in her sixth year at Carroll, is on maternity leave. She said

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Stained glass windows complete area church By Garth Snow

The stained glass windows serve as a symbol of the completion of a Roanoke church building. Construction was ďŹ nished last fall, and Faith Lutheran Church at 3416 E. 900N was dedicated Nov. 24. The church commissioned William L. Lupkin Designs Inc. of Fort Wayne to install the six stained glass windows, with the hope that the windows could be in place for Easter. “They actually were ready by Palm Sunday, a week early,â€? said the Rev. Shayne Jonker. The pastor said windows feature the Nativity, Jesus’ baptism, the Last Supper, the CruciďŹ xion and the Resurrection. “It ties in

beautifully with Easter, the ďŹ nal window showing the Lord standing before an open tomb,â€? Jonker said. The congregation holds one service each Sunday, at 9 a.m. For details, call Jonker at 672-1140. Anyone attending the service will see yet another stained glass window. A window bearing the church’s name faces inward from the main entrance. The lighting made it impossible to see the letters from the outside. “We’ll enjoy it when we leave,â€? Jonker said of the sign. “We’ve had a very good response from the community, many visitors,â€? Jonker said. Faith Lutheran was formed in 1996, as a mission plant of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The church found a home at the current prop-

erty in 1999. Jonker said work on a bigger building nearby on the same land began about two years ago. “The congregation built a large majority of it themselves,� he said. The congregation served as its own general contractor, and subcontracted some of the work. “We completed it and dedicated it in November, and then we started working to raise money for the stained glass, and we had it all by mid-January for the six windows in the nave here,� he said. Another window at the front of the nave was completed in time for the dedication. Donations funded all the windows. A church member who is a retired carpenter managed the construction, assisted by mostly volunteer labor. The pews and baptismal


Ralph Garcia secures a stained glass window inside the main entance to Faith Lutheran Church.

font followed the congregation to the new home nearer the road. Those items were bought in about 1998 from a church that was closing, Jonker said. “It will be a real joy,� the pastor said of the new building, and the new

windows. Jonker came to Faith Lutheran in 2009, from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Faith Lutheran has about 140 members, Jonker said. “We’re not a large congregation, but we’re a group

of very faithful people, a blessed congregation,� he said. A volunteer secretary assists Jonker, who is the only paid staff member. He said the church has a very traditional service, with liturgy and hymns.

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CANI receives $21,000 gift

Dwenger launches renovation

United Way of Allen County’s Women United donated $21,000 to Community Action of Northeast Indiana. The donation will go toward scholarships that CANI provides for early childhood education programs. Women United, an affinity group of United Way of Allen County, is a collaboration of women committed to improving the quality of life for children in Allen County by ensuring their readiness for kindergarten. Funds for the donation were raised through Women United’s signature event, Power of the Purse. The event garners an attendance of almost 200 women who support the early childhood education needs of local children. The next Power of the Purse event is scheduled for Nov. 11.


Bishop Dwenger High School staff and supporters join in breaking ground for renovations to the 50-year-old school. Sharing in the ceremony are, from left: Tom Didier, city councilman and BDHS alumnus; the Rev. Jacob Meyer, school chaplain; Dan Conroy, director of maintenance; Marsha Jordan, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend; Catherine Yanko, Class of 2014, student body co-president; Katie Burns, director of development and alumni relations; Jason Schiffli, principal; and Sister Marilyn Oliver (University of Saint Francis), school board co-president. The project will include construction of a new chapel, upgrades to the gymnasium, a new multipurpose facility, and renovation of the original 36 classrooms.

Festival welcomes young voices The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir again will host the Appleseed Children’s Choir Festival for Young Voices, June 20-22. Rehearsals and the final concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, will be held at the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW. The public is invited to the concert. The festival is designed for intermediate children’s choirs. The festival will welcome the


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Challengers won nominations for the majority of the Huntertown Town Council seats in the May 6 Republican primary. A challenger also defeated the acting clerk-treasurer. Incumbents Gary Grant and Michael Aker and challengers David Garman, Brandon Seifert and Michael Stamets advance to the general election Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Cathy Mittendorf claimed the nomination for clerk-treasurer. Mittendorf has handled similar duties in Huntertown and elsewhere. She outpolled acting Clerk-Treasurer Janine Rudolph. No other parties submitted candidates for the ofďŹ ces in May. However, the Democratic Party may submit general election candidates by submitting petitions to the Allen County Clerk’s OfďŹ ce by noon Monday, June 30. Declarations of intent for write-in candidates are due by noon Thursday, July 3. November winners will take ofďŹ ce Jan. 1. Each term is for four years. Challengers in the council race had drawn attention to the town’s quest for a state permit for its own sewage treatment plant. Some argued that it would be cheaper to continue contracting with the city of Fort Wayne to accept outow. In a joint statement, challengers Mike Stamets, Dave Garman and Brandon Seifert called on the sitting council to leave major decisions to the new council. “We ask the current ofďŹ ce-holders to slow down and allow the many important decisions facing our town to be made from a newer perspective,â€? the statement reads. “There is no need to rush things through in the ďŹ nal months

of 2014, and we feel the voters have sent us all a strong signal that we need to re-examine where we are going as a great town.â€? The statement also asked the current ofďŹ ce-holders to allow ample access to the information, reports and other data that new ofďŹ ce-holders will need for an effective transition. Aker, an incumbent who won re-nomination, said the current council understands the town’s priorities. “I understand where they’re coming from, at least two of them,â€? he said of the new nominees. “But this council was voted in to serve for four years, and we will continue to serve in the best way possible until our time is done, and after that the new council can take over.â€? The legal battle with Fort Wayne was the subject of a separate news release, issued by defeated Councilwoman Patricia Freck and Utilities Service Board President Andrew Conner. The statement cited a May 8 ruling in Allen Superior Court, ordering the City of Fort Wayne to provide ďŹ nancial records supporting the rates charged for treating Huntertown sewage. The new deadline is May 21. In the news release, Conner said, “There has been a persistent rumor that the city of Fort Wayne can provide services at lower costs. ‌ Fort

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BRIDGE from Page A1 cemeteries. That required some coordination, Butts said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;School buses, ambulances, everybody worked with us and not against us, and that was a great asset,â&#x20AC;? he said. The department alerted funeral homes and other regular users to the detours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the lone stranger coming in to visit a grave that got lost, but when we saw them we pointed them in the right direction,â&#x20AC;? he said. Crews from Three Rivers Barricade & Equipment Co. in Fort Wayne removed the detour signs about noon May 14. That company did the striping, too, Butts said. The bridge over the Martin Johnson Drain was replaced with a new 68-foot, three-span concrete slab bridge. The bridge over the Geller Ditch was widened to 41 feet and strengthened with new concrete beams and deck on the existing span. Primco Inc. of Fort Wayne submitted low bids for both projects totaling $1.16 million. The engineersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; total estimate for the two bridge improvements was just under $1.5 million. Seeding and landscaping work will be done with Carroll Road opened to trafďŹ c, the highway department said in a news release. â&#x20AC;˘ A5

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FAITH from Page A1 from 1968, showing four pastors and a church representative who helped to establish the church. In that picture, the Rev. Darrell Kroemer of St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Church of Christ hammers a nail into the church sign on Coldwater Road. Much has changed since that nail was driven four and a half decades ago. The trees that surrounded the sign are gone. The ďŹ rst church building was sold to make way for the Kroger parking lot. The present building was constructed in 1997, and sits farther from Coldwater Road. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as easy to reach the church by driving between the Kroger and Hallmark stores facing Dupont Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This location was chosen as the result of the new housing addition across Coldwater Road, Pine Valley, and the projection of future growth for this community,â&#x20AC;? reads a history prepared for the 25th anniversary celebration in 1993. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith had a distinct advantage as the ďŹ rst of several new churches in

All are welcome Faith United Church of Christ invites former parishioners to a free luncheon after the ďŹ nal service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15, at 10707 Coldwater Road. RSVP to Corinne Toth, 637-7660, or Sheryl Stebbins, 489-6209. the area.â&#x20AC;? By the 10th anniversary in 1978, membership had grown to more than 300 parishioners. Church Council President Corinne Toth hopes many of that number will hear about the ďŹ nal service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want all the former parishioners to know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcome back,â&#x20AC;? she said. The church no longer has a pastor, but will continue services the ďŹ rst Sunday of each month until the ďŹ nal service, June 15. Toth said the church hopes to have the building sold by that date. The preschool across the hall looks forward to a 44th year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though the church is ďŹ nishing their ministry, the preschool will be here next year, continuing with another church,â&#x20AC;? said preschool director Judy Berggren. Enrollment has grown to about 120 students. Contact her at Toth said she has been with the church for ďŹ ve years, which makes her

â&#x20AC;&#x153;a babyâ&#x20AC;? in comparison to many members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are several who have been here for years and years, especially our organist [Marilyn Ambrose],â&#x20AC;? she said. Stebbins and Toth said they know of no movement for a core group to afďŹ liate with another church. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all kind of splintered and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going our own paths,â&#x20AC;? Stebbins said. The area that once was home to one church now has many, serving neighborhoods whose boundaries are blurred by development. Toth said she will choose her new church based on faith, not geography. And that church will embrace the same principles that once brought her to Faith. She described the congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difďŹ cult decision succinctly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial.â&#x20AC;? She blames no one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People through the years, they have come in here and they did their best,â&#x20AC;? she said.


A photo from the Faith United Church of Christ archives shows members of the Mission Church Steering Committee in 1968. They are: (kneeling) the Rev. Darrell Kroemer, chairman, from St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church; (standing, from left) the Rev. John Carroccio, from Plymouth Church; the Rev. James Peters, chairman of the Church Extension Northeast Association; the Rev. Walter Pohler, from Grace Church; and the Rev. Willard Zinke, from Salem Church.


Faith United Church of Christ, behind the Kroger store on Dupont Road, also houses a preschool, which will continue into a 44th year.

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SCHOLAR from Page A1 in school and taking me to all my activities,â&#x20AC;? she said. Bruce Lemert said Abby was academically inclined at an early age. The family moved to Fort Wayne and Pine Valley from Iowa, when Abby was 3. At that time, Bruce was an auditor, making stops in Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some teachers said girls canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do math,â&#x20AC;? Bruce recalled. But Abby sat in her car seat, converting centigrade to Fahrenheit. In Fort Wayne, Abby attended a Montessori school and then Northwest Allen County Schools. Abby said she plans to attend Purdue University, where she will study engineering. The Presidential Scholars include one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, 15 chosen at-large, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Lemert and her fellow scholars will receive their medallions at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue in the capital. Students also will receive a salute the next day at Kennedy

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Earth Fare says letter led to Dupont store By Linda Lipp

Earth Fare, the first of four new natural and organic grocers to open in Fort Wayne, came to town in part because of a letter written to the company by a local seventh-grader. The company had had Fort Wayne on its radar before, said new store marketer Amanda Arnet, but it was a letter sent by Nate Sutton, now an eighth-grader at Maple Creek Middle School, that prompted Earth Fare to take another look at the city and make the decision to open a store on the north side. Sutton, who sent the letter as part of a class assignment, had visited Earth Fare’s Noblesville store. He noted that his sister suffered from food


Nate Sutton, now 14, wrote the letter that prompted Earth Fare to take a closer look at Fort Wayne. Nate wrote on behalf of his sister Jordan, now 11.

Nate Sutton cuts the ribbon for the Earth Fare at Dupont and Coldwater roads in Fort Wayne. Eve Colchin, the director of business services for Greater Fort Wayne Inc., assists at the May 7 ceremony.

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Nate’s letter caught the attention of the right person, and that got the ball rolling. “Obviously, Earth Fare looked in the area before, but the encouragement of someone within the area was just huge,” Arnet said. In recognition of his initiative, Sutton was selected to cut the ribbon when the store, in part of the former Scott’s grocery space at Dupont and Coldwater roads, opened May 7. Nate’s sister, Jordan, now 11 and a student at Cedar Canyon Elementary School, also was on hand for the May 7 ribbon-cutting. Jordan is dealing with celiac disease — a reaction to gluten — said her mother, Lana Sutton. Nate’s father and stepmother, Bob and Kim, and older sister Rachel also were on hand for the occasion. Rachel is a senior at Carroll High School. Chief merchandising officer Dorothy Carlow said Earth Fare had passed on Fort Wayne, but reconsidered after Nate’s letter.

The real estate VP then returned to Fort Wayne “and found this awesome site,” she said. Leona Brimm of Fort Wayne was among the first-day shoppers. She paused in the tea section as she made her way around the store just minutes after the official opening. Brimm said she was shopping for crunchy peanut butter to prepare for a visit from her daughter, Sarah, who moved to California last year. “She got me into the whole organic thing,” Brimm said. Brimm said she now buys organic whenever she can, and she welcomes a store closer to her home. As it happens, the Sutton family and others soon will have other local options for natural and organic foods as well — one downtown and two others on the north side. Each has a slightly different approach. Brian Hench, an executive with Chief Supermarkets group, plans to open teds market in the former Union Chapel Church at 12628 Coldwater Road later this year. The name comes from Ted Hench, Brian Hench’s grandfather and one of the founders of Chief. The 10,000-square-foot store will be a neighborhood market, cafe and wine bar. “Our focus is going to be on our prepared foods, our wholesome, ready-to-eat entrees, sides and unique sandwiches,” Hench said. “Based on those recipes, we will stock the teds market ‘pantry’ – the shelves of the store – full of ingredients, which will be a large portion of the items that we carry. We See EARTH, Page A9

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EARTH from Page A8 will then round out our selection with important staple products like milk and juice, or pasta and eggs. While teds market may not carry every size of peanut butter or every brand of wine ever made, we will try to have a good selection of everyday items that ďŹ t our customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs.â&#x20AC;? Choosing to buy and renovate an old church demonstrates that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are not ones to take the easy path. At teds market, we appreciate the time it takes to do things right, as well as the personal touch you can have when you keep things smaller,â&#x20AC;? Hench said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The space is a challenge. We love it because it comes with a history, but it also comes with older plumbing and electrical, so there is some extra work to be done. We also love the open space of the former chapel area, but it is a bit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cozy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; so we need to ďŹ nd ways to bring in more light, and make it more open and accessible. These are challenges, but they are also part of what makes teds market unique,â&#x20AC;? he added. Earth Fare is governed by its â&#x20AC;&#x153;real food philosophy,â&#x20AC;? which bans items with high-fructose corn syrup; artiďŹ cial fats and transfats; artiďŹ cial colors, ďŹ&#x201A;avors, sweeteners and preservatives; and meat and dairy products produced using antibiotics and growth hormones. The store has its own private-label products, about 75 percent of which are organic. It also carries other brands, some organic and some not, and it devotes a special display to local products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What local means to Earth Fare is from within 100 miles of this particular location, so if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 101 miles we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call it local,â&#x20AC;? Arnet said. â&#x20AC;˘ A9

It tries to price its everyday products competitively with other stores, such as Kroger; at both, organic items tend to be priced higher. The store also carries vitamins, herbs and other supplements; natural shampoos, perfumes and body care products; pet foods; natural cleaning products; beer and wine; and meat and dairy products. It has a salad bar and hot food bar with products priced by the pound; a deli with made-to-order wraps and sandwiches; and a cafe with a generous seating area where visitors can enjoy coffee, tea, and customizable juice and smoothie selections. The 26,000-square-foot Fort Wayne store will be North Carolina-based Earth Fareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 31st location. It already has stores in Noblesville and Carmel, and will open one on the Indianapolis/Greenwood border later this year. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a new player in the natural-foods business, will open a store at the former Borders bookstore location at Coldwater Road and Coliseum Boulevard this summer. Although its ďŹ rst store opened in Mount Prospect, Ill., just last month, it plans to have 60 stores in operation by 2019. The company said its concept combines the experience of an outdoor farmers market with the convenience of a full-service grocery store. An as-yet unnamed grocery that also will specialize in natural and organic foods is in the works at the former downtown Holiday Inn, now an independent and assisted-living facility called the Lamplight Inn, at 300 E. Washington Blvd. Bobby Petras, who is chief operating ofďŹ cer of Lamplight Communities, is installing the grocery store on part of the innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst ďŹ&#x201A;oor.

In addition to the newcomers, there are plenty of existing options for people who prefer natural and organic products. Philip Beachy has run his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Food Shoppe of Fort Wayne at 3515 N. Anthony Blvd. for the better part of 40 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure it will be hard competing with the investment bankers,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the big chainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ownership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just a mom and pop.â&#x20AC;? The store, which carries an array of supplements and ready-made foods in addition to organic products, draws people from all over town, but its biggest portion of shoppers live in or near the northside neighborhood, Beachy said. Beachy visited an Earth Fare store in Indianapolis and ďŹ gures its Dupont store will probably be his biggest new local competitor. But he also faces competition from mainstream grocers, such as Kroger, who have expanded their organics departments. Fort Wayne also has a Fresh Market chain store on the southwest side, and the Three Rivers Co-op Natural Grocery and Deli at 1612 Sherman Blvd. Although the ďŹ eld may seem to be getting crowded, ultimately the new stores are being driven by the growing demand for natural and organic products, Beach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room for all of us.â&#x20AC;? At the Earth Fare opening, COO Rob Easley thanked community leaders for their support for the store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to bring jobs to this community and economic opportunity to everyone,â&#x20AC;? Easley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But our team members bring to Fort Wayne and to this store more than just a job. We have a team here thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Tom Kelley, Gov. Pence earn Red Coat honor Mad Anthonys has named Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Tom Kelley, president of Kelley Automotive Group, its 2014 Red Coat recipients. Pence and Kelley will receive the Red Jacket at this year’s recognition dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 26. This year’s Mad Anthonys Pro-Am will take place during the Hotel Fitness Championship, Aug. 25 and 27, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Amateur players will team up with professional golfers from the Tour Finals to benefit Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and the Evans Scholars Foundation. Those interested in participating or volunteering with the Red Coat Dinner and Mad Anthonys Pro-Am at the Hotel Fitness Championship may visit for details. Pence was elected Indiana’s 50th governor in November 2012. Prior to that, he represented the state’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House for 12 years. A native of Columbus, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned his law degree from Indiana University. “As a lifelong Hoosier, the Mad Anthonys is an organization I know well and admire, so it is a great honor to be named recipient of the Red Coat,” Pence said. Kelley leads one of the largest automotive groups in the state, incorporating six dealerships in Fort Wayne and Decatur. He also founded and ran an IndyCar racing team for several years. He is also known for his successes as an amateur golfer; he is a nine-time winner of the Fort Wayne Golf Association’s men’s city tournament. Kelley’s father, Jim, was named a Red Coat recipient in 1998. “Being born and raised in Fort Wayne and an avid golfer, there are few things more momentous I can think of than the Mad Anthonys and the Red Coat,” Kelley said. “In addition, being able to join my father in the ranks of Red Coat recipients is an incredible opportunity and honor.” “Both Gov. Pence and Tom Kelley fully embrace and embody what it means to be a Hoosier and recipient of the Mad Anthonys Red Coat,” said Don Banowetz, board president of the Mad Anthonys Foundation. “Being a part of the Hotel Fitness Championship once again is a continuation of our long-standing tradition of providing Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a premier Pro-Am charity golf event, while increasing support of the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and other important causes for children in our region.” The Mad Anthonys is a charitable organization founded in 1957 and comprising business leaders and professionals from northeast Indiana. The Mad Anthonys Charity Classic golf event – now officially called the Mad Anthonys Pro-Am at the Hotel Fitness Championship – raises millions of dollars for charitable organizations in Fort Wayne. Hosted by the Western Golf Association, the Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Tour Finals events for 2014 that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2014-15 PGA Tour season under the tour’s enhanced qualifying system. The 2014 tournament will be held Aug. 25-31, 2014 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

YLNI to launch weeknight concert series By Ryan Schnurr

If you’ve never been to the natural amphitheater by the river in Headwaters Park, you’re hardly alone. In fact, there’s never been an advertised, organized event held there. But that will change this summer. The Living Fort Wayne Concert Series, put on by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, will take place on Wednesday nights June 4, July 2 and Aug. 6 in the amphitheater and feature two local bands per show. Organizer Adam Bouthout said the events, which will run from 5-9 p.m. each night, are all about giving people something to do downtown on a weeknight. The decision to connect the events to the rivers seemed like a natural fit. “We’re just kind of piggybacking off of the city,” Bouthout said. “Instead of waiting years for them to finish (the riverfront development) study and work and say, ‘We need entertainment on the river,’ we thought we’d go ahead and do something.” The amphitheater was chosen because it’s one of the few places in the city where a large event could be held right on the river. “It’s really the only area that’s directly on the banks of the river that is accessible to a large crowd,” Bouthout said. “The band will literally be playing two feet away from the river.” Speaking of bands, the lineup includes a number of local favorites. On June 4, Sunny Taylor will open the night, with Fernando Tarango and the Wickersham Brothers closing it out. July 2 will bring Left Lane Cruiser and Unlikely Alibi, and Adam Strack and Bluebird Revival will round out the series on Aug. 6.

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Fernando Tarango, second from left, and the Wickersham Brothers will perform at Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s first Living Fort Wayne Concert Series June 4 at Headwaters Park.

Bouthout, who was the catalyst for the concert series, said he got the idea while on a trip to Cincinnati last year with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “They have a Wednesday night concert series by the rivers,” he said, which is quite popular with young people. “And I wanted to bring something back to our city.” So he brought the idea to YLNI, and the

organization ran with it. The concert is open to all ages, and local food trucks Bravas and Affine will be there to serve the hungry masses. Other local collaborators have come aboard. Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot is offering a 20-percent discount on its kayak rentals each night, and river advocate Dan Wire will give pontoon rides, so concertgoers have the option to listen from

land or water. A beer garden will be available for attendees 21 and over, Bouthout said. Admission to the beer garden is $1, but the family-friendly event itself is free. The proceeds aren’t the point, said Bouthout. “Really it’s just to show off what we have available … and offer a social gathering event on a weeknight instead of just weekends,” he said.


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are calling June 1 Stand Up Sunday and we are encouraging the congregation to do what is right by standing up together and take a step of faith and wade out a little bit deeper and give to the building fund on this very special day.â&#x20AC;? The blacktop drive winds through oak and hickory trees that ďŹ t well with the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. The trees outnumber the 22 parking spaces almost 3-to-1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a church of about 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; very small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but we are committed to moving forward and serving our community,â&#x20AC;? the pastor said in an email. The church will kick off its building fund with a worship celebration at 10:30 a.m. June 1, followed by a banquet at the Best Western Luxbury Inn, on Coventry Lane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to begin raising the needed funds from the current congregation and from family, friends and former members, in order to meet the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs,â&#x20AC;? Shouse said in a news release. Everyone is invited to the church service. To make reservations for the banquet, call Shouse at 446-4751. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deteriorated to the point where it becomes more and more overwhelming, where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to be viable much longer,â&#x20AC;? said Burris, who came to Woodview about six years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I experienced when I came there was the loving congregation, the closeness, and their willingness to reach out and accept my grandson and me into the congregation.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were looking for a small church. That was the ďŹ rst one that I tried and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we stayed,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realize our facility

is not adequate or family friendly and therefore we are taking a step of faith,â&#x20AC;? Shouse said in a news release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make a difference in the lives of people and we need the kind of building that will allow us to reach out and make that difference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recently we had a block party and invited the residents of an entire apartment complex. We realized at that time we were not equipped to do the ministry we desire to do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really are at a preliminary point in this endeavor,â&#x20AC;? he said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excited about their new vision, the congregation will continue to worship, pray and work together to reach their goal.â&#x20AC;? For the moment, the church has only the resolve to move forward, and the conďŹ dence that the details will fall into place after June 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have talked about moving the new building up close to the street, thinking that might be a better presence in the community,â&#x20AC;? Burris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all very excited. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big project. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a long way to go, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are just stepping out in faith to see where the Lord leads us.â&#x20AC;? Pastor Alvin Beggs served as the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst pastor, followed by his son Dwayne. Others served short-term pastorates. The Rev. Steve Hildebrand, who retired in 2012, served as pastor for 14 years. Shouse and his wife, Denise, live in Haviland, Ohio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Denise and I have been in ministry for 35 years and have pastored Church of God congregations in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan,â&#x20AC;? Shouse said. He is a graduate of Anderson University.

Pond Highway unveiled Gov. Mike Pence stood with the Pond family as they unveiled the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highwayâ&#x20AC;? sign. Two signs have been placed by the Indiana Department of Transportation designating U.S. 24, from U.S. 30 east of New Haven to the Indiana/Ohio State Line, as the Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to Rep. Pondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts, today U.S. 24 has been transformed from a winding two-lane, rural highway to a new four-lane, limited access expressway that provides economic development opportunities from Fort Wayne to the Port of Toledo. The new roadway improves access and safety across northern Indiana and northern Ohio,â&#x20AC;? Pence said. During the 2014 General Assembly, a concurrent resolution was passed to

name an 11-mile portion of the new U.S. 24 after the late Rep. Phyllis J. Pond, who died in September. She provided more than three decades of service in the Indiana House of Representatives. Pence also presented George Pond, Phyllisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, with the resolution. He also presented smaller versions of the memorial signs to son, William, and wife, Cami, of Fort Wayne; son, Doug Pond, of Indianapolis; and daughter, Jean Pond Grasmick, of Indianapolis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As people travel the road and see the signs, it will bring a memory of Mom to so many,â&#x20AC;? said William Pond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She truly loved the people of her district, her legislative colleagues and staff; and even this time last year could name every kindergarten student she had in 37 years of teaching.â&#x20AC;?

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Two weeks before the ribbon-cutting on the Riverside Gardens Enhancement Project, two of the biggest backers of the park were planting hundreds of May night sage bushes. Dozens of rose bushes and trees also waited for attention. Leo-Cedarville Town Manager Peggy Garton and Park Board President Mark Hamilton shared the work with town employees. They also shared an enthusiasm about an $800,000 project that will expand recreation options near the banks of the Cedarville Reservoir on the St. Joseph River. The play creek that drains the splash pad is all Southern Indiana limestone, Garton said. “It’s the biggest man-made play creek in Indiana, the only one of its kind in the region,” she said. Hamilton said the splash pad itself is bigger than originally planned. In


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Region driver tries again for winning pull at Arcola By Garth Snow

Wayne Krider will steer his 5,500-horsepower, three-engine tractor down the Arcola course again this summer. The Churubusco puller has never won the Arcola National Truck & Tractor Pull, which returns June 26-28 to Branning Park north of the Arcola corners. But he hopes this is his year. The action starts with the Michindoh (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio) pull at 7 p.m. Thursday. NTPA pulls start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “I’ve been pulling about 35 years,” said the recent retiree of the Smith Township Fire Department. “I think the fire department and pulling started about the same time in my life, and I’ve been going to Arcola for a lot of years. “It’s one of my favorite pulls. And I never do well over there.” Krider has had his titles, though, elsewhere in the Hoosier State Tractor Pullers circuit, the Wolverine Pullers circuit in Michigan, and the Region 2 (Midwest) region of the National Tractor Pullers Association.


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“I’ve had a second place or two over the years,” he said, “but that win has eluded me all the years I’ve been pulling at Arcola.” It’s an inviting venue, he said. “It’s close to home. I don’t have to drive for hours,” he said. Other pulls are as far away as Minnesota and Alabama, May to October. But Arcola’s lure isn’t just a matter of convenience. “Over the years the Arcola bunch has progressed and progressed, and they’re one of the premier pull places in the country,” he said. “They treat the pullers well. They

put on a big meal and feed us, and do what they can to accommodate us over there.” Plus, he is almost a hometown favorite in nearby Arcola. “Busco represents pretty well over there for us,” Krider said. He said his wife, Judy, accompanies him to a lot of pulls. She contributes away from the course, getting the camper ready for travel. At the end of the road, though, is a very short drive that decides the winner. “There is nothing like See ARCOLA, Page B5

to help cut the ribbons, launch balloons, and play in the splash pad. “We applied for a grant from the [Indiana] DNR, called a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant, and they agreed with our proposal and so they matched up to $200,000,” he said. “And then we See GARDENS, Page B6

Nicole Kirkpatrick grew up in the huge oval shadow of Oscar the Turtle. “I am a lifelong Churubuscian,” said Kirkpatrick, the president of Churubusco’s Turtle Days festival, which returns June 11 to 14. She has heard Oscar’s story every summer of her life. “He was a hometown legend,” Kirkpatrick said. The community has been celebrating Oscar’s odyssey since 1949. The story, though, builds on a story that started generations earlier. “There was a very large turtle that was supposedly found here in town,” she said. “There was a huge


Ashley Scott entered the smallest turtle in the 2013 Turtle Days races. Prizes are awarded in six categories.

hunt for him. People from all over the country came to hunt the turtle. At one point they say they caught him, and he escaped.” To honor Oscar, crowds gather in the town park See TURTLE, Page B4

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Parkview Health and Neighborhood Health Clinics and a breathtaking construction adventure. “It is so much more than just a primary care office, so much more than just a clinic,” said Ben Miles, chief operating officer of Parkview Hospital and Affiliates. “For this portion of our community, it is going to be outreach and education.

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Parkview Health and Neighborhood Health Clinics had just four months to build the new health center in southeast Fort Wayne.

ters on South Calhoun Street, is only open three days a week for right now, staffed by a nurse practitioner, two nurses and a front-desk attendant. But that’s about to change soon with services expanding over the next year. Haupert said the clinic is expected to operate full time, five days a week, starting in July. Plans then call for adding Women, Infants and Children nutritional services in October, meaning the addition of more staff. And by early 2015, general dental services are set to become available with a dentist and a dental hygienist on site. There still will be room to grow after that. Haupert said the facility was built

with nine medical exam rooms, leaving plenty of space to add more medical providers if need be. The clinical services fulfill one of the two key components of what the center offers. The other comes from Parkview Health itself, as its Center for Healthy Living is set to open this month in the building in an effort to extend the health network’s mission to promote a better quality of life among residents. Assisting people in taking greater control over their own well-being describes Sue Ehinger’s mission as Parkview’s newly minted chief experience officer. She was a driving force behind the strategy that led to the health center’s development.

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Lutheran Life boxing program fights Parkinson’s By Peter Ambrose

The gym, in its drab appearance, resembles those from the best boxing movies. Gritty. Simple. Utilitarian. Nothing too fancy. The kind of place that forges underdogs into champions. Lutheran Life Villages’ retirement community on South Anthony Boulevard in Fort Wayne held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 9 as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month to mark a new partnership with Rock Steady Boxing, a nonprofit center in Indianapolis dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s overcome their symptoms by applying old-school boxing training methods. The disease pulls no punches, so in equal response, Rock Steady Boxing gives the afflicted a chance to strike back, to find a measure of peace and prolong their normalcy. The local program looks old school, with a gym set up in a converted storage room in Lutheran Life’s basement. Fluorescent lights illuminate dark gray stone walls. New punching bags line one side of the room, and speed bags take up space nearby. On the other end, a few tables have been set up, equipment is stacked and a newly built wooden cubby holds some gear. Motivational phrases and the blue-and-gold Rock Steady Boxing logo adorn the walls. During one recent evening session, four participants trained with Lutheran Life wellness coordinator and honorary head coach Rachael Dettling. A framed picture of Muhammad Ali, looking exhausted after a 1965 bout with Sonny Liston, stared down at them. Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson’s for years, and posters of boxing movies past are invoked to provide encouragement. Clas-


Lutheran Life Villages recently began offering Rock Steady Boxing classes in Fort Wayne. The classes are designed to help participants offset the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

sic-rock songs like “Eye of the Tiger” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” echoed off the concrete walls. Dettling barked instructions during the routines, and the class roared in response. They focused on the moment — feeling the impact of their fists on a punching bag or the burn in their thighs from doing squats. The group that night included Cathy Fisher, who’s had Parkinson’s for three years. She was checking the program out for the first time. Dan Spangler, who has had Parkinson’s for about 10 years, had attended about half a dozen classes in addition to doing therapy at Turnstone. Vicky Pope, who was diagnosed last year, drove from her home in Roanoke for her third class. “I’m noticing benefits so far,” she said. Bob Craven, 62, who also was diagnosed a year ago, needs assistance from staff and a walker. Though his mobility is limited, he doesn’t back down. He gives as much as his body can deliver. “There are days that are good, and there are days you have to work harder,” he said. “But you gotta persist.”

Craven said he used to be an athlete and a guitar player before he was stricken with Parkinson’s. The disorder has taxed him physically and mentally, but the program offers an outlet for the frustration. “Hitting that bag is just about as close as hitting something,” he said. Dettling said the workout isn’t just dedicated to alleviating the physical symptoms of Parkinson’s but the emotional toll as well. “It’s a life-changing diagnosis that can lead some people to become depressed,” she said. “What we try to do with this program is to kind of give them back their independence by empowering them.” Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease that saps the affected person’s motor functions, causing a range of bodily tremors, rigidity, movement problems, loss of balance and speech issues. According to the


National Parkinson’s Foundation, about 1 million Americans live with the disorder. It’s most prevalent among the elderly, those older than 60, but also affects younger groups. The symptoms can vary from case to case, affecting some more severely than others during the disease’s progression. While incurable, Parkinson’s can be treated with medications, therapy and exercise. The NPF’s website lists research showing how rigorous exercise can be an effective treatment in helping patients regain some movement control and speed. That’s where Rock Steady Boxing comes in. Founded in 2006 in Indianapolis by former Marion County prosecutor Scott Newman after

he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the organization developed an intense, noncontact fitness program to counter the disease’s symptoms. The traditional boxing training regimens provide a fullbody workout, specifically focusing on flexibility, strength, speed and especially balance. Dettling, a recreational therapist who has worked in neurological rehabilitation, said routines can vary, but the classes follow a similar structure of warm-ups, stretching, upper- and lower-body and core work, boxing activities and cool-downs. Yelling is also a big part of the program. Dettling said participants are encouraged to yell as a way to maintain their vocal intensity. The struggle and the emotional release each participant

experiences help them form bonds with other members so that their exercise class becomes more than just a class, but a support group as well. “That support can lift them up. They feel like they can accomplish something and fight back against this disease,” Dettling said. Lutheran Life Villages started offering Rock Steady Boxing sessions in March, capping months of work to launch the local affiliation. The driving force behind the work was Tim Imler, Lutheran Life’s executive director. He has lived with Parkinson’s for about four years. After learning about Rock Steady Boxing, Imler said he checked out the organization and knew then he wanted to bring the program to Fort Wayne.

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TURTLE from Page B1 each June for food and games and turtle races. Though Oscar is expected to miss his namesake festival — again — Churubusco won’t want for turtles. “Our entire park is flooded in turtle activities,” Kirkpatrick said. A costumed Oscar will roam the crowd and be available for photos with the kids. Kids will already be in the park for Kids Day

starting at 9:30 Saturday, and can move to the next ball diamond at 11 to register for the turtle races, at noon. “Everyone is invited to join in, bring a turtle and see if you can win,” Kirkpatrick said. The fastest turtle gets a prize. So do the smallest turtle, the largest turtle, the farthest traveled turtle and the strangest looking turtle. Turtles are not known to train for the races. There is no official time for warmup or stretching.

“Everybody has their own little routine with the turtles,” Kirkpatrick said. “The gentleman who runs it has some experience with turtles. We had a sick turtle last year and he nursed it back to health.” Eligible turtles are released back into the wild. The festival cautions kids that some turtle species are in danger and should not be disturbed. Find those instructions at That site also has more

festival features, and a story about how Oscar got his name. Kirkpatrick can vouch for the festival details and the committee that has brought it all together, though she said everything is subject to change. As for the legend, Kirkpatrick can only repeat what she has heard. Kirkpatrick, as a native Churubuscian, has heard every Oscar story. She is sharing them with her daughters Nevaeh, 8, and Kinley, 5. Kirkpatrick got involved with the festival, she said, because her uncle, Thomas Fletcher, was a longtime member of the board. He passed away five years ago, and Kirkpatrick’s cousin stepped in. It can be a big job. “I wanted to volunteer too,” Kirkpatrick said. “We have probably six members of our family who are involved with the board. This is just a way to connect with him.” “We’re in a rebuilding stage, a whole new

might want to scout for him from another festival addition, helicopter rides. Even the amusement company is new this year. “Poor Jack Amusements has a great midway. We’re really excited to have them,” Kirkpatrick said. Profit from the festival goes to the town park and other community needs. Already, Kirkpatrick is watching the Turtle Days tradition take root with another generation of Churubuscians. “They love it,” she said of her daughters. “Actually my oldest daughter had an idea to do a drawing contest, so this year we’re going to set up a booth for the kids to draw their version of Oscar, and I’ve got a couple of TinCaps tickets for the winner.” She said Nevaeh “loves to go to school and tell the kids that her mom is involved with Turtle Days.”


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the feel of horsepower if you’re a gear-head,” Krider said. “If you’re a motor person, there’s nothing like when you start opening the throttle and turning that horsepower loose. There’s just an indescribable feel.” The three-day event will celebrate its 60th year. “It started at what we called Arcola Days,” said Ken Kurtz, a longtime supporter. “Like all the other towns have their own days to make money for the community, we had a tractor pull on the school grounds.” The pull survived; the festival did not. “They’d just take a road-grader and make a track,” Kurtz said. “They had sleds designed originally where people would

June 26-28, Branning Park, 11202 Reed St. Arcola Thursday, June 26 Michindoh action features eight classes, including the new 8,000-pound work stock diesel. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pulls start at 7 p.m. Friday, June 27 NTPA action features mini-rods to light pro stock. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pulls start at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 NTPA action begins at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. For more information, visit,, or get on at various stops to add weight, and that grew to where they got a bona fide weight transfer that was designed by a couple of local people.” “And about 1977 they moved to the present grounds, which was owned by Dave Branning. His brother Carl talked him into putting the track there. It was on a clay

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base that was formerly a tile mill, and that was superb for making a tractor pull track. And so that’s where it’s been ever since. “Dave allowed the fire department to set up the grounds and the bleachers and a tower for broadcasting the event, and in his will when he passed away two or three years ago he willed the actual grounds to the [Lake] Township.” The fire department was guaranteed use of the grounds for the pull each year, Kurtz said. The three-day parade of power is a fundraiser for the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department. It’s an important purpose for Kurtz, whose son Jon has been a firefighter for 25 years. In all, more than

30 firefighters serve the department. The Mizpah Shrine Antique Power Club pitches in each year at the pull, using vintage machines to pull the sleds back to the starting point after each run. This year, though, even more antique machines will be on hand. “We plan to have an antique tractor parade on Friday night, to give a visual evolution of tractors from the early days to the present,” co-chair Lin Wilson said in an email. Ken Kurtz plans to be part of that parade. He might drive his 1953 Farmall Super H that his father bought new. Tractor pull co-chair Matt Butts said ticket prices are unchanged this year, although age brackets have changed. Plans are coming together well, he said, but the success of the pull depends largely on the weather. Both Butts and Wilson urged fans to check the website,, for ticket details, schedules, and rules for fans and drivers. Region 2 racers will return to the area at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, for a showdown in Roanoke.


Heavy-duty tractors return to Branning Park for the Arcola National Truck & Tractor Pull, June 26-28.


Bill Hand, right, received an award at the Tri State Antique Points Pullers banquet at Monroeville Community Park. Presenting the award was Kevin Banet, club president.

Tractor pull club presents awards The Tri State Antique Points Pullers held their annual awards banquet April 27 at the Monroeville Community Park. The Pullers are based out of Arcola and cover Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Kevin Banet, president and head coordinator, served as master of ceremonies at the banquet, which drew more than 60 people representing all three states. After a potluck dinner, awards were presented. Class champions in all the classes ranging from 3,500 pounds on up to and including 10,000 pounds were awarded plaques along with the traditional winners jacket. The second and third placings were also awarded plaques. There were five special awards, consisting of Light Weight Puller of the Year, Heavy Weight Puller of the Year, Member of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, and Pull of the year. This year, three of the top award winners were from the area. Bill Hand of the near Huntertown was awarded the Member of the Year plaque. Larry Hille from Arcola was voted the Sportsman of the Year. The Carroll High School FFA received top honors for Pull of the Year. This was considered quite a feat for the FFA, because the pull was postponed due to wet grounds at Arcola and had to be moved from Arcola in September to the Springfield Community Park in New Haven at the end of October. On a less than 50-degree day, the pull had 194 entries. Also awarded was the traditional Hall of Fame award. Carol Hand was this year’s winner. The title sponsors for 2013 were Dave Schaefer Farms, Stinson Antique Tractors, and Kar trucking. The associate sponsors were SRS Trucking, Banet Enterprises, Cartwright Motor Sports and Creative Awards and Gifts. Anyone who would like to enter their antique tractor in pulls may call Kevin Banet at 715-2520 for information and scheduling.

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matched that. And we decided that would have made a nice improvement, but we saw a lot more than that. So the town donated another $400,000, so it’s almost up to an $800,000 project.” The splash pad is bigger. “It would have had like three water features instead of what we have here, six features and jets coming up from the floor,” he said.

“Some of the splash pads will circulate chlorinated water in a closed system,” Hamilton said, “but this is an open system. It just pumps water out of a well, and after it hits the splash pad it will flow down this play creek, so kids will be able to play and wade in the water, and the water eventually winds up in the pond and either evaporates or overflows into the St. Joe River and the Cedarville Reservoir.”

Two sand volleyball courts have been added. More concrete paths were built. Horseshoe pits were added near the maintenance shed. The park complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he said. Wheelchair seating is available at the shaded tables. The concrete paths are wide, with gentle slopes. One of the three horseshoe pits is ADA compliant. A concrete path already

linked the restrooms and the lower pavilions with the pavilions nearer the river, Hamilton said, but all other walkways were mulch. The extra money allowed for paving, to make the trails accessible to more people. The pond will be stocked, but the fish will need to grow a couple years before they’re big enough to catch, Hamilton said. “It’s been quite a project,” Hamilton said. “We couldn’t do it without our citizenry or volunteers.” Terry Jo Lightfoot and Dirk Schmidt also serve on the park board. A fourth position is vacant.


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Fortezza brings bold coffee to downtown By Ryan Schnurr

For weeks, Fortezza Coffee was something of an abstraction. Through tinted windows passers-by could glimpse the menu wall, tables and chairs and the sleek modern bar. But the official opening date of the shop, and what awaited customers inside, was perpetually unclear. That is, until the open sign was illuminated one Wednesday morning. And then, everybody knew. Fortezza Coffee was buzzing. Twitter and Instagram posts included photos and glowing reviews. Owner Sean Wang (pronounced ‘Wong’), said that he is excited to bring a new type of coffee shop to downtown Fort Wayne. One that will bring a bit of big-city coffee culture. “Cities like Chicago, Austin, Portland … places that are known for coffee, obviously Seattle. We’re just trying to bring a little bit of that here to Fort Wayne,” he said. Billed as a specialty coffee shop with a bit of a cafe feel, Fortezza also has baked goods and some food items. But Wang emphasized that their main focus is on the specialty coffee side and introducing new things like alternative brewing techniques. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wang’s reputation for serving quality coffee — he also owns Trionfale Espresso on Dupont Road — is strong. And his desire to do so in downtown Fort Wayne has been in the works for a long time. “Fortezza Coffee is actually what I originally

wanted to do before Trionfale,” he explained. But, he continued, there wasn’t really any suitable space available. Wang said that finally, with the amount of development going into downtown Fort Wayne and the availability of better real estate, he felt comfortable adding a location in the city center. “With this location, I mean, it’s pretty much prime,” he said. “So we decided to go ahead and jump on it.” And it certainly had people excited. Before Fortezza opened, the building, which was being gutted and renovated by its owners, seemed to be closer and closer to completion each time you walked past it. But suddenly, the process — and the coffee shop — seemed to grind to a halt.


Fortezza Coffee, a modern downtown coffee shop, is now open at 819 S. Calhoun St., across from 816 Pint and Slice.

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TrafďŹ c to come full circle with downtown roundabout By Peter Ambrose

Downtown Fort Wayne will head in a new direction this year in the form of trafďŹ c changes designed to have a signiďŹ cant effect on the area. FairďŹ eld Avenue and Ewing Street will transition from one-way to two-way streets, while at their conďŹ&#x201A;uence will sit the most stunning of the changes: the planned roundabout intersection where FairďŹ eld, Ewing, Wells and Superior streets converge. The roundabout will be the ďŹ rst of its kind downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is going to be a project thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have a huge impact for downtown, and change the way, particularly this area, (it) is going to look,â&#x20AC;? said City Engineer Shan Gunawardena. Work is expected to begin this summer, ďŹ rst to build the roundabout, then to convert FairďŹ eld and Ewing as part of a $4-million project. The goal is to bring trafďŹ c more in line with the vision to remake downtown into a destination hub. According to Public Works spokesman Frank Suarez, the current conďŹ guration of FairďŹ eld and Ewing was designed decades ago to help employees from


Ewing Street will be converted to two-way trafďŹ c as part of a $4 million project.

businesses like General Electric and Lutheran Hospital, at its original site on FairďŹ eld, ďŹ&#x201A;ow through downtown on their way to and from work. But times have changed. Lutheran moved and GE is pulling out of the city. The plant, which once employed thousands, has been nearly vacant for years, rendering the trafďŹ c patterns that served it outdated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thought process back in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s for FairďŹ eld and Ewing was to move people through downtown. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to get them to experience downtown,â&#x20AC;? Suarez said. The city wants to capitalize on the boom in developments and attractions that have helped bring more people to live, work and enjoy downtown over the past several years. They include: Parkview Field; the Harrison; the

Allen County Public Library and Grand Wayne Convention Center expansions; the new Anthony Wayne Building condos and loft apartment projects; the new Cititlink bus terminal; the upcoming Ash Brokerage Corp. development; the University of Saint Francisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approaching occupation of the former Scottish Rite Center; and whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come at the vacant lot next to Parkview Field. The idea is to create an atmosphere based less on rushing from place to place, and more on browsing through what downtown has to offer by becoming more pedestrian-friendly. Gunawardena, a trafďŹ c engineer, said FairďŹ eld and Ewing as one-way streets limit visibility to businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commercial retail businesses, particularly if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a restaurant or some sort of shop, they

depend on pass-by trafďŹ c. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not passing by, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing it,â&#x20AC;? he said. When the roads are converted to two-way, plans call for FairďŹ eld to remain more of a thoroughfare and handle most of the trafďŹ c. Improvements will stretch from Superior Street to the viaduct just south of Baker Street. The island that forces northbound and southbound trafďŹ c on to Baker from FairďŹ eld will be taken out. Baker will become a two-way street with a stop sign at FairďŹ eld. Gunawardena said the plans wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect the police memorial at the intersection. The city also plans to reduce the gulf of pavement at FairďŹ eld and Brackenridge, which will allow for an expansion of the tiny West Central Playlot there. Ewing, meanwhile, is expected to be the entryway to commercial enterprises around Parkview Field. It will be two-way from Baker to Superior with a turn-lane in the middle, bike lanes on the sides and improved sidewalks with park strips between the walk and the curb. Gunawardena said on-street parking on Ewing will be sacriďŹ ced to satisfy the volume of requests the city received for more bike lanes and safer sidewalks. To that end, the far right lane of Jefferson Boulevard will be taken out from Broadway to FairďŹ eld to accommodate wider sidewalks. Pedestrian crosswalks will run along the outer rim, and Gunawardena said one of the lanes on the Wells Street bridge will be taken out to make way for a wider sidewalk there.

Dachshund Dash returns to Hoagland Days By Garth Snow

Every dog has its day, and wiener dogs will have theirs on a Saturday afternoon at Hoagland Days. The festival runs Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21. Dachshund owners may bring their four-legged friends to Hoagland Community Park at 4 p.m. to share in the newest event in Hoaglandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual celebration. The Dachsund Dash is very popular, said Annie Counterman, a festival co-chairwoman. Dog owners may sign up by calling 820-3435, or by emailing klperry567@ The kiddie tractor pull also will return this year, after taking a break in 2013. That event also will be held Saturday afternoon. Counterman and co-chairwoman Sally Holle said a ďŹ nal events schedule, an entertainment bill, and the selection of the parade grand marshal will be posted on the Hoagland Area Advancement Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, Or visit Hoagland Days Fair on Facebook. Candidates for queen, prince and princess will be introduced on opening night. New this year is the royal queen contest, for senior ladies from Hoagland. Winners in all categories will be decided by the number of rafďŹ&#x201A;e tickets they sell. The HAAA will offer a ďŹ sh and tenderloin dinner Friday night. The prince and princess will be crowned that evening, and the demolition derby will

begin. Saturday features the parade, silent auction, talent show, wine tasting, the HAAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barbecue chicken dinner and another night of the demolition derby. The festival ends with the crowning of the queen and royal queen, merchants drawings and entertainment by Sierra Shame. Amusement rides and a food court will be available throughout the festival. A mechanical bull has been added to the adult beverages tent Friday evening. Other attractions include the merchants tent and bingo. Entertainment will be offered each evening; details have yet to be determined. All proceeds support the park and pavilion and the Hoagland Youth League, which offers softball, baseball, T-ball and lob-ball for kids. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams also occupy the four diamonds some evenings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a game down there about every night it seems,â&#x20AC;? Holle said. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memories Made in Hoagland.â&#x20AC;? The festival takes months of planning, said Counterman, who has been involved with the project about six years. About 50 people serve in one capacity or another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kind of lay low the last part of the year and then we get started again in January, making plans and getting organized,â&#x20AC;? Counterman said. Those plans continued to fall into place one month before the festival. A festival guide book will garner important income for the festival, Holle said.


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CRUISIN’ SEASON The Liberty Cruisers hold their cruise-ins from 5-7:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month, through October, at Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road. The club also rallies from 5-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, June through August, at IHOP Restaurant, 1535 W. Washington Center Road. The club will present the Lawton Park Car Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St., with registration from 9 a.m.-noon. Proceeds benefit Hope Alive. For details, email The Curbside Cruisers Car Club rallies from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month, through September, at the Athenian Restaurant, 1020 W. Coliseum Blvd. For more regional cruise schedules and updates, visit

FARMERS MARKETS Regular market dates include: Tuesdays, June 10-Sept. 6, 3-6 p.m., at Parkview Regional Medical Center, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive, Entrance 1. Tuesdays, May 13-Sept. 30, 2-6 p.m., Riverside Gardens Park, 14701 Schwartz Road, Leo-Cedarville. Sponsored by The Cedars retirement community. Wednesdays, June 11-Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m., Salomon Farmers’ Market, The Old Barn at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road. Wednesdays, June 25-Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m., Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave., New Haven. Thursdays, June 12-Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., One Summit Square. Thursdays, June 12-Sept. 11, 4-7 p.m., Georgetown Square, 6400 E. State Blvd. Fridays, June 20-Sept. 5, 4-7 p.m., Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center,

4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fridays, May-October, 3-8 p.m., Historic West Main Street Market, 1936 W. Main St. One Friday each month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Lutheran Hospital, and one Friday each month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Dupont Hospital. For market dates, watch Saturdays, June 7-Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Barr Street and Wayne Street. Saturdays, May 17-Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s Barr Street Market, 302 E. Berry St. Saturdays, Easter through mid-December, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Southside Farmers Market, 3300 Warsaw St. Saturdays, June 12-Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, Farmers Market in downtown Roanoke. Sundays, June-October, noon-3, East State Village Farmers Market at Tecumseh Branch Library Plaza, 1411 E. State Blvd.

MULTIPLE DATES / CONTINUING / NOTICES / REGISTRATION Charger Athletic Club silent auction. June 10 through June 20, at 10 p.m. Benefits athletes of Carroll High School. This online auction replaces the previous silent auction, allowing all Carroll community friends and families to participate online. Visit To donate an item, contact Dan Ginder at 338-5334 or Summer dance camp. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. $60 per camper. Registration deadline is July 11. Camp is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, July 14-18. The Bishop Dwenger High School Dance Crew will hold a summer dancecamp for kindergarten through eighth grade. Each participant receives a free camp T-shirt. Visit for details and forms. 23rd Excellence in Recycling Awards. The Allen County Solid Waste Management District again will honor nonprofits and commercial businesses in Allen County. The Closing the Loop Award honors organizations that buy and use products made of recycled content or create and manufacture recycle content products. The 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Award recognizes programs that divert waste from landfills by significantly reducing solid waste generated, developing methods for reusing resources, or implementing recycling programs. Nomination forms are online at or may be obtained by calling 449-7878. Deadline for entries is July 31, with the awards luncheon slated for early August. English as a Second Language classes. East Allen County Church of Christ, 3800 Minnich Road, New Haven. The church is searching for new students who either want to learn English or improve their English. A Sunday morning class is offered for beginning Spanish speakers. For those seeking to better their English skills, classes are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 749-5300 or visit Space art contest. The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society invites this school year’s fifth-graders to share their views of outer space in a contest that offers a telescope as first prize. Students may draw or paint their view of what exists beyond Earth, real or imagined. The winner will receive a 76mm telescope. The second-place prize is a star finder, and third place wins a one-year family membership in the society. Entries must be postmarked by June 6. For details, visit

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Summer art classes. Purple Dandelion Art Studio, 304 Webster St., Monroeville. Artist Mary Lou Morgan will instruct classes for adults and children in drawing, wire sculpture, acrylic painting, craft projects and painted furniture techniques. Guest instructors will teach calligraphy and beginner quilt projects. Studio hours are 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Sign up during regular hours or call Morgan at 623-3688. Driver education. Homestead High School, 4310 Homestead Road. The book portion will be held 12:30-3:30 p.m. weekdays, June 11-24. The student must be 15 before June 11 to take the book portion. The cost for the book portion is $125. The driving instruction portion is available in six sessions: June 11-18, June 19-26, June 27-July 7, July 8-15; July 16-23; and July 24-31. Driving time choices vary by session; contact the school for details. The cost for the driving portion is $250. Each student must drive for six hours. Students who complete the book portion online are eligible for the driving portion. Participation is not limited to Southwest Allen County Schools students or SWAC residents. Registration will be Wednesday, May 21, starting at 6:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Homestead High School; enter by Door No. 1. Miss Allen County Queen Scholarship Pageant. June 1 is the early entry deadline. Contact Michelle Love at or 6939407. The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Carroll High School. The winner and her court will reign over the 25th annual Allen County Fair, July 22-27. The pageant is open to women ages 17 to 21 who live in Allen County. Camp Joe Levine. Fox Island Park Nature Preserve, 7324 Yohne Road. This Jewish day camp for children ages 4-13 is open to Jewish and non-Jewish campers. Kids enjoy one, two or three weeks of summer fun. To download an application, visit aspx. For additional information, call Samantha McGlennen, 438-2118. Sessions are July 7-11, July 14-18, and July 21-25. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Allen County Master Gardener Youth Program. Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, 4001 Crescent Ave. $40, due at orientation. Purdue Cooperative Extension offers this summer educational program for kids ages 8 and up. For 15 years, young adults interested in gardening have received hands-on training, tours and outdoor labs at the Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The young adults also plant and maintain their own garden area during the summer. In 2014, classroom training sessions begin with orientation June 17 and conclude July 29. Visit or contact the Allen County Extension ofďŹ ce at 481-6826 (Option 3) and ask for an application, or contact Ricky Kemery, Horticulture Extension educator, at Fall 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, 4001 Crescent Ave. $125 program fee includes class material and a reference notebook. The Purdue University Master Gardener volunteer program helps gardeners grow by providing them with intensive training in horticultural principles. Participants, in turn, share their knowledge by providing volunteer leadership and service to their communities. In 2014, volunteer training sessions will begin Sept. 3 and conclude in early November. Training sessions will be conducted at the Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekly classes are separate teaching sessions, not repeats of the same session. To learn more about this volunteer program or to pick up an application, visit the Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce or call 481-6826 and press Option 3. Additional information and an application can be downloaded from (Click on Home Yard and Garden). Fridays in May. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St. 12:10-12:40 p.m. each Friday in May. The public is invited; admission is free. Each music program is followed by a $2 sandwich lunch. Remaining dates are: May 23, in Wagenhals Hall, Kekionga Steel Drumz

of Kekionga Middle School, Michael Horan, director; May 30, in Krauss Chapel, Austin Lewellen, string bass, and Jason Simon, piano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Road Trip, U.S.A.â&#x20AC;? The Summit City Singers presents its spring 2014 concert series. All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. Summit City Singers is a Fort Wayne community-based, nonproďŹ t, SATB choral group. The group formed in 2006 with 30 singers. Today there are approximately 60 singers in the group. Judy King is the director and Barbara Krick is the accompanist. Summit City Singers is open to anyone high school age and older who has the desire to sing, can attend rehearsals and concerts and match pitch. An audition is not required. Summit City Singers rehearse September through early November, with concerts being held mid-November and early December. Rehearsals then resume in February and continue through early May with spring concerts following. The group performs all types of choral music, and this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selections will include â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Yellow Rose of Texas,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Mud,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Old Kentucky Homeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;God Bless the U.S.A.â&#x20AC;? Remaining dates and locations are: Tuesday, May 27, 7 p.m., Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joe Center Road; Sunday, June 1, 7 p.m., Crossview Church, 12532 Grabill Road, Grabill; Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road; and Friday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Gardens, corner of Schwartz and Cedarville roads, Leo. For more information on joining or about concerts, contact Judy King at 489-4505 or tking1812@ Safe Sitter Classes. Lutheran Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. Safe Sitter is a medically based instructional program that teaches girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Classes include two days of instruction that incorporate lifesaving techniques, how and when to talk with a 9-1-1 dispatcher, injury prevention, behavior management, managing a toddler or preschool guest, tips on child care and how to screen baby-sitting jobs. The classes are taught by Lutheran Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital staff and prepare babysitters to conďŹ dently handle crises. Registrations are accepted on a ďŹ rst-come, ďŹ rst-served basis, and class size is limited. The cost for the two-day class is $50. Students must be at least 11 years old to participate. Call Child Life Specialist Tammy Else with Lutheran Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital at 435-7344 to register. More details are available at Classes take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 24 and 25; July 14 and 15; Aug. 7 and 8; and, Dec. 29 and 30. Register for Diva Dash 5K Run/Walk. The May 31 event at Georgetown Square raises funds and awareness for Girls on the Run of Allen County. Women and girls of any age eligible for the 5K. Registration is $30 May 1 through race day. Register online at, or at Three Rivers Running Co. or any Fort Wayne area Health Kick, including the store near Kroger in Georgetown Square. Race-day registration is in front of Georgetown Bowl, form 6:30-7:30 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. Each person who registers in advance will receive a T-shirt; sizes are not guaranteed for race-day registration. Pick up packets from 3-7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Three Rivers Running Co., 4039 N. Clinton St.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Victory Ride II. Lucky Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne sponsors this event, which begins at the National Military History Center, 5634 County Road 11A, Auburn. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and kickstands go up at noon. The ride ends at Lucky Harley-Davidson, 6315 Illinois Road. Registration is $15 a person and includes a Victory Ride II T-shirt. More than 400 motorcycles followed the route in the inaugural year, and sponsors expect a bigger turnout this year. For details, visit Proceeds beneďŹ t Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

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TUESDAY, MAY 27 Park ribbon-cutting. Riverside Gardens, 14701 Schwartz Road, Leo. Noon. Event celebrates completion of the Riverside Gardens Enhancement Project. New features include a splash pad, play creek, playground, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, paved walking trail, and ďŹ shing pond. Children from Leo Elementary School will help to cut the ribbons, launch balloons, and play in the splash pad. Local, area and state ofďŹ cials have been invited to participate. Trek the Trails. Moser Park Trailhead, New Haven. 6 p.m. Meet in the parking lot near the baseball diamonds, near 601 W. Main St., for a free, guided, community bike ride. Treks continue each Tuesday through Oct. 7, in and around Fort Wayne. For details, visit Fort Wayne Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Midday Connection. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.50, inclusive of lunch and program. Call reservations to Meridith at 672-3414. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something New in the Airâ&#x20AC;? program is a fashion show with Dawn DeSanto of Hand Jive Wearable Art, featuring clothing of all sizes. Baby sitting is available. The program is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Show choirs perform. Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road. 7 p.m. Northrop will close the year with the traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eveningsâ&#x20AC;? concert. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tom Maupin directs. Swimming lessons registration and evaluations. NACS Natatorium, Carroll High School, 3701 Carroll Road. 5:30-7 p.m. Summer I classes run Monday and Wednesday evenings from June 2-18 and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from June 10-26. All of the classes, especially the entry level classes, will concentrate not only on proper swimming skills, but will have more focus on safety ďŹ rst, learning safety skills, and becoming more knowledgeable about being safe around the water. As a child progresses through the color group classes, they will continue to master more challenging skills and work on their stroke technique, which will beneďŹ t them should they wish to continue on a swim team. Call 637-0340 or visit for more information.

THURSDAY, MAY 29 Paws to Read dogs retire. Globe Room, Main Library, 900 Library Plaza. 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services department of the Allen County Public Library will host a retirement celebration for Morgan and Samantha. Morgan, a black Labrador retriever, and her handler Mary Bastrass began volunteering in 2009. Samantha, a golden retriever, and her handler Karen Junk started in 2005. Everyone is invited. The dogs along with their handlers will be retiring with more than 85 hours of service to the Paws to Read program. Children and their families who have enjoyed reading to Sam or Morgan are especially encouraged to come and say thank you and goodbye. Children at most library locations are invited to read a story to a book-loving dog. Research shows that children enjoy improving their reading skills by practicing reading to animals. For more information, check, pick up a copy of Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happening, or ask at any location for times and dates. Church rummage sale. St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road. 5-8 p.m. Proceeds support the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local missions.

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Dupont Valley Times • May 23, 2014

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Diva Dash 5K Run/Walk. Georgetown Square. 8 a.m. For race-day registration, sign up in fro nt of Georgetown Bowl from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Raceday registration is $30. Women and girls of any age come together to celebrate sisterhood with a 5K run/walk to raise money for Girls on the Run of Allen County. The Merge Christian Singles Dance. Indiana Tech recreation center, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. 6-11 p.m. $5. Games and a disc jockey for dancing, plus ice-breakers to allow Christian singles of all denominations to get together. Merge meets the last Saturday of each month; locations vary. Church rummage sale. St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday is $3-a-bag-day. Proceeds support the church’s local missions. Tennis celebration dinner. Wildwood Racquet Club, 508 N. Hadley Road. In conjunction with the 2014 Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic. 6:30 p.m., cocktails and silent auction. 7:30 p.m., featured pro exhibition match and awards dinner, following the May 30 women’s doubles competition and the May 31 division play. For information on entering or supporting the tournament, or for dinner ticket registration, visit

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Bark in the Park. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. 3:05 p.m. The Fort Wayne TinCaps play the West Michigan Whitecaps. As part of Bark in the Park, presented by the Petco Foundation and the Allen County SPCA, fans may bring their dogs to the game. Pooch Passes are available for $12, offering lawn seating for fans and their dogs. A portion of each purchased Pooch Pass will be donated back to the Allen County SPCA. The deadline to purchase Pooch Passes is Friday, May 23, as space is limited to the first 150 dogs. To buy Pooch Passes or for more information on Bark in the Park, contact Tom Baxter at 407-2806 or

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Golf celebration dinner. Sycamore Hills Golf Club, 11836 Covington Road. 6 p.m. In conjunction with the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic, which includes a women’s 18-hole golf event at Sycamore Hills and a women’s 9-hole golf event at Pine Valley Country Club. For information on the tournament or the dinner, visit

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Evening prayer. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St. 4 p.m. Featuring Scripture, prayer, candlelight and silence. Led by the Rev. Gary Erdos, senior pastor. This meditative spoken service is open to all.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Free concert. Foellinger Theater, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Downbeat 7:30 p.m. The Fort Wayne Area Community Band will present a variety of music under the direction of assistant conductors David Blackwell and Susan Jehl. Students from area high schools will join the 75-member ensemble for the second half of the program. The Concordia Lutheran High School Cadet Drill team will present the colors and perform a rifle drill to the strains of John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton March.” In addition, the program will include “Beguine for Flutes” featuring the high school flutists, “The Genius of Ray Charles,” “Happy,” “John Williams in Concert,” “Journey to the Lion’s Castle,” “The Music Makers,” “Serenata” and “Tennessee Salute.” Daniel O’Donnell. Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7 p.m. Tickets $55 to $85, on sale at For more information on the Irish recording artist, visit

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Spring beer tasting. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. 6:05 p.m. Fans can enjoy baseball, beer, and an all-you-can-eat meal, during a TinCaps game for $40. The ticket price includes an hourlong beer tasting and two beer vouchers, a unique TinCaps beer glass, and a ticket to that night’s game at Parkview Field. Beers from both local and national brewers will be available, including a variety of seasonal options. The all-you-can-eat meal is served in the Ortho Northeast Treetops in right field. The event includes exclusive door prizes from the distributors and the TinCaps. The beer tasting is 6:05-7:05 p.m., with the meal from 6:35 p.m. through the seventh inning. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are limited. Call Austin Allen at 407-2824, or email Another beer tasting is planned at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Appleseed Quilters Guild. Classic Cafe , 4832 Hillegas Road. 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Fish and tenderloin fry. Albion Fire Station, 210 Fire Station Drive on the east end of Albion. 5-7:30 p.m. $9 for adults, $6 for children, and free to children 5 and under. The Albion Fire Department’s annual all-youcan-eat fish and tenderloin fry will again be a part of the Chain O’ Lakes Festival this year. In addition to the unlimited fish and tenderloin, chips, applesauce, baked beans, bread and a drink are on the menu. Proceeds go to the Fire Department’s emergency equipment and training fund.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Restoring broken relationships. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 for the workshop, including continental breakfast and lunch. Larry Renetzky, co-author of the book “Healing Grace for Hurting People,” will offer practical steps for restoring broken relationships. Reservations can be made by calling the church, 422-4681, by May 27. Renetzky is a licensed family counselor in Amarillo, Texas. He hosts a weekly Christian radio program with a listening audience of more than 30,000. In a news release, the church

Ice cream social. Grace Point Church, 8611 Mayhew Road. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Event features free Edy’s ice cream, kids’ rides, games and prizes, pony rides, a Scholastic Book Fair, plus live, family-friendly music and entertainment. All activities and performances are free, with donations accepted to support Kate’s Kart, a not-for-profit organization that supplies free books to hospitalized children to keep for their enjoyment. The goal is to promote literacy and encourage children, and their families, to read on an ongoing basis. Kate’s Kart was founded in 2008 by the Layman family in memory of their daughter, Katherine Anne Layman (affectionately known to family and friends as “Baby Kate”). In just over five years, the organization has grown to service 16 area hospitals, plus several pediatric offices. More than 90 volunteers collect, count, sort, label, stock and distribute books. To date, Kate’s Kart has handed out more than 75,000 new books to hospitalized children. For details, visit Game night. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2435 Engle Road. 7 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Thanks to a grant from the Lutheran Foundation, the church has new equipment for game night, including electronic gaming systems, a ping pong table, traditional board games and a karaoke system. Snacks are provided at no charge. Adult chaperones are members of Bethany for more than two years, have passed a • B11

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MONDAY, JUNE 16 Get Checking workshop. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. 5-9 p.m. This is the last of a series of workshops, as part of the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. The workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, or have mismanaged accounts at banks and credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. All workshops are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. A $50 incentive is available for opening an account, if qualified. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826 or, or visit the home & money page on the website at or visit the office at 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Charger Athletic Club golf scramble. Autumn Ridge Golf Club, 11420 Auburn Road. $400 for a team of four. Fourth annual golf outing to raise funds for the athletes of Carroll High School. Registration with continental breakfast 7-7:45 a.m., with shotgun start at 8 a.m. and lunch about noon. Second session begins with lunch, registration from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Contact Dan Ginder, 338-5334 or Dan.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Plastic duckies race. Johnny Appleseed Park, 1500 Coliseum Blvd. East, on the St. Joseph River. The race begins at the boat ramp at 11:30 a.m. Fun and games begin at 10 a.m. More than 18,000 plastic duckies will race to the finish in the Weigand Construction Duck Race to benefit Stop Child Abuse and Neglect. Sponsors of the first 26 ducks — one for each year of the race — to cross the finish line will win prizes, all donated and valued at $100 or more. The top prize is $5,000, courtesy of the sponsor. The cost to register a duck is $5, with discounts available for sponsoring multiple ducks. For registration information and details, visit

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 “Finally Spring” luncheon. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.50, including program and lunch. The Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection will hear Sandy Thompson share anecdotes about her life and work as a television weather specialist. All women are welcome. RSVP by June 17 to Meridith at 672-3414. Baby sitting is available. Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection is a part of Stonecroft Ministries.

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Dupont Valley Times - May 2014  
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