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June 15, 2012

Hoagland Days full of events for all By Nichole Hacha-Thomas

When Hoagland Days rolls into town June 21, the festival, tucked into southeast Allen County, will celebrate its 140th anniversary. Along with it will come plenty of fair food, rides and annual events. Some of those — like the Greased Pig Contest and the Dachshund Dash — are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

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One event sure to be a winner is the Greased Pig Contest. Planned for June 21 at 7 p.m. it will be a bunch of slipping, sliding fun, said Marciel Kleine, who has coordinated the event with her husband, Harry, for several years. Kleine said the contest is one of the most popular at the festival, dating back as long as she can remember. More than 300 children routinely show up to compete. The contest is just like it sounds, Kleine said. The Hoagland Community Park arena is hosed down with water — to make it muddy, of course — before three local pigs are greased with cooking oil and a throng of children, divided by age into groups of a dozen or so, have their hands greased with Vaseline before. Then, the game begins. The pigs are let loose and the f irst person

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to catch one wins $3. The second pigcatcher wins $2 and the one to snag the remaining animal takes home $1. Each child receives a free ice cream cone ticket from the Lions Club, too, Kleine said. After the fun, the participants have the option of being hosed off by the Hoagland Fire Department, which, Kleine notes, is a big favorite.

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Kleine said the contest lasts a few hours, as sometimes corralling the pig is swift and other times it isn’t. Also, there may be several groups for one age. If there are 30 10-year-old children, Kleine said, they will be split into three groups of 10. Kleine said the event has been a longstanding tradition at Hoagland Days and is one of the favorites.

“The pigs just run around and hope the y don’t get caught,” Kleine said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Registration for the event is free and takes place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. the day of the event and is located behind the pavilion. Kleine said each contestant should wear See HOAGLAND DAYS, page A12

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SDI La Farga LLC General Manager Roy Perala says the new plant can produce up to 180 million pounds of copper wire rod a year. Perala, general manager of SDI La Farga LLC. “Steel Dynamics is in the steel business, and this is a totally different, new market for us.” But for Fort Waynebased SDI, it’s a market that makes a lot of sense. The company acquired

metals recycler OmniSource Corp. in 2007. Last year, OmniSource shipped 1.1 billion pounds of nonferrous metals, with 17 percent of that being recycled copper. At SDI’s annual meeting See SDI, page A13

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Since Steel Dynamics Inc. was formed in 1993, the company has grown from a single mill in Butler to an array of mills, finishing facilities and fabrication plants across the country that together posted $8 billion in sales last year while employing roughly 6,500 workers — all built on the strength of SDI’s steelmaking capabilities. Now with its $40-million SDI/La Farga Group joint venture just east of New Haven nearly ready to begin production, the company is hoping to capitalize on another metal: copper. “It’s a completely different field from what SDI is used to,” said Roy

Children chase after a pig during a past running of the Greased Pig Contest at the annual Hoagland Days festival. The event t akes place June 21 at 7 p.m. with sign-up from 4:30-6:30 p.m.



East Allen County Times • June 15, 2012

Reuille honored for Taylor’s Dream By Nichole Hacha-Thomas

Woodburn native 15-year-old Taylor Reuille, the brains behind Taylor’s Dream: Boundless Playground, was honored at a recent board meeting of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Board of Park Commissioners. She was recognized by Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, with an Indiana Senate concurrent resolution and presented with a citizenship award and medal by the Mary Penrose Wayne chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. “I am just astonished,” Reuille said after receiving the honors. “I am pretty excited.” As an 11-year-old, Reuille noticed the lack of playground equipment for children with disabilities. Instead of leaving the problem to the adults, she sprang into action and began fundraising for a new park — Taylor’s Dream. The 42,000 square-foot section carved out of Kraeger Park is the first playground in the state designed for children with disabilities — and

those without. Reuille was instrumental in spearheading the project with her fundraising and her passion for the project. Reuille raised more than $10,000 with her family and friends. Combined with $250,00 from the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and several additional grants, the $1.4 million project offers three pods of play for children between the ages of 2-12. Each pod features artificial grass and a padded sub-surface for added safety. “Through the work of Taylor Reuille, we are able to recognize the importance of giving all children the opportunity to play together, providing them with a sense of inclusiveness and interaction,” Wyss’ resolution stated. Kathryn Bloom, DAR vice regent, said she’s kept up with Reuille and the project for a while. “Ever since I read the first blurb about Taylor and the park, I’ve been following her,” Bloom said. The DAR Good Citizen Award is given to those exhibiting good citizenship qualities of dependability,

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Taylor Reuille, left, stands with her mother, Casey Booher after Reuille was recognized by Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, with a senate concurrent resolution and presented with a citizenship award and medal by the Mary Penrose Wayne chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. “She’s an exceptional young lady,” Bloom said.

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East Allen County Times • June 15, 2012

EACS top grads honored East Allen County Schools honored its top 10 graduates during graduation ceremonies earlier in the month. Graduating June 8 in the Heritage Junior-Senior High School gym were: 1. Kimberly J, Minerd, Bethel College 2. Joseph M, Griebel, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis 3. Joshua Terry, Ball State University 4. Isaiah R, Horne, IUPUI 5. Rachel L, Gallmeyer, Purdue University 6. Abigail R, Heimann, Ball State University 7. Samuel Reiff, Purdue University 8. Lucas W, Anderson, Indiana University 9. Ariel N, Davison, University of Saint Francis 10. Cassandra L, Dowler, Ball State University Graduating June 8 at the Memorial Coliseum were Leo Junior-Senior High School students: 1. Hannah Field, Manchester College 2. Morgan Ryan, Indiana Wesleyan University 3. Jennifer Miller, Bethel College 4. Mason Heller, Bethel College 5. Tyler Haber, Trine University 6. Natalie Grames, Trine University 7. Kacie Klopfenstein, Butler University 8. Cody Gage, Indiana University 9. Jamie Schroer, University of Cincinnati


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Graduating June 8 in the New Haven High School gym were: 1. Kayla Chin, IPFW 2. Ben Fox, Indiana University 3. Courtney Louden, Purdue University 4. Tyler Purvis, Purdue University 5. Hannah Salerno, Ball State University 6. Carrie Vachon, Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne 7. Kayla Fendel, IPFW 8. Amanda Stecker, Ball State University 9. Justin Lothamer, IPFW 10. Oreonna Shepherd – University of Indianapolis 10. Rashonda Jones – Butler or University of Indianapolis Graduating June 8 in the Woodlan High School gym were: 1. Nolan Bigelow, IPFW 2. Rachel Biddle, Purdue University 3. Alyssa Chandler, Purdue University 4. Alex Emenhiser, Purdue University 5. Brandon Hathaway, IPFW or University of Saint Francis 6. Zachary Haydock, University of Saint Francis 7. Nwe Oo Khin, IPFW 8. Lily Keller, Purdue University 9. Sarah Pringle, IPFW 10. Courtney Widdifield, Ball State University

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In December of 2009, the World Choir Games were searching for an American group to represent the U.S. at the 2010 games in Shaoxing, China. Their hope was to find a team good enough to lobby for the U.S. to host the games in 2012. They called the Voices of Unity Youth Choir. “She said, ‘Well, I called you to see if your choir would be willing to go and represent the United States in China,’” said Marshall White, founder and CEO of Unity

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Eye health important

Take proper precaution to avoid cataracts June is National Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are one of the most common eye health issues eliciting questions for eye doctors from patients. It’s likely because cataracts are quite common in many older adults. Cataracts are opacities, or cloudy areas, in the natural lens of the eye. This lens sits behind the colored part of the eye — the iris. The lens is responsible for focusing light through the pupil onto the retina. In younger people, this lens is flexible and adjusts to focus from distant to near objects. Aging causes this to harden and the eye loses its ability to see things up close. Usually by

a person’s mid-40s, bifocal lenses or reading glasses are necessary to compensate for this condition called presbyopia. Cataracts occur in this same area of the eye. According to Prevent Blindness America, “Cataracts affect nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older.� Age is a big factor in the onset of cataracts. Most people in their 50s are starting to show signs of the most common type, nuclear sclerosis, which is a yellowing or browning of the lens. Cortical cataracts, which are cloudy spokes and often start at the edge of the lens and grow toward the center, also are more

common the older one gets, although cortical cataracts also can happen to younger patients. Risk factors that can lead to cataracts at a younger age include: exposure to UV rays from the sun, smoking, diabetes, eye injuries and history of eye inflammation or other health conditions requiring long-term use of steroids in any form. The most common symptoms of early cataracts are blurry or cloudy vision, not seeing as well as before, even in your best glasses, needing more light to read and glare or halos around lights — especially after dark. Unfortunately, there is

no cure for cataracts, and outside of avoiding the risk factors mentioned above, there are no vitamins, drops or eye exercises capable of improving the condition. Initially, the cataracts can change your glasses prescription, and symptoms often can be lessened by having the most up-to-date lenses and anti-reflective coatings in your glasses. The only real treatment is to have the cloudy lens surgically removed. However, most surgeons and insurances, including Medicare, will not cover the surgery until the cataracts are advanced enough to warrant it. This

can sometimes create a frustrating period for patients, even many years, where the vision is not as good as a patient may like, but is still not bad enough for the procedure. Your eye doctor can help you determine when you are ready for surgery. If you feel you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts, or if you are in your 50s or older and it has been more than a few years since your last eye exam, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. You also can visit or for more information on cataracts or other eye diseases.

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Kate’s Kart kicking off fifth year with ice cream Event combines fun, fundraising

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donors will be able to give beyond the book fair. “The proceeds from the

Each June 26, the Layman family members — mom Krista, dad Andy and brothers Seth and Grant — eat ice cream to celebrate the birthday of their daughter and sister, Kate, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 18 months due to a genetic heart defect. The Laymans also are the founders of Kate’s Kart, an organization providing new books to children who are in the hospital. The project, started in June of 2008 with the goal of serving one Fort Wayne hospital. Four years later, there are Kate’s Karts full of books in 16 hospitals across the state from Fort Wayne to Muncie to Angola to Portland. In 2009, the Laymans invited the community to eat ice cream with them at Kate’s Kart’s annual ice cream social. The event has grown ever since, serving 800 bowls of the icy treat at the 2011 event. This year’s ice cream social, scheduled for June 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Road, will kick off the organization’s fifth year with entertainment, games and — of course — free ice cream from Edy’s. “We see this event as a celebration of the success of Kate’s Kart as well as a celebration of Kate,� Krista Layman said.


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The Layman family celebrates with Ronald McDonald at the 2 011 Kate’s Kart Ice Cream Social. This year’s event will featur e live music, games, a book fair and — of cour se — free ice cream. As in years past, Layman said, the carnival rides, inflatables, games and live entertainment still are free. In addition, Madeline’s Toy Box will perform, Indiana Wild will put on a magic show and Ronald McDonald will be on the scene, too. But, Layman said, this year’s social will combine fun and fundraising, as she hopes to raise more than $5,000 through the sale of food, such as hot dogs and popcorn, and an on-site Scholastic book fair. Kate’s Kart will receive 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale, which will be used to purchase more books. Layman said the organization gives away between 1,200 and 1,400 books each month and has racked up a total of 40,000 books handed out over its four-year history. A Fund A Need booth

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East Allen County Times • June 15, 2012

ACSPCA Pets of the Month

The Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals will feature two pets each month. To find out more about either animal, contact the ACSPCA at its location at 4914 S. Hanna Street or via phone at 744-0454. Meet Ziggy Ziggy is a 1-year-old neutered black Australian shepherd mix. He is shy, but sweet and will need a loving, patient owner who will help him build his confidence. He also will need regular brushing to keep his thick coat free of matting. Ziggy is looking for a home with a fenced yard or trolley where he can play. He gets along well with children, other dogs and even cats. Lovely Lilly Lilly is a 6-year-old spayed female black, short-hair cat. She is

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Letter to the Editor To the editor: East Allen County Schools Board of School Trustees and administration would like to thank all of those in our community who have supported our efforts during the recent redesign phases. We have made many changes over the past couple of years with three simple goals in mind: improve academic achievement for all of our students, reduce expenditures in order to remain fiscally responsible to our taxpayers and better utilize our facilities so that our capital funds can continue to maintain these buildings and their infrastructure to serve our students in the best way possible. Whereas we are disappointed in the recent results of the referendum on the three building projects in Adams Township, we remain encouraged with the almost 3,000 votes in support of these projects. It is our hope to continue dialogue with those who have concerns with the projects as they stand, so we can continue progress with our facilities which can be supported across all of our

HAAA plans golf outing The Hoagland Area Advancement Association will host its 19th annual golf outing Aug. 18 at the Donald Ross Course,

communities. There is work that must be completed at New Haven High School, the Harding facility, Park Hill Learning Center and New Haven Middle School. We will strive to complete the needed maintenance as we have done across all of our school buildings so that they continue to serve our students and community in an effective, efficient manner. At this time, design plans for th e Woodlan and Heritage K-12 projects are being finalized in order to begin the architectural drawings. After the drawings have been completed, bids will be awarded and we look forward to breaking ground on both projects this fall. We continue to make strong academic gains in all grade levels and we offer an educational program which strives to meet the needs of all of our students. It is the experience and expertise of all of our teachers, administrators and support staff that keeps us enhancing the education. Karyle Green, Superintendent East Allen County Schools

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history behind it and learn how to sing the styles of it. Our hope is to see that this becomes something in the educational structure, placed in universities, placed in school systems where there is a soulful music arts curriculum, just like classical music.” It may come as a surprise that Voices of Unity’s rehearsals are not entirely focused on singing. Students each have a binder to organize lessons in leadership development, music history and life — all of which White has incorporated to help students learn how to achieve their goals and promote diversity. Nine-year-old Camari McDavid, a third grader at Maplewood Elementary School, has been part of Voices of Unity for just one year. “At first, I didn’t even think I wanted to be in the choir, but after a year, it’s shown me how much I can learn from the older kids,” he said. From them, McDavid said he’s learned something very valuable, something that will one day help him become a chemist to find a cure for cancer. “I have to seize the opportunity instead of sitting there playing video games. I have to focus and pay attention more. Then when opportunity comes around, I can seize it and

grab it and make something of use.” White said the Voices of Unity training is not just musical. “It’s mental, physical, artistic, emotional, spiritual,” White said. “There is so much more than singing happening here. People have no idea what we’re really doing here behind the scenes.” So much so, that sometimes White wishes the word “choir” weren’t part of the Voices of Unity name. What is seen on TV — the singing, fundraising and excitement of the World Choir Games — is just the surface of an altogether bigger program. Out of six artistic arms of youth development, UPAF is actively pursuing two: choral music through the Voices of Unity Youth Choir and creative writing through a program called POP — the Power of Passion. “When we complete the vision, we will have public speaking, drama, dance and instrumental with a soulful orchestra,” White said. But that takes money. It may be a little easier to raise now that the Voices of Unity has earned more recognition with the 2010 World Choir Games win. To participate in this year’s games in Cincinnati, Ohio, the choir must

raise $275,000, an amount White said they are more than halfway near reaching. “People are a lot more generous this time,” White said. “We’re not fighting the skepticism like we were two years ago. People tend to respond to the success of the previous attempt that we made to go to the games. The whole project is a lot

easier.” This year, the Voices of Unity not only are in the spotlight as defending champions, but the choir also will sing during a Fourth of July-opening ceremony with Grammyaward winner Kirk Franklin, who wrote this year’s World Choir Games’ official song, “I Can.” Kim Mann, artistic

coordinator at Interkulture, which organizes the World Choir Games, told the entire group in a surprise announcement during rehearsal. It was only a few weeks earlier White said how amazing it would be to sing with the renowned artist, even though the Voices of Unity already has been asked to sing during the closing cere-

mony. White said that demonstrated a life lesson they teach during rehearsals — to visualize achievements and believe it can happen. They even have a motto: “I can, I know I can, so I will.” “That’s not just a phrase to these kids. They live that,” White said. “We speak what it is that we want to achieve and look what happened.”

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Library Times grownups and features stories, rhymes, songs and other literacy learning.

Grabill Branch

Hours The Grabill branch is located at 13521 State St. in Grabill. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scrapbook on a budget Learn to scrapbook on a budget on June 21 at 4 p.m. Bring your adhesive and scissors and anything else you’d like to share with the group. A different layout page will be presented each month. Supplies will be provided and registration is requested. Call the library at 421-1340 to register.

Stop by for storytimes The library offers several storytimes each month. Born to Read Babies and Books Storytime offers stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and more for little ones and their caregivers every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Smart Start Storytime meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and is just for preschool-age children and their grownups. The half-hour features stories, rhymes, songs and other literacy learning. PAWS to Read brings in the big dogs for fun and furry reading practice. PAWS to Read meets each Monday at 4 p.m.

New Haven Branch

Hours The New Haven branch is located at 648 Green St. in New Haven. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by for storytimes The library offers several storytimes each month. Born to Read Babies and Books Storytime offers stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and more for little ones up to age 2 and their caregivers every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Smart Start Storytime meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and is just for preschool-age children and their grownups. The half-hour features stories, rhymes, songs and a craft. Manatees will be featured on June 19 and 20 and the ocean will be the topic for June 27.

LEGO club meets The LEGO club meets June 27 at 3:30 p.m. Youth can use the library’s stash of LEGO blocks to build amazing things. Each month there will be a special challenge and time to share the creations with each other.

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Hours The Monroeville branch is located at 115 Main St. in Monroeville. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LEGO club meets The LEGO club meets June 19 at 3:30 p.m. Youth can use the library’s stash of LEGO blocks to build amazing things. Those witty Brits Stop by this book club devoted to British

Stop by for storytimes Stop by for Smart Start Storytime each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. This session is just for preschool-age children and their

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The program also offers a career match software from the Autism Society of Indiana, CareerAlly©, to scientifically match participant’s knowledge, skills and abilities with businesses’ needs, wants and desires. ES Arc recruits and educates participating businesses and acts as a liaison between participants and the co-workers, helping to resolve work-related problems and issues as they arise. If your business would like to learn more about partnering with Easter Seals Arc to provide meaningful, vital and necessary job training opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities, please call the Business Developer, Valerie Potchka, at 1.260.456.4534 ext. 337 or • A9

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Car tips to remember How often should you have your oil changed? Once upon a time, having your oil changed every 3,000 miles was a hard and fast rule. Today? It’s not so black and white. Cars made in the last 10 years or so have improved oil chemistry and engine technology. Simply put, this means you can break the ‘ole 3,000-mile rule and still be just fine. In many cases, newer cars can go about 7,500 miles between oil changes. Many also come equipped with oil change indicator lights to let you know when it’s time for a change. Our service technicians, however, suggest you stick to a 3,000-mile schedule to maintain

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Worship Briefs Church hosting seminar East Allen County Church of Christ, 3800 Minnich Road in New Haven, will host the seminar, “Living a Life of Significance,” June 15-17 at the church. Through presentations by Dr. Edward Myers, participants can learn how to be the person God has called them to be. Myers’ study, experience and expertise will bless participants in their attempt to find a deeper level of spiritual meaning and purpose. All are welcome to attend each session. Call 749-5300 for more details or visit the church online at

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Two Luers students earn scholarships Bishop Luers alumnus Rick Bail established the Philip G. Bail Sr. and Katherine D. Bail Ambassadors Scholarship to honor his parents. The scholarship is awarded to one male and one female junior student possessing exuberant, inclusive personalities, outstanding moral character and demonstrating leadership in extracurricular activities, whether within the school or the community. In addition, candidates must exemplify demonstrated excellence in academic performance, intellectual curiosity and academic inquisitiveness. The 2012 recipients are Sean McManus and Elizabeth Hess. Each was rewarded with a $2,500 scholarship to be used toward their senior tuition.

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Hoagland Days Queen to be crowned By Nichole Hacha-Thomas

The Hoagland Days queen will be crowned at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23, as part of the closing ceremonies of the 140th Annual Hoagland Days festival. Until then, the four candidates for the title are hard at work selling raffle tickets to determine the winner.

Queen contest coordinator Carol Schoof said the girls already have sold nearly 5,000 of the 10,000 raffle tickets ordered. The candidates have done so well, she said, that she will be ordering 5,000 additional tickets leading up to the big drawing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls began selling the week after spring break,â&#x20AC;? Schoof said, who

is in her first year as contest coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The one who sells the most tickets becomes the queen.â&#x20AC;? Annah Chaney, Chelsea Bergman, Abby Klinker and Lacey Yates will have tickets on hand and ready to sell, Schoof said. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 with the top prize of $1,000 cash being given away directly

following the new queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowning. Additionally, a secondplace winner will take home $500 and third- and fourth-place awards of $250 will be given away followed by four prizes of $100, four prizes of $50 and eight prizes of $25. In addition to the lure of cash prizes, the raffle tickets also have coupons on the back for valuable

savings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coupons are a way for us to support local businesses in the area while giving buyers an extra incentive,â&#x20AC;? Schoof said. Candidates even make a little bit of money off the ticket sales, too, Schoof said. For the first 1,000 tickets, the girls make 5 cents each. For the next thousand tickets

Hoagland Days schedule of events Thursday, June 21 4:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Greased Pig Registration 5-10 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Food Court Open 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rides Introduction of royalty candidates Bingo Adult Beverage Tent 6:30-7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Soul Brothers 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Razz Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jazz Greased Pig Contest Outa Sight 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sierra Shame

sold, the girls make 10 cents. The amount is increased by 5 cents per additional 1,000 tickets sold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the money raised through the raffle benefits the Hoagland Area Advancement Association,â&#x20AC;? Schoof said. The 2012 queen candidates include: â&#x20AC;˘ Annah Chaney is a senior at Heritage High School. Chaney is the daughter of Mark Chaney and Diane LaPierre. She currently is taking classes at Charmaine Modeling and Talent agency and is a five-year member of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choir. She also is involved with the Spanish See QUEEN, page A11

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5-11 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Food Court Open 5-8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fish and Tenderloin Dinner 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bingo Rides Prince and Princess Crowning 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adult Beverage Tent 6:45 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:45 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kekionga Steel Drumz 7:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Demolition Derby 8:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Decatur Dance Academy, Kelly McIver 9 p.m. to midnight â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spike & the Bulldogs

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Saturday, June 23 8 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Volleyball Tournament 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Silent Auction 10:45 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Star Spangled Banner 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Festival Parade Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bingo Rides Food Court Open Kiddie Tractor Pull Registration 12:30p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Games 1:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Live Auction Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Euchre Tournament 4 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dachshund Dash 5-8 p.m â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bar-B-Q Chicken Dinner 5 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adult Beverage Tent 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bellmont H.S. Show Choirs: Brave Generation & LEGS 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Janice Dyson Dane Studio 7:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Demolition Derby 8 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ark Decatur Dance Academy, Kelly McIver 9 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Merchantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drawing Lost Vegas 10 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crowning of 2012 Hoagland Days Queen 11:15 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Raffle Drawing

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East Allen County Times • June 15, 2012

Library to ‘Rock the Plaza’ in June Summer concert series continues The Allen County Public Library will be “Rock the Plaza” at the main branch, 900 Library Plaza, each Saturday night in June. If you enjo y music and want to listen to local groups perform outdoors the main library is the place to be this summer . The lineup includes: • June 16 — North River Agents, Small Town and HeartBeat City • June 23 — Taylor Fredricks, Yellow Dead Bettys, Argonaut and Cougar Hunter • June 30 — Big Caddy Daddy, Juke Joint Jive and Pop-n-Fresh All concerts are free and will tak e place rain or shine. Concertgoers can bring a blanket, their favorite chair or stand and groove to the music.

LIBRARY TIMES from page humor on June 20 at 7 p.m. All are invited to come and laugh.

Woodburn Branch

Hours The Woodburn branch is located at 4701 S.R. 101N in Woodburn. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by for storytimes

QUEEN from page Club. • Chelsea Bergman also is a senior at Heritage High School. She is the daughter of Doug and Kim Bergman. Bergman said she enjoys volunteering and has served as a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten Sunday school teachers


Stop by for Smart Start Storytime each Friday at 10:30 a.m. This session is just for preschool-age children and their grownups and features stories, rhymes, songs and other literacy learning. Calling all yarn lovers If you already know how to knit or crochet or if you want to learn how, join the Yarn Lovers gathering every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Seasoned veterans will be on hand to help you get started and teach new techniques. Internet and word processing help available The library offers computer classes by appointment. No previous computer knowledge is necessary and each class lasts one hour. Call the library at 421-1370 to set an appointment.

A10 for the past four years. She also is involved in 4H and works two jobs, at Pizza Hut and Zesto’s. • Abby Klinker also is a senior at Heritage High School. Klinker’s parents are Ben and Shelly Klinker. • Lacey Yates is a freshman at Heritage

High School. She is the daughter of Brian and Donita Yates. Yates decided to run for queen because of its potential as a summer job and because it helps the community. Both her mother and sister have competed for the title of queen in the past.

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GRADES from page competitive environment, where his performance does affect something significant, like his chances of going to, say, medical school, I predict he’ll step up to the plate and knock the ball out of the park. Take a deep breath. Relax. Do yourself a favor and stop all the monitoring. It’s only detracting from your ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

East Allen County Times • June 15, 2012

A3 Q: Her teacher just informed me that my daughter frequently says things that hurt the feelings of other girls in her class. For example, when recess is over, she will turn to another child and say, “We’re going back in because of you.” When someone raises her hand in class, my daughter might say, “You don’t know that answer!” She’s

also told girls that she won’t be their friend if they don’t give her things or do things for her. What could be causing this? How do you suggest we handle this? The principal wants to call a meeting to discuss it. A: I have to wonder why the teacher and principal waited nearly the entire school year to inform you of this problem. At this

point in the school year, assuming your daughter has a typical summer break, I think you can probably sit on her hard enough to stop this, but I don’t think you can sit long enough at this point to prevent the problem from recurring when school starts back in August. As for why it’s happening, that’s anyone’s best guess. Children don’t

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need to be having problems to become a problem. I think any attempt to discover the psychological root of the problem is going to be a dead end. The other girls are going to pull back from her eventually, but that’s probably just going to make matters worse. So, sit! Make her stop before this develops into serious a social problem. Develop some simple means of obtaining feedback from the teacher at the end of every school day. One incident means she’s confined to her room after school and goes to bed immediately after supper, which should end no later than 6:30 p.m., even if you need to move it up. Mind you, ONE inci-

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Rosemond dent, no matter how “serious,” is enough to merit confinement and early bedtime. Anything less than a no-tolerance policy isn’t going to be worth the effort. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his web site at

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Two dachshunds race toward the finish line in the annual Hoagland Days’ Dachshund Dash. This year’s event will be held June 23 at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the dentist’s office.

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Dogs dashing for prizes, trophy

Started six years ago by Jennifer Beery, the Dachshund Dash June 23 at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the dentist’s office will pit 32 wiener dogs against one another to determine which pint-size canine takes home the coveted Dash trophy. “People love this event. It has grown every year since (it started),” Beery said. It not only has grown in the number of spectators who stop out to watch the races and who fill the four sets of bleachers and the grassy area with lawn chairs, but the number of dogs participating has grown, too. Last year, Beery was forced to turn away 25 Dachshunds. This year, she hopes to increase the number of contestants to 64, up from the traditional 32. The premise is simple, Beery said. Three fences create two race lanes, about 20 feet long, and the wiener dogs compete in races in a bracket-style


competition until one canine is crowned the Dachshund Dash champion. “Usually someone lines up at the start line holding the dog while another person waits at the end with a squeak toy or food to get the dog to run fast,” Berry said. “(Twenty feet) is a pretty long way for a wiener dog to run.” The winner will receive the trophy as well as a giant gift basket filled with items for both humans and dogs. The second-place finisher receives a plaque and a gift basket. The thirdplace dachshund will receive a gift basket. To register for the Dachshund Dash, contact Beery at 449-1141. There is no cost to participate. Beery said event T-shirts will be for sale with all proceeds being donated to a breast cancer charity. Donations bins may be set up for the charity, as well, Beery said, and the community — along with their dogs — is invited to come out and watch the races. All dogs in the crowd will receive a treat bag, Beery said. • A13

East Allen County Times • June 15, 2012

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May 24 in Fort Wayne, President and CEO Mark Millett said much of the recycled copper is shipped to Asia. “In the future, we plan to consume much of that material at our new jointventure company, SDI La Farga, the copper rod business that we expect to start up next month right here in the Fort Wayne area,” Millett said at the annual meeting. When SDI La Farga’s 250-metric-ton furnace fires up and begins production, the copper that OmniSource processes will go to the New Haven plant instead, where it will be used to make 5/16ths-inch, or 8-millimeter, copper wire rod that will be sold to customers who will draw down the wire rod to make smaller-diameter copper wire. Steel Dynamics announced the joint venture with copper wire-rod and pipe maker La Farga Group of Barcelona in April 2011 and broke ground for the New Haven plant the following month. SDI owns 55 percent of the joint venture, with La Farga owning the remaining 45 percent. “I believe that La Farga had been looking for a partner for a while here in

North America,” Perala said. “I believe they had talked to others, and then once they talked to Steel Dynamics it seemed like a natural fit because of our ownership of OmniSource (and) that we have a supply of No. 2 copper, which is the main feedstock in this process.” The joint venture with La Farga Group is SDI’s second; in 2009, the company formed Mesabi Nugget LLC with Kobe Steel Ltd. of Japan to produce high-purity pigiron nuggets. SDI chose the New Haven site because of its proximity to OmniSource operations and because the plant’s customers are within a 400- to 500-mile radius. In April and May, SDI La Farga was busy commissioning equipment in advance of production. The copper mill has the capacity to produce 180 million pounds, or 90,000 tons, of copper wire rod a year. When the plant begins production, copper scrap from OmniSource will be delivered by trucks and sorted at two large hoppers outside the plant. Conveyors then carry the scrap to the gas-fired furnace inside. The furnace

melts the copper, and additives are put in the molten metal to create a slag that pulls out the impurities. The furnace sits on large rollers, allowing it to tip one way so the slag can be removed and the opposite way to pour the molten copper. The red-hot copper flows through a series of burners to a large casting wheel that forms it into a continuous bar about 4 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches tall. It passes through a machine that forms the bar’s corners to 45-degree angles, then is run through a series of wheels that stretch the copper as they spin, gradually shaping it into the circular 5/16ths-inch wire rod. The wire rod is spun into coils that weigh about 3 1/2 tons, placed on pallets and then wrapped in plastic before being shipped by truck. The SDI La Farga plant ran into some resistance from neighboring residents concerned about its air emissions; the plant received its air-quality permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in September. Perala said SDI has worked to address those concerns. “We’ve had meetings


with the local residents,” he said. “You’re always going to have people that are against putting a plant in their backyard. But we are using the most up-to-date pollution control equipment, and the permit has been approved by IDEM. So we feel very comfortable with the solution that we have out there.” Perala said the plant will employ 35 to 40 workers, and about half of the work force was promoted or transferred from other SDI and OmniSource facilities, “so it’s been a good opportunity for them.” Those workers aren’t the only SDI influence found at the new plant. It was built with beams made at SDI’s structural and rail division plant near Columbia City and joists and decking from the company’s New Millennium Building Systems division.



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Do it Best president inducted to Hall of Fame Do it Best Corp. president and CEO, Bob Taylor officially was inducted into the Home Channel Hall of Fame last week during an industry event in Las Vegas, Nev., as part of the 2012 National Hardware Show, which took place May 13. Taylor was the sole inductee for 2012.

The Home Channel Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the hardware and home improvement industry. Founded in 2004, it is administered by Home Channel News, a leading monthly magazine covering the hardware and building mate-

Headquarters announces staffing updates Do it Best Corp. recently announced the following additions to its staff: â&#x20AC;˘ Matt Facemire as a paint development manager â&#x20AC;˘ Jean Fahy as a regional sales and business development manager â&#x20AC;˘ David Isaacs as a systems administrator â&#x20AC;˘ Long Vo as an international conversion specialist â&#x20AC;˘ Susan Rucker as a switchboard operator

â&#x20AC;˘ Tammy Wagner as a switchboard operator Further, Do it Best Corp. also announced the recent promotions of: â&#x20AC;˘ Jason Hipskind as a regional sales and business development manager â&#x20AC;˘ Shonda Heller as the human resources coordinator â&#x20AC;˘ Megan Oyer as an international project manager.

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rials industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;front linesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the corner office, Bob Taylor has been an effective and respected leader in the home improvement industry. We are very pleased to welcome him into the Home Channel Hall of Fame,â&#x20AC;? Home Channel News editor Ken Clark said. Taylor began his career in the hardware industry as an independent retailer, helping run the family business, Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Do it Centers in Virginia Beach, Va. Taylor helped lead the multi-unit company to consistent growth and success. He joined Do it Best Corp. in 2001 and was named president and CEO in 2002. Over the past 11 years, he has helped guide and oversee many key initiatives at Do it Best Corp., including additions to their distribution network, the strategic expansion into international markets, the development of their Signature Store Design program and the growth of their INCOM industrial business, all while providing member-owners with eight consecutive years of rebates in excess of $100 million and accruing zero long-term debt in the face of significant challenges within the building industry and the

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President and CEO of Do It Best Bob Taylor, right, accepts a plaque of recognition upon being inducted into the Home Channel Hall of Fame. He is presented with the plaque by Home Channel News editor Ken Clark. economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any success Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed has been the result of the tremendously talented individuals Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the chance to work for and with along the way,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said at the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That starts with the best mentor I could ever have, my dad, who I am blessed to have with me here today.

Grabill Bank snags marketing awards Grabill Bank recently won two MAXI Awards on May 2 in downtown Indianapolis. The awards are given by the Bank Marketing Association in recognition of bank marketing excellence in Indiana. Grabill Bank won the awards in two categories: campaign advertising and special event. The campaign award was presented for newspaper inserts breaking the proverbial â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuffy bankerâ&#x20AC;? philosophy by showing business lenders and wealth management specialists not only in their business suits, but also


how they can be found after 5 p.m. With complete biographies, the community had a chance to learn the personal side of some Grabill Bank staff. The second award was presented in the special event category. While assisting 8,500 high school students at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, Grabill Bank created a hands-on initiative for students to start planning for college savings while playing an interactive balancing game of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give and Take.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely thrilled with this recognition of our marketing

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Indiana Business Association president and CEO S. Joe DeHaven, left, presents a MAXI award to Meegan D. Siegwarth of Grabill Bank. efforts,â&#x20AC;? stated Meegan D. Siegwarth, marketing consultant for Grabill Bank.



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Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Clay Pets in 3-Dimensional Art for children in grades K through 12. Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Music Tech Audio Recording camp for children in grades nine through 12. Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Piano camp for children in grades two through four. The Marriage Go Round. Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St., Fort Wayne. $35 dinner (thr ee-course meal catered by the Bagel Station) and show; Cash Bar. Purchase tickets online at Rummage Sale. Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Visit for more information. 2012 Master Gardener Youth Program. Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW Campus, 4001 Crescent Ave. 9 a.m. The Allen County Master Gardener Youth program is of fered by Purdue Cooperati ve Extension to young adults ages 8- 18. The young adults will plant and tend their individual plots throughout the summer. The fee for the training is $30.00. The Bel Airs. Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park, Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. The Bel Airs, a local band formed in the 80s, has been charming area patrons for years with their rockabilly music, a mix between rock and roll and country. Sponsored by WGL 1250 The River. $5 per ticket.


Community Arts Academy Summer C amps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Gene Marcus Piano Competition for ages 7-18. Low-cost microchips. Allen County SPCA, 4914 Hanna St., Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Allen County SPCA will offer low-cost microchipping to any spayed or neutered cat or dog for just $15. Bring proof of spay or neuter and ha ve pet restrained on a leash or carrier . For more information email or call 260-744-0454, ext 202. Down the Country Line P resented by Gener al Credit Union. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. $12 week of show. Tickets on sale no w at the Embassy box of fice, all other Ticketmaster locations and online at


“Put Your Beliefs to the Test”. The Church House, 13313 Indiana St., Grabill. 6-7 p.m. Do ve Ministries presents “Put Your Beliefs To The Test” every second, third and fourth Sunday of the month, from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information call 486-9175 or 657-7017. Vacation Bible Sc hool. Calvary Baptist Church, 7810 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne. 6-8:30 p.m. Preschool to sixth grade.


Community Arts Academy Sum mer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Digital editing using Adobe Premiere for children in grades six through 12. Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Manga Mania! for children in grades six through 12. Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum. Easter Seals Arc, 4919 Projects Drive, Fort Wayne. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals and others w anting to learn more about autism are welcome. Topics vary monthly. For more information contact Susan Crowell at or call 637-4409.


Get Checking Workshop. Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW Campus, 4001 Crescent Ave. Hosted by Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Allen County for the Bank On F ort Wayne initiative. To register visit Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops. Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW Campus, 4001 Crescent Ave. 1 p.m. The Allen County Extension office will host several workshops with the aim of teaching community members how to preserve fruits and vegetables for future use.

Grief Share. New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Highway E., New Haven. 6:30 p.m. A 13-week class for people grieving the loss of a lo ved one. Classes will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting through July 24. All are welcome to begin attending at any session. You do not have to attend each session in sequence. F or more info, call Mar gie Williams, facilitator, at 749-9907 or the church office at 749-9565. The Good Pennyworths in concert. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. New York City’s The Good Pennyworths, a Renaissance v ocal quartet with lute and harp, will present their newest concert, “Love is but a Jest: Songs for F ools & Lovers, in Krauss Chapel as part of an 11-city tour. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be received at the door. All are welcome to attend. Celebrating the Eve of the Summer Solstice. Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Drive, Huntington. 8 p.m. Taize service followed by a sunset walk of the labyrinth. In case the weather does not allow for walking outside, the walk will take place on the center’s indoor labyrinth. There is no cost for the program, and no registration is required.


Drop-in Yoga. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conserv atory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30-6:30 p.m. In association with F ort Wayne Outdoor Yoga, the Botanical Conservatory offers drop-in yoga classes for all levels. Taught by certified yoga instructor and world traveler Lanah K. Hake. For ages 15 and up. Class information is available by following Fort Wayne Outdoor Yoga on F acebook, checking the instructor’ s website at, or at 427-6440. Fee: $7 per class. Conservatory Member Fee: $5 per class. Lifetree Cafe. New Ground Coffee Company, 5925 N. Clinton, F ort Wayne. 7-8 p.m. Practical solutions f or building self-confidence will be shared at Lifetree Cafe. Movie Night. Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park, Fort Wayne. 8:30 p.m. “Cars” will be shown. The movie night is free to the public.


Anthony Wayne Toastmasters. Ivy Tech — Fort Wayne Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6:30-8 p.m. See how Toastmasters International and the thousands of local Toastmasters clubs help people all over the world develop their speaking and leadership skills. Depression + 12. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. 12-step program for those li ving with depression. For more info contact Marilee Stroud at 312-6069 or


Advancing Hoosier W omen in Business sem inar. Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, 826 Ewing St., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the public. Cost: $25, includes lunch. Register at


Bales of Fun. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. Participants will learn the basic techniques building a sample wall, and will be invited to return in July to help build the main feature in the summer garden. The cost is $5 per person. Managing Habits to Manage Stress. University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne. 9-11:30 a.m. Presented by Bennacht Counseling and Consulting, LLC, “Managing Habits to Manage Stress” will take place at the Doermer F amily Center for Health Science Information. Re gister at Wine in the Pines. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, 1426 W. 300 N., Albion. 5:30 p.m. Divapalooza. Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park, Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. An unforgettable night of rhythm and blues, jazz, musical theatre, rock & roll, folk and gospel. Sponsored by NIPR and MedP artners. Tickets are $10.

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Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Photoshop: Creating Digital Images for children in grades six through 12. Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Painting: Splash of Color for children in grades K through 12. Community Arts Academy Summer Camps. IPFW, Fort Wayne. Summer Strings camp for all grades. Sweetwater’s Academy of Music Roc k Camp. Sweetwater, 5501 U.S. Hwy. 30, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Air Force National Guard Band of the Great Lakes. Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park, Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. Based in Toledo, the band is returning to the Foellinger Theatre stage to delight with their military band sounds. This is a free concert.


Behind the Screen: Summer Explorations at the Embassy Theatre. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. Tickets: $5 per person. Group rates available. Call the Embassy box of fice for details. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations and online at Movie Night. Foellinger Theatre in Franke Park, Fort Wayne. 8:30 p.m. Join the neighborhood for a sho wing of “Kung Fu Panda.” The showing is free.


Behind the Screen: Summer Explorations at the Embassy Theatre.. Embassy Theatre, 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne. 9:30 a.m. Tickets: $5 per person. Group rates available. Call the Embassy box of fice for details. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box office, all other Ticketmaster locations and online at

Botanical Brown Bag: Helping Monarchs and Other Butterflies by Gardening. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Noon. Love butterflies? Jody Heaston, owner of Naturally Speaking & Wildlifescaping, will explain why it is important to help these insects and present ideas on ho w to transform an area into a b utterfly oasis that caters to their needs throughout their life c ycle. $5/adult, $3/child ages 3-17. Conservatory members and volunteers admitted free.


Inaugural Ft. Wayne Walk for Wishes. Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. Spend the day with f amily and friends for a 3-mile scenic walk through Headw aters Park, while helping to grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Re gistration begins at 9 a.m.; walk at 10 a.m. Kids Against Hunger Summer P acking Event. Grace Gathering Church, 3157 Minnich Road, New Haven. 9-11 a.m. Sign up is available at The group plans to pack 10,000 meals for the hungry in India during this event. The number of v olunteers will be limited to 50. Bring a friend and remember kids age 6 and up can help Become a Monarch Monitor. Eagle Marsh Barn, South Side Engle Road, one-half mile east of W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. Train for a Monarch Monitor Citizen Scientist project. Must commit to monitoring monarch caterpillar-through-adult populations at Eagle Marsh e very two weeks through the end of September . Contact Betsy at 478-2515 or to RSVP or learn more.


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