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Tobacco imperils unborn babies 12


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Local families share their funny stories

Midget — Let’s talk about this 14


Restaurants can be hard for toddlers 16


Great summer, but ready for school 18


Preteens can research family excursions 24


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Easy and fun DIY Halloween costumes

On the Cover CLAY SPENCER is the son of East Noble graduates Corey and Leslie (Longfellow) Spencer of Fishers.


15 Brain Game: Arrange objects spatially to get you thinking


Mom shares tips, recipes for handling food allergies in the family

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Take time to write a will Brain Game: Space Race Easy, DIY Halloween costumes Halloween safety Spatial reasoning: Move things with your mind Back-to-school braids

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Use rotisserie chicken and salsa to create a fast, delicious corn chowder


Activities for you and your family




Editor’s letter

Welcome to a new Family Welcome to the first issue of our re-designed Family magazine. We hope you y enjoy the new look and feel! A big thank you to Terry Ward for his vision, to Erin Doucette and KPC’s creative staff for the re-design, and to the contributing writers and photograc phers. Our new format enables us to maximize the use of photos and color p on o every page of every issue. I’d love to have your feedback. Based on the survey in the last issue, we will w be including more recipes in each issue. Please take a moment to fill out the t survey on this page and mail it to the address below. All responses will be added to the Brain Game survey responses and will w be eligible for the VeggieTales DVDs and the grand prize of Pizza Hut Pizza for a year drawings! The most recent winners are Sandy Taulbee of P Kendallville and Angie Johnson of Auburn. K You can find us on Facebook at Greater Fort Wayne Family. Also, be sure tto visit InFortWayne.com — the exciting new website created by the KPC’s Keyflow Creative team — and fwfamily.com where you can read past issues DOROTHY DANKEL in the “e-edition” as well as new stories. s share a xa Te of n Fin Have an awesome autumn with your family! I look forward to hearing in t, and cous JANE DANKEL, lef r, and Jane are the granddaugh- from you! ora, cente laugh. N er. The Dankels Grace Houshold ters of Terry and rothy, a 1997 Do n. year in Bosto the ng di en sp e ar is a marine School graduate, East Noble High searcher. on is a medical re biologist and Sim

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Spencer, a former Kendallville resident, is married and the mother of two. The family resides in Fishers. Her blog: dreambiglittleone. com.

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Smokers likely to have delayed conception or be infertile BY GREG JOHNSON The number of Hoosier mothers who have reported smoking during pregnancy is much higher than the national average of 10 percent. In 2010, the rate was 17.1 percent. More alarming, 89 of 92 counties have rates higher than the national average. In fact, 69 of Indiana’s 92 counties have rates higher than Indiana’s own average! You can help by encouraging all pregnant women to say “no” to smoking and smokers. A woman who lives in a home with a smoker puts her baby at risk, so for the benefit of the baby, it’s best for her family not to smoke around her. Pregnancy is a big motivator for many women to quit smoking. Almost 50 percent of women quit smoking right before or during pregnancy. In Indiana, 38 percent of women who did not complete high school smoke. Rates decline as education levels increase. Women of all ethnicities, ages 25-34, are the highest proportion of smokers. A pack of cigarettes costs over $5. A habit of two

packs per day could pay for a pack of diapers — every day. One month of a daily pack habit easily competes with buying a car seat, bottles and other necessities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates every $5 a mom-to-be spends on a pack eventually costs her another $7.18 in doctor visits, treatments, conditions and medicines. Direct medical costs of a complicated birth are much higher for smokers because complications are much more severe for babies of smokers and intensive care more frequently required. Smokers are more likely to have delayed conception or be infertile. The CDC says the sooner a woman quits, the greater her chance of a healthy delivery and development. The very first “quit” day, her baby is already getting more oxygen than the day before. Compelling data shows a direct relationship between smoking and preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Mothers who don’t smoke but who are around


smokers increase the chance for a low birth weight baby by 20 percent. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen the fetus receives because it increases the amount of carbon monoxide, cyanide and aromatic hydrocarbons it receives. The nicotine and other substances in tobacco cause reduced placental blood flow, which further reduces oxygen flow to the fetus, as well as important nutrients. Both smoking and exposure to smoke during pregnancy directly impact babies once born. These babies and children have an increased risk of abnormal blood pressure, cleft pallets and lips, childhood leukemia, infantile colic, childhood wheezing, respiratory disorders, asthma, childhood obesity and eye problems. Children of moms who smoked even half a pack a day during pregnancy have an increased risk of brain damage and decreased childhood intellectual function. Exposure to other smokers during pregnancy increases the chance the baby will develop frequent ear infections, pneumonia, mental retardation, slower growth, hyperactivity and learning disabilities. They frequently have lower scores on cognitive development tests at age 2 compared to kids from smoke-free homes during pregnancy. To learn more about Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission efforts in your area, please visit in.gov/isdh/tpc.

Take time to write a will BY ANNA NIXON With three very active children, a husband who runs a family business, a career of my own and countless volunteer opportunities, there seems little time for what appears to be the minor details in life. Preparing a will honestly never crossed my mind until my husband and I planned a vacation without the kids. An overwhelming thought crossed my mind: What we would do if something happened to us while we were traveling? In all reality, the likelihood of a tragedy occurring on vacation is probably minimal compared to something happening to us in our day to day lives. However, it was this vacation that finally prompted us to prepare a will. In the midst of making arrangements for the kids while we were traveling, finishing work projects before we departed and packing for our vacation, we managed to make an appointment with an attorney and take the time to prepare our will. The meeting itself

was not that time consuming; Be Will however the Prepared details of the will consumed WHAT: A my thoughts for Legacy Event quite a while. PRESENTER: Neal There were so Blythe many things to consider: Who WHEN: 7–8:30 would we appoint p.m.; Tuesday, as the executor, Oct. 22 what assets do we WHERE: DeKalb have, how would Health, Meeting we distribute Rooms A, B, & C, those assets, what Auburn amount would we give to charitable organizations, and most importantly who would we choose as the guardians for our children? At the time we created our will, there were not the unlimited resources that are available today. Not only can you now search the web See WILL page 15

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I understand that it is my job to raise my daughter to rise above comments and stares and rudeness she will run into during her lifetime. Leslie Spencer

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BY LESLIE SPENCER This is me standing out on a limb… for her. For you and me and everyone else too. And I know that it is easier to hide under the covers and pretend this is a non-issue … but who is that helping, really? I am ready to teach. I am ready to lead. I am ready to change the world, with your help of course. Midget. This word. If this word fell on my ears before last year, I wouldn’t have thought much of it. I didn’t know. I didn’t know this word was added to the list of derogatory words in 2009. I didn’t know this word was offensive and hurtful. Fast forward a year later … it’s been almost a year since we received the news our baby girl would be born with dwarfism. LILAH SPENCER Now I know … this word is in my mind and now I want it in yours. Midget. She’s eight months old … my lovely Lilah. I understand I can’t force everyone in the world to stop using this word. I understand that my reach may only go so far. I understand that it is my job to raise my daughter to rise above comments and stares and rudeness she will run into during her lifetime. This is not a job I take lightly. But, as a mama, it is my job to educate others and “spread the word to end the word.”


Midget. Why? Why is this word considered inappropriate? Does this just fall into the category of short-statured individuals being too sensitive? I don’t think so … here is the history behind this word: yes, at one time, this word was not considered negative. Over a couple of hundred years ago, those with dwarfism were put on public display for amusement. (That sentence is a difficult one to write … hard to imagine that occurred. It did.) Ever since, the term “midget” has had a


negative connotation. And if you think about that word in our current society… there is nothing flattering, kind or positive about being called a “midget.” There are a million other words to chose from; I promise, no one will miss it. Midget. But, maybe you were like me and you didn’t know this word should not be used. Not to describe a person of short-stature, not to describe something short in comparison and not definitely not to purposefully insult another. It’s OK if you didn’t know. That is my purpose in writing this. To teach. Store this word in your brain in the “not OK” category and delete it from your vocabulary. And then take a stand … when you hear others using this word, do something. When it is used in the butt of a joke, in social media or to poke fun… stand up for my Lilah. Stand up for the future generation and stand up for what’s right. Midget. Is this word in your head yet? Are you tired of me repeating it? Good. I want it to be the last time you hear it. Thank you for understanding why this would be important to me, to my family, to my daughter, to the general public. If you were in my shoes, maybe it would be you doing the same thing… making it a little easier to teach my children that the world is full of good people. Because I truly believe that it is.

A fast, fresh take on chicken corn chowder


During summer, dinner could be as casual and carefree as a backyard picnic or barbecue. But the start of the school year means a return to at least a slightly more formal sit-down dinner most weeknights. If this shifting of gears is catching you by surprise, consider reaching for some “cheating ingredients” to help you get dinner on the table without a hitch. This delicious chowder recipe makes liberal use of two of my favorite cheating ingredients: store-bought rotisserie chicken and salsa. Fresh corn is not a cheating ingredient. On the contrary, it’s one of late summer’s great stars, built into this recipe not only because it’s absurdly good — try eating freshly picked corn raw right off the cob! — but also because the starch in the corn helps to thicken the broth. Indeed, after you’ve cut all of the kernels off of the cob, you should scrape the cob itself with the dull side of a knife. The milky

liquid that results is another soup thickener (as are the potatoes in the recipe). Finally, at the end of the cooking process, I pureed some of the vegetables — the onions, as well as corn and the potatoes — to make the soup creamy without adding any cream. I recommend garnishing this soup with See CHOWDER page 17

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Restaurants can be hard for toddlers

Simple solution: Hire a sitter instead of taking child out to eat at this stage of development BY JOHN ROSEMOND


: Help! We find it almost impossible to finish a restaurant meal when our 18-month-old twins are along, which is always. We give them toys to keep them busy, and they do well for about 30 minutes after which chaos breaks loose. They begin screaming and throwing things and make it very difficult for us to finish our meal, much less enjoy conversation with other adults who may be with us. It’s very embarrassing and I generally end up leaving the restaurant with them. How can I be more proactive about this problem? A: Let me pose a thought problem to you: You have an adult friend who is generally very personable but has a habit of becoming disruptive in crowded public spaces. He invariably begins a loud argument that rapidly deteriorates into screaming and throwing whatever objects are handy. Would you invite him to join you for dinner in a restaurant? No, you would not. You would not want to be associated with this individual’s public outbursts, and you would not want to subject other patrons to them either. That is nothing



more than commonsense, and the very same commonsense applies to this situation with your 18-month-old twins. It’s one thing to invite other adults to

your home for dinner. In that event, feed your twins before your guests arrive, then do your best to keep them occupied while you entertain. Better yet, have your guests arrive after you’ve fed, bathed, and put your twins to bed. If only for the parents’ sake, this age child should be in bed by 7 p.m. anyway, and the commonsense of that policy is doubled with twins. It is axiomatic that the later one lets young children stay up, the more wound up they get, and the more difficult it is to get them into their beds and off to sleep. If you’re going out to a restaurant with other adults, do yourselves, your friends, and other patrons a huge courtesy and hire a sitter. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that no one appreciates paying for a meal that is disrupted by unruly children of any age. Your friends may smile through the chaos and reassure you that everything is OK and they understand, but they’re just trying to put on a game face and be as polite as possible.

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WILL From Page 11

for information to assist in planning your will, there are even websites where you can prepare a will on your own. While this may seem convenient, considering that a will is a binding, legal document, it is advisable to consult an attorney to prepare your will. The Internet is a tool best utilized for planning and not necessarily creating your will. Another valuable resource are the seminars offered by many organizations and attorneys to discuss the importance of having a will and the steps necessary in creating one. Most of these presentations are free of charge and open to the public. While these events often attract those in the later years of life, they offer relevant information for people of any age. In all actuality, these presentations may prove most beneficial for couples with younger children who are making crucial decisions for the future of their families. There truly is a lot to consider when preparing a will. However, the most important decision is that you actually take the time to create one. I have many fond memories of that first vacation away from our kids, but I will remember this trip most for motivating us to prepare our will.


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Great summer, but ready for school BY ERIN DOUCETTE For weeks now I’ve complained that school is starting too soon. Aug. 14 — that’s still summer time! My kids deserve three months of sunny days and no schedules. They have it right in Michigan, where it is the law that school starts after Sept. 5. But suddenly, I think I’m ready. And it’s partly because I’m exhausted. Our summer has been chock full of late nights, camping, swimming, running, fair rides, bug bites, road trips and visiting with family and friends. I mean, those things are what makes a summer a summer, if you ask me. So we did it totally right. And I have no regrets. However, we can barely get up before 8:30 a.m. anymore. The kids can barely stand each other and I have gained about five pounds. It’s time to get back to our school schedule. The things of fall are beginning to sound dreamy too. Fresh school supplies, new school clothes … and when the fall leaves change — that’s my favorite time of the whole year. I’m even looking 16


forward to those morning walks to the school bus. So, I’m not feeling too bad anymore that summer is coming to an end. Besides, we did plenty from our summer bucket list: Went to the library, a few times Swam in a pool, many times Went to the zoo, three times Went to the Allen County Fair Went to the park in Avilla a couple of times Went camping for a week in Michigan ERIN DOUCETTE Toured Sechler’s Pickle FROM LEFT, Larry Schermerhorn, Eva Doucette, 3, Finn Cupp, factory in St. Joe 6, London Cupp, 8 and Ella Doucette, 6, enjoy a ride at the Toured the Spangler dum family farm in Noble County over the summer. The kids, all dum factory in Bryan, Ohio \hnlbgl%eho^mhÛlapbmama^bk`kZg]iZ' Climbed up sand dunes in St. Joe, Mich. Had numerous family get togethers Made shaving cream paint for the tub (huge mess, but they loved it) Attended farm camp (Ella) We didn’t get a chance to make it to the Children’s Museum in Indy like Ella wanted. And we really would love to go camping at Jellystone sometime, too. But there’s always ERIN DOUCETTE next summer or …. 46 school and sister Ella enjoy a day of swimming. EVA DOUCETTE days until fall break! The girls spent a lot of time in pools over the summer.


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• 2 cups fresh corn kernels (or thawed frozen) • 4 cups chicken broth • 3 cups chopped or shredded rotisserie chicken

Add the potatoes, corn and chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potato is tender. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture (mostly solids) to a blender and carefully blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the saucepan, add the chicken and salsa and cook until just heated through. Add salt and lime juice, to taste, and water, if necessary, to achieve the desired consistency.

• 1 cup purchased salsa • 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice • Chopped fresh cilantro or basil, to garnish (optional) Heat the oven to 400 F. Arrange the corn tortillas on a baking sheet, then mist them with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin, the chili powder and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tortillas. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortillas into thin strips. Bake them on

Divide between 4 serving bowls and garnish each portion with some of the tortilla strips and cilantro, if desired.

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Preteens can help research family excursions Make a memory: Family adventures help build community ties BY DAWN COLE-EASTERDAY Some of your child’s best memories won’t be the structured activities like the music and sports lessons that keep us so busy, but rather the out-of-the-routine activities done as a family. Spending time as a family is a wise investment: Preteens who spend leisure time doing activities with their parents are developing important life skills, character and stronger emotional bonds with parents. The memories you’re creating will be ones you all will share. “A grand adventure is about to begin.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh You don’t have to plan expensive vacations or trips to theme parks to get the benefits of family time. It could be as simple as packing a picnic lunch for a visit to a local park or a spur of the moment bicycle ride around the neighborhood. However, with just a little pre-planning, it could be a genuine Family Adventure. Preteens are at a great age to help research and plan adventure-type family activities. They are typically active, energetic and curious about a variety of things. And as they are developing longer attention spans they are able to maintain interest in a topic over a longer period. So whether if they are budding scientists, explorers, architects, writers or just adventurers in general, there are ample opportunities for out of the ordinary family undertakings. 18


One of the best ways to explore our community in autumn is on bicycles. We have an abundance of trails throughout northeast Indiana that families can choose from for the perfect ride — from a quick mile to an adventurous 25 mile ride. Experience the diversity in our area and get great physical activity. Fort Wayne Trails includes Rivergreenway. Just choose a starting point and design your route from the network of interconnected bicycling and walking trails along the three rivers. Farther north, winding through Amish country, over bridges and through woods in LaGrange and Elkhart counties, is the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Every county in our area has bike trails, so if you already have bicycles and helmets you’re ready to plan and go!

Ideas for famly outings Family adventure opportunities in the greater Fort Wayne area abound. BICYCLE • Fort Wayne Trails (Rivergreenway, Towpath Trail, Aboite Trails) fortwayneparks.org • DeKalb County Trail indianatrails. com • Pumkinvine Nature Trail (Elkhart/ LaGrange County) pumpkinvine.org • Lake City Greenway (Kosciusko County) indianatrails.com • Decatur Rivergreenway adams-county.com


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MAKE IT: This was the easiest costume to make and would be a great last minute costume to whip up. I made a yellow tutu (see the tutu tutorial below) and paired it with a store bought pair of fairy wings and a wand. And then, I found a sweet yellow sequined headband to round out the look. W WHAT YOU’LL NEED: N 3/4” elastic, 2 3 to 3 spools of tulle, sewing needle and thread to match ^eZlmb\'Ghm^3b_rhn\ZgmÛg]Zlihheh_ tulle in the color you need, you can buy yards of tulle off the bolt and then cut strips. Spools take some of the work out of it for you.


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Halloween Safety

For kids, few holidays are more anticipated than Halloween. The chance to dress up in costume and patrol the neighborhood with friends while collecting treats is the highlight of many a child’s autumn. For parents, anticipation is replaced by anxiety. While kids are out trick-or-treating, parents may be home or at work hoping their kids are safe and sound. Because Halloween is so popular among kids, it’s hard for parents to forbid trickor-treating. But parents should instruct kids on the following tips to ensure this Halloween is as safe as it is fun. • Strangers’ homes are off limits. Make sure kids know they should never enter the home of a stranger, no matter how friendly or welcoming that stranger may seem. • Kids should not be permitted to go out alone. When trick-or-treating, kids should always be accompanied not only by their friends, but there must be at least one adult chaperone present at all times. Parents should get together several weeks before Halloween to determine who will chaperone, where kids will be trick-or-treating and during what hours. • Stay close to home. Kids should stay in their own neighborhood and only visit homes of neighbors they know. Advise kids to steer clear of homes whose doors are hidden from street view. Chaperones should accompany kids to the front door if visibility from the street is poor. • Choose safe costumes. Kids should

wear costumes made of light colored material. If a child insists on a favorite costume that uses largely dark material, attach reflective tape to the costume so your favorite reveler is easily visible to motorists during twilight and nighttime hours when it’s not always easy for drivers to see. • No toy guns. Toy guns are just asking for trouble, as many of today’s replicas are easily confused with the real thing. Play it safe and choose costumes that aren’t accessorized with toy guns. • Bring a flashlight along. Night falls quickly in late October, so kids and chaperones alike should carry a flashlight to improve their ability to see and make them more visible to passing motorists. • Trick-or-treaters should stick to the sidewalks and always cross the street at corners. Don’t walk in the street, and never walk between parked cars when crossing the street, as it’s especially difficult for motorists to anticipate pedestrians walking or running from behind parked cars into the street. • Be wary of masks. Many masks restrict a child’s vision, so look for one that provides sufficient visibility. If a child’s favorite mask is low on visibility, make children agree to remove their mask when crossing the street. Parents understandably worry when kids go trick-or-treating. But a few simple safety lessons shared with children can ensure a happy Halloween.

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Dream it, do it Jobs out there for employees with technical, vocational skills


BY KATE COFFMAN It may be hard to believe, but there are many available jobs in Indiana that pay $45,000 or more to entry level employees — and the number of these jobs is growing. But employers are concerned because they cannot find enough quality employees to fill the jobs — commonly called the skills gap. What makes a qualified employee? Employers say they need a high school graduate with the Indiana Technical Honors Diploma and a certificate in advanced manufacturing or logistics from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. These certificates can take as little as six months to a year to complete, quickly putting students on the path to a meaningful and well-paying career. Vocational and technical education has traditionally had a stigma attached to it — it was for kids who weren’t “college material.” Now, career and technical education programs involve state-of-the-art technology, requiring students to possess strong math and computer skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team, adapt to change, and problem-solve. These skills also are necessary for students to make a successful transition from high school to college. Employers in logistics and advanced manufacturing need their employees to possess these skills as well. Conexus Indiana is an organization designed to help promote the state’s opportunities in logistics and applied manufacturing. Conexus has an incredibly informative website for youth called dreamitdoitindiana. com. Students can register with the site to get useful information on high-demand fields, scholarship opportunities, and examples of a “day in the life” of certain jobs. Companies such as FedEx, Allison Transmission, Subaru


and others are subjects of fun, youth-oriented videos designed to help showcase Indiana’s growing employment needs. The Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest education foundation, is headquartered in Indianapolis and has found that many students who pursue a technical honors diploma and a one-year certificate continue their education — often on their employer’s dime — and end up earning associate and bachelor’s degrees. These additional degrees, while not required for employment in advanced manufacturing or logistics, help move individuals into management and leadership roles within their companies. Students can learn more about Indiana’s Technical Honors Diploma by talking to their school counselor or visiting the Indiana Department of Education website at doe.in.gov. Taking dual credit, Advanced Placement or early college coursework while in high school also can speed up the time it takes to complete the certificate programs. For more information on planning for education after high school, visit triptocollege.org, a free website brought to you by the Indiana Youth Institute.

Humor Helps

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Move things with your mind! BY KRISTY JOHNSON We recently moved across the country, and in an effort to save some cash, we opted to pile all of our belongings into large wooden crates, generically known as “pods.” However, after stuffing our life into cardboard boxes, squeezing all of these boxes into each pod rapidly turned into a giant game of Tetris. And just like in Tetris, the first few pieces were easy to place, but the subsequent ones required a bit of ingenuity (And patience. Lots of patience.) As the pods filled up, it became much more efficient to mentally position the boxes in the pod before moving them (making me wish I really could move them with my mind!) This ability to arrange objects in your head without actually touching them is

known as “spatial reasoning.” It’s the skill that lets you mentally rearrange the furniture in your living room with your eyes closed. It’s the same process you employ to fit all your leftovers in the smallest possible container without overflowing. You use it to approximate the amount of space you will need to finish your homework, write a card, or center a title on a banner. And you shift it into high gear when you parallel park, use a map and compass, or build a Lego battle cruiser. Spatial reasoning is everywhere, and individuals who excel at it often find futures as engineers, architects, designers, sculptors and inventors. In fact, spatial reasoning is one of three core skillsets linked to success in both academics and the workplace. The other two – quantitative and verbal reasoning – are well-represented in today’s

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Pioneer Festival Stone’s Trace, 5111 Lincolnway South, Ligonier. Continuous family entertainment, historical reenactment of early American life, non-stop perfomances. Charity Cycling Event 9:00 am. Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury, 56805 Northridge Dr, Middlebury. One day. Two great events. A metric century ride for avid cyclists starting at the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury and a family fun ride along the Pumpkinvine Trail. Both events support the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury. See website for registration information. Cost: $50 metric, $25 family ride.

Butterflies Rule at the Monarch Festival 11:00 am. Eagle Marsh Barn, 6801 Engle Rd, Fort Wayne. Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn for this family-friendly event featuring hikes, demonstra tions, education stations with activities showcasing monarchs’ lifecycle and migration, and monarch crafts for kids. You can also plant a milkweed to help feed monarch caterpillars at Eagle Marsh or take one home for your butterfly garden. (260) 478-2515 Miami Indian Heritage Days 1:00 pm. Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Ft Wayne. First Saturday of each month through November. Born in 1761, Richardville was the son of a French fur trader father and a Miami Indian mother, Tacamwa, sister to the Miami war chief Little Turtle. Together he and his mother built a trading empire based on control of the ‘long portage’ between the St. Mary’s and Wabash rivers, joining two water systems and thereby completing a pathway for commerce.

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Teen Movie Night 4:00 pm. Kendallville Public Library, 221 S Park Ave, Kendallville. Watch Iron Man 3 during this teen movie night geared towards grades 6-12! This movie is PG-13. (260) 343-2010

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Apple Festival of Kendallville 9:00 am. Noble County Community Fairgrounds, U.S. 6, Kendallville. Festival is Oct. 5th and 6th. Parking on the festival grounds for $3 a day per car and free at East Noble High School on Garden Street, at NoSag parking lots in Industrial Park East on Production Road (off Allen Chapel Road) and the off-street lots in the downtown area. No admission is charged for entrance into the Festival. Free shuttle bus to and from Main Street, the East Noble High School and NoSag parking lots during festival hours. The last shuttles will leave from the gate at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. Food, music, crafts, demonstrations, games and much more. For more information visit kendallvilleapplefestival.com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 Tuesday Tours: Native Americans of Elkhart County 1:00 pm. Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W. Vistula St., Bristol. Hear the story of Pierre Moran, Chief Five Medals, and the lives of the Native Americans that inhabited the area that would become Elkhart County. (574) 848-4322 Many more events at InFortWayne.com



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Greater Fort Wayne Family Magazine aims to provide parents with helpful information so they can make sound decisions while raising and educa...

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Greater Fort Wayne Family Magazine aims to provide parents with helpful information so they can make sound decisions while raising and educa...

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