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EXPECTING ‘Our baby has dwarfism’
BABIES | 0-1 YEARS Burning off the baby bump
TODDLERS | 1-3 YEARS Kids are the boss at potty training
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TYKES | 4-8 YEARS Libraries are a community’s ‘gem’
PRETEENS | 9-12 YEARS Greed in a 12-year-old: Confront it
TEENS | 13-18 YEARS Texts point kids to higher education
Teachable moments 5
POOPED-OUT PARENT PAGE Have fun and get it all done
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Go bananas for clean and healthy produce Classic comfort reinvented — Beef Pot Pie Make tonight a Mexican fiesta Laundry detergent pods a poisoning threat Save the date for CASA Palooza 2013! Pokagon offers winter fun even without snow
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FUNNY THINGS KIDS SAY Local families share their funny stories
FAMILY EVENTS Activities for you and your family
LESLIE SPENCER kisses her baby, Lilah Rose. Read about Spencer’s journey, having a child with dwarfism, on pages 6-7 and 16-19. Photography by Michaela Potterbam. fwFamily.com
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Welcome to our January/February issue! The newborn baby on our cover signifies so much: the joy and promise of new life, the hopes and dreams her parents have for her and the sure knowledge that God created her as a unique, wonderful individual with a special purpose. The baby’s mother, Leslie Longfellow Spencer, is a former Kendallville resident. You will find Leslie’s articles very inspiring. A big thank you to Leslie for sharing her story and also to Emily LaRue who wrote the Tykes Life Step about one of her favorite places — the library. We have numerous fine libraries in the greater Fort Wayne area and I am so glad that Emily felt inspired to write about a real “gem” — the Allen County Public Library. Winter is an ideal time to visit your local library and see all that it has to offer to you and your children. Also, thank you to Kristy Johnson for her great article about exercising with your baby. As the mother of four, I know how much better I felt when I could be active with my kids. And the kids love it too! Thank you to each and every one of you who takes the time to offer story ideas, write articles, share photos and/or send in funny stories. The Friends of the Family that you see on the back cover and inside back cover enable us to provide mail subscriptions at no charge to families in the greater Fort Wayne area. Please thank the Friends of the Family when you have the opportunity. Throughout the year don’t forget to use our online calendar at fwfamily.com to submit events and to find activities for your family. Our event listings at the back of each issue are just a small selection from what is available online — so visit the calendar at fwfamily.com often. Wishing you the very best in 2013! Enjoy your family!
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EMILY LARUE LaRue, of Fort Wayne, is married to Wes with two stepdaughters and one son, Isaac, 4. She is a language arts teacher at Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doucette is the presentation editor for KPC Media Group, leading design and layout for several of its publications. She, her husband, Stephen, daughters Ella, 5, and Eva, 2, live in Huntertown. Her blog can be read at fwfamily.com. She can be emailed at email@example.com.
Spencer, a former Kendallville resident, is married and the mother of two. The family resides in Fishers. Her blog is: dreambiglittleone.com. Daughter Lilah was born a few months after this photo was taken.
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Rosemond is Americaâ€™s most widely-read parenting authority. He is a bestselling author, columnist, speaker and family psychologist. More information at rosemond.com.
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H AV E F U N A N D G E T I T A L L D O N E ! Everyone thinks there’s some set-in-stone list of things that children need to know before they go to school. Like 26 letters. Count to 25. Their colors.
ykw? It’s just not true. What school people really want is for children to love learning! Be curious! Be kind and understanding around others! How does a pooped-out parent begin to build those skills and behaviors? It’s easier than you think! And yes, you have time! Try these ideas: Talk, talk, talk Talk to your baby about everything you do and everything you see. It’ll sound something like this: “I’m putting syrup on the pancakes. It smells sweet. Do you want to smell the syrup?
Read, read, read Read to your child when they’re very little. Use expression. Do the funny voices. And keep reading to them even after they can read themselves!
Explain, explain, explain Talk to your child about everyday life and the things that happen. It might sound something like this: “Stella is crying because she fell down and bumped her head. Do you remember when you bumped your head and it hurt so badly? That’s how Stella feels now.”
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ONE FAMILY’S JOURNEY
looks up with anticipation at his mother, Leslie Spencer. Clay turned 2 in December. DELLATERRAPHOTO.COM.
‘Our baby has dwarfism’ BY LESLIE SPENCER It started with the hardest news I ever had to hear… the words that have since gone through my mind hundreds of times. The moment that changed my life… I saw how nervous but sure my doctor was and I could tell this was different. At the time, it seemed like nothing had prepared me for this. I fumbled my phone and tried to get a hold of Corey, calling him once, twice and the third time in a row when he answered all I could mutter was, “I need you.” And then for the first time, the one that marked the beginning of this word in my life, I said the words, “They think our baby has dwarfism.” It went from the hardest news I had to hear to the hardest news I had to tell. My mom was first… I called her through my sobs and my heart broke for her and every time after that I had to tell someone the fate of our unborn daughter… So many unknowns for me and questions that
would go a long time being unanswered. The words of my doctor kept ringing through my head, “In a year from now you are going to look back on this and wish nothing was different.” Even though the words felt like a pep talk for somebody else, I tried to make them apply to me, but I couldn’t. Although deep down, somewhere… I knew he was right. But at the time, I had this huge gap like a tiny me standing on the edge of a huge ravine and on the other side was the me I was going to be. The “how do I get from point A to point B” seemed like a feat so big, it was almost unattainable. Almost. Just seeing that tiny me all the way across the ravine waving at me smiling gave me enough hope to know that the gap in between, the journey from here to there… is my fate. This moment is where I realized, just because it is
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hard to get through and may seem impossible… it doesn’t mean it is… bad. That’s right, not bad, just different. This is where the learning, challenging, growing of the soul takes place… and why would I ever want to miss that? That’s exactly what I told my doctor a week later. He responded with, “I love that.” Once we reached out to friends and family we were flooded with support, positivity, stories, and personal experiences that absolutely blew us away. We soon realized all these words together made believers out of us that we can do this. But to know that everyone around us is forming a handlinked chain to create our safety net gives me the confidence that this baby girl will be so loved not only by us but by everyone. Some say they are intuitive, but I know I am. I knew my son was a boy — no questions asked. I knew this baby was a girl even before the test came back positive for pregnancy. I also knew I was preparing myself for something big… something I couldn’t place at the time. There were signs the whole way when I look back, I think I always knew this baby was going to be special. Not only is she going to touch our lives, but those all around us. She has the power to change stigmas and ignorance and labels. She is going to move mountains (right Dr. Seuss?) I just know it. About a week before our news, I finally decided on a nursery theme and color concept. Pinks, browns, whites and a touch of mint with the theme: Dream Big Little One. Like I said, I think I already knew. This is a journey that was chosen for us and although we kicked and pleaded when we began and fell right off the edge into the ravine, we turned around and saw a huge opportunity to become better and see things from a different perspective. We are taking the first few steps into the wild ravine and into the unknown with high hopes of getting to the other side someday where we can be everything we want/need to be. But right now, we are anticipating the adventure and we look forward to each challenge we can overcome, each step towards learning, and growing in the depths of our character. Our minds will be open, our experiences more rich and I believe we will be amazed beyond our craziest expectations. Leslie Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt of the Oct. 26, 2012, message to friends by Leslie Spencer on her blog dreambiglittleone.com. Read her letters to her children on pages 16-19.
æ Lead by example — If you’re asking your child to eat certain foods, then you should eat them too. æ A parent decides when and what to oﬀer — The child decides which and how much to eat. Do not give your child adult-sized portions or force him or her to clean the plate. æ Don’t give up on healthy alternatives — Continue to oﬀer healthy foods along with family favorites. It can take up to 20 or more exposures for a child to accept a new food. æ Get creative — Try hiding small amounts of pureed or grated vegetables, such as carrots, in casseroles, soups or sauces. æ Kitchen helper — Involve your child with ageappropriate tasks. Kids are more interested in what is served when they help plan or prepare meals. Your child will enjoy helping to prepare this recipe. Leave the apple slicing to a parent.
Turkey, Spinach and Apple Wrap 1 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayo 2 tsp. honey mustard 2 whole-wheat ﬂour tortillas 4 thin slices turkey breast (4 ounces) 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced paper thin 2 c. baby spinach leaves, or two large leaves of soft, leafy green lettuce Wash and dry spinach. Combine mayo and mustard. Spread edges of each tortilla with mayo mixture. Leaving a margin free on the side closest to you, arrange a layer of spinach on top of tortillas and top each layer with turkey. Evenly divide apple slices and lay lengthwise across turkey. Fold over the end of the tortilla closest to you, then the two sides. Roll the tortilla as tightly as possible. Cover each tortilla tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate, seam side down, up to 4 hours before serving. When ready to serve, remove plastic wrap and cut each wrap in half, at an angle. Reference: www.aicr.org
Burning off the baby
You need an exercise routine that is quick, easy, portable, and most importantly, babyapproved. So while the gym is crowded with other resolution chasers, use your workout time to bond with your latest addition.
BY KRISTY JOHNSON Baby, it’s cold outside! And while winter weather is always a good reason to snuggle under the covers just a little while longer, if you’ve had a baby in the last year, you may actually be itching to tackle that perennial New Year’s resolution: Get Back Into Shape. Except this year, you mean it. Which means, this year, you need a plan. Specifically, you need an exercise routine that is quick, easy, portable, and most importantly, babyapproved. So while the gym is crowded with other resolution chasers, use your workout time to bond with your latest addition. BASIC SQUAT
Begin with the basic squat. Secure your baby close to your body in a carrier – preferably one that keeps your precious bundle tight against your chest and distributes the weight evenly across
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demonstrate proper squat form.
your back. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, and place your hands behind your head with your elbows straight out. Focus on a spot slightly above eye level to keep your chest up and your body aligned. (Bracing a broom on your shoulders can also do the trick.) Slowly lower yourself as if you were sitting in a chair, keeping your weight toward your heels. Return to standing and repeat 10 times. See EXERCISE page 9
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Once your baby has adequate neck and body control, you can amp up the fun with a move called the “Thruster.” This time, start in the “down” squat position and grasp your baby under his armpits, holding him in front of you. Then, like a rocket ship, lift your body and your baby until your little astronaut is high above your head. (Sound effects make for better blast-offs!) Go as fast as your form will allow and repeat as many times as your rocketFELIX, 1, helps demonstrate the baby bench press. boosting arms and legs can handle. Astronauts are advised to avoid food within a few hours of lift-off. BABY BRENCH PRESS
Next, turn tummy time into an airplane ride with a few reps of Baby Bench Press. Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor, and hold your baby facing you, nose-to-nose. Slowly lift your baby up and down using controlled movements. While you may already do this activity with your little one, what makes it an exercise is doing it 15 times in a row. Trust me, your arms will tingle. Best to do this one before mealtimes, too. PUSH UPS
KRISTY AND FELIX, 1, enjoy doing push-ups together.
Finally, to complete your quick workout, place your bundle of joy on her back and assume a push-up position with your hands on either side of her. With every push up, give your exercise buddy a smooch on the tummy or forehead and count out loud. Or, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, say a letter of the alphabet when you are in the “down” position and give a corresponding word on the way up.
A is for Awesome if you can make it all the way to Z! For a shorter version, spell your baby’s name or pair animals with animal sounds. Regardless, this short routine is sure to set the tone for the new year, which means you can snuggle just a few minutes longer. This year, you’ve got a plan. Disclaimer: Of course, check with your OB
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before beginning exercises of any kind. Moreover, these exercises are for toning, not intense strength-building, so they might make your muscles burn a bit, but they should not hurt if done with proper form. Finally, aim for three sets of 10-15 reps, but always listen to your body (and your baby) and do ONLY what you are comfortable doing.
N E W S TA G E S
EVA DOUCETTE, 3, has decided she is done with diapers and is a big girl now.
Kids are the Despite attempts at potty training, kids seem to only make the change when they are ready BY ERIN DOUCETTE A great thing happened last month and it has been life changing. My 3-year-old suddenly potty trained. I won’t tell you it’s because of anything I did. If I have learned anything from
boss at potty training having two potty-trained children, it is that they are ready when they decide they are ready. I started feeling the pressure to potty train when she was about 2 1/2. A friend whose baby was born the same exact day announced her son was completely potty trained. Even at night. Gulp. (And come on, they usually say boys do this later!) My mom bought some cute pull-ups for Eva. And I realized Eva’s little friend at gymnastics, who is four months younger, was completely trained. Then you hear about these moms who start when their kids are even babies. And they seem to do fwFamily.com
it! I was starting to think I was a lazy mom who was going to have a 16-yearold in diapers. I would have to go change her diaper during drivers’ ed. I know you’re not supposed to compare kids, but it’s so hard not to. So I got out our cute potty chairs, read books about going potty, created a sticker chart, bought pull-ups, even offered up chocolate chips to this tiny chocoholic child. And she seemed to do OK. She was See TODDLERS page 11
But somewhere along the lines, she lost interest. Stickers or chocolate didn’t really do it for her anymore and I kept thinking maybe I needed to get really serious for the final push (no pun intended). Erin Doucette
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going about 50 percent of the time on the potty. But somewhere along the lines, she lost interest. Stickers or chocolate didn’t really do it for her anymore and I kept thinking maybe I needed to get really serious for the final push (no pun intended). We needed a potty training boot camp. It would involve several days, maybe even a week, at home, with me constantly reminding her to go to the potty. But it didn’t happen. We got really busy. Then the kids both had a rough fall with sicknesses. And let’s be honest, potty training boot camp might have sent me over the edge of sanity. So before I knew it, we were back to diapers all the time. And then it happened. One day, she wanted to wear underwear. And she wore them all day, going on the toilet when she needed to.
And the next day, she went for underwear again. And then one day, I left the house, forgetting to put her diaper back on. And we were fine. So a few months shy of turning 3, Eva was fully potty trained. And when I think back about Ella’s potty training, it was the same way. It happened when SHE was ready. Not when I was ready. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some accidents. Although I do believe on purpose. Mostly when she has been sent to her room for misbehaving. And get this: She is even OK at night in underwear. Not one night accident yet. (In the interest of parents not completely hating me right now, please keep in mind that she hardly slept her first 6 months of life and last week she poked holes all over my brand new ottoman. I DESERVE this one, right?) So, there you have my top two secrets to having two potty-trained girls. 1. Procrastination and 2. Forgetfulness. Good luck to you all!
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ISAAC LARUE, 4,
enjoys picking out books at the Allen County Public Library’s main branch. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Libraries are a community’s ‘gem’ Fort Wayne main library offers something special for both mother and son
BY EMILY LARUE Our library is our local gem. Every day when driving Isaac, 4, to daycare, I pass it. It stands there like a beacon of knowledge, entertainment and peacefulness. I comment, “There’s Mommy’s favorite place.” Isaac knows exactly what I’m talking about. “It” is our downtown library. It seems like we hardly ever have enough time to visit. However, we are probably there about every two weeks. Once we get there, I stop walking and start meandering. We stroll down the main corridor, and I veer toward the wall with staff book selections, local publications and posters of upcoming library events. I am always surprised by the wide array of offerings. fwFamily.com
There is always a slight hum (it’s never quiet) in the air. In addition, there is always a handful of people sitting or standing around in the main hallway. Most of them look as though they have no place to be for hours (or more). Our first stop is usually something for me. My rationale to Isaac on why I get to “go first” is that I have to have something to read while he is playing in the children’s department. “Reader’s Services” is “my” EMILY’S BLOG: leotolstoyandme.blogspot.com
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department. I only look at the front racks with books that the librarians have chosen and then arranged by topic. I never get to go back to the thousands of books that lie behind the front racks because Some of Isaac’s Isaac’s patience level starts to seriously favorite books: wane amidst the adult selections. I know he wants to get to “his” departSports Illustrated Kids ment. graphic novels, any After a few irresistible titles have Berenstain Bears book found their way into my arms, I have by Stan and Jan to refrain from taking a handful more. Berenstein, Frog and I remind myself that there’s no way I’ll Toad by Arnold Lobel, have time to read the four I’m 365 Penguins by carrying plus the six I’m already Fromental and Joliet, reading at home, so on we go toward Twisted Journeys Isaac’s section. (choose your own As we move back through the adventure books), Paul wide corridor with its impossibly high Revere’s Ride (graphic ceilings, I am grateful that Fort novel) published by Wayne decided to build a grand main Capstone Press, The library. Hunchback of Notre Once we arrive at the children’s Dame and The department, Isaac starts on the side Adventures of Huck that has staff selections grouped by Finn (graphic novels topic. We’ll always pick up one or two published by Barrons), there. Last time, it was a realistic Rock, Brock, and the fiction book about Jackie Robinson. Savings Shock by Then he cuts directly across to the Sheila Bair, and other side for his next pick. From anything that features there he always goes to the graphic superheroes. novels section. My 4-year-old, who already seems to have a fixation with history, often chooses books that feature battles. I’ve learned more about Gettysburg and the American Revolution in the last six months through reading to Isaac than I did all through high school. (Certainly not a slam on my teachers … it was rather a personal problem, I believe). After he picks out all his books, he sometimes wants to head to the “technology-free” playroom (not a notice for the children, mind you, but rather we adults who need to be reminded to put our electronics down for a while). There he does a little dress up trying on different costumes, writes letters to Daddy, puts them in the post office box and “mails them” and loads up a grocery cart full of purchases. I always look up when he calls and sometimes we play together, but this is generally my time to skim through my selections. We are lucky to have such a gem. There is an enormous selection of books, music, and movies for all ages. Moreover, the staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. I am reminded of this every time Isaac and I get to “Mommy’s favorite place.” fwFamily.com
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‘‘ Greed in a 12-year-old:
BY JOHN K. ROSEMOND Q: My 12-year-old grandson has become obsessed with things he wants, including a cell phone (the most expensive, mind you), an iPad, and expensive designer jeans. He begs, throws tantrums, pouts, refuses to speak to his parents, and the like. When told not to say another word, he leaves them notes, draws pictures, or comes to us or the other grandparents. These obsessions and his very manipulative behavior are a mystery because he’s never been given an excess of material things. My daughter and her husband have addressed this with common-sense talk about greed, excess, obsessions and self-control. What should we do
to solve this problem? A: First, I feel obsessively compelled to point out that talking to a 12-year-old about greed, excess, obsessions and self-control is not an example of “common-sense talk.” These are not concepts that the average 12-year-old understands. An example of “common-sense talk” would be as follows: “We are not going to buy that for you, ever, no matter what you say or do. When you are older and are earning your own money, you can buy it for yourself.” You would probably tell me that his parents have told him words to that effect and he continues to obsess and pester and pout and See GREED page 15 fwFamily.com
Allow me to point out that your grandson (like all children) perceives persuasion as a weakness. He can simply refuse to be persuaded and even though he doesn’t get what he wants, he’s ‘won’ that round. John Rosemond
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throw tantrums. Pardon me for speculating, but I have to believe that his parents have been less than unequivocal. My guess is they’ve occasionally (perhaps rarely) told him “No” in no uncertain terms, but then at other times they go on and on about greed, excess, and so on, trying to persuade him to accept their decision. If that’s the case, then allow me to point out that your grandson (like all children) perceives persuasion as a weakness. He can simply refuse to be persuaded and even though he doesn’t get what he wants, he’s “won” that round. Even though obsessive thinking is often indicative of a psychological problem, I think you’re describing a power struggle. Your grandson’s parents need to stop participating. They need to make themselves perfectly clear, and accomplishing that is going to require some “drastic” measures on their part. Drastic measures: When he’s at school, his parents remove anything and everything from his room that isn’t completely necessary, including favorite but unnecessary clothing. When he comes home from school, they sit down with him and inform him that he’s going to live that way until his inappropriate requests, tantrums, pouting and the like have completely stopped for a continuous period of two weeks and that until that happens, he is also going to bed at 7 p.m. This “conversation” should last no more than two minutes, during which they should stick to the following facts: (1) Your requests are inappropriate (I recommend that they present him with a list of those requests). (2) We’re not going to buy you those things. (3) Because you obviously don’t appreciate the things you already have, you are going to live without them until your inappropriate requests have stopped. If, during the next two weeks, a request occurs, or he displays any of the manipulative, self-dramatic behaviors you listed, the two weeks begins anew. He should have his stuff back within six weeks. Those six weeks will be some of the most memorable weeks of his life. That is, after all, the point.
Parent should let teen dream — even if it’s unrealistic Q: Our 16-year-old son is talking of going to a local community college after high school and living with one of his friends. He says he needs to find a job soon so he can prove to his friend’s mom that he is hardworking. I was so shocked I just listened and haven’t said how I feel about this whole thing. What would you say to this obviously delusional teen about his grand plans? A: I would just nod my head and say things like “That’s very interesting” and “More power to you!” and “No man is an island.” Note that what you say doesn’t have to make a lot of sense. You would need to make sense if you had even a small chance of causing your son to realize that his fantasies are nothing but that: fantasies. That small chance does not exist; therefore, you are relieved of trying to talk him out of his “grand plans.” Yes, your son is delusional, but anyone who is not/was not somewhat delusional at age 16 isn’t/wasn’t having any fun. Why, at age 21, married with a child, I still thought I had a shot at becoming a rock star. In fact, I still think I can become a rock star. I’m still delusional; therefore, I’m still having fun.
In the life of every delusional teenager, reality–not the youngster’s parents–will be The Great Awakener. In the meantime, let the young man dream his dreams. Where would the human race be without its dreamers? John Rosemond
Let’s face it, your son’s fantasies are harmless. Furthermore, they reflect a strong need to emancipate, which is good. They also reflect the desire to become a responsible, contributing member of society. That’s double-good. In the life of every delusional teenager, reality-not the youngster’s parents-will be The Great Awakener. In the meantime, let the young man dream his dreams. Where would the human race be without its dreamers?
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FROM A MOTHER’S HEART
A letter to my daughter, a letter to my son
“You, my dear, are extraordinary. When our family, friends, communities and even strangers found out about you… they were moved. You wiggled your way into their hearts and were determined to never leave. You reminded them about what is important in life.
EXCERPTS FROM LESLIE SPENCER’S BLOG DREAMBIGLITTLEONE.COM
To my daughter,
oday (Nov. 7) is a beautiful day. We found out when you were only 33 weeks old and still in Mommy’s tummy that your arms and legs were going to be shorter than average throughout your life. At first, we were very sad. Sad for you that you were going to be different and sad for us too. We were worried about complications, what your life would be like and how people would treat you. We were worried about how we would be as parents, if we could be good role models to you and how we would handle your differences. Sweetie, we were never sad about you. You and your spirit inspired us to make some important decisions and quickly. Your Daddy and I decided that we can continue to be sad and feel bad for you or we could make the right choice and give you the best life that we know how and teach you that your differences are not weaknesses but strengths.
Leslie Spencer likes to dream, create and inspire others with her blog dreambiglittleone.com based on the journey surrounding her family and the dwarfism diagnosis of her daughter. Originally from Kendallville, she now resides in Fishers with her husband Corey and their son Clay, 2, and newborn daughter, Lilah.
You, my dear, are extraordinary. When our family, friends, communities and even strangers found out about you … they were moved. You wiggled your way into their hearts and were determined to never leave. You reminded them about what is important in life. You made them believers in triumph and how obstacles can be overcome. You showed them the importance of “community” and you encouraged them to reach out to us. You strengthened their faith and reminded them how God takes care of us all no matter what. And you made believers out of me and your daddy. You showed us how much we can rely on others and how much See LETTERS page 18 and 19
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people care. You made us believe in each other and most importantly… in you. God has such big plans for you and your life. You were put here on Earth for a very divine purpose and you started fulfilling that purpose before you could have ever known. Just as your daddy and I feel we have an obligation to share your story with the world and teach people about accepting and celebrating differences, we feel you have an obligation to touch peoples’ lives too. And the amazing thing is… all you have to do is be yourself and give a little smile. We are not going to tell you that your journey is going to be easy. Nothing in life worth living for was ever easy. And how do you become the person you want to become
courage and He will strengthen your heart.” (Psalms 31:24). All that matters is what is in your heart. Fill your heart with joy and it will spill over onto everyone else. Know that you are so blessed and God has given you so many talents. It is up to you to unlock the doors to those talents and let them come out to play. You are capable of wonderful things. So as you go through life, hold your head up high and feel confident in knowing just how extraordinary you MICHAELAPOTTERBAUM.COM are. Never before was there ever a YOU in this world. YOU are the one everyone is without opportunities to be challenged along excited to meet. You were called angel, the way? Embrace these challenges and miracle, princess and a blessing by so many know you will be better for it. Not to spoil the ending … but your journey is unfolding people before you ever opened your eyes. You will always be a symbol of hope, of love exactly as it should be and everything is and of life. But to me and your daddy, you going to be OK. Better than OK. will always be ours… our baby girl. And And just remember, your mommy and love you we will… always and forever… to daddy, family, friends and God love you just the moon and back. the way you are. And we want you to love XOXO, Mommy you just the way you are too. “Be of good
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FROM A MOTHER’S HEART EXCERPT (NOV. 7) FROM DREAMBIGLITTLEONE.COM
To my son, From the moment I knew you were going to be a big brother, my heart rejoiced for you. What an honor in life to get to grow up with with the title of “big brother.” With this title comes lots of things: responsibility, fun and the occasional squabble. (Occasional is me being optimistic here.) Well let me tell you… the key to being a good big brother is that word responsibility. All big brothers are responsible for teaching, helping and loving their little sisters. And I have no doubt in my mind that you will embrace these tasks wholeheartedly. But, Clay… there is something else you should know. Your sister isn’t like other little sisters. She is smaller, shorter and she will always be that way. When you are young, you won’t even notice. But there will come a time in your life when you will understand that your little sister is different. What your daddy and I want you to know is that different doesn’t mean anything other than that. In our house, different will always be said with a smile. Different will always define who we are and we will take on that word with pride. Different will never mean wrong or bad. Your daddy and I will spend our lifetime teaching you and others that different is beautiful. And as your little sister’s big brother, that word responsibility will take on more meaning. You see, she will be loved by you and she will look up to you. You will be such an influence in her life now and always. Know that if you show her respect, so
will others. You are such a naturalborn leader, we know that you will have no problems in leading the charge. But this is your journey too. And we know that some days are going to be harder than others. Your daddy and I promise to always be here for you. And so will so many others. Over the course of your two years here on Earth, you have surprised many people… There have been many wonderful words people have used to describe you, but the one I hear on a daily basis is: smart. Clay, your ability to remember and learn and teach are talents that God has blessed you with. Don’t think this happened by accident. You should know that God doesn’t work that way. He gave you these talents for a reason and He will reveal His purpose for you. You were given a gift, just like your sister, to have the ability to change the world. More than anything… your daddy and I feel so blessed to have you as our son. You have taught us what it means to love even when your heart feels like it couldn’t possibly hold any more love, it expands in a way to make room for more. Your smile melts our worries away and your laugh makes us wonder if there is anything in life that sounds sweeter. Thank you for being a light in our lives and we look forward to watching you shine on and on as you wish upon your star. We love you big boy! XOXO, Mommy fwFamily.com
These photos of Clay and his Uncle Kevin Longfellow of San Diego, Calif. were taken by Leslie at her parents’ home on Big Long Lake in LaGrange County.
HUMOR HELPS >>>
Micah learned how to ride his bike without training wheels. When he came inside to tell his mother all about it, he said, “You know how you don’t like me growing up? Well too bad. I just did!” — ANNE LOWE OF LIGONIER
The Sextons were driving home on I-69 one weekend when Becky saw a police car stop someone. She told the two grandkids in the backseat, “Look, a cop car pulled somebody over.” Eightyear-old Aidan piped up, “LOOK NATURAL!” — BECKY SEXTON OF KENDALLVILLE
Evan, 5, said to his parents, “Sometimes I don’t even know how much I love Zoe!” They weren’t sure what he meant so they asked him to say what he felt using different words. So Evan explained, “Sometimes my heart beats so fast because I love her so much.” Wow! Zoe is 2. — ASHLEY BAKER (MOTHER OF EVAN AND ZOE) OF FORT WAYNE 20
Readers, if you have a true funny kid story (or a collection of stories) involving you or your co-workers, friends, students or family, please call me at 347-0738 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
— BY GRACE HOUSHOLDER
Seven-year-old Payton was visiting “Nana” over the weekend. Payton has been having difficulty lately paying attention to detail or responding when spoken to. Nana decided to try a new tactic that didn’t involve raising her voice. Payton was told that when she was spoken to and didn’t respond, Nana would say her name in a normal voice by saying, “Payton 1.” If she didn’t respond, then it would be “Payton 2,” then “Payton 3.” Nana asked Payton what would come after “Payton 3,” expecting her to say “Payton 4.” Payton thought for a short time and then said, “Detention?” — NANCY CRAGER (NANA) OF
Kya’s grandfather had gone hunting and he got a squirrel. Kya, 4, overheard him saying that he would dress the squirrel for dinner. When he returned with the squirrel that he had skinned, Kya cried, “Grandma, Grandpa said he was going to dress the squirrel for dinner, but it’s not dressed. He took off its fur coat and now it’s naked.” —
GALE SPENCE (GREAT-AUNT OF KYA)
On the way home from church, Glen was kidding Jacob, 10, that he couldn’t remember when his birthday was. He expressed profound disappointment that his father would forget the date. Nathanael, 8, nonchalantly responded, “Jacob, of course Dad can’t remember. His brain is too full of old people stuff.” Jacob responded, “Really?” Nathanael replied, “Yeah. After you turn 22, there’s no room in your brain for anything new.”
— GLEN OF OSSIAN
Zelma was babysitting Cheyenne, 5. The EMS came by. Cheyenne said, “Look, Zelma, there is a ‘clam us.’” She was trying to say ambulance. — ZELMA FELTNER OF KENDALLVILLE
Go bananas for clean and
Countless studies have linked the ingestion of pesticides — which build up in our colon — to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and long-term damage to the brain and nervous system in children.
BY ELIZABETH BLESSING Full of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, fruits and vegetables should be the center of a healthy diet. They carry benefits like reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, improved GI health and protection against high blood pressure. Research has also shown that children who regularly consume fruits and vegetables do better in school than children who have poor dietary habits. Unfortunately, eating produce grown and treated with pesticides can be just as bad for your health as not consuming any fruits or vegetables at all, maybe even worse. Designed to kill insects, rodents, plants and fungi, pesticides prevent the spread of diseases from bugs and animals, but are also toxic to human health. Countless studies have linked the ingestion of pesticides — which build up in our colon — to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and long-term damage to the brain and nervous system in children. Additionally, pesticides have the potential to harm the reproductive system and endocrine system. As agriculture becomes increasingly industrialized, pesticide and antibiotic drug residues in food are a very real risk, and not just to humans. If runoff occurs and pesticides get into the water, an entire ecosystem can
be thrown off when the fish and wildlife that use that water get sick and die. Pesticides can also affect groundwater, which can directly affect the people and animals that depend on it for their drinking supply. Organic produce that’s grown without using conventional pesticides — synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation — can only be labeled “organic” once a government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown, ensuring the farmer is following all of the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Generally, organic foods are grown with at least 95 percent organic agricultural materials. Substances from a short list of approved additives make up the remaining five percent. The bottom-line: All-natural farming leads to allnatural food that is safer, healthier and oftentimes much tastier. The benefits of eating organic produce go beyond individual health. By eating certified organic produce, consumers are keeping synthetic fertilizers and pesticides out of our waterways. When producers see See ORGANIC page 23
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more people buying organic, they will see that many of us care about the way our food is grown and the effects on our health and the environment. Hopefully, as consumers learn more about the health benefits of organic produce and the demand for more organics in the market increases, the more plentiful and affordable it will become for all. Elizabeth Blessing (@organic_beth), is cofounder and chief nutritionist for Green BEAN Delivery, a company that delivers organic produce and natural groceries to homes in the greater Fort Wayne area. Blessing has a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University and a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Indiana University. She regularly contributes to the companyâ€™s Healthy Times blog, which can be found at greenbeandelivery.com/healthytimes.
While organic produce isnâ€™t always available or affordable, the US Department of Agriculture Pesticide Testing Program has created the Clean 15â„˘ list of the produce that is safe to be purchased non-organic:
The Dirty Dozen Plusâ„˘ lists the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues and should be purchased only organic. The Dirty Dozen Plus list contains 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. Buying only organic from the following list of fruits and vegetables will help consumers avoid the intake of dangerous chemicals:
1. Onions 2. Sweet Corn
9. Eggplant 10. Kiwi
3. Pineapples 4. Avocado
11. Cantaloupe (domestic)
1. Apples 2. Celery
7. Grapes 8. Spinach
12. Sweet potatoes
3. Sweet bell peppers
13. Grapefruit 14. Watermelon
4. Peaches 5. Strawberries
9. Lettuce 10. Cucumbers 11. Blueberries (domestic)
6. Nectarines (imported)
5. Cabbage 6. Sweet peas 7. Asparagus 8. Mangoes
C O L L E G E P R E PA R AT I O N
Texts point kids to higher
Trip To College Alerts will send three to four monthly texts to students ages 13 and up, their parents, mentors or other concerned adults about the college readiness and application process. Kate Coffman
BY KATE COFFMAN A survey conducted by the Indiana Youth Institute shows that parents do want their children to attend college but often don’t know the steps to take. They worry they will miss something critical and negatively impact admissions or financial aid opportunities. According to PewResearch, 83 percent of teens own a cell phone; 54 percent report texting daily. Therefore, IYI is launching a new texting program for teens called Trip To College Alerts in an effort to communicate with students using the mediums they use most. Trip To College Alerts will send three to four monthly texts to students ages 13 and up, their parents, mentors or other concerned adults about the college readiness and application process. These texts may include a reminder about an upcoming SAT test date or encourage younger students to take a career assessment. The texts often will be a starting place directing students to links where they can get more research and answers. To join the program students should text their graduation year and the word “grad” to 69979. For instance, a senior would text “grad2013” as one word, while freshmen would text “grad2016.” Students must be 13 or older to join. Standard texting rates apply and students should have their parents’ permission. You can opt out of the program at any time by texting Quit or Stop to 69979. Parents and mentors are strongly encouraged to fwFamily.com
How to get the texts To join the program students should text their graduation year and the word “grad” to 69979. For instance a senior would text “grad2013” as one word, while freshmen would text “grad2016.”
join as well and discuss the messages with their children. Parents can join multiple campaigns if they have more than one child. They just need to send “grad” and the year of each child separately. So if they have an eighth grader they would text “grad2017” to 69979 and then text separately “grad2014” to 69979 for their junior. They would then receive texts that apply to the age of each child. As this program is new, IYI will be seeking feedback and advice from parents on how helpful the texts are as well as timing, ease of use, and other issues in an effort to improve the program. Those who respond to the surveys will be put into a drawing to receive gift cards. In addition to the texting program, IYI encourages you to visit the college planning website TripToCollege.org, which contains information for parents about financial aid, steps your child should be taking, profiles on Indiana colleges and programs and other helpful information.
BEEF POT PIE
Classic comfort reinvented THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, shallots and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook until beginning to brown and caramelize at the edges, about 10 more minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Chicken potpie is a fine, comforting dinner for most of the winter. But sometimes, you want comfort with a little more. You want a dinner that’s as special as it is comforting. So we used the model of a basic puff pastry-topped chicken potpie, but substituted tender sirloin tips for the poultry. Add a creamy beef gravy and you end up with a savory potpie that is the perfect casual, comforting, yet special treat.
Season the sirloin with salt and pepper. Return the skillet to the stovetop over high heat. Add the oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding the pan, sear the meat on all sides until well browned, about 3 minutes. The meat does not need to be cooked through. Once seared, remove the meat from the pan.
Beef Potpie START TO FINISH: 1 hour SERVINGS: 6 • 1 1/4 pounds yellow potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks • Kosher salt • 2 tablespoons butter • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced • 2 medium shallots, sliced • 1 clove garlic, minced
BASIC PUFF PASTRY tops beef pot pie.
• 2 large carrots, diced • 2 stalks celery, diced • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
• 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
• 1 1/4 pounds sirloin tips, cut into 1-inch pieces
Heat the oven to 400 F.
• 1/4 cup red wine
Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then cook until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
• 3/4 cup unsalted or low-sodium beef stock
Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet over
• Ground black pepper • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
Lower the heat to medium and stir in the red wine. Scrape up any browned bits from the pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef stock and flour. Add to the pan, whisking until thick, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream. Return the beef, vegetables and potatoes to the pan and stir to combine and coat everything with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a medium casserole dish or baking pan. Unfold the puff pastry sheet and set it over the pan. Use a paring knife to cut slits to vent. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown and the inside is bubbling. Nutrition information per serving: 290 calories; 150 calories from fat (52 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 40 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 6 g protein; 160 mg sodium.
C H I C K E N T I N G A TA C O S
Make tonight a Mexican fiesta FAMILY FEATURES Winter weather leads to more hearty and flavorful food cravings. According to an Omnibus survey, nearly half of Americans (45 percent) crave Mexican food more than once a month, yet 41 percent donâ€™t often prepare it at home. So, rather than resorting to your usual recipes, consider mixing some spice into the dinner experience. For example, add excitement to family dinners by cooking up Mexican classics: tacos, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas are all great options for the whole family, as you can easily customize each serving to appease everyoneâ€™s flavor preferences. Look to foods like delicious dinner kits, tasty enchilada sauce, zesty green chiles, refried beans and flour tortillas. And because theyâ€™re simple to prepare, you can create a mouthwatering dish â€” such as Chicken Tinga Tacos â€” any night of the week.
Chicken Tinga Tacos PREP TIME: 15 minutes START TO FINISH: 15 minutes MAKES: 4 servings (2 tacos each) â€˘ 2 1/2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken (from 2 pound chicken) â€˘ 1 can (10 ounces) Old El Paso red enchilada sauce â€˘ 1 can (4.5 ounces) Old El Paso chopped green chiles, drained â€˘ 8 Old El Paso Stand â€˜N Stuff Taco shells â€˘ 1 cup sliced red onion â€˘ 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese In 10-inch skillet, heat shredded chicken, enchilada sauce and green chiles to simmering over medium heat, stirring
occasionally. Cook about 5 minutes or until heated through and chicken begins to fall apart in sauce. Remove from heat. Spoon chicken mixture into taco shells; top with onion and cheese. Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 360; Calories from Fat: 140; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Trans Fat: 0g; Total Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 1g Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 2 Very Lean Meat, 1/2 Lean Meat, 1 Medium-Fat, 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2
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Laundry detergent pods a poisoning
BY DR. TERRY GAFF There are lots of people who choose what they want to eat and drink on the basis of how the package looks, paying very little attention to what the package contains. However, that can get you into trouble. This may be developing into a major problem with laundry detergent. Laundry detergent pods were introduced in the U.S. market in 2010. Since the beginning of 2012, multiple manufacturers have begun selling laundry detergent pod products in the U.S. This has resulted in a significant increase in poisonings due to laundry detergent. The experience with pods began about 10 years earlier in Europe, which might give us some idea of what to expect here in the U.S. Exposures to laundry detergent pods represented the highest percentage of household cleaning product exposure in a recent national poison center study from the United Kingdom. Among these laundry detergent pod exposures, 96 percent occurred in children less than or equal to 5 years old. Eating the detergent was the route of exposure in 80
percent of the children in this age group. This caused nausea and vomiting, coughing, drowsiness, and rash. As found in Europe, initial analysis of poisoning data in the U.S. suggests that laundry detergent pod exposures have occurred more frequently among children aged less than or equal to 5 years. In this age group, pod-related laundry detergent exposures are more likely to occur by swallowing the product and to be associated with clinical signs and symptoms than for non-podâ€“related exposures. Children might be attracted to the pods because their colorful appearance and size are similar to candy. It remains unclear whether the significant adverse health effects observed with laundry detergent pod exposures are related to their unique ingredients, differences in acidity or other chemical properties, such as concentration, or whether the problem is truly due to the delivery mechanism. Recently, the largest manufacturer of laundry detergent pods in the U.S. added a double-latch lid safety feature to the container in which its pods are sold. The company also is collaborating with poison
centers to collect data and identify risk factors and health outcomes associated with laundry detergent pod exposure. Everyone is encouraged to report any toxic laundry detergent exposures and cases of associated illness to their local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222. All household cleaning products and detergents have the potential to cause illness. However, laundry detergent pod exposures might represent an emerging concern because laundry pod exposures have had an increased frequency of toxic signs, symptoms, and health outcomes versus nonpod laundry detergent exposures, especially in the vulnerable pre-school population. Parents and caregivers should be particularly aware that young children might be drawn to laundry detergent pods because of their candy-like appearance, and that exposure to laundry detergent from pods has been associated with more severe adverse health effects. Parents need to be sure they can prevent children from gaining access to household cleaning products, particularly laundry detergent pods. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The Fort Wayne HOME & GARDEN SHOW February 28 - March 3, 2013 Shipshewana
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 Gingerbread House Contest Yoder’s Department Store, 300 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Annual Gingerbread House contest and display at Yoder Shopping Center south of town. Last year, two entries were invited to a national contest. Houses on display through Dec. 31. Studebaker at the Brickyard 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31 - Jan. 5, Jan. 7-12, 1419, 21-26, 28; Feb. 2, Feb. 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 25 28; noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Studebaker National Museum, 201 S. Chapin St., South Bend. Exhibit focusing on Studebaker‚ participation in the Indianapolis 500. Three of the original Studebaker team cars will be reunited as part of the exhibit. Admission, $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors over 60, and $5 for youth ages 6-18. For more information call the Museum at 574-235-9714 or toll free at 1-888-391-5600 or visit studebakermuseum.org.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
Square Dance YMCA of Steuben County, 500 E Harcourt Road, Angola. Theme is “Chili Dance.” Caller is Dick Duckham. Cuer is Butch Tracey.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Mighty Jungle Adventure Jan. 12 - Feb. 28. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. You are lost deep in the heart of the jungle. What will you eat? What will you drink? How will you survive? In the midst of a beautiful garden of flowers and lush tropical plants, parents will enjoy watching their preschoolers and other children explore the Conservatory’s jungle treehouse and playground structures for a morning or afternoon of pretend play. Little ones can fish, find water, locate fruit and build a rustic shelter of branches and leaves in our tame version of Jungle Survivor. Stop in at the Bagel Station for a snack and drink while you’re here! Admission charge. Contact: botanicalconservatory.org, or call 427-6440.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 Square Dance YMCA of Steuben County, 500 E Harcourt Road, Angola. Theme is “Sweatshirt Night.” Caller is Galen Hibbard. Cuer is Butch Tracey.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 National Pancake Day
More events online at fwfamily.com. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. IHOP, Corner of Coldwater & Coliseum, Fort Wayne. IHOP is giving away free pancakes to celebrate National Pancake Day. In return, IHOP is asking that guests leave a little something extra for Crisis Pregnancy Centers and other local charities. For more information visit ihoppancakeday.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Square Dance - Valentine Dance YMCA of Steuben County, 500 E Harcourt Road, Angola. Caller is Dick Duckham. Cuer is Roger Latchaw.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Cats ‘n’ Cocoa 1-4 p.m. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, 1426 W. 300 N., Albion. Bring your sweetheart and enjoy an afternoon getting up close with the resident tigers, lions, leopards, bobcats and other animal residents! Free‚ bottomless hot cocoa. Contact: blackpine.org, or call 636-7383. fwFamily.com
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Heartland Sings: A Family Concert 2:30 p.m. University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne. University of Saint Francis, North Campus Auditorium. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; heartlandchorale.org, or call 866-745-7013.
CALENDAR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Moon Over Buffalo 7 p.m. Feb. 21 - 22; 2 p.m. Feb. 24. East Noble High School, Kendallville. Hilarious Broadway comedy. Box office is 347-7167. Naomi Tutu 7:30 p.m. IPFW Campus, , Fort Wayne. Human rights advocate. “Hard conversations: Talking about race and racism.” Free ticket required. Online: omnibuslectures.org, or call 481-6808.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Square Dance YMCA of Steuben County, 500 E Harcourt Road, Angola. Theme is “Sloppy Joe Night.” Caller is Dick Duckham. Cuer is Butch Tracey.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Fort Wayne Ballet Series 10 a.m. IPFW Auer Performance Hall, , Fort Wayne. “Fables, Folks and Fairytales” features the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company with “Once Upon a Time: A Selection of Folktales.” Performances followed by an opportunity for the audience to meet the dancers. Performances at Fort Wayne Ballet’s studios at the Auer Center for Arts and Culture.
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JOSH BEARD OF AUBURN sent this photo (taken by Rachel Beard) of Wyatt, 6 months, getting ready for his first Christmas. fwFamily.com
Save the date for CASA Palooza 2013! Friday, April 19, is the date for this year’s CASA Palooza at the MidAmerica Windmill Museum, on the east side of Kendallville. With a Superhero theme, the fundraiser (with the emphasis on “fun!) will once again feature “the best of the best” food and beverage tasting from the five counties CASA serves, live and silent auctions and “fund a need.” CASA Palooza will be from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 a person. More information is at neincasa.net or call 636-6101. Sponsorship opportunities are available; also there is a need for donated items for the auctions. All money raised will help support CASA in Noble, DeKalb, Steuben, LaGrange and Whitley counties. Kristi Bachman, executive director, said the third annual event will aid in the continuation of CASA’s mission of advocating for abused, neglected and at risk children involved in judicial proceedings. The need in northeast Indiana is critical, said Bachman. “Northeastern Indiana court-appointed special advocates provide a voice for powerless children involved in judicial proceedings, advocate for their best interests and strive to improve their quality of life. The need for volunteers continues to rise.”
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THE GRASS CAN BE GREEN or covered with snow — either way tobogganing is a memorable outdoor activity for families. Enjoying the fire pit and concessions can be part of the fun.
Pokagon offers winter fun with or without snow LAKE JAMES, STEUBEN COUNTY — The Pokagon State Park toboggan is open for winter fun! And you don’t need snow on the ground to enjoy it because the toboggan run is refrigerated, according to Fred Wooley, park interpreter. Other winter fun activities, however, do need cold temperatures. Ice skating on Lake James is offered when the lake is frozen, and cross country skiing can be enjoyed when there is snow. When there is adequate snow, the Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cross country skiing ski rental program begin. However, the refrigerated toboggan offers winter fun even if the grass is green. Sleds (maximum of four people per sled) are available for rent in the park’s warming center. Concessions also are available. Details are available by calling the park at 833-2012. There is a park entrance fee of $5 for in-state vehicles, $7 for out-of-state and fwFamily.com
$2 a person for a bus. Standard hours of toboggan operation are Fridays 5-10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last day is Feb. 24. The special event and holiday schedule includes: • Monday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Sunday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Sunday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Sunday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information is available online at tobogganrun.com where you can take a virtual ride. The annual resident pass is $40; the nonresident annual pass is $60. The Golden Hoosier Passport is $20 for annual entrance for ages 65 and older (Indiana residents only).
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