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Rugby players to clash in Snow Bowl at Winterval By Garth Snow gsnow@kpcmedia.com

January is tough for outdoor athletes, even for the rugged players of the Fort Wayne Rugby Club. But rugby has never been about comfort, according to Sam DiFilippo, the club president and the development officer for Rugby Indiana. The Snow Bowl rugby match returns at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, for the sixth installment of Winterval, a Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation celebration of frosty sights and welcoming shelters. “We’ve actually been pretty lucky,” DiFilippo said of Snow Bowl playing conditions. “We’ve had some that were pretty muddy. We’ve only canceled one in the last 10 years. That was because of really bad weather, like negative 8.” “If it’s good snow, it’s a great game. It it’s mud, it’s a great game,” he said. But there’s something about crunching

through jagged ice in rugby shorts and shortsleeve jerseys that takes the fun out of a midwinter match, even for the fiercest of athletes. The hits just seem harder when the world is frozen. “It’s gonna hurt a little worse than usual, but it’s kind of a tradition,” DiFilippo said. “Some of the older guys are like ‘I’ve had my fair share of Snow Bowls.’ ” “We call it a motley game,” he said. “Since it’s the middle of winter we don’t want to be super-competitive, so we mix the teams up and we get some guys from Taylor University and IPFW that come out and they mix in with the local men’s club.” Spectators are welcome to assemble at Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St., and watch the match. Anyone who is willing to wait in the cold is welcome to see some good, free rugby, DiFilippo said, adding that the match also serves

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Fort Wayne Rugby Club members and guest athletes clash during a Snow Bowl at Winterval in downtown Fort Wayne.

as a recruiting tool. “January is a time when people are getting their New Year’s resolutions together and they say this looks like fun. But at the end of the day, it’s a community event for us, because we don’t have

many opportunities to put ourselves in front of the city. So it’s a good opportunity for people to understand what rugby is all about.” And what is rugby all about? DiFilippo loves to hear that question.

“Rugby is the meeting in the middle of soccer and American football,” he said. “It was popular here [America] during the Victorian era, but they thought it was just a little too violent, so they started adding

some rules.” And some padding, he added; and football was born. “[Rugby] is the most fun you can have in a contact sport because there are no pads, and it’s a very athletic game. Not only do you have to be the kind of person to sustain the contact, you also have to be able to play the whole game, because we play an 80-minute match.” ‘You have to have really great stamina and be a hard hitter. We’re one of the fastest growing sports in the country. We’re where youth soccer was 10 years ago,” he said. The team plays 18 competitive matches each year, and four competitive tournaments across the Midwest, with the bulk of the games in Indiana. Home matches are played at McMillen Park; for the schedule, follow fwrfc. com. Fort Wayne also See WINTERVAL, Page A13

Fort Wayne effort aids Syrian refugees in Indy By Rod King

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Six-church male chorus at Holy Cross Lutheran An 80-voice male chorus will sing Sunday, Jan. 15, at services at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. The Mannerchor will sing at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Various hymns and anthems will be offered, including a new Thaxted tune arrangement of the “Te Deum” by Kantor Kevin Hildebrand, Concordia Theological Seminary. Hildebrand

will also be the guest organist for those services along with brass and timpani. Jonathan Busarow, executive artistic director for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, will serve as guest soloist. All are invited. Holy Cross’s senior pastor, the Rev. Thomas Ahlersmeyer, will share the Gospel found in John 1:38, 39, “What are you seeking? Come, and you will see.”

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Twenty-nine years ago the male chorus of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Mich., combined forces with the male chorus from St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester, Mich., to form a large choir, and they went on to sing one Sunday in January in each other’s churches for 17 years. Gradually, other congregations joined their ranks. Today the group also includes voices from Holy Cross in Fort Wayne and from three other Michigan churches: Faith, Grand Blanc; St. Stephen, Waterford; and Christ Our Savior, Livonia.

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The Mannerchor that also represents five Michigan churches will sing at Jan. 15 services at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, and will tape for “Worship for Shut-Ins.”

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Windsong sets talent calls for two 2017 family films A local movie company will hold a cast and crew call-out from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. Windsong Pictures is looking for bands, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, artists and technically oriented students and adults for two family-friendly productions in 2017. Windsong has operated as a nonprofit, educational motion picture company since 1975.

In “Musical Movie Magic,” a core group of actors travels throughout the region scouting for musical and dancing talent that perform in the area. Their goal is to highlight the top performers and air them on social media to help rocket them to fame and success. “This highly entertaining film will showcase talent and be a mega music video hit parade,” Windsong said in a statement. The short film “Cinderella” will feature

children at the title character’s magic castle and in a secret enchanted forest with friendly animals. “Children of all ages will delight in performing in this fantasy production as good triumphs in the end because love always wins the day,” Windsong said. Call-outs also are planned at: • Eckhart Library, Auburn, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-7:45 p.m.; • Kendallville Library, Kendallville, Wednesday,

Feb. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. • Carnegie Public Library, Angola, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. • Peabody Library Auditorium, Columbia City, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. • LaGrange County Public Library, LaGrange, Tuesday, March 7, 6:30-8 p.m. Michael Floyd is the executive producer of Windsong. For more information, visit WindsongPictures.com.

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in the beautiful silhouette style of animation which Reiniger herself developed,” Cinema Center said in a statement. The animated film was released in 1926, 11 years before Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Silbo Gomero is Hope Arthur and Kurt Roembke. The two composers first heard each other’s work at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival. Arthur had just founded the Hope Arthur Orchestra and was playing her debut album, and Roembke was performing a multimedia performance piece titled “Hunting For Mushrooms.” The two started composing together for live dance productions, film scores and other mediums, eventually taking on the name Silbo Gomero. Fort Wayne Cinema Center Inc. is a not-forprofit society. To read more about its mission and to follow the schedule, visit cinemacenter.org.


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Local railroaders accept retired Nickel Plate 624 From contributed material Steam Locomotive No. 624 will gleam once again, 60 years after hauling its last freight for the Nickel Plate Road. The engine will steal the show at the Headwaters Junction railroad attraction envisioned for downtown Fort Wayne. The 624 might even see limited service with Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Inc. excursions. The City of Hammond donated the engine to the FWRHS, rescuing No. 624 from a fenced-off park just six miles south of Lake Michigan, where it had battled decades of northwest Indiana weather. A private donor will finance the restoration. FWRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch announced the agreement Jan. 4. No. 624 is a Mikado-type locomotive built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1922 and donated to the City of Hammond in 1955 after racking up over a million and a half miles in freight service for the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, more commonly known as the Nickel Plate Road. In recent years, 624’s condition has deteriorated due to exposure to the elements. The FWRHS has owned

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Engine No. 624 has stood silent in an outdoor enclosure in Hammond since 1955. It will be restored for display at a railroad attraction in Fort Wayne.

and operated Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a larger Berkshire-type engine rescued from a Fort Wayne city park display in 1974. “It’s been disheartening to see the deterioration over the years,” Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said of the 624. “I’m happy to see it go to a good home.” Lynch said the FWRHS is excited to carry on the legacy of this artifact of Hammond railroad history. “Conversations about what to do with park

engines like the 624 can be challenging for any community and it’s rare to have both the right opportunity, partners and experience as we do in the situation with 624,” Lynch said in a statement. No. 624 will receive a full cosmetic restoration and may be considered a candidate for restoration to operation pending a more thorough inspection. The work to remove and rehabilitate No. 624 will be sponsored by a private donor who has stepped forward and offered to manage the restoration

project with the FWRHS providing technical support. Due to space limitations at the FWRHS facility east of New Haven, restoration will be done at a private site in northeast Indiana. “The railroad preservation industry and organizations like ours have to innovate in order to achieve their mission and this approach allows us to keep time and resources focused on the 765 and our core operations, while giving another important artifact a Business new lease onWeekly life,”

Lynch said. Lynch, whose family is from Munster and worked at the Indiana Harbor Belt Roundhouse in Hammond, originally became involved as a consultant to the effort to preserve 624 in 2007 during the first meeting of the Northwest Indiana Railroad Preservation Society. Since 624’s arrival near Hammond’s Civic Center, the engine has received occasional maintenance, including asbestos abatement in the 1970s. Recent efforts by the NIRPS were intended to further stabilize 624 against weather and vandalism, but work recently ceased. “Considering how long the locomotive has been outside, it’s in remarkably good shape. The abatement early in its display life did wonders to preserve the boiler. While there is some obvious deterioration, it can be repaired. Beneath all the rust and faded paint is a locomotive in decent condition,” Zach Hall, of Portage, the society’s operations manager and mechanical consultant, said in a statement. Current plans call for the 624’s boiler, frame and tender to be separated and trucked off-site. The relocation and cosmetic work on the 624 is esti-

mated to cost $250,000 and a full mechanical restoration could cost as much as $1.2 million. Fundraising for Headwaters Junction is expected to begin in late 2017/ early 2018. If the 624 is returned to operation, current plans do not call for it to operate consistently in excursion service like the 765, but several options are being considered. “While a restoration to operation would be wonderful, the 624 will make a compelling attraction in Fort Wayne and be displayed in an evocative, exciting fashion,” Lynch said. The 624 is considered a close relative to the society’s own restored No. 765, which is closely associated with the City of Fort Wayne. In recognition of No. 624’s connection to northwest Indiana, the locomotive will be named the “City of Hammond.” The FWRHS is working to expand its membership in its 45th year. The organization claims over 600 members from 45 states and three countries, plus dozens of volunteers from around the Midwest. To join the organization, or to read the full statement on Engine No. 624, visit fortwaynerailroad.org.

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Middle school and high school show choirs and soloists will compete in the Carroll Classic Show Choir Invitational. Middle school choirs will compete Friday evening, Jan. 20. High Schools will perform Saturday, Jan. 21. Carroll High School is at 3701 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. For schedules and admission prices, watch for updates at showchoir. com. The local middle school choirs competing Friday evening include Carroll Middle, Memorial Park, Northwood, Indian Springs, Shawnee and Churubusco. Maple Creek Middle School will be the evening’s host. The high schools competing all day Saturday in the unisex division include Bishop Dwenger, Anderson

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January summit targets Allen County food waste By Garth Snow

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Food is going to waste while people are going hungry. The Allen County Solid Waste Management District hopes to address both problems and to capture the momentum for change at a Food Waste Reduction Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Jodi Leamon, the District’s business technical coordinator, expects that conference to present an overview and to generate smaller task forces with short-term action plans. “We’ve all committed to eliminating food waste,” Leamon said. “Most people can get behind that. It’s a very solvable problem.” The summit will convene from 10 a.m.12:30 p.m. at The Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. All are

welcome, but attendees are asked to RSVP before Jan. 13 to assist the District with planning. Visit acwastewatcher.org/foodwaste-reduction-summit, or email info@acwastewatcher.org, or call (260) 449-7878. Tom Carpenter, the director of Sustainability Services for Waste Management, will discuss the state of food waste in the United States. “He will speak on zero-waste initiatives, and he will give us a bird’s-eye view of what he has seen from all over the world,” Leamon said. “He will give us some of the more concrete steps we can take as soon as possible. “We will have a panel discussion with experts from the EPA and Kroger and Republic Services, which is our hauler, and from the Board of Health to answer questions. All of the municipalities in Allen County will be represented

in an open discussion. “We’re covering a lot, the whole spectrum of food waste from farm to disposal and then circling back around to composting on the farm. We hope to leave that day having formed some smaller groups with some action plans, some task forces on topics such as getting food from large events to the hungry and homeless in our community. “We hope to answer questions about the legality of donating food, and clear up misconceptions so there’s a more clear pathway for the food to reach the people.” Leamon cited reports that perhaps 40 percent of the food produced in America goes to waste, while an estimated 1 million Hoosiers are food-insecure. She said freshness dates on packaged foods contribute to confusion and to a food shortage.

“There are several different terms. There’s ‘Sell By.’ There’s ‘Use By.’ There’s ‘Best By.’ And those are completely unregulated, and people don’t know what they mean,” Leamon said. “People are throwing away food that is perfectly fine.” Families might hesitate to donate food that is approaching one of those dates. “But there is zero liability,” Leamon said. A federal law to that effect took effect in the ’90s, she said. She said the District also will provide tools

for families to plan ahead to create meals while the food is at its freshest. So-called “ugly food” — produce that might not be cosmetically desirable but which is perfectly edible — might not make it to market. With the help of partner agencies such as Serving Simply, food that is left over from large, public events can go directly to those who need it on very short notice. “There are different strategies for producers, consumers, grocers, restaurants, institutions

and charities,” the District said in a statement. “Attendees will share their experiences and the District will serve to provide resources for finding solutions to the problem of food waste.” Leamon’s high hope for the January summit is based on the enthusiasm that grew from an exploratory meeting in October. “We overflowed the room, and we had so much interest, and the Mirro Center was generous enough to donate their facility for a larger meeting,” she said.

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Decorated Christmas trees that drew admiration and prizes at Christmas in the Country were donated to the area’s less fortunate. Cross Border Partners delivered the trees that were on exhibit two recent weekends at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The public voted for their favorite trees. Henry Kiess is the director of the philanthropic agency that chose the homes and delivered the trees. He thanked the fairgrounds workers who made the trees available. Fairgrounds workers remove lights and ornaments from the trees, pack them in a box, and make it all available to CBP. “The Fairgrounds furnishes the stands, and we supplied them with the stands this year,” Kiess said. “They donate Christmas trees to us and have a lottery where we pass out the trees to our voucher people.” CBP helps families with other needs, too, and depends on donors to make that possible. “We pick up all over Fort Wayne and all the surrounding areas,” Kiess said. “We pick up anything but food and we pass it out to the needy.” “To be classified as needy you have to come from an organization here in Allen County that has a home visit to make sure you are needy. You can come to us 12 times — one time a month — never to come back onto the program. “We are here to assist you, and you’re limited

to certain things: one couch in a year; one living room chair; six pieces of clothing for everybody per month. We need books and pictures. We need silverware, pots and pans, can openers, coffee pots, dishes, bed frames. We never get enough skillets and such items, and we only allow them one skillet or one pot. They’ve got to be a little bit responsible. “We need mattresses, too. We’ve had a good supply of linens the past seven or eight months, and we are buying blankets as we can afford them.” CBP sells some surplus items to help pay for the insurance on its two trucks and one van. CBP keeps two parttime employees. “We have roughly 20 volunteers to make this place go,” Kiess said. “It’s all nonprofit. We are represented to our voucher people through about six churches here in the Fort Wayne area. It’s a Christian-based organization, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a board. And the board people are right here; they’re volunteers too.” He repeated that the assistance is temporary. “We’re helping roughly 27 people on a Tuesday and that many on a Thursday, taking on about seven or eight new ones a month and that many going off every month. That’s it. Period. Forever. We’re here to get them started, help them get their house put together.” Cross Border Partners is at 4611 Newaygo Road, Fort Wayne. It is next-door

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Biosolids find new purpose at Lake Avenue facility

By Rod King

For Times Community Publications

Fort Wayne’s Biosolids Handling Facility between the Maumee River and Lake Avenue has routinely gone about its business for nearly 50 years primarily out of public view. Settling lagoons, windrows of biosolids and lime, bulldozers, giant road scrapers, mixing bins and conveyor belts were all pretty much out of view from Lake Avenue. People who took yard waste, brush trimmings and logs to the site and those who biked or hiked along the River Greenway were the only ones who really saw what was going on there. That was the case until Maplecrest Road was extended from Lake Avenue south across the river to U.S. 24 just west of New Haven a couple years ago. Now, drivers have an unobstructed view as they cut across part of the 400-acre facility. The property is much more than a dumping ground for yard waste and effluent from the city’s Water Pollution Control plant on Dwenger Avenue. Instead, it is an efficiently run business that turns waste water into lime for use on farmers’ fields and sludge from the treatment plant and leaves from throughout the city into biosolids that can be

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During the peak of fall leaf collection, trucks bring 61 tons of leaves each day to be composted on the east side of Maplecrest Road at Lake Street. The City of Fort Wayne’s Biosolids Handling Facility covers 400 acres.

used in landscaping and gardening. As Frank Suarez, information director for City Utilities, said, “Every day out here is Earth Day. Everything that comes here is repurposed. Leaves are composted and then mixed with dry biosolids from 10 2-acre lagoons to make an extraordinarily rich fertilizer. Chemicals used to soften Fort Wayne’s drinking water are piped from the water treatment plant into 27 lagoons at the site. It settles for four to six months before it can be dredged out and put in windrows to dry. Prior to that it has the consistency of toothpaste and takes about two years from the time it is pumped into the lagoons to being a finished

product — lime.” “This is an important city facility,” he added, “because it operates as a profit center and keeps thousands and thousands of tons of waste from going into landfills every year. We sell more than 20,000 tons of biosolid products, nearly 30,000 tons of lime and around 2,500 tons of mulch a year. In addition, in October 2015 we began using the methane gas produced from ‘cooking’ the waste sludge in the anaerobic digestion process at the waste water treatment plant to make electricity. It saved the city $420,000 on its electric bill this past year. We’re also looking into a method to process waste food byproducts. In short,

we’re looking for ways of improving the city’s carbon footprint.” The city has contracted the operation of the Biosolids Handling Facility to Fox Contractors. Travis Medina of Fox is in charge of the day-to-day operation. He works closely with Brian Robinson, biosolids superintendent and head of the waste water treatment plant. During peak season, more than 61 tons of leaves a day are brought to the site and dumped in a huge pile that includes bedding straw from the zoo. It will compost throughout the winter before being blended with the bulking agents (tree trimmings and yard waste) and biosolid waste and then placed in windrows. Special equipment is used to turn the

Steam rises from biosolids material being aeriated by a windrow turner at the City of Fort Wayne’s Biosolids Handling Facility on East Lake Street at Maplecrest Road.

windrows five times in the first 15 days to maintain an internal temperature of 140 degrees, which kills weed seeds and micro-organisms. As Robinson explained, “the biosolid material is better than dry/granular fertilizer because it sticks well to the soil and acts more like dirt. It actually improves the physical characteristic of the soil. It tends to make clay-like soils lighter and more porous and helps sandy soils retain water. Blended with mulch, biosolids reduce watering requirements. As a potting medium, biosolids make an excellent substitute for manure composts, peat moss and other typical soil mixes.” “We also run a spoils recovery operation, which involves bringing dirt, rocks and concrete here

from various city projects that otherwise would go to a landfill. We screen the rocks out of the dirt and recycle it for use by the city. The concrete is crushed and used for road bedding.” Residential waste accepted at the facility includes branches, logs, grass, leaves (loose or in biodegradable paper bags), brush trimmings and clean root balls no bigger than 42 inches in diameter. There is a minimal charge for residential waste. Mulch and fertilizer is free when loaded by the homeowner. Hours at the facility from December through March are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. April through November hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (260) 749-8040.

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Walk, service remember those who died homeless

By Garth Snow

gsnow@kpcmedia.com

Community members and “The Rescue Mission family” trekked from the Superior Street shelter to a downtown church Wednesday night, Dec. 21, for the annual Longest Night memorial walk. The 99 people who filled the Krauss Chapel at Trinity English Lutheran Church heard the Rev. Sharon Gerig and Rebecca Karcher

read the names and ages of nine homeless men who had died in Fort Wayne since the same walk on the first night of winter in 2015. One man’s age is unknown, but the oldest was 62 and the youngest 22. A pause separated the reading of each name. “That might not be all, but it’s all that we know about,” Gerig said. Gerig, the director of emergency services and community outreach for The Rescue Mission, told

KPC the service helped to show that all individuals have the same desires and deserve the same dignity and respect. Karcher, the director of communications and community engagement for Trinity, told KPC of her reaction to the service. “To think that I have a 23-year-old son and to see that the youngest was 22, it touches my heart,” she said. (Read the full story and see more photos by Ray Steup at INFortWayne.com.)

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Marchers remember loved ones and others who lived on Fort Wayne streets, during a Longest Night procession through downtown Fort Wayne.

Homestead H.S. to celebrate half-century mark By Garth Snow

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Homestead High School is gearing up for a three-year celebration of the school’s 50th birthday, and has invited five decades of Spartans to contribute. The school opened in the fall of 1970, but the Class of 1971 completed studies at Elmhurst High School. The Class of 1972 was the first to graduate from Homestead High School. The 50th anniversary celebration will span the years 2020-2022. The school is gathering memorabilia and contact information to mark the occasion. Southwest Allen County Schools was formed in 1966, and construction on the high school began in 1968. Work was completed in August 1970. Principal Park Ginder has enlisted the help of office intern Kelly Asiala to reach out to the first several classes. Asiala, a senior, has launched the Homestead Spartans Alumni page on Facebook, has sent letters to more than 80 early graduates, and is compiling her findings. “People will message me with their information, that I put in a database,” Asiala said. “When the time comes for a Blue & Gold anniversary, Mr. Ginder and his current intern can reach out to those who want to be part of it.” Alumni are invited to message the Facebook page with their name, graduation year, email and postal mailing addresses in order to receive information on the 50th anniversary. Questions can be directed to HomesteadOFC@ sacs.k12.in.us or to (260) 431-2200. The school has asked alumni and the community to donate memorabilia for a permanent display. Already, Asiala has received a

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Homestead High School alumni can catch up on 50 years of school photos on Facebook, at Homestead Spartans Alumni. Kelly Asiala, a senior and office intern, created the page to gather contact information to plan a Blue & Gold celebration of the school’s 50th year.

1973 letter sweater, an early Homestead T-shirt, a basketball program and other items. She marks each item with the name of the donor. The school office located a program from the dedication ceremony in the fall of 1970. But many blanks remain to be filled, such as a graduation program from 1972. “That would be really great,” Asials said. “Really, anything that is

unique to Homestead.” Asiala is drawing from the archived yearbooks to supplement the Facebook page. She has scanned and posted eight photos from each year. “When I first published the page people were looking at the albums and commenting on the pictures, like ‘Oh, I know who this is,’ or tagging them in it,” she said.

Fletcher Moppert donated a 1973 Homestead letter sweater for a permanent display at the school.

More recent posts have included some current events, such as the Friendsgiving at Home-

stead. Overall, though, the page is attuned to alumni and victories past.

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Intern Emma Leininger, a junior, has written several “Where Are They Now?” features for the Facebook page. Asiala, a senior, also wrote a profile. “I think it’s a really good way to connect people back to their high school,” Asiala said. “Homestead is turning 50, so to speak. That’s a long time, and for all the alumni back to 1972 to as current as the spring of 2017 to come together is an interesting mix. It’s interesting to see how people from then and now experienced Homestead.”

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Genealogy Center assists in research of ancestors By Bridgett Hernandez bhernandez@kpcmedia.com

The growth of websites such as Ancestry.com has helped bring more people into the fold of genealogical research by making resources more accessible. These online tools are helpful to those searching for family connections, but the avalanche of possible matches can be overwhelming. “For most researchers, it’s like drinking from a fire hose; there’s so much information coming at them,” said Curt Witcher, manager of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. It’s this information overload that brings visitors to the center in Fort Wayne where the staff can provide research guidance and help make sense of the results of online searches. The center is home to the largest public collection for family history research in the world. In 2016, the center drew 67,000 visitors. Despite the growth of the availability of online resources, the center’s in-house resources, including the expertise of its staff, are perhaps more valuable than ever

PHOTO BY BRIDGETT HERHANDEZ

Cheryn Whitehurst researches the history of properties for Environmental Data Resources at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

before, Witcher said. When researchers hit a dead end or a fork in the road, the staff can point them in the right direction. In addition, volumes of materials are only available in print. Although the center has worked to digitize its collection for a decade, only about 13,000 of its 400,000 books have been scanned. The lag is due to reasons including copyright law, the cost to scan and the limitations of optical character

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recognition software. So what motivates visitors to come in and pore over the books? Everyone has a story, Witcher said. Not many people become interested in ancestry and then decide they don’t like it; once they’re in, they’re hooked, he said. “I think there’s something in us as human beings that longs for context and longs for a story,” he said. Genealogy answers the age-old questions of humankind: Who am I?

Where do I come from? How do I fit in? “I’ve been in this field for 37 years, and I’ve

yet to meet a person who doesn’t care about his story,” he said. It’s important that the research experience is enjoyable, Witcher said. He is fascinated by seeing people modify their lives around what they learn through research — like planning a vacation to an ancestral home. To meet the needs of this growing trend in tourism, several hotels offer special genealogy packages for those visiting the city to do research. Witcher and the center’s staff are excited about the growth of downtown. Usually genealogists focus solely on research, but that’s slowly changing, he said. More visitors are sticking around to explore what else the city has to offer. The center also makes the city a draw for gene-

alogical conventions. In 2016, the city hosted the Indiana Genealogy Society which brought in 200 visitors for two or three days. The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute also held its first convention in Fort Wayne, bringing in about 40 visitors for four days. In August of 2018, the Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold its national convention in Fort Wayne, bringing 2,000 visitors to the city for a week. Kristen Guthrie, director of marketing for Visit Fort Wayne, says the organization spends a great deal of resources on marketing to promote the center and draw these sorts of conventions to the city. (Bridgett Hernandez is a reporter for Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Read her full report at fwbusiness.com.)

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Grabill partnerships help whole community By Bridgett Hernandez bhernandez@kpcmedia.com

For a small community, a grocery store has the power to bring people together, but sometimes “you have to lose your grocery store or your gas station before you appreciate it,” said Wilmer Delagrange, Grabill Town Council president. This was the situation Grabill found itself in, in 2005. Amish resident Elmer Lengacher said the town was headed in the wrong direction. “Our grocery store left, the gas station closed up, businesses were closing up left and right in this town,” he said. Concerned members of the community – both Amish and non-Amish – came together to discuss possible solutions for bringing a grocery store back to the community and getting the town back on the right track. At one community meeting, the idea of pooling resources to create a co-op grocery

The Save-A-Lot grocery store in Grabill operates under cooperative ownership.

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An Amish employee stocks the shelves at Grabill Country Sales.

store was proposed, Lengacher said. As a result, 86 families each put $5,000 forward to get the ball rolling. A year later, the investors opened a Save-A-Lot. “This is where the Amish and the non-Amish – we call them ‘English’ – work

together,” he said. “This community is strong on working with each other. We need each other.” The Save-A-Lot in Grabill was the first in the chain to open under a co-op, Delagrange said. In talks with the chain, he said SaveA-Lot considers the

Grabill location its most successful operation out of 1,200 stores. “It’s turned our whole town around,” he said. The venture was such a success, the same group of investors decided to invest in a second community grocery store, Grabill Country Sales,

a bulk food retailer offering Amish-made foods and goods. The store is located right next door to the Save-A-Lot. “You would think that Grabill Country Sales would be in direct competition with the Save-A-Lot, but they’re not,” Lengacher said. “They feed off of one another.” Lengacher, who is on the board of directors that oversees both stores, said the success of the Save-A-Lot has opened doors for Amish and non-Amish people to find ways to work together.

These partnerships have splintered off into other cooperative ventures. Lengacher is excited about Grabill’s future and the partnerships that have yet to be realized. A few ideas that he’s hoping to make a reality include a restaurant and hotel “in the Amish fad” as well as a concept he’s calling “dinner on wheels,” a horse-drawn buggy ride that tours the Grabill countryside while its riders dine. (Bridgett Hernandez is a reporter for Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Read this article in full and find a related article about Amish entrepreneurs in LaGrange County at fwbusiness.com.)

Special interest courses on history, media, more The Allen County Extension Homemakers will offer the following programs this winter and spring. The general public is invited to attend. Prior registration is required as some class space is limited. Any and all lesson fees must be paid in advance to hold reservations. Registration forms are available at the Extension Office and on the web at extension. purdue.edu/allen. All programs are held at the Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW campus, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne.

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Local coffee shops hold their own against chains

By Linda Lipp

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With a Starbucks on nearly every busy corner of Fort Wayne, Tim Hortons building its own stable of cafes around town, and other chains moving into the area, you might think that locally owned coffee shops were doomed to go the way of dinosaurs. For the most part, you would be wrong. “I am very pleased to report that business is doing very well for us. We saw our best year yet last year,” said Cyndi Demaree, who owns and operates the Firefly, on North Anthony Boulevard, with her husband Paul. The Demarees have been running the Firefly in the same location for 17½ years. Not all of

Brian Kieffer now runs three Bon Bon’s Coffee Co. shops in Fort Wayne. He stresses loyalty and quality.

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Just a few doors down from the Firefly is Old Crown Coffee Roasters, and both have been able to survive and thrive despite the proximity. Old Crown expanded into more of a restaurant and bar, while the Firefly retains its classic coffeeis-king persona. Bon Bon’s Coffee Co. opened its third location in Fort Wayne earlier this year, at the Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network. There already was a Tim Hortons at Lutheran Hospital, but its south lobby location is a good walk from the ortho facility. Brian Kieffer, the owner of Bon Bon’s, in 2012, bought two Higher Grounds locations, one in St. Joe Village near Kroger and the other at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. He changed the name to Bon Bon’s in 2013. The first Higher Grounds started in Fort Wayne in 1996, and the

name was well known and the business well liked. It was a big challenge to rebrand it from a customer loyalty standpoint, Kieffer said. “It took a lot of effort, of proving myself, to just say ‘just try this, come along with me and I can prove that what I’m doing here is as good if not better,’ ” he recalled. A second challenge came when Kroger decided to expand the St. Joe store, taking over the spot that Bon Bon’s had occupied. Kieffer wanted to stay near the intersection of St. Joe Center and Maplecrest roads, and found a location just a stone’s throw away in a high visibility Maplecrest strip center. It has worked out well, he said. In some ways, Demaree said, small, locally owned coffee shops have benefited from the introduction of better coffee to a large number of customers that has been provided by Starbucks. “When they come into an area, it is kind of scary to the owner of a small coffee house, but we appreciate the fact they train their staff well; and their customers, once they get a taste of Starbucks and understand specialty coffee, a lot of times they

will start looking for the local coffee places,” Demaree said. “So we actually feel they do an education for the community and that only benefits the small-business owner.” Starbucks also has gotten people used to the idea of routinely paying $5 or more for a cup of coffee. The locals stay in that same range to be competitive, even though they offer what they believe is a better quality cup of java. What makes places like Bon Bon’s and the Firefly stand out, however, is that they offer better service and a unique atmosphere along with their carefully brewed beverages, their owners insist. So, even if the price were a little higher on some items, “I think from a loyalty standpoint, from a quality standpoint, if you put out a good product people will be willing to pay for that,” Kieffer said. Cafes and bake shops like Tim Hortons also go well beyond coffee in terms of what they serve, so in some respects it’s not even an apples-to-apples comparison, Demaree added. (Linda Lipp writes for Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Read her full report at fwbusiness. com.)

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Nominations due for 12th Athena Awards program

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is accepting nominations for the 2017 Athena Awards program, through Feb. 17. The 12th annual Athena Awards luncheon will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E. Washington Center Road. Nominees will be recognized and the awards recipients will be announced. Individual tickets are $35. Payment is nonrefundable. RSVPs are required. Register by March 22 at athena. gfwinc.com. The Athena Awards program celebrates

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cleaning supplies so they would know how they are to be used.” Syrian refugee families began coming to Indianapolis in May. Since then Catholic Charities and a group known as Exodus have been sponsoring refugees and finding them short-term (three to six months) accommodations. “However, once that time has elapsed,” Horani said, “they’re pretty much on their own. It’s scary for them because most can’t speak English and haven’t been able to find work which literally means they’re left out in the cold.” She said the first 50 Syrian refugee families to come to Indianapolis are now self-sufficient, working at least one job. “Most of them have paid back the air fare loaned them by Catholic Charities and Exodus and they have purchased vehicles,” she said. “These are not people who just left Syria and moved into a settlement camp. They’ve been living in camps and have been on a waiting list for four to five years. They’ve been thoroughly vetted by the U.S. government and have even gone through a government sponsored workshop to learn what it takes to adapt to life in America. In addition, they are well educated tradesmen, physicians, pharmacists, mechanics, repairmen and shop owners. “Now that the state is accepting Syrian refugees, I’m hoping two or three families will make it to Fort Wayne. I personally would adopt Syrian orphans and help others get settled here.” Horani and members of the Islamic school on Goshen Road where she volunteers started an online organization called Our Fort Wayne Community. They use it to post stories about the struggles confronting refugees. Horani and her daughter, Deena, are planning to go to Turkey this summer to work in

an orphanage for two or three weeks. Deena, a junior at Canterbury High School, is organizing a drive at school this month to collect quality goods for the refugees. Horani, a native of Damascus, came to the U.S. in 1982 at age 19. She and her fiancé, Imad, who came in 1981, were married and lived in Maryland before moving to Fort Wayne. She has lived here longer than in her own country. She was a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools for 12 and a half years. Imad, a physician, is involved in Syrian American Medical Society, which raised more than $250,000 in Fort Wayne alone for medicine and medical equipment for refugee camps in Syria, Turkey and Lebanon. Persons interested in donating money, furniture, pots and pans, clothing and supplies can drop off those donations at Friends of the Third World, 611 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. Call (260) 422-6821.

to donate money, some as much as $500 to $1,000 to purchase furniture, food and other supplies. People I didn’t even know called and donated. My feeling that people are basically good was reaffirmed. “That woman is a real success story now. She learned English, has moved into a nicer house and opened a licensed, Level 4 day care facility, and she’s done it all with only an eighth-grade education. In addition, three of her children have earned scholarships to Canterbury School. I couldn’t be happier.” Collecting items has not been a one-person job. Many throughout the community have been picking up items from friends and neighbors and some have even driven van loads to Indianapolis. One local woman has turned her three-car garage into a warehouse to store goods for the next shipment. Because most of the refugee families live in the same apartment complex in Indianapolis, trucks just pull up in front and the people come out. “They tell us what they need,” Horani said, “and we try to accommodate. It’s not just for Syrian refugees. If others living there need things, we help them too because poverty encompasses all races, nationalities and religions.” “I’ve gone along with each of the trucks and I’m thrilled to see improvements in the refugees’ quality of life. Their kids are in school and they’re all learning English. Some of the children were so excited to go to school they were getting up at 5 a.m. and waiting on the curb long before the school bus was scheduled to arrive because they didn’t want to be missed. Since I speak and write Arabic and most of the new arrivals don’t speak any English, I made labels in Arabic to put on

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Jazz trombonist Jackson to teach clinic at Snider

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Jazz artist, director and engineer Joe Jackson will teach and perform at the 26th annual Nicholas Invitational Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Snider High School. The school’s performing arts boosters have invited area middle school and high school ensembles. Admission is $5. Watch INFortWayne.com for the schedule and updates. Jackson, a trombonist, will present a clinic and PHOTO BY BRAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Allen County Fair Queen Sophi Schultz (right) was named Miss Congeniality at the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Woodlan High School senior will be part of queen’s court at the 2017 State Fair, Aug. 4-20. Becca Lax (seated) of Vanderburg County is the 2017 queen. Gabi Reese of Boone County is first runner-up. Sydney Dobson of Jasper County is second runner-up. Ashley Fritz of Hancock County is third runner-up. Kaylee Gray of Pike County is fourth runner-up. Allen County pageant director Michelle Love, who was in Indianapolis for the pageant, said Schultz was chosen by the 86 other contestants. “What an honor,” Love said. Schultz also was Miss Congeniality of the 2016 Allen County Fair, and was chosen Miss Photogenic.

perform with the Snider “Wind Machine” as part of the festival. Jackson is the former lead trombonist and music director of the famed Airmen of Note. He also has some Fort Wayne roots having attended both Shawnee Middle School and Northrop High School. As a freelance trombonist and arranger, Jackson performs with top East Coast big bands including the Woody Herman Orchestra, the

David Liebman Big Band, Chaise Lounge, Melting Pot Big Band and Doc Scantlin. He has contributed commissioned arrangements to dozens of ensembles across the country, and his educational arrangements are published by Alfred Music. Kevin Klee is director of bands and Helen M. Hockemeyer is orchestra director at Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne.

Huntertown loses editor, gains new clerk-treasurer By Rod King

For Times Community Publications

The Northwest News lost its editor Jan. 7, when

DR. ALAN WOLFELT SEMINAR April 18th and 19th It is the desire of the McComb family to offer assistance to everyone throughout the Fort Wayne community who has been touched by grief. D.O. McComb & Sons will be hosting Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., at our annual grief seminar. This will be our 26th consecutive year sponsoring Dr. Wolfelt and his teachings. We have designed two seminars to better meet the needs of all attending.

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he was named Huntertown clerk-treasurer by three votes in a caucus held at Allen County Republican Party headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. Ryan Schwab will complete the remaining two years of the four-year term vacated by Cathy Mittendorf. She recently submitted her resignation due to personal reasons. Ronald Williams, executive director of the Allen County Republican Party, served as proxy for Chairman Steve Shine who was in Indianapolis representing the county at the gubernatorial inauguration ceremonies. Each of the applicants was given three minutes to make statements. Following the speeches, the four eligible voters cast ballots and chose Schwab over Pat Freck, who has served six years on the Huntertown Town Council and has been involved in the Allen County Republican Party as an elected and appointed official. Schwab grew up in

Auburn, graduated from DeKalb High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications from Ball State University in 2003. He began his newspaper career as sports editor of Northwest News following graduation from BSU and was named editor in 2005. “I’ve covered a lot of ball games, written a lot of stories and met a lot of really great people over the years,” Schwab said. Schwab threw his hat in the ring because he has “always believed that it’s important to be an asset to the community and not just a resident.” “A lot of people supported and encouraged me to seek the position,” he said. “Granted, there will be a lot of learning to be done at first, but I feel that I can provide a positive impact on the community.” Schwab is the fifth person to hold the position in the last six years. He said he will work to create stability in the office.

YLNI’s My City Summit keys on value of diversity Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana will hold the My City Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. in downtown Fort Wayne. The event will run from 5-9 p.m., with registration opening at 4:30 p.m. and speakers beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at MyCitySummit.com. The Ian Rolland Courageous Leadership Award and YLNI Emerging Leader Award recipients will be recognized at the event. My City Summit will address harnessing diversity to generate and implement ideas. The keynote is author, speaker and political and cultural analyst Rich Benjamin,

who wrote “Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.” Courtney Tritch of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Allison Green from Lincoln Financial Group also will speak. My City Summit began in 2012, created to strengthen community attachment for young college graduates. “These inspired individuals are the future of our economy and the cornerstone of cultural development that will continue to shape Fort Wayne as an attractive place to live and work for all generations,” said Stephanie Veit, YLNI president. For details, visit YLNI. org.


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Public programs’ topics cover hobbies and health

WINTERVAL from Page A1

supports a women’s rugby team. Boys club teams bear the names of Bishop Dwenger, Carroll, Leo, Homestead, Angola and Warsaw high schools, and there is a Bishop Dwenger girls club team. In his position with Rugby Indiana, DiFilippo trains coaches around the Midwest on safe tackling techniques and the coaching process. Fort Wayne Rugby has played the Snow Bowl for several years, usually on the day after Christmas or New Year’s Day. When the Parks Department asked the club to lend its talents to the new Winterval, the match moved to late January. “It’s just a chance to play between seasons and have a social event. December-January is

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Ice sculptors create art from blocks of ice for Winterval. Completed sculptures also will be available for viewing at six stops in downtown Fort Wayne.

kind of the middle of playing in the fall and the spring, so we just kind of dust the cobwebs off and

WINTERVAL 2017 ACTIVITIES

Downtown Fort Wayne. Most activities are on Saturday, Jan. 28. Visit fortwayneparks.org for details. • Live ice carvings. Times to be announced. Watch ice sculptors create their masterpieces at: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, noon-2 p.m.; The Community Center, 233 W. Main St. • Presculpted ice carvings. Stop by these sites at your convenience to see completed ice carvings: Hoppy Gnome, 203 E. Berry St.; Riverfront Fort Wayne, 916 S. Calhoun St.; Visit Fort Wayne, 927 S. Harrison St.; Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.; and Freimann Square, 200 E. Main St. • Winter Carnival at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., 1-4 p.m. Bring the whole family out for snow crafts and activities, ice carving demonstrations and treats. If there’s no snow, the fun will move indoors. Fort Wayne Youththeater presents “Dr. Seuss on the Loose” at 2 p.m.; free. Carriage rides are available on a first-come basis from 1-4 p.m. • Winterval at the Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., 10 am.-3 p.m. Make a winter bird feeder, learn about the different winter survival strategies of animals, and explore the “Mary Poppins” garden exhibit. Regular Conservatory admission applies. • Nouvelle Annee: A French Garrison 1757. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience a winter with the French of Fort Miamis. Re-enactors from “Les Habitants et Marines du Post ed Miamis” will spend the weekend living in The Old Fort and re-creating events that occurred in and around what is now Fort Wayne in the year 1757. They do so by examining letters written by the French commanders of what was then known as Fort Miamis and then attempt to re-create those events. Mail call, military drills, scouting, cooking and sewing are some of the activities that will be re-enacted. • Snow Bowl rugby game. 1 p.m., Lawton Park, 1900 N. Clinton St. • Winterval at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. • Winterval at the Library, 900 Library Plaza, 2-4 p.m. Free. • Ice skating at Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Regular fees apply. • Freeze Frame Picture Car & Truck Show, First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., 8 a.m.-noon. Bring a photo of your model car to be judged. $10 entry. Spectators admitted free. • Penguin Hunt; new for 2017. The Winterval penguin will be hanging out downtown in the days prior to Winterval. Go to majic951.com each morning for clues to its location for the day. Find the penguin, take a selfie and send it to the WintervalFW Facebook page (facebook. com/Wintervalfw) to be entered into the daily prize drawing. During the Winterval event, a Grand Prize winner will be selected from those who participated. • Winter Cozy; new for 2017. Friday, Jan. 27, 8-10 p.m. Historic Wells Street Bridge. This event will feature a heated tent, bonfires, live music and beverages for ages 21-plus. Tickets are $10. Space is limited.

get outdoors no matter what the weather is and have a little rugby game,” DiFilippo said.

The Allen County Extension Office will offer several public programs this winter and spring. The general public is invited to attend. No registration is required. All programs are held at the Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW campus, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. Direct questions to Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Office, (260) 481-6826. The Extension Office offered these details and descriptions: • Vitamin D: Sunshine or Supplement? Thursday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, plays an important role in

bone health and overall health. How much do you need? Are you getting enough from your diet and the sun? Are supplements safe? What foods provide Vitamin D? Come learn how Vitamin D plays an essential role to your health. • Easy Care Flower Favorites. Monday, March 13, 7 p.m. Do you enjoy the beauty of flowers in your gardens, but it is becoming more difficult to keep up with their care? Learn easy care flower favorites from a Master Gardener. • Raised Bed Gardening. Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m. Enjoy gardening, but getting down and back up is challenging? Frustrated

with the high level of clay in the soil that makes gardening success difficult? Learn how to garden in raised beds from a Master Gardener. • D.A.S.H. to the Mediterranean. Tuesday, May 9, 7 p.m. All of the eating plans out there add to the confusion of which one to follow. The D.A.S.H. and Mediterranean eating plans are both top-rated for being relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. This class will contrast and compare the plans and will include some healthy recipes and menus that you can try.


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Rivers partners advocate environmental stewardship

By Whitney Wright

For Times Community Publications

Riverfront Fort Wayne’s mission to make Fort Wayne’s waterways an iconic part of living and visiting the area not only rests on its ability to provide recreation and economic development, but also sustainability and environmental protection. As a part of this effort, plans for an Environmental Stewardship Center are underway through efforts of Environmental Resources Center, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and its collaboration with the city and interested residents. The stewardship center was a part of the original vision of Riverfront Fort Wayne and is the first major environment-focused development for the riverfront. To gain additional ideas for what the center may involve, an IPFW student distributed surveys to various stakeholders. The location of the stew-

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Riverfront Fort Wayne recently released updated final renderings for the development along the rivers in downtown Fort Wayne. Here you see a planned canopy trail.

ardship center is yet to be determined, though Guldlin Park is in high consideration because it will have access to the river, said Bruce Kingsbury, director of IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center. While plans for the stewardship center are still in the works, Riverfront

Fort Wayne provided a handful of programs that are environmentally related in 2015 and 2016, including educational panels on the river water quality and bird watching once a month. The parks department hosted a river camp for children 8 to 12 that focused on the envi-

ronment and its history and the Tri-State Watershed Alliance also heads a river water cleanup and eradication of invasive species, said Alison Gerardot, manager of programs and events for Riverfront Fort Wayne. These activities and events are all a precursor

to what Riverfront Fort Wayne’s environmental stewardship center is to become. A physical facility with relevant local ecological information and demonstrations is certainly a major consideration for the center. It also will likely include some of the surrounding grounds and green space for demonstrations while also providing accessibility to nature trails and examples of sustainable and natural landscaping. All of these elements will also likely become a multiple-use base for events, such as receptions and weddings, and act as a complement to some of the harder concrete modifications on the riverfront. Members of the city and IPFW are also interested in providing educational resources for learning about the local habitats, the proper use of wetlands as a way to keep water clean, and displays on wildlife and restoration. A riverfront stewardship center could include a wet lab, where

samples of the river could be brought into the facility for study and analyzing. “The facility itself would mostly be about education … a destination for students, older kids for research or a professional agency’s personnel for studies on the environment,” said Kingsbury. Riverfront Fort Wayne’s stewardship center could be an example of the possibilities with new technology in sustainable energy. This could include harvesting solar energy to run the lights, heating and cooling, or cleaning collected run-off from the building and parking lot to use for landscape before it enters the river. For now, all of these ideas are simply up on the drawing board. Members of Riverfront Fort Wayne and those involved in IPFW’s Environmental Resources Center continue to work on the feasibility of these projects, gaining ideas and advice from other similar programs in the Midwest, and fundraising.

Central Lutheran School expands to absorb growth By Rod King

For Times Community Publications

Enrollment has been growing exponentially at Central Lutheran School in New Haven over the past five years. Every classroom is full to overflowing. The preschool even meets in the basement of Emanuel Lutheran Church just across the parking lot, and conference rooms and storage areas have been converted to offices. That’s why special fencing has been erected and steel reinforcing rods are in place along Green Street for the new gym while concrete has been poured and walls are in place at the northeast end

of the school for the new Early Childhood Center. The Childhood Center will be completed in August and ready for the 2017-18 school year. The gym is expected to be ready in September. “The Early Childhood Center will afford us an opportunity to continue to grow while providing a quality, Christ-centered education,” Principal Kevin Creutz said. “It is designed to better meet the needs of kids while allowing teachers greater flexibility. It will house four preschool rooms, two kindergarten classes and two first grades and each room will have a restroom. Also included is a student activity room, an office, conference room and

kitchen.” The gym, which has been a dream of the school’s for 30 years, will have a high school-size basketball court and retractable bleachers with seating for 400 spectators. In addition, it will include locker rooms, rest rooms, a concession area and a stage for drama productions. “This building will not only be an upgrade over the present gym which was built in 1952,” Creutz said, “but will give us a great deal of flexibility for scheduling practices, holding band and choir rehearsals and concerts, chapel services and other special events that come up during the school year. “We’re anxious to get the preschool out of the

church basement and into regular classrooms with more space and windows. The program started three years ago with just 37 children and is nearly double this year. The Childhood Center will also alleviate some of the crowding in the present building when the kindergarten and first grades move in there. Second- through eighthgrade students will remain in the current building.” “Over the past eight years the school has grown from 290 students to more than 400,” he added. The expansion has been in the talking and planning stage for the past five years. In 2015, a capital funding campaign was undertaken that garnered more than

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Central Lutheran School Principal Kevin Creutz is excited for the new Early Childhood Center under construction behind him to be open for the start of the 2017 school year. It will house two preschool rooms, two kindergarten classes and two first grades.

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Spectator Lounge, Huntington University faculty member Steve Leeper will lead a discussion on the film and animation style. Fish fry. Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave., Fort Wayne. 4:30 p.m. $9 for adults, $4 for children 6-10, younger children eat for free. Dinner includes dessert, all made by members of the Sport Club.

SATURDAY, JAN. 28

Summit Show Choir Invitational. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. Hosted by the school’s Summit Sound mixed show choir and Elegance girls show choirs. For updates and admission prices, visit showchoir.com.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15

Mannerchor, an 80-voice male chorus. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. At the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. All are welcome. The chorus represents Holy Cross and five Michigan churches. Various hymns and anthems will be offered, including a recent arrangement of the “Te Deum” by Kantor Kevin Hildebrand, Concordia Theological Seminary. Kantor Hildebrand will also be the guest organist for those services along with brass and timpani. Jonathan Busarow, executive artistic director for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, will serve as guest soloist. Holy Cross’s senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Thomas Ahlersmeyer, will share the Gospel found in John 1:38.

MONDAY, JAN. 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day celebration. Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 8 a.m. Breakfast with the Clergy, $20. The keynote speaker is MLK look-alike Troy Thomas, who has been performing the civil rights leader’s speeches around the country for more than 20 years. The breakfast program also includes a film tribute to the Obama White House years. Buy breakfast reservations in advance by calling Bennie Edwards at (260) 760-6867, or email bjecsm011@frontier.com. Unity Day is admission is $5. Buy a membership for $20 and receive a ball cap and souvenir booklet.

TUESDAY, JAN. 17

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7:30 p.m. This performance opens the four-part Broadway at the Embassy series. Season tickets range from $135 to $255. For more information, visit the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy or call (260) 424-5665 or visit fwembassytheatre.org. The series also includes: “Once,” March 27; “Pippin,” April 18; and “Rent” 20th Anniversary Tour, June 13. The Princess Party at 6 p.m. the evening of “Cinderella” is available separately, for $15. To get tickets, follow the link at fwembassytheatre.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18

State Ballet of Russia: Tchaikovsky Spectacular. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 to $55. To get tickets, follow the link from fwembassytheatre.org. Special Abilities Day. Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Free to members of the special-abilities community with advance registration. Presented with the support of the AWS Foundation. For hours and program details, visit sciencecentral.org. Fort Wayne Artists Guild. Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Public welcome. The month meeting will feature University of Saint Francis professor of Art History Esperanca Camara, Ph.D., who will present “The Salon des Refuses and the Emergence of the Avant-Garde.” For more information, visit fortwayneartistsguild.org

FRIDAY, JAN. 20

Exposing human trafficking. Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Drive, Huntington. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $35, which includes lunch. Register by Jan. 17 at victorynollcenter.org/social-justice-formation or by calling (260) 200-1740. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Northeast Indiana Anti-Trafficking Network will host this day of education and training, entitled “It Happens Here: Human Trafficking in Indiana.” The program will begin with sessions on topics such as what human trafficking is, the trends in the region and state, and how to talk with and assist victims of trafficking. A human trafficking survivor will share their personal story. There will also be a panel made up of service providers, law enforcement, and former victims discussing what steps to take to help put an end to human trafficking in Indiana.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21

Tuffy’s Trivia Night. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door. Assemble a team of 10, or be placed on a team. Carry-in food is OK; a cash bar will be available. Must be 21 or older to attend. Register at bishopdwenger.com/trivianight or call Molly Schreck at (260) 496-4775.

p.m. Free and open to the public. Anthony Conley presents “War as a Tool for Group Uplift: African American Thought & Wartime Military Service in the 20th Century.” The lecture is part of the 23rd annual George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10

My Cold Hearted Valentine: Season III. Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. 6-10 p.m. Must be 21 to attend. Early-bird and member price, $20 for individuals or $35 for couples. Nonmember price after Feb. 2, $25 for individuals or $45 for couples. A night of mystery and mingling. Explore the science center, drink in hand, interview suspects and examine the evidence. Deluxe ticket packages are available at a higher rate, include one beverage ticket per person and a reserved seat in the Demonstration Theater during the 9:30 p.m. reveal. Get tickets at sciencecentral.org.

SUNDAY, FEB. 12 Sunday Night Singles Dance. American Legion Post 47, 601 Reed Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. $7 cover includes disc jockey, cash bar and potluck carry-in. For more information, call Doug at (260) 704-3669.

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Fort Wayne Farmer’s Indoor Winter Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., every Saturday. Local market enthusiasts and vendors have come together in a grass-roots effort to create an indoor farmers market. For details, visit ftwaynesfarmersmarket.com. Fort Wayne Farm Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Free admission. Hours are: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Thursday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 71st annual Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Tickets start at $14. Performances: Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. For tickets, visit mizpahshrinecircus.com. Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Tickets $10 for adults, with children 12 and under admitted free. Show hours: Friday, Jan. 27, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit outdoorsportlakecabinshow.com for details. Beer & Bacon Fest will be held within the outdoors show area from 5-10 p.m. Jan. 27, for a separate admission. Get Fort Wayne ChocolateFest 2017 tickets. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Parkview Field. Visit eventbrite.com for $35 tickets, or buy from a Kiwanis member for $30. John Chapman Kiwanis Club Foundation presents this fundraiser to support Riley Hospital for Children and local children’s charities. Kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend with three all-you-caneat chocolate fountains, chocolate desserts and hors d’oeuvres. Dance to live entertainment from the Dee Gees Band. Cash bar. Free parking. Silent auction. Master Gardeners applications. The Purdue University Master Gardener volunteer training sessions will begin April 3 and conclude in midJune. Training sessions will be conducted from 6-9:15 p.m. at the Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave. on the IPFW Campus. Weekly classes are separate teaching sessions, not repetition of the same material. The $125 program fee includes class material and a reference notebook. To learn more about this program, contact Ricky Kemery at the Allen County Extension office at (260) 481-6435 or (260) 505-7493 or email at kemeryr@purdue.edu. Alpha — an exploration of faith. Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, 7308 Saint Joe Road, Fort Wayne, is offering 12 nights of this nondenominational exploration of the basic teachings of the Christian faith. The program begins 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. All are welcome. Supper will be served at the beginning of each session. Call the Saint Alban’s Church office at (260) 485-8022 to register in order to facilitate planning food and materials. Community Sew-In. The Pieceful Quilters club will gather Feb. 18 at the Monroeville Branch of the Allen County Public Library to make items for various non-profit groups. They have selected five groups for their first service project: Parkview Regional Hospital – Neonatal Unit, Woodburn Christian Children’s Home, Adams Heritage Nursing

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25

Free lecture on ISIS. University of Saint Francis, 5201 Spring St., Fort Wayne; in the Brookside Ballroom. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Dr. Adam DeVille presents “ISIS and the Crusades: On the Uses and Abuses of History.” This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Theology.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26

Adult coloring and craft time. Roanoke Public Library, 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke. 7 p.m. Coloring supplies will be available, but feel free to bring your own craft or coloring supplies to use or to share.

FRIDAY, JAN. 27

Silent film and music. Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Tickets $15 general admission, or $10 for members and students. The animated film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” is part of the Sound and Shadow silent film series. Silbo Gomero, featuring musicians Kurt Roembke and Hope Arthur, will provide the score. At 6 p.m. in the

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— Courtesy Fort Wayne Parks Department Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Observing some longer hours through the week before Christmas: TuesdayWednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-17, children 2 and under admitted free. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org. • Empyrean Café serves breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For details or to order online, visit empyreancafe.com. • “A Mary Poppins Garden Party” garden exhibit. Jan. 14-April 1. Jane and Michael Banks seemed always to be in trouble. But after their new nanny arrived (in a most curious way, mind you), nothing was the same. Their time in the nursery and out for adventures taught both self-discipline and wonder. Discover Mr. Banks’ world of finance, Admiral Boom’s punctuality and nose for weather, a chimneysweep’s rooftop perspective, and the magical imaginings of Bert’s chalk drawings and carousel horse steeplechase. Decorated with winter-blooming cyclamen, primroses, and pocketbook plant, the gardens offer grown-ups a breath of spring while they explore alongside their youngsters. Regular admission applies.

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School open house. Concordia Lutheran School, 4245 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Noon-3 p.m. Tour the school and meet with the teaching staff. For more information, call Lori Stout, enrollment director, at (260) 4269922, ext. 208. Sunday Night Singles Dance. American Legion Post 47, 601 Reed Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. $7 cover includes disc jockey, cash bar and potluck carry-in. For more information, call Doug at (260) 704-3669.

Facility, Res Care Youth Services and Lutheran Social Services. Quilters will make baby quilts/blankets, lap quilts/blankets, pillow cases and walker bags. The community is invited to participate in this project. Everyone is welcome to help. Those who do not sew can help by cutting fabric or ironing. The club will accept donations of cotton, flannel, fleece fabric or thread. Contact Kathy Beauchot at (260) 623-2290 to help at the sew-in, donate items or to obtain additional information. Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink. 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Through Feb. 28, 2017. Mondays-Thursdays, 1-8 p.m.; Fridays, noon-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Admission: 14 years and older, $5; 13 years and under, $3; skate rental, $2 Savor Fort Wayne. Forty-one Fort Wayne restaurants are offering threecourse, value-priced menus during the fourth annual Savor Fort Wayne, from Jan. 11-22. Participating restaurants will feature specially crafted menus, including appetizers, salads, steaks, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, ethnic delights, dessert, and more in addition to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. New restaurants to Savor Fort Wayne this year include Shoccu, The Rib Room, Tolon, The Golden, Salud!, Trubble Brewing, Main Street Bistro and Naked Tchopstix. Diners can also make an evening out during Savor Fort Wayne by taking advantage of special ticket offers from the Philharmonic and others. For a list of participating restaurants, menus, and special offers, visit SavorFortWayne. com. “The Price is Right” stage show tickets on sale. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33, $43 or $53, and are available at ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, and at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy. Eligible contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car. Jerry Springer will emcee the stage show. Jerry Seinfeld tickets. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. Tickets $50 to $150. Tickets on sale at the Embassy box office or at ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. The comedian will perform his stand-up routine, joking about the little things in life that relate to all audiences. Concordia Comedy Festival. Concordia Lutheran High School is accepting entries for its second comedy festival, 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at IPFW. This year, the festival will include action/suspense/thriller, documentary (long-form journalism), and animation. Entries are due Feb. 24, and finalists will be announced April 10. All of the finalists’ films will be shown on the big screen in Neff 101 at IPFW and then a reception will be held in the lobby where the finalists can meet and talk to the judges, which will be announced at a later date. Entries can be uploaded at ConcordiaComedyFestival.com. Submissions may not be longer than three minutes, including credits, which are not required. Entries should be free of profanity and appropriate to show in front of a large audience of students and adults. No more than four entries per person. The Concordia Comedy Festival is open to any student in Grade 6-12 currently attending a school or being home-schooled in the following counties: Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley. To learn more, visit ConcordiaComedyFestival.com. 4-H dog obedience training. Allen County 4‑H is offering a series of workshops on dog obedience training. The program is open to youth in Grades 3-12. Youth will learn how to teach their dog to heel on a leash, stand for examination, sit, stay, and more. They will also learn about the health, care and grooming of their dog. The dog should be at least 6 months of age. The cost of the 16-week program is $70. The meetings will be held 6-7 p.m. Monday evenings at the Home Loan Bank Building, Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, beginning in March. All participants must register in advance, pay fees and complete their paperwork by Feb. 17. Class size is limited. For more information and registration materials, contact Samm Johnson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, at (260) 481‑6826.

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