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“Focus on Family” ISSUE September 2021 | Vol. 12 No. 6



Fashion: Fall Family Portraits 101 ........................................................... 6 Self Care + Beauty: The Pros of Probiotics ......................................... 8

COMMUNITY FOCUS She glows’ : Melissa Hall .......................................................................... 10 He glows’ : Rell Holman............................................................................ 12 glo Girl’ : Emily Eshbach ......................................................................... 14

From the executive editor Happy September Glo Readers,

FEATURES Feature Focus: Genealogy: What’s My Line? .............................................................. 16 Finances: 529 College Savings Plans .................................................. 18 On Her Nightstand: Paula D. Ashe ..................................................... 19 We Love Your Style: John Ilang Ilang ............................................... 20

FLAVORFUL  Recipe: Cucumber Tomato Gazpacho ................................................ 21 Bottoms-up!: Bourbon Sweet Tea ....................................................... 22

SHOPPING  glo Gal’s Shopping Guide ................................................................... 23

ALL ABOUT YOU glo-roscopes............................................................................................... 26

In August, one of my aunts visited from Georgia. She has been immersed in genealogy for as long as I can remember and has completed research that traces my father’s family back to the late 1700s to Ireland on one side and England on the other. It is an incredible amount of work and truly fascinating to dive into. During her visit, she shared her account with me so we could explore the family trees and view documents. She has put together a 90+ page document that explains her research methods and provides more insight into our family history. I am incredibly grateful to her for doing this for us, and I hope my generation can carry on her work and pass it down to the next generation. There are many benefits to researching your family history, including deeper personal identity, mental stimulation, family connections, and medical knowledge, to name a few. We have dedicated a feature in this issue to help you get started digging into your family history. Not only are there many online resources like, but the Allen County Public Library has one of the largest genealogy centers in the nation to assist you with your research, as well. Have you done any work to uncover your family history? I’d love to hear about it. Special thanks to Stacey Patalita for sharing her experience with us for our feature. You can read it on page 16. We hope you enjoy this issue. As always, we designed it for you. HOME Living is tucked inside the pages of this issue, as well, so be sure to check out all the DIY project ideas, and if you’ve done a cool project of your own, we’d love to hear about it. Email me anytime: Xo,

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What was your inspiration for this piece? The Gypsy Blue Flower Truck. Kayla’s truck has inspired at least 5 artists to create paintings. I happened upon her at the Farmers Market in this exact pose and asked if I could take a pic and create a painting. She was more than willing to accommodate.

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When did you first start creating art? My journey to become an artist began late in life but time flies and that was 7 years ago. A friend suggested that I try an art class as I was dealing with a difficult time in my life and needed a distraction. It worked and I have been hooked ever since. Art has taken me on many different types of journeys, and I have enjoyed them all. Every day that I am able to create art is a good day.

What advice do you have for young artists? My advice to anyone beginning is to take a drawing class. You can learn to draw. Drawing is the basis of all good paintings.

Where can we find your art? My art is on display at the Fort Wayne Artists Guild Gallery at Jefferson Pointe and often at 3 Rivers Apartments Gallery. a

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Family Portraits 101

By Lauren Caggiano | Photos by InJoy Photography

A crisp autumn day with all of its vibrant colors provides the perfect backdrop for family portraits. It always helps to have an expert in your corner, and one local photographer has a few ideas to take your photos to the next level.

For one, it helps to schedule the session at an ideal time, according to Danielle Morales, owner and lead photographer of InJoy Photography. “For the best fall color, the third week in October is usually your best bet, but you definitely want to book early,” she said. “Fall color is only around for a limited time but is also the most in-demand season for photographers.” That said, she recommends finding a photographer who’s flexible. That’s because fall in the Midwest tends to be rainy. That means hiring a photographer who doesn’t overbook their schedule will give you a better chance of being able to reschedule in case of inclement weather, while also not being pushed too far into the colder part of the season. You should schedule the session as soon as possible to accommodate such scenarios.



On the note of weather, Morales said it’s better to be safer than sorry. Nothing is worse than freezing during your session and the photos will reflect your spirits. In her words, “fall temps are unpredictable, so it’s best to plan to dress in layers! This way you won’t have to completely revamp your wardrobe if the day ends up colder or warmer than you expected.” As for clothing, it helps to pull in a mix of solid colors and patterns to create visual interest and contrast. Avoid black or super dark colors, as they can draw the eye to that area and take away from the portrait. Choose wardrobe pieces that will look beautiful in photos years and years from now. Stay away from looks that are trendy and might not have staying power. Use accessories and textures to add depth.

Another factor to account for is time of day. According to Morales, sessions often happen around dinner time in the fall due to the earlier sunset times. Her advice: “Give kids a nonmessy snack before the session to ward off any hangry attitudes.” It should go without saying, but don’t forget about the important element of fun. Take it from Morales, who’s an expert on corralling kids (and pets) to get picture-perfect shots: “We know that getting everyone ready and to the session on time can be stressful, but once you are there, do your best to relax and have fun!” Last, make sure to vet the photographer in terms of both temperament and track record. “Choosing a photographer who has a lot of experience working with children helps because they know a bunch of tricks to get cranky kids smiling if needed,” she said. “When parents are relaxed and having fun (dads especially), it helps the kids to do the same, and the session will go SO much better!” a

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The Pros of Probiotics By Kristin King

Probiotics are generally used to help support a healthy digestive system. With nearly 100 trillion microorganisms in the human body, mostly made up of bacteria, the use of a supplemental aid can be quite helpful as it can boost bacteria living within us to fight against irregularities from a poor diet, use of antibiotics, and travel. As research advances, we’re learning that probiotics also help enhance immune systems and can be used to target (and help treat) specific ailments, such as IBS, UTIs, and even high cholesterol. With so many options on the market today, it can be difficult to find the right fit for you when it comes to choosing a daily probiotic. We spoke with Fort Wayne Custom Rx, and while there are endless general probiotics to choose from, Dr. Gregory Russell, owner and lead pharmacist, recommends choosing one that best suits your individual needs. Women have a different set of needs when it comes to keeping the body healthy and much of that is related to vaginal health. Being prone to common complications like UTIs and yeast infections caused by bacteria, women benefit more from a probiotic that helps to support vaginal health as certain strains can assist in preventing and treating those common issues. They have also been known to decrease regular gut discomfort as well as bloating, which is always a plus. Environmental factors play just as large a role in our health as what we consume, meaning that every digestive system works differently. Not all guts are created equal. So what may work for a friend may not work for you. It’s important to pay 8


attention to your particular set of digestive, vaginal, and immune system needs. Most probiotics on the market come in capsule form and are shelf-stable, although some recommend refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive as long as possible. This allows for ease of access to these products, but some brands are more affordable than others. It also helps to pay attention to the amount of bacteria, or colony forming units, available in a product, which is listed on the bottle. Shelf brands can contain anywhere from 4 to 225 billion units, while there are much higher doses available with a prescription for those treating more severe ailments. Dr. Russell notes that 10 billion units is a sufficient amount for the average person, but it’s always recommended to consult a professional before making

a purchase, as they can help to narrow down your individual needs and provide you with the best option available. While not all are equal in strength or what they provide, probiotics are a great way to give a little boost to your body. Dr. Russell notes that a daily regiment is best when it comes to probiotics. “I take a probiotic every day,” he said. “It allows your immune system to operate at full capacity, so the more you have the better.” Visit Fort Wayne Custom Rx to speak with a pharmacist and find the right probiotic for you. a

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Overview Motility in the GI tract describes the movement of food and other substances through the stomach, small intestine, large intestine and eventually out of the body. In between meals, the migrating motor complex (MMC) is a cycle of peristatic movement that acts as an inter-digestive housekeeper of the GI tract. The MMC facilitates transport of indigestible substances and bacteria from the stomach and small intestine into the colon, inhibiting the backward migration of colonic bacteria and an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. It has been shown that motility impairment typically results in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).1 MMC activity varies widely across individuals, and can become impaired for several reasons, including stress, medications, sluggish thyroid function4 and even autoimmunity associated with cytolethal distending toxins. When it comes to the most sensitive patients with SIBO or multiple symptoms of GI discomfort, it is important to choose a proven solution that stimulates motility yet is gentle and effective. Clinical studies on the standardized combination of ginger and artichoke extracts in G.I. Go have demonstrated a unique ability to stimulate gastric motility and relieve temporary GI discomfort. Artichoke Leaf Extract (Cynara cardunculus L.) Artichoke leaf (Cynara cardunculus L.) has been used for centuries to stimulate bile secretion and enhance overall liver function which help to restore gut motility and improve digestion.6,7 Cynaropicrin, the bitter compound found in artichoke leaf extract, along with other polyphenols, such as caffeoylquinic acids and flavonoids, have antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential and contribute to the

alleviation of an impressive range of GI symptoms.8,9 In fact, in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the combined supplementation with artichoke (100 mg) and ginger extract (20 mg), twice per day before lunch and dinner for 14 days, was shown to improve occasional acid indigestion.10 Artichoke has been said to complement the therapeutic effects of ginger as the former acts on the small intestine while the latter, on the stomach. Ginger Root Extract (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) The therapeutic applications of ginger root (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) are vast and well-documented by both human and animal data. The therapeutic effects of ginger root reach far beyond its well-recognized role in alleviating nausea and vomiting and include its role as a carminative, spasmolytic, and as a digestive stimulatory agent. For example, compared with placebo, supplementation with a combination of ginger root extract (20 mg) and artichoke leaf extract (100 mg) resulted in a -24% difference in the after-meal gastric area, indicating improved gastric emptying. Additional human studies corroborate this finding showing ginger supplementation stimulates antral contractions in the stomach and consequently accelerates gastric emptying compared to placebo. Preclinical studies suggest the active components in ginger; namely, [6]-gingerol, [8]-gingerol, [10]-gingerol and [6]-shogaol, may affect gastrointestinal motility through interaction with serotonergic receptors. Additional human data (using the same 120 mg extract described above) suggest additional gastrointestinal benefits for the combination including improved nausea, epigastric fullness and bloating after four weeks of daily supplementation before lunch and dinner. Ginger has also shown to help maintain microbial balance. Supplementation with 3 g/day of ginger for four weeks has been shown to remove unwanted organisms in gastric area and improve occasional acid indigestion with symptoms of gastric fullness, early satiety, nausea, belching, and gastric discomfort.

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MELISSA HALL, LMSW By Deborah C. Gerbers | Photo by Mollie Shutt

Melissa Hall is a Therapist at Courageous Healing Inc. and a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant for Courageous Living Inc. At the beginning of her career in therapy and maternal care, Hall sought other moms who (like herself, she admitted) were a bit overwhelmed and felt underprepared for motherhood. “I constantly searched for other mothers who thought they knew what they were doing and then found themselves struggling every day to find the gumption to speak their truth and forge their own path,” she explained. “Fast forward ten years and you’ll find me, sitting across from women in Fort Wayne, simply holding space for them, allowing them to feel all their feelings and co-leading support groups where ALL mamas are welcomed and loved.” She also provides weekly therapy to A Mother’s Hope, a homeless women’s housing facility here in Allen County, and co-leads MAMA’s, an evidence-based support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers. As a mother herself to four children, Hall leads a busy and familycentered life where she embraces and nurtures her passions. “When I’m not at home canning my homestead’s produce and veggies, you can find me working a typical workday of 11-6 doing trauma-informed individual and couples therapy,” she said. At work, Hall sees various levels of trauma and its far-reaching effects on everyone involved. “Trauma leaves no man, woman or child untouched,” she said. “Trauma can be remembered or not, it can be a physical experience or an emotional one. Your brain’s main objective is to keep you alive from one moment to the next. It is constantly scanning for danger, and the answer is either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Therefore, there are some of us who experience more trauma during our life than others. It’s carried down from one mother to another. Guiding. Helping future offspring to navigate their decisions.” Diversity and inclusion are a big part of Hall’s job in various capacities. “Diversity and inclusion is something that has been in our culture for a long time, and I think that people are just now becoming more aware due to multiple socio-cultural events that have been occurring lately,” she explained. “Sometimes, there is not enough traction for an idea or concept to stick. Other times there is not enough buy in from those in power to have the courage to enact change. And then, there are not enough internal resources for those on an individual level to create the change the want to see in their lifetime.” For more info visit, a




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RELL HOLMAN By Stacie Ball | Photo by Mollie Shutt

Visionary and entrepreneur Rell Holman is a co-founder of Bigger Than Us Inc. (BTU), a non-profit organization resolute on driving change. He works to promote unity through education and networking. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Holman is no stranger to hard work and dedication. His accomplishments include High School Male Athlete of the Year in 2012, a victory in the national championship as team captain of the St. Francis football team, Most Resilient Player Award, and Young Distinguished Alumni Award. He insisted that his biggest accomplishment, however, was his college degree. “Read and gain knowledge!” he advised, “Always be a student. Knowledge is infinite so there is no possible way for you to know everything. Continue to learn and bring a new perspective to everything you do or think about.” Knowledge, altruism, and determination helped Holman and five friends create BTU in 2015. “We wanted to actually make an impact in our communities and eventually impact the world,” he said. The non-profit organization hosts community events like Bring Your Own Brand- an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to learn about business and introduce their brand to others. He explained, “[I hope to] give our peers and younger generations hope that one day they can be successful in anything with the right pieces in place.” Holman’s top priority is to raise his 2-year-old daughter to be the best woman she can be, and he’s starting out strong by modeling his best effort. “You will have to go through all the heartbreaks and failures to get to the success and places you want to go in life,” he encouraged. “Allow yourself to feel the emotions and run into the difficult head on. Think big but focus on the small goals leading up to the larger goal.” Currently, Holman has a full-time job and runs another business in addition to his work with BTU. He hopes to one day concentrate his efforts fully on BTU. He continues to host many outreach events through BTU. For more information on upcoming events, like Bigger Than Us Inc. on Facebook and follow btu_biggerthanus on Instagram. a 12


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Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Eshbach has tried to lead with a servant’s heart. No matter if it was helping behind the scenes of a local pageant her mother Melissa was directing, raising $47,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Student of the Year” campaign, being crowned Miss Duneland 2021, or serving as a motivational speaker for other young people; she believes we can leave a positive legacy in the world if we work to better ourselves and those around us. “I love that I have the ability to give back to the community that first invested in me, and I look forward to keep building that legacy in the present and in the future,” she said. Central to that legacy is the “#IAmProudProject: Creating A Legacy of Service,” which the 18-year-old Dekalb High School Alumnae and Auburn native created as part of her contestant platform for the Miss Indiana Pageant (part of the Miss America Organization.) The social impact initiative has a two-fold purpose: to be proud of the legacy you leave behind and to choose courage over comfort to make change happen around you. Eshbach led a social media campaign highlighting those students who made an impact in the community and were inspiring the next generation to get involved. She secured a sponsorship with the James Foundation to reward highlighted students with Amazon gift cards, and it is a project she plans to keep going even after she retires her sash and tiara. “The Miss America Organization gave me role models who represented loyalty, passion and a goal-oriented mindset, and I am so excited to keep mentoring young girls to get involved with this wonderful scholarship organization,” she said. Eshbach earned the Thomasson Scholarship to attend IUPUI’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is pursuing a double major in marketing and philanthropic studies. Her goal is to attain both her undergraduate and graduate degree in five years, and she is excited to continue her education at the only philanthropy school in the world. “With those degrees, I want to become the executive director of a large non-profit organization in the future,” she said. “[The campaigns I’ve been involved in] showed me that I have the ability to excel in [this space] and I want to do it as a full-time job.” a 14


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Cozy up By Amber Bouthot

We are still enjoying some summer-like temps this month, but colder weather is just around the corner. Here are some easy DIY tips and tricks to cozy up your home in preparation.

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2021 Builders’ Showcase

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home remedies

During spring and summer, crisp cool cotton sheets are the way to go, but when fall temps descend, flannel sheets will keep you warm and toasty through winter. Now is a good time to add a quilt or heavy throw to the end of your bed, as well, to keep your tootsies warm.

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Invest in some quality slippers Floors are cold in the winter, especially if you have hardwood or tile. Keep your feet warm by investing in fleece or wool lined slippers and place them near your bed or the front door.

The colors you choose in your home can go a long way to up the cozy factor. Fabrics and accessories in hues like rusty red, burnt orange, mustard yellow and olive green make gorgeous additions to most neutral colors.

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Add a splash of warm colors

Go for heavier drapery

Sheer curtains are great for warmer months but consider trading them for velvet or heavy drapes with thermal linings when the weather gets colder. Besides making the space look cozy, they will insulate the room by blocking drafts from your windows.

Embrace seasonal patterns

Patterns like buffalo check plaid, tartan, herringbone, and tweed in small doses throughout your house can add to the level of cozy. Look for these patterns in colors that accent the colors you currently use in your decor.

Light it on fire

Not literally, but lighting lends ambiance better than any other accessory. If you want a cozy vibe, choose lighting fixtures that emit a warm, soft glow. Semi-opaque shades that diffuse light are an inexpensive way to capture this effect. 

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Kitchen Makeover

By Deborah C. Gerbers

A kitchen is oftentimes called the heart of a home — it’s where meals are made, people gather, and where many come together. Is your kitchen space an ideal place for life to happen, or is it out of date and in need of a makeover? Even if you don’t have the time and budget for a complete kitchen overhaul, there are a few small ways to freshen up your kitchen without breaking the bank. Look through professional design magazines and Pinterest posts for inspiration and ideas to do it yourself. Add a Little Color

New Appliances

Take a look around at your kitchen walls. Are there dated color palettes or faded wallpaper? Maybe some dull golden oak cabinets you’d rather be more modern? No problem. A fresh coat of paint on the walls in a neutral color can complement just about any type of wood finish or flooring. Or, consider a bright, unexpected statement wall in a pop of green or red. Old wallpaper can be steamed off and walls sanded, primed and painted in a weekend’s worth of work. For a fresh look on your cabinets, you can sand off years of old varnish, and either re-stain in a cherry or walnut finish, or experiment with a paint color of your choice. Black or white cabinets can give a neutral modern look, or muted blues or violets can bring a softer look against white or cream wall color. Simply remove cabinet door hinges and either replace the hardware or soak in a cleaning solution to remove grime and grease.

Is your refrigerator as old as you are? Perhaps a new model in white, black or stainless steel is just the ticket. Look for sales and coupons at big box retailers, and keep your eyes open for discounted floor models or scratch-and-dent items to save money. Just one new appliance can make a huge difference in a kitchen.

Countertops + Backsplash If it’s in your budget to replace your countertops, it’s a great way to completely change the look of your kitchen. Look for slabs of granite, marble, butcher block, or whatever your heart desires. To save money, you can buy individual granite squares or porcelain subway-style tile and lay them yourself with a colored grout. Or, try laying broken pieces of old colored dishes from a thrift store and make your own unique mosaic style countertop. The same goes for a new backsplash — individual glass or porcelain tiles or mosaic pieces from broken pottery can all make for an interesting backsplash.

If your budget will not allow for major upgrades, there are smaller, inexpensive ways to freshen up your kitchen. Replace old switch plates, hardware for cabinets and drawers, and outdated light fixtures. You can also hang some new pictures on the walls, add a statement clock or sculpture, or some hanging plants. A few little changes can brighten up the overall look of any kitchen.

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Is a tiny home kit right for you?

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Take the next step towards your new home

By Mary Jane Bogle

Tiny houses have hit the market in a big way in the past few years — and for good reason. They offer affordable housing solutions and tons of customizable plans. And with several TV series showcasing this flexible living option, it’s easy to get caught up in the tiny living craze. While you can always purchase a ready-made tiny home, tiny house kits are now available, taking custom options to a whole new level. If you’re considering a tiny house kit, here are five considerations to keep in mind before you buy. 1 – Location. As with any real estate transaction, location is key. For tiny home dwellers, location is even more significant, since some cities and counties consider tiny homes illegal — mainly because these municipalities simply haven’t developed zoning regulations for tiny homes yet. So before you order your kit, make sure you can actually build it in your chosen location. 2 – Foundation. Some people build a tiny house that operates much like an RV, complete with a trailer frame and wheels. Others prefer to make their houses more permanent, opting to build their tiny homes on concrete slabs or basements. Knowing which type of foundation suits your needs could determine the type of kit you buy and could even impact the type of lumber needed for framing and installation. Just be sure to check your building codes before you make your final purchase. 3 – Apples-to-apples comparisons. Tiny home kits come with a wide range of options. Some offer the shell and lumber only, leaving home buyers to purchase all other components, such as plumbing, electrical, hardware, doors, windows and anything else a typical home might need. Other plans offer complete building solutions, including everything from stamped architectural plans to caulk, screws and all the tools needed to complete the job. And remember to ask if a warranty is included in the overall price. Buying a kit that matches your budget — and your building capabilities — is key. 4 – Permits. No matter what type of kit you purchase, you will still be responsible for pulling necessary building permits and hiring any specialized contractors, such as electricians and plumbers. Just remember to factor those costs into your overall budget when deciding what kit works best for you. 5 – Timing. Most tiny homes take 6 – 12 months to build. If you need to move into your tiny home by a certain date (such as the start of a new job or school year), be sure to include time for shipping and any inspections required by your city or county. Don’t forget about potential weather delays, and if you’re doing most of the work yourself, you might want to factor in time for what might be a steep learning curve.

Bottom line: while tiny home kits can offer an affordable and customized living solution, it’s not as simple — or as cheap — as it first appears. Doing your homework ahead of time will ensure you end up with a home that works for you … and your budget.

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By Stacie Ball

(By Mod Podge Rocks Blog) Materials:

It’s time to kiss the dog days of summer goodbye and say hello to crisp autumn weather with a fall sign or two! There’s no need, however, to drop tons of cash on one. Grab a coffee or wine slushie, pull up a chair to your craft table, and get started on one of these adorable, easy, and inexpensive DIY signs!

• Mod Podge Matte • Wood 12” x 12” • “Give Thanks” stencil with accents • Paint • Stain • Sandpaper • Glitter • Rags (optional) • Sponge brushes • Paintbrush

Steps: 1. Sand the board and round out the edges with sandpaper. 2. Using rags or a sponge brush, stain the wood. Allow to dry. 3.Attach the stencil to the wood. Fill in the letters using a sponge brush and paint. 4.Use a sponge brush to fill in the accents with Mod Podge. Then, sprinkle glitter on top and let dry. 5.Carefully pull off the stencil and touch up the letters and accents. Dry completely before displaying. For a more in-depth explanation, visit easy-stained-give-thanks-sign/.

DIY Fall Sign (By Mod Podge Rocks Blog) Materials: • Mod Podge Hard Coat • Scrapbook paper with desired words or pattern • Craft Paint, such as FolkArt, Martha Stewart, etc. (Don’t use latex paint. It will cause the Mod Podge to bubble). • Small pallet • Roller/brayer (optional) • Hammer, nails, screws (optional) • Paintbrush

Steps: 1. Paint your pallet and allow it to dry. 2.Optional: Distress the edges using sandpaper, hammer, nails, screws, etc. 3.Paint the back of your scrapbook paper and your wood pallet with Mod Podge. Apply the paper to the pallet and smooth it out with your hands. Use a roller/brayer or gently drag a credit card across the top to release any air bubbles. Dry for 15-20 minutes. 4. Apply 1-2 coats of Mod Podge over the top. Dry for 1 hour. View for the full procedure.

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Steps: 1.Lightly sand the front and edges of the board with sandpaper. If desired, distress the board a bit by hitting it with a hammer and/ or screws. 2.Dust off your board. Then, use the foam brush to paint it with a light color. 3. Allow the board to dry for 30-45 minutes. 4.Position the letter C stencil in the center of the board and trace it with a pencil. 5. Arrange and trace each remaining letter. 6.Outline and fill in letters using the small-tipped paintbrush and a darker paint color. Dry completely. 7.Lightly sand the whole board again. For more detailed instructions and photos, visit Check out Curated Interior ( for even more ideas on cute Fall Signs!

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features  |  well being

Home remedies

Do-it-yourself cures for common ailments By Julie Young

Hoping to avoid a pharmacy run the next time sickness strikes? Prefer a natural remedy to chemical compounds? The cure for common ailments may be as close as your kitchen cabinet! Home remedies have been used for years to help combat everything from the common cold to a variety of other aches and pains, and while they should not be used as a substitute for professional care*, these tried-and-true methods can help the healing process.

Seasonal solutions

Common Mallow: Known as the fighter of infections, common mallow’s leaves and roots can be used to make a poultice or compress that can eliminate infection while healing wounds and sores. Common Mallow may be added to burdock, comfrey, clay, and charcoal poultices to fight uterine infections, as well.

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Lavender: Often used to combat sports-related injuries, two-to-three drops of lavender oil to affected areas can relieve arthritis, take the sting out of insect bites, and improve rheumatoid symptoms. Lavender has also been used as a sleep aid and can help fight chronic headaches and migraines.

Parsley: More than a garnish, parsley tea can help empty the bowels, relieve menstrual pain, flatulence, and cystitis. Parsley has also been shown to help lower blood pressure, and its leaves can prevent kidney issues before they start.

Gregg Russell and his team at Fort Wayne Custom RX suggest several herbs that have shown to prevent problems before they start or alleviate symptoms when they show up. A few herbs to keep on hand include:

Fabulous foods

There are also several ordinary food items that can help forestall illness, boost the healing process, and get you on the road to recovery. Stock up now for the season ahead so that you can get a jump on symptoms when they show up. Honey: In addition to having an array of antioxidants that can help protect your body from cell damage, honey can also kill unwanted bacteria and fungus because it naturally contains hydrogen peroxide. Store-bought honey is also used to soothe a sore throat while the medical grade variety can be used to kill germs on wounds and aid in tissue regeneration. Do not give to children under the age of 1.

Chicken soup: Grandma was right. Chicken soup is not only good for the soul but also helps with cold and flu symptoms, such as nasal congestion, breaking up a cough and soothing the stomach!

Papaya: Commonly called “the disease chaser,” papaya is beneficial in combatting heartburn and indigestion by breaking down most yeast glutens while providing you with essential vitamins and minerals to help promote this function. Papaya tablets taken daily can alleviate problems with trouble foods.

Onion: Onion is a common food ingredient that helps improve appetite, reduce atherosclerosis, fight coughs and colds, as well as bronchitis and asthma. It has also been shown to suppress harmful bacteria in the colon, but most health benefits are typically seen after prolonged use.

* Consult your physician before adopting any natural remedy to combat a medical condition. 

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at HOME  |  garden/landscape

Late Season Crops By Bethany Beebe

Many spring selections return as options with the increasingly cool weather and moisture of Autumn, according to Purdue Extension1. Rosie Lerner writes that the bolting or bitter flavor caused by heat will not bother crops like spinach, lettuce, or radishes when sewn during this second planting’s cooler season. With a few considerations like what to plant, when to plant it, and how to protect your selections, you can meet success.

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Even after the watermelon vines have wilted and the tomato plants are toast, Hoosier gardens have potential. Fall favorites offer bounty even after the weather forecast calls for frost. With a bit of planning, you can stretch the growing season, reaping the joy only a garden can grow.

What to plant

Focusing on Fall means looking to hardier vegetables instead of the tender-to-frost options of summer2. Tomato plants, watermelon vines, sweet corn, and green bean plants, among others, cannot tolerate the chills of frosty weather. But we can turn to other favorites. Purdue Extension offers many hearty vegetable options: turnips, spinach, radishes, peas, parsley, onions, mustard greens, kohlrabi, kale, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli, are all on the table as options that could make their way to your table! In fact, for some seeds like lettuce or peas, summery soil temperatures at or above 85 degrees F will prevent germination; since Spring often warms quickly in Indiana, the Fall harvest of such selections can often be stronger than earlier in the season.

When to plant

Produce takes time to produce! Since planning is part of the garden game, knowing when to start the process is key. With the number of days to harvest, which can be found on seed packages or from reliable sources like Purdue Extension, the intrepid gardener can work backwards to establish a planting time, with the expected date of first frost as the starting point from which to work backwards3. In northern Indiana, middle-August and early September generally is the latest time to sew for hearty vegetables. For a full listing of plant options and recommended last dates to plant, consider visiting Purdue Extension HO-66-W2. The spacing, depth to plant, and average days to harvest are also given in this valuable guide. Planting the seeds on the deeper side of the accepted range can allow them greater protection from summer’s heat and some additional moisture1. During the dry summer months, assuring seeds and plants receive adequate moisture is critical; often a hard, crusty soil exists this time of year1. Multiple plantings can stretch harvest opportunities further and increase the likelihood of success3.


Stretching that success through initial chilly snaps can be simple and cost effective. Lerner suggests that even after the first frost, we can enjoy several weeks of good growing here in Indiana1. Cover individual plants with items, such as upturned empty milk jugs or paper cups. Larger groupings can be covered with a blanket or cloths as long as the weight of the coverings is supported so the plants are not harmed. If you are interested in a more significant investment, hot beds or cold frames are options. With so many options to grow and means to do it, late-season gardening can stretch the joy of the season, bringing the bounty of your soil to your salad. 

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By Amber Bouthot

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Every month, we highlight do-it-yourself projects from our readers. Do you want to see your project featured in our magazine? It can be something as simple as a craft project or as large as a home addition. If you did it yourself, it can be featured.


Email Amber at This month’s Reader DIY project comes from Genevieve Meyer. She recently gave her porch a quick refresh.

What was your inspiration for the project? This porch is the entrance that our family uses most often when we come home. I wanted to create a more welcoming space. While on vacation, I noticed a lot of porch ceilings with the blue paint and wanted to recreate the look at home..

How long did it take from start to finish? I worked on the project over a long weekend. It was complete by Sunday evening.

Was it easier or harder than you anticipated? The project was fairly simple. I used a lot of what I already had around the house. The walls were already painted so I only had to paint the ceiling. The bench was also simple to put together.

What was the total cost of the project? About $150. The most expensive part of the project was the bench. I spent weeks looking for the right bench but struggled to find one in the right price range. When I went to buy the ceiling paint, I came across the perfect bench for only $99! Many of the other benches that I liked were in the $300 range. I redistributed outdoor pillows and cushions from another deck and pulled in some other pieces from around the garden.


What did you like best about the undertaking? The porch turned out even better than I had imagined. I love coming home to this beautiful space. I look forward to decorating it for fall and Christmas.

What was the most challenging aspect? The weather was really hot and humid. This made the paint challenging to work with at times. The ceiling also had a lot more nooks and crannies than I realized. The paint didn’t come out as clean and even as I would have liked, but overall, I think it’s really nice.

Where did you source the materials?

I like being able to reuse items that I already have and give them new life. I purchased the bench and paint at our local Menards. I found everything else around my house and arranged it in the space. We are big Disney fans, and we have Disney touches all over our home. Our Snow-White Dwarf statue now has a nicer space to hang out in.

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community  |  event


By: Rebecca Cameron, HBA of Fort Wayne Executive Officer

The Fort Wayne area continues to show signs of growth and economic development, especially downtown and along the riverfront. Beautiful parks, unique restaurants, plenty of shopping and new homes are proof that Fort Wayne and its surrounding communities are thriving. Take the chance to peek inside many of these beautiful new homes at the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne’s annual Builders’ Showcase -- the perfect event for anyone planning to buy or build a new home in the near future. Owning a home is a substantial investment, so take advantage of the builders, sales representatives and vendors on-site at each property to answer any questions you might have. The Builders’ Showcase is a free, self-guided, scattered-site tour to enjoy at your own pace. One of the things that makes the Builders’ Showcase a great event is the chance to access multiple home styles and neighborhoods. Homes will be open Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26, allowing plenty of time for touring homes and exploring new areas.

Full event details can be found by visiting, www.hbafortwayne. com/events, including where to find copies of the Builders’ Showcase guidebook. The Guidebook features a map of all home locations, as well as builder and home information. Guidebooks will also be available at all homes on the tour. The Builders’ Showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, Inc. The Association would like to thank 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union and Rabb Water Systems for proudly sponsoring this event. Also, many thanks to the builders and associate members who see the value in participating in this event each year. And finally, thank you to the Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana community for visiting homes on the tour.

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By Ray Balogh

Events: • Wednesday, Sept. 15, Print Room Talks: Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran, 2 p.m. Adults $8, students (pre-K through college) $6, seniors (65 and older) $6, families $20, free admission for veterans and veterans’ families, free general admission 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays), 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 260.422.6467,

Honeywell Center Botanical Conservatory • Ongoing (through Nov. 14), “Visions of the Old West” exhibit, regular admission • Thursday, Sept. 2, $1 Night Insight: Fruit or Vegetable? 6 p.m.-7 p.m., $1 admission • Saturday, Sept. 4, Fall Plant Swap, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., regular admission • Sunday, Sept. 12, Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown with live concert, noon-4 p.m., regular admission • Tuesday, Sept. 14, Forest Bathing for Youth, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $22. For ages 8-15 • Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 16-18, “Wild West” sessions, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., regular admission • Saturday, Sept. 18, Fall Bonsai Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., regular admission • Tuesday, Sept. 21 (through Nov. 2), Tai Chi Series, 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.-6 p.m. $69 for seven sessions Adults $5, children (3-17) $3, children (2 and under) free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 260.427.6440,

Embassy Theatre • Wednesday, Sept. 1, Summer Nights Concert — Julie Hadaway, 5 p.m., $5 general admission • Saturday, Sept. 4, Music Lovers Lounge, 9 p.m., $30 • Wednesday, Sept. 8, Summer Nights Concert — The Dean’s List Jazz Group, 5 p.m., $5 general admission • Friday, Sept. 17, Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience, 7:30 p.m., $39.75/$59.75/$89.75 • Saturday, Sept. 25, Magnificent Melodies with Ken Double, 7:30 p.m., $10 general admission 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 800.745.3000,

Memorial Coliseum • Friday, Sept. 24, Lauren Daigle World Tour with Ellie Holcomb, 7:30 p.m., $29.50 to $126 Parking $6 main lot, $10 preferred lot. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.482.9502,

• Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Tastes on the Terrace, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Honeywell House. Call 260.274.1422 for reservation. • Friday, Sept. 3, “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” 9 p.m., 13-24 Drive-In, $6/ carload • Saturday, Sept. 4, “Mamma Mia!” 9 p.m., 13-24 Drive-In, $6/carload • Thursday, Sept. 9, prime rib dinner, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Eagles Ballroom, $19.95, reservation required • Thursday, Sept. 9, Buckets N Boards, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $15 • Saturday, Sept. 11, Little River Band, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $40/$55/$100 • Tuesday, Sept. 14, Eagles Ballroom Renovation presentation, 7 p.m., Honeywell House, free admission • Tuesday, Sept. 14, The American Front Porch presented by Paul Hayden, 7 p.m., Dr.James Ford Historic Home, 177 W. Hill St., Wabash, $4 • Thursday, Sept. 16, Bob Zany & Costaki Economopoulos, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $15 • Thursday, Sept. 16, Jeanne Robertson: The Still Rocking Tour, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $26/$39/$75 • Tuesday, Sept. 21, The Wonder Bread Years, 2 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $20 • Thursday, Sept. 23, Favorite Hymn Sing-A-Long, 7 p.m., Honeywell House, free admission • Wednesday, Sept. 29, Melissa Etheridge, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $39/$62/$129 • Thursday, Sept. 30, Italian dinner, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Eagles Ballroom, $14.95. Call 260.274.1422 for reservation. • Thursday, Sept. 30, Ryan Niemiller, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $20 Ford Theater, 275 W. Market St., Wabash. Eagles Theatre/Ballroom, 106 W. Market St., Wabash. Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St., Wabash. 13-24 Drive-In, 890 IN 13. 260.563.1102,

Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre • Wednesday, Sept. 1, Dailey & Vincent — Gospel, 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $59.95 • Thursday, Sept. 2, Mark Lowry, 7:30 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $69.95 • Friday, Sept. 3, Ernie Haas & Signature Sound and The Hoppers, 7:30 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $54.95 • Saturday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Guy Penrod & The Browns, PAC, $19.95 to $54.95 • Wednesday, Sept. 8, David Phelps, 8 p.m., PAC, $24.95 to $64.95 • Thursday, Sept. 9, Triumphant Quartet, 8 p.m., PAC, $14.95 to $49.95 • Friday, Sept. 10, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, 8 p.m., PAC, $24.95 to $79.95 • Saturday, Sept. 11, Clint Black, 8 p.m., PAC, $39.95 to $105.95 • Thursday, Sept. 16, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $59.95 • Friday, Sept. 17, Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles,” 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $54.95 • Saturday, Sept. 18, SIX, 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $59.95 • Thursday, Sept. 23, Sounds of Romance: The Lettermen and the Diamonds, 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $54.95 • Friday, Sept. 24, Steve Wariner, 8 p.m., PAC, $24.95 to $64.95 All shows add $18 for dinner theater. Performing Arts Center (PAC), 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Music Hall, 195 N. Van Buren, Shipshewana. 888.447.4725,

Stroede Center for the Arts • Saturday, Sept. 11, Cinema at the Stroede: “The Man Who Would Be King,” 7:30 p.m., Stroede Center, free admission • Saturday, Sept.18, The Magic of Eli, 7 p.m., free admission • Friday, Sept. 24, Jason Lyle Black, 7:30 p.m., $15 Stroede Center, 319 Wayne Ave., Defiance. Triangle Park, 655 Clinton St., Defiance. 419.784.3401,

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Aug. 28-Sept. 4 AUBURN: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Classic cars, cruise-ins, Fast & Fabulous Car Show, parade of classics, live concerts, food, two world famous car auctions. Free admission. Hours vary by day, downtown and communitywide. 260.925.3600,

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18-19 FORT WAYNE: Johnny Appleseed Festival

Theme: “Founders & the 40th.” Promotion for Founders Day Festival, and Wabash Marketplace celebrates 40th anniversary. Free admission. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, downtown. 260.563.0975,

Black pot cooking, historic hand arts demonstrations, settler’s pioneer village. Proceeds support maintenance of Historic Swinney Homestead. Free admission; charge for parking. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Johnny Appleseed/ Archer Park, 1502 Harry W. Baals Drive. 260.637.8622,

3 WARSAW: First Friday Festive block party atmosphere with food, nonprofit and business vendors; live entertainment. Free admission. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, downtown. 574.267.6311,

4, 11, 18, 25 WABASH: Farmers Market Fresh produce, artist wares, handmade soaps, honey, baked goods, handmade furniture, live music, food trucks, demonstrations. Free admission. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 275 W. Market St. 574.780.6697,

5 DECATUR: Decatur Coin Show and Marketplace Nearly 100 indoor vendors, hot food available. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (year-round), Riverside Center, 231 E. Monroe St. (Highway 224 East). Contact Carla at 260.517.8182,,

7, 14, 21, 28 FORT WAYNE: “Little River Ramblers”

21-25 BLUFFTON: Street Fair Parades, games, idol contest, live entertainment, horse show, horse and pony pull, vendor booths, food. Free admission. All day, Tuesday through Saturday, downtown. 260.824.4351,

23 COLUMBIA CITY: 7th Annual Night to Aspire Shopping, food, cocktails, live music, giveaways, live demos, firepit. Free admission. RSVP to reserve time slot. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 7563 E. LIncolnway Road. 260.205.8770,

25 FORT WAYNE: Fall Haute Gathering Market Unique shopping, Sunny Taylor entertainment, raffle. $5/person, free 18 and under. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Allen County Fairgrounds. hautegatheringmarkets.

Hike and explore the interesting plants and wildlife of Eagle Marsh. Bring binoculars for a close-up view. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free admission. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, Arrowhead Prairie, 8624 Aboite Road. 260.478.2515,,

25 WINONA LAKE: Oktoberfest

9-11 ROANN: Covered Bridge Festival

25-26 HUNTINGTON: Pioneer Festival

Music, family fun, food and craft vendors, antique tractor display, pedal tractor pull, parade featuring Culver Military Mounted Color Guard. Free admission. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, downtown. 765.833.2136,

Mid-1800s village and encampment, tractors and engines, farmers market, antiques and crafts, kids’ games, vintage baseball, food. $3/adult, $1/student, free under 5 years old. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Fairgrounds, 631 E. Taylor St. 260.359.8687,

9-11 GRABILL: Country Fair

27-Oct. 2 AUBURN: Fall Fair

Handmade crafts, merchant tent, food vendors, live entertainment, parade, children’s games, contests. Free admission. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, downtown. 260.627.5227, ext. 5;

Live entertainment, midway, merchant tent, parades, tractors, 4-H competition, pageants, food. Free admission. All day, Monday through Saturday, downtown square and county fairgrounds. 260.925.1834, 

Variety of German-themed activities and kid’s activities, Porsche show, German food, homemade streusel making contest, strength contest, vote for favorite scarecrow. Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, downtown.

10-11 ROANOKE: Fall Festival Family-friendly fun, carnival, concerts, kids’ games and activities, demolition derby, tractor pull, antique tractors, food alley. Free admission. All day Friday and Saturday, Main Street and Roanoke Park. 260.359.8687,

11-12 LIGONIER: Stone’s Trace Pioneer Festival and Fall Rendezvous Civil War encampment, Johnny Appleseed impersonator, blacksmith and woodworking shops, wagon rides, kids’ activities, skills demonstrations, and re-enactments. $7/12 and older, free 11 and under. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday, Stone’s Trace settlement across from West Noble High School, 5094 U.S. 33. 574.529.3693,

15 WABASH: Lunch and Learn Learn about the beauty of simple and complex quilt gardens. Free admission, bring own lunch. Reservations required. 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Charley Creek Gardens, 551 N. Miami St. 260.563.1020,

17 FORT WAYNE: Designer Purse Bingo Chance to win one of 20 designer handbags from Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Coach, Simply Noelle, etc. Punch boards, silent auction, raffles. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit Volunteer Center. $45/person, $400/table of 8 includes dinner and 20 games of bingo. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Ceruti’s Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd.

18 SHIPSHEWANA: Swap Meet Outdoor, open-air marketplace with animals, pets, produce, baked goods, antiques, guns, flowers, trees, shrubs, food. Free admission; $3 parking. Daylight1 p.m. Saturday, Farmstead Event Pavilion, 345 S. Van Buren St. 260.768.7041,

18 WABASH: Founder’s Day Festival Parade, children’s games, live music, interactive activities, food trucks and vendors. Free admission. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown and Paradise Spring Historical Park, 351 W. Market St. 260.563.4171,

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Sept. 17, 18 and 19 - 12pm-5pm By Cathy Shouse

Spending time on the water can be so relaxing. Imagine having the experience every day. To sample that living-on-the-water lifestyle, mark your calendar so you remember to stroll through the lake homes on The Builders Association of Northeast Indiana (BANI) 2021 Builders Parade Tour. The 2021 event will take place September 17th through the 19th, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. BANI builders have gone all out to show off their most creative homes in design, space planning, innovation, interiors, technology, and more. Much anticipation surrounds the reveal of the lineup every year. So, what can we expect this year? There are 5 stops, featuring highquality lake homes located on some of Northeast Indiana’s most spectacular lakes. “There are some great things to see in all the houses! All lake homes this year,” said BANI’s Chris Evans. “One has a really amazing boathouse. One has a huge marble walk-in shower. One has a big, relaxing screen room.” Even the home names are tantalizing. The Four Seasons Design and Remodeling home, Water’s Edge Party, is featured on the tour and built on a hill on Lake James. Starting out as two very small cottages, visitors will tour one of the cottages that is rebuilt inside, while the other has been replaced with a stunning new 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath contemporary home. Bob Buescher Homes has two offerings: A Wave From It All is a gorgeous lake property that was transformed into an exquisite, remodeled farmhouse retreat with a grand staircase and soaring

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beams. Peaceful Breeze, located on Crooked Lake, shows off commanding views through expansive windows coupled with an enormous basement and gourmet kitchen. Homes by JICI also brings two homes to the parade: Just … Wow! on Lake Gage, a dramatic-looking stunner of nearly 5,000 square-feet with a coffee and wine bar in the master bathroom. Burky Fields Cottage, a bungalow style home with a modern, transitional feel overlooking Long Lake, that has a huge screened-in porch with French doors leading to the kitchen/dining area. This year, tour organizers will monitor the status of COVID-19 and adapt accordingly. “We will have those who are unvaccinated wearing a mask,” Evans said. “There will also be hand sanitizer, and if the homes are full, we will maintain a safe number in the homes at a time!” Beyond the aesthetic value, tourgoers will have another incentive to visit all the stops. If you visit every home, you can submit your stamped ticket for a drawing to win $500. Passbooks will be distributed at hundreds of locations throughout Northeast Indiana and will also be available at each featured home. Tickets may be purchased at each home, as well. Tickets are $10. For additional details, visit 

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Lisa and Elbert Starks By Lauren Caggiano

There’s a lot to be said for blooming where you’re planted. Attorney Lisa Starks — who’s originally from Huntington — currently resides in a colonial-style home in Fort Wayne’s ‘07 zip code with her husband and two children. She returned to the region in 2006 after attending law school at Indiana University and has been enamored with its upward trajectory since. She purchased the home in 2007, and it has since transformed into a family home. Looking back, Starks said she was wise to put down roots in Fort Wayne, and especially in such a dynamic neighborhood. “I really appreciate that Fort Wayne is growing and evolving,” she said. “It’s definitely not the same city that I moved to in 2006. There’s a lot of people who put a lot of energy into changing the culture and the environment here.” For instance, she cites the myriad of new locally-owned restaurants as one indicator of its vibrancy. The parks system is another asset she and her family appreciate. “We live near Foster Park, and we love to be outside, walking around the park,” she said. “It’s connected to the vast trail systems, which is great. So we have any opportunity to get outside. Right now our kids are pretty little, so it’s more about walking and pushing them. But we are looking forward to when we can start riding bikes, and then hopefully

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we can go kayaking on the river when they’re older.” Starks said with the pandemic they haven’t been as active as they’d like, but they’ve made the most of their time home. “We’re working on updating our backyard,” she said. “We put in a playset at the beginning of the summer, and we’re working on getting that landscaped so we can have more space here to get outside.” There’s also a lot to be said for their neighborhood at large. Starks said she appreciates the historic nature — the houses all have a lot of character and charm. Speaking of character, she said neighborhood assets like the Friendly Fox and Antonnucio’s Italian Market add local flavor. Starks is doing her part to ensure that Fort Wayne at large maintains its unique appeal

and edge, despite working a demanding job as a partner at the firm Barnes & Thornburg. She volunteers with several community organizations. For example, she currently serves on the boards of directors at the Capital Improvement Board, Visit Fort Wayne and Bridge of Grace — just to name a few. Other causes she supports include her alma mater Manchester University. The momentum that these organizations have experienced in recent years is energizing, which further inspires her. “I think it’s really exciting — the direction the community is going,” she said. “People are moving here — they’re choosing to live here. And I think it’s important for us to recognize all the assets that we have here. The efforts made over the last several years have really made an impact.”

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What’s My Line? Five steps to researching your family tree by Mary Jane Bogle

It all starts with a question. Who were grandpa’s siblings? How did my great grandparents meet? What role did my ancestors play in the last World War? These are the questions that open the door to genealogy research.



“Everybody has a story,” said Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. “Our job is to connect patrons with the resources they need to discover it.” Whether you’re looking for more information about a paternal grandfather you never knew or researching facts about a WWII hero on your mother’s side, diving into genealogy is a great way to learn more about your family tree. Here are five steps to get you started.

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Learn the basic genealogy tools.

Birth and death certificates are helpful, of course, but so are old newspapers, which contain stories about everything from people’s weekend travel plans to who attended bridal or baby showers. And don’t forget obituaries and marriage records.

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Gather the information you already have.

“Most people find that they know more about their families than they think,” said Witcher. Stories from siblings, great aunts or cousins are a great place to start. Old scrapbooks and photo albums are helpful, too. Even just knowing where someone lived can direct the research process.

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 hoose one question to C research at a time.

Take advantage of the genealogy center.

“We have over 1.1 million physical items in our center,” said Witcher. Those items can include everything from previously compiled family histories and old newspapers to deeds, land grants and military records. “Every generation is a possibility,” said Witcher, “especially when you consider the great amount of data in military records alone.” a

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“Organizing what you have and deciding how you want to proceed will guide your search,” said Witcher. For example, most people find that it’s helpful to research one family line at a time. “Pick a focus and see what we have,” he said.

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Start close and move far. “It’s always helpful to begin with things you can confirm,” said Witcher, “and move backwards from there.” For most people, that means starting with recent events.





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That simple search opened an entire new world for Patalita. “I found a cousin on Facebook through that search,” she said. who was a key operative Further research yielded more answers, such as discovering a relative for the Confederacy. fought in the Underground Railroad. Other relatives lived in the South and under Bloody Mary’s Patalita even discovered relatives who had been burned at the stake agne. “Genealogy reign. She eventually traced her family line all the way back to Charlam makes history come alive,” she said. history. “I’m still just In fact, what started as a fun winter project turned into a deep dive into what we’ll find when knows researching my father’s father’s side of the family,” she said. “Who I research my mother’s.”

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FEATURE | Finances

529 College Savings Plans 529 plans were established to help parents and grandparents save money for post-secondary or higher education. Their many unique features – from low fees to tax-advantaged investing – make them one of the most popular ways to save for college. For instance, in Indiana, we have the College Choice 529. Henry said it makes sense for most people. For the first $5,000 of contributions, you get 20 percent back as a tax credit. That translates to up to $1,000 a year or $500 for married filing separately.

By Lauren Caggiano

As parents and their children settle into a back-to-school routine, it seems as good a time as any to think about college savings. According to Matt Henry, a senior trust officer at STAR Financial Wealth Management, one financial vehicle makes it seamless and easy to save for higher education. It’s called a 529 college savings plan, and Henry provides some context. “A 529 plan is interesting because instead of being offered by individual companies like most investments, they’re all run by private companies, but through a contract that the state has arranged in advance,” he said.

There are other perks, too. “As long as the money comes out for qualified educational expenses, the money (is) federally tax free and state tax free,” he said.

Specifically, an accountant or CPA can guide you through the details as they pertain to tax planning. Henry offers one potential scenario as an example of when such a professional might help you maximize your tax credits. “Let’s say you wanted to open up the account and contribute $10,000 instead of doing all that in this year,” he said. “It would be better for you if you did $5,000 this year, and then $5,000 in January. That way, you get the $1000 both tax years. So, you do want to think about that when timing the contributions.” Another bonus: Friends and family members can contribute separately to the account with ease.

If you open a 529 account with an initial investment of $2,500 and contribute $200 every month for 18 years, there could be over $9,100 more for qualified education expenses than the same investment in a taxable account. You also don’t have to go it alone. Henry advises meeting with your preferred financial professional to set up and/or review your progress along the way. As this is a state program, he or she should be willing to give you advice without charging an extra fee.

“You (as the parent) can control the account and all of the investments, and yet still have other people in the family contribute to it, or even people not in the family,” he said. To learn more about a 529 savings plan, visit a

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FEATURE | On Her Nightstand

On Her Nightstand What are you currently reading? “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan Cullors and Asha Bandele. Cullors is one of three queer black women who founded Black Lives Matter in 2013. The book came out in 2018, as a response to the (then) and still erroneous claims that the movement was terroristic in origin and intent. It’s a memoir that traces Khan Cullors’ life and the reasons she helped found Black Lives Matter. It gives real human insight into her circumstances and clearly illustrates the white supremacist violence that Black people and people of Color experience on an interpersonal and institutional level. A necessary read for anyone who has an opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. What’s a book everyone loves that you secretly (or not so secretly) hate? Everyone raved about “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by Iain Reid and I...oof. I did not like that book. I enjoyed the style but the story itself fell very flat for me by the (no pun intended) end.

Paula D. Ashe is a thirty-something writer of dark fiction who only feels comfortable writing about herself in third person. Originally from Ohio, she resides in Indiana with her wife and too many animals. Paula works as an instructor of English at a community college. She is also a PhD student in American Studies at Purdue University. Her work can be found on Amazon.

Is there a book you’ve started reading more than once but haven’t ever finished? There are SO MANY books that I’ve started reading and never finished but the one I keep trying that eludes me is China Mieville’s “The City & The City”. Mieville is one of my favorite authors. He writes in several genres but my favorite works of his tend to be of the dark fantasy variety. “The City & The City” is a detective/mystery/dark fantasy novel about a detective investigating a murder in a city that...overlaps on top of another city. It’s somewhat difficult to explain and the concept is fascinating, but it was really difficult for me to wrap my mind around such a physical impossibility. I’m going to tackle it again soon and we’ll see if I’m successful! a

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For kitchen and dining, I love to cook, and I love to eat. I’m adventurous when it comes to food. In many cultures, food brings people together. When I saw the kitchen layout, I envisioned cooking for family and friends. At most house parties, people tend to gather in the kitchen, so the openness of this kitchen and dining room is ideal for hosting. As for the living room, it’s pretty simple: I just wanted a showroom I can comfortably take naps in.

By Amber Bouthot

Welcome to our new feature for 2021. Each month, we highlight someone whose style we admire. This month, it’s John Ilang-ilang. He’s a Senior Art Director by trade and a designer at heart. Design has always played a huge part in his life. Growing up very poor, he found that a piece of paper and a pencil can offer escape. “You can create and curate a vision for your future,” he said. “Ever since then, I’ve wanted this to be my profession. I’ve been very fortunate to make a career of it for almost a decade now.”

Tell us a little about each of the areas you chose to highlight. Why did you choose them? What makes them your faves? I chose my bedroom, kitchen/dining room, and living room—because that’s all I’ve got fully furnished right now. Joking aside, these rooms are where we spend the most time living. I invested in my bedroom because it’s my sanctuary. It’s the last place I see before I close my eyes and the first place I see when I wake up. Wouldn’t you want to wake up in a room that brings you joy? I surrounded myself with plants to bring some nature into my space.

How would you describe your style? I’m heavily influenced by Scandinavian home decor with midcentury modern accents. Sharp lines get my attention—low profiles, simple organic shapes. I think it’s the designer in me. I’m after an aesthetic that’s easy on the eyes but functional and easy to clean too. My dream is to build and design a complete midcentury home. (I’m saving up; it will take a very long time.) 20


When you think of your home, what’s the feeling you hope your family and visitors have? This may sound selfish but this home is designed to my needs and what brings me joy visually. That’s the main idea, but I do hope it brings the same for family and friends. I grew up in Manila, Philippines, where we’re expected to take our shoes off before walking in someone’s home. I want that same feeling for guests. Although I want people to feel at home, I also want them to know that I do try to keep my home tidy and be mindful of the red wine they’re drinking. What’s your favorite color? My favorite color tends to change depending what phase of life I’m in. Right now, black and beige are probably my favorite colors. They can both make such a strong statement without being loud. a

Cucumber Tomato Gazpacho By Amber Bouthot


My summer garden was a success, and I am swimming in tomatoes and cucumbers. I’ve been living on this Cucumber and Tomato Gazpacho for weeks. I grew tons of yellow tomatoes, so that’s what I used, but it works well with many varieties of garden tomatoes. Use what you have and supplement with other locally grown veggies too. Ingredients: • 5 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes (about 6 medium-sized) • 3 cups tomato-based vegetable juice • 2 ¼ cups cucumbers, divided • 1 cup chopped red onion, divided • ¼ cup olive oil • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise • 3 small garlic cloves, peeled • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste • Assorted cherry tomatoes, halved (for garnish) • Sliced jalapenos (for garnish) • Parmesan croutons (for garnish)

Preparation: Working in 2 batches, puree chopped tomatoes, vegetable juice, 1 1/4 cups chopped cucumber, 1/2 cup chopped red onion, extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped basil, red wine vinegar, mayonnaise, garlic, and anchovy paste in blender until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Season gazpacho to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 1 day. Stir remaining 1 cup chopped cucumber and 1/2 cup chopped red onion into gazpacho. Refrigerate 2 hours.

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A few years ago, I developed an appreciation for bourbon. Since then, I’ve explored various cocktail recipes incorporating the sophisticated liquor. This is one of my favorites. It’s perfect for sipping on the deck as summer fades into fall. Sweet Tea is the signature beverage of the American south—and bourbon’s history is rooted in the south, as well, making them a perfect pair. This recipe makes about 1 gallon (approx. 16 servings), so it’s great for late summer get togethers.

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Ingredients: •  4 cups boiling water •  16 mint sprigs (for garnish) •  1 cup sugar •  16 lemon slices (for garnish) •  12 black tea bags •  6 cups cold water •  3 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving •  24 ounces of bourbon

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Whenever someone asks for help, you always volunteer to lend a hand without hesitation. Be careful that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Too many things on your plate can lead to a case of burnout or a complete nervous breakdown. Make sure to strike a balance in all aspects of your life.

Caution is your byword this month, but even if you operate at a slower pace, that doesn’t mean you should stagnate. Don’t give into the fears that plague you! You’ve already missed out on so much. Take a few days off with the family this month and make up for some things you gave up over the summer.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) You are the picture of health this month, so there is nothing stopping you from taking up a new physical activity that will keep you in shape throughout the fall and winter months. Eschew the material world to care for your spiritual well being and bring about inner peace.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) The inner dilemma you have been worried about will come to a head this month, which will take you down a rocky road. The sooner you deal with it, the sooner you will get past it, and remember that in every life, a little rain must fall. Contemplate a compromise to smooth things over.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) If you clearly define your life’s goals, then there is nothing stopping you from achieving them. Luckily, you are a natural organizer who can rally the troops and get everyone to cooperate in order to bring about the desired outcome. This is a skill set that is admired by everyone you know. Be a good role model.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) September will bring about a number of worries for you, dear Capricorn, but this is no time to let things pile up. Procrastinate now and you will pay dearly for doing so later. There’s no time like the present to tackle things head on. Decide if certain relationships are worth hanging onto.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) If you are unhappy in your relationship, Aquarius, then it’s time to figure out why. Floating along and waiting for things to change will not resolve the underlying issue. Maybe it’s not them. Maybe it’s you. Give into some selfreflection and take the necessary steps to get out of this rut once and for all. 26


Aries (March 21 - April 19) This month will feel like a fresh new start for you and will come with a number of changes. You will fearlessly face whatever challenges come your way, and you will have an abundance of energy that should not go to waste. You will have a positive impact on those around you.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) This year has been exhausting for you, and it’s time to take a break before you burn out completely. Delegate responsibilities to others and lay low for a while. Dedicate your time to your family and appreciate the little things in life. You won’t regret it, and you will come back stronger than ever.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Starting a new school year is never easy but starting a new job is even harder. Couple this career opportunity with a new relationship and your life will seem like a whirlwind this month. Are you ready for the roller coaster ride? Avoid unnecessary risks.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Trust your gut this month. Don’t ignore that nagging feeling that someone in your circle needs you right now. Take the time to listen, but don’t ignore your own mental health. You are fighting an internal battle and until you achieve peace of mind, you won’t be able to help someone else.

Leo (July 23 - August 22) Before engaging in an argument, ask yourself if the underlying issue is worth the fight. More than likely it isn’t, so why get dragged into conflict? At long last, you will be able to complete a project you have been eager to tackle for years and when it’s finished, the result will be worth the wait. a

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