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New Haven infrastructure under Jones watchful eye %\52'.,1* )HDWXUH:ULWHU Citizens of New Haven have Dave Jones, superintendent of public works and his staff of 15, to thank for removing their leaves, maintaining their streets, monitoring the quality of their drinking water and making sure the storm and sanitary sewers are working properly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our big priority now is picking up the leaves that have been raked to the curb in front of 6,000 homes. Our two-man leaf crews began vacuuming piles of leaves Oct. 19 and our goal is to be done by around Thanksgiving. They pick up between 600 and 700 tons of leaves every year and dump them at the public works department building at the east end of Summit Street for use by residents and farmers for

free. Just part of the service,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other big high-proďŹ le activity is the removal of snow from some 85 miles of streets. Our job is to maintain those streets by repairing potholes and curbs. The street signs and the welcome to New Haven signs also come under our umbrella. Less visible to the public is the work done to maintain 80 to 90 miles of water and sewer lines. In addition, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re responsible for making sure that the drinking water we purchase from Fort Wayne is safe and high quality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically working for 16,000 bosses,â&#x20AC;? said Jones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people call us they usually have a concern or problem. Technology has really helped us be more responsive to citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests and we pride ourselves on looking into any problem (usually within 24

hours) and getting the job done in a timely and professional manner. So when we get a call from someone who has taken the time to compliment us on a job well done it really makes our day. I really do like being able to help people with their problems.â&#x20AC;? The Brownsburg, native moved to New Haven as a child. He graduated from New Haven High School and earned a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in business management from Purdue University before starting to work for the public works department 22 years ago. He picked up leaves, drove the snowplow and got down in the muddy sewer excavations for seven years before being named superintendent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed working here. The job confronts me with a lot of different challenges which gives it plenty of diversity. And,


Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fortunate to have a great group of dedicated people working for me. Though we had to work from home for a number of weeks during the pandemic, we were able to keep everything running smoothly.â&#x20AC;? According to Jones, most New Haven residents feel the public works department is doing a good job and that the city as a whole is a wellrun business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m encouraged and energized by the new administration under Mayor Steve McMichael. New Haven is growing and can no longer be considered a bedroom community. New commerce and industry are coming and the future looks very bright. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Haven has a low-key atmosphere with a park system that ranks among the best in the state. Plus, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the beneďŹ ts of the big city nearby. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting place to live now and will be even more so in the decades to come.â&#x20AC;?





Cornerstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holding live poinsettia sale through Dec. 11 Cornerstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poinsettia sale will be taking place through Dec. 11. Looking for a great and easy gift for your friends and family? Look no further. Cornerstone will be selling live poinsettias in many sizes and color variations, with both pick up and delivery options available. Order forms are available online and at Cornerstone Youth Center. To order via mail, ďŹ ll out an order form and mail it to Cornerstone Youth Center, PO Box 236, Monroeville, IN 46773. To order over the phone, call (260) 623-3972. Debit and credit cards accepted over the phone. To order online, visit www. cornerstoneyc.org. Cornerstone is located at 19819 Monroeville Road, Monroeville.


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Gingerbread, marzipan, gum paste ingredients for a festival %\52'.,1* )HDWXUH:ULWHU In November 2019 Angelika Bensch began thinking about her entry in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Festival of Gingerbread at the History Center, which started after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 13. More than 100 creations are on display. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the year I look for inspiration around town, in books and on the internet. I prefer to portray something local like General Anthony

Wayne and his horse, which I did for the 2015 festival, my ďŹ rst. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of research to do, sketches to be drawn and paper mock-ups to make. It takes me three weeks to prepare and two weeks to bake and assemble. I like to be challenged. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes me come alive,â&#x20AC;? said Bensch. She chose the Anthony Wayne statue in 2015 because of the celebration of Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statehood in 1816. The horse, however, presented some major problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ďŹ rst

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thing I learned about gingerbread was that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a twodimensional substance. The horse required making two heads before I got it right. To get three-dimensions I had to work in layers and use aluminum foil to avoid the dough spreading out when baking. It had to be redone a couple times until it actually looked like a horse.â&#x20AC;? Making a three-dimensional paper model helps her visualize the size of her creation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to take it apart and make changes. When the gingerbread is ready, Bensch dismantles the model and uses the pieces like a pattern to cut the gingerbread sheets to size. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gingerbread, of course, is the workhorse of the project. When I need 3-D details I use marzipan, which is good for sculpting people. It works pretty well, but needs a little support. The ultimate tool for precision is gum paste, but you have to work in little batches. For window panes I use gelatin sheets, but must be careful because too much moisture makes it curl.â&#x20AC;? The festival has been one of her favorite Christmas traditions for many years. Bensch would have participated in it before 2018 but admitted to missing entry deadlines several times. She made creations anyway. Her 2016 endeavor was a Swiss village which her border collie, Rocky, took a big bite out of. The next year her subject was a cottage on Kentucky Avenue. That area is now a historic neighborhood. In 2018 she did the historic Hattersley house on Forest Park Boulevard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I made the mistake of allowing it to be auctioned off. I missed it so much that my boyfriend, Don, put in the highest bid and I got it back.â&#x20AC;? She also did Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house in New Haven. Don, her grandchildren and Rocky were all featured in it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite entry was the globe I made last year.


 352-(&7 Âł *HQ $QWKRQ\ :D\QH DQG KLV KRUVH ZHUH %HQVFK¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW H[SHULHQFH ZLWK JLQJHUEUHDG FUHDWLRQV 'RLQJ D ' KRUVHZDVDPDMRUFKDOOHQJHZKLFKUHTXLUHGPDNLQJWZRKHDGVEHIRUH LWĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\UHVHPEOHGDKRUVH3KRWRSURYLGHG It was inspired by one of my grandkids who made a globe in high school ceramics class. Mine featured Science Central with a globe inside, the old 765 locomotive and the court house. It was mounted on a turntable that festival

goers could turn.â&#x20AC;? Her subject this year is a historic house on Indiana Avenue that was designed by architect A.M. Strauss who did the Lincoln Tower, the Embassy Theatre and the Memorial Coliseum.

Pokagon SP Toboggan Run now open Get ready to ride, Hoosiers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pokagon State Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toboggan run is now open. Tobogganers will notice some changes due to COVID-19 but can still enjoy this thrilling ride that drops 90 feet over the distance of a quarter mile. While hours and fees remain the same as in previous years, only one track will be open. This change allows guests and staff members to stay socially distant inside the tower. This means that fewer than one-half of the normal number of toboggans will be available to rent, which may mean longer wait times. Riders will also be required to wear masks and gloves and to socially distance themselves while in line. The registration process has also been modiďŹ ed. Upon arriving at the park gate, nature center or Potawatomi Inn front

desk, riders will receive details for reserving a sled using a mobile alert system. When a sled is ready, guests will receive a text asking a member of their party to go to the rental room to ďŹ ll out a registration card. One rider from the group will then take that card and a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license to the checkout window to receive their sled. Users will return sleds outside the rental room at the end of the rental period. Sleds will be sanitized before use by a new group of riders. Warming center restrooms will be open; however, concessions, indoor and outdoor seating, and the bonďŹ re area will be closed. Carry-in meals and tailgating are prohibited in the toboggan run area and in both the upper and lower toboggan parking lots. Pokagon staff will provide monitoring to ensure that riders

follow the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance and have the opportunity for a great outdoor experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The toboggan run has been a tradition at Pokagon for generations and will continue to help our guests make memories naturally, this year and into the future,â&#x20AC;? said interpretive naturalist Nicky Ball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to seeing many happy riders this winter.â&#x20AC;? Additional details and the toboggan runâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operational schedule are at tobogganrun.com. To plan an entire weekend of tobogganing and enjoying one of Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier state parks for winter activities, you can make lodging reservations for the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park online at on.IN.gov/pokagonspis. Pokagon State Park is located at 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola.


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Rahden Mirwaldt shares unique family history %\-$&/<1*$59(5 )HDWXUH:ULWHU The title came ďŹ rst: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Bags and a Buck,â&#x20AC;? a literal rundown of what Doris Rahden Mirwaldtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family was allowed to bring when they moved to America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were a family of six. We were allowed four suitcases, and my dad had an American silver dollar sewn in his suit jacket,â&#x20AC;? said Mirwaldt, who wrote the memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Bags and a Buck.â&#x20AC;? Mirwaldt, of Fort Wayne, was born in Sachsenhain, a displaced persons camp near Verden, Germany. Between 1945 and 1952, more than a quarter million Jewish displaced persons lived in displaced person camps and urban centers in Germany, Austria and Italy. Mirwaldtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family arrived in Sachsenhain Sept. 16, 1945. Mirwaldt was born Sept. 17. She lived there for four years, then Verden, then the Bremerhaven Refugee camp before her parents packed those four bags and moved their four children to the United States, to Fort Wayne, home of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, which sponsored the Rahdens. The story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of growing up in displaced persons and refugee camps, of traveling to Ellis Island, of moving to Fort Wayne â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is one Mirwaldt had been wanting to share for 25 years, since she came up with that title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to leave something for my children, for my childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children and the ones Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never even see,â&#x20AC;? she said. But how could she write the story? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was able to put everything down into a timeline. I knew exactly what I wanted to write about,â&#x20AC;? she said, but there were

challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My English vocabulary is not polished. I thought, I speak pretty plain English and sometimes too plain.â&#x20AC;? So Mirwaldt asked her friends. There was Christina, who writes eloquently. She told Mirwaldt, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just put your thoughts down, and I will make that gel.â&#x20AC;? Marlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a brilliant editor, and Debbie handled the technical aspects of the book: formatting, ďŹ guring out how to get published, creating the cover. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all best friends, the four of us, but this project really brought us even together more,â&#x20AC;? Mirwaldt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotta be a true friend, to take the time that each and every one of them did to devote to my book. It was a friendship bond thing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I never thought I would get out of this.â&#x20AC;? Mirwaldtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family history in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Bags and a Buckâ&#x20AC;? wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be complete without some World War II history. Christina Battell, who is also listed as an author on the book, pushed Mirwaldt to put her story in historical perspective, and the war is outlined heavily in the memoir. In early spring 2020, Mirwaldt published her book on Amazon, which required attaching a price tag â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily want to do. The point was to share her story with her family through the years, not make a fortune, she said. She estimated about 40 sales that ďŹ rst month, mostly to family and friends, and additional sales have trickled in since. The best part of the project has been her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction. While her sister has talked about the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in Germany, her two brothers never do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where I got joy from was

Car crashes into Historic Fort Wayne causing major damage Historic Fort Wayne was heavily damaged by an automobile Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26. A neighbor called the FWPD after noticing the automobile lodged in the Fort wall. When the FWPD arrived on the scene, they found the damaged automobile but the driver was gone. An investigation is pending. This is not the ďŹ rst time the Fort has been damaged by a vehicle. Historic Fort Wayne Board of Directors have often expressed concern about the excessive speed of drivers along that stretch of Spy Run. The accident damaged the northeast corner of the Fortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall causing structural damage to several of the large timbers which provide the foundation to the outer walls. The bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oven in that corner also sustained a signiďŹ cant hit by some of the planks and timbers. There are

numerous cracks in the mortar on three sides of the oven. Due to the complications existing from the proximity of the dike, the bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oven location, and the remaining original concrete foundations, it will be an expensive repair. The Fort needs your help. For more information visit oldfortwayne.org/get-involved/ donate/ Founded in 2004, Historic Fort Wayne is a Nnon-proďŹ t organization that manages the Old Fort in Fort Wayne. Its goal is to educate the community about historic Fort Wayne and its signiďŹ cance to the Northwest Territory, the state of Indiana, and the United States during the 17th and 18th centuries through interactive programming. Most events are free to the public. All programming is funded by private and corporate donations.

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process and require redundant correspondence with the insurance company. Keep every police and medical report and all other bits of information connected to the incident that prompted the claim. And every receipt. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in doubt about whether a document is relevant, keep it and let the company toss it out. If our claim involves lost or damaged property, it helps to have a prepared inventory (photographs are best) of all your property, along with a list of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s missing or destroyed. Keep a ďŹ le of all correspondence and conversations with the insurers. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take no for an answer. Their job is to avoid paying out for nonqualifying and fraudulent claims. Your job is to prove to them that your claim qualiďŹ es. Be persistent. If you hit a wall in your initial stages, ask to speak to your contactâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor and present your case. If this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, discuss the matter with your attorney. When you ďŹ le claims for long-term care reimbursement, make copies of your receipts before sending the originals to the insurance company. When matters become confusing or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet your expectations, call and ask for clariďŹ cation and how to solve any problems. Keep in mind that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the customer. You paid for the coverage that you now you need. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020


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Senior Life Allen says goodbye to long time freelance writer Barb Sieminski, a long-time freelance writer for Senior Life Allen County, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, after an extended illness. Born June 15, 1946, Sieminski was a native of Fort Wayne, having graduated from Elmhurst High School. She was an alumna of Saint Francis College (now University) where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art and English. Sieminski loved the written word. She started working for Senior Life Allen County, a publication of The Papers Inc., in 1999. In addition to Senior Life Allen County, she wrote for several other The Papers Inc. publications such as Glo magazine, Home Living and Municipal as well as Indiana Auto & RV, She was also a contributor to Seventeen Magazine, National Lampoon, Horse, of Course, Today’s Catholic, VisitFortWayne.com, Fort Wayne Magazine, Business People Magazine, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Indiana Sesquicentennial Poets, The Corral, Music Journal, New Maturity, The Line Rider, Light For Today, Farm Wife News (Now Today’s Country Woman), Florida Catholic, Hoosier Outdoors, Lutheran Digest, Creative Sports, My Daily Visitor, Saddle Action, Northwest Outdoors, Waynedale News, Frost Illustrated, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne News Sentinel, Visit Fort Wayne and others. During her time at Saint Francis, she was active in both orchestra and band. She won two art scholarships and edited various college publications in art, features and photography fields. For more than 40 years she taught music privately. From 1989-1993 she served as staff writer

Barbara Sieminski in Mayor Paul Helmke’s public information office. While working for Helmke, she composed speeches, proclamations, commendations, mayor’s memos, editorials, letters, reports, and press releases as well as represented the mayor and chief of staff at public functions. She trained 10 city/county departments on text telephone use and on deaf culture. Named city representative to the National Organization on Disability, she co-originated Helmke’s Deaf Awareness Action Task Force and authored the resulting report. For more than 15 years, Sieminski was employed as a nationally-certified riding instructor, teaching able-bodied and therapeutic horseback

What better gift is there than the gift of hearing? %\7('%/$1')25' 3UHVLGHQW&(2 6XPPLW+HDULQJ6ROXWLRQV It is time for family and friends to gather or greet each other virtually during the holidays — listen to the sound of rustling of wrapping paper and hear the gleeful chatter of precious grandchildren as the magic of the season reveals itself. If you or someone is suffering from a hearing loss, these important moments can be lost. When with family voices run together or are not heard at all! Meaning it takes them from the most important people in their lives without taking them from that very room. They quietly sit alone in a corner or may ask others to repeat or speak up while wanting to connect yet are often unsuccessful in gaining that golden opportunity. If this describes you or a loved one stop and remember your best memories. The memories we cherish and the memories you want to make in the future for yourself and your children; memories of mom or dad, brother or sister, chatting away, laughing, sharing stories and connected.

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riding and also served as Special Olympics director at Red Cedar horse shows for several years. After nine years at Red Cedar, she taught at various area barns, teaching both English and Western disciplines, trail riding, jumping and more. She also founded, wrote, edited, published and took pictures for the Red Cedar NewsRider during her Red Cedar years at the barn. In addition to art, poetry, music and horses, Sieminski was also an avid fisher woman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joyce and Leonard Sieminski. Survivors are her sisters Cindy Kanning (Jim) of New Albany; Chris Castor (Jim) of Holt, Mich.; and Julie Goodwin (Greg) of Fort Wayne; and nieces and nephews Bethany Goodwin Colgrove (Nick) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Andrew Goodwin (Brittany) and Zachary Goodwin (Micah) of Fort Wayne; Emily Goodwin Lehman (Alex) of Charlotte, N.C.; Jenny Kanning Wasson (George) of Floyds Knobs, Ind.; Todd Kanning (Julie) of Cedar Park, Texas; and Sarah Castor Vandenboss (Kevin) of Grand Ledge, Mich. She was a special part of the lives of her great-nieces and nephews: Ainsley, Lauren, Harrison, and William Kanning; Kate and Brianne Wasson; Caia, Desmond, and Dominic Colgrove; Emma and Jayden Goodwin; Zoey, Sadie, and Mason Goodwin; Ellie, Julia, and Will Lehman; and Lucie and Hadley Vandenboss. Visitation and a celebration of life service was held Friday, Dec. 4, at Central Ministries, 5801 Schwartz Road in Fort Wayne, In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be sent to Matthew 25 Health + Dental Clinic, 413 E. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN. 46802; or Central Ministries at the above address.

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Life long love of horses results in a beautiful relationship %\-$&/<1<*$59(5 )HDWXUH:ULWHU The ďŹ rst time she rode a horse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; really rode a horse, and not one of those pony rides from youth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kathleen Gerhart was 32 or 33. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been nearly 35 years, and today, Ravishing Ruby is an indispensable part of her life. Especially in 2020. Horseback riding, for Gerhart, is therapeutic. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stress relief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You hear a lot of this talk about the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mindfulness,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Gerhart, of Columbia City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one time I know I am mindful. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with my horse, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about anybody except her. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on a horse, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joy. Just joy.â&#x20AC;? Despite her lifelong love of horses, Gerhart didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grow up in a rural area, so she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn to ride until she received a package of riding lessons as a birthday gift, when she lived in Florida. She estimated it took about six months to learn to ride, and then she began to compete in hunter/jumper shows. The hunter half of the sport concerns a horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movements,

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‘My Sweet Lord’ was Harrison’s first single George Harrison The Beatles ruled the music world from 1963 until 1970, when they released their “Let It Be” album. %\5$1'$/ With the &+,// arrival of $%RRPHU%ODVW that LP, 7R7KH3DVW they collectively threw in the towel as the world’s top recording act and each ex-member then went to work carving out his own solo career path. Leading the way was George

Harrison, who had spent most of his Beatle years in the long shadow cast by bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney. When Harrison’s first single of “My Sweet Lord” (released from his “All Things Must Pass” album) streaked to No. 1 right out of the gate, Harrison managed to stand alone in the spotlight for once and bask in the warm glow of worldwide adulation. For a while. Harrison, raised a Catholic, had abandoned the faith when he was 12. As an adult, he chose to embrace Hinduism and, with “All Things Must Pass,” created a version of the 16-word Hari Krishna mantra while utilizing images of the Hindu god Krishna in his album art.

“My Sweet Lord” became the best-known expression of Harrison’s spirituality, his lengthy single (it had a running time of 4:39) detailing Harrison’s desire to become close to God. This is evident in the refrains of “Hallelujah” (a Jewish/Christian term meaning “Praise God”) and the Hindu term “Hare Krishna,” which offers devotion to Lord Krishna. Drawing from different religions for his song might have struck some folks as strange, but Harrison apparently wrote his lyrics as a call to spirituality minus the taint of sectarianism. But then the issue of money — lots of it — suddenly raised its (often ugly) head. Some alert listeners noticed that the

musical pattern of “My Sweet Lord” was identical to that of the No. 1 1963 Chiffons hit “He’s So Fine.” In 1971, the power people behind Bright Tunes — the company that held the publishing rights to the Chiffons’ million-seller — sued Harrison for copyright infringement, when his 45 was still on the charts. Harrison tried over and over to settle the issue out of court, but Bright Tunes wasn’t interested in what he had to offer. Finally, in 1976 a judge ruled that Harrison had indeed plagiarized “He’s So Fine” but that he had probably done so unintentionally. Still, the exBeatle was ordered to fork over some of the proceeds from “All

Things Must Pass,” plus 75% of the income generated by the tune in question. The total bill came to $1.6 million — quite a punch-in-the-gut even for such a wealthy musician. For the next three years, Harrison, bitter and discouraged, released no new music to his loyal fans. As he told a Rolling Stone writer, “It’s difficult to just start writing again after you’ve been through that. Even now when I put the radio on, every tune I hear sounds like something else.” By the way, he admitted later that much of “My Sweet Lord” came from the 1969 international hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, and not from “He’s So Fine.”

History Center announces Festival of Gingerbread 2020 winners The History Center has announced winners of the 35th annual Festival of Gingerbread competition. Winners are: Pre-K - Second Grade Individual First – Charlee Austin Second – Andrew Herber Third – Laurel Coryea Pre-K - Second Grade Group First – Scarlett Nees & Tate Griffin Second – St. Joseph Hessen Cassel #2 Third – St. Joseph Hessen Cassel #1 Third - Sixth Grade Individual First – Avery Nicole Second – Gemma Schroeder Third – Zayden Longardner Third - Sixth Grade Group First – American Heritage Girls: Explorers Teen Individual First – Mary Schroeder Second – Sierra Harber Third – Lauren Kirkpatrick Teen Group First – Pterodactyl Bros Second – Mackenzie Nees & Ellie Short Third – Feliz Navidad Adult Individual First – Angelika Bensch Second – Veronica Orme Third – Jennifer Andrew

Adult Group First – Larissa & Alane Johnson Second – Erin, Kendall, Christine, and Dan Third – Fun Times Hill Family First – McMullen Family Second – Bonta Family Third – Hilger Family Professional First - Jenny Schroeder Second – Sue Courtney Third – Danielle Oliver Historical Theme - Adult Angelika Bensch Historical Theme - Student Mary Schroeder People’s Choice Awards and honorary awards will be announced at the end of the Festival. The History Center is excited to announce the 35th annual Festival of Gingerbread returned Friday, Nov. 27, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 13. With 98 new creations crafted this year by gingerbread artists of all ages and skill levels, this cherished holiday event will continue its tradition of joyful spirit, even with necessary additional precautions. Admission to the festival is

$6 for adults ages 18-64; $4 for seniors ages 65+ and students ages 3-17; and free to children age 2 and under. History Center members also receive free admission. There is no extra charge for special activities or events unless indicated. Admission also includes the opportunity to visit the entire museum. Extended hours during the Festival of Gingerbread are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. To accommodate as many people as possible, the History Center is launching the first ever “Virtual Gingerbread Tour,” available for purchase through its website. This professionally produced video tour will feature each gingerbread creation so viewers can enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own home. Visit the History Center’s website for additional details. In addition to a virtual option, in order to keep guests healthy and safe while experiencing the Festival of Gingerbread, the History Center will implement

erings for any reason and no large groups scheduled. Additionally, in order to maintain social distancing during the busiest attendance hours (including Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), the History Center is pre-selling tickets in 15 minute staggered tour start times. During these times, tickets are required and must be purchased in advance though the center’s website. Additional restrictions may apply, so visit fwhistorycenter.org for the most up to date information.

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Life long Continued from page 8 ing School in Fort Wayne. She doesn’t ride as much as she once did — today, maybe two or three times a week — and her husband encourages her to ride more. “He sees what a difference in makes in me. He sees how much calmer I am and how much happier I am,” she said. “I think that my horse keeps me sane in this world.” In early 2020, Gerhart said, she was feeling especially stressed in her job — she works as a respiratory therapist — and she looked forward to spending time with and riding Ruby. “I am so focused on her that all the worries fade away,” she said, “and I feel relaxed even after I’m home.”

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ACRES raises standards for visitor amenities: Fouryear plan updates public access at nature preserves ACRES Land Trust will enhance the visitor experience at about 30 nature preserves in its mission to inspire visitors to value, appreciate and support natural areas in the region. The four-year plan includes improvements to signage, parking, trail maintenance and online maps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want visitors to access and navigate these natural areas with ease,â&#x20AC;? said Jason Kissel, executive director for ACRES Land Trust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prominent signage and well-maintained gravel parking lots will let visitors know they have

arrived at an ACRES property. Improved trail maintenance will allow you to enjoy the preserve experience without having to wonder if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the mapped trail.â&#x20AC;? The initiative includes retiring trail systems at about 20 properties that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet ACRESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new visitor amenity standards. The land trust will end public access at these properties by the end of 2024. ACRES will reallocate funds and resources used on those trails to the newly enhanced trails. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of our trail sys-

tems is to connect people to our mission,â&#x20AC;? said Kissel. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss opportunities to engage visitors. We want you to have a high quality experience, gain an understanding of the work we do and learn how you can support the protection of natural areas.â&#x20AC;? Trail retirements consider proximity to other trail systems, size, ďŹ&#x201A;ooding and other challenges, as well as low visitation. Public access will end at these properties, but ACRES will continue to dedicate the same level of stewardship to these areas.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maintaining visitor amenities like trails and parking lots is a very small part of what we do. Protecting land involves keeping the property intact as well as natural resource management â&#x20AC;&#x201D; how we maintain or enhance the health of our forests and wetlands. This includes invasive species removal and habitat restoration. That work will continue on every property, regardless of whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open or closed to the public,â&#x20AC;? Kissel said. ACRES occasionally hosts public events and members-only outings on closed preserves.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those properties are still worthy of visiting, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it during the correct time of year and with a guide who can really explain the beauty of the property,â&#x20AC;? he said. ACRES will implement changes by the end of 2024, one community at a time, improving amenities in those preserves before retiring neighboring trails. For a list of retiring trails and public access updates for ACRES nature preserves, visit www.acreslandtrust. org/raisingourstandards

Are you ready for an emergency? %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV Fire can chew through your home, neighborhood or community at any time of year. Then there are ďŹ&#x201A;oods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, not to mention a global pandemic like COVID-19 with all its shutdowns. To survive the arrival of any disaster, you have to be prepared in advance to evacuate your home and spend who knows how long in safer quarters. What would you grab if you had to be jerked out to a juryrigged command center or to

bunk up with a family member? Not only do you need some important documents, you might also need some survival tools and supplies. While sitting around awaiting the end of this COVID-19 shutdown, you could put together an action plan for when the unexpected strikes. 1. First off, agree where everyone in the household will meet and what each of you is responsible for. Who will get the car keys? The cat? The documents? The disaster kit? And where you will go? Determine these things now. 2. Put together a contact list

each of you can carry in your wallet. This can be especially useful for rescue workers who might have to get in touch with someone on your behalf. 3. Know about emergency supplies. You should have a section of the pantry set aside for three daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of victuals. Make sure all your medications can be grabbed quickly to take with you. Pull out our contact list and add your family doctor and a list of your medications. Pack a backpack with a ďŹ&#x201A;ashlight, batteries, extra socks, ďŹ rst-aid kit and a small radio. Keep it in your

car. Make sure you also have jumper cables, road ďŹ&#x201A;ares, a tire pump and pressure gage in the vehicle. You can also set aside a comfortable wardrobe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sweat pants and shirt, light jacket, comfortable shoes and a cap or hat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that can be packed in a bag and tucked into a closet for quick, easy access. If the quake or ďŹ&#x201A;ood doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ruin your home while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone, thieves can empty it quickly. So take photos of your yard and the exterior of your house, every room in your house, the contents of your closets and drawers, and

whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your garage. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need these when you make insurance claims for your loss. 4. If you have insurance coverage, talk with your agent to make sure you have enough. 5. Install and regularly check ďŹ re and smoke alarms throughout the house. Not only will this lower your insurance costs, it may also save your lives as well as your property by giving you early warning. 6. When you hear an order to evacuate, leave immediately. And avoid ďŹ&#x201A;ood waters and fallen utility lines. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020




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Wetzel has fond memories of chaplaincy at VA Hospital %\52'.,1* )HDWXUH:ULWHU Of the hundreds of baptisms retired Lutheran pastor Ralph Wetzel performed during the course of his 56-year-career, the ones he remembers most are those done at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fort Wayne where he served as a civilian chaplain for 15 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ministering to the veterans is completely different than working with a regular congregation. I never met guys quite like the veterans. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a cathedral in themselves. They come from all walks of life, a variety of denominations; some had no afďŹ liation at all, but they all had physical and mental problems and a lot of heartaches. It was sometimes troubling to listen to their stories, but was a rewarding experience. In addition to baptisms I did a couple of weddings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perhaps the most memorable case was the Vietnam Marine veteran with a collapsed lung who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t breathe on his own. He told me he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a church and he felt he was not worthy of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love and wanted to know what he could do to be saved. We prayed together and I asked if he had been baptized and he had not. He was unable to get out of bed so I performed it right there. I sprinkled some water from a Styrofoam cup and gave the blessing. He let out a big sigh as if a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders. He gave me a broad smile and tears came to his eyes. It was really thrilling. Afterward I presented him with a copy of the King James Bible.â&#x20AC;? That was in 1998 shortly

after Wetzel started his ministry at the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a high point for me and it was wonderful to see how Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word works, but it was bittersweet as well because unfortunately the man died a week later.â&#x20AC;? Wetzel recalled a Jewish veteran who had fought in both World War I and World War II. He was 105 years old. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He asked me to take him outside the hospital to the gazebo on top of the hill. We had hardly had a chance to take in the fresh air and enjoy the view when a bunch of hospital staff came running toward us. It turned out that he had forgotten to sign out. It was a real privilege to have known him. When he died he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia across the river from Washington, D.C.â&#x20AC;? A big, angry Vietnam Marine veteran with a wild past was baptized by Wetzel in the hospital chapel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned that he and his father had not spoken for many years so I decided to ďŹ nd out where his father lived and see if I could get them to reunite. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get them together face to face, but I did get them to talk on the phone. They had a conversation, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that it was very friendly.â&#x20AC;? Wetzel, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and came to Fort Wayne for pre-seminary study at Concordia Senior College. His ďŹ rst church was in Buffalo, Okla. He served a church in Georgia before coming to Woodburn, where he was pastor at Christ Lutheran Church nearly 15 years.

New Extension educator offers passionate outlook on a healthier community through local programs Kidane Amare Sarko is the newest educator in the Health and Human Sciences program area at Purdue Extension, Allen County, and he is excited. Sarko has a passion for education, a perfect ďŹ t for the audiences Purdue Extension serves. The opportunity to meet members of the community and offer research-based, tried-andtested programming is something Sarko feels passionate about. Sarkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exuberance for all things health shines through in his mission to deliver educational workshops to clients in the greater Fort Wayne community who desire growth and wellness in their day-to-day lives. Reaching out to clients where their needs exist most is one of Sarkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals as an Extension educator. Sarko truly believes

all things lend to good health. He looks forward to meeting with people and talking to them about what they feel will help them achieve and maintain a well-rounded level of good health. Programs dealing with ďŹ nancial education, healthier diabetic food choices, child development and food safety, just to name a few, make up the many opportunities for underserved audiences in the Allen County area. Small groups are welcome and outside organizations are encouraged to contact Sarko for partnering. These programs are open to the community. Contact Sarko at the Purdue Extension located on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus at (260) 481-6437. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Healthy choice Every Sunday morning, we Zoom with our fellow church members. We begin by praying â&#x20AC;Ś that the link will work. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t IN A like Zoom. I NUTSHELL By DICK always fear WOLFSIE Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll end up in the center square and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as funny as Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares. Or worse, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a bottom square and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as good looking as the father on the Brady Bunch. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to see everyone, although some people just put up a photo of themselves because they are having a bad hair year. I have two problems. First, I hate being on camera. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what I did for 40 years on TV, but I made my photographer pull way back once I turned 65. I wanted viewers to know they were still watching the news and not a rerun of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Walking Dead.â&#x20AC;? When we have Wi-Fi issues during Zoom services, my face freezes and people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking about the sermon or have just fallen asleep. One of the newer church members forgot to mute herself and said to her husband, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a lot more personality on TV.â&#x20AC;? Not only that, but I slouch, so I look like I married a younger woman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and one whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two feet

taller than I am. And then, all you can see is the very top of my head. I know this because several people have texted my wife and asked her why my hairline receded so much during the pandemic. We sometimes use Facetime. We never know whether to choose the vertical or horizontal orientation on the phone. Mary Ellen and I sat on the couch once and experimented with different positions. (That sounds like a lot more fun than it was.) Last week, we decided to Facetime with our friends the Goslings at dinnertime and enjoy our meals while we chatted. The Goslings heated a pizza they bought from Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We picked one up from a local pizzeria. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a competitive person, but our pizza looked a lot tastier than theirs, meaning it was greasier and less healthy. Without any warning, Dan reached out of frame for a garden salad they had prepared. Mary Ellen immediately switched off the camera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What are you doing?â&#x20AC;? I asked my wife.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so embarrassed. They are having vegetables. We just have pizza. This is not good for my reputation as a health-conscious person. They have green food,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our food is red and brown.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pepperoni pizza, dear. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the Goslings wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even notice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course they will! See how thin and ďŹ t they both are? I bet they even have spinach on their pizza. This is so humiliating.â&#x20AC;? With that, Mary Ellen ran to the fridge, returning to the conversation a few seconds later with a coffee mug ďŹ lled with a healthy side dish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry,â&#x20AC;? she said to Dan and Noelle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I forgot the carrot sticks. We eat carrot sticks at every meal. Even breakfast. And between meals. And that darn pizza place forgot to put the broccoli and cauliďŹ&#x201A;ower on my half of the pizza.â&#x20AC;? We had a lovely dinner. The Goslings were so much fun to talk to, even though they were in a vegetative state.





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The holiday season is ďŹ lled with friends, family and, for many, gifts. Finding the right gift for your parents can be difďŹ cult, especially if they seem to have everything they could need. Here are a few ideas for fun and enriching gifts you can give your senior parents this holiday season. Puzzles and coloring books Jigsaw puzzles and adult coloring books arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just fun â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also wonderful ways to help enrich the mind. Studies have shown that jigsaw puzzles help improve short-term memory, which helps our brains remember

shapes and colors. These can be very beneďŹ cial to help your parent strengthen their memory or slow the progress of any memory challenges. Similarly, adult coloring books are known to help reduce stress and anxiety and help to improve focus and motor skills for handeye coordination. Indoor houseplants Houseplants are great ways to enjoy greenery during the winter months and can also provide health beneďŹ ts for your parents. Studies have shown that indoor plants help with: reducing fatigue, sore throats and colds; boosting mood and concentration; and absorbing toxins in the air,

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(vitamins, etc.), which also may tussle with whatever else is in your system. Many medications come with their own set of issues. Some blood pressure drugs and painkillers can cause depression. Certain combinations of medications can bring on confusion and instability, which may then be misdiagnosed as dementia. Coping with medications gets worse as we age because our bodies lose their resiliency and ability to combat any ill effects. Compounding the problem is that most of us acquire more and more medications as we age. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done so yet, write down all the prescriptions and supplements you take, in what dosages and how often. Make an appointment with your family doctor (now known as your primary care physician) and go over the list carefully. Before agreeing to replace a current prescription with a new medication, discuss with your doctor how it will ďŹ t in. Do the same before deciding to ingest a new health drink or power bar. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re given a new prescription after a hospital stay or consulting with a specialist, review the situation with your family doctor before ingesting the medication. If, when you do make changes or additions, you experience dizziness, blurred eyesight, upset stomach, memory lapses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; anything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sit down and review the matter with your doctor. Ask if there is any way you can drop a medication by doing more exercise, improving your diet, getting more rest or any other lifestyle changes. If your doctor agrees you can stop taking a certain medication, ask if there will be any ill effects if you drop it too quickly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a good idea to use one pharmacy for all your prescriptions. The druggist can be another source of information on the interaction between different types of drugs. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020


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Health & Fitness

Fruits, veggies and the holidays

After a most beautiful fall and Indian summer, we are settling into the whirlwind called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the holidays,â&#x20AC;? which would normally consist of more social engagements, family gatherings and a party atmosphere from Thanksgiving until New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, but â&#x20AC;Ś yep, we are still in the COVID-19 season that will last into 2021. OK, so gatherings will be smaller and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to bake, and eat the usual holiday fair and put on the holiday 10 pounds. This year, you can start your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution early and make healthy side dishes and desserts that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave you feeling like you need a nap. In your everyday planning consider how you can get more fruits and vegetables into your dishes. Adding vegetables will displace higher calorie foods. A few examples would be: Breakfast Add veggies to potatoes. Have a fruit bowl instead of

a piece of fruit so you get the nutrients of each type. Add fruit to your oatmeal. Add a smashed banana to your oatmeal as it cooks to give it a smooth banana ďŹ&#x201A;avor and more nutrients. Add raw greens like kale or spinach to your smoothie. Lunch When making soup or stews mince up some extra onion, celery and carrots and put them in the pot to help thicken, ďŹ&#x201A;avor and again, add nutrients. Create a veggie sandwich or add a mound of veggies on your sandwich to get your raw cruciferous veggies in for the day. Make a side dish of fruit or raw veggies instead of chips. Add fruit or a serving of raw broccoli to your salad. Dinner Add chopped veggies to your spaghetti sauce and serve over spaghetti squash. Turn your chili into veggie chili with celery, carrots and corn. Add extra veggies to potato salad like grated carrots, chopped cauliďŹ&#x201A;ower and pickles. Grate carrots and zucchini into just about any casserole. This week I made a turkey meatloaf for my husband and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until he was eating the leftovers that he noticed vegetables inside the meatloaf because I had minced them ďŹ ne before

adding them and did not have to use breadcrumbs or crackers to bind the meat. Sneaky, right? Every bite counts and if you ďŹ ll up on veggies and fruit you will eat less of the high calorie foods. Remember that enjoying the holidays doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to mean a food free-for-all. Keep your senses so you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to play the regret game come January. Wishing you all good health, happiness and Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessings. Vegan Vegetable Chili Ingredients: 1 large yellow onion, diced. 2 large bell peppers, any color, diced. 2 medium carrots, diced. 2 stalks celery, diced. 2 cloves garlic, minced. 2 tablespoons chili powder. 1 tablespoon ground cumin. 2 teaspoons dried oregano. 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, preferably ďŹ re-roasted (do not drain). 2 (4-ounce) cans roasted green chilies, undrained-optional. 2 (15- to 15.5-ounce) cans beans, such as pinto, black, kidney, cannellini or garbanzo, drained and rinsed. 1 to 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided. 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained or 1 cup frozen. Water sautĂŠ using a few tablespoons of water â&#x20AC;&#x201D; add the onion, bell peppers, carrot, celery and

Keep healthy with common sense %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV SnifďŹ&#x201A;e season is here, that time of year when we try to defend ourselves from the colds, coughing and running noses that surround us. The stubborn COVID-19 has added more hurdles in our struggle to survive. Not to mention the annual arrival of the ďŹ&#x201A;u. Oldsters are under a darker shadow since they are more vulnerable to the coronavirus than the younger population. Add to that the disabilities that grow as one ages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; arthritis, joint and organ inďŹ&#x201A;ammation, emphysema and autoimmune diseases that attack any and all parts of the body. The mantra â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain distance, stay home if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re

sick â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been accepted as basic for protecting ourselves and our loved ones. But reports of opening and closing businesses, second and third waves, and conďŹ&#x201A;icting analyses and announcements by an array of politicians, medical experts and television talking heads can add to the confusion. Amid all this chatter is resistance to available medical defenses. Rightly or wrongly, only 30% of the population gets a ďŹ&#x201A;u shot each year. And some folks are already proclaiming they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a COVID-19 vaccine when it gets here. All this clamor can distract us from what we know about staying healthy. So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly reminder of the basics: ¡ Get enough sleep. Eight hours every day. ¡ Eat right. Plenty of fruit and

vegetables, as fresh as possible, should be in your daily diet. ¡ Stay active. A 10- or 15-minute daily walk works wonders. Just walk around the block! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only healthy, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to know your neighbors. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come to enjoy the time and might even decide to do it twice a day. As winter sets in, and snow and ice get in the way of this neighborhood jaunt, ďŹ nd a gym, community center or mall where you can walk safely each day. And as with anything involving your health and well-being, discuss all your problems and plans with your family doctor. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020

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Local authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest release features more veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories Indiana author Kayleen Reusser, known for writing several series of books featuring stories centered on World War II, has just completed a second book in fall 2020. This title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Defended Freedom: Adventures of World War II Veterans,â&#x20AC;? is book four in her WWII Legacies series. It includes the stories of 28 World War II veterans from various branches of the U.S. military. All but two of the veterans hail from Indiana. The exceptions are a veteran from Virginia along with Woody Williams, the only living World War II Medal of Honor recipient from Kentucky. Reusserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories include an ofďŹ cer of an aircraft carrier, an Army soldier at D-Day, a sailor who was stationed at Cuba, and a pilot who ďŹ&#x201A;ew in the South PaciďŹ c. Among the compilation are stories of two women who served in the Army as a Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Army Corps and in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is exciting to present another group of WW II veteran stories to readers,â&#x20AC;? said Reusser. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This collection of four books tells about the war, not from the generalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; point of view, but from

the viewpoint of the soldier, sailor and airman. They are how we won the war and why we have our freedoms today. My goal is to present stories in an exciting and factual way that will help readers appreciate what our veterans have done for us.â&#x20AC;? Since 2014, Reusser has published books of stories of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest military veterans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Documenting how past wars have helped to shape the world of today has been a rewarding challenge,â&#x20AC;? she said. She releases new titles near Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day to commemorate and show appreciation for that group of citizens. Reusser is the wife and mother of U.S. Air Force airmen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ďŹ rmly believe we need to teach people about patriotism because if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reinforce its importance, we could be in a position to lose it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My method of presenting it is through sharing veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories. My books are part of a continued effort to preserve our national military heritage.â&#x20AC;? Reusser has presented many talks about her interviews with 260 World War II veterans. She is booking virtual events for 2021. To

learn more about these presentations, and/or to schedule Reusser for a speaking event, visit her website at www. KayleenReusser.com. Reusser recently completed a book of Prisoner of War stories entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Captured! Stories of American WWII Prisoners of Warâ&#x20AC;? (Prisoner of War series). She has also ďŹ nished a coloring book featuring women from World War II whom she has interviewed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coloring book could encourage people of all ages to become familiar with women who volunteered to serve in the military when much of society disapproved,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I admire them for their pluck.â&#x20AC;? Reusser has written books in other series: Witnesses of War; World War II Insider. Reusser has authored 16 nonďŹ ction books for middlegrade students. She has served as a freelance writer for various publications and coordinates a Christian writing club. For more information, visit www.KayleenReusser.com. Reusser is a client of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center; to learn more about its services, visit www.isbdc.org.


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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites owns the 1888 house, located adjacent to the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City. In fact, the conservationist and author of Freckles and other beloved novels bunked with the Sower family while she was building her cabin nearby on Sylvan Lake. By 2009 the house and barn were long vacant, and property managers saw the place as a drain of time and resources. The museum applied to demolish the house, but Indiana Landmarks intervened with a solution to save the property. We proposed leasing the house and ďŹ nding a tenant who would ďŹ x up the place in exchange for free rent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leasing is a solution weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used with great success in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where we leased eight historic properties including the Century of Progress houses from the National Park Service and then found sublessees who restored them,â&#x20AC;? said

Todd Zeiger, director of Indiana Landmarksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Northern Regional OfďŹ ce. Supported by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, we restored the exterior of the house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; removing the aluminum siding with help from correctional workers and vocational studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and recruited the Noble County Convention and Visitors Bureau as a tenant. The CVB made additional improvements, including adding an exterior ramp and a new accessible bathroom and updating HVAC and plumbing systems. The CVB recently moved to new quarters in Albion, leaving the Sower farmhouse available for a new tenant. The house is ideal for use as nonproďŹ t or other public ofďŹ ce space, though other proposals will be considered. The Italianate-style house sits prominently at a turn in the road leading to the Gene Stratton Porter State Memorial, not far from Sylvan Lake. The interior retains original woodwork, large open

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necessary maintenance and repairs and any proposed renovation work. In exchange, the successful applicant will receive a 15-year free lease. The lease agreement includes the option for additional 10-year extensions. The barn is

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Paul McCartney claimed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fun anymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; On the night of Dec. 27, 1960, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a chilly Tuesday evening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1,500 music fans jammed into the spacious %\5$1'$/ Litherland &+,// Town Hall in Liverpool, England. Promotional posters promised fans a grand night of dancing and rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll, thanks to the debut of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Sensational Beatles (Direct from Hamburg).â&#x20AC;? Attendees that night, who logically assumed that the band came from Germany, would remark later how good the quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s English skills were whenever the group members chatted with the audience. Actually, all four Beatles had grown up in Liverpool. For the

previous ďŹ ve months, though, they had been playing long sets of American Top 40 hits in bars and dance clubs in the gritty Reeperbahm district of Hamburg. In doing so, they had morphed from a ragtag bunch of minimally talented musicians into a respectable â&#x20AC;&#x153;coverâ&#x20AC;? band that had become popular as headliners. Back at Litherland, as the Beatles waited behind a curtain drawn across the dance hall stage, the emcee snapped the crowd to attention with â&#x20AC;&#x153;And now, everybody, the band youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting for! Direct from Hamburg â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;? But before the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatlesâ&#x20AC;? could be uttered, a nervous Paul McCartney burst through the curtain, screaming his best high-octane Little Richard imitation: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna tell Aunt Mary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bout Uncle Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;He said he had the misâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ry but he got a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Tall Sallyâ&#x20AC;? instantly fueled the crowdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rush to the stage to revel in the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; half-hour set as the leather-jacketed young artists staked their claim to history. According to numerous rock historians, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beatlemaniaâ&#x20AC;? was ushered in that night. Within two years, the Fab Four became UK stars, and by 1964 they ruled the international pop music world. Flash forward to Aug. 29, 1966. The Beatles are scheduled to play a concert at San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Candlestick Park. Fans headed to that performance donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that this will be the ďŹ nal live show of the quartetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. (The foursome will keep the announcement to themselves until they return to England.)

Who could blame the band for their decision? Worldwide fame, it seemed, had robbed the musicians of everything enjoyable about performing before an audience. The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful Vox amps had become all but useless against the nightly screamfest that rolled over the band like an oceanic tide. So pronounced was John Lennonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s malaise that he had begun calling the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; live act a â&#x20AC;&#x153;freak show.â&#x20AC;? Ringo Starr offered no argument. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody was listening at the shows.â&#x20AC;?) Even normally positive Paul McCartney confessed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fun anymore.â&#x20AC;? That night at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, the Beatles performed on an elevated platform erected over second base and surrounded by a chain-link fence for their last live gig. The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading

rockers, amid chilly swirls of fog, performed their ďŹ nal concert in a cage. Their show, as usual, ran half an hour, and the last song sung was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Tall Sally.â&#x20AC;? For those who could hear him, it was said that Paul McCartney had never sounded better.

Fort Wayne Artists Guild offering virtual art galleries Two virtual art galleries have been created to share the works of Fort Wayne Artists Guild members. The Three Rivers Gallery contains 22 juried works on exhibit through Feb. 1, 2021, at www.fortwayneartistsguild.org/ premier-exhibition-gallery. Additional artwork may be viewed at www.fortwayneartistsguild.org/member-s-gallery.

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Mixing horticulture and culture One of the leading cultural destinations in the Midwest is just a few hours away in Grand Rapids, Mich. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Frederik GREAT Meijer ESCAPES Gardens and By ROD KING Sculpture Park that includes a botanical garden, a Japanese garden, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden, a sculpture park, natural wetlands and an amphitheater that hosts concerts featuring major artists. While exploring the sculpture collection, visitors will come across works by the likes of Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Roxy Pain and many more. In fact, the collection has works of more than 200 internationally-acclaimed artists. But Meijer Gardens is not just for art and plant lovers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place for family fun, as well.

Sculptures of a couple of huge bears greet visitors to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. Here there are a number of speciďŹ c areas on different subjects ranging from the Great Lakes garden to a winding sculpture walk that promotes curiosity and exploration. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dotted with animal sculptures and works made of bicycle parts that look like animals. They even provide live entertainment spring, summer and fall. Another great stop is Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Garden complete with 1930s era farmhouse, barn, windmill, sugar shack and, of course, ďŹ&#x201A;ower and vegetable gardens. One of the most outstanding venues is the 8-acre Japanese garden that effectively uses space to highlight contrasts between still and rushing water, quietly intimate and expansive open spaces and manicured and natural areas. Contemporary sculptures are placed throughout the garden. Some of the plants, like bamboo and Japanese maple, are from Japan. Most, however, are

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Jean and Virgil Gassoway from Chesterton enjoyed a 5-week cruise around South America and Antarctica. Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic Ocean, is one of the stops they plucked their Northwest Senior Life newspaper out and posed for a picture. This group of 778 islands has a controversial history. With both Argentina and the UK assuming the land was theirs, an undeclared war developed in the 1980s, resulting in a British victory. Most come to this group of islands to see the wildlife: seals, whales, sea lions and penguins. The penguin population outnumbers the people population. Shipwreck diving, birdwatching and fishing expeditions draw the tourists as well. The mountainous and hilly landscape makes for great vistas, especially since the islands are treeless. Stanley, the capitol of the Falkland Islands, accounts for about 72% of the population of the group of islands. Even then, only approximately 3,000 residents dot the entire country. Places to visit in Stanley include the Historic Dockyard Museum, Falkland Island Totem Pole, the Gnome Garden at Kayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s B&B, the Shipwreck of Lady Elizabeth and Christ Church Cathedral, unusual for its whale jawbone arched entrance. Farther out, travelers enjoy Berthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach, a penguin populated beach and Boot Hill, a mysterious assortment of footwear atop stakes. Being a British territory, the official language is English. Thank you Gassoways for sharing your adventure with Senior Life.

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World War II â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

Baer Field and Christmas 1943 %\3$6725*5(*/$:621 00LQ06: *XHVW:ULWHU Dec. 25, 1943, a Saturday that marked the third Christmas after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entry into World War II. Thousands of GIs knew the sadness and loneliness of being away from loved ones, friends or neighbors as they were stationed around the U.S. and, more so, around the world. Christmas was not lost nor was it forgotten on the homefront or the front lines as all GIs did their part in making the world free from the enemy who would enslave those who were not willing to let the spirit of Christmas die by the hands and hate of the Godless. The Saturday, Dec. 25, 1943, issue of Baer Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of The Beacon newsletter gives us proof of the morale boost that was ever present at Baer Field and yes, in other ways around the world. Several days before Christmas, a group of civilians who worked at Baer Field put on a musical program in Chapel #105; a building long gone from the ground that is now Fort Wayne International Airport. Anthony Ramm entertained everyone with special Christmas selections on the organ. This story is not complete unless credit and honor is given to the women of the 1943 Christmas chorus who gave so much joy to those at Baer Field; women who may have relatives or friends who may still live in the Fort Wayne area or elsewhere: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary

Abbott, Frieda Abel, Lorraine Berning, Jeanette Etall, Imogene Fabaian (Fabian?), Joyce Franze, Lettie Julian, Margaret Kelly, Lena Kromm and Marilyn Thumm.â&#x20AC;? May God bless these women and their memory on this special Christmas Day. A chaplainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas party was also given for the children on Friday, Christmas Eve Day, the 24th. This party was held in the base recreation hall for the children of the enlisted and ofďŹ cer personnel. At the party, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the children spent a wonderful afternoon playing games.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the games, music was played by the Baer Field military band. A special letter was sent to Col. Robert L. Copsey, Baer Field commander, and dated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dec. 22, 1943.â&#x20AC;? In that letter, Brig. Gen. F.W. Evans explained why America was ďŹ ghting the war. The objective was victory so â&#x20AC;&#x153;the world may, in years to come, spend many more and happier Christmases at home.â&#x20AC;? Gen. Evans did not hesitate to express his personal appreciation for the work of the personnel at Baer Field.


Mixing horticulture Continued from page 18 out on its holiday decorations. Brightly lit and beautifully decorated trees celebrating traditions of countries from around the world turn it into a magical place. Visitors will ďŹ nd an amazingly intricate model railroad display and they can bundle up and take a tram ride through a winter wonderland. Admission is $11 for seniors (65 +), $14.50 for adults (14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 64), children (5-13) $7, children (3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4) $4 and children (2 and under) free. Hours are 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no charge to park. For more information check out the internet at www.meijergardens.org. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everyone at this 158-acre cultural attraction. Plan to spend between two and three hours taking in the unique art and the beautiful ďŹ&#x201A;ower displays. And while there, have an enjoyable lunch in the cafĂŠ under an extensive Dale Chihuly glass

sculpture on the ceiling. The gardens are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day.


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20 ■ SENIOR LIFE ■ December 2020


Restore health and wellness %\&$7(3$/$&( $GPLQLVWUDWRU .LQJVWRQ+HDOWKFDUH Today’s seniors are living longer than ever and their wellness routines are evolving to ensure each new year brings not only physical health, but also purpose and contentment. One of the most difficult adjustments most seniors have to make as they age is how much control they have over their own lives. Seniors want to stay independent as much as possible. Senior wellness increases the more seniors can maintain their independence. As we age, our bodies go through a lot of changes. On the outside we change physically, but there are a lot of internal

changes that occur, too. As we age our bones shrink in size and density. Some people actually become shorter. Others are more prone to fractures or bone loss. Muscles, tendons and joints may lose strength and flexibility. Therapy is a great way to slow or prevent the problems with bones, muscles and joints. Maintaining strength and flexibility will help keep seniors strong. Everyone should have the opportunity to live independently with dignity — especially our senior populations. While aging can sometimes make independent living difficult, small supports, such as outpatient therapy, can support the goal of health and wellness. Physical therapy, occupation-

al therapy and speech therapy can help seniors retain their independence, whether they are managing a long-term illness or just want to improve their general health and mobility. Our skilled, licensed therapists at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne will also help you learn about your condition and teach you ways to manage it and prevent future injury. The goal of therapy is to help restore and improve overall wellness and quality of life. Healthy aging requires nurturing of the body and mind. Equipping yourself with this essential knowledge can help you feel great and full of life during your senior years instead of like you’re simply getting by.

Delaying retirement gains appeal %\&(&,/6&$*/,21( 0DWXUH/LIH)HDWXUHV As our life spans and the qualifying age for collecting full Social Security benefits climb, so do the physical and financial needs to keep working past the traditional “retirement” age. While most workers dream at some time or other of chuck-

ing the job and enjoying the rest of their lives traveling or gamboling with the grandkids or just soaking in sunsets by the beach, more and more are looking at extending their work life for many reasons: • It keeps them busy and in touch with what’s going on. • They remain in contact with long-time colleagues and friends.

• Their work still invigorates them and keeps their mind and body healthy. Adding to the ease of continuing your career past the 65-and-quit ceiling is the expanding technology that allows individuals to work at home. Meanwhile, many folks who have retired fill their day-today lives by volunteering at the multitude of nonprofit organizations out there. Mature Life Features, copyright 2020


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It is hard to believe that in a few short weeks we will be celebrating Christmas. The holidays are a time of family gathering and a time of catching up and seeing loved ones we may not have seen for some time. It is also during this time of the year that we get phone calls from adult children who are concerned about the wellbeing of their parents. One of the issues that may crop up this time of year is adult family members who live away from their parents come for the holidays and they are surprised to notice how much their parents’ health has declined. Many times this prompts

the adult children to start to discuss with their parents their concerns and a need for change. These types of conversations may take place slowly over time as parents slowly process their own wants and needs regarding necessary changes. At times it may be a relief for the aging parent(s); at other times they may need the process to go slowly and with gentle care. One important thing to remember is that change is hard and it seems that the older we get the more time we need to process changes. Though change can be difficult, to be in control of the changes that occur in our lives is much better than having to be forced to change because of health issues or other circumstances. Just recently I met with a lovely lady who had made the

decision to downsize. She was very sharp and in good health. As we talked, I sensed that she was one who wanted to be in control of her own life and rightly so. She recognized that staying in her present home was not realistic and, in her own best interest, she had set in motion the wheels of change. We talked about what those changes involved, what steps she needed to take and the order of those steps. In effect, we created a game plan so that everyone was on the same page. This is the part of the job that I enjoy most, helping people reach their goals. Our Family Helping Them. To get a copy of this free report call (877) 605-5483 and request report ID 0210. “Our Family Helping Yours Making Downsizing Easy.”


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Allen County Senior Life December 2020  

Allen County Senior Life December 2020