KEEPING CONNECTED ‘NEXT DOOR’ IN WAYNEDALE

An innovative new networking site is connecting Waynedale neighbors – both virtually, and in reality.
Available online, Nextdoor Waynedale is helping neighbors be the eyes and ears for each other when it comes to things as varied as unexplained neighborhood noises, crime watch activities,

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ONE LAST TIME AT ELMHURST HIGH

Every dust-covered clock hovering over the guests on tours of the long-vacant hallways of Elmhurst High School registered the exact same time: 2:49 p.m. Frozen in time was the last bell of the last school day in 2010.

The significance of the clocks wasn’t lost to the event’s tour guides. “That

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WAYNEDALE’S FRONT DOOR IMPROVEMENTS

A City of Fort Wayne project has brought a new and improved look to the intersection of Bluffton Road and Airport Expressway.

Completed by City crews during the week of October 16, the project actually began when the land was surveyed in April of this year. A request for bids on the work went out soon

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CHANGING THE LIVES OF OUR VETERANS – OUR FAMILY

The holiday celebrating our nation’s service members is aiming to spawn a new way to give a hand up for those in need at one local Waynedale veterans group this year.

American Legion Post #241 is holding an event on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, serving free meals to anyone with proof of their

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CREEPY TALES & SPOOKY OCCURRENCES

As the witching holiday of Halloween fast approaches, local ghost stories and spooky Fort Wayne urban legends are quickly returning to the surface of local consciousness.

Several local legends have been floating around the area for years. One of the most popular is the tale of Devils’ Hollow, just

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ELMHURST 50+ YEAR BOOK

A new book being crafted by a group of dedicated Elmhurst High School graduates is looking to keep classmates and friends connected after more than 50 years, appropriately titled, “50+ Years Later.”

Several members of the Elmhurst class of 1965 are putting together a volume to tell the stories

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WAYNEDALE TRAILS CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES

City construction of the Waynedale trails project is moving along at a good clip, even though some businesses along Bluffton Road are being impacted by the work.

The project is building trails along the east side of Bluffton Road, from Lower Huntington Road to West Foster Park, according to Frank Suarez,

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FORT WAYNE ROCKS!

One former Waynedale family is venturing to make the world a little brighter – one rock at a time.

Laura Heffelfinger-Fields and her two young daughters have begun an at-home project to pick up stray rocks, paint them with fanciful designs, colors and sayings and hide them for others to discover.

The

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HALL’S CURBSIDE SERVICE

A decades-old Waynedale eatery is planning to bring back its well-known car side pick-up and dining service to bring local patrons a little taste of the good, old days.

Don Hall’s Original Drive-In, located at 5202 Bluffton Road, is planning to bring back curbside service to its venerable restaurant,

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ONE LAST TIME WALKING THE HALLS AT ELMHURST HIGH

Even after decades, the Elmhurst class of 1967 is staying close.

This summer will mark 50 years since those folks tread the hallowed halls of Elmhurst High School, 3829 Sandpoint Road, and the class plans to mark the milestone anniversary with a 50-year reunion gala this summer.

The group plans to get

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WAYNEDALE’S COMMUNITY GARDEN IS REAPING ITS HARVEST

The scarecrows watching you motor down Bluffton Road are there for more than just fooling passing motorists into thinking someone is scrutinizing them from the side of the road.

The dress-clad, flower-hatted dummies are there to watch over the Waynedale Community Garden, an urban patch of farmland

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RINGING OF THE BELL BEGINS REBIRTH OF CLYDE THEATRE

Nearly 100 people gathered under a makeshift tent outside the old Clyde Theater on Thursday, July 27 to watch area dignitaries make the first movements toward renovations at the long-vacant building.

The Clyde Theater at Quimby Village – as it was called years ago – was built by Clyde Quimby and

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FORT WAYNE KEEPS EYE ON ECLIPSE

A local man is planning a field trip of sorts to witness an historic solar eclipse this summer.

Bob Dispenza, who has managed Metea County Park for the last 16 years, is organizing a bus journey that will motor local folks all the way to southern Illinois to witness the eclipses’ totality as it races

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A STRIKE TOWARD ‘THE ORDER OF GOOD THINGS’ IN WAYNEDALE

On a recent summer afternoon, workers bustled in and out of the Eagles Post #248, pushing in and shoving out yellow handcarts loaded down with shiny, new flooring.

But the brand new surfaces weren’t for the walkways of the post’s popular lounge. The Eagles are replacing their time-worn bowling

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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017

Bishop Luers, Wayne and South Side High Schools have announced their top students – the Valedictorians and Salutatorians – for 2017.

The high-performing students at local high schools have a wide range of interests and will be attending various colleges next year.

At Bishop Luers High School,

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NEWLY RELEASED CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITTEN BY WAYNEDALER

A Waynedale native has released a new children’s book, hoping to spark the imagination of children and parents, alike.

Local man, Alan Shaw, has crafted a new work entitled, “Brainstorms: A Cave, A Stream, and A Grandpa That Dreams” and it has already hit Amazon.com for sale.

The book, written

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THE PARADE IS COMING!

Memorial Day will see the streets of Waynedale flush with cars, marching bands, police cars and more to honor our veterans, living and fallen.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29, the Waynedale Memorial Day parade will form at the corner of McArthur Drive and Old Trail Road, according to Mike Cramer,

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BOWLING FOR POCO POOL

A local family pool in the midst of an extensive upgrade got a big financial boost recently from a fundraiser.

Pocohontas Pool, located at 3030 Ojibway Trail in Indian Village, is in the midst of refurbishing its pool and buildings, and the pool’s Swim and Dive Team held a fundraiser at the Fraternal

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‘BELIEVE IN A DREAM’ GRANTS BOOST OUR COMMUNITY

A handful of Wayne High School students got an amazing surprise for their home-grown business ideas on a recent afternoon.

At the New Tech Academy at Wayne, a combined English and Economics class of about 75 students is going through a project of starting their own businesses – all the way from conception

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CRY OF THE EAGLE ON ENGLE ROAD

Looking for a glimpse of America’s majestic national symbol? Eagle Marsh, just a stone’s throw from Waynedale’s back door, may just be your chance to spy one.

Among the myriad of things the wetland preserve offers is an actual, functioning bald eagle’s nest, nestled in the woods and wetlands

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A MOST WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

A Fort Wayne treasure that aids children and adults with disabilities has a vital Waynedale connection.

The Turnstone Center, which opened in 1943, was originally a school for children and adults with disabilities. In fact, its original mission was “to provide therapeutic, educational, wellness,

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GERMAN MUSIC REGULARLY SUNG IN WAYNEDALE

A hidden Waynedale jewel is being filled with some of the most beautiful German music you’ve ever heard.

The Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor, a men’s and women’s choir that sings traditional German choral songs, regularly practices here, and is even bringing some national exposure to the area

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MOURNING THE LOSS OF A BELOVED LADY

At the American Legion Post #241 on February 6, the parking lot was full, the hall was crowded and the tables were full of tempting food.

But it wasn’t one of the many happy events the post, at 7605 Bluffton Road usually hosts. It was the occasion of one of the Women’s Auxiliary Presidents, Helen

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