ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – Voice Of The Township

With the Friday after Thanksgiving—yes Black Friday—we all start thinking about the people on our holiday shopping lists. Here at the Wayne Township Trustee Office we have been busy too, amassing prizes and gifts for the children who will be joining us for our Holiday Celebration. Our seventh annual event will be held, once again, at the McMillen Park Commu
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BEING THANKFUL ON THANKSGIVING – Voice Of The Township

Over the next few weeks we will be celebrating two holidays: Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 12th and Thanksgiving on the 22nd. I have so much respect for our great American Veteran’s, and plan to catch the Veteran’s Day parade held on Saturday, Nov 10 at 11:00 AM at Parnell Avenue & Veteran’s Plaza.

During the Thanksgiving season I always take time to t

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WORKING TOGETHER – Voice Of The Township

A couple of years ago AEP determined that the trees along our property were interfering with their electric lines. Our twenty-year-old row of sunburst locusts had to be removed. That uncovered the fact that more changes were needed to prevent erosion and other damage along the portion of ground facing Superior Street, and new landscaping was needed. We wen
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ON TO THE NEXT CHAPTER – Voice Of The Township

Earlier this month Bennie Lewis announced his retirement from the Wayne Township Trustee Office. Lewis was one of the people here who helped make the annual Holiday Celebrations successful as he had previously worked with the Fort Wayne McMillen Center where the party has been held for the last three years. He helped us with fundraising and organizing both
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OPEN ON COLUMBUS DAY – Voice Of The Township

The Wayne Township Trustee Office will be open for business on October 8, even though that is the state and federal holiday of Columbus Day. For several years now we have remained open on Columbus Day and on the February holiday of President’s Day and allowing our staff off on two other days of the year—the Friday after Thanksgiving and a day either before or aft
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THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD NEWS – Voice Of The Township

I saw on the front page of the last Waynedale News that September 2nd was the 86th anniversary of this local newspaper. Since I have been in office—almost 12 years now—I have submitted a column in each issue to appear on the POLITICAL page. Though it is called a political column, I have tried to mainly present news of how our Wayne Township Trustee Office is servi
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IN HONOR OF LABOR DAY – Voice Of The Township

Many people think of Labor Day as just a day off work and maybe a chance to say goodbye to summer. But for over a hundred years, Labor Day has been set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been officially celebrated in the United States since 1894 when President Grover Cleveland and the US Congress declared the first Monday in September a national h
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SUMMER EVENT SUPPORT – Voice Of The Township

We are looking forward to August 25th, when the Wayne Township Trustee Office will staff a booth at the Waynedale Community Picnic. For the second year in a row my Deputy Trustee, Austin Knox, will be there to meet and greet those attending this fun-filled event while others of my staff plan to help out where needed.

Earlier this month, on August 4th, we provide

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL ASSISTANCE – Voice Of The Township

Well, it’s that time of year again for students to be thinking about heading back to school. Hard to believe, but Fort Wayne Community Schools will be back in session on August 14. I remember as a child that some of my friends didn’t even want to think about school until they absolutely had to, but I always kind of looked forward to the start of a new school year.

For

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2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS – Voice Of The Township

The Wayne Township Trustee Office celebrated our 2018 scholarship winners at the monthly board meeting on July 12th. Eleven students ranging from 5th to 11th graders received certificates and new internet-ready Amazon Fire 7 tablets, and four recent high school graduates going on to higher education received $500 scholarships. Following are the Recog
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FULFILLING OUR MISSION – Voice Of The Township

I’ve been thinking lately about the Wayne Township Trustee Office mission statement which includes the idea that the Trustee’s office has a dual role of countering the effects of the cycle of poverty while maintaining careful guardianship of the taxpayers’ resources. We fulfill this role by offering our clients not only temporary financial assistance b
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UPDATING ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS – Voice Of The Township

Well the summer season is in full swing now. School is out, Germanfest is over, and soon the fireworks will begin for the Fourth of July and the Three Rivers Festival. As we do every year, the Wayne Township Trustee Office started our summer event season by participating in the Waynedale Memorial Day Parade.

And what a great parade it was. The weather was sunny a

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REMEMBERING GRANDPA – Voice Of The Township

Earlier this spring a beloved local sports referee, Tom Knox, passed away and my thoughts were with his grandson, Austin Knox, who happens to be Chief Deputy Trustee here at Wayne Township. With Father’s Day coming I asked Austin for a few words about his grandfather, and this is what he wrote:

“’How’s that jump shot?’ was a question that I always knew was comin

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POVERTY CAN COME TO US ALL – Voice Of The Township

As I look back over the last several years, I am struck by the changes that I have witnessed while doing the business of township assistance. In 2007, the early days of my administration, the Great Recession was just getting started, and it would become the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. Here at the Wayne Township Trustee Office we could
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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED – Voice Of The Township

The month of May brings us lots of good things to celebrate—sunshine, flowers, milder temperatures, the end of the school year and Mother’s Day. It’s also the month we here at Wayne Township begin reviewing the applications we receive for our two scholarships: Recognizing Achievement Scholarship and Academic Encouragement Award. The first one, the RAS,
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REMEMBER TO CAST YOUR BALLOT – Voice Of The Township

On May 8, Indiana voters will cast primary ballots for United States Senate; Congress; state legislature; county offices such as the Sheriff, Assessor, Recorder, Auditor, Prosecuting Attorney and the Circuit Court Clerk; and for township officials. School board races also will be decided in that election (Fort Wayne Community Schools will fill three s
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