HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH HOLIDAY CHEER SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Voice Of The Township

On Saturday, December 16, the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be holding its free Sixth Annual Holiday Celebration from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the McMillen Park Community Center at 3901 Abbott Street. This year’s celebration will feature fun activities like games, face-painting, bounce houses, a

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REMEMBER SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY – Voice Of The Township

It’s holiday shopping time again, and the Wayne Township office is gearing up for the season to benefit our clients with the Christmas Bureau program and with our annual Holiday Celebration (held this year on December 16 at the McMillen Community Center). These are special activities we’ve been

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GIVING BACK BY WORKING – Voice Of The Township

For this column I would like to talk about one of the Township programs I am most proud of as it allows clients we have helped to give back to the Wayne Township community. Those of you who have not been involved with Township Assistance may think we simply hand out money to those in need and that’s

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KEEPING FAMILIES HOUSED – Voice Of The Township

I’ve been doing some traveling lately and looking around at how other places deal with some of the problems almost all cities and towns have in common. Because of my job, I am particularly interested in how different places deal with homelessness—either long-term or cases of temporary need for

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WE ARE LIVING IN A ‘GIG ECONOMY’ – Voice Of The Township

Even though the U.S. economy has slowly improved since the low of the Great Recession in 2008, here at the Trustee’s office we still see evidence that finding good job opportunities remains a challenge for many of our citizens. Because of that we are always looking for ways to improve our clients’

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KNOWING OUR HISTORY AND CULTURE – Voice Of The Township

While the Trustee’s Office does not close on Columbus Day, we still recognize that 2017 is the 525th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12 (officially celebrated on October 9th this year, the second Monday of the month). I remember being taught as a youngster

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LOOKING FORWARD – Voice Of The Township

It’s hard to believe but fall is just a few days away now. Where’d the summer go? We’ve been very busy over the past few weeks of the season, including enjoying the Waynedale Picnic in August. This year our new Chief Deputy Trustee, Austin Knox, tended our booth at the picnic, and he greatly

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‘THANK YOU’ TO THE AMERICAN WORKER – Voice Of The Township

On Monday, September 4, my staff and I will be hosting a booth at the Annual Labor Day Picnic in Headwaters Park organized through the Northeast Indiana Building Trades who have their offices on Waynewood Drive in Waynedale. We have been attending this event for several years now, meeting so many

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SOON-TO-BE RETIREMENT FOR THREE EMPLOYEES AT WAYNE TOWNSHIP OFFICE – Voice Of The Township

In my last column I mentioned that several staff members here at Wayne Township would be retiring in the coming months. I’d like to tell you about three of them today.

Bonnie Freeman has worked for the Wayne Township Trustee Office since 1990. She was in the accounting department for several years

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SHARON CONRAD, AN ASSET TO PUBLIC SERVICE – Voice Of The Township

This August and September the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be celebrating as a few of our staff members will be reaching their retirement milestones. One of those staffers is Sharon Conrad who has been with the Township since 1997—that’s twenty years of public service!

Sharon has been a real

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CONGRATULATIONS SCHOLARS! – Voice Of The Township

At the most recent Wayne Township Trustee Board Meeting held on the 11th of July, I presented sixteen students with our new Academic Encouragement Awards consisting of a Certificate of Achievement and a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet for each winner. The purpose of this award is to encourage younger students

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SHARING ADVICE ON FINANCIAL NEEDS – Voice Of The Township

As part of our weekly Wednesday training class I talk with clients on many of the practical lessons I have learned from being Trustee and just by living as long as I have. Because the office of the township trustee helps with emergency financial needs, most of the lessons I talk about relate to money,

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CELEBRATING THIS MOST AMERICAN OF HOLIDAYS – Voice Of The Township

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday, so the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be open Monday, the 3rd and then closed the following day for the holiday. Unlike many federal holidays that are observed on the nearest Monday, the Fourth is always celebrated on the actual day, wherever it

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY – Voice Of The Township

With the Great American Cleanup, the Waynedale Parade and our other May activities behind us—isn’t 2017 just flying by—we turn now to our June activities. This month the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be at two events with our information booth; one is the annual Juneteenth celebration at

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WAYNEDALE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE STEPS OFF AT 9AM

Well the seasons are turning again and Memorial Day will be here shortly. The United States has been observing that holiday on the last Monday of May since 1971 when the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” made several national holidays land on Mondays to give workers a three-day weekend. Before 1971

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REMEMBER MOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY – Voice Of The Township

On Sunday, May 14, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day when we honor our mothers and all the contributions they have made to our lives. My mother passed away when I was only seventeen, but in the short time we were together she influenced me in so many ways for which I am ever thankful.

While I always

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TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR RAS – Voice Of The Township

It’s getting toward the end of the school year, and once again the Wayne Township Trustee Office is taking applications for the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship that we offer to graduating high school seniors who are moving on to higher education. And this year for the first time we are offering

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APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH – Voice Of The Township

Early last month our office hosted a public meeting, at the downtown library, of landlords who rent their properties to recipients of Wayne Township assistance. I was pleased that we had a good turnout and were able to answer questions and converse with folks we regularly do business with. Not only

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WAYNEDALE LIBRARY OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION – Voice Of The Township

As you may already know, the deadline for filing the Federal and State income taxes is Tuesday, April 18th. This is the third year in a row that taxes fall due on a day other than the traditional April 15th. You can thank Abraham Lincoln for those three extra days you have to submit your returns.

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COUNTING DOWN THE MINUTES TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY – Voice Of The Township

March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, is on a Friday this year, and there are lots of parties and celebrations planned around Wayne Township. The celebration we particularly watch is the Clover Classic which starts on Thursday night and runs through the weekend. Tony Henry, Wayne Township Trustee Board

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THE POWER OF A LITTLE UNSEASONABLE SUNSHINE – Voice Of The Township

The weather this winter has been very unusual-so warm these last few weeks that I’ve been wanting for a couple of months to get outside for some spring activities, both the fun and the necessary. I see that I’m not the only one thinking along these lines. I recently enjoyed reading Camille Garrison’s

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IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESIDENTS DAY – Voice Of The Township

I see by my calendar that February 20th is Presidents Day. Now, as I recall, there was no such holiday when I was growing up. There were two United States presidents that we honored in February—Abraham Lincoln whose birthday was on February 12th and George Washington, born on the 22nd. So, being

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE – Voice Of The Township

February is Black History Month, and this week I’d like to share a little background on how that celebration came to be. In the early part of the twentieth century historian Carter G. Woodson, became convinced that African American history and the history of other cultures was being ignored or misrepresented

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PEOPLE WHO WORK TOGETHER, WIN – Voice Of The Township

This time of year there’s a lot of talk about football and the teamwork involved in ensuring a winning season. This brings to my mind what the great Vince Lombardi said about teamwork, that “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of

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HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND AWARDING YOUNG STUDENTS – Voice Of The Township

The Wayne Township Trustee Office has been hard at work helping assure that all families can enjoy a happy holiday this year. Earlier this month we distributed cheer to over 40 needy families who came to our office to pick up gifts donated through the Allen County Christmas Bureau. It was such fun

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