HERE TO HELP – Voice Of The Township

At this time of year many of you are thinking more about doing for others—with shopping, decorating, baking—than about attending to yourselves. I would like to revisit a past column on this subject, because I think it’s important to remind everyone to keep tabs on your personal well-being as

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LEARN WHAT TO DO IN LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS – Voice Of The Township

Some years ago I had the opportunity to become a foster parent to four young children, three of whom were still in diapers. Before they could come home with us, my wife and I were required by Child Protective Services to take a First Aid/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) course that taught us what

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ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHOM WE OWE SO MUCH – Voice Of The Township

On October 21 the Wayne Township Trustee Office participated in the annual Stand Down event held at the Volunteers of America-Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne. It was a crisp fall day and a little cold working our booth outside and under a tent, but it was a

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PAY ATTENTION, YOU CAN LOWER YOUR UTILITY BILLS – Voice Of The Township

We’ve had some beautiful October days here in Wayne Township, but we all know that cold, winter weather will be coming soon. And, with that comes an increase in utility bills due to the cost of heating our homes. One of our most important functions here at the trustee’s office is to help eligible

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, PATSY BREWER – Voice Of The Township

For October our Employee of the Month here at the Wayne Township Office is Patsy Brewer. She is an executive secretary who has also been running our Clothing Emporium for the past five years. Below is an excerpt of a Waynedale News article I wrote in February 2015 about our clothing bank and about

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PREP TIME FOR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – Voice Of The Township

Fall is just a few days away now, but I felt the season change some weeks back when I heard the first crickets chirping as I left for work one morning. We may have a changing climate to worry about, but it’s comforting to see and hear those little signs in nature that remain the same from one year

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WAYNE TOWNSHIP OFFICE HAS DESIRE TO GET HEALTHY – Voice Of The Township

Last month my office took part in a Community Health Assessment and Group Survey. Jered and Becca from Purdue University came to our office, took a tour and asked questions about the healthy habits of our workplace.

They wanted to know about the nutrition of the food and beverages in our vending machines,

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MOVING FROM ASSISTANCE TO INDEPENDENCE – Voice Of The Township

Think about plants. They all have certain requirements necessary for life and growth. For a healthy plant you need light, air, and water; the right temperature; and a good balance of minerals and nutrients in the soil. Conditions that lack any of those elements will make for poor development, reduced

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SOME REQUESTS ARE VERY SIMPLE TO PROCESS WHILE OTHERS… – Voice Of The Township

When a citizen comes to the Wayne Township Trustee Office for assistance, my staff works hard to process the request in the timeliest manner possible. Indiana law requires that we address emergency requests immediately. Non-emergencies must be addressed within seventy-two business hours of our receiving

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FORT WAYNE BLESSED WITH SAFE, CLEAN, ABUNDANT WATER – Voice Of The Township

Back in April I wrote about the community gardens at Foster Park West on Bluffton Road. Maybe you remember the picture of Velveeta the lady scarecrow standing over one of the garden plots and pointing at the river. I mentioned in the article that the use of community gardens, not just here in Fort

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RECOGNIZING ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS – Voice Of The Township

Another academic year has wound up, and at the Wayne Township Trustee Board Meeting held at our office in downtown Fort Wayne on July 12 we awarded Recognizing Achievement Scholarships to three 2016 high school graduates who will be attending institutions of higher learning later this fall. Here are

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MAKE IT A HAPPY SUMMER – Voice Of The Township

Well the sunny days of summer are upon us, and I’m ready for another festive July full of fireworks and flags on the Fourth and later for the Three Rivers Festival. Downtown Fort Wayne has become such a happening place with so many spots for outdoor recreation, like the ballpark, new restaurants

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SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, PRICELESS – Voice Of The Township

I’m always looking for enjoyable inexpensive events for our clients to take part in. Most of our clients don’t have very much income they can use towards entertainment for the family.

I love a parade! During a time when many of us are isolated as a result of amazing technology such as cell phones,

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EDUCATION IS KEY TO ACHIEVING BETTER LIFE – Voice Of The Township

In this year of 2016, the state of Indiana’s two hundredth birthday, I have been thinking a lot about history and about how knowing history can really give a better perspective on things. I think about my own family’s history here in Indiana, and I think their experiences had a lot to do with

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PRIORITIZING FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES IS FIRST – Voice Of The Township

Each of us controls what we prioritize in life. A top priority for all of us should be ensuring that our basic necessities are being met. Basic necessities, according to the Indiana law that governs Township Trustee services, include such things as food, shelter, essential utilities, needed household

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DON’T FORGET MOTHER’S DAY – Voice Of The Township

It seems hard to believe that it’s May already, but here we are in the last month of spring. This is a busy month for us at the Township office. All of our departments are running at full speed, and the staff here becomes even more actively involved in community events as the weather gets nicer.

Friday,

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PRODUCING FOOD LOCALLY WITH HELP FROM WAYNEDALE’S LADY SCARECROW, VELVEETA – Voice Of The Township

Have you met Velveeta, the lady scarecrow? I’ll bet you’ve seen her at least. She’s been standing over a strawberry patch in Foster Park West just off Bluffton Road for the last ten years. I drive past her, and her friend Violette, whenever I am heading into Waynedale, and I’ve often wondered

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HAPPY SPRING! – Voice Of The Township

As the weather is warming up, we start looking forward to moving some of our work out of doors-like improving the landscaping and picking up debris that has accumulated there over the winter. We also start organizing our efforts for the coming Great American Cleanup when citizens in Fort Wayne and

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EDUCATION KEY TO SOLVING POVERTY – Voice Of The Township

In the course of my tenure as Wayne Township Trustee I have come to feel strongly that education is the key to solving the problem of poverty in our community. That is why, four years ago, I established the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship. At the annual Holiday Celebration that was held in December

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UNDERSTANDING DIVERSE WORKFORCE OR CLASSROOM – Voice Of The Township

It’s March again, when Americans celebrate many things including the first day of spring, Easter and Disability Awareness Month. Along with hanging posters and participating in other events, I would like in this column to share some information that I received from Indiana’s Governor’s Council

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS A HERO OF MINE – Voice Of The Township

As we come to the end of February, Black History Month, I would like to write today about a hero of mine from the past, Frederick Douglass. Much of what we know about Douglass comes from his own words found in the many books he wrote during his lifetime. From his first autobiography we learn that

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VALENTINE’S DAY BEGAN WITH A STORY ABOUT EAGLES – Voice Of The Township

In the last Waynedale News I saw an article announcing the Valentine’s Day Eagle Watch at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, and I thought to myself ‘What a nice way to celebrate the day with your sweetheart.’ Little did I know until talking with my friend, John Brennan—a retired English professor—that

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TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR FUNDS – Voice Of The Township

Some of our clients have very little income and do a good job of managing the little that they have. Some have more income and may not manage it well. I’d like to offer some words of advice.

Monitoring financial activity can result in improved finances. Most financial accounts can be monitored online

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LOOKING FOR WM POLKE’S FINAL RESTING PLACE – Voice Of The Township

Have you noticed that the Indiana license plates we’ve been sporting for the past three years celebrate our state’s bicentennial? That’s right, this year Indiana will be two hundred years old. In the summer of 1816 forty-three delegates came together and drew up our first state constitution,

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CELEBRATING THE WINTER HOLIDAYS – Voice Of The Township

While our weather so far has been unseasonably mild, the days continue to grow shorter as we approach the start of winter. It puts me in mind that the holidays we celebrate at this time of year, with all of their warmth, candles and colorful lights, are probably meant to comfort people in the face

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