HONORING THE FALLEN

A Waynedale veterans group celebrated the recent Veterans’ Day with a powerful memorial to service people lost in the line of duty.

In celebration of Veterans’ Day, the American Legion Post 241 put on display its “Honor the Fallen Wall,” showing hundreds of pictures of the myriad of servicemen and servicewomen lost in the line of duty since Sept. 11

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SERVING THE COMMUNITY WITH A HEARTY BREAKFAST

“One of the best kept secrets in Waynedale” continued its tradition recently, doling out breakfast goodies to all in attendance.
The Waynedale Masonic Lodge No. 739 recently hosted their monthly Community Breakfast, welcoming anyone who had an empty morning belly and was willing to give the Masons a donation of their choice.

Located at 7039 Elzey Str

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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Community Spotlight

Incorporated on January 24th, 1962 and comprised of 385 homes, Lake Shores Community Association, is one of the larger neighborhoods in Waynedale. Airport Expressway divides the lots into an East side with 179 homes and the West side made up of 206 homes. The houses were all built between 1962 and 2017.

The monthly Lake Shores community newsletter shares cu

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THANK YOU INDIANA, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR – Straight From The Senate

It’s hard to believe my time in public service has come to an end. Thirty years ago I was elected to my first term as a Fort Wayne city councilman, where I served for eight years, and I then spent the next 22 years as the State Senator representing Senate District 16, serving for 12 of those years as the Senate President Pro Tempore.

Reflecting on my time in public

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QUIMBY VILLAGE CONTINUES CONSTRUCTION

The long-standing Village Bowl at Quimby Village is finally no more.

Demolition on the venerable old building was completed about the middle of October, according to officials from Sweetwater Sound, the company that owns the Quimby Village property.

“The building was so dilapidated,” said Jeff Osterman, Vice President of Performance Improvement

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CITY: NEW SOLUTION FOR GARBAGE & RECYCLING PICKUP PROBLEMS

Fort Wayne residents, City Council Members, City staff and owners of Red River Waste Solutions Inc. joined Mayor Tom Henry, to announce improvement plans for residential garbage and recycling collection.

In August, Mayor Henry formed the Mayor’s Working Group on Garbage and Recycling to look at issues and develop positive solutions to improve the col

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GOOD PEOPLE BRING OUT THE GOOD IN PEOPLE – Community Spotlight

Quality. Integrity. Community. Three words that are the foundation of Rich’s Auto Center. For the past 20 years, Rich and Cindy Elzey, with their successful family owned auto repair business, have been an integral part of the Waynedale Community.

Formerly the home of Putt Putt Miniature Golf course, Rich’s Auto Center on Sandpoint Road was built in 20

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LET ‘EM RUN & PLAY AT PAWSTER PARK

David Siples shepherded his two puppies around the moist grass, as they ran, scratched and sniffed everything in sight.

On a recent cool and breezy autumn afternoon, the Waynedale man brought his two dogs to Pawster Park to let them run, play and socialize with other local canines and their owners.

Quietly tucked off Winchester Road, and cleverly named Paws

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CELEBRATING THE MIRACULOUS WORLD OF BUTTERFLIES

Koko Carpenter sat perfectly still, watching carefully as a stranger painted a tiny lady bug on her dainty hand.

The four-year-old little girl was remarkably calm amidst the swirl of activity all around her as the annual Monarch Festival was held at Eagle Marsh on September 9.

Hosted by the Little River Wetlands Project (LRWP), and held inside the cavernous

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PICNIC BRINGS FUN DESPITE RAIN

For the past 15 years, the skies had been relatively clear for the annual Waynedale Community Picnic, but this year, the organizers and volunteers faced huge downpours until around noon. For the organizers of the Picnic, event cancelation is just not a viable option because of the huge number of people who are involved, as well as the huge expenses of one day r

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WAYNEDALE NEWS CELEBRATES COMMUNITY LEGACY

On September 2, 1932 the first Waynedale Newspaper rolled off the presses. Since then, The Waynedale News continues to be the messenger and community information hub. With the increase in social media use and the decline of newspapers world-wide, The Waynedale News continues to be something that many residents look forward to receiving every two weeks. A
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USDA RESEARCH: WILL RESIDENTS CHANGE HABITS AFTER POLLINATOR CLASS?

Southwest Honey Co. recently completed a 2-year USDA study designed to evaluate changes residents hope to make to benefit pollinators, local growers and the environment. The organization accomplished this through an innovative pollinator appreciation program that took a hands-on approach to teaching students of all ages.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, S

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TILLMAN PARK RENOVATES DISC GOLF COURSE

A local park is sporting a new and improved disc golf course, courtesy of the Fort Wayne Parks Department and a local club.

Featuring new tee pads, new mulch on several fairways, and new signage throughout the course, a better disc golf course was unveiled at Tillman Park last month.

The park’s course – located along Tillman Road between Calhoun and Lafay

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MOVIE NIGHT WITH DAD: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLY BUTCHER – At The Movies With Kasey

My father, Charly Butcher, passed away on August 15th. Movies were something that Dad and I enjoyed together, and one of my first memories of the movies is actually him taking me to see The Adventures of Milo and Otis and falling asleep. I was only around three years old, so at first I was scared, but after a minute, I decided it was fine and let him sleep. At home, Da
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NEIGHBORHOODS COMBATING CAR BREAK-INS

Recently, there has been a rise in reports of car break-ins in many neighborhoods in the Waynedale community. However, individuals checking cars for unlocked doors and stealing valuables inside is not a problem unique to just Waynedale. According to The City of Fort Wayne Police Department’s spokesperson, Michael Joyner, this type of activity is “o
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EMBARK EVENT FAR FROM A WASH OUT

Saturday’s EMBARK event to celebrate the new Bluffton Road trails and sidewalks started off as what many people call “A bad hair day.” But the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the vendors, volunteers and attendees. There were a few early brave souls who donned their ponchos and popped their umbrellas. And when the skies cleared in early afterno
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COOKING UP HEALTHY OPTIONS WITH HEALING KITCHEN PROGRAM

As a former writer, copy editor and teacher, Sophia Ulmer had no idea what her future had in store.

These days, however, the 30-year-old is spending her time teaching community members how to work with, prepare, and eat more healthy food.

“We need programs like this,” Ulmer said. “Food is everything and education is everything. It’s imperative tha

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SWCC PRAIRIE PROJECT TAKING ROOTS THROUGH EDUCATION

Volunteers at the Southwest Conservation Club on Bluffton Road are beginning to see the impacts of their efforts to revitalize one acre of land back to it’s native roots.

The prairie was originally planted in December of 2016 with the assistance of a $1,000 grant from the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society in addition to privately seeded donatio

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MEGAN RYAN, BUSY AS A BEE – Community Spotlight

You’d be hard pressed to attend a Waynedale event without seeing Megan Ryan and her winning smile. You might have spotted her slinging a paintbrush over rusty guardrails on Fairfield Road, waving in the Memorial Day parade or volunteering at the Taste of Waynedale as part of The Waynedale News Team. She has supported both Easter and Christmas events in Way
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IT TAKES THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO MAKE LOCAL EVENTS HAPPEN

Have you ever attended a large event in Waynedale? If you have, you may not have realized that you were a part of something special and unique not found anywhere else in Fort Wayne.

For as long as most people can remember, Waynedale has held a Memorial Day Parade, attracting over a thousand people to line Old Trail Road to celebrate and honor the holiday. Through

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WAYNEDALE BUSINESS CHAMBER ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

A leader in community improvement since its origination in 2015, The Waynedale Business Chamber (WBC) has recently elected Dave Umber of Umber’s Do It Best as their new President to lead the service organization into the future.

Over the past 3 years, Jordan Cornwell of The Waynedale News laid the groundwork as he served as President for the organization

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MUSTARD SEED FURNITURE BANK EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT

Imagine being a child who’s just had a long day at school, and not much for dinner. You’re ready for a good night’s sleep, but your family’s too poor to even afford to get you a bed, pillows, sheets, or blankets of your own.

That’s the problem that one local teenager is hoping to remedy with his altruistic Eagle Scout project, aimed at securing beds and

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