EQUIPMENT & MANPOWER READY TO CLEAR HIGHWAYS THIS WINTER

The Allen County Highway Department is already making its plans for the upcoming season.
Department uses several types of vehicles for snow and ice control – five graders, 27 tandem-axle dump trucks, seven single-axle dump trucks and four one-ton small dump trucks. ACHD also uses ten heavy-duty

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GO TO THE WOODS

I came to my desk to write this morning without a subject in mind. That’s not unusual. I’d think of something. The birds flying back and forth to the feeder outside the window beyond my computer would give me an idea. They often have.

The birds didn’t help this morning however. Here I’ve sat,

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TREE PRUNING WITH A PURPOSE

Fall is a great time to be outside admiring the trees in our landscapes. We take stock of which trees are looking good and which seem to need a little help. If we discover trees that look like they’ve seen better days, we instantly want to solve the problem. It is natural to want to do something

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HUNTER DEER DONATIONS TO FEED INDIANA’S HUNGRY

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s would like to remind all hunters and landowners about our deer donation program! After you’ve filled your freezer, please help us to feed those in need within your community by donating to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry’s “Meat” the need program. Just take

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School’s STARBASE 2.0 team launched their high-altitude balloon while the entire student body counted down and cheered on.

The launch was the last step in a 10-week STEM project for 20 seventh and eighth graders, and their science teacher,

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TURKEY VULTURES: AN ASPECT OF INDIANA’S ECOSYSTEM

Autumn in Indiana is beautiful: leaves don brilliant colors before the wind strips them away; apples and pumpkins come into season; cool weather sets in that is perfect for chunky sweaters; and migratory birds fly south in anticipation of looming blizzards. Among the flocks of squawking geese and

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DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF DEER

As days shorten and the breeding season for deer approaches, the chance of encountering one while driving increases significantly.

Nearly 50 percent of all vehicle accidents involving white-tailed deer occur between October and December.

The risk of deer-vehicle accidents can be minimized by practicing

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SAVE THE TREES – Life In The Outdoors

To the early settlers, the pioneers, North America was a land of trees, primarily pine trees. Canada south to mid-continent there were many species of trees but white pine stood out in the minds of the British. Straight, more than a hundred feet tall, three feet in diameter at chest height, white

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LEAF SEASON IS UPON US

The City’s bagged leaf program allows residents to place leaves in biodegradable bags at the curb and call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags will be collected within two business days after the call to 311. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience.

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HURRICANES AND WILDLIFE – Life In The Outdoors

This year, 2017, is on its way into history as the year of hurricanes for us in the United States. First there was Hurricane Harvey, blowing into Texas with a wind of 180 miles per hour, gusts over 200 miles per hour, and four feet and more of rain. Once it was ashore the winds diminished but the

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‘GREAT TREE CANOPY‘ LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

Friends of the Parks of Allen County invites citizens to partner with area parks departments, businesses, neighborhoods and community volunteers to plant new trees in our parks and public spaces during the 16th annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback which is schedule for Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Volunteers

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KINGSTON RESIDENTS CROSS THE FINISH LINE

Kingston Residence is proud to announce that eleven residents and two Kingston ambassadors completed the 2017 Fort 4 Fitness Senior Marathon! These residents needed to walk 26.2 miles throughout the summer months before the culmination at Parkview Field on September 29th. Through a combination of

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TROUT STOCKING, FAMILY FISHING EVENT AT SHOAFF PARK

A public family fishing event scheduled for this past Saturday at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne has been rescheduled due to warm weather in the forecast.

The event is now scheduled for Saturday, October 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants in the family fishing event must register onsite upon arrival. Anglers

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GET OUTSIDE AND ENJOY FALL

Fall colors have begun to appear in some parts of the state thanks to an unusually cold start.

While temperatures in recent days have been above normal, daytime highs in early September were in the 60s and 70s, with overnight lows in the 40s on some days.

The best fall color formation happens with bright,

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PLANT EASY CARE DAFFODILS NOW FOR ADDED SPRING BEAUTY

Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau has declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil,

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ADOPT A HIVE & SAVE NOT JUST ONE BEE… BUT 60,000!

Southwest Honey Co. has been working hard over the past couple of years to generate awareness within our community of the difficulties that honey bees are facing on a daily basis. Many have shown support by purchasing honey or perhaps attended an educational event “Explore the Honey Bee” for kids

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FIELD TRIP GRANT BENEFITS MORE THAN 2,400 KIDS

Students at 25 Indiana schools this academic year will learn about the outdoors, thanks in part to a grant program that supports field trips to Indiana state parks and reservoirs.

The Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators and is

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EXOTIC ANIMALS ACCESSIBLE IN INDIANA

Summer is coming to a close. Your favorite sports’ seasons are ending, the yard has started to get cluttered with leaves, and it’s almost time to hunker down for the winter. There doesn’t seem to be any good outdoor activities to enjoy with the family! “Woe be unto the outdoorsman! There’s

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DON’T FORGET THE LAWN! – Homeowner Rx

As your lawn slowly starts giving you a break from the need to be mowed every time you turn around, don’t forget that now is actually the best time to spruce up your lawn for next year.

SOWING GRASS SEED.
There is plenty of time to thicken up your yard for next year with a little grass seed

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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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RACCOONS ARE POPULAR – Life In The Outdoors

Black mask across its eyes, small head, pointed nose and ears, bushy tail with black rings, no animal in North America is more distinctively marked, more easily recognized than a raccoon. It’s also one of the most widespread animals of North America. Its range is from southern Canada south through

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SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION HOUSEPLANTS FOR WINTER

Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best.

Give them a shower before they move indoors. A gentle

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NEW TRAIL CONNECTS RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES ONE STEP CLOSER TO 100-MILE NETWORK

The Fort Wayne Regional Trail Network has taken a step closer to the 100-mile mark with the completion of the first phase of the Six Mile Creek Trail.

Mayor Tom Henry joined Councilman Glynn Hines, McDonald’s Restaurant owner Ted Williams, New Haven/Adams Township Park Superintendent Mike Clendenen,

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PROPER TREE PLANTING AND CARE IS CRITICAL TO SURVIVAL

Whether planting a tree to add seasonal beauty, grow backyard fruit, provide a bit of shade, or reduce energy costs, it’s a big upfront investment. Make the most of your money spent by giving your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Now is a great time to plant trees.

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GONE ARE SPARROW HAWK AND ENGLISH SPARROW

Sparrow hawk and English sparrow were common birds when I was a boy. The sparrow hawk was a bird of the country, of open fields, though fields with trees along the edge for it nested in holes, cavities in trees. It was a small bird for a hawk, about the length of a mourning dove, its body about the

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