VOLUNTEERS CLEAN-UP TRAILS


A big thank you to residents of Winterset Association and many Waynedale community members that joined together for a cleanup on a two-mile stretch of the St. Mary’s Pathway in August.

Pictured (L-R): Jay Brower, Sam Wirts, Steve Binkley, Kim Thomas and Jack Garrison. Others who helped but are not

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TRAIL BUDDIES PROGRAM A TREAT FOR KINGSTON RESIDENTS

Who doesn’t love biking the trails on a sunny day? Even more so when all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. Two residents from Kingston Residence Assisted Living recently had the opportunity to do so through the Jorgensen YMCA Trail Buddy Program.

A special bicycle called The Duet

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BEAUTIFUL AFTERNOON FOR THE MONARCH FESTIVAL

A plethora of Monarch Butterflies were tagged and released at the Monarch Festival on Sunday, September 10. From Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN these butterflies are migrating their way to central Mexico for the winter.

Visitors were able to view the monarch from caterpillar to adult

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MONARCH FESTIVAL AT EAGLE MARSH

Local nonprofit Little River Wetlands Project will hold its 2017 Monarch Festival at its Eagle Marsh preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne on Sunday, September 10, from 1 to 5PM. Everyone is invited to attend this free family-friendly event to learn about, celebrate and nurture monarch butterflies.

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ONE SIMPLE STEP CAN IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND VIGOR OF YOUR LAWN

Do just one thing this fall and you can improve the health and vigor of your lawn. Fall fertilization helps lawns recover from the stresses of summer and provides needed nutrients to grow deeper roots and a denser stand of grass. And that means fewer weeds and a healthier lawn that’s more resistant

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FWA PASSES ANNUAL FAA INSPECTION

Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) has now had three years without any discrepancies in its annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspection. The most recent annual certification inspection took place August 8-10, 2017, and was administered by the FAA – Great Lakes Region Certification

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OSSIAN DAYS BEGIN ON SEPT. 14

The Ossian Days Festival 2017, September 14 to the 16th, is almost here!

The theme this year is, CANDY LAND, and our Parade Marshall is Cathy Brand-Beere the founder of De-Brand Fine Chocolate, she will be in the parade on Saturday the 16th. Enjoy three days of fun in a friendly small town setting

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BATS WELCOME

My daughter told me there had been a bat circling around the light by the barn when she came home from work late one night recently. Two nights later she saw it there again.

When we moved here we saw bats every summer night we went out if the weather was fair, circling around that light, the barn,

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ROANOKE FALL FESTIVAL SINCE 1953

Always the weekend following Labor Day, the Roanoke Fall Festival has been the big event in town since 1953.

With two parades (Ageless Iron antique tractors on Friday and a full-out, band marching, candy tossing, politician stomping extravaganza on Saturday), a tractor pull, a demolition derby, amusement

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KEEPING IT FRESH FROM THE GARDEN TO THE TABLE

You spent the summer weeding, watering and tending to your vegetable garden. Now all your effort has paid off with a bountiful harvest. Maximize the flavor and nutritional value of your homegrown vegetables with proper harvesting and storage.

For the freshest flavor, always prepare and serve vegetables

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TRAILS TO CONNECT 100TH MILE

In just a few months the 100th mile of public, multi-use trail will be installed in the Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana trail network. This is an extraordinary accomplishment by the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, New Haven, and all communities in our county with the assistance of many grassroots

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TURTLE IN THE ROAD

Seeing a turtle in the road ahead as I drove over a hill, I slowed to give the turtle plenty time to cross the road ahead of me. Turtles, I thought as I watched the slow progress of the one in the road before me, evolved before dinosaurs. Here was a creature from the past. Not this one. It might be

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WAYNEDALE’S COMMUNITY GARDEN IS REAPING ITS HARVEST

The scarecrows watching you motor down Bluffton Road are there for more than just fooling passing motorists into thinking someone is scrutinizing them from the side of the road.

The dress-clad, flower-hatted dummies are there to watch over the Waynedale Community Garden, an urban patch of farmland

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SHINDIGZ SOCCER FESTIVAL AT TWO SITES ON FRIDAY

The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to Fort Wayne for its 19th year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 17th, 18th & 19th. The festival will grow to include three sites in 2017: Fort Wayne Sport Club, the University of Saint Francis and Warrior Field on the campus

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MIGRATING WITH THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Monarch Season has begun here in Fort Wayne, Indiana with the sightings of Monarch butterflies everywhere; including Little River Wetlands Project-Eagle Marsh, in our neighborhoods and backyards. The Monarch butterfly is said to be the most beautiful of all butterflies. And considered the “King”,

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TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROW – Community Spotlight

Rick Ritter believes in giving back. A disabled veteran following a three-year stint in the Marine Corps, he “feels blessed on so many counts.” Beating prostate and skin cancers and soon to be turning 70 years old, Rick remembers those friends who served and never lived beyond the age of 20. It

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FORT WAYNE KEEPS EYE ON ECLIPSE

A local man is planning a field trip of sorts to witness an historic solar eclipse this summer.

Bob Dispenza, who has managed Metea County Park for the last 16 years, is organizing a bus journey that will motor local folks all the way to southern Illinois to witness the eclipses’ totality as it races

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FOREST THERAPY

I’ve been receiving therapy since I was a young boy. Whenever Mother or Dad took me for a walk on a trail in the State Park, near our home town, I was receiving therapy. Walking along the river near our home, I was receiving therapy. Walking in the shade of the trees, seeing wildflowers and birds

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IT’S BIRD NESTING TIME

I was told recently of a pair of robins that built a nest on a home window sill, laid eggs, hatched a brood and are now feeding nestlings. I’ve seen young robins recently myself, black spots on their breasts, short tailed, fledglings, young out of the nest and on the ground. They were following

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THE HELPING HANDS COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN FOR HARVEST

All are welcome! The Community Garden seeks to provide fresh, wholesome, locally grown produce to those in the Huntington Community who have limited access to it. This summer, weather permitting, the garden will be open the same hours as last year: Mondays from 4-6pm, Wednesdays from 10am-12pm, and

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WHAT WAYNEDALE RESIDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW OUTDOOR WARNING SIREN

The new outdoor warning siren that’s coming to Waynedale brings with it some true risks that area residents might not have considered. Chief among those risks are over reliance and desensitization.

For their own safety, all residents of the Waynedale area must understand that emergency managers refer

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WORK IN CONCERT WITH NATURE TO MANAGE GARDEN PESTS

A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests.

But what about those unwanted visitors to the

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CELEBRATING OUR HELPFUL POLLINATORS THIS WEEK

This week, we celebrate Pollinators! We celebrate the vital role that bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, and other organisms play in pollinating essential crops and flowers in our ecosystem. Gov. Eric Holcomb had proclaimed June 19-25 as Pollinator Week in Indiana.

Pollinators are responsible for

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SPONSOR A VENDOR SPACE, VOLUNTEER & MORE AT THE WAYNEDALE PICNIC

The Waynedale Community Picnic Committee is gearing up for the 15th annual Waynedale Community Picnic on August 26, 2017. The picnic is a long-standing tradition in the community that boasts over 2,000 attendees each year. The picnic, held at Waynedale Park, is FREE to the public and would not be

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LOCAL TEEN WINS 2017 HOBIE BASS OPEN

Jaxton Orr won the 2017 Hobie Bass Open (youth division) on Kentucky Lake! Jaxton is 14-years-old and is the same Fort Wayne resident that set the state record on July 19th last year for the largest spotted gar caught.

Every year, the Hobie Bass Open draws professional kayak anglers from all over the

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