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We’re friendly folk,                                                                         OTHER
proud of our home                                                                            Adams County
                                                                                                Population: 34,387
                                                                                                Decatur population: 9,405
                                                                                                County fact: Married couple
 EMMA DOWNS                                                                                  households top 59 percent – one of
 The Journal Gazette                                                                         the highest in the region

              elcome to Fort Wayne. If you’ve just arrived – whether you’re stepping off

                                                                                             DeKalb County
              the plane, moving in next door or just stopping for gas – there are a few        Population: 42,223
              things you should know about us.                                                 Auburn population: 12,731
                 First of all, we say “hi” a lot. Don’t be scared; we aren’t trying to mug
you. We’re actually just that nice.
                                                                                               County fact: 38 percent of resi-
                                                                                             dents work outside of county
   Secondly, we want you to know that we’re proud of our famous chili dogs. (Expect to
be force-fed; resistance is futile.)
   Nearly all of us have a library card. Everyone thinks the weather changes (or seems to)
                                                                                             Huntington County                                     TRAILS
every eight hours. And you’ve probably already noticed we drive cautiously … or terribly,      Population: 37,124                                  Path system makes city at-
depending on your point of view.                                                               Huntington population: 17,391
                                                                                               County fact: 26 percent of resi-                    tractive to residents, visitors
   Most of us attend church. Most of us won’t frown at you when they catch you eating
something deep-fried. And, most importantly, we firmly believe that flowers – like De-       dents have a work commute of 30                       PAGE 2F
                                                                                             minutes or more
Brand chocolate and TinCaps baseball games – just make everything better.
   But that’s not the whole picture. To present a true snapshot of the Summit City, you
need to look at our numbers.                                                                 Noble County
                                                                                               Population: 47,536
                                                                                               Kendallville population: 9,862
     Population of Allen County: 355,329           Coney dogs sold per day at Coney            County fact: 28 percent of resi-
     Population of Fort Wayne: 253,691          Island: 2,000                                dents have a work commute of 30
     Number of bratwurst eaten at Ger-             Fictional characters from Fort            minutes or more
 manfest in 2010: 13,200                        Wayne: Frank Burns, played by Larry
     Average rainfall, 35.55 inches; aver-      Linville on “M*A*S*H”; Fawn Liebowitz
 age snowfall, 32.4 inches                      (a girl mentioned in the movie “National     Steuben County
     Median household income: $47,901           Lampoon’s Animal House”); Col. George          Population: 34,185
     Famous past residents: Stephen King        Taylor, played by Charlton Heston in the       Angola population: 8,612
 (author), Jenna Fischer (“The Office”),        movie “Planet of the Apes”                     County fact: 25 percent of home-
 Heather Headley (Tony Award winner),              Namesake: “Mad” Anthony Wayne,            owners live alone
 Neil LaBute (director, screenwriter, play-     a U.S. Army general who built a fort at
 wright), actress Carole Lombard, actress       the confluence of the three rivers in        Wells County
 Shelley Long, actor Dick York (“Be-            1794. He was nicknamed for his fiery
                                                                                                Population: 27,636
                                                                                                                                                   Coming together
 witched”)                                      temper.
                                                   Famous Fort Wayne athletes: Eric             Bluffton population: 9,897                         Decatur celebrates 175 years,
     Number of languages spoken in
                                                Wedge, manager of the Seattle Mari-             County fact: Vera Cruz, one of
 Fort Wayne Community Schools: 79                                                                                                                  generous community
                                                ners; Kyle Macy, played for the Phoenix      smallest towns in region, with pop-
     Heads of lettuce eaten by Jelani the
                                                Suns, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers;      ulation of 80                                         PAGE 4F
 giraffe every day at the Fort Wayne
 Children’s Zoo: 96                             Jason Baker, NFL player for San Francisco
     Invented in Fort Wayne: Washing            49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City      Whitley County
 machine, baking powder, calculator,            Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Bron-        Population: 33,292
 jukebox, television, breathalyzer, refriger-
 ator; Fort Wayne is also known for being
                                                cos and Carolina Panthers; Anthony
                                                Spencer, Dallas Cowboys; Rod Woodson,
                                                                                                Columbia City population: 8,750
                                                                                                County fact: 85 percent of resi-
                                                                                                                                                   Lessons that will
 the first city to create and manufacture
 stereo sound, the garbage disposal, mag-
                                                Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers,
                                                Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Pro
                                                                                             dents own their home – one of the                     last a lifetime
                                                                                             highest in the region
 netic wire, streetlights and the gasoline      Football Hall of Famer; DaMarcus Beas-                  Source: 2010 U.S. Census Bureau;           Lifetime Sports Academy
 pump. (Source: U.S. Department of Jus-         ley, World Cup soccer player; and Le-                                      other sources
 tice)                                          Shundra “DeDee” Nathan, 2000 Summer                                                                participants return to impart
     Babies born in Allen County in             Olympics track and field                                                                           life skills as instructors
 2010: 6,890                                       Diversity: In Allen County, one in
                                                three children is a minority                                                                       PAGE 12F
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                                                                                                             trail map                                     3

                                                                                                                                                   Dupont Road
                                                                                                                    Existing trails
                                                                                                                    Funded trails                                  FARM
                                                                                                                    Planned trails                                 PARK

                                                                                                                    Proposed trails

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Maplecrest Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                SHOAFF                                     37
                                                                                                                         Washington Center Road

                                                                                                                                                        Coliseum Boulevard
                                                                                                                                       BUCKNER          HEADWATERS
                                                                                                                                       PARK             PARK                                                               KREAGER

                                                                                                                  Illinois Road

                                                                                                                                                                          Anthony Boulevard
                                                                                                                              Covington Road

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                                                                                                                                                        PARK         27
                                                                                                                                   rd FOX
                                                                                                                              ule     ISLAND
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                                                                      Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
Scott Mills gets back to riding along the Rivergreenway in Foster Park early
this month after he got a free T-shirt for being “Caught on the Trails.”
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Trails make city more vibrant, livable
STEFANIE SCARLETT                                                                                          community,” said Jon Bom-             original groups were the                         finished, the Fort Wayne trail
The Journal Gazette                   TREK THE TRAILS                                                      berger, vice president of the         Greenway Consortium,                             system will be a link be-
                                     What: Free community bike rides; bring your own bikes and
                                                                                                           Fort Wayne Trails board of            Aboite New Trails and                            tween Ouabache State Park
    The Fort Wayne trails            helmets                                                               directors.                            Northwest Allen Trails.)                         in Wells County and Poka-
system is like a precious gem        When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 30                                   The organization will                  That efficiency also                         gon State Park in Steuben
for many residents, with             Schedule: At fortwayneparks.org; click Rivergreenway link to          maintain its partnership with         should make the organiza-                        County, he said.
beautiful green spaces and           news/events                                                           the city (and county), which          tion’s fundraising efforts                           “It will be a fantastic ride
landmarks strung together            Information: Go to fwtrails.org or Facebook.com/FortWayne             designs, builds and maintains         more effective.                                  for bicycle tourists,” Bom-
throughout the city.                 Trails                                                                the trails.                               Fort Wayne Trails is al-                     berger said.
    “It provides a sense of                                                                                   “When we were talking              ready busy creating a brand,                         In August, the final
community and a sense of             development, advocates said.     trails an “equalizer” that           about the merger … that was           planning trail-based events                      1.5 miles of the Towpath
place. It’s a jewel … that               Fort Wayne Trails, a non-    helps more residents be              one thing the three groups            and luring more corporate                        Trail near Lutheran Hospital
allows us to reconnect with          profit formed in February by     mobile, also said they can           kept emphasizing to me,”              sponsors for the next phases                     will be finished.
nature and our rivers,” city         the merger of three longtime     make the city “more vibrant,         Ritchie said.                         of development.                                      “The trails effort is a
Greenways manager Dawn               trail groups, is working to      healthy and livable.”                   “We don’t want it to look              “I think it’s a very good                    testament to the sense of
Ritchie said.                        make the entire system even          The new organization,            like the government is con-           investment for the communi-                      engagement to the communi-
    Stretching 61 miles, the         more attractive to residents,    which members expect will            trolling this. Make sure citi-        ty. It’s a smart, right thing to                 ty. Volunteers … literally
trails – which incorporate the       businesses and visitors.         keep the grass-roots spirit          zens are involved and they            do,” Bomberger said.                             rolled up their sleeves and
Rivergreenway – have mul-                “I think we’re starting to   and loyal volunteer base of          have a say.”                              A major benefit of a good                    built the trail system,” Keys
tiple uses and benefits, in-         see a cultural shift. Fort       its predecessors, also will             From the city’s perspec-           trail system is having “a                        said.
cluding recreation, trans-           Wayne is really valuing what     present a stronger, unified          tive, not much has changed            community that’s active and                          “We wouldn’t be here
portation and social engage-         these trails add to the com-     voice of advocacy.                   with the merger, Ritchie              healthy, and a productive                        without the community sup-
ment. They also help pro-            munity,” executive director          “We’re very proud of the         said, other than it will be           work force,” he said.                            port, and we’re so grateful
mote the city and potentially        Lori Keys said.                  merger. We think it’s an             easier to work with one                   Someday when the                             for that,” she said.
can encourage economic                   Keys, who called the         example for the rest of the          group instead of three. (The          planned Pufferbelly Trail is                      sscarlett@jg.net
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                                                                                                                               Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Annette Gower assists her daughter Liberty, 2, as her daughter London, 5, looks on at Legion Park in
Decatur. A group of mothers spearheaded efforts to raise more than $50,000 for playground equipment.

Decatur celebrates 175 years                                                                                                                                                             Supporting
                                                                                                                                                                                       Local Nonprofits
Playground                                 wanted it, but the community 175th-year celebration how
                                           saw the need,” Dyer says.      much residents also care
                                                                                                                                   unveiling is scheduled to-
                                                                                                                                   ward the end of the celebra-
                                                                                                                                                                               Providing nonprofit organizations
                                               Dyer belongs to a group    about Decatur.                                           tion, and some of Rugg’s
shows city’s                               called MOPS (Mothers of            He has heard from people                             ancestors are expected to                    with audit, accounting, tax and
                                           Preschoolers), which decided all over the United States and                             attend.
generosity                                 to take on the project as a    has received comments about                                 Isch’s excitement about                          consulting services
                                           community service. When        pictures that have been                                  the celebration is evident as
TERRI RICHARDSON                           the park board wasn’t able to posted on the website, Deca                               he talks about the celebra-
The Journal Gazette                        help them financially, they    tur175.com, and on Face-                                 tion’s plans and how people
                                           decided to raise the money     book.                                                    have stepped forward once

I   n just 11 months, Legion
     Park has become “the
     place to play” in Decatur.
    New playground equip-
ment was installed last
                                           themselves. The group also
                                           received a $25,000 matching Isch says.
                                               Dyer says the park is
                                           shaded and close to Decatur
                                                                              “It’s just amazing to me,”

                                                                              Born and raised in Deca-
                                                                          tur, the 68-year-old says
                                                                          there are many events
                                                                                                                                   again to help pay for some-
                                                                                                                                   thing that will benefit the
                                                                                                                                                                          www.dwdcpa.com                              260-423-2414
month at the park thanks to                and the Rivergreenway.         planned for the celebration
10 moms who raised more
than $50,000 through spon-
                                               And if her three children
                                           are any indication, the park
                                                                          that is set for Aug. 18-28.
                                                                              Those events include a                                               2011
sorships, selling curly pota-              is a success. “They love it,”  dinner theater play written
toes at car shows and festi-
vals and the coming together
                                           Dyer says, adding that they
                                           ask to go back.
                                                                          about the city’s history, a
                                                                          showing of the movies
                                                                                                                                          Homeowner Repair Program
of residents to support a                      The park system is one of “Hoosiers” and “Rudy” –                                                                                                             The 2011
project that will benefit an               the many things that Mayor     with a possible appearance
entire community.                          John Schultz cites as Deca-    by the film’s director and                                                                                                 Homeowner Repair
    It’s that kind of communi-             tur’s positives. He also touts Decatur native David An-                                                                                                    Program replaces
ty spirit that the small Ad-               its schools, hospital,         spaugh – and the big finale,
ams County city has seen                   churches, recreation and trail an unveiling of a monument                                                                                                              Roofs and
time and again in its years of             system.                        dedicated to the city’s found-
existence – 175 to be exact.                   He cited the residents’    er, Samuel Rugg.                                                                                                                        Furnaces
And the city will celebrate                work ethic as Decatur’s            Rugg petitioned the Indi-
its milestone in a celebration             greatest strength and the fact ana legislature to form a new
this summer.                               that people care and the       county from what was then
    “The neat thing about                  business owners are very       Allen County. Adams
Decatur is the people who                  giving. “They are dedicated    County and Decatur were
live here,” says Larry Isch, a             and reliable.”                 established in 1836. The
city native and one of the                     Schultz, who has lived his county was named in honor
chairmen of the 175-year                   whole life in Decatur and      of President John Quincy
celebration. “They never turn              raised three kids there, ex-   Adams.
you down.”                                 plained how people stepped         Isch, who retired from
    Abby Dyer, one of the                  forward to get a new hospital banking last June, said the
moms who started the play-                 built for the community.       committee raised money for                                                       City of Fort Wayne,
ground project, may have                       The 61-year-old, who is in the celebration by selling                                           Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services
had a few people turn her                  his fourth year as mayor,      investment certificates for
down, but she says overall                 says he knows it sounds        $10 and publishing and pre-                                       The 2011 Homeowner Repair Program will operate as a 3% loan. To be
the community saw the need                 corny, but, “I love being      selling a booklet on the city’s                                                considered for the program participants must:
for a better place to play for             mayor (of Decatur).”           history (complete with pho-                                      • Live inside the City of Fort Wayne • Own the home in which they live
the kids – one that matched                    But apparently he’s not    tos).                                                                              • Meet income eligibility requirements
those parks in surrounding                 alone in his love of the city.     The granite memorial to
cities, like Fort Wayne.                       Isch is finding out        Rugg was paid for by selling                               Visit www.cityoffortwayne.org/repairs for more information or
    “Yes, the 10 moms                      through the planning of the    space on the monument. The                                             call our information line at 427-8585

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Veteran leads charge to get active, fit
ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ                                                                                                                miles by running or walking              Kimmel says he doesn’t
The Journal Gazette                                                                                                                  a mile or so each week be-           see Fort Wayne as a place
                                                                                                                                     fore doing their finishing leg       where residents are fat and

B       rad Kimmel retired
         from the U.S. Air
         Force in 2003 as a
lieutenant colonel who de-
ployed troops halfway
                                                                                                                                     inside Parkview Field on
                                                                                                                                     Friday night before the main
                                                                                                                                         Those races now include
                                                                                                                                     a 4-mile run/walk, a 10K
                                                                                                                                                                          dumb, even if the city has
                                                                                                                                                                          been painted that way by
                                                                                                                                                                          much-publicized national
                                                                                                                                                                          magazine surveys.
                                                                                                                                                                              Fitness trails are bustling,
around the world.                                                                                                                    run/walk and a half-mara-            Y’s and health clubs are
    Now, some might see the                                                                                                          thon that has been designat-         busy, and there are a growing
56-year-old Huntertown                                                                                                               ed the 2011 Indiana champi-          number of walks and runs
native marshaling a growing                                                                                                          onship race by the Road              that people can use to moti-
army of Fort Wayne-area                                                                                                              Runners Club of America.             vate them to reach fitness
fitness enthusiasts.                                                                                                                     Training programs around         goals, he says.
    As a founder of the annu-                                                                                                        the region now prepare nov-              He says the area is “full
al Fort4Fitness running event                                                                                                        ices to participate in               of very smart people who are
and executive director of                                                                                                            Fort4Fitness, which will take        committed to addressing
Fort Wayne’s Academy of                                                                                                              place Sept. 23 and 24, Kim-          situations” when they are
Sports and Health Centre,                                                                                                            mel says, and he’s encourag-         perceived as problems.
Kimmel’s new career is                                                                                                               ing charities to fold their              “I think there has been a
helping area residents get in                                                                                                        fundraising walks or runs            strong community push that
touch with their inner ath-                                                                                                          into the event, which also           we have to make it more
lete.                                                                                          Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette   includes a health fair.              readily accessible and to
    In just three years, he’s     Brad Kimmel, founder of Fort4Fitness and the Academy of Sports and Health                              Fort4Fitness, now the            have relatively inexpensive
helped Fort4Fitness grow to       Care Centre, stands near renovated baseball fields at the Ash Centre.                              second-largest running event         ways for people to exercise,”
more than 7,500 participants                                                                                                         in Indiana, also recently            he says. “I think in the last
– all while turning an all-but-   works.                         to grow the event into a           He’s proud that Fort4Fit-        developed a new online               few years, Fort Wayne has
abandoned field house along           Most recently, Kimmel      year-round community            ness now includes “mara-            calendar of area fitness             quietly embraced community
Taylor Street into the non-       has been working with others   health program for all ages     thons” for kids and seniors,        events at www.Fort4Fitness.          health.”
profit Academy of Sports          affiliated with Fort4Fitness   and abilities.                  in which participants do 26.2       org/4yourhealth.                     rsalter@jg.net
and Health.
    “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve
developed a real passion for
trying to help people identify
and develop a (sports--
related) talent that they’re
good at and get started on
improving their health,”
Kimmel says.
    But when asked about his
own health, Kimmel, nor-
mally outgoing and chatty,
turns reticent.
    “That’s not what we talk
about,” he says.
    The story goes like this.
Before Kimmel retired from
a 30-year career in military
logistics, doctors discovered
tumors growing along his
spine. They weren’t cancer-
ous, he says.
    But there he was in mid-
dle age, someone accus-
tomed to keeping himself in
good physical shape, sud-
denly facing major physical
    He underwent five surger-
ies, including one that took a
cluster of nerves from one
place and reattached them
somewhere else to restore
feeling in his right arm.
    “I had to change my life-
style,” says Kimmel, who
describes himself as “a com-
petitive miler” who played
baseball and basketball and
ran track and cross country
at Carroll High School. “I
had to find alternative ways
to maintain my health.”
    He no longer competes,
but he does things to remain
active – like adding steps to
his everyday routine by park-
ing far away from the door
of the store when he goes
shopping. And he gets joy
from being with others com-
mitted to improving their
    Sometimes he’ll walk
with the 60 senior citizens
who do laps at the center’s
indoor football field on Tues-
day and Thursday mornings.
Or he’ll strike a conversation
with city kids who come to
learn baseball through the
World Baseball Academy
that uses the center’s ball
    Or he’ll exchange a
knowing look at a winded
high school student who’s
just finished a workout with
Athletes with Purpose, a
training program for high
school- and college-age
athletes that stresses building
character as well as speed
and agility.
    Kimmel envisions the
center, with its indoor foot-
ball field and weight room
and 26 surrounding acres, as
a place where young com-
petitors and reforming couch
potatoes alike can find their
    “It’s sort of the opposite
of ‘Build it and they will
come,’ ” he says, recalling
when he first saw the inside
of the 40,000-square-foot
building. The field was dot-
ted with 40-gallon recycling
containers catching water
from leaks in the roof.
    “We had this build-
ing, … but it had been ne-
glected. … We have been
getting in the programming
first. The philosophy is then
they will come,” he says,
adding area residents now
make about 80,000 visits a
year to the facility and a
remodeling plan is in the
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finds track fun
The Journal Gazette                        IF YOU GO
                                          Angola Motor Speedway

J    oan Bovee can’t tell you ex-
     actly when she brushed the
     chalkboard dust off her hands
and retired as schoolteacher after
four decades. 2006, maybe. Or
                                          Where: Fremont
                                          Address: 2850 N. Steuben County
                                          Road 600 E.
                                          Phone: 260-495-7223
2007.                                     Tickets: Adults $15; students $10;
    She blames auto racing for that       special events $20
regrettable lapse in memory.
    “I’ve had so much fun racing I        Baer Field Speedway
lose track of it,” she says.              Where: Fort Wayne
    “I only do things I have fun          Address: 4331 Winters Road
doing,” she goes on. “That’s what         Phone: 260-747-7223
keeps life exciting.”                     Tickets: Adults $12; kids 7-12 $5;
    And so after a full professional      kids 6-and-younger free
life as a family and consumer sci-
ence teacher at Prairie Heights
High School, she finds herself               “I have to order the groceries
these days dealing with public            and be sure I’m there when they                                                                                              Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
health inspectors and food suppli-        are delivered. It takes about a day   Joan Bovee, a retired Prairie Heights High School teacher, runs the concession stand at Angola
ers and inventory ledgers, and            to get ready for a race and get ev-   Motor Speedway. She says she has fun, despite all the hard work.
summer nights full of sound and           erything ready to go. I want my
fury. It’s all part of the deal for the   employees to come in and be ready     speedway four years ago, he imme-      three, if it’s a busy holiday week-      Motor Speedway one of the clean-
woman who runs the concessions            to go and smile and be ready for      diately thought of Bovee to run his    end.”                                    est, nicest, friendliest to the family
at Angola Motor Speedway in               the customers and have fun with       concessions.                               She does all this because, to        around,” Bovee says. “And I’ve
Fremont.                                  them. That’s very important.”            “She’s a lady that’s pretty spe-    begin with, it fits her inclination to   tried to help him do that because
    Like everything else involved            This might seem an odd second      cial to me,” Everage says. “She        service. As a teacher, she was Prai-     families need to have a place to go
with operating even a small racing        act for someone who admits she        doesn’t get paid very much, but she    rie Heights’ student activities coor-    to have fun together. So we have a
facility in this day and age, there’s     didn’t follow racing growing up       puts in a lot of work. She gets all    dinator, worked for the Indiana          family-type menu we work with
a lot more to it than just pouring        (“My dad always said I’d be one of    the money bags ready, does all the     Principals Association, did a lead-      and we try to make it really family
drinks and keeping the hot dogs           the first lady drivers at Indy be-    concession totals every night after    ership camp and for a decade trav-       friendly and fun.”
and nachos coming for hungry              cause of the way I drove, but that    the races, does all the year-end       eled all over the country doing              Again, it’s harder than it looks.
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lounge and snack area and makes           of Bovee’s students at Prairie           And then there are the deliveries   Reading Races literacy program           would want to do it.
sure the drivers are fed. “I have to      Heights, and he remembers her         to oversee.                            with which the Angola track part-            “The business is surviving,
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Bluffton charm reflected
in down-to-earth mayor
The Journal Gazette

A        s an awkward kid
         growing up in Bluff-
         ton, Ted Ellis never
pictured himself as the future
mayor of his hometown. Not
once did he imagine himself
dressed in suspenders, pass-
ing out campaign buttons at
a parade and promising to
“clean up this town” or “lead
us into the 21st century.”
    Nope. Ellis wanted to be a
professional baseball player.
    “Not like I was any good
at that,” Ellis, 63, says. “I
was just about the least ath-                                                         Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
letic kid I knew.”                     “We … just get along in this community,” Bluffton
    But his mother knew all            Mayor Ted Ellis says. “It’s expected.”
along that Ellis was destined
for politics, he says.                 criticize the mayor about                        time with family. He and
    “Or the ministry,” Ellis           “things he has no control                        Marge have a blended family
says. “Because I talked a lot          over,” he says.                                  of four children – two boys,
at a young age.”                           “Every once in a while,                      two girls – and five grand-
    The people of Bluffton             I’ll get the ‘poor me’ syn-                      children, all of whom live in
obviously like Ellis. They’ve          drome,” he says. “Then I                         Bluffton. He tries to be a
re-elected him four times,             give myself a reality check. I                   good grandpa, getting down
which is known as “forever”            start to realize, I begged for                   on his hands and knees to
in the world of politics. The          this job. I invested money; I                    play on the floor. Politicians
secret of his success is …             knocked on doors. This is                        and 6-year-olds have the
well, he doesn’t know the              not a penance vested upon                        same emotional makeup
secret of his success, he says.        me. It’s something I wanted.                     sometimes, he says.
    “Maybe it’s the absence            Enjoy it. It’s fun being a                           “Having said that, I feed
of controversy,” Ellis says.           mayor.”                                          them ice cream for breakfast
“We do – we really do – just               When he’s not working,                       sometimes.”
get along in this community.           Ellis enjoys tracing his fami-                       Spending his life in a
It’s expected. And that goes           ly tree – tracing his ancestors                  small town has allowed Ellis
a long way toward keeping              back to England, Wales and                       the opportunity to relish
things on an even keel.”               Germany. He hasn’t found                         memories just walking
    It’s no surprise that being        any horse thieves yet, he                        through town. Recently he
the mayor can be stressful.            says.                                            began writing down his
Floods, fires, potholes, angry             “But I’ve managed to                         memories of growing up in
voters. Whatever the crisis,           connect myself via blood-                        Bluffton – a journal of sorts
the buck stops with the may-           lines with three U.S. presi-                     he hopes his grandchildren
or, Ellis says.                        dents,” Ellis says. “John                        will one day read.
    During his first term as           Adams, John Quincy Adams                             “I took my grandson to
mayor, Bluffton experienced            and Richard Nixon. How’s                         the park the other day,” Ellis
two fires within a week of             that for a broad spectrum?”                      says. “He was sliding down
each other – the Pretzels Inc.             He’s also tried his hand at                  the same slide I went down
factory and The Dutch Mill             ballroom dancing with                            when I was a kid. Those ‘I
Restaurant. Ellis responded            Marge, his wife of 12 years.                     remember when’ thoughts
by adhering to an old piece            It didn’t go well, he says.                      give you a sense of continu-
of folk wisdom from his                    “One of the reasons I                        ity. And I get to see those
childhood.                             went into politics is because                    special places every day of
    “The proper response to a          I have no athletic ability,” he                  the week.”
crisis can be found on a jar           says. “I gave (ballroom danc-                    edowns@jg.net
of mayonnaise,” he says.               ing) my best shot, but it just
“Keep cool and don’t                   won’t happen. We gave it the
freeze.”                               good ol’ college try. But she
    But floods and fires are
not the most difficult part of
the job, Ellis says. The tough
                                       married a klutz. She should
                                       have seen that before she
                                       said yes.”
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Senior groups
strive to keep
minds active
TYRONE MALIK CATO                    accommodate the increase is
For The Journal Gazette              a considerable one, but she
                                     appreciates what’s available

E       sther Hinen likes to
        stay busy by having
                                     to seniors now.
                                         “Before, we didn’t have
                                     the same services that we do
    She can be found playing now,” Showalter said. “It’s
cards with others at the Hun- pretty much overwhelming
tington County Council on            because of the massive vol-
Aging’s senior center Mon-           ume of the number of se-
days and Fridays.                    niors.”
    On Mondays, the group                One of those services is
plays both                                            senior centers,
euchre and                                            such as the
pinochle,                                             one at which
and on Fri-                                           Hinen plays
days, just                                            cards.
euchre. The                                               Hinen is
Council on                                            now a veteran
Aging’s                                               at cards; she’s
purpose is to                                         been playing
provide older                                         for about 15
people and                                            years. When
those with                                            she started,                                                                                                                    Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
disabilities                                          however, it       Card players gather at the Huntington County Senior Center to play euchre and pinochle. The center
with care                                             wasn’t just for   schedules activities to encourage older residents to get out and stay active.
and activ-                                            pleasure.
ities, which                                              After her     favorite moments when                   crowd Hinen has spent time                  That’s the idea of the                       in people 50 and older.
is why the                                            husband died,     playing are when she and her            with.                                   Senior Games hosted by the                           It’s a competition consist-
center fea-                                           Hinen was         partner are behind, yet they               She says that it’s helpful           Fort Wayne Parks and Recre-                      ing of 25 events, including
tures oppor- Esther Hinen collects a lonely. She                        catch up and win.                       for people her age not to stay          ation Community Center,                          bridge, spade, tennis, shuf-
tunities for     t r i c k i n h e r p i n o c h l e felt she              Of all the people with               cooped up at home, and                  which acknowledges the                           fleboard, a bicycle tour and
card playing game at the Huntington needed some-                        whom Hinen played cards                 she’s glad there’s always a             need for more activity op-                       tennis.
and bingo on County Senior Center.                    thing to oc-      when she first started, none            good turnout for games.                 tions for seniors.                                   The games kicked off
Thursdays.                                            cupy her          are still around.                          “I think people should get               The Senior Games, which                      June 6 and go through June
    It’s meeting a need for a        thoughts, so she took up              For the last 15 years, there         out and be among other                  is in its 34th year, promotes                    23. For more information, go
growing demographic, of              cards, playing with some           has been an ever-changing               people,” Hinen said.                    healthy and active lifestyles                    to fortwayneparks.org.
which Hinen, 82, is a part.          friends on Park Drive in
    The number of seniors in         Huntington, near what used
northeast Indiana is expected to be a paint utilities shop.
to double in 15 to 20 years,             At first, Hinen would play
according to Jenny Showal-           only euchre. She picked up
ter, director of development         pinochle a couple of years
at the Allen County Council ago.
on Aging. In Huntington                  Hinen believes that it’s
County, residents who are 65 important to take one’s mind
or older account for 15 per-         off life’s troubles every once
cent of the population, ac-          in a while.
cording to 2009 U.S. Census              Playing euchre and pi-
estimates.                           nochle with her friends al-
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part of what keeps them                                                                                                              Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
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sports ones, are taught, too,                structors took kids through              summer progresses, they’re                        excel.”
on weekdays from 9 a.m. to                   everything step by step.                 really attached. They want to                        Said Ford, “I think the
3 p.m. over a seven-week                         “I thought it was cool that          share stuff, and they want to                     compassion and care (in-
span in June and July, ac-                   I could go from knowing                  show their good skills and                        structors) have for the kids
cording to some who have                     nothing to having better
experienced the program and                  skills,” she said.
its benefits.                                    Michelle Swing, Home-
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knowledge of golf before                     helped me increase my in-
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ly golf pro Rick Hemsoth                     pants may not understand
with sparking her devel-                     the long-term benefits, they
opment and passion. He                       certainly know one thing:
always complimented her                      They want to keep coming
swing, she said. She quickly                 back.
found that all the instructors                   Ford said kids often arrive
were quick to offer encour-                  before the instructors in the
agement.                                     mornings.
    Fox experienced that, too.                   Others don’t want to even
    She entered the program                  take water breaks because it
without any exposure to golf                 would mean interrupting the
or tennis. She played both at                fun, Fox said.
the academy – and eventu-                        Quickly, a cherished bond
ally was an instructor for                   develops with other children
both. But without that famil-                and instructors.
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STEFANIE SCARLETT                                                                                     er for residents and their
The Journal Gazette                                                                                   grandchildren to create new
                                                                                                      chapters of the Lake James

       t first glance, every
       longtime lake com-
       munity looks the

    There are the stone cot-
                                                                                                          “That’s why I love his-
                                                                                                      tory; it can become a tickler
                                                                                                      for people’s memories,” she
tages and cozy cabins that                                                                                One of her favorite pro-
are passed down through                                                                               jects was conducting the
families, the beloved beaches                                                                         interviews with longtime
and favorite watering holes                                                                           residents, usually at the
where everyone has gathered                                                                           subject’s cottage.
each summer for four or five                                                                              “Everybody would say,
generations.                                                                                          ‘We have the best location
    Here, neighbors turn into                                                                         on the lake,’ ” Cupp said,
family members and “shore-                                                                            laughing.
line kids” meet lifelong best                                                                             “Every spot is the best
friends.                                                                                              spot. It’s just a different
    Those who fall in love at   100-year-old cottage owned by Flaim Cupp on Lake                      perspective.”
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eastern Indiana lake – it is a  community.                       wherever you can find a
singular and magical place.         “It enabled us to put to-    place to put a pillow,” Cupp
    “When you’re growing        gether a snapshot of how the said.
up, you just think every-       lake developed,” Somers             “One cottage, they used to            Handicapped Accessible
body’s got some lake to go      said.                            have so many people visit,
to. … It’s when you get
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                                    Cupp agreed: “We’ve
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                                                                 they started giving the beds
                                                                 names, like the Queen Anne
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‘Do you remember when           building a new cottage, who
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                                                                                        She finds new homes for pets
                                                                                        Has helped get                                      shelter for six or seven years,
                                                                                                                                            and McCammon estimates                                        ON THE WEB
                                                                                        100 dogs adopted                                    that she has helped get 100
                                                                                                                                            dogs adopted.
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                                                                                        JACLYN YOUHANA                                          It’s a success for Halde-
                                                                                        The Journal Gazette                                 wang to find that many
                                                                                                                                            homes for animals, but it
                                                                      hen Carol Halde-
                                                                      wang first started
                                                                      to volunteer at the
                                                           Animal Welfare League of
                                                           Kosciusko County, she
                                                                                        W                                                   also says something about
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                                                                                                                                            They love animals and con-
                                                                                                                                            tribute to the nation’s multi-
                                                                                                                                            billion-dollar pet industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                         attention, Haldewang is
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         homes for the animals. When
                                                                                                                                                                                                         she walks a dog, she imme-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         diately goes through her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             vacations, she talks about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             shelter. On days she’s not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             scheduled to volunteer, she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             might stop by or search for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             homes for the animals.
                                                           couldn’t walk into the shelter                                                   each year.                                                   mental Rolodex, thinking of                             She tries not to bring too
                                                           without crying.                                                                      But for every shelter                                    which person would be a                             many into her own home.
                                                               “When she first came, she                                                    animal that finds a home,                                    perfect fit for what dog.                               “This house wouldn’t be a
                                                           wasn’t even sure if she                                                          there are many that don’t.                                       On a typical Thursday –                         home without an animal in
                                                           wanted to help us because it                                                     That’s where Haldewang                                       her regular day to volunteer                        it, and you need at least
                                                           bothered her so much to see                                                      comes in.                                                    – Haldewang might bring a                           two,” she says.
                                                           all the animals that needed                                                          The 54-year-old first                                    dog to a friend’s house to see                          The Haldewangs have six:
                                                           homes,” says Darla McCam-                                                        decided to volunteer after                                   whether it would be a good                          three barking dogs, two
                                                           mon, the shelter’s executive                                                     she started to teach her kids                                fit. She might be walking a                         outside cats and a rabbit that
                                                           director. “I said, ‘Carol,                                                       about how to give back, she                                  pet and making sure it gets                         hops around the yard. All the
                                                           don’t think about how it                                                         says. She and her children                                   exercise. If they’re housebro-                      animals came from the shel-
                                                           bothers you. What you can                                                        would walk the dogs and                                      ken, the hope is to keep them                       ter – even the bunny.
                                                           do is you can go out and find                                                    give them some affection.                                    that way. She talks to the                              “When a dog gets adopted
                                                           homes for us. You have a                                                         Her kids wanted to take all                                  dogs so often – “You’re such                        and you know it’s a good
                                                           whole ’nother group of peo-                                                      the dogs home, and it would                                  a good dog!” – that she calls                       home, it feels good. I still
                       Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette ple that you know in the                                                         bother Haldewang to see all                                  herself Dr. Doolitte.                               have my days where I shed
Carol Haldewang, a volunteer at Animal Welfare world.’ ”                                                                                    the pets that needed families.                                   Even on Haldewang’s                             tears. I tell my husband, ‘I
League of Kosciusko County, spends time with                   Haldewang, of Syracuse,                                                          In addition to giving the                                days off, she’s thinking                            wish we had a barn.’ ”
Sammie, a female Australian shepherd mix.                  has been a volunteer at the                                                      animals some much-needed                                     about the shelter. On family                        jyouhana@jg.net


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Nyan Aung, recently received a degree from Ivy Tech. With him at graduation
are, from left, daughter, Alexia, 12, wife, Christina, and daughter, Andrea, 14.

From early times, city
magnet for immigrants
ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ                  “The (Burmese) refugees are bringing
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                                       hopes for the next generation.”

N        yan Aung loves for
         Americans to get a
         taste of the country
where he was born.
    So, when he heard that a
                                       – Nyan Aung

                                       video of scenes from his
                                       homeland’s annual Water
                                                                      Wayne, making them a high-
                                                                      profile minority. But they’re
group of Fort Wayne resi-              Festival, when people frolic   hardly the city’s only new
dents studying Beginning               in water sprayed from fire     arrivals, says Fred Gilbert of
Burmese was having a get-              hoses to beat the heat and     Fort Wayne, founder of
together to celebrate the end          gain good luck.                InternationalFortWayne.org.
of their classes, he was quick            As a founder of Fort            The organization’s web-
to organize the food and               Wayne’s Burmese American       site includes information
entertainment.                         Society in 2010, Aung has      about 15 different national-
    In addition to certificates,       become an unofficial ambas-    ities and ethnicities now
the students were presented            sador for one of Fort          living in Fort Wayne, from
with homemade samosas –                Wayne’s newest ethnic com-     Somali Bantu, to Japanese
tasty triangular fried dough           munities – people who in       and Afghani, to Bosnian-
dumplings filled with onions,          recent decades have fled the   Herzegovinan.
potatoes, meat and cabbage.            Southeast Asian nation for-        “We have five (groups)
    Two young girls wearing            merly known as Burma, now      alone from (the former)
glittery blouses and long              Myanmar.                       Burma,” Gilbert says.
patterned skirts performed                Estimates are that about        Indeed, when Gilbert, 64,
traditional dances.                    6,000 refugees from that
    And Aung narrated a                nation now live in Fort             Magnet, Page 17F
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MAGNET                             BY THE NUMBERS
Continued from Page 16F           Estimates of Fort Wayne’s foreign-born residents:
                                  The Americas: 7,422 (largest group, Mexico, 5,303)
looks at Fort Wayne, the          Asia: 4,633 (largest group, India, 957*)
retired social worker doesn’t     Europe: 2,899 (largest group, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 964)
see the stereotypical image       Africa: 1,087 (largest group, Kenya, 184)
                                  Oceana: 28 (largest group, Australia, 28)
of a mostly white, Midwest-
                                  Total: 16,069 or about 6.3 percent of the actual 2010
ern city.                         Fort Wayne population
    Asked how he would            *The census lists 743 people as having been born in Burma
describe Fort Wayne, he           (now Myanmar). However, many of those from that country
thinks a minute and pulls an      now living in Fort Wayne were born in refugee camps in Thai-
image from his past, when         land or elsewhere or were born in the United States after
he lived in Turkey for nearly     their parents emigrated or were resettled.
five years while in the mil-         Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey estimates
itary and working for the
U.S. State Department.
    “It’s kind of like a bazaar
– it’s like the open market in    the city at slightly more than      formed last year to fight
Istanbul,” he says. “Anything     20,000, or 8 percent of the         discrimination after a highly
you want you can find it          population, with 75 percent         publicized incident in which
here.”                            having roots in Mexico.             a sign was posted banning
    Todd Pelfrey, executive           Fort Wayne also has fami-       Burmese from a local laun-
director of Fort Wayne’s The      lies with roots in Macedonia,       dry.
History Center, says it has       with residents here pub-                But Aung says the group
long been like this.              lishing a Macedonian-lan-           is more about bridging cul-
    Even in Fort Wayne’s          guage newspaper.                    tures and meeting urgent
earliest days, the lure of the        There’s a Korean Presby-        needs.
frontier, and a railroad and a    terian congregation that                “Sometimes I am really
canal needing workers,            meets at First Presbyterian         sorry for Fort Wayne resi-
brought immigrants from a         Church downtown, and a              dents, and the government,
succession of European            group of Hindus from India          because they had a lot of
countries – France, England,      are building a temple on            work… Six thousand – that’s
Scotland, Germany, Ireland.       Yellow River Road in Allen          a lot of people… They got
    “Fort Wayne has always        County near the Whitley             hit like a big thunderstorm,”
been one of the great melting     County line.                        says Aung, a 46-year-old
pots of the state of Indiana,         Roman Catholic priests          process technician.
and even going back to be-        from Sri Lanka have served              But, like generations
fore the start of European        several local parishes, and         before them, the Burmese
contact, this was always an       Saigon, a Vietnamese restau-        people want to establish
incredibly diverse center for     rant on South Calhoun               themselves here, says Aung,
trade and commerce and            Street, is a favorite lunch         who was college-educated in
political alliances among a       spot for downtown workers.          Burma and recently graduat-
number of Native American             This year’s Fort Wayne          ed from Ivy Tech with an
tribes who intermixed here        Newspapers Three Rivers             additional degree.
and were living at the con-       Festival is reviving an attrac-         His wife, Christina, is an
fluence of the rivers,” he        tion known as International         American from Columbia
says.                             Village on July 15 and 16 to        City, and the couple have
    “One of the things we see     highlight the city’s diversity,     two daughters, Andrea, 14,
here is every generation          says Jack Hammer, festival          and Alexia, 12, who want to
experiences an influx of new      executive director.                 be teachers. The family lives
peoples from other parts of           “What we’re trying to do        in Churubusco.
the country and the world.”       is make a little microcosm of           “The (Burmese) refugees
    In the last century, many     Fort Wayne, so you can              are bringing hopes for the
of those arrivals were from       bring your children and             next generation,” he says.
Mexico, says Rosa Gerra,          grandchildren and teach             “Maybe this generation, we
executive director of United      them about their neighbors          have to pay a price. There
Hispanic Americans in Fort        and their own heritage,” he         are problems – maybe we
Wayne. They were drawn by         says.                               cannot fix it all. But our sons
factory jobs and nearby farm          The diversity at times has      and daughters will graduate
work, she says.                   led to misunderstandings.           and go to college and will be
    The 2010 census placed            Aung says the Burmese           on the way up.”
the number of Hispanics in        American Society was                rsalter@jg.net
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                                                             FOCUS: COMMUNITY
Military families give, receive support
                                                                          STEVE PENHOLLOW                            ing deployment at the time. Neither of        One such associate member, DeAn-
                                                                          The Journal Gazette                        them knew exactly what the pin was        gelo says, is Danielle Mertens, a
                                                                                                                     supposed to signify.                      home-schooled teen who decided

                                                                          E       veryone sympathizes with fami-
                                                                                  lies that have loved ones de-
                                                                                  ployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
                                                                              But perhaps only people who are in
                                                                          the same circumstances can truly un-
                                                                                                                         DeAngelo’s research led her to a
                                                                                                                     Mother’s Day meeting of the organiza-
                                                                                                                     tion in Indianapolis where someone
                                                                                                                     announced, to DeAngelo’s surprise,
                                                                                                                     that “Vivian’s going to go back to Fort
                                                                                                                                                               more than a year ago to ask people to
                                                                                                                                                               bring items for the troops in lieu of
                                                                                                                                                               gifts to her 16th birthday party.
                                                                                                                                                                   “Kind of what went through my
                                                                                                                                                               mind is, ‘I don’t really need any-
                                                                          derstand.                                  Wayne and start one.”                     thing,’ ” Mertens says. “I felt that I
                                                                              “People mean well,” says Sandra            So she did.                           had an excess of things. I had no need
                                                                          Egts, founder of the Northeast Indiana         Blue Star Mothers of America was      for any more.”
                                                                          Marine Family Support Group.               founded as a support-through-service          Of course, such outreach efforts are
                                                                              But Egts recalls telling a woman       organization in 1942, DeAngelo says.      only part of what organizations like
                                                                          that her son had just left for Afghani-        DeAngelo says “mothers serve by       Blue Star Mothers and the Northeast
                                                                          stan and having the woman respond,         default” when their kids enlist. So       Indiana Marine Family Support Group
                                                                          “Yeah my son just left for college. It’s   staying busy is Blue Star Mothers         do.
                                                                          really hard.”                              civilian mission, not to mention a            There is also the far more personal
                                                                              Egts says an inadvertently thought-    coping strategy.                          and intimate work of helping family
                                                                          less response like this can “put some-         “We don’t get together mindlessly     members cope.
                                                                          one with a loved one in harm’s way         and chat,” she says. “We get things           Egts says there is a unique mixture
                                                                          right over the edge.”                      done.”                                    of pride and worry in a military
                                                                              It is because the emotions experi-         The members of the Fort Wayne         mother that only another mother can
                                                                          enced by the families of active-duty       Area Blue Star Mothers of Indiana not     really understand.
                                                                          military members are so unique that        only pack and send care packages to           “When you go into that first de-
                                                                          organizations like the one started by      troops overseas, they also send them to   ployment, there’s nothing that makes
                                                                          Egts are so important.                     patients in VA hospitals, DeAngelo        you more proud and terrified at the
                                                                              Egts says she started the Northeast    says.                                     same time, and we can help,” she says.
                                                                          Indiana Marine Family Support Group            Moreover, they support Shepherd’s     “We can tell you where to get the best
                                                                          in the spring of 2009 when she logged      House and Project Impact, which           international phone cards and where
                                                                          on to MarineParents.com and discov-        provide shelter to homeless veterans.     mail can be sent.
                                                                          ered how many family members from              DeAngelo says she feels as if the         “There’s nothing like being able to
                                                                          Fort Wayne were active on the site yet     organization covers the “past, present    sit down for a cup of coffee with
                                                                          did not seem to know each other.           and future” by trying to help veterans,   someone who really gets it,” Egts says.
                                                                              “I decided there really needed to be   active-duty military members and the          DeAngelo says the women in her
                                                                          a local support group,” she says.          families of such members.                 organization are “… a sisterhood but a
                                                                              Vivian DeAngelo says her founding          Mothers make the bulk of the orga-    really productive one.”
                                 Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette     of the Fort Wayne Area Blue Star           nization’s membership, of course, but         “We weep with those who are
Sue Yake of Blue Star Mothers waves the group’s flag                      Mothers of Indiana started with a gift     all family members of military person-    weeping and rejoice with those who
at Fort Wayne’s annual Memorial Day parade.                               of a Blue Star Mothers pin in 2008         nel are welcome to join as associate      are rejoicing,” she says.
                                                                          from her son Andrew, who was await-        members, she says.                        spen@jg.net

Voices of Unity is globally linked
MARK HUNTER                                                             needed to pursue her goals.
For The Journal Gazette                                                     “I have become someone
                                                                        who is finding their purpose

N        ext time you see
         TiErika Hunt at a
         Voices of Unity con-
cert, ask her something in
Mandarin. If you don’t know
                                                                        in life and using that purpose
                                                                        to make a better life for
                                                                        myself and those around
                                                                        me,” she said. “I don’t know
                                                                        what kind of student I would
Mandarin, well, just ask her                                            have been in terms of my
to tell you something in                                                involvement on campus and
Mandarin. Chances are                                                   my confidence in being able
pretty good her face will                                               to fulfill those roles without
light up and the next thing                                             UPAF.”
out of her mouth will sound                                                 Like Woodson, the Voices
exotic.                                                                 of Unity community, which
    Hunt is a seven-year                                                exists within the larger Fort
member of the Voices of                                                 Wayne community, has
Unity Choir, the Fort Wayne-                                            helped Hunt gain the confi-
based vocal ensemble that                                               dence to not only tackle
traveled to Shaoxing, China,                          Cathie Rowand | Mandarin but to reach for
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last July to compete in the          TiErika Hunt’s dream of
                                                                        her future with excitement.
sixth World Choir Games                                                     “Voices of Unity is like a
                                     traveling to China came
and returned home with two                                              community,” she said. “It’s a
gold medals.                         true with the Voices of place for kids from different
    Visiting China had long          Unity Choir last year.             backgrounds to share a lot of
been a dream of Hunt’s. Now                                             moments together. It gives us
she knows what it’s like to              “Voices of Unity is giving a lot of opportunities like a
have a dream come true.              a different perspective to the regular community and helps
    “The thing that really           community,” he said. “We’re us prepare for going out into
stuck with me about the              communicating with all             the world.”
China trip was the fact we           aspects of the community.
were going there,” Hunt said.        The biggest challenge is to
“I always had a strong in-           help people see something
terest in the culture and the        that has never existed.”
language. Going there                    Just as the larger commu-
sparked that interest. So now        nity is made up of a wide
I’m learning Mandarin Chi-           variety of individuals sharing
nese, and I plan to go back.”        a particular commonality,
    But what also stuck with         Voices of Unity lives and
Hunt was the huge effort it          breathes in a similar but
took to raise the money to           smaller way.
make the trip possible. And              “We have kids from 19
for that she credited the Fort       different ZIP codes in Voices
Wayne community.                     of Unity,” White said. “We
    “We did a lot of fundrais-       have kids from seven racial
ing,” she said. “We had a lot        groups from the community.
of people donate. The com-           We focus on communities
munity was the major help in         that are deprived. We have to
getting us to China.”                provide the opportunity for
    Voices of Unity raised           them not to simply help, but
about $400,000 from not              to empower them to contrib-
only Fort Wayne donors but           ute to the entire community.”
from donors outside the                  The idea of communities
community as well.                   in synergy is one former
    And while counting dol-          Voices of Unity member
lars is a tangible measure of        Stephanie Woodson un-
the support a community has          derstands. Woodson, who
for a group like Voices of           remains active with the Uni-
Unity, the more important            ty Performing Arts Founda-
standard can’t be deposited          tion, as well as with the
in a bank.                           choir, recognizes the effect
    “The entire effort engaged       community support has had
the community in a way I’d           on the lives of choir mem-
never seen,” said Marshall           bers.
White, founder and director              “The time and money the
of Voices of Unity. “And not         community has given to the
just the Fort Wayne area but         choir have helped us ac-
the surrounding community            complish the things we have
came together. That was a            in the past 10 years,” Wood-
unique experience to see. I          son said. “We are world
don’t think Fort Wayne and           champions after our first
the community know the               time competing on any level.
impact they had on these             But it’s not about a title. It’s
kids and the impact the kids         about showing that great
had on the world.”                   things can and do come out
    White said the Voices of         of Fort Wayne, that our
Unity Facebook page has              youth can represent Fort
had visitors from 19 coun-           Wayne in a positive light.”
tries since the China trip.              Woodson, who in Decem-
    The support the choir            ber graduated from Fisk
received paid dividends to           University in Nashville,
Fort Wayne in the form of            Tenn., with a bachelor’s
worldwide recognition of             degree in psychology, credits
what White called “a com-            Voices of Unity with helping
munity treasure.”                    her gain the confidence she
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                                                                    FOCUS: RELIGION
Rising Stars ministers by supporting schools
    Assessing needs. Uniting                                         proach to our relationship           We began with three goals         Through the process, we             cost of meals provided at
multiple denominations.                                              with the public schools was       of establishing community        realized our children need the          parenting classes, and are
Bringing wholeness to the                                            developed and implemented         connectors, providing speak-     basics of appropriate clothing          preparing to provide 300
community through acts of                                            and called Rising Stars Min-      ers for school assemblies and    and supplies to have a chance           juice boxes for a field day.
compassion, education and                                            istry.                            starting Bible-based after-      at succeeding in class.                     Juice boxes. It comes
service to our region.                                                   We set sail into uncharted    school programs.                     We also came to realize             down to juice boxes. The
    This is how Associated                                           waters, with no model to base        Five connectors were          that both our children and              connection is simple. “I was
Churches of Fort Wayne and                                           our program. Yet now as we        matched with 16 Fort Wayne       community win when parents              thirsty, and you gave me to
Allen County has operated                   ROGER                    prepare to close our first        Community Schools and four       learn beneficial lessons that           drink,” Jesus Christ said. He
for more than 60 years.
    It’s a method proven to
                                            REECE                    academic year, we have so
                                                                     much good news to share.
                                                                                                       East Allen County Schools
                                                                                                       based on the number of free
                                                                                                                                        they can take back to their
                                                                                                                                                                                was instructing us then to
                                                                                                                                                                                serve those in our community
work and exemplified well in       sick.                                 The basis of Rising Stars     school lunches.                      The accomplishments that            with compassion and love as
all our ministries.                    In many cases, programs       is that we seek to bring to          Then connectors met with      we help others make through             an extension of God’s hand.
    Countless lives have been      were given support and then       new levels support for the        school administrators to learn   Rising Stars is the program’s           Today, that is the hallmark of
touched as a result of the         provided with a set of wings      children, families, staff and     what their schools’ greatest     highlight. For example, a few           Associated Churches of Fort
work Christ has done through       to fly on their own.              faculty of our schools.           needs were.                      months ago a church in Fort             Wayne and Allen County, and
our volunteers, staff and              Today, our impact contin-         Why would a church-              Churches and organiza-        Wayne agreed to adopt one of            we pray it remains.
board members.                     ues through five ministries.      based, non-profit organization    tions began working seam-        our community schools.                      To receive or donate help,
    Through the decades,           They include the Neigh-           attempt to do this with our       lessly with the schools to       Since then, the church has              visit AssociatedChurches.org
needs have been identified to      borhood Food Network, A           public schools? We do it to       accomplish such tasks as         sent appreciation treats and            or call 422-3528.
help in areas such as housing,     Baby’s Closet, Peace and          bring compassion and whole-       repairing a picnic bench,        cards to staff; held a day of
prison ministry and commu-         Justice, Military Families and    ness to those in our commu-       providing coats, uniforms,       caring where 37 people                  Roger Reece is the execu-
nity re-entry programs, coun-      our newest, Rising Stars.         nity – to be a living example     school supplies and even free    showed up to paint, mulch               tive pastor of Associated
seling and comforting the              Last summer a new ap-         of Christ to those we serve.      parenting classes.               and clean; underwritten the

                                                                                                                                            ‘CITY OF CHURCHES’
Ministering to the body and soul                                                                                                            JACLYN YOUHANA
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                                                                                                       Corrections to serve as a
    “A religion true to its                                             At our core we are at-         conduit that reunites ex-               Despite Fort Wayne’s “City of Churches” moniker, local
nature must also be con-                                             tempting to build a sense of      offenders with their family         groups don’t seem to have a way to keep track of just how
cerned about man’s social                                            continuity in our community,      connections. Ultimately, we         many churches call the city home. Same goes for any na-
conditions. This means, at                                           and seek every opportunity to     see our facility as a major         tional listing.
bottom, that the Christian                                           see that the hurting don’t        component in the drive to               So we tried to take a different approach to offer an
                                                                                                                                           idea of just how many churches there are.
gospel is a two-way road. On                                         suffer in obscurity. Whether      improve our surrounding                 One thing’s for certain, religion is a deeply rooted part
the one hand, it seeks to                                            sponsoring a recent “School       vicinity.                           of our community.
change the souls of men and                                          Rocks” event with our neigh-         In the purest sense, what            I FWChurches.com, a directory of Fort Wayne churches,
thereby unite them with God;             REV. BILL                   boring school, or providing       else was the “church” de-           lists 47 Christian denominations.
on the other hand, it seeks to
change the environmental
                                          MCGILL                     thousands of dollars to help
                                                                     rebuild a church that Hurri-
                                                                                                       signed to be? It’s a place not
                                                                                                       only where we gather, but
                                                                                                                                               I According to the 2009-10 Yellowbook for Fort Wayne
                                                                                                                                           and New Haven in Allen County and Bluffton and Decatur,
conditions of men so that the                                        cane Katrina turned into a        where we hopefully hear a           there were 54 Christian denominations. The same area had
soul will have a chance after          From its humble begin-        pool, our goal is to both save    word that acts as a form of         five different religions: Christianity, Baha’i, Buddhism,
it is changed. Any religion        nings, seven years ago this       the soul and assist the recipi-   divine lather. It’s a place         Islam and Judaism.
that professes to be con-          fall, Imani Baptist Temple        ent in reducing misery’s toll.    where we congregate but                 I The Association of Religion Data Archives breaks
cerned with the souls of men       has been working diligently          When a local merchant          leave its doors to go out into      down 2000’s different religious bodies by five different
and is not concerned with the      to answer the social gospel’s     was robbed and beaten in a        an unjust environment and           theologies – mainline and evangelical Protestant, Ortho-
slums that damn them, the          call.                             needless and senseless crime,     actively agitate. It’s a place      dox, Catholic and “other.” The most common theology in
economic conditions that               Our mission is to be a        we provided him with fi-          where formally for 90 min-          Allen County, based on this data, is evangelical Protestant,
                                                                                                                                           with 41 different religious bodies, such as Christian Union,
strangle them, and the social      congregation which promotes       nancial resources to help         utes we may remain seated,          Conservative Mennonite Conference and Seventh-Day
conditions that cripple them       consecration, provides conso-     wash away the emotional           but we should rise up with          Adventist Church. The religious bodies with the highest
is a dry-as-dust religion.”        lation and produces cultiva-      grime. And our new fine-arts      information that instructs us       number of congregations were the United Methodist
    – The Rev. Martin L. King      tion through our Lord and         academy is working with                                               Church with 36, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod with
Jr.                                savior Jesus Christ.              Allen County Community                  McGill, Page 20F              33 and Catholic with 24.
                                                                                                                                               This data, according to the association, does not include
                                                                                                                                           historically black denominations.

‘Community’ vital to connect all faiths                                                                                                    jyouhana@jg.net

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                        FOCUS: COMMUNITY
Love of public art boosts Auburn
STEVE PENHOLLOW                                                                                                        “Metal peo-
The Journal Gazette                                                                                                    ple” sculp-
                                                                                                                       tures by J.

N       othing like achieving
        the impossible to get
        everybody fired up.
   About five years ago, the


Auburn Arts Commission                                                                                                 Auburn in

made a request of the com-                                                                                             2007 and

munity that it assumed would                                                                                           2010 and
be rejected and might have                                                                                             showed

secretly believed should be

                                                                                                                       that public

rejected.                                                                                                              art could be
   “None of us individually                                                                                            a drawing
and no one in the community                                                                                            card for the
thought it would work,”
commission Chairwoman                                                                                                                                                                            Protect young,
Kathie Swaim says. “Think
about it. We were telling                                                                                                                                                                          developing
people we wanted to raise                                                                                                                                                     No Alcoho
                                                                                                                                                                               No Drugs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  brains from
$50,000 to bring metal peo-
ple to Auburn.”                                                                                                 File                                                                                 alcohol
   But the money was raised                                                                                                                                                                         damage.
and, in 2007, the metal peo-        called “Easel Mania: Slices           Swaim says Auburn resi-
ple came: life-size and life-       of Auburn.”                        dents are full of ideas – some
like bronze figures by New              It is being organized by       of which involve the con-                                                           Facts you should know:
Jersey sculptor J. Seward           the Downtown Auburn Busi-          struction of an arts center a la
Johnson that transformed            ness Association, and it fea-      Arts Place in Portland.                                                                               The final growth spurt of the human
downtown Auburn in tempo-           tures easels bearing art that         For now, Swaim says, the                                                                           brain happens from back to front and
                                                                                                                                                                             from ages 11 to 25.
rary and then permanent             depicts historic and natural       commission is only planning
ways.                               scenes from the region.            to bring a flamenco guitarist                                                                         1. Back of the brain at 10-11 years
   Johnson’s sculptures                 Swaim says the commis-         and a flamenco dancer to                                                                              old refines physical coordination
brought people into Auburn          sion is “taking a breather”        three school auditoriums in
who might not otherwise             this summer and plotting its       October.                                                                                              2. Mid-brain refines motivation and
have set foot in that city,         next move.                            Each school is in an area                                                                          emotional controls at 12 or 13 years old
Swaim says, which certainly             “Yeah, we’re really trying     where residents might have
increased art appreciation          to take a step back and assess     reason to resent the two other       “Providing dependable              3. Front of the brain is the decision and judgment center and this
among downtown business             the organization,” she says,       areas, small-town pride being                                              “braking” system is not fully functioning until age 25.
owners.                             “assess what we need to do         what it is.
                                                                                                          and efficient transportation
   A public art project has         and where we need to go.”             Whatever happens with            so no one is left behind.”          Young people physically look like they’ve fully matured but on
been mounted in the city                The commission is enlist-      the commission in the future,                                           the inside their brain development is more like “wet cement”. It
                                                                                                              Personal Assistance              looks finished but it’s not! The human brain seems intellectually
every summer since, in-             ing the aid of Charles Shep-       she says, it will probably
cluding a second and taller         ard, executive director of the     involve broadening its scope        to Medical Appointments             finished but it is not fully “cured” enough to protect young brain
                                                                                                                                               cells from damage to learning, memory, emotional depression,
batch of J. Seward Johnson          Fort Wayne Museum of Art,          and identity beyond the con-
sculptures in 2010.                 to help it solidify its identity   fines of Auburn.                   Door-through-door personal           foolish risks, and possible lifelong addiction. Alcohol impedes
   This summer’s exhibit is         at this juncture, Swaim says.      spen@jg.net                           assistance to medical             the key task of young adulthood: improving personal judgement.
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how to break through life’s         divine power demonstrated.         elevated perch. We are a                  Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
ceiling.                            Your circumstances can             sacred space, but there’s no
    In the biblical text, every     change when the resources of       requirement that your attire
Christ encounter left its re-       heaven are brought within          be draped in lace. We’re
cipient fueled with a touch of      your range. In our culture         engaged in a spiritual press,
fresh power. If they had com-       that’s a cue not only to thank     so we’re not concerned with
mitted some blunder, it was         God that your life can take        how you dress. You’re en-
washed away by the presence         another route, but to break        couraged to come just as you
of his wonder. If they were         the silence around you by          are, but when you leave we
feeling overwhelmed by              opening your mouth and             trust you will have at least
life’s thunder, it was calmed       letting out a shout.               one less scar.
by the cloud of his wonder. If          More than anything else,
their relationship had been         we seek to be a place that is      The Rev. Bill McGill is the
torn asunder, it was mended         filled with God’s grace, and       senior pastor at Imani Bap-
by the thread of his wonder.        no matter where you are in         tist Temple and former
In fact, it rarely took very        life’s race you can find some      president of the local
long for the helpless to be-        space. We try to always show       NAACP.

CONNECT                             planning our area’s first
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                                                                       the whole, not just a part; no
                                                                       more politics and religions
                                    terfaith House.                    based in fear, scarcity and
Continued from Page 19F                We join with another not        suspicion, but politics and
                                    only because it is in our          religions based in inclusion,
empire, but on behalf of the        self-interest, but because we      abundance and mutual un-
highest American, religious         realize that we cannot be          derstanding.
and humanistic values, work         fully human unless we give             This is the community we
passionately and unceasingly        of ourselves, that our whole-      seek.
for a humanitarian ethic            ness as human beings is, in
based in universal human            some transcendent way,             Michael Spath teaches
rights.                             bound up with theirs. Com-         religious studies at IPFW
                                                                       and is one of the leaders of
   That is why we at Conflu-        munity is where self-interest      Confluence: Northeast
ence: Northeast Indiana             and self-sacrifice become          Indiana Interfaith Alliance,
Interfaith Alliance, leaders        one. Genuine politics, genu-       which involves different
from nine religions from Fort       ine religion makes coura-          faiths coming together to
Wayne and Allen County, are         geous decisions that serve         benefit the community.

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                       FOCUS: COMMUNITY
Sports leagues put kids first
STEVE WARDEN                                                         Recently, a grandmother    And she has a 9-year-old,
The Journal Gazette              AT A GLANCE                     called the Wildcat League      Trevor, who’s in his first year
                                                                 office asking how much         of playing.
                                Wildcat League

B       enevolence is known
        by many names in        Founded: 1961
        Fort Wayne, and most Activity: Baseball
assuredly, answers to numer- Who plays: Boys and girls,
ous aliases in other cities and ages 6-15
                                                                 would it cost to put her
                                                                 grandson into the league?
                                                                     She was told nothing; that

                                                                 her grandson brings a glove.
                                                                                                   “Hopefully when those
                                                                                                boys are done, I can retire.”
                                                                                                   But then along comes
                                                                 the only requirement was that another wave. Mike Goyings
                                                                                                has two sons, 3 years old and
                                Annual participants: 3,000
towns in every direction.       Telephone: 456-5821              If she can afford $9 for a hat 1.
We’re not alone in that re-     Web site: www.wildcat            and T-shirt, fine; if not, the    Tom Goyings laughs at
gard.                           baseball.org                     league would work some-        the thought of extending his
    But because we know                                          thing out to make sure her     coaching career.
what we know, because these Metro Youth Sports                   grandson could still play.        “If they say, ‘Grandpa,’ oh
are our neighbors, our          Founded: 1975                        As long as the Wildcat     jeez, we’ll see how I’m do-
friends, our family, our-       Activities: Basketball, foot-    League has been around, the ing,” Goyings says. “That’s a
selves, the kind acts and       ball, cheerleading               Police Athletic League has it long way away.”
                                Who plays: Boys and girls,
generous giving of others is    ages 7-12
                                                                 by three years.                stwarden@jg.net
noticed more particularly       Annual participants: 1,200           Formed in 1958, PAL, like
here, within the green pas-     Telephone: 478-3521              the Metro League, has made
tures of our parks and the                                       its mark teaching football.
dusty brown baseball dia-       Police Athletic League           The backbone is the 170
monds, than elsewhere.          Founded: 1958                    volunteers.
    See, the cliché is true     Activities: Basketball, foot-        Tom Goyings is one.
about this place; about it      ball, cheerleading, self de-         A truck driver from Har-
being a haven for families,     fense, hip-hop dance             lan who has a daughter and
and especially for kids. May- Who plays: Boys basketball,
                                football ages 9-12; boys and
                                                                 three sons, he was lured into
be it’s the Midwestern values girls, 5-15                        the program in 1990 when his
thing that is second nature     Annual participants: 2,000       middle son, Bill, wanted to
and yet priority No. 1.         Telephone: 432-4122              play football somewhere.
    There are several local     Web site: www.palfort                “We did some checking
and area organizations that     wayne.com                        around,” Goyings said. “We       TOLL FREE: 800-301-0808
have the right to proclaim                                       knew Metro had a league,         260-356-0800 • 260-672-8603     OPEN EVENINGS
children as their most cher-                                     and CYO, but we weren’t          www.terrylarsoninsurance.com    AND WEEKENDS                Terry Larson, CLU, Agent   Emily Smith, Agent
ished commodity, but few        table,” Winters said. “If they   familiar with
have made an indelible im-      don’t attend and participate     PAL.”
pact in the field of youth      in our program to help them          Within a
athletics as the Wildcat Base- educationally, they can’t         year, he was
ball League, the Police Ath-    participate in our football      an assistant
letic League and the Metro      program. That’s our priority     coach for his

                                                                                                                    Focus on Angola
Football League.                this year.                       son’s Chiefs
    They are three groups          “Our children are having      team. And
that, for more than 140 com- problems in school, and we          then came
bined years, have shared the    want to get behind that. We
fascinating common denom- want to take some of that
                                                                 youngest son, T. Goyings
                                                                 Mike. And
                                                                                                             Proud of our Past...
inator of Allen County’s
                                responsibility to make sure
                                our children can do well in
                                                                 then came a passel of other
                                                                 people’s sons.                                  Planning for the future!
    Founded in 1975, Metro      school. I know they can.”            He’s with the Packers now
Youth Sports has dabbled in        While Metro will begin its    as the head coach; been with
basketball for its kids but is  38th year, the Wildcat           them for 17 years – longer
renowned for its football       League celebrated its 50th       than Vince Lombardi
program that has 30 teams       anniversary last year and is     coached in Green Bay.
and 1,200 players annually.     on its way to 51.                    How long will Goyings
    But there is another call-     A Fort Wayne original,        keep going, who knows?
ing for the Metro League.       the Wildcat League has esti-         “I have grandkids,” Goy-
    President Jim Winters said mated that it has served more     ings says. “My daughter,
the emphasis will be placed     than 200,000 Fort Wayne and      Stacie, has three sons. Tyler
on textbooks more than the      area youth since it began in     will be a senior at Eastside,
playbooks.                      1961 with an “everybody          and I have another grandson
    “We’re beginning a study    plays” motto.                    playing now. Tucker is 12.
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