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Locally owned since 1853
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We’re friendly folk, OTHER
proud of our home Adams County
Decatur population: 9,405
County fact: Married couple
EMMA DOWNS households top 59 percent – one of
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elcome to Fort Wayne. If you’ve just arrived – whether you’re stepping off
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
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
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
Funded trails FARM
Planned trails PARK
Washington Center Road
PARK PARK KREAGER
MARSH FOSTER 469
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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 email@example.com
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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
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-
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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
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
“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,”
But when asked about his
own health, Kimmel, nor-
mally outgoing and chatty,
“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
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
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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
Address: 2850 N. Steuben County
Road 600 E.
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.
fans. was my only connection to racing,” totals. Does all the preparation promotions and program devel- And more rewarding, perhaps.
“I have to keep the kitchen in she says), but Craig Everage before the season as far as the food opment for Phi Delta Kappa’s “It’s been quite a challenge, and
compliance with board of health,” doesn’t think so. Everage, who permits. She even goes out there on educational recruitment programs. we’re still working some bugs out,”
says Bovee, who oversees the main leases and manages Angola Speed- Sunday and spends a couple of “That’s what drew me to Craig,” Bovee says. “This isn’t easy. It isn’t
kitchen, beer garden, new family way, played basketball and was one hours cleaning up.” she says, noting specifically the easy. But if it was easy, everybody
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,
keep the employees happy and running the concessions there for “Every person who delivers ners. “It kind of fit my niche.” though, because everybody has fun
compliant with the board of health, years and years. They were, he food for us, they all want to come It doesn’t hurt, either, that she and feels of value. That’s the key:
and I have to control the inventory says, always “the cleanest, nicest- on different days,” Everage says. likes what Everage has done with to enjoy what you’re doing and feel
so we don’t overspend and so we run concessions” he ever saw. “So she travels out there and waits the place. what you do is of great value, too.”
can keep prices reasonable. And so, when he leased the on them for an hour or two or even “Craig has made the Angola email@example.com
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Bluffton charm reflected
in down-to-earth mayor
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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
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strive to keep
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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Lessons transcend realm of sports INFO
STACY CLARDIE makes the kids feel special Where: McMillen Park
The Journal Gazette and makes them want to be When: June 13-July 29
part of the program, some- Ages: 8-18
What: A program that offers
T he free group swim-
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“I think the program is
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And simply learning to my kids to the program children.
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summer – but that’s only firstname.lastname@example.org from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
part of what keeps them Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
coming back. Persha Ford says Lifetime Sports Academy taught her about life and golf.
Life lessons, not just
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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STEFANIE SCARLETT er for residents and their
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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.
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up, you just think every- lake developed,” Somers “One cottage, they used to Handicapped Accessible
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to. … It’s when you get
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Has helped get shelter for six or seven years,
and McCammon estimates ON THE WEB
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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
northeast Indiana residents:
They love animals and con-
tribute to the nation’s multi-
billion-dollar pet industry
attention, Haldewang is
especially good at finding
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
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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-
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Carol Haldewang, a volunteer at Animal Welfare world.’ ” the pets that needed families. Even on Haldewang’s tears. I tell my husband, ‘I
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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. email@example.com
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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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.
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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
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
$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. firstname.lastname@example.org assistance to medical the key task of young adulthood: improving personal judgement.
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Continued from Page 19F experience that in just an feel acceptance when the
on how racism, sexism and
hour and a half, we believe
God can make you laugh!
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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.
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the whole, not just a part; no
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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
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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.
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. email@example.com
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
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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