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POPULAR USF CHRISTMAS EVENT EXPANDING

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Those who attended Christmas in the Castle at the University of Saint Francis last year will enjoy expanded hours and some new procedures to streamline processes for the greater enjoyment of everyone.

Christmas in the Castle will be open from noon-6 p.m. on December 3 and 4 and December 10 and 11. Tours during the two weekends will begin at the Pope John Paul II Center on the east side of campus, where free parking is available. Visitors with reservations, as well as those purchasing tickets...

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DO WOMEN AND MEN INVEST DIFFERENTLY?

Details Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

Several years ago, a book titled Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was quite popular. As the title suggests, the book argues that men and women are vastly different from each other, particularly in their emotional needs and in the way they communicate. While not everyone agrees with the notion that men and women might as well be from different planets, most of us would probably concur that the two genders frequently behave differently — and this divergence in behavior may also show up in...

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TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN (AND PARENTS) ABOUT SHARED FINANCIAL PICTURE

Details SHAWN WALL

It's Thanksgiving week. And if you're fortunate, you can look around your Thanksgiving table and see several generations of your family. Of course, as you know, many types of cohesiveness are involved in knitting a family together. But one connection that frequently gets ignored, at least in terms of family dialogue, is the financial linkage between parents and their children on one hand, and these same parents and their parents on the other. So if you find yourself in this "sandwich" group, it...

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CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Details DOUG HACKBARTH

During the fall months your Christmas cactus will set its buds for flowering around Thanksgiving (sometimes sooner) and this is the crucial time for getting blooms and keeping them from falling off just after you see them form. There are three reasons the buds fall after forming, over-watering, lack of humidity and lack of light (especially inside the house). If inside the house, place an over-sized saucer filled with pebbles and water under your cactus plant. This will increase your humidity...

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WHEN INVESTING, “FACE TO FACE” BEATS FINGERS ON KEYBOARD

Details Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

These days, you can purchase just about anything you want on the Internet. However, you can still benefit from a human, face-to-face experience for some purchases — such as your investments. And that's why you may want to work with a financial professional.

Unlike a computer interface, a financial professional will take the time to truly know your situation today — and then help you make adjustments tomorrow.

Let's first look at two key areas a financial professional will consider...

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ORGANIZING YOUR FINANCES CAN PAY OFF — IN MANY WAYS

Details FORT WAYNE RECEIVES NATIONAL/STATE HONORS  New Jobs Coming to Bluffton Road  Earlier this month the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) awarded the City of Fort Wayne two prestigious awards. IACT officials recognized Fort Wayne for the Community Achievement Award and the prominent Green Community Award.  The Community Achievement Award recognized the City for its recycling program and efficiencies that saved money and generated revenues, doubled community participation and reduced residential garbage fees by more than a million dollars.  Those of you who are recycling, and there are many of you, helped us achieve these awards. Recycling participation has grown from 34% to 70% and with the new revenue sharing process we were able to pay off $1.6 million dollars in Solid Waste Department debt plus reduce garbage fees by more than a million dollars. By the time you read this you should already be noticing that reduction on your bill.  Recycling efforts were also a part of Fort Wayne’s receiving the Green Community Award. In addition to recycling, the Green Community Award recognizes sustainable efforts in the community using LED lights, low-flow toilets, auto emission reduction through the City’s green fleet, a reduction of paper usage and the capture and use of methane produced at the Water Pollution Control Plant.  The contributions that lead to the Green Community Award have also saved the City money in water and electricity usage and, with our green fleet, we’ve been able to reduce fuel consumption, once again saving the City money.  Fleet Nationally Recognized I should also share that our Fleet Department was honored as one of the top 40 Green Fleets in the country this month. The award given by Government Fleet magazine ranked Fort Wayne as No. 12 on the list. We were the only Indiana City to make the list.  The City fleet, which consists of about 1,800 vehicles including police, fire street, utility, animal care, parking, and neighborhood code -- was recognized for reducing emissions, working with manufacturers to develop hybrid work trucks and employing other initiatives to make its fleet more energy efficient. The Fort Wayne fleet was among the first Midwestern fleets to incorporate hybrid vehicles (dating back to 2004) and has been running B-20 (20 percent soybean oil) in diesel engines since 2005 and E-85 (85 percent ethanol or homegrown fuels) in police vehicles for four years.  Jobs Coming to Waynedale Area No doubt, many of you have noticed the progress of the $36 million General Mills Customer Service Facility being built on Bluffton Road. The foundation has been poured and walls have gone up on the building expected to be completed in August 2012. The project will boost our economy, not only during the construction phase, but also by the creation of 65 new jobs in our community. General Mills has contracted with Excel Logistics to initiate the hiring process to fill the new positions; however, hiring is not slated to begin until next spring. I’m proud to have General Mills in our community and wish them much success in their new expansion phase. The commitment to the Bluffton Road location will have a positive impact on the Waynedale area.

A few years ago, the National Association of Professional Organizers designated the first week of October as Get Organized Week. And while you may have misplaced your notification of this event, it's nonetheless a good time to see just how organized you are in the important areas of your life — such as your finances.

You can organize your finances in two basic ways: by keeping track of where your various accounts are located and by consolidating your assets. Let's look at both these areas.

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