Waynedale Featured News - Waynedale's Positive Newspaper and Original Stories http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news.html Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:41:07 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb STREET MINISTRY FOR THE HOMELESS http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11647-street-ministry-for-the-homeless.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11647-street-ministry-for-the-homeless.html

My street ministry "Street Reach for the Homeless" began during the winter of 2011 as I saw a group of people, men and women, living on the streets of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who fell between the cracks and stepped forward after the 2011 Point in Time Homeless Count. To have looked into the eyes of a homeless gent as I helped remove gloves nearly frozen to his fingers...to have seen the despair...the loneliness...the fear... and then walked away, turning my back, would have been wrong and simply not a choice for me.

The first issue was simply how could I best serve these homeless people? How could I encourage them to find hope, faith, and in turn meet their immediate needs with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings as I worked to help rebuild their lives.

My Street Reach for the Homeless was formed. No matter the reason or the weather conditions, and trust me, -40 wind this past winter was bone chilling, every Monday and Thursday evening I was there, under the stars, with a full hot balanced meal and a van aka "mobile boutique" filled with new and gently used clothing, hygiene items, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, as well as, an open heart and a listening ear for anyone who stands in my line. No questions are asked. Whether shelters are full, addictions rule, life experience or mental illness prevents them from trusting a shelter's intentions, I am there to meet them on their life's path with no judgments or preconceived notions.

I serve between 50-60 people a night in the winter time and on an average 100-120 a night in the summer time with the numbers climbing as new faces join the line.

I never ask why they are there or where they might live, though in the winter, I may ask if the individual sleeps inside or outside. This just determines which to give, blanket or comforter. I want to be sure to offer the thickest to those who sleep in the rough.

Those I serve are comprised of men and women who sleep on the streets – under a bridge, on a bench, in a tent, behind a sheet of metal, under a stairwell, behind a dumpster, or an abandoned building. The precariously housed sleep on floors, couches, in attics or basements – invisible but sheltered. Those who reside in a transitional shelter or our urban poor because no one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming as they choose between paying bills, utilities, rent, medical needs, etc.

As the years have gone by, I have seen the issues—and I have become a vocal advocate as I vow to make a difference. Across this country we have people out there who are the most at risk—the most humble of our homeless—who are simply falling between the cracks – and in Fort Wayne, Indiana they are my neighbors. They are human beings. They matter each and every day and night they deserve our attention. On the streets I will stay as long as they stay, as long as "housing first" is not the standard in this city and until I can stay no longer. To this day I say this is a God led, God protected street ministry and am honored to be there under the stars with these precious men, women and families. God bless!

Sally is the Founder of Street Reach for the Homeless in Fort Wayne. If you wish to donate gently used clothing or non-perishable food, the drop off locations include: Pembroke Bakery in the Auer Bldg-Main Street, Self Image-4646 N. Jefferson Blvd., Evolve Spa-Illinois Road next to Subaru, Summit Heating, Dupont Road.

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (Sally Becker Segerson) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0400
COOKING A CHALLENGE? HOMEBOUND MEALS TO THE RESCUE http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11648-cooking-a-challenge-homebound-meals-to-the-rescue.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11648-cooking-a-challenge-homebound-meals-to-the-rescue.html

Volunteer Susie Brown loading her deliveries at St. Joseph Hospital. She uses her own coolers, because her last stop is close to her home.Understanding Homebound Meals (HBM) is simplicity itself. "When we explain who we are, it's easy for us to just say Homebound Meals On Wheels because you instantly get a picture of what we do," describes Executive Director Barb Umber.

"If you've been around [the elderly] at all, or even low functioning adults, cooking is a real challenge. It's just my husband and I, and we don't want to do it.

Well, what happens when I'm physically unable to cook?" explains Umber. "We don't have age requirements. The only rule we have is that it enhances your quality of life."

Homebound Meals, Inc., a member of Meals On Wheels, serves all of Fort Wayne and (only recently) some of New Haven. Locally, HBM has almost 3 full Waynedale routes. Streets and cross streets Umber knows well. Her husband's family has owned and operated Umber's Hardware since 1944; she does the books in the back.

Homebound's partnering medical facilities -- Lutheran, Parkview, St. Joseph and Canterbury Rehabilitation -- prepare the hot and cold nutritional meals, accounting for potassium, fiber and diabetes levels, granting gluton free and vegetarian requests.

The voluntary delivery drivers are asked to commit to only 1 hour a week, the span of a lunch break.

A client can apply for Homebound's services over the phone or online. If a spot is available on a route, he or she can start receiving meals the Monday after their application's been completed.

Umber can take on as many clients as she can find drivers. "So I'm always beating the streets [for more]."

Homebound is and has always been 100% funded by donations.

A HBM client is only charged the price of their meal; assistance is available for anyone who can't pay full price. "The reason we're able to do what we do is because of these volunteer drivers," says Umber. "There are programs all over the country that are closing, have closed, or had to change because they were set up too dependent on government funding, and they're stuck."
In 1965, President Johnson crafted the Older Americans Act, encouraging government partnerships with local organizations to support the vulnerable who've fallen through the cracks. The creation of Homebound Meals was a response to that. "We don't do 50 things. We do one thing, and we do it very well."

Affordable meals for the homebound, delivered by a friendly face.

If you would like to volunteer, to donate money, or a can (or many cans) of healthy soup for clients before the oncoming, non-drivable winter months...or if you or a loved one needs meals delivered, contact Homebound Meals, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm., 611 W. Berry Street, Phone: 260-422-3296. Website: www.homeboundmealsfw.org (or .com).

 

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (Bryant Rozier) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0400
ANTIETAM - History Tour http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11649-antietam-history-tour.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11649-antietam-history-tour.html

History-Irish-Brigade-AntietamMy husband, our 6-year-old son, Isaac, and I left Gettysburg early in the morning and we were off to Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, another key battle site during the Civil War and the spot of the bloodiest one day battle in American history. This time we didn't hire a guide, but instead purchased a guided audio tour in the gift shop. We enjoyed this method of touring just as much, if not more, than with the personal guide. We were able to pause, rewind, and listen again at each stop to the CD in our car, which made it convenient for me who seems to have developed late onset A.D.D.

After buying our CD at the visitor center, we stopped at Clara Barton's memorial. Clara Barton's name may sound familiar as she was not only a nurse during the War, but later went on to found the American Red Cross. I wanted to get Isaac's picture with the memorial stone, but he wouldn't get out of the car as his tolerance for 'History Tour 2014' was waning. So, I took a few pictures, sans people, and off we went.

Another stop was at the Irish Brigade Memorial. The Irish have a marker here because Thomas Meagher, an Irishman by birth, fought here and recruited other Irishman for the war effort. His story is a remarkable one. Before the Civil War, he was a convicted criminal in Ireland who had been sentenced to exile in Tasmania. He escaped from Tasmania and then traveled to the U.S. and served in the Civil War and then later as the governor of Montana. I guess if you can survive a boat trip from Ireland to Tasmania, and then escape from Tasmania to the U.S., fighting in a war might not be terrifying, but simply your next challenge.

Our final stop was the battle site at Burnside Bridge, named for Union General Ambrose Burnside. General Burnside truly defines success and I'm not talking about his bravery in the Civil War. His full, bushy, side burns that looked like mustaches running across his cheeks, made side burns fashionable in the 1860s. Not only that, he invented a gun which bore his name, the Burnside Carbine, and got the bridge at Antietam named after him. Setting facial hair trends, being the namesake to bridges, creating rifles... and what have I done lately?

When I was younger, the Civil War didn't interest me much. But once I began to learn about the individuals in the War, John Burns at Gettysburg, President Lincoln, General Burnside, Thomas Meagher, and so on, the story has become captivating and ordinary people have become larger than life.

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (Emily LaRue) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0400
TAKE CAUTION AS STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11650-take-caution-as-students-return-to-school.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11650-take-caution-as-students-return-to-school.html

Fort Wayne Community Schools kicked-off their new year with students returning recently. With that in mind, FWCS officials remind the community to prepare and take extra caution as students and parents return to the streets.

More than 300 yellow buses will be on the roads starting at 6 a.m., and thousands of students will be walking to bus stops or to their neighborhood schools. Drivers should consider leaving a few minutes early when heading to work or school.

"The first days of school are exciting for everyone – students, parents and staff members," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "As you travel, please be sure to keep an eye out for students on sidewalks and the extra cars and buses on the road."

FWCS transportation officials ask motorists to be observant and patient and to remember that when the stop arm of the bus is out, it means all lanes of traffic must come to a complete stop. Vehicles should not begin moving again until the stop arm is back in place and the bus has started to roll.

The busiest times for buses on the road will be before and after school. School hours are:
Elementary schools – 8:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Middle schools – 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
High schools – 7:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Anthis Career Center – 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ward Education Center – 8:10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Transportation officials ask parents to help ensure a safe ride for everyone by discussing the following safety procedures with their children:
When riding the bus:
Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.
Be courteous.
Cooperate with the driver.
Stay in your seat.
Do not be destructive.
Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
Do not yell or scream on board the bus or use profane language.
Inform the bus driver or school official if a problem occurs.

While waiting at the bus stop:
Do not horseplay or act in a way that could cause harm to others.
Do not play in the street.
Do not throw things.
Arrive at the bus stop no more than five minutes prior to scheduled bus arrival.
When the bus arrives, line up in an orderly fashion, away from the curb, and do not push or cut in line.
Stay back from the bus until it stops and the driver signals it's OK to get on.
Stay safe when crossing the street by:
Always obeying all traffic rules. Never cross against the light.
Looking left, right and left again before crossing.
Crossing in a crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, cross at the corner.
Crossing only when the cross sign says, "Walk."

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (The Waynedale News Staff) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0400
BICYCLE MUSEUM OF AMERICA TO EXHIBIT AT MAKER FAIRE http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11665-bicycle-museum-of-america-to-exhibit-at-maker-faire.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11665-bicycle-museum-of-america-to-exhibit-at-maker-faire.html

high-hat-bicycleFort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture Sept. 13 & 14, 10am-6pm each day.

Have you ever seen a Shire bone-shaker or an Ariel highwheeler? Are these words as foreign to you as they were to this writer? Come to Maker Faire and learn about these keys to the history of the bicycle from an exhibit presented by The Bicycle Museum of America.

The origins of the museum come from the Schwinn Bicycle collection. In 1997, Jim Dicke II of Crown Equipment Corporation, a manufacturer of electric lift trucks, purchased the extensive collection of bicycles and memorabilia in Chicago and moved the collection to New Bremen, Ohio.

It's only fitting the museum found a home in Ohio. The state has played an important part in the history of the bicycle. The Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, where the first plans for flight were born, was located in Dayton. In 1892, the Davis Sewing Machine Company produced the Dayton bicycle. Ohio has also been home to other prominent bicycle manufacturers including Colson, Shelby and Cleveland Welding, makers of Roadmaster.

From wood, to mass-produced, to titanium, come see how bicycle Makers have solved problems that have transformed the industry over time.

The Glass Park
Introduces IlLegos

At Maker Faire's past, fan favorite glass blower Eran Park of The Glass Park has lead guests on a community art-making project - you may remember the glass tree for example.

This year Eran and his band of merry glass blowing mates are introducing their newest, and hottest line - IlLegos. Check out how stackable or wearable glass art pieces turn into just plain fun.

Maker Pete Chaparro to Launch New Product
A few newsletters ago you heard from local Maker Pete Chaparro, creater of the Eclipse lamp. He unveiled a lighting project at Maker Faire 2013. So many folks were interested in buying it, he launched a successful Kiickstarter, got the project funded and now will be showing the end product at Maker Faire 2014! We are so happy for Pete and proud he's part of our Maker community. Come check out the lamp and see what's up next. Oh by the way, this year guests will be able to buy the lamp.

TekVenture is a 501(c)(3) public art and technology workshop funded by member fees, workshops, special events, grants and sponsorship.

We've also moved from Weekend to Family Pass this year to help offset guest expense.

We're sure once you attend Maker Faire, you'll understand the value of make-and-takes, learning opportunities, and fun had by all as Maker Faire really is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (The Waynedale News Staff) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0400
BUSY SEPTEMBER KICKS OFF FALL EVENTS FOR THE HISTORY CENTER http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11646-busy-september-kicks-off-fall-events-for-the-history-center.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11646-busy-september-kicks-off-fall-events-for-the-history-center.html

Fort Wayne's History Center is gearing up for a busy September.

Saturday, September 6, native plant expert Dani Tippmann will present Miami Harvest from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chief Richardville House.

As a descendant of the Chief, Tippmann devotes time to the preservation of the Miami language and is also working on a Miami cookbook. Because of her lifelong interest in her Miami culture, she shares her knowledge about the tribe, its history and customs through regular presentations across the state and through her work as director of the Whitley County Historical Museum.

On September 6 you can also tour this National Historic Landmark located at 5705 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne to learn more about the architecture of the house, the history of its owner and Miami culture.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free to children 2 and under as well as History Center members.

The History Center will be one of the points on the "Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown" event September 7, sponsored by Visit Fort Wayne. Admission to the museum is free for all ages from noon to 5 p.m.
The YLNI Barr Street Farmer's Market, corner of Barr and Wayne Streets, closes for the season on Saturday, September 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free admission to the History Center during those hours.

September 26, the History Center will host what has been labeled "Fort Wayne's most unique fundraiser". The Buffalo Tro at the Chief Richardville House benefits the Heritage Education Fund, providing free admission to the History Center for school age children.

This dinner under the stars features buffalo steaks cooked in an open fire pit, other regional delicacies, live entertainment and an opportunity to learn more about Chief Richardville, his home and Miami culture as well as a silent auction.
Tickets are $50 each and the deadline for reservations is September 19.

For more information about any of these events, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at www.fwhistorycenter.com Photos of past events can be found on the History Center's Facebook page.

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (The Waynedale News Staff) Featured Waynedale News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:41:38 -0400
BEASLEY’S MISSION A SUCCESS http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11614-beasley-s-mission-a-success.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11614-beasley-s-mission-a-success.html

Streets-5K-DonationsFundraisers for charitable causes come in many shapes and sizes. Typically, they require manpower and marketing costs that drastically reduce the size of each donation – a "necessary evil" most would believe. But no program puts a donated dollar to immediate use more efficiently and effectively than Fort Wayne's Street Reach for the Homeless – a one-woman show providing "no questions asked" meals, clothing, hygiene items, blankets, and other basic living needs to Fort Wayne's homeless citizens. While carrying a full-time job, Sally Becker Segerson spends much of her spare time caring for our homeless neighbors out of the back of her full-sized van. This fiercely passionate and loyal woman has been serving homeless folks for nearly 4 years, and it began on a winter's day when she spotted a group of men and women living on the streets of Fort Wayne. Sally simply refused to turn her back on this group when this community's nonprofits had done just that.

Waynedale resident, Kelley Beasley, heard about this woman and her mission early this year. After providing donations a few times, Kelley became determined to do a little more. She decided to organize a 5K Run/Walk to raise funds, donations, and awareness for Street Reach for the Homeless. Wanting to maximize every benefit this event could provide, her 'signature' for the 5K was to provide the unique opportunity for award winners to donate their awards (tents, shirts, socks) directly to Sally for her Street Reach mission.

On the muggy morning of August 23rd in Swinney Park, the inaugural Takin' It To The Streets 5K Run/Walk became a reality. 15 race sponsors provided enough funding to cover all race expenses other than the participant t-shirts. A dozen or so volunteers assisted with registration, course marshaling, and the finish line. At the sound of the horn, 120 runners and walkers set out on the 2-loop makeshift course at 10:00am. The original course, following the St. Mary's Pathway, became flooded and impassable after torrential rains came the day before the race.

Overall female winner, 13-year-old Alex Ebetino of New Haven, set the tone at the award ceremony by donating her award – a tent. 59 award winners (out of 60) followed suit and donated their awards to Street Reach. The award ceremony also provided the captive audience a fascinating insight to Sally's mission as she spoke for about 10 minutes.

With over $400 of tents and clothing donated from the awards ceremony, the Streets 5K also raised over $1000 of cash, received additional race-day donations, and now has 150 race t-shirts promoting the program. Quite a success, but it's only the start. Takin' It To The Streets 5K will be back and even bigger in 2015, so mark your calendars for 8/29/15 (Saturday before Labor Day weekend)!

If you would like to learn more about Street Reach for the Homeless, go to Sally's website at: http://gofundme.com/35skis

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (Jon Beasley) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0400
$1 WAYNEDALE DOG MEALS AT ANNIVERSARY PARTY http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11615-1-waynedale-dog-meals-at-anniversary-party.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11615-1-waynedale-dog-meals-at-anniversary-party.html

Waynedale-News-BuildingIn celebration of its 82nd year of publishing, The Waynedale News will be hosting an Anniversary Party on Friday, September 12 from 4pm – 6:30pm at The Waynedale News Office, 2505 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. The event is open to the public to tour The Waynedale News Office, learn about the newspaper process and the history of the newspaper. Guests will be treated to a meet-and-greet with Waynedale News staff and writers. The event also showcases $1 "Waynedale Dog" meals prepared by "The Stand." For just one dollar guests will enjoy a Waynedale Dog (or hotdog), chips and a drink. As an added bonus dessert will be available, provided by Kingston Residence. As a thank you to the community, our readers' and advertisers' support over the past 82 years, The Waynedale News welcomes the public to this unique family event.

What's a Waynedale Dog? The Waynedale Dog was created by a Waynedale News staff member in the spring of 2002 as a fun spin on the traditional coney/chili dog. It has been a local favorite appearing on The Stand's, Dog-Out's and other hotdog menus. The Waynedale Dog is prepared in a special way that includes mustard, chili or coney-sauce, diced onion, coleslaw and shredded cheese. If you've never had a Waynedale Dog, it is surely something that you just have to try and what better time to do so than at The Waynedale News Anniversary Party.

The Waynedale News building is also celebrating its recent façade facelift as well as the fifth year anniversary of its current owner, Alex Cornwell. Mr. Cornwell became an owner of the newspaper as a 22-year-old in 2009, now 27, he has made a significant investment in his building that contributes to the overall appearance of the business community. The improvements were assisted by the City of Fort Wayne's Façade Grant program and local contractors.

Parking is free and can be found directly across the street from The Waynedale News Building. $1 meals are limited to one per person and are available while supplies last. Additional meals and single items may be purchased separately. For inquiries, please contact The Waynedale News at (260) 747-4535 or news@waynedalenews.com

The Waynedale News is proudly published by the youngest newspaper owner in the world, Alex Cornwell. The Waynedale News is a free publication distributed every two weeks to 35,000 readers, 100% hand-delivered to homes and businesses in the South/SouthWest Fort Wayne area. The continuation of the newspaper is a direct result of community support and local marketing. Throughout the eighty-two years of operations, The Waynedale News' main mission is to unite and positively promote the Waynedale area. For more information please visit our website www.thewaynedalenews.com or find us on facebook.com/WaynedaleNews.

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aCornwell@thewaynedalenews.com (Alex Cornwell) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0400
FILL THE BOOT AROUND WAYNEDALE http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11616-fill-the-boot-around-waynedale.html http://www.thewaynedalenews.com/featured-news/11616-fill-the-boot-around-waynedale.html

fill-the-boot-Fire-Dept-2014Monday the Honorable Mayor Henry, Fire Chief Lahey and members of the FWFD kicked off the 2014 MDA "Fill the Boot" campaign.

Beginning Thursday, August 21, FWFD crews throughout the city positioned themselves at high traffic intersections and collect monetary donations from cars stopped at traffic lights.

"Every year during the 'Fill the Boot' we are humbled by the support the community gives us during this campaign. In 2013, the Fort Wayne Firefighters collected a record breaking $98,045.64 and raised more dollars than any other department in the state," said Captain Randy Zion, Fort Wayne Fire Department Firefighter and IAFF Local 124 MDA Chairman.

In addition to celebrating MDA and firefighters 60 years of partnership, this year's collection is more personal for the FWFD. At Monday's kickoff, Ty Conley and his 11-year old son Landon were present. Landon was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For years Ty has supported FWFD's efforts by contributing change during their drive. This year, Ty is a Fort Wayne Firefighter having graduated from the Academy in June.

Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of more than 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and degeneration of skeletal muscles used during voluntary movement. These disorders vary in age of onset, severity, and pattern of affected muscles. All forms of MD grow worse as muscles progressively degenerate and weaken.

MDA leads the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. Money raised during the campaign supports local MDA clinics and research and funds services like neuromuscular disease support groups, medical equipment repair and summer camps for children.

Since 1993, the FWFD has collected $1,166,980 during their 'Fill the Boot' campaigns.

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tiberiusarms@acorndesignllc.com (The Waynedale News Staff) Featured Waynedale News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0400