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The University of Saint Francis’ Schouweiler Planetarium and the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society (FWAS) are providing a series of community events beginning July 2 surrounding the New Horizons Pluto flyby.

The “Pluto Celebration” will consist of several events designed to familiarize the community with binary dwarf planet Pluto and prepare for the July 14 New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto. After a ten-year, three-billion mile journey, New Horizons will photograph, measure and examine...

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Birthday Mary Gebhard 96 years old

Friends and neighbors in Waynedale would like to wish Mary Gebhard a very happy belated birthday.

Mary’s birthday was on May 2nd.

She celebrated her 96th birthday!

According to neighbors, Mary was very active volunteering for many years at the Fort Wayne International Airport greeting people and handing out cookies. While doing that she met many wonderful people, one of them being Marie Osmond.

Full of many kind words and a smile Mary continues living in Waynedale.

Happy Belated Birthday...

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Dahm, DeeDee

“It has been said that if the Lord had had Dee Dee Dahm working with Him, it would not have taken seven days to create the world,” reads one of the nomination letters that contributed to Mary Dolores “Dee Dee” Mahoney Dahm, of Fort Wayne, Ind., receiving the Frances Murphy Rumely Award.

Dahm, 1960 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), received the Frances Murphy Rumely Award from the College for demonstrating outstanding dedication to civic, religious or educational organizations...

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Hoagland Days

Hoagland Days Festival is a Communities annual Carnival. They provide free entertainment with hip hop on Thursday, 50’s, 60’s & 70’s on Friday, Country on Saturday.
All with Free Parking.

A festival celebrating children, midway, parade, greased pig contest, prince/princess contests, queens contest, children’s games, peddle tractor pull, peanut hunt, sports, demolition derby, truck pull and more.
Enjoy a variety of food in the food court including Chicken Dinner or Fish and Tenderloin...

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Waynedale Chamber Of Commerce Charter. circa 1960

In response to the heightened interest and overall need for a collective voice and a standing organization, local community advocates are forming a Waynedale Business Chamber (WBC). The chamber is open to all Waynedale business owners, commercial property owners, managers and anyone else who would like to improve the ‘Waynedale business district.’ It is free to join and plans to hold monthly members’ meetings.

Organizers of the chamber, Alex Cornwell (Waynedale News), Camille Garrison...

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Clowns Sunbeam

Life as a clown began for Ray Hapner in 1994 when he went to his local library and saw an ad on the bulletin board for clown school, an organization run by the Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry program. Several weeks and $75 later for make-up and other supplies, he became what’s known as an “auguste” clown – or a clown with flesh-tone paint on the face, and white paint on the eyes and muzzle.

Ray has been clowning it up ever since. Known as Sunbeam, Ray is part of High Hopes Clowns, a non-profit...

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CHARLES & JOAN KLENKE 65th anniversary

On June 17, Charles and Joan Klenke celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They exchanged vows at St. Paul Methodist Church in Fort Wayne.

Klenke’s have three daughters, Dianne Diehl of Huntington; Patricia (John) Norris of Roanoke; Jennifer (Mark) Christlieb of Fort Wayne and a son, Richard (deceased). Their five grandchildren are Dawn (Scott) Anders and Christopher (Amanda) Diehl both of Huntington; David (Kara) Roth of Waynesville, Missouri; James Roth of Fort Wayne; and Andrew Roth...

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Isaac Morrison stands near his inventions at Camp Invention, with his mother looking on.

From June 8 to 12, twenty-five Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School students participated in Camp Invention, a day camp dedicated to fostering in children the skills necessary to become inventors.

Camp Invention is created and sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and was hosted by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. The 25 first through sixth graders spent a week using their imaginations, problem solving and using recyclable household items to create group and...

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Dick and Norma Williams have lived in Roanoke, then Waynedale for 44 years. Currently they reside in Aboite and are celebrating their 60th anniversary!

They have been longtime, dedicated readers of The Waynedale News.

Dick and Norma were married June 24, 1955 at Roanoke 1st Brethren Church. They have been blessed with two children, Pamm (Greg) Wood and Greg Williams, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A family dinner celebrating the couple’s 60th anniversary was held at Hall’s...

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