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Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department began in 1940s. James D. Mason helped to form the fire department in 1941 and made the first run with one-pumper unit. Picture taken April 30, 1967 (l-r): Kneeling-Bob Schrock, Dick Kaser, Bill Stark (Edward William), Jerry Harman, Boris Shurboff, Lee Guillaume, Herman Smith Back Row-Dave Fricki, Paul Reed, Gil Berghoff Middle Row-Jim Mason, Harry Stapleton, Leland Woods, Clyde Myers, Gil Kiefer, Charlie Miller, Ray DeClercq

One of Waynedale's proudest possessions was the Waynedale Volunteer Fire Department. It had as many as 40 volunteers to man the trucks in fighting fires throughout Wayne Township.

I sat down with Charlie and Doris Miller on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 to talk about the Waynedale Fire Department. Charlie was one of the original group of volunteer firemen and donated many years to the town of Waynedale, both in fighting fires and operating the ambulance.

After the new fire station was...

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Photo provided by Doris Miller Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Women’s Auxiliary - circa 1965 Back Row (r-l): Barb Schrock, Irene Stark, Judy Kissinger, Doris Miller Front Row (r-l): Janet Yoder, Angie McCague, Lela Green, Jeanette Laisure, Audrey Prince,                    Betty   Reed, Doris DeClercq, Sue Stoner, Sue Harman Missing from photo: Catherine (Kate) Mason

On October 15, 1954 the wives of the Wayne Township Firemen held a meeting for the purpose of forming an auxiliary. Catherine (James) Mason was elected President, Catherine (Elsworth) Geller as Vice-President, Jacqueline (Roy) Cook as Secretary, Angie (Kenneth) McCague as Treasurer, and Doris (Charles) Miller as Publicity Chairman.

A letter was sent to the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, Attention Mr. E. W. Stark, Secretary, asking permission to be accepted as an auxiliary to...

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The Waynedale Bakery as it was in 1986.  Kyle and Joan Mason (photo right) made all their baked goods from scratch.

The Waynedale Bakery, which began 50 years ago, "started on a shoestring," said Kyle Mason, then owner. He came from a family of five boys, no girls. "We lived on a farm in the Markle area," Kyle went on to explain. "When it came time for doing chores one of the boys had to help with the kitchen. I was usually the one who volunteered." And when it came time during the war, Kyle's duties? Chief Cook on a Navy Ship. After returning home from the service, it was difficult to find any kind of job...

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Wendy Louise 'Daisy' Cassell, by Jim 'Rooster' Cassell

 

I met Wendy Schneider 13-years ago on January 7, 1992 at the Window Garden Restaurant. Her mother worked there on the 'Lucky 13th Floor'. Even though we had been married over 10 1/2 years (almost 11), we had been tested together through all circumstances.

We both have mental illnesses. I have Manic/Bipolar Depression Disorder and Wendy had Chronic Depression Disorder. Besides the mental illness Wendy had an enlarged heart...

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Olga Bakhtova has already experienced much in her life. Born in the former USSR, Olga now refers to the Ukraine as her birthplace. As a child she grew up in communist Russia and experienced the dissolution of the USSR and the emergence of the Ukraine as an independent country.

Olga's hometown Novoazovsk, Ukraine is just a few miles from the Russian border and that is where her father operated a beauty supply business. At a very early age Olga had access to a wide variety of professional hair...

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Bishop John M. D'Arcy met with the media in Fort Wayne at a news conference held at The Cathedral Center on Friday, February 4, 2005. Reporting on the Legacy of Faith drive, Bishop D'Arcy announced that a year and a half ago the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend set a goal of $40 million. Today more than $48.5 million had already been pledged.

The Bishop attributed this success "to how much the Catholic faith means to the people." "It would not be possible," he went on to say...

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Nathan Conroy, a senior, majoring in Biology at Hillsdale College, was named to the Dean's List. He achieved a 4.0 average for the 2004 fall semester. Nathan is the son of Jim and Rita Conroy of Yoder, Indiana. He was a 2001 graduate of Bishop Luers High School and is planning on teaching when he completes his studies. Hillsdale is located at 33 E. College Street in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Calvary United Methodist Church will be hosting the Bethune-Cookman College Inspirational Gospel Choir for a special concert on Saturday evening, February 26, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.‑ Bethune-Cookman is located in Daytona Beach, Florida and is one of the United Methodist's historic Black Colleges.

This 30-member student choir arose out of a prayer meeting in 1966 and now travels throughout the United States during school vacation periods.

 

Among their accomplishments are performances:

• at the...

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LOST

Solitaire diamond ring (yellow gold). It was lost either in Bank One's drive-up parking lot or Crossroad's parking lot on January 18, 2005. If you have found this ring, please call Phyllis at 427-8800.

 

FOUND

Calico cat. Betty Marsh called The Waynedale News on Monday, February 14, 2005 to thank us for helping her locate her cat. "Calico" was lost on January 25, 2005.

This eight-year-old cat wandered from Woodheath Drive to Miss Smith's barn on Ardmore Avenue. Miss Smith, who...

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