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(R-L) HTC Kelly J. Beebe (Fort Wayne, IN),  E-6 IT1 William Robinson (Haines City, FL)

Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in New York City for Fleet Week got a real "Big Apple" greeting when their images were projected on the Giant Panasonic Astrovision Video Screen in Times Square! This annual event in celebration of Fleet Week is a collaboration between the USO, United States Navy and Panasonic.

Bishop D'Arcy recently appointed Fr. Stephen Kempinger, C.S.C., as the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. "I am most grateful to his provincial, Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., for granting permission to Father Kempinger to serve in this capacity," stated Bishop D'Arcy. "It is another step in a long and devoted service by the Congregation of Holy Cross of priests, brothers and sisters in this diocese."

Father Kempinger comes with an excellent...

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On Friday, May 12, 2006, at 11:00 AM The Waynedale News was at Provo, Utah inside the BYU Chapel for the funeral services of Elma "Pem" Gardner Farnsworth. The chapel was filled to capacity and the service began by reading a proclamation from the governor of Utah. After all the whereas,' wherefores and therefore's were read, it proclaimed that because of the tireless efforts of Pem Farnsworth and the great contributions Philo T. Farnsworth made to our culture, a bronze statue of him would be...

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Rusty York

Fort Wayne City Police Chief Russell (Rusty) York was born on the north side of Fort Wayne 'State & Sherman area' in 1951. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1969 and took a job as a City Light apprentice lineman. He said, "Like a lot of us back in the late 60's, work was plentiful and I took the City Light job just to make some money. As it turned out, it wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." Rusty left the City Light job and joined the Fort Wayne city police...

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(l-r)  Wm. (Bill) Adkins, Dave MacAfee, Edward Kemp, and Mike VanRyn

AmVets National Commander Edward Kemp was in Waynedale to talk about keeping the VA Hospital open. The meeting was held at Amvets Post 33, at 6620 Koester Drive just off of Lower Huntington Road. The meeting included National Commander Kemp, State Commander William (Bill) Adkins from Marion, Dave MacAfee, First Vice Guard Commander and Mike VanRyn, Commander of local VFW Post 33.

The Symposium, which will be held in Chicago on October 18, 19 & 20, is designed to increase communication between...

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Mike VanRyn

Mike VanRyn has been chosen to be Master of Ceremonies for the Waynedale Memorial Day Parade. Mike was born on the east side of Fort Wayne on July 1, 1948. He attended North Side High School, graduating in 1966. He joined the Army in 1968 and did his basics at Fort Gamble, Kentucky. From Fort Gamble he traveled to Fort Gorden in Georgia, for MP training. Mike said, "After my MP training I was sent to a number of different places and I didn't get back stateside until 1971."

Mike began work at...

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The junior class at Bishop Luers High School has been going to St. Joseph Hospital to visit with their patients for one hour each Friday for almost fifteen years.

Mary Keefer the current Principal at Bishop Luers started the program when she was a religion teacher at Luers. According to Cynthia Nettles, Recreational Therapist at St. Joseph, "most patients enjoy just sitting and talking with the students, especially if they have grandchildren who are about the same age or their own children...

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Owners of Dragon’s Keep Café, L-R George Webber, Mary Isenhour, Jeb Brenneman, Merritt Isenhour

On April 25, 2006, Waynedale welcomed Dragon's Keep Café to the area. The newly opened café is family owned and operated by George Webber, Merritt & Mary Isenhour and Jeb Brenneman of Fort Wayne. "In November of 2005, the process of remodeling Dragon's Keep started but the café was talked about for 6 years," said Merritt Isenhour.

Mary Isenhour, Merritt's mother, was said to be the idealist behind the café, but a Scottish castle called the Dunnotar, in Northern Scotland, inspired the cafe's...

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Zachary Burrell

Zachary Burrell, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 19 will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Saint John the Baptist Pursley Activity Center.

To earn Scouting's highest award, Zachary had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.

Zachary's service project was organizing the renovation of the Girl Scout meeting room at Saint John the Baptist Çhurch. Renovation included taking up the old carpet...

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