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LUERS JUNIOR TAKES HIS LOVE OF THE SPORT LACROSSE AND TURNS IT INTO AN INTERNET BUSINESS VENTURE

 

John Shields is not your typical Bishop Luers high school junior taking the summer off. Shields' passion for the game of lacrosse is making him a popular person with his teammates and around the globe. Why? John began customizing his lacrosse heads for himself, and then for a few friends, and now for customers on the World Wide Web!

In lacrosse, players carry a stick with something on the end...

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"It's not to our credit to think we began today and it's not to our glory to think we end today. All through time we keep coming in to the shore like waves, like waves. You stick to your blood, son; there's a fierceness in blood that can bind you up with a long community of life." – Hugh McGehee, a character from the novel "So Red the Rose" by Stark Young.

Family is the greatest and strongest institution of mankind. That is what Carl Mason was thinking when he said to his family, "Why is it...

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Head Coach Larry Getts talks to running back Sophomore Ray Byers on a hot Friday afternoon at the Wayne High School practice field.

Adam Swinford graduated from Wayne High School in 1995. He grew up on Muldoon Road just 1/2 mile from Wayne. While he was studying at the University of Saint Francis he was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Wayne. Now he is Wayne's Athletic Director. Adam takes over the A/D position from Murray Mendenhall and still seeks Mendenhall's advice on matters he is unfamiliar with.

Adam is married to Jessica and they have two daughters, Reagan-4 yrs. and Peyton-18 months. He played baseball at the...

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The Midwest in Motion dance team from Dance Ltd. is a traveling team that proudly represented the State of Indiana this past April at Dance Excellence International Dance Festival held in Los Angeles, CA with a performance at Disneyland, and Long Beach International Performance Boards. It was also a thrill for the students to experience taking classes from world renown instructors such as David Wilcox (Ballet Master), Mark Goodman (Tap), Corlissa Gines (STOMP), and others too numerous to mention. Sharing in this experience of the performing arts with new found friends from around the world will forever be in these dancers hearts and minds. Competition is not key. It is their performance that is important. Sharing their talent and having fun are 13-18 year olds from Midwest in Motion dance team: (top row l-r) Shayla Bearman, Kalen Royse, LaLinda Myers, and Whitney Scott. (bottom row l-r) Hannah Ford, Laura Snyder, Amanda Myers, Heather Rice, and LaRanda Pasko.

"It's like getting a great workout and feeling like a rock star all at the same time," explained Director Sandi Bearman, who opened her doors at 2604 Lower Huntington Road twenty years ago. Her dance studio, called Dance Ltd. brought to the Waynedale community tap, jazz and ballet. Over the past 20 years changes have evolved in the study of dance and she now includes clogging, pointe, and hip hop styles.

Over 250 students attend classes and are taught by Dance Ltd.'s artistic staff which...

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Beulah Stoker (Southeast), Daryl Kinbschy (Creighton Homes), Billie Rykard (Belle Vista), and Shirley Glover (Fairfield) of the local neighborhood associations worked diligently getting sponsors and donations to provide free food and entertainment.  The police and fire departments put on demonstrations of city equipment, including the Hostage Rescue Vehicle and Andros-the remote control robot that looked like a contraption out of star wars.

It was free food and lots of fun at the SouthWest Area's Partnership (SWAP) Crime Prevention Night Out on August 2, 2005.

The National Night Out started 22 years ago, as a show of solidarity within the neighborhoods. It was a statement to criminals that neighbors were joining with neighbors to work together to combat crime. "Initially people across the city would turn on their porch lights on a given night as a statement of recognition of the crime problem in the city," said Beulah Stoker, of...

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My love-hate relationship with Grand Canyon began in 1971. Four of us started off from Fort Wayne in a $250 V.W. bus on a quest to San Francisco. After suffering our second breakdown in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, we sold the van and whatever else we could to the Indians, divided into two groups, stuck out our thumbs and continued our travels to California.

We spent our first night sleeping in the desert across from a Stucky's in Winslow, Arizona. The next morning we flipped a coin to see what...

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Avalon Swim Club once again painted their fingernails green and blue, decorated vehicles and cheered their team on to score 2251 points successfully defending their City Swim title at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium held July 15, 16 and 17, 2005.

The City Swim Meet, sponsored by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, is divided into age groups so there is equal competition for everyone, the oldest group being the 15-and-over group and the youngest in the 8-and-under. Avalon's theme for this year was...

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Playgrounds help children build strength, coordination and social skills. They also make kids more vulnerable to predators who frequent public areas. As proud sponsors of Dignity Memorial Escape School the professionals at KLAHEN, FAHL & MELTON hope to increase awareness of this issue as children head outdoors this summer.

Though the victims' ages and circumstances vary, the Department of Justice estimates that more than 50,000 children fall prey to non-family abductions each year. While...

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The Mutual of Omaha Drive, Chip & Putt Junior Challenge was held at The Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, where participants ages 7-14 learned about the game of golf and tested their skills.‑Eighteen different prizes were awarded in each age group – one to each of the top five in driving, chipping and putting, as well as, the top three rankings for the best combined performance.

"We witnessed some outstanding performances from these young...

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