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More than 100 volunteers gathered Saturday, November 6, in four of Fort Wayne's parks to plant 136 trees and 600 lilac bushes. This event was called the Great Tree Canopy Comeback and was sponsored by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Parks.

The selected locations for the parks included Reservoir, Memorial, Rockhill and Foster Parks. Foster received 10 varieties of lilac's (600 bushes), to replace older bushes that were removed earlier this month.

The Great Tree Canopy...

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George Ognenoff was born June 20, 1928 in the Weisser Park area of Fort Wayne. He was just 17 in 1945 when he joined the United States Navy. He did his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago and shipped out to the China Sea. He was assigned to the Destroyer, Fred T. Berry, DD858.

George was a sports enthusiast who loved the game of football. In those days almost every outfit in the service had a football team. He played with DES-PAC, which became the Pacific Fleet...

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Back Row: Marcella Lamboley, Irene Stark, Ed Hall, Rosalie Hall, Robert Sipe, Karl McOmber. Bottom Row: Ruby___, Unknown, Virginia Ball, Unknown, Unknown.

Scouting in Waynedale used to include a Spring Pow-Wow at Waynedale Park. This would be a time for passing out scout badges and awards that had been earned over the winter. The Den Mothers and Scout Leaders would dress up in Native American garb and celebrate around a large bonfire.

Carl McOmber remembered one such gathering where the leaders salvaged an old electric heating element, tied match ends on the element, put kindling around the match ends and ran wires to a 12 volt battery which...

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Jeff Dreyfus and Angie Sturm after Angie’s perfect game.

Saturday, October 20 was just another league Saturday for local bowler Angie Sturm. Angie bowls in the Youth Amateur Bowling Association League on Saturday mornings. She is a seventeen-year-old senior at Bishop Luers High School but the high school bowling hasn't started yet. Angie was at Village Bowl enjoying the company of her friends and competing in the once-a-week YABA league. Her first two games were typical 200 plus games as she carries a 210 average.

Jeff Dreyfus, the manager at...

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First row, holding plaques: Nicole Landon, Monica Aquirre Second Row: Brittiany Hunter, Miranda Jackson, Kristin Isbell, Melissa Oberley and Emily Braun Third Row: Coach, Lauren Mathews, Kathryn Driscoll, McKenzie Wyss, Coach, Andrea Allphin, Coach Danielle Landon and Coach, Lisa Palmer

On Saturday, October 30, 2004 St. Therese won the Red League CYO volleyball tournament by defeating Queen of Angels seventh grade team, 21-12, & 21-15. They also defeated Hessen Cassel seventh to advance to the championship game. Overall they had an 8-0 record and won their regular season. This was the first group of St. Therese girls to go undefeated in the regular season and also win their tournament. They also had a great crowd at their Saturday morning championship game, which was...

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Farm Bureau Insurance and the Indianapolis Colts have selected Allen County student Lauren Holman (St. John the Baptist) as a state winner in this year's "Gameplan for Life" competition.

"Gameplan for Life," sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance in conjunction with the Indianapolis Colts, encourages Hoosier students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to make wise decisions by focusing on their future.‑ Twenty-five state winners were selected from nearly 1200 students representing 73 schools.‑ To enter...

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Pursuing the American Dream is difficult for some, especially a young female baseball player from Cuba.

Isabel Alvarez was born October 31, 1933 in Havana. Rafael DeLeon had built a ballpark and Isabel joined the Estrellas Cubanas (Cuban Stars) at probably twelve years old. The girl ball players were very poor and DeLeon provided food and bought Isabel her first glove. She still remembers going to his estate on weekends.

Isabel's mother was very insistent that she play ball, as her mother...

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photo by Mrs. Ryan Rick Meyer and rls hold onto a stringer of Chinook Salmon caught along the might Muskegon near Newago, Michigan.

Give me an atlas that's tattered and worn
And stained by the dew of an autumns morn
With pages dog-eared, and high-lites on trails
And notes about campsites, and fishing and tales
No order of pages, no maps that are bare
But plenty of circles and check marks and squares
It's an atlas of journeys, adventure and fun
A blueprint left waiting for somebody's son 

 

It was a moonless starry night. You could look up into the inky blackness and see the heavy cloud of stars that make up the Milky Way....

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On Thursday, October 7th the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a report of a bank robbery at 6141 N. Clinton, Bank One. Witnesses provided a description of a possible suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Clinton Street. Officers located the maroon Chevy Lumina and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers were able to make an apprehension after a short foot pursuit.

The suspect, Joseph F. Looper was transported to the...

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