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The good old Waynedale News in Afghanistan!

The soldiers and leaders of the 221 Ordnance Company honored Waynedale resident Peter Doak at their Transfer of Responsibility Ceremony at Bagram, Afghanistan.

First Sergeant Peter M. Doak was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 27, 1959. He comes from a family of 13 and has a twin brother Paul. He is a 1977 graduate of Elmhurst High School. 1SG Doak entered the Army in August of 1977. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was...

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Inside a church on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale the Paschal Candle usually stands near the baptismal font. But, during this special time of the church year-the Easter season, it is a focus point—a symbol of Christ's Light. That He has risen!

St. Therese Catholic Church has adopted this ancient custom-the Paschal Candle. It is a very large candle that symbolizes both the pillar of fire that led Israel by night and the risen Lord at Easter. Father Joe Rulli commented that the Paschal...

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Dave and Trena Echenoz, 4th generation owners, along with 3rd generation owner Harold Dautz prepare for the Easter season.

The old newspaper article was titled: "Dautz Floral Shop Originated As Produce Farm In 1917." The paper is yellowed with age, wrinkled and torn. There is a picture of Dautz's second-generation proprietor, Herbert Dautz pruning flowers. The article mentions the location as being at 5001 Hayden Road, two blocks north of Elmhurst High School.

Hayden Road is now Ardmore Avenue. The name of the road was changed back in the fifties. The name of the road may have changed but the family business has...

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Founded by the immigrants who came to America, ethnic groups were a part of nearly every town and neighborhood. The clubs were dens of familiarity and nostalgia. On the evenings and weekends the new arrivals would get together to speak their language, eat comfort foods and share their song and traditions.

The one that keeps going strong are the German clubs.

In the early 1900s there were as many as 8 German singing societies in Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Sangerbund was founded on October 4...

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Roppel representatives, Brian Densford, Dennis Husband, Steve Yankowy and John Adams, work with owner Rich Elzey of Rich’s Auto Center on Thursday, March 10, 2005.

Representatives from Roppel's were in town for a two-day seminar on heating and cooling at Rich's Auto Center on Sandpoint Road. Roppel's sent representatives from Louisville, Kentucky and Arlington, Texas, as well as, their local representative John Adams from 5455 Keystone Drive. The Roppel Technicians were in town to help automotive repair shops learn how to repair and replace automobile air-conditioning units. The class was held Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 and 11 with 20 mechanics...

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Helen Smith of Bluffton was the Grand Prize Winner at MarkleBank's West Jefferson Banking Center's Grand Opening. Smith won a year's lease on a brand new 2005 Mini Cooper from Jim Kelley Leasing, Inc.

MarkleBank's West Jefferson Office, located at 6751 West Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne, opened in January. The Grand Opening week featured daily events, drawings and giveaways. Other prizes included a Birthday Party from the Naked Clay Café, a $100 Gift Certificate from Umber's Ace Hardware, and...

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Elmhurst High School seniors, Aaron Mann and Lauren Zuber, made state finals in the Scripted Duo category at the National Forensic League Speech District competition that was held at Snider High School on Saturday, March 5th.

Aaron and Lauren will be representing Elmhurst High School at the State NFL Finals at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on Saturday, March 19th.‑ They are both very excited they were chosen as state finalists and look forward to the state...

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On Sunday, February 20, 2005 at the Waynedale United Methodist Church the annual Miami District Recognition Dinner was held. The sheer number of volunteer hours that these adults devote to our youth and our community would be staggering if calculated.

The City of Fort Wayne and the community of Waynedale is quite fortunate to have people like Bob Rainwaters investing so much of themselves to further the program of the Boy Scouts of America.

PFC JASON A. FRY

PFC Jason A. Fry, 25 years old, graduated from MCRD-San Diego on November 19, 2004. A graduate from Homestead High School in 1998, he joined the United States Marines, leaving for Basic Training on August 22, 2004.

He is currently stationed at Camp Horno, which is located in Camp Pendleton, CA. His MOS (Military Occupational School) is 03-11 Infantry, which he completed after 3 months of intense training on February 4, 2005.

PFC Fry will be going overseas in July to either Afghanistan or...

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