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On January 27th, 2004, Fort Wayne and I, and many of his friends, have lost a great Clown Charles "Franklin" Willer. He is best known for many nicknames such as "Choo Choo Charlie", "Chuckles the Juggling Clown" and a DJ on the radio known best as "Charlie Franklin." His last job was on Fort Wayne's Super Hits of the '60s & '70s radio station WLDE 101.7 FM. I have known Charlie since July of 1972, when he was on WPTH-FM Stereo 95.1 FM (now WAJI MAJIC 95.1 FM), and it is still owned by the...

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Umber's Ace Hardware, a third generation, locally owned hardware business, will celebrate it's 60th anniversary in May. Umber's retail hardware stores have been serving Fort Wayne since 1944 when founders Lester and Bertha Umber opened for business.

The original store was located in Waynedale at the corner of Lower Huntington Road and Old Trail. By 1954, they had outgrown the location and built a new, larger store at the present site in Waynedale. The same year, Umber's became an Ace Hardware...

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The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society and the Allen County Genealogical Society have joined forces to compile and publish the first comprehensive narrative history of Allen County, Indiana in more than 87 years.

On Thursday, April 22, 2004 in the Lincoln Museum Lobby a press conference was held to explain the two-volume, coffee-table size hardbound book. Officials announce that it will contain over 800 pages of county history as well as biographies of local families, churches...

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Foster Park Golf Course has recovered from the Flood of '03 and is back better than ever. Mayor Graham Richard officially opened the recently renovated Foster Park Golf Course on Thursday, April 15th. After suffering major flood damage last summer, Foster Golf Course's Grand Re-Opening is a welcome event for area golfers. "Foster survived the worst flood in its history—but thanks to the hard work of the Parks and Recreation staff, the 76th anniversary year will be phenomenal," said Mayor...

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Kingston Residence helped Monona Bonifas celebrate 100 years of living. Monona has lived from the times of horse and carriage to the first automobile, space flight, and the information highway. Her positive outlook and sense of humor have taken her through 10 decades.

At 3:00 PM on Friday, April 16, 2004 Kingston Residence, friends and family helped Monona celebrate her 100th birthday with cake and candles.

Don Goss received the Lifetime Achievement Award on April 3, 2004 from the University of Saint Francis.

The inscription on the plaque reads "The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts presents the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication, service, creativity and leadership in Arts Education to Don Goss, April 3, 2004".

This is the first of a kind for Saint Francis. This event shows the connection with the community for the students in both Elmhurst High School and the...

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As with almost all "Christian" holidays, Easter has been secularized and commercialized. The dichotomous nature of Easter and its symbols, however, is not necessarily a modern fabrication.

Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival. The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When the...

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Congratulations to Phyllis Foster who celebrated her 80th Birthday on April 8th. Phyllis stopped by The Waynedale News last Wednesday and we captured her digitally. She is the Grand Niece of Abner Elzey, who was the founder of Waynedale. Phyllis has been married to her husband, Robert Foster for 62 years. She also mentioned that, Rich Elzey, owner of Rich's Auto Service, is her nephew and the Great Grand nephew of Abner Elzey.

This year's Waynedale Memorial Day Parade, is scheduled for Monday, May 31st. The parade route will begin at the Waynedale United Methodist Church, 2501 Church Street, and end at Prairie Grove Cemetery at the north end of Old Trail Road. As always, a ceremony will be held at the cemetery honoring all veterans.

After the Prairie Grove Ceremony, a Memorial Day Celebration will take place at the Southwest Conservation Club, which is just across Bluffton Road. The Waynedale News is planning on...

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