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As of August 31, 2005, FEMA and other civil authorities have ordered the evacuation of the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas.

"Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
And miss her each night and day
I know I'm not wrong...
This feelin's getting' stronger
The longer, I stay away

 

Miss them moss covered vines...the tall sugar pines
Where mockin' birds used to sing
And I'd like to see that lazy Mississippi...
hurryin' into spring

 

The moonlight on the bayou....
a Creole tune....that fills the air
I dream... about Magnolias in bloom....
and I'm wishin' I was there
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
When that's...

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Some of you may remember Billie (Blush) Stewart, who graduated from Elmhurst in 1959. She grew up on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, but now lives in Midland, Georgia. Two of her friends, Jim and Gisela Spires, work for a company that supplies firefighters with emergency showers. The disaster in New Orleans prompted FEMA to contract them to go to New Orleans to aid in the rescue efforts. Following are their accounts of the situation over the past few days. 

Date: Monday, Sept. 5, 2005...

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photo by Cindy Cornwell Autumn colors and falling leaves are seen on this tree along Old Trail Road.

The summers of near drought conditions have stressed some trees to the point of changing their leaves to the reds, yellows and oranges of fall a month early, horticulturalists say.

Trees in Indiana should unveil fall colors in early October and not during the final week of August.

City dwellers with water hoses and some spare time can minimize drought damage to their trees that provide shade, beauty and habitat for wildlife.

Forestry supervisors are asking property owners to water trees for...

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 The “Topping Off Ceremony” included raising the tallest beam, complete with flags and a tree, on the Lee and Jim Vann Library and a speech by Jim Vann (right).

The University of St. Francis is located on the western edge of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This beautiful 72-acre campus has rolling lawns and tree-shaded coves surrounded by the scenic Mirror Lake.

As students began their first day of classes, August 29, 2005, they discovered some major changes.

The big news on campus is the progression of the Pope John Paul II Center.

Construction began when classes ended in May. Now, nearly six months later, the $14 million project is well under way. The 90,000...

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Anna Marie Herber born on September 17, 1905, was the youngest child of Anton and Martha (Schmidt) Herber. The Herber farm was located at Monroeville & Marion Center Road, and the playground for, Ambrose, Blanche, Robert and Elizabeth. "We didn't have electricity until Roosevelt was in office. I remember my brother had a radio that ran off batteries. The batteries didn't last long, but I can remember hearing Opera on that radio."

The Herber children attended St. Joseph Hessen Cassel School...

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Dear Friends,

We wish to thank each and every one of you for your attendance to our third annual Community Picnic. We had over 900 people attending this year's event. It was a huge success!

We would like to thank all of our 176 businesses and individual sponsors who contributed to making this yearly event even more special than the prior 2 years. Your sponsorship allowed us to provide game and door prizes for all age groups.

Everyone enjoyed the Fort Wayne Police Department, the K-9 units...

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John A. Bleich, along with 238 Thirty-second Degree Scottish Rite Masons will be elevated to the Thirty-third degree in a special ceremony at Grand Rapids, MI on August 30. The event will take place at the conclusion of the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

In attendance will be more than 2000 Thirty-third Degree Masons and their wives from the 15 Northeastern and Midwestern states comprising the 240,000-member Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. This will mark the first time since 1997...

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The Waynedale Masonic Lodge will be having a public Open House in conjunction with the Waynedale Community Picnic to be held on August 27 at Waynedale Park.

In addition, the Lodge will be conducting their "Indiana Child Identification Program" (INCHIP). The INCHIP program is conducted by the Masons, free of charge, for all interested families. This program consists of an interview intended to demonstrate mannerisms and speech and is recorded on DVD. Fingerprints are taken (without ink) and the...

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This Red Oak tree was approximately 10 feet in diameter and 31 feet in circumference. Starting at 7am, Wednesday, August 17, 2005, Derek Veit and Chad Tinkel from the Fort Wayne Parks Department felled this tree at the corner of Engle and Bluffton Road.

On Wednesday, August 17, a giant red oak was cut down. The tree, a Fort Wayne landmark, had fallen prey to the ravages of insects, lightening strikes and father time.

It was a seedling when Indian Village was a real Indian Village. It had watched the St. Mary's River bring white settlers into the area. It existed before the canals, the railways, the interurban and the present day roads. It was growing before the great Civil War and existed through World War I, II, Vietnam and the first Iraq...

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