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Bob Franke was born January 18, 1919 about a mile and a half east of Hoagland, on property his grandfather purchased. Bob grew up on this farm and when he was in high school he purchased his first vehicle. It was a stripped down, Model T flatbed. Bob said, "I paid five dollars for the old truck and there were two fuel tanks in it, one for gasoline and the other for kerosene. In the morning you would start it on gasoline and after it was warmed up, you slowly closed the gas valve and opened the...

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photos by Bill Stark The ‘Flying Circus’, a 50-foot Columbia boat, restored and owned by Neil Newhard.

In January local residents Tom & Karen Purkiser and Bill & Linda Stark spent two weeks in the Virgin Islands. They rented a two-bedroom villa on St. John, overlooking Turner Bay. Turner Bay is just a short walk to the main town of Cruz Bay where there are many unique shops, bars and restaurants. This is where Captain Neil Newhard, an original from Waynedale, keeps his yacht 'Flying Circus' docked in Cruz Bay.

Highlights of the trip included visiting the many white-sand beaches, snorkeling...

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Ol' Phil the Groundhog tells us to expect six more weeks of winter. Not surprising, since winter is officially with us until about the third week of March. Another weather predictor is the larva of the Isabella tigermoth, more affectionately known as the woolly worm, or woolly bear, depending on what part of the country you live in.

This little creature's body is made up of thirteen segments, which correspond to the thirteen weeks of winter. Its color varies from very dark brown or black to...

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It will be here sooner than you think.

As March approaches it brings with it one of our most familiar weather proverbs, "In like a lion, out like a lamb," but I wonder who made it up, where, when, and is it true?

I did some research and no one seems to know much about the origins of this particular proverb. I guess it is just one of the many old sayings that came from our oral past. All that's known for sure is that it first came into our language through literature back in 1624 when it...

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Lois Widner, principal at St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School, directs children singing in the National Anthem Choir during the "You Can Lend A Hand" fundraiser night at a recent Komet hockey game. The game was sponsored by Burger King and the choir was made of area Catholic School students.

On January 28, several Bishop Luers' students participated at the Indiana State School Music Association (I.S.S.M.A.) District Solo and Ensemble contest for winds, strings and percussion, hosted by Wayne High School.

Jessica Georgi received a Gold rating on a Group 2 Trumpet solo

Mandi Lazzaro received a Gold rating on a Group 2 Xylophone solo

Veronica Baker received a Gold rating on a Group 1 Violin solo, and earned the opportunity to compete at the I.S.S.M.A. State Solo and Ensemble...

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On the pilgrimage from Bishop Luers High School to St. Therese parish.

Students from Bishop Luers High School, St. Therese Elementary, faculty, parents and friends joined together for a service "entrusting" the Jubilee Pilgrim Cross of the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend.

During the service on Friday, February 3, 2006, Father Joe Rulli spoke of "keeping God as your companion...not only on the journey of carrying the cross from Luers to St. Therese parish, but throughout your life." He spoke of accepting this cross—His cross. "Accept it with trust," he said...

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photo by Corissa Baker The Jubilee Pilgrim Cross traveled downtown to the abortion clinic on February 9, 2006 where students from Bishop Luers and Bishop Dwenger High Schools as well as St. Therese Catholic School and Father Joe Rulli peacefully prayed for the women and their babies.

"Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants." Mother Theresa.

Every Thursday at 7 a.m., whether it is 0 degrees or 80 degrees, a dedicated group of high school students are making a difference. Between 60-80 Bishop Luers and Bishop Dwenger students roll out of bed early and meet on Webster Street, the location of Fort Wayne's abortion clinic.

Before 7 a.m. on February 9, the Jubilee Pilgrim Cross was transported downtown...

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The Roanoke Baptist Blazers High School varsity basketball team ended the month of January on fire, having won three in a row and 9 of eleven. The wheels came off over the next ten days, however, as the Blazers lost to 3 of their next 4 opponents. Even more discouraging than the losses themselves was the overall team performance. Roanoke's play was best described as a lazy defense, sloppy offense and an overall lack of effort.

The Blazers entered this week like a prizefighter down for the...

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