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Miss Teen pageant contestant, Lauren Kowalenko, Elmhurst student, Walgreen employee, President of Health Occupational Students of America.

Lauren Marie Kowalenko of Sandpoint Road was recently selected to participate in Nationals 2003 Miss Teen Northern Indiana pageant competition that will take place on November 23, 2003. Lauren is the oldest of five children and is a senior at Elmhurst High School. She studies medicine at Anthis Career Center and will have earned a Certified Nursing Assistant license in May of 2004 when she graduates. After high school Loren plans on attending Saint Francis University to earn a degree in...

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#2 James Hardy picks up blockers #18 Travis Potchka and #36 Eric Veazy as Dwengers #32 John Zolnick tries to choose the proper angle to cut off Hardy on an end-around.

The Elmhurst Trojans completed their 2003 football season by losing the first game of the sectional to Bishop Dwenger 56-19. Dwenger came onto the Trojan home field hoping that a big win might erase the loss they experienced back at the first game of the season. Dwenger got the win, but there was no way to erase the earlier loss. The win back on August 8th was Elmhursts' first win in 64 games.

That first win against Dwenger not only shocked Fort Wayne, it shocked the nation. The upset...

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Letter from Mary Keefer, Principal of Bishop Luers High School

Teaching is the best job around. It is so exciting for me to hear that a former student has entered the teaching profession. Bishop Luers High School truly enjoys the opportunity to welcome student teachers to our school. Teaching is not a vocation for the faint of heart. You teach when you don't feel very well. You teach when it's 95 degrees in your room. You teach through interruptions. You teach the hard to reach and...

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On Monday, November 10th, 2003 the Waynedale Elementary School choir, under the direction of Karen Pose, observed Veterans Day by singing in patriotic theme. This is the first annual Veterans Day Event put together by Principal Dave Yard and Jennifer Sprague. "We just wanted to do something to honor local veterans," said Principal Dave Yard. "We feel it is important for the kids to get a sense of patriotism and the cost of freedom."

Speakers at this event included veterans from American...

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AMERICAN LEGION POST #296-Larry Thiele, Commander

Come check out our NEWLY REMODELED post. Since the flood of July 03 we have all new bar-all new cabinets-all new carpet. We are totally remodeled and open to the public.
Friday Nights Fish Fry
Christmas Dance will be on December 12th
New Year's Eve dance to Brass & Ivory on December 31st
AMERICAN LEGION POST #160
November 21 - Chicken Strips, French Fries, Macaroni Salad
November 28 - Meat Loaf, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans
We are still looking...

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from the Third Vice-Manuel "Ferd" Fernandis

"...this opening will be brought about by the combined efforts and the hard work of many of Post 296 volunteers, led by board member and contractor Matt Smith, along with club manager, Sylvia Cunningham and Post Commander Larry Thiele and his wife Helen...worked shoulder to shoulder...in every phase of the flood cleanup and restoration...

To those involved in restoring the post, providing food and supplies to the workers, and even those stopping by...

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Harrison Hull was nineteen when he came back to Indiana. He was born in Dekalb County on Jan 27th 1920. He traveled with his family to Ohio and then to Tennessee, but Indiana is where he wanted to work. He traveled to Auburn Indiana and applied for a job at the Auburn Kroger. The manager said, "I don't have any openings right now, but I like your looks. Come with me to Ft. Wayne and we'll see if we can find you a job." The Kroger store on Wayne Street was where he went to work.

While...

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Renae at home in Waynedale with her dog Dixie.

Last year as an honor student of Wayne High School, Renae Lynn Dexter marched with the Wayne High School band. Today, she is still marching. But, to the beat of a different drum. Five weeks after graduating from Wayne High School Renae joined up and became Airman 1st Class with the U. S. Air Force. Renae's mom, Mary, called The Waynedale News and announced that she was coming home. "I am very proud of the work that Renae is doing for our country. She has chosen the Air Force as her...

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After the war, many veterans rushed back to America to resume their civilian lives and never inquired about receiving any medals. Most of these medallists named below are unwilling to tell their war story. They said, "they were just doing their job". They never refer to themselves as heroes. I guess they are just representatives of that generation-a generation that acted with great valor, but didn't make much ado about it. Their deeds are known to very few.

On November 8, 2003 WWII veterans...

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