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Troop 344 Eagle Court of Honor was held Tuesday, August 13, 2002 to usher Joseph Francis Kiel and Christopher Edward LaMaster into the rank of Eagle Scout.

The proud parents of both Joseph and Christopher were on hand to watch Bob Rainwaters, Scoutmaster, do the honors of welcoming both young men into the order of Eagle Scout.

HAMILTON PARK JUNIOR LEAGUE NATIONAL ALL-STARS 2002 Back row: Scorekeeper Brady Medina, President Pete Henry, Holding Trophy #10 A. J. Hill and #94 John Trowbridge, Coach Dave Beckman Middle row: #27 Andrew Weikart, #24 Kevin Merz, #17 Lucas Harmeyer, #1 Brett Bishop, #16 Bryan Sexton, #20 Cortney Kump, Coach Tom Leonard Front row: Manager Tim Stech, #25 Cody Stafford, #7 Nic Sengthong, #2 Miles Townsend, #30 Josh Leonard, #8 Nathan Childers

The finals of the Junior League Baseball Central Region game at Georgetown Wednesday, August 7 was won by the host team Hamilton Park All-Stars. This was the second game of the day for both teams.

Hamilton Park started the game coming out swinging and running. Before the first inning was over Hamilton had six hits and seven stolen bases. Sengthong, Townsend, Hill, Merz, Leonard, Childers, Trowbridge, and Bishop all scored before Minnesota could retire the side. In essence the game was won at...

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Food Factory Express, 1504 Bluffton Road, formerly Café Park Side, is the first ever, fast food for the Hall's Restaurants. It is set in a casual atmosphere with inside self-service on premium paper products plus a faster drive through menu. "If you want a china plate, waitress served style of dining," said Jeff Miller, manager at Food Factory Express, "please keep in mind our Original Drive In Restaurant next door." "But if you are in a hurry, or want to spend a little less without the need...

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Kirk Gemple with two of his daughters, Elaine and Emily (Jessica not available for photo)

Waynedale's own Kirk Gemple is happy to be back in the Waynedale area! Formerly of K-Lo Quality Autos on South Calhoun, Kirk is now GEMPLE MOTORS which is located 4 miles south of Waynedale on Hwy 1/Bluffton Road, at the corner of Yoder and Bluffton.

Kirk attended the original Waynedale Elementary School, Kekionga Junior High, and Elmhurst High School. He started in the automobile business 30 years ago at the age of 14, while he was attending Elmhurst High School. He was a detailer for Rice...

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Canine “Zorro” enjoying the evening with Korey and Kameron Joyner during National Night Out.  Zorro’s handler is Officer Lowden.

Fort Wayne celebrated its fifth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 6th, 2002 in Waynedale at the Foster Park Sears Pavilion, Bluffton Road.

The NNO campaign involved representatives from the Fort Wayne Police Department including the Emergency Services Team (EST), K-9 Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, Crime Scene Management and the Motorcycle Division as well as the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, and the Allen County Sheriff's Department.


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Love, Ralph, Irene, Neil, Georgene, Mary, and Wint

99 Years Young!

Florence Doty has many experiences to share. She was born on August 18th, 1903.

The family was blessed with 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 18 great great grandchildren.

Florence says that she has had a good life. Florence was a school teacher for 25 years. After retiring from teaching Florence wrote poems. Several of them were published. The following poem titled "I Wonder" was written in 1979.


BU Graduates Fort Wayne Resident

BU awarded academic degrees to 5,174 students this spring. Among the graduates was Fort Wayne resident Suzette B. Hedley, who received a L.L.M. in Graduate Taxation.




A conservative estimate of college costs for a full-time student runs from $10,000-$30,000; high cost colleges can run from $40,000-$100,000! Most parents and students think that scholarships are only...

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photo by Cindy Cornwell A ceremony to dispose of unservable flags was held on Saturday, August 3rd at the American Legion Post #241, 7605 Bluffton Road, Waynedale.


$1,000 scholarships were presented to five area students attending college. The names were announced Tuesday night, August 13, 2002 at the Post's monthly general meeting. None of the winners were present to personally accept the checks. The Scholarship winners were: Kandace Doty of Pine Mills Road, who is attending the School of Cosmetology in Fort Wayne; Daniel Pyle of Trentman Road, who is attending Ball State University; Ryan Meek of St. Louis Avenue, who...

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(Taken from the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow program – their theme this year was: "HONORING THE VETERAN")


From the teachings of ancestors, American Indians are given a strong sense of duty, respect, honor, and admiration for those willing to give the ultimate sacrifice to defend their way of life. Long ago, American Indian warriors prided themselves on their prowess on the battlefields in defense of their land and people. Being part of a war or raiding party offered a young man a chance to...

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