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Assistant Director, Andrew White, IPFW Archaeological Survey, directs the excavation of sediments around an ancient fire pit. The Survey is committed to the dissemination of archaeological information and public involvement in Midwestern archaeology. They assist museums, local historical societies, and other groups in the investigation, documentation and interpretation of cultural resources.

We received an e-mail last Tuesday, June 14, from Richard Poor of The Little River Wetlands Projects, (LRWP). He alerted us to an archaeological dig that was going on during the week of June 12-18. The Arrowhead Marsh Property Dig is located on Aboite Road, south of the Tri-County egg place, north of the R.R., and east of Aboite Village. I drove out to the site on Wednesday, June 15 and walked about a quarter-mile from the road to where a couple of blue shade awnings had been set up.

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(l-r) Commander Larry Thiele presenting certificate and Blue Star Banner to Mandy Schmidt and her daughter Odessy.

On Saturday, May 21, 2005 David Parrish American Legion Post #296 hosted military personnel and their families for the Armed Forces Day-Blue Star Salute. Colors were posted by Post #296 Color Guard Unit and prayer was offered.

The day's events included guest speakers Tom Hayhurst and George Jarboe. A few words were shared by CW4 Donald Edgar and First Sergeant Peter Doak of the Army Reserve Unit 221st Ordinance both members of our armed forces.

Blue Star Banners (both 1 and 2 stars) and...

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Nick Griffith, Secretary of Fort Wayne Fraternal Order of Eagles #248, 4940 Bluffton Road said, “It wasn’t just the lack of machines that hurt us.  We also received a $25,000 unexpected personal property tax bill.  That coupled with the loss of the gaming machines at a time in the summer when revenues are seasonally low has really hurt us.  The money we usually give to charities is simply not there.”  “I feel that the State should issue certificates that would allow the clubs to have gaming machines and then collect a set fee each year for each machine.  That would give the State their tax revenue yet allow us to stay profitable with a minimum amount of paperwork.”

State Rep. Ben GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) asked the Indiana State Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) to provide proof that recent crackdowns on video gaming machines in Allen County were generated through citizen complaints, rather than an effort to protect Indiana's gambling industry.

GiaQuinta said he has filed a formal Freedom of Information request with the agency to gain more information on allegations made by the Indiana Excise Police that led them to conduct raids on various American...

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Indiana Beach, 2005. Hoosier Hurricane Roller Coaster.

It was a simple idea in 1926. Earl Spackman, who had recently purchased a cottage on the newly formed Lake Shafer with his family, wanted to build a sand beach swimming area so that visitors had a place to wade out into the cool waters of Lake Shafer. When he opened Ideal Beach with its bathhouse and small refreshment stand, he had no idea it would grow to become Indiana's largest and most popular amusement resort and vacation playground. Thomas E. Spackman took over management of Ideal Beach...

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Joseph Wayne Shepard, son of Jack Sr. and Mary Shepard has recently earned his Eagle Scout Award with Boy Scout Troop 22. Joseph earned his Eagle Scout Award on June 7, at the Southwest Conservation Club, under the direction of Scoutmaster's Troy Schlie, Jack Shepard, Rob Nave and John Mortimer.

Joseph worked with Trustee Dave Dickerson at Calvary United Methodist Church. He had to build three 8-foot picnic tables along with Scoutmaster Troy Schlie, Jack Shepard and Boy Scout Troop #22.

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Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler E. Olson, son of Linda L. Phillips of Fort Wayne, Indiana, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Olson and fellow recruits began their training at 5a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Olson spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included...

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The Waynedale community can certainly be proud of the local organizations that sponsored the Memorial Day Parade this year. Just as we can be‑quite proud of the crowds that gathered on both sides of Old Trail Road from Waynedale United Methodist Church all the way to Prairie Grove Cemetery. And we express our gratitude to all of the groups and individuals that participated in the Parade and in the heartfelt ceremonies at Prairie Grove.

The residents of Waynedale can be quite proud of the...

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The Upward program at Avalon Missionary Church and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church gives kids a lot more than just the chance to participate in football, soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. "Intertwining the teachings of Christ and the Gospel with athletics, Upward allows children to learn about Christianity through playing football, soccer, basketball and cheerleading," program director, Brad Mattax said. Avalon Missionary's Mattax, along with his wife, Barb, and Mount Calvary's Angie and...

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So, your teenage son or daughter wants to drive! Suddenly, driving has become one of the most important things in your child's life. Scary, isn't it?

Naturally, you may dread the increase in your auto insurance premiums. However, there is a lot more at stake than higher premiums. As parents, we all share the fear of our children becoming involved in an automobile accident. These concerns are all too often confirmed by the reality of teen crash statistics. Although premiums are derived from the...

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