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Dakota Connett practices the alphabet using a quill pen and ink on Pioneer Day.

Have you ever wondered what it's like being a pioneer child? The fourth grade students at St. Joseph - St. Elizabeth School experienced the "pioneer life" on Friday, April 22.

The students came to school dressed as pioneer children. When they entered their classroom, it had been turned into a one-room schoolhouse to make the day more authentic. Students wrote with quill pens and ink on homemade parchment paper. They practiced math facts on slateboards and had an old fashioned spelling...

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According to National Highway Traffic Safety Association statistics based on all people injured or killed in traffic accidents, older drivers are at a disproportionate risk for becoming involved in fatal crashes.

 

Nationally, senior citizens accounted for:

5% of all people injured in traffic crashes;

13% of all traffic fatalities; and

13% of all vehicle occupant fatalities.

 

It is ability, not age, that determines safe driving. But for some drivers, age takes its toll; hearing...

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May 17, 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of the Waynedale Masonic Lodge #739. The anniversary will be celebrated at the Lodge located at 7039 Elzey Street, just north of Waynedale Elementary on Saturday, May 14, 2005.

This celebration will include a rededication of the Lodge by the Grand Master of Masons of the State of Indiana, Richard J. Elman, along with Grand Lodge officers.

The Lodge was granted a charter on May 17, 1955 and was originally located next to The Waynedale Bakery on Lower...

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Churchward Family circa 1954. (l-r standing) Bill, Lorraine (Hoss), Edna (Imel), Wilbur “Webb”, Page,  Susan (Vorich), Rita (Kendrick), James (l-r seated) Paul, Edna (Herber) (mom), Charles (dad), Eugene “Jeep” Deceased in 1935 Celia (Not in picture)

It is well known that the Churchward family brought the Blacksmith Shop to Waynedale. And without a blacksmith it is also likely that there would not have been a Waynedale. You see a village depended on its blacksmith.

As the iron industry evolved blacksmithing became an umbrella of several specialties. The blacksmith who made knives was a bladesmith. The blacksmith who made locks was a Locksmith. The blacksmith who made guns was a Gunsmith. The blacksmith who shod horses was a farrier...

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The appeal of being in Girl Scouts shows in the bright smiles and sparkling eyes of a local troop member and her mom.

 

"What I like best about Girl Scouts are the things we get to do," said 9-year old Raven as she proceeded to show me an array of photos that she had taken during her last camp outing. "We can explore nature, and we meet new people, and ride horses," she exploded as she anxiously waited for me to interview her.

Raven is a member of Troop #704 in Waynedale. Her mom, Kitty...

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(L-R)  Major David Cox, Lt. Col. Jerry Fenwick, SSgt. Eric Rine, with Joey Rodriguez in the middle with his Purple Heart, transported from Kandahar, Afghanistan to Landsthul, Germany via C-17 aircraft.

Selfless. One simple word. I sat down with Staff Sergeant Eric Rine recently to talk about his second rotation to the war zone in as many years, and the conversation continually returned to the wounded soldiers. "His" wounded soldiers. He talked about them like you would expect a 32-year-old man with 39 Combat Air Evac missions under his belt. As a member of the 122d Fighter Wing based in Fort Wayne, Rine is a "Respiratory Technician" on the Critical Care Air Transport Team. I tried to pry into...

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A picture for you of an Army soldier in Iraq with his tiny “plot” of grass in front of his tent. Here is a soldier stationed in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box. He asked his wife to send him dirt (U.S. soil), fertilizer and some grass seeds so he can have the sweet aroma and feel the grass grow beneath his feet. If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don’t stop and think about the little things that we take for granted.  Join us on Memorial Day honoring those who serve.

The American Legion will partner with the United States Auto Club and Indianapolis Raceway Park to honor America's past, present and future veterans during IRP's 60th Annual Coca-Cola Night Before the Indianapolis 500.

On May 28, Legionnaires will have the opportunity to attend the USAC Midget Series race at IRP for $5 off the normal rate. An average of 75 coupons were sent to every Legion post in the Department of Indiana, as well as to surrounding departments.

National Commander Thomas P...

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Thursday, May 12, is the date of the Friends of the Parks' Annual Hat Luncheon. This annual event raises funds to help the historic parks of Fort Wayne's nationally recognized George Kessler Park and Boulevard System. This year's event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners and will be held in beautiful Foster Park. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The cost is $50.00. Proceeds will go toward a Cultural Landscape...

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Edgar B. Noble Jr. died on Friday, April 22, at Woodcrest Retirement Community. Edgar Noble's father, Ed Noble Sr. was one of the founding fathers of Waynedale. He started the Noble's Homestore at the corner of Ideal Avenue and McArthur Drive in 1920.

Ed Noble Sr. had two sons, Edward Jr. and Alfred "Jim" Noble. Jim was a previous owner of The Waynedale News and his brother Ed Jr. did some of the writing.

Edward Jr. was a WWII Veteran, and was listed on the original Waynedale Chamber of...

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