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SARAH FISHER TO DRIVE BRYANT HEATING AND COOLING ENTRY IN 88TH INDY 500

Details Sarah Fisher, driver of the #39 Kelley Racing Bryant Heating and Cooling Special qualified 24th on Saturday, May 16th.  Kelley Racing’s Scott Sharp also qualified.   Green Flag is set for 11am on Sunday, May 30th.

Kelley Racing announced that Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems will be the primary sponsor of the #39 entry for Sarah Fisher at the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30, 2004.

Tom Kelley, co-owner of Kelley Racing, is pleased with the addition of a second car for Kelley's Indianapolis 500 effort. "Bryant has been an excellent partner to Kelley Racing over the past six seasons and we're thrilled that they have stepped up to provide sponsorship for Sarah at Indianapolis,"...

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LUCKY FEW THAT FLED

Details Luu Family-Hoping to someday return to Vietnam to visit family.   It would be their first visit since the war.   (L-R) Anh, Janette, Kenneth, and Long Luu.

April 30th 1975, those of you over 50 will probably remember the videos that were playing on all the national news channels. A helicopter was lifting off the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon. People were hanging on to the chopper skids; some were falling back to the roof as the helicopter departed to one of the waiting ships. On board ship, the American soldiers were pushing all sorts of ordinance overboard, to make room for the passengers. Jeeps, armored vehicles, and helicopters...

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FORT WAYNE ZOO RANKED TOP TEN IN NATION WAYNEDALE UNITED METHODIST PRESCHOOL JOINS IN CELEBRATION

Details    On Tuesday, May 4th the Waynedale United Methodist Preschool presented a cake to Zoo Director Jim Anderson of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for being voted in the top ten of the country’s most friendly zoos.

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo was named one of the nation's Ten Best Zoos for Kids by the editors of Child magazine on Tuesday, May 4th, 2004.

"This‑recognizes exactly what we try to do:‑ provide a first-class experience for kids and their families.‑ It is great recognition for‑our zoo and our entire community," says Zoo Director Jim Anderson.

The accolade is part of an article ranking zoos around the country.‑ It is featured in the June/July issue of Child magazine, which will arrive on...

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WAYNEDALE DOG IS ON THE MENU AT THE STAND

Details Grand Opening for “The Stand” was held on Friday, April 30th.  (L-R) Included in the Grand Opening was a Dedication, prayer, and blessing by Father Joe Rulli, along with alter boys Matt and Mick Palmer from St. Therese.

Summer is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: baseball, hotdogs and ice cream, well maybe three. Located near Bobick's Golf Headquarters on Bluffton Road you may have noticed a small green round building and wondered what it is. Well, it is summer! What better time to play baseball and then visit the newest hot spot in Waynedale. The Stand.

The Stand offers hotdogs of all kinds. There is the traditional Hotdog, Coney Dog (said to be the best in Waynedale and possibly Fort...

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LOCAL BASEBALL AND SOME BASEBALL HERITAGE

Details Elmhurst’s Right Fielder Bryan Cox at bat in the first inning.  Elmhurst 10 - SouthSide 1

Mark Koos, the coach for Elmhurst's Baseball Team has the Trojans playing well this year. The team was 9 and 4 over-all and 3-1 in SAC, before going into Tuesday night's baseball game against South Side. The Archers, coached by Robert Milledge, is struggling this year. South Side started junior pitcher Jon Hill and Elmhurst started sophomore pitcher Mickey Owens.

The game started at 7pm at the Wizards Baseball Stadium. Coach Mark Koos explained that the high school teams each get a chance...

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LUTHERAN PARK AND GARDENS GROUND BREAKING

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The Lutheran Foundation hosted a ground breaking ceremony and unveiling of the design for Lutheran Park and Gardens on Friday, April 30, 2004. The park will be located at 3024 Fairfield Avenue on more than 12 acres. Construction began May 3.

The park is designed as a "passive park". There will be walking paths, places for meditation, a water feature, beautiful gardens, some wide-open green spaces and much more. Completion of the $800,000 park is scheduled September 2004.

The LandPlan...

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CHARLIE “FRANKLIN” WILLER (“THE CLOWN”)

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On January 27th, 2004, Fort Wayne and I, and many of his friends, have lost a great Clown Charles "Franklin" Willer. He is best known for many nicknames such as "Choo Choo Charlie", "Chuckles the Juggling Clown" and a DJ on the radio known best as "Charlie Franklin." His last job was on Fort Wayne's Super Hits of the '60s & '70s radio station WLDE 101.7 FM. I have known Charlie since July of 1972, when he was on WPTH-FM Stereo 95.1 FM (now WAJI MAJIC 95.1 FM), and it is still owned by the...

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THIRD GENERATION HARDWARE BUSINESS CELEBRATES SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY

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Umber's Ace Hardware, a third generation, locally owned hardware business, will celebrate it's 60th anniversary in May. Umber's retail hardware stores have been serving Fort Wayne since 1944 when founders Lester and Bertha Umber opened for business.

The original store was located in Waynedale at the corner of Lower Huntington Road and Old Trail. By 1954, they had outgrown the location and built a new, larger store at the present site in Waynedale. The same year, Umber's became an Ace Hardware...

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LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES TO PUBLISH FIRST COMPREHENSIVE NARRATIVE HISTORY OF ALLEN COUNTY IN NEARLY 100 YEARS

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The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society and the Allen County Genealogical Society have joined forces to compile and publish the first comprehensive narrative history of Allen County, Indiana in more than 87 years.

On Thursday, April 22, 2004 in the Lincoln Museum Lobby a press conference was held to explain the two-volume, coffee-table size hardbound book. Officials announce that it will contain over 800 pages of county history as well as biographies of local families, churches...

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