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Principal Trudy Grafton prepares for the new school year with hopes of creating an intrinsic motivation to succeed through positive peer pressure in the students.

Trudy Grafton began her career as a bus driver for Head Start. She served as principal in Blanchard, Michigan before joining FWCS in 2002 as assistant principal at Harrison Hill Elementary. Her Bachelor's degree is from Defiance College with two Master's degrees from the University of Toledo.

Mrs. Grafton took some time August 23, during the first day of school, to mention some of their goals during the coming year. "Our theme is: We Are Family, and all of us are working together to provide...

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Herbert Carr grew up on the Southwest side of Fort Wayne. He attended Central High School, has a Bachelor's degree from Manchester College and a Master's degree from Indiana University.

Mr. Carr comes to Maplewood from Holland Elementary School where he was an assistant principal. Prior to that he was a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Weisser Park Elementary and has taught at Memorial Park and Lakeside Middle Schools.

Mr. Carr stated that one of his goals at Maplewood was to emphasize...

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Linda Sneeringer comes to Harrison Hill after serving as principal at Arlington Elementary. Prior to that, she had been a principal at Stow-Monroe Falls City School District in Stow, Ohio, and had also served as an elementary principal in Windham, Ohio.

She began her career in Akron, Ohio, serving as K-8 vocal and instrumental music teacher. Her undergraduate degree is from Wittenberg University and she holds a Master's degree from Kent State University.

Mrs. Sneeringer said, "One of my...

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Resident Jean Fortney helps with chair assembly. Her son, Dan Fortney watches as volunteers Carol Briggs and Larry Frazee help guide the drill.

I was visiting Englewood Nursing Home a couple of weeks ago and I noticed a brand new, assembled Adirondack wood rocking chair. There was a paper on the back of the chair with a couple names on it and a For Sale sign that read "fifty dollars". I asked Dave, the Administrator at Englewood, to educate me on this chair. He explained that the residents assembled the chair and told me if I wanted one to put my name on the list.

I signed the sheet, figuring I could put a finish on the chair after...

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(L-R) Jim Springer, Isabelle Alvarez, and Judy Springer.

Thanks to the Waynedale Lions who cooked 200 chicken breasts, 200 brats, and 150 hot dogs for Kingston Residence's Family Picnic on Saturday, August 14, 2004.

We appreciated their support in ensuring the success of this event.

Kathy Ehinger and her daughter Kaitlyn, display some of the goods to be auctioned off at the Saint Therese Fall Festival. The Fall Festival is an on-going Waynedale tradition that occurs beginning September 11, the weekend after Labor Day.

Phil Ehinger, Kathy's husband calls the auction, Justina Huhn displays the items to be auctioned and Kathy Ehinger records the sales and distribution of products. Products are donated from private individuals and local businesses for the good of the Fall...

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Clint Goble of Ziolkowski Construction power washes the castle-like Indian Village entranceway.

Marilyn Horrell, of Indian Village Community Association, called last Thursday, August 19, 2004 and mentioned that the brick and limestone entrance to Indian Village was being repaired. She invited me over to the Village to take some pictures.
The entranceway was damaged last year by a school bus and Ziolkowski Construction out of South Bend won the bid to repair the old structure. It was originally built around 1928.
The brick and limestone structure had become discolored over the years due to...

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The LeighAnn Palmer Golf Outing will be a double shotgun 4-person team Florida scramble this year. The outing is scheduled at Grey Goose Golf Course on September 12, 2004.

The proceeds from this event go to the scholarship fund and other local charities in remembrance of LeighAnn Palmer. On May 28, 1995 LeighAnn accidentally drowned at 3 1/2 years of age. On Sunday, September 24, 1995, the first annual LeighAnn Palmer Scholarship Fund Golf Outing was held in her memory. One scholarship is...

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Bianchi Industrial Services started demolition at the L. S. Ayres building on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 after a brief ceremony by City Leaders and Representative Ben Giaquinta.

Bianchi's contract calls for completion within 140 days, but earlier completion is likely.

Southtown Phase III includes plans to build a new Firestone building near their present building, probably in 2005, and continue in business.

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