Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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What family entertainment was readily at hand,
well before the internet and Netflix were in demand?
A dream it would be to have kids all bathed and in jammies,
and still watch a movie with friends Ruth, Jill or Sammy?
In 1940 the Fort Wayne Drive-In made this no longer a dream.
The kids would not trouble others no matter how loud they’d scream!
Only pennies a carload, no babysitters needed,
bed-times extended or at times, not even heeded.

Standing as a not so majestic symbol of Waynedale for 45...

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The new Pixar movie, Finding Dory, premiered recently to a record-setting opening for an animated film. I was eager to hear about the next adventure of that charming little blue fish and visit once again with her friends-both old and new. Just as expected, the unique personalities and depth of each character brought the story to life.

Characters Hank, a traumatized seven limbed octopus (Septapus) and master escape artist in search of solitude, Bailey the beluga whale who can’t echolocate and...

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Mrs. Doc watched the dancers swirl around the cleared hardwood floor of the Legion hall, and smiled to see her husband, Doc, waltzing with Ardis Fisher. But Mrs. Doc was never one to sit out a waltz, so she looked around at the menu.

Over in the corner, smiling and tapping his foot, was Pop Walker. Pop and several other residents of the Rest of Your Life retirement home were there to enjoy the dance and celebrate the arrival of summer. Pop has a hard time with his memory, these days, but...

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As a youngster, I remember our one-car, cement-block garage as a very special place. It was cool, and smelled of a mixture of oil, gasoline and grease. Real boy stuff! Best of all, the garage housed “a secret place” – a dried-up cistern, where I could hide the things little boys consider “valuable:” a slingshot, a cap pistol, some comic books and a battered black bag.

My garage in Waynedale is still “my garage” except for a couple of times a year when my wife, Marty, fills it with sorted stuff...

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My wife, Donna, looked out the window and saw two little girls. The girls are about nine years old and are good friends. Both of them are from single parent homes and have struggled in the tough situations they have found themselves in. We have watched these little girls, who were already quite shy, turn even more inward.

Donna has a beautiful flower garden that, right now, is in full bloom with daisies, yellow buttons, cone flowers, and many other flowers. The girls were walking down our road...

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Icecream cone ATF

The weather is hot and what could be more refreshing than an ice cream cone? The beauty of an ice cream cone quilt block is they are very easy to imagine and make. If you Google “ice cream cone quilt pattern” and then click “image” up top, you will find over 975,000 links demonstrating an array of styles from cones that look like the traditional bridal bouquet pattern to simple geometric cone shapes to ice cream scoops made of hexagons.

The nice part of creating them is it is a great way to...

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