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Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

Kick back and relax, you deserve it! All of the stories in this section are unique, original entertainment by our local Waynedale, (Fort Wayne) Indiana columnists, created just especially for you. Our columnists love to hear from their dedicated readers, view our columnist's biographies and e-mail them here.

HOOSIER ASTRONAUT LIVE FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Details HOOSIER ASTRONAUT LIVE  FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and members of the Indiana Senate hosted a live Statehouse-to-space conversation with NASA Commander Kevin A. Ford  and Hoosier native on Thursday, February 7, 2013 during the Hoosier astronaut's current mission.

"I want to thank the Ford family for contacting the Senate to arrange this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Commander Ford to speak to his late brother's colleagues from space," Long said. "This was the first time anything like this...

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STUDENTS WEAR HATS TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL HOMELESS ORGANIZATION

Details Brothers Edward and Charles Stronczek have fun wearing their hats on the day students brought in $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat at school.

On January 30, a number of St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School students paid $1 to wear a favorite hat at school that day. The money collected went to the Street Reach for the Homeless and Project Warmth, which purchases blankets, hat, gloves and scarves for the homeless in Fort Wayne. The students collected $327 for the organization.

The pay-to-wear-a-hat was an activity that was part of St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School's celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

APPLY TODAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FORT WAYNE’S SMALLEST WINNER

Details APPLY TODAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FORT WAYNE’S SMALLEST WINNER

Their mission is to help people struggling with their weight and achieve health wellness in the community.

Their goal is to help contestants meet their weight loss goals.
With the help of trainers, nutritionists, behaviorist and volunteers, Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner is helping make a difference in the community.

The Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner program strives for fairness, success, and health awareness. It is an organization based in Fort Wayne, Indiana that helps people who are 50 lbs +...

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FUNERAL PLANNING FUN? DEAD RIGHT!

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If I had known planning my burial would be so entertaining, I'd have done it ages ago.

When my wife Rose and I got into our sixties, we decided to face what we considered to be a gruesome task. We resolutely chose to plan our funerals and prepay all of our burial expenses. We met with the funeral planner, Mrs. Exiter, expecting a dreadful hour or two of morose dealings. Instead, the woman won us over almost instantly.

"Oh, how I love it when you young people come in to preplan your funerals,"...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS : WINTER

Details ALYCE FAYE BRAGG

"Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold and forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday's dusting of snow,
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who wait to see,
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,
like magic, unlock spring's sap to flow,
buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow."
By Nelda Hartman

The days that stretch between the beginning of the new year and springtime seem cold and long. When we were youngsters and grew weary of long winter...

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AROUND THE FRAME: LOVING HEARTS

Details Made in the 1980s this Valentine string vest features heart-shaped buttons and dangling sachets hearts.

Nothing says, "I love you" like giving someone a heart shaped present. Whether a simple ornament, coaster, potholder, pillow wall hanging or quilt, hearts bring out the love. You may start simple by appliquéing a heart to a piece of fabric. Add cotton batting, backing fabric and quilt stitches and you have a coaster or add a loop and you have a potholder or ornament.

To make a heart quilt all you need is to be able to make a heart shape. This is where the V-Day heart shaped candy box liner...

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