Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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I wandered today to the hill, Maggie
To watch the scene below
The creek and the rusty old mill, Maggie
Where we sat in the long, long ago.

The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie
Where first the daisies sprung
The old rusty mill is still, Maggie
Since you and I were young.

A city so silent and lone, Maggie
Where the young and the gay and the best
In polished white mansion of stone, Maggie
Have each found a place of rest.

Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie
And join in the songs that...

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Cat quilts pay homage to our love for our feline friends.

As the month of June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, it seems fitting to shine the spotlight on the Barn Cat program approved last August and administered by the Allen County SPCA. It is quite clear: not all cats are born for a household environment. We tend to think of cats as cute cuddly bundles of fur who love to snuggle and purr on their pet parents' laps. For those cats used to an urban environment their lifestyle creates challenges as they are susceptible to disease, malnutrition and...

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It is the heat that defines us this time of year. Defines our sweaty days with the brassy skies and afternoons that make us clamor for shade. The heat gives us an excuse to make June the biggest beer-drinking month of the year and returns certain words to our vocabularies: cooler pads, swampers, squirrel cages.

The days themselves aren't much fun, and we pity those who spend the days working outdoors, even as we envied them in the soft warmth of spring. The heat is an entity now, an...

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Recently I was contacted by Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), who's concerned about Indiana's online public school system, Hoosier Academy, being mistaken as offering a curriculum for homeschooling. This distinction may not seem like a big deal...after all the children are at home learning right? When it comes to protecting our freedom to homeschool our children the details matter!

Shawn's experience with homeschooling has...

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David was an incredibly brilliant student, but sometimes that was almost his downfall. For example, my students were supposed to write a program called "Twenty-one" where two players would take turns removing from one to three items out of twenty-one. The goal was to force your opponent to remove the last one.

We were programming on an old Unix system through terminals. The graphics were ugly and the interface was limited. All I asked them to do was a fairly simple input and an output of how...

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A yellow butterfly hovers over the Persian lilac bush, with its purple blooms swaying in the breeze. Purple and yellow seems to be the color scheme on this lovely spring day, with dandelions and violets vying for attention along the edge of the yard, and winter cress spreading yellow clusters in the meadow. From the leafing maple tree, a cardinal pours out a melody of pure praise, thanking the Great Creator for another beautiful day.

Although there has been a light frost the last three...

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