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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.

HEAT - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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Heat simmers through our hills as the last week of June makes its exit. Mom always used the expression, "Hotter than the Fourth of July" so perhaps July sent her heat in advance. Gardens are flourishing however, with the first fruits being harvested. Midsummer flowers appear already, with orange pleurisy (butterfly) weed and black-eyed Susan's making the fields colorful.

Springtime flowers are more delicate, but sweet-scented, while summer flowers are bright and showy. The seasons seem to...

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IT’S FAIR TIME! - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Many beautiful items won blue ribbons in last year’s open class division.

Ahh the month of July and the 4-H county fairs are in full swing. The hard work of making projects and tending to animals comes to fruition as exhibits are judged and ribbons awarded with the hope that it may also be shown at the State Fair for the 4-H youth. In the vendor tent I was drawn to the ladies who used "liquid embroidery" tubes to decorate linens. I never fell for it. Being a lefty-I knew my project would never look as good.

4-H County Fairs are conducted by each county's Purdue...

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FROM COW TO PLOW - HOME COUNTRY

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"From the cow to the plow, Dewey," Windy said, leaning on a shovel. Windy Wilson was on another of his "helper days" and today it was Dewey Decker's turn to be helped.
"What do you mean, Windy?"

"You know ... a slogan for the business. From the cow to the plow. Fertilizer. Farming."

He was helping Dewey spread some product around at Mrs. Simmons yard, helping her anticipate a greener lawn this summer. Besides enriching the English language at every possible moment, Alphonse "Windy" Wilson...

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FIGHT ON

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For the last several months I have been keeping a regular appointment with an oncologist. I'm not the one receiving care, however. My friend has lung cancer, and I have been accompanying her as she receives weekly doses of chemotherapy.

These cancer treatments are administered in an "infusion laboratory." If you have never been in one, and I hope you never have the occasion, they are all fairly uniform in design and purpose. The "lab" is a simple room with comfortable, leather lounge chairs...

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WHAT CAN ALL-STARS TEACH INVESTORS?

Details Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

This week, Major League Baseball's All-Star game will be played at Citi Field in New York. If you're a baseball fan, you'll enjoy the annual gathering of the sport's best players. And if you're an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable lessons from the All-Stars — lessons that can prove valuable to you long after the game's final out is recorded.

So, what can you learn from the All-Stars? Here are a few of their traits:

•Consistency — All-Star teams rarely include ballplayers...

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CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTOR READY TO OBSERVE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

Details Reed Civil War ReEnactor

When Union and Confederate soldiers square off this fall, James Reed hopes to be among them on the side of the South portraying General James Lawson Kemper at a battlefield in Hartford City, Indiana, site of one of the largest Civil War re-enactment events in the country.

Mr. Reed, 69, is recovering from an illness at Community Nursing and Rehabilitation in Indianapolis, but the progress he has made gives him hope that he will also be with his re-enactor family and friends when Hartford City...

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