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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.

MOTHER NATURE - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

Details Alyce Faye Bragg

When Mother Nature puts on her finest garb, and the hills are covered with varied hues of green and bright flowers and shrubs bloom with abandon, it gives the housewife an urge to decorate and refurbish her dwelling. When the doors and windows can be flung wide open to let the spring breeze blow in, it is time for spring cleaning.

Many conscientious housewives have probably already finished this spring task, but I've found that my spring cleaning usually flows over into fall cleaning...

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THE MARINE UNIFORM - AROUND THE FRAME

Details PFC Robert Eubank, newly graduated from the Marine Corps basic training in his seasonal service uniform.

He was back and gone again. Our son who embarked on a cold rainy day in mid-March to San Diego for United States Marine Corps basic training is now Private First Class Robert E. Eubank.

Husband Tom, Robert's friend Emily and I flew out to San Diego to see the transformation of this tall lanky young man into a hard body U.S. Marine. Early Thursday morning we watch a rehearsal of the next day's graduation ceremony. We knew he is a member of Platoon 1002, but from a distance and in their woodland...

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DENTIST - HOME COUNTRY

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Those of us who call this little valley home have a unique blessing in the form of Perry, our dentist. Yes, when we go to get the fangs fixed up at O'Dontall Dental, down in the old brick building near the office of the Valley Weekly Miracle, the grinding and scraping and numbing and lip shaking is accompanied by...well...acting.

You see Perry worked his way through dental school by treading the boards...acting on stage, that is. When all was said and done and he received his final mouth...

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PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR OWN FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY

Details Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

This issue, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, sparklers, picnics and parades. Amidst the hoopla, though, it's always important to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. And as an individual, you may want to use the occasion to think of another type of independence you'd like to enjoy — financial independence.

In some ways, we are living in a time when attaining financial freedom is more difficult than it has been for quite a while. We're still recovering from the...

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ADVICE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ENTERING COLLEGE

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Congratulations graduates and parents, you have made it! High school graduation is a breaking away of adolescence and entering into the adult phase of life. Your training in the past 18 years will set the stage for your college experience. Graduation from high school represents a new challenge of independent decision and thinking. College life will be challenging as well as exciting meeting new people with diverse backgrounds and intellects. I have been out of college for some time, but college...

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SUMMER - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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Summer weather exploded in our hills this past week, with hot days and mild nights, a real change from the frosty nights we endured just a short time ago. June spreads her flowered garments over the land, bringing roses, lacy white ash bushes and blushing brides. June is a perfect month for the youngsters to enjoy their summer break from school.

One of the best memories I have of this time was waking up on a June morning with a breeze blowing through the open bedroom window, carrying the sweet...

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