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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.

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?

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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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SIX BOYS & THIRTEEN HANDS

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Each year I am hired to go to Washington, D.C. with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers...

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ON MAKING MOVES

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It was now or never! Tony Kanaan had wanted it all his life. He'd been in the lead on 221 laps in previous Indianapolis 500's, and never won. They were all on the yellow flag caution. Three laps left. If he didn't make a move, and there was another yellow lap coming up, he'd be stuck behind and couldn't possibly win.

So when the restart came, he zipped around the leader and roared to the lead. Almost immediately after, there was a crash – another yellow caution flag came out, and he was...

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