Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

I love to camp. I love to fish. I love to hunt. I love to canoe down a slow meandering stream. I love the out-of-doors. I was raised in a small town in West Virginia where half of our growing up was spent in the out of doors and on the river. I lived in a town of 1,500 population and our high school (including the 7th and 8th grades) numbered only about 500 students.

We went to school for a few hours and spent the rest of the time outside. We hiked the mountains, fished the rivers, built...

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Elmhurst Neighborhood Association Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at the YMCA Hodell Acres Summer Camp at 3433 Elmhurst Drive. This is a joint effort planned for the annual Fort Wayne Great American Clean-Up Day of the neighborhood, the city, the YMCA, and the Elmhurst Little League parents.

Cleaning up the bushes and brush around the Little League Practice Field at Hodell Acres on Elmhurst Drive is a huge project that needs to be done every few years so the kids can retrieve...

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You know who you are. You broke the padlock on the Boy Scout Troop trailer parked behind Calvary United Methodist Church at 6301 Winchester Road and ran off with Dutch ovens, camps stoves, tents, and other equipment. The police have been notified, fingerprints are being checked, and the neighbors are being questioned. All walkers and bikers that use the area are asked to come forward with any information on recent activity...

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(A column, whereas, you the reader may ask Ben questions about camping, cooking, hunting, fishing, or anything concerning living in our Great Outdoors.)





Dear Ben,

This letter is from Dave Hoffman from Camby, Indiana. Dave’s neighbor is a disabled veteran and has designed a system for disabled fishermen to modify their boats so that they can keep fishing. Thought you might be interested.



Welcome home. Just wanted to...

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3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

Aluminum foil (for easy clean-up)

#12 cast iron Dutch oven



4 eggs (beaten)

1-1/4 cups canola oil

20 oz. Wild Strawberries (chopped)


Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and pour into bottom of an aluminum foil lined Dutch oven. Cover and bake at 350 degrees (4 or 5 hot briquettes...

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1. Never, never, never the longest day you live would you ever wash my cast iron (skillets, griddles, etc.) in soapy water. If you would happen to forget, then prepare to leave town. Wash cast iron with a stiff brush and hot water ‘ONLY’. Lightly oil it after you dry it, never heat up cast iron quickly and never cool it off suddenly like throwing it in a snow bank. One of my Scouts did that – JUST ONCE ....

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