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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.

GREEN BEAN DELIVERY STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

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Green BEAN Delivery is boosting land conservation efforts in Indiana by replating its delivery vans and other fleet vehicles with the DNR's Indiana Heritage Trust Environmental License Plate, the company and DNR announced recently.

The partnership is the result of a chance meeting last year between representatives of the homegrown Indiana company and Nick Heinzelman, director of DNR Land Acquisition and the Indiana Heritage Trust Environmental License Plate program. Green BEAN has 21 Indiana...

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HEADWATERS PARK ALLIANCE PURCHASES CHILLER FOR ICE RINK

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Last season, the Grinch almost stole the Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink. On December 21, 2012, the refrigeration unit broke down. After ten years of service, it was beyond repair. The Headwaters Park Alliance spent $20,000 to lease a unit for the rest of the season, but several days of operation were lost around the Christmas Holiday. That will not happen again this year.

Thanks to many donors, the Alliance has purchased a new chiller. A Trane packaged chiller with new pumps, compressors...

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PROTECT YOUR WINTER LANDSCAPE FROM HUNGRY WILDLIFE

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There's no doubt that managing critters in the landscape can be a challenge especially as food supplies start to dwindle. If you are battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don't let down your guard as the growing season begins to wind down.

Be proactive. Start before they get into the habit of dining on your landscape. It is easier to keep them away than break the dining habit.

Fence them out. Fencing is the best defense against most wildlife. A four feet tall fence around...

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WINTER’S COMING ARE YOU READY?

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With winter approaching and consumers across Indiana turning their furnaces on, it's a good time to consider how your home or business can be more energy efficient.

"Our website offers a host of useful tips that will help you prepare for winter," said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. "These tips can add up to either save you money or at least keep your bills in check."

Advice from the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) includes:

1. Getting a home energy...

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WISPERS OF THE GOOD LIFE - HOME COUNTRY

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The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you're well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer's evening.

It was that way with Doc and Steve the other night. Doc thought he might have to do a scientific paper on the soporific effects of ice tea, fried chicken, and corn on the cob. As long as it didn't take any effort.

So when this huge meal had been...

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BRINGING IN HIBISCUS & MANDEVILLA

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Now is the time to start planning your strategy for bringing your houseplants inside for the winter. Moving your plants inside early in September (before temperatures dip into the low 40s and even into the 30s) is what keeps the leaves from falling off of the plants. If you wait until late September, or even into October, you can be sure that the leaves will turn yellow, then fall off. It's all of those cold nights that "harden-off" your plants and when you take them inside, they collapse. The...

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