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.

There were two little boys down at the Doughnut Hole Café the other day, standing outside, just waiting. They didn't have long to wait. The Greyhound bus pulls up just about one each afternoon, give or take a little.

When the bus pulled up and parked and the brakes went whoosh, those two little boys had eyes like saucers. They took in everything, from the mud on the tires to the snow clinging to the mud flaps.

The driver stepped down and helped her passengers out, proudly wearing the...

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Here is something that's fun, quick and easy to grow that can be done with your kids or grandkids that cannot fail. Watering is easy and these bulbs will bloom on time every time. White narcissus (N. tazetta), or paperwhites as they are commonly known are easier to grow than other narcissus bulbs as this type needs no cooling time. Just place them in a leak-proof container and add enough water to almost cover the bulbs completely. It only takes 3 weeks from start to bloom and you will have the...

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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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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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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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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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