Betty Stein’s familiar ‘By the Way’ columns are now a book; signing Friday

Betty Stein

Betty Stein, who wrote more than 2,000 “By the Way” columns for The News-Sentinel, has collected some of her best into a book and will sign them for her readers Friday, Dec. 7.

“By The Way, the Columns of Betty E. Stein” has been published on Amazon and is on sale at The Bookmark, 3420 North Anthony Blvd. Stein, who turns 102 on Dec. 10, spent the fall sorting through the columns she wrote for The News-Sentinel beginning in 1982 and selected some of her favorites,, which includes pieces highlighting the city’s past, outstanding people and events, U.S. history, cats, quizzes, nostalgia and, of course, books.

A retired teacher who has served on numerous commissions and boards, Stein is a fervent supporter of many of the city’s fine arts organizations. Among her “firsts,” she was the first woman to serve as president of Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the city’s Reform Jewish congregation. She has always been very active at the Allen County Public Library, serving as president of the Friends of the ACPL and currently president of the library’s building corporation.

Her awards include receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash for outstanding service to the state, the Father Tom Light of Christ Award from St. Mary’s Catholic Church for her contributions to education and the community, the 2010 Tapestry Dedication Award and Fort Wayne Community Schools named its middle school speech contest trophy the Betty E. Stein Award. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Saint Francis in 2014.

Stein and co-author Blake Sebring, a former News-Sentinel sports writer, will hold a book signing at The Bookmark from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. The event is also the store’s annual Christmas party and its 25th anniversary celebration.