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Urban farm certificate program trains people for operating an urban farm or community garden in the Fort Wayne area

Philippe Carroll and Samantha Arney have worked their Young Urban Homesteaders urban farm in Fort Wayne for five years, and they just now are generating enough income to support themselves from farm operations. But they said the urban farm has provided many benefits beyond income: • Growing perishable food here means people get it fresh from the farm and eliminates the need for some produce to be shipped ...

Columbia Avenue Better Block event Saturday will take active living demonstration to the street

People living in or passing through the Lakeside neighborhood just east of downtown Fort Wayne will get a chance this week to see what life could be like if the corridor received an active living and traffic calming makeover. The transformation will begin Wednesday and culminate with a free Columbia Avenue Better Block party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Columbia Avenue and St. Joseph ...

Addison Agen feels the Fort Wayne hometown support as she competes on 'The Voice'

When Addison Agen steps out on stage on "The Voice," she knows she has a lot of people back in Fort Wayne cheering for her. About 400 people came to her concert Friday at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits - so many that some couldn't get into the show, she said. Most also attended a meet-and-greet beforehand at her father's record store, Neat Neat Neat Records & Music, where she met in person many ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen delivers stirring knockout round performance on 'The Voice'

Addison Agen left the celebrity coaches in awe Monday night, winning her knockout round performance on "The Voice" with a soulful rendition of the song "Beneath Your Beautiful," by Labrinth. "I'm telling you, that girl can win the whole thing, Grammys and everything," her coach, Adam Levine, said after the performance. The Concordia Lutheran High school junior went up against Dennis Drummond, who impressed the ...

Belief that every child deserves a good education led to longtime career at Fort Wayne Community Schools

When people with a concern or complaint call to reach Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson, often the first person they speak with is Barb Trout, Robinson's secretary. "When I answer a phone here and it is a parent, I think about how I would feel," said Trout, who said she empathizes with the caller. It's not just about the specific complaint, said Trout, who will retire this Friday ...

New trees for Memorial Grove to get special escort Saturday to Memorial Park in Fort Wayne

Gary Perkey describes the locally based Warrior Breed Motorcycle Club as a "relatively small organization trying to do big things." They will fulfill one of their biggest missions yet on Saturday, when they and military and emergency vehicles escort 71 trees from Shade Trees Unlimited in Columbia City to their new home in the Memorial Grove at Memorial Park at Glasgow and Maumee avenues in Fort Wayne. "This is ...

UPDATED: Local 'The Voice' contestant Addison Agen will perform at a free concert Friday in Fort Wayne

Addison Agen won't be performing next on "The Voice" until Monday at the earliest, but you can see her live Friday night at CS3, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits at 1915 S. Calhoun St. The show was scheduled to take place at Neat Neat Neat Records & Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St., the local record store owned by her father, Morrison Agen. But with Addison, 16, continuing into the knockout rounds on ...

Trunk-or-Treat events more popular, becoming Fort Wayne Halloween tradition

Trunk-or-Treat events have been growing in number and popularity, popping up faster than warts on a witch's face. Once held mainly by churches, the events now are hosted by schools, businesses and social-service organizations. Concerns about children's safety and the ever-expanding celebration of Halloween have contributed to the popularity of Trunk-or-Treat events, various organizers said. "This is an ...

VIDEO: Addison Agen joins Team Adam after a steal on 'The Voice'

Concordia Lutheran High School junior Addison Agen now is on Team Adam on NBC's "The Voice." The hit vocal talent show calls the current round of the vocal competition the "battle" rounds, and Addison, 16, and Karli Webster, 20, of Santa Clarita, Calif., delivered on Monday night. The two young Team Miley members paired up in singing a slowed-down version of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," the pop hit made ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools board approves 2018 budget

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees voted Monday night to approve a $295.5 million 2018 budget including a 1.9 percent increase from this year. Board members took the action during their meeting at Grile Administrative Center. Under the 2018 budget, property owners living within FWCS boundaries will see little change in their tax bills, FWCS officials said previously. The owner of a home ...

Fort Wayne Police officer honored for help with Chronic Problem Property ordinance

Members of the Neighborhoods United Group honored Fort Wayne Police Capt. P.J. Smith on Monday night for his work to help neighborhoods and for helping city officials craft the Chronic Problem Property ordinance, which was passed by Fort Wayne City Council. Smith was honored during the NUG's meeting at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1811 Fairhill Road. He and Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed also answered ...

New owners for noted historic Forest Park Boulevard home in Fort Wayne

What many think of as the "gem" among the grand, old homes on Forest Park Boulevard now has new owners. Fort Wayne businessman Alex Haggard and his wife closed on the purchase Thursday and paid $650,000 for the approximately 7,000-square-foot mansion at 1830 Forest Park Blvd., said real estate broker James Reecer of the new Keller Williams Realty franchise in Fort Wayne, who sold the house. The house gained ...

Sweet Breeze canal boat's first season on Fort Wayne rivers called a success

The local Friends of the Rivers group reports the first season for the Sweet Breeze replica canal boat was a success, with more than 650 people taking rides on more than two dozen boat tours on local rivers, said Dan Wire, who helped the organization obtain and operate the boat. High water delayed the initial launch of the boat in the spring, so it didn't begin offering cruises until about mid-June. The Friends ...

Reformation sparked by Martin Luther has had lasting impact on Christianity, society

Martin Luther's decision to stand up for his religious beliefs 500 years ago and to challenge what he believed were questionable practices by Catholic Church clergy leaders dramatically changed Christianity and impacted society in ways that continue to this day. Luther, who was a Catholic monk at the time, laid out his position in his 95 Theses, which he posted Oct. 31, 1517, on the door of the castle church in ...

5 great fall hike ideas in Allen County

Sunny days and cold nights trigger the chemical reaction that turns tree leaves bright hues of red, orange and yellow. We haven't had that so far this fall, but colorful fall foliage could be just ahead. Here are suggestions for five good hikes in Allen County with a potential for viewing spectacular fall foliage, if we get it. We also asked our contacts for another favorite trail not part of their ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne Police investigating after North Side H.S. students fall ill after taking pills

Three North Side High School students were taken to the hospital, with one reported in critical condition, after suffering apparent drug overdoses following taking pills Thursday morning at school that allegedly were provided by another student. The Fort Wayne Police Department reported receiving the first call about a possible overdose at the school, 475 E. State Blvd., at about 10:50 a.m. Thursday. Medics ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen's battle round performance set for Monday night on 'The Voice'

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen's battle round performance on "The Voice" is scheduled to air during Monday's 8 p.m. broadcast of the hit NBC vocal talent show. Agen, 16, will sing and compete with fellow Team Miley member Karli Webster of Santa Clarita, Calif., said a news release from the local NBC affiliate, Fort Wayne's NBC, Channel 21.2. During the show's battle rounds, which were pre-recorded, each coach picks ...

New Museum Access Pass to include admission to four downtown Fort Wayne attractions

Fans of downtown Fort Wayne museums now have an added bonus: Effective Nov. 1, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will join a partnership of three other attractions to form the Museum Access Pass (MAP) program. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, The History Center and Science Central previously partnered on the Fort Wayne Museum Dream Pass program that allowed individuals or families to pay one fee for a ...

Sweet Breeze replica canal boat sailing into storage

Friends of the Rivers' Sweet Breeze mid-1800s-era replica canal boat was pulled from the St. Marys River on Thursday morning for transportation to its winter storage in a warehouse on Leesburg Road. The 54-foot-long boat was pulled from the river and onto a custom-designed trailer at Guldin Park, which is located off Van Buren Street just before it crosses the river to become Sherman Boulevard. The Sweet ...

Rolland family foundation gives $1 million toward creation of Lincoln research center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne

While the top executive at what is now Lincoln Financial Group, the late Ian Rolland helped expand and improve the former Lincoln Museum at the company's headquarters in Fort Wayne. Now Rolland, who died July 1, and his family want to ensure future generations of school children and adults enjoy the portion of the museum's archives housed at the downtown Allen County Public Library. The Ian and Mimi Rolland ...