WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Fort Wayne Parks department taking proactive approach to future riverfront development work

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will take a proactive approach to planning and government permit applications for future riverfront development work after running into longer permit processing times than expected for Phase I of the riverfront project. The department still is waiting on some government agency permit approvals for work on the north riverbank for Phase I of the project, which is ...

Proposed playground equipment for Botanical Conservatory showcase later would reappear in Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Park

Johnny Appleseed Park could get a new playground next spring. But kids likely will have a chance to try it out this winter as part of a showcase exhibit at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will ask its board of park commissioners to approve a contract Wednesday for $96,304 with playground equipment-seller Sinclair Recreation, said Steve Schuhmacher, ...

Hosting foreign students has brought Fort Wayne-area family lasting joy

Pat Ehle describes the finished basement of her home as the "international" room. "These walls hold a lot of memories," Ehle, 88, said after reaching the bottom of the stairs. Small banners from Lions Clubs around the world hang along one long wall, all places Ehle and her late husband, Ross, have visited or from which a Lions Club member has visited them. Red thumbtacks dot a world map, showing the home ...

Longtime Fort Wayne community groups now fading away can take steps to preserve their legacy

The New Haven Area Heritage Association has worked for more than 30 years to preserve New Haven-area history, so members hope that history will be preserved after the association disbands. It's a challenge faced by many older community organizations, said Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center and special collections at the Allen County Public Library. "A lot of 20th century organizations have had ...

Pickleball courts, new park suggested at Fort Wayne Parks public input meeting

Pickleball players made their wishes known and people suggested opening a new park and other ideas during a meeting Thursday night to get public input for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's upcoming five-year master plan. Seventeen residents attended the meeting held at 5:30 p.m. at Riverlodge Pavilion in Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road. Their suggestions included: * Buy the now-closed Park ...

Addison Agen hopes 'The Voice' launches her on a music career

For Addison Agen, a "last-minute thing" turned into a slot on Team Miley in the current season of "The Voice," the hit NBC vocal talent show. Addison, 16, who attends Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, happened to be around before the start of a home match for the school's girls volleyball team, she said during an interview Tuesday. The show allowed her to do interviews this week with local media, ...

HBCU College Fair planned Saturday

For Tenesha Roberson, attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) encouraged her to aspire to great heights. "I was able to flourish in a way I had not thought possible before," said Roberson, a Kannapolis, N.C., native who attended North Carolina Central in Durham and now teaches world and U.S. history at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne. The HBCU experience encouraged her and other ...

Fort Wayne: A City of Faiths?

Fort Wayne long has been known as the City of Churches, but the City of Faiths more accurately describes the community today. Jobs, immigration and refugee resettlement have brought a array of people — and their faiths — to the Summit City. Along with Christian and Jewish congregations, which have histories dating back more than a century in the city, we now have several Islamic centers and houses of ...

Welcoming Fort Wayne working to build stronger community

The ministry educates the non-immigrant community about the importance of immigrant newcomers settling here, said Melissa Rinehart, the nonprofit's lead organizer. Welcoming Fort Wayne also works to create the infrastructure to help new immigrants acclimate to life here and become contributors to the community. Related: Welcoming Fort Wayne Working to Build a Stronger Community The ministry, which was ...

More older adults facing tough decisions about gardens, landscaping

Barbara Travis used to spend 6-8 hours a day working on the flower beds and landscaping around her southwest Fort Wayne home. "I physically am not able to do it anymore," said Travis, 84, a former Purdue Master Gardener volunteer. Recently, she spend two hours working in the yard in the heat and ended up in the hospital with pneumonia, she said. So Travis removed some of her flower beds and hires Greta ...

Christians' interpretation of Scripture a matter of perspective

Along with Fort Wayne moving from the City of Churches to a city of faiths, some Christian denominations' interpretation of the Bible also has been evolving. Related: Is Fort Wayne now a "City of Faiths?" Two key factors have influenced the change in the way some Christians interpret the Bible, said Associate Professor Adam DeVille, chairman of the theology-philosophy department at the University of Saint ...

No comments at public hearing on Fort Wayne Community Schools' proposed 2018 budget

No one came to speak during a public hearing Monday night on the Fort Wayne Community Schools district's $295.5 million proposed 2018 budget. The board of school trustees now will consider approving the budget at their meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Grile Administrative Center. The public hearing, which took place during the board's regular semimonthly meeting at the Grile center, also was open to anyone who ...

MS art show celebrates creativity, perseverance

More Information Celebrating life and art WHAT: The first MS Art Show will feature art work created by 13 people with multiple sclerosis. Several of the artists also will participate in a panel discussion about how art has impacted their lives and living with MS. Afterward, Dr. Jimmy Yen, lead researcher at the IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne, will give a short presentation. Light refreshments will be ...

Partnerships, community support allow FWCS to add music education opportunities

Fort Wayne Community Schools has collaborated with locally based music business Sweetwater and its founder on two major music initiatives in recent weeks, and it's about to embark on a third effort with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. FWCS and The Phil plan to begin offering the El Sistema-inspired Club Orchestra strings program at Forest Park, Waynedale and South Wayne elementary schools, said Bruce Schneider, ...