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WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center working toward move to new location north of Fort Wayne

Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center has been looking for a new site for several years, and they now believe they have found a home. The nonprofit raptor rescue organization has reached a tentative agreement to buy 8 acres of farmland east of Old Lima Road near McComb Road north of Huntertown, said Mike Dobbs, Soarin' Hawk vice president. A large portion of the property lies in a floodplain, so that land ...

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department approves allowing alcoholic beverages at schedule events at city golf courses

Organizers of golf outings and leagues now can serve alcoholic beverages at their events at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department golf courses. The parks department's board of park commissioners approved that change and others in the department's alcohol policy during a meeting this morning at Citizens Square. No one spoke against the change at the meeting. The department reportedly received only one ...

VIDEO: Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation returns recovered eagle to freedom at Eagle Marsh in southwest Fort Wayne

A large crowd turned out this afternoon to watch as volunteers from Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center released a bald eagle at Eagle Marsh after its recovery from a broken wing. Soarin' Hawk received a call in February that the eagle was down along Yohne Road near Fox Island County Park southwest of Fort Wayne, said Pam Whitacre, the Soarin' Hawk volunteer who went to pick up the bird and who was among ...

Decatur-area pastor elected as new president of the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod during district convention today in Fort Wayne

The Rev. Daniel J. Brege, 65, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Decatur, was elected on the second ballot this afternoon as the next president of the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Brege will succeed the Rev. Daniel May, who is retiring after 15 years as district president. The Indiana District, which is headquartered in Fort Wayne, includes about 220 churches in Indiana and 20 ...

Fort Wayne Parks Department to take proactive approach to future private development of North River property

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will take a pro-active approach this year in numerous areas, including planning for the possible relocation of the Lawton Park greenhouses and developing a master plan for Franke Park. New parks Director Steve McDaniel laid out the department's 2018 goals during the board of park commissioners' meeting this morning at Citizens Square. The city of Fort Wayne ...

Fort Wayne native and noted author Michael Martone will sign copies of his latest book Saturday at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers

When Fort Wayne native and author Michael Martone thought about Coliseum Boulevard, he realized "my life is sort of out there on that stretch of road." His parents' last house was just inside Coliseum, also known as "the bypass." When young, he worked at Glenbrook Square mall and Georgetown Square shopping center, both of which are near the bypass. And his parents, longtime community leaders Patty and Tony ...

Fort Wayne golf courses face challenges, but owners believe the game will play through them

Cedar Creek Golf Club owner and president Dave Gilbert believes the sport of golf always will have a future. It just may not include him as a course owner. Factors contributing to the possible sale of his course have been building for years and impact many other golf courses, said Gilbert, who has owned his golf club since 1982. Two other local golf courses — Deer Track and Willow Ridge — have closed in ...

Golf courses finding native wildflowers and grasses an environmentally friendly way to reduce maintenance costs

Golf courses are known for their finely manicured greens and fairways. But some have found a way to beautify the course while also saving money on maintenance costs. Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road, and Colonial Oaks Golf Club, 8218 Huguenard Road, both have installed native wildflowers and grasses in areas golfers typically don't hit errant shots. "There's always something blooming," said ...

VIDEO: Lincoln Financial Group team members get ready for Fort Wayne Parks department's Dragon Boat Races

Members of Lincoln Financial Group's team took advantage of great weather Wednesday to get in some practice for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's Dragon Boat Races on June 23 downtown on the St. Marys River. Eden Lamb, the parks department's supervisor of outdoor recreation, provided initial instruction on land at Headwaters Park West before leading LFG's 21 team members - 20 paddlers and one ...

Huntertown United Methodist's multisite ministry approach hopes to breathe new life into Forest Park United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne

Forest Park United Methodist Church needed a lifeline. The once-vibrant Fort Wayne congregation at 2100 Kentucky Ave. may not have expected help would come all the way from Huntertown. On June 30, Forest Park UMC will close. The next day, it will be reborn as Lifehouse Church-Forest Park Campus, one of two satellite locations that are part of ministries based at Huntertown United Methodist Church. "We are ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools board approves buying upgraded building security systems

Purchase of new Intrusion Detection and Access Control Security systems will provide faster and better security at all Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings, FWCS school board members were told during their meeting Monday night at Grile Administrative Center. The FWCS board voted to buy the recommended systems for $752,549.46 from Tyco Integrated Security of South Bend. The purchase also includes a ...

ACD Club cars make stop for tour at Fort Wayne's Water Filtration Plant

Fourteen historic cars driven by members of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club made a stop this morning at the Water Filtration Plant in downtown Fort Wayne. The sleek vehicles made the trip as part of activities for the 19th annual Auburn Warmup, said Gretchen Frownfelter-Grimpe of Fishers, one of the event coordinators and today's "tour director." Interested ACD Club members meet the second weekend in June ...

Fort Wayne Parks department still looking into algae blooms at Lakeside Park ponds

The recent rains caused algae to drop from the surface of the two smaller ponds at Lakeside Park, but the gooey, green nuisance could return with hot, sunny weather. A contractor was testing water samples taken from the middle pond to see if analysis can determine the cause of the algae blooms, a Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department staff member said last week. No information on the test results was ...

Catholic Charities of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to try replicating Stay the Course program success by helping people on limited income earn an Ivy Tech Community College degree

The strength of the proposal submitted by the Catholic Charities office in Fort Wayne earned it the chance to be the replication test site for the Stay the Course program, which works with low-income people to help them complete a community college degree and increase their potential job pay. "Fort Wayne put in a really exciting proposal," said Bill Evans, professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame ...

At World Oceans Day at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, get tips on how to help sea creatures by reducing your plastics waste

You probably heard about the pilot whale found dying that had more than 17 pounds of plastic bags in its stomach and the sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose. During its World Oceans Day activities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo will give visitors ideas on how they can take small steps to prevent that type of animal suffering in the future. To do its part, the zoo has stopped ...

Families encouraged to have fun playing at new Sports Legends Experience at Children's Museum of Indianapolis

At the new Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience, they want everybody in the game. "The goal is to get the parents and grandparents off the sidelines and off the bench and participating with the kids," said Leslie Olsen, public relations manager for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, home of the $38.5-million, 7.5-acre Sports Legends Experience. The idea for the new area grew out of efforts ...

Marine biology program producing successful graduates from IPFW's Fort Wayne campus

When you think of students graduating from IPFW, it's typical to think of them entering fields such as education, business, health care and engineering. But the university also is a hub for successful marine biology graduates. Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, which will separate into Purdue Fort Wayne and Indiana Fort Wayne programs on July 1, is located along the St. Joseph River. But how ...

Fort Wayne filmmaker and social-justice advocate Terry Doran the subject of documentary premiering June 11 at the Allen County Public Library

The more Bob Hunter learned about Fort Wayne filmmaker and advocate Terry Doran, the more Hunter saw a story that hadn't been fully told. After all of the years and all that Doran has accomplished, "I didn't feel he had gotten the attention he deserves," said Hunter, who met Doran in 2010. Hunter, a Fort Wayne resident, turned the camera around on Doran, producing the nearly two-hour documentary "Portrait ...

VIDEO: Ivy Day walk part of tradition at Fort Wayne's South Side High School

Graduating seniors from South Side High School put on their green caps and gowns today for school seniors' traditional Ivy Day walk around the school, 3601 S. Calhoun St. Today is the last day of classes in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district. Led by the South Side band, graduating seniors walked from in front of the school's Helen P. Brown Natatorium south on Calhoun Street to Oakdale Drive, where ...

Fort Wayne Sears store in Glenbrook Square escapes closing — for now (List included)

The Sears department store in Glenbrook Square is not on list of Sears and Kmart stores the company plans to close in early September, based on a company announcement issued today. But parent company Sears Holdings said it also is re-evaluating a group of nine stores pulled from what it said would be a 72-store closing list, and the list "will be updated as appropriate." Three Indiana Sears stores were on the ...