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Fort Wayne/Allen County

I-69 lane restrictions begin early today

Expect intermittent lane restrictions on Interstate 69 northbound and southbound near Exit 317, Union Chapel Road, from about 7:30 a.m. today through 5 p.m. Friday, Indiana Department of Transportation officials said.

The right lanes in both directions are expected to be restricted near Exit 317 during daytime hours to accommodate guardrail repair in the area.

Work will be dependent on the weather.

Canned food for shelter animals needed

Student members of the Animal Care Teen program at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control will “Stuff the Whisker Wag’n” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 in the shelter’s parking lot, 3020 Hillegas Road, to collect canned food for homeless shelter dogs and cats.

Residents are asked to drop off canned food suitable for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs. Dry food is not needed at this time. The donations will help underweight animals gain pounds in preparation for adoption.

Food drive benefits Community Harvest

The Fort Wayne Komets, IPFW and Ivy Tech are partnering with Citilink for the ninth annual Bus Stuff, an event that has collected more than 2,000 pounds of food each year for Community Harvest Food Bank.

The community is invited to donate nonperishable food to the food bank at Komets hockey games FridaySunday and Feb. 27 to receive a $2 discount on game tickets.

Food will also be accepted through Feb. 28, on any Citilink/CampusLink bus; at the Citilink office, 801 Leesburg Road; at Community Harvest Food Bank; at Kettler and Walb information desks or student housing at IPFW; and at all Ivy Tech information desks.

Downtown agency to update its website

The Downtown Improvement District will have an updated website within a month.

DID President Bill Brown told board members Tuesday of the plans; the upgrade will cost about $2,400, he said.

“It’s launching next month,” Brown said. “It should be pretty cool.”

Brown said the site,, will have a whole new look and will become more of a one-stop shopping experience for information about downtown and the district.

“It will be easier to use, easier to get around on and just much more interesting,” Brown said. “It will capture the essence of life in downtown Fort Wayne through digital photographs rather than cutesy graphics.”

The site will integrate links for living, working, dining, shopping, trails and parks, he said.

– Journal Gazette