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Kosciusko County

Car seat safety for parents

Kosciusko County Safe Kids will host a Child Safety Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at Warsaw Autoplex, 2777 N. Detroit St., Warsaw.

Certified technicians will show parents how to ensure car seats are properly and safely installed.

Parents are encouraged to bring their own car seats from home, but due to a donation from Warsaw Autoplex, Kosciusko County Safe Kids will give out 15 safe car seats to parents who do not have the money to buy them on their own. The car seats are first come, first serve.

For more information, contact Ted Nine at Warsaw Autoplex at 574-267-7188 or by emailing

Fort Wayne/Allen County

Garage sale to help troops

Operation U.S. Troop Support Inc. will have its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 7136 Pine Lake Road.

Proceeds will be used to help defray shipping fees for care packages to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and injured service members recovering stateside and to buy needed items for the troops.

The public is also invited to drop off donations of snacks, toiletries, letters of support, new wool socks and other items that might be included in troop care packages.

For a complete list of suggested items, go to Operation U.S. Troop Support Inc. has collected and shipped more than 101,000 items to U.S. troops.

Memorial Pool closed briefly

Because of mechanical issues, Memorial Pool is closed and is not expected to reopen until early next week, Fort Wayne Parks Department officials announced Friday.

Northside and McMillen pools remain open every afternoon, officials said, and the city’s free splash pads are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There are splash pads at Memorial, McCormick, Waynedale, Shoaff, Buckner, Robert E. Meyers parks, as well as a new splash pad at Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground in Kreager Park.

Event offers $10 cat adoptions

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is having a Feline Frenzy Summer, where hundreds of cats and kittens are available for adoption. Many of the available kittens have been under the care of volunteers in private foster homes where the kittens have been well-socialized.

They can be adopted at the Summer Feline Frenzy fee of $10, made possible by an Animal Care & Control Commission grant.

All cats and kittens will receive a microchip, and local veterinary clinics donate the first wellness exam.

Included in each adoption is the video, “Training Your Adopted Cat,” to help families learn responsible care.

The shelter will evaluate the program’s success and hopes to be able to extend the offer beyond summer as donations to the program through the Animal Care & Control Commission permit.

Outreach to business owners

Local entrepreneurs will get tips on how to build credit, connect with potential customers, build a solid business plan and much more at an information booth set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at One Summit Square.

The outreach is part of National Small Business Week, which runs Monday through Friday. Locally, the week is being celebrated by several organizations that serve small businesses: the Urban Enterprise Association, the Community Development Corp. of Northeast Indiana, the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce, and CANI’s Center for Community and Economic Development.

Flooded Cook Road reopens

The Allen County Highway Department reported Friday that the section of Cook Road between Butt Road and Felger Road that had been closed after Wednesday night’s storms has now reopened.

But high water signs are still in place, and motorists are urged to use caution.


Wells plans training exercise

The Wells County Local Emergency Planning Commission will conduct a training exercise at 8 a.m. June 22 at the old Kmart parking lot in Bluffton to test the capabilities of local responders.

The joint exercise will involve the Wells County Emergency Management Agency, Wells County EMS, Wells County Health Department, Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Wells on Wheels, Bluffton police and fire departments, Bluffton dispatch and Salvation Army.