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Fort Wayne/ Allen County

Starbase academy full for school year

Fort Wayne’s Air National Guard has announced that Starbase Indiana, its academy for fifth-graders, is at full enrollment for this school year.

The first of 30 classes began Sept. 3. The average class has 30 students.

Starbase provides free training in science, technology, engineering and math. The five-day program, operated by the U.S. Department of Defense at nearly 80 sites nationwide, offers training in CAD software, 3-D design and printing, robotics, rocketry, nanotechnology and other STEM curriculum.

Since opening in February 2012, the lab at the 122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne International Airport has graduated more than 1,000 students.

Don a blue tie for cancer awareness

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is having “Blue Tie Day” today to raise awareness about men’s cancers.

Take a photo of yourself or a group at the office wearing blue ties and send them to Linda Bewley at Photos will be posted on Cancer Services’ blog,

Pastor to remember Birmingham blast

A local pastor plans Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the deadly, racially motivated bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. He’s also launching a fundraising effort to take 45 students and nine adults to the church and other civil rights sites during spring break next year.

The Rev. Bill McGill, executive pastor of One Church-One Offender, is hoping 5,000 people from the community will each donate $10.20 – signifying the time of the Sunday morning explosion Sept. 15, 1963, which killed four girls and injured 22. He’s also hoping congregations will remember the bombing Sunday.

For more information about the planned trip, call McGill at 410-3430.

Indiana Tech sees enrollment increase

Indiana Tech on Thursday announced student enrollment of 8,146 for the fall 2013 semester, a 16.2 percent increase from the 2012-13 school year.

According to a statement, that enrollment figure covers all types of Indiana Tech students: traditional young adult undergraduate students at the Fort Wayne campus; midcareer learners of all ages in undergraduate and graduate programs at campuses throughout Indiana and Kentucky; online undergraduate and graduate students; Ph.D. students in a blended online/classroom program; and law students at the Fort Wayne campus.

10 tons of food sent after twister

Within five days of the May 20 Oklahoma City tornado, 21,080 pounds of food was collected in Fort Wayne, and within a month, $8,516 in cash donations were received, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana reported Thursday.

All donations were sent to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Rodney Bivens, executive director at the Regional Food Bank, sent a thank-you letter to Community Harvest for its and the community’s support.

– Journal Gazette