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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:01 pm

Red kettle totals off to slow start

Fort Wayne/Allen County

Red kettle totals off to slow start

The Salvation Army on Thursday said its red kettle totals are more than $27,000 behind where there were at this time last year.

During the first 16 days of last year, the kettles had generated $74,245.56. The first 16 days of collecting this year have generated $46,787.83.

The Salvation Army’s goal is $622,000. Donations, which help meet needs throughout the year, are also accepted online at

Sports club pairs with Parkview

Empowered Sports Club has chosen Parkview Sports Medicine to be its exclusive athletic training and rehabilitation partner, officials announced Thursday.

The sports club, on Lima Road just north of Carroll Road, offers indoor tennis courts, a fitness center, a cafe and pro shop.

Construction has begun on what officials are describing as a state-of-the-art facility within the existing club. Parkview will lease 13,000 square feet of that area. Plans call for the first phase – about 5,500 square feet – to open in February.

State recognizes East Allen school

The Indiana Department of Education has recognized East Allen University as a school of Promising Practice in the area of English-learner students graduating from high school with an associate degree.

In spring 2016, the first graduating class of 77 students from the East Allen County Schools program included nine EL students. All nine graduated with a high school diploma, and seven earned their associate degree.

East Allen University’s Promising Practice is one of 200 education or wrap-around service programs to be recognized by the department in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration.

VA hospital plans town hall meeting

The VA Northern Indiana Health Care System will have a community town hall meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the auditorium of the VA Medical Center, 2121 Lake Ave. RSVP to

Lung transplant specialist to speak

Dr. Martin Zamora, medical director of the University of Colorado Lung Transplant Program, will speak to patients, caregivers and health care providers at a free luncheon Saturday.

The program begins at 11:30 a.m. at the CASA Banquet Room, 7545 W. Jefferson Blvd. To attend or for more information, contact Tom Corron at 245-0199 or or Orlan Holmes at 450-7911 or

Toy drive Saturday at Smith Field

Smith Field Airport and event partner Sweet Aviation are hosting a toy drive Saturday to benefit the Fort Wayne Marine Toys for Tots program.

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., participants can donate new, packaged toys, watch planes fly and have hot cocoa and play games for the whole family.

Smith Field is at 902 W. Ludwig Road.

– Journal Gazette