The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00 am


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Fort Wayne/Allen County 

Headwaters Junction names director

A popular riverfront attraction project has named longtime project manager Kelly Lynch its executive director. Lynch said Headwaters Junction has been a project “10 years in the making and throughout that time it has consistently shown its potential to enhance our city's momentum and create a world-class destination for our riverfront.”

Headwaters Junction would relocate the operations and attractions of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and create a railyard park, roundhouse and tourist railroad that would operate throughout the year.

“Kelly has been the mastermind behind this project since the start. As executive director, he will officially represent this project in a major way as it development and fundraising begins,” board Chairman Don Steininger said.

A feasibility study in 2016 reported that Headwaters Junction could bring 140,000 additional visitors to downtown Fort Wayne throughout the year, with 18,000 projected during winter months.

Mural campaigns raise $11,000

The crowdfunding campaign to help install two more murals on the North Anthony Corridor has reached its halfway point and has raised nearly $11,000 of its $13,000 goal.

Created by artist Jerrod Tobias of Tobias Studios and creative coordinator Paul Demaree, the Mandala Murals Project is a public art initiative, sponsored by the North Anthony Corridor Group, to enhance the west and north exterior walls of the building at 3511-3523 N. Anthony Blvd.

The campaign must reach its goal by May 31 for the Mandala Murals Project to receive a matching grant of $13,000 from Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority to fully fund the effort. Contributions can be made online for the project on

Kroger's annual Zoo Day today

Area Kroger stores will have Zoo Day today, part of the company's 26th annual fundraising campaign for the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

On Zoo Day,Kroger will donate a portion of the day's sales to the zoo. On Saturday, the zoo will admit one child free with a paying adult who brings a Kroger register receipt with today's date.

Zoo Day sticker scans will continue through Saturday.

The grocery chain said Tuesday that last year's record of $31,000 is within reach as this year's total is just over $28,000 with just a few days remaining.

– Journal Gazette

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