The Journal Gazette
Friday, November 02, 2018 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County

IU Fort Wayne sets completion event

Indiana University Fort Wayne will celebrate the completion of the school's renovations and its renewed dedication to health sciences education with a ribbon-cutting and reception at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Neff Hall.

Area government leaders, community agencies and others will celebrate with campus leadership.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry's office will present a proclamation, and Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan will discuss how the health science programs of IU Fort Wayne will impact the local community.

The event will include guided tours of facilities after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In July, IU officially transitioned its Fort Wayne programs from the university formerly known as IPFW.

Extra hour to buy alcohol Sunday

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages early Sunday to continue until 3 a.m.

Because daylight saving time changes clocks to 1 a.m. at 2 a.m. Sunday, alcoholic beverage outlets will have one additional hour during which they can serve or sell. Pursuant to Indiana law, they must cease sales at 3 a.m., the commission said. 

Fire alarms to be distributed

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and University of Saint Francis will partner with First Alert, Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation in the Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project.

The project will conduct neighborhood blitzes throughout Fort Wayne from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and on an ongoing basis to distribute alarms until supplies are gone.

Students and residents at large will be able to learn the importance of fire safety and work with firefighters to properly equip homes with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

FWCS Showcase set for Saturday

Fort Wayne Community Schools will host its annual Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.

The showcase is held each year to give families an opportunity to learn more about the educational options available within FWCS.

In addition to highlighting FWCS' programs and support services, students are invited to try out musical instruments at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Mynett Music; receive free haircuts and manicures from FWCS Career Academy at Anthis Cosmetology students; and play carnival games for prizes.

This year, Snider grad Chistiana Danielle, a top-10 finisher on NBC's “The Voice,” will be in attendance from noon to 1 p.m.

Mike's to give free washes to military

Mike's Carwash will be giving free basic washes to veterans and active military personnel at all 23 of its locations Nov. 11.

Mike's will also offer those in the military and vets an upgrade to the Ultimate Wash for just $5 with the proceeds donated to Project Hero.

Gingerbread deadline extended

The 33rd annual Festival of Gingerbread entry deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

Gingerbread creators can find the entry form and rules at 

The Festival of Gingerbread features edible creations by local culinary artists as well as special programs. The contest at the History Center is open to all ages and abilities in various categories.

New Get Help site for victims

Mayor Tom Henry's Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Assault has launched a new website:

The website includes a Get Help Now button with information about what to do if victims are in immediate danger, and a Quick Exit button that allows users to exit to Google with a single click if their abusers enter the room while they are searching for help. There is also a language-support option that covers 58 languages.

To connect victims to the correct agency based on their personal needs, the website features quick links to resources for domestic and family violence, and rape and sexual assault.

Another page can create a safety plan with information to prepare for the possibility of further violence.


Whitley sewer district formed

After a two-year effort that included organizational development, community meetings, public hearings and project planning, the Whitley County Regional Sewer District was granted an order of formation by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on Sept. 13.

The development effort, led by Lana Beregszazi of BCS Management Inc. in Fort Wayne, has included partnerships with local municipalities for the treatment of wastewater from new project areas, engineering feasibility reports, community outreach and long-term planning with county organizations.

Beregszazi is listed as the chair of the review and consulting board for the new municipality and is acting as the executive director.

The new district will continue to work with the county health department to identify problem areas and prioritize projects based on environmental need, according to a news release. 


Military given free pass to state areas

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicles, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties, state forest recreation areas and state off-road vehicle riding areas on Veterans Day.  

Because Falls of the Ohio State Park is open only during the afternoon on Veterans Day, that park will offer free admission to its interpretive center for veterans and active-duty military Nov. 11 and 12.  

Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service at entrance gates.

– Journal Gazette

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