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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County

Mental health summit for vets

VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System will host a mental health summit for veterans and their families from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Drive. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

This event is aimed to improve access to mental health care for veterans and their families. The plenary topics will be veteran caregiver support and National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Veterans can also participate in a variety of breakout sessions, to include VA women's health, VA Mission Act, The Modern Western Warrior, and mental health considerations for female veterans.

Housing Authority wins 4 awards

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials recently honored the Fort Wayne Housing Authority with four 2019 Awards of Merit.

The winning projects were: Social Media – utilizing digital platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate with residents and sharing community resources; Health and Wellness – offering wellness activities to staff and residents to enhance their well-being; Rebranding – creating a new brand and collateral materials to enhance agency communications; and Pretty Princess Program – teaching young girls skills to last a lifetime.

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Awards of Merit program was created 20 years ago to recognize agencies that found innovative ways of making a difference in their communities and in the lives of the people they serve by creating affordable housing, revitalizing their neighborhoods, and developing initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships and disaster prevention projects, among others.

Mural dedicated in Fairmount area

Fort Wayne city leaders joined Historic Fairmont Place neighborhood leaders Monday to dedicate a mural painted by Theoplis Smith and Matthew Plett on the side of the Tasty Pizza building, 4302 Fairfield Ave.

The mural depicts letters spelling out “Better Together” as well as brightly colored cardinals. 

“This mural celebrates what is special about our neighborhood,” said Sally Edington, secretary of the Historic Fairmont Place neighborhood. “We are a historic and diverse community and are proud to work with one another to make our neighborhood a better place.” 

Funding for the marker came from the city's 2018 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program, which is designed to support neighborhood projects that beautify public spaces and strengthen community involvement.

Grants were available for up to $5,000 and made possible with federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services.

The Historic Fairmont Place neighborhood received the full $5,000 for the mural and also matched the grant with private donations.

Hearing set for SACS teachers deal

A public hearing about the Southwest Allen County Schools teachers contract is set for 8 a.m. Thursday in the district transportation conference room, 4814 Homestead Road.

A new state law requires school districts hold such hearings before formal collective bargaining begins with teachers unions.

Representatives from the district and the Southwest Allen County Teachers' Association will listen to the testimony.


Waterloo to greet 1st responders

The public is invited to Waterloo's Francis Thomson Memorial Park from 6 to 7 p.m. today to meet and greet local first responders.

Residents will meet town marshals and police reserves, volunteer firefighters and DeKalb homeland security officials. In addition, Warm-A-Heart will be serving hot dogs. Town leaders will hand out National Night Out souvenirs.

Helicopters to inspect I&M lines

Indiana Michigan Power will conduct aerial inspections of its high-voltage lines from helicopters this week. The inspections help maintain the reliability of the electric transmission system.

The flights are scheduled to inspect transmission lines in I&M's Indiana service territory, which includes Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana; South Bend and north central Indiana; and Muncie and east-central Indiana.

The approximate dates for inspections by area are:

• South Bend and north central Indiana: through Aug. 17.

• Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana: Aug. 17-24.

• Muncie and east-central Indiana: Aug. 24-Sept. 13.

– Journal Gazette