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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Celebrating the Solstice: An Interview with Troy Ganser

Troy Ganser and his pirate crew will be no match for the Fairy Queen and her royal court at T.A.G. Art's upcoming Solstice Celebration.
Credit Courtesy/Troy Ganser

Summer will officially be here this Sunday, and to one Allen County resident in particular, that means it's time for a solstice celebration.

Troy Ganser has a life-long affinity for holidays, folklore and entertaining, and believes his new T.A.G. Art facility in New Haven provides a perfect (and natural) setting in which to host an interactive "Summer Solstice Fairy Party."

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ganser earlier this week to discuss the pleasure of storytelling in this magical manner.

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News
4:41 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

City Announces Grant For Sports Development

Goalball is designed for athletes who are blind. It is one of four tournaments receiving funding from a sports development grant.
Credit Helene Stjernlöf, Creative Commons

Fort Wayne is giving a $20,000 sports development grant to the city’s tourism agency. The grant will go toward four sports tournaments, which the city estimates will bring in nearly $800,000.

One of those tournaments is the Blind Athletes National Goalball Championship. It’s the first time a Paralympic championship will be held in Fort Wayne.

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News
3:32 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Rain Continues, City Works to Prevent Flood Damage

A crew comprised of City workers and volunteers fills sandbags to prevent flood damage in the Belle Vista neighborhood of Fort Wayne.
Lisa Ryan WBOI News

Continuing rainfall in Northeast Indiana isn’t expected to let up any time soon, causing pockets of flooding. 

Crews and volunteers worked through the night Tuesday filling sandbags and  constructing temporary levees to help protect property. A number of parks around  the community are flooded and closed as well. 

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Politics & Government
11:13 am
Wed June 17, 2015

New Law Aims to Make Family Caregiving Easier

Home health care advocates are trying to get the word out about a new law aimed at helping family caregivers provide better treatment to their relatives.

The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable – or CARE Act – was signed by Governor Pence at the end of this year’s session.

Under the law, patients who are admitted to a hospital must be given the option to designate a family caregiver. If they do, hospitals must then keep the caregiver in the loop about patient transfers and explain things like medication management when it’s time for the patient to go home.

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News
6:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Extended Interview: Pastor Carlton Lynch on Reducing Summertime Violence

Pastor Carlton Lynch leads New Beginnings Church in Fort Wayne.
Credit Carlton Lynch

The official start of summer is nearly here. And while that usually means the kids  are home, the weather’s warm, and summer activities abound…for many  communities, it also means an uptick in violence.  Fort Wayne is not immune to the problem, either.

Non-fatal shootings in the city  have more than doubled in the last ten years. The issue is getting attention: city leaders have begun talking about it in recent  months with public safety roundtables.  

But Fort Wayne Pastor Carlton Lynch is tackling the issue head on.  

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Transportation
6:00 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Building Bike Infrastructure is a Slow but Steady Process

Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

In Fort Wayne and around the globe, more and more people are using bicycles for health and recreation, and even as a mode of transportation.

 The city’s trail system – which allows bikes – has has increased increases in length and popularity in the last decade. But street infrastructure is slowly but surely increasing as well. But how does a more bike-friendly environment come to pass? WBOI’s Virginia Alvino tells us more about how the planning process works, and how projects are chosen.

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News
5:14 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Community Cat Program Gets Funding Boost

Cats are trapped, microchipped, vaccinated, spayed and neutered, then returned to the community.
Credit Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control

Free-roaming cats are often unowned, unwanted and at risk of being taken to shelters and euthanized, but Fort Wayne’s Community Cat Program aims to protect stray cats. The program’s leaders announced it received new funding this week.

The program, run by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, traps stray cats and vaccinates, spays and neuters them. The cats are microchipped, marked with an ear clipping and returned to their communities.

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Health Care
4:10 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

New Ads Encourage HIP 2.0 Enrollment

An ad campaign starting Monday aims to bring more qualifying Hoosiers into the state's new HIP 2.0 plan.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have enrolled in Governor Pence’s healthcare program HIP 2.0 since rollout began earlier this year.  But the state wants more people to sign up, launching an ad campaign Monday to promote the program.

Halfway through its first year, more than 283,000 Hoosiers are participating in HIP 2.0.  And Family and Social Services Administration spokesman Jim Gavin says so far, enrollment has largely been achieved through word of mouth.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Cattle Hormones Could Be Worse for Environment Than Previously Thought

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A recent study shows growth hormones used in beef cattle could be worse for the  environment than previously thought.  The new research comes from Indiana University.

Synthetic testosterone is used in the majority of U.S. beef cattle to make cows  bigger.  But when the steroids exit the cows, they can easily be washed into waterways. And once those compounds enter the environment, they can have surprising  reactions - like increasing in potency. 

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News
6:00 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Rules of the Road Evolve with Infrastructure

Active transportation planner for the City of Fort Wayne Kate Riordan rides in newly painted bike lanes on Main Street.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

In Fort Wayne, motorists and cyclists sometimes struggle to share the road – and there are the collisions to prove it. 

In the past five years in Allen County there have been more than 400 collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles, including two fatalities and more than 300 injuries. The number one reason? Failure to yield. And police say both motorists and cyclists are each at fault only about half the time.

The rules of the road are pretty straightforward – share.

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