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3:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Farmer's Market Aims to Turn Food Desert Into Food Oasis

Young volunteers grow and sell fresh produce at the McCormick Farmer's Market in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / HEAL

The newly opened McCormick Farmer's Market, at the corner of McCormick and Edsall Avenues in Fort Wayne, aims to turn a food desert into a food oasis by providing a source for fresh produce and great community interaction every Wednesday evening. 

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health are funding the project, while the produce itself comes mostly from community gardens, located at the nearby Slataper Street Urban Farm. 

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My Summer Vacation
6:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lisa Dunn & Janice Hunter: Our Summer as Engineers

Lisa Dunn and Janice Hunter are teachers at Fort Wayne's Lakeside Middle School who both have a passion for teaching students about STEM concepts and careers. STEM is shorthand for "science, technology, engineering and math."

It's a passion that led them to Purdue University in West Lafayette over the summer, where they were selected to participate in a program called TechFit.  

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News
5:08 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Indianapolis Charter School Will Close Its Doors

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard accepted a decision Thursday to close Flanner House Elementary, a charter school sponsored by his office. The school’s board of directors voted to close the  school after allegations of cheating on ISTEP tests. 

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Economy
4:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Report: More Than 20 Percent of Regional Workers Near Retirement Age

One-fifth of Northeast Indiana’s workforce is at or near retirement age. That’s according to a new report out Thursday.

The report from Northeast Indiana Works and the Community Research Institute at IPFW shows more than 20 percent of all working adults in the region are age 55 or older.

The percentages are even higher in public and private education, truck transportation and the manufacturing sector.

But people retire all the time, so why is this important?

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My Summer Vacation
6:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Carissa Richardson: My Summer in Europe

Most teachers use their summer vacation to take some time away from students.  However, this wasn't the case for Towles New Tech Middle School teacher Carissa Richardson.  She spent her summer traveling all over Europe with 40 students.   

Richardson spent time in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom in the People to People Ambassador Program.  The program was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the notion that peace comes through traveling abroad and understanding other cultures.

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My Summer Vacation
6:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Tony Lemmon: My Summer as an Author

Tony Lemmon teaches science and math at Shawnee Middle School and driver's education on the side.  He put last winter's snow days to good use by writing a book about his driver's ed experiences and spent the summer getting the word out about his book.  

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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: "Energizing Indiana" Was Cost Effective

Energizing Indiana, the state's energy efficiency program, was canceled earlier this year.

A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective—saving about three dollars for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from the program—called Energizing Indiana—was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. For every one dollar in rebate, the companies saved more than five dollars in electricity costs.

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News
4:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Artlink Chooses New Executive Director

Credit Amber Recker

Artlink has a new Executive Director. The non-profit gallery in Fort Wayne approved Amber Recker for the position on Monday.

Under the leadership of its current director Deb Washler, Artlink moved to the Auer Center downtown in 2011, where it expanded its exhibition and classroom space. Washler announced her resignation last month, and is headed to the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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My Summer Vacation
6:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Bob Ahlersmeyer: My Summer in Hollywood

Nine months out of the year, Bob Ahlersmeyer is an English teacher at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.  But he’s a showman at heart, and once class is dismissed, you can often find him in community theater productions and even local commercials.

This summer though, he decided to try his hand at stardom. For six weeks, anyway.

Ahlersmeyer received a Lilly Grant to travel to Hollywood to blog about his experiences auditioning for movies and commercials. He plans on using his blog to educate students on online journalism and blog-writing.  

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Economy
3:31 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

State Private Sector Adds Jobs, Unemployement Rate Flat

Indiana’s private sector added nearly 10,000 jobs last month.  Yet for the fourth consecutive month, the unemployment rate failed to drop.  Still, Governor Mike Pence says July’s employment numbers tell him Indiana’s economy is “all systems go.”

The Hoosier private sector has added jobs for ten consecutive months, surging again in July with 9,900 jobs created.  That boost was led by the manufacturing sector, which added more than 5,000 jobs, the most in the country last month. 

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