Rick Ritter believes in giving back. A disabled veteran following a three-year stint in the Marine Corps, he “feels blessed on so many counts.” Beating prostate and skin cancers and soon to be turning 70 years old, Rick remembers those friends who served and never lived beyond the age of 20. It
Meyer’s Barber Shop is a Waynedale staple, although surprisingly only about half of their clients are from the immediate area. The other half coming in and out of the barber side are from local factories that dot the Waynedale and Airport Expressway landscape. One regular customer drives in from
There are 765,000 strokes in the United States every year, which averages out to 1 every 40 seconds. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death. There are 7 million people in the United States over the age of 20 who are stroke survivors. These
Everyone agrees that exercise is important. It’s making yourself do it that is the challenge! However, as a senior, exercise can seem daunting. Arthritis, poor range of motion or chronic illnesses can all deter your determination. But movement, any type of movement, is good for you. Remember the
John Sorg, a Health Teacher at Bishop Luers High School, was recently recognized for 25 years of donating blood to the American Red Cross.
According to the American Red Cross, “Donors share a generous spirit, a desire to give back to their community and help others. Blood donors play an integral
Whenever you heard that phrase from your mom, under your breath didn’t you always say “let’s send it to them?”
Last month when I featured Marcus Marquart in this column, I didn’t have room to explore one of his comments. His remarks revolved around his respect for his mother, Ruth Marquart.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. In Parkinson’s disease, certain nerve cells (neurons) in the brain gradually break down or die. Over one million people in the U.S. are living with PD with males being affected 1.5 times more than females.
It’s time to spring clean in Waynedale and we need your help!
Recent heavy winds that downed power lines and tree limbs earlier this month also sprayed a generous amount of trash and debris throughout our neighborhoods polluting our roadways and ditches
In preparation for the city-wide Great
When you enter Marquart’s Custom Creations at 3418 McArthur Street, your first impression is that Mike and Frank from the show The American Pickers would be in seventh heaven. But don’t go calling Danielle just yet to invite them, because owner Marcus Marquart won’t part with any of the signs,
I have worked for Kingston Health Care since 2001, first as an Activity Director at the Kingston – Dupont Memory Care Assisted Living and currently as the Marketing Director for Kingston Residence Assisted Living on Winchester Road. I love my job because I have the best of both worlds; I get
Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals is steeped in rich history. As you may have noted in the last issue of The Waynedale News, Abner Elzey personally named our fair Waynedale community back in 1921. But their ties to the funeral business began long before that.
In 1895, Abner S., an ordained minister
Medications play an expanding role in healthcare, so it is important to learn the benefits of medications, both prescription and non-prescription, while minimizing and managing the risks. As we grow older, we are more likely to develop chronic illnesses and appropriate medications can help us live
Are you overwhelmed providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia? All of us need a break sometimes. That need is even more critical if we are responsible for providing care for another person.
Respite care, whether in-home or at an adult day center, gives the caregiver time to work
It’s the beginning of a new year; a clean slate with a fresh new calendar just waiting to be filled with productive and meaningful activities. This year, instead of proclaiming all the things you aren’t going to do any more, choose something that you will do to help others and yourself at the
A staple in the Waynedale community since Barrett’s Dime Store leased the space to them many years ago, Waynedale Grooming Salon offers full service grooming services and natural pet foods. Having spent 38 years in the business, owner and head groomer Lynn Swager has a true passion for animals.
I’d be surprised if you didn’t know Alex Cornwell. Armed with his affable grin, you can depend on him to be involved at any major Waynedale happening like the recent Christmas Wreath Auction or upcoming Easter Egg Hunt. He most likely had a hand in helping organize the event, either brainstorming
Umber’s Do It Best Hardware has been a part of the Waynedale community for 73 years. CEO Dave Umber shares, “My grandfather started our business in 1944 at the corner of Old Trail and Lower Huntington Road and then we moved to our current location in 1954. My dad and mom, Dwight & Marilyn,
Twin brothers Mark Smith and Mike Smith pulled some shenanigans in their youth. Like the time Mike was absent for picture day at Wayne High School. Mark stood in for all photos for both of them. Or the time that someone who was a little miffed at Mike approached him, so he pretended to be Mark to
With a quick wit and gravelly voice tinged by a bit of a drawl, Bill Long laughingly refers to himself as both a hillbilly and a redneck. Growing up, Bill, as well as the rest of his family, was always called by two names. His was Billy G. because he was named after his uncle and his aunt. However
When trying to describe Mary Stark, I keep reflecting on the Girl Scout Law I learned as a young girl. Mary truly exemplifies so many of the characteristics. She is friendly, helpful, considerate and caring. Add courageous, strong, responsible and resourceful. Plus she genuinely strives to make the
Billie Fedeli Rykard has an extensive Christmas card mailing list, which includes 93 city officials. As the president of the Belle Vista/Allendale neighborhoods since 2003, Billie likes to stay in touch with her many contacts, including influential names she wouldn’t hesitate to call in the middle
Contrary to popular belief you can have your cake and eat it too! A staple in the community for 61 years, Waynedale Bakery has the most longevity of any bakery in Fort Wayne. Their focus of serving a good quality product at reasonable prices has withstood the test of time. At any given time, you can
“Shaken, not stirred.” Thinking of the famous 007, “Bond, James Bond”? Although he is not a fictional agent of the British Secret Service, a surprising fact about John Moore, a local Waynedale resident, is that he did indeed work for the CIA as an analyst from 1963 to 1970. He was awarded
Partners for 22 years at JW Signs, Jon Walker and Nancy Woosley have made a lot of friends through the years. Could be because they are so supportive of many Waynedale special events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Taste of Waynedale, Annual Picnic, Trunk or Treat, Christmas in Waynedale and more. It’s
A well-known resident of Waynedale for 40 years Beulah Matczak, has been dubbed by many as the “unofficial Mayor of Waynedale”. She is a warm and generous leader with a huge smile and infectious laugh who is dedicated to making Waynedale an inviting community in which to reside.
Beulah moved to