In this year of 2016, the state of Indiana’s two hundredth birthday, I have been thinking a lot about history and about how knowing history can really give a better perspective on things. I think about my own family’s history here in Indiana, and I think their experiences had a lot to do with
Each of us controls what we prioritize in life. A top priority for all of us should be ensuring that our basic necessities are being met. Basic necessities, according to the Indiana law that governs Township Trustee services, include such things as food, shelter, essential utilities, needed household
It seems hard to believe that it’s May already, but here we are in the last month of spring. This is a busy month for us at the Township office. All of our departments are running at full speed, and the staff here becomes even more actively involved in community events as the weather gets nicer.
Have you met Velveeta, the lady scarecrow? I’ll bet you’ve seen her at least. She’s been standing over a strawberry patch in Foster Park West just off Bluffton Road for the last ten years. I drive past her, and her friend Violette, whenever I am heading into Waynedale, and I’ve often wondered
As the weather is warming up, we start looking forward to moving some of our work out of doors-like improving the landscaping and picking up debris that has accumulated there over the winter. We also start organizing our efforts for the coming Great American Cleanup when citizens in Fort Wayne and
In the course of my tenure as Wayne Township Trustee I have come to feel strongly that education is the key to solving the problem of poverty in our community. That is why, four years ago, I established the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship. At the annual Holiday Celebration that was held in December
It’s March again, when Americans celebrate many things including the first day of spring, Easter and Disability Awareness Month. Along with hanging posters and participating in other events, I would like in this column to share some information that I received from Indiana’s Governor’s Council
As we come to the end of February, Black History Month, I would like to write today about a hero of mine from the past, Frederick Douglass. Much of what we know about Douglass comes from his own words found in the many books he wrote during his lifetime. From his first autobiography we learn that
In the last Waynedale News I saw an article announcing the Valentine’s Day Eagle Watch at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, and I thought to myself ‘What a nice way to celebrate the day with your sweetheart.’ Little did I know until talking with my friend, John Brennan—a retired English professor—that
Some of our clients have very little income and do a good job of managing the little that they have. Some have more income and may not manage it well. I’d like to offer some words of advice.
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Have you noticed that the Indiana license plates we’ve been sporting for the past three years celebrate our state’s bicentennial? That’s right, this year Indiana will be two hundred years old. In the summer of 1816 forty-three delegates came together and drew up our first state constitution
While our weather so far has been unseasonably mild, the days continue to grow shorter as we approach the start of winter. It puts me in mind that the holidays we celebrate at this time of year, with all of their warmth, candles and colorful lights, are probably meant to comfort people in the face
On Saturday, December 12, the Wayne Township Trustee Office will be holding its Fourth Annual Holiday Celebration from Noon to 4pm. We are having it this time at the newly remodeled McMillen Center at 3901 Abbott Street. In years past we enjoyed the party in Waynedale at the Roller Dome South, but
Each morning as I walk through our lobby greeting clients, I see a wide range of emotions. Some people are showing the stress of the hard circumstances that have brought them to our office. Others, who have been rolling with the punches for awhile, carry a tougher exterior. But just as often I will
Another Veterans Day is just around the corner, and while our soldiers, both past and present, are never far from my mind, at this time of year I especially think about all that it means to serve our country in the military. Here at the Wayne Township Trustee office there are several people on staff
When I first took office as Wayne Township Trustee I made a personal commitment to learn all I could about my new job. I read all the Indiana statutes regarding township government. I met with other trustees across the state. I conferred with staff members who had years of experience working here
Every once in awhile my office will receive a call or a letter from a citizen asking why somebody they know would be receiving assistance from our township. Often that citizen wants us to know that he or she thinks this person should not be getting our help for one reason or another. I take these
Are you one of those folks who have already started thinking about your holiday gift giving? I always shake my head when the stores start advertising Santa Claus even before the Halloween costumes are off their shelves. But here at Wayne Township we have to start thinking now, even before the leaves
While we always try our best to accommodate the needs of everyone who comes through our doors at the Wayne Township Trustee’s Office, we also must follow Indiana Law and our Eligibility Standards which sometimes require us to deny assistance to persons who come to us for help. Recently my staff
Labor Day always reminds me of how important it is to a person’s well-being to have a job–not just for the money but for the dignity it gives to their life. So many times here at Wayne Township we see someone who has lost their job, and when they come to us they not only need financial assistance
On August 6 this year, the League of Women Voters hosted a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field. About 100 people attended and heard from Mayor Tom Henry, Police Chief Garry Hamilton, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and John Aden
Fort Wayne Community Schools will be back in session on August 11. For many people this is an exciting time of year as they take their children shopping for new clothes and new school supplies. For some, however, spending the extra funds for their children to go to school presents a real hardship
At the Wayne Township Trustee Board Meeting held at our office in downtown Fort Wayne on July 14 we awarded Recognizing Achievement Scholarships to six 2015 high school graduates who will be attending institutions of higher learning later this fall. Here are their stories.
Desmon Davis plans to become
Well, it’s the Fourth of July and another chance to get together with family and friends to celebrate our American heritage. As I did on Memorial Day in May and Flag Day in June, I enjoy this holiday when I see all the Stars and Stripes that my Wayne Township neighbors display on front porches or
This month the Wayne Township Trustee Office is attending two events with our information booth; one is the annual Juneteenth celebration at Weisser Park and the other the second annual Father’s Day and Family Fair Celebration at McMillen Park Community Center.
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