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Heritage, North Side bands among Top 5


Staff report

Two Allen County high school marching bands earned Top 5 spots Oct. 21 in the Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Class Finals at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.

Fort Wayne North Side took third place among 17 bands in Class A. Warren Central of Indianapolis finished first and Lafayette Jefferson finished second. Fort Wayne Northrop and Fort Wayne Snider also represented northeast Indiana in the Class A finals. ISSMA released rankings for only the top five spots in each class.

Heritage Jr./Sr. High School of Monroeville finished second among 16 bands in the Class B finals. Danville finished first. Bluffton and Manchester also reached the Class B finals.

Also over the weekend, four northeast Indiana high school bands competed in the Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional. Homestead marched Friday, earning a place among 14 bands in the Saturday night finals. Homestead placed fifth in the finals. The two-day competition drew 68 bands from 10 states. Also competing from northeast Indiana were Concordia Lutheran, Leo and Norwell high schools.

The ISSMA Open Class Semistates will be held Oct. 28 at four sites in or near Indianapolis.

The Class A Semistate will be held at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Local bands performing: Homestead, 3:49 p.m.; Carroll, 4:15 p.m.

The Class B Semistate will be held at Pike High School in Indianapolis: Local bands performing: East Noble, 3:49 p.m.; and DeKalb, 5:59 p.m.

The Class C Semistate will be held at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis. Local bands performing: Norwell, 2:44 p.m.; Concordia Lutheran, 3:10 p.m.; Leo, 3:49 p.m.; and Angola, 4:28 p.m.

The Class D Semistate will be held at Franklin Community High School. Local bands performing: Adams Central, 3:49 p.m.; Woodlan, 5:20 p.m.; and Whitko, 5:33 p.m.

Admission to Open Class Semistates is $7 for adults and $5 for students and preschoolers.

Kiwanis to meet evenings at chamber’s new office



The New Haven Kiwanis Club has changed its meeting schedule and location, and hopes to attract some younger members to support its mission of service to youth.

The club now meets at the New Haven Chamber of Commerce office at 428 Broadway, from 7 to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

The club had held lunch meetings since its founding in 1961. Recent attendance levels prompted the club to reach out to those who find evening meetings more convenient.

Jeff Showman is the new president of the New Haven Kiwanis Club. He is also a former president. He said he has been unable to attend lunch meetings since taking work in north Fort Wayne two years ago.

Mayor Terry McDonald is vice president. Ollie Brueck is treasurer. Connie Everett continues as secretary.

Showman thanked the management of Rack and Helen’s Bar and Grill for hosting the club in the upstairs dining area for the last several years, with attentive service to a waning lunch count.

Chamber President Charlie Hatten said the chamber welcomes the new guests at the new chamber’s new office. “We want people to use it all the time,” he said. “That’s why we built it. They’ve got their own key so they’ll just let themselves in.”

Though not a member of the club, Hatten supports groups such as the Kiwanis, even volunteering at the food booth during Canal Days.

“I do stuff with them all the time,” he said.

The Kiwanis Club works to support youth locally by providing four $500 scholarships to each New Haven High School graduating class.

“When you read their applications you get a better appreciation of these students and what these scholarships mean to them,” Showman said.

The club joins other Indiana Kiwanis in supporting Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Over the years, Kiwanis have helped to fund a helicopter ambulance landing pad at the Indianapolis hospital. Kiwanis also support programs for overnight stays of families of patients. The club recently completed Peanut Days, visiting local stores to accept donations for Riley Hospital.

“That’s where we hear the stories of people who have family members at Riley,” Showman said.

Those priorities are unchanged, Showman said.

The new meeting schedule will not include a meal, but refreshments may be available. Showman said he hopes all those factors contribute to better attendance. He especially hopes for participation by parents of high school students.

Showman said the students who benefit from Kiwanis also have been important to the club’s success. The Kiwanis support the Key Club at the high school and those students at Canal Days. Key Club members also rake leaves or do other chores for senior citizens and volunteer for the Canstruction food drive for Community Harvest Food Bank each fall.

Showman said welcoming new members will honor “all the tradition” that was created and tended by longtime club members.

Dues are $105 a year. Anyone interested in joining or in receiving more information may contact Showman by email at jshow46774@msn.com or by phone at (260) 348-2920.

Shoaff Park family fishing day rescheduled



A public family fishing event scheduled for Oct. 7 at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne has been rescheduled due to warm weather in the forecast.

The event is now scheduled for Oct. 21, from 9-11 a.m., at the park at 6401 St. Joe Road.

The event has been delayed due to concerns about how warm weather expected this week could affect rainbow trout. The DNR had planned to stock 200 rainbow trout at the park before the family fishing event. But rainbow trout require water temperatures less than 70 degrees to survive.

The stocking has also been postponed to Oct. 21.

Participants in the family fishing event must register onsite upon arrival. Anglers 18 and older must have an Indiana fishing license and trout stamp. Those under 18 can fish without a license or stamp.

DNR staff will lend fishing equipment to families and provide advice for first-time anglers, including how to clean and cook trout. Pro Tackle Outfitters of Fort Wayne will donate bait for the event. Members of the Three Rivers Flyfishers will help people try fly fishing.

Unlike previous events, there will not be a largest fish contest.

“We want to move away from the competitive aspect of fishing and encourage folks to simply enjoy the fun of catching fish,” said Tyler Delauder, DNR assistant fisheries biologist.

Trout stocked at Shoaff Park are raised at the Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station in LaGrange County and are 12 to 14 inches long. Delauder expects one-fourth of the trout will be caught during the family event, which means many will remain to be caught later.

Halloween news: New Haven trick or treat is 4-6 p.m.


Staff report

The City of New Haven has set trick or treat hours in New Haven for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“Additional police officers and other officials from the Fire Department will be on staff during this period to ensure the safety of everyone,” Police Chief Henry McKinnon said in a statement.

Mayor Terry McDonald asked motorists to exercise extra caution during this time as children venture through neighborhoods and cross intersections. He also reminded parents to have children visit only those houses with their lights on.

McDonald also encouraged everyone to bring their kids to downtown New Haven and venture down Broadway where local business owners will participate in handing out treats to children from 4-6 p.m. The fire and EMS vehicles will also be on display for the kids.

A Halloween carnival will be held in Schnelker Park, from 4-6 p.m. Parents who do not want their children going from door to door might choose to allow children to receive treats and participate in games and other events at the carnival. The event is sponsored by Impact Community Church and is free to the public.

Other area Halloween and autumn events include:

Cornerstone Youth Center’s fifth annual Trunk-or-Treat promises candy for the kids and fun for the whole family. The public is invited to the celebration, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Cornerstone parking lot and gym at 19819 Monroeville Road, Monroeville. Besides candy for the children, Trunk-or-Treat will feature games, prizes and free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. There is no cost for children wanting to participate, but free-will donations will be accepted. People wanting to decorate the back of their vehicle and distribute candy are invited to do so. However, they should contact Volunteer Coordinator Kevin House at (260) 623-3972, ext. 190, to reserve a spot. Pinterest is a good site for trunk decorating ideas, House said.

Trick-or-Treat @ Georgetown, Georgetown Square, 6310 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Tuesday evening, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Featuring a live band in front of Jeff’s Coney, Surface DJ’s by Biggby Coffee playing music and announcing costume contest winners. All businesses are asked to pass out candy to the many trick-or-treaters that will make their way around the shopping center.

Pumpkin Patch, Good Shepherd UMC Church, 4700 Vance Ave., Fort Wayne. through Oct. 29, selling many sizes of pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and Indian corn. Proceeds benefit Shepherd’s House in Fort Wayne and Madina School in Sierra Leone, Africa. Special events include: the Fall Festival, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.-2p.m., with inflatables, carny games, chili cook-off and more; and a model train display in church Oct. 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Patch hours vary by day. Call the church at (260) 483-8816 for more information.

Hysterium haunted house, 4410 Arden Drive, Fort Wayne: Open every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight as well as Thursday, Oct. 26, Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29, and Oct. 30-31 from 7-9:30 p.m. Also open Nov. 3-4 for a special event, “Blackout,” from 7-9:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and older, according to their website, hysterium.com. The cost is $13 or $20 for a fast pass.

Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Fall Festival, 6532 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne: Weekends through Oct. 22, families can visit the Kuehnert Dairy Farm for educational and fun activities. Guests can see the dairy farm in action, explore the 5-acre corn maze, paint pumpkins, play on the new jump pad and more. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $8 per person, though children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information visit facebook.com/Kuehnertdairyfarm.

The St. Vincent Boy Scouts Haunted Castle and Black Forest, 8965 Auburn Road, Fort Wayne: Returning for its 37th year, this annual haunted forest and house is a local favorite. This year’s remaining dates are: Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 29; and Oct. 31. The castle opens at 7 p.m. and the forest opens at dark. The castle and forest close at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 for one haunt, $16 for both and guests can receive $1 off regular admission by bringing a nonperishable or paper item for the St. Vincent food pantry. For more information visit hauntedcastle.com.

Wild Zoo Halloween, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne: This “merry-not-scary” event returns to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-22 and 27-29. Children can wear costumes and see the zoo’s animals while they participate in activities including exploring the Treat Trails, meeting Broomhilda the Witch and picking miniature pumpkins. More information and tickets can be found at http://kidszoo.org/event/wild-zoo-halloween- 2-2015-10-17/2017-10-13/.

Halloween Pet Parade, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne: The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control will host its 9th annual Halloween Pet Parade at Franke Park Pavilion 1 on Saturday, Oct. 21, noon-3 p.m. There are several costume categories including best homemade costume, best animal duo, best themed group of three or more, best movie or storybook character, best celebrity, best food or drink theme, best animal/human duo and best Halloween theme. For more information visit facebook.com/HalloweenPetParade.

Spook-A-Palooza, Spiece Fieldhouse, 5310 Merchandise Drive, Fort Wayne: The Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau will host Spook-A-Palooza from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. This indoor trunk-or-treat type event will include visits from local team and school mascots along with games, raffle prizes and candy. Family-friendly businesses will hand out candy and host various games. Admission is free. King Arthur’s Trolley will be on site selling food.

Cinema Center: In addition to the events taking place as part of Fright Night, The Cinema Center will show Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. On Oct.​ ​28​ ​a George Romero Tribute Night will take place. At 6:30 “Creepshow” will be screening, at 9 p.m. “Night of the Living Dead” will play and at 11 p.m. “Suspiria” will play again. Tickets for regular showings are $9 for general admission, $7.50 for seniors and students, $5 for Cinema Center members and $4 for senior Cinema Center members. Matinee shows before 5 p.m. on weekdays are $7 general admission, $5.50 for seniors and students, $3 for Cinema Center members and $2 for senior Cinema Center members. For more information visit cinemacenter.org.

Trick or treat: Trick or treat in the city of Fort Wayne will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Fort Wayne Police Department reminds trick-or-treaters to: only visit homes with an illuminated exterior front or porch light; wear reflective or light-colored clothing; travel in groups; have a pre-planned route; only cross streets at crosswalks; visit familiar homes and not to enter strangers’ homes; and be prepared for adverse weather. The Fort Wayne Police Department also reminds trick-or-treaters not to wear costumes that obscure their vision and not to eat any candy until it is inspected by an adult.

Lutherans rally gifts for hurricane relief



The Lutheran Foundation and its 95 Lutheran congregations are directing aid to hurricane-damaged areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The public also may contribute gifts that will be matched dollar for dollar up to $200,000.

The Foundation’s governing board has directed that matching funds be available as soon as possible to help rebuild houses and churches and to improve lives.

Some congregations are able to offer a match to donations directed to them for disaster relief. Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, for example, will match donations from church members or the public. That combined gift will be matched by The Lutheran Foundation. The result is that a $5 donation will result in $20 of aid. The Lutheran Foundation matching dollars will be divided between disaster response agencies within the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America arms of the Lutheran Church to aid hurricane relief efforts.

Lutherans in any northeast Indiana congregation who wish to participate in the initiative can make directed gifts to their church. Churches will then be able to present those offerings to The Lutheran Foundation for the Foundation’s match. This initial phase of support will end Oct. 31, so donors are encouraged to make their gift before then.

Anyone interested in supporting the relief effort and taking advantage of the leveraged impact of their funds may donate at a Lutheran Church, or checks can be sent to Lutheran Social Service of Indiana, Hurricane Relief, 333 E. Lewis St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 or online at http://lssin.org/event/hurricane-relief or online at TrinityEnglish.org/give.

“We envision a wave of support flowing to the impacted areas as soon as agencies on the ground can begin to address the biggest needs,” said the Rev. Gary Erdos, senior pastor of Trinity English Lutheran Church. “We understand that the biggest need right now is money. Later, local Lutherans may have the opportunity to travel to the affected areas in Texas and Florida and participate in whatever rebuilding projects are identified by the agencies and congregations with which we’ll be working. Details have yet to be finalized, but we would tentatively anticipate such a trip sometime after the first of January 2018.”

“Our Lord has given us a great privilege and calling to serve our neighbor,” said the Rev. Dan Sheafer, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, “yet at times, the real difficulty is figuring out how best to serve our neighbors and their specific needs. It is a blessing to have The Lutheran Foundation’s leadership and guidance as we seek to unite as a community to mercifully serve our neighbors impacted by the recent hurricanes.”



The Mighty Marching Bulldog Band of New Haven High School marched in the Oct. 7 Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Class A Preliminaries at Homestead High School, ending the competition season with a Silver Award. Todd Caffee directs the New Haven band, assisted by Mark Best and Jesse Evans. This year’s band includes 41 band and guard members. Connor James and Evan Park are the drum majors. Kayla Kelly and Megan Emmons work with the color guard, Barry Sturgill works with percussion and Matt Wyse works with visual. The show is “Once Upon a Time.” The band also will march Oct. 30 in the Decatur Calithumpian Parade.

The Mighty Marching Bulldog Band of New Haven High School marched in the Oct. 7 Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Class A Preliminaries at Homestead High School, ending the competition season with a Silver Award. Todd Caffee directs the New Haven band, assisted by Mark Best and Jesse Evans. This year’s band includes 41 band and guard members. Connor James and Evan Park are the drum majors. Kayla Kelly and Megan Emmons work with the color guard, Barry Sturgill works with percussion and Matt Wyse works with visual. The show is “Once Upon a Time.” The band also will march Oct. 30 in the Decatur Calithumpian Parade.

Fright Night features ‘Hotel Hysteria’ dance


Dancers from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective perform in last year’s Halloween show. This year’s theme is Hotel Hysteria, with performances at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.

Fright Night downtown will return for its 10th year Saturday, Oct. 21. Events include a pumpkin zone at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, a trunk-or-treat soiree at the Central Branch YMCA parking lot, several zombie-theme events at the Allen County Public Library, lantern tours of the Old Fort and a variety of performances throughout the day.

One of those performances is the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s annual Halloween show, this year called “Hotel Hysteria.”

“ ‘Hotel Hysteria’ is a little bit immersive and is meant to make the audience feel like guests of a hotel,” Artistic Director Mandie Kolkman said. “There are different rooms and there is a theme that is carried throughout the entire show. The audience will also get to see a little bit about the other guests at the hotel.”

Each new room provides a different piece of dance, Executive Director Elise Alabbas said, with styles ranging from ballet to modern and hip-hop.

In addition to the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s touring company and its youth Pineapple group, the show will also feature artists from the Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Project Ballet and Fort Wayne Ballet.

Though the Fort Wayne Dance Collective has been having a Halloween show for several years — in fact, they’ve been featured in Dance Studio magazine for their work — this year’s performance will be a little different.

“It comes from exploration in the past year of projection mixed with dance,” Kolkman said, adding they have done shows at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab and IPFW involving projections.

Because of the growth of the show, this year’s performances have been moved to the Arts United Center’s ArtsLab, which Kolkman described as “a black box theater with four walls that surround you.”

“Having the theme of a hotel allows us to play with elevators and rooms,” she said. “We thought about the technical elements first, what we could do with the space, and then worked backward.”

The shows will take place Oct. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at fwdc.org.



Alyssa Randall signals the opening of the Heritage Patriots’ show, entitled “Light,” at the Parade of Champions marching band festival Sept. 16 at the University of Saint Francis. In Scholastic Class B, Heritage finished first and swept the special awards for best music, general effect and visual effect. See what’s next for the Leo, Heritage, New Haven and Woodlan bands inside this edition.

Alyssa Randall signals the opening of the Heritage Patriots’ show, entitled “Light,” at the Parade of Champions marching band festival Sept. 16 at the University of Saint Francis. In Scholastic Class B, Heritage finished first and swept the special awards for best music, general effect and visual effect. See what’s next for the Leo, Heritage, New Haven and Woodlan bands inside this edition.

Heritage to stage murder mystery


Heritage High School Players strike a pensive pose during rehearsal for their presentation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “And Then There Were None,” to be performed in the school’s auditoria Nov. 3 and 4. Standing, left to right, are Jacob Krueckeberg, director Jackie Davis, Jessica Collins, Hunter Casteel, Michael Price, Addison Berry and historical/story line adviser Katie Harris. Seated is Ben Castleman.

Murder, mayhem and mystery will be the main ingredients of the Heritage High School Players’ presentation of Agatha Christie’s three-act play “And Then There Were None,” slated for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4, in the school auditoria. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The play, which is based on Christie’s novel of the same name, is sure to draw a full house because it’s required reading for all Heritage freshmen. Director Jackie Davis said she chose the dark comedy/murder mystery for that very reason. It’s just the second play she has directed. “It comes with a PG Rating because almost everyone in the cast gets murdered, weapons are involved, there’s smoking on stage, and there are even a few swear words. I wouldn’t advise parents to bring small children,” she added.

Last May the group presented a one-act play entitled “Check Please” in a dinner theater setting in the school’s auditoria catered by Salvatori’s Restaurant. It was the first play at the school in four years. With a successful production under their belts, they decided to take on a bigger challenge involving three acts, several costume changes and lots of props. Auditions were held Aug. 17 and the cast of 11 and two crew members have been rehearsing two to three times a week.

“The students are taking to it naturally,” Davis said. “They’ve watched it on the Internet and U-Tube, have already gotten into their characters and have developed good stage presence. Of course they’re all familiar with it from their freshman English class. There’s a lot more dialogue to learn and the students will be on stage for longer periods than in the one-act play.”

Senior Jerome Lechleitner is the male lead and Addison Berry, a sophomore, is the female lead. Ben Castleman, a junior, has an important role and is one of the characters who is not killed off until late in the performance. All three participated in the spring play.

Davis, a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Blackhawk Christian High School, got her love of theater by participating in the school’s drama department plays and musicals and performing in the choir.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Taylor University and a master’s in special education at University of Saint Francis. She began her teaching career at Fort Wayne Community Schools in special education. After taking nine years off to start her family, Davis began teaching special education at Heritage High School and is now the special education teacher at Woodlan Elementary where both of her children are students. Her husband, Andy, guidance counselor at Woodlan High School, is assistant director working with junior Isaac Welch in the sound and lighting booth.

Serving as historical/story line adviser is freshman English teacher Katie Harris. She grew up in Fort Wayne, is a Heritage High School graduate, received a bachelor of science degree from University of Saint Francis and a master’s in English writing from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

She’s been teaching freshman English at Heritage since 2011 and has been immersing her students in the Agatha Christie book for the past five years. They began reading it this month and will finish before Halloween. They each take on the part of the detective, keep notes on all the suspects, discuss crime scenes and set up a murder board. “It has been my favorite book for years,” Harris said, “and it’s fun to watch the kids get involved in it, as well.”

New petting zoo has pumpkins, too


Dangles the goat, who loves to have her neck rubbed, will help welcome children to Scheumann Farm & Petting Zoo north of Woodburn.

When Connor Scheumann was a 4-H’er living in Hoagland, he joined in a visit to Park Hill Learning Center in New Haven.

“We brought some animals for the kids to see, and most of the kids had never seen these animals before,” he said. “And the parents were saying that was such a great experience for the kids, to teach them about agriculture. When I was in 4-H and growing up on the family farm, I just assumed everyone had animals.”

The experience planted an idea that grew as Scheumann became a Heritage High School FFA member. Scheumann began bringing his petting zoo and farm-themed bounce house to festivals and parties. He graduated from Purdue University this year, and now has a permanent home for his agritourism business.

Scheumann Farm & Petting Zoo will be open from noon-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29 at 23368 Kammeyer Road, Woodburn. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and older. Pony rides are $3.

Kids can buy a pumpkin for as little as $1 or no more than $7.

“You ride the hayride out to the pumpkins and pick your pumpkin and paint your pumpkin, and that’s all included [in the pumpkin price],” he said.

His business partner is his fiancee, Hannah Smith, who is from Lebanon, Ind., and who also graduated from Purdue this year.

The plan to build a home on the property within two years, Scheumann said. For now, they have a barn and seven acres of pumpkins, small animals and pony rides.

He said such operations are becoming more common.

“It’s kind of hard to get into the game,” he said.

The petting zoo opened Oct. 7.

“A lot of people appreciated how calm and peaceful it was and that there wasn’t a million people there,” he said.

“You love doing this, who why not bring it to other people?” he said. The farm houses miniature horses, one pony, calves, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and chickens. He might add small donkeys, he said.

Anyone wanting more information about the farm or directions, or who wants to book a private party, may contact Scheumann at (260) 494-8691 or cbscheum@purdue.edu. Check out photos at scheumannfarm.com or on Facebook.

The farm is about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Fort Wayne. Take Indiana 101 north from Woodburn, past Old U.S. 24, to Kammeyer Road, and turn east.

Heritage FFA adviser Mike Shirey said Scheumann’s agritourism business started with a Supervised Agricultural Experience program. Scheumann’s project won honors at the National FFA convention that year. He recently earned his degree in agribusiness.

“This past weekend, he opened his farm for visitors to see animals, pony rides, inflatable slide, decorate pumpkins, hayride and other activities,” Shirey said in an email. “I know that I am biased, however, it is rewarding to see a young person pursue their dream.”

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