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Fairy Tale Video included

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“We're going back to not the Cinderella fairy stories of Disney,” says Fort Wayne Museum of Art director Charles Shepard. “We're going back to where there was real evil there was real good and you weren't guaranteed a happy ending.” Fort Wayne's Museum of Art has turned into Hogwarts without Harry Potter because of the work of a remarkably imaginative photographer and storyteller mourning for a lost parent. And these immense photographs are the stories of that... More>>

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We call it 'The Good War' if wars can be good, a struggle between civilization and the unquestioned evil of Nazi Germany and the belligerent, often cruel Empire of Japan. The Allied soldiers who fought World War Two, mostly kids at the time, are old men now and if we're to hear their stories and learn the lessons they can teach us, we'd better hear them soon. Bluffton author Kayleen Reusser is hearing those stories and preserving them for us. She's interviewed 200 World War Two veter... More>>

Image is Everything Video included

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There was a lot to admire at the Garrett Museum of Art's recent exhibition honoring transportation..paintings, photographs and sculpture focusing on humans fixation with moving about. One piece in particular stood out, a fine watercolor immortalizing a treasured classic. “There are so many nice surprises with watercolor,” says Fort Wayne artist Anita Trick. “Especially these old cars, they're so beautifully made and so intimately made. With watercolor I want the det... More>>

The Good Doctor Video included

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It makes you cringe, doesn't it...that high pitched whine of the dentist's drill, the smell of burning tooth enamel...an oral one two punch almost universally dreaded. Unpleasant, perhaps but nothing like dentistry used to be. “We had no local anesthetics at that time,” says retired dentist Dr. John Regan. “It was amazing that they were able to do what they did.” For centuries this was a visit to the dentist, or more likely the local barber who pulled teeth a... More>>

Grand Opening Video included

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If you've spent more than a day of your life in Fort Wayne you've heard of the Embassy Theatre, the Summit City's magnificent Roaring '20's era movie palace and Vaudeville house snatched from a date with the wrecking ball by citizens outraged at the prospect of losing it. And now celebrating its 90th birthday the magnificent Embassy has presented us with a gift. Tucked away in a corner of the Indiana Hotel lobby is the new John Mann Heritage Center, a three dimensional biography of t... More>>

Cuppa Joe Video included

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Allison: We wanted to make a community space where people could come and hang out...have good quality coffee and experience that coffee house atmosphere. For twenty years Firefly Coffee House on North Anthony Boulevard has been Fort Wayne's alternative living room. Paul and Cindy Demaree opened Firefly at the advent of the coffee house movement, a familiar sight in big cities at the time but a novelty in towns like Fort Wayne. And the place started out small. “Just coffee, we ... More>>

The Settlers Video included

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If you think America is not a nation of immigrants come to western Huntington County, to the corner of County Line and West Maple Grove roads. For nearly 180 years this little school house has been the heart and soul of what's still known among locals as 'The German Settlement'. And as it has since it was built, this humble spot has lessons to teach. “It was the center of everybody's life,” says local historian Jean Gernand. “That's just given me a strong sense of s... More>>

Ride, Please! Video included

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Thousands of American towns grew up along railroad tracks, owe their existence to the railroad. And no town more so than Garrett, Indiana, platted by the railroad, built by the railroad, named for a railroad executive. If any town has reason to celebrate transportation, it's Garrett, Indiana. Garrett's Museum of Art is honoring transportation with a stunning exhibit called 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'. Rail is still king in Garrett so the railroad occupies center stage here. Long... More>>

Voice for Change Video included

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Longtime Fort Wayne businessman and community leader John Dortch has just taken a gamble, launching this city's newest newspaper, Fort Wayne Ink Spot, designed to focus on the needs of Fort Wayne's minority community. “We want to focus on education, employment, entrepreneurship and then finance, health issues” Dortch says. Ink Spot has picked up where longtime minority paper Frost Illustrated left off. Frost folded earlier this year after decades of service, a paper foun... More>>

Vroom Video included

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The eyes of the world will be on Indianapolis this weekend Well, that part of the world that likes watching fast cars turn left at breakneck speeds. But no matter how fast modern Indy cars travel they can't match the classic, romantic charm of Indy cars from the 1950's and '60's, when machines weren't quite so refined but certainly way cooler. “Every car enthusiasts lifelong dream is to be a race car driver,” says car builder Gary Babineau. “I never got that opportu... More>>

Fire and Ice Video included

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10 am on a recent Thursday and the big rig pulls up to the scene, the crew deploys and sprint's into action. A crowd quickly gathers, one usually does. But this isn't the scene of a fire or traffic accident, quite the opposite in fact. We're guests today of Jim Berger, owner and operator of Whip & Chill, a local ice cream vendor. Jim and son Alex are manning Whip & Chill's newest food truck, a 1982 Pierce Arrow fire engine. “Well the advantage is obviously it's cool,&rd... More>>

Patch Work Video included

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It began as a craft born of hardship and necessity, practiced mostly by women marooned on remote farmsteads or prairie dwellings. But quilting quickly evolved into an elaborate art form that allowed the maker to express her talents and emotions while creating a practical asset for her family. This is the Mecca of the art of quilting, the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. Dozens of the finest, and oldest, quilts you'll find in 21 Country. This museum is in the former home of M... More>>

It's a Gas Video included

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If you walk into Marion, Indiana's public library and turn left you'll find everything you see in any big city library; stacks of books, dvd's, computers. But if you turn right instead of left, you find this, a portal to Marion and Grant County, Indiana's remarkable past. The interior of Marion's historic Carnegie Library houses the Marion Public Library Museum, a place to witness, not just read about, the story of Grant County, much of which can be summed up in two words; gas and oi... More>>

Hose Prose Video included

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Taylor University, Upland Indiana, not your average four year college. Taylor's Wolgemuth Hall, not your average student dorm. And Keaton Hendricks dorm room, well, nothing average about that either. “A lot of orders have been created right here in this room,” Hendricks says. “I've spent a lot of hours here.” When Keaton Hendricks isn't sitting in one of his undergrad marketing classes he's probably in his dorm room...selling socks. “Socks are a fun wa... More>>

Livestock Video included

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Evan Wall is chief rancher here at the Hoosier Camel Encounter... “Just like humans everybody has a different personality and you see it within all the animals,” says owner Evan Wall. “They have such awesome personalities just like us.” Evan Wall is a longtime animal trainer, spent years working for the circus. He decided life on the road wasn't for him so he came home to Indiana and started Hoosier Camel Encounter with partner Lori VanOver, another die hard ... More>>

Grave Sight Video included

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Smith Township, Whitley County, farmland so rich it attracted Whitley County's first pioneers. And when their lives of clearing forests and taming the land came to an end they were laid to their eternal rest here, in Concord Cemetery, barely an acre in size, the oldest cemetery in Whitley County. 180 years after its first burial Concord Cemetery is getting a face lift. Volunteers Pamela Wolfe and Janel Rogers are excavating headstones sunken into the ground, many of them, like this o... More>>

Profile in Courage Video included

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At age 100 Ralph Reighter may look a little vulnerable, but once upon a time this veteran of foreign wars was a holy terror. 

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Gifted Video included

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Nicholas: I think they're nervous. Very excited but nervous.

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Sweet Charity Video included

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History knows them as the Guns of August, the artillery fire that marked the beginning of World War One.

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Our Town Video included

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You've heard of towns so small if you blink you'll miss them? Welcome to Andrews, Indiana, population about a thousand.

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The Story of Fun

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Winter chill is still in the air but in three short months the summer sun will again shine down on Fort Wayne's Three Rivers Festival.

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Room, please! Video included

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It was the finest hotel in 21 Country, the finest building in 21 Country

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Animated Video included

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It blew everyone away when it was released in 1995.

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Sweet Success Video included

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Waynedale Bakery's been a fixture in these parts since 1955.

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Across the Pond Video included

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We visited Van Wert, Ohio recently, stopped by the county historical museum to check out this, a musket used by the Revolutionary War soldier for whom Van Wert city and county are named. 

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Old School Video included

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“I remember the basketball games, the whole town turned out,” says Roanoke High School grad Clyde Markley.

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The Fat Lady's About to Sing Video included

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They were small town America's connection with the national culture a hundred years ago, the community opera house, most towns had one.

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What's in a Name? Video included

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“If you don't know your past you really don't understand your present and you have no idea what the future's gonna be,” says Van Wert, Ohio historian Joe Steffan.

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What's in a Name? Video included

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Joe: If you don't know your past you really don't understand your present and you have no idea what the future's gonna be. 

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Do the Right Thing Video included

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It sat for decades at Lafayette and Berry streets, obscured by bad siding and later additions.

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Precision Education Video included

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It's a huge hurdle to economic development in America, a lack of skilled machinists to fill millions of unfilled hi-tech manufacturing jobs.

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Quick, Before It's Gone Video included

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They give Fort Wayne character and class, those antique structures that chronicle this city's journey from the 19th century to the 21st.

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Goodbye History Video included

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It has sat at the corner of Rudisill and Calhoun for nearly a hundred years, a handsome structure with intricate brickwork and terracotta appointments, shops on the first floor, apartments on the second. 

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History's Scrapbook Video included

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His name is Charles Eckhart and few people achieve as much in life as he did. 

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Old Yarn Video included

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Main streets across America are struggling these days but not downtown Auburn, Indiana and for good reason.

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Sweet Smell of Success Video included

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There's a clue at Van Wert's Wassenberg Art Center among the paintings of local town treasures.

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Our Town Video included

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Roanoke, Indiana is many things, clean, quaint, a tourist destination with a world class restaurant. 

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Dream Factory Video included

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If you haven't heard of it you're probably not from Fort Wayne.

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Wiz of a Wiz Video included

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“There's no place like home,” says Katie Tuttle. “And that just that means a lot to me, that message.” Katie Tuttle remembers the exact moment her obsession was born. “I love every second of that movie from start to end,” she says, “every second of that movie captures me.” Capture is right. Since taken prisoner by the film 'The Wizard of Oz' at age three Katie Tuttle's been on a mission, to accumulate everything ever associated ... More>>

The Art of Living Video included

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Each of us has a story to tell, one that grows longer with age, about the people and places we've known, the people and places we've lost.

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Hope for the Future Video included

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Lazy, self-absorbed, noses always buried in their cellphones.

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Water Bottle Video included

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Go ahead, give it your best shot.

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Paint the Town Video included

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Van Wert, Ohio is an impressive town, some of the best architecture you'll see in 21 Country.

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Poster Child Video included

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John Souder was a fourth grader in a one room schoolhouse when he made his announcement.

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Poster Child Video included

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John Souder was a fourth grader in a one room schoolhouse when he made his announcement.

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Vroom Video included

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The Auburn Cord Deusenberg Museum in Auburn is a world class attraction, the handsome structure once part of the sprawling Auburn Automobile manufacturing plant turning out the finest cars in the country.

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Looney Video included

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Millennials may know who they are but for Baby Boomers like me, these were some of our best childhood friends; the street smart rabbit with the Brooklyn accent, the deranged black duck, the befuddled every man with the ridiculous laugh.

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Glossy Ministry Video included

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It's no national publishing house but Deshawn Moore's Fort Wayne study is publishing a national message of Hope. 

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Extinct Bird Video included

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It was America's primary jet fighter for a decade, the F100 Super Sabre. all the video you see of planes dropping napalm in Vietnam? Those are F100's. 

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Teach Your Children Video included

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“Colorful, eclectic, vibrant, unique. “There's something for everyone,” says University of St. Francis Gallery Coordinator Justin Johnson.

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Solid Work Video included

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He's among the Midwest's most accomplished sculptors and 'dead' is the operative word for Cary Shafer's current project; a headstone for a California client that speaks volumes about Shafer's approach to his art.

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Folks on the Home Front

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They are the hopes and dreams and fears and fantasies of two young people in love on the eve of the First World War..two farm kids from Steuben County who found each other and would not let go, ever. 

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Spirits of Christmas Video included

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It's delighted kids old and young for 170 years, popularized in modern times by more than a dozen film versions. Our Favorite stars the Muppets.
 

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Look and See Video included

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Michael Poorman is the closest thing Fort Wayne has to a dean of abstract art.

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From Here to Eternity Video included

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Like most of us today folks living in Fort Wayne in 1873 weren't thinking about death.

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Host of Christmas Past Video included

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You know before you walk through the door the holidays are special at Matt and Jody Ellenwood's house.

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Don't Judge a Book.... Video included

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Most sculpture exhibits are collections of different shapes but the shapes of these pieces at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art are identical.

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Cryptic Video included

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Sisters Bonnie Baumgartner and Nancy Eicher share a secret, a secret about a demur, dignified aunt of theirs who bucked convention and authority, and went out to change the world.

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Hard News Video included

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It's an Academy Award winning 'coming of age' movie whose backdrop, Bloomington, Indiana, was as crucial to the film's success as its Hollywood stars.

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Home Visitation Video included

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Few towns in 21 Country take Christmas more seriously than Decatur, Indiana.

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'Board! Video included

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You can tell Barney Gramling's got an interesting hobby just by his lawn art.

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Moving Story Video included

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It's a gray day in the Summit City but that doesn't curb Justin Davis and Dylan Belcher's sunny enthusiasm.

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Barn Again Video included

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They're the iconic symbol of our prosperous rural ancestors, the heart of the farms of yesteryear once sheltering a farm families most precious possessions, livestock, implements and hay. Most are neglected now and falling down.

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Upbeat Downbeat Video included

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It's a wholly American invention and America's great gift to the world. Jazz was born a hundred years ago in the black neighborhoods of New Orleans, brought north by the great African American migration in the early 20th century and today adored worldwide for its direct line from the heart and soul to the fingers of whoever is playing it. An intimate window on the world of jazz has opened at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 62 images by photographer Herman Leonard during fifty years of ... More>>

American Classic Video included

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It may be the finest classic car collection in northern Indiana you've never seen.

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Rock Stars Video included

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If they sound like angels, and they do, it's because sisters Niyoki, Mikki and Malikah have sung together since they were toddlers, touring the country with mom and dad as the gospel singing White Family. “It was mom and dad and brother and all four of us girls,” says sister Niyoki Chapman. 'Now was your dad kind of in charge of the singing and the group and the songs and everything?' “No, that was mom. She was the Joe Jackson of the family. she channeled that spi...

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Elephant Tale Video included

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So when does a hobby become an obsession, you ask? When that hobby takes over your home leaving little room for you. Can you even spot the dining table in Randy Jackson's dining room? “I like the art of the elephant,” Randy says. “I like what people have done with the image of the elephant.” Fifty years of collecting everything elephant has turned Randy Jackson's Fort Wayne home into an elephant shrine. He says the collecting bug bit him when he was a kid... More>>

A Day at the Lake Video included

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Lake James has drawn humans to it for centuries, a premium vacation spot for a hundred years and more recently a coveted place to live year around. Rest, recreation, gorgeous scenery, James has it all, and has had it all since the very beginning. “In those days if you wanted to go across the lake you didn't take a motorboat, you rowed your boat,” says historian Jim Somers. “People rowed everywhere can you imagine how peaceful it was?” Jim Somers and Flaim... More>>

The Known Soldier Video included

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It is not easy to find, sitting in a dark glass case in a back hall at Fort Wayne's History Center...a World War One soldiers uniform with ammunition belt, dry rotted boots and a shoulder patch that says this soldier fought in the legendary 42nd infantry 'Rainbow Division'. You wonder what other stories this threadbare uniform might tell. “He didn't talk about the war,” Lloyd Meades daughter Carol Lewark recalls. “Maybe that's typical of all people that are right ... More>>

Save This Video included

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It looks like an abandoned shack as you approach it on the southwest side of Foster Park. It's only when you stand next to it you realize how special Foster Park pavilion number three really is. The Great Depression of the 1930's makes our recent Great Recession look like a picnic. One fifth of America was out of work. poverty, bread lines, homelessness, desperation were rampant. The only bright spot was the federal government. President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal created the...

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Butcher's Delight Video included

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It's another day at Bob Long's butcher shop in Lagrange, workers cranking out burgers, shoving meat into cold storage. On this morning Bob is inspecting carcasses ready for processing. He's a very busy guy, a workaholic according to his wife. But when the work day is done, Bob Long likes to get creative. “And some people like I say go fishing go golfing or they do whatever,” he says. “I like coming home, getting some blood and just putting it on canvas and see wha... More>>

The Quick and the Dead Video included

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Decorating grave sites, parades, dancing and celebration. In America we fear death and avoid the subject at all costs but in Mexico they do it differently. 'Dia de los Muertos', 'Day of the Dead' is a national Mexican celebration of the lives of family and friends who've passed away. It keeps their memory alive and keeps those no longer with us, close to us. “It's such an awesome way to celebrate them and their time here,” says Ashley Stoneburner of the Fort Wayne Museu... More>>

Medical Miracle Video included

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Another day at the Dupont branch of the Allen County Public Library, another day of reading, browsing and choosing. But the real action at the library on this day is off in a corner, in meeting room 'B', where all the chatter is coming from. “They're from really pretty much Fort Wayne we have a few from Indianapolis but most of them are local,” says Patti Defreeuw of Knitted Knockers. And what most of them..all of them..are doing is knitting the solution for a seriou... More>>

Earth Angel Video included

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'What was the biggest challenge when you first moved in here?' we ask pastor Karen Staton of Destiny Life Center. “The biggest challenge was keeping the heat on!” she answers. Survival has been a challenge for pastor Staton since moving her small congregation into the very large former St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Warsaw Street. “Money is the biggest challenge,” Staton adds, “particularly when you have a small group of people who are with limited r... More>>

A Wing and a Prayer

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'What was the biggest challenge when you first moved in here?' we ask pastor Karen Staton of Destiny Life Center. “The biggest challenge was keeping the heat on!” she answers. Survival has been a challenge for Pastor Staton since moving her small congregation into the very large former St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Warsaw Street. “Money is the biggest challenge,” Staton adds, “particularly when you have a small group of people who are with limited r... More>>

A Church Story Video included

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You can spot it from the highway east of Angola, Indiana, like a tall ship sailing a green sea. And if it stands out from other churches in 21 Country there is good reason. In the 1830's four pioneer brothers named Powers set out from New York for what would become Steuben County, Indiana, and hacked out an existence in the densely forested wilderness. “And they thought of this as the promised land,” says Marcia Powers, “and the letters they wrote back to their mo... More>>

Life Line Video included

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“I was terribly afraid of being like my dad, and just going and trading all my hours to somebody else,: says Warsaw ceramicist John Bauman. “I Had a midlife crisis at ten years old.” And at ten years of age John Bauman determined to work for himself, whatever that work might be. And he discovered that when he saw a professor make a ceramic pot in college. “I was awestruck,” he recalls. “That wasn't in existence five minutes ago and suddenly th...

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Branch of Service Video included

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One hundred years ago American boys marched off to join the fight in Europe against Germany in the Great War, the War to End All Wars. 125 soldiers from Fort Wayne would die on Flanders Field and other corners of Europe before armistice was signed November 11th, 1918. One year later the city built a public park to honor those warriors, Memorial Park, its handsome entryway arch listing the name of each fallen soldier. Behind it on a hill called Memorial Grove 125 trees were planted, on... More>>

Magic Carpets Video included

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“But I just see them as works of beauty like paintings that you'd have underfoot,” says Bob Anderson, owner of Fort Wayne's Aaron's Oriental Rug Gallery.”I hope at some point it doesn't become a totally lost form of art.” For thirty years Fort Wayne has been home to Aaron's Oriental Rug Gallery on Broadway and for thirty years owner Bob Anderson's passion for these antique works of art has brought beauty and untold joy into countless homes out in 21 Country.... More>>

Art and Hammer Video included

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There's some fantastic work gracing Fort Wayne's Artlink gallery now... paintings, drawings, sculpture. But the truly inspiring stuff, art that takes your breath away, is off in a corner along a hidden hallway...small handmade metal works hammered out of sheets of copper, brass and bronze that recall the grace only nature can exhibit..subtle and imaginative delights born in the mind of a true master and brought to life, in a shack in the woods. “I started drawing probably as ... More>>

These Walls Talk Video included

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There are as many reasons to admire Steuben County, Indiana as there are lakes in Steuben County...105 lakes at last count. Steuben's beauty is matched only by its remarkable history; a wilderness hacked into submission by iron willed settlers from New England. Steuben has been home to farms and families, villages and towns, journey's taken and journey's returned from. And many, many stories. “That sense of dignity is what I get when I step into this house,” says Steube... More>>

Cat's Meow Video included

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“I was probably three when I took an interest in drawing,” says artist Rebecca Stockert. Sadly, being talented just isn't enough to make a living as an artist in America. “Because you've got to get out of your comfort zone,” says Rebecca, “you've got to go talk to people you've got to do interviews. 'Sell yourself.' You've got to sell.” Rebecca Stockert's struggled since getting her art degree from the University of St. Francis. But then sh... More>>

Sweet Success Video included

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“I was in the kitchen a lot with my mom and my grandma,” says Country Kitchen owner Autumn Carpenter. “All the time we were in the kitchen and coming up with new recipes.” Baking is in Autumn Carpenter's blood and as far back as she can remember it's been in her life. Autumn owns and runs Country Kitchen Sweetart on Speedway Drive, a true family business started by her grandmother, Mildred Brand and her husband Wilbur in 1964, baking wedding cakes, catering ... More>>

It's the Great Pumpkin! Video included

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“Maybe part of it's just getting older and relaxing and realizing just have fun instead of worrying about it,” says pumpkin carver Sharon Cripe. “It's just such a neat thing to be a part of.” What Sharon's been a part of for 34 years now is the Fashion Farm's Harvest Time Fantasy Land just west of Ligonier. Each October the farm along the old Lincoln Highway creates a family treat, sort of a garden Disneyland, populated with pumpkin headed creatures. And the... More>>

Paint Your Wagon Video included

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American's spend 80 billion dollars on car crash repair every year so the inside of a body shop isn't something anyone ever wants to see. But if you have to have collision damage fixed you want the best shop with the most experience, using the best materials. Bill Byers has spent a lifetime in some aspect of auto body repair, mostly in mixing and matching automobile paint. Matching car colors is an art form but these days it's also a science. Car paint can cost up to 800 dollars a ... More>>

Outside the Box Video included

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It's easy to think all the great discoveries were made somewhere else and that 21 Country's contribution to the world has been small, but that would be a mistake. For a hundred years Allen County was America's silicon valley and the Allen County Innovation Room at Fort Wayne's History Center can tell you why. One of the city's early geniuses was Sylvanus Bowser who invented the self measuring oil pump in the 1880's. By 1918 Bowser was the world leader in liquid pumps and the grandf... More>>

Whole Cloth Video included

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Experts say the farmer is history's most important figure. Farming afterall allowed early humans to stop roaming the countryside for food, settle down and build civilization. But if the farmer is history's most important figure a close second has to be the weaver, the one who clothed humanity protecting us from nature's ravages. An exhibit at Fort Wayne's fabulous History Center highlights the folks who keep the art of weaving alive in northeast Indiana, the Fort Wayne Weaver's Gui... More>>

The Most Dangerous Job in the Universe Video included

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If you're a fan of the circus, and even if you're not, you've probably seen this. 3-2-1 fire! That ball of fire shot from a massive cannon is actually a human being, the Human Cannonball, the most spectacular act Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus ever presented. And that man on fire was born and raised in Peru, Indiana. “My body will tell me when I can't do it anymore and then I'm done” says Human Cannonball Brian Miser. Miser is taking a break from t... More>>

Operation Cope Video included

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Orie Shafer's created art, all kinds of art, for forty years, including the twenty years he spent in the Navy. Art has been his constant companion but only recently has it served as his therapy. “I had to produce these paintings just for my own sanity..being able to cope with it on a daily basis.” What the artist was coping with was this, his son Tony, interested in a career in the military even at a very young age. Tony grew up to follow in his father's footsteps, j... More>>

Tiny Town Video included

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Magley, Indiana west of Decatur was once a thriving farm town, now just a wide spot in the road. But Magley has something other bergs don't: a village within a town. “But it's fun, I like to be creative my mom was good with flowers our girls are talented and I just feel like that's what I can do. What Lila and Mike Rauner have done is create their own village, Rauner's Antique Village, in their over sized backyard. A dozen recycled farm sheds they've collected over the yea... More>>

Drink Up!

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There's something for everyone at the Allen County Public Library, something to satisfy every intellectual or cultural curiosity. And occasionally there's something that just blows you mind. “And whenever we'd go to a nice place and they had a swizzle stick that was special,” says Richard Bible, “I'd take it and bring it home”. Richard Bible's been bringing home swizzle sticks, alcoholic drink stirrers, for 48 years. “This one here my wife and i ... More>>

Two Wheeling Video included

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“My dream was always to own my own business,” says Micki Syndram. “He always wanted to own a bike shop so it kind of went together hand in hand.” Hand in hand is how Micki and Charles Syndram launched Inrush Bicycles in Hazelwood Plaza in 2013. And hand in hand they struggled at first. “It was selling off everything that we owned,” says Charles. “We sold both of our cars, sold phones. 'Were there ever moments when you got really paranoid and... More>>

Law and Order Video included

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It's called the Thin Blue Line, that fragile human wall that stands between civilized society and anarchy. No matter what you think of the cops just imagine a world without them. It's terrifying. “We have to have a bunch of rules and you got to have somebody to enforce those rules,” says retired Fort Wayne police officer Jim Stahl. “Some people respect that and a lot of them don't.” Jim Stahl spent 21 years on the Fort Wayne police force, retiring as a captai... More>>

The Party to Whom I'm Speaking? Video included

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Not long ago there weren't any. now we can't imagine life without them. And like all great developments the cell phone has its roots many years in the past, specifically, in the inventions of the immortal Alexander Graham Bell, the man who invented the telephone. Fort Wayne's Karpeles Manuscript Museum is hosting an incredible collection of Alexander Graham Bell's handwritten notes and diagrams that document his creation of the telephone. Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1837 bu... More>>

A Mother's Love Video included

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Rick Farrant is writing a book, a series of letters as he describes it to a mother he never knew. Farrant was born to a teenage woman in a New York home for unwed mothers and adopted by a humorless and abusive man but an adoptive mother who doted on him and was always open about his adoption. And though much of Farrant’s home life was good there was always something missing. “I spent my entire life feeling a little unanchored,” he says, “feeling like sort of a... More>>

Church Relics Video included

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For 110 years Columbia City’s Presbyterian Church has inspired, informed and calmed the town’s faithful.

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Road Trip Video included

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The open road has beckoned Americans since roads were first built with the promise of long distance and high adventure.

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World Class

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More than I. M. Pei or Phillip Johnson or even the great Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn symbolized the breathtaking vision of 20th Century American architecture.

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Still in Style

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It’s a style as appealing today as when it was born more than a hundred years ago.

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Touchy Feely Video included

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They’re as much a part of any art exhibit as the artworks themselves, polite reminders to keep ones hands to oneself.

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Patch Work

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In a little shop just off South Wayne Street history isn’t being made, it’s being repaired.

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Art as Life Video included

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He’s one of Fort Wayne’s most accomplished painters and print makers but don’t look for Gregg Coffey’s work in many private collections.

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Sold! Video included

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Ken Ellenberger’s Bluffton auction house is one of the oldest in Indiana, started by Ken’s dad and uncle 93 years ago in the same building Ken works out of today.

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Bargain Priced Charity

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There’s a little business in Paulding, Ohio where business isn’t all about profit. 

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Hall of Famers Video included

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There has been a school of engineering at Angola’s Trine University since 1902 and if you think a small-town college can't leave its mark on the world, think again.

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Ahoy! Video included

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They are the loveliest objects on the water, man-made at least, bar none.

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Home Sweet Home Video included

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Nearly every county in America had one, the county poor farm, working farms where folks who couldn’t support themselves could do farm work in exchange for room and board. 

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Master Gardener Video included

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“A lot of people get exhausted just walking and I say ‘how would you like to take care of it,?’ says gardener Dian Herman.

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Show Time Video included

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1905 was a golden year in America, Teddy Roosevelt was President, the country at peace, and exciting new inventions, the airplane and the automobile were thrilling the country.

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Sheer Entertainment Video included

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“Sometimes you look at pieces like that and you wonder ‘how did you even think this up?’ says Fort Wayne Museum of Art director Charles Shepard III. 

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Second Chances

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It’s harvest time at Catalpa Street, where harvest entails more than lettuce and tomatoes.

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Let the Making Begin

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“We have 3d printers we have woodworking equipment we have metal working equipment,” says Guild of Allusion owner Larry Brooks.

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Scare Story Video included

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It’s thrilled grownups and terrified kids for fifty years, a classic horror film made on a shoestring.

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Big Top

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There are ghosts in this place, spirits from another time, before television and cell phones and computers.

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Shutter Down

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1926 was a good year in America.

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A Little Long in the Ear Video included

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It’s called the horse and buggy era, before cars and tractors and combines, when farmers relied on horses to raise their crops.

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Playtime Video included

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For fifty years Bi County Services has cared for special needs kids and adults in Wells and Adams counties.

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Born to be Bad Video included

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For nearly forty years Derk Hinsey has been making things.

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Urban Growth Video included

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Firefighting at the turn of the last century was a primitive affair.

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Broad Strokes Video included

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This is how an artist usually prepares to paint a picture, adding colors to a pallet that will be applied to canvas.

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Tracks Ahead Video included

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Decatur Indiana was a sleepy farm town in the 1800’s, rural, quiet.

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Final touches being added to fitness park in Huntington Video included

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There is something very special taking shape just off old U.S. 24 in Huntington.

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A Company With a Heart Video included

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There are few companies doing more important work than Fort Wayne Metals. 

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A First Film on First Ladies

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You’ve probably heard of First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, even Abigail Adams.

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Tower of Strength!

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It’s not often you run across a single spindly structure that represents so much history, and commands the hearts and minds of those familiar with it. 

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Art Therapy

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There’s a standout at the Artlink gallery’s current exhibition, a creative hand making small, monochrome gems and immense works of chaotic color. 

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The Horse Club Video included

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There is the magic of Christmas and then there’s magical Christmas. 

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Sometimes Old is just Better

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It’s the newest business on Fort Wayne’s Broadway Street, practicing one of the world’s ancient professions. 

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God and Grace

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You may not know the name but you certainly know his work.

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Primitive Lines Video included

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It’s not the fanciest store in downtown Decatur but it’s one of the most interesting.

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Man with failing eyesight sees life in a new light

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Allen Shaw’s been living with diabetes most of his life, just as his father did before him.

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A Wing and a Prayer Video included

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It’s one of nature’s gaudiest and most spectacular shows, the annual winter gathering of monarch butterflies in central Mexico.

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Local Flavor Video included

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There’s something special being cooked up in Wayne Shive’s Fort Wayne kitchen.

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The Look of Love Video included

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Photographer Leon Borensztein found fame and fortune with his remarkable family portraits, images revealing often hidden psychological truths about their subjects. 

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Righting a Wrong

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She was naturalist, biologist, passionate environmentalist and bestselling author.

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Hold Your Horse Thieves! Video included

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Laugh all you want bad person but stealing horses was serious business in the Old West. And Midwest! 

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Museum collection highlights 60's counterculture comics

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If you’re a child of the Sixties you may have been seduced by the subversive and delightful world of underground comics, a counterculture vehicle for skewering authority and society’s most revered institutions.

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A Walk in the Park

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It was called the Rural Cemetery Movement, a 19th Century effort to make city cemetery’s more park like with lakes and fountains and pleasing architectural features to encourage families visiting loved ones to spend the day there hiking, picnicking and just enjoying nature.

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Glass Menagerie

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All of you searching for that elusive Fountain of Youth, Martha Chilcote has found it. 

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A Clear Vision at Auburn Glass Plant

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There are few factories in northeast Indiana that impact public life more than Auburn’s Carlex glass plant.

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Library Gone to Seed

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The Little Turtle branch of the Allen County Public Library has been meeting the needs of the North Highlands neighborhood for decades in all the ways you’d expect from a library.

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Good Times at Blue Lake

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Blue Lake just northwest of Churubusco is a quiet spot, mostly homes dot the shore now.

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Fort Wayne and the Bloody Red Baron

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Of all the legends that emerged from World War One none has endured as long as that of this man, Manfred von Richthofen, the bloody Red Baron, the most decorated German flying ace of World War One.

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A Neighborhood Mainstay on South Calhoun Street

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1944..the Allies are winning the war in Europe, the city’s economy is booming and Richard Hollman opens City Glass on South Calhoun Street.

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World Class Recycling

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Beulah and Jimmie Allman of Churubusco, Indiana are in their 90’s, married 67 years and raised in a different time, when things weren’t tossed away but used and reused...Beulah still sews on her antique Singer sewing machine.

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Memorial Park's Uncertain Future

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One hundred years ago this month American soldiers marched off to war, joining the fight in Europe against Germany in The Great War, the war to end all wars.

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A Man Who Made a Difference

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If you listed every scourge of mankind the drunk driver would be high on the list.

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Whitley County Celebrates its Celebrities

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Columbia City is a picturesque town in a small, rural Midwest county.

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New Haven man's collection chronicles transformation in farming

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So you say your garage is so crammed full of stuff there’s no room for the car? Don’t complain to Ron Nahrwold.

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Cheesecake Champs of 21 Country

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This little sign’s the only hint you get there’s a niche bakery hidden on Fort Wayne’s East Wayne street.

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Being Prepared for a Hundred Years

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“It gives him sense of purpose,” says John Gliot, “gives him a group to belong to, gives experience in setting goals and then moving forward to achieve those goals.” 

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The Art of the Second Chance

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“For me I love telling this story,” says local artist Deb Washler, “because I think a lot of people assume that it won’t happen to them, but it happens to everybody.”

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Local Author Follows the Story

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“Sometimes I think that planning is way overrated,” says Albion, Indiana author Mark Hunter. “You could argue that I’d be more successful by now if I’d planned more.” 

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Building a Winged Tribute to Dad

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Just south of Poe, Indiana..in the shadow of the giant minion silo…a family project is taking off in Kathy Stark’s garage.

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A Young Immigrant, a Successful Business and a Life Well Lived

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Down a quiet Allen County road isn’t where you’d expect to take your hi-tek imported luxury car for serious repairs.

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The Men Who Won 'Custer's Last Stand'.

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His name is David Humphreys Miller from Van Wert, Ohio…Hollywood movie actor, historian and artist.

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Manufacturing Alive and Well in 21 Country

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Twenty years ago when American companies were sending manufacturing overseas to China, Smith Brothers Furniture of Berne, Indiana, bucked the trend, invested in technology, invested in its workforce and stayed in America. Steve Lehman is president and CEO. “The secret has been quality, selection, fast delivery and great customer service to support it,” Lehman says. That, and treating employees like partners instead of opponents. “It’s not rocket science,&rdq... More>>

Local Hot Spot could be Born Again

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There used to be hundreds of barns just like this out in 21 Country, and while they all served the farm families who owned them few have a story to tell quite like this one.

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Treason and Death on the Tracks in Waterloo

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German spies, treason, violent death…not the first things to come to mind when you think of Waterloo Indiana’s historic train depot, but this little building has just such a tale to tell.

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Local Man Pitches Invention

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In a corner of Fort Wayne’s old International Harvester plant, America’s pastime is getting a boost.

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Local Potter Crafts World Peace

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He dabbles in everything but Steuben County artist Steve Smith specializes, as he has for fifty years, in ceramics…throwing pots..handsome, earthy pieces with craggy surfaces and earthy glazes…beautiful, functional, simple.

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An Old Soldier's New Mission Video included

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Scott Mabee’s background as a career army soldier did nothing to prepare him to run New Haven VFW post 2457 but that’s what he’s done since retiring from the military last year.

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Final Days for a Chapter of History

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In a field just south of Auburn sits a respected resident of Jackson Township in DeKalb County…a simple four sided affair with walls that, if they could talk, probably wouldn't shut up.

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The Art of Fiberglass

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Dale Chihuly didn't invent art glass but he elevated the art form to a level beyond reach of most practitioners.

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The Right Business in the Right Place at the Right Time

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“We still lived in the Netherlands and there were lots of bakeries,” says pastry chef Hetty Arts, “with really nice cakes and breads.

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The Next Walt Disney?

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“I’ve never really been a good explainer to things,” says fourteen year old Huntington artist Rei Griswold.

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'Hope for Our Future' at Fort Wayne's Art Museum

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If you fear for America’s future, have doubts about the younger generation that will be running it in ten years or so, come to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and have your faith restored. 

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That Sweet Scent of Success

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It’s baking day at the Hildenbrand Macsorley household in Hoagland. 

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Local Bookstore Gets a Nationwide Read

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If you’re planning a trip, want to know all the hot spots to see, travelandliesure.com has what you need to know.

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Local Boutique Sells the Love Generation

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 It was an era when revolution was in the air, when a new generation thought peace, love..and fabulous music..might change the world.

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The Day Res Park was the Center of the World

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Reservoir Park is one of Fort Wayne’s most historic spots and while it’s usually quiet on a winter day like this..one hundred years ago Res Park hill swarmed with fifty thousand spectators for a once in a lifetime show.

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Little Girl's Giving Gives Back

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Like most animal shelters the Humane Society of Whitley County struggles to make ends meet. 

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Foster Park's Splendid Secret

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It sits quietly on Bluffton Road right across from Quimby Village in Foster Park, mostly an empty field now, part of it a small playground. But this little patch of land on the St. Mary’s river witnessed hundreds of stories, a thousand human dramas in the early years of automobile travel. At the turn of the last century motorists traveling outside big cities were often, literally, risking life and limb to get to their destinations. “The roads in 1913 were really still i... More>>

Local Biologist Finds the Art in Science

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Wood carving wasn’t Larry Weidman’s first calling… he’s been a professor of marine biology for decades at the University of St. Francis.

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The Elephant Who Seemed to Forget Herself

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It’s one of Wabash, Indiana’s hot spots, Modoc’s market, purveyor of fine coffees..a corner store with a decidedly pachyderm theme and a story you’ll find nowhere else. It begins with this man, Terrell Jacobs, the lion king, world famous animal trainer, star of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, born and raised in Wabash. In November 1942 Jacobs was at Wabash High School with three of his elephants preparing for a show in the gym. These are the ladie... More>>

Saving Old Kendallville High School

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Kendallville, Indiana has one of the most attractive downtowns in 21Country and not by accident.

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Mark Twain Comes to 21Country

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Mark Twain once said ‘I’m not a member of any organized political party…I’m a democrat’.

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An Old Friend Called Up For Service

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Something old has become something very new along the railroad tracks in Waterloo.

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Local Author Writes Books About Prairie Heros

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‘Hero’ is an overused word these days but not when you’re talking about the settlers who tamed the Old West..families who left everything behind but a few belongings, and set off for an unknown land and an unsure future.

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Van Wert Insurance Company Pays Debt to Firefighters

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It’s about the most imposing building in Van Wert, Ohio with its massive colonial facade, chandelier lit, Italian marbled floor entryway and its heavily mahogany paneled board room.

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Family Business Changes to Survive

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Steve: you’re a part of the community…we knew everybody up and down the street. They’ve known everybody up and down the street for a long time at Schaefer’s Indiana Turf on West Washington Boulevard.

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The Chapel of Love

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For a hundred and fifty years Angola’s First Congregational United Church of Christ has served the spiritual needs of the faithful, inspiring, for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous sanctuary and magnificent stained glass windows.

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State Bicentennial Celebrated by Local Filmmaker

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“My mother was the supreme multitasker,” says Windsong Pictures founder Michael Floyd, “and so I kind of picked that up from her.” 

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This is a Painting. Can you believe it?

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You may not know the face but you may know what the man does. Artist John Baeder singlehandedly launched rebirth of the diner craze in the 1970’s and ‘80’s with his remarkably realistic paintings of the lowly eateries.

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Local Pilot Writes About Storybook Life

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Bob Wearley has lived the kind of life they make movies about. 

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Log Home Housed Early Hoosier

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 Markle Indiana is the proverbial wide spot in the road and not all that wide. 

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Puzzling Work Obsesses Local Businessman

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Sculpting wood had always been part of Jerry Krider’s life and for the past twenty years it’s been his bread and butter.

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Local Writer with Hollywood Connections

There's a lot going on inside Fort Wayne author Denise Hunter's brain when she's writing.

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Gary Dodane's Four-Wheeled Retirement Plan

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Five days a week you'll find Gary Dodane cutting hair at Karl's Barber Shop in Fort Wayne's Maplewood Plaza, he's done it for forty years.

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New Hope for the Jewel of Rome City

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It was called America’s water cure craze, a late 19th century fad centered on the notion that water, or hydrotherapy, could cure anything, from hiccups to cancer.

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Combine Graveyard Keeps Small Farmers in the Field

The 2016 harvest is winding down across 21 Country, the big green and red combines swallowing up the last of the golden corn. These harvesting monsters have been a mainstay of American farm life in some form or another for 150 years, and when they die and have picked their last ear of corn…they head to the combine graveyard.

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Local Man has Date with Infamy

It’s a date that still resides in infamy, the day Japanese planes nearly destroyed America’s pacific fleet in a territorial backwater called Pearl Harbor…an act of war that’s still teaching the world lessons.

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Local Author Churns Out Page Turners

“I wrote my first story when I was in first grade and it was about a horse that had twin colts.” From that humble equine beginning Wabash author Colleen Coble embarked on a writing career that has taken her places she could not have imagined.

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Supporters Rally Around Endangered Landmark

It stands like a spindly sentinel in Bluffton’s Ouabache State Park, no longer employed as the fire tower it was designed to be but still a popular attraction here in 21 Country, and one that is very much in danger.

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