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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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'. Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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? Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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? Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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 Video included

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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