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People and places

Volunteers sought

•The Friends of the Park of Allen County is seeking volunteers to help with the “Revealing Our Rivers” on May 4. Volunteers, ages 18 or older, will help clean up trees, invasive species, trash and debris left on the riverbanks from 8 a.m. to noon. If interested, register by emailing or call 417-3804.

•The Kendallville Public Library is in need of volunteers to read to residents in local nursing homes. Various shifts and times are available. If interested, sign up at the library’s WishList at or call 260-343-2010.

Adoption exhibit

The Indiana Heart Gallery, an exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, will be at the Parkview Family YMCA, 10001 Dawsons Creek Blvd., beginning Monday through May 20. Viewing times are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.


•The following area high school students each received $1,000 scholarships from The Comcast Foundation: Jonathan Hake, Bishop Dwenger; Jonathan Harper, Carroll; Alison Mansfield, Homestead; Sean McManus, Bishop Luers; Julia Sanchez, Northrop; Robert VanDyke, South Side; Alyssa Wyatt, North Side; Sydney Geisler, Norwell in Bluffton; Bryce Hieber, New Haven; Kayla Patrick, Huntington North in Huntington; and Clayton Selking, Heritage Junior-Senior in Hoagland.

•Third-grade students Ahoki Aranda of Abbett Elementary, Alejandra Romo of Most Precious Blood and Lexi Dippold of St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth were winners of the “HeART” contest sponsored by the American Heart Association and Frontier Communications. Each student will receive a $100 gift card and their artwork will be displayed in area Frontier retail stores.

Lisa Bashford of Fort Wayne is one of 10 finalists in the National EIB All-Stars contest, part of a national awareness campaign for those living with exercise-induced bronchospasm. Winners are determined by votes, which can be made at through May 10.

Ariana Ugalde will be the 2013 Fort Wayne Honored Hero for the Indiana Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk.” Six-year-old Ariana was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2010. The fundraising walk is at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Headwaters Park West, and registration is available at

Shelayah Robinson of Fort Wayne won the Sunwise with SHADE poster contest for Indiana and her work will be displayed at the Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C. She is now vying for grand-prize winner through online votes at To vote, use the unlock code “shade” and school code “vote 13.”

Giving back

Innovation in Motion in Angola donated a power wheelchair to Noah Barbknecht, a Northrop High School freshman who was injured in a skiing accident that left him paralyzed from the breastbone down.

Crazy Pinz, 1414 Northland Blvd., is collecting clothing items for Dress for Success Fort Wayne, a Women’s Bureau program. New or gently used suits and other business attire can be dropped off at Crazy Pinz or the Women’s Bureau, 2417 Fairfield Ave.

Read-To-Me, a communitywide literacy initiative, is hosting a book drive through May 4. New and gently used board books for children up to age 4 can be dropped off at all branches of the Allen County Public Library, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Beckman Lawson law firm, Covenant United Methodist Church, Do it Best Corp., Erie Insurance, Faith Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, IPFW, Leo United Methodist Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Lutheran Medical Group, St. Joseph United Methodist Church, Tower Bank and all Walgreens locations in Allen County.