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Fort Wayne/ Allen County

Dust control to start on county roads

The Allen County Highway Department will begin placing dust control materials on some county highways next week.

Motorists should drive with caution on roads that receive an application of the black dust control material. When freshly applied, the material can create a slick surface for vehicles traveling at high speed. It can take up to five days for the material to dry depending upon the weather and the condition of the road before application.

Motorists who encounter a highway department crew applying the product are asked to give the workers plenty of room.

Materials will be applied on highways in two treatments and will span the full width of the road.

If the material gets on a vehicle, the owner should first use a quality bug or tar remover. After that, wash the vehicle with an auto detergent or follow the instructions in the vehicle’s manual for removing tar.

3-day plant sale starts at McMillen

The three-day plant sale at the McMillen Ice Arena will take place this weekend.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is offering about 600 kinds of plants for purchase, including herbs, tomatoes and other vegetable plants, along with annual and perennial flowers and foliage plants, tropical plants for indoors or out, color bowls, mixed containers, and hanging baskets. The list of plants can be found at

On Saturday, there will be a special lineup of demonstration tables and presenters to help beginners and do-it-yourself gardeners. Topics include butterfly gardening, shade gardening and composting.

The plant sale is a fundraiser for the Botanical Conservatory to support its public programs. Volunteers will be on hand to assist in plant selection and loading.

Call center partners to help children

The Consolidated Communications Partnership of Allen County and Fort Wayne on Thursday announced it has become a 911 call center partner to help officers respond faster to emergency calls that involve missing and sexually exploited children.

The partnership is through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to a statement from the Consolidated Communications Partnership.

Last year in Allen County, the call center received 35 calls about missing children and 892 that dealt with juvenile runaways. In addition, there were 240 child molestation calls and 63 calls reporting child sexual assault, the statement said.

VA campus plans 2K ‘walk and roll’

The Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Health Care System will have a 2K “walk and roll” event at its Fort Wayne campus Wednesday to coincide with National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

The local 2K event is open to the public and will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the gazebo near the northeast parking lot of the VA Medical Center campus at Lake Avenue and Randallia Drive.

The Voluntary and Community Resources Department will inform participants of VA’s willingness to accept gifts and in-kind contributions for programs for homeless veterans, but there is no requirement for a donation to participate in the 2K.

For information, call 2K coordinator Tamara Files at 426-5431, ext. 71453.