Leo-Grabill, Indiana



Saturday, April 30, 2016

Family of former State Representative candidate Ken Knoblauch endorses Dave Heine in House District 85 primary.

The family of the late Ken Knoblauch issued their endorsement of candidate Dave Heine in the primary race for State Representative.

Ken was a veteran who proudly lived his life to serve others.  He was well known and respected in Allen County and dedicated his time as a member of the EACS school board and announcer at Woodlan football games.  As an English teacher, he was an advocate for schools and quality education.  With no prior political history, Knoblauch ran for State Representative in 2014, capturing an impressive 22% of the vote.

Rhonda Knoblauch issued the following statement, “Dave Heine’s conservative values, reputation within the community and business experience would make him an excellent State Representative.  I know Ken shared these same values and principles as Dave, and we trust he will work hard, listen intently and vote based upon those ideals.  We are honored to support and endorse Dave Heine as he seeks public office to represent the people of District 85.”

Heine has been gaining the support of other business and community leaders with an impressive list of local support, starting with the campaign committee roster.  Recently, the family of former long-term District 85 Representative Phyllis Pond, along with former two-term Allen County Sheriff Jim Herman, also endorsed Heine.

“I am humbled and honored to have Rhonda and the Ken Knoblauch family endorse my campaign as I seek to become State Representative in District 85.  I know that Ken served the people of Allen County in various ways.  Ken had a remarkable reputation, conservative values and was a man of integrity.  I intend to serve the people with those same principles.” Heine said.

The primary election will be held May 3rd, 2016.

Dave Heine, currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven as well working in the building materials industry.  During his 28-year career with Do It Best Corp., Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer.  Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation,  Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 35 years.  They have three children and two grandchildren.  Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven.  For more information about Dave’s campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com and follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep  and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep

POSTED: 04/24/16 at 8:06 am. FILED UNDER: News

EACS Student Athletes & Coaches Participate in All-Star Classic

On Sunday, April 17th 11 EACS student-athletes and 3 EACS coaches participated in the NE Indiana vs. NW Ohio Parkview Sports Medicine All-Star Classic.  Indiana was well-represented by these EACS student-athletes, not only because of their basketball skills but also their outstanding sportsmanship!

From Heritage: Jessica Franke, Jacque Jacquay, Billy Lomow, Coach Melissa Connor, Coach Barry Singrey, Coach Chase Myers

From Leo: Daisha Green, Morgan Sanderson, Dylan Barrow, Kray Klopfenstein, Coach Carrie Shappell, Coach Randy Dunbar

From New Haven: Hailey Lasch

From Woodlan: Kenzie Salzbrenner, Andrew Krahn, Blake Williams

CONGRATULATIONS STUDENT ATHLETES AND COACHES!

POSTED: 04/19/16 at 8:52 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

POND FAMILY MEMBERS ISSUE ENDORSEMENT OF CANDIDATE IN DISTRICT 85 RACE

Well-respected family members of former long-term State Representative Phyllis Pond endorse Dave Heine in House District 85 primary.

Family members of the late Phyllis Pond issued their endorsement of candidate Dave Heine today.

Phyllis served the people of District 85 in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1978 until her passing in September 2013.  She was the longest serving female legislator in state history.  She was very well respected among her legislative peers, her community, as well as her church family.

“I am humbled and honored to have members of the Pond family endorse my campaign.  I had the privilege of knowing Phyllis Pond my entire life.  She asked me to run for State Representative after informing me she was planning to retire.  She loved the people of our district, represented us and voted based on our principles and our values.  I plan to serve the people with those same values and integrity.” Heine said.

Heine’s reputation in the community, as a business leader, community leader and farmer, has gained him much support from local leaders and the community.   He is a strong advocate of conservative values, economic sustainability and efficient government.

“District 85 is a very special and unique place in Indiana and it needs a very special and committed State Representative to serve its people. I think the district needs a leader like Dave Heine that personally knows the area because he has lived and worked here his entire life. In addition, Dave and his family have been local farmers and stewards of the land for generations. My mom thought the world of Dave and she hoped that he would succeed her leadership in the District after her retirement. We fully support and endorse Dave Heine for District 85 State Representative and we know that he will do a stellar job in taking care of all citizens in the district.” said Doug Pond.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.

Dave Heine, currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven as well working in the building materials industry.  During his 28-year career with Do It Best Corp., Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer.  Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation,  Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 35 years.  They have three children and two grandchildren.  Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven.  For more information about Dave’s campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com and follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep  and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep

POSTED: 04/18/16 at 2:12 pm. FILED UNDER: News

HEINE RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT OF FORMER ALLEN COUNTY SHERIFF

Former two-term Allen County Sheriff offers endorsement of candidate in State Representative race.

Today, former two-term Allen County Sheriff, Jim Herman, announced his endorsement of Dave Heine in the race for State Representative.

Herman served as the Allen County Sheriff from 1998 until 2006.

“My wife, Sandra, and I have known Dave Heine and his family for decades. We know that Dave is a man of integrity, honesty and expresses a genuine concern for the people in this area. As a two-term Sheriff in Allen County, I understand the challenges and rewards of public service. Dave Heine is the only person in the race for House District 85 that is up to the task of true public service.  Dave has a vast array of knowledge from multiple sectors that he can utilize to relate to the people of this district. This includes possessing strong family values, being a third generation farmer, and business experience during his time with Do It Best. Dave has also shown a strong commitment to serving this community.  I know Dave is committed to the safety of our citizens, including protection of our 2nd amendment rights.  I am honored to endorse Dave on his campaign.” said Herman.

Heine continues to gain positive momentum in his campaign for State Representative.  Local leaders, farming community and citizens of the district, continue to show their support for Heine since announcing his candidacy.

Heine said, “I am overwhelmed that Sheriff Herman is endorsing my campaign.  His reputation throughout his lifetime, not just his time in office, speaks highly to voters in District 85.  The Herman’s have offered their encouragement since I started this campaign, for that I am grateful.”

The primary election is on May 3rd, 2016.

Dave Heine, currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven as well working in the building materials industry.  During his 28-year career with Do It Best Corp., Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer.  Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation,  Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 35 years.  They have three children and two grandchildren.  Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven.  For more information about Dave’s campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com and follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep  and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep

POSTED: 04/06/16 at 12:24 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Help Keep Our Roads Safe This Spring

Tom Farms encourages extra caution as planting season begins

With the warmer weather of spring comes one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for farmers – planting season. As farmers head to the fields to plant, farm-vehicle traffic increases on local roads and highways. Local farmers encourage all drivers to exercise caution when approaching tractors and farm implements to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

Kassi Tom Rowland, of Tom Farms in Leesburg, says farmers and other drivers must work together to keep rural roads safe.

“Planting season is certainly an exciting time for any farmer, but our number one priority will always be safety,” she says. “When operating farm machinery, we’re always extremely alert and aware of others on the road. It’s also important that other drivers take caution and do their part as well to keep everyone on the road safe.”

More than 157 accidents involving farm equipment occurred in Indiana in 2010. Tom Farms hopes alerting drivers of the increase in farm-vehicle traffic will reduce that number this year.

Tom Farms has a couple of tips to keep in mind this spring, including:

  • Start slowly applying your brakes early. It takes only five seconds for a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour to close a 100-yard gap with a tractor moving only 15 miles per hour.
  • A good rule of thumb when following farm equipment is to stay back at least 50 feet.
  • Don’t assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road will turn right or let the vehicle pass. Tractors pulling an implement make wide turns.
  • Speak with young drivers about safety, especially if they are new to the road. Tom says “Some drivers may not know proper procedure when approaching a farm vehicle.”
  • Vehicle collisions most commonly occur between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This four-hour stretch often means increased activity on the road, as many make their way home from work, run errands, attend community activities and shuttle children home from school and extracurricular activities.

“If farmers and drivers work together and safely share the road, we can reduce accidents and ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the warmer days ahead,” says Rowland.

POSTED: 04/05/16 at 10:28 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

CAMPAIGN OPENS HEADQUARTERS OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN NEW HAVEN

Candidate in the primary race for State Representative District 85 primary race opens a campaign headquarters office On Saturday, the Dave Heine for State Representative Campaign announced the opening of a campaign headquarters in the heart of downtown New Haven. The office, located at 504 Broadway, will serve as a base for campaign operations throughout the election cycle. “We are excited to announce the opening of our campaign headquarters today. I want the community to know that I am serious about my commitment to them. I have enjoyed talking with thousands of voters here in District 85 over the past few months and have been overwhelmed with the response and support. I know my proven conservative values combined with three decades of experience in business and farming will help me represent the people of this great district, and my hometown.” Heine said. Heine has been implementing a very aggressive door to door grassroots campaign by listening and talking with voters across HD 85. Heine boasts a strong list of local supporters, including several well-known farmers and businessmen.

The primary election will be held on May 3rd, 2016.

Dave Heine, currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven as well working in the building materials industry. During his 28-year career with Do It Best Corp., Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer. Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation, Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 35 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven. For more information about Dave’s campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com and follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep

POSTED: 04/05/16 at 9:36 am. FILED UNDER: News

Dupont named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals for the third time in five years

For the second consecutive year, Dupont Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the third time Dupont has been recognized with this honor. It first earned the designation in 2012.

Conducted annually since 1993, the 100 Top Hospitalsstudy identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.

“Nearly 15 years after we first opened our doors as a community hospital focused on the delivery of high-quality patient care and customer service, our team members and physicians continue to demonstrate “The Dupont Difference” in all areas,” said Chad Towner, chief executive officer, Dupont Hospital. “Our role as a catalyst in northern Fort Wayne has been due in large part to results verified by independent organizations and the enthusiasm of families who have grown along with us. We view each accolade we receive as a springboard to bigger and better things, not a finish line.”

In November, Dupont Hospital was also recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on the Key Quality Measures® in the areas of Surgical Care, Perinatal Care, Pneumonia and Immunization. Dupont is one of only 117 hospitals nationally to achieve the Top Performer distinction in at least one key quality measure for all five years the program has been in existence.

The current Top Hospitals study concluded that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners:

  • More than 104,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Nearly 48,400 additional patients could be complication free.
  • $2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

“The 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.  “Hospitals in three out of the five report groups actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes – exactly the results that the entire industry hopes to attain.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. Risk-adjusted methodologies were used to analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the February 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.

POSTED: 03/01/16 at 9:04 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

The Purdue Extension Local Foods Program and the Allen County Extension Office are teaming up to host the 2ND  Fort Wayne Local Food Summit on March 16, 2016.

Across the nation, local foods have emerged as a growing business sector. New jobs are being created in our local food system including producers, distributors, and new markets, such as food hubs and mobile grocery services. Consumers are very interested in buying local food and are driving the demand in grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets.

The Fort Wayne Local Food Summit intends to place local food and agricultural economic development on the agendas of public policymakers, business leaders, not-for-profit institutions, and citizens. The net result will be greater possibilities of working together, creating jobs, doing business, and expanding the economy right here in Northeast Indiana. Join us to learn how to make a positive impact in our local community.

Attend the Fort Wayne Local Food Summit on Wednesday March 16, 2016. You can register online at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/landing_pages/foodsummit/

Questions, call the Allen County Extension Office at (260) 481-6826.

Doors open at 8:30 am, with presentations and activities planned from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Summit will be held in the IPFW Walb Classic Ballroom with free Parking in P2. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and beverages.

Learn about local food initiatives and successes, the regional partnership’s food shed study, the farm to school initiative, and spend time in specific topic discussions with your fellow community members.

Questions: Contact Vickie Hadley at hadleyv@purdue.edu

POSTED: 02/24/16 at 7:32 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Board of School Trustees Recognize Academic Decathlon, Scholastic Writers, and Artist

At a recent board meeting, the board of trustees recognized the Leo Jr. Sr. High Academic Decathlon, Scholastic Writers and Artists!

The Decathlon team competed at State level and brought home a first place in the small school division!  In the Decathlon competition all students won ribbons however the following students placed overall in their qualifier division:

  • 1st- Maddie Anglin and Michael Byler, Ashby Drummond
  • 2nd- Jenna Fuchs, Zachary Monnier, and Blake Kem
  • 3rd- Michael Witte and Abbey Russell

Coaches include:  Molly Baumert and Robert Tonkel. Principal: Dr. Neal Brown

REGIONAL SCHOLASTIC WRITING WINNERS:

  • Jessica Hamilton – Silver Key for her short story The House on Prairie Lane
  • Madi Turpin - Gold Key for her short story Existent Nightmares
  • Grayson Spaw – Silver Key for her short story No Answer, and two Gold Keys for her stories Caresse sur L’Ocean, and The Human MindREGIONAL SCHOLASTIC ART WINNERS:
  • Aerin Goldman – Honorable Mention in Drawing and Illustration
  • Rylan Capper – Gold Key in Photography
  • Hannah Simpson – Gold Key in Painting
  • Michael Ganser – 2 Gold Keys, both in Drawing and Illustration

The work of each of the Art and Writing students are on display at the Fort Wayne Art Museum the month of February and March.  The Gold Key Recipients’ works have been sent digitally to New York City to be judged in the National Competition.

POSTED: 02/24/16 at 7:26 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

EACS Students and Staff Raise Money for Special Olympics

East Allen University and Leo High School teachers and students teamed together to create the 24 person team of plungers and raised $640 dollars for Special Olympics! The EACS team won a trophy for largest team, most money raised by a team and most money raised by an individual, Taylor Swope, a senior at EAU, won the individual prize.


POSTED: 02/24/16 at 7:24 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools