Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Friday, September 19, 2014

Art at the Riverside is scheduled for September 27, 2014 in Riverside Gardens in Leo, Indiana from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The juried art show is being sponsored by the Leo-Cedarville Chamber of Commerce.  Proceeds will be used to award a scholarship to a local student pursuing a degree in the arts as well as supporting art projects in the community.

artMarsha Wulpi, President of the Leo-Cedarville Chamber of Commerce, states “The Leo area has a concentrated number of very talented artists and we would like to showcase that talent.”  All artists have been juried into the show and will provide a variety of mediums to choose from.  All participating artists are listed at the event website, www.ArtAtTheRiverside.com.  The three top artists will receive cash awards.  There will also be an opportunity for the attendees to vote for their favorite artist.

In addition to the art show, there will be local dance and musical artists.  The Fort Wayne Food Truck Association will be onsite and will be competing in a food cook-off judged by Curtis Smith of 21Alive and local cookbook author Mark Carboni.  Awards will be given in different categories as well as a People’s Choice Award.

“Sweet Chairity” is a new addition this year.  This is a silent auction of painted vintage chairs created by local artists.

Pedal City of Fort Wayne will be onsite to offer rides on their 10 passenger bike for a stroll around the Leo area.

Riverside Gardens is located on the banks of the St. Joe River in Leo, Indiana at 14701 Schwartz Rd.


POSTED: 09/17/14 at 7:31 am

Meeting with state officials to pursue pilot program

EACS_Logo_v.6(1)Three East Allen County School officials will meet with state education and other agency officials at a statewide meeting in Indianapolis on Sept. 24, hoping to get some answers on the district’s projected 2015 preschool expansion.

Rose Fritzinger, the district’s director of development, will attend the meeting along with the principals of Southwick Elementary and New Haven Primary schools, where the half-day pre-kindergarten program already exists, she said at the EACS board meeting Tuesday.

The district has about 75 preschoolers, and with the new initiative led by United Way of Allen County, Fritzinger said she envisions adding three half-session classes by the fall of 2015.

Each class would take between 10 and 12 students, she estimated.


POSTED: 09/03/14 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

As we pause this Labor Day weekend to pay tribute to the contributions of workers to the strength and prosperity of our country, let’s not forget the degree to which workers’ health determines the extent and longevity of their ability to contribute. And let’s not forget the degree to which a tobacco-free lifestyle determines a worker’s health.

One of the most powerful impacts an employer can have on ensuring worker health is in establishing strong, comprehensive tobacco-free policies for their worksites and providing robust cessation support to enable their tobacco-using employees to quit.
Businesses without strong smoke-free policies lose money in higher health insurance costs and lost productivity alike. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average annual healthcare expenditures for a tobacco user are $3,300 higher ($11,980) than those of a non-tobacco-user ($8,680). In productivity, for every smoker who spends an hour a day smoking, a business will lose an average of 10 work days of productivity annually.

Smokers and nonsmokers work side-by-side every day, building our communities and providing for their families. Over one-fifth (21.2%) of adults in Allen county are tobacco smokers. Until we have strong tobacco-free policies to protect all employees and clients in all workplaces–including restaurants, bars and off-track betting facilities–Allen County workers will be subjected to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, damaging their health and leading to missed days of work. No worker in Allen County should have to choose to put their health at risk to put food on the table.

I encourage everyone to reach out to employers, council members, friends and family to push for 100% tobacco-free workplaces and homes. Let’s make Allen County Indiana’s MOST healthy place to live and work!

Nancy Cripe
Tobacco Education Coordinator
Tobacco Free Allen County

POSTED: 08/30/14 at 2:52 pm. FILED UNDER: Blogs, News

POSTED: 08/29/14 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: News


EACS School Board Member District 1R

Timothy E Hines, Luray A Riggle, Jennifer Runestad

EACS School Board Member District 2E

Richard A Allgeier, Leland Etzler, Monica S Lashure

EACS School Board MemberDistrict 3E

Paulette Nellems, Stephen L Terry, Sr, Robert L Wafford, Kerri Zurbuch

POSTED: 08/23/14 at 11:51 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Law enforcement agencies in northeastern Indiana are joining a national crackdown on impaired driving that will run through Labor Day.

The Fort Wayne and New Haven police departments and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department are part of the “‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign with zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.

Fort Wayne Police Lt. Tony Maze tells WANE-TV  officers will be working overtime to identify and catch impaired drivers. He says, “Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail.”

Allen County had 373 alcohol-related total collisions last year. Six resulted in fatalities.

POSTED: 08/17/14 at 9:09 am. FILED UNDER: News

It’s “Back to School” time.  School buses are back on the roads, and students are walking along the side of the road and waiting for buses.

apple Please watch carefully for children near school buildings, in areas where school buses are traveling or where there are signs for school zones or bus stops.
apple Remember that if you are approaching a school bus from either the front or behind, and it’s yellow lights are flashing, the bus is preparing to stop.
apple If the buses red lights are flashing, YOU MUST STOPIt’s the law!This includes school buses that are:

  • on the opposite sides of divided highways,
  • on multiple lane roadways,
  • in parking lots,
  • on school grounds.
NOTE: The only exception to this law is if the bus driver or a police officer signals that you may pass the bus.

POSTED: 08/12/14 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Recently, the EACS Board of School Trustees recognized the Leo High Girl’s Softball State Champs!  The softball team was 27-6 for the season but now hold a number of Indiana Softball State Records. They now lead the State in:

  • RBIs with 326 (next closest was 252) which broke the all-time State record for RBIs in the history of Indiana softball (previous record was 313.)
  • Hits with 411 (next closest was 389) which ties us for 2nd in the history of Indiana softball. Runs scored with 352 (the next closest was 290) they are now 4th in the history of Indiana softball.
  • Sacrifices with 50.

The Leo Girl’s Softball team recently won the State Championship against Gibson Southern; score 2-0!

POSTED: 08/11/14 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

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OmniSource offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package.  Please submit resume to recruiting@omnisource.com, or by mail:

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Attn: HR- Maintenance

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Fort Wayne, IN 46804

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POSTED: 07/29/14 at 4:13 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Leo-Cedarville prime example of county trend

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette

The Regazzi family play a game of horse outside their home in Leo-Cedarville.

Before he was married, even before he met his wife and had children, Ron Regazzi focused on schools in deciding where to live.

One reason was practical. He had heard that good school districts provide good home resale values. But he also had another motivation: “That if I get married and have kids that I don’t want to have to move into a good school district. I’d rather start there.”

Today, Julie and Ron Regazzi commute to jobs in separate cities, but they live in Leo-Cedarville, a town of 3,800 residents in northeast Allen County. The notion of “good” schools is a large part of what keeps them there, and they’re not alone.

Leo-Cedarville has grown by more than 30 percent in the last decade, one of the fastest rates in Allen County. Many factors could be in play, but the perception of good schools has drawn the Regazzis and others to town.

“School is one of the big reasons that I’ve heard,” said Julie Regazzi, who has two children in the school system and is the exiting president of the Leo-Cedarville Parent Teacher Organization.

Incoming PTO President Amy Horning, with three children in the school system, also said she and her husband were drawn to Leo-Cedarville because of the schools.

People move for a lot of reasons, including jobs and to escape from the big city. But for many, good schools are an important factor and contribute to town growth.

A 1998 study out of South Carolina seems to bear that out.

Still, if good schools attract families, no clear enrollment trend is seen in Fort Wayne Community Schools, which also has its share of high-performing schools and allows parents to choose where to send their children.




POSTED: 07/20/14 at 8:52 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

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POSTED: 07/18/14 at 11:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News