June Summer Festival Guide
Jun16

June Summer Festival Guide

Summer in Fort Wayne means every weekend Headwaters Park is packed with great festivals and entertainment. Here is a quick run down on what to expect for the first part of summer in northeast Indiana. Check out these highlights from our partners with Current Fort Wayne. Special thanks to Current Fort Wayne for being festival central! Greekfest (Click for more info) Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 A post shared by Fort Wayne Greek Festival (@fwgreekfest) on Jun 14, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT GearFest at Sweetwater  (Click for more info) Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23 A post shared by Sweetwater Sound (@sweetwatersound) on May 31, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT BuskerFest (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Freedom Festival Artisan Market (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 Stay tuned for July and August festivals coming...

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Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA
Jun05

Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA

Happy June, everyone! While you are probably excited to spend your weekends at the lake and hit every festival at Headwaters Park, I am happy to celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA! I know we all see those heart wrenching ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLaughlin and just want to turn the channel because we think malnourished animals and the world’s lack of good pet care just isn’t our problem, but trust me, you want it to be. Just one day at a shelter can melt even the coldest heart. Owning a pet isn’t like listening like listening to “In the Arms of an Angel” on repeat. I would compare it more to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Pet ownership, especially owning a cat when they are chasing a laser pointer on you feet, is incredibly rewarding and entertaining. As a lifetime cat owner and current cat mom of shelter kitties Jacob (from the Marshall County Humane Society and pictured below) and Amber (from the Howard County Humane Society and pictured below), I can tell you countless stories of how my cats have saved me more than I saved them. Whether they are making me laugh when I am sad or cuddling me when I am sick, the unconditional love that you get from a cat is one that can’t compare to any other feeling on earth. That being said, the Allen County SPCA has some paws-itivly amazing reasons to adopt a shelter cat right now, just in time for Adopt a Cat Month! You just can’t say no to faces like this! Meet Alannis. This beautiful calico is our featured resident at the Allen County SPCA. Not only is she adorable and extremely photogenic, but she is very much in need of a fur-ever home! If you are interested in Alannis, visit the ASPCA’s website or visit them in person at 4914 Hanna St, Fort Wayne, IN 46806. I had the chance to see Alannis in person and I had to fight my urges to hand them my debit card and take her home. Even with a flamepoint (red point) Siamese named Doctor Stud in residence (just like my Jacob), I really believe that Alannis is just the prettiest face around. The Allen County SPCA is currently participating in the Jackson Galaxy Cat Pawsitive project! You may be wondering what does that mean and who is Jackson Galaxy? First off, Jackson Galaxy is a popular cat behaviorist best known for his TV show My Cat From Hell on the Animal Planet. In order to help cats become more adoptable and feel more comfortable in a...

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Build Your Career HERE: Online Education
May30

Build Your Career HERE: Online Education

Education doesn’t always end after high school or even college. Even though life often takes us by the hand and drags us in directions we don’t expect, we have control over bettering ourselves for the sake of our career and personal development.  One way you can do this is through online education. Online education is great for working parents, seasoned professionals, and anyone that is just looking to keep their mind active. If you are in northeast Indiana, you have a variety of local colleges and universities that can guide you to your career and education goals. Whether you are looking into finally get that diploma or going for an advanced degree, these local institutions offer various programs that can help anyone take the next step in bettering their career. While I don’t have the time or space to cover every local college or university, here are a few that are developing easy to use online programs that will get you started on your higher education journey. Where to get an Online Education in Northeast Indiana? University of St. Francis USF is known for excellence in education and community involvement. It is no surprise that the degree programs available for online students are designed for busy individuals that are making the community a better place. According to the university, their online environment enables personal and professional transformation that prepares graduates for challenges in any functional area anywhere in the world. Business Nursing The purpose of the RN to BSN program is to allow licensed Registered Nurses with a diploma or Associates Degree to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.* Education The Department of Education offers both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to teacher licensure in thirteen areas. At the graduate level, the department offers a totally online Master of Arts in Teaching, Transition to Teaching licensure program in secondary education, and Master of Science in Education degree in Special Education. The fully online master’s degree in Special Education offers licensure in Mild Intervention and Intense Intervention. The Education Department, in conjunction with the Psychology Department, also offers an on campus Master of Science in Education degree in School Counseling.* *Statements from university program descriptions If you are looking to apply, fill out an application today! If you want to talk to an admissions representative, you can contact a team member for more information. Indiana Tech Indiana Tech has one of the most robust online programs in the area. If you are looking for a buffet of options, they are the school to pursue. Programs heavily represented are business, criminal justice and computer science, which are all great choices...

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Get out for National Trails Day
May29

Get out for National Trails Day

For my family, going for a walk is an everyday event. While not everyone has the time to go out and enjoy a little nature walk everyday, June 2 is your excuse to make the time and enjoy your local trails. Northeast Indiana has plentiful, beautiful trails that make your walking, jogging, biking and skating safe and scenic. Thanks to many updates around the region, trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs so folks of all abilities can enjoy them. You don’t have to live in Fort Wayne to experience the trails. Almost every county in our region boasts a beautiful contribution to the trail system. So grab a friend or your puppy and start moving towards the trail closest to you!   The Trails Angola Trail Counties: Steuben Length: 4.4 miles Trail end points: Commons Park and E. Wendell Jacob Avenue This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. It is located just miles from the Ohio and Michigan borders and pathways connect Fireman’s Park and Commons Park. The trail is also walking distance from Trine University.    It’s a beautiful day for a morning bike ride. ☀☀☀#rivergreenway #lovingthisindiansummer A post shared by Sarah Sexton (@i.am.sarah.sexton) on Oct 18, 2017 at 8:00am PDT Rivergreenway Counties: Allen Length: 30.1 miles Trail end points: Shoaff Park to Historic Old Fort (Fort Wayne); Historic Old Fort and Moser Park (New Haven); Historic Old Fort to Southtown Centre (Fort Wayne) This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. This impressive, 30-mile trail way runs through Fort Wayne, by the rivers, through downtown and connects residential districts. The Rivergreenway serves as an all inclusive and easily accessible trail for any resident of Allen County.     Blue River Trail Counties: Whitley Length: 2.5 miles Trail end points: S. Main St./US 30 north of E. Hanna St. and Morsches Park This trail allows for biking, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. Blue River Trail helps link parks, businesses and residential areas along the Eel River.     Fairy spot on #Fishinglinetrail. A post shared by Roberta Stone, ASID, RID (@stone.roberta) on Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30am PDT Fishing Line Trail Counties: Noble Length: 1.3 miles Trail end points: E 850 N and E 800 N (Rome City) This trail allows for biking and walking. This is a developing and constantly improving trail in Noble County whose goal is to connect the tight-knit communities in the county.     Heritage Trail Counties: Kosciusko Length: 1.8 miles Trail end points: Winona Avenue and Roy Street This trail allows for biking and walking and is part of a larger system called...

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Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business
Apr12

Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business

Northeast Indiana is obviously a great place to live and work. In the past few weeks, we have talked to a variety of employers and experts that have given testimony to the opportunities and resources at your disposal here. While it may not be for everyone, our experts agree that sometimes it is okay to venture out on your own. No one knows your passions and work style better than yourself. Taking a bold step toward independently sharing your skills and expertise may just be what the career counselor ordered. If entrepreneurship is in your future, you need to know how to succeed and who is here to help.     What are the best industries in northeast Indiana? Whether you are going for a more traditional work path or venturing out on your own, you need to know what our region has to offer. According to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Logistics & E-Commerce, Specialty Insurance, Medical Device & Technology, Vehicles, Food & Beverage, Advanced Materials, and Design and Craftsmanship are the seven target industries in our region. What does that mean? It means that these industries are growing and producing quality jobs in our region. These industries are a result of our region’s culture and need for economic growth. Now that you know the fields, how do you pick which one to pursue? Is one better than another? According to Sonya Snellenberger-Holm, there isn’t really a best. “I’m a fan of all walks of life and all jobs.”  The Partnership is there to promote all fields that could potentially bring growth. On the other hand, Karl LaPan believes health care and financial services offer compelling opportunities as these industries transform and innovate. This translates to more potential opportunities. I sat down and chatted with Rhonda Ladig of Start Fort Wayne, an entrepreneurial resource center in downtown Fort Wayne. She said that successful local entreprenuers are in just about every field. The common industry that most of these local entrepreneurs are connected to is e-commerce. It doesn’t matter if you are selling something physical or a service, it is all selling online. You can effectively run a business from the comfort of your laptop. When you are looking for research on these industries, where exatly do you go? Jim Johnson said “a great resource to answer this question is the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. No one knows more about northeast Indiana more than this dedicated group of professionals. Their website is full of resources and information.” If you want to learn more about the specifics of target industries, you can download a report straight from the website. Theresa Steele added to...

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