Tribute to veterans May 22

The public will gather at 9 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the Huntertown Cemetery and Fairview Cemetery to place flags at the grave sites of veterans and those who served.

Anyone who would like to participate in placing flags should meet at the Huntertown Cemetery toolshed. Maps will be provided. Flag placing usually takes less than one hour.

Anyone who knows of a veteran or anyone who served in a military support capacity that is buried at either cemetery and hasn’t been recognized with a flag, contact Ken L. Hendricks Sr. at 260-414-2056.

‘Watch Fire’ at Veterans Shrine

The Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum in Fort Wayne has announced a “Watch Fire” event on Friday, May 22, at 2122 O’Day Road, starting at 6 p.m.

This will be the 32nd Watch Fire at the local memorial. It is held each May to honor fallen heroes. Logs are put on the fire to honor all who served and died for America’s freedom. “They all answered the call and their services to our country and families are honored by remembering them at this event,” organizers said in an announcement.

The tradition dates back to Gen. George Washington, who used the fires to alert his troops of enemy positions. Watch Fires were used during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, to alert lost or wounded troops on where to find medical help and friendly shelter from the enemy.

Roy Vierck, organizer, said family members may have a soldier’s name read at the dedication”by submitting the veteran’s name to before May 22.

The ceremony will kick-off at 6 p.m. and logs remembering veterans will be placed at the ceremonial fire ring for a full 24-hour period, until 6 p.m. Saturday. The public is welcome to attend.

Paradigm Gallery opens to customers

The Paradigm Gallery at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art reopened to the public starting Tuesday. The museum itself is not yet open to the public.

Anyone who would like merchandise but chooses not to visit the gallery may opt for phone shopping and curbside pickup. Call 260-422-6467, ext. 346, during regular business hours.

Gallery hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Albion fish fry gets go-ahead

After some discussion, the Albion Fire Department has decided to hold the annual fish fry, on Wednesday, June 10. The decades-long fundraising tradition for the AFD is normally held on the Wednesday of the Chain O’ Lakes Festival. Although the festival was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AFD members decided to go ahead with their event, taking precautions and on a limited basis.

This year’s fish fry will be a take-out-only event, to avoid having a large number of people gathered together. That means it can’t be all-you-can-eat. There might also be a change in the menu, as the firefighters usually serve tenderloin; that’s coming up short this year due to pandemic-related meat supply shortages.

Prices are $11 for adults, and $7 for children, and the event runs from 4:40-7:30 p.m. at the firehouse, at 210 Fire Station Drive.

Graduate degree enrollment begins

Purdue University Fort Wayne is now accepting applications from students hoping to be among the first to earn a graduate degree in speech-language pathology via its new program.

The university received approval in 2019 to offer this graduate degree and subsequently applied for professional accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. As the final step in the accreditation process, an onsite assessment of the program was conducted in February. A final decision on the program’s accreditation status will be made by the association in July.

“Our accreditation site visit was very positive,” said Stacy Betz, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Although we will not receive a final decision about our accreditation status until July, we are now accepting applications so we can accommodate those students interested in starting the program as early as this fall.”

Prospective students can apply now for the fall semester; applications will be reviewed immediately as part of a process that will continue until the program meets its target class size of 15 students.

Information for students interested in applying to the program can be found on the speech-language pathology web page. Betz may also be contacted at for more details.

“Despite the challenges higher education has faced in recent months because of COVID-19, our decision to move forward with this new program is a sign that the Purdue Fort Wayne campus continues to innovate and provide students new opportunities for high-quality education and career paths that will benefit the community,” Betz said.

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