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Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 23, 14 at 9:15 am

United Way of Allen County announced that Allen County is one of the five Indiana counties chosen to participate in the Preschool Pilot Program created by the 2014 Indiana General Assembly. The program will begin in 2015 and seeks to increase the number of Indiana children who enter kindergarten ready to learn. It provides up to $10 million in state funding for pre-kindergarten for low income 4-year-olds that must be matched by private funding of at least 10 percent. Services may be delivered via public schools, accredited private schools, and providers who have achieved Level 3 or Level 4 in Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana’s voluntary child care quality rating and improvement system. The other counties selected include Marion, Lake, Jackson and Vanderburgh.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 22, 14 at 9:15 am

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College enrolled 45,819 Indiana high school students in dual credit this past year, saving Indiana students and their parents more than $29.8 million in tuition costs. This year’s dual credit enrollment represents a 22 percent increase in students, compared to the 37,505 high school students enrolled last year.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 16, 14 at 8:36 am

Warm weather provides a great opportunity to slow down and savor time spent having fun in the great outdoors. But time spent away from home often leads to meals made on the fly or last-minute jaunts to a nearby fast-food restaurant. Though last-minute meals or trips to the local burger joint might be convenient, they are not always healthy. Fortunately, there are other ways to eat well even when you're pressed for time.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 15, 14 at 1:35 pm

Allen County Ind. – A study of local air quality indicates workers in Indiana restaurants are breathing easier than before the statewide smoke-free air law implemented on July 1, 2012.  In Indiana, the decline proved dramatic as the level of fine particles in indoor air dropped 85 percent. Fine particles are released in significant amounts from burning cigarettes, are easily inhaled deep into the lungs, and cause a variety of adverse effects including cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and death.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 14, 14 at 9:18 am

You don’t have to come from a wealthy family, have the next billion-dollar idea or work 18-hour days to become rich, says self-made millionaire Mike Finley.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 10, 14 at 10:31 am

Science Central has introduced a new permanent exhibition, Nano, that brings both small-scale science and large-scale fun to the popular science center.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 09, 14 at 8:30 am

United Way of Allen County kicked off Kindergarten Countdown this week with Community Transportation Network, East Allen County Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools. Kindergarten Countdown, a four week program aimed at helping kids prepare for school in the fall, has nearly tripled in size this year.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 03, 14 at 10:33 am

Barbecue season is in full swing, and that means many evenings spent dining outdoors with a feast of grilled foods at your beck and call. Such foods may be delicious, but some barbecue standards may not be ideal for those trying to maintain a beach-ready body. But even if a trim waistline is your ultimate goal, you can still enjoy your favorite grilled foods by making a few smart food choices and substitute high-fat foods for healthier fare at your next backyard barbecue.

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 02, 14 at 8:18 am

Fort Wayne's Animal Care & Control wants pet owners to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday while keeping their pets safe and secure. Dogs and cats can easily become overwhelmed by the sudden explosions of fireworks causing panic and fear. Pets that have never attempted to run off before may bolt through a screen door, jump a fence or dig under a gate to do so during the days surrounding the holiday. 

Every year, the loud booms of fireworks contribute to the increased number of runaway pets that are found and given to Animal Care & Control. To keep pets safe, the city shelter offers these tips:  

Posted by Bonnie Blackburn on Jul 01, 14 at 8:30 am

Summer will be in full swing at the History Center with its participation in the Three Rivers Festival, Miami Indian Heritage Days and the Barr Street Market.