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Partner Content The public was invited to tour the new Parkview Kosciusko Hospital during an open house. Artwork featured throughout the facility was created by local artists.

How art installations in hospitals support the wellbeing of patients and local creatives

“What we have found is that the community feels more tied to our facilities. When their neighbor did a piece of art in the building or someone they know did, or they themselves have created a piece of art in the building, it brings the community a little closer to what we do.”

Feature Story Construction on the north side of the riverfront in Downtown Fort Wayne continues.

#PlacesofNEI: Riverfront development continues on the north side

Phase 2B of the riverfront development will extend the public space from Promenade Park along the St. Marys River west to Ewing Street and east to Clinton Street. 

Feature Story Orca, a foster grandparent, plays with the preschoolers in their classroom.

When grandparents return to preschool: Generational connections and enhanced learning environments

“The children gravitate toward our grandparents. They look forward to seeing them in the classroom and spending time with them.”

Feature Story Sign painter Justin Lim, owner of Old 5 and Dime Sign Co., works on a vintage trout taxidermy at his shop in downtown Fort Wayne.

Keeping the art of traditional sign painting alive

“It's very traditional because I'm a computerless sign shop. Everything is hand drawn, hand painted, and spaced out with rulers.”

Feature Story Weather the Fort

#PlacesofNEI: Weather the Fort brings ice carvers and fire dancers to downtown Fort Wayne

With live music, interactive art, ice carvers, fire dancers, beverages, food, and more, Weather the Fort was a day of fun on The Landing!

Feature Story Tony Betton Jr. on set.

Meet Fort Wayne’s ‘lit journalist,’ Tony Betton Jr.

“Look, if I'm going to go to a city, let me go somewhere where they're growing as well. I want to grow with the city. I want to grow with the station. And that's exactly what Fort Wayne has done in the last four years as I've been here.”

Feature Story Down the Line, 2016

Down the Line 18: A local take on legendary music artists

Returning for the 18th year, Down the Line will celebrate the music of Seattle's grunge scene with local artists The Graig Guy Band, The Snarks, Octopussy, and Pink Droyd.

Partner Content Dr. Kyle Littell

Q&A with Dr. Kyle Littell, program director and section chief of Parkview's newest residency program

"It’s true that physicians are likely to end up practicing where they complete their residency. We have an opportunity to build a pipeline of highly trained physicians who will be able to care for this community for years to come."

Feature Story Phase one of the Franke Park Renaissance Master Plan is coming to life.

#PlacesofNEI: The Franke Park renaissance is underway

Phase one will include a new winding, tree-lined entrance from Goshen Road, a new bridge over Spy Run Creek, a new state-of-the-art pavilion, and more!

Feature Story The Bach Collegium Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Bach Collegium Concert celebrates the work of Johann Sebastian Bach

“It’s something that’s very special but not everyone in Fort Wayne or the local community knows that it even exists. This is a group in the here and now, made up of people in our city, but also talented musicians from all over the region. It’s an experience that you don’t have many opportunities to get in Fort Wayne."

Feature Story Part of Wabash's charm lies in its historical homes.

Implementing inventive housing solutions to attract new residents

“That’s where we have to get creative with different programs and housing initiatives. We aren’t seeing as many people selling their homes today, just because of how the market has been. We’re working on a few different innovative housing types."

Feature Story Date Night Ideas

Need a new idea for date night? Fort Wayne has plenty.

Date night or night out with friends, these activities are the perfect opportunity to create new memories through unique Fort Wayne offerings.

Feature Story Citilink unveiled a bus wrapped in new artwork by Phresh Laundry.

#PlacesofNEI: Citilink honors Rosa Parks with a bus wrapped in artwork by Phresh Laundry

Citilink commemorated the 111th birthday of civil rights activist Rosa Parks in connection with Transit Equity Day.

Feature Story Cinema Center

Cinema Center unveils a cinematic extravaganza: Must-attend events, programming, and more in 2024

With an array of exciting ventures and unmissable experiences lined up for 2024, Cinema Center is set to redefine the cinematic landscape in Fort Wayne. Here's a sneak peek into the cinematic wonders awaiting you!

Feature Story Ron Duchovic is unable to make it into one of the bathrooms in his home because the doorway is too small.

More accessible homes and stronger community ties: The impact of visitability

“There’s three simple things, and if you get those three things, homes become much more friendly for everyone."

Feature Story Eat With Bella at Bangkok Bistro enjoying the curry noodle soup.

Where do local foodies eat? Eat With Bella shares her top 5 favorite restaurants in Fort WayneThe Fort Wayne foodie shares her favorite places to dine in the Fort

"It is hard to narrow it down to just five since there are so many amazing places here to eat. However, these restaurants never fail to deliver in the food quality or customer service they provide and are always a safe choice to satisfy my cravings."

Feature Story Three Crowns Coffee

#PlacesofNEI: Discover the unexpected duo of coffee and ramen at Three Crowns Coffee

Three Crowns Coffee has two locations, Warsaw, where they serve ramen and coffee, and Winona Lake. 

News The Creative Midwest Media Cohort supports organizations in producing media projects that cover stories of Midwestern creativity.

Input Fort Wayne joins the inaugural Creative Midwest Media Cohort

Input Fort Wayne is excited to announce we’re joining nine other Midwest publications in the Creative Midwest Media Cohort, a new year-long program facilitated through Arts Midwest’s Creativity News Desk.

Feature Story Savanna & Ashley Fettig

Building a community accepting of all: The origin of Whitley County Pride

“No matter how hard things are or how ugly things get, you can make a positive impact on somebody. And that impact on one person leads to another, which leads to another. Before long, you don’t even realize how big of an impact you have made.”

Feature Story A mural inside Papi's Pizza Company on The Landing in Downtown Fort Wayne.

Papi’s Pizza brings a new perspective to Fort Wayne’s pizza selection

“We wanted some nostalgic feel from the art side, but it kind of has a lot of local art as well. So we have a big mural in there and then we have all these skate decks on a different wall– all done by different artists as well.”

Feature Story The Lake Avenue Halal Market, 1732 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, IN.

#PlacesofNEI: The Lake Avenue Halal Market, a hidden gem in The 05

The Lake Avenue Halal Market might be a local grocery store, but if you live in the 46805 zip code, you likely already know them for their Lake Magic Subs.

Feature Story Owner and founder Grayce Holloway holds the frosted animal cookie cheesecake at Icing for Izaac, 243 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

Icing for Izaac: The Fort Wayne cafe & bakery serving up sweet treats, healing, and solace for moms

“We have had to be resilient and resourceful, strong, and confident, patient and kind, and sometimes we have even had to cry. But growth doesn’t come from comfort zones."

Feature Story When a utility company, such as NIPSCO or Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) wishes to raise or lower its prices, it must submit a case to the IURC, explaining why it sees a rise in prices as necessary.

What are 'rate cases' and how do they impact the cost of your utilities?

“Everybody wants that reliability in infrastructure where there’s electricity or gas and that does come at a cost, but it has to be reasonable. It has to have the consumer in mind, right? So it’s important that that consumer voice gets put out there."

Feature Story Retirees (left to right) Dave Haist, Jan Roland, and Beverly Vanderpool walk through Downtown Wabash.

Retiring in Wabash County: Q&A with three residents on staying connected in their community

"There are a large number of opportunities to be really involved in a meaningful way. That just makes the community that much stronger."

Feature Story Pasta di Guy in the East Hall of Union Street Market

Pasta di Guy joins the lineup at Union Street Market

“Alfredo– people go crazy for our Alfredo. Like, I sell more Alfredo than water. The Alfredo is definitely a winner.”

Feature Story Allen County Public Library

How the Allen County Public Library is innovating for the future while cherishing library traditions

“I like the plan a lot because I feel it honors and cherishes our tradition. It's such a wonderful foundation to build upon and it also looks to the future.”

Feature Story Mural by America Carrillo on the Wells Street Corridor.

#PlacesofNEI: Murals create a vibrant landscape in the Wells Street Corridor

The historic Wells Street Corridor has welcomed a rebirth over the last few years that boasts charming boutiques and shops, unique places to dine, and is still home to some longtime, Fort Wayne favorite destinations, alongside vibrant murals.

News 2024 is Allen County's Bicentennial

You could design Allen County’s first official flag– here’s how

As part of Allen County’s bicentennial year, the Bicentennial Executive Board is hosting a flag design competition to select Allen County’s first official flag.

Feature Story Mike Roeger walks the bridge on Saint Joe Boulevard near Conjure Coffee in Fort Wayne.

What can Fort Wayne do to become a safer, more walkable city?

"My biggest takeaway is improved walkability makes it safer for everybody. It builds community. It gives us options. I think it would just make our city a more pleasant place to live."

Feature Story A sign showing different Downtown attractions.

A sign of the times: How wayfinding reflects the city’s past, present and future

“Getting people to go to places where they spend money certainly (matters). And if they can't find The Landing, or they can't find their way back to the convention center, or leave a hotel to go find the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, that’s money that's not flowing into the economy.”

News The Illinois Road Trail will be a 1.97-mile long, 10-foot wide, asphalt trail and it will connect to 107 miles of interconnected trails within the Fort Wayne Area Trails network.

Trails projects in Fort Wayne, Angola and Steuben County awarded grants

Fort Wayne, Angola and Steuben County were all awarded grants to build or expand trails that help connect communities.

Feature Story The Copper Still

#PlacesofNEI: The Copper Still, a unique bourbon and wine experience in Roanoke

The Copper Still offers a unique space where friends, families, and colleagues can enjoy good company with unique food and drink options.

Feature Story SeAndra Robinson is an RN and CEO of Lifeline Academy.

Lifeline Academy: Developing skilled and compassionate healthcare workers

“Sometimes the caregivers, which are the CNAs, QMAs, and nurses, are all some of the residents have. My vision with Lifeline is for us to train them to go out and be a lifeline to everyone they come in contact with.”

Feature Story In Wabash County natural resources including the rivers, reservoirs, forests, and fields contribute to 15,050 acres of land, making up five percent of the county’s total land area.

This innovative student fellowship program aims to attract new residents to Wabash County

“We’re excited to welcome ten folks in, we’re going to roll out the red carpet, wrap around these folks, and show them all the good things we have to offer here in Wabash County."

Feature Story Ashley Craig, owner of Make Mi Gorgeous

Q&A with with Ashley Craig: Nurse, cosmetologist, and owner of Make Mi Gorgeous

This Fort Wayne resident dons the cap of a full-time nurse by day, transitioning into the role of a creative entrepreneur after hours. Juggling the artistry of crafting wigs and extensions for her business, she also leads a nonprofit dedicated to creating custom wigs for cancer patients.

Feature Story Landlord Engagement Sessions, hosted by the Everyone Home Landlord Engagement Committee

How can building relationships with landlords assist local programs in addressing homelessness?

“We want to see ourselves as a resource and to be able to help both sides. We want to help support landlords and be open to those discussions and understand some of the struggles that they see and how we can potentially bridge that gap.”

Special Report Parkview Wabash Hospital

SPECIAL REPORT: Parkview Health expands and rethinks treatment for substance use disorder in Wabash

Parkview Health recently expanded Parkview Wabash Hospital's mental health clinic, doubling the space's size. Professionals from the clinic weigh in on how this change allows them to better serve the community.

Feature Story The mural on Bahn Mi Pho Shop.

#PlacesofNEI: Dine at an 'unPhogettable' Fort Wayne favorite, Banh Mi Pho Shop

Located in the Hoagland Masterson neighborhood, Banh Mi Pho Shop features appetizers, pho, fried rice, rice noodles, bowls, Vietnamese sandwiches, soups, bubble teas, smoothies, and more!

Feature Story Why shop small?

Five business owners share their perspective on what it means to shop small

We hear the phrase “shop small” frequently, but what is the significance of shopping small to the entrepreneurs who own local businesses?

Partner Content Ermina Mustedanagic, CEO of Wellspring packs a holiday bag at the foodbank at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services.

How one woman’s immigration journey shaped a lifetime of service

“This community really is my inspiration for my work. When we needed a home, people welcomed us. That’s what I want to do for others in need."

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