Remember To Clean, Drain, & Dry This Boating Season

As the weather warms and more people get out on their boats, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining, and drying their watercraft when they are finished on the water.

“This week we celebrate Invasive Species

Fort Wayne’s Water Claims Regional Best Tasting Water

Fort Wayne City Utilities Wins Best Tasting Water During Regional Competition!

Officials at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water have found the best-tasting water in the second of four regional competitions held throughout the state Indiana. On April 10th, 2019, during one of the Alliance of Indiana

Residents Can Help Native Bees By Taking Bee House Workshop

Did you know that Indiana is host to over 430 species of bees? Due to loss of habitat and other factors, their population numbers are rapidly falling. But, one thing residents can do to help is to give them a place to live!

Southwest Honey Co. has partnered with Wood Farms to offer a Native Bee House

The Ideal Sketching Ground, Brought to Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is pleased to present The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County, an exhibition of over 100 works in intaglio, woodcut, and monotype by Brown County artists of the early 20th century. The exhibition opens April 20 and runs through August 4, 2019.

In the early 20th century artists from around the country made the journey to the small town of Nashville, Indiana by way of the newly connected Illinois Central Railroad. Through word of mouth and a growing number of paintings in group exhibition, interest in the hidden gem of Southern Indiana spread. There, artists found camaraderie and an unspoiled, picturesque place for inspiration. Chicago/Wisconsin painter Adolph Shulz described the area as “the ideal sketching ground” with its rolling hills, creek beds, rustic cabins, and “soft, opalescent haze.”

Most of the artists included in The Ideal Sketching Ground were foremost painters; however, they were also highly skilled printmakers, representing some of Indiana’s earliest examples in the graphic arts. This exhibition brings together the significant number of artists working in etching and woodcut in Brown County, including Charles Dahlgreen, Homer Davisson, Evelynne and George Jo Mess, Frederick Polley, Kenneth Reeve, and Will Vawter, among others drawn from area collections.

Curator of Prints and Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo states, “While there have been numerous shows on this famous artist colony focusing on the paintings, this exhibition will reveal that Nashville, Indiana was also the perfect setting for printmaking. Featuring over 100 intaglios, woodcuts, and monotypes, it is likely the first major exhibition of this scale on the subject.”

A local man’s collecting passion sparked the idea for this exhibition. “My interest in Brown County art began 35 years ago while looking for an escape from my studies as a law student at Indiana University in Bloomington. In the Student Union building on campus I saw paintings by T.C. Steele, painted in the nearby Brown County, where I had fond childhood memories”, said Doug Runyan, advisor and lender to the exhibition.

May 31, Lecture with art historian Martin Krause: Krause is the retired Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and in his lecture at 7pm, he’ll share his insights on the exhibition The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County. Cost is $8 FWMoA members or $12 for non-members. Appetizers and cash bar will be offered.

June 6, Curator’s Tour: The curators of this exhibition, Sachi Yanari-Rizzo and Charles Shepard, along with special guest and collector Doug Runyan, will lead you on an engaging and lively gallery tour at 12:15pm of The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County. Cost is free with FWMoA admission.

General admission to see this exhibition at the museum is free for FWMoA members, $8 adults, $6 students and seniors 65+, and $20 for families. General admission is free for everyone on Thursdays 5-8pm. Veterans, active military personnel, and their families receive free general admission. FWMoA gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm, Thursdays 10-8pm, and Sundays 12-5pm.

About the Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Beginning with art classes in 1888 given by J. Ottis Adams and later William Forsyth, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has evolved into the primary resource for the visual arts in Northeast Indiana. Regularly exhibiting regional and nationally acclaimed artists, the FWMoA also boasts an extensive permanent collection of American Art, including the Steven Sorman Archives and more than 300 pieces of Brilliant Cut Glass. The Museum is committed to the collection, preservation, presentation and interpretation of American and related art to engage broad and diverse audiences throughout the community and region, and add value to their lives. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a funded partner of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Fort Wayne Residents Formulate Drinks To Nourish People Who Have Trouble Swallowing

Through an immersive learning course at Ball State University, seniors Julia Waters and Abigail Pranger of Fort Wayne are working to develop thickened beverages to help people who have difficulty swallowing.

The goal of the class is to find the best recipes for thickened liquids to help people with the condition called dysphagia get nutrition and not risk inhaling food or drink. The students’ work is in collaboration with their community partners, Meridian Health Pediatrics of Muncie and St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis.

“We have been mixing liquids with different thickeners,” said Waters, a graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School. Then students use a standard international drip test and an instrument that measures a liquid’s density “to determine if the recipe is mixing to the desired thickness. …
Our goal is to pinpoint inconsistencies and create consistent recipes for speech-language pathologists to use to treat dysphagia.”

Led by Mary Ewing, a clinical lecturer of speech pathology and audiology, 16 students are using various stirring methods and recipes while collecting data that they will present at the end of the semester. The students are gaining hands-on experience while obtaining essential knowledge.

“I think this opportunity has truly equipped us to become better speech-language pathologists,” said Pranger, also a graduate of Concordia Lutheran. “This is a more serious area of our future careers that can be intimidating because these thickened liquids are mandatory for some individuals, and this class has really put us ahead in terms of knowledge and experience.”

Pranger and Waters are both studying speech pathology with a minor in autism spectrum disorders. Pranger aspires to become a speech-language pathologist working with individuals on the autism spectrum in an applied behavioral analysis setting.

Waters plans to get her master’s degree at Ball State and eventually hopes to work in a hospital or outpatient clinical setting with people who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injuries.

“Ball State has empowered me to learn and grow throughout my time here,” Waters said. “I have been given many opportunities to learn in a hands-on way through immersive experiences like this course, and the professors and faculty here have prepared me to succeed as I move on to the next step of graduate school and in my future career.”

About Ball State
Founded in 1918 and located in Muncie, Ball State is one of Indiana’s signature universities and an economic driver for the state. Ball State’s nearly 22,000 students come from all over Indiana, the nation, and the world, and its 780-acre campus is large enough to accommodate premier facilities and 19 NCAA Division I sports but small enough to ensure the friendliness, personal attention, and access that are the hallmarks of the university.

FWACC Recieves $50 Grant For Medical Remodel

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Paws for Progress campaign to remodel their medical center.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to increase the efficiency of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control’s medical team and allow more animals to be processed for its adoption program or another lifesaving option.

“The current space we have for surgeries was no longer meeting the needs of our organization. This grant will go a long way toward helping us grow and increase our lifesaving capacity,” FWACC Director Amy-Jo Sites said.

Elements of the medical center remodel include an expanded surgical suite with an additional operation table, an expanded surgical prep area, a private space to conduct necropsies for criminal investigations and a space for the veterinarian team to conduct exams. Construction on the medical center is currently underway and is expected to be completed later this spring at the end of the month.

For more information about Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control visit For more on the Petco Foundation, visit and join the conversation on, and by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

About Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control works hard every single day to implement new programming to help the citizens and pets of Fort Wayne. We shattered adoption records in 2018 and significantly lowered kennel stress by beginning daily doggie playgroups. We also hosted summer camps for the first time to increase our programming to help stop cruelty and neglect before it starts. To learn more, visit

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

Remember Firewood Rules When Camping

With the arrival of camping season, visitors to DNR properties can help prevent the spread of invasive species by brushing up on the DNR firewood rule.

The rule helps protect Indiana’s trees from the 140 known pests and pathogens that currently affect forests, as well as pests we don’t know about yet. Several pests and pathogens are transported through firewood movement.

Under the rule, visitors to state parks, reservoirs, state forests, and state fish & wildlife areas can bring firewood from home-as long as the bark has been removed. Removing the bark minimizes the risk of accidental infestation through firewood movement, because insect larvae live in sapwood under the bark. Guests may also bring firewood into DNR properties, if it’s: – Kiln-dried scrap lumber.

– Purchased outside the property and bears either a USDA compliance stamp or a state compliance stamp.

– Purchased from the property campstore or on-site firewood vendor and has a state compliance stamp.

Regardless of where visitors get their firewood, they should burn it all at the campsite before they leave.

In short, the firewood rule means: Buy it with a stamp, bring it debarked, burn it all.

“There are several invasive species causing significant damage to Indiana’s natural resources at this time” said State Entomologist Megan Abraham, who is the director of the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology. “Emerald Ash Borer, Callery pear, Gypsy moth, Kudzu, Hydrilla, and Purple Loosestrife to name a few.”

“It’s the species that we have not spotted in Indiana that we need help from the public to keep an eye out for,” she added.

The DNR asks members of the public to keep an eye on their local forests and natural resources for signs and symptoms of trees or vegetation dying off for seemingly no reason.

“The DNR would rather come out and inspect an area and find nothing to worry about than find out after the fact that someone had spotted a problem and failed to report it,” Abraham said.

If you see signs of trees in decline with no explanation, call the DNR at (866) NO EXOTIC (866-663-9684) with the date and location. Members of the public may report invasive species to the DNR through the Report IN website at, or by downloading the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app on a smartphone. For more about the rule see

DNR Advises To Avoid Planting Invasive Pear Trees

Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed an important reminder for Hoosiers to watch for potentially devastating pests.

Ornamental pear trees, most commonly known as Bradford pears, have been a popular landscaping tree in Indiana for decades. So popular that they are crowding out native Indiana trees.

For that reason, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting such trees and to replace them when possible.

“Over time different varieties of pear have cross pollinated in our urban areas, allowing them to rapidly spread into our natural resources,” said Megan Abraham, director of the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology.

Cultivated forms of this invasive species are most accurately known as Pyrus calleryana or the Callery pear tree. Commonly available ornamental pear cultivars, all of which are invasive and should be avoided, include Bradford, New Bradford(r), Cleveland select, autumn blaze, Aristocrat(r), capitol, Chanticleer(r), and dozens more.

In addition to being invasive, these cultivars, which are known for their striking white flowers, typically don’t last long. They are structurally weaker and more easily damaged by storms than native trees.

Carrie Tauscher, urban forestry coordinator with the DNR Division of Forestry, says evidence of the trees’ rapid spread is easy to see.

“Just take a look for glossy leaved, egg-shaped trees in highway interchanges,” Tauscher said. “It’s common to find them in unmown areas under utility lines and in lots and fields initially cleared for construction that are then left fallow.”

Stopping the spread of this invasive plant means selecting alternate trees for yards and forested property. The best tree to replace any invasive tree species is one that is native to a particular region.

If you are looking for an alternative flowering tree for Indiana, serviceberry trees, which have similar white blooms in the spring and fruits that attract wildlife, are one option. Eastern redbuds, which grow quickly with eye-catching lavender flowers in the spring, are another option.

To learn more about native trees that are great for landscaping, visit the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society page at
For more information on all invasive species that could affect Indiana and ways to help stop their spread, see