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Aboite and About - February 18, 2011

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Business & Professional............................A12-13 Classifieds..........................................................B12 Community Calendar .................................B14-15 Dining & Entertainment.................................B8-9 Youth ...................................................................B11 Sports................................................................A8-9 Worship List.........................................................B4

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Business & Professional............................A12-13Classifieds..........................................................B12Community Calendar.................................B14-15Dining & Entertainment.................................B8-9Youth ...................................................................B11Sports................................................................A8-9Worship List.........................................................B4
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February 18, 2011
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Young entrepreneur prepares for product debut
In a modest workshopin southwest Fort Wayne,a young entrepreneur isdiligently working away ata new product he hopeswill revolutionize theportable toilet industry.Next month, 25-year-old Ben Westrick willdebut St. George’s FoamShield at the Pumper andCleaner Expo inLouisville, Ky. It hastaken Westrick four yearsto get to this point, butthings seem to havefinally come together.Westrick, a devoutCatholic, credits his faithfor taking the risk, andnamed his business afterthe saint he chose for his8th grade confirmation.Born and raised in FortWayne, Westrick gradu-ated from BishopDwenger High School. Heopted out of college andwent straight to work inconstruction and industrialsales. It was thereWestrick quickly began tounderstand the shortfallsof today’s portable toilet,also known as “Porta-Johns” or “Port-O-Pottys.”Westrick sought outsolutions for commonportable toilet setbackssuch as odor, attractinginsects, water waste andas he puts it, backsplash.For Westrick, the solu-tion became clear after hestood over a sink full of dirty dishes.“I dropped a fork into asink of soapy water andsaw it just disappearbelow,” Westrick said.“The sink came into mindin regards to how itrepaired and sealed over.And so started theevolution of St. George’sFoam Shield, a biodegrad-able foam made to mask portable toilet waste.Westrick’s venturebegan on a ping-pongtable in his parent’s base-ment, where he mixednumerous chemicals tofind the right combination.He studied patents inhopes of discovering afoam that would last foran extended period of time, but with no luck.And then, a break-through.It was more than twodecades ago when anotherinventor created a chem-ical meant for use inlandfills. But Westrick saw the potential for thechemical’s application inportable toilets.“There was a documentwith his number left on itand I called him,” he said.Westrick consulted withthe chemical’s inventor, anexpert in aqueous foams,by phone. The originalchemical patent expired inearly 2000, opening thedoor for Westrick topursue his own patent onthe concept. WhileWestrick did not inventthe chemical itself, he didconceptualize the chem-ical’s use in a new way.“I guess you could say Ididn’t invent the wheel,”he said. “I put it on thebike.”During the early stagesof product development,Westrick met with localportable toilet operators tounderstand the needs of his target market. Hecredits this research forcreating foams in differentcolors and scents.“People are used tocolors in the bathroom.Most of the time, thecakes are a certain colorand even the water is bluein the latrine,” Westrick said. “I think the coloractually makes it prettygreat.”
By VALERIE CAVIGLIA
vcaviglia@kpcnews.net
Canterbury coach winsnational honor
Canterbury High School girls basketballcoach Scott Kreiger has been named the2010 National Federation of State HighSchool Association (NFHS) Girls Basket-ball Coach of the Year for the state of Indiana.Kreiger has compiled a record of 215-85 during his 12-plus seasons as the headcoach of the Canterbury Lady Cavaliers.His accomplishments include threeconsecutive class 1A state championships,four regional titles, and 10 sectionalcrowns. The Lady Cavaliers have wonseven consecutive and 10 of their last 11sectional championships.“I am humbled to receive this honor.The NFHS Coaches Association is animportant organization in the nationalcoaching hierarchy,” Kreiger said. “Ideeply appreciate the hard work that hasbeen put forth by the coaches, players,parents and staff at Canterbury School;without their tireless efforts, I wouldnever have been considered for thisaward.”Kreiger played a key role in the devel-opment of former Lady Cavaliers MeganKing and Tabitha Gerardot. King finishedher career at Canterbury with 2,652points, which is good for fourth on thestate’s all-time scoring list for girls.Gerardot, currently a freshman atValparaiso University, was an IndianaJunior All-Star, then earned Indiana All-
Ben Westrick and a tub of St. George’s Foam Shield, which will debut at the Pumper and Cleaner Expoin Louisville, Ky.
Photo by Valerie Caviglia
Canterbury High School girls basketball coachScott Kreiger was named Coach of the Year.
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Celebrating106 years
Angeline Jacksoncelebrated her 106thbirthday with a partyat CovingtonCommons on Feb. 7.Jackson, a resident of an assisted livingapartment atCovington Commons,enjoys telling storiesto staff and other resi-dents about what itwas like when the tele-phone was invented,and other tales from“the old days.”She attends weeklyCatholic Mass andRosary services andenjoys visiting withfamily members whodrop by, especiallygrandchildren.The staff atCovington Commonsagree that Jackson isone of the mostgracious and warm-hearted residents theyhave ever had thepleasure of workingwith.“Angeline alwaysputs other aboveherself,” said ReneeKreienbrink.
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A baby rattle shapedlike a pink poodle inspiredthe name of a local petspa and boutique.Adrianna Hensley,owner of the Pink Poodle,6244 W. Jefferson Blvd.,had worked full time as agroomer and manager of alocal pet supply store.When she came back towork as a part-timegroomer after her mater-nity leave, she decided itwas time to open her ownplace.Daughter Isabella’s pink poodle rattle became itsnamesake.The Pink Poodle hasbeen open for 2½ years ina small strip mall nearTime Corners, just downthe block from the Black Dog Pub.The bathing areafeatures a stainless steeltub accessible by twosteps, which makes iteasier for dogs to climbinto. Room-temperatureair is circulated throughplastic hoses to the largeholding kennels.The grooming areafeatures hydraulic tablesand a large windowthrough which clients canwatch the process.“It lets clients see howtheir pets are doing,”Hensley said. “Theywonder what goes onbehind closed doors.”The retail area offerspet-pampering products of every size, shape andcolor.“We offer different,more unique things thanmost pet stores,” Hensleysaid. “We try to bring incute and different stuff you don’t find every-where.”Hensley can special-order products for clientswho see a particularproduct online. The Pink Poodle also carries manyproducts that are manufac-tured locally, such as EllaBarella leashes andcollars, and private-labelpet treats made byGracie’s Bark Avenue.“We try to supportpeople here locally,” saidHensley.Shortly after opening,one of her longtimeclients asked Hensley togroom her Yorkshireterrier for a photographyshoot for Naples (Fla.)Dog magazine. The Yorkieappeared on the cover of the September 2008 issue.“We have copies of themagazine in the shop andit has been a huge claimto fame for us at The Pink Poodle,” Hensley said.The Pink Poodle spon-sors Yappy Hour partiesthroughout the year. Thesetwo-hour social eventsfeature things like a freephoto session or aHalloween costume party,complete with treats (forboth pets and clients),games (dog treat stacking
By SUE REEVES
sreeves@kpcnews.netwww.
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Pink Poodle offers spa services and boutique
A window into the grooming area allows clients to see their pets being groomed.
Photo by Sue Reeves
The Pink Poodle offers a variety of pet-pampering products.
Photo by Sue Reeves
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