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Aboite and About - January 2012

Aboite and About - January 2012

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Free-distribution newspaper serving communities in the Aboite area of Allen County.
Free-distribution newspaper serving communities in the Aboite area of Allen County.

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Business & Professional................................B6-7Classifieds..........................................................B10Community Calendar..................................B10-11Dining & Entertainment...................................A10Youth.....................................................................A4Sports....................................................................A7Worship List.......................................................A12
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Serving Southwest Allen County & Roanokewww.
January 6, 2012
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SACS parents and stafftake survey aboutshortening winter vacation
Last November, South-west Allen CountySchools (SACS) parentsand staff members wereasked to answer thefollowing question: “Areyou in favor of shorteningwinter break to less than10 school days in order tocompress the schoolcalendar for the academicyear?”The results showed that70 percent of staff responded “no” and 30percent of staff said “yes.”The staff who votedtotaled 496 and includeddistrict staff, elementary,secondary and non classi-fied staff.But when parents wereasked the same question,53 percent said that theywere not in favor of short-ening winter break,whereas 47 percent saidthat they were in favor of shortening winter break.1149 parents, who hadchildren in elementary orsecondary school, voted,with 613 responding “no”and 536 responding “yes.”Many other schoolsacross the country haveproposed shorteningwinter breaks.The Bentonville SchoolDistrict in Alabamadecided to cut studentvacation days, leavingstudents with a shorterwinter break and Thanks-giving break.The school board madethe decision in response towanting more days toprepare for testing. Theschool is scheduled to endearlier next year, however.But other local schoolshaven’t changed theirschedules just yet.Fort Wayne CommunitySchools (FWCS) studentshad 10 school days of winter vacation on the2011-2012 schoolcalendar. The proposedcalendar for the 2012-2013 also has 10 schooldays of winter break vaca-tion allotted.Northwest Allen CountySchools students had 9school days of wintervacation on the district’s2011-2012 schoolcalendar.For more informationon the survey conductedby SACS, visit thedistrict’s website atwww.sacs.k12.in.us. Fordetails about the futurewinter break schedules of FWCS or NACS, visitwww.fwcs.k12.in.us orwww.nacs.k12.in.us,respectively.
Many schools across the country have proposed shortening winter breaks.
Photo by HHA124L via Flickr 
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Times Community Publications is searchingfor the most romantic, swoon-worthy, box-of-tissues tale about one local couple in our“Greatest Love Story of all Times” contest.Tell us about your own romance or that of friends or family members who deserve tocelebrate with a fabulous evening out on the
Courtesy photo
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GM builds momentum intruck market share
General Motors Co. is going into aredesign year for the full-size pickupsmade at its Fort Wayne Assembly Planton the heels of two successive years of increased sales of the models.Installation of the some of the toolingthat will be required to make theredesigned truck got under way during theweek before Christmas, said StephanieJentgen, plant communication managerfor GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant insouthwest Allen County and MarionMetal Center.Partly because retooling was takingplace in addition to normal equipmentmaintenance and upgrades, a third week was added to the traditional two-week,year-end plant shutdown in observance of winter holidays.The retooling will continue after GMemployees return to work on Jan. 9 andwill remain under way “over a number of months,” Jentgen said.“Everyone at the plant is very happy,she said. “The fact that we were chosen asone of the plants to be making the nextgeneration of trucks tells us we puttogether the best business case (for theproduct), that we have been recognizedfor building award-winning pickup trucks;and it’s a testament to our future thatwe’ll be building pickup trucks through atleast the next big platform, which tends tohappen every six to 10 years. So it’sreally good.”The plant employs 270 salaried and3,340 hourly workers making full-sizeChevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierrapickups. Hourly workers are representedby United Auto Workers Local 2209.The plant already is extremely short inhead count, and “this next-generationtruck we’re building … is going to bringhundreds of new jobs into this plant,”shop chairman Rich LeTourneau said.“There are more parts associated with thetruck and more hours per vehicle,compared with the old model.”
Sales of Chevrolet Silverado pickups,which are made at General Motors Co.’sFort Wayne Assembly Plant, are on pace to beat last year’s figures.
Photo by: Doug LeDuco
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Healthy Times
Aboite & About
January 6, 2012
 Family & Cosmetic  Dentistry
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M-F 10-8; Sat 10-6
Your smart, local, friendly bicycle & fitness equipment superstore.
The fitness & gift season is upon us! Give the gift ofhealth and fitness by Summit City Bicycles & Fitness.We’re the largest family-owned bicycle and fitness storein the region – offering crazy-good expert service andfitness advice. From ellipticals to treadmills to bicycles tocomplete home gyms, with our free delivery and setup,you’ll be up and running in no time.
With great selections and expertadvice, we make finding the perfectworkout equipment a lot less work.
Massage Envy bringscustomized massages to SW
Promoting health andwellness in the city iseasy at Massage Envy onWest Jefferson Blvd.,where professionalmassage therapistscustomize massages tomeet the needs of clients.Located in The Villageat Time Corners, thebuilding can be foundbetween Chops andSteinMart.Massage therapy canhelp the body bypromoting circulation,decreasing stress andincreasing joint mobility,in addition to many otherbenefits.Franchise ownerAinsley Lee, along withher husband, Dr. BruceLee, opened the WestJefferson location onOct. 28. Lee said one of the perks of the businessis that she enjoys goingto work every day.“After being in theworld of volunteerismfor so many years, it’s anew stage in my life andit’s fun,” she said,adding that opening thebusiness is part of herreturn to the workforce.“I haven’t been in the
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Photo by: Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
ABOVE: Participating in the ribbon cutting, and pictured, are Michelle Merritt, Chamber vice presidentof member relations and communications; Charlie Marsh, Massage Envy regional developer; JessicaSalas, Massage Envy assistant manager; Brian Lee, owner; Ainsley Lee, owner; Andrew Lee, sales asso-ciate; Sarah Miers, sales associate; Chantel Williams, massage therapist; and Teresa Royer, Chambermember relations specialist.
Aboite & About
January 6, 2012

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