IPFW Mastodon men’s basketball in full swing

Indiana University. Purdue. Butler. Notre Dame. On any given year, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is typically filled with at least a few Indiana teams.

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Senior Steve Forbes (54) is a returning starter on the IPFW men’s basketball team. (Photo by Clyde Click).

But 2014 was different. None of the usual teams made the tournament. The only team left with a shot was the IPFW (Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne) Mastodons. While their dreams of playing in the NCAA tournament in 2014 didn’t come true after a 106-95 loss to VMI, they came closer than any other Indiana team.

That’s some great motivation as they begin the 2014-2015 season.

Coming off a 25-11 season, the Mastodons have three returning starters. Their season is already in full swing, with some big victories over teams like Miami (Ohio) and Jacksonville, and some tough loses to teams like Purdue and Georgia Tech.

The Mastodons compete in NCAA Division I, The Summit League, and they will play conference teams like Denver, South Dakota, Oral Roberts, Western Illinois, Omaha and more, with their final regular-season game against Western Illinois on February 28. IPFW will play eight of their conference games at home at the Gates Sports Center in Fort Wayne.

For forty years IPFW has taken to the basketball court, but this is Head Coach Jon Coffman’s first year leading the Mastodons. Coffman served as an assistant coach for three seasons.

IPFW’s three returning starters are Steve Forbes, Joe Edwards and Isaiah McCray, all of which are seniors. Forbes leads the team in points per game with an average of 12.1.

The Mastodons are hosting a few promotional nights this season, including the “Bring your ‘A’ Game” nights where students from grades K-5 can bring their report card to the Gates Athletic Center ticket window for a complementary game ticket. The offer is valid for all games between December 20, 2014 and January 9, 2015. Purchase of an adult ticket is required.

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Senior Joe Edwards (53) is a starting guard for the Mastodons. (Photo by Clyde Click)

IPFW is also honoring those who have served in the United States military with Wounded Warrior Project Night on December 28. Ten Wounded Warrior Alumni will be recognized during halftime, and game attendees who show a military ID will receive a free ticket to the game, as well as discounted tickets for those accompanying them to the game.

But the sea of royal blue and white at a Mastodons game is reason enough to check out an IPFW game. Whether the fans are students or locals checking out the team, there are always lots of people cheering on the Mastodons. It’s the perfect opportunity to check out a Division I team.

For more information, visit here.

Natalie Trout

About

Natalie A. Trout, a Journalism graduate from Indiana University, moved to Fort Wayne in 2006. Although born and raised in Ohio, she has been a Hoosier at heart her entire life. She loves doing international mission work, but is always eager to return home to Fort Wayne to volunteer, spend time with family and friends, eat sushi, and to cheer on her favorite sports teams. She blogs about life in her 30's at www.summitcitysingle.com.

WIN TICKETS to the Harlem Globetrotters in Fort Wayne

I thought I knew what it would be like, but I really had no idea.

Almost five years ago, when a friend of mine told me he would be playing for the Washington Generals, the team that travels with and plays the Harlem Globetrotters, I was really excited for him. I knew it was a great opportunity for him to play basketball on an international stage and work for an excellent organization. When the team made its way to Indianapolis, he offered to get tickets for my family.

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I knew the Globetrotters would have fancy passes, amazing dunks and trick plays, but I had no idea that the entire evening would entertain my socks off.

The Harlem Globetrotters are headed to Fort Wayne, and anyone looking for a night filled with pizazz would be crazy to pass up the opportunity to experience this phenomenal event. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will host the Globetrotters on Saturday, January 3.

Even if basketball isn’t your thing, you can’t miss out on this opportunity. It’s about so much more than basketball when the Globetrotters come to town. I remember laughing so hard that I cried when I saw them play in 2010. It really is non-stop fun.

For those who are basketball fans, this event offers basketball like you’ve never seen before. And the Globetrotters roster is filled with former Division I and II NCAA players, as well as a few who spent some time in the NBA. When it comes to basketball, these guys know their stuff.

Even though the Washington Generals are almost always guaranteed a loss against the Harlem Globetrotters, they take the losses in stride. A Globetrotters event is about having good, clean, family fun, not about who wins and loses. Fort Wayne is lucky to host such a wonderful team and event.

You can learn more about the event here. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster or at the Coliseum box office by calling 260-483-1111.

And, you can also register to WIN TICKETS!

Natalie Trout

About

Natalie A. Trout, a Journalism graduate from Indiana University, moved to Fort Wayne in 2006. Although born and raised in Ohio, she has been a Hoosier at heart her entire life. She loves doing international mission work, but is always eager to return home to Fort Wayne to volunteer, spend time with family and friends, eat sushi, and to cheer on her favorite sports teams. She blogs about life in her 30's at www.summitcitysingle.com.

Savor Fort Wayne 2015

Savor Fort Wayne is a foodie’s dream come true, and it’s back again this year! With over 25 different eateries participating in the 12 days of deals, this year is sure to be better than ever!

This year’s event kicks off on January 14 and spans through to January 25. As part of the fun, each participating restaurant will offer a special three-course meal at a discounted price you can’t beat! And there is a little something for every taste palette.

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Craving Mexican? Hit up one of Fort Wayne’s best spots, El Azteca. Thinking about getting some sushi? Try either of Asakusa‘s locations in town for great food and a great atmosphere. Or if traditional food is more your speed, head to any one of the Hall’s restaurants, Guesthouse, Gashouse, The Factory, The Tavern, or Triangle Park. There are even some great Italian options, as well like  Casa and Toscani’s.

If you need gluten free or vegetarian dining options, Savor Fort Wayne has you covered, too! Try Red River Steak House or JK O’Donnell’s for gluten free options, and hit up Eddie Merlot’s or Bandido’s for vegetarian meals.

For a full list of all the participants and their menus, check out Savor Fort Wayne’s webpage. Check their Facebook page as well as Visit Fort Wayne’s for updates about the event! Join in the action , and let us know about your Savor Fort Wayne experience by using #SavorFW.

Holley Taylor

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Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Winter Weather? No problem! Fort Wayne International Airport has you covered!

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Our maintenance crew spent a lot of time doing this last winter!

Winter weather is fast approaching, and while we’ve already seen our first snowfall, we can only assume there is plenty more to come! Traveling can be stressful enough on its own, but add in cold temperatures, freezing rain and snow, and your trip to the airport can be even more nerve-racking. But, here at Fort Wayne International Airport, we make sure we do all that we can to make sure you get from point A to point B with as little stress as possible!

When it comes to winter weather, our maintenance department is preparing almost year round. The maintenance team begins preventative maintenance work on our snow removal equipment in May and continues it all summer long. Each piece of machinery is looked over and given some TLC, with all 23 pieces of snow removal equipment going through inspection by November 1. Training for our maintenance staff begins in October and includes both classroom refresher courses, and hands-on work with the different machinery. This training includes going over things such as practices and policies of removing snow from the airfield and other areas on FWA property, on-call procedures, emergency preparedness, crew alignment and rotation.

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Our new multi-unit for snow removal does the work of two vehicles at once – making it even easier for us to work to keep the runways up and going!

Once snow is on the ground, our maintenance team knows to be ready to go whenever the weather could turn a little frightful. Once we see snow start to fall, our team keeps a close eye on just how much accumulation we are seeing. Snow removal begins on the pavement areas once ¼ of an inch has fallen. The goal is to keep the snow from getting to 1 inch or higher, because once 2 or more inches of snow has fallen on any area of the airfield, it must be closed to traffic. This is where delays and cancellations of flights begin to be an issue. The FWA maintenance staff also maintains eight miles of roadways, both land-side and air-side, for our tenants and the general public. This includes everything from keeping roads leading to the airport clear, to putting down salt in icy conditions, and keeping the sidewalks at the terminal building shoveled. Our maintenance staff gets some help from our wonderful custodians, operations staff, and our Customer Service Agents.

In addition to snow removal and keeping the airfield up and running, FWA also provides services to our passengers during times of inclement weather. Our CSAs are on-hand to assist you during winter weather, and any other time of the year! If trudging through the snow, or fighting the cold on the way to or from the terminal doesn’t sound appealing, schedule a pick-up and one of our friendly Customer Service Agents will come get you and your luggage. To make it even better, this service is completely complimentary! You can schedule a pick-up in advance by filling out a short form on our website, fwairport.com, or you can call when you arrive by calling the CSAs directly at 260.458.4017.

For more information on Fort Wayne International Airport, visit our website, or give us a call at 260.747.1762. Happy flying, and thank you for choosing FWA!

Fort Wayne Airport

About

Northeast Indiana's favorite airport known for Hoosier Hospitality and a fresh cookie upon arrival. Fort Wayne International Airport currently has 4 airlines serving 12 non-stop markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Phoenix/Mesa, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Philadelphia and Charlotte. Most markets, both domestic and international, may be reached from FWA through convenient one stop connections via the airlines individual hubs. We’re taking our commitment to improving your travel experience to a whole new altitude!

Your Guide to Buying (and Preparing!) Unique Holiday Food in the Fort

What are you hungry for this holiday season? Are you craving the traditional Christmas ham with all the trimmings? Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more adventurous? Read on to find a few new holiday food ideas- and where you can find the ingredients in the Fort.

Christmas Goose

We’ve all probably heard of the traditional Christmas goose, or read about it many times over in classic novels. I mean, who can forget the joyous feast Scrooge witnesses with the Ghost of Christmas Present at the home of the Cratchits in  A Christmas Carol? If you’ve ever wanted to try this Old World delight, you’re in luck! You can pick up your own goose at Tim Didier Meats.

Tim Didier Meats
3205 North Wells Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Phone: (260) 482-8400

Recipe Recommendation:  Roast Goose

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Christmas Duck

If not a goose, how about a duck? Believe it or not, roasted duck is a very popular center of the Christmas meal in many countries around the world, especially in Europe. Here in Fort Wayne, you can get fresh duck at Hill’s Meat Market.

Hill’s Meat Market
3211 Lower Huntington Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
Phone: (260) 747-5288

Recipe Recommendation: Vanderbilt Traditional Christmas Duck

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Now Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!

Yep, figgy pudding is a real thing, folks, not just a line in one of your favorite Christmas carols. The thing is, though, it’s not actually pudding. It’s a souffle. “The British version of fruitcake,” to be precise. According to homecooking.com, “Figgy pudding is a spice cake-like souffle made with figs and walnuts. It is moist, delicious, and easy to make.” Find your figs at The Fresh Market.

The Fresh Market
6306 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260)459-9691

Recipe Recommendation: Figgy Pudding

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Feeling Nordic? For something completely different, one reader highly recommends Swedish potato sausage. “We get it from Albright’s across from Southgate Plaza. Good stuff.” I have to admit that after looking through some recipes, this sausage looks absolutely yummy.

Albright’s Meats and Deli
4924 S. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
(260) 456-9009
OR
2820 Maplecrest Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 485-0003

Recipe Recommendation: Baked Potato Sausage

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Chorizo-Stuffed Roast (Boliche)

Put a Cuban flair on your holiday meal and serve up boliche, which is an eye of round roast stuffed with chorizo (spicy pork sausage) and ham. It’s sure to put a kick in your festivities! A great place to pick up the chorizo is George’s International Market. Get a quality of eye of round roast at Jamison Meats.

George’s International Market
2021 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 420-5565

Jamison Meats
3423 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-4158

Two additional locations

Recipe Recommendation: Boliche
 
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If you try any of these recipes, or if you’d like to share your own, please comment below. Happy Holidays!

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.