Columnists

Along the Heritage Trail

Tales that bear fruit

Apple tree figures into local lore

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of Fort Wayne's most famous apple tree. It predates Johnny Appleseed.

Along the Heritage Trail

Out of Africa

Captive prince helped get a school moving

By Tom Castaldi

Samuel Morris opened eyes and hearts after being visited by God.

The Grape Vine

Hot picks for summer

Nothing cools like white wine or sangria

By Elizabeth Niezer

Cool off your summer with sangria.

Along the Heritage Trail

Return of a legend?

Big cat sightings bring 'Water Panther' to mind

By Tom Castaldi

Has the 'Water Panther' returned to Allen County?

The Grape Vine

Pleasing varied palates

These pics score

By Elizabeth Niezer

How to find wines for novices and pros.

The Long View

Where home is

Change is at its heart

By Jim Sparrow

Columnist Jim Sparrow says goodbye to Fort Wayne in his final column.

Along the Heritage Trail

Central Catholic champs

Team played on during Klan-influenced segregation

By Tom Castaldi

High school basketball championships have not always been uncomplicated. Historian Tom Castaldi explains, especially if you were Catholic.

The Grape Vine

Spring additions

It's time to try something new

By Elizabeth Niezer

New wine lines and new varietals with familiar labels attract Columnist Elizabeth Niezer's attention.

The Long View

Lessons from Oz

Working with what we have

By Jim Sparrow

Columnist Jim Sparrow believes Fort Wayne can benefit from lessons taught by "The Wizard of Oz."

Along the Heritage Trail

Where is that memorial?

Test your knowledge of the historical landscape

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi presents his annual history quiz. How knowledgeable are you, really?

The Grape Vine

Mind blown

My trip beyond wine mixology

By Elizabeth Niezer

Columnist Elizabeth Niezer gets her mind blown by new flavors not involving wine.

The Long View

Leverage resources

Watch the big-picture changes

By Jim Sparrow

Not simply leveraging resources is important, columnist Jim Sparrow says, because we need to focus firmly on big-picture changes.

Along the Heritage Trail

Tree tradition arrives

Via the canal

By Tom Castaldi

Who knows when the first Christmas tree came to the city, but Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale of one that came on the canal.

The Grape Vine

Crazy for Chianti

Start with the basics

By Elizabeth Niezer

Thinking Italian for dinner? Columnist Elizabeth Niezer shares her strategy for choosing just the right Italian wine for your table.

Along the Heritage Trail

Lincoln Highway

A pioneering path

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells how this precedent-setting roadway came through Fort Wayne: the Lincoln Highway.