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Environment and Forward Wayne County

Environment and Forward Wayne County

Why is the environment one of Forward Wayne County’s focus areas? The short answer is because it’s important. The long answer is that good environmental practices in a community makes it stand out. It is important to attracting and retaining residents. It’s also a key...

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Tips for Getting Back on Track

Tips for Getting Back on Track

Health and wellness is always a topic, no matter what time of year. Forward Wayne County welcomes Jackie Gettinger, with HYPE Wayne County, who shares some tips for getting yourself back on track. In my experience, health and wellness varies so vastly that people...

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Breastfeeding mom decided to be vaccinated for COVID-19

Breastfeeding mom decided to be vaccinated for COVID-19

For most of her life, Emily Kraft, M.D., has tried not to be the first – or the last – to do things, but there she was on the opening day of Reid Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, rolling up her sleeve to get the shot. Her position as the health system’s EMS...

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Working With Government

Working With Government

Working with government can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. It all depends on if you have done your homework and are working with the right group. Wayne County residents play a key role in successful partnerships. Over the course of this month, we have...

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Practicing Collaboration

Practicing Collaboration

As we focus on working with government this month, our guest blogger Jeff Plasterer, gives the following advice on practicing collaboration. Whether it is working together in small groups; between groups in a community; between communities, or on a regional scale,...

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Enabling Change

Enabling Change

We have been supporting the Wayne County black community all month. I hope you have had the chance to visit our social media and read our blogs. They have reminded us of our past. But more importantly, they have given us a vision of what our future can be if we are...

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Wayne County Connection to Negro Leagues

Wayne County Connection to Negro Leagues

Our guest blogger, Alex Painter, is helping Forward Wayne County celebrate Wayne County's connections to the Negro Leagues. Here is his article: In early 2019, I embarked on what I thought was going to be a little research project. My goal was to discover and document...

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Our Community

Our Community

We welcome our second guest blogger of the year, Avis Stewart. Avis shares his thoughts with us on Wayne County's black history and ways that we can look to our future. Avis Stewart Retired Earlham College Administrator I was asked to share a few thoughts about our...

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Moving Our Communities to the Next Level

Moving Our Communities to the Next Level

We have been focusing on Neighborhood Development and what that can mean for our county. The question that remains is “how do we move our communities to the next level?” What does next level even mean? Next level is anything more than we are now. It can be baby steps....

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Look Around the Place

Look Around the Place

Elisa Worland, a new Wayne County resident, gives us a unique perspective on Wayne County, reminding us all to take a look around the place. She is our first guest blogger for 2021. Dear Wayne County, Back in July 2020, when I should have been sheltering in place, I...

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Good Things Are Coming

Good Things Are Coming

As we wind down 2020, we thought it would be fruitful to look back on our accomplishments for the year. It is definitely a year to remember. COVID delayed some work, but it showed us some things: One, that we are strong and capable.Two, we need to make some...

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We Are Thankful

We Are Thankful

Thanksgiving may look a little different this year for many of us, but it can still be a time to pause and reflect on what we are thankful for. We encourage you to write down what you are thankful for or better yet, send a thank you note, email, or text. It will...

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Veterans Make up 7% of Wayne County

Veterans Make up 7% of Wayne County

Veterans Day is here and it always gets me a little choked up. These are our friends, family, spouses, co-workers, and neighbors. Most of the time you may not even know they served. They are humble. In fact, we are just using first names in this blog article to...

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Food Insecurity Effects Education and Employment

Food Insecurity Effects Education and Employment

In our last blog, we talked about the impact of COVID-19 on Wayne County. In today’s blog, we want to explore a little more in depth the effects of food insecurity on people and decisions they make. Why are we talking about this? Forward Wayne County, through...

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