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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Locally founded company, Catalyst Fitness, expands yet again by the acquisition of Summit City Fitness

Catalyst Fitness was founded in 2006 by local fitness professional, Jason Minich, and has grown to be the company that many Fort Wayne area residents have come to rely upon to help them change their lives for the better. Catalyst Fitness started as a personal training company and over the years has expanded to include workplace wellness programming as well as two full-scale fitness centers in Fort Wayne.

At the end of December, Catalyst Fitness purchased the assets of Summit City Fitness on Trier Road giving them their 3rd local facility. Summit City Fitness was first opened in 1978 as a racquetball club and has added gym memberships, fitness + aerobics classes, a whirlpool, saunas, and much more. At over 25,000 square feet, this is the largest expansion of Catalyst Fitness to date and effectively makes them the only locally founded and 100% locally owned gym chain in the Fort Wayne area. Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2018, Jason Minich has big plans for the Summit City Fitness location.

When asked about his plans, Minich stated, “Being a truly home-grown Fort Wayne business, our intent is the same as it has been since I started Catalyst Fitness nearly 12 years ago… to take care of and serve our community to the best of our abilities. We plan to honor the past and the tradition that Summit City Fitness has built as well as tip our hats to the future as we put our personal touch on this wonderful facility. I pride myself on having extremely clean facilities where you can get great workouts, focus on yourself, and enjoy friendly, impeccable service. I can’t wait to make this new addition to our family something special!”

All of the members of Summit City Fitness have been grandfathered in at their pre-existing membership prices and perks. Minich has already started having some of the equipment refurbished and has made the child watch services free for members.

Summit City Fitness (Catalyst Fitness Northeast) is located at 5928 Trier Road. Catalyst Fitness Downtown is located at 203 E Berry Street in the Anthony Wayne Building. Catalyst Fitness Southwest is located at 2488 Getz Road near Time Corners.

POSTED: 01/14/18 at 6:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Saturday, February 17 at 11 AM – 2 PM

New Haven Parks and Recreation Department

7500 SR 930 East, New Haven, Indiana 46803

POSTED: 01/05/18 at 9:34 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

With “lose weight and exercise more” being the No. 1 most commonly broken New Year’s resolution and 60 percent of gym memberships bought in January never used, which means a lot of money and opportunity wasted, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.

To determine where Americans have the best chance of balancing a healthy diet with ample physical activity, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 34 key metrics. The data set ranges from average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to share of physically inactive adults.

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
1 Chicago, IL 91 Jersey City, NJ
2 Portland, OR 92 Memphis, TN
3 San Francisco, CA 93 Garland, TX
4 San Diego, CA 94 Laredo, TX
5 Seattle, WA 95 Arlington, TX
6 Madison, WI 96 Newark, NJ
7 New York, NY 97 Bakersfield, CA
8 Denver, CO 98 Irving, TX
9 Boise, ID 99 North Las Vegas, NV
10 Minneapolis, MN 100 Hialeah, FL

Best vs. Worst

  • New York has the most sporting-goods stores (per square root of population), 0.4500, which is 16.6 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.0271.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona has the most public golf courses (per square root of population), 0.0599, which is 37.4 times more than in Cleveland, the city with the fewest at 0.0016.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 185, which is 6 times more than in Bakersfield, California the city with the fewest at 31.
  • San Francisco has the highest number of dance schools (per square root of population), 0.0510, which is 36.4 times higher than in Fresno, California, the city with the lowest at 0.0014.
  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.5737, which is 17.4 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0330.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 01/03/18 at 10:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

East Allen has a new superintendent

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The East Allen County Schools board approved the district’s new superintendent without debate or discussion Tuesday, officially filling a vacancy that almost went to someone else.

Marilyn Hissong’s son and daughter were in the audience for the unanimous vote on her contract, which included a base salary of $140,000 in the first year and the potential of a $3,000 raise to the base salary in the last two years, depending on acceptable performance as determined by the board. The contract runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020.

Board member Paulette Nellems was absent.

“I’m elated, humbled and certainly honored to be chosen as the next superintendent,” Hissong said in a statement.

“I’ve wanted this all my life and I’ve worked hard to get to this point. We will work together as a team to provide the best education and opportunities for all students!”

Hissong served as acting superintendent since mid-July, when the board announced at a news conference that the first candidate offered the job, Doug Hicks, would not advance to the central office post. Board President Bob Nelson had said the East Allen University principal decided to remain in that role.

In Hissong, EACS is getting a leader born and raised in the district; she graduated from Woodlan High School in 1988.

Her education includes two degrees from Ball State University – a teaching degree in 1992, and an educational specialist degree in the superintendency in 2002. She also earned her school administration degree at IPFW in 1998.

She has been a teacher, principal, curriculum director and, most recently, assistant superintendent of elementary education.

Internal candidate Teresa Knoblauch will now serve in the latter role, as approved by the board Tuesday. However, her former position – Title III director – must now be filled.

In other news, the board awarded a nearly $24 million bid for the New Haven Intermediate School construction project to Fetters Construction, the lowest of four bidders.

The $23,784,000 price tag combined a $23,683,000 base bid with five alternates totaling $101,000.

EACS plans to build a new facility for the school, which will serve third through sixth grades, on a site north of Indiana 930 west of New Haven High School. The project will include demolishing two buildings, the Park Hill Learning Center and the 64 building.

Nelson said the new site will be more centrally located and, with the high school nearby, should be more convenient for parents with older children in the district.

The existing intermediate school will house vocational and alternative programs, he said.

The new school is expected to be ready for the 2019-20 academic year, the same target completion date for the work at New Haven High School, Chief Financial Officer Kirby Stahly said.

The board last month approved a $29.2 million contract with Hagerman Construction for the expansion and renovation of New Haven High. The project includes the addition of a seventh- and eighth-grade wing.

EACS’ various construction sites might soon be marked with thank you signs, Nelson said, welcoming feedback on a mock-up.

“We can’t thank our community enough,” he said, “so let’s do that.”


Statement from the East Allen County School Board on Ken Folks

On behalf of the board of School Trustees, we would like to publicly thank Dr. Ken Folks for his service to East Allen County Schools and wish him the best of luck on his retirement.  Ken, through his leadership, enthusiasm, and energy has returned EACS to a level of distinction that has not been achieved for some time.  This Board would also like to thank Ken for being our friend and for always administering an open door policy.  Thank you.

Dr. Ken Folks

The Board takes the process of placing a new superintendent very seriously and is committed to conducting a search that is as open and transparent as possible.  The Board will not rush this process as we strive to find the best candidate to lead the school district.  Rather than adhering to a strict timeline, we have set timeframes for reasonable objectives we would like to see materialize.

EACS has an exceptional and dedicated staff in place and we are very confident in its ability to lead us through this process until another superintendent is named.  This Board will conduct a search both internally and externally in an effort to secure the very best leader for EACS.  The Board of Trustees, along with the administration team, will continue to work closely with Dr. Folks for the duration of his service.

Thank you to every member of the East Allen County school family.  Through your professionalism, you have made EACS a sought-after school system.


POSTED: 12/29/17 at 10:34 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

New Haven BZA Approves Treatment Center

From the Journal Gazette

In a unanimous decision Monday, the New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special use request for a residential addictions treatment facility run by Park Center.

The planned 56-bed inpatient treatment facility was originally planned for the vacant former Verizon office on Rupp Drive in Fort Wayne. However, Park Center withdrew its plans for the Fort Wayne location following backlash from residents who did not want the treatment center near their homes. Park Center’s new location is at 4820 New Haven Ave. at the Fort Wayne-New Haven border.

The New Haven site is located across the street from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health Annex and formerly housed North American Van Lines and the state welfare department.

“The location we looked at in Fort Wayne, I think would have worked, but I really like the fact that this space has more outdoor space, where we can go out, have a nice courtyard, have basketball outside and sort of spread out a little bit,” Park Center CEO Paul Wilson said. “So, I actually like this location better than (Fort Wayne).”


POSTED: 12/29/17 at 10:11 am. FILED UNDER: News

Kerbel passes away…


WILLIAM “BILL” KERBEL, 73, passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Sheridan, Wyo. on July 2, 1944, he was a son of the late William and Ruth Kerbel Sr. Bill was raised on a 300-acre dairy farm in Wyoming, graduated from and played football for Concordia College in Seward, Neb., and moved to Fort Wayne where he began his teaching and coaching career at Trinity Lutheran School. Bill continued his career for 37 years in the East Allen County Schools teaching, coaching wrestling and football, and retired as athletic director at New Haven High School. Bill left his mark on teaching and athletics in EACS; he started the wrestling program at Leo High School, was named the 2000 EACS Teacher of the Year, and will be inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame in February 2018. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Kathy Kerbel of New Haven, Ind.; son, Brian Kerbel of Key West, Fla.; daughter, Lori (Jim) Smasal of Appleton, Wis.; grandchildren, Grant, Tate, Jake, Alec, Michaela; siblings, Jim (Sue) Kerbel of Jenison, Mich. and Phyllis (Jody) Fournier of Fort Myers, Fla. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd. Memorial calling is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at the church. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, Neb. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church or the Community Foundation New Haven High School Scholarship Fund to assist with the establishment of the Bill Kerbel Scholarship.

POSTED: 12/28/17 at 9:22 am. FILED UNDER: News

Bill Fritcha Award Winner

Long time volunteer and cheerleader for the New Haven Community, Sue Platt, was named the 2017 Bill Fritcha Award winner at the Mayor’s State of the City address, Monday Night.

This award is given each year to a New Haven resident who goes above and beyond for the community.

Thank you Sue !!

POSTED: 12/26/17 at 7:56 am. FILED UNDER: News

New Haven High Coach Named ‘Coach of the Week’ by Colts

Jim Rowland with Team and Administration

New Haven’s Jim Rowland has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, an award that honors the best in high school football coaching. Rowland earned the award by leading the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 35-33 overtime win over Leo on Friday at Leo. The win, which came after a 17-0 deficit, improved New Haven to 4-0.

Rowland recently received a framed certificate from the Colts and a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also donated $1,000 to the New Haven athletic fund!

After the season Coach Rowland announced his retirement from NHHS, to spend more time with family.


POSTED: 12/25/17 at 9:17 am. FILED UNDER: News

Caring for OUR Community

On February 26th, the fans of New Haven High School and Heritage High School came together to support their communities… Caring for OUR Community. A total of over 850 socks, hats and gloves were “tossed” onto the floor, collected up and will soon be distributed to people in need throughout both communities.

A very special thank you to event sponsor Parkview Sports Medicine and also to WHNH 101.3fm.

It was an amazing night of sharing, giving and caring. Thank you to the many fans that brought items, the staff at each school and the New Haven Cheerleaders.

Because of YOU… our community is a better place today.



POSTED: 12/24/17 at 8:33 am. FILED UNDER: News

Central Lutheran School Expansion

Now Offering Before/After School Care and New Facilities

Central Lutheran School, located at 900 Green St, has announced that they will offer before and after school care for the 2017-2018 school year. The before and after school care will be available for all students who are enrolled in preschool through 8th grade at Central Lutheran. The school is also on schedule to open a new Early Childhood Center and Gymnasium for the 2017-2018 school year. The project at Central Lutheran School includes 16,430sf addition and 18,966sf gym expansion. Enrollment is currently open to the community. Families interested in enrolling can contact the Admissions Counselor, Mrs. Kelly Beverly, at 493-2502 ext. 337. Classes are filling up quickly for next school year!

About Central Lutheran School

Central Lutheran School has been a part of the New Haven community since 1952. Central serves over 400 students and offers classes for students in 3-yaer old preschool through 8th grade. For additional information about the building project or information about enrolling your child, go to or call us at 260-493-2502.

A view of the East side of the Early Childhood Center
Gymnasium: The gym will contain a high school sized basketball court, two side courts, seating in the bleachers for 400, a stage for drama production and concerts, 4 locker rooms, restrooms, storage, and an athletic director’s office.
A view inside one of the early childhood classrooms
Central Lutheran



POSTED: 12/24/17 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools