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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 21, 2010 - 10:49 am: Edit Post

A Gennett Legacy Gospel Concert

The legacy continues…as we celebrate another genre of music once recorded in the Starr Valley of Richmond, Indiana. The next Gennett Legacy Concert will feature gospel music on July 10th at Lingle Auditorium with an encore performance by Don Bates, Jr., and the Convention Quartet. The quartet specializes in Southern Gospel four-part harmony but will also perform gospel songs recorded by such Gennett Walk of Famers Homer Rodeheaver, “Georgia Tom” Dorsey, and 2010 inductees Pace Jubilee Singers. The quartet, which includes Don Bates, Jr., Mike Mater, Anthony Webb, and Jonathan Walden, has been performing together since 2003.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm in Lingle Auditorium in the new Reid Hospital, but come at 6:30 pm for an informal chat with the musicians before the concert opens. In addition, the Café at Twelve Hundred (inside Reid) will offer a 25% discount on all pre-concert dinners. Thanks to Reid and our sponsors, tickets are just $10.00, and are available at the Starr-Gennett Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Welcome Center, and the Leland. For more information and tickets, call Terri Hardy at (765) 962-2860.

(Message edited by Admin on June 21, 2010)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 21, 2010 - 10:41 am: Edit Post

Free concussion seminar offered area coaches

One of the nation’s most respected college hockey coaches will be a keynote speaker July 8 at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services’s TEAM up!, a sports concussion management seminar.

TEAM up! is free for area coaches of all sports for all ages, but registration is required. Call (765) 983-3258 or click to ReidHospital.org/cc.

Miami University Head Hockey Coach Enrico Blasi, keynote speaker, has led the Miami RedHawks to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances in the last two seasons and to the NCAA national championship game in 2009, one of six tournament campaigns in his 12-year tenure.

Blasi has also guided Miami to two regular season conference championships and has been honored as coach of the year by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

“TEAM up! will focus on ways to improve sports concussion assessment and management,” said Gregory Woods, M.D., an ImPACT-certified Reid orthopedic diagnostician and surgeon.

Dr. Woods will speak on “Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing,” review national data on concussion-related injuries, discuss procedures to identify concussion effects and explain what ImPACT testing measures and when it should be administered.

Coach Blasi will be joined in his presentation by Jason Eckerle, his assistant athletic trainer.

“Sports Concussion: the Athletic Trainer’s Perspective,” will be the topic of Brian Steele, manager, Reid Sports Medicine. Steele will cover on-field decisions, sideline support and triage.

“Concussions sustained by athletes have been much in the news,” Dr. Woods noted. “We need to increase understanding of what a sports concussion is, how serious it might be, the time needed for recovery and the communication needed among coaches, athletes, parents and medical personnel.”

TEAM up! will be in Lingle Auditorium on the lower level of Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, 1100 Reid Parkway in Richmond. A light supper will be served.


By Jody Visingardi (Jvisingardiukcdogscom) on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

United Kennel Club Premier™ Dog Show Sponsored by Purina®

Event Beginning Date: 7/9/10
Event Ending Date: 7/11/10 9 am – 4 pm
Wayne County Fairgrounds
Admission $5 per car per day or $10 for weekend pass
(269)343-9020

PREMIER is an international competition featuring dog and owner teams from across the nation and Canada being showcased in a variety of UKC licensed events, such as conformation, obedience, agility, weight pull, terrier race and rally obedience. Spectators are invited to enjoy one of the most diverse dog events in the country. UKC’s PREMIER™ Dog Show welcomes the renowned Ultimate Air Dogs team (ultimateairdogs.net) performing their high-flying dock jumping competitions throughout the weekend. The Ultimate Air Dogs Team is always a crowd pleaser and a must-see event.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We, at United Kennel Club, love all dogs and encourage everyone to spend time with theirs; however, we ask that when attending PREMIER as a spectator, you please leave your dog at home. This is a national UKC licensed event, all dogs here are competitors.

For a discount coupon and more information, visit the United Kennel Club website: www.ukcdogs.com

(Message edited by Admin on June 21, 2010)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 09:59 am: Edit Post

Indiana Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Partners with the Area 9 Meals Program

The Indiana Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is partnering with Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency’s Meals Program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to area seniors. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to seniors who meet eligibility criteria while expanding the awareness and use of local Farmers’ Markets and farm stands.

To meet eligibility criteria, participants must be age 60 and over with income that is 185% of the poverty level. That means for a household with one person, the monthly income cannot exceed $1,670 or $2,247 if there are two persons in the household.

Eligible participants will receive checks totaling $24.00 that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers’ Markets beginning June 21st:

Checks will be available on a first come, first served basis, or until all checks have been distributed, by contacting the Area 9 Richmond office.

If you have any questions or for more information, contact Beth Evans, Meals Program Director, at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345. Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 10:02 am: Edit Post

Second Reid Ride July 24 to fund ‘Shoes for Kids’

Organizers anticipate more than 400 cyclists for the Second Annual Reid Ride July 24. Reid Ride, a charitable project of the Reid Hospital Foundation, differs from most Foundation activities, which support hospital services.

“This bicycle ride serves two community purposes,” said Jason Troutwine, Foundation Director. “It promotes wellness by getting people active, and it provides a lot of shoes for needy children.”

Last year, proceeds from the ride allowed the Reid “Shoes for Kids” program to distribute a thousand pairs of shoes to needy children. This year, with the help of sponsors and individual contributors, Reid hopes the Ride will support the distribution of 1,500 pairs. Riders, ages 12 and older, will cycle 20 miles west from Wetzel Auto on Richmond’s east side along National Road to Dublin Community Park.

An optional break at Centerville Christian Church will be provided. “The event is meant to be a casual ride; participants ride at their own pace,” said committee member Jack Bowen. “There will be riders who are experienced and others who are riding for leisure with family and friends.”

Because of the varied experience, planners have made safety a priority. Cycling & Fitness Warehouse, a lead sponsor, and Reid representatives will travel the course to assist riders who might need repairs or are tired. The committee also has enlisted local law enforcement, the Richmond Fire Department, the county highway department and others.

In addition to Cycling & Fitness Warehouse, major sponsors include West End Bank, Family Fitness Works, G1013, KICKS96 and WHIO TV.
The jaunt finishes with a celebration featuring food, music and prizes in Dublin Community Park. All riders will receive a complimentary ticket to the night’s River Rats game, and some will be recognized on the field.

Those wishing to ride can register at www.reidride.org. The website also provides an opportunity for donations to the “Shoes for Kids” program. Event planners say every $10 donated purchases another pair of shoes for a child.

“It was a great experience to see the excitement last year when kids received their first pair of new shoes,” Troutwine said. “This need was right in our own backyard and something that we couldn’t ignore,”

“The wheels are turning to make this Ride better in every way,” he said.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 14, 2010 - 11:19 am: Edit Post

Nine Artists to Paint Nine Murals in Wayne County, Indiana

Artists have been selected to paint murals throughout Wayne County, Indiana during the Festival of Murals. Production begins June 2 on many of the murals.

The designs will be on display at the Richmond Civic Theatre on June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A reception to meet the artists will held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

In Richmond, six walls have been selected and matched with the following artists: Damon Reed of Chicago, IL and Pete's Corner Cafe; Diana Toschlog of Richmond and Richmond Hardware; Justin Montavon of West College Corner and Bertie's Music Bar; Joe Thompson of Centerville and Richmond Civic Theatre; Amy Rhinehardt of Indianapolis and the new Firehouse Barbeque Bar & Grill; and Mark Gardner of Centerville and Paust Printers.

Hagerstown will receive a mural on the Logston Building, also known as Grandview Pharmacy, painted by Amy Mitchell of Eaton, OH. Carly Mattingly of Cambridge City will paint on the National Road Antique Mall there. Festival Director, Pamela Bliss, will paint on US Bank in Cambridge City as part of the festival but will not be competing for the top prize of $5,000.

Artists have until August 1 to complete their murals. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite mural. Awards will be announced at the Starr-Gennett Music Festival on September 11.

Artists are scheduled to give presentations about their work at Indiana University in June. WCTV will be filming and interviewing artists to create public TV programs.

The public is encouraged to participate in painting on a community mural. Location will be announced on the festivalofmurals.com website on June 1. Youth groups will be painting murals to beautify areas in need of enhancement.

To find more information on the artists, mural locations, and festivities visit festivalofmurals.com. Map brochures will also be available June 1 at the Festival of Murals co-hosts Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau and Center City Development in Richmond and at the businesses of the mural sites.

Donations to help fund the murals are requested and all questions should be directed to Pamela Bliss, Festival Director at 317.696.7349 or email pamela@festivalofmurals.com. A special thanks to some of the sponsors who have made this event possible for the community are Sherwin Williams, Airworx Corp., Wayne County Foundation, Economic Growth Group, Indiana University East, Warm Glow Candle Outlet, Wayne Bank, First Bank Richmond, Dot Foods, Clay Pot Restaurant and WCTV.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 09:16 am: Edit Post

Contemporary Collections: Modern Art in Richmond

The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Contemporary Collections: Modern Art in Richmond. The exhibition will run from June 6th through August 8th, 2010.

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 6th 2010 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On display will be a collection of works borrowed from Richmond and Area collectors. The exhibition will be comprised of fresh, modern works from contemporary artists, representing the taste and flair of local art collectors and enthusiasts. The exhibit will feature the work of notable artists such as Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Peter Max, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. A variety of mediums including glass, sculpture, photography, paintings, etchings and lithographs will make up this exciting exhibition!

Join us as we explore these works as examples of how the modern world has influenced art.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 09:12 am: Edit Post

The Hagerstown, Indiana Optimist Club Presents the Flying Circus
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 – Free to the Public!

During the Centennial Model T Party hosted by the Model T Ford Club of America and Ford Motor Company held in Richmond, Indiana and surrounding areas in July 2008, a vintage aircraft fly-in was held in historic Hagerstown, Indiana. Hagerstown’s 4,000 foot grass airstrip is the perfect setting for folks to watch flying events and see vintage aircraft up close.

Named the Flying Circus, the event included many pre-1947 aircraft, including: several Pietenpols with Model A engines, 4- Waco Biplanes, a Waco WWII training biplane, a Stearman WWII trainer, a rare 1929 New Standard D- 25, 1930 GreatLakes, a Piper Cub, and a special visit from the Wright Model B 1911 Wright Brothers first US Army airplane replica just to name a few.

Led by Andrew King, the “Fly Boys” returned in 2009 with even more aircraft joining in the fun. Andrew King was one of two American stunt pilots featured in the movie “Fly Boys,” the tale of courage and determination of the Lafayette Escadrille that served in WWI.

Our Free To the Public event is even better for 2010! See the magic of these vintage aircraft performing flying demonstrations and airplane games.

Gates open at 2:00 PM with airplanes arriving. The main event begins at 6:00 PM and includes an auto cruise-in, food concessions, drinks and ice cream by Hagerstown Optimist Club. Arrive early, bring a lawn chair and enjoy vintage airplanes as they take off, land and fly over and around the area. Meet with the pilots, examine the vintage aircraft ‘up close and personal’ and have your pictures taken with the pilots and their aircraft.

Hagerstown, Indiana is located 61 miles ENE of Indianapolis, 17 miles NW of Richmond, Indiana, and 63 miles WNW of Dayton, Ohio. Take Exit #137, Indiana Hwy 1 off I-70 and go (North) 5 miles to US 38, turn left (West) to downtown Hagerstown. Turn (South) at Washington Street, then follow the signs to the Airport.

Pilots - All aircraft are welcome! Arrive in the afternoon and plan to sleep under your wings with our group. Join in our camaraderie and vintage aircraft event. Please contact airport director Marvin Stoller 765-489-4292, charger116@aol.com for more info.

Sponsorships available. Please contact Benny Young at 765-935-6338 or pattiandbenny@verizon.net.

Find updated information on www.MTFCA.com, click on Hagerstown Flying Circus (below the MTFCA logo). Download a Flyer!

(Message edited by Admin on May 11, 2010)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 04:23 pm: Edit Post

Internet Search for Local Organizations Is Made Easier

WayNet.org Includes New Customized Search of Local Websites

In an effort to continue its goal to make locating local websites simple and quick, WayNet has added a new tool to its arsenal. The customized local search box, located on WayNet.org’s home page, will now automatically search not only the WayNet.org site, but also all of WayNet’s member sites as well.

For example, if you enter “hospital” in the search form, the first item returned is a direct link to the Reid Hospital website. If you enter “library” in the search form, the first item returned is a direct link to the Morrisson-Reeves Library website.

However, if you were seeking the “Health” page on WayNet with its complete listing of area health resources, you can easily refine the results by clicking on “WayNet.org” at the top of the search page to limit the results to those located on the WayNet.org website.

“The goal,” states Jane Holman, Executive Director of WayNet.org, “is to make it easier for our visitors to quickly locate the information they need.”

We continually evaluate new technologies as they emerge to assess if they will improve the way we share information about our members and our community. We anticipate this new search service will speed the location of information specific to Wayne County for our 60,000 monthly visitors.

“We’re proud to be the only web address that people need to remember in order to find everything they need to know about the Richmond-Wayne County, Indiana area” says Holman. “We strongly believe in our motto – one click to all things local.”

Online since 1997, WayNet.org is a not-for-profit organization that provides a web portal to information about the Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana area. In addition to links to its member’s websites, it provides a community calendar, area history information, employment links, feature photos and much more.

Area businesses and organizations that would like to be included on the WayNet.org website and custom search may request information by contacting Jane Holman at (765) 939-0857 or via email at jane@waynet.org. They may also fill out a membership application at http://www.waynet.org/join.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 02:40 pm: Edit Post

Summer Camp Opportunities - Richmond Friends School

Parents, are you searching for a new type of summer camp experience for your children (ages 4-12) for the months of June and July? Here at the Richmond Friends School, we are expanding our summer camp programs to include several new and exciting week-long theme camps, including Spanish, soccer, digital photography, web design, international cooking, fishing, and art appreciation. Classes vary for each age group.

Each camp offers specific activities (see flyer for more detailed program descriptions and instructor bio’s). The ever popular Kay’s Camp, featuring indoor and outdoor exploration, play and crafts, is offered each week. Join us this summer to pursue new interests, build skills, make friends and most of all, have fun in a supportive, nurturing environment. Weekly camp costs are $75 for half day and $125 for full day camps.

Call the school at (765) 966-5767 to learn more about summer opportunities as well as fall enrollment openings in PreK-6th grades. We hope you can join us for one week or maybe all eight weeks this summer and see why RFS is a great place to grow.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 04:46 pm: Edit Post

Saturday’s RAIN Ride Will Finish On Brand New U.S. 40 Pavement

RICHMOND, Ind.—The first non-construction traffic riding on U.S. Highway 40’s rebuilt roadbed approaching Earlham College will be bicyclists. Eleven hundred of them!

The Indiana Department of Transportation will open south side lanes along its $9 million Major Moves reconstruction project this Saturday (7/17/2010) to participants in this year’s Ride Across INdiana, an annual cycling event that begins 160 miles away on Illiana Road at Terre Haute.

INDOT will allow RAIN riders to enter the recently paved asphalt section of National Road West at South West 17th Street. Cyclists will continue over the newly poured bridge deck at Clear Creek and up the hill to Earlham College’s main entrance where the route ends. Organizers of the 17-year-old event say early participants should begin arriving at Richmond around 1 p.m. Most of the field will finish the ride between 3 and 6 p.m. All must be off the route by 9 p.m.

Law enforcement personnel will be present at the SW 17th Street barricade to prevent motorists from merging onto the restricted south lanes — which should open to vehicular traffic in mid-August.

Lime stabilization crews are preparing the roadbed subgrade between Bethany Seminary and SW 2nd Street this week. Milestone, the state’s contractor, is continuing work on the grade before laying underdrain pipe. Once placed, paving will begin.

There will be a base course and open-grade drainage layer of asphalt placed. Then, curbs and gutters will be poured. After that, two more lifts of asphalt will be put down. When sidewalk and driveway work has concluded, construction activities will move to the north side lanes of U.S. 40. At that time, traffic will be switched to the two south lanes.

Scope of the project includes:

Contract completion date is July, 2011.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 02:25 pm: Edit Post

Gennett Walk of Fame: Music Festival and Grant Awards Announced

Community support for the Gennett Walk of Fame is evident, as shown by grant support from both the Wayne County Foundation and Vectren Foundation. Richmond Baking and Earlham College have also made significant donations toward the “2010 Gennett Walk of Fame Celebrates Blues and BBQ.” It is only through the generosity of such local organizations that Starr-Gennett and Richmond Parks are able to present the Gennett Music Festival FREE to the public, and we greatly appreciate their support.

Music, laughter, and fun will fill the Starr Piano and Gennett Records Historic Site in the Whitewater Gorge Park in Richmond, Indiana, on September 11, 2010, when the Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The theme for the 2010 Walk of Fame is “Blues and BBQ.” Richmond Parks and Recreation is collaborating with Starr-Gennett to present the music festival, a natural partnership as the site of Gennett Records is a newly renovated and growing Richmond Park. The focus of the event will be the induction of the next three Walk of Fame nominees, live music, family activities and food.

The Gennett Records Walk of Fame is located along South 1st Street and embedded in the Whitewater Gorge Trail, which connects to the Cardinal Greenway Trail. The Walk of Fame honors some of the most important artists who recorded for Starr Piano and Gennett Records with three-dimensional, cast bronze and colored tile mosaic emblems in the form of enlarged 78 rpm phonograph records. Each medallion features a Gennett label design and an artistic mosaic rendering of the represented musician. Eventually the Gennett Walk of Fame will include up to 80 medallions; 26 are currently installed.

The Celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Gennett Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony. Those to be inducted are blues artists Lonnie Johnson and Alberta Hunter, along with gospel’s Pace Jubilee Singers. Highlights of the day-long Celebration include free, non-stop musical performances from 11:00am until 5:00pm. Performers include The Gordon Bonham Blues Band, Jennie DeVoe, and Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors. Between these performances, local musicians such as Randy Baker will present music in the style of the 2010 inductees. The evening Gennett Legacy Concert, designed to honor contemporary Indiana musicians, features Richmond native and Grammy award winner Deacon Jones, with Garcia and Scott as the opening act. The Legacy Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. with a family-friendly ticket price of $10 for adults and free for children.

Also from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Richmond Parks and Recreation will host a variety of free family activities, including a Walk of Fame Scavenger Hunt, blow up games, sidewalk chalk art contest, music-making activities, balloon art, and more. Food and soft drinks will be available throughout the music festival. The public is also encouraged to participate in the Rubber Ducky Regatta, BBQ Cook-Off, and Guitar Hero Contest, all with great prizes for winners.

The Walk of Fame Music Festival will be offered with additional support from the Wayne County Foundation, Earlham College, the City of Richmond, the Leland Residence, the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, RP&L, Milestone Contractors, Indiana American Water, and numerous other local sponsors.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 01, 2010 - 11:13 am: Edit Post

Community Invited to Help Paint Mural

The first 150 participants who register at festivalofmurals.com are invited to help paint a mural as part of the Festival of Murals festivities. The mural will be located in Richmond, Indiana on Sim Hodgkin Parkway underneath the Lamar Lundy Bridge.

Registration is open online now until registration is full and is first come, first serve. The painting will begin July 10 with July 17 as a rain date or finish date. Check-in on paint day is 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. The event is free and open to all. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian. Parking is not allowed on Sim Hodgkin Parkway but is available above on Hub Etchison and S.W. 1 St.

Pete's Corner Cafe and the future Firehouse BBQ and Blues Restaurant will provide lunch to participants. Sherwin-Williams is donating the paint for this and all of the artist murals being painted throughout Wayne County. AES Building Supplies, Richmond Industrial Supply, Inc., Osborn International, Richmond Hardware, City of Richmond and US Bank is providing other equipment and supplies.

Festival Director, Pamela Bliss, is organizing her IU East mural painting students to design the mural. Donna Wood, Angela Appleberry and Eugena Monroe describe the 225 ft. long mural as "JAZZ IN THE GORGE: THE RIVER OF LIFE." Fish jump, birds soar, plant life thrives, and colorful butterflies fly as the trumpeter blows forth the river of life in this community mural. Yes, jazz is blowing life into the Whitewater River Gorge as Wayne County celebrates its 200th year bicentennial. Be on the lookout for fast moving turtles!

Donations to help fund this and all of the projects of the Festival of Murals are requested and all questions should be directed to Pamela Bliss, Festival Director at 317.696.7349 or email pamela@festivalofmurals.com. Register online for the community mural and to get other information about the Festival of Murals at http://www.festivalofmurals.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 09:42 am: Edit Post

Woody Wright, Gaither Homecoming Artist, to perform at Gennett Legacy Concert

The legacy continues…as we celebrate another genre of music once recorded in the Starr Valley of Richmond, Indiana. The next Gennett Legacy Concert will feature gospel music on July 10th at Lingle Auditorium with an encore performance by Don Bates, Jr., and the Convention Quartet, featuring special guest Woody Wright, a Gaither Homecoming artist. The quartet specializes in Southern Gospel four-part harmony but will also perform gospel songs recorded by such Gennett Walk of Famers Homer Rodeheaver, “Georgia Tom” Dorsey, and 2010 inductees Pace Jubilee Singers. The quartet, which includes Don Bates, Jr., Mike Mater, Anthony Webb, and Jonathan Walden, has been performing together since 2003.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm in Lingle Auditorium in the new Reid Hospital, but come at 6:30 pm for an informal chat with the musicians before the concert opens. In addition, the Café at Twelve Hundred (inside Reid) will offer a 25% discount on all pre-concert dinners. Thanks to Reid and our sponsors, tickets are just $10.00, and are available at the Starr-Gennett Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Wayne County Welcome Center, and the Leland. For more information and tickets, call Terri Hardy at (765) 962-2860.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 26, 2010 - 11:12 am: Edit Post

Chamber to Sponsor Public Forum with Tim Berry, Indiana State Auditor

10 a.m. Wednesday July 28th @ Ivy Tech Community College, Richmond

Indiana Auditor Tim Berry will present information and take questions from the public on Wednesday July 28th @ 10 a.m. at Johnson Hall’s Stidham Auditorium on the Ivy Tech Community College Campus.

The public forum, hosted by Ivy Tech Community College, is sponsored by the Issues and Advocacy Committee of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.

The general public is invited.

Mr. Berry has been traveling the state to (1) share information with constituents in regards the condition of state government finances and (2) to receive thoughts and information directly from Hoosiers in regards the economy, government services and taxes.

Mr. Berry is serving his first term as Indiana’s Auditor but previously served two terms as Indiana Treasurer. He has worked through dramatic changes during his tenure as a state elected officeholder and brings a deep insight into the economic and financial challenges facing our state and nation.

Some of the topics Berry is expected to address include;

Attendees will have an opportunity to express thoughts, concerns, and questions.

No reservations are required.

(Message edited by Admin on July 26, 2010)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 10:49 am: Edit Post

Celebration of the Beginning of Restoration of the Historic Pennsylvania Depot, designed by Daniel Burnham

After thirty years of abandonment and neglect, the citizens of Richmond, Indiana have rallied behind local businessman Roger Richert to save the historic Pennsylvania Railroad Depot. Built in 1902 and designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham, the Depot is the namesake of Richmond’s historic Depot District, but has languished for decades until Richert received the unanimous votes (and $500,000) by Richmond’s Redevelopment Agency on June 24th to begin restoration.

This Saturday (July 24, 2010) the public is invited to take limited tours of the building and participate in a celebration across the street at 11am when local dignitaries will speak and a commemorative photograph of the crowd will be made.

Richmond was the site for the Ford Model T Centennial International Celebration in July 2008, and Model T’s will again return to the Depot; lining the streets on Saturday to celebrate.

Construction begins on Monday the 26th, so this is an opportunity for the public to glimpse the structure before major clean-up begins.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 03:09 pm: Edit Post

Chamber Bright Futures Brunch Will Kick-Off Japan America Student Conference

Earlham College @ The Landrum Bolling Center July 27th @ 9:30 am

West End Bank, the Chamber of Commerce 2010 Bright Futures Together sponsor, is hosting a brunch for area Chamber member business executives Tuesday July 27th at Earlham College.

The brunch will kick off and immediately precede the opening of the prestigious Japan America Student Conference. The JASC will be held at four U.S. locations this year with college students from the U.S. and Japan spending one week at each location; Richmond, Indiana, Washington D.C., San Francisco, CA and New Orleans, LA.

This conference has never before been held in Indiana. Richmond hosting the first week of the 2010 JASC conference is as a result of Earlham College’s strong Japan Studies Program and our region’s numerous and growing business relationships with Japan.

The Chamber Bright Futures Together Brunch is provided to enable area businesses, including and especially those with ties to Japan, to celebrate this prestigious conference coming to Indiana. Honda Greensburg, TBK Richmond, and other Japanese companies from our area will attend the brunch alongside representatives of area Chambers of Commerce.

The brunch is open to members of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and members of surrounding Chambers of Commerce. Chamber members who wish to attend may make a reservation by emailing to decokga@earlham.edu (Gary DeCoker) or by faxing (765) 983-1798.

Thanks to the generosity of West End Bank there is no charge for Chamber members to attend the brunch. Reservations must be made in advance and should be made ASAP given limited seating.

Dennis Andrews, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO

(Message edited by Admin on July 20, 2010)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:43 am: Edit Post

SW 5th, 3rd, 2nd, College Avenue Close This Week

RICHMOND, Ind.(July 19, 2010)—The Indiana Department of Transportation will close South West 5th, 3rd and 2nd streets and College Avenue on the south side of U.S. Highway 40 this week for paving activities. Milestone plans to place the asphalt base and a drainage layer at those intersections this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Closures will be intermittent.

Next week, a concrete crew is scheduled to pour curbs and gutters. This will require intersecting streets to be closed again.

The $9 million U.S. 40 Major Moves project calls for full-depth pavement replacement of the four 12-foot travel lanes and the addition of a 14-foot continuous median which will serve as a center left turn lane. There will be a raised pedestrian island at SW 7th Street and a pedestrian-activated signaled crossing area between SW 8th and the main entrance to Earlham College. Scope of the project also includes a new 106-foot bridge at Clear Creek, storm sewers, curbs, gutters and ADA-complaint sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.

Contract completion date is July, 2011.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 01:53 pm: Edit Post

Nominations sought for Rhoads award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine award.

Any physician recommended for the award must be a resident of Reid Hospital’s service area and demonstrate a commitment to quality, compassion sensitivity, and caring attitudes in dealing with patients, families and colleagues.
The 2009 winner of the award was Phillip C. Scott, D.O., Reid’s director of informatics.
The Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine award is east central Indiana’s most prestigious medical honor and has been awarded yearly since 1983.

Nomination forms can be found at www.ReidHospital.org/HIM and are due by Monday Aug. 2.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:30 am: Edit Post

Sim Hodgin Parkway Closes Monday (July 19th)

RICHMOND, Ind.—Construction supervisors for Milestone, the state’s contractor on the U.S. 27 Major Moves project, appeared before the Richmond Board of Public Works yesterday evening asking for permission to close Sim Hodgin Parkway. Concerned for public safety, the board approved a full closure at Chester Boulevard.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will prohibit traffic on Sim Hodgin Parkway beginning at 7 a.m. Monday. There will be barricades at Chester Boulevard and split barricades at Bridge Avenue/Sheridan Street. Limited business and residential access will be allowed from the west to the 900 block of the parkway—where full barricades will prevent further travel beyond the Boulevard Animal Clinic.

INDOT officials say excavation for full-depth pavement replacement on Sim Hodgin will create a severe drop off that endangers public travel through the construction site. This closure is expected to continue for 15 days.

INDOT’s $12.2 million reconstruction of U.S. 27 from just south of I-70 to north of the Whitewater River bridge—a distance of 2.5 miles—is widening Chester Boulevard to include a continuous left turn lane, new storm sewer trunkline, curbs, gutters and ADA-compliant sidewalks.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 09:43 am: Edit Post

Changing Lanes on Chester Boulevard Saturday (August 7, 2010)

RICHMOND, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will reroute traffic on U.S. Highway 27 at two locations this Saturday.
Traffic will switch to west side lanes on Chester Boulevard between Quaker Hill Road and Sim Hodgin Parkway.

Traffic will switch to east side lanes on Chester Boulevard between Industries Road and Cart Road.

Milestone, the state’s contractor, plans to relocate the sanitary sewer on the east side (northbound lanes) from Quaker Hill Road to Sim Hodgin. Widening efforts will be advanced between Industries and Cart Roads on the west side (southbound lanes).

INDOT’s $12.2 million reconstruction of U.S. 27 from just south of I-70 to north of the Whitewater River bridge—a distance of 2.5 miles—is widening Chester Boulevard to include a continuous left turn lane, new storm sewer trunkline, curbs, gutters and ADA-compliant sidewalks.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 09:03 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency will be sponsoring and conducting a CERT Class for anyone willing to Support and volunteer for the CERT Program.

This Training is provided to the community at no cost to the individuals, all training will be conducted at the Wayne Count Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

If you are interested in attending this training, please contact our office at (765) 973-9399 or (765) 973-9363. We are limited as to the number of individuals that may attend this training.

When calling, please provide the following: Name, Address, and Phone number.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 11:45 am: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Presents 5th Annual Senior Art Competition

The 5th Annual Area 9 Senior Art Competition and Exhibit sponsored by Friends Fellowship Community and presented by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency and Indiana University East will be held August 2nd-September 10th. This competition is open to all artists age 60+, amateur or advanced, who reside in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County; however, those living outside of these counties, but who are members of a senior center within the five county area, are eligible to participate as well.

Categories for both amateur and advanced painting are oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Categories for amateur and advanced drawing are pastel, pencil, chalk, or pen & ink. Collages, sculpture, glasswork, photographs and other will be evaluated in open divisions.

Artists may bring their entries to IU East Art Gallery July 28th-29th from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. For those unable to deliver their work, the Agency will pick up artwork at the following locations:

July 26th – Western Wayne Senior Center, Nettle Creek Senior Center, Centerville/Abington Senior Center

July 27th – Union County Senior Center, Franklin County Senior Center, Richmond Senior Community Center

July 28th – Fayette County Senior Center and Rush County Senior Center

Open judging will take place Friday, July 30th, at 9:00 am in the Meijer Artway located in Whitewater Hall on the IU East campus. Submitting artists and interested persons are invited to attend. Entries will then be displayed in the Meijer Artway from August 2nd through September 10th.

The public is invited to visit the Meijer Artway and check out the talents of our local seniors. A reception honoring the artists will be held in Whitewater Hall on August 4th at 7:00pm.

There are no entry fees; however artists will be limited to one entry only. Official entry forms and rules are available at the Area 9 Agency Richmond office, local senior centers, and the art gallery at IU East. For more information, contact Judy Ford at 765-966-1795 or 800-458-9345, or
juford@iue.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 11:26 am: Edit Post

Help the Wayne County Veterans Council

Honor Our Veterans!

By Supporting the AVENUE OF FLAGS!

You've seen the American Flags on the National Road Bridge, Main Street Bridge and the US 27 Overpass on 9th Street and what an impact they make to all those living in and visiting this ALL AMERICA CITY!

Now, You can Sponsor a Flag in Honor of a Veteran!

400 American Flags will connect these bridges with Flags starting at I-70 and running down Chester Boulevard (US 27) and circling the Downtown area on both North "A" and South "A" (US 40 National Road Highway). Visitors to Richmond will be able to follow The Avenue of Flags, all the way to "Veterans Park" in the center of Downtown Richmond.

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Your tax-deductible gift of $50 or more will sponsor one of these wonderful flags. You can honor the Veteran or Veterans of your choice or make a general contribution in honor of all US Veterans. All Sponsor and Veterans' names will appear online at www.RichmondAvenueofFlags.com.

Business Sponsorships are Available, too!
____$100 "Sergeant"
____$250 "Lieutenant Colonel"
____$500 "Major General"
____$1,000 "Four-Star General"
____$5,000 "Commander in Chief"

For more information, contact Marshall Smith, President of Wayne County Veterans Council or Ron Weadick, Secretary/Treasurer of Wayne County Veterans Council at (765) 973-9207.

Co-Sponsored By Richmond Furniture Gallery


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:17 am: Edit Post

Victims of Severe Weather Urged to Report Damage

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who sustained damage caused by severe weather, including wind and flooding, beginning June 13 are urged to report damage online at www.in.gov/dhs.

“Individuals with uninsured damage from the severe weather must report quickly,” said Joe Wainscott, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

“The faster we can assess the situation, the better, especially if the determination is to pursue federal assistance.”

Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.

This is not an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued. This is one of eight steps that must be taken to decide if the state is eligible for federal assistance.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 09:23 am: Edit Post

2010 Whitewater Adventure

From September 19-26, 2010, residents and visitors to southeastern Indiana and southwestern Ohio can participate in The Whitewater Adventure, a series of bike-hike-paddle events to discover the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the Whitewater River Valley. The annual event is presented by the Whitewater Canal Byway Association with generous support from sponsors throughout the region.

The 2010 Whitewater Adventure will include the fifth annual Whitewater Walk, and it will be joined by a “Run the River” excursion. People can choose to participate in the bike ride, the river event, or any of the Walk’s daily activities. For a $20 fee, people can participate in any of the daily activities of the Whitewater Adventure and will receive a T-shirt. The Run the River excursion will cost an additional $35.

Each day will provide participants with a different way to discover the treasures that led to the creation of the state-designated Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and its loops in the Valley. The Walk begins with a casual bicycle ride from Hagerstown, at the historic Canal’s northern terminus, to Cambridge City where the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway intersects with the historic National Road, an All-American Highway and one the nation’s first scenic byways. Over the next several days, the Walk will lead hikers through the Whitewater Valley before concluding in Lawrenceburg on the Ohio River.

The “Run the River” segment on Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25, encourages people to canoe or kayak the Whitewater River and discover the state’s fastest flowing river and steepest river valley. It will begin in Brookville and includes an overnight camp on the river before concluding near Elizabethtown, Ohio.

In Wayne County, activities will be on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 19-20. Activities will start with a sunrise service on Sept. 19 in the Whitewater Gorge at Richmond. Following a walk from the Starr Pavilion to the Test Road trailhead, participants will travel to Hagerstown.

At Hagerstown, participants will ride bicycles from Hagerstown Elementary School to Creitz Park in Cambridge City. There, they will stop for a picnic-style meal.

On Monday, Sept. 20, participants will gather at the Vinton House on Main Street in Cambridge City at 8 a.m. They will walk to Milton.

In Union County the following morning, Tuesday, Sept. 21, the Adventurers will “walk the water” on Brookville Lake. The group will leave Quakertown Ramp in kayaks and on pontoon boats for a trip down the lake to Bonwell Ramp in Franklin County.

In Fayette County on Wednesday, they will start at Roberts Park and walk through Connersville to Grand Central Station downtown. Along the way, they will stop for a tour of the Canal House, operated by Historic Connersville Inc.

Then, at 8 a.m. Thursday, the Adventurers will board a Whitewater Valley Railroad train in Connersville for a ride to Metamora in Franklin County. There, they will walk from the Whitewater Canal Aqueduct to Goose Creek and then follow U.S. 52 to the Yellow Bank trailhead of the Whitewater Canal Trail.

On Friday and Saturday, the Adventurers will participate in “Run the River,” taking canoes on the Whitewater River in Franklin and Dearborn counties, Ind., and Hamilton County, Ohio.

Sunday, the Whitewater Adventure wraps up in Dearborn County as the group walks from Aurora to Lawrenceburg.

“The Whitewater Adventure will do more than just get people physically fit,” said Candy Yurcak, president of the Whitewater Canal Byway Association. “It will inspire. It will rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. It will help communities get ‘fit’ to work together and improve the Valley for the benefit of all.”

Online registration and detailed schedules are available on the WCBA web site, http://www.whitewatercanalscenicbyway.org.

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) is a not-for-profit group responsible for the development and management of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway. WCBA promotes tourism, cultural heritage, economic development, and overall improvement of quality-of-life in the Whitewater River Valley in southeastern Indiana and southwestern Ohio. To learn more about the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and the WCBA, visit http://www.whitewatercanalscenicbyway.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 11:44 am: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Hosts Annual Senior Picnic at Dunlapsville

The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, will be hosting the 2010 Senior Picnic for older Hoosiers on September 14th at Dunlapsville Pioneer Village on Brookville Lake from 10:00am to 2:30pm.

Games, bingo, euchre, music, crafts, entertainment, door prizes and a cookout lunch are planned, promoting health, an active lifestyle and wellness within the senior population.

Other attractions include pontoon boat rides on beautiful Brookville Lake, an information and health fair with free screenings provided, and an antique/classic vehicle exhibit where seniors can take a trip back in time with favorite vehicles of their day. Cost is $5.00 for the meal per person and all activities are at no cost.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a fun day in the beautiful Brookville Lake area and meet seniors from around the area so come and join the fun! RSVP by September 8th to Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 to reserve your lunch.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 11:02 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Community Improvement Awards Celebrate Development and Beautification

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce will honor area organizations that have reinvested in our community and improved it for all at the 9th Annual Community Improvement Awards Luncheon, Thursday, September 9. Projects to be highlighted include improvements to existing facilities as well as new construction in a variety of categories.

Also being recognized with this year’s Spirit Award is the Festival of Murals. The Spirit Award recognizes a project that makes a difference in the development of the community and the community spirit even though it may not necessarily involve construction materials and landscaping. The Festival of Murals is a deserving project for this award.
The organizations being celebrated are:

* Commercial - Cincinnati Tan
* Commercial/Residential - Citadel Apartments
* Construction Services - Whisenhunt Construction, Inc.
* Educational Institution - Richmond High School
* Historic Preservation - The Depot
* Religious - Calvary Baptist Church
* Restaurant - El Rodeo - East
* Technology – Summersault

Special Recognition

* Non Profit - Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center, Inc. JACY House
* Spirit Award - The Festival of Murals

The public is invited to come have lunch and celebrate this group of outstanding organizations. The event is at Forest Hills Country Club at 11:30 a.m. and cost is $18 per person. Call in your reservation at 765-962-1511 or email at chamber.of.commerce@wcareachamber.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Richmond Celebrates Kids! Moonlight Parade

The City of Richmond celebrates kids as our valued treasure. We would like to invite children’s organizations, sports leagues, church groups, youth groups, choirs and extended community organizations to participate in the RICHMOND CELEBRATES KIDS! MOONLIGHT PARADE. This year’s theme is Blues.

The Mayor honors our youth as our most valuable resource and the livelihood, creativity and future leadership of our community. We would like this event to represent a collective journey of hope and success for our youth.

RICHMOND CELEBRATES KIDS MOONLIGHT PARADE will begin at 8:00 pm, September 11, 2010 at Glen Miller Park and travel down (US 40) to 12th Street. The committee welcomes floats, marching bands, step teams, dance teams, sports teams, youth groups and other organized parade units. We encourage those who might not be able to build a float to participate by composing walking groups wearing themed attire.

The committee welcomes sponsors to contribute by supporting and partnering with youth groups and organization build their vision of community and hope. This parade is a Kick off event for KIDSFEST a community event taking place the month October. KIDSFEST vision is creating a community where kid’s dreams do come true, one step at a time. Contact Fonda Wilds for more information regarding KIDSFEST.

For further information on the Richmond Celebrates Kids Parade or the planning process, contact Sarah Mitchell at 765-983-7217.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 30, 2010 - 11:23 am: Edit Post

INDIANAPOLIS - The second annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience will take place at Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park, Sept. 18-19.

During last year’s inaugural Hoosier Outdoor Experience, 13,300 children and adults enjoyed trying more than 50 outdoor activities. These included various types of fishing.

Perhaps you watched your children or others fish at the DNR Fishin’ Pond at the state fair. Perhaps you were one of the lucky adults who fished the pond with your child. In 24 days, it’ll be time for both children and adults to learn about—and try—different kinds of fishing. Free.

Even if you’re a veteran angler, you may not have tried some of these methods. Ever wanted to learn to fish with a bow and arrow? You can. Ever wanted to fly fish? You can. You can also learn about fly tying and how to successfully fish in Indiana from experts.

“If you ever wanted to learn about basic fishing, fly fishing or even bowfishing but weren’t sure how to get started, here’s your chance,” said Bill James, DNR’s chief of fisheries.

For bowfishing at the event, floating fish targets will be provided to add realism. Experienced volunteers will coach participants and ensure safety.

“If you’re looking for a unique hands-on experience at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, be sure to stop by the bowfishing venue,” James said. “You might find you have a hidden talent that would make Robin Hood jealous.”

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience, which runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Fishing is just one of many free Outdoor Experiences at this family-friendly event. Others include hands-on target shooting, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and much more.

Activities will be organized in six stations—aquatics, cultural, equestrian, outdoors, shooting sports and wildlife. Shuttles will take participants from station to station.

Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience are free to the public. Online advance registration is requested to assist with staffing and planning. To register, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov and click on the orange registration icon. Watch for event updates there or on Facebook at Facebook.com/HoosierOutdoorExperience.

If you already enjoy outdoor sports and recreation and want to help others learn to enjoy them as much as you do, sign up to volunteer at http://www.in.gov/dnr/5412.htm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:46 am: Edit Post

School is Cool Program 2010 – 2011

The Chamber of Commerce through an initiative titled “School is Cool” is continuing its partnership with area schools to recognize students with perfect attendance. We believe this is the only program of its kind in the country!

The project has at least five objectives:

• Promote the idea that school is cool
• Recognize and celebrate students who achieve perfect attendance
• Encourage all students to aspire to achieve perfect attendance and graduate from high school
• Promote the importance of education to all students, parents, and the community at large
• Highlight the important connection between showing up ready to learn for school every day as a young person and showing up ready to work every day as an adult

This initiative is based on the belief there is a direct relationship between the educational achievement of our children and the quality of life in our community.

We are not alone in believing the next generation will require even more education in order to face even more competition. The world is ever changing and ever challenging. Emphasizing the virtue of school is additionally and especially important during these tough economic times.

The Chamber’s Issues and Advocacy Committee that surveys area businesses reports survey results have consistently reflected the importance of math and reading skills. Another recurring area of significance is an increasing demand for a strong work ethic.

Any person who enters the workforce intending to work for someone else, start a business, or be a valued part of a team will be required to do their best every day. This means arrive on time, arrive well rested with a good attitude, be able to work well with others, and put forth the extra effort necessary to get the job done.

The same requirements for adults to succeed in the workplace and in business are the requirements needed for students to succeed in school. Showing up ready for school each day as a student is just as important as showing up ready for work each day as an adult.

School is Cool because education is a path to a better life for our children. School is where dreams are born and the wherewithal to achieve them can be deep-rooted. School is where children learn things they need to know in order to do things they want to do. It is the place where children establish lifelong friends, lifelong lessons, and lifelong habits.

School is Cool is a message every child needs to hear and they need to know why.

Statistics confirm that the students that show up every day for school are the students most likely to achieve what they set out to achieve. The good habits they establish today will increase their chances for success tomorrow.

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that First Bank Richmond is sponsoring the program for this 2010 – 2011 academic year. Each child (kindergarten through 12th grade) will receive a school is cool shirt in conjunction with other perfect attendance awards at their school.

The Chamber is also please to announce Wetzel Family Auto Cruise is once again sponsoring the new car or scholarship of equal value. A Centerville High School graduate now attending Butler University received the award in 2010 and opted to accept a $19,000 academic scholarship!

An eligible high school senior who graduates from a participating school with perfect attendance during their senior year will receive a new car donated by Wetzel Family Auto Cruise. The winner and or parents or legal guardians may opt to receive a scholarship equal to the value of the car payable to a post secondary educational institution for their student’s continuing education. The winner of this award will be randomly selected from among eligible high school graduates with perfect attendance at participating schools.

The senior year of high school and high school graduation is an experience and milestone that prepares students for further education, certification, training, employment, and community service. We believe that graduation is an achievement and a step that this generous award will strongly encourage.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, our valued educators, and even our parents and students, I thank First Bank Richmond and Wetzel Family Auto Cruise for their tremendous generosity and commitment to the betterment of the youth of our community.

Dennis Andrews Ed.D.
Chamber President and CEO


*Eligibility is determined by each school corporation based upon the school’s determination that a student has (1) achieved perfect attendance their senior year and (2) that a student has achieved a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 their senior year. Participating schools are K-12 Chamber member educational institutions that voluntarily choose to participate in the School is Cool program. The decision as to whether or not a car or scholarship will be received by the award recipient will be decided by the parents or legal guardians of a graduate who is a minor and dependent child. When the recipient is less than eighteen years of age and the award chosen by the recipient(s) is a car then the car would automatically be titled to a parent or legal guardian.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. -- The public is invited to mingle with pilots and look at their aircraft during the annual fly-in breakfast at Hagerstown Airport on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Private pilots from the region will fly into the airport for breakfast and socialize. The airport is one of the longest grass landing strips in the country.

Hagerstown Optimist Club will serve breakfast to pilots and the public from 7 to 11 a.m. Sausage patties, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, toast, coffee and juice will be offered.

The airport is located at the south end of Washington Street in Hagerstown. The fly-in has been conducted annually since the mid-1950s.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:52 pm: Edit Post

Free Legal Help Wednesday, October 27th in Downtown Richmond

Free legal help will be available to Richmond area residents on Wednesday, October 27th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. when an Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) attorney will conduct office hours at the Maley Foundation Building, located at 712 East Main Street in downtown Richmond. ILS is partnering with the Whitewater Valley District 9 Pro Bono Commission in this effort. Free parking is available nearby.

To be eligible to receive free legal assistance, a person must have a household income that is less than 125% of the federal poverty income level, meaning an income of $13,538 for a one-person household or an income of $27,563 for a four-person household. Clients must be a U.S. citizen or a documented immigrant, except in certain limited circumstances.

The open office hours will be held in the Whitewater Valley District 9 Pro Bono Commission offices located in the Maley Foundation Building. Individuals are encouraged to set up an appointment by calling the Commission at (765) 935-5053.

The Maley Building is named after Robert Maley, the late Richmond attorney who was noted for volunteering his legal help to the community's less fortunate. Mr. Maley served on the ILS Board of Directors and was given its highest honor, the K.B. Wilson Award, for his special dedication to ensuring that all have access to our justice system.

ILS, a statewide not-for-profit organization, provides free legal counsel to seniors, low income persons and victims of domestic violence on civil legal issues that threaten an individual's basic necessities such as personal safety, family integrity, food, shelter, income and access to medical care. ILS cannot accept cases that might generate attorney fees.

The Whitewater Valley District 9 Pro Bono Commission is one of the fourteen regional groups created by the Indiana Supreme Court to foster voluntary legal services form local bar association members. The "whitewater" Commission enlists volunteer help from Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties.

Richmond residents Harold Robinson and Walter Chidester of the Richmond law firm, Boston, Bever, Klinge, Cross & Chidester, serve on the ILS Board of Directors.

Anyone facing an urgent civil legal problem should call the ILS Indianapolis office at (800) 869-0212.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:46 am: Edit Post

Cross Traffic Blocked Beginning Wednesday, October 20th At U.S. 40 Construction Site

RICHMOND, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation will close intersections along U.S. Highway 40 from South West 17th Street to SW 8th Street beginning Wednesday morning, October 20. At that time, the subgrade for north side lanes will be stabilized with a lime slurry treatment. This operation is expected to continue through Friday.

Mt. Carmel Stabilization, a specialty contractor, will till a mixture of lime kiln dust and water to a depth of 18 inches into the subsoil, bridging over pumpy soil and creating a good foundation for the asphalt lifts that will build the new U.S. 40 roadbed.

INDOT will reopen individual drives and intersections as the limed lanes pass density tests.

Once stabilized, Milestone paving crews will place an asphalt base and an open-grade drainage layer on the north side lanes of the National Road West from Earlham College to the project’s west terminus. Next, concrete curbs and gutters will be poured. Then, two more lifts of asphalt will be laid.

Finally, temporary pavement markings will be installed before opening these north lanes to traffic for a winter hiatus.

Meanwhile, Milestone crews continue to excavate and lay drainage pipe from SW 8th Street to the east terminus beyond SW 2nd Street. This section of U.S. 40 will not reopen to wintertime traffic.

The $9 million U.S. 40 Major Moves project at Richmond is replacing the full-depth of pavement and widening roadway to accommodate four 12-foot travel lanes and a 14-foot continuous median that also serves as a center left turn lane. At SW 7th , there will be a raised pedestrian island constructed. From the main entrance to Earlham College to SW 8th, there will be a pedestrian crossing with signal activation and situational timing. The project also includes a new 106-foot bridge at Clear Creek, storm sewers and ADA-complaint sidewalks on both sides of the National Road.

The contract completion date is July, 2011.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, October 01, 2010 - 11:31 am: Edit Post

Chamber of Commerce Taste of Wayne County

The Taste of Wayne County is back and you’re invited. The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has gathered some of the best “tastes” in the area for this annual event, Thursday, October 7 at the Richmond Square Mall, 5:30-8 p.m.

Your $10-ticket gets you tastes from each of the food booths, a chance to vote for your favorite tastes AND you could win a fabulous grand prize pack of gift certificates from participating restaurants.

Tickets can be purchased at

The great Chamber member restaurants and food booths include:Also included in the event is a nonprofit fair. Many of the important organizations in our community will be there to share their missions and potentially recruit a few new volunteers.

Sponsors include First Bank Richmond, West End Bank, Belden, Earlham, Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, RMD Patti Insurance, VanVleet Insurance, G101.3 and WHON/KICKS 96.

For more information, contact Suzanne Derengowski at 765-962-1511.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, October 01, 2010 - 09:45 am: Edit Post

Gennett Legacy Concert featuring Dave Greer and Honoring Harry Leavell

The sound of Gennett Records will come to life once again in Richmond, Indiana, at the upcoming Gennett Legacy Concert on October 9th, 2010. The Starr-Gennett Foundation will present Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers at Lingle Auditorium in Reid Hospital. The concert will focus on the music and musicians featured in the Gennett Walk of Fame, including such greats as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Hoagy Carmichael.

In addition to the concert, a special honor to Harry Leavell will also be presented. Harry was a former Starr Piano Company employee and chronologist of the era. Patrons are invited to come early to enjoy an informal chat with the musicians and a reduced, pre-concert meal at the Café at Twelve Hundred. For more information or tickets, call (765) 962-2860. Tickets are also available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Wayne County Tourism Bureau, and the Leland Residence.

WHAT: Gennett Legacy Concert featuring Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers

WHEN: Saturday, OCTOBER 9, 2010, 6:30-9:00 pm

WHERE: Lingle Auditorium in Reid Hospital, Richmond, IN

COST: $10 per person

For additional information, call 765-962-2860 – Terri Hardy.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

Barter Theatre’s Forever Plaid
Performance: Saturday, October 9, 2010 / 8:00pm

Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 9, 2010 @ 8:00pm. The critically acclaimed show, Forever Plaid, is an affectionate revue of the close-harmony "guy groups" that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids. Join Jinx, Sparky, Francis and Smudge in this musical comedy that centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first major concert. Now miraculously revived,
the singers finally get a chance to fulfill their biggest dreams and perform the show that never was. Forever Plaid showcases the upbeat music that was made popular in the 1950s by artists and groups such as Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, The Four Lads and The Ames Brothers and includes such hits as "Catch A Falling Star," "Sixteen Tons," "Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby" and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing." This hilarious production is fun for the entire family.

Good seats are available for the performance at 8:00pm; $28 for adults, $20 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit www.civichall.com. Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, August 06, 2010 - 08:38 am: Edit Post

Richmond, Indiana – The Richmond ArtMuseum has been chosen as the host site for the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Painting Indiana Project and book. To mark the occasion, an exhibition of paintings done by Robert Eberle, Ronald Mack, Don Russell and Dan Woodson will be on display in the galleries of the Richmond Art Museum. The exhibition will feature new works from each artist and will feature a catalogue of exhibition. The artists will be available to sign copies of the catalogue during the exhibit opening. Join us as we celebrate four painters whose ambitious project was a catalyst for the formation of IPAPA and the large influx of new plein air painters and enthusiasts!

What: En Plein View
Where: Richmond Art Museum
When: 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374
Painting Indiana: Opening / Reception, Sunday, August 22nd, 2010, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 01:32 pm: Edit Post

Capitol Steps

Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 6, 2010 @ 8:00pm. The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, Capitol Steps have taken the performers that have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and have put together a group that represents 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. (Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers) Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 29 albums and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their radio specials. Don’t miss this evening of political comedy at Civic Hall.

Good seats are available for the performance at 8:00pm; $28 for adults, $20 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit www.civichall.com. Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 06:12 pm: Edit Post

Chester Boulevard Traffic To Be Rerouted Saturday from east side to west side - Milling and paving next week

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to reroute traffic from the east side of U.S. Highway 27 to west-side lanes tomorrow (NOVEMBER 13). Milestone, the state’s contractor, should complete asphalt paving on the west-side lanes of Chester Boulevard later today. Temporary pavement markings will be painted tomorrow prior to switching the traffic pattern.

On Monday, crews are scheduled to begin milling off existing pavement along east-side lanes. Weather permitting, new asphalt can be placed at the end of next week. This would allow the entire U.S. 27 construction site—from Sim Hodgin to a north terminus south of the Interstate 70 interchange—to be opened to 4-lane traffic during the week of November 22.

Milestone will continue construction of curbs, sidewalks and drive approaches before demobilizing for a winter hiatus.

INDOT’s $12.2 million Major Moves project on U.S. 27 at Richmond is widening Chester Boulevard to include a continuous left turn lane. Work includes a new storm sewer trunkline, curbs, gutters and ADA-compliant sidewalks.

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4033654/?sub_id=189485.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 03:36 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Subdistricts Seek Metal Recycler

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation is looking for someone to recycle the scrap metals that accumulate at its Cambridge City and Albany Subdistrict facilities. The successful bidder is asked to provide two bins—one for aluminum, one for steel—at each subdistrict location. Remuneration will be based on Chicago Exchange pricing.

Interested parties should call 317-233-8580 or e-mail cshearer@indot.in.gov. Bids must be submitted by November 24.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 08, 2010 - 01:36 pm: Edit Post

Welcome Center Gift Shop Invites Community to Christmas Open House

Richmond, IN - The Old National Road Welcome Center, at 5701 National Road East in Richmond, Indiana, will be hosting their annual Gift Shop Christmas Open House, on Friday, November 19th and Saturday, November 20th. Wayne County residents and visitors are invited to stop in to shop for locally-made items, such as Scott Shafer Pottery, Warm Glow Candles, Potter’s Soap & Lotion, Tedco Toys, jewelry and packaged candy from the area candy makers; items which represent Wayne County and Indiana, such as t-shirts, mugs, jazz CDs, books, etc.; Christmas Décor, such as glass stars, slates and Madonna of the Trail ornaments; and, other new decor and gift items.

Santa Claus, sponsored by Richmond Baking, will make a visit on Saturday, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm and will hand out cookies (from Richmond Baking) to children.

Hours for the Open House are Friday, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Music and refreshments will be provided each day and several local authors will be available to sign their books. A coupon for 25% off one item may be downloaded at www.visitrichmond.org/coupon.cfm.

For more information, call the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau at 765.935.8687 or 800.828.8414, or visit their website at www.visitrichmond.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 10:07 am: Edit Post

All-America City Celebration Quilt Tours Richmond, Indiana On Its Nationwide Tour

The 2010 All-America City Celebration Quilt began a 30-city tour several months ago, allowing each of the communities that participated in the annual civic recognition program an opportunity to display the finished quilt. Each of the 30 communities named All-America City finalists in 2010 added an individual square to the quilt.

The vibrant quilt will be on display in Richmond from November 5 – 22 at several locations including: Morrisson-Reeves Library, The Richmond Art Museum, and Unwind Yarn Shop. The students from the All-American City Team will be presenting the quilt to the Richmond City Council at their November 15th council meeting. Local quilter, Kathy Lucid will be honored for creating the quilt block that represents Richmond.

“In July 2009 the young people or Richmond stole the show at the 60th Annual All-American City Competition. A rainbow of races and ages, not only made Richmond's case to be the winner of the All-American City title, but arrested attention with their powerfully mature responses to questions and their energy and enthusiasm about Richmond was electrifying." said Curtis Johnson of citywire.net as he covered the many stories at the competition.

The quilt will be available for public viewing at the following locations:

“To me the quilt is a vibrant illustration of what is working in American communities,” said National Civic League (NCL) President Gloria Rubio-Cortes.

“Quilts are an important part of documenting our history,” noted the nonprofit president, who happens to be an avid quilter. “The All-America City quilt honors the people from the 30 communities who told their stories and pledged to make their communities stronger, better and safer places to live.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 03:56 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Celebrates National Caregiver Recognition Month

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East that provides in-home and community based services for the aged and disabled population. In celebration of National Caregiver Recognition Month we welcome family and friends who provide informal, unpaid assistance for the physical and emotional needs of another person on November 19th 2010 for a FREE Education and Relaxation Day. Come and let us help you put the pieces of
the puzzle together with information and education on:

The open house event will be held at Area 9 Agency, 520 S. 9th Street in Richmond from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Caregivers need to call to schedule an appointment for prescription plan review, meditation class, or chair massage. RSVPs must be received by November 12th to receive a relaxation bag and lunch. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Amy or Karisha at (765) 966-1795 or (800) 458-9345.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 09:13 am: Edit Post

Chicago Jazz Band to Perform "Music Born in Richmond"

Classic jazz of the 1920s - first recorded on 78-rpm discs by Richmond's Gennett Records - will be recreated by some of the world's finest practitioners of this unique music at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13, at Vivian Auditorium, Indiana University East.

James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band will present "Music Born In Richmond," a program of classic jazz first recorded on the Gennett label. The concert is part of the Starr Gennett Foundation's Legacy Concert Series, in which today's musicians celebrate the Gennett recording legacy.

Dapogny, a dynamic jazz pianist and longtime music professor at the University of Michigan, is regarded as a leading authority on Jelly Roll Morton's music. His Chicago Jazz Band has built an international reputation by specializing in the early jazz style. Cornetist Andy Schumm, who has traveled the world playing early jazz, will guest with the band.

Joining Dapogny in a pre-concert discussion will be Rick Kennedy, author of the book Jelly Roll, Bix and Hoagy, a history of Gennett Records. Dapogny and Kennedy will describe the circumstances that led jazz pioneers to Gennett's Richmond studio. This will "set the stage" for the evening's concert.

For more information or tickets, call (765) 962-2860. Tickets are also available at the Indiana University East Bookstore, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wayne County Tourism Bureau, and the Leland Residence.

WHAT: “Music Born in Richmond” with James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010, 6:30-9:00 PM

WHERE: VIVIAN AUDITORIUM, INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST, Richmond, IN

COST: $10 per person / $5 with student ID

For tickets or additional information, call Terri Hardy at 765-962-2860.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 01:02 pm: Edit Post

Chicago Jazz Band to Perform "Music Born in Richmond"

James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band, an internationally known group, will bring Gennett Records to life once again in Richmond, Indiana. Dapogny has performed to sold-out audiences at the Kennedy Center, given lecture concerts for the Smithsonian and opened for Benny Goodman. Specializing in authentic and spirited classic jazz, Dapogny’s band plays turn-of-the-century ragtime, New Orleans and Chicago Jazz of the 1920s, and small-band swing of the 1930s. The November 13th performance in Vivian Auditorium at Indiana University East will focus on “Music Born in Richmond” with the sounds of Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, and other early Gennett recording artists.

Dr. Dapogny, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory from the University of Michigan, is considered the world’s foremost authority on Jelly Roll Morton. Joining the group is guest cornetist Andy Schumm of the West End Jazz, who has captured audiences with his remarkable renditions of Bix’s music. In a pre-concert chat, Rick Kennedy, author of Jelly Roll, Bix and Hoagy, along with Dapogny, will offer additional insights into the Gennett history.

For more information or tickets, call (765) 962-2860. Tickets are also available at Indiana University East, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wayne County Tourism Bureau, and the Leland Residence.

WHAT: “Music Born in Richmond” with James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010, 6:30-9:00 PM

WHERE: VIVIAN AUDITORIUM, INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST, Richmond, IN

COST: $10 per person / $5 with student ID

For additional information, call Terri Hardy at 765-962-2860.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 09:09 am: Edit Post

For the Love of Grapes Wine Festival

Wayne County Young Adult Professionals are offering the seventh annual For the Love of Grapes Wine Festival in November.

This year's event takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in a new location this year. It will be at the 4th Floor Blues Club at 923 N. E St. in Richmond, Indiana. Entrance to the 4th Floor Blues Club is on the back side of the building, facing Elm Place.

Several wineries from around the state are expected to offer a variety of samples for tasting purposes and promote their wines.

In addition to the wine samples, hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be included in the ticket price, which is $25 per person.

The first 300 in attendance will receive a souvenir wine glass.

Tickets are available at locations including Little Sheba's, Maria Mitrione's Italian Market, Richmond Hardware and Parker Co., VanVleet Insurance and Joe's Pizza. They are also available from committee members.

The evening includes musical entertainment by Garcia & Scott. Power-duo Garcia and Scott deliver world-class entertainment with music in English and Spanish, male and female lead vocals, tight harmonies, driving rhythms and a melding of musical styles.

International recording artist Dalia Garcia has sung in intimate clubs, coliseums and stadiums all over Europe, Asia, Australia and North, Central and South America. She did eight world tours with Julio Iglesias, singing the duet "All of You" with him nightly. Gary Scott comes from a long line of influential musicians who have worked with groups like: Alabama, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Cash, Billy Walker, Steve Wariner, David Allan Coe and Jason & the Scorchers. Scott has over 20 years experience as a drummer, guitar player and vocalist.

It's a unique experience that you will not want to miss!

A portion of the proceeds from the 2010 For the Love of Grapes Wine Festival will be donated to the Wayne County Young Adult Professionals. Additional funds will be used to secure more events in Wayne County. Young Adult Professionals aims to help young professionals network and encourage them to stay in the area, learn what the Whitewater Valley has to offer, and give back to the community.

Major sponsors for the festival to date include First Bank Richmond, Wayne Bank & Trust and VanVleet Insurance.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, October 09, 2010 - 08:56 am: Edit Post

Chamber President to Resume Fulltime Ministry

Dennis Andrews, Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, announced today he plans to resume fulltime duties in ministry. Andrews, an ordained Presbyterian minister, has served as minister at First Presbyterian Church in New Paris, Ohio for the past five years in addition to his executive duties at the Chamber of Commerce in Richmond.

Andrews left the mayor’s office for fulltime seminary studies in 2000 and graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2002. Following a residency with Worldwide Ministries of the Presbyterian Church USA and Southport Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Andrews served as minister at Hobe Sound Presbyterian Church in Florida.

He returned to Richmond assuming duties at the Chamber and with the Presbyterian Church in New Paris in 2005.

Andrews’ said the family plans include keeping a home in Richmond….

“We are deeply rooted in this community and God willing we will keep a home and continue our many personal and professional connections here. Service to the church will take me to Deerfield Beach Presbyterian in Broward County, Florida where I will serve as Minister and Head of Staff. Those duties will begin later this year.

Kelly will continue her good work with the terrific staff, families, and children at Garrison Elementary until she also completes doctoral studies at Ball State University.

I especially want to thank the current and past Chamber Board of Directors, our staff and membership who have demonstrated devotion to the important work of the Chamber. Serving the Chamber has been a wonderful opportunity. I leave with a profound appreciation for the organization’s servant leadership role for our members and community.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 10:15 am: Edit Post

Plastic Recycler to Locate $25 Million Plant in Richmond

RICHMOND, Ind. (Oct. 4, 2010) - Perpetual Recycling Solutions, a plastic recycling company, announced today that it will establish a production facility here, creating up to 55 jobs by 2012.

Established as Pure Tech Plastics LLC in 1989, the company uses technology to convert plastic soda, juice and water bottles into flake and resin pellets that are reconstituted for use in food and beverage packaging. Perpetual Recycling Solutions will invest more than $25 million to purchase and repurpose an existing 100,000 square-foot facility on 1561 N.W. 11th St. for new production.

"Indiana's business climate provides cost and workforce advantages that have put our state at the top of the list for many new companies this year and we are pleased to welcome Perpetual Recycling Solutions as our newest addition," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

A subsidiary of ReThink Recycling Group, the Chicago-based company has an additional facility in East Farmingdale, N.Y. The company plans to begin hiring manufacturing workers early next year to coincide with the expected start of operations in Wayne County.

"We are excited to join Richmond, Indiana - a great community and state - that enables businesses to grow and offer opportunity," said David Bender, Perpetual Recycling Solutions chief executive officer. "We represent a green sector of the economy that is growing at 40%. Our work is good for the economy of Richmond and Indiana and good for the environment. We will create jobs and opportunity, and give back to the community."

The plant, which purchases post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and packaging from multiple sources, will convert approximately 130 million pounds of the plastic material annually that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Perpetual Recycling Solutions up to $550,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. The board of directors for the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County has also approved a $475,000 grant for equipment, training and real estate improvements. The Richmond Common Council will consider additional property tax abatement.

"Richmond is among the fortunate few to welcome a new company to our community which also ties strongly into the recently developed comprehensive plan regarding sustainable communities and businesses," said Mayor Sally Hutton. "We're excited to partner with this company and excited to hear about their interest in becoming involved in the community."

Today's announcement of Perpetual Recycling Solutions' plans to locate a new operation in Richmond adds to recent news from solar collector and equipment developer, Fort Recovery Construction & Equipment, which is also growing in east central Indiana, adding up to 120 new jobs by 2013.

About Perpetual Recycling Solutions
Established in 1989, Perpetual Recycling Solutions is a recognized leader in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling industry. The company is FDA-approved to produce high-quality product that becomes food and beverage packaging. Perpetual Recycling Solutions helps companies find long-term recycling solutions for their products, and it invests in the highest-quality technology, processes and people to drive solutions throughout the industry. Perpetual Recycling Solutions is good for the economy, the environment, and job creation.


About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Mitch Roob serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.