Archive through December 31, 2010

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 06, 2010 - 03:47 pm: Edit Post

Silly Safaris presents The Reindeer Reserve with Jingle John
Monday, December 13, 2010
5:30 p.m., Bard Room, Morrisson-Reeves Library

What a better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than to enjoy a fun-filled family evening with a silly elf named Jingle John. He has worked out a deal with Santa to borrow a reindeer for our program at the Library! Jingle John will also bring along some interesting animals and will interact with the kids by sharing jokes, fun facts & silly antics.

We are inviting kids of all ages to enjoy this high-energy program at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Join us at the Library Monday Evening - December 13th 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Bard Room - in the Lower Level of the Library.

This program is FREE and open to the public! Come a little early, as this is a highly attended program. Holiday refreshments will be served.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, December 01, 2010 - 06:43 pm: Edit Post

Local 2-1-1 Call Center Celebrates Two Years

Our local 2-1-1 Call Center will be celebrating its second anniversary during December. The 2-1-1 Call Center continues to serve families and individuals in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties by connecting them to human service agencies in their area. Simply dialing 2-1-1, night or day, will allow individuals to speak with a qualified staff member. Each 2-1-1 representative is trained to assist callers with not only basic information, but with understanding the options available through local agencies, community services, and governmental programs. The 2-1-1 call is at no cost to the caller and supported through independent funding.

“It’s hard to believe that the 2-1-1 system has been in operation and helping folks in the Whitewater Valley for two years now,” said Rachael Hughes, Chair of the 2-1-1 Advisory Board. “As the database of available services has grown, we have been able to provide better, more timely information that is of great value to our community. I’d like to extend a special thanks to those who have helped to fund this initiative and encourage anyone with health and human service needs to call the office for assistance.”

As our local economy continues to struggle, calls to 2-1-1 have risen dramatically. During the past year, a total of 3,109 calls were received, over 20% increase, from the following areas:

The top 10 caller requests by percentage were:David Free, 2-1-1 Coordinator, stated, “As we all look to the financial horizon, searching for a break in the economic storm in which we now find ourselves, it is a relief to know that there are organizations ready to assist us in our hour of need. However, many do not know what organizations exist or how to access the resources that might be available to them. That is the role of 2-1-1. From basic needs to complex problems, 2-1-1 is here to connect those in need with agencies and organizations that can meet their needs, resolve their crisis and improve their quality of living.”

“Not only is the 2-1-1 Call Center providing help to local residents who need community services, the service is also an important and essential aspect of economic development for this region of Indiana,” states board member Tony Shepherd whose Area 9 Agency houses the 2-1-1 Call Center. Shepherd further states, “Recent events with the local economy have made it more difficult to create and maintain a good worker environment at a time when many of us are juggling jobs, children, family and our own emergencies. Balancing these challenges and solving crises often cannot be accomplished on our own. We may need basic services such as food, shelter and clothing or we may need a good childcare provider, afterschool service or assistance for a live-in relative. 2-1-1 is able to help with these challenges and thus strengthen the quality of families and quality of workers to help our local businesses succeed.”

Over 1,000 community services are now included in the database. For information or assistance, simply dial the three digit number: 2-1-1.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 02:48 pm: Edit Post

Reid Community Benefit Announces Funding

Reid Hospital’s Community Benefits Committee has announced four organizations have received grants to improve community health and to support related activities and opportunities.

The committee of Reid’s governing board meets quarterly to review grant requests. Board member Larry Parker is chairman of the Community Benefit Committee and has presided over the awarding of more than $67,000 from its fund this year.

The following grants were approved at the recent Community Benefit meeting:

In addition to community grants, the committee gives donations such as used computers and printers, used linens, first aid kits and medical supplies to not-for-profit entities. In a direct medical initiative, Reid’s mammogram and prostate screening programs, free to qualified individuals upon physician referral, are covered by Community Benefit funds.

“Part of Reid’s mission is to support efforts that enhance community health and well-being,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid president. “Often, the agencies we assist fill a small niche and provide a service that no one else does. They are helping meet a physical, spiritual or emotional health need of the community.”

This year, the committee approved grants to Indiana Women In Need (I.WIN), Peer Information Center for Teens, Third Grade Reading Academy, Townsend Community Center, and Genesis of the YWCA. Reid’s Community Benefit program also provided scholarships to high school seniors from Reid’s service area who plan to pursue careers
in health care.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 01:04 pm: Edit Post

Reid names new vice president/CFO

An Ohio native is the new vice president/chief financial officer at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

Jim Puffenberger comes to Reid after 10 years in Arizona as the CFO and then CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare, a small four-facility system based in Flagstaff.

Puffenberger received his accounting degree from Bowling Green State University before working for the public accounting firm of Arthur Young & Company in Toledo. He then became CFO at Firelands Regional Health System in Sandusky, Ohio, where he remained for 17 years.

After obtaining his MBA from Bowling Green State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo, he moved to Arizona.

“I am thrilled to be back in the region I call home,” Puffenberger said.

Craig Kinyon, Reid president/CEO and former CFO, said Puffenberger brings a wealth of experience to Reid at a critical time when health care regionally and nationally is facing unprecedented health care challenges, while operating in an economic environment with great uncertainty. “We are already benefitting from Jim’s expertise as he arrived in time for the annual process to work through and establish our 2011 budget,” Kinyon said. “His knowledge is proving invaluable in that process.”

Puffenberger is a licensed CPA and attorney in Ohio. He grew up on the shores of Lake Erie.

His wife, Bernadette, is from the same hometown. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 01:58 am: Edit Post

Historic Building and Home Tour

Celebrate Richmond’s rich historic architecture by touring some of Richmond’s finest historic homes decked out in Holiday splendor.

The Cottage Industry Coalition for Historic Buildings will be hosting a holiday tour of historic homes and buildings. Tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday, November 30th, 5:30-8:30 pm
Saturday December 4th, 12-4 pm
Tuesday, December 14th 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, December 21st 5:30-8:30pm

Eleven buildings will be featured on the tour and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 ages 6-18, and 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance and used any/all of the dates of the tour. Tickets can also be purchased days of the tour. Each building can be toured once per ticket.

Historic structures on the tour include:

1. Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church 1004 North A Street, **OPEN 12/4/10 ONLY***
2. William G Scott House (Former Knights of Columbus) 204 North 10 Street
3. Old North Chapel 290 North 11th Street
4. Canteberry Salon and Day Spa 1307 East Main Street
5. Arden Hearth 202 North 15th Street **NOT OPEN 12/4/10**
6. Gennett Mansion 1829 East Main Street **NOT OPEN 12/21/10**
7. Mordecai Parry House 41 South 20th Street
8. Girls Night Inn 2035 East Main Street
9. Philip W Smith B & B 2039 East Main Street **NOT OPEN 12/4/10**
10. Martha E Parry B &B 2221 East Main Street
11. Gaar Mansion 2593 Pleasant View Rd

Advance tickets are available through the tour locations and in the Historic Richmond Depot district at Richmond Furniture Gallery and Foster’s E Street Gallery. For further information contact Jill and Kris Nelson at 765-966-8972.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 07:17 pm: Edit Post

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers ‘A Gatlin Brothers’ Christmas’

Performances: Saturday, December 11, 2010 / 4:00pm & 8:00pm

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element, music. Since then a popular ground swell has arisen that has persuaded them to do some selected dates that they are calling 'The Gatlin Brothers Never Ending Reunion Tour. Don’t miss this special holiday concert tour at 4:00pm or 8:00pm with ‘A Gatlin Brothers’ Christmas’ at Civic Hall.

Good seats are available for the performances at 4:00pm and 8:00pm; $32 for adults, $24 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

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 19, 2010 - 01:43 pm: Edit Post

Indiana University ‘Singing Hoosiers’ Will Perform in Richmond

The Richmond High School Choral Department will be hosting the Indiana University ‘Singing Hoosiers’ on \b[Sunday, January 23, 2011} with a 1:00pm luncheon followed by a 4:00pm performance in Civic Hall. The RHS Choral department will start the 4:00pm performance followed by the Singing Hoosiers. Both groups will perform “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” for the grand finale.

Reserved seat tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Luncheon tickets are also available for $10 each and will be hosted in the Richmond High School cafeteria at 1:00pm. Special IU Alumni pre-sale will be taking place starting November 18th through December 3rd. IU Alumni can order luncheon and reserved concert tickets by calling the Civic Hall box office during these dates. The last date to buy a luncheon ticket will be January 10, 2011. RHS students will be selling concert tickets starting on December 6th. General sale tickets will be available in the box office starting on January 3, 2011.

Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVICHALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 01:00 pm: Edit Post

Holiday Meals at Quaker Hill Conference Center

Quaker Hill Conference Center is offering private luncheon and dinner meals in the dining room of historic Evans House. Design you own menu using Chef Jen Ferrell’s suggestions. Reserve space for private gatherings of friends, office groups, church groups and family events. Enjoy fellowship before your meal or stay later and exchange gifts around the Quaker Hill Christmas tree.

For more information, contact Rod Waltz at or 765-962-5741.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 15, 2010 - 07:38 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County are looking for ways to maximize our community resources and to utilize all possible efficiencies. As a result, both Boards have agreed to explore how Wayne County, and this region, might best use its resources to strengthen our economic position.

The model that is now being considered would establish the use of one shared Chief Executive Officer. This would do nothing to change either organization, as both organizations would remain separate; both would retain their own Board of Directors; the finances for each would remain distinct and apart; and both organizations would continue to pursue their own missions and goals, while still cooperating together for the good of the community. The considered model would allow each Board to serve its distinct purpose, while giving one leader of our economic development effort access to both private and public tools to move this region forward. Other details of the model will be examined as we look at ways to develop a stronger, more appealing economic posture.

The leadership of the EDC and Chamber of Commerce both believe this conversation will help move our community forward, but we will greatly value and consider the input of other local leaders in this important community conversation.

It is our plan to share more information about this consideration with the community in the coming weeks.

Kevin M. Ahaus, Chair
Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County

Avis M. Stewart, Chair
Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, November 12, 2010 - 09:17 pm: Edit Post

Union County Medical Center opens Nov. 15

Reid Hospital brings health care services back to Union County with the opening of the Union County Medical Center Monday, Nov. 15.

“We are pleased to be able to bring direct health care access to Union County,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “Residents in the area will also find some familiar faces at the facility,” he said, including Dr. John Clarkson and staff who worked there before it was closed earlier this year. Other staff members will include Paulette Worcester and Vicki Wysong, both nurse practitioners.

Reid purchased the complex from Dr. Clarkson. “I am excited to be returning to Liberty and providing care to my many patients in the area,” he said. Center services will include primary care by appointment, rotating specialties such as orthopedics and walk-in urgent care.

Dr. Tom Huth is Reid vice president over Reid Physician Associates, the Reid-owned entity that will operate the Union County Medical Center and oversees operations of other Reid-owned physician practices. He said the Union County center will play a vital role in continuing to keep primary care easily accessible to the communities served by Reid.

“Having primary care available is obviously important to Reid as a hospital, but it’s even more important to families in need of quality care that is close to their homes,” Huth said.

A community celebration and open house for the center will be announced, probably for a date in January. Also coming soon to the facility will be lab and X-ray capabilities.

Appointments can be made with Dr. Clarkson by calling (765) 458-5191.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

OPEN HOUSE: A community celebration and open house is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. with special guests Coach Charlie Coles, the Miami Redhawks basketball team and mascot. Starting Monday, residents can sign up to win a jersey autographed by Coach Coles.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 08, 2010 - 01:54 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 North Lane Closure Continues Through Winter

RICHMOND, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor, Milestone, is laying asphalt along the north side lanes of U.S. Highway 40 from South West 17th Street to SW 13th this week—but those lanes will not reopen this winter as previously reported.

“It was a misstatement,” says INDOT public information director Harry Maginity. “The north side portion of the bridge at Clear Creek has not been rebuilt. We’re making great progress, but the traffic pattern will remain as it is through the winter.”

Demolition of the Clear Creek bridge’s north side section is scheduled to begin November 15.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 05:48 pm: Edit Post

'Hoosier Cheer For Our Heroes'
Support U.S. troops through holiday card drive

Hoosiers are invited to join Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's fifth annual holiday season mail campaign for troops called "Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes."

When you make your holiday card list this year, please remember Indiana servicemen and women who will be spending the holidays far away from families and friends - some in very harsh environments.

Skillman's office is collecting cards and will send them to Indiana troops around the world. Those who want to participate should send cards and letters to Skillman's Statehouse office by Friday, Nov. 19, to the following address:

Office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman
c/o Hoosier Cheer For Our Heroes
200 W. Washington St., Suite 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797

Hoosiers can also send an electronic note to

Skillman's office received a record 35,629 cards for troops during the 2009 holiday season, topping the previous year's total by about 15,000. In the four-year history of this campaign, approximately 92,000 cards have been donated and delivered from virtually every county in Indiana.

Sets of cards have come from schools, social clubs, church groups, scouting organizations and families who made it their mission to send as many as possible. In the past, cards have included pictures drawn by children, jokes, scripture and even updates on the Indianapolis Colts. Messages on the cards should be light-hearted and encouraging. Artwork - especially drawn by children - is appreciated.

Military officials advise it is best to avoid glitter and confetti when sending our troops holiday cards. Also, as much as folks might be tempted, our cards should not include candy, money or other holiday surprises.

This holiday card campaign is an important way for Hoosiers to say "thank you" for the continued efforts of local troops. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Indiana has deployed more than 14,500 National Guard members to Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the holidays, perhaps more than any other time of year, Hoosiers appreciate the heroism of our troops and the sacrifices they make by being away from family and friends. My hope is area residents, congregations, veterans and civic organizations join Lt. Gov. Skillman and me in this worthwhile effort to express our state's gratitude and good wishes.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 12:36 pm: Edit Post

A New Chamber Gift Certificate Program For You!

We are thrilled to introduce our all new Chamber gift certificate program. This entirely local enterprise will connect area customers with goods and services provided by member businesses of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Here is how the program works.

Chamber gift certificates are redeemed at 100 percent of their purchase price. There is no markup or fee. A customer that purchases a Chamber gift certificate for $10, $25, or $50 (dominations now available) will redeem the certificate at its full value at any participating Chamber member business.

We already have more than 90 area Chamber member businesses enrolled to accept Chamber gift certificates. This means rather than having to redeem a certificate at one particular store or franchise (as is the case with most gift certificates) the holder of a Chamber gift certificate has 90 choices as to where to redeem the certificate.

Our new program does not involve an external third party administrator. First Bank Richmond is our financial institution partner for the Chamber Gift Certificate Program. This eliminates any risk a third party administrator might pose. It also means gift certificates can be purchased at any of the 8 First Bank Richmond locations in addition to the Chamber of Commerce.

Get Your Chamber Gift Certificates Today!


Good News about the Previous Gift Certificate Program

Our new gift certificate program replaces a previous program administered by Certifichecks Incorporated, a company formerly based in Dayton, Ohio. Certifichecks Inc. administered gift certificate programs for nearly 400 Chambers of Commerce nationwide. In March of 2009 Certifichecks Inc. ceased operations and filed bankruptcy leaving Chambers and customers with gift certificates that could not be redeemed.

Our Chamber has a record of approximately $20,000 worth of previous Chamber gift certificates that could not be redeemed. We will contact holders of the previous non redeemable Chamber gift certificates that were purchased through us and that we have on record and we will issue new replacement certificates at 100 percent of the original certificate’s value.

Even though our Chamber, like individuals and businesses that were caught with these non redeemable certificates, was a victim of the third party administrator’s bankruptcy, we believe it is important for us to stand behind the old program as we launch the new one.

This means that holders of previous unredeemable Chamber gift certificates who previously reported their loss to us and whose information we have on file will be notified soon and may obtain their replacement certificates at the Chamber of Commerce.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 12:09 pm: Edit Post

Report: Indiana Business Climate Ranks Eighth Best in Nation

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 1, 2010) - For the third time in three years, Indiana's business climate scored a top ten finish nationally in Site Selection magazine's 2010 business climate rankings. Feedback from a survey of national real estate executives and a review of Indiana's economic development record earned the state recognition as the eighth best place for business in the U.S., up one spot from ninth in 2009.

The Site Selection ranking, released today in the magazine's November 2010 issue, comes less than one week after the Tax Foundation recognized Indiana for having the best business tax climate in the Midwest and the 10th best overall, up from 12th in 2009. A nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., the Tax Foundation study measures five indexes of states' business tax competitiveness including property tax rates, sales tax, individual tax, corporate tax and unemployment insurance taxes.

"In tough economic times, it's important to stand out, and now for the third time in a month, the world is reading that Indiana is among the best places to bring jobs," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

In October, Area Development magazine rated Indiana's business climate best in the Midwest and sixth best in the U.S., according to a survey of national site selection consultants. The state was also among the consultants' top-five picks in the rail and highway accessibility (second), labor climate (third), fast-track permitting (fourth), most business friendly (fifth), and lowest business costs (fifth) categories.

Site Selection's annual business climate rankings are determined in part by performance of the state in Conway Data's New Plant Database, which tracks new and expanded business facility activity, and also by a survey of corporate site seekers across the country. The survey asked companies to identify the top 10 state business climates, taking into consideration such factors as lack of red tape, financial assistance and government officials' cooperation. Respondents were also asked to rank the factors most important to them when determining a location for a new facility.

Site Selection's business climate survey story, as well as the publication's annual state legislative and incentives update, appears in the November 2010 edition and at .

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:54 am: Edit Post

Chamber Board Acts to Address Short Term and Long Term Leadership Needs

The Chamber Board of Directors has appointed the organization’s Vice President, Suzanne Derengowski, as Interim CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce until such time as a permanent replacement is named for outgoing Chamber President Dennis Andrews.

Derengowski’s interim appointment will be effective Monday November first.

The Chamber Board is committed as a first and immediate order of business to maintain the highest level of uninterrupted professional Chamber services for our members and community in the short term.

Suzanne’s interim appointment, in combination with other internal shifts and adjustments, will unquestionably allow this to occur.

We also approach the question of chamber leadership with the belief that the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a critically important resource if we are to successfully elevate our area’s competitive position and quality of life.

To this high aim, we are committed to carefully clarify the Chamber mission for our membership, community, and region as a prerequisite to shaping our CEO search criteria and process. This means communications with community leaders, area development organizations, and chamber membership will occur prior to and during our search process.

We view this course of action as an opportunity for the community as a whole. With that in mind, we will announce next steps and further information soon.

Avis Stewart
Chair, Chamber Board of Directors

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 02:34 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Hiring Winter Plow Drivers, Mechanics

On-Call, Seasonal Positions Supplement Existing Employees

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hiring 114 on-call snow plow drivers and mechanics this winter to supplement its statewide army of 1,700 winter operations employees. INDOT will be accepting applications through November 3.

“Seasonal snow plow driver and mechanic positions provide an excellent opportunity to earn extra money while making Indiana’s highways safer,” said INDOT Chief Operations Officer Troy Woodruff. “Qualified professionals who drive or service construction equipment during the warmer months should consider these positions for winter work.”

Employment for these seasonal positions is limited to the winter months, and hours will vary each week based upon weather and need. All applicants must pass a drug test, and drivers must have previously earned a Commercial Drivers License. More information about, and applications for, the positions can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 12:47 pm: Edit Post

Forever Plaid, Capitol Steps, Larry Gatlin & Gatlin Brothers Christmas, Celtic Blaze featuring Stephanie Cadmen, Dallas Brass
Are Featured During The 2010-2011 Proudly Presenting Series

Forever Plaid will be starting our 17th season of the 2010-2011 Proudly Presenting Series in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center. Capitol Steps, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Celtic Blaze, and the Dallas Brass will be rounding out the Proudly Presenting Series of events for 2010-2011.

The season will open with “Forever Plaid” and will be presented on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 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.

Our second show in the Series will be, “Capitol Steps”, presented on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm in Civic Hall. 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.

Scheduled for two performances on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm in Civic Hall will be Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers with a “Gatlin Brothers Christmas”.

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element, music. Since then a popular ground swell has arisen that has persuaded them to do some selected dates that they are calling 'The Gatlin Brothers Never Ending Reunion Tour’. Don’t miss this special holiday concert with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers at Civic Hall.

The fourth performance for the Proudly Presenting Series is scheduled at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011, with Celtic Blaze featuring Stephanie Cadman in a brand-new theatrically-staged show appealing to all ages. The show explores Canadian heritage through music and dance, set to a modern creative contemporary edge. The unique performance blends Ms. Cadman’s vast performance experience featuring Ottawa Valley Stepdancing, classical and Celtic fiddling, musical theatre and vocals. A world-champion tap dancer, Ms. Cadman has traveled throughout North America and Asia with various groups including Bowfire and The StepCrew). Celtic Blaze’s unique choreography brings the entire show together through song and dance. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music and dance in Civic Hall.

The last show in the Proudly Presenting Series is the “Dallas Brass” on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8:00pm. Founded in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The Dallas Brass show, American Musical Journey, incorporates a full complement of brass and percussion for a musical travelogue through American history, from the time of George Washington to the present day. The program’s music has been selected from the masters – Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, Sousa; from bands like the Tijuana Brass and Chicago; and styles from Dixieland, swing, Broadway, folk, patriotic, pop, and even hip-hop! The Dallas Brass’ primary mission includes connecting with young musicians. Clinics are held in conjunction with almost every concert and band students are invited to join the Dallas Brass onstage for a selection on the evening performance. Don’t miss this wonderful evening of music along with our community youth playing on stage with the Dallas Brass.

Season tickets for this outstanding lineup are on sale now. Adult season tickets - $130, seniors (ages 65+) - $125, active military - $85, and student season tickets - $85. Patrons may order tickets or a season brochure from the Civic Hall Box Office, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana, 47374. The Box Office telephone numbers are 765-973-3350, or toll free, 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248-4242). The Civic Hall website is at Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - noon and 1:00 pm - 4:00 p.m. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are happily accepted. There is a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders and a $3.00 fee for credit card processing.

All events, dates and times are subject to change.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 04:25 pm: Edit Post

Starr Gennett Foundation Membership Drive

Richmond, IN -Starr Gennett Foundation (SGF) is offering a $10 gift-giving membership as a kick off to their "new membership" drive. The first 100 to purchase a "new" membership between now and Dec. 24 will receive a Starr-Gennett membership card and their choice of a Warm Glow Candle, a value of $12.99 or a Starr-Gennett baseball cap, a value of $10.00 (offer good while supplies last). These make unique gift packages for those who have everything! Buy several memberships for all your family and friends! The membership package is available at the Richmond Furniture Gallery on Ft. Wayne Ave. in Richmond, Indiana, until Dec. 24. SGF representatives will be present at the SGF gift shop on Tuesday at the Depot District Christmas Festival.

Originally a $35 value, the special $10 membership rate will still be available to new members only until May 1, 2011. It is available only to individuals and students. The membership drive has been implemented to attract new supporting members that will help SGF reach their music and education goals which include a proposed jazz education component to supplement school curriculum and other education events. SGF is also looking for corporate members, sponsors and other types of donors as well.

For more information about SGF go to, call (765) 962-2860, or email .

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 04:19 pm: Edit Post

INDOT’s Yellow Plow Trucks Ready for White Christmas

Celebrate Responsibly and Keep Holiday Parties from Spilling Onto Roads

INDIANAPOLIS – Accumulated snow combined with below average temperatures will ensure that much of Indiana will remain blanketed in white this Christmas holiday. With a chance of winter weather forecast on Christmas Eve, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) stands ready to plow and treat highways ahead of the influx of holiday travelers.

“Winter weather does not take holidays or weekends off and, when needed, neither do our dedicated winter operations professionals,” said INDOT Chief Operations Officer Troy Woodruff. “Many of our plow truck drivers leave their families on Christmas to fight snow and ice on a 12-hour shift.”

As Hoosiers gather for Christmas and New Year’s parties, INDOT and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) urge motorists to celebrate responsibly. Law enforcement agencies will be out in force patrolling for impaired drivers. Simple tips are available on the Web at

“The season can turn deadly when holiday festivities spill out onto Indiana’s roadways. By planning ahead before you plan to drink you could save a life,” said ICJI Executive Director T. Neil Moore. “Don’t let your 2010 end with an arrest or worse. Remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

Holiday travelers can access road condition information and weather alerts through INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at or 800-261-ROAD (7623). Although most INDOT road construction projects have wrapped up for the winter, TrafficWise also includes information about road closures or restrictions.

Yellow plow trucks are deployed ahead of predicted winter weather to make state highways as safe as possible, but winter driving safety is a partnership where motorists play an equally important role. INDOT urges motorists to remember Ice & Snow: Take it Slow and drive at a slow, safe and consistent speed to minimize winter crashes.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 20, 2010 - 05:04 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Valley REMC Collects Food for the Elderly

Pictured are Sandy Cason, Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist for Whitewater Valley REMC, presenting the collected food items for the elderly to Tony Shepherd, Executive Director of the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency. The Area 9 Agency provides Meals on Wheels, home care services and community services to the elderly in the Whitewater Valley of Indiana.

Mr. Shepherd expressed thanks to the cooperative’s members and staff of the WWV REMC for their generous efforts to greatly enhance the lives of the low-income elderly to whom this food will be provided during this holiday season. He stated “There are hundreds of elderly citizens in this region who are living on $674 or less per month of income. Usually these are the oldest of the elderly, with the most medical problems and are in many ways ‘invisible’ to most of us. These food items will bring a little extra joy and comfort to the poorest and oldest of our local elderly.”

“We would also like to thank all our members who donated items during our holiday food drive,” said Sandy Cason. “We know our members, and many communities are struggling in our area. Seeing the support from our members with their donations reinforces one of the cooperative’s core values – care for the community.”

The cooperative had been collecting canned food items since September. Whitewater Valley REMC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving the Whitewater Valley. The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, has been assisting the elderly for over 35 years.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 07:07 pm: Edit Post

Starr Gennett Kicks Off New Membership Drive with Gift Rates

Richmond, IN -Starr Gennett Foundation is offering a $10 gift-giving membership as a kick off to their "new membership" drive. The first 100 to purchase a "new" membership between now and Dec. 24 will receive their choice of a Warm Glow Candle, a value of $12.99, or a SGF baseball cap, a value of $10.00, plus a membership card to SGF.

The membership package will be available at a booth on the remaining days of the Depot District Christmas Festival and at the Richmond Furniture Gallery on Ft. Wayne Ave. in Richmond, Indiana, until Dec. 24. The special $10 rate will be available to new members until May 1, 2011. It is available only to individuals and students.

The membership drive has been implemented to attract new supporting members that will help SGF reach their music and education goals which include a proposed jazz education component to supplement school curriculum and other education events. SGF is also looking for corporate members, sponsors and other types of donors as well.

For more information go to, call 765-962-2860 or email