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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:54 am: Edit Post

Transcultural Simulation
Invitation to Participate in a Community Learning Experience

Saturday April 30, 2011, 4:00-5:30 PM

Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, 1717 South L St.

You are invited to take part in a unique trans-cultural learning experience that will bring together people of various languages, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences in a delightful simulation of living in a foreign land. Spend an adventurous afternoon with us playing a part in our simulation, and learning about your neighbors who live right here in Wayne County who hail from other countries.

This is a unique opportunity to network with the community at large and especially with a segment of the community that advertising may not reach. This special event will showcase your concern, care, and commitment to improving relations between all who live and work in our community.

RSVP by April 20th to (765) 993-7238 or via email to amigoslatinocenter@yahoo.com.

(Message edited by Admin on March 31, 2011)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:50 am: Edit Post

Minority Health Month Events Announced

Wayne County Minority Health Coalition will be collaborating with various community groups to celebrate April's designation as Minority Health Month.

The kickoff event will be a Community Garden Planting Party & Lunch at Townsend Center on Saturday, April 2 from 10-am 1pm. Join us as we start planting the community garden, build raised beds and enjoy the outdoors. Even if you can't help in the garden, you are welcome to drop by to see what's sprouting at the center and join us for lunch from 12-1. Rain date April 9. Contact Kevin McCurdy 765-277-9738. Sponsored by Townsend Center, WCMHC and Clear Creek Coop.

April 9 WCMHC and The National Kidney Foundation present Kidney Early Evaluation Program. Saturday, April 9, 9-1 at Townsend Community Center 855 North 12th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Join us if you have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease. Registration Recommended but Walk Ins are welcomed Call Sharrie Harlin 765-973-8788 to register.

April 15 Free Bloood Pressure Screening Greater Second Baptist Church 1371 North G Richmond 11:30-12:30 Sponsored by WCMHC and Reid Hospital Community Benefits.

April 19 Free Blood Pressure Screening Mount Olive Baptist Church 1108 North H Street Richmond 11:30-12:30 Sponsored by WCMHC and Reid Hospital Community Benefits.

April 20 Free Prostrate Screening 6-7:30 Wayne County Health Clinic 203 East Main Richmond, men 40 and over should have annual screening; early detection = better results Call 765-983-3344 for appointment Sponsored by Reid Hospital Oncology Services.

For more information, contact Sharrie Harlin at 765-973-8788.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:11 am: Edit Post

Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Alex Crist and Kara Lambright were chosen from a pool of 54 applicants from throughout Wayne County. Both recipients will receive a four-year full tuition scholarship and $800 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Alex, a senior at Richmond High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in band, various church activities, National Honor Society, swimming, and orchestra throughout high school. He has also held several leadership roles along with volunteering for Circle U, Community Food Pantry, and Habitat for Humanity. Alex plans to study physical therapy at Butler University. He is the son of Duane and March Crist.

Kara, a senior at Centerville High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in cheerleading, various church activities, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 4-H, foreign language club, soccer, student council, yearbook, and SADD throughout high school. She has also held several leadership roles along with volunteering for Reid Hospital, vacation bible school, and Special Olympics. Kara plans to major in nursing at Ball State University. She is the daughter of Brad and Lori Lambright.

This year a total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc., in conjunction with community foundations and Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

Since 1998, 31 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation. This year’s awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community dinner in June.

(Message edited by Admin on March 31, 2011)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:08 am: Edit Post

Dawson Named Earlham President
RICHMOND, Ind. — Earlham College is pleased to announce that John David Dawson has accepted an offer from the Board of Trustees to become the 17th President of Earlham. Board Chair Deborah Hull '67 made the announcement earlier today.

David Dawson begins his tenure at Earlham on July 1.

Dawson is currently a Professor of Religion and Constance and Robert MacCrate Professor in Social Responsibility at Haverford College in Haverford, Penna., where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987.

In 2002, Dawson accepted an invitation to serve for five years as Haverford's Provost, a position that combines much of the responsibility that Earlham allocates to both its Provost and Academic Dean.

"I am extremely happy to introduce David as Earlham's new President," says Hull. "He brings with him a wealth of scholarship and a deep commitment to social justice issues. Throughout his career, David has always been a very strong faculty member and has long had a strong relationship with students and fellow faculty members. As someone whose personal values mirror those of Earlham, he is the ideal person to lead the College forward."

Dawson reports that he is "honored to join the Earlham community and to lead such an extraordinary institution. I am very excited to begin our journey together."

Dawson received a B.A. from Towson State University, an M.Div. from Duke University's Divinity School, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He also has been named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

In addition to overseeing the operations of the liberal arts college and the Earlham School of Religion, Dawson has also been named a full professor in the Department of Religion.

Hull thanked the members of the Presidential Search Committee for their work during the last several months. Hull and Board Secretary Ray Ontko '84 co-convened the committee, which included additional Board member Bobbie Gottschalk '64 and Rob Bresler '59, who is a past Board member and past chair of the Alumni Council; faculty and staff representatives Trayce Peterson '82, ESR'98, Gypsy Swanger '90, Donna Sykes, Lonnie Valentine ESR'83 and Mark Van Buskirk; and student representative Anne Marie Roderick '11.

Dawson and his wife Ellen have two children, a son who attends Macalester College and a daughter who is currently a junior in high school. Ellen Dawson will stay in Pennsylvania while their daughter finishes high school and will join Dawson in Richmond in 2012. Dawson begins his tenure at Earlham on July 1, 2011.

He replaces the retiring Douglas C. Bennett, who has served as Earlham's President since 1997.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 09:59 am: Edit Post

Hoosier Highways to get Spring Cleaning

Statewide effort to clean up Indiana roadways begins April 2

GREENFIELD, Ind. – Warmer weather means it is time for spring cleaning in the Hoosier State – and Indiana’s highways are no exception. This weekend, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and Adopt-A-Highway groups will begin a major statewide effort to clean up Indiana’s highways during Trash Bash, from April 2-24, 2011.

“Keeping Indiana’s highways clean costs the state significantly every year,” said Brandye Hendrickson, INDOT Greenfield District Deputy Commissioner. “But by partnering with Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups, sponsoring companies and the Department of Correction, we’re getting more done and taking more pride – while saving taxpayers money – in maintaining beautiful roadsides for motorists.”

Each year, hundreds of tons of trash are collected, sprucing up highways in time for spring. In 2010, 11,083 bags of trash and 79.5 tons of loose debris were collected from state highways and right-of-way areas. A total of 621 Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups logged 14,975 hours in this effort along with additional hours by available INDOT staff and DOC forces.

“We are happy to be a part of the state’s annual Trash Bash effort,” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. “Cleaning up Hoosier highways is one of the ways that offenders can give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good.”

In east central Indiana, local Adopt-A-Highway sponsors and groups interested in participating in the program should contact their subdistrict’s Trash Bash organizer.

Indianapolis subdistrict: 317-356-2411
Greenfield subdistrict: 317-467-3427
Cambridge City subdistrict: 765-478-4925
Tipton subdistrict: 765-675-7401
Albany subdistrict: 765-789-4187

INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep Indiana’s highways clean by following these tips:

Motorists should be on the lookout for clean-up crews during Trash Bash. When drivers encounter a work crew they should slow down and remain alert for changing traffic patterns.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 09:38 am: Edit Post

Reid Named One of Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“It is gratifying to receive such a great honor that is solely based on solid independent data and comparisons to other hospitals,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. Kinyon said the award is a reflection of a longstanding commitment by Reid’s team to achieving excellence on behalf of the patients Reid serves.

“This comes on the heels of another national award for our heart surgery team,” Kinyon said. “I am very proud of the committed physicians, caregivers and support staff who continue to make Reid a regional and even national leader in quality of care. This is more evidence that patients can find exceptional care right here at Reid, right here in Richmond.”

William Black, M.D., Reid chief of staff, said the award shows and affirms the quality of care delivered at Reid. “It’s a reflection of the coordinated efforts from the medical staff, nursing personnel, administration and all Reid employees to give top quality care to our patients,” Dr. Black said.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR)data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The survey put Reid in the top 3% nationally of almost 3,000 hospitals and in the top 2% of the medium community hospital category, which included more than 1,000 facilities.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 04:16 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Seeking Nominations for the 2011 Hoosier Lifetime Award

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, is searching for persons age 60+ from this area who merits statewide recognition for their lifetime of service in their community.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Hoosiers for their lifetime of service to their communities and for helping improve the quality of life. The nominee must be 60 years of age or older on or before January 1, 2011, and must be a resident of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County. The recipient, along with all nominees, will be honored at a special Recognition Tea during Senior Expo on May 19th
at The Leland Residence in Richmond.

To nominate someone in your community, you must complete an official nomination form that includes an explanation for the nomination. Activities may include community, church, social activities, service clubs and/or individual efforts. Members of the Area 9 Council will select one winner from all nominations submitted. Official entry forms are available at Area 9 Agency, 520 South 9th Street in Richmond, or by contacting Judy Ford at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 or juford@iue.edu. Deadline for entries is April 29th.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 11, 2011 - 10:45 am: 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 May 1 will receive a Starr-Gennett parrot logo magnet. If you are already a member, we truly appreciate your support! Please share this info with others who might be interested or consider making a membership gift to a friend.

The membership package will be available at the Starr-Gennett office, 33 South 7th Street, and at the Richmond Furniture Gallery on Ft. Wayne Ave., both in Richmond, Indiana. The special $10 rate, a $35 value, will be available to new members until May 1, 2011.

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

For more information go to www.starrgennett.org, call 765-962-2860 or email thardy@starrgennett.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 04, 2011 - 07:15 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Student Recycling Project to Raise Money for Scholarships

First Collection Date March 19 in Richmond and Connersville

Ivy Tech Richmond’s Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class is sponsoring a recycling project with proceeds going to scholarships for area students.

Class members are accepting the following materials for recycling from Wayne, Fayette, Rush and Union Counties: paper, cardboard, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery.

Donors with large articles or a large collection of material should call Bill Chamberlain at 765-576-0383 to schedule a pick up. Pickups can be scheduled until April 19. Donors of large articles will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation.

March 19 and April 22 will be the two dates to drop off smaller items in both Richmond and Connersville.

The March 19 drop off will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Richmond drop off site will be U.S. 40 West and Toschlog Road in the former County Market parking lot. The Connersville drop off site with be in the Ivy Tech campus parking lot at 717 West 21st St.

The April 22 drop off will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Richmond drop off site will be on U.S. 40 East in the Kroger Plaza parking lot. The Connersville drop off site will be in the Ivy Tech campus parking lot.

All donations will be accepted. All proceeds from this project will go to the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund. Area students will benefit from these funds.

Questions about the project should be directed to Chamberlain or Professor Krista Morisen at kmorisen@ivytech.edu.


By Richmond Family YMCA (Ymca) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:10 am: Edit Post

It’s a Play Date: YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ Aims to Get Families Moving Through Play


[Richmond, IN, April 7, 2011] – On Saturday, April 16, the Richmond Family YMCA is encouraging all kids and parents in Wayne County to come join the Y for a play date and commit to being active every day. It’s all part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ – the nation’s largest health day for families. The free event will take place at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center from 12 PM to 2 PM and feature activities such as a youth sports clinic and a free public swim in Tiano pool from 2 PM to 4 PM.

As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to kids and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. At a time when one in three children in the United States are overweight or obese (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), developing healthier habits that include increased physical activity is more important than ever.

“At the Y, we know that parents struggle to find the time to incorporate more active play and healthier habits into their kids’ daily routine,” says Kevin Carr, Executive Director, Richmond Family YMCA. “Doing so doesn’t have to require extra money or resources. It’s as simple as making a play date with your kids, with two key requirements – be active and have fun!”

As part of Healthy Kids Day, the Y encourages families to make play dates everyday as a simple way to become healthier, more active and connected. The Richmond Family YMCA recommends five simple activities families can do to play together:

1. Schedule a Game Night: Play games with the kids that incorporate physical activity, such as Charades.

2. Dance, Dance: Turn on your favorite party music and dance! Make this activity more fun with a dance contest.

3. Go Riding: Find a new bike path or park for a fun afternoon outdoors; grab your helmets and go rollerblading or bike riding.

4. Channel Your Inner Youth: Remember playing hopscotch, jump rope, Simon Says or freeze tag as a kid? Teach your favorite childhood game to your kid(s) and play them together.

5. Play Outside: Visit your neighborhood park or camp out in your backyard for some outdoor fun. Get everyone moving with fun sports like soccer, basketball or baseball.


Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, with more than 700,000 families expected to attend this year.

The Richmond Family YMCA 4th Annual Healthy Kids Day is supported by Richmond Community Schools, Richmond Coca-Cola Bottling Center and the Richmond Wal-Mart. In addition, the Richmond Y is proud to host representatives from the Richmond Fire Department, Wayne County Health Department, Reid Hospital & Health Care Services, Purdue/Wayne County Extension Office, Johnson Chiropractic, Richmond Parks and Recreation, Lemonade Days, Communities in Schools, Birth to Five, Jacy House, Girls Scouts, Amigo’s and Galileo Charter Schools.

For more information, contact Kevin Carr at 765-962-7504.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 10:25 am: Edit Post

18th Annual Ivy Tech Car Show Saturday features new "Parade of Show Cars" from Ivy Tech to Richmond Depot District

Richmond- The 18th Annual Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Car Show is Saturday, April 30 with proceeds going to the Ivy Tech Community College Scholarship Fund for automotive scholarships. Free to the public.

Over 200 cars from Model Ts to Street Rods will be on display from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Chester Boulevard campus at I-70 and U.S. 27. A parade of show cars drive from the campus to the Richmond Depot District following the show.

The free to the public event includes a NASCAR simulator, a lawn mower tractor train and carnival games for the kids, food, DJ music, college admissions and financial aid information. Auto parts vendors will be on site.

Car owner contests include: rolling judging trophies, a People's Choice and other awards. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The first 100 entrants will receive a dash plaque and tee shirt. The entry fee is $15.

For additional registration information call 765-966-2656 ext. 2347.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 12:30 pm: Edit Post

Indiana 38 Open
Culvert replacement west of Hagerstown finishes ahead of schedule

HAGERSTOWN, Ind.—State Route 38 west of Hagerstown is open. The Indiana Department of Transportation reopened Indiana 38 this morning (4-26-2011) after being closed for about a month to install a new box culvert under the highway.

The box culvert is located over Bear Creek, just west of Hagerstown on state Route 38. Construction of the box culvert was scheduled to be complete by June; however, crews were able to get the road open today. The new culvert spans 14 feet and is 108 feet long.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 09:49 am: Edit Post

Center lanes on Chester Boulevard remain closed
Crews prepare U.S. 27 for surface paving

RICHMOND, Ind.—The two inside lanes will remain closed on U.S. 27/Chester Boulevard between Interstate 70 and Sim Hodgin Parkway for at least 10 days.

The left lane for both north bound and southbound traffic will be closed as workers finish installation of traffic signal loops and prepare the existing pavement for a surface layer. Crews hope to begin paving surface asphalt in about two weeks; however, weather will be a determining factor in the rate of progress.

Some delays should be expected during peak hours. Drivers should allow some extra time to reach their destinations.

Drivers can learn the locations of road construction zones before they depart by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or on the internet at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov.

“Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 25, 2011 - 02:58 pm: Edit Post

I-70 Overnight Lane Restrictions At Welcome Center Site

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close the westbound right lane of Interstate 70 every night next week (week of 5/2/2011) at the Centerville Welcome Center construction site, located approximately five miles west of Exit 149/Richmond.

Milestone, the state’s contractor, plans to mill and pave the deceleration and acceleration lanes going into the rest area facility. During the six-day closure, crews will also grade along the roadside, place stone at the ditch and repair a raveling seam.

Lane closures are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The new welcome center is expected to open this summer. It will provide additional space for tourism information and indoor vending as well as expanded restroom facilities. Truck parking is being expanded from 24 spaces to more than 150.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 25, 2011 - 10:24 am: Edit Post

5th Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival

To be held at the Richmond Art Museum, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana 47374

DATE: Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Panel Discussion at 5:30 p.m.; Film Screening at 7:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: $5 General Public / $3 RAM Members and Students

Everyone is welcome!

The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival, featuring the work of teen filmmakers from across the Midwest.

Phantoscope is a juried short film competition for high school age students. A panel of experts evaluates the submitted films and awards prized based on merit. Students get the opportunity to ask questions and listen to film experts talk about getting started in film and discuss the “how to” questions so many novices have when pursuing an artform.

At the festival screening, one talented young filmmaker will win a $1,000 cash prize for Best Film. The winning film will be announced at the screening. Student filmmakers from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and all parts in between will have their films shown. Additionally, prizes for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing and Best Documentary will be given.

Former participant Brian McGuffog who currently attends NYU Tice for film wrote to RAM saying, “This is an incredible opportunity. It is very hard to find opportunities for filmmakers in Indiana, let alone high-schoolers, so it is really awesome that you consider our demographic as well…Good luck in your ventures into helping all of us teens reach our dream.”

Phantoscope is open to the public, and anyone interested in film or who wants to watch a line up of creative and interesting short films is encouraged to attend!

For more information, contact Lance M. Crow, Education Director, (765) 966-0256 or visit http://www.richmondartmuseum.org/film.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:25 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Youth Workers Luncheon
Wayne County Youth Workers are invited...and bring a friend!

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

WHO: All youth-serving professionals in Wayne County and the surrounding area who work with children and youth.

SPEAKER/TOPIC: Sergeant Christopher Taylor, Richmond Police Department, Professional Standards Unit & Digital Forensics Lab
What you need to know about internet crimes against children: how to be aware of what our kids are doing while texting, tweeting, facebook, sexting, chatting and internet usage.

WHERE: Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center, 2000 Wernle Road, Richmond, IN 47375

Partner: Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center & Communities In Schools

COST: FREE Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Indiana Youth Institute

RSVP by May 18, 2011 by noon, email Lela Smith or call 866-431-5752.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 18, 2011 - 02:27 pm: Edit Post

Medicare Beneficiaries - Would You Like More Money?

There are programs available to help Medicare Beneficiaries with Medicare costs. The Low Income Subsidy (LIS) or as it is more commonly known, “Extra Help”, can pay for Medicare Part D monthly premiums (up to $36.40/month.) Medicare Part D is for prescription coverage. The beneficiary will have no deductible, no gap in coverage (Donut Hole), and copays will be $2.50 for generics and $6.30 for brand name or even less.

The Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) can pay your Medicare Part A (hospitalization coverage) and Part B (outpatient coverage) premiums, deductibles, and copays. With MSP, supplemental insurance might not be needed.

Both these programs have income and asset eligibility criteria. Contact Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency to find out if you qualify. Area 9 has three certified State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Counselors available to assist you with more information about these two
programs as well to provide help with applying for them. Call Area 9 at 966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 and ask to speak to a SHIP Counselor. Area 9 is a community service of Indiana University East and is the Area Agency on Aging which serves Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 03:49 pm: Edit Post

Historic Buildings Tour

Richmond, IN - - The Cottage Industry Coalition for Historic Buildings will host the Richmond Tour of Historic Buildings on April 30, 2011 from 12:00 to 4:00, and on May 1, 2011 form 12:00 to 5:00. In total, 6 historic buildings will participate: The Abram and Agnes Gaar Mansion and Farm Museum; The Martha E. Parry Bed and Breakfast; the Canteberry Salon and Day Spa, The Gennett Mansion, Arden Hearth, and The Olde North Chapel. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 6-18, 5 & under free. Tickets can be purchased in advance and used both dates of the tour.

The group raised $800 during the Holiday Tour this past winter and donated $600 of the proceeds to the Gaar House and Farm for restoration purposes. The remainder of the proceeds paid for advertising for the past event and future advertising. The group is hoping to make this a regional event. Anyone with a historic home or building that would like to participate in the future please call Kris Nelson at 765-977-3959 for more information.

The Cottage Industry Coalition for Historic Buildings is a group focused on working with elected officials, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wayne County Tourism Office and local businesses and nonprofits to make changes in zoning laws and regulations, to identify funding sources for new and existing businesses, create co-operative marketing initiatives, reduce the taxes paid by small businesses, and promote the preservation of our historic structures, thus making Richmond a cottage-industry-friendly city. The group is growing and has been meeting for 9 months. The cost of membership is free and the group meets once a month for dinner to discuss the issues effecting small mom and pop business. Anyone interested in joining call Donna Geddes at 765-462-9934.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 11, 2011 - 10:49 am: Edit Post

Spring Leadership Forum

The IU East Center for Leadership Development is hosting its Spring Leadership Forum on Thursday, April 21. Meet at 7:30-8 a.m. for Continental Breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m. Presentation in the Community Room at Whitewater Hall.

Heather Haas, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for ADVISA, will present: "The Talent Trap: Are you taking your best people for granted, assuming they will always be around?" This discussion will provide what every employer needs to know about their people to stay competitive.

Research done by Walker Information, in partnership with the Indiana Business Council, reveals what Hoosier employers need to know to stay competitive. For instance, did you know…
• The top 16 percent of your employees produce 60 percent of the work?
• Engagement for top talent has dropped 22 percent?
• 54 percent are actively pursuing other employment?

This workshop is being underwritten by the IU East Center for Leadership Development. Please register online at iue.edu/leadership as space is limited.

For more information, please contact Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of Business Administration and Organization Behavior, at 765-973-8412 or fjoyner@iue.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 08, 2011 - 06:40 pm: Edit Post

It's Not Too Late to Register for the Shakeout

INDIANAPOLIS -- Only days remain until the largest earthquake drill ever held in Indiana and the Midwest, but there’s still time to get involved. Of the nearly 1.7 million participants who have registered to take part in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, nearly 400,000 are Hoosiers who will practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” on April 19 at 10:15 a.m. EDT (9:15 a.m. CDT).

To sign up and find out more, go to www.in.gov/dhs/shakeout.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has partnered with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Geological Survey to inform Hoosiers about the drill and encourage all Indiana residents, including schools, businesses and communities, to pledge their participation..

Across the state, many county emergency management agencies are working closely with local emergency responders and public safety officials to raise awareness about the ShakeOut and promote participation in schools, businesses and individual homes.

While other Central US Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) member states will participate the next week, Indiana will “ShakeOut” on April 19th due to ISTEP testing in schools.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being coordinated by CUSEC and its member and associate states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of other partners.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 08, 2011 - 04:02 pm: Edit Post

April 22 Last Collection Date for Ivy Tech Richmond Student Recycling Project to Fund Scholarships

Richmond- April 22 is the last drop off date for the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class recycling program. All proceeds from project go to the Ivy Tech Foundation Student Scholarship Fund.

Drop off of smaller items will be in Richmond and Connersville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Richmond location is in the Kroger Plaza parking lot on East Main Street. The Connersville location is in the Ivy Tech campus parking lot 717 West 21st Street.

Class members are accepting the following materials for recycling: paper, cardboard, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery.

Donors with large articles or a large collection of material should call Bill Chamberlain at 765-576-0383 to schedule a pick up. Pickups can be scheduled until April 19. Donors of large articles will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation.
All donations will be accepted.

Questions about the project should be directed to Chamberlain or the course instructor Krista Morisen at kmorisen@ivytech.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - 11:44 pm: Edit Post

18th Annual Ivy Tech Richmond Car Show to be held April 30

Richmond- The 18th Annual Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Car Show will be Saturday, April 30 with proceeds going to the Ivy Tech Community College Scholarship Fund for automotive scholarships.

Over 200 cars from Model Ts to Street Rods will be on display from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Chester Boulevard campus at I-70 and U.S 27. The free to the public event includes a NASCAR simulator, a lawn mower tractor train and carnival games for the kids, food, DJ music, college tours, admissions and financial aid information. Auto parts vendors will be on site.

Car owner contests include rolling judging trophies, a People's Choice and other awards. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The first 100 entrants will receive a dash plaque and tee shirt. The entry fee is $15. For additional information contact Bob Frantz, Ivy Tech Automotive Program Chair, 765-966-2656.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:05 am: Edit Post

Report: Indiana Ranks Near Top as Best State for Business

INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2011) - Indiana was ranked as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the sixth best nationwide in a survey of more than 500 chief executives by Chief Executive magazine.

The magazine's seventh annual "Best & Worst States" survey asks CEO's to evaluate states based on business tax policies, regulation, workforce quality and livability factors. Indiana's 2011 ranking is up from 16th place in 2010. It's among the highest year-to-year improvements in the survey.

"This ranking is a validation of the work that Governor Daniels and the General Assembly are doing to make Indiana the best possible place to do business," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Amazon's major investment announcement this week tells us that above all else, business climate matters and the pay-off for Hoosiers is new jobs and investment."

Indiana's 6th place ranking makes it the only Midwestern state in the publication's top 10. Among neighboring states, Kentucky ranked 17th, Ohio ranked 41st, Michigan ranked 46th and Illinois ranked 48th.

The Chief Executive magazine rankings come less than a week after the state announced that it was the recipient of a 2011 Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. The publication's top honor for economic development efforts, the Gold Shovel was awarded based on the state's 2010 performance in categories including total job creation, job creation per-capita, new capital investment and number of new facilities.

Chief Executive magazine is a bi-monthly publication for top management executives published by the Chief Executive Group LLC. Founded in 1977, the Chief Executive Group LLC is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. The "Best & Worst States," survey results are available at: http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 04:04 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 & S.W. Fifth Street Intersection Opens Today
Better weather allows work to progress

RICHMOND—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will reopen the intersection at U.S. 40 and South West Fifth Street this afternoon.

Paving crews will finish an intermediate layer of asphalt this afternoon and have the intersection open as soon as possible.

The intersection closure was scheduled to last one to two weeks; however, progress was impeded because of heavy rain and an unexpected manhole discovered beneath the roadway.

As the east-side project enters its final stages, INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious while driving through all work zones. “Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov.

Drivers can learn the locations of road construction zones before they depart by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or on the internet at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 11:07 am: Edit Post

Awards highlight Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 41st graduation ceremony May 7

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 41st Graduation is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Tiernan Center. The Class of 2011 is the largest in the College’s history with 587 degrees and certificates being awarded.

Retired Richmond banking executive F. Wayne Stidham will receive the Ivy Tech Community College Honorary Degree Associate of Science in College and Community Service. Liberty native Patricia L. Lang, Ph.D., Professor and Chemistry Department Chair at Ball State University will receive the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Students being recognized at the ceremony include: Rebecca Andrews, Richmond, Class of 2011 Commencement Speaker. She will receive the Associate of Applied Science degree Cum Laude in Office Administration. Tameka Burns, Williamsburg, and James Marshall, Connersville, will be recognized as members of the All-Indiana Academic Team.

The Dean’s Award winners for the outstanding graduate in an Ivy Tech School are: Catherine Plemons, Liberty, School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology; Samantha Mosier, Richmond, School of Business; Tiffany Walker, Richmond, School of Health Sciences and, Tammy Sabados, Richmond, School of Education.

The Associate of Science in Nursing graduating class Pinning Ceremony will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Civic Hall.

The Preschool Graduation will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Stidham Auditorium in Johnson Hall.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 08:26 am: Edit Post

Dr. Patricia Lang 2011 Ivy Tech Richmond Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Patricia L. Lang, Ph.D., is the 2011 Ivy Tech Richmond Distinguished Alumna. She is professor and chair of the Chemistry Department at Ball State University. Dr. Lang will receive the award at Ivy Tech Richmond’s 41st graduation, May 7 at the Tiernan Center in Richmond. The Class of 2011 is the largest in the College’s history with 587 degrees being awarded.

A native of Liberty, Ind., she graduated from Ivy Tech Community College Richmond as a Certified Laboratory Technician in 1974.

She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, and Miami University of Ohio with the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Chemistry. She has been a Ball State Chemistry Department faculty member since 1987.

Dr. Lang is active in University and professional organizations. She was program director for the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Initiative in Indiana for four years, has mentored 41 undergraduate and 15 graduate students and collaborated with local and national museums in research efforts to authenticate and identify pigments used in ancient manuscripts, sculpture and paintings.

She is a frequent presenter of scholarly research at national, regional and international professional meetings and invited seminars and an author of numerous scholarly journal articles.

An avid Contract Bridge player, she has taken an active role in the Muncie, Ind. Club of the American Contract Bridge League and was recognized by the group for membership recruitment.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 08:19 am: Edit Post

Wayne Stidham to receive Ivy Tech Honorary Degree at May 7 Graduation

F. Wayne Stidham, retired Richmond banking executive, community leader and supporter of higher education will receive an Honorary Associate of Science Degree in College and Community Service at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 41st graduation ceremony May 7.

The degree is being awarded to Stidham for his is lifetime commitment to education, support of post secondary education and vision of what higher education would mean to the Richmond area community. In 1969, Stidham took the lead to raise $1.25 million to expand the Eastern Indiana Center and combine it with Indiana Vocational Technical College on a campus north of Richmond. In less than nine months the drive raised $1.2 million and the property at I-70 and U.S. 27 was under option for the Ivy Tech/IU East campus.

“We appreciate the Stidhams’ commitment to education and support of Ivy Tech as it has developed into Ivy Tech Community College’s fastest growing campus and the sixth fastest growing community college in its size category in the nation,” said James Steck, Ivy Tech Richmond Chancellor.

“ Wayne, his late wife Francis, and their family have consistently supported Ivy Tech’s growth and its Foundation, said Diana Pappin, Ivy Tech Executive Director Resource of Development.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

Hoosiers Urged to Report Severe Weather Damage

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is asking all Hoosiers to continue reporting uninsured damage sustained as a result of recent flooding and severe weather events.

Beginning April 18 and continuing, many communities in Indiana have been affected by severe spring weather including tornadoes, hail, strong winds and flooding. Residents who sustained uninsured damage to their homes, apartments or businesses as are result of these severe weather incidents are asked to report the damage online at www.in.gov/dhs. It is not necessary to report damage to garages, storage buildings, fences, trees or other landscaping and outbuildings.

"As IDHS continues to coordinate emergency response efforts to address ongoing flooding situations in many communities, the state is also looking ahead to the recovery process,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “Part of the recovery process is knowing how much damage the state sustained. We need the help of all residents who sustained uninsured damage to make sure we have an accurate picture of the overall impact of these storms.”

The online form will ask for the reporting individual’s name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of uninsured damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.

IDHS uses the information reported on these forms to determine whether to pursue federal assistance.

THIS REPORT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ANY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

This is NOT an application for a grant from 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.

Individuals without home Internet access are advised to contact a neighbor, family member or friend with Internet access for assistance. Many libraries, recreational facilities, community and religious centers also offer public Internet access. If an individual has absolutely no way to access the online form in the next few days, as a last resort, he or she may contact their local emergency management agency directly. County emergency management agency contact information is available on the IDHS website at http://www.in.gov/dhs/2797.htm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 03:54 pm: Edit Post

Dave Bennett & the Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw

Richmond, Indiana - Clarinetist Dave Bennett and his Quartet will bring to life the classic sound of “The Swing Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw,” according to Bob Jacobsen, vice-president of Starr­-Gennett. The concert is part of the Foundation’s ongoing Gennett Legacy Concert Series that recreates the music and history of Richmond’s Gennett Records in the 1920’s. The Dave Bennett Quartet will perform on Saturday, May 14, in Lingle Auditorium at Reid Hospital. The evening will begin with a pre-concert chat with Bennett at 6:30 pm, followed by the performance at 7 pm.

Clarinetist Dave Bennett is an authentic mu­sical prodigy who will reprise the music of Benny Goodman and 2009 Gennett Walk of Fame inductee Artie Shaw. Bennett is widely known for his incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness.

Dave began playing professionally at age 14 on the “traditional jazz” festi­val circuit and was selected at 17 to perform as a special guest soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. He premiered his Tribute to Benny Goodman septet in November 2003, making a great impression on many of Goodman’s famous band members who strongly endorse Bennett as “the closest ever” to Goodman’s sound and style. In 2009, Bennett celebrated Goodman’s 100th birthday with the release on Arbors Records: Dave Bennett Celebrates 100 Years of Benny, and in 2010 he recorded Clarinet Is King: Songs of Great Clarinetists.

Tickets for the concert are $15, $10 for students, and can be purchased at Starr-Gennett Foundation, Wayne County Foundation, the Welcome Center & Tourism Bureau, Richmond Furniture Gallery, The Lamplight Inn at the Leland, and Earlham College (Runyan Center). Tickets are also available online at starrgennett.eventbrite.com.

Earlham College will be honored at the concert intermission for its ongoing contributions to Starr-Gennett. Reid Hospital, who is generously donating both the venue and refreshments for the concert, invites attendees to come early to enjoy a 25% discount at their Café at Twelve Hundred (with concert ticket). The May 14 Gennett Legacy Concert is sponsored by West End Bank, Wayne County Foundation, Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Chapel, Reid Hospital, Music Pantry, Lingle Real Estate, and Lamplight Inn at the Leland.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:37 am: Edit Post

2011 Road to Middle School/Reality Store VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers need for Thursday, May 12, 2011

This is an opportunity to help Richmond 6th graders make the transition into middle school and to help them begin to envision the lifestyle they'd like to have when they are in their mid-20's.

This event is a partnership of the Indiana Business and Professional Women's Foundation, Inc., Richmond Community Schools, and Communities in Schools of Wayne County.

Please contact Communities In Schools at (765) 983-2263 if you are interested in volunteering and making a difference in the life of a child!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 11:54 am: Edit Post

2011 Senior Games Special Events Results

Older Americans – Connecting the Community is this year’s theme for Older Americans Month celebrated throughout the month of May. In conjunction with this celebration, Forest Park Health Campus hosted the 2011 Special Events Senior Games for Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne counties, sponsored by the Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East.

This day of fun, friendly competition and activities held at Forest Park Health Campus in Richmond was designed to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for residents of area nursing facilities and adult day care centers. Mayor Sally Hutton gave the official start of the games followed by an Olympic Torch ceremony.

Participants enjoyed a number of games that included shuffleboard, lawn dice, bean bag toss, corn hole, basketball toss, ring toss, golf, trivia and wheelchair races. Forest Park treated participants, staff and volunteers to a delicious hot lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, coleslaw, pie and brownies. Door prizes were awarded and participants enjoyed live music by Mark Snow.

The day concluded with the awarding of Olympic-style medals to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes in each of the events. Participating were residents from Ambassador Healthcare, Arbor Trace Health & Living Community, Brookdale Senior Living (Sterling House), Brookville Healthcare Center, Flatrock River Lodge, Forest Park Health Campus, Golden Living Center – Golden Rule, Golden Living Center – Richmond, Hand in Hand Adult Day Care, Heritage House of Connersville, Heritage House of Richmond, Hickory Creek, Nellis Adult Day Care, and Rose Gate Village. The winners (photo)were:

Shuffle Board
1st Pat Snider, Forest Park Health Campus
2nd Maxine Wyatt, Flatrock River Lodge
3rd Ann Frederick, Flatrock River Lodge

Bean Bag Toss
1st Robert Candell, Ambassador Health Care
2nd James Johnson, Heritage House-Connersville
3rd Virginia Bent, Arbor Trace Health & Living

Basketball
1st Ed Glaub, Sterling House
2nd Mattie Corn, Flatrock River Lodge
3rd Janet Fulkner, Ambassador Health Care

Corn Hole
1st Lori Randolph, Hand in Hand Adult Day Care
2nd Janet Faulkner, Ambassador Health Care
3rd Walter Mike, Golden Living Centers

Lawn Dice
1st Clara Hughes, Hickory Creek
2nd Maxine Wyatt, Flatrock River Lodge
3rd Anna Frederick, Flatrock River Lodge

Ring Toss
1st Ruby Bullock, Arbor Trace Health & Living
2nd Ellen Guthrie, Arbor Trace Health & Living
3rd Raymond Rice, Golden Living Center–Golden Rule

Putt-Putt Golf
1st Richard Stevens, Heritage House-Connersville
2nd Eddie Gingler, Heritage House-Connersville
3rd Larry Cherry, Flatrock River Lodge

Trivia
1st Arbor Trace Health & Living Community
2nd Forest Park Health Campus
3rd Heritage House-Richmond

Wheelchair Race
(names not available)

Spirit Award
Ambassador Health Care


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:50 pm: Edit Post

All Lanes of Chester Boulevard Open

RICHMOND, Ind. — All lanes of U.S. 27/Chester Boulevard are open today. Paving crews were able to finish Wednesday and paint crews were able to stripe Thursday, allowing orange barrels to be removed from the center turn lane.

There will be no lane restrictions on U.S. 27/Chester Boulevard for the Memorial Day weekend. This includes access to the center turn lane that has been restricted. Some small, short-term restrictions will be necessary in the near future to paint turn-only lanes, for example.

Drivers should continue to be aware of workers in the area and be cautious while driving through all work zones. “Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 12:02 pm: Edit Post

Contract Awarded for U.S. 40 in Centerville

CENTERVILLE, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has hired Milestone Contractors to surface U.S. 40 through the town.

Milestone will lay new surface asphalt on 1 mile of highway from McMinn Road to Mattie Harris Road. The Columbus, Indiana company submitted the lowest of two bids at $273,457.

Some sections of highway will be patched before paving. The new asphalt will provide a better driving surface and will help seal and preserve the existing pavement. The renewed surface also improves public safety by increasing friction and visibility.

More details of the project, including expected start and completion dates, will be announced at a later time.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 03:52 pm: Edit Post

Richmond reconstructing Salisbury Road

INDOT awards $1.9 million contract

RICHMOND, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has selected Milestone Contractors to reconstruct a section of Salisbury Road.

Milestone submitted the lowest of four bids at $1,898,640. The Columbus, Indiana company will completely rebuild 1.5 miles of road from just north of Industries Road to 1000 feet north of North West L Street.

This Local Public Agency (LPA) project is funded 80 percent from the Federal Highway Administration and 20 percent from the city of Richmond. INDOT administers funds and provides project oversight.

Official detours will be announced and posted by the LPA prior to construction. Expected dates for beginning and finishing the project will be announced at a later time.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 02:22 pm: Edit Post

Rail Planning Open Houses Scheduled From June 1 to 7

INDOT Soliciting Public Input in Development of State Rail Plan

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is soliciting public participation and involvement in development of an updated Indiana State Rail Plan. Surveys are being sent to railroads, businesses and other groups that depend upon rail transportation. INDOT also wants to hear from rail users and other public stakeholders about their vision for the future of freight and passenger rail in Indiana.

INDOT is hosting three Rail Planning Open Houses between June 1 and June 7 in areas that generate the state’s highest volumes of freight and/or passenger rail traffic. Brief formal presentations will be given at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The remaining time during the open houses will be informal, and citizens are invited to attend at any time to speak with members of INDOT’s Rail Office one-on-one and fill out a paper survey. For those unable to attend any of the three open houses across the state, the public is encouraged to fill out the survey using Internet-connected computers and devices at http://indot.IN.gov/3499.htm.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 1, 2011
INDOT’s Vincennes District Office, 3650 South U.S. Highway 41, Vincennes, Ind.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 2, 2011
INDOT’s Indianapolis Traffic Management Center, 8620 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Ind.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, June 7, 2011
INDOT’s LaPorte District Office, 315 East Boyd Blvd, LaPorte, Ind.

States applying for rail funding must have an approved State Rail Plan under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. The Indiana State Rail Plan will inventory all rail lines in the state, identify infrastructure issues, analyze the role rail plays within a multimodal environment and discuss public financing issues. A draft will be available for public review this fall. The 2009 Indiana Rail Plan is available for review and download at http://indot.IN.gov/3065.htm.

In addition to rail planning and policy development, INDOT administers federal and state rail funding. Citizens that have questions regarding the three Rail Planning Open Houses or need special assistance should contact Mike McGathey with INDOT’s Rail Office directly at (317) 232-4786; mmcgathey@indot.IN.gov; or 100 N. Senate Avenue, Room ICGN 955, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:06 am: Edit Post

INDOT to replace culvert on Indiana 1, Project requires closure of highway

LOSANTVILLE, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close Indiana 1 between U.S. 35 and U.S. 36 this morning (Monday, May 23, 2011) to replace a culvert under the highway.

The culvert is located on Indiana 1, eight tenths of a mile north of U.S. 35 and south of Weaver Road, near the Wayne and Randolph County line. Kings Trucking & Excavating, the state’s contractor, will close the highway and begin work the morning of Monday, May 23.

Indiana 1 is expected to be closed for about two weeks. The official detour routes for the closure are U.S. 35 and U.S. 36.

Drivers can learn the locations of road construction zones before they depart by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or on the internet at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 20, 2011 - 09:10 am: Edit Post

Foundation Awards Over $123,600 in Latest Grant Cycle for Arts and Youth

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $123,611.59 to twenty-six organizations in the arts and youth categories for their April grant cycle.

All of the Foundation’s community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and field-of-interest endowment funds.

“The programs and initiatives we were able to fund this cycle will benefit the community in many, many ways,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “Strong arts programs and youth initiatives are critically important, and we believe these awards are dollars well invested in the future of Wayne County.”

The complete list of grant awards follows:

Nettle Creek Music Boosters $5,000.00
To support the band program with assistance for equipment and uniforms.

Richmond Parks and Recreation Dept. $4,000.00
To assist with the artist fees and marketing for the 2011 LIVE at the Park outdoor concert series.

Richmond Community Orchestra, Inc. $5,000.00
To cover the cost of orchestral music and assist with the purchase of instruments.

Historic Hagerstown, Inc. $7,675.00
To assist with the Arts Discovery For All Ages a program that will provide free art and music lessons to children.

Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce $1,000.00
To assist with the printing costs of Cambridge City’s 175th Anniversary Commemorative Books.

Indiana University East $3,000.00
In support of the 2011 Whitewater Valley Art Competition.

Starr-Gennett Foundation $5,000.00
In support of the 2011 Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival and Kids Day.

Richmond Civic Theatre $7,918.00
To assist with the purchase of new computer system hardware.

Richmond Symphony Orchestra $2,200.00
For professional fees and marketing associated with the one-hour concert/presentation on a tale Wicked Jack to all Wayne County fifth graders.

Richmond Art Museum $5,000.00
To help fund a full color catalogue on Folk Art Selections from Indiana and Ohio.

Civic Hall Performing Arts $5,000.00
In support of the 2011-2012 Proudly Presenting Series including the public performances, community outreach, and educational activities.

Levi Coffin House Association $6,449.50
For digitizing photographs and documents, attending the National Underground Railroad Conference, and a variety of maintenance projects.

Wayne County Historical Museum $6,449.50
For an air conditioning coil, suspended lighting system in the Julia Gaar room, and the purchase of several display cases.

Girls, Inc. $5,192.89
To purchase a refrigerator, fitness equipment, and healthy snacks in support of the Equip Girls for Health summer program.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County $8,500.00
For maintenance and repairs at the Richard E. Jeffers building.

Western Wayne Elementary School $2,500.00
To bring Randy Beard to WWES for a two day visit and evening presentation focused on literacy and writing.

Noah's Ark Day Care Center, Inc. $1,620.00
To purchase six new baby beds per a change in licensing regulations.

Stage One Youth Theatre $4,000.00
For three educational outreach projects, including school matinees, preschool outreach shows, and theatre outreach.

Abilities Richmond $5,000.00
To purchase racks, tables, and equipment for the workstations at a new thrift store location.

Birth-To-Five, Inc. $1,462.70
To replace the developmental screening tool used on children up to three years old and to purchase two laptop computers to assist with training.

Townsend Community Center $3,819.00
To help fund a seven week summer program directed toward middle and high school students.

Christian Charities of Richmond and WC $5,000.00
In support of the Backpack Blessing program at Elizabeth Starr, C.R. Richardson, and Fairview schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

Every Child Can Read $10,000.00
In support of the 2011 Third Grade Reading Academy.

Youth as Resources $2,625.00
To support the YAR Grant-Making Program that provides grants to young people ages 5 -19 to develop and implement service projects that address community needs.

Peer Information Center for Teens, Inc. $3,000.00
To assist with training and materials for Certified Peer Helpers at RHS.

DIPLOMAS $7,200.00
To provide a year’s support for two children and four teen parents at RHS.

The next grant cycle deadline is July 28 for community activities and education categories. Prospective applicant organizations are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s Web site (www.waynecountyfoundation.org) or contact Andrea Stuckey at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 09:21 am: Edit Post

What to do if you find a baby or injured animal

By “rescuing” an injured or apparently abandoned baby wild animal, you may doing the opposite of what you seek to accomplish, and break the law.

This time of year, thousands of animals are born in the wild. With the spread of suburban areas into their natural habitats, young animals are increasingly born near humans, who are more apt to discover them without an adult animal nearby. When this happens, a few reminders are especially pertinent.

While some baby animals may be orphaned or abandoned, that’s not always true.

Picking up a baby animal that is not orphaned or abandoned is not only usually unnecessary, it can be bad for the animal. It's also illegal if you don't have the proper permit or take the animal straight to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Such animals also pose safety and health risks for humans. They may look helpless, cute and cuddly, but they can bite or scratch people who attempt to handle them. Some wild animals carry parasites and infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans.

"The apparent lack of an adult does not mean a young animal is orphaned," said Linnea Petercheff, operations staff specialist for the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. "Adults often leave their young alone, safe in nests or dens while they forage for food, but rarely do they abandon their young."

If a bird has fallen out of a nest, it is OK to gently return it to the nest. The best way to make sure an animal is truly orphaned is to wait and check it periodically. If you are unsure, place some strings or sticks across the nest. Place some grass across the top of a rabbit nest that is found with young in it.

If such items are later disturbed, the mother has probably returned. In such a situation, leave the young animal alone. The adult will return after you leave the area. As an example, rabbits often come to the nest to feed their young only a couple of times a day.

The best way to make sure that a fawn that appears to be alone is truly orphaned is to wait and check it periodically. Before taking any action, remember the following:

–If the fawn is not injured, the mother is likely nearby.
–Leave the fawn alone and its mother will probably come and get it. Deer can take better care of their young than a human can.
–Human scent on the fawn will not prevent the mother from taking care of it.
–If you do not see any deer nearby, have someone watch the fawn without being seen by the mother. In most cases, the mother will come back and get the fawn after you leave the area.

If you believe the mother has not returned to a nest or a deer has not come back to feed her fawn, or you know that the mother is no longer alive, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator listed at: www.wildlife.in.gov.

Remember, state laws prohibit keeping protected wild animals without a permit. Most species of wildlife are protected by law and cannot be kept as a pet. Federal laws also prohibit possession of migratory birds, including songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. It is even illegal to treat wild animals for sickness or injury without a permit.

Wild animal rehabilitation permits are issued to qualified individuals who take in sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals with the intent of releasing them back into the wild.

If you encounter an injured, truly abandoned or sick wild animal, do one of the following for assistance:

–Check the DNR website, www.wildlife.in.gov and click on "Wildlife Rehabilitation"
–Call the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife in Indianapolis, (317) 232-4080.
–Call your DNR law enforcement district headquarters or regional headquarters; contact information is at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/2755.htm
–Call a licensed veterinarian for immediate assistance with a sick or severely injured wild animal.

For more information: Marty Benson, DNR assistant director of communications, (317) 233-3853.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 04:08 pm: Edit Post

Armed Forces Day Celebration May 21 Sponsored by Student Veterans at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond – Ivy Tech Community College’s Student Veterans Organization will celebrate Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Richmond campus. Area veterans and their families are invited to join with representatives from all branches of service for the celebration. The free event features food, games, music, military vehicles, an inflatable obstacle course, rock wall and more.

For additional information contact: Dan Sweney, Student Veterans Organization (SVO), (765) 966-2656 ext. 1245 or dsweeney5@ivytech.edu


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

Recycling project raises $3,700 for Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s Green Technology Endowed Scholarship

Richmond – The spring semester Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class recycling project at Ivy Tech Community College added $3,700 to funds raised by previous classes’ recycling projects. Together the classes have raised almost $6,000 for the Green Technology Endowed Scholarship.

Each semester the Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class has taken the course recycling project to a new level. The first class raised $25 for scholarships and each class project since has raised more and more money. The Spring 2011 class developed the endowed scholarship guidelines for scholarship eligibility.

Krista Morisen’s class organized the recycling project as part of their class work. The students created brochures and fliers and sent letters to area businesses to promote the project. Area residents and businesses contributed to the recycling efforts.

“It is an incredible result. Each class worked really well together. Thanks go to the residents and businesses in Wayne, Union and Fayette counties that supported the project,” Morisen said.

Bill Chamberlain, coordinated calls and scheduled pick-ups of old washers, dryers, refrigerators, auto parts, cardboard and scrap metals. Other members of the class were: Justin Langdon, James Moody, Derrick Reed, Denver Steele, Lincoln Byrd, Rodney Carlin, Rusty Fink, Richard Foudray, Thomas Hamilton, John Handley, Varrell Isaacs, David, Kanorr, James Kern, Gregory Northern, Austin Parsons, James Price and Paul Staul.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 12:23 pm: Edit Post

Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Awards Recognizes Local Woman for Service Excellence in Tourism

RICHMOND –Amy Bain of the Olde Richmond Inn was recognized by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman for her outstanding contributions to the tourism industry, during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Indiana Statehouse. Twenty-two men and women received the 2011 Lt. Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.

“We congratulate Amy on receiving this prestigious award and for being such a great tourism Ambassador for Richmond and Wayne County,” commented Mary Walker, Executive Director of the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, upon hearing of the award.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman said, “These are just a few of the Hoosiers who go the extra mile to make guests feel welcome. Indiana’s trademark hospitality is a result of their hard work and positive attitude.”

The Lt. Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Awards ceremony is part of Visit Indiana Week, May 9-13. Information on more that 150 Indiana travel discounts is now available at VisitIndiana.com. More information about travel and tourism in Richmond and Wayne County can be found at www.visitrichmond.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:54 am: Edit Post

Dallas Brass

Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 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.

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 Monday, June 06, 2011 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

I-70 and Indiana 1 Chip Seal

HAGERSTOWN, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will chip seal a segment of State Route 1 between Interstate 70 and Jones Road today (June 6, 2011 ). Maintenance crews will be chip sealing northbound and southbound driving lanes today and shoulders on Tuesday.

On Wednesday and Thursday (June 8 & 9), the right driving lane of I-70 will be temporarily closed between exit 137 to Cambridge City/Hagerstown and exit 145 to Centerville as crews chip seal both eastbound and westbound interstate shoulders. Only one direction will be closed at a time.

Chip sealing involves applying a liquid asphalt and small crushed stone to the highway surface. Chip sealing is a cost-effective pavement preservation approach that provides waterproofing, crack sealing and improved friction. As the asphalt emulsion takes some time to fully set and hold the stone, it is important to observe work zone instructions and lane closures.

Drivers in these areas are encouraged to slow down and be cautious of workers and equipment. “Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 06, 2011 - 12:08 pm: Edit Post

Programs Receive National Accreditation

The letter reads, “Congratulations! You have successfully completed both the consultation and on-site assessment phases of the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) Accreditation process. You are now among a select group of organizations that have been accredited by AIRS.”

“The AIRS accreditation involved a lot of very hard work by our staff and the 211 Advisory Board of Directors,” stated Tony Shepherd, Executive Director of the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a community service of Indiana University East. The Area 9 Agency is the designated organization for the Aged and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) which provides information and assistance services for the elderly and physically disabled and the local 211 Call Center which provides information and referral on health and human services and assistance programs to all people. The ADRC and local 211 Call Center serves five counties in east central Indiana: Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties.

The Wayne county Foundation provided the initial seed money for the AIRS accreditation process for services to Wayne County. A large number of other partner organizations have assisted in the accreditation process.

During the onsite review, the AIRS national accreditation team cited the 211 program for having a “Best Practice” process which will be shared nationally. The team also praised the staff’s caring attitude, superior organization and professionalism.

David Free is the 211 Coordinator, Robin Bowen is the ADRC Coordinator and Kathy Bridgford, Director of Administration at Area 9 Agency was the project manager for the AIRS accreditation efforts. Rachel Hughes, chair; Sue Otte, vice chair; and Fred Griffin, secretary/treasurer of the 211 Advisory Board provided leadership during the process.

The public may dial 2-1-1 24 hours a day 7 days a week for assistance. The ADRC may be contacted for information and assistance for services to help the elderly and physically disabled to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible by calling 765-966-1795 or 800-458-9345.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 12:12 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech uses REMC Community Trust grant to finish Connersville campus learning lab

Richmond— Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recently received a Whitewater Valley REMC Community Trust grant from their RoundUp program to purchase locks for doors and cabinets used for medical supplies in the Medical Assisting and Health Care Support program classes at the Connersville campus.

The $340 grant will finish the installation of cabinetry in the Medical Assisting Laboratory on the Connersville campus. Student enrollment in these Health Sciences programs has grown rapidly requiring the installation of a student learning lab.

Trust Board members Michael Allen, J.B. Cain and Dee Harding and Mary Jo Thomas, REMC’s director of Administrative Services and Corporate Development, presented the grant to Diana Pappin, Ivy Tech Executive Director of Resource Development.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 11:50 am: Edit Post

RCT Receives Foundation Grant for Systems Upgrade

Richmond Civic Theatre (RCT) has received a generous arts grant from the Wayne County Foundation. The nearly $8,000 award will be used to upgrade hardware and software to enhance office management and box office functions. Many RCT patrons have experienced a long line for tickets on the evening of a show, due both to popularity and the slowness of the current computers. “We are very excited to provide better services to our members, volunteers and audiences,” said Steve Holthouse, RCT Board president. “We are very grateful for the support, generosity and dedication of the Wayne County Foundation.”

The new software (Tick-It! Trak Pro) is a box office ticketing and point of sale system. It can handle reserved seating and general admissions, as well as retail for such things as concessions and souvenirs. Previously, RCT offered tickets online through a secondary provider. This system will allow the theatre to sell tickets via the Internet in real time while maintaining control of the dates tickets to specific shows become available. “The new system will enable the theatre to more efficiently meet the needs of our patrons,” said Bill Strauss, RCT office manager.

The theatre expects the new system to be up and running in time for their summer fundraiser production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which opens July 8.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 09:08 am: Edit Post

Gateway Park Bluegrass Festival

The newly acquired Gateway Park in Metamora, Indiana is having its first bluegrass festival. The property includes 33 acres nestled in the magnificent Whitewater Valley owned and operated by the Whitewater Canal Byway Association. G.I. Ball, a life long supporter of bluegrass music is organizing this event as a fund raising benefit for the Gateway Park. The date and time of the entertainment is Friday June 17 beginning at 4:00 PM and ending at 10:00 PM and again Saturday June 18 beginning at 10:00 AM and ending at 10:00 PM. As always there will be jamming at The campsites following the shows. There will be plenty of free parking and campsites available for rent. There are local bed and breakfasts and Motels in surrounding towns. Please call for more information on lodging.

You and all your friends are invited to a wonderful weekend of toe tapping fun with lots of great traditional bluegrass music performed live and of course the best home cooked food in the valley. Admission is free, however, this is a benefit event to help buy equipment for the park so a $10 donation at the gate would be very much appreciated.

For your information, The Gateway Park is intended to promote the economical development of the Whitewater Valley through tourism and awareness programs.

Live performers include these and others TBA: Vern McIntyre’s Appalachia Grass , Kentucky 31, Wes Miller Band, Happy Valley Band, Homeward Bound, The Moving On.

For more information, contact G.I. Ball at 765-647-2176 or themetamorainn@gmail.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

Mural & Sculpture Competition Announced

Richmond, IN - The Festival of the Arts (FOTA)announces the 2011 public art competition for murals and sculpture and requests entries from artists and property owners. Artists are invited to select a wall or public space and create a mural or sculpture anywhere in Wayne County, Indiana. A cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded for a mural and $2,000 for a sculpture.

Five muralists will be awarded paint from Sherwin Williams and use of a scissor or boom lift from Airworx of Indianapolis. Five sculptors will be awarded up to $400 each for materials, moving and setting their work. All other non-awarded entries are also eligible for the top cash prizes.

Sculptors are encouraged to produce land art or recycled materials but are not limited to that media. The theme of the artwork is open but may include local history such as Starr-Gennett or the underground railroad, or contemporary, educational, or current event themes, etc.

Artists and property owners will collaborate to submit a proposal. Artists and property owners who cannot find a location or an artist are encouraged to submit their name to express interest in sharing their information.

Deadline for proposal entries for murals are May 27, 2011 and June 15, 2011 for sculptures. To request entry information, forms, or submit a name or location, email info@WayneFestivalofTheArts.com or call 317.696.7349 or pick up hard-copy information at the Richmond City Building in Mayor Hutton's office at 50 N. 5th St.

FOTA is hosted by Neighborhood Clearinghouse Services Association. Cash awards are made possible in part by a grant from Wayne County Foundation and contributions by The Economic Growth Group of Richmond, Jetmore, BAWA & Hirons, First Bank Richmond, Wayne Bank and Trust, and Warm Glow Candle Co.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 05:23 pm: Edit Post

INDOT To Hear Presentations Tomorrow For Local Bridge Funding

GREENFIELD, Ind.—Officials representing five counties within the Greenfield District of the Indiana Department of Transportation will make presentations tomorrow (June 15, 2011) seeking federal funding to pay a significant share of the costs of local bridge projects. A three-person INDOT panel will hear requests from Madison, Henry, Randolph, Hancock and Wayne Counties for monies from the 2011 Local Bridge Program.

9:00 a.m. Madison County $837,600 for rehabilitation of C.R. 600W bridge at White River
9:25 a.m. Henry County $1,032,800 for replacing bridge #3 with a new structure
9:55 a.m. Randolph County $1,080,000 for rehab of structure on East South over Salt Creek
11:05 a.m. Hancock County $616,800 for replacing bridge #145 on S.R. 500W
1:30 p.m. Wayne County $1,048,000 for replacing Means Road bridge over Nolands Fork
1:50 p.m. Wayne County $1,777,830 for replacing Mineral Springs bridge over Greens Fork


The Greenfield District has $3.2 million in federal funds available to administer for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for development and construction of bridge projects in the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013. A total of $6,393,030 is being requested.

Counties outside a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) urbanized area are eligible for the 2011 Local Bridge Program. Applicants must be in compliance with National Bridge Inspection Standards—and the bridge must be on the FHWA’s list of Eligible Bridges.

Tomorrow’s presentations will take place in the East Conference Room at INDOT’S Greenfield District facility located at 32 South Broadway.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 13, 2011 - 01:13 pm: Edit Post

INDOT to Chip Seal 227, 121

RICHMOND, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will chip seal a segment of State Route 227 between Interstate 70 and U.S. 36. Maintenance crews expect to chip seal northbound on Tuesday and southbound on Wednesday. On Thursday, crews are scheduled to begin chip sealing State Route 121/New Paris Pike.

Chip sealing involves applying a liquid asphalt and small crushed stone to the highway surface. Chip sealing is a cost-effective pavement preservation approach that provides waterproofing, crack sealing and improved friction. As the asphalt emulsion takes some time to fully set and hold the stone, it is important to observe work zone instructions and lane closures.

Drivers in these areas should be alert for flagging operations, and are encouraged to slow down and be cautious of workers and equipment. “Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 13, 2011 - 10:34 am: Edit Post

Culvert Replacement Project to Begin on U.S. 40
Drivers should expect lane restrictions, Changing traffic pattern

EAST GERMANTOWN, Ind.—Construction crews will begin work June 15 to replace a culvert under U.S. 40 between East Germantown and Pennville. The culvert is located 1.5 miles east of Indiana 1, just east of Wise Road.

The old culvert will be excavated and replaced one half at a time to prevent road closure. U.S. 40 will remain open during construction; however, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction through the work zone. Both directions of traffic will be routed to the southern two lanes of the highway as the north half of the culvert is replaced first. Drivers should expect to encounter this work zone and changed traffic pattern on or after Wednesday, June 15.

Milestone Contractors of Columbus, Ind. has been contracted by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to complete the project for $396,300. The project will be completed this summer.

Drivers can receive updates on roadway conditions by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing www.trafficwise.in.gov online.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 09:49 am: Edit Post

Dot Foods/Dot Transportation sets goal to hire 50 full- and part-time drivers at Job Fair, June 4

Richmond- Dot Foods and Dot Transportation’s Job Fair goal June 4 is to fill over 50 full-and part-time driving positions with an average fulltime starting salary is $50,000 a year. The Job Fair will be in Ivy Tech Richmond’s Johnson Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those without a commercial driver’s license could be allowed to participate in a new Dot program to obtain a license and qualify to drive for Dot.

“Fulltime driver’s positions can be good entry points for those interested in management and leadership positions,” Tim Loyd, General Manager said.

“The company, based in Mt. Sterling, Ill., has continued to grow despite the current economic conditions. We recently completed a 150,000 square foot addition to the Mt. Sterling warehouse. Hiring now makes sense because of our location in Cambridge City and the increase in traffic we are seeing.”

Dot employees 190 people in Cambridge City and over 3,300 at eight distribution centers and in the headquarters in Mt. Sterling. The company distributes food service, convenience, retail, vending and equipment and supplies for 700 manufacturers to over 3,800 customers in the 50 states.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 16, 2011 - 09:54 am: Edit Post

2011 Senior Games Set for June 13th-16th

June 13-16, 2011 will be an exciting week of athletic and recreational activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle at any age!

Hundreds of people age 55 and over will be participating in a wide variety of activities that can help them reach…even exceed…their fitness goals. Whether it’s a casual walk, a spirited game of pool or a battle for victory on the basketball court, seniors from around the area will come to show the world that it’s never too late to start living healthy.

Sponsored by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, the 2011 Senior Games will be very similar to previous years and will include such events as golf, bowling, pickleball, pool, shuffleboard, croquet, ping pong, and many more! The Opening Ceremony on Monday will be held at and hosted by the Lamplight Inn at the Leland in Richmond. We will close the week with a Victory Celebration Dinner/Dance on Thursday evening at the Lamplight Inn at the Leland featuring music by “The Impossibles” and ballroom dancing demonstrations by Rex Godfrey and Barbara Mays.

Registration forms are available at your local senior center, meal sites, and the Richmond and Connersville offices of the Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency.

For more information about the 2011 Senior Games, contact Judy Ford, Beth Evans, or Kathy Bridgford at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345.

Live healthy…play healthy…participate in the Area 9 Senior Games!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 08:44 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Recognizes Outstanding Students, Staff Member and Teacher

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recognized outstanding students, advisers and faculty at the annual Student Recognition Banquet Friday, July 15 in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

Melson Bacos, Richmond, a business administration major, was named Student of the Year. Bacos is employed as the student veteran’s tutor in math. He is active in the Student Veteran’s Organization and is transferring to Miami University of Ohio to complete a four year degree.

Kim Butts, Richmond, Financial Aid Assistant, received two awards -- the 2010-2011 Outstanding Adviser Award for her work with the Student Veteran’s Organization and Staff Member of the Year selected by the student body for her work with students receiving financial aid.

Terry St. John, Anatomy and Physiology faculty member, was selected as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the student body for excellence in teaching.

Other award winners are:

Donna Snoddy, Cambridge City, a General Studies major, received the Outstanding Community Service Award. She is Vice President of Student Government, Student Leader of the Alternative Spring Break Program and represents Ivy Tech on the Indiana Campus Compact.

Josh Seda, Richmond, a General Studies major, was named the 2010-2011 Most Valuable Player for his contributions on the Ivy Tech Richmond Basketball Team. The team won the Ivy Tech Community College Basketball Tournament.

Two students were named Student Ambassadors. They are John Burkhart, Richmond, a Computer Information Systems major, and Darren Jones, Connersville, an Elementary Education major, Student Government Secretary and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, July 15, 2011 - 05:47 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 Lanes to Open Today

RICHMOND, Ind.—The west side reconstruction of U.S. 40 is expected to be essentially complete today. INDOT officials anticipate all lanes of U.S. 40 will be opened sometime this afternoon.

Crews will begin the day finishing striping on the center turn lane and checking traffic signals. Once the paint is dry and the signals are ready for activation, all lane restrictions will be removed for the first time since October 2009.

The full-depth reconstruction of 1.3 miles of U.S. 40 from Southwest 17th to Southwest 2nd Street not only provides a better driving experience, but also enhances driver safety by widening the highway and adding a center turn lane. A traffic signal, concrete center islands and a pedestrian-activated sound and light beacon for crossing are intended to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians at the entrance to Earlham College. A new bridge spans the Clear Creek. New storm sewers, curb and gutter, sidewalks, railing and retaining wall are also included in the project.

A ribbon-cutting event to commemorate the completion of the $9.1 million Major Moves project is scheduled for July 28 at 1 p.m. at the main entrance to Earlham College. INDOT, Milestone, Richmond and Earlham officials will attend, and everyone is encouraged to come celebrate the occasion.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 05:25 pm: Edit Post

Two Nursing Faculty Members Retire at Ivy Tech

Two Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Nursing faculty members, Barbara Bechtel and Sheryl Thurston are retiring after 25 years of service. An open house in their honor is set for 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., July 13 in Johnson Hall at Ivy Tech.

Bechtel, RN and MSN, lives in Richmond and served as secretary and president of the Indiana State Nursing Association District 9. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau national Nursing Honor Society and her nursing specialty is medical surgical nursing.

Thurston, RN, MAHs, MSN, CNE, department chair of the School of Nursing, lives in Randolph County where she is president of the Art Association and the Community Foundation and was a school nurse in Lynn. A member of Sigma Theta Tau, she is active in state and regional committees. She serves as a National Council of Licensing Examiner Facilitator and conducts pre-examination reviews with students for the Assessment Technologies Institute. Her nursing specialties are mother, baby and pediatric care.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 05:00 pm: Edit Post

Starr-Gennett Kids’ Day

Richmond, Indiana – Starr-Gennett Foundation and Richmond Parks and Recreation will co-host the first ever Starr-Gennett Kids’ Day on Friday, July 15. The goal of Kids’ Day is to instill community pride through active learning. Local youth will be treated to a free day of music and arts experiences while learning about their hometown’s unique musical history. The FREE event will take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Starr Pavilion, 201 South 1st Street, and is open to all children entering grades K-6.
Youth will take part in an interactive concert, creating their own song to be performed on stage at the Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival on September 10. They will also “tour” the Walk of Fame and Gennett Records, and have the opportunity to work on Richmond Pride contests or try out for the New Voices in the Gorge choral group.

The Starr-Gennett Foundation is also pleased to announce that Kids Day will help launch the new Starr-Gennett curriculum that fulfills Indiana history standards for 1st and 2nd grades. The Chamber of Commerce will help unveil a traveling educational display at 2:30 p.m., created by Indiana University art student Angie Appleberry and funded by Wayne County Foundation. Mayor Sally Hutton is “excited by this event” and will proclaim July 15 “Starr-Gennett Kids’ Day.” Elizabeth Starr Academy is serving as the pilot for the educational program in 2011-12, with plans to expand to all regional elementary schools in the following year.

This FREE day of community and cultural enrichment is made possible through the grant support of Wayne County Foundation, Richmond Parks and Recreation, Indiana Arts Commission, and Whitewater Valley REMC.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

New doctor joins Reid emergency staff

Jamie Renee Brummett, M.D. who has served as resident physician for the Indianapolis Colts and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has joined the Emergency Department medical staff at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.
Jamie Renee Brummett, M.D.,

Dr. Brummett has completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis. The training also included stints in Clarian Health Methodist Hospital’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center and at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

Her medical degree is from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, B.S., Biology, is from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas.

Dr. Brummett, originally of Seymour, is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Indiana-American College of Emergency Physicians. She is a qualified flight physician.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:03 pm: Edit Post

Battle of the Blues Contest to be held at Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival

Richmond, IN. - Attention All Blues Bands: You could be Starr-Gennett's official “Blues Band (or Artist) of the Year”! First place wins the title, $500, and 8 hours of studio time. Starr-Gennett Foundation is looking for the best regional blues bands or artist to battle for the title at this year's "Mo' Blues Festival". Enter today by sending an email with either a link to your band's demos or just send a few mp3s. The contest will take place from 2-4:00 p.m. at the Walk of Fame Music Festival on September 10. The top two bands will battle for the victory at 6:00 p.m., just before the featured evening Concert. Deadline to enter is July 15, 2011.

Send submissions including contact name, band name, and music links or demos, to: Terri Hardy ~ thardy@starrgennett.org or call (765) 962-2860 for more information


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 09:16 am: Edit Post

Online reserved-hunt applications available July 1

Hunters may apply for a reserved hunt online by visiting www.IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov and clicking on the “Register for a Reserved Hunt” link, beginning July 1. The online method is the only way to apply.

All applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the hunt for which they apply. All applications must be completed by the application deadline to be eligible for the drawing. Hunters will be selected through a random drawing. All drawing results will be posted at www.wildlife.IN.gov within a week after application deadlines.

• Dove Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by July 31

• Military/Refuge Firearm and Archery Deer Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by Aug. 28. Hunts on Military/Refuge properties may be cancelled at any time.

• State Park Deer Reduction Hunts
Online application must be completed by Aug. 28

• Youth Firearm Deer Hunt at Muscatatuck National Widlife Refuge
Online application must be completed by Aug. 28

• Pheasant Hunt Draw
Online application must be completed by Oct. 2. Adults should not apply for the Nov. 25 hunt. Nov. 25 is reserved for youth (17 and younger) only.

Applications for waterfowl draw hunts begin in late August. Pheasant put-and-take and state park goose will be available in September.

For more information on military/refuge hunt opportunities, call (812) 334-3795 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.

More information is available in the Hunting & Trapping Guide online at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5834.htm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 27, 2011 - 10:15 am: Edit Post

School Choice Scholarship Information Night
Attention Parents of School-Aged Children!

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, we invite you to come to a School Choice Scholarship Information Night hosted by Seton Catholic Schools on Tuesday, July 5th, at 6:00 p.m. We will meet at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street in Richmond. See you there!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 08:11 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation to Award $50,000 Impact Grant

Potential $150,000 Benefit to the Community

The Wayne County Foundation has announced a matching-grant opportunity to five organizations in the county as part of its 2011 Impact Grant. The one-to-two match offers the possibility of generating $150,000 or more for programs identified as having the most potential impact on the Wayne County community.

The open call for proposals seeks ideas that will improve the community and organizations in a meaningful way. Any charitable not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency in Wayne County is eligible to apply.

The initiatives can be specific projects or programs, or represented in the form of general operating support. Organizations may apply individually, or in collaboration with other organizations or agencies. Groups that are not qualified charities must be represented by an organization that is.

A Foundation supplied cover sheet, along with a one page summary of the project and a plan for raising the matching funds must be submitted to the Foundation by August 17 at 4 p.m. The five organizations that put forward the most promising ideas will be selected to participate in a “match day” event to be held later this year in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day.

“We know similar campaigns have been extremely successful in other communities,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We hope to create an opportunity for the selected organizations to raise significant additional dollars in support their programs, new initiatives, and/or operational support. Moreover, we hope to structure it in a way that will engage the community.”

The Foundation’s Impact Grant was initiated in 2001 as a larger award intended to foster collaboration among the County’s not-for-profit organizations and relate to the most pressing community concerns and interests. The first Impact Grant focused on literacy and youth development. Since then, the Foundation has supported a range of distinctive initiatives in support of basic human needs, the arts, and education.

Representatives of organizations interested in submitting a proposal are invited to attend an information meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 in the Harriet Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library in Richmond. More information may also be obtained by contacting Andrea Stuckey at Andrea@waynecountyfoundation.org or by calling 765/962-1638.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 05:20 pm: Edit Post

Change Coming to Warning Siren Activation Criteria

When Sirens Sound: Take Action - Take Cover and Tune In

Richmond, Ind. – The criteria for determining when outdoor warning sirens are activated will be changing. Beginning July first, Richmond’s sirens will sound only for tornado warnings to indicate immediate danger. Under the current policy, sirens have also been activated when a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued during a Tornado Watch.

Under the new policy, sirens will sound only when a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service or a tornado is actually sighted by public safety personnel and threatens the City. Twelve outdoor warning sirens serve the City of Richmond and are activated from the Wayne County 911 Dispatch Center. The 911 Center also activates Cambridge City’s warning siren and this policy will apply to that siren as well. Sirens in Centerville, Hagerstown, Fountain City and other towns are operated by their local Fire Departments.

Using sirens only for tornado warnings will significantly reduce the total number of activations. Wayne County averages nine Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and one Tornado Warning per year. Since January of this year, there have been eleven Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and no Tornado Warnings. During a Tornado Watch on May 25th, six separate Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for Wayne County with five of those affecting the City of Richmond, so sirens were activated. In the course of one of those warnings, a funnel cloud was spotted and tracked south of Centerville, but dissipated without touching the ground.

“It has been an active year for severe weather. People are tuning out the sirens," said Fred Griffin, Director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency. "They're getting immune, in some cases downright irritated. In this case, apathy can have tragic consequences."

Griffin said using the sirens only for tornado warnings will mean one thing to anyone hearing them: A tornado has been indicated or spotted and is endangering the area covered by the siren. People can know that the siren means they must seek immediate shelter rather than having to seek out details on what a particular alert entailed. The new policy will still allow public safety officials to sound the sirens for other confirmed threats such as dangerous hail or sustained destructive winds but the public response to these rare events are consistent with those of a tornado.

Do not rely solely on community warning sirens to alert you to severe weather threats. Outdoor warning sirens are intended to alert people who are engaged in outdoor activities to the need to take protective action from severe weather. The only “message” the siren can provide is to indicate “Go indoors. Take Shelter. Consult weather and information sources to find out what is going on”. They are not intended to alert people inside homes or businesses. A NOAA Weather Alert All-Hazard Radio is your best source of emergency weather information. Every home, business and place of public gathering should have a NOAA Weather Radio as part of their emergency preparedness kit. Area radio and TV stations and various cell phone apps are also reliable sources of weather information. Please call 911 only to report an emergency. Do not call 911 to find out why sirens are sounding or for weather information.

When the sirens are activated for a Tornado Warning, they will sound a steady tone for three minutes. They will be sounded once for each Tornado Warning that is received for the warned area. Monthly tests will continue to be conducted at 12 noon on the third Wednesday of each month, weather permitting. Monthly tests run for one minute. Tests required for system maintenance will be conducted as needed but will be announced prior to the test.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 04:49 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Awards Grant for Starr-Gennett Music Festival and Kids Day

Richmond, Indiana – Wayne County Foundation has awarded Starr-Gennett Foundation a grant in the amount of $5000 in support of the 2011 Gennett Records Walk of Fame Music Festival to take place on September 10. “The Foundation greatly appreciates the support shown by Wayne County Foundation,” stated Starr-Gennett President Karen Chasteen. “True to its mission, Wayne County Foundation has empowered Starr-Gennett to thrive, grow, and enhance the spirit of community.”

This year’s Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival will celebrate “Mo’ Blues” with the recognition of Gennett artists Blind Lemon Jefferson, Roosevelt Sykes and Bailey’s Lucky Seven. Free music will be presented by Randy Baker Band and The Groove Doctors, along with a Battle of Blues Bands contest. The evening Legacy Concert will feature Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors and Nashville’s Stacy Mitchhart. Other highlights of the Festival include free family fun, the Whitewater River Duck Regatta, recording demonstrations, and arts and food vendors.

Grant funding from Wayne County Foundation will also help support the first-ever Starr-Gennett Kids’ Day, slated for July 15. Local youth will be treated to a free day of music and arts experiences, including an interactive concert, and prepare for their own performance and contests for the September Music Fest. Kids’ Day will also serve as a kick-off to the new Starr-Gennett curriculum that fulfills Indiana state history standards for 1st and 2nd grades, along with a traveling school display. The goal of both Kids’ Day and the school curriculum is to instill community pride through active learning.

Starr-Gennett Foundation is able to present Kids’ Day and much of the Music Festival free to the public through the assistance of Wayne County Foundation grant funding.


By Richmond Family YMCA (Ymca) on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 10:51 am: Edit Post

Award Winning Children’s Recording Artist to Perform in Richmond!

The Richmond Family YMCA and Richmond Parks and Recreation welcome award winning children’s recording artist Julie K to Glen Miller Park!

[Richmond, June 2011] – It’s Party Time! The Richmond Family YMCA and Richmond Parks and Recreation are offering a FREE concert with award winning children’s recording artist Julie K!

On July 9th at 6:00 pm, come jam with Julie K and enjoy a perfect day in the sun in Glen Miller Park! She captures all the fun and wonder in a child’s heart from sun-up to lights out. Julie K will take you into her magical world of animals, from the sea to the jungle and everywhere in between, all with bubbles and balloons to delight the children. She inspires spontaneous fun with catchy lyrics and an eclectic mix of melodies from jazz, to Latin, to a little rock n’ roll. Julie K’s inviting vocals will brighten the day of both kids and grown-ups alike!

Julie K is a children’s recording artist from Peoria, Illinois where she released “A Sunny Day” in September 2009 and “Animal Party” in September 2010. Her albums have won the “Parents’ Choice Award”, “Dr Toy Best Vacation Product”, “Creative Child Award”, “Rising Star Recognition” from the National Parenting Association, and the Dove “Family Approved” seal by the Dove Foundation. She performs nationwide at libraries, festivals, museums, and schools.

The Richmond Family YMCA and the Richmond Parks and Recreation are excited to have Julie K share her music with the children and families of Richmond!

What: Children’s Concert
Who: Julie K an award winning children’s recording artist
Julie K Walker - http://www.juliekmusic.com - juliek@juliekmusic.com
When: July 9th at 6:00 pm
Where: Glen Miller Park on the Band Shell
Cost: FREE (donations will be accepted; any donation received will assist the Richmond Family YMCA and Richmond Parks and Recreation with their youth programming)

Contact Kevin Carr at the Richmond Family YMCA with any questions. Call (765) 962-7504 or email kevinc@richmondfamilyymca.org

(Message edited by Admin on June 23, 2011)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 04:41 pm: Edit Post

Hagerstown Arts Place Grant Renewed

Some of the adult painting students at Hagerstown Arts Place cheered recently upon learning that an enabling grant from the Wayne County Foundation has been renewed. The Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, has provided free art lessons to children and adults since 2009, thanks to grants, principally from the Wayne County Foundation. The free lessons include all art materials, also supplied without charge. Arts Place Manager and painting instructor Tom Butters says the organization's mission has been to make art as accessible as possible to everyone. "We have artists returning to painting after many years, and we have a number of adults trying their hand at painting for the very first time."

Butters says that Cambridge City art teacher Bess Sturgis teaches children between the ages of 5 and 11 how to paint with acrylics on canvas. The kids' lessons are each Thursday from 4-5 PM. "Bess is so good at what she does, she has students who've been coming to her for years from some distance," Butters says. He notes that adult painting students come from Indianapolis, New Castle, Muncie, and Richmond, as well as the Nettle Creek area. "One woman came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, just to join her friend in class, and I think that will remain the travel record," he says.

The adult painting class began as a two-hour session every Saturday in April, 2009, from 4-6 PM. It has expanded to 2-6 PM in order to handle a larger class. "I ask first time student to come at 1:00 so I don't repeat myself to the regular students," Butters says. The classes range from retirees in their 80s to high schoolers. "About half the class on any given Saturday will vary. We have regulars who come nearly every Saturday, bringing baked goods and snacks; then there are some we may not see for awhile; and there are others who just want to see what it's like to paint a picture-- and without fail they say it's harder than they thought it would be. We try to make it fun for everyone." Butters adds that he has become a better painter himself as a result of teaching more than 100 classes.

Arts Place will gear up to offer a music program in the future, probably beginning with free guitar lessons. The newest grant will cover the cost of painting the classroom space, purchasing some easels, and the growing expense of canvas and paint. A student art exhibit and reception is planned for August. Meanwhile, novice and professional art is on display and for sale in the Arts Place gallery. Hagerstown Arts Place is located in the historic 3-story Odd Fellows Building on Main Street, next to Willie and Red's restaurant, formerly Welliver's. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1-6 PM. Arts Place is open Thursday-Saturday, 1-6 PM. Call 765.489.4005 for information, or to learn about tax deductible donations to the Museum or Arts Place. "We are dependent on the generosity and good will of the community to keep this going, and at a time when arts programs are being axed because of budget cutbacks, it's more important than ever that people have free access to art," Butters asserts.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 04:38 pm: Edit Post

Hagerstown's Flying Circus Tuesday, July 19 Will Be Festive, Free and Family Friendly

HAGERSTOWN, IN -- The skies over Hagerstown will again be filled with vintage aircraft as the town's unique airport will host the 4th Annual Hagerstown's Flying Circus Tuesday, July 19. "It will be festive, fun, free and family friendly," announces Denny Burns, who chairs the event sponsored by the Hagerstown Optimist Club.

Visitors to Hagerstown's airport will be treated to a wide array of vintage aircraft, fun food, and a chance to meet the pilots before the evening entertainment begins. "Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and have a great time," adds the chairman. Admission and parking are free.

Burns announced that the aerial games and other fun events will be staged from 6 to 8 p.m. this year. But, visitors will be able to see the planes up close from the time gates open at 2 p.m.

Led by Andrew King, the stunt pilot from the movie "Fly Boys," pilots of pre-1947 aircraft will descend on Hagerstown that Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the event. "The Hagerstown Airport is great," says King, "We loved it the past three years. It's not often we get to see such a large airport that's also a grassy airport. Old planes like grass because that’s what they were built for."

Hagerstown is the ideal location for Eastern and Great Lakes pilots to land while en route to the largest gathering of historic aircraft every year in Oshkosh, Wis., according to Marvin Stohler of Hagerstown's Airport Board. The event was launches in 2008 as part of the centennial celebration of the Ford Model T, when thousands of Model T owners and celebrants gathered at the Hagerstown Airport.

Pilots are expected to camp under the wings of their planes the night of July 19 and depart about noon the next day, weather permitting. Visitors attending the July 19 event will be able to meet and speak with the pilots beginning early afternoon that date.

Anyone with questions about the event may contact Bob Warner, Hagerstown town manager, at (765) 489-6171 or Denny Burns, event chairman at (765) 489-5829. The rain date is Wednesday, July 20.

The address of the Hagerstown Airport is: 999 South Washington Street, Hagerstown, IN 47346.

For more information... or questions, please contact: Denny Burns, chairman (765) 489-5829 dburns@parallax.ws


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 04:35 pm: Edit Post

WCCTB Collaborates with Area Businesses to Promote Summer Photo Contest

The Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau announced their 1st Summer Photo Contest today. The contest, sponsored by Jade Matters Photography, with assistance from G101.3, was created by the Bureau in an effort to increase our residents’ and visitor’s awareness and appreciation of Wayne County’s many attractions, activities, and beauty, while also developing the Bureau’s digital library. It will also be a fun way to interact with our residents and visitors while documenting an eventful summer in Wayne County.

Residents and visitors are invited to submit digital images that illustrate their experiences in Wayne County during the summer months. Photos are to be taken of attractions, exhibits/displays, public art, landscapes, historical buildings, etc. and people engaged in activities/actions – either as spectators or participants -- at Wayne Co. events and attractions (museums, parks, restaurants, festivals, etc.)

Photos (at least 300 dpi) will be submitted via facebook, e-mail and disk between Memorial Day and September 30, 2011 and will be judged both by a panel of judges (Grand Prize) and by facebook fans (Popular Prize). Winners will receive prizes donated by area attractions and businesses, such as $50 gas cards; gift cards from locally-owned restaurants Galo’s, Olde Richmond Inn, 5th Street Bagels, Ainsley’s Café, The Café 51, and Greens Fork Dinner; a gift basket from Warm Glow Candles; a lamp from Richmond Furniture Gallery; a Digital Photography Class from Richmond Art Museum; a T-shirt from Cope Environmental Center; a kids specialty crayon pack from Crayon Mavens, and possibly more to be announced at a future date.

Those who are interested in participating in the contest should visit the “Event” tab at www.facebook.com/visitrichmondin for details and rules, or contact Julie Dishman at 765-935-8687 or jdishman@visitrichmond.org. They may also visit the Old National Road Welcome Center at 5701 National Road East in Richmond to pick up the complete rules.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 05:12 pm: Edit Post

The Wayne County Foundation will again offer its workshop “Writing Effective Proposals”

This workshop is designed for Wayne County nonprofit organizations that would like to apply for a Wayne County Foundation grant but are unsure how to proceed - or for those who have previously submitted a proposal that was not funded.

Paid and volunteer leaders are welcome.

The workshop will include:
• a brief overview of the Foundation and its funding criteria;
• information about the timing of the Foundation’s grant cycles; and
• a review of the various aspects of a successful grant application.

Participants are encouraged to bring proposal ideas to the workshop for review and comment.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 13th beginning at 11:30 at the Foundation office located at 33 South Seventh Street in Richmond. Cost of the workshop, including lunch, is $5.00.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or emailing Andrea Stuckey, Program Officer at andrea@waynecountyfoundation.org by July 6.

(Message edited by Admin on June 22, 2011)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 03:05 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Awards $1,777,830 To Wayne County For Mineral Springs Road Bridge

GREENFIELD, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that Wayne County will receive $1,777,830 in additional federal funding for building a new bridge that will carry Mineral Springs Road over Greens Fork.

These are matching funds requiring the county to pay for 20 percent of the construction cost. They will be released during the federal fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013—contingent on funding availability through Congressional Appropriations.

Earlier this month, Wayne County competed with five other counties in the INDOT Greenfield District that sought Local Bridge Funding from the Federal Highway Administration. A second Wayne County 2011 Local Bridge Program request was not granted.

The existing Mineral Springs Road bridge has significant deficiencies that were noted under National Bridge Inspection Standards. This qualified it for the FHWA’s list of Eligible Bridges. The new structure at Greens Fork will be built on a new alignment—eliminating dangerous 90-degree turns at either end of the bridge.

On June 15, an INDOT selection panel at Greenfield, after hearing Wayne County’s presentation, decided to recommend awarding the full amount requested. This represents more than one-third of the FHWA bridge monies available to the district.

This week, state officials confirmed the million dollar award.

Other 2011 Local Bridge Program recipients are Madison and Henry Counties.

Only counties outside a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) urbanized area were eligible for the program.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 08:54 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Registration Roundup June 28

Information sessions at 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm. It is not too late to apply for Fall, learn about financial aid, programs of study and enroll in classes. All day Tuesday, June 28 in Johnson Hall at 23 57 Chester Blvd., I-70 and US 27.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:20 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Awards $5,733,000 In Greenfield District To Local Applicants

GREENFIELD, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation awarded $5,733,000 in federal funds today to six communities in the Greenfield District that applied for Transportation Enhancement (TE) and Group III Local Public Agency (LPA) matching grants.

Representatives from ten towns, cities and counties within the INDOT Greenfield District made presentations to a three-member panel at Greenfield last month. Projects were scored—and the scores were sent to Indianapolis for final INDOT approval and a determination by the Federal Highway Administration that projects are eligible for funding.

Because all funding depends on funding to be approved by Congress, letters sent to award winners this morning contained an asterisk noting the funding availability contingency.

Both TE and Group III LPA funding requires a local match of 20 percent before federal monies can be released. Group III applicants are local entities outside a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with populations from 5,000 to 50,000. Today’s awards are intended for projects in the federal fiscal year of 2014 (October 1, 2013—September 30, 2014).


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:17 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond receives $99,999 grant to promote academic success among student service members and veterans

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will use a $99,999 grant from Operation Diploma, an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University, to develop programs and policies designed to boost academic success of student service members and veterans on campus.

The grant is part of more than $1 million that MFRI awarded, through its Operation Diploma initiative, to 25 Indiana post-secondary institutions of higher education. The colleges and universities all proposed ways to enhance services at their campuses for the state’s student service members, veterans and their families.

This is the third and largest grant received by Ivy Tech Richmond. The Phase I and Phase II grants totaled $40,000.

The Ivy Tech Richmond award will continue to build on the successes of Phases I and II that focused on developing a campus veterans’ organization, removing barriers, building community among veterans and connecting them with additional resources such as a resources guide, information on GI Bill changes and academic tutoring. These issues connect with opportunities to enhance student persistence and success, faculty and staff development, disability services and streamlining administrative procedures and providing opportunities for veterans to connect with their peers.

Sabina Pennington, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs said, “We are very excited to have received this grant. It will provide us with another opportunity to serve our student veterans and to partner again with IU East to let our service members and veterans know we appreciate and support them. We also will be able to host a statewide Financial Literacy conference that will focus on the needs of all student service members and veterans from around the state.”

Launched with a $Five.8 million gift from Lilly Endowment Inc., Operation Diploma empowers Indiana’s post-secondary institutions and student veterans organizations to better serve student service members and veterans entering college for the first time, and those re-entering college after extended service or deployment.
Spring semester enrollment at Ivy Tech was 4,310 and 236 of these students were service members and veterans.

Since 2009, Operation Diploma has awarded more than $2.4 million to Indiana colleges and universities, who have used the funds to produce more effective and supportive services or expand them for these students. This year, institutions submitted competitive proposals for grants of up $100,000.

“This year's proposals demonstrate that we are entering a new phase of campus recognition and support,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of MFRI. “Schools are building on their successes to reach for even higher goals and attracting the attention of their neighbor and peer institutions in the process.”

In addition to[Ivy Tech Richmond, MFRI funded grants at the following institutions:
· Ball State University
· Franklin College
· Indiana State University
· Indiana University
· Indiana University Purdue University Ft. Wayne
· Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
· Ivy Tech Community College Central Administration (14 regional campuses)
· Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana
· Ivy Tech Community College Columbus
· Ivy Tech Community College East Central
· Ivy Tech Community College North Central
· Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
· Ivy Tech Community College Southeast
· Ivy Tech Community College Southern Indiana
· Ivy Tech Community College Southwest
· Purdue University
· Purdue University North Central
· St. Mary of the Woods College
· University of Evansville
· University of Southern Indiana


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:52 am: Edit Post

Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place Enjoys Facelift

Thanks to a grant from the Wayne Country Foundation, the historic Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place building is looking more fit.

The grant will pay for painting the historic 1880s Odd Fellow Building on Hagerstown's Main Street, next to Willie & Red's (formerly Welliver's).
The building houses the Hagerstown Museum, home to exhibits that display Nettle Creek history including Perfect Circle's glory years; Civil War involvement; and a library.

D&T Painting Contractors of Hagerstown is doing the work. The building features a rare cast-iron facade. A longtime tenant, antique store "Antiques Unique," shares the ground floor with art gallery/teaching center, Arts Place. The museum occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors.

The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 1-6 PM. There is no admission charge.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 09:51 am: Edit Post

Surface Paving to Begin on U.S. 40

RICHMOND, Ind.—The reconstruction of U.S. 40 is entering its final stages in the upcoming weeks. Milestone, the project contractor, is expected to begin paving the surface layer of asphalt beginning June 22.

Crews will begin by paving the lanes on the north side of the highway, as they are currently restricted from traffic. Once the new westbound lanes are paved, both directions of traffic will be routed onto the newly paved side and the lanes on the south side of the highway will be closed for surface paving. The traffic pattern is expected to switch the week of June 27. A precise date will be announced as work progresses.

Intersections along the U.S. 40 project will require closure as the paving train crosses city streets; this includes the intersection of South West Fifth Street and U.S. 40. Traffic will be restricted from driving on the new pavement until the asphalt can cool and harden. Access to many driveways will be also be limited for a short time. It is imperative that everyone refrains from driving on the fresh asphalt and heed construction zone instructions in order to maintain the quality of the newly paved surface.

INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious while driving through all work zones. “Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov.

Drivers can receive updates on roadway conditions by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing www.trafficwise.in.gov online.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 09:40 am: Edit Post

Public hearings scheduled for proposed changes to deer hunting rules

The Natural Resources Commission will conduct two public hearings on proposed changes to deer hunting rules next month. The components of the proposed deer rule changes include modifications to the season structure, bag limits, hunting equipment, and licensing requirements.

The proposed rule language and fact sheet can be found at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2362.htm.

Individuals can provide comments at one of the public hearings scheduled as follows:

Monday, July 25
Spring Mill Inn
Spring Mill State Park
3333 St. Rd. 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
6 p.m. (EDT)

Tuesday, July 26
Community Building
Miami County Fairgrounds
1029 W. 200 N.
Peru, IN 46970
6 p.m. (EDT)

Submit comments regarding these proposed changes to the NRC at http://www.IN.gov/nrc/2377.htm by clicking on "Comment on Proposed Rule" next to the “Deer Amendments.” The deadline for submitting comments is Wednesday, July 27.

Comments can also be mailed to:

Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Ave., Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

All comments sent to the NRC regarding these proposed rule changes will be provided to its members and DNR staff, and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report.

For more information: Phil Bloom, (317) 232-4003, pbloom@dnr.in.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 13, 2011 - 09:57 am: Edit Post

Richmond Baking Company Premier Sponsor for the 2011 Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival

Richmond, Indiana – Starr-Gennett Foundation is pleased to announce that Richmond Baking Company will be the premier sponsor for “Mo’ Blues,” the 2011 Gennett Records Walk of Fame Music Festival. Now in its 5th year and set for September 10, the festival will continue a celebration of the blues begun in 2010, according to Foundation Treasurer, Dr. David Fulton. He added that the Starr-Gennett board is very grateful for Richmond Baking’s support. “It’s a real morale booster and a demonstration that our efforts are being recognized by the broader community.”

Funding from Richmond Baking will also help support the first-ever Starr-Gennett Kids Day, to take place on July 15 at the Starr Pavilion. Local youth will be treated to a free day of music and arts experiences, including an interactive concert, and prepare for their own performance and contests for the September Music Fest. Kids Day will also serve as a kick-off to the new Starr-Gennett curriculum that fulfills Indiana state history standards for 1st and 2nd grades. The goal of both Kids Day and the school curriculum is to instill community pride through active learning.

Starr-Gennett Foundation is only able to present Kids Day and much of the Music Festival free to the public through the generosity of local supporters such as Richmond Baking Company. Says Bill Quigg, President of Richmond Baking, “The Richmond Baking family is proud of our community and our history in Richmond since 1902. We are very happy to partner with the Starr-Gennett Foundation to celebrate such an important aspect of our musical heritage with the Walk of Fame celebration. Our town has a lot to be proud of, and this is a way for all members of our community to enjoy great music and have a lot of fun.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 10:20 am: Edit Post

$500,000 Commitment Helps Establish Medical Education Program in Richmond

A $500,000 commitment from the Vigran Family Foundation is helping to make possible a partnership that will allow students pursuing an M.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine to complete a portion of their third and fourth-year medical education in Richmond, Indiana.

The arrangement, announced today, between Indiana University East, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services will begin this summer. Eventually it will support more than 75 clinical clerkships per year and introduce dozens of prospective physicians to the communities of Wayne County.

“This is an exciting new program that builds on the special relationship between two great Richmond institutions,” said Gary Vigran, president of the Vigran Family Foundation. “It also builds on the vision my parents had for this community and will provide sustainable economic and health care opportunities that will strengthen Richmond and Wayne County.”

Stanley Vigran, a lifelong Richmond resident was involved in many civic projects before his death in 2004. He was especially instrumental in establishing Indiana University East. He believed strongly the organization had tremendous capacity to drive significant, long-term economic growth.

“My father was convinced that IU East could work together effectively with other organizations, and especially Reid Hospital, to make a real difference in the community,” Vigran said. “He felt so strongly about it, he made a bequest that $500,000 of his estate be set aside in the Vigran Family Foundation specifically to fund this kind of innovative, collaborative program. It’s the largest gift we’ve ever given and we’re excited that we can help start a program that will benefit the community for generations to come.”

The Vigran Family Foundation was established in conjunction with the Wayne County Foundation in 2003. This gift brings the total amount donated by the Vigran Family Foundation to over $900,000 since its inception. It is mostly known for its contributions to human service agencies, youth development organizations, educational initiatives, and Jewish causes.

“We also hope this donation will encourage other community support of the project, too,” Vigran said of the gift.

“The partnership between IU East, Reid Hospital, and the Indiana University School of Medicine is an important step forward for everyone,” he said. “It advances each organization. It enhances the level of medical care in east central Indiana. And it will help promote meaningful growth in the community for years to come.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 06, 2011 - 12:12 pm: Edit Post

Battle of the Blues Contest to be held at Gennett Walk of Fame Music Festival

Richmond, IN. Attention All Blues Bands: You could be Starr-Gennett's official Blues Band of the Year and win 8 hours of studio time. Starr-Gennett Foundation is looking for the best regional blues bands to battle for the title at this year's "Mo' Blues Festival". Enter your band today by sending an email with either a link to your band's demos or just send a few mp3's. The battle will be held on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. and the top two bands will play off for the title just before the featured evening concert. First place wins the title and plaque for 2011, studio time to record, and Gennett blues t-shirts for each band member.

Submission deadline is June 30. Send submissions, including your contact name, band name, and music links/demos, to:

Terri Hardy ~ thardy@starrgennett.org ~ or call (765) 962-2860 for more information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 06, 2011 - 11:26 am: Edit Post

2011 RAM Secret Garden Tour

Saturday & Sunday, June 25th & 26th
Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
(Rain or Shine!)

Shhhhh! Come closer! We want to let you in on something. The Richmond Art Museum would like to invite you to the 11th Annual Secret Garden Tour, Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th!

This beloved fundraiser and RAM classic will once again feature beautiful gardens and landscaped lawns in the Richmond community. A surprise addition to the 2011 tour will be access to some of the homes on the tour list! And, RAM will again host a boutique of unique decorative ironwork and plants to dress up your own secret garden! You won’t want to miss the 2011 Secret Garden Tour! Oh, and we won’t be mad if you tell someone else our little secret!

Bonus Features on the 2011 Secret Garden Tour:
~A floral design show by Petal and Stem Garden Club!
~The Richmond Association of Realtor’s presents “A Parade of Homes” which will be held along the route of the Secret Garden Tour!

TICKETS: $10 each. For further information, visit our website at www.richmondartmuseum.org or call (765) 966-0256. Tickets may be purchased at the Richmond Art Museum, or at the First Bank Richmond main branch. You may purchase tickets in advance or on either day of the event.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 09:56 am: Edit Post

Annual Fireworks Dinner, July 2, 2011

Enjoy a fabulous summer dinner on the south lawn of the Gaar House Museum, overlooking the skyline of the city. View the fireworks from the best seat on the hill!

$50.00 per person / $100.00 per couple, Limited to 8 people or 4 couples.
$30.00 of your evening is tax deductible.

Proceeds from this event support the preservation of the Gaar House Museum.

The Gaar House is the property of the Agnes and Abram Gaar Foundation, a 501-C-3 foundation, promoting tourism to Wayne County for over 37 years.

Rain date: Sunday, July 3. Call 765-966-1262 for reservations.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 10:44 am: Edit Post

Young Artists Camp at Richmond Art Museum

Ages: Age 5 - 6th Grade
Week 1: June 27 - July 1
Week 2: July 11 - July 15
Instructor: Theresa Goss

Full Day Session: 9 AM - 3 PM
Half Day Session: 9 AM - 12 PM or 12 PM - 3 PM

Join us as the Richmond Art Museum hosts young artists in an art camp that will include working with many different types of media to create artwork! Students will engage in drawing, painting and sculpture and learn helpful techniques and projects that will give them a better understanding of how to create art! Lunch is included in the cost of camp! Enroll now for the 2nd year of your regional art museum’s Young Artists Camp! You may sign up for half day or full day sessions; please indicate your choice on the registration form.

Fees: (Weekly Rates for either full or half day sessions)
Full Day: $140 General Enrollment / $130 RAM members
Half Day: $70 General Enrollment / $60 RAM members

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday 1PM – 4PM
Closed Mondays, Saturdays

Call 765.966.0256 to register for camp! Email lancec@rcs.k12.in.us for more information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 04:37 pm: Edit Post

“The Music & Spirit of Louis Armstrong" Concert on July 23

Co-Sponosred by the Starr-Gennett Foundation and Richmond Civic Theatre

“The Music and Spirit of Louis Armstrong,” a jazz concert starring trumpeter Byron Stripling backed by a jazz quintet, will be presented on Saturday July 23 at the historic Murray Theatre, home of Richmond Civic Theatre, in Richmond, Indiana.

For this concert, Stripling will re-create the style and songs of the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Stripling is an outstanding musician with a national reputation. He has performed with over fifty different symphony and pops orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and also with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has toured with such major jazz acts as Lionel Hampton, Terry Clark, Woody Herman and Count Basie. He is currently the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

This Gennett Legacy concert is being co-sponsored as a special fund-raising event for both the Starr-Gennett Foundation and the Richmond Civic Theatre. Ticket price is $20, or only $15 for RCT members, Starr-Gennett members and students. Tickets may be purchased in advance from either of the sponsoring organizations. Contact the RCT box office at 765-962-1816 or the Starr-Gennett office at 765-962-2860.) The July 23 program will begin at 7 p.m., with the theatre doors opening at 6 p.m.

The venue for the concert, the Murray Theatre, is located at 1003 East Main Street in Richmond. It has been the Civic Theatre’s home since 1952. Built in 1909, the theatre originally featured vaudeville entertainment and continued to feature live entertainment as well as movies during the 1930s-40s. The famous jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong performed on the Murray Theatre stage in 1941. Therefore, the concert on July 23 will be the 70th anniversary of Armstrong’s Richmond appearance.

Armstrong also had an earlier connection to Richmond history. In 1923, the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, featuring a young Louis Armstrong, recorded at Richmond’s Gennett Studio— which is known as “the birthplace of recorded jazz.”

In connection with the July 23 concert, Lamplight at the Leland will host “Jam and Dance” sessions in the Leland Ballroom, located at 900 South A Street, one block from the Murray Theatre. The pre-concert music will play from 5 to 6 p.m., and post-concert music will begin at 9:30. J & J Winery will offer a cash bar and light snacks.

For more information on this event contact Terri Hardy (Starr-Gennett Foundation 765-962-2860), Bill Strauss (Richmond Civic Theatre:765-962-8011) or David Cobine, 765-962-5828.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 11:47 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Wayne County Foundation will be accepting grant applications from the not-for-profit organizations for its Community Activities and Education categories until 5:00 p.m. August 2, 2010.

Assistance in preparing applications is available from the Foundation office located at 33 South 7th Street, Richmond. First-time applicants are encouraged to contact Andrea Stuckey at the Foundation Office prior to submitting an application. For additional information, prospective grantees may call the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or e-mail andrea@waynecountyfoundation.org. All completed applications are reviewed by committees of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and community volunteers.

Last year, the Foundation awarded over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships, including over $84,000 through its community activities and education grantmaking cycle.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 11:59 am: Edit Post

Third annual ReidRide getting ready to roll

Reid Foundation’s third annual ReidRide July 23 will try out a new look and a revised route, and Foundation workers expect more riders than ever.

“We will be pleased to see the ride continue to grow,” said Foundation Director Jason Troutwine. “Because of the growth last year and the expected increase this year, we’ve made changes to smooth checking in and enhance safety.”

Riders may check in beginning at 6:30 a.m. in front of Reid Hospital’s Medical Office Building. Troutwine suggests participants access the campus using the bridge entrance from Reid Parkway; traffic monitors will answer questions and direct parking.

At 7:30 a.m., participating cyclists will begin the 23-mile course, heading south on Chester Boulevard to A Street and resuming the traditional route on Main Street and U.S. 40 to Centerville for the halfway rest stop.

Riders will then strike north on Centerville Road to follow Webster Road to the Cardinal Greenway to Industries Road to make their way back to Reid.

“We had over 400 cyclists last year. This year, we believe the number could near 600, and we are preparing for that,” Troutwine said.

In addition to the route changes, Reid Foundation is encouraging businesses to have their employees “team up” for the ride. Last year, Kicks96 personnel enjoyed the ride as a team, and so did their listeners. This year, First Merchants Bank was first to take up the challenge.

“As our organization strives to become healthier through our recent Biggest Loser initiative, it seems appropriate to grow our participation with ReidRide,” said First Merchants Vice President Lee Elzemeyer.

The bank had eight riders last year, but this year Elzemeyer hopes to encourage regional employees to make their way to Wayne County and join the team.

Due to the team provision, the Foundation is encouraging participating businesses to furnish employees with corporate team spirit T-shirts. Businesses wishing to incorporate the ReidRide logo can find it on the event website at ReidRide.org.

“This can also apply to civic groups, families, and service clubs,” Troutwine said. “We will, of course, continue to issue each starting cyclist an official ReidRide T-shirt and be honored when any choose to use it.”

“It is important to note that people of all ages and fitness levels are invited to ride,” said Event Coordinator Becky Jewison. “This is not a race, simply a fun ride and a way to become active.” Jewison said riders under 18 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

As participants cross the finish line, they will be greeted by family members and celebratory music provided by Kicks96 and G101-3. Reid massage therapists will be on hand to minister to cycling stresses, and area businesses will sponsor parts of the celebration.

As in past years, ReidRide proceeds will provide new “Shoes for Kids.” In 2010, more than 2,000 pairs of shoes were distributed to children in need in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio.

The Salvation Army and Communities in Schools assisted in shoe distribution. Those wishing to support the cause can do so by making a donation on the event’s website.

Visit ReidRide.org for additional information, including specifics on the route and online registration.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 05:31 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Tourism Bureau’s Hometown Scavenger Hunt
Sponsored by Richmond Baking

If you’ve needed an excuse to check out the sights & sounds in Richmond/Wayne County, now is the time! This year’s theme is Civil War in Wayne County!

Also you can win some wonderful prizes!

Beginning Monday, August 8th - Friday, August 12th, the Wayne County Tourism Bureau is hosting the Hometown Tourist Scavenger Hunt throughout Wayne County

1st Prize Winner will receive:

2nd Prize Winner will receive:HOW TO PLAY!
Every participant will pick up a “passport” to answer a question and/or take a photo of something unique to each site. Passports will only be available at the Welcome Center. A set of clues will be released each day during August 8th-August 12th, via www.facebook.com/visitrichmondin or at The Old National Road Welcome Center and The National Road Antique Mall in Cambridge City.

HOW TO WIN!
Those who complete their passport with the correct answers and photographs by Friday, August 12th, 6 p.m. and return it to the Old National Road Welcome Center by Monday, August 15th will have their names put into a drawing for the prizes. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 16th.

BE A PART OF THE FUN!!!
Old National Road Welcome Center
5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana

Call for more details -- 765-935-8687–ask for Julie

(Message edited by Admin on August 02, 2011)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 11:43 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter inducts 38 new members

Richmond--- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college academic honor society, inducted 38 Sunday, July 31.

Chapter Adviser Leanna Angi-White said, “Our chapter and the International Society are excited about introducing a new organizational program this fall that focuses on encouraging all students on each campus to complete their degree.”

The by invitation organization founded in 1918 is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters. Students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that apply to an associate degree and have a 3.5 grade point average.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages academic achievement of two-year students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programs.

Officers are: Craig Hale, president; Jeff Deaton, vice president of scholarship; Alisha Ponder, vice president of leadership; Craig Hale, Interim Treasurer, Victoria Houpt, secretary and Lynn Baldwin, public relations officer.

Students inducted into the Society include: Richmond: Steven Bowman, John Burkhart, Candace Galon-Calderon, Benjamin Costner, James Hobson, Anthony Jobe, Sherry McClain, Tracie Petty, Kristofer Ponder, Traci Rastbichler, John Rolfe, Daniel Story,Centerville: Mendy Crawley, Michael Crawley, William Stanton Sr., Connersville Susan Bishop, Patricia Foley, Anthony Knox Jr., Tonya Lacey, Cathy Robinson, Tonya Precht, Joni Sparks; Brookville: Sharon Fricke, Karen Schube, Greensfork: Richard Weber, Hagerstown: Rebekah Lavere, Indianapolis: Roberto Zavala, Jr., Laurel: Sonia Baker, Lewisburg: Lisa Clevenger, Liberty: Gina Bentley, Carina Miller, Melody Scott, Lynn: Tina Meyers, LouAnne Manning, Metamora: Shanna Grizzell, Palestine: Jennifer Scantland, Rushville: Brenda Taylor, Eaton, OH: Laura Mitchell.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 01, 2011 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond has Department of Labor Grant funds available for area businesses to train and add new employees

Richmond— Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recently completed the first year of a three year $205,000 grant to enable employers in Wayne, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union counties to train and add more than 100 workers for skilled jobs.

During the first year, Ivy Tech Richmond worked with several key employers training more than 30 new employees in a variety of skills including: warehousing safety and forklift certification, employee orientation and safety, and management and supervision.

The grant funding is available to support regional employers seeking to hire with training for potential workers in demand occupations, primarily in advanced manufacturing, transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) and applied information technology (IT). Many businesses may not be aware they qualify for the program. Employers also may qualify for retraining assistance for current employees.

Kim Thurlow, Workforce and Economic Development (WED) Executive Director, said, “If you believe your business’s openings don’t fit these categories consider that applied IT is a broad area that has components that apply to many jobs in many fields.”

A local manager said, "As a training manager for a manufacturing facility, I know I can rely on Ivy Tech to provide technical, business, or social training customized to fit our needs. Their trainers are knowledgeable and flexible. Their staff is responsive and able to assist with grant utilization. "

Regional grant coordinator James Maley, Ph.D., said, ““This unique grant can work in favor of the employer and the candidate by adding valuable training to the equation, increasing the likelihood of a long term placement. Employers seeking to hire in the coming year should contact us to find out how this fund can work to their advantage.”

For additional information and consultation contact Maley at jmaley@ivytech.edu or 800-659-4562 x 4106. Workers interested in the program should contact WorkOne for additional information.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 05:45 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Presents 6th Annual Senior Art Competition

The 6th 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 22nd-September 23rd. This competition is open to all artists age 60+ who reside in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County; however, those living outside of these counties who are members of a senior center within the five county area, are eligible to participate as well.

Classifications are: oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, pastel painting, drawing (graphite, ink, chalk), photography, collage / mixed, and three-dimensional(sculpture, glasswork, etc.).

Artists may bring their entries to IU East Art Gallery August 18th from 10:00am to 12:00n noon and August 19th from 8:00am to 9:00am prior to judging. For those unable to deliver their work, the Agency will pick up artwork at the following locations:
August 15th – Western Wayne Senior Center, Nettle Creek Senior Center, Centerville/Abington Senior Center
August 16th – Southview Court in Liberty, Franklin County Senior Center, Richmond Senior Community Center
August 17th – Fayette County Senior Center and Rush County Senior Center

Open judging will take place Friday, August 19th, at 9:00am in the Community Room 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 22nd through September 23rd.

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 24th at 6:00pm.

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 Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 04:55 pm: Edit Post

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman Celebrates Major Moves Success on U.S. 40

RICHMOND, Ind. — Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman’s visit to Earlham College today commemorates the completion of the Major Moves reconstruction of U.S. 40. Lt. Gov. Skillman joined state and local officials, as well as Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Milestone Contractor employees, to celebrate the conclusion of the project.

Lt. Gov. Skillman spoke about the success of the Major Moves transportation improvement program, and how the results can be seen in Richmond. Because of Major Moves, Skillman said, Indiana is a model for other states, many of which have very few infrastructure improvement projects.

The $9.1 million project rebuilt 1.3 miles of U.S. 40 through Richmond’s near west side. The full-depth reconstruction included a new 106-foot bridge over Cool Creek, a broader highway with widened driving lanes and a center turn lane. Traffic signals, concrete center islands and a pedestrian-activated sound and light beacon intend to provide a safer crossing at the entrance to Earlham College.

The highway improvements provide a much better driving experience, but safety is a priority, said INDOT Greenfield District Deputy Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson.

“After much evaluation and deliberation, INDOT determined pedestrian safety at this location was paramount,” Hendrickson said. “The collective improvements in the project aim to enhance safety overall.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 02:37 pm: Edit Post

That INDOT Pick-Up Truck is Really a State Police Cruiser

INDIANAPOLIS – White pick-up trucks are ever present in highway work zones. Construction inspectors and foremen use them as a mobile office, supervising road work while sheltered from the dust and blistering summer sun.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) today joined forces to unveil the first pick-up truck converted for traffic enforcement in and near construction zones. Equipped with police lighting, sirens, radios and radar equipment, the white pick-ups will be operated by uniformed troopers on unmarked patrols.

“It’s not INDOT’s or ISP’s goal to catch motorists in the act of committing a violation, but to promote compliance with safe driving practices and reduce the number of crashes,” said INDOT Chief Operations Officer Troy Woodruff. “On average four out of every five people killed in highway work zones are motorists, not highway workers.”

An analysis of 2010 statistics found the top causes of work zone crashes to be following too closely, improper lane change and failure to yield the right of way. Troopers in the white pick-ups will more easily spot these violations, which carry increased fines and penalties under a new state law that took effect this month.

“We know people tend to drive different whether or not a marked police vehicle is present,” added Major Brent Johnson, the Operations Support Division Commander of the Indiana State Police. “Our expectation now is that seeing any white pick-up truck in or near a construction zone will cause all drivers to be more attentive.”

At approximately $32,000 each, INDOT is purchasing the Ram 1500 trucks specifically for ISP work zone enforcement around the state. Use of the special pick-ups is in addition to traditional marked and unmarked state police vehicles, including motorcycle patrols and unmarked Mustang police vehicles.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:21 pm: Edit Post

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman to Celebrate Major Moves Success on U.S. 40

RICHMOND, Ind. — Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman will join state and local officials Thursday to commemorate the completion of the Major Moves reconstruction of U.S. 40. The $9.1 million project rebuilt 1.3 miles of U.S. 40 through Richmond’s near west side and includes a new bridge, traffic signals, concrete center islands and a pedestrian-activated sound and light beacon for safe crossing. The highway improvements not only provide a better driving experience, but also enhance overall safety.

WHO: Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will join State Sen. Allen Paul; State Reps. Phil Pflum and Tom Saunders; Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton; INDOT Chief of Staff Robert Zier and District Deputy Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson; Earlham College V.P. of Community Relations Avis Stewart; Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and E.D.C. President & C.E.O. Tim Rogers; Milestone Contractors Area V.P. John Waechter

WHAT: Ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Major Moves reconstruction of U.S. 40

WHEN: 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2011

WHERE: Earlham College front lawn, near the main entrance on U.S. 40, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 01:39 pm: Edit Post

Land O’Lakes, Inc. offers Professional Applicator Training at Ivy Tech Richmond

Land O’Lakes, Inc., Business Development Services is holding Professional Applicator training sessions on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus August 2-4. The program is for people who work in agriculture, buildings and grounds for hospitals, schools, factories and other businesses, parks and recreation departments, lawn care services and weed and insect control companies.

The three day course August 2-4 is for people who are new to custom application. It is the preparation course for licensure. The two day course August 3-4 is a refresher for those renewing their certification. The training sessions are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost including lunch and breaks is $195 per day. Preregistration is online at http://events.SignUp4.com/AppSchool.

For further information contact Mary Waschek, at mbwaschek@landolakes.com or 952-997-7116.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 09:33 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Wayne County Foundation will be accepting grant applications from the not-for-profit organizations for its Community Activities and Education categories until 4:00 p.m. July 28, 2011.

Assistance in preparing applications is available from the Foundation office located at 33 South 7th Street, Richmond. First-time applicants are encouraged to contact Andrea Stuckey at the Foundation office prior to submitting an application. For additional information, prospective grantees may call the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or e-mail andrea@waynecountyfoundation.org. All completed applications are reviewed by committees of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and community volunteers.

Last year, the Foundation awarded over $1.0 million in grants and scholarships, including over $78,000 through its community activities and education grantmaking cycle.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 03:47 pm: Edit Post

Earlham College to Participate in Indiana Private Colleges Week

RICHMOND, Ind. — Gov. Mitch Daniels has declared July 25—29, 2011 as Indiana Private College Week. During this week, Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities, including Earlham College, are opening their campuses to students, parents and others involved in the college selection process. Those visiting will get to experience firsthand the unique personality of each campus through tours, informational sessions and conversations with students and staff.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 01:13 pm: Edit Post

Chanticeer Quartet Announces Concert Schedule

Chanticleer String Quartet and guest violist play a free outdoor concert on Chanticleer Farm ( go 3 miles south of Richmond on US 27, turn right on Woods Road, follow signs), Sunday, August 7, 2011, 3:30 P.M. (In case of rain, same time, Earlham College, Goddard Auditorium). Music will include a tango, Cuban dance, Mozart, Hindemith and Brahms.

The Chanticeer Quartet will also perform at Morrisson-Reeves Library August 5, 2011 at 2 PM.

For complete schedule and other information see www.chanticleerquartet.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 02:02 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Community Schools, Reid to plan school health center with grant

Richmond Community Schools and Reid Physician Associates (RPA) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Reid Hospital – will continue to plan the potential development of a health center with a $489,609 federal grant announced yesterday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Richmond Community Schools as a recipient of Affordable Care Act funds, part of the School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program. In 2011, HHS awarded 278 SBHC capital grants of over 400 applicants. It is estimated 1,910 School Based Health Centers exist nationally.

“Last year, our administrative staff and board recognized a need to address wellness and childhood obesity,” said Dr. Allen Bourff, RCS Superintendent. “At that time, I met with Reid President/CEO, Craig Kinyon, to discuss options to address student health and wellness. After some preliminary research, further discussions led to the ideal solution of a School-Based Health Center. It wasn’t until later we discovered this grant opportunity.”

Serving more than 5,000 students and their families, the RCS Health Center will work to overcome significant barriers to health care, such as lack of transportation, insurance, financial resources and providers, while improving outcomes by providing direct access to care at a dedicated SBHC site. RPA staff and providers will operate the center.

“Reid is committed to the education and wellness of our community,” Kinyon said. “This means that we need to put our money where our mouth is and work with our schools to ensure that wellness begins at a young age.”

According to the request for applications, “SBHCCs not only enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school, but also improve their overall health and wellness through health screenings, health promotion, and disease prevention activities.”

This concept is not new for Reid. The pediatric Stop Taking On Pounds (STOP) program is in its eighth year, helping students age 7-18, along with parents, learn healthy shopping, eating and play time. It is designed to combat the estimated 23% obesity rate in local youth.

The grant application was developed jointly between RCS and Reid. The grant provides funds for planning, renovating, and furnishing the RCS Health Center. The southwest portion of Hibberd School is slated as the location for the Center.

“I am very pleased that our two organizations have collaborated to develop an award winning proposal. Now that we have a plan in place to fund renovation work, we will turn to our board to determine next steps,” said Bourff.

In the proposed agreement, yet to be evaluated by their respective boards, RCS will provide clinic space as well as student transportation between other RCS schools and the clinic. RPA will provide clinical staff and operational management.

“With the parent’s approval, the plan allows for students to be transported to Hibberd for illnesses typically treated in a doctor’s office,” said Angie Dickman, Reid vice president. “Immunizations, sports physicals, and some lab testing will also be offered.”

A limited amount of pharmaceuticals, such as common antibiotics and pain medication, will be disbursed. Services will be free to the uninsured students. Insured students will be billed a co-pay, should their plan require it.

“We continually see students who are sent home for an illness which goes untreated, and the student returns to the classroom,” said Deb Stracener, R.N. of RCS. “The illness is then spread to other students. Having an on-site SBHC will address this repetitive problem.”

Bob Coddington, Director of Business Affairs for RCS, will serve as project manager for the construction. “If we are given the go ahead, we can finalize blueprints and begin a competitive bid process for the renovations. Construction could be finished as early as February if things fall into place.”

Reid will provide support services throughout the construction phase to ensure compliance with health care regulations, work flow and to offer purchasing support for competitive pricing of medical equipment and supplies.

“We believe the RCS Health Center is a long-term solution for the health needs of our students,” Bourff said. “Health and literacy go hand-in-hand.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

Indiana 227 to Close July 25; Crews to replace culvert

RICHMOND, Ind.—Construction crews will close Indiana 227 beginning Monday, July 25 to replace a culvert under the highway. The culvert is located 1.1 mile north of Indiana 121/New Paris Pike, south of Interstate 70 and between Weiss and Pleasant View Roads.

The closure is expected to last less than 45 days as crews excavate the old culvert and construct a new one. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has hired Milestone Contractors to complete the work. Milestone’s bid of $489,753 was the lowest of three submitted.

The official detour route for the road closure is U.S. 27 to Interstate 70 exit 151 to exit 153/Indiana 227.

Drivers can receive updates on roadway conditions by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing www.trafficwise.in.gov online.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 12:09 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau/Jade Matters Photography 2011 Summer Photo Contest- Powered by G1013

Purpose of the Contest:
- To develop awareness of and interest in Wayne County’s varied attractions and activities
- To increase awareness and appreciation of Wayne County’s landscape and architecture
- To increase our interactions with Wayne County residents and visitors (including but not limited to facebook, Flickr, e-mail, etc.)
- To increase our residents’ and visitors’ appreciation of art and art-related activities
- To increase our digital photo library, for use in online (facebook, website, blogs), print publications (i.e. brochures, postcards, calendars, etc.) and/or photo exhibits
- It’s fun!

How to Enter:
The public (visitors and residents) are invited to submit original digital images taken in Wayne County during the summer months of 2011, to illustrate where they would go or what they would do in the area if they were a visitor here.
Photos are to be taken of attractions, exhibits/displays, public art, landscapes, historical buildings, etc. and people engaged in activities/actions – either as spectators or participants -- at Wayne Co. events and attractions (museums, parks, restaurants, festivals, etc.)

Photos (at least 300 dpi) will be submitted via facebook, e-mail, Flickr and disk/jumpdrive between Memorial Day and September 30, 2011 and will be judged both by a panel of judges (Grand Prize) and by Facebook fans (Popular Prize). Winners will receive prizes to be donated by area attractions and businesses.

Grand Prize Winner (to be determined by panel of judges) will receive:
· $50 Gas Card
· Digital Photography Class from Richmond Art Museum worth $70
· Gift Card Combo Pack worth $30 from Local Restaurants Galo’s, Olde Richmond Inn, and Ainsley’s Café
· Richmond Symphony Ticket Vouchers (2)
· Tiffany Style Butterfly Lamp from Richmond Furniture Outlet
· Possibly more

Popular Prize Winner (to be determined by facebook fans) will receive:
· $50 Gas Card
· Warm Glow Gift Basket worth $25
· Gift Card Combo Pack worth $30 from 5th Street Bagels, Café 51 & Greens Fork Diner
· Richmond Symphony Ticket Vouchers (2)
· T-shirt from Cope Environmental Center
· Specialty Crayon Pack from Crayon Mavens
· Possibly more

Rules, Policies & Procedures:
Those who submit photographs must be at least 16 years of age.
Staff/Volunteers of WCCTB & their immediate family members (spouse, parent, sibling or child) are not eligible.

Only the person who took the photo may enter it; the photo must be an original and may not have been previously published; the person submitting it must own all rights to the photo and will continue to own all rights, however by submitting the photo to the contest the submitter grants the WCTTB a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, for any Tourism related purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotional materials, its website, exhibition, and commercial products. The WCCTB will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
Entries are to be digital photos, either black & white or color, at least 300 dpi, with no borders, frames, text or other graphic treatments other than cropping, tonal and color corrections.
Candid, not unnatural-looking posed shots of people are encouraged; no photo containing lewd or illegal activities will be accepted.
Photos are to be submitted electronically either by posting them on our www.facebook.com/visitrichmondin fan page, e-mailing them to jdishman@visitrichmond.org, or submitting them on our www.flickr.com/photos/visitrichmondin page. You may also save the photos to a disk or jumpdrive and drop them off at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond, IN.

When submitting via e-mail, please include "Summer Photo Contest Entry" in your subject; when submitting via facebook, please include "Summer Photo Contest Entry" in your caption; when submitting a disk or jumpdrive in person, please include a note that says "Summer Photo Contest Entry" and your contact information.

There is no limit on how many photos you may submit.

Those submitted via e-mail or disk will be posted on facebook by WCCTB within 2 days of us receiving them, when possible.

Entries will be judged both by a panel of “experts” and via fans on facebook.

Facebook fans are encouraged to "like" those photos which they feel meet the standards listed below. "Likes" will be tallied after Sept. 30, 2011.

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and the effectiveness conveying the beauty or interesting features of Wayne County.

WCCTB reserves the right to disqualify any photo for any reason.

If you have questions, please contact Julie at jdishman@visitrichmond.org or 765-935-8687.

(Message edited by Admin on July 11, 2011)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 12:08 pm: 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 $1,679 or $2,268 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 15th.

IGA lot on U.S. 52, Brookville, Fridays 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Depot Parking Lot, 900 N. “E” Street, Richmond, Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
City Parking Lot, corner of N. 6th and “A” Streets, Richmond, Saturdays 7:00am – 12:00pm

Checks will be available on a first come, first served basis, or until all checks have been distributed, at participating locations.

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.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 09:16 am: Edit Post

Rural Material Culture: Selections from Indiana and Borders

The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to be presenting, Rural Material Culture: Selections from Indiana and Borders which will run from June 5 through July 11, 2011. The exhibition will focus on historic folk art including, painters, sculptors, carvers, weavers, furniture makers, and craftsmen whose work is representative of the larger developments of folk art in America that was created from mid to late 19th century to the early 1930’s. The exhibition is being guest co-curated by David Good, Fairhaven, Ohio and Jay Cobb, Eaton, Ohio, nationally recognized folk art experts.

Artworks have been lent by regional historical museums including Earlham College, Henry County Historical Society Museum, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Preble County Historical Museum and the Wayne County Historical Museum as well as private collectors throughout the Midwest.

It is the Museum’s hope that this exhibition will offer insight into the social and cultural development of the state of Indiana through the visual products of its rural residents; important and ingenious people who helped mold the Midwest force that became important during a crucially formative period of our great nation’s history.

A full color catalogue will be available for sale at the opening reception to be held on Saturday, June 11th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 02:24 pm: Edit Post

Annual Butterfly Release will honor loved ones, scheduled on Sept. 2

Butterflies will go free. Memorable people will be honored. And, Wernle will be the beneficiary at an annual event that’s planned for Friday, Sept. 2, in downtown Richmond.

The sixth Butterfly Release will take place at 11 a.m. at The Secret Ingredient, 720 E. Main St. The street will be blocked off to accommodate the event.

Participants pay $20 for a butterfly in honor of a loved one who has passed on or a person who’s made an impact in nurturing, mentoring or caring.

The honorees’ names will be displayed for three weeks on the window at The Secret Ingredient. Refreshments will be served after the release at the women’s fashion store.

Butterflies must be ordered in advance. Order forms are available at the store.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center. Different charities have benefited from previous butterfly releases. Call (765) 966-0990 for more information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 02:20 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Association Presents Summer’s End Classic Rockfest

Metamora, Indiana August 2011 - The Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Association is presenting its first annual Summer’s End Classic Rockfest on Monday, September 5, 2011. The event will start at noon and end at 8 pm. The festival will include music from area bands, food, drinks, camping and free parking. This will be an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine so preparing for the weather and bringing a lawn chair or blanket is recommended. The retro style music will be combined with retro admission pricing of $5 per person. No grills or alcoholic beverages will be permitted in the festival area.

Featured bands are: House Arrest, Cripple Creek, Imaginary Playmate and Rated X.

House Arrest is a local band founded by its drummer and lifelong Metamora resident Marty Chilton, with members Jeff Powers (vocals), Tony Hobson (bass guitar) and Doug Buckley (lead guitar). House Arrest will close the show with their phenomenal tribute to ‘80s hair bands and classic metal. Cripple Creek from Connersville, Indiana, will delight attendees with Southern Rock and Classic Rock music. Cripple Creek members include: founding member Jeff Cope (lead vocals and bass guitar), Terry David Counceller (drums), Brad Smith (lead guitar), and Billy Arvin (rhythm guitar and vocals)

Rated X from Trenton, Ohio featuring classics from the ‘80s hair bands with a generous helping of rock ballads tossed in especially for the ladies! Members include: Mike, Matt, Val, Tony,

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association is a non-profit organization that is spearheading two major initiatives; The Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway, which traces the path of the historic Whitewater Canal and Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, a launch point to discover the treasures the Whitewater Valley has to offer. The Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and the Whitewater Valley Gateway Park are envisioning creating experiences to improve quality of life and business development as well as generating local tourism for the Whitewater Valley region. The desire is to reveal the authentic people, their places, and their culture by guiding visitors and residents alike to sites of operational assets and historic ruins that remain along The Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway. The Whitewater Canal Byway Association purchased the Gateway Park site in 2010. It is a 33 acre campground and former Museum site in Metamora, Indiana. The Gateway Park is located at the midpoint of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and has a mission “to preserve, protect, and enhance the historical, scenic, and cultural assets of the Whitewater Valley by educating local, regional and national visitors.”

All proceeds from the Summer’s End Classic Rockfest will benefit the Whitewater Canal Byway Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Announces Winners of the 2011 Senior Art Competition

From paintings to drawings, photographs to sculptures, glasswork to wood carvings, the artistic accomplishments of our older citizens will be on exhibit August 22nd – September 23rd in Meijer Artway, Whitewater Hall, on the campus of Indiana University East. Fifty-five persons age 60 and over representing Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne counties will have their work on exhibit during this 6th annual event sponsored by Friends Fellowship Community and presented by Area 9 InHome and Community Services Agency and Indiana University East. “This is a wonderful opportunity for showcasing the artistic abilities of older citizens in our communities,” said Judy Ford, coordinator of the event. “We thank the artists for sharing their beautiful and imaginative works with us.”

“Each year that we host this event,” added Ed Thornburg, Gallery Curator, “we see quality works of art from former entrants and surprising works from new artists.”

The Area 9 Senior Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular campus hours. Following are the results of the open judging held August 19th:

Best of Show: Andrew Reichter, Richmond “Farm Art Scorpion”
Oil Painting: Division Champion – Patty McGill, Richmond
1st – Patty McGill, Richmond Untitled
2nd – Ken Brown, Centerville “Rainy Night – Somewhere”
3rd – Mary Ellen Slagal, Richmond “Old Mill”
HM – Betty Johnson, Liberty “The Birches”
HM – May V. Isaacs, Richmond “Roses & Daisies”
HM – Larry Huber, Richmond “Prudence in the Morning”

Acrylic Painting: Division Champion – Richard Huff, Liberty
1st – Richard Huff, Liberty “Benjie”
2nd – Florence Kelley, Richmond “Rained Out”
3rd – Jackie Baker, Economy “Duckling”
HM – Jim Walters, Rushville “African Dusk”
HM – Shirley Turley, Richmond “Joy in the Morning”
HM – Claudia Senour, Liberty “Autumn Lake”
HM – Mary McCoy, Hagerstown “Deserted”

Watercolor Painting: Division Champion – Barbara Easley, Richmond
1st – Barbara Easley, Richmond “Just Ducky”
2nd – Barbara Sparks, Richmond “On the Farm”
3rd – Dave Thomas, Fountain City “New Garden Spring”

Drawing: Division Champion – Verna Disney, Richmond
1st – Verna Disney, Richmond “Warrior Boots”
2nd – Shirley English, Metamora “Light House”
3rd – Dorothy LaMaster, Richmond “A Friend”
HM – Lynn Paddock, Brownsville “Wayne County Schoolhouse”

Photography: Division Champion – Wilbur Clark, Richmond
1st – Wilbur Clark, Richmond “Day Glow”
2nd – Eleanor Turk, Richmond “Casablanca”
3rd – Ann Cashner, Richmond “Big Daddy – Albino Kangaroo”
HM – Virginia Hapner, Richmond “Bourbon Street”

Collage / Mixed: Division Champion – Shirley Wise, Richmond
1st – Shirley Wise, Richmond “Jidal Matsuri (Festival of the Arts)”
2nd – Doris Martin, Connersville Untitled
3rd – Hazel Ailes, Connersville “Monet’s Garden”

3-Dimensional Division Champion – Andrew Reichter, Richmond
1st – Andrew Reichter, Richmond “Farm Art Scorpion”
2nd – Rex Godfrey, Richmond “Equilibria”
3rd – Gene Schultz, Richmond “Peace on Earth”
HM – Chuck Vogelgesang, Centerville “Candlesticks”
HM – Jerry Engle, Lynn “Chip Carved Clock”
HM – Honorable Mention


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 04:09 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond student honor society leads Commit to Complete college degree campaign

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) is leading a campaign urging students to complete a certificate and/or associate degree. The campaign, Commit to Complete, is a national effort to increase community college graduates by 5 million by 2020.

Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton will join students, faculty and staff in announcing the campaign at 10 a.m. Monday, August 22 in Ivy Tech’s Johnson Hall. Hutton will proclaim the week of August 22 as Commitment Week in Richmond. The event is the first of the College’s Welcome Week activities.

PTK campus chapters across the country are forming the Community College Completion Corps (C4) to keep the Community College Completion Challenge moving forward over the decade.

Craig Hale, Ivy Tech’s chapter president, says, “The effort is a great opportunity for us to emphasize the value of certificates and associate degrees. Two year degrees will be the minimum needed by the end of the decade for jobs paying livable wages. In fact, these graduates will earn up to $400,000 more in their life time than those without a degree. They will be less likely to be unemployed. Adding large numbers of much needed two year degree holders to the work force will help move the U.S. back to the status of number 1 in the world in total college graduates from its current rank of number 12.”

Students and faculty will be asked during the Commitment Week to sign a “pledge to complete” Monday through Friday in Johnson and McDaniel Halls on the Richmond campus and Tuesday through Friday on the Connersville campus. The chapters across the country are holding on campus pledge signing activities, using brochures, buttons, bookmarks, banners, pins and electronic and print media to promote the effort. The current completion rate at community colleges is 25 percent.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 09:54 am: Edit Post

Ramp To I-70 Eastbound From U.S. 40 Will Close

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will permit the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to close an entrance ramp and a travel lane on I-70 at the state line.

On Wednesday, August 17 Wednesday, August 24, ODOT is scheduled to close the eastbound driving lane and the entrance ramp from U.S. 40 to eastbound Interstate 70 near the 156 mile marker. Work to repair damaged pavement will begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to be complete by 3 p.m. Traffic on U.S. 40 wanting to access I-70 eastbound should follow the official detour and take U.S. 40 east to U.S. 127 south to I-70.

Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and road closures before they depart by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or on the internet at www.TrafficWise.IN.gov.

INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious while driving through all work zones. “Safer Driving, Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.” INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 08, 2011 - 02:37 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 Resurface Project to Begin

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – Milestone Contractors will begin work Monday, August 15 to resurface 1 mile of U.S. 40 through town. Crews will begin by patching damaged asphalt before paving a new surface between Mattie Harris and McMinn Roads.

Drivers in the area should be alert for work zone signs, crews and equipment. U.S. 40 will be reduced to a single lane at times, and drivers should watch out for flaggers and heed instructions. Patching of the highway is expected to last through August.

Surface paving operations, which are scheduled to begin in early September, will require temporary closure of approaches and limit access to U.S. 40 from some side streets and drives.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) selected Milestone to complete the project based on the Columbus, Indiana company’s low bid of $273,457.

The new asphalt will provide a better driving surface and will help seal and preserve the existing pavement. The new surface also improves public safety by increasing friction and visibility of roadway markings.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 08, 2011 - 01:59 pm: Edit Post

Venison workshops held throughout the state in September

Indiana DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is partnering with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in sponsoring venison workshops in September.

A deer will be skinned, butchered, and prepared in a variety of ways to taste, during each workshop. Food safety and handling procedures, as well as an update on deer health issues will be presented.

Dates and locations are listed below. Register by calling the appropriate phone number.

– Sept. 6 – Fayette County Fairgrounds, Connersville, (765) 825-8502
– Sept. 7 – Howard County Fairgrounds, Greentown, (765) 456-2313
– Sept. 8 – Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, Warsaw, (574) 372-2340
– Sept. 10 – Bass Pro Shops, Clarksville, (812) 218-5500
– Sept. 17 – Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis - register online at www.hoosieroutdoorexperience.in.gov

The workshops at Bass Pro Shops on Sept. 10 and at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience on Sept. 17 are free of charge. Adult admission is $15 and children are free of charge at the other three locations.

For more information: Kevin Hoffman, Division of Fish & Wildlife, (317) 234-5904, khoffman@dnr.in.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 06:13 pm: Edit Post

Indiana 38 to Close for Jubilee Day

HAGERSTOWN, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has issued a permit to the Town of Hagerstown to close Indiana 38 on Saturday, August 20. The highway will be closed between Washington Street and Sycamore Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hagerstown requested the closure permit for the annual Jubilee Day celebration. Traffic will be rerouted during this time.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 06:12 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond one of six campuses leading efforts to improve manufacturing workforce in Indiana

This fall Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will be one of six campuses offering certifications in manufacturing fields through the new Ivy Institute of Technology. The Richmond campus will offer Welding. Machine Tool, Welding and Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are being offered at Ivy Tech campuses in Muncie, Sellersburg, Indianapolis, Terre Haute and South Bend.

The 30 week program includes instruction and hands-on lab activities that prepare students for entry-level and intermediate skilled jobs. After completing the program, students will take industry certification exams.

In addition, a new Manufacturing, Production and Operation degree program is being offered online. The degree gives students the opportunity to earn a manufacturing degree and prepare for certification exams on their own schedule.

These programs are among efforts at colleges across 30 states to improve the manufacturing workforce with an aim to certify 500,000 workers for the manufacturing sector in the next five years. More than 230,000 jobs were added in the manufacturing industry in the past year alone. There are more than 11 million Americans working in the manufacturing industry and nearly three million are set to retire in the next 10 years. Today there are not enough skilled workers prepared to fill these high demand jobs.

Prospective students should contact Jim Stokes, assistant professor/department chair, Welding Institute, jstokes@ivytech.edu or (765) 966-2656 ext. 4017 or go to ivytech.edu/industrial-technology.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 06:04 pm: Edit Post

2011 Alternative Gift Fair Applications Available

The Alternative Gift Fair is now accepting applications for the 2011 Alternative Gift Fair.

Details about the event and applications for inclusion as a recipient organization are available online at myalternativegiftfair.org.

They are due on or before August 31, 2011.

Questions? Contact Alison Zajdel at Cope Environmental Center.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 03:31 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Regional Board of Trustees appointed and officers elected

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announces the appointment of Jon A. Ford, Richmond, and Larry Richards, Richmond, and reappointment of J. Joe Meyer, Williamsburg, to its Regional Board of Trustees. The appointments were made by the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees. The Regional Board of Trustees recently elected Vicki Long, Connersville, chair; Melanie Caldwell, Liberty, vice chair and Joe Meyer, treasurer.

Jon A. Ford, at-large member, retired from Ralston Purina in 1998 as national sales manager–special diets, after a 40 year executive career with assignments in Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Indiana. He is active in area community and charitable organizations including the Indiana Hospital Association Board of Directors, Reid Hospital Governing Board chair, Wayne County Foundation Board, Starr- Gennett Board and an Elder at Christ Presbyterian Church. He served as Interim Director of the Wayne County Foundation and Interim Director of the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the United Way, YMCA and Chamber of Commerce Boards of Directors. Ford is a graduate of Hanover College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a member of the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame and currently serving on the Hanover College Alumni Board. He has received awards and recognition for his community service that include the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Service and Art Vivian Community Service awards, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Wayne County Foundation Charles Rodefeld Award and the Indiana Hospital Association Award of Merit. He and his wife Judy have five children and 12 grandchildren.

Larry Richards, education representative, is executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and professor of Management and Informatics at Indiana University East (IU East). Dr. Richards served in several academic leadership roles at universities prior to joining IU East in 2004. He was founding chair of the Department of Engineering Management at Old Dominion University in Virginia and founding dean of the School of Management and Aviation Science and acting vice president for Academic Affairs at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He has served in military, faculty and research positions as a Marine jet pilot, faculty member at LaSalle University, Colby College and the University of Pennsylvania and as a Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University, the Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida and the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine. He serves on the Richmond Board of Aviation Commissioners and the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana. He served as national president of both the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) and the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC). He was elected a Fellow of the ASEM and received the Norbert Wiener Medal from the ASC. Richards has published in a number of scholarly publications and books. He and his wife Jane reside in Richmond. They have two married sons and two grandchildren.

J. Joe Meyer, manufacturing representative, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2005. He has had a dual career as a lifelong farmer and railroad business executive. He has received local, regional, national and international recognition for his work in agriculture and in railroad equipment manufacturing where he holds four patents and led engineering, manufacturing, sales, purchasing and human resources and was a part owner of Western-Cullen-Hayes. His work with the Indiana Soybean Board and United Soybean Board’s International Marketing Committee and Soy Transportation Coalition has taken him to 30 countries including China, Vietnam and India. He serves on the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Statewide Board of Directors and has served on the Wayne County Economic Development Board, Eastern Indiana Development Board and the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Board. He has been active in Ivy Tech Career Day classes and Richmond Sister Cities program. He and his wife Roma have two sons and a daughter and four grandchildren.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 12:43 pm: Edit Post

Hunters Helping Farmers sign-up runs through Aug. 31

Deer hunters who want to help landowners or farmers remove excess antlerless deer from private property during the regular deer hunting seasons can sign up at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5452.htm

The registration form must be completed online before midnight on Aug. 31. Mailed or faxed copies will not be accepted.

Each hunter will be able to select up to two counties that he or she would be willing to hunt. Landowners or farmers who need additional antlerless deer removed from their property can contact their district wildlife biologist for the list of prospective hunters in their area. The landowner would then be responsible for reviewing the information on each application and contacting the hunter of his or her choosing.

The program is designed to connect landowners and potential hunters. There are no special hunting benefits associated with this program. The program does not increase a hunter’s bag limit, county antlerless deer quotas, or give the hunter any special considerations or license fee reductions.

Hunters selected by landowners to hunt on their property must follow all Indiana hunting regulations, bag limits, bonus antlerless quotas, and purchase the appropriate license.

For more information, visit www.hunting.IN.gov.