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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 12, 2011 - 02:15 pm: Edit Post

Cope Environmental Center and Rosa’s Office Plus partner with Asset Recovery & Recycling and Shred Monkey to introduce
Monthly E-Waste Recycling

At Rosa’s Office Plus, South 11th Street, Richmond, IN 47374

Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 – 12:00

This will be a monthly event every 3rd Saturday of the month…

Kick-off on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00-12:00 at Rosa’s Office Plus.

Cope Environmental Center and Rosa’s Office Plus will be partnering with Asset Recovery & Recycling and Shred Monkey to offer Monthly E-Waste Recycling. Bring your e-waste, used toner cartridges, old cell phones, and documents to shred and recycle them at Rosa’s on Saturday, September 17 – see attached list of items being accepted.

This is a free service to the community!

According to - The United States dumps between 300 million and 400 million electronic items per year, and less than 20% of that e-waste is recycled. This is 70% of the overall toxic waste, including lead, found in landfills. About 50 million cell phones are replaced worldwide each month, and only 10% are recycled. That amounts to a huge amount of useful items that could be reused instead of going into the landfills. Recycling these items ensures toxic materials are properly disposed of and some to even be recycled along with the plastic and metal components found in e-waste.

Shred Monkey out of Indianapolis will be offering paper shredding for confidential documents that need to be disposed of. The shredded paper will also be recycled. Asset Recovery and Recycling, also out of Indianapolis, will be collecting the e-waste, and will erase all memory and data from computer and data machines prior to recycling.

Visit Rosa’s Office Plus on September 17 between 9:00-12:00 To responsibly dispose of your e-waste!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 08, 2011 - 05:41 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation to Present Women’s Leadership Conference

On October 14, the Wayne County Foundation will present the fourth annual Women’s Leadership Conference at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church. The one-day conference will feature dynamic local and regional speakers covering a variety of topics that are pertinent to today’s women including successful retirement planning, building rapport, developing leadership skills, and creating positive change.

The cost for the conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is $25 before September 14, $35 after that date. Reservations are required no later than September 30. Space is limited.

For more information and to view the conference brochure, visit the Wayne County Foundation website at or contact Rachel Hughes at the Foundation. 765.962.1638 or

Simplify your registration by registering and paying online today at!

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 08, 2011 - 03:24 pm: Edit Post

Notre Dame president will be honored in Richmond

Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins to receive Catalyst for Change honor.

A highly-esteemed national voice of higher education and Catholic leader will be honored in a visit Oct. 5 to Richmond.

Notre Dame President Father John I. Jenkins will be the guest of honor at the annual Catalyst for Change event for Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center.

He will visit with attendees and also give a speech in the event that runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club. A dinner will be served at the annual celebration that is Wernle’s top annual fund-raising event.

Jenkins will be given the National Catalyst for Change Award.

Charlotte Maley of Richmond, lawyer John Maley of Indianapolis and other family members also will be honored during the festivities for their service to the 132-year-old treatment facility for abused, abandoned and challenged young men.

The AR-Hale Foundation of Lima, Ohio, which is led by Leo Hawk, will be given the regional award for its longtime generosity toward Wernle.

A new award will be this year for alumni of Wernle.

The first winner will be Gary Hutton, who lives near Houston, Texas. He spent his high school years in the mid-1960s at Wernle before serving with the Army in Vietnam. He returned to get his college degree at IUPUI with the help of the GI Bill, then embarked on a successful career that included being a vice president for a time at British Petroleum. He now works in the propane gas industry around southern Texas.

Sponsorships, tables and individual seats are available. Call (765) 939-4575 or (877) 336-8333 or visit for more information.

Jenkins became the 17th president of the University of Notre Dame on July 1, 2005, after serving as vice president and associate provost. His high-profile job is one of the most prestigious in any university of the world.
Wernle has a long heritage of Christian work. Its Lutheran legacy goes back to the beginning in 1879 as an orphanage for boys and girls. Catholic ministries also have helped mightily in Wernle’s mission.

Previous Catalyst for Change recipients Regis Philbin, Nicholas Sparks and Lou Holtz also have had deep Notre Dame connections. Wernle CEO Darrell Gordon played for Holtz on Notre Dame’s 1988 championship team.

Last year’s national recipient was Rupert Boneham of “Survivor’ fame and who has had a long history of helping young people.

Father Jenkins earned bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976 and 1978, respectively, and was ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame in 1983.

He also earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Oxford University, and a master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the American Irish Historical Society's Gold Medal.

Jenkins is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the book Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 08, 2011 - 01:16 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Wayne County Foundation is accepting grant applications from Wayne County non-profits for its Health, Human Service, Animals, Seniors, and Environment/Preservation categories until 4:00 p.m. October 3, 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

Information is also available on the Foundation’s Website, All completed applications are reviewed by committees of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and community volunteers. All applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decisions in mid-November.

Last year, the Foundation awarded over $1 million in grants and scholarships, including $70,000 through its health, human service, animals, seniors, and environment/preservation grantmaking cycle.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - 05:49 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Launches New Corporate College

Ivy Tech Community College has announced plans to launch a new Corporate College to provide expanded business solutions for companies looking to provide training for their employees. The Ivy Tech Corporate College will focus on developing, introducing and delivering statewide training, certifications and skills-improvement courses that business leaders have survey-highlighted as essential to their sustainability and profitability. From the factory floor to the boardroom, Ivy Tech will provide courses, training systems and creative resources to help advance Hoosier businesses to new levels of success nationally and worldwide.

Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder introduces the new Corporate College initiative as another chapter to his legacy as a pioneer corporate education advocate with 40+ years of prior engineering, business and corporate leadership experience at General Motors and as President and CEO of Remy International, Inc., one of Indiana’s leading global suppliers of electrical and drive components to automotive, mass transit, heavy-duty and off-road/construction vehicle manufacturers.

“After doing our research that included a survey of businesses throughout the state it is clear that Indiana needs a Corporate College,” Snyder said. “We are currently providing customer, client-driven training to about 2,000 businesses and more than 20,000 employees each year, but the accelerated rate of change in the business world and global competitive pressures on Indiana employers, requires a corresponding statewide response to keep Indiana’s workforce the best trained in the market. The Community College has an opportunity and responsibility to greatly expand its services to businesses and corporations of the state and beyond, where appropriate, and to create a business model for the sale and delivery of these training services.”

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Chancellor James Steck said, “The Walker survey which we recently commissioned clearly indicated that with the accelerating change and increasing pressures within our global economy, Indiana businesses need a statewide approach to keep our Indiana workforce well-trained and highly educated. And that’s an imperative if we are to remain globally competitive. Until now, our local workforce education and training efforts—while certainly coordinated with those operations in other regions—were primarily regionally focused. Now, those operations will have a statewide focus, and draw upon a statewide resource base. The new Ivy Tech Corporate College model will provide a statewide response, provide statewide resources, expand the College’s role in workforce training, and offer new and expanded opportunities for executives, managers and front line staff.”

Ivy Tech Corporate College Executive Director Kim Thurlow said, “Ivy Tech’s focus on increasing the impact of services to employers via the new Corporate College initiative will serve to advance current efforts in all regions. I am excited about this development and look forward to utilizing a more integrated statewide resource to serve east central Indiana.

Corporate College will expand regional training departments capacity to serve local employers. Resources such as access to statewide trainer pools, statewide vendor partnerships, coordinated use of sector specialists, and a strategic deployment of training programs in response to trends, employer feedback and economic development opportunities will work together to position us for greater impact.
It will position us to provide services not only at regional levels, but also nationally and internationally for employers key to Indiana’s economy.

The intent remains to offer programming that is condensed, customized and meets the immediate needs of employers on their schedule – with the ultimate goal of interesting people in pursuing academic pathways at the community college. By evolving our service model through Corporate College, those efforts can reach more deeply and more broadly with employers so key to our state’s economic growth.”

Ivy Tech is the state’s largest workforce training operation utilizing its statewide community college structure to partner with companies throughout Indiana. For the past 30 years the College has provided training services to local employers through its division of Workforce and Economic Development and its predecessor Business and Industry Training. The College and Indiana’s employers have achieved much success through their combined efforts to match training opportunities with the employer needs. The new Ivy Tech Corporate College model will expand the college’s role in workforce training and offer new opportunities for executives, middle managers and front line staff members.
The College has named Vice President for Program Analysis and Engagement Jeffrey A. Terp as the Interim Corporate College President. Terp has been with Ivy Tech for the past seven years. Before joining Ivy Tech, Jeff was the President of The Milhous Group, LLC a consulting firm specializing in public affairs, crisis management, development, market integration, public relations, and strategic planning The College will perform a national search to find a full-time President in the coming months.

“I am excited about this new opportunity to help Indiana businesses advance their workforce training, performance and marketplace excellence. Our focus on customized training will help us continue to change lives and make Indiana great in the corporate world, just as we have with our college students and graduates,” said Terp.

The Ivy Tech Corporate College will build greater flexibility into college’s training courses, so that they will fit companies’ unique situations, job skill requirements or company culture with basic to executive-level options, designed to accelerate workforce excellence and improve bottom lines. Ivy Tech recently commissioned Walker Research to survey Indiana businesses and the results of that surveyed showed a need for a renewed focus on skill upgrades, certifications and advanced training modules.

“Ivy Tech, as the statewide community college, is best positioned to provide the training companies need to develop better workforces and improve profits. We are the fuel for the state’s economic development engine and can help drive success and growth in our state,” noted Snyder. “Knowing that the evidence of effective training is improved employee and business performance, we are committed to making those our goals when launching the Ivy Tech Corporate College training courses and services.”

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system. 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.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - 05:17 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 27 Access at Sim Hodgin To Be Restricted For 30 Days

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close access to and from Sim Hodgin Parkway at U.S. 27 after the Labor Day weekend.

Milestone Contractors will need to restrict traffic at this intersection beginning Tuesday, September 6 to complete work on the bridge over the Whitewater River just south of Sim Hodgin Parkway.

The bridge is structurally sound; however, scaling and spalling of the concrete over many years have deteriorated the exterior of the bridge. Replacement of damaged concrete on the bridge is necessary to improve the appearance and function of the sidewalks and roadway.

Milestone will begin on the west half of the bridge and expects work to block access at Sim Hodgin Parkway for about 30 days. Traffic on U.S. 27 will be limited to a single lane in each direction as work is completed on the bridge one side at a time. Work on the bridge is expected to take about two months, but access to and from Sim Hodgin Parkway will only be restricted during the first 30 days.

Drivers who normally access U.S. 27 from Sim Hodgin Parkway or Sim Hodgin Parkway from U.S. 27 should plan an alternate route until work is completed on the west side of the bridge. INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious while driving through all work zones and urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed at

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - 03:06 pm: Edit Post

Historic Tree planting and Plaque Dedication

Jacob B. Julian HomeThe Wayne County Tourism Bureau will host an official "Historic Tree planting and Plaque Dedication" ceremony on Sat. Oct. 8th at the Jacob B. Julian home, 116 E. Plum St. Centerville. The event begins at 11:00 am on the west lawn of the home.

Alice Downey Browning, great great granddaughter of Jacob Julian, will travel from Nebraska to plant the tree along with several other Julian family members. Mr. Julian was a well known attorney and statesman and served in the Indiana State Legislature in the 1850's. He built the house in 1857. His brother George Julian represented Wayne County in Congress.

Jacob Julian along with his partner Sylvester Johnson, founded the town of Irvington, Indiana in 1873. When the court house was forceably move to Richmond, Mr. Julian withdrew to Indianapolis.

Several Local officials will take part in the ceremony and a Reception will following at the Centerville Library. The ceremony is open to the public.

The home will not be open to the public. It is in the process of being restored by the present owners.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 09:03 pm: Edit Post

The Smartest Card - Get it! Use it!

Get your kids ready to head back to school @ Morrisson-Reeves Library. You could win a laptop computer just for using your card!

(RICHMOND, INDIANA) – As Richmond students head back to school this September, Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all – a library card. With your library card you can check out mountains of materials including books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, toys and more. You can also use your library card to access databases, research materials and use our recently upgraded Online Public Catalog to browse our collections from home.

“Today’s libraries provide students with the tools they need to succeed,” says Jenie Lahmann, MRL Public Relations Coordinator. “Libraries provide young readers with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun. It is for these reasons that now more then ever, a library card is most important school supply of all.”

Summit Computer Systems, Inc. has partnered with MRL to reward loyal Library Cardholders with a special prize. Mike Dickerson, owner of Summit Computers, wanted to show how being involved with MRL has impacted his life by making an impact for another MRL cardholder. One lucky winner will win a laptop computer, simply by using a MRL library card in the month of September. Dickerson recalls his visits to the “original” MRL as a child. “I would go to the Children’s Department – which was downstairs in the ‘old’ library – and then wait for the chance to go upstairs to the Adult area,” Dickerson remembers. “Those iron grate floors with the glass blocks were always scary to walk on, but you couldn’t wait to do it again!”

Now, as a member of the local business community, he still sees MRL as a great place for families to have the library experience through books, music, videos and computers. “And with a laptop, patrons can utilize many of the services offered at the Library online – including doing research and homework,” Dickerson explains.

It’s easy to enter to win the laptop computer. Simply use your Morrisson-Reeves Library card, sign up for a library card, use a library computer, or attend a library program and show your card. You can enter the drawing only once per day. Stop by the library or call for further details.

Getting a library card is easy. Local residents five years or older are eligible for a library card. A child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with ID. Simply show a photo ID with your current mailing address and we can get you signed up and checking out materials in the same visit. The same goes if you need to update your card. Lost cards cost $1.00 to replace. Not sure if you are eligible for a MRL card, call the library at 765-966-8291 ext. 120 or find details online at:

Free activities at Morrisson-Reeves Library during Library Card Sign-up Month include yoga for kids, storytimes, computer classes, a jazz concert, free legal aid and a photo display commemorating September 11, 2001 and the Twin Towers Beam movement through Indiana.

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit Morrisson-Reeves Library in person, call 966-8291 or visit the library online at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 01:56 pm: Edit Post

Dinner in a Victorian Garden

Sunday, September 18, 2011 Richmond Columbian Properties (William G. Scott House) Inc. is hosting a “Dinner in a Victorian Garden.” Enjoy a leisurely meal in the garden of the Reeves-Miller Mansion, located in the Starr National Register Historic District. Catered by Forest Hills Country Club, Chef Scott Claypool is planning serving stations with a menu of fresh foods.

Activities will begin at 5:00 P.M., with a guided walking tour of Historic Old North Broadway (North 10th Street), North 11th Street, and Depot District. As an extra added attraction the Pennsylvania Depot will be opened for a glimpse inside, to see the progress on its restoration. At 6:00 P.M. refreshments will be served, with dinner following at 6:30 P.M. Because of the informal nature of the dinner, guests will be able to stroll through the neighborhood during dinner. It promises to be a fun and educational evening.

Cost of the event is $50.00 ($30.00 as a tax deductible contribution to Richmond Columbian Properties (501C.3 non-profit), for the support of its mission to preserve the William G. Scott House, and foster educational programs and neighborhood conservation).

Reservations can be sent with your payment to Richmond Columbian Properties P.O. Box 294 Richmond, Indiana 47375. For information contact: Matt Stegall at 765/962-9526, Sandy Armstrong 765/962-1150 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

2011 Walk of Fame Music Festival celebrating “Mo’ Blues”

Richmond, Indiana – Starr-Gennett Foundation and Richmond Parks and Recreation are excited to announce the 2011 Walk of Fame Music Festival celebrating “Mo’ Blues”. The September 10 Festival will take place at Whitewater Gorge Park, 201 South 1st Street in Richmond, Indiana. The annual Festival highlights Richmond’s legacy as “The Cradle of Recorded Jazz”.

The Music Festival offers a full day of music, arts, family fun, and induction of the two newest artists into the Walk of Fame – Roosevelt Sykes and Bailey’s Lucky Seven. All daytime events are FREE to the public, thanks to major sponsors such as Richmond Baking, Wayne County Foundation, Earlham College, First Bank Richmond, Reid Hospital, and Mosey Manufacturing. Numerous other local businesses, individuals, and volunteers also contribute to the celebration.

FREE concerts include the Jonny Hazard Band with Randy Baker, The Groove Doctors, and a Battle of the Blues. Between the hours of 1:00-5:00 PM, kids will be treated to music, crafts, blow up rides, and their own concert at 4:00 PM. The ever-popular Rubber Duck Regatta will take place on the Whitewater River at 6:00 PM. The Legacy Continues Concert begins at 6:30 PM with the final Blues Battle, followed by Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors. The featured performer is Nashville, Tennessee’s Stacy Mitchhart Blues Band. Tickets for the evening concert are $10 through September 9, $15 at the door. Students with ID can purchase tickets for $10 and children under 12 are free.

For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit Call 765.962.2860 for more info.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 08:06 pm: Edit Post

New Staff Positions Announced for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

Richmond, IN (August 29, 2011) – President and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Tim Rogers, announced two new staff positions for the Chamber effective September 19th, 2011. Rogers says, “I am pleased to announce that the Chamber has created two new staff positions designed to enhance our efforts to more effectively serve our members. Both Amy and Norene have the knowledge and experience to deliver quality programs and events and will constantly strive to improve membership value.” Rogers selected Norene Groth to be Director of Marketing and Member Services. Amy Oler Holthouse, who is currently employed by the Chamber, was selected to be the Director of Education and Events.

As the Director of Marketing and Membership Services, Norene Groth will be responsible for all print and electronic marketing and membership initiatives. She will also be the staff liaison for the Buy Local/Grow Local Committee. Groth comes to the position from the EDC of Wayne County where she was the Development Coordinator. In her role with the EDC, Groth was responsible for electronic marketing as well as office management and accounting responsibilities. Before coming to the EDC, Groth was Manager and Sales Representative for Kings Title & Abstract where she was in charge of marketing and sales. Groth has been an active volunteer with the Chamber since 2001, serving on the Chamber Action Team (now ACEs) and the Community Development Committee, as well as assisting with the planning and implementation of the Community Improvement Luncheon and the Chamber Annual Dinner. In addition, Groth also served as a board member for the Wayne County Builders Association and Junior Achievement of Eastern, Indiana. She was a member of the Women’s Fund Committee and the event committee for Genesis of YWCA. Groth currently volunteers for the American Red Cross.

Amy Oler Holthouse will become the new Director of Education and Events. Her previous position with the Chamber was Director of Events and Programs. Holthouse will continue to plan and organize Chamber events and work with event-related committees. She will be the staff liaison for the Business Education Committee. Holthouse is a Richmond High School graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from DePauw University. She’s been with the Chamber for three years. Holthouse is a member of the Kiwanis Board of Directors. She previously worked for Kessler’s Sporting Goods and Doctors of Optometry, Jerry W. Logan and Max E. Bailey. Before returning to Richmond in 2006, she worked for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Zionsville, Indiana

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 05:56 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Permits Cambridge City To Close U.S. 40 for Canal Days

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has issued a permit to the Town of Cambridge City to close U.S. 40 during the annual Canal Days festival.

The permit allows the town to close the highway between Center and Jones Streets on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11. Traffic control will be provided by city police and detour signs located at Indiana 1 and Mulberry Street.

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

By Richmond Family YMCA (Ymca) on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 05:31 pm: Edit Post

Afterschool Program Address Academic and Social Needs of Youth

Register for afterschool programs at the Richmond Family YMCA

[Richmond, August 16, 2011] – As children return to school, the Richmond Family YMCA encourages parents looking for safe, educational and fun activities outside the classroom to take advantage of its afterschool programs. The Richmond Family YMCA, a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, offers quality afterschool offerings to help youth learn, grow and thrive.

According to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization, 15.1 million children in the United States are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. In Indiana, 30 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves.

“At the Richmond Family YMCA we are committed to nurturing the potential of every child,” said Kevin Carr, Executive Director and CEO, Richmond Family YMCA. “We believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. In our afterschool programs at CR Richardson and Westview Elementary, youth are cultivating values, skills and relationships, and have an extra support system that encourages them to achieve success.”

Combining play with academics, YMCA afterschool programs promote creativity, a love for learning, social and emotional development and character building in a safe and nurturing environment with caring adults.

Studies show that participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance, and helps to alleviate achievement gaps among children from disadvantaged households. Youth who attend afterschool are known to perform better academically and develop skills such as self-regulation, communication, problem solving, team building, negotiation and critical thinking. It’s also a healthy way for children to stay active and productive when the school day ends.

Youth in the Richmond Family YMCA’s afterschool program not only receive a nutritious snack and homework assistance daily, but also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social activities and the KidzLit, KidzMath, and Science Explorer programs. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

Thanks to generous support from Old National Bank Foundation, JC Penney After School Fund, Reid Foundation, Wallace Foundation, and DOE Child & Family Nutrition, and the partnership with Richmond Community Schools, the Richmond Family YMCA has been able to grow afterschool programming and support for area youth and families.

For more information about the Richmond Family YMCA’s afterschool program, please contact Erykah Carter, Director of School Age Child Care, at (765) 962-7504.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 08:55 pm: Edit Post

The Great Americans: Works by Jac Lahav at Richmond Art Museum / August 21 to October 22, 2011

The Great Americans: Works by Jac Lahav combines the heroic, pop culture and historical painting in a unique and ground-breaking series of large (80” H x 30” W), visually and mentally stimulating images of some of the most memorable figures in American history. The series, created by Jac Lahav, references a 2005 Discovery Channel show titled, “The Greatest American”. The show asked U.S. citizens to vote for the greatest American. Subsequently, Oprah Winfrey was voted into the top 10, knocking out Jonas Salk. In a culture where a talk show host outranks the scientist who cured polio, one must question if greatness is dictated by celebrity and image consumption, great deeds, or something else. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Jac Lahav currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where he continues his work.

VENUE: Richmond Art Museum, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana

DATES: August 21st – October 2nd, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Artist Talk: 2:00 p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

Huddleston Farmhouse reopening as National Heritage Site

Cambridge City, IN—Indiana Landmarks will reopen its 1841 Huddleston Farmhouse in September with an entire floor of new exhibits focused on the historic National Road, from the pioneer era to the present.

The Huddleston Farmhouse is on the National Road (U.S.40) at the eastern edge of Cambridge City. The new exhibits will debut on September 10 with a free open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. held in conjunction with Cambridge City’s Canal Days festival. The open house will feature refreshments and live music from the Peach Pickers.

The Huddleston Farmhouse has been closed for two years as the exhibits were being developed and the ground floor of the house prepped for the installation. The exhibits tell the 200-year story of the National Road from its start in Cumberland, Maryland in 1806 through Indiana in mid-1820s, to its end in Vandalia, Illinois.

The new exhibits allow visitors to hear from a covered wagon traveler about the conditions on the road, the food they ate, and where they found lodging. Visitors will experience the road surfaces over time, from a bumpy mud track dotted with tree stumps to brick, concrete, and the current asphalt.

Children can try out the straw-filled mattress like the ones pioneers used on the floor of the travelers’ kitchens. At an interactive wall-sized map, visitors can click on places from Maryland to Illinois to learn more about sites to visit on the National Road today. A simulation allows tourists to drive along the road viewing important National Road landmarks, including those lost, save and endangered.

The National Road Heritage Site at Huddleston Farmhouse promotes public awareness of one of the first significant national engineering achievements in American transportation and its role in nineteenth and twentieth Century American society and culture.

Indiana Landmarks received a National Scenic Byways Grant to create the new exhibits, which were produced by Split Rock Studios in collaboration with Ball State University’s Department of Telecommunications and the Indiana National Road Association. The project also received support from private donors across the state.

The Huddleston Farmhouse played an integral role in early National Road travel. The Huddleston family converted the ground floor of the house, barn and yard to cater to pioneers on the road. From 1841 to 1853, travelers stabled and fed animals and took shelter in the ground floor of the farmhouse, using the hearths there to cook meals and buying supplies from a general store. The main floor of the house depicts the Huddleston family’s living quarters.

For more information on the National Road Heritage Site at Huddleston Farmhouse, contact J.P. Hall, 317.822.7937,

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 01:22 pm: Edit Post

Public Art Locations Announced

Richmond, IN - The Festival of the Arts announces the mural and sculpture projects that will be created this summer for this year's competition. Formerly called the Festival of Murals, sculptures have been included this year to add a new medium of public art to Wayne County, Indiana.

The designs of the proposed works will be displayed on Monday, July 25 at Lamplight Inn at the Leland, 900 S. A St. in Richmond, Indiana. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along with a reception to meet the artists from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Murals will be painted at the following locations:


Cambridge CityRichmondSculptures will be created for the following locations:

RichmondSome of the works have already began and the public can watch the progress. Some of the sculptures will be created at another location and set at their location by August 28. The date and information for the public to vote on their favorite mural and sculpture will be announced at the end of August.

FOTA is hosted this year by the Neighborhood Services Clearinghouse Association. Awards and events have been made possible by grants and donations from the Wayne County Foundation, the Economic Growth Group of Richmond, First Bank Richmond, Richmond Furniture Gallery, Jetmore, Bawa and Hirons, Wayne Bank and Trust, and Warm Glow Candle Co., Sherwin Williams and Airworx Co. of Indianapolis.

Maps and information of the proposed works will be available at each location mentioned and at the Richmond City Building and Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau. Maps are also online at or sent by email to Sign up for the email list for ongoing information or call 317.696.7349.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 01:16 pm: Edit Post

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The “Cast” of Beatlemania, The Texas Tenors’ Christmas Show, Rhythm of the Dance, and a ‘Surprise Reprise’ for the last production, Are Featured During The 2011-2012 Proudly Presenting Series

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be starting our 18th season of the 2011-2012 Proudly Presenting Series in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center. The “Cast” of Beatlemania, The Texas Tenors’ Christmas, Rhythm of the Dance, and a ‘Surprise Reprise’ for the last production will be rounding out the Proudly Presenting Series of events for 2011-2012.

The season will open with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and will be presented on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 8:00pm. Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive approach has proven them to be the singular standout among the numerous bands that launched the Nineties swing revival. The seven-man group forged a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland, and big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a veteran force that to this day adds new fans by the roomful every time they play. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy now carries on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, performing over 100 concerts each year around the world.

Our second show in the Series will be, The “Cast” of Beatlemania, presented on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8:00pm in Civic Hall. The Beatles music set the pop rock standard for most of the 1960's. Now, in the 2000's, The “Cast” of Beatlemania recalls the memories of that exciting era when the Fab Four ruled the world of rock 'n' roll. In the early 1960's, The Beatles not only became a musical force but a sociological entity as well. Their hair, clothes and humor all contributed to their amazing impact. Probably the most celebrated of rock groups, The Beatles dominated rock music from the early 1960's until they formally disbanded in 1970. The “Cast” of Beatlemania continue in their show as The Beatles changed in their careers. Three different costumes coincide with the changing music and times. The "Cast" recreates the sights and sounds of The Beatles so faithfully that you will recall when the world was engulfed in the most pleasant fever of all: BEATLEMANIA!

Scheduled for one performance on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8:00pm in Civic Hall will be The Texas Tenors’ Christmas Show. Over 100 million people from around the world tuned in to see THE TEXAS TENORS become “The #1 Vocal Group in the history of America’s Got Talent.” Winning the hearts of millions, The Texas Tenors burst on to the scene and never looked back. They were just three friends with a dream when they walked onstage in Houston, TX and auditioned for America’s Got Talent. With a blend of Country, Classical, Pop and Gospel music, Marcus, JC, and John combine their unique voices to create a one of a kind sound. In the past year The Texas Tenors have performed more than 150 concerts crisscrossing the globe and appearing in a variety of venues. Now…just in time for the holidays, Celebrate Christmas at Civic Hall with The Texas Tenors featuring your favorite holiday classics.

The fourth performance for the Proudly Presenting Series is scheduled at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 17, 2012, with Rhythm of the Dance. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life, including three tenors and a full cast of dancers. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using the traditional and modern arts of dance (ballet, modern dance, jazz) and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional Irish dance and music with the most up to date stage execution, the show is a thousand year old story presented as a modern day stage show. Don’t miss this wonderful evening of song and dance at Civic Hall on St. Patrick’s Day!

The last show in the Proudly Presenting Series is a Surprise Reprise! on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:00pm & 8:00pm. The last show for the Proudly Presenting Series will be announced December 7, 2011. This musical group performed in the past at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center with two sold-out performances. This major attraction will be a show you will not want to miss! Be watching for the introduction of this well-known and legendary group to conclude the 2011-2012 Series.

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

These programs are supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from Indiana Arts Commission, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. These attractions are also made possible, in part, with support from Arts Place, Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further funding has been provided through the generosity of our Sponsors: KICKS 96 (WQLK-FM and WHON-AM), First Bank Richmond, Wayne County Foundation, ThinkTV, Indiana Public Radio, Whitewater Broadcasting (1490 WKBV and G101-3 radio). Co-sponsors include: Earlham College, Belden, Palladium-Item, Paust Printers, Summersault - LLC, Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, Wayne Bank and Trust Co., U.S. Bank, Dr. William H. Toedebusch, Dr. J. Michael and Nancy Perez and Family, and the City of Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 07:35 pm: Edit Post

Notification of Crossing Closure

Norfolk and Southern Crossing Replacement is scheduled to begin Monday, October 3, 2011 at N.W. L and N.W. 11th Street. The crossing will be closed from October 3rd – October 7th.

Anyone having questions on this closure should contact Norfolk and Southern, Mark Constable at (574) 320-1701.

Thank you for your patience.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 07:30 pm: Edit Post

Festival of the Arts Announces Music Night Fundraiser

Festival of the Arts (FOTA) is hosting a Music Night fundraiser for public art in Wayne County, Indiana on Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. at the 4th Floor Blues Club lot, Richmond, Indiana. The winners of the 2011 mural and sculpture competitions will be announced at the event.

The Jonny Hazard Band featuring Randy Baker will be performing blues, soft rock, funk and R&B including some songs by Richmond's own, Baby Huey, locally known as James Ramey. Baby Huey performed in the 1960's with the Babysitters and his posthumous album is considered a classic.

Purchased tickets, $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, will each receive a free pulled pork BBQ sandwich, chips and drink provided by the new Firehouse BBQ and Blues in Richmond. Tickets available at Richmond Hardware in Richmond and Cutshaw's Market in Cambridge City. Bring a chair, optional.

FOTA is making a request to residents across Wayne County to support artists who created and will be creating artwork for the communities by attending this event or making donations.

As part of fundraising efforts, FOTA will be publishing a booklet of old and new public art in Wayne County. FOTA requests help from the community to identify public art that may be inconspicuous. The publication will be released before Christmas and orders are being taken. For public art suggestions and more book order information, please email or call 317.696.7349.

To be considered for public art, make donations, or other questions, go to

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 08:02 pm: Edit Post

Flood Hazard Maps for Wayne County Released

Open House set for September 27th

Preliminary flood hazard maps for Wayne County have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to the DNR and county officials.

When final, the maps will show flood risk throughout the county and determine whether property owners, with a federal or federally insured loan, are required to carry flood insurance.

The first new such documents for the county in 29 years came as the result of FEMA, DNR, and the county completing an extensive multi-year study of the area's floodplains using state-of the-art technologies and risk-modeling techniques.

These flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) identify property as having high, moderate or low flood risk. In addition to affecting property owners, FIRMs allow community planners, engineers, permit officials, builders, and others to determine if, where and how new structures and developments should be built.

The preliminary maps may be viewed at: (You may experience a long download time.)

An open house will be held on September 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Kuhlman Center, 861 North Salisbury Road in Richmond, Indiana for those who would like to learn more about how this new mapping may affect them. Computer stations will be set up for property owners to review the maps and discuss any concerns, one-on-one, with engineers who are knowledgeable with the map development process. Interested individuals may come anytime between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to view the preliminary maps. There will be no formal presentation at the open house.

Additional stations will be available during this time for property owners to obtain information and discuss any concerns regarding flood insurance or related issues with knowledgeable staff from DNR.

A 90-day public comment period will start, at a date to be announced by FEMA, after the public meeting. During that period, property owners can submit appeals and protests. Once the feedback is received and addressed, the maps are expected to be adopted in 2012, when the new insurance requirements will take effect.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 06:45 pm: Edit Post

College Success Campaign Kicks Off Statewide This Week

Students and schools across Indiana celebrated the launch of Learn More Indiana’s 2011 College GO! Week campaign on Monday. Sept. 26-30 kicks off a semester-long push to motivate Hoosiers of all ages to plan for college completion and career success, covering everything from choosing the right college to navigating the college admissions process to staying on track to graduate on time.

“The reality is that most jobs of the future require a college degree or quality career credential,” said Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “College GO! Week helps students of all ages—from kindergartners starting school to adults returning to school—put their college success plans in action.”

College GO! Week Celebrations
Learn More Indiana marked the start of College GO! Week with five regional kick-off events at local high schools across the state: Arlington Community High School (Indianapolis), Bosse High School (Evansville), Cloverdale High School (Cloverdale), East Chicago Central High School (East Chicago) and Marion High School (Marion).

At each, speakers including town mayors and state representatives encouraged students to plan for their futures now with schools sponsoring special events and activities throughout the week. Marion High School, for example, is promoting all of College GO! Week’s grade-specific goals, including having all seniors apply for college online during the kick-off week. Other schools are planning activities such as creating College GO! Week t-shirts for all students, hosting visits from colleges and creating artwork to remind students to plan for their futures.

College GO! Week Contests
To encourage more students and schools to get involved and help spread the word about what it takes to plan for college success, Learn More Indiana is sponsoring contests that offer Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans for students and College Success Grants for schools (details online at
• $529 Essay/Poster Contest (K-8 students): Why are you going to college? And, what are you doing to get ready to succeed in college?
• $1,529 College Survival Guides (High school and college students): How can you help others plan for college success?
• $2,500 College Success Grants (K-12 schools): What are you doing to promote college and career success at your school?
The College GO! Week website,, offers a variety of helpful resources, including college admissions requirements and deadlines, college open house dates, direct links to online college applications and lists of colleges that are waiving application fees during campaign’s kick-off week (Sept. 26-30).

The site also features specific goals for all students, promotional materials, details on special contests and events, links to a variety of relevant online resources and more. Also, be sure to follow Learn More Indiana on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 05:55 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Student Recycling Project to Raise Money for Scholarships

Collection Dates October 1, 29 and November 19 in Richmond and Connersville

Richmond-The Ivy Tech Community College Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class is sponsoring a recycling project in Wayne, Fayette and Union Counties. Proceeds will go to an Ivy Tech scholarship for area students. This is the fourth semester students in this class are collecting recyclables to endow an Ivy Tech Richmond scholarship. The long-term goal is to raise $10,000. The amount needed to endow/assure a scholarship will be awarded annually.

Class members are accepting the following materials for recycling: paper, cardboard, glass, 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. They cannot accept electronics such as TV’s, computers and monitors.

Donors with large articles or a large collection of material should call Tyler Ledbetter at 765.960.0141 or Spencer Worthington at 765.914.8161 to schedule a pick up. Pickups can be scheduled until through November 19.

Donors of large articles will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation.

Drop off dates and times for smaller items are October 1 and 29 and November 19 from noon until 4 p.m. in Richmond and Connersville. The drop-off points are the Richmond Kroger Plaza parking lot on East Main Street and the Ivy Tech Connersville campus, 717 West 21st St.

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

Questions about the project should be directed to Ledbetter, Worthington or the course instructor Krista Morisen at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 03:38 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation to Present Workshop

On Thursday, November 10, Phil Purcell, Ball State Foundation, will conduct a workshop that qualifies for three hours of ethics continuing education credits for attorneys, accountants, LUTCF, CLU, and ChFC, as well as three hours of general education credits for CFPs and trust officers.

Actual case studies will be used to explain legal and ethical violations in the use of tax exempt organizations and charitable gifts.

Breakfast and networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 8:00 a.m. Cost for the seminar, which will be held at Forest Hills Country Club, is $50 per person on registrations received by September 30. After September 30, the price is $75.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, contact the Foundation at 765-962-1638 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 03:20 pm: Edit Post

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

[Richmond, IN] Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 8, 2011 @ 8:00pm.

Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive approach has proven them to be the singular standout among the numerous bands that launched the Nineties swing revival. The seven-man group forged a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland, and big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a veteran force that to this day adds new fans by the roomful every time they play. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy now carries on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, performing over 100 concerts each year around the world.

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 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, September 26, 2011 - 03:12 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Canal Byway Association Awarded $60,000 Grant

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the National Scenic Byway Program to establish the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan. WCBA President Candy Yurcak said, “There are several objectives this grant will help us pursue,” including developing an interactive map and pursuing the objectives arrived at during a Whitewater Valley Regional Conference in Connersville in 2009.

“The interactive map will allow visitors and locals to identify, say for example, all the golf courses in the Valley,” Mrs. Yurcak said. “But it’s not just golf courses it will be any recreational or historical activity in the Valley, and so much more.”

She used the example of a couple who visits the Valley where one might want to golf and the other might want to shop for antiques. The map will allow them to find a location that has both. Another enhancement to the Valley’s tourism product will be a complete listing of B&Bs and hotels available.

Pursuing the Connersville conference’s findings is important because many ideas were developed over the day-long session but due to lack of funding they have had to be shelved. “This grant will allow us to reinvigorate those participants and give them a way to get back involved with the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway again,” she said.

Other key points of the corridor management plan include developing a phased management plan as well as an asset management plan. The grant will also fund a preservation protection plan and allow the association to conduct community outreach meetings to stimulate public interest in the Byway. Several of the technical requirements required by the grantors are already completed, Mrs. Yurcak said.

The association applied for the grant on May 27, 2011 and the State gave it a #1 priority level, which showed how important the Byway Association’s mission is to Indiana. This top priority helped the National Scenic Byway Program’s decision to award the grant. Mrs. Yurcak emphasized that this is federal money which has a twenty percent local match which the organization has already covered.

Because it is federal money a Local Public Agency (LPA) is needed to be the Grant Administrator. After a Tuesday morning meeting with the Dearborn County Commissioners, Dearborn County has agreed to serve as the LPA. During the meeting the Commissioners commended the Whitewater Canal Byway Association for its efforts and offered assistance to the WCBA if needed.

When the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan is complete, it will make it possible for the WCBA to apply for either national designation of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway or for designation as National Heritage Area.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 12:13 am: Edit Post

Seton Catholic Elementary Awarded Grant for Musikgarten Program

RICHMOND, Ind. -- The Wayne County Foundation has given $3,100 to help Seton establish the Musikgarten program as part of the elementary curriculum. This money will help offset the cost of family materials for the initial year, as well as providing additional teacher materials and an electronic keyboard. “We are very grateful for the support of the Foundation. This enables us to provide families with the necessary materials to use at home. Not only does the program promote music literacy, but also valuable intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skills. It is a wonderful addition for all of our students,” said Seton Elementary Principal Kim Becker.

Musikgarten is an international early childhood music and movement curriculum with classes from birth to age nine. Classes for those younger than school age (birth to age five) are available for all children and caregivers to attend together. Beginning this year, all Seton students from four year old preschool through second grade are attending classes. “The curriculum actually develops seamlessly into group piano classes, and we hope to be able to expand and include that for the older students in the future,” said licensed Musikgarten instructor Mary Zinkan. “It is terrific to receive the support from the Foundation to help Seton bring this program to more children and families.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 12:17 pm: Edit Post

Drug Drop Off Scheduled: Friday, October 21st

Do you have extra prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are no longer using at home?

*Save the environment and don't flush these down the toilet!

Drop off your un-used over the counter and prescription drugs at the following locations to dispose of between 9:00 am-12:00pm.

Please leave in original container if possible to identify by officers. No waiting, just drop off!

Richmond Senior Center
1600 South 2nd Street.

Western Wayne Senior Center
1007 East Main Street
Cambridge City

Centerville Christian Church & Family Center
106 East Main Street

Questions may be addressed to Rhonda Pope at R.S.V.P., 765.983.7309.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:58 am: Edit Post

U.S. 27 Access at Sim Hodgin Parkway As Bridge Work Moves to Second Phase

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) expects restrictions at U.S. 27 and Sim Hodgin Parkway will be cleared tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 15. Concrete repairs to the adjacent bridge over the Whitewater River have blocked access at the intersection since September 6.

Milestone Contractors will continue repairing concrete on the east half of the bridge. Traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane in each direction on the west side of the bridge until the work is complete. The second phase of the bridge repairs is projected to take about 30 days. No further restrictions to Sim Hodgin Parkway are expected.

The bridge is structurally sound; however, scaling and spalling of the concrete over many years have deteriorated the exterior of the bridge. Replacement of damaged concrete on the bridge is necessary to improve the appearance and function of the sidewalks and roadway.

INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious while driving through all work zones. Safe driving tips, as well as the latest news and information about work zones, can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 01:44 pm: Edit Post

State approves Three Loop Routes For Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway

Visitor opportunities in the Whitewater Valley have improved significantly with the recent addition of three “loop routes” to the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway (WCSB). The primary route of the Byway, which follows the course of the historic Whitewater Canal from Hagerstown to Lawrenceburg, was designated as a State Byway in 2008.

Byways in Indiana are designated by the Department of Transportation, and then approved by the Lieutenant Governor. The primary route of the WCSB travels through Wayne, Fayette, Franklin and Dearborn County in Indiana, and through the western part of Hamilton County in Ohio. The addition of the loop routes also ties in Union and Ripley counties.

The three loop routes will offer Byway visitors a better opportunity to experience the history and scenery of the Whitewater Valley; to visit its towns and stores; and to take advantage of its many recreational options.

Byway President, Candy Yurcak, says that the added route will encourage visitors to spend two or three days in the region, instead of traveling the main route in a day or less. “They can enjoy some fried chicken, stay at a quaint B&B, shop for antiques, and visit local craftspeople.” For those who do not have a lot of time, the loops will enable a visitor to travel part of the historic canal route, and then explore some of the surrounding countryside on the return trip.

The East Fork loop travels east from Cambridge City along Route 40 (the Historic National Road) to Richmond, then south on SR 101, returning to the canal route in Brookville.

The Oldenburg-Batesville Loop travels south on SR 229, through these two distinctive towns, turns east on SR 46 to St. Leon, then north on SR 1, returning to the canal route near Cedar Grove.

The Dearborn-Ripley Loop goes from Lawrenceburg to Aurora, travels northeast on SR 350 to Milan, north to Sunman on SR 101, east to Dover on North Dearborn Road, then returns to the canal route in Lawrenceburg via SR 1.

When the Whitewater Canal was built 175 years ago, it connected the Whitewater Valley to the rest of the country. Today, visitor can come to the valley, explore that historic route and enjoy a wide variety of informative and recreational activities. See the WCBA website [] for more information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:38 pm: Edit Post

IU 2012 Business Outlook Panel to visit Richmond Nov. 15

Indiana University East invites area business leaders and the community to attend the Indiana University 2012 Business Outlook Panel on November 15. The luncheon and panel discussion will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lingle Grand Hall, Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

The Business Outlook Panel is presented by the IU East Alumni Association and the IU East School of Business and Economics and is sponsored by Reid Hospital & Health Care Services.

For 38 years, the Business Outlook Panel from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has presented national, state, and local economic forecasts for the coming year to business, political, and community leaders of Indiana. The panel is known for its ability to identify key economic trends.

Among the questions the panel plans to address are: What are the chances of a double-dip recession? When will jobs start growing again at a healthy rate? How strong will economic growth be in the coming year – both for the state and the nation? Can stimulus spending make much difference to our long-term growth prospects?

Indiana University panelists include Kyle Anderson, assistant professor of Economics at the IU Kelley School of Business; Jerry Conover, director of the Indiana Business Research Center at the IU Kelley School of Business; Bill Witte, co-director of the Center for Econometric Model Research and an associate professor emeritus of economics at IU. Tim Rogers, president/CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County will serve as the local panelist. David Frantz, dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics and associate professor of management will moderate the discussion.

The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. Event proceeds benefit the IU East Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and will assist students in the School of Business and Economics.

Reservations are required. RSVP by November 8 to Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email Online registration is available at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

First Nationwide Test Emergency Alert System

The first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at 2 p.m. eastern. With the test now about two weeks away, I wanted to put out a friendly reminder about what it means for you. Here are some details about the test:

One of the most important communications tools that helps federal, state and local authorities issue emergency information and warnings to the public is the Emergency Alert System. This system is frequently used and tested at the local level, but to date it has never been tested on the national level.

Chances are you have seen or heard the Emergency Alert System tested in your area many times, whether while watching your favorite TV show or listening to the radio.

What will people hear and see during the test?

On November 9, the public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test." The audio message will be the same for both radio and television. However, the image on the screen and the text/crawl at the top of television screen may not be the same for all viewers. When the Emergency Alert System test is over, regular programming will resume.

How long will the test last?

We anticipate that the test will last approximately 3 minutes. While most messages, such as tsunami or hurricane warnings, are limited to two minutes by the emergency alert system, the Presidential message capability (which will be used in the national test) does not have a time limit. So to evaluate if the system properly interprets the Presidential message code in this test, the message duration must be longer than two minutes in length.

Since we first announced the test, we've been actively engaged with our partners at the Federal Communications Commission, our state, tribal, territorial and local partners, the broadcast community, and other key stakeholders to make sure the word gets out about the upcoming test, and we'll continue to spread the word in the coming weeks. I encourage you to visit the FCC website at for more information about the test, including answers to some frequently asked questions.

Fred Griffin, Director
Wayne County EMA & ECD
401 East Main Street
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: (765) 973-9399 | Fax: (765) 973-9360 | Cell: (765) 969-1247
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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Awards Contract to Replace Bridge at Hiser Station Road and U.S. 40

EAST GERMANTOWN, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hiring Milestone Contractors to replace the bridge at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Hiser Station Road.

The concrete bridge, which was built in 1935, spans over Hiser Creek and is located 4 miles east of Indiana 1 on the south side of U.S. 40.

The new precast, reinforced concrete structure will be 10 feet tall, 50 feet long, and will span 24 feet across the creek.

Milestone was awarded the contract based on its low bid of $281,950. Six other companies submitted bids.

The bridge replacement will require lane restrictions on U.S. 40 and closure of Hiser Station Road at U.S. 40 beginning sometime next year. The project is expected to be complete in May.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 12:44 pm: Edit Post

INDOT to Microsurface U.S. 35 Near Losantville

LOSANTVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hiring Strawser Construction, Inc. to microsurface U.S. 35 in northwestern Wayne and southwestern Randolph Counties.

Microsurfacing is a pavement preservation technique designed to extend the life of a roadway by effectively sealing and protecting the existing pavement. The renewed surface also improves public safety by increasing friction and visibility.

Strawser will place the surface treatment on more than 4 miles of U.S. 35 from Indiana 1 in Wayne County to just north of U.S. 36 in Randolph County. Strawser received the contract award based on its low bid of $388,837.

Work will begin next year and is expected to be complete by August 2012.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 03:01 pm: Edit Post

Turtle Island Quartet: Music of Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane

The reimagined music of legends Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane will fill Goddard Auditorium as the Grammy-award winning Turtle Island Quartet takes the stage on Saturday, November 5.

The Artist and Lecture Series event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required and cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling Earlham’s Office of Events at (765)983-1373.

Since its 1985 inception, Turtle Island has created bold trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Award for the Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet aesthetic with contemporary American musical styles. For the Earlham performance, the Quartet recreates Coltrane’s enduring jazz recordings and Hendrix’s legendary masterpieces.

Quartet founder and violinist David Balakrishnan says he thinks that given the proper conditions, a work of art can transcend both genre and era, and such is the case with Coltrane’s jazz epiphany, A Love Supreme.

In exploring Coltrane’s musical legacy, Turtle Island continues its tradition of employing the string quartet form to shed new light on the timeless joy and beauty of American jazz music. The concert presents an in-depth look at this landmark recording in the greater context of the music that preceded and followed, a time many consider to be the last great evolutionary period of jazz.

Balakrishnan says he considers Hendrix one of his biggest musical influences. During an interview with National Public Radio, Balakrishnan says that while listening to Electric Ladyland a few years ago he was struck by how Hendrix’s writing for guitar suited the style of string quartets.

“(He) wasn’t playing a bunch of chords the way a guitar player would normally play,” he says in the August 2010 NPR interview. “But with Electric Ladyland, he was really layering melodies, and the way he played the guitar, he could really get that sinuous vibrato that creates this texture and bed of melodic fragments laid on top of each other — perfect for a string quartet like Turtle Island.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 24, 2011 - 05:26 pm: Edit Post

The “Cast” of Beatlemania
Performance: Saturday, November 5, 2011 / 8:00pm

[Richmond, IN] Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 5, 2011 @ 8:00 pm. The Beatles music set the pop rock standard for most of the 1960's. Now, in the 2000's, The “Cast” of Beatlemania recalls the memories of that exciting era when the Fab Four ruled the world of rock 'n' roll. In the early 1960's, The Beatles not only became a musical force but a sociological entity as well. Their hair, clothes and humor all contributed to their amazing impact. Probably the most celebrated of rock groups, The Beatles dominated rock music from the early 1960's until they formally disbanded in 1970. The “Cast” of Beatlemania continue in their show as The Beatles changed in their careers. Three different costumes coincide with the changing music and times. The "Cast" recreates the sights and sounds of The Beatles so faithfully that you will recall when the world was engulfed in the most pleasant fever of all: BEATLEMANIA!

Good seats are available for the performance at 8:00pm; $26 for adults, $18 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

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

These programs are supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from Indiana Arts Commission, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. These attractions are also made possible, in part, with support from Arts Place, Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further funding has been provided through the generosity of our Sponsors: KICKS 96 (WQLK-FM and WHON-AM), First Bank Richmond, Wayne County Foundation, ThinkTV, Indiana Public Radio, Whitewater Broadcasting (1490 WKBV and G101-3 radio). Co-sponsors include: Earlham College, Belden, Palladium-Item, Paust Printers, Wayne Bank and Trust Co., U.S. Bank, Dr. William H. Toedebusch, Dr. J. Michael and Nancy Perez and Family, Summersault LLC, and Reid Hospital and Health Care Services.

By Elaine Oleska (Eoleska) on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 02:38 pm: Edit Post

Have you been on Disability, would like to try going back to work, but are afraid of immediately losing your benefits?

NAMI of East Central Indiana will feature a presentation on how to keep your Disability benefits for a period time while attempting to go back to work. Patricia Heepe, Operations Supervisor for Social Security, will explain.

Meeting is Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. at the CTC Building on the Richmond State Hospital Campus. The public is invited and admission is free.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 03:34 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Offers Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Offered by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by Stanford University. It is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves. Subjects covered include:
1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation,
2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance,
3) appropriate use of medications,
4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals,
5) nutrition, and
6) how to evaluate new treatments.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions, 3rd Edition, an audio relaxation tape or CD, and an Indiana State Park Annual Pass for a small fee of $10.00.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Does the program replace existing programs and treatments? The Self-Management Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

The next scheduled workshop series is at Lamplight Inn at the Leland, 900 South A Street in Richmond from 1:00pm-3:00pm on the following Tuesdays: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 5.

If you are interested in registering for the workshop, or for more information, contact Area 9 Agency at 966-1795 or 800-458-9345.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 12:25 pm: Edit Post

Welcome Center to Host Release Party/Book Signing for Emmy Winning Author

Richmond, Indiana – Jennifer Niven, Richmond native and author of five books, including the Richmond-based Aqua Net Diaries, will return to the area to visit the Old National Road Welcome Center on Friday, October 28, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., for a book signing and release party.

Niven’s new book, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, is a follow up of her third book and first novel Velva Jean Learns to Drive, which was based on the Emmy award winning film of the same name. “Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of the series, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring”.

Velva Jean Learns to Fly will be available at the Welcome Center for purchase during the Release Party/Book Signing. Refreshments will be served.

This Release Party / Book Signing is sponsored by Warm Glow Candle Company and presented by the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau, at The Old National Road Welcome Center, which is located at 5701 National Road East in Richmond.

(Message edited by Admin on October 24, 2011)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 04:00 pm: Edit Post

Disaster Action Team Volunteers & Mass Care Volunteers

The American Red Cross of Wayne/Union County is seeking volunteers to help serve the emergency needs of YOUR local community. As a member of our Disaster Services, you will join one of the greatest humanitarian organizations ever created. We will train you to work with local emergency management, fire and law enforcement officials to provide local response and assistance to your neighbors in need.

What Disaster Action Team (DATs) Does:
In the event of a local disaster, often times a single family residential fire, you will be trained to:
* Conduct a damage assessment.
* Interview those affected by the disaster to meet their emergency needs.
* Complete reports and documents related to the incident.
* Provide appropriate financial assistance.
* Referrals to other agencies.
* Arrange for any necessary follow-up or further assistance to disaster victims.
What Mass Care Volunteers Do:
In the event of a major disaster you will be trained to perform one or more of the following:
* Opening a shelter - Shelter Manager or Staff
* Arranging for mass feeding services.
* Arranging for disaster health services and mental health services.

Whether you want to be an on-call DAT or just serve in the time of need, we have a spot for you!

We Will Train You.
The Wayne/Union County Chapter will provide training for you in all functions. This training can be a valuable asset for your personal and professional development. We will also guide you in responding to any potential emergencies, with training exercises and practice with other DAT Members.

Join us!
We will have an informal meeting on:

Wednesday, October 26th from 7:00-8:30pm
At the Wayne/Union County Chapter located at:
1417 North A Street, Richmond, IN

If you have questions, please call us at
765-962-9508 or email Jenn Pipenger (

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 08:04 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond site of Finance Fitness Fun Fest, Spooky Family Fun Night October 28

Richmond- The fourth annual Ivy Tech Richmond Finance Fitness Fun Fest is partnering with the college’s Spooky Family Fun Night Friday, October 28 to provide fun and useful financial information for students, their families and interested area residents on the Richmond campus. Additional Finance Fitness Fun Fest sessions are planned on the Connersville Ivy Tech campus Tuesday, October 25.

James Cunningham, an internationally known, award-winning comedian and speaker, will highlight Friday evening’s events on the Richmond campus. His fast-paced, interactive reality show Funny Money creates insights into handling personal finances. Cunningham takes this fun and entertaining approach to dealing with money to dozens of college campuses across North America each year. He combines comedy, advice and the opportunity to win cash prizes into a fun and useful event. Funny Money starts at 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall’s Stidham Auditorium and is part of a series of events designed to help attendees grapple with the realities of paying for college, home and family needs in today’s economy.

The Finance Fitness events begin at noon in Johnson Hall. Dr. Jacqualyn Green will lead Managing Stress to the Max. At 1 p.m. Tina Gutierrez will lead Laughter and Yoga, and at 2 p.m. Kerri Krumal will lead Digging Out of the Financial Hole. From 3-6:30 p.m. there will be informational displays by financial, social service, education, employment and health organizations. The Wayne County Health Department will offer flu shots (adults $18, 6mo - 18yrs $14) billed to Medicaid, Medicare for eligible recipients and receipts provided for private insurers.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m. meals will be available to participants and their families with a completed vendor attendance card. Cunningham’s 6:30 p.m. Funny Money presentation includes audience participation and cash prizes. Following his session attendance prizes will be awarded.

The Spooky Family Fun Night for children will be from 6-7:30 p.m. It includes a magic workshop with magician Tony Truitt, a Halloween Trail and treats.

The event sponsors include U.S. Bank, Wayne Bank and Trust, NATCO Credit Union, First Bank, Indiana University East, Richmond Furniture Gallery, Galileo Charter School, Meijer, Follett Bookstore, Johnson Chiropractic, Texas Roadhouse, Walmart, Warm Glow Candle Company and Ivy Tech Student Success and Student Life.

For adult and children’s reservations and additional information contact Sharon Lilley at, 765-966-2656 ext. 1203 and

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 03, 2011 - 06:21 pm: Edit Post

Free Concert at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center

What: United States Air Force ‘Band of Flight’ Concert Band

When: Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 7:30pm

Where: Civic Hall Performing Arts Center
380 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, Indiana 47374

Cost: FREE Concert / Free tickets available at the Civic Hall Box Office
*Ticket needed for admission to concert*

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 01:16 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 five organizations selected to participate this year include: the Boys and Girls Club/Girl, Inc., Circle U Help Center, Communities In Schools, Habitat for Humanity, and the Wayne County Historical Museum.

“We feel like this is an amazing opportunity for the selected organizations to raise significant dollars in support their programs and it also allows them a leveraging tool to reach out to new donors in the community,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “This is the first time we have tried a matching gift program like this,” he said. “We have high hopes that it will generate a lot of interest for these organizations and the work they do.”

The Matching Grant Program will kick off on November 11 at noon and will run through Tuesday, November 15, which is in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day. Supporters of these organizations may make a contribution anytime during this period to the organization itself, an online donation on the Foundation’s website, or mail their donation to the Foundation with the organizations name in the memo.

The programs selected to participate in the 2011 Impact Grant Match Program represent youth development, social service, and education-related initiatives. They are:

Boys and Girls Clubs and Girls Inc.
Developmental psychologists and parents know that adolescence is a challenging period. Teens find themselves struggling for independence, striving to cultivate a distinct identity in a world where choices and life-changing opportunities abound. Enrichment programs offer a unique avenue to surround teens with positive, caring adults during this transition time. Since our community struggles with high rates for teenage pregnancy, high school dropout, substance use, unemployment and poverty, teens are in risk of falling into harm’s way. Quality programs are needed, especially during after school hours. Boys and Girls Clubs’ and Girls Inc. Help Teens Achieve partnership will positively impact teens.

Circle U Help Center
Circle U Help Center plans to start a building fund for a new food pantry/storage facility to meet the increasing demand of the hungry in Wayne County. The building will be located on a vacant lot next to our present facility at 19 North 13th Street. The lot was purchased last year at the Wayne County tax sale. At times we have had to turn down food for lack of storage space. With the help from the Impact Grant, Circle U Help Center will be able to continue to help the hungry as we have since 1979.

Communities In Schools
Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and future, a marketable skill upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community, CIS has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates. The Wayne County Foundation Impact Grant will support
the work of the site-coordinators placed in local schools.

Habitat for Humanity
“ReStore” is the next step in Habitat for Humanity of Greater Richmond’s continuing effort to compliment our ministry. It is time for our local affiliate to join other affiliates operating more than 800 “Restore” programs. “ReStore” will be a local operation to dispose of donated building material that cannot be used in constructing Habitat homes. This program will serve 3 major functions. First, it will create additional income that helps us serve more families. Second, it will keep thousands of tons of materials out of our local landfill. Third, “ReStore” will act as a Habitat billboard in our community

Wayne County Historical Museum
The Wayne County Historical Museum has spent most of its efforts in the last 81 years interpreting the history of Wayne County. Given the chance to refocus by two generous bequests, a new building is under construction. These bequests provide about 50% of the funding needed to complete this important project. The new building will allow the Museum to highlight our extensive Historical Agricultural Equipment Collection (which played a major role in the development of Wayne County). Secondly, it allows the museum to provide a place for temporary exhibits and space for community groups to make connections. Soon we will be able to showcase not only people and projects that made history, but also people and projects that are making history today.

The Wayne County 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.

More information may also be obtained by contacting Andrea Stuckey at or by calling 765/962-1638.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 01:40 pm: Edit Post

Arts Power’s Production of Madeline and the Bad Hat
Musical for grades K-3

Curriculum Connections:
Language/Communication Skills
Length of performance: 55 minutes

ArtsPower’s Madeline and the Bad Hat, an original musical based upon the much-loved book, captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeline series. It traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who – despite startng off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor – eventually learns that first impressions aren’t everything. When one fine day the Spanish Ambassador moves into the house next door, Madeline and Miss Clavel and the other girls quickly discover that his son Pepito is a true horror! Rude and conceited, Pepito seems at first to be nothing but trouble.

But when he unexpectedly finds himself in real danger, it’s up to the resourceful Madeline to get him out of it. Can she teach Pepito a lesson into the bargain, and does he have a hidden good side after all? This gently amusing tale of enemies-become friends will charm and entertain children and parents alike.

Civic Hall Performing Arts Center
380 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, Indiana 47374
Phone: 765.973.3350
November 16, 2011 @ 12:30pm
Students—$3.00 / Instructors—Free

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 12:58 pm: Edit Post

Student Veterans groups hold Health & Wellbeing Fair Nov. 16

Richmond- The Student Veterans Organizations (SVO) at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond and IU East are sponsoring a Health & Wellbeing Fair Nov. 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus. The event is open to all Ivy Tech and IU East student veterans and all area veterans.

The schedule includes guest speaker, Dr. Eric Drown, PsyD., who will speak at 11 a.m. on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). Dr. Drown will have a booth during the Fair and talk with attendees individually. Other booths include: Community Blood Center, Reid Hospital, MEDFIT, Johnson Chiropractic and Dayton VA Hospital. There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Fair is one of the projects funded by a $100,000 grant from the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University.

For additional information go to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, November 04, 2011 - 02:06 am: Edit Post

BMV Extends Hours Next Monday, Tuesday; Voters have more time to attain IDs

While most government offices are closing their doors on General Election Day, Indiana's full-service license branches will be expanding their hours, giving Hoosier voters more time to obtain the photo ID needed to cast a ballot.

Normally closed on Mondays, full-service branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to accommodate the busy schedules of Hoosier voters.

Branches will only process ID cards and drivers licenses on those two days.

To obtain state IDs free of charge, residents who don't already have driver's licenses must state they need free ID cards for voting purposes and must provide proper documents proving identity, U.S. citizenship, Indiana residency and a Social Security number. Proper documents accepted by the BMV for the purposes of securing a state ID card or driver's license may include:

Indiana law requires all residents to present government-issued photo IDs before casting a ballot. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on attaining an ID, extended hours or BMV locations, visit or call 1-888-692-6841.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 02:03 pm: Edit Post

Civic Hall Performing Arts Center & Palladium-Item Presents: United States Air Force Band of Flight
November 14, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Free Tickets Available Now!
*Ticket needed for admission*
1-888-Civic Hall / (765) 973-3350

The Concert Band is the largest and most versatile unit of the United States Air Force Band of Flight. Under the baton of Major R. Michael Mench, the band entertains hundreds of thousands each year with its dynamic performances and varied repertoire ranging from classical symphonic compositions and military marches to Broadway show tunes and popular contemporary music.

The Concert Band is in constant demand for community, military, and educational events. The band has performed with various celebrities and guest artists such as Phyllis Diller, Walter Cronkite, Steve Allen, The Miracles, Trout Fishing in America, Eddie Daniels, Al Vizzutti, and aviation pioneer Chuck Yeager. The band has also been featured under the baton of renowned composer Claude T. Smith and has performed with the Cleveland and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras.

In recognition of its sustained superior performance as the Air Force Materiel Command’s musical ambassadors, the Band of Flight has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards. Among its many civilian honors, the band is a two-time recipient of The Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert bands presented by The John Philip Sousa Foundation.

The United States Air Force Band of Flight is one of twelve bands in the Air Force. The band’s purpose is to support the global Air Force Mission in war and peace by fostering our national heritage and by providing professional musical products and services for official military, recruiting, and community relations events. For more information about this and other performances by your United States Air Force Band of Flight, please go to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 06:46 pm: Edit Post

Local Couple will Demonstrate and Sell Artwork at the Welcome Center this Saturday

Jack and Doris Phelps, well-known artists from Williamsburg, Indiana, will visit the Old National Road Welcome Center Gift Shop Saturday, December 3, from 1-4 p.m., to demonstrate their arts, create personalized sketches, and sell handmade Christmas Ornaments. Jack began as a Pen & Ink artist and has branched into etchings and aquatints. He is known for his representations of historical buildings, covered bridges, railroad engines, lighthouses and various scenes from nature. Jack and his wife, painter and printmaker Doris Phelps, have participated in various art and crafts shows throughout the region. The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond. The Gift Shop offers many locally-made items, such as glassware, pottery, soaps and lotions, candles, Amish-made coasters and hot pads, and also items which represent the area.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 05:31 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Ready as East Central Indiana Expects First Snow of the Season

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. – The Cambridge City Subdistrict of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is prepared for today’s wintry mix of rain and snow. Forecasts indicate rain switching to snow this afternoon and evening, with pavement temperatures expected to drop below freezing later tonight.

A full staff of 28 snowplow truck drivers will report to units in Richmond, Liberty, Cambridge City and New Castle at 8 p.m. This crew will begin treating bridges, ramps and roadways as necessary as precipitation and pavement temperatures fall.

A second full shift will relieve drivers at midnight and work to clear roadways of ice and snow through Wednesday morning, when temperatures and weather conditions are expected to improve.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead for their Wednesday morning commute and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely. Give INDOT plow trucks room to operate; do not tailgate or attempt to pass. Other winter weather driving safety tips include:

Once again this winter, drivers are able to check road conditions before departing. During snow and ice events, will be updated to let drivers know if road conditions are good, fair or difficult. The information will also be available by calling 800-261-ROAD (7623).

Links to safe driving tips, roadway conditions, as well as the latest news and information about INDOT can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 01:02 pm: Edit Post

Oh, Christmas Tree!
Students Invited to Send Holiday Decorations for Statehouse Display

We are looking for Hoosier school children to help decorate the large tree that will soon adorn the Indiana Statehouse rotunda.

First Lady Cheri Daniels is asking second-, third- and fifth-grade Hoosiers to create ornaments that fit the theme "Made in Indiana," depicting goods or products created in or associated with our great state.

In order to have their ornaments placed on the tree, students must submit them by next Monday, Dec. 5, to the following address:

Statehouse Tour Office
200 W. Washington St., Room 220
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Students should write their names and school names on the back of their ornaments. Other helpful guidelines include:

  1. Ornaments should not be larger than eight inches;
  2. Ornaments should not be made from breakable or perishable items, but can be made from a variety of materials like paper, poster board, pipe cleaners, yarn, etc.;
  3. Ornaments should have a way to hang on the tree; and
  4. Ornaments will not be returned
Daniels plans to feature several ornaments on her website and will notify their creators.

Schools may choose to bring students to the official State Holiday Tree Trim, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Festivities will include holiday music, special guest visits and the official tree trimming by students.

To make arrangements, school officials should call the Statehouse Tour Office at 317-233-5293. Participants are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 12:54 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Realtor of the Year Named New Workforce Investment Board Chair

RICHMOND, Indiana – The 4th Floor Blues Club in the Historic Depot district in Richmond, IN served as the location of the October 20th Annual Meeting and Celebration of the Economic Growth Region 6 Workforce Investment Board. Rhonda Duning, Chair of the newly certified Workforce Board, spoke to 125 East Central Indiana business and community leaders, local elected officials, WorkOne partnership organizations and staff. Duning hailed the location as significant in that the Historic Depot district is an entrepreneur’s dream which is rapidly growing with other business locations enhancing the economy of Richmond and Wayne County. The Annual Meeting event focused on the region’s economic climate, the partnership between workforce development and the employer community in meeting demands for a skilled and educated workforce.

Wayne County Commissioner, Denny Burns, served as the Master of Ceremonies and keynote speaker. Mr. Burns introduced Richmond Mayor Sarah “Sally” Hutton to welcome guests and launch the evening’s program. Burns commented, “If you visit Mayor Hutton’s web site, she writes, We can only reach our destination…by working together. And by working together we can reach our destination. “
Jim Riggle, outgoing chair of the Regional Workforce Board, along with Joseph Evans, immediate past Chair of Alliance for Strategic Growth, were recognized for their leadership and commitment to building a strong foundation and corporate underpinning put into place for the newly appointed Board.

“Rhonda is a proven leader in her community with a wealth of community contacts that she draws upon for her various roles within her community and Region 6 of Indiana. She is committed to sharing her knowledge of community and professional experience to set the bar high for excellent services,” said Barbara Street, President and CEO of Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc. With gavel in hand, Duning said “It is my privilege, as my first action, to call to order this Business Meeting of Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc., providing WorkOne leadership for Eastern Indiana, and here forward shall be our name.”

Along with this recent prestigious appointment and leadership role, Duning was also selected by the Richmond Association of Realtors as Realtor of the Year in 2010.
In addition to the keynote speech outlining the economic climate within Region 6, Commissioner Burns introduced a video presentation showcasing three premier employers within the Region; Omega Mold, Winchester, Indiana, Grede Foundry, New Castle, Indiana, and DOT Foods, Cambridge City, Indiana.

Mr. Tim Loyd, General Manager of DOT Foods, summarized the video spotlight from an employer’s perspective and thanked the WorkOne staff for their hard work and dedication in preparing the workforce for employers in the region.
Barbara Street, President & CEO of Alliance for Strategic Growth, reiterated Loyd’s praise of WorkOne staff as she talked about the 1665 individuals who had been placed into jobs during the past year as a result of the training and placement efforts of staff.

Corporate Directors
• Stuart Armstrong, Pacesetter Bank, Hartford City
• Gary Barrett, Country Mark Co-Op, Liberty
• Ron Best, Communications Electronics, Inc., Connersville
• Wayne Blevins, Sertech/Solartech, Portland
• Cindy Brown, Vocational Rehabilitation, Muncie
• Terry Brumley, Whittinger & Company, Muncie
• E. Roy Budd, Energize-ECI, Muncie/Delaware County
• John Carl, TRANE, Rushville
• Gail Chesterfield, Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie
• Fred Davis, U.A.W. Community Action Program Council, Winchester
• Dorothy Douglass, MutualBank, Muncie
• Rhonda Duning, Lingle Real Estate, Richmond and Board Chair
• Joseph Evans, Youth Opportunity Center, Muncie
• Mark Goldman, Pennville Custom Cabinetry, Portland
• Tony Hart, Lifetouch, Inc., Muncie
• Robert Hobbs, New Castle Area Career Programs, New Castle
• Dr. Rob Jeffs, Innovation Connector, Muncie
• Emily Jerman-Brown, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie
• Tim Loyd, Dot Foods, Inc., Cambridge City
• Milo M. Miller, Jr., Local Elected Officials Executive Council, Portland
• Faron Parr, Advanced Seal Technology, Portland
• Sonya Paul, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis
• Kevin Polivick, Interlocal CAP, Inc., New Castle
• Jim Riggle, Indiana Michigan Power, Muncie
• Tim Rogers, Wayne County EDC, Richmond
• Jerry Sprouse, JD Byrider, Indianapolis
• Vicki Tague, Jay County Chamber of Commerce, Portland
• Rick Taylor, Delaware Dynamics, Muncie
• Mike Toschlog, Carpenter’s Local #1016, Muncie
• Brad Wilson,Wilson Lawson Myers, Connersville and Board Vice Chair
• Dennis Wimer, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indianapolis

The 4th Floor Blues Club, located in the Historic District of Richmond, IN provided an elegant venue for the event. The five-piece blues band, Governor Davis and The Blue Ambassadors, enhanced the evening’s Rhythm & Blues theme with their entertaining performance woven with recognition of Board members and staff.

Guests arriving at the 4th Floor Blues Club were greeted by Connersville High School’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students dressed in costume as the well known Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi “Blues Brothers”. Guests entering the Blues Club were welcomed to a dimly lit Hall highlighted in twinkling white lights. Classic Blues music played overhead to begin the evening with a casual time of networking and hors d’oeuvres. Tables were set with Rhythm and Blues themed centerpieces with colorful papers filling hurricane-style vases, all sitting atop mirrored panels. Maria Mitriones’ Italian Market provided a delicious variety of foods to all of those who were in attendance. Ghyslain Chocolatier set an impressive dessert bar presentation of gourmet, hand painted chocolates and exquisite pastries at the end of the evening.

The Economic Growth Region 6 Workforce Investment Board (EGR 6 WIB) is an Indiana 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation responsible to provide strategic leadership and oversee workforce services in Eastern Indiana Economic Growth Region 6. Customer services are provided through eight WorkOne Centers throughout the region which consists of Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties. These customer services are provided by various partnership agencies which make up the WorkOne system. This Economic Growth Region has been formed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development who is the cognizant state agency for the WorkOne system in the State of Indiana and has provided the funding for these initiatives. The cost of the Annual Meeting was underwritten by event supporters.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:38 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Announces Impact Grant Results

The results are in and six local nonprofit organizations are celebrating the generosity of the community.

Earlier this month, the Wayne County Foundation extended a matching-grant opportunity in support of five initiatives selected to participate in its 2011 Impact Grant. The Foundation promised a one-to-two match, up to $10,000 per project, based on contributions made between November 11 and November 15. Two-hundred fifty gifts were received, totaling $124,800 and triggering $42,100 in match money from the Foundation.

“We are very pleased with the community’s response to what was a real experiment,” said Steve Borchers, executive director of the Foundation. “Three of the five supported projects raised more than the $20,000 threshold to trigger the maximum match, and a fourth came very, very close.”

The collaborative program put forth by the Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc. garnered the most community support. Their effort was followed by Communities In Schools, the Wayne County Historical Museum, and Habitat for Humanity. The new building program advanced by Circle U Help Center generated the least community interest, but still raised more than $7,400 for the project, including the Foundation match.

Gifts Received Foundation Match Totals
To initiate a collaborative program through the Boys and Girls Clubs and Girls Inc. called Help Teens Achieve $49038.00 $10000.00 $59038.00
In support of a new food pantry / storage facility for Circle U Help Center 4975.00 2487.50 7462.50
To support the continued work of Communities In Schools 30773.00 10000.00 40773.00
To initiate the ReStore program at Habitat for Humanity 19240.00 9620.00 28860.00
The new building program at the Wayne County Historical Museum 20777.00 10000.00 30777.00
Totals $124803.00 $42107.50 $166910.50

“Match days are becoming a popular means of leveraging community support for important projects,” said Borchers. “We already have some ideas for how to do it differently next time, and we’re looking forward to hearing about what worked and what didn’t from our partner organizations. It’s definitely something we’ll consider doing again.”

The Wayne County 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.

More information may be obtained by contacting Steve Borchers at, or by calling the Foundation office at 765/962-1638.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 07:42 pm: Edit Post

High schools invited to participate in annual IU East Speech Competition

The Indiana University East Annual High School Speech Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011, in Whitewater Hall. Registration is from 7:20-7:50 a.m. and the tournament will end by 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The speech tournament is presented by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The tournament will include high school students from surrounding counties. Students will present various speeches in 14 different categories including broadcasting (radio), declamation, discussion, dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, impromptu, international extemporaneous, memorized duo, original oratory, original performance, poetry interpretation, prose interpretation, scripted duo, and U.S. Extemporaneous.

All Indiana High School Forensic Association (IHSFA) rules apply for the tournament. Area coaches, Susie Hittson and Holly Hathaway, are organizing the tournament with event chair Elvinet Piard, assistant professor of communication studies and first year public speaking coordinator at IU East.

“Public speaking is an important and desired extracurricular activity. University faculty want students who excel in this activity in their classes. We hope that this event will benefit the larger Wayne County community, including IU East students, faculty, staff, high school students, their parents, teachers and the general public,” Piard said. “Join us in promoting the possibilities and power of the human voice.”

There are no entry fees for the tournament but no more than 30 entries will be allowed per school. Schools may enter up to four competitors in an event. For every five entries a school makes, one judge must be provided for the competition.

There will be four straight rounds and no final. The first round and Extemp draw will begin at 8 a.m. Ribbons will be awarded in all events.

Trophies will be given to the top five schools. Top place finishers in each category will be offered an $800 Red Wolf Scholarship to IU East ($200 per year, renewable for up to four years). Team Trophies will be given to the top five teams overall and ribbons will be awarded to the top ten in each event.

This year students can also win a range of door prizes during the awards ceremony. Sweepstakes will be awarded as follows: 10 points for first place, 9 points for second place, 8 points for third place and 1 point for 10th place.

Piard encourages high schools that are new to speech competitions to review IHSFA rules at or contact tournament organizers Holly Hathaway ( or Susie Hittson ( for more information on how to participate.

High schools participating in the speech tournament should register online at Entries are due by November 30, 2011.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 01:24 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech CareerWeek

Ivy Tech’s new CareerWeek continues from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Wednesday Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus. New, prospective and continuing students are encouraged to register and apply NOW for Spring Semester classes that begin January 9. Admissions, financial aid staff and faculty will help new students, undecided and continuing students apply and register for Spring Semester.

Thursday night the new Ivy Institute of Technology faculty will discuss the Institute’s 30 week Welding program. The next class begins Jan. 9.

For information call Admissions at 765-966-2656 x 1215 or go to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 12:35 pm: Edit Post

Afternoon Tea on Sunday, November 20th

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and the end of autumn with an afternoon tea at Richmond Columbian Properties, William G. Scott House; Sunday November 20, 2011 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Musical entertainment performed by Randy Baker on acoustic guitar, along with selected seasonal readings by Dave Burns.

Enjoy various teas and traditional food served in the historic home of William G. Scott, 204 North 10th Street Richmond. Reservations are limited and need to be made prior to November 18. Cost is a $10.00 donation to Richmond Columbian Properties to support our programming in historic preservation education and neighborhood redevelopment.

Mail reservations to, Richmond Columbian Properties P.O. Box 294 Richmond, Indiana 47374. For information call 765/962-9526 or 765/962-1150.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 06:35 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Offers Medicare Enrollment Assistance

Every year there are new prescription drug and health plan coverage choices available to people with Medicare. Open Enrollment is the time of year when current or newly-eligible Medicare beneficiaries, including people with original Medicare, can review their current health or prescription drug plans, compare the plan to other options, and choose the plans that best meet their current needs.

Take advantage of Open Enrollment – October 15th through December 7th – and be sure to compare current plans with new plan offerings, as well as learn about the new benefits that are available. People with Medicare may find a way to save money, get better coverage, or both!

You may also qualify for programs to help pay for your medicines. To find out if you qualify for Medicare’s Extra Help Programs and to get assistance with selecting the best Medicare Part D Plan for prescription coverage, call to schedule an appointment with an Area 9 SHIP Counselor at (765) 966-1795 or (800) 458-9345.

Appointments available:
October 17th - 21st 9:00am - 3:00pm
November 14th - 18th 9:00am - 3:00pm
December 6th - 7th 9:00am - 3:00pm

SHIP Counselors will be available on site to assist you at other event locations. You must call (765) 966-1795 or (800) 458-9345 to make an appointment:

Fayette Co. Senior Center November 9th 9:00am - 12:00am
Franklin Co. Senior Center November 9th 9:00am - 12:00pm
Rushville Senior Center November 15th 9:00am - 1:00pm
Union Co. Council on Aging November 3rd 10:00am - 1:00pm
Union Co. Public Library November 9th 9:00am - 12:00pm

Appointments available at the Western Wayne Senior Center October 15th - December 7th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. To make an appointment, call (765) 478-4579.

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 Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:36 pm: Edit Post

Birth-to-Five's Matching Funds Opportunity

The Quigg Family Foundation has agreed to match funds donated up to $20,000 dollar for dollar for the month of December only. This means we have just a couple of days left to raise these funds. We are celebrating 20 years of service in the Wayne County community. $20,000 for 20 years, we are so excited for this opportunity! Many community members have stepped forward to support us and we are so thankful! These funds will support Birth to Five's programming which is free to the Wayne County community. These programs include Happiest Baby classes, Book Buddy events, playgroups in 8 locations, and of course home visiting.

Wayne County Foundation is our host for online donations on their website. There is an option for Birth to Five Quigg match after you click on the donate now button.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 19, 2011 - 06:53 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Valley REMC Collects Food for the Elderly

Once again this holiday season the good people of the Whitewater Valley are lending a hand to those less fortunate.

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

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

These food items will bring a little extra joy and comfort to the poorest and oldest of our local elderly.”

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

The cooperative had been collecting canned food items since September. Whitewater Valley REMC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving the Whitewater Valley. The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, has been assisting the elderly since 1976.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, December 16, 2011 - 09:10 pm: Edit Post

Anonymous Donor Creates Fund to Benefit Siloam Clinic Offers Dollar-for-Dollar Match for Other Gifts

The Wayne County Foundation has been approached by an anonymous donor who has set up an endowed fund to benefit the Siloam Clinic in Richmond. Additionally, this person is offering up to $5,000 more to match other gifts given to the fund between now and the end of the year.

“Access to quality healthcare is critically important,” said Steve Borchers, executive director of the Foundation. “This is a wonderful gift that will help address that need and – we hope – encourage others to be supportive, too.”

The Siloam Clinic is an outreach ministry of Petra Project of Richmond. It serves Wayne County residents age 13 and older who have no insurance, Medicaid or Medicare coverage.

Pastor David Eales founded the clinic in 2009 with an all-volunteer team of doctors and nurses. Currently, there are eight volunteer physicians, more than 15 nurses, and 5 administrative volunteers who staff the clinic every Tuesday evening. There is no cost to the patients. “The numbers of people we help speak to the need,” he said. “We have served more than 600 people so far and have logged in over 1,200 visits. We have also provided more than $5,000 worth of prescriptions to those who cannot purchase what our doctors prescribe.”

The fund, created at the Wayne County Foundation with $5,000 will produce an annual distribution in support of the clinic and its prescription drug program. Raising additional dollars from the community will trigger more money from the anonymous donor. This will mean the clinic will receive a greater distribution every year.

“Our donor would very much like to see the fund be larger than $5,000 – and even larger than $15,000,” said Borchers. “We have a real opportunity to make that happen and effectively triple the annual support to the clinic.”

Contributions to the Siloam Clinic Fund should be directed to Wayne County Foundation, 33 South 7th Street, Richmond, or through the Foundation’s online giving option at You can call the Foundation Office at 765-962-1638 with questions.

“This fund will be very important to the long-term sustainability of the clinic,” said Pastor Eales. “Because we keep our costs so low, the amount we could receive annually from the fund represents a significant portion of our overall operation.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 04:32 pm: Edit Post

Reid Hospital receives USDA grant

The USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has published its 2011 Distance Learning & Telemedicine Program grant recipients. Reid Hospital was named the recipient of $361,787 toward the Reid RuralConnect project.

“We are very pleased by this news,” said Dr. Tom Huth, Reid Vice President of Medical Affairs. “Because of this project, specialized medicine will be more accessible in the communities we serve. The award is a win for Reid and a win for our patients.”

The USDA funded 100 projects nationally for a total of $30,172,507. Reid was the only Indiana provider funded. No awards were made in Ohio.

As developed by RUS, the Distance Learning & Telemedicine (DLT) Program is specifically designed to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America through the use of advanced telecommunications technologies.

The Reid RuralConnect project will provide specialty care from Reid Hospital, as a hub site, to rural end-user locations. The care will address patient needs such as cardiovascular, infectious disease, orthopedic, pulmonary, diabetes care or other services.

Once fully implemented, Reid’s primary care offices located in Hagerstown, Winchester, Liberty, Connersville and Eaton (OH) will offer telemedicine technology. Ultimately, the equipment will allow patients to consult with specialty physicians without having to drive to Richmond.

“Many of our patients face barriers, such as lack of transportation, that prohibit them from receiving the care they require,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid Hospital President & CEO. “This project will help bring high quality specialty care to our patients’ hometown.”

The total project cost is estimated to be $633,302. Reid Foundation will provide $271,515 in matching funds to help bring the project to fruition. Reid Vice President and Foundation President Randy Kirk said, “Combining federal grant dollars and community philanthropy opens a new door for Reid to meet patient needs. We are excited to bring this technology to Reid’s service area.”

Reid RuralConnect is expected to be implemented by Fall 2012.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 12, 2011 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Chancellor James Steck to retire in June 2012

James L. SteckRichmond- James L. Steck, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announced this week he will retire at the end of the Spring 2012 term.

Steck joined Ivy Tech Richmond in 1985 as Chair of the Technology Division and served as Dean of Instructional Affairs and Executive Dean before being named Chancellor in 1997.

During Steck’s tenure the Ivy Tech Richmond campus added Johnson Hall and renovated McDaniel Hall and expanded offerings on the Connersville campus. The student enrollment has doubled since 2005 to more than 5,000 students a year. There are eight schools, 26 programs and over 60 degrees currently offered on campus and online by Ivy Tech Richmond.

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 Monday, December 12, 2011 - 01:17 pm: Edit Post

Silly Safaris with Jingle John

Wednesday, December 14
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Join us for this fun holiday event with live animals from the North Pole. You can even pet a real live reindeer! This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 12, 2011 - 01:00 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Recognizes Employee Service

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recognized employees for years of service, community volunteerism and support for the Ivy Tech Foundation at a luncheon December 9.

Eugene AytonEugene Ayton, Equal Opportunity Officer and Business Administration faculty member, was recognized for 16 years of service. Ayton, former Business Administration program chair and Human Resources Director, is retiring at the end of the 2011 Fall term

Ayton also was a human resources executive at the Ford Motor Company in Connersville and Philadelphia, and the Mead Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He is active at Bethel AME Church as Associate Minister and Fisherman Male Chorus member. He is a former member of the Townsend Center Board, Starr-Gennett Board, United Way Allocation Committee and Richmond Police Department Merit Commission.

Other employees recognized for years of service include: Lindy Covalt, 30 years, Diana Pappin, Jeff Plasterer, 25 years, Brenda Bennett, Susan Zurwell, 20 years, Stephanie Alexander, Linda Przybysz, Melissa Smith, Tina Smith and Leanna Angi-White, 15 years and Delores Hazzard, Tami Lamb, Tammy Lowe, Brian Olsen, Julia Sherck, Kristin Sweet and Candi Tutterrow, 5 years.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - 02:20 pm: Edit Post

The Oak Ridge Boys
Performance: Saturday, May 19, 2012 / 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm

[Richmond, IN] Announcing the ‘Surprise Reprise!’ show coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center… The Oak Ridge Boys on Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm. Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring three decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

The Oak Ridge Boys performed in the past at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center with two sold out performances. Good seats are available for the performance at 4:00pm and 8:00pm; $32 for adults, $24 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

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

These programs are supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from Indiana Arts Commission, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.

These attractions are also made possible, in part, with support from Arts Place, Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Further funding has been provided through the generosity of our Sponsors: KICKS 96 (WQLK-FM and WHON-AM), First Bank Richmond, Wayne County Foundation, ThinkTV, Indiana Public Radio, Whitewater Broadcasting (1490 WKBV and G101-3 radio). Co-sponsors include: Earlham College, Belden, Palladium-Item, Paust Printers, Wayne Bank and Trust Co., U.S. Bank, Dr. William H. Toedebusch, Dr. J. Michael and Nancy Perez and Family, Summersault LLC, and Reid Hospital and Health Care Services.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 05, 2011 - 09:22 pm: Edit Post

C.R. England Global Transportation Announces Plans to Locate Truck Driving School in Richmond, Indiana Creating 35 Jobs

Richmond, IN (December 5, 2011) – C.R. England Global Transportation, the nation’s largest refrigerated trucking company and premier commercial truck driving school, announced they will locate a new instructional facility in Richmond, Indiana at the Rose City Business Park. The company plans to invest $2,240,500 and create 35 new jobs.

The EDC of Wayne County is providing an Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) grant of $90,000 to assist with renovations to the existing building and land improvements, as well as training for new employees. However, the company has announced it will use the money and match the grant for a total of $180,000 to provide to residents of Wayne County coverage of tuition costs to attend C.R. England’s school with a six month driving commitment from the students. Tuition per student is $2,995.

The existing building will be used for classrooms and office space. Surrounding property will be developed for a driving range and potentially house a future Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) testing center. Thom Pronk, corporate vice president – recruiting, training and safety, C.R. England says “The school will educate roughly 65 new drivers weekly. At any given time, 120 plus students from various parts of Indiana and surrounding states will be residing in Richmond and contributing to the growth and vitality of the city as they boost the local economy.” Graduates of the program will have guaranteed employment with C.R. England.

Chairman of the EDC Board, Gary Hackman, says the EDC is happy to partner with C.R. England on this project. “Distribution and logistics is one of our target industry sectors. We’ve heard many times about the shortage of qualified truck drivers. Having an institution like this locally will not only strengthen our workforce, but assist in reducing the critical shortage in a much needed employment sector.”

Staff will include three management level positions as well as a physician and a medical assistant to perform driver physicals and provide drug testing and other medical assessments. The majority of the staff will be licensed with the State of Indiana as CDL instructors.

Mayor Sally Hutton says there are many opportunities for Richmond resulting from this project. “Richmond will become home to an excellent training facility that will draw students from all over. They will stay in area hotels and eat and shop in local businesses. In addition, 35 new skilled and semi-skilled jobs are created using an existing building that was previously underutilized.” The request for EDIT funds will now go before the Wayne County Commissioners for their consideration.

About C.R. England

Founded in 1920, C.R. England, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah and is one of North America’s largest transportation companies and the world’s largest temperature-controlled carrier. C.R. England services include National, Mexico and Regional Truckload service in addition to Dedicated and Intermodal services. Additional services include Leasing, Brokerage, LTL/Parcel, Supply Chain Engineering, Special Project Engineering, Warehousing, and Global Sourcing, which has offices in Southern California and China. For more information, visit

Since January of 2009, the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, through its EDIT fund has assisted 24 businesses in their commitment to the retention and creation of over 470 jobs. These projects have resulted in over $79 million in new private investment in Wayne County. The county’s consolidated EDIT fund comes from funding provided by partnering towns in Wayne County who have agreed to provide half of their EDIT proceeds yearly for county-wide economic development. Partners in county-wide economic development currently include the towns of Cambridge City, Centerville, East Germantown, Economy, Hagerstown, Milton, Mt. Auburn, Richmond, Whitewater and Wayne County.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 05, 2011 - 02:02 pm: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves Library Offers Download Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, and Video
Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere

Exciting New Service Starts December 5th!

(RICHMOND, INDIANA) – November 30, 2011 – Morrisson-Reeves Library is expanding its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video, available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the library's website at

Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software. For audiobooks, music, and video: OverDrive® Media Console™. To read eBooks, users will need Adobe® Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

“You might want to put an e-reader or MP3 player on your holiday wish list,“ says Jenie Lahmann, PR coordinator at MRL. “It is easy to use the service and best of all its free to use it with your library card. Also, no late fines for items you download.”

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with their library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more visit the library’s website at or our mobile website at or click on the icon in the top left corner of the MRL website.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of end users. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, December 02, 2011 - 04:41 pm: Edit Post

Foundation Awards $102,000 in Latest Grant Cycle for Health, Human Service, Animals, Seniors, Environment and Preservation"

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $102,020.32 to twenty-five organizations in the health, human service, animals, seniors, and environment/preservation categories in connection with its October grant cycle.

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

“The range of programs and initiatives funded in this cycle represent a wide range of interests, opportunities, and community needs,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “We’re very pleased to support these groups and their efforts to enhance the quality of life here in Wayne County.”

The complete list of grant awards follows:

Achieva Resources Corporation $5,643
In support of the Empowering People with Disabilities through Technology program.

Clear Creek Food Co-operative $3,764.32
To assist with the Healthy Local Eating Program.

Family Earth Day Celebration $1,800
In support of the 13th Annual Family Earth Day Celebration for the Animal Magic Program.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. $5,000
In support of the BackSacks program that will provide a weekly sack of nutritious, shelf-stable food for approximately 218 children to supply them with dietary support over the weekends.

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care of Richmond $12,500
To support the scholarship program for those families who qualify for assistance.

Helen Hunt Club of Cambridge City $1,000
To publish a book about women who have made a difference or contribution to government, community, education, the arts, or philanthropy in Western Wayne County.

HELP The Animals $4,485
To help provide additional kennels with concrete floors.

Historic Centerville, Inc. $600
To assist with repairs to the logs at the Log Courthouse.

Historic Hagerstown $7,800
To install new gutters, to preserve the museum.

Indiana Women in Need $5,000
To provide personal services for 10 to 20 financially-challenged women in Wayne County who are undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Clothes Pantry $3,630
To assist with gasoline expenses to pick-up and deliver clothing donations from community partners to the Clothes Pantry.

Nettle Creek Senior Citizens Center $3,125
To assist with a new roof for the center.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. $1,500
To support the Richmond health center in providing preventative health care to financially challenged individuals.

Quaker Hill Foundation $2,118
To repair, stain, and paint two Victorian staircases and stairways in the Evans House.

Richmond Community Schools $500
To help the Logos lab students raise funds for Help the Animals Shelter.

Richmond Day Nursery $3,000
To assist with the cost of exterior improvements.

Richmond Rose Garden Project $3,415
For repairs to the Gazebo in the Rose Garden.

Town of Greens Fork $3,600
To codify the town's ordinances.

Wayne County Genealogical Society $1,240
To purchase shelving, filing cabinets, and acid free folders and paper to help preserve and store materials.

Wayne County Historical Museum $4,300
To help preserve the front and side porches.

Wayne County Literacy Coalition $3,000
For kits and materials in support of the Adult Literacy Training Program.

Wayne County Minority Health Coalition $1,000
To provide health related information and exercise tips to the community.

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center $4,000
To continue a youth outpatient substance abuse clinic.

Whitewater Valley District 9 Pro Bono Commission $17,500
To provide free and reduced rate legal services to the disadvantaged citizens of Wayne County.

Whitewater Valley Land Trust $2,500
In support of the Blue Clay Falls and Lick Creek Hills linkage project.

The next grant cycle deadline is April 2, 2012 for the arts and youth categories. Prospective applicant organizations are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s Web site ( 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 Monday, November 21, 2011 - 01:09 pm: Edit Post

Reid’s MacDowell Gallery features Tom Butters’ paintings

Wayne County artist known for eclectic subjects

Richmond, IN- Reid Hospital continues its practice of featuring regional artists in its MacDowell Gallery. The gallery features Tom Butters’ oil and acrylic paintings that will hang until shortly before Christmas. All the paintings are for sale, and Butters will donate a portion of any sale to the Reid Foundation. Gallery hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

About The Artist
Tom Butters is the manager of Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place, where he also is the painting instructor. He describes himself as a “lifelong artist who came late to painting.” He studied art at Indiana University and then embarked on a career in marketing communications, working for advertising agencies in Indianapolis, New York and St. Louis.

Over the course of a 40 year career, Butters says he painted only a handful of pictures. “My art was mainly limited to freelancing political and automotive cartoons, and because I was involved in automobile racing, I occasionally painted a racing picture.”

When Butters and his wife moved to her rural family homestead near Hagerstown, he began to think more about “serious painting.” He says, “To my thinking, ‘serious painting’ means you paint every day and produce at least 30-40 paintings each year. I was tasking myself to paint more in one year that I had my entire life.” Two events conspired to send him into artistic overdrive. The first was a painting workshop in New Harmony, organized by the Hoosier Salon. “Within the first hour of the class I realized I’d been suffering from painter’s block— unnecessarily making it too hard to begin a picture— and I was off to the races.” The second event came when he entered, in 2007, his first Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition, and not only was juried into the show but won Best of Show honors.”

His representational paintings have no common theme. They depict race cars, “sky boats” in the Magic Realism genre, traditional landscapes and pop themes. Butters explains that there are so many subjects and styles that interest him, he cannot confine himself to one style of painting. “Some ideas lend themselves to pop art, some to realistic representation, and sometimes I like to tell a story,” he explains.

Butters’ work has been shown in the Hoosier Salon, The Domont Gallery, The Art Bank, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Whitewater Hall, Richmond Art Museum and other galleries throughout the state. His collectors are a diversified bunch, including racing fans in Europe and America, owners of TC Steele’s work, Magic Realism fans on the west coast and pop art aficionados in New York.

About the MacDowell Gallery
The MacDowell Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Reid Hospital Outpatient Care Center, located in Richmond, Indiana. The gallery was established in 2009 and is a component to Reid’s healing environment. The gallery is named for the longtime former CEO of Reid Hospital, Barry MacDowell, and features approximately six regional artists or special events each year.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 05:45 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau Promotes Local Shopping With December Promotion

Richmond, Indiana – The Wayne County Tourism Bureau’s Gift Shop, located in the Old National Road Welcome Center, is collaborating with six Wayne County businesses to encourage local shopping during the gift-giving season. The annual two-day Open House has been replaced with a month-long “Season of Savings in Wayne County” promotion that will offer a discount at the Welcome Center Gift Shop, followed by savings at the six partner businesses throughout December.

Coupons worth 25% off one item at our Gift Shop will be available at the six participating businesses -- Veach’s Toy Station, Warm Glow Candle Outlet, The Secret Ingredient, Good Life Emporium, The Corner Oak, and J&J Winery – as well as during the Downtown Richmond Christmas Parade on December 2 and the Old Fashioned Christmas Festivals in the Historic Depot District on November 29 and December 16, 13 and 20. The coupons will also be available on the WCCTB website and Facebook page as well ( and

When visitors use their Gift Shop coupon and purchase at least $10 worth of items here, they will receive a multi-business coupon, with discounts of 15-25%, to use at the six partner businesses listed above. Both the Gift Shop coupon and the multi-business coupon must be used by December 31, 2011.

The Old National Road Welcome Center Gift Shop features many Richmond, Wayne County and Indiana-related items, as well as products made by local organizations and individuals, such as Potter’s Soaps & Lotions, Warm Glow Candles, locally-produced honey & syrup, hand-blown glass, jewelry, books and more. Several of the artists will visit the Gift Shop during December to demonstrate their craft and sell personalized items. The Gift Shop is located at 5701 National Road East in Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 03:41 pm: Edit Post

Make unwanted calls stop, sign up for Indiana’s Do Not Call list

Consumers’ next opportunity to shield themselves from annoying and unsolicited phone calls is Tuesday, Nov. 15, the next quarterly deadline to register cellular and landline residential phone numbers on the Do Not Call list.

Those who have not registered before can register their landline, cell, VOIP or prepaid wireless numbers by midnight EST on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The updated list will take effect January 1, 2012, the 10th anniversary of the Do Not Call registry.

To sign up or to confirm a number is already on the list, visit or call 1.888.834.9969. Indiana’s Do Not Call registry is updated quarterly on the first of each January, April, July and October.

Out-of-state area codes can also be added as long as the billing address is located within the state. Consumers do not need to re-register unless their addresses have changed.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 06:45 pm: Edit Post

Holiday Art Mart at the Richmond Art Museum

The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to invite you to shop the eighth annual Holiday Art Sale and Show to be held Sunday, November 3 – December 14, 2011. We will have a special reception on Sunday, December 4th for this event. Many of the artists participating in this sale will be in attendance for the reception, so be sure to look for them while you are browsing!

The Holiday Art Mart is a sale of arts and crafts by local artisans, to benefit local artists and the Richmond Art Museum Conservation fund. Another goal of the Holiday Show is to offer people the opportunity to begin a collection of original art at affordable prices! Excellent artists participate in this event! With everything in the show priced at $250 or under, you can be sure to find something that catches your eye or peaks your interest! We hope to see you soon!

RAM Hours:
Tuesday: Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays & Saturdays
Call 765.966.0256 for more info!!!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 08:58 pm: Edit Post

IU East to host performance by Four Shillings Short

Indiana University East will host duo multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Four Shillings Short. They will perform “Around the World in 30 Instruments” from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. This event is sponsored by Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.

The event is free and open to the public.

The husband-wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama, from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin, from San Diego, Calif., have toured the United States and Ireland since 1997. They play a vast array of musical styles on over 30 international instruments.

The performance will include music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Americas and India on over 30 different instruments including hammered dulcimer, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds, recorders, tinwhistles, banjo, North Indian sitar, bowed psaltery, the charango from Bolivia, bodhran, doumbek, spoons and vocals in English, Gaelic, Spanish and Sanskrit.

O’Tuama and Martin will introduce each instrument, talk about its history and follow with a demonstration in the form of a song or instrumental piece so the audience may experience traditional folk and world music.

“I want to encourage anyone who loves traditional music to attend this performance. I guarantee that you’ll be tapping your toes some of the time and sitting completely still at others—absorbed in the beautiful sounds of many instruments you’ve never heard before. They are both awesome musicians,” said Lee Ann Adams, reading specialist and First-Year Seminar peer mentor coordinator. “Having heard Christy and Aodh Og twice before, I am so glad that Mindful Explorations is bringing their educational and entertaining performance to IU East and the Richmond community. I really love the way they introduce each instrument and song with a brief story that adds so much to the enjoyment of the music. You come away feeling like you’ve had a vacation to far-away places—especially when you hear the sitar.”

Og O’Tuama grew up in a family of poets, musicians and writers. He received his degree in music from University College Cork, Ireland, and received a fellowship from Stanford University in California in Medieval and Renaissance performance. He plays tinwhistles, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds, recorders, doumbek (from Morocco), bowed psaltery, spoons and sings both in English and Gaelic.

Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. From the age of 15, she studied the North Indian sitar for 10 years as a student of master Sitarist Ravi Shankar. She began playing the hammered dulcimer in her 20s and has studied with Maggie Sansone, Dan Duggan, Cliff Moses, Robin Petrie, Tony Elman and Glen Morgan. In addition she plays mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, banjo, guitar, bodhran (Irish frame drum), charango, bowed psaltery and sings in English, Irish, Spanish and Sanskrit.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 01:45 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Awards Contract for U.S. 40 Safety Project
Sight Improvement at Jacksonburg & Pennville Roads

EAST GERMANTOWN, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hiring Milestone Contractors, LP to reconstruct the intersection of U.S. 40 with Jacksonburg and Pennville Roads.

Milestone’s bid of $1,452,630 was the lowest of five submitted. The construction contract calls for Milestone to improve the sight distance on U.S. 40 by reducing the grade of the highway approaching the intersection. The project also includes improving each turning radius and installing a new box culvert under U.S. 40.

U.S. 40 will be reduced to a single lane in both directions as the project is completed one half at a time. Both Pennville and Jacksonburg Roads will be restricted at U.S. 40 during construction, although only one road is expected to be closed at a time.

A construction schedule will be provided by the contractor in the near future. The contract calls for the project to be complete in June 2012.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 01:00 am: Edit Post

Household Heating Help For Low-Income Hoosiers

As Indiana's unpredictable fall weather continues and even more uncertain winter conditions approach, financial assistance for some low-income households to maintain utility services or conserve energy and reduce heating bills is available.

By Nov. 1, Community Action Agencies located in every Indiana county will begin conducting appointments and accepting applications from Hoosiers eligible for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and the Home Energy Conservation (HEC) Program.

Eligible Indiana household incomes cannot exceed 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. A chart describing the maximum allowable income per household size can be found at .

Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority officials offer EAP to provide direct financial assistance, like gas and electric bill payments, to these low-income households. Hoosiers may apply with local Community Action Agencies and will be subject to a site visit.

A more permanent solution is available to some low-income Hoosiers via the HEC Program, which provides a variety of energy conservation measures to reduce utility bills:

• Evaluation of household furnace and water heater condition;
• Insulation of attics, sidewalls or other uninsulated areas;
• Location of drafts and leaks, followed by cost-effective air sealing; and
• Repairs and/or replacements.

Clients eligible for services receive comprehensive energy audits from state-trained auditors. The results are unique to each home and determine what energy efficiency upgrades will maximize energy savings.

For more information or to apply for the EAP or HEC Program, contact our local Community Action Agencies:

Dearborn County:
Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corp. (SIEOC)
110 Importing St.
P.O. Box 240
Aurora, IN 47001
13195 Spangler Road
Dillsboro, IN 47018
(812) 926-1585
(888) 292-5475

Fayette County
Community Action of East Central Indiana (CAECI)
3039 N. 30th Court
Connersville, IN 47331
(765) 825-6309

Franklin County
Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corp. (SIEOC)
528 Main St.
Brookville, IN 47012
(765) 647-5967

Randolph County:
Community and Family Services, Inc. (CFS)
325 S. Oak St., Ste. 104
Winchester, IN 47394
(765) 584-1250

Union County:
Community Action of East Central Indiana, Inc. (CAECI)
2A N. Market St.
Liberty, IN 47353
(765) 458-6534

Wayne County:
Community Action of East Central Indiana, Inc. (CAECI)
1845 W. Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-7733

Assistance is only available while funds last.