Celebrity Chili Cook-off at Morrisson-Reeves Library
Fill Your Bowl, Feed Your Soul
Help us heat up the Meltdown Festival!
Friday, January 30 - 5:00 - 7:00pm
At Morrisson-Reeves Library
SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE CHARITIES!
Join us in a fun and delicious way to warm up and sample the best chili and homemade breads served by local celebrity “chefs” while supporting your favorite charities. Proceeds help fund non-profits in Richmond and The United Way of the Whitewater Valley.
Sample Tasting $5.00
Bottomless Bowl $10.00
Tickets sold at the door.
Presented by: The United Way of the Whitewater Valley, Morrisson-Reeves Library and the Meltdown Winter Festival.
The Meltdown Festival’s Famous Ice Fights Start at 7:30pm in the7th Street Parking Lot Across the Street from the Library.
RSO Welcomes New Concertmaster, Prepares for Upcoming Concert and the Boogie Woogie Ball
Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will welcome it's new Concertmaster Mari Thomas at the March 7 concert in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center. Thomas is no stranger to the Concertmaster position in Richmond. She performed those duties for a brief period in the early 1990's.
RSO Conductor Guy Bordo says, "Mari is a terrific violinist. I was truly impressed with her passion and leadership at the RSO concert in September. I'm looking forward to collaborating with her."
She is excited about the opportunity for this Orchestra leadership position saying, "it's a perfect fit for me". I see my role as Concertmaster one of "collaborator and interpreter" working with the conductor.
This Cincinnati resident is very busy with three teenagers and a husband David Thomas, a trumpet player and band director at St. Xavier High School. She is also the concertmaster of Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida.
She previously was concertmaster and soloist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Canberra (Australia) Symphony Orchestra; guest concertmaster for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; and Assistant Concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with an Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music, she also studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Pepperdine University. She has performed as a soloist and in recitals.
"She is someone our audience is going to enjoy and our musicians already respect. She is a wonderful choice for the RSO," Guy Bordo said.
There will be several special events leading up to the March 7 performance and during the concert beginning with a reception and art preview February 28 at Room 912 on East Main and ending with a silent auction of art work by the New Richmond Art Group. The event will benefit the RSO and the Richmond Art Museum.
Also on the calendar for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, its Signature Event Committee is asking area residents to Save the Date, Saturday, April 25, for its upcoming event, the Boogie Woogie Ball held at the Richmond Municipal Airport celebrating the end of WWII and honoring area Veterans from all generations. Reservations are available now at http://www.RSOBoogieWoogieBall.com or by calling the office at 765.966.5181.
The March 7 Richmond Symphony Orchestra concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center at Richmond High School, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. Students 18 and under are admitted free. To order tickets or for additional information, call 765.966.5181 or visit the RSO website at http://www.richmondsymphony.org.
Art Is...China A Hands-On Exhibit of Art and Culture
February 3 - March 27, 2015
The Richmond Art Museum invites your class to the 2015 Children's Hands-On Exhibit Art Is...China, for K-3rd grade students. This year, the art and culture of China will be explored through looking a the country's arts, crafts, and other objects and by participating in creative activities.
Once you've reserved a spot for your class, a packet of activities, along with reservation confirmations will be sent out as your visit date approaches. The pre-packet is designed to introduce some of what will be explored in the exhibit, and will give your students basic background information about China.
The exhibit will run from Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, March 27, 2015. Keep in mind that this program if free of charge, so please take advantage of it!
Note this change: Groups will be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. (No Monday sessions) All sessons are approximately one hour in length. The schedule fills quickly, so register early.
Scheduling multiple classes on the same day is ideal. This allows the bus to drop off a class at the museum and then return to school for the second class. When the second class is dropped off at the museum, the first class then loads onto the bus for the return trip. Talk to your fellow teachers and coordinate your visits!
To schedule your class(es), call the Richmond Art Museum at (765) 966-0256. You may also email Lance Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Invites Families with a Mentally Ill Loved One to Sign Up for their Annual 12-week â€śFamily to Familyâ€ť Program, beginning March 2
NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness,) will hold its February General Meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at the CTC Building at the west end of the Richmond State Hospital campus at 7:00 p.m. This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and features a speaker on a topic of interest and information. These meetings are designed as a public service of NAMI, and are for not only consumers of mental health services and their families, but for the community at large, and anyone who would like to attend is invited.
The speaker for this month will be a representative of the Natco Community Empowerment Center. The organization provides free programs to help people work toward financial stability and independence.
The Natco Community Empowerment Center offers: One on one financial counseling, resume and job seeking training, home buyer education, foreclosure prevention assistance, small business support, budgeting, credit and debt solutions, access to computers and office resources, workshops and more.
They are located at 1627 E. Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
NAMI is a national organization, with the East Central Chapter located in Richmond. They offer many programs and services to the 5 county area they serve. An upcoming NAMI event is the annual 12-week â€śFamily to Familyâ€ť program which begins on March 2. It is designed for families with a mentally ill loved one and helps families gain insight into their patientâ€™s illness and helps them develop strategies in dealing with this illness. Also, advice is available to obtain professional help, or other assistance that may be needed. The program is taught by specially trained persons with experience in dealing with mental health issues.
For more information, call the NAMI office at 966-4094 Mon., Wed. or Fri. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Calls received at other times will be returned.
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Do you know where to go when you are sick or injured?
When you or someone you love is sick or injured, it is natural to want immediate medical care. But is the emergency department the best place to find it? In most cases, the answer is no.
â€śEmergency departments are designed to care for people with life-threatening conditions, such as severe breathing problems, chest pain, heavy bleeding, or loss of consciousness,â€ť said Mark Striebel, D.O., a Reid Physician Associates physician who specializes in family medicine. â€śThese patients receive first priority in the emergency department, which means that everyone else must wait. Plus, emergency department charges can be much higher than what you would pay at another type of facility.â€ť
The best place to go when you are sick or hurt is to see your primary care doctor, said Dr. Striebel. Your doctor is familiar with your health history, and can make informed decisions about your treatment and necessary tests. Many primary care doctors have evening and weekend hours to accommodate busy schedules.
Urgent care centers are a good option â€śafter hours,â€ť added Dr. Striebel, who works at the newly opened Reid Urgent Care of Eaton, located at 109B E. Washington-Jackson Road â€“ one of the newest options offered by the Reid system in the area. Reid Urgent Care of Eaton is open Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Urgent care centers help patients with:
"Splashes of Color for a Cure"ť Quilt at Locations in Wayne County
A quilt in honor of those affected by cancer will be displayed at locations throughout Wayne County. It is one of two quilts that members of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers have created incorporating squares using the cancer color wheel honoring their family members and friends. Those quilts will be available for silent auction during their quilt show. Proceeds benefit the Purdue Cancer Research Endowment Fund.
The Biennial Quilt Show will be held May 8 and 9, 2015, at the Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Richmond, Indiana. The cost is $5 per person.
During the show, a special display section will be dedicated to additional quilts or wall hangings made by area quilters in honor of their loved ones affected by cancer.
Also on display will be 200 or more quilts along with a one-stop shop hop, "garage sale" table, daily demonstrations, door prizes and much more. Luncheon will also be served daily.
The public is invited to display quilts at the show at no cost. Quilts are hung so that attendees can view both the fronts and backs of the quilts.
Special presentations will include "Love Your Textiles: the Truth about caring for your Heirlooms"ť by Jan Brady and "1600 Quilt"ť by Barb Roll. Additional speakers will be announced closer to the show.
Come see the quilt and pick up a flier for the event.
Future display sites and dates for "Splashes of Color for a Cure" quilt are shown below. More dates and locations will be announced in the future.
Reid launches new "responsive" health system web site
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Reid has launched a new health system web site that has a focus on wellness and offers a simpler, "responsive" design.
"Our goal was to provide a resource that still contains extensive information about our system, but with a look and feel that is better organized and more adaptable," said Larry Price, Reid Director of Community Relations. Price noted that the site is set up in a responsive design, which means it adjusts content to fit a personal computer, tablet or smart phone.
"We will also continue to add resources that promote and provide for community health and wellness," he said. The web system also allows content to be customized for the user depending on whether the person using the site identifies themselves as a visitor, patient or physician. "As a growing regional health system, we know that the amount of information we need to provide on multiple health services can be overwhelming," Price said. "We provide services that affect people at all stages of life. We have multiple programs and service lines, each with a story to tell. We asked our developers to keep the consumer in mind as they redesigned and reorganized extensive information."
Besides mobile optimization, the site includes:
2015 Wayne County FAFSA Days
During the months of February and March, each of the Wayne County public high schools will host a FAFSA Day. During these workshops any HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR or PARENT, CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENT, or ADULT CONSIDERING COLLEGE can visit a high school computer lab to receive free hands-on assistance in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or ask questions about college admissions, financial aid, etc.
Ivy Tech Richmond 8 Week spring classes start March 16
Richmond, Ind. - There is still time to start earning a college credential this spring. Ivy Tech Community College Richmondâ€™s eight week spring classes start March 16. Classes are being offered face-to-face and online to meet individual schedules.
New students, current students and returning students should start the application and/or enrollment process by calling 888-ivyline (489-5463) 7 am-1am daily or (765)-966-2656, ext. 1202 or (800) 659-4526 ext. 1202. The Express Enrollment Center, no appointments needed to complete all steps in the enrollment and registration process, is open 8:00-6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00-5:00 p.m. Friday in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus (I-70 & US 27).
A free Admissions Application is available online at ivytech.edu/applynow. New students applying for financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.
Reid ranked among the best in the country for infection control
Reid Hospital achieved the highest possible infection prevention rating in a recent survey by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Centerâ€”one of only 37 hospitals in the country to do so. In Indiana, Reid shared top honors with Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City for having the top Consumer Reports score among the stateâ€™s 121 hospitals.
Consumer Reports evaluated about 4,000 U.S. hospitals for their success in avoiding bloodstream, surgical site and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The ratings included information on each of those types of infections, and combined them into an overall infections rating that reflects a hospitalâ€™s ability to prevent infections.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were an estimated 720,000 hospital-acquired infections in U.S. in 2011. Thatâ€™s one in every 25 patients. Even more worrisome: about 75,000 people a year die because of those infections.
â€śOf the many quality indicators that we manage and track, infections are arguably among the most important of all, given their life threatening potential. Reid physicians and staff take safety very seriously, whether they are caring for patients in the hospital, a physician office or another outpatient facility,â€ť said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. â€śThis commitment is system wide, and begins at the top of our organizationâ€”our Governing Board and Medical Staff review quality and safety data each month. In addition, the health system maintains a multidisciplinary Safety and Quality Committee to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent infections.â€ť
Patient Safety Officer Mitch Neal, R.N., said Reidâ€™s culture is one of safety and teamwork. â€śAll employees are trained in safety practices, and actively demonstrate those skills on a daily basis,â€ť he explained. â€śThe team is always striving to be better. It is gratifying to be recognized as the best in the state and among the top nationally.â€ť
Greg Carter, Reidâ€™s Infection Control Practitioner, also credited the Reid team. â€śWe have a great staff that strives to create a safer environment for our patients through infection prevention practices. They understand the importance of following infection policies and procedures. This recognition is a testimony of their accomplishments and hard work.â€ť
Groundbreaking study reveals nearly half of local households struggle with the basics.
Richmond, IN â€“ There are nearly 923,000 Hoosier households unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation despite working hard according to the United Way ALICE Report released by Indiana Association of United Ways. In Wayne County, 25% of households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold.
The ALICE â€“ Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed; Study of Financial Hardship places a spotlight on hardworking residents who have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty. The Report is the most comprehensive depiction of financial need in the state to date, using the latest data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census, Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The ALICE Report unveils new measures, based on present-day income levels and expenses, that quantify the number of working people struggling financially in Indiana, and why.
A total of 570,000 Hoosier households, or 6,893 Wayne County households, fall into what United Way calls the ALICE population. These are households earning more than the official U.S. poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living. Combined, ALICE and poverty households,
account for 37% percent of households in the state. This number is more than double the official poverty rate.
â€śALICE is our child care worker, our retail clerk, the CNA who cares for our grandparents, and our delivery driver. When we know who ALICE is, we can think more clearly about the kind of
help and support that will make a difference in his or her life,â€ť says United Way of Whitewater Valley President Scott Zimmerman.
United Ways in six states commissioned Rutgers University-Newark to conduct the ALICE research. United Way ALICE Reports provide county-by-county, city-level or township-level data and analysis of how many households are struggling, including the obstacles ALICE households face on the road to financial independence.
The United Way ALICE Report reveals:
Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region Deanâ€™s List
Richmond, Ind. â€“ Ivy Tech Community College Richmond region recognizes those students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the fall 2014 semester.
In Wayne County:
INDOT Schedules Bridge Work This Spring On S.R. 227 At Whitewater Tributary
RICHMOND, Ind.â€”Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor representatives this week at INDOT Greenfield District offices to discuss a bridge preservation project on State Road 227 at its 300-foot span over Middle Fork of East Fork of Whitewater Riverâ€”near the reservoirâ€”just south of Interstate 70. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in March.
R.A. Myers Construction of Muncie is the prime contractor for this $968,914 INDOT District Bridge Project. Myers will replace the existing bridge deck overlay, the center curb and bridge railing. Minor repairs will also be made.
All work will be done under traffic with two S.R. 227 lanesâ€”one in each directionâ€”open to motorists throughout the construction process.
The S.R. 227 bridge is a 5-span continuous steel beam structure that accommodates four travel lanes, widening at the north end for a center turn lane. Hydro-demolition will be used to remove the bridgeâ€™s existing deck overlay. A new latex modified concrete overlayâ€”three to four inches in depthâ€”will then be put in place.
The contract completion date is September 1.
For construction updates, visit www.indot.in.gov and subscribe to email updates using the GovDelivery red envelope icon. The public can also receive information by liking the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page or following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.
Fast track training program Manufacturing Matters graduates 43 in first year
Richmond, Ind. – Manufacturing Matters (MM), the fast track manufacturing training program for high demand local jobs, is celebrating a successful first year - four training classes and 43 graduates.
The Thursday, January 8 event in McDaniel Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus will introduce the 12 newest Certified Production Technicians (CPTs) to the program’s manufacturing partners at a job fair and graduation reception with area business, government and education leaders.
Program partner Richmond Baking Company’s Andrea Stuckey, Manager of Family Pride, says “We have been very pleased with the Manufacturing Matters graduates we’ve hired. They came well prepared and spoke highly of the MM Program. We look forward to our continued partnership and the opportunity to hire additional graduates.” Area manufacturing employer partners include Color-Box, Emerson Climate Technologies, GE Roots Connersville, Johns Manville, Primex Plastics Corporation, Richmond Baking Company, Stant USA Corporation, Trane/Ingersoll Rand and Vandor Corporation.
Kim Thurlow, Ivy Tech Corporate College Executive said, “Seeing this truly collaborative initiative gain ground through the commitment of our employer partners, stakeholders and students is very rewarding. It’s central to that part of our mission focused on changing lives and making Indiana great.”
The 12 Wayne County residents graduating are Angela Armitage, Chris Arndts, Susan Combs, Jonathan Doerflein, Mary Downs, Antonio Pettus, Angie Reed, Christian Schaekel, David Shafer, Ron Stephens, Robert Sullivan and Glen Wooten.
Manufacturing Matters is accepting applications for the next class starting March 9, 2015. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2015. Apply online at manufacturingmatters.info. Applicants accepted into the program receive a full scholarship valued a $2,600. To qualify: applicants must complete WorkKeys testing, participate in an interview, pass a drug screening and commit to the training schedule.
The 10 week, 172 hour manufacturing and work eligible training program is taught by Ivy Tech Richmond Corporate College and WorkOne. It provides fast track training for good local jobs available at area manufacturers. The training includes Safety; Quality and Measurement; Manufacturing Production; and Maintenance Awareness. Participants learn valuable skills on what it’s like to work in manufacturing – equipping them to make better decisions in seeking employment. Those completing the course sit for a national Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The certification also counts toward six academic credits at Ivy Tech Community College in an academic program. To learn more and/or apply online visit manufacturingmatters.info.
Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is among 17 community colleges nationwide awarded $150,000 grant in 2014 to train area residents with skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The three -year American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)/Walmart Foundation grant is part of the Job Ready, Willing and Able (JRWA) initiative to provide middle-skills training and industry recognized credentials. Duke Energy, the Economic Growth Group, Wayne County Foundation, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County are also among program funders.
Manufacturing Matters is a collaborative effort of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, Economic Development Group of Fayette County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Connersville Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Office City of Richmond, Mayor’s Office City of Connersville, Mayor’s Office City of Rushville, WorkOne, Ivy Tech Corporate College and manufacturing employers.
Warming Stations Available On-Call for Expected Winter Weather
With the first significant winter storm of 2015 expected tonight that will usher in frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills, Wayne County Emergency Management Agency has updated the list of warming stations throughout Wayne County. The following warming stations are on-call to protect citizens who may be without heat in the on-going winter weather.
Warming stations are intended for short-term use and will have minimal accommodations. Persons who intend to utilize the warming stations should call the designated contact prior to arrival. Take your family's emergency supply kit with you when going to a warming station. Please bring any personal medications that will be required along with personal care items, snacks and items to occupy your time such as books, magazines and electronics.
Genesis of the YWCA
15 South 11th St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Rock Solid Ministries
1024 E. Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: David Eales or Helen Manning
Hours Available: T-W-F 9am-2pm
707 So. A St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Hours Available: M-F 9am-12 noon & 1pm-3pm
Abington Fire Department
4618 Pottershop Rd.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3950
Contact: Mark Crist
Boston Fire Department
102 South Salem
Boston, IN 47324
Station # 765-935-2494
Contact: Joe Buckler
Cambridge City Fire Department
127 W, Maple St.
Cambridge City, IN 47327
Station # 765-478-9676
Contact: Jeff Gabbard
Phone: 765-541-0964 or 765-478-5656
414 So. Morton Ave.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3889
Contact: Dennis Spears
Dublin Fire Department
2248 E. Cumberland St.
Dublin, IN 47335
Station # 765-478-1266
Contact: Jerry Myers or Contact: Nathan Ulerick
Phone: 765-969-7382 Phone: 765-914-5403
Economy Fire Department
138 Poplar St.
Economy, IN 47339
Station # 765-886-5594
Contact: Scott Gregory
Fountain City Fire Department
312 W. Main St.
Fountain City, IN 47341
Station # 765-847-5305
Contact: Jeff Himelick
Greens Fork Fire Department
114 E. Pearl St.
Greens Fork, IN 47345
Station # 765-886-5542
Contact: Jan Riggleman
Hagerstown Fire Department
151 No. Plum St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Station # 765-489-5404
Contact: Rick Cole
First Hagerstown United Methodist Church
199 S. Perry St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Contact: Rodney Frieden
Church Office: 765-489-4558
Hours Available: M-Th 9am-3pm
Milton Fire Department
200 E. Walnut St.
Milton, IN 47357
Station # 765-478-4727
Contact: Scott Hicks
Webster Fire Department
5122 Main St.
Webster, IN 47392
Station # 765-935-1585
Contact: Dennis Hollingsworth or Contact: Kevin Fouche
Phone: 765-977-2164 Phone: 765-969-3978
Williamsburg Fire Department
8323 No. Centerville Rd.
Williamsburg, IN 47393
Station # 765-886-6122
Contact: Bryan Spears or Contact: Josh Smith
Phone: 765-967-7288 Phone: 765-277-2594
Be prepared for the cold winter weather - get helpful information from the CDC's Extreme Cold Guide at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp and the Winter Storm and Extreme Cold page at http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather