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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 29, 2016 - 12:56 pm: Edit Post

Celebrate the start of summer at the ALL-IN Block Party

Wayne County Cultural Atlas to reveal cultural trail, marker during community event

Wayne County Cultural Atlas welcomes the community to celebrate the start of summer during the ALL-IN Block Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The ALL-IN Block Party is a free event and will be held on 10th Street, between E. Main and Sailor streets in downtown Richmond.

Funded by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wayne County Cultural Atlas is a collaborative, community-driven planning project. A team of community leaders has been working with the public to identify and highlight cultural points of pride and potential.

These select locations, and the personal stories gathered about them, are part of a mapping and public art project that helps residents and visitors better enjoy and appreciate the rich culture — past, present, and future — of Wayne County. The grant for the cultural trail was awarded to Indiana University East, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Art Museum (RAM).

Jessica Raposo, assistant professor of music at IU East, is coordinating the grant and serves as the project director.

“Those of us living here know how many hidden gems Wayne County holds. The Wayne County Cultural Atlas wants to bring them all together in one collaborative, findable place. We’re doing that through our plans for a cultural trail, but while we work on that, we want this block party to be a way to celebrate Wayne County by bringing us all together and enjoying our shared community,” Raposo said.

The ALL-IN Block Party will help members of the community to connect with each other and to help make Wayne County an even better place to live. As part of the block party, the community is encouraged to complete fun activities while learning about Wayne County.

Upon arrival, all participants will receive a scorecard. Participants can visit the tables of participating Wayne County organizations and businesses to complete the ALL-IN challenges and activities and mark them off the scorecard. ALL-IN is an initiative by Indiana Humanities that inspires Hoosiers to learn more about Indiana, connect with each other and make our state even better.

Then, participants can enter their completed card for a prize drawing at the end of the block party.

Also during the block party, Wayne County Cultural Atlas will display the Cultural Trail and a prototype of the marker that will be used along the trail.

“RAM (Richmond Art Museum) is pleased to be just one of the many organizations partnering with the Wayne County Cultural Atlas to celebrate our cultural heritage. A heritage that brought the first recordings of Jazz, the first projection of film, the first high school orchestra and the only public art museum to be housed in a high school in the nation,” said Richmond Art Museum Executive Director Shaun Dingwerth. “The block party will provide inspiring subject matter and expose a non-traditional art/cultural audience to the numerous civic and cultural organizations in our community. Actively engaging the audience through interaction and participatory activities will provide a better understanding of the arts and why they are important to our culture.”

To learn more about the Wayne County Cultural Atlas, visit

ALL-IN Block Party Participating Organizations:

About Wayne County Cultural Atlas
Funded by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wayne County Cultural Atlas is a collaborative, community-driven planning project. A team of community leaders has been working with the public to identify and highlight cultural points of pride and potential. These select locations and personal stories gathered with them are part of a mapping and public art project that helps residents and visitors better enjoy and appreciate the rich culture — past, present, and future — of Wayne County.

About ALL-IN
Indiana Humanities initiative that inspires Hoosiers to learn more about Indiana, connect with each other and make our state even better. ALL-IN is a digital competition that challenges Hoosiers to think, read, talk and do.

About Indiana Bicentennial Commission Legacy Project
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission Legacy Project event, one of several official events to be hosted across the state to celebrate the past and present of the state. ALL-IN is an Indiana Humanities initiative that inspires Hoosiers to learn more about Indiana, connect with each other and make our state even better.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 04:10 pm: Edit Post

InCONCERT brings Beatles Tribute Band and Comedy Shows

Put up the coats, hats and gloves, spring has sprung in the Depot District! Mark your calendar for 3 nights of fun, food and entertainment. InCONCERT is bringing the Beatles, and 2 very funny guys to the Depot District Market and the 4th Floor Blues Club.

Comedian. Farmer. Mayor. Drew Hastings returns to Richmond May 7
Supplied Photo: Drew Hastings
After a sold out show last time, we knew we had to bring back Drew Hastings. He’s no stranger to controversy and who knows what he’ll say when he takes the stage at the 4th Floor Blues Club. Tickets are on sale now through

Tickets: $20.00. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Must be 21. Cash bar and food available. Food is not included in ticket price and will be cash only.

Good Time for a Good Cause InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 14 non-profits, 100% of ticket sales for the magic show will be donated to non-profits. Check out their next event at

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 07:56 pm: Edit Post

Summer Craftivities for Kids at Veach's Toy Station
Supplied Flyer: Craftivities Flyer
Veach's Toy Station will hold summer activity classes for kids on Wednesdays and Fridays, June 8 - July 29, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers are encouraged to stay with your child and watch them explore their own creativity. Please stop by the store at 715 East Main Street in Richmond to pre-register for classes or call 765.962.5761. Space is limited; classes fill quickly.

The cost is $5/child/class. Most classes are good for all ages; the class names with an asterisk (*) work best for children 5 years old and up.

#1 Enchanted Garden Stone
Wednesdays, June 8 & 15, 1 & 3 pm
Fridays, June 10 & 17, 1 & 3 pm
Use your handprint or colorful stones to make a treasure to share or keep.

#2 Pom-Pom Picture
Wednesday, June 22, 1 & 3pm
Make cute pictures with colorful pompoms. Great for younger crafters.

#3 Science Lab Fun*
Friday, June 24, 1 & 3pm
Explore the giant world of microbiology with local teacher, Amy Kochensparger.

#4 Paint-a-Birdhouse
Wednesday, June 29, 1 & 3pm
Give birds a beautifully painted and decorated place to rest.

#5 No-Sew Pillow*
Wednesday, July 6, 1 & 3pm
Craft your own “punch in” fabric pillow. Choose from various characters.

#6 Make a Nature Kaleidoscope*
Friday, July 8, 1 & 3pm
Make your own scope, re-create it again and again—endless possibilities.

#7 Amazing AquaBeads
Wednesday, July 13, 1 & 3pm
Design with colorful beads, add water, and it becomes a work of art.

#8 Design-a-Doodle*
Friday, July 15, 1 & 3pm
Learn from local artist, Mandy Ford, how to design your own coloring page.

#9 Wind-up Robot Workshop*
Wednesday, July 20, 1 & 3pm
Create a wind-up robot with colorful cutouts, stickers and wiggly eyes.

#10 Jewelry Designer for a Day*
Friday, July 22, 1 & 3pm
Learn from a local jewelry designer and make your own piece of jewelry.

#11 Window Mosaics
Wednesday, July 27, 1 & 3pm
Peel and stick plastic squares create a stained-glass-look window mosaic.

#12 Create a Master-plate!
Friday, July 29, 1 & 3pm
Use a paper template, draw a picture. Templates are sent away to be transformed into a dishwasher safe keepsake. Plates ready for pick up 2-3 weeks.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 04:40 pm: Edit Post

May Medical Monday to Feature Wellness Topics

The May Medical Monday presentation on May 9 features information on wellness topics from Reid Health and the Wayne County Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Commission.

Tajuan Stoker, director of Reid Health’s wellness department, will share information about things that can be done to help eliminate the need for certain medications and perhaps to lower the dosage on current prescriptions.

Erin Ferguson, Coordinator for Wayne County Tobacco Prevention & Cessation will speak on the topic, “Big Tobacco Targets Us.”

“Medical Monday is a great opportunity for people to connect personally with health professionals and community leaders, to have one-on-one time and ask questions,” said Sharrie Harlin, community outreach coordinator at Reid Health, who leads Medical Monday. “As many as 60 people attend meetings, and many of them never miss.”

The event is at 1 p.m. May 9 at Townsend Community Center, 855 North 12th Street in Richmond.

To register for the free presentation, please call (765) 935-6119 or (765) 983-3000 x4676.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 06:22 pm: Edit Post

IU East's 45th Commencement Ceremony will be held May 13
Supplied Photo: IU East 2015 Commencement
The Class of 2015 celebrates during the Commencement Ceremony.

Richmond, Ind. – Indiana University East will host its 45th Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

This year, the university will confer 772 baccalaureate degrees and 23 master’s degrees. The number of degrees is a significant increase for IU East and marks the university’s highest number of graduates in a given year.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will preside and address the 795 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2015 and candidates for May, June and August 2016.

The ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at The website also includes live commencement updates and commentary via Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtags #iueast and #iue2016. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

As part of the ceremony, IU East will award an Indiana University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to former Indiana State Senator Allen E. Paul and to former Indiana State Representative Richard “Dick” Bodicker. The honorary degree, the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and sincere concern for the public good.

Recipients of the honorary degree generally have significant ties to the state of Indiana or to Indiana University. Through this high honor, IU seeks to honor individuals who may serve as role models for students, faculty, alumni and the people of the state of Indiana.

Paul and Bodicker will be recognized for their public service and their long-time support of IU East, which ultimately assisted the campus’ growth and helped the campus expand from one building in 1989 to four buildings in 1995. Through their bipartisan efforts, Paul and Bodicker provided their support and influence to strengthen the partnership between IU East and Ivy Tech Community College in 1999.

Paul served District 27 as an Indiana State Senator from 1986 to 2014. Bodicker served as a Representative from 1986 to 2002.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie will present the President’s Medal for Excellence to IU East Chancellor Emeritus David Fulton. The medal is the highest honor an IU president can bestow.

Fulton, who was chancellor at IU East from 1995-2007, will receive the President’s Medal in recognition of his service to IU and to IU East. During his time at IU East, and today still, Fulton was very active in the community and has received numerous awards for his community work.

Erika RuthAnn Lemar, Richmond, Ind., will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Lemar, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, was selected to address the 2016 class after auditioning for the honor.

Timothy Ryan Tootle, Indianapolis, Ind., is the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award, an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average, and will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. Tootle will receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

For more information, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 04:28 pm: Edit Post

I-70 Construction Update for Wayne County
Supplied Photo: Electronic Construction Sign
Milestone Contractors currently has two active Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) construction projects on Interstate 70 in Wayne County. Drivers will see recurring weeknight and weekend lane closures and should consider alternate routes, such as State Road 38, U.S. 35 and U.S. 40, during working hours to avoid construction, backups and delays.

Western Wayne County
Milestone plans to finish concrete patching this weekend on eastbound I-70 between State Road 1 (Exit 137) and Centerville Road (Exit 145). One lane will be closed beginning Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m.

Starting next week, one lane of I-70 will be closed each night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for approximately two weeks as crews install subgrade drainage. The $9.5 million construction project will also resurface the 8-mile section of interstate before the end of this summer.

Eastern Wayne County
Milestone is finishing asphalt patching east of U.S. 27 and plans to begin patching concrete pavement next weekend, which will require recurring lane and ramp closures each weekend for about one month. Closures will begin each Thursday at 9 p.m. until Friday at 6 a.m. and close again from Friday at 9 p.m. through the weekends until 6 a.m. on Monday.

Weather permitting, crews will begin concrete patching next weekend by closing the right lane on I-70 westbound between the Ohio state line and State Road 227 (Exit 153). The westbound I-70 Exit 156B ramp to eastbound U.S. 40 will also be closed at the same time because of a concrete patch at the ramp.

The $6.7 million project to make pavement repairs and pave a new asphalt surface on I-70 between U.S. 27/Chester Boulevard (Exit 151) and the Ohio state line is expected to be complete this summer.

During weekends, interstate construction zones may appear as if no work is taking place, but lanes must remain closed to allow fresh concrete time to cure before opening new pavement to traffic.

Specific details about work schedules and traffic restrictions will be announced in advance. Subscribe to receive future text or email bulletins about INDOT projects in Wayne County at

Tips for driving safely in work zones

Stay Informed
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at

Follow @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter and INDOTEastCentral on Facebook.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 04:46 pm: Edit Post

World’s Largest One-day Leadership Conference to be Simulcast in Richmond – May 20th
Supplied Flyer: Leadercast Wayne County
Richmond, IN, —Leadercast is the world’ s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world. This year marks the sixteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the first year that Richmond will be at hosting the event at Ivy Tech Community College on May 20th, 2016.

The theme of this year’ s conference is, “Architects of Tomorrow,” focusing on visionary leaders who imagine and build a future that is rich in innovation, collaboration and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, and confusion gives way to clarity.

The conference will equip attendees to create their own visionary path. Key speakers – visionaries in their own fields – will inspire the more than 150 people who attend locally, and the more than 100,000 people who will attend the event live in Atlanta or at hundreds of other simulcast locations in more than 20 countries. Among the keynote speakers are:

For years, Leadercast has brought people together and equipped them to become better leaders, managers, community members, and employees. Here is what people have to say about Leadercast:
“With a constantly impressive lineup of speakers and the on-target themes year-over-year (and at such a value), I consider Leadercast a ‘ can’ t miss’ event,” Kalpana OOmmen, Vice President Talent Acquisition, Cox Enterprises & 9-year Leadercast attendee.

“The whole day was interesting from start to finish. It was valuable to hear from leaders from various fields, as each had different perspectives and experiences. I was able to learn from leaders whom I otherwise would not have known of because I was unfamiliar with their work,” Katie Booth, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

“For me, it’ s a re-charge. For one day I can plug-in, focus on me - my impact, obstacles, and growth opportunities. I love that it is not only a lecture but it’ s an immersive experience that keeps me a multi-sensory approach,” Patrick Williams, Marketing Director, SunTrust Bank.

For more information and to purchase your ticket or group tickets to the Leadercast Wayne County event, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 04:49 pm: Edit Post

Fall 2016 Deadline for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

A change in the timeline for selecting Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will have students apply at the beginning of their senior year.

The 2017 Wayne County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in April of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

The advanced timeline is the result of a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. Identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The Wayne County Foundation is adjusting its timeline for choosing two local scholars. A special committee will meet soon to review the scholarship criteria and selection process to ensure it is compatible with the new deadline.

The Foundation will make Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship applications for 2017 graduates available online in early August 2016. Completed applications will be due the beginning of September 2016.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 07:40 pm: Edit Post

You're Invited to Veach's 2nd Annual Educator's Open House
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Educators are encouraged to visit Veach's Toy Station at 715 East Main Street, Richmond, Indiana during the Educator's Open House on Saturday, July 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or anytime during the week of July 18-22 for special discounts and a free gift! For more information, call 765.962.5761.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 06:07 pm: Edit Post

Where's Wayne
Supplied Graphic: Bison Outline
In honor of Indiana's Bicentennial, United Way of Whitewater Valley welcomes Wayne the Bison to our community! Wayne needs our help to feel more at home, however. He wants to cover himself with the history and knowledge of what makes his new home special.

He is asking his new community friends to help design his body coat through a community wide art project. It is easy to get involved! All you need to do is click the link below, print the template and rules, follow the guidelines, and enter your submission as instructed by May 13th at 5:00 p.m.

United Way of Whitewater Valley will select (8) finalists to move forward to the formal community voting process. Finalists will be announced on Friday, May 20th, 2016.

After Wayne is decorated, he will tour the area visiting events, participating in parades and homecomings, as well as have the opportunity to be 'hosted' by local businesses and organizations.

This officially endorsed legacy project, the "Bison-tennial Public Art Project" aims to celebrate Indiana's rich history in the state's 200th year. Bison public art pieces will be highlighted along the Bicentennial Torch Relay route, from Sept. 9 through Oct.15, 2016, culminating in Indiana's Statehood Day on Dec. 11, 2016.

Don't delay! Design Wayne today!


You can also follow Wayne's adventures and be part of Wayne's World by liking United Way Whitewater Valley on Facebook and Twitter.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 03:46 pm: Edit Post

Indiana State Police to Participate in Click It or Ticket Campaign
Supplied Graphic: Click It or Ticket Logo
Indiana- May 6th thru 30th, 2016, Indiana State Police Troopers throughout the state will join officers from more than 250 state and local agencies in Indiana, as well as thousands more across the nation, in the federally funded Click It or Ticket campaign. This campaign also includes the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the federally funded Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) overtime project.

During this period, troopers will be raising awareness about the benefits of occupant restraints through education and enforcement, and utilizing high visibility patrols and sobriety checkpoints to help ensure the safest environment for all motorists on Indiana roadways.

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, in 2015, there were 818 fatalities on Indiana roadways with 33 percent of those fatalities unrestrained.

“Statistics have shown that wearing a seatbelt and properly restraining children in a child restraint seat dramatically reduces the possibility of injuries and death from a traffic crash,” commented Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “We are committed to ensuring everyone buckles up every time, all the time, to safeguard Hoosier’s while traveling throughout Indiana.”

The Indiana State Police remind motorists to:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 04:39 pm: Edit Post

United Way Announces 2016-2017 Funded Partners

As United Way of Whitewater Valley is committed to strengthening partnerships and continually striving to create positive lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union County residents, we are pleased to announce the funded partners for the fiscal year of April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

United Way focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Youth & Families, Health and Community Vitality. United Way’s funded partners have a real impact on our focus areas,” according to President Amber Willeford. “Community donations from our recent campaign will go to address issues like juvenile delinquency, childhood obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, and kindergarten readiness.”

Funding determinations are led by United Way’s Vision Councils, which are comprised of strategically recruited members who have expertise or an identified skill set beneficial to the target issues of the identified focus areas. Members are local experts on the issue, direct service providers, community representatives and include representation from the United Way Board of Directors. Theses members work to align resources and energy with proven strategies. The following partners have been selected for United Way funding:

Anyone wanting more information about the United Way or its funding process is encouraged to contact the office directly at 765-962- 2700.

Organization Info:
United Way of Whitewater Valley is committed to strengthening partnerships that create lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union county residents. United Way of Whitewater Valley focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Health, Community Vitality, and Youth & Families.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 03, 2016 - 01:27 pm: Edit Post

Weeknight I-70 Lane Closures and U.S. 40 Ramp Closures

Weather permitting, contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to close Interstate 70 traffic lanes during overnight hours this week for asphalt pavement patching in eastern Wayne County.

Beginning each night at 9 p.m., crews plan to close one lane of westbound I-70 between U.S. 27 and the Ohio state line until 6 a.m. the next day.

On Wednesday night, the eastbound Exit 156 ramps to U.S. 40 and the U.S. 40 entrance ramp to eastbound I-70 will be closed between approximately 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The westbound Exit 156 ramps to U.S. 40 and the U.S. 40 entrance ramp to westbound I-70 will be closed between approximately 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Milestone Contractors plans to begin weekend lane closures for concrete patching east of U.S. 27 in mid-May. The $6.7 million project to make repairs and pave a new asphalt surface on I-70 between U.S. 27/Chester Boulevard (Exit 151) and the Ohio state line is expected to be complete this summer.

Milestone is also working on a $9.5 million construction project in western Wayne County that is repairing pavement, installing subgrade drainage and resurfacing an 8-mile stretch of I-70 between Centerville Road (Exit 145) and State Road 1 (Exit 137) before the end of this summer.

Specific details about work schedules and traffic restrictions will be announced in advance. Subscribe to receive future text or email bulletins about INDOT projects in Wayne County at

Tips for driving safely in work zones

Stay Informed
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at

Follow @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter and INDOTEastCentral on Facebook.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 07:18 pm: Edit Post

Heroin Problem Hits Home in Rural Areas Like Wayne County

By C. J. JORGENSON for Reid Health

It’s fall 2014, and a few kids are out for a joyride through Wayne County’s back roads. The mood darkens when a kid in the backseat -- a high school sophomore - pulls out a heroin syringe and shoots up.

The dose is too high, and he loses consciousness. His friends, some of whom are also high, stop the car in a panic, leave the overdosing teenager on the side of the road, and call 911 as they speed away. The 911 operator guides emergency responders to the teen’s location. On the scene, the paramedics begin triage.

The first line of treatment for heroin overdose is a drug called Narcan, which can reverse the effects of heroin within two minutes. The paramedics quickly administer Narcan and bring him back from the brink. The teen is briefly hospitalized, but soon he’s back to school. And sadly, back to using heroin.

Indiana, like many areas across the country, continues to face a heroin epidemic. The drug has become easy to find and cheap to buy, causing problems in Indiana and across the country. But because of caring individuals in our community, like Hagerstown teacher Jason Schmittler, awareness is becoming action.

Inspiring education
While teaching an English class, Jason watched a teen lose consciousness in his classroom. After the student was taken to receive medical care, Jason learned that the teen’s abnormal behavior was caused by heroin. He was shocked: “It occurred to me that this is unusual, but heroin is nowhere on my radar.”

This experience inspired Jason to educate his students on the horrors of heroin use. “I didn’t know then what I was going to do, but I’m not going to watch this kid die, and I’m not going to watch another kid die.”

Jason began researching heroin abuse and reaching out to others in the community, like Reid Health and Wayne County’s drug task force. With the support of school administration, he planned a heroin abuse education and prevention initiative aimed at convincing students to never pick up the drug.

A focus on prevention
It became clear to Schmittler that the message needed to be focused on prevention, a sentiment echoed by Reid Health CEO Craig Kinyon. “Inherently, there are so many people who don’t understand the power of addiction,” Kinyon said.

Heroin use is exceptionally dangerous, and overdose is frighteningly common. In 2015, approximately 203 patients were treated with Narcan for opioid overdose at Reid Health’s emergency room. Treatment for heroin addiction is challenging for patients and requires motivation and commitment. “Sometimes you can’t get someone motivated to be clean,” said Reid Health physician Dr. Erika Brandenstein at a meeting on the impacts of heroin. Relapse is common.

Community involvement
Prevention and education are vital to stopping the cycle of heroin addiction. With the cooperation of Reid Health, Wayne County drug task force, and the community organization Heroin is Here, Hagerstown hosted heroin abuse education presentations for students, parents, and the community.

By design, the presentations didn’t sugarcoat the gruesome reality of heroin abuse. Medical professionals from Reid Health, including Lisa Suttle, Director of Psychiatric Services, along with an emergency room physician, presented information on the mental and physical impacts of heroin use. Suttle, who leads Reid Health's Neonatal Abstinence Intervention Committee, shared information on the unfortunate number of babies born addicted to heroin at Reid Health.

Wayne County Coroner Ron Stevens presented statistics on the number of recent heroin-related deaths, emphasizing that heroin addiction often ends with a trip to the city morgue. A local mother shared the story of her son, lost to a tragic heroin addiction. Finally, before opening a question and answer session, the Wayne County drug task force showed examples of common forms of heroin, including powder and rock heroin.
All portions of the presentation shared the same message- never start using.

The presentations highlighted the strength of our community when we come together to face an issue. “The drug task force can’t do it alone, Reid Health can’t do it alone, and the schools can’t do it alone,” says Jason “We all came together as one unit to give a powerful presentation.”

So far, similar presentations have been given at a few area schools and at meetings of community organizations, with more planned in the coming months. A recent meeting

If you or someone you know is struggling with heroin addiction, call 211 for support.

Share your story
Do you have a story to tell that might help someone else? Visit the Heroin is Here page to share it -- Share your story

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 01:33 pm: Edit Post

Check Your Medicine Cups: Reid Health Finds, Issues Alert about Manufacturer Defect
Supplied Photo: Medicine Cup
The photo shows a cup with two “5s”, including one where a 10 should be.

An alert team member at Reid Health helped discover that a small number of medicine cups dispensed by the pharmacy were defective, creating the possibility of someone taking an incorrect amount of liquid medication.

Mitchell Neal, Reid Health Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety, said only three cups have been found that had the 10ml mark labeled as 5ml. “This cup has been isolated to outpatient pharmacy stock, and we have alerted our distributor who is investigating the issue to determine where they were made,” Neal said Friday. “We are acting out of an abundance of caution and are not aware of any issues that have been connected to these cups,” Neal said. He said vendors and distributors will work to see how widespread the mislabeled supply was provided to customers elsewhere, noting that the issue affected only the outpatient pharmacy at Reid Health.

“The good news is that someone here discovered this issue, as our vendors were not aware until we alerted them,” he said. Not everyone who fills a prescription with a liquid takes a cup, he noted. Some use a syringe dispenser and some prescriptions do not require a cup unless it is requested.

He said anyone who has received such a cup with a prescription should check it immediately and return it for a replacement should it be found to be mislabeled. “Our pharmacy staff and risk management will monitor this closely,” he said.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 06:40 pm: Edit Post

Earlham to Go Smoke Free in July 2016

Earlham College is joining the more than 1,600 institutions of higher education nationwide that have gone smoke- and tobacco-free.

A new policy banning the use smoking and tobacco products on campus will take effect on July 1. A sub-committee of the Campus Life Advisory Committee made up of students, faculty, staff and alumni developed the policy, following a groundswell of concerns related to student and employee health, as well as the environment. The group began promoting the new policy within the last year.

“Earlham strives to continually address the needs of its community,” says Cyrus Buckman ’18, the co-president of Earlham Student Government and a member of the committee. “Earlham is taking the right steps in responding to health concerns by enforcing this policy.”

“I have heard from friends who have expressed concerns about respiratory diseases that could be triggered by smoke inhalation, especially as they exit or enter campus buildings,” he said. “By prohibiting smoking on campus, people can breathe more freely and feel safe.”

The policy disallows the use of cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic smoking devices, hookah, pipes, smoking paraphernalia, and all smokeless tobacco products on all campus property. The policy is in effect for all buildings, facilities, parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, college vehicles, and private vehicles parked or operated on College property.

“We are asking the campus to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to support individuals to be tobacco-free, improve health, and encourage a culture of compliance,” says Cathryn Dickman, director of Wellness Programs at Earlham.

Earlham is committed to helping the campus community make healthy lifestyle choices and offers cessation information and assistance through the Department of Health Services and Wellness Programs. Additional cessation resources are available through Reid Health in Richmond.

“In our commitment to providing a liberal arts education of the highest quality, we recognize an equally important task: creating a safe and healthy working and learning environment for everyone on campus,” President David Dawson says. “A smoke-free campus makes an important contribution to that goal.”

For more information about the policy, the Wellness Program, or available cessation services, visit or e-mail

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 04:10 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond awards first certificates in CERT Cell training in the Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s School of Technology recognized four first year Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology Program students last week. They are the first students to complete training in the College’s new Fanuc Certified Education Robot Training Status CERT Cell certificate program. They are Thomas Pegg, Cory Noelker, and Adam Lakatos, Richmond, and Nathanael LaVere, Hagerstown.

This program and many others will be on display during the College’s Technology Career Fair, Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in McDaniel Hall on the Richmond campus, (I-70 & US 27). Employers and faculty will be at the Fair to discuss careers and programs. The Fair is open to students and area residents interested in new high tech careers.

Dan Staifer, fulltime faculty in the Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program said, “The Fanuc CERT cell is a “great teaching tool” and students benefit from the CERT program. Many students have little knowledge of robotic operations/programming when they begin the course. By the end of the course, they are efficient with basic robot operations and programming. More companies are incorporating robotics into their operations, the demand for high paying careers related to designing, implementing and using industrial robots is increasing.”

For additional information about: the Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program, contact Dan Staifer, or 765-966-2656, ext. 4112, and Career Fair Information, contact: Paul Werling, Director Career Development & Transfer Advocate, Richmond Region, 765-966-2656, ext.1129 or 800-659-4562, ext. 1129, or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 04:13 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health welcomes podiatrist to new practice
Supplied Photo: Vasilios Spyropoulos, D.P.M.
Dr. Bill
Reid Health welcomes Vasilios Spyropoulos, D.P.M., a podiatrist who provides general foot and ankle care, foot surgery, and specialized care for diabetes-related foot problems. Dr. Spyropoulos sees adult and pediatric patients at Reid Rehab and Podiatry, 1400 Highland Road in Richmond.

Dr. Spyropoulos — patients call him “Dr. Bill”— was born in Greece and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of five. His father, a pediatrician, and mother, a dentist, were instrumental in his decision to pursue a career in medicine. After graduating from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, Dr. Spyropoulos completed a two-year surgical residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY. He maintained a very busy podiatry practice in Brooklyn for many years, then moved to this area with his family in 2012 to join a non-Reid podiatry practice. He began seeing patients at Reid Rehab and Podiatry in April 2016.

“I am really happy to be part of Reid Health, mainly because there are so many other specialists on staff that I can collaborate with to provide great care for my patients,” Dr. Spyropoulos says. “The hospital has a great reputation in our community, and the facility itself is beautiful.”

Dr. Spyropoulos enjoys building relationships with his patients and offering them the latest breakthroughs in foot and ankle care. He also is active on social media, including Facebook (Reid Podiatry), Pinterest (Dr. Bill, Reid Podiatry/Reid Health) and Twitter (@drbill1967).

For more information about Dr. Spyropoulos, or to make an appointment, please call Reid Rehab and Podiatry at (765) 935-8866, or visit:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 05:02 pm: Edit Post

Save the Date for the Chamber's Spring Golf Classic
Supplied Photo: Chamber's Spring Golf Classic
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual spring golf classic on May 6, 2016 at Forest Hills Country Club. Rain date is May 13th. For more information, contact

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 07:26 pm: Edit Post

Reid Mother-Baby Care Center Designated Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care

In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana announced that Reid Health’s Mother-Baby Care Center has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization. This new Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

In addition, hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.

Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care, an expansion of the national Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, are hospitals recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.

“Our Mother-Baby Care team, which includes Reid Health OB-GYN, are dedicated to providing the highest quality care and exceptional patient and family experience,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. Joseph Clemente, M.D., OB-GYN, said the recognition is gratifying “because it helps illustrate a continual commitment to excellence and improvement.”

“As a Blue Distinction Center, Anthem is recognizing Reid Hospital for its efforts to improve the quality of care for health care consumers,” said Robert W. Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. “High quality care is not only cost effective, it results in better health outcomes.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 280 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized for these designations were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants. Research shows that, compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program, visit

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for nearly 105 million members – one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable health care. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 02:04 pm: Edit Post

Selective Service System – Are You Interested in Serving Your Community – Your Nation?

Even though there is no draft today, there is a need to be ready in case a national emergency requires Selective Service to provide additional personnel to augment our volunteer U.S. Armed Forces.

Local board members are citizen volunteers appointed by the Director of the Selective Service System, on behalf of the U.S. President, on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official.

Local board members play an important role closely connected with our nation’s defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local boards throughout the country would decide who among the young men in the community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service based on federal guidelines.

There are currently over 10,000 local board members. They go through an initial training session followed by annual training in Selective Service regulations and procedures so that if a draft is reinstated, they will be able to fulfill their obligations fairly and equitably. Training includes sample cases and role playing similar to cases they would determine if a draft were to take place.

Board members must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, and residents of the area served by the board. They may not be active or reserve members of the Armed Forces, or retired military, or employed in a law enforcement occupation.

If you are interested or have any further questions, please call the Selective Service System at 1-888-655-1825, or visit the Selective Service web site at

The Selective Service System is always looking for men and women in the community who would be willing to volunteer as a local board member.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 21, 2016 - 01:44 pm: Edit Post

Coaches4Kids Golf Outing, Gerry Faust to Host Monday, May 23, 2016

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center will hold its annual Coaches4Kids Golf Outing at Forest Hills Country Club on Monday, May 23, 2016. Gerry Faust will be the host of the event.

Gerry Faust is a former football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1981 to 1985 and at the University of Akron from 1986 to 1994. From 1962 to 1980, Faust was the head football coach at Moeller High School in cincinnati, Ohio, where he won 4 High School Football Championships. He was the quarterback for the University of Dayton where he played under Coach Hugh Devore, a former Notre Dame Coach.

The annual event raised over $75,000 last year with Tim Brown ass the host. Gerry Faust was the coach that recruited Brown to play for Notre Dame. The outing supports the $10 million Community of Hope Campaign.

Wernle is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families - individually, interpersonally, and socially - through caring programs and healing relationships which are reflective of God's love revealed through Jesus Christ.

(Message edited by Admin on March 21, 2016)

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