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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 06:56 pm: Edit Post

Catalyst 4 Change, presented by Health Care Logistics
Supplied Graphic: Catalyst4Change
On September 21st Nicholas Sparks will be awarded as Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center's National Honoree at this year’s Catalyst4Change Event presented by Health Care Logistics. The Catalyst4Change awards recognize outstanding individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of children.

Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

This year’s Regional Honoree is St John Lutheran Church from Celina, Ohio. St John’s has been serving Wernle over several decades.

The Philanthropist Honoree is Robert J. Suttman II, CFA President of Eubel Brady & Suttman Asset Management

The Local Honoree is Andrew C. Cecere. Andrew Cecere is a former World War II officer, writer, and retired attorney in Richmond, Indiana.

A Wernle alumni and Wernle’s employee of the year will also be recognized at the event.

Wernle's Catalyst4Change event serves as a major fundraiser for our youth. The evening includes dinner, auction, and the awards ceremony. The event will be held on campus again this year in the Lingle Wellness Center.

Past National Honorees include legendary TV personalities Regis Philbin and coach-broadcaster Lou Holtz. Recent honorees include Joe Montana, Tim Brown, Dick Vitale, Jerome Bettis, and Mike Golic.

Seating for the event is limited. Sponsorships are still available. Call Eric Burkhart at 765-939-4565 or by email at for additional information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry August Meeting

Join the Senior Adult Ministry for finger foods and a sing-along with the Sweet Sounds of Starr Valley, a local dulcimer group.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors 50 years old and older which meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 pm. The next meeting is August 29 at 6 pm at First United Methodist Church, Richmond, IN.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

Some activities in past meetings have been sing-a- longs, guest speakers, pitch-ins and visits to local museums. Please join us in July for “An Old Fashioned Christmas.” We will share Christmas snacks. Please bring any old Christmas items to give away. Invite your friends and neighbors to come with you for an enjoyable evening. For further information, contact Clara Bulmer at 765-847- 1345 or Beverly Kirby at 765-966- 4329.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

Oliver P. and Mary Alice Gaar Home Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Supplied Photo: Oliver P. and Mary Alice Gaar Home
The home of Oliver P. and Mary Alice Gaar, (dba), Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main, (, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The property is located at 1307 E. Main Street in Richmond, IN (Wayne County.) The nomination was sponsored by the property owners, Heather D. Stegner and Chad J. Stegner, and Indiana Landmarks. The nomination materials were documented and prepared by John Warner.

Area of significance: Architecture

Applicable National Register Criteria: The property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction.

“It is a two-and a-half-story, nearly 10,000 square-feet (living space) Classical Revival home built in 1901. Designed by Stephen O. Yates, a renowned Richmond and Indiana architect who practiced his art for four decades spanning the late-nineteenth and the early-twentieth century, the house possesses an extremely high degree of architectural integrity. Surfaced with a brick veneer, the home occupies a lot in this residential neighborhood that once held a smaller home. The parking lot to the west of the house was cleared in the mid-1940s by the owner of the funeral home after he purchased this property from the widow of the original owner, Mary Alice Gaar. Yates combined Classical design elements, on the exterior and in the interior of the home, such as columns/pilasters with Ionic capitals and pediments with dentils; windows, bays, fireplaces, and parquetry from the American Victorian Queen Anne period; crown molding treatments inspired by Federal architecture; and coffered ceilings, heavy wood treatments on the walls and staircases from Queen Anne design to create this mansion. The term “Free Classic” applies to the design of the house in a broad sense, in that, the architect freely applied and used classical elements of various periods in a studied but unclassical manner. Visitors, blinded-folded prior to entry, would swear they had taken a step back in time when allowed to view the exterior or interior of the house.” (Excerpt from nomination document.)

The National Register of Historic Places is our country's official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property's architectural, historical, or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes, and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 09:33 pm: Edit Post

Music at the Club
Supplied Flyer: Music at the Club
Starr-Gennett Foundation and Forest Hills Country Club will be hosting "Music at the Club" on Friday, August 18th. Forest Hills Country Club is located at 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond, Indiana.

Frank DeVito and Friends will play jazz, country, classic rock and your requests. The cost is $10 per person. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for cash bar and food. The band will play from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come and enjoy a great evening of music on August 18th.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 03:49 pm: Edit Post

Hagerstown Jubilee Festival
Supplied Flyer: Hagerstown Jubilee Festival
Enjoy hometown fun at its finest during Hagerstown's Jubilee Festival August 18th and 19th. Lots of fun events for kids and adults, including a car show on Friday night, parade at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, bed races, tricycle races, talent show, magic show, Silly Safari, Kiddie Tractor Pull and so much more!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 06:27 pm: Edit Post

Seton Presents Disney's Mulan Jr.
Supplied Flyer: Mulan Jr.
Tickets go on sale August 7th for Seton Catholic's presentation of Disney's Mulan Jr. at the Seton Primary Building, 700 North A Street, Richmond. The show will take place August 18th at 7:00 p.m. and August 19th and 20th at 2:00 p.m. $8.00 per adult and $5 per child. For more information, call 765.962.5010.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 06:47 pm: Edit Post

Townsend Community Center & Richmond Housing Authority Town Hall Meeting

When: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Where: Townsend Community Center, 855 North 12th Street, Richmond, IN
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Townsend Community Center is the oldest “community” center in Wayne County/Richmond, IN. Both the TCC Agency and the Housing Authority (HACR) are working together to regenerate TCC. We invite you to come to the Town Hall Meeting to discuss what is going on with TCC.

In 1921 segregation was the norm. African-Americans were not allowed to participate in the mainstream recreational, financial and educational facilities or opportunities. So, Rev. James Townsend, Pastor of Bethel AME Church, founded TCC to provide African-Americans with the recreational, financial, and educational opportunities they were denied by mainstream society.

TCC was then and continues to be the epicenter of the North-Richmond/Wayne County Community. It has evolved to serve everyone in North Richmond and the wider Richmond community. TCC continues its attempt to provide resources and opportunities to the entire community, although financial constraints have severely limited its ability to do so in recent years.

The programs and services offered at TCC continue to be in great demand. It continues the tradition of being a safe-haven for our children. When individuals are in need of food, clothing, tutoring, housing, counseling, transportation, or community resources they call or stop by TCC to obtain the appropriate information. They know why TCC is still here … to serve our “community.” And we care!

All this is simply to say that both HACR and Townsend Community Center are in need of the community's help! Townsend Community Center is still here! Still serving! Still needing you!Come join us to discuss what your vision is & how the regenerated Townsend Community Center will best benefit you, the community!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 06:17 pm: Edit Post

Wolverine Worldwide to Host Super Mega Tent Sale

Wolverine Worldwide is hosting a United Way Super Mega Tent Sale for the Richmond, Indiana community. Consumers can expect to find their favorite Wolverine Worldwide footwear and apparel in various sizes and styles, with discounts starting at 70% off suggested retail price. Brands available will include Merrell, Sperry, Keds, Saucony, Stride Rite, Bates, Sebago, Hush Puppies, Cat Footwear, and Wolverine. Consumers can expect to find over 6,000 pairs of shoes and an expanded apparel offering at the event.

The sale will take place September 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM and September 7, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Kuhlman Center, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road North, Richmond, IN 47374.

Wolverine Worldwide is committed to making the world a better place and is excited to partner alongside the United Way Richmond to aid in their impact on the community. “We are extremely pleased to partner with United Way in our annual Super Mega Tent Sale, where all proceeds will go to the United Way of Richmond,” said Michael Bohnsack, director of community engagement for Wolverine Worldwide. “We are looking forward to a great turnout to support this meaningful cause, while also allowing our consumers to save big on family footwear for the fall season. Wolverine is thrilled to be able to make another significant donation to the United Way of Richmond through this year’s sale.”

About Wolverine Worldwide
With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world's leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children's and uniform footwear and apparel. The Company's portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Merrell®, Sperry®, Hush Puppies®, Saucony®, Wolverine®, Keds®, Stride Rite®, Sebago®, Chaco®, Bates®, and HYTEST®. The Company also is the global footwear licensee of the popular brands Cat® and Harley-Davidson®. The Company' products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in approximately 200 countries and territories. For additional information, please visit our website,

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 02:12 pm: Edit Post

BikeTOURberfest Scheduled for September 23rd
Supplied Photo: Cyclists Approach Bridge on the Cardinal Greenway
The Wayne County Cardinal Greeway's annual fundraising ride BikeTOURberfest is coming up! This year's event will take place Saturday September 23 starting at 8:30 AM.

There are three different route options: 22, 31 and 58 miles, so there's something for everyone. Each one features great SAG stops and beautiful fall scenery as you travel the Greenway, and rural roads for the two longer routes.

This is the main fundraising event of the year so it raises much needed funds that allow us to care for and maintain the 22.5 miles of trail in Wayne County.

Register by September 1st to purchase a performance event shirt. Family, student and group rates are available. Get more information or register at the event website
Supplied Photo: Cyclists on the Cardinal Greenway in Fall

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 07:33 pm: Edit Post

Annual Fall Festival for Seniors on September 13

LifeStream invites the community to attend the annual Fall Festival on September 13. The event, previously hosted by the former Area 9 Agency on Aging, draws over 400 older adults from area communities for a day of interactive activities, informational programs and demonstrations, pontoon boat rides, bingo, a car show, musical entertainment, a health fair, and much more.

The annual Fall Festival will be held on September 13 from 10:00am to 1:30pm at the Treaty Line Pioneer Village located at 3801 W. Dunlapsville Rd. Liberty, IN 47353 near Quakertown Recreational Area.

All activities are provided to attendees at no cost, and lunch is available at the festival for $6.50. Registration is open through September 5. Those interested can register in the following ways:

LifeStream is currently seeking sponsorship, car show registration, and door prize donations in support of the Fall Festival. If you are interested in supporting the Fall Festival please visit or contact Beth Evans by calling 800-589- 1121 or email

LifeStream began serving seniors and people with disabilities in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties on July 1, 2017.

LifeStream is a nonprofit Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafés, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the agency call 800-589-1121 or visit online at and follow us on Facebook at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 07:58 pm: Edit Post

Nominations Are Being Accepted for IU East's Alumni Hall of Fame

The Indiana University East Alumni Association invites members of the community and other interested individuals to submit nominations for the Indiana University East Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the outstanding alumni of IU East.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame are alumni who have typified the IU East tradition of excellence and brought credit to the campus through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement and leadership and humanitarian service and citizenship.

IU East Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner on Friday, November 6, at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 S. 23rd St., Richmond, Ind.

For a list of Hall of Fame members, visit

Nominations may be submitted online at by September 1, 2017. Selections will be made by committee.

For more information about the IU East Hall of Fame, contact Director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events Terry Wiesehan at (765) 973-8221 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 06:17 pm: Edit Post

IU East Soccer to Play Home Games at Centerville High School
Supplied Photo: IU East women's soccer coach Shane Meridith and men's soccer coach Steve Moore.
IU East women's soccer coach Shane Meridith and men's soccer coach Steve Moore

Indiana University East has partnered with Centerville High School (CHS) as the location for all of its men’s and women’s soccer home games. The Centerville High School soccer fields are located in the southwest corner of the CHS campus at 507 Willow Grove Road, Centerville, Indiana.

This is the Red Wolves’ first season to begin of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) competition since IU East announced the addition of the soccer programs in 2016.

Jason Troutwine, vice chancellor for the Office of External Affairs, said CHS offers an amiable location for the university’s soccer events.

“This partnership provides IU East soccer programs with an excellent facility to play our home matches,” Troutwine said. “The IU East athletics program continues to grow and we are fortunate to have partners in the area who allow us to leverage their great facilities. Our partnership with CHS continues a valuable link to the community and a close connection with students who are considering collegiate athletics or higher education in the future.”

IU East has established similar partnerships in the past with Richmond High School, Seton Catholic High School and the City of Richmond Parks Department.

CHS Principal Mike McCoy said the district and IU East have developed a great relationship over the past few years.

“We are seeing more CHS students attending school there and many are also participating in athletics during their time at IU East,” McCoy said. “Centerville-Abington Community Schools appreciates the emphasis on education first and shares in IU East's academic approaches toward the future of all the students that attend their college. IU East provides many scholarships to the students of Centerville and we look forward to continuing our partnership and advancing the educational opportunities for as many students as possible.”

Joe Griffin, athletic director at IU East, said the inaugural season will be a memorable experience for the soccer program and Red Wolves fans. The combined rosters include 50 student-athletes.

“The men’s and women’s soccer programs have been an important addition to Red Wolves athletics,” Griffin said. “We are very excited to see these programs get underway after a year of preparation and recruiting. We welcome the campus and community to join us at Centerville High School and watch as the Red Wolves bring their best to compete.”

The women’s soccer team will host its first home game at 7 p.m. August 26 versus Indiana Wesleyan University. The first men’s soccer home game will be held at 4:30 p.m. on September 16 versus the University of Saint Francis (Ind.). Prior to the men’s game, the women’s soccer team will play the Cougars at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16.

IU East students are invited to a tailgate to celebrate the inaugural men’s and women’s soccer seasons and the first home games. The Office of Campus Life will host the tailgate and provide IU East students with food, a t-shirt giveaway, games and prizes.

With the addition of the men’s and women’s soccer programs, IU East now offers 15 NAIA varsity sports. In addition to men’s and women’s soccer, the Red Wolves currently compete in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field. IU East offers more NAIA sports than any other IU regional campus.

Women’s soccer coach Shane Meridith said there is a buzz building on campus about the start of the season.

“It's so exciting to see new teams come together that range in students from Puerto Rico to Michigan out west to California and so on,” Meridith said. “We are super excited to be playing at Centerville High School and their tremendous soccer complex and hoping that this will infuse some serious interest and enthusiasm in the local youth soccer scenes.”

Coach Steve Moore, head coach of the men’s soccer team, said the team is looking forward to getting the season started after a year of building the team’s roster and coaching staff.

“We’re really excited to get the guys here,” Moore said. “We started training August 1. Having had the recruiting process the whole last year, it’s super exciting to see the team here on campus to train and integrating into the community. We’re excited about the product we’re going to have on the field but we’re just as excited about the impact that we will be able to have on campus and within the community.”

Admission to the soccer games is free.

Schedules, live stats and updates for Red Wolves athletics are available at Fans can also follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @iueredwolves.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 01:05 pm: Edit Post

Single Interaction, Inc. August Newsletter
Flyer: Single Interaction August 2017 Newsletter
If you are 21 years of age or older, single, divorced, widow, or widower, Single Interaction, Inc. invites you to join them on Friday Nights. Come and meet other single people in the Richmond area. Come, socialize, dance, and have a good time. $6.00 donation at the door. For more information, call 765.993.5023.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 04:09 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Sleep Disorders Center Receives Program Accreditation

The Reid Health Sleep Disorders Center in Richmond has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the Reid Health Sleep Disorders Center on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Ilene M. Rosen, AASM president. “The Sleep Disorders Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

Dana Reihman, M.D., center medical director, said the accreditation affirms the center’s quality of care. “This accreditation confirms that our center provides the highest standard of care in sleep medicine for eastern Indiana and western Ohio.”

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977. Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

The center is housed 1350 Chester Blvd. in Richmond.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 05:39 pm: Edit Post

The Laundry Project Announced Free Laundry Days for August 2017
Supplied Flyer: Free Laundry Days, August 2017
Free laundry days will be held on August 10, 17 and 24. ID's for adults and Social Security cards for children are all that's required. For more information, call the Wayne Township Trustee's office at (765) 973-9392.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 08:25 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Asks Motorists to Prepare for August 21 Solar Eclipse

Plan ahead for best viewing and avoid traffic congestion

Indiana Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to plan for traffic congestion expected to occur in southern Indiana before and after the total solar eclipse on August 21. Approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the total eclipse path. Many will be on the road to get a closer view.

INDOT officials offer the following advice:

Do’s & Don'ts:Plan Ahead and 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.

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