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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 03:39 pm: Edit Post

EAA Chapter 373 Brings Ford Tri-Motor to Richmond Airport
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The local Hagerstown EAA Chapter 373 is sponsoring the Ford Tri-Motor at the Richmond Municipal Airport May 24-27, 2018.

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight. Tickets to fly on this once in a lifetime aircraft are $70 for adults and $50 for children 17 and under. Walk up price increases to $75. All ticket proceeds support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing The Spirit of Aviation with everyone. Our tour stops are hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the Ford Tri-Motor’s stories. Rides will be given on Thursday from 2-5 PM and Friday- Sunday from 9AM – 5 PM.

We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Viewing the aircraft is free, so be sure to bring your camera along. Questions? Call 877-952- 5395 or visit for more information or advanced ticket purchases.

Henry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1909 to 1926. After World War I, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation. Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed the “Tin Goose,” was designed to build another new market: airline travel. To overcome concerns of engine reliability, Ford specified three engines and added features for passenger comfort, such as an enclosed cabin. The first three Tri-Motors built seated the pilot in an open cockpit, as many pilots doubted a plane could be flown without the direct “feel of the wind.” From 1926 through 1933, Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors.

Liberty Aviation Museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT- B, serial No. 8, flew its first flight on December 1, 1928. It was sold to Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT, the logo that graces the aircraft’s fuselage today) in January 1929 where it became NC9645 and was named City of Wichita. It inaugurated westbound transcontinental commercial air service on July 7, 1929, with sister ship City of Columbus.

In April 1931, ownership of the aircraft was transferred to Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA). Here the aircraft helped in the development of TWA’s route system.

In July 1935, NC9645 was sold to G. Ruckstill and entered the fleet at Grand Canyon Airlines. From there the Tin Goose was sold to Boulder Dam Tours in February 1937, where it entered sightseeing air tour service. The Ford was registered AN-AAS with Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano (simply known as TACA Airlines) in Honduras in December 1937, where it stayed until 1942 when purchased by an unknown operator in Compeche, Mexico, and was reregistered as XA-FUB. The registration changed again in 1950 to XA-NET while under the ownership of another individual in Compeche.

1951 brought major overhaul and repairs for No. 8, including removal of the aircraft’s corrugated skin, which was replaced with flat sheet metal. This change earned the aircraft nickname “the smooth-skin Ford.” The Tri-Motor was sold to another private owner in July 1953 and was damaged in an accident in January 1954, after which it was put in storage.

Eugene Frank of Caldwell, Idaho, acquired the aircraft in 1955, moving it back to the U.S. and reregistering it as N58996. It remained in storage until July 1964, when it was purchased by Nevada’s William F. Harrah of Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos. Harrah returned the plane’s registration to NC9645 and began an extensive seven-year renovation, bringing the aircraft back to airworthy status and restoring the corrugated skin. The former smooth-skin Ford had its first post-restoration flight in 1971 and flew in Reno several times before being moved to static display as part of Harrah’s impressive automobile collection. After Harrah’s death, parts of his collection, including NC9645, were auctioned off in June 1986 to high bidder Gary Norton of Athol, Idaho. In February 1990, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, acquired the aircraft. It remained in storage there until 1996 when another restoration of the aircraft started, returning it to flying
condition once again.

In 2014, the aircraft was acquired by Ed Patrick and the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio. Volunteers ferried the aircraft across the country to its new home. After further maintenance to ensure the aircraft was tour-ready, Liberty entered into a lease agreement with EAA, working together to showcase the historic aircraft around the country.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:51 pm: Edit Post

Kiwanis Safety Kamp 2018
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Know a little one that would benefit from Safety Kamp at Kiwanis’ Safety Village this summer?

The deadline to register has been extended to this Friday, May 25!

Download an application.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:39 pm: Edit Post

Summer Reading Program at MRL
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Local library users know that Libraries Rock! Experience all the fun as Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” on Monday, June 4th. Beginning on May 21st, participants can pre-register online at or inside the library. On June 4th, patrons can start rocking and tracking their reading and activities progress from home, as well as earn badges and prizes, play fun games and learn valuable tips. The seven-week program is free and open to the public running through Friday, July 27.

New this year, track your reading, listening to audio books, watching movies and participating in activities with the fun, online tracking system or ask library staff to track things when you visit at the library.

Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. Last year, 1,200 children, teens and adults participated in the MRL Summer Reading Program, which includes more than 30 programs to enrich learning and make the summer fun.

This year’s premiere sponsor is the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library. Prize sponsors: Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Warm Glow Candle Company, Richmond Jazz, and 5th Street Bagel.

Morrisson-Reeves Library has served the people of Richmond, Indiana since 1864. MRL is well known for signature services and programs like Storytimes, Free Computer Classes, Reading Clubs, Reader’s Advisory, Local History, Research, Summer Reading Programs and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the mission of “connecting people to information, inspiration, and infinite opportunities.” which positions MRL to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources. We are the community’s resource for lifelong learning.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 05:27 pm: Edit Post

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Ladies & gentlemen! Children of all ages! An Evening Under the Big Top
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Get your tickets now to the first dinner theatre fundraiser for Richmond Civic Theatre! Featuring the first ever performance of the melodrama entitled, Curse of the Cirque or Let us get Right to the Point, written by RCT’s own, Donald Mellen. Gastronomical feasting provided by Fecher’s Panache. Adult beverages and libations available from the good people at Smiley’s Bar. Make your plans now to run away and join the circus June 2. Seating is limited! You will not want to miss this stupendous evening!

$50 covers your dinner and this fantastic, world-premiere show!! You can also become a sponsor for this FUN-draiser by going to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:31 pm: Edit Post

United Way Orientation Date for 2018 H.U.G. Summer Funding Cycle

The United Way of Whitewater Valley is beginning its 2018 Summer funding process for the H.U.G. (Hand Up Guidance) initiative with an orientation for anyone interested in applying for funding. The orientation will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in Johnson Hall (room 2321) on the campus of Ivy Tech.

The event is open to the public. At the orientation, United Way staff and the H.U.G. Committee will be sharing the work of the H.U.G. Initiative as well as reviewing the funding application and timeline.

The second H.U.G. Initiative funding cycle will be based on food insecurity as well as affordable childcare and after school care.

Those wishing to apply for funding will concentrate their efforts in one of the following target issues:

  1. To improve, develop, and/or expand access to a variety of food and toiletries for families that are struggling to make ends meet.
  2. To provide affordable childcare and after school care to families and individuals at 300% and below of poverty.
Those wishing to apply for funding will also concentrate on the following target demographic: The 24% in Wayne County and 26% in Union County of individuals or families that are working, those with disabilities, or those who are enrolled in education whose household income exceeds qualifications for government assistance, but are still under financial strains to provide basic necessity.

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The United Way does not make grants or loans to individuals.

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

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College
Johnson Hall Room 2321
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond IN 47374

Light snacks will be provided for all attendees.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:16 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Shakespeare Festival to open its 2018 Summer Season with Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Vaulting ambition, murderous plots, scheming witches, jealous kings, and misplaced princesses are all on the menu as Richmond Shakespeare Festival prepares to serve up their 2018 season.

Presenting The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth as a dynamic pairing in rotating repertory, the productions will be created by a brilliant cast and crew of AEA and non-AEA professionals, college-age interns, and volunteers sourced from as nearby as Richmond, and Indianapolis, and as far away as Utah, Maine and New York.

It’s all a part of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Flick’s plan to bring the best talent possible to the heartland city of Richmond, Indiana. “We want this to be a destination theatre,” say Flick, “and the best way to do that is to develop a reputation for nothing but the finest quality in our productions – from the acting, to the directing, to the costumes, to the scenery, the lighting, and best of all, our unique Elizabethan Stage in the Whitewater Gorge Park – you’ll find nothing but the best Shakespeare the world has to offer right here in Indiana.”

Opening this summer’s Festival is The Winter’s Tale - Jealous King Leontes orders his Queen Hermione imprisoned and, (fearing she is not of his issue), his infant daughter to be abandoned in the wilderness. The Princess, Perdita is raised as a foundling by a kindly Shepherd. Sixteen years pass. Perdita meets kindly neighboring Prince Florizel, and they fall in love. Will they find happiness? Will the King have a change of heart? Will we ever see Queen Hermione again? Come see us this summer and find out! Directed by Miami University faculty member, Saffron Henke, The Winter’s Tale will bring a modern version of the story to life, juxtaposing a colder, stifling Sicilia, with a warmer, more open Bohemia.

Alternating performances with the same cast is Shakespeare’sMacbeth, and directed by University of Cincinnati Theatre Department faculty member, Susan Felder. Witches, vaulting ambition and unyielding desire are the driving factors that lead Lord and Lady Macbeth to weave a wild web of murder and deceit in their lust for ultimate power. In a delicious prophesy, a witch greets Macbeth with: “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” Who could resist an offer like that? Come to Richmond to find out how the Macbeth’s deal with their newfound infamy.

With costumes designed by Denise Warner of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, sets by Mickey White of Richmond, Indiana, and lighting by Garrett Bell of Purdue University, this season’s productions are designed to please.

Leading the company is Producing Artistic Director, Patrick Flick, (also Executive Director of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association). On visiting Richmond, he says “Anytime is a good time to come to Richmond, but the summer is really the best. Come see some of the only Shakespeare being produced right here in beautiful Wayne County. We’re an hour and change from Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and even closer to Dayton and other surrounding communities.”

The Festival performs in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the beautiful Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana. Tickets are available online at, or
by calling 765.373.9022.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:48 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Return to Hagerstown

Tickets Now on Sale for 2018 Season of the Historic Summer Ten Theatre

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, is now offering season ticket packages for its 2018 Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of “INTO THE WOODS,” “MASTER CAT,” “HOOSIER HARMONY,” and the NCP Young Actors Musical Theatre Workshop. Performances of INTO THE WOODS will be at 7:00pm on July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 2, 3 & 4 and at 5:00pm on July 15 with HOOSIER HARMONY at 5:00pm on July 22, 29 & August 5 and MASTER CAT at 11:00am on July 28 & August 4, 2018. The Workshop will be offered from July 24-August 3, 10:00am-3:00pm. All performances and workshops will take place in the Nettle Creek Players Show Tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown, Indiana on Indiana State Highways 1 & 38. Tickets for INTO THE WOODS and HOOSIER HARMONY are $15 per person. Tickets for MASTER CAT are $5 per person. Season tickets for all three shows are $35. Tuition for the Workshop is $100 per student and scholarships are available. Season Tickets and workshop registration can be purchased at or at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers. Single Tickets will be available in person at the Hagerstown Museum and the Jefferson Township Hagerstown Library in downtown Hagerstown and by phone at 765-312-2722 beginning June 1.

“INTO THE WOODS” by Stephen Sondheim takes everyone's favorite Brothers Grimm storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece and a rare modern classic about wishes, family & the choices we make. “HOOSIER HARMONY” is a funny & heartwarming concert-style musical revue celebrating Indiana-born composers from Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Von Tilzer & The Hoosier Hot Shots to John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, John Hiatt & The Ink Spots. “MASTER CAT: THE STORY OF PUSS IN BOOTS” is a hilarious musical version of the classic tale about the innocent child of a dying Miller, who ends up with nothing of his father’s estate but his dear pet cat Puss who, with clever savvy & charm (and threats of clawing to pieces anyone who doesn’t do as he says) manages to aid his new master in achieving wealth & happiness.

The 2018 Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season marks the historic organization’s second revival season following a return to downtown Hagerstown after an absence of almost 20 years. The program has been the hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1971. The “Summer Stock Tent Theatre” is one of only three remaining such programs in the country after what was, from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, a vibrant aspect of many smaller communities across the nation with hundreds of summer stock and dozens of tent theatres carrying on the traditions of “stock” theatre and even more historic “show wagons” that brought live entertainment into rural communities with limited access to live theatre and have been a fixture of the cultural life of America since early in the 19th Century. The project begins with recruiting and hiring a seasonal staff of professional and emerging professional actors, designers, directors and technicians to live in Hagerstown for several weeks in the summer while they rehearse and perform for the public a series of three different theatre pieces in repertory in a giant circus tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown. The shows include a traditional Broadway musical, a concert-style musical revue and a Family Theatre show for younger audiences. In addition to the plays and musicals, the actors also serve as teachers of a Young Actors Workshop which provides opportunities to area students ages 10-17 to learn acting and performance skills from the visiting artists and to perform in the Family Theatre production alongside their teachers. There is also a college-level internship program within the structure of the project which gives college students and emerging professionals the opportunity to have hands-on experience in all aspects of theatre production and performance as they work alongside the visiting professional artists for the entire summer season. The professional artists are recruited at the annual Unified Professional Theatre Auditions ( in Memphis, Tennessee where the Executive Artistic Director joins more than 100 other theatres to screen more than 900 actors, directors, designers and technicians from all over the country who are seeking seasonal and year-round employment. By drawing from this pool of highly trained and pre-screened candidates, Nettle Creek Players can ensure audiences that the artistic nature of the summer productions will be of the highest possible quality and meet the highest of professional standards. Auditions were also held in Indianapolis and in Hagerstown to give regional and local artists an opportunity to compete for positions in the summer company.

The artistic quality of the project is overseen by Executive Artistic Director Darrin Murrell ( who has worked as a professional actor, director, producer and educator for over 30 years with theatres across the country. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors. He has developed and managed numerous Young Actors Workshop educational programs in Rome, New York, Chicago, Portland, Oregon and Muncie, Indiana. He is former Executive Director of Muncie Civic Theatre, and has served as President of the Indiana Community Theatre League and Regional Representative to the American Association of Community Theatres.

For tickets and information visit and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers or call 765-312-2722.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 04:59 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Awards $169,097 in Spring Grant Cycle

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $169,097 to twenty-nine local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

“The wide range of projects and initiatives proposed for this cycle was especially impressive,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “We have no doubt that the ones selected for funding will have a meaningful impact on our community.”

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

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its May meeting:
Table of 2018 Spring Grant Award Winners
Details of the Foundation’s Challenge Match are being finalized. Please visit the Foundation’s Web site ( or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 02:45 pm: Edit Post

"Music at the Club" Returns for the Summer Season
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Starr-Gennett Foundation and Forest Hills Country Club are pleased to announce the return of “Music at the Club.”

Featured artists for these music and dancing events are Frank DeVito, Steve Mathews and Kevin McDonald. Forest Hills Country Club is located at 2169 South 23rd Street in Richmond, IN. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and food available for order. The band will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 2018 dates are: June 15, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 19.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry May Meeting

Gary Riggle, with Riggle Waltermann Funeral Home, will speak at the next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry which will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, May 29, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Riggle will give a presentation on irreversible burial funds.

If you are 50 years old or older, please join us. Please bring finger foods to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings will include picnics, musical programs and playing Putt Putt golf.

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. For further information, call 765-962- 4357.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Business Education Lunch: Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness in the work place; what does that look like and how can you achieve it. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”. Mindfulness can strengthen and create neuropathways in the areas of the brain that promote more calmness and a variety of other positive changes that can be beneficial to our well-being.

About the Speaker: Jessica Sanford is an Indiana University undergraduate and graduate with a background in Social Work. She has spent over 18 years in the clinical field working as a therapist. The majority of her work was at a college counseling center but she has also had experiences at a private practice, hospital, and local schools. Jessica strives to provide competent, ethical, evidence-based, and person-centered services.

May 24, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street, Richmond.

Event tickets are $5 for Chamber Members or $10 for Non-Chamber Members. If your organization is a Chamber member, then all employees have membership benefits.

Register online by clicking this link.

Business Education Lunch is sponsored by First Merchants Bank.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:26 pm: Edit Post

Free Valet Service Assists Reid Health Patients, Visitors

Reid Health is providing FREE valet parking to patients and visitors on its main campus at 1100 Reid Parkway.

The service is available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the main entrance. Tipping is not permitted. The goal is to specifically serve patients arriving for services and their visitors. Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, said high utilization of handicap parking was a driving force in creating a valet service to better serve the community.

The service, which began in February, was added after an internal team found that parking assistance would greatly benefit some patients and visitors. Foust-Cofield said the program provides an enhanced experience “to allow safe and courteous access to point-of-service needs.”

The service is receiving great reviews from patients. One patient with severe rheumatoid arthritis noted how helpful the service has been to her and also said she is “very appreciative of the awesome valet service and friendly volunteers to get me to the infusion center via wheelchair.”

Valet parking spaces have been designated in the south lot outside the main entrance.

Jess Richie, Director of Central Transport, said the complimentary service is being monitored and tweaked as needed. Initially, it is offered at the main entrance.

“This program was developed with our patients’ safety and well-being in mind. We believe it will help ease the process of a trip to the hospital for many of our community members,” Richie said. “The valet attendants are not only there to park vehicles, they are there as extra assistance whenever needed. We are constantly assisting people in and out of their vehicles – getting wheelchairs when needed, helping people locate vehicles they parked and other services.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 01:32 pm: Edit Post

Free Public Health & Resource Fair at LifeStream’s Aging Well Conference

Featuring information for veterans, caregivers, older adults, and health professionals.

LifeStream Services is pleased to offer a free public Health & Resource Fair at this year’s 15 th Annual Aging Well Conference on Wednesday, June 6. The full conference from 8am to 3:30pm has a registration fee and includes breakfast and lunch. For those that cannot attend the conference, the free Health & Resource Fair will be open to the public between 9am and 11:30am.

In its 15 th year, the Aging Well Conference has expanded to the Horizon Convention Center located at 401 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47305. The conference features keynote speaker Dick Wolfsie, WISH-TV Reporter, as well as 16 workshops designed for caregivers and veterans of all ages, older adults, and health professionals. Previous conferences have drawn crowds of over 250 attendees from around the East Central Indiana area.

The Aging Well Health & Resource Fair will feature information from a variety of area organizations including Westminster Village, Caregiver Homes, Reid Health Alliance Medicare, ClearCaptions, Neuropsychiatric Hospitals, Golden Living Center, ES2 Insurance, Frederick Family Chiropractic, Indiana HomeCare, Graceworks Housing Services, Smith Law Office PC, Crown Pointe Communities of Portland, Healthcom, Foster Estate Planning / Angel Marks Elder Law, Bosma Enterprises, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Studio Exhale, Ball State University Legal Studies, Sugar Fork Crossing, Anderson Security Integration, Countryside & Rawlins House, Miller’s Merry Manor – Hartford City, Indiana Professional Management Group, and many more.

Those interested in attending the full Aging Well Conference still have time to register. The registration fee is $25 per person. Groups of six or more receive a discount rate of $20 per person. Those who wish to attend can register online by visiting or contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or email Ensure your spot by reserving in advance.

Aging Well is an opportunity to receive valuable information on how to best care for yourself, your loved ones, and/or your clients. The conference includes informational presentations from area experts including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Caregiver Kitchen, Studio Exhale, Edward Jones, Ball State University, LifeStream Services, CICOA, The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana, CRF First Choice, and Henry Community Health.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Health professionals can earn 4 CEUs at a cost of $10 in addition to the registration fee. Please include fee along with regular registration payment or call 765-759-3363 for more information.

Respite Care: Accommodations for loved one(s) is available at no cost. Please reserve in advance by calling 765-759-3363.

There are sponsorship opportunities available and exhibitor booth space. For more information on how to support Aging Well 2018, please contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or email, or visit

Questions or concerns? Please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or email

LifeStream is a nonprofit agency 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 Cafes, 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, May 10, 2018 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

May 2018 Singles Interaction Newsletter
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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, May 16, 2018 - 02:31 pm: Edit Post

Indiana Children in Nature
Supplied Flyer: Indiana Children in Nature
On June 9th, drop in between 10-11 a.m. at the area NORTH of Building 203 on the State Hospital Grounds, 498 NW 18th Street, Richmond for this FREE event!

Children will make pretend binoculars to take on a hike while playing "Nature BINGO". Children will also plant a seed, receive a book to take home and have a snack.

Parents may park either on in the lot north of building 203 or in the lot beside the chapel south and across the road from building 203.

Sponsored by Birth to Five's Parents as Teachers program.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Summer Programs
Supplied Flyer: 2018 Summer Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County has a ton of great activities for kids for eight whole weeks of summer! Click the button below to get all the info you need in one place. Details available on their website at or call 765.962.6922.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:09 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Receives ‘Primary Stroke Center’ Certification

Someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States — and survival and recovery depend on rapid, specific emergency treatment.

SuppliedPhoto: Jordan Raynor, M.D., neurologist
Jordan Raynor, M.D., neurologist

That’s why Reid Health sought and now has received certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), health system officials said. “We wanted to ensure patients have access to world class stroke care,” said Jordan Raynor, M.D., Reid neurologist and Stroke Medical Director. “While difficult for many hospitals to achieve, we are proud to have built a stroke response team that allows us to provide patients with access to therapies that are currently unavailable in many parts of the country.”

The certification also brings into play recently updated guidelines for care that, when implemented, are providing improvement in stroke survival. The process can help minimize or avoid long-term effects from what can be a deadly or debilitating health event. Dr. Raynor noted stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the nation, and has historically also caused debilitating and life-changing damage to a person who survives.

Treatments have been developed in recent years that have greatly improved the outcomes for stroke patients, he said. “This is an exciting time for stroke. In the 1980s, no treatments were available. The focus was on diagnosis and prevention. Advancements in technology have allowed us to develop treatments once thought impossible.”

The key with stroke is recognizing signs and pursuing quick treatment. “From the emergency medical crew first at the scene, to the triage nurse who meets the patient in the emergency department and all the ensuing tests and lab work, the key is speed,” he said.

Dr. Raynor said the certification comes after almost two years of preparation involving numerous departments, extensive staff education on stroke awareness and adoption of the latest stroke treatment protocols from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“From the EMS first at the scene, to the triage nurse who meets the patient in the ED, to the CT technician quickly performing the CT scan, to the lab quickly performing the bloodwork, this certification shows that multiple different stroke team members at Reid hold themselves to a higher standard of stroke care,” Dr. Raynor said.

Supplied Photo: Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO
Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the successful effort is a reflection of the health system’s ongoing dedication to quality and excellence. “Our focus is on improving patient outcomes when time is of the essence. Seeking the voluntary certification was a logical step in our historic dedication to always striving to improve and ensuring we provide the gold standard of care for any health issue. We always strive to be on the cutting edge of technology and processes to ensure care excellence for every health care situation.”

Sam Iden, M.D, emergency physician, noted that stroke is an extremely serious and dangerous health challenge. “Time is critical in stroke care,” he said. “Anyone experiencing stroke-like symptoms should go to the closest, most appropriate facility immediately.”

If that facility is Reid Health, the Stroke Center means the latest treatment protocols will be followed in rapid fashion, including — when appropriate — quick transfers to Comprehensive Stroke Centers with which transfer agreements have already been established.

“This certification, similar to our recent advances in trauma care, has put into place better efficiencies within the system to provide timely care to stroke patients,” Dr. Iden said.

Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, said the certification “has aligned Reid to serve our community with the highest level stroke care and guide our patients and their families through this journey. From acute onset and intervention to a plethora of rehab needs, we will be able to care for stroke patients offering life-changing outcomes.”

Horia Draghiciu, M.D., medical director for Critical Care, said the certification “is a great accomplishment, and a logical step in our growth as a regional referral center. This program offers the ability to have these acutely ill patients evaluated and treated in the best and fastest possible fashion.” He noted the certification verifies that providers and ancillary staff are all versed in early recognition and prompt interventions of all aspects of acute stroke management.

The Reid Radiology team worked tirelessly for many months for their role in the certification. “As soon as a stroke alert is called, CT Scan department holds a room for that patient. The radiology team of technologists and radiologists are ready to assist the Emergency Department by providing imaging and results in 45 minutes or less from the time the patient arrives,” said Lisa Hicks, CT Supervisor.

Mary Alexander, Pharmacy Operations Manager, said her pharmacy team works closely “to make sure that when needed, clot dissolving medication, called tPA – which stands for tissue plasminogen activator — “is made and delivered to the patient’s bedside in minutes.”

Aaron Wasserman, M.D., emergency physician who worked with the team to help develop the new protocols for the flow of patients in emergency, noted “this certification verifies that we are meeting or exceeding all national guidelines for the treatment of stroke.”

“Reid Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Lawrence Haspel, D.O., Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for HFAP. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough on-site review of the hospital against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Reid Health has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards as a Primary Stroke Center.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:53 pm: Edit Post

‘Jack Edelman Cardiac Catheterization Center’ to Honor Late Philanthropist

Jack Edelman loved his community, was a veteran who served his country, and a generous mentor who gave much of his time and resources in his life to help others – especially for the cause of community health.
Supplied Photo: Jack and Debra Edelman
Jack and Debra Edelman

When Jack passed away in October 2017 at 92, his wife of 64 years, Debra, decided to do even more in his honor. With a gift of $1 million to Reid Health Foundation in honor of her late husband, the Edelman’s combined lifelong contributions reached $2.12 million – becoming the largest contribution ever received by the Foundation from individual donors.

“We are humbled and we are extremely grateful for Jack and Debra’s confidence in Reid,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President, of the Edelman’s generosity. “Jack and Debra have never sought attention for their years of support that has helped Reid Health and the community in so many ways. Debra’s leadership with the Foundation board fueled our success with the New Reid capital campaign. Further, her many years co-chairing Art to Heart, a collaborative gala partnership with the Richmond Art Museum, brought one of the greatest fund-raising success stories to our community’s history.”

To commemorate the most recent gift, ceremonies in May will celebrate the renaming of the Reid Health Outpatient Cardiac Catheterization Center to the Jack Edelman Cardiac Catheterization Center. The outpatient cath lab is on the second floor of the Outpatient Care Center at 1100 Reid Parkway.

With a gift of $1 million to Reid Health Foundation in honor of her late husband, the Edelman’s combined lifelong contributions reached $2.12 million – becoming the largest contribution ever received by the Foundation from individual donors.

Kirk said the Edelmans have long supported the health care system’s mission and fund-raising efforts. Side by side, they were familiar faces at Reid Health Foundation events over the years.

“Jack and Debra have such a long history of commitment to their community and support for Reid’s mission to provide high quality care to the patients we serve,” Kirk said.

The Edelmans are founders of the Recycling Center, Inc. in Richmond and also owners of Franklin Iron & Metal Corp. in Dayton, OH. Debra Edelman served 18 years on the Foundation board, including as board chair in 2000 and 2001 when the health system began planning the construction and move to a new campus. “She was instrumental in leading the vision that resulted in a $46 million transfer of Foundation funds to help pay for the New Reid,” Kirk said.

After a serious illness suffered by Jack in 2004, the Edelmans became dedicated supporters of the project to build a replacement hospital. At the time, Debra Edelman cited “exemplary care” for her husband during a three-week hospital stay on the former Chester Boulevard campus. In that stay, however, they experienced some of the constraints of the former campus – small patient rooms, for example — that illustrated the need for an updated facility. As grateful patient and spouse, the experience prompted Jack and Debra to give $1 million toward the New Reid project in 2005.

As a result of their 2005 philanthropy, two areas of the campus already bear the family name – the Jack & Debra Edelman Board Room in the administration area, and the Israel “Izzy” Edelman Cardiac Center, a cardiac diagnostics area, in tribute to the memory of their late son Israel “Izzy” Edelman.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 05:14 pm: Edit Post

Singles Interaction June Newsletter
Supplied: June 2018 Singles Interaction 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 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:28 pm: Edit Post

Click It or Ticket Campaign

Indiana State Police will show zero tolerance

Indiana- As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

“Buckling up is something that should become second nature,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Besides that. Buckling up is the law. The consequences of not buckling up is real and can include the loss of life. Often, this tragedy could have been prevented with the use of a seat belt. No excuses, buckle up!”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Indiana, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $25.00.

“In 2016, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2016, more than half (52%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 40 percent were not buckled up.

“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive or ride, please ask them to consider changing their habits,” said Indiana State Police First Sergeant Rich Myers. “Help us spread this life-saving message before a friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:34 pm: Edit Post

Class of 2018 by the Numbers

The Class of 2018 received 831 diplomas during Indiana University East’s 47th Commencement Ceremony on May 11th at 6 p.m. at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Of the degrees conferred, 801 are bachelor’s degrees and 30 are master’s degrees.
Supplied InfoGraphic: Class of 2018 by the Numbers
The Commencement Ceremony welcomed friends and families of graduates from near and far. IU East’s online degree completion programs are a popular option for students in the region as well as across the United States and beyond. The online degree completion programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree and the flexibility to fit studying around work and family schedules.

The attraction of the online degree completion programs brings a growing number of these students to Richmond, Indiana, each year to visit the campus and to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Of the total number of graduates, there are 62 Indiana counties represented, 29 states and 15 countries.

IU East hosted a luncheon for the online students attending Commencement to welcome those traveling from a distance on Friday, May 11, at the Student Events and Activities Center. Graduates will travel from California, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico and New Jersey as well as from across Indiana and Ohio.

The Class of 2018 has many characteristics. A brief glance at the statistics and figures provides a look at the graduates joining over 10,000 IU East alumni.

If sorting graduates by age, those who are 23 and younger compose 24.5 percent of the Class of 2018. Graduates ages 23-29 represent 35.9 percent of the class while those 30 and over compose 39.6 percent. Within the Class of 2018, 27 undergraduate students earned a 4.0 GPA.

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