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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 03:44 pm: Edit Post

The Richmond Shakespeare Festival presents their 2016 Summer Season, featuring The Comedy of Errors, and King Lear
Supplied Photo by Patrick Flick: Actor and Actresses from King Lear
Maretta Zilic as Regan, Theresa Liebhart as Cordelia, Steven Patterson as King Lear, and Andrea Morales as Goneril in King Lear at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival

The beautiful Whitewater Gorge Park in downtown Richmond Indiana is the setting for the third season of The Richmond Shakespeare Festival this June. A professional company using actors from Actors Equity Association, other professionals, and community volunteers, Richmond Shakespeare also provides opportunities for interns from local colleges and universities including Earlham College, Miami University, Ball State and Wright State.

Two plays are being presented this summer. One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, The Comedy of Errors delivers on the promise of its title as subtle politicians, desperate moneylenders, and jealous spouses are driven to distraction by two sets of identical twins bent on causing confusion and hilarity.

Shakespeare’s existential masterpiece, King Lear explores the family conflicts resulting from its patriarch’s emotional collapse. Children, friends and subjects demonstrate everything from wretched cruelty to perfect love.

Producing Artistic Director (who is also Executive Director of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association) says, “There’s really something here for everyone. Professionally presented Shakespeare in our newly constructed stage space in an historic building right in the middle of Whitewater Gorge Park is what we are all about. Come over to Richmond for the day and experience our wonderful Depot District and our charming restaurants. Do some antiquing in town or nearby Centerville and Cambridge City, and then see some world class Shakespeare!”

The Festival runs June 9-26 in the Starr-Gennett building in the Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 1.800.838.3006.

(Message edited by Admin on May 26, 2016)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 09:05 pm: Edit Post

Model Ts Are Coming for Annual Homecoming Celebration – Saturday, June 4
Supplied Image: Model T's Line 8th Street
It’s Homecoming time and that can only mean one thing…the streets will soon be filled with Model Ts of all shapes and sizes. More than a century since these four-cylinder, spoke-wheeled, mechanical wonders rolled out of Henry Ford’s assembly plants, they will return to Richmond once again to celebrate the history, as well as the fun, of Model Ts.

Hosted by the Model T Ford Club of America and the local Henry’s Hoosiers club, Homecoming is free to the public and open Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM to 4 PM (rain or shine) at the Model T Museum, located at the corner of North 8th and D Streets. The Ts will be gathered on the museum grounds, giving visitors a chance to see these historic autos up close. North 8th Street will be closed between C and E Streets for the pre-1945 Ford Swap Meet, where many rusty
treasures can be found.
Supplied Image: Looking Over a Model T Truck
The event offers activities for all ages, including a Show-N-Tell of cars spanning from 1896 to 1950. A replica of Henry Ford’s 1896 quadricycle can be seen, as well as Model T-powered sawmill demonstrations. The Take-Apart T rapid assembly team from Greater St. Louis, starting with a bare frame and five people—using only hand tools—will assemble a Model T and drive it away in less than 15 minutes! Shows will be at 10AM and 1PM. This type of demonstration started during the Great Depression as entertainment at local fairs and carnivals.

The highlight of Homecoming this year is the exhibit “Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak.” In the mid 1930s and early 40s, a group of fiercely independent young women from the Bradford, Illinois area packed themselves and a few belongings into this 1926 Model T touring car that they dubbed the Silver Streak and set off each summer in search of adventure.

The girls called themselves the Gypsy Coeds and made eight trips, logged over 71,500 miles, met movie stars, moguls, dignitaries and corporate leaders. They slept in parks, schoolyards, jail cells and by the side of the road, and even formed a special bond with Henry Ford, who hosted and assisted the girls on several occasions.

The car and the stories were all but lost, until the son of one of the Gypsy Coeds, John Butte, ultimately tracked down and purchased the car. Remarkably, the exterior had never been restored…and it still ran. Butte’s desire to preserve the car quickly evolved into preserving its history as well. He worked with the Peoria Riverfront Museum to create a special exhibit. He also released a book, "Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls", that details the girls’ adventures.

The book is for sale at the museum store and, as a special treat for Homecoming attendees, the author will be on hand to talk about the Gypsy Coeds’ adventures and sign books throughout the day on Saturday.

Other activities include a 1:30 PM performance of T-era music by the trio Bicycle Built for Three, made possible by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra community concert series and West End Bank. Walking history tours of the Historic Depot District, a T-treasure hunt, opportunities for photos with Ts, caricature drawings, plus yummy food, ice cream and popcorn are all part of the fun.

Admission to the Model T Museum is free all day Saturday. For more details visit: or The event is made possible by these generous sponsors: Wayne County Foundation, Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau, Harrington-Hoch, Wayne Bank, First Bank Richmond, Ullery’s Ice Cream, West End Bank, Tin Lizzie Café, Tin Cup, and Oak Leaf Marketing.

The Model T Ford Club of America was organized in late 1965 for the purpose of bringing together people who are interested in the Model T Ford, its history, its evolution, and its place in the American scene. The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest Model T club in the world. More than 140 chapters are active in the United States, Canada, and 31 other countries, providing activities and fellowship for Model T enthusiasts.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

Concert Planned for July 3rd at Gaar Farm
Flyer: July 3rd Concert at Gaar Farm
Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to the Anees & Abram Gaar Farm, 2593 Pleasant View Road, Richmond on Sunday, July 3rd to enjoy a concert by the Richmond Community Orchestra. Stay to enjoy the aerial fireworks being set off at Glen Miller Park.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Open house from 6-7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10/person and are available at Daggy Flowers, Phillips Drugs (downtown), the Old National Road Welcome Center, or by calling 765.966.1262.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

Enactus Program Receives Prestigious Awards
Supplied Photo: IU East Enactus Team
Left to Right: Steven Norman, Conner Kramer, Mikayla Miller, Chase Brookshear and Alex Shelley
The Enactus team at Indiana University East is having a banner year, polishing off the spring 2016 semester with a trio of prestigious awards at the program’s national convention.

“We’re having the best year in our 10-year history, winning awards beyond our expectations,” said Tim Scales, faculty advisor for Enactus and a senior lecturer for the School of Business and Economics.
Left to Right: Steven Norman, Conner Kramer, Mikayla Miller, Chase Brookshear and Alex Shelley. Download the Print-Quality Version

Scales and team member Nathan Crowe attended the convention in St. Louis, May 15-17. Enactus is a student special interest group focusing on entrepreneurship.

“Working with students is one of the most rewarding things I could ever imagine. I have watched students learn and develop from young, intuitive people to becoming young professionals. It is truly an honor to be part of these young professional’s lives,” Scales said.

The three programs that received awards include:

The CVC Award for Youth Entrepreneurship. Sponsored by CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms. As second place winners they received $3,500 and a trophy. The project manager was Scales. The award was given to the BOSS (Business Opportunities for Self Starters) Program at IU East. BOSS was designed and implemented by Scales, in conjunction with the state of Indiana, it was originally envisioned as a two-year program to teach entrepreneurship to 160 high school students, and enable them to develop a business plan.

Now beginning its 11th year, it has been adopted and implemented by 24 other states, as well as the countries of India, Mexico, South Africa, and Tunisia. Over 3,000 students have completed the program to date. Examples of businesses started by BOSS alumni include Diamond Outdoor Solutions, in Hartford City, Ind., New Boswell Brewing Company in the Richmond Depot District and Peter’s Guitars in Henry County.

Sam’s Club “Step Up for Small Business” Program. Sponsored by Sam’s Club. As one of 10 finalists, the chapter will receive $1,000 and a plaque. Their partner in the program, Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, will receive $2,000 and a plaque. Steve Norman, a business major from Bloomington, Ind., was project manager.

For this project, the team asked local banks to come on the local television show, “In Your Business”, on WCTV and hosted by Scales. Six banks visited the show to discuss what they have to offer to small businesses. The bank representatives also provided literature on the subject. Enactus team members packaged the literature with “In Your Business Enactus” coffee mugs and hand-delivered the packages to 100 local businesses.

The team then selected one business, Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, to be their partner. All 100 businesses, and all six banks, were then invited to participate in six events at Roscoe’s, bringing Richmond’s small business community together with the financial sector to promote healthy, profitable, economic relationships between the two. A seventh, final event was held at the Square Donuts east-side location.

The AIG “For the Health of It” Program. Sponsored by American International Group. As one of five teams selected for this program, IU East’s Enactus team will receive $3,500 seed money for their project and a plaque. IU East Enactus member and Purdue Polytechnic of Richmond sophomore Nathan Crowe, a mechanical engineering technology major from Fountain City, Ind., was the project manager.

AIG solicited proposals, regarding wearable technology, from 586 Enactus chapters. IU East was one of five selected for the program. Their proposal relates to the “Darma” Seat Cushion, a brand-new, cutting-edge piece of wearable technology. A two-millimeter thick cushion, it has sensors that monitor the user’s posture, heart-rate, blood pressure, sitting time, respiration, and stress levels. It communicates with a Smartphone, letting the user know when it’s time to get up and move around, suggests stretches to relieve muscles, breathing exercises, and offers posture advice. The proposal goal is to have 100 people from various industries experience the Darma, and collect feedback from them. AIG will assign a “wearable” technologies expert to assist the team with their project.

Although small (the Enactus program at IU East currently boasts 10 active members) it is extremely active. In addition to the three award-winning programs, the team has also managed two more projects in the last year:

Wal-Mart’s “Empowering Women” Program. The team, in conjunction with the Indiana state workforce development program, WorkOne, developed and conducted a reverse job fair. The project manager for this program was Alex Shelley, from Avon, Ind., a sophomore pursuing a business degree.

They assisted 27 work-seeking individuals with honing their soft skills; communications, resume building, self-esteem, and presentation. Each individual was given booth space at the fair, and the team helped them to create displays showcasing their various skills and experience. Thirty-two local businesses then participated, visiting the prospective employee’s booths. Due to state privacy regulations, no information is available on the results, but Scales feels confident that the project was a positive experience for both employers and aspiring employees.

ADP, a payroll and human relations services company, sponsored the team’s veteran’s project. The focus of the project is to work with veterans, public servants, and others who have worked in the public interest in transitioning into entrepreneurship. It featured twenty such individuals in personalized copies of Scale’s book, The Two-Hour Entrepreneur. A brunch was held to honor the chosen individuals and their families.

Honorees included Jerry Purcell, City of Richmond Fire Chief with 32 years of service; Patrick Chimenti, a social worker and Behavioral Health Coordinator of IU East’s Center for Health Promotion who has worked with many service members to prepare for deployment; and Walt Sieb, who owned Esmond Shoes, a Richmond family-owned shoe store for over 35 years. The personalized books are currently on display at the IU East Center for Entrepreneurship, located in Hayes Hall.

The team also worked side-by-side with two of the 20, as they established their businesses; Mike Widau, new co-owner of Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room, and Tim Cox, of EcocountertopsUSA.

The team is also building a database of local entrepreneurship.

“The neat thing is as we build this database, they serve as mentors for other entrepreneurs,” Scales said. This program “recognizes those who have done, and inspires those who will do,” he added.

The plan is to work with two new aspiring entrepreneurs each month. Junior Makayla Miller, a business major from Greenville, Ohio, will lead this program as project manager.

“Being part of Enactus is an exceptional way for students to gain experience, well beyond what’s available in the classroom,” Scales said. “They get hands-on opportunities to develop a network with individuals in the community, the region, and around the world.”

About Enactus:
A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

entrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity;
action—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed;
us—a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.

There are 68,000 members of Enactus, in 34 countries world-wide, with 48,000 in the U.S.A.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 04:07 pm: Edit Post

Community Encouraged to Vote for Wayne the Bison's Final Design

Wayne the Bison’s plain fiberglass finish will soon be covered up with vibrant imagery of Wayne and Union county’s heritage.

Finalists have been selected in the United Way of Whitewater Valley’s “Bison-tennial Public Art Project.

The finalists represent dozens of community artists of all ages who submitted renderings of Wayne’s face and body.

Face Finalists: Hagerstown High School – Emilee Thackrey, Madison Gregory; Northeastern High School – Matthew Ashley, Tony Yandl; Centerville High School – Trey Wilson, Autumn Toschlog; Richmond High School – Andrea Pegg, Avery VanMiddlesworth

Body Finalists: Duncan Lundy, Deilani Cook, Autumn Toschlog, Elizabeth Dykes, Elizabeth Gamez, Amelia Miller, Lorelei Toschlog, Sayward Salazar.

“We were really impressed by our neighbors’ creativity, enthusiasm and pride for their communities as they considered ways to transform Wayne,” said United Way of Whitewater Valley President Amber Willeford. “We can’t wait to see who the community selects as the winning design.”

From May 20 to June 3, the citizens of Wayne and Union counties can pick their favorite face and body designs at Each vote will also support the United Way’s mission of strengthening partnerships that create lasting change.

Wayne arrived in Richmond earlier this spring and will make appearances at community events throughout the summer. He is joined by other bison around the state as part of a statewide project sponsored by Indiana Association of United Ways.

The officially endorsed legacy 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.

About the United Way of Whitewater Valley
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 24, 2016 - 03:11 pm: Edit Post

Nurse Midwife Joins Team at Reid Health OB/GYN Practice
Supplied Photo: Kristi James
Women have many choices when it comes to deciding what kind of care they receive during pregnancy and childbirth. Now, thanks to a new program at Reid Health, they have one more—the choice of seeing a certified nurse midwife at Reid OB/GYN, 1050 Reid Parkway in Richmond.

Reid OB/GYN began its nurse midwife program earlier this year, hiring certified nurse midwife Kristi James. James earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing from Ball State University, and her master’s of science in nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. Prior to becoming a nurse midwife, she worked for many years as a nurse in the hospital setting.

Nurse midwives have extensive training in managing prenatal, delivery and postpartum care for most types of pregnancies. Nurse midwives typically work within a medical practice, and consult with or refer patients to an obstetrician/gynecologist when necessary. This might include situations when the mother experiences gestational diabetes or hypertension.

James collaborates with other providers at Reid OB/GYN, who offer comprehensive care for women during every stage of life. The medical staff includes physicians Erika Brandenstein, M.D., Joseph Clemente, M.D., and Martha Fagan, M.D., and nurse practitioner Marla Evans, NP.

Nurse midwives are known for their holistic approach that emphasizes education and personal care. “I decided to become a nurse midwife after the birth of my second child, because I had a nurse midwife and really enjoyed our relationship and the care she provided,” James says. “Even though I had had a baby before, I learned a lot from her about prenatal care, pain management and breastfeeding. As a nurse midwife myself, I love being able to spend time with my patients and share that same type of information with them. ”

James likes educating people about the service and expertise that nurse midwives can offer. For example:

To learn more or make an appointment with Kristi James, call Reid OB/GYN at (765) 962-9541.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 03:04 pm: Edit Post

INDOT to Host City, Town and County Officials for Local Road and Bridge Funding Meetings

Agency to Provide Information, Answer Questions on New Funding for Local Roads

The Indiana Department of Transportation will host six regional meetings for city, town and county officials to detail new funding opportunities for local roads and bridges through recent legislation.

In March 2016, Governor Mike Pence signed into law House Enrolled Act 1001 and Senate Enrolled Act 67, which provide more than $1.2 billion in new funding for road and bridge preservation across Indiana, much of which is targeted at improving local roads and bridges.

Cities, towns and counties have received $430 million in Local Option Income Tax distributions that can be used improve local roads and bridges. In addition, as part of HEA1001, INDOT is launching a Local Road and Bridge Matching Grant Fund that provides $186 million in match funding over the next two years to local governments that submit qualifying road and bridge projects. The new funding is in addition to the more than $200 million that INDOT provides to cities, towns and counties each year through the agency’s federal-aid program.

INDOT’s regional meetings will provide details on how to access new funding and answer questions. Dates, times, and locations for meetings are listed below in the local time zone:

May 23 - INDOT Fort Wayne District Office, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Morning Session: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Afternoon Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 24 - Ivy Tech Crawfordsville Campus, 2325 Phil Ward Blvd, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Morning Session: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Afternoon Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 25 - INDOT Vincennes District Office , 3650 South U.S. 41, Vincennes, IN 47591
Morning Session: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Afternoon Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 26 - INDOT Greenfield District Office, 32 S. Broadway Street, Greenfield, IN 46140
Morning Session: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Afternoon Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 27 - INDOT Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, IN 47274
Morning Session: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Afternoon Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 31 - INDOT LaPorte District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd, LaPorte, IN 46350
Morning Session: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Afternoon Session: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

City, town and county officials should plan to attend a session near them to learn about projects eligible for funding, how to submit projects for matching funds, deadlines for project submissions, projected timelines for distributing funds, and developing an asset-management plan.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 02:30 pm: Edit Post

Free hearing screenings at Reid Hearing Center May 31 as part of Better Hearing & Speech Month

By ANDREA MILLER for Reid Health
Reid Hearing Center will offer free screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, as part of May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month. During the screenings, certified audiologists and-or hearing instrument specialists will examine adults and children ages 3 and up for hearing loss and other related issues.

Hearing issues are among the most common health conditions facing Americans, according to Amber S. Wolsiefer, Reid Hearing Center audiologist. Though common, hearing issues often go undetected for many years before treatment is provided.

“Early detection of hearing loss leads to better and more successful intervention and treatment. On average, the adult hearing impaired individual takes 7-10 years between first noticing difficulty and having hearing loss officially diagnosed,” she said. A delayed response to a hearing issue causes rehabilitation and treatment options to be more difficult.

Wolsiefer said some people who participate in other health screenings are sometimes reluctant to consider one for hearing loss. It may have something to do with perceptions about growing older. “For a long time there has been a stigma about hearing loss being related to aging,” she said. “People perceive hearing loss in a negative light and are typically in denial.”

While there can be a link a link between aging and hearing loss, other causes can include congenital hearing loss, genetic factors and syndromic influences. Hearing loss can also be caused by exposure to prolonged loud noise, or impulse noise that causes acoustic trauma to the ear.

Hearing screenings are quick, non-invasive procedures. Wolsiefer said the screening will involve looking into the ears to verify a healthy appearing ear canal and eardrum; followed by the test and providing results. Patients can expect information about how often to have their hearing tested and warning signs of hearing loss. If hearing is abnormal, patients’ hearing loss will be explained to them and further diagnostic testing may be scheduled.

Wolsiefer hopes the free screenings will raise awareness about this often-overlooked issue. “My goal with this campaign is to bring attention to hearing and speech disorders for children and adults, and to offer a service that will help bring to light the effects of hearing loss in the community,” Wolsiefer said.

To schedule a free screening or for more information, please call Reid Hearing Center at (765) 935-4477.

Free screenings will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at Reid Hearing Center in Reid ENT, 101 S. 10th Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

Early Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss and other hearing-related issues are among the most common health conditions facing Americans. These issues often go undetected for many years before treatment is provided. The following list provides examples of common warning signs of hearing loss.

Please consider scheduling a hearing evaluation for you or your loved ones if any of the following warning signs are in place.
Babies and children:


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 02:00 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Library Announces Summer Reading Program

This summer, the Centerville Public Library wants you to “Get in the Game” and READ with us as we JUMP into Summer Reading 2016. As in years past, there will be three programs, two for children (one for early learners ages 0-5 and one for kids in Grades K-12) and one for adults. There will be plenty of GAMES, activities, storytimes, crafts, and a lot more to help people stay active! So what are you waiting for? “Get in the Game” with us!

June Events:

July Events: Download a flyer to print so you can keep all this information handy!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:54 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Awards $178,393 in Spring Grant Cycle

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $178,393 to twenty-five 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:

Details of the Foundation’s next grant cycle 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 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:50 pm: Edit Post

UEA Workshop on Home-Based Businesses

The Richmond Urban Enterprise Association invites the public to an information session on starting a home-based business on Tuesday, May 31 from 5-6 p.m. at the Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street in Richmond. Scott Underwood, Business Advisor for the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center will lead the session which is designed for entrepreneurs and business start-ups.

"Starting a home-based business requires thoughtful planning." according to Underwood. "it is important to look at product development, pricing, demographics, and marketing just like a traditional business."

During the presentation, potential business owners will have the opportunity to determine factors needed to begin a successful small business. Underwood will help participants determine if starting a home-based business makes good financial sense.

The session is part of Center City Development Corporation's series of workshops on social media, business development and tech training. Space is limited. To register, contact the Innovation Center at 765.962.8151.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 05:07 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond is enrolling students for summer classes that start May 23 and June 6

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is enrolling students for 10 week summer classes that start May 23 and 8 week classes that start June 6. Prospective, new, returning and current students can enroll online and on campus.

The Express Enrollment Center’s Make It Happen Mondays, (every Monday, except on holidays) in Connersville and Richmond, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., no appointment needed, is for prospective, new, current and returning students. Complete all steps from application to registration for Summer and Fall classes, too.

The Richmond Express Enrollment Center is open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 07:50 pm: Edit Post

Announcing an new Trap shooting opportunity at Richmond Conservation Club!

We are now shooting here Thursday evenings as well as Sundays. See Schedule of Events at

Sign-up now for 2nd Trimester Trap League! League Shoots are 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month. Get your team of 5 shooters or email your interest to join a team.

For more information email or call (765)546-6047

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 02:20 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community
257 communities exhibiting Playability to be recognized as part of 2016 Playful City USA Program

Richmond is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the third time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. Richmond is one of five communities in Indiana recognized with this designation (other Indiana designees were Bloomington, Fishers, Fort Wayne, and Franklin).

Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in. By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

In the application to be a Playful City, aspects of Richmond were highlighted to help show the area’s playful opportunities. Richmond recognized 84 playspaces per the guidelines of the Playful City USA Community (which are listed as a playground, nature area or park, or sports filed or facility) and emphasized community programs and events such as the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival, the Just Us Kids Outdoors program, and the Enchanted Fairy Trail.

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 01:47 pm: Edit Post

Extension Homemakers Celebrate Achievements

Wayne County Extension Homemakers (EH) held its annual Achievement Night celebration last Thursday, May 12, at the Central Christian Church. More than fifty members and guests attended.

Winners of the Cultural Arts competition were Margaret Wotherspoon for her brown on turquoise baby quilt and Shirley Wise for her rose-worked pillow. Both winning entries will compete against entries from throughout Indiana in June’s Home and Family Conference in Indianapolis.

Mitchell R. Jordan, son of member Deborah Jordan, won the Wayne County EH Scholarship. He is a 2016 graduate of Richmond High School where he is senior class president, and a member of the Honor Society. Jordan is also the 2015-2016 Wayne County 4-H Club president.

First, second, and third place club winners were the Opportunity club, Rodalla club, and Gleaners club. Certifications are awarded to clubs based on member participation in county, extension, and club events such as assisting in the Open Class 4-H Fair and the Biennial Quilt Show plus attendance at local, district and state meetings.

Gleaners EH club was recognized for its 85 th anniversary. Eight former Wayne County EH presidents were also recognized during the evening.

Newly-elected officers were inducted during a ceremony led by Alicia Criswell, Wayne County’s Purdue Cooperative Extension Educator. Officers for 2016-2017 are President Kathy Tincher, Vice President Alberta Conner, Secretary Stacie Smith, and Treasurer Jackie Webb.

Attendees were reminded of the June 2 reception by Margaret Christenson, the Indiana EH Association Exchange Homemaker from Ontario, Canada. The event will be held from 4:30 pm to 6 pm at the Richmond Art Museum.

To learn more about Wayne County Extension Homemakers, contact us at 765-973-9281 or email us at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:26 pm: Edit Post

2016 Area 9 Special Events Games Results
Supplied Photo: Area 9 Special Events Games Participants
Hickory Creek of Connersville, winners of the Spirit Trophy.
Rosebud Village in Richmond hosted the 2016 Area 9 Special Events Games for Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne counties, sponsored by the Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East. This day of fun, friendly competition and activities was designed to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for residents of area nursing facilities and adult day care centers.

Over 200 participants, staff and volunteers kicked of the games with an Olympic Torch ceremony with representatives from each of the participating facilities taking part. Participants enjoyed a number of Wizard of Oz themed games that included: Apple Shot Put, Witch’s Hat Ring Toss, Flying Money Toss, Yellow Brick Road Cornhole, Somewhere Over the Rainbow Golf, a hat decorating contest and closed with a cake walk.

Participants, staff and volunteers were treated to a delicious lunch and lots of door prizes. The day concluded with the awarding of Olympic-style medals to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes in each of the events.

Participating were residents from Ambassador Healthcare, Arbor Trace Health & Living Community, Brookdale Richmond, Caroleton Manor, Forest Park Health Campus, Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care, Heritage House of Connersville, Heritage House of Richmond, Hickory Creek, Lincoln Centers, Miller’s Merry Manor, Nellis Adult Day Care, Rosebud Village, and Whitewater Commons Senior Living.

The winners were:

Each year a traveling “Spirit Trophy” is awarded to one facility at the close of the games that has shown the most spirit through their dedication and support of the games, sportsmanship, and spirit of cooperation and teamwork. For the second consecutive year, the award was presented to Hickory Creek of Connersville.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health announces 2016 Nursing Excellence Award winners

Reid Health recognized 10 nurses during the 2016 Nursing Excellence Awards reception as part of National Nurse’s Week, May 6 – 12.

“This celebration and awards highlight the wonderful things our nurses do all year,” said Kay Cartwright, Reid vice president, continuum of care and chief nursing officer. “They are at the center of our mission, providing the hands-on care with a special touch that sets Reid Health apart,” she said.

The winning nurses represent communities from all across the Ohio-Indiana region that Reid Health serves and include: Danika Allen, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit (Bentonville); Katie Berry, RN, BSN, Heart & Vascular Center (Richmond); Morgan Dyer, RN, BSN, Hospice (Winchester); Tyler Evans, RN, BSN, Cath Lab (Centerville); Tanya Forrest, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit (Richmond); Lindsey Hobson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Reid Cardiothoracic Surgeons (Centerville); Rusty Puckett, LPN, Psychiatric Services (Eaton, Ohio); Stacia Robertson, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit (Centerville); Allison Swihart, RN, BSN, 4 East (West Manchester, Ohio); and Megan Woods, RN, BSN, Emergency Services (Lewisburg, Ohio).
Supplied Photo: Group Photo of Winners
Seated, from left: Megan Woods, RN, BSN, Emergency Services; Tanya Forrest, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit; Katie Berry, RN, BSN, Heart & Vascular Center; Danika Allen, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit
Back, from left: Rusty Puckett, LPN, Psychiatric Services; Morgan Dyer, RN, BSN, Hospice; Allison Swihart, RN, BSN, 4 East; Stacia Robertson, RN, BSN, Critical Care Unit; Lindsey Hobson, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Reid Cardiothoracic Surgeons; Tyler Evans, RN, BSN, Cath Lab

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 09, 2016 - 06:53 pm: Edit Post

ATHENA Leadership Award® Finalists Announced

Richmond, Ind. - Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East have partnered for the third year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award® to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is honored for their professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Forest Hills Country Club. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

The request for nominations went out to the community in March. The three finalists chosen are:

Amy Oler Holthouse, of Richmond, Ind., is president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Holthouse provides positive leadership for the county and for her staff. Through the chamber, she is involved in programs and events as well as partnerships and collaborations with America’s Best Communities Competition, Manufacturing Matters, Starr Piano Festival, Leadercast, Festival of Murals and the Centerville Playground Project. Holthouse is a member of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, and she serves on the Indiana University East Board of Advisors, WCTV Board of Directors, and the Board of Advisors for Center City Development.

Kim Poinsett, of Richmond, Ind., is the vice president of community relations for First Bank Richmond. In her role, Poinsett oversees the community engagement and philanthropic efforts for First Bank Richmond. Poinsett serves on the Reid Health Foundation Events Committee, assisting with the Red Dress Ball, BRAvo! and Reid Ride. Poinsett also serves with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s ACES committee, Richmond Social Media Group, Eastern Indiana Small Business Development Center, Third Grade Academy, Richmond Community Schools Kindergarten Rocks, InConcert, Richmond Lions Club, Richmond Art Museum’s Marketing Committee, and a board member of the YWCA, Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Richmond Civic Theatre, and past board member of Girls Inc.

Rebecca Studebaker, of Eaton, Ohio, is the executive director of the YWCA in Richmond. As director, she oversees the YWCA’s Genesis Center, which is the program for domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness for Wayne, Union and Fayette counties. Studebaker inspires those around her to take care of others and she is dedicated to preventing domestic violence and assault. Studebaker serves on community and state committees including for Community Vitality, Joining Forces, Indiana Housing, Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She also serves with the Community Engagement Committee, Wayne County Pro-Bono Commission and Women’s Network on Domestic Violence

The cost for the dinner is $75. Proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. and the IU East Center for Service Learning.

For reservations, contact Norene Groth at or 765-259-0208.

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 - 04:49 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
Supplied Flyer: Educator's Open House Flyer
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.

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