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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 11:46 am: Edit Post

First Ivy Tech Tom Raper Foundation Scholarships awarded for 2014-15 academic year

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond awarded the first Tom Raper Foundation, Inc. Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year to Richmond residents Dorothy Riley, Business Administration major and Sara Booth, Software Development major.

Booth and Riley received assistance with the cost of tuition, text books and other expenses associated with attending college.

Tom Raper, local philanthropist and former owner of Tom Raper RV’s, recently established an endowed scholarship for Ivy Tech Richmond students. Raper and his wife Suzanne created the scholarship to help Ivy Tech students learn skills that would help them become successful employees or employers.

Because of the Raper family’s generosity, the Center for Business Studies in Johnson Hall was recently named in honor of Tom Raper, who has shown that hard work and knowledge of sound business practices can lead to success.

Who we are:
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:10 pm: Edit Post

“Virginia Claypool Meredith” Indiana State Historical Marker Will Be Dedicated in Cambridge City, Indiana

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating the “Queen of American Agriculture,” Virginia Claypool Meredith, is scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014. The marker will be dedicated at 2:00 P.M. (EDT), near 512 E. Main St. (US 40) Cambridge City, IN. This marker is one of several state historical markers installed on US 40 in Wayne County. Parking is available along E. Main St. (east of the bridge), on Pearl St., and on E. Church St.

The text follows for the state marker entitled “Virginia Claypool Meredith”: As a writer, speaker, stockbreeder, and university professor, Meredith (born 1848) encouraged women to pursue education and careers related to farm life. She inherited Oakland Farm, three blocks south, 1882. Successfully grew business and reputation as farm expert. Appointed to 1893 World’s Fair Board of Lady Managers. She was known as “Queen of American Agriculture.” By 1880s, Meredith promoted advancement of farm women to an international audience through speeches for farmers’ institutes and women’s clubs, and in publications, including Breeders’ Gazette. She led efforts to establish home economics science education at University of Minnesota and Purdue University. First female Purdue Trustee, 1921, she served until death, 1936.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this Indiana state historical marker as part of “Virginia Claypool Meredith Day.” The celebration, which lasts from 2:00-4:00 PM, will include an introduction of the marker sponsors and the unveiling of the marker, first person interpretation, and a talk on Virginia Claypool Meredith. There will also be tours of the nearby Meredith House on Oakland Farm, and light refreshments.

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For almost 100 years the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the State of Indiana, has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. There are over 550 of these markers across the state.

For more information about this marker, the Indiana Historical Marker Program, and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at www.IN.gov/history or call 317-233-8940.

For more information about the marker dedication ceremony, contact Phyllis Mattheis at (765) 478-5993.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:37 am: Edit Post

49th Annual Heritage Festival at the Wayne County Historical Museum
Poster: 2014 Heritage Festival
Carriage rides, re-enactors, crafts, children's activities and more on September 6th from 10am to 5pm and September 7th from 12pm to 5 pm. at the Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 02:02 pm: Edit Post

US 35 Bridge Project to Restrict I-70 Ramp

RICHMOND – A bridge project scheduled to begin after the Labor Day holiday weekend is expected to restrict the northbound U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike entrance ramp to westbound I-70 to a single lane for approximately two months.

Beginning on or after Tuesday, Sept. 2, crews will restrict one lane of the northbound U.S. 35 ramp to westbound I-70 to begin work on the bridge over southbound U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike. Duncan Robertson, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractor for the project, will be replacing the bridge approach pavement and applying a latex-modified concrete overlay to the bridge deck.

The work will be done in two phases to allow one lane of traffic to remain open at all times. Each phase will restrict one lane of the ramp for approximately 30 days.

The $1.4 million design-build contract also includes rebuilding the Hancock County Road 400 East bridge deck over I-70. All work on the contract is expected to be complete before Thanksgiving.

For information on INDOT work zones and highway restrictions, go to TrafficWise.in.gov or call toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623).

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:34 pm: Edit Post

Reid emergency doctor ‘Medical Director of the Year’
Supplied Photo: Dr. Michael Smith
Dr. Michael Smith, Reid emergency physician and Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services, was named the Medical Director of the Year at the recent Indiana Emergency Response Conference.

Dr. Smith was recognized by demonstrating “proficiency in oversight” and “an attitude of professionalism” to coworkers and the public. His citation recognized his efforts in serving as Wayne County’s EMS Medical Director for two years, using an emergency response vehicle to respond to calls at times, implementing Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support ambulances and developing other programs.

“The skills and training that Dr. Smith has shared with his teams have served our patients and families in immeasurable ways,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This recognition puts a bright light on the significant impact he has had in changing lives in eastern Indiana and western Ohio.”

Dr. Smith, of Oxford, Ohio, has been at Reid for seven years and is also Medical Director for over 20 agencies in Wayne, Union, Randolph and Preble (Ohio) Counties. Dr. Smith provides medical oversight for these agencies and develops protocols for all responders to use when treating patients.

“I’m very grateful for the recognition,” he said. “More than anything, I’m grateful for the efforts of local EMTs, firefighters, and law enforcement officers to provide a quality emergency response system in our region. It is easy to look good when one is lucky enough to work with such outstanding first responders. This award reflects chiefly upon the professionalism and dedication of our system as a whole.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 05:05 pm: Edit Post

Educational Breakfast Series: Agriculture & Your Business
Flyer: Educational Breakfast Series
Hear Tom Tully, Ag Program Chair at Ivy Tech, Andy Fram with Frame's Lawn Care & Snow Removal, Jen Ferrell, Chef at Taste by Jen Ferrell and Dale Stoffer from Harvest Land Co-op at this Educational Breakfast Series event on Wednesday, August 27th at McDaniel Hall, Room 1118, Ivy Tech Community College, 2357 Chester Blvd, Richmond. FREE. Reserve your spot.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 04:05 pm: Edit Post

MediCenter Pharmacies, Reid partner to better manage patient care

A new partnership between MediCenter Pharmacies, a group of community retail stores owned by pharmacists, and Reid is an example of a continuing major shift by caregivers nationally to better manage community health while reducing costs for providers and patients.

“A focus for Reid and other hospitals and health systems is that we have to better manage the health of our patients across the ‘continuum of care’, and not simply when someone is in the hospital,” said Brad Hester, Director of Pharmacy Services at Reid. While some of the changes are driven by how providers will be reimbursed for care, Hester noted that the overall goal is to have a team approach in the care for the community.

“It is not enough to just provide good care when someone is the hospital, or for a pharmacist to help ensure someone takes their medicine correctly, or for a physician office to treat someone episodically when they happen to come to an appointment,” he said. “Now, we all must become partners to help make sure we are working together to keep our community as healthy as possible.”

The goal of the MediCenter Pharmacy and Reid partnership, approved this week by the Reid Governing Board, is to better manage compliance by patients with their medicines, said Dr. Tom Huth, Reid Vice President/Director of Medical Affairs. “Medication programs have been shown to be critical to patients for maintaining good health,” Huth said. “Pharmacists work with patients to ensure medications are used as prescribed and provide patient education. Most importantly, they get to work directly with other caregivers to build relationships that are designed to achieve optimum health for patients.”

The shift to population health management is one result of the Affordable Care Act, which puts an emphasis on hospitals playing a larger role in community health by helping to manage care beyond the health system’s campus. “So, health care organizations are working to structure their care to include all aspects of a patient’s life, through partnerships with other providers, pharmacies, and anyone who can have an impact on community wellness,” Hester said.

Currently, MediCenter Pharmacies are operating in Cambridge City and Liberty. Cambridge City MediCenter Pharmacy, owned and operated by Ken Newton, is inside Cutshaw’s Market. Liberty MediCenter Pharmacy, owned and operated by the husband-wife pharmacy team of Dave and Peggy Rokosz, is in Woodruff’s Supermarket. MediCenter Pharmacies jointly owned by the Newtons, Rokosz’ and veteran pharmacy executive Don Schreiber have plans to expand in the Richmond and Connersville markets with Reid to better service patients and employees.

Newton and Dave and Peggy Rokosz are all long-time residents and pharmacists in and around Wayne County. They have multiple decades of experience owning their own pharmacies and are well-respected and trusted by their patients, Hester said.

Newton said he sees communication as key in the effort. “When a person comes out of the hospital or physician office, we will have a more direct communication about what they are taking. We can counsel these patients and make sure they are compliant with their medicines. Communication is a big deal,” he said, noting that patients who do not take medicines correctly are more likely to develop complications that might result in setbacks.

Dave Rokosz said the partnership aims to improve monitoring of overall patient care to help prevent complications and improve outcomes. In a normal pharmacy setting, he only sees a prescription. “We don’t always know the diagnosis,” he said, citing the example of medicines like prednisone that could be used for numerous conditions. “We will be more aware of their disease and can do a better job communicating with them about what a medicine will do for them based on their diagnosis,” he said.

James Bertsch, D.O., Cambridge City Family Medicine, said he sees patients almost daily who may not be managing their medications properly. Sometimes it can be a financial issue and others may have let some of the disclaimers that come with prescriptions scare them – they stop taking the medicine but do not communicate their concerns to the pharmacist or their doctor. “Any disease process certainly worsens quicker if the patient does not take their medicine,” he said. “Then they don’t have control of their heart disease, diabetes or other condition and all the complications that could ensue probably will.”

Dr. Bertsch said he is looking forward to an improved process of communication concerning the care of his patients. “I think the more information each caregiver has, the better the quality and continuity of care.”

Scott Marsteller, M.D., of Hagerstown Family Practice, said medication issues are also common with his patients. One example is confusion that can come with certain medications that may be mainly used for one problem but can also help with another. “Sometimes we use antidepressants as a chronic pain treatment, for example,” he said. If the pharmacist does not know that or the patient misunderstands, they may decide on their own not to use the medicine “because they are not depressed” and not get the pain relief benefit he intends.

Hester said the partnership follows a historically cooperative relationship with the pharmacy partners and Reid. “We all share a commitment to customer service,” he said.

Hester said that historically, hospitals have been procedure and illness driven. The changing model of care incorporates physicians and other caregivers to more of an outpatient focus, working to keep patients well rather than responding when they are sick.

“Adding an outpatient pharmacist component is another addition to the changing face of the health care team,” he said. “And this represents the shift from what is called ‘pay for performance’ to a ‘population health management’ model of care.”

The partnership will be celebrated in an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Cambridge City MediCenter Pharmacy in Cutshaw’s Market. The event will include free health screenings and giveaways. Future events are also being planned in Liberty.

MediCenter Pharmacy services include compounding, auto refills, free delivery service; “synchronizing,” where all medications are filled at one time reducing trips for the patient; “dose packaging,” which puts medicines taken at the same time together for patients on multiple medications; and hands-on medication management. They share Reid’s vision of focusing on patient care across the continuum.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:02 am: Edit Post

Poetry Reading and Art Show by Sharon Sittloh
Flyer: Sharon Sittloh Poetry Reading at MRL
Enjoy an evening with Sharon Sittloh, accomplished artist, poet, actress and commercial voice over talent....and RHS graduate. Book signing and light refreshments will follow the program. At Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond. Free.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

Manufacturing jobs skills training scheduled at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond, Ind. - Manufacturing Matters (MM), the skills training program for high demand local manufacturing jobs, is accepting applications for the class that starts October 6. The deadline for applications is September 19. Ivy Tech Corporate College and WorkOne staff teach the classes on the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond campus. Apply online at: ManufacturingMatters.info.

Qualified applicants receive a full scholarship worth $2600 for the 10 week, 172 hour manufacturing training and individual development program. Eric Matthews, a June graduate, says, “Things I had heard about, now I know about”.

To qualify for the program applicants must pass a skills assessment, WorkKeys as a silver level, take part in an interview, commit to a training schedule and pass a drug screen. The class will be the fourth since the program began in October 2013.

The program, one of 17 nationwide, was selected in June to receive a $150,000 three-year grant to help area residents with skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The grant, through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)/Walmart Foundation, will be used to enhance the quality of the program and to expand the initiative regionally. Karen Koppinger, a June class graduate, says, “MM means bigger, better employment – a chance for a career rather than just a job”.

The training includes Safety; Quality and Measurement; Manufacturing Production; and Maintenance Awareness. Participants learn valuable skills and receive an orientation to what it’s like to work in manufacturing – equipping them to make better decisions in seeking employment. Participants can prepare to sit for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The certification also counts toward six academic credits at Ivy Tech Community College in an academic program.

How to apply: Go to ManufacturingMatters.info. The deadline to apply online for the October class is September 19. Questions: Contact WorkOne representatives: Bob Hays or Gail Martin at 765-962-8591 in Wayne County, Cherry Harvey or Leslie Shaul at 765-825-3191 in Fayette County, and 765-932-5921 in Rush County.

Area manufacturing employer partners include: Color-Box, Emerson Climate Technologies, GE Roots Connersville, Johns Manville, Primex Plastics Corporation, Richmond Baking Company, Stant USA Corporation, Trane/Ingersoll Rand and Vandor Corporation.

Funding partners include: Duke Energy, the Economic Growth Group, Wayne County Foundation, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County.

Manufacturing Matters is a collaborative effort of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, Economic Development Group of Fayette County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Connersville Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Office City of Richmond, Mayor’s Office City of Connersville, Mayor’s Office City of Rushville, WorkOne, Ivy Tech Corporate College and manufacturing employers.


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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:28 pm: Edit Post

Spectators Invited To Attend Autumn Oaks Coonhound Event Labor Day Weekend, Richmond, Indiana

United Kennel Club welcomes all dog lovers to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana, over Labor Day Weekend where hundreds of the country’s best coonhounds will compete, from August 28 – 31, in UKC’s 55th Annual Autumn Oaks event.

Autumn Oaks, which began in 1960, has grown to be one of the top three largest coonhound events featured on the UKC licensed event calendar. Serving as the second leg of the Triple Crown Series, sponsored by Black Gold Dog Foods, it is truly a premier Coonhound event, as well as a kind of annual celebration. During the four days of world-class competition, thousands of spectators and participants travel from all over the United States and Canada to east-central Indiana to attend "The Event Where History is Made." Participants compete for prizes provided by event sponsors, as well as prestige and national recognition, as Major Winners receive national titles and acclaim.

The sport of hunting with coonhounds has been part of American history, going back to the early 1700s, and continues to this day in all parts of the country. In accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations, no game is taken and no firearms are allowed at UKC events. Nationally recognized vendors will be on-hand offering dog and pet products to fill every need. Coonhound owners and breeders are also available to discuss the breeds’ temperaments, abilities, training, ownership and handling.

"Autumn Oaks is great because it comes at a time when the coonhound competition season is winding down and hunting season is getting started,” UKC Senior Vice President Todd Kellam said.

“The nights are cooler, and autumn is right around the corner – so is Autumn Oaks a gathering to celebrate the competition year-end or the hunting season opener? Yes to both!” he affirmed.

The coonhound community is proud to offer this family-friendly event. Spectators are welcome to meet and greet the best coonhound/owner teams from across the country; however, they are asked to leave their own pets at home, as only dogs registered to compete are allowed on the event grounds. For complete details about 2014 Autumn Oaks, and all UKC licensed events, please visit www.ukcdogs.com.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,500 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:46 am: Edit Post

This is Rail Safety Week in Indiana. See Tracks - Think Train!

Governor Mike Pence declared August 24 through August 30, 2014 as Indiana Rail Safety Week. Indiana Operation Lifesaver, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation, local law enforcement and railroad companies have partnered together to raise public awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossings laws and trespassing on railroad property.

“Collisions between vehicles and trains are completely preventable,” states Jessica Feder, Executive Director of Indiana Operation Lifesaver. “Indiana law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will be out monitoring railroad crossings during Indiana Rail Safety Week. After the video from Indiana Rail Road was released of the two women trespassing, we are hoping to change the public’s mindset regarding rail safety. Rail Safety Week is a great opportunity to get our message out there!”

Indiana Operation Lifesaver has scheduled numerous enforcement blitzes throughout Indiana involving law enforcement agencies. There will also be PSA’s throughout the state, safety information distributed at college campuses, posters on SouthShore trains and at stations, Operation Lifesaver night at the Gary RailCats baseball game, and media coverage of events. INDOT will also have rail safety messages on the dynamic message boards along major roads. Indiana is taking a proactive lead in the elimination of trespassing and pedestrian fatalities at railroad crossings.

In 2013, there were 90 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 32 people injured and 16 fatalities in the state of Indiana. Indiana is currently ranked 5th nationally for railroad crossing collisions. The Hoosier State had 19 trespasser deaths last year as well as 19 injuries. The trespassing problem is growing rapidly in 18-35 year old population throughout Indiana.

“We are constantly striving to improve our statistics with both crossing collisions and trespasser incidents,” said Jessica Feder. “We encourage everyone to take these warning devices seriously and pay attention at all railroad crossings. It’s the law!”

Indiana Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade intersections and on railroad rights-of-way through public education, engineering and enforcement. To learn more about Indiana Operation Lifesaver, please visit us online at www.oli.org or call 812-528-4327. Visit Indiana Operation Lifesaver on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-Operation-Lifesaver/87478446485.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 03:52 pm: Edit Post

Oktoberfest 2014 in the Historic Depot District
Poster: Oktoberfest 2014
Oktoberfest in Richmond's historic Depot District - fun for kids and adults alike with food, beer garden, music, and a huge street fair, featuring arts, crafts and antiques. September 27 and 28, 2014.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:25 am: Edit Post

Local 2-1-1 Call Center Closing

Starting September 1st, calls will no longer be answered by the local 2-1-1 call center, but will be routed to “Connect 2 Help” the call center based in Indianapolis.

For the past six years the local 2-1-1 call center has been housed at the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency’s Richmond office and served residents of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties. Information was provided at no cost to the caller on available health and human services including: housing, employment, food pantries, utility assistance, legal aid, addiction counseling, and volunteer opportunities such as becoming a foster parent or delivering meals to the elderly.

“For six years the local 2-1-1 call center has successfully assisted thousands of individuals and families in finding local programs and services uniquely qualified to meet their needs. We are proud of the work we have accomplished and of the numerous accolades regarding professionalism, friendliness, helpfulness and efficiency of operation that we have received,” stated David Free, 2-1-1 Coordinator.

“The local 2-1-1 call center was not funded by either federal or state agencies. Over the six years of operations, support was provided by city and county government, Fayette, Rush, Union and Wayne County Foundations, Local 919 IUE-CWA and a number of other local agencies”, stated Tony Shepherd, Area 9 Executive Director. Shepherd added, “Our regional 2-1-1 Call Center Advisory Board members and area leadership provided invaluable assistance and guidance in keeping the call center informed of new programs and services. The board members’ outreach efforts and promotion of the call center has been very effective and helpful in reaching those families who were in greatest need.”

Continue to dial 2-1-1 to receive assistance with health and human service issues. Since the Indianapolis call center will be using the service database developed by the local 2-1-1 call center, the only change will be that callers will be assisted by representatives in Indianapolis, rather than by local staff.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:32 pm: Edit Post

What's Happening Along the Trail in 2014
Flyer: Cardinal Greenways Trail Events
For more information, check the Cardinal Greenways website or sign up for BikeTOURberfest at www.biketourberfest.com. For more information, contact Denise Retz at 765-977-2886 or deniser@cardinalgreenways.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 03:51 pm: Edit Post

3rd Fridays at the Gennett Mansion by Starr-Gennett
Flyer: 3rd Fridays with Starr Gennett
The Beat you can dance to..the Music you love to listen to...the Songs you love to sing... featuring The Branch Trio in the Gennett Mansion's Ballroom every Third Friday, August 15th and September 19th. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, call 765.962.2860.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:39 am: Edit Post

Veach's Announces Events for Summer 2014
Poster: Veaches 2014 Summer Events
Special events for children and their families have been scheduled at Veach's Toy Station during their special evening hours on "First Fridays". Additional details for their summer craft workshops can be found at http://www.veachstoystation.com or on Facebook. Be sure to visit the store to sign up early!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 09:58 am: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County launches Great Futures Campaign to advocate for kids during out-of-school time

Nationwide Movement Redefines the Opportunity Equation for Kids by Elevating Need for Increased Access to Afterschool and Summer Programs

Richmond, Indiana (July 31, 2014) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County today announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures. The local Club is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to redefine the opportunity equation for kids by elevating the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s development. Through the Great Futures Campaign, the organization seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success.

Every day, 15 million kids nationwide (1 out of 3) leave school with no place to go1, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. During the summer, an alarming 43 million (3 out of 4) kids in America lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year starts. The way a child spends their time after school and during the summer can significantly impact the path they take.

“When the nation prepares to go back to school this fall, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County wants to ensure out-of-school is part of the conversation. We’re taking a leadership role with the Great Futures Campaign to elevate the impact of out-of-school time, a critical, yet often overlooked, part of their day,” said Executive Director Bruce Daggy. “When school is out, no child should go unsafe or unguided. Through the Campaign, we are advocating on behalf of kids to ensure they have access to a safe, engaging and productive place to go between school and home.”

A response to the crises facing America’s kids, the Campaign is focused on reversing the most negative trends facing youth and the country:

Nationally, the issues have economic implications, costing as much as $209 billion in lost taxes and higher government expenditures over the lifetimes of those who fail to graduate7. Healthcare costs to treat health issues related to childhood obesity are $14.1 billion annually,8 and states spend an average of $7.1 million a day locking youth up in juvenile justice facilities.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County has been serving the community with afterschool and summer programs for 57 years. During that time, we’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time,” said Daggy. “We want today’s generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”

One such future leader is our 2014 Youth of the Year, Nate Martin. In an essay he wrote about his Club experience, Martin summed up his experience as follows: “I don’t know where I’d be today without the Boys & Girls Club. In a very short time the Club changed my life for the better; it has transformed me and made me a better person.”

The Club transforms its members’ lives in many ways, but the key measures are Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character and Citizenship. A few outcomes have been: Boys & Girls Clubs reach kids most in need with outcome-driven programs. Research shows that when kids attend the Club more frequently, the impact grows, so Clubs create a fun and engaging environment that keeps kids coming back. Goals for the Campaign include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. The community can help by spreading the word to families with children who need a safe and fun place to go after school. Also, contributing to our fundraising campaign will allow us to continue to advocate and increase awareness of the programs and activities available to kids at our local Clubs. Visit www.bgcrichmond.org and click on the

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit our website or the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s website at www.bgca.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Members of the clubs, ages 6-18, have access to dedicated, trained professionals who provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Currently, we serve over 2,500 youth at four locations: the Jeffers, Central, Fairview and Hagerstown units and during the summer at our 168-acre Camp Guy located on the Whitewater River. Since 1957, the Club has been striving to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life. We offer programs and activities in five core program areas: Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, the Arts & Sports and Fitness & Recreation.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:46 pm: Edit Post

Reid’s new Volunteer Director an experienced volunteer
Photo: Becky Jewison - supplied
Becky Jewison of Richmond is the new Director of Volunteer Services at Reid.

Jewison, a Reid team member for seven years, assumes responsibility for the department that manages more than 400 volunteers who serve in various roles for the health system. She was Events Coordinator for Reid Foundation before taking over the Volunteer Department, where she led the organization or helped with planning for Foundation events including ReidRide, BRAvo! and other activities.

She worked with numerous volunteers in the Foundation role, and also with Richmond Civic Theatre where she was previously Managing Director of Stage One Youth Theatre.

“Working with volunteers has been a big part of my work life here at Reid with events and at Stage One. And being a volunteer has been a big part of my life since I was young,” Jewison said, noting involvement in Special Olympics, the theater, Girl’s Inc. and other organizations.

As Director, Jewison will manage adult, junior and student volunteers, chaplaincy and hospice outreach programs and pet and music therapy, among other programs.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:45 am: Edit Post

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is celebrating its 58th season at the season’s opening concert on September 20

As part of the opening concert festivities the RSO will honor two long time Symphony Board members and welcome six area residents to Board membership.

Being honored are Ginger Gray and David Rogers who have been appointed honorary Life Directors for their “dedicated, extended and extraordinary service to the Richmond Symphony Orchestra”.

The new members joining the Board for three year terms are:

Caryl Bailey, serves as an adjunct instructor of piano and accompanist for concert choir and Madrigals at Earlham College. She also is an accompanist for local middle school, high school,
and college and church choirs.

Rachel Etherington, a Richmond High School assistant principal, has taught and coached at the high school level and is a lifetime member of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. She was the Association’s president 2001-2002. She is the daughter of RSO Lifetime Board Member Wayne Vincent.

Jessica Raposo, Coordinator of Music at IU East, holds music degrees from the University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Music (London) and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). She has been principal flute with the Burnaby Symphony, Michigan Pops Orchestra and performed with the Vancouver Symphony.

Dave Snow, Whitewater Broadcasting Radio Personality and Promotions Director, also works with numerous community projects. His community engagement includes City Fit, City Life, The Fireworks 5K and the Richmond City Fireworks Entertainment.

George Sowers, an attorney at Knoll, Kolger, Sowers & Metzger, concentrates on corporate, real estate and probate law at Knoll. He serves on the Advisory Board of IU East and is attorney for the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation.

Melissa Vance, an employee of the Reid Hospital Foundation, oversees creative design and writing for print and digital publications. She previously worked in the public and private sectors in marketing, business development, public relations, program development and web management.

The RSO welcomes this new talent to the board and extends a heartfelt appreciation to David and Ginger for their extraordinary service to the board.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 02, 2014 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

Huddleston Farmers' Market
Poster: Huddleston Farmers' Market
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., June - October
Huddleston Farmhouse, 838 National Road, Cambridge City
For more information, email east@indianalandmarks.org or call 765.478.3172.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 04:42 pm: Edit Post

Rebecca Murray joins Communities In Schools of Wayne County as Associate Executive Director
Supplied Photo: Rebecca Murray
Communities In Schools of Wayne County is pleased to announce that Rebecca Murray has joined the leadership team as Associate Executive Director. Becky has experience working as a youth and family caseworker and most recently served as project manager and supervisor in Corporate College at Ivy Tech Community College. Becky brings a combination of experience in staff development, program management, and a strong connection with area colleges and businesses. Becky can be contacted at beckym@ciswayneco.org or calling the Communities In Schools office at 765-983-2263.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:31 am: Edit Post

NSY Book Discussion 2014 Summer /Fall Schedule

The Not So Young Book Discussions are designed for adults who love to read teen and young adult novels. Discussions are held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Two Sisters book store, 193 Ft. Wayne
Avenue, Richmond, IN. Here’s a list of upcoming dates and books:

For more information call Peggy Booker at 765-966-4161 or email us at anydot@hotmail.com.


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