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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 05:06 pm: Edit Post

Easter Egg Hunt & Open House at Boys & Girls Club
Text: Open the Door. Take the Tour.
Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Jeffers Unit
1717 South L Street
Richmond. Indiana
Supplied Photo: Egg Toss
Egg hunt areas will be staged according to age group
Tour the Club and register for summer programs
All Ages Welcome
Call 765-962-6922 for more information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:29 pm: Edit Post

\Richmond Parks & Recreation Egg Hunt Planned for March 29th)

Join Richmond Parks & Recreation and the Richmond RiverRats on Sunday, March 29 at McBride Stadium (201 NW 13th Street) for The Egg Hunt!
Supplied Graphic: The Egg Hunt
Gates open at 2 pm! Play games and create crafts with local organizations like Birth to 5 and Morrisson-Reeves Library! Jump in the photo booth to have an Easter picture with Big Bunny and other mascots!

Hunts begin at 3 pm. **Hunts will be divided by age groups (Children 10 & under)**
Return your empty eggs to claim a goodie bag! **First 250 children

$2.00 per child entry donation benefits the JUKO program. For more information about JUKO, please visit and click on the Parks Department!

K-Ready will be distributing FREE books to Wayne County children four years old and younger! K-Ready encourages parents to read with their children everyday so they will be ready to learn when they start school. For more information: call 765-966-READ.

Questions? Call the Park Office at 765-983-7275. Open Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 06:54 pm: Edit Post

QuinTango, an award-winning tango quintet featuring strings, piano and bandoneon, takes up residence at Earlham College, beginning March 23rd
Supplied Image: QuinTango
For the next week, QuinTango’s violinists, cellist, pianist, bassist and guest bandoneonist and dance instructor from Argentina will meet with music classes and collaborate with community organizations. The residency concludes with a public performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond.

Tickets for the Artist & Lecture Series event are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. One free ticket is available with an Earlham ID.

The box office is located in Carpenter Hall and open Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. or by calling (765) 983-1474. Tickets are also available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Office of Events and Operations in Room 30 of Carpenter Hall.

The concert will feature a sizzling array of tango dance favorites including “Gardel’s Por una Cabeza” (Scent of a Woman), Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” and the blockbuster milonga from Tango Argentino, Julian Plaza’s “Nocturna.”

QuinTango will also perform with music and dance students at Richmond High School in a program co-sponsored by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Earlham.

QuinTango’s dance instructor, Carina Losano, will teach Latin dancing to Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County members, many of whom are alumni of QuinTango’s two previous Tango & Soccer workshops at the Club. Earlham College is a co-sponsor of all community activities.

Multiple WAMMIE-award winner QuinTango is at home anywhere audiences love tango. They have performed at The White House, Lincoln Center’s Midnight Summer Swing in New York, and recently in Costa Rica’s Jazz Café Escazu. Guest artist and bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio channels his native Argentina with equal degrees of heartbreak and unbuttoned fun.

According to QuinTango Director Joan Singer '64, “A QuinTango concert is the next best thing to a night in Buenos Aires.”

For more information, call 765-983-1373 or the Box Office at 765-983-1474.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

‘TXT L8R’ Social Media Contest Offers $5,000 Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS (March 27, 2015) – Indiana high school and college students have a choice: Use their smartphones behind the wheel and make a tragic mistake, or engage their social media followers to “Drive Now. TXT L8R.” and earn a $5,000 scholarship.

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Labor, Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police are again partnering to award $5,000 scholarships to students who compose the most creative and viral social media posts on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

Contest Rules
Students may register their public Twitter accounts through April 10 and read contest rules at Entries must be posted during April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and use the hashtag #TXTL8RIN.

Keeping one’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road is not just a safe driving practice – it’s the law. Social media posts that are composed while driving will be disqualified.

High school and college entries will be awarded separately, and up to three students may work together on the same social media account. The state will deposit $5,000 into the CollegeChoice 529 savings plans for the winners of five categories:
Twitter – most tweets/retweets/favorites
Vine – most likes
Vine – most creative
Instagram – most likes
Instagram – most creative

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 07:40 pm: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to offer program for parents and guardians
“Guiding Good Choices” focuses on strengthening parent skills and family communication

Richmond, IN, March 25, 2015 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will offer “Guiding Good Choices,” a free five-session program for parents and guardians beginning Tuesday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. and running each Tuesday for five weeks until May 12. The goal of the “Guiding Good Choices”
program is to prevent substance abuse among teens by teaching parents effective family management and communication skills before their children enter adolescence.

Topics for the sessions are as follows:

Registration is free but is limited to the first 12 adults to sign up. Participants are offered an incentive to complete the entire program – if they attend all five sessions, they will receive a $30 gas card. Free dinner and childcare are provided.

The sessions are held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County’s Jeffers Unit, 1717 South L Street. To register or for more information, contact Stacey Steele at 765-962-6922.

Guiding Good Choices is one of our highest rated programs on parent surveys, with participants consistently indicating they would recommend it to another parent or guardian. Some anonymous comments the program has received are:
“I enjoyed learning how to properly interact with my loved ones.” – Fall 2014 Participant

“What a wonderful class – it is so important to learn how to communicate with your family. Very helpful and what an eye opener.” – Fall 2014 Participant

“I truly enjoyed this workshop and will attend again because every time I learn something new.” – Fall 2014 Participant
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 Club, 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. For more information, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 03:38 pm: Edit Post

4 Colleges Career Fair planned in Reid Hospital's Lingle Grand Hall

Richmond, Ind. – The 4 Colleges Career Fair is planned for March 31, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Reid Hospital & Health Care Services Lingle Grand Hall. Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond, Purdue College of Technology Richmond and Earlham College are sponsoring the second annual event. There are more than 45 employers and colleges currently planning to attend.

The 4 Colleges Career Fair is an event focused on connecting soon-to-be or recent college graduates with career and intern opportunities. In addition, bachelor’s and master’s degree institutions will be present. Any job seeker who has or will soon have higher education credentials is encouraged to attend.

Register online at For more information contact Danielle Nuss at or 765-973-8235.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:39 pm: Edit Post

One World, One Plate
Flyer: One World, One Plate
An International Festival Celebrating Food, Culture, Music and Dance.

Saturday, April 11th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bard Meeting Room, at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, Indiana

Come and join us as we celebrate the food and culture of Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Japan and the Middle East. You will get to taste foods from each culture as well as learn about customs from each country. Come hungry and enjoy the fun filled afternoon at MRL!

This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 01:39 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Date for Golf Outing
Flyer: Chamber Golf Outing
Save the date, May 15th, for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's annual spring golf outing, held at Forest Hills Country Club. Rain date will be May 22nd. For more information, call the Chamber at 765.962.1511.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:30 am: Edit Post

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau Announces 2nd Annual Children’s Postcard Contest

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau invite area children to share their artistic vision of what Wayne County means to them in the form of a postcard design. Last year children throughout Wayne County shared wonderful entries full of fun graphics, bright colors and positive images about Richmond and Wayne County! The winner, Ashton Harvey, age 12, drew a beautiful image depicting significant sights and sounds in Wayne County including; Gennett Records, a Model T, Madonna of the Trail, Rose Garden and more.

One winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Ages 5-8 and ages 9-12. One grand prize winner will be selected from all entries. The grand prize winner will have their design produced into real post cards that we will put for sale in our gift shop along with receiving a gift bag full of Wayne County items. Their postcard design will be seen by thousands of tourists that stop at the Welcome Center!

Contest begins Monday, March 23rd and runs through Monday, April 20th. A parent or guardian will need to take each child to the Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond to pick up the contest form and a blank postcard. Completed designs must be returned to the Welcome Center by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 20th. Winner will be announced Friday, April 24th and a special ceremony will take place during the National Tourism Week Kickoff Celebration, Saturday, May 2nd.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 03:54 pm: Edit Post

IU East Spring Leadership Forum
Postcard: Courtney Martin
Courtney Martin, Author, Blogger, Speaker; "Next Generation Leaders"

The Annual Spring Leadership Forum is a breakfast keynote session focused on leading edge ideas and practices. There is no charge for this session scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; it is being underwritten by the School of Business and Economics. Registration is required.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 02:03 pm: Edit Post

22nd Annual Ivy Tech Cruisin’ for Scholarships Car Show to feature NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, Classic Cars for a Cause

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 22nd Annual Cruisin’ for Scholarships, Saturday, April 25, will feature US Army’s NHRA top fuel dragster, “the Sarge,” driven by Tony Schumacher.

The 2014 show drew a record 230 entries. Proceeds from the annual event fund scholarships for Ivy Tech Richmond Automotive Program students.

Free to the public, the show includes vehicles of all eras from Model T’s to Muscle Cars and Classics, to Street Rods and Motorcycles. Food, music, a 50/50 raffle, children’s’ activities, and Office of Student Life sponsored events will accompany the show.

The car show is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration for the show is $15 and begins at 8:30 a.m. with on-site rolling judging. The awards presentation will at 1:00 p.m. The show rain date is Sunday, April 26, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center will be open during the Car Show from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for prospective, current and returning students who wish to enroll in summer and/or fall classes. No appointment is needed to complete steps in the enrollment and registration process. Students needing to take the ACCUPLACER assessment should arrive by 11:00 a.m.

For more information, Bob Frantz 765-966-2656 ext. 4016 or or Cheryl Honkomp, 765-966-2656 ext. 2344 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:16 pm: Edit Post

NAMI Announces Speaker for April Meeting

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. The location is the CTC Building at the west end of the Richmond State Hospital Campus.

Steve Ringenberg with Centerstone Employment Services will be the guest speaker. He will discuss how Centerstone can help consumers of mental health services find employment opportunities, despite the challenges they face. The meeting is free of charge and the public is invited.

NAMI’s monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, with a featured speaker on a subject of interest to the mental health community. For more information about this or other NAMI activities, call 765-966-4094 Mon., Wed., or Fri. At other times leave a message and your call will be returned.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 05, 2015 - 08:26 pm: Edit Post

Mural Competition Announces Call for Artists

The Festival of Murals announces the call for artists or artist teams qualifications (RFQ) to enter the 2015 mural competition in Wayne County, Indiana. Artists will paint murals to compete for three prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 and non-winning selected artists will receive $1,000 stipends. The deadline for the RFQ is April 10, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. Competition painting will occur between the dates of June 15 to August 15, 2015. The competition is open to artists who are 18 years or older.

The program is focusing on murals only this year to include local, national and international artists. The competition is already attracting entries from European artists, however, local artists will be given high consideration and are encouraged to apply. The program has fostered the creation of 24 works of murals and sculptures by local and regional artists of past competitions since the program inception in 2010. Sculptures will be included in next year's program.

Entrants will be juried by a panel of judges and selected artist(s) will be assigned to predetermined walls in Wayne County. Artists will display their designs one week before production begins at a reception open to the public. A map of the murals will be available to the public during the competition. Completed murals will be
judged by a qualified panel of judges. Awards will be announced at a closing ceremony in early Fall.

Artists with mural experience are encouraged to apply but it is not a requirement. Artists who can demonstrate an aptitude for mural painting through their qualifications entry are also encouraged to apply. Lodging may be available for selected artists who live more than 85 miles away.

The Festival of Murals is currently accepting donations and sponsorships. Some sponsors may be listed on the mural walls and in the full color "Tour of Murals" map brochure.

For more information or an entry form, email or call 317.696.7349. Competition information and updates will be available on Facebook at or on the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau website:

The Festival of Murals is hosted by the Wayne County Chamber Center for Excellence. It is co-sponsored by Wayne County Tourism Bureau, Richmond Furniture Gallery and the Richmond Historic Depot District.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 09:16 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Special Olympics Team Goes to State
Supplied Image: Believers
The Wayne County Special Olympics Ladies Basketball Team, the Believers won their first State tournament game against the Marion County West Gators and lost their second game against the Montgomery County Purple Pride Team on Sunday, March 15th. They will each receive a Silver Medal. This will end their basketball season and now they will be preparing for track and field competition. Congratulations Ladies on a great season!
Supplied Photo: 1st Champions Together Event
On Friday, February 27th Richmond High School and the Wayne County Special Olympics promoted the Champions Together Program. This is the first time our Special Olympics Teams have played on the Richmond High School gym in our history in Wayne County. We owe a great deal of thanks to the school and students for making this possible. It was a very heart warming experience for all to see.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 07:05 pm: Edit Post

A New Thing for Veach’s: Community Change Initiative
Supplied Graphic: Community Change Initiative
Veach’s is doing a new thing — we’re calling it Community Change Initiative. Each month Veach’s will choose a local cause or charity to support. When you make an in-store donation, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win FREE toys! No purchase necessary, just join our initiative to make positive community change! Check every month to see what toy we’re giving away. See in-store for details, watch our website and sign up to receive monthly email newsletters.

In March, we’re giving away a Melissa & Doug cook’s corner wooden kitchen set (retail value: $129.99). Make an in-store donation and you’ll receive an entry for the toy giveaway! One entry per person per visit, please.

For more information, call 765.962.5761 or visit or come into the store at 715 East Main Street, Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 07:12 pm: Edit Post

Announcing Veach’s 3rd Annual LEGO Day: Saturday, April 11
Supplied Graphic: Lego Day
LEGO Building Contest Rules: Entries must be no more than 10”x10” at its base and no more than 24” tall. Judging will be by a panel of Veach’s toy experts.

First, second, and third place awards will be given in each age category. Special awards will be considered for unique themes, construction, creativity, etc. Registration begins Saturday, March 28 and all entries must be registered at Veach’s by Saturday, April 11, 12:00pm. Entries can be brought to Veach’s for display anytime starting March 28. Winners will be announced on April 11 at 4:00pm. Everyone who registers a contest entry will receive a gift. These will be given out on April 11 or when contestant picks up their entry. One gift per entry and one entry per person, please.

Age groups: Duplo — ages 2-5; KFOL (Kid-Fan-of-LEGO) — ages 6-8; YFOL (Young-Fan-of-LEGO) — ages 9-11; TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO) — ages 12-14; AFOL (Adult-Fan-of-LEGO) — ages 15 and up.

We can’t wait to see what LEGO creations are made this year!

For more information, call 765.962.5761 or visit or come into the store at 715 East Main Street, Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 05:58 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Position Statement

Chamber Position:
The cost of electricity provided by RP&L has too much variability and makes it very difficult for businesses and enterprises in Richmond to effectively manage utility costs.

The ECA (Energy Cost Adjustment) component of the electricity cost causes the overall price of electricity for RP&L customers to swing wildly, causing many issues for Richmond businesses. Many of the Chamber’s constituents have electricity invoices changing by tens of thousands of dollars each month, a significant percentage of utility cost for even the largest customers. This makes budgeting virtually impossible and causes costs to be very unpredictable. The large changes in the ECA will also affect the ability of the community to attract new businesses. The Chamber was under the impression that one of the most compelling reasons to eliminate power generation by RP&L was to smooth out the ECA swings; this does not appear to be the case.

There are viable solutions to smooth out the short term effects of the ECA, which need to be explored by RP&L. Many of the communities in Indiana have the same issues with the ECA, but have determined solutions to reduce the variability to the final user. Different solutions need to be explored, possibly by gathering information from other fellow IMPA members. One idea that needs to be explored is to put a cap and floor on the short term cost to the user, with RP&L using its balance sheet to cover the highs and lows, with the overall cost to be the same over the long term.

The rate class structure of RP&L rates needs to be evaluated. Currently, RP&L customers can switch rate classes every 12 months at their discretion. This potentially causes amplification in rate swings as users move from more expensive to less expensive rate classes in the short term, only to have the rates swing back quickly with no ability to move for a year. What is the purpose of the four classes? Should the number of classes be reduced? Should standards be set to only allow certain criteria in order to move in/out of a class (demand, peak usage capacity, etc.)?

A 3-5 year strategic plan needs to be created by the RP&L Board. Now that RP&L has significantly shifted its strategy from a producer to distributor of electricity, its overall strategy needs to be updated to assure its competitive position and plan long term. The choice of Randy Baker as General Manager of RP&L was a sound decision by the RP&L Board. Randy is a life-long resident of Richmond and we believe he has the best long-term interests of the community at heart. Randy is bright, knowledgeable about his industry and has a lot of experience with different facets of the RP&L operation. The Chamber has been impressed with his willingness to work with other community stakeholders to find mutually beneficial solutions, and has the potential to serve as an excellent ambassador for our community. Choosing Randy to lead RP&L is strongly supported by the Chamber and we look forward to working with him.

In summary, RP&L has to re-evaluate its position now that it has changed from a generating utility to one of distribution only. This will take significant leadership from its Board and its new General Manager, Randy Baker. The industries and large businesses in Richmond simply will not be able to accept large swings in its power costs long term, and RP&L has the ability to smooth out those swings with careful planning and execution. The Chamber looks toward the Board to provide this leadership and vision in order to assure long-term success of RP&L, and ultimately the competitiveness of the community as a whole.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 02:56 pm: Edit Post

Indiana State Fair Now Accepting Online Entries

INDIANAPOLIS – A new online system for entering competitive exhibits at the Indiana State Fair is now available. Beginning today, Exhibitor’s Corner is live and accepting entries for the 2015 Indiana State Fair Year of the Farmer presented by Dow AgroSciences.

Exhibitor’s Corner is a custom application that, for the first time, will allow exhibitors to enter nearly every competition at the Indiana State Fair online. For a complete listing of competitions, to view terms and conditions, or to enter a competition please visit the competitions page on the Indiana State Fair Web site.

Exhibitor’s Corner offers competitors the opportunity to enter multiple exhibits in all 4-H and/or Open Class competitions. Additionally, exhibitors can enter contests in Agriculture & Horticulture, Home and Family Arts, the Brewer’s Cup, and more. In an effort to streamline the process, this new platform offers easy registration and customer accounts, improving the overall customer experience.

Another new feature includes “early bird” registration, providing the lowest entry fees for those who sign up early. Entry Fees vary by competition and all details can be found at the Exhibitor’s Corner. Any questions concerning the entry process may call (317) 927-7515 or email

The Indiana State Fair is August 7-23 and advance discount tickets are available online for $8 per ticket, the gate admission is $12. Parking passes and discounted midway wristbands will also be available online soon. For more information please visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Free Tax Service Starts This Week at MRL

Tax counseling, form preparation, and electronic filing will be available to local taxpayers with low to middle income, with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. This service is open to the public and provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Couples who wish to file electronically should both be present to sign their return. Individuals with tax returns that are deemed to be too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

These Tax Returns that WILL NOT be processed:February Tax Services Offered: Wednesdays from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Open 9:30am - 6:00pm on February 18th

March and April Tax Services Offered: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Open 9:30am - 6:00pm on March 18th and April 8th

For more information, visit:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:58 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Offers Scholarships, Jobs to Engineers in Training

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.

Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31.

INDOT’s scholarship program offers $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.

Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University.

Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and download the application at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31.

Students or parents with questions may contact recruitment consultant Jeremy Haggard at or 317-234-8096.

(Message edited by admin on March 09, 2015)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 05:24 pm: Edit Post

Opportunity Club News

Wayne County Extension Homemakers Opportunity Club met March 12 at Friends Fellowship. It was hosted by Linda Hopkins and Alice Nobbe. After the pledge of allegiance and the homemakers creed, Nobbe gave the inspirational thought entitled “You never walk alone.” Two lessons were given: the health and safety lesson was “Where the rays are—and aren’t” by Carmen Linderman and a special interest lesson was consumer fraud by Peggy Booker.

Members discussed the upcoming Achievement Night event at Central Christian Church on April 30 at 6 pm. During the event, members will be recognized for their longevity in EH. Five Opportunity Club members will be honored: Amy Sons for 5 years; Booker, 20 years; Edna Cox and Kathy Tincher, 30 years; and Wanda McConaha, 35 years. During the meeting, there will be two chances to participate in craft competitions: a cultural arts category and a Christmas ornament

Attendees were encouraged to get involved in the planning and execution of the Quilt Show which will take place May 8 and 9 at the Raper Center. More information can be found at the facebook page at Wayne County Extension Homemakers Quilt Show.

Volunteers also signed up to assist during a Basket Guild event ; monies earned will go to Wayne County EH.

During the Wayne County 4-H Fair which will be held June 20-27, several club members will help with the Mini 4-H projects on June 18 beginning at 7:30 am. Club members will also assist with intake and judging of the Open Class entries on June 15 and June 20 and with exhibit release on June 29.

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 06:55 pm: Edit Post

United Way of Whitewater Valley is accepting nominations for Community Heroes

United Way of Whitewater Valley knows there are everyday heroes in our community. We want to know who YOUR hero is, and why. Please refer to the link below to nominate your COMMUNITY HERO!

We will select one hero to represent each of our Vision Council's (Health, Youth & Families, Community Vitality, and Education). That will be (4) heroes total, to be recognized at the United Way Annual Celebration on Wednesday, April 29th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Whitewater Hall at IU East.

Heroes of all ages welcome!

Not all heroes wear capes, so help us thank those who are creating positive, lasting change in our community!

**All submissions must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:22 pm: Edit Post

Community Christian School Plans Carnival for April

The annual CCS carnival is Friday, April 24. This is a fun event for families of students, prospective students, graduates and friends of CCS. There will be a variety of games located in classrooms throughout the building, a cake-walk, a bounce house and balloon-pop dart game in the gym. Each grade-level creates a themed basket that is raffled off at the end of the evening. Themes include a garden theme, movies, chocolate, home-improvement and a devotional basket. There are will also be a silent auction. Past items available in the silent auction have included a television, American girl doll, a bathroom vanity and sink.

Food service begins at 5:30 p.m. and carnival games begin at 6:00 and go until 8:00 p.m. Game tickets will be for sale during the carnival $5.00 for a bundle of 20 game tickets. Raffle tickets will also be for sale during the carnival.

For more information, visit the Community Christian School website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 05, 2015 - 03:39 pm: Edit Post

Art Is...China A Hands-On Exhibit of Art and Culture
February 3 - March 27, 2015
Press Release: Art Is...China
The Richmond Art Museum invites your class to the 2015 Children's Hands-On Exhibit Art Is...China, for K-3rd grade students. This year, the art and culture of China will be explored through looking a the country's arts, crafts, and other objects and by participating in creative activities.

Once you've reserved a spot for your class, a packet of activities, along with reservation confirmations will be sent out as your visit date approaches. The pre-packet is designed to introduce some of what will be explored in the exhibit, and will give your students basic background information about China.

The exhibit will run from Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, March 27, 2015. Keep in mind that this program if free of charge, so please take advantage of it!

Note this change: Groups will be scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. (No Monday sessions) All sessons are approximately one hour in length. The schedule fills quickly, so register early.

Scheduling multiple classes on the same day is ideal. This allows the bus to drop off a class at the museum and then return to school for the second class. When the second class is dropped off at the museum, the first class then loads onto the bus for the return trip. Talk to your fellow teachers and coordinate your visits!

To schedule your class(es), call the Richmond Art Museum at (765) 966-0256. You may also email Lance Crow at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 06:17 pm: Edit Post

High school seniors offered $1,000 Ivy Tech Dual Credit scholarships for fall 2015 on first come, first serve basis

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is making $1,000 Dual Credit Scholarships available to 2015 high school graduates on a first come, first serve basis.

The scholarships are for students who have earned credits toward the completion of a certificate or degree at a high school with a Dual Credit program in Ivy Tech’s Richmond Region. The Richmond Region includes Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties.

Ivy Tech is prepared to offer a $1000 scholarship to graduates who choose to continue their education at Richmond and/or Connersville. This scholarship is being awarded as $500 in the Fall Semester 2015 and $500 in the Spring Semester 2016. This first-come, first-serve opportunity has a limited number of scholarships available.

Dual Credit is a program that allows high school students to remain in the high school classroom and earn credits toward both high school graduation and college certificates and degrees through Ivy Tech Community College. Typically, three credits are earned per high school course.

To receive a scholarship, the applicant must meet these requirements: have officially graduated from high school; apply and enroll as a Richmond/Connersville student for Fall Semester 2015 (and then continue on for Spring Semester 2016); be a degree-seeking student (pursuing an Ivy Tech certificate or degree program).The scholarship may be used for tuition and fees, books, and/or supplies.

Students are also urged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Those completing the FAFSA by March 10 will be eligible to apply for over $300 million in state financial aid.

Students, who have earned Dual Credits toward a certificate or degree and would like to receive a $1,000 scholarship starting in fall 2015, should complete the Ivy Tech online admissions application at and contact Linda Przybysz, Ivy Tech Admissions Director, at 765-966-2656 ext. 1214 or

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