Centerville Library Announces March Events
Stop by the Centerville Library at 126 East Main Street, Centerville to explore these and other programs in March. For more information, call 765.855.5223.
IU East Announces New Campus Police Sergeant
Sgt. Brad Smoker
Indiana University Police Department East Chief Scott Dunning has appointed Bradley Smoker as sergeant.
Smoker, of Centerville, Ind., has been a police officer with the IUPD-East department since 2015. His appointment as sergeant began February 12.
“I am very excited for Brad Smoker’s promotion as sergeant within the IUPD-East division," Dunning said. "He is eager to grow within the law enforcement profession and I look forward to mentoring him. I believe he brings with him an understanding of community policing and professionalism that is expected within IUPD.”
As sergeant, Smoker's role will be to assist in the planning, directing, and coordinating of activities in the police department and he is responsible for the supervision of police personnel. IUPD-East currently has five full-time positions, one part-time officer, two part-time student officers, and two part-time cadet officers.
Also, the sergeant often represents the department at various meetings and conferences. He will speak before community groups on the role of the police department.
Previously, Smoker was a corrections officer with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and he was a police officer with the Centerville Police Department. He is a 2013 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and has attended the Indiana University Law Enforcement Academy. He is a certified police bicyclist.
Currently, Smoker is working on a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree at IU East.
Seton Catholic Announces Open House Date
Save Thursday, February 23, 2017 for Seton Catholic's Open House. Questions? Call 765.962.3902 ext. 21.
Sigma Tau Delta Reading Marathon open to the public
Sigma Tau Delta will host a 24-hour Reading Marathon of Moby Dick beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, at Roscoe's Coffee Bar, located at 185 Fort Wayne Avenue in Richmond. Sigma Tau Delta is the English Honors Society at IU East.
The event is free and open to the community.
Guests are invited to attend as they are available. Sign-ups are available for those interested in reading during the marathon by emailing Steven Petersheim, assistant professor of English, at email@example.com.
Petersheim said the event is expected to continue through 5 p.m. Friday, February 24.
"We're very excited about this event and the potential to build the literary and artistic community of Richmond while showing them what IU East has to offer," Petersheim said. "Mayor Dave Snow and members of the faculty at IU East will participate in the kick-off ceremony, and Roscoe's has enthusiastically agreed to stay open around the clock for this reading. Several hardy souls have already decided to try to stay for the entire reading. This is an exciting way to get to know a classic of American literature in the company of good readers, great food and drink, and an involved community."
Seeking Nominations for the 2017 Area 9 Golden Hoosier Award
Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, is searching for persons age 65+ from this area as nominees for the 2017 Area 9 Golden Hoosier Award.
The nominee must be 65 years of age or older on or before January 1, 2017, and must be a resident of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County. They must have contributed at least three (3) years of volunteer experience to their community after reaching 60 years of age, positively impacting members of a community, civic organization, or faith-based organization through volunteer efforts.
All nominees and their guests will be honored at a special luncheon to be held April 13th at The Leland Legacy in Richmond. The 2017 award winner will be announced at that time.
Help us recognize the contributions of our older population’s unsung heroes by nominating someone in your community! Activities may include community, church, social activities, service clubs and/or individual efforts. To nominate an individual, just complete an official nomination form available on the Area 9 Agency website, www.area9agency.org; at Area 9 Agency, 520 South 9th Street in Richmond; or by contacting Judy Ford at 765-966-1795, toll-free at 1-800-458-9345 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for entries is March 15th!
INDOT Seeks Members for ADA Advisory Group
Next meeting held at INDOT Seymour office on Feb. 22
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking applications from Indiana residents for membership in its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Community Advisory Working Group.
INDOT seeks membership from a broad cross-section of Indiana for its ADA Advisory Working Group. In particular, individuals with disabilities, or those who provide services to persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
There are now two ways to participate. Statewide Advisory Group members are expected to travel to six meetings around the state – one in each INDOT regional district. Applicants who prefer to represent their area may participate on a regional committee that will meet with the Advisory Group once each year.
About the Advisory Group, Transition Plan
Selected Advisory Group members provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan, including efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning. Discussion and advocacy is limited to INDOT matters including programs, pedestrian facilities in INDOT right of way, and where INDOT works with local governments.
The ADA Transition Plan outlines INDOT’s policies and practices for removing barriers to accessibility in its programs and at its facilities, including pedestrian facilities in state right of way such as sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signals. The document is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website at www.in.gov/indot/3036.htm.
Next meeting and how to apply
Individuals interested in becoming members should submit a letter of interest and resume before Wednesday, March 1 to Erin L. Hall, INDOT’s Title VI/ADA Program Manager, via email at email@example.com. Applications may also be sent via mail to 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N750, Indianapolis, IN 46204. There is no application form to complete, a letter of interest and resume are all that is required.
Potential statewide applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the next ADA Advisory Group meeting at 6 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the upstairs conference room at INDOT’s District Office, located at 185 Agrico Lane in Seymour.
In addition, local officials representing city, town and county governments are invited to attend and participate in Advisory Group meetings held within their regional district.
Nettle Creek Players Holds Local Auditions for Summer Season
Historic Hagerstown Tent Theatre Will Perform "The Fantastics"
Nettle Creek Players, a professional non-Equity traditional summer stock tent theatre, will hold auditions for their 2017 Summer Season on Saturday, March 4 from 10am-2pm at The Hagerstown History Museum, 96 ½ E. Main St. in historic downtown Hagerstown, Indiana. To schedule an audition, actors should email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an appointment. Video submissions will also be accepted prior to March 4 at that same email address.
The season includes The Fantasticks, Thumbelina and a musical revue. There are some roles available for high school-aged performers. Principal performer contracts will include a weekly salary and housing, and there will be internships and educational opportunities available as well. The season will run from June 19 to July 23. Hagerstown is located one hour east of Indianapolis just off of Interstate 70.
Actors will be asked to provide a photo and resume and prepare 90 seconds of material including one comic monologue and one song in the style of traditional Broadway musicals. There are also positions available in Stage Management and other technical areas. Those interested in technical theatre should also request an audition time and prepare for a brief interview. All auditions and interviews will be conducted by Artistic Director Darrin Murrell. More information about the company can be found at www.nettlecreekplayers.com.
Nettle Creek Players Presents "Pearls & Lace" Gala
Elegant Evening of Food, Music and Fundraising Features "The Smiley's Band"
Nettle Creek Players, a professional non-Equity traditional summer stock tent theatre, will host a gala dinner and dance in support of its upcoming 2017 Summer Stock Theatre Season. The gala will be themed “Pearls & Lace” and will be held on Saturday, March 11 beginning at 6:30pm at The Hartley Hills Country Club, 201 N Woodpecker Rd, in Hagerstown, Indiana. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased in person at local Hagerstown businesses Every Day Is Christmas, The Sidewalk Café and The Hagerstown Library as well as online at www.nettlecreekplayers.com. More information is available at 765-489-5632.
The Pearls & Lace Gala is an evening of fine dining, fundraising and fun with entertainment by The Smileys and catering by Willie & Reds. Join us in the fantastic club room at Hartley Hills for a sneak preview of the 2017 Revival Season of Nettle Creek Players complete with a Broadway musical in the tent and professional actors from across the country making Hagerstown their summer home to perform and teach a summer camp for theatre students from all across the region.
There will be a silent auction featuring unique and highly desirable items, a trivia game with Broadway-themed prizes, a meal of Willie & Red's very best specialties, an exclusive preview of the 2017 Summer Revival Season and a dance party headlined by popular band The Smileys that will last well into the night.
The event will begin with a cash bar and silent auction at 6:30, continue with dinner at 7:00, season preview and game show at 7:45 and finish with the band beginning at 8:30. Individual and corporate sponsors will have the first opportunity to secure Title Sponsorships and Artist Underwriting Sponsorships for the summer season. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to produce the 2017 Summer Stock Season of Nettle Creek Players which will feature the Broadway musical “The Fantasticks” as well as the music revue “Broadway on Main Street” and the Family Audience show “Thumbelina.”
Math Counts! Offers Needed Tutoring Program for Area Students
Math Counts! tutor Savannah Davis works with a student.
Middle and high school students who need assistance with math can receive help from Indiana University East’s Center for Service-Learning. The center offers Math Counts!, a tutoring program that pairs college students one-on-one with younger students to provide math tutoring free of charge.
Now in its second year, Math Counts! recently received a $10,000 grant from the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation. The grant will support the program’s outreach efforts to area schools.
Monica Koechlein of the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation said the program fulfilled a needed service to the community.
"The Board of Directors of the Foundation understood the demand for tutoring services and was pleased to partner to support this amazing program,” Koechlein said. “We felt that this grant fit perfectly with our mission of building, strengthening, and sustaining community life by bringing opportunity to youth. Math Counts! has a double impact, not just on the students receiving the tutoring, but also the IU East students providing the services."
Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, said, “IU East math tutors have become mentors to the youth in our community and surrounding counties through the Math Counts! program. Many students and parents who have reached out to IU East for tutoring assistance are grateful for this program, provided in part by the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation. We at IU East are thrilled to offer this opportunity for our students and to the community.”
Ann Tobin, Service Learning Campus-Community Liaison, said funding from the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation will ensure the tutoring program will continue through summer 2017. In addition to the grant, Math Counts! receives snacks for students contributed by DOT Foods.
“We are very thankful for the Stamm Koechlein grant for the Math Counts! Tutoring Program, as it has allowed for us to answer the calls for assistance from many area schools and from many local parents,” Tobin said.
Math Counts! was established after the Service-Learning center began a tutoring program at IU East in summer 2015, in conjunction with an Honors Senior Thesis project by student Katelyn Brown. Many community members contacted the Center for Service-Learning looking for student tutors in math, reading, science, Spanish and other areas. The Center for Service-Learning organized the summer tutoring program. In its first summer offered, the math tutoring program reached 38 middle and high school students over a course of 245 sessions held over nine weeks. The program has grown by adding more tutors – there are 32 during the fall and spring semesters – and they are providing more service hours for students.
The successful program continued to receive requests for math assistance from parents, school principals and CIS coordinators. In February 2016, the program was named Math Counts! The program is offered in the IU East Campus Library and is also currently implemented at area schools including: Northeastern Elementary and Middle Schools, Hagerstown Elementary School, Richmond High School, Hibberd Early College Academy, Vaile Elementary School, Seton Intermediate School, and schools in Eaton and Greenville, Ohio.
Trevor Boram, a senior majoring in mathematics and biochemistry, is one of the tutors for Math Counts! He encourages other students at IU East to become involved with the program, pointing out that Math Counts! has given him the opportunity to apply the skills he has learned in his degree programs to helping high school students to better understand the material presented in their courses.
"As a Math Counts! tutor, I have been able to impact students by giving them alternate ways to understand a topic, and as a result, these students consistently improve in test scores and course grades,” Boram said. “One of the first students that I tutored in this program had previously failed his pre-calculus course, but after consistently tutoring him the following summer and fall, he ended up earning a B+ in the course, and was admitted to IUPUI later the next year. To me, helping this student reach his goals and improve was a very fulfilling experience, and in a way, tutoring is my way of giving back to the community and illustrating the positive reputation that IU East and its students command in the region."
IU East math tutors receive training from Denice Honaker, assistant professor of education and the coordinator for Early Childhood Education; and Josh Beal, assistant professor of mathematics, is a liaison to area schools. Many of the IU East students who tutor are successful students enrolled in degree programs for fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“The Math Counts! program has provided free, year-round, individualized math tutoring at the IU East campus, by enabling us to pay the highly-skilled students needed for tutoring all levels of math. Our tutors have assisted high school students to not only improve their math grades, but to also complete their classes in order to graduate and go on to college,” Tobin said. “In addition, due to mentoring by the tutors, many parents have reported that their students gained a more positive attitude about learning and school, as well as improved self-esteem, study skills, and interest in learning new things.”
For information on Math Counts! or tutoring programs at IU East, contact the Office of Service-Learning at 765-973-8411 or visit http://www.iue.edu/servicelearning/.
Senior Adult Ministry February Meeting
Seniors in the community are invited to attend a “Hearts and Crafts” event held at 6 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Richmond, on Tuesday, February 28.
This is a non-denominational Ministry that offers fun activities, fellowship and Christian support for those who are 50 years old or older. The group meets at 6 pm the last Tuesday of each month at the church unless otherwise indicated.
One of the goals of the Ministry is to engage senior adults from other churches, other groups or the community in general. Leading the group are Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby along with Rev. Judi Marshall.
If you have questions about the Senior Adult Ministry, please call FUMC offices at 765-962- 4357 or email email@example.com.
Reid Health Reaccredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program
Reid Health has received a full three-year accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). The survey involves an extensive on-site review of quality and safety standards, including the overall environment of care.
“Reid Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Lawrence Haspel, DO, Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for the HFAP in an announcement press release. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national guidelines for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Reid Health met or exceeded the standards in every case.”
“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction and proud of our physicians, nurses and staff that work together to provide excellent patient services,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “The awarding of the HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our daily commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, patient quality of care and safety is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”
Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said the HFAP accreditation is regularly sought and obtained by Reid Health in what is a continual process to maintain excellence. “It takes all 2600 of our employees working diligently on a regular basis to ensure compliance with these rigorous standards,” she said. “The end result is maintaining the highest standards of care and safety for our patients – and that’s what it’s really all about.”
HFAP is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which requires hospitals to be accredited to qualify for reimbursement.
The survey team was in Richmond in late 2016 and spent four days on site reviewing compliance with multiple standards in areas that include medical staff, nursing and patient care, infection control, pharmacy procedures, medical records, building safety, staff qualifications and more.
Reid Health and specific departments and service lines also maintain numerous other accreditations, Ehlers said, with HFAP and the Indiana Department of Health being among the most extensive. “Some are required, and some are voluntary. And they are all designed to help us maintain a culture of excellence,” she said. Among them are accreditations in specific surgeries, transfusion, College of American Pathologists lab accreditation, and the American Diabetes Association for Reid Health’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education program.
Reid Health has been accredited by HFAP for 15 years, participating in five surveys. Ehlers said a Reid Health team member is assigned to own each standard and works to ensure they are met, noting that all standards are continually monitored for a “continuous state of readiness.”
MRL Hosts Free Tax Assistance Service on Wednesdays
Free tax assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on 1st. Tax services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation, and electronic filing will be available.
The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with free service every Wednesday, February 1st – April 12th and provided on a first come, first serve basis. This service is open to Indiana Residents.
Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library’s front door at 8:00AM on tax service days.
For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at MRLinfo.org.
It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:
Individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.
Sprout of Control Spring Gala to be Held on March 16th
Sprout of Control invites community members, local families, friends and neighbors to its free Spring Gala. The annual event is March 16th at the Martha Dwyer Community Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. when the silent auction bidding begins, along with refreshments and live demonstrations. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with several guest speakers. The raffle will be drawn at 7 p.m., and then the silent auction will open back up for last minute bids till 7:45, and the winners announced at 8 p.m. sharp. There will also be a children’s area available. Come learn how you can get involved in or to support your neighborhood community garden.
Proceeds benefit the multiple community gardens that we maintain across the Richmond area. We have received several properties from the City of Richmond in 2017 through the Blight Elimination Program and need to acquire the necessary supplies and materials to transform these into productive green space. Proceeds will also support the garden’s programs and services educating residents of all ages about conserving natural resources and how to be more self-sufficient through growing your own food.
Register for this event or find more information at http://www.sproutofcontrol.org or call 765.994.5340.
IU East to host Legislative Forum on February 24
Richmond, Ind. – The next upcoming Legislative Forum at Indiana University East will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, February 24, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center.
The forum is free and open to the public.
Each spring, IU East hosts three Legislative Forums to provide an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm. The third forum will be held on Friday, March 31.
During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Ross Alexander, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Volunteers Help Babies through Painful Opioid Withdrawal
The tiniest victims of the heroin epidemic are getting a helping hand from dedicated volunteers at Reid Health.
The Reid Health Baby Rocker program provides comfort to the tiniest victims of opioid addiction.
In 2015, 54 babies delivered at Reid Health were born dependent on heroin or another opioid. In 2016, 58 babies born at Reid Health faced the same challenge. This is a statistic that speaks to the severity of the heroin epidemic and the innocent infants affected by it. These babies became dependent because their mother abused a drug while pregnant. After they’re born, these little ones face the pain of withdrawal within hours of birth. “Baby Rocker” volunteers are here to make their first days a little better.
Heroin withdrawal is challenging even for adults -- individuals who understand the source of the pain and can see the benefit of going through it. Infants, on the other hand, don’t have this understanding. Babies suffer heroin withdrawal in the dark, unaware that the pain will eventually fade.
Each baby’s detox symptoms are different and may require medical interventions like morphine to dampen their discomfort. But pharmacological treatment isn’t enough. Most babies going through withdrawal cry excessively and inconsolably, and need to be swaddled to bring them comfort. Treating the whole person -- in this case the whole infant -- requires a loving, personal touch.
“These infants need to be cuddled by their caregivers and to feel human touch; you can never underestimate the power of touch for these infants,” said Stephanie Field, Clinical Manager of Women and Children’s Services at Reid Health.
Support for mom, dad and baby at critical time
Addiction is a chronic and complex disorder. Opioid addiction drives a person to destructive choices, like deciding to continue abusing drugs while pregnant. Some addicted expectant mothers are able to seek treatment, but others are not as lucky. These women often arrive at the hospital both in labor and in the darkness of addiction. After delivering her baby, a woman in this situation may begin battling her own monsters -- in the form of legal trouble or withdrawal, and be less able to deal with the maternal demands of caring for baby.
On top of it all, hospital stays for an infant going through withdrawal can reach up to 30 days. According to Lacrisha Whitley, RN, Reid Health Mother-Baby Clinical Practice Leader, the length of stay is based on a number of factors. “It’s very individualized. It’s based on what they’re taking, what [drugs] they test positive for, and the gestational age of the baby.” Life must go on for families during this long hospital stay, and sometimes mom and dad need to be away from the hospital to go back to work, or care for other children at home. Nurses on the Mother-Baby unit step in to hold and rock the babies when parents are tired or unavailable.
Volunteers provide TLC to babies in need
This is where volunteers come in, says Becky Jewison, Director of Volunteer Services for Reid Health. “After talking with Stephanie and Lacrisha, I realized we had a big need for volunteers who could help these babies.” Nurses in the Mother-Baby unit are the clinicians primarily responsible for swaddling, rocking, and comforting babies in distress, which they must balance with caring for their other patients.
“Baby Rocker” volunteers help not only the babies in withdrawal, but the nurses too. The volunteers provide an extra set of arms to cuddle infants during this challenging time. Field said having trained rockers “is a blessing to the infants, parents and staff.” The extra personal attention means better care for everyone.
Reid Health’s Baby Rocker Volunteer Program started in November 2015 when a group of 30 volunteers received information and training on how to handle babies in distress. On Valentine’s Day 2016, the program kicked-off in earnest, with volunteers on call 24/7, ready to support the staff, moms, and babies.
Since the program started, staff members on Reid Health’s Mother-Baby Care Unit have seen another positive impact of the program -- trained volunteers as positive parenting role models. Parents have the opportunity to see the trained volunteers demonstrating good parenting skills.
“A lot of these young women don’t have a positive role model in their lives,” Whitley said. She said mothers seeing the volunteers care for their baby compliments the education they receive.
She has a positive outlook on the impact this role modeling will have for the babies’ lives outside of Reid Health, “I think this program is going to take a different spin than we thought… It’s about providing, nurturing and bonding for these babies… It’s about helping the staff -- and I think it’s going to turn into a lot more than that.”
To volunteer to be a Baby Rocker or other services at Reid Health, please visit Volunteer Services.
Quilt on Display at Centerville Library
A charity quilt made by the Wayne County Extension Homemakers Association (EHA) will be on display at several stops in the next few months.
The quilt is just one of over 200 that will be featured during the seventh biennial Quilt Show held Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, 2017, at the Raper Center, Wayne Co. Fairgrounds, Richmond, IN. The
cost is $5 per person, and the hours are from 10 am to 6 pm each day.
Upcoming dates at area venues include:
Upcoming Community Creative Writing Workshops Focus on Nature Writing and Poetic Form
Creative writing faculty from the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a series of writing workshops from 2-3:30 p.m. at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main St. in Richmond. Workshops will be held March 4 and April 1.
The March 4 workshop will be instructed by Steven Petersheim, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, on the topic of “Nature Writing.”
Then April 1, the instructor is Brian Brodeur, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. He will lead a workshop on “All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: The Advantages of Poetic Form.”
The workshops are free and open to the public. All writers are welcome to attend; no previous experience is necessary. Topics change each month, and all materials are provided.
For more information, contact Tanya Perkins, lecturer of English, at email@example.com.
Reid Health Team Launches Pet Supply Collection
The Reid Health team, as part of its “CARE Beyond our Doors” committee, is collecting pet supplies that will be given to regional animal shelters.
The drive will be from Feb. 13 to March 3, with collection bins on the lobby concourse of the main campus, 1100 Reid Parkway, outside the DASCO-Reid home medical equipment store.
“Our committee develops campaigns like this as a way to allow our team members to give back to the communities we serve,” said Carrie Kolentus, director of Human Resources. This is the third year the team activity has collected for community organizations. The team has also held collections for area food pantries that have garnered nearly 30,000 items.
“Our team of more than 2,600 employees is among the most compassionate and giving people around,” Kolentus said. “They are the reason we have such a special culture dedicated to caring and giving to others.”
She said the items collected will be given to the Second Chance Rescue and Help the Animals shelters.
Team members who donate will be given the opportunity to have a photo of their pet shared on employee electronic boards on the hospital campus.