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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:03 pm: Edit Post

Book Talk and Signing: Devils' Tales
Flyer: Book Talk: Devils' Tales
Mary Lou Griffey, executive director of the Richmond High School Alumni Association, and Duane Hodgin, RHS class of 1962, have collaborated and written Devils’ Tales - 150 Years of History, Legacy, and Memories: A Walk Through the Halls of Morton and RHS.

The authors will present their book with a book talk starting at 6:30pm followed by a signing event at 7:00pm in the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, on Tuesday, February 9th. All proceeds will benefit the Richmond High School Alumni Association.

Do you know why the school colors are red and white? Why they are called the “Red Devils?” Learn about the rest of the stories in the 300 page book showcases over 170 facts, 970 pictures, and 192 memories shared by alumni from the 1930s to the present.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 08, 2016 - 05:10 pm: Edit Post

Free Veteran Services Available

What: Operation Rural Veterans

Who: The Reaching Rural Veterans project is a collaboration among the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI), Purdue Extension, the VA Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky. Funded by the VHA Office of Rural Health, the project will provide grants, education and resources to faith-based food pantries in rural areas in order to mobilize communities to provide resources and services that address the needs of military and veteran families.

Why: Reaching Rural Veterans provides a number of resources for military-affiliated families, including county service officer availability; emergency food assistance; nutrition and cooking classes, physical, behavioral, and mental health counsel; housing and utility assistance; job training and employment assistance; health screening; faith based assistance and services; financial counseling; and hair cuts.

Who should attend: Veterans of Military military service

When: February 11, 2016; March 10, 2016; April 21, 2016 – all veteran programming from noon-2 pm

Where: Christian Love Health Center, 402 South 18th Street, New Castle, IN 47362

About MFRI
The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University was founded in 2000 with funding from the Department of Defense. It is the nation’s leading university-based organization that conducts research about, with and for military families.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 06:01 pm: Edit Post

Video Streaming of the TEDx National Conference
Flyer: Video Streaming of the TEDx National Conference at MRL on Feb. 19, 2016
On Friday, February 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., the TEDx National Conference will be video streamed live in the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond.

MRL is one of only 40 libraries worldwide to offer streaming of the conference. Feel free to drop in anytime during the event. Please contact Jenie at MRL if you have a group of 10 or more attending any of the sessions.


9:30AM - 11:15AM

Alex Kipman, Inventor
Michael Sng, Toy Designer|
Arthur Brooks, Social Scientist, author
Lidia Yukanvitch, Author
Adam Foss, Juvenile Justice Reformer
John Legend, Singer, Musician, Composer

12:45PM - 2:15PM

Mariano Sigman, Neuroscientist
Siyanda Mohutswia, Writer, Satirist
Linsey Pollak, Musician, Instrument maker, Composer
Judit Polgár, Chess Grandmaster
Kang Lee, Developmental Researcher
Angélica Dass, Artist and Photographer

3:15PM - 5:00PM

Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic
Uri Hasson, Neuroscientist
El Vy, Musical Group
Chris Milk, Immersive Storyteller
Alex Kipman, Inventor
Monica Byrne, Author and Playwright

This event is free and open to the public. Schedule subject to change.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 08, 2016 - 05:19 pm: Edit Post

Greenhouse Coding Academy open to area 9th graders

Class size is limited and there are only a few spaces left! 

Richmond, Ind. - The Innovation Center is now offering a free computer coding class to local 9th graders. Dubbed the “Greenhouse Coding Academy,” the class was made possible by an AT&T Aspire contribution announced last year.

The class meets Monday evenings from February 22-March 28 in Richmond’s Uptown Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street. The class is limited to the first twelve 9th graders. There are only a few spaces left. Sign up today! Registration is available at

Classes are taught by retired Earlham computer science professor John Howell and GreenFiling computer coder Elena Sergienkov, who is also an Earlham computer science graduate. The course is taught using the programing language Scratch. Students learn problem solving skills using Scratch to write their own computer game. The course ends with a presentation of their project to family and local business leaders.

“The goal of the Greenhouse is to grow awareness of computer science skills and particularly computer coding as a career option,” said Scott Zimmerman, program director for The Greenhouse Coding Academy.

In addition to one-on-one course instruction, the students meet local computer coding professionals who will share what inspired their coding career choice. 

Zimmerman said, “There are local jobs available in Richmond when students complete computer training. GreenFiling is a local computer startup which chose to stay in Richmond. ”

The Greenhouse Coding Academy is funded by AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative. Through AT&T Aspire, the company drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. It’s another way that AT&T is using the power of its network to build a better tomorrow.

For more information on contact

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 08:07 pm: Edit Post

The Underground Railroad
Flyer: The Underground Railroad
Morrisson-Reeves Library will be presenting an Indiana Bicentennial event, “The Underground Railroad” where visitors will explore the rich Indiana history that unfolded during the Underground Railroad. Presenter, Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives at the DNR-DHPA, will walk explorers through the journey of hope and tell about Wayne County’s vital role in the Underground Railroad.

The event will be held at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Saturday, February 27th at 1:00PM and is free and open to all ages. For more information call the library at 966-8291 or online at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 08, 2016 - 05:27 pm: Edit Post

Foundation to Announce Changes to Grant Application Process

The Wayne County Foundation will review its grant application process in two meetings to be held on February 25 and March 1. Representatives of local organizations are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.

The Foundation will continue a schedule of two grant cycles and it’s Challenge Match Program in 2016. This year, however, it is placing a new emphasis on applications to field-of-interest funds. It will also continue to explore ways in which it might have a greater impact around Wayne County.

“We expect most of our traditional grantmaking will occur in the Spring Cycle,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “There will be very few changes to the Challenge Match, but our Fall Cycle may look very different than it has in the past.

We want to outline those changes as best we can and help everyone understand how to apply for the kind of support that will bring the most benefits to our community.”

Pre-applications for participating in the Spring Cycle are due to the Foundation by March 18, 2016. The Foundation expects to award up to $100,000 from its unrestricted funds, and more than $115,000 from various field-of-interest funds in this cycle.

Field-Of-Interest Funds support applications that address needs and opportunities related to: animal welfare, the arts, education and literacy, the environment, human service assistance, and youth programs. The Foundation will also accept human service-related applications to specific funds that benefit the Hagerstown and Western Wayne communities.

Meetings will be held at the Innovation Center in downtown Richmond on February 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost for either session is $5, and will include a light breakfast or lunch. Nonprofit representatives need only attend one of the two meetings. Reservations are required and may be made online through

Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $477,000 in its two traditional grant cycles and the Challenge Match Initiative.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 03:25 pm: Edit Post

New Device Offers Hope, Less-Painful Opioid Detox
Supplied Image: the BRIDGE device
The device attaches to the ear.
A new device designed to help with withdrawal from opiates could become another important tool in helping deal with heroin/opiate addiction in the region.

The device, called the Neuro-Stims Systems (NSS) BRIDGE, was pioneered by Indiana company Innovative Health Solutions and offers an alternative to the pain of opioid withdrawal in patients overcoming the disease of addiction. The BRIDGE is a tool that could help with one of the most challenging aspects of overcoming an opioid addiction -- the initial detox, company officials said.

Powerful, non-narcotic pain relief
“This is a tool to help with the withdrawal and detox portions of the disease,” says Brian Carrico, Vice President of Innovative Health Solutions, “this is a paradigm shift in the treatment of addiction through innovative technology.”

Addiction withdrawal, especially opioid and heroin detox, is painful and typically takes 10-14 days for a person to overcome. “Imagine the worst flu you’ve ever had. Now imagine it ten times worse,” says Dr. Eric Davis, Co-Executive Director of the Life Recovery Center, a facility for the treatment of substance abuse. “People come to me and say that their family member is going through withdrawal. They ask if he’s going to die. I tell them, ‘he’s probably not going to die, but he’s going to want to.’”

Many patients quit during this challenging detox time, even before long term treatment (like with Naltrexone or Vivitrol) can begin. The BRIDGE is a powerful pain relief device- it can reduce pain by up to 75% within 30 minutes, and reduces detox from 10-14 days to only 2-4 days. Using the BRIDGE helps more patients make it to long term treatment. Studies are showing the BRIDGE helps 8 out of 10 patients successfully progress to long-term treatment in fewer than four days.

The BRIDGE is intended to be one part of a system of treatment that includes detox, therapy, and long-term treatment. Craig Kinyon, President/CEO of Reid Health, said his team welcomes anything that brings new hope to better manage withdrawal and addiction. “Our health system recognizes the impact of heroin and opiate addiction on our communities. We have to attack this problem with all tools at our disposal. This new technology provides great promise for managing withdrawal. We also recognize that technology alone won’t be effective without addiction counseling. In other words, we need to continually treat the ongoing disease of addiction.”

BRIDGE presentation in Lingle Hall
In addition to providing benefits to detox patients through non-narcotic pain relief, it could also prove to be a more cost-effective way to treat addiction. Indiana legislators, Reid Health leadership and physicians, Wayne County law enforcement, prosecutors, and representatives from the community attended a presentation about the BRIDGE in Reid Health’s Lingle Hall recently to learn more.

The device, which costs about $495 per patient, is followed by treatment with a medication like Vivitrol and therapy over the course of 16 months. The entire course of treatment costs about $15,000, but is offset by some insurance plans.

Senator Jim Merritt attended the presentation and commented on the potential this technology has to not only save lives, but to decrease treatment costs and reduce the number of addicted individuals. Many people struggling with opioid addiction end up in trouble with the law, and end up in prison. According to him, it costs more than $44,000 to house a person in a correctional institution for a year, whereas a comprehensive treatment plan with the BRIDGE, Vivitrol, and therapy would cost a comparatively inexpensive $16,000. “We have a very good opportunity to rehab an individual,” Merritt says, “We need to make sure this is recognized as a disease and not a character flaw. We need to offer hope and empathy. But when you get down to it, in terms of dollars and cents, it’s crazy.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 06:42 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Black History Month Events

February 18, 6:00 p.m.,
 Flyer: The Black-Jew Dialogues
Ivy Tech Community College presents The Black-Jew Dialogues in Stidham Auditorium, Johnson Hall, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond. The Black-Jew Dialogues was created to begin a new discussion about race and diversity in America. Emmy Award winner Ron Jones and veteran performer Larry Jay Tish take the audience through this provocative comedy that models cross-generational as well as cross-cultural dialogue with the goal to promote open, honest, and respectful conversation about our differences; and, move the audience to action. Discussion follows the performance.

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
 Flyer: Black or White Movie
Ivy Tech Community College presents the feature film Black or White in Stidham Auditorium, Johnson Hall, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond. Free, open to area residents, students, faculty, staff, and their families. Based on real events, the film is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner), suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter; her grandmother (Octavia Spencer), who seeks custody of the child; and the little girl, torn between two families who love her deeply. With best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness and understanding. Nothing is as simple as black and white.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 05:10 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond students, faculty, staff join statewide Day of Service, February 16, 17

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty and staff are participating in Ivy Tech’s statewide Day of Service, February 16 and 17. The College’s 5th annual Ivy Tech Day of Service connects campus volunteers with local service organizations in hands-on projects.

The three local organizations, Cope Environmental Center, Habitat for Humanity and Gateway Ministries will benefit from the two days of service. Cope Environmental Center volunteers will prepare trails, paint, clean, landscape and remove invasive plants; Habitat for Humanity volunteers will help with painting, cleaning, landscaping, demolition and installing siding; and, Gateway Ministries volunteers will assist with the food pantry, painting and cleaning.

Ivy Tech Richmond’s Student Life Director, Lloyd C. Spicer Jr., leads the local project.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 02:52 pm: Edit Post

Kiwanis Club of Richmond Requests Donations for 53rd Annual Kiwanis Auction on March 12th
Supplied Image: Donation Request Letter
The Kiwanis Club of Richmond is asking you to consider making a donation of goods or services to the club to be auctioned at their 53rd Annual Auction, that will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. on March 12th at the National Guard Armory, 1200 West Main, Richmond.

To donate, contact Rich Cody at 765.973.7247.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 01, 2016 - 08:39 pm: Edit Post

InCONCERT brings Magician and Escape Artist Michael Griffin
Supplied Photo: Michael Griffin
Head to Richmond’s Depot District for the ultimate family event. Don't miss Escape Artist Michael Griffin, February 21st.  Two-time winner of the World Magic Awards, star of TV's Masters of Illusion series, and featured on America's Got Talent, Michael Griffin amazes audiences with his uncanny ability to escape from nearly anything.  Michael Griffin draws in his audience, bringing them into the show with Houdini like skills, you will be entertained from the moment he takes the stage.  

With 2 shows available, you and your family can’t miss this one.  Tickets are $6.00 or 5 for $25.00.  Times: 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the 4th Floor Blues Club.  Food is available for minimal cost.

Good Time for a Good Cause InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 14 non-profits, 100% of ticket sales for the magic show will be donated to non-profits. Check out their next event at

What: Magic Show Escape Artist Michael Griffin
When: February 21, 2016
Where: 4th Floor Blues Club 923 N E Str. Richmond, Indiana
Time: 1:00pm and 3:30pm
Cost: $6.00 or 5 for $25.00, buy in advance online at, through one of our participating non-profits, or local distribution locations. More Information: Visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 02:55 pm: Edit Post

Workshop: Building Better Child Care

If you are a parent, foster parent, grandparent, primary caregiver or child care provider you won’t want to miss this practical, researched based training designed to help you maximize your child care skills.

This workshop will be delivered in two tracks.

Track 1, I Am Moving I Am Learning focuses on:

Track 2 participants will have the opportunity to learn current techniques and strategies for:This event approved as training hours for the Department of Child and Family Services for foster parent training hours.

When: Friday March 4, 2016 8:30-3:30
Where: Union Chapel, 4622 W Broadway Avenue Muncie, IN
Cost: $10.00 per participant

To register email or call Delaware County Extension Office 765-747-7732.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 06:42 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Schedules February FAFSA Friday Workshops for High School Seniors, New and Continuing Students

Richmond, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s Express Enrollment Center is offering free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Friday Workshops in February. Students and parents will be able to complete the FAFSA during a session and learn about the verification process.

The workshops will help new and current students meet Indiana’s March 10 FAFSA filing deadline for Indiana Grant Dollars eligibility for full-time and part-time students during the 2016-17 academic year.

The Workshops are open to anyone wanting to complete a FAFSA and learn more about using financial aid including: high school seniors, prospective, new, returning, current students, parents and area residents preparing for summer 2016 and fall 2016 college enrollment, those still needing assistance in the current term, or planning to enroll for Ivy Tech’s Spring 8 week classes that start March 14.

The Richmond workshops will be in Room 3439 in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus, Friday, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Attendees should bring:

For more information, contact the Express Enrollment Center 765-966-2656 ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 04:36 pm: Edit Post

Israel-Based Auto Supplier Selects Indiana for First North American Operations
Indiana Secretary of Commerce Visits Company Headquarters in Israel, Markets Hoosier State at Global Tech Conference
Supplied Photo: Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and a delegation of Hoosier business and technology leaders join Omen Casting Group employees and local village leaders at the comapny's headquarters in Israel to announce Omen's plans to locate its first North American facility in Richmond, Indiana.
HATZOR, Israel (Jan. 26, 2016) – Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith joined Omen USA, a manufacturer of aluminum parts for the automotive industry, at the company’s Israeli headquarters today to announce its plans to locate its first North American production facility in Richmond, Indiana, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2019.

“Omen USA had choices when evaluating options for its first North American facility,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Indiana has been working diligently with Israeli business and government leaders to build a meaningful relationship, and today’s news is a direct result of our work together. This week we’re continuing to strengthen our relationship with Israel’s top industries, and today that work is bringing Omen USA to Indiana and 100 new Hoosier jobs to Richmond.”

Omen USA, a subsidiary of the Israel-based Omen Casting Group, will initially invest $16 million to renovate and equip a 76,000-square-foot facility in Richmond, with plans to begin operations by the end of the year and invest an additional $7 million into the facility by 2021. The global high pressure die casting company, which directly employs more than 240 associates at facilities in Israel, Portugal and Russia, will manufacture aluminum parts for drivelines, steering components and oil pumps at its new Indiana facility, which will be installed in cars for American and German automotive manufacturers.

“Omen’s decision to invest in a project in Richmond, Indiana was taken to fulfill the commitments to our American clients of localizing Omen’s production, constructing a modernized facility near our customers and offering close support while minimizing supply chain risks,” said Gabi Rezinovsky, vice president of business development for Omen Casting Group. “The support of the state and local authorities are an important factor in deciding on Richmond, Indiana.”

Omen USA’s announcement comes as a delegation of Hoosier economic development and technology leaders attend the Cybertech 2016 conference in Tel Aviv, the second largest cyber security-focused conference in the world. As part of the conference, the Indiana delegation is meeting with government and business leaders to discuss opportunities to strengthen the rising cultural and economic relationship between Indiana and Israel. This includes meetings with chief executives at Israel-based tech companies, as well as meetings with Israeli government officials at the Office of the Chief Scientist and SIBAT, which coordinates Israel’s export of defense-related production and related matters. The delegation also attended a briefing hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv this week.

The trip follows Governor Pence’s jobs and economic development mission to Israel in December 2014 and his hosting of an Indiana-Israel Business Exchange last April, which brought executives from nine Israeli companies, 24 Hoosier businesses and six Indiana public safety agencies together in Indianapolis to discuss innovation in the security and defense sectors.

Omen USA joins Israel-based companies including Taditel (Anderson), ACS Motion Control (Carmel), Resin Partners (Anderson), Keter Plastics (Anderson) and ICL Performance Products (Hammond) that do business in Indiana. More than 70 Hoosier companies currently do business in Israel, including Magnavox, Alcoa, Allied-Singal, Biomet and ITT Aerospace. Indiana exported $92.9 million of merchandise to Israel in 2014, a 160-percent increase since 2005.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Omen USA up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $150,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Wayne County and the city of Richmond will consider additional incentives at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County.

“I’m thrilled Omen USA chose Richmond for their first North American facility,” said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. “This project demonstrates that Richmond is a great choice for companies looking to locate either in the Midwest or to establish their first North American presence. This is excellent progress and with more work this will only be the beginning of more investors who realize the potential of Richmond and Wayne County.”

PHOTO: Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and a delegation of Hoosier business and technology leaders join Omen Casting Group employees and local village leaders at the comapny's headquarters in Israel to announce Omen's plans to locate its first North American facility in Richmond, Indiana.

About Omen USA
Omen USA specializes in high-pressure casting of non-ferrous metals aluminum and brass for companies in industries including automotive and fire protection. For more information, visit

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 08, 2016 - 05:21 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Better Breathers Club Plans First Session of 2016

Reid Health’s Better Breathers Club will focus on breathing techniques to help with activities of daily living at the Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Feb. 17 meeting.

The session meets in the Oncology Conference Room on the Reid Health main campus at 1100 Reid Parkway. The free presentation includes a light lunch. Reservations may be made by calling (765) 983-3297.

The Better Breathers Club is affiliated with the American Lung Association. The group is dedicated to helping people with a chronic lung disease such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 08:20 pm: Edit Post

Donate Your Professional Clothing to a Student!
Supplied Flyer: Professional Clothing Warehouse
Spring Cleaning? Make room for new spring and summer clothing when you donate your old professional clothing to students by Friday, March 18th! Take your donation to IU East, Whitewater Hall, Room 116, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Professional Clothing Warehouse will be open March 23rd and 24th for all IU East, Ivy Tech and Purdue students to obtain professional clothing for internships and jobs.

Questions? Contact Kara Bellew at 765.973.8284, or Michael Scott at 765.973.8297,

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 04:37 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Extension Homemakers Scholarships

Wayne County Extension Homemakers is offering two $400 scholarships to Wayne County high school seniors meeting the following criteria:

1. Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a current member of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers.

2. Applicant must be a senior graduating from a high school in Wayne County.

3. Applicant will attend a technical school, college, or university in Indiana on a two or four year program.

4. Applicant will be a full-time student at their technical school, college, or university.

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 15, 2016. Applications are available at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alicia Criswell, Extension Educator HHS/4-H at the Wayne County Extension Office at 765-973-9281 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 08:45 pm: Edit Post

Earlham College Swim Classes - Winter 2016

Instructor: Jayne Arnold, Earlham College Aquatics Coordinator
Jayne has 41 years experience in teaching swim classes of all levels. Contact Jayne at 765.983.1732 to inquire about lessons.
Sign up at Earlham Wellness Desk. Payment required when signing up for class.

Classes begin week of February 1 and extend through March 30th. Note: There will be no classes on March 14, 15, 16 - Earlham's Spring Break.

Parents & Tot Lessons (Ages 6 months to 5 years)
Fee: $35.00
Children are introduced to the aquatic environment and given instruction in water adjustment and pre-stroke skills with the parent. The emphasis of this program is to enjoy the water in a safe and enjoyable environment. Tots must wear swim diaper if not potty trained.

* February 2 to March 29 on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Preschool Lessons (Ages 3 to 5 years)
Fee: $35.00
This class focuses on water safety, floating, submerging; paddling and beginning swim stroke skills.

* February 2 to March 29 on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm.
* February 3 to March 30 on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:00 pm.

Level I Lessons (Ages 5 and Older)
Fee: $45.00
This class teaches children to be comfortable in the water, safety skills, floating and beginning swim strokes on front and back. One half-hour free swim follows one half-hour instructional time.
*February 1 to March 28 on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
*February 3 to March 30 on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Level II Lessons (Ages 5 and Older)
Fee: $45.00
These lessons improve front and back crawl, teach elementary backstroke, treading, underwater swimming and diving. One half-hour free swim precedes one half-hour lesson.

Level III Lessons (Ages 5 and Older)
Fee: $45.00
This class refines free, back, and elementary strokes and teaches breaststroke, sidestroke and improves diving. One half-hour free swim, which includes lap workout, precedes one half-hour lesson.

Level II or III
*February 1 to March 28 on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
*February 3 to March 30 on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Please note: All classes subject to minimum enrollment, and will be cancelled if that minimum is not met.

Adults may swim with children during the practice time if they are members or they may purchase a day pass.

Private lessons available upon request. contact Jayne Arnold at 765.983.1732 to schedule times.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 07:09 pm: Edit Post

Free Tax Assistance at Morrisson-Reeves Library

RICHMOND, INDIANA - Free tax assistance is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on February 3rd. Tax services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation, and electronic filing will be available to Indiana taxpayers.

The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with service on Wednesdays in February. As tax season gets busier in March, the service is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. As the season comes to a close in April, the service will be offering the service on Wednesdays through April 13th. Special hours are offered on February 17th, March 16th and April 6th with the service running until 6:00PM.

This service is free and open to the public and provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. A sign-in sheet for service will be placed outside of the library’s front door at 8:00AM on tax service dates. Individuals with tax returns that are deemed to be too complicated will be referred to a tax professional. For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at


FEBRUARY Every Wednesday
10:00AM – 3:30PM in the Bard Room at the Library

MARCH Every Wednesday & Thursday
10:00AM – 3:30PM in the Bard Room at the Library

APRIL Every Wednesday (Service ends on April 13th)
10:00AM – 3:30PM in the Bard Room at the Library

Special Evening Hours these days only:
Open until 6:00PM
February 17, March 16 and April 6

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 25, 2016 - 07:12 pm: Edit Post

Babies born addicted: Extremely painful way to start life
By C.J. JORGENSON for Reid Health - An underweight newborn lies swaddled in the arms of a nurse. Even though the blanket is warm, the little boy seizes and shakes. He’s dripping with sweat, and there’s nothing the nurse can do to ease his terrified cries. At only two days old, he’s suffering from heroin withdrawal- and is one of a growing number of affected infants, according to the community organization Heroin is Here.

These infants are the unfortunate victims of an increase in heroin and opiate use in the Richmond community. “The reality is we’re seeing this all over the country,” says Craig Kinyon, CEO of Reid Health, of the increasing heroin trend. And unfortunately, meaningful change is going to be a challenge. “It’s a long, drawn-out issue, requiring a long-term commitment.” Awareness of the issue is key, which is why Reid Health has developed a committee on heroin and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), the clinical term for a baby’s withdrawal, to put these babies front-and-center.

A baby’s life shouldn’t begin with detox
Defenseless and battling a monster they don’t understand, these infants have an especially challenging start in life. When a pregnant mother consumes drugs, they pass through her placenta and enter the baby’s system.

Like the mother, the baby becomes dependent on the drug. Lisa Suttle, Director of Reid Health’s Psychiatric Service Line, recently interviewed Grace, a new mother who was undergoing methadone treatment during her pregnancy. “There were times I didn’t care whether I lived or died,” Grace says of her heroin addiction, “I felt so lost.” One day, a snowstorm prevented her from leaving to buy heroin, and that’s the day she decided she wanted to change.

She found information about a methadone treatment facility and began treatment. Grace was afraid about what methadone was doing to her baby, and asked other mothers undergoing treatment if their babies had been born healthy.

Methadone treatment was a challenging time for her -- the combination of methadone and pregnancy meant she was always sick. She also said in the same breath that it made her stronger. Grace is one of the fortunate individuals able to commit to their personal addiction treatment plan, but other mothers are not as successful: “Even the patients who are motivated to get clean,” says Reid Health’s Dr. Erika Brandenstein, “most typically fall off [their addiction treatment plans] when they leave the hospital.”

Grace has been free from heroin addiction for two years. Grace’s daughter was born 11 months ago. “When she was born, you know the first time I saw her, I thought, I would do anything for her. It is hard to understand that feeling.” Because when the baby stops receiving the drug after birth, withdrawal begins.

Each baby’s detox symptoms are different and can range from excessive crying, fever, and poor feeding, to seizures, vomiting and rapid breathing. NAS is a scary and painful experience for the baby. “Infants with NAS experience pain,” says Reid Health Pediatrician Dr. Loretta Ryan, "evidenced by excessive crying and difficulty in being soothed.” As withdrawal set in, Grace’s little girl suffered tremors, cried inconsolably, and required a feeding tube. It was a painful time for Grace, too: “It was really hard to watch her go through it.”

Time is the only thing that can help these babies -- time for the drugs to leave their bodies and withdrawal symptoms to end. Some medical interventions can ease detox symptoms, but only if the syndrome is identified before mother and baby leave the hospital. However, withdrawal symptoms may not begin until 48 hours after birth, when most babies are being discharged from the hospital. Without treatment, babies suffering from NAS will struggle to gain weight, or may end up in the emergency room after experiencing severe symptoms like tremors or seizures.

These issues can become very severe, according to Dr. Ryan. “Short term prognosis is generally good if NAS is recognized and appropriate treatment is provided. Untreated NAS can lead to death from repeated seizures or dehydration from poor feeding,” she says, “I know of one baby several years ago that presented to the ER with seizures.”

After a baby is diagnosed with NAS, treatment can begin to ease withdrawal symptoms. A care team will carefully watch the baby and provide treatments like swaddling to calm fussiness, supporting weight gain with higher-calorie formula, or treating dehydration with an IV. In extreme cases, the baby will receive methadone or morphine to ease the transition. Babies suffering from heroin addiction need time to heal and overcome withdrawal, which can last up to six months.

The average hospital stay for a baby suffering from NAS is 16 to 20 days, compared to three days for typical post-birth care. Dr. Ryan says the child is likely to continue to encounter issues well into their childhood, including significant behavior problems, impulsivity and learning disorders. “Very few women who use drugs intend to get pregnant. I wish that any woman of child-bearing age who is using heroin or other street drugs had the opportunity to be on long-term birth control to prevent pregnancy. No mother wants her newborn to suffer withdrawal or to have long-term problems from the devastating effect of drugs on the developing brain.”

Awareness and action in our community
As of December 2015, Reid Health identified 54 babies born addicted to an opioid. By comparison, 31 babies were born addicted in all of 2014. Sadly, this increase in the number of affected babies is related to an increase in heroin activity in Richmond, Wayne County, and the surrounding areas. Reid Health is leading initiatives to bring awareness to both issues -- the increase in opioid use, and the increase in babies born addicted.

The Heroin is Here group, started in Fall 2014, regularly meets to share progress on awareness goals and identify intervention resolutions. The group hopes to bring awareness and change into the Richmond community through collaboration, communication, and education. A meeting in October included more elected officials, reflecting growing concern about the issue.

Reid Heath has assembled a NAS-focused committee in response to the alarming increase in the number of addicted babies. The group is charged with identifying key initiatives to lead change, such as education, prevention and treatments. Collaboration is key to effectively communicating and educating in our community, so the group is comprised of both Reid Health physicians and employees, Richmond Treatment Center, community mental health centers, independent practitioners, the Department of Child Services, law enforcement and court officers. All are working together to provide options and solutions to this crisis.

“It takes partnership,” to drive meaningful change, according to Kay Cartwright, Reid Health Vice President. The NAS committee is focused on how addiction impacts mothers and babies in our community, and will work cooperatively with local organizations like the Department of Child Services and the Richmond Treatment Center, to combat the prevalence of NAS.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:29 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Welcomes New vice President, Reid Health Physician Associates
Supplied Photo: Keith Crews
Keith Crews
Reid Health welcomes an experienced medical practice system manager as the new Vice President/ Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA). Keith Crews is responsible for managing the growing physician network of 42 practices and 144 caregivers serving East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio.

Crews comes to Reid Health from Saline, MI, where he has served as Executive Director, Medical Practice Management, for Allegiance Health – a 480-bed community owned health system providing services throughout South Central Michigan. In that role, he led a department consisting of 122 primary and specialty care providers and more than 500 others.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said Crews brings extensive experience that makes him a great fit for the rapidly growing RHPA organization. “Keith has served in physician practices and understands the vital importance of the patient-physician relationship to overall health and access to care. His background also includes developing strategic business plans, revamping budget processes, overseeing recruitment and developing best practice operational workflows for health systems,” Kinyon said. “His leadership and support of Physician practices is vital as our health system continues to compete nationally in efforts to recruit and grow a network of providers and be sure our area maintains a strong supply of quality caregivers.”

Crews has also served in roles managing electronic medical record systems and is certified in LEAN processes. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association. Crews received is Master of Business Administration from the University of Findlay, in Findlay, OH, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toledo.

Rohit Bawa, M.D., who chairs the RHPA Network Operating Committee, said Crews will be a “tremendous asset” to the network. “He brings a depth of experience in clinical management, operational transformation, physician relations and executive leadership. We are delighted to have him join our team. His in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry, coupled with his strong executive level communication and analytical skills, aligns well with our data drive approach and using best practices for providing high quality care.”

By Theresa Smillie (Tsmillie) on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 05:42 pm: Edit Post

(AWL) Animal Welfare League of Richmond, Indiana has reached the nationally accepted No-Kill goal for cats and dogs.

Animal Welfare League is proud to announce that the Shelter has achieved No Kill status for 2015 with a 99.6% live release for cats and dogs, above the stated no-kill goal of 92%+ (allowing for animals that are too ill or too-aggressive to save). This success is built on increased spay/neuter in the community, transfers to low population rescues and on-line marketing & placement. The success of the AWL placement program is built on a combination of factors including the shelter's positive partnerships in the rescue community specifically with HELP the Animals Inc., the continued availability of affordable spay/neuter services and programs like the spay/neuter vouchers adopters receive with any unaltered Animal Welfare League animal and the on-line marketing program.

In 2015 the shelter has increased its dog adoption rate to a total of 237 an outstanding accomplishment. In addition, the shelter has adopted out 150 cats year-to-date in 2015. Versus a year ago (2014), cat adoptions have increased by 20% and dogs by 30%. It has achieved No Kill status with the support of its Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and the Community. This goal was presented by several community leaders, but without the rescue community's collaboration, the on-line marketing program and the dedication of the staff, this status would have not been attained.

The Animal Welfare League of Richmond is a small shelter nestled behind the Speedway Gas Station on Chester Boulevard and is an Open Admission Shelter for the City of Richmond and Wayne County. The maximum dog population is approximately 50, and cat population is approximately 50.

It is the goal of the shelter to continue with all programs and eventually attain the status due to adoption rates rather than transfers. It will take the continued community effort to change this with responsible pet ownership, spaying and neutering their pets and reclaiming their stray animals.

Animal Welfare League of Richmond, Indiana

1825 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: (765) 962-8393
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am-12pm, 1pm-5pm
Media Contact: Mrs. Longer, Director

(Message edited by Admin on January 12, 2016)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Citizens Beware! Tax Season Ushers in Phone Scam Season

Pendleton – The Pendleton District has received reports recently from citizens who have received threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS. The caller often has a foreign accent and advises citizens that they may face a lawsuit or imprisonment if they don’t send money right away for a “delinquent” tax bill.

They then will ask for your personal information in an attempt to steal your identity. Remember that government agencies like the IRS, along with banking institutions, will NEVER contact you by phone or email and ask you to “verify” your personal information.

Never give out personal information like dates of birth, social security numbers or bank account numbers over the phone or by email.

If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, let it go to voicemail. If they don’t leave a message, it was probably a scam call generated from another country by a computerized automatic dialer, using numbers from here in the U.S.

The best defense is to ignore the calls and know that the IRS will NEVER call threatening imprisonment for unpaid taxes.If you feel you’ve been a victim, the FBI website for filing a complaint is, or you can call your local police agencies or State Police Post.

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