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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 06:33 pm: Edit Post

Environmental Firm Chosen for Review of Grounds at Former Hospital Campus

Reid Health has contracted with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a leading international environmental consulting firm, to help determine the cause and extent of, and risk associated with, contamination at the former hospital campus at 1401 Chester Boulevard.

“We know this company can help us all determine what needs to be done to deal with any ground contamination issues,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. Kinyon said Reid Health continues to work closely with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and city officials on how to deal with the property, though he noted that Reid has not owned the campus for nine years and left its buildings “in move-in condition.”

“If there are any issues that are determined to be our responsibility in the grounds on the campus, we have made it clear we will deal with it,” Kinyon said. “The potentially serious issues inside the buildings, brought on by the owners abandoning the property, of course were not caused by Reid, but we like everyone else would like to see this eyesore cleaned up.”

ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety and other services, with more than 150 offices in 40 countries and territories. The company will work to assess the extent of any contamination and what if any steps are in order to address it at the former Reid campus.

IDEM has said the conditions inside the now vandalized, stripped and sometimes flooded buildings may be of more concern than potential contamination in the grounds around the buildings.

Kinyon said he and others on the Reid Health team fully expected the buildings would have been re-purposed for economic development after the health system completed its move from the property in 2008. “We sold the campus in good faith and in great condition,” Kinyon said, noting that the sale also included leaving a fully operational laundry, kitchen and more than 3,000 furniture and equipment items aimed at helping future use and development.

When the sale was announced in 2006, Whitewater Living Center, LLC, indicated immediate plans to develop the campus for a mixed use of retail, restaurant, office and residential use. Ideas mentioned included senior apartments, assisted living units, student apartments or other residential uses. Kinyon noted that Reid administration at the time was elated, confident that the new buyers would be able to successfully develop the property. When the new owners ran into challenges to their development plans, the campus was sold to Rose City Development in 2008, which became Spring Grove Development LLC in 2009. Those owners have since abandoned the property, much to the disappointment of Kinyon and the hundreds of Reid team members he represents.

“We and those who came before us at Reid were always good stewards of that property on behalf of the community, including up to and even after we moved out,” Kinyon said.
He said Reid officials are also confident that current and past team members always complied with all current-at-the-time environmental laws during their 103 years of ownership and management of the campus.

Reid left the Chester Boulevard properties on Sept. 10, 2008, when the replacement campus fully opened on Reid Parkway.

Kinyon noted:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 02:14 pm: Edit Post

The Story of Carl Fisher – Co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Flyer: The Story of Carl Fisher
Morrisson-Reeves Library is pleased to partner with The Indiana Historical Society to bring you: The Incredible Vision of a Half Blind Man – Carl Fisher Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library.

Greensburg, Indiana native, Carl Fisher, born half blind in 1874 was the co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His influence exist even today at The World Capital of Racing. He was a sportsman, entrepreneur, promoter and millionaire well known around the world for his automobile innovations as well as our nation’s interstate transportation system.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear this famous Hoosier’s story told by professional storyteller, Steve Etheridge. This event is free and open to the public.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 02:14 pm: Edit Post

{The Story of Carl Fisher – Co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway}
Flyer: The Story of Carl Fisher
Morrisson-Reeves Library is pleased to partner with The Indiana Historical Society to bring you: The Incredible Vision of a Half Blind Man – Carl Fisher Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library.

Greensburg, Indiana native, Carl Fisher, born half blind in 1874 was the co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His influence exist even today at The World Capital of Racing. He was a sportsman, entrepreneur, promoter and millionaire well known around the world for his automobile innovations as well as our nation’s interstate transportation system.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear this famous Hoosier’s story told by professional storyteller, Steve Etheridge. This event is free and open to the public.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 02:05 pm: Edit Post

Chip Seal Begins Wednesday, September 2 on State Roads 121 & 227

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans to begin chip sealing pavement on State Road 121 between State Road 227 and the Ohio state line today, Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Weather permitting, INDOT maintenance crews will complete the chip seal on State Road 121 in one day and chip seal State Road 227 between State Road 121 and US 36 on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Tuesday, Sept. 8. Crews will close State Road 227 at approximately 7 a.m. and reopen the roadway at the end of each work day.

State highway traffic will be detoured around the closure via State Road 121, US 27 and US 36.

Open to local traffic only
Crews will maintain access for local traffic only, such as residents or businesses along the route. Through traffic should follow the official detour or seek an alternate route.

Loose stone will be on the on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Motorists are urged to take extra caution, drive slowly and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint.

Temporary raised pavement markings will be installed on the roadway before the chip seal operation to help delineate the centerline for local motorists. Work zone signage and dynamic message boards will be used to communicate the road closure and the need for extra caution.

Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone, apply a fog seal surface coat and paint pavement markings. Weather permitting, the chip-sealed section of the highway is expected to open before the end of next week.

About chip-seal projects
After years of heavy traffic and winter freeze-thaw cycles, small cracks develop in our highways. If left untreated, moisture seeps into these cracks and form potholes when the water freezes and expands. As the name implies, a chip-seal treatment seals off the cracks. The stone chips provide improved traction for stopping, especially during winter. National research has shown that every $1 used to preserve our pavements saves $6 to $14 in future, more disruptive repairs.

Curious about chip seal projects? View this video to see the benefits, and how they save taxpayer dollars:

Stay Informed
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

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(Message edited by Admin on September 02, 2015)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 06:26 pm: Edit Post

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - September 26th
Flyer: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Drop off expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs at the Richmond Police Department - free, anonymous, no questions asked. Help keep them out of the hands of youth and out of our water supply! Richmond Police Department, 50 North Fifth Street, Richmond, Indiana, September 26, 2015 from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 04:15 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announces academic leadership changes

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond has made several leadership appointments due to retirements and program changes. They are: Peggy J. Terrell, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Ronald M. Oler, Interim Dean of Business and Public Services Division; and Amber Jones, Interim Dean of Liberal Arts. Jim Stokes has been named Dean of the Schools of Technology, and Applied Science and Engineering Technology.

Chad Bolser, Campus President Richmond Region said, “We are thrilled that Peg, Ron, Amber, and Jim have accepted these positions as a part of our academic leadership. They all have tremendous experience at Ivy Tech Richmond and bring a wealth of knowledge about their subject matter, our students and the unique opportunities presented at the community college level. We are blessed to have a wonderful faculty and staff that carry the mission of Ivy Tech Community College out every day.”
Supplied Photo: Peg Terrell
Terrell, a Richmond resident, was Dean of the Business and Public Services Division. A faculty member at Ivy Tech for 32 years, she earned the Master of Arts degree in Business Education from Ball State University and the Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana State University. Terrell replaces Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, William M. Graesser, who retired.
Supplied Photo: Ron Oler
Oler, a Richmond resident, also is Professor and Department Chair of four programs in the Business and Public Services Division. He joined Ivy Tech in 1999 as Chair of the Electronics Technology and Office Administration programs. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Leadership, from Indiana State University; the Master of Science degree in Management, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University; and, the Associate of Science degree in Electronics Technology from Ivy Tech Community College Richmond. Oler received the 2015 Regional Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. He is an at-large member and President of Richmond Common Council.
Supplied Photo: Amber Jones
Jones, a Richmond resident, also is interim Department Chair of Liberal Arts, and Program Chair of English and Student Success. She is a native of Franklin, Tenn., and earned the Master of Arts degree in English and the Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a minor in English from Tennessee Technological University. She has been an Ivy Tech Richmond English Department faculty member since 2009.
Supplied Photo: Jim Stokes
Stokes, a New Castle resident, served last year as Interim Dean of Technology, and Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology. Before being named Interim Dean in 2014, he was the Industrial Technology Program Chair for 10 years. Stokes worked in industry before joining Ivy Tech Richmond, as Quality Control Manager for White Consolidated Industries, and as Plant Manager for Coca Cola. He earned the Master of Arts degree in Industrial Technology and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education from Ball State University. He is leading the new Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology program that features classrooms with the latest technology and equipment to prepare students for today’s and tomorrow’s work place.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 01:05 pm: Edit Post

Citizens Invited to Sign Up for Academy

The next Citizen Police Academy is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The classes continue weekly until Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Application deadline is Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-9:00 p.m.

For additional information, contact Diane Whitehead at:
Phone: 765-983-7203
Fax: 765-983-7432

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 06:41 pm: Edit Post

Spots still available for prostate cancer screening

Reid Oncology Services is sponsoring a free prostate cancer screening from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Oncology Conference Room, 1100 Reid Parkway.

Appointments are available by calling (765) 983-3344.

More than 220,800 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Men ages 55-69 should be screened once a year. African-American men and men who have incidents of prostate cancer in their families are at greater risk. Early detection can mean more successful treatment.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 01:17 pm: Edit Post

SR 1 Construction Begins Monday

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor returns to the 6¼-mile pavement section on State Road 1 between U.S. Highway 36 and the Cabin Creek bridge near Farmland next Monday (AUGUST 31) to begin remedial operations.

INDOT officials remind motorists that S.R. 1 is closed from Modoc to Cabin Creek. This closure is expected to remain in effect into December.

Residents will continue to have access to their homes during construction operations. A state detour reroutes all other motorists via U.S. 36 at Modoc east to U.S. 27 at Lynn, north to S.R. 32 at Winchester and west to S.R. 1 at Farmland. Southbound motorists are routed via S.R. 32 from Farmland to U.S. 27 to U.S. 36 to S.R. 1 at Modoc.

E & B Paving, the state’s contractor, will re-rubbleize the roadbed adding a higher count of cement to solidify the highway’s base in accord with recent analyses of pavement and soil conditions. A 2¾-inch intermediate layer of asphalt will top the base, followed by a 1½-inch surface lift of asphalt.

The closed section of S.R. 1 crosses Randolph County Roads 100S through 700S in Stone Creek and Union Townships.

Motorists can stay informed about weather and road conditions at or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623). Updated travel information will also be posted on Facebook at Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central and on Twitter @INDOT_ECentral .

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

NAMI Announces Speaker for Monthly Meeting on September 1

The General Monthly Meeting of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness,) will be held Tuesday, September 1. The featured speaker will be Jennifer Maddux from Centerstone, and her topic will be, “What Can Horizon House Do for You?”

The meeting will be held on the Richmond State Hospital Campus in the CTC Building Conference room at 7:00 p.m. The public, especially those with a mentally ill family member, are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the NAMI office at 765-966-4094 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Calls left at other times will be returned.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 02:47 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Announces 2015 Challenge Match

The Wayne County Foundation confirmed this week that it will sponsor its popular Challenge Match initiative again this year. The match period will be November 9-20, 2015.

Organizations participating in the program are given the opportunity to secure a dollar-for-dollar match from the Foundation, up to a specified match goal, based on qualifying

gifts they receive from the community in the match period. There are no restrictions on the use of the money raised and very few limitations on qualifying contributions.

“The Challenge Match initiative grew out of a need to help local not-for-profit organizations raise unrestricted operating dollars more efficiently,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “It quickly became a means to help organizations strengthen their approach to fundraising.”

The program was piloted in 2011 with very few participating organizations and a relatively limited scope. In the years that have followed, the initiative has been characterized by greater numbers of participating organizations, increased funding from the Foundation and its Match Partners, and more dollars raised in the community.

Last year, 40 participating organizations raised nearly $793,000 in 12 days to trigger $231,000 in matching funds from the Foundation and its 12 Match Partners.

Graphic: Funding Details

“We’ve made some changes to the program every year,” said Lisa Bates, the Foundation’s program officer. “And this year is no exception.”

One of the changes this year will require that participating organizations raise a percentage of their match goal before the Foundation’s support is triggered. Another will allow smaller organizations to apply for larger match goals.

“We wanted to keep the Challenge Match challenging. More importantly, though, we see this as another way to help grantee organizations develop fundraising best practices and to promote effective philanthropy,” said Borchers.

Local organizations who are interested in participating in this year’s Challenge Match are encouraged to review information on the Foundation’s website at and to call the Foundation with questions. The deadline for applications – which must be submitted online – is Friday, September 18.

“We’re looking for some very high-quality applications,” said Borchers. “The Challenge Match is a great opportunity for organizations doing exceptional work to garner additional support for their efforts. It’s also a fun way to encourage charitable giving in our community.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 02:16 pm: Edit Post

$16.6M Complex Showcases Future of Science Education at Earlham College

Scientific study has evolved, and Earlham’s sciences, with the recent Stanley Hall renovation and the opening of the new Center for Science and Technology (CST), have become a model for teaching and learning science.

The $16.6 million, 42,000-square-foot complex is home to the Math, Physics and Computer Science departments and the Science and Technology Learning Commons, a shared space for all the sciences. The CST connects directly to the newly renovated Biology and Chemistry departments in Stanley Hall.

It is the latest sign of progress on Earlham’s campus and part of a more than $70 million investment to enhance the student experience as the 2015-16 academic year begins this week.

“The new labs in the CST are the first purpose-built facilities for Computer Science at Earlham,” says Professor of Computer Science Charlie Peck ’84.

“The future of science education is much more interactive, collaborative and experientially rich than what we experienced as undergraduates,” he says. “We believe this building speaks to that future.”

The CST includes a state-of-the-art computer lab and a robotics lab. “They support changing both what we teach and how we teach it,” Peck says. “The layout and adjacencies are designed to support the multidisciplinary nature of much of the work that we do.”

On the first level, the Souder Science and Technology Commons serves as a large central student space and is flanked by the Scarlett Family Shared Colloquium, a space that supports dynamic teaching and learning configurations and community interactions. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass partitions allow the area to accommodate various uses.

“During the day it is a classroom, at noon it might become a space for science colloquiums, and in the afternoons and evenings we envision this space metamorphosing into a collaborative and active learning hotspot that is busy, noisy and welcoming,” says José Ignacio Pareja, director of the Science Commons and a Science and Technology Learning Specialist.

Adjacent to the main commons is the Becker Collaboratory, which is equipped with 11 new computers for drop-in use by anyone in the Earlham community. Also on the first floor is the Science Commons Help Desk, where students and faculty can request help related to information literacy and also checkout technology including iPads, cameras, calculators, Mac laptops, clickers and more.

The Science Commons continues on the second level with the Van Zant Reading Room, a quiet space for reading and independent work.

On the third level, the Science Commons lounge offers an amazing view of The Heart, the center of Earlham’s campus. The lounge also includes Earlham’s newest technology-enhanced active learning environment, the unique Fishgold Science Commons Computer Lab, which features five round tables with seating for up to nine. Each table has its own projector.

“I call this our pedagogical sandbox,” says Pareja. “In other words, this is a space for faculty to experiment creatively, play, and dream of new ways of teaching, and it is also a space for our students to engage in new ways of learning. We hope this flexible room will help inform our campus-wide decisions about the next generation of learning spaces at Earlham.”

Scattered throughout the building are classrooms of various sizes and configurations that are flexible, adaptable and allow for experimentation. Large and small study niches also are dispersed throughout and allow for informal work or study areas. Occasional student workspaces for up to four students are located just outside professors’ offices, and in Physics and Math, faculty offices are intermingled.

“We did this specifically to strengthen the interactions between both faculty and students,” says Assistant Professor of Physics Michael Lerner. He is excited by the day-to-day, formal and informal collaborations that will take place by the teaching spaces designed with modern pedagogy, and by the new physics labs, which were intentionally designed on separate vibration isolating slabs.

The Math Studio is designed to call to mind images of artist studios, according to Martha Byrne, visiting assistant professor of mathematics.

“Our studio is a place where students can come and work and play with mathematics,” Byrne says. “We have a collection of books students can borrow, comfortable seating, games, and often faculty will leave puzzles or problems to jumpstart conversation and thought. We have floor-to-ceiling chalk- and whiteboards, and the tables in the studio have dry-erase surfaces, so no one will ever lack for writing surfaces.”

Three of the Math department offices are in close proximity to the studio, so faculty and students will interact frequently in the space.

“With a laptop cart and updated classrooms, we will be able to bring more innovative and nontraditional teaching methodologies,” Byrne continues. “We’re probably going to see more inquiry-based and active learning because the space invites conversation and collaboration. With so may inviting study spaces in the building, I hope that we’ll see more students working together, which will foster better communication and interaction with the faculty.”

The Science Commons is part of a bigger puzzle, Pareja says.

“It is part of an intricate set of departments, formal and informal learning spaces, and connected buildings that actively supports a mindset of community partnerships, collaborations and active creativity — one where interactions and constructivist collisions are fostered among community members,” he says.

In addition, the CST is on track to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is Earlham’s fourth LEED certified building since 2013.

“It is projected to use half of the energy per square foot of our more traditional buildings,” says Director of Facilities Ian Smith. “It is heated by a ground-source geothermal system, the first on our campus and the only one of its magnitude in Wayne County.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

125th Birthday Celebration at Richmond State Hospital
Graphic: Invitation
Richmond State Hospital 125 Year Anniversary Celebration Committee would like to welcome you to our Celebration of RSH 125 Anniversary on Thursday, September 24th beginning at 1 p.m. on our campus. Please reply about your availability to 765.935.9217. Looking forward to celebrating with you.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 05:35 pm: Edit Post

Free jobs skills training scheduled at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond, Ind. - Manufacturing Matters (MM), the skills training program for high demand local manufacturing jobs, is accepting applications for the next class starting in September.

Participants selected for the program will attend a training class for 10 weeks and be in demand by local manufacturers. Starting wages average $10-$14 an hour with participating partners.

Partners include: Johns Manville, Color-Box, Stant, Trane, Howden Roots, Emerson, Primex, Vandor, Richmond Baking Company, Sugar Creek Packing Company, and Timken Steel.

Participants will earn a Certificated Production Technician (CPT) credential when they complete course and program testing. The credential can be used for six (6) credits in Ivy Tech selected programs. Only those qualified receive funding and a seat. The classes are taught at Ivy Tech Corporate College on the Richmond campus.

Apply today at or call Carrie at 765-444-3188 for more information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 03:51 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015/16 Season

Richmond, Ind. - The Richmond Symphony Orchestra opens its 59th season “The Color of Music,” Saturday, September 19 in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center at Richmond High School. The theme promises to engage the senses and surprise audiences with a splash of color and the welcoming sounds of area high school musicians before each concert.

This year the season includes six concerts with season ticket holders receiving one bonus voucher redeemable for one ticket to any of the 6 concerts to bring a guest or give to a friend, coworker or family member. Performances are Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm on September 19, October 17, February 6, March 5, and April 2. A Sunday concert on December 6 will feature The Music of John Williams, including compositions from Star Wars, Jaws, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. “I am looking forward to the 2015-16 season with great anticipation,” says Conductor Guy Bordo, now in his 19th season with the RSO. “We have fantastic soloists, some new and some returning, and we have planned a season that expands the boundaries for the orchestra and the audience alike. There is a lot of recognizable music from Beethoven to John Williams, but also some fascinating new works that we hope will enhance the concert experience. We are excited to share this exciting season with our loyal audience.”

Highlights of the season include student ensembles from Wayne County high schools welcoming concert goers in the Hall’s lobby prior to the concerts with students wearing their school colors tied to the concert’s color theme.

The sixth concert will be at Seton Catholic High School Gym with an informal reception prior to the event. Season ticket holders will enjoy “The Orchestral Palette” concert in a relaxed atmosphere. “Our April concert will offer a new social aspect to a concert and allow the audience to surround the orchestra and see things from a new perspective,” says Bordo.

Again this fall the RSO, through the generosity of its donors, has scheduled a number of concerts and competitions in September and October for students and student musicians across the region. The events begin September 18 with the “Rhythm of the Orchestra” concert for 7th graders from Wayne and Union Counties followed by two October concert events for 3rd and 5th graders.

Two competitions for young artists will be held in October. The Orchestra Within an Orchestra audition on October 12 encourages high school and college aged students from across the region to audition for the opportunity to perform one piece with the Orchestra. The Young Artist Competition invites middle and high schools students from across the region to compete for cash awards and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the RSO.

The season opens with “The Music for Late Summer” featuring internationally known Steinway Artist and critically acclaimed pianist Lorraine Min. The New York Times and Washington Post note her “impeccable phrase-shaping, crystalline sound and admirable playing”.

Season tickets including all six subscription concerts are on sale for $75 for adults, $50 for college students and FREE admission for students through grade 12. Individual tickets are $15 for adults and seniors. To order tickets or for additional information: call 765-966-5181 or visit the RSO website at

The 7:30 p.m. performances are in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center at Richmond High School, 380 Hub Etchison Pkwy, Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 04:24 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond offers Management & Supervisory Institute, OSHA and Excel Courses

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond is offering three courses this fall for employees at area businesses and manufacturing facilities. The popular Management & Supervisory Institute, “Equipping Supervisors with 21st Century Skills,” MSI 2.0, is scheduled to begin September 17. The course focuses on leadership skills. These are the skills frequently needed by new supervisors who are internally promoted because they have strong technical skills, but may have limited experience in the skills needed to lead their staff effectively and move their organization to a higher level.

The 105 hour cohort based institute is designed to equip a new supervisor to lead effectively. Participants have the opportunity to explore the ‘big picture’ perspectives of business operations and consider the impact of their decisions in the workplace. They develop an increased appreciation of diversity and its value to the organization while learning to facilitate effective meetings and increase productivity. “New supervisors as well as those with experience, but who have not had formal supervisory training benefit from the Institute,” said Kim Thurlow, Richmond Corporate College Executive.

An Institute certificate is awarded to participants who complete at least 85 percent of all courses, deliver a presentation on their learning to guests during the course’s final session, and complete assessments including a personal Extended DISC ® profile. Participants in past cohorts have remarked, “I was inspired, every supervisor at our company should attend this program,” and “I never knew I was a supervisor until I went to MSI.”

The second course offered this fall is the two session, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry course. It is offered for employees with health and safety responsibilities at area businesses and manufacturing facilities. It is scheduled for October 21 and 22. The course includes OSHA policies, procedures and standards as well other areas including: Electrical Safety, Walking & Working Surfaces, Exit Routes, Machine Guarding, Hazard Communications, and Blood borne Pathogens. Every student completing the course will receive an OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Course Competition Card.

The third course, Fundamentals of Excel, will be offered twice during fall semester. The courses are scheduled: September 14, 16, 21, and 23; and, November 2, 4, 9, and 11. Participants start with Microsoft Excel 2010 basic concepts and build skills moving through 12 hours of hands on work in the computer lab. The intermediate and advanced levels include creating Pivot Tables and formulas, and the integration of Excel with other computer applications.

For information about MSI 2.0 classes and the OSHA and Excel course contact Ron Puckett, Leader Program Manager, at 765-966-2656 ext. 4104 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 04:21 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Hosts Annual Fall Festival at Dunlapsville
Supplied Photo: Ladies in Pickup Truck
The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, will be hosting its 24th event for older Hoosiers. September 10th & 11th are the dates set for the annual Area 9 Fall Festival (formerly Area 9 Senior Picnic) at Dunlapsville Pioneer Village near Quakertown Recreational Area. Over 400 older adults from our community will come together to enjoy two unique days of fun activities, educational programs, health screenings, pontoon boat rides, antique/classic vehicle/motorcycle display, live music by Nashville’s own Garcia & Scott, lots of good food, and friendships.

To accommodate the crowds, day one will provide activities and information for active older adults. Day two is by invitation and will offer activities designed specifically for those in nursing and care facilities.

Cost is $6.50 per person for the meal and all activities are sponsored at no cost to participants. This is an excellent opportunity to have fun at the beautiful Brookville Lake and to meet other Hoosiers from the area, so come and join the fun! RSVP by September 3rd to Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 to reserve your lunch.

If you would like to be a part of the classic/antique vehicle/motorcycle display, call our office for a registration form and to reserve your complimentary meal.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 05:39 pm: Edit Post

Pain specialist joins Reid Orthopedic Center’s expanding team
Supplied Photo: Dr. Thomas
Dr. Thomas
Reid Orthopedic Center welcomes Kisha Thomas, M.D., an anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. Dr. Thomas will provide comprehensive pain management for patients with conditions such as degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and other spine- and joint-related conditions that cause pain.

“My goal is to help patients be as active and functional as possible,” Dr. Thomas said. “I’ll be offering multidisciplinary pain management with a wide variety of therapies, such as epidural injections, peripheral nerve blocks and, when appropriate, spinal cord stimulators.”

Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. She completed her anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

“I am new to the Richmond area, and I look forward to getting to know my patients and working with my colleagues at Reid Orthopedic Center to provide a great deal of support for people in this community,” Dr. Thomas said.

For more information about Dr. Thomas, or to inquire about making an appointment, please call Reid Orthopedic Center at (765) 935-8905.

Reid Orthopedic Center, located at 1400 Highland Road in Richmond, Ind., offers comprehensive spine and joint care from Reid orthopedic surgeons and rehabilitation therapists. Reid orthopedic surgeons also see patients at satellite offices in Connersville and Winchester, Indiana, and in Greenville and Eaton, Ohio.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 06:51 pm: Edit Post

Healthy Indiana Plan means great care, peace of mind for resident
Supplied Photo: Heather Gabbard
Heather Gabbard says she is enjoying improved health benefits with HIP 2.0.
Heather Gabbard is breathing easier than she used to, thanks to the health insurance coverage she receives through Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). In addition to giving her peace of mind, the plan allows her to receive the medication she needs for chronic asthma.

Before she learned about HIP, Heather simply went without health insurance—she didn’t qualify for it through her employer, and her income exceeded the maximum limit for Medicaid. As a result, she had to pay cash for doctor visits, and couldn’t afford prescription medications for her asthma. Vision and dental care were out of the question.

The problem became more serious one day about four years ago, when Heather began to experience intense abdominal pain. “My doctor wasn’t available, so I ended up going to the emergency department,” said Heather, who is 23. “It turned out that the problem was treatable. But the care I received at the emergency department, including a CT scan, cost more than a thousand dollars. For someone like me who has a low income, that was huge. It took me more than a year to pay it off.”

At about the same time Heather paid her bill, she learned about the original Healthy Indiana Plan. The plan was expanded this year in Indiana with HIP 2.0, offering coverage to more people and in Heather’s case, additional options and better coverage.

The application process was easy, and within a few weeks Heather enrolled. Since her doctor didn’t accept HIP patients, she chose a new one—Tina Reichley, M.D., who works at State Line Family Medicine, a Reid Health Physician Associates practice in Richmond.

“At my very first visit, Dr. Reichley gave me a prescription for my asthma, and HIP covered the cost of the medication,” she said. “It’s a wonderful thing to not worry about an asthma attack getting out of control. HIP has really been a blessing, especially this year when the program expanded and became HIP 2.0. Now I have vision and dental insurance, too. I was able to replace my broken eyeglasses and see the dentist for the first time in five years.”

An added bonus, Heather says, is the care she receives from her new doctor. “Dr. Reichley is so helpful and cheerful,” Heather said. “She is a great listener and takes my concerns seriously.”

To sign up for HIP, contact:

Documentation needed includes a photo ID, birth certificate and last 30 days proof of income.

For more information:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 04:12 pm: Edit Post

2015 Catalyst4Change Award Winner Announced

Joe Montana is nationally known as one of the greatest NFL players of all time. He is credited with winning four Super Bowls and being named a 3X Super Bowl MVP.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Many know Montana by his nicknames, “Joe Cool” and the “Comeback Kid”.

Coming in September, Joe Montana will be awarded Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center’s annual Catalyst4Change award. The Catalyst4Change award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of children. Joe has helped millions nationally to help end hunger.

Wernle’s Catalyst4Change event serves as a major fundraiser for Wernle. The evening includes dinner, auction and the awards ceremony. For the first time ever Wernle will be holding the annual event on their 72-acre campus in Richmond, IN.

Past honorees include legendary TV personality Regis Philbin, coach-broadcaster Lou Holtz, and best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Recent honorees include Tim Brown, Dick Vitale and former NFL star Jerome Bettis.

Seating for the event is limited. Admission is $100 for individuals and $700 for a table of eight. Check the website at or call 765-939-4570 for additional information.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

United Way of Whitewater Valley receives $40K from Wolverine Worldwide’s First Super Tent Sale

RICHMOND, Ind. — On Thursday, July 30th, Wolverine Worldwide hosted their first United Way Super Sample Shoe Sale in their parking lot. Over 4,000 pairs of shoes and various apparel was discounted up to 80% off of retail prices.

About 1,500 community members attended, and over 100 volunteers donated their time to ensure a successful event. Wolverine Worldwide announced the grand total of $40,000 to United Way of Whitewater Valley last week.

“The sale was bigger and better than I ever expected,” said Lindsay Truesdell, Wolverine Worldwide HR Assistant. “I was shocked at the amount of people that came out to shop and support the event. I truly cannot wait to do it again next year!”

Wolverine Worldwide will be hosting a check presentation to United Way on Wednesday, August 26th at 2:00 p.m. at Wolverine’s offices at 1400 Industries Road.

“The United Way of Whitewater Valley, and our community partners are extremely appreciative of the thought and effort put behind the Super Sample Shoe Sale,” said Amber Willeford, the interim president of the United Way of Whitewater Valley. “We see that Wolverine Worldwide will be valuable, long-term partners for creating positive, lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union county residents. We thank them for choosing to LIVE UNITED.”

About the United Way of Whitewater Valley
United Way of Whitewater Valley is committed to strengthening partnerships that create lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union county residents. United Way of Whitewater Valley focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Health, Community Vitality, and Youth & Families.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

Organizations Able to Expand Services with Reid Community Benefit Funding

The Reid Health Community Benefit program has awarded almost $182,000 in grants to programs aimed at improving mental health and reducing substance abuse in the region served by the health system, allowing many of them to provide services to more people in need.

A committee of Reid’s governing board meets three times a year to review grant requests, which are awarded as part of the health system’s efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization. Billie Kester, Director of Continuum of Care for the system, said the funds granted to the organizations represent a significant investment into the health and wellness of the community.

The awards approved recently by the governing board included nine area agencies.
Achieva Resources -- $37,425
The funds are to support 50 individuals through the guardianship program. “This grant means so much to us because it is going to allow us to expand and do things that we just couldn’t do,” said Dan Stewart, President/CEO for Achieva. “It’s going to allow us to expand our program and grow by at least 30 to 40 actual guardianships,” he said, noting that his organization is in demand to assist individuals with many specialized needs. “We keep people in a safe place, with quality health services and support.”

Boys and Girls Club-- $11,250
Stacey Steele, Director of Grants and Programs at the Boys and Girls Club, said the money will help facilitate drug and alcohol prevention programs for members age 6 and older. She noted the grant will help get services expanded back into Union County, besides helping kids in Wayne County with education and program materials. “We appreciate the personal support of the Community Benefit team,” she said.

Cross Road Christian Recovery -- $17,909
Supplied Photo: Cross Road Christian Recover
Cross Road Christian Recovery will help more women dealing with drug and
alcohol addiction with their Community Benefit grant of $17,909.

“Our goal and vision is how can we help serve more women,” said Wendy Canon, Executive Director of the program that helps women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. “With this grant, that’s a fulfillment of that vision for us.” Cross Road offers a four-month recovery program, involving classes, life skills training and mentoring. The grant will specifically help them with more introductory classes to provide a better transition into the long-term portion, and allow them to offer services to more women.

Open Arms Ministries - $7,500
The funds will provide emergency support for families affected by incarceration and substance abuse. “The day they came down with the check, we had two people come in that fit right into that category,” said Sharlene George, organization executive director. “It was awesome!” She said Open Arms Ministries serves those living in poverty in many ways, with core services of “helping prevent evictions, utility disconnects, emergencies with medications.” The issues often relate to a breadwinner either being incarcerated or in treatment for addictions, which are also often behind the incarceration. “This grant will be focused specifically for those families. It’s an enhancement to the number of people we are able to serve.”

JACY House -- $15,000
JACY House, a child advocate center, will use the grant to help with “Speak Up, Be Safe,” which teaches child abuse prevention to children, according to Amanda Wilson, Executive Director of JACY House. The program is operated through area public and private schools. The grant will help with expanding the program to from Pre-K through 6th grades to Pre-K through 12, she said. “We are the only program in this region that does this education,” she said.

The Journey Home -- $17,250
The Journey Home Shelter in Winchester, IN, provides mental health and substance abuse services to veterans. James Garringer, Executive Director, said the Community Benefit Funds will allow taking a part-time case worker to full-time to meet the need. The transitional facility works with veterans with to get them established with jobs and a place to live. “They learn more about themselves and what they are capable of doing,” he said.

Whole Community Family Initiative Inc. -- $47,970
Supplied Photo: House of Ruth
The Connersville-based House of Ruth program will expand education and
outreach with a grant of $47,970 to their Whole Community Family Initiative
from Reid Health’s Community Benefit program.

Sharon Cranfill, Director of the Connersville-based House of Ruth program, said the grant will allow them to expand education and outreach to families from a program that has been more focused on women with addiction issues. “It is vital,” she said, noting that the grant and other developments will make it possible for education and focus to reach families, not just the women in recovery. “We will actually be able to better help the entire family,” she said.

Youth as Resources -- $7,500
“Our heartbeat is about funding and empowering students to make a difference in the community,” said Executive Director Erin Ferguson of Youth as Resources. “This grant is major because it allows the support of a youth summit in September that educates elementary and high school students about the harm caused by tobacco. She said the summit will involve a main speaker who worked in the industry and learned first-hand of efforts to target young people with harmful products.

$20,000 to YWCA-Genesis -- $20,000
Rebecca Studebaker, Executive Director of the YWCA-Genesis program, said the grant “makes a huge difference for us.” Genesis services victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and also the homeless when there is space. “The Reid Health dollars allow us to do many things – unexpected expenses, feeding people and other needs associated with operating the program.

Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO, said it is vital to Reid Health’s mission to assist other organizations dedicated to issues like these. “Reid Health supports the communities we serve in numerous ways, and leading the way in this outreach is our Community Benefit program,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. “Community Benefit is truly at the heart of our overall mission to improve the health of the people we serve.”

In addition to grants, Reid’s Community Benefit department sponsors various programs focused on community health. A dental clinic has been established to provide services to those in need, lacking insurance and funds, for example. Richmond resident Ron Whittaker hadn’t been to the dentist for about 25 years before being able to get help at the clinic, sponsored and funded by Reid Community Benefit in cooperation with dentists at Mid-America Professional Group. “I called for an appointment and got in pretty quick,” said Ron, 60. “After the dentist looked at my mouth, he told me he was going to have to extract most of my teeth. The staff set up all my appointments right away and helped me enroll in an insurance plan, which ended up covering almost all of my costs.”

The Dental Health Clinic is located at Reid Urgent Care on Chester Boulevard. The clinic has cared for more than 300 patients with more than 900 procedures.

Community Benefit also provides support to local free clinics by processing labs and providing needed supplies. In a direct medical initiative, mammograms are offered free to qualified individuals upon physician referral and are covered by Community Benefit funds.

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Reid, like all not-for-profit health care organizations, demonstrates commitment to community service through organized and sustainable community benefit programs by providing free and discounted care to those unable to afford it, care to low-income beneficiaries of Medicaid and other indigent care programs, and services designed to improve community health and increase access to care.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 08:21 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Community Schools take on role of Campaign Pacesetter for United Way Campaign

Richmond Community Schools will be kicking off their United Way Campaign this week. They are taking on the roll of 2015/2016 Campaign Pacesetter. Each year, a select business and its employees are asked to take on a challenge to jump start the United Way campaign and set the standard for leadership and commitment in supporting the community and changing lives in the Whitewater Valley.

This “Pacesetter” is chosen by a demonstrated history over the years of supporting the United Way, as well as other community causes, and are challenged to increase their contributions over the previous year. Bridget Hazelbaker, Communication Coordinator for RCS states, “Richmond Community Schools is excited to be participating again in this year’s United Way Campaign. We hope that we can serve as a model for others during the upcoming 2015/2016 campaign year. #weRunited!”

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 02:59 pm: Edit Post

Pop Up Yoga Planned for Richmond Locations This Summer
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Enjoy a free yoga experience, accompanied by live music during the Pop Up Yoga classes planned on June 18, July 16, August 20 and September 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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