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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 07, 2014 - 01:50 pm: Edit Post

Car Show to be Held at Camp Clements
Flyer: Camp Clements Car Show
A car show will be held at Camp Clements, 5291 Abington Pike, Richmond, on July 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no fee for car entries or spectators but donations gratefully accepted.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 02:15 pm: Edit Post

Chanticleer String Quartet 38th Annual Music Festival
Flyer: 38th Annual Music Festival
Hear the music of Schumann, Michael Legrand and Schubert as performed by the Chanticller String Quartet. For festival information, call 765.966.6214.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

Opening Reception for Richmond Group Artists: Out of The Silence
Book Cover: The Richmond Group Artists
You are invited to the opening reception, August 3, 2014 from 1 - 4PM at the Richmond Art Museum.

This is the untold story of a group of artists whose interest in fostering art in their community made an authentic contribution to the history of art in America. Taking for their subjects the local people, flora, and landscapes, they developed a distinctive impressionistic style, uninfluenced by other art movements in Indiana. Richmond, Indiana, became an important center for art in the Midwest. The exhibit will run from August 3 - October 4, 2014.

The exhibit will display 50 of the images featured in the book as well as several of the historical images shown in the publication. RAM Executive Director and author, Shaun Dingwerth will offer a lecture about the group and its importance to Richmond in particular as well as Indiana Art.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:24 am: Edit Post

Join us at the Library for our Annual Musically Spectacular Event!
Flyer: Chaticleer at MRL
Chanticleer String Quartet
Friday, August 1, 2014
2:00 p.m., Bard Room

The world renowned Chanticleer String Quartet will present their Summer Music Festival 2014 Concert in Morrisson-Reeves Library’s Bard Room on Friday, August 1st at 2:00 p.m. The string quartet features violinist and founder Caroline Klemperer-
Green, violinist Stefan Xhori; violist Jennifer Smith; and cellist Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza. Special guest pianist Foster McDaniel will be joining the group for several musical numbers.

Sponsors for this program are: The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, US Bank and Peter and Joan Bartel.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 02:18 pm: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves is Celebrating 150 Years with MRL's 150th BIG Birthday Bash!
Flyer: 150th Birthday Bash
We’re BLOCKING the street off for this Party!

Wednesday, July 30th, from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Rain or Shine!!

Bring the family and enjoy live entertainment, goody bags, cake, door prizes, carnival games, inflatable obstacle course, GIANT 17 foot slide, magician, Vintage Car Cruise In -- and so much more. We have a BIG party planned just for you and EVERYONE in the COMMUNITY is INVITED!

3:00pm in the Library’s North Parking Lot

4:00pm THE party continues!7:00 pm Garcia and ScottFor more information, call (765) 966-8291.`

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond region names Valerie Ray executive director of resource development

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond region has appointed Valerie Ray as executive director of resource development. As the region’s chief development strategist, Ray’s leadership will be critical to meeting student needs for scholarships, as well as ensuring that Ivy Tech has the facilities and technology necessary to prepare students for the workforce and successful transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

“I am honored to be selected to serve the College in this new role,” says Ray. “There is a great spirit of philanthropy in the Richmond region and I look forward to sharing my passion for the mission of the College with my experience in resource development.”

For the past four months, Ray has served as interim campus president. She will maintain these responsibilities until the Richmond and Connersville Campus President, Chad Bolser, is in place. Ray served as executive director of finance and facilities since 2007, and has been employed with Ivy Tech Community College for more than 34 years, serving on numerous regional and statewide committees. Ray currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wayne County Boys and Girls Clubs and the United Way Board of Directors.

“Valerie brings a wealth of experience to the development role,” says Andy Bowne, regional chancellor for the East Central and Richmond regions. “She has excellent relationships with community and business leaders from across our five county region. Her years in financial aid, registrar, finance and facilities, and most recently as interim campus president, give her a thorough understanding of the college. When you combine her extensive internal leadership, knowledge of the community, relationships with people and organizations across the communities we serve, and absolute passion for the work we do, Valerie is the logical choice.”

Ray earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also a proud alumnus of Ivy Tech and the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Richmond region.

“Valerie will pick up the important fundraising work that has been led by Diana Pappin since 1991,” says Melanie Caldwell, chairperson of the regional board of trustees. “We are in the ‘quiet phase’ of a $4 million campaign to raise local support for scholarships, as well as addressing needs for state-of-the-art labs and technology. With Diana’s retirement, it is important that we have someone in the role that is well connected across the region and has experience in fundraising.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 11:23 am: Edit Post

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care Poinsettia Fundraiser
Flyer: O Christmas Tree
It's Christmas in July when you help Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care by ordering your holiday poinsettias. Download an order form or call them at 765.966.0852.

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

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:29 am: Edit Post

Reid Rehab fall prevention class helps patient say goodbye to walker
Photo: Linda Gaddis
Linda Gaddis isn’t planning to go dancing any time soon, but thanks to a specialized exercise class called Fallproof™, she is walking with a lot more confidence lately.

Walking hasn’t always been a challenge for Linda. In fact, this retired schoolteacher has always been active, even since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 20 years ago. But a few years ago, she developed back problems and eventually underwent two spinal surgeries. While doing physical therapy at Reid Rehab, Linda found she really liked physical therapist Darcey Garno.

“I was really comfortable with Darcey and felt like therapy was helping me get stronger,” said Linda, who lives in Richmond with her husband, David. “Still, I had to use a walker to get around, and I didn’t like that. When Darcey told me about a new class she was teaching called Fallproof, I decided to give it a try.”

Fallproof is a great fit for Linda. The 12-week class meets twice a week for an hour and includes exercises to increase strength and balance, practice walking on uneven surfaces, conversations about how to prevent falls, and much more. “The class was intense, and Darcey sometimes pushed us to the limit,” Linda said. “There were just four of us in the class, so she was able to focus on our individual needs. I liked the camaraderie of the group, too.”

Linda, like all Fallproof participants, underwent an assessment before her first class. She received a score of 7 out of 40 for balance, a score that improved to 14 out of 40 after her last class of the session. She also increased her walking speed from 1.8 feet per second to 3.4 feet per second.

These days, Linda can get around her house without a walker or a cane, although she takes her cane with her when she does errands or goes out to coffee with David. “Fallproof has helped me in a lot of ways, and was a really positive experience,” she said. “I am going to take the class again, because I’m determined to keep getting better.”

Is Fallproof Right for You?
Reid Hospital’s 12-week Fallproof class improves balance, flexibility and strength to help participants overcome their fear of falling and build confidence so that they can be as independent as possible. The class incorporates group activities and can be a lot of fun. It meets twice a week for 12 weeks and takes place at Reid Rehab, 2021 Chester Blvd.

Anyone who has fallen or is worried about falling should consider taking this class. Those who are interested will be asked to come in for a screening to make sure the class is a good fit for their needs. The class is designed for people with a moderate risk of falling; those who are considered high risk might want to consider one-on-one physical therapy.

For more information or to register for Fallproof, please call Reid Rehab at (765) 983-3092.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 03:42 pm: Edit Post

Local board member’s article featured in national magazine

Richmond, IN, July 23, 2014 – Recently, the past president of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Mike Nottingham, had an article featured in the national publication of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The spring issue of Connections magazine contained an article written by Nottingham detailing our local Club’s strategy for planned giving.

In 2003, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County (BGCWC) became a pilot site for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s planned giving program. As part of that program, the local Club established the Heritage Club, which is an association of people who have included the Club in their estate plans. Over 40 percent of the Club’s board of directors and board of trustees members now belong to the Heritage Club.

In 2013, the BGCWC participated in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advancing Philanthropy Project, which helps Clubs across the nation enhance their fundraising capabilities. This inspired Nottingham and the Club’s leadership to assess our fundraising efforts. The conclusion was that we were doing many things right – increasing Heritage Club membership and building relationships with major donors – but the Club needed to be more purposeful in developing and executing a long-term strategy to ensure future financial success. This conclusion led to the creation of the Focused on the Future Campaign, a three-year campaign that places priority on long-term stewardship and cultivation of major gift and planned giving prospects. The goals are to build the operating fund and increase the number of Heritage Club members each year.

To kick off the Focused on the Future Campaign, the Club recruited people who had demonstrated a passion for our mission over the years, but who had never been approached for major gifts. Executive Director Bruce Daggy met with three key trustees, all longtime donors: Richard E. Jeffers (the namesake of our flagship unit), Debra Edelman and Terri Batsel. He talked with them about major and planned gifts, and securing the future of the Club for generations to come.

As a result of this meeting and the cultivation of these donors, each of them now intends to support the Club through planned gifts that will collectively reach the multiple millions. They are once again demonstrating their capacity to lead by example and contribute significantly to the Richmond area community.

Nottingham’s article was intended to inspire other Clubs to be intentional in their planned giving efforts. While many organizations may shy away from the difficult discussion of planned giving, if they execute a thoughtful strategy with long-time donors, they can also see success in this area of fundraising.

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

For more information, call Maria Fisher at the Club 765-962-6922, e-mail or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:34 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College names Chad Bolser Richmond & Connersville campus president

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has appointed Chad Bolser as the Richmond and Connersville campus president, effective August 18, 2014. Bolser most recently served as the athletic director for Richmond Community Schools.

Bolser will report to the regional chancellor, Andy Bowne. The focus of the local campus president will be outreach to the local communities in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties. In addition, campus presidents will manage the day-to-day operations while fostering a campus climate that is consistent with the College’s core values. The campus president consults with regional administrators to achieve policy objectives and goals for building new and varied community outreach and partnerships, as well as expanding the availability of the College’s instructional and student support services to the communities.

“I am incredibly honored, and excited, to be selected as campus president,” says Bolser. “This community, including the surrounding counties, has had a positive impact on my life, both from a personal and professional standpoint. Richmond Community Schools has been a tremendous place to work for the past sixteen years. I am truly thankful for the opportunities and experience that I have gained through their leadership. The position at Ivy Tech will not only challenge me, but also provide the opportunity to participate in changing the lives of those in the regional communities.”

Bolser has served as a social studies teacher for Richmond Community Schools and head boys basketball coach for Richmond High School. Bolser’s career also included: assistant men’s basketball coach, head men’s golf coach and instructor for education and physical education at Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.; head basketball coach and history teacher at St. Teresa High School, Decatur, Ill.; and assistant basketball coach and admissions and financial aid counselor at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo.

“We are very pleased that Chad has decided to join our leadership team,” says Andy Bowne, regional chancellor for East Central and Richmond regions. “Chad’s leadership experience, community relationships and passion for the Ivy Tech mission is why we chose him as the final candidate for the campus president position. I am confident he will effectively lead the region, all while focusing on student success and community involvement.”

Bolser earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Lindenwood University and his Master’s of Education from Earlham College. He is married to Leslie (Brown) Bolser and has two daughters. The family resides in Richmond.

The Richmond region aligned with the East Central region in early 2014. Currently one campus president position has been named, Dr. James Willey, Anderson campus president. Dr. John (Rob) Jeffs was appointed interim Marion campus president, with the search process underway, following the retirement of Dr. John Lightle in May 2014. A formal search process to hire the campus president for Muncie/Henry County will initiate in the near future.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:41 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Announces Two Opportunities for Grand Funding

The Wayne County Foundation is announcing two opportunities for grant funding.

Over $97,500 will be available for grants during the Foundation’s second competitive grant cycle of the year. It is designed to support projects that “enhance the Spirit of the Applications from local not-for-profit organizations for this grant cycle will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Successful applicants can expect grants to be approved and distributed by the end of September.

Assistance in preparing applications is available from the Foundation office located Steve Borchers at the Foundation office prior to submitting an application. Additional information is available by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638, e-mailing or visiting the Foundation’s Website,

The Foundation will also conduct another Challenge Match opportunity later this year.The Challenge Match Initiative gives selected organizations the chance to secure unrestricted operating funding from the Foundation in proportion to dollars raised in the community during a specified period of time.

This year, at least $152,500 will be available, and more is expected to be raised from Challenge Match Partners. Any charitable not-for-profit organization, school, Street, Richmond. First-time applicants are encouraged to contact or government agency in Wayne County that has prior application history with the Foundation is eligible to apply.

Last year the Challenge Match generated over $532,000 in gifts from the community to 35 participating organizations. This amount was matched with just over $169,000 from the Foundation for a total community investment of $702,037.

Representatives of organizations interested in submitting a proposal are invited to attend an information lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 24 at the Innovation Center in Richmond. Cost for the workshop is $6. Reservations are required no later than Thursday, July 17.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:21 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Crews To Chip Seal S.R. 38, S.R. 103 Next Week

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews from the Cambridge City Subdistrict have been scheduled for chip seal operations next week on State Road 38 in Wayne County and S.R. 103 in Henry County.

On Monday and Tuesday (JULY 28 & 29), INDOT personnel will chip seal 22.2 lane miles of S.R. 38 from S.R. 1 on the east side of Hagerstown—through Greens Fork—to U.S. Highway 35 north of Richmond.

On Thursday (JULY 31), state maintenance crews plan to chip seal S.R. 103 from the north side of New Castle to U.S. 36.

Single-lane traffic will be directed around moving worksites by flaggers. INDOT officials strongly advise motorists to drive with caution and at slow speeds on roads where chip seal has been freshly applied.

These pavement preservation operations are weather-dependent.

Chip seal applications consist of liquid asphalt topped with a fine aggregate. The purpose is to seal the roadway from moisture intrusion and UV ray degradation while providing renewed surface friction for improved stopping capabilities. Once the chip seal has been put down, INDOT maintenance crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone. Later a liquid asphalt fog seal will be applied to overcoat the fresh chip seal.

Chip seals are very cost-effective. Studies show that for every $1 invested in a chip seal, $10 is saved through reduced road repairs and extended service life.

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 Monday, June 02, 2014 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSY Book Discussion 2014 Summer /Fall Schedule

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

For more information call Peggy Booker at 765-966-4161 or email us at

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