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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 06:27 pm: Edit Post

Interstate 70 construction update for Wayne County

Milestone Contractors currently has two active Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) construction projects on I-70 in Wayne County. Drivers will see recurring weeknight and weekend lane closures and should consider alternate routes, such as U.S. 40, during working hours to avoid construction, backups and delays.

During weekends, some interstate construction zones may appear as if no work is taking place, but lanes must remain closed long enough to allow fresh concrete time to cure before opening new pavement to traffic.

Specific details about work schedules and traffic restrictions will be announced in advance. Subscribe to receive future text or email bulletins about INDOT projects in Wayne County at

Western Wayne County
Weather permitting, Milestone plans to close the right lane of westbound I-70 between Centerville Road (Exit 145) and State Road 1 (Exit 137) on Thursday, June 23 at 9 p.m. until Friday, June 24 at 6 a.m. This lane will close again on Friday at 9 p.m. for concrete patching and remain closed through the weekend until Monday, June 27 at 6 a.m.

Recurring overnight lane closures for paving should be expected each night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on eastbound I-70 as the interstate is resurfaced between State Road 1 (Exit 137) and Centerville Road (Exit 145). Lane closures for construction are also permitted through the weekends.

Eastern Wayne County
Weather permitting, MIlestone plans to close the left lane of eastbound I-70 between U.S. 35 (Exit 149) and State Road 227 (Exit 153) on Thursday, June 23 at 9 p.m. until Friday, June 24 at 6 a.m. This lane will close again on Friday at 9 p.m. for concrete patching and remain closed through the weekend until Monday, June 27 at 6 a.m.

Recurring daytime closures of the right shoulder in various locations along eastbound and westbound I-70 should be expected for approximately two weeks between U.S. 35 (Exit 149) and the Ohio state line. Lane closures for construction are permitted each night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and through the weekends.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 03:41 pm: Edit Post

Open house June 30 to celebrate Pediatric & Internal Medicine’s new home
Supplied Photo: Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine Building
Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine will celebrate its new home of the past few months with an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Activities, besides a formal ribbon cutting, will include “Touch a Truck” with the Richmond Fire Department, a visit from Iron Man, a Richmond Police Department cruiser, motorcycle and K-9 unit and more.

The practice opened in its expanded and renovated location at 1485 Chester Boulevard in December. Work is progressing at the center’s well-known former location to build a new complex for Reid ENT, Hearing Center and Allergy Clinic, anticipated to move from downtown Richmond and open later this year.

“Our new space means a lot more room for patient care,” said Loretta A. Ryan, M.D., one of the physicians with the Reid Health Physician Associates practice. The practice, which also includes William Black, M.D., Amber Allen, M.D., Yolanda Dreier, M.D., and Mary Barrett, NP, had been at the corner of Chester Boulevard and Waterfall Road in a much smaller space that originally opened in 1972.

The new location was formerly home for Urological Care, which moved in January 2015 to 1050 Reid Parkway. The new pediatric center represents a $3.9 million renovation and expansion, including an addition of 6,173 square feet for a total space of 15,693 square feet for the practice.
Other activities for the open house include a coloring contest, refreshments and prizes.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 02:24 pm: Edit Post

Group Fundraising Opportunities Available at the State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS- Groups looking to raise some extra money for their churches, schools, or clubs may now apply for fundraising opportunities with the 2016 Indiana State Fair. It takes around 600 people to staff parking and gates and upwards of $85,000 is expected to go to fundraising organizations this year for their help.

The 2016 Indiana State Fair runs from August 5-21 and there will be two, seven hour shifts per day. Each participant will make $7.00 an hour for their group and there is no limit to the number of shifts a group can sign up for.

Registration is open online at Eligible groups can submit their information, along with a registration fee of $25 per shift (up to four shifts) that will later be reimbursed. Group leaders will then be given a link for all participants to complete 2016 ASK Training before starting at the State Fair. Organizations must be a registered non-profit and will be paid upon completion of the State Fair.

The last day to register for these fundraising opportunities is July 15th. All registration fees and contracts are due by the day of orientation, July 31st. The sooner your group applies, the more options your group will have for choosing various shifts. Once shifts become full, it is possible to be waitlisted.

For more information on how fundraising groups can benefit from the Indiana State Fair, please visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 03:34 pm: Edit Post

Register for Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Fall Classes before August 12 Deadline

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Region Fall class registration is open on the campus and online. Prospective, new, returning and current students are encouraged to enroll for classes before the August 12 deadline. Fall classes begin August 22.

The Express Enrollment Center’s Make It Happen Mondays, (every Monday, except on holidays) in Connersville and Richmond, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., no appointment needed, is for prospective, new, current and returning students. They can complete all steps from application to registration for classes.

Staff works alongside students to assist with: admission and financial aid; applying for Ivy Tech Scholarships; verifying financial aid; new student orientation; completing the placement/assessment test (if necessary); and meeting with an academic advisor to plan or review the student’s Academic Completion Plan; and, register for classes. Students who need to assess should arrive at least two hours before closing time.

The Richmond Express Enrollment Center is open 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 08:42 pm: Edit Post

Quality of Place Conference
Graphic/Photo: Quality of Place/N. 10th Street, Richmond, IN
The Quality of Place Conference, presented by Richmond Columbian Properties & Indiana Landmarks is a valuable forum for exchanging ideas and hearing from in-the-trenches experts on rightsizing and neighborhood revitalization. All sessions will be held at the William G. Scott House, 204 North 10th Street, Richmond on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

For schedule and speaker details, visit the online registration page. Tickets are $35/person.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:45 pm: Edit Post

Deadline for Ivy Tech Richmond 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament signup is Wednesday, June 22
Supplied Flyer: 3 on 3 Tourney
Richmond, Ind. – Don’t miss the Wednesday, June 22 deadline to sign up teams for the Ivy Tech 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and Express Enrollment Event Saturday, June 25. The 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday tournament will be in the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School.

The 3 on 3 Tournament Divisions are: Male High School (Minors require parent/guardian signature on web registration); Female High School (Minors require parent/guardian signature on web registration); Male 18 & Over; Female 18 & Over; Coed 40 & Over. Maximum of 4 people per team. Registration is open until each Male and Female Division is filled with 16 teams, and the Coed Division is filled with 8 teams. Registration is required by June 22.

Attendees can register for the fall semester while attending the tournament. Staff will be available to handle admission, testing, financial aid, advising and registration. Even if someone has experienced financial or academic difficulties in the past, business office staff may be able to offer assistance in repairing situations that would allow students to return.

Free food will be provided all day! Students who register for classes will gain a chance to have their name in a drawing for a free IPAD Mini at the end of the event. Attendees can register for the fall semester while attending the tournament. Staff will be available to handle admission, testing, financial aid, advising and registration. Even if someone has experienced financial or academic difficulties in the past, business office staff may be able to offer assistance in repairing situations that would allow students to return. You can go back!

To register teams or questions contact: Tina Smith at or 765-966-2656, ext. 1228, or Sabrina Pennington at or 765-966-2656, ext. 1229.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 02:03 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County 4-H Fair Blood Drive
Graphic: Hospital Patients Need You

Tuesday, Jun 21 2016
4:00PM - 8:30PM
Kuhlman Center
Click here to sign up!

Thank you for your support!Indiana Blood Center must see 550 individuals each and every day to ensure hospital patients near and far have more tomorrows and brighter futures.

More questions?
Feel free to contact: Jennifer Barrett.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 06:49 pm: Edit Post

The Richmond Shakespeare Festival Opens King Lear This Week!

The 2016 Summer Season also includes The Comedy of Errors. Both shows run in rotating repertory through June 26.
Supplied Photo: Maretta Zilic as Regan and Brian G. Willis as Edmund in King Lear at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival.  Photo by Patrick Flick.
Maretta Zilic as Regan and Brian G. Willis as Edmund in King Lear at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Patrick Flick.

Richmond Shakespeare Festival is currently running King Lear in a double bill of rotating repertory theatre with The Comedy of Errors. The shows run now to June 26 in the newly renovated Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the Whitewater Gorge Park in downtown Richmond, Indiana.

A professional company using actors from Actors Equity Association and others from near and far, Richmond Shakespeare also provides opportunities for interns from local colleges and universities including Earlham College, Miami University, Ball State and Wright State.

Shakespeare’s existential masterpiece, King Lear previews June 15 and opens June 17. King Lear is a masterful exploration of family conflicts resulting from its patriarch’s emotional collapse. Children, friends and subjects demonstrate everything from wretched cruelty to perfect love.

The Comedy of Errors delivers on the promise of its title as subtle politicians, desperate moneylenders, and jealous spouses are driven to distraction by two sets of identical twins bent on causing confusion and hilarity.

Producing Artistic Director Patrick Flick says, “Anytime is a good time to come to Richmond, but the summer is really the best. Come see some of the only Shakespeare being produced right here in beautiful Wayne County. We’re only an hour and change from Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and even closer than that to Dayton and some of our other surrounding communities.”

The Festival runs June 9-26 in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana. In addition, on Saturday June 18, and Saturday, June 25, there will be food vendors, buskers and other special events happening in the park starting at 11 AM and running up until and between show times at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets for shows are available online at, or by calling 1.800.838.3006.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 06:27 pm: Edit Post

Urban Enterprise Association Workshop on Tech Devices

Richmond, Ind. ­ The Urban Enterprise Association’s (UEA) workshop about “how to better use your tech devices” will be Tuesday, June 28, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street, Richmond.

Digital Fix: Advancing Your Tech Skills is an opportunity to talk with IT instructor Jack Broering about some of the problems attendees have with their digital devices.

“Devices such as phones and Smart Screen TVs have so much potential but people get confused getting them to function properly or connect to other devices,” said Scott Zimmerman, Executive Director for Center City Development, the UEA event host. “This workshop offers you the opportunity to talk with someone who can help you learn how to make things work for you!”

Broering, a retired IT instructor, will use workshop participants’ problems as examples for attendees to teach each other how to get more out of their devices.

Topics discussed will range from Connecting to WIFI at Any Location; Downloading and Installing Antivirus Software; to How to Find A Job using or Career Builder.

The session is part of Center City Development Corporation’s series of workshops on social media, business development and tech training. Space is limited. To register, contact the Innovation Center at 765.962.8151 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

Concert Planned for July 3rd at Gaar Farm
Flyer: July 3rd Concert at Gaar Farm
Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to the Anees & Abram Gaar Farm, 2593 Pleasant View Road, Richmond on Sunday, July 3rd to enjoy a concert by the Richmond Community Orchestra. Stay to enjoy the aerial fireworks being set off at Glen Miller Park.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Open house from 6-7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10/person and are available at Daggy Flowers, Phillips Drugs (downtown), the Old National Road Welcome Center, or by calling 765.966.1262.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 01:22 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Presents 11th Annual Senior Art Competition

The 11th Annual Area 9 Senior Art Competition and Exhibit, presented by Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency and Indiana University East, will be held June 24th–September 9th. This competition is open to all artists age 60+ who reside in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County.

Classifications include: oil & acrylic painting, watercolor & pastel painting, Drawing (graphite, ink, chalk), collage/mixed media, photography, textiles, and 3-dimensional (sculpture, glasswork, etc.).

Artists may bring their entries to IU East Art Gallery June 23rd from 9:00am to 4:00pm. For those unable to deliver their work, the Agency will pick up artwork at the following locations:

Open judging will take place Friday, June 24th at 9:00am on the IU East campus in Whitewater Hall Room 132. Submitting artists and interested persons are invited to attend. Entries will then be exhibited for public viewing in IU East’s Meijer Artway from June 27th through September 9th. A reception honoring the artists will be held in Whitewater Hall on July 1st at 6:00pm.

There are no entry fees; however artists will be limited to one entry only. Official entry forms and rules are available at the Area 9 Agency Richmond office, local senior centers, and the art gallery at IU East. For more information, contact Judy Ford at 765-966-1795 or 800-458-9345, or

Awards are sponsored by Friends Fellowship Community and Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:12 pm: Edit Post

Indiana Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Partners with the Area 9 Meals Program

The Indiana Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is partnering with Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency’s Meals Program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to area seniors.

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to seniors who meet eligibility criteria while expanding the awareness and use of local Farmers’ Markets and farm stands.

To meet eligibility criteria, participants must be age 60 and over with income that is 185% of the poverty level. That means for a household with one person, the monthly income cannot exceed $1,815 or $2,456 if there are two persons in the household.

Eligible participants will receive checks totaling $20.00 that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers’ Markets beginning June 10th.

Checks will be available on a first come, first served basis, or until all checks have been distributed. Vouchers will be available at the following times and locations:

Fayette County Senior Center
477 N. Grand Avenue, Connersville
Wednesday, June 22nd; 8:00am-10:00am

Area 9 Agency Office
520 W. 9th Street, Richmond
Thursday, June 23rd; 8:30am-11:30am

Franklin County Senior Center
11146 County Park Road, Brookville
Thursday, June 30th; 9:00am-10:00am

Fair Brook Manor
1301 Fairfield Avenue, Brookville
Thursday, June 30th; 10:00am-11:00am

Rushville Senior Center
504 W. 3rd Street, Rushville
See Meal Site Supervisor Tuesday-Friday; 9:00am-12:00pm

If you have any questions or for more information, contact Beth Evans, Meals Program Director, at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345. Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 03:44 pm: Edit Post

The Richmond Shakespeare Festival presents their 2016 Summer Season, featuring The Comedy of Errors, and King Lear
Supplied Photo by Patrick Flick: Actor and Actresses from King Lear
Maretta Zilic as Regan, Theresa Liebhart as Cordelia, Steven Patterson as King Lear, and Andrea Morales as Goneril in King Lear at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival

The beautiful Whitewater Gorge Park in downtown Richmond Indiana is the setting for the third season of The Richmond Shakespeare Festival this June. A professional company using actors from Actors Equity Association, other professionals, and community volunteers, Richmond Shakespeare also provides opportunities for interns from local colleges and universities including Earlham College, Miami University, Ball State and Wright State.

Two plays are being presented this summer. One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, The Comedy of Errors delivers on the promise of its title as subtle politicians, desperate moneylenders, and jealous spouses are driven to distraction by two sets of identical twins bent on causing confusion and hilarity.

Shakespeare’s existential masterpiece, King Lear explores the family conflicts resulting from its patriarch’s emotional collapse. Children, friends and subjects demonstrate everything from wretched cruelty to perfect love.

Producing Artistic Director (who is also Executive Director of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association) says, “There’s really something here for everyone. Professionally presented Shakespeare in our newly constructed stage space in an historic building right in the middle of Whitewater Gorge Park is what we are all about. Come over to Richmond for the day and experience our wonderful Depot District and our charming restaurants. Do some antiquing in town or nearby Centerville and Cambridge City, and then see some world class Shakespeare!”

The Festival runs June 9-26 in the Starr-Gennett building in the Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 1.800.838.3006.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 06, 2016 - 02:59 pm: Edit Post

Historic Centerville Garden Tour

This year’s Historic Centerville Garden Tour promises to be well worth the price of your ticket so mark

your calendars now for the weekend of July 9 from 9-4 and July 10 from 11-4. The Ice Cream Social will be from 1-5 each day. There will be 5 gardens plus a bonus garden, an art display in the log courthouse by Tom Butters, a stop for yard/garden art, and a tour of the 1835 Shortridge Archway House. The public is invited to the ice cream social, but those with a garden tour ticket will receive a discount of 50 cents.

If you are unable to attend the garden tour, you can still support Historic Centerville by coming to the ice cream social.

Tickets are $10 each and can be bought on the day of the tour at the Mansion House at 214 East Main Street in Centerville. They can also be bought at the Centerville Public Library from June 28-July 8.

Join us for a full day of beauty in Wayne County. The tour will be held rain or shine.

All proceeds go for the restoration of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Log Court House. Please consider becoming a member of Historic Centerville; memberships can be purchased at the Mansion House on tour days.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:08 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Community Benefit Program Awards More Than $160,000 in New Grants

The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded $164,661 in grants to programs aimed at improving access to care in the region served by the health system as part of the first grant cycle for 2016.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system’s not-for-profit status, have put more than $130 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health’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.

“Getting people connected to the care and assistance they need is vitally important to the health status of the communities we serve,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid president and CEO of Reid Health. “The agencies these grants support play a significant role in partnering with Reid Health as we fulfill our daily mission of wholeness in body, mind and spirit for the people we serve.”

The awards were given to 11 area agencies, and will support a wide variety of programs.

Area 9 — $22,563
Area 9 Agency helps senior citizens and those with disabilities remain independent at home by connecting them with needed services, from home health care to Meals on Wheels. But sometimes, people who need help don’t qualify because their income is a little bit too high, or their insurance doesn’t cover the cost. That’s where funding from the Reid Health Community Benefit program comes in, according to Beth Evans, Agency 9’s director of community programs. “These types of clients typically need something like an automated medication dispenser or a medical alert system installed in their home,” she explained. “These are small services, but can make a big impact for someone who lives at home and wants to remain independent. This funding will help us establish a care plan for these clients and make sure they get the help they need.”

Birth to Five — $22,500
Birth to Five provides home visits, health screenings, parenting groups and much more to help young children in Wayne County reach their full potential. A grant from Reid Health Community Benefit will help the organization’s “Parents as Teachers” (PAT) program serve more families in the coming year. “PAT provides free monthly home visits focusing on physical, social and cognitive development until the child turns three years old—after that, visits take place every other month,” said Linda Erwin, PAT program manager. “The grant will allow us to serve many more families, starting with those who have been on our waiting list for a while. Reid Health always has been so supportive of Birth to Five, and we are thankful to have their partnership. Together, we are really making a difference in our community.”

Communities in Schools — $18,750
Communities in Schools provides children throughout Wayne County with the support they need to stay in school. Site coordinators have “office hours” at almost all schools in Wayne County, talking to students and providing everything from notebooks and pencils to weekend meals and toiletries. “We provide some services ourselves and work with many local organizations that provide ongoing support,” said Becky Murray, executive director. “So many children live in poverty in Wayne County, and without funding from Reid Health Community Fund and other local donors, we just couldn’t meet their needs.”

Diplomas — $10,800
For 22 years, Diplomas has operated a licensed childcare center at Richmond High School. Community support makes it possible for the center to take care of up to 26 babies at a time, allowing parents to finish their high school education. The program is committed to helping participants maintain their grades, obey school rules and not become pregnant again while in school. “Funding from the Reid Health Community Benefit Program will cover the cost of keeping three babies in the nursery for one school year,” said Sue Routson, co-founder and board vice president. “Reid really understands our mission and is a great partner for us as we care for the babies and help their parents graduate on time and become independent, productive adults.”

Home is the Foundation — $10,000
Home is the Foundation provides safe, affordable housing options in Preble County, Ohio. For some older clients, this can be as simple as making a few repairs to their existing home. “It’s amazing what people will live with in order to remain in their home,” said Heidi Bortel, senior repair home program manager at HIT Foundation. “In some cases, they will go without hot water or ignore a leaky roof if they don’t have money for a repair. The grant from Reid Health Community Benefit will help us pay for repairs to keep clients safe, warm and dry.”

Hope Center — $20,163
Hope Center is a pregnancy care center in Connersville that provides pregnancy tests, ultrasound, limited obstetric care, parenting education classes, a baby boutique and free testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Reid Health Community Benefit grant will help pay a part-time nurse and cover some administrative costs to provide medical services, including the STD tests. “Since January 2015, we have provided 560 tests for sexually transmitted diseases, completely free of charge,” said Marla Steele, executive director of Hope Center. “This service attracts a lot of people to our center, and gives us an opportunity to talk with them about preventing sexually transmitted diseases through practicing abstinence and making life-affirming decisions about their future.”

Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana — $14,000
Independent Living Center of Eastern Indiana (ILCEIN) helps people with significant disabilities lead as independent a life as they choose so they can remain in their homes. In the last three years, the organization has provided wheelchair-accessible ramps for 42 homes; funding from the Reid Health Community Benefit program will help the organization go deep into its waiting list of 28 more.

“This funding is a huge shot in the arm for our program, and will allow us to do a lot of significant work for people in our seven-county service area,” said Jim McCormick, chief executive officer. “We just can’t thank Reid enough for believing in us!” McCormick added that his organization uses contractors and volunteers to construct permanent wooden ramps and assemble portable aluminum ramps, depending on the client’s needs.

Information and Referral Network (211) — $12,500
Indiana’s 211 system provides comprehensive information and referrals to Hoosiers in all of the state’s 92 counties—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operators undergo 200 hours of training to provide callers with information about local services and organizations—everything from where to find a food pantry to how to file taxes. They even answer the state’s suicide hotline. “Last year, the 211 system answered 285,000 calls, but we know that over 100,000 people who we put on hold hung up before we could help them,” said Shari Morgan, director of operations at Connect2Help 211. “Gifts like the one from Reid will help us expand our staff so that we can reduce our wait times and help more people.”

Indiana Women in Need (IWIN) — $5,000
Indiana Women in Need provides grants to women who are going through breast cancer treatment, with the goal of helping them enjoy a high quality of life in the midst of a medical crisis. Grants range from $250 to $500, and can cover anything from groceries and gas money to childcare costs. Funding from the Reid Health Community Benefit program will provide 20 women with grants. “These funds can relieve some of the stress that women experience in the course of breast cancer treatment,” said Nancy Shepard, executive director/founder of IWIN. “This can allow them to continue working, stay engaged with their friends and family, and simply enjoy life more. Grant recipients really benefit from our program—in fact, 96 percent rate it as excellent, and the other four percent as good.”

Senior Opportunity Services — $20,000
Last year, Senior Opportunity Services (SOS) was able to provide about 100 seniors and people with disabilities with homemaker and handyman services. This year, thanks to a grant from Reid Health Community Benefit, the organization hopes to help everyone on its waiting list of 80 people, and maybe even more. “It’s going to be wonderful!” said Vicki Brimm, executive director. “Each client can get up to eight two-hour visits, and we can do everything from light housekeeping, carpet cleaning, laundry and handyman projects. These are the kinds of things that can seem overwhelming for people, so what we do makes a real difference.”

Sunrise — $8,385
Sunrise Inc.’s therapeutic horseback riding program has been promoting the well-being of physically, mentally and socially disabled people since 1980. Now, thanks to funding from Reid Health Community Benefit, the organization will launch the VETS program, which will provide therapeutic riding services for any military veteran with a disability. Monies will be used to help pay the organization’s certified instructor. “Research shows that equine-assisted therapy can benefit people with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries that our military experience,” said Janice Edelman, board member/treasurer. “Our program has done so much for people over the years, and we are very excited to provide this therapy free of charge for our veterans—they have already sacrificed so much for their country.”

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections and reporting. In 2014 the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability. Over the last 5 years, Reid, as a not-for-profit hospital, has provided over $130 million ($130,326,844) in community benefit to support individuals and programs within the service area.

In addition to grants, the Reid Health Community Benefit sponsors various programs focused on community health. In response to the Community Health Needs Assessment performed in 2013, the top prioritized needs were identified as access to care, substance abuse and mental health, and physical activity, nutrition, and weight.

In the area of access to care, Reid Health Community Benefit initiated a dental clinic focused on serving those with little or no dental coverage. Community benefit funds support Claim Aid to assist individuals in applying for health insurance plans or Reid’s financial assistance when necessary. Access to care also includes the shortfall of the cost of care rendered to those who have Medicaid coverage. Reid has continued to support community health clinics, such as Siloam Clinic with processing of lab services and providing supplies necessary for operations.

To address substance abuse and mental health needs, Reid has provided Narcan kits and training to first responders to prevent death from opioid overdose, containers to dispose of needles for police departments, and participated in efforts to reduce the incidence of babies being born addicted to drugs. Along with many other community agencies’ support, Reid has been involved in the efforts of the community group focused on the “Heroin is Here” initiative designed to increase awareness of drug abuse and its devastating effects.

Other than funds awarded in this grant cycle, Reid has supported programs addressing physical activity, nutrition and weight such as athletic training services to community schools, community screenings, cooking classes, health fairs, support groups, and provided speakers and lunches for Medical Mondays at The Townsend Center.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 10, 2016 - 02:05 pm: Edit Post

ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipient Announced
Supplied Photo: Kim Poinsett
Kim Poinsett is the recipient of the 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award® for Wayne County. Poinsett, of Richmond, Ind., was presented the award during the ATHENA celebration dinner held June 9 at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East have partnered for the third year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award® to Wayne County.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an individual who is honored for their professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

“Once again we have great finalists for the Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Award®. As I have said in previous years, the margin between the winner and second or third place is fractional seconds if this were a foot race. All of our finalists have what it takes to win this award. My congratulations to Kim Poinsett for being this year’s ATHENA Award winner. She joins prior winners Mary Jo Clark and Jackie Carberry which is fast becoming an elite group of women leaders in our community. I continue to be impressed by the women in our community holding key leadership positions in education, not-for-profit organizations, politics, retail, manufacturing and financial services. Our community is truly blessed," said Mark Soukup, President/CEO, Wayne Bank and Trust Co.

IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said, “We would like to thank all those who nominated women in our community for the ATHENA award. Each finalist has made a significant difference in our community through their leadership and service. Through their work and volunteerism, they also serve as an example for young women who aspire to be leaders. We are honored to present this year’s award to Kim and applaud her for the many ways she makes this community a better place to live.”

Poinsett is the vice president of community relations for First Bank Richmond. In her role, Poinsett oversees the community engagement and philanthropic efforts for First Bank Richmond. Poinsett serves on the Reid Health Foundation Events Committee, assisting with the Red Dress Ball, BRAvo! and Reid Ride. She also serves with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s ACES committee, Richmond Social Media Group, Eastern Indiana Small Business Development Center, Third Grade Academy, Richmond Community Schools Kindergarten Rocks, InConcert, Richmond Lions Club, Richmond Art Museum’s Marketing Committee, Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Richmond Civic Theatre, and as a past board member of Girls Inc.

The three finalists for this year’s award included Poinsett, Amy Oler Holthouse, and Rebecca Studebaker. Poinsett and Holthouse are residents of Richmond and Studebaker is from Eaton, Ohio. Previous recipients of the ATHENA award are Mary Jo Clark and Jackie Carberry.

Proceeds from the celebration dinner benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women. This year the proceeds will go to Girls Inc. and the IU East Center for Service Learning.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 02:19 pm: Edit Post

State OKs Plan, Additional Testing Begins at Former Reid Site
Supplied Photo: Old Reid Hospital
Supplied Photo: The former hospital campus, which was sold in 2006, was in move-in condition when Reid left it in 2008 for its new Reid Parkway home.
A work plan calling for additional testing of the grounds at the former Reid Hospital campus has been approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, allowing that testing to begin this week.

The goal of the work plan, developed by Environmental Resources Management (ERM) on behalf of Reid Health, is to determine if certain chemicals on the site occurred naturally and to better understand ground water flow to determine if any type of cleanup work is necessary.
The work plan suggests that most contaminants are within or below levels allowed for property that is used only for commercial purposes.

ERM, a leading international environmental consulting firm, called for additional investigation in certain areas in recommendations to IDEM in November 2015, citing areas in the northeast section of the property that the public used as a dumping area in years past, and where certain contaminants appear to be above commercial/industrial screening levels.

More extensive testing will be accomplished by installing wells in these areas to check groundwater flow. Those tests will also help better understand what, if any of the materials, are naturally occurring or require further evaluation. The work plan noted that the radioactivity found in earlier studies could be naturally occurring and is not the same type of radioactive materials used for medical treatment. The investigation work will be completed under the oversight of IDEM.

“This brings us closer to learning the facts about the findings on the property and what responsibility, if any, Reid has for further testing or mitigation,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “If we do, we will address it promptly and accordingly.”

Kinyon said Reid Health system team members, like community members, are also eager to know more about what could be environmental concerns now found inside the buildings.
“The inside of the buildings, which we left in move-in condition, have deteriorated and been vandalized,” he said. “Of course, these issues were not caused by Reid Health, and it grieves those of us who took care of the buildings in years past that they have been allowed to deteriorate to such poor and hazardous condition.”

Working with IDEM, Reid Health hired ERM in August to help determine the cause and extent of, and risk associated with, contamination in the grounds at the former hospital campus at 1401 Chester Boulevard. 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.

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 his team expected the campus would have been re-purposed for economic development after the health system completed its move from the property in 2008. “We left the campus in great condition,” Kinyon said, noting that the sale included 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. 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 good stewards of that property on behalf of the community,” Kinyon has 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 Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 07:56 pm: Edit Post

Summer Craftivities for Kids at Veach's Toy Station
Supplied Flyer: Craftivities Flyer
Veach's Toy Station will hold summer activity classes for kids on Wednesdays and Fridays, June 8 - July 29, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers are encouraged to stay with your child and watch them explore their own creativity. Please stop by the store at 715 East Main Street in Richmond to pre-register for classes or call 765.962.5761. Space is limited; classes fill quickly.

The cost is $5/child/class. Most classes are good for all ages; the class names with an asterisk (*) work best for children 5 years old and up.

#1 Enchanted Garden Stone
Wednesdays, June 8 & 15, 1 & 3 pm
Fridays, June 10 & 17, 1 & 3 pm
Use your handprint or colorful stones to make a treasure to share or keep.

#2 Pom-Pom Picture
Wednesday, June 22, 1 & 3pm
Make cute pictures with colorful pompoms. Great for younger crafters.

#3 Science Lab Fun*
Friday, June 24, 1 & 3pm
Explore the giant world of microbiology with local teacher, Amy Kochensparger.

#4 Paint-a-Birdhouse
Wednesday, June 29, 1 & 3pm
Give birds a beautifully painted and decorated place to rest.

#5 No-Sew Pillow*
Wednesday, July 6, 1 & 3pm
Craft your own “punch in” fabric pillow. Choose from various characters.

#6 Make a Nature Kaleidoscope*
Friday, July 8, 1 & 3pm
Make your own scope, re-create it again and again—endless possibilities.

#7 Amazing AquaBeads
Wednesday, July 13, 1 & 3pm
Design with colorful beads, add water, and it becomes a work of art.

#8 Design-a-Doodle*
Friday, July 15, 1 & 3pm
Learn from local artist, Mandy Ford, how to design your own coloring page.

#9 Wind-up Robot Workshop*
Wednesday, July 20, 1 & 3pm
Create a wind-up robot with colorful cutouts, stickers and wiggly eyes.

#10 Jewelry Designer for a Day*
Friday, July 22, 1 & 3pm
Learn from a local jewelry designer and make your own piece of jewelry.

#11 Window Mosaics
Wednesday, July 27, 1 & 3pm
Peel and stick plastic squares create a stained-glass-look window mosaic.

#12 Create a Master-plate!
Friday, July 29, 1 & 3pm
Use a paper template, draw a picture. Templates are sent away to be transformed into a dishwasher safe keepsake. Plates ready for pick up 2-3 weeks.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Extends Application Deadline for Matching Grant Program

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that due to high interest in the program the agency is extending the application deadline for the Community Crossings matching grant program to Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. The extension gives Indiana cities, towns, and counties an additional two weeks to submit projects for consideration. The additional time allows for communities to complete asset management plans, which are required as part of the grant application process.

On March 23, 2016, Governor Mike Pence signed HEA1001, which created the local road and bridge matching grant program. The program, titled Community Crossings, provides approximately $150 million in state matching funds for local road bridge projects in 2016.

Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, roundabouts, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.

Projects submitted to INDOT for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance.

Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana. Cities, towns, and counties awarded grants will receive funding based on a 50/50 match. For example, a county that is awarded a grant for a roundabout project that is estimated to cost $1 million would receive $500,000 in funding from the State with the County providing the other $500,000.

For more information and to apply for a Community Crossings grant, visit and download the application.

All application materials must be submitted via email to by Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. Communities selected to receive funding for projects will be notified by INDOT by the end of August 2016.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 02:15 pm: Edit Post

Pelvic medicine specialist joins Reid Health Urological Care
Supplied Photo: Dr. Diaz
Dr. Diaz
Reid Health welcomes Sara Diaz Valentin, M.D., a urogynecologist who provides comprehensive care for pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Diaz began seeing patients at Urological Care, 1050 Reid Parkway, this month.

Dr. Diaz is board certified in obstetrics/gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She provides surgical and non-surgical care for all types of pelvic floor disorders, including vaginal prolapse, incontinence and sexual problems, among others.

The pelvic floor is the set of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that provides support for a woman’s internal organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor disorders can be caused by excessive strain on the pelvis due to childbirth, repeated strenuous activity, menopause, chronic disease or pelvic surgery. They are very common—in fact, it is estimated that one in five women in the United States will require some kind of surgical procedure for prolapse, incontinence or both.

“Pelvic floor disorders can cause many different symptoms. The most common include a bulge in the vaginal area, incontinence of any kind, problems emptying or storing the contents of the bladder or rectum, sexual problems and pelvic pain,” Dr. Diaz said. “Many women wait to seek treatment for these symptoms, but in some cases this can cause further damage or require a more complex course of treatment. Patients are often surprised by the treatment options available to them, including everything from dietary modifications and physical therapy to surgical repair.”

Dr. Diaz graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, where she also did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She then did a three-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Indiana University/Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, which included postdoctoral training in pelvic floor neurophysiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. During her postdoctoral training, she also earned a master’s degree in clinical research.

Since completing her training seven years ago, Dr. Diaz has cared for hundreds of patients, first in Louisville, Ky., where she also was an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, and then in Greenwood, Ind. She is the only fellowship-trained pelvic floor medicine specialist in the region, which means that patients with complex pelvic floor issues no longer have to travel to Indianapolis, Dayton or other cities for care. In addition to offering non-surgical care, she performs open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. In fact, she has performed more than 450 robotic surgeries, which typically result in less pain and a shorter recovery than open procedures.

For more information about Dr. Diaz, or to make an appointment, please call Urological Care at (765) 962-2591.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 03:49 pm: Edit Post

Opportunity Club

Wayne County Extension Homemakers’ Opportunity Club met June 9, 2016, hosted by Ginny Turner.

Members responded to roll call by answering the question, “What were your grandmothers’ names?” A health and safety lesson on the Zikka virus was given by Carmen Linderman.

Club members will assist with the intake of projects for the Open Class competition at the 2016 Wayne County 4-H Fair. Entries on Monday, June 13, include sewing, fine arts, needlework, quilting, crafts, photography and ceramics. Entries on Saturday, June 18, include foods and food preservation, culinary

arts, flowers, flower arrangements, horticulture, gardening and plants. Items are accepted from 8:00 am to 10 am with judging taking place beginning at 10:30 am. Members will also serve as Hostesses during the week of the Fair.

Members were reminded of a meeting scheduled for the 2017 Quilt committee at 6:00 on July 18 at the Kuhlman Center. Deadline is July for Wayne County EH clubs to submit two quilt blocks for the charity quilt; there will be a silent auction of the charity quilt during the Biennial Quilt Show on May 19 and 20,

The club will have a pitch-in picnic on August 11 at 6 pm at member Kathy Tincher’s home.

For information about the Opportunity Club or Extension Homemakers, please contact the Extension office at 765-973- 9281.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 06, 2016 - 02:55 pm: Edit Post

Crime Camp Offers Middle School Students an Opportunity to Learn about Forensic Science While Solving a Crime

Registration is open for this year’s Crime Camp at Indiana University East. Students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades can attend the one-day camp for free.
Supplied Photo: School of Natural Science and Mathematics Dean Neil Sabine works with students during the 2015 Crime Camp.
The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at the Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall. All activities will take place on campus.

Lunch will be provided. During lunch, students will visit with Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman.

KT Lowe, instruction coordinator for the IU East Campus Library, said Crime Camp uses crime solving techniques to build critical thinking skills.

“Students get to check out all kinds of forensic techniques like fingerprinting and DNA analysis, and practice their sleuthing skills at a crime scene we’ve set up in the library. It’s really cool that we can offer this program," Lowe said.

Participants will be introduced to elements of criminal justice through interactive activities and development of critical thinking skills. Students will learn forensic science techniques and apply their knowledge to a simulated crime scene.

After assessing the crime scene, students receive basic training in concepts used in crime fighting such as fingerprinting, interrogation and DNA evidence.

At the end of camp, participants will have an opportunity to present their findings and receive recognition for their completion of the program.

“We get kids talking about Crime Camp long afterward. I was in a science class earlier this year, and some of the students there were talking about what they’d learned at Crime Camp the summer before. It really sticks with them," Lowe said.

Mengie Parker, associate professor of criminal justice, is one of the IU East faculty members that will work with students during Crime Camp. He said the program, now in its third year, has been successful since its inception by Frances Yates, director of the Campus Library.

"In addition to being a load of fun, Crime Camp is beneficial to students in other ways. Students have the opportunity to use what they ‎learn about criminal investigation by solving mock crimes at the end of camp. This type of interactive learning helps promote divergent thinking which is necessary to solve more complex problems in school and in the workplace. Crime Camp is the most fun you can have at school," Parker said.

Crime Camp is sponsored by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Registration is open through Friday, June 17. To register, visit

Crime Camp is limited to 30 students. Participants will receive a t-shirt and a certificate of completion.

For more information, contact KT Lowe, instruction coordinator for the Campus Library, at (765) 973-8470 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 07:40 pm: Edit Post

You're Invited to Veach's 2nd Annual Educator's Open House
Supplied Flyer: Educator's Open House Flyer
Educators are encouraged to visit Veach's Toy Station at 715 East Main Street, Richmond, Indiana during the Educator's Open House on Saturday, July 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or anytime during the week of July 18-22 for special discounts and a free gift! For more information, call 765.962.5761.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 04:49 pm: Edit Post

Fall 2016 Deadline for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

A change in the timeline for selecting Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will have students apply at the beginning of their senior year.

The 2017 Wayne County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in April of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

The advanced timeline is the result of a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. Identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The Wayne County Foundation is adjusting its timeline for choosing two local scholars. A special committee will meet soon to review the scholarship criteria and selection process to ensure it is compatible with the new deadline.

The Foundation will make Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship applications for 2017 graduates available online in early August 2016. Completed applications will be due the beginning of September 2016.

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