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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 03:26 pm: Edit Post

Introducing Richmond/Wayne County's Distinctive Wayne County Video
Supplied Photo: Women ordering at Roscoe's in Richmond's Depot District
If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is surely worth even more.

The Richmond/Wayne County Tourism Bureau partnered with WCTV to produce an inviting three minute video. This video showcases five segments that make Wayne County unique -- Distinctive Style, Distinctive Fun, Distinctive Culture, Distinctive Flavor, and Distinctive History.

This new destination video will be used to promote the area as a fun and distinctive getaway as well as showcase a variety of engaging activities a visitor would experience. “With the video, our goal is to highlight the experiences that one could have in our county" said Nancy Sartain, Wayne County Tourism Bureau Marketing Director. "We want the viewer to know our community offers a great, multi-day experience. We are not just a place to stop for a few hours to enjoy, but rather an overnight or weekend getaway destination."

Wayne County has a flourishing entrepreneurial spirit which has resulted in an abundance of locally owned businesses that excite visitors who are seeking a personalized, hometown experience. Visitors have found quality amenities in Wayne County and they have become captivated by the passion and enthusiasm of area attractions, local restaurants, and business owners. This vibrant energy continues to bring new visitors to the area which bolsters lodging occupancy and stimulates economic growth in Wayne County. This video brings to life some of the unique experiences found here.

The video will allow the Bureau to target new audiences and strengthen our reach around the world via multiple social media platforms. The video is being broadcast in March when consumers are ready to start planning their spring and summer getaways. The video is posted on  YouTube and is viewable on the Bureau’s Facebook, Twitter, and website. Watch for additional videos showcasing attractions, shopping, culinary, and other Wayne County experiences.

Watch, comment, and share now!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 05:00 pm: Edit Post

WCTV Celebrates 30 Years at their 21 for Fun Event on April 7th
Supplied Graphic: 21 for Fun
Help WCTV celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Join us for a night of food, fun, casino games and live music while supporting your local Public, Education and Government access center. Sponsored by Reid Health and First Bank Richmond.

Tickets are $35.00 each and include:

Must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit WCTV.

Play money has no real value and must be used during this event.

Held at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond on Saturday, April 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $35/person.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 02:18 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Offers Summer Workshop for Young Actors

Ten Day Camp Includes Professional Instruction and Public Performances

Nettle Creek Players, an historic professional summer stock tent theatre, will offer the “Young Actors Workshop” as part of its 2018 Summer Stock Theatre Season. The day camp program will be held from Tuesday, July 24 through Saturday, August 4, 2018 on the Opera House Stage in the Hagerstown History Museum, 96 ½ E. Main Street and in the Nettle Creek Players Tent on Main Street in Hagerstown, Indiana. Tuesday through Friday classes will begin at 10:00am and end at 3:00pm. Students aged 10-17 will also participate in performances of “Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots” on Saturday, July 28 and August 4 at 11:00am. Registration is limited and based on a first-come, first-served basis to students ages 10 to 17. Tuition is $100 per student and is payable with registration. Some scholarships are available for qualifying families. Registration is available online at or in person at The Hagerstown Library. More information is available at 765-312-2722.

The Nettle Creek Players Young Actors Workshop gives students hands-on experience working side-by-side with professional actors, teachers and directors as both students and professionals work toward the shared goal of producing a play. The goals and outcomes include improvement in communications skills, self-confidence, vocabulary, teamwork and leadership abilities as well as the joy of participating in a live public performance. During the workshop, students will spend half of each daily session learning basic theatre skills including theater games & warm-up exercises, character development, scene study, memorization, music & voice, dancing & movement, set & costume design and more. The second half of each class is spent rehearsing the musical “Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots.” At the end of each week of classes, students and teachers join to perform a fully staged and costumed version of “Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots” as part of the Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season in a giant circus tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown. The final showcase performances are ticketed events open to the public.

Teachers for the workshop include the professional staff of visiting artists who have been hired regionally and from across the country to live in Hagerstown for the summer as they produce and perform the Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season. Leading the program are NCP Artistic Director, former Muncie Civic Executive Director and Monroe Central High School Drama Director Darrin Murrell and his wife, Western Kentucky University theatre professor Dr. Julie Lyn Barber. Other company members and teachers include Ball State University theatre program graduates Katie Jones and Olivia Schaperjohn.

More information is available at, Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers, or 765-312-2722.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 08:46 pm: Edit Post

EIRPC Asks for Employees in to Complete Housing Survey This Month
Supplied Logo: Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
The Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (EIRPC) is comprised of Fayette, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne Counties. EIRPC has embarked on a detailed study of the housing needs in Eastern Indiana with the assistance of Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development. As a primary part of the Region’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development, EIRPC is working to “Promote Talent Attraction and Retention through the Enhancement of Quality of Place by improving housing options.” In other words, we want to make sure we have housing available that meets the needs of our current and future workforce.

During the month of March, an electronic survey instrument will be available to record responses from area residents and employees. That link is provided below.

Eastern Indiana Housing Survey

We ask leaders of businesses and other organizations to encourage and promote participation in the survey by sharing it with your employees as well as by helping us disseminate the survey as widely as possible. EIRPC hopes surveys can be completed by March 31st.

For organizations that have more than 100 employees, a specific report will be available for your organization.

Jeff Plasterer was quoted as saying, “...for local governments in the region to make good decisions concerning housing policy, they need your help with a good response rate to this survey.”

Please complete the survey yourself and encourage as many others as possible to participate.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 - 07:18 pm: Edit Post

LifeStream & Reid Health Community Benefit Partner to Offer Healthy Eating Every Day Class Beginning in April

LifeStream Services & Reid Health Community Benefit are partnering to offer Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED), a unique behavior change nutrition program focusing on the underlying causes of unhealthy eating. The HEED class series begins on Wednesday, April 4 from 2:30pm to 4pm at the LifeStream Education Center located at 423 Commerce Rd. Richmond, IN 47374.

The registration fee for this series of Healthy Eating Every Day is being sponsored by the Reid Health Community Benefit Fund and will be offered at no charge to the attendee. This class includes one-on-one health coaching and support groups. Participants will set personal goals, and learn how to apply HEED’s behavior to the particular aspects of their diet and lifestyle that they need to change to achieve their goals. Topics covered include portion control, how to limit calorie dense food, and how to accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily.

Those interested in participating must reserve their spot by Friday, March 30. Registration is available online by visiting or by calling the LifeStream office at 800-589-1121.

LifeStream Services works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence.

HEED will equip participants with the knowledge to live a healthier lifestyle and improve their overall health.

For more information on HEED and other LifeStream wellness programs, please contact Lori Joseph, RN, Wellness Educator, by calling 765-722- 4060 or email

LifeStream’s Healthy Eating Every Day class is sponsored by the Reid Health Community Benefit Fund. Learn more about Reid Health by visiting

LifeStream is a nonprofit Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafés, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the agency call 800-589-1121 or visit online at and follow us on Facebook at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 08:59 pm: Edit Post

March Medical Monday topic: Drug-Free Wayne County Partnership

The March Medical Monday will feature the director of a program that aims to make the area drug-free.

Stacey Steele, Director of Drug Free Wayne County Partnership, is the guest for the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Central United Methodist Church.

To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is at 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond. Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 06:33 pm: Edit Post

RHS Shamrock 5K & 10 K Run/Walk
Supplied Flyer: Shamrock 5K & 10K Run/Walk
The RHS Business Professionals of America are planning the 7th Annual RHS Shamrock 5k/10k Walk/Run event on Saturday, March 10th. Come out and support the RHS BPA students that will be competing at the state and national leadership conferences in a variety of business, technology, and presentation events. There will be t-shirts and goodie bags for all participants, door prizes and more.......
Register online at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 08:57 pm: Edit Post

Earlhamites' Pursuit of $1M Hult Prize to Continue in San Francisco, Mexico City

Two teams of Earlham College students will compete in this month’s regional finals of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for the social good. The teams will compete at events in San Francisco and Mexico City in the hopes of reaching the finals and a chance at the grand prize: $1 million in start-up capital to launch world-changing social

Both teams — Methane Hub and Mashinani Farmers Initiative — have launched social ventures on campus that have the potential of meeting the competition’s challenge of harnessing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people.

“Our students have developed groundbreaking ideas on campus that offer real solutions to some of the biggest challenges gripping the world today,” says Gene Hambrick, the director of Earlham’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “We are proud of their innovative spirit and their growth in their preparation for this international competition against some of the best and brightest minds the world has to offer.”

Methane Hub — Josie Burton, Lan Phan, Zoya Abbas, and Ruthvin Gardiner, all members of the Class of 2020 — aims to solve indoor air pollution, which is one of the leading causes of respiratory diseases in Haiti, by providing biogas generated from human and animal waste as an alternative energy source for cooking.

“This year’s Hult Prize competition is expected to be the biggest to date so there is definitely a lot of pressure,” says Phan, a Human Development and Social Relations major from Hanoi, Vietnam. “We’ve been working on this venture for the last year and a half, and we’re really passionate about it. We’re not focused on just winning the regionals, we care about actually launching our business. This competition will offer good resources for us to
continue our work.”

Methane Hub advanced to the San Francisco regional last fall after winning a quarterfinal competition on Earlham’s campus. The team also won the $20,000 grand prize during the inaugural Earlham Prize for Creative Capitalism in 2017, a campus-sponsored competition that provides a platform for students to transform their ideas into real world business plans.

To date, team members have visited Haiti three times and have begun networking with potential customers.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 08:51 pm: Edit Post

25th Annual Ivy Tech Cruisin' for Scholarships Car Show to Feature Vehicles of All Eras plus Family Activities, Food, and Express Enrollment Event
Supplied Flyer: 25th Annual Cruisin' For Scholarships
Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 25th Annual Cruisin’ for Scholarships, Saturday, April 28 is sponsored by Meijer. The annual car show is free to the public and features vehicles of all eras - Model T’s, muscle cars, classics, street rods, motorcycles and more. Proceeds from the annual event fund scholarships for Ivy Tech Richmond Automotive Program students.

Food, music, and activities sponsored by the Ivy Tech Foundation and the Office of Student Life will be available during the show. Ivy Tech alumni are invited to attend, with a special VIP hospitality area available and giveaways.

The car show is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration is $20, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Awards for the show will be presented at 1:00 p.m. A rain date for this year’s show is scheduled Sunday, April 29, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center will also be open during the car show from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday for prospective, current and returning students who wish to enroll in summer and/or fall classes. No appointment is needed to complete steps in the enrollment and registration process. Students needing to take the ACCUPLACER assessment should arrive by 10:00 a.m.

For more information, contact Tai Muldoon at 765-966-2656 ext. 2347 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 09:10 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa Endorses Lieutenant Randy Retter

In today’s society, professionalism is extremely vital in meeting the demands placed upon law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities. For this reason, I will be voting for Lieutenant Randy Retter to succeed me as your next Sheriff.

Under a previous administration, Randy has proven to be an effective leader fulfilling his assignment as a merit Sergeant, charged with supervising patrol squads. Under my administration he was placed in charge of the agencies investigative division and tasked with overseeing the objectives to reduce crime and improve overall efficiency of forensic operations. As the investigative supervisor, he implemented strategies to improve efficiency of the agencies investigative reporting system and crime objectives. This assisted in improving communication between our criminal justice partners and the courts. Last year, Randy was promoted to Lieutenant under the merit process and currently oversees the entire enforcement division. His responsibilities include supervising patrol, investigations, training, and fleet operations respectfully.

Randy Retter has the administrative experience, knowledge, and education to succeed me as your next Sheriff. It is my privilege to endorse Randy Retter, and encourage voters to cast their vote for him in upcoming election for Wayne County Sheriff.

Jeff Cappa, Sheriff, Wayne County

I am honored to have earned the endorsement from Sheriff Jeff Cappa. Having worked closely with the current administration and in or with nearly every position of the enforcement division, I understand our department and am prepared to provide an uninterrupted service.

Randy Retter, Lieutenant, Wayne County Sheriff Department

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 06:05 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2018 Spring Grant Cycle. This is an opportunity for charitable organizations to receive funding for projects, programs and initiatives that help improve the quality of life and enhance the spirit of the Wayne County community.

Applications for the Spring Cycle are a two-part process and must be submitted through the Foundation's online application portal. The pre-application will open Monday, February 26, 2018 and close at 11:30 pm on March 9, 2018. The second part of the application is due 11:30 pm on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Foundation expects to award up to $100,000 from its unrestricted funds and more than $190,000 from various field-of-interest funds in this cycle.

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

First-time applicants and those who have not been successful with any previous online application are required to contact the Foundation's program officer, Lisa Bates, prior to applying. Additional information is available by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638, emailing, or visiting the Foundation's website,

Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $357,000 in its Spring grant cycle and the Challenge Match Initiative. All of the Foundation's community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and field-of-interest endowments which were established by generous donors.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 07:29 pm: Edit Post

Fostering the Future
Flyer: Fostering the Future
Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent? There's a child hoping for someone just like you. Attend this information session on March 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lingle Hall, Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond.

Information booths from local service providers, as well as snacks and giveaways. Foster Parent panel and Information Session at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, call Candra Ramsey at 765.960.0988.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 06:54 pm: Edit Post

Call for Nominations - Wayne County's Outstanding Young Professionals 2018

Do you know a hard working young professional that deserves recognition? Well - Now is your chance to help show your appreciation! Nominate them to be one of Wayne County's Outstanding Young Professionals!

HYPE is proud to present the Wayne County's Outstanding Young Professionals program with the support of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Nominees, ages 18-40, will be considered based on their professionalism, professional accomplishments, and commitment to the Wayne County community. Finalists will be recognized at a special luncheon on April 12th from 11:30am-1:00pm at Lingle Hall, Reid Health Campus.

Nominations are due by Friday, March 9, 2018 at

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 01:54 pm: Edit Post

Fine Free Day at Morrisson-Reeves Library!
Supplied Flyer: Fine Free Day on March 20, 2018
Phase 1 of our library renovations are done! We're celebrating in several ways on March 20th -- ALL DAY!

We're offering an Open House and a Fine Free Day - all wrapped into one great library day of service. We hope to see you at MRL!

Do you know someone with overdue library items? This is a FREE day to return your overdue items. This gives patrons the opportunity to bring back overdue items with no charge of late fees. A little reluctant to stop in with your overdue item? Simply drop your overdue items into the Drive-up Book Return and we’ll take care of the fines. This service does not apply to damaged items or materials overdue for more than 12 months.

Have questions about the status of your library account? Contact MRL at 966-8291 or email at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 02:00 pm: Edit Post

Workspace Rescue: The Organized Office
Supplied Flyer: Workspace Rescue with Lori Firsdon
Lori Firsdon from Forte Organizers will be speaking in the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd.

Turn your office space into a productive oasis instead of a stressful, clutter-strewn mess. You’ll learn to reclaim your space and utilize your newly functional office. Most importantly, you’ll learn strategies to keep your office organized and well-tuned.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 05, 2018 - 07:40 pm: Edit Post

Heartland Sings at Earlham College on March 23rd
Supplied Flyer: Heartland Sings
Earlham College will host a spring concert featuring Heartland Sings on Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm in Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road West, Richmond. Tickets are $8/adults, $5/students and seniors (over age 65) and are available at or Runyan Center Box Office M-F 10am-4pm (765)983-1474.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 04:47 pm: Edit Post

ATHENA Leadership Award® Nominations Now Being Accepted

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East are pleased to announce the annual ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

The event will recognize women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett and Angie Dickman.

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award® which will be presented at the dinner to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

New this year, the community is also invited to submit nominations for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

Nomination forms are available at

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to, once again, bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at a national ATHENA International Women’s Leadership conference.

Wayne Bank and IU East believe in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

ATHENA International is nationally underwritten by KMPG. Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women’s Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

Nominations for the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Award will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27.

To RSVP, visit or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:32 pm: Edit Post

Chamber names new President/CEO

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors has named Melissa Vance for the position of President and CEO. This announcement comes following the resignation of former President, Phil D'Amico, in January.

"The board is excited to have Melissa as the new President and CEO," said board chair Lee Elzemeyer. "She has done a great job in her current position and we look forward to organization growth with her assuming new responsibilities."

Vance, a Wayne County native and graduate of Centerville High School, holds a business degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her background includes significant accomplishments in business development, marketing and public relations. Before joining the Chamber staff as Director of Education and Programs, she was the Events & Communications Coordinator at Reid Health Foundation where she established a grant program realizing $1.4 million in revenue through federal, state and private foundations. During her first two months in that role, she led the BRAvo! Signature Event to see the highest dollar amount ever raised through a Reid Event with a 78% profit margin. She also was the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Fayette Regional Health System, managing an operating budget of over $800,000, department employees and more than 100 Auxiliary volunteers.

"I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to serve Chamber members and Wayne County in this position," said Vance. "I am passionate about the work and collective impact the Chamber has in our community and look forward to continuing that in 2018 and beyond."

As the Director of Education & Programs for the Chamber, Vance worked with four of the Chamber's six committees as the staff lead. Under her leadership, the Agribusiness Committee was able to re-launch the successful and much anticipated annual Farm Tour. The event has now hosted hundreds of attendees in Greens Fork, Dublin and Hagerstown, educating the community on emerging technology and the importance of agriculture to the Wayne County economy. The Business & Education Committee developed and implemented the High School Senior Job Fairs in 2017; the Buy Local Committee began Wayne County Weekends and the Buy Local Certified Program; and the Awards, Celebrations and Events Committee saw record numbers in attendance and dollars raised through events such as the Annual Dinner, Community Improvement Awards, Chamber Golf Classic and Taste of Wayne County/Business Expo.

Vance currently serves on the Board of Directors for Center City Development Corporation and was a previous board member for Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Communities in Schools, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and others.

"With Melissa's leadership, the Chamber will continue to be a great community resource for Wayne County businesses," Elzemeyer said.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 03:06 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Presents Touring Comic Drew Richardson

The Contemporary Clown & Physical Comedian will perform April 20th

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, will present “WHAT THE FOOL?!!?” by Dramatic Fool Drew Richardson at 7:00pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 on the Auditorium stage in Hagerstown High School at 701 Baker Road in Hagerstown. Tickets for each of the concerts are $15 for Adults & $5 for Students and can be purchased at

Dramatic Fool Drew Richardson combines high-stakes drama with new circus, magic, and physical theatre. Inspired by animated cartoons, silent comedians, and absurdist plays, Drew creates comedy with heart for audiences who love to laugh. “WHAT THE FOOL?!!?” is a site-specific show about an accident-prone office worker who goes to the theater and discovers he's actually a dramatic fool. Using film and live interaction, it starts in the parking lot and ends up onstage. Customized to the theater where it's performed, the show celebrates the arts and the places where live performance happens.

In addition to the stage show, Drew and a group of 12 Hagerstown High School students will produce a short silent movie in the week leading up to the performance while participating in an after-school residency workshop. Students will get an overview of digital filmmaking while writing, acting, and editing. The finished movie will be shown as part of Drew’s public show, and the workshop participants will each get a copy on DVD.

As a youngster, Drew Richardson began performing magic and juggling to compensate for his shyness. Now he plays the fool to take advantage of his increasing baldness. Drew’s life-long personal tension between drama and foolishness gelled while studying Theatrical Clowning with John Towsen 25 years ago at Ohio University, where Drew received a BFA in Theatre. He continued his studies in physical theatre with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and recently earned an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from VCU. Drew the Dramatic Fool has performed his solo stage shows in theaters and festivals all over the United States and abroad, from Austin to Austria to China.

Drew has created six one-man shows including The Psychology of Clumsiness (twice picked as “Critic’s Choice” by The Chicago Reader) and the current “Help! Help! I Know This Title Is Long, But Somebody's Trying to Kill Me!” directed by Avner Eisenberg Broadway’s “Avner the Eccentric”).

Drew is best known as the first person in the 21st century to have new silent movies shown in major motion picture theaters across the United States. Drew’s first short silent moving picture, The Guy Who Lived on a Chair, was screened at The Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival, Pittsburgh Film Kitchen, and The Silent Film Society of Chicago.

Drew has been a guest teaching artist at such institutions as Point Park Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Roosevelt University, Columbia College, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Drew also taught “Improvising Physical Comedy” at The Big Stinkin’ Improv Festival in Austin, Texas, and “Creating Visual Comedy” at MotionFest in Baltimore. In Chicago, he served as clown consultant/instructor for 500 Clown Macbeth, Strawdog Theatre, and Powertap Productions/Next Theatre Lab. Drew served as Artist in Residence for the Chicago Park District and Free Street Theatre, where he combined circus skills, movement, and poetry writing to create performances with at-risk youths. At Little City Foundation in Palatine, Illinois, he worked with residents with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. He also taught medical students at Northwestern University where to find their funny bones and how to use humor as a healing tool. Most recently, Drew collaborated with high school students in Virginia and Maryland to make their own silent movies. More information is available at

Critics and collaborators across the country have praised Drew’s work. Among the positive reactions are:

For tickets and information visit and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers, email or call 765-312-2722.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:10 pm: Edit Post

Free TAX Service at MRL
Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Service at MRL
Free tax assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on January 31st. Offered every Wednesday through April 11th. The Tax services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation with electronic filing.

The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with the last appointment taken at 2:30pm. This free is provided on a first come, first serve basis. This service is open to Indiana Residents.

Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library’s front door at 8:00AM on tax service days. Spots fill very quickly and a line typically forms by 7:15 in the morning!

For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at

Facebook Event:

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

Individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 02:26 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Holds Local Auditions for Summer Season

Historic Hagerstown Tent Theater Will Perform "Into the Woods"

Nettle Creek Players, a professional summer stock tent theatre located in Hagerstown, Indiana, will hold auditions for their 2018 Summer Season on Saturday, March 24 from 10am-2pm at The Wilkinson Theatre at Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana.

To schedule an audition, actors should email and request an appointment. Video submissions will also be accepted prior to March 24 at that same email address.

The season includes Into The Woods, Master Cat: The Story of Puss in Boots and a musical revue called Hoosier Harmony.

There are some roles available for both adult and high school-aged performers. Actor contracts will include a performance stipend, and there will be stage management, internship and educational opportunities available as well.

The season will run from June 25 to August 5.

Hagerstown is located one hour east of Indianapolis just off of Interstate 70. Actors will be asked to provide a photo and resume and prepare 90 seconds of material including one comic monologue and one song in the style of traditional Broadway musicals. An accompanist will be provided. There are also positions available in stage management and other technical areas. Those interested in technical theatre should also request an audition time and prepare for a brief interview. All auditions and interviews will be conducted by Artistic Director Darrin Murrell. More information about the company can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 05, 2018 - 07:33 pm: Edit Post

Seton Presents a Pop Concert: Monsters & Machines
Supplied Flyer: Monsters & Machines
Seton Catholic presents a pop concert on March 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Chuck Mosey Memorial Gym at Seton High School, 233 S 5th St., Richmond. Admission to "Monsters & Machines" is $3/person with popcorn and drink included.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 07:11 pm: Edit Post

Rodefeld and Wickemeyer Award Nominations Are Open

Wayne County Foundation announces that the Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community honors a man who was not widely known as a philanthropist or worker for non-profit organizations. He was, instead, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs.

The Rodefeld Award seeks to recognize Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully and well, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years.

To qualify for the Charles A. Rodefeld Award, an individual, corporation, or organization must have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovative commitment to addressing a community concern or a dedication to improving the effectiveness of an existing charitable institution while maintaining an attitude of humility. Evidence of achievement must be demonstrated by gifts of volunteer leadership and significant personal/corporate resources.

To nominate someone for the Rodefeld award, click here:

Named for the Foundations first Executive Director, the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress. Ruth is perhaps best remembered for maintaining the highest ethical standards and expressing true appreciation for even the smallest contributions.

Candidates must demonstrate a history of significant service in the Wayne County not-for-profit community, an unswerving commitment to the highest ethical standards, and evidence of articulating a vision for community improvement by their leadership and/or significant accomplishments.

To nominate someone for the Wickemeyer award, click here:

If you have questions, call 765.962.1638 or email Rachel but do it before the March 30 deadline!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 08:51 pm: Edit Post

Ladies Refresher: Your Heart, His Home
Supplied Flyer: Your Heart His Home
Surety Community Church, 131 South 18th Street, Richmond invites you to a Ladies Refresher, "Your Heart, His Home" on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Tickets are $15/person with lunch included. Learn more at or sign up online at or by phone at 800-965-9324.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 06:37 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Awards Contract for Culvert Construction on State Road 1, U.S. 35
Supplied Map photo of US 35, SR1 & US 36
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) awarded a $1,039,045 contract to 3D Company Inc. to replace two culverts on U.S. 35 and one culvert on SR 1.

The culvert on SR 1 is located in Randolph County nearly 1.1 miles north of the county line. The other two culverts on U.S. 35 are located in Wayne County, the first culvert located 1.72 miles north of SR 1 and the second culvert located 1.78 miles north of SR 1.

SR 1 will be closed for up to 45 days. During the closure, traffic can access SR 1 via SR 35.

SR 35 will be closed for up to 60 days. During the closure, traffic can access SR 35 via SR 1. The closures will not happen concurrently.

A start date will be announced after a project schedule is submitted by contractors. All work on the projects is expected to be complete by November 2018.

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 06:13 pm: Edit Post

LifeStream’s Annual Healthy Aging Expo Set for May 10

Free event to provide information for seniors about healthy aging.

LifeStream Services, The Leland Legacy, Kicks96, 101.7 The Point, and Sunny 95.3 invite the public to join us at the annual Healthy Aging Expo on Thursday, May 10. Previously known as the Area 9 Expo, this year’s event will be held at a new location with new opportunities for attendees to enjoy, including a complimentary lunch for the first 200 to arrive.

The Healthy Aging Expo will be held at the Kuhlman Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds located at 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN 47374 from 10am- 2pm.

The Expo is free to attend and hosts over 50 informational booths featuring health and wellness, financial services, area activities, and much more. There will also be several interactive demonstrations provided by Reid Health Alliance Medicare, Paint the Towne, Cane-Fu Senior Self Defense, and Purdue Extension.

We are currently accepting sponsorship and booth spaces through April 18. To reserve a booth or become a sponsor you can contact Robby Tompkins, Director of Development, by emailing or call 765-759- 3357. You can also fill out the form by visiting

A special thank you to this year’s supporters of the Healthy Aging Expo: Reid Health Alliance Medicare, Reid Health, First Bank Richmond, Rosebud Village, Stateline Medical Equipment, Natco Credit Union, Forest Park/The Springs, Heritage House of Connersville, and Flatrock River Lodge.

LifeStream is a nonprofit agency that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the agency call 800-589- 1121 or visit and follow us on Facebook at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 02:27 pm: Edit Post

Historic Centerville Meeting Minutes from February 22, 2018, Held at the Mansion House

President Paul Elstro called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members present were Paul Elstro, Carolyn Lafever, Jane Thompson, and Myra Baldwin.

The Secretary’s Report was approved as received through email. Jane Thompson made a motion to accept the minutes, and Carolyn Lafever seconded the motion. Motion carried.

There was no Treasurer’s Report.

The membership letter for renewal of memberships was reviewed. Paul Elstro suggested that the names of all Board Members be in the signature line. Membership renewal amounts were discussed. Carolyn Lafever made a motion to raise the single membership to $20, the family membership to $30, the partner to $50, corporate to $150, and the life membership to $600. The sustaining membership was deleted. Jane Thompson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The Spring Dinner was discussed. The speaker was discussed.

The logo for the shirts that Historic Centerville board members was presented and discussed. On May 9 there will be an historical marker placed at the edge of town, and then there will be a luncheon at the Mansion House for the Wayne County Seminary group that will be dedicating the marker. This is tentative.

Our next work day will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 9-12 in the morning and 1-4 in the afternoon. The community is invited to come and help.

Karen and Rex Lawson have offered to pay for our $100 membership for the first year of the Centerville Main Street group that is forming. This was tabled as there were not enough present to have a vote. Paul Elstro suggested that items for exhibits be paid for through our memorial gift money.

Our present PA system is very large and hard to manage. It was suggested that we sell it and get something smaller. This was tabled until there are more people present.

Boys/Girls School budget was received and reviewed. This was tabled until more people are present.

A free energy audit is being offered by Duke Energy. It was discussed as to whether this would be done for us as we are not a Duke Energy customer. Carolyn Lafever made a motion to do this. Jane Thompson seconded the motion. Motion carried. Jane Thompson will ask the Senior Center who did their energy audit.

There is a lot of pop in the kitchen. Paul Elstro said that after the weather warms, it will go back into the garage.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15. Our next meeting will be on March 22, 2018, at 7 p.m.

Respectfully submitted – Myra Baldwin

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 06:31 pm: Edit Post

Flu May Be Waning – But Keep Washing Your Hands!

Confirmed flu cases in the Reid Health system have begun to trend downward, hinting that a pretty rough flu season may be waning.

Kim Schneider, RN in charge of Infection Control at Reid Health, says prevention remains a priority because the flu bug will hang around for several more weeks. “So keep washing those hands, covering coughs and staying home if you get sick!”

Schneider said Reid Health’s lab and the Reid Health Physician Associates network have seen 1,541 positive flu tests this season, which is almost triple the 2016-2017 numbers. “We are not declining quite as quickly,” she said, noting that she logged 210 positives tests for the week ending Feb. 17, then 168 for the weekend ending Feb. 24. Last week it dropped to 143.

“This is a good indication that we’ve seen the worst of it for this year, though we usually see flu cases continue through March and into April each year,” she noted. She said 166 people have been hospitalized so far this year with complications from flu, compared to just 41 last season.

“Generally speaking, patients who end up in the hospital from flu have other health issues that make them more susceptible to complications from the virus,” she said.

It still is not too late to get a flu shot. “Even if the flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective, it can certainly reduce the severity of the illness,” she said. The symptoms of flu are headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat and runny nose, coughing and body aches.

She recommends following the “three Cs” – Clean, Cover and Contain:

Reid Health has stations throughout the hospital that contain antibacterial gel, tissues and masks. Schneider said visitors should use them. “It is appropriate to wear a mask when visiting a hospitalized patient,” Schneider said.

If you show signs of the flu, depending on severity, consider a virtual urgent care visit with the Reid HealthNOW mobile app, see your family physician, or visit an urgent care to see if antiviral medication is appropriate.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 03:11 pm: Edit Post

IU East to Host Legislative Forums

Indiana University East will host two Legislative Forums to provide an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm. The forums are free and open to the public.

The first forum will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, February 23, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The next forum will also be held from 8-9 a.m. in the lobby on Friday, March 23.

During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 02:14 pm: Edit Post

IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences will welcome new dean July 1

Richmond, Ind. - Daren Snider is the new dean for the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He will begin at IU East July 1, 2018.

Currently, he is the associate dean of the College of Fine Arts & Humanities at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

"I am very pleased and feel honored to join our colleagues at IU East in serving our students and the region," Snider said. "IU East can be rightfully proud of its many accomplishments, and I look forward to the wonderful opportunities of the future."

The dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for all aspects of the school, providing leadership for student success and retention, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; program development, assessment and improvement; budget management and fundraising; and other matters related to the continuing well-being of the school and its faculty, staff and students.

"IU East is very excited to welcome Dr. Snider to campus to lead the School of Humanities and Social Sciences," said IU East Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott. "Daren has an impressive record of academic and administrative experiences that focus on student success and on community engagement."

Snider has previously served as director of the general education program, as campus director of assessment, and as chair of the department of Modern Languages, where he has been on the faculty since 2000. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of California-Riverside in history, a master's in German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in Languages & Literature. He teaches German language, culture, and film, as well as graduate courses in language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy.

Snider has published and presented in the fields of literature, pedagogy, and language in national and international journals and conferences.

Snider has been an evaluator for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). He is a longtime consultant for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), where he has chaired accreditation panels for over 60 colleges and universities.

He has successfully innovated degree programs and teacher certification programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both traditional and online formats. He has served at the president of the Faculty Senate and in numerous state education and civic organizations and boards.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 04:17 pm: Edit Post

School of Business and Economics Begins Spring Speaker Series February 12

Indiana University East’s School of Business and Economics will offer the Spring Speaker Series beginning February 12.

Discussions will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held in Tom Raper Hall, Room 124. The series is free and open to the public.

The spring series features three speakers, each focusing on a different economic topic. Speakers include Joshua C. Hall, Angela Dills and David R. Henderson.

Monday, February 12
Supplied Photo: Joshua Hall
Joshua Hall
Joshua C. Hall is an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Free Enterprise in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He will present "Economic Freedom and Well Being: What is the Relationship?".

He will discuss what is economic freedom, how it can be measured and why it is important to measure it. A large number of articles in economics, political science, and forestry consistently find that more economic freedom is associated with good outcomes: higher incomes, better health, and better environment. There are a few exceptions.

Hall earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College. Hall is a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is also a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute. He has authored over 100 articles in journals such as Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Finance Review, Southern Economic Journal, and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Tuesday, March 20
Supplied Photo: Angela Dills
Angela Dills
Angela Dills is the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University. She will present "Equal Pay for Equal Work?". Women earn 80 cents for every dollar a typical man earns.

Dills describes a variety of potential explanations and the empirical evidence for each. A detailed understanding of what's behind the pay gap can help us close it.

Dills received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. She previously held faculty positions at Clemson University, Mercer University, Wellesley College and Providence College. Specializing in the economics of education, crime, and health, her research focuses on policy issues such as school choice, accountability, peer effects, college quality, and alcohol and drug prohibition. This research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Economics of Education Review. She lives in Franklin, North Carolina, with her economist-husband and three children.

Wednesday April 18
Supplied Photo: David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson is an emeritus professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and a research fellow with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He will present "How Economists Helped End the Draft".

From 1948 to the late 1960s, most Americans took for granted that military conscription was here to stay. And almost everyone thought that a partially drafted military was cheaper than an all-volunteer force. In the late 1960s, economists pointed out that the draft was actually more expensive. The story about how economists changed thinking on the draft and, in doing so, helped end it will be presented.

Henderson was previously a senior economist with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. Henderson is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and co-author of Making Great Decisions in Business and Life. He has written over 300 articles for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Reason, and other publications. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, the John Stossel show, the O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, NPR, CBC, RT, and the BBC. He was born and raised in Canada before coming to the United States in 1972 to get his Ph.D. at UCLA.

For more information on the speaker series, contact Feler Bose, associate professor of Economics and Finance, at

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