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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 08:51 pm: Edit Post

New Location Brings New Services When Reid ENT, Allergy and Hearing Opens Jan. 23

When Reid ENT, Reid Allergy and Reid Hearing Center open Monday, Jan. 23, a new Chester Boulevard location, it will not only be a major expansion of space – it will also mean the addition of new in-office services for patients.
Supplied Photo: Reid ENT Building
“This location will mean a greatly improved patient experience,” said Rohit Bawa, M.D., otolaryngologist who has been with the practice for 22 years. Expanded services will include state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment such as ENT scopes, office-based balloon sinuplasty procedures, sedated and non-sedated Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing for children, expanded food and drug allergy testing, desensitization allergy procedures and more.

“Our mission is to continually provide our patients with the most advanced medical and surgical ENT, head and neck, allergy and hearing care available from infancy to adulthood,” Dr. Bawa said. The new facility will include separate entrances and waiting areas for Reid ENT (south) and the hearing and allergy offices (north). With more than triple the space from the downtown location, Dr. Bawa said all areas will be able to expanded services in a much more comfortable environment.
Supplied Photo: Office Area
Diane Swickard, practice supervisor, said the space will improve patient flow, increase capacity for appointments and improve wait times. She said the separation of Reid ENT from the allergy and hearing areas will help reinforce and remind referring providers that there are three choices when referring patients. “It is important when referring patients to send them to the appropriate office – ENT, allergy or hearing,” she said.

The practices include:

The new location at 1434 Chester Boulevard was the long-time home for Reid Pediatric and Internal Medicine. That building was torn down after the practice moved a short distance away across Chester Boulevard into a newly expanded and remodeled space.

“We are continuing to grow because of demand for our services in Eastern Indiana and the Western Ohio market,” Dr. Bawa noted. “I feel honored to be a part of this new adventure.”

Reid ENT, Reid Allergy and Reid Hearing Center – besides its main new Chester location – has satellite locations in Connersville, New Castle, Winchester and Rushville in Indiana, and in Greenville, Ohio. To reach the practices, call (765) 966-1600.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 05:15 pm: Edit Post

Introduction to Coding Class Open; Offered to Adults

The Innovation Center is offering an Introduction to Coding class to adults age 16 and older. The two day intensive on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday January 29 is designed to create a working understanding of coding techniques and includes a variety of computer languages. Registration is $40 with half of the cost being refunded on completion of the class.

The class is co-sponsored by The Innovation Center and Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County in order to inspire careers in computer coding and other training classes at local colleges. “Many of the jobs coming to Wayne County require computer skills to run CNC (computer numeric controlled) equipment,” said Joe Henry, Manager of Existing Business & Education for the EDC. “Completion of the class shows potential employers a job candidate’s willingness to learn new skills.”

The class is instructed by staff from Eleven Fifty Academy from Launch Fishers. Coding skills are not required to take the class which is taught by actually writing programs using different languages. The class includes a coding agility assessment to guide potential coding careers.

For further information and to register go to

About Eleven Fifty Academy:
Eleven Fifty Academy is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of mobile, web and professional courses through immersive learning at subsidized rates, made possible through partnerships, corporate and individual donations. Headquartered in award-winning Launch Fishers facility, Eleven Fifty Academy provides the best possible training experience while consistently accelerating the learning curve for people of all ages and skill sets. The mission of Eleven Fifty Academy is to build an ecosystem of coding talent that financially benefits the individual, their employer and their community. For more information, please visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 06:06 pm: Edit Post

IU East announces 2017 Legislative Forums

Indiana University East will host Legislative Forums from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, January 27, Friday, February 24, and Friday, March 31, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center.

The forums are free and open to the public.

The forums are an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representative Dick Hamm.

Each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2017 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 Ross Alexander, 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 Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 03:41 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

Seniors in the community are invited to attend a soup and salad dinner held at 6 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Richmond, on January 31. Also on tap is a video featuring Bob Hopes USO shows.

This is the first of monthly activities sponsored by the Senior Adult Ministry of the First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond.

This will be the third year that the Ministry will offer fun activities, fellowship and Christian support for those who are 50 years old or older. The group meets at 6 pm the last Tuesday of each month at the church unless otherwise indicated. Attendees are asked to bring snacks to share.

One of the goals of the Ministry is to engage senior adults from other churches, other groups or the community in general. Leading the group are Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby along with Rev. Judi Marshall.

If you have questions about the Senior Adult Ministry, please call FUMC offices at 765-962- 4357 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 07:13 pm: Edit Post

IU East Professor Is First to Lead IUAA Trip Abroad

Professor of History Gene Cruz-Uribe will lead a trip, "Legends of the Nile," to Egypt March 15-25, 2017. The trip is offered through the Indiana University Alumni Association's (IUAA) Travel IU program. Cruz-Uribe, an Egyptologist, is the first IU East faculty member to serve as a travel director for a trip abroad with the IUAA.
Supplied Photo of Gene Cruz-Uribe
Gene Cruz-Uribe
From Cairo to cities along the banks of the Nile River guests will travel through ancient Egypt. Participants will explore the Egyptian Museum’s remarkable antiquities; discover the enigmatic Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza; travel to Luxor, the site of the ancient capital of Thebes; journey to the intriguing Valleys of the Kings and Queens; and visit the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House to see its epigraphic survey project.

Travelers will board a cruise ship to travel the Nile to visit the fascinating temples of Karnak, Edfu and Kom Ombo as well as to see the High Dam at Aswan and travel to explore the massive temple at Abu Simbel.

Cruz-Uribe received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He worked at the Seattle Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has taught at Brown University, Northern Arizona University, and at California State University - Monterey Bay before he joined IU East in 2013. In 2015-2016, he led two IU East students on a two-week trip through Egypt to study the culture and history.

He is the author of six books, over 60 articles and 40 book reviews dealing with all periods of Egyptian history and culture. He has conducted a number of field research projects in Egypt, working in Kharga Oasis in the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and recently finished recording graffiti found at the temple of Isis at Philae Island.

Cruz-Uribe's specialty is the recording of ancient Egyptian graffiti for what they reveal about personal piety, late period religious practices and pilgrimage. He received a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 and is the editor of the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, the principal journal for Egyptology research in the U.S.

The trip is limited to 28 passengers. Reservations and trip details can be found on the IU Travels website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 02:08 pm: Edit Post

Follow-Up Session Aims to Expand, Improve Birthing Experience at Reid Health
Supplied Graphic: Breast-feeding Mom & Baby
The family birthing experience at Reid Health now includes an additional service that aims to ensure new moms and babies get off to a great, healthy start.

Stephanie Field, Clinical Manager of Women and Children’s Services, said the addition of a 48-hour follow-up appointment for mom and baby in the Mother-Baby Care Center is designed to help with any challenges or adjustments at home, check the health of mom and baby and address other concerns that develop after release from the hospital. She said the first couple of days and first few weeks after childbirth are a critical time in which keeping a close eye on the health of the mom, baby and family can help with the many changes and challenges that can come with a growing family.

“We want to provide support to all families during this transitional period, as well as identify any risk factors and use available resources as needed,” Field said. “The transition to parenthood can be a challenging and scary period of adjustment. Focusing on the transition to home provides the necessary support for the best outcomes.”

The appointment involves meeting with a nurse who specializes in post-partum care to assess the infant’s health and the mother’s recovery, help with any challenges to infant feeding and with any other issues that could arise after release from the hospital.

“Lactation support for breastfeeding mothers is also available during the follow-up appointments with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) nurses in the Mother-Baby Care Center,” Field said.

The follow-up program launched in September. Field said that having all moms and babies return within two to three days after discharge can quickly identify such problems as poor feeding or jaundice with the baby, pain or emotional distress with the mother and give the family additional information and support. “Our nursing staff builds close relationships with the families we serve through the birthing process and subsequent follow-up appointments. Trust is built throughout the mother’s pregnancy care and continues after delivery.”

The additional services, a focus on helping with and encouraging breastfeeding, and the recent process to obtain international “Baby-Friendly®” designation are all helping create an improved birthing experience for families at the Reid Health Mother-Baby Care Center, said Kelly Beall, Director of the Women and Children’s Service Line. “Having this postpartum follow-up program included in the mother’s delivery care package at no extra charge to the patient is the right thing to do to ensure healthier mothers and infants in our community,” she said.

Reid Health received the Baby-Friendly® designation from Baby-Friendly USA Inc. in August – only the tenth hospital in Indiana to achieve this designation. Though there are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly® hospitals and birth centers worldwide, Baby-Friendly USA’s announcement noted that there are just 364 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The Baby-Friendly® designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The designation is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

The core of a Baby-Friendly® initiative is the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” a bundle of science-based practices established by the WHO and UNICEF as global criteria to improve breastfeeding rates. The criteria are also endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The designation also indicates that besides breastfeeding, the facility supports and promotes the importance of mother and infant bonding. At Reid Health, it means making sure mothers have immediate skin-to-skin contact with their newborn, which is believed to help activate the baby’s immune system. It also means babies remain with their mother most of the time during their stay, rather than being whisked away to a nursery.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 03:44 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic Announces Open House Date
Postcard: Open House "Save the Date" for February 23rd, 2017
Save Thursday, February 23, 2017 for Seton Catholic's Open House. Questions? Call 765.962.3902 ext. 21.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

“Patchwork Panorama” Charity Quilt Displayed at Area Sites
Photo: Quilt with blue background
A charity quilt featuring 30 quilt blocks made by members of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers will begin its journey on display around the county. Its first stop begins at Morrisson-Reeves Library from January 3 to January 13.

The quilt will be available for silent auction during the biennial Quilt Show which runs from 10 am to 6 pm on May 19 and 20, 2017, in the Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Richmond, Indiana. Entrance cost is $5 per person.

Proceeds from the sale of this quilt will benefit the IEHA Purdue Cancer Research Endowment Fund.

Also on display will be 200 or more quilts, along with a vendor market, daily demonstrations, spotlight quilters and much more. There will also be a silent auction of vendor and sponsor baskets to benefit the Wayne County Extension Homemakers scholarship fund. Luncheon, featuring homemade chicken salad sandwiches, soup, pies and other desserts, will be served daily until 4 pm.

The public is invited to display quilts at the show at no cost to the exhibitor. We are also still accepting vendors for the show. Contact an extension homemaker for entry forms or visit to download your own forms.

Come see the quilt at MRL and pick up a flier for the event.

Future display sites for the “Patchwork Panorama” quilt include Friends Fellowship from January 13 through January 20 and Centerville Public Library from February 6 through February 18.

If your location would like to display the quilt, please contact Peggy Booker at 765-966- 4151 to schedule a date.

For more information, you may call the Wayne County Extension office at (765)973-9281 or email us at Visit us on our Facebook page at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 09, 2017 - 04:36 pm: Edit Post

Wernle Invites Community to Tour Campus
Logo: Wernle
As we begin the New Year, we reflect back on the successes and blessings of 2016. You may remember, we were challenged at the end of June by a long time Wernle supporter to raise $600,000 and in return they would match those dollars with a 50% match equaling $300,000. Combined, this $900,000 would complete Wernle’s $10 million Community of Hope campaign. We are elated to report success in this endeavor!

Wernle campus continues to grow! In the last five years Wernle has opened two new residential units and started serving girls again. Our girls’ unit continues to serve a huge need as we continue to work through a waiting list for that service. Construction on our third new residential unit which started in 2016, is now complete and awaiting approval to come online soon. In 2017, ground will be broken on the new administration building which will increase our outreach into the community through additional Outpatient and Home-based Services.

Please contact us to arrange for your tour of our campus. We are so excited to show you how we are transforming and improving our campus so that we can more effectively transform the lives of hurting youth throughout Indiana and Ohio.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 02:34 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health's Birthing Center Ranks High in CDC Survey of Maternity Practices

Reid Health’s Mother-Baby Care Center ranked above both the national and state averages in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey of infant feeding practices in maternity care settings.

In results recently released, Reid Health received a 92 in the Benchmark Report, putting it above the average of 85 for the nation and 86 for Indiana. The average for similar sized facilities was 87. The survey was conducted in 2015 and produces a quality score based on best practices in infant feeding care.

“This is just another great affirmation of our ongoing effort to expand and improve the family birthing experience at our center,” said Kelly Beall, service line director for women’s health. “It also reflects the years of work our team spent to prepare for and earn the prestigious Baby-Friendly USA designation, which we received just a few months ago.”

All facilities in the United States and U.S. territories are invited to participate in the voluntary survey, which reviews things such as skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and other similar information related to infant health.

The Mother-Baby Care Center also recently expanded services to include a 48-hour follow-up appointment for mom and baby with a nurse who specializes in post-partum care.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - 08:12 pm: Edit Post

Surprise! EC Receives $1M Gift from Anonymous Donor on Eve of 2017

An anonymous donor has given Earlham College a surprise gift of $1 million for student scholarships.

The funds were delivered in the form of a grant from Our Giving Tree, a donor-advised account at the Chicago Community Foundation. The College is working with that organization to allocate the gift according to the anonymous donor’s wishes.

“It was a wonderful surprise to receive this gift,” says Avis Stewart, vice president for institutional advancement and community relations. “Major gifts like this are usually the result of long-term relationships with donors who we know very well, so we are accustomed to knowing when the gifts are coming.

“Every once in a while, though, we get gifts we were not expecting,” he says. “This gift is humbling because it reminds us that the positive impact of Earlham is felt way beyond campus and that there are many generous philanthropists who see the value of the education we offer and who want to support our students.”

Almost all Earlham students receive some form of financial aid, and the College provides about $23 million per year in grants and scholarships based on students’ financial need. College officials say gifts like this anonymous one provide a boost to Earlham’s mission, and remind the staff that the College’s influence is spread far and wide.

Gail Connerley, senior director of annual giving, described how she felt when she learned that the College would receive the unexpected gift: “It was very exciting. It’s not every day we get a million dollars for our students. It is a pretty incredible way to start a new year.”

The College plans to use this gift to set up a scholarship fund in the name of Our Giving Tree. This restricted spend-down fund will be used to support need-based financial awards that are given to Earlham students as part of their financial aid packages. The Our Giving Tree Scholarship Fund will provide the College with an invaluable resource to help meet the demonstrated financial need of future Earlhamites.

“We are deeply grateful for this wonderfully generous, quite unexpected gift," says President David Dawson. “As we prepare for the spring, I hope this gift will inspire us to redouble our own energy to advance Earlham’s mission — to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality and to educate socially responsible leaders who are prepared to improve the world.”

This surprise gift came at the end of a semester during which the College had many reasons to celebrate. In September, a team of students and recent graduates won the $1 Million Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for social good. In November, alumna Margaret Hamiliton ’58 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. And at the end of the semester, Hashem Abu Sham’a ’17 became a Rhodes Scholar, the first Earlham student to be so honored in almost 100 years.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 02, 2017 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

The Art & Science of Hooping
Supplied Flyer: MRL Workshop on Hooping
Join MRL each Saturday in the Teen Space for an investigation and celebration of hula hooping! Participants will engineer and build their own custom hoop, explore key concepts in the geometry and physics of hooping, and learn some basic hoop dance moves. Recommended for ages 10-13.

Limited to 10 participants. Registration is for the entire four-session series. Register by calling 765.966.8291 or online.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 09, 2017 - 07:10 pm: Edit Post

Talk to a Lawyer - Free, Private Attorney Sessions Offered at MRL
Supplied Flyer: Talk to a Lawyer
The Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission, Inc., presents “Talk to a Lawyer” at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Monday, January 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Library’s Bard Room. Local residents are invited to engage in free 20 minute consultations regarding virtually any legal matter with a local attorney. Sessions are not scheduled in advance. Service is offered on a first come –first serve arrangement.

Approximately 2,000 Indiana attorneys have participated in this program during the past 9 years by volunteering their time and legal expertise to answer questions either by phone or by a face-to-face consultation. On January 16, 2017-- the celebrated birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- attorneys across the state will offer free brief legal consultations to members of the general public who might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.

For more information, please contact:
Shane R. Edington, Esq., Pro Bono Office, 50 North 5th Street Richmond, IN 47374 at (765) 983-7353 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

Author, Cultural Critic Michael Eric Dyson to Speak at Earlham on MLK Day

Earlham College’s celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will culminate with a community lecture by author, scholar and cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson.

Co-sponsored by the Events and Student Life offices, Dyson will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall.
A book signing and reception follows Dyson’s lecture.

Tickets are $8 for general admission.

The Earlham Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday in Runyan Center. Cash, check or VISA/MasterCard is accepted. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Box Office at (765) 983-1474, or online via Eventbrite.

Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the 100 most influential black Americans, is the author of 16 books, including his latest, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America.

He is also the author of April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How it Changed America. That book, which was published in 2009, commemorated the 40th anniversary of King’s death and offered a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of Black America in the four decades that have passed.

“In the true spirit of the liberal arts and progressive democratic discussion and debate, Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation's premier public intellectuals,” says James Logan, associate professor of African and African American Studies, and the director of the African and African American Studies program. “Indeed, his provocative writings and commentary spans a wide cultural gamut from race and electoral politics, to the culture of Hip Hop, to gender justice, to mass incarceration and more."

Dyson is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Earlham events, visit

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