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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 04:53 pm: Edit Post

Fright Night in the Depot District: InConcert Host’s Annual Fright Night in the Depot District October 24
Poster: Fright Night in the Depot District
Richmond, Indiana4: Come if you dare to InConcert’s Fright Night in the Depot District on October 24. This be will be one frighteningly fun Halloween party! Come enjoy an all you can eat buffet with monster toes, witch’s brew and a lot more, ghoulish drink’s like Vampire’s Kiss, freakishly great music and frightfully fun scavenger hunt in the Depot District. Bring a team of four to sign up for the Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win cash prizes, bring a carved pumpkin for a chance to win cash prizes and of course, a costume contest, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more! We’ve added new games and activities for this year’s party.

Good Time for a Good Cause InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 13 non-profits, 100% of the ticket sales for Fright Night in the Depot District will be donated to non-profits. Complete details and advance tickets are available online at Join us for a frightening good time at Fright Night in the Depot District.


More Information: Visit

Fright Night in the Depot District Activities:For more information, call 765.914.2847 or email

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 04:44 pm: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and Olive Garden partner to support Great Futures for the youth of our community
Olive Garden invites guests to support Boys & Girls Clubs by rounding up checks during seven-week “Never Ending Pasta Bowl” promotion
Supplied Photos: Olive Garden Meal
Richmond, IN, September 30, 2014 – Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Jeffers Unit kicked off the start of fall and celebrated with a special meal delivery from the Olive Garden on Monday, September 22. The National Road East location of Olive Garden in Richmond served pasta, salad and bread sticks to 250 kids at the Club and even brought a special lunch delivery that same day for the organization’s monthly board meeting. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County joined more than 700 Clubs nationwide who were partnered with local Olive Garden restaurants to receive the afterschool meal delivery.

The special delivery is part of a national partnership between Olive Garden and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to kick off Olive Garden’s annual “Never Ending Pasta Bowl” promotion. In addition to the special meal, Olive Garden is inviting guests to round up their checks to the nearest dollar and make a donation to support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the seven-week promotion (September 22-November 9).

The partnership is part of Olive Garden’s ongoing commitment to serve its local communities and is in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

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

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:44 pm: Edit Post

United Way of Whitewater Valley Announces Campaign Kick-off

Richmond- Today, the United Way of Whitewater Valley kicked off their 2014/15 campaign at Oktoberfest in Richmond’ s Depot District. The United Way’s campaign begins today and ends in March.

“Each year the Wayne and Union County communities come together to help people through United Way, and because of the generosity of our region, United Way is able to provide resources for vital programming here in the Whitewater Valley. Basic necessities such as food, housing, and utilities will be provided to those in need. Children will be supported by community programs, reducing juvenile delinquency, drug use and teen pregnancy. And we will work to increase the number of children getting a good start to their education through our kindergarten readiness efforts,” Jan Parker, Campaign Chair
said. “This year we’re committed to doing more and we’re once again calling on our neighbors across the region to support United Way’s campaign, which makes a positive impact on the lives of so many people.

Scott Zimmerman, United Way of Whitewater Valley president said, “We thank the sponsors of Oktoberfest for inviting us to share the 2014 kick-off campaign and the message of the United Way’s mission and goals with residents, businesses, organizations and visitors to this weekend event. We appreciate the long-standing support of Wayne and Union County businesses, organizations and individuals for supporting our mission to strengthen partnerships that create lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union county residents.

With support from many sources, United Way of Whitewater Valley is able to invest in supporting more than 35 programs and organizations with 2013/2014 funds.”

Parker said, “We are excited to begin this year’s campaign which will continue to help area people establish strong foundations in their lives that help them thrive and reach their full potential.”

The money raised during this year’s campaign will stay in Wayne and Union Counties with focus on education, health, community vitality, and youth and families. We work to accomplish these goals through developing strong collaborative partnerships; setting success measurements, aligning resources and energy with proven strategies, promoting innovative and successful program development and expansion and communicating these efforts and results.

For more information about the United Way of Whitewater Valley contact us at 765-962-2700, or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:34 pm: Edit Post

2014 Smart Futures Dinner "Door to Dreams" on Thursday, October 9
Supplied Photos: Nancy Lieberman and Del Harris
Featured Guest Speaker: Nancy Lieberman

Honoree: Del HarrisThursday, October 9 at 6 p.m.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Jeffers Unit
1717 South L Street, Richmond, Indiana
Table of 8: $550; Individual Tickets: $75
Limited number of seats available
Call Maria Fisher at 765-962-6922 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

Things We Often Overlook - A Collection of Abstract Photos by Satya Banga
Flyer: Satya Banga Exhibit
Photo Exhibition on display at Morrisson-Reeves Library in the Main Lobby
September 17 – October 29, 2014

A reception will be held for the artist at 6:30 pm on September 29th

Visitors are welcome to view the art during regular library hours, 9:00 am – 7:30pm Monday – Thursday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

Satya Banga is a self-taught fine art photographer living in Richmond, Indiana. His art exhibition is a vibrant collection of photos inspired by day to day things that are usually overlooked. His series of images showcase this talent with sometimes hard-to-identify edited and cropped photos of vintage autos, buildings, and vegetation.

Satya has collected a number of abstract photos that inspire and remind us of the little things that can just make you feel in awe: “Things We Often Overlook”. “The joy about being a photographer is being able to capture life in a single image. Our eyes skim very briefly on facets of life but sometimes we fail to notice... Everywhere is something which could be beautiful....!”

“My passion is abstraction (Photography) where I can lose myself to the emotion the subject arouses – an avenue to explore an endless search for beauty, simplicity, serenity and quiet energy.” -- Satya Banga

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 09:44 am: Edit Post

Cemetery Restoration Workshop Planned
Nationally known cemetery conservator, Jonathan Appell will be in Richmond to teach a workshop on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th. Fee is $40 for one day workshop or $70 for two day workshop. Register online.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:14 pm: Edit Post

Tales from the Departed - October 4, 2014
Flyer: Tales from the Departed
A wonderful fall walking tour of Earlham Cemetery. Several departed locals will be re-enacted by actors at their gravesites. Learn local history as these stories come to life! Admission: $10.00/carload

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 06:12 pm: Edit Post

Meet a Few Elusive Library Spirits at Morrisson-Reeves Library's Tales from the Departed Tour
Flyer: MRL Tales from the Departed Tour
On Friday, October 3rd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Morrisson-Reeves Library in the Main Lobby. This event is free of charge and suitable for all ages!

Join MRL for an exclusive after hours special event at the library. Take a tour back in time to meet some dearly departed library leaders and historic icons from years gone by. Elusive library spirits will be re-enacted by actors throughout the library. Learn local listory as the stories come to life.
Supplied Photo: Library Characters
Among the guest are beloved library figures from the past:

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:19 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Historical Museum Is Haunted...on October 17, 18, & 24, 25
Flyer: Haunted Museum
The whole family will enjoy Wayne County Historical Museum's spooky guests, story-tellers, treats, & MORE as they tour the decorated museum. Enjoy a not-too-frightening experience with your family and friends! Visitors are encouraged to come in not-too-frightening costumes.

Haunted Museum Admission: $5.00/adults, $3.00/children 3-17, ages 2 & under are free. 1150 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana. For more information, call 765.962.5756.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 04:58 pm: Edit Post

Shadows of the '60's Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30pm
Supplied image: Shadows of the '60's
SHADOWS OF THE 60’S pays tribute to the tremendous legacy of The Four Tops, Temptations & Supremes. In this Tribute production show, SHADOWS OF THE 60'S perform the hits that span several decades. Great care is taken to reproduce the music, note for note and in the original keys and arrangements. Now, triple the memories and excitement with our Tribute to Motown's Super Groups complete with stunning choreography & costumes! Three Super Groups on one stage with a grand finale featuring the music of Motown's Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, Junior Walker, and more! Be sure to bring your frends and family and join us for a night of musical pleasure. Truly a concert for everyone!

Good seats are available for the performance at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014; $28 for adults, $20 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, or visit

Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 04:14 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Awards $62,760 in Latest Grant Cycle for Enhancing the Spirit of Community

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $62,760 to nineteen local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of community across Wayne County.

All of the Foundation’s community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and endowed field-of-interest funds.

“The Foundation’s competitive grantmaking cycles continue to be an effective way for us to invest in the community,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “Our focus for this cycle was on a wide range of programs and initiatives that serve to enhance the spirit of our community in ways large and small. We trust the benefits will similarly manifest themselves in many different ways and for many years to come.”

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its August Meeting:

~ AMIGOS, the Richmond Latino Center $1,500
To purchase books written by visiting bilingual children's author, Xavier Garza, in connection with Hispanic Heritage Month.

~ Alternative Gift Fair $1,200
To help advertise and promote the 10th Annual Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair.

~ Children's Justice and Advocacy Center, Inc. $2,500
To help purchase equipment and supplies in connection with the "Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children" sexual abuse prevention program.

~ Christian Charities of Richmond and Wayne County, Inc. $2,000
To purchase frozen turkeys to be distributed in conjunction with Rock Solid Ministries to 250 families.

~ Cope Environmental Center $1,350
To replace signage on south end of property.

~ Dublin Public Library $4,500
To replace two windows and install a handrail.

~ Family Earth Day Celebration Committee $1,417.50
In support of the 17th Annual Family Earth Day.

~ Historic Hagerstown, Inc. $7,260
To continue to offer free classes with "More Arts for Life" programs.

~ Indiana Youth Institute $1,000
To support three Youth Worker Cafés in Wayne County.

~ The Meltdown Winter Ice Festival Committee $5,000
In support of the 2014 Wayne County Meltdown Festival.

~ Model T Ford Club of America $1,700
In support of the Homecoming 2015 Model T Event.

~ Petra Project, Inc. $3,567.40
To help replace the “Bread Basket” kitchen floor.

~ Richmond Art Museum $2,200
For equipment purchases in support of a photographic negative preservation project in collaboration with the Wayne County Historical Museum.

~ Richmond Music Boosters $3,850
To help defray transportation fees in connection with 2015 summer band competitions.

~ Sprout of Control, Inc. $2,465
To purchase equipment and communication materials.

~ Stage One Youth Theatre at Richmond Civic Theatre $4,000
In support of project costs associated with four productions in the 2014 - 2015 season.

~ Town of Dublin $10,000
To replace playground equipment at Wilson Park.

~ Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District $3,750
In support of the 2014 Conservation Days program for Wayne County third and fourth graders.

~ Youth as Resources $3,500
In support of Teen Day 2015 and the Grant Making Program.

The next opportunity for support from the Foundation will be in the form of the Challenge Match Initiative. Unlike the Foundation’s competitive cycles, Challenge Match awards are made to participating organizations in response to the dollars they raise in the community during a designated period of time. The organizations selected to participate in the upcoming Challenge Match Initiative will be announced on October 16. The match period this year will be November 10 - November 21.

Please visit the Foundation’s Web site ( or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

Order Holiday Cheeseballs Now

Historic Centerville is taking orders for cheese balls for the holidays. All money goes toward the restoration and maintenance of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House. The cheese balls are $6 each and come in the following flavors:

Email with orders. Cheese balls will be made on November 22.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 03:23 pm: Edit Post

Wernle Employees Nominated for Award

The employees at Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center aren’t looking for praise when they work to help troubled young people.

But, positive results do have special meaning when the campus gains state and national acclaim, said CEO Darrell Gordon.

A case in point is that Wernle has been named a top-three finalist for a Barbara Hagen Allen Award from the Performance-based Standard organization’s Learning Institute. The award will be given Oct. 2 at a banquet in Chicago, Ill.

The organization considered 40 nominees. Programs in 30 states participate in PbS’ efforts to improve “treatment services in residential facilities and programs using national standards and performance outcome measures,” according to a press release.

“Every single application we received showed remarkable dedication to aligning daily facility practices with the most recent research on adolescent development, trauma-informed care and strengthening connections with family and community,” said PbS Li Executive Director Kim Godfrey said in a press release. “This shows the great work and reform efforts underway across the country.”

Wernle is a finalist in the community category. The top-three designation is for an improvement plan that addressed and reduced safety and security incidents in the program.

“It begins to tell us that the work we have been doing over the years is making a difference,” Gordon said. “They are noticing good outcomes. They confirm it.”

Wernle also has been showing strong results in state measurements compiled by IARCA. Recent results can be found at

Positive results helped Wernle win extra funding that will result in about 40 more jobs, including 17 at professional levels.

“Often we see them (residents) come and go, but never know how we compare nationally,” Gordon said. “To see us position ourselves well spells volumes.”

The successes breed more successes. “It has resulted in a better program overall,” Gordon said.

Just this summer, Wernle reinstituted a girls program that is housed in a refurbished secure building on the north end of campus. Wernle houses about 100 residents per year.

Wernle has added buildings and treatment options in the last few years. Much of the growth has corresponded with a campaign to improve facilities and to build the 135-year-old institution’s endowment.

It takes hard work to keep growing, Gordon said: “If you don’t have high expectations, you won’t succeed."

For more information about Wernle and its programs, visit or call 765-939-4565.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm: Edit Post

Richmond South E Street Rebuild Moving to Phase II

RICHMOND, Ind. – Milestone Contractors plans to begin the second phase of the city of Richmond’s South E Street reconstruction project before the end of September.

South E Street is currently closed for construction between South 5th Street and South 8th Street. Crews plan to open this section of the project and close South E Street between South 8th Street and South 9th Street on or after Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The right lane of southbound U.S. 27 is currently closed at the intersection of South E Street. When the project moves into its second phase, the lane closure on southbound U.S. 27 will switch to the left lane and the left lane of northbound U.S. 27 will also be closed.

Milestone started work on the project in March of 2014 and anticipates shifting to the third and final phase of the project in November 2014. All sections are expected to be open to traffic by November 2015.

The city of Richmond has information about this project and other Local Public Agency (LPA) projects at PA_Projects.htm.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) awarded the reconstruction contract to Milestone based on its low bid of $4,056,500. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds 80 percent of Local Public Agency (LPA) project costs. INDOT administers the federal funding and assures compliance with FHWA guidelines. Richmond is sponsoring the local project, providing a 20 percent match to federal funds.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:38 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 27 Closure in Fountain City Postponed One Week

FOUNTAIN CITY – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have postponed the closure of U.S. 27 until Monday, Sept. 29. The closure to begin full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing was previously scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 22.

The pavement improvement project requires closing U.S. 27 to through traffic between Whitewater Road and Davis Meyers Road for up to five consecutive days. Weather permitting, the highway closure is planned to repeat Monday morning through Friday evening for four weeks. U.S. 27 is expected to be closed for a maximum total of twenty days.

Access to all businesses and residences will remain available to local traffic. Motorists without a destination on U.S. 27 in Fountain City should seek an alternate route or follow the official detour.

The official signed detour will direct through traffic on U.S. 27:
Northbound – west on I-70, north on U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike (Exit 149B), and east on U.S. 36
Southbound – west on U.S. 36, south on U.S. 35, and east on I-70 to U.S. 27 (Exit 151)

INDOT awarded the contract to Milestone Contractors based on its low bid of $640,000. The project calls for full-depth pavement repairs, a complete asphalt resurface, and the installation of curb ramps.

Subscribe here to receive INDOT news and information for Wayne County by email. Updates are also available by liking Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central on Facebook and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.

To contact the INDOT East Central District Customer Service Center please call toll-free 1-855-463-6848 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 04:35 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Launching One Year Associate Degree Program

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is launching a one year associate degree program called Associate Accelerated Program (known as ASAP). The Richmond campus will offer an Associate of Science in Business Administration that can transfer to Indiana University East, Ball State University, and other colleges and universities. The degree is an excellent foundation for entering the workforce, and/or transferring to a variety of Bachelor of Business Administration programs across the State.

With the ASAP program, a student will complete their associate degree in one year instead of the traditional two year track. This should enable the majority of ASAP graduates to be placed at institutions at the junior level upon their admission.

Each ASAP student is assigned an academic and life skills coach that offers support and guidance throughout his or her year. Ivy Tech Richmond recently hired Tamika Bynum as the ASAP coordinator. Bynum has 13 years of experience in higher education, specifically, admissions. A Richmond native, she is a Richmond High School and Earlham College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Education. Bynum is active in the Wayne County Foundation Women’s Group and an Institute for Creative Leadership board member. A first generation college and graduate student, she is passionate about promoting and supporting youth seeking higher education and encouraging them to be lifelong learners, both professionally and personally.

“The ASAP program is a great way to earn a credential quickly and affordably, as well as develop personally, socially and academically,” says Bynum. “The ASAP program statewide has shown tremendous results with 86 percent earning a degree or still enrolled after twelve months, which is five times better than the average Ivy Tech Community College student.”

In 2013, the Lumina Foundation awarded a grant of more than $2.2 million to allow for expansion of the ASAP program statewide throughout Ivy Tech Community College. Along with that, local support from donations has helped fund Richmond efforts, including stipends for qualified students. Financial aid is available as well, including Pell Grants for those that qualify. Overall, the cost of the ASAP degree is less than a third compared to any other college in Indiana, and for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, could be at little to no cost.

“Our ASAP degree is one of the many ways we are tailoring our programs to meet student needs,” says Chad Bolser, Ivy Tech Richmond/Connersville campus president. “We are striving for student success and seeing them graduate with a credential is the ultimate goal. When they graduate in one year instead of two, it’s a win-win.”

ASAP serves students graduating high school who are prepared to enter college academically, but face obstacles. The students attend school full-time, almost 40 hours a week. Students are also in a learning group, called a cohort, which allows them to form a close community and provide peer support for each other. Additional development learning will be provided for further exposure and access to community resources.

The first cohort group will begin June 2015. Interested candidates should visit to fill out an interest form, call 888-IVY-LINE, or speak with their high school guidance counselor. Contact Ms. Bynum at 765-966-2656 ext. 1131 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1131.

Visit for more information on the program and click on the link to view the ASAP story featured in the Wall Street Journal.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 02, 2014 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

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

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

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

By Theresa Smillie (Tsmillie) on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:43 am: Edit Post

Help the Animals Inc. has been invited to attend this years Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair!

We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing event in which participants and sponsors of the Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair have contributed well over $200,000 to area organizations over the past 9 years! HELP the Animals would like to thank the organizers for inviting us.

The Holidays are just around the corner, and this is an opportunity for the community to give a meaningful donation to their favorite cause in a loved ones honor! We will be there and offering multiple gift choices that will provide food shelter and medical services to all of the animals in our care until they can find their forever homes. Gifts come complete with certificate of donation, information about HELP the Animals Inc., reusable box, ribbon and is tax deductible.

The Fair will be held on December 6th, 2014, 12pm-3pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library, Richmond, IN 47374.

HELP the Animals, Inc.

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

NSY Book Discussion 2014 Summer /Fall Schedule

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

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

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