Local Store, Veach's Toy Station, To Be Featured on the Today Show
This has been a big year for Veach's, celebrating our 75th year in business, and it's about to get even bigger!
We recently found out that Veach's is going to be on the TODAY show* and we're the recipient of a store makeover project. The big reveal will be this Friday from 3-6pm and we want to invite the Richmond community to come out and see the transformation!
This old photo shows the front of the building and it still looks about the same today, but it may not look like this much longer. Join us Friday from 3-6!
*The TODAY show segment will air in February, more details to come.
RAM Partners with ISM for 8th Annual Phantoscope
In a new partnership, the Richmond Art Museum is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival, featuring short films made by high school filmmakers will be held at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN. Student filmmakers from across the Midwest and even states further away may have their films shown. It all depends on who makes the finalists list!
Phantoscope is a juried short film competition for high school age students named after former Richmond, IN resident and inventor, C. Francis Jenkins who created the first projection device which he called a Phantoscope. The device played an important role in the development of
cinema and Jenkins is another Hoosier in history of whom Indiana can be proud. Partnering with the ISM not only centralizes the festival within the state, increasing accessibility and awareness of the program, but also amplifies the historic significance of the contribution to film that Hoosiers have made and continue to make. Highlighting the talents of our young filmmakers, and giving them a chance to screen films in front of a live audience, on the big screen, is a unique and important aspect of Phantoscope.
The juried program of featured short films is approximately an hour and a half. After the festival screening, one talented young filmmaker will win a $1000 cash prize for Best Film. Additionally, prizes for Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best
Editing and Best Documentary will be given. To enter the festival, you must complete the entry form provided in the prospectus on the RAM website. The prospectus for the upcoming festival is now available at www.richmondartmuseum.org/film.
Phantoscope is open to any high school age student (9th – 12th) whether in public, private or homeschool. The Phantoscope screening is open to the public, and anyone interested in film or who wants to watch a line up of creative and interesting short films is encouraged to attend!
Preliminary Results: Challenge Match Giving Tops Last Year
The Wayne County Foundation announced today that its 2013 Challenge Match was successful in generating more dollars for more organizations than last year.
In October, the Foundation and three Challenge Match Sponsors offered $169,250 to 35 local organizations that raised an equal or greater amount of money during a 14-day match period. Although the numbers are still being verified, it appears as though the community contributed more than $530,000 – resulting in a total charitable benefit of approximately $700,000.
“Our Challenge Match Sponsors, the Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, the Connie and Roger Green Donor Advised Fund, and the Wayne Bank and Trust Company Community Fund, made it possible for us to include more organizations this year,” said Steve Borchers, executive director of the Foundation. “This, in turn, helped generate more interest from the community and more contributions.”
Last year the program generated just over $540,000 for 26 local non-profits, including $150,000 of matching money from the Foundation.
“We look forward to releasing all the details of the 2013 Challenge Match later this week, once our confirmation process is complete,” said Borchers. “Any adjustments notwithstanding, these results speak volumes about the tremendous generosity here in Wayne County and the remarkable work being done by our not-for-profit organizations.”
The Wayne County Foundation seeks to encourage philanthropy, enhance the spirit of community, and improve the quality of life throughout the area, now and for future generations.
115th Annual Exhibition Opens at RAM on November 7th
The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of the 115th Annual Exhibition, Indiana’s longest running juried art exhibition. The exhibition features a wide variety of artwork including paintings, sculptures, pottery, wood carvings and glass. The competition is open to all artists, 18 years of age and over, who presently live or have lived in Richmond or within a 125-mile radius.
The juror for the Richmond Art Museum 115th Annual Exhibition is artist, Michael McEwan of Columbus, Ohio. McEwan received his education from the
Ohio State University, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Columbus and The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. His works are in over 500 private, public and corporate collections including the Swope Museum of Art, Terre
Haute, Indiana; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio and the Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio. McEwan served as an adjunct instructor at both Columbus College of Art and Design and Capital University while conducting private studio classes and workshops. He is celebrating 26 years of exhibiting with the prestigious Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio. His work has also been represented by the G.C. Lucas Gallery in Indianapolis, IN; and Claudia Heath Fine Art, Charlotte, NC.
Nearly 200 artists from East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio participated in the annual competition. 20 thousand dollars in purchase and merit awards will be presented at the opening reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 pm in the McGuire Memorial Hall Auditorium.
Book Buddies Craft Open House
Join Birth to Five for a Book Buddies Craft Open House with fun holiday crafts, a story, a snack and take home a new book to read on Thursday, December 12 at 10am, 1pm or 6pm at the Birth to Five Office, 498 NW 18th Street, Richmond. Reservations must be made for this free event by December 10th. Call 765.966.6080.
The Happiest Baby on the Block
Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby in Birth to Five's Happiest Baby class on Thursday, January 2, 2014. New or expectant parents will earn from a certified Birth-to-Five parent educator step-by-step how to help babies sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest infant in minutes...or less! Reservation for this free class are required. Call Birth-to-Five at 765.966.6080.
Communities In Schools of Wayne County 2013 Champion of Education Award Winners
Communities In Schools of Wayne County will host our Annual Celebration of Education Dinner on Thursday, November 14th 6pm at Charles Elementary School Cafeteria. This year’s theme is “Positively Speaking!” We will recognize the following “Champion of Education” award winners.
|Community Organization||Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Indiana||Belden Americas Division||Kelly Andrews|
|(Helping students learn leadership through service)|
|Community Member||Pam Pearson (Natco Credit Union)||Reid Hospital & Health Care Services||Jenny Carr|
|(Dedicated to our youth and bettering our community)|
|Volunteer||Connie Wooldridge||West End Bank||Vivian Ashmawi|
|(Magical Words-the heart of community touching the heart of kids)|
|Business||First Bank Richmond||Lingle Real Estate: Pat & Paul Lingle||Kris Lopresti|
|(First Bank Richmond is a community treasure. Generous and caring)|
|Educator||Mindy Wampler||Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation||Kelly Davis|
|(Loving, Caring, Positive Role Model for everyone she touches)|
|Parent||Rochelle Rogan||First Bank Richmond||Melody Weikart|
|(A parent leader who helps others succeed and learn)|
|Student||Samantha||Tom Daugherty Memorial Scholarship||Cameron Felker|
|(An exemplar of focus and perseverance in the face of great difficulty)|
|Unsung Hero||Aaron Nell||Old National Bank Foundation||Rae Woolpy|
Questions and Answers: Medicare open enrollment time
Are you or someone you know signing up or re-enrolling for Medicare during this year's open enrollment, under way now? Here are some important questions and answers concerning Medicare plans and Reid.
Question: Does Reid accept my Medicare plan?
Answer: Reid and Reid Physician Associates (RPA) accept Medicare patients. However, Reid and RPA are not "in network" for what are called "Medicare Advantage" plans. These private insurance plans administered by insurance companies take the place of traditional Medicare. Though Reid accepts all patients, it is very important to note that we are not "in network" for Medicare Advantage plans. This means that a patient’s portion of costs (up to 100%) will be higher should they use our facilities.
Question: Why doesn’t Reid participate in my Medicare Advantage plan?
Answer: We believe traditional Medicare and what are called "Medigap" plans (supplemental insurance) that can be purchased with Medicare provide better coverage for patients. Some insurance professionals in our region agree, choosing not to promote Advantage plans because of the limited networks and the potential for a patient to not have as much coverage should they have a major illness. Medicare Advantage plans may be less expensive for a patient but can actually cost more in the event of serious illness. Some have very limited network coverage, which means they will not cover you when you are traveling away from home. Traditional Medicare has no network limitations, meaning coverage is good no matter where you may be when you need it.
Question: I want to have my care at Reid but I have a Medicare Advantage plan. Will you still treat me?
Answer: Yes, we are happy to provide your care but want to be sure you do not incur extra out-of-pocket costs. Reid accepts all patients, regardless of ability to pay. Patients with Medicare Advantage coverage, however, will be considered "out of network" by their plans and therefore the plan will not pay as high of a percentage for care (or in the case of HMOs, not at all). This means the patient will be responsible for a much larger portion of their bill.
Question: What can I do if I want to switch to a plan which considers Reid "in-network?"
Answer: The Open Enrollment Period is the timeframe during which people with Medicare can make changes to their plans. This is under way now through Dec. 7.
Question: I will be eligible for Medicare enrollment soon because I will be turning 65. What should I do to be covered "in network" at Reid?
Answer: You should receive a letter and informational materials from Medicare three months before your 65th birthday. The materials will explain your choices. We recommend traditional Medicare and adding a Medigap plan if possible to give you the best coverage and to ensure you are in Reid and RPA networks.
City of Richmond Begins Leaf Collection on October 21st
The Richmond Street Department will begin Leaf Collection on Monday, October 21st, 2013, and wiiì run through December 19th, 2013 weather permitting.
Leaves are to be raked into the street approximately two feet from the curb and away from vehicles. Leaves will be collected approximately once every 13 days, weather permitting.
ONLY LEAVES ARE TO BE PUT IN THE PILES! Machines are designed to pick up leaves only. Absolutely no grass clippings, limbs, garden waste, shrubs, flowers, etc., can be put in the piles as this type of debris will clog the machines which will cause delays in collection and increase repair costs for the City.
Thank you for your cooperation, if you have any questions please contact the Richmond Street Department office at 765-983-7225.
Federal Funding Call Issued for 2017 Rural Local Projects
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is now accepting applications from rural cities, towns and counties for federal transportation funding. Rural communities may submit any local project eligible for federal highway funds, including bridge, road, safety, trail and Safe Routes to School projects.
INDOT programs 25 percent of its federal highway appropriation each year to fund larger local transportation projects. Metropolitan Planning Organizations distribute federal highway funds to local communities within the state’s larger urbanized areas while INDOT distributes such funds outside MPO areas. To receive federal funding, typically communities must pay 20 percent in local matching funds.
Awarded rural projects would be designed, developed and have purchased land according to federal standards prior to bid during the state fiscal year beginning July 2016.
Local public agency employees certified as an “Employee in Responsible Charge” must submit applications electronically using INDOT’s website. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and project awards will be announced no later than Jan. 31, 2014.
More information is on INDOT’s website at www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.