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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:20 pm: Edit Post

The Ohio Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes to Start Independence Week Celebration

The Ohio Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes will play on July 2 on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park at 7:30pm as part of this year’s free Independence Week Celebration.

The "555th Air Force Band" dates back to the 1920's. The band was known then as the "148th Infantry Band" at an armory in downtown Toledo, Ohio. During WWII, the 148th was combined with several small military bands throughout the area to form the "37th Ohio Division Band". This band served in the Pacific during WWII. In the latter part of 1945, the band returned to Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. When the Army Air Corp was separated in 1947 to form the United States Air Force, the original members of the 148th Infantry Band reorganized an Air Force Band back in Toledo. On June 30, 1948, the 555th Air Force Band was born. The Air National Guard later renamed the band to better reflect our mission as an Air Force Band and is now called the Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Their musical appearance happens just a day before fireworks explode, as Richmond will watch the sky light up on July 3 on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park. Rain date is set for July 4.

The last Independence Week Celebration event will occur on July 7 with the showing of Captain America. Kids activities begin at 8:30 p.m. and the movie will play at dusk on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park. This movie is rated PG-13, 124 minutes.

The Richmond Parks and Recreation department sponsors these events to provide for the positive development and well being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities. The department works in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available
resources. To learn about this event or other programs available this summer, please visit www.richmondindiana.gov.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 04:30 pm: Edit Post

Steven C. Tincher Named Chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College's Richmond Region

Richmond - Steven C. Tincher, Ph.D., has been named Chancellor of the Richmond region of Ivy Tech Community College. Tincher was named Interim Chancellor following Chancellor Emeritus James L. Steck's retirement June 1. He has been Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the region since 1996.
Steven Tincher
"I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent Ivy Tech's Richmond and Connersville students, faculty and staff in the chancellor's position," Tincher said. "I highly respect the leadership of our trustees, President Snyder and the President's Office staff as together the College focuses on accelerating greatness in Indiana and specifically our local community."

"Dr. Tincher brings a tremendous amount of experience and is a proven leader in this community and in higher education in our state," Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. "After an extensive search process it was determined that Dr. Tincher is the best person to lead this region and he will be a great successor to Jim Steck and will be an outstanding leader."

"We have a legacy of outstanding community leadership from Chancellor Emeritus James Steck and we will continue to diligently implement the College's mission and vision in our community," Tincher said. "The Ivy Tech faculty and staff are outstanding and committed to the success of our students and business and industry in our communities. Leveraging the local campus with the College's resources and leadership are tremendous assets for our region. It is an honor for me to serve in this new assignment."

Dr. Tincher's responsibilities while serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the region included academic program planning, regional transfer promotion, local academic partnerships with secondary schools, academic operations and budgets, and regional administrative information/instructional technology services.

He began his career at Ivy Tech Richmond as an adjunct faculty member. He joined Ivy Tech as a full-time employee when he became Director of Regional Business Affairs in 1984. His responsibility areas included budgeting, business office operations, employee relations, facilities and information technology. Prior to joining Ivy Tech, he worked for Cooper Industries, Belden Electronic Wire and Cable Richmond in several accounting/planning operations positions. Prior to joining Cooper Industries he worked in other local accounting positions.

He is involved in a number of committees and initiatives regionally and across the College including the Regional Achieving the Dream Committee, Human Resources Council, Faculty Task Force, Curriculum Committees for Business Administration, Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology and committee for deans of the School of Business.

Dr. Tincher is an active participant in a number of partnership initiatives that enable Ivy Tech to serve College students and regional high school students including a program partnership with Reid Hospital, student transfer partnerships with IU East and Purdue School of Technology Richmond, partnerships with area high schools for high school based Dual Credit opportunities and Early College initiatives.

He has been an adjunct faculty member at a number of universities. He taught Strategic Management in the Franklin University MBA program, various courses in the Master of Arts in Management program at Antioch University from 1993-2011, leadership courses at the Purdue University School of Technology Richmond and business courses at Indiana Wesleyan University.

He earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a major in Business from Regent University, a Master of Arts in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration from Ball State University.

Dr. Tincher serves on several community boards and committees including the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Business Education Committee, Indiana University East School of Humanities Advisory Committee and Richmond Area Career Center Advisory Committee.

He has lived most of his life in the Richmond community. He and his wife Susan currently live in Richmond and are the parents of a son who lives in Columbus, IN.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 11:56 am: Edit Post

Richmond Fire Department Fire Chief Bans Open Burning

Due to Continued dry conditions; a ban on open burning has been issued TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF WAYNE COUNTY INDIANA:

City of Richmond, Wayne Township, Spring Grove and all areas served by the Richmond Fire Department

The Richmond Fire Chief is responsible for fire protection in the above described areas of Wayne County, Indiana and has determined that the lack of rainfall has created excessively dry conditions which significantly increases the risk and promotes the rapid spread of fire and; that such situation poses an immediate and continuing hazardous condition for the residents and property owners in these areas that require immediate action to limit and control fire sources.

Effective immediately, the following activities are prohibited in the above described city and townships:

1) Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enciosed in a fire ring with dimensions of no more than 23 inches in diameter by 10 inches high or higher; and
2) Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueied by charcoal briquettes or propane; and
3) The burning of debris, such as tim ber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; and
4) The discarding of matches, ashes or other burning materials from a vehicle.

Burning will be allowed in burn barrels with a 114" mesh top from dawn to dusk only.

Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.

In addition, i strongly encourage our residents to attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and refrain from using aerial firework devices.

This order shall not prohibit the use of gas or charcoal grills used solely for the preparation of food; fires within fireplaces or non combustible fire rings; or fires within incinerators permitted by state law as long as all such fires are closely attended while burning, sufficient fire extinguishment provisions are maintained and the fires are properly and thoroughly extinguished.

This ban on open burning will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall is received to adequately relieve the hazardous condition. The ban will be reviewed weekly.

This action is taken pursuant to the Indiana Fire Code, Section 307.1 .1 and 675 IAC 22-2.4-4 which states “The Fire Chief is authorized to require open burning to be immediately discontinued if such burning constitutes a hazardous condition." Those persons who are found to be in violation of this order may be fined andlor billed by the fire department and possibly subject to additional criminal penalties.

So ordered this 20th day of June, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

For more information contact the Richmond Fire Department.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 01:18 pm: Edit Post

New Ivy Tech Richmond programs geared to job opportunities

Two programs starting fall semester at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond offer students the opportunity to prepare for jobs in the growing information technology and health fields.

Information Security and Paramedic Science are programs suited to the needs of professionals seeking to enhance their credentials or complete a degree and students starting an associate degree program.

The online Information Security program offers certificates for working professionals and the Associate of Applied Science degree for those entering the information technology field. It prepares students to work in areas related to information assurance and computer security. Certificates and a technical certificate via distance education in data security and network security are also available. Starting salaries for Information Security graduates is $40,000.

Credentialed Paramedics who take six general education courses in the Paramedic Science program can earn the Associate of Science degree transferable to a four-year degree program. In addition to general education technical and professional course work, Paramedic Science students will have practical experiences at Reid Hospital and Rural Metro Ambulance Service. Program graduates can transfer credits to related baccalaureate programs.

For information about the Information Security program contact Curtis Blakely, department chair, at 765-966-2656 x 3410 or go to ivytech.edu/information-security. For Paramedic Science program information contact Mark Fair at 765-966-2656 x 1166 or go to ivytech.edu/paramedic-science. To apply and enroll in one of these programs for fall, call 765-966-2656 x 1202.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 05:08 pm: Edit Post

Annual Fireworks Tour & Refreshments at the Gaar House

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7:00 till end of Fireworks

Enjoy a fabulous summer evening on the south lawn of the Gaar House Museum overlooking the skyline of the City. View the fireworks from the best seat on the Hill!

Cost: $50.00 per person, $30.00 of your evening is tax deductible.

Proceeds from this event support the preservation of the Gaar House Museum. The Gaar House is the property of the Agnes and Abram Gaar Foundation, a 501-C-3 foundation, promoting tourism to Wayne County for over 38 years.

Rain date: July 4th or same night as the Richmond Fireworks

For more information, call : 765 966-1262 or mail check to: Sarah Bradley, 1623 N. St. Rd. 227, Richmond, IN 47374

*If you cannot attend , please consider sending a contribution to the Gaar Foundation. Your donation will help perpetuate the Gaar House Museum . Donations may be sent to:
Gaar Foundation,
c/o U S Bank, Trust Department
808 E. Main Promenade,
Richmond, IN 47374


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:07 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Street Commissioner Appointment Announced

Mayor Sally Hutton announced today the appointment of T.L. Bosell as the Commissioner of the Richmond
Street Department. Mr. Bosell was hired in 1983 working with Richmond Parks and Recreation Department.

T.L. currently works as an employee of the Richmond Street Department as Crew Leader of Street Trees. T.L. has 29 years of experience working in public service and in City government.

The City Administration is very excited and fortunate to have T.L. Bosell join the City of Richmond Administrative Team. He will begin in his new position on Monday, June 18, 2012.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:07 pm: Edit Post

McBride Stadium and Richmond Evening Optimist Park to host the OnTurf Sports Play With Greatness tournament June 30 through July 1, 2012

Richmond, IN, June 30, 2012: OnTurf Sports LLC is teaming with the Richmond River Rats and the Richmond Evening Optimist (REO) to bring exciting youth baseball to the City of Richmond. McBride Stadium and REO Park will host the OnTurf Sports Play With Greatness tournament June 30th through July 1st. 8 and under Coaches Pitch, 9 and under, and 12 and under will play at REO Park while 14 and under will play at least one game in the historic McBride Stadium. Join the festivities today!

Teams wanting to participate must be paid in full by Wednesday June 20, 2012 by check payable to “OnTurf Sports LLC” at the address shown. Entry fee and additional information and an online payment option through PayPal can be found at the OnTurf Sports website at www.onturfsports.com/forms/forms.htm#Greatness


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:59 am: Edit Post

Welding Program Addresses Need for Qualified Employees

Now is the time to consider a career in welding. Welders with certifications are in demand. Ivy Tech’s Ivy Institute of Technology Welding program is accepting students for the next class starting July 9 on the Richmond campus. The program is designed for students to obtain the skills and knowledge needed for entry- to mid-level positions in the manufacturing industry in as little as eight months.

The Welding Institute is a 30-week program that includes instruction and hands-on lab activities. The classes meet 30 hours per week (6 hours per day), completing in just 8 months, so students are prepared to enter the workforce quickly.

This program is technology focused, with instruction and laboratory preparation in safety and OSHA requirements, welding process and equipment, welding codes and certifications, blueprint reading, and proper care and maintenance of welding equipment. Specific welding techniques – such as Stick, MIG, TIG, FCAW, OFW, OFC, and PAC – also will be covered.

Developed with the American Welding Society, the Welding Institute program will help students learn the necessary skills and become certified. Students can earn numerous recognized welding certifications administered through AWS SENSE and American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME). After completing the program, students take the exams for industry certifications. The credits also can be applied toward Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree programs at Ivy Tech.

The first class completing the program was honored at a luncheon at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond June 8. The students completed 900 hours of training and are eligible for 10 certifications in various welding processes. The students recognized are Lance Balthis, Mitchell Boger, Gary DeLong, Kevin Dill, James Gross, and Nathan Slagle.

For program information contact William Abshear at 765-966-2656 x 4117 or go to ivytech.edu/ivy-institute. To apply today, call admissions at 765-966-26856 x 1202.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 05:37 pm: Edit Post

CNC Operator, NIMS certification training available for Indiana, Ohio residents

CNC Machine Operator training with NIMS certification is immediately available at Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond. Training is fully funded for this 140 hour program for qualified participants. Persons interested in participating must be displaced or unemployed and be able to commit to a five week, thirty hour per week training schedule.

Candidates must have specific assessment scores to pre-qualify. Assessments are at no cost. These are: WorkKeys score of 4 or greater in Math and Reading (or recorded TABE scores of Math 8.0, Reading 10.6) and 70% or greater score for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mechanical Reasoning (Prove It!© assessments).

Contact WorkOne at 765-962-8591 or Ivy Tech Corporate College Richmond at 765-966-2656 ext. 4106 today and schedule a no cost assessment. Training program referrals must be made by June 15. Training is anticipated to start the end of June. Classes will be on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 08, 2012 - 10:44 pm: Edit Post

Reid Campaigns Receive National Awards

Reid Hospital Foundation has been recognized by the national Aster Awards, hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc.

One of the largest national competitions of its kind, the program recognized outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2011. Reid was recognized with Gold awards in two categories:

The 2012 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as Canada and South America. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their category.}Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

“Although our nation has been challenged economically, the talent of healthcare marketing professionals seems to be at an all time high. The 2012 Aster Awards program contained some of the best advertising arguably in the world. The judge’s expectations were again surpassed,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards Program Coordinator.

All winners are posted on the Aster Awards website (www.AsterAwards.com), as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today, a national healthcare marketing magazine.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 08, 2012 - 10:39 pm: Edit Post

Free Reid Event Explains Medicare Wellness Benefits

A free informational event and luncheon at Reid Hospital July 11 will review Medicare wellness benefits and include a panel to answer questions.

Robert B. Bode, M.D., Reid Internal Medicine, and Scott G. Marsteller, M.D., Hagerstown Family Practice and Randolph Medical Center, will help lead presentations for Medicare recipients on how to make the most of their Medicare wellness benefits. Topics will include wellness assessment, lifestyle review and health assessments. Ann Silvia, Billing Manager at Reid Physician Associates, will moderate the discussion.

The event begins with a complimentary lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Lingle Hall at Reid, 1100 Reid Parkway in Richmond, followed by presentations and a panel discussion. Medicare recipients are encouraged to bring all their Medicare wellness questions to the presentation.

Pre-registration is required by July 3 by calling Pam at (765) 935-8926.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 04, 2012 - 02:28 pm: Edit Post

New Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Digital Driving Guide Released

Metamora, Indiana – June 3, 2012 - Just in time for the summer travel season, the Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) is introducing an on-line, four-color digital driving guide to help visitors explore the Whitewater Valley. The guide features the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway, its sister byway – Presidential Pathways Scenic Byway–and Ripley County’s portion of the historic Michigan Road. The guide is viewable as a magazine on a digital publishing site or can be downloaded as a PDF file, both can be accessed at www.whitewatercanalscenicbyway.org.

The comprehensive 141-page guide provides turn-by-turn directions to more than 260 historical, cultural, and recreational sites in the eight-county region of southeastern Indiana and southwestern Ohio. Shorter guides are also available for the each of the individual routes: Canal Route, Loop 1-East Fork Loop, Loop 2 –Oldenburg-Batesville Loop, Loop 3-Dearborn-Ripley Loop, Presidential Pathways Scenic Byway, and Historic Michigan Road Corridor.

“We are excited to have this new tool to help visitors explore the Whitewater Valley’s rich transportation history, share its culture, and take advantage of its many recreation opportunities,” said Candy Yurcak, WCBA President. “The guide is designed to showcase the valley from a visitor’s perspective so it weaves together the historical, cultural, scenic, and recreational sites as well as the stories that make our history come alive. Visitors can take the canal boat in Metamora, ride the train in Connersville, see historic cars in Richmond, and visit Cambridge City where the National Road crossed the canal. When people travel they are seeking well-rounded experiences which includes things to do, sites to see, places to eat and sleep, and the culture and stories that provide meaning and memories,” she added.

The guide’s digital format allows the WCBA to keep the guide up to date. “Rather than print a guide and have it become dated as soon as it is released, we chose to publish it digitally so we can change it as the byway continues to evolve,” said project director Phil Anderson of ReThink!, based in Carmel, Indiana. “By linking to county tourism bureaus’ websites, recreational sites, and lodging sites, we are connecting the valley in real time, while the partners keep their own information current,” he added. The guide is being published on Issuu’s free site, so that resources can be directed to future development of the routes and the region.

“We are grateful to Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks for an Historic Preservation Education Grant which provided the seed funding for the driving guide project,” said Yurcak. “We also want to thank our volunteers and community leaders for their assistance with the guide’s information and photographs. Through the years, the river, canal, railroad and roads connected the valley. Today, the byway adds another layer to the connections between villages, towns and cites throughout the region. We are stronger together,” Yurcak concluded.

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association is a not-for-profit organization representing interests in eight counties–Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley, Wayne and Union in Indiana and Butler and Hamilton in Ohio. The group includes business leaders, elected officials, community foundations, economic development groups, tourism organizations, historical groups, community leaders, and others. The WCBA is responsible for the oversight and development of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and the region’s new Whitewater Valley Gateway Park.

Indiana Humanities, the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Its grant programs assist grassroots organizations and communities in capturing their histories and creating promising futures. Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Announces Award Recipients

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Charles A. Rodefeld and Ruth J. Wickemeyer awards.

The Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community seeks to recognize Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have served faithfully, though without fanfare; and those who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years. The Rodefeld award has been presented every year since 1994.

The 2012 recipient of the Rodefeld Award is Cheri Jetmore. Nominated by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, she was praised for building relationships with the community and increasing the Symphony’s endowment. Mrs. Jetmore served two terms as President of the organization’s board and several years as the chair of the development committee.

The Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service was established in 2006 to recognize a not-for-profit leader (paid or volunteer) who personifies exceptional service to others in the name of community progress.

Jill King, the 2012 recipient of the Wickemeyer Award, has been a volunteer with numerous community organizations but was nominated by the Cambridge City First United Methodist Church. In addition to her work at the church, Mrs. King served as a Cambridge City Town Board member, has
written numerous grants which provided money for town improvements, is active in historical restorations and preservation and is actively involved as a volunteer with the Cambridge City Library and Western Wayne Elementary.

The award recipients will be honored at the Foundation’s annual dinner to be held June 28. The community, and friends and relatives of the award recipients are invited. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Foundation office at 962-1638 no later than June 13.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 04:35 pm: Edit Post

Young Artists Camp at RAM

The Richmond Art Museum will again be hosting the Young Artists Camp this summer! There will be two weeks of camp offered again (June 25 - 29 & July 30 - Aug. 3), so the opportunity for a young artist you know to attend will definitely be available!

With a reasonable cost and variety of activities which explore a wide range of artistic mediums, this is a program worth attending!

Download the flyer for more details. You can also check www.richmondartmuseum.org/education for information about the Young Artist Camp and other classes happening at the Richmond Art Museum.
Student Artist

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 04:20 pm: Edit Post

Monthly Night Hikes with Hayes Arboretum

Have you ever wanted to go exploring after dark? Cope Environmental Center is joining Hayes Arboretum each month to bring you a nighttime experience you won't forget!  Search for nocturnal critters and explore the night without flashlights!  Appropriate for all ages (just remember, it's dark!)- especially fun for families.  Pre-register by calling CEC at 765-855-3188 or Hayes at 765-962-3745.

Dates/Times:

Fee:  FREE for CEC and/or Arboretum members; $3 for all participants


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 04:17 pm: Edit Post

Hike Yourself Healthy Encourages Healthy Lifestyle

Hike Yourself Healthy 2012 is right around the corner! Our goal with this program is to get people OUTSIDE and appreciating the environment while developing a healthy habit. A few quick details:

This year, in honor of CEC’s 20th anniversary, we are challenging the community to walk 20,000 miles! Walk, run or hike ANYWHERE outdoors this summer, then log your miles online at HikeYourselfHealthy.org. It’s simple!

Want to support this program and other educational efforts at CEC? Become a partner! Your gift of $100+ will get your name out to hundreds of local health-enthusiasts and support environmental education at the same time. We have great benefits for our supporters, so email Alison at a.clark@copeenvironmental.org if you’re interested in learning more.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 05:34 pm: Edit Post

Registration going on now for the IU East Run with the Wolves 5K July 21

Indiana University East's Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk is coming up soon. Registration is open for this year's Run with the Wolves 5K on Saturday, July 21, at Indiana University East.

Runners and walkers will enjoy the scenic IU East campus and use the Red Wolves' cross country course located behind Hayes Hall. The event includes a free "Run with Rufus" 1K family run/walk.

All pre-registrants receive a tech shirt and drawstring backpack. Entrants are eligible for a Gatlinburg vacation and other door prizes.

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. on July 21 in front of Springwood Hall. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. followed by the "Run with Rufus" at 9:05 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:25 a.m. at the Springwood Hall patio.

Run with the Wolves is part of the Wayne County Challenge series. The 2011 Run with Wolves set a Wayne County Challenge record with 548 finishers.

Register online at iue.edu/5K. The pre-registration cost is $15 until July 13, and day-of registration is $20. Students in grades K-12 and college can pre-register for $10 or register on race day for $15. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarship programs of the IU East Alumni Association and the IU East Red Wolves Athletic Department.

Area business and organizations can also participate in the second annual Corporate Challenge as part of the 5K. For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email twiesaha@iue.edu.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 07:52 am: Edit Post

NAMI General Meeting on July 3rd

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. The meeting will be held at the CTC Building at the west end of the Richmond State Hospital Campus at 7:00 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Sharlene George of Open Arms Ministries. This organization partners with local churches to help people in need, such as
linking them with resources for help with utilities, clothing, food, etc. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge to anyone who feels he could benefit from this information. (765)966-4094

NAMI sponsors a special speaker at each meeting on the first Tuesday of the month. These speakers address subjects that are of interest to the mental health community, as well as to the general public.

For more information about NAMI or this program, call the NAMI office at (765)966-4094 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 Mon., Wed., or Fri.
Calls made at other times will be returned during business hours.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 16, 2012 - 02:42 pm: Edit Post

What’s working, what’s not?: A listening tour to hear from people with brain injury

Wednesday, July 18, 10 a.m. – noon, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond, Room 1239 E, Johnson Hall, 2357 Chester Blvd.

The Generations Project is conducting a state-wide tour designed to hear from people with brain injury, their families and caregivers about what services are working to help them settle into new lives after brain injury and what services are lacking. The information and insights pro-vided in these open discussions and questionnaires will be reported to policy makers, advocates, and providers. The report will be published on-line and available to everyone who wants to help improve the lives of people suffering from this little understood life-long condition.

Questionnaires will be available at the listening session or can be downloaded, filled out and turned in at the session or on-line.

Please join us and have your voice heard.

To download the questionnaire visit http:// www.generationsproject.org


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 04:05 pm: Edit Post

2012 Hagerstown Flying Circus - Tuesday, July 17
Hagerstown Flying Circus Poster
This will be the first year for the associated Richmond Depot District / Model T Museum (museum newly relocated to 309 N. 8th St., Richmond, IN) effort to create an annual antique car parade event that joins up in the Depot District on the day of the Hagerstown Flying Circus (this year July 17, Tuesday).

Starting with a car gathering at the Model T Museum on Tuesday morning, watching the 12:00 Noon fly over of the Depot District by the Wright Model B, and then a structured 17 mile tour of Indiana back roads through Amish farmlands to the Hagerstown Grass Airstrip.

Once arrived at the airstrip, the arrival of biplanes (typically over 30 vintage airplanes arrive during the afternoon) for the flying demonstration which starts about 6 p.m. with a presentation of colors and salute to the war planes.

One of the first demonstrations is the takeoff of the Wright Model B and a fly over as they return to their museum located in Miamisburg, OH.

At the conclusion of the event, approximately 8 p.m. (well before sunset of 9:12 p.m.) a return to Richmond hotel area is also a structured tour on county back roads for the antique cars.

This is the 5th year for the Hagerstown Flying Circus which includes food concessions and plenty of up close viewing of the airplanes and meeting of the pilots.

This is a free event, plan to come early and avoid the last minute congestion for the 6 p.m. main event. Bring a lawn chair, bring the kids, and have lots of fun viewing the great vintage
airplanes in action.

Phil Beaudion, of Wright "B" Flyer, Inc. will bring his 1916 Model T Touring staff car and join us


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Sunday, July 01, 2012 - 12:37 pm: Edit Post

Hoosiers Can Report Damage from Severe Weather

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosiers who sustained damage caused by severe weather beginning Friday, June 29, 2012 can report damage online at https://myoracle.in.gov/hs/damage.

A link to the form is also available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) website at www.in.gov/dhs. In the middle of the page under "Topics of the Day," click on "Report Damage From Severe Weather June 29, 2012."

Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.

FOR QUESTIONS
For questions, contact your county emergency management agency. Local agency's contact information is available by accessing:
http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/sanitized_compact_directory.pdf

Wayne County residents may contact The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency at (765) 973-9399, Fax (765) 973-9360 or email ema@co.wayne.in.us

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS
Individuals without Internet access are encouraged to contact a friend, family member or neighbor for assistance. Web access is also available at many libraries, religious institutions, community centers or other public facilities. If none of those options are available, individuals may also contact their county emergency management agency to report damage.

THIS REPORT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ANY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
This is NOT an application for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Information will be used to help local emergency management agencies and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security preliminarily assess damage to determine if federal assistance can be pursued.

All Hoosiers are advised to stay tuned to local radio and television weather broadcasts or listen to an all hazards alert radio for updated warnings and safety information related to potential weather threats.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 11:53 am: Edit Post

Graesser Named Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond—William M. Graesser, M.A., Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs until a successor is named to Steven Tincher who was named Chancellor in June.

Chancellor Steven Tincher said, “Dean Graesser’s respected academic experience with the College and his focus on student learning and success well qualifies him for this additional assignment.”

Graesser, a Wilmington, Ohio resident, began his career at Ivy Tech Richmond in 1992 as Math and Science program chair. He has served in positions as General Education Division chair and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences chair before being named Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2008. In1994, he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction for Ivy Tech Richmond and in 1997 the Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award. Prior to joining Ivy Tech he was a teacher and administrator in high schools in Missouri, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

He has a master’s from Webster University in St. Louis; a bachelor’s from Otterbein College and is a Certified Distance Learning Administrator Professional.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 04:03 pm: Edit Post

Sign up now to Run with the Wolves on July 21st
Run With the Wolves
The Indiana University East Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk will take place July 21 on the IU East cross country course on the east side of the campus, behind Hayes Hall. The course is the host site for an NAIA National Championship qualifying event this fall.

Pre-registration is $15 (students are $10). Day-of registration is $20 (students are $15).

The event includes a free "Run With Rufus" 1K Run/Walk.

Proceeds benefit scholarships for the IU East Alumni Association and IU East Red Wolves Athletics.

The 2011 Run with the Wolves drew a Wayne County Challenge record 548 finishers.

Click http://www.iue.edu/5k/documents/flyer.pdf to download an entry form.

All entrants will receive a tech racing shirt.
Entrants are eligible for a Gatlinburg vacation and other door prizes.

The Run with the Wolves is part of the Wayne County Challenge racing series. Run with the Wolves entrants are automatically entered in the Wayne County Challenge at no charge.

Contact (765) 973-8240 or visit www.iue.edu/5K for more information or to request an entry form. You can also register online at http://www.active.com/running/richmond-in/run-with-the-wolves-5k-run-walk-2012.

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. on July 21. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. The "Run With Rufus" 1K Run/Walk starts at 9:05 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:25 at the Springwood Hall patio.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 05:22 pm: Edit Post

Townsend Center Garden Party Event will raise funds for programs, operations

The Friends of Townsend Center annual Garden Party "Help Us Build a Garden of Our Dreams” will be 5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22 at the home of Nancy Green and John Fearing. The event will include hors d'oeuvres, desserts and music by Tom Walker. Reservations are $40 per person. Garden Party proceeds support programming and operations at the Center.

For 91 years the Townsend Community Center, 855 North 12th St, has been serving the community. The Center's diverse clientele participates in after school and summer youth programs, recreational activities geared to young adults and classes to earn a GED or learn English as a second language through Amigos.

In addition, Townsend Center provides operating space to non-profit organizations including Head Start, WIC and the Galileo Charter School as well as meeting space for many community groups. The Center also makes rental space available for parties, dances, concerts, meetings, dinners, programs and tournaments.

For Garden Party information or reservations call the Center at 765.965.5800 or Garden Party Chairs Derek and Donna White at 765.966.4168 or email to dw1509@comcast.net. Make reservations by July 16.

Make checks payable to Townsend Center and mail to the Townsend Garden Party, P.O. Box 1901, Richmond, IN 47375.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 06:18 pm: Edit Post

Tools for Schools

Collecting school supplies for area children now through July 23rd.
Tools for Schools


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 05:30 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond offers admissions information sessions at local libraries

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will offer Admissions Information Sessions at local libraries across its five county region beginning July 16.

During these free information sessions, Stephanie Hill Alexander will answer questions about degree programs, financial aid, support services and getting started for fall semester. Classes start August 20. Those who are unable to attend and have questions should contact Stephanie at 1-800-659-4562, ext. 1216 or by email salexand@ivytech.edu.

The sessions are scheduled at:
Connersville Public Library, Monday, July 16, 11 am-3 pm
Cambridge City Public Library, Wednesday, July 18, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Winchester Public Library, Monday, July 23, 2 pm-5 pm
Rushville Public Library, Wednesday, July 25, 10 am - 3 pm
Hagerstown Public Library, Friday, July 27, 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Brookville Public Library, Monday July 30, 10 am-3 pm


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 05:48 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond offers admissions information at Kroger Friday, 4 – 7 p.m.

Richmond- Stephanie Hill Alexander, MA Ed, assistant admissions director, will hold an evening open session at Kroger in Richmond providing information on programs, degrees, financial aid, support services and getting started for the fall term that begins August 20. She will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, July, 20. The public is encouraged to visit and learn more about Ivy Tech Community College.

For information about Richmond classes and Ivy Tech call Stephanie at 765-966-2656 ext. 1216 or salexand@ivytech.edu. Apply and enroll at Ivytech.edu.

(Message edited by Admin on July 19, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 02:25 pm: Edit Post

Reid Ride to be Held July 28th

Come join over 700 riders at the annual Reid Ride, July 28, 2012. Registration begins 6:30 a.m. for the 22 mile ride. Every $10 registration buys shoes for local children in need.

ReidRide is a fun event that has established a great reputation for both casual and frequent cyclists. The ride is open to all ages and fitness levels (those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.) This is not a race, simply a fun ride and a way to become more active.

Riders may check in beginning at 6:30 a.m. in front of Reid Hospital's Medical Office Building. Traffic monitors will answer questions and direct parking. The Ride has the partnership of local police, highway department, fire departments and EMS personnel.

At 7:30 a.m., participating cyclists will begin the 22-mile course. This year's ride will repeat last year's successful route by heading south on Chester Boulevard, turning onto A Street and then to West Main. Riders will then bike to Centerville via U.S. 40 where volunteers will provide water and encouragement at the halfway stop.

Participants will then strike north on Centerville Road to follow Webster Road to the Cardinal Greenway to Industries Road to make their way back to Reid.

ReidRide proceeds will provide new "Shoes for Kids." In 2011, more than 2,000 pairs of shoes were distributed to children in need in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. Planners hope to exceed this number in 2012.

Visit ReidRide.org for additional information, including specifics on the route, online registration and the "Shoes for Kids" program.

(Message edited by admin on July 11, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 10:41 am: Edit Post

Fourth ReidRide Saturday may set new record:
Drivers asked to watch out for riders on the 22-mile route

Reid Foundation’s fourth annual ReidRide Saturday (July 28) may set a new record for the event that raises funds to provide shoes to kids who can’t afford them.

“We have nearly exceeded registrations when compared to the first three rides,” said Foundation Director Jason Troutwine. “And we always have last-minute sign-ups and walk-up registrations.” He anticipates a crowd that may exceed 700 riders. Last year the ride drew just over 600.

ReidRide planners said the ride is open to all ages and fitness levels but those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. “This is not a race, simply a fun ride and a way to become more active,” said Foundation Events Coordinator Becky Jewison.

Similar to previous years, Troutwine said safety is a primary concern. “We are fortunate to have the partnership of local police, the highway department, several fire departments and EMS personnel. Without their help we couldn’t do this.” Troutwine also asked that drivers use extreme care and watch for riders from 7:30 a.m. until around noon, including on Chester Boulevard, A Street, West Main, U.S. 40, Centerville Road, Webster Road and Industries Road.

Riders may check in beginning at 6:30 a.m. in front of Reid Hospital’s Medical Office Building. Troutwine suggests participants access the campus using the bridge entrance from Reid Parkway; traffic monitors will answer questions and direct parking.

At 7:30 a.m., participating cyclists will begin the 22-mile course. This year’s ride will repeat last year’s successful route by heading south on Chester Boulevard, turning onto A Street and then to West Main. Riders will then bike to Centerville via U.S. 40 where volunteers will provide water and encouragement at the halfway stop.

Participants will then strike north on Centerville Road to follow Webster Road to the Cardinal Greenway to Industries Road to make their way back to Reid.

Troutwine said ReidRide is not only a wellness activity but also a great social event. “Last year several businesses, clubs and families grouped together for the ride. It’s a special day for a special cause.”

ReidRide proceeds will provide new “Shoes for Kids.” In 2011, more than 2,000 pairs of shoes were distributed to children in need in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. Planners hope to exceed this number in 2012. Those wishing to support the cause can do so by making a donation on the event’s website.

Visit ReidRide.org for additional information, including specifics on the route, online registration and the “Shoes for Kids” program.


By Alisha Estabrook (Alisha) on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 10:59 am: Edit Post

Movie will Close Public Access to Glen Miller Park Splash Pad

The Splash Pad and playground in Glen Miller Park will be closed on Thursday, July 26 from 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the making of a movie.

The Splash Pad and playground will be open to the public after 5 p.m.

The closure comes during a hot week where temperatures are supposed to hit around 90 degrees. Community members are reminded that Cordell Municipal Pool is an alternate option to cool off from the summer's heat.

Richmond Parks and Recreation is happy to be involved in the process of making the movie.

The Richmond Parks and Recreation department sponsors these events to provide for the positive development and well being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities. The department works in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources. To learn about this event or other programs available this summer, please visit www.richmondindiana.gov.

(Message edited by Admin on July 24, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 03:09 pm: Edit Post

Free Legal Aid for Qualified Residents on Wednesday, July 25th

Area residents will be able to receive free legal help from an attorney with Indiana Legal Services, Inc. next Wednesday, July 25th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morrisson-Reeves Library, located at 80 North 6th Street in downtown Richmond. Free parking is available at the library.

To be eligible for the services, a person must have a household income that is less than 125% of the federal poverty income level, meaning an income of $13,963 for a one-person household or an income of $28,813 for a four-person household. Clients must be a U.S. citizen or a documented immigrant, except in certain limited circumstances.

Anyone facing a civil legal problem that needs immediate attention is urged to call the ILS staff in Indianapolis at (800) 869-0212.

ILS, a statewide not-for-profit organization, provides free legal counsel to low income persons, seniors and victims of domestic violence on civil legal issues that threaten an individual's basic necessities such as personal safety, family integrity (i.e. visitation, child support), housing, income, access to medical care, public benefits for which one is eligible and consumer issues (i.e. debt collection, garnishment of wages). ILS cannot accept cases that might generate attorney fees.

Richmond area residents Harold Robinson and Walter Chidester, who is a partner with the Richmond law firm, Boston, Bever, Klinge, Cross & Chidester, serve on the ILS Board of Directors.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 16, 2012 - 05:26 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Recognizes Outstanding Students, Faculty and Staff

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recognized outstanding students, advisers, staff and faculty at the annual Student Recognition Banquet Friday, July 13 in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

Marc Semanchik, Richmond, a Liberal Arts major in Math, was named Student of the Year. Semanchik was the student veteran’s math tutor during spring semester. He is active in the Student Veteran’s Organization (SVO), Student Government Association and completed Student Leadership Academy. He plans to transfer to IU East to complete a bachelor’s degree in in Liberal Arts with majors in Natural Science and Math.

Kimberly Butts, Richmond, Financial Aid Assistant, was selected Staff Member of the Year by the student body for her work with students receiving financial aid.

Tom Tully, Richmond, Agriculture program chair, was selected as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the student body for excellence in teaching.

Tiffany Erk, Centerville, Student Life Director, was named Outstanding Student Organization Adviser for her work with Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and Student Leadership Academy.

Other award winners are:

Jeff Deaton, Liberty, a Human Resource Management major and Regional President of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, received the Outstanding Organization President award for his leadership of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Rebekah LaVere, Hagerstown, a Paralegal Studies major, received the Outstanding Community Service Award. She is active in Student Government Association, the Alternative Spring Break Program and Phi Theta Kappa, student honor society.

Kathy Stone, Richmond, a business administration major, received the Outstanding Organization Member for her work with the Scrapbook Club.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 03:47 pm: Edit Post

Chanticleer Quartet Schedule Announced

Details of the 36th Annual Music Festival by the Chanticleer String Quartet have been announced. For more information visit their website at http://www.chanticleerquartet.com or download a .pdf flyer of the schedule.

(Message edited by Admin on June 19, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 30, 2012 - 09:57 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond offers express registration Saturday, Aug. 4

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is offering Express Registration Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9-12. Express Registration is just in time for fall classes that start Monday, August 20. This special event will be in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

In one visit, prospective students can apply for admission, complete COMPASS placement testing, new student orientation and enroll in classes. Refreshments will be served.

Those who have completed some steps toward registration can complete the remaining steps. Those wanting to start some steps before August 4 can complete an online application at http://www.ivytech.edu/apply-now/ and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

August hours for Ivy Tech Richmond and Connersville locations are: Aug 6-10 and Aug 20-24 - Admissions, Assessment/COMPASS, Registration/Registrar, Academic Advising, Financial Aid and Bookstore will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the Bursar/Business Office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All offices will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. August 13-17, the week before classes start, Richmond Admissions, Assessment/COMPASS, Registration/Registrar, Academic Advising and Financial Aid will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Connersville, the Bursar/Business Office and Bookstore will be open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday. All offices will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Ivy Tech Richmond offers 21st century education and skills for high demand jobs. Tuition is $3,334 per year for fulltime students. For additional information or to schedule an appointment call 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562, ext. 1202.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 30, 2012 - 09:43 am: Edit Post

Reid Outpatient Care Center to celebrate five years

The Reid Outpatient Care Center will celebrate a milestone Wednesday, Aug. 1 -- the fifth anniversary of its opening at Reid’s new 1100 Reid Parkway address.

The event will be marked with healthy refreshments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Outpatient Care Center lobby. “We want to stop for a little while to mark how the team made Reid history five years ago,” said Luanne Christofaro, director of the OCC. Christofaro noted that the center was a major step in the eventual complete opening of the new Reid Hospital campus, which was finished a year later with the opening of the inpatient hospital on Sept. 10, 2008.

After the OCC opening, construction continued on the inpatient hospital, which was separated from the OCC for the next year by temporary walls. Besides the inpatient hospital, Reid also maintained a few outpatient services at the former location of 1401 Chester Boulevard, requiring some careful logistics for operating in two locations over the next 12 months.

The Hunt Patient Care Center, a first-floor pavilion in the OCC, consolidated into one area outpatient services that were historically scattered through hospital complexes.

With the opening of the main inpatient hospital in 2008, the OCC lobby began serving as the main entrance and focal point to Reid’s new campus. The complex now houses the Patient Care Center, Reid Cancer Center, Reid Heart & Vascular Center, physician offices, Reid Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy, the Breast Center, Ginkgo Boutique, Reid @ Home Store and more.

The Reid Governing Board voted in September 2000 to build a replacement hospital campus. The decision came after several years of careful study to determine the most cost effective options to prepare Reid for another century of caring for area residents.

The project included a new outpatient rehabilitation facility at 2021 Chester Boulevard, the Medical Office Building at 1050 Reid Parkway, and the OCC and main hospital at 1100 Reid Parkway.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 03:59 pm: Edit Post

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care 17th Annual Holiday Poinsettia Fundraiser

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Care invites you to participate in our 17th Annual holiday poinsettia fundraiser! We are taking orders for poinsettias to be delivered to your (local) business on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

Poinsettias are $12.00 each.

The 6 1/2" pots are covered in festive foil and plants are available in three colors. Each plant is approximately 10" - 12" tall with an average of 7 blossoms. For orders totaling 1 to 9 plants there is a $.50 discount per plant. For orders totaling 10 or more plants, there is a $1.00 discount per plant. All discounted orders need to be received by July 31, 2012.

A new addition to our fundraising, All Occasion and Christmas Card Joy Notes may also be delivered to your business on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

Joy Notes' Sets, featuring original works of art created by our participants, are $12.00 each or 3 sets for $30.00. Each set contains twelve note cards of six different prints. (Two cards of each print + twelve envelopes included)

Please download and complete this order form and mail, with your check, payable to Adult Day Care of Richmond.

Your receipt will be delivered with your plants and/or cards.

Proceeds from this fundraiser help maintain our quality program. We are proud to be an active and stable addition to our senior community for 24 years.

We thank you in advance for supporting our services.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 05:33 pm: Edit Post

Do you know a special physician?
Nominations sought for 2012 Humanity in Medicine award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine award.

Any physician recommended for the award must be a resident of Reid Hospital’s service area and demonstrate a commitment to quality, compassion, sensitivity and caring attitudes in dealing with patients, families and colleagues.

The 2011 winner of the award was Robert Bode, M.D., internal medicine specialist in Richmond.

The Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine award is one of the region’s most prestigious medical honors and has been awarded yearly since 1983.

Nominations can be made by clicking this link -- www.ReidHospital.org/HIM -- and are due by Wednesday, Aug. 1.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 13, 2012 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

Special immunization presentation features state speakers

The next presentation in a continuing series on wellness at Reid Hospital will feature three experts on immunizations and flu vaccine, including two representing statewide groups.

Presenters at the presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in Lingle Auditorium include Sarah Strawbridge, Executive Director of the Indiana Immunization Coalition, and Dr. Charlene Graves, chair of the Indiana Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Committee. Also on the program is Randi Whitesel, director of Reid Occupational Medicine. The presentation is entitled “Back to school immunizations and the importance of receiving a flu vaccine.”

“This presentation will provide valuable information and updates on the importance of immunizations and vaccines against the flu,” said Tajuan Stoker, Reid’s director of wellness. “We will have important information for all ages,” he said.

Parents can also register to win backpacks for their children, he said.

To pre-register, please call (765) 983-3104.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 01:07 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond offers express registration Saturday, Aug. 11

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is offering Express Registration Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9-12. Express Registration is just in time to start fall classes Monday, August 20. This special event will be in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

In one visit, prospective students can apply for admission, complete COMPASS placement testing, new student orientation and enroll in classes. Refreshments will be served. Those who have completed some steps toward registration can complete the remaining steps. Those wanting to start some steps before August 11 can complete an online application at http://www.ivytech.edu/apply-now/ and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

August 6-9 registration hours for Ivy Tech Richmond and Connersville locations are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. with the Bursar/Business Office open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All offices will be open 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. on August 10.

Ivy Tech Richmond offers 21st century education and skills for high demand jobs. Tuition is $3,334 per year for fulltime students. For additional information or to schedule an appointment call 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or 800-659-4562, ext. 1202.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12:22 pm: Edit Post

NAMI General Meeting to be Held on Tuesday, August 7th

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. The meeting will be held at the CTC Building
at the west end of the Richmond State Hospital Campus at 7:00 p.m.

Patricia Heepe, Operations Supervisor for Social Security, will address the group on differences between Disability and SSI, how people can still
work while receiving benefits, and answer questions about eligibility. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge to anyone who feels he could benefit from this information.

NAMI sponsors a special speaker at each meeting on the first Tuesday of the month. These speakers address subjects that are of interest to the mental health community, as well as to the general public.

For more information about NAMI or this program, call the NAMI office at (765)966-4094 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 Mon., Wed., or Fri.
Calls made at other times will be returned during business hours.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 03:04 pm: Edit Post

Open Burning Ban Extended to All of Wayne County

Due to continued dry conditions that promote rapid fire spread; the Fire Chiefs of Wayne County have ordered a ban on open burning. Open burning is now banned in all areas of Wayne County.

To all residents and property owners located in the following areas of Wayne County, Indiana:

The Townships of - Abington, Boston, Center, Clay, Dalton, Franklin, Green, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, New Garden, Perry, Washington, and Webster
The Towns of - Abington, Boston, Cambridge City, Centerville, Dublin, Economy, Fountain City, Greens Fork, Hagerstown, Milton, Webster, and Williamsburg

NOTE: The Richmond Fire Chief has also ordered a ban on open burning in the City of Richmond and all of Wayne Township.

The Fire Chiefs responsible for fire protection in the above described areas of Wayne County, Indiana have determined that the lack of rainfall has created excessively dry conditions which significantly increases the risk and promotes the rapid spread of fire and; that such situation poses an immediate and continuing hazardous condition for the residents and property owners in these areas that requires immediate action to limit and control fire sources.

Effective immediately, the following activities are prohibited in the above described towns and townships:

  1. Campfires and other recreational fires, unless enclosed in a fire ring with dimensions of 23 inches in diameter by 10 inches high or higher; and
  2. Open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes or propane; and
  3. The burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation, including such debris that results from building construction activities; and
  4. The discarding of matches, ashes or other burning materials from a vehicle.
Burning will be allowed in burn barrels with a 1/4" mesh top from dawn to dusk only in townships and incorporated and unincorporated towns that do not have current burn ordinances in place.

Charcoal from permitted grills shall not be removed from the grills until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.

In addition, we strongly encourage our residents to attend public displays of fireworks and limit their personal use of fireworks to those that do not leave the ground, and that refrain from using aerial firework devices.

This order shall not prohibit the use of gas or charcoal grills used solely for the preparation of food; fires within fireplaces or non combustible fire rings; or fires within incinerators permitted by state law as long as all such fires are closely attended while burning, sufficient fire extinguishment provisions are maintained and the fires properly and thoroughly extinguished.
This ban on open burning will remain in effect until sufficient rainfall is received to adequately relieve the hazardous condition. The ban will be reviewed weekly.

This action is taken pursuant to the Indiana Fire Code, Section 307.1.1 and 675 IAC 22-2.4-4 which states "The Fire Chief is authorized to require open burning to be immediately discontinued if such burning constitutes a hazardous condition." Those persons who are found to be in violation of this order may be fined and/or billed by the fire department and possibly subject to additional criminal penalties.

So ordered this 20th day of June, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

For more information contact your local Fire Department.

It is always against state law for citizens to open burn trash such as household waste, plastic, batteries, rubber, disposable diapers and painted or stained wood. In general, businesses may not open burn anything.

You can check the status of Burn Bans in other Indiana counties at http://www.in.gov/dhs/

(Message edited by Admin on June 27, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 08:26 am: Edit Post

World Gyroscope Championship To Be Held In Hagerstown

Bring your children and grandchildren to the world gyroscope championship this Thursday, August 16th at the Meeting Place, ‎11 E Main, Hagerstown. Doors open for practice at 6:00PM. Every contestant will receive a free TEDCO gyroscope complete with spinning lessons.

Competition begins at 7:00PM.
Age groups are
A) 7 & under
B) 8 - 12
C) 13 & over

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be given in each division.

Each 1st place winner will ride in a convertible in the Jubilee Days Parade on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Hagerstown Rotary Club. The Sight Queen candidates will be there.

It's fun for the whole family, so please join us.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 02, 2012 - 03:29 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation to Award Up to $150,000
in Multiple Challenge Match Grants


Potential $300,000 Benefit to the Community

The Wayne County Foundation has announced a matching-grant opportunity for selected organizations in the county as part of its Challenge Match Program. The one-to-one match offers the possibility of generating $300,000 or more for non-profits in the Wayne County community. It is specifically designed to help organizations cultivate new donors and encourage increased giving from current contributors.

The open call for proposals seeks ideas that will encourage philanthropy throughout the community. The initiatives can be specific projects or programs, or represented in the form of general operating support.

Organizations may apply individually; charitable groups that are not qualified charities must partner with an organization that is. Any charitable not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency in Wayne County is eligible to apply.

A Foundation-supplied cover sheet, a two page summary of the project which includes a plan for raising the matching funds, and a one page summary of the organization’s 2012 operating budget must be submitted to the Foundation by August 16 at 4 p.m. The organizations that put forward the most promising plans will be selected to participate in the Challenge Match Program to be held from October 29 to November 9.

“We know similar campaigns have been extremely successful in other communities,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We hope to create an opportunity for the organizations to raise significant additional dollars in support of their programs, new initiatives, and/or operational support. Moreover, we hope that it will engage the community.”

The Challenge Match Program is one feature of a larger set of changes to the Foundation’s grantmaking program. A new emphasis to better align the Foundation’s regular, competitive grantmaking cycles with its mission of improving the quality of life and enhancing the spirit of community was implemented earlier this year.

Representatives of organizations interested in submitting a proposal are invited to attend an information meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the Innovation Center in Richmond. More information may also be obtained by visiting the Foundation’s website at www.waynecountyfoundation.org, contacting Andrea Stuckey at Andrea@waynecountyfoundation.org, or by calling 765/962-1638.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 12:02 pm: Edit Post

Local NAMI Chapter Shares Class Information

A 6 week educational class for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with or are showing symptoms of mental illness or emotional disorders, is being sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Indianapolis. This is a NO COST education class to help guide parents and caregivers in dealing with these issues, and to help them find the professional help they may need.

The classes are held each Monday beginning August 20 and ending September 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The location is 911 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the fundamentals of caring for yourself, your family and your child with mental illness.

The curriculum will include:
Class 1: Introduction: It's not your fault; mental illnesses are brain disorders
Class 2: The biology of mental illness; getting an accurate diagnosis
Class 3: Treatment options, evidenced based practice, medications
Class 4: Effects on the entire family, new communication skills, problem solving skills, tips for handling challenging behavior, crisis preparation and response, developing a relapse plan
Class 5: Learn about the systems (mental health and school) and your child's rights. Learn how to keep records about your child.
Class 6: Advocacy, Review, Sharing and Evaluation

For more information or to register, call: 317-257-7517 or 317-925-9399
Email: info@namiindy.org
Detailed information and video at www.nami.org/basics


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 12:14 pm: Edit Post

Announcing the NAMI Family to Family Education Course

The Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) East Central Affiliate, will sponsor a Family to Family education course for families of those persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The program is open to the public and free of charge to all attendees.

The 12 week series of classes will start in Richmond on Thursday, August 16th and end on November 1 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The location is the Ravinia Park Baptist Church, 3015 South B Street in the Fellowship Hall. Free parking is available adjacent to the building.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders {bipolar disorder/manic depression}, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse, basic information
about medications, listening and communication techniques, problem-solving skills, recovery and rehabilitation, and self-care.

The curriculum has copyrights and was written by an experienced family member mental health professional and will be taught by NAMI East Central family member volunteers that have taken intensive training as course instructors. The co-teachers for the Richmond area will be Sue Raby, Bernice Isaac, and Kay Lake.

NAMI hopes families with relatives who have serious mental illness, interested professionals, and significant others will take advantage of this unique opportunity at no expense to the attendees.

Seating is limited so call for your reservation. Contact one of the following:
Sue Raby 765.962.4816
Bernice Isaac 765.458.6758
Kay Lake 765.969.1862
NAMI East Central Office 765.966.4094 M-W-F 10a.m.-2p.m.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, July 13, 2012 - 04:25 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Presents 7th Annual Senior Art Competition
Senior Art Competition Flyer
The 7th Annual Area 9 Senior Art Competition and Exhibit, sponsored by Friends Fellowship Community and presented by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency and Indiana University East, will be held August 15th-September 21st.

This competition is open to all artists age 60+ who reside in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County; however, those living outside of these counties who are members of a senior center within the five county area, are eligible to participate as well.

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

Artists may bring their entries to IU East Art Gallery August 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For those unable to deliver their work, the Agency will pick up artwork at the following locations:
August 7th
– Western Wayne Senior Center, Nettle Creek Senior Center, Centerville/Abington Senior Center
August 8th
– Southview Court in Liberty, Franklin County Senior Center, Richmond Senior Community Center
August 9th
– Fayette County Senior Center and Rush County Senior Center

Open judging will take place Friday, August 10th, at 9:00am in the Community Room located in Whitewater Hall on the IU East campus.

Submitting artists and interested persons are invited to attend. Entries will then be displayed in the Meijer Artway from August 15th through September 21st.

The public is invited to visit the Meijer Artway and check out the talents of our local seniors. A reception honoring the artists will be held in Whitewater Hall on August 15th at 6:00pm.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 10:30 am: Edit Post

Sixty-Four Indiana Counties in Total Now Designated Primary Natural Disaster Areas
Includes Fourteen Additional Counties Designated Today


Indianapolis, July 25, 2012 - Julia A. Wickard, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Indiana announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated an additional 14 counties to the original 50 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought. The 14 new counties are indicated with an asterisk:
Allen Bartholomew *Blackford *Boone Brown
Carroll Cass Clay *Clinton Crawford
Daviess DeKalb *Delaware Dubois Elkhart
*Fountain Fulton Gibson Grant Greene
Hamilton Hancock Hendricks *Henry Howard
Huntington Johnson Knox Kosciusko LaGrange
Lawrence *Madison Marion Marshall Martin
Miami Monroe *Montgomery Morgan Noble
Orange Owen Parke Perry Pike Posey
Pulaski Putnam *Rush Shelby Spencer
St. Joseph Steuben Sullivan *Tippecanoe *Tipton
Vanderburgh *Vermillion *Vigo Wabash Warrick
Wells *White Whitley

"The U.S. Drought Monitor is the indicator and trigger to designate additional primary and contiguous natural disaster areas through the FAST TRACK Secretarial designation process," said Wickard. "We know some areas of Indiana received rainfall in the last week, but not enough to reverse the impact of the drought for our Indiana crop and livestock producers. FSA continues to monitor the situation," she said.

Six additional counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous to the designated counties. The 6 new counties are indicated with an asterisk.
Adams *Benton Decatur *Fayette *Franklin
Harrison Jackson Jasper Jay Jennings
LaPorte *Randolph Starke *Warren Washington
*Wayne

All counties listed above indicated with an asterisk were designated natural disaster areas on July 25, 2012, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Recent changes in the disaster program will provide faster and more flexible assistance to farmers devastated by natural disasters. There are three significant improvements related to Secretarial disaster designations: a final rule that simplifies the process for Secretarial disaster designations and will result in a 40 percent reduction in processing time for most counties affected by disasters; a reduced interest rate for emergency loans that effectively lowers the current rate from 3.75 percent to 2.25 percent; and a payment reduction on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands qualified for emergency haying and grazing in 2012, from 25 to 10 percent.

USDA encourages all farmers to contact their crop insurance companies and local FSA offices, as applicable, to report damages to crops or livestock loss. In addition, USDA reminds livestock producers to keep thorough records of losses, including additional expenses for such things as feed purchased due to lost supplies. Additional resources to help farmers deal with drought may be found at http://www.usda.gov/disaster.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 12:33 pm: Edit Post

Public Invited to NAMI Meeting on September 4th

The monthly meeting of the East Central NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Chapter will be held Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the CTC Building on the northwest end of the Richmond State Hospital Campus, 498 Northwest 18th Street, Richmond.

The speakers will be a panel of mental health patients and family members sharing their struggles and courage in battling mental illness. Also, several board members will be providing information about upcoming events such as Family to Family, Faith Ministries, and the various support groups.

The public is invited to hear the panel and to find out more about what NAMI has to offer the community through its various activities and projects.

Admission to this event, as with all NAMI events, is free.

(Message edited by Admin on August 29, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 27, 2012 - 03:34 pm: Edit Post

Autumn Oaks Coonhound Event To Take Place Labor Day Weekend in Richmond, Indiana

Spectators are invited to attend Autumn Oaks, an annual UKC event attracting the best dog and owner teams from across the country.

KALAMAZOO, MICH. Aug., 24, 2012 – United Kennel Club welcomes all dog lovers to the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana, over Labor Day Weekend where hundreds of the country’s best coonhounds will compete, from August 30 through September 2, in UKC’s 53rd Annual Autumn Oaks event.

Autumn Oaks is considered by many to be the premier national Coonhound event, as well as a kind of "family reunion”. During the four days of world-class competition, thousands of spectators and participants travel from all over the United States and Canada to east-central Indiana to attend "The Event Where History is Made."

Participants compete for prizes provided by event sponsors, as well as prestige and national recognition, as Major Winners receive national titles and acclaim.

The sport of hunting with coonhounds has been part of American history, going back to the early 1700s, and continues to this day in all parts of the country. In accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations, no game is taken and no firearms are allowed at UKC events.

"As individuals, we may be as different as night and day, but these seven coonhound breeds unite us into a crazy family of sorts,” Vice President of UKC Events Todd Kellam said. “And Autumn Oaks will forever be our reunion," he added.

The coonhound community is proud to offer this family-friendly event. Spectators are welcome, but are asked to not bring their dogs or pets to the fairgrounds, as only dogs registered to compete are allowed on the grounds. For complete details about 2012 Autumn Oaks, and all UKC licensed events, please visit www.ukcdogs.com.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. United Kennel Club prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269)343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 27, 2012 - 10:20 am: Edit Post

Earlham Artist and Lecture Series First Event of the Season: Intergalactic Nemesis

RICHMOND, Ind. — Mixing new-age cinematics and old-time radio drama, the live-action graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One: Target Earth transforms Earlham’s Goddard Auditorium into a stage for epic adventure and action on Wednesday, August 29.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Artist and Lecture Series event are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Writer, director and producer Jason Neulander discusses the Intergalactic Nemesis project during a convocation beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. Admission to the convocation is free.

The telling of the story sets Intergalactic Nemesis apart and makes it a truly unique experience. Three actors voice dozens of characters; one Foley artist creates hundreds of sound effects; one keyboardist performs a score of thousands of notes; while more than 1,250 individual, full-color, hand-drawn, high-resolution comic book images blast from a large screen.

The story, set in 1933, ventures to Rumania, Scotland, the Alps, Robot Planet and Imperial Zygon and combines high adventure and danger as Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her assistant Timmy Mendez and mysterious librarian Ben Wilcott join forces to save Earth from Mysterion and the evil sludge monsters.

“I love the characters,” Neulander says. “I think this is why I’ve stuck with the project for so long — Molly’s unflappability and sense of humor, Timmy’s naiveté, Ben as the somewhat hapless hero-by-circumstance and Mysterion as this verbose and hilarious bad guy.”

Neulander says the project began as a radio play, but morphed when he was asked to bring the show to a 2,400-seat performing arts center.

“I thought that was way too big for the intimate experience of a radio play,” he says. “In that meeting, I had a flash of comic book artwork projected on a screen to create the visual spectacle to fill a hall that size, and by sheer coincidence, it turned out that the venue had just bought a new cinematic digital projector.”

The final project premiered in June of 2010, and Book Two: Robot Planet Rising premiered at the Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin, Texas, in June 2012. Intergalactic Nemesis is currently on a 32-city tour including two weeks on Broadway at the New Victory Theater and a four-day stint at Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Ticket Information
Tickets required: $8/adults, $5/students/seniors. One free ticket with Earlham ID. Tickets available at the Box Office. During the academic year, Box office hours are Monday- Friday: 12pm-4pm


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 10:04 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Offers Grant Workshop

The Wayne County Foundation will again offer its workshop “Writing Effective Proposals”.

This workshop is designed for Wayne County nonprofit organizations that would like to apply for a Wayne County Foundation grant but are unsure how to proceed - or for those who have previously submitted a proposal that was not funded.

Paid and volunteer leaders are welcome.

The workshop will include:

Participants are encouraged to bring proposal ideas to the workshop for review
and comment.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 30 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Foundation Building located at 33 South Seventh Street in Richmond. Cost of the workshop, including lunch, is $5.00.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or emailing Rachel Hughes, Development Officer at
rachel@waynecountyfoundation.org by August 24.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 13, 2012 - 05:11 pm: Edit Post

Hype Richmond Group Takes Shape, Events Set for Rest of 2012

HYPE Richmond (Helping Young Professionals Engage) is a volunteer-driven organization to connect and mobilize young professionals to make the Richmond area an even greater place to live, work, and play.

Thanks to IU East HYPE is the voice for young professionals in the community, HYPE Richmond promotes social, professional development, and leadership opportunities.

It can be hard getting to know a new community if you’ve just moved here, or keeping up with everything that’s going on even if you’ve lived here all your life. HYPE is here to help.

Need to know the best places to hang out? Want to network and engage with other young professionals in the area?

HYPE is where you go to be in the know for fun, professional networking, and keeping up with all the great things Richmond and the surrounding area has to offer! Our website, http://gethyperichmond.com has informative topics, event calendar and social media links.

Upcoming events include:

Get Connected… Get Involved… Get HYPE!


By Richmond Family YMCA (Ymca) on Thursday, August 02, 2012 - 10:54 am: Edit Post

The Y is "Serving Up Summer" with the Walmart Foundation to Fight Child Hunger

Richmond Family YMCA joins national effort to serve 5 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 children to help keep them well-nourished

[Richmond, IN - August 2012] - While summer should be a time of fun, exploration and relaxation, many children are left without the nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive. More than 21 million children lose access to free or reduced-cost meals once the school year ends, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To ensure that children in Richmond have access to food year-round, the Richmond Family YMCA is offering free healthy meals and snacks through its summer food program, thanks to a $7,500 grant funded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Y has partnered with the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities, with a focus on increasing participation in the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides free meals to children aged 18 and under while school is out. According to the Food Research and Action Center, only in one in seven children who depend on free or reduced-cost meals during the school year received meals though the SFSP last summer. This summer, more than 300 Ys nationwide will offer summer food programs with a collective goal to serve 5 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 children. Here in Richmond, the Y plans to serve 8,600 meals and snacks to help more than 100 children stay well-nourished.

"For some children in our communities, the end of the school year means end of meals," said Kevin Carr, Executive Director of the Richmond Family YMCA. "At the Y, we are focused on making sure children stay healthy and well-nourished. Thanks to the partnership with the Walmart Foundation, our Y will be able to provide meals to children in the community who need them most."

"At Walmart, we recognize the need to support the development of our nation's youth," said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. "We know that providing access to healthy meals during the summer months will enable students to return to school healthy, prepared and ready to succeed. By working closely with the Richmond Family YMCA, we can help kids have better summers and, ultimately, better lives."

At the Y, children will receive two meals and a snack a day every day to keep them nourished, active and energized all summer long. As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is focused on ensuring that all children have access to food and maintain good health.


Nationally, the Y is a partner in the Walmart Foundation's 2012 Summer Giving Campaign, which has committed more than $20 million in grants to expand nutrition, learning and employment programs for elementary, middle and high school students in more than 350 communities. The Walmart Foundation contributed $5 million in grants to YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to address child hunger. Y-USA, in turn, passes the funding along in the form of grants to participating YMCAs.

To learn more about the Richmond Family YMCA's summer program, call the YMCA at (765) 962-7504.

(Message edited by Admin on August 06, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 04:39 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Permits U.S. 40 Closure For Canal Days

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has permitted the closure of U.S. Highway 40 between Jones and Center Street in Cambridge City this weekend for the Canal Days Festival. Beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, motorists will be routed around approximately one mile of festival sites by local police and directional signage. Traffic restrictions will be lifted by 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Canal Days Festival is an annual event staged by this western Wayne County community. This year’s activities include a corn hole tournament, a fishing contest for kids and a Beautiful Baby contest. There will be a 5K run, a 2-mile walk and a duck race along with live entertainment, a car show, art show, quilt show and ice cream social. The Canal Days parade will be staged Sunday morning along the historic National Road.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 11:57 am: Edit Post

Gaar-Scott Steam Tractor Featured During Heritage Days / Gaar House Museum Open for Tours

The Gaar House Museum will be open this weekend (September 8 and 9) for Heritage Days. It is open for self guided tours Sat. and Sun. from 10:00 to 4:00. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for youth 18 & under.

The Gaar House is featuring a Gaar Scott steam engine at the Wayne County Museum that will be up and running thru the Depot District on Friday night, Sept 7. The engine is owned by Sam Ertel. His family purchased the engine when it was built in 1912.

The engine is in town to celebrate its 100th birthday during Heritage Days at the Wayne County Museum. The engine will make a pass in front of the Richmond Baking Co. which was the corporate office for the Gaar Scott & Co. manufacturing farm machinery in Richmond from 1871-1915.
1912 Gaar-Scott Steam Tractor


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 05:25 pm: Edit Post

2012 Starr-Gennett Walk of Fame Music Celebration

Richmond, Indiana – Starr-Gennett Foundation and Richmond Parks and Recreation are excited to announce the 2012 Walk of Fame Music Festival.

This year's family oriented event kicks off Friday night, September 7, at the Murray Theatre with the Faux Frenchmen (Gypsy Swing Quartet) beginning at 7:30 pm - tickets are only $15.

Saturday's Sept. 8th FREE FOUR (4) Concerts and Festival will take place at Whitewater Gorge Park, 201 South 1st Street in Richmond, Indiana. The annual Festival highlights Richmond’s legacy as “The Cradle of Recorded Jazz”.

The Music Festival offers a full day of music, arts, family fun, and induction of the one artist into the Walk of Fame – Scrapper Blackwell and recoginizing one featured artist - Jelly Roll Morton.

All daytime events are FREE to the public, thanks to major sponsors such as Richmond Baking, Earlham College, Indiana Arts Commission, the Gennett Mansion, and Wayne County Foundation. Numerous other local businesses, individuals, and volunteers also contribute to the celebration.

FREE concerts include the Jonny Hazard Band with Randy Baker, Brian Keith Wallen, Direct Contact Latin Jazz with Pavel, and featured performer, Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio!

Between the hours of 12-4:00 PM, kids will be treated to music, crafts, and blow-up rides. The ever-popular Rubber Duck Regatta will take place on the Whitewater River at 3:30 PM.

Beer Tent - Food Vendors - Craft Vendors will be available.

The Legacy Continues Concert begins at 4 PM with the the featured performer Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio.

Tickets are FREE -- DONATIONS accepted.

For a full schedule of the day’s events visit starrgennett.org. Call 765.962.2860 for more info.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 10:20 am: Edit Post

Mixed Media Workshop with India Cruse Griffin

Saturday, September 8 10:00AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor: India Cruse Griffin
9th Grade - Adult

This Richmond Art Museum workshop, led by RHS art teacher India Cruse Griffin, will focus on a unique process of mixed media artwork which combines collage, painting, glitter, gloss meduim, permanent pens and more! The subject of study will be the natural world as much of India's work is inspired by the world around her! Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of Indiana's bright, rising artists as she shares her knowledge and expertise in the workshop setting!

Supplies will be provided. There will be a half hour break for lunch so either bring a lunch or run out and get one!

Fees:
$100 General Enrollment
$90 RAM Members
15 Spaces available REGISTER TODAY!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, September 01, 2012 - 09:44 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond admissions staff visit area high schools

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond admissions staff will be at area high schools with information about programs, certificates and degrees offered by the college.

Students will have the have the opportunity to talk with Stephanie Hill Alexander, assistant admissions director, about degree programs, financial aid, support services and getting started in college. Those who are unable to meet with her and have questions should contact Stephanie at 1-800-659-4562, ext. 1216 or by email salexand@ivytech.edu.

Alexander will be at the following schools:


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond will host a Celebration of the College, Welcome Chancellor Steven Tincher Sept. 12

Richmond— A celebration of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond and welcome for Chancellor Steven Tincher, Ph.D., is set for Wednesday, September 12, 4:30-6 p.m. in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus. Students, faculty and staff will be joined by Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder, Ivy Tech Richmond Trustees, and community representatives from across the Richmond Region for the celebration. President Snyder, Chancellor Tincher, Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton and Ivy Tech students will speak at 5:30 p.m.

Chancellor Tincher says, “There are a myriad of reasons to celebrate Ivy Tech Community College Richmond/Connersville. Faculty and staff dedicated to implementing the College’s mission and vision, students earning educational credentials, Corporate College training opportunities for business and industry, direct linkages to economic development, community partnerships, and new program opportunities are just a few of the items to highlight for this event.”

Chancellor Tincher joined Ivy Tech Richmond in 1984 as Regional Director of Business Affairs and served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1996 until July 2012 when he was appointed Chancellor. He and his wife Susan are longtime residents of the community. He succeeds Chancellor Emeritus James L. Steck who retired June 1.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 27, 2012 - 03:57 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Hosts Annual Senior Picnic at Dunlapsville

The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, will be hosting its 20th Senior Picnic for older Hoosiers on September 11, 2012 at Dunlapsville Pioneer Village on Brookville Lake from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Over 500 people attended last year’s event.

Games, fruto, euchre, music, crafts, entertainment, door prizes and a cookout lunch are planned, promoting health, an active lifestyle and wellness within the senior population. Other attractions include pontoon boat rides on beautiful Brookville Lake, an information and health fair with free screenings provided, and an antique/classic vehicle exhibit where seniors can
take a trip back in time with favorite vehicles of their day, including 3-wheeled motorcycles. A special memorial recognition of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is planned.

Cost is $5.50 for the meal per person and all activities are at no cost.

This is an excellent opportunity to have a fun day in the beautiful Brookville Lake area and meet seniors from around the area, so come and join the fun! RSVP by September 5th to Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 to reserve your lunch.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 10:25 am: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Invites 3-Wheel Motorcycles for Display

Do you own a three-wheeled motorcycle? Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, would like to invite you to participate in an antique/classic vehicle display at the 20th Annual Area 9 Senior Picnic. The event is a fun filled day—games, fruto, euchre, music, crafts, entertainment, door prizes, information and health fair, pontoon boat rides and a cookout lunch. Over 500 senior citizens attended last year. The seniors will very much appreciate the opportunity to see 3-wheeled motorcycles and talk to the owners.

The picnic, to be held September 11th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, will be at Dunlapsville Pioneer Village on Brookville Lake. The Agency will provide one complimentary lunch per 3-wheeled motorcycle. Cost for additional riders is $5.50 per person. If you plan to participate, please RSVP by September 5th to Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 to reserve your lunch.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 11:01 am: Edit Post

Family Fun Fest and Moonlight Parade to be Held on September 15th

The City of Richmond celebrates kids as our most valuable treasure. This year, on SEPTEMBER 15, 2012, the parade is celebrating with the Family Fun Fest and KIDSFEST! We would like to invite children's organizations, sports leagues, church groups, youth groups, choirs, and extended community organizations to participate in the Family Fun Fest, A Day For Kids, and the RICHMOND CELEBRATES KIDSFEST MOONLIGHT PARADE!!

The theme this year is We LOVE RCity!

Parks and Recreation Department's 15th Annual FAMILY FUN FEST hosted at 10th Street Park, will begin @ 11:00 am until 2:00 p.m. It will be providing information from community agencies and youth groups, activities, candy, toys and most importantly, FUN!

This is also the nationally recognized designated PLAY DAY for Playful Cities.

The Boys and Girls Club has annually co-hosted and partnered with this event with their "Day for Kids". RICHMOND CELEBRATES KIDSFEST MOONLIGHT PARADE will begin at 8:00 pm at Glen Miller Park and travel down US 40 to 14th Street. The committee welcomes floats, marching bands, step teams, dance teams, sports teams, youth groups and other organized parade units.

We encourage those who might not be able to build a float to participate by composing walking groups wearing themed attire and /or carrying themed murals.

This parade is a kickoff event for KIDSFEST, a community event taking place in the month October. KIDSFEST vision is creating a community where kids' dreams do come true, one step at a time.

Banner Creation
We are welcoming the creation of banners created by any children's organizations, sports leagues, church groups, youth groups, choirs, and extended community organizations to participate in the Moonlight Parade. Please follow these guidelines:

Banners sponsored by Porter Advertising. Any questions regarding banners contact Jessica Clark at 765.994.5340

(Message edited by Admin on July 11, 2012)

(Message edited by Admin on July 11, 2012)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 12:16 pm: Edit Post

Veteran Suicide Prevention Workshop Set for Friday, September 14

Free event will allow community members and clinicians to learn more about preventing suicide among veterans

WHAT: To commemorate Suicide Prevention Week, Centerstone and Ivy Tech Community College will present a free, educational workshop titled “Suicide Risk Assessment, Safety Planning, and Serving the Veteran Population.”

Led by VA expert and Suicide Prevention Coordinator Travis Field, the three-hour event will cover the important issue of suicide among veterans, and detail the prevention resources and efforts currently underway at the VA. Field also will discuss how clinicians can effectively assess and treat at-risk patients like veterans using specific risk management strategies.

WHO: Travis Field, MA, MSW, LCSW
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis

WHEN: Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Ivy Tech Community College
Stidham Auditorium
2357 Chester Blvd.
Richmond, IN 47374

COST: Free admission
$5 fee to receive three Continuing Education Units

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Tracey Lickfelt (765-983-8624) or Thelma Chandler (765-983-8043) of Centerstone

About Centerstone of Indiana
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 03:03 pm: Edit Post

Classical Guitarist, Peter Fletcher at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Bard Meeting Room
Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, IN


Please join Morrisson-Reeves Library for an evening of music from Award-winning Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher. He will be performing a diverse program of music from four centuries. He is starting his Midwest Tour all the way from New York City. The concert will be part of a national tour of over 50 concerts.

The concert program will begin with three exciting pieces from Michael Praetorius's Terpsichore, and then continue with Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata No. 147 and the Chaconne in D minor by J. S. Bach; the ever popular Cavatina from the movie 'The Deer Hunter'; two works from Maurice Ravel's exquisite Mother Goose Suite; Grieg's Sarabande from 'Holberg Suite'; Villanesca from 'Danzas españolas' by Spanish composer Enrique Granados; Vals venesolano No. 3 by the South American composer Antonio Lauro, and Leyenda by Isaac Albéniz, a great favorite with audiences.

This concert is FREE and open to the public.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 01:34 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond School of Technology open house highlights high demand degree programs

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College’s School of Technology is holding an open house Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m. in McDaniel Hall on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus. The School’s programs are being featured. Attendees will receive information about degrees, certificates and certifications, transferring credits to all Indiana’s public colleges and universities and most other colleges, financial aid and careers, talk with faculty, and take tours of classes and labs.

Peg Terrell, School of Technology dean, said this is an excellent opportunity for high school students; their parents; enrolled students; area residents thinking about upgrading skills, changing careers or attending college for the first time; and those thinking about returning to college to complete a degree to learn about programs in high demand fields.

Faculty will talk about the Automotive and Welding Institutes, Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Machine Tool and Welding. Terrell said, “These programs are among those that are equipping students with the skills in high demand by business and industry world-wide. Developing these new skills is essential to employability as industries change how products are produced using advanced technology and equipment.”

Opportunities will be available to tour classrooms and labs and to talk with admissions and financial aid staff and students. Refreshments will be available.

For additional information or questions contact Peg Terrell at pterrell@ivytech.edu or 765-966-2656 x 1122.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - 11:43 am: Edit Post

Ivy Institute of Technology Richmond enrolling students now for Automotive Technology and Welding certificate programs

Richmond- Students can enroll now for the new 40 week Ivy Institute of Technology Automotive Technology and Welding programs starting October 1. Automotive Technology and Welding graduates will be awarded a Technical Certificate, complete nationally recognized certifications and be able to transfer into an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Both programs are geared to quickly prepare Richmond area residents for jobs in two high demand job fields.

The programs are structured around industry-recognized certifications and qualify for financial aid, Veterans Benefits and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

Contact Peg Terrell, dean of the School of Technology, at 765-966-2656, ext 1122, pterrell@ivytech.edu or admissions at 765-966-2656, ext. 1202.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 08:34 am: Edit Post

Ban on Open Burning Lifted

The Ban on Open Burning has been lifted for all Wayne County Fire Protection Areas. Fire Chiefs urge continued caution with all fires and follow state/local burning rules.

Effective immediately, the Ban on Open Burning that has been in effect for all of Wayne County has been lifted. The Fire Chiefs of Richmond and Wayne County put the ban in place on June 20th due to excessively dry conditions that posed a significant risk for rapid fire spread. While recent rains have not diminished the overall drought, they have helped to restore moisture to grass and other vegetation that has reduced the risk of uncontrollable fire spread. All Fire Chiefs express their appreciation to the citizens of Wayne County for your cooperation and assistance during the burn ban.

Since the drought continues to impact the region, the Fire Chiefs urge continued caution with all fires. If you must burn, follow state and local burning regulations (Indiana’s open burning regulations are summarized below). As the drought continues, new burn bans may become necessary. The Fire Chiefs and other local officials will continue to monitor the situation and implement additional burn bans if hazardous conditions return.

INDIANA OPEN BURNING REGULATIONS

Indiana’s complete rules for open burning can be found at http://www.in.gov/idem/4148.htm (Indiana Administrative Code 326 4-1).

Indiana rules generally prohibit open burning with certain exceptions and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) encourages alternatives to open burning. Open burning is the combustion of any matter in the open or in an open dump.

It is always against state law for citizens to burn trash such as household waste, plastic, batteries, rubber, disposable diapers and painted or stained wood. In general, businesses may not open burn anything. It is also always against state law to discard burning smoking materials from a moving vehicle

The burning of leaves or other yard waste is never advised. The smoke from any fire, including clean wood, can linger at ground level where family members and neighbors can be affected. Only burn leaves or yard waste if you have no other alternatives. Remember that local ordinances also apply and need to be followed. Call your local fire department or department of health for information about local rules. Most Wayne County Communities do not permit burning within their corporate limits.

OPEN BURNING REQUIREMENTS: If you must burn, and it is permitted, use a well-vented container (a burn barrel is not well-vented) and only burn clean wood. A properly vented container keeps the fire under control while allowing oxygen to feed the flames and reduce excessive smoke. A screen on top is required to prevent ash, embers and other debris from drifting into the air and starting another fire. Burning is only permitted during daylight hours and must be extinguished by sunset. Never burn on windy days. The fire must be attended at all times while burning and have plenty of water on hand. Stop burning if someone complains. All fires must be completely extinguished.

Besides limited burning of yard waste, Indiana allows burning of clean wood products and charcoal for the following types of fires.

Recreational or ceremonial fires: These include campfires and bonfires; however, the size of the fire is limited.
Barbecues: Barbecues using charcoal are allowed. Avoid using lighter fluid. Instead, use an electric lighter, charcoal chimney or newspaper as a lighting aid.
Maintenance burns: Some agricultural burning is allowed for maintenance on farms, orchards, nurseries, cemeteries and tree farms.

Remember to use dry, clean wood and natural kindling to start your fires. Never use gasoline or treated lumber. Have plenty of fire-fighting equipment nearby. Be sure to check with your local fire department or health department about local rules you must follow.

For more information contact your local Fire Department.

Better Ways to Get Rid of Wastes: Alternatives to Open Burning


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 05:42 pm: Edit Post

Wings and Wheels Event Scheduled for September 22nd
Wings and Wheels Flyer
Enjoy a Fly-In/Cruise-In for Airplanes, Cars and Motorcycles at the Richmond Airport on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am to 5pm. There will be airplane rides, helicopter rides and gyrocopter demonstrations. American Legion Riders will have a food booth available. Pilots who fly in eat free!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 06:50 pm: Edit Post

September 28 deadline to apply for Ivy Institute of Technology Automotive and Welding certificate programs

Richmond- September 28 is last day to apply/register for the 40 week Ivy Institute of Technology Automotive Technology and Welding programs. Classes start Monday, Oct. 1. Automotive Technology and Welding graduates complete nationally recognized certifications, receive a Technical Certificate and can transfer into an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Both programs will quickly prepare Richmond area residents for jobs in two high demand job fields.

Financial aid, Veterans Benefits and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) are available to program students. VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The programs are structured around industry-recognized certifications.

Contact Peg Terrell, dean of the School of Technology, at 765-966-2656, ext. 1122, pterrell@ivytech.edu or admissions at 765-966-2656, ext. 1202.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 06:47 pm: Edit Post

Family Day Proclamation

Honorable Mayor Sally Hutton announced today that the City of Richmond is joining forces with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) and will proclaim Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children on September 24, 2012.

Mayor Sally Hutton is committed to strengthening families and believes that celebrating Family Day is an important first step in helping to keep America’s children and teens free of addiction.

For additonal information about Family Day, visit www.CASAFamilyDay.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 10:23 am: Edit Post

Richmond Group 1st Annual Show & Sale

The Richmond Group has been meeting since January 2012 and has the vision of creating a helpful community of artists! Our purpose is to provide help and learning opportunities to all artists who seek it and to generate an even greater interest in art in Indiana, specifically the East Central Indiana area. With the solid base of art history in Richmond, Indiana, we feel we can build a strong, supportive and fruitful art group.

You are invited to attend a meeting of the New Richmond Art Group on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The meeting will be open from 10AM – 2PM. We will meet in the RAM parking lot, but will only wait until about 10 minutes after 10 before leaving for the painting site. A map has been provided via email. The paint out will close at 2PM. We will reconvene at RAM for the opening of the Show and Sale which will run from 3PM – 5PM. Please give yourself time to come back to RAM and set up your display. We encourage you to have material for sale, especially Richmond scenes. Works for sale does not have to be material worked on at the paint out sessions.

For more information: Lance Crow, Education Director, at (765) 966-0256 or lancec@rcs.k12.in.us.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 08:58 am: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond admissions staff visit area high schools

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond admissions staff will be at area high schools with

information about programs, certificates and degrees offered by the college.

Students will have the have the opportunity to talk with Stephanie Hill Alexander, assistant admissions director, about degree programs, financial aid, support services and getting started in college. Those who are unable to meet with her and have questions should contact Stephanie at 1-800-659-4562, ext. 1216 or by email salexand@ivytech.edu.

Alexander and other staff members will be at the following schools and locations:


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 10:43 am: Edit Post

Birth to Five Book Buddies: SPLISH SPLASH

For children ages 3 to kindergarten entry accompanied by an adult. Families may attend only one of the times listed. Check out our website - www.mybirthtofive.org.

We will read a story, have a snack, create a craft, and take home a new book to read. Come for some fun in the sun and be prepared to get wet!

CHOOSE FROM ONE:

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Shelter next to Safety Village (parking in rear of School Bldg.)
498 NW 18th Street - Richmond
Choose from 10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm

Monday, September 17, 2012
Centerville Library - 126 East Main Street
11:45 am to 12:45 pm
or
Cambridge City Library - 600 West Main Street
6:00 to 7:00 pm

Friday, September 28, 2012
Hagerstown Library - 10 West College Street
10:30 to 11:30 am

Reservations for this FREE event MUST be made by calling the office at 765-966-6080 by September 11th for Richmond, September 13th for Centerville or Cambridge City, and by September 26th for Hagerstown. In the event that you cannot attend after making reservations, please call the office and cancel so that a child on the waiting list will be able to fill your spot.

This group event sponsored by the Wayne County Foundation.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Initiatives That Enhance the Spirit of the Community

The Wayne County Foundation will be accepting grant applications from Wayne County not-for-profit organizations in conjunction with its Enhancing the Spirit of the Community Grant Cycle until 4:00 p.m. October 1, 2012.

The Wayne County Foundation announced changes to its competitive grant-making process earlier this year. In part, the changes eliminated specific program categories and modified the Foundation’s traditional three-cycle per year schedule. The new approach will focus on “quality of life” and “spirit of the community” projects, while also creating an opportunity to provide grant dollars for general operating needs through a Challenge Match Program. Additional information on the competitive cycles and the match program is available at www.waynecountyfoundation.org.

Assistance in preparing applications is available from the Foundation office located at 33 South 7th Street, Richmond. First-time applicants are encouraged to contact Andrea Stuckey at the Foundation Office prior to submitting an pplication. For additional information, prospective grantees may call the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or e-mail andrea@waynecountyfoundation.org. All completed applications are reviewed by committees of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and community volunteers. Successful applicants can expect their distributions to be made by the end of November.

Last year, the Foundation awarded over $2.2 million in grants and scholarships, including just over $102,000 through its October grantmaking cycle.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 04:37 pm: Edit Post

Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

This summer millions of business across the country were forced to close their doors in the aftermath of power outages, approaching wildfires, Hurricane Isaac, and flooding caused by tropical storms. Business interruptions, even if it lasts just a few hours, cost business owners greatly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month. SBA wants to help business owners take charge of the well-being of their own companies, the safety of their employees, and the sustenance of their local economies by being prepared to rebound quickly from any kind of disaster.

Here’s a list of the webinars for the remainder of this month, held each Wednesday in September at 2 p.m. ET:

Sept. 12: “Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees”

Sept. 19: “Utilization of Social Media During a Crisis”

Sept. 26: “Surviving a Crisis, Large or Small: Real Life Lessons Learned” Business owners who recovered from disasters discuss their proactive emergency planning.

A question and answer session will follow each of the presentations. Go to http://www2.agilityrecovery.com/npm to register for any of the webinars.

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access past webinars and for useful preparedness tools.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 02:16 pm: Edit Post

GiveIN Game

Registration for the second season of DNR’s GiveIN Game program starts Sept. 1. If you registered before Sept. 1, you will still need to register again to participate.

The highly successful program had 702 participants for its first deer season.

GiveIN Game is a free donation program for people who would like venison to feed their families. The program allows hunters who have extra venison and people who want venison to connect on their own time and set up an exchange. Selling, bartering or trading for venison is prohibited.

A majority of the participants who responded to a recent survey agreed the program is easy to use, private and secure, and that it fosters community goodwill. More than 90 percent of participants said they would sign up again this year.

“GiveIN Game is a great way to connect people in local communities who are looking for a healthy alternative source of protein,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer research biologist.

Join GiveIN Game at hunting.IN.gov/7240.htm.

For answers to frequently asked questions about deer hunting, see hunting.IN.gov/7389.htm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 02:14 pm: Edit Post

Deer License Bundle

The last thing you want to worry about when deer hunting is if you have the right license for the right deer season.

The new deer license bundle makes such worries a thing of the past. With it, one license can be used in multiple seasons. The bundle can be used in youth, archery, firearms, muzzleloader, and special antlerless seasons, and allows for the harvest of one antlered and two antlerless deer. All legal equipment that can be used in these seasons may be used with the deer bundle, including crossbows.

Cost is $65 for residents, $295 for non-residents, and $65 for non-resident youth.

“The deer bundle is a great alternative to buying multiple licenses for multiple seasons,” said Michelle Cain, DNR wildlife information specialist. “It saves hunters money and makes hunting easier for those who enjoy many equipment types for deer hunting.”

Cautions:
– The bundle cannot be used to satisfy urban deer zone bag limits.

– The bundle cannot be used to take bonus antlerless deer on a DNR property during the special antlerless deer season nor during any regular deer season, except where authorized. See the Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide or contact the DNR property you wish to hunt for exceptions.

Buy the bundle at indianaoutdoor.IN.gov or at any Indiana Outdoor license retailer near you.

For answers to frequently asked questions about deer hunting, see hunting.IN.gov/7389.htm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 10:02 am: Edit Post

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Indiana Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Drought

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Indiana as a result of drought that began June 19, 2012.

The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Floyd, Fulton, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Jay, Jefferson, Jennings, La Porte, Lawrence, Marshall, Newton, Ohio, Orange, Porter, Pulaski, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland, Tippecanoe, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wells and White in Indiana.

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquacultural enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 15, 2013.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

Centerstone Opens Horizon House in Richmond

New drop-in support center offers resources and consultation services for adults

Richmond, Ind. – Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced the opening of Horizon House, a new drop-in counseling and community resource center for adults. Located at 47 South 15th Street in Richmond, Horizon House helps connect area residents to the services and support they need to lead healthy, successful lives.

“Centerstone is committed to helping our Richmond neighbors gain access not just to mental health and addiction support, but a variety of local services that can help them through many life challenges,” said Suzanne Koesel, CEO of Centerstone. “Our goal at Horizon House is to offer a safe and welcoming environment in which members of the community can drop-in and speak with counselors about any life issue they may be facing, receive encouragement to overcome any challenges and gain access to the tools and support they need to thrive.”

Services provided by Horizon House include:
- Access to computers for personal and work use
- Access to healthcare, food stamps, food pantries, and Medicaid and Social Security resources
- Assistance in accessing transportation services
- Employment assistance
- Housing assistance
- Individual life planning and counseling support
- Laundry, canteen and shower facility access
- Mental health, addiction and substance abuse treatment
- Support through the stages of addiction recovery

Horizon House will be led by Tammy Scotten, clinical specialty services manager at Centerstone, and Bobby Schmidt, Centerstone’s community outreach coordinator. The location will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached by calling 765-935-2639 or 765-935-2745. No appointments are required at Horizon House, and residents are encouraged to stop by at any time during business hours.

In the case of mental health emergencies, please call Centerstone’s 24/7 Crisis Call Line at 1-888-983-8000.For more information about Centerstone and its resources in Richmond, visit www.centerstone.org.

About Centerstone of Indiana
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 04:18 pm: Edit Post

Four Indiana Communities Competing for “PRETTIEST PAINTED PLACES” Honors

Thanks to a national competition to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America,” people across the country are discovering what Indiana residents have long known: The Hoosier State has some of the most beautiful towns and neighborhoods to be found anywhere.

Sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings, the “Prettiest Painted Places” competition has drawn four entries from Indiana: Huntingburg, Downtown Kendallville, Madison, and Richmond.

Over the next few weeks, the four Indiana communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October.

The Paint Quality Institute has conducted its competition twice before, most recently in 2000. Its purpose is to vividly show how an attractive paint color scheme can greatly enhance the “curb appeal” of any structure’s exterior.

“We feel there is no better way to demonstrate the importance of exterior paint color than to focus on these beautiful real-world communities that take so much pride in their appearance,” said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

“The places involved in our competition are a tremendous inspiration to us all, and by giving them recognition, we hope to instill in the public a better appreciation for the role exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building,” she said.

A wide variety of “places” have been entered in the competition -- big city neighborhoods, tiny rural towns, historical districts, “Main Streets” and communities with exterior mural programs. Nominees range from well-known places, such as Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Napa, California to hidden gems like Vashon-Maury Island, Washington and Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

In case you’re curious, the names and locations of all of the nominees are posted on the Paint Quality Institute website at blog.paintquality.com.

THUMBNAIL SKETCHES OF INDIANA NOMINEES

· Huntingburg: A model success story of small town revitalization, the southern Indiana town’s steady downtown preservation and improvement efforts resulted in its central business district being added to the National Register of Historic Places, where Hollywood subsequently filmed the movie “Hard Rain”.
· Downtown Kendallville: Another town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the vast majority of downtown buildings have been restored to their original turn of the (20th) century appearance and stay that way with frequent coats of fresh paint.
· Madison: The town’s picturesque setting on the Ohio River Scenic Byway is matched by its handsome 19th century architecture, the highlight of which is the concentration of beautifully painted buildings in its historic downtown.
· Richmond: Community pride runs high in this small city, as evidenced not only by the beautifully painted homes and buildings, but also by more than 30 vibrant murals that depict its 200-plus-year history.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:47 am: Edit Post

Global Food Manufacturer to Locate in Former Really Cool Foods Facility in Wayne County

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2012) - Sugar Creek Packing Co., a food company that focuses on proteins, announced today that it will locate a manufacturing operation in the former Really Cool Foods production facility here, creating up to 400 new jobs by 2016.

Sugar Creek plans to invest $28.5 million to expand and refurbish the 77,000 square-foot plant in the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park, a state certified shovel ready site in Cambridge City. Renovations of the facility, which is expected to be operational in late 2013, will include additional refrigeration space and the enhancement of utilities capabilities. Although the product portfolio for the plant has not been determined, the company expects to focus on the "ready to eat" sales category.

"Indiana's business climate continues to lead the country and we are pleased to welcome another national leader to the Hoosier State," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "With our well-trained work force and low tax and regulation policies, Sugar Creek will have every chance for success and we are happy to welcome them to Indiana."

Headquartered in Washington Court House, Ohio, Sugar Creek began as a bacon company in 1966 and has since grown into a global manufacturer operating five facilities in Ohio and Kansas. Today Sugar Creek is a diversified, family-owned food company that provides raw and fully cooked products for a variety of domestic and international customers.

"Sugar Creek wishes to thank the people of Cambridge City, Wayne County officials and the IEDC for the tremendous welcome they have shown us, and for taking the time to understand our business and the challenges manufacturing faces in today's business climate. Our success will be a community effort," said Thomas Bollinger, chief financial officer of Sugar Creek.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Sugar Creek Packing Co. up to $2,850,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $175,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Wayne County will consider additional incentives at the request of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County.

"Having the closed food processing plant in the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park brought back into use with new jobs and investment is tremendous," said Doug Williamson, president of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. "We wish Sugar Creek every success and are happy to partner with them on this project. This is great news for Wayne County."

Sugar Creek's announcement to locate in Cambridge City comes shortly after the Hoosier State received national acclaim as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide according to the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2012 study. This is the fourth ranking in less than a year in which Indiana's business climate has scored a top ten finish nationally.

About Sugar Creek
Sugar Creek is a privately-held corporation that operates manufacturing plants in Washington Court House, OH; Dayton, OH; Hamilton, OH; and Frontenac, KS; with support facilities in Bloomington, IL and Carthage, Missouri. Sugar Creek focuses its business on proteins (pork and turkey bacon, bacon bits, meatballs, pizza toppings and chicken products), sandwiches for retail and wholesale channels, meal components and made to order "specialty" products. Many of these products are "co-packed" for some of the nation's largest and most successful food companies, while others are sold through food service or as "private label" products. Sugar Creek has approximately 1,500 employees nationwide.

About IEDC
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Dan Hasler serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.