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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 03:59 pm: Edit Post

First Bank Richmond Presents Chili for Charity

A Celebrity Chili Cook-off hosted at Morrisson-Reeves Library

January 25th from 5:30 – 7pm
Benefiting the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival and local non-profits.
Supplied Flyer: Chili for Charity
Join us in a fun and delicious way to warm up and sample the best chili served by local celebrity “chefs” while supporting your favorite charities. Doors open at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 25th at Morrisson-Reeves Library. Proceeds help fund non-profits in Richmond and the Richmond Meltdown Winter Ice Festival.

Bottomless Bowl $10.00
**Tickets sold at the door.

Check out the Richmond Meltdown ice carvers in action across the street in Elstro Plaza before or after this event! Even play in the interactive ice in the Family Fun Zone!

Participating Charities:
Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, Lifestream, IU East, 2nd Chance Animal Rescue of Richmond, Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, RHS Alumni Association, Junior Achievement, RHS Music Boosters, and Cope Environmental Center

Presented by:
First Bank Richmond, Morrisson-Reeves Library and Richmond Meltdown Winter Ice Festival.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411594372284711/

(Message edited by Admin on January 10, 2018)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 08, 2018 - 07:33 pm: Edit Post

Meltdown Winter Ice Festival

The Richmond, Indiana Meltdown Winter Ice Festival has returned! From January 23 to January 28, you and your family can be immersed in the wintry wonders of ice sculptures.

The heat rises as award winning ice sculptors battle it out and carve beautiful designs into 300 pound blocks of ice that are 4’ wide and 18” thick. All-in-all, over 1200 pounds of ice will be carved! This year there will be rookies and seasoned pros. Returning crowd favorites include (but are not limited to) Dean DeMarais, Aaric Kendall, and Andrew Thistlethwaite. The main event, the “Meltdown Throwdown,” will take place on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27th at the Elstro Park Plaza in downtown Richmond at 7:30 p.m.

The Family Fun Zone is back again this year to bring entertainment and wintry excitement to you and your family. Walk among the towering ice sculptures; participate in games such as cornhole, ping pong, mini golf, skee ball, and much more; paint souvenirs; enjoy the chili cook off; browse the art show and local vendors; and so much more!

For more information about the Richmond Meltdown, please visit www.richmondmeltdown.com, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichmondMeltdown.

On Saturday, January 27th, the Frozen Fairy Trail will be taking place from 11 am to 3 pm. Starting at the Old National Road Welcome Center, families can follow along the trail and participate in workshops, crafts, games, and more! You can pick up your brochure at the Welcome Center; visit our website at www.visitrichmond.org to download a digital copy; or follow our social media for more information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 08, 2018 - 07:13 pm: Edit Post

Frozen Fairy Trail

The Richmond-Wayne County Tourism Bureau will be hosting their Frozen Fairy Trail once again on Saturday, January 27, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage families with children of all ages to come participate in the day’s events. The Frozen Fairy Trail happens alongside the Richmond Meltdown Ice Festival. While you’re exploring the magical world of fairies, don’t forget to stop by the Jack Elstro Plaza to admire the ice sculptures and partake in wintry fun!

There will be 11 stops (including the Old National Road Welcome Center) along the Frozen Fairy Trail. Each stop will include one or more of the following: a magical fairy dwelling to find; creative craft/color stations; fairy treats; giveaways; and/or dazzling face paints. The Old National Road Welcome Center is the first stop on the trail. From there families will head west and visit a variety of local businesses from libraries to retail stores to restaurants.

Make your first stop the Old National Road Welcome Center (5701 National Rd. E, Richmond, IN) anytime between 11 am and 3 pm. This year’s craft will be designing a one-of-a-kind fairy mask. The mask will be unique to the child’s whimsical personality! There will also be two games for the children to play. The first is Pin the Wings on the Fairy and the second is the Fairy Prize Wheel! There will also be a fairy costume contest, so be sure to dress in your most dazzling fairy outfit! There will be a wide variety of prizes to choose from suitable for boys and girls of all ages!

For more information, please contact the Wayne County Tourism Bureau at 765-935-8687 or communications@visitrichmond.org. You can also find information on our Facebook page or our website, www.visitrichmond.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 05:02 pm: Edit Post

Support LifeStream at Chili for Charity on Jan. 25
Supplied Flyer: LifeStream Chili for Charity
LifeStream Services invites the community to support seniors and people with disabilities by attending the Richmond Meltdown Festival’s Chili for Charity on Thursday, January 25. LifeStream will be competing in the celebrity chili cook off with Heart Healthy Chili prepared and served by Richmond Cardiology Associates’ Dr. Allen Joseph.

Chili for Charity will be held on Thursday, January 25 from 5:30pm to 7pm at Morrison-Reeves Library located at 80 N. 6 th St., Richmond, IN 47374. Bottomless bowl tickets are sold at the door for $10. Event proceeds support the Richmond Meltdown Festival and participating local nonprofits.

Attendees will vote for their favorite chili, with the nonprofit with the most votes collecting a portion of the event proceeds. Support LifeStream and seniors in your community by tasting and voting for Heart Healthy Chili.

The Meltdown Winter Ice Festival is an exciting weekend event in Richmond, Ind. focused on a thrilling tour of custom ice sculptures, impressive ice fights, lively winter activities for all ages, and much more! The free festival hosts many events beginning January 23 through January 28 in Richmond’s Downtown area and Depot District. For more information and a complete list of events, please visit www.richmondmeltdown.com.

LifeStream began serving seniors and people with disabilities in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties on July 1, 2017.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 18, 2017 - 03:14 pm: Edit Post

Single's Interaction, Inc. Newsletter for January 2018
Supplied Newsletter: January 2018
If you are 21 years of age or older, single, divorced, widow, or widower, Single Interaction, Inc. invites you to join them on Friday Nights. Come and meet other single people in the Richmond area. Come, socialize, dance, and have a good time. $6.00 donation at the door. For more information, call 765.993.5023.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:56 pm: Edit Post

Confirmed Flu Cases Much Higher Than Last Year

Reid Health official: Still time to get vaccine -- and wash your hands!

Confirmed flu cases in the Reid Health system are significantly higher as of Jan. 6 than they were last flu season - making prevention as important as ever, says Kim Schneider, RN in charge of Infection Control at Reid Health.

"I just can't stress enough to be aware that flu is out there and people need to take steps to avoid getting the flu or spreading it," Schneider said. She said confirmed cases of flu this year is at almost 350 at Reid Health -- it was only 22 at the same time during last year's season. So far flu has been involved in 46 admissions, while only two admissions were recorded by the same date in 2017.

She stressed the importance of getting the flu vaccine. "Even if the flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective, if you do end up with the flu, the symptoms may be milder," she said. The symptoms of flu are headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat and runny nose, coughing and body aches.

She recommends following the "three Cs' - Clean, Cover and Contain:

Reid Health has stations throughout the hospital that contain antibacterial gel, tissues and masks. "Please use them before visiting your loved one. It is appropriate to wear a mask when visiting a hospitalized patient," Schneider said.

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

( Watch video on proper handwashing HERE)

(Message edited by Admin on January 18, 2018)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 08:14 pm: Edit Post

LifeStream’s AngelWish Program Delivers Holiday Packages to Over 1,400 Isolated Seniors in East Central Indiana

The holidays were brightened for over 1,400 isolated senior citizens in East Central Indiana through LifeStream’s AngelWish program. AngelWish is LifeStream’s annual campaign to make the holidays brighter for isolated seniors. The program coordinates doorstep delivery of packages of food, personal care items, practical necessities, and gifts for seniors who are isolated and alone during the holidays.

The program serves Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne counties. Over 100 individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations from across LifeStream’s service area and beyond offered their support by donating monetarily, donating items, or volunteering to deliver or package gifts.

AngelWish gift bags were delivered on December 5 through December 24 by LifeStream staff, supportive businesses, and generous volunteers from the community. LifeStream continues to package and deliver gift bag with emergency need items throughout the winter months to seniors who are in need. LifeStream expects the AngelWish program to impact nearly 1,500 seniors this season.

Jenny Harrison, Fayette County Senior Center and LifeStream Volunteer, has seen the impact of AngelWish firsthand by personally delivering gift bags to those in need in her community.

Harrison said of the program, “You know as soon as they open that door and see what you have for them that this means so much. I have had people burst into tears with thanks and gratitude because they weren’t sure what they would have done without that AngelWish gift bag. It makes a difference.”

If you would still like to donate to the AngelWish program, please visit www.lifestreaminc.org or call 800-589-1121.

Special thank you to all of this year’s AngelWish sponsors, donors, volunteers, and all who supported AngelWish throughout Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

Major Support Provided By:
Fayette County Community Foundation, Brownsville United Methodist Church, Individual Support Services, First Merchants Bank, Stateline Medical Equipment, Assurance Health, Reid Community Benefit, Heaven Sent Home Healthcare, Providence Anderson Post Acute, Water’s Edge Village, Becovic Management Group, Edgewater Woods, Senior Support Services, Visiting Angels, A-1 Graphics, Albany Health & Rehab, Applegate Livestock Equipment, Eye Center of Richmond, Natco Credit Union, State of the Heart Care, First Presbyterian Church, Dale, Huffman & Babcock, Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, Fashion Trends, IU East Circle K International, Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Pi
Gamma, Bluff Point Friends Church, AutoFarm Mobility, Bethany Pointe Health Campus, Better Homes & Gardens – Tracie Upchurch, Compassus Hospice, FCN Bank – Brookville, Gaddis Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram, KMG Homecare Unlimited, Lykins Counseling Clinic, Madison County Federal Credit Union, Miller’s Merry Manor – Middletown, Morrison Woods, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pineknoll Rehabilitation Center, Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, T&H Sweeper, Waters ENT
Sinus & Allergy, Yaryan Eye Care Center, Zion Lutheran Church, First Bank of Berne, Normandy Flower Shop, Affordable Accounting Service, George’s Family Pharmacy, Noble Busy Bees Extension Homemakers Club, Pike Friends ‘N’ Neighbors, and many more!

LifeStream began serving seniors and people with disabilities in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties on July 1, 2017.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 29, 2018 - 07:55 pm: Edit Post

Making Words Matter
Supplied Flyer: Making Words Matter

FREE Workshop for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers

This workshop will provide evidenced-based training from a licensed psychologist for caregivers within the campus and local community at no cost.

Do you ... If you answered yes to these questions, register now! You can register online or by contacting Beth Trammell at 765-973-8362 or batramme@iue.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 22, 2018 - 02:11 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

Make a joyful noise at the next Senior Adult Ministry meeting at 6 pm on January 30. A Hymn Sing will be held at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Snacks will also be served.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors 50 years old and older open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

For further information, contact Clara Bulmer at 765-847- 1345 or Beverly Kirby at 765-966- 4329.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 18, 2017 - 03:19 pm: Edit Post

Seton Schools Announce 2018 Open House
Supplied Flyer: Save the Date: Feb. 15, 2018
Seton Catholic Schools will hold an open house on Thursday, February 15, 2018. They encourage you to come find out why Seton Catholic could be just what you want for your child's education. Questions? Call Linda Westjohn at 765.962.3902, ext. 12 or email lwestjohn@setonschools.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 01:55 pm: Edit Post

Postpartum Support Group to Launch Feb. 6 at Reid Health

A new support group offered by the Reid Health Family Birthing Center is designed to help new moms with the challenges that often come after having a baby.

“The goal of our group is to value, honor and support mothers, not only in words but in action,” said Maria Kreitzer, RN, Perinatal Navigator, who will be one of the facilitators for the Postpartum Support Group. The new group is certified through Postpartum Support International. April Coffin, LCSW, will also serve as a facilitator offering the perspective of a social worker.

“Postpartum mood disorders are often overlooked and left untreated due to the fear instilled by stereotypes and lack of support. Parents do not have to suffer alone,” she said. “We are here to provide support, comfort, and shatter the silence. We want to help these families combat fear and the stereotypes that surround the many different postpartum mood disorders.” The group will provide a confidential and safe place for moms, Kreitzer added.

“New moms are often challenged by the impact of a baby, including by postpartum depression, fatigue, anxiety, OCD and many other emotions and feelings,” she said. “It’s also helpful for moms to be able to meet and share their experiences with others. Social support is very beneficial in healing.”

The group is free to attend, meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in Innovation Center Classroom C behind the Café at Twelve Hundred on Reid’s main campus at 1100 Reid Parkway. The first group meeting is Feb. 6.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 22, 2018 - 06:49 pm: Edit Post

Open House at Richmond Friends School and Pauline Trueblood Preschool
Supplied Flyer: Richmond Friends School Open House on Feb. 7, 2018
The Richmond Friends School will hold an open house at both the Pre-K through 8th grade location, 607 West Main Street in Richmond, and Trueblood Preschool, located on the Earlham Campus on February 7th, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. The Open House is for families interested in enrolling students for the 2018-2019 school year for preschool through eighth grades.

This is an excellent opportunity to tour both locations, meet faculty, staff and teachers and learn more about the school, which was founded in 1971. The Friends School offers multi-age classrooms with low student to teacher ratios. You can find more information on the Richmond Friends School by visiting their website at http://www.richmondfriendsschool.org or by calling 765.966.5767.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 03:27 pm: Edit Post

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. Announces New Chairman of the Board

Cambridge City, IN – Wayne Bank and Trust Co. announced the election of Director Eric VanVleet as Chairman of the Board effective January 22, 2018. VanVleet will take over for retiring Chairman Steve Slonaker. While Slonaker is stepping down as Chairman, he will continue to serve on the Board with current directors Anthony Gillam, Rob Quigg, Jim Stapleton, Roger Richert, Penny Wickes, Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg (Co-Owner of Wayne Bank), and Mark Soukup (C.E.O. and President of Wayne Bank).

Supplied Photo: Steve Slonaker
Steve Slonaker

“Steve took over as Chairman of the Board in 2011,” stated Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg, Chairman of WAYTRU Bancorp, the family-run holding company that owns Wayne Bank. “Steve’s leadership has been invaluable over the last six years as we transformed from a family-owned and managed bank into a full-service community bank operating under the fiduciary guidance of our Board.”

Supplied Photo: Eric VanVleet
Eric VanVleet

Eric VanVleet is the owner of VanVleet Insurance, an independent agency, which has become Indiana’s third largest agency of its type. He has served on Wayne Bank’s Board since 2014. He has also served on the boards of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana.

Bank President Mark Soukup is eager to work with VanVleet in his new role. “Eric is extremely dedicated. He believes independent businesses must play a vital role by reinvesting in their local communities and companies. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. This philosophy is incredibly similar to our business model of a people-focused, community-based bank.”

Founded in 1882, Wayne Bank and Trust Co. is the oldest, continuously family-owned bank in Indiana. They provide a complete line of traditional, electronic, and mobile financial options for individuals and businesses including checking, savings, credit services, and loans. Wayne Bank serves East Central Indiana with three branches: one in Cambridge City, one in downtown Richmond in the WayTru Plaza, and one near the Ohio state line in Richmond’s Gateway Plaza. Branch hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon; with extended drive-thru services on Friday until 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Mark Soukup at 765-259- 0205.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 04:10 pm: Edit Post

IU East Announces Faculty Awards

Five faculty members at Indiana University East have been named grant recipients for research projects and course development.

The faculty will be presented with their awards during the Faculty & Staff Annual Award Ceremony on March 29, 2018.

Faculty awards and recipients include:

The grant is made possible through the generous contribution of Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann. This award is offered annually to full‐time faculty to support research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Indiana University East.

Supplied Photo: Tanya Perkins
Tanya Perkins
Perkins’ research project involves analyzing programs learning outcomes (PLOs) from approximately 60 undergraduate creative writing programs from across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., using a combination of grounded theory and content analysis. The goal of the analysis is to increase understanding of what PLOs can tell the researcher about approaches to creative writing pedagogy at the undergraduate level.

"I so appreciate this award because it recognizes the necessity of research in the areas of teaching and learning. I'm interested in the rhetoric of assessment, specifically, how program learning outcomes (PLOs) are public statements of value and belief. I'm grateful to the Boschmanns for helping me to further this research."

Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences TJ Rivard said, “Tanya Perkins is an innovative professor who is focused on student success. She brings an amazing energy to her discussions of pedagogy because of the plethora of ideas that she has. This is an honor that she well deserves.”

Perkins joined IU East in fall 2012. She received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Murray State University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, both with an emphasis in creative writing, from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Her chapbook, People are Naturally Attracted to You, is forthcoming from WTAW Press in March 2018.

Supplied Photo:  Amanda Kraha
Amanda Kraha
Kraha is the Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow for 2018.

Each year, the Center for Teaching and Learning offers one faculty fellowship in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), providing faculty members with an opportunity to cultivate and share their knowledge, techniques, and information on a particular teaching topic.

Kraha is working on her research project, which has the ultimate goal of finding techniques to help students succeed in online courses.
In addition to her faculty role, Kraha is the program director for the General Studies program.

“Amanda Kraha is driven to help students and methodical in her process. She knows what will help students, why it will work, and how to implement teaching and learning improvements," Rivard said. “In both cases (Perkins and Kraha), these awards give them a chance to explore their ideas about teaching and give the campus the opportunity to add to our library of what constitutes quality instruction.”

The Chancellor’s Community Engagement Course Development Grant recipients this year are Mier, Dulemba and Brunk.

Supplied Photo: Carrie Mier
Carrie Mier
Mier, assistant professor of criminology, will develop a Criminal Justice Special Topics course that will help engage students and community partners in finding solutions to the current opioid crisis and substance abuse more broadly.

Mier joined IU East in fall 2017. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and her Master of Science in Criminology from Florida State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“As a new faculty member, Carrie has impressed me with her passion for and dedication to working on solutions to the opioid crisis," Rivard said. "She has jumped in with both feet and has worked quickly to determine the best roles she can play for the university in that regard.”

Supplied Photo:  LaDonna Dulemba
LaDonna Dulemba
Dulemba, assistant professor of nursing, and Brunk, lecturer in nursing, will redesign the nursing program’s Promoting Healthy Populations practicum. The redesign will include the addition of training for healthy coaching initiatives – initiatives that will certainly benefit the health of the community.

Supplied Photo:   Robin Brunk
Robin Brunk
School of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Karen Clark said, "In an ever changing health care system, population health is becoming a greater part of the nurse’s role in healthcare delivery. Dr. Dulemba and Ms. Brunk’s work in health coaching will enhance the student experience in population health and better prepare our students for the expectations of nursing care."

Dulemba received her Ph.D. in Nursing Practice from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters of Science in Nursing in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner from Kent State University. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Malone University.

Brunk also joined the IU East faculty in fall 2017. She received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU East.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:23 pm: Edit Post

Winter Book Sale at Morrisson-Reeves Library

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library: Winter Book Sale in the Bard Room
Thursday, February 8 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 9 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/165426467556904/

Supplied Graphic: MRL Winter Booksale
Stock up on your supply of winter reading and find bargains for $1 or less! The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library will host a three-day book sale on Thursday, February 8 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, February 9 from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Materials for sale include fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, cooking, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion.

Browse our children's books, where you will find picture books, school-age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers.

All proceeds from this book sale will go toward improving programs and services for Morrisson-Reeves Library. Cash and checks accepted.

Friends of MRL Book Sale Price List

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library are a very special part of our Library. They are a non-profit association of people interested in promoting knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the Library. Friends provide time, talents, and funds for services and programs that enrich, educate and entertain the community. Membership is open to individuals, businesses or groups who wish to join in support of Morrisson-Reeves Library. If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, please call MRL at (765) 966-8291 or visit us at our website: www.mrlinfo.org/friends.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 06:44 pm: Edit Post

February Medical Monday: Heart Disease and Women

The February Medical Monday will celebrate Heart Month with a speaker who will address “Cardiovascular Disease in Women.”

Brennan Barrett, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner with Reid Health Heart & Vascular Center, is the guest for the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Central United Methodist Church. Participants are encouraged to wear red for Heart Month.

To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is a 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 09:40 pm: Edit Post

First Palette to Palate Event Is Sold Out

A new event organized this year by Indiana University East and the Richmond Art Museum (RAM) to raise funds for the arts has sold out. Proceeds from this collaborative fundraiser benefit RAM programming and the IU East Department of Fine Arts.

Sponsors have generated $50,000 in support for the event. Additional support will come through ticket sales and a needs-based auction during the event. Palette to Palate is presented by West End Bank.

Supplied Artwork by Christopher Weyrich & Tiffany Clark
Artwork by Christopher Weyrich & Tiffany Clark

The event will be held from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, at the Kuhlman Center, 861 Salisbury Rd. in Richmond. Participants will enjoy a "Saturday in the Park" atmosphere as talented musicians, amazing artists, creative street performers and award-winning chefs transform the Kuhlman Center.

IU East Vice Chancellor for External Affairs Jason Troutwine said the university is pleased to partner with RAM.

"We're excited to partner with the Richmond Art Museum and bring this unique event to Richmond," Troutwine said. "To have a sell out two weeks before the event demonstrates our community's support for the arts."

Shaun Dingwerth, executive director of the RAM, said Palette to Palate will continue the tradition of supporting the arts.

“RAM and IU East have an ongoing partnership in providing arts education and art exhibitions to the greater Richmond community. This fundraiser will enable us to continue to provide high quality exhibitions and art educational opportunities for individuals of all age levels,” Dingwerth said. “Our creative committee is putting FUN in FUNdraising. This event is featuring talented regional artists who are using their creativity to engage our patrons visually."

Palette to Palate will be hosted by Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak from HGTV’s Good Bones. Laine and Starsiak are a mother-daughter team working to renovate dilapidated homes in a downtown Indianapolis community, Fountain Square.

Guests will enjoy music by Floyd and the Walkmen, a Cinncinnati based-band that delivers a robust mix of songs and entertainment that captivates audiences and gets people moving. Floyd and the Walkmen includes Floyd Blackburn, Jeremy Singer, Joshua Holldan and Brian Williamson.

Food will be provided by several Indiana Food Trucks including The Big Cheeze of Bloomington, Indiana, Las Tortugas of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Johnson's BBQ Shack of Bargersville, Indiana.

Featured artists include Tiff & Etch (Tiffany Clark and Christopher "Etch" Weyrich), co-owners of The Mural Machine in Dayton, Ohio, and Richmond artists Sontina Reid, Carvin Rinehart and Joe Swanson.

In addition to West End Bank, sponsors include Kyle Tom, Reid Health, Richmond Baking Company, G101.3/ESPN 1490, First Bank Richmond, Golden Engineering, Robin Henry, Coldwell Banker Lingle, Paul and Pat Lingle, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Natco Credit Union, Promotional Spring, RMD-Patti, Stults Family Dentistry, US Bank, Tom and Sheryl Alberts, BradyWare, Doxpop, Eye Center of Richmond, Harrington-Hoch Insurance, David and Cheri Jetmore, Barry and Bonnie Johnston, Porter Advertising, Shook Construction, Vista Investment Partners, Wayne Bank, Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home, Matt and Jennie Stegall, and Donna Spears.

For more information, visit tastemeetstalent.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 29, 2018 - 01:31 pm: Edit Post

Road Closure Planned for Storm Sewer Installation on 6th Street at South A Street

RICHMOND, Ind. - Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractor Gradex plans to close 6th Street north of South A Street for storm sewer installation.

The intersection closure will happen Tuesday, January 30 (TOMORROW) and will be closed for the next seven days. Traffic will be able to access 6th Street via 5th, 7th, Service and Main streets.

This closure is part of the U.S. 40 and U.S. 27 Pavement Project in downtown Richmond.

Pavement Project in downtown Richmond

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is rebuilding nearly two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and nearly one mile of eastbound U.S. 40 in the city of Richmond.

INDOT awarded a $23.9 million construction contract to Gradex, Inc. Construction began in March 2017 and is expected to be complete before the end of 2018.

In addition to rebuilding the roadways, the project will also include:

Stay informed
Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 03:22 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic Schools Information Fair
Supplied Flyer: Information Fair 2018
Want to know more about admissions at Seton Catholic Schools? Attend the Information Fair on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond, Indiana.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 03:18 pm: Edit Post

Financing a Catholic Education
Supplied Flyer: Financing a Catholic Education
Have you ever wondered how you could ever afford to send your children to Catholic School? It may be more possible than you have always thought!

Attend the Financing a Catholic Education session on February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond, IN.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 01:41 pm: Edit Post

Business Innovation Series Presents - “Shop Floor Analytics: Prepping for Performance”
Supplied Flyer: Shop Floor Analytics: Prep for Performance
Did you know you can turn graphics into growth? The Innovation Center invites businesses of all sizes to learn from Bruce Henry, Managing Partner of False Peak Ventures, LLC about how to leverage your greatest asset: organizational data.

Save the date: On Tuesday, February 20th from 11:30am-12:30pm, you will explore how leading manufacturers are harnessing their data visualization and advanced analytics to make better decisions, faster and maximize profits. Tickets on sale now!

The lunch and learn will address topics including:

Bruce Henry is the Managing Partner of False Peak Ventures, LLC, an analytics and business intelligence consulting firm. He has spent over 25 years working with manufacturers to drive operational improvements and use data to help organizations grow and maximize profits.

Tickets are available now, on sale for $10.00 until February 13 th , after when they will be available for general admission price at $15.00. Purchase tickets online at www.RichmondInnovates.com/BIS_SFA

This event is made possible by US Bank and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond and is hosted at The Innovation Center located at 814 East Main St., Richmond, IN 47374.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 09:44 pm: Edit Post

IU East School of Education Announces First Minority Scholarship Recipient

Elizabeth “Elly” Huereca is the first undergraduate student to receive the Indiana University East School of Education Minority Scholarship.

Huereca of Fountain City, Indiana, is a junior elementary education major. She moved from Palmdale, California, to the area in 2011 to pursue her degree.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Minority Scholarship,” Huereca said. “This award is important to me because not only does it help me with school costs, but it also shows how IU East values and recognizes the importance of minority students in the education program."

Supplied Photo: Elly Huereca
Elly Huereca

The School of Education is committed to promoting diversity within its student body and in the region’s local schools. Research suggests that increasing the number of highly effective minority teachers is one of the ways to close the achievement gap that currently exists.

The School of Education raised funds for the scholarship through the IU East Campus Campaign for the creation of scholarships for minority teacher education students. Gifts from the scholarship help to support undergraduate scholarships for students in the School of Education.

“The School of Education Minority Scholarship fund was established to support talented pre-service teachers who are from under-represented groups,” said Jerry Wilde, dean of the School of Education at IU East. “Currently, only about 17 percent of teachers nationwide are people of color. Research strongly suggests that all students benefit from a diverse pool of teachers. IU East is committed to supporting the effort to increase the diversity of educators in service region and beyond.”

IU East’s School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. The school also offers a Transition to Teaching program which supports qualified individuals who want to transition from a career outside of education into being a licensed teacher. At the graduate level, the school also offers a Master of Science in Education.

For more information, contact the IU East School of Education at (765) 973-8224.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 06:29 pm: Edit Post

Earlham Welcomes Public to Hear Renown Scientists on February 26th
Supplied Flyer: Stancil and Love Public Talk
Earlham College will host two renown scientists, Dr. Kimani Stancil and Dr. Nicole Love, on campus Monday, February 26 at 7:30pm in Landrum Bolling Center Room 105.

The public talk is free and open to the public. Limited seats are available.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 06:14 pm: Edit Post

Lesotho Nutrition Initiative - Meal Packing Event
Supplied Flyer: Meal Packing Event
As part of a "Day of Service" on Monday, February 26, 2018, Ivy Tech Community College invites the community to join students and staff to pack meals as as part of the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative.

These meals will be sent to Lesotho, a small African nation. Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in the world, and because of poor soil, erosion, and climate, they can only produce 10% of the food they need. Only 11 % of the children in Lesotho are receiving the proper nutrition needed for normal growth & development.

Students, staff, and community members may volunteer to help assemble meal packets. All materials & equipment are provided for this event by the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative, a non-profit organization run by Wittenberg University students and staff. Our goal for the day is to pack 25,000 meals for the children and families of Lesotho.

Here is a short video about the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qpM5vRVfgg.

To register for this event contact Nancy Fort at nfort@ivytech.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 09:29 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Invites the Community to See the Movie: Marshall

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Campus will host a free screening of the movie Marshall in honor of Black History Month. The public is invited to join students, faculty, and staff in Johnson Hall at Stidham Auditorium on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. Johnson Hall is located at 2357 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

IU East to host Black History Month Lecture Series

Indiana University East will offer a lecture series in celebration of Black History Month. Events are free and open to the public.

The first lecture will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, in the Nasser Paydar Classroom located in the Student Events Center. Cal Simpson, faculty in marketing and lecturer in management for the IU East School of Business and Economics, will present, “Blackenomics: Entrepreneurship in the Black Community.”

Additional workshops will be held on Feb. 15, Feb. 22, and Feb. 26.

Latishea Varnesdeel, chief diversity officer, said the lecture series will include workshops on entrepreneurship, investing, minorities in athletics, and health. Students in the IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences will offer a mini clinic following the health lecture.

“I hope that the IU East campus and community is able to attend our Black History Month Series,” Varnesdeel said. “Come join us and find ways to improve your life in several areas.”

Black History Month Lecture Series


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post

Auxiliary donates more than $200,000 to Reid Health Foundation
Supplied Photo: Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President Randy Kirk with the Auxiliary “check.”
Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President Randy Kirk with the Auxiliary “check.”

Reid Health Auxiliary’s recent contribution to Reid Health Foundation of $201,146 was among its largest annual donations, according to David Garman, 2018 Auxiliary Board President.

The Auxiliary raises funds for the Foundation year-round with various special sales and also from proceeds in the Ginkgo Boutique, the hospital gift shop. The funds are used to support patient care at Reid Health, including funding technology and many other programs supported by the Foundation. Past donations have funded, for example, technology for patient care, the green roof that was installed over a portion of the main campus, the grand piano in the atrium and campus artwork.

“Our Auxiliary is a huge asset for our health system and more importantly, our patients,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President. “And the dollars provided through this annual donation do not include the immeasurable value of thousands of volunteer hours also given by our volunteers.”

New officers for 2018, besides Garman, include John Herig, president-elect; Penny Frank, treasurer; Elsie Bragg, assistant treasurer; Max Bennett, recording secretary; Sheri Barfield, assistant recording secretary; and Patsy Goble, corresponding secretary.

Auxiliary volunteers have been in service at Reid since 1948, and donate time to departments across the health system. Approximately 300 volunteers are active in various departments.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 01:53 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Hosting Meetings to Update Public on ADA Transition Plan

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced two upcoming public meetings to discuss INDOT's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan. Members of the ADA Community Advisory Working Group and the public will have the opportunity to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan and provide input to INDOT on how to improve accessibility to all INDOT programs and facilities. This includes efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning.

The first meeting will be held Thursday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to noon ET. The second meeting will be Thursday, March 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Both meetings will be held in the Indiana Government Center South Conference Center, 302 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Both meetings can be attended online at https://Indiana.AdobeConnect.com/indot.

INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan examines current facilities and services for barriers to access for persons with disabilities. INDOT uses this plan to quantify and prioritize changes that will bring its programs and practices into compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all related statutes, regulations and directives. The current document (being revised and updated for 2018) is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website under "Accessibility & Non-Discrimination" at http://www.in.gov/indot/3583.htm.

In accordance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act”, persons with disabilities requiring assistance and/or accommodation related to the accessibility to project documents and participation at the public hearing venue, are encouraged to contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601 rclark@indot.in.gov.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 03:38 pm: Edit Post

Singles Interaction Newsletter for February 2018
Supplied Flyer: 2-18 Newsletter for Singles Interaction
If you are 21 years of age or older, single, divorced, widow, or widower, Single Interaction, Inc. invites you to join them on Friday Nights. Come and meet other single people in the Richmond area. Come, socialize, dance, and have a good time. $6.00 donation at the door. For more information, call 765.993.5023.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 05:49 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry February Meeting

Leslie Hall, Director of the Senior Community Center in Richmond, will be the guest speaker at the next Senior Adult Ministry meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 27, held at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Hall will talk about opportunities for seniors at the Center.

Bring snacks to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors 50 years old and older open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings will be an Easter program and pitch-in dinner, building birdhouses, and playing Putt Putt golf.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

For further information, contact Clara Bulmer at 765-847- 1345 or Beverly Kirby at 765-966- 4329.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 01:25 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Ranks High in State, Nation for Organ Donor Awareness

State ranks sixth out of 50 states for total number of honors in national campaign

Reid Health is one of only four hospital systems in the Indianapolis area and one of 14 in the state that has been recognized as among the top in the nation for organ donor awareness.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration recognized the 14 Hoosier hospitals with the nation’s highest award for success in promoting organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation services. The U.S. Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) hospital campaign was created in 2011 to improve the commitment to organ donation education among employees, members, and customers of the country’s health care systems and centers. In 2017, the Indianapolis area facilities that earned the campaign’s recognition of Platinum Level Award Winner besides Reid Health included Franciscan Health Indianapolis, IU Health Methodist and IU Health University Hospital.

“The more we can do to educate our communities translates to more lives we can save through donation and transplantation,” said Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer. “Indiana Donor Network is pleased to partner with Reid Health on this important mission and is grateful for all they do every day of the year.”

With small and rural facilities and large health systems in Indiana participating in the 2017 WPFL Hospital Campaign, the state ranked sixth in the country for its overall number of campaign honors with 41 Hoosier hospitals earning Gold, Silver, or Bronze level recognition, and 14 facilities achieving Platinum status for their work conducting donation awareness and registry activities in their facilities and communities.

New Indiana registrants secured during WPFL were among the nationwide group of close to 30,000 new donors who added their names to the country’s state registries over a seven-month period, bringing the total national donor registrations added through the campaign to 419,102 since its inception.

For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register a decision to become a donor, visit IndianaDonorNetwork.org. Indiana Donor Network is one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the United States and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation throughout the state. Indiana Donor Network is devoted to public education about donation and transplantation with the goal of saving and enhancing more lives. For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register your decision to become a donor, visit IndianaDonorNetwork.org.


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

Flu May Be Waning – But Keep Washing Your Hands!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tickets are $15/person with lunch included. Learn more at http://www.suretychurch.com or sign up online at http://www.itickets.com/register/new/392138 or by phone at 800-965-9324.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 03:21 pm: Edit Post

Bend, a Solo Performance at Earlham College
Supplied Flyer: Bend by Kimi Maeda
Kimi Maeda's solo performance, Bend, tells the true story of two men incarcerated in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda's father, an Asian art historian who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi. Weaving together live feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940's, Maeda's performance poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered.

Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Lingle Hall, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond. For more information, call 765.983.1771.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post

Story Time at the Ivy Tech Richmond Bookstore on March 1st
Supplied Flyer: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday on Thursday, March 1 from 4-6pm at the Ivy Tech Richmond Book Store in Johnson Hall, 2357 Chester Boulevard, Richmond. Guest readers from the community will join for story time, crafts, activities, games, snacks book giveaways and goody bags for each child. This is a FREE event!


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

ATHENA Leadership Award® Nominations Now Being Accepted

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

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

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

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

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

Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.


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

Chamber names new President/CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/166983130582385/

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay informed
Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

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


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

Rodefeld and Wickemeyer Award Nominations Are Open

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

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

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

To nominate someone for the Rodefeld award, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rodefeld

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

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

To nominate someone for the Wickemeyer award, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Wickemeyer

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


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

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

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

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

Nominations are due by Friday, March 9, 2018 at http://wcareachamber.org/yp2018/

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

Wayne County Foundation 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

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

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

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

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

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

(Message edited by Admin on February 27, 2018)


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

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

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

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

There was no Treasurer’s Report.

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

The Spring Dinner was discussed. The speaker was discussed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted – Myra Baldwin


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

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

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

For more information, call Candra Ramsey at 765.960.0988.


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

IU East to Host Legislative Forums

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

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

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

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


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

School of Business and Economics Begins Spring Speaker Series February 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the speaker series, contact Feler Bose, associate professor of Economics and Finance, at bosef@iu.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 05, 2018 - 04:18 pm: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves Library Hosts Black History Month Events
Supplied Flyer: Black History Month at MRL
Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, will host the following events for Black History Month:

For more information, call MRL at 765.966.8291.


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

Nettle Creek Players Holds Local Auditions for Summer Season

Historic Hagerstown Tent Theater Will Perform "Into the Woods"

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

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

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

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

The season will run from June 25 to August 5.

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


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

Nettle Creek Players Presents Touring Comic Drew Richardson

The Contemporary Clown & Physical Comedian will perform April 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets and information visit www.nettlecreekplayers.com and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers, email info@nettlecreekplayers.com or call 765-312-2722.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:53 pm: Edit Post

Family Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21st
Supplied Flyer: Family Earth Day Celebration 2018

On Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., bring the whole family to Hayes Arboretum, 801 Elks Road, Richmond to celebrate our amazing planet, the life it supports, and what our community is doing to protect it at Family Earth Day Celebration! This FREE event will feature fun games and activities for all ages, information from Earth-friendly organizations and non-profits, and shows. Don’t miss the fun! This event is a collaboration of Richmond Parks, Hayes Arboretum, the Centerville High School Green Club, and Cope Environmental Center.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:51 pm: Edit Post

Dazzle and Dessert
Supplied Flyer: Dazzle and Dessert
On Saturday, April 24th at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Secret Ingredient and Embellish will present the latest styles and accessories while you
enjoy scrumptious desserts and bid on silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Genesis of Richmond. Call 765.966.0538 for tickets.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 05:11 pm: Edit Post

25th Annual Ivy Tech Cruisin’ for Scholarships Car Show
featuring vehicles of all eras plus family activities, food, and Express Enrollment Event.

Richmond, Ind. - Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s 25 th Annual Cruisin’ for Scholarships, Saturday, April 28 is sponsored by Meijer. The annual car show is free to the public and features vehicles of all eras - Model T’s, muscle cars, classics, street rods, motorcycles and more. Proceeds from the annual event fund scholarships for Ivy Tech Richmond Automotive Program students.

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

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

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

For more information, contact Tai Muldoon at 765-966- 2656 ext. 2347 or twalton11@ivytech.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 01:55 pm: Edit Post

Indiana State Police Partners with the DEA for the 15th Drug Take Back Day

Indiana - On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 15th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. This program is for liquid and pill medications. Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Once again, the Indiana State Police are pleased to partner with the DEA, and as in the past, the drugs may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Toll Road Post. The event will be on Saturday, April 28th, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Also, the Indiana State Police will host a drop off site on Friday, April 27th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inside the Indiana Government Center North public entrance off of Robert Orr Plaza in Indianapolis. This is between the government north and south buildings, immediately west of the State Capitol building.

To locate the state police post closest to your home or business, click this link for Indiana State Police on the Map.

To find other locations in Indiana or across the U.S. that are participating in the Drug Take Back initiative, click this link to the DEA.

The Drug Take Back events are the safe, popular and responsible way for the public to legally and dispose of prescription drugs. No questions asked.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:26 pm: Edit Post

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale with 10,000 Items for Sale!
It’s our biggest sale of the year!
Books, Movies, Music, and Value Priced Collectable Books
April 25-28, 2018
at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Supplied Flyer: MRL 2018 April Book Sale
The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale is open the last full week of April. The sale is open daily to the public starting at 10 AM from Wednesday, April 25th and runs through Saturday, April 28th. Friday is “Half-Price Sale Day!” and Saturday is “Bag Day!,” when a bag of books will cost $3.00. Fill your bag with whatever you like.

Donated materials cover subjects including fiction, foreign languages, cooking, computer science, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion.

Friends of MRL Book Sale Price List

Browse our children's books, where you'll find many under $1, including picture books, school-age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers. All proceeds from this book sale will go toward improving programs and services for Morrisson-Reeves Library. The Friends of MRL need your help to achieve their goal – which is to have the biggest, best book sale yet! Book Sale stock replenished throughout the day. This book sale is open to the public.

The Friends of MRL are a non-profit association of people interested in promoting knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the Library. Friends provide time, talents, and funds for services and programs that enrich, educate and entertain the community. Membership is open to individuals, businesses or groups who wish to join in support of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, please call MRL at (765) 966-8291 or visit us at our website: www.mrlinfo.org/friends.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:27 pm: Edit Post

Ladies Golf League Invites New Members

Highland Lake Golf Course Ladies 9 Hole Golf League will hold an organizational meeting on Monday, April 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at the clubhouse, 1972 Highland Rd, Richmond. Cost is $25. League play begins Monday, April 30 and continues through Monday, August 27. All are welcome to join.

For more information, call President Jane Moss at 765-962-9751, Secretary Sharon Pfaff at 937-902-3788 or Treasurer Angie Karch at 765-962-3320.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 05:11 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry April Meeting

The next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 24, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. If you are 50 years old or older, please join us as we will build bird houses and share finger foods.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings will include picnics, musical programs and playing Putt Putt golf.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

For further information, call 765-962- 4357.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:22 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Staff Changes

Roxie Deer join as Director of Programs and Events

Richmond, IN.—The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Roxie Deer has joined the staff as Director of Programs and Events.

Roxie is a lifelong resident of Richmond and has served on the Chamber’s Business and Education Committee. Most recently, she has been a Student Success Coach and Counselor at IU East and previously served as an instructor and life coach at The Excel Center. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Her event experience includes volunteer leadership positions with Youth As Resources, Liberty Acres United Animal Sanctuary, Reid BRAvo! and HYPE. Roxie has a true passion for community – especially Wayne County.

Melissa Vance, President and CEO of the Chamber, said, “The experience that Roxie brings to the Chamber – along with great energy – is exactly what will help us take the organization to the next level. She knows Wayne County well and has the skills to lead initiatives and accomplish extraordinary things.”

Roxie Deer said, “I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Wayne County area. This role will allow me to use my creative skills to help this organization to continue to grow!”

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing network opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and a number of initiatives. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Taste of Wayne County program, hosting local political debates and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit wcareachamber.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:03 pm: Edit Post

Male Empowerment Open Gym at Richmond High School on April 24th
Supplied Photo: Male Empowerment Open Gym at Richmond High School on April 24th
Ivy Tech Richmond’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a Male Empowerment Open Gym at Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center on April 24th from 6:30pm -8:30pm. The event is open to High School Juniors & Seniors, HS alumni & current Ivy Tech students and Ivy Tech Alumni. The event will offer a short inspirational message from IU East Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. M. Michaux Parker Ph.D. After brief comments, there will be open gym sessions.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:56 pm: Edit Post

Wayne Bank Offers Free Community Shred Day
Supplied Flyer: Community Shred Days, April 14, 21 and 28.
Wayne Bank invites you to join them at your local branch for a FREE! Community Shred Day. They will offer on-site document shredding for your convenience.

Bring your documents to our parking lot at the designated branch/day and have your documents put directly into the shred truck. Wayne Bank staff will be on hand to assist!

Cambridge City Branch, 145 West Main Street, on Saturday 4/21/2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Plaza Branch, 500 South A Street on Saturday, 4/28/2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please, no binders, cardboard or binder clips.

Questions? Call Norene at 765.259.0208 or email at ngroth@waynebnk.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:06 pm: Edit Post

2018 Network and Knowledge Seminar Series
Supplied Flyer: Networking & Knowledge Seminar on April 27, 2018
What is cryptocurrency? What is blockchain technology? What's it good for? Join us as four local computer entrepreneurs and self-identified geeks - Ray Ontko, Nick Fankhauser, Chris Hardie and Eric Dimick Eastman - provide a simple explanation followed by a discussion of why (and whether) you should care.

Friday, April 27 at the Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street, Richmond. Buffet breakfast and networking begin at 7:30 a.m.. Cost is $10.00.

Your reservation is requested by April 20. Register at waynecountyfoundation.org or by calling 765.962.1638.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 03:07 pm: Edit Post

Early Voting at Area Vote Centers
Supplied Graphic: Primary Election Vote Centers and Times
Early voting for the 2018 Primary Election will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30th to Friday, May 4th at the following locations:

Kuhlman Center will be open on Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 3pm and the Wayne County Courthouse will be open from 9am to 4pm.

For more information, call 765.973.9304 or visit http://co.wayne.in.us/clerk/votersreg.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 07:21 pm: Edit Post

Eighth Reid Health Baby Fair to Feature More Than 20 Organizations

The 2018 Reid Health Baby Fair will bring some expanded offerings when it takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Lingle Hall on the main campus, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond.
Supplied Graphic: 2018 Reid Health Baby Fair
More than 20 organizations with services for babies and families will be on hand. The free event will also include door prizes, refreshments and information from organizations including:

Participants can also get information about free classes offered by the Reid Health Family Birthing Center.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:15 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic High School Craft Bazaar to be Held May 5th
Supplied Flyer: Seton Craft Bazaar on May 5, 2018
The Fourth Annual Seton Catholic High School Craft Bazaar and Vintage Market will be held in the Chuck Mosey Memorial Gym, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

Shop for handmade goods, repurposed items and vintage finds. Psi Iota Xi Flower Sale from 9am-3pm.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:43 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Community Orchestra Concert Takes Place in New Location
Supplied Flyer: RCO May 6 Concert
Richmond Community Orchestra will hold their spring concert on Sunday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m., in a new location, Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. Featured guest cellist will be Lauren Gruber with a special guest appearance by Strings Initiative Program youth players. Free Admission!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:02 pm: Edit Post

Free Bike Rental Program Available for the Cardinal Greenway Trail
Supplied Flyer: Free Bike Rental
Thanks to funding from the Reid Community Benefit program, the Cardinal Greenway is pleased to offer FREE bicycle rentals from the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse.

Stop by CFW, 213 North 3rd Street, Richmond and rent a cruiser, road or mountain bike by the day or longer and the cost is covered by Community Benefit grant funds.

Helments and locks are also available and covered, along with children's bikes. Rentals are available during normal shop hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Selection based on availability, larger groups welcome but please call ahead: 765.935.5047. Riders required to provide identification and sign a waiver.

Stop in, rent a bike and take a ride on the Cardinal Greenway!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:26 pm: Edit Post

ATHENA Leadership Award®, Young Professional Leadership Award Nominations Accepted through April 27

The deadline to submit nominations for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is closely approaching. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 27.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett and Angie Dickman.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are
emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. This will be the first year the award has been awarded in Wayne County.

Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com.

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.

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

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

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

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

To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:33 pm: Edit Post

IU East Strives to Create a More Sustainable Campus

Every new building project, every renovation, at Indiana University East comes with one thing in mind.

Sustainability. It’s right for the environment. It’s right for education. And it’s right for economics.

“It’s at the forefront of our mind in whatever we do,” said Gail Smoker, director of operations and physical facilities. “I started here when there was one building. I could not have imagined then what would be happening now.”

For example, the university is making updates whenever possible with LED lighting.

Supplied Photo: IU East faculty and staff plant new trees on campus as part of the Arbor Day celebration and Tree Campus USA project.
IU East faculty and staff plant new trees on campus as part of the Arbor Day celebration and Tree Campus USA project.

“We’ve always wanted to,” Smoker said. “The costs have come down pretty drastically. Technology is getting better, too.”

The LED updating can’t be done all it once. For one thing, buildings date back more than 40 years, but most became occupied in the 1990s. “We chisel away at it as best we can,” Smoker said, who has been working on campus for 32 years.

The physical plant now has 23 employees. “When I started (in 1985), the first building was just about 11 years old. There were only about seven people then.”

The university is working to replace controls for heating and cooling in all of its buildings, he said.

A project is going on to replace the controls on mechanical systems. “That’s being staged out over a few years,” Smoker said.

Sustainability also includes something as simple as the continued push for recycling.

Several sustainability projects can be going on at once. For example, LED lighting was put in along the sidewalks and in the patio area in the recently completed quad at the center of campus.

Rain gardens were built to capture rain and snow melts. As the water flow comes off, they help to filter out sediments before they get into the storm water system.

The new Student Events and Activities Center has all LED lighting. The high bay lighting in the gym area is run through settings on a controller.

“We can do quite a bit of different lighting in the gym,” Smoker said.

The standard fixtures in the classrooms and locker rooms are either on or off. “We have a master timer that will shut them all off (when not in use),” he said. Motion sensors can quickly turn the lights back on.

Prices have come down on a lot of products in recent years. That leads to a quicker payback on initial costs and also allows for “projects to mesh a lot better together.”

Sustainability projects are a common goal across all generations.

“That makes it much easier,” Smoker said. “People are more conscientious about sustainability. A lot of students have grown up with it. It’s second nature.”

Smoker also runs a sixth-generation farm of beans, corn and cattle in southern Wayne County, so sustainability and cost controls always have been second nature for him.

Results of the campus-wide efforts may not always be seen. But they are there.

For example, IU East sends basically the same amount of garbage to landfills now as it did when there were far fewer buildings.

April brings a focus on environmental efforts with Arbor Day and Earth Week activities that will take place on campus the week of April 23-27.

“I look forward to it,” Smoker said. “I think participation grows every year. We only have one earth. We have to take care of it.”

IU East senior Chelsea Dugger agrees.

“I think more students, faculty, and staff will become more involved each and every year, especially as environmental issues get more publicity,” Dugger said. “I really hope that our events on campus … will engage conversations and open up everyone's eyes on these important issues.”

The official Arbor Day program at IU East is from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 27, and will include planting instructions with the opportunity to practice planting trees, and a giveaway of nearly 300 trees.

Steve Hayes Jr., of Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, will be the guest speaker and will instruct volunteers the proper method for planting saplings. Twenty-five trees will be planted by volunteers during the event.

Linda Melody-Cottongim, senior administrative secretary to the School of Social Work, organizes the Arbor Day program. She coordinated the first event three years ago as part of a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Tree Stewart project and “it has all snowballed,” she said. “The cool thing is that it involves students.”

“The program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests,” according to the Arbor Day Foundation website.

Students can earn extra credit for the projects they do. Volunteers and students donate the in-kind hourly work done toward the Tree Campus USA project to benefit DNR grants.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is organizing and promoting activities that encompass Earth Day by offering campus activates being Monday April 23 and ending with the Arbor Day celebration on Friday April 27th in conjunction with of the Tree Campus USA project. The SGA is coordinating a social media blitz and events such as Meatless Monday with The Den, IU East's restaurant in Whitewater Hall.

“Each day we are going to be talking about different topics in support of Earth Week,” Dugger said of the SGA. She is a member of the SGA.

Other designated days are Technology Tuesday (encourages everyone to unplug when not in use); Wildlife Wednesday includes film documentaries and popcorn in the Graf Recreation Center; Threatened Thursday (with talks about how our actions are jeopardizing our planet); and Fun Friday (facts about Earth Week and how to help the environment).

Dugger said the SGA’s publicity efforts are environmentally conscious.

“We are doing this all on social media because that is where the majority of students are these days, plus it cuts down on using flyers, posters and anything with paper," Dugger said.

The focus of Earth Day this year is an end to plastic pollution, Melody-Cottongim said. A fun activity sponsored by the IU East Staff Council as part of the week long events is the Plastic Hat-tastic Challenge. Participants will create hats made from used plastic to be displayed in the Meijer Artway glass case after the competition.

“This celebration is taking off. There is so much synergy in this,” she said. “We had 200 trees last year and all got adopted. People love to get trees and plant them.”


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:59 pm: Edit Post

Lingles Provide Gift to Endow Scholarship Program in Their Name

To help encourage the brightest and best students in Wayne County to continue their education at IU East, Paul and Pat Lingle announced their plan to endow the Paul and Pat Lingle Scholars Program which provides a four year scholarship to high-achieving area students pursuing a four-year degree at Indiana University East.

Supplied Photo:  Paul and Pat Lingle
Paul and Pat Lingle

The Lingles endowed gift will provide permanent annual funding for the program that was established in 2005. Since that time, the program has helped 14 students achieve their goal of earning a a bachelor’s degree, including this year’s Lingle Scholar graduating seniors, Madeline Truette of Centerville, Indiana, and Logan Ullery of Richmond, Indiana.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe made the announcement during IU East's Honors Convocation held April 19.

With this gift, the Lingles total commitment to IU East is now nearly $1 million.

Cruz-Uribe said she shares in the Lingles love for the community and interest in helping young people become an integral part of the future.

“The Lingle Scholars program plays an important role in this effort,” Cruz-Uribe said. “I am excited that Paul and Pat have decided to make the Lingle Scholars program a permanent opportunity for Wayne County’s best and brightest by endowing the Paul & Pat Lingle Scholar Award.”

The four-year scholarship is given to two incoming freshman students who have been accepted to the IU East Honors Program, an academic program that provides an intellectually enriching curriculum for highly motivated students. Recipients receive a four-year scholarship, provided by the Lingles.

“There are a lot of things that are impressive about this scholarship,” Paul Lingle said. “This scholarship is forever. This is something for education and to develop the workforce, and hopefully encourage people to stay in the area. IU East has 85 percent of its graduates who stay in the region. If we’re going to compete now and in the future, it’s all about the education our residents receive.”

More importantly, Lingle added, the scholarship program is one way they hope to be able to make a difference for the people living in the community.

“We have watched our previous recipients of the Lingle Scholars grow all the way through their bachelor’s, master’s, and in some cases, doctorate programs,” Lingle said. “It is good to see how this makes a difference in their lives and how it will help move each of these individuals to continue to move forward in their future.”

Since IU East was established in 1971, the Lingles have supported the campus. He is a member of the IU East Board of Advisors, where he has advised the campus and its administration at each phase of development.

The couple has supported other projects, including the most recent Palette to Palate, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences program, various capital projects including the Student Events and Activities Center where you will find Lingle Court, the home of the Red Wolves.

In 2005-2006, Paul Lingle was a committee member for the IU East Campaign for Community, helping the university to raise money for the arts, nursing and science laboratories, and scholarships. He was also the co-chair for the IU East Campaign for Indiana in 1990, which raised funds for the construction of Hayes Hall. Lingle is also a Chancellor’s Medallion recipient in November 2017 and received an honorary doctorate in May 2012.

Lingle is president of Coldwell Banker Lingle. He and Pat Lingle are involved in community initiatives and projects. With a focus on improving the quality of life for area residents, Lingle has been a leading voice in the areas of economic development, healthcare, and higher education. Pat Lingle previously owned a business in childcare, and she has a large interest in watching youth develop and seeing them through their goals in higher education.

Paul Lingle said Pat is a big supporter of the Lingle Scholars program, taking the students under her wing and remaining in touch with them throughout their experience.

This gift will count toward the $3 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. IU East’s campaign goal is $7 million, which will help fund a variety of campus initiatives, student scholarships and strategic projects. Find out more about IU East and ways to assist the campus at iue.edu/development.

For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign is taking place on all IU-administered campuses including IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. The campaign will conclude in June 2020 to coincide with IU’s bicentennial year celebration. To learn more about the campaign, its impact, and how to participate, please visit forall.iu.edu.

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $2 billion. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 08:07 pm: Edit Post

Honors Convocation Celebrates Outstanding Students

Indiana University East celebrated the accomplishments of its students during the annual Honors Convocation held April 19.

Chancellor’s Scholar Awards are campus-wide awards, presented to the highest achieving seniors, by academic school.
Supplied Photo: 	IU East Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott, Madeline-Elaine Truette, and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences TJ Rivard at the Honors Convocation.
IU East Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott, Madeline-Elaine Truette, and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences TJ Rivard at the Honors Convocation.

School of Business and Economics
Rebecca Smith, Linton, Indiana
School of Education
Gregg Sells, Brookville, Indiana


School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Amanda Sadowski, Lake Village, Indiana
School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Taylor Hatfield, Etna Green, Indiana


School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Stacy Halbig, Aurora, Indiana

School of Social Work
Anna Ponsler, Anderson, Indiana

Outstanding Student Awards were given to individuals in their degree programs who displayed outstanding academic achievement at IU East. Students receiving awards are the following:

School of Business and Economics
Todd Strate, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Applied Science
Heather Ferris, New Madison, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Accounting
Rachel Johnson, Connersville, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Business Administration
Kayle Oswalt, Arcanum, Ohio,Outstanding Student in Finance
Ryan VanSlyke, New Castle, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Informatics
Austin Steele, Connersville, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Marketing
Lindsey Schroeder, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Graduate Student in Management


School of Education
Kailey Renee Day, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Elementary Student
Marisa McPherson, Boston, Indiana, Outstanding Secondary Student
Tori Lynn Angel, Indianapolis, Indiana, Outstanding Elementary Student Teacher
Keragan Rose Niehoff, Rushville, Indiana, Outstanding Secondary Student Teacher
Brooke Ashley Edwards, Rushville, Indiana, Outstanding Graduate Student in Education


School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Janice Booher, Noblesville, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Communication Studies
Nathaniel Johnson III, Linden, New Jersey, Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice
Hannah Castor, Cambridge City, Indiana, Outstanding Student in English
Jessica Robbins, Marion, Indiana, Outstanding Student in General Studies
Alex Wampler, Cambridge City, Indiana, Outstanding Student in History
Courtney Dorsett, Indianapolis, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Political Science
Madeline-Elaine Truette, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Psychology
Brittany Lampke, Muncie, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Sociology
Sandra Calderon, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Spanish
Westley Smith, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Graduate Student in English


School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Umer Khan, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Biochemistry
Luke Metzger, Camden, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Biology
Cassidy Clouse, New Castle, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Human Life Science
Philip Wright, Nixa, Missouri, Outstanding Student in Mathematics
Wayne Simonsen, Mary Esther, Florida, Outstanding B.A. in NSM Student
Jennifer Guizar-Parker, Valparaiso, Indiana, Outstanding B.G.S. in NSM Student


School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Kaylee Massey, North Vernon, Outstanding R.N. to B.S.N. Student
Amber Huelskamp, Portland, Indiana, Outstanding B.S.N. Student
Danielle Fohl, Cedar Grove, Outstanding M.S.N. Student


School of Social Work
Elizabeth Batka, Greenfield, Indiana, Outstanding B.S.W. Student in Social Work

Purdue Polytechnic Richmond
Dallas Sowder, Richmond, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Computer Graphics
Jared Spitler, Eaton, Ohio, Outstanding Student in Engineering Technology
Terri Doddridge, Centerville, Indiana, Outstanding Student in Leadership and Innovation


IU East Honors Program Graduates
Hannah Castor, Cambridge City, Indiana
Cassidy Clouse, New Castle, Indiana
Kaylee Cox, Richmond, Indiana
Taylor Hatfield, Etna Green, Indiana
Amber Huelskamp, Portland, Indiana
Rachel Johnson, Connersville, Indiana
Umer Khan, Richmond, Indiana
Alexis Loy, Portland, Indiana
Jennifer Mayo, Richmond, Indiana
Marisa McPherson, Boston, Indiana
Luke Metzger, Camden, Ohio
Kelsea Miller, Union City, Indiana
Kristen Miller, Ottawa, Ohio
Courtney Osborne, Hollansburg, Ohio
Katlin Petro, Portland, Indiana
Rebecca Smith, Linton, Indiana
Madeline-Elaine Truette, Richmond, Indiana
Logan Ullery, Richmond, Indiana
Seth Winstead, Connersville, Indiana


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:20 pm: Edit Post

Create Your Life: Vision Board Workshop
Supplied Flyer: Vision Board Workshop June 9, 2018
Do you know what a Vision Board is?

It’s a way to manifest your dream life. When you make a Vision Board, you get clear on what you want to create in your life. Once you get clarity, you select images and words from magazines, and paste them on a poster board. Seeing this board each and every day aligns your brain with the outcomes you want most to attract. (Some pretty creative women swear by them, including Ellen, Oprah and Katy Perry).

It sounds pretty simple. (And yes, there is a process to make your Vision Board more powerful)

So, why doesn’t everyone create Vision Boards? Well, in my experience [as a manager, Real Estate Broker and teacher, etc.] most of us never make the time. We let our busy lives keep us, well, busy and distracted.

It’s time to change that.

Here's what you'll get:

This Workshop will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Richmond Art Museum, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. Cost is $55 for RAM members or $60 for general enrollment. Enroll online at http://www.richmondartmuseum.org or call 765.966.0256.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:27 pm: Edit Post

ESR Announces Dean Transition

Jay Marshall, dean of Earlham School of Religion and vice president of Earlham, will retire from his position as of June 30, 2018.
Supplied Photo: Jay Marshall
Jay has dedicated his professional energies to ESR for 20 years. Under his leadership, ESR created a vibrant distance learning program that now attracts students from across the country and several other countries. He has helped to strengthen the school's international connections, particularly in Africa and Latin America.

"Serving ESR has felt like a gift," Marshall shared. "I have always understood this work as ministry where I served God by helping create the space where others discerned and responded to their own calls. I am grateful to ESR's founders whose vision led to the school's creation, and proud to be counted among those who have stewarded this important work."

Marshall's leadership has been crucial as ESR has formed a strong collaborative relationship with Bethany Seminary, as the two schools have created a vibrant and diverse seminary community at the corner of National Road and College Avenue. Jay has also championed ESR's leadership and entrepreneurial programs, which merge Quaker insights and distinctives with the business world.

"During my first year as President, I have appreciated Jay's thoughtful counsel and steadfast commitment to this institution," stated Earlham College President Alan Price. "I sincerely thank Jay for all that he has done for ESR, and I wish him well as he enters the next chapter."

Price will soon announce an interim ESR dean and share plans for a national search to identify Jay's successor.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 02:54 pm: Edit Post

IU East Appoints New Assistant vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Carrie Reisner has been named as the assistant vice chancellor for Student Engagement in the Office of Academic Affairs at Indiana University East beginning July 1, 2018.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott said, "Carrie’s leadership experience and scholarly work in the area of student success management, her understanding of the challenges experienced by both our on-campus and online students, and her vision for an integrated model of student engagement that will help connect and take advantage of the many successful student retention efforts our faculty and staff are already engaged in, made her the strongest candidate for this new position. I’d also like to give kudos to Sarah Soper and the members of the search committee for providing a very impressive group of finalists for consideration.”

Reisner started at IU East in June 2009 as the executive director of University College, which had been newly established on campus to provide first-year students with the academic and personal support they need to be successful.
Supplied Photo: Carrie Reisner
Carrie Reisner

Since June 2017, Reisner has served as the interim dean of students. She also served as the interim dean of students from July 2015 to June 2016 and July 2012 to June 2013. Reisner was also the ACT test site supervisor from June 2010 to June 2012.

“I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve in a new role at IU East,” Reisner said. “I have grown to love our students and campus community over the last nine years and I look forward to having a broader impact on student success and engagement.”

As assistant vice chancellor Reisner said her vision for this new role includes creating a model to help students, faculty, and staff further strengthen the connections between the engagement efforts occurring on campus; reducing silos and increasing interdepartmental initiatives related to student success; developing a system to consistently communicate the campus’ progress toward its goals for engagement; and using data to further inform our efforts toward student success and engagement.

She is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies (AD&D), Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN), Indiana Student Affairs Association (ISAA), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Reisner has a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College and her Bachelor of Science Speech-Language Pathology from Buffalo State College, both located in Buffalo, New York.

She received a Certificate in College and University Teaching and a Certificate in Community College Leadership from Ball State University. She is working on her Doctorate of Education in Adult, Higher, & Community Education from Ball State University, with an anticipated completion of the program in December 2018.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 02:49 pm: Edit Post

LifeStream’s 15 th Annual Aging Well Conference Set for June 6 at the Horizon Convention Center

Featuring information for veterans, caregivers, older adults, and health professionals.

LifeStream Services invites the community to attend the 15 th Annual Aging Well Conference on Wednesday, June 6. Previous conferences held at the Ball State University Alumni Center have drawn crowds of over 250 attendees. LifeStream is eager to offer an expanded conference this year at the Horizon Convention Center featuring keynote speaker, Dick Wolfsie, WISH-TV Reporter, as well as a health & wellness fair, breakfast, lunch, and 16 workshops designed for caregivers and veterans of all ages, older adults, and health professionals.

The 15 th Annual Aging Well Conference will be held on Wednesday, June 6 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Horizon Convention Center located at 401 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47305.

Aging Well is an opportunity to receive valuable information on how to best care for yourself, your loved ones, and/or your clients. The conference includes informational presentations from area experts including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Caregiver Kitchen, Studio Exhale, Edward Jones, Ball State University, LifeStream Services, CICOA, The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana, CRF First Choice, and Henry County Memorial Hospital.

The registration fee is $25 per person. Groups of six or more receive a discount rate of $20 per person. Those who wish to attend should register online by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/agingwell2018 or contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, by calling 765-759- 3363 or email hdownham@lifestreaminc.org. Ensure your spot by reserving in advance.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Health professionals can earn 4 CEUs at a cost of $10 in addition to the registration fee. Please include fee along with regular registration payment or call 765-759- 3363 for more information.

Respite Care: Accommodations for loved one(s) is available at no cost. Please reserve in advance by calling 765-759-3363.

Travel Accommodations: The Courtyard Marriot attached to the Horizon Convention Center is offering a discount rate of $119 for a one night stay on June 5. Reserve at this rate no later than May 15 by calling 765-287- 8550.

There are sponsorship opportunities available and exhibitor booth space. For more information on how to support Aging Well 2018, please contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, by calling 765-759- 3363 or email hdownham@lifestreaminc.org, or visit www.lifestreaminc.org/agingwell2018.

Questions or concerns? Please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405- 3001 or email bevans@lifestreaminc.org.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:16 pm: Edit Post

Intermittent Lane Restriction on US 40 for Precast Pavement Panel Installation

WAYNE CO., Ind. – E & B Paving, a sub-contractor to Gradex, will be installing precast pavement panels on U.S. 40 between Third and 11th streets beginning on or after April 24, weather permitting. This first phase of panel installation will conclude on or after April 28.

Trucks will use U.S. 40 eastbound to deliver and install the panels. The panel delivery and installation will cause an intermittent restriction on the only open lane on U.S. 40 eastbound that is anticipated to take 30 to 40 minutes with potential longer delays. INDOT encourages drivers to use an alternate route to avoid delays.

The panel delivery and installation will happen in multiple phases on U.S. 40 eastbound over the summer. Notifications of the other phases will be released once a schedule has been determined.

Precast Pavement Innovation

U.S. 40 between Third and 11th streets will be rebuilt using precast concrete panels. This construction method is being used in several other states, and this project will be the first to use precast concrete panel pavement in Indiana.

By using precast panels, INDOT intends to reduce the pavement depth and potential conflicts with existing underground utilities. These panels are removable and replaceable, so any future maintenance required on underground utilities should not damage the pavement. In addition, using precast panels will reduce the time needed for construction, minimize future roadway maintenance needs and extend the pavement life expectancy.

Stay informed
Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:10 pm: Edit Post

Couple with Richmond Ties Establishes Endowed Scholarship to Give Back

It was a simple decision for Mike and Wendy Bennett to leave a lasting legacy at Indiana University East.

The Bennetts like the university’s energy, inclusiveness and results; they think IU East is a jewel in Wayne County.
Supplied Photo: Wendy and Mike Bennett
Wendy and Mike Bennett

“We have been blessed in many ways,” says Wendy, who retired in 2016 after three decades as an educator. “Our youngest son, Brett, has traveled the world, even while an IU East student. IU East was a perfect fit for him.”

The Bennetts are donating $50,000. It’s expected that other gifts and matches will more than double that amount when the Bennett Scholarship becomes available. “We are not rich by any means, but we believe in giving back. Fortunately, we have a way to do that,” Wendy says. “We hope that this gift challenges others to create scholarships, too.”

The scholarship serves as a way to honor the lives of Mike’s younger brother, Steve, who died by suicide as a teenager and Wendy’s older brother, Wes, who died in 2001 after battling physical ailments for much of his life.

“It’s not a requirement, but we are asking that students be highly considered after overcoming an adversity in life, whether that be physical, mental, legal or familial,” Mike says about the scholarship criteria. “We believe in second chances and in institutions that encourage them.”

The Bennetts want to inspire and help non-traditional full-time students, such as mothers and fathers going back to school or those seeking changes in careers. The scholarship will be available for tuition costs to sophomores, juniors or seniors that have graduated from a public high school in Wayne County and have had at least a three-year gap between high school and starting at IU East.

Because of financial reasons, both of the Bennetts weren’t able to start college immediately after high school. They both graduated in 1979 from colleges in Springfield, Missouri, with a lot of help from grants, scholarships and summer jobs.

Mike worked 33 years as a writer and editor for Gannett Newspapers, including 10 at the Palladium-Item in Richmond.

Wendy worked for three decades as a teacher and principal, including 13 years with Richmond Community Schools.

Brett Bennett is employed at the University of Western Sydney in Australia as a researcher and professor of environmental history. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2006 from IU East before earning his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Texas-Austin. He has authored many books and also written numerous articles for professional publications worldwide.

He also has pioneered a program that brings college students from UWS into the Kruger National Park of South Africa for two weeks of study.

“Brett developed his love for forestry and for worldwide travel while attending IU East,” says Mike Bennett. “His story and the stories of dozens of other graduates prove that IU East isn’t just connected to Wayne County and the region: It’s connected to the
world.”

Mike works part-time as a writer for IU East. “I love writing positive articles about the creativity and the successes of the university’s students, staff and administration,” he says. “This is a special place with many special people.”

One reason it’s special, he notes, is that it also serves as a valuable community leader.

“I have met dozens of people of all ages who have attended IU East and gone on to successful careers,” Mike says. “Hopefully, our gift helps students find their paths to a better life and a better world.”

This gift will count toward the $3 billion campaign, For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. IU East’s campaign goal is $7 million, which will help fund a variety of campus initiatives, student scholarships and strategic projects. Find out more about IU East and ways to assist the campus at iue.edu/development.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:50 pm: Edit Post

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

2017-2018 Proudly Presenting Series
Performance: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Supplied Photo: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. Over the years The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has been heard on the soundtracks of several motion pictures and television programs.

The Orchestra’s audio and video recordings have been widely praised, and considered instrumental in rekindling interest in America’s rich traditions of theater, cinema, and dance orchestra music. With more than 685 screenings across 48 States and 7 countries, PRO is one of the world’s foremost silent film accompanists. From Hollywood to Chicago to New York – PRO leads the way in designing, producing, and performing silent film programs for delighted modern audiences of all ages.

Good seats are available for the performance at 7:30pm; $28 for adults, $20 for students, with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, or visit www.civichall.com. Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are happily accepted. There is a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders and a $3.00 fee for credit card processing.


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

LifeStream’s Annual Healthy Aging Expo Set for May 10

Free event to provide information for seniors about healthy aging.

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

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

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

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

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

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 03:55 pm: Edit Post

May Medical Monday Topic About Maintaining Independence

The May Medical Monday features a representative of an organization that helps people maintain their independence.

Lori S. Joseph is a Wellness Educator for LifeStream, the Area Agency on Aging for East Central Indiana. LifeStream offers services aimed at helping people maintain their independence by helping with care plans, in-home case management and wellness education.

LifeStream encourages healthy eating, remaining active and offers help with ensuring medications are taken properly.

Medical Monday will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Central United Methodist Church. To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is at 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 05:14 pm: Edit Post

Carol Lou Woodward Returns to Richmond for a Special Performance on May 11
Supplied Flyer: Carol Lou Woodward on May 11
Beloved Richmond, Indiana jazz pianist Carol Lou Woodward, who now lives in Florida, will return to Richmond for a very special performance on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Forest Hills Country Club. Carol Lou will be joined by local musicians for a wonderful evening of music – and, if you like, dancing! Doors will open at 5:00 PM with a cash bar and food available for order. There will be a $10 cover charge.

This special event is sponsored by the Starr-Gennett Foundation and Forest Hills Country Club. Call 765-962- 2860 or email starrgennettfoundation@gmail.com if you have questions.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 03:13 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation to Present Prestigious Awards and Scholarships

On May 17, the Wayne County Foundation will review their year, say goodbye to two board members, welcome two new board members, and honor four community members at their Annual Celebration and Report to the Community.

George Schmid will be recognized with the Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community. The award honors the Foundation’s founder, Charles Rodefeld, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs. The Rodefeld Award recognizes Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully and well, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years.

Margurite Clark will receive the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service which was named for the Foundation’s first staff person and which recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress.

Ruth is perhaps best remembered for maintaining the highest ethical standards and expressing true appreciation for even the smallest contributions and those selected for this award also exhibit those qualities.
Supplied Photos: Taylor Brown and Logan Harmeyer
Additionally, the Foundation will recognize the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars – Taylor Brown, daughter of David and Stacy Brown, a senior at Richmond High School and Logan Harmeyer, son of Mark and Andrea Harmeyer, a senior at Lincoln High School.

The public is invited to attend the celebration which will be held at Forest Hills Country Club.

Reservations are required by May 10 and may be made by visiting WayneCountyFoundation.org or by calling the Foundation at 765.962.1638. Cost for the event is $35 per person.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 04:29 pm: Edit Post

IU East's 47th Commencement Ceremony is May 11

Indiana University East will host its 47th Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

This year, the university will confer 801 baccalaureate degrees and 30 master’s degrees.
Supplied Photo:  IU East's 47th Commencement Ceremony is May 11.
IU East's 47th Commencement Ceremony is May 11.

Indiana University Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will preside and address the 831 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2017 and candidates for May, June and August 2018.

The Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at iue.edu/live. The website also includes live commencement updates and commentary via Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtags #iueast and #iue2018. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

Umer Khan of Richmond, Indiana will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Khan, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree and minors in biology and mathematics, was selected to address the 2018 class after auditioning for the honor.

Lucas Huffman, Indianapolis, Indiana, is the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award, an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average, and will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. Huffman will receive his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He is a member of the men’s basketball team and a NAIA Division II All-American.

IU East will host events and ceremonies leading up to the 47th Commencement Ceremony.

IU East’s Inaugural Hooding Ceremony for master’s degree candidates will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The hooding ceremony signifies a scholarly and personal achievement. This ceremony is by invitation.

Also the day of commencement, the IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host its pinning ceremony for nursing graduates at the Ligthhouse Assembly of God, located at 2339 West Cart Road in Richmond. The pinning ceremony begins at 2 p.m. with a slide show followed by the ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Graduates will receive their pin to wear for the Commencement Ceremony and nursing awards will be given to students.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 04:20 pm: Edit Post

Hayes Arboretum Receives National Recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom

Lincoln, Neb. (April 26, 2018)— Hayes Arboretum located at 801 Elks Road in Richmond, Indiana has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Nature Explore program, which is a division of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. This certification confers on Hayes Arboretum a number of benefits, including membership in an ever-expanding network of more than 400 like-minded spaces nationwide. These Certified Nature Explore Classrooms foster highly effective, nature-based outdoor learning.

“Hayes Arboretum’s commitment to providing research-based and nature-rich learning offers a wonderful example to programs and educators throughout the country.” said Heather Fox, director of communications and outreach for the Nature Explore program. “These spaces inspire hands-on activity, creativity, play and plenty of time exploring the natural world.”

These unique outdoor classrooms—which are springing up like wildflowers across the country—offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden or pathway areas, and natural materials for building and creating art. Research consistently shows that children who learn and grow in Nature Explore Classrooms exhibit enhanced concentration, develop creativity and problem solving techniques, manage stress in healthy ways and develop skills across the spectrum of academic and creative learning.

Nature Explore Classrooms were developed by a team of master educators, landscape architects and researchers in response to the documented growing disconnect between children and nature. The classrooms help fill this void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. Classrooms that are designed according to standards and principles described in Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s Learning With Nature Ideas Book are eligible to become Certified Nature Explore Classrooms.

More information about Hayes Arboretum may be found at https://certified.natureexplore.org/hayes-arboretum/

About Dimensions Educational Research Foundation: The mission of the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation is to transform children's lives through meaningful daily connections with nature. Its Nature Explore team provides research-based outdoor classroom design services, educator workshops and natural http://www.dimensionsfoundation.org/


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 03:31 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Shakespeare Festival - June 15 - 30, 2018
Supplied Poster: Richmond Shakespeare Festival 2018

Richmond Shakespeare Festival is proud to announce its 2018 Festival Season: Weekends, June 15th – June 30th.

Vaulting ambition, murderous plots, scheming witches, jealous kings, and misplaced princesses are all on the menu as Richmond Shakespeare Festival prepares to serve up their 2018 season.

Presenting The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth as a dynamic pairing in rotating repertory, the productions will be created by a brilliant cast and crew of AEA and non-AEA professionals, college-age interns, and volunteers sourced from as nearby as Richmond, and Indianapolis, and as far away as Utah, Maine and New York.

Leading this company and directing Macbeth is Producing Artistic Director, Patrick Flick, also Executive Director of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association. On visiting Richmond, he says “Anytime is a good time to come to Richmond, but the summer is really the best. Come see some of the only Shakespeare being produced right here in beautiful Wayne County. We’re an hour and change from Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and even closer to Dayton and other surrounding communities.”

The Festival performs in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the beautiful Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana ( Directions). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more — contact us at 765-373-9022 for more information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 04:09 pm: Edit Post

Silver Streak Now on Display at Model T Museum

Featured in New DISCOVERY Channel Series “Sticker Shock”

Richmond, IN — A new Discovery Channel series called 'STICKER SHOCK' premieres on Monday, April 30 at 10pm ET/PT. More importantly for Model T enthusiasts, this first program features the Silver Streak, a 1926 Model T Touring car which carried the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy Coeds’ across North America and into Mexico in the 1930s and '40s. The Silver Streak is currently on display at the Model T Ford Club of America's Model T Museum in Richmond, Indiana, but only through August 2018.
Supplied Photo: Silver Streak on Turntable
STICKER SHOCK answers the age-old question, 'What's my car worth?' Host Dennis Pittsenbarger along with a team of professional appraisers investigate each car’s history and condition to determine a price tag you won’t see coming. From dad’s old pickup to souped up hot rods, from cars you’ve always wanted, to cars you’ve never heard of, this series has it all. Whether it’s a clunker or a classic, what it’s worth may shock you.
Supplied Photo: John Butte and Silver Streak
John Butte, owner of the Silver Streak, traveled to Hollywood to be filmed along with the Model T that his mother and five other girls traveled in, from rural Illinois to the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Henry Ford befriended the girls, which only adds to the intrigue surrounding the car that just seeing it makes one smile. In the series’ premiere episode, you will learn the answer to a question polite society might otherwise not ask, How much is the Silver Streak worth?
Supplied Photo: On the Set
The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest Model T Club in the world with local chapters and members from every state in the U.S., Canada, and countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South America. The Model T Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 309 N. 8th Street, Richmond, Indiana in the Historic Depot District. The Museum features an impressive collection of vehicles including one of the first Ts and one of the last, a Pietenpol airplane, a Vintage Garage, T-related memorabilia, an extensive gift and book shop, and the Bruce McCalley Memorial Library and Research Center. For more information call the Model T Museum at 765-488-0026.