Archive through February 14, 2018

Talk of the Town: Community Announcements: News Releases: Archive through February 14, 2018

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:

(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, or visit their Facebook page at

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 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 You can also find information on our Facebook page or our website,

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

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 and follow us on Facebook at

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 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 and follow us on Facebook at

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

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

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 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:

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:

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

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

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