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By Jeff Hutson (Hutsonj) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 01:12 am: Edit Post

Legacy Project will help Hagerstown area confront economic, social challenges

(Hagerstown, Ind., August 19, 2004) — Hagerstown area residents are encouraged to become involved in a four-month community strategic planning process known as the Nettle Creek Legacy Project.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission initiated the Legacy Project to ensure the effective pursuit of a solid economic future, supported by an excellent quality of life for residents of the town and the Nettle Creek area.

Hagerstown and the Nettle Creek area are located in a state that has lost 100,000 jobs since 2000. The area exports young adults to states where they can find economic opportunity made possible by a good Indiana education.

While Hagerstown has long been recognized as an Indiana gem — an excellent small town for great living, quality manufacturing, and small business success — it will take a community-wide effort to preserve this heritage through the planned development of a solid economic foundation.

With the theme “Leave your mark on your community,” the Legacy Project will build on the success of visioning projects such as Hagerstown 2000 completed in 1991. However, in addition to visioning exercises, the Legacy Project will utilize sound economic and social research to develop a set of realistic goals and objectives.

The completed project will include an action plan with specific tasks, timelines and responsible individuals necessary to achieve the vision.

The process will include a community-wide planning meeting in September. In October, area residents will have the opportunity to participate in subcommittees that will develop action plans to address specific goals and objectives.

Information is available on the Internet at

Core steering committee members include: Denny Burns, Rick Cole, Brian Golliher, Julie Hoskins, Jeff Huffine, Dale Purvis, and Bob Warner. Jeff and Heather Hutson of Hagerstown-based Relational Gravity, Inc. will guide the four-month strategic planning processes.

Relational Gravity, Inc.
Jeffrey D. Hutson
(765) 969-3419

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 04:12 pm: Edit Post

45th Annual Autumn Oaks "The Event Where History is Made"
Largest Event of its Kind in Richmond, Indiana for the 13th year in a row.
Autumn Oaks is a coonhound tradition unlike any other. For 45 years, this United Kennel Club licensed event known as “The Event Where History Is Made,” has been held Labor Day weekend somewhere in the raccoon rich, Midwestern United States. For the last twelve years, that location has been the historic Wayne County, Indiana city of Richmond, one of the few cities with facilities to handle an event of this magnitude.

Thousands of coonhound owners and their families from all over the United States and Canada look forward to gathering at the Wayne County Fairgrounds to celebrate this highly popular canine event. Everyone who owns a coonhound, or has ever entertained an idea of looking into the fun and excitement of this traditional dog sport, knows that the United Kennel Club Labor Day coon hunting extravaganza in Richmond, Indiana is the place to be. For coon hunting enthusiasts, this is the largest event of its kind in the world. In fact, many families involved in this sport plan their annual vacations around this event, traveling from as far as California, Florida, Vermont, Washington, and several of the Canadian provinces.

Autumn Oaks has been credited with luring a three-day total of 17,000+ participants and spectators to Wayne County, Indiana every Labor Day weekend. It is estimated that this group alone pours over $3 million into the Wayne County economy over a five-day period. “Entries for the 2004 Autumn Oaks look strong again for this year despite the higher travel costs and gasoline prices,” claims UKC V.P. of Hunting Programs Todd Kellam. The local members of Wayne County’s own Wayne County Coon Hunters Association, Inc. have hosted this event since it moved to Richmond in 1992.

Nearly 1,400 coonhounds will be entered in the UKC licensed events throughout the weekend. Hounds tripling that number, ranging from pups to the most proficient in the country, will be on the grounds either for promotional purposes, for sale, or simply fulfilling their “pride and joy” status by laying in the shade of their owner’s truck.

“Though a win at this event is one of the most sought-after accolades among coon hunting men, it’s the camaraderie that draws everyone back to Richmond each year,” says UKC President Wayne Cavanaugh. “We’ll have hunters and their families in attendance from 35+ States and Canada visiting friends they’ve made during a lifetime of sharing a common interest. It’s really about the dogs and the friendships.”

Activities begin around 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday morning and last into the early morning hours the next day. Vendors on the grounds will offer a myriad of products, from everything you need for your dog to original arts and crafts. Visitors are welcome and there is no charge for parking or admission. “We would love to have the public stop out and get a taste for the sport,” says Kellam, “they’ll find we are just a friendly bunch of hound enthusiasts with a love for the case and an appreciation for the right to own and free cast hounds across these United States.” In accordance with UKC Rules and Regulations, no game is taken during the hunts, nor are firearms allowed.

The United Kennel Club, Inc. established in 1898, is the largest all-breed performance dog registry in the world, registering over 250,000 dogs annually from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 10,000 annually licensed events are performance events for working dogs. United Kennel Club publishes three magazines: BLOODLINES, COONHOUND BLOODLINES AND HUNTING RETRIEVER. The United Kennel Club prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly educational events for the breeder/owner/handler.

United Kennel Club, Inc.
100 East Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49002-5584
(269) 343-9020 Phone
(269) 343-7037 Fax

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 02:25 pm: Edit Post

Meet the Superintendent Candidates

On Tuesday, June 29 and Wednesday, June 30, the Richmond Community Schools School Board has invited the final candidates for Superintendent of Schools to visit the school district and meet with various school and community groups. On both days, the visit will culminate with a public informal reception for each candidate.

The RCS Board invites the community to attend and meet the final candidates for the RCS Superintendent of Schools. The reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. on June 29 and June 30 in the lobby of the Administration Building for Richmond Community Schools.

Richmond Community Schools
(765) 973-3300

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 10, 2004 - 03:13 pm: Edit Post

Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
5:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Public Invited

Wagon Tours of the Bowman Farm
(easy accessible wagons are available)
Learn about:
***Family farming in today’s economic environment.
***Enhancements of a family, purebred cattle operation.
***Innovative soil and water conservation practices.

Enjoy a complimentary meal prepared by Rihm Foods.

Sponsored by Smith Dairy and Pro Crop Insurance Agency
Transportation provided by Farm Bureau.

Buses will leave the Chamber office at 5:10 p.m. To make your bus and/or dinner reservations, please contact Gail at (765) 962-1511 or email by Wednesday, June 16th.

If you choose not to ride the bus, we will still need your dinner reservation.

Driving Directions to the Bowman Farm at 9898 Garrett Road, Greens Fork, IN:
Take U.S. 40 West to Washington Road North then East on Garrett Road.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 - 01:47 pm: Edit Post

Safe Disposal of Unused Medications

Did you know unused drugs can be an accidental health threat?

Safely dispose of your unused medication by bringing (in original containers if possible) old and expired prescriptions to one of the drop-off sites listed below. AARP members and uniformed officers will be on hand to take your containers. All pharmaceuticals are disposed of as a hazardous poison in a very high-temperature incinerator.

Drop Off Sites:

Wayne County

Homebound Residents: Call the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at (765) 973-9393 or the Richmond Police Department at (765) 983-7247 to schedule a pick-up.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 12:45 am: Edit Post

Lafever James Cranstone: His Life and Art by Donald L. Smith
Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.

Lefevre James Cranstone (1822-1893), a British watercolorist visited Richmond, Indiana in 1859-1860 creating incredible sketches of buildings and the countryside around Richmond. Mr. Donald L. Smith of Williamsburg, Virginia has spent nearly three years researching this unrecognized 19th century artist.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the author, get an autographed copy of his book and learn more about why Cranstone visited Richmond. Books will be for sale ($32.00) following the lecture.

Richmond Art Musuem
350 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-0256

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Summer Family Series
presented by Promote Centerville, Inc.

Friday, July 9, 2004, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Billy Yank: Civil War Soldier - Kevin Stonerock gives a first person presentation of a common Civil War soldier.

Friday, July 23, 2004, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Summer Memories - Rose City Riveters, acoustical and folk musicians entertain.

Friday, August 6, 2004, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Small Town Living - Kevin Stonerock performs songs and relates stories about the experience of living in an Indiana small town close to the National Road.

Friday, August 20, 2004, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Songs of the Pioneers - Les-Gustafson-Zook uses songs of the pioneers to introduce traditional instruments and folk songs.

Friday, September 3, 2004, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
My Midwestern Home - Kevin Stonerock performs songs and tells stories about living in the Midwest and his home in Henry County.

Friday, September 17, 2004, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Music for All - Country Strings performs using various instruments including auto harp, harmonica, penny whistle, guitar, bodhran, and tongue drum.

All events will be held at the Mansion House, 214 East Main Street, Centerville, IN. Some events may be held outdoors (weather permitting). Tickets are $8.00 in advance; $9.00 at the door. Purchase entire series for $40! Contact Janet (765.855.3099), Becky (765.855.5835) or Sherrie (765.855.2824) for tickets or information.

Proceeds from these events benefit Historic Centerville, Inc. and the Mansion House.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 02:35 pm: Edit Post

Mounted Patrol: Community Policing Scope and Purpose

From,: “Effective community policing has a positive impact on reducing neighborhood crime, helping to reduce fear of crime and enhancing the quality of life in the community. It accomplishes these things by combining the efforts and resources of the police, local government and community members.”

Police officers have become less approachable due to the fact that work is done from air-conditioned or heated cars, and contact with the public for the most part is limited to those that call for assistance. This is in comparison to the days there was a regular “beat cop” on foot patrol. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department and the Richmond Police Department are engaging in a joint effort to expand a Community Policing effort in downtown Richmond using the Wayne County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol.

A Mounted Patrol officer is approachable in two respects. There is no physical barrier to the public, and the animal gives the public an avenue to initiate contact with the officer. Many people that would not normally approach a police officer would approach and interact with a horse or an officer on horseback. This allows officers to more easily draw people into conversations, giving officers the opportunity to gain insight into problems occurring in the community as well as giving the public a higher comfort level with law enforcement in general. In addition, Mounted Officers are typically more visible than officers on foot and even officers in squad cars; therefore, providing a more effective deterrent to crime.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol (WCMP) has been performing community policing duties in communities such as Woodlawn, Toschlog, Williamsburg, Pershing (East Germantown), and Economy. Several of the unit members have expressed an interest in working in the Richmond community as well. The implementation would be to start working in the downtown area and branch out to surrounding residential areas.

The deterrent to this is the manure left by the horses. In speaking with other Mounted Law Enforcement units, this has not been an issue, but typically they are established units that people have become used to. It should be clear that the WCMP will ride only on the streets and parking lots and will not be on the sidewalks except in extenuating circumstances. In speaking with the streets department they do not have an easy way to clean up manure, it must be done with a bucket and shovel.

Our purpose in approaching the downtown businesses and residents is to get opinions on whether the benefits of community policing outweighs the detriments. We should point out that in three years of policing the county communities we have gotten nothing but positive responses.

Since this is an all volunteer unit and many of the members have jobs during the day, the focus of the policing would be in the evenings, and possibly during the day on weekends.

Please contact Sgt. Alan Moore at (765) 965-0957 with your thoughts on this subject.

Office of the Wayne County Sheriff
Sheriff Paul (Matt) Strittmatter
89 South Third Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 973-9393

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - 01:03 pm: Edit Post

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County Announces Local Band JRM to Headline Rooftop Rendezvous

Date: August 31, 2004

Richmond – Musical trio JRM is the featured performance act for the 10th Annual Rooftop Rendezvous held Friday, September 10. The band will perform classic jazz favorites and contemporary jazz hits starting at 6:00 p.m. and continuing through the evening until 10:00 p.m.

JRM includes members Jon Barnard on vocals and keyboards, Max Marty on drums and vocals, and Randy Baker on guitar and vocals. The band members have played in the area for over 25 years, but just recently came together to form JRM in 2003.

Barnard has written, produced and performed with some of the finest talents in the business. He has opened for John Anderson, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and David Frizzell to name a few. Barnard also writes musical cues for television for the shows Extra, American Idol, and Garfield and Friends, where he is still a producer.

Marty is a lifelong resident of Richmond and has been playing drums since his high school days. He has been the percussionist in many local bands such as the Rogues and the King Bs and has played with local artists like Chuck Agee and Frank DeVito.

Baker began his life as a musician when he took guitar lessons from Lonnie Mack’s producer as a teenager. He was soon in a band that performed on television tapings and has played in groups with local artists Chuck Parr, Walker Wilson, and Frank Devito.

The group’s talents and diverse backgrounds give them the ability to perform a range of musical styles in a variety of venues. Jazz music from the trio will be drifting over the city the evening of September 10 as they celebrate Richmond’s music heritage at the Rooftop Rendezvous.

Tickets are available now for $18, or $20 the day of the event. Purchase tickets at Main Street Richmond-Wayne County, 814 East Main Street or First Bank, 20 North 9th Street.

Renee Oldham, Executive Director
Phone: 765-962-8151

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 01:48 pm: Edit Post

10th annual rooftop rendezvous
Last chance to get tickets

Date: September 6, 2004

Richmond – Time is running out to get your tickets to the 10th Annual Rooftop Rendezvous! Enjoy live jazz music while you dance and dine the night away on the rooftop of the City Municipal Parking Garage. The Rooftop Rendezvous will be held on Friday, September 10 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The musical trio JRM is the featured performance act for the evening that will showcase classic jazz favorites and contemporary jazz hits. The band JRM features local artists Jon Barnard, Randy Baker and Max Marty. The scene is set and the rooftop is transformed into a glamorous jazz paradise with this year’s theme of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes!

The evening will be catered by Palais Royal from Centerville and will include a selection of seasonal hors d’oeuvres and finger foods. Enjoy refreshments from the cash bar serviced by the American Legion.

Tickets are available now. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of the event and are available at Main Street Richmond-Wayne County, 814 East Main Street and First Bank, 20 N. 9th Street.

Renee Oldham, Executive Director
Phone: 765-962-8151

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - 01:10 pm: Edit Post

Communities In Schools of Wayne County Receives 2 Foundation Grants Totaling $20,000

Communities In Schools of Wayne County will be awarded two foundation grants at the Annual Dinner meeting on August 31th at 6:30 pm at the Golay Center in Cambridge City.

The Verizon Foundation awarded CISWC & partners $10,000 from workforce development funds to expand Career Exploring Programs. Partners in the project include the Richmond/Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation, Boy Scouts of America, and local universities.

The State Farm Foundation awarded CISWC and partners $10,000 to enhance and expand Service-Learning activities conducted by Wayne County High School Students. The funds will be used to continue the Youth As Resources Youth Empowered to Serve YES! program. Educators who want to tie meaningful community service to classroom curriculum can also access these funds for service projects and professional development.

The Board of Directors is grateful for these corporate contributions that support the CISWC mission “To champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people value learning, stay in school, and prepare for life as contributing community members.”

Vivian Ashmawi
(765) 983-2263
P.O. Box 1784
33 South 7th St.
Richmond, IN 47375

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 05:46 pm: Edit Post

The Untouchable Times to Feature New Educational Seminars

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2004, RICHMOND, IN: The Starr-Gennett Foundation will hold its third annual benefit gala, The Untouchable Times, on October 9, 2004 at Forest Hills Country Club. Featuring the big-band swing of the renowned 20-member Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Untouchable Times guests will be treated to a night full of bathtub gin, “vipers,” flappers, zoot suits, mobsters, a disregard for prohibition, and even a speakeasy! Tickets to The Untouchable Times include the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra concert (dancing strongly encouraged), dinner, casino games, prizes, and a brand-new weekend package featuring hotel accommodations and educational programs that are also open to the public. The entire event is themed around the 1920s prohibition era when the “Untouchables” ruled the street, Richmond’s Gennett Records was capturing hot jazz, and flappers danced the Charleston across America.

“The Untouchable Times is a really fun way to get out and support the Starr-Gennett Foundation,” explains Elizabeth Surles, Project Coordinator for the Foundation. “Last year’s event was a ball, and I’m very excited to be offering educational seminars in conjunction with the evening gala.”

The night will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a delectable dinner, prepared by Forest Hills’ new chef, Uri BenHillel. Providing the “Big Six” (doorman) with the secret password (printed on Untouchable Times tickets) will allow guests to enter the speakeasy, where the bootleg flows freely and gambling is encouraged. A variety of games of chance will be set up for guests to enjoy, and those who win will increase the number of tickets they are given to use in trying to win a variety of door prizes. The Untouchable Times 2003 featured prizes ranging in value from $50 all the way to $500. Hustlers are welcome, but the Foundation asks that guests leave all weapons at the door or risk getting the bum’s rush!

After dinner the 20-member Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will take the stage. Called a “dancer’s delight” in the Indianapolis Star, the IJO is Indiana’s first and only permanent repertory big band jazz ensemble created to represent the entire dynamic history of the big band music. Prize winners will be drawn at the conclusion of the evening.

Educational seminars are being offered in conjunction with The Untouchable Times 2004. On Saturday, October 9th at 3:00 pm, Professor Charles Dahan of Oneonta State College in New York will give a presentation titled, “Gennett Records: The First Great Independent Label.” Dahan is also a freelance record producer, music writer and critic, and is currently leading efforts to research and compile a complete Gennett discography, to be published sometime in the future. The discography will detail every recording session held in the Gennett studios. Duncan Schiedt will present “Hoagy Carmichael’s Jazz Odyssey: The Gennett Years” immediately following Dahan’s presentation. The Foundation will also be unveiling a driving tour of important Starr-Gennett sites in Richmond, which will be detailed in a small booklet with many historic photographs.

The educational seminars are open to the public, and seminar registration is $25. Tickets to the Untouchable Times cost $100 per person and include registration for the weekend seminars.

Sponsored by many local businesses, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation’s efforts to promote and preserve Richmond’s musical Starr-Gennett legacy. Sponsors include Cen-Sor Security Systems, the Warm Glow Candle Company, First Bank Richmond, Irmscher Construction of Fort Wayne, Mosey Manufacturing Company, Nixon Tool Company, Paul and Pat Lingle, Paust Printers, The Palladium Item, Studebaker Buick-Pontiac-GMC, Wayne Bank and Trust Company, Brady Ware, Hills Pet Nutrition, Planned Benefit Services-Wayne Vincent, Red Lobster, Dr. William Toedebusch, the Uptown Innovation Center, and West End Savings Bank.

Tickets may be purchased through the Starr-Gennett Foundation office at 33 South Seventh Street in Richmond, Indiana and paid for no later than October 5th. Please call (765) 962-1511 for more information.

By Jeff Hutson (Hutsonj) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 10:13 pm: Edit Post

Legacy Project meetings will explore economic development issues such as housing, annexation, and retail business

(Hagerstown, Ind., September 15, 2004)- Economic development issues such as housing, annexation, jobs, retail business and education are likely topics of discussion at two public meetings to be conducted by the Nettle Creek Legacy Project.

The Legacy Project is the strategic planning process initiated by the Hagerstown Planning Commission that is aimed at getting the community involved in identifying and pursuing a positive economic future.

While housing and annexation are key issues that have arisen in initial project research, many other issues are likely to emerge as well, such as:

* Retail service needs in the community.

* Support for the Nettle Creek area’s growing number of small businesses.

* Support for the arts.

* Children’s needs, including both education and recreation.

* Senior citizen’s needs.

* Infrastructure needs, such as water, sewer, streets and electrical.

Nettle Creek area residents, and those with a stake in the area’s economic future, who wish to have a voice in decisions on these or other issues, may participate in the Legacy Project by attending one of two public meetings:

September 23 (Thursday) - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Hagerstown Elementary School, Group Instruction Room.

September 25 (Saturday) - 9 a.m. to Noon - Hagerstown Elementary School, Group Instruction Room.

In October, community subcommittees will consider ideas generated by the public meetings. Final recommendations will go to the Hagerstown Planning Commission in November.

Hagerstown and the surrounding Nettle Creek area face real economic and social challenges linked closely to regional economic trends. That’s why the town’s Planning Commission initiated the Nettle Creek Legacy Project.

The endeavor will build on the success of visioning projects such as Hagerstown 2000 completed in 1991. However, in addition to community visioning exercises, the Legacy Project will utilize sound economic and social research to develop a set of realistic goals and objectives.

The completed project will include an action plan with specific tasks, timelines and responsible individuals necessary to achieve the vision.

For more information, see

Jeff Hutson
Relational Gravity

Strategic Planning, Marketing, & Public Relations

(765) 969-3419
P.O. Box 186
Hagerstown, IN 47346

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 01:38 pm: Edit Post

October 9 is a day for YOU to make a difference for Richmond. Richmond Parks and Recreation is holding it's annual Gorge and Cardinal Greenway Fall Clean Up. I am inviting you to help! The Gorge area is becoming a tourist destination and is starting to represent Richmond. It is our responsibility to keep it as beautiful as possible. Currently there are several parts of the Gorge that need our help, including the Weir Dam area, along Sim Hodgin Parkway, the many natural trails, below the high school, and several other areas. Come join us!

Gorge Clean Up
Saturday, October 9
8 a.m.-Noon
Meet at Bicentennial Park (corner of Sim Hodgin Parkway and Bridge Ave.)
Trash bags provided thanks to Mendenhall's True Value
Lunch provided.

Make time in your busy schedule to come out and help!

If you don't feel like you can commit 4 hours, or have other commitments, come for two hours. You can make a huge contribution in only two hours!

In the past the efforts of valiant volunteers have dragged refrigerators, tires, furniture, countless cans and bottles and so much more from the area. In the spring we filled three roll-off dumpsters full, as well as collecting over 50 tires. There is still more to pick up. Don't you want to be part of that effort? At the conclusion of the clean up, we will congratulate each other on the progress we have made, as well as enjoying a hot dog lunch (vegetarian options available) and each other's company. Don't miss this oportunity. Join us October 9!

Hopi Hawk, Outdoor Recreation Coord
Richmond Parks and Recreation