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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 10:51 pm: Edit Post

Local Organizations, Starr-Gennett Foundation, Inc. and Indiana National Road Association, Awarded Grant

INDIANAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis today announced $600,000 in grants to support the research and development of new tourism products around the state.

The funds are available through the Lt. Governor’s Quality of Place initiative, and will fund 11 new tourism projects.

“Tourism plays a significant role in Hoosier communities and the state’s economy,” said Davis, who leads the Indiana Department of Commerce. “As we raise the profile of Indiana as a travel destination, we must help communities make needed improvements and additions that contribute to their quality of life.”

The Quality of Place grant awards will help fund the following tourism-related projects:

• Evansville Municipal Dock, was awarded $40,500. Evansville will utilize the $40,500 grant to conduct a feasibility study to build the Evansville Municipal Dock. The dock will enable large touring riverboats such as the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen to moor in Evansville. This would encourage thousands of visitors and visitation to Historic Downtown Evansville creating foot traffic to other attractions along Evansville’s “Main Street.” The dock could also serve as the permanent home of a LST (Landing Ship Tank), the WWII ship built in Evansville.

• Ohio River Scenic Route of Southern Indiana, Inc., Evansville, was awarded $48,750. The “Hoosier Crafted” program would focus the $48,750 grant on artisans who preserve traditional Hoosier skills by creating a brand and marketing it. Products might include, but are not limited to: pottery, textiles, furniture, wine and cheese. The “Hoosier Crafted” program calls for conducting a feasibility study that would evaluate the product, develop a “Hoosier Crafted” brand identity, examine existing and potential market channels and look at additional partners. This program will create special trails that feature artisans at work in their studios or galleries, and retail outlets displaying their works. The “Hoosier Crafted” project will encompass the 13 counties along the Ohio River Scenic Byway, a national scenic byway and the eight counties that border it.

• I-69 Cultural Corridor/Gateways, Muncie, was awarded $32,250. This project will optimize the impact of this major transportation artery by developing the corridor into one cohesive tourism product. This project is a joint effort of several counties stretching from Steuben County in the north to Marion County in the south. A coordinated event along the corridor could grow to bring literally hundreds of thousands of visitors into towns and businesses up and down the route. The initiative will tie together the cultural assets of communities along the interstate, and brand the entire corridor as one large showcase.

• Indiana Avenue/Revitalization Plan, Indianapolis, was awarded $63,750. The Indiana Avenue Cultural District located in downtown Indianapolis will use this grant to determine the feasibility of remodeling existing attractions and making additions like a Jazz Walk of Fame, a soul food restaurant, live music programming and permanent outdoor staging. As the original center of African American commerce and with its roots in early Jazz and Blues, Indiana Avenue has a rich heritage and collection of landmark commercial and residential sites, as well as some current day experiences through festivals, events, theatrical and museum programming.

• Indiana Limestone Heritage Parks/Interpretive Center, Bloomington was awarded $41,898. The Indiana Limestone Heritage Parks will add a distinctive product, which is unique not only to Indiana but the United States as a whole. It will draw international, as well as local, state and national visitors. The park will showcase the unique landscape of the Indiana limestone region, and it’s impact on the nation and the world.

Indiana National Road Association/Interpretive Signage, Cambridge City, was awarded $62,250. The Historic National Road is a six-state, All-American Road, one of only 19 such byways designated through the National Scenic Byways program. This grant will provide the means necessary for the Indiana National Road Association to hire a consultant to research, design, and plan for the implementation of the association's 2003 Transportation Enhancement grant for interpretive panels along the route, and an audio tour of the Historic National Road. This project will promote unique sites along the byway, and encourage continued preservation of those and related sites across Indiana, and the other five states the Historic National Road traverses.

• Indianapolis City Market Corp./Business Plan, Indianapolis, was awarded $25,000. The City Market Reinvention Comprehensive Destination Business Plan will provide the business blueprint for transforming the historic marketplace into a visitor destination. The City Market is known for presenting food and food experiences in creative and engaging ways that reflect the character and authenticity of Indiana. The Market seeks to develop new components, including a culinary arts institute, a full-time farmers' cooperative, Indiana agriculture showcase, and a shared-use commercial kitchen.

• Indiana Underground Railroad Coalition/Interpretive Centers, Madison, was awarded $89,600. This project will create welcome centers by using existing attractions, exhibits detailing the history of a specific area, and other Indiana tourism sites to link counties together and tell their history. Several communities in south central, southern, and eastern Indiana have formed a network determined to share the rich history of Indiana’s Underground Railroad movement to residents and visitors alike. This region is being targeted, because it is the most documented Underground Railroad area of its kind in Indiana.

• National Road Heritage Trail/Planning, Indianapolis, was awarded $75,000. The 150-mile National Road Heritage Trail will draw tourists to explore large portions of the National Road Corridor by bicycle, on horseback and on foot, and will enhance the local experience for those who travel by automobile. It will also be the backbone of a statewide greenways network with its own tourism benefits.

• Starlight Visitors Association/Indiana Uplands Tour, Borden, was awarded $20,000. This association was formed by a group of southern Indiana wineries in coordination with the Indiana Uplands Grape-Growers Cooperative, and will use the grant to fund a business and marketing plan to create, implement, market, and sustain a wine trail. The Wine Trail will serve as a major midwestern agri-tourism attraction that will create a larger market for Indiana’s beautiful upland areas of the Hoosier National Forest, and will link the natural beauty and agri-tourism of the state with one another in a compelling visitor package.

Wayne County Foundation/Music Walk of Fame, Richmond, was awarded $71,250. This grant will help fund the Starr-Gennett Interpretive Center with permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, collections, storage, and public program space and research area. The Indiana Music Walk of Fame will foster collaboration between Indiana music heritage organizations, and highlight the continuous contributions Indiana has made to music history.

Qualifying proposals for these grants were reviewed and rated by a grant committee. Applicants were required to provide 25 percent of the funding for these projects.

Anyone interested in learning more about these or other Commerce programs should contact their regional Commerce office at 800.463.8081, or visit the Web site at www.indianacommerce.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, October 15, 2004 - 01:19 pm: Edit Post

Communities In Schools of Wayne County is awarded $100,000 Federal Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant!!!

CISWC in collaboration with agencies involved with the Partnership For Drug Free Wayne County, has been awarded $100,000 per year, renewable for a minimum of 3 years from the Federal Drug Free Communities Support Program. The purpose of the grant is to strengthen collaboration among local coalitions dedicated to reducing substance abuse among youth. The local coalition will address the following goals:
1) Enhance the prevention education strategies already in place throughout Wayne County for middle and high school age students,
2) Increase access to protective factors associated with substance abuse prevention for Wayne County students grades 7-12,
3) Promote widespread communication of a consistent anti-drug message about drug use, the need for prevention, and understanding of the risk and protective factors,
4) Assess the effectiveness of community substance abuse reduction initiatives directed toward youth, and
5) Define the most effective structure for Partnership for Drug Free Wayne County to serve as a catalyst for increased citizen participation and greater collaboration among sectors of the community.

Among the agencies that will be participating in this project are: Youth As Resources, the Conflict Resolution Center, Peer Information Center for Teens, Wayne County Peer Helpers, IU East Mentoring & Tutoring Program, and Richmond Community Schools Community Resources Program.

For more information view the Drug Free Communities website:
http://drugfreecommunities.samhsa.gov/

Individuals or organizations that are interested in learning more are invited to attend the Partnership For Drug Free Wayne County meetings at 8:00am on the 4th Friday of each month at the Richmond Senior Center.

Date: August 29, 2004

Contact:
Vivian Ashmawi-CIS
Barry Ritter-Partnership
(765) 983-2263
(765) 855-2158
viviana@parallax.ws
WayneCoDrugFree@aol.com
P.O. Box 1784
33 South 7th St.
Richmond, IN 47375


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 11:54 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Town Meeting Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed will hold a town meeting next Wednesday, October 13, 2004, in Richmond at Richmond High School’s Civic Hall. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting’s intent is to gather information for the Department of Education’s 2005 legislative agenda. Town meetings are held before each budget session so that the department can best represent the education priorities of Indiana’s citizenry.

“Our town meetings enable us, as in the past, to take our message out of Indianapolis and to deliver it in a respectable, localized, and old-fashioned atmosphere,” said Dr. Reed.

Each town meeting stop will feature a luncheon with local business people, a student forum for high school students, and culminate in the afternoon/early evening with the actual town meeting. Dr. Reed and appropriate Department of Education personnel will be presenting information and answering questions in regard to such topics as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and Public Law 221, ISTEP+ and the Graduation Qualifying Exam, and general education issues. Dr. Reed will be joined by staff from the North Central Regional Education Laboratory, Learning Point Associates, who will assist in facilitating each meeting and issue a report on the overall recommendations.

The Student Forum will be held at Richmond High School from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Members of the media and public are invited and encouraged to attend both functions (the Town Meeting and the Student Forum).

For more information, call 765-973-3300.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 11:16 am: Edit Post

Trick or Treat Night
Trick or Treat Night has been set by area communities as follows:

October 29th
Richmond from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fountain City from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 30
Centerville from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hagerstown from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Boston from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 31
Cambridge City from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

West Richmond Friends has started a new Friday evening coffeehouse for fun and to build community. We hope to make a setting that will attract a variety of folks – Friends, neighbors, and folks from the Earlham community – and encourage them to have fun with us.

The Common Grounds Coffeehouse offers free coffee, home-baked desserts and performances by area artists on Friday nights from 7:00 to 10:-00 p.m.

Admission is free -- donations are welcome! You can also volunteer to bring a dessert, bring entertainment, help with setup/clean up, or work on publicity.

OCTOBER SCHEDULE:

October 1 - Randy and Bonnie Nicholson (members of West River Friends; Bonnie used to run the Midwest AFSC Emergency/Material Aids Program next door)
October 8 - Sliced White Bread (jazz group, back for their second performance)
October 15 - Doug Gwyn (pastor of First Friends by day, guitarist and songwriter by night)
October 22 - Celtic Music jam fest (all Celtic musicians are invited to join in)
October 29 - Halloween surprise night

West Richmond Friends is just two blocks north of Earlham College, at the corner of West Main Street and SW 7th.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 10:27 am: Edit Post

Summersault launches national non-profit pet adoption service
October 4, 2004

RICHMOND, IN – Summersault website development has recently launched a significantly updated version of 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, a leading not-for-profit resource that helps animal shelters, humane societies, SPCA's, and pet rescue groups advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. The project represents more than a year of project planning and development, and is one of Summersault’s largest database-driven website undertakings to date.

“We’re absolutely thrilled about the launch of this important site,” said Chris Hardie, Summersault co-founder and Principal. “It was not only one of the most technically interesting and challenging projects we’ve worked on, but also one of the most rewarding.”

The site redevelopment began in late 2003 when the California-based 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com identified various new needs related to the functionality and maintenance of its website. Summersault worked with the organization to design a complete re-development strategy, touching everything from the graphic design of the site to the underlying database-driven technologies. Summersault’s development team, using the latest open source software technologies and working closely with 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com staff, then rebuilt the site from the ground up.

David Meyer, co-founder and Executive Director of 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, says that the re-launch of the site is a significant milestone for the organization. “We’ve always used the latest technologies of the web to save the lives of pets, and this new version of our site is another big leap forward,” said Meyer. “The new site not only broadens our reach and makes it even easier for pet lovers to find the dog or cat they want, but it also streamlines our management of the site and related resources.”

On 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, users across the U.S. and Canada can search for adoptable pets near them, and view the details of those pets, including photos. They can also view information about animal shelters in their area, opportunities for volunteering, and more. Animal shelters can login and manage information about their adoptable pets. The organization has also collaborated with celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Kelsey Grammer and Eddie from "Frasier", Dick Van Patten, "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan, and others to produce “The Save-A-Pet Show, an upcoming 30-minute adoption-promoting TV special that can be previewed on the new site.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Summersault on this important life-saving project,” Meyer explained. “They are a ‘one-stop’ resource for us in the truest sense. From planning to programming, graphic design to site hosting, our partnership has been exceptionally successful.”

The site can be viewed by visiting http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - 10:17 am: Edit Post

Friends of the Arboretum Announce New Website

Richmond, IN August 29, 2004 – Over the next few weeks, The Friends of the Arboretum (Hayes Arboretum, Richmond, IN) will be canvassing the community, region, and cyberspace announcing the official opening of their new website, www.fotaweb.com.

The site was originally conceived to provide a net-based resource for historical and current information regarding Hayes Arboretum. This role had previously been filled by Hayes’ own website, until it was closed to the general public earlier this year.

As development of the new Hayes site progressed, FOTA sensed a need to communicate key points and facts pertaining to Hayes’ Petition to Rezone 33 acres of nature preserve for a commercial strip mall development and the resultant court case filed by the Hayes board against the City of Richmond. FOTA member Debbie Kitchin explains, “A lot of rumors and misconceptions have been circulating throughout the community about things like private property rights and economic benefits. It is important for people to have a source to get at the facts of the case. We know the site will address that need.”

FOTA encourages anyone interested in preservation of greenspace and historical and cultural resources, and protection of groundwater resources to check out www.fotaweb.com.

Contact: Debbie Kitchin
Phone: 765-935-5879
Email: fotasite@earthlink.net


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 10:24 am: Edit Post

RCT Invaded By Dwarves!

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers has come and gone, but this Thanksgiving Richmond Civic Theatre will be invaded once again, this time by dwarves—seven of them. RCT will present two showings of the classic 1937 animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Friday, November 26th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 27th at 2:00 pm. Admission price is $2 per person. Both screenings are sponsored by Morrisson-Reeves Library and will be at the historic Richmond Civic Theatre.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length animated feature film ever released and is one of Walt Disney’s most-loved movies. Adapted from Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm’s fairy tale, Disney’s Snow White tells the story of a jealous queen who attempts to get rid of her beautiful step-daughter, Snow White, who takes refuge with seven dwarfs in their forest home. The queen transforms into a witch and offers Snow White a poisoned apple, which puts her into an everlasting sleep, until a prince finds her in a glass coffin and awakens her with love's first kiss. Of course, the couple lives happily ever after.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the fourteenth presentation of the C. Francis Jenkins Film Society of Richmond Civic Theatre. The RCT Film Series’ upcoming offerings include Some Like It Hot on December 31st and January 1st, 2005. Some Like It Hot will be the main attraction at RCT’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Please call the theatre for more information or to reserve tickets for the New Year’s festivities.

Richmond Civic Theatre acquired its full-sized movie screen from the old Tivoli Theater, thanks to the generosity of Hoppe Jewelers. Additional thanks are due to Primex Plastics Corporation, The Delta Entertainment Music Corporation, Ernest & Betty Mills of Doan & Mills Funeral Home, Steven & Margery Stoller, Dr. Deborah Wehman of Richmond Podiatry, and Censor Security Systems, who provided funding for the purchase of a new video projector for the Film Society. Donations to purchase video equipment will be accepted at each film series offering. More information regarding RCT Film Series sponsorship and advertising opportunities is available by calling 765-962-8011.

Contact: Becky Cooper
Address: 1003 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374
Email: cloudycoffee13@aol.com
Phone: (765) 962-8011
Web: www.richmondcivictheatre.org


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 09:13 am: Edit Post

Communities In Schools of Wayne County Hosts Family Involvement Workshop

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Time: 8:30am-12:00pm

Location: Boys & Girls Club, 1717 South “L” St., Richmond, IN

Contact: Vivian Ashmawi
765-983-2263
viviana@parallax.ws

Communities In Schools will host a workshop on strategies to engage and empower families and volunteers with schools. Special emphasis will be directed toward working with middle and high schools. Carole Levine, Director of State & Field Support from Communities In Schools National, will facilitate the workshop.

Parents, services providers and school staff are encouraged to attend.

There is no cost for participation and lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by November 17. The workshop will be held at the Boys & Girls Club at 1717 South “L” St.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 983-2263 or email cisassist@parallax.ws.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 09:10 am: Edit Post

Communities In Schools of Wayne County Adds New Staff

The Board of Directors of Communities In Schools of Wayne County (CISWC) is pleased to welcome the following new staff:
Melissa Wambo:Administrative Assistant
David Mosley:Site-Coordinator, Centerville Jr & Sr High Schools
Jill Adams: Site-Coordinator, Northeastern Jr/Sr High School
Rhonda Bartlett: Site-Coordinator, Hagerstown Jr/Sr High School
Ginnie Bohlander: Site-Coordinator, Lincoln High School.

The part-time site-coordinators will coordinate services provided by volunteers and other community partners in each of their assigned schools. They will also help with the communication between the schools, families, and other programs and community resources.

Patti Trace will continue to serve as Student Advocate/Site Coordinator at Richmond High School and the FIND Center.

This completes CISWC reorganization plan that would better position staff to “champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help kids stay in school and prepare for life.”

If you would like to know more, you can contact the site-coordinators at their respective schools or CISWC Executive Director, Vivian Ashmawi at 983-2263.

Contact: Vivian Ashmawi
765-983-2263
viviana@parallax.ws


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 10:34 am: Edit Post

Cellist to Perform at West Richmond Friends
Austrian cellist Erich Oskar Huetter be performing Tuesday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. at West Richmond Friends Meeting, 609 West Main Street, Richmond, Indiana. He will be presenting a series of Bach suites for solo cello. Admission is free.

He will also be presenting a master class for cello students in Goddard Auditorium at Earlham College from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

A member of the Trio Eusebius and Arcus Ensemble Vienna, Erich Oskar Huetter is the founder and artistic director of the Styrian Chamber Music Festival and the Grazer Osterfestival. His latest recording, Diez Cuerdas, presents duos for cello and guitar. He has given numerous concerts and master classes in the U.S.

Erich Oskar Huetter has recently been working with three other musicians under the Daniel Barenboim Foundation, to create the first Palestinian youth orchestra in Ramallah, on the West Bank, and to promote peace through cooperative Palestinian-Israeli music programs.

West Richmond Friends Meeting has a long history of active support for Palestinian people in the Ramallah area, sending teachers to the Ramallah Friends Schools and providing scholarship assistance for students.

West Richmond Friends Meeting is located 2 blocks north of U.S. Route 40 at the corner of West Main and SW 7th Streets.

For more information, please contact Joshua Brown by phone (765) 962-4485 or by email at westrfm@myvine.com.

You can also visit Erich Oskar Huetter's web site to hear clips and read more information.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Erich Oskar Huetter Cello

Born in 1973, Erich Oskar Huetter studied with Hildgund Posch and Phillip Muller at the University of Music in Graz and Reinhard Latzko at the Musikakademie in Basel where in 1999 he gained the soloist’s diploma and teachers diploma (both with highest distinction). From 1997 to 1999 he was assistant of Reinhard Latzko at the Musikakademie in Basel.

Supported by a scholarship granted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he then went on to study with Janos Starker at Indiana University and Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and got further artistic stimulation through Mischa Maisky at the Accademia Chigiana Siena.

While still a student, Erich won numerous prizes at competitions in Vienna, Stresa, Düsseldorf and Gorizia and performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras in Austria, Italy and Switzerland (e.g. Basler Symphoniker, Radio Symphonie Orchester Basel).

Known to a wider public through numerous appearances on radio and television as well as CD recordings, Erich Oskar Huetter has toured extensively throughout Europe (including Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein) and North America where he is a frequent guest at international festivals. He is regularly giving master classes at various American universities (e.g. Indiana University, Butler University) as well as the Summer Academy Stift Rein and Europa Akademie Allgäu.

Erich Oskar Huetter is a member of the Trio Eusebius and Arcus Ensemble Vienna, an ensemble with a strong emphasis on contemporary music, and additionally plays chamber music with members of Vienna String Sextet, Altenberg Trio Vienna and Artis Quartet.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Styrian Chamber Music Festival (35 concerts in the province of Styria, Carinthia and Slovenia) and Grazer Osterfestival (cross over events of improvisation and literature).

Erich’s latest recording Diez Cuerdas, published to great critical acclaim in radio and newspapers, presents duos for cello and guitar.

PRESS REVIEWS:
"Erich O. Huetter is an exceptionally gifted cellist and musician. I expect him to be an important contributor to the musical world." - Janos Starker, USA

“Truly captivating was the performance of cellist Erich O. Huetter. His interpretation was characterized by beauty of sound and highly musical phrasing.“ - Die Presse, Austria

“He has unmistakably proven that he belongs among the major cello players of today. his bright future is here already!" - Washington’s Original Arts-News magazine, USA

“The cellist truly created a small drama without words by a chiselled performance of the musical lines.” - Westdeutsche Zeitung, Germany

“The Austrian cellist proved to be remarkably well-versed on his instrument.“ - Rheinische Post, Germany

“The audience thanked the artist for his virtuoso and expressive performance with enthusiastic applause.” - Kanada Kurier, Canada


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 11:07 am: Edit Post

15TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE - Last Chance for Registration

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County is accepting registrations for the 15th Annual Holiday Parade, which will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m.

The registration deadline for parade entries is November 22nd. Floats, marching bands, walking entries and classic cars are just a few of the eligible types of entries.

This will be Richmond’s only holiday parade this season, and we hope to have a great turn-out. The parade route will start at the intersection of 14th and Main Street, and will continue west to the City Building.

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County will be partnering with the Whitewater Valley Detachment Marine Corps League again this year to support the Toys for Tots program. Bins will be placed along the parade route for the collection of donated toys.

The parade is free to spectators and participants. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the end of the parade.

If you would like to participate in the 15th Annual Holiday Parade, please call Main Street Richmond-Wayne County for more information and a registration packet at 765-962-8151.

Main Street-Richmond/Wayne County, Inc.
814 East Main St.,
Richmond, IN 47374
Ph. 765-962-8151 • Fax 765-935-6197
www.uptownrichmond.com
uptown@uptownrichmond.com


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 15, 2004 - 09:19 am: Edit Post

PENCE ANNOUNCES OPERATION HOLIDAY GREETING

Opportunity for Hoosiers to Express Thanks and Gratitude to American Troops

Washington, D.C.-Congressman Mike Pence announced today that he is launching Operation Holiday Greeting, an opportunity for Hoosiers to communicate holiday wishes directly to troops serving in Afghanistan.

Pence will be leading a Congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan next month to visit with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, review military operations and evaluate progress in the war on terror. Pence sits on the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee on the House International Relations Committee.

"I can think of no better place to spend part of the holidays than with our brave men and women in Afghanistan, spreading the well-wishes of Hoosiers to those who are helping us make history in that part of the world," said Pence.

Pence is asking Hoosiers to send him cards with their expressions of gratitude, personal wishes, words of encouragement and promises of prayer to the troops. Pence will distribute the cards to the soldiers and sailors he meets.

"Many of America's finest are overseas risking their lives and sacrificing their holidays with loved ones to bring peace and stability to a part of the world that desperately needs it," said Pence. "I look forward to encouraging our troops with the well-wishes of Hoosiers."

Details:
Hoosiers wishing to participate can send their cards, postmarked no later than November 23, 2004, to:
Operation Holiday Greeting
P.O. Box 407
Anderson, IN 46015

U.S. Congressman Mike Pence
Indiana's Sixth Congressional District
1605 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

http://mikepence.house.gov/
Phone: (202) 225-3021
Fax: (202) 225-3382
CONTACT: Matt Lloyd
Phone: (202) 225-3021


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post

15th Annual Holiday Parade - This Saturday - December 4th, 2004 at 11:00 a.m.

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County presents the 15th Annual Holiday Parade. The parade will be held this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The parade is free to attend. The route begins at 14th & Main Street and continues west on Main to end at the City Building.

We expect over 45 entries in the parade this year. Santa Claus and the Richmond High School Band will perform, along with many new participants. The morning show hosts from local radio station Kicks 96, Angie and The Buddha, will be emceeing the parade. The emcee station will be set up in the city parking lot at the corner of 10th and Main Street.

First Bank Richmond, Kicks 96 – WQLK FM, and Main Street Richmond-Wayne County are sponsoring the Holiday Parade.

The Whitewater Valley Detachment Marine Corps League will once again collect Toys for Tots donations during the parade. They will have bins at each street corner to collect donations of new toys.

The grand finale of the parade will be the arrival of Santa Claus. After the parade, Santa will be at Kessler’s Sport Shop at 930 East Main Street to visit until 2:00 p.m.

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County
814 East Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Ph. 765-962-8151 • Fax 765-935-6197
www.uptownrichmond.com
uptown@uptownrichmond.com