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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 09:12 am: Edit Post

SUMMERSAULT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS; DONATES FUNDS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY-BUILDING

RICHMOND, IN (August 6, 2007) – Summersault, a leader in database driven website solutions based here, marks its 10th anniversary on Aug. 15 with a $10,000 donation to support technology education and sustainable business practices.

Originating in the dorm rooms of two Earlham College students, the entrepreneurial firm today has more than 300 clients located across the United States. “It's been the experience of a lifetime to create a new business from the ground up and see it grow the way it has,” said Chris Hardie who co-founded Summersault with partner Mark Stosberg. “We set out to do much more than just make a living, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The celebratory donations are $5,000 to Morrisson-Reeves Library for new technology education programs and $5,000 to the Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce to fund a speaker series related to sustainable business practices.

"Sustainability in business practices is an issue for all of us. This generous gift to the Chamber will enable us to provide valuable information to our membership that will in turn benefit the entire community," said Dennis Andrews, President and CEO of the Chamber.

In 1997, Hardie and Stosberg had a vision for a new venture, a website development company that would help organizations use the then-relatively young technologies of the Internet to make the world a better place. They called their new partnership “Summersault” because they felt the images the name evoked – energy, youth, forward motion, and complete revolution - accurately portrayed the enthusiasm they had for the business and the technologies of the Internet.

Today, Summersault offers a single point of contact for highly customized web design and application development solutions, as well as professional consulting services and support. Its mission is to “build and sustain communities using the technologies of the Internet.”

On August 15th, Summersault staff will join with friends and community members to celebrate its decade of entrepreneurship and community building, and look forward with enthusiasm to the years ahead.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 08:50 am: Edit Post

City of Richmond Plans Public Hearing for INDOT Transit Grant

Richmond, IN – The City of Richmond is holding a public hearing on the City’s application to the Indiana Department of Transportation for capital and operating assistance for Rose View Transit. The hearing is scheduled for:

Friday, August 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM
Richmond Municipal Building
2nd Floor Community Room
50 North 5th Street
Richmond, Indiana

The city is requesting up to $92,000 from the Indiana Department of Transportation, Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act for capital assistance to purchase one bus, one paratransit van, 2 two-way radios, and 10 bike racks to be attached to buses. The city is also requesting up to $528,738 for operating assistance under the same Act.

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide a forum for public comment before the grant proposal is submitted to the State.

Information related to the grant application is available for public review, prior to the hearing, in the City of Richmond Department of Metropolitan Development located on the third floor of the Richmond Municipal Building.

For more information, please contact Tony Foster, Director of Metropolitan Development for the City of Richmond, at 765-983-7211 or Sharon Palmer at 765-983-7222.

(Message edited by Admin on August 07, 2007)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 10:54 am: Edit Post

Milton Community Days Schedule - August 11 & 12, 2007

Anyone wanting to enter talent contest contact Donna Powell at 765/969-1032 or Teri Blair 765/977-6261

Talent Contest - 9:00 sign in, Entry free, Categories, 12 and under, winner receives $15.00 + plaque 13 to 17 winner receives $15.00 + plaque 18 and up winner receives $25.00 + plaque entries must supply their own music (CD) a player will be provided, approximately 6 minute time limit.

Milton Days Festival 2007, Saturday August 11, 2007

8:00am Community wide yard sales

9:00 Opening ceremony - Posting of the colors by the Cambridge City American

Legion Post #169 Singing of the National Anthem

9:00 3 on 3 basketball tournament (18 and under) - 8:00 sign in, at basketball courts old Milton school, admission one canned food item, Teams, girls and boys no mixed (need team name) categories (5th 6th ) (7th 8th ) (9th 10th 11th 12th )grades Double elimination, each player on winning team in each category receives
a plaque.

9:10 Citizen honored - For community service and presented a plaque

9:30 Poker Run – 8:00 sign in, 1st annual Harry Moschell Ride for Riley Entry fee $10.00, rider $5.00 Begins at Old Milton School, travels to: Who Cares, Brookville / OTs, Liberty / Doc. Handy’s, Richmond / Silver Dollar, Cambridge City / Old Milton school, Proceeds to Riley’s Children’s Hospital Hog roast held after for riders.

10:00 Talent Contest - 9:00 sign in, Entry free, Categories, 12 and under, winner receives $15.00 + plaque 13 to 17 winner receives $15.00 + plaque 18 and up winner receives $25.00 + plaque entries must supply their own music (CD) a player will be provided, approximately 6 minute time limit.

11:00 Public Auction - Milton Christian Church is having a public auction, Damon Tyree-Auctioneer. Items will be accepted to be auctioned off for 20% of excepted bid. Contact Rev. Cici @ 478-4022

1:30pm Blue Grass Music – Recording artist The Durham Family , followed by the incredible All-American bluegrass band a must see for bluegrass fans.

2:30 Local Martial Arts- Demonstration at old Milton school

4:00 Dixon Dancers - On stage in front of Old Milton school

5:00 Battle of the Band’s - Register before 3:00 day of contest (Please pre register if possible ) Grand prize $1,050.00 of professional recording and mixing time. Presented by Lightning Struck Recording Studios, Clayton IN (317) 539- 7476 PA , Amps, drums provided. Must bring drumsticks, guitars and cords. Contest rules & entry forms at Milton Mini Mart or call information numbers. Open jam time permitting.

Milton Community Days, Sunday August 12, 2007

8:00am Worship Services On lawn at old Milton school, all Denominations welcome Rev. Cici

9:00 Corn Hole Tournament - 8:00 sign in, Entry fee $10.00 per team, Grand prize half of entry fees+ plaque , Double elimination

9:00 Adult 3 on 3 basketball tournament –8:00 sign in ,18 & up, entry fee $15.00 per team, Grand prize half of entry fees + plaque must have team name.

11:00 Award winning Pan Fried Chicken - on sale at car show

11:00 Car Show - 9:00 sign in. 2ndannual M.D.F. car show. Entry fees $8.00 in advance $10.00 day of show, Awards- Top 25 cars, top 5 trucks, best Motorcycle, & Best of show. Awards at

3:00 pm Pre register Checks payable to,” Milton Community Day Festival” address, Town of Milton, Milton Indiana 47357 Attn. Donna Powell or on Web Site

2:00 Parade – 1:00 line up, at the Ballpark north end of Cherry Street. To be judged, ask for number. Plaques given for: Best decorated, Most unusual, Most patriotic (something showing support
for our troops) All Welcome

4:00 Closing ceremony – Colors retrieved, moment of silence for troops

Flea market spaces – available 10 x 10 $20.00 10 x 20 $30.00

Jerry’s Jail – $2.00 in / $3.00 out, 5 minutes. Prisoners must agree.

For Information, call Duane Rummel (765) 478-4478 or Donna Powell (765) 478-4545 or Milton Mini Mart.

http://www.freewebs.com/miltonday/


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 02:47 pm: Edit Post

COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES CONFIRMS VISIT DATE FOR RICHMOND

Officials confirmed Monday that the Commission on Presidential Debates will make its site survey visit to Richmond, Ind., on Wednesday, July 18, according to Jim Dinkle, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County.

Two representatives of the Commission on Presidential Debates, based in Washington, D.C., will be in Richmond to evaluate an application to serve as a host site for a 2008 Presidential Debate. The EDC submitted the application in March after a local evaluation showed that Richmond can meet the criteria for host communities.

The CPD will organize a series of debates for the major party candidates for president and vice president. They will be held between September and late October 2008. Based on the experiences of other host communities, Dinkle estimates a debate would have a positive economic impact of more than $30 million for the Richmond area.

The CPD’s site survey team will include Rory Davies, executive producer for the 2008 debates, and Craig Wisniewsky of the Secret Service. They will be looking at the proposed debate site, Richmond Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, as well as local proposals for handling security, emergency procedures, news media, finance and hotel accommodations.

The delegation is expected to spend five or six hours viewing Civic Hall and meeting with representatives of the local Presidential Debate Bid Steering Committee, Dinkle said. The CPD has said it will notify communities in October 2007 whether they have been selected to host a debate.

The CPD delegation is scheduled to visit Bloomington, Ind., on July 17, Dinkle said. Bloomington is the only other site in Indiana which has put in a bid to host a 2008 Presidential Debate. Richmond is one of a total of 18 communities that are being considered.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 11:16 am: Edit Post

“The Great Indiana Getaway Contest”

Antique Alley~Wayne County chosen as (1) of the (12) Great Indiana Getaway locations.

Richmond, Indiana
- With vacation season in full swing, Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman is encouraging Hoosiers to take in the sights and sounds of their own backyard this summer through a promotion called The Great Indiana Getaway. The promotion is sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and will be carried out in two phases. Ultimately, three Indiana getaways will be awarded.

Phase #1 runs from July 5 to July 13 when voters can log on to www.VisitIndiana.com/greatgetaway and rank their three favorite getaways from a list of (12) getaways across the state. Antique Alley~Wayne County is one of the (12) getaways highlighted. We are honored and hope local citizens feel the same! Those interested in participating can vote an unlimited number of times. We encourage locals to help Antique Alley~Wayne County come out on top by voting for Antique Alley~Wayne County!

During the 2nd phase, July 16 to July 27, voters can revisit www.VisitIndiana.com/greatgetaway to view the itineraries for the top three getaways and write a short essay explaining why they should be selected to go on one of the Great Indiana Getaway trips. Letters must be specific to a particular getaway location, but people may submit letters for all three destinations. Winners will be announced on August 1.

The winning contestants will receive a three day, two night trip for four to their selected getaway, a $500 circle K gas card, and four “Making Memories” packages which include an RCA Small Wonder digital camcorder and an RCA Opal mp3 player.

“Whether you’re traveling on a tight budget, looking for a weekend trip, or planning your annual family getaway, Indiana has a vacation destination for everyone,” said Lt. Gov. Skillman. “Visiting one of our in-state attractions helps support our local economies while avoiding the pain at the pump.”

The 12 destinations featured in The Great Indiana Getaway are: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Amish Country/South Bend, Indianapolis/Hamilton County, Indianapolis/Hendricks County, Fort Wayne, Antique Alley/Wayne County, Lafayette/Indiana Beach, Turkey Run State Park/Covered Bridges, Holiday World/Evansville, French Lick/West Baden, Brown County/Bloomington/Columbus, and Madison/Vevay.

Nancy Sartain
Leisure Marketing Manager
Richmond~Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau
5701 National Road East, Richmond, IN 47374
800-828-8414 * 765-935-8687
nsartain@visitrichmond.org
www.visitrichmond.org


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 10:29 am: Edit Post

Richmond, IN – Mayor Sally Hutton will sign the U. S. Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, at 5:00 P.M., at the Richmond/Wayne County Environmental Awareness Council meeting. The public is invited to attend the signing in the Community Room, 2nd Floor of the City Municipal Building, 50 North 5th Street, Richmond.

The U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement encourages the federal government to enact policies and programs to meet or exceed guidelines set by the Kyoto Protocol. Over 640 Mayors from across the country have signed the U.S. Mayor’s Conference Climate Protection Agreement.

The City is already implementing or has plans for implementing most of the 12 items listed in the Climate Protection Agreement through the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge administered by IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management), the Richmond Comprehensive Plan 2006, and the Richmond/Wayne County Environmental Awareness Council.

Eight other Mayors in Indiana have signed the Climate Protection Agreement. The cities are Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, and Michigan City. For more information on the Agreement visit www.usmayors.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - 04:25 pm: Edit Post

This weekend, Common Grounds Coffeehouse will feature ESR prof. Phil Baisley on guitar. Before he comes on, the warm-up performers will be new meeting attenders Ben Pressley and Nathan Sebens, a/k/a The Pendle Hill Boys, playing some hot fiddle and guitar music.

Common Grounds Coffeehouse is open Friday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 at West Richmond Friends Meeting, corner of SW 7th and West Main Street, just 2 blocks north of Earlham/ESR/Bethany. Admission is free. Food and beverages are available. Families are welcome. Come and have a great time!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 11:47 am: Edit Post

City of Richmond Plans Public Hearings for U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant

Richmond, IN – The City of Richmond is holding three public hearings on the City’s application to the U.S. EPA for a Brownfield Cleanup Grant. The hearing is scheduled for:

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 2:00 P.M.
Richmond Municipal Building
2nd Floor Community Room
50 North 5th Street
Richmond, Indiana

The city is requesting up to $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for a Brownfield Cleanup Grant to cleanup the Indiana Gas Building site a.k.a Richmond Gas Company.

The area is located at 16 East Main Street, Richmond, IN. After cleanup of the area is complete, the area will used to complete the Whitewater Gorge Trail.

Information related to the grant application is available for public review, prior to the hearing, in the City of Richmond Department of Metropolitan Development located on the third floor of the Richmond Municipal Building.

For more information, please contact Tony Foster, Director of Metropolitan Development for the City of Richmond, at 765-983-7211 or Sharon Palmer at 765-983-7222.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 11:09 am: Edit Post

Hagerstown will celebrate its 175th anniversary Oct. 5-7 with a weekend of fun to celebrate the century-and-three-quarters mark, according to Denny Burns, chairman. Pageantry, story-telling, contests, historical trivia, barbershop singing, a quilt show and food are planned.

Activities will be centered downtown at the Iron Gate house, 35 W. Main St., where Huffine Design is located, and at the Don and Dot McCullough Community Center. There will be other events at Hagerstown Elementary School, the Hagerstown-Jefferson Township Library, three churches and the Nettle Creek Valley Cultural Center.

The idea of the celebration has been to get current Hagerstown residents together for a day celebrating the town’s history and looking to a bright future, said Ted Blevins, event co-chairman.

Activities start on Wednesday, October 3rd, at Abbott’s Candy, the town’s oldest continuous business still being run by the same family. In “Sweet Tooth Satisfaction,” people will have an opportunity to eat all the candy they can in 90 minutes. The candy shop, at 48 E. Walnut St., is selling 150 tickets for the event, which will be divided into two sections, from 5 to 6:30 and from 7 to 8:30 p.m., according to Suanna Abbott Goodnight, the third generation of her family to own and operate the business.

On Friday evening, a musical show is planned at the Hagerstown Elementary School gymnasium. At 7 p.m., pupils in grades 1 to 6 will present “Making A Difference In Our Town” under the direction of Debbie Matanich, music teacher.

A full day of activities is scheduled starting at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Iron Gate. Chuck and Michelle Avery will be masters of ceremonies for the activities at Iron Gate. Official proclamations recognizing Hagerstown will be presented to start the day.

A special feature will be an old-fashioned Country Fair at the Congregational Christian Church, 201 S. Washington St. Starting at 9 a.m. residents may enter home-made baked goods including cakes, pies and breads. They will be judged at 10 a.m. and awards will be given for the best entries at noon. For rules and other details, contact Suanna Abbott Goodnight, chairwoman.

A high school history class will take center stage at 9:30 a.m. Students in Tim Arnold’s classes at Hagerstown Jr.-Sr. High School will present a Hagerstown Trivia Bowl, asking questions about the town’s past and present.

Story hour will begin at 10:30 a.m. It’s hoped that long-time residents will share stories of how it was “back in the day,” according to Peggy Cenova, chairwoman. Stories will continue as long as people want to keep talking.

Meanwhile, at the McCullough Community Center, a quilt show is being organized by Sandy Brown. Quilts will be shown from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A ham and beans lunch will be served at noon by the Hagerstown Lions Club in the McCullough Center. Karen Rifner is chairing that activity.
At 9 a.m. and noon, there will be a special showing of Hagerstown 1976. This is a collection of photo slides made during the national Bicentennial in 1976 by the Woman’s History Club. The slides have been put onto a compact disc and their inaugural showing will be during the anniversary celebration, said Phyllis Mattheis, chairwoman.

Back at the Iron Gate house, a cup stacking contest will start at 3 p.m. This activity features people stacking six cups in various patterns as quickly as possible. It is rapidly gaining popularity among elementary school pupils.
At 3 p.m. barbershop singing will be led at Iron Gate by a local quartet including Ray Armstrong, Chris Beeson, Rick Federico and Rick Peelle.

A teen dance is planned at Hagerstown High School starting at 8 p.m.

Historical displays are planned at Hagerstown First United Methodist Church, 199 S. Perry St. Joe Smith and Joe Carter are in charge.

A special exhibit will be featured at the Nettle Creek Valley Cultural Center, 98 E. Main St. Work by local cartoonists Joe Klemann and Jon Carter will be shown, along with a traveling show about Indiana Cartoonists from the Indiana Historical Society.

Another special display will be at the Hagerstown-Jefferson Township Library, 10 W. College St. Historical arts and crafts will be displayed from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Local merchants will be participating in three ways. More than 20 have signed up to give away $20 gift certificate in a Hagerstown Trivia Contest. Questions about many of the business buildings in town will be published next week in the Nettle Creek Gazette. People may answer the questions and turn in their entry sheets at Iron Gate. Winners of the gift certificates will be drawn at 3 p.m.
Merchants also have been encouraged to have sidewalk sales and to put historic pictures in their display windows. Andrea Stuckey, manager at West End Bank, is organizing the merchant activities.

Activities continue on Sunday at Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene, 630 E. Main St. Organized by Ted Blevins, a Walk Back to 1832 will feature pies and homemade ice cream. Musical performances are planned at 3 p.m. at the church.

As part of the anniversary celebration, a brochure called “Walking Through 175 Years of History” has been prepared by Jerry and Phyllis Mattheis. It contains a map and short descriptions of many of Hagerstown’s older homes and business buildings. The walking tour brochure, modeled after one prepared in 1987 by Historic Hagerstown, will be available during the celebration.

(Message edited by Admin on October 02, 2007)


By LisaBates (Wcf123) on Friday, September 21, 2007 - 11:29 am: Edit Post

Countywide Education Summit
October 9 and 10

The Wayne County Foundation and the Wayne County Learning Corporation will convene a summit-style meeting in Richmond on October 9 and 10 to discuss improvements to education and identify ways in which community members can be engaged. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

“High-quality educational opportunities and higher levels of educational attainment are critical if we are to be a vibrant, economically-viable community,” said Steve Borchers, Executive Director of the Wayne County Foundation. “Moreover, we need to set measurable goals for our progress and get everyone working toward them in their own ways. That’s what the Summit is all about.”

The event will kickoff at 7:00 pm on October 9, with a keynote presentation by Dr. Suzanne Morse, President of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and author of the book Smart Communities. Dr. Morse’s research on what communities do make themselves successful, as well as her work to address the issue of rising high school dropout rates, will provide a framework for the summit meetings the next day. Her remarks will also be of interest to those who may not be able to participate in those events, but who are nevertheless concerned with the link between education and community development. There is no charge to attend the “kickoff keynote” presentation, which will be held in Goddard Auditorium, in Carpenter Hall, on the Earlham College Campus.

The Summit will continue on Wednesday, October 10, on the IU East and Ivy Tech campuses. Aims McGuinness, author of the 2002 NCHEMS Report, will help lead the discussions, which will relate to the Learning Corporation’s “pipeline model” and center on the following questions:

• Where are we now?
• Where do we need to be?
• How can we get there?
• How do we measure our progress?
• What’s the most important thing to do first?

The pipeline model identifies critical points along a continuum of educational development where students are at the greatest risk of becoming disengaged – and diminishing our community’s capacity for growth. Our ability to address these “leak points” effectively, and in relation to the recommendations from the NCHEMS report, is an important measure of our ability to progress.

“The Summit is designed to keep the focus on what we – as a community – can and should do to advance education … and what we can do to translate these concepts into specific individual, organizational, and business entity involvement,” said Steve Slonaker, Chair of the Learning Corporation Board.

Organizers of the Summit are encouraging teams of people from businesses and organizations to participate. Teams and individuals can register for the Summit and see additional information about the event at, www.waynecountyfoundation.org, or by calling the Wayne County Foundation at 962-1638. There is no cost to attend the kickoff keynote event on October 9; $5 is requested of participants at the event on October 10 to help offset the cost of lunch and refreshments.


By LisaBates (Wcf123) on Friday, September 21, 2007 - 11:26 am: Edit Post

FOUNDATION AWARDS 19 GRANTS TOTALING $83,669 FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $83,669 to nineteen organizations for education and community activities categories. These grants were made possible by income from unrestricted and field-of-interest endowment funds of the Foundation. Total requests totaled over $121,000. A complete list of grant awards follows:

Centerville-Abington Elementary School - $3,640.00
To assist with the cost to purchase listening centers, book baskets and shelving for their new literacy reading program.

Nettle Creek School Corporation - $800.00
To assist with the purchase of technology equipment to be used in a multiage classroom.

Dunn Mental Health Center - $3,000.00
To support a two-day positive parenting program presented by Dr. Matthew A. Johnson, Psy.D., MSW, psychologist and author on November 2 & 3.

Earlham College/Chanticleer Quartet - $1,000.00
To implement the "Fiddle Faddle" music program for kindergarten and 1st graders at Garrison Elementary school.

Richmond Art Museum - $15,200.00
To purchase and install upgrades to the sound system in McGuire Hall.

Wayne County 4-H Association - $3,500.00
To implement an RT2 (Read, Taste & Touch) Program for preschoolers in Wayne County.

Wayne County Historical Museum - $5,599.00
To print 5,000 copies of the Junior Historian Activity book that would be given to Wayne County school children who visit the museum.

Wayne County Soil & Water - $3,500.00
To support Conservation Days to be held for approximately 1,000 Wayne County third and fourth graders to be held in February.

C.A.E.C.I./Amigos - $4,450.00
To support a program for "at risk" Hispanic families in Wayne County to enable them to visit educational and cultural centers in the area.

Newspapers in Education - $1,500.00
To support the Newspapers in Education program in Wayne County schools.

E.G.G./R.W.C.C.-Business Education Liaison - $2,500.00
To provide postage, supplies, materials and busing expenses for Career Day on November 16, 2007.

Baxter Neighborhood Help Center/I.U. East - $2,080.00
To purchase hardware and software to be used for tutoring and provide training and services to Spanish speaking residents.

Boy Scouts/Crossroads of America - $5,800.00
To assist with the cost of their After School Scouting program "Scoutreach".

Townsend Community Center - $10,000.00
To support the Lundy Endowment Fund established to benefit Townsend Community Center.

Area 9 Agency/Indiana University- $6,000.00
To assist with start-up costs to implement 211 service to Wayne County citizens.

Christ's Ambassadors - $1,500.00
To purchase supplies to complete the trails and walkways at the outreach center.

United Way of Whitewater Valley - $5,000.00
To support phase 2 and phase 3 of their community assessment of Wayne County.

Model T Ford Club - $6,100.00
For software to manage the Model T centennial celebration to be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 21-26, 2008.

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County - $2,500.00
To support the creation of thirty ice sculptures during the Ice Festival scheduled for December 14th in Uptown Richmond.

(Message edited by wcf123 on September 21, 2007)


By Mandy Ford (Fordma) on Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Earlham School of Religion Hosts Annual Pastor’s Conference

The Earlham School of Religion is hosting its annual Pastor’s Conference, Coming Home to Love, on September 24th and 25th at the Richmond campus. Keynote speaker Dr. Elaine Heath will speak on exploring the relationship between contemplative prayer and holistic evangelism, and consider a variety of ways to cultivate the contemplative life in both pastors and congregations. Workshops on evangelism, church growth, and spirituality, presented by ESR faculty and alums, will round out the schedule. The conference, which runs from 8:30 am on the 24th until 1:00 pm on the 25th, includes five meals at a cost of $40 per participant. The event will be held in the ESR Center on the Earlham School of Religion campus, located at the corner of U.S. 40 (Old National Road) and College Avenue in Richmond.

For more information, please call 1-800-432-1377 or 765-983-1423, or e-mail cummiri@earlham.edu.

Earlham School of Religion is a Christian graduate theological school in the Quaker tradition, and prepares women and men for leadership that empowers and for ministry that serves.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 09:13 am: Edit Post

Senator Lugar to Visit Cope Environmental Center

Indiana’s senior U.S. Senator and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Richard Lugar, will visit Cope Environmental Center (CEC) on Sept 14 at 3:00 PM. Senator Lugar has requested a tour of the center to learn more about the environmental educational programs and sustainability demonstrations available at CEC.

“Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are important in our efforts to decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and it’s exciting to have the CEC and these resources here in Indiana,” said Senator Lugar.

Cope Environmental Center is a not-for-profit environmental education organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable use of the earth’s resources through education, demonstration, and research. Schools in Wayne and six other surrounding counties utilize a full curriculum of hands-on science and environmental education programs offered at the center. CEC provides Stewardship Workshops and works within the city and county on a variety of sustainability and environmental issues. CEC also is in the process of creating a Sustainable Living Demonstration Home. This home currently features a hybrid wind and solar energy system, on-demand water heater, and other energy conservation measures and other ideas for environmentally friendly remodeling and building. The goal of the home is to showcase to the average homeowner a range of possible ways to conserve resources.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 03:23 pm: Edit Post

1st Annual Countywide Partnership for Youth (CPY) gathering to celebrate the commitment of many agencies and individuals working together to help all Wayne County young people become “healthy, caring, productive citizens.”

We’ll review the priorities and share early successes of the Countywide Youth Development Plan. We’ll introduce the role of a “Partner” as a member of the newly convened “Countywide Partnership for Youth.”

You are invited and you are needed!!!! Tuesday, September 11, 2007 6:30 p.m. at IU East Community Room, Whitewater Hall, 2325 Chester Blvd., Richmond, Indiana.

For more information, contact Vivian Ashmawi, Communities In Schools, at765-983-2263.

(Message edited by admin on September 04, 2007)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 11:46 am: Edit Post

LEAN MANUFACTURING FORUM PLANNED

A Lean Manufacturing Forum will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 8, at McDaniel Hall on the Ivy Tech Community College campus, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond. Sponsored by the existing business program of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County and Ivy Tech’s workforce and economic development office, it will be offered at no charge to participants.

Lean manufacturing is a process of continuous improvement that focuses a company’s efforts on meeting customer needs, said Bob Hansen, the EDC’s business retention and expansion manager. It emphasizes quality and on-time delivery.

The goal of the Lean Manufacturing Forum is to introduce local businesses to the concepts used in lean management in the hope that some will decide to adopt it. A local lean manufacturing network may also be formed in which local managers can go together to obtain training and share best practices with each other.

Presenters at the forum will be Jerry Hull of Saginaw, Mich., senior supplier development engineer for Delphi, and Roger Keep, manager of PTC Tubular Products’ Richmond plant.

Hull has been trained in lean manufacturing by Toyota Motor Co. and works with Delphi’s customers to improve their practices. He has worked with PTC to implement Lean Practices to secure them as a long term supplier to Delphi.

Keep, who is an EDC board member, believes that if more local companies utilize lean practices, the Richmond area will become more competitive, leading to improved economic conditions. PTC Tubular Products in Richmond recently received a Quality Focus Systems graduation award from Delphi. The award recognizes this plant’s improvements in quality and delivery.

For information or to register for the Lean Manufacturing Forum, contact Hansen at the EDC, (765) 983-4769, or by e-mail, bhansen@edcwc.com. Registrations will be accepted until Sept. 6.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 10:32 am: Edit Post

Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana Announces New Logo

RICHMOND, IN, November 7, 2007 – The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana has unveiled a new logo for use in its effort to attract employer growth in the eastern Indiana area. The new logo is comprised of three distinct components; a graphical map of the state of Indiana; a heart-shaped icon depicting the location of Wayne County; and a tagline – Great People – Perfect Place – conveying an emotional pride and a descriptor of the county’s prime location.

“The new look and feel of the Wayne County logo was developed in accordance with recent countywide research and reflects the feelings, thoughts, and emotions of people in the area,” said Jim Dinkle, Executive Director of the organization. “The people of Wayne County are known for their friendly nature and for their tremendous work ethic.”

The unique location of the area, centrally positioned between Indianapolis, Indiana, Dayton, and Cincinnati, Ohio offers residents and employers the comfort and lifestyle of a smaller city along with the benefits that come with larger cities.

The new logo was created by Brand Acceleration of Indianapolis, Indiana. According to the agency’s president, Jim Walton, “Wayne County, Indiana has so much to offer prospective employers. The people are truly amazing and the location is perfect for a company seeking small-city comforts with big-city access. Whether by air, rail, or interstate highway, Wayne County has it all.”

The tagline is a simple, yet effective statement that invites prospective employers to consider the area. With a strong workforce, Wayne County is a great fit for manufacturing, distribution, ag-bio, or any life science company. The logo will appear in all materials used for marketing, communications, sales, advertising, and promotions by the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana.

For more information about Wayne County, go to www.edcwc.com or call 765-983-4769


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 07:56 pm: Edit Post

DEBATE NOTIFICATION DELAYED UNTIL MID-NOVEMBER

It will be at least two more weeks before Richmond learns whether a national election debate will be coming here in 2008.

On Monday, the Commission on Presidential Debates notified the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County that its final decision about debate locations has been delayed until at least mid-November. Originally, the CPD had planned to announce its choices for debate sites by Oct. 31.

The CPD’s producer, Rory Davies, told the EDC that the decision has been difficult because all of the 16 communities that want a debate have the necessary qualifications to be a host site. The CPD will select three communities for presidential debates, one for a vice presidential debate and two as alternate sites.

“We are still hopeful that Richmond will be awarded a debate,” said Jim Dinkle, EDC president. “We are encouraged because it appears that Richmond is still in the running and has not been eliminated. All we can do now is hope that the commission will agree with us that Richmond is the perfect place to stage a debate.”

Dinkle has estimated the economic impact of hosting a debate at $42 million or more.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 10:17 am: Edit Post

Positive Parenting with a Plan: Helping to Empower Parents with F.A.M.I.L.Y Rules

~Do you desire to have a more healthy and functional family?
~Is there a lack of discipline and consistency in your home?
~Do yo feel like you are "flying by the seat of your pants" with parenting issues?

These F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules seminars will provide the attendees with a very thorough, positive plan for parenting children grades K-12. Matthew Johnson, Psy.D., MSW, will teach a program for the ENTIRE FAMILY that is easy to learn and implement.

On Friday evening, parents will learn The Roles of Parenting, The Seven Cardinal Sins of Parenting, Tactics used by Children to Manipulate Authority, and SO MUCH MORE!!!

On Saturday morning, families attend together when Dr. Johnson speaks directly to the children to explain their role in helping the family implement the program. His engaging style and delivery are sure to bring everyone on board to make for effective change.

SESSION FOR PROFESSIONALS
Friday, November 2, 2007
Indiana University East, Vivian Auditorium
9:00 am-4:30 pm

SESSION FOR PARENTS
Friday, November 2, 2007
Townsend Community Center—Auditorium
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
There will be activities available for children ages 3 and up

SESSION FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN (AGES K-12 ONLY)
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County
10:00 am-12:00 pm

There is NO COST for these workshops, but you must register to attend!!!!

Please contact 765.983.8065 to find out more information or to request an informational brochure.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 08:48 am: Edit Post

MAIN STREET RICHMOND WAYNE COUNTY RECEIVES NATIONAL MAIN STREET PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The efforts of Main Street Richmond Wayne County over the past year has earned it recognition for commercial district revitalization by meeting standards for performance set by the National Trust Main Street Center. MSRWC joins 650 other Main Street revitalization programs nationally recognized as 2007 Accredited National Main Street Programs.

“The national accreditation means the local Main Street program is meeting our national standards of performance for what a Main Street program should be doing,” said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “The organizations we name each year as National Main Street Programs are those that have demonstrated the skills and comprehensive perspective needed to
succeed in Main Street revitalization.”

The annual accreditation process evaluates commercial district revitalization programs based on criteria ranging from having an active board of directors and paid professional manager to tracking economic progress and preserving historic Main Street buildings.

“Rebuilding a district’s economic health and maintaining that success requires broadbased community involvement, active support from both the public and private sectors, and sound management,” said Loescher. “Having a solid organization at the foundation of that revitalization effort is so important to long term success.”

Indiana Main Street Program evaluated the organization’s performance, which is the coordinating organization for Main Street programs in Indiana.

“We are humbled that once again our organization has been recognized for our program and development efforts in the Uptown area by the National Trust Main Street Center. It would not have been possible without the strong support of our Board of Directors, Uptown Businesses, Volunteers, City of Richmond and our economic partners; Wayne County Tourism, Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce and last but not least the citizens of Wayne County. MSRWC recognized early on thru the development of the Main Street Strategic Plan that the continual success of our Uptown could not be dependent upon one person, one investment and or one business but based upon an inclusive, collaborative proactive shared community vision approach. We continue to embrace that philosophy still today as we review, update and implement this plan, stated Renee Oldham, Executive Director.”

Established in 1980, the National Trust Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their traditional historic commercial districts. The Main Street Center leads the preservation-based community revitalization movement and has proven that historic preservation and community-driven economic development effects lasting change. Currently active in more than 1,150 downtowns and neighborhood business districts, Main Street programs have generated more than $41.6 billion in new investment since 1980. Participating communities have created 349,148 net new jobs, 77,799 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 186,820 buildings, leveraging an average of $25.76 in new investment for every dollar spent on Main Street initiatives.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Its Washington, DC headquarters staff, six regional offices and 25 historic sites work with the Trust’s 200,000 members and thousands of local community groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the Trust’s web site at www.nationaltrust.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 05:33 pm: Edit Post

“Financial Success God’s Way Series” featuring Rev. Kenneth Flood from Fort Wayne, Indiana being sponsored by “Acts 29” Development Corporation.

November 3, 2007 and November 10, 2007 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church 200 south 6th Street Richmond, Indiana Register by calling (765)962-7241 or e-mail to mjflood@insightbb.com by 10/30/2007. Cost is $12.00 includes lunch.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, December 14, 2007 - 11:36 am: Edit Post

Starr-Gennett Foundation and Warm Glow Candles collaborated this Christmas season to offer area residents as well as visitors to Wayne County a unique way of remembering their visit.

Starr-Gennett Foundation, with the talented help of Warm Glow Candles, packaged sampler baskets containing items from Starr-Gennett Foundation, Warm Glow Candles, Richmond Baking Company, Olympian Candies, Charlie’s Coffee Bar, Little Sheba’s, Abbott’s Candy Shop, and Jim Hair of Richmond Art Works.

All proceeds from the sale of the sampler baskets will help the Starr-Gennett Foundation in its future efforts to promote and preserve the legacy of Gennett Records and its parent organization, the Starr Piano Company.

The sampler baskets are available at the Starr-Gennett Foundation’s Hometown Gallery at 181 Fort Wayne Avenue in Richmond. For more information contact Mary Gentry-Adams at 765-962-2860 or email mlgadams@starrgennet.org. Learn more about the Starr-Gennett Foundation at http://www.www.starrgennett.org.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 02:38 pm: Edit Post

State to buy abandoned rail line - doubling state's rail trail corridor

INDIANAPOLIS (December 4, 2007) - Governor Mitch Daniels today announced the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reached an agreement in principle to purchase more than 150 miles of abandoned railroad corridors that will nearly double rail trail corridors in the state.

"Our goal is to have a trail within 15 minutes of every Hoosier within ten years," Daniels said. "Today we have made a quantum leap forward that puts Indiana several steps closer to achieving this objective."

DNR is currently working with the owners of the former Penn Central Rail Line to purchase several segments of abandoned rail corridors. Pieces of the line are located in 39 counties throughout the state. The department's plan is to give the land to local governments and not-for-profit groups for future trail expansions. Henry County already has plans to begin developing a trail in their area.

Additional counties with new rail trail segments include: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Boone, Cass, Clay, Clinton, DeKalb, Decatur, Delaware, Fulton, Grant, Greene, Hancock, Howard, Jay, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, LaGrange, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Noble, Owen, Parke, Pike, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, St. Joseph, Tipton, Vigo Wabash, Wayne and Whitley. The 150 miles of new segments is in addition to the 173 miles of rail trails the state currently enjoys.

This is a remarkable year for multi-use trail funding in Indiana. The state reached its goal of doubling the annual investment, to $20 million, as part of Daniels' Hoosiers on the Move trails initiative to connect communities throughout the state. The governor also disclosed today that DNR has received $1.25 million from the Lilly Endowment Inc. for additional construction on five multi-use trails.

Their gift leverages nearly $5 million in federal transportation enhancement funds for trail development. DNR selected the five trail locations. The sites receiving funding are:

* Nickel Plate Trail in Howard, Miami and Fulton counties. The additional funding will complete the final four miles of the southern half of the trail.
* White River Greenway in Muncie. The funding helps finish the six-mile greenway and convert a brownfield site into public green space for the trailhead.
* Cardinal Greenway, which winds through five eastern Indiana counties. The award will help build a portion of the trail in Wayne County - completing an additional 4.5 miles.
* Monon Trail. The funds will be used to construct a one-mile extension of the trail within the city of Westfield.
* Pumpkinvine Trail. This project will complete a 2.3-mile section of the 17-mile Pumpkinvine Trail connecting Middlebury to the Elkhart/LaGrange County line.

NOTE: A map of the new rail trail segments can be downloaded at: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Press/120407NewRailTrailSegments.pdf


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 11:55 am: Edit Post

Uptown Ice Festival Kick-off to feature fifteen ice sculptures 2nd Annual Uptown Ice Festival

Main Street Richmond Wayne County announces Uptown Richmond’s 2nd annual Ice Festival on December 14th and 15th as a part of their holiday program “Winter Fest” a month long celebration in Uptown Richmond. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman recently honored Main Street Richmond Wayne County with the 2007 Indiana Main Street Special Event Award for the first annual Uptown Ice Festival held in 2006.

On display along Main Street from 5th to 10th Street there will be fifteen lighted ice sculptures; Visitors to Uptown will be find some of the most original, celebrated holiday signs ever sculpted in ice, guaranteed to become a must-experience holiday tradition for families of East Central Indiana.

National Ice Designer, Stephan Koch, from Indiana Ice Studio will be on hand on Friday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday night from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a live ice carving demonstration along Main Street in Uptown Richmond.

Free hot chocolate will be provided Friday evening. The event begins Friday, December 14th at 5 p.m. and runs thru Saturday, December 15th at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact: Tammy Tidrow at Main Street 765.962.8151


(Message edited by Admin on December 13, 2007)

(Message edited by Admin on December 13, 2007)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 11:47 am: Edit Post

Main Street Richmond-Wayne County Announces Evening Parade, 18TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE “WINTER FEST”

Lights, lights & more lights! Main Street Richmond-Wayne County is excited to announce that the 18th Annual Holiday Parade will be an evening parade. We need everyone to help us light up Main Street with their participation in this fun and festive event! The theme for this evening parade will be “Winter Fest”. The parade will be held on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., and will begin at the intersection of East Main and 6th Street and end at Richmond Civic Theatre on 10th Street.

This will be Richmond’s only parade this holiday season, and we hope to have tremendous participation both in the parade and in the viewing areas along the parade route. To help spread holiday cheer, we are inviting local groups and organizations to participate in what promises to be a fun event for children of all ages! The parade is free to spectators and participants. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the end of the parade.

Floats, marching bands, walking entries, are just a few eligible means of transportation. The registration deadline is Monday, November 26th, 2007. Official 2007 Main Street Holiday Parade Application packets are available by contacting Tammy Tidrow at 765.962.8151 or by emailing ttidrow@uptownrichmond.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 05:09 pm: Edit Post

HAGERSTOWN READYING FOR HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS

HAGERSTOWN – Gingerbread houses are taking shape and children are preparing to greet Santa in preparation for the 22nd Hagerstown Hometown Christmas this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1.

Several businesses, local schools, churches and the Nettle Creek Cultural Center are involved in the town wide celebration of the yule season, according to Gary Schuette, an organizer of the events.

Downtown streets will be lined with candle-lit luminaria Saturday evening. Carriage rides will be offered through the area.

Other highlights include a gingerbread house contest, pictures with Santa Claus, a Christmas bazaar, community Christmas caroling, a demonstration of Tedco toys made in Hagerstown and performances by musical groups.

Here is a schedule of activities.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 05:12 pm: Edit Post

Richmond, Indiana, November 20, 2007– Executive Producer Rob Quigg announced today that Emmy award winning Creative Street Media Group division Edit Pointe, located in Indianapolis, will produce animation for the documentary film 1:47.
“We’re really excited to have the folks at Edit Pointe as part of the 1:47 team,” said Quigg. “They have a lot of experience in the digital arts and can bring a great perspective to our production. Their technical capability is tremendous and this will only help to richen the experience of the filmgoer.”

Producer Zack Parker and Writer/Director Jean Harper recently finished the first rough cut of the film.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch the film grow and deepen as Zack and I have been working on the post-production phase. I believe the story will be told in a new and insightful level of detail and empathy,” Harper said.

In April, Quigg announced the production of the film which tells the story of a huge double explosion which rocked downtown Richmond, Indiana, in 1968, killing 41 people and injuring hundreds. 1:47 reveals how this devastating explosion came to happen and how the city’s ordinary – and extraordinary – residents responded to the disaster.

The production team launched a Web site for 1:47 last spring: www.147film.com. Since that time there has been an outpouring of interest and support from across the country. Quigg described his reaction: “Immediately following the press conference we spoke on the Dan Mills’ radio show, and callers had one account after another they wanted to share. Then, within two weeks we received a few hundred responses on the Web site from people who were gracious enough to share how the experience changed their lives,” said Quigg. “This has been a humbling experience.”

The production team has been careful with the sensitive nature of the explosion at every step of the way. “We’re not making anything up. The film is a collective effort shared by numerous friends and family from the Richmond community,” said Brent Pieper, Executive in Charge of Production. “Rob’s (Quigg) vision is to give people a voice in ways they may have never experienced before so that future generations fully appreciate their roots.”

The film 1:47 is on schedule to premiere Friday, April 4, 2008, on the Indiana University East campus. The premiere event will showcase the film, as well as honor those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones. Funds raised by the premiere will go toward inspiring students to explore their artistic talents in creative writing and digital media in ways that benefit our community. A companion exhibit in the new IU East gallery will also display photographs and artifacts related to the explosion.

* For details on the April premiere evening contact Joe Brandenberg, Executive Director of Advancement, IU East at 765.973.8419 or joebrand@indiana.edu.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, November 19, 2007 - 06:29 pm: Edit Post

RICHMOND WILL NOT BE HOSTING NATIONAL ELECTION DEBATE

Richmond, Indiana was not chosen to play host for a Presidential / Vice Presidential Debate in the fall of 2008, the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County learned today.

The Commission on Presidential Debates chose four other cities to play host for presidential debates and one for a vice presidential debate. The commission notified the EDC today that Richmond will not be the site of a debate, EDC President Jim Dinkle said.

“Although we didn’t land a debate, we are still gratified that the CPD has recognized that Richmond could host a debate,” said Dinkle, who has spearheaded the campaign to bring a debate to Richmond.

Richmond was one of the smallest of the 19 communities which sought a debate.

The debate producer, Rory Davies, said after her visit here on July 18 that she had never seen a community pull together like Richmond did to try to win a debate.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates knows that Richmond is a good venue for a national debate and that we have all the necessary resources,” Dinkle said. “We proved ourselves as a community and we believe that will put us ahead of other locations if we decide to seek a debate in the 2012 national election.”

Dinkle said he hopes to build on the partnerships that developed as Richmond prepared for the CPD site visit.

“We found out a lot about the talents and resources available when many parts of the community work together,” he said. “Other projects will come along that require similar community efforts and it is good to know that we can pull together.”

Dinkle also noted that Richmond and Wayne County received invaluable regional and national positive media exposure as a result of bidding for the election.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, November 16, 2007 - 03:02 pm: Edit Post

18TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE “WINTER FEST”

Lights, lights & more lights! Main Street Richmond-Wayne County is excited to announce that the 18th Annual Holiday Parade will be an evening parade. We need everyone to help us light up Main Street with their participation in this fun and festive event! The theme for this evening parade will be “Winter Fest”. The parade will be held on Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., and will begin at the intersection of East Main and 6th Street and end at Richmond Civic Theatre on 10th Street.

This will be Richmond’s only parade this holiday season, and we hope to have tremendous participation both in the parade and in the viewing areas along the parade route. To help spread holiday cheer, we are inviting local groups and organizations to participate in what promises to be a fun event for children of all ages! The parade is free to spectators and participants. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the end of the parade.

Floats, marching bands, walking entries, are just a few eligible means of transportation. The registration deadline is Monday, November 26th, 2007. Official 2007 Main Street Holiday Parade Application packets are available by contacting Tammy Tidrow at 765.962.8151 or by emailing ttidrow@uptownrichmond.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 08:44 pm: Edit Post

PENCE HAILS GRANT FOR RICHMOND AIRPORT

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Mike Pence today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded the Richmond Board of Aviation Commissioners $1,272,160 for runway rehabilitation at Richmond Municipal Airport.

“I’m grateful to the Department of Transportation for their investment in the City of Richmond,” said Pence. “This grant will allow for major improvements to the Richmond Airport.”

The project will bring the runway up to current standards and will enhance safety and is the third phase of the rehabilitation project.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 09:05 am: Edit Post

Vascular Surgeon Named 2007 Humanity in Medicine Laureate at Reid Hospital

Richmond vascular surgeon William Ducey, M.D., is the 2007 Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine award winner at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services. He accepted the award Friday evening during the hospital’s annual medical staff appreciation reception.

The Humanity in Medicine prize honors a career distinguished by compassionate care for patients and their families as well as effective support for the area’s health care community. Nominations for Rhoads awards are solicited in late summer from physicians, patients, health care workers and anyone who resides in the Indiana and Ohio counties served by Reid. An evaluation board selects the physician based on the nominations and service of the physician. This year, Dr. Ducey was selected from among 33 Reid physicians who received nominations.

The 2007 winner joined Reid’s medical staff in 1987 when he came to Richmond and joined General Surgeons, Inc.. Dr. Ducey was born and grew up in Chicago.

Dr. Ducey completed his undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis in 1977. He earned his medical degree in 1981 from The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago followed by an internship and residency at Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Ducey completed a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at St. Anthony Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Ducey is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Nominators praised Dr. Ducey for his caring, compassion and honest approach in dealing with patients. One colleague nominator called him a great teacher for staff and patients whose sense of humor and smiling attitude had a positive impact on others.

One physician colleague said: “He is always precise, practical, reliable and is well-liked by patients and colleagues.”

At Reid, Dr. Ducey serves as a panel physician for Wound Healing Services and has been medical advisor for 20 years to Reid’s vascular laboratory. From 1992-1996 and 2004 to the present Dr. Ducey has been chief of the surgery section and a member of the Medical Staff Executive Committee. Also, he has been president since 2003 of Richmond Physician Services and is currently the inpatient director for the hospital’s surgery joint venture with physicians.

Dr. Ducey’s affiliations include Wayne County and Indiana State Medical societies, the American Medical Association and the American Board of Surgery. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Ducey, and his wife, Leslie, are parents of three children, Joe, Kate and Alex.

In his spare time, Dr. Ducey enjoys woodworking and computers as hobbies.

The Humanity in Medicine award and celebration, authorized as an annual event by Reid’s governing board in 1983, honors the memory of Paul S. Rhoads, M.D., for his services to patients and medicine.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, August 20, 2007 - 11:41 am: Edit Post

Yokefellow Luncheon, PO Box 294, Richmond, Indiana 47375

The Yokefellow Luncheon will begin its 2007-2008 year September 6, 2007, meeting on Thursdays between September and May. The luncheon will be held at First Friends Meeting, 2010 Chester Blvd., with the food prepared by Friends Fellowship Community. The role of moderator has been taken over by Matthew Stegall from Max Knight, who continued leading the luncheon after Yokefellow founder, Elton Trueblood moved the Pennsylvania.

The luncheon in a sense will return to its original roots at First Friends Meeting, where the organization was founded. The attendees follow the principle of the Yokefellow Ministry based on the Bible scripture found in the book of Matthew; “Take my yoke upon you for my burden is light,” and that we all serve a daily ministry yoked to Christ.

Speakers at the Yokefellow Luncheon talk about their daily ministry and faith testament. Ordinary people and leaders in public and religious positions are called upon to share their personal stories, inspiring others to live their lives in Christ.

No one person can fill the role of Elton Trueblood. Although acting as moderator Matthew Stegall will serve in being a point person for the organization. Attendees will be called upon to help serve as meeting leaders, bring speakers to the group, and to speak themselves. The messages will not be of a secular or political nature, but will meet the criteria established by Dr. Trueblood.

The luncheons will promptly begin at 12:00 PM and promptly end at 1:00 PM. The buffet meal will still be $6.00 and not served until prayer has been offered to open the meeting. Attendees will be asked to stay after the meeting to help clean up. A free will donation may be given to First Friends Meeting to benefit the maintenance of their facility. If a person wishes to bring a brown bag lunch they may do so.

The sincere appreciation of Yokefellow goes out to First Friends Meeting and Friends Fellowship Community for their support of this valuable ministry. It is hoped that the spirit of Elton Trueblood will fill those who have been touched by this great man; and those who can learn of his teachings.

Sincerely,
Matthew Stegall

Schedule of speakers through December 2007:

September 6; Scott Bell, Central United Methodist Church
September 13; Mayor Sally Hutton, City of Richmond
September 20 Andrew Cecere, Servant Leader
September 27 Jay Marshall, Earlham School of Religion

October 4; Rick Thalls, Friend of Youth
October 11; Barb Bergdoll, Principal Richmond Senior High School
October 18; Rev. Frank Holman, Hillcrest Baptist Church
October 25; Doug Bennett, President Earlham College

November 1; Rev. Jerry Melke, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (All Saints Message)
November 8; Paul Flatley, Football Great
November 15; Rick Ruhl, Principal Seton Catholic High School
November 22; No meeting, Thanksgiving Day
November 29; Rev. Steve Abernathy Centerville Christian Church

December 6; Advent Message
December 13; Rev. Dennis Andrews, New Paris Presbyterian Church, Richmond Wayne County Chamber of Commerce
December 20; Pastor Robert Mays, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (Christmas Message)
December 27; no meeting, Christmas Week

The Yokefellow Luncheon will resume Thursday January 3, 2008. Those wishing to speak or have a speaker contact Matthew Stegall at (765) 962-9526.