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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 03:24 pm: Edit Post

City of Richmond Plans Informational Meetings for Owner Occupied Rehab Grant

Richmond, IN – The City of Richmond is holding two public meetings to distribute applications to homeowners who are interested in receiving a grant to repair the outside of their home. The meeting dates are:
Wednesday, March 26
4:00 PM
Vaile School, 300 South 14th Street
Door 5, Cafeteria
Thursday, April 3
10:00 AM
Community Room, City Building

The purpose of the meetings is to inform interested homeowners on how to apply for grant money to make improvements in their house. A few examples are a new roof, new windows, siding, and outside paint. The city hopes to assist at least 20 homeowners.

Homeowners must meet the low-income HUD guidelines at a minimum. Guidelines will be distributed at the two meetings. Homeowners must live in the house to qualify. Rental property is not eligible. Potential city recipients must be included in the grant application.

All information and forms will only be available at the meetings. Homeowners should attend one of the two meetings to receive complete information. Persons who were on lists from previous grants will need to submit new forms. Star Development personnel will be available to answer questions and for assistance with the forms. Star Development, Inc, of Cambridge City, has administered the last three OOR grants that the city has received.

For persons unable to attend either meeting, forms will be available, beginning March 27, at the Metropolitan Development office, third floor of the city building or in the Mayors Office on second floor. If you have questions, please contact Sharon Palmer at 983-7222 or Star Development at 765-478-6512.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 03:09 pm: Edit Post

Cope Environmental Center partners with Whitewater Valley REMC and Hoosier Energy

Cope Environmental Center is partnering with Whitewater Valley REMC and its power supplier Hoosier Energy to demonstrate a variety of energy efficient solutions as part of Cope Environmental Center’s Sustainable Living Demonstration Home. The home is an older farmhouse being utilized as an interpretive educational demonstration tool for homeowners interested in making their homes more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

The home currently features a variety of environmentally friendly demonstrations including energy efficient appliances, environmentally friendly paint, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and low-flow shower and faucet attachments. The most visible component of the home is the hybrid renewable energy system that utilizes solar and wind to generate a portion of the electricity used at the home. The system was installed in 2004 with funding from the Wayne County Foundation and the State of Indiana. Educating consumers about ways to reduce energy usage and control costs will be a key component of the partnership with Whitewater Valley REMC and Hoosier Energy. In addition special metering equipment that enables data collection on how much and at what times energy is produced, was installed on March 11. Additionally, Whitewater Valley REMC and Hoosier Energy are now allowing any excess energy produced by the alternative energy system to flow onto the power grid as part of a pilot project. The purpose of this pilot project is for Whitewater Valley REMC and Hoosier Energy to determine if it will be feasible to offer these types of opportunities to their customers in the future.

“We are thrilled to be involved in this project with Whitewater Valley REMC and Hoosier Energy. This partnership will allow us to educate homeowners who may be considering alternative energy in their homes. This will also provide a great opportunity for the three groups to work together to promote energy conservation,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni.

We see this as an opportunity to establish a partnership with one of our customers that will help provide locally-based information to our consumers and the public about energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Boyd Huff, Chief Executive Officer of Whitewater Valley REMC.

An open house for the public is planned later this spring to showcase renewable energy features and energy efficiency measures demonstrated in the home. The Sustainable Living Demonstration Home at Cope Environmental Center is the former home of Gertrude “Lucky” Ward who donated the home and 72 acres of property to CEC in 1996.

Tours of the Sustainable Living Demonstration Home are offered the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM for a fee of $5.00 per person. Group tours maybe scheduled at other times by appointment. Call Jeremy at 765-855-3188 for information or to sign up for a regularly scheduled tour.

Whitewater Valley REMC is a rural electric distribution cooperative serving more than 12,000 consumers in Wayne, Randolph, Union, Fayette, Franklin and Dearborn counties. The electric cooperative’s operates its headquarters and operations and services center in Liberty with has a staff of 23 employees.

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative providing electric power to Whitewater Valley REMC and 16 other member electric distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana. The power supplier also has one member cooperative in Illinois. Based in Bloomington, Hoosier Energy operates coal, natural gas and renewable energy power plants. Power is delivered to its electric cooperatives through a 1,400-mile transmission network.

For more information, contact:
Cope Environmental Center
Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, 765-855-3188 or

Whitewater Valley REMC
Boyd Huff, 765-800-529-5557, or bhuff@wwvremccom

Hoosier Energy
Chris Tryba, 812-876-0337 or
Rick Moore, 812-876-0282 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 11:53 am: Edit Post

Achieva Resources Minority Outreach Program

Achieva Resources, Arc of Indiana and La Plaza are working in partnership through funding from an Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Grant to reach minority persons with disabilities.

Diagnosis that may qualify,(but not limited to)

For further information and assistance please contact Shannon Kidd ( and/or Micole Leverette (

Achieva Resources
1528 N.W. 5th
Richmond, Indiana 47374
Phone: 765-935-0536
Fax: 765-935-3401

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 02:20 pm: Edit Post

1:47 Documentary Film: Premiere & Screenings

Indiana University East will host the premiere of the documentary film, 1:47, on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium. The black tie optional event will start with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in Whitewater Lobby. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by contacting the IU East Office of External Affairs at (765) 973-8419.

1:47 tells the story of the 1968 explosion in Richmond and the city’s ordinary – and extraordinary residents – who responded to the disaster. The film makes use of black and white photographs, color slides, archival news film footage, and interviews from eyewitnesses, survivors, and those who worked to rebuild the city. 1:47 reveals the cause of the explosion and its effects on the city and people of Richmond and untangles the web of responsibility and blame that followed.

“It is our hope that those who come to see this film will leave with a better appreciation of the courage and sacrifice our community made in response to this tragic event,” said executive producer Rob Quigg. “We hope that by telling this remarkable story in film, we have preserved this event for future generations.”

Additional screenings will take place at IU East during the 40th anniversary weekend. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the Vivian Auditorium door for screenings on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, a companion exhibit in The Gallery at IU East will display photographs and artifacts related to the explosion.

1:47 was written and directed by Jean Harper, assistant professor of English at Indiana University East. The film was produced and edited by Zack Parker whose most recent film, Quench, was the recipient of the best director award from the New York International Independent Film Festival. Videographer for 1:47 was Jim Krause.

Proceeds from the premiere weekend will support a special annual summer intensive course at IU East titled “On the Line: Creating Art from Life.” Working with award-winning faculty from IU East with expertise in nonfiction writing, poetry, fiction, and photography, students will write about and photograph places and people in east central Indiana and west central Ohio. The final product of the course will be an annual public gallery exhibit in historic downtown Richmond, showcasing the work of IU East students.

“The greatest artists and writers find inspiration in the world around them,” Harper said. “Our goal with this summer program is to inspire students to create works of art and literature in and about their own community. I also see this as a way to honor the memory of those who were lost in the downtown explosion. So many talented and gifted people were taken; we can never get them back, but we can remember their spirit, and honor that with our work of teaching and learning and making art out of the life around us.”

1:47 premiere at Indiana University East is sponsored by West End Bank, Creative Street Media Group, First Merchants Trust Company, First Bank Richmond, Monarch Beverage Company, US Bank, the City of Richmond, J.M. Hutton & Co., the Indiana University Foundation, and Wayne Bank and Trust. Additional supporters include CS Kern, Kessler’s Team Sports, Meijer, the Allan and Miriam Rosar Donor Advised Fund of the Wayne County Foundation, and Porter Advertising.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post


Richmond, IN – Cooking shows have become the rage in television. From Gordon Ramsey's demanding Hell's Kitchen to the Iron Chef, you can see the immense skill involved in crafting world-class cuisine. With Cooking on Main, you can sample firsthand what's involved in preparing some of these amazing dishes right here in Richmond.

Cooking on Main will be offered on the first Tuesday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Uptown Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street. Each class will feature a different guest chef from the region demonstrating preparation of the given menu, a light lunch from the items prepared, copies of the recipes used during the class and an opportunity to ask the chef about their recipe for success.

Cooking on Main is also offering an evening class on the second Wednesday in the months of April, June, August, October and December, at the Uptown Innovation Center. Again, each class will feature a different guest chef from the region who will demonstrate and prepare the items from the given menu. However, students will be encouraged to participate in this interactive, hands-on class setting. To further entice you, there will be an endless glass of wine available to all students. You will also receive copies of recipes used during the class and a goody bag to take home with you. Door Prizes will also be given away at the end of each class.

Jen Ferrell, Who Cooks for You, will be the featured chef for both of our April cooking classes.

The menu items for April’s Noon class will be smoked turkey and wild rice soup accompanied by a bistro salad with warm goat cheese rounds, to be topped off with a quick and easy cannoli.

The menu for our evening class is spectacular. Jen is offering endive stuffed appetizers, beef croustades with Boursin cheese and mushrooms, a baby spinach salad with scallions and lemon and for dessert a chocolate, chocolate mousse in a Phyllo crust drizzled with raspberry sauce.

Whatever your purpose, finding new menu options for your family, a night out with friends, a chance to learn the ‘secret’ to flaky crust every time, Cooking on Main has the perfect recipe to not only make your night unique and memorable, but delicious as well. It’s an opportunity to come together with your friends, family members or colleagues in a creative, fun, and friendly atmosphere.

Tickets are $15 each for the Noon class.
Tickets are $50 each for the evening class.
Tickets are available at the Main Street RWC office, 814 East Main Street or by calling 765.962.8151. April’s event is being sponsored by Kroger and Commons Lumber Company.

For more information about Cooking on Main, please contact Tammy Tidrow, Events Coordinator, Main Street RWC at 765.962.8151 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 04:31 pm: Edit Post


The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana, has announced three staff changes.

Valerie Shaffer has been promoted to manager of business attraction. Tracey van Niekerk is the life science / special project coordinator. Norene Groth is the new office administrator.

A Richmond native, Shaffer has worked for the EDC for more than three years. As manager of business attraction, she works with companies and developers that have indicated an interest in locating in Wayne County. She manages the EDC’s retail attraction program. Shaffer was previously the office and human resources manager and attraction project specialist. She coordinated much of the planning in 2007 for the EDC’s bid to attract a national presidential debate.

EDC President and CEO Jim Dinkle said he is pleased to recognize Shaffer’s increased value to the organization by allowing her to concentrate on business attraction.

Van Niekerk fills the part-time position of life science / special project manager. She will work with economic development projects in fields including medical, health-related, nutrition and food processing. A seven-year Richmond resident, she is originally from England, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Oxford Brookes University. Van Niekerk has also lived in South Africa where she worked in an organizational change consultancy firm.

Groth, of Greens Fork, is the new office administrator. She will manage office functions, human resources issues and payroll and serve as administrative assistant. She previously has worked in management and sales for title insurance companies and as a legal secretary. She is active in several community and professional organizations in Richmond.

Dinkle said he believes Groth and van Niekerk are excellent additions to the staff, bringing demonstrated professionalism that adds value to the EDC’s work.

For additional information, contact:
Contact: Jim Dinkle, president and chief executive officer,
Economic Development Corp. of Wayne County IN, (765) 983-4769

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 22, 2008 - 04:02 pm: Edit Post

Columbian Culinary Club

The Knights of Columbus Richmond Council #580, in cooperation with Richmond Columbian Properties, and The Friends of the William G. Scott House; is pleased to announce the creation of the Columbian Culinary Club. This is a program to encourage the awareness of the historic William G. Scott House portion of the Knights of Columbus Council #580 Building.

The Columbian Culinary Club will invite area chefs to prepare an elegant dinner served in the first level of the Scott House. This gives the chefs an opportunity to highlight their talents and promote their restaurant, club, or catering service.

The inaugural Columbian Culinary Club Dinner will be held Saturday, March 29, 2008 starting at 5:30 PM. Our guest chef that evening will be Ghyslain Maurais owner of Ghyslain Chocolatier in Union City, Indiana. Ghyslain was born in Quebec, Canada and originally studied architecture, but found his calling to become a chef. Ghyslain graduated from the Institute d’Hostelerie et Tourisme of Quebec in Montreal. Ghyslain has worked in the finest of five star hotels and won many awards for his work.

He is certified in French pastry, Chocolate Décor and Candy making, Blown and Pulled Sugar and Bread making. He has served in several head chef positions, including for the Canadian Delegation in New York and London. In 1997 he became the head chef at The Inn at Versailles, Ohio.

Here is where he met the love of his life Susan Mathias when he was considering returning to Canada. Lucky for us Susan changed his mind and love won out. They were both married and shortly after ventured into their chocolate making business. In addition to his chocolate making, Ghyslain also cooks fantastic meals and hosts a number of dinner events at his shop in Union City.

On March 29, 2008, Ghyslain will grace us with his talents by preparing a wonderful three course meal that we hope will begin the many of elegant and delicious dinners.

The Evening’s Menu

First Course
..Diver scallop with asparagus lemon grass scent
Second Course
..Corn and lobster bisque with saffron cream
Third Course
..Beef tenderloin wrap in pancetta with porcini mushroom. Tarragon au jus and black truffle gratin
..*Bresilien* Individual pastry with a flourless almond cake base topped with milk chocolate mousse, a crunchy pecan praline, and a creamy coffee custard

Reservations are limited and a must; cost is $65.00 a person, with $15.00 as a tax deductible contribution to the Wayne County Foundation, Friends of the William G. Scott House Fund. Call the Knights of Columbus for details and reservations, 765/966-4852.

Knights of Columbus, Richmond Council #580
204 North 10th Street, PO Box 1174
Richmond, Indiana 47375

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 12:37 pm: Edit Post

Richmond, IN (Release April 8, 2008)
WCTV recognized more than 50 volunteers as well as current and previous staff and board members at the 20th Anniversary Celebration last night in the WCTV studio on the IU East campus.

Previous staff members in attendance included Tom Bivens and Ruth Mills. Previous board members in attendance included Bruce Metzger, Elaine Mollenkopf, and Steve Rabe.

WCTV’s 2007 program recognitions included:

As part of a brief business meeting, new board members were added and several terms renewed.

Renewing terms were Eric Marsh, Barb Orbik, Jeff Plasterer, and Stephanie Strait.

New board members are Waketha Downs, Robin Henry, Valerie Shaffer, and Rob Zinkan.

They will join Daryl Greene, Ed Hoffman, Mark Linderman, Sharon Palmer, Billy Porch, Larry Price, and Phil Quinn on WCTV’s 2008-2009 Board of Directors.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 05:50 pm: Edit Post

Are you overwhelmed with basic human resources tasks such as personnel records, payroll, recruiting, new hire orientation, benefits enrollment, employee handbooks and time keeping?

Having trouble keeping up on IRS regulations like ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, etc.?

Need help navigating the maze of human resources?

This month’s Accelerating Business Breakfast Series seminar, Human Resources 101, will be led by Barbie Sparr, Compliance & Marketing Manager for Mercer, a human resources services and consulting firm. This workshop will be held on Thursday, April 24, at the Uptown Innovation Center, 814 East Main Street, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Human Resources 101 is great for small business owners, HR professionals just getting started in their careers, and non-HR professionals who are responsible for HR functions. This high-value workshop covers employment laws; HR policies and practices; and recruiting, selecting, and retaining the best employees.

Topics, covered in a practical and useful way, include:

Seating is limited, so please call Beth Fields at 765.962.8151 or send an email at to confirm your attendance.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be provided. The presentation will begin at 8:00 a.m. If you have special dietary needs, please notify Beth at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 06:13 pm: Edit Post


Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Thomas Easterly will join Mayor Sally Hutton and other officials from the City of Richmond on April 24 to celebrate the city's participation in the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge. Easterly will conduct an Indiana CLEAN Community Dedication Program starting at 11:30 a.m. April 24 in the Community Room at the Richmond Municipal Building, 50 North 5th St. in Richmond.

The Ceremony will be followed by lunch. The public is invited but advance reservations are required. Reservations to attend the ceremony must be made by April 21st by calling the Mayor's office at (765) 983-7208.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 01:34 pm: Edit Post

City of Richmond, Mayor Sally Hutton respectfully requests all citizens to fly flag at half staff

Richmond, IN — Deeply sadden by the loss of former mayor Byron Klute, Mayor Sally Hutton respectfully requests all citizens to fly the United States flag at half staff on Saturday, May 24, 2008, as a symbol of respect and to his lasting memory. The loss of this great individual will be felt by the entire community.

Sally Hutton, Mayor
City of Richmond

(Message edited by Admin on May 22, 2008)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 12:22 pm: Edit Post

City Celebrates Comprehensive Plan Achievements

Richmond, IN – The City of Richmond is inviting the public to an Open House to celebrate the accomplishments of the past two years of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Teams. The Open House will be located in the Third Floor Rotunda of the Municipal Building on Thursday, May 15, 2008, starting at 6:00 PM.

Each Implementation Team will have a display showcasing their active projects and accomplishments. The public will learn the mission of each team, what goals each team has focused on, what they have finished and what they are currently working on. The Team Leader will be available to answer questions. Team members are volunteers who have put thought and action into each section of the Comprehensive Plan. Their input has provided action to purchase bike racks for the buses, to apply for a ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Grant, and a CDBG Parks Planning Grant.

Len Clark, Executive Steering Committee Chairperson, and Metropolitan Development Department Staff will also be available to answer questions. All Team members and Leaders will be recognized with certificates at the Plan Commission meeting that follows at 7:00 pm.

The Plan Commission will be presented with an official report of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Steering Committee. Len Clark, Chairperson, will also present the outline for the Citizen’s Advisory Council for Comprehensive Planning that will guide the work for the next two years. Karen Montgomery will be the chair of this new council.
The new council will ensure that the City’s Comprehensive Plan continues to be a ‘living document.’

For more information, please contact Tony Foster at 765-983-7211, or Scott Zimmerman at 765-983-7343.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 02:33 pm: Edit Post

Mic Jackson Named Environmental Steward of the Year

Mayor Sally Hutton and the Richmond Wayne County Environmental Awareness Council have named Mic Jackson as the recipient of the first annual Environmental Steward of the Year award. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and passion to the improvement of the environment in our community.

Mic received the award as recognition for his work on the CLEAN (Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network) Community application for the city of Richmond. The designation was awarded to the city on April 24. The application process was a lengthy one in which the RWEAC completed a series of assessments throughout operations within the city building and the Richmond Sanitary District. Five areas were chosen to work towards improvement. Mic wrote the Quality of Life Plan for the CLEAN Community application which is a detailed analysis of the assessments, the five chosen areas for improvements and the potential strategies that will be utilized.

Future awards will be presented at the Family Earth Day Celebration each year.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post


May swim lessons are held on Monday or Wednesday for four weeks.

Parent & Tots 5:00 – 5:30 $17.50

Preschool 3:30 – 4:00 $17.50

Level I, II & III 4:00 – 5:00 $22.50

Monday Classes meet May 5, 12, 19, & 27 (Tuesday, due to Memorial Day Holiday)

Wednesday Classes meet May 7,14, 21 & 28

Summer sessions run June 2 through June 12, June 17 through June 26, and July 15 through July 24 in the morning and June 3 through June 24 in the afternoon.

For more information, contact Jayne Arnold at 765-983-1732, or pick up a brochure at the Athletics and Wellness building on the Earlham College Campus.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 12:40 pm: Edit Post

RoseView Transit Unveils Bike Racks
Richmond, IN – The City of Richmond will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bike racks that have been installed on all the Rose View Transit buses. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 10:00 AM in the Municipal Building parking lot.

Mayor Sally Hutton and Terri Quinter, Rose View Operations Manager, will be cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Terri Quinter will be demonstrating how to load a bicycle on the rack.

The bike racks were purchased with federal and state grant funds and local match. The Transportation Team of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the Rider’s Advisory Council suggested that the bike racks be purchased. The Rider’s Advisory Council meets every other month at the transfer station in the downtown parking garage.

For more information, please contact Sharon Palmer, Grants Administrator, at 983-7222 or Terri Quinter, RoseView Transit Manager, at 983-7305.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 08:11 pm: Edit Post

Emergency Appeal for Blood Donation Continues into Second Day

DAYTON, OH — The area blood supply has improved by about 200 pints since Monday when Community Blood Center (CBC) announced an emergency need for blood. CBC still has less than a one day supply on its shelves of types O- and A- blood. As of 11 a.m. today, CBC had just eight units of O- blood on its' shelves. Donors with all blood types are still needed.

"Donated blood is a living, healing substance that can only be given from one person to another," said David M. Smith, MD, chief executive officer and medical director of CBC. "We appreciate those donors who are responding to this emergency appeal and urge healthy individuals who have not given in the last two months to do so at this time."

CBC needs 500 pints a day this week to replenish the local blood supply.

More than half of the blood that is transfused locally is type O (O+ and O- combined) while about 45% of the population has type O. Currently, the area's blood supply is 977 pints or 30% below safe and adequate levels. Donors with all blood types are needed each and every day. The best match for a patient in need of a transfusion is blood of the same type. Not every pint collected is a usable pint and not every donor that presents is able to donate. The need for blood continues to climb every year due to advances in medicine and because people are living longer. About 38% of the population is eligible to donate blood with only 5% of those who could donate actually doing so.

Donors need to bring a photo ID with their full name and their CBC donor ID card if they have one. Donors can schedule a donation appointment at one of CBC's fixed sites in Dayton, Middletown, Richmond, Springfield or West Chester by calling 1-800-388-GIVE or online at CBC will be extending hours this week: CBC-Dayton will be open Tuesday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact your local CBC branch for other extended hour information.

Community Blood Center-Dayton
349 S. Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 461-3450

Community Blood Center-Middletown
3990 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite C
Middletown, OH 45044
(513) 727-1995

Community Blood Center-Richmond
4450 Garwood Place
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 962-6329

Community Blood Center-Springfield
2200 N. Limestone Street, Suite 106
Springfield, OH 45503
(937) 399-2611

Community Blood Center -West Chester
8731 Union Centre Blvd.
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 777-4428

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email or call 1(800)388-GIVE.

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services™, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is registered to ISO 9001:2000. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 25 hospitals in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services™, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:58 pm: Edit Post

Economic Development Corporation Announces Visits to Local Companies

The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana, plans to visit most manufacturing and distribution companies in Wayne County during July and August.

Because of the rapid changes occurring in the national and regional economy, the EDC believes it is more important than usual to visit with business owners and managers about their company’s health, said Bob Hansen, business retention and expansion manager. After a period of prolonged economic expansion, the nation is in a downturn that is delaying or canceling plans for growth by many manufacturing companies. Several local companies have been affected.

“These changes are having local effects,” Hansen said. “Business downturns can mean that workers suddenly find they no longer have jobs due to no fault of their own. That translates into often serious consequences for others: their families, the places where they shop, eat and play, the schools, police and many local social services.”

During visits by the EDC staff, owners and managers will be surveyed about conditions in their businesses. Company answers to the survey will be used to help the EDC offer assistance to companies that need help with specific challenges. The individual answers, which will not be shared publicly, will be compiled into a statistical report showing how local firms are coping.

Hansen said the visits will augment similar surveying done by the Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Existing Business and Industry Committee for several years. The volunteers of the EB&I Committee conducted surveys of local manufacturers in 2006 and 2007.

“The EB&I Committee performs an outstanding service for the community by keeping the Chamber and EDC in touch with businesses,” Hansen said. “However, EB&I is not concentrating on manufacturers this year. With economic conditions changing rapidly, we felt it important to ask manufacturing companies how they are coping.”

The visitation program will last from July 1 to Aug. 31.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

The City of Richmond celebrates kids as our valued treasure. We would like to invite children’s organizations, sports leagues, church groups, youth groups, choirs and extended community organizations to participate in the RICHMOND CELEBRATES KIDS PARADE. The Mayor honors our youth as our most valuable resource and the livelihood, creativity and future leadership of our community. We would like this event to represent a collective journey of hope and success for our youth.

RICHMOND CELEBRATES KIDS MIDNIGHT PARADE will begin around 8:00 pm, September 13, 2008 at Richmond High School and travel down National Road West (US 40) to the Richmond Municipal Pool. The committee welcomes floats, marching bands, step teams, dance teams, sports teams, youth groups and other organizations. We encourage those who might not be able to build a float to participate by composing walking groups wearing themed attire.

The committee welcomes sponsors to contribute by supporting and partnering with youth groups and organization build their vision of community and hope. This parade is a Kick off event for KIDSFEST a community event taking place the month October. KIDSFEST vision is creating a community where kid’s dreams do come true, one step at a time. Contact Fonda Wilds for more information regarding KIDSFEST.

For further information on the Richmond Celebrates Kids Parade or the planning process, contact Sarah Mitchell at 765-983-7217.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 07:59 pm: Edit Post

BMV License Branches to Collect Items for Hoosier Flood and Tornado Victims
This week, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will join the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and numerous other public and private sector organizations to help Hoosier flood and tornado victims.

Hoosiers are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, diapers and other items at BMV license branches across the state. These items will be distributed by local relief agencies to the victims impacted by recent severe weather events in many parts of Indiana.

"Our 140 license branches can be convenient collection points for citizens to donate items in support of their fellow Hoosiers," commented Ron Stiver, BMV Commissioner. He noted that many community groups, churches and businesses are sponsoring relief efforts, and the BMV effort is just one more avenue for Hoosiers to support those in need. Stiver added that cash contributions will not be collected at the branches, but rather should be made directly to the Red Cross, Salvation Army or other relief funds.

Relief agencies are requesting the following items that will be provided to the victims and relief workers. Items will also help stock food pantry supplies for distribution during the long-term recovery process.

Stiver thanked Waste Management of Indiana for providing the collection boxes that will be located in each branch.

Items can be contributed at each branch during normal business hours.

Find a license branch near you:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 13, 2008 - 02:05 pm: Edit Post

State coordinating volunteer, donation efforts
INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2008) – To help Hoosiers affected by severe weather, the Indiana Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) is coordinating private volunteer and donation efforts with the American Red Cross. A toll free number has been established to create a central repository of statewide volunteers. The telephone number is: 1-888-335-9490.

OFBCI will coordinate and match volunteers to opportunities that best meet the skills and resources of each volunteer or group of volunteers.

OFBCI also will coordinate donations of needed supplies and goods. A storage and distribution center has been established at Pen Products, 6075 Lakeside Boulevard, near I-465 and 71st Street, in Indianapolis. Donations will be organized at that location and sent to areas with the greatest needs. Among needed items are cleaning supplies, water, and personal hygiene products. For directions to the distribution center, call 1-800-736-2550.