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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 11:50 am: Edit Post

Morrisson-Reeves Library Offers Hands-on Assistance with Filing for Unemployment Benefits

Morrisson-Reeves Library is proud to announce a new service to our community by offering free, hands-on assistance with filing for unemployment benefits in our newly created Employment Lab.

Beginning Tuesday, April 28, this filing service will be offered regularly in the Audio-Visual Services located in the lower level of the Library on the following days:

This service is open to the public and provided by Library volunteers in accordance with Work One. Individuals with applications that are deemed to be too complicated will be referred to the Work One Office. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Morrisson-Reeves Library will also be offering Library and Work One resources that are available for all areas of employment needs.

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

Like other libraries across the state, Morrisson-Reeves Library has become a frequent destination for people who must file for unemployment benefits. Morrisson-Reeves offers 20 online computers that are available during regular business hours. By providing additional computers and training, we hope to increase the wealth of knowledge available at the library, in addition to providing Hoosiers with an additional service in their time of need.

For more information, please contact Jenie Lahmann at Morrisson-Reeves Library. (765) 966-8291.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 07:28 pm: Edit Post

Regional Collaboration Conference Explores Making Whitewater Valley a Better Place
Reported by Gary Schleuter, member of WCBA marketing committee

If filling a big room with people is a sign of success, then The Power of Collaboration Conference was a success. Don Vonder Meulen who was in charge of registration said 87 people had signed up in advance. The five and a half hour event took place Friday (APRIL 17) at the John Miller Community Center in Connersville's Roberts Park.

The conference was hosted by the Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) in order to plant seeds which the organizers hope will grow into region-wide recognition and action by community leaders who attended.

The conference is the first major public outreach effort by the WCBA since the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway was officially designated by the State of Indiana last September. It comes at a time when the group is nearing the final stages of purchasing a 33-acre area for an interpretative park in Metamora. At the group's board meeting on April 15, Terry Duffy estimated the title to the former MacLynn property could be transferred to the organization by late summer.

With the Byway designation and the advent of the interpretative park, the Whitewater Valley is emerging as a viable economic, social, historical and environmental entity. The Byway effort takes in six counties in Indiana and two counties in Ohio. Mention was made by Phil Anderson, who served as moderator for most of the conference, of the daunting complexity of organizing a 76-mile route along the Whitewater Canal across state borders. He said the organizers were first told more than once that it couldn't be done. This spirit of accomplishing the impossible was the positive spark apparent in the morning sessions.

Candy Yurcak, president of the Whitewater Canal Byway Association, welcomed the group, declaring, "Today we see our valley through different eyes."

Michael Snyder, the keynote speaker, illustrated what successful collaboration can bring with a story about the Tournament of Roses. He said Pasadena was originally called Hoosier Colony because of the large number of Indiana natives there. To call attention to their newly adopted home they collaborated to create the annual parade that is now an American tradition on New Year's Day.

Regarding the Whitewater Valley, Snyder said, "People fall in love with this valley when they finally see it." About the success of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway he said, "Collaboration works when there's a big idea that transcends local politics."

He added, "People have to deliver on their promises to make collaboration work."

Phil Anderson spoke next about taking the byway concept "beyond tourism" to enhance benefits for residents of the valley "built around the commonwealth of living, learning, working and playing together."

Regarding visitors to the region, he said people are moving from a consumption of goods to a consumption of experiences. In other words the old idea of a tourist trap is out and real experiences are in. He defined a tourist trap by saying, "If you can buy a rubber tomahawk but not a pair of socks, you've found a tourist trap".

A work session before lunch was entitled "How can the Byway leverage and support your efforts." A second work session after lunch turned that concept around and explored "How can your efforts leverage and support the Byway?"

Rick Barnett, a volunteer from Union County, said the reason for the conference was to push forth the effort of recognizing the Whitewater Valley as a whole. He felt a self-image of the valley is emerging and this is causing a "paradigm shift."
At eight tables the conference attendees identified opportunities that could leverage and support the Byway. Phil Anderson kept notes and said he will make them available to the public on the WCBA Web site,

Most agreed on the need for a cooperative marketing program, relying on the Byway and the Regional Interpretive park as the hub of the effort. One table specifically proposed an interactive map which would have layers detailing the many cultural, historic, social and recreational places and activities the valley has to offer. This map could serve locals and visitors with self-made tours of the region.
Mayor William Graham of Scottsburg gave the wrap-up. One conference attendee said Mayor Graham provided "the soul." His message was: The Whitewater Valley is a special place ... You have something here that cannot be made in China ... You have a treasure - treat it as such.”

Conference co-sponsors included: Whitewater Valley REMC, Franklin County Convention, Recreation & Visitors Commission, Fayette County Economic Development Group, Franklin County Community Foundation, State Sen. Bob Jackman (retired) and Fayette County Tourism Bureau.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 12:25 pm: Edit Post

CEC's Welcomes Fulbright Scholar

The staff and board of Cope Environmental Center are proud to welcome Ivan Petkov Kozhuharov, a Fulbright Scholar from Sofia, Bulgaria to Indiana. Ivan is filming Cope Environmental Center as part a documentary about environmental and outdoor education in the United States. He will also travel to other nature and environmental centers in the Midwest and possibly make trips to other, more distant, parts of the country.

“We are really looking forward to working with Ivan and showing him a variety of environmental education efforts in the US. His environmental education documentary will be a wonderful showcase of these efforts. It has been eye-opening to learn more about his work in Bulgaria and how we are working toward similar goals,” said Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center.

Kozhuharov is a filmmaker in Bulgaria and also works for a non-governmental organization (NGO) called “Borrowed Nature” which works to educate the public on matters of environmental stewardship. You can learn more about his home organization on their website at:

“Nature, in my county Bulgaria, is rich and diverse. But we don’t have enough experience in using nature for children’s environmental education. My project aims to create an educational documentary that will present the US experience in this field. CEC is an organization that provides environmental education for children at a high level. Creating my project in cooperation with CEC is a great opportunity to contribute to development of environmental education in my country,” said Ivan.

Ivan’s visit was made possible by The Fulbright Scholar Program. Ivan will be in the States until the end of July.

A reception will be held to welcome Ivan on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00-6:30pm at the Warehouse Café in Richmond (213 North 3rd Street). We invite the public to meet Ivan, learn of his initiatives and see some of his documentary work. Please RSVP by to Cope Environmental Center at 765-855-3188.

Alison Clark Zajdel, Development Director
Cope Environmental Center
(765) 855-3188

Cope Environmental Center...Simple steps...BIG impact!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 12:19 pm: Edit Post

Robotic assisted surgery to launch at Reid Hospital this month

A state-of-the-art robotic surgery system will be available at Reid Hospital beginning later this month, providing a minimally invasive option that can mean less pain, reduced blood loss and quicker return to normal activities.

“Reid is committed to maintaining the latest technology and the best tools for area patients,” said Kay Cartwright, vice president/chief nursing officer. “This surgical system is a great tool for our surgeons and will ultimately be available for a variety of procedures.”

The da Vinci® Surgical System will be used initially for urological and gynecological procedures; it is becoming the method of choice -- in fact, the preferred choice -- with prostate cancers and can ultimately be used in other types of surgeries.

Using the da Vinci® Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci® Surgical System delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery.

Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. The da Vinc®i Surgical System allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach – routinely and with confidence, Cartwright said.

A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional MIS technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The advanced feature set and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci® Surgical System enable surgeons to perform more procedures through 1-2 cm incisions.

By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci® Surgical System helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients may experience reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities and less scarring.

For additional information, contact Larry Price, Reid Hospital Community Relations, at (765) 983-3042.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 06, 2009 - 01:33 pm: Edit Post

Finalists Named for 2009 All-America City Award

Denver, Colorado--The National Civic League today announced the finalists in the 60th annual All-America City Awards competition, which will be held June 17-19 in Tampa, Florida. The honor is given to ten winners each year for outstanding civic accomplishments. This year’s finalists have created jobs, revitalized their downtowns, and reduced crime, among other accomplishments.

“The All-America City Award (AAC) is like a civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortés. “The Award is unique because it recognizes the efforts of entire communities. AACs demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, civic engagement, and innovation.”

An All-America City has a proven capacity for community-based problem solving, grassroots civic engagement and cooperation between sectors (public, private and nonprofit). To become a finalist, each participant completed an application documenting three community projects that address local challenges such as job creation/economic development, environmental sustainability, neighborhood revitalization and disaster recovery.

Listed alphabetically by state are the 2009 finalists:

The June 17-19 awards program will be an excellent opportunity for journalists and broadcasters who cover government, business, schools, crime, or neighborhood/community issues to catch up on the latest strategies for local problem solving.

“This year is the 60th Anniversary of the All-America City Awards. We are inviting all former winners (more than 500 of them) to come to the event in Tampa to be recognized, and to share their lessons learned and community stories with their peers,” noted Rubio-Cortés.

During the three-day competition, a delegation from each community will present its challenges and solutions to a jury of national experts from across the United States. At least one community project must focus on the needs of young people.

The 2009 awards program will feature Innovation Forums to promote peer-to-peer dialogues among the finalist communities and regional and national leaders. Topical dialogues and panel discussions on “green” solutions, immigrant integration, race relations, and economic recovery strategies will be featured, along with a planning session for future AAC alumni activities.

The All-America City Award is an honor achieved by more than 500 neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, and regions across the country. Some have won the award multiple times.

This year’s AAC Awards are sponsored in part by Prudential, MWH Global, Inc., Mile High United Way, Jones Day, Southern California Edison, Southwest Airlines (The Official Airline of the AAC Awards), Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina (The Sole Official Headquarters Hotel of the AAC Awards) and Marriott International.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the National Civic League strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. Founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt and other government reformers, NCL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its mission through training, technical assistance, publishing, facilitating community-wide strategic planning and awards programs. It publishes research on government structures and reform and community building innovation (The National Civic Review, Civic Index, and 8th Edition of the Model City Charter). In addition to the All-America City Awards, NCL conducts the MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Awards to be announced in April.

For more information on NCL and its programs, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 05:10 pm: Edit Post

Film Historian Conrad Lane talks Hitchcock / Screening of “Strangers on a Train”

350 Hub Etchison Parkway
Richmond, Indiana 47374

DATES: Friday, April 24th 2009
Talk begins at 7:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $3.00 Members/ $5.00 General Public

Conrad Charles Lane was born in Elwood, Indiana on November 11, 1930. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkley, an MA from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He was a Professor at Ball State University for 30 years. He hosted a show called Hollywood: The Golden Years on WIPB-TV from 1977-1992. Dr. Lane has written and published more than a dozen articles on various Hollywood directors and personalities.

Mr. Lane will speak about “Strangers on a Train” and give some history about Alfred Hitchcock’s life in filmmaking. Immediately following the lecture will be the screening of the 1951 film, “Strangers on a Train.” IMBD provides us with a brief synopsis of the film. “A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Lance Crow, Education Director, at (765) 966-0256 or

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:56 pm: Edit Post

“One Great Community Salutes Chamber Champion John Schuerman”

“ONE Great Community Salutes” is a Chamber program designed to recognize people who do positive things to improve the quality of life in our community.

John Schuerman, WCTV Operations Director and Interim Station Manager is this month’s Chamber Champion. John is a long time community resident who attended Earlham College and joined WCTV in the summer of 1989. He has been putting other people in the spotlight for 20 years. Now it is his turn!

It would be impossible to count the number of lives that John Schuerman has touched in more than two decades of television. It is for all the people he has touched and because he is the man he is that John deserves this One Great Community Salute as a Chamber Champion! From behind the camera John has been able to impact our Community in many positive ways. John has put countless faces and facts on screen at WCTV. He has spent his career promoting Wayne County and empowering people through technology and done so from behind the scenes.

The Chamber will select an award recipient monthly and honor recipients throughout the month. The Chamber invites nominations from the community. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber Office, local radio stations, the Palladium Item and on line at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 01:08 pm: Edit Post

Corn, Cows and College Prep
Wayne County to Help Students ‘KnowHow2GO’ to College at 4-H Fair

RICHMOND – It’s fun in the sun for teens that will tour the livestock section and ride the tilt-a-whirl at the 4-H fair this Thursday! But when 5 o’clock comes, these same teens can stop by the Kids to College Tent to meet with college admissions reps and learn the steps it takes to get into college.

With help from IU East, Ivy Tech, Purdue University College of Technology, Earlham College, Communities in Schools of Wayne County, Twenty-first Century Scholars, Wayne County 4-H Fair Committee, and the Wayne County Foundation, Indiana’s College Success Coalition has deemed Thursday, June 25th KnowHow2Go to College Day at the Wayne County 4-H Fair. This evening event has been designed to increase knowledge among Wayne County students and families by having college representatives available and introduce the KnowHow2GoIndiana campaign.

In a recent survey, 94% of Wayne County high school students said they plan to continue education beyond high school. However, 30% of 9th graders and 32% of 11th graders said they didn’t understand what they needed to do to prepare for college! The KnowHow2GoIndiana campaign sums up the college prep to-do list into four steps: find a caring adult, push yourself, find the right fit and put your hands on some cash. Information about the campaign will be handed out at the event. Twenty-first Century Scholar applications will also be available.

WHAT: KnowHow2Go to College Day at the 4-H Fair
Free hourly prizes of college “goodies” and Vendor Coupons
(Stop by to register for hourly drawings-check back to see if you’ve won!)

WHEN: Thursday, June 25th, 5:00p.m. to closing

WHERE: Wayne County 4-H Fair Grounds

Kids to College Tent (near Sheriff’s Dept.)
861 Salisbury Road North
Richmond, IN 47374

COST: Free parking all day for those with a College ID
Free general parking admission until 4pm. weekdays

Indiana’s College Success Coalition is working to rally and connect individuals and organizations willing to help more students get to and complete college. For more information or to join the Coalition, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post


Fifty or more cyclists are expected to take to regional byways on Saturday, June 27, to raise awareness of child abuse issues during a bicycle ride for Kaitlynne’s Kause.

Kaitlynne’s Kause is a non-profit organization helping to prevent child abuse. By providing care packages, buying furniture for shelters and distributing information about child abuse, Kaitlynne’s Kause attempts to be one small voice against child abuse.

The Hagerstown Optimist Club is organizing the bicycle ride. All funds raised by entry fees and donations will go to Kaitlynne’s Kause, said Aaron Cox, event chair.

Five routes will be available for riders. Riders can choose to pedal six, 20, 32, 58 or 62 miles.
“We wanted to encourage riders of all abilities to ride,” Cox said. Riders are expected to observe all bicycle safety rules.

Riders will start any time between 7 and 10 a.m. from the Cardinal Greenway trailhead at Losantville. The six- and 20-mile routes will stay on the greenway with a refreshment station at the 10-mile mark.

The 32-, 58-, and 68-mile routes will go through Hagerstown to Cambridge City, where a refreshment stop will be located. Those riding further will then go to the Wilbur Wright Birthplace to a second refreshment station, where lunch will be available. Then they ride back to the greenway at Blountsville. Those who want to complete the entire 68-mile route will continue to Prairie Creek and then back to the Losantville trailhead.
The entry fee on the day of the event for riders over nine years old is $20 or $35 for two or more riders from the same family. Under nine is free. T-shirts will be available for an additional cost.

Kaitlynne Jennings was a victim of child abuse. She was only three years old when she was beaten to death. Friends and relatives in New Castle and Hagerstown have vowed not to let her smiling eyes and dimpled smile simply fade away. They started Kaitlynne's Kause — "one small voice against child abuse" — to keep what happened to Kaitlynne from happening to other children. To view a video about Kaitlynne’s Kause, go to

For more information or an entry form, contact Cox by phone at (765) 524-3875.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post

Reid promotes health in ‘Reid About Wellness Summer Olympics

More than 700 Reid Hospital team members will participate in contests ranging from card games to volleyball in the first Reid About Wellness Summer Olympics.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Hospital president, said the event is an example of an ongoing commitment to promote health and wellness for Reid employees and ultimately for the community. “As health care providers, we need to lead the way as examples to the people and the communities we serve,” Kinyon said. “Our halls are abuzz with chatter about this first Reid Olympics, which will not only be a lot of fun for our team, but also highlight and encourage them to be more active, physically and mentally.”

The Reid About Wellness Summer Olympics was proposed by the hospital’s new Wellness Council, a committee of team members who represent varied departments and services. The group kicked off expanded wellness initiatives in late 2008 and early 2009 with a blood profile screening and health risk assessment for team members.

A Wellness Fair in February featured activity demonstrations and information on nutrition, stress, exercise and more. “More than 400 team members were able to attend the fair,” said Carrie Kolentus, director of Human Resources. “We are already seeing results with employees who are taking steps to improve their health.”

Promoting wellness among employees is one aspect of the umbrella “Reid About Wellness” program, which also includes community outreach and discounted screenings for the public.
• The hospital’s popular and free monthly Women on Wednesdays (WOW) event, which was suspended last summer in advance of Reid’s move to a new campus, was brought back this year with a new name – “Wellness on Wednesdays.”
• A community “Reid About Wellness” newsletter will be launched later this summer, providing stories and health information to the entire region served by Reid.
• Reid continues to offer two greatly discounted screenings – a heart scan and a lung scan – for just $99 that can be schedule directly with a call to Reid Central Scheduling. “These two tests have already saved many lives,” Kinyon said.
• The Reid Breast Center provides a dedicated area with the latest digital technology to offer women as much comfort and convenience as possible to encourage women to get mammograms.
• And Reid’s Food & Nutrition Services department continues to offer weight management programs for children and adults.

Maintaining wellness in body, mind and spirit involves annual visits to the doctor, age appropriate health screenings, proper diet, daily physical activity, mental health awareness and focusing on nurturing the spirit, Kinyon said.

“We plan to continue to expand our efforts and outreach to promote community health,” Kinyon said. “Our mission, after all, is wholeness in body, mind and spirit. ‘Wholeness’ and ‘wellness’ can be interchangeable,” he said. “We want to do everything we can to keep people well.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 12:55 pm: Edit Post


People who suddenly have found themselves without income because their jobs have been eliminated or downsized can find some help at the Wayne County Economic Survival Fair on Thursday, June 18.

More than a dozen community and government help organizations have teamed up to offer immediate access to information about “How to Survive in Today’s Trying Times”. The Survival Fair will be offered at no charge from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. in McDaniel Hall at Ivy Tech Community College, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond.

Representatives of the organizations will be present to answer questions about unemployment benefits, vocational job rehabilitation, state and local assistance programs, emergency food services, adult education, offerings at local colleges, family health care and personal budgeting.

In addition, mini-seminars will be offered on four helpful topics. Their titles and times include: Back to School? I Haven’t Taken a Test in 20 Years, 12:30 p.m., by Stephanie Alexander of Ivy Tech; Money Management in These Difficult Times, 1:30 p.m., by Kim Welch of Perfect Circle Credit Union; Smart Shopping and Cooking on a Budget, 2:30 p.m., by Georgia Wagner of the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service; and I Have Skills and a Great Idea: Should I Go Into Business?, at 3:30 p.m., by Ted Baker, director of the Eastern Indiana Small Business Development Center.

Organizations which will be represented at booths include Adult Basic Education of Richmond Community Schools, Area 9 Agency on Aging, Circle U Help Center, Clare Seffrin Bond Life Coach, Dunn Center, Ivy Tech, IU East, Indiana FSSA Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Old National Bank, PCCU, Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, Social Security Administration, Wayne County Division of Family Resources, Wayne County Health Clinic, Wayne Township Trustee, Women and Infant Children program and WorkOne.

Service providers may sign up for a free tabletop booth until noon Tuesday. For information about participating with a booth, please contact Carla Metzger at the Wayne County WorkOne office, (765) 962-8591 ext. 2713, or Bob Hansen at the Economic Development Corp. of Wayne County (765) 983-4769.

Sponsoring organizations include the Economic Development Corp. of Wayne County, WorkOne Wayne County office, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond campus, PCCU, Wayne Township Trustee Marge Sweet, Dunn Center, Richmond Wal-Mart, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Community Schools Adult Basic Education and the Indiana Small Business Development Center.

The Economic Survival Fair is the first of a series of activities meant to help people find resources to help them improve their lives. A “No More Excuses” workshop will be held in late summer to encourage people to jump into lifelong learning opportunities; and a “Finance, Fitness, Fun Fest” will take place in October.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 06:56 pm: Edit Post

Wayne Coalition Receives State Awards

The Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN) announced this year’s Breastfeeding Awards of Excellence at the State Breastfeeding Conference on May 8 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition was awarded Coalition of the Year for the many projects it has taken on over the past 3 years, including:

The Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition formed in 2006 and has representatives from Reid Hospital, Pediatric and Internal Medicine Center, Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), Birth to Five, La Leche League, Minority Health Coalition, Wayne County Health Department and IU East School of Nursing. The coalition meets monthly to locally fulfill the plans outlined by the State of Indiana Breastfeeding Task Force to support breastfeeding in Indiana.

The Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition was also awarded grant money from IPN to recognize Wayne County businesses that are supporting their employees in the workplace. If you are an employer who has any type of lactation support program or if you are an employee who receives support from your employer to continue breastfeeding in any way, please contact Marilyn Wilson at (765)983-8185. We will give Wayne County Breastfeeding Awards of Excellence – recognizing businesses that are supporting their employees to choose a healthy lifestyle, which begins with breastfeeding.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 03:20 pm: Edit Post

Safety Town
June 8 through June 19, 2009 and June 22 through July 3, 2009

Safety Town is a comprehensive education program that introduces safety awareness and preventative procedures to preschool children in the setting of a miniature village complete with small-scale buildings, intersections, crosswalks, safety signs and traffic signals.

The classes are two weeks long and will begin June 8 and June 22. They are held Monday through Friday for two (2) hours each day. Classes will start at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day, and will be held at the Westside Safety Village located on Northwest 13th Street and Indiana Avenue. There is a $20 registration fee. More information(.pdf application).

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 04:28 pm: Edit Post

Third Grade Academy Letter Writing Campaign

Members of Alpha Delta Kappa International, an honorary teacher’s sorority, is enlisting volunteers to write letters to students enrolled in the Third Grade Academy so that each student receives a daily letter. Civic, faith, governmental, medical, educational groups, and prominent national figures, as well as individuals are asked to participate in this effort.

In the letters, writers could:

Mail to:
Third Grad Academy
33 South 7th Street
Richmond, IN 47374

Questions may be addressed to Alicia Lemon at (765) 966-READ.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 02:21 pm: Edit Post

Hometown Tourist

For fun and fulfillment, we'd recommend looking inward — not introspectively, mind you — but within our own region. Wayne County offers a multitude of entertainment, cultural, sporting and shopping options. Did you know there are more than 20 free attractions in Wayne County?

That's why the Richmond/Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a new tourism brochure to the area, one that convinces locals that there are plenty of worthwhile pursuits within a stone's throw of their own front yards. The Visitor’s Bureau unveiled its “Hometown Tourist” campaign, just in time for an enjoyable summer getaway. The brochure was created to enlighten locals on all the tourism-related things to do in our area and to guide them in decision making. It's a brochure worth investigating.

First you need to do what a visitor does . . . gather brochures and pick up a Wayne County Sweet Savings Card at the Old National Road Welcome Center. You must play the part and experience eastern Indiana the way a visitor would. It can’t be a vacation if you’re sleeping in your own house. Go where somebody else makes the beds. A motel, B & B or campground will put you into the vacation mood and splurging a little (with the money you’ve saved on transportation) can turn a familiar landmark into a novel experience! Check out to obtain discounts on Wayne County lodging.

The brochure directs would-be visitors to such area spots of interest as the Richmond RiverRats Baseball . . . opening game is Thursday, June 4th @ 6:35 p.m. How long has it been since you’ve toured one of our local museums or maybe you’ve never visited and always wanted to? Follow footsteps to freedom at the Levi Coffin House. Explore Huddleston Farmhouse Inn Museum and learn how John Huddleston helped pioneers as they trekked westward along the National Road. Have you seen the forensic reconstruction of the Wayne County Historical Museum's "Mummy" skull? Now's your chance to see great museums at its best . . . in your hometown.

Thirsting for great art? Try the Richmond Art Museum, where you’ll find an outstanding collection of American Impressionists, Taos School, the Hoosier Group, the Richmond School and other regional artists, plus a significant collection of local ceramic artists including works by potters of the Arts and Craft Movement, the Overbeck Sisters and the Bethel Pike potters. It's right here. You needn't travel farther than Hub Etchison Parkway.

Want to celebrate the outdoors? Walk through Hayes Arboretum or Cope Environmental Center. Set a tee time at Highland Lake Golf Course. Rent a paddle boat at Middlefork Reservoir or check-out Thistlethwaite Falls, both right off Chester Blvd.

Shopping . . . wow, our area has a wealth of unique shopping opportunities. It’s no surprise that one of the top activities on vacation is shopping. Bypass your normal shopping venues (too much a part of your regular routine). Vacation provides a better opportunity to explore smaller boutiques, unique artisan shops, local candy stores and antique shops. Have you watched Scott Shafer create his stoneware? How about visiting Warm Glow Candle Outlet which has the world’s largest candle façade?

Worked up a hunger from your travels? Now is the time to sample area restaurants you haven’t tried before such as a hidden gem, a newly opened place or an expensive one that you’ve put off visiting. Be sure to check out Indiana’s newest winery (J & J Winery), right here in Wayne County!

Looking for an evening activity before retiring for the night . . . how about a game of Putt-Putt? Perhaps your family would enjoy a night under the stars watching an outdoor movie or take in a play or performance at one of our local civic venues.

And . . . Just for the gals, the Visitor’s Bureau offers Just Us Girls getaway packages. Check them out at

Local shopping, local dining and area visits boost our local economy and train our residents to become better hosts, as well, when out-of-town guests come calling. Get in "hosting" shape for visitors. Visit what's at hand, and rediscover your own hometown.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 02:28 pm: Edit Post

Richmond, Indiana to Host a new Fitness Festival During 2009 Labor Day Weekend

Richmond, IN (PRWEB) June 17, 2009 -- Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival organizers announce events and sponsors for the first annual festival. The 2009 Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival, Presented by Reid Hospital and Health Care, will include expos, a 10K run/walk, a triathlon/ duathlon, criterium race, a cycling tour and a youth triathlon. Organizers include RMD/Patti Insurance, Wellnessworks, Cycling and Fitness Warehouse and Rocketship Sports Management. Proceeds will help provide operating funds for the Cardinal Greenways Trail.

The concept was originated by John Dils of Richmond. John is VP-Business Development at RMD/Patti Insurance, a community fitness advocate, an elite endurance athlete and co-owner of the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse. John joined forces with Roger Bowersock of Greenville, Ohio. Roger is an experienced cycling competitor, professional endurance event organizer and Commercial Risk Manager for RMD/Patti Insurance. Tom Schamel, director of RMD/Patti's marketing and creative services company, rounds out the planning team.

The Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival is proud to have Reid Hospital and Health Care Services as its 2009 Presenting Sponsor. Title sponsors are Whitewater Broadcasting, RMD/Patti Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. Event sponsors are Richmond Baking Company and AUTOCAR. All sponsors are helping to elevate fitness as a community value for Wayne County, IN and the entire Whitewater Valley region.

Managed by Rocketship Sports, a non-profit sports management corporation, the Labor Day weekend will feature four marquee endurance events. Spectators, recreational participants and competitive athletes will enjoy the entertaining atmosphere. Facets such as the memorable Richmond, Indiana locations, custom awards, unique participation gifts, high levels of safety, and professional timing are already attracting registrants.

The weekend's first event is the Richmond Baking Company "Jailbreak" 10k run/walk. The race will take place Saturday, September 5 in the Warehouse/Trail District near the Wayne County Jail. Award festivities will be hosted by the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse and Warehouse Cafe.

The Reid About Wellness Twilight Criterium will occur Saturday evening. This nationally sanctioned ABR race will featured a closed, looping course in the heart of Richmond's Historic Depot District. Health and fitness vendors will enhance this retail and dining area. Large outdoor group fitness classs, including a record -breaking attempt at the largest outdoor stationary bike class, are also planned.

The AUTOCAR Triathlon/Duathlon takes place on Sunday September 6. at Middlefork Reservoir. This event is part of the 2009 Western Ohio Multi-Sport Series. The adjacent grounds of the New Reid Hospital will host the finish line, awards ceremony and a wellness expo.

On Monday, participants will enjoy the (G) 101.3 Mile Ride for the Greenway. This recreational cycling tour will showcase communities along the Cardinal Greenways corridor from Richmond to Muncie, Indiana.

The mission of the Festival is to bring participants and spectators to the local economy, increase wellness in the community, promote youth fitness, create new venues for local endurance athletes and generate exposure for The Cardinal Greenway Trail.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 02:23 pm: Edit Post

Reid Ride Across Wayne’ promotes wellness, funds shoes for needy school kids

A major bicycling event in July organized by Reid Hospital’s “Reid About Wellness” program will fund the purchase of hundreds of athletic shoes for needy school kids.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Hospital president, said the event is an outgrowth of expanded hospital wellness programs. “Reid is dedicated to a mission of promoting community health,” he said. “We are not here just to take care of people when they are sick. Maintaining the health of the human body is an everyday responsibility, and we want to assist the community with information on how to do this effectively.”

Reid Ride Across Wayne is a family focused bicycle ride aimed at promoting wellness and specifically to encourage fitness for children. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Petro Stopping Center near the Indiana-Ohio line east of Richmond. It is open to riders 12 and older with a registration fee of $10; riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult rider. The route spans 24 miles, ending in Dublin. Participants can customize their experience by completing 6, 12, 18 or all 24 miles.

Maintaining wellness in body, mind and spirit involves annual visits to the doctor, age appropriate health screenings, proper diet, daily physical activity, mental health awareness and focusing on nurturing the spirit, Kinyon said. “Reid is committed to being the regional leader in promoting healthy lifestyles in all these areas so the people we serve can prevent or identify treatable health problems and be proactive with their health.”

The idea for Reid Ride Across Wayne sprang out of Reid’s existing wellness efforts and a new employee Wellness Council. “We expanded the wellness message in 2009 to our team members because we want to set the example,” Kinyon said. The team has been supportive, he noted, with approximately 800 employees and volunteers joining in a Reid “Summer Olympics” week starting June 20. The Olympics will involve department teams and individuals competing or participating in a range of events, from cards and checkers to basketball, volleyball and dodge-ball.

Jason Troutwine, director of Reid Foundation and member of the RRAW planning committee, said organizers were gratified by the overwhelming interest shown by sponsors for the event. The fund-raising efforts have already produced enough funds to purchase more than 500 pairs of shoes, which will be distributed with the help of the Salvation Army in time for back-to-school in August.