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IU East Welcomes Largest Incoming Class

Posted September 5, 2018

Supplied Photo: Students walk across the IU East campus. IU East welcomed its largest incoming class this fall.Students walk across the IU East campus. IU East welcomed its largest incoming class this fall.

The number of students enrolled at Indiana University East is again on the increase this fall. The campus welcomed its largest incoming class, and one of its most diverse, when classes started August 20.

The campus has a fall headcount enrollment of 3,722 students (an increase of 6.6 percent) taking 38,348 credit hours (an increase of 5.6 percent). Of the students enrolled, 3,196 are degree-seeking (an increase of 2.3 percent), with the remaining 526 seeking certificates or enrolled in individual courses.

IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said the campus is seeing an increase in several of its demographics this fall.

"We are pleased to welcome so many new students to campus this fall," Cruz-Uribe said. "The number of incoming freshman and new students to campus signifies IU East's ability to provide an affordable, world-class education to our students, whether in the traditional brick and mortar classroom or virtual classroom online."

The diversity of students on the IU East campus continues to increase. The campus set a record enrollment for the number of degree-seeking domestic minorities at 413 students. This reflects the campus' largest number of African-American students at 224. The campus also continues to see high numbers of Hispanic/Latino students who represent 3.7 percent of the overall enrollment.

The number of new students this year - combining members of the incoming freshman class and the number of transfer students - is 901 students of the 3,722 enrolled at IU East. This is IU East's largest degree-seeking freshman class at 455.

Another increasing demographic for IU East is the number of students enrolled in graduate programs. There are 168 students enrolled in graduate certificate and master's degree programs, an increase of 8 percent. The number of master's degree-seeking students increased by 21 percent (105 enrolled) this fall. IU East offers six graduate programs in education, English, management, nursing, social work and teaching mathematics.

Online degree completion programs also continue to grow at IU East. Of the students enrolled, 40.6 percent (1,512) take at least one course online. In addition to individual online courses, the campus also offers 14 bachelor's degree online completion program options, as well as Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies, Early Childhood Education and Mathematics.

Enrollment by county for Indiana shows the highest number of IU East students are from Wayne County, followed by Randolph, Henry, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Rush and Union counties. IU East also enrolls a number of students from Ohio as part of a tuition reciprocity agreement, including students primarily from Preble, Darke, Butler, Shelby and Mercer counties.

The number of international students enrolled at IU East is the highest it has been, with the top three countries of residence being China, Mexico and South Korea.

Official enrollment numbers were released by Indiana University on September 4.

LifeStream's Grant County Golf Outing Set for Sept. 26

Posted August 15, 2018

Event to raise funds to help seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in East Central Indiana

LifeStream Services invites the public to attend the Inaugural LifeStream Golf Outing on Wednesday, September 26 at the Meshingomesia Golf Club in Marion. Join LifeStream for a day of golfing and making a difference in the lives of older adults in the community. The LifeStream Golf Outing will include a variety of activities including Beat the Pro, Putting Contest, a $10,000 Hole-In-One, and other chances to win cash prizes.

The event will begin with registration at 11am, followed by lunch at noon, and shot gun start at 1pm. Registration as an individual or a team is open through Monday, September 24. The golfing fee is $75 for an individual or $280 for a foursome. Those interested may register online by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/golfouting2018 or contact Hannah Downham, Public Relations Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or email hdownham@lifestreaminc.org.

The event proceeds go directly to fulfilling LifeStream's mission of improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream does this through providing a number of programs and services including transportation, in-home care management, home-delivered meals, and much more for over 24,000 seniors and people with disabilities in twelve counties throughout East Central Indiana.

Sponsorship is available through September 24. For more information on how to sponsor please visit www.lifestreaminc.org/golfouting2018 or contact LifeStream by calling 765-759-3363 or email hdownham@lifestreaminc.org.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

East-Central Indiana Businesses Invited to Participate in 2018 Survey

Posted September 17, 2018

Thanks to the tremendous support from the local business communities, economic development corporations and chambers of commerce, the IU East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) continues to see successful response rates each year for the East-Central Business Survey. Based on the valuable responses collected, the BERC successfully calculated the 2017 value of the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index. The report had been released on the IU East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) website at iue.edu/business/berc.

The BERC, a center within the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East, is again working with the local economic development corporations and chambers of commerce to conduct the 2018 annual business survey for the East-Central Indiana region. The survey will be open to businesses/companies in the Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Union, and Wayne counties from Monday, September 17, to Friday, September 28.

Results of the survey will help the BERC maintain the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index to monitor the business sentiment and economic trend in our region, and also assist further the local and regional economic studies conducted by the BERC. In addition, survey results might aid the aforementioned economic development corporations and chambers of commerce for consideration as part of any future strategic planning and economic development efforts to facilitate a healthy business climate in the region.

Responses to the 10-minute survey will be confidential. Business owners/managers will be asked to provide some general information on their business/company's demography, their opinion of various aspects related to business performance for this year, and their business and economic expectations for next year in their county. While the individual responses to the survey will not be shared, results of the research survey will be made public by the end of 2018.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Litao (Lee) Zhong at (765) 973-8289 or the Principal Researcher of the Business and Economic Research Center and Associate Professor of Finance Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung at (765) 973-8497.

About the IU East Business and Economic Research Center The BERC is sponsored by the School of Business and Economics at IU East. The center is designed to assist in capturing and creating economic data that will be useful in supporting the economic vitality of the Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio regions.

Piles to Files: Organize Your Office Paperwork

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Piles to Files

On Friday, September 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Lori Firsdon will be at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond to give you some simple tips to get your office files under control.

Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitar Recital

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitar Recital

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 p.m., Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Morrisson-Reeves Library announces an evening of spectacular music with award-winning, classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher. His repertoire will include, Bach's Lute Suite No. 3, Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, Cordoba by Isaac Albeniz, Peter's transcriptions of Erick Satie and Paganini's dazzling Caprice No. 24.

Peter made his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returns every year to a sold-out house. In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Mr. Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Cincinnati's Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and many others.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information please phone MRL, 765.966.8291.

Richmond Local Elected President of Indiana Bar Foundation Board

Posted September 17, 2018

Amy Noe Dudas, Richmond, Elected President

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) announced its newly elected board of directors. Amy K. Noe Dudas, Dudas Law, Richmond, Ind., assumed presidency on July 1, 2018. Dudas will serve as president through June 2020.

Supplied Photo: Amy Noe DudasDudas has a general civil practice and is a registered civil and domestic relations mediator. She is dedicated to the legal profession and her community, serving on several boards including the Indiana State Bar Association, Wayne County Foundation and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

Scott L. Barnhart, Keffer Barnhart LLP, Indianapolis, became president-elect for a two-year term. Caryn M. Glawe, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis, is now secretary/treasurer. Non-officer executive committee members are Carl A. Hayes, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, and Hon. Thomas J. Felts, Allen County Circuit Court, Fort Wayne.

New members of the board include: Hon. Nancy L. Gettinger, La Porte County Superior Court, La Porte, Michael Potts, Brown County Junior High School, Nashville, and Derrick H. Wilson, Mattox & Wilson LLP, New Albany.

Potts is the third teacher to be elected to the board since 2016. He teaches We the People: the Citizen & the Constitution to eighth grade students, winning the state competition six years in a row and the program's national invitational in 2012 and 2013.

Re-appointed board members include: Robert Beasley (Muncie), Janet Chandler (Fishers), Hon. Melissa May (Indianapolis), Andrew Northern (Indianapolis), Alexander Orlowski (Indianapolis), and Scott Wylie (Evansville).

The Indiana Bar Foundation operates multiple education programs in civics, including its signature program We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution, and seeks to increase civil legal representation for Hoosiers who cannot afford a private attorney. Learn more at www.inbf.org.

BikeTOURberfest

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Biketourberfest 2018

Support our local Cardinal Greenway trail system AND enjoy a beautiful fall bicycle ride during BikeTOURberfest 2018 on Saturday, September 29th. Choose between a 5, 22, 26 or 56 mile trip with great SAG stops. After your ride, enjoy Oktoberfest activities in the historic Depot District.

Wayne County Storytelling Event to Debut in September

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Flyer:  Warm and Woof

The people of Wayne County have stories to tell; a new event series wants to give them a stage and a microphone.

Warp & Woof, which debuts on September 27, asks everyday people from Wayne County to tell true stories about their lives for 5 to 8 minutes each. Each event will feature 8 to 10 speakers telling stories inspired by a loose theme. "Making it" is the theme for the first event – set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at 923 North E Street – the space shared by Maria Mitrione's and New Boswell's in Richmond's Depot District. The event is free and open to the public; food and drinks cost extra.

Warp & Woof's organizers are a professor and two students associated with the writing program at the Earlham School of Religion, which provided seed money for the event. They plan to host four events per year – fall, winter, spring, and summer.

"These storytelling events are everywhere," said Ben Brazil, director of ESR's Ministry of Writing Program. "Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Muncie – you name it. And people love them, because people love a good story. Wayne County is not as urban as those other places, but I'm betting our stories are just as good."

As a form, storytelling has gained traction nationwide – via podcasts, festivals, and regular events in hundreds of cities. Brazil, who leads writing courses at the Quaker seminary, said that he believes such events are a kind of community ministry.

"The name Warp & Woof sounds a little weird, but it comes from our vision," Brazil said. "'Warp' means the threads that run lengthwise. "Woof" means the threads that run across them. Together, they make up a complete fabric.

"We think of stories as threads in just the same way. Together they weave together the fabric of our community. We want to help that weaving happen – and if that happens to require a really fun event with drinks and food, we can live with that, too."

Although the line-up for the first show is set, anyone who lives in Wayne County is invited to propose a story "regardless of their politics, skin color, religious beliefs – whatever," Brazil said. "This is for everyone."

To learn more, visit Warp & Woof on the web at www.warpandwoofstories.org.

Tickets for Nico and Vinz Concert on September 22nd Available at Earlham College

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Ad: Nico and Vinz

As a part of Homecoming Weekend, Nico & Vinz hit the stage. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, the singing/songwriting duo, made up of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, will tap into the heart of global culture by writing and perform ing songs that joyfully speak of life, love and identity. Though it's hard to name their sound, consider it reminiscent of The Police and Paul Simon's Graceland.

General admission tickets are $15/person. The concert will take place at Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018. For more information, call 765.983.1373.

Mark Your Calendar for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Grand Opening Celebration

Posted September 17, 2018

Supplied Image: Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Boys & Girls Club, 1900 West Main Street, Richmond, IN

On Friday, October 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will be hosting a spectacular grand opening event unveiling the newly-remodeled Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Boys & Girls Club, 1900 West Main Street, Richmond, IN!

Parents and youth in the community are welcome to come take a tour of the building and watch the ribbon cutting by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce at 4:30pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Senior Adult Ministry September Meeting

Posted September 17, 2018

The blended voices of the singing group, "Four Guys Having Fun," will offer a variety of music at the next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry held at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 25, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

If you are 50 years old or older, please join us. Please bring finger foods to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings in 2018 will include a Thanksgiving pitch-in, and a program on drugs in our community.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings. For further information, call 765.962.4357.

7th Annual Quality of Place Conference Takes Place on September 27th

Posted September 13, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Quality of Place

Richmond Columbian Properties
204 North Tenth. Richmond, IN
Seventh Annual Quality of Place Conference
Preserving Neighborhoods in Poverty

Featuring Dr. Michael Tomlin from Cornell University
September 27, 2018     8:30am-1:30pm     $35, available online
For more information and registration
http://www.richmondcolumbianproperties.org

Absocold Adds Industry Veteran to Staff, Relocates to New Offices in Richmond, In

Posted September 11, 2018

Logo: AbsocoldAbscocold, a manufacturer of a premium line of refrigerators and microwaves for the hospitality industry, government services, student housing, and assisted living facilities, announced today that Jim Karczewski has joined the organization as Director, Hospitality Sales. Mr. Karczewski began his career as a Purchasing Director for Mill Distributors before moving to the hospitality industry in sales with Serta International Bedding. In 2012, Jim joined Hospitality Furnishings and Design as the Purchasing Director where he helped grow the company's revenue to over $100 million. "Jim brings a unique insight to this role as he has served in both a purchasing and sales capacity," said Jeff Ross, President of Indoff Appliance Group, the parent company for the Absocold brand. "His vast industry knowledge will allow Absocold to better anticipate our customers' upcoming needs and how we approach growing our share of the FF&E (Fixtures Furniture and Equipment) market." Mr. Karczewski, a native of Wisconsin, will be based out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Additionally, Absocold announced it has relocated its offices and client showroom to 425 Commerce Road in Richmond, IN. Incorporated in 1969, Richmond has been the home for Absocold since 1978 when it moved to the area from Iona, Michigan. "We have a long and proud history in this part of Indiana," said Jim Malkus, CEO and President of Indoff. "We are fortunate to have a group of outstanding employees from the region who are invested in this community and to growing our company by providing quality products and great customer service. We look forward to remaining a part of the local business scene for many years to come."

For additional information on this release or the Abscocold brand, please visit the website at www.absocold.com or call Craig Pennington, Director of Marketing, at 314-997-1122, extension 1125.

Boys & Girls Clubs' Annual Smart Futures Dinner 2018

Posted September 10, 2018

On Thursday, October 4, 2018 the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County will be hosting their annual Smart Futures Dinner, an event that celebrates exceptional people who have incredible stories to tell that have inspired many others to strive for smart futures. This year's keynote speaker will be basketball sportscaster and radio host, Dan Dakich, with Wright State women's basketball assistant, Kim Demmings, as the honoree.

Supllied Photo: Dan DakichDan Dakich played basketball for Indiana under coach Bob Knight from 1981 to 1985, becoming team captain during his junior and senior seasons, and helping the Hoosiers win a Big Ten title during their 1982-83 season. Dakich is known for his defensive efforts against Michael Jordan in the 1984 East Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament, holding Jordan to 13 points in Indiana's 72-68 victory.

After ten years as head basketball coach at Bowling Green State University (1997-2007), Dakich served as a college basketball studio analyst for the Big Ten Network for the 2009-2010 season, and later joined ESPN as a college basketball color commentator and studio analyst. Dakich is currently the host of "The Dan Dakich Show" on Indianapolis radio station WFNI.

Supplied Photo: Kim DemmingsAs a Richmond High School senior, Kim Demmings was a finalist for the Palladium-Item's Myyon Barnes Athlete of the Year Award and earned second team all-state honors.

By the time Demmings graduated from Wright State University in 2016, she had achieved the position of the all-time leading scorer in Wright State University's basketball history (men's and women's), with a total ranking of 34th in NCAA Division I History and is currently an assistant coach on the Wright State staff.

In addition to the dinner and presentations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will host a wine pull and an auction including some spectacular items and services generously donated from around the community.

Social Hour will begin at 6:00pm and a decadent meal provided by Olde Richmond Inn will be served at 7:00pm.

All proceeds from this event will go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to further our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, visit www.BGCRichmond.org or call Jennifer at (765) 962-6922. Please RSVP by September 21.

Going Greener: Reid Café Implements Additional Environmentally Friendly Program

Posted September 10, 2018

Supplied Photo: These new containers in the Cafe at Twelve Hundred include some made of a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers and other environmentally friendly materials.These new containers in the Cafe at Twelve Hundred include some made of a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers and other environmentally friendly materials.

The café recently replaced plastic and polystyrene foam products with more sustainable and "compostable" goods. The effort will eliminate the use of more than a million foam cups, half a million foam bowls and plates and almost 150,000 take-out containers used annually in the café. "The new wares utilize less energy and water during manufacturing than the alternatives, and do not release toxic residues into the soil during composition," says Kris Ankeny, director of Food & Nutrition Services at Reid Health.

"Compostables" is a term that is regulated by the American Society of Testing and Materials and is defined as a manufactured item that can degrade within 90 days into organic and inorganic materials without releasing toxic residues during the process, Ankeny says.

The new products being used in the café include cups that look to be plastic, but are made of a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers, wheat straw, sugarcane, recycled paper and other plant-based resins. "These products, which are virtually nontoxic upon decomposition, offer a significantly reduced degradation timeframe than their traditional counterparts and thus impose a negligible burden on local landfills."

Ankeny noted the following about some of the traditional materials and their decomposition rates:

  • Aluminum cans – 175 years
  • Hard plastic bottle caps – more than 400 years
  • Polystyrene foam – more than 500 years

The compostable products are starkly better:

  • Clear cups and silverware made from plant resins – two to four months in commercial facilities or one to two years at home
  • Wheat straw take-out containers and plates – two to three months in commercial facilities, up to six months at home
  • Paper hot cups and bowls – two to three months in commercial facilities, from three to 12 months at home

"The sustainable changes made by Reid Health seek to preserve the integrity of tomorrow now by eliminating waste that could ultimately disrupt the lives of the Reid community," Ankeny says.

The latest change is the newest of several recycling and sustainability efforts implemented by the Food & Nutrition Services department. The department participates in a Food Rescue program that reduces waste and contributes to a reduction in community food insecurity; collects plastic bottle caps in a partnership with Cope Environmental Center that recycles the plastic into other uses; and will soon offer a re-usable lidded cup and straw, which will continue to reduce single-use items.

Wernle's Catalyst4Change Honoring Tamika Catchings

Posted September 6, 2018

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, Richmond, IN to host over 400 on September 20, 2018.

Wernle's most prestigious event - Catalyst4Change will be held on Thursday, September 20th on its campus in the Lingle Wellness Center. Dinner, auction and awards will begin at 7:00 pm at Wernle's campus (2000 Wernle Road).

This year Tamika Catchings will be the National Honoree – Wernle's first woman honoree since the event began in 2003. Ms. Catchings is a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, played 15 seasons with the Indiana Fever, a New York Times Bestselling Author, philanthropist and businesswoman.

"We are excited to host the community and showcase this slate of honorees. Men and Women that have provided outstanding service and have made a significant difference in the lives of youth. We appreciate the support of so many generous sponsors, donors and friends." said CEO and President, Darrell Gordon. Proceeds will benefit residents and programs at Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center.

The Catalyst4Change will also honor Dan Stamper with Thor Construction Company and Carroll Electric, Inc., Lowe's of Richmond, Zachary Mays, Wernle's alumni of the year and Dejuan Darden, Wernle's employee of the year.

The Catalyst4Change event's premier sponsor is Health Care Logistics. Other sponsors include BT Alliance, Michael Browning, an Anonymous sponsor, First Bank Richmond, Meridian Health Services, McNamee Law Offices, LLC, Primex Plastics, Inc., G103, Friends Office, ProSource, West End Bank, Wetzel Auto, and Jeff D. Slyman Attorney.

The Catalyst4Change event will take place on Thursday, September 20th with dinner, auction and awards beginning at 7:00 pm. To purchase a table, tickets or make a donation if you can't attend email ksullivan@wernle.org. For more information contact Melanie Frazier, Director of Philanthropy at mfrazier@wernle.org or by phone at 765-993-0041.

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center
Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center was founded in 1879 as an orphanage for Lutheran children, but now serves as a home for children who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed. Wernle's mission: Wernle is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families – individually, interpersonally, and socially - through caring programs and healing relationships which is reflective of God's love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Meditation Hike - Held Thursdays through the End of September

Posted August 29, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Meditation Hike

Join the Meditation Hike before the nights get long! Through the month of September, we will continue to have this opportunity to unwind in the peaceful surroundings that Hayes Arboretum offers. Open to ages 15 and above.

Where: Hayes Arboretum - Eastside Trailhead (on the corner of Hayes Arboretum Road and Woodside Drive, across from the Fire Station.)
When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through the end of September
Cost: FREE!

Conscious Living Workshop Series Begins October 1st

Posted August 29, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Conscious Living Workshop

Conscious Living Workshop Series with Heartfulness Meditation. This is a 5-week series of inner exploration to bring balance to life. Held each Monday evening in October from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dwyer Community Center.

Singles Interaction Newsletter for September 2018

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Singles Interaction Newsletter - September 2018

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Google to Present at September Business Education Lunch

Posted August 21, 2018

Supplied Graphic: Google Trainer Luncheon

Chamber's newest partnership brings Google to Richmond

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a Google trainer will be making the trip to Richmond to meet with local business leaders.

Google's Erin Bemis, Google Trainer, will be joining the Chamber for a special workshop on September 24th to train businesses on how to best utilize their free services to promote and grow their organizations.

"Through the EDC's talent recruitment committee, we learned that often people are looking for area amenities, services and entertainment but aren't easily finding them," said Chamber President/CEO, Melissa Vance. "When we were approached with the opportunity for the Chamber to become an official Google Partner, it was an easy decision."

Google will be presenting the following two workshops on September 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Stidham Auditorium on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

Reach Customers Online with Google: Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We'll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends.

Succeeding in a Micro Moments World: Connect with customers on mobile and make sure your business is there from the moment they find you online to the moment where they click, call, or buy.

The upcoming event will launch a no-cost, ongoing series to be taught by the Chamber staff. A schedule will be announced at the kick-off event. Preferred registration opens to Chamber members immediately with public registration opening September 4th. The cost is free to attend, but registrations are limited to two tickets per business. Guests are encouraged to bring laptops for a true workshop-style interaction.

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.

West African Music played on a 21 String Kora

Posted August 20, 2018

Supplied Image: West African Music Concert at MRL

Sean Gaskell's Music from West Africa - Thursday, September 13 at 6:30pm

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. http://seangaskell.com

Sponsor for this program: The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/280197239463342/

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291.

Warp and Woof: Making It!

Posted August 13, 2018

Flyer: Warp & Woof

Wayne County has more stories than any one person can know. Ask any of us who we are, and you'll hear stories: of farming and manufacturing, of work and family, of good times and hard times. Weave these together, and you have more than a county – you have a place, a community, a home.

Warp & Woof gives us a taste of this weaving, live, with laughter and drinks. Four times a year – summer, fall, winter, spring – we'll ask regular people from Wayne County to respond to a theme with short, true stories from their lives. We want as many threads as possible, which means business owners and factory workers, farmers and city-dwellers, conservatives and liberals, white folks and people of color. Are you the sort of person who could tell us a story? Yes, you are. This is for all of us, Warp & Woof.

Warp & Woof will take place at New Boswell's/Maria Mittrione's, 923 North E Street, Richmond on Thursday, September 27th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free!

For more information, call Jamie Mudd at 520.975.2087.

Richmond Small Business Wins $25,000 Elevate Grant

Posted September 4, 2018

Ply Fiber Arts Is One of 11 Recipients Across Indiana, Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS – FHLBank Indianapolis recently awarded Elevate Small Business grants to 11 Indiana and Michigan small businesses. 2018 was the inaugural year for the Elevate program, which saw more than 92 small businesses partner with local financial institutions to compete for grants of up to $25,000 each to use towards capital expenditures, workforce training, and other business needs.

Richmond, IN-based Ply paired with West End Bank to submit a business case for a $25,000 grant build out the location next door to the current facility, and purchase equipment in anticipation of offering fiber arts classes.

"We're excited to be able to support small businesses like Ply Fiber Arts – we know they are an important fixture in the community they serve," said Cindy Konich, FHLBank Indianapolis President and CEO.

In total, FHLBank Indianapolis awarded $255,595 in 2018 Elevate grants to area small businesses looking to take their businesses in low-income areas to the next level.

FHLBank Indianapolis already has a nearly 30-year history of committing about 10% of annual earnings to fund affordable housing grants throughout Indiana and Michigan," said MaryBeth Wott, Community Investment Officer at FHLBank Indianapolis. "Last year, financial institutions throughout the two states gave us feedback that small business grants would meet an important need in their communities, so we quickly implemented the Elevate program." Small businesses were required to be sponsored by an FHLBank Indianapolis member to complete the Elevate application.

Check out our list of 2018 Elevate winners. Learn more about the Elevate Small Business Grant and FHLBank Indianapolis's other Community and Housing programs.

Eight New Faculty Members Join IU East

Posted September 4, 2018

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome new faculty members to campus.

School of Business and Economics

Supplied Photo: Sanga SongSanga Song, assistant professor of marketing, received her Ph.D. in Retail Merchandising and Consumer Studies from the University of Minnesota. She received her Master of Science in Clothing and Textiles with a concentration in Fashion Marketing and her Bachelor of Arts in Human Environment and Design with a minor in Political Diplomacy from Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea.

Previously Song was a graduate instructor at the University of Minnesota (U of M). She has also been a teaching assistant and research assistant at U of M and Yonsei University. Prior to that, she worked in advertising, marketing, and public relations with various fashion brands, including Nina Ricci (menswear), 7 For All Mankind, and Tory Burch in Korea.

She has published her work in the International Journal of Consumer Studies and the Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science.

Her areas of research include online consumer behavior and social media marketing.

Song is a member of the American Marketing Association, American Collegiate Retailing Association and the International Apparel and Textile Association.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Supplied Photo: Alyssa BrownAlyssa Brown, visiting assistant professor of psychology, received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University (BSU). She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minors in Women's Studies and Art and Design from Purdue University.

Previously Brown was an instructor and graduate assistant at BSU, and she was a research assistant at BSU and Purdue. She has outreach experience on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, eating disorders, and many other areas. Her area of specialization of counseling psychology is in couples and family counseling.

Brown has presented at the Great Lakes Conference and the Association for Women in Psychology Conference.

Supplied Photo: Kelly BlewettKelly Blewett, visiting assistant professor of English, received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati. She received her Master of Arts in English from the University of Louisville and her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Miami University of Ohio.

Previously Blewett was a graduate assistant and workshop leader at the Academic Writing Center at the University of Cincinnati. She has been a lecturer at Dartmouth College, a teaching assistant at the University of Louisville, and a consultant of writing pedagogy to faculty in the University of Cincinnati's College of Allied Health Sciences.

Her work has been published in CEA Critic, The Journal of Teaching Writing, Peitho, The Lion and the Unicorn, and College English. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, feminist rhetorical theory, and self-sponsored literacy practices.

Blewett is a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, College English Association, Children's Literature Association, Coalition of Women Scholars in Rhetoric and Composition, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Supplied Photo: Felix BurgosFelix Burgos, visiting assistant professor of Spanish, received his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture and his Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philology and Languages, English Teaching from the National University of Colombia in Bogotá D.C., Colombia.

Previously he has been an instructor and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland.

His work has been published in Textshop Experiments, 3, Hyperrhiz, and Exquisite Corpse: Art-Based Writing Practices in the Academy. He has presented at conferences for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Latin American Studies Association, and the 41st Annual Puerto Rico TESOL Convention as well as many others.

His research interests include contemporary Latin American studies, public memory, critical heritage studies, Spanish pedagogy and translation, film and media studies and multimodal composition.

Burgos is a member of Latin American Studies Association, Association of Critical Heritage Studies and the Modern Language Association.

Molly Foland, visiting lecturer in communication studies, received her Master of Arts in English Composition and Master of Science in Information and Communication Science from Ball State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with areas of concentration in Writing, Literature and Theory from IU Kokomo.

Previously Foland was an adjunct instructor of English and communications at IU East. She has been an instructor and teaching assistant at BSU, and an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond. She was a communications specialist with Progress Rail Services in Muncie. Formerly she worked with the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, Indiana, as a secretary and corrections officer.

Supplied Photo: Jason JedlickaJason Jedlicka, visiting lecturer in music and pep band director, received his Master of Music in Music Theory from Indiana University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music in Music Theory and Composition with a minor in Linguistics from Ohio State University in Ohio. He is finishing his Ph.D. in Music Theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. As a doctorate student, he received the Jacobs School of Music Ph.D. Fellowship at IU Bloomington.

Previously he was an adjunct lecturer in the Music and General Studies Department and an associate instructor in the Music Theory Department at IU. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Ben Davis University High School in Indianapolis.

Jedlicka has served as piano accompanist for the choral and theater departments at IU and musical director for various community theater organizations in Ohio. He has also composed music in a variety of styles and has studied computer music in Paris.

Active as a researcher, Jedlicka has presented papers on the American composer Steve Reich throughout the United States and Europe. He also has interests in sound studies, the analysis of popular music, and public musical scholarship.

Jedlicka is a member of the Society for Minimalist Music, Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, Indiana University Bloomington Graduate Theory Association and the American Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Supplied Photo: Danielle DuesDanielle Dues, clinical assistant professor of nursing, received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU East.

Previously Dues was a family nurse practitioner with Family Practice of Jay County in Portland, Indiana. She has been an intermediate care unit staff nurse at Dayton Children's Hospital, an emergency room charge and resource nurse at Franklin/Springboro Freestanding Emergency Department, a private duty nurse, and an emergency room nurse for Miami Valley Hospital.

She is a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dues is certified in pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support and basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Supplied Photo: Kristen LaswellKristen Laswell, assistant professor of nursing, received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and her Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Cincinnati. She received her M.S.N. in Pediatric Nursing Practice from Northern Kentucky University. Laswell received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and associate degree in nursing from Miami University.

Previously Laswell was the manager of Patient Services for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center at the Liberty campus. Formerly at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, she was a registered nurse with the post anesthesia care unit. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and a nursing instructor in pediatrics at The Christ Hospital.

Laswell is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse and holistic nurse. She is also certified in pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support and CPR.

Roll and Read with Birth to Five

Posted September 4, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Roll and Read

It is that time of year again for Birth to Five's Roll and Read. This fun event will be held September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Rose Garden at Glen Miller Park, 2500 East Main Street, Richmond. The theme this year is Fitness and Nutrition. Each family that attends will receive a book about Glen Miller Park written by Dr. Honaker. It is an exciting book about finding your treasure at the park. Reid Health is providing a book for each family as well as healthy snacks after our walk.

Season Tickets Available for RSO's 2018-19 Concert Season

Posted August 27, 2018

Supplied Photo: RSO 2018-19 Concert Season

Season tickets for the 2018-19 Richmond Symphony Orchestra concert season are now available online or at the box office.

This new season will have many great works that you would consider part of the core repertoire for a symphony orchestra. Compositions by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak, Strauss and Sibelius serve as the cornerstones. We have four outstanding soloists, a wide range of compositions, 21 works never before played by the RSO, and four new composers.

Season tickets for the six concerts are $85/person, $95/person for box seats and $60/person for college students. Individual concert tickets are $20/person. For more information, call 765.966.8181.

The Right to Peace | International Day of Peace on September 21, 2018

Posted August 29, 2018

Supplied Poster: International Day of Peace

Join your community in making a commitment to begin to bring peace to ourselves, and through ourselves to our family, and through our family, to our community, and through our community, to our Nation, and through our Nation to the World.

The Richmond, Indiana celebration of The Right to Peace will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Earlham College, on the Heart, 801 National Road West, Richmond and also at 5:30 p.m. on the Richmond City Building lawn, 50 North Fifth Street, Richmond.

Mashrou' Leila, Nico and Vinz to Stop at Earlham College for Concerts in September

Posted September 5, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Nico and Vinz

Earlham College will welcome two international recording artists to campus this month as part of this year's kickoff to the Artist and Lecture Series and Homecoming.

Mashrou' Leila, a five-piece ensemble from Lebanon, will appear on the Goddard Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Nico and Vinz, a singer-songwriting duo from Oslo, Norway, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

General admission tickets for both concerts are $15 per person. Tickets for Mashrou' Leila are available now and tickets for Nico and Vinz go on sale Monday, Sept. 10.

Tickets can be purchased at the Earlham College Box Office or online at earlhamcollegeevents.eventbrite.com. The box office is located in Runyan Center and is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office can be reached at (765) 983-1474.

Forming at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou' Leila's distinctive approach to storytelling and orchestration results in both melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music. They have three albums.

The band has performed for sold-out venues across Europe, Asia, and North America. In 2016, the band was invited to perform as part of NPR's Tiny Desk series.

Nico and Vinz are this year's headliner for Homecoming Weekend. The duo performs songs that speak of life, love and identity created out of a fusion of pop, reggae and soul.

I-70 Ramp Closures at US 40 for Continued Bridge Work (THIS WEEK)

Posted September 5, 2018

Supplied Map: I-70 Closure at US 40

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces ramp closures from I-70 to US 40 for crews to continue bridge work.

Crews are scheduled to resurface the bridge and put in new bridge approaches on I-70 over US 40.

I-70 eastbound ramp to US 40 East (exit 156B) will be closed from Sept. 8 through Sept. 14. Then, crews will reopen that ramp and close I-70 westbound ramp to US 40 West (exit 156A) from Sept. 15 to Sept. 21. Crews will be working around the clock to get the ramps open as soon as possible.

Traffic on I-70 near the project will be restricted down to one lane in each direction as work is taking place. Motorists should expect long delays on I-70 during this work and are encouraged to find an alternate route. An alternate route will be marked using US 27, US 36 and US 127 for motorist who want to avoid the back-ups on I-70.

INDOT reminds motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Independent Living Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Posted September 10, 2018

Flyer: Independent Living Center Open House on 9/14/2018

Independent Living Center, located at 1818 West Main Street, Richmond, invites the public to an open house on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. There are celebrating 20 years of service to the community.

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Community Improvement Award Nominees

Posted September 5, 2018

The Chamber's award ceremony for exterior improvements of local businesses.

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Community Improvement Awards on September 13th at 11:30am at The LeLand Legacy.

The Community Improvement Awards celebrate local businesses that have made efforts to improve the exterior of their building over the past year. This year we are pleased to announce our twelve nominees:

  • Animal Care Alliance
  • McAllister's Deli
  • Music City Apartments
  • Paint the Towne
  • Radford's Meat Market and Deli-East Side Location
  • Ravina Park Plaza
  • Roscoe's Coffee-East Side Location
  • The Milk House-South Location
  • The Gateway Train Trestle
  • Water Tower Terrace
  • Wayne Bank-Cambridge City
  • West End Bank

This year we will also be awarding Natco Community Empowerment Center with the annual Community Spirit Award for their continued work serving the Wayne County citizens.

We invite you to celebrate with us. Registration is open until Friday, September 7th at http://wcareachamber.org/events/communityimprovementawards2018/

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.

I-70 Ramp Closures at US 40 for Continued Bridge Work

Posted August 16, 2018

Supplied Map: INDOT Sept. 2018 Work on I-70

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces ramp closures from I-70 to US 40 for crews to continue bridge work.

Crews are scheduled to resurface the bridge and put in new bridge approaches on I-70 over US 40.

I-70 eastbound ramp to US 40 East (exit 156B) will be closed from Sept. 8 through Sept. 14. Then, crews will reopen that ramp and close I-70 westbound ramp to US 40 West (exit 156A) from Sept. 15 to Sept. 21. Crews will be working around the clock to get the ramps open as soon as possible.

Traffic on I-70 near the project will be restricted down to one lane in each direction as work is taking place. Motorists should expect long delays on I-70 during this work and are encouraged to find an alternate route. An alternate route will be marked using US 27, US 36 and US 127 for motorist who want to avoid the back-ups on I-70.

INDOT reminds motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

IU East's Class of 2022 Is Largest Degree-Seeking Freshman Class

Posted August 30, 2018

Supplied Photo: Members of the Class of 2022 attended the First Year Convocation held August 17.Members of the Class of 2022 attended the First Year Convocation held August 17.

The Class of 2022 is Indiana University East's largest and most diverse incoming class.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott said this year's freshman class is following the upward trend of IU East's overall enrollment.

"Students are choosing IU East as a destination campus because they can have everything they want in their college experience right here in Richmond," Malott said. "We have a welcoming campus that provides top-quality academics, a dynamic campus life, and nationally recognized faculty. Plus, we're a very affordable option."

Students started the first day of the fall semester on August 20.

Supplied Photo: Freshman students sign the class book during the First Year Convocation held August 17. The ceremony is the kickoff to new student's academic experience at IU East.Freshman students sign the class book during the First Year Convocation held August 17. The ceremony is the kickoff to new student's academic experience at IU East.

The week before classes began there were approximately 120 freshman students on campus for IU East's Extreme Summer JUMPSTART, a program giving students the opportunity to get a head start on settling into college life and getting set up for academic success. On August 17th, the Class of 2022 was welcomed to campus during the First-Year Convocation Ceremony. The event is a ceremonial beginning to a new student's academic experience at IU East, where students recite the IU Promise, receive their IU pin and sign their class book.

Malott said the convocation ceremony, along with other on-campus experiences such as New Student Orientation and JUMPSTART, help prepare incoming students for a successful start to their college experience.

"We are excited to welcome this incoming class," Malott said. "Everyone on campus is committed to helping support and guide these students as they pursue their academic and career aspirations on their path towards earning an IU East degree."

This fall's freshman class has 455 degree-seeking students enrolled for classes. The second largest freshman class was in 2014 with 413 freshman students enrolled.

On average, the members of the Class of 2022 are 18.8 years old. However, there is a range in the ages among freshman students. The youngest is 16 while the oldest is 45.

In addition, the number of domestic minority students increased 8.3 percent over last year.

As a class, the average incoming G.P.A. is 3.22. Within the Class of 2022, there are 121 students who received academic honors diplomas from their high schools. Of the incoming class, 110 students reported being 21st Century Scholars.

Volunteers needed to support LifeStream programs

Posted August 22, 2018

LifeStream Services is seeking volunteers of all ages and skill levels to assist in various programs that help support older adults and those with disabilities in the community. Current volunteer positions include office greeter volunteers and Safety Solutions volunteers.

A volunteer office greeter is needed at the LifeStream offices in Richmond located at 423 Commerce Rd., Richmond, IN 47374 and the office in Yorktown located at 1701 Pilgrim Blvd., Yorktown, IN 47396. The Office Greeter will be responsible for greeting guests upon arrival and providing assistance as needed. This is a flexible position with opportunities from 10am to 2pm one day per week, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on the availability of the volunteer.

Safety Solutions is LifeStream's fall prevention program in which volunteers help safeguard a senior's home from potential fall risks. Potential projects include installing grab bars, replacing light bulbs, building hand rails around stairs, cleaning gutters, adding slip resistant flooring treads and color contrast to steps, conducting yard clean-up (non-beautification), installing hand-held showers, and more. This is an ongoing program. Volunteers will have the flexibility to choose which tasks they'd like to assist with depending on skill level and location. This is low time commitment position with the volunteer assisting just one to two hours per month.

Last year alone, over 810 volunteers supported LifeStream by devoting their time and talents by assisting at senior café sites, supporting annual special events, interning in the field, assisting in administrative tasks, crafting handmade gifts to be given to seniors during the holidays, and much more.

Beth Edwards, LifeStream Volunteer, said of her experience, "I have volunteered with LifeStream for 3 years now. I really enjoy the opportunities they have given me. The mission and the people you work with keep you coming back."

Those interested in volunteering as an office greeter, Safety Solutions, or volunteering in another LifeStream program are encouraged to contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 or emailing lbray@lifestreaminc.org. Additional volunteer information and application can be accessed by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/support/volunteer.

Annual Fall Festival for Seniors Set for September 12

Posted August 14, 2018

Flyer: Lifestream Fall Festival 2018

LifeStream invites the community to attend the annual Fall Festival on September 12. This annual event draws crowds of over 300 older adults for pontoon boat rides, a health fair, car show, musical entertainment by Garcia and Scott, crafts, bingo, a petting zoo, and much more.

The Fall Festival will be held on September 12 from 10:00am to 1:30pm at the Treaty Line Pioneer Village located at 3801 W. Dunlapsville Rd. Liberty, IN 47353 near Quakertown Recreational Area.

All activities are provided to attendees at no cost, and lunch is available at the festival for $6.50. Registrations must be turned in by September 5. Those interested can register in the following ways:

  • Online: Visit www.lifestreaminc.org/fallfestival
  • Our Office: Drop off your registration Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm at the LifeStream Richmond Office located at 423 Commerce Rd. Richmond, IN 47374.
  • Phone / Email: Please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or email bevans@lifestreaminc.org.
  • Your local senior center: LifeStream will have forms at senior centers in which attendees can fill out and turn in at the site. LifeStream representatives will also be at the following senior center sites leading up to the Fall Festival.
    • Sites include: Rush County Senior Center, Franklin County Senior Center, Fayette County Senior Center, Union County Council on Aging & Aged located at Southview Courts, Richmond Senior Community Center, Centerville-Abington Senior Center, Nettle Creek Senior Center, and Western-Wayne Senior Center.

LifeStream is currently seeking vendors, car show registrations, and door prize donations in support of the Fall Festival. If you are interested in supporting the Fall Festival please visit www.lifestreaminc.org/fallfestival or contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or email hdownham@lifestreaminc.org.

Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of tasks during this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 or email lbray@lifestreaminc.org.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

LifeStream Services and Richmond Senior Community Centerpartner to offer EnhanceFitness

Posted August 8, 2018

LifeStream and the Richmond Senior Community Center are partnering to offer EnhanceFitness, a fitness program designed for older adults. Classes will begin Tuesday, September 11 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm, and continue every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year at the Richmond Senior Community Center located at 1600 S. 2 nd St., Richmond, IN 47374.

EnhanceFitness is an energetic, interactive hour-long fitness class filled with variety. The program focuses on the three main elements of fitness including strength training, flexibility and balance, as well as aerobic and cardio. EnhanceFitness allows the participant to work at their own pace the entire time with individualized attention from the instructor and modifications to the program to fit with the participants' fitness level.

Those interested in attending EnhanceFitness, or learning more about LifeStream's wellness programs should contact Lori Joseph, RN, Wellness Educator, by calling 765-722-4060 or by emailing ljoseph@lifestreaminc.org.

Author with Local Ties Presents at MRL

Posted August 20, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Emmett Smelser Author Talk

Emmett Smelser, the former editor and publisher of The Palladium-Item, is the author of five crime and suspense novels, the latest of which, Secret Unto Death, was just published by Amazon in April. Mr. Smelser will present a book talk at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30pm. He will host a book signing following the presentation.

Smelser says his novels are based "very loosely" on situations and characters encountered during his nearly 40 years in the newspaper business. Twenty-six of those years were spent at the Pal-Item where he arrived as a reporter in 1968. He became executive editor in 1974 and chief news executive in 1980 before departing for his first publisher job with Gannett Co. in 1987.

His four previous novels are Truth to Tell; Burning Desire: A Tale of Arson; Window on Death and Cold, Cold Death.

IU East's University College welcomes new director

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Photo: Cherie Dolehanty

Cherie Dolehanty is the new director of University College at Indiana University East. She will begin her role August 27.

University College is a department that provides support to first-year students and new online students through success coaching, advising, career planning, the First-Year Seminar, workshops, and other events.

As director of University College, Dolehanty will oversee programming and services for first-year students, online students, student-athletes, and international students with the goal of increasing the retention and success of these student populations. She will work collaboratively with other units across campus to ensure students receive a seamless, student-focused experience at IU East.

Dolehanty has been employed at IU East since January 2012 as an academic advisor for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Previously, Dolehanty worked in higher education at Earlham College as an assistant director in the financial aid office and as the assistant vice president of business operations. She has also worked at Miami University in the Office of Residence Life as a first year advisor and for IU Bloomington as an area coordinator in Read Hall. She was an English teacher at Richmond High School from 2008-2011.

Dolehanty received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Earlham College and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from IU Bloomington. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Composition and a minor in education from DePauw University.

Volley for the Cure Lock-In

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Flyier: VCF Lock-In 2018

Girls in grades preschool through 6th grade are invited to an evening of volleyball, face painting, hair styling, manicures, pizza, snacks and more on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mosey Memorial Gym at Seton Catholic High School, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond. $15/girl or $25/family. All proceeds benefit Indiana Women in Need. Additional donations welcome. Pre-registration is appreciated by not required. Registration form: https://setonschools.org/events/volley-for-the-cure-lock-in-2

LifeStream Services Now Offering HomeMeds Evaluations

Posted August 22, 2018

LifeStream is now offering HomeMeds Medication Management, a free review of all your medications by a healthcare professional. A qualified LifeStream employee will set up a visit with the individual at home to prepare a list of all medications in use, which is then reviewed by the healthcare professional. If a problem is found, the healthcare professional works with the client and the client's doctors to make sure the right medications are taken.

Who should consider using HomeMeds? Those who see multiple doctors or fill prescriptions at multiple pharmacies; those who take over-the-counter drugs or supplements; those who have recently experienced a fall, dizziness, or unusual confusion; those who have recently been to the ER or hospital; or those who take blood thinners or diabetes medications. If some or all of these apply, a review may be beneficial.

Those interested in HomeMeds Medication Management can submit a referral to Lori Joseph, RN, Wellness Educator, by calling 765-722-4060 or fill out the online form by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/homemedsreferral.

LifeStream provides a variety of wellness programs to help older adults improve their quality of life. Wellness opportunities include EnhanceFitness, Active Living Every Day, Healthy Eating Every Day, and much more. Those interested in learning more should contact Lori Joseph, RN, Wellness Educator, by calling 765-722-4060 or emailing ljoseph@lifestreaminc.org.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

$3m Alumni Gift Will Further Expand Experiential Learning for All Students

Posted August 27, 2018

Earlham College has received a $3 million gift from alumni Alan '74 and Peggy Scantland '74 to enhance the student experience, support enrollment initiatives, and expand opportunities for student-faculty collaborative learning.

"Peg and I both believe in Earlham. We are very impressed by the educational opportunities it is offering to students," says Alan Scantland. "Both of us benefitted from tremendous opportunities when we were Earlham students, and we are happy to be able to support a variety of important initiatives at the College."

Highlights of the gift, which is pledged over a three-year period, will include support for:

  • Continuing Earlham's recently piloted Engagement Grants program, which provide support for students who are academically sound and engaged in the campus community but at risk of leaving due to financial concerns;
  • Expanding Earlham's Summer Research Fund;
  • Launching a three-week off-campus program in May for student-athletes;
  • Increasing funds for student conference travel; and
  • Expanding support for teaching faculty to integrate co-curricular experiences into academic departments, programs and divisions.

"We are grateful that our alumni continue to make leadership gifts to create exceptional learning opportunities for our students," Interim President Avis Stewart says. "This generous gift will support innovations in our curriculum that will significantly impact learning for all students, regardless of major or background."

This gift will bolster support for Earlham's EPIC initiative, a student-centered approach to the liberal arts and sciences that connects traditional coursework with transformative learning experiences, including research, off-campus study, internships and leadership development, to prepare students for life after college.

Earlham also offers The EPIC Advantage — a funded internship, project or research experience (averaging $5,000) for all students — a level of support that few other institutions in the country can match. Last year, 324 students participated in EPIC Advantage experiences across the world. Earlham launched The EPIC Advantage with a $7.5 million gift from the Scantlands in the spring of 2017.

With the addition of this new funding, Earlham is positioned to once again offer Engagement Grants to students with evidenced engagement in and out of the classroom. Last year, more than 60 students in good academic standing were approved for these awards averaging $2,200 per student, based on the students' need, as part of the roll out of the three-year program.

Next May, student-athletes competing in men's basketball and women's volleyball will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, as part of effort to make sure all students benefit from EPIC. The program offers student-athletes an opportunity for high impact experiential learning, international travel and athletic competition. The program provides a new option to student-athletes who are interested in off-campus study, in addition the numerous offerings the College already offers to all students.

The increased support for teaching faculty will enable continued innovation and integration of EPIC into academic departments, divisions and programs.

"With funding over a three-year period, we have the opportunity to evaluate the success of each initiative and tailor our offerings to best meet the needs and expectations of this incoming generation," says Kristin Champa, vice president for institutional advancement. "This gift is a wonderful example of alumni co-investing in the Earlham experience. We are grateful that the Scantlands are continuing to support the College's ongoing commitment to deliver the high-impact opportunities that students need to prepare for rewarding careers, wherever their paths may take them."

Mashrou' Leila Scheduled to Perform at Earlham College on Saturday, September 8th

Posted August 22, 2018

Supplied Ad: Mashrou' Leila

Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou' Leila is a six-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orc hestration, they craft some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music. They have gone on to perform sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul, Dubai, Tunis, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Geneva, Serbia and international festivals such as Byblos, Baalbeck, BabelMed, Paleo and Exit.

General admission tickets are $15/person. The concert will take place at Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018. For more information, call 765.983.1373.

Potterypallooza

Posted August 27, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Potterypalooza

Join Richmond Art Museum on Saturday, September 8, 2018, for a celebration of ceramics as we turn a spotlight on talented regional artists who work in clay! Pottery will be on display and available for purchase. Functional ceramics like plates, bowls, and mugs will be shown alongside sculpture and art pieces. We will also highlight area food vendors who will be on site, selling delicious fare to enjoy while browsing the ceramic booths. Plus, there is nothing like good, live music to liven up any festival. Bring the whole family as there will be hands on opportunities for both children and adults. Come get your hands in the clay!

Save the Date! Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Posted June 21, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Save the date! Saturday, September 8, 2018 the Elks' Country Club will host Seton Catholic's 21st annual Cardinal Classic Golf Outing. Lunch and registration at 12:30 p.m., shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Still only $55/golfer. To sign up to play or sponsor this event, visit www.setonschools.org or contact Jess Jurgens 765.546.1767 or Michelle Haager 765.967.6751.

Brass on the Grass

Posted August 27, 2018

Supplied Flyer: RSO's Brass on the Grass

As the summer days wind down, we welcome you to make a special memory, on us! Join Richmond Symphony Orchestra at Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond, for Brass on the Grass--a relaxing evening of music and fun for the entire family on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Everyone is welcome to this event--club members and nonmembers. Cash bar and full dinner menu are available.

Brass on the Grass is part of the Community Concert Series and is made possible by the generous support of the West End Bank charitable foundation and Wayne County Foundation.

Well at Work: Reid Health Partners with Companies to Keep Employees Healthy

Posted August 15, 2018

Various studies support the benefit of workplace wellness programs, including lowering costs for employers and even saving lives.

Two companies who participate in Reid Health Well at Work programs say they are definitely seeing the benefits of focusing on team wellness. "We care about the health of our employees and we want them to feel good when they get to work. This also keeps our health care bills down," says Doris Ebeling, Human Resources Director for Frank Miller Lumber Co. in Union City. Her company has worked with Reid Health for five years.

"Bringing Reid Health on site allows the employee the advantage of getting their screenings without taking off work. They also have the ability to have their results sent directly to their doctor," Ebeling said. She has had the Reid Health team conduct various wellness screenings on site and has also made it possible for team members to come to the hospital for other tests such as heart scans. "The results of their tests have brought their attention to issues such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and thyroid issues, among others."

Supplied Photo: Jennifer Stachler, registered dietitian, conducts a healthy cooking demonstration for Richmond Power & Light employees.Jennifer Stachler, registered dietitian, conducts a healthy cooking demonstration for Richmond Power & Light employees.

Rhonda McClure, Human Resources Assistant at Richmond Power & Light, has also been connected to Reid Health wellness for about four years. She said health screenings and other on-site presentations have been positively received by the team. "One employee stated the event was discussed outside of work and because of that conversation, a family member visited his physician, asked for testing and discovered an issue. So our event and that conversation were instrumental in this family becoming aware of a problem before it was potentially too late."

McClure sees workplace wellness as a potential building block for a stronger, healthier workforce.

Tajuan Stoker, Reid Health's Director of Wellness Services, is a longtime ambassador for promoting health and wellness both at Reid Health and at companies and others served by his wellness team. "We all know that many illnesses and chronic conditions are preventable, but many of us do not take the time outside of work to focus on our wellbeing," he notes. Workplace wellness programs can bring improved morale, more focused employees, less absenteeism and an improved bottom line by a reduction in the cost of employee health issues and benefit programs.

Workplace wellness programs can bring improved morale, more focused employees, less absenteeism and an improved bottom line by a reduction in the cost of employee health issues and benefit programs.

Stoker said his department offers a range of options to companies of all sizes. Options also involve participation of other Reid Health departments and services, such as Diabetes and Nutrition Education and Occupational Medicine.

Lindsay Lawrence, manager of Reid Health Occupational Medicine, said companies also appreciate the easy access when they need to send employees her way. "Occupational Medicine is conveniently located just beside the emergency room entrance. We provide acute injury care, pre-employment physicals, DOT (CDL) physicals, audiograms, pulmonary function testing, PPD and other testing and vaccines." The department also assists with health fairs and annual flu vaccine administration.

Jennifer Stachler, who recently conducted a healthy cooking demonstration for RP&L team members, said she often finds attendees are surprised at how good healthy recipes taste and how easy preparation can be. "I also try to emphasize the importance of meal preparation and how to plan meals, since working families have limited time to cook at home and often grab fast food."

Her presentations offer recipes that are simple, quick and inexpensive, "designed to help families who have limited time to cook at home."

A variety of services are available to companies through Reid Health's Wellness and Occupational Medicine departments, including:

  • On-site health screenings
  • Programs customized to company needs
  • Lunch and learn presentations
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Diabetes and nutrition education and information
  • Wellness lifestyle management
  • Pre-employment screening
  • Work conditioning
  • Work-related injury care
  • CPR/First-aid programs
  • Physicals
  • OSHA training and certification

To learn more, contact: Tajuan.Stoker@ReidHealth.org or call (765) 983-3086.

Senior Adult Ministry's August Meeting

Posted August 16, 2018

The next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 28, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

If you are 50 years old or older, please join us for a special program about butterflies presented by Becky Byrum.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and future meetings this year will include a Thanksgiving dinner, and a musical program.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

For further information, call 765.962.4357.

B-17 To Visit Richmond Municipal Airport on Tuesday, August 28th

Posted August 27, 2018

Supplied Flyer: B-17 Visits Richmond

EAA Chapter 373 is hosting the WWII B-17 aircraft at the Richmond Municipal Airport on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The public has the opportunity to explore or even ride the aircraft! Or...just come out to the airport to see this beautiful machine. Rides offered from 10am to 1pm; ground tours from 2pm to 5pm.

Take a ride:
$435 for EAA members; $475 for non-members
Ground Tour: $10 individuals; $20 families; FREE for Veterans!

Richmond Aviation Day - August 25th

Posted August 8, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Aviation Day 2018

Fun for the whole family! The Richmond Municipal Airport, 5169 State Road 227 South, Richmond invites you to come to the airport on Saturday, August 25, 2018 where there will be food, games and fun. See the Lifeline Helicopter, Drones, RC Aircraft. EAA Young Eagles (Kids ages 8-17 fly for free!)

Taking the Stress Out of Succession Planning

Posted July 25, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Taking the Stress Out of Succession Planning

What happens if your CEO suddenly leaves? Does your organization have a plan to replace him/her? What if you lose a valued board member? Do you have a list of volunteers who are vetted and ready to step up? What steps should your nonprofit take now to be prepared for these potential threats to your organization?

Explore these and other pieces of the succession planning puzzle with veteran nonprofit leaders Alison Zajdel, Jim McCormick and Rachel Hughes.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Ivy Tech Community College, Johnson Hall, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost $15/person (includes lunch). Sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFP2018-2

LifeStream Services & Transitional Care Partners of ECI Offering Training on Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted August 13, 2018

LifeStream invites the community to attend a special meeting on Understanding Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans on Thursday, August 23 from 2pm to 3:30pm at Kennedy Library located at 1700 W. McGalliard Rd., Muncie, IN 47304.

The meeting will host State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselors, as well as insurance representatives for a detailed discussion on understanding Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. Light refreshments will be provided by Miller's Merry Manor – Middletown.

For more information please contact Jenny Hamilton, LifeStream President & CEO, by calling 765-759-1121 or emailing jhamilton@lifestreaminc.org.

The mission of Transitional Care Partners of East Central Indiana is to bring together stakeholders in East Central Indiana for the purpose of improving the lives of individuals transitioning between health care settings through the process of improving coordination and collaboration among the members. Members will share information, ideas and best practices to positively impact the lives of Medicare beneficiaries.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Sister Act: The Musical

Posted August 13, 2018

Graphic: Sister Act: The Musical

On August 17 - 19 and 24 - 26th, Richmond Civic Theatre presents Sister Act: The Musical.

When disco diva, Delores Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: a convent! At odds with a rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior, she uses her disco moves and singing talent to inspire the nun's choir. But breathing new life into the church and community risks blowing her cover, will her newly found sisterhood come to her rescue? Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story, Sister Act the Musical, is a feel-good musical comedy smash hit!

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and students (with ID). Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 7652.962.1816.

I-70 Pavement Patching Scheduled for Wayne County Postponed pavement patching

Posted August 20, 2018

Supplied Map: I-70 Pavement Patching Location

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has postponed the scheduled pavement patching project on I-70 eastbound from between mile marker 144 to 146 (from east of Centerville Rest Area to east of Centerville Road exit 145) due to weather. The work will require the right lane to be closed.

The lane closure has been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 27.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Singles' Interaction, Inc. August 2018 Newsletter

Posted July 23, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Singles Interaction August 2018 Newsletter

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Do you know a special physician?

Posted August 8, 2018

Supplied Graphic: Humanity in Medicine AwardNominations are being accepted through Aug. 20 for the annual Paul S. Rhoads, M.D., Humanity in Medicine award, which recognizes a doctor who demonstrates a commitment to quality, compassion, sensitivity and caring attitudes in dealing with patients, families and colleagues.

The Humanity in Medicine award and celebration, authorized as an annual event by Reid's governing board in 1983, honors the memory of Dr. Rhoads for his services to patients and medicine. He was the founding director of Reid's Medical Education Department, now known as the Innovation Center. Rhoads helped organize the hospice program and helped organize the Wayne County adult clinic for the indigent. He was the first recipient in 1983. Nominations can be made here: http://www.reidhealth.org/about/him/.

The award will be presented and announced Oct. 12.

United Way Announces Funded Partners for 2018-19 HUG (Hand Up Guidance) Summer Funding Cycle

Posted August 8, 2018

The United Way of Whitewater Valley, with its commitment to strengthening partnerships and creating positive lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union County residents, is pleased to announce the funded partners for the fiscal year of August 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

The following partners have been selected for United Way funding:

  • Girls, Inc.
  • YMCA
  • Ivy Tech
  • Diplomas
  • Gateway, Oak Park
  • Birth to Five
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Independent Living Center

"The United Way focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Youth & Families, Health and Community Vitality," President Amber Willeford said. "United Way's funded partners have a real impact on our focus areas.

"Community donations from our recent campaign will go to address issues like basic necessities, juvenile delinquency, childhood obesity, drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, and kindergarten readiness," she said. "We will also be holding a second smaller funding cycle this summer for our new initiative, Hand Up Guidance (HUG)."

Funding determinations are led by United Way's Vision Councils, which are comprised of strategically recruited members who have expertise or an identified skill set beneficial to the target issues of the identified focus areas. Members are local experts on the issue, direct service providers, community representatives and include representation from the United Way Board of Directors. Theses members work to align resources and energy with proven strategies.

For more information about the United Way or its funding process, call the United Way office at 765-962-2700.

Bridge Work Continues on I-70 Over US 40

Posted August 8, 2018

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) continues work on the I-70 bridge over US 40 in Richmond.

INDOT will be closing I-70 eastbound ramp to US 40 eastbound for approximately two weeks for bridge painting. Crews will work longer hours to get this ramp open as quickly as possible.

Crews will be bridge painting for the remaining month of August. Then, construction workers will continue additional bridge work in September and October that will cause restrictions. The work in September and October will be to repair the driving surface of the bridge by applying new bridge approaches and a concrete overlay on the bridge deck. INDOT will release details of the restrictions after meeting with the contractor this month.

The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2018.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Rails to Trails Hall of Fame

Posted August 2, 2018

Supplied Photo: Cardinal Greenway Trail and Bridge

Thanks to all our supporters who voted the Cardinal Greenway was selected as the 2018 inductee to the Rails to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame! We received over 11,000 votes which was more than 50% of the total number cast among the five nominees. We are the 32nd trail system chosen for the Hall.

"The Cardinal Greenway captures the spirit of America's greatest rail-trails—built upon strong community leadership and volunteerism, connecting the region's picturesque rural landscapes, suburban communities and urban centers," said Keith Laughlin, RTC president. "25 years since the community came together around a regional economic development vision, the trail has proven to be a powerful asset that delivers." This honor is especially meaningful as we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year as the longest trail in the state of Indiana and one of the oldest private trails in the nation.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is the largest trails organization in the country and is dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating and supporting a nationwide network or trails, many former rail lines. For more information on the RTC and our selection visit their website.

Thanks to everyone who showed their support and voted!

Car Show at Veterans Memorial Park on August 18th

Posted August 13, 2018

Flyer: Veterans Memorial Park Car Show on 08/18/2018

Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park Car Show, Saturday, August 18th, 2018! (Rain Date: August 19th). Registration from 9am to 11am, Show from 11am to 1pm, Awards at 2pm sharp!

Dash plaques for the first 100 cars. Any proceeds after expenses will support the Huey Project.

Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park is located on North 1st Street in Richmond, just north of the Main Street Bridge. For more information, call 765.277.0705.

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Staff Changes

Posted July 31, 2018

Julie Jolliff joins as School Is Cool Coordinator

Supplied Photo: Julie  Jolliff, husband and 2 children

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Julie Jolliff has joined the staff as School Is Cool Coordinator.

Julie Jolliff is a 2011 graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University. She received her bachelors in elementary education and then went on to teach 2nd and 3rd grades. She loved her experience in the classroom and working with fellow educators and families. As Julie and her husband, Mike, began planning for starting their own family, they both decided for Julie to stay connected with education, but on a part-time basis. Soon, Julie was hired as the District Manager of Junior Achievement (JA) of Eastern Indiana.

JA works to teach students K-12 about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. Under Julie's leadership, the awareness of JA and the amount of classes served has grown throughout her three years with the non-profit. JA and the Chamber have formed a partnership (JA in a Day) that has been making a big impact on Wayne County seniors. As the new School is Cool coordinator, Julie hopes to strengthen partnerships with the chamber, schools, parents, and Wayne County families. She hopes to tackle absenteeism and develop a spirit of grit among students who will later enter the community's workforce.

Melissa Vance, President and CEO of the Chamber, said, "We are pleased to have Julie join the Chamber team. She has been involved with our Business & Education Committee, so we have known her work ethic and attention to detail for quite some time. Because she is involved with the schools already through her position with Junior Achievement, I am confident the School Is Cool transition will be seamless."

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit WCAreaChamber.org.

"Do I Have to Stop for That School Bus?"

Posted July 30, 2018

Supplied Photo: Student crossing street in front of school bus.

In Indiana, late July and early August brings hot weather, the State Fair and also the start of a new school year. Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state. The Indiana Department of Education surveys school corporations annually for stop arm violations on one given day, and reports those numbers to the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS).

There are just over 16,000 school buses on the road in Indiana, and according to the yearly statistics, as the number of school buses on the road has increased, so has the number of school bus stop arm violations.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms. Remember, when approaching a school bus, from any direction, which is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists must STOP, even on multiple lane undivided highways.

Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median (i.e. a concrete or cable barrier or a grass median) are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes of a highway, in all directions must stop for a school bus stop arm.

When approaching a school bus always be prepared to stop and watch for stopped traffic.

Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious moving violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class "A" infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000.

The Indiana State Police is committed to the safety of our children, motorists and highways, and will continue our enforcement and education efforts to ensure that safety. To learn more about national stop arm violation statistics you may access the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services web site at http://www.nasdpts.org/StopArm/index.html

I-70 Pavement Patching Scheduled for Wayne County

Posted August 8, 2018

Supplied Map: I-70 from Centerville Rest Area to east of Centerville RoadThe Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is scheduled to close the right lane on I-70 eastbound from between mile marker 144 to 146 (from east of Centerville Rest Area to east of Centerville Road exit 145) to complete pavement patching.

The lane closure is anticipated for Friday, Aug. 10, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 13.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Reid Health in the Community Is Focus of August Medical Monday

Posted August 9, 2018

The August Medical Monday features two key team members involved in Reid Health community outreach.

Angela Cline, director of Reid Health Community Benefit, and Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach, will share about their areas and roles in the health system's outreach work in the region. Cline's department is known for awarding thousands of dollars in grants to programs that work to improve community health. Harlin is involved in a range of outreach efforts, including helping connect people with insurance and other assistance programs – and she is the organizer of Medical Mondays.

Medical Monday is a free presentation and will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Central United Methodist Church. To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765)983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is located at 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit.

Morrisson-Reeves Library Hosts Annual Musically Spectacular Event!

Posted July 18, 2018

Flyer: MRL hosts Chanticleer Quartet

Chanticleer String Quartet
Friday, August 3, 2018
2:00 p.m., Bard Room

Morrisson-Reeves Library presents their Annual Musically Spectacular Event with the world-renowned, Chanticleer String Quartet. The free concert on August 3rd at 2:00 p.m will be held in the Bard Room. The string quartet features violinist and founder Caroline Klemperer-Green, violinist Stefan Xhori; violist Jennifer Smith; and cellist Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza. Special guest saxophonist, Paul Klemperer will be joining the group for several musical arrangements. Enjoy music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Haydn, and Hoagy Carmichael.

Come early for the best seats. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL at 765.966.8291.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/223259151644255/

I-70 Lane Restriction, Ramp Closure for Pavement Patching Rescheduled

Posted July 23, 2018

Supplied Graphic: I-70 Ramp ClosuresThe Indiana Department of Transportation has rescheduled plans to restrict one lane on I-70 between mile markers 148 and 150 and close two ramps at I-70 and US 35 for a full-depth concrete patch project due to weather. The rescheduled date is anticipated to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27 and expected to finish by Monday, July 30 at 6 a.m., weather permitting.

E & B Paving will close the right lane eastbound on I-70 to perform the work. I-70 East exit 149 (I-70 eastbound exit to US 35 northbound) will be closed. The on ramp from US 35 South (US 35 southbound to I-70 eastbound) will also be closed. The other ramp systems at I-70 and US 35 will be open. Traffic will be detoured to the adjacent interchanges to access I-70.

Concrete patching allows crews to remove and replace small sections of damaged roadway.

Senior Adult Ministry's July Meeting

Posted July 24, 2018

The next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, July 31, at Veteran's Memorial Park, Richmond, IN. The park is located in the Whitewater Gorge and can be accessed by automobile via the Johnson Street Entrance. It is accessible by foot over the Whitewater Gorge walking/bike trail.

The site features nicely-landscaped memorials to veterans of all wars, picnic facilities, military tanks, and plenty of green space for personal reflection. Bricks honoring Wayne County veterans are a feature of the park.

If you are 50 years old or older, please join us as we will learn about the Park from a speaker to be determined. Meet at the shelter for a pitch-in meal.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group meets monthly and meetings this year will include a program about butterflies, a Thanksgiving dinner, and a musical program.

The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings. For further information, call 765-962-4357.

HELP the Animals Hosts 27th Annual Pet Walk @ Glen Miller Park

Posted June 21, 2018

Supplied Flyer: HELP the Animals Pet Walk 2018

HELP the Animals, Inc., in partnership with Brewer Broadcasting radio stations Kicks 96, 101.7 The Point and Sunny 95.3, is excited to announce the 27th Annual Pet Walk on Saturday, July 28th to be held at the bandshell at Glen Miller Park in Richmond, IN.

HELP the Animals is a local nonprofit animal shelter that relies on the support of compassionate community members. Over a thousand animals pass through our shelter each year and our costs for providing food and medical care far outweigh our adoption fees.

Events for the 27th Annual Pet Walk include a dunk tank with notable local figures, a pet costume contest with prizes for most original and funniest costumes and K9 Demonstration with Richmond Police Department K9 Officer Max. In add-on to the events scheduled, the Pet Walk starts at 10:30am with a ribbon cutting and send off from Mayor Dave Snow. Registration for the event begins at 9:00am and the cost is $10 per participant.

In addition to pet related vendors and events, community members are encouraged to pledge to walk for our homeless dogs and cats. Pledge forms are available online at helptheanimalsinc.com or at the shelter, 2101 West Main Street during open hours, 12pm-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Pledge participants who raise more than $75 will receive a free t-shirt with prizes awarded to the top three participants with the most money raised.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor a banner to show their support for our mission of caring for homeless dogs and cats. Banners will line the park along US 40 the week before the event. If interested in sponsoring a banner, please contact Amy Smith at helptheanimalsinc@gmail.com by Friday, July 13th.

Earlham Receives Second Anonymous $1M Gift in as Many Years

Posted July 11, 2018

An anonymous donor has once again given Earlham College a surprise gift of $1 million for student scholarships.

It is the second such gift in as many years and comes at the heels of a record $2 million in giving to the Earlham Fund during the 2017-18 fiscal year. The previous gift was received at the start of the new year in 2017.

"We are deeply grateful for this wonderfully unexpected gift," says Avis Stewart '74, Earlham's interim president. "Such generosity is a wonderful reminder of the many generous philanthropists that recognize the value of an Earlham education and the impact our graduates are having in communities across the world."

The funds were delivered in the form of a grant from Our Giving Tree, a donor-advised account at the Chicago Community Foundation. The College worked with that organization to allocate the gift according to the anonymous donor's wishes.

The College will use this gift to set up a scholarship fund in the name of Our Giving Tree. This restricted spend-down fund will be used to support need-based financial awards that are given to students as part of their financial aid packages. The Our Giving Tree Scholarship Fund will provide Earlham with an invaluable resource to help meet the demonstrated financial need of future Earlhamites.

Nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled at Earlham are eligible for Pell Grants from the federal government, and 90 percent of Earlham students receive some form of financial assistance from the College. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, $28 million in financial aid was awarded to students. About 20 percent of each incoming class is among the first in their families to attend college.

"This will ensure that future generations of students can receive the gift of Earlham, a transformational education that offers access to the very best that a liberal arts education can offer," says Kristin Champa, vice president for institutional advancement. "This wonderful surprise brings tremendous momentum to the College as we prepare for the next academic year."

Rock the Library

Posted July 24, 2018

Poster: Rock the Library

Head to Morrison-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond on July 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for their "Rock the Library" event. There will be something for all ages! Balloon animals, face painting, games, music, raffle drawing, rock band, popcorn, lemonade and ice pops!

8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show Scheduled for July 26th

Posted June 14, 2018

Poster: Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show

Do you love vintage cars and cookouts? The 8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show has both and is totally FREE and open to the public!

Don't miss the 8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show on Thursday, July 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 1717 South L Street in Richmond, Indiana.

Have a beautiful vintage car, truck or motorcycle to show off? Call Brad Marshall at 765.962.6922.

For more information, visit www.bgcrichmond.org/car-show.

Children and Food Insecurity: A Community Conversation

Posted June 27, 2018

Supplied Photo Ad: Text: Children and Food Insecurity | Photo: Child holding Bowl of Raspberries

The United Way of Whitewater Valley and Side Effects Public Media invite you to a community conversation on Tuesday, July 24th at 11:30 a.m. addressing children and food insecurity in Wayne County. Enjoy a free lunch, and hear from Dave Snow, Mayor of the City of Richmond, then share your comments and ideas.

Click here to register for event. Questions? Please email rrockel@wfyi.org.

Human Trafficking Training Sessions Available for Community to Learn How to Be Aware, How to Respond

Posted June 27, 2018

Indiana University East will host three training sessions on Human Sex Trafficking July 23-24, 2018. Each training session will pertain to a specific audience: members of the community, service providers, and law enforcement.

The training sessions are free and organized in partnership with the IU East Police Department, Wayne County Probation Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Richmond Police Department and Restored, Inc.

The training sessions are:
Date: Monday, July 23
Audience: Training Session for Community Members
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Presenters: Whitney Weir and Taylor Ellis, Victim Advocates; Restored, Inc.
Session Description: What is human trafficking? What is commercial sexual exploitation of children? Does human trafficking occur in your community? Does commercial sexual exploitation of children occur in your community? Now, what can YOU do about it? How do you keep your child safe? Restored, an anti-trafficking organization, is on the front lines providing recovery, relief and restoration. This training session will educate and provide awareness on WHAT you can do and HOW you can impact your community to keep children safe.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Service Providers (DCS, probation, school administrators, teachers, non-profit organizations, etc.)
Session Title: "Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Identify Victims"
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Does human trafficking happen in your community? Traffickers target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. Human Trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old. The most vulnerable include runaways, children in group homes, and even children in foster care. Attendees can benefit by learning how to recognize a victim of human or sex trafficking, understand what services are the most beneficial, what is available in your county and the State of Indiana, and how your colleagues are tackling this difficult industry. Indiana is making strides in addressing this issue statewide. Attendees will learn how to work together with multidisciplinary system response.

Also included in the morning session, Dr. Katrina Mallory will discuss the psychological impact and treatment of CSEC victims. The presentation will focus on complex trauma, especially the neurodevelopment and domains of impairment (e.g. attachment, behavior, cognition, etc.) seen with the CSEC population. Dr. Mallory will also review trauma bonding, mental health interventions, and direct care strategies when working with these girls.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Law Enforcement Members
Session Title: "Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children from Online Predators"
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Predators target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old, the average age a victim is exploited via the internet is 11-12. The most vulnerable include runaways and foster care children. Attendees will get a comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children, how to identify a potential victim, and understanding the victimology. Attendees can benefit by learning how to establish preventative measures and "RESPOND" to sexual exploitation, intervention strategies and online safety resources.

Leading the July 24th sessions are professionals in the area of human and sex trafficking.

Tracy R. McDaniel, MSW, LSW, is the Founder and CEO of Restored. Restored provides direct services to domestic victims of sex trafficking. McDaniel formulates statewide strategies to address domestic human trafficking through victim services, law enforcement coordination, and public policy. She partners with the Indiana state government, local, state and federal law enforcement, non-profit leaders, and community members to provide victim and outreach services. She develops trainings for youth, professionals, and provides public awareness. McDaniel is a forensic interviewer and has a master's in Social Work with a focus on Anti-demand of Human Trafficking and Trauma Counseling. McDaniel is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Jeffery Robertson, Special Agent for the FBI, has been assigned to the Indianapolis Division, Fort Wayne Resident Agency of the FBI since 2013. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Robertson was a police officer in Connecticut. SA Robertson specializes in cases involving human trafficking and violent crimes against children. SA Robertson conducts undercover operations to locate and rescue juveniles who are being sex trafficked, as well as, targets online predators who prey on children. SA Robertson and his law enforcement partners provide training across the state on recognizing and recovering victims of human trafficking, online safety for parents and children, and investigative techniques to successfully investigate these cases. SA Robertson is a member of the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the FBI's Operational Medical Program. Jeffery Robertson is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Christopher McCarty, Task Force Officer for the FBI, worked nine years at the Auburn Police Department before his 13 years with the Fort Wayne Police Department. He has worked eight years in Vice/Narcotics, 12 years on the Ft. Wayne EST Team (SWAT), and five years with the Sniper Section. McCarty is a FBI Task Force Officer, with the newly formed Northern Indiana Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (VCAC). He has been involved in hundreds of Prostitution/Human Trafficking investigations. He is assigned to the VCAC Unit based out of Fort Wayne. McCarty is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Dr. Katrina Mallory, Psy.D., HSPP, is a clinical psychologist and program director of TRU Harbor, a program of the Youth Opportunity Center that serves adolescent female survivors of human trafficking. Dr. Mallory has extensive experience working in residential treatment settings, specifically in completing psychological evaluations and providing therapeutic services for CSEC youth and others coping with complex trauma. As a member of the victim services committee of the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, Dr. Mallory works to educate youth workers, law enforcement, and community members on sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

For more information about the training sessions, contact Tracy Amyx, deputy Title IX coordinator/director of Affirmative Action/EEOC officer at 765.973.8402 or trramyx@iue.edu.

Singles' Interaction, Inc. July 2018 Newsletter

Posted June 19, 2018

Newsletter: July 2018 Singles Interaction

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

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Chip Seal Operation begin Week of July 16 in Henry, Randolph, Wayne Counties

Posted July 11, 2018

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces chip seal preservation is scheduled to begin the week of July 16. Work is scheduled for various roadways in Henry, Randolph and Wayne counties.

Roadways to be chip sealed are as follows:

  • US 40 from SR 3 to SR 103 (Henry County) - begins Tuesday, 7/17
  • SR 1 from US 40 to I-70 (Wayne County) - begins Wednesday, 7/18
  • SR 38 from SR 1 to US 35 (Wayne County) - begins Thursday, 7/19
  • US 35 from SR 1 to I-70 (Wayne County) - begins Monday, 7/23
Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.

Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply a light application of dark asphalt material to lock in remaining stone and minimize dust.

Crews anticipate completing the work by early August.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Ramp Closures Scheduled for I-70 Bridge Project Over US 40

Posted July 10, 2018

Milestone Contractors is scheduled to close I-70 exit ramps 156A westbound and 156B eastbound (loop ramps) at U.S. 40 as a part of the $4.8 million contract to rehab and repair the I-70 bridge over U.S. 40. I-70 exit ramps 156A eastbound and 156B westbound at U.S. 40 will be open to traffic.

The closure is anticipated for Monday, July 9 and expected to reopen mid-August.

Traffic will be detoured to adjacent interchanges during ramp closure.

Stay informed

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Sanders Jewelry Closing its Doors After 75-Plus Years in Business

Posted July 10, 2018

A lot has changed since A.E. Sanders and his wife Dorothy established Sanders Jewelry in October 1941. What hasn't changed? Offering the best possible quality jewelry for the lowest possible price, said Vivian Himelick, the couple's daughter, and current store owner.

That's a big reason why Sanders Jewelry has prospered for so long. But after serving the community for more than 75 years, Sanders Jewelry is closing shop.

Big sale in the works

A huge going-out-of-business sale opens to the public Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. and will last until all merchandise is sold. Shoppers on any budget can expect to find great deals of 60 to 70 percent off a wide range of fine quality jewelry.

The store sells a wide range of high fashion jewelry, 14-karat gold rings, pendants, and earrings. It also serves the public in custom jewelry repair and service. Diamonds are a cornerstone of the business, but the store also sells a huge variety of gemstones, some with rare colors.

There's amethyst from Arizona, black opals, aquamarines, emeralds from Colombia and Africa and rubies from Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Pretty royal sapphires from Burma are also for sale.

Himelick, a certified gemologist who helped form the Indiana Guild of the American Gem Society, also designs jewelry, including gold, amethyst and pearl necklaces. Her husband Ralph is a master gold and silversmith who custom manufacturers her creations.

Downtown landmark

In 1988, Vivian and Ralph Himelick relocated the store from 713 Promenade to its current location at 831 East Main St. Inspired by the beautiful architecture she saw watching the Grand Prix in Monaco, they decided to remodel the three-story corner building, which was built in 1876 for The Richmond Palladium-Item newspaper. That included renovating its entrance, creating an angled entryway and building arches across the front. They also added classic arched jewelry windows and an inset doorway.

Vivian Himelick said the store has become an eye-catching fixture in the community, and she often hears from visitors who remark it's one of the most beautiful, elegant buildings in downtown Richmond.

It even caught the attention of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, which awarded Sanders Jewelry the "Community Beautification Award" in 1988.

Right time to close

Although she'll miss her customers - many of whom have become friends over the years - Himelick felt the timing was right.

"It's time to slow down a bit," said Himelick, who plans to spend time with her husband Ralph on a family farm he inherited last year.

Their children Eric and Heather have also decided to pursue other career paths.

Eric has a passion for automobiles, specializing in custom work and is an ASE master mechanic. Heather is a professional, quarter horse trainer.

Giving back to the community

The Himelicks have also given back to the community over the years.

Vivian Himelick serves on the Board of Directors for The Kiwanis Club of Richmond, which the store has supported for many years including contributing to its annual auction. Proceeds have helped pay for children's playground equipment and a sensory park on the west side of town for kids with special needs. The Kiwanis Club has also contributed toward the 8-acre Safety Village of Wayne County, a child-size version of Richmond where kids can play and learn.

Want to go?
What: Sanders Jewelry Going-Out-of-Business Sale
When: Starts Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Where: 831 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: call 765.962.5050

Book Talk and Signing with Local Author, J.S. Michael

Posted July 11, 2018

Flyer: Book Talk & Signing with Author, J.S. Michael

Over one year clean and sober, recovering addict J.S. Michael speaks at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. about his new book, Find Your Island. J.S. shares his journey through addiction recovery services offered in Richmond, Indiana at the Hope House and the 228 Club.

J.S. Michael shares his real-life story from the perspective of an active addict in the war of addiction, who wants to get clean and win the battle. There are many themes intertwined throughout this book. The first and most important theme is to show that an addict can beat addiction and recovery is possible. The other important purpose of this book is to allow the non-addict a peek into the mind of an actively using addict.

He will present a book talk starting at 11:00AM on Saturday July 21st at Morrisson-Reeves Library followed by a signing event in the Bard Room. Books will be available for purchase at the book signing. https://findyourisland.fyi

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487688224994597/

Starting Your Family History

Posted July 10, 2018

Presented by the Indiana Historical Society, Lauren Peightel - Coordinator, Genealogy and Family History Programs at the Indiana Historical Society

Wednesday, July 11, 2018; 5:30-7:00pm in the Bard Room, Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North 8th Street, Richmond, IN

Starting your family history research can be overwhelming with so many subscriptions and tools from which to choose. Join Lauren Peightel as she helps guide you through how to build a research plan, tips in creating timelines, where to find records, and so much more.

About Lauren Peightel:
Earned a BA in Art History and Entrepreneurial Studies from Seton Hill University and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her current position as Coordinator of Genealogy and Family History Programs at the Indiana Historical Society, Peightel was the Assistant Registrar to the Pennsylvania Room at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum where hundreds of guests discovered their personal history. At IHS Peightel is excited to be part of the "WE DO HISTORY" team by crafting creative and content filled programs to connect all Hoosiers to discover their personal history.

Sign-up Today! It's Free! Call 765.966.8291 or email mhunt@mrlinfo.org

Model Ts Parade Route Changed

Posted July 10, 2018

Due to construction not completed on North E Street, the Model T Parade route on Wednesday, July 11 has been changed.

Model Ts will gather in Glen Miller Park along Lakeshore Drive starting at about 5:30pm. At 6:30 pm they will exit the Park on 22nd Street to Rt. 40/East Main Street. Ts will head west on Rt. 40 and turn onto North 10th Street then north to E. They will turn west on E Street and start parking on Fort Wayne Avenue and extend to in front of the Depot.

Streets will be closed to through traffic beginning at 5:00 pm on Fort Wayne and North E between 8th and 10th.

If you come to the Depot District between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, you will be able to see all the Model Ts in one place.

ReidRide 10 to Roll July 14 with Slightly Different Route

Posted June 20, 2018

When the 10th ReidRide rolls onto Reid Parkway on July 14, hundreds of riders are expected to join in for fun and a good cause as they launch into the 25-mile course with family and friends.

Supplied Photo: 3 Bicycle RidersOrganizers say the true impact and sometimes overwhelming emotion of the annual event comes later, when hundreds of area kids get fitted with a pair of new athletic shoes. "Nothing beats the feeling of gratification when the funds we raise allow us to fit kids with a new pair of shoes – some for the first time," said Justin Burkhardt, Director of Reid Foundation, which puts on the event.

ReidRide has provided funding over nine years to give out more than 12,000 pairs of shoes to kids across the region served by Reid Health, Burkhardt said. He said volunteers at the distributions over the years have shared numerous heart-wrenching stories. Some have arrived wearing worn out flip flops. Others have arrived in shoes that did not fit properly.

"We are excited that the riders who participate in the event will allow us to again provide shoes to kids who might otherwise not be able to have them."

Burkhardt said the main significant change for 2018 is in the route, due to the continued construction on Chester Boulevard and throughout the county. Instead of heading down Chester at the launch of the event, riders will instead proceed west on Industries Road.

Riders will then merge onto the Cardinal Greenway, then head north to the Williamsburg trail head. Next, they will head north to Fountain City Pike which will take them through the middle of Fountain City and all the way to Arba Pike. Riders will then head south on Arba Pike, turn right onto Martin Road, then right onto Tingler Road. After crossing US 27 riders will continue on Tingler until they reach Union Pike. Riders will continue south on Union Pike until they reach Industries and then they will continue east up the Industries Road hill and end at Reid Health.

When ReidRide began in 2009 with less than 200 riders on a rainy morning at Petro truck stop, Burkhardt said he doesn't think anyone knew just how much the ride would grow over the years. He believes the great organization of the event, the family atmosphere and wonderful volunteers are what keep it popular.

"It's a ride, not a race. It's an opportunity to safely see and ride Wayne County. It's a wellness event. And it supports a great cause," he said.

Burkhardt is hoping for from 700 to 1000 riders. He said the event has wonderful support from sheriff's, fire and police departments, who help maintain traffic safety. He encourages drivers to keep the ride and route in mind as well.

The ride starts at 7:30 a.m., with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. To sign up for, or to donate to the cause, visit: www.ReidRide.org.

Model Ts Return to T-Town, USA for National Tour and Homecoming

Posted July 10, 2018

Logo: T-Town USA

Ten years after the colossal 2008 Centennial T-Party that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Model T, the little cars are rambling into town once again. Not in the same massive numbers, but over 100 Model Ts representing 24 states from New York to California, plus Australia and Canada, are arriving for 7 days of fun in Richmond and Wayne County from July 8-14.

A banner in front of the Model T Museum welcomes visitors to "T-Town, USA" with images that include the Depot and the "T on the Tower," both now iconic symbols of Richmond. This year, in addition to the Museum's annual 1-day Homecoming event, two local car clubs teamed up to co-host a National Tour. It's called the "Come Home to Richmond!" tour because so many Model T owners who came here for the Centennial fell in love with the people, the wonderful country roads, the history and hospitality.

"From July 9th to the 13th, the Model Ts will drive a different tour every day," said Jerry Kramer the National Tour Director. "We follow country roads to destinations as far as Carillon Park in Dayton one day and the Rush County bridges another. We are really excited about being allowed to drive the Cardinal Greenway rail/trail in our Ts from the Richmond trailhead to Williamsburg and then on to the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie" added Kramer. Wayne County is highlighted throughout the week with plenty of time for visitors to eat and shop not only in Richmond but also Cambridge City, Fountain City, Hagerstown, and Centerville.

There are several opportunities for the public to join in the fun. Wednesday evening, July 11

Starting Thursday evening, July 12 Richmond Civic Theatre will be presenting the musical revue, "OH! HENRY! and the Tin Lizzie!" The story follows young Henry Ford working as a machinist's apprentice at age 15, courting his future wife, Clara, and capturing the ambition that he would use to change the world with his Model T. Enjoy the show Friday, Saturday, or Sunday by contacting the RCT Box Office online at www.gorct.org or by phone at 765-962-1816. This is RCT's summer fundraiser performance.

Homecoming Day on Saturday, July 14 from 8 am to 4 pm is a fitting finale for the week. A Swap Meet and Car Show will stretch along North 8th St. from North C to E Streets, around the Model T Museum. Free Seminars on Model T-related topics will be held in the Annex building which also features the newly completed Agriculture Display and Vintage Machine Shop. One of the seminars will be the always interesting and entertaining Roy Hess, the Oil Can Czar.

Tours of the Museum are all included and free to the public. Tin Lizzie Café will serve breakfast and lunch and Ullery's Ice Cream will provide cool, sweet treats. The Car Show is free to show and see and vintage car owners of any and all brands are welcome.

"Every T Has a Story" presentations under the Hospitality Tents feature author John Butte, who owns the 1926 Touring Car called the Silver Streak. This car traveled over 71,000 miles in the 1930s driven by six girls who called themselves the Gypsy Coeds. Doug Partington from Australia, shipped his 1922 Wikner Ford Special to the Museum for this event. He will share his long-time passion for speed and how he acquired Australia's first race car. Book signings will be available.

Free admission to the museum all day Saturday means you can come and go as your fancy strikes you. Inside the main building the Bruce McCalley Memorial Library with its fascinating collection of Model T-related history awaits those who want a smart change of pace.

Susan Yaeger, Executive Director of the MTFCA and Museum, said "There is a unique mutual admiration society between Model T owners and our community. It's why we've named Richmond T-Town, USA and say this is where Model Ts come to play!" Don't miss this week long celebration of the 110th anniversary of the car that put the world on wheels.

The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest Model T Club in the world with local chapters and members from every state in the U.S., Canada, and countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South America. The Model T Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 309 N. 8th Street, Richmond, Indiana in the Historic Depot District.

The Museum features an impressive collection of vehicles including one of the first Ts, a one-of-a-kind Snowmobile, a Pietenpol airplane, a Vintage Garage, T-related memorabilia, an extensive gift and book shop, and the Bruce McCalley Memorial Library and Research Center. For more information call the Model T Museum at 765-488-0026.

Supplied Flyer: Model T Homecoming 2018

I-70 Lane Restriction, Ramp Closure for Pavement Patching

Posted July 11, 2018

Supplied Graphic: Ramp ClosureThe Indiana Department of Transportation plans to restrict one lane on I-70 between mile markers 148 and 150 and close two ramps at I-70 and US 35 for a full-depth concrete patch project, weather permitting. The project is anticipated to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, July 13 and expected to finish by Monday, July 16 at 6 a.m.

E & B Paving will close the right lane eastbound on I-70 to perform the work. I-70 East exit 149 (I-70 eastbound exit to US 35 northbound) will be closed. The on ramp from US 35 South (US 35 southbound to I-70 eastbound) will also be closed. The other ramp systems at I-70 and US 35 will be open. Traffic will be detoured to the adjacent interchanges to access I-70.

Concrete patching allows crews to remove and replace small sections of damaged roadway.

POSTPONED: I-70 Lane Restriction for Patching

Posted June 27, 2018

Supplied PHoto: Freeway Traffic at Sunset

Due to weather, INDOT has postponed the scheduled restriction of the right lane on I-70 eastbound from mile marker 148 to 150 for pavement patching.

Exit 149A and the on ramp from US 35 north will remain open. Exit 149B and the on ramp from US 35 south will close.

The closure is anticipated for next Friday, June 29 at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 2 at 6 a.m.

Wayne County Foundation Offers Information Meeting for 2018 Challenge Match Program

Posted June 27, 2018

Logo: Wayne County FoundationThe Wayne County Foundation is announcing the 2018 Challenge Match Program.

The Challenge Match program is an opportunity for participating not-for-profit organizations to cultivate new donors and encourage increased giving from current contributors, especially for general operating support. In the last six years, the Challenge Match has helped 67 organizations raise over $6.25 million, including $1.22 million from the Foundation.

Qualified charities located in Wayne County and in good standing with the IRS and the Foundation are strongly encouraged to attend an information lunch meeting to learn about the program this year. It will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the Wayne County Historical Museum's Community Room in Richmond, Indiana.

Reservations are required no later than Friday, July 6. Box lunches are available for $7. Register on the Foundation's website at www.waynecountyfoundation.org or by calling 765.962.1638.

Any charitable not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency in Wayne County that has had a prior application history with the Foundation is eligible to apply. Groups that are not qualified charities must partner with an organization that is.

An online application must be submitted to the Foundation by August 1. This year, the Challenge Match Program will be held from November 5 to November 13.

Reid Health Blood Drive - July 3, 2018

Posted June 20, 2018

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Reid Health Blood Drive
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
07:30 am - 06:30 pm

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Together we can help save lives. Please call 937-461-3220 or visit www.DonorTime.com to reserve your donation time.

2018 Athena Leadership, Young Professional Leadership Awards® Announced

Posted June 27, 2018

Janis Buhl-Macy is the recipient of the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award® for Wayne County and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award winner is Jessie Pilewski.

Buhl-Macy and Pilewski were presented with the awards during the ATHENA celebration dinner held June 21 at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

Wayne Bank and IU East partnered for the fifth year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award® to Wayne County.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett and Angie Dickman.

Supplied Photo: Janis Buhl-MacyBuhl-Macy, of Cambridge City, Indiana, is the founder and owner of the Western Wayne News and Nettle Creek Gazette. She retired as the publisher in August 2017. Before establishing the newspaper, Buhl-Macy helped to establish the Milton Lions Club. She has also worked for GTE and owned and operated the former Fireside Restaurant.

Within the community, Buhl-Macy has been active in the community through the Wayne Chamber of Commerce, served on the committee for the Greens Fork Alumni and as a board member for the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Town of Cambridge City and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce. She has been a mentor at Western Wayne Elementary School, sponsored ball teams and served as lay leader in her church.

Buhl-Macy is married to Duane Macy, and has three children, as well as several grandchildren and an abundance of great-grandchildren.

The three finalists for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® included Buhl-Macy; Susan Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, is a trustee for Wayne Township, co-founder and a board member of Sprout of Control, and founder and director of the Grassroots Action Resource Center; and Amanda Marquis of Richmond, Indiana, is the executive director of The Leland Legacy.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential - creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years of age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. This was the first year to recognize an awardee in Wayne County.

Supplied Photo:  Jessie PilewskiPilewski of Richmond, Indiana, is a career coach for the Earlham College Center for Career and Community Engagement. Her work with first-generation and underrepresented students has led her to become a mentor and role model for many of these students. Previously, she worked with WorkOne in Randolph County as a youth services advisor.

The three finalists for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award this year were Pilewski; Roxie Deer of Richmond, Indiana, director of programs and events for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce; and Brittany Irvine of Richmond, Indiana, director of the Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign and practice manager for Runnels Chiropractic.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

Wilderness Alumni to Canoe 600 Miles in 40 Days with No Throwaway Plastic

Posted June 27, 2018

Beth Jackson '06 and Steve Melamed '06 lead outdoor expeditions across some of the world's most striking geographical features.

In the decade-plus since graduating from Earlham, they have equipped students with the know-how to survive and navigate rugged terrain and open water, typically for weeks on end without contact from what most would consider civilization.

"One of the challenges, we've learned, is finding time to go in the woods or the water for ourselves," says Jackson, who is in the middle of her 11th season with Outward Bound, an organization that has approximately 40 schools around the world and supports 200,000 participants per year.

"When I'm working, I give people the best experience and opportunity I can, but I also set aside my personal ambitions," she says. "I love everything about what I do, but after a lot of years, I have to find that same level of challenge for myself."

For 40 days in July and August, that will change.

On July 5, the pair will fly to Quebec, Canada, to navigate the largely uncharted Ungava Peninsula — by canoe. The 602-mile journey across the northernmost point of the province will take them from the Hudson Bay to the Ungava Bay via four distinct watersheds. They will be joined by Eli Walker and Sage Waring, two of their Outward Bound colleagues with similar passion for adventure and new challenges.

"Going to the Hudson Bay for an expedition has been a goal of mine since I was a little kid," Melamed says, who along with his work for Outward Bound is also a ski instructor and owns a woodworking business in Middlesex, Vermont.

"You feel alive when you do something like this," he says. "There will be a lot of time when we'll have to get out of the canoes and drag them up a river, but you love it even if it hurts because you're doing something real in a world full of so many virtual distractions."

United Way President Amber Willeford Thanks Community for Their Support as She Takes New Job in Ohio; Interim President Announced

Posted June 27, 2018

United Way of Whitewater Valley President Amber Willeford has accepted a new position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She will remain with the United Way until the end of June.

Supplied Photo: Amber Willeford

"I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our business leaders, community members, volunteers, board and committee members, friends and family for their continued support while I was President. Our local non-profits and community members who join forces to improve opportunities for their fellow neighbors are doing amazing work for the Whitewater Valley. I truly feel privileged to have been part of that process, and look forward to staying connected as the work continues," Willeford said.

Willeford has been with the United Way since March 2014 when she was hired as Director of Resource Development. She became President in September 2015 and established a foundation for the organization's H.U.G. Initiative (Hand Up Guidance), which is focusing efforts around those in the Whitewater Valley who are walking a financial tightrope.

"The Board of Directors certainly has mixed emotions with the news of Amber leaving," said United Way Board Chairman Aman Bakshi. "While we are excited for her opportunity for growth, her dedication and efforts to creating lasting change in our community has not gone unnoticed. We wish her the best on her new adventure."

A search for a new president is underway. Paul Stanley, a former United Way Board Member, has been appointed Interim President until the most qualified candidate is identified.

The United Way Board of Directors is committed to ensuring leadership stability and continuity of the United Way of Whitewater Valley as well as to our community," Bakshi said. "We are confident in the skills of Paul Stanley to lead us during this time of transition."

IU East Announces 2018 Summer Research Scholars

Posted June 21, 2018

Indiana University East awarded nine scholarships for the 2018 Summer Research Scholars Program. Graduate and undergraduate students receive $2,000 to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Funding for the competitive program is provided by the Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research and is matched by funds from IU East. All recipients will present their research findings during the ninth annual Student Research Day in spring 2019.

Daniel Arthur, Centerville, Indiana. "The Barn on Manning Road." English major working with Brian Brodeur, assistant professor of English.

Arthur is working on a collection of poetry to further his education in poetry and to advance his abilities in reading and writing poetry. Brodeur will mentor him throughout the summer as part of the process to develop his first chapbook of poetry.

On campus, Arthur is a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader. His work has been published in Tributaries, a student-produced journal of creative work offering invigorating and multifaceted fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and visual art.

Sara Baxter, Richmond, Indiana. Attendance to the Kenyon College Annual Writers Workshop, July 7-14, 2018. Masters in English graduate program with Jean Harper, associate professor of English. Baxter has been accepted to participate in a competitive program for poetry writing at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Each summer the Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop selects 10 poets for each of its two summer workshops. The writing-intensive workshop is an opportunity for Baxter to work on her poetry with distinguished poets and professors and to share her work with peers.

At IU East, Baxter is a writing consultant for the Writing Lab. She also is the managing editor of Tributaries. Her poetry has been published in Tributaries and Indiana's Best Emerging Poets by Z Publishing.

Kiana Cleere, Union City, Indiana. "Developing an Objective Risk Continuity Assessment for Police use of Deadly Force." Criminal justice major working with Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and associate professor of criminal justice. Cleere will develop and test an Objective Risk Continuity Assessment Scale that examines the degree of actual risk faced by law enforcement officers involved in deadly force situations. The scale is designed to be used by researchers and law enforcement administrators during a post-deadly-force incident review as a part of the investigation process. The scale will be tested for validity and reliability and will utilize a national sample of data from police-involved shootings.

Tiffany Cohee, Richmond, Indiana. "Accounting for the Difference in Photochemistry of TpdA versus dApT." Biochemistry major working with Yu Kay Law, assistant professor of chemistry. In her research project, Cohee will look at how to account for the photochemical results by doing simulations on dApT and TpdA to see how the conformational distribution is different between the bases.

It is commonly known that excessive UV light can lead to irreplaceable damage to one's body, however, not too many know the degree to which that damage is done. Often, these processes occur through UV damage to our DNA. If the damaged DNA, called DNA adducts, is not promptly removed from the cell it can cause mutations which can lead to cancer.

Previous research done on DNA bases deoxyribodinucleoside monophosphate thymidylyl (3'-5')-2'-deoxyadenosine sodium salt (TpdA) and 2'- deoxyadenylyl (3'-5')-thymidine (dApT) has shown that damage to TpdA leads to a major photoproduct, or DNA adduct, while damage to this sequence in reverse order, dApT, did not give off a photoproduct. It was concluded that sequence and conformational differences can account for the presence and absence of the DNA adduct.

In her research, Cohee will run computer simulations on both dApT and TpdA using the Karst computing cluster at Indiana University to see how conformational distribution is different between the bases to account for the photochemical results of previous research.

J S Franklin, Cambridge City, Indiana. "Historical Change Over Time: Raku Ceramic Techniques in the United States." History and fine arts major working with Justin Carroll, assistant professor of history, and Carrie Longley, assistant professor of fine arts.

Franklin will use his research to better understand the process of how and why change occurs in the particular process of Raku ceramics and the overall lesson of change for the historian. Raku is a ceramic process of throwing, glazing, and firing pottery. The Japanese potters who developed it sought to reflect the simplicity and austerity of Zen Buddhism during the late 16th century. American potters, who were intrigued by the process, brought it to the United States after World War II. As a result, it has become an established pillar of ceramic exploration throughout the world.

As part of the project, Franklin will make a video of the process of building a kiln, the throwing process, the bisque firing, and the glazing of the Raku ware. He describes the project as a documentary of discovery, which will allow the viewer to participate in his research. Both the viewer and Franklin will be able to explore the important question of how and why change happens between cultures and will provide a learning opportunity for everyone involved.

Katelyn Groff, Richmond, Indiana. "Researching and Creating Nonfiction Children's Literature." Elementary education major and minoring in mild intervention (special education) working with Denice Honaker, assistant professor of education and the coordinator for Early Childhood Education. Groff will create a picture book biography manuscript on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Ann Preston, who was one of the first female doctors in the United States. The manuscript will include relevant primary resources, such as photos and letters integrated throughout the text, and in a source notes section.

The research project involves reviewing Preston's biographical information and searching databases for primary documents such as her speeches and personal letters to friends or colleagues. Groff said she hopes to help younger students integrate into their critical thinking the perspectives gained from authentic sources. The integration of these sources into a book can help students to understand that it is important to read relevant and authentic materials when learning about a topic, she said. Once completed, she will submit a finished manuscript for publication.

Groff is a member of the Honors Program and works in the Campus Library.

Abbie Sliger, Rushville, Indiana. "Shakespeare's Coriolanus: An analysis of Rhetoric, Politics, and Human Condition." Secondary English education and English literature major working with Eleni Siatra, coordinator of the Writing Center.

Sliger will use her research project to delve deeper into Shakespeare's Roman tragedy, Coriolanus, to better understand how rhetoric and politics influenced not only the characters within the play, but the plot itself.

Coriolanus is based on the life of Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. In his play, Shakespeare uses dramatic effect to stray slightly from this history. Coriolanus was one of his later plays and the language used within the work creates a bridge between the personal and political problems of Coriolanus and Rome, Sliger said. During her research, she will travel to Stratford, Canada, June 14-17 to attend the Shakespeare Festival. While at the festival, she will see the play to provide a modern interpretation and perspective of the play. Aside from her trip to the Shakespeare Festival, Sliger will apply for access to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., to further her research by gaining access to documents containing some of the original manuscripts of Shakespeare's work.

Sliger is a writing consultant for the Writing Center, a SI Leader and a member of Sigma Tau Delta at IU East, an international English honors society.

Alicia Thompson, Richmond, Indiana. "The Impact of Nuclear Quantum Effects on Thymine Dinucleotides." Biology major working with Yu Kay Law, assistant professor of chemistry. Thompson will examine how nuclear quantum effects impact the conformational distribution of stacked thymine bases using computer simulations.

Genetic material for most organisms contains DNA. While the double helix structure of DNA is well known, understanding the dynamics of the DNA molecule is important in discerning the complexity of organisms.

When DNA is exposed to ultraviolet light, photoproducts are produced, and repair mechanisms are triggered. If damage is left unrepaired, aptopic response and skin cancer may be caused. Thompson is concerned with the photoexcitation that occurs to join the molecular subunits, thymine, to bind to one another. This dimer formation occurs within one trillionth of a second (picosecond) of UV exposure. The 3D shape of the molecule must be aligned appropriately for damage to occur. The molecules switch in and out of these shapes rapidly, making it impossible to identify experimentally. To overcome these boundaries, Thompson will use computer simulations to fully grasp the impact ultraviolet radiation has on DNA.

In order for these simulations to be successful, DNA has to be correctly modelled. Researchers often fix the bond lengths to be constant within DNA to speed up simulations, and typically do not consider the possibility of quantum-mechanical effects of nuclei on the distribution of molecular shapes. These tend to broaden the distribution of bond lengths. In this project, Thompson is exploring how distribution of molecular shapes and possible conformation distribution associated with DNA photodamage depends on the quantum mechanics of nuclei.

Phineas Yoder, Greens Fork, Indiana. "Education Gamified: Strategically Inductive Learning." Business administration major with a concentration in certified public accounting working with Shari Fowler, lecturer of accounting.

Yoder will engineer a learning environment that leans more heavily into allowing students to learn by action and intuition while minimizing the need for direct verbal and written instruction. Yoder has worked as an SI Leader and as a tutor.

Reid Health Community Benefit Awards More than $155,000 in Grants

Posted June 18, 2018

5-year total reaches nearly $176 million for area programs

The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded $155,075 in grants to programs designed to improve mental health and fight substance abuse in the first grant cycle of 2018.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system's not-for-profit status, have put almost $176 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health's governing board reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

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Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections and reporting. In 2014 the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

In addition to grants, the Reid Health Community Benefit sponsors various programs focused on community health. In the area of access to care, Reid Health Community Benefit initiated a dental clinic focused on serving those with little or no dental coverage. Community benefit funds support Claim Aid to assist individuals in applying for health insurance plans or Reid's financial assistance when necessary. Access to care also includes the shortfall of the cost of care rendered to those who have Medicaid coverage. Reid has continued to support community health clinics, such as Siloam Clinic and Hope Center with processing of lab services and providing supplies necessary for operations.

To address substance abuse and mental health needs, Reid has provided Narcan kits and training to first responders to prevent death from opioid overdose, containers to dispose of needles for police departments, and participated in efforts to reduce the incidence of babies being born addicted to drugs. Along with many other community agencies' support, Reid has been involved in the efforts of the community group focused on the "Heroin is Here" initiative designed to increase awareness of drug abuse and its devastating effects.

Reid has supported programs addressing physical activity, nutrition and weight such as athletic training services to community schools, community screenings, cooking classes, health fairs, support groups, Reid Healthier Wellness club and provided support for many health education events.

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