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Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing Signature Dinner & Exhibit

Posted March 5, 2019

Photo: Richmond Midget Stadium Circa 1940-50 photo by Ralph Pyle from the collection of Dick Mendenhall.

Your Wayne County Historical Museum would like to announce our 2019 Signature Dinner, Exhibit, and Program:

Signature Dinner:
  • Tag Line: Celebrate over 100 years of Wayne County Indiana Racing History
  • When: Saturday April 6, 2019 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Where: WCHM Museum Building/Harlan Family Community Building
  • Parking: Behind WCHM= Street Parking in front of museum, Parking Lot (S. 11 th behind museum),
  • Fenced Parking on Grass across B Street
  • Admission: $100.00/ Person $600.00 per table (6/table) ask us about sponsoring a table!
  • Dress: Business Casual/Cocktail Attire
  • Reservations/Tickets: Are available to purchase by phone or in Person. Cash, checks, all major credit cards accepted. Reservations MUST be made by 4/5/2019.
Menu:
  • Cash Bar (Provided by Old Richmond Inn) & Appetizers (Provided by WCHM) (In Main Museum Building/Community Room) (5:30- 6:30)
  • Dinner (In Community Room) (6:30 – 7:30)- Catered by the Old Richmond Inn
  • 1 st Course: Caesar Salad
  • Entrée: Filet Mignon and Chicken Breast sautéed in a light Brandy cream sauce with mushrooms.
  • Sides: Duchess Potatoes and Green Bean Almandine
  • Dessert: Apple Pie or Raspberry Cobbler Al a mode
  • Beverages: Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee (Regular & Decaf)
  • Raffle: Gift Baskets
Speakers: (7:30- 9:30 pm)
  • Intro
  • Tom Bigelow- Driver- USAC, Indy 500, NASCAR
  • Bob Lemons- Winchester Speedway Driver-Current
  • Bill Johnson, 1 st Place Driver-Richmond Midget Stadium
  • Bobby Jackson, 1 st Place Driver- Richmond Midget Stadium
  • End of Program (9:30 – 10:00 pm)
  • -Thank You's- Executive Director/Board/Staff
  • -Guests invited to spend time in the exhibit

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing Signature

Exhibit: Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing

Explore the incredible racing history of Wayne County! From Ostrich Races at the Arboretum, to the heyday of midget car racing at Richmond Midget Stadium, Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing Exhibit has something for everyone. Over 100 years of racing history in Wayne County is highlighted. Learn the connections between Wayne County and NASCAR, the Indy 500, and the near-by race tracks in Winchester, Dayton, and Anderson. Find out how Wayne County has had a need for speed over the years with soapbox derby, go karts, and even speed boats!

Exhibit Highlights:
  • See an actual 8mm video of a race at Richmond Midget Stadium!
  • Winners Circle Photo Op
  • Oral Histories from Bill Johnson, Bobby Jackson
  • Historic Midget Cars, Thunder Roadster, Ray Smith Champ Car, Racing Motorcycles,
  • Hydroplane Racing Boat, SCCA Auto Cross Race Car, Go Karts and more!
  • Trophies, uniforms, historic images, pit passes and other artifacts related to Wayne County Racing History

Exhibit Dates: April 7 2019 – March 1, 2020
Location: Wayne County Historical Museum-Harlan Family Community Building
Admission: Included with museum admission. (7.00 adults/ 4.00 students & children
6-17/ Children 5 & Under are free, WCHM Members are free)

Free Tax Service at MRL

Posted January 29, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Service at MRL

Free tax assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on February 6th. This service is offered every Wednesday through April 10th. Services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation with electronic filing.

The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with the last appointment taken at 2:30pm. This free is provided on a first come, first serve basis. This service is open to Indiana Residents.

Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library's front door at 8:00AM on tax service days. Spots fill very quickly and a line typically forms by 7:15AM in the morning!

For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at MRLinfo.org.

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

  • Last year's tax return;
  • Social Security cards and birth dates of all names listed on tax returns, including dependents;
  • All W2s, 1099s, and other tax statements received for the tax year;
  • Receipts for deductions including tax receipts;
  • Rent receipts, name and address of landlord if claiming renter's deduction on Indiana State return;
  • Care provider's name, address, and identifying number if claiming deduction for Child and Dependent Care expenses;
  • Amount(s) and date(s) of each payment of estimated taxes during the tax year;
  • Voided check or savings account routing numbers for direct deposit of refund.

Individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

Note: the event scheduled for April 10th has been moved to the Richmond Senior Community Center, 1600 South 2nd Street, Richmond.

IU East School of Business and Economics presents Spring 2019 Speaker Series

Posted March 21, 2019, 2019

Supplied Photo: Victor ClaarIndiana University East's School of Business and Economics will offer its speaker series this spring featuring Victor V. Claar, Ph.D., associate professor of economics in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

The topic "Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution," will be presented from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in Tom Raper Hall Room 124. The series is free and open to the public.

The series is sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation and co-sponsored by Delta Mu Delta, the IU East Business and Economic Research Center and the IU East Center for Economic Education.

The discussion topic on fair trade is an enormously popular idea in Christian and secular circles alike. Who, after all, could be against fairness? Claar raises significant economic and moral questions about both the logic and economic reasoning underlying the fair-trade movement. In this talk, Claar suggests that, for all its good intentions, fair trade may not be of particular service to the poor, especially in the developing world.

Claar is associate professor of economics in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he holds the BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Houghton College in New York, where he completed a second major in mathematics. He earned both his master's and Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation under the guidance of Ronald Balvers.

Claar is a former Fulbright Scholar, having spent a year giving graduate lectures and conducting research at the American University of Armenia. While you may have heard that economics was once dubbed the "dismal science," Claar's work demonstrates that this field is quite the opposite, especially when it does what Claar does: combine sobering analysis and Christian principles to offer a vision of hope. He has a long record of publications, including his influential book, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices, now in its tenth printing and recently translated into Chinese. Claar is also the author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution. His scholarly articles have appeared in several peer-reviewed outlets including Applied Economics, Public Finance Review, Faith & Economics, and the Journal of Markets & Morality. He currently serves the Acton Institute as an Affiliate Scholar in Economics. His latest book (with co-author Greg Forster), John Maynard Keynes and the Rise of Economic Materialism: We're All Dead, is scheduled to be published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Nettle Creek Players Announces Local Auditions for Summer Season

Posted March 11, 2019

Historic Tent Theatre Seeeking Performers for "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Nettle Creek Players, a professional summer stock tent theatre, will hold auditions for their 2019 Summer Season on Saturday, March 2 from 11am-1pm at The Wilkinson Theatre at Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana. To schedule an audition, actors should email info@nettlecreekplayers.com and request an appointment. Video submissions will also be accepted prior to March 10 at that same email address.

The season includes "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Rumpelstiltskin, or The Faeirie's Secret Name," and the musical revue "Gershwin & Friends: A Broadway Songbook Cabaret."

There are roles available for adult actors as well as teens and children ages 10 and above. Actor contracts will include a performance stipend, and there will be stage management, internship and educational opportunities available as well. Rehearsals begin June 17 and the performances will run from July 5 to 28.

Hagerstown is located one hour east of Indianapolis just off of Interstate 70. Actors will be asked to provide a photo and resume and prepare one song in the style of contemporary Broadway musicals. An accompanist will be provided. There are also positions available in Stage Management and other technical areas. Those interested in technical theatre should also request an audition time and prepare for a brief interview. All auditions and interviews will be conducted by Artistic Director Darrin Murrell.

More information about the company can be found at www.nettlecreekplayers.com.

Senior Adult Ministry March Meeting

Posted March 11, 2019

You are invited to a sing along with the Sweet Sounds of Starr Valley dulcimers at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Have a toe- tapping, hand clapping good time! Please bring finger foods to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. 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.

Future meetings in 2019 include "Travel Tales" in June, "Senior Safety" in September, and a picnic at the Veteran's Park in July.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Is flu peaking? Numbers may be trending down at Reid Health

Posted March 26, 2019,

Season seems less severe than last year's

Cross your fingers -- and wash your hands. This week may be marking the start of a decline in the annual flu season.

Kim Schneider, RN, Infection Control Preventionist at Reid Health, says the health system's statistics show a high of 244 cases last week after an increase that began trending upward near the end of February. So far this week, only 104 positives have been logged by Reid Health and the Reid Health Physician network.

"I would say this season is not as severe as last year," Schneider said, noting that at the same time last winter 1,678 patients had tested positive, compared to 1,161 this year.

There is more good news: Only 63 admissions have been related to flu compared to 176 during last year's season. "Last year, we were already on the downward trend at the end of February, while this year that's when we started seeing more cases – 183 the week of Feb. 24."

Don't let your guard down, however, she warned. "The flu bug is still out there. And practicing good infection prevention is important year round. People should remember to wash their hands often, stay home if you do get sick and use care when out and about at stores and restaurants."

Meanwhile, Schneider says besides the vaccine, the following tips are tried and true to reduce chances for the flu:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – this is how germs spread and get into your system
  • Clean and disinfect potential surfaces that could be contaminated such as grocery carts, and gas pumps
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it after touching things like door handles and counters "It is not too late to get your flu shot. With flu activity in the state still high and widespread, it could still help you," she said.

    If you get sick, limit contact with others. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

    Also, if the doctor prescribes antivirals, be sure to take them.

    If you show signs of the flu, depending on severity, consider a virtual urgent care visit using the Reid HealthNOW mobile app, see your family physician, or visit an urgent care to see if antiviral medication is appropriate.

    (Watch video on proper handwashing HERE)

    Registration is now open for LifeStream's 16th Annual Aging Well Conference

    Posted March 18, 2019

    Conference to feature keynote speaker Loretta Swit, best known as Major Margaret Houlihan on M*A*S*H LifeStream invites the community to register for this year's Aging Well Conference on Thursday, June 6 at the Horizon Convention Center located at 401 S. High St. Muncie, IN 47305. This year's conference features keynote speaker Loretta Swit, best known for iconic starring role as Major Margaret Houlihan on television's most honored series, M*A*S*H.

    The conference includes a resource fair with more than 30 booths, light breakfast, and 15 breakout sessions designed for older adults, veterans, caregivers, wellness enthusiasts, and healthcare professionals. Sessions include presentations from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, a legislative panel, yoga and exercise classes, team building in the workplace, and much more. A plated lunch will be served followed by Swit's presentation. In addition to her expansive career and passions, Swit was a caregiver for her mother who lived to be 106 years old.

    The registration fee for the full conference is $35 per person before May 3. The price increases to $40 after May 3. Those interested in attending Loretta Swit's presentation, resource fair, and lunch only can purchase a ticket for $25. Please note that the $25 ticket does not include the conference breakout sessions. Ensure your spot by reserving before May 24.

    Organizations interested in supporting the conference should sign up to sponsor and/or have a spot in the resource fair before May 24.

    Additional details including registration, sponsorship, and resource fair sign up are available online at www.lifestreaminc.org/agingwell . For more information or to sign up over the phone/email, please contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, at 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 19,000 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.

    One World, One Plate

    Posted March 21, 2019

    Supplied Poster: One World, One Plate

    ONE WORLD. ONE PLATE. Is an International Festival Celebrating Food, Culture, Music, and Dance, held on Saturday, April 6th from Noon – 2:00 PM at Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, Indiana.

    Get to know the international community of Richmond and celebrate the foods and cultures of India, Mexico, Ghana, Japan, and Peru.

    Taste foods from each culture and learn about customs. Come hungry and enjoy the fun filled afternoon at MRL!

    This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1245927215561895/

    Experience Brazil!

    Posted March 21, 2019, 2019

    Poster: Experience Brazil!

    On Friday, April 5, 2019, Amigos invites you to Experience Brazil! at the Forest Hills Country Club, 2169 South 23rd Street, Richmond, Indiana at 6:00 p.m.

    Portions of U.S. 40 to close for construction in Wayne County

    Posted March 21, 2019, 2019

    The Indiana Department of Transportation will be closing sections of eastbound U.S. 40 near downtown Richmond on Friday, March 22.

    Crews will be inserting concrete slabs to repair the roads.

    U.S. 40 will be closed heading eastbound between 8th and 9th Streets.

    The temporary closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weather permitting.

    INDOT is recommending avoiding the area if at all possible. INDOT also wants to remind drivers to slow down in construction zones and drive distraction free.

    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 Regional Writers Series Presents Appalachian Woodworker and Poet Steven Scafidi

    Posted March 26, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Steven Scafidi

    The Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) will present the Regional Writers Series featuring Appalachian woodworker and poet Steven Scafidi on Wednesday, April 3. The HSS Regional Writers Series brings both established and emerging writers of significance to campus for workshops and public readings.

    Scafidi will give two talks while he is at IU East.

    The first talk is at 2 p.m. on woodworking in the Tom Thomas Gallery, located in Whitewater Hall. This talk is in coordination with the Wood Sculptors Invitational Exhibit featuring the work of Tom Bartel, Susan Broidy, Vicky Fanberg, Robert Millard-Mendez, Kurt Moore, and Martin Godfrey. A reception will follow Scafidi's talk.

    The second talk is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Whitewater Hall First Bank Richmond Community Room.

    The events are free and open to the public.

    Scafidi is the author of Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer (Louisiana State University Press, 2001), For Love of Common Words (LSU, 2006), The Cabinetmaker's Window (LSU, 2014), To the Bramble and the Briar (University of Arkansas Press, 2014) and a chapbook Songs for the Carry-On (Q Avenue Press, 2013).

    He has won the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the James Boatwright Prize and the Miller Williams Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He works as a cabinetmaker and lives with his family in Summit Point, West Virginia.

    The Regional Writers Series is funded by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Mindful Explorations.

    Transgender Singing Voice Conference returns to Earlham March 30-31

    Posted March 4, 2019

    A two-day workshop and celebration of the transgender and non-binary singing community is returning to Earlham College.

    The second biannual Transgender Singing Voice Conference takes place on March 30-31 at the College's Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The conference is a multidisciplinary, research and practice-oriented event and includes general sessions on terminology, etiquette, and legal information.

    "We are dedicated to bringing together voice instructors, educators and medical professionals that serve the trans and non-binary singing community," says Danielle Cozart Steele, an adjunct instructor at Earlham who founded the conference in 2017. "We also want to provide real hands-on and practical experience for trans and non-binary singers.

    "Trans people often find that they experiencing dysphoria around their singing and speaking voice, so we're offering the kind of tools for making the transition easier and for accessing a voice that feels truly and deeply authentic for that person," she says.

    Registration is free for students and anyone for whom cost is prohibitive, $50 for eligible young professionals and $100 for all other professionals.

    "We want as many people as possible to attend this event," Cozart Steele says. "When I organized this first conference there was no research surrounding transgender or non-binary voice issues, and we really wanted to change that. Fast forward two years and the research has exploded. It's beautiful that so many collaborations and research projects have developed over the last two years, some as a direct result of this conference."

    Similarly, the second biannual event aims to produce new research, collaborations and networking opportunities for transgender and non-binary singers. One unique feature of this year's event is that organizers are soliciting musical scores by, for and about trans or non-binary issues.

    "Earlham's choirs will be there to help us read through these pieces," Cozart Steele says. "We're encouraging trans composers or someone who wishes to honor the trans experience to compose a piece on those themes."

    This year's conference is sponsored by Earlham's Center for Social Justice, Earlham Center for Global Health, and the Earlham School of Religion. For more information, visit earlham.edu/transgender-singing-voice-conference.

    IU Soul Revue to perform at IU East on March 28

    Posted February 21, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Soul RevueIU Soul Revue will perform at Indiana University East at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Student Events and Activities Center.

    Event admission is free. However, the first 300 people to register through Eventbrite.com will receive priority seating. A printed ticket or an image of the ticket on your mobile device must be presented upon entry to receive priority seating.

    For all others, general admission bleacher seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis until the venue is full.

    Supplied Image: James Strong, Jr.The event is sponsored by the IU East Alumni Association and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

    The IU Soul Revue is America's first and finest collegiate Black popular music ensemble. Since 1971, the Soul Revue is famous for dynamic performances of R&B, soul, funk, and contemporary Black popular music delivered by its commanding vocalists, powerful horn line, and tight rhythm section.

    IU East alumnus James A. Strong, Jr., is the director of IU Soul Revue. He is a renowned bassist, musical director, and producer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from IU East in 2013. He is an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Northwest High School. Before enrolling in IU East's business online degree completion program, he attend IU Bloomington and was a member of IU Soul Revue.

    IU Soul Revue is an academic course at IU Bloomington through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and one of three ensembles managed by the African American Arts Institute. The IU Soul Revue has opened for famous artists including James Brown, The Emotions, Booker T. Jones, and most recently performed with Bootsy Collins in the 2018 Cincinnati Music Festival.

    The Soul Revue will travel to Los Angeles this spring to perform with Grammy-winner Terry Steele at the legendary Spaghettini jazz club.

    To RSVP a ticket for priority seating, visit Eventbrite.com. All other seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

    IU East to Host Two Legislative Forums in March

    Posted February 20, 2019, 2019

    Indiana University East will host a Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

    The Legislative Forum is free and open to the public.

    The second Legislative Forum of the month will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 22, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby.

    During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.

    Nominations Now Accepted for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award

    Posted February 20, 2019, 2019

    LifeStream Services is seeking nominees age 65 or older for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. The community is encouraged to nominate those special volunteers who consistently go above and beyond demonstrating passion and commitment to service.

    The nominee must be age 65 or older and currently reside in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, or Wayne county. The individual must have completed at least three years of volunteer experience after reaching 60 years of age, positively impacting members of the community, an organization, or faith-based organization through volunteer efforts.

    The top 50 nominees and their guests will be celebrated at a tea ceremony on April 29 in New Castle. The winner of the 2019 award will be announced at this time. The recipient will then be nominated for the State of Indiana's Golden Hoosier Award, which is the highest honor given to seniors in Indiana.

    Nominations are due no later than March 15 to Laura Bray, LifeStream's Volunteer Services Administrator. Additional information and a nomination form can be accessed by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/goldenhoosier. Questions? Please call 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.

    Singles Interaction Newsletter - March 2019

    Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Flyer: March 2019 Singles Interaction News Letter

    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!

    Appeals on Wheels to Hear Court Case at IU East on March 21

    Posted March 7, 2019

    The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument at Indiana University East at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.

    The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the real-world issues that face the Court and learn more about the Court's indispensable role in Indiana government.

    The oral argument is open to the media and public, though seating is limited. Once the oral argument begins further admittance by visitors to Vivian Auditorium will not be permitted. The doors will close at 11 a.m. The session will end at noon.

    Traveling oral arguments, or Appeals on Wheels, help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary's indispensable role in Indiana government. Appeals on Wheels also provides opportunities for Court of Appeals judges to meet and talk with a broad range of citizens in relatively informal settings.

    Audiences get to observe skilled legal arguments and advocacy by some of Indiana's best lawyers, against a backdrop of case-specific facts and statutory and constitutional law.

    Scott Lee, assistant professor of political science at IU East is coordinating the event with the Court of Appeals. He encourages everyone in the community to participate in the session.

    "This is a wonderful opportunity for all to see how the 'Wheels of Justice' turn in Indiana," Lee said. "Not only do we get to personally see and hear what happens in an appellate court session, but we also get to ask the judges questions afterwards."

    A panel consisting of Judge John G. Baker, Judge Patricia A. Riley, and Judge Melissa S. May will hear Loren David Gary v. State of Indiana, 18A-CR-02067.

    Photo: Judge John G. Baker
    Judge John G. Baker
    Photo: Judge Melissa S. May
    Judge Melissa S. May
    Photo: Judge Patricia A. Riley
    Judge Patricia A. Riley

    Loren Gary appeals his convictions of Level 1 felony attempted murder, Level 5 felony intimidation, and Level 6 felony intimidation. Gary argues the State did not present sufficient evidence he committed the crimes for which he was conviction. In addition, Gary contends he did not waive his right to jury trial with regard to the portion of the proceedings concerning the sentencing enhancement for the use of a firearm during the crime. Finally, Gary asserts his convictions of Level 1 felony attempted murder and Level 5 felony intimidation violated his right to be free from double jeopardy because the jury could have relied on the same evidence for both convictions.

    The event is sponsored by the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences and IU East's chapter of the American Democracy Project.

    Media Policy for Court of Appeals of Indiana

    Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the Court's permission to record the argument with still or video cameras. Requests should be sent at least 48 hours in advance of the oral argument to Court Administrator Larry Morris at CourtOfAppeals@courts.in.gov.

    The following rules will apply:

    • All cameras must be tripod-mounted and the operators must remain in place throughout the hearing.
    • Camera movement is limited to the judges and the arguing attorneys. No audience shots allowed.
    • No flash, strobes, or other distracting lights or sounds are permitted.
    • Video cameras and tape recorders cannot be used during the Q/A period that follows oral argument.

    Print journalists don't have to ask the Court's permission to cover the argument or the Q/A session.

    About Appeals on Wheels

    Traveling oral arguments, or Appeals on Wheels, take the court across Indiana to help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary's indispensable role in Indiana government. They also provide opportunities for Court of Appeals judges to meet and talk with a broad range of citizens in relatively informal settings. Appeals on Wheels typically occur at high schools, colleges, law schools and courtrooms, but they've also been held at conference centers, tourist sites and even retirement communities. The Court has conducted more than 500 Appeals on Wheels since its 2001 centennial, although the program predates the centennial.

    For more information about the Court, please visit courts.in.gov/appeals.

    Café at Twelve Hundred Nabs 'Gold Noodle Award' in Cambridge City

    Posted February 28, 2019, 2019

    The Reid Health Café at Twelve Hundred was the first place 2019 Gold Noodle Award winner at Wayne County Mac & Cheese Contest for an aged white cheddar mac and cheese dish with bacon crumbled on top.

    The fund-raiser for the Lincoln High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) was launched by the BPA and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce in 2017. The event was held in the Golay Center with about 10 restaurants competing.

    This is the first year that the Café at Twelve Hundred placed, said Dugan Wetzel, Chef and Culinary Coordinator for Reid Health, though the café has entered all three years. "The first year we entered a pulled pork mac and cheese topped with smoke breadcrumbs and jalapeno salt. The second year we entered a four-cheese mac and cheese," Wetzel said.

    Leslie Warner, one of Reid Health's caterers, accepted the award on behalf of the café and catering department.

    Wayne County Foundation 2019 Spring Grant Cycle

    Posted January 29, 2019

    The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2019 Spring Grant Cycle. This is an opportunity for charitable organizations to receive funding for projects, programs and initiatives that help improve the quality of life and enhance the spirit of the Wayne County community.

    Applications for the Spring Cycle are a two-part process and must be submitted through the Foundation's online application portal. The pre-application will open Monday, February 26, 2019 and close at 11:30 pm on Friday, March 8, 2019. The second part of the application is due 11:30 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019. The Foundation expects to award up to $100,000 from its unrestricted funds and almost $190,000 from various field-of-interest funds in this cycle.

    Field-Of-Interest Funds support applications that address needs and opportunities related to: animal welfare, the arts, education and literacy, the environment, and human service assistance. The Foundation will also accept human service-related applications for funds that benefit the Hagerstown community.

    While all nonprofits are invited to attend the Grant Information and Networking Luncheon, first time applicants and those who have not been successful with a previous online application should consider their attendance a prerequisite to applying. The luncheon will be held at Wayne County Historical Museum's Community Room on Tuesday, February 26 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. The cost for lunch is $10. Reservations are required by Monday, February 18 and may be made online through the Foundation's website, www.waynecountyfoundation.org.

    Additional information is available by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or emailing lisa@waynecountyfoundation.org.

    Call for Photographers

    Posted January 28, 2019

    Photographers 18 years and older who live within a 100 mile radius of Richmond, IN and would like to participate in the Richmond Columbian Properties Third Annual Photography Show will find details, entry forms and a schedule online at richmondcolumbianproperties.org. Click on MORE. The Photography Show is listed second.

    Centerville Pursues Indiana Main Street Designation

    Posted February 20, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Logo: Main Street CentervilleA group of Centerville business leaders and residents led Centerville to apply for official recognition from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). After forming an official 501(c)3 nonprofit, Main Street Centerville, Inc. several months ago, they are now pursuing their official State Main Street designation.

    "We are incredibly pleased to be this far along in the lengthy process," said Main Street Centerville President, Kyle Turner of Turner Insurance. "The designation will help us further our mission to enrich our town through economic development, redevelopment and beautification initiatives. Indiana Main Street has excellent strategies for improving small towns across the State, some of which we have already put into practice."

    The Main Street Centerville committee has led efforts on community festivals and beautification throughout 2018. More than 30 volunteers have attended monthly meetings & 16 currently serve on committees and focus on four key areas: Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Vitality.

    "Main Streets are vital in every community and the more time and effort that goes into improving a Main Street, the more benefits it will produce," said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA.   "When leaders decide to work towards an Indiana Main Street designation it means the community is focused on improving their quality of place and revitalizing their downtown. I applaud Centerville for taking the proactive steps and I wish them the best of luck."

    Since 1985, the Indiana Main Street Program (IMS) has been helping communities revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of their downtown commercial districts using the National Main Street Center's successful Main Street Approach. Main Street is a comprehensive, incremental approach to revitalization built around a community's unique heritage and attributes.

    "The Main Street group put this (application) together and stayed with it through the whole process," said Centerville Town Council President Dan Wandersee. "This is excellent for our community. I applaud them."

    "Now that they have accomplished this, we can have dialog between the town government and Main Street," Wandersee continued. "Hopefully, the two can bring things to downtown not only for businesses but for the community as a whole."

    The Indiana Main Street program's support of its designated local IMS programs has resulted in significant investment and economic growth from the bottom-up in Main Street districts. Since 1985, Indiana Main Street communities have achieved:

    • 4,289 NET New & Expanded Businesses
    • 27,811 NET full and part time Jobs
    • R3.3 billion in Private Reinvestment
    • $1.8 billion in Public Reinvestment
    • 8,867 Building Rehabilitation Projects
    • 7,809 New Housing Units
    • 1,662 Public Improvement Projects

    The Main Street four-point approach is the most effective economic development tool for downtown revitalization and can help set local groups up for success with grants and fundraising opportunities.

    A community-wide celebration will take place along with a Main Street Centerville Community Fest later this year. These festivals, occurring throughout the summer months, are free to the public and bring music, food and other entertainment to the town.

    For more information on Main Street Centerville visit MainStreetCenterville.org.

    New Exhibit at Reid Health Features Local Photographer Mark Pearson

    Posted February 20, 2019, 2019

    Richmond resident Mark Pearson is currently exhibiting photography in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Health, 1100 Reid Parkway in Richmond. The gallery is named after former CEO Barry MacDowell and is located on the second floor near the main hospital entrance. The show, titled "Seeing the 'Extra" in the Ordinary," features landscapes, nature shots and glimpses of the industrial past, as well as scenes from recent travels to Greece. The exhibit will be on display through mid-March.

    Supplied Photo: Westonbirt Arboretum
    Westonbirt Arboretum

    Many of the 29 works in the show are black and white images. Talking about his work, Pearson says "I try to see the 'extra' in an ordinary scene and plumb its essence; monochrome seems ideally suited to the stripping away of superfluous detail and the enhancing of imaginative possibilities. For example, one can almost physically sense the snowstorm's frigid enveloping of the horses in 'Equine Trinity' and the stark bleakness of bitter cold in 'Snow Zen'. Nature shots can also be enhanced in black and white. The heavy cumulus with their dark grey underbellies of 'Gated Hedgerow' add a poignancy to the scene, while the scudding cirrus of 'Westonbirt Arboretum' seem to shout "Constable!" to the viewer and the westerly wind-blown clouds of 'Big Sky Indiana' illustrate the under-appreciated scenic nature of our local countryside."

    Supplied Photo: Big Sky Indiana
    Big Sky Indiana

    Other pieces in the show highlight the nature of industrial architecture with eye-catching compositions of bridges, buildings and machinery used in agriculture and industry. A series of images from the Greek peninsula of Mount Athos includes monastic buildings of a unique nature, and the triptych 'Awaiting the Resurrection' is an experiment exploring the nature of death and resurrection in a monastic context.

    Mark immigrated to the United States nearly 30 years ago from the U.K. with his wife, Erica (a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan) and two-year-old daughter Megan to take a position in the Computing Center at Earlham College, where he worked as an Instructional Technologist. He retired in 2016 in order to devote more time to photography. Unlike his daughter or son, Mark has retained his British accent which gets stronger every time he goes on an almost annual visit to the U.K. Notwithstanding these visits, he feels very much at home in Hoosier-land and despite repeated queries from British relatives about returning there, his roots are firmly established in Indiana though he attends an Orthodox Christian church in Beavercreek, Ohio. Following through on his assertions of loyalty to the Stars and Stripes, he successfully wended his way through US Citizenship & Immigration Services bureaucracy last year to obtain citizenship in the United States and a wonderful US Passport.

    IU East School of Business and Economics to Welcome New Dean

    Posted February 19, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Denise Smith

    Indiana University East will welcome a new dean of the School of Business and Economics. Denise Smith will be the new dean beginning May 15, 2019.

    Currently Smith is the interim chair for the School of Business at the Lumpkin College of Business & Technology at The Eastern Illinois University. She is also an associate dean and professor with the School of Business.

    As dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics Smith has the administrative responsibility for all aspects of the school, providing leadership for student success and retention, faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; program development, assessment and improvement; budget management and fundraising; and other matters related to the continuing well-being of the school and its faculty, staff and students. The dean will also develop partnerships with local businesses and industries to develop collaborations and community engagement.

    Additionally, she will oversee the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) process.

    Smith said during her campus visit, she was very impressed with the campus, including the art installations across the buildings and grounds.

    "Everyone I met was very friendly and it was a great experience," Smith said. "I left with a very positive impression of the university and the people there. I'm excited to join the School of Business and Economics at a time when there reaching for the initial AACSB accreditation and I'm looking forward to working with people toward that goal."

    Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michelle Malott said she is pleased to welcome Smith to the School of Business and Economics.

    "Dr. Smith has a diverse background in teaching, administration and service," Malott said. "We were impressed by her strong commitment to student success, faculty and staff development, and to the delivery of our on campus and online programs. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Smith and to the leadership she will bring to the School of Business and Economics and to IU East."

    Smith received her Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. She earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

    Before becoming associate dean at Lumpkin College, Smith was a professor at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Illinois. She has also taught at Missouri Western State University in the Department of Business as an associate professor.

    "One of the things that impressed me most was the obvious commitment to students, to student learning, to student excellence," Smith said. I've always worked at universities with a teaching focus and that's what I found at IU East as well."

    She is a member of the American Bar Association, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business and the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Smith has published articles in the Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing, Regional Business Review, Journal of Legal Studies in Business and many others. She has also presented at conferences across the United States for the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting and the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting.

    Her interests in research include employment law, immigration law as it relates to the rights of undocumented workers, social media law, and intellectual property law.,/

    Smith will locate to the area with her husband, Ken. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

    Reid Health Team Raising Funds for Animal Shelters

    Posted February 21, 2019, 2019

    The Reid Health team, as part of its "CARE Beyond our Doors" committee, aims to raise at least $5,000 by March 1 to provide supplies for regional animal shelters.

    The drive started Feb. 1 and ends Feb. 28. Carrie Kolentus, Director of Human Resources, said such outreach for the community is something ingrained in the Reid Health culture, noting that team members also have held annual collections for local food pantries and volunteer at organizations throughout the region served by the health system.

    Supplied Photo: Two Dogs Sleeping on Dog Beg
    A Reid Health team member not only supported the current drive, but adopted "Snoopy" (right) when it seemed abandoned near their home. The team member said: "He has won over our hearts and we are now making him part of our family. I love that we raise money to support our animal shelters, plus all of the other ways we support our community."
    "Our team members go above and beyond in efforts to help and improve their community," she said.

    Food collections have been done by departments and by the entire team for many years, Kolentus noted. This is the third year for efforts to also help animal shelters. Team members who donate are able to share photos of their pets, which are being shared on the health system's social media channels.

    "Our team of more than 3,200 employees is among the most compassionate and giving people around," she said. "It truly is the giving spirit of our people that make Reid Health the organization that we are."

    Other efforts besides animal shelters and food pantries have include helping Tools for Schools, the United Way and Reid Health Foundation, which in turn supports patient care. Several departments, including nursing units, also regularly spend time serving at area food pantries.

    Return Borrowed Books Week at MRL

    Posted February 28, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Flyer: Fine Free Week at MRL

    Bring back overdue library items with no charge of late fees. A little reluctant to stop in with your overdue item? Simply drop your items into the Drive-up Book Return and we'll take care of the fees. This service does not apply to damaged items or materials overdue for more than 12 months.

    Have questions about the status of your library account?

    Login to your online account at MRLinfo.org, call 765-966-8291 or email us at library@MRLinfo.org

    Rodefeld and Wickemeyer Awards Now Being Accepted!

    Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

    It's time to nominate your favorite volunteer, business owner, non-profit leader, donor, or other folks who deserve recognition! It's time for the Rodefeld and Wickemeyer Award nominations!!

    There are so many deserving folks out there and the nomination process is not hard. You can do it and we're counting on you to nominate those who deserve these awards.

    Here's more info:

    The Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community honors a man who was not widely known as a philanthropist or worker for non-profit organizations. He was, instead, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs. The Rodefeld Award seeks to recognize Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully and well, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years. To qualify for the Charles A. Rodefeld Award, an individual, corporation, or organization must have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovative commitment to addressing a community concern or a dedication to improving the effectiveness of an existing charitable institution while maintaining an attitude of humility. Evidence of achievement must be demonstrated by gifts of volunteer leadership and significant personal/corporate resources.

    To nominate someone for the Rodefeld award, visit our website or click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rodefeld

    Named for the Foundation's first Executive Director, the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress. Ruth is perhaps best remembered for maintaining the highest ethical standards and expressing true appreciation for even the smallest contributions.

    Candidates must demonstrate a history of significant service in the Wayne County not-for-profit community, an unswerving commitment to the highest ethical standards, and evidence of articulating a vision for community improvement by their leadership and/or significant accomplishments.

    To nominate someone for the Wickemeyer award, visit our website or click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Wickemeyer

    If you have questions, call or email Rachel Hughes but do it before the March 4 deadline!

    Jazz Stylings...African American Jazz Composers

    Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

    Supplied Flyer: Jazz Stylings... African American Jazz Composers

    In honor of Black History Month, Evelyn Gordon will present a jazz set featuring the works of African American composers who recorded for Gennett Records, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thomas Dorsey, and more.

    Please join us at MRL on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the jazz stylings of our special guest, Ms. Evelyn Gordon! Free and open to the public.

    Senior Adult Ministry February Meeting

    Posted February 18, 2019, 2019

    Due to inclement weather, last month's Senior Adult Ministry meeting was cancelled. The program this month is the hymn sing that was planned for last month. You are invited to join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, February 26, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We will also enjoy soup and sandwiches to warm up from winter's chill.

    New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. 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.

    Future meetings in 2019 include "Travel Tales" in June, "Senior Safety" in September, and a picnic at the Veteran's Park in July.

    For further information, call 765-962-4357.

    'Gateway to Work' Session for Indiana Hip Participants Feb. 28

    Posted February 25, 2019, 2019

    Do you have Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) insurance? If so, you need to be aware of important changes for 2019 that could determine if you can keep your coverage.

    HIP participants may be required to participate in "Gateway to Work," a new program designed to encourage or assist those in the plan to gain educational or work experience to be able to keep the coverage by working, attending school or volunteering.

    Reid Health and Claim Aid are hosting the first of what will be a series of informational meetings about Gateway to Work from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Lingle Grand Hall on the health system's main campus, 1100 Reid Parkway. ClaimAid works with Reid Health offering help with eligibility and signup for insurance and financial assistance programs.

    The new work requirements for certain participants in HIP went into effect Jan. 1, but those affected don't have to meet requirements until July 1 and can't lose coverage until next year. Gateway to Work will require some to work part-time to be able to keep their insurance.

    Sharrie Harlin, Reid Health Community Outreach Coordinator, said Reid Health is partnering with state and local agencies to offer information so that HIP participants are armed with all the information they need.

    "We want to be sure to reach people about the changes and make sure no one loses their healthcare coverage," Harlin said. She said the requirements for those affected will involve working, volunteering or other activities for eventually up to 80 hours a month in 2020. She said most affected should have received a letter through the program with information.

    On-hand for the information session will be representatives from the Indiana Family Social Services Administration (FSSA) to demonstrate how to log into the Gateway portal. A panel discussion will also be held with Reid Health Human Resources representatives, FSSA representatives, Ivy Tech and ClaimAid.

    Other events will be announced in other area counties for March and April. Snacks will be provided.

    For more information about Gateway to Work, call (765) 238-5178, or visit:
    https://www.in.gov/fssa/gateway/
    https://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/2592.htm

    LifeStream & IU East Senior Art Competition & Exhibit to Celebrate the Talents of Older Adults

    Posted January 17, 2019

    LifeStream and IU East are seeking artistic older adults to participate in the upcoming Senior Art Competition & Exhibit at Room 912 Gallery in Richmond. This competition will showcase and celebrate the talents of older adults in communities throughout East Central Indiana.

    Those who wish to participate may drop off their artwork now through March 1 between 11am and 7pm at Room 912 Gallery located at 912 E. Main St. Richmond, IN 47374. Open judging will be held on March 7 from 12pm to 2pm, followed by a reception from 2pm to 3pm. The artwork will then remain on display through May 3. Participants can pick up their artwork between May 7 and May 10 from 11am to 7pm.

    This competition is open to those who are 60 years of age and older who are residents of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, Wayne, Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, or Randolph county. Artwork can include oil & acrylic painting, drawing, textiles, watercolor and pastel painting, photography, collage/mixed media, and 3-Dimensional work.

    Artists may submit one piece of art for the exhibit. An entry form is required and can be found online or at Room 912 Gallery, a LifeStream café meal site, or the LifeStream office located at 423 Commerce Road, Richmond, IN 47374. In addition, artwork must have appropriate hardware and ready to hang. Drawings and photographs must be framed and matted. This information and more can be found by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/seniorartshow.

    LifeStream works to improve the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities, and others at risk.

    Involvement in the arts has a number of benefits for older adults including improved communication and socialization, improved cognition skills, increased self-esteem, and much more.

    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 19,000 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.

    Nettle Creek Players Announces Local Auditions for Summer Season

    Posted February 4, 2019

    Historic Tent Theatre Seeking Performers for "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

    Nettle Creek Players, a professional summer stock tent theatre, will hold auditions for their 2019 Summer Season on Saturday, March 2 from 11am-1pm at The Wilkinson Theatre at Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana.

    To schedule an audition, actors should email info@nettlecreekplayers.com and request an appointment. Video submissions will also be accepted prior to March 10 at that same email address.

    The season includes "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Rumpelstiltskin, or The Faeirie's Secret Name," and the musical revue "Gershwin & Friends: A Broadway Songbook Cabaret." There are roles available for adult actors as well as teens and children ages 10 and above. Actor contracts will include a performance stipend, and there will be stage management, internship and educational opportunities available as well. Rehearsals begin June 17 and the performances will run from July 5 to 28.

    Hagerstown is located one hour east of Indianapolis just off of Interstate 70. Actors will be asked to provide a photo and resume and prepare one song in the style of contemporary Broadway musicals. An accompanist will be provided. There are also positions available in Stage Management and other technical areas. Those interested in technical theatre should also request an audition time and prepare for a brief interview. All auditions and interviews will be conducted by Artistic Director Darrin Murrell.

    More information about the company can be found at www.nettlecreekplayers.com.

    Singles Interaction Newsletter - Feburary 2019

    Posted January 17, 2019

    Newsletter: February 2019

    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!

    You Are Always on 'Thin Ice'

    Posted January 14, 2019

    Indiana Conservation Officers are advising citizens across the state of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams this winter.

    Recent temperature drops across the state have brought about sheets of ice across some bodies of water.

    Indiana Conservation Officers ask everyone to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for those who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.

    Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice. Just like re-learning how to drive on snow versus clear roads, some Hoosiers need to re-learn how to safely have fun on ice.

    Indiana Conservation Officers want citizens to put safety first. Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing on or walking on a frozen lake or pond:

    1. No ice is safe ice.
    2. Test the thickness of the ice with an ice auger. At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing; 5 inches is recommended for snowmobiling.
    3. If you don't know….don't go.
    4. Wear life jackets or flotation coats.
    5. Carry ice hooks and rope gear.
    6. When on the ice, leave a note with a friend or family member of your whereabouts.
    7. Don't test the thickness of the ice while alone.

    Indiana Conservation Officers say the best rule of thumb is, when walking on ice, to believe you are "walking on thin ice." Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.

    "Ice is beginning to form on smaller bodies of water. We would like to ask that the community keep a close eye out for children in your area who may play on the ice. It takes extreme low temperatures and quite some time to form several inches of ice. We have not had those conditions consistently statewide this winter," said Indiana Conservation Officer Max Winchell.

    The coating of snow that Indiana just received also can make for treacherous ice conditions. The snow can insulate the ice, causing it to freeze at a slower rate. When the snow and rain that just fell across Indiana freeze into ice, it is never as strong as solid, clear ice.

    If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, please do not go after it. This can often end in tragedy. Contact your local emergency response personnel, who are equipped to make a rescue on thin ice.

    Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.

    Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.

    Lifestream to Hold Community Input Sessions for Feedback on How to Better Serve Older Adults in Wayne County

    Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

    LifeStream Services invites the public to attend a community input session to discuss what the greatest challenges are for older adults in Wayne County. In addition, the meeting will discuss LifeStream's Area Plan concerning how we will work to meet the needs of older adults in our community and the goals of the Older Americans Act.

    • February 13: Western-Wayne Senior Center located at 1007 E. Main St. Cambridge City, IN 47327 at 11am to 11:30am
    • February 13: Nettle Creek Senior Center located at 327 E. Main St. Hagerstown, IN 47346 at 12:30pm to 1pm.
    • February 14: Centerville-Abington Senior Center located at 111 S. 2 nd St. Centerville, IN 47330 at 11am to 11:30am.
    • February 19: Richmond Senior Community Center located at 1600 S. 2 nd St. Richmond, IN 47374 at 12pm to 12:30pm.

    Area Plans are reviewed and approved by the Area Agencies on Aging's Advisory Council. Plans are done every two years and submitted to the Indiana Division of Aging. The Division of Aging and the Indiana Commission on Aging review and approve the plans, and then incorporate all 16 Indiana Agencies on Aging's Area Plans into one plan for Indiana.

    LifeStream is seeking the public's input to ensure we are meeting the needs of older adults and people with disabilities in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

    Those who are unable to attend the community meeting, may submit their comments electronically until Tuesday, February 19, by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/areaplan. For additional information or questions, please contact Jenny Hamilton, President and CEO, by calling 765-759-1121 or emailing jhamilton@lifestreaminc.org.

    All sessions are located at a LifeStream Senior Café site. Those who are 60 years of age and older are welcome to join the centers for a nutritious lunch served at 11:30am. Lunch is provided on a donation basis (suggested $2.50) for those 60 years and older. Those who are under the age of 60 can enjoy a meal for a small fee. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the center you wish to attend.

    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.

    Neighborhood Health Center achieves Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike Status

    Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

    Neighborhood Health Center received Notice of Look-Alike Designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on February 1, 2019.

    Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes are community-based health care providers that meet the requirements of the HRSA Health Center Program, but do not receive Health Center Program funding. This designation follows a thorough evaluation by HRSA of community need, a lengthy application process, a three-day site visit by federal consultants to complete a review of the operations, clinical quality, policies and finances of the entity. By obtaining Look Alike status, the organization will receive enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid.

    Neighborhood Health Center is a not-for-profit corporation, providing family primary care services, behavioral health care and access to dental services with fees based on family size and income. The center is governed by a board of directors made up of community members with a strong commitment for the health and well-being of Wayne County citizens and includes individuals who are served by the center and represent the demographic factors of our patient population.

    Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, shared "Our mission is to 'promote health and wellness through access and affordability for all members of our community, especially those who need us most'," Miles said. "The primary reason for creating the center is the many unmet healthcare needs that exist in our community," Miles said. "Despite the best efforts of local healthcare providers, Wayne County continually ranks as one of the unhealthiest counties in Indiana. Wayne County is the top county in the state for children living below the poverty level and the need for behavioral health continues to rise annually."

    "This has been a long and arduous process. Our staff, providers and governing board have worked very hard so we are thrilled to receive the news. This is a great step forward for Neighborhood Health Center and our Wayne County community. We have already seen positive patient outcomes and feel we can be impactful in the overall health of Wayne County.",/

    Neighborhood Health Center also offers on-site assistance with financial paperwork and eligibility services, transportation assistance and additional connections to community resources. Providers include Teri Short and Kim Cox, Nurse Practitioners, for family medicine. Ieshsa Engle, Nurse Practitioner will join the team later this year. Shannette Campbell, NP, April Coffin, LCSW and Rick Beck, LCSW provide behavioral health services. Short also serves as Clinical Director and has been instrumental in launching the center. Short shared that "the expanded services and personalized care is incredibly valuable for her patients as we help to improve their health and wellness. We have worked hard to bring as many services on site as possible in order for patients to access them more conveniently. The additional funding is essential and allows us to offer better access and services and to ultimately, promote better health outcomes for the community."

    Neighborhood Health Center is accepting new patients and is in network with most insurance plans. Extended hours are offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The center is at 101 South 10th Street, the former location of Reid ENT. The clinic location was chosen carefully based on the availability of space, close proximity to the community need and access to public transportation.

    For more information, contact Carrie Miles at carrie.miles@neighborhoodhc.org or by calling the Neighborhood Health Center at 765-965-4299.

    Earlham Receives $1m in Memory of an Exceptional Teacher

    Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

    Earlham College has received an anonymous gift of $1 million in memory of Robert F. Southard, a professor of History and Jewish Studies, who died in 2007.

    "This gift honors the impact of extraordinary teaching and the transformative educational experience that our faculty provides," says Interim President Avis Stewart '74. "This is a remarkable investment in the future of this amazing College. All of us at Earlham are deeply thankful for the generosity of this donor and for all who support and nurture Earlham."

    Southard taught at Earlham from 1971-2007, covering topics ranging from Medieval Jewish History to 20th Century Europe. At various times, he served as convener of Jewish Studies and director of the Humanities Program. From 2001-06, he served as associate academic dean. At the time of his death, Southard was teaching an advanced research seminar at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

    His scholarly legacy includes a book, Droysen and the Prussian School (University Presses of Kentucky, 1994) and dozens of published articles. Southard earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed post-graduate work in Jewish languages and literatures at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

    Southard's wife of 38 years, Edna C. Southard, and sons, David and Jared, offered a statement of gratitude to the anonymous donor.

    "I hope you know how honored and humbled Bob would be that this tribute was made to him in support of Earlham, the College he loved and valued, when Earlham needs support so much, when the humanities and the value of a liberal arts education are being questioned and are endangered everywhere, and at a time when critical thinking is so needed in our nation," she writes. "I hope you know how happy I am, and our sons are, that you are thinking about Bob and that you have honored him so generously."

    This gift, which came from a donor-advised fund, is designated to the College's annual fund. The gift arrived as a surprise to the College's Institutional Advancement Office, but Vice President Kristin Champa says that this anonymous contribution is very much in keeping with what the College hears from alumni and friends of Earlham.

    "Everyone understands that something very powerful happens in Earlham classrooms and labs, and alumni and friends of the College want to support that enterprise," says Champa. "I think it is a wonderful testament to the importance of Earlham's mission that someone would choose to anonymously honor one of our beloved professors in this way. We are so grateful to this donor for making this inspirational gift.

    This gift marks the third time in the last three years that the College has received an anonymous seven-figure gift. Champa says that the College is happy to work with donors — anonymous or named — to make sure gifts have the largest possible impact. This most recent gift to the annual fund will be put to immediate use.

    Live-Performance Documentary Featuring Kronos Quartet to Kick off Artist and Lecture Series at Earlham

    Posted January 17, 2019

    Kronos Quartet will perform music from the critically acclaimed live documentary A Thousand Thoughts at Earlham College on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium located in Carpenter Hall.

    General admission tickets are $20 and are available online at earlhamcollegevents.eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be purchased from the Runyan Center Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    For A Thousand Thoughts, the quartet teamed up with Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini and Earlham Alumnus Joshua Penn '06 for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews from such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley.

    Green will participate in a pre-show discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium. Penn, the executive producer of A Thousand Thoughts, will visit Earlham classrooms prior to the quartet's performance.

    In addition to acclaim for A Thousand Thoughts, Kronos Quartet has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for its Landfall album.

    The San Francisco-based quartet has released more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity and collaborated with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including both the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and "Musicians of the Year" (2003) from Musical America.

    For more information about this performance and future Earlham events, visit earlham.edu/events.

    Richmond Event Venue and Custom Cake Shop Closed

    Posted January 17, 2019

    Popular Richmond custom cake shop, event venue and event coordination service, Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main, under the management of Heather (Stegner) Dew, announced the business ceased operations under her management December 31, 2018.

    Upon the closing of Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main as it was formerly known, (Stegner) Dew will continue to accept limited cake orders in its new location in Lebanon, Ohio, under the name Queen Bee Confections.

    "Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main is grateful for our clients' and guests' loyal support and encouragement," said (Stegner) Dew. "Queen Bee Confections remains dedicated to baking exquisite and delicious sweets for our clients, just in a new location."

    For further details, please visit Queen Bee Confections on Facebook, or call (765) 914-0154.

    Winter Book Sale at MRL - Feb. 7-9, 2019

    Posted January 29, 2019

    Supplied Flyer: February 2019 Book Sale at MRL

    The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library: Winter Book Sale in the Bard Room

    Thursday, February 7:  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, February 8:  11:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Saturday, February 9:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/311692482885053/

    Materials for sale include fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, cooking, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion.

    Browse our children's books, where you will find picture books, school-age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers.

    All proceeds from this book sale will go toward improving programs and services for Morrisson-Reeves Library. Cash and checks accepted.

    Friends of MRL Book Sale Price List

    Hardback Books $1.00
    Paperback Books .50 cents
    DVD $2.00
    Video/Books-On-Tape /CD .50 cents
    Puzzles/Games $1.00
    Magazines .10 cents

    The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library are a very special part of our Library. They are a non-profit association of people interested in promoting knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the Library. Friends provide time, talents, and funds for services and programs that enrich, educate and entertain the community. Membership is open to individuals, businesses or groups who wish to join in support of Morrisson-Reeves Library. If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, please call MRL at (765) 966-8291 or visit us at our website: www.mrlinfo.org/friends.

    IU East to Host Legislative Forum on January 25

    Posted January 17, 2019

    Indiana University East will host a Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, January 25, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

    The Legislative Forum is free and open to the public.

    During the Legislative Forum, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.

    Former Governing Board Chair Leads Reid Health Through 'Historic' Times

    Posted January 7, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Jon FordWhen Jon Ford joined the Reid Health Board of Directors 35 years ago, the institution was much smaller and the challenges in health care were not nearly as complex as they are today.

    Having recently stepped down from leading the board after 20 years as chairman, Ford said he's glad the health system has grown and remains financially sound -- despite unprecedented challenges. "When I joined the board, physicians were in private practices, there was no electronic medical record, paperwork demands were minimal and the business of health care was much easier to manage," he recalls.

    Today, many smaller hospitals have been forced to close in the United States, buckling to financial pressures of regulation and declining reimbursements for care. Hospitals and health systems must also compete nationally to attract and keep providers who seek employment rather than going into business for themselves – which was behind the 2008 launch and exceptionally rapid growth of Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA). "Hospitals must have physicians and today, they are not looking to run their own private practice. They are looking for the employment model -- and the competition is fierce. RHPA is an example of our administrators and board being proactive and competitive so we can be sure the communities we serve in the region have enough medical experts to care for them," Ford said.

    Ford has led the board through the health system's rapid growth, changes in federal reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, the planning and building of a $330M replacement hospital campus, and the launch of RHPA. He's seen the health system grow since the early 1980s to become the region's largest employer, with more than triple the number of employees at over 3200.

    "We have remained dedicated to our mission and ensuring the region has access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technology," Ford said. "And we've been able to make proactive changes and grow so the region we serve has a high quality health system."

    Ford has served on the board since 1983 and as chairman since 1998. Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said Ford's leadership through major projects cannot be overstated.

    "Jon Ford has led our organization's board through significant historic milestones, including the planning and building of our new campus and our phenomenal growth over the years," said Kinyon said. "And he's not done – he is willing and will continue to serve as a board member, which is a testament to his dedication and passion to continue serving his community as a part of Reid Health."

    Supplied Photo: Tom Hilkert and Jon Ford on a trip to Washington D.C.Tom Hilkert is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has served on the board since 2002. A native of Lucerne, Indiana, Hilkert was an officer of a major multi-national manufacturing corporation prior to coming to the Richmond area in 1995. He was part owner and one of three directors of Hirsh Industries, parent company of M.E.G. – where he served as President until he retired in December 2016.

    "Anyone who knows Jon Ford understands that I have 'very big shoes to fill.' I am grateful for this exciting and challenging opportunity to lead Reid Health's Board of Directors," Hilkert said. "Jon's long and remarkable dedication to Reid's mission, through his experienced and talented leadership, has truly enhanced the quality of healthcare in our region. While honoring Jon Ford's contributions, the board will ensure that Reid Health continues to provide high quality healthcare and wellness support that meets the broad needs of our community."

    Hilkert said the board "is committed to Reid Health's efforts to recruit and retain the best physicians and support staff, providing them top-notch facilities, while maintaining financial stability. We know that keeping people healthy is the best way to reduce healthcare costs. The board applauds and encourages Reid Health's efforts to improve communication with patients, doctors, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals and support staff in the system."

    He said Reid Health will soon be conducting an in-depth community health needs assessment to develop plans for better meeting our citizens' healthcare needs. We know that input from individuals and groups is vital to Reid's future. Building upon Jon Ford's legacy, that helped lead Reid Health through tremendous growth, the Board of Directors and I, with the support of nine strong sub-committees, are poised and eager to help continue to improve our regional communities' healthcare system, Reid Health."

    Hilkert has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA certificate from Northern Illinois University. In addition to the Reid Health board, he serves on the Richmond Baking Company Advisory Board, the local Purdue University Advisory Board, and is past chair of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, and an Elder in his church.

    Hilkert's wife, Chris, is also active in the community. She is a long-time member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County board. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

    Also joining the Reid Health Board of Directors in 2019 are Robin Henry, a Richmond businesswoman; and William Black, M.D., a physician with Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine.

    The Reid Health Board of Directors oversees operations of the health system and is made up of nearly 20 community members and business leaders.

    First Baby Waits Until Second Day of Year

    Posted January 3, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Baby Daxtyn ThornburgThe day after giving birth to the Reid Health New Year's Baby for 2019, Kylie Thornburg of Richmond said one thing is clear – she's going to need a home with two bathrooms.

    "I'm not sharing a bathroom with all these boys," she quipped as she held Daxtyn Cain Johnson, her fourth child and third son. Daxtyn was born at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, weighing in at just over five pounds and ten days from his due date. Daxtyn has three older brothers and a sister. Thornburg said she had no idea he would be the first baby of the year, assuming someone would have delivered on New Year's Day – but the first baby at Reid Health came on Jan. 1 only twice in the past six years.

    Though another mother was in labor and had arrived before she did, Daxtyn was born first after only a few hours of labor. "I had no idea," Thornburg said. "I can't believe he was first." Another mom delivered on New Year's Eve.

    Daxtyn is Thornburg's fourth and his dad, Phillip Johnson's, third child. Her daughter Jaelyn is eight, son Jordyn is six and Drake is two. Grayson, a half-brother, is three.

    "I'm just happy Daxtyn's here and he's healthy," Thornburg said. She came over to the Reid Health Family Birthing Center after a regular checkup at Reid OB/GYN found she was ready to deliver. "He came out with perfect complexion and perfect hair and perfect everything."

    Drug 'Take-Back' Kiosk Available at Reid Health Main Campus

    Posted January 2, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Green RecepticalNow, Reid Health has established a safe and easy way to dispose of them. A drug "take-back" kiosk is available on the main concourse of the hospital campus at 1100 Reid Parkway.

    "We wanted another, more convenient option for disposing of unwanted medications from both Reid Health staff and the general public," said Brad Hester, director of Reid Pharmacy.

    Jay Bhavsar, D.O., a second year resident in the Family Medicine Residency Program, was involved in establishing the kiosk. "Having a disposal kiosk helps protect not only ourselves, but our children our families and our loves ones – and the community as a whole," he said.

    The kiosk is available for dropping off unused or expired prescription medication, unused or expired over-the-counter medications and pet medications. It is not for disposal of sharps or syringes, which should be disposed of in specially designed sharps containers. On the Reid Health campus, they can be found in the area of "Triage 1" in the Emergency Department.

    Hester said the kiosk is "literally as easy as dropping a letter off at a post office mail receptacle." Before this service was made available, medication drop-offs were offered in a couple of other locations in the region and during drug take-back events once or twice a year with the help of the Richmond Police Department.

    Having a safe way to dispose of unused medicines removes them from the waste stream and can help prevent children from coming into contact with dangerous medications or the abuse of prescription drugs found in the home. Nationally, 62 percent of teens who admit taking medication for non-medical reasons say they get the drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes.

    The kiosk will be monitored by the Reid Health Pharmacy and is in a secure location under camera surveillance.

    Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

    Posted January 2, 2019

    Do you like to sing hymns? This month the Senior Adult Ministry invites you to join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 29, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We will have a hymn sing along with soup and sandwiches.

    New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. 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.

    Future meetings in 2019 include "Oh, What a Beautiful Baby," "Travel Tales," and a picnic at the Veteran's Park.

    For further information, call 765-962-4357.

    Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2019

    Posted January 2, 2019

    Newsletter: January 2019 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!

    Community Generates Over $1.6 Million in 2018 Challenge Match

    Posted December 20, 2018

    The Wayne County Foundation announced today detailed results of its 2018 Challenge Match. Fifty-four local organizations collectively raised $1.39 million from generous donors in a nine-day period this November. This amount, plus the Foundation match, represents over $1.63 million in total contributed benefit to the community.

    The Challenge Match was an opportunity for participating organizations to share up to $240,000 from the Foundation, based on qualifying gifts they received from the community in a designated match period. It was the seventh time that the program was offered.

    "Our community is incredibly generous," said Steve Borchers, executive director of the Foundation. "This was the largest Challenge Match to date in terms of the number of participating organizations and the number of dollars raised. Clearly, this remains an incredibly effective tool to help local not-for-profit organizations promote themselves in the community and raise critical operating dollars."

    All but two organizations met or exceeded their match goals. Any unmatched dollars were distributed as 'bonus bucks' to the organizations that over-achieved their match goals. "We especially want to thank our Match Partners," Borchers said. The Match Partners included the Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, Mr. Richard Jeffers, the Reinke Donor Advised Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Rosar, and the Wayne Bank and Trust Community Fund." Their contributions really led the way and enabled more organizations to participate."

    The participating organizations and the amounts they received from the community and the Foundation are as follows:

    Supplied Spreadsheet: 2018 Challenge Match Results

    "Many people have told us how much they appreciate the Foundation's role in promoting this kind of giving," Borchers said. "But we're the ones who need to be saying thanks. The participating organizations, our Match Partners, the media outlets that helped promote the program, and especially all of the donors who gave so generously are the ones who make the Challenge Match a success. They are the ones who make it all possible."

    The participating organizations and the amounts they received from the community and the Foundation are as follows:

    Reid Health to Provide Ambulance Service to Western Wayne County

    Posted December 20, 2018

    Reid Health's decision to provide EMS/ambulance services to the western Wayne County is just another example of Reid's historic, long-term support of emergency services in the region, hospital officials said this week.

    "Reid Health has a long track record of supporting our area EMS services in numerous ways, including giving medical direction at no cost, providing important equipment, medications and more," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at Reid Health. She said that Reid Health decided to submit a bid when Reid was made aware that after the first bid deadline of Oct. 31, no one had proposed to cover Cambridge City and Hagerstown areas. "We considered this a crisis, so we offered bids to be sure those areas did not go without 911 service," she said. At some point after Reid submitted bids, others chose to also submit them, she said.

    "We wanted to be sure everyone in the western Wayne County area had continuity of access to critically important emergency transportation," she said. "We look forward to working with other emergency transportation providers to ensure immediate access to our patients in this area."

    Emily Kraft, M.D., emergency physician, will serve as Medical Director for Reid Health EMS. "I look forward to working with Reid Health EMS in its new venture to serve the people of this community. I am excited to continue to build partnerships and provide new educational and training opportunities for the many first responders and EMS providers in the region."

    Reid Health supports regional EMS services in numerous ways, including:

    • Providing cardiac monitors valued at $36,000 each that are leased for $1 a year to use for emergency patients, with 23 currently deployed in our service area. The monitors detect abnormal heart rhythms, oxygen saturation and allow the user to monitor blood pressure and other heart functions. Reid Health also provides modems for the monitors to transmit real-time patient information to Reid Health Emergency Services, which allows early activation of treatment teams at the hospital to provide immediate treatment for patients having a heart attack upon arrival at Reid. <
    • Supplying to several Indiana and Ohio ambulance services the on-board medications needed for emergency runs. The approximate $34,000 annual cost is funded through Reid Health Community Benefit at no charge to the EMS companies.
    • Providing Medical Director services at no charge to area ambulance service providers. All ambulance services are required to be affiliated with a supervising hospital and have a Medical Director. And long before the decision to provide the western Wayne County service, Reid had begun expanding the EMS area off of its Emergency Department to provide crews a larger space to use when at the hospital. The area will be stocked with refreshments and provide a more comfortable space for the crews.
    • Ryan Williams, EMS Coordinator for Reid Health Emergency Services, said the ambulance service will also be an asset in helping ensure quick availability of emergency transportation in situations such as urgent transfers of patients or in situations in which multiple people are injured. "We anticipate joining other service providers in the area on the same mission – offering the best and fastest emergency care that we can when it is needed."

    The Reid Health service will launch Jan. 1 with three vehicles, with at least one of them stationed in the Cambridge City area.

    Al-Anon Meetings Scheduled for January

    Posted December 20, 2018

    Monday night Al-Anon meetings will resume on January 7, 2019, at the regular time and meeting place beginning at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. 10 th Street, Richmond, Indiana.

    Meetings in December were cancelled during the holidays.

    Al-Anon offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics. It is an anonymous fellowship and there are no dues or fees.

    New in 2019 will be workshops held at 6:30 pm at the church before regular meetings beginning Monday, January 14. The workshop uses the workbook "Paths to Recovery," which contains thought- provoking questions on each Al-Anon Step, Tradition, and Concept of Service.

    New members are always welcome. For further information, contact us at feelingsoffreedom@outlook.com or call 765-966-4151.

    Centerstone to provide free services to teens affected by recent school shooting

    Posted December 18, 2018

    From December 27, 2018 - January 31, 2019, Centerstone will be providing free services to children and teens that have been emotionally affected by the recent school shooting at Dennis Intermediate School.

    Services will include Teen Seeking Safety Group Sessions (ages 12-17), which assists teens in managing past and present trauma, and Art Therapy for Trauma Recovery Group Sessions (ages 6-17). These group sessions, which will be led by a trained clinician, will specifically address processing trauma triggers due to the school shooting crisis/tragedy.

    Centerstone will be running group sessions multiple times a week until January 31, which will allow them to serve over 300 children. To enroll, individuals are asked to please call Centerstone at 765.983.8000 where they will be directed to the children's department for more information and to register.

    State Accepting Nominations for Governor's Century, Half Century Business Awards

    Posted December 18, 2018

    INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 18, 2018) – The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor's Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community.

    Governor Eric J. Holcomb will recognize award winners and present a commemorative certificate during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in the spring. Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2019.

    Qualifying criteria is as follows:

    • The business must have had continuous operations in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years by Dec. 31, 2018.
    • The business must have participated in the same line of work for the duration of its operations. If different, an explanation of the evolution into the current business must be provided on the nomination form.
    • The business must have had its base in the state of Indiana since it was founded.
    • The business must recognize, acknowledge and agree that it is in full compliance with the Indiana Secretary of State, Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development by signing the application.
    • The business must not have previously received a Century or Half Century award from the state of Indiana. Previous Half Century award recipients may qualify for a Century award.
    Eligible companies are encouraged to complete the online application. Please visit the IEDC website for additional programmatic details.

    About IEDC

    The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana's economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

    Jan. 4 Bowling Event for Students, Others Affected by Dennis Shooting

    Posted January 2, 2019

    A partnership of Reid Health Community Benefit and Richmond 40 Bowl will provide another chance for those affected by the recent Dennis School shooting to take a break and have some fun at a special bowling event from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 4.

    Reid's Community Benefit is providing funds to help with food, expenses and sharing costs with bowling center management for a time of "unlimited bowling, food and fun." Reid Health team members worked with 40 Bowl to schedule the event and arrange sharing costs of shoe rentals, bowling and food for more than 600 participants.

    Reid Health team members are also working with others in the community to provide door prizes and gift bags for attendees.

    Reid Community Benefit has also been involved in other efforts, including when a group of Reid Health nurses organized an event held at Family Fitness Works Rec Plex just a few days after the shooting incident earlier in December. More than 300 attended that event.

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