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Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted August 19, 2020

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction, Inc. September 2020

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!

Three Entrepreneur Initiatives Named Award Finalists by UEDA

Posted September 9, 2020

Indiana University East has some big-time talent in its entrepreneur program.

How big? Two of its initiatives -- acronymed BOSS and CEOs -- have been named finalists in the Talent category of the 2020 University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards of Excellence.

And a program called In Your Business Television is a finalist in the Talent and Place category.

"They only take 15 nominees and we got three," boasts Johnny Fike, who is one of three founders of the Cash Equals Opportunities (CEOs) program that has taught financial literacy to hundreds of high school students around the area. "That's pretty big for our school here in Richmond, Indiana."

Even "bigger" when considering that the competition includes a pair of finalists from the University of Kentucky and one finalist apiece from universities such as Indiana University Bloomington, South Carolina and Virginia Tech -- all that have enrollments of more than 30,000 students.

IU East has about 3,500.

"We are very pleased with this recognition," says Denise S. Smith, dean of the IU East School of Business and Economics. "Our entrepreneurship programs are having an impact on Richmond and on the entire IU East service region."

The Business Opportunities for Self Starters (BOSS) program is a finalist for the third straight competition. It's the first recognition for the CEOs program and for In Your Business Television.

Finalists will present during the UEDA Digital Summit that is scheduled September 21-24 and winners will be announced September 30th. "I am excited about each of them," says Tim Scales, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education, and senior lecturer at IU East.

"We're on the big stage. This recognition is something truly special for IU East," Scales said.

The competition is special, too, he says: "Everybody brings their 'A' game."

The awards recognize "innovative programs across North America that focus on developing economic prosperity in their communities and beyond," according to the University Economic Development Association.

Scales originally developed BOSS as a two-year program -- and it's still growing and evolving after 13 years.

In Your Business Television features even more longevity: Scales has hosted the program for 16 years and recorded more than 400 episodes. "I never dreamed of having a show, much less running this long," he admits.

Supplied Photo: Tim Scales, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education and senior lecturer, interviews a guest on In Your Business Television. The show is a finalist for UEDA's Talent & Place category.
Tim Scales, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education and senior lecturer, interviews a guest on In Your Business Television. The show is a finalist for UEDA's Talent & Place category.

Each 30-minute program features an interview with a local business leader who offers a peek into their companies and how they have succeeded. "I really get to know them and their businesses," Scales said.

The shows are taped through Whitewater Community Television (WCTV), located on the IU East campus, with the help of Executive Director Eric Marsh, Ryan Harris, videographer/director, and other staff members.

The Talent and Place category exemplifies how putting the right people in the right environment will benefit the community and economy, according to the UEDA.

BOSS continues to take its upbeat message of entrepreneurship to new levels -- and new places -- by teaching more instructors and program leaders. For example, Scales helped seed a program at the Kelly School of Business at IUPUI and also led a summer camp at George Washington High School. He has even taken the program to give presentations in countries around the world.

"The BOSS program is a signature program at IU East and one of the significant ways that we can have an impact on local schools," Smith said.

Scales envisions a BOSS program in the near future where students will develop the complete program and even get paid for their efforts. He also envisions one with a much bigger online presence.

"Tim Scales has done amazing work with all of our entrepreneurship programs and has had a positive impact on our students," Smith says. "The nominations highlight the impressive contributions of IU East, Tim Scales, and our students in entrepreneurship."

The three current leaders of the Cash Equals Opportunities program were attracted to IU East by the entrepreneurship program -- and also by Red Wolves' athletics.

Supplied Photo:  (From left to right) João Vitor de Lima, Johnny Fike and Cole Fosbrink are finalists for UEDA's Talent category.
(From left to right) João Vitor de Lima, Johnny Fike and Cole Fosbrink are finalists for UEDA's Talent category.

They are: Fike of Bradford, Ohio, João Vitor de Lima of Curitiba, Brazil, and Cole Fosbrink of Seymour, Indiana.

Joe Griffin, director of athletics, said, "Johnny, João and Cole are shining examples of championship-caliber efforts our IU East student-athletes put forth in all competitions - both academic and athletic. We are very excited to see they are among such a select group of nominees for a national award. I'm very proud of our athletes being named as finalists. This is a great representation of some of the great student-athletes that we have on our teams and how they are succeeding in their academics."

Fosbrink and de Lima play together as defenders on the men's soccer team. "I am left back and he's right back," Fosbrink said. "We make each other better."

Fike runs for the cross country and track teams -- and is a double major with one academic area outside of business. The junior is a criminal justice major who aims to become a police chief someday.

He and de Lima co-founded the CEOs program -- along with 2019 alumna Paige Gray -- as part of Money Smart Day, an annual public-education personal-finance program started by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It became quickly obvious that the IU East program would work well on a long-term basis.

The trio gave a presentation to 150 students on the IU East campus in spring 2019. "That was pretty cool," says de Lima, who is a junior with a major in business administration. "It's great for the students and it's awesome to work and learn with them."

Fosbrink, a junior finance major, stepped in to replace Gray last year and already has brought new ideas that are used with CEOs.

The students are excited to be finalists.The Talent category focuses on programs that teach people how to thrive in the 21st century Knowledge Economy. This includes life-long learning, experiential education and discovery-based learning programs, active alignment of curricula to industry needs, and more.

"I didn't know what to think at first. We were all eager and waiting. We are super happy," Fosbrink said. "All the late nights, the traveling and presenting were worth it. We hope to continue doing this and go to a lot more places."

De Lima agrees. "It was a good experience and something I didn't expect. It's an honor enough to be nominated. It would be even a greater honor to win," he said.

And Fike: "We didn't know where we were, where we'd place. We were ecstatic, couldn't believe it."

Scales and the students plan to present for the awards show online, but de Lima will probably have to do so from Brazil. He's unable to fly back to the United States this semester because of a travel ban in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The students all laud the close-knit atmosphere at IU East. "Every person I met at first treated me like we'd known each other for years," Fike said. "We are one big family there. That's what is so awesome about IU East."

And de Lima: "The great thing about IU East is making close contacts. You can have relationships with instructors, which allows you to better develop yourself during your academic career. It's a great experience."

Fosbrink admits he didn't know anything about IU East until getting a text from the Red Wolves soccer coach late in his senior year of high school.

He was intrigued, but still planning to attend a college nearer his home, until a chance meeting with Scales during his recruiting visit. "He's the one that made me feel like this is the place I wanted to go," Fosbrink said. "I am loving it here."

The three students each lead a section of the CEOs demonstration that they present to high school students.

"I talk about savings accounts," Fosbrink said. "Joao talks about checking accounts and Johnny talks about the CEO Method of saving."

That method is the centerpiece of the program. Its main concept is that consumers should save double the amount of money they need to buy consumer goods such as bikes, computer games, headphones or musical equipment.

"If you want to buy something for $50, you have to make $100. That's the message we created to start the implementation of the saving mentality on those high school students," de Lima explains.

Scales explains further. "You will get things you want, but still always have money saved. Otherwise, you aren't saving; you are just spending," he said.

The trio often trade ideas about improving the program while they drive around the area to give their presentations. They also meet with Scales to brainstorm new ideas.

"He leaves it to us. He sits there and listens to us three," Fosbrink said. "Sometimes he'll jump in and guide us when necessary."

Fosbrink promises the program will grow.

"We are just getting started. There is more to come. We'll come up with more ideas and get a lot bigger," Fosbrink said.

IU East's Adulting 101 Goes Virtual, First Event Is September 16

Posted September 9, 2020

This fall's version of Adulting 101 can't be in person because of the pandemic.

So, free food is out — and free online nourishment is in.

The series still will offer a bounty of intellectual servings starting September 16 on Zoom. The popular video and Web conferencing platform is increasingly being used for classes, conferences and business meetings.

Adulting 101 is sponsored by First Bank Richmond.

"It's life-enriching classes, done virtually," explains Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations at Indiana University East.

The four-session series will explore common themes during uncommon times, where staying healthy and staying home have become the new normal.

In fact, Adulting 101 starts with a presentation that is titled Surviving 2020: How to Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy.

"We thought that was very appropriate for now," Wiesehan says, "I want the audience to gain knowledge that is relevant in their lives … that intersects with their lives during the pandemic."

Stephanie Andel, an assistant professor of psychology at IUPUI, will be the featured speaker and will take part in a question-and-answer session after the initial program.

The fall series is a collaboration of the IU Alumni Association East Region and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.

The other monthly presentations will address topics such as spending, networking and balancing work and life.

Each program was selected with the right timing in mind, Wiesehan says. For example, the second one – on October 21 – is geared toward the upcoming holiday spending season: It's titled Big Spender: Building Credit and Making Big Purchases.

The rest of the schedule is:

  • November 18: Networking, Mingling and Small Talk…OH MY!
  • December 16: Free Time? What's That?: Tips and Tricks for Balancing Work and Life.

Each session will be held virtually via Zoom. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email that contains the link to the session. To register, visit Eventbrite.

"We know how crazy this time is," Wiesehan says, noting that many more alumni, students and their families are doing work from their homes in efforts to stave off COVID-19. "We are learning to work with distractions, multitasking in different ways. Life balance is even more crucial."

The names of other guest speakers and registration details will be announced soon.

Roxie Deer will help promote the programs and will represent the chamber and its HYPE initiative (Helping Young Professionals Engage). She is director of Programs and Events for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.

HYPE is aimed at helping those ages 21 to 40 to engage in the community by offering social and professional development opportunities, according to the chamber's website.

"HYPE does a lot of great work to support our young professionals," Wiesehan says. "That includes so many of our young alumni and this another way to connect with their alma mater." However, Wiesehan was quick to mention that the program is open to anyone as a community outreach.

Adulting 101 was first launched in the fall of 2018 by Oi Lin Cheung, associate professor of finance and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research for the School of Business and Economics. Cheung secured a Sustaining Talent-Engaging Partners (STEP) grant through the "Building a Bright Future" project and partnered with the Office of External Affairs to organize monthly events to help young professionals build a bright financial future.

An Evening of Broadway

Posted September 22, 2020

Flyer: An Evening of Broadway

Andrew Triana presents An Evening of Broadway, a special FREE event. All donations will benefit RCT.

This show will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 North Sixth Street, Richmond, IN. (Rain date: Sunday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.)

Don't miss the showstopping selections from award-winning Broadway musicals!

For more information, visit https://www.gorct.org.

Reid Health Swears in More Police Officers

Posted September 3, 2020

The Reid Health Police Department marked another milestone this week with the swearing in of four more officers who are headed to the Indiana Police Academy in October.

Randy Kolentus, Department Chief, said this weeks' ceremony brings the total to five additional officers to be sworn-in since the first ceremony in February when the department was launched. And the newest officers are the first of existing staff who have not served as officers in previous jobs. "This is exciting for our growth," Kolentus said. The four this week - Brian Bolin, Mike Hurst, Ryan Gerber and Brian Jackson - are now official officers as they prepare to go for eight weeks of Academy training.

Supplied Photo: From left: Sgt. Brian Jackson, Officer Mike Hurst, Officer Ryan Gerber and Sgt. Brian Bolin.
From left: Sgt. Brian Jackson, Officer Mike Hurst, Officer Ryan Gerber and Sgt. Brian Bolin.

They join the original four sworn-in officers that included Kolentus, Assistant Chief Jeff Cappa, Captain Dennis Perkins and Steve Smith; and Jeff Glover was sworn-in in early March.

The health system joined others in the state to transform its department and security team to a police department as a way to enhance the security and safety of Reid Health patients, visitors, staff and the community members who use Reid services.

The change reflects the growth of Reid Health and the accompanying increase in the need for police assistance, Kolentus said. When the move to establish the department was announced in early 2020, he noted that the Richmond Police Department responded to Reid calls almost 900 times in 2019.

Becoming a police force means increased training and certifications for the 23-member security team in Richmond and Connersville. It also provides officers arrest authority, allows them to deal more effectively with an increasing number of potentially violent incidents, and creates what will ultimately be the third largest police force in the county, behind the Richmond Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

Kolentus noted violence against physicians and other care providers has increased in recent years, including some where employees were injured while providing patient care. With police officers on site, the health system has more flexibility in dealing with issues including the option to arrest.

The former Security Department has grown from nine officers in 2016 to more than twice that today, also a reflection of the Reid Health system's growth geographically and in number of team members to about 3,400. Kolentus noted that the main campus in Richmond typically has more people at any given time than some of the area's small towns.

"We are taking all the steps necessary to protect our patients, their families and our team members," he said.

Jennifer Ehlers, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said the growing force reflects Reid Health's commitment to patient and staff safety in all aspects. "This change was the right move at the right time. We can never let up on our efforts to make and keep all our facilities as safe as possible for the thousands of people we serve each day."

A Second Round of Small Businesses Get Relief

Posted September 3, 2020

In June, Center City Development Corporation in partnership with the City of Richmond, announced that eight Main Street District businesses had received relief from the first round of grants awarded through funds made possible by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). This grant program offered by OCRA was developed to help retain jobs by providing operational capital and support for remote work.

OCRA was able to provide this opportunity by redirecting their Community Development Block Grant funds to assist with COVID-19. This redirect of funds was in response to Governor Holcomb's Executive Order 20-05, which called for additional actions to protect and support Hoosiers across the state.

Center City Development Corporation in partnership with the City of Richmond is pleased to announce that they have continued their efforts to support local businesses through this pandemic with fourteen additional Main Street District businesses being awarded grants through this initiative. This second round of grant awards totaled $126,500. Of those businesses, 85% were microenterprises who recently had been ineligible for most programs. This round of grants also showed strong support for minority, women and veteran-owned businesses with over 90% of the recipients falling into one of these categories.

"This round of grant recipients included several businesses who had been ineligible for many of the programs offered for relief from the impact of COVID-19. Many of these businesses were reaching the point of exhausted reserve and their most uncertainty through this pandemic. It was an honor to be able to help these businesses finally receive the gift of hope that they all so greatly deserve. It is the goal of Center City Development Corporation to ensure that local businesses always know that they have someone they can count on to help them through all facets of their business journey." said Beth Newton, Executive Director of Center City Development Corporation.

Center City Development Corporation strives to enrich Richmond's downtown by coordinating and collaborating with city government, property owners, and business owners to create economic prosperity, community development and a vibrant center city. This effort continues even during these unprecedented times. For details on programs or opportunities through Center City Development Corporation, visit: richmondinnovates.com

The City of Richmond, Center City Development Corporation, and the entire community want to continue to extend our deep gratitude to Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and OCRA for this funding opportunity to support Richmond's recovery.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Postpones Smart Futures Dinner Honoring Jack Warfield Until 2021

Posted September 2, 2020

After careful deliberation, our Smart Futures Committee made the decision to postpone our October 8th Smart Futures Dinner until 2021. We made this decision based upon safety concerns during this time of COVID-19. The Smart Futures Dinner is the premier event for the Club and has been honoring individuals since 2003 who through hard work and dedication, can create a positive future for themselves. Smart Futures Co-Chairs Kelly VanVleet and Jera Schwer said, "Our Committee worked hard all year long to put together a first class event and while we tried to work within all the social distancing guidelines and safety protocols, we feel that it is better to cancel the 2020 event and postpone honoring Mr. Warfield until 2021."

The Club was honoring Jack Warfield, a Richmond native and 42-year veteran of the golf industry, who worked as a PGA TOUR executive for 21 years, the last eight as PGA TOUR Latinoamérica President, who retired at the end of 2019.

Warfield stated "I was really looking forward to getting back to Richmond but applauded the wise decision of the Club. I look forward to next year's event and hope that the community realizes that the Club continues to provide programs and services daily and needs the community support." Warfield will be honored at the event planned for the fall of 2021.

Tim Frame, Regional President at 3-Rivers Federal Credit Union who had generously agreed to be the Title Sponsor of the dinner and stated, "We were very excited to be the Title Sponsor of the Smart Futures Dinner but think during these unprecedented and unsure times that the Boys & Girls Clubs continues to do whatever it takes for the safety of our community and kids. 3-Rivers believes in the life-changing and ongoing programs at the Boys & Girls Club and support the needs of the youth in our community and we look forward to our continued support of their efforts."

The "Doing Whatever It Takes: The Campaign for Kids" will kick-off during the month of October and help to raise funds to replace lost income from the Smart Futures Dinner, other special events and annual campaign income that has been lost during the year due to COVID-19 related cancelations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County continue to serve youth on a daily basis and provide programing for kids during the after school hours at 4 locations throughout Wayne County. Visit our Facebook page @bgcrichmond or our website www.bgcrichmond.org for more information.

Lt. Gov. Crouch, OCRA Award Taking Care of Main Street Grants

Posted September 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2020) – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced 40 Indiana Main Street programs will receive $200,000 through Taking Care of Main Street. This is a new program providing operational support for Indiana Main Street organizations impacted by COVID-19.

"Main Street organizations are a lifeline for small businesses who are doing their best to survive the effects of this pandemic," said Lt. Gov. Crouch. "Ensuring small businesses are able to survive requires a comprehensive approach. This funding can help bridge the gap."

The goal of this program is to support Indiana Main Street organizations that provide leadership and services to the businesses and members, using the Main Street Approach, with special attention to organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

"As we saw from these applications, most Main Street organizations are dealing with loss of funding from a variety of reasons related to COVID-19," said Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of OCRA. "Since their leadership and guidance is a valuable tool for economic recovery, OCRA is grateful to provide this state assistance."

Eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative fees, space/equipment rental or staff development and training. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/3016.htm.

Below is a summary of how each Main Street organization plans to use the $5,000 funding:

  • Attica Main Street will use the funding to help with annual expenses to include board insurance, promotional materials, billboards, table toppers, Facebook advertising and website maintenance.
  • Auburn Main Street will use the funding for downtown business promotion, operational expenses and helping search for a new Executive Director.
  • Cambridge City Main Street plans to use the funding for ongoing efforts to support local businesses through promotions, town events and business owner engagement.
  • Columbia City Connect will use the funding to cover salary expenses.
  • Crawfordsville Main Street Program, Inc. plans to use the funding for program manager and board training for long-range business adaptations to include innovative small business online promotion and visitor attraction, computer software upgrades and website improvements.
  • Decatur Main Street will cover payroll and utilities expenses with the funding.
  • Destination Huntingburg will use the funding to continue the 2020 work plans, as well as aid in 2021's planned projects.
  • Develop New Albany plans to employ a part-time Program Coordinator.
  • Discover Downtown Franklin will use the funding to fund the five-year strategic plan and associated planner. Implementing a new strategic plan was a primary goal listed in Franklin's 2020 work plan.
  • Downtown Angola Coalition plans to promote downtown businesses virtually through interviews and profiles as part of mini-documentaries. This funding will also help establish an outdoor downtown history museum where small plaques will be displayed with historical and human-interest stories.
  • Downtown Bloomington Inc. plans to use the funding for the organization's main street insurance, membership software, communication software expenses, general office and media designer expenses.
  • Downtown Evansville EID will use the funding to allow the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District to move forward with an alley lighting and planting project. This alley connects a parking area to Main Street and will add to the downtown experience.
  • Downtown Goshen, Inc. will use the funding to support and promote downtown businesses and help administer a Facade Incentive Program for Central Business District buildings.
  • Downtown Terre Haute will use the funding for salaries of the Office and Program Coordinator, as well as provide promotional help to local businesses who have been most impacted by COVID-19.
  • Experience the Heart of Kendallville plans to hire a professional consultant with Gibbs Planning Group to help the Main Street build organizational capacity through a thorough analysis of previous downtown planning efforts and conditions. As part of this service, Gibbs Planning will provide workshops for downtown merchants, including topics such as visual merchandising.
  • Frankfort Main Street, Inc. will use the funding to cover salaries and business training.
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce plans to develop a series of SMART workshops during Downtown Development Week, to help business owners recover from the pandemic. Additionally, they will develop and promote a Christmas scavenger hunt and Shop Small Saturday to help drive sales.
  • Greenfield Main Street Inc. plans to fund a portion of the new Executive Director's salary and to update the downtown office space.
  • Heart of Rushville will use the funding to help with support from events that had to be cancelled. It will also be used to provide PPE, downtown lighting, and to purchase a blue tooth sound system, which will be used for special downtown events.
  • Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc. will use the funding to promote the downtown businesses and help supplement organizational operating expenses.
  • Kirklin Main Street, Inc. plans to use the funds to support downtown murals and other quality of place initiatives.
  • Logan's Landing Association, Inc. plans to use the funding to assist with ongoing operating costs including payroll, taxes, insurance, telephone and utility bills, office supplies and postage.
  • Madison Main Street Program plans to update the Madison Main Street web page with a new space for business materials, event and workshop plans and registrations, grant information and applications, real estate listings, sponsor and donor recognition, interactive maps for business locations and inventory, community press releases and staff and business training.
  • Main Street Brookville Inc. will use the funding to coordinate programming and provide technical assistance to help transition to an online platform by helping build a business's website integrated with merchant services. In addition, grant funds will be used to help sustain operational costs.
  • Main Street Corydon will use the funding for salaries, PPE costs, office supplies, printing, social media marketing, activities, equipment rental, administrative fees and staff development.
  • Main Street Greensburg will use the funding to fund the salary of a new part-time assistant.
  • Main Street Richmond-Wayne County, Inc. plans to use the funding for operational expenses.
  • Main Street Shelbyville will use their funding to bridge a gap left by the loss of sponsorships, memberships and event income. The funding will help with continued promotion and facilitation of programming such as COVID-19 survival webinar with ISBDC, the Downtown Highlights series, and for the administration of the downtown grant programs.
  • Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, Inc. plans to launch a marketing message in the fall and will use the funds for the development of the campaign, hard costs for media buys and collateral costs. The campaign is focused on getting residents and visitors to return to the downtown.
  • New Castle Main Street, Inc. will use the funding to support operating expenses like marketing, administrative materials, postage, website maintenance, etc.
  • Noblesville Main Street will use their funding to support increased expenses for the farmers market. The market is their main event, with the largest profit margin, and funds the Event Manager position for the following year.
  • Manchester Alive plans to purchase equipment to help create interviews, videos and photos for social media and websites; to execute a downtown celebration and help supplement office support salaries.
  • Rediscover Downtown Peru, Inc. will use the funding to expand the downtown façade Improvement Program and be able to continue marketing and advertising efforts.
  • Seymour Main Street Program will use the funding towards the Executive Director's salary.
  • Streets of Monticello Association plan to use the funding for operational expense that include insurance, website maintenance, P.O box rental, staff training and purchase PPE for a variety of upcoming events.
  • The Heart of Lebanon will use the funding towards the Executive Director's salary.
  • Uptown Project Inc. plans to continue to enhance downtown Francesville, support local business and create a mural.
  • Vevay Main Street will fund the director's salary.
  • Wabash Marketplace Inc. will use the funding towards part-time employee's salaries.
  • Warsaw Community Development Corporation will use the funds to create a downtown mural and other quality of place initiatives.

Happy Birthday Wayne County Historical Museum

Posted August 31, 2020

Supplied Photo Graphic: Multiple photos from the Wayne County Historical Museum

YOUR Wayne County Historical Museum would like to announce our 90th Anniversary Celebration "Happy Birthday Wayne County Historical Museum"

Background: YOUR Wayne County Historical Museum has been in its current building since 1930, 90 years ago. Julia Meek Gaar wanted to bring world history to the children of Wayne County and loved traveling the world. Julia's collection had gotten too big for the space that she had at Richmond Art Museum, and found an old Hicksite Quaker Meeting house, which still houses our museum today.

Join YOUR Wayne County Historical Museum in this virtual event with our panel of expert speakers.

  • Sue King will have a talk about the Pre-history of the Wayne County Historical Museum including the creation of the local historical society.
  • Tom Hamm will talk about Quakers and having the museum in an old meeting house.
  • Gunty Atkins and John Shipley will talk about Wayne County Industry.
  • Finally, Karen Shank-Chapman will give a talk about our founder Julia Meek Gaar.

These 90 years would not have been possible without all the hard work throughout the community for all these years. Thank you all for continuing Julia's Legacy. We would love to hear from all of you in the community for our video compilation celebrating OUR Birthday! Send us a video explain why you love YOUR Wayne County Historical Museum, what your favorite artifact/ exhibit is or just wishing us a happy birthday day!

You can sign up for free on Eventbrite, there is a suggested $10 but feel free to give more! Join YOUR WCHM after the talk on Facebook live with Emcee Ginger Martin who will be leading our silent auction with donations from business around Indiana.

LifeStream and Gleaners Food Bank Partner to Reach Homebound Senior Citizens

Posted August 31, 2020

New program to help nutritional needs of isolated seniors.

LifeStream Services, Gateway Hunger Relief Center and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana are partnering to increase the availability of fresh produce, groceries and pantry items to homebound seniors. The new program will begin by serving senior citizens in Centerville who receive home-delivered meals through LifeStream Services.

The Gleaners, Gateway Hunger Relief Center and LifeStream partnership will provide supplemental fresh food and pantry items to homebound seniors two times per month. Volunteer meal delivery drivers will act as proxy shoppers and will deliver additional food supplies to seniors who might otherwise not have access to fresh foods.

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that those we serve are at higher risk for the virus," said John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners. "Senior citizens in particular, have been strongly advised to stay home as much as possible. We also know that good nutrition improves health and builds immunity. This partnership with LifeStream is precisely the kind of collaborative program that will make a true impact on reducing the meal gap."

The COVID pandemic has highlighted the need to partner with other community organizations to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities," said Jenny Hamilton, President/CEO of LifeStream. "LifeStream has a long history of partnering with community organizations and has been able to expand those partnerships and build new ones to help meet the new challenges the pandemic brings. We appreciate Gleaners and their willingness to collaborate to help meet the needs of this population."

Nutrition is vital to maintaining a healthy quality of life. LifeStream is committed to partnering with organizations and enhancing the nutrition program to meet the dire need of nutrition among seniors. Gleaners and LifeStream hope to expand its partnership in additional locations to serve seniors within the next few months. For more information on LifeStream's nutrition program please visit lifestreaminc.org or call 800-589-1121.

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.

Wayne County Civil War History Scavenger Hunt

Posted August 26, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County Civil War Scavenger Hunt

Getting antsy to get out during this lovely weather?  Wayne County libraries have a fun outdoor activity that will challenge your brain and scratch that itch to get out and enjoy the countryside.

Stop by any Wayne County Library and pick up a free Civil War History Scavenger Hunt Bingo Board with 16 historic landmarks to discover. Also receive a complimentary book "Honor Eternal: Wayne County Men in the Civil War," written by MRL Reference Librarian Steve Martin and local history enthusiasts Duane and Angie Reed.

The free book and activity offer an opportunity for those in Wayne County to get out and independently explore local history even during the pandemic. Thanks to a grant from Wayne County Foundation, the county's residents may pick up a free copy of a local Civil War history book and an optional scavenger hunt in the style of a bingo board. Participants get to keep the book and materials all at no charge.

History enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by any Wayne County library during business hours to pick up a book and scavenger hunt printout. The Scavenger Hunt is self-paced. Those who don't yet feel comfortable entering libraries may benefit from curbside pickup of the books. They may be picked up through each library's curbside service after making prior arrangements.

The scavenger hunt features 16 sites in Richmond, Cambridge City, Centerville, East Germantown and Fountain City that have a connection to the Civil War, such as murals, historical markers along roads and in cemeteries, museums, churches and private homes to drive by and admire from a distance. The back side of the bingo sheet features a few details gathered by Martin about several sites featured on the scavenger hunt. The project is an effort by Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library and Cambridge City Main Street to spotlight the county's Civil War history and encourage exploration of sites and communities that participants might not have previously visited.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of "Honor Eternal: Wayne County Men in the Civil War." The 172-page book describes local soldiers'; experiences in battle from diaries and newspapers and includes detailed histories of local regiments. It also features many photographs and a directory listing each local soldier, likely the last time that many of their names will be in print. Wayne County sacrificed in many ways to support the war effort. Six regiments trained locally, and about 4,425 soldiers from Wayne County joined when there were only 29,558 residents in the county.

Steve Martin said a third to half of the county's adult males left to fight in the Civil War, and about 11 percent did not return alive.

CURRENT LIBRARY HOURS

Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond, is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, with calls answered starting at 9:30 a.m. at (765) 966-8291.

Cambridge City Public Library, 600 W. Main St., is open 2-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A reserved hour is available from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for seniors and those with health risks or who are immunocompromised. Curbside pickup is available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Call (765) 478-3335.

Centerville-Center Township Public Library is open from 2-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fridays. From 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, a dedicated hour is offered for seniors and for those with health risks. Call. (765) 855-5223

Hagerstown Jefferson Township Library, 10 W. College St., is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. (765) 489-5632

Dublin Public Library Call (765) 478-6206. Can be reached via a message through its Facebook page or at dublinlibrary@yahoo.com.

Vigilance in Following Prevention Guidelines Can Keep Kids Safe at School

Posted August 26, 2020

For parents and children, the start of the 2020 school year comes filled with extra concern and anxiety because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If parents and their children continue to be vigilant in all the prevention steps - hand washing, masking and social distancing - Thomas Huth, M.D., says children in elementary and high school should be able to remain healthy and safe while the pandemic likely continues into the fall.

Dr. Huth, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Reid Health, has tracked COVID-19 data since the pandemic began. He also leads a meeting twice a week with all regional health department officials where the data is reviewed and participants can share details about what's going on in their communities and in their schools.

"The COVID-19 risk seems to be low for healthy people under 40, including children - but of course there are exceptions. Generally it's around the same percentage as seasonal influenza," he said. Though since the outbreak hit the area, only one teen has been hospitalized at Reid Health -- and the teen improved quickly -- Dr. Huth notes an increased risk for some ethnic groups that still make following the guidelines imperative for everyone.

He says the information he monitors daily from national and international organizations indicates increased risk for Latino and African-American children, children with lung conditions, obesity or a history of premature birth.

The efforts to prevent the spread seem more challenging at the college level, he says. "What I hear from health departments is that the plans for protection on college campuses are good. The problem is a sometimes lack of discipline of some students outside of the classroom, particularly off campus at bars and parties."

Dr. Huth encourages parents to set the example for their children and teens by using masks properly, washing their hands frequently and practicing distancing - even in family gatherings. Some clusters of outbreaks in the region have followed family gatherings where the safety guidelines were not followed, he notes.

Younger children are also now believed to be less likely to be asymptomatic spreaders - people who show no symptoms but are still contagious to at-risk adults. "Generally, the younger the child, the less likely. After age 10 though, it increases to the same likelihood of high schoolers and college age kids, who probably transmit it as readily as adults. But in no age group can we say there is not risk of transmission, so at all ages preventative measures must be taken."

The measures are especially important for Latino and African-American children, who seem to be at somewhat higher risk - especially those with other chronic conditions. "Though the risk is still relatively low, parents and children of all backgrounds must not let up with safety measures until COVID-19 is no longer a threat."

Dr. Huth said regional school systems are all taking many steps to keep kids safe and working with their local health departments on any needs to isolate and quarantine when an infection is found.

"If everyone continues to follow the guidelines carefully, we believe this will help us avoid an upswing in COVID-19 cases."

More information: https://www.reidhealth.org/safe

Natco Credit Union Forgives $18,737 in Interest on Member Loans

Posted August 20, 2020

Through their Deferred Payment Relief for Service Industry Workers initiative, Natco Credit Union was able to forgive $18,737 on 50 loans held by members who were hardest hit by the pandemic due to loss of income.

Natco received a $10,000 grant from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to assist members who suffered a financial impact from a loss of employment due to COVID-19. The credit union forgave an additional $8,737 in an effort to help more members.

Below is an example of a member who was helped by the Deferred Payment Relief for Service Industry Workers initiative.

This member was laid off in March when his employer closed due to COVID. A 90-day payment deferral on his credit union loans was immediately granted. Not long after losing his income, he contracted COVID-19 and came very close to losing his battle with the virus. He was placed on a ventilator, then suffered a stroke, and lapsed into a coma.

After a lengthy stay in the hospital, he recovered enough to be released but was unable to care for himself. He temporarily moved in with a relative, where he received visiting nursing services and was required to wear a heart monitor. Almost four months later, he still had lingering symptoms that may never go away. He was eventually able to return to work with the added burden of a mountain of medical bills.

During his time off, interest accumulated on two credit union loans in the amount of $1,691.56. Through this initiative, Natco was able to forgive the entire amount of accumulated interest. The member was moved to tears and said that no one had ever done something that nice for him in his entire life.

Natco's mission statement is 'Helping people live better lives.' This initiative has helped numerous members in a challenging time and is an example of how Natco lives up to their mission.

Natco Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union with three offices – two located in Richmond (582 S. Round Barn Road and 4 Glen Miller Parkway) and one located in Connersville (240 E. 30th Street) and the Natco Community Empowerment Center located in Richmond (1627 E. Main Street).

Parkinson's Programs Aim to Improve Issues with Speech

Posted August 19, 2020

Two new therapy programs at Reid Rehabilitation Services are designed to help Parkinson's patients improve one of the effects of the disease - a weakened voice.

"These two related programs help patients increase their overall vocal quality and intensity, and they can maintain this improvement for years after completing the program," said Kari Parks, Speech Therapist who helped get the program launched.

Through the process of investigating options to replace a previous program, she discovered a grant application for the Parkinson's Voice Project, which combines education and individual speech therapy with SPEAK OUT!® and group therapy called The LOUD Crowd®.

SPEAK OUT! consists of 12 individual sessions with a speech therapist to learn training and exercises, with a weekly group session, The LOUD Crowd, for support and maintenance.

"There is a clear need," she said, noting that Reid Health already provides other services such as Rock Steady Boxing - Reid Health to up to 100 Parkinson's patients. The program also helps connect patients with others who are dealing with similar challenges.

The SPEAK OUT! individual sessions are billed through insurance programs and the group session is free, she said. SPEAK OUT! requires physician referral.

For more information on the programs, contact Reid Rehab Services at (765) 983-3092 or visit Parkinson's Voice Project.

Zoom Meeting Scheduled for Indiana's Rapid Recovery Initiative

Posted August 19, 2020

About:

Logo: IN Rapid RecoveryIndiana's Rapid Recovery Initiative is helping individuals, communities, and businesses get back to work. Join Forward Wayne County for a Zoom meeting to discuss Next Level Jobs. This Zoom meeting will focus on Employer Training Grants and Work Ready Grants for workers looking to skill up or change careers! In addition, we will touch on some of the expanded and developed resources created by the State of Indiana through this initiative.

Who should attend?

Employers, community partners, faith-based partners and other groups helping people get training and get back to work are invited to attend.

What you will walk away with:

  • Understanding of Rapid Recovery and Next Level Jobs
  • Action steps for organizations to help connect individuals to services and employers to training grants

Details:

August 19th @9am with a repeat session on August 20th @9am. Please select a date that works best for you. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link. Space is limited. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rapid-recovery-next-level-jobs-zoom-tickets-116770420471

Know someone who may benefit from this opportunity? Help us spread the word! Share this invitation.

This Zoom event is supported by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wayne County Foundation, Ivy Tech Community College, and Forward Wayne County's Employability Coalition. Please contact Acacia St. John with any questions, phone 765.259.3327.

Notice of Public Meeting - Proposed Bridge Replacement

Posted August 13, 2020

DES. #: 1702941

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public information meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the 4th Floor Blues Club, 923 North E Street, Richmond, IN 47374. The presentation will also be broadcast on Zoom; to register in advance, please go to https://richmondindiana-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HReZdD89QIeRANRXI1jFeA [richmondindiana-gov.zoom.us]. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom presentation.

The purpose of the public meeting is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on preliminary plans for the proposed bridge replacement project on US 27 over Norfolk Southern Railroad (NSRR) and local streets in the City of Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana. US 27 serves as a main north-south route for the downtown Richmond area. The existing bridge is approximately 0.3 mile north of westbound US 40. In addition to crossing NSRR, the US 27 bridge crosses five local streets. Of those five, North E Street and Fort Wayne Avenue are both major collectors; two are local roads, Elm Place and North F Street; and the fifth is an alley completely covered by the existing bridge that connects Elm Place and North E Street.

The needs for this project are due to the deteriorated condition of the current structure, INDOT Structure No. 027-89-02136 B, and pedestrian facilities on the bridge that do not meet current standards. The existing 17-span noncontinuous bridge layout places unprotected piers in the middle of busy streets, and there are areas of collision damage. The pedestrian facilities on the bridge are substandard and do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Additionally, there are existing concrete staircases on all four quadrants of the bridge that are substandard and deteriorating.

The proposed project would replace the existing structure with an 8-span bridge on the same alignment, with minimal anticipated grade change. The segment of North F Street located at the north bridge abutment would be permanently closed to traffic and filled. The existing sidewalks on the bridge would be replaced with an ADA-compliant pedestrian facility on the west side of the bridge. The eastern sidewalk and staircases would be removed, while the western staircase would remain. Guardrail would be replaced as-needed. Less than 0.5 acre of right-of-way acquisition is anticipated. During construction, US 27 would be closed to traffic and a detour would be provided. Construction is planned for 2023 and work would occur year-round.

This public open house will follow Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidance, health and safety protocols including project team members wearing face masks and/or coverings, providing hand sanitizer, and access to hand washing facilities, and implementing social distancing, including monitoring the number of attendees participating to comply with local regulations. Public information meeting attendees are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Attendees who do not have a mask will be provided one, and hand sanitation stations will be available. Due to the pandemic, in-person meeting time and location is subject to change.

With advance notice, the Project Team can provide special accommodation for persons with disabilities and/or limited English speaking ability and persons needing auxiliary aids or services such as interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Should special accommodation be needed please contact Alex Lee, Parsons at (317) 616-1011, or email alexander.lee@parsons.com or contact me at (317) 467-3986 or e-mail nriggs@indot.in.gov.

Nathan Riggs
Project Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation

The Show Must Go On!

Posted August 19, 2020

Virtual Concert Experience for MRL's Annual Musically Spectacular Event!

Supplied Flyer:  The Chanticleer Quartet at MRL

Chanticleer String Quartet
with guest artist William F. McDaniel
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Live concert will be performed virtually from the Chanticleer Farm. Visit MRLinfo.org/virtual for further details for viewing.

A summer music tradition continues as the Chanticleer String Quartet gathers virtually for its 44th Summer Music Festival. Even a Pandemic can't the Chanticleer String Quartet away from performing their annual concert for Morrisson-Reeves Library.

The world-renowned group will present their Annual Musically Spectacular Event with a slight twist. It will be broadcast online and can be viewed on any digital device from the comfort of your living room. The live concert broadcast will be offered online on August 28th at 2:00 p.m. Tune in at MRLinfo.org/virtual for further details on how to watch the concert. The concert will be made available as a gift to the community through the library's website.

The string quartet features violinist and founder Caroline Klemperer-Green, violinist Stefan Xhori; violist Jennifer Smith; and cellist Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza. Special guest pianist, William F. McDaniel will be joining the group for several musical arrangements.

About the Performers

Klemperer-Green plays violin in the group that also includes Stefan Xhori on violin, Jennifer Smith on viola and Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza on cello.

Smith joined the quartet in 1991. She has played with Montana's Great Falls Symphony and Cascade Quartet and is adjunct faculty at the University of Great Falls. Smith also teaches at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana.

Gottling Mendoza has played with Chanticleer String Quartet since 1995. A former principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania resident plays with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, the PA Sinfonia and other orchestras around Philadelphia.

Xhori has played with the quartet since 2014. Another Pennsylvania resident, he is assistant concertmaster of the Allentown Symphony and is a member of the Delaware, Reading and Kennett symphonies as well as the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra.

This summer's guest artist, William F. McDaniel, a pianist, frequently appears in recitals and concerts. He composes and also conducts musical theater.

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

Reid Health Police Chief-Led Group Gains International Recognition

Posted August 10, 2020

The Indiana chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) -- headed by Reid Health Police Department Chief Randy Kolentus -- has been recognized as a Chapter of Distinction by the international organization.

IAHSS cites the Indiana group for its demonstrated initiative and innovation in promoting healthcare security professionalism and furthering the goals of IAHSS.

Kolentus has led the state chapter since 2014, noting that it has been involved in developing and improving training for healthcare security and police officers, working on legislative issues relating to security for healthcare organizations and increasing networking among state healthcare security departments.

"The IAHSS provides several levels of training and certifications that relate directly to healthcare security," Kolentus said. "This training has proven very valuable to all Indiana hospitals with these formalized universal certifications that many Indiana hospitals have utilized for their security teams. Annual and regional training opportunities have created opportunities for Indiana members to learn from and see how needs are met in other areas of the country which may benefit them."

Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said Kolentus has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of the Indiana chapter. "His leadership has not only had a positive impact on Reid's officers, but all officers serving healthcare entities throughout the state. We are proud and thankful for his dedicated service."

Though not a direct goal of the international organization, the chapter has been involved in state legislation making it possible for hospitals and health systems to form police departments to better handle security issues - something Reid Health did early this year.

Kolentus said the group is also working to develop a police academy training curriculum more specific to the needs of healthcare police officers.

2nd Annual JOY Games Set for September

Posted August 3, 2020

Featuring three fun-fill days of games for older adults.

LifeStream Services, Reid Health Alliance Medicare, The Leland Legacy, and Richmond Senior Community Center are bringing back JOY (Just Older Youth) Games for the second year. The event, previously known as Area 9 Senior Games, features three days of fun-filled activities for adults over the age of 55 to enjoy.

The JOY Games will be held on September 22, 23, and 24 at various locations throughout Richmond including Jack Elstro Plaza, Clear Creek Park, Highland Lake Golf Course, and Richmond Senior Community Center.

Day 1 of JOY Games will offer food trucks at Jack Elstro Plaza. Food trucks will be open to the public to enjoy and JOY Games participants will receive a voucher to redeem at the food trucks for lunch.

Those who are 55 and older can participate in activities including pickleball, corn hole, fitness classes, bingo, chair volleyball, golf scramble, fishing tournament and much more. The cost to participate is just $10 and includes as many activities that you'd like to participate in, as well as the opportunity to enjoy lunch, awards, and a t-shirt. There is an additional $25 fee for those who plan to participate in the golf scramble.

For more information on registration or sponsorship, please contact Micole Leverette, Community Services Assistant, at 765-759-1121 or mleverette@lifestreaminc.org. Registration and sponsorship is also available online at lifestreaminc.org/games.

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.

LifeStream Services Seeks "Friendly Callers"

Posted August 5, 2020

Volunteer program to help senior citizens who are experiencing isolation.

Older adults who are experiencing increased feelings of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic can now sign up to receive a friendly call from LifeStream Services. The Friendly Caller program pairs volunteers with isolated older adults to simply enjoy conversation and ease feelings of loneliness.

Loneliness and social isolation in older adults is linked to a number of serious health conditions and an increased risk of developing dementia. These issues may be exacerbated during the pandemic. A simple conversation on the phone, can go a long way in improving the quality of life for older adults who are feeling lonely or simply need someone to talk to.

Older adults who are experiencing isolation and would enjoy receiving calls from a LifeStream Friendly Caller can sign up by calling 800-589-1121. Those interested in volunteering as a Friendly Caller can fill out the volunteer application found at lifestreaminc.org/support/volunteer or contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, at 765-759-3372 or lbray@lifestreaminc.org. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and enjoy talking on the phone and having conversation.

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.

Pandemic Bright Spot: Telehealth Option May Remain Expanded

Posted August 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic brought plenty of challenges and potentially long-term changes to how care is delivered. One change for the positive is bringing rave reviews from providers and patients - the expansion of telehealth.

"I've discovered my patients have been pleasantly surprised at just how easy telehealth can be," says Jason Casselman, D.O., Reid Allergy. "With only a click of a link, they can be connected to a video visit with me. I have a feeling many will want to continue using telehealth."

Patient reviews of the service back that up. "I love the telehealth option. Everything was handled promptly and professionally," said one. Others said they appreciated being able to avoid coming into an office during the pandemic. "It was a positive experience technically and medically. I am grateful for the telehealth option during the coronavirus pandemic."

Before COVID-19, Reid Health telehealth was available for urgent care visits only through the Reid HealthNOW application. When the federal Department of Health & Human Services lifted restrictions on rules for providing and covering telehealth because of COVID-19, patients were able to have visits for primary and specialty care to avoid going out in public and therefore reduce the risk of COVID.

The visits also can help:

  • Overcome transportation obstacles for patients who don't drive
  • Keep patients from having to drive in inclement weather
  • Eliminate travel time to and from appointments
  • Reduce the need for cancelling appointments when unexpected issues arise - for example, a parent with an appointment who needs to stay home with a child would be able to avoid rescheduling their visit.

Not only did patients like being able to stay home and still receive care, many physicians who had not used telehealth before also found it a great tool for seeing patients.

"People bank virtually, shop virtually, socialize virtually, attend church virtually and go to school virtually. As such, having a virtual telehealth visit isn't as nearly foreign for patients as it is sometimes for providers." -- Jordan Raynor, M.D., neurology

Jordan Raynor, M.D., neurology, was quite familiar with telehealth from previous experience. "Studies have shown telehealth to have clinical merit in many areas of neurology, so I was willing to be an early adaptor." He says his patients really like the option, though "obviously it works better for some patients than others."

Some of his patients with limited mobility appreciate not having to come to his office for appointments. "Be it stroke, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis, sometimes getting out of the house for a doctor's appointment is the hardest part of the visit." Dr. Raynor says almost all patients can use telehealth at least some of the time, including high acuity patients.

Telehealth allows easier access to services, improves outreach and can also lower the cost of care. "While the current telehealth changes are temporary, Health & Human Services appears to have recognized the public's positive response to telehealth. Medicare is reviewing telehealth use data to decide if the flexibilities should be extended, so hopefully we see these changes become permanent."

Telehealth has especially high patient satisfaction numbers because of the convenience it offers, said Randi Whitesel, Director of Telehealth/Occupational Medicine for Reid Health. She believes the success of the service during the pandemic increases the chances the expansion will become more permanent.

Another option introduced during the pandemic is a remote patient monitoring option that is an app that patients can download on their smart phone. The app reminds patients to check their temperature and asks questions about any symptoms. The information is monitored by staff during the hours of the Respiratory Clinic, creating a great way to track the health of patients who may be sick but not requiring hospitalization.

Lacie Burge, NP, says most of her patients were eager to try telehealth for visits because of the pandemic. "My patients have enjoyed having the option of seeing their provider amidst a busy work day, instead of taking a vacation day or half day. Now they can see me on their morning break or lunch. For this reason, I believe this has helped to increase patient compliance."

She says younger patients are generally more receptive, but has found the older population who were more at risk with COVID-19 like such visits when appropriate.

Andrew Deitsch, M.D., says he and most of his patients prefer in-person visits, though some appreciated the option because of the pandemic. "There is just something important to being in a room with someone and having the opportunity to lay on hands if needed. Personal and full care is difficult through a computer screen."

Telehealth provided him some insight, however, not available in office visits, he said. "It was helpful for me to see the setup of the home of a patient who was having mobility issues."

Dr. Raynor expects telehealth will become a tool in the overall care process, with patients having a mix of in-person and online appointments. He also believes patients may sometimes be more receptive than providers accustomed to seeing patients in person.

Protocols Announced for Area Arts Organizations

Posted August 3, 2020

Supplied Photo: Adult and child work on painting craft project.After a thorough review of guidelines set forth by Center for Disease Control and a consultation with Wayne County Health Department, a collective of Richmond arts organizations, including DIVA, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond Civic Theatre, Richmond Community Orchestra, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Starr Gennett Foundation have agreed on protocols for offering live performances and events into late summer and throughout the fall.

As we face many of the same concerns around opening our doors and the significant cross-over in audience members, it is only natural that we work together to present consistent plans for fall programming and the continuance of live performances, demonstrations and events. Due to the fluidity of the situation, our plans and procedures may change, but we believe in the importance of collaborative efforts during these uncertain times.

Looking to late summer and into the fall, we are re-envisioning activities that prioritize the safety and protection of staff, artists, volunteers and patrons. Protocols include enhanced cleaning, staff training in COVID safety procedures, required masking and social distancing of those on site at events, and reservations to monitor attendance, comply with reduced maximum occupancy limits and facilitate contact tracing.

Our organizations hope to return this fall with programming in line with anticipated restrictions, including but not limited to: revised schedules with the possibility of fewer rearranged or rescheduled events and performances, a reduced number of artist participants, and a lowered number in attendance to ensure proper social distancing.

While this situation remains fluid and creates uncertainty, we must work to finalize viable plans to ensure the fulfillment of our missions in creating cultural experiences that benefit the community.

MRL and Libraries Worldwide Investigate Conspiracies in Largest Digital Book Club

Posted July 30, 2020

Rousing page-turner "The Darwin Affair" ebook now available for reading and discussion with global audience

Morrisson-Reeves Library patrons are joining millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From August 3 -17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason's "intellectually stimulating and viscerally exciting" The Darwin Affair from their public library. MRL readers can solve the mystery from home – with a valid library card and no waiting – by visiting https://idm.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/.

Supplied Flyer: The Darwin AffairBig Library Read is available in over 22,000 libraries around the world, including more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America, which has resulted in extensive online conversations during past programs. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Historical fiction novel The Darwin Affair takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field's investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin's controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Darwin Affair is the 22 nd selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. This free program runs for three weeks and only requires a Morrisson-Reeves Library card and 4 digital PIN to get started. Get a library card today by signing up at MRLinfo.org or by stopping in the library.

The Darwin Affair was published by Algonquin Books and can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also "send to Kindle®" [US libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

Vented Masks Not Effective Against COVID-19

Posted July 30, 2020

When it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, Reid Health officials are alerting patients and visitors that some types do not work - so they are not allowed in a health system facility.

Supplied Flyer: Acceptable/Unacceptable Masks
Click to open or visit ReidHealth.org/Safe for a downloadable copy

"We are joining other national health systems such as the Mayo Clinic to let community members know that masks with exhalation valves are not an effective, acceptable form of protection," said Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Reid Health. Though most cloth and other types of masks are OK, masks with exhalation valves allow unfiltered air to be exhaled, increasing the chance of exposing others to the virus.

"In general, masks are effective because they help prevent the likelihood of someone breathing out the virus, as well as reduce the risk of someone inhaling contaminated air," Ehlers said.

Acceptable masks include homemade cloth masks, surgical or procedural masks, dust masks and N-95 masks that are not vented.

Reid Health door screeners at all locations, besides checking for other potential symptoms, will also not allow anyone to enter a Reid facility wearing a vented mask. The screeners will provide an approved mask in those cases.

Ehlers noted that the trend in positive cases and hospitalizations with positive or presumed positive COVID has been going up again at Reid Health. As of Thursday, the number was back to 34 hospitalized after hitting a low in the teens in early July.

"This means we cannot let down our guard - COVID-19 is still very much a reality in our area, so mask up!"

Visit ReidHealth.org/Safe for a downloadable copy of this flyer.

Reid Health in Connersville One Year Later: Progress, More to Come

Posted July 28, 2020

A year after Reid Health assumed ownership of the assets of the former Fayette Regional Health System, improvements have been made to many of the facilities and sustainable services have been maintained or even expanded.

"We hear constantly from patients and their loved ones that they are so glad that Reid is in the community," said Brandon Glover, who as manager of the Reid Health - Connersville Emergency Department has witnessed many improvements firsthand. From new stretchers, and cardiac monitors, computers and an updated medical record system, Reid Health continues to invest in the emergency department and all its other facilities in the Connersville community. More EMS personnel and board-certified ER physicians have also been added. And a process to seek accreditation as a Stroke Ready emergency facility is under way.

"We made it clear a year ago that we were committed to keeping sustainable services available for our patients and families in the Connersville area," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "We are pleased at the progress we have made in this first year. From high quality emergency care to medical practices, urgent care, radiology services and access to specialists, we continue to evaluate and invest in services for the Connersville area."

Angie Dickman, Reid Health Vice President, said stabilizing and improving emergency care in Connersville was one of the most significant and vital priorities. "We also stabilized outpatient services." The emergency department began with an average of 300 patients a month and the temporary use of paper records to an average today of 900 who now benefit from Epic, one of the top electronic record systems.

Randy Kirk, Vice President/Reid Health Foundation President, also noted the Fayette Regional Health System Foundation board's decision to dissolve and transfer its remaining assets to Reid Health Foundation. "We are pleased and humbled by the trust this represents in our organization and our commitment to continue to invest in philanthropic support in our Connersville facilities."

When 1941 Virginia Avenue became Reid Health - Connersville, and other locations became Reid Health Care Pavilion, Reid HealthWorks and Primary & Specialty Care - Virginia Avenue there were approximately 280 employees at these facilities. Today, there are 312, with approximately 440 Reid Health system team members living in Connersville and Fayette County overall.

The many upgrades and improvements for the Emergency Department include:

  • Hiring five permanent Emergency Medicine Board-Certified physicians
  • Completely re-equipping the department with new stretchers, cardiac monitors, defibrillators, ultrasound machines and other equipment
  • Addition of RN case managers to assist with patient needs
  • Major upgrade from initial paper charting to the Epic medical record system

Elsewhere, other improvements, changes and offerings in the past year include:

  • Recruiting Christi Holmes, M.D., pediatrician, a Connersville native who is seeing patients at Whitewater Valley Primary Care; and Jordan Parrett, M.D., emergency physician and Connersville native, who will be seeing patients in the Connersville ED this fall
  • Restoring outpatient lab and radiology services
  • Substantial investment to improve the information services technology in Connersville locations
  • Purchasing a new vehicle for Reid Health Police Department in Connersville and providing officers more equipment, training and support
  • Continued support and investment by Reid Health Community Benefit with grants and funding support for programs including launching the new Wellness Wednesdays event held the first Wednesday of each month at the Fayette Senior Center; providing more than $57,000 in grants to community organizations in 2019, bringing the five-year total for the county to more than $322,000; hosting the Reid Healthier Community Day last August, attended by about 600 community members; distributing 40 cases of water during the 2019 summer heat advisory; and donating hats, gloves and scarves to elementary schools
  • Restoring cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services
  • Continuing outpatient physical therapy and restoring occupational therapy
  • Improvements to the existing cafeteria, renamed Conners Post Café at 1941 Virginia Ave.
  • Maintaining inpatient and residential adolescent behavioral health at the Care Pavilion, which was also provided two new vehicles and has had some preliminary remodeling with more under way or scheduled in the next year
  • Extensive improvements to HealthWorks Fitness Center, including installing new flooring and exercise equipment, and replacing the parking lot, new classes, and a new member registration system
  • Updates to other parking lots and landscaping at the newly acquired locations
  • Removal of blighted buildings around the 1941 Virginia Ave. campus, also creating more green space.
  • Adding a new ambulance to support transfers from the ED to other facilities
  • Adding specialty services outreach including oncology and podiatry, with sleep lab in the planning stages

"We appreciate the positive reception from the community through our efforts to maintain as many sustainable healthcare services as possible," Dickman said. "We remain committed to continuing to grow services appropriately to meet the needs of the entire region, including Fayette and surrounding counties."

Cambridge City Family Medicine Relocation: Room to Grow

Posted July 28, 2020

Cambridge City Family Medicine's new home at 1154 South State Road 1, Suite 1, scheduled to open Aug. 3, brings more space and room for future expansion of services for patients in the long-time community medical practice. It also reopens with a new name - Reid Primary & Specialty Care - Cambridge City.

The practice is moving into what was the Alco and CVS building. James Bertsch, D.O., says the new location expands to 18 patient rooms from the previous seven. "We are looking forward to what the new facility will provide for the community."

The practice reopens with a new name - Reid Primary & Specialty Care - Cambridge City.

Dr. Bertsch has practiced in Cambridge City for more than 40 years, and Ramona Orschell, NP, has been in the practice for more than 20.

The practice will now be housed in about 18,000 square feet. Dr. Bertsch notes the new location provides room for the practice to grow over the next decade, something his former location in one of the city's historic properties just didn't have the space to handle.

The extra room means the practice can eventually add X-ray and lab services. The new location also makes the possibility of adding specialist appointments as an option in the future.

Also housed in the new location are bays for Reid Health's ambulances serving that region. Ryan Williams, Director EMS, Forensics and Trauma Services, said the station will provide a great space for the crews and ambulances. "The EMS station has a home-like feel much like an apartment," Williams said. It includes space for meal preparation, a wellness area and showers. "The new station most importantly allows the ambulance to be more centrally located in the area for which we are responsible."

The 27,000 square foot building houses CVS Pharmacy, which will remain in its space.

"It's a smart move," Dr. Bertsch said when the move was announced, referring to an increasing demand for health care services in the Cambridge City area.

Positive COVID-19 Cases Trending Up in Younger Population

Posted July 28, 2020

As COVID-19 positive cases in the region seem to be heading upwards again, the cases are trending to a younger age group who may not be having as severe illness, according to a physician leader at Reid Health.

Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Reid Health, has tracked COVID-19 world, regional and local trends since the pandemic began. While concerned about the increases in numbers, he does note one good thing so far - the severity of illness seems to be lessened and the death rate is remaining stable or even trending downward.

"There are often exceptions to the trends depending on the country or even the state when looking at the United States," Dr. Huth said. "And this certainly does not mean we can let up in the precautions such as masking, hand-washing and social distancing," he said, noting the risk of the younger age group infecting their older and-or immune-compromised friends and family members.

He said over the last five months and particularly in July, the infection rate inpeople 20 to 29 has increased from less than eight percent of positives to 29 percent. Older age groups have generally declined, with the exception for people age 60-69, going from 20 percent to 43 percent of positive cases.

Some possible reasons:

  • Younger adults socializing more without paying attention to masking and social distancing, which may also be true of healthy adults in the 60-69 group
  • Older adults are generally being better protected, including those in nursing homes and long-term care facilities because of strict adherence to precautions.

"Scientific studies are proving masking is an effective tool in hindering the spread of COVID-19." -- Dr. Thomas Huth

The data from Reid Health -- though it shows a recent trend upward in the number of confirmed or suspected inpatients in COVID-19 containment areas - does not show a parallel increase in the number of COVID patients in Critical Care or on ventilators. It does show hospitalizations are weighted toward older patients with big jumps in ages 50-59, 60-69 and over 80.

At the highest point in late March, Reid Health logged 64 patients in COVID-19 containment areas. The number slowly trended into the 50s, 40s and 30s before hitting a low of 11 in early July before starting to go up again. In the last week, the numbers have gone up to a high of 28 on the 20th; as of Friday, had dropped to 22.

Christine Stinson, Wayne County Health Department Director, said she believes one reason the local picture still shows some improvement despite the increase in positive cases is due to area long-term care facilities and nursing homes doing a good job with precautions, visitor restrictions and testing.

Because of an increase in positive tests, Indiana and Ohio are implementing mandatory masking inside buildings and in public spaces where social distancing can't be accomplished. Dr. Huth and Stinson strongly recommend all guidelines be followed to try to keep another wave of illness from occurring.

"Scientific studies are proving masking is an effective tool in hindering the spread of COVID-19," Dr. Huth said. "Since it is becoming clearer this disease spreads through respiratory droplets and even vapor, and that masking is very effective at capturing droplets and reducing the distance vapors travel."

Grants: More Than $150,000 to Promote Physical Activity, Good Nutrition & Weight

Posted July 28, 2020

Reid Health Community Benefit is awarding $150,378 in grants for 25 programs throughout Reid Health's service area. These programs are designed to improve health by encouraging physical activity, good nutrition and healthy weight control.

The grants represent the second awards of two grant cycles for this year. Grants, along with other Community Benefit outreach, aim to promote health and wellness in our communities, and to target prioritized health needs in our service area. A committee of Reid Health's governing board and community members reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization. The work of Reid Health Community Benefit provides millions of dollars of support to our communities each year.

The grants include:

  • Amigos Latino Center: $2,200 for the Annual Amigos Health Fair.
  • Birth to Five: $10,000 to support the Parents as Teachers program.
  • Boys & Girls Club: $10,000 to support Clubfit programming.
  • Centerstone: $3,780 for supplies and equipment for cooking classes for kids.
  • Christian Charities: $10,500 to support a temperature controlled food distribution trailer.
  • Communities in Schools of Wayne County: $7,500 for the purchase of food to distribute to students in Richmond and Wayne County schools.
  • Cope Environmental Center: $5,000 for Cope Wellness Program.
  • Connersville Parks & Recreation: $3,900 to seal and stripe basketball courts at four Connersville parks.
  • Council on Rural Service Programs: $2,950 to provide Darke County Ohio youth access to a summer running program and fitness challenge.
  • Gateway Hunger Relief Center: $10,000 to help fund personnel for program expansion.
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana: $7,500 for Produce Hope to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to four counties in the region.
  • Golay Center: $6,000 to purchase a new treadmill.
  • Hope Center: $5,000 to support the Healthy With Hope program with funding for infant formula.
  • Indiana Women in Need (IWIN): $3,456 to support the Pink Portions food delivery program to cancer patients in need.
  • Richmond Parks & Recreation: $7,500 for playground equipment for Starr Park.
  • Richmond Pickleball: $9,215 for additional lighting for courts in Clear Creek Park to allow longer daily use of the courts.
  • Richmond Youth Football League: $3,000 to fund protection devices for helmets.
  • Servants at Work (SAWs): $5,000 to provide residential ramps in Reid's service area.
  • The Dayton Foundation (New Paris Park): $5,923 for basketball rims and nets at New Paris Park.
  • Thump Jumpers: $3,937 for purchase of 1,500 jump ropes to be distributed at school presentations.
  • Union/Modoc Schools: $4,854 to support take-home food program for students at Union Elementary in Randolph County.
  • Wayne County Cardinal Greenway: $10,868 to support the bike loaner program and new bike repair stations on the trail.
  • Wayne County Food Council: $1,500 to cover speakers fees for the Food Summit and Hunger Dinner.
  • Wood Block Press: $1,995 to support the Mary Scott Park Orchard project.
  • YMCA of Greater Dayton: $8,800 for the Diabetes Prevention and Livestrong programs.

Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased health knowledge, and/or relieves the government burden to improve health. It is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals, and ensures that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities while demonstrating transparency and accountability to those they serve.

In addition to grants, Reid Health Community Benefit supports various programs focused on community health, specifically in the areas of Mental Health and Substance Misuse, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). To learn more about Reid Health's commitment to our communities, and the initiatives of Community Benefit, please review the Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plans at www.reidcommunities.org or www.reidhealth.org

Fayette group transfers assets to Reid Health Foundation

Posted July 28, 2020

When the former Fayette Regional Health System no longer existed, the Foundation that supported it faced a major decision - what should be done with the Foundation's assets?

Jim McNally, who chaired the Fayette Regional Health System Foundation Board for 12 years, said the Reid Health Foundation was the best fit. "The board wanted to do everything possible to support the new, local healthcare initiative," McNally says.

The new journey began in the summer of 2019 when Reid Health purchased the majority of the assets of the former Fayette system and announced plans to maintain as many sustainable services in the community as possible. The process to dissolve the Foundation and transfer assets of approximately $750,000 was completed this summer.

McNally and Melanie Caldwell, another longtime member of the Fayette Regional Foundation, and several of their board members met with Reid Health Foundation representatives in Summer 2019 to begin exploring options.

"Reid Foundation was willing to acknowledge Fayette's existing funds and will spend those funds for their stated purpose in what was the Fayette Regional Health System area," McNally said.

Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President, said his board appreciated the fact that the Fayette group had other options in dissolving the organization, yet chose to roll the assets to Reid Health Foundation with a goal of targeting programs in Connersville with funds going forward. "We are humbled and very grateful for their decision. We look forward to developing new relationships in the Connersville area and continuing its legacy of healthcare philanthropy."

McNally and Caldwell were also invited and joined the Reid Health Foundation board. Plans are being developed for a way to honor the Fayette Foundation's history with a display in the Reid Health - Connersville facility at 1941 Virginia Ave.

"After the announcement of the sale of Fayette Regional Health System assets, the community was very grateful for Reid Health's investment and the decision to continue offering healthcare in the community," McNally said.

"I would like to thank everyone at Reid Health involved in the decision to continue offering healthcare in our community. In addition, I would like to thank all Fayette Regional Health System Foundation Board members and the Reid Foundation team," McNally said. "On behalf of the Fayette Regional Health System Foundation Board I would like to express how grateful we are for Reid Health's presence in our community and we are committed to support Reid Health into the future."

ESR Announces First Cohort for New Degree About Peace, Social Transformation

Posted July 28, 2020

The Earlham School of Religion has formed the first class of a new master's degree program designed for students pursuing ministries of social change.

Nine students, including two recent graduates from Earlham's undergraduate college, have enrolled in the launch of the Master of Arts in Peace and Social Transformation degree. The 12-month, 36-credit residential program combines coursework and a culminating practicum or internship based on the student's interests in the areas of social justice, public service or interfaith work. The program will use a cohort model, in which a group of students will take the same sequence of classes together throughout their studies.

"We see this program as an important outgrowth of our mission that will broaden our appeal to students who are seeking a seminary education but not necessarily looking to become a pastor or pursue vocations in academic ministry," said Matt Hisrich, dean of the Earlham School of Religion.

"We have designed this program with these students in mind," he notes. "Earning a master's degree in one year is an attractive option."

The program shares several courses with ESR's Master of Divinity program. Courses in theology, Biblical studies, and interfaith dialogue or contextual theology provide grounding in the religious heritage and critical tools for understanding and compassionately engaging a complex, often oppressive society. Students will have the opportunity to develop peace and justice skills and to specialize their ministry through out-of-the-classroom experiences with partnering organizations in the local community or with an organization identified by students elsewhere in the world.

"This professional master's degree provides a unique and focused opportunity for our students to explore the connection between spirituality, justice and peacemaking," said ESR Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Lonnie Valentine, who is leading the program. "Graduates will have a foundation of spiritual self-understanding to ground their justice work so that they may help heal the world that so needs our care."

Students enrolled in the inaugural cohort are from five states — Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York – and three countries — Kenya, Congo and Mexico. They bring extensive experience with activism, service and interfaith work at organizations like the Friends Committee on National Legislation and Quaker Voluntary Service.

"When we announced the new degree program last fall we had a strong response from prospective students," said Julie Dishman, ESR's director of recruitment and admissions. "Little did we know the uncertainty and turmoil 2020 would bring, but now this program feels even more relevant as we prepare for the arrival of the first cohort."

Dishman is especially pleased with the "array of gifts and experiences" these students are bringing and their expected contributions to a program focused on social transformation. "It feels like the right time and the right place," she said.

ESR is offering full-tuition scholarships to all enrollees in the first cohort. Scholarships for future cohorts will be determined based on interest.

Enrollment for the program's second cohort begins spring 2021. For more information about this degree program, please contact Julie Dishman at dishmju@earlham.edu.

New Program Available to Help Hoosier Small Businesses Build Online Presence

Posted July 28, 2020

Indiana SBDC, IU Kelley School of Business partner to provide direct technical support, assist small businesses in expanding online capabilities & sales

INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2020) – The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) announced today a new partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to support the long-term economic recovery of Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs. Through a new program, eligible companies may apply for no-cost assistance to help establish or increase their online presence through website development, e-commerce support and other digital tools and services.

"As a state, we're focused on encouraging long-term planning and investments to propel Indiana's economy into the future," Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. "With this new partnership, the Indiana SBDC will continue increasing its support for Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic, improving access to critical tools and resources to help companies adapt to new markets and enhance their competitiveness by growing their online presence."

The Indiana SBDC and Kelley launched Project HOPE to support Indiana small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19. Under the program, Kelley students and recent graduates are offered paid internships to assist eligible companies in expanding their online presence, solving technology issues or providing new digital capabilities. The projects, which include creating or modifying websites, building e-commerce platforms, improving cybersecurity frameworks, migrating data, and more, are overseen by faculty members and completed within two weeks.

To be eligible, Indiana small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Indiana SBDC client,
  • Have been in business as of February 15, 2020, and
  • Be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19.

"Since our founding 100 years ago, our school has believed we have a responsibility to support the Indiana business community," said Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. "Due to the COVID-19 situation, the need for support is greater today than ever before. Our dedicated faculty and engaged students are ready to apply their expertise and skills to help our state in its efforts to recover from the pandemic."

To date, more than 75 student interns have participated in Project HOPE, providing more than 8,000 hours of direct technical support to 97 small businesses in 28 counties. Along with these services, student interns provide training and education to enable small businesses to operate the new technology or tool following the conclusion of the project. All work is conducted virtually to ensure the health and safety of Hoosiers. Indiana companies are encouraged to submit applications online.

Black-owned small business partners with Indiana SBDC & Kelley to launch state-of-the-art website Nicole Kearney is the vitner and owner of Indianapolis-based boutique winery Sip & Share Wines, which produces a diverse collection of artisanal vegan wines. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Kearney has shifted gears to meet the changing needs of her small business, developing an online strategy to reach new and existing customers. With the help of the student interns, Sip & Share Wines launched a new website equipped with improved functionality for novice and experienced wine drinkers and an e-commerce platform designed to bolster the company's online sales.

The Indiana SBDC, which is a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, approved $150,000 in federal funding provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration through the CARES Act to support the statewide launch of Project HOPE. To learn more about COVID-19 resources and no-cost counseling available to Indiana entrepreneurs and small businesses, visit isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness.

About Indiana SBDC

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) is a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state of Indiana's economic development efforts. The Indiana SBDC helps entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state, providing entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the Indiana SBDC creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana's small businesses.

The Indiana SBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the Indiana SBDC, visit www.isbdc.org.

LifeStream's Healthy Aging Expo to Offer a Unique Drive-Thru Experience

Posted July 28, 2020

Event adapted to practice safe social distancing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LifeStream Services has adapted the annual Healthy Aging Expo to practice safe social distancing. The event will now be held as a drive-thru in which older adults are invited to drive-thru to receive a complimentary lunch, goodie bag, and greetings from their favorite local vendors.

The Drive-Thru Healthy Aging Expo will be held on August 13 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Kuhlman Center parking lot located at 861 N. Salisbury Rd. Richmond, IN 47374. Attendees will enter through the Crow Road entrance. The Healthy Aging Expo is presented by Reid Health Alliance Medicare , The Leland Legacy, Kicks96, 101.7 The Point, and The Legend 95.3.

We are currently accepting sponsorship and tailgate reservations from organizations who wish to promote their company through August 3. Those interested in sponsoring or tailgating should contact Micole Leverette, Community Services Assistant, by calling 765-759-1121 or emailing mleverette@lifestreaminc.org.

Learn more at lifestreaminc.org/healthyagingexpo.

Special thank you to the Healthy Aging Expo Presenting Sponsor Reid Health Alliance Medicare. Additional support provided by Community Hospital of Anderson, Healing Hands Home Health, Henry Community Health, and Natco Credit Union.

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.

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted July 27, 2020

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction, Inc. August 2020

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!

Wayne County Foundation Opens Application for 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Posted July 27, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation online application for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will open on Saturday, August 1, 2020. The scholarship is open to Wayne County residents who will graduate from a Wayne County high school no later than June 30, 2021 with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is the 'crown jewel' of all of the awards administered by the Foundation. It pays full-tuition, required fees and a $900 book stipend for four years. Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four-year college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.

The scholarship will be awarded to two students based on the following criteria: Academic Performance, Statement of Future Plans, Extracurricular Activities/Work Experience, Recommendations, Overcoming Adversity, Community Service, and Financial Need.

All interested individuals should visit the Foundation's website www.waynecountyfoundation.org for a link to the Foundation's online application platform. The deadline to submit an application is by noon on Monday, August 31.

Wayne County Foundation 2020 Challenge Match Program

Posted July 27, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation Challenge Match program is an opportunity for participating not-for-profit organizations to cultivate new donors and encourage increased giving from current contributors, especially for general operating support. In the last eight years, the Challenge Match has helped 72 organizations raise over $9.73 million, including $1.58 million from the Foundation.

Any charitable not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency in Wayne County that has had a prior application history with the Foundation is eligible to apply. The Foundation will not hold an information meeting this year as there are no changes to the program.

New applicants or those not selected previously should contact the Foundation's Program Officer, Lisa Bates, to schedule a meeting at lisa@waynecountyfoundation.org or 765-962-1638. The online application will open on Friday, July 24, 2020 and close on Friday, August 14, 2020. This year, the Challenge Match Program will be held from November 2 to November 10. Visit our website for more information.

IU East, Ivy Tech Sign Guaranteed Admissions Agreement

Posted July 14, 2020

A new agreement in place at the start of June has created a clear path for students at Ivy Tech Community College to transfer to Indiana University East.

Ivy Tech associate-level graduates from across Indiana are guaranteed admission, based on select provisions, into certain programs at all IU regional campuses via a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA). The agreement took effective on June 1. The agreement aligns current best practices and the state's established initiatives, the GAA spells out necessary coursework toward degree requirements at both institutions. Admission to all campuses also comes with an application fee waiver.

"We have always had a very strong partnership with Ivy Tech," Chancellor Kathy Girten said. "This agreement will continue the work we have done to provide a smooth transfer for students have earned their associate's degree to complete their bachelor's degree at IU East."

This guaranteed admission eliminates any loss of credits while minimizing cost to students and ensuring they are able to complete their bachelor's degrees on time.

"Our regional campuses have continued to spark growth and innovation for students' education and careers, exemplifying the hallmark of research, discovery and service of IU's 200-year history," said John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. "These guaranteed admissions agreements solidify IU's commitment to best practices in transfers and steady progress toward degrees."

IU East and Ivy Tech have a history of collaboration, especially in efforts to ease the transfer process. Pathways to IU East is a program to offer an affordable, accessible bridge from Ivy Tech Community College courses, credits and associates degree programs to IU East baccalaureate degree programs.

Ivy Tech students who want to take advantage of opportunities to transfer to IU East can work with their Ivy Tech academic advisors to confirm that their academic plan meets all the requirements.

Students can further maximize savings on their degree by taking advantage of scholarship and grant opportunities at both institutions, which is critical to Hoosiers now more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis.

For more information, visit iue.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana Presents Trauma, Healing and Prevention Virtual Lunch Series

Posted July 13, 2020

The Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI) will present a four-part virtual series on trauma this fall.

Online, Noon-1 p.m., on August 26, September 23, October 28, and November 18: CPLI is proud to offer Trauma, Healing, and Prevention, a four-part virtual lunch series, to all adults who work with children. The trainings will explore trauma and its impacts on youth through various lenses, with particular emphasis on racial groups and LGBTQ+ children, through sessions presented by esteemed guests such as Racial Trauma expert Dr. Candice Nicole from the University of Kentucky and The Center for Healing Racial Trauma.

Registration is open now on Eventbrite.com. $30 provides access to all four sessions, and continuing education credits for educators for the entire series are available for an additional one-time fee of $15. The proceeds will help fund CPLI's Positive School Discipline Institute and other programming.

Event Moderator, Jay Watts, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, & Belonging for the Central Indiana branch of Ivy Tech Community College, explains:

We have a problem in our community, and its root germinates from trauma that we have not successfully addressed. Society consumes the pain of others and picks around the metaphorical "privilege plate" of whose pain matters at a given time. [This event] is a timely micro training that will address not only what various intersectional forms of trauma are and its manifestation within our youth, but it is a call to action to become more healing-centered in our engagement to grow a better society and prevent our children from being devoured by systems that prevent flourishing. . . Let's Learn, Engage, Act, and Heal...together.

About Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana: CPLI advocates for systemic changes for children so that programs, policies, and practices are developmentally-appropriate, equitably-administered and fair, and provide the necessary support for a child's successful transition to adulthood.

LifeStream Accepting Applications for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

Posted July 13, 2020

Vouchers for the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) are available through LifeStream Services until supplies run out. Vouchers are provided by the state at limited quantities, and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Those interested in receiving SFMNP vouchers will need to apply by calling LifeStream Services at 800-589- 1121. Submitting an application does not guarantee the applicant will qualify to receive vouchers. Applications are sent to the state office. Those who qualify to receive SFMNP vouchers will receive their vouchers by mail directly to their residence.

The vouchers are worth $20 and can be used through October 20. Eligible items include beans, peppers, tomatoes, apples, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. Vouchers can only be redeemed at qualifying locations. For a full list of locations in Indiana, visit lifestreaminc.org/nutrition or call 800-589-1121 to find one near you.

Recipients must be 60 years of age or older and meet the income guidelines, which are based on 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For income limits, please contact LifeStream Services by calling 800-589-1121 or visit www.lifestreaminc.org/nutrition.

For more information on Senior Farmers' Market voucher distribution, please contact Dana Pierce, Nutrition Administrator, by calling 765-808-9059 or email dpierce@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

Maintain the Trend: Don't Let Up on COVID-19 Precautions

Posted July 13, 2020

Though COVID-19 trends vary across the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, data maintained by Reid Health and the state of Indiana continue to show some positive trends downward. Can we relax?

"Absolutely not," says Thomas Huth, M.D., Reid Health Vice President of Medical Affairs. Dr. Huth has followed world, state and regional data since the pandemic began. "If we want to continue to slow and reduce the spread and maintain our improvement in these trends, we cannot let up on the behaviors driving the better numbers - social distancing, frequent hand-washing, use of sanitizers, and wearing masks in public," he says.

Dr. Huth has also led regular phone conferences with regional health officials in Indiana and Ohio. The most recent discussions in those meetings are about concerns people are growing less vigilant, particularly about wearing a mask. "For some reason, mask-wearing or not wearing a mask has become tainted by political disagreement," Dr. Huth said. "The fact is we have an abundance of data that shows wearing masks, including cloth masks, have a direct effect on reducing risk and spread of COVID-19."

Dr. Huth cites the following:

The Taiwan story -- "Taiwan is a geographically small island nation with 40% higher population than the state of New York and twice the population density. They have 1/10th of a percent the total cases of COVID-19 and 1/200th of a percent of the deaths compared to New York. The most significant thing they do differently is everyone wears a mask in public."

Other countries too -- Recent studies verify that countries who have had the best results reducing spread have implemented universal masking. Besides Taiwan, Dr. Huth notes Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea as examples.

Science -- Widespread scientific and medical consensus agrees that face masks are playing a key part in successfully tackling the pandemic.

Cloth masks help -- A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine notes that although cloth masks don't have the same overall filtration efficiency as medical masks, evidence does show they still significantly reduce the emission of contaminated water droplets when worn by infected people.

"We have turned the trends by all the measures that have been and continue to be taken," Dr. Huth said. "It's extremely important that everyone remain vigilant in following all the recommended precautions, including regularly wearing a mask in public. This is how we can reduce the chance of a second wave of infection in our communities."

Dr. Huth also said workers in restaurants and stores need to be aware of local regulations that may make masks mandatory -- and then be sure to wear them correctly. "Proper mask wearing covers both the nose and the mouth. The most common error I've seen is someone wearing them below the nose. While I understand that keeping the nose covered can be somewhat uncomfortable and inconvenient, it's not nearly as bad as getting or spreading this infection - especially to people at higher risk of complications from the disease."

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Reid Health Residency Program Graduates Six

Posted July 13, 2020

The Reid Health Family Medicine Residency Program celebrated six 2020 graduates recently and welcomed six new residents for the next school year beginning in July.

Phillip Scott, D.O., FAAFP, Residency Program Director, said the graduation marked another milestone for the program in celebrating the completion of its first full class of six physicians. "Our program continues to grow and attract both Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine and those with an M.D. The program offers 18 residency positions for three years of training and continues to establish Reid Health as a teaching system.

With the 2020 class, the program has graduated a total of13 doctors, each of whom have completed three years training, gaining varied experiences in the Reid Health system. The 2020 graduating class is Reid's largest to date, and signals that the program has hit its designated capacity of 18 physicians in training: six residents in each of three classes.

The 2020 graduates are:

Jay Bhavsar, D.O., who was accepted into a hospital medicine Fellowship at Deaconness Hospital in Evansville, Indiana

Erin Chung, D.O., who is taking a hospitalist position at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

Timothy Cobb, D.O., who will take a primary care position in Deer Isle, Maine

Stephanie Kidd, D.O., who is joining IU Health in Fort Wayne

Gudars Rahnema, D.O., who accepted a hospitalist position in Los Angeles, California

And Justin Tudino, D.O., who is joining the Reid Health Hospitalist team

Dr. Tudino is the second of the 13 program graduates who has chosen to stay with Reid Health. Kristina Hair, D.O., joined State Line Family Medicine after her 2018 graduation. Other graduates in 2018 included Tara Gravenstine, D.O.; Kit Joos, D.O.; and Akitto Ledda, D.O. Last year's class included Soha Rizvi, D.O.; Emily Lynch, D.O.; and Megan Welker, D.O.

The program begins the 2020 year with a full complement of 18 residents, 75 preceptors and three returning core faculty members: Phillip Scott,DO, Nuzhat Nisa, M.D., Novera Inam, M.D.. Donald Smith, M.D., joined the program in September 2019 as the fourth core faculty member.

The Reid Health residency program is affiliated with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo., and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Scott said the community and the personal, focused experience continue to prove to be attractions to program participants. "Training in a location with only one residency program, means our physicians don't compete with other residents who may be training in other specialties," he explained, commonly referenced as training "unopposed." They also get to work in multiple areas to help them affirm their choice of specialty.

Dr. Chung was also celebrated as Resident of the Year, and Dr. William Black as the faculty preceptor of the year.

New residents starting in July:

  • Dustin Cundiff, D.O.
  • Jonathan Adams, D.O.
  • Kimberly Carhuatanta, D.O.
  • Ibrahim Khan, M.D.
  • Abdallah Saleh, M.D.
  • Waiel Almardini, M.D.

Advancing third-year residents:

  • Chase Carpenter, D.O.
  • Megan Carpenter, D.O.
  • Wen Lin, D.O.
  • Darrin Schwartz, D.O.
  • Derrick Whiting, D.O.
  • Christopher Gasaway, D.O.

Advancing second-year residents:

  • Kapesh Kunwar, M.D.
  • Prajakta Tamhane, M.D.
  • Nida Noor, M.D.
  • Nabeel Uwaydah, M.D.
  • Brandon Baccari, D.O.
  • Mehrosh Naseem, M.D.

Supplied Photo: From left: Erin Chung, D.O.; Gudars Rahnema, D.O.; Stephanie Kidd, D.O.; Jay Bhavsar, D.O.; Timothy Cobb, D.O.; and Justin Tudino, D.O.From left: Erin Chung, D.O.; Gudars Rahnema, D.O.; Stephanie Kidd, D.O.; Jay Bhavsar, D.O.; Timothy Cobb, D.O.; and Justin Tudino, D.O.

Double Benefit: Donation Aims to Improve Access to Good Nutrition

Posted July 13, 2020

A $6,000 donation this week to the Fresh Up Bucks program at the Fayette County Farmer's Market will help provide a $12,000 value in fresh produce to people who otherwise have limited access to good nutrition.

Reid Health Community Benefit Specialist Patrick Ripberger delivered the donation this week. He said the program is in line with a community health implementation strategy that aims to increase access to fresh and nutritious foods. Becky Marvel, Community Wellness Coordinator for the Nutrition Education Program of the Purdue Extension office in Connersville, said the funds are important to the health of residents in the county that is ranked 92 of 92 counties for poor health.

"Many of the people who can benefit also lack transportation, so have limited access to places to get affordable produce," Marvel said. The Fresh Up Bucks program allows those with SNAP and Senior/WIC Fresh Produce vouchers to double the value of the vouchers. Marvel said besides the Farmer's Market held Thursdays and Saturdays in the courthouse parking lot, the program also does outreach through mobile markets to low-income areas of Connersville.

Ripberger said the Connersville program operates like one supported by Community Benefit at the Richmond Farmer's Market. Such programs help Reid Health as a not-for-profit system with its mission of promoting and improving the health of the communities served.

"During our recent Community Health Needs Assessment, we identified supporting local farmer's markets as a tactic under the strategy of 'increase access to fresh and nutritious foods' in our implementation plan."

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health.

Senior Adult Ministry July Meeting

Posted July 7, 2020

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Richmond's Veterans Park, Richmond, IN (via West Main or Johnson Street entrance). The Bridgewaters dulcimer group is our featured entertainment. This is a time to be together—separately. Social distancing will be observed and we request that you wear a mask.

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 monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

ReidRide 12 to Roll July 18 with Safety Precautions in Place

Posted July 13, 2020

When the 12th ReidRide rolls onto Reid Parkway on July 18, hundreds of riders are expected to join in for safe fun and a good cause as they choose from three options and take appropriate precautions because of COVID-19.

Justin Burkhardt, Director of Reid Foundation, which puts on the event, said the this year there are three options - a family friendly eight-mile route, a full 15.5 mile route and a self-guided virtual route. "We have precautions in place because of the pandemic, including having our volunteers properly masked and distanced and having riders wear masks except during the ride. We have worked closely with our hospital leadership and physicians to ensure the safety of all participants."

ReidRide has provided funding over 12 years to give out more than 15,000 pairs of shoes to kids across the multi-county region served by Reid Health, Burkhardt said. "We couldn't do this without our sponsors and riders."

"This is not a race. This is an opportunity to safely see and ride Wayne County. It's a wellness event. And more importantly, this supports a great cause." -- Justin Burkhardt, Reid Foundation Director

Burkhardt said the main significant changes for 2020 are the new routes, distancing of all riders, and added safety features on campus in response to Covid-19. "Working with our first responders, we have changed the route to avoid the construction on Chester Blvd. Safety of our riders is top priority," Burkhardt said.

Maps of routes can be found at www.ReidRide.org.

When ReidRide began in 2009 with less than 200 riders, Burkhardt said he doesn't think anyone knew just how much the ride would grow over the years. He believes the attention to prioritizing safety, the great organization of the event, the family atmosphere and wonderful volunteers are what keep the event popular.

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

Burkhardt is hoping this year's ReidRide gives the community a sense of normalcy. "This community has been through a lot in 2020 and we wanted to host a safe event that families could feel comfortable doing, all the while raising money for this worthy cause," Burkhardt said. He said the event has wonderful support from sheriff's, fire and police departments, who help maintain traffic safety. He encourages drivers to keep the ride and updatedroute in mind as well.

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

25th Annual Holiday Poinsettia Fundraiser

Posted July 1, 2020

Newletter: Poinsettia Fund Raiser from Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center invites you to participate in our 25th annual Holiday Poinsettia fundraiser!

We are taking orders for poinsettias to be delivered to your business on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Poinsettias are $12.50 each. The 6 1/2" pots are covered in festive foil and plants are available in three colors. Each plant is approximately 10' to 12" tall with an average of 7 blossoms.

For orders totaling 1 to 9 plants there is a $.50 discount per plant. For orders totaling 10 or more plants, there is a $1.00 discount per plant.

All discounted orders need to be received by September 1, 2020.

Please complete the order form and return the entire form with your check, payable to "Adult Day Center of Richmond".

Proceeds from this fundraiser help to maintain our quality program. We are proud to be an active and stable addition to our senior community for 32 years.

We thank you in advance for supporting our services - Participants, Staff and Board Members of Hand-in-Hand Adult Day Center.

City Selects New City Planner

Posted July 6, 2020

Oxford-native, Ian Vanness has been hired as Richmond's new City Planner.

Ian's background includes time at Price Hill Will, a nonprofit community development organization in Cincinnati, where he worked on a neighborhood map exploring the impact of housing and economic development, and Cincinnati's Planning Department.

The committee was impressed not only with his abilities but also with his approach. Being from the region, he articulated a passion for supporting growth through planning while recognizing the challenges that face communities like Richmond, such as population and infrastructure decline:

"I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve the City of Richmond as City Planner. It has been my dream to work as a city planner in a historic-midwest city. Richmond has a lot of positive momentum happening that I'm excited to become a part of!"

He fills the position after nearly 6 months of vacancy, during which period Matt Evans, GIS Coordinator served as the Interim Planner. Ian will be moving many planning-related projects outlined in the Richmond Rising: Community Action Plan forward. According to Beth Fields, Director of the Department:

"We're really excited that we were able to attract someone with Ian's passion and experience for community planning to our City team. Ian's knowledge and capacity are going to allow him to hit the ground running and immediately make a positive impact on our community."

Ian holds a Master's degree in Community Planning and a Geographic Information Science Certificate from the University of Cincinnati.

"Images of America" Art Exhibit at Reid Health

Posted July 6, 2020

A new art exhibit in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital features 27 drawings and 4 paintings by local artist Don Pressley.

The subjects in this exhibit include portraits of famous people, buildings, scenes from nature, and a series of lighthouse images. Pressley works in a photorealistic style, employing charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pastel and paint to create compelling and highly detailed images. He particularly enjoys the challenge of depicting the play of light on a subject and illustrating different kinds of surfaces such as shiny metal, glass, reflections on water or the texture of fabric to "make it look real."

He discovered a love of art early on but has been largely self-taught except for the art classes he took in high school. Pressley holds a degree in history from Ball State and a degree in business management from Oakland City University. He has worked in farming and as a truck driver before retiring and moving to Richmond in 2017.

The MacDowell Gallery is located on the second floor of the hospital and the current exhibit will be on display through mid-September.

Photo: Don Pressley Drawing: Graphite on Paper: "Tawas Point Lighthouse" by Don Pressley Drawing: "Michael Phelps", graphite on Paper by Don Pressley

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