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Richmond's Meltdown Winter Ice Festival

Posted January 22, 2020

The chainsaws and blowtorches fire up on January 23, 2020, kicking off the 7th annual Meltdown Winter Ice Festival. Downtown Richmond becomes an unforgettable destination where exquisitely detailed carvings, thrilling ice carving competitions, lively winter activities, and fun collide. AND the best part . . . it's free.

Watch the ice fly as world renowned ice artists, including Richmond's own Master Ice Carver Andrew Thistlethwaite, use their polished skills and imagination to transform blocks of ice into awe-inspiring crystalline spectacles. Take in the magical creations along Main Street and Elstro Park Plaza. Meet the artists and pose with more than 35 dazzling sculptures. During the festival, over 22 tons of ice will be intricately designed and sculpted into works of art.

Play games made of ice at the Interactive Play Zone -- corn hole, ping pong, chess, and skee-ball are just some of the fun activities to be enjoyed. Other highlights include fire shows, Magical Snowflakes on Main Scavenger Hunt, Frozen Fairy Trail, Frosty Mug Pub Crawl, Lego competition, local food trucks, fireworks, and more.

The most anticipated and crowd pleasing extravaganza during the event are the two exhilarating ice sculpting competitions between pro carvers and 1,200 lbs. of ice. The audience is the judge for this event as these artists go head to head to see who can create the best sculpture in the allotted time. These high-octane ice carving showdowns will take place Friday, January 24th & Saturday, January 25th. Competitions on both nights start at 7:30 p.m. at Elstro Park Plaza, downtown Richmond.

Supplied Photos: Meltdown Ice Festival Events

Free TAX Service at MRL

Posted January 22, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Preparation Services

It tax time! Why not receive free help with filing your taxes? Free tax preparation assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on February 5th. This free service is offered every Wednesday through April 8th. Services including: Indiana State and Federal Tax form preparation with electronic filing. A dozen certified volunteers will be on hand to assist patrons. Although there are no income restrictions for this service, individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complex will be referred to a tax professional.

The tax service starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. being the deadline for sign-ups. This free service is provided on a first come, first serve basis and is open to Indiana residents.

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

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

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

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

Community Generates Over $1.8 Million in 2019 Challenge Match

Posted January 22, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation announced today detailed results of its 2019 Challenge Match.

Forty-seven local organizations collectively raised $1.58 million from generous donors in a nine-day period this November. This amount, plus the Foundation match, represents over $1.84 million in total contributed benefit to the community.

The Challenge Match was an opportunity for participating organizations to share up to $257,500 from the Foundation, based on qualifying gifts they received from the community in a designated match period. It was the eighth time that the program was offered.

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

"We especially want to thank our Match Partners," Gilliam said. The Match Partners included the Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, First Bank Community Fund, Fund for Tomorrow, Eldon and Sharon Harzman, Mr. Jeff Jeffers, and the Wayne Bank Community Fund." Their contributions really led the way and enabled more organizations to participate."

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

Supplied Table: 2019 Challenge Match Details

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

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Staff

Posted January 22, 2020

Supplied Photo:  Tonya RossThe Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Tonya Ross has joined the staff as Director of Marketing and Events.

Tonya is a lifelong resident of Richmond and was the Orthopedic Service Line Director with Reid Health. Most recently, she has been collaborating with regional small businesses, managing social media campaigns, and coaching new owners with the Vintage Market Days franchise system. Her event experience includes creating bi-annual large-scale events with Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati and a past owner of Just Between Friends, a local Wayne County seasonal event. Tonya has a true passion for community, creating customer experiences and fostering collaborations– especially in Wayne County.

"Tonya comes to us with experience in events, marketing and operations," said Chamber President and CEO Melissa Vance. "This expertise will expand the current Chamber capabilities and serve our members and community well. She is an exceptional addition to the team."

Tonya said, "I am excited to join the incredible Wayne County Chamber team and support our business community."

Roxie Deer has been serving as Director of Programs & Events. However, she will be taking on the newest addition to the Chamber repertoire – Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE). "With Roxie's passion around education, she will continue leading efforts in that area," Vance said. "We know she will be the perfect leader to continue to grow young professional engagement in Wayne County and ensure the pipeline for our future workforce is complete."

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing network opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and a number of initiatives. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Taste of Wayne County, Community Improvement Awards, hosting local political debates and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit

'Hate U Give' author, anthem protester, among speakers for MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month

Posted January 22, 2020

Angie Thomas, the author of the best-selling novel "The Hate U Give," will speak at Earlham as part of the College's annual Black History Month celebration.

Thomas will give the College's Convocation at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, February 5, in Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall. The event, which is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, the Office of Student Life and the Office of Events, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Thomas' convocation will trace the development of her debut novel, which was published in 2017, and speak on topics related to race, activism and social change.

The College also will screen the popular 2018 movie that is based on Thomas' novel. The screening will begin at noon on Sunday, February 2, at the May-Crossen Student Commons in Runyan Center.

Additional activities are also planned to celebrate Black History Month, including:

  • A performance of the one-person play Black Book will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 8, in Goddard Auditorium. This one-person play, which is sponsored by Earlham's Artist and Lecture Series, was written and performed by M.F.A. playwright and actor Austin Dean Ashford. It debates what happens to young minds when educational spaces begin to resemble a prison more than a place to learn and grow. Tickets are required and cost $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchasedat or by calling the Runyan Center Box Office at 765-983-1474, beginning Wednesday, January 15.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2020

Posted January 22, 2020

Flyer: February 2020 Singles Interaction Newsletter

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Record Sales at Ginkgo Boutique Mean More Patient Needs Supported

Posted January 22, 2020

The Ginkgo Boutique at Reid Health hit another milestone in 2019 with more than $1 million in gross revenue, generating a record in support of patient care by the health system.

The great year means more funds to invest in supporting patient care - 100 percent of proceeds from the shop, which is operated by the Reid Health Auxiliary, are donated to the Reid Health Foundation and used to fund various projects and equipment to benefit patients.

Miracle Baker, Retail Manager, said items or projects supported by Auxiliary funds in recent years include:

  • Chemo chairs for cancer patients
  • Transportation to get patients to and from appointments
  • New equipment for the Reid Health - Connersville emergency department
  • Patient beds
  • Rocking chairs for the Family Birthing Center nursery

"I am so proud of the Ginkgo Boutique team, including its valuable volunteers, who create a unique shopping experience for our employees, patients, visitors and community," said Angie Dickman, Reid Health Vice President. "Their success combined with our tremendous customer loyalty have made it possible for patients and their care to be supported in many wonderful ways."

Randy Kirk, Reid Vice President/Foundation President, said the unwavering efforts of the Auxiliary through the Ginkgo Boutique and other projects "is a remarkable statement of philanthropy at its finest, generating remarkable charitable support to help meet the needs of Reid Health patients and their families."

Baker said she has 18 active volunteers in the shop and five full or part-time employees. She said she and her team work hard to ensure the shop offers unique merchandise that is "unique, affordable and of great quality."

The shop, which was named Ginkgo Boutique when it opened on Reid's new campus in 2008, has set records in the years since.

Baker said the shop will have a customer appreciation celebration Jan. 21-24 with 25 percent off storewide. Other activities include on Wednesday, a gift with a $5 purchase, and a game with prizes on Thursday.

The Ginkgo Boutique is on the main concourse near the main entrance of the campus at 1100 Reid Parkway. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Reid Health Restricts Visitation Because of Flu, Illness

Posted January 9, 2020

For the protection of our patients, visitors and families, Reid Health is now restricting visitors because of the continued increase in flu and respiratory illness. Health officials posted the following guidelines Thursday while asking everyone to be sensitive to the risks of spreading infection when at the hospital.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Children younger than 18 are not permitted on patient units except in special situations.
  • Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
  • Patients are restricted to their unit except for testing or therapy
  • Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, are not be allowed to
  • visit patients.
  • Visitors and parents should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the campus

Kim Schneider, with Reid Infection Control, said the health system has seen a spike in positive flu and respiratory illnesses in the last two weeks.

Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District 72nd Annual Meeting

Posted January 9, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County Soil & Water District 72nd Annual Meeting

The Wayne County SWCD invites you to come enjoy dinner and an evening of fellowship and fun at their 72nd annual banquet. The banquet will be held Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Kuhlman Center located on the Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pork chop dinner catered by Rihm's Catering of Cambridge City. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Conservation awards and supervisor elections will be held during the banquet.

We are pleased to have Ed Pollock and Gunty Atkins as our guest speakers for the evening, discussing Indiana Barn Preservation.

Tickets can be purchased for $12.00 by mailing payment to or stopping at the district office Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m at 823 S Round Barn Road, Richmond, IN. Tickets can also be purchased at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau Welcome Center.

If you have any questions, please call us at 765-966-0191 Ext. 3.

IU East Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with Events Through January 31

Posted January 7, 2020

Supplied Photo: Julius BaileyIndiana University East will welcome Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker Julius Bailey, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, in the First Bank Community Room located in Whitewater Hall. Bailey is an associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University.

The lecture, "MLK Jr.'s Beloved Community Begins With You," is free and open to the public.

Using King's words that appeal to a common humanity Bailey will focus on the role individuals can play to impact societal change.

"In other words, we need a project of redefining our common humanity in a way that transcends racial division and creates a powerful new sense of national or human identity capable of transcending and overcoming the old, race-based identities," Bailey says. "This is a beloved community, as King saw it. Today is my day, your day, our day, to rid ourselves of the old and pick up anew and forge an America that puts love as its national ethic."

As an associate professor at Wittenberg, Bailey teaches philosophy and African American Studies. He is a philosopher, cultural critic, social theorist and diversity lecturer.

In addition to teaching, Bailey is the coordinator for the African and Diaspora Studies, and the director for the Pre-Law Program and director for the Justice, Law & Public Policy program at Wittenberg University. He also serves as the director of Faculty Diversity and as a member of the university's African and Diaspora Studies Advisory Board and the Student Board of Academic Standards.

Bailey has been a guest on numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox, B.E.T, and ABC Nightline, and he often speaks at colleges, prisons, churches and community organizations across America.

He has authored four books, including the award-winning Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond and edited two others, including The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. His new book, Racism, Hypocrisy and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love, is scheduled to be released by Broadview Press this February.

Bailey received his Doctorate in Philosophical Foundations and Education, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He received a Masters Certificate in African American Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Arts in Philosophy and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Following Bailey's lecture the campus will host additional events and activities through January 31. This includes a film showing of The Hate You Give, The Race Card Project, a panel discussion with community members, and a community discussion with IU East's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Events are free and open to the public.

Yemi Mahoney, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the Chancellor, organized the events for this year's MLK celebration at IU East.

"Fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all is one of IU East's values," Mahoney said. "It is my hope that these events, beginning with Bailey's lecture about creating a beloved community, will not only facilitate dialogue about important issues but also serve as a call to action for our community."

The IU East campus will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Upcoming MLK Events

Keynote Lecture: MLK Jr.'s Beloved Community Begins With You
Tuesday, January 21
2 p.m.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
Speaker: Julius Bailey, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University.

Movie: The Hate You Give
Thursday, January 23
7 p.m.
Tom Raper Hall, Room 124
Description: Starr Carter, who is constantly switching between two worlds - the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what is right.

The Race Card Project
Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31
Whitewater Hall Lobby
Description: The Race Card Project invites people from all walks of life to share their opinions, beliefs, observations, and experiences on race and cultural diversity in a six-word sentence. Stop by to post a six-word sentence and read what others have posted.

Panel Discussion: Stories of Resistance, Persistence and Empowerment from the Civil Rights Era
Tuesday, January 28
7 p.m.
Whitewater Hall Lobby
Description: What was it like to integrate a high school football team in Kentucky? Petition companies in Indiana to hire Black workers? Confront members of the Ku Klux Klan? A panel of local community members will highlight their activism during the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana and beyond.

Community Discussion with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Wednesday, January 29 11 a.m. Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall in the Community Engagement Commons Description: During its first meeting of the semester the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will host a discussion about Martin Luther King Jr., the relevance of his message today, and how IU East faculty and staff can incorporate "his dream" into their work.

LifeStream to host Sapphire Social in March

Posted January 9, 2020

LifeStream Services invites the community to attend Sapphire Social in celebration of LifeStream's 45 th anniversary of providing services in East Central Indiana. Sapphire Social will be held on Friday, March 13 from 6pm to 10pm at Cornerstone Center for the Arts located at 520 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305. Attendees will celebrate with dinner, drinks, and music, while supporting LifeStream in raising funds to continue providing the vital services that over 19,000 people in East Central Indiana rely on every day to maintain their independence. Attendees can participate in an auction featuring prizes from generous community donors and a dessert dash. A dessert dash encourages tables to pool together funds for the right to run and a grab a dessert from the dessert dash table. The table raising the most funds will have the first position when the dash begins. This is a fun and interactive way to support LifeStream and enjoy a sweet treat!

Tickets to the event are $45 per person or $350 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 765-759-1121. The last day to purchase tickets to the Sapphire Social is February 28.

Sponsorship and donations of desserts or auction items will be accepted through February 28. Those who are interested should contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or Special thanks to the current Sapphire Social sponsors Heaven Sent Home Health Care, Heart to Heart Hospice and Shafer Leadership Academy.

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 and follow on Facebook at

Reid Health reaccredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

Posted January 7, 2020

Reid Health has again received a full three-year accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), including new service locations in Connersville. The survey involves an extensive on-site review of quality and safety standards, including the overall environment of care.

Supplied Graphic: HFAP Seal"Reid Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety," said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS, HFAP's non-profit parent company. "We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the hospital and specific departments against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Reid Health has earned the distinction of HFAP accreditation through its performance in successfully meeting those standards."

"We owe our continued success in accreditation reviews to the quality and diligence of our medical staff along with our expert clinical and non-clinical staff. These team members continually strive to provide excellent, compassionate care that meets or exceeds HFAP standards," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "Earning HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals."

Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said the HFAP accreditation is regularly sought and obtained in what is a continual process to maintain quality and excellence. She noted the accreditation includes Connersville locations that were taken on in July when Reid Health acquired most of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System. "It takes all 3300 of our employees working diligently, and our Connersville teams rose to the challenge during a time of major transition to ensure compliance with these rigorous standards," she said. "The goal is to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for our patients and their families."

HFAP is a nationally recognized program of AAHHS offering accreditation and specialty certifications to serve a range of healthcare organizations. Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers.

HFAP's mission is to be the valued partner for healthcare organizations committed to improving their quality of care, through accreditation/certification standards and continuing education, with a focus on advancing the health and welfare of their communities. For more information, visit

The survey team was in Richmond and Connersville earlier this year and spent four days on site reviewing compliance with multiple standards in areas that include medical staff, nursing and patient care, infection control, pharmacy procedures, medical records, building safety, staff qualifications and more.

Reid Health and specific departments and service lines also maintain numerous other accreditations, Ehlers said, with HFAP and the Indiana Department of Health being among the most extensive. "The purpose of all of them is to continue a culture of excellence." Reid Health has been accredited by HFAP for nearly 18 years, participating in six surveys. Ehlers said a Reid Health team member is assigned to own each standard and works to ensure they are met, noting that all standards are continually monitored.

Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

Posted January 6, 2020

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We gather together for our ever popular hymn sing. Come and bring a friend. We'll join our voices and have soup and sandwiches to share.

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.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2020

Posted December 19, 2019

Flyer: January 2020 Singles Interaction Newsletter

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Reid Outpatient Psych to Open in New Location

Posted January 6, 2020

Reid Health's outpatient psychiatric services are opening Monday, Jan. 6, at a new location and with a new name, health system officials say.

The newly renamed Outpatient Behavioral Health service line will move from the sixth floor of the Reid Health main campus on Reid Parkway to 1130 North J Street in Richmond. "This new location gives us our own dedicated and easily accessible space with nearby parking and a newly remodeled facility," said April Coffin, Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health.

She noted that services are all on one floor in the building, which was the former home of a physician office. The move is in response to the growing need for services and outgrowing the space on the hospital's main campus.

The new space will allow expanded capacity to handle more patients. A new provider is to be added in February as well.

The outpatient psychiatric services team includes psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP), nurses and licensed clinical social workers who provide follow-up after inpatient care, and initial evaluations, assessments, and on-going treatment of patients who do not require hospitalization.

Services include medication management, and individual and family therapies.

For more information or appointment information, please call: (765) 983-3050.

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