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Foundation Opens Application for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Posted August 2, 2021

The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available online beginning Sunday, August 1, 2021 through the Wayne County Foundation. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 143 scholarships statewide and 2 scholarship in Wayne County. LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year. The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally in Wayne County through the Wayne County Foundation, is open to all Wayne County residents who:

  • graduate from an accredited Wayne County high school by 2022 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2022;
  • intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an eligible college or university in Indiana; and
  • meet the criteria specific to their local community foundation. Visit for complete information regarding the Wayne County Foundation's application criteria.

Students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Wayne County and apply for this scholarship by visiting Applications must be completed and submitted by noon on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to be considered.

Applications will be evaluated on, but not limited to, the following criteria: Academic Performance, Statement of Future Plans, Extracurricular Activities/Work Experience, Recommendations, Overcoming Adversity, Community Service, and Financial Need. Two finalists will be nominated by the Wayne County Foundation, and their names will be submitted to ICI for final selection of the recipients. Scholarship recipients will be notified in December.

Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-1998 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling more than $424 million. Nearly 5,000 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program's inception.

The primary purposes of LECSP are: 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Wayne County Foundation is again pleased to offer LECSP for its 25th year in Wayne County. 'We are excited to continue supporting this important scholarship and the opportunity it provides for students in our community,' said Rebecca Gilliam, executive director of the Wayne County Foundation.

Senior Adult Ministry August Meeting

Posted August 2, 2021

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Dust off your vocal chords and join us for a sing-in.

Come and bring snacks to share and invite a friend for an hour of entertainment and Christian fellowship.

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.

August Medical Monday to Discuss Lifestyle Changes That Come With Aging

Posted August 2, 2021

As we grow older, aging brings new challenges to consider and needs that must be met. August's edition of Medical Monday will provide tips for managing the changes that come later in life.

"Stages of Change" will be presented by April Coffin and Barbie Will of Reid Behavioral Health and Shannon Fanning and Sarah Logan of Reid Patient Continuum of Care.

The free presentation will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond. Resource tables from Lifestream and the Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program also will be available.

To register for the event, call Sharrie Harlin Davis at (765) 983-3000, ext. 4676. Masks are required to attend.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit. Harlin Davis started the event when she was working for the Minority Health Coalition and maintained it after joining Reid Health. The event has built a loyal following, averaging 40 to 50 guests each month to learn about various health issues and community programs.

Reid, Meridian Partner for Maternal Treatment Program Called The Nest

Posted August 2, 2021

Reid Health and Meridian Health Services have joined together to launch a maternal treatment program in Richmond called The Nest.

Substance use disorders, drug overdose deaths, and neonatal abstinence syndrome continue to be a significant problem in Wayne County. From January to August 2019, Reid had 543 deliveries and of those, 170 had a positive drug screen at the time of delivery.

The Nest aims to address those issues through integrated mental health, addictions, and medical services for pregnant women and those who have recently given birth.

"The program provides a welcoming and supportive environment where women can go without feeling judged or overlooked," said Erika Brandenstein, M.D., Reid OB/GYN and Medical Director for The Nest.

Discussions between Reid and Meridian began in mid-2017. At the time, Meridian had recently started a maternal treatment program in Delaware County in response to a high number of newborns there being born with neonatal abstinence syndrome and there was interest in replicating the program in Wayne County.

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed initial plans for implementing the program until this year.

"With Meridian's expertise in addictions and recovery, including Richmond's Residential Recovery Center and other maternal treatment programs throughout the state, we found Reid Health to be a great partner with us in providing OB/GYN services for the pregnant mothers here in Richmond," said Gerry Cyranowski, Regional Vice President for Meridian.

"Pairing individual and group addictions counseling with MAT and pre- and post-natal OB/GYN care is essential for the effective treatment of women with an opioid addiction."

"I believe as long as a woman has hope, she has a chance to turn her life around and become the mother she desires to be. The Nest is giving women who are struggling with addiction hope for a new life." -- Erika Brandenstein, M.D., Reid OB/GYN and Medical Director for The Nest

Dr. Brandenstein is certified to prescribe medications used to treat opioid dependence.

"By providing medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, comprehensive prenatal care, counseling, and social services, we are giving women hope," she said.

"I believe as long as a woman has hope, she has a chance to turn her life around and become the mother she desires to be. The Nest is giving women who are struggling with addiction hope for a new life."

Those interested in joining the program can fill out a form on the Reid Health website or talk with their provider about getting a referral. The Nest serves women who are currently pregnant, as well as those who are up to two years post-partum. Participants can bring their baby with them.

Six graduate in Family Medicine Residency Program's Class of 2021

Posted August 2, 2021

Reid Health's Family Medicine Residency Program recently celebrated the graduation of its Class of 2021 while also welcoming a new group of residents to the organization.

Six physicians were honored at the graduation ceremony with at least two of those deciding to stay within the Reid Health system.

"We're pleased to have multiple graduates choosing to continue their careers with Reid," said Phillip Scott, D.O., FAAFP, Residency Program Director. "That's certainly one of the considerations that the Reid Health Governing Board had in mind when they endorsed us starting this program."

Those graduating in the 2021 class include:

  • Chase Carpenter, D.O., and Megan Carpenter, D.O., a husband-and-wife duo who will be primary care physicians at Reid Medical Associates;
  • Christopher Gasaway, D.O., who has been accepted into a sports medicine Fellowship with Community Health Network in Indianapolis;
  • Wen Lin, D.O., who will be a primary care physician with St. Vincent in Carmel, Ind.;
  • Darrin Schwartz, D.O., who will be an outpatient primary care physician in Sarasota, Fla.; and
  • Derrick Whiting, D.O., who will decide on his next career step while finishing his residency training in August.

The Carpenters are the latest of the program's 19 graduates so far to choose to continue their careers at Reid. They join Justin Tudino, D.O., who joined the Reid Health Hospitalist team after graduation last year and Kristina Hair, D.O., who went to State Line Family Medicine from the Class of 2018.

"With the program being relatively new, we went through a time where every year there was a number of new things. I feel like we're hitting our stride now." -- Dr. Phillip Scott, D.O., FAAFP, Residency Program Director

Reid's 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. Graduates complete three years of training in family medicine, gaining a wide-ranging experience in the Reid Health system.

The program begins the 2021 year with a full complement of 18 residents, 75 preceptors and five core faculty members: Dr. Scott; Nuzhat Nisa, M.D.; Novera Inam, M.D.; Donald Smith, M.D.; and Tim Kaehr, M.A., LMFT.

The rest of the residents in Reid's program include:

  • Advancing third-years Brandon Baccari, D.O.; Kapesh Kunwar, M.D.; Mehrosh Naseem, M.D.; Nida Noor, M.D.; and Nabeel Uwaydah, M.D.
  • Advancing second-years Jonathan Adams, D.O.; Adebisi Adeyemi, M.D.; Waiel Almardini, M.D.; Kimberly Carhuatanta, D.O.; Dustin Cundiff, D.O.; Ibrahim Khan, M.D.; and Abdallah Saleh, M.D.
  • New residents Kristopher Brott, D.O.; Shruti Dave, M.D.; Tanner Everhart, D.O.; Nicholas Hinkle, D.O.; Joseph Intriago, M.D.; and Sara Khan, M.D.

"With the program being relatively new, we went through a time where every year there was a number of new things," Dr. Scott said. "I feel like we're hitting our stride now."

Transition to Police Department Nearly Complete as FInal Group of Officers Sworn In

Posted August 2, 2021

A transition originally expected to take more than two years to finish is on track to wrap up ahead of schedule after the final group of Reid Health security team members were sworn in as police officers this week.

Officers Braydon Bolos, Cody Hahn, Troy McCauley, and Dereck Tipton took their oaths in front of their families Monday. Bolos and Tipton will begin their work at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy next month while Hahn and McCauley will take their turn in October.

If all goes to plan, the transition from a security team to a police department will be complete in December.

"This is the culmination of what we started in January 2020. It feels good to see it all come together," said Randy Kolentus, Chief of Police for Reid Health.

"We're so thankful to our officers' families for their support. These guys being gone for eight weeks to attend the academy can be a challenge, and we're grateful for everything their families do to make it work."

"This is the culmination of what we started in January 2020. It feels good to see it all come together." -- Randy Kolentus, Chief of Police for Reid Health

Reid began to transform its security team to a police department early last year, joining other health systems around the state. The move is intended to enhance the security and safety of those who use Reid services.

The change reflects the growth of the health system and the accompanying increase in the need for police assistance. When the intention to establish the department first was announced, Kolentus noted the Richmond Police Department responded to Reid calls almost 900 times in 2019.

The former Security Department has grown from nine officers in 2016 to more than 20 team members today as Reid's geographic footprint has increased and its number of staff has risen to some 3,400 people.

"As we complete our transition to a police department, this final group exemplifies the hard work and dedication needed to succeed," said Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer. "They have worked extra shifts to support their colleagues, and now it's their turn to begin the journey. We have no doubt they will represent Reid well while excelling at the academy.

"Thank you to their families who manage their personal lives in their absence. It could not happen without their love and support!"

Union County Native Joins Neighborhood Health Center Care Team

Posted August 2, 2021

Supplied Photo:  Miranda Gardner
Miranda Gardner, Nurse Practitioner

As a lifelong resident of Union County, the newest provider at Neighborhood Health Center's Liberty location is excited to bring her passion for wellness to patients in the region.

"The opportunity to come back to my hometown to provide healthcare services feels like it was meant to be," said Miranda Gardner, Nurse Practitioner. "Being a local person who understands and is invested in the community will help me establish strong patient relationships and grow wellness within the community. I am thrilled to join the team at Union County Medical Center."

She was inspired to go into healthcare after watching her parents dedicate themselves to helping others during her childhood – her father as a first responder and volunteer firefighter, and her mother as a radiologic technologist and mammographer.

Gardner received her BSN in 2007 and her MSN in 2018 from Indiana University East. She has worked in the Emergency Department at Reid Health for the past 16 years, including as an RN and most recently as a nurse practitioner. She said she's looking forward to the shift to primary care. "Primary care is a special place that allows you to become invested in individuals and their families. I am excited about that."

She expects to be involved with many Union County and Liberty organizations, including schools, the county health department, Head Start programs and more. "I hope I can be a resource for the community and develop strong relationships with all of our wonderful organizations."

Miranda is accepting new patients. Patients wishing to schedule an appointment can call Union County Medical Center at 765-458-5191.

Reid Health, CareSource Reach Agreement on Marketplace Insurance Plans

Posted July 26, 2021

Reid Health and CareSource announced today that Reid is in network for CareSource Indiana Marketplace plans, providing more access to quality healthcare services for Hoosiers. This change went into effect July 1, 2021.

The partnership allows CareSource Indiana Marketplace members in-network access to the large scope of Reid Health hospitals, surgery centers, primary care physicians, laboratory services, specialists, and other healthcare practitioners.

"This agreement is a game-changer for our communities, which will now have a complete insurance solution for our low-to-middle-income families." -- Sharrie Harlin Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health

"This agreement is a game-changer for our communities, which will now have a complete insurance solution for our low-to-middle-income families," said Sharrie Harlin Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health.

CareSource is the only Indiana Marketplace insurance plan that includes all services of Reid Health hospital and Reid Health Physician Associates.

"We want to ensure every person has access to care, and this agreement is one of many steps in providing that access," said Chris Knight, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for Reid.

"We are thrilled to bring this partnership with Reid Health network to our CareSource Indiana Marketplace members." said Steve Smitherman, President of CareSource Indiana. "Reid Health has a long history of providing quality healthcare to their patients. We look forward to working with them to address the healthcare needs of Hoosiers."

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit, multi-state health plan recognized as a national leader in managed care. Founded in 1989, CareSource administers one of the nation's largest Medicaid managed care plans and offers a lifetime of access to care through health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage and dual-eligible programs. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource serves 2 million members in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. CareSource is also a partner in CareSource PASSE, which has been approved as a new option for the Provider-Led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) Program for Arkansans with complex behavioral health and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and is transforming health care with industry-leading programs that improve the health and well-being of our members.

For more, visit, follow @caresource on Twitter, or like CareSource on Facebook.

Neighborhood Health Center Looks to Expand Outreach, Convenience

Posted July 26, 2021

Supplied Photo: Cindy Cox
Cindy Cox

As Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) continues to grow and expand services, the facility's team is looking ahead for more ways to take care directly to patients with increased outreach and additional technology.

Cindy Cox, in a new role as Chief Branding Officer, said a big part of her role is to increase collaboration with other community resources and identify ways to make care more mobile for patients. "Adding mobile and community outreach is Neighborhood Health Center's commitment to find new ways to meet the healthcare needs of our community," she said.

NHC already provides MyChart, a patient portal that allows patients to access their healthcare information, send messages to their caregivers, make payments, request prescription refills or view other medical information. More than 54 percent of NHC patients are signed up for the platform. "Bringing services to where they are needed is a way for us to serve patients more conveniently," Cox said. Health education content will be added to MyChart soon.

Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, said NHC is increasing community outreach, with Cox's role including connecting with other facilities, such as extended care, and community organizations involved in helping meet the needs of residents. "Cindy will also be researching how we can improve access to dental services and coordinating events for providers to interact and educate in the community."

The goal of increasing mobile services is to take care to where patients are -- in extended care facilities, group homes, housing areas, senior centers and more, Miles said. "Another element will be ensuring other community organizations know about our services and how we can support them in their individual missions."

Cox said options being considered include finding ways for providers to see patients in their room or apartment, and to perform point of care testing or collect blood draws without patients having to come to the center. "This service will allow patients to receive care in the comfort of their facility. It will be most important during winter months as cold and flu season – and now COVID – settle in. A mobile unit will reduce the risk of exposure for our most vulnerable patients."

Cox is also meeting with other organizations to share about NHC and learn more about what others are doing for patients. "My goal is to build a collaborative relationship with the wonderful community resources that we have in our area. And I want Neighborhood Health Center to be the first place that comes to mind when our community partners think of health services."

Reid Wound Healing Center Adds New Location in Connersville

Posted July 26, 2021

Reid Wound Healing Center is expanding to a new location on the health system's main campus in Connersville.

Beginning next week, the center will be open for appointments 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays on the third floor of the facility at 1941 Virginia Ave. in Connersville.

The new location will offer nearly all the same services currently available at the Reid Wound Healing Center in Richmond.

Misha Mattingly, Clinical Operations Manager for the center, said the expansion will provide greater patient accessibility to accommodate the needs of those living in the Connersville area.

"Over the past 15-plus years, Reid Wound Healing Center has cared for many people from the Connersville community," said Kim Weber, M.D., Medical Director for the center.

"We are very excited to now have the opportunity to provide comprehensive wound care

close to home and expand access for people in the Connersville area who may have challenges traveling to Richmond."

Along with Weber, providers at the Connersville location will include Kendall Alig, N.P., and Amy Frantz, P.A.

"We are very excited to now have the opportunity to provide comprehensive wound care close to home and expand access for people in the Connersville area who may have challenges traveling to Richmond." -- Kim Weber, M.D., Medical Director for Reid Wound Healing Center

The team treats a number of wounds, including:

  • Burns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Arterial and venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Traumatic ulcers
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Other wounds that will not heal
  • Lower-leg edema
  • Lymphedema

To request an appointment, you can fill out the form on the Reid Health website or call the Reid Wound Healing Center at (765) 983-3300.

Memphis Grizzlies Desmond Bane Hosts Back-to-School Event for Wayne County Youth

Posted July 26, 2021

Memphis Grizzlies guard and Seton Catholic Alumnus, Desmond Bane, is giving back to the Richmond youth by hosting a community day event at Seton Catholic High School. Desmond is partnering with local non-profit, Communities In Schools, to benefit 200 of their Tier 3 students, with backpacks, school supplies, music, food, activities, and community resources. The back-to-school event is presented by Cronin Auto Group and 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. This event is closed to the public.

Bane seeks to give younger children from his own community the resources they need to provide them with the opportunity for a successful future. On this cause, Bane states, "When I was a kid I had dreams of making it! It's a blessing to come back to my hometown and help inspire these kids to chase their own dreams!"

Communities In Schools (CIS) ensures every student, regardless of race and socioeconomic background, has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. CIS works with all school districts in the area to provide services to Tier 3 students that include crisis intervention, health screening, mentoring, goal setting, and life skills.

Legacy Philanthropy is an agency assisting professional athletes in their charitable initiatives and is planning this event.

Get to Know Shakespeare at a Free Theatre Workshop

Posted July 21, 2021

Much Ado About Nothing
A Brown Box Theatre Project Workshop
Sponsored by the Richmond Shakespeare Festival
Tuesday, July 27th at 6:00pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Supplied Illustration: Much Ado About NothingMorrisson-Reeves Library and the Brown Box Theatre Project present an interactive workshop for people interested in getting to know more about the upcoming Shakespeare production to be held in Richmond, Indiana.

The Richmond Shakespeare Festival is presenting Much Ado About Nothing on July 29 at 8:00pm in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the Whitewater Gorge Park. This is a touring production by The Brown Box Theatre Project from Boston, MA. To prepare the audience for the theatre performance, Brown Box is offering a 1-hour interactive workshop at Morrisson-Reeves Library on July 27th at 6:00pm. Reserved seating is required and can be made for this free workshop at:

"Whether you are a Shakespeare enthusiast or have a complicated relationship with the Bard, join Brown Box Theatre Project as we look at Much Ado About Nothing. We'll explore what happens when communities, like those in the script, begin to embrace non-traditional ways of thinking," explains teaching artist Surrey Houlker.

This event will be offered with seating setup for social distancing. MRL will be following current CDC guidelines for indoor venues.

For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291.

IU East Mourns the Passing of Professor Emerita Eleanor L. Turk

Posted July 21, 2021

Supplied Photo: Eleanor L. Turk
Eleanor L. Turk

The Indiana University East community is remembering Professor Emerita of History Eleanor L. Turk who passed away on Sunday, July 18, at her home in Richmond, Indiana. She was 85 years old.

One of IU East's earliest full-time faculty members, Turk is part of the campus' history and leaves a legacy in research, scholarship and travel abroad.

Turk first joined IU East's faculty as an associate professor of history in 1983. In 1990, she was promoted to professor. She retired in 2003 with the title of emerita professor.

Chancellor Kathy Girten remembered Turk for her impact on IU East.

"The IU East community extends its sympathy to Eleanor's family, friends and colleagues," Girten said. "Eleanor will be remembered for her role in helping to shape the university into what it is today. Her influence, intelligence and foresightedness is still present today and ingrained in IU East's history."

Turk helped to develop the curriculum for several courses, and she was the first woman to chair the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at IU East.

In her retirement, Turk remained involved with the IU East community. She often attended the Retired Faculty Breakfast and Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon.

International travel was a passion for Turk.

She received invitations and grants to research abroad in Canada, Cuba, Germany and South Australia. In all she traveled to 104 countries.

When she retired in May 2003, IU East established the Eleanor L Turk International Studies Scholarship to support undergraduate and graduate students traveling abroad in an accredited study or exchange program.

In 2020, Turk received an Indiana University Bicentennial Medal for her exemplary study abroad leadership and her distinguished contributions to international education.

Before joining IU East, Turk was named as a Fulbright Scholar (1957-1958) and attended the Christian Albrechts Universitat in Kiel, Germany. She participated in seminars on German history at the Europaisch Akademie, Berlin, Germany in 1981 and in 1985. In 1992, she participated in the Fulbright Summer Seminar Deutsche Landeskunde held in Bonn, Berlin, and Leipzig. She received monograph research grants from the German Federal Archives.

TJ Rivard, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, worked with Turk as part of the faculty, and her influence is still with him today.

"Eleanor was an adventurer, not only of the world but of the mind," Rivard said. "She was always curious and could talk about a wide array of topics - history, of course, but also philosophy and German cinema. She was passionate and practical about her teaching, often linking the work and behaviors in the classroom to what students would encounter in the workforce. The best word I know to describe her is ebullient. I will miss her smile, which she almost always wore, and the optimistic way that she approached every challenge and opportunity."

While a professor at IU East, Turk was an active member of the faculty and served on boards IU-wide.

She was appointed to serve on the IU Institute for Advanced Study Board of Directors from 1991-93. She received the IU John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies in 1995.

Turk authored two books, The History of Germany published in 1999 and Issues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland published in 2003. In addition, she wrote over 40 published articles and authored research grants.

She was a presenter or invited lecturer at close to 70 conferences across the nation and abroad. She was a reviewer for proposals submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and National Endowment for the Humanities. She was also a consultant for the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities Consultant-Evaluator Corps, 1995-2004, and a member of the President's Council for International Programs from 1985-2003.

Turk received many awards, honors and grants including the Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant for Immigration Field Research to South Australia in 1984; an IU East Library Mini-Grant to build a collection of instructional videotapes in world history in 1994; an IU East Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1999; IU East Chancellor's Honors List in 1997; and an IU East Summer Faculty Fellowship in June 2000.

She served within the Richmond and Wayne County community as well. She was the founding member of the board and first president of the Sister Cities of Richmond, Indiana, Inc. with sister city Serpukhov, Russia, from 1987-90 and served on the board in 1990-92 and 1995-97. The program received the Best Overall Program Award in 1989, and the Governor of Indiana's Award for International Relations.

Turk was presented with the YMCA Community Leadership Award, and the Peace and Justice award in 1989. She was involved with the Women's Fund Committee, which went on to establish the women's fund through the Wayne County Foundation in 2004. She was also a founding member and treasurer of the Wayne County Arts Consortium.

As an accomplished photographer, Turk accumulated five awards for her photography.

Turk received her B.A. in in History with a minor in Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957. She earned her M.A. in European History with a minor in Diplomatic History from the University of Illinois in 1970. She earned a Ph.D. in Central European History with a minor in Comparative History in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Turk is survived by her son, Andrew Turk, her brother Frederick Fort, nieces, and many friends, colleagues and former students who remember her fondly.

IU East will host a Celebration of Life to honor Turk's legacy at 2 p.m. on September 2, 2021, in Vivian Auditorium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eleanor L. Turk International Studies Scholarship:

Indiana University Foundation
c/o Indiana University East
2325 Chester Blvd.
Richmond, Indiana 47374

Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Turk on her tribute page at

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted July 20, 2021

Supplied Newsletter:  August 2021 Singles Interaction

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne county to Open New Location in Western Wayne

Posted July 20, 2021

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County are excited to announce the opening of the new Western Wayne Boys & Girls Club at the Western Wayne Schools Administration Building (519 Queen Street, Pershing) this school year. This new Club is the result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and Western Wayne School Corporation and the passage of IN HB1008 which provided funding for student learning recovery projects to combat learning loss due to COVID.

"I am thrilled that we will be able to offer Boys & Girls Club to the students of Western Wayne Schools," Lincoln Middle/High School Principal Renee Lakes declared. "We have had excellent after school care for our elementary students for years, but now we are able to offer this for ages 6-18. Since this will be an academic site, we will be able to offer tutoring support as well, which will be great for our middle and high school students!"

Western Wayne Boys & Girls Club will offer the same afterschool programming focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship that are the hallmark of Boys & Girls Clubs across the county with additional emphasis on STEAM and other academic programs. Youth ages 6-18 are able to become members for only $15 annually. Club hours are 2:30-6:30 during the regular school year.

Unit Director Michal McDaniel has high expectations for the Unit's success, noting, "I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, students, parents, and community. I believe in the impact of the Boys & Girls Club, and I am so excited to open this Club in such a great area."

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is looking to hire youth development staff in the Western Wayne area to help staff the Club. Interested applicants should email their résumé to Director of Operations Alicia Painter at

"I am so excited for the opportunity to serve more youth at our new Western Wayne Unit," Painter added. "We have been welcomed by the community and we look forward to deepening our relationship with and the impact we have on the youth of Wayne County."

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens." Members of the Club, ages 6-18, have access to dedicated, trained professionals who provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Currently, the Club serves over 3,000 youth at five locations: the Jeffers, McDaniel, First Bank, Western Wayne, and Hagerstown units and during the summer at their 168-acre Camp Guy located on the Whitewater River. Since 1957, the Club has been striving to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life. For more information, visit

"A Year of Reflection" Art Exhibit at Reid Health

Posted July 14, 2021

Currently on display in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital is an exhibit of paintings by Richmond artist Sally Hughes. The title of the exhibit is "A Year of Reflection" and it includes many works in oil, gouache and acrylic that were completed during a year of staying close to home during the covid pandemic.

Painting: “Surf Watchers”, gouache painting by Sally Hughes
"Surf Watchers", Gouache painting by Sally Hughes

Hughes is a self-described "outdoor girl" who loves to paint familiar flowers and landscapes. She says that during this past year she began to pay more attention to the interesting shapes and shadows created by everyday objects such as a gas can or a collection of tools next to the garden shed, and discovered many opportunities to find beauty in the ordinary. She also enjoys camping trips with her husband, and they were able to venture out a few times last summer where she created a series of beach paintings and landscapes that include figures. This art exhibit is definitely worth seeing and many of the pieces are available for purchase.

Painting: “Zinnias and Glass”, Oil Painting by Sally Hughes
"Zinnias and Glass", Oil painting by Sally Hughes

The MacDowell Gallery is located on the second floor of the hospital and the current exhibit will remain on display through August 5.

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