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Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site to receive Midwest Travel Journalists Association GEMmy Award

Posted June 24, 2019

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site will be honored with a GEMmy Award during a ceremony on June 28.

The award, given by the Midwest Travel Journalists Association, recognizes outstanding travel sites, attractions and experiences that highlight the discovery and education travel can bring. The state historic site was nominated for the GEMmy Award by travel writer Elizabeth Granger of Fishers due to the powerful and emotionally moving story about the Coffins' work with freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad, which is presented through interactive experiences and tours of the Coffin home.

Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site is one of eight locations – and the only destination in Indiana – being honored this summer with a GEMmy, which has been awarded by the organization since 1992.

WHAT: Representatives of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association will present a 2019 GEMmy Award to the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, one of the 12 locations within the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites system, during a ceremony at the location's interpretive center.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon, June 28

WHERE: Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, 201 U.S. 27 North, Fountain City, IN 47341

Singles Interaction Newsletter - June 2019

Posted June 20, 2019

Supplied Flyer: July 2019

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Nettle Creek Players Summer Company Arrives in Hagerstown
National, Regional & Local Theatre Artists Begin Performances July 5

Posted June 19, 2019

Supplied Photo: 2019 Nettle Creek Players Company Group Photo
Photo Credits: Photo by Darrin Murrell. Featuring (back row from left) Sean Haynes, Jacob Butler, Cody Ricks, Lee Stacey, Jordan Wolfe, Maddy Fenton, Devin Summan, Katie Carfield, Kavin Moore, Logan Moore (middle row from left) Gilda Lewis, Anna Marck, Alison Moore (front row from left) Taylor Hadsell, Alexis Smith, Lily Ballenger, Paige Strothman, Sage Murrell

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization in Hagerstown, Indiana, this week welcomed its 2019 troupe of visiting professional theatre artists who will live in the community for nine weeks as they prepare and present the Nettle Creek Players 2019 Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, GERSHWIN & FRIENDS: A BROADWAY SONGBOOK CABARET, and RUMPELSTILTSKIN, OR THE FAIRIE'S SECRET NAME. Performances of JOESPH will be at 7:30pm on July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27 & 5:00pm on July 7 with GERSHWIN & FRIENDS at 5:00pm on July 14, 21 & 28 and RUMPELSTILTSIKIN at 11:00am on July 20 & 27. All performances will take place in the Nettle Creek Players Show Tent at 150 N. Plum Street in historic downtown Hagerstown, Indiana.

Tickets for JOSEPH and GERSHWIN & FRIENDS are $15 per person with discounts available for students, children and groups of 10 or more. Tickets for RUMPELSTILTSKIN are $5 per person. Tickets and more information are available at, at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers and by phone at 765-312-2722.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

A reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber & Tim Rice's classic is one of the most enduring Broadway shows of all time. Told entirely through song with the help of the angelic Narrator, the musical follows Jacob's favorite son, Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar's wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph's solution to Egypt's famine elevates him to Pharaoh's right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

"Gershwin & Friends: A Broadway Songbook Cabaret"

This witty and clever walk through the greatest music from Tin Pan Alley to the early days of Broadway features classic songs from George & Ira Gershwin as well as their friends and colleagues including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Rogers & Hart, Kay Swift and more. More than two dozen songs are connected by humorous, insightful and endearing stories from the lives and careers of these music masters. Jazz Era gowns and tuxedos frame this elegant and entertaining journey through the best songs of the 20th Century including "Stairway to Paradise," "Our Love is Here to Stay," "Night & Day," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blues in the Night."

"Rumpelstiltskin, or The Fairie's Secret Name"

The traditional tale of the girl who made a deal with a devilish little imp who helped her spin straw into gold. The audience helps banish the arrogant elf by shouting his name at just the right moment to save the day in this 40-minute fast-paced comedy crafted for both the youngest audiences as well as the young-at-heart.

The visiting artists are living in the community in the homes of local volunteers. They will rehearse the shows for 2 ½ weeks and perform for four weekends. Following the season in Hagerstown, performers in GERSHWIN & FRIENDS will take that show on tour, playing a two-week run of shows at the historic Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, Indiana from August 3 through August 11.

The eight professional actors and visiting artists-in-residence that will form the 2019 core company include the following:

Jacob Butler comes from Cincinnati and is a graduate of Ball state University. He has been seen on stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, BOBDIREX in Indianapolis and has numerous film credits. Jacob will play the title role in JOSEPH;

Katie Friedel-Carfield of Richmond, Indiana is a graduate of Ball State University and has performed regionally at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, Kings Island, Cedar Point and Busch Gardens as well as the West End Lounge and Duplex Cabaret in New York City. Ms. Friedel-Carfiled will play the Narrator in JOSEPH;

Anna Marck lives in Chicago and is a graduate of Oakland University. She has performed with Thunder Bay Theater, Water Works Theatre and Festival 56 among others. She will portray Levi in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Sean Haynes lives in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University. He has performed in multiple seasons of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, with Actors Theatre of Indiana and at the IndyFringe Festival in Indianapolis and as a singer with Broadway star Sutton Foster and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and at the Columbia Club Cabaret. He will portray Dan and Potiphar in JOSEPH, be a lead emcee and soloist in GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Taylor Hadsell is native of Plano, Texas and recent graduate of Ball State University and an Equity Membership Candidate. Taylor has worked at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Plano Arts Collective and Ohlook Performing arts Center. She will play Asher in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Alexis Smith is a student at Point Park University in Pittsburgh where she has performed at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Other credits include performances at the Bicentennial Park Theatre and Rialto Square Theatre in her native Joliet, Illinois. She will portray Gad and The Baker in JOSEPH, be a lead emcee and soloist in GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a serve as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Maddy Fenton is a native of Yorktown, Indiana and is a Musical Theatre major at Ball State University. She has performed at Muncie Civic Theatre and in several shows at Ball State. Ms. Fenton will play the role of Zebulon in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a serve as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Kavin Moore is a Ball State University musical theatre major originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He has performed at Booth Tarkington Theatre, Ethnic Theatre Alliance, Legacy Theatre and Kentucky Shakespeare. Mr. Moore will play Judah in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a serve as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Five performers who were in the 2018 Nettle Creek Players company are returning for a second season. They include:

JD Sams is a native of Connersville and studied at both Ball State University and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. He is the lead singer of popular local band The Smileys, portrayed The Wolfe in NCP's 2018 production of INTO THE WOODS and will play The Pharaoh in JOSEPH;

Lily Ballenger is from Cambridge City and has performed at Richmond Civic Theatre and was seen as one of the stepsisters in NCP's INTO THE WOODS. Ms. Ballenger will play Reuben in JOSEPH;

Jordan Paul Wolfe is from Richmond where he studies at Earlham College. A graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, he has performed at Richmond Civic Theatre and Earlham Theatre Company, was The Steward in NCP's INTO THE WOODS and will play Napthali and The Butler in JOSEPH.

Craig Underwood is a Chicago-based member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers and starred as the Baker in NCP's 2018 production of JOSEPH. He has performed at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana, The Mercury & Paramount Theatres in Chicago and will direct & choreograph JOSEPH;

Dr. Julie Lyn Barber is Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Western Kentucky University and has performed for 10 years in CABARET POE with Q Artistry in Indianapolis, in many shows with American Heritage Theatre Company and Portland Center Stage in Oregon and The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres as well as numerous theatres in her native Canada and the 2018 NCP season where she played The Witch in INTO THE WOODS. Dr. Barber will choreograph GERSHWIN and direct RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Several local performers will also join the company. They include the following:

Devin Summan is from Bentonville and graduated from Connersville High School and Ball State University. He is a frequent performer at Richmond Civic Theatre and Muncie Civic Theatre and will play Simeon in JOSEPH;

Alison Moore is from Richmond and is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago and holds a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University. She has been seen on stage at Richmond Civic Theatre and The Bell Tower Theatre. Ms. Moore will play Issachar and Potiphar's Wife in JOSEPH;

Lee Stacey is a New Castle native, an NCP alum from the 1980's and long-time director of the Guyer Opera House in Lewisville, Indiana. He will play Jacob in JOSEPH, a role he first played for NCP in 1988;

Gilda McClure Lewis is a native of Connersville and NCP alum from the 1980's. She will coordinate costuming for the season and play Jacob's Wife in JOSEPH

Chorus members include local high school students and 2-year veterans of NCP's Young Actor's Workshop program, Paige Strothman and Sage Murrell, who join the full company for the first time.

Music Director for the season will be Ball State University accompanist Cody Ricks who led the NCP orchestra in 2017 and music directed in 2018. He is joined for a second year by percussionist Josh Fulford.

Technical Director and Production Stage Manager is Greg Gasman, former Technical Director at Muncie Civic Theatre. He is joined by Assistant Stage Manager Logan Hill, a native of Ridgeway, Ohio and recent graduate of Ohio Northern University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Production Manager will be 3-year NCP veteran Marty Grubbs, former Muncie Civic Theatre director, Losantville native, Ball State graduate and Chicago actor.

The artistic quality of the project is overseen by Executive Artistic Director Darrin Murrell ( who has worked as a professional actor, director, producer and educator for over 30 years with theatres across the country. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers. He has developed and managed numerous Young Actors Workshop educational programs in Rome, New York, Chicago, Portland, Oregon and Muncie, Indiana. He is former Executive Director of Muncie Civic Theatre, and has served as President of the Indiana Community Theatre League and Regional Representative to the American Association of Community Theatres. Mr. Murrell will direct GERSHWIN & FRIENDS.

For tickets and information visit and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers or call 765-312-2722.

Lifestream Partners with Local Organizations for Senior Day at the Wayne County 4-H Fair

Posted June 18, 2019

Sponsor tent to host a variety of sponsored activities including music, chair volleyball, snacks and drinks, and more at no cost.

Supplied Flyer: Senior Day at the Wayne County, IN 4-H Fair

LifeStream invites the community to attend Senior Day at the Wayne County 4-H Fair on Wednesday, June 26. The sponsor tent will host a variety of sponsored activities and refreshments at no cost. The Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds is located at 861 Salisbury Rd, Richmond, IN 47374.

The schedule of the day includes the following activities:

  • 11am to Noon: Wellness checks provided by Rosebud Village.
  • Noon: Visit Today's Harvest Farmers Market. LifeStream will also be conducting SFMNP Farmers Market Voucher distribution while supplies last.
  • 1pm to 2pm: Enjoy snacks and a cold drink during activities with Ambassador Healthcare.
  • 2pm to 3pm: Practice your serve and play chair volleyball with Richmond Club 50.
  • 3pm to 4pm: Cool off with an ice cream treat and play a game of cards with Reid Health Alliance Medicare.
  • 4pm to 5pm: Play an Activity with the Centerville-Abington Senior Center.
  • 5pm to 6pm: Sit back and enjoy banjo music to wrap up the day.

LifeStream Services has partnered with Rosebud Village, Ambassador Healthcare, Richmond Club 50, Reid Health Alliance Medicare, and Centerville-Abington Senior Center to make this event possible. Learn more about Senior Day at the Wayne County 4-H Fair by visiting or contact Lori Joseph, Wellness Educator, by calling 765-722-4060 or emailing

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

Wayne County Foundation Announces Key Initiative Grant Cycle

Posted June 13, 2019

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce a special round of Key Initiative Grants in support of strategic priorities identified by Forward Wayne County.

Organizations working to advance human capital development and quality of place programs throughout Wayne County are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted between June 14 and July 12 for awards of up to $25,000.

More information can be found on the Foundation's website,

Additional information is available by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or emailing

3... 2... 1... Blast off to the Library! This

Posted June 13, 2019

This summer, you and your kiddos can explore the galaxy, and never leave the ground. Experience all the fun as Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories" running June – July 27. Patrons can track their reading and activities progress online at, as well as earn prizes, play games and learn more about the universe. The summer program is free and open to the public with more details found online at

It's not all about reading books. Participants can also listening to audio books, watch movies participate in library activities and learn about the moon, planets and even aliens. The online tracking system linked on the library's website is an easy way to organize your progress. The library staff is available to assist with tracking your progress. Ask for more details during your next visit the library.

Free Programs Are Out of This World!

The library offers free, signature programs for all ages. Some of the upcoming events are Little Red Riding Hood (with an alien space twist) performed by Minnetrista Theatre Preserves, Storytimes, t-shirt making, hatching alien egg, moon rocks, game nights and more are planned. All events are listed on the library's website at

Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. Last year, over a 1,000 children, teens and adults participated in the MRL Summer Reading Program, which includes more than 30 programs to enrich learning, and explore the universe.

This year's premiere sponsor is the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

Morrisson-Reeves Library has served the people of Richmond, Indiana since 1864. MRL is well known for signature services and programs such as Storytimes, Free Computer Classes, Reading Clubs, Reader's Advisory, Local History, Research, Summer Reading Programs and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The library's Strategic Plan supports the mission of "connecting people to information, inspiration, and infinite opportunities." which positions MRL to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources. MRL is the community's resource for lifelong learning.

Hayes Arboretum Receives Grant for New LED Lighting

Posted June 13, 2019

Hayes Arboretum has been awarded $7,719 in funding from Wayne County Foundation to make lighting upgrades to the Arboretum facility as a part of a multi-year energy efficiency project. These upgrades will benefit visitors to the nature center, summer class and workshop participants in the annex classroom, visitors to the administration building including the students in the Third Grade Reading Academy, and parking lot visitors. The lighting will be brighter, more energy efficient, and reduce maintenance and replacement costs of outdated fluorescent tubes and ballasts.

Hayes Arboretum is committed to the ongoing pursuit of environmental sustainability. Hayes' programming, at its very core, teaches the community the value of nature and the delicate balance between human actions and the environment. Due to the historic nature of the property and its buildings, the staff is constantly working to improve the site by addressing structural issues and energy inefficiencies that not only affect the facility's bottom line, but also negatively impact the environment. Receipt of this grant from Wayne County Foundation will go far in helping Hayes achieve this goal.

Over the past 6 years, Hayes Arboretum has developed a plan for energy efficiency improvements including window replacements, HVAC upgrades, lighting upgrades, and the addition of insulation. This Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project is estimated to exceed $21,000 in total cost. The Wayne County Foundation's grant makes an important step possible. Not only will the change from these inefficient bulbs save the Arboretum money within the first month of installation, but it will also dramatically improve safety and the visitor experience.

Hayes Arboretum, knowing that this project was multi-year and significant in size, has worked with Ivy Tech students to make the process a learning experience. The students evaluated the buildings using energy efficiency guidelines and created a list of recommended processes for the staff to follow when considering upgrades.

The value of an efficiently run nature center in the heart of Richmond cannot be understated. From low cost educational programming to free access to healthy lifestyle contributors like trails and green spaces, the Arboretum's ability to meet the community's needs for years to come is important to the quality of life in Richmond and Wayne County. By installing energy efficient LEDs, the Arboretum will be able to divert more funding to community programs while reducing maintenance and utility costs. Well-funded programs mean vibrant experiences for visiting guests and community residents.

Hayes Arboretum is the educational project of S.W. Hayes Research Foundation, Inc. Their mission is to provide nature and recreation related education to its visitors through instruction, experiences and amenities. The arboretum has 466 acres of woodlands, meadows, swamps, and streams and contains 3% of Indiana's old-growth forest.

Register for IU East's Run with the Wolves 5K on July 20

Posted June 5, 2019

Indiana University East's Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, July 20. Registration is now open at

Supplied Photo: Runners at the start/finish line prepare to begin their run.
IU East will host this year's Run with the Wolves 5K on July 20. The event is part of the Wayne County Challenge Series.

Runners and walkers will join more than 400 other participants for this year's event on the IU East campus and run the Red Wolves' cross country course, located behind Hayes Hall. The event includes a free "Run with Rufus" 1K family run/walk.

All pre-registrants receive a Run with the Wolves race shirt.

This year, first responders can participate in the race at no cost. Last year, so many of our region's first responders came to the campus' aid when two fugitives approached campus attempting to allude law enforcement. Although the manhunt resulted in the cancellation of last year's Run with the Wolves race our campus remained safe because of their service. Inviting first responders to enjoy this year's race (free of charge) is the campus' way of saying thank you for protecting and serving. All first responders who participate will also receive a special t-shirt (see registration form).

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. on July 20 at the Hayes Hall patio, located on the lower level of the building. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. followed by the "Run with Rufus" at 9:05 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:25 a.m. at the Hayes Hall patio.

Run with the Wolves is part of the Wayne County Challenge series.

Register online at The pre-registration cost is $20, and day-of registration is $25. Students in grades K-12 and college can pre-register for $15 or register on race day for $20.

Proceeds from the event will support student scholarship programs funded through the IU East Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or email

ATHENA Leadership Award® Finalists Announced

Posted Jnue 5, 2019

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East have partnered for the sixth year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, and Janice Buhl-Macy.

The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner on 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.

The request for nominations went out to the community in March. The three finalists chosen for the ATHENA Leadership Award® are:Supplied Photo: ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists are (left to right) Rhonda Duning, Melissa Vance and Jennifer Feaster. Ashley Sieb (far right) is the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.
ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists are (left to right) Rhonda Duning, Melissa Vance and Jennifer Feaster. Ashley Sieb (far right) is the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

Rhonda Duning of Richmond, Indiana, is a realtor at Coldwell Banker Lingle. She has served on Communities in Schools of Wayne County as a founding board member, former president of Richmond Realtors Association, past president of East Central Indiana Workforce Development, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce board, Girls Inc., and she was the first woman to serve on the YMCA board. Duning is a member of PSI-Iota-XI Sorority, Vintage Wheels, First English Lutheran Church and a member of its council and a women's Bible study fellowship. Previously, she was a mentor for the Fairview reading and Study Buddy programs.

Jennifer Feaster of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of Financial Administration for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. She is currently vice president for the Richmond Noon Kiwanis Club. She is also a board member for Safety Village of Wayne County and the IU East Alumni Association. She is a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Indiana Chapter, and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Additionally, she serves as a secretary for EAA Chapter 373, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's The Professional Association Indiana Chapter, and as secretary/treasurer of the Hagerstown Indiana RC Club.

Melissa Vance of Richmond, Indiana, is the president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous community boards including Communities in Schools of Wayne County, the Center City Development Corporation, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Vance has served on advisory councils for IU East, Earlham College and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond, and participated on committees for Girls Inc., Downtown Business Group, Depot District and Centerville Main Street. She is also serves on the Greater Connersville Progress Committee.

The recipient for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is Ashley Sieb of Richmond, Indiana. She is the founder of Ashley Sieb Marketing and she is the marketing strategist and storytelling advocate for Stratavize Consulting. She is a visiting instructor and senior thesis advisor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is also an instructor for Richmond Social Media and is a member of the board of directors for Birth to Five.

The first ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient was Jessie Pilewski in 2018.

Additionally, Wayne Bank and IU East have announced a recipient for the Elysium Award, a special recognition designated by the selection committee this year. According to Greek mythology, those who led righteous lives or performed great deeds spent their eternal afterlife in the beautiful realm of Elysium.

The posthumous recipient is Stacey Steele. Steele lived in Richmond, Indiana. She passed away on December 21, 2018. Steele was the director of the grants and outcomes for the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County. She worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 20 years, previously as the director of education. She was the co-founder of the Richmond chapter of Brianna's Hope and she was the executive director of Drug Free Wayne County. In 2017, she received the HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) Outstanding Young Professional Community Involvement Award. She was also a member of Christ United Church.

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

The cost for the dinner is $75. To RSVP, visit or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or

Richmond Shakespeare Festival Brings The Tempest and Hamlet to America's Heartland!

Posted May 30, 2019

Supplied Photo: Ferdinand and Miranda

The Tempest

"O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!"

The deposed Duke of Milan has been abandoned to a desert island with her only daughter. She shares the island with two magic creatures, Caliban the son of the witch Sycorax, and Ariel, an airy spirit. As luck would have it, he usurping brother's ship draws near the island, and Propsera lures him into her trap of revenge, retaliation and possibly redemption. A magical romp through an enchanged isle that includes a wedding, drunken clowns and magical spirits. What more could you want?


"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason,
how infinite in faculties, in form and moving,
how express and admirable in action, how like an angel in apprehension,
how like a god!"

Supplied Photo: Hamlet and GertrudePrince Hamlet suspects foul play in the death of his father when he returns to his kingdom to find hi mother married to his father's brother not long after his father's death. He sets a trap to catch King Claudius in is misdeeds, but Claudius is cautious. In the meantime, in a rage, Hamlet mistakenly murders his girlfriend's father and the two young lovers both descend into madness. A classic tale of love, murder, madness and revenge.

The Richmond Shakespeare Festival is a professional Actor's Equity theatre performing in the birthplace of recorded jazz, near downtown Richmond, Indiana. For this summer's season, the Richmond Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest and Hamlet in rotating repertory, June 21 to July 6 in the Whitewater Gorge State Park in Richmond, Indiana. Performing in a covered outdoor venue in the Whitewater Gorge Park, this year's Festival is part of a growing trend of new Shakespeare Festivals popping up all over the country.Supplied Photo: Richmond Shakespeare Festival Stage

The acting company is comprised of a mix of union and non-union professionals, college-age interns (including students from Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, and Ball State University to name just two), and volunteers sourced from as far away as New York, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and points in between. Directors, designers and crew come from right here in Indiana to all the way from Chicago, Florida, and beyond.

It's all a part of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Flick's plan to bring the best talent possible to the heartland city of Richmond. "We want this to be a destination theatre," says Flick, "and the best way to do that is to develop a reputation for nothing but the finest quality in our productions – from the acting, to the directing, to the costumes, to the scenery, the lighting, and best of all, our unique Elizabethan Stage – you'll find nothing but the best Shakespeare the world has to offer right here in Indiana."

The Festival, now in its sixth season, is a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) and operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

The Festival performs in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana weekends from June 21st to the July 6th. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 765.373.9022.

Photography of People, Places and Things at Reid Health

Posted May 29, 2019

The current exhibit in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital is titled "People, Places and Things: Photography by Vicki Vardaman". Supplied Image: "Coffee Station" by Vicki Vardaman

Vardaman is a native of Lynn, Indiana and works for the Art Association of Randolph County as the director of the Arts Depot in Union City. She studied fine art and computer graphics at IU East and continues to pursue photography as a primary art interest, focusing on architecture, street scenes, and documenting people and the places they live.

Vardaman has had some of her images projected on the big screen in Times Square and four photos published in the annual Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Library publication "So It Goes." She maintains an active web presence on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumbler, YouTube and Artists Wanted.

The exhibit will remain up through mid-July.

Senior Adult Ministry June Meeting

Posted May 29, 2019

An Earlham student will be the special guest speaker at the next meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry at 6 pm on Tuesday, June 25, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Please bring snacks to share. Expect to learn about other places and life experiences that will broaden your horizons.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

Future events in 2019 include a picnic at the Veteran's Park in July and "Senior Safety" in September.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Wayne County Foundation Awards $195,675 in Spring Grant Cycle

Posted May 28, 2019

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $195,675 to fourty local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

"The wide range of projects and initiatives proposed for this cycle was especially impressive," said Steve Borchers, the Foundation's executive director. "We have no doubt that the ones selected for funding will have a meaningful impact on our community."

All of the Foundation's community grantmaking is made possible by income from unrestricted and endowed field-of-interest funds.

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors at its May meeting:

Supplied Information: 2019 Wayne County Foundation Spring Cycle Awards

More information about the Foundation's Challenge Match and Key Initiative grant cycle will be available soon. Please visit the Foundation's Web site ( or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - June 2019

Posted May 22, 2019

Supplied Flyer: June 2019 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!

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Hagerstown native, Ralph R. Teetor, respected automotive engineer and former president of Perfect Circle, was the inventor of the "Speed-O-Stat", now known as cruise control.