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Jazz Stylings...African American Jazz Composers

Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

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

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

LifeStream's Annual Healthy Aging Expo Set for May 9

Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Healthy Aging Expo

An event to provide information for older adults about healthy aging.

LifeStream Services, The Leland Legacy, Kicks96, 101.7 The Point, and The Legend 95.3 invite the public to join us at the annual Healthy Aging Expo on Thursday, May 9. Last year's event welcomed an astounding 300 attendees who enjoyed 70 vendor booths, 6 health demonstrations, and a complimentary lunch.

This year's Healthy Aging Expo will be once again be held at the Kuhlman Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds located at 861 N. Salisbury Rd., Richmond, IN 47374 from 10am- 2pm.

The Expo is free to attend and hosts over 70 informational booths featuring health and wellness, financial services, area activities, and much more. The first 200 attendees will receive a complimentary lunch. There will also be several interactive demonstrations provided by Reid Health Alliance Medicare, YMCA of Richmond, Wayne County Emergency Management, the City of Connersville Police Department, and LifeStream Services.

We are currently accepting sponsorship and vendor reservations through April 24. To reserve a booth or become a sponsor, please contact Hannah Downham, Public Relations Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or emailing hdownham@lifestreaminc.org. You can also fill out the form by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/healthyagingexpo.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - March 2019

Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

Supplied Flyer: March 2019 Singles Interaction News Letter

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Rodefeld and Wickemeyer Awards Now Being Accepted!

Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

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

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

Here's more info:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earlham Receives $1m in Memory of an Exceptional Teacher

Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Neighborhood Health Center achieves Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike Status

Posted February 8, 2019, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nettle Creek Players Announces Local Auditions for Summer Season

Posted February 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Tax Service at MRL

Posted January 29, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Service at MRL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wayne County Foundation 2019 Spring Grant Cycle

Posted January 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Photographers

Posted January 28, 2019

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

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

Posted January 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more.

For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - Feburary 2019

Posted January 17, 2019

Newsletter: February 2019

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

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

You Are Always on 'Thin Ice'

Posted January 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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