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Earlham Receives Second Anonymous $1M Gift in as Many Years

Posted July 11, 2018

An anonymous donor has once again given Earlham College a surprise gift of $1 million for student scholarships.

It is the second such gift in as many years and comes at the heels of a record $2 million in giving to the Earlham Fund during the 2017-18 fiscal year. The previous gift was received at the start of the new year in 2017.

"We are deeply grateful for this wonderfully unexpected gift," says Avis Stewart '74, Earlham's interim president. "Such generosity is a wonderful reminder of the many generous philanthropists that recognize the value of an Earlham education and the impact our graduates are having in communities across the world."

The funds were delivered in the form of a grant from Our Giving Tree, a donor-advised account at the Chicago Community Foundation. The College worked with that organization to allocate the gift according to the anonymous donor's wishes.

The College will use this gift to set up a scholarship fund in the name of Our Giving Tree. This restricted spend-down fund will be used to support need-based financial awards that are given to students as part of their financial aid packages. The Our Giving Tree Scholarship Fund will provide Earlham with an invaluable resource to help meet the demonstrated financial need of future Earlhamites.

Nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled at Earlham are eligible for Pell Grants from the federal government, and 90 percent of Earlham students receive some form of financial assistance from the College. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, $28 million in financial aid was awarded to students. About 20 percent of each incoming class is among the first in their families to attend college.

"This will ensure that future generations of students can receive the gift of Earlham, a transformational education that offers access to the very best that a liberal arts education can offer," says Kristin Champa, vice president for institutional advancement. "This wonderful surprise brings tremendous momentum to the College as we prepare for the next academic year."

I-70 Lane Restriction, Ramp Closure for Pavement Patching

Posted July 11, 2018

Supplied Graphic: Ramp ClosureThe Indiana Department of Transportation plans to restrict one lane on I-70 between mile markers 148 and 150 and close two ramps at I-70 and US 35 for a full-depth concrete patch project, weather permitting. The project is anticipated to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, July 13 and expected to finish by Monday, July 16 at 6 a.m.

E & B Paving will close the right lane eastbound on I-70 to perform the work. I-70 East exit 149 (I-70 eastbound exit to US 35 northbound) will be closed. The on ramp from US 35 South (US 35 southbound to I-70 eastbound) will also be closed. The other ramp systems at I-70 and US 35 will be open. Traffic will be detoured to the adjacent interchanges to access I-70.

Concrete patching allows crews to remove and replace small sections of damaged roadway.

Book Talk and Signing with Local Author, J.S. Michael

Posted July 11, 2018

Flyer: Book Talk & Signing with Author, J.S. Michael

Over one year clean and sober, recovering addict J.S. Michael speaks at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. about his new book, Find Your Island. J.S. shares his journey through addiction recovery services offered in Richmond, Indiana at the Hope House and the 228 Club.

J.S. Michael shares his real-life story from the perspective of an active addict in the war of addiction, who wants to get clean and win the battle. There are many themes intertwined throughout this book. The first and most important theme is to show that an addict can beat addiction and recovery is possible. The other important purpose of this book is to allow the non-addict a peek into the mind of an actively using addict.

He will present a book talk starting at 11:00AM on Saturday July 21st at Morrisson-Reeves Library followed by a signing event in the Bard Room. Books will be available for purchase at the book signing.

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Chip Seal Operation begin Week of July 16 in Henry, Randolph, Wayne Counties

Posted July 11, 2018

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces chip seal preservation is scheduled to begin the week of July 16. Work is scheduled for various roadways in Henry, Randolph and Wayne counties.

Roadways to be chip sealed are as follows:

  • US 40 from SR 3 to SR 103 (Henry County) - begins Tuesday, 7/17
  • SR 1 from US 40 to I-70 (Wayne County) - begins Wednesday, 7/18
  • SR 38 from SR 1 to US 35 (Wayne County) - begins Thursday, 7/19
  • US 35 from SR 1 to I-70 (Wayne County) - begins Monday, 7/23
Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.

Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply a light application of dark asphalt material to lock in remaining stone and minimize dust.

Crews anticipate completing the work by early August.

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Model Ts Return to T-Town, USA for National Tour and Homecoming

Posted July 10, 2018

Logo: T-Town USA

Ten years after the colossal 2008 Centennial T-Party that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Model T, the little cars are rambling into town once again. Not in the same massive numbers, but over 100 Model Ts representing 24 states from New York to California, plus Australia and Canada, are arriving for 7 days of fun in Richmond and Wayne County from July 8-14.

A banner in front of the Model T Museum welcomes visitors to "T-Town, USA" with images that include the Depot and the "T on the Tower," both now iconic symbols of Richmond. This year, in addition to the Museum's annual 1-day Homecoming event, two local car clubs teamed up to co-host a National Tour. It's called the "Come Home to Richmond!" tour because so many Model T owners who came here for the Centennial fell in love with the people, the wonderful country roads, the history and hospitality.

"From July 9th to the 13th, the Model Ts will drive a different tour every day," said Jerry Kramer the National Tour Director. "We follow country roads to destinations as far as Carillon Park in Dayton one day and the Rush County bridges another. We are really excited about being allowed to drive the Cardinal Greenway rail/trail in our Ts from the Richmond trailhead to Williamsburg and then on to the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie" added Kramer. Wayne County is highlighted throughout the week with plenty of time for visitors to eat and shop not only in Richmond but also Cambridge City, Fountain City, Hagerstown, and Centerville.

There are several opportunities for the public to join in the fun. Wednesday evening, July 11

Starting Thursday evening, July 12 Richmond Civic Theatre will be presenting the musical revue, "OH! HENRY! and the Tin Lizzie!" The story follows young Henry Ford working as a machinist's apprentice at age 15, courting his future wife, Clara, and capturing the ambition that he would use to change the world with his Model T. Enjoy the show Friday, Saturday, or Sunday by contacting the RCT Box Office online at or by phone at 765-962-1816. This is RCT's summer fundraiser performance.

Homecoming Day on Saturday, July 14 from 8 am to 4 pm is a fitting finale for the week. A Swap Meet and Car Show will stretch along North 8th St. from North C to E Streets, around the Model T Museum. Free Seminars on Model T-related topics will be held in the Annex building which also features the newly completed Agriculture Display and Vintage Machine Shop. One of the seminars will be the always interesting and entertaining Roy Hess, the Oil Can Czar.

Tours of the Museum are all included and free to the public. Tin Lizzie Café will serve breakfast and lunch and Ullery's Ice Cream will provide cool, sweet treats. The Car Show is free to show and see and vintage car owners of any and all brands are welcome.

"Every T Has a Story" presentations under the Hospitality Tents feature author John Butte, who owns the 1926 Touring Car called the Silver Streak. This car traveled over 71,000 miles in the 1930s driven by six girls who called themselves the Gypsy Coeds. Doug Partington from Australia, shipped his 1922 Wikner Ford Special to the Museum for this event. He will share his long-time passion for speed and how he acquired Australia's first race car. Book signings will be available.

Free admission to the museum all day Saturday means you can come and go as your fancy strikes you. Inside the main building the Bruce McCalley Memorial Library with its fascinating collection of Model T-related history awaits those who want a smart change of pace.

Susan Yaeger, Executive Director of the MTFCA and Museum, said "There is a unique mutual admiration society between Model T owners and our community. It's why we've named Richmond T-Town, USA and say this is where Model Ts come to play!" Don't miss this week long celebration of the 110th anniversary of the car that put the world on wheels.

The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest Model T Club in the world with local chapters and members from every state in the U.S., Canada, and countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South America. The Model T Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 309 N. 8th Street, Richmond, Indiana in the Historic Depot District.

The Museum features an impressive collection of vehicles including one of the first Ts, a one-of-a-kind Snowmobile, a Pietenpol airplane, a Vintage Garage, T-related memorabilia, an extensive gift and book shop, and the Bruce McCalley Memorial Library and Research Center. For more information call the Model T Museum at 765-488-0026.

Supplied Flyer: Model T Homecoming 2018

Ramp Closures Scheduled for I-70 Bridge Project Over US 40

Posted July 10, 2018

Milestone Contractors is scheduled to close I-70 exit ramps 156A westbound and 156B eastbound (loop ramps) at U.S. 40 as a part of the $4.8 million contract to rehab and repair the I-70 bridge over U.S. 40. I-70 exit ramps 156A eastbound and 156B westbound at U.S. 40 will be open to traffic.

The closure is anticipated for Monday, July 9 and expected to reopen mid-August.

Traffic will be detoured to adjacent interchanges during ramp closure.

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Sanders Jewelry Closing its Doors After 75-Plus Years in Business

Posted July 10, 2018

A lot has changed since A.E. Sanders and his wife Dorothy established Sanders Jewelry in October 1941. What hasn't changed? Offering the best possible quality jewelry for the lowest possible price, said Vivian Himelick, the couple's daughter, and current store owner.

That's a big reason why Sanders Jewelry has prospered for so long. But after serving the community for more than 75 years, Sanders Jewelry is closing shop.

Big sale in the works

A huge going-out-of-business sale opens to the public Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. and will last until all merchandise is sold. Shoppers on any budget can expect to find great deals of 60 to 70 percent off a wide range of fine quality jewelry.

The store sells a wide range of high fashion jewelry, 14-karat gold rings, pendants, and earrings. It also serves the public in custom jewelry repair and service. Diamonds are a cornerstone of the business, but the store also sells a huge variety of gemstones, some with rare colors.

There's amethyst from Arizona, black opals, aquamarines, emeralds from Colombia and Africa and rubies from Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Pretty royal sapphires from Burma are also for sale.

Himelick, a certified gemologist who helped form the Indiana Guild of the American Gem Society, also designs jewelry, including gold, amethyst and pearl necklaces. Her husband Ralph is a master gold and silversmith who custom manufacturers her creations.

Downtown landmark

In 1988, Vivian and Ralph Himelick relocated the store from 713 Promenade to its current location at 831 East Main St. Inspired by the beautiful architecture she saw watching the Grand Prix in Monaco, they decided to remodel the three-story corner building, which was built in 1876 for The Richmond Palladium-Item newspaper. That included renovating its entrance, creating an angled entryway and building arches across the front. They also added classic arched jewelry windows and an inset doorway.

Vivian Himelick said the store has become an eye-catching fixture in the community, and she often hears from visitors who remark it's one of the most beautiful, elegant buildings in downtown Richmond.

It even caught the attention of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, which awarded Sanders Jewelry the "Community Beautification Award" in 1988.

Right time to close

Although she'll miss her customers - many of whom have become friends over the years - Himelick felt the timing was right.

"It's time to slow down a bit," said Himelick, who plans to spend time with her husband Ralph on a family farm he inherited last year.

Their children Eric and Heather have also decided to pursue other career paths.

Eric has a passion for automobiles, specializing in custom work and is an ASE master mechanic. Heather is a professional, quarter horse trainer.

Giving back to the community

The Himelicks have also given back to the community over the years.

Vivian Himelick serves on the Board of Directors for The Kiwanis Club of Richmond, which the store has supported for many years including contributing to its annual auction. Proceeds have helped pay for children's playground equipment and a sensory park on the west side of town for kids with special needs. The Kiwanis Club has also contributed toward the 8-acre Safety Village of Wayne County, a child-size version of Richmond where kids can play and learn.

Want to go?
What: Sanders Jewelry Going-Out-of-Business Sale
When: Starts Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Where: 831 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: call 765.962.5050

Starting Your Family History

Posted July 10, 2018

Presented by the Indiana Historical Society, Lauren Peightel - Coordinator, Genealogy and Family History Programs at the Indiana Historical Society

Wednesday, July 11, 2018; 5:30-7:00pm in the Bard Room, Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North 8th Street, Richmond, IN

Starting your family history research can be overwhelming with so many subscriptions and tools from which to choose. Join Lauren Peightel as she helps guide you through how to build a research plan, tips in creating timelines, where to find records, and so much more.

About Lauren Peightel:
Earned a BA in Art History and Entrepreneurial Studies from Seton Hill University and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her current position as Coordinator of Genealogy and Family History Programs at the Indiana Historical Society, Peightel was the Assistant Registrar to the Pennsylvania Room at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum where hundreds of guests discovered their personal history. At IHS Peightel is excited to be part of the "WE DO HISTORY" team by crafting creative and content filled programs to connect all Hoosiers to discover their personal history.

Sign-up Today! It's Free! Call 765.966.8291 or email

Model Ts Parade Route Changed

Posted July 10, 2018

Due to construction not completed on North E Street, the Model T Parade route on Wednesday, July 11 has been changed.

Model Ts will gather in Glen Miller Park along Lakeshore Drive starting at about 5:30pm. At 6:30 pm they will exit the Park on 22nd Street to Rt. 40/East Main Street. Ts will head west on Rt. 40 and turn onto North 10th Street then north to E. They will turn west on E Street and start parking on Fort Wayne Avenue and extend to in front of the Depot.

Streets will be closed to through traffic beginning at 5:00 pm on Fort Wayne and North E between 8th and 10th.

If you come to the Depot District between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, you will be able to see all the Model Ts in one place.

ReidRide 10 to Roll July 14 with Slightly Different Route

Posted June 20, 2018

When the 10th ReidRide rolls onto Reid Parkway on July 14, hundreds of riders are expected to join in for fun and a good cause as they launch into the 25-mile course with family and friends.

Supplied Photo: 3 Bicycle RidersOrganizers say the true impact and sometimes overwhelming emotion of the annual event comes later, when hundreds of area kids get fitted with a pair of new athletic shoes. "Nothing beats the feeling of gratification when the funds we raise allow us to fit kids with a new pair of shoes – some for the first time," said Justin Burkhardt, Director of Reid Foundation, which puts on the event.

ReidRide has provided funding over nine years to give out more than 12,000 pairs of shoes to kids across the region served by Reid Health, Burkhardt said. He said volunteers at the distributions over the years have shared numerous heart-wrenching stories. Some have arrived wearing worn out flip flops. Others have arrived in shoes that did not fit properly.

"We are excited that the riders who participate in the event will allow us to again provide shoes to kids who might otherwise not be able to have them."

Burkhardt said the main significant change for 2018 is in the route, due to the continued construction on Chester Boulevard and throughout the county. Instead of heading down Chester at the launch of the event, riders will instead proceed west on Industries Road.

Riders will then merge onto the Cardinal Greenway, then head north to the Williamsburg trail head. Next, they will head north to Fountain City Pike which will take them through the middle of Fountain City and all the way to Arba Pike. Riders will then head south on Arba Pike, turn right onto Martin Road, then right onto Tingler Road. After crossing US 27 riders will continue on Tingler until they reach Union Pike. Riders will continue south on Union Pike until they reach Industries and then they will continue east up the Industries Road hill and end at Reid Health.

When ReidRide began in 2009 with less than 200 riders on a rainy morning at Petro truck stop, Burkhardt said he doesn't think anyone knew just how much the ride would grow over the years. He believes the great organization of the event, the family atmosphere and wonderful volunteers are what keep it popular.

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

Burkhardt is hoping for from 700 to 1000 riders. He said the event has wonderful support from sheriff's, fire and police departments, who help maintain traffic safety. He encourages drivers to keep the ride and route in mind as well.

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

Save the Date! Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Posted June 21, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Save the date! Saturday, September 8, 2018 the Elks' Country Club will host Seton Catholic's 21st annual Cardinal Classic Golf Outing. Lunch and registration at 12:30 p.m., shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Still only $55/golfer. To sign up to play or sponsor this event, visit or contact Jess Jurgens 765.546.1767 or Michelle Haager 765.967.6751.

HELP the Animals Hosts 27th Annual Pet Walk @ Glen Miller Park

Posted June 21, 2018

Supplied Flyer: HELP the Animals Pet Walk 2018

HELP the Animals, Inc., in partnership with Brewer Broadcasting radio stations Kicks 96, 101.7 The Point and Sunny 95.3, is excited to announce the 27th Annual Pet Walk on Saturday, July 28th to be held at the bandshell at Glen Miller Park in Richmond, IN.

HELP the Animals is a local nonprofit animal shelter that relies on the support of compassionate community members. Over a thousand animals pass through our shelter each year and our costs for providing food and medical care far outweigh our adoption fees.

Events for the 27th Annual Pet Walk include a dunk tank with notable local figures, a pet costume contest with prizes for most original and funniest costumes and K9 Demonstration with Richmond Police Department K9 Officer Max. In add-on to the events scheduled, the Pet Walk starts at 10:30am with a ribbon cutting and send off from Mayor Dave Snow. Registration for the event begins at 9:00am and the cost is $10 per participant.

In addition to pet related vendors and events, community members are encouraged to pledge to walk for our homeless dogs and cats. Pledge forms are available online at or at the shelter, 2101 West Main Street during open hours, 12pm-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Pledge participants who raise more than $75 will receive a free t-shirt with prizes awarded to the top three participants with the most money raised.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor a banner to show their support for our mission of caring for homeless dogs and cats. Banners will line the park along US 40 the week before the event. If interested in sponsoring a banner, please contact Amy Smith at by Friday, July 13th.

Children and Food Insecurity: A Community Conversation

Posted June 27, 2018

Supplied Photo Ad: Text: Children and Food Insecurity | Photo: Child holding Bowl of Raspberries

The United Way of Whitewater Valley and Side Effects Public Media invite you to a community conversation on Tuesday, July 24th at 11:30 a.m. addressing children and food insecurity in Wayne County. Enjoy a free lunch, and hear from Dave Snow, Mayor of the City of Richmond, then share your comments and ideas.

Click here to register for event. Questions? Please email

Human Trafficking Training Sessions Available for Community to Learn How to Be Aware, How to Respond

Posted June 27, 2018

Indiana University East will host three training sessions on Human Sex Trafficking July 23-24, 2018. Each training session will pertain to a specific audience: members of the community, service providers, and law enforcement.

The training sessions are free and organized in partnership with the IU East Police Department, Wayne County Probation Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Richmond Police Department and Restored, Inc.

The training sessions are:
Date: Monday, July 23
Audience: Training Session for Community Members
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Presenters: Whitney Weir and Taylor Ellis, Victim Advocates; Restored, Inc.
Session Description: What is human trafficking? What is commercial sexual exploitation of children? Does human trafficking occur in your community? Does commercial sexual exploitation of children occur in your community? Now, what can YOU do about it? How do you keep your child safe? Restored, an anti-trafficking organization, is on the front lines providing recovery, relief and restoration. This training session will educate and provide awareness on WHAT you can do and HOW you can impact your community to keep children safe.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Service Providers (DCS, probation, school administrators, teachers, non-profit organizations, etc.)
Session Title: "Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Identify Victims"
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Does human trafficking happen in your community? Traffickers target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. Human Trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old. The most vulnerable include runaways, children in group homes, and even children in foster care. Attendees can benefit by learning how to recognize a victim of human or sex trafficking, understand what services are the most beneficial, what is available in your county and the State of Indiana, and how your colleagues are tackling this difficult industry. Indiana is making strides in addressing this issue statewide. Attendees will learn how to work together with multidisciplinary system response.

Also included in the morning session, Dr. Katrina Mallory will discuss the psychological impact and treatment of CSEC victims. The presentation will focus on complex trauma, especially the neurodevelopment and domains of impairment (e.g. attachment, behavior, cognition, etc.) seen with the CSEC population. Dr. Mallory will also review trauma bonding, mental health interventions, and direct care strategies when working with these girls.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Law Enforcement Members
Session Title: "Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children from Online Predators"
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Predators target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old, the average age a victim is exploited via the internet is 11-12. The most vulnerable include runaways and foster care children. Attendees will get a comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children, how to identify a potential victim, and understanding the victimology. Attendees can benefit by learning how to establish preventative measures and "RESPOND" to sexual exploitation, intervention strategies and online safety resources.

Leading the July 24th sessions are professionals in the area of human and sex trafficking.

Tracy R. McDaniel, MSW, LSW, is the Founder and CEO of Restored. Restored provides direct services to domestic victims of sex trafficking. McDaniel formulates statewide strategies to address domestic human trafficking through victim services, law enforcement coordination, and public policy. She partners with the Indiana state government, local, state and federal law enforcement, non-profit leaders, and community members to provide victim and outreach services. She develops trainings for youth, professionals, and provides public awareness. McDaniel is a forensic interviewer and has a master's in Social Work with a focus on Anti-demand of Human Trafficking and Trauma Counseling. McDaniel is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Jeffery Robertson, Special Agent for the FBI, has been assigned to the Indianapolis Division, Fort Wayne Resident Agency of the FBI since 2013. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Robertson was a police officer in Connecticut. SA Robertson specializes in cases involving human trafficking and violent crimes against children. SA Robertson conducts undercover operations to locate and rescue juveniles who are being sex trafficked, as well as, targets online predators who prey on children. SA Robertson and his law enforcement partners provide training across the state on recognizing and recovering victims of human trafficking, online safety for parents and children, and investigative techniques to successfully investigate these cases. SA Robertson is a member of the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the FBI's Operational Medical Program. Jeffery Robertson is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Christopher McCarty, Task Force Officer for the FBI, worked nine years at the Auburn Police Department before his 13 years with the Fort Wayne Police Department. He has worked eight years in Vice/Narcotics, 12 years on the Ft. Wayne EST Team (SWAT), and five years with the Sniper Section. McCarty is a FBI Task Force Officer, with the newly formed Northern Indiana Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (VCAC). He has been involved in hundreds of Prostitution/Human Trafficking investigations. He is assigned to the VCAC Unit based out of Fort Wayne. McCarty is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Dr. Katrina Mallory, Psy.D., HSPP, is a clinical psychologist and program director of TRU Harbor, a program of the Youth Opportunity Center that serves adolescent female survivors of human trafficking. Dr. Mallory has extensive experience working in residential treatment settings, specifically in completing psychological evaluations and providing therapeutic services for CSEC youth and others coping with complex trauma. As a member of the victim services committee of the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, Dr. Mallory works to educate youth workers, law enforcement, and community members on sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

For more information about the training sessions, contact Tracy Amyx, deputy Title IX coordinator/director of Affirmative Action/EEOC officer at 765.973.8402 or

2018 Athena Leadership, Young Professional Leadership Awards® Announced

Posted June 27, 2018

Janis Buhl-Macy is the recipient of the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award® for Wayne County and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award winner is Jessie Pilewski.

Buhl-Macy and Pilewski were presented with the awards during the ATHENA celebration dinner held June 21 at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

Wayne Bank and IU East partnered for the fifth 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 and Angie Dickman.

Supplied Photo: Janis Buhl-MacyBuhl-Macy, of Cambridge City, Indiana, is the founder and owner of the Western Wayne News and Nettle Creek Gazette. She retired as the publisher in August 2017. Before establishing the newspaper, Buhl-Macy helped to establish the Milton Lions Club. She has also worked for GTE and owned and operated the former Fireside Restaurant.

Within the community, Buhl-Macy has been active in the community through the Wayne Chamber of Commerce, served on the committee for the Greens Fork Alumni and as a board member for the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Town of Cambridge City and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce. She has been a mentor at Western Wayne Elementary School, sponsored ball teams and served as lay leader in her church.

Buhl-Macy is married to Duane Macy, and has three children, as well as several grandchildren and an abundance of great-grandchildren.

The three finalists for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® included Buhl-Macy; Susan Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, is a trustee for Wayne Township, co-founder and a board member of Sprout of Control, and founder and director of the Grassroots Action Resource Center; and Amanda Marquis of Richmond, Indiana, is the executive director of The Leland Legacy.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential - creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years of age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. This was the first year to recognize an awardee in Wayne County.

Supplied Photo:  Jessie PilewskiPilewski of Richmond, Indiana, is a career coach for the Earlham College Center for Career and Community Engagement. Her work with first-generation and underrepresented students has led her to become a mentor and role model for many of these students. Previously, she worked with WorkOne in Randolph County as a youth services advisor.

The three finalists for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award this year were Pilewski; Roxie Deer of Richmond, Indiana, director of programs and events for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce; and Brittany Irvine of Richmond, Indiana, director of the Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign and practice manager for Runnels Chiropractic.

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.

Wilderness Alumni to Canoe 600 Miles in 40 Days with No Throwaway Plastic

Posted June 27, 2018

Beth Jackson '06 and Steve Melamed '06 lead outdoor expeditions across some of the world's most striking geographical features.

In the decade-plus since graduating from Earlham, they have equipped students with the know-how to survive and navigate rugged terrain and open water, typically for weeks on end without contact from what most would consider civilization.

"One of the challenges, we've learned, is finding time to go in the woods or the water for ourselves," says Jackson, who is in the middle of her 11th season with Outward Bound, an organization that has approximately 40 schools around the world and supports 200,000 participants per year.

"When I'm working, I give people the best experience and opportunity I can, but I also set aside my personal ambitions," she says. "I love everything about what I do, but after a lot of years, I have to find that same level of challenge for myself."

For 40 days in July and August, that will change.

On July 5, the pair will fly to Quebec, Canada, to navigate the largely uncharted Ungava Peninsula — by canoe. The 602-mile journey across the northernmost point of the province will take them from the Hudson Bay to the Ungava Bay via four distinct watersheds. They will be joined by Eli Walker and Sage Waring, two of their Outward Bound colleagues with similar passion for adventure and new challenges.

"Going to the Hudson Bay for an expedition has been a goal of mine since I was a little kid," Melamed says, who along with his work for Outward Bound is also a ski instructor and owns a woodworking business in Middlesex, Vermont.

"You feel alive when you do something like this," he says. "There will be a lot of time when we'll have to get out of the canoes and drag them up a river, but you love it even if it hurts because you're doing something real in a world full of so many virtual distractions."

United Way President Amber Willeford Thanks Community for Their Support as She Takes New Job in Ohio; Interim President Announced

Posted June 27, 2018

United Way of Whitewater Valley President Amber Willeford has accepted a new position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She will remain with the United Way until the end of June.

Supplied Photo: Amber Willeford

"I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our business leaders, community members, volunteers, board and committee members, friends and family for their continued support while I was President. Our local non-profits and community members who join forces to improve opportunities for their fellow neighbors are doing amazing work for the Whitewater Valley. I truly feel privileged to have been part of that process, and look forward to staying connected as the work continues," Willeford said.

Willeford has been with the United Way since March 2014 when she was hired as Director of Resource Development. She became President in September 2015 and established a foundation for the organization's H.U.G. Initiative (Hand Up Guidance), which is focusing efforts around those in the Whitewater Valley who are walking a financial tightrope.

"The Board of Directors certainly has mixed emotions with the news of Amber leaving," said United Way Board Chairman Aman Bakshi. "While we are excited for her opportunity for growth, her dedication and efforts to creating lasting change in our community has not gone unnoticed. We wish her the best on her new adventure."

A search for a new president is underway. Paul Stanley, a former United Way Board Member, has been appointed Interim President until the most qualified candidate is identified.

The United Way Board of Directors is committed to ensuring leadership stability and continuity of the United Way of Whitewater Valley as well as to our community," Bakshi said. "We are confident in the skills of Paul Stanley to lead us during this time of transition."

Singles' Interaction, Inc. July 2018 Newsletter

Posted June 19, 2018

Newsletter: July 2018 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.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show Scheduled for July 26th

Posted June 14, 2018

Poster: Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show

Do you love vintage cars and cookouts? The 8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show has both and is totally FREE and open to the public!

Don't miss the 8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show on Thursday, July 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 1717 South L Street in Richmond, Indiana.

Have a beautiful vintage car, truck or motorcycle to show off? Call Brad Marshall at 765.962.6922.

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