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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 07:44 pm: Edit Post

Severe Weather Spotter Training

The Wayne County Sky-Warn Program/RACES and Wayne County Emergency Management Agency will host Severe Weather Spotter Training for anyone who would like to learn more about identifying and reporting severe weather.

For more information about the Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter Program, see

The Skywarn spotter program is a nationwide network of volunteers trained by the National Weather Service (NWS) to report significant weather. Anyone is welcome to participate.

The NWS staff at the Wilmington Ohio forecast office is responsible for issuing warnings for the southwest half of Ohio, southeast and east central Indiana, and much of northern Kentucky. The NWS has wonderful observing systems, such as radar, satellite, and surface observing systems. However, all of these systems have limitations. Skywarn volunteers provide critical information that helps mitigate the limitations of our observing systems. The information observed and collected by Skywarn® spotters helps the NWS issue more timely watches and warnings. This helps the NWS staff fulfill the mission of "protecting life and property."

To register for this course, please call Wayne County EMA at 765.973.9399.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 07:00 pm: Edit Post

Mountain Bike Trail Build Project Volunteers Needed

Hayes Arboretum looks forward to the opening of 175 acres to public access mountain bike trails. The Arboretum is working with the Richmond Adventure Mountain Bikers as the primary volunteer organization for the construction of the mountain bike trails. To ensure a safe and environmentally conscious trail system, Hayes Arboretum and Richmond Adventure Mountain Bikers are in active coordination with the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and various other state and local organizations.

Date: Saturdays, beginning March 3
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meet at the intersection of Hayes Arboretum Road and Woodside Drive, Richmond, across from Fire Station #3.

What to Bring:
~Work clothes & gloves
~Water, Lunch/Snack
~(optional) Tools, such as loppers, hand saw mattock

For more information, contact Dieter Stapelberg at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 03:21 pm: Edit Post

Indiana students to get free help in filing for financial aid at College Goal Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS – Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Campus and 39 other Indiana sites to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday, 2 p.m., February 12.

The free program is designed to assist Indiana students seeking undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2012 in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide and it must be filed by March 10 for the students to be eligible for state aid. Completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes thought to be complicated and time consuming.

In one afternoon at College Goal Sunday, students and their families can get free help and file the form online.

Now in its 23rd year, College Goal Sunday, a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA), has helped more than 87,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time, opening the door to financial aid for college.

What students should bring
To make filing the FAFSA easier, volunteers walk through the form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and bring their parents’ completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2011 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year, should bring their income information. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2011 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2011 income and benefits information. Students and parents may apply for their U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) at before coming to the event.

Program assists all students
“Nearly half of Indiana’s college students qualify for financial aid from the State of Indiana,” said Donette Cassman, Sallie Mae, Inc., chairman of College Goal Sunday. “College Goal Sunday helps students and families better understand the financial aid process and brings students one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.”

According to the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI), programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In addition, according to SSACI statistics, in recent years, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families.

“Financial aid professionals have seen firsthand the disappointment of students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly,” said Cassman. “That’s why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association continues to provide College Goal Sunday. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

Attendees may win educational prizes
Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for an educational prize. Winners will be notified in March; prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institutions selected by the winning students.

Twenty-first Century Scholars benefit
Twenty-first Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model
College Goal Sunday has more than tripled its reach, from 10 sites statewide in its first year to 40 sites currently, and it has become a national model to other College Goal Sunday programs. In addition to Indiana, College Goal Sunday now takes place in more than 35 other states.

Helpline open during Financial Aid Awareness Month
ISFAA’s College Goal Sunday is one of the highlights of Financial Aid Awareness Month. In February, students and their families can call the Learn More Resource Center helpline at 800-992-2076 and have their questions answered by financial aid professionals. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports the Helpline.

For more information about College Goal Sunday or Financial Aid Awareness Month, call the Helpline at 800-992-2076 or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, January 13, 2012 - 02:49 pm: Edit Post

Enjoy a Piece of Colorful Richmond-Wayne County

puzzleThe Wayne County Tourism Bureau announces they have a fun, new jigsaw puzzle for sale to visitors and residents. This 500-piece puzzle features an inspiring collage of vibrant murals which can be found in Wayne County. There are currently over 40 one-of-a-kind murals and several hand-crafted sculptures woven along city streets and throughout parks in Wayne County. The new puzzle’s collage includes ten of these murals which reflect Wayne County’s rich history and inventive imagination and were painted during the 2011 Festival of the Arts, the 2010 Festival of Murals, and by individuals in the recent and distant past, including the historic Charles Newcomb Mural.

This is the second in a series of puzzles the Tourism Bureau has offered. The first featured several historic, natural and recreational attractions in Wayne County, including the dinosaur skeleton at Earlham College’s Joseph Moore Museum, the Levi Coffin House, the mummy at the Wayne County Historical Museum, the Madonna of the Trail, and more.

The new mural-themed puzzle, measuring 19.25” x 26.625”, is now available for purchase at the Old National Road Welcome Center for a retail price of $12.50. There is a discounted wholesale price for businesses/organizations which would like to sell the puzzles. For general puzzle information please call 765-935-8687 or 800-828-8414, or e-mail For wholesale purchasing, please call for Jim Resh or e-mail him at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 05:03 pm: Edit Post

Recycling project raises $2,585 for Ivy Tech Richmond’s Green Technology Scholarship

Richmond – The fall semester Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class recycling project at Ivy Tech Community College added $2,585 to the funds raised by previous classes’ recycling projects. Together the classes have raised almost $7,900 of the $10,000 needed to endow the Green Technology Endowed Scholarship. The spring 2012 class recycle project is underway.

Each semester the Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class has taken the course recycling project to a new level. The first class raised $25 for scholarships and each class project since has raised several thousand dollars more.

Krista Morisen’s class organizes the recycling project as part of their class work each semester. The students create brochures and fliers, send letters to area businesses to promote the project. and have local drop off point events. The drop off points on several Saturdays in both Richmond and Connersville is for smaller recyclable items.

Area residents and businesses contribute to the recycling efforts. The class accepts: paper, cardboard, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery from the donors.

“We continue to have incredible results with this project. Each class works really well together. Thanks go to the residents and businesses in Wayne, Union and Fayette counties that support the project,” Morisen said.

Students leading the fall recycle campaign included: Shane Shook, Thomas Snowden, Tyler Collins and Aaron Haller. For additional information about the 2012 spring project contact Morisen at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 07:34 pm: Edit Post

Indiana State Income Tax Refund for Certain 65 Years or Older Residents

Older Indiana Hoosiers who have only small incomes or no income other than Social Security benefits are eligible to apply for the ‘Indiana Unified Tax Credit for the Elderly’ using Form SC-40 for tax year 2011.

The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, which provides services to older adults and physically disabled individuals in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties, wants to remind the elderly and their caregivers that eligible older adults may receive a check from the State of Indiana in the amount up to $100 for a single or widowed 65+ or $140 for a married couple who are both 65+. The deadline for filing the Form SC-40 is July 2, 2012.

According to Tony Shepherd, Executive Director of Area 9, “The SC-40 is relatively simple and easy to complete, for a tax form. The form itself is less than a single page and the instructions are only a single page in length.”

You may be able to claim a credit if you and/or your spouse meet the following requirements:

You may file a claim if you meet all the above requirements, andThe SC-40 ‘Unified Tax Credit for the Elderly’ form is available at most public libraries in Area 9, at our Richmond and Connersville offices, most senior citizen centers or online at and scroll down to ‘SC-40’.

If an older person, family member or caregiver has any questions, please contact us by calling 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345. Area 9 Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 23, 2012 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond Seeks Nominations for 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is seeking nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at Ivy Tech’s graduation on May 5.

Award criteria include having received a Technical Certificate, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree from Ivy Tech Richmond, having made notable career progress and being a leader/active volunteer who has made a positive impact on his or her community and/or Ivy Tech Community College.

The deadline for receiving the nomination form and supporting letter is February 24.

For nomination form and details contact Diana Pappin, Ivy Tech Executive Director Resource Development at 765-966-2656 x 2348 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 01:55 pm: Edit Post

New Musicians Housing CO-OP Opens March 1st

RICHMOND, IN -- An organization of artists known as The Musicians Cooperative has selected a property in Richmond to call home beginning March 1, 2012. The group will set-up camp on a 60 acre horse farm just outside the city limits. Founders say the cooperative will provide local musicians with affordable housing, studio space, and even the opportunity to star in a web reality series!

The Musicians Cooperative is part of an initiative to assist passionate artists in networking with like-minded individuals. Members of the cooperative will work together to share resources, knowledge, and inspiration. “Its like a brotherhood,” says co-founder Tyler Tree, “we feed off each other's creativity”.

Members of the co-op will live together in a pre-civil war farmhouse nested at the center of the secluded property. The updated space features an in-house recording studio, rehearsal space, 7 dorm-style bedrooms, communal kitchen, meditation room, and commons area. The artists intend to utilize the acreage to raise organic meat and produce.

Regular events are to be hosted by the co-op including Sunday night dinners, weekday jam sessions, and monthly house shows. Members work together to facilitate new projects that benefit both the cooperative and the community.

An innovative household video project serves as a way for members of the cooperative to reach out to new fans and followers. Members of the cooperative act as cast members of a documentary series posted as weekly webisodes. The series will follow the housemates as they move in, adapt to life in the cooperative, and pursue their musical dreams.

The Musician's Cooperative of Richmond continues to seek new members before its opening on March 1st. Membership at the cooperative is open to artists of all sorts. Visit for more information.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 01:18 pm: Edit Post

Legacy Concert – May 4 in Richmond, IN

The Starr-Gennett Legacy continues with a spring concert on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Lingle Auditorium inside Richmond’s Reid Hospital.

Tickets $15, Information Session/Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Banu Gibson and her group from New Orleans and Dayton will perform songs of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. She is a superior swinging jazz singer with fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards; Jazz classics; Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Carmichael, Waller, Porter, and more. She recently appeared on Garrison Keillor’s, A Prairie Home Companion show and; has performed at the Boston Pops, Entertainment Tonight, PBS’s Jazz from New Orleans, Joan Lunden’s Everyday, American Public Radio’s Riverwalk, Live from the Landing, and the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Banu has toured the United States, Europe, and Japan. She is highlighted in the first chapter of Charles Kuralt’s book, Charles Kuralt’s America.

Visit her website at:

View her on youtube at: and

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 01:56 pm: Edit Post

Reid offers free wellness presentations with ‘Twelve in 2012’

A series of free presentations at Reid Hospital this year will focus on varied topics promoting the importance wellness and health awareness.

Tajuan Stoker, Reid’s Director of Wellness, said the “Twelve in 2012” presentations represent Reid’s commitment to increasing wellness awareness and encouraging community members to be more proactive with their health.

“The most powerful person involved in a person’s health is not the nurse or the doctor,” he said. “It is the individual. And we want to do everything we can to help educate and stress the importance of wellness awareness, early detection of disease, healthy choices, annual well visits and the importance of being proactive with your health.”

The series opens on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with “Arthritis and Muscle Sparing Hip Replacement,” presented by Mario Lee, M.D., and Chad Reed, D.O., with Reid Orthopedics. Other presentations include:

The sessions will all be from noon until 1 p.m. in Lingle Auditorium, Lower Level of the Reid Outpatient Care Center, 1100 Reid Parkway.

The sessions are free, but attendees should pre-register by calling (765) 983-3104.

(Message edited by Admin on January 26, 2012)

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post

You Matter to Us… Wellness Wednesdays Workshops at Ivy Tech Richmond

A series of weekly workshops focused on improving all aspects of personal health start Wednesday, Feb 8 in Johnson Hall on the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond campus.

“You Matter to Us … Wellness Wednesdays” is a series of brownbag lunches in collaboration with Reid Hospital that will explore the many facets of an individual’s health. Students and area residents are being encouraged to attend.

The noon brownbag lunch discussion led by Reid staff will be on a different health topic each week. The 11 week series will end with a celebration event on April 25.

The program’s goal is to build networks to support student wellness and to provide assistance to area residents. The sessions are open to students, employees and the community.

For further information on the series contact Mary Louise Edwards, or 765-966-2656 x 1208.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post

Ebooks and Audiobooks: Learn How to Download at MRL

February 15, 2012, 9:15 am - 11:45 am

Gates Computer Lab, Morrisson-Reeves Library

Learn how to use the library's new audiobook and eBook services. This class will show you how to use the Indiana Digital Media site to locate and download audiobooks and eBooks. This class will also cover how to download and use the free software required for these library materials. To get the most out of the class, you will need to know what device(s) you plan to use to read/listen to materials before you come to the class. You will also need your library card and PIN. If you need either of these stop by the Circulation Services Desk for sign-up.

This class is free and open to the public.

Register by calling Audio-Visual Services 765-966-8291 or use our online registration form at:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 03:49 am: Edit Post

INDOT Engineer Scholarship Applications due April 30

Scholarship Offers $3,125 per Semester for Up to Five Years

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is again offering competitive engineering scholarships valued at $3,125 per semester for up to five years. Full-time students accepted or currently enrolled in a qualifying civil engineering program are encouraged to learn more and download the scholarship application at Applications for the 2012-2013 school year must be postmarked by April 30, 2012.

INDOT’s scholarship program leverages federal transportation funding to offer civil engineering scholarships to college students enrolled at one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified engineering schools. Eligible university programs include Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern Indiana and Valparaiso University.

Scholarship recipients will receive as much as $3,125 per semester for up to five years of post-secondary education, including a maximum of two years of graduate school. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books. In return, recipients will work at INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients must work six months at INDOT for each academic semester they received a scholarship.

More information on the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and an application form are available on the Web at Applications for the 2012-2013 school year must be postmarked by April 30, 2012. Students or parents with questions may contact recruitment consultant Brandi Jittjumnongk at or 812-895-7305.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Richmond Trails Summit to be held on Saturday, March 17th

Richmond and Wayne County have more outdoor recreation and transportation opportunities than ever before. More people bike or walk to work or participate in outdoor activities to keep themselves healthy and sometimes just to save money!

The Society for the Preservation and Use of Resources (SPUR) invites you to a meeting of individuals and organizations interested in developing our trail resources within Richmond and beyond. Our goal is to better coordinate our activities so we can increase funding and promotion.

The purpose of the summit is to bring representatives of local groups together to share their projects and discuss how projects can be supported, promoted and connected. Table top displays are welcomed. Groups will be given 10 minutes to highlight their projects or goals.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: To help us take our next steps together, Richard Vonnegut of the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council and Mario Vian of the US Bicycle Route System will explain over lunch how other communities have coordinated their trail systems.

SPUR was formed in the 1960s in part to promote appropriate use of the Whitewater River Gorge and fragile watershed areas. Since the 1980s they have worked to continue the gorge trail along the east fork of the Whitewater. Since that time, groups such as Bike Richmond, Whitewater Valley Land Trust, Hayes Arboretum, Cardinal Greenway, National Road Heritage Trail and Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway have developed similar projects. It is time to bring those projects together where possible!

Register today by downloading the Trails Summit brochure. For more information, call Scott Zimmerman at 765.983.7343 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 03:44 pm: Edit Post

DNR offers online ATV safety course

The Indiana Department Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Outdoor Recreation divisions are partnering to offer an online All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety course.

ATVs and other off-road vehicles have increased in popularity over the past decade, but so have accidents. Indiana Conservation Officer Maj. Michael Portteus reports that ATV accidents are have increased nearly 40 percent over the past four years from 153 in 2008 to 214 last year.

“The online safety course will educate people on the safety rules of riding, using and operating an ATV,” said Lt. Larry Morrison, head of DNR Law Enforcement’s outdoor education program.

The online course presents a wide variety of information on the basics of ATVs, safe operation of ATVs, responsibilities of riders to others and the environment, and general information on preparing for the unexpected.

The online course can be found at and can be studied at a personal pace. A $30 fee is assessed prior to beginning the certification test. Individuals who successfully complete the test are issued a lifetime certification card.

“This certification ensures that the operator is well educated and has learned how to safely operate an ATV, which is the first step in reducing the number of ATV accidents in Indiana,” said Dale Brier, chief of DNR Outdoor Recreation’s streams and trails section.

For more information: Lt. William T. Browne, Indiana Conservation Officer, (765) 509-0207.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 02:15 pm: Edit Post

Donate Blood during Richmond Day of Caring ‘Baby Tressel Day’ on February 15th

Richmond Day of Caring ‘Baby Tressel Day’ is Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Community Blood Center, Richmond Branch from 11 am to 6:30 pm. Mayor Sally Hutton will present the Day of Caring proclamation. Everyone who registers to donate will receive free pizza donated by Joe’s Pizza and the CBC “Blood Donor – Heart of a Hero” t-shirt.

“Baby Tressel Day” on Wednesday, February 15 at the Community Blood Center (CBC) Richmond branch will mark nearly 18 months since little Tressel Meinardi died from a tragic mistake during heart surgery. Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton will proclaim the blood drive as “A Day of Caring” to symbolize new hope for the Meinardi family and all those who benefit from the gift of life.

“Emilie and her husband Scott are amazing young people,” said Mayor Hutton. “When they were going through this they were comforting everyone else. That’s the kind of people they are.”

The Meinardis moved to Richmond from Findlay, OH but remain loyal Ohio State football fans. They named their first born for former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel.

Baby Tressel was born with a heart condition and was seven months old when he underwent surgery on Aug. 16, 2010 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The surgery went as planned until, as the Meinardis eventually learned, a final step proved fatal. An operating room technician mistakenly flushed the baby’s heart with alcohol instead of a saline solution and Tressel died five days later.

A tremendous outpouring of community compassion and support followed, including 1,500 children’s books donated at his funeral for Cincinnati Children’s. A book drive on last year’s Day of Caring in Richmond, held on what would have been Tressel’s first birthday, generated 2,000 books for all Wayne County K through second graders.

“He touched a lot of people’s hearts for him having such a small heart,” Emilie Meinardi says of her son. The Meinardis talked with CBC Richmond Branch Rep. Melinda Frech about holding the “Baby Tressel Day” blood drive on his birthday this year, but an unexpected blessing forced a change of plans. Emily gave birth to a daughter on July 16, 2011. True to Ohio State, they named her “Scarlet” for the scarlet and gray.

Like Tressel, Scarlet was also born three months premature and needed special care. Emilie felt grateful to provide it, especially as the anniversary of Tressel’s death arrived. “When a year came up,” she says, her voice breaking, “we had a baby to hold again.” They had planned to visit Tressel’s grave in Findlay, but instead spent the anniversary with Scarlet in the hospital.

Scarlet shares another bond with her brother. She too was born with a heart condition, a small hole in the ventricular wall of her heart. Scarlett’s doctors are the same as Tressel’s, and if necessary, heart surgery would be performed at Cincinnati Children’s. Tressel’s death did not shake Emilie’s trust. “It was a horrible mistake but everybody makes mistakes every day,” she said. “It’s the same doctors and everything and they are just as compassionate as before.”

But Emilie got exciting news during Scarlet’s check-up one week before Baby Tressel Day. Scarlet will not need surgery, and though her condition will be monitored, she doesn’t have to go back to the hospital for a year.

“He taught us a lot about patience,” Emilie says of caring for Scarlet and her hopes to have more children. She points out that Feb. 15 is a perfect day for Baby Tressel’s Day of Caring at CBC because that was the day he came home from the hospital after his premature birth.

“It’s a way of giving back to people,” says Mayor Hutton, “especially people who need critical care at a moment in life. But it’s not just that. It’s a day of caring, to simply help others with an act of kindness, in memory of Tressel, something we sometimes overlook in our lives.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 02:17 pm: Edit Post

Reid health fair celebrates wellness, heart program’s national recognition

A “Healthy Heart Celebration” and mini-health fair in the main lobby of Reid Hospital Monday, Feb. 20, will trumpet the importance of wellness and honor recent national recognition for Reid’s heart surgery team.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include free health screenings, heart-healthy snacks and door prizes. On-site registration will also be available for additional Reid wellness screenings, including the $29 heart scan, $49 lung scan, $49 vascular screening and lab packages starting at $59.

The event will celebrate the recent “three-star” recognition from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for Reid’s heart surgery program, putting Reid and its team in the top 12% of approximately 900 programs in the United States. Team members will be on hand during the event.

Free screenings offered during the fair include blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index. A results sheet will be provided for sharing with the participant’s doctor.

Payment for other screenings is due at the time of scheduling. Some insurance plans will reimburse for this cost.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 05:10 pm: Edit Post

Summer registration opens today at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond

Registration for the Summer 2012 term opens today at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond. New students and continuing students are encouraged to register for courses as soon as possible, as classes will fill up quickly. Fall 2012 registration begins March 15.

Summer school provides 2012 high school graduates and college students returning home for the summer an opportunity to earn valuable college credits at $107.80 per credit hour on campus or online.

First time college students get a head start on their college careers by completing required courses in summer. Both new and continuing students can reduce the time and cost of a degree by enrolling in Summer courses.

New students should visit to fill out a free application for admission and review the enrollment steps that must be completed before registering for courses. Continuing students should see their academic or faculty adviser before enrolling in classes.

For additional information call 765-966-2656 x 1202.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 02:17 pm: Edit Post

Rhythm of the Dance at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8:00pm

Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. Rhythm of the Dance! This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life, including three tenors and a full cast of dancers. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using the traditional and modern arts of dance (ballet, modern dance, jazz) and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient.

Combining traditional Irish dance and music with the most up to date stage execution, the show is a thousand year old story presented as a modern day stage show. Don’t miss this wonderful evening of song and dance at Civic Hall on St. Patrick’s Day!

Good seats are available for the performance at 8:00pm; $28 for adults, $20 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.

Further funding provided by our Sponsors: KICKS 96 (WQLK-FM and WHON-AM), Wayne County Foundation, Think TV, Indiana Public Radio, Whitewater Broadcasting (1490 WKBV and G101-3 radio). Co-sponsors include: First Bank Richmond, Earlham College, Belden, Palladium-Item, Paust Printers, Wayne Bank and Trust Co., U.S. Bank, Dr. William H. Toedebusch, Dr. J. Michael and Nancy Perez and Family, Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, and the City of Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 17, 2012 - 03:17 pm: Edit Post

IU East presents Mike Posner in concert April 18

Indiana University East and the Student Activity Advisory Team announced February 16 that Mike Posner will perform in concert at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

G101.3 WFMG was on campus for the Brains Up Unveiling held in the Graf Center. Mike Posner and the BrainTrust is the first G101.3 Summer Concert Series event and the first hosted in Richmond.

Pre-sale tickets cost $10 for students, $20 for general admission. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door for a cost of $15 for students, $25 for general admission. You must be 18 years old in order to purchase a ticket.

Tickets may be purchased at the Office of Campus Life, located in Springwood Hall room 107. Hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Mike Posner is a 24-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer. His debut album 31 Minutes To Takeoff is an eclectic, lovingly crafted collection of soulful tunes that showcase his innovative spirit and motivation to create something that sounds like nothing else out there. The album was released by J Records in August 2010.

Posner’s songs include “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” featuring Lil Wayne, “Cooler than Me,” “Cheated,” and “Gone In September.”

His new album, Sky High, will be released in 2012.

David Sanders, a general studies major, is a member of the Student Activity Advisory Team. Sanders, who also plays on the men’s basketball team, said he is looking forward to the concert.

“This is definitely a big deal for the campus and the students,” Sanders said. “It will be like no other event IU East has ever had.”

The doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

For more information, call the Office of Campus Life at (765) 973-8240 or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:00 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Hosts Student Day at Indiana Statehouse

Tuesday more than 400 Ivy Tech Community College students from Ivy Tech’s 14 regions will participate in the Ivy Tech Community College Day at the Indiana Statehouse. Ivy Tech Richmond students participating in the event are Lynn Baldwin, Marc Semanchik, Rebekah LaVere, Michelle Day and Jeff Deaton.

The purpose of the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. activity is to provide students with an opportunity to interact with state legislators, enhance their understanding of state government, strengthen their roles as citizens at the local, state and national level, and increase their feelings of connectedness to the College.

Students will have the opportunity to hear speakers including Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder, Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, State Representative Bill Crawford, and State Representative Robert Behning. The students will be joined by more than 40 legislators for a luncheon in the Statehouse Atrium. In the afternoon students will have time to tour the Statehouse and to visit the House and Senate galleries. For many students this is the first opportunity to tour Indiana Statehouse. Ivy Tech has coordinated the Day at the Statehouse for several years.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 05:49 pm: Edit Post

Deadline for Indiana Private Non-Profit Organizations to Apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans is March 23

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) in Indiana that March 23 is the deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. The loans are available from the SBA because of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from April 19 to June 6, 2011.

Eligible non-critical PNPs located in Benton, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Dubois, Floyd, Franklin, Gibson, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Ohio, Orange, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Ripley, Scott, Spencer, Starke, Sullivan, Switzerland, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Wayne, Warrick and Washington counties in Indiana are eligible to apply to the SBA. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers and colleges.

The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs such as ongoing operating expenses for eligible non-critical PNP organizations. This assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage. Loan amounts can be up to $2 million, and the interest rate is 3 percent with terms up to 30 years. The SBA sets loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To obtain disaster loan information and application forms, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or send an email to Applications can also be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

PNPs affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at

The filing deadline to return economic injury applications is March 23, 2012.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 01:15 am: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Announces Changes to Grant-Making Process

The Wayne County Foundation announced today that changes will be made to their 2012 grant-making process. In part, the changes will eliminate specific program categories and modify the oundation’s traditional three-cycle per year schedule. The new approach will focus n “quality of life” and “spirit of the community” projects, while creating an opportunity to provide more grant dollars in support of general operating support for local nonprofits.

To further explain the changes, the Foundation is offering an informational meeting on Monday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Innovation Center in downtown Richmond. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $6.50 and reservations are required by March 5.

To make your reserve, email or call the Foundation office at 765-962-1638.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 02:48 pm: Edit Post

“Good Mental Health and Positive Thinking”

A presentation, “Good Mental Health and Positive Thinking” will be given by Larry Green on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the CTC Building on the Richmond State Hospital Campus, 498 Northwest 18th Street, Richmond. This event is sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness.)

Larry Green currently works as a nurse in addiction therapy, and also has a background on the police force and as Sheriff.

This presentation is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, call the NAMI office, (765)966-4094 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Calls made at other times will be returned.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 19, 2012 - 08:17 pm: Edit Post

Purdue in Richmond Reception

Help us celebrate the history and future of Purdue's College of Technology in Richmond.

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Reid Hospital, Lingle Hall, 1100 Reid Parkway
Program in Lingle Auditorium immediately following.

For more details, contact Barb Alder at or call (765) 973-8228.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 07:46 pm: Edit Post

19th Annual Ivy Tech Community College Car Show on April 28, 2012


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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 01:05 pm: Edit Post

US 27 Construction Resumes in Liberty Highway Closure Expected in Early March

LIBERTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is continuing its reconstruction of US 27 through Liberty.

Crews from Dave O’Mara, the state’s contractor, resumed water main relocation on Seminary Street on Monday, February 20. Once the water line is installed, full-depth reconstruction of US 27 from Union Street to Eaton Street will begin.

INDOT and O’Mara will close this segment of US 27 to through traffic on or after Monday, March 5. Access to all homes and businesses will be maintained during the second phase of construction, which is expected to be complete this summer. The third and final phase of the project will follow.

The construction schedule has been modified after evaluating the current project status and the progress made in 2011. The intended goal is to have Main Street open to traffic by Memorial Day to accommodate increased traffic during the summer recreation season. Once Main Street is open to traffic, crews will continue reconstruction of US 27 on Seminary Street and College Corner Avenue.

Because the roadway segment between Union and Eaton Streets contains US 27 and State Road 44, official detours, which must follow state highways, are necessary for both. The official detour for State Road 44 is State Road 1 to US 40 to US 27. The official detour for US 27 is State Road 227 to Ohio 177 to Ohio 73 to US 27 in Oxford, Ohio. As State Road 101 will not be accessible from US 27/State Road 44 while Main Street is reconstructed, through traffic will be detoured on State Road 1 to US 40 to US 27.

The third and final phase of the project will reconstruct US 27 on College Corner Avenue/Liberty Avenue from Eaton Street to the southern town limits. The project has a contract completion date of May 2013, although INDOT and Dave O’Mara Contractor hope to have major construction complete before next winter.

INDOT reminds drivers to follow posted speed limits and be cautious while driving through all work zones. Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions before they depart by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or view an online map at Quick links to work zone safety tips, information about restrictions and roadway conditions, as well as the latest INDOT news can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 01:23 pm: Edit Post

Lt. Governor Skillman announces finalists in 2012 Indiana “Stellar Communities” program

INDIANAPOLIS (February 27, 2012) – Lt. Governor Skillman announced today that seven Hoosier communities have been selected as finalists in the highly competitive “Stellar Communities” program. The program was launched last year to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller cities and towns.

“Each of the finalists demonstrated a comprehensive plan with the potential to transform their community,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “Only two will be our next Stellar Communities, but all seven will benefit from the long-term strategic planning.”

Finalists are:
City of Auburn
City of Crawfordsville
City of Delphi
City of Petersburg
City of Princeton
City of Richmond
Town of Whitestown

Each finalist community will receive $10,000 to prepare an in-depth Strategic Investment Plan proposal, and will also participate in a site visit with the state selection team. In May, two of the finalist communities will be announced as this year’s Stellar Communities.

The state’s Stellar Communities program is a partnership between three state agencies: the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Indiana Department of Transportation. Selected communities will complete multiple community development projects funded by the three partner agencies’ programs, which may address housing, water infrastructure needs, street and roadwork, streetscape and lighting needs, community centers, revitalization projects, and other quality of life issues.

For more information, please visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 01:58 pm: Edit Post

IHS Exhibition Examimes Indiana's Automobile Heritage

Richmond, Indiana – From Elwood Hayne’s early machine to today’s numerous parts manufacturers, the automobile and its role in the Hoosier state is examined in the Indiana Historical Society exhibition, Auto Indiana: Celebrating the Automobile in Indiana, opening April 13, 2012 through May 5, 2012 at Richmond Columbian Properties William G. Scott House), 204 North 10th Street Richmond, Indiana. The exhibit will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 PM.

On Friday April 13, 2012 there will be an opening reception from 5-9 PM co-hosted with the Model T Museum. Model T and other vintage cars will be on display and running through the Starr and Depot Districts that evening. The opening reception and exhibit will be free and open to the public.

Featuring photographs and other images from the Elwood Haynes Museum, Indiana Department of Transportation and the Society’s collection, the exhibition explores the state’s prominent role in the formative stages of the automotive industry since Hayne’s first horseless carriage trip on the Pumpkinvine Pike (now Boulevard Street) in Kokomo on July 4, 1894. Many artifacts from Richmond’s automotive history will also be on exhibit.

Indiana has been regarded as one of the nation’s leaders in automobile production until Detroit emerged as the technological and industrial giant in the 1930s. Eighty-eight Indiana cities and towns have either had automobiles manufactured or assembled in their communities. Indianapolis is the leader in this category with more than 100 different types.

Approximately 523 automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and cyclecars claimed Indiana production or assemblage. The IHS automobile exhibition focuses on such topics as Hayne’s life and career as an inventor in Kokomo, including a look at the Haynes-Apperson Motor Wagon Works; an early effort at creating an assembly line at the Revere Motor Car Corporation plan in Logansport, Ind.; samples of the Studebaker Corporation’s advertising literature, showing the different approaches it took to sell its products; and the automobile’s effect – both positive and negative – on society.

Richmond Columbian Properties (William G. Scott House) is a private nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to education and neighborhood revitalization. It owns the William G. Scott House located in Richmond’s Starr National Register of Historic Places Historic District. Columbian Properties has developed programs in historic preservation education and advocacy, partnering with other community organizations working to improve Richmond’s historic neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's
premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest.

IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. (

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 02:33 pm: Edit Post

Bridge Replacement to Begin at US 40 and Hiser Station Road

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will restrict traffic at the intersection of US 40 and Hiser Station Road as replacement of the Hiser Creek Bridge begins.

The eastbound right lane of US 40 will be closed at the intersection of US 40 and Hiser Station Road beginning Tuesday, March 13. The two lanes of westbound US 40 will remain unaffected.

Access to and from Hiser Station Road will also be restricted at this intersection. Notice of road closure will be posted at the intersection of Sample and Hiser Station Roads.

The bridge replacement will require the lane restriction on US 40 and closure of Hiser Station Road at US 40 throughout the project, which is expected to be complete in May.

The concrete bridge, which was built in 1935, spans over Hiser Creek and is located west of Centerville between Washington and Swallow Roads on the south side of US 40.

Milestone Contractors was awarded the contract to reconstruct the bridge based on its low bid of $281,950. The new precast reinforced concrete structure will be 10 feet tall and will span 24 feet across the creek.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 10:21 pm: Edit Post

MRL Kicks Off a New Volunteer Service Program with a Volunteer Fair - March 8 - 9, 2012

RICHMOND, INDIANA - Morrisson-Reeves Library is starting a Volunteer Service Program and they’re looking for volunteers ages 14 and up. Over the years MRL has relied on countless volunteers to coordinate the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library fundraising and Book Sales. The new volunteer service program expands our offerings and creates opportunities for individuals to enhance the library’s services, by using their skills, gifts, and talents in their volunteer roles.

The library is hosting a Volunteer Fair to kick off this new program. Interested volunteers can learn more about the Service Program at the library on Thursday, March 8th from 4-6 p.m. and Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m.-12 noon. At the Fair, each department of the library will have a table displaying information regarding their department’s volunteer opportunities and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Potential volunteers can “shop” for an area of the library that most suits their talents.

Laura Kehlenbrink, Human Resources Manager at MRL, will oversee this new project. She says, “Establishing a meaningful volunteer experience where individual’s interests are matched with volunteer positions is one of the primary goals of the new Volunteer Services Program at MRL. Volunteer opportunities are as diverse as those who volunteer … high school and college students, teachers, retirees, stay-at-home parents, senior citizens, and members of the business community, among others. There are many different ways in which volunteers serve the library, from regular time commitments to one-time events. You can make a big difference in the quality of library service in our community by sharing your gifts, time and talent.”

To start the process of volunteering at MRL, prospective volunteers should fill out an application and criminal background check release available at the Circulation Desk or online at: Potential volunteers being considered for a particular volunteer assignment within the Library will be contacted for an interview.

“The library has faced significant challenges and changes in the past several years and there is a compelling need for dedicated volunteers who will enhance the Library’s service to the community. Library volunteers play an important role as partners in the Library’s mission of providing access to information through dynamic services. The value of volunteers’ contribution to the Library and our community is immeasurable,” says Laura Kehlenbrink.

Kehlenbrink adds, “My desire is to have the floodgates opened and welcome a great number of volunteers into the Library. Currently, we have a need for volunteers in almost every department with multiple opportunities in some departments.”

You can get involved if you are 14+ and looking to make a difference by going to or call Laura Kehlenbrink at 765-966-8291 ext. 130 or email her at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Saturday, March 03, 2012 - 06:24 pm: Edit Post

Early Childhood Conference to be held at Ivy Tech Community College on March 17th

The Whitewater Valley Chapter of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children is having its free early childhood conference on Saturday, March 17 at Ivy Tech Community College. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Lunch will be catered with a cost of $10, and reservations are due by March 9. You can contact Kathy Campbell at 966-2656 ext. 1145 for questions and reservations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 07:02 pm: Edit Post

Southeast Indiana Tornado Disaster Volunteer & Donation Information

Indianapolis, IN – Hoosiers are known for their generosity and willingness to help in time of need and the need is great for our fellow Hoosiers in the south and southeast portions of the state that have been devastated by this past Friday’s string of tornados.

The Sellersburg State Police Post and other state police posts have received many calls from people asking how to donate time, resources of money to help those in need. There are numerous legitimate ways to make cash donations, such as a number of media organizations that are holding telethons. While the Indiana State Police does not endorse or recommend any particular organization we are providing the below contact sources to help reduce the number of inquiries to state police posts asking about giving donations or how to volunteer. This will help keep our phone lines open for emergency calls.

United Way: To make a cash donation or to volunteer as an individual or group, please call the United Way Volunteer Service at 812-287-0519 or visit them in person at 723 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana. You may also click this link: and click the appropriate tab to volunteer or donate cash.

Red Cross: To make a cash donation or to volunteer with the American Red Cross, call 800-733-2767 or visit the office at 510 East Chestnut Street DR384, Louisville, KY 40210. You may also click this link:

The Wayne/Union County Red Cross Chapter is collecting Tornado Relief donations at their office, 14 17 North “A” Street, Richmond, IN 47374-3334. If the gift is designated ‘Indiana Tornados” the donation will be used for relief of fellow Hoosiers. if it is designated Tornado Relief, it will be used in all five affected states. Donations may also be made to as well. These funds will go directly to the devastation of our neighbors. The local Red Cross is NOT collecting clothing or household items. Call (765) 962-9508 for more information.

Another comprehensive list of legitimate locations to make donations can be found at this Indiana Department of Homeland Security link:

The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security caution Hoosiers to know who they are donating money to before making a cash donation. While there could be legitimate sources making door-to-door collections, more often than not, money given to door-to-door collectors is often diverted to personal gain and does not go to the stated cause. Know before you donate!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 09:30 pm: Edit Post

The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater presents a National tour of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
Et tu, Brute?
Friends, Romans, countrymen…

The Earlham Artist and Lecture Series presents The Acting Company in its 39th national tour featuring a new production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, one of the greatest political dramas of all time on Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm in Goddard Auditorium.

With Americans looking at, questioning and demanding transparency from civic leaders, we chose Julius Caesar with the belief that this 400 year old play powerfully displays the power of rhetoric – that what you say can have a profound and chilling effect on the country without burden of proof or, too often, measured consideration.

Today’s public discourse on leaders and candidates is accepted as fact by too many and explodes across our press and television headlines without debate or discovery. Although Shakespeare was a student of history, he was also deeply concerned with connecting history to his contemporary audience. Our production will also be rooted in details from contemporary America, so that our audiences can easily relate to and understand some of the history that is often missed in a more traditional production.
Julius Caesar has been notoriously used to make one-sided political points about current events. To do so goes against the spirit of Shakespeare’s centuries-old play as well as flies in the face of the discourse so many Americans are demanding. Using modern dress allows for greater accessibility for audiences and their engagement with Shakespeare’s story. We will not recreate Shakespeare’s story; it stands on its own merits and demands us to explore and question as much today as when it was written.
Rob Melrose, artistic director of San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theatre, will direct. Called by Stage and Cinema a “theatrical marvel,” Mr. Melrose will develop a work whose production quality will equal what we predict will be a profound and lasting impact on audiences nationally.

The superb cast, trained at the leading acting conservatories in the country includes Ernest Bentley, Kaliswa Brewster, Caleb Carlson, Ray Chapman, Bjorn DuPaty, Zachary Fine, Whitney Hudson, Joseph Midyett, Kevin Orton, Noah Putterman, Sid Solomon, William Sturdivant and Kathleen Wise.

Since its founding in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions touring to 48 states and ten foreign countries and is America’s most respected and praised touring repertory theater. It’s innovative education programs are provided in conjunction with the tour and include student matinees, Learning Through Theater artistic residencies, master classes, workshops and Shakespeare for Teachers professional training workshops designed to make the classics more accessible to teacher and students alike.

Rainn Wilson, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers and Keith David are but a handful of actors who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Honored by the TONY® Awards for Excellence in Theater, The Company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank’s Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America’s leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. In addition to plays presented on the Guthrie’s main stage, the theater provides an additional season of new works by contemporary playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Warren Leight at the Guthrie Lab.

Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time including a classic thrust for grand scale classics, a proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works. In 1982, the Guthrie received a TONY Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American Theater.

For more information call 765.983.1373, Office of Events, 765.983.1474, Box Office or visit or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 09:33 pm: Edit Post

Richmond High School Choral Department Hosts Ball State University Singers

The Richmond High School Choral Department will be hosting the Ball State University Singers on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 with a 7:00pm performance in Civic Hall. The RHS Choral department will start the 7:00pm performance followed by the Ball State University Singers. Both groups will perform together for a grand

General admission tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Tickets are available at the Civic Hall Box office or from students in the RHS Choral Department.

Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248-4242), or visit Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Don’t miss this great evening of choral music in Civic Hall!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 07:46 pm: Edit Post

Seeking Nominations for the 2012 Area 9 Golden Hoosier Award

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, is searching for persons age 65+ from this area as nominees for the 2012 Area 9 Golden Hoosier Award.

The nominee must be 65 years of age or older on or before January 1, 2012, and must be a resident of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County. They must have contributed at least three (3) years of volunteer experience to their community after reaching 60 years of age, positively impacting members of a community, civic organization, or faith-based organization through volunteer efforts.

All nominees will be honored at a special Recognition Tea during Senior Expo on May 17th at The Lamplight Inn at the Leland in Richmond. The 2012 award winner will be announced at that time.

Help us recognize the contributions of our senior population’s unsung heroes by nominating someone in your community! To nominate someone, you must complete an official nomination form that includes an explanation for the nomination. Activities may include community, church, social activities, service clubs and/or individual efforts. Members of the Area 9 Advisory Council will select one winner from all nominations submitted. Official entry forms are available at Area 9 Agency, 520 South 9th Street in Richmond, or by contacting Judy Ford at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 or Deadline for entries is April 27th.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 07:50 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Breakfast Recognizes Donors and Recipients of Academic Scholarships

Richmond- The more than 350 of the 2011-2012 Ivy Tech Richmond academic scholarship donors and scholarship recipients will be recognized March 29 at a breakfast on the Richmond campus.

Featured speakers at this year’s annual event will be three scholarship winners: Gregory Oakley, Milton, Hinshaw Scholarship; Tina LeMaster, Hagerstown, Paul and Pat Lingle Scholarship; and, Louanne Manning, Lynn, Heyob Scholarship.

Scholarship winners in Indiana are: Brookville: Stephanie Barrett; Cambridge City: Rachel Wood, Rachel Bailey, Gerald Phillips, Duel Short; Centerville: Lynn Baldwin; Connersville: Alicia Robinson, Tammy Shepler, Anthony Knox, Diane Mofield, Barbara Becknell, Megan Higbie, Ashley Russell; Economy: Lisa Fisher; Hagerstown: Tina LeMaster; Indianapolis: Paula Hanner; Liberty: Christine Boone, Cody Carlin, Sandra Davis, Stacey Day, Cheryl Dishmond, Candy Guenther, Craig Hale, Trevor Hartman, Erica Hofer, David Hubbard, Amy Moegerle, Levi Muckridge, David Parker, Dakota Patterson, Jessica Lawson; Lynn Louanne Manning, Christy McGehee, Connie Pierce; Milton: Gregory Oakley, Terri Abbitt; Modoc: Jerome Lamb; Richmond: Scott Harrell, Mary Anderson, Brian Miles, Joseph Brown, Jeremie Mckinney, Regina Thompson, Cressida Woodard, Amanda Smith, Denzel Durham, Marc Semanchik, Nelltiona Rice, Marianne Duke, Amy Dickey, Mary Anderson, Karleigh DeLong, Jessica Johnson, Angelia Sexton, Tyren Tillman, Ronald Bane, Craig Bolin, Dena Matheny, Greg Smith, Ryan Smith Sandra Calderon; Rushville: Coy Estes; Straughn: Joshua Key, Heather Key; Williamsburg: Lisa Coyle, Joseph Pentecost.

Scholarship winners in Ohio are: Eaton: Martha Eales; New Paris: Joseph Zurwell, Cassandra Bond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 09:08 pm: Edit Post

INDOT and Adopt-A-Highway Groups to Begin Spring Cleaning

Volunteers are encouraged to contact INDOT to schedule a pick-up time

GREENFIELD, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Greenfield District is calling on all Adopt-A-Highway groups to assist in the annual spring cleanup of Indiana’s highways.

For three weeks between Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 22, INDOT and Adopt-A-Highway groups will conduct a major statewide effort to clean up Indiana’s highways during Trash Bash 2012. For more than a dozen years, INDOT crews have partnered with volunteers to clean up state roads, US highways and interstates during Trash Bash.

Last year, INDOT Greenfield District, crews from the Department of Corrections and nearly 2,500 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collected more than 8,600 bags of trash from 884 miles of highway right-of-ways. Another 16.5 tons (33,000 pounds) of loose debris—including tires and metal—were collected in addition to the bags. The cost savings these volunteers’ brought to INDOT was estimated to be more than $60,000.

INDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program helps significantly reduce the roadside trash problem by coordinating with community groups to provide highway trash and litter pick-up in local communities. INDOT area coordinators provide safety training, high visibility safety vests, work zone signs and trash bags to help get the job done. This improves the look of Indiana's communities and helps uncover our state's natural heritage.

INDOT asks that all Adopt-A-Highway groups in the Greenfield District please call 1-855-463-6848 or email to schedule a time to clean their designated highway segments. If a group is interested in volunteering to help keep Indiana’s highways clean, links to more information about Trash Bash, Adopt-A-Highway and Sponsor-A-Highway can be found at Just click the Current Programs menu to navigate to the Green Initiatives page.

In addition to the Adopt-A-Highway program, Sponsor-A-Highway is a new option launched in 2011 in the Indianapolis area. This option offers opportunities to enhance Indiana’s roadways by sponsoring the litter control of segments of interstate highways. Sponsoring groups and individuals can hire a vendor—an INDOT-approved private litter control company—to perform highway litter control in the name of the sponsors. INDOT and Indiana’s motorists benefit from the program by having litter removed at no expense. Sponsors benefit by having their company’s logo advertised on a prominently placed acknowledgment sign.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 09:25 pm: Edit Post

City of Richmond Breaks Ground on 166 Acres of New Greenfield Sites

Richmond, IN (March 28, 2012) – Officials broke ground on Phase II of the Midwest Industrial Park in Richmond, Indiana. The infrastructure improvements will lead to the opening of 166 acres of new industrial land adjacent to Interstate 70 and a Norfolk Southern Rail mainline. The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County partnered with the City of Richmond in the opening of the much needed space in the Midwest Industrial Park. The first phase of the park is nearly full. Mark Smith, Chair of the EDC of Wayne County Board of Directors, says the project has been in the works for over two years. “There has been a significant amount of collaboration between the EDC, the City of Richmond and Wayne County to bring the project to this point.”

The City of Richmond will fund the project, including, roads, utilities and storm water detention. Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton says the newly available land will be important for economic development efforts. “It’s important to have a number of different site options available for either new investment opportunities or expansions of our existing businesses. This new phase of the Midwest Industrial Park will allow us to be more responsive to site requirements.” Contract for construction was awarded to Milestone Contractors in the amount of $1,493,250. The EDC of Wayne County invested $41,600 to develop subdivision plans. Plans were developed by Beals – Moore and Associates.

Phase II has received Shovel Ready certification from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s program. The certification helps to expedite the site selection process. Shovel ready sites are also listed on the state’s Site Locator for easy access by site selection consultants.

Since January of 2009, the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, through its EDIT fund has assisted 22 businesses in their commitment to the retention and creation of 485 jobs. These projects have resulted in over $79 million in new private investment in Wayne County. The county’s consolidated EDIT fund comes from funding provided by partnering towns in Wayne County who have agreed to provide half of their EDIT proceeds yearly for county-wide economic development. Partners in county-wide economic development currently include the towns of Cambridge City, Centerville, East Germantown, Economy, Hagerstown, Milton, Mt. Auburn, Richmond, Whitewater and Wayne County.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 08:31 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Traditional and Alternative Energy Class Sponsors Recycling Collection on April 21st

Richmond- The Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class is sponsoring a recycling collection for Wayne, Fayette, Rush and Union Counties, Saturday, April 21. Proceeds will go to endow an Ivy Tech scholarship for area students. The classes have raised $8,905 thus far. This semester’s class wants to add another $1,095 in collections to reach the $10,000 required for an endowed scholarship.

On April 21 there will be two Richmond collection sites and one Connersville site. The Richmond sites are McDaniel Hall on the Ivy Tech campus on U.S 27 north and the Kroger Plaza parking lot on U.S. 40 east. The students are accepting the following materials for recycling in Richmond and Connersville: glass, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery.

The Connersville collection site will be the Ivy Tech campus parking lot at 717 West 21st St. The collection will include electronics and metals. The electronics accepted are: computers, monitors, TVs, Fax machines, copiers, ink cartridges and other electronics.

Donors with large articles or a large collection of material should contact Daniel Story to schedule a pick up at (765) 994-1974 or by e-mail at Pickups can be scheduled through April 19.

Donors of large articles or amounts of materials will receive a receipt for tax purposes from the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation. All proceeds go to the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Questions about the project should be directed to Story or the course instructor Krista Morisen at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 08:34 pm: Edit Post

Marc Rossi - Contemporary Classical Composer, Jazz Pianist and Professor at Berklee, Tuesday, April 23rd

The Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting jazz pianist and composer Marc Rossi in concert from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Gennett Mansion, located at 1829 E. Main St. in Richmond. This event is sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Mindful Explorations, courtesy of the William H. and Jean R. Reller Endowment.

The event cost is $10 for community members and $5 for students.

Rossi is professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a versatile contemporary classical composer, jazz pianist/composer, and longtime practitioner of Indian music.

Elliott McKinley, assistant professor of music, said he has known Rossi for much of his life.

“I met him when he was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music studying jazz piano and composition with my father. He is an incredible musician with great depth of knowledge and experience in many musical traditions both Western and non-Western,” McKinley said. “He is equally adept at writing symphonies and string quartets as he is playing funk-jazz fusion and world-music.”

In addition to Tuesday’s jazz concert, Rossi will lead a jazz improvisation workshop from 3-5 p.m. at the Gennett Mansion. He will present a lecture on Indian Music from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, April 2, in Springwood Hall room 217. He will also lead a composition master class on Wednesday, April 4, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Springwood Hall room 217. The events are free and open to the public.

“Needless to say, it will be a great pleasure and treat for us to host him for a few days. Students and community members will be exposed to a professional musician working at the highest level, and many different kinds of ways of thinking about music – both culturally and stylistically,” McKinley said.

Rossi has toured with jazz legends Jimmy Guiffre and George Russell. As a classical composer, his work has premiered at Boston's Symphony Hall and Dvorak Hall in Prague, The Czech Radio Symphony of Prague, and The Silesian Symphony Orchestra. He has been the guest lecture and led jazz master classes at the Venice "Ethnomusicology and the Emerging World Music Market" conference, UCLA, the Universita della Musica in Rome, and other institutions.

Rossi received his master’s degree in composition from New England Conservatory where he studied composition with William Thomas McKinley and Donald Martino, and jazz with George Russell, Jaki Byard, and Jimmy Giuffre. He has studied in composition and orchestration with Frank Bennett and William Thomas McKinley, jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos, and Indian music with Peter Row, Pradeep Shukla, and V.R. Venkataraman.

In January 2012, he released "Resonance," a CD collaboration with Indian santoor master Satish Vyas, on the SONY label.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 12:38 pm: Edit Post

New Equipment for Transilwrap Company, Incorporated Will Lead to New Technology and Jobs

Richmond, IN (April 2, 2012) - New manufacturing equipment will increase the technological and competitive advantage for Transilwrap Company, Incorporated. As a result the company will create 8 new full-time jobs by the end of 2014. The EDC of Wayne County is providing an EDIT grant of $27,000 to assist with the purchase of new equipment. According to Mark Smith, Chair of the EDC Board of Directors, this is another opportunity for the EDC to work with this company. "It's important that companies in Wayne County remain as competitive as possible in their respective industries. Strong companies in our community send a message to potential investors that success is possible in Wayne County."

Transilwrap's Richmond facility manufactures laminates and extrusion coatings for a diverse number of products on a global scale. Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton says, "We're happy to be able to work with Transilwrap on this project and look forward to having them in our community for many years to come." Transilwrap has been located in Richmond for over 20 years. The request for EDIT funds will now go before the Wayne County Commissioners for their consideration.

About Transilwrap Company, Incorporated

Products manufactured by Transilwrap Company, Incorporated are used by the medical, dental, banking, retail and security industries among others, and the company specializes in holograms, transferable or ultraviolet ink receptive and lamination films. The company also has a green line of products that are biodegradable. In addition to green products, the Richmond facility recycles or sells as much scrap as possible, sending less than 1% of plastic waste generated to the landfill. The Richmond facility is the largest out of 9 other locations in the United States and Canada, with headquarters in Franklin Park, Illinois.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 12:44 pm: Edit Post

Silgan White Cap Will Increase Technological Advantage with Purchase of New Equipment

Richmond, IN April 2, 2012) - Silgan White Cap in Richmond will receive a $29,000 Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) Grant from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County to purchase new equipment and provide training for employees using the equipment. The new equipment provides a change in technology that will lead to a significant reduction in the materials used to manufacture the new product. The company manufactures metal and plastic caps for the food and beverage industry.

Mayor Sally Hutton says Silgan White Cap is an important part of the Richmond business community. "We're very happy that Silgan White Cap is bringing new technology to the Richmond plant. It's important that our existing businesses are able to increase their productivity and efficiency to remain competitive and keep jobs in our community." The Richmond facility is among the most diversified metal operating facilities in the Silgan system. The facility has the capability of producing steel, aluminum and composite extruded products.

Silgan White Cap will make a significant investment in the project. Mark Smith, Chair of the EDC of Wayne County, says this is the second project the EDC will work on with Silgan White Cap. "The company fulfilled the obligations of their previous incentive agreement. We're thrilled to be able to work with them again to increase their competiveness, as well as retain a number of full-time jobs." The request for funds will now go before the Wayne County Commissioners for approval.

About Silgan White Cap

Silgan White Cap's Richmond facility is a FDA approved facility that manufactures caps for a number of different food and beverage products globally. As part of strategic investments and the corporate sustainability program, the Richmond facility recently installed new heating units in one of their bays that have resulted in substantial energy savings. The Richmond facility is one of Silgan White Cap's eight manufacturing locations in the U.S. and is essential for efficient distribution to its broad and diverse customer base.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 01:33 pm: Edit Post

Cans for Cash™ City Recycling Challenge

Cans for Cash is a contest of The United States Conference of Mayors and Novelis where top cities compete to win up to $25,000 in their division.

Richmond is a Division IV city and has won the 3rd place prize of $5000 three times in the past. Twice funds have gone to the Fire and Police training house on the south side of Richmond and in 2010 the funds went to the Mayor’s Environmental Council for future projects.

Richmond’s green efforts can bring green returns – so recycle your aluminum cans in your blue Richie Roller or take to the New Paris Pike Landfill, Recycling Center, Richmond Scrap, or Rumpke
from April 1 st - April 30th.

If you are in Richmond and need a container for your recyclable materials call the Richmond Sanitary District at 765-983-7450 and request a blue Richie Roller for your curbside pickup.

Brought to you by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Sanitary District:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 03:15 pm: Edit Post

Training Program: Guiding Good Choices

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and the Partnership for a Drug Free Wayne County will offer training for Guiding Good Choices so that YOU can facilitate this amazing program.

Guiding Good Choices is a program for parents and guardians of youth and includes information such as:


TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

LOCATION: Central United Methodist Church, 1425 East Main Street, Richmond


To register or find out more information contact: Stacey Steele at 962-6922

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 03:19 pm: Edit Post

Bees, Bugs & Butterflies

at the Early Learning and Family Literacy Center, 315 NW 3rd Street ~ Richmond

Thursday, April 12, 2012. Choose from 9:30 am, 12:30 pm or 6:00 pm

We will read a story, make a snack, create a craft, and take home a new book to read.

Reservations for this FREE event MUST be made by calling the Birth to Five office at 765-966-6080 by April 9th.

In the event that you cannot attend after making reservations, please call the office and cancel so that a child on the waiting list will be able to fill your spot.

For children ages 3 to kindergarten entry accompanied by an adult.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 05, 2012 - 01:42 pm: Edit Post

Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Tyler Hoodlebrink and Erica Coulter were chosen from a pool of 75 applicants from throughout Wayne County. Each recipient will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Tyler, a senior at Hagerstown High School, maintained a 3.9 GPA while participating in football, 4-H, National Honor Society, track, and model legislature throughout his high school career. He was co-captain of the football team along with volunteering for the Hagerstown Public Library and the after-school tutoring program. Tyler plans to major in mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is the son of Brenda and Jim Hoodlebrink.

Erica, a senior at Centerville High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish club, golf, swimming, speech team, and student council. She has also held several leadership roles along with volunteering for Cope Environmental Center, church mission trips, and her church nursery. Erica plans to major in journalism at Indiana University. She is the daughter of Sara and Eric Coulter.

This year a total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., in conjunction with community foundations and Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

Since 1998, 33 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation. This year’s awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community dinner on June 28.
Erica Coulter Tyler Hoodlebrink

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 01:51 pm: Edit Post

Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry will be performing at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Thursday, April 19, 2012 for a free concert at 5:30 p.m. in the Bard Room at MRL.

Emmy nominated singer/songwriter ellen cherry is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. She has licensed her music to the Oxygen Network, MTV, and In 2009, she wrote, recorded and performed a TV campaign for FOX Networks and also composed the score for a shadow puppet piece entitled "Alonzo's Lullaby", which has been awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence. She has been awarded Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards for Vocal Performance (2007) and Music Composition (2009) and founded her own studio and label, Wrong Size Shoes, in 2004.

Recording continuously since 1997, her most recent album, (New) Years, crosses genres, artfully displaying her talents in folk, pop, jazz, and instrumental music. ellen cherry mesmerizes her audience with her powerful voice and uses her keen, on-the-fly sense of humor to weave history, storytelling, and melody together.

(cherry) sings equally well in either style, a rare gift. This allows her to change the style of the music as she moves through the years, and she does this masterfully.... This is the magic of cherry's writing. She provides a portrait of her character in such a way that we get to know the people in their lives, even though we never meet them.”
--Oliver diPlace, Folk Permutations

Morrisson-Reeves Library is located at 80 North 6th Street, Richmond, Indiana. For more information, call: 765.966.8291.
ellen cherry

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 01:14 pm: Edit Post

The Richmond Skeptic to buy lunch on Friday, April 13th

The Richmond Skeptic, the oldest satirical publication in Richmond in continuous publication, will be buying lunch for some area residents at The Tin Lizzie Cafe, 820 East Main Street, on Friday, April 13th between 12 noon and 1 PM.

The first fifty people who place an order using a secret phrase, to be revealed at the website on Friday morning, at or after noon will have the first $6 of their lunch paid for by The Skeptic, with no obligation. More information is available at

The writing staff of The Richmond Skeptic is making this offer in appreciation for the enthusiasm of its loyal readership, and as a celebration of quirky life in our town. We hope those who are able to attend enjoy lunch on us.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 07:01 pm: Edit Post

Baseball Special Excursion Fundraiser - April 20 & 21, 2012

Connersville, Indiana - Experience the golden age of rail travel and baseball with a trip aboard historic private railcars. To kick off its 40th celebrations, the non-profit Whitewater Valley Railroad is offering this once in a lifetime trip to a limited number of baseball and railroad fans. It is the first off-line trip ever sponsored by the Whitewater.

Three historic cars once belonging to the New York Central, Pennsylvania and the Northern Pacific railroads will whisk passengers from Indianapolis Union Station to Chicago. Breakfast will be provided on the train. After arriving in style at Chicago Union Station, fans will be taken to the historic Wrigley Field for a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. The trip package includes lunch vouchers at Wrigley.

Overnight accommodations will be included along with breakfast on Saturday morning. Following breakfast, the group will spend the day at the Museum of Science and Industry (boxed lunches included). Guests on this trip will have a chance to experience the museum's exhibits and will receive prepaid admission to tour the German U-Boat U-505 on display.

At the end of the day, we're back to Chicago Union Station to board our special train with a scheduled arrival in Indianapolis at 11:50PM. Dinner will be served on the train as we return to Indianapolis.

There are two trip options available for this special excursion. First class in the lounge cars is available for $475 per person based on double occupancy.

A limited number of premium upper level dome seats in the former Northern Pacific car are available for $500 per person based on double occupancy.

This trip will use former New York Central Lounge Car #38, former Pennsylvania Railroad Lounge Braddock Inn, and former Northern Pacific #558 dome coach, The Observatory. The cars will be coupled onto the rear of Amtrak's Hoosier State from Indianapolis and return on the rear of Amtrak's Cardinal.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. More information and tickets are available online at or by calling the Whitewater Valley Railroad's Grand Central Station at 765-825-2054.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 07:14 pm: Edit Post

Saturday, April 21 is Earth Day and the Ivy Tech Student Recycling Event

The Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class is sponsoring a recycling collection for Wayne, Fayette, Rush and Union Counties, Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. There are two Richmond collection sites and one Connersville site.

The Richmond sites are McDaniel Hall on the Ivy Tech campus on U.S 27 North and the Kroger Plaza parking lot on U.S. 40 east. The Connersville site is the Ivy Tech campus, 717 West 21st Street

Richmond locations are accepting: glass, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery.

The Connersville location is accepting electronics and metals: computers, monitors, TVs, Fax machines, copiers, ink cartridges and other electronics, in addition to glass, scrap metal, iron, copper, aluminum, cast metal and large items such as stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers, autos and auto parts, mowers and metal machinery.

Donors with large articles or a large collection of material should contact Daniel Story to schedule a pick up at (765) 994-1974 or by e-mail at Pickups can be scheduled through April 19.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 07:16 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Holds Career Networking Event

Richmond - Ivy Tech invites the community to meet and hear a diverse group of local business and education leaders discuss strategies for career success, career change and educational opportunities Wednesday, April 25, 5-8 p.m. at the Townsend Center. Attendees will meet successful business people and educators one-on-one, hear panel discussions about ways to kick start a new career, get the job of their dreams and complete a degree.

“Open Doors: Exploring Opportunities for Change” is a unique event that offers community leaders and area residents a time to network, discuss career options and educational opportunities. Speakers include: Kevin Handley, Galileo Charter School; Bill Harris, City of Richmond; Acacia Martinez St. John, WorkOne; Teresa Lee, Head Start; Patrick Piper, Ivy Tech; Scott Alexander, Joe’s Pizza; Sharrie Harlin, Minority Health Coalition; Tim Parrot, Boys and Girls Club; Ralph Wynn, retired teacher; Lynn Galloway, Community Action; and Thelma Chandler, Centerstone.

The event is co-hosted by Ivy Tech Richmond’s Career Services and School of Liberal Arts. It is free to anyone interested in changing careers, starting a new career, learning about education opportunities and ways to optimize their skills. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Gladys Ware @ 765-966-2656 ext. 1280.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 01:13 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech students named to All-Indiana Academic Team

Richmond – Lynn Baldwin, Centerville, and Jennifer Scantland, Palestine, Ohio, join 34 other students from Ivy Tech Community College campuses across the state named to this year’s All-Indiana Academic Team. All of the 2012 team members are Ivy Tech students.

Baldwin is an Office Administration Program major with a Medical Concentration and Scantland is an Accounting Program major. Both programs are in the School of Business. Baldwin and Scantland were among 10 students from across Indiana who received the Postsecondary Student Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence from the Indiana Department of Education in February.

The academic competition which scores students on academic honors, activities including leadership and work experience, and an essay, is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, USA TODAY, and the American Association of Community Colleges. Baldwin and Scantland were nominated for the All Indiana Academic Team by the Ivy Tech Richmond Phi Theta Kappa chapter. They will graduate in 2012.

Phi Theta Kappa developed the All-Indiana Academic Team competition in 1994 as a component of the All-USA Team Competition. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for students of two-year colleges. With more than 1.3 million members, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. Students must complete at least twelve hours of course work towards an associate degree and generally have at least a 3.5 grade point average to be considered.
Lynn Baldwin Jennifer Scantland

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 06:07 pm: Edit Post

Twenty-first Century Scholars Program Helps Hoosiers Earn College Degrees

To help more Hoosiers realize the promise of a college degree, Indiana is now encouraging eligible middle school students to enroll in Indiana’s Twenty-first Century Scholars program during the week of April 22 through 28, 2012.

Students who fulfill the Twenty-first Century Scholar commitment can receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any Indiana public university or the equivalent in-state tuition at all private Indiana universities.

There is no question that the program’s scholarship and student support services can change lives for the better. Brandon Farias, a Twenty-first Century Scholar from Greenville, Indiana, is completing his Bachelor’s Degree at Indiana University Southeast where he is majoring in Criminal Justice. He recently wrote the program this heart-felt thank you:

“I have been a recipient of the Twenty-first Century Scholarship throughout my four-year college career and now that I am nearing the end of my bachelor’s degree, I feel as if I should express my appreciation and gratitude for making this dream a reality for me,” said Farias. “Thank you all for making this possible and for helping me reach a new chapter in my life!”

To qualify, Indiana seventh and eighth grade students must meet income guidelines and enroll online at by June 30, 2012. Students must be a resident of Indiana, a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and enrolled at a state-accredited public or nonpublic school.

To receive the scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, graduate high school, abstain from using illegal drugs or committing a crime, and go to college within one year of graduating high school. See more details at

Indiana started the Twenty-first Century Scholars program in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible seventh and eighth graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

*The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student’s family to contribute to college.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 08:50 pm: Edit Post

Klein receives Ivy Tech Richmond 2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction

Richmond—Betty Klein, M.S., R.N., Assistant Professor and Program Chair for Health Care Support in the School of Health Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is the 2012 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. She also is Ivy Tech Richmond’s nominee for the Ivy Tech Community College 2012 Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.

Klein, a Brookville resident, says she is “extremely honored” to represent Ivy Tech Richmond. An Ivy Tech graduate, she tells her students “with an Ivy Tech degree you can go anywhere”. Looking back on her education at Ivy Tech she says, “I wanted to work at Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital. I found a position as an Operating Room Technician starting out. It gave me the opportunity to learn, take leadership, develop interpersonal and life-long learning skills.”

Klein thrived in the Good Samaritan environment working in Open Heart Surgery. Her supervisors encouraged her to become a registered nurse and awarded her a scholarship. She worked and attended school in the hospital earning an R.N. She continued to work at Good Samaritan while studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Service Management at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. At Good Samaritan she had the unique opportunity to assist in designing the Operating Suite when the hospital expanded to a new 16 story tower.

Moving back to the Brookville area in 1996, she worked at the Fayette Hospital for 15 years and earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. Klein joined Ivy Tech in 2003 as an adjunct professor in the Life Sciences and Medical Assisting Program and continued to advance her career to her present position.

A lifelong learning advocate she continues to add certifications to her experience including: Basic Life Support Instructor, Nurse Aide Program Director and Instructor Training, Dementia Care, and Indiana Home and Hospice Care Foundation. One nominator said, “She consistently models excellence instruction, professionalism and leadership in each of her roles. She is a role model to students enrolled in Health Care Support- a program that encourages completion of certification for the healthcare workforce.”

Klein farms, is a community volunteer and wood carver.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 03:10 pm: Edit Post

6th Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2012, Panel Discussion at 5:30 p.m., Film Screening at 7:00 p.m.

$5 General Public / $3 RAM Members and Students / Everyone is welcome!

The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival, featuring the work of teen filmmakers from across the Midwest.

Phantoscope is a juried short film competition for high school age students. A panel of experts evaluates the submitted films and awards prized based on merit. Students get the opportunity to ask questions and listen to film experts, including professors from Huntington University and Ball State University, talk about getting started in film and discuss the “how to” questions so many novices have when pursuing an artform.

At the festival screening, one talented young filmmaker will win a $1000 cash prize for Best Film. The winning film will be announced at th screening. Student filmmakers from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and all parts in between will have their films shown. Additionally, prizes for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing and Best Documentary will be given.

Phantoscope is open to the public, and anyone interested in film or who wants to watch a line up of creative and interesting short films is encouraged to attend!
Phantoscope Poster

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 05:33 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Kicks Off Work Zone Awareness Week
Awareness Increased Through Social Media, Unmarked Police Patrols

LEBANON, Ind. – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Chief Operations Officer Troy Woodruff today joined Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Lori Torres to mark the ceremonial start of road construction season with National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs April 23 through 27. Thanks to Governor Daniels’ Major Moves program, more than $1 billion in highway projects will begin construction in Indiana this year.

Each day this week, INDOT’s regional districts will highlight important work zone safety information on their Twitter and Facebook pages, including the top regional projects expected to impact traffic. Social media users are encouraged to connect with INDOT at and join the conversation.

Fourteen people were killed and nearly 500 were injured in Indiana highway work zones in 2011. Statistics show the top causes of work zone crashes are drivers following too closely or making improper lane changes. Last year, INDOT and the Indiana State Police launched a new police vehicle designed to look like the white pickups used by construction personnel. Because the vehicles blend into construction zones, the troopers driving them are twice as likely to identify Following Too Closely violations and eight times more likely to identify Failure to Signal Lane Change violations.

Nationwide, four out of every five people killed in work zones are motorists, not highway workers. Indiana has been recognized for its efforts to make work zones safer, but drivers also play an important role in protecting themselves and others. INDOT offers these driver tips:

· Stay alert! Look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.
· Pay attention. Work zone signs will tell you what to expect ahead.
· Merge gradually. If drivers merge safely as soon as they see the signs, traffic will flow more smoothly.
· Slow down. You may encounter slowed or stopped traffic within seconds.
· Don’t tailgate. Maintain a safe distance on all sides of your vehicle.
· Minimize distractions. The three C’s – cell phones, CDs and coffee – are the primary causes of driver inattention.
· Plan ahead. Expect delays and allow extra travel time. Select an alternate route if you are running late.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) urges all drivers to be aware of work zone locations, practice safe driving habits and navigate all work zones cautiously. Drivers can learn the locations of highway work zones ahead of time by visiting or by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 06:09 pm: Edit Post

Vascular surgery technology enhances care at Reid

Reid Hospital recently added technology to its already state-of-the-art vascular surgery suite, further enhancing care for patients.

The upgrade helps vascular surgeons William M. Ducey, M.D., and Michael J. Buckmaster, M.D., monitor patients during surgery with even more sophistication and access certain diagnostic images on demand. Drs. Ducey and Buckmaster see patients at General Surgeons Inc. in Richmond, a Reid Physician Associates practice. They perform about 400 vascular procedures in the abdomen and lower extremities each year, including bypass surgeries, stent and balloon placements and the use of agents to dissolve blood clots.

“The vascular surgery suite was created as part of the new Reid Hospital in 2009, and Dr. Ducey and I were able to design it specifically to meet the needs of our patients,” said Dr. Buckmaster. “A number of hospitals in Indiana have sent clinical teams to see it when they are upgrading their own facilities. It’s a real showplace.”

The recent upgrades include two software packages. The first is a monitoring system that records and analyzes a patient’s vital signs and other essential data during surgery. Previously, surgical staff monitored and recorded this information in a more manual way. The new software allows the team to focus exclusively on the procedure itself.

The other software captures and stores radiologic images taken during surgery. Afterward, medical personnel can access these images anywhere using a secure Internet connection. “Up until now, these images were basically stuck in the vascular suite,” Dr. Buckmaster said. “It’s very helpful to have access to them afterward, particularly if the patient needs additional care from another subspecialist, such as a cardiologist. This means better coordination of care for patients.”

These enhancements underscore Reid’s commitment to providing people in the region with state-of-the-art vascular care. “In many parts of the country, there’s a trade-off,” Dr. Buckmaster said. “You can either go to a nearby hospital for treatment or you can travel to an unfamiliar place for state-of-the-art care. That’s not the case at Reid Hospital—we really do provide the best of both worlds.”

Many procedures that take place in the vascular suite are performed on an outpatient basis and require minimal discomfort and recovery time. The vascular surgery team maintains a surgical complication rate that consistently beats national benchmarks, he said.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:24 pm: Edit Post

Josh Summey receives Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award

Richmond- Joshua W. Summey, Laurel, is the 2012 Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The award will be presented at the Ivy Tech 2012 graduation ceremony, May 5 at Tiernan Center.

A 2007 Ivy Tech Richmond graduate, Summey earned the Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Technology at graduation. He is a Master Certified Automotive Service Technician.

While a fulltime student, he worked two part-time jobs, one in the Ivy Tech Automotive Department as a Lab Assistant, the other at a local auto business while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. He has been an adjunct instructor in the Ivy Tech Richmond Automotive program since 2008.

Prior to attending Ivy Tech, Summey earned Ivy Tech Dual Credits at the Whitewater Technical Career Center where he received the Outstanding Student Award while completing high school credits at Franklin County High School where he graduated in 2005.

After graduating from Ivy Tech, he transferred to Indiana University East where he earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree Summa Cum Laude in 2009. He was a Dean’s Award recipient and member of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Since 2009 Summey has been the owner/operator of Josh’s Wrecks to Rods in Laurel, Ind. and held several technician positions at area auto businesses. He serves on the Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Advisory Committee and the Ivy Tech Car Show Planning Committee. He recently served as a National Assessment Governing Board Consultant for the U.S. Department of Education on Judgmental Standard Setting and Curriculum Review. Summey currently teaches senior students in the Richmond Area Career Center program on the Ivy Tech Richmond campus.

In the fall, he will be an automotive instructor in the Richmond Community Schools and an adjunct faculty member in the Automotive Technology Program at Ivy Tech.
Joshua W. Summey

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 08:34 pm: Edit Post

Starr Gennett Foundation Hosts Banu Gibson and her Hot Jazz Quartet

Banu Gibson and her Hot Jazz Quartet will perform Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7 PM in Lingle Auditorium, Reid Hospital, Richmond.

Tickets are $15.00 per person are are available at Music Pantry, Tourism Bureau, Lamplight at the Leland, Runyan Center at Earlham College, Wayne County Foundation and Starr Gennett office. For more information, phone (765) 962-2860.

“Banu Gibson is a class act She has a generous personality, a fine and malleable voice and really good taste. And she knows how to put on a show. David Boeddinghaus has been accompanying her for 19 years and they have an unrivalled musical relationship.”
— Jon Pult, OffBeat

“What a marvelously warm & fuzzy cabaret show these two consummate professionals have created.”
—George Patterson, Ambush

“Banu Gibson remains at the top of her field. Not only does she have a highly appealing and well trained voice . . . a full understanding of early styles and perfect jazz phrasing, but her repertoire (mixing together superior standards with complete obscurities) is inspired.”
—Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Banu Gibson

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 02:17 pm: Edit Post

NAMI Announces Speaker for May Meeting

The public is invited to the monthly meeting of NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness.) The meeting will be held at the CTC Building on the Richmond State Hospital campus on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The speaker will be Charlene George of Open Arms Ministries. This organization provides many services, such as food, clothing and referrals to the needy, as well as those suffering from mental health issues in the Wayne County area.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 05:10 pm: Edit Post

Six Ivy Tech Students to Receive Dean’s Excellence Awards at Graduation

Six students will be honored at Ivy Tech graduation ceremonies May 5 with Dean’s Awards. The awards are based on scholarship, character and leadership. The students are Lynn Baldwin, Centerville, Mindy Richie, Richmond, James Price, Centerville, Millie Hubbard, Richmond, Darren Jones, Connersville and Brenda Gettinger, Dublin.

Baldwin, a student in the Office Administration program, is the graduation speaker, officer in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and Student Government Association, a member of the All-Indiana Academic Team and recipient of the Indiana Career and Technical Education Award for Excellence. She is graduating with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Administration, Summa Cum Laude. She will attend the Ball State University Business School in the fall.

Mindy Richie, a student in the Medical Assisting program, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, was treasurer of the Medical Assisting Club and is a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and Ripley County Historical Society. She is recently joined a local medical practice and is graduating with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting, Summa Cum Laude.

James Price, a student in the Industrial Technology program, is graduating with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology, Magna Cum Laude.

Millie Hubbard, a student in the Human Services program, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, active in the community working with Birth Right, 5K walks and is a Court Appointed Child Advocate. She is graduating with the Associate of Science degree in Human Services, Magna Cum Laude. She will attend Indiana University East majoring in Social Work.

Darren Jones, a student in the Education program, is a Student Ambassador, Student Government Association secretary, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society vice president and participated in the Alternative Spring Break. He is graduating with the Associate of Science degree in Education, Magna Cum Laude. Darren is attending Western Governors University majoring in Education. He is a substitute teacher in the Fayette County School Corporation.

Brenda Gettinger, a student in the Agriculture program, is active in the Agriculture Club, Dublin Cemetery Association and Cambridge City Christian Church. An employee in the Indiana State Department of Soil Conservation. She is graduating with the Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture, Magna Cum Laude.
Lynn Baldwin Mindy Richie James Price Millie Hubbard Darren Jones Brenda Gettinger

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 - 01:08 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech to award 603 degrees and certificates to the Class of 2012

Richmond- Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will award 603 degrees and certificates at its 42nd graduation ceremony May 5 at Tiernan Center, Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder, Ivy Tech State Trustee Kevin Ahaus, President of Ahaus Tool and Engineering, and Class of 2012 graduate Lynn Baldwin will speak during the ceremony.

Rebecca A. Gibson and State Senator Allen E. Paul will receive Honorary Associate of Science degrees in College and Community Service. Joshua Summey will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dean’s Award winners are Lynn Baldwin, Centerville, School of Business; Brenda Gettinger, Dublin, School of Applied Science and Engineering Technology; Millie Hubbard, Richmond, School of Public and Social Services; Darren Jones, Connersville, School of Education; James Price, Centerville, School of Technology; and Mindy Richie, Richmond, School of Health Sciences.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 09:18 pm: Edit Post

Baby Fair Presents Resources for Families

Over 20 organizations are participating in a Baby Fair Tuesday, May, 15, hosted by Reid’s Shared Beginnings program.

Many area non-profits will be present to share information on the health and well-being of moms-to-be and their families. Information will also be available to find an obstetrician or family care physician. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Guests may also sign up to enter a drawing for a breast pump.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families anticipating a new baby to talk to experts about pre-natal care, birthing, infant care, breast feeding, and many other topics,” said Kelly Witter, director of women’s services at Reid.

Shared Beginnings is a Reid program offered free to expectant mothers, fathers, and coaches who plan to deliver at Reid. The program offerings include pre-natal classes, lactation services, pregnancy massage, post-natal support and infant development.

The Baby Fair is Tuesday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lingle Grand Hall on the lower level of the hospital. For more information about the Baby Fair or Shared Beginnings, please call (765) 983-9020.
Baby Fair Attendees

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 04:48 pm: Edit Post

The Oak Ridge Boys at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 19, 2012

Two Shows! 4:00pm & 8:00pm

Announcing the ‘Surprise Reprise!’ show coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center… The Oak Ridge Boys on Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 4:00pm & 8:00pm.

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring three decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

The Oak Ridge Boys performed in the past at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center with two sold out performances. Good seats are available for the performance at 4:00pm and 8:00pm; $32 for adults, $24 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, toll free 1-888-CIVIC HALL (1-888-248- 4242), or visit Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. Further funding provided by our Sponsors: KICKS 96 (WQLK-FM and WHON-AM), Wayne County Foundation, Think TV, Indiana Public Radio, Whitewater Broadcasting (1490 WKBV and G101-3 radio). Co-sponsors include: First Bank Richmond, Earlham College, Belden, Palladium-Item, Paust Printers, Wayne Bank and Trust Co., U.S. Bank, Dr. William H. Toedebusch, Dr. J. Michael and Nancy Perez and Family, Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, and the City of Richmond.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 04:44 pm: Edit Post

Richmond's First Hispanic Hertiage Month Celebration Is Planned

Amigos, Richmond’s Latino Center, invites all organizations to participate in Richmond’s first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, September 15-October 15, 2012.

Amigos is in the process of organizing a city-wide celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month. Most importantly they want to show the Hispanic community that they and Richmond appreciates the Hispanic community’s contribution and that everyone is welcomed to Richmond, Indiana.

Amigos invites you and your organization to join in during the celebration by planning your own activity during the timeframe of Sept.15-Oct. 15 for your constituency. The event can be anything you would like and Amigos is available to help get your plans started. Amigos invites all groups to a meeting to share ideas. If you decide to promote Hispanic Awareness, Amigos will add your organization to their flyers and posters that will be used to promote the month. Your involvement will also encourage the Latino community to take part in any future activities or volunteer work that you host.

Amigos thanks you in advance for your participation. Please respond by May 22 if you would like to take part and Amigos will keep you updated. You can email them at or call Howard Lamson at 765-993-7238.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 04:30 pm: Edit Post

Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County Holds Annual Meeting

The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Indiana held their 2011 Annual Meeting where nine companies were recognized for their investment in the community. Guest speaker, David Bender, President/CEO of Perpetual Recycling Solutions (pictured on right) spoke about the company's search process ending in selecting Richmond for their new facility. He highlighted a number of positives about the community that lead the company to make their site decision. The EDC also approved three EDIT grant requests to assist local companies with expanison projects. Details on the expansion projects can be found on the 2011 Annual Report.

Suncall America, Inc. Expansion Will Create 10 New Jobs
Suncall America, Inc. in Richmond will receive a $68,500 Economic Development Income Tax (EDIT) Grant from the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Wayne County. Suncall was recently awarded "new model" work for two new automotive parts. As a result, the company needs to expand its existing facility to make room for the new equipment and employees. Learn more.

B & F Plastics, Inc. Adds New Product Line, Creates New Jobs
B & F Plastics, Inc. in Richmond will receive a $13,000 EDIT Grant from the EDC of Wayne County. The company will be adding new equipment
to expand their product lines. B & F Plastics manufactures numerous products from thermoplastic and recycled rubber as well as custom plastic sheet extrusion. The company will invest $910,890 and will create 8 new, full-time jobs. Learn more.

Berry Plastics Corporation in Richmond Purchases New Equipment and Creates Jobs
Berry Plastics Corporation in Richmond will receive a $71,850 EDIT grant from the EDC of Wayne County. The company will be adding new equipment to expand their product lines. They will create 10 new jobs and invest $4.4 million in the project. Learn more.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 04:38 pm: Edit Post

Older Americans Month 2012: Never Too Old to Play!

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our community. Since 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month – a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans.

The theme for Older Americans Month 2012 – Never Too Old to Play! – puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing their experience, wisdom, and understanding, and passing on that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways. This year’s celebrations will recognize the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities.

As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, many communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults – many of whom remain physically and
socially active through their 80s and beyond. Current trends show that people over age 60 account for an ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking as well as arts and recreational groups.

Lifelong participation in social, creative, and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retaining mobility, muscle mass, and cognitive abilities. But older adults are not the only ones who benefit from their engagement in community life. Studies show their interactions with family, friends, and neighbors across generations enrich the lives of everyone involved. Young people who have significant relationships with a grandparent or elder report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals, and life choices and gave them a sense of identity and roots.

While Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency provides services, support, and resources to older Americans year-round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation for some of our most beloved citizens. We have many reasons to celebrate them!

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, is joining in the national celebration of Older Americans Month 2012 with the return of the Senior Expo on May 17th at the Lamplight Inn at the Leland from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Dozens of vendors will be offering educational and financial information that address the needs and interests of seniors in our area. There is no cost for admission and guests will receive a free box-lunch. There will be lots of prizes given away throughout the day and a grand prize drawing for a new television. We will also be honoring all the
nominees for the 2012 Area 9 Golden Hoosier Award at a special “tea” hosted during the Senior Expo. We invite you to join in the fun! To find out how you can support Older Americans Month 2012 and take part in our activities, contact Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 800-458-9345.
Never Too Old To Play

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 04:33 pm: Edit Post

Reid nurses honored during annual celebration

Reid Hospital recognized 10 nurses during the 2012 Nurses Week Celebration and Nursing Excellence Awards presentation.

“This celebration and awards highlights the wonderful things our nurses do all year,” said Kay Cartwright, Reid vice president and chief nursing officer. “They are at the center of our mission,
providing the hands-on care with a special touch that sets Reid apart,” she said.

The winning nurses represent communities from all across the Ohio-Indiana region that Reid Hospital serves and include Sandy Abrams, RN, Richmond; Macy Bennett, RN, Arcanum, OH; Joy Bowlin, RN,
Losantville; Misti Foust, RN, Richmond; Sharol Plasterer, RN, Hagerstown; Anna Osborn-Brown, RN, Richmond; Debbie Richardson, RN, West College Corner; Susan Rohe, RN, Centerville; Mary E. Smith, LPN, Richmond; and Kim Turner, RN, Economy.
Reid Hospital Nurses
Back, from left – Sharol Plasterer, RN, Heart & Vascular Center; Sandy Abrams, RN, Clinical Analyst; Debbie Richardson, RN, 5 North; Susan Rohe, RN, 4 East; Joy Bowlin, RN, Heart & Vascular Center; Kim Turner, RN, Case Manager.
Front, from left – Anna Osborn-Brown, RN, Emergency; Mary E. Smith, LPN, Pediatric & Internal Medicine Center; Macy Bennett, RN, Emergency; Misti Foust, RN, Critical Care.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 07:24 pm: Edit Post

Richmond RiverRats Announce Exhibition Game

Come join the Richmond RiverRats for their exhibition game on May 26, 2012 against the Portland Rockets.

What: Richmond RiverRats exhibition game
When: May 26, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: McBride Stadium 201 NW 13th Street, Richmond, IN 47374

To gain admission to the game please donate any of the following items for the team to use during the 2012 season:
• Sports Drinks or bottled water
• Imperishable Foods
• Shampoo
• Body wash
• Deodorant

The RiverRats are entering their fourth season as Richmond’s Prospect League team. Opening day for the RiverRats is May 29, 2012 against the Lorain County Ironmen.

For more information regarding promotions or the season schedule visit, or like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @RichRiverRats

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 05:04 pm: Edit Post

Spring Photo Contest Inspires Beautiful Photography

There are only a few more weeks left to submit photos to the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau’s Spring Photo Contest sponsored by Jade Matters Photography. The grand prize winner, to be selected by a panel of judges, will receive a $75 Gas Card and a Wayne County Gift Basket which will include local restaurant gift cards, a Warm Glow Candle, a Wayne County Mural Puzzle, and many other gifts from the area. An unofficial “Popular Vote” winner, chosen by Facebook fans, will also receive a prize.

So far the Tourism Bureau has received 160 beautiful photos of the area – nature scenes, cute kids involved in activities, landmarks, street scenes, and more. The photos may be viewed on Facebook at: =039109c643.

The purpose of our Photo Contests is to develop awareness of and interest in Wayne County’s varied attractions and activities, as well as increase the Tourism Bureau’s digital photo library, for use in online and print publications. One of last summer’s contest photos was used on the cover of the recent Palladium-Item’s Maximum Business supplemental insert, which had a Tourism theme. Photos have also been used in our blog posts, on Facebook, and in brochures used to promote tourism in Wayne County.

Those interested in submitting photos to the contest should visit and click on Spring Photo Contest to read the complete rules. The photos may then be submitted using the online form there. Questions about the contest can be directed to or by calling 765-935-8687.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 07:51 pm: Edit Post

EDC/Chamber President, Tim Rogers, Announces Resignation

Tim Rogers, President/CEO of the EDC of Wayne County and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce announced his resignation today to take a new economic development position in Michigan. Tim has been with the EDC for over three years and became President/CEO of the Chamber within that time frame. In any industry there is a chance for professionals to make a next step in their career. The EDC and Chamber wish Tim the best of luck and success in his new endeavor. The EDC and Chamber board will meet to discuss what our next steps will be regarding the replacement of the president/CEO of both organizations. Until that time, the EDC and Chamber staff will remain focused and are very capable to carry on with business as usual.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 07:04 pm: Edit Post

Class Recycling Projects Raise $10,000 to Endow Technology Scholarship

Richmond – The spring semester Ivy Tech Richmond Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class added the $2,100 needed to endow a scholarship at the $10,000 level. Previous classes raised $7,900 over four semesters. Students in an earlier class established the name and criteria for awarding the scholarship.

The $500 annual Krista L. Morisen Green Technology Endowed Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the 2013/2014 school year. Future classes will continue to develop recycling projects to increase endowment funds and award additional scholarships.

Each semester since spring 2010 the Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy class has taken the course recycling project to a new level. The first class raised $25 for scholarships and each class project since has raised several thousand dollars more.

Krista Morisen’s class organizes the recycling project as part of their class work. The students create brochures and fliers, send letters to and meet with area businesses encouraging them to recycle and offer to pick up recyclable materials. The students established community drop off points at the Ivy Tech campuses in Richmond and Connersville. Each semester the Richmond Kroger Store on National Road East has provided the students with a drop off space in its parking lot.

Students also offer pickup services for large items like stoves, refrigerators, washer/dryers, autos, auto parts, metals and lawn mowers. Donors of larger contributions receive a letter from the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation for tax purposes.

“We continue to have incredible results with this project. Each class works really well together. Thanks go to the residents and businesses in Wayne, Union and Fayette counties that support the project,” Morisen said.

Students leading the spring recycle campaign included: Rachel Wood, Travis Griffith, Daniel Story and Bill Johnson.

For additional information about the Science of Traditional and Alternative Energy Course and the recycling project contact Morisen at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 01:59 pm: Edit Post

Public Input Sought on INDOT’s ADA Evaluation, Transition Plan

Applicants Sought for Community Advisory Working Group

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has updated its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan to include a preliminary review of state highway facilities, policies and practices in an effort meet federal regulations and requirements. To ensure that the public is given an opportunity to review, comment and participate fully in the planning process, INDOT has published the document for public comment in Microsoft Word and PDF form at

As part of the implementation of this plan, INDOT is actively seeking 12 to 15 individuals from a broad cross-section of Indiana to form INDOT’s inaugural ADA Community Advisory Working Group. Selected working group members will provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan, including efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning.

Individuals with disabilities, disability advocates, or individuals who provide services to persons with disabilities are encouraged to submit a letter of interest or a resume by June 1, 2012, to Latosha Higgins, INDOT’s Title VI/ADA Program Manager, at the contact information listed below. Written comments on the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan may also be submitted to Latosha Higgins.

Mailing Address:
Latosha N. Higgins
Title VI/ADA Program Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Fax: 317-233-0891

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - 07:18 pm: Edit Post

There's Still Time to Register for the 2012 Senior Games!

Join the excitement June 11th--14th at the 2012 Area 9 Senior Games! Filled with athletic and recreational activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle at any age, there is something for everyone.

At Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, we strive to help our older population stay healthy and active. That is why we offer friendly, competitive interaction through the Area 9 Senior Games. Senior Games offers a wide variety of activities for those persons age 55+ that include:
bowling, golf, miniature golf, walk race, ping pong, pool, darts, pickleball, basketball free throw, softball throw, corn hole, croquet, football toss, pancake race, shuffle board, paper airplane toss, horseshoes and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

The Opening Ceremony hosted by the Lamplight Inn at the Leland in Richmond will be Monday. The week will close with a Victory Celebration, “A Touch of Pink,” Dinner/Dance on Thursday evening at the Lamplight Inn at the Leland featuring music by “The Impossibles.”

Registration forms are available at your local senior center, meal sites, sporting venues, and the Richmond and Connersville offices of the Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency.

For more information about the 2012 Senior Games call 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 or email Sign up for your favorite events today!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 08:42 pm: Edit Post

Retiring Ivy Tech Chancellor Honored, Regional Trustees Meet

Retiring Chancellor James Steck was honored Thursday for his 27 years of service to Ivy Tech Community College Richmond at a ceremony in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus. A plaque installed in the entrance to Johnson Hall notes his service and new title of Chancellor Emeritus.

Earlier in the day at the Ivy Tech Richmond Regional Board of Trustees meeting it was announced that Vickie J. Long, Connersville High School Math teacher representing labor, had been reappointed to the Board by the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees. The Regional Board also elected officers for the 2012-2013 academic year. Re-elected were Long, chair, Melanie Caldwell, Liberty, vice chair, and Joe Meyer, Williamsburg, treasurer.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 04:12 pm: Edit Post

Traffic Restrictions on State Road 1 For Chip Sealing Operations North of Hagerstown

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will chip seal a segment of State Road 1 between US 36 and Jones Road, just north of State Road 38. Maintenance crews will chip seal northbound and southbound driving lanes and shoulders beginning Monday, June 4.

On Monday and Tuesday, INDOT crews plan to chip seal the shoulders of SR 1 in both directions. Mainline driving lanes are scheduled to be chip sealed on Wednesday and Thursday. This schedule is subject to change based on daily progress and weather.

Chip sealing is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique using liquid asphalt and crushed stone to prevent deterioration of the existing pavement surface. It provides waterproofing, crack sealing and improved friction for a fraction of the cost of new asphalt pavement.

The liquid asphalt takes some time to set up in order to hold the stone in place, which requires temporary lane closure. Drivers should be alert for work zone signs and follow flaggers’ instructions. Drivers are cautioned to drive slowly through the moving work zone to avoid loss of traction on any loose stone and prevent throwing any stone or liquid asphalt.

INDOT crews use as little stone as necessary to achieve a quality surface, prevent waste and minimize dust. The stone used is Indiana limestone, which by nature is dusty. If crews do not use enough stone, the liquid asphalt can bleed through to the surface.

The chip seal will be followed by a fog seal. A fog seal is a light layer of asphalt material applied to the top of the chip seal to help lock in loose stone. Fog sealing also makes the roadway black, which makes pavement markings more visible to drivers.

For updates on INDOT projects, like the Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central on Facebook or follow @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter. Links to INDOT’s social media pages, as well as the latest news and information can be found at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 06:28 pm: Edit Post

Reid volunteers recognized for 90,500 hours of service

Reid Hospital Volunteer Services recently thanked hospital volunteers during its annual Volunteer Appreciation program. This year volunteers and their guests were invited to a special performance of The Dixie Swim Club at Richmond Civic Theatre.

Sixty-one of over 400 Reid volunteers were awarded service pins to commemorate completion of milestone years of service in 2011. “The volunteers honored tonight donated 90,500 hours of service in 2011,” said Krista Thornsberry, director of Volunteer Services. “We cannot begin to express our appreciation for the work all of our volunteers do.”

Volunteers are awarded service pins for each unit of 500 hours up to 3000 hours, and then for each 1000-hour unit up to 5000 hours.

Phyllis Alexander received her 5000-hour pin and will have her name added to the 5000-hour plaque. Volunteers with 5000 or more hours include Roger Bass, Betty Brown, Nancy DeLucio, Romaine DeLucio, Susan Elzemeyer, Betty Gilbert, Cornelia Merrill, Roma Meyer, Mildred Ryan, Ida Shields and Carol Wolke.

The honorees for 2011 include:

500 hours: Cindy Baker, Valeta Bridgewater, Janice Brook, Nancy Cain, Mike Devine, Ray Dubois, Linda Freeman, Jim Gilmore, Helen Hammond, Martha Harris, Sally Heighway, Dale Land, Allan Legg, Shirley Miller, Pat Moore, Mike Pappin, Jean Pugh, JoAnn Richardson, Garrett Roberts, Burt Spaethe, Edna Stracener, Clarence Wilkinson

1000 hours: Iva Alexander, Carol Benner, Elsie Bragg, Nancy Clark, Penny Frank, Ernie Heighway, Paul Higgs, Clare McQuiston, Janet Richardson, Carrol Thompson, Phyllis Urich

1500 hours: Donna Bledsoe, Ed Bowery, Jerry Catron, Jack Dowler, Harold Hanes, Doris Jenkins, Juanita Lynch, Geneva Miller, Gladys Noggle, Sally Spaethe, Scott Taylor, Mary Wilmot

2000 hours: Carol Black, Paula Dunaway Lois McMahan, Joan Martin, Jane Retz, Bernie Thomasson

2500 hours: Emma Andy, Nilah Caiazzo-Logan, Roselyn Callis, Ethel Hutchens, Imogene Limbrey, Karen Scarce, Barbara Shell

3000 hours: Howard Crist, Earl Goble, Ron Holthouse, Dorothy Stiens

4000 hours: Marcella Carter

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 05:32 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond receives Lions Club Scholarship Grant

Richmond – A Richmond Lions Club grant will fund a $500 Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Automotive Technology Program scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Executive Director for Resources Development Diana Pappin said, “Many of our students need financial help paying for tuition and books. We appreciate the Lions Club scholarship grant in helping us reach our $124,000 scholarship fund goal for the coming school year. Every gift is important. ”

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the Automotive Scholarship Criteria: Richmond region resident, enrolled in automotive program, degree seeking and with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along
with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 01:42 pm: Edit Post

Starr-Gennett Announces West Market Street Stompers Concert in Richmond on June 17, 2012

Mark your calendar for the next concert on June 17, 2012. Richmond Civic Theatre (Murray Theatre) will host a Sunday, 2 p.m. matinee performance – the perfect Father’s Day afternoon event. You can attend this concert after lunch and still have time to take dad to dinner in the evening.

For tickets call Starr-Gennett at 765-965-2860 or the Civic Theatre Box Office at 765-962-1816.

The West Market Street Stompers are a versatile and swinging four-beat band whose repertoire stretches from the very early years of jazz right through the mid-20th century – from Joe “King” Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton to Duke Ellington and a seemingly endless treasure of American popular and jazz composers. And jazz’s humbler beginnings haven’t been overlooked.

The West Market Street Stompers were a fixture at the Jazz Factory in downtown Louisville from early spring of 2004 until its recent closing in March of 2008. Ken Shapero, owner of the Jazz Factory, created the whole idea, which was supported weekly by the regulars and supplemented by tourists and passers-by drawn in by the fun. Bandleader Doug Finke took it from there with the music.

Contrary to what their name may suggest, the band is not your textbook Dixieland band sporting striped costumes and a book of musical cliches. The Stompers are first-call musicians in Louisville, veteran players with an interest in all kinds of music and who share in their love for “happy music” and the good times at venues like the Jazz Factory. Their Dixieland recalls the high-spirited, high-swinging performances of the legendary groups of the 1930s, 40s and 50s that included class players like Eddie Condon, Jack Teagarden, Bobby Hackett and Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars.

A typical Stompers performance might include the experience of a spontaneous New Orleans “Second Line”, complete with decorated parasols, or even some unscheduled swing dancers. On other occasions the Jazz Age comes alive with snappy tunes from the 1920's, Charleston dancers, period costume contests and Prohibition Era themed events, such as the band’s annual winter nod to the Repeal of 1933. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is having more fun. the performers or the listeners!

View their website at:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 07:59 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Woman - Area 9 Golden Hoosier Award Winner - Others Honored

Barbara Vosmeier received the 2012 Golden Hoosier Award at the Senior Expo on May 17th held at the Lamplight Inn at the Leland in Richmond in celebration of Older Americans Month – Never Too Old to Play! This award recognizes an individual 65 years of age and older for their volunteer service in helping to improve the quality of life. It is the highest honor bestowed on an older individual by the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East.

Nominations for the Golden Hoosier Award were received throughout the Area 9 Agency’s five county region (Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne). A committee appointed from the Area 9 Council on Aging reviewed the nominations and selected the individual to be honored. All individuals were recognized at an “Honoree’s Tea and Reception.” The Area 9 Council was the host and each individual’s accomplishments were shared. A presentation of certificates, gifts and door prize took place. Other honorees included Phil Beam, Janet Hurley, Bonnie Kelly, Kay Lake, and Aileen Wickett-Harris of Richmond; Douglas Christian of Centerville, Howard Crist of Williamsburg, Edward Newkirk and Mick Saunders of Rushville, Ken Saxon of Brookville, and Mary Snyder of Liberty.

Barbara is a charter member of the Centerville-Abington Senior Center and still remains active and dedicated after almost twenty years. Twice each week you can find Barbara answering phones at the center. She is a member of the Centerville Senior Center Hobo Band providing musical entertainment at the center and around the area. She has served almost twenty years as a volunteer for providing assistance to seniors in obtaining and understanding their Medicare and supplemental insurance programs.

Through the Area 9 Bill Payer Program, Barbara has volunteered her time to assist clients in setting up a budget, paying their bills, balancing checkbooks, and reviewing bank statements for nineteen years. Barbara also serves her community as a member of the St. Andrew Cemetery Association Board.

This year’s recognition was the 35th year recognizing older volunteers in the five counties served by the Area 9 Agency. For information on volunteering, contact the agency at 966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 or visit our website at
Barbara Vosmeier Golden Hoosier Award Nominees

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 07:08 pm: Edit Post

2-1-1 Bookmark Program Aims to Educate About Service

The Wayne County Foundation along with the Fayette County Foundation and the Rush County Community Foundation each provided $500 grants to the regional 2-1-1 Call Center Bookmark Initiative which is designed to inform parents of all area elementary school students of the availability of 2-1-1 service.

Every elementary school, Head Start and preschool child will be provided a bookmark which has the basic information to inform the family about 2-1-1. The intent, local leaders say, is to encourage families to use 2-1-1 to empower the family, maximize independence and increase “family survivability” in Richmond. The Richmond 2-1-1 Bookmark Initiative is possible through the
partnership of the 2-1-1 Advisory Board, Wayne County Foundation, and Richmond Community

The local 2-1-1 service is hosted by the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a
program of Indiana University East. Agencies wanting to be listed in the database or anyone needing additional information should contact David Free, 2-1-1 Coordinator, at (765) 966-1795 or 800-458-9345 or

2-1-1 is a three digit phone number anyone can dial at no cost to the caller to get information
about health and human services. Richmond residents can dial 2-1-1 and receive information on housing options, employment opportunities, legal aid, food pantries, utility assistance, mental health and addiction counseling, health services, other human service needs and volunteer opportunities such as becoming a foster parent for a child or delivering meals to the elderly.

The 2-1-1 Bookmark Initiative will include all of Wayne, Fayette and Union Counties in the near

Charles School Class
Picture: Charles Elementary School Kindergarten class of Mrs. Olers is helping kick off the Richmond 2-1-1 Bookmark Initiative.
Pictured are Gwen Gibbs, Principal; Mayor Sally Hutton; Kathy Bridgford, Area 9 Agency Director of Administration; and Allen Bourft, Richmond Community Schools Superintendent

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 18, 2012 - 06:44 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation Awards $112,658 in Latest Grant Cycle for Improving Quality of Life

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $112,658 to twenty-seven local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

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

“We have changed the structure of our competitive grantmaking cycles this year,” said Steve Borchers, the Foundation’s executive director. “Our focus for this cycle was on programs and initiatives that speak directly to improving our quality of life. We believe the ones that we were able to fund will benefit the community in many, many ways.”

The complete list of grant awards follows:

Retired Senior Volunteer Program
To purchase weights and other fitness equipment for the Enhance Fitness Program.

Richmond Day Nursery
To purchase ten computers from IU East for students to work on homework and play educational games.

Wayne County Historical Museum
To assist with the roof replacement on the 1953 addition to the Museum.

Kids Kingdom of Wayne County
To purchase nine new cribs to comply with federal mandates, along with rocking chairs, and a feeding table.

Morrisson-Reeves Library
In support of the new program called Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten a project to help kids enter school ready to learn.

Historic Centerville
To assist with the roof replacement on the Mansion House.

Civic Hall Performing Arts Center
In support of the 2012-2013 Proudly Presenting Series, including the public performances, community outreach, and educational activities.

Richmond Art Museum
To update and enhance the current audio/visual system used for the Phantoscope Film Festival in McGuire Hall Auditorium.

Whitewater Community Television
To purchase a digital video encoder and one year’s worth of web media hosting and streaming video-on-demand service.

Christian Charities
To help provide monthly lunches to RCS elementary schools with free/reduced lunch rates of 85% or higher.

Every Child Can Read
To provide operational support for the 2012 Third Grade Reading Academy.

Vineyard Gateway Fellowship Church
To purchase two freezers for the food pantry.

JACY House
To help replace the body safety program that is offered to Wayne County Schools.

Nettle Creek Music Boosters
To purchase a bus or trailer to be used by the band.

Hagerstown-Jefferson Twp. Public Library
To help offset the cost of the 2012 Summer Library Program, "Dream Big."

Junior Achievement of Eastern IN
To fund a portion of the direct costs the new Graduation Pathways Project.

Hope House
For kitchen equipment.

Animal Care Alliance
For a county wide, free roaming cat spay/neuter program.

Richmond Symphony Orchestra
To assist with the production of "The Nutcracker" in December 2012.

Stage One Youth Theatre at RCT
For the expenses associated with three outreach programs and four productions for the 2012-2013 season.

Richmond Parks and Recreation Department
To assist with the artist fees and marketing for the 2012 LIVE at the Park outdoor concert series.

Historic Hagerstown, Inc.
In support of free art and music lessons in the Hagerstown community.

Communities In Schools of Wayne County
To support the “Crusing Into Your Future” and “Choices” programs, and to purchase two computers.

Peer Information Center for Teens, Inc.
To assist with training and materials for Certified Peer Helpers at RHS.

DIPLOMAS In School Nursery
To provide a year's support for two children and four teen parents.

The next grant cycle deadline is August 1 for the Challenge Match Program.

Prospective applicant organizations are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s Web site ( or contact Andrea Stuckey 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.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 07:39 pm: Edit Post

2012 SENIOR GAMES SET FOR JUNE 11th - 14th

June 11-14, 2012 will be an exciting week of athletic and recreational activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle at any age! At Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, we strive to help our older population stay healthy and active. That is why we offer friendly, competitive interaction through the Area 9 Senior Games.

Senior Games are designed to promote physical, emotional and social well-being for people age 55+ by getting involved, no matter what their abilities. Not only will we be enhancing the community’s awareness of the physical capabilities of mature adults and focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living at any age, we will also be promoting the importance of regular screenings and check-ups, especially in the fight against cancer.

Senior Games offers a wide variety of activities that can help our older citizens reach…even exceed…their fitness goals. They include bowling, golf, miniature golf, walk race, ping pong, pool, darts, pickleball, basketball free throw, softball throw, corn hole, croquet, football toss, pancake race, shuffle board, paper airplane toss, horseshoes and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Whether it’s a casual walk, a spirited game of pool or a battle for victory on the basketball court, seniors from around the area will come to show the world that it’s never too late to start living healthy.

The Opening Ceremony on Monday will be held at and hosted by the Lamplight Inn at the Leland in Richmond. We will close the week with a Victory Celebration, “A Touch of Pink,” Dinner/Dance on Thursday evening at the Lamplight Inn at the Leland featuring music by “The Impossibles.” Registration forms are available at your local senior center, meal sites, sporting venues, and the Richmond and Connersville offices of the Area 9 In-Home & Community Services Agency.

For more information about the 2012 Senior Games call 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345 or email

Live healthy…play healthy…participate in the Area 9 Senior Games!
Logo: Torch

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 03:36 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Restricts Eastbound U.S. 40 Traffic at Pennville & Jacksonburg Roads Wednesday, Thursday

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to restrict eastbound right-lane traffic Wednesday and Thursday (June 20, 21) along U.S. Highway 40 for a quarter of a mile either side of the intersection with Pennville and Jacksonburg Roads—located three miles east of Cambridge City. Milestone, the state’s contractor, will widen the north-side shoulder of the National Road to provide extra space for motorists in anticipation of a major traffic switch the following week.

INDOT is correcting sight-distance concerns by reducing the grade of U.S. 40 approaching the intersection. In addition to full-depth pavement replacement, plans for this $1,452,630 safety project call for a new center turn lane, moderation of turning radii at intersection corners and the installation of a new box culvert.

Monday (June 25), the two eastbound lanes are scheduled to be closed to traffic—allowing construction crews to work on the south side of the roadway. Drivers will be directed to a single lane in each direction on the north side of U.S. 40. This traffic pattern should continue into August.

Pennville Road—which approaches U.S. 40 from the south side—will close at the time of the eastbound lane closure. Motorists are advised to circumvent the work site by traveling west on Milton Road to State Road 1, then go north on S.R. 1 back to U.S. 40.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 08:13 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Cardinal Greenway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We are very excited to announce the Official Grand Opening of the Wayne County Cardinal Greenway segment which completes the entire Cardinal Greenway Trail.

The Cardinal Greenway trail travels through five Indiana counties in Indiana. Each year, approximately 250,000 people use the Greenways to walk, run, ride, rollerblade, horseback ride, explore their environment, bond with nature, search for animals and their habitats, take photos, or identify trees and birds. But trail users are not the only ones who benefit from trails. Trails benefit individuals, families, neighbors and neighborhoods and entire communities. This 60 mile corridor is the longest rail-trail in the state and we are proud to benefit much of East Central Indiana.

From Presidents to Governors to Mayors, political leaders have looked at trails as a way to provide green infrastructure and improve our quality of life. "Imagine every person in the US being within easy walking distance of a greenway that could lead around the entire nation. It can be done if we act soon. As early as 1985, President Reagan appointed a bipartisan commission to look ahead for a generation to determine how to meet the nation's needs for outdoor activities."

Much of the 90's were spent building trails around the country, but when the state of Indiana joined forces in 2006 to create a state trails plan, the focus was on connections rather than individual trails. Those connections have been provided through several Wayne County residents, donors, and volunteers.

We are asking the community to come celebrate this major accomplishment on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at the Williamsburg Trail Head. We will be having an inaugural ride, run, and walk after the cutting of the ribbon. Breakfast is provided by Subway.

We will hold this event rain or shine with a rain location at the Williamsburg Area Community Center located at 8441 Centerville Road. Additional Parking will also be located at the center which is walking distance from the trail head.

This Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is also special because it will kick off a “Wayne County Cardinal Greenway Supporter” Campaign. The Wayne County Cardinal Greenway steering committee has had this campaign in the works for quite some time. Many trail users have approached the committee on how they can support the trail. It is important to note anyone can support the trail by using the trail, picking up trash or debris on the trail, or helping us raise funds to continue operating, maintenance, and event costs. We have created a way for Wayne County residents to feel like they have supported the trail by offering a “Supporter Membership”. Anyone can support by giving a $15 donation for a single supporter or $25 for a family supporter. Other donations are welcome and again go straight to the Wayne County Cardinal Greenway budget. There will be supporter and donor envelopes available at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday June 23, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Williamsburg Trail Head

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 08:03 pm: Edit Post

Ribbon Cutting and Trail Run/Walk to Celebrate the Official Opening of the Cardinal Greenway
Cardinal Greenway Ribbon Cutting Invitation

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 03:26 pm: Edit Post

INDOT Invites Community to Blood Drive and Open House

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting a blood drive at its Cambridge City Subdistrict headquarters. The event is being held in conjunction with employee training, which will have a focus on bloodborne pathogen safety. The blood drive will be open to the public, and tours of the INDOT facility will be available.

The Community Blood Center mobile blood drive is part of a campaign called “iFocus on Saving Lives.” Everyone who registers to donate at the INDOT blood drive will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a 2012 Ford Focus and will also receive a free “iFocus, iChange Local Lives, the Power is in Your Hands” t-shirt.

The extra incentives are intended to increase donations during busy summer months. According to the Community Blood Center, summer break puts high school blood drives on hold until classes resume, family vacations and outdoor excursions leave less time for donating, and vacation schedules at work can mean fewer donors at corporate and business blood drives.

Indiana Department of Transportation employees will be rolling up their sleeves throughout the day, and INDOT encourages the community to come donate as well.

WHAT: Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) blood drive and open house

WHEN: Monday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Indiana Department of Transportation Cambridge City Subdistrict
1241 South State Road 1, Cambridge City, IN (just north of US 40)

DONORS: A photo ID with your full name is required to donate. Call 765-962-6329 or go online to to schedule an appointment.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 01, 2012 - 08:24 pm: Edit Post

Tincher Named Interim Chancellor at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond-- Steven C. Tincher, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond will serve as Richmond’s Interim Chancellor until a successor is named to replace James L. Steck who retired June 1.

Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder made the appointment with the Ivy Tech Regional Board of Trustees’ approval. Tincher said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with our wonderful students, faculty and staff as Interim Chancellor.”

A Richmond resident, Tincher began his career as an Ivy Tech Richmond adjunct faculty member in 1981. He became Director of Regional Business Affairs in 1984 and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 1996. He earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a major in Business from Regent University and a master’s in Accounting and a bachelor’s in General Business Administration from Ball State University. Tincher serves on many college-wide initiatives and committees as well as on several community boards and committees including the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Business Education Committee, Indiana University East School of Humanities Advisory Committee and Richmond Area Career Center Advisory Committee.

His work on initiatives to increase student educational opportunities includes partnerships with secondary schools and local public universities. An adjunct faculty member at Franklin University, he previously held adjunct positions at the Purdue University School of Technology Richmond and Antioch University. Tincher and his wife Susan are the parents of a son who lives in Columbus, Ind.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:13 pm: Edit Post

2012 Richmond Art Museum (RAM) Secret Garden Tour

VENUE: Locations throughout Richmond, to be revealed on the day of the tour

PRESENTED BY: Richmond Art Museum, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana 47374

DATES: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2012
Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Rain or Shine!)

This annual event gives you the opportunity to visit the canvasses of local landscape artists throughout our community - beautiful gardens and landscaped lawns, a few familiar favorites and some newly found discoveries hidden throughout Richmond! A surprise addition to the 2012 tour will be access to some of the homes on the tour list! This year, as in the past, the tour will include a garden boutique featuring unique iron works, baskets, containers and a variety of garden accessories

Tickets are now available at the Richmond Art Museum and will be available at the RAM during the garden tour.

All proceeds benefit operations at the Richmond Art Museum.

Tickets $10 each advance sale, or $12 on the days of the tour. Available at RAM and all First Bank Richmond Locations!

Call 765-966-0256 for more information or visit