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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 02:04 pm: Edit Post

State of our Health 2018 Town Hall Road Show Planned for June 19th

What: Alliance for a Healthier Indiana - Richmond Town Hall
When: Tuesday, June 19th, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Where: Ivy Tech Community College, Johnson Hall Auditorium, 2357 Chester Boulevard, Richmond IN 47374

Indiana ranks 38th out of 50 states in overall health according to the America's Health Rankings 2017 Annual Report. While the health status of our state has improved slightly in recent years, we still face an uphill battle. We have to do more, not just for the health of our people, but for the health of our economy. Public health crises like smoking and the opioid epidemic cost local Hoosier businesses and taxpayers billions of dollars each year.

The goals of this town hall are to:

Take action - that day - to improve Hoosier health Click here for more information about the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana and the Richmond Town Hall.

Click here to register for the Richmond Town Hall.
Email info@healthierindiana.org with questions or for more information.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 06:42 pm: Edit Post

Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center to Offer Day Camp in July
Supplied Flyer: Summer Day Camp at Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center
Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center, 2670 Minneman Road, Richmond, will offer Summer Day Camp July 9-13 and July 23-27, 2018 for ages 8-12. Cost is $180 for the week.

Activities include nature walks, horse etiquette, trail rides, leadership skills, service projects and more. reserve your spot by calling 765.935.4291 or emailing sunriseinc1980@gmail.com.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 06:06 pm: Edit Post

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

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

LifeStream invites the community to attend Senior Day at the Wayne County 4H Fair on Wednesday, June 27. The sponsor tent will host a variety of sponsored activities and refreshments at no cost. The Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds is located at 861 Salisbury Rd, Richmond, IN 47374.

The schedule of the day includes the following activities:

Learn more about Senior Day at the Wayne County 4H Fair by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or email bevans@lifestreaminc.org.

LifeStream began serving seniors and people with disabilities in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties on July 1, 2017.

LifeStream is a nonprofit Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafés, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the agency call 800-589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

(Message edited by Admin on June 11, 2018)


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:16 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Shakespeare Festival to open its 2018 Summer Season with Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Vaulting ambition, murderous plots, scheming witches, jealous kings, and misplaced princesses are all on the menu as Richmond Shakespeare Festival prepares to serve up their 2018 season.

Presenting The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth as a dynamic pairing in rotating repertory, the productions will be created by a brilliant cast and crew of AEA and non-AEA professionals, college-age interns, and volunteers sourced from as nearby as Richmond, and Indianapolis, and as far away as Utah, Maine and New York.

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

Opening this summer’s Festival is The Winter’s Tale - Jealous King Leontes orders his Queen Hermione imprisoned and, (fearing she is not of his issue), his infant daughter to be abandoned in the wilderness. The Princess, Perdita is raised as a foundling by a kindly Shepherd. Sixteen years pass. Perdita meets kindly neighboring Prince Florizel, and they fall in love. Will they find happiness? Will the King have a change of heart? Will we ever see Queen Hermione again? Come see us this summer and find out! Directed by Miami University faculty member, Saffron Henke, The Winter’s Tale will bring a modern version of the story to life, juxtaposing a colder, stifling Sicilia, with a warmer, more open Bohemia.

Alternating performances with the same cast is Shakespeare’sMacbeth, and directed by University of Cincinnati Theatre Department faculty member, Susan Felder. Witches, vaulting ambition and unyielding desire are the driving factors that lead Lord and Lady Macbeth to weave a wild web of murder and deceit in their lust for ultimate power. In a delicious prophesy, a witch greets Macbeth with: “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” Who could resist an offer like that? Come to Richmond to find out how the Macbeth’s deal with their newfound infamy.

With costumes designed by Denise Warner of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, sets by Mickey White of Richmond, Indiana, and lighting by Garrett Bell of Purdue University, this season’s productions are designed to please.

Leading the company is Producing Artistic Director, Patrick Flick, (also Executive Director of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association). On visiting Richmond, he says “Anytime is a good time to come to Richmond, but the summer is really the best. Come see some of the only Shakespeare being produced right here in beautiful Wayne County. We’re an hour and change from Cincinnati and Indianapolis, and even closer to Dayton and other surrounding communities.”

The Festival performs in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the beautiful Whitewater Gorge Park at 201 S. First Street in Richmond Indiana. Tickets are available online at www.richmondshakes.org, or
by calling 765.373.9022.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 02:45 pm: Edit Post

"Music at the Club" Returns for the Summer Season
Supplied Flyer: Music at the Club Dates
Starr-Gennett Foundation and Forest Hills Country Club are pleased to announce the return of “Music at the Club.”

Featured artists for these music and dancing events are Frank DeVito, Steve Mathews and Kevin McDonald. Forest Hills Country Club is located at 2169 South 23rd Street in Richmond, IN. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and food available for order. The band will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 2018 dates are: June 15, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 19.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 11, 2018 - 01:42 pm: Edit Post

Keynote Speaker for This Year's Athena Leadership Award® Announced

This year's speaker for the ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner will be Blair Milo, first secretary for Career Connections and Talent for the State of Indiana.
Supplied Photo: Blair Milo
Blair Milo

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East will host the dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

Appointed by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb into the position created by Executive Order in August 2017, Secretary Milo serves as the state's Chief Talent Officer as Indiana works to fill an estimated one million job openings over the next 10 years. She also serves on the recently created Governor's Workforce Cabinet, a body dedicated to shaping education and workforce training for a 21st Century workforce.

Prior to her appointment to Governor Holcomb's Cabinet, Secretary Milo served as mayor of La Porte, Indiana, after being first elected in 2011 and reelected in 2015. During her time in office, Mayor Milo focused her administration on building the most conducive climate for economic development growth, providing for sustainable infrastructure needs and fostering a community dedication toward positive lifestyle choices.

During her time as mayor, Secretary Milo was appointed by then Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the State Workforce Innovation Council where she chaired the Career Counseling Task Force. In April 2017 she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Policy Committee on the challenges and opportunities before the American worker. She was a member of Governing Magazine's 2017 Women in Government Leadership Series made up of 25 elected women from across the country. Secretary Milo serves on the Indiana Advisory Alliance for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Board of Governors for the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Prior to her roles in public service, Secretary Milo served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. She first served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer then as Electrical Officer in USS Mason (DDG 87) from January 2005 until May 2007, completing two Persian Gulf deployments. She then deployed to the Destroyer Squadron 50 staff based in Manama, Bahrain, and served as the assistant operations officer, daily scheduler for the Northern Arabian Gulf battle space, public affairs officer and as tactical watch officer for the commander. After serving in Bahrain and Iraq, Milo transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon working for the director of Surface Warfare. In July 2010, Milo transitioned from active to reserve duty where she served at the Office of Naval Intelligence and NATO Warfare Development Group. She was awarded the 2017 American Legion Military Person of the Year (Reserve Category) for the State of Indiana.

Milo was born and raised in La Porte, Indiana, and graduated from La Porte High School. She attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2004. In 2010, she earned a master's degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University.

Nominees for the ATHENA award are exemplary leaders who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The award is presented to a recipient at the dinner.

This year's nominees are Janis Buhl-Macy, Cambridge City, Indiana, founder and owner of the Western Wayne News; Susan Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, is a trustee for Wayne Township, co-founder and a board member of Sprout of Control, and founder and director of the Grassroots Action Resource Center; and Amanda Marquis of Richmond, Indiana, is the executive director of The Leland Legacy.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and among the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

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

The finalists chosen for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award are Roxie Deer of Richmond, Indiana, director of programs and events for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce; Brittany Irvine of Richmond, Indiana, director of the Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign and practice manager for Runnels Chiropractic; and Jessie Pilewski of Richmond, Indiana, is a career coach for the Earlham College Center for Career and Community Engagement.

The award recipients will be announced at the celebration dinner on June 21.

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

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 05:09 pm: Edit Post

Starr National Register Historic District Report to be Presented on June 13th

The Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Team will make a preliminary report on the findings of their study related to the Starr National Register Historic District. This was not a historic architecture analysis, but an in-depth look at the neighborhood history, assets and liabilities, and physical condition of the district.

A gathering to present the findings will be held 3:00 P.M. Wednesday June 13, 2018 at Richmond Columbian Properties, William G. Scott House located at 204 North 10th Street in Richmond. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 03:49 pm: Edit Post

ATHENA Leadership Award® Finalists Announced

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East have partnered for the fifth year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett and Angie Dickman.

The request for nominations went out to the community in February. The three finalists chosen for the ATHENA Leadership Award® are:
Supplied Photo:  ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists are Susan Isaacs, Amanda Marquis and Janis Buhl-Macy (left to right).
ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists are Susan Isaacs, Amanda Marquis and Janis Buhl-Macy (left to right).

Janis Buhl-Macy of Cambridge City, Indiana, is the founder and owner of the Western Wayne News. She retired as the publisher in August 2017. Before establishing the newspaper, Buhl-Macy and her husband, Ed (deceased) helped to establish the Milton Lions Club in 1965. They owned and ran the former Fireside Restaurant. Within the community, Buhl-Macy has been a foster parent and a mentor at Western Wayne Elementary School. She has served on the committee for the Greens Fork Alumni and as a board member for Wayne County, Indiana Convention Tourism Bureau, the Town of Cambridge City and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, is a trustee for Wayne Township. She is the co-founder and a board member of Sprout of Control. She is also the founder and director of the Grassroots Action Resource Center. She researched and uncovered historic information about Kings Cemetery in Richmond, and worked to restore the original tract that is now a space for the public. Isaacs has served as a board member for the Society for Preservation and Use of Resources (SPUR) and Wayne County Foundation. She served as the coordinator for the Hope House Dinner Project.

Amanda Marquis of Richmond, Indiana, is the executive director of The Leland Legacy. She is a member of the Women's Fund Committee, Business Network International of Richmond and Indiana, YMCA board president, a member of the Center City Development Board and the State of Indiana Administrator Resource Center committee. Marquis also supports area non-profit organizations including Girls, Inc., WCTV, the Daddy Daughter Dance, All Aboard Event, Richmond Civic Theater, United Way of Whitewater Valley, Townsend Community Center and Genesis of the YWCA.

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

The three finalists chosen for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award are:
Supplied Photo: ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award finalists are Brittany Irvine, Jessie Pilewski and Roxie Deer (left to right).
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award finalists are Brittany Irvine, Jessie Pilewski and Roxie Deer (left to right).

Roxie Deer of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of programs and events for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She previously worked with The Excel Center-Richmond as the college transition and career pathways coordinator, instructor, life coach, and she worked for IU East as a student success coach and counselor. Deer is a board member of Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE). She is a board president for Youth as Resources and she is the events coordinator for Liberty Acres United Animal Sanctuary. She is also a volunteer for Reid Foundation's BRAvo! initiative.

Brittany Irvine of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of the Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign, a cooling device that allows families of stillborn babies the chance to spend more time with their child during such a horrific time. The Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign also provides bereavement services to families dealing with pregnancy or infant loss and strives to educate the public about the issue. She is the founder and facilitator of Still Breathing (an online support group), and a mentor for the StillBirthday Doula Program. Irvine is also the practice manager for Runnels Chiropractic.

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

The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner on 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.

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

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 02:48 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Return to Hagerstown

Tickets Now on Sale for 2018 Season of the Historic Summer Ten Theatre

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, is now offering season ticket packages for its 2018 Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of “INTO THE WOODS,” “MASTER CAT,” “HOOSIER HARMONY,” and the NCP Young Actors Musical Theatre Workshop. Performances of INTO THE WOODS will be at 7:00pm on July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 2, 3 & 4 and at 5:00pm on July 15 with HOOSIER HARMONY at 5:00pm on July 22, 29 & August 5 and MASTER CAT at 11:00am on July 28 & August 4, 2018. The Workshop will be offered from July 24-August 3, 10:00am-3:00pm. All performances and workshops will take place in the Nettle Creek Players Show Tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown, Indiana on Indiana State Highways 1 & 38. Tickets for INTO THE WOODS and HOOSIER HARMONY are $15 per person. Tickets for MASTER CAT are $5 per person. Season tickets for all three shows are $35. Tuition for the Workshop is $100 per student and scholarships are available. Season Tickets and workshop registration can be purchased at www.nettlecreekplayers.com or at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers. Single Tickets will be available in person at the Hagerstown Museum and the Jefferson Township Hagerstown Library in downtown Hagerstown and by phone at 765-312-2722 beginning June 1.

“INTO THE WOODS” by Stephen Sondheim takes everyone's favorite Brothers Grimm storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece and a rare modern classic about wishes, family & the choices we make. “HOOSIER HARMONY” is a funny & heartwarming concert-style musical revue celebrating Indiana-born composers from Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Von Tilzer & The Hoosier Hot Shots to John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson, John Hiatt & The Ink Spots. “MASTER CAT: THE STORY OF PUSS IN BOOTS” is a hilarious musical version of the classic tale about the innocent child of a dying Miller, who ends up with nothing of his father’s estate but his dear pet cat Puss who, with clever savvy & charm (and threats of clawing to pieces anyone who doesn’t do as he says) manages to aid his new master in achieving wealth & happiness.

The 2018 Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season marks the historic organization’s second revival season following a return to downtown Hagerstown after an absence of almost 20 years. The program has been the hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1971. The “Summer Stock Tent Theatre” is one of only three remaining such programs in the country after what was, from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, a vibrant aspect of many smaller communities across the nation with hundreds of summer stock and dozens of tent theatres carrying on the traditions of “stock” theatre and even more historic “show wagons” that brought live entertainment into rural communities with limited access to live theatre and have been a fixture of the cultural life of America since early in the 19th Century. The project begins with recruiting and hiring a seasonal staff of professional and emerging professional actors, designers, directors and technicians to live in Hagerstown for several weeks in the summer while they rehearse and perform for the public a series of three different theatre pieces in repertory in a giant circus tent on Main Street in downtown Hagerstown. The shows include a traditional Broadway musical, a concert-style musical revue and a Family Theatre show for younger audiences. In addition to the plays and musicals, the actors also serve as teachers of a Young Actors Workshop which provides opportunities to area students ages 10-17 to learn acting and performance skills from the visiting artists and to perform in the Family Theatre production alongside their teachers. There is also a college-level internship program within the structure of the project which gives college students and emerging professionals the opportunity to have hands-on experience in all aspects of theatre production and performance as they work alongside the visiting professional artists for the entire summer season. The professional artists are recruited at the annual Unified Professional Theatre Auditions (www.upta.org) in Memphis, Tennessee where the Executive Artistic Director joins more than 100 other theatres to screen more than 900 actors, directors, designers and technicians from all over the country who are seeking seasonal and year-round employment. By drawing from this pool of highly trained and pre-screened candidates, Nettle Creek Players can ensure audiences that the artistic nature of the summer productions will be of the highest possible quality and meet the highest of professional standards. Auditions were also held in Indianapolis and in Hagerstown to give regional and local artists an opportunity to compete for positions in the summer company.

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

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 05:39 pm: Edit Post

Summer Reading Program at MRL
Supplied Flyer: 2018 Summer Reading Program at MRL: Libraries Rock!
Local library users know that Libraries Rock! Experience all the fun as Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” on Monday, June 4th. Beginning on May 21st, participants can pre-register online at MRLinfo.org or inside the library. On June 4th, patrons can start rocking and tracking their reading and activities progress from home, as well as earn badges and prizes, play fun games and learn valuable tips. The seven-week program is free and open to the public running through Friday, July 27.

New this year, track your reading, listening to audio books, watching movies and participating in activities with the fun, online tracking system or ask library staff to track things when you visit at the library.

Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. Last year, 1,200 children, teens and adults participated in the MRL Summer Reading Program, which includes more than 30 programs to enrich learning and make the summer fun.

This year’s premiere sponsor is the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library. Prize sponsors: Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Warm Glow Candle Company, Richmond Jazz, and 5th Street Bagel.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 05:20 pm: Edit Post

ESR Announces Acting Dean

Earlham College President Alan Price has announced that Matt Hisrich, currently Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Earlham School of Religion, has agreed to serve as Acting Dean during the 2018-19 academic year.
Supplied Photo: Matt Hisrich
Matt Hisrich

"Matt has been an integral and respected part of ESR's team for several years now," shared outgoing dean Jay Marshall. "I believe his energy and gifts will serve the seminary well as it enters this transitional phase."

Matt began his current position at ESR in 2012, and previously worked as a Ministerial Advocate for Indiana Yearly Meeting, building strong connections in the Quaker World. He earned a B.A. at Hillsdale College, an M.Div. at ESR and he expects to complete a Doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland University College in December 2018.

Matt has broad knowledge of the issues currently facing ESR and theological education in general and will bring energy, passion, and strong administrative skills to the position.

He will step into the role of Acting Dean on July 1st. We are thankful for his willingness to serve and look forward to the year ahead!


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 07:46 pm: Edit Post

Chanticleer String Quartet Announces Their 2018 Schedule
Supplied Flyer: Chanticleer String Quartet 2018 Schedule
Chanticleer Quartet Summer Music Festival
July and August 2018

July 24, 1:30 pm, Boys and Girls Club, Richmond, IN

July 25, 1:30 pm Richmond State Hospital, 498 NW 18th Street, Richmond, IN

July 26, 7pm, Honeywell House, 720 N Wabash Street, Wabash, IN

July 27, 2:00 pm, Timbercrest Community, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN

July 30, pm, Wernle Children’s Home, 2000 Wernle Road, Richmond, IN

July 31, 12:15 pm, Arts Garden, 110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

August 3, 2:00 pm, Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North Sixth Street, Richmond, IN

August 5, 9:30 am, First Friends Meeting, 2010 Chester Blvd., Richmond, IN

August 5, 3:30 pm, Chanticleer Farm, 944 Woods Road, Richmond, IN


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 03:13 pm: Edit Post

IHS's History on Wheels Joins Wayne County 4H Fair Lineup

Richmond, Ind.—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is proud to announce History on Wheels is rolling in to Richmond for the Wayne County 4H Fair. The 53-foot double expandable semi-trailer and traveling exhibit will be free and open to the public for three days, June 23 through 25, from noon to 8 p.m.

Aboard History on Wheels, IHS's Auto Indiana exhibit will take guests on a ride through the state's rich automotive and racing heritage. The exhibit touches on the history of more than 100 Indiana automakers and manufacturers, such as Duesenberg, Gibson and Studebaker. The exhibit also delves into the lives of Hoosier innovators and inventors, such as Carl Fisher, Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor.

Guests of all ages can explore under the hood of a vehicle modeled after a 1914 Marmon Touring Car. In addition, children can climb into the driver's seat of a mini Indy car and imagine what it would be like to cross the famed Yard of Bricks.

Guests of the Wayne County 4H Fair will find History on Wheels in the parking lot of the Kuhlman Center, located at 861 N. Salisbury Rd. in Richmond. The mobile museum is just one of the fair's opening weekend highlights. Additional activities include a free outdoor movie on Saturday, a bluegrass event on Sunday, and a car show on Monday.

The Richmond stop is made possible by the Wayne County 4H Fair and Wetzel Family Auto Cruise. For more information, visit www.wayneco4hfair.com or download the app for updates and coupons.

History on Wheels is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., Jiffy Lube of Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and fueled by CountryMark. For a complete list of stops for the 2018 festival season, including a return to Wayne County for Jubilee Days in Hagerstown (Aug. 17-18), visit www.indianahistory.org/historyonwheels.

Booking Information
Historical societies, libraries, museums, schools and other nonprofit organizations can book History on Wheels for two to three day rentals. For reservation fees and booking information, contact Mark McNees, IHS History on Wheels coordinator, at (317) 234-2029 or mmcnees@indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing 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 and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 04, 2018 - 02:06 pm: Edit Post

LifeStream Names President/CEO

LifeStream Services’ Board of Directors is pleased to name Jenny Hamilton as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization effective July 1, 2018. Hamilton has been serving as the Interim President/CEO and has been with LifeStream since 1999. She started as an in-home Care Manager and has been the Vice President of Home and Community Based Services since 2013.
Supplied Photo: Jenny Hamilton
Jenny Hamilton

Ami Huffman, Director of Jay County Community Development, serves as the President of LifeStream Services Board of Directors. Huffman states that "after conducting a thorough President and Chief Executive Officer search I am pleased that the process led to the conclusion that the best candidate for the job has been right here at LifeStream for nearly 20 years. Jenny Hamilton is a clear reflection of LifeStream's mission and values, and she has proven to be a leader in various roles throughout her career. The LifeStream Board of Directors is confident that Mrs. Hamilton is ready to lead our organization into the future by continuing to serve seniors and those with disabilities throughout our twelve East Central Indiana counties."

Hamilton and her family are residents of Delaware County and she has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Ball State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Anderson University. She has been overseeing multiple programs and services for several years including care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Café sites, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, community events, volunteer opportunities and more.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to continue the great work LifeStream Services does for our communities.” Hamilton commented. “I came to LifeStream to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. I am proud of the impact we have had on people and the community partnerships we have developed over the years. I look forward to leading the agency as we continue to fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for those at risk of losing their independence.”

LifeStream Services is a non-profit Area Agency on Aging and East Central Indiana’s Aging and Disability Resource Center.

LifeStream Services began in 1975 and serves over 23,500 seniors, people with disabilities, and others at risk of losing their independence in twelve counties in East Central Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

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


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 05:21 pm: Edit Post

IU East Students Return from Trip to China with Enhanced Knowledge of Globalization

Richmond, Ind. - A first-time collaborative course between the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business and Economics allowed students to study how political, economic and cultural processes of globalization have changed relationships between China and the West.
Supplied Photo: IU East students traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, China, as part of a collaborative course on globalization. The trip was May 15-27.
IU East students traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, China, as part of a collaborative course on globalization. The trip was May 15-27.

Seven students completed the course, Globalization in Context: China, which was offered during the spring 2018 semester. As a part of the course, the students then traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, May 15-27. This was the first overseas experience to China offered by IU East.
Supplied Photo: IU East and Beihang University students gathered for a Symposium on Globalization. A group of seven IU East students traveled to China this May as part of a collaborative course between the IU East School of Business and Economics and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
IU East and Beihang University students gathered for a Symposium on Globalization. A group of seven IU East students traveled to China this May as part of a collaborative course between the IU East School of Business and Economics and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

IU East faculty leading the course were Kristoffer Rees, assistant professor of political science, and Litao "Lee" Zhong, assistant professor of economics.

Rees said the core theoretical and empirical knowledge about globalization and China's political, social, and economic trajectories from 1949 through present were addressed in substantial detail in the course. The travel abroad experience is an opportunity for students to apply this classroom learning to the real-world context, he added.

While in Beijing, IU East students presented at the Symposium on Globalization at Beihang University. The symposium between the two universities discussed how globilization has been a force to shape everyday life in China over the past four decades, and the continued debate and discussion on the impact globalization has had on different countries and how influences are spread throughout the world.

At the symposium IU East students presented their semester projects exploring intersections among globalization and Indiana, China, and themselves to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at Beihang University, Rees said. He added that after the presentations, students led a lively discussion with their counterpart peers that addressed the social, cultural, economic, and political themes. "The presentations were informative, and prompted extensive discussion; it was a rich intercultural exchange," Rees said.
Supplied Photo: IU East students and faculty Kristoffer Rees and Lee Zhong visited China May 15-27.
IU East students and faculty Kristoffer Rees and Lee Zhong visited China May 15-27.

Paige Gray, of Hagerstown, Indiana, is a managerial accounting major. She said the trip to China was an eye-opening experience.

"It was interesting to see first-hand how globalization has been installed into their day to day lives, as we learned in the course throughout the semester," Gray said.

Scott Lawton, of Richmond, is a general studies major.

"I have enjoyed this opportunity to discuss what we have learned this semester with the students at Beihang University. It was interesting to learn their perspective," Lawton said.

Laura Bruist of Kokomo, Indiana, said the trip has been an experience of a lifetime. Bruist is a business administration major with a concentration in finance.

"While giving the symposium, we got to interact with the students of Beihang University and I was taken aback by our similarities," Bruist said. "Globalization is definitely at work making us, both Chinese and Americans, very similar, even though we're on opposite ends of the world."

The symposium between the two universities discussed how globalization has been a force to shape everyday life in China over the past four decades, the continued debate and discussion on the image globalization has had on different countries and how influences are spread throughout the world. The group also toured the research laboratories of the School of Economics and Management at Beihang University.

Zhong said the symposium presented a platform for students from both universities to learn from each other.

"We are very grateful to Beihang University's support of this symposium," Zhong said. "This symposium was a great experience for both American and Chinese college students exchanging their views for globalization."

Rees said during the trip, the students had various opportunities to see, experience, and interact with the processes of cultural, social, and political globalization in Beijing and Shanghai that have been realized in China over the past 25-35 years, and to understand the multi-directional nature of these processes of globalization. "They also got rich, first-hand exposure to the foundations of contemporary Chinese social, political, and business cultures through visiting museums and other historical sites."


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 05:14 pm: Edit Post

Singles Interaction June Newsletter
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If you are 21 years of age or older, single, divorced, widow, or widower, Single Interaction, Inc. invites you to join them on Friday Nights. Come and meet other single people in the Richmond area. Come, socialize, dance, and have a good time. $6.00 donation at the door. For more information, call 765.993.5023.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Summer Programs
Supplied Flyer: 2018 Summer Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County has a ton of great activities for kids for eight whole weeks of summer! Click the button below to get all the info you need in one place. Details available on their website at https://www.bgcrichmond.org/summer-programs or call 765.962.6922.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 04:24 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Audiologist First in Indiana with Pediatric Certification

An audiologist with the Reid Hearing Center in Richmond has become the first Board Certified Audiologist in Indiana to add a Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC).

Supplied Photo: Amber Wolsiefer, Au.D., PASC
Amber Wolsiefer, Au.D., PASC

Amber Wolsiefer, Au.D., PASC, is also one of only 14 audiologists in Indiana with general board certification listed on the American Board of Audiology website. And fewer than 100 providers in the United States have the pediatric certification.

According to the audiology board web site, the pediatric certification means an audiologist has extensive experience with pediatric patients and “has demonstrated a high level of knowledge in this area.”

The certification is voluntary and involves passing a specific certification test. Wolsiefer said she enjoys working with children and helping them find the best treatments for their hearing issues. “The pediatric population in general is one of the most rewarding demographics to work with. While full of challenges, working with children through both audiological testing and rehabilitation provides a great feeling of accomplishment, knowing that at the end of the day, you’ve potentially improved not only a child’s quality of life, but also the lives of their parents, siblings, and family members.”

Wolsiefer has been with Reid Hearing Center since January 2014.


By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 04:19 pm: Edit Post

Assistant Professor Selected to Attend Eurasian Migration Workshop

Kristopher Rees, assistant professor of political science, is one of 10 scholars selected to attend the Eurasian Migration 2018 Summer Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), June 11-15. The summer workshop is offered through the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at UIUC.
Supplied Photo: Kristopher Rees
Kristopher Rees

Rees applied to the summer workshop and selected from a pool of applicants.

Through the summer workshop, Rees will research his current project, "Transborder Migration on the Kazakhstani-Russian Frontier."

Rees said based on his research, he found that those who live in cities near the Russian border in northern Kazakhstan often take trips across the border to shop, visit relatives, and other for other activities. Rees said attending the summer workshop would be a foundational step in exploring the extent to which the relatively porous Kazakhstan-Russia border contributes to emergent transborder identities that exist independently of state-centric civic, national, or other forms of official identities.

Rees began his research on Kazakhstan during his dissertation as a graduate student at Indiana University Bloomington. His research continued during summer 2017, when he traveled to the country for fieldwork supported by a Title VIII grant.

"Researching topics like this is especially important because many in the U.S., including those in the policy community, have little to no familiarity with the complexities of the former Soviet region," Rees said. "Understanding transborder interactions helps us, from a top-down perspective, understand Russia's foreign policy toward its neighbors, and the extent that Russian foreign policy is dictated unilaterally by Moscow or negotiated among various stakeholders. From a bottom-up perspective, it sheds light on some of the many factors that contribute to how individual political identities are conceived and expressed."

UIUC describes the Eurasian Migration System as one of the most active global migration networks, including registered and unregistered labor migrants, recognized and unrecognized displaced populations, and victims of trafficking. According to the center, the workshop allows researchers to share their work, pinpoint potential partners for collaboration in the region, gain knowledge of available data and legislation on migration related issues, and participate in hands-on instructional sessions using the latest digital applications and databases for the study of migration in Eurasia.

The workshop is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). Through the funding, Rees has additionally received a research stipend.

"At IU East, many of my students remark that the courses they take with me are rewarding because of the depth of international perspective that they offer. The exposure to different political systems and ideologies and different cultural perspectives can be transformative. The research that this project entails will help me make my classes have more accuracy, depth, and nuance."

Interim Dean of the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences TJ Rivard said, "This is not only an amazing opportunity for Kris, it will also serve our students. As Kris points out, this research will create greater depth in his courses. Through Kris's research, his students will be able to gain a greater understanding of the diverse ways in which people define themselves politically and how circumstances can shift those definitions. As a result, they may have a better understanding of how their own political identities are shaped."

Rees received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Central Eurasian Studies and his M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies from IU Bloomington. Rees earned his B.A. in Psychology from Whitman College, located in Walla Walla, Washington.

Rees' research interests include identity politics; interethnic relations, nationalism; language policy and implementation; protests and political movements; multiculturalism and citizenship; and qualitative methods.


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