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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 02:37 pm: Edit Post

Register Now for Art Classes at RAM in March 2010

Registration is open for the next installment of art classes at the Richmond Art Museum! The new Spring Semester will run from March through May 2010. This schedule of classes features a nice variety of courses from which to choose, and once again, an incredible staff of instructors.

Featured artists in the upcoming semester are Douglas David, an Indianapolis artist who his enjoying is journey, and Nancy Foureman, an Ohio artist with 25 plus years experience. Douglas will teach courses in oil painting, specifically focusing on landscape and still life paintings. Nancy will work with artists in any medium to hone and develop skills essential to creating quality artwork.

These two respected and well known artists will usher in the new semester of classes which include painting, children’s classes, digital photography and a new ceramics course taught by local artist Clara Whitman Parrett.

All classes meet once per week on the designated day unless otherwise informed by RAM administration and the class instructor.

Printable registration forms and a list of available classes can be found online at or you can visit the museum and register for classes in person.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 11:44 am: Edit Post

Richmond Native, Jennifer Niven: Meet The Author Reception, Book Signing & Promotion of Pilot TV Show

Richmond author Jennifer Niven will sign copies of her newly released (February 2) book, The Aqua Net Diaries, at the Old National Road Welcome Center on Saturday, February 6, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Jennifer Niven is a 1986 graduate of Richmond, Indiana High School and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Niven is returning to Richmond, the town that inspired her new book, to launch the release of The Aqua Net Diaries which traces Niven's days at Richmond High School and growing up in Richmond. The book started out as an attempt at telling the history of high school in general, but quickly evolved into tales of her crazy high school adventures.

Niven and her best friend Joe Kraemer, also a 1986 graduate from Richmond High School, are working together to develop a TV show with Warner Brothers based on The Aqua Net Diaries. They are currently writing the pilot episode which Charlie Sheen is planning to direct. Kraemer is the creative director of Martin and Charlie Sheen’s production company, Estevez/Sheen Productions, at Warner Brothers in Los Angeles. Joe is also the literary manager for the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Julliard School.

The Aqua Net Diaries is a 336 page paperback book published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment and retails for $15.00. The public is invited to attend Niven’s book signing and reception at the Old National Road Welcome, 5701 National Road East, Richmond. Joe Kraemer will be accompanying Jennifer at the reception. The book will be available for purchase at the Welcome Center.

First Bank Richmond is sponsoring The Aqua Net Diaries booking signing and reception. J & J Winery will be providing a wine tasting during the reception and Warm Glow Candle Company will be providing floral pieces.

Niven’s first two books -- The Ice Master and Ada Blackjack-- were nonfiction accounts of Arctic expeditions. The Ice Master was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. Jennifer and The Ice Master have appeared in Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Talk, Glamour, The New Yorker, Outside, The New York Times Book Review, The London Daily Mail, The London Times and Writer’s Digest, among others. Dateline NBC, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel have featured The Ice Master and Jennifer in hour-long documentaries. Ada Blackjack was a Book Sense Top Ten Pick and has been optioned for the movies.

Book three is a novel, based on a short film she wrote in graduate school at the American Film Institute: Velva Jean Learns to Drive (published July 28, 2009). Her film won an Emmy Award. She is currently working on book five, a sequel to Velva Jean.

Jennifer Niven and Joe Kraemer will attend other special events on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Richmond Art Museum, McGuire Memorial Hall, 350 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond, Indiana.

For more information, contact the Richmond-Wayne County Tourism Bureau at (765)935-8687 or at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 12:55 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Money Managment Program

The Area 9 Money Management Program promotes independence by helping eligible people in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties organize bill payments and assist with financial planning. Trained volunteers help clients put their financial business in order.

There is no cost to low-income individuals who have neither family nor friends to assist with their financial planning. Tasks the volunteer assists with may include budgeting, sorting mail, balancing checkbooks and assisting with check writing.

For more information, contact Beth Evans, Money Management Coordinator, at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345.

The Money Management Program is part of the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, and coordinated by the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 08:06 pm: Edit Post

Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place Heralds February “First Friday” With Poetry Slam

HAGERSTOWN, IN -- February’s “First Friday” in Hagerstown will celebrate the arts with a Poetry Slam. Sponsored by the Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place, the slam will begin at 5 PM on Friday, February 5th.

The Poetry Slam is open to poets and readers of poetry of all ages. The event will run from 5 – 7 p.m. as part of the First Friday celebration of the arts at Arts Place, 98 East Main Street, Hagerstown.

Poetry Slams, or readings, have become increasingly popular since the first “slam” was organized in Chicago in 1986 by former construction worker Marc Smith as a means of invigorating the art of performing poetry. Audience members are encouraged to cheer approval of outstanding readings and recitations.

Poetry Slams are normally judged by a panel of five selected from the audience. Arts Place manager Tom Butters says this first slam will not be judged, but future events might be. The only rules for this first slam are:

* Readings and recitations should take no more than three minutes.
* A copy of the poem to be presented must be given to Arts Place organizers prior to reading. Only family-friendly poems will be allowed in the first slam.

Butters says that slammers can read poems they have created themselves. “There’s no restriction on subject matter as long as it is family friendly. A slammer can read a poem dedicated to the Colts winning the Super Bowl or an ode to Tony Stewart. Poetry can express strong feelings about anything. Great and humorous poems have been written about politics, sports, and current events.”

Butters stressed that slammers can read published poems, poems they have written themselves, or someone else’s poems. “We simply want to encourage the tradition of public poetry reading,” he says.

Future Arts Place Poetry Slams, however, might be judged in order to award recognition, prizes, and prepare Nettle Creek Valley poets for possible competition in the Super Bowl of Poetry Slams to be held in Minneapolis in August. Last year’s National Poetry Slam in Miami attracted a crowd of 15,000 and a record number of teams from the U.S. and Europe.

Information regarding Poetry Slams can be found at: or Anyone with questions may call Arts Place at: 765-489-4005. Poetry may be submitted to: or faxing the above number.

Hagerstown Arts Place is an art gallery and arts teaching center that features work by more than 20 area artists. The art displayed and sold ranges from oil paintings to turned wood objects. It is open Thursday through Sunday from 1-7 PM, and offers a variety of free art lessons enabled by a grant from the Wayne County Foundation.

For more information, contact Tom Butters, Manager, Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place
765-886-5098 home | 765-489-4005 Arts Place

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 05:34 pm: Edit Post

Easter Lilies for Easter Seals

The Easter Lily has become a well-known symbol of Easter, because it reflects values of purity, life, and renewal. Similarly, Easter Seals has a connection to the lily. Our symbol (logo) is a lily. Easter Seals is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist persons with disabilities through our programs. By helping those with disabilities gain independence, life becomes more enjoyable and a renewed sense of confidence and well-being is achieved.

Beginning February 28, 2010 Easter Seals Wayne & Union Counties will kick off our new fundraiser called Easter Lilies for Easter Seals. Here is how it works, pre-orders for Easter lilies will be taken now until March 4, 2010. Single stem lilies with 3 to 4 blooms are $10.00 each and single stem lilies with 5 to 7 blooms are $12.00 each. Your order will arrive at the Easter Seals office located at 1050 E Main in Centerville on March 23rd. Orders can be picked up or arrangements for delivery are available for a
small fee. By supporting the Easter Lilies for Easter Seals campaign you will help us continue to provide programs that meet the needs of local children and adults living with a disability.

For more information contact Cynthia Warren by phone at (765)855-2482 or (765)914-6492 or by email at To learn more about your local Easter Seals visit us at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 01:40 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Canal Byway Interpretive Park

A regional interpretive park may open this spring at Metamora. The announcement came during the Whitewater Canal Byway Association's annual dinner, attended by more than 40 people on Wednesday (Jan. 20) at The Hearthstone Restaurant, Metamora.

The WCBA has nearly completed the paperwork, studies and surveys needed to comply with requirements for a Transportation Enhancement Grant that will pay most of the cost of acquiring the Whitewater Regional Interpretive Park, according to Terry Duffy. He is the WCBA board member who has been working to secure the grant, which was approved in mid-2008.

The Interpretive Park will be located in a former campground across U.S. Highway 52 from Metamora. Buildings on the site will be used for an interpretive center explaining the history and culture of the Whitewater Valley, a welcome center, a shop featuring work by artisans in the region, hands-on programming and an office for the association. The campground will be re-opened to provide an income source.

The WCBA also kicked off a membership campaign. Memberships are available at levels starting from $25 for an individual.

The association gave appreciation awards to two people who have contributed immensely to its work. They are Cathy Vandivier of Milton, who chairs the Whitewater Walk in Wayne County, and to Duffy in recognition of his work on the TE Grant and the WCBA's long-range planning committee.

The group also elected Candy Yurcak of Metamora as president; Bob Hansen of Hagerstown as vice president; and Tom Horninger of Brookville as treasurer. Elected to the board were Jim Orr of Connersville; Mary Walker of Richmond; Bonita Porter of Oxford, Ohio; and Sharon Lutz of Harrison, Ohio.

For more information about the WCBA, visit its Web site,

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 01:28 pm: Edit Post

Indiana: Laws of Aging Books Available

The Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, has available a limited number of the 2010 edition of the book Indiana – Laws of Aging. The books are made available at no cost to individuals who work with senior citizens, senior citizen organizations and individual senior citizens.

These are high quality, up-to-date books of 120 pages with 14 chapters covering: income, healthcare, long term care alternatives, housing, managing your affairs and planning for the future, guardianship, planning for death, elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, age discrimination, consumer protection, grandparents’ rights, programs and services, and a resource guide.

“The Area 9 Agency is able to offer this limited number of books at no cost because of the generosity of the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation and the Indiana Bar Foundation,” states Tony Shepherd, Executive Director of the Area 9 Agency.

A copy of Indiana: Laws of Aging may be picked up at the office of the Area 9 Agency, 520 South 9th Street in Richmond and 715 West 21st Street in Connersville, during regular business hours. Questions maybe directed to 765-966-1795 or 800-458-9345.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, January 15, 2010 - 05:23 pm: Edit Post

Government Citizen Academy

The 3rd Government Citizen Academy is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. There is NO COST to participate in the program, however you must register to attend.

Anyone interested in attending should register by Friday, January 28th by phone or email to the following: or call 765-983-7208.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, January 15, 2010 - 05:18 pm: Edit Post

Civic Hall Performing Arts Center Presents
The Richmond High School Symphonic and Chamber Choirs
in concert with special guests
The Purdue Varsity Glee Club
February 9, 2010 at 7:00pm
February 22, 2010
General Admission / Adults - $10 / Students - $5
Tickets on sale now at the Civic Hall Box Office!
Phone: 765-973-3350 / Toll free: 1-888-248-4242
380 Hub Etchison Parkway / Richmond, Indiana 47374

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 08:18 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Provides Meals in Five Counties

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, provides nutritious meals to homebound clients and Neighborhood Meal Sites in Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union and Wayne Counties through the Area 9 Meals Program. Approximately 800 meals are served daily and participants receive daily contact and socialization with others.

Each meal meets 1/3 of the required Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). Indiana Division of Aging has set its nutrition guidelines to assure that the following DRI measures are used for the Indiana senior meal programs. Weekly averages per meal are:
Calories 533-733 Kcals
Total Fat 20% <35% of total calories
Fiber 7-10 g
Calcium 400 <833 mg
Sodium <1000 mg.

Area 9 Meals Program does offer an alternate dessert option to the standard dessert listed on the menu. Typically, the alternate dessert is lower in calories, fat and simple carbohydrates.

Several meal options are available that meet the nutritional needs with a variety of choices for participants. These include breakfast, cold box meal, fresh MCL salad, frozen meal and restaurant voucher for a meal at participating restaurants.

Area 9 Meals Program is supported by suggested donations of $2.00 per meal. Contributions enable the Meals Program to assist others in need of valuable nutrition.

For more information regarding home delivered meals, additional meals for weekends or evenings, or to locate the Neighborhood Meal Site nearest you, call Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 12:48 pm: Edit Post

Encountering India and Bhutan: Works by Ray Hassard and Debra Joyce Dawson

Opening: Sunday, January 24 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Exhibit: January 24 — April 4, 2010

Join Ohio Artists Ray Hassard and Debra Joyce Dawson on their journey through India and Bhutan, and explore the landscape, people and culture through this unique exhibition of paintings. Both artists are accomplished plein air painters working in a popular style derived largely from the French Impressionists. Many of the works have been done on site in India and Bhutan.

The Richmond Art Museum (RAM), Richmond, Indiana will also be hosting, “ART is...India”, a hands-on, multi-cultural program for children
in Kindergarten through Third grades during the exhibition.

Over 2,500 students from 17 private and public schools will attend the program and be given a guided tour of the art exhibition.

RAM provides direct arts education to nearly 7,000 children annually and is located within the Richmond High School campus. RAM is the only known public art museum, housed in an active public high school in the United States.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 05:22 pm: Edit Post

Reid Healing, Meditation Gardens Win Landscaping Award

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services has been honored with the Indiana Landscape and Nursery Association’s Green Industry Excellence Award in Hardscape Installation for 2009.

The Healing and Meditation Gardens complex, a project of the Reid Foundation in support of the healing environment concept, was cited by the association’s judges for artistic merit and excellence in execution and detail.

Becker Landscapes of Indianapolis, project designers, engineers and contractors, completed the work early and on budget and shared in the award.

Stephen Hastings, a Becker supervisor, said the Reid project was selected over 47 other entries from around the state. He noted that while both parties have ample reason to be pleased with the gardens now, the aesthetics will continue to appreciate as the plantings mature and fill in — to the benefit all garden users.

Each project was reviewed and scored in five areas, Hastings said, specifically fit and finish, design, scope of the project, size of the project and total finished project.

Further, he noted that the quality of the entry’s supporting documents and photographs — before, during and after — really helped explain the effort.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 04:47 pm: Edit Post

Summersault to host office open house event on March 25th

RICHMOND, IN – Summersault website development is inviting the Richmond community to attend an open house at its new office at 710 East Main Street, Suite 200. Since occupying the building in 2009, the company has updated and renovated the three-story building, designed by prominent architect John A. Hasecoster and built in 1887.

The open house event, to be held on March 25th between 4 and 6 PM, will include tours of the company’s new space, light refreshments, a ribbon cutting ceremony and various door prizes.

“This move represents our third location on Main Street since we started in 1997, and it’s the best one yet,” said Chris Hardie, Principal of Summersault. “We’re excited about finding a space where we have room to grow, while remaining in the vibrant downtown business community where we’ve built our company.”

Summersault’s staff are only part of the building’s growing life as a retail and office complex – it also includes a small organic grocery store, a yoga studio and law offices.

Summersault, LLC is a leader in database driven web solutions, offering a single point of contact for highly customized web design and application development solutions, as well as professional consulting services and support.

For more information, please contact Summersault Office Manager Matthew Jenkins at (765) 939-9301 x208.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 01:20 pm: Edit Post

Nourish You Info Sessions Scheduled

On Wednesday March 17 Reid registered dietitians will answer questions about Nourish You and discuss Reid’s adult weight management program.

The three free information sessions will be at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., announced Christie Ferriell, a dietitian certified in adult weight management. All information sessions will be held in the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Classroom, Suite 140, Reid Medical Office Building, 1050 Reid Parkway.

“We’ll give an overview of what the program entails and go over questions potential class members have,” she said.

Nourish You emphasizes nutrition, behavior modification and exercise to give participants the boost needed to achieve weight and wellness goals.

“A class is limited to 15 individuals,” Ferriell said. “If there’s enough interest for two classes, two classes will be offered.”

The program lasts 16 weeks, and this year a fitness component has been added as an option, Ferriell noted.

Payment options and class times will be discussed at the information sessions. For further information, call (765) 983-3423.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 03:52 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Foundation wins Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications

The Wayne County Foundation has been named a bronze award winner for excellence in communications by the 2010 Wilmer Shields Rich Awards program. Sponsored by the Council on Foundations, the awards program recognizes effective communications efforts to increase public awareness of foundations and corporate giving programs.

The Foundation will receive the award for its 2008 annual report in the Community and Public Foundations, assets $21-$100 million category. The award will be presented during the Council on Foundations’ Annual Conference, April 25 – 27 in Denver. More than 165 entries were received.

The annual report celebrated the Foundation’s 30th anniversary year. It was created and developed by Rachel Hughes of the Foundation staff, in conjunction with Jenie Lahmann of Insite Designs.

“Our annual report is always a very important piece for us, because year after year it tells the story of who we are and what we do,” said Steve Borchers, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Rachel and Jenie really knocked themselves out to come up with a beautiful book last year. It’s a lot of hard work, so it’s very gratifying to see their efforts rewarded with such a prestigious honor.”

For more information, contact Steve Borchers at 765.962.1638 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 11:57 am: Edit Post

Columbian Lecture Series: Scott Family Art Collection

The second of the Columbian Lecture Series, located at the William G. Scott House 204 North Tenth St., will be this Sunday March 14 at 2:00 PM. Shaun Dingworth will talk about the art collection of the Scott Family and how it found its way home. A free will donation is encouraged for the preservation of this building, and program development. For information call Matt Stegall at (765)962-9526.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 05, 2010 - 03:08 pm: Edit Post

Former Miss America Hopes for Crowd of Young People at Rural-Urban Banquet

When 22-year-old Katie Stam comes to Hagerstown for the Rural-Urban Dinner on March 27, she hopes a lot of young people will be in the crowd.

In her role as Miss America 2009, she met with President Barack Obama and many other notables and celebrities, pursuing her platform of “Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement.”

Her message here will be about accomplishing dreams.

She’s already made quite a mark in life for a small-town girl from Seymour. She helped raise cows on her grandparents’ farm and showed them in the Jackson County Fair. She entered and won her first pageant at age 13. Eight years later, she was at the pinnacle.

“Knowing that anything is possible, you can do anything,” she said. “I hope we will fill up the school and that a lot of the audience will be young people. I’m really glad that the junior class will be able to receive some benefit for their prom.”

Myron Moyer of the Rural-Urban organizing committee said that members of the Hagerstown High School junior class will be serving the dinner. In exchange, the committee will give the class a donation to be used for their prom.

Tickets for the dinner cost $6 and are available from any member of the Hagerstown Young Farmers or the Hagerstown Rotary Club. Dinner will be prepared by the HHS kitchen staff. The Hagerstown Good Friend and Neighbor Award will be presented during the program.

Stam was selected as the 84th Miss America in a pageant that was unlike any in previous years. She and 52 other contestants participated in a TV reality show, “Miss America: Countdown to the Crown,” which aired on TLC in the weeks before the pageant. The series was filmed aboard the berthed RMS Queen Mary and in the surrounding area of Long Beach, Calif.

Stam won the first round of competition and received a gold sash. At the series’ conclusion, viewers voted for four of the 15 gold sash winners. Those four – including Stam – were automatically placed in the top 15 finalists of the pageant.

Stam then won the preliminary swimsuit award. During the pageant on Jan. 24, 2009, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas, Nev., she sang “Via Dolorosa” despite suffering from a throat infection. She was then crowned Miss America.

The former Miss America said she most appreciated the opportunities she had as queen.

“All of the traveling, being able to see most of the states, I met President Obama, I visited the troops overseas, and, of course, there was my work for the Children’s Miracle Network.”

At Thanksgiving, she served food in a New York City homeless shelter.

“Growing up in a small town really teaches you about family,” she said. “Going to New York City’s concrete jungle, where the chances of seeing someone you know are really remote, it puts everyone on a level playing field. To be there and to serve them was really so special.”

She said that Miss America has a special relationship with audiences. “It seems like everyone has some kind of connection with Miss America,” she said. “I realized last year when I was doing my year-long tour that people felt a certain kind of joy in seeing Miss America.”

Having passed on her crown on Jan. 30 to the 2010 Miss America, she no longer has a formal relationship with that pageant. But, she knows, she will always be Miss America.

“I hope that I can bring that joy to others.”

She is looking forward to the rest of her life. She is engaged and hopes to marry later this year, she is completing her senior year at the University of Indianapolis, and she hopes to enter the field of broadcast news.

For now, she will continue making appearances across America. “Then, it’s going to be figuring out what God wants me to do in my life.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Celebrates Nutrition Awareness Day

Healthy nutrition choices are critical components to leading a healthy lifestyle, especially for older adults. Join the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency on Friday, March 12th, as we celebrate Nutrition Awareness Day. Nutrition Awareness Day is part of Indiana’s celebration of National Nutrition Month.

The information campaign is focusing on “Get out of the rut, try something new.” Sample foods, taste testing and new serving options will be presented at the local Area 9 Neighborhood Meal Sites.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Aging funds through the Older Americans Act and Area 9 staff administer the Senior Nutrition Program, a program that provides essential nutrition and support to older Hoosiers and their families. The program helps to maintain health, independence and quality of life for older adults so that they can continue to live in their own homes and communities through the assistance of Area 9 Neighborhood Meal Sites.

Let us help you get out of your rut, try something new, and attend an Area 9 Senior Center or Meal Site in your community for lunch.

For more information or to find the Neighborhood Meal Site nearest you, call Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345. Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 01:28 pm: Edit Post

Earlham College Swim Classes - Spring 2010

Instructor: Jayne Arnold, Earlham College Aquatics Coordinator
Jayne has 35 years experience in teaching swim classes of all levels. Contact Jayne at (765) 983-1732 to inquire about lessons. Sign up at Earlham Wellness Desk. Payment required when signing up for class.

Classes begin week of March 8th and extend through April 28th.

Parents & Tot Lessons (Ages 6 months to 6 years)
Fee: $35
Children are introduced to the aquatic environment and given instruction in water adjustment and pre-stroke skills with the parent. The emphasis of this program is to enjoy the water in a safe and enjoyable environment. Tots must wear swim diaper if not potty trained.

* Choose from two sessions: March 8 to April 26 or March 10 to April 28
* Monday, 5 to 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday, 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Preschool Lessons (Ages 3 to 5 years)
Fee: $35
This class focuses on water safety, floating, submerging; paddling and beginning swim stroke skills.

* March 8 to April 26 on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:00 pm.
* March 9 to April 27 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
* March 10 to April 28 on Wednesday from 3:30

Level I Lessons (Ages 5 and Older)
Fee: $45
This class teaches children to be comfortable in the water, safety skills, floating and beginning swim strokes on front and back. One half-hour free swim follows one half-hour instructional time.
* March 8 to April 26 on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
* March 9 to April 27 on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
* March 10 to April 28 on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Level II Lessons (Ages 5 and Older)
Fee: $45
These lessons improve front and back crawl, teach elementary backstroke, treading, underwater swimming and diving. One half-hour free swim precedes one half-hour lesson.

Level III Lessons (Ages 5 and Older)
Fee: $45
This class refines free, back, and elementary strokes and teaches breaststroke, sidestroke and improves diving. One half-hour free swim, which includes lap workout, precedes one half-hour lesson.

Level II or III
* March 8 to April 26 on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
* March 10 to April 28 on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Adults (Over 18 years)
Fee: $45
This class is for all levels of ability, including stroke instruction.

Instructor will teach to individual student. Times will be arranged if sufficient interest. One half-hour free swim precedes one-half hour lesson.
Adult lessons available upon request. Minimum class size is 4 people. Leave name and number at Earlham Wellness Desk.
* March 9 to April 27 on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Private Lessons available upon request. Contact Jayne Arnold at 983-1732 to schedule times.
Cost: $80 for 4 – ½ hour sessions.

Please note: All classes subject to minimum enrollment, and will be canceled if that minimum is not met.

Adults may swim with children during the practice time if they are members or they may purchase a day pass.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 05, 2010 - 03:40 pm: Edit Post

Easter Lilies for Easter Seals: Order Deadline Extended to March 12, 2010

The Easter Lily has become a well-known symbol of Easter, because it reflects values of purity, life, and renewal. Similarly, Easter Seals has a connection to the lily. Our symbol (logo) is a lily. Easter Seals is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist persons with disabilities through our programs. By helping those with disabilities gain independence, life becomes more enjoyable and a renewed sense of confidence and well-being is achieved.

Beginning January 28, 2010 Easter Seals Wayne & Union Counties will kick off our new fundraiser called Easter Lilies for Easter Seals. Here is how it works, preorders for Easter lilies will be taken now until March 12, 2010. Single stem lilies with 3 to 4 blooms are $10.00 each and single stem lilies with 5 to 7 blooms are $12.00 each. Your order will arrive at the Easter Seals office located at 1050 E Main in Centerville on March 23rd. Orders can be picked up or arrangements for delivery are available for a small fee. By supporting the Easter Lilies for Easter Seals campaign you will help us continue to provide programs that meet the needs of local children and adults living with a disability.

For more information contact Cynthia Warren by phone at 765-855-2482 or 765-914-6492 or by email at To learn more about your local Easter Seals visit us at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 05:06 pm: Edit Post

Highway Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is April 19 - 23

INDOT Reminds Motorists: “Work Zones Need Our Undivided Attention”

INDIANAPOLIS – Federal Recovery Act funding is combining with the fifth year of the Major Moves highway program to build about 800 road construction projects across Indiana during 2010. This record-breaking level of road construction requires Hoosier motorists to be increasingly vigilant when driving across the state this spring, summer and fall. Indiana is participating in Highway Work Zone Safety Awareness Week this April 19 through April 23, and joining with other states to remind motorists that “Work zones need our undivided attention.”

Last year over 700 people were killed in work zone crashes nationwide, and four out of five of those killed are drivers or passengers, not highway workers. According to the latest crash data, Indiana’s work zone crashes – including those that involve injuries – declined during 2009 to 2,255 from a previous 2,390 recorded in 2008. However, fatal crashes within work zones have increased over the past two years to 10 in 2009.

Steeper fines and penalties await drivers who speed or drive recklessly through a work zone. Under Indiana law, drivers can be fined up to $1,000 for speeding in a work zone. Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone could face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may find themselves paying a $10,000 fine or serving up to eight years behind bars. Fines paid are used to fund additional work zone patrols.

To avoid becoming a statistic, INDOT urges drivers to follow the safety tips listed below while driving through work zones. Additional information can be found at INDOT’s work zone safety Web site,

· Stay alert! Look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.

· Pay attention. Work zone signs will tell you exactly what to expect ahead.

· Merge early. If drivers merge as soon as they see the signs, traffic will flow more smoothly.

· Slow down. If you’re speeding, you may encounter slowed or stopped traffic within seconds.

· Space out. 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.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 09, 2010 - 05:13 pm: Edit Post

Library Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of MRL!

From the delivery of books and materials to providing free computer labs and a range of other services, the faces and activities of Morrisson-Reeves Library staff and patrons will be chronicled during Library Snapshot Day on Monday, April 12, 2010 as part of our National Library Week Celebration.

As one of the major events during National Library Week, April 11 - 17, Library Snapshot Day will document a typical day in the life of MRL, including the many varied activities that serve the public and those that occur behind the scenes that allow the library to function efficiently. Library staff will be taking pictures throughout the day, will compile their photos and statistics of the day to tell the library story.

Captured images will underscore the important role of the library in the community.

To learn more about Library Snapshot Day, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 03:45 pm: Edit Post

Chamber to Host Noon Luncheon April 13 at Forest Hills with Governor Mitch Daniels

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has accepted an invitation to host a luncheon April 13 at noon for Governor Daniels to make a report on the state’s economic condition. The Chamber, a voice for business, considers it a privilege to host a luncheon keynoted by Governor Daniels.

Advance reservations are $15 which covers the cost of lunch and can be made at or by calling 765.962.1511.

Reservations are open to Chamber members and the general public on a first come first served basis. The event is expected to sell out, so register today!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 03:38 pm: Edit Post

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library
Annual Book Sale

April 21-24, 2010
In the Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library

The Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library Annual Book Sale is set for the last full week of April. It kicks off with the Friends Preview Night for current supporting members on Tuesday, April 20th. Show your Friends Membership card, or buy one at the door!

The sale is open to the public starting on Wednesday, April 21st and runs through Saturday, April 24th. Friday is “Half-Price Sale Day!” and Saturday is “Bag Day!,” when a bag of books will cost $2.00.

April 20th

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friends Preview Night!
-- Show your Friends Membership card, or buy one at the door! --

Wednesday,April 21st
10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Regular Book Sale – open to the public.

Thursday, April 22nd
10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Regular Book Sale – open to the public.

Friday, April 23rd
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Half-Price Sale Day!

Saturday,April 24th
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bag Day!

Donated materials cover subjects including fiction, foreign languages, cooking, computer science, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion.

Friends of MRL Book Sale Price List

Browse our childrens books, where you'll find many under $1, including picture books, school-age fiction, award winners and books for parents and teachers. All proceeds from this book sale will go toward improving programs and services for Morrisson-Reeves Library. The Friends of MRL need your help to achieve their goal – which is to have the biggest, best book sale yet! Book Sale stock replenished throughout the day. This book sale is open to the public.

The Friends of MRL are a non-profit association of people interested in promoting knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the Library. Friends provide time, talents, and funds for services and programs that enrich, educate and entertain the community. Membership is open to individuals, businesses or groups who wish to join in support of Morrisson-Reeves Library. If you would like to learn more about the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, please call MRL at (765) 966-8291 or visit us at our website:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 06:13 pm: Edit Post

Wellness Session Eyes Bone, Joint Health

DEXA osteoporosis screening will be free April 7 to guests at the Reid Hospital & Health Care Services monthly open health seminar, Wellness on Wednesday,

Members of the public who drop by the Lingle Hall session will be treated to an overview of joint, spine and bone health and offered popcorn and duck pond give-aways.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7, four of Reid’s corps of top orthopedic physicians will discuss joint and spine matters and take questions. At 11:30 a.m. Dr. Richard Miller will present scenarios of knee and shoulder arthritis, at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Mario Lee will review osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment, at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Ravishankar Vedantam will be briefing on state-of-the-art spine surgery available here and now and at 2:15 p.m. Dr. Gregory Hellwarth will cover treatment of disc bulges.

Guests also will have a chance to collect complimentary print Information on joint and spine topics and check into the most advanced offerings of joint replacement vendors.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 19, 2010 - 03:11 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Library is going GREEN – Evergreen that is.

On April 23, 2010 Centerville Library goes live on the Evergreen online catalog. This will introduce a new era of library access and ease for our patrons. Books can be requested and renewed anywhere you get on the web. And instead of only accessing the collection you see in our building, you can obtain books from over 70 (and growing) libraries in Indiana. Even the Indiana State Library, with its collection of over a million and a half items, will join Evergreen this summer. It’s an exciting time to be a reader and researcher! You will simply search the online Evergreen catalog, select the books you want without regard for where they may be located, and a few days later your books will be in Centerville, ready for you to pick up.

The Centerville Library staff has been preparing for Evergreen for months. There is one last big step for which we need your help. Our entire collection, 44,000 items, has to have new barcodes. The barcodes can be applied at a rate of 100 per hour, so it will take 440 hours to complete our library. Would you like to help with the barcoding project? You can come any time during the library’s regular hours without pre-arrangement. Stay for an hour or all afternoon – whatever works for you. Perhaps you know of a group that would like to help for a service project. If you come with a group, I will be glad to be at the library at the best time for you. For instance, a church youth group has offered to come on a Sunday evening. Up to ten people can work at one time (five barcode printers, two people to a printer). This work will require standing, but no heavy lifting (just one book at a time).

Barcoding begins on March 26 and has to be completed by April 17.

The library will be closed for one day – Thursday, April 22 – the day that our data is migrated from the old computer system to the new.

If you are not able to help with the barcoding project, I still thank you for reading this message and giving me the opportunity to introduce you to the Evergreen system. Please spread the word! And please come see us on or soon after April 23 so we can launch you as an Evergreen user. All patrons will need a new card for the new system, replacing your current card.

To contact me about scheduling a time to barcode, or for any library questions or suggestions, reply to this email or call me at 765-855-5223.

With appreciation,

Beth Treaster, Director

Joined by library staff Connie Gareiss, Carol Short, Kristie Dickens, Mary Lou Doren, and Kris Turner

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 08, 2010 - 03:46 pm: Edit Post

Film Festival for Teen Film Makers

Richmond, Indiana - The Richmond Art Museum is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival, featuring the work of teen filmmakers from across Indiana and Ohio.

The first of its kind in Indiana, Phantoscope is a juried short film competition for high school age students.

A panel of experts evaluates the submitted films and awards prizes based on merit. Before the show, there is a guest panel where students get the opportunity to ask questions and listen to film experts talk about getting started in film and discuss the “how to” questions so many novices have when pursuing an art form.

At the festival screening, one talented young filmmaker will win a $500 cash prize. The winning film will be announced at the screening. Student filmmakers from Lowell to Evansville and all parts in between will have their works shown.

This year, additional prizes for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing will be given.

Any student currently enrolled in high school in Indiana or Ohio may submit a short film, not to exceed 15 minutes. All genres and subject matter are accepted, but any material with language, content or violence that would deem an “R” rating will be eliminated.

Regular deadline is March 2nd, 2010, with a $10 entry fee. For details, rules and entry form, please visit

The festival itself will be held in Richmond Art Museum’s 500-seat auditorium on Saturday, April 10th, 2010. The panel discussion will start at 5:30 PM, with the screenings starting at 7:00 PM. Families, friends and the general public with an interest in film are encouraged to attend the festival to watch a line up of creative and interesting short films. Admission is $3 for RAM members and students, $5 for general public.

Each year Phantoscope continues to grow as more and more high school filmmakers become aware. This year we have expanded our entry radius to include Ohio high school students in hope that more young people will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Brian McGuffog, a junior at Hamilton Southeastern High School wrote to RAM saying, “This is an incredible opportunity. It is very hard to find opportunities for filmmakers in Indiana, let alone highschoolers, so it is really awesome that you consider our demographic as well…Good luck in your ventures into helping all of us teens reach our dream.”

The festival gets its name Phantoscope after an early type of motion picture projector, invented by an Indiana native named C. Francis Jenkins. The first motion picture screening ever was done using a phantoscope and took place in Richmond, Indiana in 1894.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 08, 2010 - 01:54 pm: Edit Post

National food magazine features Café at Twelve Hundred Catering, Reid specialty cakes in front-page article

Reid Hospital’s Café at Twelve Hundred Catering has been featured on the cover of a national food service monthly publication, including pictures of specialty cakes by Reid’s own cake designer.

FoodService Director, circulation 45,100, featured the Reid catering service in its Jan.15 edition. The cover article examines food service catering at the University of Notre Dame, Miami of Ohio University and Reid as examples of smart management and top product allowing an organization in a tough field to grow revenue in tough times. The cover also features a photo of a cake created by Reid catering.

The Reid catering team includes two full-time staff members, a chef and administrative support, according to Michelle McClurg, co-director, who cited staff member Lisa Turner-Blumer as important to the catering unit’s success. A cake decorator cross trained in catering and the niche cake business, Turner-Blumer has enabled Reid to step in as several local businesses have stopped doing specialty cake decorating.

“She’s done phenomenal work,” McClurg says. ”We’re getting more and more orders all the time. And that’s spinning off into general catering orders.”

The hospital’s resources have it well positioned for catering, McClurg notes. Turner-Blumer uses the bakery when the baker is done with all the daily patient services and café menu items.

“We are able to continue to build revenue from the already running ovens by making cakes,” McClurg says.

Reid has also found meeting last-minute catering calls yields positive marketing results.

“We’re doing a lot of box lunches,” McClurg said.

Reid’s catering menu includes banquets, anniversaries, sorority events, athletic box lunches, chamber of commerce events and weddings.

And Turner-Blumer’s cakes have ranged in design from guitars and tanks, trucks and X-rays, just to cite a few.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post

Volunteer to Become a Literacy Tutor

The Wayne County Literacy Coalition, Inc. (WCLC) is a non-profit organization providing free individual tutoring to adults in the Wayne County, Indiana area.

Currently the WCLC is seeking volunteers who would like to become literacy tutors. All tutors are required to attend training in order to provide the best possible service to the adult learners. There is an upcoming training session, which will be presented by Tom Miller from Indy Reads, scheduled for two Saturdays, April 10th and April 24th from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Morrisson Reeves Library.

Anyone interested in becoming a literacy tutor should contact the WCLC by phone at (765)966.8294 (ext. 106) or by email at Training registration can also be completed online through the Morrisson Reeves event calendar (

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 01:11 pm: Edit Post

Re: Chamber requests Indiana Department of Transportation hold second public forum

Thanks to Governor Mitch Daniels leadership and Major Moves funding the City of Richmond will receive much needed infrastructure improvements for U.S. 27 (8th/9th Street) through Richmond. The work will occur on the heels of a new Interstate 70/U.S. 27 interchange and completion of the Chester Boulevard project.

The Chamber is delighted to see the 8th/9th Street improvements funded, scheduled, and designed. The project will completely rebuild streets, storm sewers, sidewalks, and make much needed other improvements in the process.

Because the 8th and 9th street project will be lengthy and will by necessity interrupt normal access to and from the heart of Richmond, the Chamber is making a concerted effort to make certain the project is designed in the best possible way to minimize hardship on local businesses.

The project is not scheduled for construction until 2012 but the current deadline for public input is Thursday March 18, 2010. We have requested continued communications with INDOT and we have offered to assist INDOT should they wish to convene a second public forum to receive additional concerns and ideas.

Dennis Andrews, President and CEO
Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - 12:32 pm: Edit Post

Health Careers Camp to give students insight for career planning

A camp coming this summer at Reid Hospital aims to provide insight for students interested in health care and related fields.

Health Careers Camp 2010 is being offered to area students June 14-18 or June 21-25 at Reid. The camp, sponsored by Reid, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech, will provide students with first-hand experience in the varied fields that make up health care.

Students and parents are invited to an information session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, in Lingle Auditorium at Reid. The application process and other details will be outlined and applications will be available with the details on requirements.

Carrie Kolentus, director of Human Resources at Reid, said the camps offer a chance for area students to investigate first-hand available health care careers. “Health care offers many opportunities, including nursing, lab, pharmacy, rehab services, respiratory and radiology among others.”

Kolentus said the camp is open to students who have completed their freshman year of high school. Other requirements include a minimum 2.0 GPA, a general interest in health care and parental consent. The camp is free, but students will go through an application and selection process.

The camp is divided into two, one-week segments. The session June 14-18 will deal with nursing and June 21-25 focuses on allied health. The camp will be from 8 a.m. to noon each day. Students can apply for one or both weeks.

The camp is open to any high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall of 2010 or who graduate Spring 2010.

Registration packets are also available at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 04:19 pm: Edit Post

Gennett Legacy Concert - Featuring an Al Cobine Tribute

A tribute to one of Richmond’s musical legends is being planned by the Starr-Gennett Foundation. Al Cobine, 1946 graduate of Richmond High School and 1950 graduate of Earlham College, will be recognized by a concert in his honor on April 25th, 3:30 pm at Reid Hospital’s Lingle Auditorium. Cobine, a resident of Bloomington, passed away in the summer of 2009.

According to Ralph Burkhart, a high school friend and long time Richmond High School music instructor, Cobine was one of the many students of Ben Graham, Richmond High School’s Supervisor of Music Instruction and Director of the RHS Band in the late 30’s and 40’s. While in high school, Al created a jazz band composed of his high school friends, one of whom was a young woman vocalist by the name of Polly Bergen who attended RHS at the time. Cobine’s band played at high school and college dances throughout Central Indiana. During this time, he also prepared his own arrangements and began composing his own music for the band.

Cobine was pursuing a doctorate in International Relations at IU following his graduation from Earlham but his love of music finally led him away from academic studies. In 1955 he created the Al Cobine Big Band in Bloomington. In 1960 the Band won the Best Band Award from the American Federation of Musicians and was selected as the “most promising new Band” by the National Ballroom Association. The Band recorded many albums including a two volume set entitled Cobine Plays Carmichael.

A tenor saxophonist, Cobine played with Henry Mancini Orchestra for more than 25 years and was heard on many of Mancini’s most remembered songs, such as “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Pink Panther,” and “Peter Gunn.” During his career, he published more than 100 works that he composed or arranged. He also was one of the premier music contractors in the country, providing orchestras for Mancini and other artists including Frank Sinatra.

The concert will feature a septet composed of members of the Al Cobine Big Band under the direction of Mike Lucas. A pre-concert discussion of Al’s career and the musical heritage of Richmond will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from the Starr-Gennett Foundation (765-962-2860), the Richmond Alumni Association, and the Tourism Bureau. Tickets will be available at the door, though seating is limited. The concert is sponsored by Wayne Bank and Trust and Reid Hospital with proceeds benefiting the Starr-Gennett Foundation.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 01:27 pm: Edit Post

May WOW celebrates moms

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services has extended hours for the May Wellness on Wednesday event to accommodate a special Mothers Day week celebration for moms of all ages.

Speakers and activities run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, on the lower level of Lingle Hall, 1100 Reid Parkway.

• Michele Heath, lactation specialist, will discuss breast feeding at 12:30 p.m.

• Doctors Tina Reichley and Kristen Winter will speak at 2:30 p.m. on pre-conception counseling.

• At 5:30 p.m., Dr. Joseph Smith will discuss the use of the da Vinci cybernetic surgery assistance device for women.

Potted plants will be distributed free to WOW guests while supplies last, and activities will include cake decorating demonstrations, information on Nutritious Meals Made Easy, ready to cook from Café at Twelve Hundred, chair massages, a virtual tour of Reid’s Mother-Baby care Center as well as timely wellness topics.

Door prizes will include a Ginkgo Boutique gift basket and gift certificates from Plastic Surgery of Eastern Indiana good toward services or products and from Reid Heart & Vascular Services.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 01:37 pm: Edit Post

Cirque Odyssey
Performance: Saturday, May 22, 2010 / 8:00pm

Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 8:00pm. Testing the limits of the human body and challenging what the mind believes is possible, “Cirque Odyssey” is an amazing cornucopia of daring skill, grace, strength and agility. Featuring Hand-to-Hand Balancing, Tumblers, German Wheel, Spinning Cube, and Contortionist, this production is a true “Odyssey” into a world of surreal impossibilities and eccentric reality. A fast moving, high-energy event, “Cirque Odyssey” brings together a variety of different elements, creating a contemporary production that pleases the audience with its colorful creativity and cutting-edge suspense.

Good seats are available for the performance at 8:00pm; $32 for adults, $24 for students and 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.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:29 pm: Edit Post

Richmond, Indiana Realtor to Appear on TLC TV’s My First Home

RICHMOND, INDIANA, April 21, 2010 -- Local Realtor, Donna Spears is making her first appearance on the national television series My First Home seen by millions of viewers on the The Learning Channel (TLC).

My First Home gives viewers a behind the scenes glimpse of what may be the biggest financial and emotional purchase of a person's life, buying a first home. TLC steps into the lives of these wanna-be buyers as they deal with the disappointments, anxieties and hopes of finding and buying their first home.

Donna Spears will appear with her client, Courtney Brietenbach and her mother Jackie, visiting three homes in the Richmond area while they make the tough decision on which home to pick in this challenging housing market.

"I was looking for the perfect home that would fit my personality and my budget," says Courtney. “Donna Spears was able to assist me every step of the way. She kept an eye on the local housing market. We toured many homes and when I entered my house, I knew it was going to be my first home! Appearing with Donna on the TLC show was the icing on the cake to make my first home purchase an event I will never forget!”

After filming with the TLC production crew back in October 2009, the episode will finally be ready to air May 1 on TLC.

“The TLC production trucks appeared in Richmond and the buzz around town started!” says Spears. “We had so much fun and really gave the producer and the crew a wonderful view of Richmond and the friendly community we share. We rolled out the red carpet! Local businesses, The Old Richmond Inn, Galo’s Italian Grill, Chuck Welling’s Sports Bar, and Kroger all helped serve meals to the crew during the long production days. Warm Glow Candle Company created a Wayne County Welcome Basket for the crew. The Hampton Inn gave them great hospitality.”

So where will Donna and Courtney be watching the episode of My First Home? With friends or course while sharing popcorn and laughs as they see the show for the first time!!
For more information on the airing of this episode please visit:

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 26, 2010 - 03:55 pm: Edit Post

U.S. 40 Cross Streets Close for Construction

RICHMOND, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will close cross streets and drives on U.S. Highway 40 from Southwest 7th to Southwest 17th Street to allow stabilization of the National Road West subgrade—beginning tomorrow morning (Tuesday, April 27th). Streets will be blocked on the south side of U.S. 40 one at a time as work advances from east to west. The streets will reopen to traffic hours later.

Entrances to Earlham College and the Earlham Cemetery will be impacted by these closures.

Mt. Carmel Stabilization crews and equipment have been subcontracted to till the subsoil to a depth of 12 to 16 inches, then mix in a slurry of lime kiln dust and water. This process bridges over pumpy soils and provides a strong subbase upon which to build the asphalt pavement.

Stabilization operations should continue through Friday (April 30th).

On Monday, May 3, Milestone is scheduled to place underdrains along the route. Individual streets will be closed again on the south side to permit construction crews to do their work. On Monday, May 10, paving is scheduled to begin from Southwest 7th to Southwest 17th.

The $9.1 million U.S. 40 Major Moves project at Richmond extends to Southwest 2nd Street. It includes reconstruction of a deteriorated roadbed with five lifts of new asphalt pavement. Work includes four 12-foot travel lanes, a center left turn lane and a pedestrian island near Earlham College. A new storm sewer trunkline has been installed. A 106-foot bridge over Clear Creek is being built. And there will be new curbs, gutters and ADA-complaint sidewalks on both sides of the roadway once construction has been completed.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, April 26, 2010 - 02:46 pm: Edit Post

Celebrate Older Americans Month at the Senior Expo

May is Older Americans Month and Area 9 In-Home and Community Services, a service of Indiana University East, is celebrating the month with the return of the Senior Expo.

Area 9 Agency has joined forces with the Leland Residence and Whitewater Broadcasting to bring to the community what continues to be one of the biggest events geared specifically to the needs and interests of seniors in our area. This year’s event will be held May 20th at the Leland Residence from 9:00am to 1:00pm, and will host dozens of booths that will be for the education and financial benefit of our retired citizens. The proceeds from this event will go to benefit elderly citizens who are assisted by Area 9 Agency senior programs.

We expect hundreds of citizens to attend based on participation in past years. There is no cost for admission and this year we will feature coffee and pastries in the morning and a free box lunch for our guests. Join us for special lunch presentations on 10 health issues seniors should know, disaster preparation, and fraud.

There will be many prizes given away throughout the day as well as a brand new television to be given away at 1:00pm. All you need to do to qualify for this prize is to visit each booth, have your card stamped and turn it in for the grand prize drawing. You need not be present to win the new TV donated by The Leland Residence.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kathy Bridgford at Area 9 Agency, 765-966-1795, Kathy Springer at WKBV, 765-962-6533, or Judy Sherrow at the Leland, 765-939-6500.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 23, 2010 - 05:37 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency Seeking Nominations for the 2010 Hoosier Lifetime Award

Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, is searching for persons age 60+ from this area who merits statewide recognition for their lifetime of service in their community.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Hoosiers for their lifetime of service to their communities and for helping improve the quality of life. The nominee must be 60 years of age or older on or before January 1, 2010, and must be a resident of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union or Wayne County. If selected, the recipient, along with all nominees, will be recognized by the Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency at a special awards presentation during Senior Expo on May 20th at The Leland Residence in Richmond.

To nominate someone in your community, 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 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 May 6th.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, April 23, 2010 - 04:51 pm: Edit Post

Night Closures for I-70 Eastbound Lane At Centerville Rest Area

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation ( INDOT) will close the eastbound right lane of Interstate 70 for night work to remove acceleration, deceleration and access lanes at the decommissioned Centerville Rest Area site where building facilities have already been demolished. Closures begin immediately and continue Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. until May 22—except when inclimate weather postpones scheduled work.

Milestone, the state’s contractor, will saw-cut and remove pavement, apply topsoil and provide landscaping. Traffic-control barrels and an arrow board will direct traffic around the work zone. The 45 mph speed limit will be enforced during nighttime operations.

A new welcome center is being constructed on the north side of I-70. When completed, it will provide expanded truck parking—from 24 to 150 spaces. The facility offers additional space for tourism information, indoor vending and restroom conveniences.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

Economic Developers Launch Database to Connect Indiana Businesses with In-State Suppliers

INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2010) - Conexus Indiana announced today that it has launched Indiana Supplier INsight, a Web-based community linking manufacturers with Indiana suppliers.

Sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the database will allow Indiana manufacturers to streamline operations, reduce transportation costs and better manage oversight by connecting with Indiana suppliers through an internet portal. Indiana Supplier INsight is a free service provided by Conexus and the IEDC.

"Indiana has attracted record levels of investment in advanced manufacturing and logistics over the last several years," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "These firms don't just create new jobs and investment within the walls of their own facilities, but also for their suppliers. By keeping these dollars in the state, we're multiplying our efforts to grow Indiana's economy."

Indiana Supplier INsight is a 'matchmaking' system developed on a software platform by Supplier Gateway, a national firm that provides supply chain networking services to clients including Chrysler, Home Depot and Boeing, among others. The platform stores information on registered businesses and allows manufacturers to search for Indiana suppliers using categories such as capability, location, industry categories and women-or minority-owned certifications.

"Indiana Supplier INsight opens the door for Hoosier businesses," said Steve Dwyer, president and chief executive officer of Conexus Indiana. "Manufacturers look at suppliers all over the country, often unaware of qualified firms right here in their own backyard. This initiative shines a light on Hoosier businesses."

Other public sector partners, including the Indiana Secretary of State's Office and Indiana Department of Administration, are also working to connect the state's manufacturing companies with local suppliers through Indiana Supplier INsight.

Companies interested in taking part in Indiana Supplier INsight can contact Lisa Laughner, program director at Conexus Indiana, at, or visit to sign up online.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 01:10 pm: Edit Post

Special June Wellness event ‘for the men in our lives’

Reid’s monthly Wellness on Wednesday on June 2 will be a double-header day and evening event featuring five speakers, a Richmond River Rats delegation, multiple door prizes and free (hand-tool type) screwdrivers while supplies last.

Themed “for the men in our lives,” the sessions will offer free information on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, smoking cessation, sleep apnea, men’s health screenings, nutrition and sports enhancement.

A series of speakers are featured during the regular hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including:
• Dr. William Ducey, vascular surgeon, at 11:30 a.m., with “Treatment Options for Vascular Disease.”
• Dr. Brett Krepps, 12:30 p.m., with “The Painful Knee – From Managing Sprains & Strains through Arthritis & Joint Replacement.”
• Kevin Hurlburt, RPSGT, Reid sleep lab coordinator, at 1:30 p.m. on “Sleep Disorders.”
• Dr. Timothy Siegel, urologist, at 2:30 p.m. with “Urological and Prostate Health.”

A special evening session, 5-8:30 p.m., offers a light evening meal, a sports enhancement demonstration by Reid Sports Medicine, and two speakers:
• Dr. Gregory Woods, orthopedic surgeon, speaking on sports concussions.
• And Kevin Hurlburt, Sleep Center coordinator, on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

All events are in Lingle Hall and Auditorium at Reid.

Special prize drawings will be conducted at both events for tickets to River Rats games and tickets to Indianapolis Indians baseball.

Both sessions are free, but reservations are required for the evening program.

Call (765) 983-3042 to make reservations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 06:02 pm: Edit Post

Chamber School is Cool – Car Give Away for Perfect Attendance

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7 p.m. – Student Sign In, 7:30 p.m. Drawing

Forty-one seniors from around Wayne County have qualified to be in the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce School is Cool drawing for a 2010 Chevy Cobalt or a scholarship of equal value courtesy of Wetzel Family Auto Cruise.

As the new part of the Chamber’s School is Cool initiative sponsored by First Bank Richmond, those seniors and their families have been invited to the drawing event, Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Wetzel Chevrolet (5500 National Road East, Richmond). Students will draw a number at sign-in and whichever student has the number matching the number in the briefcase will win an amazing reward for being in school every day.

The Chamber School is Cool program is in its second year with premier sponsor, First Bank Richmond. This year First Bank was joined in a big way by Wetzel Family Auto Cruise. Graduating seniors from Centerville, Hagerstown, Lincoln, Northeastern, Richmond and Seton High Schools were included in the incentive. Graduating seniors with perfect attendance throughout the school year and a minimum 2.0 gpa are included in the drawing.

The Chamber kicked off the School is Cool initiative last year joining area schools in recognizing each student (kindergarten through 12th grade) who achieved perfect attendance. Each qualifying student will receive a School is
Cool shirt in addition to other awards already in place by the schools.

The project has at least five objectives:

This initiative is based on the belief there is a direct relationship between the educational achievement of our
children and the quality of life in our community.

Approximately 586 students (grades K-12) have perfect attendance as this school year comes to a close. Contact the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 05:54 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Man - Area 9 Hoosier Lifetime Award Winner

James I. Howell of Centerville received the 2010 Hoosier Lifetime Award at the Senior Expo on May 20th held at the Leland Residence in Richmond in celebration of Older Americans Month – Age Strong! Live Long! This award recognizes an individual 60 years of age and older for his/her lifetime of service to the community and for helping improve the quality of life for others. 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 Hoosier Lifetime 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. Other nominees included Robert G. Barnard of Liberty, Barbara Bell of Brownsville, Eileen Nichols of Connersville, Barbara Robbins of Rushville, and John Bryant, Martha Jones, John Kutter, Betty Mark, and Norma Russell, all from Richmond.

Jim has lived in Centerville most of his life having served the community as teacher, guidance director and principal.

Jim has always loved working with children. He helped plan and build the Little League diamonds, served as president and coached both minor and major league teams. He has served as 4-H leader, a member of the Fair Board and serves on the 4-H Sale Committee.

As principal of Centerville Senior High School he has had important influence on the lives of Centerville’s children. He has set the educational and moral atmosphere of the school for over 20 years and has always held the interest and the welfare of the students first in his mind. Professionally, he was a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and served on various state committees. He is respected by both his staff and other principals in the area.

A 47-year member of the Lions Club, in 1975 he was inducted into the Lions Silver Anniversary Basketball Hall of Fame. He has served as past president of the Lions Club, several years a co-chairman of the Children’s Christmas Party, Education Committee, Committee for Exchange Students and the annual fish fry.

He has served as past chairman for the Danny Thomas Bike-A-Thon for Children at St. Jude’s Hospital and was instrumental in establishing the Centerville Senior Center, served on the Reid Hospital Foundation Board and is currently on the Wayne Co. Board of Health.

“When someone has a problem, Jim is there to help, advise and encourage them,” said Philip Stevenson who nominated Jim for the award. “His leadership ability and caring way have left their mark on many in our community.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 12:03 pm: Edit Post

Model T and Disabled American Vet in Richmond

This Saturday, May 15th Richmond will host Jesse Cole and James Whitcomb who are driving a Model T across America to bring attention to Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Cole is driving a 1916 Model T from Massachusetts to California and is accompanied by his friend James Whitcomb who served three tours of duty in Viet Nam.

They will drive through downtown Richmond starting at 1:30 pm from the Murray Theatre at 10th and East Main to the Veteran’s Memorial Park in the Whitewater Gorge. Wayne County Veteran’s in jeeps and troop carriers, as well as members of Henry’s Hoosiers Model T club will provide an escort and allow residents to welcome Mr. Cole. It is suggested that families park in the downtown parking garage at 1 pm and walk to Main Street.

Local Veteran’s organizations will be passing out American flags, and photographs, and video of the event will be posted to YouTube and the website that is following the tour across country.

At 2 pm there will be a ceremony to honor Veterans and Mr. Cole and Mr. Whitcomb, with a greeting from Mayor Hutton and presentation of donation checks to the Disabled American Veteran’s organization at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear red, white or blue. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

More information regarding the “Model T Crossing of America” is posted online at:

Donations may be sent to:

Disabled American Veterans
Attn: Fundraising/ModelT
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076

Questions regarding the Richmond celebration may also be directed to

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Valley Railroad becomes first Founding Member of Byway

Metamora - The Whitewater Canal Byway Association got a pleasant surprise and a jolt of financial help when Emmett A. Vaughan handed Candy Yurcak a $Five Thousand dollar check at the Byway board’s April meeting in Metamora.

The Byway runs along the old canal route from Hagerstown to Cleves, Ohio and Lawrenceburg, Ind. It was officially dedicated in 2008.

Vaughan, chairman of the board of the Whitewater Valley Railroad, is also a board member of WCSB which made his presentation all the more familiar. With this donation, the Whitewater Valley Railroad became the Byway’s first Founding Member. The Byway board created Founders Memberships last December to help meet critical operational costs with the up-coming start-up of Gateway Park.

At the center of the byway is the newly named Gateway Park, the complex along Route 52 in Metamora consisting of the old Brookville Depot, an adjacent museum building and campground. Here tourists will be able to get information on attractions along the Byway route. Displays, including one about the Whitewater Valley Railroad, will be in the museum building.

In a moving letter to his railroad membership, Vaughan wrote, “The Byway has the potential to attract many new customers for us in both Connersville and Metamora.”

Vaughan concluded, “This membership is viewed as an investment in our community and not just a donation.” The membership responded with a $2,000 seed donation from one member and a matching grant challenge from another to raise the total.

Founding Members receive a permanent plaque in the Gateway center and their name and logo on Byway brochures and its Website.

Yurcak was especially grateful since, as she noted, the money came from the railroad’s supporting members.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 01:00 pm: Edit Post

Starr-Gennett Foundation, IU East Release Historic Digital Recordings

The Starr-Gennett Foundation and Indiana University East have partnered to make over 300 digital recordings available to the public. The Gennett Record label has national significance in the world of music and American culture.

The public is welcome to attend the open house on the second floor of the IU East Campus Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. During the open house, recordings will be available to listen to and the library staff will give a tutorial on how to access the recordings.

Terri Hardy, executive director of the Starr-Gennett Foundation, said the foundation was thankful to the Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music and IU East for their support in this project.

"Making the history of Gennett Records available to everyone is very significant to preserve our heritage. The record company launched stars such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Gene Autry, but also helped make America's regional and ethnic music universally popular throughout the country and abroad."

The project has been in the works since 2003. The phonograph records were sent to Disc Mastering in Nashville, Tenn., to be digitalized and catalogued. The project was funded in part by a National Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) grant.

Starr-Gennett Foundation archived the digital recordings through the IU Archive of Traditional Music. The digital recordings can be accessed at the IU East Campus Library.

David Fulton, IU East Chancellor Emeritus, is the treasurer of the Starr-Gennett Foundation Board.

"The purpose of this whole project was to preserve the historic music recorded by Gennett Records and to make it available to the public," Fulton said. "All of the recordings from the late 1900s to the late 1920s were recorded with various types of technology. As a result, it is very uncertain if you could hear all the music unless you had the special equipment."

Now the music is available to faculty, students and the public through the digital recordings, he added. "We are fortunate to have this unique music resource available for current and future use," said Frances Yates, director of the IU East Campus Library. "It is a wonderful example of the past being brought to the present through campus-community collaboration."

For more information go online to the Starr-Gennett Foundation or to the IU East Campus Library.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 11:30 am: Edit Post

I-70 Lanes Restricted Saturday At S.R. 109

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind.—Eastbound and westbound passing lanes on Interstate 70 will be closed Saturday (June 12, 2010) at the State Road 109 bridge construction site. State police will stop interstate traffic as needed to facilitate placement of new bridge beams over I-70. The intermittent restrictions begin at 8 a.m. and will be lifted by 6 p.m.

Shutt-Lookabill, the state’s contractor, is rebuilding the east half of the S.R. 109 structure that spans I-70 in Henry County. The $1,773,466 stimulus project, financed with 100 percent federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, includes a new, wider bridge deck to accommodate 10-foot wide shoulders for improved safety.

Last year, the west side of the bridge was removed and replaced. The contract completion date is October 29, 2010, although actual construction should be completed before school starts in August.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 12:58 pm: Edit Post

2010 Senior Games Set for June 14th-18th

June 14-18, 2010 will be an exciting week of athletic and recreational activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle at any age!

Hundreds of people age 55 and over will be participating in a wide variety of activities that can help them reach…even exceed…their fitness goals. Whether it’s a casual walk, a cut-throat game of euchre 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.

Sponsored by Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency, a service of Indiana University East, the 2010 Senior Games will be very similar to previous years and will include such events as golf, bowling, bingo, pool, shuffleboard, croquet, ping pong, and many more! The Opening Ceremony on Monday will be held at and hosted by The Leland Residence in Richmond. We will close the week with a Victory Celebration Dinner Theatre on Friday evening at The Leland Residence featuring a RetroAct Production, “Once is Enough”, by Jack Sharkey.

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

For more information about the 2010 Senior Games, call Judy Ford, Beth Evans, or Kathy Bridgford at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345.

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

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 12:21 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Canal Byway Association Awarded Grant for the Whitewater Valley’s Transportation History Project

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) was recently awarded a Humanities Initiative grant in the amount of $2,000.00 from the Indiana Humanities Council.

The Grant awarded in April will be used in support of the WCBA project, The Rhythm of the River: Transportation’ Role in the Whitewater Valley’s Past, Present and Future. “With the support of the Indiana Humanities Council, we will be able to showcase the Whitewater Valley’s unique role in each era of Indiana’s transportation history,” said Candy Yurcak, WCBA President of Metamora.

The project will gather and document the evolving relationship between transportation systems – pioneer trails, Whitewater Canal, railroads, automotive and highways, and hiking and biking trails – and the economic and cultural development of the communities in the Valley. The information will then be crafted into key stories that capture the value from the unique historical assets in the Whitewater Valley.

The project will provide a foundation from which the WCBA will create programs, exhibits, and activities for use along the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway and in the upcoming Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, located in Metamora. This project is another building block in the WCBA ‘s efforts to improve the quality of life through economic and tourism development and create memorable experiences for visitors and residents.

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association is a not-for-profit organization representing interests in eight counties–Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley, Wayne and Union in Indiana and Butler and Hamilton in Ohio. The group includes business leaders, elected officials, community foundations, economic development groups, tourism organizations, historical groups, community leaders, and others. The WCBA is responsible for the oversight and development of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway.

The Indiana Humanities Council, the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 12:20 pm: Edit Post

Whitewater Canal Byway Association Receives Grant to Develop Byway Driving Guide

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association (WCBA) was recently awarded a Historic Preservation Education Grant in the amount of $2,000.00 to be used towards developing a Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Driving Guide. The Indiana Humanities Council and Indiana Landmarks jointly sponsor the grant program. "We appreciate the support of these two prestigious organizations in our efforts to improve the Byway experience for visitors and showcase our beautiful Whitewater River Valley," said Candy Yurcak, WCBA President of Metamora.

The project will develop an interpretive driving guide for the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway, an Indiana state-designated byway that follows the route of the historic Whitewater Canal from Lawrenceburg to Hagerstown in southeastern Indiana and a small portion of southwestern Ohio. The guide will help visitors and residents explore the rich history of the Whitewater Canal by interpreting the sites with operational assets and historic ruins that remain along the byway route.

This initiative will help educate residents, tourists, and history students about the how the canal worked by visiting public structures (locks, culverts, feeder dam, aqueduct, and tunnel) and operational structures (mill, canal house, Vinton House, and canal communities) and learn about their role in economic and community development.

The electronic driving guide will also help connect travelers with other cultural, heritage, arts, recreational, and hospitality assets throughout the Valley so they can create their own experiences in the Whitewater Valley.

The Whitewater Canal Byway Association is a not-for-profit organization representing interests in eight counties–Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley, Wayne and Union in Indiana and Butler and Hamilton in Ohio. The group includes business leaders, elected officials, community foundations, economic development groups, tourism organizations, historical groups, community leaders, and others. The WCBA is responsible for the oversight and development of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway.

The Indiana Humanities Council, the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk.

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. Established in 1960, the organization now ranks as the largest private statewide preservation group in the United States, with an Indianapolis headquarters and nine regional offices staffed by professionals who help Hoosiers save and restore old buildings.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, May 28, 2010 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

Area 9 Agency and Nancy's Main Street Diner Partner in Silver Select Program

Nancy’s Main Street Diner, located at 475 E. Main Street, Hagerstown, became the newest restaurant to offer the Area 9 Agency Silver Select Meal Program.

The Silver Select Program is part of Area 9 Agency’s mission to help keep our older citizens healthy and independent as long as possible. The focus of the program is to encourage good nutrition, socialization, and offer more dining options.

The Silver Select Program has been recognized nationally and is expanding. Silver Select Certificates are available at all Area 9 Agency Neighborhood Meal Sites. Participants aged 60 and over can receive a Silver Select Certificate for a donation of $3.00 per certificate. The participant can redeem the certificate at any of the participating restaurants.

The Silver Select program is offered at:

If you have any questions about the program, or to locate the Neighborhood Meal Site nearest you, call Area 9 Agency at 765-966-1795 or 1-800-458-9345. Area 9 In-Home and Community Services Agency is a service of Indiana University East.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 04:13 pm: Edit Post

Exhibit of art by Hoosiers with developmental disabilities visits Richmond’s Morrisson-Reeves Library

Indianapolis— On June 7, a unique art show will continue its year-long tour throughout the state of Indiana at Richmond’s Morrisson-Reeves Library. “What’s important to me! An exhibit of art by Hoosiers with developmental disabilities” reflects the needs, hopes, and goals of Indiana residents with developmental disabilities through artistic creations.

Artwork by nearly 100 individuals from around the state will be on display, including representatives from 38 cities and towns around the state, including Richmond, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Muncie, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Terre Haute, and Evansville. “What’s important to me!” will be displayed on the first floor of the library until June 29. The exhibit, which was on display most recently at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, will be visiting, among others, the Indianapolis‐Marion County Public Library and the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend during the coming months.

The highlighted artists present their skills and talents through a diverse variety of styles, including paintings, pencil sketchings, and textile works, which reflect the contributions they make in their communities and the interests they have in their lives.

Developed to raise awareness about developmental disabilities, the tour facilitates community integration of individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses, and creates a greater understanding of the needs, hopes, and desires expressed by Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. In September 2006, Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG) became the sole provider of case management services to individuals receiving an Autism, Developmental Disabilities, or Support Services Waiver from the State of Indiana. The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), a department of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), administers the waiver program for more than 12,700 Hoosier waiver recipients.

Sponsored by IPMG, “What’s important to me!” paints a picture of how person-centered thinking can be implemented by those who support individuals with developmental disabilities, as they work together to provide quality person-centered services for each individual. The exhibit provides a tangible reflection of the things important for each person, such as health and safety issues, as well as those things important to the individual such as their hopes, dreams, and the goals they have for their lives within their communities. Ensuring each person’s waiver is used to move the recipient forward with these two important concepts is the hallmark of IPMG’s person-centered case management services.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 11:37 am: Edit Post

Historic Centerville Garden/Kitchen Tour

Historic Centerville is sponsoring its first Garden and Kitchen Tour on Saturday, June 26, from 9 – 4 and Sunday, June 27, from 11 – 4. There are 7 gardens and 1 kitchen on the tour.

Those going on the tour will begin at The Centerville Farmer’s Market at 300 N Morton Avenue where they will purchase their $5 ticket and get the list of addresses. Money raised will be used for the maintenance and restoration of The Mansion House Inn and Tavern at 214 E Main Street. The Salisbury Court House and Railroad Shanty are also at that location.

We would like to make this an annual event. If you would like to volunteer your yard or know of a yard to nominate, call Myra Baldwin at 765-977-5605 or email at You can also call Ruth Bane at 765-855-5350 or email her at We will then visit and determine next year’s garden tour.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:47 pm: Edit Post

2010 RAM Secret Garden Tour

The Richmond Art Museum will be holding its Annual Secret Garden Tour on June 19th and 20th! Another year walking through beautifully landscaped yards replete with lush, fragrant gardens is at hand!

Saturday, June 19th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, June 20th, 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. Join us as we enjoy the summer season by taking time to view the handiwork of others and maybe get some ideas for your own yard too!

Once again, the tour will include a garden boutique featuring unique iron works, baskets, containers and a variety of garden accessories. Prepare for the largest boutique yet as RAM has been stocking up on its unique ironwork items which add to the character of any lawn and garden.

Bonus Features on the 2010 Secret Garden Tour

o A floral design show by Petal and Stem Garden Club at one of the locations!

o The Middlefork Watershed will be available for tour!

o The Richmond Association of Realtor’s presents “A Parade of Homes” which will be held along the route of the Secret Garden Tour!

Tickets: $10 each.

Tickets may be purchased at the Richmond Art Museum, or at all First Bank Richmond branch locations. You may purchase tickets in advance or on either day of the event.

For further information, visit our website at or call (765) 966-0256.

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