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Reid Health to Lease Former Fire Station

Posted May 25, 2020

Reid Health is working with the City of Richmond to lease the former Fire Station No. 6, where the health system plans to house its ambulances and EMS crew.

"This station is a perfect location that will allow us to be able to garage our ambulances when not in use," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. Since the health system added ambulances to serve areas that were at risk of not having coverage, the vehicles have been kept in parking lots on the main campus.

Supplied Photo: Fire Station No. 6 - Reid Health will do some updates to the building.

"We are thrilled to find a place that serves the needs of our EMS team." She said the building needs minimal upgrades, such as new lights and carpet, allowing it to be in use quickly.

Foust-Cofield said it is also gratifying to see the historic building that has not been used for many years be put back into service. The fire station, built in 1954, was closed March 16, 2009. It originally was the station that covered north Richmond's industrial area and was specifically funded by the federal government so that a nearby plant could have a contract to produce munitions used in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

"It was built as a condition that AVCO could get the munitions contract," said Jerry Purcell, Richmond Fire Chief. The station was closed as part of a consolidation and other factors, including a decline in necessary runs from the location and the use in industrial facilities of sprinkler systems as the first line of defense in fires. It has been used for storage in the years since.

"I appreciate the partnership with Reid Health and the department and the city," Purcell said. "We know Reid will improve it and maintain it well."

The station was just around the corner from AVCO, which also made bombs and other munitions during World War 2 and the Korean War.

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the building is in good shape but will need some renovations. "We are thankful to the city and the fire department for being willing to work with us to support our EMS first responders," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "We know many firefighters served from this location for many years, including the ones who were the heroes in the 1968 downtown explosion."

LifeStream Seeks Community Support

Posted May 25, 2020

LifeStream is seeking the community's support to help raise funds in honor of their 45 th Anniversary in 2020. LifeStream is challenging 45 people to donate to their Client Assistance Fund which allows LifeStream to purchase emergency and essential items for senior citizens and people with disabilities who are in need.

The Client Assistance Fund is built entirely by the generous donations from the community. Last year alone, the fund provided over $17,000 worth of purchases including emergency food, utility assistance, bathroom safety upgrades, medical equipment repairs and more. LifeStream is on track to fulfill even more requests this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the most vulnerable. This fund is vital in helping LifeStream purchase these essential items that are not covered by state or federal funding sources.

Donald, a Client Assistance Fund beneficiary, was able to come home from the hospital because of the donations made to LifeStream. Donald spent many nights in pain from a thin mattress which eventually caused sores on his back so significant that he was placed in the hospital. With funds from Client Assistance, LifeStream was able to purchase Donald a new mattress which allowed him to return home. He now enjoys a good night's rest free of pain.

Donations to LifeStream's Client Assistance Fund can be made online at You can also mail in a check to 1701 Pilgrim Blvd. Yorktown, IN 47396. Please note Client Assistance on the check. Questions regarding donations can be directed to Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or

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

Neighborhood Health Center now offers Family Planning Services

Posted May 25, 2020

Neighborhood Health Center, 10th Street Clinic is now a Title X-funded family planning service site serving Wayne and surrounding counties.

Logo: Neighborhood Health CenterNeighborhood Health Center (NHC) will continue to provide primary and behavioral health care with the addition of family planning health services. This program is offered to adolescents, women and men of childbearing age regardless of their ability to pay. 10th Street Clinic will assist patients that need various forms of birth control, pregnancy testing and counseling, STI/STD testing and treatment or routine gynecological services. Patients do not have to be an established patient to receive services. Patients also do not have to reside in Wayne County to receive services. Family planning services will be provided by Nurse Practitioners Teri Short and Kim Cox.

Teri Short serves as the Clinical Director and looks forward to offering these services in our community. "I love working with patients to improve their health. This is just another service we can offer to support our patients. While we always encourage teenagers to talk openly with their parents and/or guardians about their sexual activities and healthcare choices, we can provide care that is confidential for minor patients. Costs are determined by the teenager's income unless a parent or guardian is present."

Neighborhood Health Center prioritizes the needs of low-income families and uninsured individuals who might not otherwise have access to family planning services. Affordable services are available on a sliding fee schedule, which means that the fees are based on income and household size. Neighborhood Health Center has financial specialist available to help assist with your financial needs.

Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, shared "Our mission is to 'promote health and wellness through access and affordability for all members of our community, especially those who need us most'. We are very excited to offer these services in our community and feel that this will fill a gap in care that has been missing for quite some time. In Wayne County, there has not been family planning services under the Title X federal grant available since 2015."

Neighborhood Health Center opened at 101 S. 10th Street in Richmond on April 30, 2018 and received designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Lookalike in early 2019. This designation from the federal government provides enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid and allows the center to care for and provide additional resources for patients that may struggle to afford healthcare. The center also operates Union County Medical Center in Liberty. NHC is governed by a board of directors made up of community members with a strong commitment for the health and well-being of the community and includes individuals who are served by the center.

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Neighborhood Health Center's 10th Street Clinic at 765-965-4299 or visit our website at

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Name Scout Wampler as 2020 Jack Reid Memorial Scholarship Winner

Posted May 22, 2020

Supplied Photo: Scout WamplerThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County named Scout Wampler as their 2020 Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship winner and will receive $2,000 to continue his education post high school. Wampler is a 2020 graduate of Richmond High School and intends to attend Ball State University to study Telecommunications.

"School has always defined me," Wampler says of his desire to continue his education. "With a delicate balance of education and creativity I think I can be even closer to the lifelong process of reaching my full potential."

Wampler was selected from a group of five finalists by a panel of judges based on his academic merits and involment with the Club. Wampler has been a Club Member for 11 years, and has participated in club programs like Keystone and Passport to Manhood.

In his scholarship application, Wampler reflects that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County helped him grow up with, "utmost respect for not only myself, but for my community."

"I've come to know him as hard working, smart, and very ambitious," Richmond Community Schools Radio/TV Faculty James Russell notes of Wampler in his letter of recommendation. "[His] character, drive and determination, along with his desire to give back to his community is evidence of why he'll continure on with his education and be a success in college."

Jack Reed was a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and advocate for youth development. After relocating to northern Indiana, Reed was instrumental in helping to open a new Boys & Girls Club in the Fort Wayne area. His dedication to youth and service to his community was remembered by his family when they created the Jack Reed Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Members of the Club, ages 6-18, have access to dedicated, trained professionals who provide guidance in adopting healthy lifestyles and pursuing educational objectives. Currently, the Club serves over 5,000 youth at five locations: the Jeffers, McDaniel, Central, Fairview, and Hagerstown units and during the summer at our 168-acre Camp Guy located on the Whitewater River. Since 1957, the Club has been striving to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in life. For more information, visit

Wayne County Foundation Awards $239,542 in Spring Grant Cycle

Posted May 22, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation has awarded $239,542 to thirty-eight local organizations in support of programs or projects designed to enhance the spirit of the community and improve the quality of life across Wayne County.

"Wayne County has many great organizations that deliver needed programs and services to our community," said Rebecca Gilliam, the Foundation's executive director. "I am excited to see the impact of the projects that are receiving funding through this grant cycle."

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

This is the complete list of grant awards approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors at the May meeting:

Supplied List: Wayne County Foundation Spring 2020 Grants

Please visit the Foundation's Web site ( or contact Lisa Bates at 962-1638 for additional information.

The Wayne County Foundation exists to foster and encourage private philanthropic giving, to enhance the spirit of community and to improve the quality of life in the Wayne County, Indiana, area now and for future generations.

Craft Kits Available for Caregivers

Posted May 21, 2020

LifeStream Services is partnering with Paint the Towne to provide craft kits for caregivers to enjoy at home. With many people spending more time at home, it's important to continue to stay active and practice creativity. Research has shown that working on arts and crafts can reduce stress, boost the immune system, and improve cognitive abilities.

Craft kits are available to the first 50 registered, complimentary of LifeStream and Paint the Towne. Kits are limited to one per household. Those interested in reserving a kit should fill out the registration form at or contact Beth Evans at 765-405-3001 or LifeStream will coordinate the mailing or delivery of your kit.

This project is a part of the Dementia Friends initiative which works to educate communities on how to become a safe place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Learn more or become a Dementia Friend online by visiting or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, at or 765-405-3001.

Paint the Towne is an interactive art studio featuring paint your own pottery, canvas painting, glass fusion and hand built clay art. Located in the Historic Richmond Depot District at 411 North 8 th St. Richmond, IN 47374, Paint the Towne is the perfect spot to relax and create with your family and friends.

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

Reid HealthWorks in Connersville Announces Limited Reopening

Posted May 21, 2020

Reid HealthWorks Fitness Center in Connersville will reopen on May 26, but with limits related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are taking extensive steps to ensure the safety of our staff and of members who we are able to allow to begin using our facility," said Tajuan Stoker, Director of Wellness Services for Reid Health. He said the center will follow the state guidelines that will limit how many clients can be inside. "Unfortunately, some of our at-risk clients won't be able to come in yet. We of course will let everyone know when that changes."

As part of Reid Health's Safe Pathways to Care initiative, safety steps will include:

  • Requiring masks of all staff and members when they are not using specific exercise equipment
  • Allowing use of personal trainers with social distancing
  • Limiting the number of clients in the facility
  • Continuing to offer virtual classes - no in-person classes at this time
  • Diligent hand washing and extra cleaning precautions including of equipment after each use
  • Providing only bottled water
  • And screening of symptoms

The center cannot yet allow entry to:

  • Children unless they are members
  • People 65 or older
  • Members who live in a long-term care facility
  • Members with underlying health conditions such as lung or heart disease, severe asthma, compromised immunity, severe obesity (greater than 40 bmi), uncontrolled diabetes (Hgba1C greater than 8), chronic kidney or advanced liver disease.

"These restrictions are to protect you as well as others who use our facility," said Stoker. "We trust as the crisis subsides, we will be able to continue to ease these restrictions.

Members should also call first to be sure the facility isn't full -- (765) 827-7719.

Reid Health Massage Therapy Open for Outpatient Appointments

Posted May 18, 2020

Reid Health Massage Therapy is again offering outpatient massage appointments following strict "Safe Pathways to Care" guidelines because of COVID-19.

Appointments are again being offered in Richmond and at Reid Eaton Family & Specialty Care, 550 Hallmark Drive in Eaton.

Safety guidelines will include:

  • Masking all staff and clients
  • Having clients wait in their car until contacted by their therapist
  • Diligent handwashing by staff; and clients asked to wash hands when they come in
  • Cleaning of the massage area and equipment after each massage
  • Screening at entrances

Massage therapy clients will also be contacted the day before their appointment to be sure they are not experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Massage appointments can be made by calling Reid Health Central Scheduling and letting them know the location preferred -- (765) 983-3358.

Beep! Beep! Curbside Service Starts on Monday at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Posted May 16, 2020

Material Selection

Supplied Graphic: Curbside Pickup at MRLBrowse MRL's online catalog and place holds on books, movies, audiobooks and CDs. Patrons may call 765-966-8291 or email to request items. Not sure what you would like? MRL staff can hand-select by genre, author or subject matter. Or a surprise grab bag can be arranged. Patrons are limited to checking out 10 items through this service with a limit of 5 movies.

Library Card Needed

Have your library card handy for quick service. Don't have a library card or have an electronic resource e-access card? Library staff would be happy to work with you to get you signed up for library material checkout.

Curbside Pickup

When your library materials are ready, MRL staff will call patrons with further details. Upon arriving for pickup, pull into one of designated curbside pickup spots in the library's parking lot. Reserved spots will be marked by a sign with phone number and instructions. Call the Library at 765-966-8291, and let staff know that you have arrived. If you do not have a cell phone, other arrangements can be made prior to pick up. Staff will deliver patron's items to their trunk or backseat where no one is sitting, making no contact.

Grab 'n' Go - Youth Activity Kits

Spark the imagination of a youngster by requesting an activity/craft kit. One kit will be given to each child in your household. Request kits through our Curbside Pickup Service. We can add it to your library materials request too.

Returning Library Materials

Library materials can be returned through the Drive Thru Book Return for proper handling and quarantine. Do not return hotspots or laptop computers in the Book Return. Returned items are quarantined for 24 hours before they are removed from a patron's library account. Keep this in mind before setting up a pick-up time. Patrons can have 30 items checked out on a library card at one time.

Tax Forms

Contact the library regarding the pick-up of specific tax forms and instruction booklets. Curbside Pickup can be arranged for this service.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT To use a Public Computer Station

Supplied Graphic: Public Computer Use at MRLMonday - Saturday


One hour appointments for ages 16 and older will be taken by phone, email or LIVE CHAT. Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be reserved for vulnerable patrons and first responders. After each appointment, computer stations will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Due to high demand, only one active computer appointment per person is offered at this time. Printing will be available. A maximum of 10 pages can be printed. Printed pages are offered free of charge.

Your health and MRL staff health. A face covering is strongly encouraged. If you are experiencing a fever or other illness or COVID symptoms, please do not come to the library. Read COVID symptoms.

Access to the rest of the library will not be permitted.



Phone In Hours are:

Monday through Friday | 10:00am to 6:00pm

Saturdays | 10:00am to 2:00pm

CPL Offers Curbside Services

Posted May 16, 2020

Logo: Centerville Public LibraryCenterville Public Library staff is excited to resume limited library services to the community beginning Monday, May 18th. The library will provide Curbside Delivery Service –– delivering materials requested by the patron, checked out on your card, bagged, then delivered to your pick-up site. Although CPL cannot yet allow patrons into the library, they are developing creative ways to meet the needs and provide new services and opportunities for the community. Initially, CPL staff will be in the building on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for requests and to help or answer questions by phone (765-855-5223). Curbside materials will be available for scheduled pickup from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on those days. This is just the first step in providing patron services. In upcoming days the library plans to safely provide the services of faxing, printing and computer access.

Participation in the curbside delivery service is simple. The easiest way to place a request is by logging into your Evergreen account through the CPL website ( and click on the Evergreen icon) and placing a hold on materials for pick up at CPL. This is the process typically used to place holds on library materials. As the requests come in throughout the day, the items will be gathered and checked out on your card — then staff will contact you for pick up. Patrons are also welcome to call the library at 765-855-5223 to request materials. In the beginning, CPL will limit materials to 10 items per pickup.

Eligible items include books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines and comic books that are currently part of the Centerville Public Library system. Items unable to be returned via the book drop, or that are from other libraries in the Evergreen system are not currently available for curbside pickup. If you find you are unable to access your account through the Evergreen link on the website, please call and CPL staff will work with you. There are a number of ebook, audiobook, music and movie options available through Overdrive, Libby, Tumblebooks, Book Connections, and Teaching Books. Staff can assist you with these opportunities.

If you currently have materials checked out from CPL, you are welcome to drop those in the appropriate drive-up return box. Due dates have been extended on all checked out materials until July 1, 2020 to eliminate unecessary burdens for those who have been ill or remaining home. All materials returned to the library are quarantined for 72 hours before returning to circulation.

Centerville Public Library encourages everyone to visit their website and Facebook page regularly, as they continually add new information and opportunities for the community. Join them for the "CPL Storybreak" each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to take a few minutes and enjoy a story shared by the Youth Services staff. There are many other exciting virtual programming plans in the works for patrons of all ages — so look for those in upcoming days!

State Serves 10,000 Small Businesses Through PPE Marketplace in First Week

Posted May 16, 2020

Delivery capacity slated to increase to 12,000 weekly shipments

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2020) – Since launching the Indiana Small Business PPE Marketplace on May 6, the state has received nearly 20,000 orders for personal protective equipment (PPE) and has fulfilled 10,000 orders, shipping bundles of hand sanitizer, face masks and face shields to Hoosier small businesses and nonprofits across the state.

The new marketplace, powered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Indiana Small Business Development Center, serves as an added resource to help companies safely reopen in the coming weeks. PPE order capacity is expected to increase by 20 percent next week, with the marketplace able to fulfill and ship 12,000 orders in partnership with Indianapolis-based Langham Logistics.

Indiana small businesses and nonprofits with less than 150 employees may place orders for PPE through the marketplace online at The contents of available PPE bundles will be posted online as orders are expected to fluctuate based on current supply of items.

All businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to first source and procure PPE on their own with the Marketplace serving as an alternate backstop for employers. While the state will make every effort to provide needed supplies, it cannot guarantee the integrity of the PPE supply chain due to increasing demands worldwide. All requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur. More frequently asked questions and answers can be found here.

In addition to managing the Marketplace for small businesses, the IEDC continues working to secure PPE for the state's hospitals, first responders, long-term care facilities and health care providers treating COVID-19 patients. To date, the state has secured commitments for more than 12.2 million pieces of PPE – up from 6.3 million reported April 24 – with more than 8 million items already delivered to the Indiana State Department of Health for distribution.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Indiana is home to approximately 104,335 small businesses that employ fewer than 150 associates. Together, they support 941,578 Hoosiers across the state. To learn more about COVID-19 resources and no-cost counseling available to Indiana entrepreneurs and small businesses, visit

Lost coverage? ClaimAid May Be Able to Help You

Posted May 16, 2020

Logo: Reid HealthPeople who are uninsured or have recently lost coverage because of unemployment may qualify for other programs - and Reid Health's ClaimAid team is ready and may be able to help based on individual financial situations.

Any major "life-changing event" may make an individual eligible for other programs such as the Affordable Care Act marketplace or Medicaid, for example. "Through the various options available in Indiana and offerings from the marketplace, we can work with people to determine their best options," said Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health.

Because of the pandemic, the process is mostly being done through phone and mail. Possible options include:

  • Qualifying for Medicaid because of loss of income
  • Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Qualifying Life Event for Affordable Care Act

Harlin noted that other provisions because of the pandemic have temporarily suspended premium and contribution requirements for some programs, including with Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The ClaimAid team can also help patients with questions about those changes.

Economic stimulus and supplemental unemployment benefits also do not count in income requirements for several program options.

"Anyone who has had a change with their coverage options should reach out - we have people who can help with the sometimes complex processes for keeping or obtaining health insurance coverage."

To reach ClaimAid, call (765) 983-3310.

Virtual Dementia Caregiver Support Group Now Offered

Posted May 16, 2020

LifeStream Services is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter and Dementia Friends Indiana to offer a virtual Dementia Caregiver Support Group. The group will meet virtually on the last Thursday of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm beginning Thursday, May 28.

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group is led by a trained Alzheimer's Association facilitator and is a safe place for people living with dementia and their care partners to:

  • Develop a support system.
  • Exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions.
  • Talk through issues and ways of coping.
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns.

Those interested in attending a meeting must sign up in advance online at or call the Alzheimer's Association's Helpline at 800-272-3900. A link to the meeting will be sent after registering. Space is limited, so register early! Questions can be directed to Reilly Huelsmann at 317-587-2207 or

This project is a part of the Dementia Friends Indiana initiative which works to educate communities on how to become a safe place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Learn more or become a Dementia Friend online by visiting or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, at or 765-405-3001.

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The vision of the Alzheimer's Association is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. ™ For more information, visit or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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

IU East Alumnus Ryan Shaw Prepares Stage One Youth Theatre for First Online Production

Posted May 14, 2020

For the last 10 weeks, Ryan Shaw has seen the positive impact on youth when they have a way to connect with friends and a way to maintain their interests during quarantine.

Supplied Photo:  Ryan Shaw stands in front of Richmond Civic Theatre in spring 2019. Shaw, B.S. '10, is the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre.
Ryan Shaw stands in front of Richmond Civic Theatre in spring 2019. Shaw, B.S. '10, is the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre.

As the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre, Shaw works with youth through the Richmond Civic Theatre (RCT) program.

As the managing director, Shaw oversees youth workshops, summer camp, field trips, Teen Night, and four productions a year. He understands the close connection the youth have through their interests in theater and the friendships they've developed by being a part of Stage One. He's been part of RCT for 18 years as a volunteer and performing with Main Stage.

The Indiana University East alumnus earned his secondary education in English degree in 2010. In summer 2015, Shaw was named the managing director for Stage One Youth Theatre, a job that combined his love of teaching and theater.

When Stage One's most recent production, Charlotte's Web, was cancelled in mid-March to adhere to safety measures for the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shaw started putting plans into place to keep the youth together and active in the theater.

"Unfortunately, Charlotte's Web got hit right as everything was shutting down," Shaw said. "We were on stage and I saw the reaction of the kids and the parents, and I just knew then that we had to start thinking of something because I knew where this (quarantine) was headed."

He started searching online and met with committee members to get ideas on how to keep the youth involved. A committee member recommended Zoom, an online video conferencing platform, to keep the group connected while in quarantine.

Supplied Photo: Ryan Shaw meets with members of Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
Ryan Shaw meets with members of Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
Shaw got to work organizing the first Zoom meeting with his group.

"One of the first things I did was a Musical Madness, it was kind of a play on March Madness," Shaw said.

He created a bracket with 64 different characters from musical theater, and the group would vote for the favorites each day with the winner earning the Tony. "That took a lot to build but then it gave me a couple of weeks to start working on the other ideas to connect with the theater youth," Shaw said.

That's when Shaw started developing Zoom parties for the group to meet once a week.

There's an average of 20-30 participants across ages attending the parties. The first meeting was a general check-in with everyone, and then it that lead to more meetings and themed Zoom parties. One of the Zoom parties had a "Show and Tell" theme with each participant bringing an item from their first show or an item that meant something to them from a show. Each member then told the group about the item they brought and its importance.

"It led to a lot of really good story telling and sharing of memories," Shaw said. "I think that really helped them a lot. I noticed a lot of smiles during that meeting."

In addition to the Zoom parties, Shaw started a script reading club that includes 15 kids.

"What we do at the theater when we start a new season, is we have a small group that meets to start reading scripts for possible shows. When I took over the position, I thought it was really important to include students on every committee and every group, because that's why we're there, so I just extended that and made a script reading club."

Each week the youth in the club receive two to three scripts to read. Then they meet on Zoom to discuss the scripts, the different themes, and they talk about why a show may be important to the community. Shaw says the experience is teaching the youth how to be a part of a committee. It also shows the club members the difficult side of selecting shows for the theater and how providing a balance is important to ensure there's something of interest for everyone in the community offered by the theater.

"This has been a really good way to keep them in the fold and it's a really good learning tool for them," Shaw said.

At the end of April, Stage One Youth Theatre started work on a new production that will soon debut online.

"When this whole thing started a lot of the write houses started easing up on their restrictions and has been really great to work with. One of them even got scripts out designed to be done from Zoom," Shaw said.

The script reading club went to work reviewing Zoom scripts.

"And then we did what we do in the larger committee. We discussed the high points, if it was good, does it meet the needs of what we're looking for, and then I let them vote. They picked it," Shaw said.

With the Zoom show decided, Shaw sent an email invitation to members of Stage One Youth Theatre to invite them to be a part of it if they wanted to and to audition. It took a few days for Shaw to cast the show, primarily aligning what member fit which character, but also had the props readily available at home for their role. The cast members are using their creativity at home and the lessons learned at workshops and rehearsals, he said, to make this a successful production.

"It's making a MacGyver out of theater, it's finding the stick and a string to make the backdrop," he said.

Rehearsals have started on Zoom.

The first online production is scheduled for June 5.

The show, Ten Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine, is a comedy. Shaw said the witty production includes a host and co-host checking in on different people during a Zoom session, with each character giving their take on how to combat things while in quarantine - including a range of tactics from putting on a play with stuffed animals, a new workout routine, or watching the bird feeder.

The production has a cast of 24 Stage One Youth Theatre members, from third-grade to seniors.

His goal when the rehearsals began for the production was to be ready to go live in June.

"I wanted to give us a little wiggle room just to make sure on my side, the technology side of it, that we're ready," he said.

Shaw has been the go-to person at the theater when it comes to Zoom. He sets up all the online meeting conferences - and attends each as the host. He troubleshoots issues and he continues other aspects of his job while working from home including grant writing.

With the Zoom production, the show cannot be pre-recorded and then broadcast online. It has to be done live.

For the live production on Zoom, he will have to become even more familiar with the online format so the audience can attend and watch, but not be a distraction. He will also have to work with each cast member to make sure the technology works on their end, and then there are the sound effects and transitions to handle.

"I'm learning a new way to direct on the fly," Shaw said.

The Zoom parties, script reading club, production and activities will continue through the quarantine.

"There's other shows we may investigate depending on how this one goes, and if the kids really enjoy it, there are some other ones out there, so this is something we could do periodically," Shaw said.

There are other projects in the works to keep them entertained, too, he added. There's an upcoming Zoom party with a Quiz Show theme that could include prizes for the winners.

When the production of Charlotte's Web ended, Richmond Civic Theatre was beginning its production of Newsies, and plans to schedule the show for the 2020-2021 season.

With a majority of members from Stage One Youth Theatre cast in the production of Newsies, Shaw has been involved with that production as well.

A fan of Newsies, Shaw planned a surprise for youth attending one of the weekly Zoom parties. He's attended a Broadway show of the musical, and an autographed newspaper from the show hangs on his office wall at Richmond Civic Theatre. "Newsies is all about empowering youth, and letting youth seize the day," he said.

The Stage One Youth Theatre members watched Newsies during one of their past gatherings. "They became obsessed," Shaw said. "When RCT announced they were going to do the show, they were all so eager to be a part of it, so it was really sad that we had to postpone that right in the middle of rehearsals."

Supplied Photo: Ben Fankhauser, cast member from Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!, sang the opening theme to Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
Ben Fankhauser, cast member from Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!, sang the opening theme to Stage One Youth Theatre on Zoom.
During the Zoom party, Shaw screen shared video messages from cast members of Newsies, Ben Fankhauser and Kara Lindsay. Fankhauser and Lindsay are original cast members in lead roles for Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical! and they were in the Broadway production.

In the video message, Fankhauser encouraged Stage One to hang in there by staying safe and involved with their theater. "I want to offer some encouragement that this too will pass, I'm not sure when, but I know it will be done, and I know after it's done, the world and your local community is going to need what you do at Stage One. I know it's amazing and I know you bring so much joy to each other as well as the community," Fankhauser said.

The two and a half minute video included Fankhauser singing the opening theme song, "Seize the Day," from Newsies for the group.

"They both shared really inspiring messages. I have got to say that was probably one of the happiest I had seen them in a while, and that was really, really cool," he said. "I got a couple screens shots of their faces in shock and awe."

Shaw said the members of Stage One Youth Theatre keep him on his schedule. They are quick to check in if they haven't received the weekly email as expected, they text to check when the message will go out or if he's caught up with another Zoom meeting and running a few minutes behind, they check on that too. He's also started growing a beard, a new look he started after striking a deal with his kids that if they learned their lines, he'd grow the beard.

The check-ins and the meets ups are appreciated. He's seen the impact the virtual gatherings have made for his group.

"I know it means a lot to them," he said. "They are a really tight knit group. We do a lot together."

Stage One Youth Theatre members have opportunities to attend field trips, workshops and Teen Night. Recently the group went to see The SpongeBob Musical in Dayton, Ohio, and they were planning a trip to Chicago this summer to see a show and attend a workshop.

"They're used to being together, even outside of the theater. This separation has been really hard on a lot of them. We had several seniors missed out on their last performance," Shaw said.

"I definitely feel like what I am doing is worth it," Shaw said. "I know for them, it's something to look forward to."

Kim Weber, M.D., a Familiar 'New' Face at Reid Wound Healing Center

Posted May 12, 2020

For Kim Weber, M.D., joining the Reid Wound Healing Center is just like coming home.

"I am excited to work with the amazing Reid Wound Healing Center staff again," she said of her recent return to become the first full-time physician at the center. Dr. Weber spent 20 years in private practice in Hagerstown from 1996 to 2016, and served as a consulting physician on the wound center team for the last eight of those years. She left the practice to serve at the Dayton VA Medical Center, spending the last three at the Richmond Community Based Outpatient Clinic.Supplied Photo: Kim Weber, M.D.

"Caring for veterans encompasses the entire range of health care," she said. Her previous work in wound care helped prepare her for serving veterans with basic wound care. She also referred patients to the center she is now joining.

"Wound care utilizes all the skills a primary care clinician already has, particularly in chronic care management. When you combine this with proven wound care strategies, the latest techniques and technology, and at times more advanced intervention provided by general surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and podiatry, you often get to be part of a miracle. It is rewarding to help patients heal their wounds, and it is wonderful when you are part of healing an injury that was thought to be a lost cause."

Dr. Weber says the field of wound care continues to advance. Basic care still includes traditional and specialized dressings that help a wound to heal. "Grafts have expanded past skin grafts and include several biologic grafts that accelerate wound healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is instrumental in healing many wounds that would otherwise fail. Surgical intervention continues to advance to step in when conservative measures are not successful."

Reid Wound Healing Center continues to have a robust panel of primary care and surgical specialists who each bring their unique skills and perspective to patient care, she says. "Often when you have hit a roadblock with a wound, one of your colleagues is able to provide a fresh perspective."

"I am privileged and excited to be a member of Reid Wound Healing Center and Reid Health. My family and I have been a part of the Richmond community for 24 years and it is rewarding to provide care for our community, first in private practice, then through the Dayton VA, and now with Reid Wound Healing Center."

The center continues to maintain a panel of advising physicians and caregivers. They include:

  • Kendall Alig, NP
  • Dr. Cassey Crowell, Podiatrist
  • Amy Frantz, PA
  • Dr. Shawn Greathouse, Plastic Surgeon
  • Dr. Alisha Jones, Podiatrist
  • Dr. Mahendra Kalra, Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Christopher Moore, Surgeon
  • Dr. Sylvester Osayi, Surgeon
  • Dr. Vasilios "Bill" Spyropoulos, Podiatrist

The Wound Healing Center, at 1380 Chester Boulevard, is implementing the "Safe Pathways to Care" initiative to ensure the safety of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes masking of staff, patients and visitors and use of appropriate protective equipment, increased cleaning and sanitizing and limiting the number of people in waiting area.

To reach the Reid Health Wound Healing Center: (765) 983-3300.

Reid Launches 'Safe Pathways to Care' as Some Activities Resume

Posted May 12, 2020

Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates practices are launching a "Safe Pathways to Care" initiative as the health system takes steps toward normalizing care and to counter the fear that officials say is keeping some patients with non-COVID issues from getting the care they need.

"As a health system, we have always dealt with infectious disease and implemented strict practices to prevent the spread of any infection - including COVID-19. A health system and healthcare facilities practice much more extensive measures than any other entity to reduce risk of the spread of disease," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. There is no reason for anyone to delay their care. Hospitals and health systems nationally have seen a major drop in patients seeking emergency care for everything from appendicitis to heart attack, orthopedic injuries and stroke, endangering many lives in the process that has created a crisis on top of a pandemic, Kinyon added.

So as Reid facilities begin increasing access to in-person appointments, the health system is also working hard to educate the community on patient safety to assure everyone there's never any reason to delay care for other conditions or emergencies.

"Patient safety is our priority," said Jennifer Ehlers, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Quality Officer. She noted that just this month, Reid Health announced an "A" safety grade in the national Leapfrog study.

All Reid Health Physician Associates practices are in the process of sending letters to patients to alert them in-person appointments are being increased and sharing strict infection control prevention measures in the process. These include:

  • Limiting traffic in waiting rooms by checking patients in from their cars when possible.
  • Only allowing patients in for appointments and procedures, except in the case of children or adults who require a support person.

  • Requiring all patients and support visitors to wear a mask during their entire visit.
  • Masking providers and staff during all patient encounters.
  • Diligent hand washing and extra cleaning precautions of surfaces and instruments.
  • Keeping all exam room doors closed.
  • Removing magazines, toys and other "touchable" items from waiting areas and exam rooms.
  • And continuing to screen for COVID-19 symptoms at entrances.

Patients will receive a letter from each practice where they receive care. Some of the protocols may vary depending on the specialty, so patients are encouraged to read each letter.

"Our patients and their families have been extremely understanding with our strict no-visitor guidelines that were established when the pandemic began to hit," Kinyon said "We have been overwhelmed by the many gestures of support, the many donations of masks and protective equipment, lunches and more for our staff."

"Though many of the changes brought by COVID-19 will continue indefinitely, the Reid Health team is joining the patients and families served by the health system in eagerly looking forward to establishing a more normal flow to our daily lives," he said.

"We are confident all of our providers and staff can safely continue to meet your care needs with the compassion and skill you've grown to expect from Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates," Kinyon said.

One positive going forward are the increased options and capacity for telehealth appointments, which offer additional safety and great convenience to patients, who can participate from anywhere using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Reid Health is also continuing two temporary Respiratory Clinics dedicated to patients with respiratory symptoms - one at 1501 Chester Boulevard in Richmond and one at the Whitewater Valley Medical Center campus on Highway 44 in Connersville. Reid Urgent Care locations will only be treating non-respiratory patients.

"We are confident all of our providers and staff can safely continue to meet your care needs with the compassion and skill you've grown to expect from Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates." Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO

Richmond Parks and Recreation Department Announces Changes in Programs and Incremental Openings

Posted May 12, 2020

In accordance with the state's reopening guidelines and in continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department is announcing a plan to incrementally begin opening areas and amenities. The Department is continuing to work with the Wayne County Health Department and other Public Health Officials to guide these decisions and shape the necessary protocols to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.

When engaging with any Parks facilities and amenities, please follow CDC Guidelines, including distancing yourself at least 6 feet from those outside of your household unit, wearing protective face coverings, and practicing good hygiene, particularly hand washing. While efforts will be made to adequately stock park facilities with sanitizing options, park users should travel with appropriate supplies in order responsibly protect your health and well-being.

Considering the uncertainty around COVID-19, City administration with the Parks Department made the difficult decision to not open the Cordell Municipal Pool for the 2020 season. This decision was made for the health and safety of our community. The installation and testing of the new slide will be completed over the summer for use in 2021. Additionally, the kiddie pool will be painted as scheduled.

To protect the health of the youngest in our community, the Parks Department's 2020 summer camps including JUKO, JUKO ROCKS! Little JUKO, and Sports Camp, will not be offered in their traditional format. Staff is currently developing virtual recreation opportunities accessible via social media, as well as programming compliant with social distancing later in the summer.

Due to the scale of Richmond's Fourth of July firework celebration, City administration with American Legion Harry Ray Post 65 and the Parks Department has proactively postponed the fireworks until Labor Day weekend. As of now, fireworks are scheduled for the evening of September 5th from Roosevelt Hill, with September 7th as a rain date.

The Richmond Parks and Recreation Department is grateful for the community's ongoing support and patience during this difficult and uncertain time. The latest information and updates on programs and events can be found on the city website ( and our Facebook page Also be sure to check out the digital Recreation Guide at:

"The team at Richmond Parks and Recreation work each and every day to bring our community safe and beautiful places to recreate. It has been very encouraging that now more than ever, many across this nation are seeing the benefits recreation provides. While these decisions were not easy, they were made with our safety of the community in mind and we appreciate your continued support and patience." Denise Retz, Park Superintendent


Please note that all dates are tentative and pending administrative approval.

Highland Lake Golf Course

  • Current Open with restrictions
  • Reserve TEE times at or call 765-983-1972
  • June 14 - Highland Lake Golf Course Club House will reopen
  • Golf leagues and tournaments will resume

Glen Miller Golf Course

  • Current Walking path and practice areas are open
  • June 14 - Walking Club will resume every Thursday at 7 pm
  • First Tee will begin and you can register online at

Middlefork Reservoir

  • May 11 Boats may begin docking at Middlefork Reservoir
  • Reserve Dock Slip & Annual Launch Permits by contacting the park office via 765-983-PARK
  • May 16 Middlefork Reservoir Service Center open for bait and equipment purchase, hours will be 9-5 until further notice and weather permitting

Richmond Farmers Market

  • Local food and Farmers Market supporters can continue to order online for special delivery or pick up or NOW order online for pick up at the market when open at:
  • May 23 - Food, Plants and Hygiene Vendors ONLY, 100 maximum capacity
  • June 20 - Food, Artisan and Craft Vendors, 250 maximum capacity
  • July 4 - Food, Artisan and Craft Vendors, Hot food and Entertainment

Richmond Senior Center

  • July 6 Reopen

Sports Facilities, Playgrounds, & Amenities

  • May 25th - Disc Golf Courses, Hills Bark Park, Basketball, Tennis and Pickle ball Courts
  • Restrooms will open with limited hours
  • June 14 - Sports Leagues will begin. Teams can contact Keith Clemens via email at or call the park office for more information

Shelter Rentals

  • Contact the Park Office to reserve your facility at 765-983-PARK
  • May 25 - Enclosed/Open Air shelters with capacity under 100 capacity available for rent
  • June 14 - Enclosed/Open Air shelters with capacity under 250 capacity available for rent

Earlham Team Wins $10K in Start-Up Capital to Improve Lives of 25,000 Hoosiers by 2025

Posted May 11, 2020

A business start-up launched by five Earlham College students has been awarded the $10,000 prize for winning the inaugural EPIC Grand Challenge, a competition that encourages social entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on Wayne County, Indiana.

Gateway Restoration and Foundation is both a for-profit business andphilanthropic foundation, that will deliver affordable, expert home renovation and lawn care to improve the quality of life for 25,000 citizens in Wayne County by 2025 — the objective of the challenge. The start-up will merge small businesses already owned by team members.

"Gateway Foundation's mission will be to assist residents who need home improvements but may not have the resources to do so," said Nathan Mynatt, a graduating senior who will earn his bachelor's degree in global management later this week. The Indianapolis native, who already operates a home repair business with his father, will remain in Wayne County to handle day-to-day operations of the business.

"This will give homeowners access to partially funded or fully funded projects in order to help restore community pride and ultimately improve stagnant property values in Wayne County. We have already entered the Wayne County market and are very passionate about this business and this area. We will do everything we can to make this successful and make Wayne County a better place."

Earlham launched the EPIC Grand Challenge in partnership with the Wayne County Foundation's Forward Wayne County initiative, a county-wide program created to align community resources to tackle the county's toughest challenges. The yearlong program incorporated workshops, classroom experiences and the actual competition. It challenged students to improve the lives of the College's neighbors by developing ways to address gaps in theworkforce and increase population homeownership or property values.

Teams competed in an elevator pitch round, where they gave two-minute presentations about their idea; a cameo round, where teams unveiled their business model; and a final round consisting of a 20-minute presentation of their comprehensive project plan. The various rounds were judged by six judges — three from the Earlham community and three from the Wayne County community.

The Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, or EPIC, provided $40,000 in seed capital that was disbursed to participants across several phases of competition. Additional funding of $18,500 came from the Wayne County Foundation and was used to award stipends to Earlham faculty who mentored student teams, offered workshops or developed key community partnerships.

"I could not be more pleased with the response from the Earlham community and the Wayne County community for this inaugural Earlham EPIC Grand challenge," said Gene Hambrick, the director of Earlham's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and executive in residence.

"The EPIC Grand Challenge proved that an effective partnership can be forged between Earlham and Wayne County communities that can and will make a significant difference toward the goal of improving the quality of life for at least 25,000 citizens of Wayne County by 2025," he said.

Joining Mynatt on this winning venture is Austin Green, a senior from Brownstown, Indiana, Marc Gendreau, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, Brian Pincura, a junior from Avon Lake, Ohio, and Kayla Newman, a sophomore from Richmond, Indiana. Green has announced that he will leave the venture.

"I will be able to consult with my other team members for large decisions and vision moving forward," Mynatt said. "The for-profit side will cater to all socioeconomic backgrounds. The foundation side will focus more on people in need. We believe this is the best model because we want to change a whole community for the better, not just the members who can afford it."

Center City Development Corporation to Release COVID-19 Relief Grant for Center City Businesses

Posted May 8, 2020

Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the COVID-19 Response Program Grant on Monday, May 11, 2020. Grant funding will be available to small businesses within the Center City Area affected by closures and other hardships due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. "We are excited to partner with The City of Richmond to create the COVID-19 Response Program Grant. This grant program will award mini-grants to Center City District businesses that show the utmost need due to COVID-19 and who are at risk of job losses as a result of this pandemic. This opportunity allows Center City Development Corporation to support economic vitality throughout our Main Street district while continuing to fulfill our mission and purpose," said Beth Newton, Administrative Consultant for CCDC. The COVID-19 Response Program Grant aims to support Low-Moderate Income jobs throughout the Center City Area by providing small businesses with working capital to cover day-to-day expenses, continuing operations, and supporting remote work when possible.

The COVID-19 Response Program Grant is possible due to the City of Richmond's diligent work to secure federal funds through OCRA from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I want to thank everyone who has worked to put this together," said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. "This is a first step in assisting our vital local economy as we begin to recover from the heavy impact COVID-19 has had in Richmond. Keeping our citizens healthy, our government moving, and supporting local business remain top priorities."

CCDC is an accredited Main Street organization with a service area that encompasses the downtown and depot districts and surrounding neighborhoods. "The Pandemic has placed unprecedented stress on our Community and certainly on the businesses in the central business district. Small businesses are recognized as the backbone of the community and the City of Richmond, Center City Development Corporation and other local organizations are diligently working to find ways to provide support during this difficult time, and as we move forward into a period of rebuilding and continued redevelopment of center city," said CCDC Board President Shelley Miller. "We are very appreciative of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs in acting quickly to provide financial assistance and program support to Indiana Main Streets."

Grant applications will become available on Monday, May 11, 2020, and will remain open through Monday, May 18, 2020, at 5pm. Grants will be awarded to recipient businesses on Monday, May 25, 2020.

More details regarding the COVID-19 Response Program, including guidelines and application, can be found at To request a paper copy of the grant application and guidelines, please contact Program Director Cloud Kelley at (765) 962-8151.

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