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Reid Health, CareSource Reach Agreement on Marketplace Insurance Plans

Posted July 26, 2021

Reid Health and CareSource announced today that Reid is in network for CareSource Indiana Marketplace plans, providing more access to quality healthcare services for Hoosiers. This change went into effect July 1, 2021.

The partnership allows CareSource Indiana Marketplace members in-network access to the large scope of Reid Health hospitals, surgery centers, primary care physicians, laboratory services, specialists, and other healthcare practitioners.

"This agreement is a game-changer for our communities, which will now have a complete insurance solution for our low-to-middle-income families." -- Sharrie Harlin Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health

"This agreement is a game-changer for our communities, which will now have a complete insurance solution for our low-to-middle-income families," said Sharrie Harlin Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health.

CareSource is the only Indiana Marketplace insurance plan that includes all services of Reid Health hospital and Reid Health Physician Associates.

"We want to ensure every person has access to care, and this agreement is one of many steps in providing that access," said Chris Knight, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for Reid.

"We are thrilled to bring this partnership with Reid Health network to our CareSource Indiana Marketplace members." said Steve Smitherman, President of CareSource Indiana. "Reid Health has a long history of providing quality healthcare to their patients. We look forward to working with them to address the healthcare needs of Hoosiers."

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit, multi-state health plan recognized as a national leader in managed care. Founded in 1989, CareSource administers one of the nation's largest Medicaid managed care plans and offers a lifetime of access to care through health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage and dual-eligible programs. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource serves 2 million members in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. CareSource is also a partner in CareSource PASSE, which has been approved as a new option for the Provider-Led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) Program for Arkansans with complex behavioral health and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and is transforming health care with industry-leading programs that improve the health and well-being of our members.

For more, visit, follow @caresource on Twitter, or like CareSource on Facebook.

Neighborhood Health Center Looks to Expand Outreach, Convenience

Posted July 26, 2021

Supplied Photo: Cindy Cox
Cindy Cox

As Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) continues to grow and expand services, the facility's team is looking ahead for more ways to take care directly to patients with increased outreach and additional technology.

Cindy Cox, in a new role as Chief Branding Officer, said a big part of her role is to increase collaboration with other community resources and identify ways to make care more mobile for patients. "Adding mobile and community outreach is Neighborhood Health Center's commitment to find new ways to meet the healthcare needs of our community," she said.

NHC already provides MyChart, a patient portal that allows patients to access their healthcare information, send messages to their caregivers, make payments, request prescription refills or view other medical information. More than 54 percent of NHC patients are signed up for the platform. "Bringing services to where they are needed is a way for us to serve patients more conveniently," Cox said. Health education content will be added to MyChart soon.

Carrie Miles, Chief Executive Officer, said NHC is increasing community outreach, with Cox's role including connecting with other facilities, such as extended care, and community organizations involved in helping meet the needs of residents. "Cindy will also be researching how we can improve access to dental services and coordinating events for providers to interact and educate in the community."

The goal of increasing mobile services is to take care to where patients are -- in extended care facilities, group homes, housing areas, senior centers and more, Miles said. "Another element will be ensuring other community organizations know about our services and how we can support them in their individual missions."

Cox said options being considered include finding ways for providers to see patients in their room or apartment, and to perform point of care testing or collect blood draws without patients having to come to the center. "This service will allow patients to receive care in the comfort of their facility. It will be most important during winter months as cold and flu season – and now COVID – settle in. A mobile unit will reduce the risk of exposure for our most vulnerable patients."

Cox is also meeting with other organizations to share about NHC and learn more about what others are doing for patients. "My goal is to build a collaborative relationship with the wonderful community resources that we have in our area. And I want Neighborhood Health Center to be the first place that comes to mind when our community partners think of health services."

Reid Wound Healing Center Adds New Location in Connersville

Posted July 26, 2021

Reid Wound Healing Center is expanding to a new location on the health system's main campus in Connersville.

Beginning next week, the center will be open for appointments 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays on the third floor of the facility at 1941 Virginia Ave. in Connersville.

The new location will offer nearly all the same services currently available at the Reid Wound Healing Center in Richmond.

Misha Mattingly, Clinical Operations Manager for the center, said the expansion will provide greater patient accessibility to accommodate the needs of those living in the Connersville area.

"Over the past 15-plus years, Reid Wound Healing Center has cared for many people from the Connersville community," said Kim Weber, M.D., Medical Director for the center.

"We are very excited to now have the opportunity to provide comprehensive wound care

close to home and expand access for people in the Connersville area who may have challenges traveling to Richmond."

Along with Weber, providers at the Connersville location will include Kendall Alig, N.P., and Amy Frantz, P.A.

"We are very excited to now have the opportunity to provide comprehensive wound care close to home and expand access for people in the Connersville area who may have challenges traveling to Richmond." -- Kim Weber, M.D., Medical Director for Reid Wound Healing Center

The team treats a number of wounds, including:

  • Burns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Arterial and venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Traumatic ulcers
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Other wounds that will not heal
  • Lower-leg edema
  • Lymphedema

To request an appointment, you can fill out the form on the Reid Health website or call the Reid Wound Healing Center at (765) 983-3300.

Memphis Grizzlies Desmond Bane Hosts Back-to-School Event for Wayne County Youth

Posted July 26, 2021

Memphis Grizzlies guard and Seton Catholic Alumnus, Desmond Bane, is giving back to the Richmond youth by hosting a community day event at Seton Catholic High School. Desmond is partnering with local non-profit, Communities In Schools, to benefit 200 of their Tier 3 students, with backpacks, school supplies, music, food, activities, and community resources. The back-to-school event is presented by Cronin Auto Group and 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. This event is closed to the public.

Bane seeks to give younger children from his own community the resources they need to provide them with the opportunity for a successful future. On this cause, Bane states, "When I was a kid I had dreams of making it! It's a blessing to come back to my hometown and help inspire these kids to chase their own dreams!"

Communities In Schools (CIS) ensures every student, regardless of race and socioeconomic background, has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. CIS works with all school districts in the area to provide services to Tier 3 students that include crisis intervention, health screening, mentoring, goal setting, and life skills.

Legacy Philanthropy is an agency assisting professional athletes in their charitable initiatives and is planning this event.

Get to Know Shakespeare at a Free Theatre Workshop

Posted July 21, 2021

Much Ado About Nothing
A Brown Box Theatre Project Workshop
Sponsored by the Richmond Shakespeare Festival
Tuesday, July 27th at 6:00pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Supplied Illustration: Much Ado About NothingMorrisson-Reeves Library and the Brown Box Theatre Project present an interactive workshop for people interested in getting to know more about the upcoming Shakespeare production to be held in Richmond, Indiana.

The Richmond Shakespeare Festival is presenting Much Ado About Nothing on July 29 at 8:00pm in the Starr-Gennett Pavilion in the Whitewater Gorge Park. This is a touring production by The Brown Box Theatre Project from Boston, MA. To prepare the audience for the theatre performance, Brown Box is offering a 1-hour interactive workshop at Morrisson-Reeves Library on July 27th at 6:00pm. Reserved seating is required and can be made for this free workshop at:

"Whether you are a Shakespeare enthusiast or have a complicated relationship with the Bard, join Brown Box Theatre Project as we look at Much Ado About Nothing. We'll explore what happens when communities, like those in the script, begin to embrace non-traditional ways of thinking," explains teaching artist Surrey Houlker.

This event will be offered with seating setup for social distancing. MRL will be following current CDC guidelines for indoor venues.

For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291.

IU East Mourns the Passing of Professor Emerita Eleanor L. Turk

Posted July 21, 2021

Supplied Photo: Eleanor L. Turk
Eleanor L. Turk

The Indiana University East community is remembering Professor Emerita of History Eleanor L. Turk who passed away on Sunday, July 18, at her home in Richmond, Indiana. She was 85 years old.

One of IU East's earliest full-time faculty members, Turk is part of the campus' history and leaves a legacy in research, scholarship and travel abroad.

Turk first joined IU East's faculty as an associate professor of history in 1983. In 1990, she was promoted to professor. She retired in 2003 with the title of emerita professor.

Chancellor Kathy Girten remembered Turk for her impact on IU East.

"The IU East community extends its sympathy to Eleanor's family, friends and colleagues," Girten said. "Eleanor will be remembered for her role in helping to shape the university into what it is today. Her influence, intelligence and foresightedness is still present today and ingrained in IU East's history."

Turk helped to develop the curriculum for several courses, and she was the first woman to chair the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at IU East.

In her retirement, Turk remained involved with the IU East community. She often attended the Retired Faculty Breakfast and Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon.

International travel was a passion for Turk.

She received invitations and grants to research abroad in Canada, Cuba, Germany and South Australia. In all she traveled to 104 countries.

When she retired in May 2003, IU East established the Eleanor L Turk International Studies Scholarship to support undergraduate and graduate students traveling abroad in an accredited study or exchange program.

In 2020, Turk received an Indiana University Bicentennial Medal for her exemplary study abroad leadership and her distinguished contributions to international education.

Before joining IU East, Turk was named as a Fulbright Scholar (1957-1958) and attended the Christian Albrechts Universitat in Kiel, Germany. She participated in seminars on German history at the Europaisch Akademie, Berlin, Germany in 1981 and in 1985. In 1992, she participated in the Fulbright Summer Seminar Deutsche Landeskunde held in Bonn, Berlin, and Leipzig. She received monograph research grants from the German Federal Archives.

TJ Rivard, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, worked with Turk as part of the faculty, and her influence is still with him today.

"Eleanor was an adventurer, not only of the world but of the mind," Rivard said. "She was always curious and could talk about a wide array of topics - history, of course, but also philosophy and German cinema. She was passionate and practical about her teaching, often linking the work and behaviors in the classroom to what students would encounter in the workforce. The best word I know to describe her is ebullient. I will miss her smile, which she almost always wore, and the optimistic way that she approached every challenge and opportunity."

While a professor at IU East, Turk was an active member of the faculty and served on boards IU-wide.

She was appointed to serve on the IU Institute for Advanced Study Board of Directors from 1991-93. She received the IU John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies in 1995.

Turk authored two books, The History of Germany published in 1999 and Issues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland published in 2003. In addition, she wrote over 40 published articles and authored research grants.

She was a presenter or invited lecturer at close to 70 conferences across the nation and abroad. She was a reviewer for proposals submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and National Endowment for the Humanities. She was also a consultant for the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities Consultant-Evaluator Corps, 1995-2004, and a member of the President's Council for International Programs from 1985-2003.

Turk received many awards, honors and grants including the Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant for Immigration Field Research to South Australia in 1984; an IU East Library Mini-Grant to build a collection of instructional videotapes in world history in 1994; an IU East Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1999; IU East Chancellor's Honors List in 1997; and an IU East Summer Faculty Fellowship in June 2000.

She served within the Richmond and Wayne County community as well. She was the founding member of the board and first president of the Sister Cities of Richmond, Indiana, Inc. with sister city Serpukhov, Russia, from 1987-90 and served on the board in 1990-92 and 1995-97. The program received the Best Overall Program Award in 1989, and the Governor of Indiana's Award for International Relations.

Turk was presented with the YMCA Community Leadership Award, and the Peace and Justice award in 1989. She was involved with the Women's Fund Committee, which went on to establish the women's fund through the Wayne County Foundation in 2004. She was also a founding member and treasurer of the Wayne County Arts Consortium.

As an accomplished photographer, Turk accumulated five awards for her photography.

Turk received her B.A. in in History with a minor in Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957. She earned her M.A. in European History with a minor in Diplomatic History from the University of Illinois in 1970. She earned a Ph.D. in Central European History with a minor in Comparative History in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Turk is survived by her son, Andrew Turk, her brother Frederick Fort, nieces, and many friends, colleagues and former students who remember her fondly.

IU East will host a Celebration of Life to honor Turk's legacy at 2 p.m. on September 2, 2021, in Vivian Auditorium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eleanor L. Turk International Studies Scholarship:

Indiana University Foundation
c/o Indiana University East
2325 Chester Blvd.
Richmond, Indiana 47374

Family and friends are invited to share their memories of Turk on her tribute page at

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted July 20, 2021

Supplied Newsletter:  August 2021 Singles Interaction

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne county to Open New Location in Western Wayne

Posted July 20, 2021

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County are excited to announce the opening of the new Western Wayne Boys & Girls Club at the Western Wayne Schools Administration Building (519 Queen Street, Pershing) this school year. This new Club is the result of a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County and Western Wayne School Corporation and the passage of IN HB1008 which provided funding for student learning recovery projects to combat learning loss due to COVID.

"I am thrilled that we will be able to offer Boys & Girls Club to the students of Western Wayne Schools," Lincoln Middle/High School Principal Renee Lakes declared. "We have had excellent after school care for our elementary students for years, but now we are able to offer this for ages 6-18. Since this will be an academic site, we will be able to offer tutoring support as well, which will be great for our middle and high school students!"

Western Wayne Boys & Girls Club will offer the same afterschool programming focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship that are the hallmark of Boys & Girls Clubs across the county with additional emphasis on STEAM and other academic programs. Youth ages 6-18 are able to become members for only $15 annually. Club hours are 2:30-6:30 during the regular school year.

Unit Director Michal McDaniel has high expectations for the Unit's success, noting, "I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, students, parents, and community. I believe in the impact of the Boys & Girls Club, and I am so excited to open this Club in such a great area."

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is looking to hire youth development staff in the Western Wayne area to help staff the Club. Interested applicants should email their résumé to Director of Operations Alicia Painter at

"I am so excited for the opportunity to serve more youth at our new Western Wayne Unit," Painter added. "We have been welcomed by the community and we look forward to deepening our relationship with and the impact we have on the youth of Wayne County."

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 3,000 youth at five locations: the Jeffers, McDaniel, First Bank, Western Wayne, and Hagerstown units and during the summer at their 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

"A Year of Reflection" Art Exhibit at Reid Health

Posted July 14, 2021

Currently on display in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Hospital is an exhibit of paintings by Richmond artist Sally Hughes. The title of the exhibit is "A Year of Reflection" and it includes many works in oil, gouache and acrylic that were completed during a year of staying close to home during the covid pandemic.

Painting: “Surf Watchers”, gouache painting by Sally Hughes
"Surf Watchers", Gouache painting by Sally Hughes

Hughes is a self-described "outdoor girl" who loves to paint familiar flowers and landscapes. She says that during this past year she began to pay more attention to the interesting shapes and shadows created by everyday objects such as a gas can or a collection of tools next to the garden shed, and discovered many opportunities to find beauty in the ordinary. She also enjoys camping trips with her husband, and they were able to venture out a few times last summer where she created a series of beach paintings and landscapes that include figures. This art exhibit is definitely worth seeing and many of the pieces are available for purchase.

Painting: “Zinnias and Glass”, Oil Painting by Sally Hughes
"Zinnias and Glass", Oil painting by Sally Hughes

The MacDowell Gallery is located on the second floor of the hospital and the current exhibit will remain on display through August 5.

Enjoy a FREE Summer Concert on Roosevelt Hill

Posted July 14, 2021

Supplied Flyer: RCO and Bandshell at Glen Miller Park

Richmond Community Orchestra will present a FREE summer concert at the bandshell on Roosevelt Hill, Glen Miller Park, 2200 East Main Street, Richmond, Indiana on Sunday, July 25th at 3:30 p.m. Families are welcome. Bring your lawn chairs!

Neighborhood Health Center Team Makes Sure Patients Don't Let Finances Hinder Care

Posted July 14, 2021

Financial concerns should never be a reason for delaying regular health care – and the team at Neighborhood Health Center works hard to make sure patients don't let money issues keep them from seeing their caregivers.

"Neighborhood Health Center's financial support for patients includes a variety of options," said April Limburg, Chief Financial Officer. This includes patients who don't have coverage or who may have insurance but struggle with co-pays and deductibles.

Supplied Photo: April Limburg
April Limburg

The NHC team provides full support to work with patients on completing paperwork, find eligibility for discounts or coverage options for their care. "Our staff is available to answer questions about billing and coverage," she said.

All NHC patients are automatically screened for financial need at each visit. Through a partnership with ClaimAid, patients are assisted in getting coverage when available, approved for discounts on care based on federal poverty guidelines and assessed for medication help and transportation needs.

Some patients, particularly those with insurance coverage, are surprised to learn they may still qualify for help or discounts because of the number in their household. "Even patients with insurance coverage struggle with their portion of the cost," Limburg said. Even patients with insurance can qualify for help depending on the size of their family and income.

"And our services are offered to all patients, regardless of their payor source," she added. As the center has seen the number of Latino patients grow, Spanish interpreters have been added on site to assist. The center is actively recruiting staff that is bilingual to better serve patients with Spanish as their primary language.

A common misconception she finds among patients seeking care is that many do not realize they qualify for help. "The federal poverty limits are generous. For example, a family of four with an income of $53,000 or less would qualify for help."

"We are here to ensure that regardless of financial status, patients receive quality healthcare." New or existing patients may apply for help. Under Limburg's leadership, NHC has dramatically expanded the number of patients served for financial assistance. "April has done a tremendous job with improving our health center's financial stability. She and her team have created a very strong revenue cycle and have been instrumental in our ability to obtain and utilize grant funding available to community health centers which directly correlates to more services and program for our patients" said Carrie Miles, CEO for NHC.

Limburg recently completed her certification as a Chief Financial Officer through the National Association of Community Health Centers. "This is an elite, six-month long, very intense program that April was able to successfully complete on top of her growing list of daily duties. We are extremely proud and blessed to have her leading our organization financially. Through her and her teams hard work, we have been able to expand our financial assistance for our community."

To begin the process of getting help, Limburg suggests calling (765) 965-4299 to schedule an appointment with a Financial Specialist. The application can be completed before the patient's first appointment.

Paperwork needed for the appointment includes a photo ID, insurance card and proof of income for everyone in the household. Details can be obtained when making the appointment. Spanish translation is also available when needed.

LifeStream Services to Reopen Senior Cafés in August

Posted July 14, 2021

LifeStream Services plans to reopen its 14 public senior café sites beginning August 2. Older adults are invited back to enjoy lunch and socialize with others in their community at the café site nearest to them. A special "welcome back" gift will be distributed at the cafés, while supplies last.

LifeStream Senior Cafés provide nutritious meals on a donation basis to those 60 and over and their spouse. Individuals under the age of 60 can enjoy lunch for a small fee of $6.50. Meals must be reserved at least one day in advance by calling the Senior Café or LifeStream Services at 800-589-1121.

Fayette County Senior Café Site:

  • Fayette Senior Center: Monday – Friday at 11:30am located at 477 N. Grand Ave. Connersville, IN 47331. Reserve a meal by calling 765-827-1511.

Franklin County Senior Café Site:

  • Franklin County Senior Center: Monday – Friday at 11:30am located at 11146 County Park Rd. Brookville, IN 47012. Reserve a meal by calling 765-647-1276.

Delaware County Senior Café Sites:

  • Forest Park Senior Center: Monday – Friday at 11:30am located at 2517 W. 8th St. Muncie, 47302. Reserve a meal by calling 765-289-2517.
  • LifeStream Daleville Office: Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30am located at 14700 Davis Dr. Daleville, IN 47334. Reserve a meal by calling 765-808-9059.

Grant County Senior Café Site:

  • Gas City Café: Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30am located at 401 E. North D St. Gas City, IN 46933. Reserve a meal by calling 765-618-9599.

Henry County Senior Café Site:

  • New Castle Senior Center: Monday – Friday at 11:30am located at 108 S. Main St. New Castle, IN 47362. Reserve a meal by calling 765-521-7414.

Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council Grant to Help Preserve Important History

Posted July 14, 2021

An Indiana University East anthropology professor was awarded a $17,511 grant for a project that will be a major step forward in preserving a special archaeological site in the Lawrenceburg area of Indiana.

Photo:  IU East Assistant Professor of Anthropology Aaron Comstock and Christina Emery, an ethnobotanist at the Archaeological Research Institute
IU East Assistant Professor of Anthropology Aaron Comstock received an IU Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council grant for landscape management and continued public education to help preserve the historic Guard site near Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Comstock works on the project with Christina Emery, an ethnobotanist at the Archaeological Research Institute.

Aaron Comstock, assistant professor of anthropology, said the Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC) funds will be used for landscape management, clearing of invasive species and brush, and continued public education about the importance of what is known as the Guard archaeological site.

The project, "Past, Present, and Future Stewardship of Native Village Space: Integrating Indigenous Voices to Preserve our Cultural Landscapes," is one of 14 projects chosen across IU campuses to receive a WPLC grant this year.

"It is an important site for understanding the transition to agriculture among the native inhabitants of this region almost 1,000 years ago," Comstock said.

Comstock has conducted research at the site for almost a decade, including while as a graduate student and a post-doctoral researcher at The Ohio State University. He said he discussed the need for a project of this nature with his colleagues at the Archaeological Research Institute, a non-profit educational organization focused on the Guard site and other important sites in the region. "When I saw the call for the grant came out, it seemed like an excellent match. We are thrilled that the WPLC agreed!"

Rebecca Resetarits, executive director of Women's Philanthropy at IU, said the project meets many of the priorities set for grant consideration by the Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC).

"Dr. Comstock's proposal touched multiple focus areas considered by the WPLC," Resetarits said. "The proposal also clearly outlined the critical need for preserving archaeological sites by collaborating with tribal colleagues and restoring native plant life."

Charla Stonecipher, associate director of Women's Philanthropy, said in addition to the areas of focus and collaboration, the project connects the campus to the community.

"The WPLC weighed several factors that led to full funding of this grant request including the service-learning experience for students, connections with the IU East campus and Lawrenceburg community, and particularly, the inclusion of historically underrepresented people. The WPLC looks forward to receiving updates about this project in the coming year," Stonecipher said.

The project is important on several levels. "The first is the need to work with the Tribal colleagues to develop meaningful frameworks for stewarding important archeological sites. Archaeology is a discipline with a colonial past, a history that has led to understandable consternation and mistrust among many Native Americans."

The goal for the Guard site is to convert space over sacred burial mounds to commemorative butterfly gardens and spaces outside of the village boundary to a native species pollinator prairie.

"This approach both meaningfully preserves the space and helps convert portions of the landscape back to native plant species," he said. This stewardship plan represents an important step toward Tribal members and archaeologists working together to understand and preserve important sites that can teach us about the past.

Another factor making the project important is the challenge of such sites being used for farming.

"Many archaeological sites in Indiana are located within agricultural fields," he said. "This poses an important problem considering the root systems of most crops impact delicate sub-surface archaeological deposits. But not farming is rarely an option for farmers in the state who rely on the land for their livelihood."

Part of the project aims to identify crops that can be profitable for farmers while preserving the archeological space under them.

"The project also encourages engagement of the Lawrenceburg community and IU East students in the process of transitioning this site to a stewarded landscape - a partnership that generates a sense of ownership in a shared past."

Comstock hopes the Guard effort helps develop a template that can be used in other sites throughout the region and the state. "We are excited to begin this project and get students and the public involved."

The project work should begin in mid-July and is expected to continue through the summer of 2022.

For more information about the project or archeology studies at IU East, contact Comstock at

About Past, Present, and Future Stewardship of Native Village Space: Integrating Indigenous Voices to Preserve our Cultural Landscapes

A multivocal sustainable land management program is critical for the preservation of archaeological sites. Dangers including erosion, invasive species, vandalism, and looting can be mitigated through a strategy focused on preservation and increased native biodiversity. Students from IU East will be key members of a project combining scientific research and the inclusion of historically unrepresented people.

By building bridges between the multiple stakeholders of local communities, tribal partners, and archaeologists, we can responsibly steward these spaces for future generations. The project establishes a program for preserving archaeological sites by restoring native plant life and improving biodiversity by planting native pollinators. A primary element of this work involves a collaborative partnership with the descendant community (the Miami Tribe) to commemorate and protect sacred spaces with appropriate ground cover, and to develop a persistent landscape informed by traditional plant use.

About the IU Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council

Grants are awarded on an annual cycle from the WPLC Fund, which is administered by the Indiana University Foundation.

Council members, alumni and friends of IU are invited to support the fund with annual contributions. Applications for 2022 grants will be available in fall 2021. The IU Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council was convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. The council's mission is to lead fundraising and engagement efforts that inspire women to give of their time, talent, and resources to Indiana University and to develop women leaders in philanthropy.

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.

Starr Gennett Foundation Hosts Music at the Club in 2021

Posted July 12, 2021

Flyer: Starr Gennett Music at the Club

The Starr-Gennett Foundation once again is hosting "Music at the Club" on July 16, August 27 and October 8 at Forest Hills Country Club from 7pm to 9pm. For more information call 765.962.2860.

LifeStream Accepting Applications for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

Posted July 12, 2021

Vouchers for the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) are available through LifeStream Services until supplies lasts. Vouchers are provided by the state at limited quantities, and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program vouchers are worth $20 and can be used through October 20. Eligible items include beans, peppers, tomatoes, apples, and other fresh fruit and vegetables. Vouchers can only be redeemed at qualifying locations. Recipients must be 60 years of age or older and meet the income guidelines, which are based on 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Review the guidelines, find participating markets, and learn more by visiting or call 800-589-1121.

Those interested in receiving SFMNP vouchers will need to apply by calling Dana Pierce, Nutrition Administrator, at 765-808-9059 or Micole Leverette, Community Services Assistant, at 765-620-9907. Those interested can also fill out the application online at Submitting an application does not guarantee the applicant will qualify to receive vouchers. Those who qualify to receive SFMNP vouchers will receive them by mail directly to their residence.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to Host Back 2 School Bash

Posted July 12, 2021

Supplied Flyer: Back 2 School Bash

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is partnering with the Wayne County Health Department to get kids and families ready to go back to school. Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County's Back 2 School Bash will feature a cookout, facepaint, music, book giveaways, and tons of fun. The event is free and open to the public from 3-6pm on July 28th at the new First Bank Boys & Girls Club at the Rev. James M. Townsend Memorial Building (855 N 12th Street).

During the Back 2 School Bash, the Wayne County Health Department will be on-hand to administer free COVID vaccines and school booster shots. Families interested in these vaccinations should register by calling (765) 962-6922 or visiting any Boys & Girls Club by July 16th. Everyone who receives a COVID vaccine during the Bash will be entered in a drawing to win an Xbox.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County knows this school year will be better than ever. Help them continue to do whatever it takes for the youth of Wayne County by joining for this free event.

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 3,000 youth at four locations: the Jeffers, McDaniel, First Bank, 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

Recovery Church Has Moved!

Posted July 12, 2021

Flyer: Recovery Church Has Moved

Recovery Church Richmond has moved to 1001 West Main Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374. You can reach them at 765.204.2175 or via email at

Join Us at the Library for our Annual Musically Spectacular Event!

Posted July 6, 2021

Supplied Flyer: Chanticleer Quartet

Chanticleer String Quartet
Friday, July 30th
2:00 p.m., Upper Level of the Library

Morrisson-Reeves Library presents their Annual Musically Spectacular Event with the world-renowned, Chanticleer String Quartet. The free concert on July 30th at 2:00 p.m. will be held in the Library's Upper Level and Tiffany Reading Room. This concert will be offered with seating setup for social distancing. MRL will be following current CDC guidelines for indoor venues.

Lead violinist and founder Caroline Klemperer-Green explains this year's performance as, "Vivaldi's Seasons will take us through the four seasons that we have weathered during the pandemic, and the Dvorak American Quartet is a joyful celebration of our being together again."

Come early for the best seats.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL at (765) 966-8291.

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