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United Way Orientation Date for 2018/2019 Funding Cycle

Posted November 13, 2018

The United Way of Whitewater Valley is beginning its 2018/2019 funding process with an orientation for anyone interested in applying for funding. The orientation will take place Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Stidham Auditorium in Johnson Hall on the campus of Ivy Tech.

The event is open to the public. At the orientation, United Way staff, Board, will be reviewing the funding application and timeline.

Since 2010, the United Way has focused its efforts in the areas of Education, Youth & Families, Health and Community Vitality. Anyone wanting more information about the United Way or its funding process is encouraged to contact the office directly at 765-962-2700.

About the United Way of Whitewater Valley

United Way of Whitewater Valley is committed to strengthening partnerships that create lasting change in the lives of Wayne and Union county residents. United Way of Whitewater Valley focuses its efforts in the areas of Education, Health, Community Vitality, and Youth & Families.

Veteran's Breakfast at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Posted November 13, 2018

Supplied Flyer: MRL Veterans Breakfast

Morrisson-Reeves Library is offering a memorable salute to our local Veterans with a VETERAN'S BREAKFAST at the Library on Thursday, November 29th. Enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and donuts and a presentation of "Boots on the Ground: The war on terror, memories of those who were there."

This is a first-person account of the men and women who served in the Middle East from 1991 to 2017 by author, Duane Hodgin.

The doors open at 8:45AM – Program starts at 9:15AM. Veterans are encouraged to wear patriotic clothing. You do not need to be a veteran to attend this event.

Book Signing and photos following the event. This event is free and open to the public.

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Program To Be Held at First Friends Meeting

Posted November 12, 2018

Supplied Flier: Interfaith Service

Representatives from many faiths will share offerings of thanksgiving in this service at First Friends Meeting, 2010 Chester Boulevard, Richmond.

Please join us from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and enjoy free light refreshments afterwards as we join in community (no reservation needed).

For more information, contact Derek at 765.962.7666.

'Top Chef' Featured Speaker in Nov. 14 Diabetes Event at Reid Health

Posted November 8, 2018

The annual celebration of National Diabetes Awareness Month will include two special events at Reid Health on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with one featuring a diabetes expert and another a nationally known 'Top Chef.'

Supplied Photo: Erica Kretchman, D.O.Erica Kretchman, D.O.

The first event from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Lingle Auditorium features Erica Kretchman, D.O., with Reid Endocrinology Center in a presentation titled "Lower Your Risk of Diabetes."

Dr. Kretchman will then join other members of her staff for the 12th Annual Diabetes Event from 5 to 7 p.m. in Lingle Grand Hall & Auditorium. The event features Tiffany Derry, Bravo TV's "Top Chef" fan favorite and entrepreneur, healthy hors d'oeuvres and a light dessert. The program is sponsored by the Reid Health Diabetes Education Program and novo nordisk™.

Derry built her TD Concepts brand and company from the ground up in Dallas. She found a love of cooking at an early age and is a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston. She became a national spokesperson for the school and a sought-after sous chef at regionally acclaimed restaurants.

Supplied Photo: Tiffany DerryTiffany Derry

She has a personal family connection with diabetes and has made it her mission to education about healthy lifestyles and portion control. She stands by one rule in her kitchen, says her bio: "Make it taste good or forget it!"

Pre-registration is required for the evening event by calling (765) 983-7961.

Insurance Sign-up Scheduled Nov. 13 at Reid Health

Posted November 8, 2018

Supplied Graphic: All Insurance Sign Up

An "All Insurance Sign-up" is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Reid Health.

The event will have people on hand to help with sign-ups for Affordable Care Act, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 or a Medicare Advantage plan. Prize drawings will include for a 50-inch TV and a $250 gift certificate to Walmart. It will be held in Lingle Hall on the Reid Health campus, 1100 Reid Parkway.

Documentation for HIP includes birth certificate and pay stubs from the last 30 days. You must be at least 19 to participate.

Post Election Statment from Wayne County Clerk, Debra Berry

Posted November 8, 2018

This year's voter turnout was a record. Thank you to all the voters who cast a ballot, whether on Election Day or Early Voting. Your vote is your voice and thank you for exercising your right to vote.

Words cannot express how much I appreciate the Wayne County election board members, the absentee board, traveling board, riding commissioners, Vote Center inspectors and poll workers, IT staff, security staff, in-office staff and seasonal staff. I appreciate your hard work and dedication to the community for a successful 2018 General Election. These people put in long hours and are the backbone of our election system. I truly appreciate their willingness to serve and preserve the integrity of our election.

A special thank you to Barb Fitzpatrick, manager of O'Charley's, who expressed appreciation to our poll workers for their service by delivering food to our Richmond Vote Centers. O'Charley's additionally gifted each poll worker with a gift card for a free appetizer. Thank you for recognizing their dedication.

Thank you to all the candidates who put their name on the ballot. It takes a lot of courage to run for public office. And last, but not least, congratulations to those who were elected. May you serve faithfully, honestly and impartially always putting the concerns of your constituents first.

Christmas at the Gennett Mansion Will Be Held on November 29th

Posted November 8, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Christmas at the Gennett Mansion

The Starr-Gennett Foundation is presenting Christmas at the Gennett Mansion on Thursday, November 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Gennett Mansion is located at 1829 E. Main Street, Richmond, Indiana.

The event includes music, hors d'oeuvres, a cash wine bar and a silent auction. Cost of the event is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Wayne County Foundation Office at 33 S. 7th St., Richmond, IN. You may also call 765-962-2860 or email

IU East Online Programs Receive Top Rankings

Posted November 7, 2018

Indiana University East recently had several of its online degree completion programs ranked on national lists for quality and affordability by Affordable Colleges Online and OnlineU.

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online) ranked four of Indiana University East's online programs in the top 20 on two of its lists recently. ACO is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information.

IU East's online program in English, Technical and Professional Writing is ranked 12th on the English and Humanities national best programs list.

Additionally, IU East's Political Science online program is ranked 19th on the Political Science and Criminal Justice national best programs list.

Margaret Thomas-Evans, chair of the English department, said the department is very proud of its Bachelor of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing. She said receiving this ranking is a great accomplishment.

"Seventy-five percent of our English majors are in this program and take not only technical and professional writing courses, but also creative writing and literature courses, so all the faculty are involved with the degree and impact its success," Thomas-Evans said. "Our students are globally located in places such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Pakistan, as well as across the U.S. The community writing projects they complete in several courses provide a service to their home communities along with giving students the opportunity to get a practical learning experience that may apply to their future careers."

Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the department chair of Criminal Justice and Political Science.

"The Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science is pleased to see that our programs have received national attention," Parker said. "Both programs provide students with internships opportunities and other experiential learning venues that have a huge impact on their futures. We have seen strong growth in both experiential travel and participation in undergraduate research. I am very pleased at the work of our faculty and students."

The School of Business and Economics also was placed on the OnlineU list for the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Accounting and Marketing. OnlineU is published by the SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004.

The SR Education Group ranked three of IU East's online degree completion programs, including the finance program at 10; marketing program at number 22; and the accounting program at 23.

Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics Nick Delener, said, "We are pleased to announce that IU East's School of Business and Economics has been ranked by the SR Education Group on the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges national list. These rankings represent online schools across the United States that make an effort to provide economical options for the students."

SR Education Group methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. Since salaries differ by degree level and program, SR Education Group utilizes bachelor's, master's, and program specific salary data for the rankings. Manually collected tuition rates are also specific to degree level and program. The Best Online Colleges rankings include 100 program pages and 41 by-state rankings. The 2019 rankings include 861 unique schools, between the Best and Most Affordable lists.

IU East online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East's online programs offer 14 options for students who wish to complete their bachelor's degree online. IU East currently offers bachelor's degrees online in Applied Health Science; English, Technical and Professional Writing; Natural Science and Mathematics, with a Mathematics Concentration; Communication Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Informatics; Political Science; Psychology; Mathematics; General Studies; and an R.N. to B.S.N. Mobility Option. IU East also offers Graduate Certificates in Composition Studies, Early Childhood Education and Mathematics.

For more information about IU East's online degree programs, visit

Richmond Artist Couple Exhibits Paintings at Reid Health

Posted November 7, 2018

Local artists Lawrence and Carol Sexton are currently exhibiting their artwork in the MacDowell Gallery at Reid Health, 1100 Reid Parkway in Richmond. The gallery is named after former CEO Barry MacDowell and is located on the second floor near the main hospital entrance. There are 38 works on display; most are available for purchase. The exhibit continues through January 3, 2019.

Lawrence Sexton's oil paintings feature regional landscapes as well as scenes from his travels in New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and St. Croix, USVI. Lawrence has long been an admirer of the Hoosier School of painters as well as the impressionists of the early 20th century. His style could be described as traditional, with particular sensibility to the ways in which light, color, weather, and time of day contribute to the mood or emotional expression of a landscape scene.

Supplied Image: The Coming Embrace by Lawrence SextonThe Coming Embrace by Lawrence Sexton

Carol Sexton's bold, colorful botanical paintings offer the viewer an exciting close-up view of the plant world in all of its amazing diversity. A recent painter as well as a long-time sculptor, Carol is attracted to the sculptural qualities of plant forms and the spaces within them, as well as their many interesting textures and colors which are fun and challenging to paint. This series was first inspired by the tropical plants of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, but more recently has also included local garden plants seen in Richmond and the surrounding area.

Supplied Image: Proud Agave by Carol SextonProud Agave by Carol Sexton

In recent years the Sextons have exhibited their art at IU East, the Richmond Art Museum, the Arts Depot in Union City, the Whitewater Valley Art Association in Connersville, the Minnetrista Center in Muncie, and the Preble County Art Association in Eaton, Ohio. Carol has also exhibited with the Hoosier Salon in Indianapolis and has been active with the Indiana Limestone Symposium since 2006. Both Carol and Lawrence hold undergraduate degrees in Art Education from Buffalo State College and MFA degrees in Studio Art from UNC-Greensboro. They were married in 1982 and came to Richmond in 1987 for Lawrence to take a 3-year teaching position in the art department at Earlham College. Afterwards they stayed in the area, raised two children, and were founding members of the Whitewater Artists Guild. Lawrence earned a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University in 2005, and currently serves as director of the Union City Public Library while continuing to create art in his free time. Carol earned an MDiv. degree from Earlham of School of Religion in 2001, focusing her studies on the intersection of art and spirituality. In addition to being a freelance artist and designer, Carol has worked as an art teacher and a workshop and retreat leader.

To see more of Lawrence and Carol's artwork, please look for their paintings in the Richmond Art Museum's 120th annual exhibition from November 8 through January 12, or visit the artists' and

Diabetes Specialist to Help Medical Monday Celebrate Seven Years Nov. 12

Posted November 5, 2018

Shrikant Tamhane, M.D., endocrinology specialist, will help the Medical Monday event celebrate seven years and Diabetes Awareness Month.

Supplied Photo: Dr. Tamhane

"We are thankful to have provided monthly health oriented and community speakers to this group for seven years," said Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach Coordinator for Reid Health and founder of the monthly event. "We would love to have new attendees – especially this month to celebrate our anniversary. We have a great speaker, lunch and lots of surprises planned."

Dr. Tamhane, with Reid Endocrinology Center, will share the latest information on diabetes treatments and awareness. Dr. Tamhane is a graduate of the B.J. Medical College in India. He completed residency at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and also a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Medical Monday is a free presentation and will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Central United Methodist Church. To attend, please RSVP Sharrie Harlin at (765)983-3000, ext. 4676. The church is located at 1425 E. Main St. in Richmond.

Medical Monday is supported by Reid Health Community Benefit. Harlin started the event when she was working for the Minority Health Coalition and maintained it after joining Reid Health. The event has built a loyal following, averaging 40 to 50 guests each month to learn about various health issues and community programs.

Senior Adult Ministry November Meeting

Posted November 5, 2018

This month the Senior Adult Ministry invites you to join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 27, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We will have a pitch-in Thanksgiving dinner and share what we are thankful for. We will also ask for suggestions for next year's monthly meetings. A new calendar of events for 2019 will be available in December.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

New Support Groups Available Through Reid Health Oncology

Posted November 5, 2018

Three new support groups are available through Reid Health Oncology Associates. The groups are free and do not require registration.

The groups include:

  • Cancer Caregiver Support Group – Open to anyone who has loved or cared for someone affected by cancer. The disease affects not only the patient, but family and friends. The group offers connections, support and education. It is open to caregivers regardless of their relationship to the patient. Meets: first and third Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., Reid Oncology Classroom.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group – Open to any patient who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is designed for anyone who has been affected by the disease at any age, stage, prognosis or current disease status. The group provides community support by bringing breast cancer patients together to share successes and struggles. Meets: second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Reid Oncology Conference Room.
  • Lung Cancer Support Group – Open to lung cancer patients, this group is designed to help patients in their journey with lung cancer. Meets: First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Reid Oncology Conference Room.

Light refreshments are available at all meetings, and reservations are not required. For more information, contact Courtney Sutliff, (765) 983-3344.

Margaret A. Kielhorn Sneak Peak on November 15th

Posted November 5, 2018

Supplied Flyer: RNR Open House

Richmond Neighborhood Restoration and Indiana University East cordially invite you to don your favorite hat and attend a sneak peek of the Margaret A. Kielhorn House, 74 South 17th Street on November 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Light fare will be provided by Radford's Meat Market & Deli. Beer and wine will be provided. Music by Wingwalkers.

RSVP by November 9th. Tickets $25 per person. Available at or by calling 607.699.1718.

Lifestream and Area Senior Centers Welcome Older Adults

Posted November 1, 2018

LifeStream partners with the Centerville-Abington Senior Center, Nettle Creek Senior Center, Richmond Senior Community Center, Union County Council on Aging & Aged, and the Western- Wayne Senior Center to offer lunch, meal delivery, wellness classes, transportation, volunteerism, and more community services for older adults. The center is an excellent opportunity for older adults to enjoy a day out in their community among their peers to meet, eat, and socialize.

Current activities at the center include daily lunches, card games, and other social events. Reserve your spot at the café near you: Meals are provided for a suggested donation of $2.50 for those 60 years and older and their spouses. Under the age of 60 can enjoy a meal for a small fee.

  • Centerville-Abington Senior Center located at 111 S. 2 nd St. Centerville, IN 47330: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Contact the center by calling 765-855-5651.
  • Nettle Creek Senior Center located at 327 E. Main St. Hagerstown, IN 47346: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Contact the center by calling 765-489-5782.
  • Richmond Senior Community Center located at 1600 S. 2 nd St. Richmond, IN 47374: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:00am. Contact the center by calling 765-983-7350.
  • Union County Council on Aging & Aged located at Southview Courts at 615 W. High St., Liberty, IN 47353. LifeStream and the center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:00am. Contact the center by calling 765-458-5500.
  • Western-Wayne Senior Center located at 1007 E. Main St. Cambridge City, IN 47327: LifeStream and the senior center offer nutritious lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Contact the center by calling 765-478-4579.
  • Home-Delivered Meals: Those unable to come to the senior center for lunch can call LifeStream at 800-589-1121 to determine if they are eligible for meals to be delivered to their homes.

LifeStream is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream's mission is fulfilled by offering community services such as lunch at the senior café, meal delivery, transportation, volunteer opportunities, wellness classes, and much more services and programs that enable older adults to remain independent in their communities.

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 23,000 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 Health Community Benefit Awards More Than $178,000 in Grants for Programs Promoting Good Nutrition, Physical Activity

Posted October 31, 2018

The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded $178,250 in grants to programs designed to promote good nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight in the second grant cycle of 2018.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system's not-for-profit status, have put almost $176 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health's governing board reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

To review the grants, CLICK HERE.

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance increased general knowledge, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections and reporting. In 2014 the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

In addition to grants, the Reid Health Community Benefit sponsors various programs focused on community health. In the area of access to care, Reid Health Community Benefit initiated a dental clinic focused on serving those with little or no dental coverage. Community benefit funds support Claim Aid to assist individuals in applying for health insurance plans or Reid's financial assistance when necessary. Access to care also includes the shortfall of the cost of care rendered to those who have Medicaid coverage. Reid has continued to support community health clinics, such as Siloam Clinic and Hope Center with processing of lab services and providing supplies necessary for operations.

To address substance abuse and mental health needs, Reid has provided Narcan kits and training to first responders to prevent death from opioid overdose, containers to dispose of needles for police departments, and participated in efforts to reduce the incidence of babies being born addicted to drugs.

Reid has supported programs addressing physical activity, nutrition and weight such as athletic training services to community schools, community screenings, cooking classes, health fairs, support groups, Reid Healthier Wellness club and provided support for many health education events.


IU's Kelley School of Business Outlook Tour to Visit Richmond on November 14

Posted October 25, 2018

Area business leaders and the community are invited to attend the Indiana University's Kelley School of Business Outlook Tour from 7:30-9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby located on the IU East campus.

The tour is presented by the IU East Alumni Association and the IU East School of Business and Economics.

The event will begin with a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the panel presentations at 8 a.m. in Vivian Auditorium. A public question-and-answer session will follow.


At this event, panelists will discuss how the changing economic environment will affect business and public policy decisions in the coming year - globally, nationally, statewide and in Richmond. The IU Business Outlook Tour provides an opportunity to network with fellow community leaders and hear what several experts are projecting for 2019.

Since 1972, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts via a series of presentations in cities throughout Indiana. For more than 90 years, the Indiana Business Research Center has provided the crucial economic information needed by many Indiana businesses, government units and nonprofit organizations.

The starting point for the annual forecast is an econometric model of the United States, developed by IU's Center for Econometric Model Research, involving hundreds of statistical equations to develop a national forecast for the coming year.

A similar econometric model of Indiana provides a corresponding forecast for the state and its metro-area economies, based on the national forecast and data specific to Indiana. The Business Outlook Panel then adjusts the forecasts to reflect additional insights the panelists have on the economic situation.

At each presentation, the panel features faculty members from the Kelley School and IU, plus local panelists from other IU campuses and other universities, offering perspectives on the global, national, state and local economies and financial markets.

This year's panel includes:

  • Nick Delener, IU East Interim Dean of the School of Business and Economics (Moderator)
  • Kyle Anderson, clinical assistant professor of business economics, Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis
  • Ryan Brewer, Assistant Professor of Finance, Indiana University-Columbus
  • Cathy Bonser-Neal, Associate professor of finance
  • Oi Lin Cheung, Associate professor of finance for the IU East School of Business and Economics
The cost is $15 per person and includes breakfast. Event proceeds benefit the IU East Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and will assist students in the School of Business and Economics.

The tour is sponsored by IU's Kelley School of Business, the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association, the IU Alumni Association, IU campuses and numerous community organizations.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or

Singles Interaction Newsletter - November 2018

Posted October 18, 2018

Supplied Newsletter: November 2018

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.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Top Awards for This Year's Whitewater Valley Art Competition Exhibit Announced

Posted October 15, 2018

The annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition awards reception was held October 12 at Indiana University East. The competition was originated by Tom Thomas in 1978. The WVAC has a history of "open judging," allowing the public to be present when the exhibit entries are accepted or declined for the exhibit.

The exhibit is presented by First Bank Richmond.

There were 169 entered works by 55 artists for this year's competition. Three jurors selected 50 works by 34 artists for the exhibit and determined to be the award winners. This year's jurors were Peg Faimon, founding dean at the School of Art, Architecture, and Design, IU Bloomington; Betsy Stirratt, founding director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at IU Bloomington; and Maxim Weintraub, gallery director, Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.

The exhibit will be on display in The Tom Thomas Gallery and Meijer Artway, located in Whitewater Hall, now through December 7.

Top Awards for the 2018 Whitewater Valley Art Competition Exhibit

  • First Place/Best of Show: Jennifer Murray, Westerville, Ohio, "Cooking Clips," acrylic on canvas
  • Second Place: Clinton Wood, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Irregular Lot," oil on wood panel
  • Third Place: Megan Caldwell Chandler, Carmel, Indiana, "These Dreams Change," Turkish map book, acrylic and collage
  • Honorable Mention:
    Elena Dahl, Yellow Springs, Ohio,"Vestals / Shut That Whole Thing Down / After Todd Akin," silver gelatin print and archival inkjet prints
    John Humphries, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Ananzi and the Elephant," watercolor, wood, thread
    Mia Kaplan, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Fractured Vision," steel wire
    Eric Lubrick, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Hey Twin Boy Birthday Cake," photograph

LifeStream's AngelWish Program Makes the Holiday Season Brighter for Isolated Senior Citizens in Need

Posted October 15, 2018

Supplied Flyer: AngelWish

LifeStream Services is asking for your help in brightening the holidays for isolated seniors in need in East Central Indiana. AngelWish is LifeStream's annual campaign to spread holiday cheer to isolated seniors and people with disabilities. The program coordinates doorstep delivery of packages of food, personal care items, practical necessities, and gifts.

For many senior citizens across Indiana, the holiday season can be the loneliest time of the year. That's where LifeStream's AngelWish comes in. For over 20 years, generous businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, and individuals have come together as a community to ensure the most vulnerable are not forgotten during the holidays.

Last year alone, LifeStream delivered 1,491 gift packages. LifeStream is excited to touch the lives of even more seniors this holiday season as the program is offered across their 12 county service area – Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne counties.

Below is how individuals and organizations can support the AngelWish program:

  • Volunteer: LifeStream will need assistance in packaging gifts, as well as delivering gift bags to the AngelWish recipients.
  • Donate Items: LifeStream is seeking donations of practical necessity items to place in this year's bags. Suggested items include peanut butter, tuna, soups, bath soap, hand lotion, shampoo, deodorant, denture cleaner, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dish washing liquid, tissue paper, etc. Pick up/drop off of items should be coordinated no later than December 1.
  • Sponsor: Benefits can include logo and name listed on print and online materials, name listed in Streamlines newsletter delivered to over 3,500 homes and businesses, as well as the opportunity to provide promotional materials.
  • Monetary Donations: With every $25 donation, a senior will receive a gift bag and a requested gift of their choice. Checks should be made payable to LifeStream Services and mailed to 1701 Pilgrim Blvd., Yorktown, IN 47396. Please note AngelWish on the check.

Those interested in supporting the AngelWish program should contact Laura Bray, Volunteer Services Administrator, by calling 765-759-3372 or emailing You may also fill out the support form by visiting

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 23,000 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

LifeStream and Community Partners Celebrate National Caregivers Month with Event at The Leland Legacy

Posted October 2, 2018

LifeStream Services invites caregivers to unwind and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Floral by Design & Lunch on November 15. Caregivers can enjoy lunch, and indulge in wine and dessert while learning how to create a floral masterpiece with instruction by Lemon's Florist. In addition, this event will feature information on tools and advice from organizations who work with caregivers.

Floral by Design & Lunch will be held on November 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at The Leland Legacy located at 900 S. A St., Richmond, IN 47374. Those interested should turn in a registration along with $5 to LifeStream Services no later than November 8. Registration is available to print or fill out online at To register by phone/email or for more information on this event, please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or email

Space is limited to the first 50 registered. Respite care is provided upon request. This program is in celebration of National Caregivers Month and is made possible by the generous contributions of The Leland Legacy, Lemons Florist & more.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior 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

LifeStream, Recovery Works, & Local Organizations Partner to Offer Medication Lunch & Learns

Posted October 2, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Medication Lunch and Learn

LifeStream Services and Recovery Works – Cambridge City are partnering together to offer Medication Lunch & Learns, a series of sponsored lunch and learns to discuss medication management & disposal, community resources, veterans programs, state assistance, and much more on medication awareness. Attendees are welcome to bring old, expired medications for safe medication disposal coordinated by the county emergency personnel.

Medication Lunch and Learns will be offered in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties through the end of November. These events are open to the community, especially older adults, service providers, counselors, physicians, law enforcement, probation officers, and addiction providers.

Those interested in attending should RSVP in advance by calling or texting 317-517-6278 or email Matt Gast at

Join LifeStream and partnering organizations at one of the Medication Lunch & Learns this fall:

  • Henry County: Thursday, October 18 from 9am to Noon
    Henry Co. Public Library: 376 S. 15 th St. New Castle, IN 47362
  • Blackford County: Wednesday, October 24 from 9am to Noon
    Lake Placid: 397 S. 200 E. Hartford City, IN 47348
  • Delaware County: Wednesday, October 31 from 9am to Noon
    Maring-Hunt Library: 2005 S. High St., Muncie, IN 47302
  • Randolph County: Thursday, November 8 from 9am to Noon
    Randolph Inn: 890 W. Washington St. Winchester, IN 47394
  • Jay County: Wednesday, November 14 from 9am to Noon
    Holiday Inn: 100 Holiday Dr. Portland, IN 47371
  • Grant County: Wednesday, November 28 from 9am to Noon
    Holiday Inn: 1000 N. Baldwin Ave. Marion, IN 46952
  • Madison County: Thursday, November 29 from 9am to Noon
    Holiday Inn: 6720 S. Scatterfield Rd. Anderson, IN 46013

Special thank you to partnering organizations – LifeStream Services, Recovery Works – Cambridge City, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Department of Veterans Affairs, County Emergency Personnel.

LifeStream is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. As the country is in the middle of an 'Opioid Crisis,' LifeStream is working with local organizations to raise awareness on the issue and educate the community on prevention and resources available.

For more information on these events or how LifeStream can help, please contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, by calling 765-405-3001 or emailing 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 23,000 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

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Did You Know?

Richmond was once known as "the lawnmower capital" because of the lawn mowers manufactured here from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Manufacturers included Motomower, Dille-McGuire and F&N.