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Reid Health & Fayette Regional Health System Reach Sale Agreement

Posted May 14, 2019

Reid Health to maintain access to care in Fayette County and surrounding region

Officials with Reid Health, a nationally-recognized health system committed to serving communities throughout Indiana and Ohio, and Fayette Memorial Hospital Association announced today they have entered into an agreement for Reid Health to acquire a substantial portion of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville, Indiana.

This announcement comes after the decision by Fayette Regional to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code in October 2018. The specific terms of the transaction will be disclosed in the Fayette Bankruptcy Case and include a payment of $12.75 million to the bankruptcy estate of Fayette. The proposed transaction requires final Bankruptcy Court and regulatory approvals and is expected to be finalized in mid-July 2019.

"We are pleased to have been chosen to support the residents of Fayette County and the surrounding region by maintaining access to high-quality healthcare services," said Craig Kinyon, president and CEO of Reid Health. "Reid Health has proudly served Connersville and the surrounding communities for decades, and we're looking forward to continuing to provide our friends and neighbors with the exceptional care they deserve."

Reid Health currently provides a wide scope of services in Connersville that include primary, specialty and urgent care, lab and radiology.

Randy White, president and CEO of Fayette Regional pledged his support for the transition.

"Reid Health is a known entity in our community, and we look forward to working with them through this transition," White said. "I want to thank our talented team of employees, nurses, and physicians for continuing to provide our patients with an exceptional experience during this time."

Reid Health officials expect to be at Fayette Regional in the coming weeks to discuss details of the transition with leadership and others at Fayette Regional.

"Moving forward, we'll be taking into consideration the unique demographics of Connersville and the surrounding communities, sustainable clinical resources, and the viability of the facilities," Kinyon said. "Ultimately, we're committed to offering high-quality healthcare services in the community."

About Reid Health

Reid Health is a regional health system serving east central Indiana and west central Ohio, with a main hospital campus in Richmond that includes a 221-bed inpatient hospital and 50 satellite locations in nine regional counties. The health system and its physician network, Reid Health Physician Associates, has nearly 3,000 employees, including more than 200 providers in 88 specialties.

About Fayette Regional Health System

Since its founding in 1913, Fayette Regional Health System has been dedicated to the health of the community and a better quality of life for the residents of the Whitewater Valley. The hospital campus and ancillary locations are supported by a team of over 450 employees that offer excellent emergency, family, specialty and behavioral health care.

Deal Advisor Details

H2C Analytics, LLC acted as investment banker to Fayette. Kaufman Hall acted as advisor to Reid.

Classes Offered for Spring Quilt Show

Posted May 8, 2019

The Wayne County EH Biennial Quilt Show "Timeless Treasures" runs from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, May 24 - 25, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN. Sponsored by the Wayne County Extension Homemakers, the show will have well over 100 quilts on display. For the first time, classes will be held both days of the event.

Supplied Photo: Quilts hanging in the Tom Raper Center with two women looking at them.

A 30-minute class on fabric origami is scheduled for 11 am on Friday and again at 3 pm on Saturday. Susie Q Designs, based in West Manchester, Ohio, will host the class and participants will take home a sample design to use on a pillow or quilt. The cost is $5 per person for the class.

Gloria Stahlhut, owner of Quilted Glo of McCordsville, IN, will teach a one-hour class on paper applique at 1 pm on Friday. Learn the newest trend in quilting and how to use your scraps productively. The cost is $10 per person.

At 3 pm Friday, Jan Livingston Brady will present a free lecture on preserving your textiles. Jan will make suggestions on how to keep your quilts and other textiles in good condition so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.

Deborah Rubles, author of "Quilters Cutting Guide," will conduct a class using her cutting guide to "Cut Less! Quilt More!" Each student will take home a copy of the book. The three-hour class is at 9 am on Saturday. The cost is $40 per person.

Does your fabric fray when you are cutting it? Stahlhut, of Quilted Glo, will introduce you to a new adhesive that makes applique easy. Kits will be provided; the two-hour class begins at 1 pm on Saturday. The cost is $25 per person.

If you would like to exhibit a quilt in our show, get your entries in soon! All quilts, old or new, made by you or someone else are welcomed. We will have a special section for Junior Quilters – those young people 18 and younger who are carrying on this special tradition of quilt making.

Class size is limited and must be prepaid. Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WayneCoINQuiltShow to download signup sheets for both exhibitors and classes, along with a supply list. Registrations should be postmarked by May 15. Call Kathy at (765) 855-5185 for further information.

Run for the Wall (RFW) Has Started a Fourth Route and It Is Named the Sandbox Route

Posted May 7, 2019

Logo: Run for the WallRFTW (rftw.us) is sending a reconnaissance group along the planned route from the Vietnam Memorial Wall to the Middle East Conflicts Wall (middleeastconflictswall.org). This route will travel through Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois.

Sandbox Recon will be composed of nearly 100 motorcycles and support vehicles. It will have support and escorts from local and state law enforcement agencies. It will make overnight stops in the communities of: St. Clairsville, Ohio and Lafayette, Indiana before reaching its destination at the Middle East Conflicts Wall (MECW) in Marseilles, Illinois. This recon mission is the planning group for next years' estimated contingent of over 600 motorcycles and support vehicles.

RFTW is a non-profit organization that has been undertaking a yearly mission, over the last 31 years, to call for an accounting of all POW/MIA's, to bring honor to those Killed in Action (KIA), to promote healing amongst the veteran community and to be a support system to the families of those KIA. RFTW has, until now, traveled from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. along three routes. It is now including the Sandbox Route as its fourth route. This route will travel from D.C. (and the Vietnam Memorial Wall) to Illinois (and the MECW). This route will focus heavily upon the veterans of the middle east conflicts hence the destination location of the Middle East Conflicts Wall in Illinois and the motto; WALL 2 WALL.

RFTW was founded by Gunnery Sergeant James "Gunny" Gregory, USMC (Ret.). (A link to him explaining how RFTW began is below) In its yearly mission RFTW crosses the country with nearly 2000 motorcycles and support vehicles over three routes. The riders are a mixture of veterans of all eras as well as non-veterans that believe strongly in POW/MIA issues. These routes visit local communities over the 10 day mission including stops at local schools, Veterans Hospitals, various memorials and even the family homes of those MIA and KIA.

Sandbox Route is a furtherance of the RFTW mission. It specifically addresses the issues that face veterans of the Nations' middle east conflicts. This route is planned to take 3 days to cross from D.C. to Illinois. It will make a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania and place a wreath at the Memorial every year.

Sandbox Route will make an overnight stop in St. Clairsville, OH and will be hosted by North Star Indian, Polaris, Slingshot and meet with community members over dinner. Riders will also make an overnight stop in Lafayette, IN, where they will be hosted by Hunter's Moon Harley Davidson (with dinner provided by Mount Hope Church) and again meet with community members over dinner.

Sandbox Route will make midday stops for lunch in Shellsburg, PA and Union, OH at the VFW posts 9219 and 5434 respectively, a chance to get to know those communities. Sandbox Route will also stop for lunch at American Legion Post 235 in Marseilles, IL before completing its mission at the MECW. Here it will lay a wreath, mission accomplished plaque and spend time with local community members.

Sandbox Route will ride along this planned route for years to come. Much work will go into fostering relationships along this route in an attempt to bring awareness to the issues facing veterans of the middle east conflicts and the families of those that have been lost. This route will join the veterans of previous eras together with current day veterans in this symbolic handshake from Wall 2 Wall. The Vietnam Memorial Wall being a symbol of the nearly fifty-eight thousand lives that were lost in the Vietnam War and the Middle East Conflicts Wall being a symbol of the lives that have been lost in the middle east….a number that continues to grow.

Complete details of the route are included as attachments to this release. It is typical to see interstate overpasses filled with supportive community members waving American flags and veterans rendering salutes as the group passes. Links to examples of this (from the other three routes) are listed below.

Sandbox Route will generally cross along the following Interstates in the States listed:

  • Maryland: I-270, I-70 and I-68 (05/26/2019)
  • Pennsylvania: I-70 and I-68 (05/26/2019)
  • Ohio: I-70 (05/26/2019 and 05/27/2019)
  • Indiana: I-70, I-65 and I-57 (05/27/2019 and 05/28/2019)
    Note: Fuel stop planned at Brookville, Ohio, estimated time of departure at 2:07 p.m.
    Fuel stop planned at Greenfield, IN, estimated time of arrival at 3:33 p.m
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Reid Health to Unveil Newly Remodeled Pediatric Therapy Areas

Posted May 6, 2019

Reid Health Rehabilitation Services will unveil a remodel of its Pediatric Rehab area in an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at 2021 Chester Boulevard.

Supplied Photo: Remodeled Pediatic Area at Reid Health with lamp.
The newly remodeled pediatric area includes a refurbished lamp post that came from the pediatric rehab area of the old hospital campus.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce at 4:30, followed by tours, refreshments and giveaways.

Megan Smith, Pediatric/Speech Therapy Manager, said the remodel was initially prompted when a large musical organ called "Mr. Pipes" could not be repaired or replaced. Mr. Pipes was one example of equipment that predated the new facility because some therapy equipment was moved from the department's former location on the old hospital campus.

The issue with Mr. Pipes is what started discussions about the need to update the facility, which remains the largest freestanding pediatric rehab facility in the region. "We started dreaming about what an amazing pediatric rehab space would look like, what we would want the theme to be, what was currently working and what wasn't," Smith said.

Supplied Image: Bridge in the Pediactric Rehab area at Reid Health.
The suspension bridge allows patients to go "fishing."

She said all areas received a face lift with new flooring, paint, color scheme, furniture and added storage. New features include:

  • A new ball cage
  • A light feature wall
  • A tent offering multiple sensory experiences
  • A kitchenette for working on feeding skills and meal prep
  • A sensory garden offering opportunities for sensory and fine/gross motor play activities

"The most exciting and biggest addition is our sensory garden area," Smith said. "Features include a tree with a squirrel friend, mushroom stools for climbing, a wheelchair accessible sandbox, a suspension bridge, a trampoline, a peg light board, musical flowers, a climbing log tunnel, a balance beam, a flower box and beanbag toss/archery area."

The area makes up most of the south side of the Rehab Center at 2021 Chester Boulevard. The rehab complex was the first major step in Reid Health's relocation more than 10 years ago from its former location at 1401 Chester Boulevard. The $7.6 million, 34,000 square foot facility opened in May of 2004 - four years before the new hospital campus was opened.

The recent remodel was completed for approximately $773,000. The pediatric area serves more than 300 children, many who are seen at least once a week.

2018 East-Central Indiana Business Climate Survey Results Announced

Posted May 1, 2019

The Indiana University East Business and Economic Research Center (the BERC) of the School of Business and Economics surveyed regional businesses to research the business and economic pulse in East-Central Indiana.

The 2018 East-Central Indiana Business Survey was completed by 96 businesses in September-October 2018. In this survey, five East-Central Indiana counties were included to provide an overview of the business climate of the regional economy. Based on the responses from the business executives, the BERC computed the scores of the IU East Regional Business Confidence Index (IUERBCI) that are used to gauge the confidence of East-Central Indiana's knowledgeable business leaders in the future.

The IUERBCI has a gross score of 2,479 for 2018, which is converted to an index value of 106.08. The 2018 IUERBCI has increased approximately 2 percent from 2017. This indicated that, overall, the business community in this region continued to hold an optimistic view about conducting their business activities in the region. However, the rising momentum in their confidence was just about half of the year before. A breakdown of the index into its sub-indexes illustrated that the regional business community was having much higher confidence in the current economic performance of the region for 2018 (as expressed by the 112.43 points from the Present Situation Index) than in the future performance for 2019 (as expressed by the 99.90 points from the Expectation Index).

The survey was sent to 616 business executives in Fayette, Henry, Randolph, Union, and Wayne counties across a wide spectrum of industries including professional services, manufacturing, health care, information technology, retail trade, and banking and financial services. Of the participating businesses surveyed, 56 percent have been in operation in the region for more than 20 years.

The survey was broken down into sections including demographics, performance, expectations, concerns and forecasts for the coming year. A few of the survey highlights indicated that businesses were performing better in 2018 including increases in business output and activity; hiring more employees; increased investment spending; and respondents indicated that their business experienced an increase in profits.

The survey report is available on the BERC website at iue.edu/business/berc/. This project would not have been successful without the support and contribution of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, and the Union County Development Corporation.

For more information, contact the Director of the Business and Economic Research Center and Associate Professor of Finance Oi Lin (Irene) Cheung, Ph.D., at (765) 973-8497 or Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Litao (Lee) Zhong, Ph.D., at (765) 973-8289.

Reid Health, Earlham College partnership launches with Fall course

Posted May 1, 2019

A new partnership between Reid Health and Earlham College further expands the health system's growth as a teaching center.

A new community medicine program will offer Earlham students clinical training and hands-on experience helping treat chronically ill patients in the region. Emily Kraft, M.D., Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services, said the new program resulted as part of the development of Reid's Community Paramedicine Program last year. "Our Community Paramedicine Program is designed to focus on high risk patients with a specific focus on keeping chronically ill patients in better health and reduce their need for emergency visits and readmission to the hospital," Dr. Kraft said.

The program, which is at no charge to the patients, involves paramedics going to patient homes, working with primary and specialty care providers, and assessing risks and barriers to care. A select group of pre-med students at Earlham will be chosen to take the course starting in the Fall semester. Students will have weekly sessions featuring a variety of speakers from the Reid system and community. "Topics will include health coaching, local healthcare connections, nutrition and lifestyle choices, palliative care medicine, mental health and more," Dr. Kraft noted.

In addition to their sessions at Earlham, students will also participate in training on the Reid Health­ campus. When they have completed the semester, they will serve as health coaches for the next year. "They will work in conjunction with the Community Paramedicine team to go in pairs to meet with patients regularly, assess barriers to their care and spend time with them."

Peter Blair, co-director of Earlham's Center for Global Health, said the program is the result of an expanded partnership between Earlham's Center for Global Health and Reid Health.

"This is a win-win-win for Earlham students, Reid Health, and the community," he said. "Our students will receive additional training and clinical experience while building relationships with our neighbors in the region. The community will benefit from well-trained and energetic students who will serve and engage with local citizens to improve health outcomes while working to reduce costly hospital visits."

"These kinds of experiences are critically important for students as they discern future careers, build a strong portfolio, and prepare for admission into graduate and medical school programs," says Michael Deibel, co-director of Earlham's Center for Global Health. "This program also supports the Center for Global Health's mission of producing students and graduates who see themselves as change agents in their local community and the world. We're grateful for the opportunity to expand our partnership with Reid and the Richmond area."

Reid Health partnerships with colleges and universities continue to further establish the health system as a teaching center. A Family Medicine Residency program that began in 2015 will be graduating its second class this summer. A Medical Student Clerkship program, with roots dating back more than a decade, was greatly expanded in 2011 in a partnership with Indiana University East and the IU School of Medicine.

And the IU East and Ivy Tech nursing programs and their partnerships with Reid Health are well established and continue to grow, including the recent addition of a Nurse Practitioner track at IU East.

"Reid Health's stature as a teaching center contributes to our ability to attract and keep caregivers on a highly competitive national stage." - Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer "Reid Health's stature as a teaching center contributes to our ability to attract and keep caregivers on a highly competitive national stage," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. "We appreciate our close relationships with regional educational institutions and look forward to finding even more ways we can work together to improve community health care and community health."

Nominations are being accepted for IU East's Alumni Hall of Fame

Posted May 1, 2019

The Indiana University East Alumni Association invites members of the community and other interested individuals to submit nominations for the Indiana University East Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the outstanding alumni of IU East.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame are alumni who have typified the IU East tradition of excellence and brought credit to the campus through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement and leadership and humanitarian service and citizenship.

IU East Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Chancellor's Medallion Dinner on Friday, November 8, at the Student Events Center located on the campus of IU East.

For a list of Hall of Fame members, visit iue.edu/alumni/awards/dist_alumni.php.

Nominations may be submitted online at iue.edu/alumni/halloffame by September 2, 2019. Selections will be made by committee.

For more information about the IU East Hall of Fame, contact Director of Alumni Relations Terry Wiesehan at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.

Ivy Tech Richmond Celebrates Graduates on May 11

Posted May 1, 2019

Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate graduates from its Richmond campus and Connersville site at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School (380 Hub Etchison Parkway). Students earned 747 degrees and certificates during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Some highlights of the 2019 ceremony include:

  • The presence of more than 30 high school seniors graduating with Ivy Tech credentials under the College's "Start as a Sophomore" program, also known as the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC). These students will leave high school with 30 credit hours guaranteed to transfer to public four-year colleges in Indiana. They will travel by bus and walk the stage alongside their fellow college grads in full academic regalia. These students are among the largest class of dual credit students in the campus's history. In total, 98 Ivy Tech credentials will be awarded to high school students in the Richmond service area.
  • Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann and student Brandi Farmer will be the featured speakers.
  • George Mosey and Steve Mosey will receive Honorary Degrees in College and Community Service for their professional success, high moral and ethical standards, and dedication to important civic causes that improve the quality of life in the Richmond community.
  • Jessica Huffman and Rhonda Price will receive the President's Award and Adjunct Faculty Award respectively in recognition of their excellence in instruction in Ivy Tech's classrooms.
    • Several outstanding students will be recognized for their work in the classroom and beyond including:
    • Dakota Harrison - School Of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science
    • Ezra Blue - School Of Information Technology
    • Mary Beth McMurry - School Of Arts, Sciences & Education
    • Cammie Humphries - School Of Health Sciences
    • Tina Marshall - School Of Nursing
  • Desiree Polk-Bland will be recognized as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. Currently, the Executive Dean of Student Affairs at Columbus State Community College in Ohio, Polk-Bland received her Ivy Tech Associate of Science degree in General Studies in 2006 while working at the campus as a full-time employee. She continues to support the College and its students through the ­­­Desiree Polk Endowed Scholarship.

Grants: More than $139,000 for mental health and substance abuse programs

Posted April 29, 2019

Reid Health Community Benefit is awarding $139,349 in grants for programs designed to meet the needs of mental health and/or substance abuse.

The grants represent the first awards of two grant cycles for the year. 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.

The grants include:

  • $2,500 to A Better life - Brianna's Hope to cover supplies for recovery groups and initiatives.
  • $11,700 to Birth to Five to help support the Healthy Families program.
  • $18,400 to Boys and Girls Club for "Prevention Plus" programming.
  • $12,000 to Cross Road Christian Recovery Center foritsTransitional Living program.
  • $8,580 to Genesis of Richmond to cover a portion of the personnel cost for a part-time residential manager.
  • $5,600 to Independent Living Center for staff and material costs for reusable residential wheelchair ramps.
  • $9,876 to JACY House for its "Speak Up Be Safe" program.
  • $900 to Monroe Central School Corp. for "Your Life Speaks" presentation for students and staff.
  • $6,700 to Northeastern Elementary School to cover training for "Leader in Me" program for all teachers.
  • $1,925 to Northeastern Middle School for a set of substance abuse simulation goggles for use in health education.
  • $5,600 to SAWS (Servants at Work) for material costs of wooden wheelchair ramps to serve multiple counties in Reid's service area.
  • $3,000 to Senior Opportunity Services to support its homemaker/handyman programs.
  • $2,000 to Two Twenty Eight Club Inc. to help support its monthly sober events and materials for two new classes.
  • $9,368 to Unchained Praises to help support its new Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • $5,000 to Union County Health Department to help support its Opioid Treatment Program.
  • $18,000 to Wayne County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit for a new police K-9 and training.
  • $18,200 to Whole Family Community Initiative, House of Ruth for personnel costs for the counselor.
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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.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - May 2019

Posted April 29, 2019

Supplied Flyer: May 2019 Singles Interaction Newsletter

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!

IU East's 48th Commencement Ceremony Will Be Held May 10

Posted April 29, 2019

Indiana University East will host its 48th Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

This year, the university will confer 804 baccalaureate degrees and 38 master's degrees.

Supplied Photo: Graduates in gowns and caps with lots of confetti.Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe will preside and address the 842 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2018 and candidates for May, June and August 2019.

The Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at iue.edu/live. Live commencement updates and commentary will be available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Follow or post using the hashtags #iueast and #iue2019. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

As part of the ceremony, IU East will award an Indiana University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Craig Kinyon, president/CEO of Reid Health, and Charlie Nelms, Chancellor Emeritus of IU East and a higher education consultant. The honorary degree, the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and sincere concern for the public good. Kristopher Karanovich of Richmond, Indiana will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Karanovich, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology, was selected to address the 2019 class.

Breanna Nowak, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award, an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average, and will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. Nowak will receive her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She is a member of the women's golf team and a NAIA Division II All-American. She has been accepted to the Indiana University School of Medicine.

IU East will host events and ceremonies leading up to the 48th Commencement Ceremony.

IU East's Second Annual Hooding Ceremony for master's degree candidates will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The hooding ceremony signifies a scholarly and personal achievement. This ceremony is by invitation.

Also the day of commencement, the IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host its pinning ceremony for nursing graduates at the Ligthhouse Assembly of God, located at 2339 West Cart Road in Richmond. The pinning ceremony begins at 2 p.m. with a slide show followed by the ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Graduates will receive their pin to wear for the Commencement Ceremony and nursing awards will be given to students.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.

Hayes Arboretum Names New Outreach & Education Coordinator

Posted April 29, 2019

In an effort to increase community access and awareness, Hayes Arboretum has named Kate Glen as Outreach & Education Coordinator. This position is a direct positive result of the Arboretum's participation in the Wayne County Foundation 2018 Challenge Match. Hayes Arboretum would like to offer many thanks to the Wayne County Foundation Challenge Match for benefits such as this which it offers our community.

Glen joins Arboretum staff after completing her Masters of Arts in Arts Administration at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. An educator and entrepreneur, Glen has experience in secondary and adult education and is co-owner of The Two Sisters: Books & More in the Depot District. Her novel, The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway, has recently been adapted for stage by Earlham College Department of Theatre.

Executive Director Stephen Hayes, Jr., noted, "We are thrilled to have Kate as part of the Hayes Arboretum staff. Her educational background, work experience, skills and interests make her a great fit for her role at the Arboretum. Kate has extensive experience and involvement with promoting education both in the classroom and outdoors. I intend to provide her with great opportunities to interact with the community and help extend the mission beyond the Arboretum's borders. It is often commented that the Arboretum is a hidden gem in our community. With Kate's help, the Arboretum will be more of gem and less hidden. Please stop by the Arboretum table at the next community event you attend and say hi to Kate."

Hayes Arboretum is the educational project of S.W. Hayes Research Foundation, Inc. Their mission is to provide nature and recreation related education to its visitors through instruction, experiences and amenities. The arboretum has 466 acres of woodlands, meadows, swamps, and streams and contains 3% of Indiana's old-growth forest.

ARC Center Community Gardens

Posted April 29, 2019

The ARC Center will have a community garden this summer! This summer we will have 15 plots that anyone in the community can sign up to use for their own personal garden. Please comment on our Facebook page if you are interested in having one of our four foot by four foot plots to use for the summer.

The ARC Center Community Garden staff will have a kick-off work day on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00am – noon and will be on site to donate seeds, teach you how to plant, and give you advice on a plan for your plot for the summer. We will come together as a community every Wednesday at 6:00pm to help maintain the garden while regular staff members will water and tend the garden daily.

We will also host monthly classes on cooking, preservation, canning, and nutrition to go along with our community garden. If you are interested in having your own plot or just being a part of the community garden, please come out to our planting celebration on May 18th from 8:00am to noon!

The ARC Center is a community center that is located on the corner of Salisbury and Main St on the west side of Richmond. If you have any question please contact us here on our Facebook page or give us a call at 765-962-4357.

Nettle Creek Players Summer Stock Tent Theatre Returns in July

Posted April 29, 2019

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization in Hagerstown, Indiana, has announced its 2019 troupe of visiting professional theatre artists who will live in the community for nine weeks as they prepare and present the Nettle Creek Players 2019 Summer Stock Tent Theatre Season featuring productions of JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, GERSHWIN & FRIENDS: A BROADWAY SONGBOOK CABARET, and RUMPELSTILTSKIN, OR THE FAIRIE'S SECRET NAME. Performances of JOESPH will be at 7:30pm on July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27 & 5:00pm on July 7 with GERSHWIN & FRIENDS at 5:00pm on July 14, 21 & 28 and RUMPELSTILTSIKIN at 11:00am on July 20 & 27. All performances will take place in the Nettle Creek Players Show Tent at 150 N. Plum Street in historic downtown Hagerstown, Indiana.

Tickets for JOSEPH and GERSHWIN & FRIENDS are $15 per person with discounts available for students, children and groups of 10 or more. Tickets for RUMPELSTILTSKIN are $5 per person. Tickets and more information are available at www.nettlecreekplayers.com, at Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers and by phone at 765-312-2722.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

A reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber & Tim Rice's classic is one of the most enduring Broadway shows of all time. Told entirely through song with the help of the angelic Narrator, the musical follows Jacob's favorite son, Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar's wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph's solution to Egypt's famine elevates him to Pharaoh's right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

"Gershwin & Friends: A Broadway Songbook Cabaret"

This witty and clever walk through the greatest music from Tin Pan Alley to the early days of Broadway features classic songs from George & Ira Gershwin as well as their friends and colleagues including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Rogers & Hart, Kay Swift and more. More than two dozen songs are connected by humorous, insightful and endearing stories from the lives and careers of these music masters. Jazz Era gowns and tuxedos frame this elegant and entertaining journey through the best songs of the 20th Century including "Stairway to Paradise," "Our Love is Here to Stay," "Night & Day," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blues in the Night."

"Rumpelstiltskin, or The Fairie's Secret Name"

The traditional tale of the girl who made a deal with a devilish little imp who helped her spin straw into gold. The audience helps banish the arrogant elf by shouting his name at just the right moment to save the day in this 40-minute fast-paced comedy crafted for both the youngest audiences as well as the young-at-heart.

The visiting artists will live in the community, most in the homes of local volunteers and some in apartments made available by a local realtor. They will rehearse the shows for 2 ½ weeks and perform for four weekends. Following the season in Hagerstown, performers in GERSHWIN & FRIENDS will take that show on tour, playing a two-week run of shows at the historic Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, Indiana from August 3 through August 11.

The eight professional actors and visiting artists-in-residence that will form the 2019 core company include the following:

  • Jacob Butler comes from Cincinnati and is a graduate of Ball state University. He has been seen on stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, BOBDIREX in Indianapolis and has numerous film credits. Jacob will play the title role in JOSEPH;
  • Katie Friedel-Carfield of Richmond, Indiana is a graduate of Ball State University and has performed regionally at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, Kings Island, Cedar Point and Busch Gardens as well as the West End Lounge and Duplex Cabaret in New York City. Ms. Friedel-Carfiled will play the Narrator in JOSEPH;
  • Anna Marck lives in Chicago and is a graduate of Oakland University. She has performed with Thunder Bay Theater, Water Works Theatre and Festival 56 among others. She will portray Levi in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;
  • Sean Haynes lives in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University. He has performed in multiple seasons of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, with Actors Theatre of Indiana and at the IndyFringe Festival in Indianapolis and as a singer with Broadway star Sutton Foster and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and at the Columbia Club Cabaret. He will portray Dan and Potiphar in JOSEPH, be a lead emcee and soloist in GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;
  • Taylor Hadsell is native of Plano, Texas and recent graduate of Ball State University and an Equity Membership Candidate. Taylor has worked at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Plano Arts Collective and Ohlook Performing Arts Center. She will play Asher in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;
  • Alexis Smith is a graduate of Point Park University and currently resides in Pittsburgh where she has performed at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Other credits include performances at the Bicentennial Park Theatre and Rialto Square Theatre in her native Joliet, Illinois. She will portray Gad and The Baker in JOSEPH, be a lead emcee and soloist in GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a serve as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;
  • Maddy Fenton is a native of Yorktown, Indiana and is a Musical Theatre major at Ball State University. She has performed at Muncie Civic Theatre and in several shows at Ball State. Ms. Fenton will play the role of Zebulon in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a serve as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;
  • Kavin Moore is a Ball State University musical theatre major originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He has performed at Booth Tarkington Theatre, Ethnic Theatre Alliance, Legacy Theatre and Kentucky Shakespeare. Mr. Moore will play Judah in JOSEPH, be a member of the ensemble of GERSHWIN & FRIENDS and a serve as a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Five performers who were in the 2018 Nettle Creek Players company are returning for a second season. They include:

  • JD Sams is a native of Connersville and studied at both Ball State University and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. He is the lead singer of popular local band The Smileys, portrayed The Wolfe in NCP's 2018 production of INTO THE WOODS and will play The Pharaoh in JOSEPH;
  • Lily Ballenger is from Cambridge City and has performed at Richmond Civic Theatre and was seen as one of the stepsisters in NCP's INTO THE WOODS. Ms. Ballenger will play Reuben in JOSEPH;
  • Jordan Paul Wolfe is from Richmond where he studies at Earlham College. A graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, he has performed at Richmond Civic Theatre and Earlham Theatre Company, was The Steward in NCP's INTO THE WOODS and will play Napthali and The Butler in JOSEPH.
  • Craig Underwood is a Chicago-based member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers and starred as the Baker in NCP's 2018 production of INTO THE WOODS. He has performed at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana, The Mercury & Paramount Theatres in Chicago and will direct & choreograph JOSEPH;
  • Dr. Julie Lyn Barber is Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Western Kentucky University and has performed for 10 years in CABARET POE with Q Artistry in Indianapolis, in many shows with American Heritage Theatre Company and Portland Center Stage in Oregon and The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres as well as numerous theatres in her native Canada and the 2018 NCP season where she played The Witch in INTO THE WOODS. Dr. Barber will choreograph GERSHWIN and direct RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

Several local performers will also join the company. They include the following:

  • Devin Summan is from Bentonville and graduated from Connersville High School and Ball State University. He is a frequent performer at Richmond Civic Theatre and Muncie Civic Theatre and will play Simeon in JOSEPH;
  • Alison Moore is from Richmond and is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago and holds a Master of Music degree from Wichita State University. She has been seen on stage at Richmond Civic Theatre and The Bell Tower Theatre. Ms. Moore will play Issachar and Potiphar's Wife in JOSEPH;
  • Lee Stacey is a New Castle native, an NCP alum from the 1980's and a long-time director at the Guyer Opera House in Lewisville, Indiana. He will play Jacob in JOSEPH, a role he first played for NCP in 1988;
  • Gilda McClure Lewis is a native of Connersville and NCP alum from the 1980's. She will coordinate costuming for the season and play Jacob's Wife in JOSEPH

Chorus member and company understudy will be local high school student and 2-year veteran of NCP's Young Actor's Workshop program, Paige Strothman, who joins the full company for the first time.

Music Director for the season will be Ball State University accompanist Cody Ricks who led the NCP orchestra in 2017 and music directed in 2018. He is joined for a second year by percussionist Josh Fulford.

Technical Director and Production Stage Manager is Greg Gasman, former Technical Director at Muncie Civic Theatre. He is joined by Assistant Stage Manager Logan Hill, a native of Ridgeway, Ohio and recent graduate of Ohio Northern University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Production Manager will be 3-year NCP veteran Marty Grubbs, former Muncie Civic Theatre director, Losantville native, Ball State graduate and Chicago actor.

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

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

Wayne County Highway Issues Notice on Weed Spray and Cutting Programs

Posted April 29, 2019

The Wayne County Highway Department will be continuing its Weed Spray and Brush Cutting programs beginning in May, 2019. It is the intent of these programs to control brush, trees and weeds in the road right-of-ways which narrow driving lanes, limit vision and block signs.

Residents not wishing to have the right-of-way adjoining their property sprayed or brush cut are asked to contact the Wayne County Highway Department at 765-855-5211 between 6:30AM and 3:00PM to register for this program. "DO NOT SPRAY" signs will be provided to be placed at each end of the designated area in such a manner to be visible to Wayne County Highway Department employees.

Residents should exercise methods for controlling the brush and weeds in these areas. If these areas are not properly maintained, Wayne County Highway Department reserves the right to initiate appropriate measures.

For further information, please contact the Wayne County Highway Department.

Wayne County Foundation to Present Prestigious Awards and Scholarships

Posted April 24, 2019

On May 17, the Wayne County Foundation will review their year, say goodbye to retiring board members, welcome new board members, and honor five community members at their Annual Celebration and Report to the Community.

Rick Ahaus will be recognized with the Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community. The award honors the Foundation's founder, Charles Rodefeld, a person who moved quietly but steadily to help meet community needs. The Rodefeld Award recognizes Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have been there when agencies or organizations most needed them, who served faithfully and well, though without fanfare, and who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years.

Bill and Marilyn Martus will receive the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service which was named for the Foundation's first staff person and which recognizes paid or volunteer not-for-profit leaders who personify exceptional service to others in the name of community progress. Ruth is perhaps best remembered for maintaining the highest ethical standards and expressing true appreciation for even the smallest contributions and those selected for this award also exhibit those qualities.

Additionally, the Foundation will recognize the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars – Molly Coomes, daughter of Andy Coomes and Kevin and Renee Westover, a senior at Centerville High School and Joseph Lahmann, son of Margaret Lahmann and Patrick Lahmann, a senior at Seton Catholic High School.

Supplied Photo: Molly Coomes              Supplied Photo: Joseph Lahmann
Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Molly Coomes              Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Joeph Lahmann

The public is invited to attend the celebration which will be held at Cope Environmental Center. Reservations are required by May 10 and may be made by visiting WayneCountyFoundation.org or by calling the Foundation at 765.962.1638. Cost for the event is $35 per person.

28th Annual H.E.L.P. the Animals Pet Walk Scheduled for May 18th

Posted April 23, 2019

Supplied Flyer: 2019 HELP the Animals Walk

Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. for the 28th Annual H.E.L.P. the Animals Pet Walk on May 18th, 2019. There will be a Pet Costume Contest at 10:30 a.m. and the Pet Walk will take place at 11:00 a.m. Pledge to walk for homeless cats and dogs!

Quilts Wanted for Spring Show

Posted April 10, 2019

Why leave your grandmother's quilt sitting in a trunk in the attic when you can bring it to be displayed at Richmond's premiere quilt show? The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN. Sponsored by the Wayne County Extension Homemakers, the biennial quilt show is expected to have well over 100 quilts on display.

Ladies sitting in chairs in front of a row of quilts. Copyright: HolmanPhotos.com

In addition to the quilts, there will be vendors, special exhibit by Junior Quilters, luncheon for purchase, and a "garage sale" table. A silent auction of themed baskets benefits our scholarship fund.

Visit our Facebook page right away to sign up for classes on "Applique using Hotfix" and "Using the Quilter's Cutting Guide" to quickly and efficiently cut your quilt pieces.

Applications are now being accepted for your quilt to be exhibited. There is no charge for displaying a quilt and you can enter as many quilts as you want.

Deadline for applications is May 10.

For more information, contact Jessica at craftevent@hotmail.com or call Kathy at (765) 855-5185. Visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WayneCoINQuiltShow.

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