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IU Soul Revue to Perform at IU East on March 12

Posted February 12, 2020

IU Soul Revue will perform at Indiana University East at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Student Events and Activities Center.

Supplied Photo: IU Soul Revue will perform in concert on the IU East campus March 12 in the Student Events Center.

Event admission is free. However, the first 300 people to register through will receive priority seating. A printed ticket or an image of the ticket on your mobile device must be presented upon entry to receive priority seating.

For all others, general admission bleacher seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis until the venue is full. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the IU Alumni Association East Region and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The IU Soul Revue is America's first and finest collegiate Black popular music ensemble. Since 1971, the Soul Revue is famous for dynamic performances of R&B, soul, funk, and contemporary Black popular music delivered by its commanding vocalists, powerful horn line, and tight rhythm section.

IU East alumnus James A. Strong, Jr., is the director of IU Soul Revue. He is a renowned bassist, musical director, and producer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from IU East in 2013. He is an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Northwest High School. Before enrolling in IU East's business online degree completion program, he attend IU Bloomington and was a member of IU Soul Revue.

IU Soul Revue is an academic course at IU Bloomington through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and one of three ensembles managed by the African American Arts Institute. The IU Soul Revue has opened for famous artists including James Brown, The Emotions, Booker T. Jones, and most recently performed with Bootsy Collins in the 2018 Cincinnati Music Festival.

The Soul Revue will travel to Los Angeles this spring to perform with Grammy-winner Terry Steele at the legendary Spaghettini jazz club.

Wayne County Foundation Seeks Nominations for Awards

Posted February 12, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the Charles A. Rodefeld and Ruth J. Wickemeyer awards. The Charles A. Rodefeld Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and the Community seeks to recognize Wayne County citizens and/or companies who have served faithfully, though without fanfare; those who have provided leadership and significant financial support over the years. The Rodefeld award has been presented every year since 1994. The Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service was established in 2006 to recognize a not-for-profit leader (paid or volunteer) who personifies exceptional service to others in the name of community progress.

The award recipients will be honored at the Foundation's annual dinner. The nonprofit organization which nominates the selected recipient will receive a grant of $1,000.

Nomination forms, which must be submitted online, are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 2. Links to the application can be found on the Foundation's website:

Stars of HGTV Show, Good Bones, Coming to Muncie

Posted February 12, 2020

LifeStream Services is pleased to announce keynote speakers for the 17 th Annual Aging Well Conference are Karen E Laine and Mina Hawk of the hit HGTV show, Good Bones. On the show, the mother-daughter duo hunt down battered homes in bleaker Indianapolis neighborhoods and transform them with the help of some rough-and-ready demo teams. Karen E Laine is also a native of Richmond, Ind.

Supplied Photo: Karen Laine and Mina Hawk

The Aging Well Conference is set for Thursday, June 4 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Horizon Convention Center located 401 S. High St. Muncie, IN 47305. The conference is designed for older adults, caregivers, wellness enthusiasts, and health professionals to learn how to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others. The conference includes a resource fair, light breakfast, and educational breakout sessions.

A plated lunch will be served followed by Karen E Laine and Mina Hawk's presentation. Lunch only tickets will be available to purchase for those who wish to enjoy the keynote presentation and lunch only.

Registration and sponsorship/resource fair information will be released early spring 2020. Those who would like more information or to receive registration information to their home/email may contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or

Special thanks to our current sponsors: Healing Hands Home Health, Heaven Sent Home Healthcare, Reid Health Alliance Medicare, Community Hospital Anderson, Heart to Heart Hospice, Henry Community Health, Humana, Guardian Medical Monitoring, and Silver Birch of Muncie.

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

Save the Date! Experience Agentina!

Posted February 12, 2020

Supplied Poster: Argentina by Amigos

Save the date! Amigos will bring you "Experience Argentina!" at Forest Hills Country Club on Friday, April 3rd. Details to follow.

Paint the Plow with INDOT in 2020

Posted February 12, 2020

Supplied Graphic: Paint the PlowThe Indiana Department of Transportation has launched the 2020 Paint the Plow campaign and invites Indiana schools to submit an application to participate.

Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Schools/programs will be paired with a local INDOT unit to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork representing their school. Applications and additional program details can be found here:

In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school's community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school.

Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.

For more information or questions about the Paint the Plow campaign, visit to find the contact information for your District.

IU East Welcomes New Faculty to Campus

Posted February 12, 2020

Indiana University East welcomes two new faculty members this spring semester.

Supplied Photo: Denise FrazierDenise Frazier, assistant professor of education, joined the IU East School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Reading Education with cognates in Elementary Education and Research and her Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from Ball State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Public Relations from Purdue University.

Previously Frazier was an assistant professor of literacy education at Purdue University Northwest. Formerly, she was an adjunct professor in education for Indiana Wesleyan University. She was the district high ability coordinator and a sixth grade teacher for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. She has also taught fifth grade at Garfield Elementary.

Frazier is a member of Indiana Connected Educators, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, the International Society for Technology in Education, Mid-West Educational Research Association, and the International Literacy Association.

She has published articles most recently in Literacy Today, Computers in the Schools, Mid-Western Education Researcher, the Journal of Educational Technology Systems and the Journal of Educational Research and Practice. She has presented at international, national and state conferences.

Supplied Photo: Prakriti PollackPrakriti Pollack, visiting lecturer in chemistry, joined the IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics and will be on campus for the spring semester. Pollack received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University. She received her Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. She also received a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University.

Previously Pollack was a part-time laboratory instructor and lecturer for the University of Dayton. She has taught part-time at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and was a teaching associate at The Ohio State University. She has also been a scientist with Aldrich Chemical Company in Miamisburg, Ohio.

She is a volunteer at Sugarcreek-Bellbrook Local Schools, the American Chemical Society and Cox Arboretum.

Pollack has published works in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry and Tetrahedron Letters. She has presented at national conferences.

Earlham Sophomore Featured on Cover of New Lemon Shortbread Girl Scout Cookies

Posted February 12, 2020

Serena Pisacano, a sophomore geology major from Philadelphia, is featured on the cover of the latest variety of Girl Scout cookies.

She was one of three scouts chosen nationwide to be featured on the boxes of Lemonades and Lemon-Ups. She is pictured wearing a hard hat and safety glasses, and holding a solar panel that she installed on the site of a Girl Scouts camp in New Jersey.

"The Girl Scouts place a strong emphasis on STEM-related fields and I'm really glad that they chose to picture me doing something that generates clean sources of energy," Pisacano says. "I could see myself doing something like this for a career."

Pisacano is an effective multitasker on campus, something she learned through scouting. In addition to geology, she also studies chemistry and music, competes on both the women's lacrosse and cross county teams, and is a member of the College's equestrian co-op. She also is a lifeguard and, until last semester, worked as a part-time EMT for the Richmond Fire Department.

"The Girl Scouts has been a huge part of my life," Pisacano says. "I learned skills and how to set goals that have carried me through to college and have helped me be successful here, too."

A Girl Scout since the sixth grade, Pisacano entered a contest during her senior year of high school to be selected for the cover of the cookie boxes. In her application, she emphasized her involvement in her troop more so than her cookie-selling techniques.

"I don't think I won because of how many cookies I sold," Pisacano says. "I only sold 600 boxes, but I sold them all myself – and I'm proud of that.

"I was involved with my troop a lot," she says. "I earned the bronze, silver and gold awards in Girl Scouts. I think they also recognized my leadership for the work I do with the Girl Scout's summer camp."

Pisacano recently spoke to hundreds of local Girl Scouts in the Richmond area. Cookie sales run through this spring.

First Bank Richmond is Dementia Friendly

Posted February 12, 2020

LifeStream Services is proud to announce First Bank Richmond as the first Dementia Friendly organization in Wayne County. Staff at all eight First Bank locations have been trained and educated on how to make people living with dementia and their caregivers remain included, accepted, and connected with their community.

Dementia affects memory, thinking, and social abilities that severely interfere with daily life. The number of Indiana residents and people worldwide affected by dementia increases every day. According to the World Health Organization, there are 10 million new cases of dementia every year. Therefore, it is increasingly important for our communities to better understand dementia and better accommodate the challenges of those affected by the disease.

Courtney Evans, AVP Regional Branch Administration and the leader behind the Dementia Friends efforts at First Bank, explained why First Bank became involved with this initiative: "It is staggering to see the statistics for the number of people living with dementia. While becoming a Dementia Friend, it became apparent to me that banking could potentially be a pain point for these individuals and their caregivers. Working in an industry that was an essential part of living, I wanted to find ways I could make the life of a person living with dementia less overwhelming and more enjoyable."

LifeStream is East Central Indiana's Dementia Friends Administrator. Learn more about the movement or become a Dementia Friend online by visiting or contact Beth Evans, Director of Community Services, at or 765-405-3001. Dementia Friends Indiana initiative is an outreach of Dementia Friendly America. The initiative seeks to educate communities about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes that make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and for their loved ones.

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

Reid Health Breast Center Gains ACR Accreditation

Posted February 12, 2020

The Reid Health Breast Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells - either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle - from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist and general surgeon to remove tissue for diagnosis.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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Wayne County Foundation 2020 Spring Grant Cycle

Posted January 30, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2020 Spring Grant Cycle. This is an opportunity for charitable organizations to receive funding for projects, programs and initiatives that help improve the quality of life and enhance the spirit of the Wayne County community.

Applications for the Spring Cycle must be submitted through the Foundation's online application portal. The application will open Wednesday, February 26, 2020 and close at 11:30 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020. The Foundation expects to award up to $100,000 from its unrestricted funds and almost $190,000 from various field-of-interest funds in this cycle.

Field-Of-Interest Funds support applications that address needs and opportunities related to: animal welfare, the arts, education and literacy, the environment, and human service assistance. The Foundation will also accept human service-related applications for funds that benefit the Hagerstown community.

While all nonprofits are invited to attend the Grant Information and Networking Luncheon, first time applicants and those who have not been successful with a previous online application should consider their attendance a prerequisite to applying. The luncheon will be held at the Wayne County Historical Museum's Community Room on Wednesday, February 26 from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. The cost for lunch is $10. Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 19 and may be made online through the Foundation's website,

Additional information is available by calling the Foundation office at 765-962-1638 or emailing

IU East to host Legislative Forums

Posted January 30, 2020

The community is invited to attend a Legislative Forum at Indiana University East on February 7 and March 6.

Legislative Forums are from 8-9 a.m. and will be held in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forums are free and open to the public.

The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, professor of criminal justice and director of Institutional Effectiveness for the Office of Academic Affairs at IU East.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or

EC professor recognized for innovation by Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Posted January 30, 2020

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Lynne Perkins Socey, M.F.A., has received national recognition for innovative teaching.

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region III presented Perkins Socey with their Prize for Innovative Teaching earlier this month.

The award, which was given during the Region III festival in Madison, Wisconsin, recognizes individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and production of academic theatre. It is one the festival's most prestigious honors. Region III includes colleges and universities located in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and western Ohio.

"Lynne is a wonderful actor, director and teacher who has provided quality mentorship and service to our region for several years, ultimately to the benefit of student playwrights across our region" says Rick Walters, chair of the Region III festival.

But it was Perkins Socey's recent work in developing a new off-campus program for Earlham students at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland that helped her stand out as the award's recipient, Walters says.

"The committee was really impressed with the initiative it took to make something like this happen — and to structure it in a way that really engaged students on the frontlines to realize their own creative capabilities," Walters says. "I think she's masterful at that. She has a unique ability to lead in a way that students really feel empowered. Ultimately that's the thing that makes her teaching feel special."

The yearlong initiative began during the 2018-19 academic year and resulted in 17 students attending the festival and performing Perkins Socey's new play, The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway, which is adapted from the novel by Kathryn Clare Glen.

The Earlham College Theatre Arts Department students worked collaboratively to bring the production to life through theatrical staging, original music, and steam-punk style props — including a bird with a 16-foot wingspan.

In preparation for the performances, the students worked collaboratively with Perkins Socey on staging experiences, dramaturgy, podcasts, website development and a marketing plan. They performed the play on campus for local audiences before traveling to Europe in August 2019. The excursion is one of Earlham's signature off-campus experiences funded entirely by The EPIC Advantage.

"My ultimate goal is for each student to recognize their unique gifts and potential areas for growth as they learn new ways of working, develop more effective methods for rehearsal and performance, and expand their range of expression," Perkins Socey says of her approach to teaching. "By the time school began again this fall, it was clear that the EPIC Edinburgh students had developed more awareness, initiative, confidence, and clarity about what they want from the rest of their education. The whole department is benefitting from this energy and it is a joy to see students seeking additional opportunities that will move them toward their post-graduation goals."

Perkins Socey has been a professor and student mentor at Earlham since2009 and has worked as a professional actor, director, casting director and producer for over 35 years. She has directed a wide range of productions including Into The Woods, Othello, Arsenic & Old Lace, The Laramie Project, Pinocchio, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Charlotte's Web. Her work has been featured by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Repertory, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, the Human Race Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Lilly Theatre at the Children's Museum, City Center Children's Theatre, Brown County Playhouse and many university theatres.

She teaches courses like "Foundations of Acting, Directing, Movement for the Stage, Devised Theatre, "Theatre for Change," "Acting Styles," and leads several applied theatre opportunities related to acting and stage management.

Indiana OB Navigator Program Topic of Feb. 11 Events at Reid Health

Posted January 30, 2020

A special event at Reid Health Feb. 11 will offer information to the community and to healthcare providers about a new state program aimed at improving the health of pregnant women and their babies.

The sessions include a community event from 3 to 4 p.m. in Lingle Grand Hall & Auditorium, followed at 5:30 by a special session for healthcare providers. Both sessions require advance registration by Feb. 3. They will feature Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box. These are part of a series of sessions being held across the state about the new OB Navigator program, which will be introduced in Wayne County later this year.

The OB Navigator program is a collaboration between the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). This initiative is building a network of services and support around moms and babies to create healthier outcomes for both. It was established by House Enrolled Act 1007, which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2019.

The goal of this program is to identify women early in their pregnancies and connect them with an OB navigator - a home visitor who provides personalized guidance and support to a woman during her pregnancy through at least the first six to 12 months after her baby's birth. To begin that effort, the program is working to connect pregnant women who are covered by Medicaid in our highest-risk areas to services in their communities.

This initiative is an important step in statewide efforts to lower Indiana's infant mortality and maternal mortality rates, state officials said.

Stephanie Field, Reid Health's Service Line Director of Women and Children's Services, said the program will be a great addition to work Reid Health began on its own in November 2016. "As an organization, we determined that mothers in our community needed additional support and guidance throughout their pregnancy and postpartum course," she said. So Reid began offering a Perinatal Navigation program in which pregnant women meet with a navigator in early pregnancy. The navigators help educate and support the patients about prenatal care, identify issues where other community organizations may be able to help with family needs, and otherwise provide support to women during their pregnancy.

Field said the perinatal navigators will partner with the state program "to ensure that prenatal care is initiated quickly and that all community resources are made available to patients."

Home visits will be a "critical component" of the new program, she said, "which adds another layer of support for families."

OB Navigator implementation begins with a series of community meetings involving all stakeholders, including hospitals, home visiting programs and the public. These events include a discussion of infant mortality in Indiana, program details and a question and answer session.

RSVP for the community event by Monday, Feb. 3, using this link:

RSVP for the health care providers event by Monday, Feb. 3, using this link:

Senior Adult Ministry February Meeting

Posted January 30, 2020

Sore back? General aches and pains? Dr. Doug Mull, a doctor of Chiropractic medicine, will share suggestions on how to maintain a healthy back at the February meeting of the Senior Adult Ministry. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

Dr. Mull will also explain and demonstrate the use of ion cleanse to detoxify the body. He will also answer your questions.

Come and bring a friend. We will also have snacks for you to enjoy.

Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old 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 monthly meetings.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Free TAX Service at MRL

Posted January 22, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Preparation Services

It tax time! Why not receive free help with filing your taxes? Free tax preparation assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on February 5th. This free service is offered every Wednesday through April 8th. Services including: Indiana State and Federal Tax form preparation with electronic filing. A dozen certified volunteers will be on hand to assist patrons. Although there are no income restrictions for this service, individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complex will be referred to a tax professional.

The tax service starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. being the deadline for sign-ups. This free service is provided on a first come, first serve basis and is open to Indiana residents.

Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library's front door at 8:00 a.m. on tax service days. Spots fill very quickly and a line typically forms by 7:15 a.m. in the morning.

For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

  • Last year's tax return;
  • Photo ID;
  • Social Security cards and birth dates of all names listed on tax returns, including dependents;
  • All W2s, 1099s, and other tax statements received for the tax year;
  • Receipts for deductions including tax receipts;
  • Rent receipts, name and address of landlord if claiming renter's deduction;
  • Care provider's name, address, and identifying number if claiming deduction for Dependent Care;
  • Amount(s) and date(s) of each payment of estimated taxes during the tax year;
  • Voided check or savings account routing numbers for direct deposit of refund.

Reid Health Establishes Police Force

Posted January 30, 2020

To enhance the security and safety of Reid Health patients, visitors, staff and the community members who use our services daily, the health system will begin transitioning its Security Department this month to a state-recognized police department - just as many other health systems in the state have done in the last few years.

"With the growth of Reid Health and the accompanying increases in the need for police assistance, this move will result in increased safety for everyone and help reduce the burden on regional law enforcement agencies," said Randy Kolentus, Director of Reid Health's Security Services. As an example, he said, the Richmond Police Department responded to Reid facilities almost 900 times in 2018.

Becoming a police force will result in increased training and certifications for the 25-member security team in Richmond and Connersville. It will also provide officers arrest authority, allow them to deal more effectively with an increasing number of potentially violent incidents, and create what will ultimately be the third largest police force in the county, behind the Richmond Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

"The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is foremost in this effort," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "This will also benefit other agencies that will not have to expend as many of their resources and officers' time with situations that arise on our campuses."

Kolentus also noted violence against physicians and other care providers has increased in recent years, including some where employees were injured in the process of providing patient care. "The threat is real. Reid will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse of its care providers and staff. Having our team designated police officers will give them more flexibility in dealing with these issues, including the option to arrest."

The needs and changes are directly reflected in the growth of Reid Health and the Security Services team, from Kolentus and nine officers in 2016 to more than twice that today. "We started comparing the workload and types of issues Security was facing, and the safety factor for all staff. We looked at national healthcare trends, local crime stats and even the amount of square footage we needed to cover." He said the move to arm officers was made in 2013 after noting increases in random active shootings in the nation, "and our Security could not protect against a situation like that."

Area police agencies fully support the plan.

James Branum, Chief of Police for Richmond, said he strongly supported the Reid Health Security team to take "this natural step." He said having officers on the scene at all times will help alleviate some of his department's call load, especially in the evenings. He also noted the hospital "has the perfect foundation" in its staff.

The department director and five experienced former officers have a combined 169 years of experience in law enforcement. The team includes:

  • Randy Kolentus, Director, retired after more than 28 years with Richmond Police Department before joining Reid Health in 2006. He brought patrol, detective and management experience. He is certified by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) as a training officer and firearms instructor.
  • Jeff Cappa, Security Manager, Richmond, brought 38 years of law enforcement experience when he joined Reid Health after serving two terms as Wayne County Sheriff starting in 2010. He was Indiana Sheriff of the Year in 2013. He also served eight years as chief deputy, with experience in various roles at that department.
  • Dennis Perkins, Security Manager, Connersville, served on the Connersville Police Department 20 years and is also a certified instructor with the ILEA. He was head of security for Fayette Regional when he transitioned to Reid Health last year.
  • Six staffers who are retired officers, and ten who came from jail or prison settings. Four currently serve as reserve police officers.

Current Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter also supports the change. "In the wake of recent incidents in our community and throughout our nation, the need to provide this immediate resource has never been more apparent. Having a police agency onsite provides your patients, their loved ones and your staff this service without the need to organize an outside resource or experience delay."

Joey Laughlin, Fayette County Sheriff, said he fully supports Reid forming a police force. "Having full-fledged, ILEA Academy trained police officers would be a great asset to local law enforcement," he said. "I believe the right leadership is in place to establish this department." Randy Bolos, Connersville Police Chief, echoed the support, noting how it would help reduce calls to his department and speed up investigations and response time for all in the community. "I appreciate the opportunity to increase police protection in our community."

Perkins expects the change to improve safety for the somewhat spread out facilities in Connersville. "This will be a great enhancement to our partnership with other agencies in Fayette County, which are not as large as our counterparts in Richmond," he said.

An Indiana statute originally adopted in 2013 created the groundwork for hospitals to create their own police department, and many in the state have done so, including in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend.

Also expressing support for the change was Michael Shipman, Wayne County's Prosecuting Attorney. He said it will benefit Reid Health and area law enforcement. "Allowing Reid Health to handle some criminal matters will allow RPD officers to focus on other criminal investigations."

Indiana University, including its IU East campus, already has the police force designation. "We currently have a close working relationship with your security office due to the close proximity of the hospital and the IU East campus," said Benjamin Hunter, associate vice president/superintendent of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance for IU campuses.

"We are committed to reducing any and all types of criminal activity that might find its way to our campus, and being prepared in every situation while maintaining our culture of compassion and excellence." -- Randy Kolentus, Security Director

Kolentus said Reid's force can in the future work in agreement with IU East's officers to back each other up in emergency situations. "Our designation as a police force will strengthen our partnership with mutual benefits." He said the decision to become a police force was researched and evaluated extensively. "This is the right time and decision," he said.

The Reid Health Governing Board approved establishing the health system police department on Jan. 27. With the designation, a portion of already trained and certified team members will become official police officers. Kolentus said it would take two to three years to complete the transition and training of the entire team, noting that police academy training classes are limited in size.

Jennifer Ehlers, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, is the administrator over Security Services. "I have the utmost confidence in our expert team and in what this important step forward will do to enhance the safety on our main campus and numerous other locations," she said. "We can never let up on constant efforts to make our facilities as safe as possible on behalf of the thousands who come through our doors each year."

Reid Health has taken other steps to increase security, including requiring visitor passes and IDs after 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. for essential visitors and family members. Kolentus noted that when it was established in 2018, almost 12,000 people came through after hours - in 2019, that number dropped to 8,700. This change will reduce traffic and noise in the inpatient units where patients are resting, as well as enhance safety by limiting access to specific patients who may have limited visitation.

"We are committed to reducing any and all types of criminal activity that might find its way to our campus, and being prepared in every situation while maintaining our culture of compassion and excellence," Kolentus said. "We frequently hear from patients and families about how our team members go the extra mile in providing their care. Upgrading to a police department will further enhance our constant efforts to maintain peace and safety for people often already in stressful health situations."

Community Generates Over $1.8 Million in 2019 Challenge Match

Posted January 22, 2020

The Wayne County Foundation announced today detailed results of its 2019 Challenge Match.

Forty-seven local organizations collectively raised $1.58 million from generous donors in a nine-day period this November. This amount, plus the Foundation match, represents over $1.84 million in total contributed benefit to the community.

The Challenge Match was an opportunity for participating organizations to share up to $257,500 from the Foundation, based on qualifying gifts they received from the community in a designated match period. It was the eighth time that the program was offered.

"Our community is incredibly generous," said Rebecca Gilliam, executive director of the Foundation. "This was the largest Challenge Match to date in terms of the number of dollars raised. Clearly, this remains an incredibly effective tool to help local not-for-profit organizations promote themselves in the community and raise critical operating dollars."

"We especially want to thank our Match Partners," Gilliam said. The Match Partners included the Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, First Bank Community Fund, Fund for Tomorrow, Eldon and Sharon Harzman, Mr. Jeff Jeffers, and the Wayne Bank Community Fund." Their contributions really led the way and enabled more organizations to participate."

The participating organizations and the amounts they received from the community and the Foundation are as follows:

Supplied Table: 2019 Challenge Match Details

"Many people have told us how much they appreciate the Foundation's role in promoting this kind of giving," Gilliam said. "But we're the ones who need to be saying thanks. The participating organizations, our Match Partners, the media outlets that helped promote the program, and especially all of the donors who gave so generously are the ones who make the Challenge Match a success. They are the ones who make it all possible."

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Staff

Posted January 22, 2020

Supplied Photo:  Tonya RossThe Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Tonya Ross has joined the staff as Director of Marketing and Events.

Tonya is a lifelong resident of Richmond and was the Orthopedic Service Line Director with Reid Health. Most recently, she has been collaborating with regional small businesses, managing social media campaigns, and coaching new owners with the Vintage Market Days franchise system. Her event experience includes creating bi-annual large-scale events with Vintage Market Days Dayton-Cincinnati and a past owner of Just Between Friends, a local Wayne County seasonal event. Tonya has a true passion for community, creating customer experiences and fostering collaborations– especially in Wayne County.

"Tonya comes to us with experience in events, marketing and operations," said Chamber President and CEO Melissa Vance. "This expertise will expand the current Chamber capabilities and serve our members and community well. She is an exceptional addition to the team."

Tonya said, "I am excited to join the incredible Wayne County Chamber team and support our business community."

Roxie Deer has been serving as Director of Programs & Events. However, she will be taking on the newest addition to the Chamber repertoire – Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE). "With Roxie's passion around education, she will continue leading efforts in that area," Vance said. "We know she will be the perfect leader to continue to grow young professional engagement in Wayne County and ensure the pipeline for our future workforce is complete."

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing network opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and a number of initiatives. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Taste of Wayne County, Community Improvement Awards, hosting local political debates and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit

'Hate U Give' author, anthem protester, among speakers for MLK Jr. Day, Black History Month

Posted January 22, 2020

Angie Thomas, the author of the best-selling novel "The Hate U Give," will speak at Earlham as part of the College's annual Black History Month celebration.

Thomas will give the College's Convocation at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, February 5, in Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall. The event, which is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, the Office of Student Life and the Office of Events, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Thomas' convocation will trace the development of her debut novel, which was published in 2017, and speak on topics related to race, activism and social change.

The College also will screen the popular 2018 movie that is based on Thomas' novel. The screening will begin at noon on Sunday, February 2, at the May-Crossen Student Commons in Runyan Center.

Additional activities are also planned to celebrate Black History Month, including:

  • A performance of the one-person play Black Book will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 8, in Goddard Auditorium. This one-person play, which is sponsored by Earlham's Artist and Lecture Series, was written and performed by M.F.A. playwright and actor Austin Dean Ashford. It debates what happens to young minds when educational spaces begin to resemble a prison more than a place to learn and grow. Tickets are required and cost $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchasedat or by calling the Runyan Center Box Office at 765-983-1474, beginning Wednesday, January 15.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2020

Posted January 22, 2020

Flyer: February 2020 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!

Record Sales at Ginkgo Boutique Mean More Patient Needs Supported

Posted January 22, 2020

The Ginkgo Boutique at Reid Health hit another milestone in 2019 with more than $1 million in gross revenue, generating a record in support of patient care by the health system.

The great year means more funds to invest in supporting patient care - 100 percent of proceeds from the shop, which is operated by the Reid Health Auxiliary, are donated to the Reid Health Foundation and used to fund various projects and equipment to benefit patients.

Miracle Baker, Retail Manager, said items or projects supported by Auxiliary funds in recent years include:

  • Chemo chairs for cancer patients
  • Transportation to get patients to and from appointments
  • New equipment for the Reid Health - Connersville emergency department
  • Patient beds
  • Rocking chairs for the Family Birthing Center nursery

"I am so proud of the Ginkgo Boutique team, including its valuable volunteers, who create a unique shopping experience for our employees, patients, visitors and community," said Angie Dickman, Reid Health Vice President. "Their success combined with our tremendous customer loyalty have made it possible for patients and their care to be supported in many wonderful ways."

Randy Kirk, Reid Vice President/Foundation President, said the unwavering efforts of the Auxiliary through the Ginkgo Boutique and other projects "is a remarkable statement of philanthropy at its finest, generating remarkable charitable support to help meet the needs of Reid Health patients and their families."

Baker said she has 18 active volunteers in the shop and five full or part-time employees. She said she and her team work hard to ensure the shop offers unique merchandise that is "unique, affordable and of great quality."

The shop, which was named Ginkgo Boutique when it opened on Reid's new campus in 2008, has set records in the years since.

Baker said the shop will have a customer appreciation celebration Jan. 21-24 with 25 percent off storewide. Other activities include on Wednesday, a gift with a $5 purchase, and a game with prizes on Thursday.

The Ginkgo Boutique is on the main concourse near the main entrance of the campus at 1100 Reid Parkway. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Reid Health Restricts Visitation Because of Flu, Illness

Posted January 9, 2020

For the protection of our patients, visitors and families, Reid Health is now restricting visitors because of the continued increase in flu and respiratory illness. Health officials posted the following guidelines Thursday while asking everyone to be sensitive to the risks of spreading infection when at the hospital.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Children younger than 18 are not permitted on patient units except in special situations.
  • Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
  • Patients are restricted to their unit except for testing or therapy
  • Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, are not be allowed to
  • visit patients.
  • Visitors and parents should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the campus

Kim Schneider, with Reid Infection Control, said the health system has seen a spike in positive flu and respiratory illnesses in the last two weeks.

Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District 72nd Annual Meeting

Posted January 9, 2020

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County Soil & Water District 72nd Annual Meeting

The Wayne County SWCD invites you to come enjoy dinner and an evening of fellowship and fun at their 72nd annual banquet. The banquet will be held Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Kuhlman Center located on the Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pork chop dinner catered by Rihm's Catering of Cambridge City. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Conservation awards and supervisor elections will be held during the banquet.

We are pleased to have Ed Pollock and Gunty Atkins as our guest speakers for the evening, discussing Indiana Barn Preservation.

Tickets can be purchased for $12.00 by mailing payment to or stopping at the district office Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m at 823 S Round Barn Road, Richmond, IN. Tickets can also be purchased at the Wayne County Tourism Bureau Welcome Center.

If you have any questions, please call us at 765-966-0191 Ext. 3.

IU East Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with Events Through January 31

Posted January 7, 2020

Supplied Photo: Julius BaileyIndiana University East will welcome Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker Julius Bailey, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, in the First Bank Community Room located in Whitewater Hall. Bailey is an associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University.

The lecture, "MLK Jr.'s Beloved Community Begins With You," is free and open to the public.

Using King's words that appeal to a common humanity Bailey will focus on the role individuals can play to impact societal change.

"In other words, we need a project of redefining our common humanity in a way that transcends racial division and creates a powerful new sense of national or human identity capable of transcending and overcoming the old, race-based identities," Bailey says. "This is a beloved community, as King saw it. Today is my day, your day, our day, to rid ourselves of the old and pick up anew and forge an America that puts love as its national ethic."

As an associate professor at Wittenberg, Bailey teaches philosophy and African American Studies. He is a philosopher, cultural critic, social theorist and diversity lecturer.

In addition to teaching, Bailey is the coordinator for the African and Diaspora Studies, and the director for the Pre-Law Program and director for the Justice, Law & Public Policy program at Wittenberg University. He also serves as the director of Faculty Diversity and as a member of the university's African and Diaspora Studies Advisory Board and the Student Board of Academic Standards.

Bailey has been a guest on numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox, B.E.T, and ABC Nightline, and he often speaks at colleges, prisons, churches and community organizations across America.

He has authored four books, including the award-winning Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams: The Age of Obama and Beyond and edited two others, including The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. His new book, Racism, Hypocrisy and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love, is scheduled to be released by Broadview Press this February.

Bailey received his Doctorate in Philosophical Foundations and Education, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He received a Masters Certificate in African American Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Arts in Philosophy and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Following Bailey's lecture the campus will host additional events and activities through January 31. This includes a film showing of The Hate You Give, The Race Card Project, a panel discussion with community members, and a community discussion with IU East's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Events are free and open to the public.

Yemi Mahoney, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the Chancellor, organized the events for this year's MLK celebration at IU East.

"Fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all is one of IU East's values," Mahoney said. "It is my hope that these events, beginning with Bailey's lecture about creating a beloved community, will not only facilitate dialogue about important issues but also serve as a call to action for our community."

The IU East campus will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Upcoming MLK Events

Keynote Lecture: MLK Jr.'s Beloved Community Begins With You
Tuesday, January 21
2 p.m.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
Speaker: Julius Bailey, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University.

Movie: The Hate You Give
Thursday, January 23
7 p.m.
Tom Raper Hall, Room 124
Description: Starr Carter, who is constantly switching between two worlds - the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what is right.

The Race Card Project
Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31
Whitewater Hall Lobby
Description: The Race Card Project invites people from all walks of life to share their opinions, beliefs, observations, and experiences on race and cultural diversity in a six-word sentence. Stop by to post a six-word sentence and read what others have posted.

Panel Discussion: Stories of Resistance, Persistence and Empowerment from the Civil Rights Era
Tuesday, January 28
7 p.m.
Whitewater Hall Lobby
Description: What was it like to integrate a high school football team in Kentucky? Petition companies in Indiana to hire Black workers? Confront members of the Ku Klux Klan? A panel of local community members will highlight their activism during the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana and beyond.

Community Discussion with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Wednesday, January 29 11 a.m. Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall in the Community Engagement Commons Description: During its first meeting of the semester the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will host a discussion about Martin Luther King Jr., the relevance of his message today, and how IU East faculty and staff can incorporate "his dream" into their work.

LifeStream to host Sapphire Social in March

Posted January 9, 2020

LifeStream Services invites the community to attend Sapphire Social in celebration of LifeStream's 45 th anniversary of providing services in East Central Indiana. Sapphire Social will be held on Friday, March 13 from 6pm to 10pm at Cornerstone Center for the Arts located at 520 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305. Attendees will celebrate with dinner, drinks, and music, while supporting LifeStream in raising funds to continue providing the vital services that over 19,000 people in East Central Indiana rely on every day to maintain their independence. Attendees can participate in an auction featuring prizes from generous community donors and a dessert dash. A dessert dash encourages tables to pool together funds for the right to run and a grab a dessert from the dessert dash table. The table raising the most funds will have the first position when the dash begins. This is a fun and interactive way to support LifeStream and enjoy a sweet treat!

Tickets to the event are $45 per person or $350 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 765-759-1121. The last day to purchase tickets to the Sapphire Social is February 28.

Sponsorship and donations of desserts or auction items will be accepted through February 28. Those who are interested should contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-759-1121 or Special thanks to the current Sapphire Social sponsors Heaven Sent Home Health Care, Heart to Heart Hospice and Shafer Leadership Academy.

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

Reid Health reaccredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

Posted January 7, 2020

Reid Health has again received a full three-year accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), including new service locations in Connersville. The survey involves an extensive on-site review of quality and safety standards, including the overall environment of care.

Supplied Graphic: HFAP Seal"Reid Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety," said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS, HFAP's non-profit parent company. "We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the hospital and specific departments against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Reid Health has earned the distinction of HFAP accreditation through its performance in successfully meeting those standards."

"We owe our continued success in accreditation reviews to the quality and diligence of our medical staff along with our expert clinical and non-clinical staff. These team members continually strive to provide excellent, compassionate care that meets or exceeds HFAP standards," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. "Earning HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals."

Jennifer Ehlers, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said the HFAP accreditation is regularly sought and obtained in what is a continual process to maintain quality and excellence. She noted the accreditation includes Connersville locations that were taken on in July when Reid Health acquired most of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System. "It takes all 3300 of our employees working diligently, and our Connersville teams rose to the challenge during a time of major transition to ensure compliance with these rigorous standards," she said. "The goal is to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for our patients and their families."

HFAP is a nationally recognized program of AAHHS offering accreditation and specialty certifications to serve a range of healthcare organizations. Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers.

HFAP's mission is to be the valued partner for healthcare organizations committed to improving their quality of care, through accreditation/certification standards and continuing education, with a focus on advancing the health and welfare of their communities. For more information, visit

The survey team was in Richmond and Connersville earlier this year and spent four days on site reviewing compliance with multiple standards in areas that include medical staff, nursing and patient care, infection control, pharmacy procedures, medical records, building safety, staff qualifications and more.

Reid Health and specific departments and service lines also maintain numerous other accreditations, Ehlers said, with HFAP and the Indiana Department of Health being among the most extensive. "The purpose of all of them is to continue a culture of excellence." Reid Health has been accredited by HFAP for nearly 18 years, participating in six surveys. Ehlers said a Reid Health team member is assigned to own each standard and works to ensure they are met, noting that all standards are continually monitored.

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