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Singles Interaction Newsletter - August 2019

Posted July 17, 2019

Supplied Flyer: August 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!

Wayne County Foundation Offers Information Meeting for 2019 Challenge Match Program

Posted July 16, 2019

Logo: Wayne County FoundationThe Wayne County Foundation is announcing the 2019 Challenge Match Program.

The Challenge Match program is an opportunity for participating not-for-profit organizations to cultivate new donors and encourage increased giving from current contributors, especially for general operating support. In the last seven years, the Challenge Match has helped 71 organizations raise over $7.88 million, including $1.46 million from the Foundation.

Qualified charities located in Wayne County and in good standing with the IRS and the Foundation are strongly encouraged to attend an information lunch meeting to learn about the program this year. It will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the Wayne County Historical Museum's Community Room in Richmond, Indiana.

Reservations are required no later than Monday, July 22. Box lunches are available for $7. Register on the Foundation's website at or by calling 765-962-1638.

Any charitable not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency in Wayne County that has had a prior application history with the Foundation is eligible to apply.

Groups that are not qualified charities must partner with an organization that is. An online application must be submitted to the Foundation by Friday, August 16. This year, the Challenge Match Program will be held from November 4 to November 12.

Register for IU East's Run with the Wolves 5K on July 20

Posted June 5, 2019

Indiana University East's Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, July 20. Registration is now open at

Supplied Photo: Runners at the start/finish line prepare to begin their run.
IU East will host this year's Run with the Wolves 5K on July 20. The event is part of the Wayne County Challenge Series.

Runners and walkers will join more than 400 other participants for this year's event on the IU East campus and run the Red Wolves' cross country course, located behind Hayes Hall. The event includes a free "Run with Rufus" 1K family run/walk.

All pre-registrants receive a Run with the Wolves race shirt.

This year, first responders can participate in the race at no cost. Last year, so many of our region's first responders came to the campus' aid when two fugitives approached campus attempting to allude law enforcement. Although the manhunt resulted in the cancellation of last year's Run with the Wolves race our campus remained safe because of their service. Inviting first responders to enjoy this year's race (free of charge) is the campus' way of saying thank you for protecting and serving. All first responders who participate will also receive a special t-shirt (see registration form).

Day-of-race registration opens at 7 a.m. on July 20 at the Hayes Hall patio, located on the lower level of the building. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. followed by the "Run with Rufus" at 9:05 a.m. Awards will be presented at 9:25 a.m. at the Hayes Hall patio.

Run with the Wolves is part of the Wayne County Challenge series.

Register online at The pre-registration cost is $20, and day-of registration is $25. Students in grades K-12 and college can pre-register for $15 or register on race day for $20.

Proceeds from the event will support student scholarship programs funded through the IU East Alumni Association.

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

Reid Health Connersville opens July 16

Posted July 16, 2019

Many jobs protected in transition to new ownership

Reid Health is expected to finalize acquisition of the assets of Fayette Regional Health System on July 15, becoming Reid Health Connersville at 12:01 a.m. July 16, officials have announced. Officials also noted that Reid Health has offered positions or is in the process of interviewing almost all Fayette employees still on staff as of July 1.

Last week, the parties agreed to an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA), a legal next step in Reid's pending acquisition of a substantial portion of assets of Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville, Indiana. The transaction is expected to be finalized on July 15 with day one of operations on July 16, 2019.

Reid Health emphasized two areas of its transition efforts over the past several weeks. The first is ongoing work with the FRHS human resource department to facilitate potential employment opportunities at Reid Health Connersville for current FRHS employees. The second is the work to determine and facilitate the services Reid Health intends to offer in Connersville, pending the necessary Court and regulatory approvals, when the transaction closes.

As of July 1, the FRHS employee census was 334. Reid Health Human Resources extended the opportunity for all FRHS employees to apply for positions in Connersville as well as any Reid Health location. Between May 24 and July 10, 333 had submitted an application to Reid Health. As of July 16, the Reid Health Connersville employee census will be 269, with additional offers pending and 40 open positions posted for Connersville locations.

"We expect many of these positions will be filled in the coming weeks. We are pleased to begin welcoming these individuals to the Reid Health caregiver team," said Craig Kinyon, president and CEO of Reid Health. "This critical effort is ongoing, and we expect to extend additional employment opportunities as we work towards finalizing the transaction." While several from FRHS chose this time to retire or seek employment elsewhere, recruitment efforts continue with additional positions posted on Reid's website,

With regard to Reid Health's service-planning work, Kinyon said, "Making sure the services we offer in Connersville are sustainable and available for years to come is a top priority, and our team has identified the services we intend to initially provide when the transaction is finalized. We are committed to building on our decades-long history of providing high-quality care to the people of Connersville, Fayette County and the surrounding area."

Pending legal and regulatory approvals, and in addition to the services Reid Health currently provides in the community, Reid Health intends to offer the following key services:

  • 24-7 Emergency Department (ED)
  • Laboratory (on-site services to support 24-7 ED, as well as outpatient specimen collection services)
  • Radiology (on-site services to support 24-7 ED)
  • Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Food and Nutrition Services including Café
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health (adolescent and adult including group therapy)
  • Inpatient Adolescent Behavioral Health at the Care Pavilion
  • Residential Adolescent Behavioral Health at the Care Pavilion
  • HealthWorks Fitness Center
  • Athletic Training with Fayette County School Corporation
  • Primary and Specialty Care Provider Offices
  • Reid Health is committed to ensuring access to a variety of important high-quality healthcare services in Connersville," said Kinyon, "As we work through legal and regulatory matters to finalize the initial service plans, we are committed to continuing to interview and offer positions to qualified Fayette Regional Health System employees who are interested in future employment opportunities with Reid Health."

    Kinyon also pointed to Reid Health's long history of providing high-quality care in the community and said the transaction is a natural next step in that journey.

    "Reid Health is deeply committed to increasing our presence over time in the Connersville community through events, sponsorships and programs that focus on the health and well-being of residents," said Kinyon. "We have begun planning toward this important work and will have much more to share about new efforts in the coming weeks and months."

    About Reid Health

    Reid Health, located in Richmond Indiana, is a 2019 Medicare 5-Star health system serving east central Indiana and west central Ohio. The health system and its physician network, Reid Health Physician Associates, has over 3,000 employees, including more than 200 providers in 88 specialties.

    Reid offers a broad range of comprehensive health services including a 221 bed inpatient hospital consisting of 115 acute medical/surgical beds, a 30 bed cardiac and critical care unit, a 20 bed acute rehabilitation unit, a Baby-Friendly designated 14 bed Family Birthing Center, and a 38 bed Gero-psychiatry unit. Additional beds are available for adult psychiatric services and inpatient hospice care.

    Reid provides a wide variety of outpatient care to patients needing physical, occupational, or speech therapy, radiation therapy, interventional radiological care, general radiological services, laboratory and pathology services, cardiac diagnostics, cardiac interventions and rehab, pulmonary rehab, nutritional care and all types of infusion therapies. Reid's outpatients visited over 300,000 times in 2018.

    Reid Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy (ROSE) provided a wide variety of outpatient surgical and invasive services to over 12,000 patients during 2018.

    In 2018, Reid's Level III Trauma Center and Emergency department provided emergency care to more than 41,000 critically ill or injured people including those served by our certified stroke center.

    Reid's four (4) Urgent Care locations provided almost 46,000 patients with walk-in, convenient care.

    Reid Health Physician Associates includes more than 200 providers in 88 specialties dedicated to treating the sick and maintaining the health and wellness of all our community members. Our experienced and talented physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants provided compassionate in-office or tele-health care to patients over 475,000 times in 2018. Reid Home Care offers specialized care to patients who are unable to venture too far from home.

    Reid Hospice offers comprehensive, compassionate, respectful spiritual care to patients and their families as they travel through their end of life journey.

    Reid Health-ier Community Day in Connersville Aug. 10

    EAA Chapter 373 Brings EAA's B-17 to Richmond Airport and Hosts a 1940's Hangar Dance

    Posted July 12, 2019

    Supplied Flyer: See the B-17

    The local Hagerstown EAA Chapter 373 is sponsoring EAA's B-17 at the Richmond Municipal Airport August 23-25, 2019. Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. You won't want to miss Aluminum Overcast when it visits Richmond Municipal Airport Aug 23 through 25, 2019. Ground tours and mission flights of the B-17 will take place daily.

    Climb aboard this fully restored Boeing B-17 bomber and step back in time to the World War II era. Feel the might of this magnificent flying machine as it soars through the sky on your mission flight where you'll discover why it's called the Flying Fortress. Stand in the footsteps of the bombardier, the navigator, and the waist gunner and relive history by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in one of World War II's most vital and magnificent aircraft.

    Ground Tours

    2-5 p.m. (unless noted), weather permitting
    $10: Individual Rate
    $20: Family Rate (adults/children up to 17)
    Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult)
    Free: Veterans / Active Military

    Mission Flights (weather permitting)

    Advance Purchase
    $409 EAA Members
    $449 Non Members

    Walk Up Purchase

    $435 EAA Members
    $475 Nonmembers

    To book your flight, go to the web site,, or call EAA at 1-800-359-6217.

    ABOUT THE B-17

    More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is the most iconic image of World War II. Today, it serves as a tribute to those known as the greatest generation: the bold men and women who built and served on the heavy bombers in the 1940s. People of all ages will appreciate the history associated with this airplane that helped the Allies achieve victory. We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Relive the story. Join the flight.

    Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to "keep 'em flying" for many years to come. Our tour stops will be hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the B-17's stories.

    1940's Hangar Dance

    Supplied Flyer: 1940's Hanger Dance

    In conjunction with the B-17 visit, EAA Chapter 373 will host a 1940's Hangar Dance on Saturday Night, August 24 from 6-9 PM. Dress in 1940's attire and enjoy entertainment by the Ladies for Liberty. A buffet style dinner will be served and raffle tickets for B-17 flights will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the evening will be used for youth aviation scholarships and activities. Tickets at $30 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available.

    Please visit EAA Chapter 373 on Facebook or search for B-17 Hangar Dance on Eventbrite for tickets.

    Ivy Tech Richmond Welcomes Amigos to Career Summer Camp

    Posted July 112, 2019

    Supplied Photo: Teacher and students at Amigos Summer Camp at Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, Indiana.Supplied Photo: Boy Learns How to Use a Medical Syringe During ClassThis week, Ivy Tech Community College's Richmond campus welcomed Amigos students and their parents to campus for a Career Summer Camp with a focus on robotics and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The camp featured 7th-12th graders and kicked off on July 8.

    $24 Million Downtown Richmond Improvement Project Officially Open After Ribbon Cutting

    Posted July 10, 2019

    Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness joined Richmond Mayor Dave Snow and other state and local officials Wednesday at Richmond's Model T Museum to cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the official opening of the $24 million U.S. 27/U.S. 40 improvement project in downtown Richmond. The project was completed as part of Governor Eric Holcomb's Next Level Roads initiative, a 20-year, fully funded plan to build and maintain Indiana's transportation network.

    Supplied Photo: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    "This transformative project in downtown Richmond goes beyond building new roads—it's about strengthening the entire community," Gov. Holcomb said. "This comprehensive project replaced both concrete and asphalt, along with water and sewer infrastructure to enhance a main thoroughfare that contributes to economic growth and a better quality of life for people who live, work and visit Richmond."

    INDOT and its prime contractor Gradex began the major reconstruction project in 2017. Work completed includes:

    • Reconstruction of nearly two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and nearly one mile of eastbound U.S. 40
    • New water mains
    • New drainage and modernized storm sewer
    • New curb ramps and sidewalks
    • New traffic signals with wireless interconnectivity
    • New traffic signs

    Supplied Photo: Model T's Driving on the newly paved 9th StreetU.S. 40 between 3rd Street and 11th Street was rebuilt using precast concrete panels, a pavement innovation used for the first time in Indiana. By using precast panels, INDOT reduced pavement depth and potential conflicts with existing underground utilities. These panels are removable and replaceable so the risk of pavement damage is greatly reduced when utility maintenance is needed in the future.. Also, precast panels reduced the construction time, cuts down on future maintenance needs, and extends pavement life.

    "Projects that involve highway reconstruction in a historic downtown area present us with opportunities to partner with a community to deliver on a vision that goes beyond simply rebuilding a highway," Joe McGuinness, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation said." By using innovative design and construction approaches and leveraging our strong partnership with the City of Richmond and the downtown community, we were able to deliver a safer, stronger roadway that better meets the needs of drivers, walkers and pedestrians, and will complement a vibrant downtown for decades."

    As part of the project, INDOT also partnered with the City of Richmond to replace segments of brick sidewalks in the historic downtown district and made safety improvements by straightening the alignment of southbound U.S. 27 near its intersection with North C Street.

    To celebrate the official end to the project, INDOT partnered with the Model T Museum in Richmond to do a ceremonial drive in Model T vehicles on the new segments of road.

    Stay informed

    Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at

    Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

    Lane closures scheduled on I-70 near Richmond

    Posted July 10, 2019

    Closures scheduled to start on July 8

    RICHMOND, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation will start alternating lane closures on I-70 for patching work on July 8.

    Work will be along a one mile stretch of I-70 EB and WB. Lane closures will be between mile markers 155 and 156.

    Crews will be working overnight from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. from July 8 to July 18. There will always be one lane open in each direction.

    INDOT wants to remind drivers to slow down in work zones and drive distraction free.

    Stay informed

    Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at

    Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

    Singles Interaction Newsletter - July 2019

    Posted June 20, 2019

    Supplied Flyer: July 2019

    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!

    Nettle Creek Players Summer Company Arrives in Hagerstown
    National, Regional & Local Theatre Artists Begin Performances July 5

    Posted June 19, 2019

    Supplied Photo: 2019 Nettle Creek Players Company Group Photo
    Photo Credits: Photo by Darrin Murrell. Featuring (back row from left) Sean Haynes, Jacob Butler, Cody Ricks, Lee Stacey, Jordan Wolfe, Maddy Fenton, Devin Summan, Katie Carfield, Kavin Moore, Logan Moore (middle row from left) Gilda Lewis, Anna Marck, Alison Moore (front row from left) Taylor Hadsell, Alexis Smith, Lily Ballenger, Paige Strothman, Sage Murrell

    Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization in Hagerstown, Indiana, this week welcomed 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, 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 are living in the community in the homes of local volunteers. 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 a performer for RUMPELSTILTSKIN;

    Alexis Smith is a student at Point Park University 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 JOSEPH. 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 long-time director of 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 members include local high school students and 2-year veterans of NCP's Young Actor's Workshop program, Paige Strothman and Sage Murrell, who join 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 ( 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 and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers or call 765-312-2722.

    3... 2... 1... Blast off to the Library! This

    Posted June 13, 2019

    This summer, you and your kiddos can explore the galaxy, and never leave the ground. Experience all the fun as Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories" running June – July 27. Patrons can track their reading and activities progress online at, as well as earn prizes, play games and learn more about the universe. The summer program is free and open to the public with more details found online at

    It's not all about reading books. Participants can also listening to audio books, watch movies participate in library activities and learn about the moon, planets and even aliens. The online tracking system linked on the library's website is an easy way to organize your progress. The library staff is available to assist with tracking your progress. Ask for more details during your next visit the library.

    Free Programs Are Out of This World!

    The library offers free, signature programs for all ages. Some of the upcoming events are Little Red Riding Hood (with an alien space twist) performed by Minnetrista Theatre Preserves, Storytimes, t-shirt making, hatching alien egg, moon rocks, game nights and more are planned. All events are listed on the library's website at

    Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. Last year, over a 1,000 children, teens and adults participated in the MRL Summer Reading Program, which includes more than 30 programs to enrich learning, and explore the universe.

    This year's premiere sponsor is the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

    Morrisson-Reeves Library has served the people of Richmond, Indiana since 1864. MRL is well known for signature services and programs such as Storytimes, Free Computer Classes, Reading Clubs, Reader's Advisory, Local History, Research, Summer Reading Programs and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The library's Strategic Plan supports the mission of "connecting people to information, inspiration, and infinite opportunities." which positions MRL to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources. MRL is the community's resource for lifelong learning.

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