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Summer Reading Program at MRL

Posted May 18, 2022

Supplied Flyer: MRL Summer Reading Poster

Local library users know summertime is an awesome time to visit the library! Experience all the fun as Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL) kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program "Oceans of Possibilities" on Monday, June 6th. Participants can pre-register online at MRLinfo.org or inside the library starting on May 23rd. On June 6th, patrons can start tracking their reading and activities progress from their digital device, as well as earn badges and prizes, play fun games and learn valuable tips. The program is free and open to the public. It runs through Saturday, July 16.

Tracking you and your family's reading progress is easy and quick with the online tracking system. If you wish to track your reading in-person at the library, ask library staff to track things when you visit the library.

Looking for family fun throughout the summer. A wide variety of programs are offered for various ages from pre-schoolers to teens to adults. A sampling of the programs offered are yoga for teens, storytimes, art programs, how to be a pirate, author visits, reading clubs, and adult game nights. If you are wanting to attend programs in-person at the library, registration is required for some of our events. Links to registration and full program details can be found at MRLinfo.org/events.

Have you ever wondered how big a Blue Whale or an Orca might be? Explore the library's family fun adventure "A Whale of a Good Time - Seek and Find" at MRL. You can stand next to a measurement of a Blue Whale that could be as big as 90 feet long!

This year's premiere sponsor for the Summer Reading Program is the Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library. The Wayne County Foundation is also sponsoring library programs through the Challenge Match program.

Morrisson-Reeves Library has served the people of Richmond, Indiana since 1864. MRL is well known for signature services and programs like Storytimes, Free Computer Classes, Reading Clubs, Reader's Advisory, Local History, Research, 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 serves as the community's resource for lifelong learning.

Supplied Flyer: MRL June 2022 Calendar

Supplied Flyer:  MRL July 2022 Calendar

Downtown Richmond Main Street to be Closed for Work on U.S. 27 NB

Posted May 18, 2022

Supplied Map: Downtown Richmond IN Map

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone will close Main Street in downtown Richmond between 8th and 9th Street starting on Wednesday, May 17, for work on U.S. 27.

Construction will last approximately two weeks for work on storm water pipe installation. Though this area will be closed to vehicles and parking, pedestrian access will still be open to local businesses.

INDOT reminds drivers to consider worker safety and slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free when travelling in and around all work zones.

Stay Informed

Motorists in East Central Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time via:

Facebook: facebook.com/INDOTEast

Twitter: @INDOTEast

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Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music Public Opening Program presented by First Bank Richmond

Posted May 18, 2022

Venue: Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 North A Street, Richmond, IN 47374

Date: Sunday June 26, 2022, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Admission: Free with regular museum admission.

The Wayne County Historical Museum is pleased to announce its 2022 Public Opening & Celebration of our newest exhibit Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music.

The exhibit public opening will transport attendees through the fascinating story of Gennett Records and the contributions made by the Gennett family. Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music will be on exhibit in various locations throughout the museum and will introduce visitors to this story in a new and interactive way. The Indiana Historical Society's Gennett Records: You are There 1927 will come to the Wayne County Historical Museum permanently as part of this collaborative special exhibition. Visitors can enjoy the special exhibit until Spring of 2023, and permanent elements will become part of the narrative of the museum's exhibits.

The Public Program will celebrate all things 1920's and give visitors an immersive experience through activities that highlight the 1920's in Wayne County .

The Public Opening celebration will feature live jazz music performed by Earlham Jazz Band. Visitors can meet authors Linda Gennett Irmscher and Charlie Dahan and purchase a personally signed copy of Starr Piano and Gennett Records. Visitors can learn to dance like they did in the 1920's, take a Model T ride, attend a viewing and question and answer session with the producer of the PBS documentary The Music Makers of Gennett Records, Todd Gould. The museum will offer tours of Reid Church throughout the day as the Gennetts recorded sound effects of the pipe organ there. 1920's crafts, games, and other interactive activities will engage visitors of all ages!

So put on your 'Glad Rags' and take a trip back to the 1920s, you will definitely be the 'Bee's Knees'!

This annual signature public program allows for YOUR Wayne County Historical Museum to continue our mission to educate the public, promote, collect, preserve, and interpret the rich heritage of Wayne County, Indiana and illustrate the county's role in American and World Culture.

Senior Adult Ministry May Meeting

Posted May 18, 2022

Bingo lovers plan to attend the Senior Adult Ministry's next meeting to play Bible Bingo. Come and enjoy a night filled with prizes, fellowship and snacks. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond. Please bring a friend and bring a snack to share if you can.

Future monthly programs for 2022 include a pitch-in picnic at Veteran's Park, Everyone's birthday, Beautiful candles: how it's done, and Gentle Exercise for Seniors.

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 or check our facebook page.

Historic Cars Return for Homecoming Event

Posted May 17, 2022

Supplied Graphic:  Model T HomecomingThe Model T Homecoming event returns to Richmond's Historic Depot District on Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event, hosted by the Model T Ford Club of America (MTFCA), will bring together historic car enthusiasts from across the nation to benefit the Model T Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held at the Model T Museum and will feature a car show of pre-1945 vehicles, a swap meet, Model T-related educational seminars and several family-friendly activities. Participation in the car show is free and open to historic car owners, no pre-registration required. Swap meet vendor spaces are available for $15 each through the MTFCA store. Registration deadline is May 23.

According to Chad Budreau, coordinator of the car show, Homecoming allows members of the historic car community to come together, share tips and talk about their vintage cars.

"While the Model Ts are at the heart of the hobby, it's the members that give it a life and a soul," said Budreau. "The car show is a great tool to attract the public to the event to talk to our members and learn more about the hobby."

Educational seminars will be led by Mark Atkins from 10 – 11 a.m. in the museum Vintage Garage and George Akin from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Paint the Towne meeting room and Scot Rosenthal from 1 – 2 in the main Museum building. Students from Dance Techniques with Cheryl DeLucio dance studio will lead attendees in 1920s dance moves during Dancing with the Cars at 1:30. Additional mechanical demonstrations and the quick assembly of a Model T will take place throughout the day.

"Another 'must see' this year is a rare, original 1912 Towncar, owned by Jim Finney. Jim is allowing us to showcase this car during Homecoming and we are thrilled to be able to share it with the public,' added MTFCA Executive Director, Rachel Hughes. "This one-of-a-kind Model T is currently undergoing some restoration work by Scot Rosenthal and he will be bringing it to the event. It's a chance to see a truly unique Model T outside a Museum setting."

Freshly made ice cream will be on sale from Ullery's Ice Cream and families can request to ride in a Model T by donation.

The Model T Museum will be open for the event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. The Model T Museum is located in the Historic Depot District in Richmond, Ind., at 309 N. 8 th St.

For more information, please call (765) 488-0026 or visit mtfca.com/museum.

COVID-19: 1 Million Deaths in the U.S. and Counting

Posted May 17, 2022

This week marks a tragic milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic: 1 million deaths caused by infections from the virus.

Once a number becomes that large, it can be hard to fully grasp its enormity. To put in into context, over the past two-plus years, we've lost the equivalent of the entire population of Indianapolis and Dayton combined.

Although the pace of spread locally has been low for weeks now, the pandemic continues and cases are on the rise across the country -- according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- as well as Indiana.

"Sadly, a number of these deaths were preventable through vaccination, but too few have protected themselves and their loved ones by getting the shots," said Thomas Huth, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. "The virus is still spreading, and many people remain vulnerable, either because of other health conditions or their lack of vaccination.

"It is critical that everyone not only be fully vaccinated but remain up to date with whatever booster shots for which they're eligible."

"Sadly, a number of these deaths were preventable through vaccination, but too few have protected themselves and their loved ones by getting the shots. The virus is still spreading, and many people remain vulnerable, either because of other health conditions or their lack of vaccination." -- Thomas Huth, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs

Everyone ages 5 and older can receive a primary series of the COVID-19 vaccines. Those 12 years and older can get an initial booster shot, and some -- those 50 and older or anyone at least 12 years old who is immunocompromised -- are eligible for a second booster.

FREE primary doses and boosters of the vaccine are available at the Reid Health Residency Clinic, 795 Sim Hodgin Parkway in Richmond.

Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Appointments can be made for those hours by calling Reid's COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 965-4200. The hotline is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.

Indiana residents can find other nearby vaccination sites and schedule a time at those locations by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Reid Community Outreach, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner for Community Resource Fair

Posted May 16, 2022

More than 20 local organizations and employers are expected to be on hand for a community resource fair next week in Richmond, a joint project from Reid Community Outreach and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.

The event will take place 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the First Bank Club at the Rev. James M. Townsend Memorial Building, 855 N. 12th St. in Richmond. Plans are to have the fair in the club's parking lot unless weather conditions require a move indoors to the gym.

Representatives from Reid Health's Human Resources and Wellness departments will be among the community organizations and businesses attending the fair. Job seekers who attend will find information about available openings.

Visitors will be treated to free food and giveaways, including gift card drawings.

Community members are invited to stop by, get information about local organizations, visit with friends and neighbors, and get a look at the club's new Little Free Library as well as the new community food pantry at the facility, a project from Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Staff from the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Richmond Mayor Dave Snow at 5 p.m. during the event.

The community resource fair, Little Free Library, and free community pantry placement projects are being made possible by Forward Wayne County's Neighborhood Involvement and Community Engagement (NICE) Grant. Funds were provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Community Benefit Awards $127,000 in Grants to Address Mental Health, Substance Misuse

Posted May 16, 2022

In the first of two grant cycles this year, Reid Health Community Benefit is giving more than $127,000 to 21 local organizations.

The first cycle of 2022 was focused on Mental Health & Substance Misuse, with $127,513 being awarded to a mix of nonprofits and schools.

Requests were evaluated based on their ability to impact the number of adults who smoke, the death rate due to drug poisoning, mothers who smoke during pregnancy, age-adjusted death rate due to suicide, child abuse rate, non-fatal emergency visits due to opioid overdose, and poor mental health average number of days.

Applications for the second cycle -- Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Weight -- are open until May 24. Those will be evaluated based on their ability to impact access to exercise opportunities, adults age 20 and older who are obese, adults 20 and older who are sedentary, child food insecurity rate, and food insecurity rate.

The awards for the first cycle include:

  • $6,000 to A Better Way (formerly Genesis) to promote and expand the crisis hotline in this area.
  • $10,000 to Birth to Five for staffing support for the Healthy Families program.
  • $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County for Prevention Plus programming at the clubs and in schools.
  • $2,500 to Brighter Path to support scholarships for their equine therapy program for children and adults.
  • $5,000 to Children's Advocacy Center of Randolph County to support prevention programming for children and adults in Randolph County.
  • $10,000 to Family Services & Prevention Programming for half the purchase price of an LED sign for prevention messaging and to promote pro-social events.
  • $3,800 to Girls Inc. for staff training for Mental Health First Aid and Peer Helpers.
  • $5,000 to Independent Living Center for prefabricated, reusable ramps in Reid's service area.
  • $10,373 to JACY House for prevention programming for children and adults in six counties in Reid's service area.
  • $8,000 to Meridian Health Services to remove barriers associated with securing housing and transportation for active participants in the maternal treatment program known as The Nest.
  • $900 to Open Arms Ministries to provide four workshops related to mental health: Two focused on seniors, one for teens, and one for societal reentry after incarceration.
  • $5,000 to Preble Arts for monthly art workshops for first responders and healthcare workers as a form of art therapy.
  • $7,500 to Randolph County veteran's shelter The Journey Home to help the Veteran's Outreach Team in locating homeless veterans and providing them with services and support.
  • $6,410 to Randolph Eastern School Corp. to expand the Leader in Me program to high school students and teachers.
  • $532 to Starr Elementary for activities designed to provide mental health support for teachers and staff at the school.
  • $3,500 to Rose Hamilton Elementary to expand the Trust Based Relational Intervention curriculum and supplies for Centerville schools.
  • $1,250 to Senior Opportunity Services to support the homemaker program for seniors.
  • $12,748 to The Shepherd's Way (Cross Road Christian Recovery Center for Women) for a part-time case manager and the purchase of curriculum for women with a history of addiction and trauma.
  • $7,000 to Western Wayne Schools to expand the Trust Based Relational Intervention training, curriculum, and supplies for the elementary and middle schools.
  • $10,000 to Whole Family Community Initiative (House of Ruth) for counseling services for residents of House of Ruth and their families.
  • $2,000 to YMCA of Darke County for a wellness program for adult probation clients in Darke County called Physical Training for Change.

Community benefit is the basis of the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. Community benefit is defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance health knowledge through research and education, and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health.

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the areas of community health needs assessment (CHNA), implementation strategy, billing and collections, and reporting. In 2014, the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals of these provisions are to ensure tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and accountability.

Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet Reid Health's not-for-profit status, have put more than $172 million back into the community in the past five years. A committee of Reid's governing board and community members reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted May 16, 2022

Supplied Newsletter: June 2022 Singles Interaction

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

Reid's Patient Financial Services Office Open to Walk-Ins Once Again

Posted May 12, 2022

After limiting access because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reid Health's Patient Financial Services office in downtown Richmond is once again welcoming walk-ins.

Visitors can come to the building at 600 E. Main St. to pay their bill, get help with billing questions, request a copy of their medical records, or seek financial assistance.

The location is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As with all other Reid Health facilities, visitors to Patient Financial Services are required to wear a surgical mask that fully covers their nose and mouth to protect themselves, other visitors, and Reid staff from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Global Shortage of Contrast Agents Impacts Some Procedures at Reid Health

Posted May 12, 2022

Hospitals across the country -- including Reid Health -- are being impacted by a global shortage of intravenous contrast media dyes used for some radiology, cardiology, and surgery procedures to help better understand images taken of a patient's body.

COVID-19 related lockdowns in China have caused disruptions to production and distribution from GE Healthcare, leading to a nationwide dwindling supply of the materials.

In a press release issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA) yesterday, the organization recognized the supply shortage's effect on hospitals across the country.

"We are aware of this global shortage and have raised this issue with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)," said Nancy Foster, AHA's Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety Policy.

"It's a rapidly evolving situation, and we don't have a firm timetable for when new supplies will be available. As a result, we will ethically, equitably, and appropriately prioritize the utilization of short-supplied contrast agents for our patients." -- Thomas Huth, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs

"While we have been told to expect normal production to resume late next month, hospitals are exploring various conservation strategies including the use of other imaging technologies, using other contrast agents, rationing contrast to ensure every available drop is used efficiently, and postponing some scans that can be postponed -- to give a few examples -- to continue to provide needed care."

Like many other hospitals, Reid Health has a limited amount of these contrast media dyes on hand and is taking steps to conserve and prioritize the supply so it is available for patients who might need the contrast for life-saving procedures. As a result, some non-emergent procedures that use contrast will be postponed.

"This is a global problem that is impacting many health systems in addition to Reid Health," said Thomas Huth, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. "It's a rapidly evolving situation, and we don't have a firm timetable for when new supplies will be available.

"As a result, we will ethically, equitably, and appropriately prioritize the utilization of short-supplied contrast agents for our patients."

Senior Adult Ministry's April 2022 Meeting

Posted May 12, 2022

Supplied Photo:  Senior Adult Ministry MeetingThe Sweet Sounds of Starr Valley, a dulcimer group led by Judi Marshall, entertained at the April meeting of Senior Adult Ministry. The next meeting will feature Bible Bingo and will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN.

What You Should Know About Long COVID

Posted May 10, 2022

Most people who catch the virus that causes COVID-19 feel better within a few days or a couple weeks, especially if they were vaccinated before they became infected. But for some, the effects of the illness can linger for months or even years. This is a condition known as "long COVID."

Although officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to study long COVID, it's not yet been determined why the condition develops in some people and not others. But this we do know: Anyone who has been infected with the virus is at risk for experiencing long COVID, even if their case was mild or they originally had no symptoms at all.

Those who are unvaccinated also appear to be more likely to develop long COVID than those who get the shots but end up with a breakthrough infection, with one study finding people who are fully vaccinated were 49% less likely to experience the condition.

Anyone who has been infected with the virus is at risk for experiencing long COVID, even if their case was mild or they originally had no symptoms at all.

Symptoms of long COVID differ from person to person and can include:

  • Tiredness or fatigue that interferes with daily life
  • Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental effort
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fast-beating heart
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Sleeping problems
  • Dizziness when you stand up
  • Pins-and-needles feelings
  • Changes in taste or smell
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Rash
  • Changes in menstrual cycles

According to the CDC, estimates for people experiencing long COVID vary, with about 13.3% having symptoms at least one month after infection and 2.5% at least three months after. More than 30% of those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 continue to feel its effects at least 6 months after they were infected.

The best way to protect yourself and others from long COVID is to get vaccinated and stay up to date with your shots. There is even evidence vaccination after developing long COVID could help reduce symptoms.

If you have long COVID symptoms, you should talk about them with your primary care provider. The CDC has a few tips to help prepare you for that conversation.

The best way to protect yourself and others from long COVID is to get vaccinated and stay up to date with your shots. There is even evidence vaccination after developing long COVID could help reduce symptoms.

FREE primary doses and boosters of the vaccine are available at the Reid Health Residency Clinic, 795 Sim Hodgin Parkway in Richmond.

Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Appointments can be made for those hours by calling Reid's COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 965-4200. The hotline is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.

Indiana residents can find other nearby vaccination sites and schedule a time at those locations by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

10 Honored by Reid Health during National Nurses Week

Posted May 10, 2022

Supplied Photo:  The 2022 Nursing Excellence Award winners include (front row, from left) Kristin Wright, Emmi Newton, Courtney Rhodabarger, Amber Harris, (back row, from left) Joy Bowlin, Natalie Meyer, Chelsea Vogel, Bill Newton, LeAnne Stiver, and Lance Pence.

Reid Health is honoring 10 of its nurses this week for the 2022 Nursing Excellence Awards as part of National Nurses Week recognition.

The group has more than a hundred years of nursing experience total and represents a variety of departments across the health system, with each person chosen for the high level of care they provide to our communities, our patients, and their families.

"We make sure those who are honored really embody our mission and the values of excellence, empathy, integrity, and accountability," said Jared Dunlap, Director of Inpatient Nursing for Reid Health. "We want to make sure they are the examples, so everyone understands this is who we are at Reid."

The theme for this year's celebration -- "Rooted in strength" -- reflects the way the Reid team has worked together to persevere through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The past two years have been tough," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. "I think as a profession and as a family of nurses, we have held hands and walked through this together, having the backs of one another. And I think that theme truly embodies the culture and the atmosphere that we want for our nursing team."

Joy Bowlin, NP-C, Richmond Cardiology Associates

Born in Louisville, Ky., Joy Bowlin now lives on a small farm in Losantville, Ind., with her best friend -- her husband, Roger -- where the couple raises Standardbred horses, Angus cattle, and "the best Australian shepherds."

Bowlin began her nursing career earning her LPN degee from Ivy Tech Community College and eventually obtaining her master's at Indiana University East. She joined Reid in 2005 and has been in her current position since 2018.

"I was inspired to go into medicine and nursing because I wanted to help people," Bowlin said. "My grandfather underwent cardiac surgery when he was very young, and he always talked about the medical staff who took care of him with such appreciation. He was able to live a long and happy life thanks to the care he received, and I wanted to be able to make that same kind of impact on other people's lives.

"Over the years, I've been able to help care for many patients, both as a nurse and a provider. I love it when I see them later and they feel comfortable with me because of the relationship we've formed. It makes me very happy to be able to meet them where they need it, in their good and bad times."

Amber Harris, RN, Emergency Services

Growing up, Amber Harris had an up-close look at what being a nurse is all about.

"My mom is a nurse, and I've always been very proud and inspired to follow in her footsteps," she said.

Harris lives in Eaton, Ohio -- not far from her birthplace in Xenia -- with her significant other, Derrick, and their daughter, Ryley.

Her nursing degree is from Sinclair Community College. She's been with Reid since 2014, working first in Psychiatry before becoming a Psychiatric Triage Nurse in Emergency Services.

"The most rewarding thing about being a nurse is being able to help people in their time of crisis and being able to make a difference in peoples' lives," Harris said.

Natalie Meyer, RN, Patient Continuum of Care

Natalie Meyer isn't done with her nursing education just yet. Having already received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University East, she'll soon be starting classes at the University of Cincinnati to become a women's health nurse practitioner.

"Working in healthcare is the only thing I could ever imagine myself doing," she said. "I've always been fascinated with science and the human body. I took every class possible regarding biomedical science in high school."

Meyer lives in Fountain City with her husband, Mike; their two children, Ethan and Ellie; and their dog, Rudy. She's been with Reid since 2013, with the past four years coming as a perinatal navigator.

"As a navigator, I get a very unique opportunity to build wonderful relationships with my patients throughout their pregnancies and postpartum periods," Meyer said. "The most rewarding thing is the growth I get to see in my patients -- overcoming significant struggles in their lives -- and just knowing we've made a difference."

Bill Newton, RN, Nursing Support

It was a bit of a different path that Bill Newton took to becoming a nurse.

"Helping my family study for nursing tests and exams really piqued an interest in me," he said. "Plus, I loved how working at Reid felt like a family atmosphere."

Newton has been a member of the Reid team since 2001. In that time, he's worked for a variety of departments, including Engineering, Security, Psychiatric Services, Emergency Services, and more. He's been in his current position with Nursing Support for more than six years.

A graduate of Indiana University East, Newton lives in Fountain City with his wife, Vickie. They have two daughters, Amber and Erin; three sons, Dustin, Bobby, and Zach; and 12 grandchildren.

"It's so rewarding knowing we as nurses can all come together to be there for patients, families, and each other through miracles, death, and celebrations of life," Newton said. "Nothing can be better than holding your breath waiting to watch a newborn breathe for the first time. And it's a privilege to be there for a family when they're going through their toughest time in losing a loved one. This is why we chose nursing."

Emmi Newton, RN, 5 North

Being a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult to say the least, but there are silver linings to be found in the appreciation patients have for the high-quality care they receive.

"The most rewarding thing about being a nurse is no matter how difficult it is -- and we all know how the past couple years have been -- it only takes that one patient who tells you how much your care meant to them to make your day," said Emmi Newton.

"In that one moment, it makes me realize why I love my job and why I continue to choose nursing."

Newton has worked at Reid for nearly 20 years, starting as a clerk in July 2002. She's been in her current position for almost two years.

A native of Richmond, Newtown received her nursing degree from Hondros College of Nursing. She still lives in Richmond, along with her husband of 20 years, Bryan, and their two children, Ethan and Lauren. The family has two dogs, two chickens, and a lizard.

"I chose nursing as a career because I've always enjoyed taking care of people. I enjoy learning about what they do for a living, their families, and their passions in life," Newton said. "In nursing, you need to have compassion and be able to put yourself in other people's shoes. That's what I love about it."

Lance Pence, RN, Critical Care

Last year, Lance Pence got to celebrate his wife's being named a Nursing Excellence Award honoree. This year, it's his turn in the spotlight.

Pence and his wife, Tara, live in Hagerstown. They have four children -- Alex, Andrew, David, and TJ -- and three grandchildren with another one on the way.

For a little more than four years, Pence has worked in the Critical Care Unit, with the past year coming as a charge nurse. He received his nursing degree from Indiana University East.

"As a medic, I gained a tremendous amount of respect for the nurses in the critical care areas. I hoped someday I'd have the same amount of knowledge they had," Pence said.

"It's so rewarding as a nurse to be there in the moment for families and patients during what's likely to be some of the most traumatic times in a person's life and bringing calm and reassurance to the situation."

Courtney Rhodabarger, RN, Acute Rehab Unit

Courtney Rhodabarger got a close look at what being a nurse is all about while working as a certified nursing assistant. She knew then what her next step would be.

"I fell in love. I wanted to help others feel better," she said.

After earning her bachelor's degree from Indiana University East, Rhodabarger made her way to Reid two years later, working at the Care Pavilion in Connersville. She joined the Acute Rehab Unit nearly a year ago.

"My favorite thing about being a rehab nurse is watching the transformation patients go through from the time when they come to us, to completing therapy, and then discharging to go back home with their families," she said.

A Centerville native, Rhodabarger continues to live in the town with her husband, Kasey, and their two boys, Corbyn and Kayson, as well as their dogs, Josie and Trigger.

LeAnne Stiver, RN, Wound Ostomy Care

It was a chance encounter that sparked the idea of pursuing a career in nursing for LeAnne Stiver.

"As a college student, I came upon an accident driving home from work one night. At the time, I was a psych major," she said.

"There were significant injuries to the patient, including to his arms and head. That experience intrigued me. For the first time, I felt drawn to a profession. I later switched my major to nursing."

Stiver would go on to get her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and join Reid in 2005. She's held the same position over the 17 years since.

"Working at Reid Health is special because everybody here has a desire to see everyone else improve and grow," she said. "I love the diversity that working in nursing offers. You can specialize in a particular field and still be part of a larger team."

Stiver lives in New Paris, Ohio, with her husband of 20 years, Dean. The couple have six kids, Beth, Alex, Chris S., Jason, Chris H., and Cody.

Chelsea Vogel, RN, Progressive Care

A native of Fort Recovery, Ohio, Chelsea Vogel earned her nursing degree from Ball State University.

She joined Reid in 2017 and has worked on the Progressive Care Unit ever since.

"Since I was young, I always wanted to be a nurse. I always imagined serving others as a nurse and truly making an impact during their toughest days," Vogel said.

"It's such a hard career, but it's also such a rewarding one in so many ways. There's no feeling like when a patient looks at you and truly appreciates everything you've done for them."

Vogel continues to live in Fort Recovery with her husband, Nic.

Kristin Wright, RN, Reid Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy

Kristin Wright was inspired by her mother's example to become a nurse, but it was a high school internship that showed her exactly what kind of nurse she wanted to be.

"I chose nursing because I grew up watching my mother as a nurse and saw the passion she had for taking care of patients," Wright said.

"I did an internship in surgery my senior year of high school and absolutely fell in love with every aspect of it and knew I wanted to work in that area."

A lifelong Richmond resident, Wright graduated from Indiana University East. She joined Reid as a student nurse tech while working her way through college before eventually making her way to Reid Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy.

"I get such joy in seeing patients go home from their surgery with their issue or illness alleviated so they can live their lives how they desire," Wright said. "I enjoy getting to provide such personal care to patients who are experiencing a scary time in their lives and creating a positive surgical experience for them."

Wright has been married to her high school sweetheart, Matthew, for six years. They have twin children, Gavin and Raelynn.

Multiple Events Scheduled for May at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Posted May 9, 2022

Supplied Flyer: MRL May Events

Program Pickup Kits for Adults and Teens

Design your own tile using our convenient pre-packaged supply kits. Turn your permanent marker scribbles into amazing abstract art with a Tie-Dye effect. Kits provide a creative outlet to complete on your own time. Get your free Program Pickup Kit from the Main Desk. Supplies are limited.

Joe's Truck Stop

Live Country Blues

Thursday | May 12 | 5:30 NEW TIME!

Historic Courtyard at MRL

From a ridge in the Ohio River Valley, on a front porch where Kentucky's visible through the winter's bare trees, Joe Truck Stop conspires over a smoking blend of Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and whatever else finds itself inhaled and manifested by way of a wood box and steel wire. Years of digesting so much of the Country Blues lexicon and traveling the country learning the numerous styles of fiddlers, writers, and travelers alike has led to the original music that comes by way of Joe's Truck Stop.

The songs are stories of living on the road, love, temptation, heartbreak, family, banjo pickin' tobacco spittin' women, gas station sushi, and much more.

Joe Macheret (Cincinnati, OH), bandleader and member of Cincinnati string band, The Tillers, has also lent his instrumental skills on stage and in the studio to JD Wilkes and the Legendary Shack Shakers, the Urban Pioneers, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, Justin Wells, Chelsea Ford and the Trouble, Maria Carrelli, Lenny Lashley, and many other musicians and bands.

Craft Night for Adults

Wednesday | May 18 | 6:00 pm

Bard Room

Want a way to feel like a kid again with no pressure to make good art? Come to Bad Art Night at MRL. We'll have art supplies to make all the best "bad art" including macaroni, yarn, paper, paints, glitter and more. Whether you love your finished masterpiece, love to laugh at it, or just enjoy the nostalgia, you'll have a fun night with other creative adults. No one is encouraged to be a Van Gogh, or Picasso at the Bad Art Night. It's a no-holds-barred event for the artistically challenged to have a little fun and create something truly creative or truly awful.

Gennett Records and Jazz Greats

With Guest Artist Evelyn Gordon

Thursday | May 19 | 6:00pm

Bard Room

For this "Edu-tainment" concert, Evelyn Gordon will sing several tunes that were either composed by, or made famous by, African American musicians who were once artists on the Gennett label. She will also present background information about the artists and their work with Gennett.

Evelyn Gordon is a musician and Human Resources professional originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She has experience performing various styles of music including choral, classical, neo-soul, gospel, and jazz, both nationally and internationally. In addition to performing, she has recorded with ensembles and as a soloist on several projects, including her own solo album, Honey So Sweet, released in 2009.

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

Community Resource Fair Hosted by Reid Health Community Outreach and Boys & Girls Clubs Of Wayne County May 17TH

Posted May 9, 2022

Supplied Flyer: Community Resource Fair

Reid Health Community Outreach is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to host a community resource fair on Tuesday, May 17th from 4 – 6 PM at the First Bank Boys & Girls Club at the Reverend James M Townsend Memorial building located at 855 North 12th St in Richmond.

Various community resources will be available, including some organizations that will share job openings. The fair will be held in the Club parking lot unless weather conditions require a move into the Club gym. There will be free food and giveaways, including a $100 Visa Gift card to one adult attending and a $100 gift card for one student attending.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will unveil a Little Free Library and Mt. Olive Baptist Church will unveil a Free Community Food Pantry at the Club location during the fair.

The community is invited to stop in for information and free refreshments and visit with your neighbors and friends in Richmond. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will also plan a future neighborhood event to celebrate a second Little Free Library placement at the Ronald L McDaniel Club located at 1900 West Main St in Richmond. The Women's Workshop of Richmond will help Club teens build benches for the placements.

The community resource fair, Little Free Libraries and Free Community Pantry placement projects are being provided through Forward Wayne County's NICE (Neighborhood Involvement and Community Engagement) Grant. Funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Registration Open for 17th Annual Aging Well Conference, Stars of HGTV Show, Good Bones, to Headline

Posted May 9, 2022

Supplied Graphic/Photo: Lifestream Aging Well Conference

LifeStream Services is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 17th Annual Aging Well Conference, which welcomes Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk of the hit HGTV show, Good Bones, as keynote speakers. 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.

The Aging Well Conference is set for Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Horizon Convention Center located at 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. Limited 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 can be found at lifestreaminc.org/aging-well-conference. Those who would like more information, may contact Angie Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, at 765-748-6994 or ajenkins@lifestreaminc.org.

Class of 2022 by the Numbers

Posted May 9, 2022

Supplied Graphic: IU East 2022 Graduate InfoThe Class of 2022 will receive 802 diplomas during Indiana University East's Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 13. This year's commencement ceremony is at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

Of the degrees being conferred, 758 are bachelor's degrees and 44 are master's degrees.

Graduates and their families are invited to share their cap and gown photos and unique celebrations with IU East on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #iueast and #iueastgrad2022. The Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at iue.edu/live (note: this website may not be live until the day of the ceremony). Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

The Class of 2022 has several characteristics.

Of the total number of graduates, there are 62 Indiana counties represented, 36 states and 27 countries.

A brief glance at the statistics and figures provides a look at the graduates joining nearly 12,800 IU East alumni.

  • Indiana Resident: 555
  • Non-Resident: 222
  • Reciprocity residents: 67
  • Male: 266
  • Female: 511
  • Minorities represented: 13.8 percent
  • The oldest student graduating is 68, the youngest is 20.
  • The most numerous degree to be granted is the B.S. in Business Administration (138).
  • The second most frequent degree to be granted is the B.S. in Psychology (135).
  • First generation students: 34.9 percent.

If sorting graduates by age, those who are 23 and younger compose 28.7 percent of the Class of 2022. Graduates ages 23-24 represent 17.4 percent of the class while those 30 and over compose 37.2 percent. Within the Class of 2022, 38 undergraduate and 11 graduate students earned a 4.0 GPA.

IU East continues to boast an array of diverse graduates. Non-traditionally aged students make up the majority of graduates this year, and minority graduates have increased — up from 12.6 percent in 2021 and 10.7 percent in 2020.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.

IU East's 51st Commencement Ceremony will be held May 13

Posted May 9, 2022

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IU East will celebrate the Class of 2022 on Friday, May 13, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.
Indiana University East will host its 51st Commencement Ceremony is at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at the Richmond High School Tiernan Center.

This year, the university will confer 758 baccalaureate degrees and 44 master's degrees.

Indiana University President Pamela Whitten and IU East Chancellor Kathryn Girten will preside and address the 802 graduates eligible to receive IU degrees during the ceremony. The figures include degree recipients from December 2021 and candidates for May, June and August 2022.

This will be the first commencement President Whitten is attending for IU Bloomington and IU's regional campuses.

This year will be Chancellor Girten's last Commencement Ceremony. Girten recently announced her plans to retire June 30 after serving as chancellor for nine years.

The Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live stream video at iue.edu/live (note: this website may not be live until the day of the ceremony). Live commencement updates and commentary will be available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Follow or post using the hashtags #iueast and #iueastgrad2022. Richmond residents can also watch the ceremony live on WCTV Channel 20.

Cici Bellis, Orlando, Florida, will address fellow classmates during the ceremony as the student speaker. Bellis, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in finance, was selected to address the 2022 class after an application process. Bellis is a retired professional tennis player from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

Matthew Paterson, Richmond, Indiana, is the recipient of the Naomi Osborne Award, an honor given to the graduate with the highest grade point average, and will lead the graduating class during the alumni induction ceremony. He is originally from Rothwell, England, and a member of the men's track and field team at IU East. Paterson will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

IU East will host events and ceremonies leading up to the 51st Commencement Ceremony.

IU East's Hooding Ceremony for master's degree candidates will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The hooding ceremony signifies a scholarly and personal achievement. This ceremony is by invitation.

Also the day of commencement, the IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host its pinning ceremony for nursing graduates at 2 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium with a slide show followed by the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Graduates will receive their pin to wear for the Commencement Ceremony and nursing awards will be given to students.

For more information, visit iue.edu/commencement.

Richmond Art Museum Receives Unique Gift To Be Sold At Auction In Indianapolis To Benefit Educational Programs

Posted May 9, 2022

Supplied Photo:  White Excalibur Car

RAM received a phone call in April from a patron, John Turner-Grey, "I'd like to donate a car to benefit the museum. Don't worry, it is a work of art." When we arrived at the home, and the garage door opened, it appeared as if Cruella DeVille's car might be in Turner-Grey's possession. We soon learned that what was being offered to the Richmond Art Museum was a 1984 Excalibur Series IV Phaeton. Complete with large, classic, white-wall tires, teak wood running boards, an all-white paint job and plenty of chrome accents; featuring both a hard and soft top, this luxury convertible is indeed a work of art.

RAM will be offering the car for sale at auction as Lot 84 on Sunday, May 15th through Mecum Auctions in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fairground. Interested parties can bid to take home this limited edition classic.

All proceeds from the auction will go to support RAM educational programming, such as the Art Is… program for K-3rd grade students, the All Wayne County High School Art Exhibition, which is currently showing at RAM now until May 14, and RAM VanGo programs which bring art into local and regional classrooms.

The vehicle was on display during the recent RAM/IU East fundraising event, Palette to Palate, and was a crowd favorite. When asked about the donation, Turner-Grey said simply, "I know the proceeds are going to a worthy cause."

RAM is grateful for the donation and for Mr. Turner-Grey's confidence in the organization. You can find out more information about how to register to attend the auction at https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0522-501075/1984-excalibur-series-iv-roadster/

Singles Interaction, Inc.

Posted May 9, 2022

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction May 2022

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.

Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Award Nominations Open as of May 6th

Posted May 9, 2022

Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Awards will accept nominations beginning today (May 6) for its ATHENA Leadership Award, ATHENA Young Professional Award, and the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award.

Nominations will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com.

All ATHENA award recipients will be announced before the dinner.

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, Janis Buhl-Macy, and Melissa Vance.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. Previous award recipients include Jessie Pilewski and Ashley Sieb.

This is the first year the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award will be presented in Wayne County. The award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA organizational nominees are business or organizations, in the profit or non-profit sectors – who create an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential or gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/ or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 7,000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County, established locally in 2014. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and IU East. Proceeds benefit local organizations dedicated to serving leadership building for women of all ages.

To RSVP visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, vice president, director of operations at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.

ATHENA Leadership Awards Nomination Process

  • Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Awards will present three awards this year:
  • ATHENA Leadership Award
  • ATHENA Young Professional Award
  • ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, a new award added for 2022.
  • Nominations are open from May 6 to June 17.
  • All ATHENA award recipients will be announced before the dinner.
  • Recipients will be presented with ATHENA awards during the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.
  • The community is invited to submit their nominations at waynecoathena.com.

Gennett Records: The Birthplace of American Recorded Music Signature Dinner, Exhibit Premier and Program presented by First Bank Richmond

Posted May 5, 2022

Supplied Graphic: Gennett Parrot LogoThe Wayne County Historical Museum is pleased to announce it's 2022 Signature Dinner, Exhibit, and Program.

The Wayne County Historical Museum will debut its exhibit celebrating the far-reaching story of Gennett Records and celebrate its contributions through time and space. The Indiana Historical Society's recent exhibit on this beloved Wayne County story will come to the Wayne County Historical Museum permanently as part of this collaborative exhibit and program. The exhibit will take visitors throughout the main museum and community building and will highlight the Gennett Family, The Gennett Legacy, important connections made to Gennett records and more. Additionally, artifacts will be on display until 2023 from the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, The Birthplace of Country Music, The family of Bradley Kincaid, The family of Marion McKay, and the Gennett family. Exciting interactive elements will transport visitors through the exhibit areas highlighting the Gennett recording story.

The exhibit premier will kick off our 2022 Signature Dinner and Program. Attendees will be transported back to 1920's Richmond with a themed experience and dinner catered by Old Richmond Inn. Guided tours of the exhibit will be held prior to the dinner hour. Selfie Stations, artwork on display by Pam Frazier, a Gennett themed silent auction, and live music from Earlham Jazz Band will get everyone into the spirit of the evening. Mayor Dave Snow will MC the dinner, where a premier of a video celebrating the far-reaching story of Gennett Records will be shown. Some of the participants of the video include The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Delta Blues Museum, and more.

After dinner, attendees will hear from 10 speakers from around the country who will highlight the road paved by Gennett Records in the field of American recorded music. Speakers include Charlie Dahan, Author of Starr-Piano & Gennett Records, Rick Kennedy, Author of Jellyroll, Bix & Hoagy, Elizabeth Surles, Archivist at Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, Danny Gonzales, Director of Exhibition at Indiana Historical Society, Todd Gould, Producer of The Music Makers of Gennett Records, David Kunian & Greg Lambousy of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and Bob Jacobsen & Tina Conti, Former Board Presidents of the Starr-Gennett Foundation. The direct descendants of the Gennett Family will be on hand to help celebrate this important legacy.

This annual signature event allows for YOUR Wayne County Historical Museum to continue our mission to educate the public, promote, collect, preserve, and interpret the rich heritage of Wayne County, Indiana and illustrate the county's role in American and World Culture.

The exhibit will open to the public on Sunday June 26, 2022 with a public program and exhibit opening-press release to follow.

Venue: Wayne County Historical Museum 1150 North A Street Richmond, IN 47374
Virtual Tickets for the Speaker's portion of the evening are also available

Date: Saturday June 25, 2022, 5:30pm

Admission: $75.00 in person, $25.00 virtual
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting our website and clicking on the 2022 Signature Event tab. Tickets may also be purchased by calling or stopping by the museum during regular business hours.

COVID-19 Rising Again in Indiana So Make Sure You're Up to Date on Vaccinations

Posted May 9, 2022

According to the Indiana Department of Health, COVID-19 cases are rising once again in Indiana, making now the time to get up to date on your vaccinations if you aren't already.

Only 15,267 of Wayne County's more than 66,000 residents have received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations as well as a booster shot. The numbers are similarly low for the seven other Indiana and Ohio counties in Reid Health's service area.

Being up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines means you've received all the doses recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That includes the primary series of whatever vaccine you initially chose as well as any booster shots for which you're eligible.

Initial boosters should be received at least five months after completing your primary series of doses for those who had Pfizer or Moderna. Johnson & Johnson recipients should get a booster at least two months after their primary dose.

If it's been at least four months since your booster shot and you are either over the age of 50 or immunocompromised, you can get a second booster dose.

Vaccination remains the best protection we have against COVID-19. According to the CDC, it creates a more predictable immune response than "natural immunity" from infection, reduces your likelihood of spreading the virus to those who might be more vulnerable than you, and lessens the chances of new variants emerging and causing more problems.

Also, the vaccines are very effective in protecting against severe illness -- including hospitalization and death -- from all current variants and subvariants, especially for those who have had their boosters.

FREE primary doses and booster shots are available at the Reid Health Residency Clinic, 795 Sim Hodgin Parkway in Richmond.

Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Appointments can be made for those hours by calling Reid's COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 965-4200. The hotline is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.

Indiana residents can find other nearby vaccination sites and schedule a time at those locations by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Townsend Center Block Party

Posted April 13, 2022

Supplied Graphic:  Townsend Community Center Block PartyThe entire Wayne County Community is invited to the First Annual Block Party!

Townsend Community Center, Inc.
300 North 10th Street
Richmond, IN 47374

May 21, 2022 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Resources, Educational Resources

Food and Fun for everyone!

For more information, please call the Center at 765.488.2042 or visit townsendcommunitycenter.org.

Tox-a-way Day - May 14, 2022

Posted May 5, 2022

Supplied Flier: Tox-a-way Day 2022

Tox-A-Way Day is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon May 14 at New Paris Pike Landfill, 5242 New Paris Pike

Acceptable items for disposal include paints, thinners, solvents, oils, aerosols, herbicides, pesticides, single-use batteries and most liquid household wastes. Containers may not be larger than five gallons.

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