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Morrisson-Reeves Library Hosts Annual Musically Spectacular Event!

Flyer: MRL hosts Chanticleer Quartet

Posted July 18, 2018

Chanticleer String Quartet
Friday, August 3, 2018
2:00 p.m., Bard Room

Morrisson-Reeves Library presents their Annual Musically Spectacular Event with the world-renowned, Chanticleer String Quartet. The free concert on August 3rd at 2:00 p.m will be held in the Bard Room. The string quartet features violinist and founder Caroline Klemperer-Green, violinist Stefan Xhori; violist Jennifer Smith; and cellist Elizabeth Gottling Mendoza. Special guest saxophonist, Paul Klemperer will be joining the group for several musical arrangements. Enjoy music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Haydn, and Hoagy Carmichael.

Come early for the best seats. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL at 765.966.8291.

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Earlham Receives Second Anonymous $1M Gift in as Many Years

Posted July 11, 2018

An anonymous donor has once again given Earlham College a surprise gift of $1 million for student scholarships.

It is the second such gift in as many years and comes at the heels of a record $2 million in giving to the Earlham Fund during the 2017-18 fiscal year. The previous gift was received at the start of the new year in 2017.

"We are deeply grateful for this wonderfully unexpected gift," says Avis Stewart '74, Earlham's interim president. "Such generosity is a wonderful reminder of the many generous philanthropists that recognize the value of an Earlham education and the impact our graduates are having in communities across the world."

The funds were delivered in the form of a grant from Our Giving Tree, a donor-advised account at the Chicago Community Foundation. The College worked with that organization to allocate the gift according to the anonymous donor's wishes.

The College will use this gift to set up a scholarship fund in the name of Our Giving Tree. This restricted spend-down fund will be used to support need-based financial awards that are given to students as part of their financial aid packages. The Our Giving Tree Scholarship Fund will provide Earlham with an invaluable resource to help meet the demonstrated financial need of future Earlhamites.

Nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled at Earlham are eligible for Pell Grants from the federal government, and 90 percent of Earlham students receive some form of financial assistance from the College. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, $28 million in financial aid was awarded to students. About 20 percent of each incoming class is among the first in their families to attend college.

"This will ensure that future generations of students can receive the gift of Earlham, a transformational education that offers access to the very best that a liberal arts education can offer," says Kristin Champa, vice president for institutional advancement. "This wonderful surprise brings tremendous momentum to the College as we prepare for the next academic year."

Book Talk and Signing with Local Author, J.S. Michael

Posted July 11, 2018

Flyer: Book Talk & Signing with Author, J.S. Michael

Over one year clean and sober, recovering addict J.S. Michael speaks at Morrisson-Reeves Library on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. about his new book, Find Your Island. J.S. shares his journey through addiction recovery services offered in Richmond, Indiana at the Hope House and the 228 Club.

J.S. Michael shares his real-life story from the perspective of an active addict in the war of addiction, who wants to get clean and win the battle. There are many themes intertwined throughout this book. The first and most important theme is to show that an addict can beat addiction and recovery is possible. The other important purpose of this book is to allow the non-addict a peek into the mind of an actively using addict.

He will present a book talk starting at 11:00AM on Saturday July 21st at Morrisson-Reeves Library followed by a signing event in the Bard Room. Books will be available for purchase at the book signing.

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8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show Scheduled for July 26th

Posted June 14, 2018

Poster: Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show

Do you love vintage cars and cookouts? The 8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show has both and is totally FREE and open to the public!

Don't miss the 8th Annual Bob Rosa Memorial Car Show on Thursday, July 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 1717 South L Street in Richmond, Indiana.

Have a beautiful vintage car, truck or motorcycle to show off? Call Brad Marshall at 765.962.6922.

For more information, visit

Chip Seal Operation begin Week of July 16 in Henry, Randolph, Wayne Counties

Posted July 11, 2018

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces chip seal preservation is scheduled to begin the week of July 16. Work is scheduled for various roadways in Henry, Randolph and Wayne counties.

Roadways to be chip sealed are as follows:

  • US 40 from SR 3 to SR 103 (Henry County) - begins Tuesday, 7/17
  • SR 1 from US 40 to I-70 (Wayne County) - begins Wednesday, 7/18
  • SR 38 from SR 1 to US 35 (Wayne County) - begins Thursday, 7/19
  • US 35 from SR 1 to I-70 (Wayne County) - begins Monday, 7/23
Loose stone will be on the highway temporarily during the initial cure of the asphalt. Drivers are urged to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles to prevent stone chips from damaging windshields or paint on auto bodies.

Once the chip seal has cured, crews will sweep the highway to clear away loose stone and apply a light application of dark asphalt material to lock in remaining stone and minimize dust.

Crews anticipate completing the work by early August.

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

Ramp Closures Scheduled for I-70 Bridge Project Over US 40

Posted July 10, 2018

Milestone Contractors is scheduled to close I-70 exit ramps 156A westbound and 156B eastbound (loop ramps) at U.S. 40 as a part of the $4.8 million contract to rehab and repair the I-70 bridge over U.S. 40. I-70 exit ramps 156A eastbound and 156B westbound at U.S. 40 will be open to traffic.

The closure is anticipated for Monday, July 9 and expected to reopen mid-August.

Traffic will be detoured to adjacent interchanges during ramp closure.

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

Sanders Jewelry Closing its Doors After 75-Plus Years in Business

Posted July 10, 2018

A lot has changed since A.E. Sanders and his wife Dorothy established Sanders Jewelry in October 1941. What hasn't changed? Offering the best possible quality jewelry for the lowest possible price, said Vivian Himelick, the couple's daughter, and current store owner.

That's a big reason why Sanders Jewelry has prospered for so long. But after serving the community for more than 75 years, Sanders Jewelry is closing shop.

Big sale in the works

A huge going-out-of-business sale opens to the public Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. and will last until all merchandise is sold. Shoppers on any budget can expect to find great deals of 60 to 70 percent off a wide range of fine quality jewelry.

The store sells a wide range of high fashion jewelry, 14-karat gold rings, pendants, and earrings. It also serves the public in custom jewelry repair and service. Diamonds are a cornerstone of the business, but the store also sells a huge variety of gemstones, some with rare colors.

There's amethyst from Arizona, black opals, aquamarines, emeralds from Colombia and Africa and rubies from Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Pretty royal sapphires from Burma are also for sale.

Himelick, a certified gemologist who helped form the Indiana Guild of the American Gem Society, also designs jewelry, including gold, amethyst and pearl necklaces. Her husband Ralph is a master gold and silversmith who custom manufacturers her creations.

Downtown landmark

In 1988, Vivian and Ralph Himelick relocated the store from 713 Promenade to its current location at 831 East Main St. Inspired by the beautiful architecture she saw watching the Grand Prix in Monaco, they decided to remodel the three-story corner building, which was built in 1876 for The Richmond Palladium-Item newspaper. That included renovating its entrance, creating an angled entryway and building arches across the front. They also added classic arched jewelry windows and an inset doorway.

Vivian Himelick said the store has become an eye-catching fixture in the community, and she often hears from visitors who remark it's one of the most beautiful, elegant buildings in downtown Richmond.

It even caught the attention of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, which awarded Sanders Jewelry the "Community Beautification Award" in 1988.

Right time to close

Although she'll miss her customers - many of whom have become friends over the years - Himelick felt the timing was right.

"It's time to slow down a bit," said Himelick, who plans to spend time with her husband Ralph on a family farm he inherited last year.

Their children Eric and Heather have also decided to pursue other career paths.

Eric has a passion for automobiles, specializing in custom work and is an ASE master mechanic. Heather is a professional, quarter horse trainer.

Giving back to the community

The Himelicks have also given back to the community over the years.

Vivian Himelick serves on the Board of Directors for The Kiwanis Club of Richmond, which the store has supported for many years including contributing to its annual auction. Proceeds have helped pay for children's playground equipment and a sensory park on the west side of town for kids with special needs. The Kiwanis Club has also contributed toward the 8-acre Safety Village of Wayne County, a child-size version of Richmond where kids can play and learn.

Want to go?
What: Sanders Jewelry Going-Out-of-Business Sale
When: Starts Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Where: 831 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: call 765.962.5050

Save the Date! Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Posted June 21, 2018

Supplied Flyer: Cardinal Classic Golf Outing

Save the date! Saturday, September 8, 2018 the Elks' Country Club will host Seton Catholic's 21st annual Cardinal Classic Golf Outing. Lunch and registration at 12:30 p.m., shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Still only $55/golfer. To sign up to play or sponsor this event, visit or contact Jess Jurgens 765.546.1767 or Michelle Haager 765.967.6751.

HELP the Animals Hosts 27th Annual Pet Walk @ Glen Miller Park

Posted June 21, 2018

Supplied Flyer: HELP the Animals Pet Walk 2018

HELP the Animals, Inc., in partnership with Brewer Broadcasting radio stations Kicks 96, 101.7 The Point and Sunny 95.3, is excited to announce the 27th Annual Pet Walk on Saturday, July 28th to be held at the bandshell at Glen Miller Park in Richmond, IN.

HELP the Animals is a local nonprofit animal shelter that relies on the support of compassionate community members. Over a thousand animals pass through our shelter each year and our costs for providing food and medical care far outweigh our adoption fees.

Events for the 27th Annual Pet Walk include a dunk tank with notable local figures, a pet costume contest with prizes for most original and funniest costumes and K9 Demonstration with Richmond Police Department K9 Officer Max. In add-on to the events scheduled, the Pet Walk starts at 10:30am with a ribbon cutting and send off from Mayor Dave Snow. Registration for the event begins at 9:00am and the cost is $10 per participant.

In addition to pet related vendors and events, community members are encouraged to pledge to walk for our homeless dogs and cats. Pledge forms are available online at or at the shelter, 2101 West Main Street during open hours, 12pm-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Pledge participants who raise more than $75 will receive a free t-shirt with prizes awarded to the top three participants with the most money raised.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor a banner to show their support for our mission of caring for homeless dogs and cats. Banners will line the park along US 40 the week before the event. If interested in sponsoring a banner, please contact Amy Smith at by Friday, July 13th.

Children and Food Insecurity: A Community Conversation

Posted June 27, 2018

Supplied Photo Ad: Text: Children and Food Insecurity | Photo: Child holding Bowl of Raspberries

The United Way of Whitewater Valley and Side Effects Public Media invite you to a community conversation on Tuesday, July 24th at 11:30 a.m. addressing children and food insecurity in Wayne County. Enjoy a free lunch, and hear from Dave Snow, Mayor of the City of Richmond, then share your comments and ideas.

Click here to register for event. Questions? Please email

Human Trafficking Training Sessions Available for Community to Learn How to Be Aware, How to Respond

Posted June 27, 2018

Indiana University East will host three training sessions on Human Sex Trafficking July 23-24, 2018. Each training session will pertain to a specific audience: members of the community, service providers, and law enforcement.

The training sessions are free and organized in partnership with the IU East Police Department, Wayne County Probation Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Richmond Police Department and Restored, Inc.

The training sessions are:
Date: Monday, July 23
Audience: Training Session for Community Members
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Presenters: Whitney Weir and Taylor Ellis, Victim Advocates; Restored, Inc.
Session Description: What is human trafficking? What is commercial sexual exploitation of children? Does human trafficking occur in your community? Does commercial sexual exploitation of children occur in your community? Now, what can YOU do about it? How do you keep your child safe? Restored, an anti-trafficking organization, is on the front lines providing recovery, relief and restoration. This training session will educate and provide awareness on WHAT you can do and HOW you can impact your community to keep children safe.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Service Providers (DCS, probation, school administrators, teachers, non-profit organizations, etc.)
Session Title: "Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Identify Victims"
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Does human trafficking happen in your community? Traffickers target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. Human Trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old. The most vulnerable include runaways, children in group homes, and even children in foster care. Attendees can benefit by learning how to recognize a victim of human or sex trafficking, understand what services are the most beneficial, what is available in your county and the State of Indiana, and how your colleagues are tackling this difficult industry. Indiana is making strides in addressing this issue statewide. Attendees will learn how to work together with multidisciplinary system response.

Also included in the morning session, Dr. Katrina Mallory will discuss the psychological impact and treatment of CSEC victims. The presentation will focus on complex trauma, especially the neurodevelopment and domains of impairment (e.g. attachment, behavior, cognition, etc.) seen with the CSEC population. Dr. Mallory will also review trauma bonding, mental health interventions, and direct care strategies when working with these girls.

Date: Tuesday, July 24
Audience: Training Session for Law Enforcement Members
Session Title: "Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children from Online Predators"
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Vivian Auditorium, Whitewater Hall
Session Description: Predators target children because of their vulnerability. The market demand for young victims is high. The average age of entry into commercial sex trafficking is 14-15 years old, the average age a victim is exploited via the internet is 11-12. The most vulnerable include runaways and foster care children. Attendees will get a comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children, how to identify a potential victim, and understanding the victimology. Attendees can benefit by learning how to establish preventative measures and "RESPOND" to sexual exploitation, intervention strategies and online safety resources.

Leading the July 24th sessions are professionals in the area of human and sex trafficking.

Tracy R. McDaniel, MSW, LSW, is the Founder and CEO of Restored. Restored provides direct services to domestic victims of sex trafficking. McDaniel formulates statewide strategies to address domestic human trafficking through victim services, law enforcement coordination, and public policy. She partners with the Indiana state government, local, state and federal law enforcement, non-profit leaders, and community members to provide victim and outreach services. She develops trainings for youth, professionals, and provides public awareness. McDaniel is a forensic interviewer and has a master's in Social Work with a focus on Anti-demand of Human Trafficking and Trauma Counseling. McDaniel is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Jeffery Robertson, Special Agent for the FBI, has been assigned to the Indianapolis Division, Fort Wayne Resident Agency of the FBI since 2013. Prior to joining the FBI, SA Robertson was a police officer in Connecticut. SA Robertson specializes in cases involving human trafficking and violent crimes against children. SA Robertson conducts undercover operations to locate and rescue juveniles who are being sex trafficked, as well as, targets online predators who prey on children. SA Robertson and his law enforcement partners provide training across the state on recognizing and recovering victims of human trafficking, online safety for parents and children, and investigative techniques to successfully investigate these cases. SA Robertson is a member of the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Team and a member of the FBI's Operational Medical Program. Jeffery Robertson is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Christopher McCarty, Task Force Officer for the FBI, worked nine years at the Auburn Police Department before his 13 years with the Fort Wayne Police Department. He has worked eight years in Vice/Narcotics, 12 years on the Ft. Wayne EST Team (SWAT), and five years with the Sniper Section. McCarty is a FBI Task Force Officer, with the newly formed Northern Indiana Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force (VCAC). He has been involved in hundreds of Prostitution/Human Trafficking investigations. He is assigned to the VCAC Unit based out of Fort Wayne. McCarty is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court CSEC committee.

Dr. Katrina Mallory, Psy.D., HSPP, is a clinical psychologist and program director of TRU Harbor, a program of the Youth Opportunity Center that serves adolescent female survivors of human trafficking. Dr. Mallory has extensive experience working in residential treatment settings, specifically in completing psychological evaluations and providing therapeutic services for CSEC youth and others coping with complex trauma. As a member of the victim services committee of the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, Dr. Mallory works to educate youth workers, law enforcement, and community members on sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

For more information about the training sessions, contact Tracy Amyx, deputy Title IX coordinator/director of Affirmative Action/EEOC officer at 765.973.8402 or

Singles' Interaction, Inc. July 2018 Newsletter

Posted June 19, 2018

Newsletter: July 2018 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.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

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