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IU East to Host Legislative Forum on January 25

Posted January 17, 2019

Indiana University East will host a Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, January 25, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

The Legislative Forum is free and open to the public.

During the Legislative Forum, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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

Live-Performance Documentary Featuring Kronos Quartet to Kick off Artist and Lecture Series at Earlham

Posted January 17, 2019

Kronos Quartet will perform music from the critically acclaimed live documentary A Thousand Thoughts at Earlham College on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium located in Carpenter Hall.

General admission tickets are $20 and are available online at Tickets can also be purchased from the Runyan Center Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For A Thousand Thoughts, the quartet teamed up with Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini and Earlham Alumnus Joshua Penn '06 for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews from such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man and Terry Riley.

Green will participate in a pre-show discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium. Penn, the executive producer of A Thousand Thoughts, will visit Earlham classrooms prior to the quartet's performance.

In addition to acclaim for A Thousand Thoughts, Kronos Quartet has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for its Landfall album.

The San Francisco-based quartet has released more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity and collaborated with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including both the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and "Musicians of the Year" (2003) from Musical America.

For more information about this performance and future Earlham events, visit

LifeStream & IU East Senior Art Competition & Exhibit to Celebrate the Talents of Older Adults

Posted January 17, 2019

LifeStream and IU East are seeking artistic older adults to participate in the upcoming Senior Art Competition & Exhibit at Room 912 Gallery in Richmond. This competition will showcase and celebrate the talents of older adults in communities throughout East Central Indiana.

Those who wish to participate may drop off their artwork now through March 1 between 11am and 7pm at Room 912 Gallery located at 912 E. Main St. Richmond, IN 47374. Open judging will be held on March 7 from 12pm to 2pm, followed by a reception from 2pm to 3pm. The artwork will then remain on display through May 3. Participants can pick up their artwork between May 7 and May 10 from 11am to 7pm.

This competition is open to those who are 60 years of age and older who are residents of Fayette, Franklin, Rush, Union, Wayne, Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, or Randolph county. Artwork can include oil & acrylic painting, drawing, textiles, watercolor and pastel painting, photography, collage/mixed media, and 3-Dimensional work.

Artists may submit one piece of art for the exhibit. An entry form is required and can be found online or at Room 912 Gallery, a LifeStream café meal site, or the LifeStream office located at 423 Commerce Road, Richmond, IN 47374. In addition, artwork must have appropriate hardware and ready to hang. Drawings and photographs must be framed and matted. This information and more can be found by visiting

LifeStream works to improve the quality of life for seniors, people with disabilities, and others at risk.

Involvement in the arts has a number of benefits for older adults including improved communication and socialization, improved cognition skills, increased self-esteem, and much more.

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

For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at and follow on Facebook at

Richmond Event Venue and Custom Cake Shop Closed

Posted January 17, 2019

Popular Richmond custom cake shop, event venue and event coordination service, Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main, under the management of Heather (Stegner) Dew, announced the business ceased operations under her management December 31, 2018.

Upon the closing of Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main as it was formerly known, (Stegner) Dew will continue to accept limited cake orders in its new location in Lebanon, Ohio, under the name Queen Bee Confections.

"Queen Bee Confections and The Mansion on Main is grateful for our clients' and guests' loyal support and encouragement," said (Stegner) Dew. "Queen Bee Confections remains dedicated to baking exquisite and delicious sweets for our clients, just in a new location."

For further details, please visit Queen Bee Confections on Facebook, or call (765) 914-0154.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - Feburary 2019

Posted January 17, 2019

Newsletter: February 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!

You Are Always on 'Thin Ice'

Posted January 14, 2019

Indiana Conservation Officers are advising citizens across the state of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams this winter.

Recent temperature drops across the state have brought about sheets of ice across some bodies of water.

Indiana Conservation Officers ask everyone to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for those who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.

Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice. Just like re-learning how to drive on snow versus clear roads, some Hoosiers need to re-learn how to safely have fun on ice.

Indiana Conservation Officers want citizens to put safety first. Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing on or walking on a frozen lake or pond:

  1. No ice is safe ice.
  2. Test the thickness of the ice with an ice auger. At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing; 5 inches is recommended for snowmobiling.
  3. If you don't know….don't go.
  4. Wear life jackets or flotation coats.
  5. Carry ice hooks and rope gear.
  6. When on the ice, leave a note with a friend or family member of your whereabouts.
  7. Don't test the thickness of the ice while alone.

Indiana Conservation Officers say the best rule of thumb is, when walking on ice, to believe you are "walking on thin ice." Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.

"Ice is beginning to form on smaller bodies of water. We would like to ask that the community keep a close eye out for children in your area who may play on the ice. It takes extreme low temperatures and quite some time to form several inches of ice. We have not had those conditions consistently statewide this winter," said Indiana Conservation Officer Max Winchell.

The coating of snow that Indiana just received also can make for treacherous ice conditions. The snow can insulate the ice, causing it to freeze at a slower rate. When the snow and rain that just fell across Indiana freeze into ice, it is never as strong as solid, clear ice.

If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, please do not go after it. This can often end in tragedy. Contact your local emergency response personnel, who are equipped to make a rescue on thin ice.

Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.

Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.

Former Governing Board Chair Leads Reid Health Through 'Historic' Times

Posted January 7, 2019

Supplied Photo: Jon FordWhen Jon Ford joined the Reid Health Board of Directors 35 years ago, the institution was much smaller and the challenges in health care were not nearly as complex as they are today.

Having recently stepped down from leading the board after 20 years as chairman, Ford said he's glad the health system has grown and remains financially sound -- despite unprecedented challenges. "When I joined the board, physicians were in private practices, there was no electronic medical record, paperwork demands were minimal and the business of health care was much easier to manage," he recalls.

Today, many smaller hospitals have been forced to close in the United States, buckling to financial pressures of regulation and declining reimbursements for care. Hospitals and health systems must also compete nationally to attract and keep providers who seek employment rather than going into business for themselves – which was behind the 2008 launch and exceptionally rapid growth of Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA). "Hospitals must have physicians and today, they are not looking to run their own private practice. They are looking for the employment model -- and the competition is fierce. RHPA is an example of our administrators and board being proactive and competitive so we can be sure the communities we serve in the region have enough medical experts to care for them," Ford said.

Ford has led the board through the health system's rapid growth, changes in federal reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, the planning and building of a $330M replacement hospital campus, and the launch of RHPA. He's seen the health system grow since the early 1980s to become the region's largest employer, with more than triple the number of employees at over 3200.

"We have remained dedicated to our mission and ensuring the region has access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technology," Ford said. "And we've been able to make proactive changes and grow so the region we serve has a high quality health system."

Ford has served on the board since 1983 and as chairman since 1998. Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said Ford's leadership through major projects cannot be overstated.

"Jon Ford has led our organization's board through significant historic milestones, including the planning and building of our new campus and our phenomenal growth over the years," said Kinyon said. "And he's not done – he is willing and will continue to serve as a board member, which is a testament to his dedication and passion to continue serving his community as a part of Reid Health."

Supplied Photo: Tom Hilkert and Jon Ford on a trip to Washington D.C.Tom Hilkert is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has served on the board since 2002. A native of Lucerne, Indiana, Hilkert was an officer of a major multi-national manufacturing corporation prior to coming to the Richmond area in 1995. He was part owner and one of three directors of Hirsh Industries, parent company of M.E.G. – where he served as President until he retired in December 2016.

"Anyone who knows Jon Ford understands that I have 'very big shoes to fill.' I am grateful for this exciting and challenging opportunity to lead Reid Health's Board of Directors," Hilkert said. "Jon's long and remarkable dedication to Reid's mission, through his experienced and talented leadership, has truly enhanced the quality of healthcare in our region. While honoring Jon Ford's contributions, the board will ensure that Reid Health continues to provide high quality healthcare and wellness support that meets the broad needs of our community."

Hilkert said the board "is committed to Reid Health's efforts to recruit and retain the best physicians and support staff, providing them top-notch facilities, while maintaining financial stability. We know that keeping people healthy is the best way to reduce healthcare costs. The board applauds and encourages Reid Health's efforts to improve communication with patients, doctors, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals and support staff in the system."

He said Reid Health will soon be conducting an in-depth community health needs assessment to develop plans for better meeting our citizens' healthcare needs. We know that input from individuals and groups is vital to Reid's future. Building upon Jon Ford's legacy, that helped lead Reid Health through tremendous growth, the Board of Directors and I, with the support of nine strong sub-committees, are poised and eager to help continue to improve our regional communities' healthcare system, Reid Health."

Hilkert has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA certificate from Northern Illinois University. In addition to the Reid Health board, he serves on the Richmond Baking Company Advisory Board, the local Purdue University Advisory Board, and is past chair of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, and an Elder in his church.

Hilkert's wife, Chris, is also active in the community. She is a long-time member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County board. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Also joining the Reid Health Board of Directors in 2019 are Robin Henry, a Richmond businesswoman; and William Black, M.D., a physician with Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine.

The Reid Health Board of Directors oversees operations of the health system and is made up of nearly 20 community members and business leaders.

First Baby Waits Until Second Day of Year

Posted January 3, 2019

Supplied Photo: Baby Daxtyn ThornburgThe day after giving birth to the Reid Health New Year's Baby for 2019, Kylie Thornburg of Richmond said one thing is clear – she's going to need a home with two bathrooms.

"I'm not sharing a bathroom with all these boys," she quipped as she held Daxtyn Cain Johnson, her fourth child and third son. Daxtyn was born at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, weighing in at just over five pounds and ten days from his due date. Daxtyn has three older brothers and a sister. Thornburg said she had no idea he would be the first baby of the year, assuming someone would have delivered on New Year's Day – but the first baby at Reid Health came on Jan. 1 only twice in the past six years.

Though another mother was in labor and had arrived before she did, Daxtyn was born first after only a few hours of labor. "I had no idea," Thornburg said. "I can't believe he was first." Another mom delivered on New Year's Eve.

Daxtyn is Thornburg's fourth and his dad, Phillip Johnson's, third child. Her daughter Jaelyn is eight, son Jordyn is six and Drake is two. Grayson, a half-brother, is three.

"I'm just happy Daxtyn's here and he's healthy," Thornburg said. She came over to the Reid Health Family Birthing Center after a regular checkup at Reid OB/GYN found she was ready to deliver. "He came out with perfect complexion and perfect hair and perfect everything."

Drug 'Take-Back' Kiosk Available at Reid Health Main Campus

Posted January 2, 2019

Supplied Photo: Green RecepticalNow, Reid Health has established a safe and easy way to dispose of them. A drug "take-back" kiosk is available on the main concourse of the hospital campus at 1100 Reid Parkway.

"We wanted another, more convenient option for disposing of unwanted medications from both Reid Health staff and the general public," said Brad Hester, director of Reid Pharmacy.

Jay Bhavsar, D.O., a second year resident in the Family Medicine Residency Program, was involved in establishing the kiosk. "Having a disposal kiosk helps protect not only ourselves, but our children our families and our loves ones – and the community as a whole," he said.

The kiosk is available for dropping off unused or expired prescription medication, unused or expired over-the-counter medications and pet medications. It is not for disposal of sharps or syringes, which should be disposed of in specially designed sharps containers. On the Reid Health campus, they can be found in the area of "Triage 1" in the Emergency Department.

Hester said the kiosk is "literally as easy as dropping a letter off at a post office mail receptacle." Before this service was made available, medication drop-offs were offered in a couple of other locations in the region and during drug take-back events once or twice a year with the help of the Richmond Police Department.

Having a safe way to dispose of unused medicines removes them from the waste stream and can help prevent children from coming into contact with dangerous medications or the abuse of prescription drugs found in the home. Nationally, 62 percent of teens who admit taking medication for non-medical reasons say they get the drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes.

The kiosk will be monitored by the Reid Health Pharmacy and is in a secure location under camera surveillance.

Senior Adult Ministry January Meeting

Posted January 2, 2019

Do you like to sing hymns? This month the Senior Adult Ministry invites you to join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 29, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. We will have a hymn sing along with soup and sandwiches.

New members are always welcome. 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 meetings.

Future meetings in 2019 include "Oh, What a Beautiful Baby," "Travel Tales," and a picnic at the Veteran's Park.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - January 2019

Posted January 2, 2019

Newsletter: January 2019 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!

Community Generates Over $1.6 Million in 2018 Challenge Match

Posted December 20, 2018

The Wayne County Foundation announced today detailed results of its 2018 Challenge Match. Fifty-four local organizations collectively raised $1.39 million from generous donors in a nine-day period this November. This amount, plus the Foundation match, represents over $1.63 million in total contributed benefit to the community.

The Challenge Match was an opportunity for participating organizations to share up to $240,000 from the Foundation, based on qualifying gifts they received from the community in a designated match period. It was the seventh time that the program was offered.

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

All but two organizations met or exceeded their match goals. Any unmatched dollars were distributed as 'bonus bucks' to the organizations that over-achieved their match goals. "We especially want to thank our Match Partners," Borchers said. The Match Partners included the Doxpop Charitable Giving Fund, Mr. Richard Jeffers, the Reinke Donor Advised Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Rosar, and the Wayne Bank and Trust Community Fund." Their contributions really led the way and enabled more organizations to participate."

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

Supplied Spreadsheet: 2018 Challenge Match Results

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

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

Reid Health to Provide Ambulance Service to Western Wayne County

Posted December 20, 2018

Reid Health's decision to provide EMS/ambulance services to the western Wayne County is just another example of Reid's historic, long-term support of emergency services in the region, hospital officials said this week.

"Reid Health has a long track record of supporting our area EMS services in numerous ways, including giving medical direction at no cost, providing important equipment, medications and more," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at Reid Health. She said that Reid Health decided to submit a bid when Reid was made aware that after the first bid deadline of Oct. 31, no one had proposed to cover Cambridge City and Hagerstown areas. "We considered this a crisis, so we offered bids to be sure those areas did not go without 911 service," she said. At some point after Reid submitted bids, others chose to also submit them, she said.

"We wanted to be sure everyone in the western Wayne County area had continuity of access to critically important emergency transportation," she said. "We look forward to working with other emergency transportation providers to ensure immediate access to our patients in this area."

Emily Kraft, M.D., emergency physician, will serve as Medical Director for Reid Health EMS. "I look forward to working with Reid Health EMS in its new venture to serve the people of this community. I am excited to continue to build partnerships and provide new educational and training opportunities for the many first responders and EMS providers in the region."

Reid Health supports regional EMS services in numerous ways, including:

  • Providing cardiac monitors valued at $36,000 each that are leased for $1 a year to use for emergency patients, with 23 currently deployed in our service area. The monitors detect abnormal heart rhythms, oxygen saturation and allow the user to monitor blood pressure and other heart functions. Reid Health also provides modems for the monitors to transmit real-time patient information to Reid Health Emergency Services, which allows early activation of treatment teams at the hospital to provide immediate treatment for patients having a heart attack upon arrival at Reid. <
  • Supplying to several Indiana and Ohio ambulance services the on-board medications needed for emergency runs. The approximate $34,000 annual cost is funded through Reid Health Community Benefit at no charge to the EMS companies.
  • Providing Medical Director services at no charge to area ambulance service providers. All ambulance services are required to be affiliated with a supervising hospital and have a Medical Director. And long before the decision to provide the western Wayne County service, Reid had begun expanding the EMS area off of its Emergency Department to provide crews a larger space to use when at the hospital. The area will be stocked with refreshments and provide a more comfortable space for the crews.
  • Ryan Williams, EMS Coordinator for Reid Health Emergency Services, said the ambulance service will also be an asset in helping ensure quick availability of emergency transportation in situations such as urgent transfers of patients or in situations in which multiple people are injured. "We anticipate joining other service providers in the area on the same mission – offering the best and fastest emergency care that we can when it is needed."

The Reid Health service will launch Jan. 1 with three vehicles, with at least one of them stationed in the Cambridge City area.

Al-Anon Meetings Scheduled for January

Posted December 20, 2018

Monday night Al-Anon meetings will resume on January 7, 2019, at the regular time and meeting place beginning at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. 10 th Street, Richmond, Indiana.

Meetings in December were cancelled during the holidays.

Al-Anon offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics. It is an anonymous fellowship and there are no dues or fees.

New in 2019 will be workshops held at 6:30 pm at the church before regular meetings beginning Monday, January 14. The workshop uses the workbook "Paths to Recovery," which contains thought- provoking questions on each Al-Anon Step, Tradition, and Concept of Service.

New members are always welcome. For further information, contact us at or call 765-966-4151.

Centerstone to provide free services to teens affected by recent school shooting

Posted December 18, 2018

From December 27, 2018 - January 31, 2019, Centerstone will be providing free services to children and teens that have been emotionally affected by the recent school shooting at Dennis Intermediate School.

Services will include Teen Seeking Safety Group Sessions (ages 12-17), which assists teens in managing past and present trauma, and Art Therapy for Trauma Recovery Group Sessions (ages 6-17). These group sessions, which will be led by a trained clinician, will specifically address processing trauma triggers due to the school shooting crisis/tragedy.

Centerstone will be running group sessions multiple times a week until January 31, which will allow them to serve over 300 children. To enroll, individuals are asked to please call Centerstone at 765.983.8000 where they will be directed to the children's department for more information and to register.

State Accepting Nominations for Governor's Century, Half Century Business Awards

Posted December 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 18, 2018) – The state of Indiana is currently accepting nominations for the Governor's Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb will recognize award winners and present a commemorative certificate during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse in the spring. Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2019.

Qualifying criteria is as follows:

  • The business must have had continuous operations in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years by Dec. 31, 2018.
  • The business must have participated in the same line of work for the duration of its operations. If different, an explanation of the evolution into the current business must be provided on the nomination form.
  • The business must have had its base in the state of Indiana since it was founded.
  • The business must recognize, acknowledge and agree that it is in full compliance with the Indiana Secretary of State, Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development by signing the application.
  • The business must not have previously received a Century or Half Century award from the state of Indiana. Previous Half Century award recipients may qualify for a Century award.
Eligible companies are encouraged to complete the online application. Please visit the IEDC website for additional programmatic details.

About IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana's economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit

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