Easter “Hoppenings” Around Wayne County

easter bunny real

easter bunny real

Happy Easter!

There are several opportunities for yummy foods, eggs hunts and other Easter fun.  Check out the GoWayneCounty.com calendar to see what’s “hoppening” this weekend.

Happy Easter!

Centerville Lions Club Honors Local Community Members For Their Service

lions club awards 2014 Sara group

lions club awards 2014 Sara group

From Left: Janis Buhl, Anna Richey, Wendy Komman, Sara Coulter

Monday night, the Centerville Lions Club presented awards to honored guests who are highly regarded in Wayne County.

Among those honored, Sara Coulter, Director of Marketing at First Bank Richmond, received the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award.  Among her many accomplishments, most notibly she was praised for her years of work as President of Dollars for Scholars, enabling kids to pursue a higher education.

Also honored was Janis Buhl, of Western Wayne News, for her service to the Western portion of Wayne County by creating a worthy news source.  In her many years as editor of WWN, she has been able to promote and convey what is happening in the surrounding communites and has succeeded in keeping information flowing.

Anna Richey accepted the award given in memory of her late husband, Lloyd Richey, for his important work in the community.  It was noted that he gave much of his effort and time to helping youth, making an impact on the lives of many.

And finally,  Wendy Komman was given the “Lion” award.  This honor is bestowed upon a Lions Club member who has made a major impact on the club as well as being a positive community member.

Congratulations to all those honored.

The Lions Club of Centerville has been bestowing awards since 1986.

 

 

 

 

Wernle Annual Golf Event: Become a Sponsor

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Wernle Coaches for Kids Golf Classic - Sponsorship and Team Information_Page_1There’s a special treat coming up in Richmond for golfers and lovers of the Cincinnati Reds.   A veteran pitcher and the speediest young player in Major League Baseball will take part on Monday, May 12, in the annual Wernle Coaches for Kids golf event.  Golfers will have the opportunity to meet pitcher Mat Latos and rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton during the event at Forest Hills Country Club.

To sign up as sponsor or a team, contact Marci or Jodi at Wernle by calling (765) 939-4575 or by contacting: development@wernle.org. Individual golfers can sign up, too.

The event also will include an auction that will feature lots of sports-related memorabilia. Latos has won 14 games in each of the last two seasons, while Hamilton is considered one of the speediest players ever in the game.

The annual event is one of the top fund-raisers each year for the Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center. Wernle has served children of need in Richmond and the region for 135 years. It can house, treat, supervise and educate 75 young men at one time. A girls program is starting soon on a campus that has expanded with new and renovated buildings.

Shakespeare Film Festival at Morrisson Reeves

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For more details about this event including movie titles and dates, you can visit the MRL events calender at http://www.mrlinfo.org/events.html.  More information on the Richmond Shakespeare Festival can be found at: Richmondshakespearefestival.org.

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Morrisson Reeves Offers New Tabletop Games

Morrisson Reeves Tabletop Game Day - Kick-off Event May 3rd

Morrisson Reeves Tabletop Game Day - Kick-off Event May 3rd

“Spamalot” A Big Hit!

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This weekend is the final weekend to enjoy Spamalot, a Monty Python comedy that is downright funny, according to reviews.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet for this weekend, be sure to call the Civic Theatre box office which opens at noon Friday and Saturday.  Show times are Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  After a long and dreary winter, a good laugh is just the medicine you need to welcome Spring with a smile! Below is a scene from the local production.

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Lilly Scholarships 2014 Announced

WC Foundation logo

WC Foundation logo

Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALeah Basford and Kaitlin Kramer were chosen from a pool of 44 applicants from throughout Wayne County.  Each recipient will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Leah, a senior at Centerville High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in cheerleading, model legislature, and national honor society throughout her high school career.  She has served in several leadership positions along with volunteering at her church and Greens Fork Animal Hospital.  Leah plans to major in business marketing at Butler University.  She is the daughter of Sally Osborn and Tim Basford.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKaitlin, a senior at Richmond High School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in soccer, tennis, and social studies academic team throughout her high school career.  She has also held several leadership roles including captain of the soccer and tennis teams along with volunteering at Reid Hospital and Kick-Off to Mentoring Program.   Kaitlin plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  She is the daughter of Teresa and Anthony Kramer.

This year a total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., in conjunction with community foundations and Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

Since 1998, 37 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation.  This year’s awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community dinner on June 25.

Veach’s Host Annual Lego Competition In March, 2014

Veachs 2014 LEGO Day Contest Rules

Read below for more details including rules and age groups for the competition.  Share with all your Lego friends- young and old!

Veachs 2014 LEGO Day Contest Rules

Mark Your Calendars: Model T “Show & Tell Swap & Sell” Coming in May!

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For all the Model-T enthusiasts from Wayne County and beyond…spread the word that the Model T “Show and Tell Swap and Sell”, is coming again this year!  See below for more details and share this with your friends from far and near.  Even if you aren’t a collector, according to Barbara Klehfoth, there will fun for everyone with awesome collections to see!  Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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Zach Attack Blood Drive: Donate Blood Save A Life At First Bank

Zach Attack flyer

Zach Attack flyer

Centerville Library Hosts Several Events In March 2014

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Looking for things to do to overcome that stir-crazy feeling?   Centerville Library has lots of ideas for fun while we wait for Spring to appear.  See below: (2 pages)

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centerville library march 2014 page 2

Morrisson Reeves Library to Host Local Author

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Read below for information on an author visit by Steve Martin, local historian and published author:

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Comfort Keepers Food Drive For Seniors

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food image for seniorsInformation from Western Wayne News:

Cambridge City IN-  “At least one in nine seniors is at risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household, or having to choose between food and medical care, according to Feeding America.  During the month of February, Comfort Keepers of Connersville is asking the community to make food donations to the Feed Seniors Now food drive to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic.” (excerpted from WWN)

You can donate food for this cause at Cutshaw’s Market in Cambridge City, Kroger in Connersville, and Woodruff Supermarket in Liberty.  All donations made at Cutshaw’s will benefit the Cambridge City Senior Center.

For more information on this program and how you can help, you can contact your local Comfort Keepers office at 765-827-2001.

And also remember your local food banks where many seniors go to receive supplemental foods.

Important Weather-Related Information….Please Read

News Release:

Advisory: NEWS FLASH: Unsafe Driving Causes Crashes During Winter Weather. Media is encouraged to promote advisory points.

      Indiana’s next blast of winter weather is upon us.  Warnings about hazardous driving conditions will be issued by city, county and state law enforcement as well as by local and national media.  Many will heed the warnings.  Many more will ignore the warnings.  With another major storm approaching, the Indiana State Police, again, remind motorists to limit travel when possible. If travel is not necessary, then stay home.  Most calls for service received by the Indiana State Police and other police agencies during winter storms are for crashes and motorists that slide off state roads and interstates.  It is important to remember that snow and ice covered roads do not cause crashes.  The crashes are caused by unsafe driving on the snow and ice covered roadway.

If you choose to drive during poor or hazardous driving conditions you must:

  1. Leave sooner and expect your travel time to be twice as long as normal
  2. Drive slower
  3. Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you by at least five times greater than normal
  4. Approach intersections with great care; other drivers not paying attention will slide through red lights
  5. Signal all lane changes and turning movements

The posted speed limit may be more than twice as fast as the reduced speed drivers should travel to reduce the possibility of a collision or loss of control that puts a vehicle into a retaining wall, ditch or another motorist.   Indiana code 9-21-5-1 specifies “Speed shall be restricted as necessary to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle, or other conveyance on, near or entering a highway.”  Motorists losing control of their vehicle or who are involved in a crash resulting in a police report should expect to be cited for this offense, which carries a maximum fine of $500.
If you are involved in a crash, are uninjured and all vehicles are drivable, involved drivers should move to a safe place completely off the road, be it the next exit or to the parking lot of a business to await law enforcement response for a police report.  It is important to remember crashes involving injury or lane blockage receive priority attention ahead of property damage crashes.  So, keep in mind, it may be an extended period of time before law enforcement arrives.  The reason and purpose for moving drivable vehicles off the road is to avoid secondary crashes of other inattentive motorists crashing into your scene or sideswiping you if you’ve only moved to the side of the road.
Something else to keep in mind, crash scenes with vehicles disabled in the roadway and state police presence may have the state police vehicle facing the wrong way with emergency lights and headlights on.  This is to warn approaching motorists of impending danger.
Remember, Indiana’s Move Over Law states motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do it SAFELY.  If not possible to move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution. Please give us room to work.  We are asking motorists to SLOW DOWN and/or MOVE OVER WHEN SAFE TO DO SO.
Vehicles included in the Move Over law are: • Police vehicles • Ambulances • Fire trucks and rescue equipment • Highway incident-response vehicles • Highway work vehicles-including snow plows • Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)
The point of not calling police agencies for road information during snow emergencies cannot be overstressed.  Calling police departments about road conditions may delay action on critical life emergency 911 calls.  Road conditions are likely the same for the area you want to know about as it is looking out your front window.
Citizens calling state police facilities to ask for road conditions will be directed to either call the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Road and Weather automated system at 800-262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf.  The 800 phone service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across Indiana.  The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for current closures and other road information.
For Indiana County Travel Status Reports, visit this link:   http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 2014

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Dr. Martin luther king picThere are several opportunities to be inspired by the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we observe Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 20, 2014.

Barbara Cross to speak at Townsend Center 

Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.,  Barbara Cross will be speaking at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast at  at Townsend Center in Richmond.  Barbara moved to Birmingham Alabama as a child in 1962 when her father was called to be a pastor at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.  In 1963 their church was bombed, while she sat in her Sunday School class, and four little girls were killed that day.

Barbara has been a guest on Montel and Oprah along with many other speaking engagements.  She also appeared along with her father in Spike Lee’s oscar-nominated documentary “4 Little Girls”.   For breakfast reservations and more information contact: Sheila Armstead at 765-973-8534.  Cost for the breakfast is 10.00/person.

Luncheon Speaker

Barbara Cross will also be speaking at the Townsend Community Center’s Martin Luther King Day Salad Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m ., sponsored by IU East and Ivy Tech.   Townsend is located at 855 N. 12th Street, Richmond IN.    Local talent will also perform during this event.

Earlham College Hosts:

Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons: “The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our Leaders Chose to Forget”

mlk dr gwendolyn zoharah simmonsJanuary 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., according to the Earlham events office, their MLK Jr. Day speaker is “Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Assistant Professor of the African American Studies Program and the Department of Religion for the University of Florida. She has a long history in the area of civil rights, human rights and peace work. In her early years, Dr. Simmons was active with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and spent seven years working on voters registration and desegregation activities in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Dr. Simmons is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Award.”   This event is open to the public.  Admission is free.  For more information contact the Earlham College Events office.

If you are hosting or know of any further MLK Day events, please post them in the comments below.

Veach’s To Be Featured On The TODAY Show!

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This just in…..

veach's toy story gwc picThis has been a big year for Veach’s, celebrating our 75th year in business, and it’s about to get even bigger!

We recently found out that Veach’s is going to be on the TODAY show* and we’re the recipient of a store makeover project. The big reveal will be this Friday from 3-6pm and we want to invite the Richmond community to come out and see the transformation!

So let’s all get out and show our support for one of the oldest family owned businesses in Wayne County, bringing joy to kids and the community for decades.  Many of us remember our children (and our ourselves) visiting the birthday castle over the years.  And now our favorite toy store is being recognized nationally.  Be there this Friday from 3-6 p.m!

*The TODAY show segment will air in February, more details to come.