The Flying Circus: Another Successful Year! & Upcoming Events

Flying Circus: Hagerstown IN

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Tuesday was a great day for flying into one of the oldest grass air strips in the US, according to reports from organizers in Hagerstown IN, during the Flying Circus.

“It was a pretty special day in Hagerstown, with a turnout of about 4000 people (pretty good for a town of 1700) coming to enjoy a record number of vintage airplanes….nearly 60! And some wonderful new additions, like a Twin Beech (memories of “Sky King). The food and fair-like atmosphere at this free (FREE!) community affair should be on your calendar. This was Flying Circus IX!”

Never at a loss for exciting and unique events in Wayne County IN– Stay tuned for more or check out the calendar!

Coming up tonight: Downtown Shopping Night

Enjoy a shopping night out in Downtown Richmond’s air conditioned and unique shops! It’s a special night with participating shops open from 5-8 p.m. and many with sidewalk sales and treats!

Mary Poppins Tea August 13, 2016

Be sure to make your reservations at The Tin Cup for the Mary Poppins Tea on August 13, 2016.  A fundraiser event for the Richmond Civic Theatre, kids and adults can enjoy meeting the main characters and getting autographs while having a light tea.  Cost is 12.50/person.  Call 765 962 4441 or stop in during the Downtown Shopping Night.  (This event will be during the Theatre’s Supercali -Festival).

Wayne County 4H Fair Opens Today!

funnel cake at fairThe anticipation has been building in homes all over Wayne County for months, and the day has finally arrived!

Kids showing animals will have gotten up early every morning for the past several months to tend their animals and prepare for the Fair, and adults and children with arts and projects will have turned them in for judging just this week after hours of work.

Be sure to get out and support these Wayne County residents after all their hard work. And while you are at it, pick up some yummy fair foods, visit activity tents and have a great time!

Saturday night will be the place for balloon lovers as the 4H Fair hosts a balloon glow at 9:00 p.m.   Saturday is also the first day of the Wayne County Idol competition at 5:00 p.m. on the Free Stage.  So much to do!

You can find the full calendar of events here.

See you at the Fair!!

Live Concerts @ The Free Stage Wayne Co 4H Fair 2016

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String Party Band

The Free Stage at the Wayne County 4H Fair is the place to be for free concerts, starting Monday, June 20, 2016 with the String Party Band at 7:30 p.m.

The first live entertainment on the Free Stage, however, is Saturday, June 18 – with the kick off of Wayne County Idols competition at 5:00 p.m.  The Idol finals will be Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m.  Local vocalists will be vying for that top position earning them a large pot of money for their efforts.

More excellent Free concerts on stage will be:

Corey Cox- Tuesday June 21, at 7:30 p.m.

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Corey Cox

Corey returns to the Wayne County 4H fair as a favorite of past performers.  Corey performed for tens of thousands of fans in the Super Bowl XLVI Village, sang the National Anthem at the Brickyard 400 Nationwide Race and secured a major sponsorship with Coors Banquet beer. Corey has built his name through his relatable lyrics, and contagious songs.

Colt Douglas Acoustics – Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m.  

Colt Douglas is well known in the area for his acoustical guitar and vocal talents.  His songs like Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Southern Band, Out of the Blue and Wild World, among many others, are toe tapping good sing along songs.

The Phillip Fox Band – Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m.

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The Phillip Fox Band

Returning to the Wayne County 4H Fair, Phillip Fox explains their musical motivation, “For us it’s about the music first” explains front man, Phillip Fox. “Our favorite songs and artists are timeless. It’s great music that transcends scenes, fads, and production trends.  We’re not really paying attention to what’s popular at the moment or what will get played on the radio and we hope that comes as a breath of fresh air in our music.”Backdraft Band- Saturday, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. 

Backdraft Band- Saturday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.

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Backdraft Band

Hailing from the Wayne County and Liberty areas, Backdraft specializes in the popular sounds of Country and Classic Rock.  Playing live on final day of the Fair, Saturday June 25, at 10:00 a.m.  their energetic performance will be a great way to end the 2016 Fair.  Free Stage.

Visit our calendar at Calendar to see more events coming soon to the Wayne County 4H Fair 2016!  And check in often for pictures and stories about the Fair.  We will be reporting live from the Fairgrounds throughout the coming Fair week!
We’ll see you at the Fair!!

Bloom & Glow is Coming!


Do you love hot air balloons and roses?  Then you will be excited to hear that the annual BLOOM & GLOW is coming June 8, 2016, to the Glen Miller Rose Garden & former golf course.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will run until dusk when the balloons will be lit up causing an amazing glow over the former golf course.  (Those who want to see the balloon glow only should arrive after 8:00 p.m.)  Live music will add to the ambiance of the evening, provided by local musician Pat O’Neal.

Tickets for the food and soft drinks, which will be provided by five local caterers, will be $20, and  will be sold in advance.  Food will be served from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., however there is no cost to attend the balloon glow at dusk.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase as well.

You can get updates on the rose garden on Facebook (search for Richmond Rose Garden Inc.)  For tickets and information: please contact Ann Herrman, event chairman, (765) 962-8914.

This annual event raises money for the Rose Garden and is a celebration of this unique Wayne County tourism treasure that draws visitors each year to our area.  It has also been a favorite venue for weddings and other celebrations for local residents.

  • Location:  2500 block East Main Street, Richmond
  • When:   Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (food will be available from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.)
  • Tickets are available at the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau’s Welcome Center, 5701 National Road E., Richmond. They are also available from event committee members.  This event is open to the public.

Downtown Shopping Night May 19, 2016: Poker Run

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Tonight, May 19, from 5-8 p.m. downtown merchants are offering their monthly Downtown Shopping Night with an added twist.  You will be able to participate in a Poker Run, while you enjoy shopping at your favorite local shops!

Just pick up a poker form from any of the participating local merchants and visit at least five of the shops where you will draw a card at each one.  The customer with the best poker hand at the end of the night may win a basket full of gift certificates and merchandise!  (The more shops you visit the better your chance at a good hand!)

It’s a great way to get to”know your place.”  The Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop will have live music and a light menu of wraps and a variety of soups and desserts as well as their new Iced Chai Latte, and fruity iced teas as well as gift items for that special teacher or graduate. Many shops including Embellish, Dance With Me Bridal Shop, Ply Fiber Art, Lux Lizzies & Veachs will have discounts, refreshments, and great selections of gifts & toys.

Support your local businesses while having a great time!   Today, downtown from 5-8 p.m.

Silver Streak Model T Arrives In Richmond

Silver Streak Visits Richmond

silver streat trailerYesterday afternoon, the historic “Silver Streak” model T arrived in Richmond to some fanfare as they drove down Main Street.

Passing the Tin Lizzie Cafe, the visiting “Tin Lizzie” Model T and it’s parade honked and waved adding excitement to a day of wintry drizzle.

The story of this particular car and the young ladies who made history tooling around in it starting in 1932, is a fascinating one.   You can learn more about the adventures of The Silver Streak while it spends time through the spring and summer months at the Model T Museum.

The Silver Streak Story

After acquiring the 1926 Model T from her father, “Darlene Dorgan, in 1932, organized a summer vacation and invited several girl friends to join her on a trek to Devils Lake Wisconsin in 1934.   Seven more summer trips in the years 1936-1942 that would take these “twenty-something” year old girls through 44 states, Canada, and Mexico.  In all, 20 different gals would travel in that 1926 Model T from 1934 through 1942.  The car was nicknamed, “The Silver Streak”.  Most of the girls were from the community of Bradford, Illinois, or the surrounding farming area.  In the early years of their travels, they were called The Bradford Model T Girls.  Later the name “Gypsy Coeds” is a name they gave themselves, and it seemed to fit them well.  Darlene was the only voyager on all of 8 trips….

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…Darlene had painted (the Model T) silver, and on each trip, hand painted signage, “Lizzie Labeling,” adorned the hood, fenders, and doors telling the story of where the car and the gals had traveled or would be traveling.  And oh the trips that car made!  Bradford, Illinois, to Devils Lake Wisconsin at 35 mph was nothing!  Following trips would include Toronto and Montreal Canada, Niagara Falls, Detroit, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta, Norfolk, Washington D.C., and Mexico.  Along the way the girls and the Silver Streak would make the acquaintance of movies stars and moguls, dignitaries and corporates leaders.  There was a special enduring relationship that developed between the girls and Henry Ford, who met with them more than once.”  (excerpt from the site ““)

Stop by the Model T Museum soon to see this famous car in person!



Historic National Road Yard Sale: Mark Your Calendars!

Whether you plan to participate this year as a vendor, in the US 40 Wayne County cookie contest, or as a shopper, you will want to make sure this date is on your calendar!  (For more information on the cookie contest contact Pat- contact info is below:).

Historic national road yard sale 2016

Calling All Percussion Enthusiasts!

A fun event for the whole family- check it out!

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Underground Railroad Event @ Morrisson Reeves Library

MRL flyer underground

Earlham President, David Dawson RE: Diversity Work

Press Release:

earlham logoFriends,

Last week’s diversity-related events have sharply and passionately reminded our community of both the crucial importance and real difficulties of becoming the kind of educational community we say we want to be.

What do we say about our community? — “Earlham is an educational community, informed by the distinctive perspectives and values of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and aimed at providing the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We strive to be a community of mutual support, responsibility, and accountability.”

What do we say are our principles? — “Respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and community decision-making shape Earlham’s community. Together these principles reflect Earlham’s strong Quaker tradition.”

How do we say we put our principles into practice? — “Principles and Practices is a statement of the values that guide those of us who live and work at Earlham College and who form its communities: students, teaching and administrative faculty, and staff.” “Principles and Practices also provides the foundation for campus policies that apply to all members of the community.”

— Statements above taken from Principles and Practices

We can all take pride in Earlham’s distinctive character as an institution of higher education. This past week, however, a group of students reminded us that we cannot take our principles and practices for granted. They have made the community aware of ways in which their experiences at Earlham are not consistent with Earlham’s aspirations and intent. For them, as well as for others, our practices have not been seen as being consistent with our principles. Following their expression of dissonance, the entire community has begun, through various meetings this past week, to better understand what is causing persons to feel disrespected, unwelcome, or misunderstood. This listening has only begun, and we have more to do.

As we listen, we are also beginning to identify what action steps can and will be taken to bring about changes that are needed. This work of listening, self-examination and collaboration is hard work that we all must embrace. We say that at Earlham, we value every voice and seek to allow every voice to be heard in an atmosphere characterized by respect and real listening focused on understanding. Even if, or especially if, we have doubts whether we always adhere to these ideals, we can and must support one another as we work together to strive to do better.

As we listen and make our action plans, we must also hold ourselves accountable to being the Earlham we claim and want to be. Earlham is not a utopia separated from the challenges faced by unique and diverse people everywhere; we all want and deserve to be respected and valued.

How are we going to do these things? How are we going to embrace and live into our commitment to the goals of our Diversity Aspiration Vision Statement, and for making real — and not just rhetorical — our commitment to Earlham’s core values of respect for persons, integrity, peace and justice, simplicity and community, as expressed in our Principles and Practices?

In this message, I want to address these questions by focusing on two imperatives of our current situation:

  1. Some of the ways the College will work to consider productively the points made in the document entitled “List of Requirements Concerning Students of Color” and related concerns
  2. Some of the ways the College will work to create a campus environment in which we can work together in the best Earlham spirit of respectful dialogue and cooperation.

How we will work to assess feasibility and make appropriate progress on the document of requirements and related concerns

Earlham students of color who raised concerns and goals in a document circulated last Monday across campus have asked for a statement indicating that the President and the College administration support their work for structural change to improve diversity and inclusion on campus.

This is the College’s clear answer: Yes, we wholeheartedly support the efforts of these students, and indeed the efforts of all community members, to work diligently to improve our organization and processes so as to produce the real changes that will address the actual needs and aspirations necessary for Earlham to live out its ideals for diversity and inclusion. And just to be absolutely clear: I personally am committed to this goal, as is the rest of the College administration and the Board of Trustees. As promised, the student document has been provided to the Board, which will begin its own assessment of the appropriateness and feasibility of the document’s many stated requirements at this week’s Board meeting, especially those where action would require significant financial resources or alterations in policies under the Board authority. It must be understood, however, that there can be no presumption that the College will be able to do all the things on the list of requirements.

It is also very evident and most important that Earlham faculty are also committed to these goals, as is indicated by the faculty’s consensus decision well over a decade ago to create a special standing faculty committee, the Diversity Progress Committee (DPC), whose charge includes assessing the College’s progress on diversity and inclusion and identifying “systematic problems that emerge or persist, and needs for new directions.”

As I indicated to student leaders who circulated the document last Monday, their document has been formally placed before the DPC, and I have asked that committee to analyze each of the points of the document and produce specific recommendations for action to the senior administration and to the faculty, as appropriate to each group.

I understand that time for consultation with campus offices and faculty will be required to analyze these complex and many-layered concerns and focus them into specific actions that are feasible for the College.

But I also understand the need to move forward quickly. Consequently, I have asked the DPC to recommend to the senior administration approaches to the following four items, which, if approved, could be initiated as early as the beginning of the fall semester 2016 and no later than the conclusion of the fall 2016 semester.

  1. Diversity and inclusion training for all members of the Earlham teaching faculty, administrative faculty, staff, and students
  2. Establishment of neutral personnel, place, and process for complaint reporting and responsiveness
  3. Establishment of DPC website providing transparency of committee activity, including specific recommendations for action and feasible timelines, and ways for readers to provide reaction and input
  4. Re-establishment of the Student Diversity Council, which should be designed to provide meaningful and ongoing input to the DPC

I expect that the DPC in the course of its analysis will produce further recommended actions for consideration that are responsive to other aspects of the student document or associated diversity issues beyond those stated in the document itself.

In order to further enhance the effectiveness of the DPC, I have also asked that the DPC conveners meet bi-weekly with me and senior staff, and that the full committee join a special senior staff meeting approximately every 5-6 weeks. This will ensure that recommendations for specific action coming from the DPC will be placed directly in front of the senior administrators who oversee the various areas of the College and who are empowered to implement mutually agreed upon actions that are appropriate and feasible.

In cases where the items proposed would require formal faculty action, the appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that those recommended actions be placed before the appropriate faculty committee or the faculty as a whole, as Faculty Handbook procedures require. In addition, I and other senior administrators will seek to work closely with the DPC to establish more direct conversations with different areas of the College, including Student Government, academic divisions, campus offices and other areas, to open up more opportunities for voices to be heard and for individuals to get to know one another better.

How the College will strive to create the best possible campus environment in which we can work together in the best Earlham spirit of respectful dialogue and cooperation

For the College to function well, both as an educational environment for 1100 students and as a workplace for over 350 employees, a variety of spaces — for one’s own person, for study, for group work, for personal office work, for public gatherings, as well as others — must be respected.

Not only must spaces such as these be respected, the behavior of all members of the community in such spaces should be in accordance with the values outlined for all community members in Principles and Practices, and additionally in alignment with the applicable policies for students in the Student Code of Conduct and for employees in documents such as the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook.

In order to ensure a safe and non-threatening environment on campus for everyone, in which progress on the important work described in the first part of this message can actually be done, and in order that the daily educational and other work of the College can also proceed effectively, we must recognize that we are all accountable for our words and actions in light of official College policy documents such as those noted above. The College will seek to protect our collective accountability in accordance with guidelines in these policy documents. That protection will include appropriate investigation and disciplinary steps, as circumstances may warrant.

We need to be clear on one thing: we all have the right to free speech and expression of dissent; there is no doubt about that. But we also all must recognize that our exercise of that right may have unintended or harmful consequences for members of our community if the way that right is carried out is not consistent with the conduct expectations as noted above, and especially if the exercise of our rights as viewed from the standpoint of those policies is determined to have violated the rights of others.

If we really want to strive to live out as best we can the values that define Earlham as one community, as those values are expressed in Principles and Practices , we must resolve to move forward together. A Quaker school with ideals such as consensus and respect for persons will not be able to function very well or be able to improve very much if caught in the grip of an adversarial situation that brings our will to collective effort to a standstill and impedes our capacity to move forward together.

Moving forward together includes recognizing the courage of those who stepped forward to bring us the document, of those who shared experiences in various gatherings, and of those willing to speak about how they have received and processed the document and associated events.

And move forward together we must, for without linking arms, listening carefully, sharing aspirations, helping ease one another’s pain, and providing mutual support — in short, without moving forward together, we may find ourselves unable to move forward at all.

I am fully confident, as so many have passionately affirmed to me, that we do have the capacity and can find the spirit and will to move forward together.



John David Dawson
President, Earlham College

Tedx Event at Morrisson Reeves Library February 2016

For more information on this event visit MRL events.

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Scholarships Available: News Release

News Release

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Wayne County Extension Homemakers is offering two $400 scholarships to Wayne County high school seniors meeting the following criteria:

Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a current member of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers.

Applicant must be a senior graduating from a high school in Wayne County.

Applicant will attend a technical school, college, or university in Indiana on a two or four year program.

Applicant will be a full-time student at their technical school, college, or university.

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 15, 2016.  Applications are available at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alicia Criswell, Extension Educator HHS/4-H at the Wayne County Extension Office at 765-973-9281 or email

Kids at Heart Publishing Company

by Karole Passmore

A Writer’s Haven in Cambridge City

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Getting a signed copy from one of the authors from Kids at Heart Publising, Eva Reece.

I was recently invited to a small haven of creativity, nestled on a side street in Cambridge City.  It’s a place where writers meet to share their ideas, their successes and the desire to become published authors.  The space is provided by a woman named Shelley Davis owner of Kids at Heart Publishing Company.

A published author herself, Shelley knows the ins and outs, and also the trials, of attempting to become published, from experience.  To hold your published book in your hand, for a writer, Shelley explains “it’s an incredible feeling.”  Witnessing the joy of someone with their own book for the first time is the reason Shelley says she started her own publishing company.  She shares that she is there with them every step of the way to see them through the process of having their book put into print, and to help them with marketing their book afterwards.

Working alongside Shelley is Betsy Morphew, graphic artist who helps the authors with the design aspects of their book.  Those authors include 25 people currently, among them the first published author from Kids at Heart, Odell Calihan.  Mr. Calihan is a retired principal from the Franklin County schools, and his own unique story of how he became a published author speaks to the eclectic backgrounds of the authors of KAH.

A Story-teller at Heart

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Calihan in center with two of his published works. Shelley Davis on left.

According to Calihan, he was always a story teller at heart, using his stories to relay messages to kids when they were sent to his office as a principal.  He remembers well the first meeting with Shelley.  She visited Liberty Elementary to see if they ever had authors come to speak to the students. Mr. Calihan was a substitute principle at the time. He invited Shelley to his office to tell her about his story ideas. She encouraged him to put his words to paper and he is now working on his sixth book in print.  His first book is titled “Cooper & Cracker,” and each of his books include a lesson for kids to learn.  His family comes from the Appalachian Mountains, and Odell likes to add his experiences, and the stories of his family, into his books.

Odell adds that he “appreciates Shelley giving me the opportunity.”  And goes on to say that she encouraged him to take on more serious writing which he does in his book “Birth of an Angel,” a “tear jerker” according to Odell and the other authors seated in the little conference room at KAH.

According to Eva Reece, “people are drawn to Shelley- writers feel safe and that she cares.”  She shares that if it weren’t for Shelley’s support and guidance, “I would have never gotten published…I would have been lost in an ocean of corporations.”  Eva, like others who have been published at Kids at Heart, also likes Shelley’s ‘down to earth’ and friendly nature.

Shelley started writing for market in 2007, though her love of writing started as a child. Her first published book was “Will’s New Family”, about a Donkey, and is a picture book. Her experience with the difficulty of maneuvering through the process of publishing is what inspired her to start her own company and to help other aspiring authors.

Wayne County is home to many talented authors, and Shelley felt that there was a need for a local publishing company to support the growing talents of so many.  Shelley also has authors in five other states including Texas, Florida, Montana, and Michigan, meeting most of the authors at festivals and by word of mouth. 

Davis has many ideas for adding supportive elements to her publishing company for the authors including a monthly book club for grandparents, and is very proud that the “Library of Congress,”  added her company to their cataloging process.

Kids At Heart Publishing, LLC is a full publishing house offering copyrights, online retail sales and much more.  Titles include children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries and historical fiction. 

For more information on Kids at Heart publishing company:

Songwriter’s Solstice: Live Event New to Richmond IN

Submitted by Joe Augustin

Songwriter’s Solstice Event to Support the Community:


Joe Augustin, local musician

Late in the summer of 2013, Kevin Milner of Dayton, Ohio and Joe Augustin of Richmond, Indiana began discussing plans to start a charitable humanist organization called SoNA, which is short for Society of Neutral Angels. At its root, SoNA is a loose affiliation of songwriters and their friends, who organize music events to raise awareness and collect donations for various charitable causes. Check out SoNA’s Facebook page:

Although SoNA has no official membership roster (apart from Joe and Kevin), a large number of loyal songwriters and their friends repeatedly volunteer their time and other resources to make sure events run smoothly. Of course, the group is always on the lookout for new people who want to get involved, too.

Songwriters’ Solstice, benefiting Foodbank Dayton, was the very first SoNA event, back in December 2013, and featured 28 songwriters at Ghostlight Coffee over the course of two days. 466 pounds of non-perishable food donations were collected for the foodbank, in addition to cash donations received at the door.

Kevin and Joe were so moved by the generous show of support from the Dayton community that they decided to start working on new projects right away. The following April, SoNA hosted Heartstrings, a 3-month musical instrument drive for Boys & Girls Club of Dayton which ended with a 14-songwriter event at World BBQ in Dayton. That September, Songs of Freedom at Dayton Courthouse Square gathered 24 music acts to raise money and awareness for BE FREE Dayton, a group that combats human trafficking in the Miami Valley. Then, in December, SoNA pulled its 2nd annual Songwriters’ Solstice. In March 2015, SoNA’s 6-songwriter Tiny Desk Concert at The Collaboratory collected school supplies donations for Crayons To Classrooms.

Solstice In Richmond Dec 12 & 13 at New Boswell Brewery

Now, Kevin, Joe and their generous friends are preparing for the 3rd annual Songwriters’ Solstice event. This year, however, SoNA is upping the ante and putting on TWO two-day Songwriters’ Solstice foodbank events: one in Dayton, OH and one in Richmond, IN. Each event features 30+ artists from the around region, many of whom will travel from two hours away or more.

The Richmond event, co-sponsored by SoNA and Lyricists’ Corner, is first, on SAT & SUN, DEC 12 & 13 at New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room, from 4PM-Midnight. See the event page for current lineup and other details:

The Dayton event is SAT & SUN, DEC 19 & 20 at Ghostlight Coffee, from 3PM-9PM. See the event page for current lineup and other details:

Book Signing: Devils’ Tales

Press release

Old National Road Welcome Center to host

new RHS Alumni Book Signing

welcome_center2Richmond, Indiana – A new book entitled Devils’ Tales will feature the 150 year history of Richmond and Morton High Schools. Mary Lou Griffey, executive director of the Richmond High School Alumni Association, and 1962 RHS graduate Duane Hodgin, partnered together to publish the book. The public is invited to meet Griffey and Hodgin, Saturday, December 5th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Autographed copies will be available for purchase at this time.

Included in the three hundred page book are over 170 facts, 970 pictures, and 192 memories shared by alumni from the 1930s to the present. Readers will learn why the school colors are red and white, why they are called the “Red Devils” and many more intriguing details!

The book signing is in conjunction with The Old National Road Welcome Center Holiday Gift Shop Open House occurring Friday and Saturday, December 4th & 5th  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..  The Welcome Center gift shop is filled with a unique array of locally made and one-of-a-kind items to include; candles, pottery, glass ware, jewelry and much more!

It is the season of giving and new this year, for every canned good or personal care product brought to the Holiday Open House, shoppers will receive a ticket for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes – an overflowing Wayne County Gift Basket, a $50 Visa Card or a $25 Visa Card! All donations received will be distributed to area food pantries in the community. Participants do not need to be present to win. If you are unable to attend the open house, donations can be dropped off during business hours.

The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond,Indiana.

For more information call 800-828-8414, 765-935-8687 or




Supporting Local Businesses: It’s A Family Thing

by Karole Passmore, GWC


For years, buying local has been a cornerstone of the message.  Highlighting new and firmly planted local businesses and local events is what we love to do.  We also know that buying local strengthens our economy and supports families who provide services we all need and enjoy, and we care because this is where we live.

Many years ago Jack Humphrey, founder and editor of, made the decision to return to Richmond after years of being away at college and then for his career in environmental and non-profit leadership.

Upon returning to his home town, his endeavors to highlight all the good things happening in Wayne County began with the question, which also was the editorial article in our first print edition “What is there to do in Wayne County?” And he soon learned there was a lot.  So much that at times he and later all of us working for GWC had a hard time keeping up with everything.

GWC is a family affair

GWC is a family affair and many of the hours we spend at events and writing are donated time we give to support the community where we live, work and play.

We value the hard work that local businesses put in each day, long after many have finished their eight or nine hour shifts.  If you look into shops downtown or in the Depot district on any given night you may see a light in the back where merchants are meeting to discuss a new idea, or they may be building or remodeling, designing, cooking or cleaning up after a late catering job.

Our family understands this hard work because for Jack and his wife Constance Humphrey, this is how they live as well.  Their work owning businesses and running them from their home offices will often entail working seven days a week.  Even at family gatherings, Jack will often be seen checking in with partners or clients on his phone that never leaves his side.  Customer service is key for them in their line of work.  And at some point, all of us have owned our own businesses in our family.

So many choices

So when we think of the holidays and who we will support, our family feels it is imperative to support the small businesses that are local and often family-owned.  And there are many of them to choose from.  Downtown alone there are several new store fronts that have opened to the public in the past 2-6 months.  And all of them opened after weeks of hard manual labor, and a lack of sleep for the owners who have had a dream and want to share that with their community.

The Depot District in Richmond is also a hot bed of local merchants as well as Wayne County towns from Centerville through Cambridge City and Hagerstown.  New businesses are popping up that are providing food, entertainment, art, gifts, jobs, and so much more.  They are offering a vision for what it means to work hard and achieve a dream.  One day they woke up and said “I want to do this for my community” knowing that it was a risk, knowing it would take an inordinate amount of time and physical effort.  And yet they pushed through with their dream- and they are open.

How can we make sure our favorite stores stay open?

And now it is our responsibility as a community to welcome them and embrace their dream as well.  They are the backbone of our communities offering high quality products that are selected, made and served with the highest of ideals.

So this holiday season, and all year round, remember that making a difference in our community means keeping our support local as much as possible so we can keep these unique shops in the business of providing excellent services for all of us to enjoy.

Please check back with regularly to hear more about the wonderful choices we have for shopping local.

Small Business Saturday is November 28, 2015- shop local and make a difference!