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Hagerstown Hometown Christmas December 6, 2014

Abbotts candy

Hagerstown Hometown Christmas

Abbotts candy

Abbott’s Candy will have free tours and candy making demonstrations December 6

If you are looking for a fun holiday event this weekend, you will want to put this one on your list:

Saturday, December 6, Santa will visit during the Hagerstown Hometown Christmas celebration. His schedule is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.  Santa will appear at Nettle Creek Hardware, 485 E. Main St.
  • 12:00 p.m., he will be at the Hagerstown Elementary School Gym, 299 N. Sycamore St.
  • 1:00 p.m. he will arrive at The Dairy, 255 E. College St.
  • 2 p.m., Old Saint Nick will arrive at holiday craft show at The Meeting Place, 11 E. Main St.
  • 3:00 p.m., Santa will end up at Abbott’s Candies, 48 E. Walnut St., at 3 p.m.

There are many more activities scheduled for the day, besides the Santa visits:

A holiday craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Meeting Place.  You can enjoy wood crafts, Scentsy products, jewelry, wall hangings, oil lamps, honey, scarves, Thirty-One merchandise, Pampered Chef, home decor and much more. The pumpkin baking contest will also take place at The Meeting Place, along with the Methodist Church Bell Choir performance, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

Dance With Cindy will provide live entertainment with a recital from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 98 W. Main St.   Holiday photos can be taken from noon to 6 p.m. during Psi Iotes Picture Booth Fun Shoots at The Arts Place, 96 ½ E. Main St. Boy scouts will light luminaries at 5 p.m. before they begin hosting a spaghetti dinner at The Meeting Place at 5:30 p.m. Carriage rides will be available from 5-8 p.m. in front of Antique Uniques, 96 E. Main St.

For a fun and festive holiday excursion, take a trip to Hagerstown this Saturday.

“(band) Geek’s Diary” All Region IBA Band

photoHey whats up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

A couple of weekends ago I spent the entire time sitting in a chair and looking at paper. No I was not going crazy. I was playing in the All Region IBA band. For the people who have no idea what the All Region Band is, it’s a bunch of kids that come together from different schools and play in one band.

Now not just anyone can just come and be in this band. You have to fill out a form and your director takes it to a meeting with them, and you get chosen out of hundreds of students. In this particular band there were 111 kids that were selected to play– me as one of the flutes. I can’t really describe what happens besides a lot of practicing. The music wasn’t that hard –it was more of working with people that you don’t normally work with.

It is honestly a lot of fun, but yeah… I’ve got a lot of homework to do so I’m going to leave this here. If you wanna watch my new video click the link here .

Well that’s about it…byyyyyyyeeeeee! *awkward wave*

(Dannielle writes a weekly blog post which includes observations and events in Wayne County from a young person’s perspective.  Dannielle has been writing from a young age and is also an artist, musician and amateur videographer.  You can read more about teen life from Dannielle’s view by visiting “The Geek’s Diary” each week.)


K-Ready Baby Genius Winter Bash December 1, 2015

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The “Geeks Diary” Entry 4

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danielleHey what’s up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

And I’m sorry if this is a little short, but I had a lot of homework the day I wrote this. Now I know I could have not written this, but I’m going to post every week. At least I’m going to try. Anyway did you guys have a good Halloween? I bet some of you at least got scared once. Well that’s what I’m going to talk about…fear.

dannielle cat eye pic for postEveryone has fears, some of them rational and some of them completely ludicrous. I’m the latter. You may say I’m a kid for saying this type of thing, but I’m scared of the dark… *insert laughs from you guys* I know, I know, I’m a baby, blah, blah. I don’t care. I’m not scared of getting robbed, or of some gun man trying to kill me. Okay maybe the last thing I’m a little scared of, but that’s not my point. I watch these gamers who play scary video games, and when there is a jump scare I’m literally two feet of the couch.  My mom and brother make fun of me for it, but it’s honestly scary.

I have normal fears to, like I’m scared of rejection and failure. Is that normal? Or am I alone?

Thats all I have to say about my fears. If you guys want to let me know some of your fears, comment with them down below, and we can all see that we are not the only ones scared of the weirdest things.

Well that’s about it…bye! *awkward wave*

The Geek’s Diary: Entry 3 “Halloween!”


danielleHey what’s up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

And guess what time it is?! Halloween! Most people are now carving pumpkins, planning costumes, going to haunted houses and trails (not too fond of the latter). Anyway, have you carved your pumpkins yet? I have, if you want to watch that see below:

dannielles story picture cat in pumpkinOkay since Halloween is supposed to be scary I’m going to join in with that spirit, and tell you guys a scary story… cue the scary music *scary music starts to play*

“Hey you guys.” I say as I walk into our place.
I get two “Hello’s” back, and I plop down on a really old torn up couch that is in the upstairs part of the barn. (Let me fill you guys in, ‘Our Place’ is a small barn out at Patrick’s house. His parents only use it to store their harvest for the fall, so at the moment their barn is full of potatoes, corn, and beans. Patrick is one of our ‘members’ in our ‘group’, the rest of the members are me and Tara).
“Guys I’m bored.” Tara says tossing an ear of corn up in the air and catching it. “Same.” I agree standing up and walking over to a list of things that we want to do.
  • TP someone’s house
  • Throw an amazing party
  • Go camping in scary woods
  • Set fire to a bag of potatoes
  • Make a potato turn purple
“Hey guys the only thing left on this list is make a potato turn purple.” I announce and turn around to grab a potato that is lying on the ground.
“We were joking about that.” Patrick says putting down his book.
“But we’re bored.” Replied Tara, “We don’t have anything else to do lets just mess around, and try to turn it purple.”
“Okay I’ll get the kit.” Patrick says leaving the room. Again let me catch you guys up. When we were cleaning out the upstairs of this barn we found this kit, thing, called Change Anything Any Color. Tara wanted to change something purple, and I wanted to change a potato a different color.
“Okay I got it!” Patrick calls holding a big box that’s as big as a board game. “Let’s do this.” Tara says standing up and runs over to Patrick.
“All done.” I say holding up the potato, we successfully created a purple potato.
“Guys it’s late I’m going home.” Tara exclaims as she picks up the potato to look at it, “Can I take it home with me?”
“Yeah sure, I don’t want it.” Patrick says putting the box back into the other room. “Bye!” Tara calls over her shoulder running down the stairs.
“Bye Patrick.” I say as I descend down the stairs, and ride my bike home.
“Have you seen Tara?” I ask, we are back at ‘our place’ and we haven’t seen Tara in a few days.
“No.” Patrick replies, sitting down next to me.
“Let’s go, and see if she is home.” I say, Patrick and I go over to Tara’s house. I knock on her door. Instead of Tara answering the door her mom did. “Hello Mrs. Spark is Tara home?” Patrick asks.”I’m sorry, but Tara died a few days ago.” Her mom said, “Oh she left a note saying give this back to you.” She handed Patrick the potato and closed the door. Tara is dead and now we got back the potato.
“Dude this is freakin scary.” Patrick says examining the potato. I turn and see what he was talking about. The potato just sprouted arms and legs, then it started violently shaking. It disappeared with a pop. And out of no where there was this awful scary screaming/moaning going on around both of us.
“Patrick do you hear that?” I ask looking around in all directions.
“Yeah-” Is all he gets out before there is another pop and we appeared back in the barn. “Patrick I’m scared.” I say walking towards him.
“It’s okay Jackie, I’m here.” He says engulfing me into a hug, “Jackie, there is something
I’ve been wanting to tell you, and now is a good as time as any. I just wish I told you sooner now that there is a possibility that we are going to die.” I look up at him and try to think of what he has been wanting to tell me.
“Jackie I-” Then out of no where the potato appears, but this time much bigger and with a sword.
“Patrick hurry up and tell me.” I say pulling myself out of shock.
“I love you.” And at that the giant potato grabs Patrick, and swallows him whole. “Patrick!” I scream.
‘I need to get out of here’ I think to myself. Then I remember the pitchfork that we put under the couch, and I pull it out from underneath it.
Once I successfully get the pitchfork and stand up. I realize that the giant purple potato is standing only a few feet away from me.
“I am Robert and I shall has you!” The potato roared. I pull my arm back and I throw the pitchfork straight at Robert’s head and it sinks right through the thin layer of skin. Robert falls onto the ground and doesn’t move a limb. Then it hits me, my best friends are dead and I can’t bring them back. I crouch down onto the ground, and cry. I cry as hard as my body will let me cry. Then there is darkness.
I look up and see that I am looking at the ceiling in my room. I stretch and sit up.
“It was only a dream.” I say to myself relieved, I turn to look at my nightstand, and sitting right there is a purple potato with arms and legs. With a sword in its hand. I scream, and everything goes black.
How did you guys like that? Good huh? I know I did write about potatoes. Oh well, it was nice to actually write a story.
Happy Halloween!!! *very excited wave*

Halloween Events In Wayne County October 31


haunted houseThis is perhaps scheduled to be the busiest Halloween day on record!  It probably helps that the 31st falls on a Friday this year, but regardless the reason for the heightened festivities, events will be happening all over Wayne County.

Along with all the regular Wayne County trick or treat schedules, in Cambridge City there will be a Halloween party at the “Stage Door” with games, snacks, face painting and more — from 8 p.m to midnight.  Cost is 3.00 in costumes or 5.00/person without a costume.  (this is a hint to wear a costume)

Also in Cambridge City there will be a Trunk or Treat at the Cambridge City Christian Church, from 6-8 p.m. on Church and Foote Street.  Prizes, treats, candy and more will be the safe alternative for kids at this site.

Centerville Elementary will be home to the annual Lions Club Halloween party in the gym with games, prizes and more, during trick or treat hours on Friday, October 31.

In Richmond, the annual Halloween Cancer walk will be taking place with sign up at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 65.  The walk starts at 7:00 and is 10.00 per walker. All proceeds will go towards Cancer aid and research.

There are other trunk or treat events at area churches in Richmond, including the Presbyterian Church on A Street, during trick or treat hours. (if you have an event to share, please comment below).

Safety tips:

  • Please watch out for the little ghouls as they cross streets
  • Add reflective tape to your kids costumes
  • Check all candy before letting your child dive in
  • Have kids stay on sidewalks whenever possible
  • If you are giving out non-food treats, please post a sign so families know that their kids with allergies can also enjoy a treat
  • Only go to houses with a front porch light on
  • Make sure an adult or older child is with young children
  • Make sure kids have a clear view of the ground from their mask/costume

 Have a safe & Happy Halloween!

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“The Geek’s Diary” Week Two


danielleSubstitute Driver “Bob”

Hey what’s up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

This entire past week I had a substitute bus driver, “Bob,” and…it’s not really that big of a deal unless you are me.

My actual bus driver says I’m the most responsible one on the bus, so I have to tell “Bob” where each student lives. That means I’m responsible for each and every person getting home on time and not missing their house. That’s a lot of pressure for a middle schooler!

There was this boy… I missed his house twice two days in a row. I felt so bad. He’s a kindergartner, so I couldn’t see him from the front of the bus. :/

I can’t imagine what “Bob” feels like having to drive a route that he has never driven before. Then there are the kids, yelling and constantly getting into trouble. It keeps him from hearing what I’m saying, so he does miss a few people’s houses. It’s so annoying!

Anyway thanks for reading! Sorry I didn’t talk about potatoes like I mentioned in my last article, but I’m going to say it now… I’m most likely never going to talk about potatoes. Ha ha.

Well that’s about it…bye! *awkward wave*

Fun Fall & Halloween Opportunities This Weekend

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The leaves are telling us the season is in full swing, and there are things to do all over Wayne County to celebrate Fall!  Check it out:

fall leavesMorrison Reeves Library: Glow In The Dark

Tonight (October 17) from 6 -7 p.m.  Food, glow in the dark fun and games.  Free, no registration required.



haunted houseWayne County Historical Museum: Haunted Museum

Starting tonight (October 17) from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  A not- too- frightening fun time for the whole family!  Papa Murphy’s pizza, story telling by Ghouliana, spooky book readers and more.  Come in costume if you wish…Cost 5.00 adults, 3.00 children 3-17.  2 and under Free.  You can also enjoy this event on 10/18, 10/24 & 10/25.

Dougherty Orchard: Animals & Fall Fun

The orchard is open weekdays from 10 – 6 pm and Sunday noon to 6:00.  Enjoy all your Fall favorites including apple dumplings, mini cinnamon donuts, fresh apples, pumpkins, gourds and feed the animals in the large petting area.  Always a great family tradition.  This year little ones can enjoy an apple ride.  No entry fee.  Individual costs for food, and feeding animals apply.

Get out this weekend this weekend and enjoy the Fall colors!

“The Geek’s Diary” A New Column on


danielle *A self-proclaimed “band geek” and youtuber, Dannielle Savage begins her new column this week with Dannielle began writing at a very young age and is also a talented artist. She will be shedding some light on life as a young woman in Wayne County. But let’s let her introduce herself:

The Geek’s Diary

Now I’m sure that most of you have no idea who I am…so why not introduce myself. I’m now one of the writers on this very website. I’m not like the other writers though, I am an eighth grader in Wayne County. Now, what school? more on that later…  But seriously, I’m also a YouTuber on the channel Band Geek, where I post videos every other week. So when this goes up, I think it’s an off week so there should be one up the week after. Maybe. I don’t know, we’ll see.
Hmm…what else? Oh, I don’t know exactly what I’m going to be writing all the time. All I know is that I might intertwine my YouTube and this website, so you might be able to watch something I’m talking about on my channel. So that pretty much means I write about anything I want. One week I might talk about potatoes, and the next I might talk about what parents don’t understand about teenagers. So just stay tuned and see what crazy thing I’m writing about next week.

Well that’s about it…bye! *awkward wave


Buy A Bowl Feed A Friend: Empty Bowls Coming!

empty bowls flyer with IUE logo

empty bowls flyer with IUE logo

Calling All Writers and Poets!

morrisson reeves Poetry Contest post

If you create inspirational poetry and would love to see your masterpiece in print, you will be interested in the contest below offered by Morrisson Reeves Library.  (Being a Wayne County enthusiast can’t hurt either).  Good luck!

morrisson reeves Poetry Contest post

Oktoberfest Is Nearly Here! Tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, 2014

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oktoberfest picIf you are like us…we just love a good festival. And the annual Oktoberfest in the Depot District never disappoints!  Packed with great German food and drinks in the beer garden, live music, activities for the kids at Richmond Furniture Gallery and so much more.

The members of the Depot group really know how to organize a great festival that gets bigger every year.  (We even have family coming from out of town to enjoy the experience).  So pass the word…it’s tomorrow!

gwc past Octoberfest Johnson brothers win trike race

Johnson brothers congratulate each other on winning the tricycle race at a past Oktoberfest. (photo GWC)

Tales From The Departed at Morrisson Reeves Library

Tales from the Departed Morrisson Reeves Library

Fun for all ages…and a great segway into the haunting hours of October:

Tales from the Departed Morrisson Reeves Library

Fountain City US 27 Closing Update From INDOT

News Release

FOUNTAIN CITY – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to begin full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing on U.S. 27 next week.

The project will require closing U.S. 27 to through traffic between the town’s incorporated limits for up to five days at a time beginning Monday, Sept. 22. Weather permitting, the highway closure is expected to repeat Monday through Friday for four consecutive weeks. The highway is expected to be closed for a maximum total of twenty days. Access to all local businesses and residents will remain available.

The official signed detour will direct through traffic on U.S. 27:
• Northbound – west on I-70, north on U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pk. (Exit 149B), and east on U.S. 36
• Southbound – west on U.S. 36, south on U.S. 35, and east on I-70 to U.S. 27 (Exit 151)

Representatives from INDOT and Milestone Contractors plan to be at the Fountain City municipal building (312 W. Main St.) on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss project plans and answer questions. The $640,000 contract calls for full-depth pavement repairs, a complete asphalt resurface, and the installation of curb ramps.

To receive INDOT news and information for Wayne County by email, subscribe here: Updates are also available by liking Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central on Facebook and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.

To contact the INDOT East Central District Customer Service Center please call toll-free 1-855-463-6848 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or email

For full details, view this message on the web.

Autumn Oaks Coming Today To Wayne County For 2014 National Event

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autumn oaks event 2014News Release
The United Kennel Club Autumn Oaks Participants will begin coming in this evening (Tuesday) through Sunday for the 2014 national event. 
This is the 54th year for the continually growing event since 1960. Most area hotels are close to a complete sell out as usual and Wayne County Tourism (Stacey Whichard, Chasity Templin and Mary Walker) have been working with their Vice president Tanya Raab and staff in Kalamazoo Michigan as well as several area businesses to assist with the preparation for the 23rd year of hosting this huge premier event in Richmond Wayne County.
autumn oaks puppiesOver 6,850 Participants and their families will stay, shop, dine, fuel up and explore Wayne County, providing a significant direct economic impact of over $1.3 million ($1,301,500.00) conservatively.
Richmond Wayne County welcomes back UKC & the thousands that call Richmond home each labor day week- weekend!
United Kennel club invites spectators to come out to the event, show schedules are posted on their website.