Live Music- Lyricists Corner @ New Boswell

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Do you enjoy high quality, local live music?  Then you won’t want to miss the next edition of the Lyricist’s Corner at New Boswell Brewery.  See below for details:

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Attention all Lovers of Books!

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Here is your chance to add to your collection of treasures!  Coming soon in mid-October —the fall book sale at MRL.

Fall Book Sale Flyer 2015 - outlined

Foundation Announces New Challenge Match


For more information contact Steve Borchers at the Wayne County Foundation office.

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Prophet’s Fest…is Almost Here!


prophets-fest-largeSaturday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m. the music will begin on the Chanticleer Farm, ushering in another great year for Prophet’s Fest.

This is an annual event in it’s 7th year organized by Everyday Prophets. The Green brothers of Everyday Prophets, two local guys who now live in Oregon, come back this way every summer to share their love of music at their roots, and have pulled together a great group of musicians yet again.

Gates open at 1:00 for those who want to set up their camp sites early.  There will be food vendors like 2 Bear Café, a kids camp with lots of fun activities starting at 2:00, music…lots of music and much more.

Below is a list of confirmed and possible musicians for 2015:

  • -Everyday Prophets
    – Fresh Hops
    – DJ Xacto
    – Jones for Revival
    – Ethosine
    – Adam’s Ale
    – Tin Cup Ragtime
    – Wyatt Wooding

Possible appearances by:
– Imagine Motion Flow Arts
– Durunda Tribal Dancers

New food vendor:
– jamaican jerk chicken off the grill, grilled veggies, & coconut rice & beans

A special Prophet’s Fest label has been made by

For those who like the late night life, a video of the 3 sets of The Dead playing the Closing of Winterland 1978, will be shown at 1:30 a.m.

The reviews from past attenders on Facebook are amazing with high praise.  A truly one of a kind family event, for those who love live music and a fun atmosphere.  Tickets can still be purchased at the entry of the Chanticleer Farm on 944 Woods Road, Richmond IN, the day of Prophet’s Fest for 25.00.  Kids 12 and under are free.

Annual “Support Our Troops” Benefit

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marine corp flyer for ride and dinner

This Sunday, August 16, 2015 is the 5th annual Whitewater Valley Marine Corps League Auxiliary dinner and ride fundraiser.

Registration for the ride begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Riders will take off from the Marine Corps League, 220 South 9th Street in Richmond, at noon. The expected return to the league is 5:00 p.m., with the dinner served soon after.

Dinner is open to the public, regardless of whether one participates in the ride, and the cost is $10.00/person.   Dinner includes chicken wings with a sauce bar and variety of side items and desserts. A meal purchase will also include a ticket to be entered for door prizes. The event will also include raffles, silent auctions, and a 50/50 drawing. All the funds raised will go towards supporting Veterans and active military.

What you will be supporting

According to Andrea Haskett, a member of the auxiliary, “we send care packages to deployed military, and we have partnered with the Richmond Veteran’s clinic in years past to provide assistance to patients and their families.” The group also participates in activities for veterans in local nursing homes, and they partner with veteran facilities to provide items that help recovering Veterans be successful.

This is the 5th year that the Auxiliary has hosted this event. The theme this year is Support Our Troops- Near and Far: we don’t know them all but we owe them all.

If you are looking for a way to support those who have served or are currently serving in the military, this event is a fun way to do just that!

For more information you can visit their event page on Facebook. Or you can call: 765-966-5283

Hoosier-Buckeye Challenge at Clear Creek Park, Richmond IN

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Press release, GWC

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Alan Francis, reigning world champion pitcher in Class A 2015, at the Greenville OH tournament 2015. Karole Passmore, GWC

Competitive horseshoe pitchers from all over Indiana and Ohio will converge on the Richmond Clear Creek courts, Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Class A competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and will include players from Plainfield, Kennard, Williamsburg, New Castle, Fountain City, Muncie, Hope, and Arcanum Ohio. Pitchers include Julia Charlton, with a ringer percentage of 58.86, who is a local teacher from Centerville Indiana and one of the top female pitchers in Indiana. The highest percentage for this class of pitchers tomorrow is Phil Gross, from Plainfield Indiana, with a 71.31 percentage.

Class B will take the courts at 2:00 p.m. and includes John Passmore, who is organizing the annual tournament again this year. John has pitched competitively since he was 11 years old, and in his younger years pitched alongside his father at the Clear Creek courts. Horseshoe pitching has been a passion for John, who in his heyday was at the top of the game, winning world tournaments or placing high at a young age. While living in the DC area, Passmore was asked to instruct the then- President George W. Bush in the fundamentals of the game. He spent an afternoon at the White House doing just that, always happy to teach the art of the game to anyone who is interested and honored that is was a sitting President. He also was instrumental in forming leagues and designing courts in the Maryland area.

Class C will also play at 2:00 p.m., and Class D will pitch at 10:00 a.m. alongside the Class A pitchers. Some of the pitchers in the tournment are well-seasoned, having pitched for decades. All pitchers must complete three tournaments prior to the State Horseshoe Tournament in September in order to compete at State level.

If you have never experienced this level of competitive horseshoes before, this is your chance to see some masters at work. The sound of horseshoes hitting the stakes can be a relaxing and exciting experience all at once. The court area is nicely shaded for those who want to enjoy an afternoon watching top notch horseshoe pitching.

Refreshments will be available to purchase for spectators and players, beginning at noon, and will include lemonade, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Come on down and enjoy a great American pastime, while seeing some of the best pitchers Indiana has to offer!

Richmond: Images of America, Book Talk and Signing Event

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book signing flyer

Open Enrollment for Centerville Schools Until August 3, 2015

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back to school

Open Enrollment for ALL gradesCenterville-Abington Community Schools is now accepting transfer students at all grade levels until August 3, 2015.  If you or someone you know would like to have kids attend Centerville schools, you can contact a building principal, the superintendent or visit the Centerville Abington webpage for an application form.   Open enrollment ends after August 3, 2015.

Wayne County Bands at Centerville Archway Classic


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All over Wayne County, you may hear a collective sigh of relief from band directors who are happy to see some sun.  With only a few days until the first band competition, rain has been a big concern over the last few weeks.

According to Lisa Savage, band parent of two students at Northeastern, most of the bands are behind in practice due to the rain.  Several of the Wayne County bands have had to find alternate places to practice during the inclimate weather, some using the Tom Raper Center at the fairgrounds.  And some are making up time by having 12 hour practices.

Centerville Archway Classic

The Centerville Archway Classic is this Saturday, July 18, at Centerville High School at 7:00 p.m.  The creativity and work involved in getting these bands where they are today in time for the competitions is something to be applauded.  For Northeastern, their hardest work really begins following the Archway Classic when band camp starts next week.

Lisa Savage is excited to be able to help at band camp this year for her children’s band, but expects it to involve a lot of hard work for the kids.

She shared that most bands, including theirs, probably started practicing in May, but again the weather has put them all behind schedule.

Let’s get out this Saturday and support these bands and all their hard work at the Centerville Archway Classic!  The next band competition will be the Jay County Lions Contest on July 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Portland.  On August 1, 2015 you can catch the bands in Winchester at the Drums at Winchester competition, at 7:00 p.m.

Good luck to all the Wayne County Bands!

Note: State Fair Band day is August 8, 2015 with the line up of: Northeastern starting at number 11, Lincoln at 20, Richmond at number 29, Centerville at 30, and Hagerstown at 40.


This Weekend: Wild Wheels 4 Wernle

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Jimmy Sparks Band Coming Friday Night

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend AND something that supports a great organization?  Then you will want to head out to the Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds for the Wild Wheels 4 Wernle event.

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Starting Friday, July 17 at 8:00 the Jimmy Sparks Band will kick off a weekend of events.  Cost for the concert is 10.00 for tickets purchased in advance and 15.00 at the concert. (tickets can be purchased at the Whitewater Valley Marine Corps League, Berties Music Bar or Patio at the Ribeye).

Saturday is filled with events, and many are free to watch with a gate entry fee of 5.00 per vehicle.  The day includes a car and bike show in the Kuhlman Center at noon, a motorcycle rodeo at 2:00 p.m. and a mud bug by the 4H Fair committee at 7:00 p.m.  An addition to the schedule is the lawn mower derby (with speeds up to 60-70 mph) and demo derby at 3:00 p.m.  Of course food and other vendors will be available throughout the fairgrounds.

Dire Skates & Lipstick

Saturday night, the local Dire Skates derby ladies will take on the Sandusky Roller girls at 5:00 p.m., followed by a concert by Lipstick.  See below for more details or visit the facebook event page at Wild Wheels for Wernle 2015.

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Dive into Girls Scouts 2015

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Wayne County 4H Fair 2015…A Look Ahead

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funnel cake at fairAlready our family has enjoyed fair food, visiting with the animals, a drive-in movie, more fair food, watching horse and pony shows , kids frog-jumping, and so much more.  The week of the Fair is just starting and there is so much more to look forward to!

Tonight is the first night for Poor Jack Amusements, the petting zoo is up and running with pony rides, Wednesday night is the next round of Wayne County Idol, and all kinds of fun events are happening at the track!

sheep showDon’t forget to see the 4H projects inside the Kuhlman Center (enjoy a break in the air conditioning) and all the great talent of 4H’s this year.   Cheer on the kids as they show their animals this week and enjoy fireworks on Friday night at dusk.  A free live concert is in store for fair goers on the 26th (see details on on the Free Stage.

See you at the Fair!


Phillip Fox Band Coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair

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by Karole Passmore, GWC

phillip fox bandEvery year the 4H Fair organizers bring great shows to the annual fair, and this year is no exception.  You can enjoy a FREE concert by the Phillip Fox Band on June 26 at 7:30 p.m., at the Wayne County Fair on the Free Stage.

“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.” (quote from Phillip Fox

Enjoy the bands trademark sounthern rock sound all for free at the Fair!

Stay tuned for information about more great concerts and shows coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair this year, at (live reporting and pictures from the Fair can also be found on the Go Wayne County Facebook page the week of the Fair).

Model T Homecoming A Success: Enjoyed By Many

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Pat McRoberts, relaxing after a busy week at the Model T Homecoming 2015.

This week we were all able to enjoy a step back in time as our county was host to dozens of Model T’s from all over the country.

Starting on Wednesday, several Model T enthusiasts began to arrive and take part in the active schedule for the week.  One of those participants was Pat McRoberts who travelled all the way from the northern Michigan town of Harrietta.  Arriving on Wednesday, she and her husband enjoyed tours on both Thursday and Friday.

Spoke Tours

Pat explained that the tours, which involve longer trips to area sites, used to be called “spoke tours.”  This year the tours included a trip to area museums.  Pat shared that she likes this homecoming event because it’s “more informal and a lot more fun.”  This was her first year and her husband’s second year to come to Richmond, the first year being the Centennial celebration.  However they have both participated in events for Model T of America International, which involve hundreds of cars.

She preferred the more relaxed setting for the Model T reunion to the larger International events.  As activities bustled around us, Pat was able to relax in her Model T and enjoy the view.

The Model T Homecoming is annual event attracting dozens of cars and hundreds of collectors as well as interested historians and the general public.  A great job again by the organizers of this event!

For more pictures of the Model T Homecoming, visit the GoWayneCounty Facebook page.  

Foundation Awards Announced for 2015

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Best Tasting Best Stand Contests & Lemonade Day!


011This weekend you will have the opportunity to support young creative entrepreneurs in Wayne County.  Yellow will be everywhere!

Starting Saturday, May 16, kids will be participating in the Best Tasting/Best Stand contests where their stand and/or lemonade will be judged by celebrity judges including Mayor Sally Hutton, in the Depot under the overpass.  Kids will set up at 10:00 a.m. and judging starts at 11:15.  After the winners are announced and tropies are given on stage, many kids will stay during the Taste of Italy so that you can sample their lemonade and other treats they are making.

Sunday, May 17, is Lemonade Day all over Wayne County! 

What a great day to go for a ride around Wayne County and discover all the talent our youth in the area have developed.  Kids have gone through training for this day in their schools and through the Lemonade Day workshop and mentoring programs.  They have learned about setting goals, making plans, setting a budget, working their plan and good customer service–among many other great business principles.  They are ready to serve you!

Make a kids day on Sunday by encouraging them in their business efforts.  Who knows, you may be the one person who makes them realize they have what it takes to own their own business and become successful!

Today Lemonade….Tomorrow the World!!

Karole Passmore

City Director, Lemonade Day Wayne County