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!





Trick or Treat Times October 31, 2015

trickortreatHere are your Trick or Treat & Trunk or Treat Times for Wayne County and surrounding areas!!

October 31, 2015


Boston: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Cambridge City: 6-8 p.m.

Centerville: 5-7 p.m.

College Corner, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.

Dublin: 6-8 p.m.

Farmland: 6-8 p.m.

Fountain City: 5-7 p.m.

Greens Fork: 6-8 p.m.

Hagerstown: 6-8:30 p.m.

Liberty: 6-8 p.m.

Milton: 6-8 p.m.

New Paris, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.

Parker City: 6-8 p.m.

Richmond: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Webster: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31


West College Corner: 6-8 p.m.

Winchester: 5-8 p.m.





The Journey Life Center: 5-7:30 p.m., 2301 Pleasant View Road, Richmond

Centerville United Methodist Church: 5-7 p.m., 112 Morton Ave., Centerville

Reid Church parking lot at North B and 11th streets: 5-7 p.m.

Faith-Trinity United Methodist Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2900 W. Main St., Richmond

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 121 S. 18th St., Richmond.

First United Methodist Church: 5:30 -7:30 p.m., 318 National Road W., Richmond

Cambridge City Christian Church: 6-8 p.m., 106 W. Church St., Cambridge City

Historic Centerville’s Annual Quilt and Needlework Show

quiltgraphicSubmitted by: Myra Baldwin

We are planning another great quilt show during Archway Days on August 21th and 22nd from 10 – 4 each day.  There is a special treat this year. Wednesday, August 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be the day to turn in your quilts and other projects for us to display. We will display antique quilts and projects as well.

If you have a project for us, your admission is free to hear Connie Lane speak at 6 p.m. about the Heritage Barn Quilt Trail in Fayette County.  Have you ever noticed buildings with quilt blocks on them as you drive around? If you want to listen to Connie but don’t have a project to display, don’t worry, there will be a $5 admission fee and you will be able to join us for Connie’s presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to invite family and friends. All of this takes place at the Mansion House at 214 East Main Street in Centerville.

We will also be having our Flea Market during the quilt show and any items you have for us can be turned in on August 19 as well. We would love to have your magazines, books, patterns, fabric, craft supplies, etc., for the flea market. It’s time to clean out that sewing room and get rid of things you no longer need or want.

Admission to the Quilt/Needlework show is $3. All proceeds from the show and flea market go for the maintenance and restoration of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House.

Open Enrollment for Centerville Schools Until August 3, 2015

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

marching_band_silhouette_2Band Days are Here!

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.


2015 Historic Centerville Garden Tour

Centerville Garden Tour

Come and see what can be done with a small city yard!

Historic Centerville’s annual Garden Tour will be on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be an ice cream social at the Mansion house at 214 East Main Street from noon until 5 p.m. The community is invited to the ice cream social.

Tickets will be $8 each and can be bought on the day of the tour or at the Centerville Library from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10. Tickets may be purchased by mail by sending a check written to Historic Centerville for the tickets and mailed to Myra Baldwin, 5035 Study Road, Centerville, IN 47330 – this must be received by Tuesday, July 7, in order to allow for tickets to be received in time. Include a SASE with the check. Mail this to Historic Centerville, PO Box 73, Centerville, IN 47330.
All monies from the ticket sales and the ice cream social will be used for the restoration and maintenance of the Mansion House and the Log Court House. Historic Centerville will be opening the Mansion House for tours on Saturdays beginning on June 6 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. This will continue through September. Adult admission will be $2 and children will be $1.

Come and see what can be done with a small city yard

Come and see what can be done with a small city yard!

Centerville Abington Elementary Earns 4 Star Status

News Release

centerville abington schoolsCongratulations to Centerville-Abington Community Schools for being designated as a Four Star School.  To earn Four Star status, schools must have a 95 percent participation rate in testing. ISTEP scores contribute to the Four Star rating in two ways. The combined passing percentages for student performance in English/language arts and math must be in the top 25th percentile for the state for each grade level. In addition, the number of students passing the English test and the number passing the math test must both be in the top 25th percentile for each grade level.

This means that all Centerville schools have now gained Four Star School status with the exception of Rose Hamilton Elementary which cannot since it does not give ISTEP tests

submitted by Centerville Elementary, Phillip Stevenson

April Activities at the Centerville Public Library

Look at all the great activities and events at the Centerville Public Library for the month of April:

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Centerville Library April 2015 newsletter_Page_2

Trick or Treat Schedule 2014

trick or treatTrick or Treat Times for the Wayne County Area

This year ALL times are on
Friday, October 31st

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Fountain City

5:00-8:00 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cambridge City
Greens Fork

6:00-8:30 p.m.

“Out of the Attic” Sale in Centerville

A large “Out of the Attic” sale will be held at the Mansion House and Log Courthouse lawn on Sept. 12 and 13. The sale is on Friday from 9-5 and Saturday, from 8-12.  Location is the lawn at 214 E. Main, Centerville. There will be no early sales.

Odds and ends had been stored at the Historic House Museum that had nothing to do with the museum’s collection. Many other items have been donated for the sale. The items for sale are not museum artifacts. Careful consideration and care are always given to the artifacts and documents donated to Historic Centerville. Inc.

The sale includes vintage outdoor Christmas decorations, window screens and fans, and several old chairs. There are hand-made braided rugs and lengths of rug made on a loom. A solid wood round dining table, needs repair, antique quilting frames and household items, book and textiles and other unusual items are included.

The sale is for the benefit of the Log Courthouse and for the care of the museum’s collection. Contact 765-478-5251 for further information.




Historic Centerville’s 5th Annual Garden & Home Tour


This dry creek bed will be featured at one of the properties.

Historic Centerville, Inc., is hosting its 5th annual Garden and Home Tour on Saturday, July 12 from 9 – 4 and Sunday, July 13, from 11 – 4. This year’s gardens and home are in the Centerville area. There will be a city garden and 4 country gardens. One of the gardens features a man cave in a barn . There will also be a Petal and Stem Garden Club Boutique at one of the properties. The 1888 historic farm house on Willow Grove Road has been renovated by Charlie and Ruth Bane. Two of the gardeners are members of the Petal and Stem Garden Club.

Tickets will be $10 each and available at the Mansion House at 214 E Main Street in Centerville on the days of the event. Advance tickets will be available at the Centerville Library on East Main Street in Centerville or by mail by sending a check to Historic Centerville, PO Box 73, Centerville, IN 47330 by    July 3. A self-addressed, stamped envelope needs to be included with the order.

There will be an ice cream social from noon to 5 each day. The public is invited to this event. Ice cream, pie, and drinks will be available at the Mansion House  and those who purchase a tour ticket will receive a free drink. All items are ala carte. Pie will be $2.50, ice cream $2.00, and drinks will be 75 cents.

All  proceeds go towards the maintenance and restoration of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House.

The Salisbury Log Court House is over 200 years old and is the 1st Court House in Wayne County. It is in need of replacement logs that have been damaged by insects. We have a goal of $40,000 and so far have raised $17,000. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Make all checks payable to Historic Centerville, PO Box 73, Centerville, IN 47330 noting it is for the Log Court House. All donations are tax deductible as Historic Centerville is a non-profit organization.

Call Myra Baldwin (977-5605) or Ruth Bane (855-5450) with any questions.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy The Garden and Home Tour.

Local Spotlight on Awesome Kid


To know Tyler is to love him. To love him is to not see what makes him different, but embrace what makes him unique. You see, Tyler is not your average six-year-old. He was born with Down Syndrome. But don’t let having a disability fool you–Tyler is full of energy and life.

One of Tyler’s favorite sports is baseball. Recently, we were able to watch this tiny dynamo in action at his t-ball game at Centerville Youth League. We were witness to a little boy who, with pure and unadulterated joy, was playing with all the heart and soul he could muster. What was also refreshing was that other players and parents–and even those in the stands–cheered for Tyler. In that moment, he was a “normal” kid, not defined by his diagnosis.

After the game, we got the chance to talk to Tyler about how well he did. While you might not understand everything he says, the smile on  his face is undeniable. This little guy loves baseball almost as much as he loves red sno-cones.

For a moment in time, Tyler is seen for who he is and not a child with Down Syndrome. To be able to enhance his quality of life by allowing him to play the sport he loves most is simply amazing. He is simply an amazing little boy. While we don’t know what the future holds, we do know that Tyler has touched so many lives just by being Tyler.

Permission to Repost by Author, Katie Waak, SudzFundraising


Centerville Library Hosts Several Events In March 2014

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)

centerville library march 2014

centerville library march 2014 page 2

Kash for Kearimi – Benefit Extravaganza




Submitted by: Stephanie Sherwood

Kearimi Redmond, a 24 year old mother of 2 in Centerville, IN who is battling thyroid cancer. Kearimi is the daughter of Richard and Terri Redmond of Centerville. Her maternal grandparents are Tom and Betty Tash of Richmond.

We will be holding a benefit for her this coming Sunday, September 29th from 1 PM to 6 PM in Centerville, IN at Maplewood Park & Centerville Christian Church. This benefit will include a car, truck and bike show, cookout, bake sale, auctions, 50/50 drawings, music, activities for kids, vendor booths, etc.

We are requesting donations from local businesses to be used in the auctions.

We (Centerville First Baptist Church) want to get the word out about the event. We want (non-food) vendors to set up their booths. We will be doing the food booth and bake sale. We need cars, trucks and motorcycles to come for the show. And most importantly, we want people to come out to help raise money for Kearimi and her family.

I just received a text at 4:20 PM that they were starting her surgery to reconstruct her neck and remove her voicebox.

Any and all help to spread the word about this event is much appreciated.

You can “like” her page on Facebook, “Friends and Family for Kearimi Redmond”. It will also route you to the event page for this event.

Feel free to contact me, Stephanie Sherwood, at (765) 960-5465, if you have any questions.

I do work during the day so please leave a voicemail if you don’t reach me and I will call you back.

ABC Preschool and Childcare in Centerville, IN is where Kearimi’s mom is Director.
Phone calls can also be directed to the preschool. (765) 855-1513

Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt This Saturday!

employee scavenger hunt

First Bank employees gearing up for Scavenger Hunt…now it’s your turn!

Postponed.  Check back in to find out when it will take place in the coming months.  So many people wanted to play but couldn’t due to prior commitments–First Bank is looking for a date that will accommodate more people.

Employees at First Bank Richmond just took the challenge.  And now it’s open to the public.  The first First Bank Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt!

What is it?

It is free…it is fabulous fun…and you could win an IPad or your teammates could each win $100.00 a piece!  And there will be even more prizes drawn at the end of the 2 hour challenge when everyone meets for lunch at the Olde Richmond Inn at noon.  This Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

How does it work?

It starts with one smart phone and 3-4 people on a team.  That’s all you need…and maybe a car or bike.  Then you will register your team at any of the many First Bank Branches in Richmond, Centerville or Cambridge City.   You’ll download the easy app which will have all the challenges like “pick a potato”  (that’s not one of them) and you’ll take your most creative picture, using your smart phone, as a group with one of you as the photographer…easy as pie.  (oh there could be a challenge about pie….you never know).

Employees at First Bank had so much fun…they want to do it again!  But they can’t.  Only the public can join this one.  You must be 18 years of age or older and not an immediate family member of a First Bank employee.  Go ahead… take the challenge!

To enter go to now and download the registration form.  Sign up your team for possibly the most exciting two hours you will have had in a long time! (Must sign up by August 14th.  There is a limited number of teams, so be sure to sign up today!)  Questions?  Contact Karole at



Historic Centerville’s Quilt/Needlework Show PSA


Submitted by Myra Baldwin
Historic Centerville will be having its annual Quilt and Needlework Show on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 from 10 – 5 each day. We will be accepting projects on Tuesday, August 20, from 3 – 6:30 at the Mansion House  214 E Main Street in Centerville.

Those who would like to donate items for the flea market should bring those items on Tuesday as well.  Books, patterns, magazines, fabric, etc., that are collecting dust will help us with this fund raiser for the maintenance and restoration of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House.  Projects will be picked up at 5:30 on Saturday.

Also on Saturday will be “Artists on the Green” where local artists will be demonstrating their specialty in the court yard next to the Mansion House.

Admission is $3.  For more information call Myra Baldwin at 765-977-5605.