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If you are looking for a place to by produce and baked goods among many other homemade local products, you’ll want to visit the Winter Farmer’s Market located this year a the Townsend Center. The Winter market is today and every other Saturday through April, 2013. Read below for dates and times.
Registrations are pouring into the office of Reid Hospital Foundation as they prepare for their fourth annual ReidRide. The event invites cyclists from the region to bring families, friends and co-workers for a 22-mile ride around Wayne County.
“ReidRide is a great way to fulfill our mission, get people moving and support healthy lifestyles,” said Foundation Director Jason Troutwine. “We have people of all fitness levels come out for the Ride and realize an accomplishment they will talk about all year.”
One such rider is 76-year-old Mary Bockover. After triple bypass heart surgery less than a year ago, Mary is already training for her second ReidRide…and telling her story all over town. If she can do ReidRide, anyone can.
“I would encourage all older people to do ReidRide,” Bockover said. “I’m just thrilled I can do it again this year!”
In addition to the community wellness initiative, ReidRide raises funds for another cause – Shoes for Kids. This Reid program takes proceeds from the Ride and purchases over 2,500 pairs of shoes for underprivileged children in the region.
“The shoe distributions are some of the most humbling experiences,” Troutwine said. “We have children come with the soles of their shoes duct taped. Others are amazed the shoes actually match. It is truly an important community effort.”
The cost to ride is ten dollars, and every registration purchases a pair of shoes. “The more people we can involve in ReidRide, the more shoes we can distribute,” said Foundation Board Member Lee Elzemeyer.
The Ride begins at Reid Hospital and heads south on Chester Boulevard. Connecting via North A and Main Streets, riders will head to Centerville on US 40. After a half-way stop at Centerville Christian Church, riders head north on Centerville Road to Webster and catch the Cardinal Greenway back to Industries Road and Reid.
Online registration and additional information is available at ReidRide.org.
The Reid Ride is Saturday, July 28th
Submitted by Alisha Estabrook
Dogs of all sizes will fill the park at the Middlefork Reservoir on Saturday, June 23 for Richmond’s first Bark for Life. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. at the reservoir’s Bark Park. Registration for the first dog is $10 and $5 for each dog thereafter. Participants will then partake on foot or paw in the one-mile walk starting at 11 a.m. Money raised from Bark for Life will benefit the 2012 Relay for Life of Wayne County.
Relay for Life and Bark for Life are part of the American Cancer Society outreach to raise awareness and contribute to a cure for cancer. Paws and All will continue the dog-filled day from 12 – 2 p.m. with food and music. There will also be vets and vendors, free samples, pet pictures, demonstrations, doggie contests and more. Admission is free, contest entry is $5. This event is open to all ages. Dog handlers must be 16 or older.
Many were moved throughout the day yesterday- moved to laughter and tears. As volunteers from many businesses and organizations walked the track in the hot sun, children played games and got their faces painted. People gathered and shared memories of loved ones, and experiences of surviving the disease we all decided we hate- cancer.
The video below of fireworks with a live Christian band in the background, was a particularly poignant way to end the day–a celebration of the lives of many who still fight to find a cure and the ones who have gone on after a long battle. For more pictures of Relay For Life you can visit our Facebook site at Go Wayne County.
So this week it was revealed what this mysterious “North Side Mystery Structure” really is and who’s behind it.
Medfit has built something next to their facility that is rather unusual. The conspiracy theories were flying during a pre-launch campaign designed to get people talking about what this “thing” could be. (Check out the funny videos here.)
Now we know: It’s called The Patch Fitness and it is an outdoor fitness course. That link gets you all the details about what it is, why it exists, and how you use it to get buffed out.
On the North Side Mystery Structure Facebook page, this was one of the latest entries:
Creator of The Patch says “We invented this to keep people in shape because Richmond no longer has a native bear or wolf population for residents to run away from for exercise.”
One can only imagine how much better shape we’d all be in if we only had a few apex predators running free in the Wayne County area. Alas, we’ve had to resort to contorting ourselves into machines to keep ourselves healthy. Or, pretending to be chased by bears as we jog. But the sense of fear and the adrenaline that comes with actually running from a bear is often lost on a jog around the block in the city.
The Patch Fitness is doing a little gala Grand Opening Friday May 11th from 4-7pm. It is open to the public and you can get up close and personal with the Patch and see what all the hubub is about.
If you need a change in your routine, this thing is guaranteed to entertain your brain while giving you the workout of your life. Fun makes exercise easier, right?
Medfit is located at 750 Chester Blvd. Bring the family to see the fun and get a tour of The Patch! More Information…
A Free Dentistry Event in Richmond, IN provided by
Ringenberg Smiles for Life, Richmond Family Dentistry and Whitewater Valley Dental.
August 5th, 2011
On August 5th, 2011, everyone of all ages is welcome to join Dr. Thomas Ringenberg, Dr. James Harris, Dr. Greg Ingram and their teams at 1429 Chester Blvd in Richmond, Indiana for A Day for Everyone to Smile. At this Free Dentistry Event, people in the Richmond community will have the opportunity to receive free dental extractions, cleanings and fillings.
- Free dental exams will be provided from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on August 5th at 1429 Chester Blvd in Richmond, Indiana.
- Appointments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 765-962-1519.
- We are happy to treat military dependents as well.
Today, one third of Americans are living without dental insurance, and current economic conditions leave little room to afford dental procedures. Without events like Free Dentistry Day, dental care simply isn’t an option for many uninsured people.
People who can’t afford to visit the dentist are missing out on crucial preventative dental care that could greatly help not only their oral health, but overall health as well.
Untreated dental problems don’t simply disappear on their own; instead they continue to spread – possibly causing:
- Oral Health issues such as tooth loss, periodontal disease and misaligning of teeth
- The need for lengthy, expensive dental work to correct these problems
- Severe health issues stemming from periodontal disease, such as cardiac problems, diabetes and oral cancer
With Free Dentistry Day Events, people who can’t regularly visit the dentist can still take advantage of vital dental care and improve the quality of their health!
- Thomas Ringenberg, DDS
- 2519 East Main St., Suite 102
- Richmond, IN 47374
- (765) 962-1519
- James Harris, DDS
- 1429 Chester Blvd., Suite A
- Richmond, IN 47374
- (765) 966-3736
- Greg Ingram, DDS
- 1429 Chester Blvd., Suite B
- Richmond, IN 47374
- (765) 935-7233
City Fit Event is Here
Posted by Dani B
Are you ready to get healthy? Join us at the City Fit Event this Saturday, June 11 at Glen Miller Park. This event is meant to showcase the various options that Richmond locals have to start and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle. There will be cooking education provided by Reid and we will be hosting classes.
JUKO will be there and we will be hosting a class for kids so make sure to bring them along!
Here is the list of classes we will be holding. We hope to see you there!
Family FitnessWorks class schedule (by time):
10:00am – 10:25am: CoreWorks @ Stage 2 (Kate & Katie)
10:30am – 11:25am: Zumba @ Stage 1 (Brandy & Sonya)
11:00am – 11:50am: [alternate groups] kidSPIN, KO for Kids & Kid’s Jam @ Playground (Kate, Chris & Nick Shepherd)
12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lifting Demo @ Shelter (Martin Montgomery & FFW Members)
12:00pm – 12:55pm: BodyPump @ Stage 2 (Stephanie, Chris, Kate)
1:00pm – 1:45pm: ZumbAtomic @ Playground (Brandy)
1:30pm – 2:25pm: BodyFlow @ Stage 1 (Jessica, Lina & Katie)
2:00pm – 2:55pm: TRX @ Stage 2 (Kim, Chris, Stephanie & Kate)
2:30pm – 3:15pm: Hula Hoop-La @ Playground (Tammy)
3:00pm – 3:55pm: AMP’d @ Stage 2 (Chris & Kate)
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Zumba QuickBurn @ Stage 2 (Brandy & Sonya)
4:00pm – 4:45pm: kidWORKS @ Playground (Kim & Amber)
4:30pm – 5:20pm: Spinning @ Stage 1 (Kate & Stephanie)
Wayne County 4-H Fair Blood Drive
Most people are eligible to donate. There are very few causes for deferral and very few medications that are not acceptable. Donors cannot be taking antibiotics for infection. Cancer patients must be one year cancer free. Heart patients must be 6 months symptom free. Diabetics can donate. It is recommended that donors have a light snack before donating DO NOT FAST – feel free to have some of our juice and cookies. Be sure to bring your picture ID!
Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Email Steve Dieringer.
The entire process of donating takes less than an hour. A cholesterol, blood pressure, blood type, and iron check are included in your donation.
Indiana Blood Center is charged with collecting 550 units every day to be able to supply over 60 Indiana hospitals. Your donation will save up to 3 lives. Every drop counts!
More questions? Feel free to contact Kristine Pierce(firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Saturday, June 11, 2011, riders from all over Wayne County and surrounding areas will meet to raise money for a worthy cause- a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Spokespeople will be on site to explain what the illness is and how it affects lives, including Matt who is a CS patient himself.
Proceeds from the ride and hog roast will go to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Just recently there was a surprising discovery of the gift of life concerning this illness and research continues).
Registration for the ride is at 10:00 a.m. at the Tally Ho Pub. Bikes will head out at noon to their first stop at Lil Louie’s Bar and Grill in Greensfork. Other stops will include New Castle, Cambridge City, Connersville and then back to Richmond at the Tally Ho Pub for the big Hog Roast.
DJ Jonesey will provide live entertainment (Big Poppa Productions) at the end of the trail. Cost is 10.00 for single riders, 15.00 for riders with passengers plus 5.00 for a plate of Hog and “fixin’s.” There will also be door prizes, 50/50 drawings, corn hole and more.
For more information if you are riding or would like to ride, or if you would like to contribute in some way to this cause call Matt at 765-273-1094.
From the director:
The Cope Environmental Center, in Centerville IN, is entered into a contest to receive a remarkable video production package from a great company from Indianapolis. Winning a package like this would be a fantastic opportunity for the Center! Please take two minutes to vote for CEC and forward it to others who would be inclined to vote. Thank you for taking the time! The voting form can be found at http://realsimplevideo.com/online-video-contest/ . (You do not need a Twitter account to vote, so don’t let the wording throw you!)
Yoga for a Cause
Join Beatree Yoga for Saturday morning sessions in the natural environment of Cope Environmental Center! Please bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes. All ages and skill levels welcome!
Date(s): (weather permitting) May 21st, then continuing throughout the summer (other dates TBD)
Fee: Special rate of $5! (1/2 of the fee supports CEC!)
For more information, go to their website to see all the wonderful things offered for all ages this summer. Get out, get healthy and support our wonderful environment in Wayne County.
Saturday several people came together to build raised beds and plant fruit bushes at the Townsend Center community garden. People of different backgrounds—some avid gardeners and some wannabe pros– all learned a lot about “leveling.”
“Level” was the word of the day as everyone realized that it was the most essential tool in building a raised garden from cinder/cement blocks. Throughout the hours from about 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 people would yell out politely “Level please!” or “Can I have the level,” or just the abbreviated “level!” as if we were in surgery.
While groups were digging up the grass and “leveling” the blocks, others were planting fruit bushes around the perimeter of the garden. A large ground garden bed had already been tilled before the volunteers arrived and is ready for planting.
Plans for the raised beds that are about three feet high are to also make them into seating so that not only the children in the after school program can participate in planting, but also the elderly in the community. The height will make it easier to garden.
Around noon, a wonderful lunch was provided by the Minority Health Coalition of Wayne County. Sherri Harlan, Director, is in charge of funding for “teaching kids for healthy living” which is the theme for activities such as the after school garden.
Dan and Jan Sims, two of the volunteers, brought plants to share in the garden including herbs like thyme and basil. Dan and Jan are both avid gardeners who also participate in the summer farmers markets in Richmond.
Kevin McCurdy, another volunteer who, some said should have the title of “mastermind,” designed the garden space. He is studying towards a Masters in Architecture and shared his expertise by drawing out the plans and instructing others on how to make it happen.
The garden will be a part of the after school program overseen by Mary Jones. Mary shared that the kids, after Spring Break, will begin planting things like “lettuce, radishes and onions—a salad garden.” The food will be harvested for their snacks and to share with local food banks, depending on the size of crops.
If you would like to participate in the next “garden party” you can come to the Townsend Center next Saturday, April 9th from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided and some may continue to work following dinner as well. It’s a chance to not only give to the community but to learn about gardening (especially “leveling”).
To see more pictures from the Garden Planting party you can visit Jim Hair’s Facebook/Flicker site as well as photos taken by photographer Joshua Smith from the Pal-Item in the online gallery. We will post more pictures on GoWayneCounty.com’s Facebook site as well. Hope to see you all next week at 3:00 p.m.
Read below for the wonderful activities and health screening opportunities offered in April. This Saturday, April 2, 2011 is the first official event—so mark your calendars!
The following information was submitted by Sharrie Harlin of WCMHC:
Wayne County Minority Health Coalition will be collaborating with various community groups to celebrate April’s designation as Minority Health Month.
Community Garden Planting Party & Lunch
The kickoff event will be a Community Garden Planting Party & Lunch at Townsend Center on Saturday, April 2 from 10-am 1pm. Join us as we start planting the community garden, build raised beds and enjoy the outdoors. Even if you can’t help in the garden, you are welcome to drop by to see what’s sprouting at the center and join us for lunch from 12-1. Rain date April 9. Contact Kevin McCurdy 765-277-9738. Sponsored by Townsend Center, WCMHC and Clear Creek Coop.
Kidney Early Evaluation Program
April 9 WCMHC and The National Kidney Foundation present Kidney Early Evaluation Program. Saturday, April 9, 9-1 at Townsend Community Center 855 North 12th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Join us if you have Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or a family history of these conditions or kidney disease. Registration Recommended but Walk Ins are welcomed Call Sharrie Harlin 765-973-8788 to register.
April 19 Free Blood Pressure Screening Mount Olive Baptist Church 1108 North H Street Richmond 11:30-12:30 Sponsored by WCMHC and Reid Hospital Community Benefits.
April 20 Free Prostrate Screening 6-7:30 Wayne County Health Clinic 203 East Main Richmond, men 40 and over should have annual screening; early detection = better results Call 765-983-3344 for appointment Sponsored by Reid Hospital Oncology Services.
IU East Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Stay tuned for more events offered in the month of April to celebrate Minority Health Month. Check back with GoWayneCounty.com/calendar and articles related to the celebration. Be healthy….get checked.
On February 12th, 2011 we attended our first Winter Farmer’s Market. What a great addition to our Valentine Weekend and an event we looked forward to after posting the first blog on the Market. (where you will find the dates for upcoming markets).
My son Brad who was home for a visit and is Vegan/Vegetarian, found several wonderful things that he could eat that were organically made including organic corn meal, homemade breads and snack bars.
Our daughter enjoyed the craft table where kids, on this day, were making Valentines. And in the corner of the room we all enjoyed live music from local musicians. There were also homemade breads and pastries from a bakery in Hagerstown IN as well as a mixture of handmade items.
In addition to this eclectic fare were well made and substantial hats and mittens, tutus for little girls of all sizes, metal bird houses and homemade soaps and lotions–even local noodles from Coe’s. Most extraordinary was the fresh produce by a local farmer who grows a winter garden. He had beautiful greens and carrots (you have to arrive early to get the greens).
You won’t want to miss the next Winter Farmer’s market on February 26th, which runs from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Innovation Center, Richmond IN. If you get there early enough you can pick up breakfast as well.
By Karole Passmore
Oops…yesterday February 4th was National Wear Red Day in honor of fighting heart disease in women–and I missed it. This campaign, which started in 2004, to raise awareness of the growing number of women who die from heart disease each year, highlights ways to prevent the disease.
What used to be a predominantly male disease decades ago has seen a major rise in the female population–now weighing in as the number one killer of women –ahead of cancer. Poor eating habits, little exercise and stress along with smoking has contributed to this unfortunate gain in numbers of women who die each year from heart problems.
Simple tips on reducing your risk up to 80% are as follows:
Exercise: Walk, run, swim, do aerobics, ride bikes, pitch horseshoes any exercise that will raise your heart rate and sustain it at your goal rate is beneficial. Even 10 minute exercises throughout the day add up to one major work out according to the American Heart Association.
Eat Healthy: Fiber is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to limit chances of heart disease (fiber bars, and supplements as well as high fiber foods). Also eating lean meats or going Vegetarian help a great deal. Making your vegetable portions double or triple the size of meat portions on your plate is a healthy habit. Fruits and other healthy foods as snacks are a better heart choice than chips or greasy foods. Simple rule: bake don’t fry.
Quit Smoking. Enough said and we all know why. But if you are uncertain, smoking constricts the vessels in your heart setting you up for a future attack.
Limit Stress: Easier said than done sometimes, especially today with women trying to multitask so much in their lives. But it is a very important factor. Yoga, biofeedback instruction, massage, deep breathing techniques, chamomile tea, and yes a nice long walk at the end of a stressful day (and the beginning actually) are all things to help you relax. Walking has longer term effects on your body through the day as does Yoga–neither is costly.
So if you missed wearing red yesterday as I did, don’t feel too bad. Mostly what Go Red For Women wants to see is a change in our lifestyles so we can live longer healthier lives. (But you can still wear red if you want). Be healthy!
***And next year just remember that National Go Red For Women day is always the first Friday in February. (and remind me too if you think of it!)