First Annual Bloom & Glow At The Rose Garden

bloom and glowTuesday, June 4th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. will be the first annual Bloom & Glow at the Rose Garden in Richmond.

The event will include a catered food court and a tour of the Rose Garden.  From 9- 9:30 p.m. hot air balloons will be lit on the old Glen Miller Golf Course for everyone to enjoy!

Sponsored by the Petal & Stem Garden Club, proceeds will benefit the scholarship program for future horticulturists or landscapers as well as buying more roses for the garden.  The cost is 20.00 prior to the event and 25.00 at the gate.  You can buy your tickets ahead at the Visitors Center.

“Connect for Success” IN/OH Regional Conference in Richmond on May 16th

connect for success logo

Richmond, Indiana – Tourism and Hospitality industry representatives are invited to attend a formidable one-day Tourism Conference on Thursday, May 16,  2013 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Richmond, Indiana.  The Conference is open to tourism and hospitality professionals in the Indiana/Ohio regional area.

The focus for this year’s conference is connecting and establishing unique and creative partnerships. Conference attendees participating in breakout sessions, one-on-one consultations and networking will learn more about:  creating partnerships, marketing, social media, using local resources, green initiatives, and business strategies.

Every speaker, presentation and networking event has been selected to help local and regional tourism industry partners walk away with skills and connections they need to take their organization to the next level. A special working luncheon will allow attendees to step out of the box and connect with someone new.

An artistic pre-conference event will take place Wednesday night May 15th in the historic Depot District for an additional $25 per person, guests are welcomed. Space is limited. You must register for this event on the main registration page by selecting the appropriate box when you are purchasing your conference ticket.



Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center, 6000 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana.

Cost: $25 conference, $25 pre-conference event

Time: Registration opens 7:30am, Conference Kick-Off 8:30am, Event wrap up at 3:30pm.


To register please visit

International Women’s Day: Today, March 8, 2013

How will you celebrate Women today?

(excerpts from International Women’s Day website)

woman suffragettInternational Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
women's suffrage fashion turn of centuryIWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won’

seniors rhs girls basketball

RHS Basketball Team Senior Girls, sponsored by First Bank Richmond

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

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Mayor of Richmond, Sally Hutton

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

amy oler president of the chamber

Newly elected President/CEO of the Wayne County Chamber, Amy Oler Holthouse

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

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Newly elected President of the EDC of Wayne County, Valerie Shaffer

Women in Wayne County are making things happen!  To all the wonderful, talented and beautiful women here in Wayne County- Happy International Women’s Day, Feliz Dia de mujeres en el mundo.

The Red Dress Ball Coming February 23, 2013 (see video trailer)

red dress ball

The Red Dress Ball, with the theme “stayin alive” will be held on February 23, 2013 at the Kuhlman Center.  The Ball supports the purchase of AEDs – which are given to community organizations. If an AED is not available, the American Heart Assocation reminds us that hands only CPR can be administered to someone in cardiac arrest – of course…to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive”.

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Employees at First Bank Richmond, doing their part for the Red Dress Ball “Stayin Alive” video.

Steve Baker, Kicks 96, is putting together a special video for this event with different sponsors taking part in their own creative ways to the music “Stayin Alive.”  (see trailer below…).

Tickets to the event are $75.00 each and include hors douvres, 2 drinks, a buffet dinner, desserts and live music.  And the satisfaction of knowing that you may have been instrumental in saving someone’s life from a heart attack.  For more information you can call 765 983 3102.

Get a “Boost” From Positively Wayne County

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Positively Wayne County

Special guest Jim Walker spoke to a crowd of over 300 people attending “Boost” today at Lingle Auditorium, inspiring many to think outside of the box.

His organization “Big Car” of Indianapolis has done just that.  With innovative ideas like creating green spaces on top of pavement in front of an unlikely inviting space (once an abandoned shopping mall) now used for community outreach, and cultivating a climate of neighborhood buy in, Jim inspired all of us to look at what we might do with little resources.

He suggested that we should not always wait for the grant money to come or the timely research but to jump out of our comfort zones and bring people together to make things happen.  Volunteers, donations and community involvement can see a project through with little expense and big results.

During discussion groups, ideas were buzzing all around the room and notes were taken to later be transcribed into a report of sorts of suggested improvement areas or ways to highlight what we already offer in Wayne County.

Stay tuned for more events from Positively Wayne County–a project which encourages the voices of people from all walks of life to have input into the directions we can take as a community.

For those who attended, Chris Hardie has invited you to submit your ideas that you discussed in your group to

And be sure to check back here for invitations to smaller discussion groups coming up this year.

Veteran’s Day Parade Well Attended Today In Richmond

Veteran’s Day Parade, 2012, GWC

Onlookers and supporters of veterans lined the streets today from 14th and East Main to the City Building for what was the biggest Veteran’s Day Parade yet, in Wayne County.

Three area bands participated this year from Centerville, Richmond and Northeastern.  All played uplifting and patriotic songs.  Taps were also played along the route in honor of the fallen (see video below) and service people from all branches of the military were present.

Legion Riders At Veteran’s Day Parade, 2012, GWC

It was a beautiful day to remember those who have served, those who are serving now, and those who gave their lives during their service.

For more pictures from the parade go to on Facebook.






Holding The Earlham Community Up In Thought and Prayer Today

We want to express our deepest sadness at this news and ask that we all hold the community up in thought and prayer as they struggle with this awful loss.  Due to the tragedy which occured early this morning, Earlham released the following statement on their website:

“6:00 a.m. — Three Earlham College students were struck by a train early on Friday, Nov. 9. 2012 in Richmond’s Depot District. One student was killed immediately. Two others were transported to Reid Hospital and were subsequently airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. The deceased student is senior Therese Heymann of Burlingame, CA.

The injured students were sophomore Lenore Edwards and senior Graham Nissen.

Earlham has suspended classes for the day in light of the tragedy.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., there will be a place for students and other members of the community to gather at Stout Meetinghouse and the College Dining Hall.

Additional information will be released throughout the day. Please check back at the Earlham Website”

Restaurants Honor The Service Of Local Veterans In Wayne County IN

Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:


Sunday, November 11, 2012

7 Eleven – will be offering veterans and service members a free small Slurpee on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.

Applebees – All Veterans and active duty military eat free from a limited menu at Applebee’s on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

Chili’s – Veterans and active duty dine for free from a special limited seven-item menu from 11am – 5pm on Veterans Day, November 11th.

O’Charley’s – O’Charley’s will thank veterans and active duty military personnel, celebrating their service, by providing them with a complimentary meal on Monday, November 12. With their military I.D. or other proof of service, servicemen and women will receive their choices of meals from the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu.

Olive Garden– Veterans and service members can get a free entré choice from a special menu. The entrée choices include garlic bread sticks and choice of soup or salad. The offer is good on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012 at locations in both US and Canada.

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations – nationwide – will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for ALL veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military.

Golden Corral – Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday November 12, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, Veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Little Caesars – Little Caesars will honor members – past and present – of the armed forces on Monday Nov. 12, 2012, by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide.

McDonald’s– Will offer to everyone on November 12th, buy one Quarter Pounder or Big Mac and get the second one for 12 cents.

Main Street Diner, Richmond: offering a free meal to veterans on November 12th, 2012.



Dancers From The Next Step Entertain Residents Of Friends Fellowship

Several excited girls gathered at the Next Step Studio to go over their past recital numbers to share with residents of Friends Fellowship on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Many weeks had passed since the girls had performed in their recitals, but the steps came back to them and they and their teachers, Laura and Michelle, were all happy they could remember.

Taking a break from summer activities, the dancers donned their costumes, headed to the studio to practice and then on to Friends Fellowship.  The residents were awaiting their arrival, many with smiles on their faces as the girls came into the community room.

Laura Hinkley, dance instructor at The Next Step, introduced the dancers as a group and later each girl individually as they finished their numbers.  At the end of the program the dancers had a surprise for the residents.  They had colored pictures and distributed them to the audience as they chatted with them.

There were many happy faces, young and a bit older, as the girls filed out of the Community Room of Friends Fellowship and were on their way to their next adventure of the day.  (To see more pictures of Next Step visits Friends Fellowship, go to our Facebook site: GoWayneCounty).

Dancers pass out pictures to audience at Friends Fellowship

The Next Step Studio is located on the east side of town off of S. 13th, turning off of L. Street.  There is still room to sign up for lessons this Fall.  The next two dates for sign up are: Friday August 10 from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, August 25, from 9-12.  Lessons start the first week in September.  Terry Runnels, owner of the Next Step, is also the Devilette instructor at RHS with decades of experience.

Hagerstown Police Chief Kent Hollenburg Retires

By Christina Biddle-Walker, Hagerstown IN

Hagerstown Police Chief Kent Hollenburg Retires

Hagerstown Police Chief Kent Hollenburg retired May 30th, ending his Hagerstown Law Enforcement career of over 30 years… 23 of those years in the position of Chief.

According to excerpts from a story written by Mike Bennett (see story in its entirety posted on the website,, Kent started his career with the Hagerstown Police Department in 1981 and became Chief 9 years later.

Kent and his wife Debbie, a teacher at Hagerstown Elementary School, live and have raised their two sons, Derek and Dylan in Hagerstown. Kent was and has always been a very personable, caring, supportive and community conscious gentleman.  His easy going personality and professionalism (photo courtesy of Hagerstown website) will be sorely missed among his co-workers. He will be staying around long enough to help the new police chief, Keith Folkner, become familiar with the community, the department and its’ staff as well as the community and city leaders. Happy Retirement Kent!!


Local Business To Be Showcased On Inside Indiana Business Airing Soon

News Release

Jackie Carberry, owner of Warm Glow Candle Company will appear on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

Warm Glow Candles, Wayne Co Indiana

Jackie will be taping the show this Thursday, June 14th and the show will air on WCTV Tuesday, June 19th at 8:30 pm here in the Richmond area. Jackie says “We would love for everyone to tune in as we are very proud to be a part of the show and a vibrant, growing Indiana business community!” Warm Glow is the second business from Wayne County to be highlighted on Inside INdiana Business since Julie Dishman attended the Indiana Tourism Media Marketplace as a rep from the WCCTB, this spring. Tom and Rick from the Firehouse BBQ & Blues were invited last month; they were then invited to demonstrate their cooking abilities on WISH TV’s Indy Style.

Richmond-Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau5701 National Road East Richmond, Indiana 47374

Wayne County Antiques Alley Featured In Midwest Living “Best Of The Midwest”

News Release

The Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau has been working diligently with travel writers and magazine editors to get the word out about all the interesting, one-of-a-kind attractions the county has to offer.
Within the past 3 weeks, we have had two articles highlighting Richmond and Wayne County as a travel destination.

Midwest Living’s Best of the Midwest magazine. This article is a direct result of our ongoing collaboration with the writers and editors of Midwest Living Magazine.
Best of the Midwest is Midwest Living’s annual summer publication. This premium priced travel guide sold during the summer months (May-September) is available on newsstands in all twelve Midwestern states. Best of the Midwest is filled with everything Midwesterners need to vacation throughout the Midwest.
Circulation: 150,000

Townsend Food Project will bring Healthy Foods to Neighborhood


 Townsend Food Project will bring Healthy Foods to Neighborhood

Townsend Center, Richmond IN

Starting this summer, Townsend Center will house the newly created Townsend Food Project, in partnership with the Wayne County Minority Health Coalition.  The Townsend Food Project, funded by the National Davis Projects for Peace Competition, aims to promote healthy eating through three main initiatives.

First, the grant will fund the creation of a weekly Townsend Food Market, stocked with produce from three local farms.  Second, the project will also offer cooking classes featuring local produce and the opportunity for community members to share recipes and cooking wisdom.  Third, recipes collected through the cooking classes will be preserved through the publication and distribution of a Townsend Community Cookbook, providing a resource the community can draw on and add to in years to come.

Grant Secured For Project By Two Earlham College Students

Sarah Waddle & Mary Jones, Earlham College Students

The $10,000 grant for this project was secured by Earlham College Students, Mary Jones and Sarah Waddle, who will be co-leading project activities throughout the summer. Additional funding will be provided by the City of Richmond and the Urban Enterprise Association.  These ladies had previously worked with the garden project at Townsend Center and saw a need for healthy foods in the North Richmond neighborhood. They chose the Townsend neighborhood because it is considered a “food desert”. 

A food desert is described as a neighborhood or community that has limited access to healthy or nutritious foods.   There will be many opportunities for members of all neighborhoods to get involved and volunteer with the project throughout the summer.  If you are interested in hearing more about the project, meeting the farmers who will be providing produce to the market, and getting involved in any way, please contact: Mary Jones 512-413-5592   or   Sarah Waddle 952-258-9282.


Foundation Announces Lilly Community Scholars!


  Date: April 5, 2012                                                                                                        

Foundation announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of two area high school seniors who will receive the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. 

Surprise! Tyler

Tyler Hoodlebrink and Erica Coulter were chosen from a pool of 75 applicants from throughout WayneCounty.  Each recipient will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship and $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment. 

 Tyler, a senior atHagerstown High School, maintained a 3.9 GPA while participating in football, 4-H, National Honor Society, track, and model legislature throughout his high school career.  He was co-captain of the football team along with volunteering for the Hagerstown Public Library and the after-school tutoring program. Tylerplans to major in mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  He is the son of Brenda and Jim Hoodlebrink

A Happy Erica!

Erica, a senior at CentervilleHigh School, maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish club, golf, swimming, speech team, and student council.  She has also held several leadership roles along with volunteering for, church mission trips, and her church nursery.   Erica plans to major in journalism at IndianaUniversity.  She is the daughter of Sara and Eric Coulter.

This year a total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., in conjunction with community foundations and Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. 

Since 1998, 33 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation.  This year’s awardees will be recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community dinner on June 28.

CONTACT:Andrea Stuckey, Program Officer                    Phone: 765/962.1638

Congratulations to you both!  Great job!


Dancing With The Stars Birth to Five Fundraiser

The show is sold out, but you can still be a part of a great event to benefit a great organization on March 24th.

“Dancing With The Stars”  will feature a night of Ballroom Dancing with Richmond’s very own stars and the Indiana University Ballroom Dance Team.

dancing with the stars for birth to five

How You Can Participate And Help Local Kids and Parents Through Birth to Five

  1. Right now, you can go to the event site and vote for your favorite couple.  We vote with our dollars, which helps Birth to Five do their great work in the community.
  2. The event will be live-streamed!  So if you weren’t able to grab a ticket, you can still “be there” over the internet.  (The event will be streamed from this page.)
  3. Tell your friends and family about the event on Facebook and Twitter so we can all make a bigger impact on our community and have fun with our “stars.”

For all the details and to cast your vote, visit the Birth to Five “Dancing With The Stars” website.

Local Artisans Featured At The Indiana State Fairgrounds Marketplace

Information submitted by Julie Dishman

Indiana Artisan Marketplace Features Local Artisans, March 31-April 1

Metal art by Nathan and Linda Jones, see link below for more

If you appreciate fine art and specialty foods and would like to support local artists, don’t miss the Indiana Artisan Marketplace on March 31 and April 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We’re proud to announce that 2 artisans from our county will be exhibiting at the Marketplace, the state’s premier art and food experience.

Indiana Artisan recognizes the highest level of Indiana craftsmanship and includes everything from fine chocolates and handmade soaps to specialty jewelry and stoneware pottery. Artists from our county have had their work recognized as exceptional by Indiana Artisan.

Whether you’re a transplant to Central Indiana looking to reconnect with artists from home or an art enthusiast willing to travel to support our artisans, you’ll want to visit the Marketplace for an experience unlike any other. Browse one-of-a-kind artwork while enjoying Indiana music, watching art demonstrations, and tasting the craft foods and wines. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to meet artisans from our town and around the state and hear their incredible stories.

Stain glass artistry by Dan Sims of Richmond

Artisans from our county exhibiting at the Marketplace include:

Admission: $10 (children 15 and under free); Parking: $3

Julie Dishman; Local Communication & Social Media Specialist

Richmond-Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau

5701 National Road East

Richmond, Indiana 47374