Manpower of Richmond Celebrates 50 Years


Brother and sister continue the family tradition: Left: Michael Allen, President. Right: Debbie Whirley, Vice President of Manpower Richmond IN

September 21, 2016 the Manpower of Richmond, IN office marks their 50th year as a Manpower franchise.  The franchise was founded in 1966 by Geneva Allen, who worked with Manpower founder Elmer Winter to establish one of the early franchises. 

Though the franchise territory was one rural county in Indiana, under Geneva’s leadership and subsequently her son and grandchildren, the franchise has established a consistent record of providing staffing services to the surrounding business community and employment workforce.  Geneva’s son, Mike Allen, became an additional licensee in 1988 and now his children, Michael Allen and Debbie Whirley,  currently lead the franchise on a day-to-day basis, along with Michael’s wife, Beth Allen.  A rare three-generation franchise.  Throughout its 50 year history, Manpower of Richmond has been fortunate to have a knowledgeable and dedicated staff.

The Richmond franchise takes great pride in their close community connections.  The Allen family supports many organizations and charities in their community such as a Corporate Partner of the local Boys and Girls Club and charter member of the Chamber of Commerce and their past annual sponsorship of a “Coats for Kids” drive before each winter.

The Richmond, Indiana franchise plans to recognize its 50th Anniversary by giving five $1,000 scholarships to five graduating seniors in the Richmond/Wayne County area.  “The Geneva L. Allen, Manpower Richmond Memorial Scholarship” will be given in honor of Geneva L. Allen, founder of the local Manpower franchise office.  The five winners will be announced in May 2017.

The Manpower of Richmond franchise is thankful for the opportunity to work with area businesses for these many years.  It has been very satisfying for them to witness the hundreds of its employees who have transitioned to full time employment as a result of their job at Manpower of Richmond.

Oktoberfest Is This Weekend: Richmond IN!

News Release (Historic Depot District)

The Richmond, Indiana Historic Depot District presents the 2016 Oktoberfest September 24, 2016. You don’t want to miss this! Oktoberfest is a full day of family fun, live music, and unique local street vendors.

Get out your lederhosen and join us at the 4th Floor Blues Club Outdoor Stage and Biergarten for free live music starting at 2:00 PM featuring The Dead Man String Band, The Doug Hart Band, and The Funk Yard Dogs. Bounce houses and games for the kids.

Maria Mitrione’s Catering will be serving a variety of German and American items and the 4th Floor Blues Club will have locally crafted beer as well as German options.

Browse antiques, jewelry, clothing, and art from 11:00AM- 7:00PM. If you would like more information about becoming a vendor please email

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townsend-centerPress Release: From Townsend Community Center

The Townsend Community Center was established on the north side of Richmond in 1921 as community engagement center, a place for the neighborhood to receive educational services, recreation and a place to gather. 

Over time the community center has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and the city of Richmond but, sadly this organization has lacked the funding needing to maintain their program offerings and the building.

The Townsend Community Center closed its doors a few years ago but was able to reopen in 2015 unfortunately they are at risk of closing again.  It’s an opportunity for the city to rally around this organization and their mission of providing services to the residents of Richmond.  The Townsend Community Center’s alumni and long time adovcate Dr. Lucinda Wright is hosting a public Town Hall to address the needs of the Townsend Community Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Townsend Community Center provides many services like Senior Food Pantry and educational programs.  Community members, community leaders and business leaders  are welcome to attend the Town Hall to learn more about this organization’s impact on the local community.







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The Wall That Heals: Richmond IN, 9-20 to 9-25



Local veterans and those who wish to visit the traveling wall, The Wall That Heals, will have the opportunity this week from September 22 to September 25, 2016 in the Veteran’s Memorial Park located in Richmond IN.

Traveling all over the country year round, the Wall That Heals is a a half scale replica of the Vietnam War Veteran’s Memorial in DC.  Visiting the Wall is said to be an emotional experience for many.

“We are really excited to be a part of this, shares Denise Retz, Director of Parks and Recreation in Richmond IN.  “The veterans in our area have done a lot to see that all of the efforts made are top notch.”  She goes on to explain that the next time the wall will come through this area will be in five years so, “I hope that people will take the time to see it.”

The last time the wall was in the area was in 2011 and hundreds of Wayne County residents and others from near the area came to pay tribute, and for some it was a time to remember.

For more information about the traveling Wall you can visit their site here.


Veteran’s Memorial Park, Richmond IN



Monument in Veteran’s Park, Richmond IN, homage to women veteran’s.

Starr Gennett Sets First Ever Record for Longest Piano Playing


Sandy Cox (left) and Fonda Wilds (right) nearing 72 hours of oversight of the record setting event talking with twin pianists, Jana & Jackie

Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege of sitting with  Fonda Wilds and Sandy Cox who were nearing 72 hours of overseeing the record setting event for Starr Gennett.

Nestled in the open expanse of space in Mitrione’s Market in the Depot District, the Starr Piano was elevated on a stage in front of the large glass windows of the storefront.


Eva Abbott, playing for the record and nearing 2 hours on her shift

When I arrived, Eva Abbott was on the keys and nearing the end of her two hour shift at the piano.  Pianists of all skill levels, totaling around 52, had been at the keys since Friday with only five minute breaks in between.  Following Eva, two little girls from Seton Elementary, fourth graders and twins, were preparing to take over for their 55 minute shift, dressed in matching pink sweaters.


Jana and Jackie, fourth graders from Seton Elementary, discussing their lineup with their mother and grandmother.

Discussing their line-up with their mother and grandma, Jana and Jackie were very serious about their part in the long process that would end at 10:00 p.m. that night.

Fonda Wilds explained that she and Sandy Cox had been present the entire time and that she was running on about 11 hours of sleep over the past three days.  Both ladies oozed enthusiasm for setting this record and particularly enjoyed watching the various pianists take their places at the piano.  They especially lit up when the little twins arrived.


MzD greeting the girls and encouraging pianists for the day

Greeting all the pianists on the final day on Monday was Fonda’s sidekick MzD, a poodle golden mix.  She was very encouraging to the young musicians as they prepared to play.

Not only did the pianists help with setting the first record for longest played piano, they were able to get some real practice time in as they performed, most taking a two hour shift.


The girls at the piano. They each played solos and joined together for duets for 55 minutes.

The record setting process has included gathering data via YouTube video, and utilizing Facebook and Twitter as a means of documentation.  The entire 72 hours was recorded for record keeping purposes and will be used to submit the entry for the record.

A wonderful event for the community and for the participants!  Congratulations to the Starr Gennett Foundation and particularly to Fonda Wilds and Sandy Cox for their immense dedication!

Wonderful things happen when people come together in Wayne County!


Canal Days 2016 Is This Weekend: Cambridge City


Canal Days parade in Cambridge City, 2010. (Picture by GWC)

Canal Days is an annual event in the quaint historic town of Cambridge City IN.  Filled with fun activities, live music and unique street vendors, this two day event is always a great outing.

The fun begins Saturday,  September 10 at 7 a.m. with an early bird breakfast at the American Legion, for only $4.00.  Once your bellies are full, you can head out to the streets and listen to live music, starting with Levi Monk and the C4 Student band, at 10:30 a.m.

Live music continues through the day with Crossroads Band taking the stage at noon and more live music on stage up to 11:30 p.m.

At noon you can also fill up again at the hog roast sponsored by the volunteer firefighters at the fire station.

All day long you can peruse the various street vendors and food trucks that will be open until dark, and visit local shops open until 5:00 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. the Sweet Beats Beetles Tribute, sponsored by Wayne Bank & Trust, will take the stage at Lincoln High School.  Pre-sale tickets are 10.00 and 12.00 at the door.

Sunday, the fun continues with street markets and vendors galore, antiques and a parade at 2:00 p.m. down main street.  From noon to 5:00 p.m. you can enjoy a beer garden and barbecue hosted by the American Legion or visit food trucks along main street.

The entire schedule for the day can be found on the Cambridge City website.  

Check back in to for more fun events planned for this weekend and visit our calendar.

Have a great weekend!

Coonhounds Are Back: Wayne County Fairgrounds


Autumn Oaks kennel club event in it’s 56th year

Do you know the difference between a American Black & Tan Coonhound and an English?  Have you ever seen a Redbone Coonhound or how about a Tree Walker?  If not you may want to head out to the fairgrounds this weekend to take a gander at all the different varieties of Coonhounds because– Autumn Oaks is back in town!

Starting today, Coonhound owners from near and far have set up for competitions at the fairgrounds and will be in the area for the next four days.

kennel club pupsThis event is open to the public with shows and vendors over the next several days.

Another great event brought to the area by our own Wayne County Tourism Bureau!

For more information you can visit the United Kennel Club site for a full schedule of judging and events.

Brewcentennial Arrives Saturday in Downtown Richmond IN



To celebrate 200 years of Indiana craft brewing,  a  party atop the City Parking Garage in Downtown Richmond on Saturday, August 27, 2016, is being hosted by New Boswell Brewery.

You will be able to enjoy samples of Indiana’s best craft beer from several local breweries including Noble Order Brewing Co. Local music, including Achilles Tenderloin, and food vendors will be set up inside the event.

Ticket holders will receive a commemorative sample glass. Local bands will include Richmond’s Achilles Tenderloin, The Dead Man String Band, Spud Bugs, Dana Sipos, and Wonky Tonk – brought to you by First Bank Richmond.

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Achilles Tenderloin will be live during the BrewCentennial in Richmond Saturday

For tickets you can visit: Eventbrite.  Prices vary according to when you purchase and if you are the designated driver.  10.00-30.00.

Another great event happening in Wayne County this weekend!

Check out our calendar for more exciting things happening in Wayne County.  To submit a public event to the GWC calendar send an email to

Downtown Richmond Indiana: Like Coming Home

Every day in Richmond IN, people are coming from points near and far to visit this quaint historic downtown area. Filled with unique shops and local shop owners, people return not only for the items they find but also the welcoming atmosphere.


On right: Ron Hughes, owner of The Tin Lizzie Cafe taking a moment to chat with a customer

Early..early every morning…

Years ago I read a book to my daughter called “The Storekeeper.”  It started with “early, early every morning, the storekeeper starts her day…” and follows her through the day in the life of a local shop owner.  She greets her customers as if they are friends and family, knowing each by name.  The book gives a wonderful insight into the long hours and the unusual dedication to community that local business owners have.

As I watch local shopkeepers downtown start their days I always think of this book.  They may greet each other on the streets as they are sweeping their front sidewalk, or you may see one in the window, setting up a display and waving as people walk by to work.

At the Tin Lizzie Cafe, named for their historic Model T car, you may find owner Ron Hughes chatting with customers, taking a break after opening his kitchen at 6:00 a.m. to start baking fresh cookies and pies and preparing the soup of the day or a catering order. 

IMG_1781Around the corner at Embellish, owner Kim Hoppe, sets out her sidewalk sale items early before she opens her doors.  Her shop includes clothing, accessories and “embellishments” that are unique and fun. Kim also runs Black Eyed Susan, which carries vintage and collectable items including dishes and decor.  Her little dog greets visitors as they come in, from her perch on her fluffy pillow, garnering smiles.

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Right: Shari and John Veach as they are interviewed by NBC about their local toy store: Veach’s

Years of experience

John and Shari Veach, owners of the toy store, Veach’s, care for their customers with the decades of knowledge they have personally gained and also acquired from John’s father who started the toy store over 50 years ago.  They also feel close to their community and have a passion to offer good quality toys.  It’s a family affair as their son Tanner, now a college student, can be seen setting up displays in the windows over summer breaks.

New local downtown shops

New shops are opening all the time in Downtown Richmond including “765” a young men’s clothing and accessory shop and Lux Lizzies, a lovely boutique with women’s clothing, boots, belts and accessories.  Plans are in the works for Lizzies to also open a “tween” store soon with the same attention to high quality and affordable fashion.  Both of these newer shops are also local and family-run.


The Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop carries lovely and unique tea pots and accessories as well as teas & local items and gifts

Rachel and Ron Hughes, owners of the Tin Lizzie, have in the past year opened a tea room called The Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop.  Open 10-3, M-W, and 10-4, TH and Friday, with Saturday hours from 11-2 p.m.  The tea shop offers eight lines of tea including Republic of Tea, Oregon Chai and Stash with over 100 flavors.  The kettle is on every day so that one can stop in and have a cup of tea or one of their specialty tea drinks.  Filled with earthy and local gift items and decor, they also offer afternoon teas by reservation.  Tea experiences include their “Tea for Two” and teas for up to 22 people for a larger celebration.  They also hold themed teas like Downton Abbey and as well as character birthday tea parties for children.

Older shops like Davis Jewelers and John’s Custom Framing have been around long enough to be appreciated as markers of the downtown’s longevity and stability.  One can often see shop owner of 52 years, John Gephart, of John’s Custom Framing sitting outside his shop downtown reading a paper or chatting with a friend.  (If you don’t see him there he may be drinking a cup of coffee as he visits with customers and  friends at the Tin Lizzie across the street).

IMG_1774Downtown Richmond offers a feeling that can be described as coming home.  Visitors from out of town have enjoyed the welcoming manner of local shopkeepers when they come for a day or a weekend stay, so much that they often return regularly.

In a time of hustle and bustle and never, it seems, a time to rest, local downtown shopping is becoming more popular across the United States.  People are seeking a place away from frantic and crowded experiences, and want to enjoy the one on one care that is often experienced when visiting local establishments.

When you walk into a shop in Downtown Richmond, you know that these people care about their community and what they have to offer.  Visit Downtown Richmond soon to see what all the fuss is about!

(When visiting Richmond IN, stop by the Visitor’s Center as you come in from the east and pick up information on the many trails you can experience while here including a fairy trail, chocolate trail and a trail of Tiffany stain glass windows).

** Other local businesses in Downtown Richmond IN include: Ply Fiber Art– a cozy yarn shop with supplies and knitting classes available.  Hometown Deli: Restaurant and catering serving breakfast and lunch.  Dance With Me Bridal Shop: call Barb for a bridal party appointment.  Sanders Jewelers: Jewelry shop.  Mona Lisa Salon & Boutique: Hair, nails, clothing and a coffee bar.  Joy Ann Bakery: Locally owned offering fresh baked cookies, pies and cakes.  The Secret Ingredient: women’s clothing store.  For more information on local shops, check back in to for exclusive interviews and stories.


Morrisson Reeves Library: Free Live Music Event

Experience live West African music on an 21 string guitar-like instrument called a Kora.  Sean Gaskell will perform live at Morrisson Reeves library.  This free concert is open to the public.

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Band Day at the Indiana State Fair!

bands silhouetteThis is the day that area bands in Wayne County and all over Indiana have been working towards.

Hours of practices, repetition and marching have culminated in this one major event that begins today at the crack of dawn.

bands 3Kids will travel on busses from all over Wayne County to represent their schools and their own personal achievements that they made to be able to participate in todays competition.

Coverage for Band Day is widespread including Twitter feeds, Facebook, and radio – and that’s just the local Wayne County coverage.  It will also be televised throughout Indiana.

Phil Quinn, from 101.7 is live today at the Fairgrounds for band day and you can get up to the minute coverage by following the station on Facebook and Twitter.  Rachel Sheeley is also live and on Facebook covering for the Pal-Item.

bands 2We will have results on our GoWayneCounty Facebook page as soon as they are announced tonight- so stay tuned!

It’s a great day for marching bands!

Annual Historic Centerville Quilt and Needlework Show

Quilt picture submitted by Myra Baldwin

Quilt picture submitted by Myra Baldwin

This year’s Quilt/Needlework Show will be on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, from 10-4 each day. Admission is $3 and the Mansion House is at 214 E Main Street in Centerville.

Turn-in for the Quilt/Needlework show will be from 4-6 on Wednesday, August 24 at the Mansion House. Flea Market items such as fabric, patterns, books, magazines, and craft supplies will also be accepted at that time. The Flea Market will be in the Log Court House this year as there is an abundance of things that will be on sale.

There will be 15 vintage quilt tops for sale in the kitchen area of the Mansion House.

Historic Centerville will begin this year having the Quilt/Needlework Show on the opposite years of the Country Extension Homemaker’s Quilt Show at the Raper Center in hopes of increasing participation and attendance.

All proceeds go for the restoration and maintenance of the Mansion House property which includes Wayne Country’s first log courthouse originally in the Salisbury community on Salisbury Road.


The Flying Circus: Another Successful Year! & Upcoming Events

Flying Circus: Hagerstown IN

flying circus

Tuesday was a great day for flying into one of the oldest grass air strips in the US, according to reports from organizers in Hagerstown IN, during the Flying Circus.

“It was a pretty special day in Hagerstown, with a turnout of about 4000 people (pretty good for a town of 1700) coming to enjoy a record number of vintage airplanes….nearly 60! And some wonderful new additions, like a Twin Beech (memories of “Sky King). The food and fair-like atmosphere at this free (FREE!) community affair should be on your calendar. This was Flying Circus IX!”

Never at a loss for exciting and unique events in Wayne County IN– Stay tuned for more or check out the calendar!

Coming up tonight: Downtown Shopping Night

Enjoy a shopping night out in Downtown Richmond’s air conditioned and unique shops! It’s a special night with participating shops open from 5-8 p.m. and many with sidewalk sales and treats!

Mary Poppins Tea August 13, 2016

Be sure to make your reservations at The Tin Cup for the Mary Poppins Tea on August 13, 2016.  A fundraiser event for the Richmond Civic Theatre, kids and adults can enjoy meeting the main characters and getting autographs while having a light tea.  Cost is 12.50/person.  Call 765 962 4441 or stop in during the Downtown Shopping Night.  (This event will be during the Theatre’s Supercali -Festival).

Richmond Fireworks Cancelled for Monday, July 4th


UPDATE 7/5/2016: There will be no reschedule date.

See full story HERE

Due to rain chances again tonight, the American Legion has cancelled tonight’s reschedule of Richmond fireworks.

Once a new date is confirmed by all parties, we will update!

Stay tuned…

Last 2 Days of Wayne County 4H Fair! See Friday & Saturday’s Event Schedule Here!

Friday, June 24



4-H Livestock Sale of Champions Auction – 11 AM

Phillip Fox Band – 7:30 PM @ Free Stage

Mud Bog – 7 PM Fireworks @ Dark

Details of ALL Events for Friday:

9 AM – 9 PM 4-H Open Class Exhibits – Kuhlman Center

11 AM 4-H Livestock Sale of Champions Auction

1 PM Mark Abbati living statue – @ Livestock Auction

5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00 – 2016 Wayne County 4-H Members With Card $7.00

5 PM Mark Abbati living statue – @ Daily Sponsor Tent

5 – 8 PM Special Event – First Bank Tent 6 PM Antique Tractor Parade

7 PM Mud Bog (John Lackey 765-993-5775)

7:30 PM Phillip Fox Band – Country Fried Rock n’ Roll – Free Stage –

8 PM Mark Abbati living statue – roaming the fairgrounds DARK FIREWORKS Saturday, June 25 LAST DAY OF FUN!!! FREE HEALTH CHECK!

9:30 AM 4-H Tractor Operator’s Contest – at north end of fairgrounds

9 AM Open Dairy Show (Daune Hill 765-847-2987)

12 – 5 PM Lifestyle Expo with FREE Health Screenings. Sponsored by the Richmond Seventh Day Adventist Church Learn your health age and lifestyle changes leading to longer life – Sheep Barn

1 PM – Sunday AM Wayne County Amateur Radio display & communicating by Hamm Radio – Public Welcome to come learn and talk with other Hamm Radios around the world!

4 PM Bubble Fun Run – Free Stage – Free Entry with non-perishable item

5 PM Back Draft Band – Free Stage

5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00

7 PM Demolition Derby – Cars, Lawnmowers & Kids Power Wheels (John Lackey 765-993-5775 or Billy Rose 765-730-3676)

Saturday, June 25



Free Health Screenings – Sheep Barn – 12-5 PM

Hamm Radio starting at 1 PM @ First Bank Tent Back

Draft Band 5 pm @ Free Stage

Demolition Derby – 7 PM

Details of ALL Events for Saturday:

9:30 AM 4-H Tractor Operator’s Contest – at north end of fairgrounds

9 AM Open Dairy Show (Daune Hill 765-847-2987)

12 – 5 PM Lifestyle Expo with FREE Health Screenings. Sponsored by the Richmond Seventh Day Adventist Church Learn your health age and lifestyle changes leading to longer life – Sheep Barn

1 PM – Sunday AM Wayne County Amateur Radio display & communicating by Hamm Radio – Public Welcome to come learn and talk with other Hamm Radios around the world!

4 PM Bubble Fun Run – Free Stage – Free Entry with non-perishable item

5 PM Back Draft Band – Free Stage

5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00

7 PM Demolition Derby – Cars, Lawnmowers & Kids Power Wheels (John Lackey 765-993-5775 or Billy Rose 765-730-3676)

Thanks for visiting GoWayneCounty! 

Thursday’s Wayne County Fair Events – Kids Day, College Day & More Great Entertainment!

"I won a what?"

Thursday, June 23




Kids Day – 12 Noon to 4:30 – Armband Special – $12

3 Bar J – 7 Event Rodeo – 7 PM

Dixon Dancers – 6:00 PM @ Free Stage

Silly Safaris – 5:30 & 7:30 PM @ First Bank Tent

Colt Douglas – 7:30 @ Free Stage

Detailed Schedule of ALL Events:

9 AM 4-H Dairy Show

9 AM – 9 PM 4-H Open Class Exhibits – Kuhlman Center

12 NOON – 4:30 PM Kids Day – Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands Special $12.00

2 PM – 4 PM Free Craft (while supplies last!) by Paint the Town – First Bank Tent

2 PM – 5 PM Free Fossil Dig & Nature Fun by Joseph Moore Museum – First Bank Tent 3 PM 4-H Horse & Pony – Fun & Games 5 PM till Closing Poor Jack Amusements – Armbands $17.00

5:30 PM Silly Safari (Animal Show) – First Bank Tent 6 PM Supreme Showman – Horse Arena Opening Ceremony, Then completed in Livestock Show Arena

6 PM Antique Tractor Parade & Games Following at the Antique Tractor Area

6 PM Free Kiddie Tractor Pull – FFA Fun Barn

6 PM – 7 PM Dixon Dancers – Free Stage

7 PM 3 Bar J – Seven Event rodeo – (Mike Johnson 937-459-7352)

7 PM Adult Pedal Tractor Pull – In front of antique tractor display

7:30 PM Silly Safari (Animal Show) – First Bank Tent

7:30 PM Colt Douglas Acoustic Show – Free Stage Evening Mark Abbati Living Statue – roaming the fairgrounds ( Battle of the Barns – Following Supreme Showman in Livestock Show Arena

For a FULL listing of all activities to print for the entire fair, click HERE