Silver Streak Model T Arrives In Richmond

Silver Streak Visits Richmond

silver streat trailerYesterday afternoon, the historic “Silver Streak” model T arrived in Richmond to some fanfare as they drove down Main Street.

Passing the Tin Lizzie Cafe, the visiting “Tin Lizzie” Model T and it’s parade honked and waved adding excitement to a day of wintry drizzle.

The story of this particular car and the young ladies who made history tooling around in it starting in 1932, is a fascinating one.   You can learn more about the adventures of The Silver Streak while it spends time through the spring and summer months at the Model T Museum.

The Silver Streak Story

After acquiring the 1926 Model T from her father, “Darlene Dorgan, in 1932, organized a summer vacation and invited several girl friends to join her on a trek to Devils Lake Wisconsin in 1934.   Seven more summer trips in the years 1936-1942 that would take these “twenty-something” year old girls through 44 states, Canada, and Mexico.  In all, 20 different gals would travel in that 1926 Model T from 1934 through 1942.  The car was nicknamed, “The Silver Streak”.  Most of the girls were from the community of Bradford, Illinois, or the surrounding farming area.  In the early years of their travels, they were called The Bradford Model T Girls.  Later the name “Gypsy Coeds” is a name they gave themselves, and it seemed to fit them well.  Darlene was the only voyager on all of 8 trips….

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…Darlene had painted (the Model T) silver, and on each trip, hand painted signage, “Lizzie Labeling,” adorned the hood, fenders, and doors telling the story of where the car and the gals had traveled or would be traveling.  And oh the trips that car made!  Bradford, Illinois, to Devils Lake Wisconsin at 35 mph was nothing!  Following trips would include Toronto and Montreal Canada, Niagara Falls, Detroit, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Atlanta, Norfolk, Washington D.C., and Mexico.  Along the way the girls and the Silver Streak would make the acquaintance of movies stars and moguls, dignitaries and corporates leaders.  There was a special enduring relationship that developed between the girls and Henry Ford, who met with them more than once.”  (excerpt from the site “gypsycoeds.com“)

Stop by the Model T Museum soon to see this famous car in person!

 

 

Historic National Road Yard Sale: Mark Your Calendars!

Whether you plan to participate this year as a vendor, in the US 40 Wayne County cookie contest, or as a shopper, you will want to make sure this date is on your calendar!  (For more information on the cookie contest contact Pat- contact info is below:).

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3rd Annual Children’s Postcard Contest!

Gabrielle Grimes 2015 Winner

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau Announces 3rd Annual Children’s Postcard Contest

The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau invite area children to share their artistic vision of what Wayne County means to them in the form of a postcard design. Last year children throughout Wayne County shared wonderful entries full of fun graphics, bright colors and positive images about Richmond and Wayne County! The winner, Gabrielle Grimes, age 12, drew a beautiful image depicting significant sights and sounds in Wayne County including; Gennett Records, a Model T, Jazz Music and more.

One winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Ages 5-8 and ages 9-12. One grand prize winner will be selected from all entries. The grand prize winner will have their design produced into real post cards that will be sold at the Old National Road Gift Shop & posted on the Wayne County Tourism Bureau’s website (www.VisitRichmond.org) and will receive a Wayne County gift bag chocked full of Wayne County items. The winner’s postcard design will be seen by thousands of tourists that stop at the Welcome Center!

Contest begins Monday, April 4th and runs through Friday, April 22nd. A parent or guardian will need to sign an entry form for each child. Forms can be picked up at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, downloaded from our website VisitRichmond.org and will be distributed through area local schools. Completed designs must be returned to the Welcome Center by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd. Winner will be announced Saturday, April 30th during the Bureau’s National Tourism Week Kick-Off Celebration during a special ceremony recognizing the contest’s 3 winners.

For More information Visit website or Call 765-935-8687

 

 

Underground Railroad Event @ Morrisson Reeves Library

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Scholarships Available: News Release

News Release

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WAYNE COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS SCHOLARSHIPS

Wayne County Extension Homemakers is offering two $400 scholarships to Wayne County high school seniors meeting the following criteria:

Applicant must be a child or grandchild of a current member of the Wayne County Extension Homemakers.

Applicant must be a senior graduating from a high school in Wayne County.

Applicant will attend a technical school, college, or university in Indiana on a two or four year program.

Applicant will be a full-time student at their technical school, college, or university.

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 15, 2016.  Applications are available at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alicia Criswell, Extension Educator HHS/4-H at the Wayne County Extension Office at 765-973-9281 or email acriswel@purdue.edu.

Kids at Heart Publishing Company

by Karole Passmore

A Writer’s Haven in Cambridge City

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Getting a signed copy from one of the authors from Kids at Heart Publising, Eva Reece.

I was recently invited to a small haven of creativity, nestled on a side street in Cambridge City.  It’s a place where writers meet to share their ideas, their successes and the desire to become published authors.  The space is provided by a woman named Shelley Davis owner of Kids at Heart Publishing Company.

A published author herself, Shelley knows the ins and outs, and also the trials, of attempting to become published, from experience.  To hold your published book in your hand, for a writer, Shelley explains “it’s an incredible feeling.”  Witnessing the joy of someone with their own book for the first time is the reason Shelley says she started her own publishing company.  She shares that she is there with them every step of the way to see them through the process of having their book put into print, and to help them with marketing their book afterwards.

Working alongside Shelley is Betsy Morphew, graphic artist who helps the authors with the design aspects of their book.  Those authors include 25 people currently, among them the first published author from Kids at Heart, Odell Calihan.  Mr. Calihan is a retired principal from the Franklin County schools, and his own unique story of how he became a published author speaks to the eclectic backgrounds of the authors of KAH.

A Story-teller at Heart

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Calihan in center with two of his published works. Shelley Davis on left.

According to Calihan, he was always a story teller at heart, using his stories to relay messages to kids when they were sent to his office as a principal.  He remembers well the first meeting with Shelley.  She visited Liberty Elementary to see if they ever had authors come to speak to the students. Mr. Calihan was a substitute principle at the time. He invited Shelley to his office to tell her about his story ideas. She encouraged him to put his words to paper and he is now working on his sixth book in print.  His first book is titled “Cooper & Cracker,” and each of his books include a lesson for kids to learn.  His family comes from the Appalachian Mountains, and Odell likes to add his experiences, and the stories of his family, into his books.

Odell adds that he “appreciates Shelley giving me the opportunity.”  And goes on to say that she encouraged him to take on more serious writing which he does in his book “Birth of an Angel,” a “tear jerker” according to Odell and the other authors seated in the little conference room at KAH.

According to Eva Reece, “people are drawn to Shelley- writers feel safe and that she cares.”  She shares that if it weren’t for Shelley’s support and guidance, “I would have never gotten published…I would have been lost in an ocean of corporations.”  Eva, like others who have been published at Kids at Heart, also likes Shelley’s ‘down to earth’ and friendly nature.

Shelley started writing for market in 2007, though her love of writing started as a child. Her first published book was “Will’s New Family”, about a Donkey, and is a picture book. Her experience with the difficulty of maneuvering through the process of publishing is what inspired her to start her own company and to help other aspiring authors.

Wayne County is home to many talented authors, and Shelley felt that there was a need for a local publishing company to support the growing talents of so many.  Shelley also has authors in five other states including Texas, Florida, Montana, and Michigan, meeting most of the authors at festivals and by word of mouth. 

Davis has many ideas for adding supportive elements to her publishing company for the authors including a monthly book club for grandparents, and is very proud that the “Library of Congress,”  added her company to their cataloging process.

Kids At Heart Publishing, LLC is a full publishing house offering copyrights, online retail sales and much more.  Titles include children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries and historical fiction. 

For more information on Kids at Heart publishing company:

Book Signing: Devils’ Tales

Press release

Old National Road Welcome Center to host

new RHS Alumni Book Signing

welcome_center2Richmond, Indiana – A new book entitled Devils’ Tales will feature the 150 year history of Richmond and Morton High Schools. Mary Lou Griffey, executive director of the Richmond High School Alumni Association, and 1962 RHS graduate Duane Hodgin, partnered together to publish the book. The public is invited to meet Griffey and Hodgin, Saturday, December 5th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Autographed copies will be available for purchase at this time.

Included in the three hundred page book are over 170 facts, 970 pictures, and 192 memories shared by alumni from the 1930s to the present. Readers will learn why the school colors are red and white, why they are called the “Red Devils” and many more intriguing details!

The book signing is in conjunction with The Old National Road Welcome Center Holiday Gift Shop Open House occurring Friday and Saturday, December 4th & 5th  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..  The Welcome Center gift shop is filled with a unique array of locally made and one-of-a-kind items to include; candles, pottery, glass ware, jewelry and much more!

It is the season of giving and new this year, for every canned good or personal care product brought to the Holiday Open House, shoppers will receive a ticket for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes – an overflowing Wayne County Gift Basket, a $50 Visa Card or a $25 Visa Card! All donations received will be distributed to area food pantries in the community. Participants do not need to be present to win. If you are unable to attend the open house, donations can be dropped off during business hours.

The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond,Indiana.

For more information call 800-828-8414, 765-935-8687 or VisitRichmond.org

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Veterans Day Offers Locally

vet day pic flag use for postHere is the list for today:

Nov. 11 for Veterans Day 2015

Bob Evans

Breakfast is on the house all day long for veterans and active military personnel. Select from five breakfast options including: Brioche French toast, buttermilk or multigrain pancakes, country biscuit breakfast, mini sampler and the Sunrise – two eggs, bread and choice side.

Golden Corral

On Military Appreciation Night, dinner is free for veterans and active military personnel from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 11.

Applebee’s

More than 2,000 Applebee’s restaurants will be offering free meals for veterans on Nov. 11. This year, veterans and active military can choose between the following meals:  7 oz. House Sirloin, American Standard All-In Burger, Double Crunch Shrimp, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter and Oriental Chicken Salad.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is offering free appetizers and desserts to active-duty military, actively serving, reserve and military veterans Nov. 9-12. Guests may choose off of a special menu that includes the following selections:

Appetizers: Sweet Chili Shrimp, Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip, Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms, Lobster Pizza, Signature Shrimp Cocktail, Crispy Calamari and Vegetables, Mozzarella Cheesesticks, Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, White-Wine-and-Roasted-Garlic-Mussels and Shrimp Nachos. 

Desserts: Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie, NY Style Cheesecake with Strawberries, Carrot Cake, Warm Apple Crostada and Chocolate Wave.

Chili’s Restaurant-

Check with restaurant for details.  Special menu for Veterans.

Voting…It’s Your Right

Editorial,  by Karole Passmorego vote

Today is election day all over Wayne County.  Many people are rushing to the polls before work, at lunch, or plan to vote after work. Yet I must admit that I was one of the many less motivated voters, and waited until last night before I decided that I would vote today.

You would think it would be a no-brainer for me if you knew me.  I majored in history at Earlham with a focus on women’s history.  I understand the struggle that brought the vote to women, less than 100 years ago.  And as my sons would say, I am a women’s rights supporter.  (they would say it differently, and with a tone that goes well with eye-rolling).

Yet, living in a much smaller town in Wayne County it seemed like my vote really wouldn’t make a difference.  But as I said to myself leaving the polls today- what the heck was I thinking?  How could I pass up my right to vote when so many struggled for me to have that right?  It’s a right that none of us can take for granted, as historically it’s not a right many of our ancestors had before coming to this country.

By our votes we have the ability to make great changes and support positive growth where we live, work and play!  I am so glad I voted now and I hope you will as well. 

Happy voting day!

 

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

TRICK OR TREAT TIMES

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.

TRUNK OR TREAT PLACES & TIMES

 

 

 

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

Spooktacular! An Amazing Downtown Shopping Event

by Karole Passmore

Coming soon- October 22, you can enjoy shopping at unique new shops, as well as shops that have been in the community since childhood, during this fun event.  Just pick up your passport at Embellish and follow the map to giveaways and discounts for a great local shopping experience!  (see below for participation)

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Foundation Announces New Challenge Match

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

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Prophet’s Fest…is Almost Here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A special Prophet’s Fest label has been made by

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

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

Annual “Support Our Troops” Benefit

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

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

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

What you will be supporting

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

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

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

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

Hoosier-Buckeye Challenge at Clear Creek Park, Richmond IN

Press release, GWC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.