Dive into Girls Scouts 2015

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Wayne County 4H Fair 2015…A Look Ahead

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funnel cake at fairAlready our family has enjoyed fair food, visiting with the animals, a drive-in movie, more fair food, watching horse and pony shows , kids frog-jumping, and so much more.  The week of the Fair is just starting and there is so much more to look forward to!

Tonight is the first night for Poor Jack Amusements, the petting zoo is up and running with pony rides, Wednesday night is the next round of Wayne County Idol, and all kinds of fun events are happening at the track!

sheep showDon’t forget to see the 4H projects inside the Kuhlman Center (enjoy a break in the air conditioning) and all the great talent of 4H’s this year.   Cheer on the kids as they show their animals this week and enjoy fireworks on Friday night at dusk.  A free live concert is in store for fair goers on the 26th (see details on Gowaynecounty.com) on the Free Stage.

See you at the Fair!

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Phillip Fox Band Coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair

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by Karole Passmore, GWC

phillip fox bandEvery year the 4H Fair organizers bring great shows to the annual fair, and this year is no exception.  You can enjoy a FREE concert by the Phillip Fox Band on June 26 at 7:30 p.m., at the Wayne County Fair on the Free Stage.

“For us it’s about the music first” explains front man, Phillip Fox. “Our favorite songs and artists are timeless. It’s great music that transcends scenes, fads, and production trends. We’re not really paying attention to what’s popular at the moment or what will get played on the radio and we hope that comes as a breath of fresh air in our music.” (quote from Phillip Fox Band.com)

Enjoy the bands trademark sounthern rock sound all for free at the Fair!

Stay tuned for information about more great concerts and shows coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair this year, at GoWayneCounty.com. (live reporting and pictures from the Fair can also be found on the Go Wayne County Facebook page the week of the Fair).

Best Tasting Best Stand Contests & Lemonade Day!

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011This weekend you will have the opportunity to support young creative entrepreneurs in Wayne County.  Yellow will be everywhere!

Starting Saturday, May 16, kids will be participating in the Best Tasting/Best Stand contests where their stand and/or lemonade will be judged by celebrity judges including Mayor Sally Hutton, in the Depot under the overpass.  Kids will set up at 10:00 a.m. and judging starts at 11:15.  After the winners are announced and tropies are given on stage, many kids will stay during the Taste of Italy so that you can sample their lemonade and other treats they are making.

Sunday, May 17, is Lemonade Day all over Wayne County! 

What a great day to go for a ride around Wayne County and discover all the talent our youth in the area have developed.  Kids have gone through training for this day in their schools and through the Lemonade Day workshop and mentoring programs.  They have learned about setting goals, making plans, setting a budget, working their plan and good customer service–among many other great business principles.  They are ready to serve you!

Make a kids day on Sunday by encouraging them in their business efforts.  Who knows, you may be the one person who makes them realize they have what it takes to own their own business and become successful!

Today Lemonade….Tomorrow the World!!

Karole Passmore

City Director, Lemonade Day Wayne County

 

Wayne County Relay for Life This Weekend

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relay for lifeThe Wayne County Relay for Life is being held this weekend at the Wayne County fairgrounds to raise funds for cancer research and the American Cancer Society.  The 24-hour walking event will begin Saturday morning at 9 AM with a survivor lap, and end Sunday morning at 9 AM.

For more information or to enter, click here.

 

Centerville Abington Elementary Earns 4 Star Status

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

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

submitted by Centerville Elementary, Phillip Stevenson

Mark Your Calendars! Fair Time Is Coming….

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4H fair pic 2 boy and goatThe dates for the Wayne County 4H Fair are June 20-27, 2015!  Stay tuned for all the details right here on GoWayneCounty.com the official spot for updates leading up to Fair week, and live posts from the Fair!

 See you at the 4H Fair!

“Kids First” Benefit to Support Kids In Our Community

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Want to help kids in our community?  Here is a wonderful opportunity to support two great programs that feed kids in significant ways.  And you can enjoy a lovely meal in the process.  See below for details and how to get tickets to support Kids First.

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One World One Plate: A Celebration of Cultures at MRL

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This looks like a wonderful event..food, culture and fun!

MRL  International Festival at MRL - April 11 2015

Murals Project 2015: Calling All Artists!

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See below for information on how to enter this great contest that beautifies our County as well as giving artists their time to shine!

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Warming Stations: Update

The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency has just updated the list of warming stations, due to the frigid weather for the next few days.  The following is a message and list of the Wayne County stations:

Advisory: Warming Stations Available On-Call for Expected Stretch of Frigid Winter Weather

With the onset of continued cold temperatures expected tonight and continuing toward the weekend, we have updated the list of warming stations throughout Wayne County. The following warming stations are on-call to protect citizens who may be without heat in the on-going winter weather.

Warming stations are intended for short-term use and will have minimal accommodations. Persons who intend to utilize the warming stations should call the designated contact prior to arrival. Take your family’s emergency supply kit with you when going to a warming station. Please bring any personal medications that will be required along with personal care items, snacks and items to occupy your time such as books, magazines and electronics.

Genesis of the YWCA
15 South 11th St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765-935-3920

Rock Solid Ministries
1024 E. Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: David Eales or Helen Manning
Phone: 765-962-5099
Hours Available: T-W-F 9am-2pm

Salvation Army
707 So. A St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765-966-7791
Hours Available: M-F 9am-12 noon & 1pm-3pm

Abington Fire Department
4618 Pottershop Rd.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3950
Contact: Mark Crist
Phone: 765-969-8037

Boston Fire Department
102 South Salem
Boston, IN 47324
Station # 765-935-2494
Contact: Joe Buckler
Phone: 765-220-1586

Celebrity Chili Cook-0ff January 30, 2015

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chilisCelebrity Chili Cook-off

Fill Your Bowl, Feed Your Soul

HELP US HEAT UP THE MELTDOWN FESTIVAL!

Friday, January 30 – 5:00 – 7:00pm @ Morrisson-Reeves Library

SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE CHARITIES!

Join us in a fun and delicious way to warm up and sample the best chili and homemade breads served by local celebrity “chefs” while supporting your favorite charities.

Proceeds help fund non-profits in

Richmond and The United Way of the Whitewater Valley.

Sample Tasting $5.00

Bottomless Bowl $10.00

Tickets sold at the door.

Presented by: The United Way of the Whitewater Valley, Morrisson-Reeves Library

&

the Meltdown Winter Festival.

The Meltdown Festival’s Famous Ice Fights Start at 7:30pm in the7th Street Parking Lot Across the Street from the Library.

For more information:

Jenie Lahmann

Public Relations Coordinator and Webmaster

Morrisson-Reeves Library 80 North 6th Street Richmond, Indiana 47374

 

Warming Stations Available in Wayne County for Winter Weather

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snow in treesIf you find yourself without heat during the upcoming storms (including a potential snow storm for this evening) the following is information on where to go: (please share this information)

Message from Wayne County Emergency Management Agency

Advisory: Warming Stations Available On-Call for Expected Winter Weather

With the first significant winter storm of 2015 expected tonight that will usher in frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills, we have updated the list of warming stations throughout Wayne County. The following warming stations are on-call to protect citizens who may be without heat in the on-going winter weather.

Warming stations are intended for short-term use and will have minimal accommodations. Persons who intend to utilize the warming stations should call the designated contact prior to arrival. Take your family’s emergency supply kit with you when going to a warming station. Please bring any personal medications that will be required along with personal care items, snacks and items to occupy your time such as books, magazines and electronics.

Genesis of the YWCA
15 South 11th St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765-935-3920

Rock Solid Ministries
1024 E. Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Contact: David Eales or Helen Manning
Phone: 765-962-5099
Hours Available: T-W-F 9am-2pm

Salvation Army
707 So. A St.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765-966-7791
Hours Available: M-F 9am-12 noon & 1pm-3pm

Abington Fire Department
4618 Pottershop Rd.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3950
Contact: Mark Crist
Phone: 765-969-8037

Boston Fire Department
102 South Salem
Boston, IN 47324
Station # 765-935-2494
Contact: Joe Buckler
Phone: 765-220-1586

Cambridge City Fire Department
127 W, Maple St.
Cambridge City, IN 47327
Station # 765-478-9676
Contact: Jeff Gabbard
Phone: 765-541-0964 or 765-478-5656

Centerville Fire/Rescue
414 So. Morton Ave.
Centerville, IN 47330
Station # 765-855-3889
Contact: Dennis Spears
Phone: 765-967-0028

Dublin Fire Department
2248 E. Cumberland St.
Dublin, IN 47335
Station # 765-478-1266
Contact: Jerry Myers or Contact: Nathan Ulerick
Phone: 765-969-7382 Phone: 765-914-5403

Economy Fire Department
138 Poplar St.
Economy, IN 47339
Station # 765-886-5594
Contact: Scott Gregory
Phone: 937-371-7737

Fountain City Fire Department
312 W. Main St.
Fountain City, IN 47341
Station # 765-847-5305
Contact: Jeff Himelick
Phone: 765-914-2151
or 765-847-2829

Greens Fork Fire Department
114 E. Pearl St.
Greens Fork, IN 47345
Station # 765-886-5542
Contact: Jan Riggleman
Phone: 765-914-1199

Hagerstown Fire Department
151 No. Plum St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Station # 765-489-5404
Contact: Rick Cole
Phone: 765-238-0315

First Hagerstown United Methodist Church
199 S. Perry St.
Hagerstown, IN 47346
Contact: Rodney Frieden
Church Office: 765-489-4558
Hours Available: M-Th 9am-3pm

Milton Fire Department
200 E. Walnut St.
Milton, IN 47357
Station # 765-478-4727
Contact: Scott Hicks
Phone: 765-977-5427

Webster Fire Department
5122 Main St.
Webster, IN 47392
Station # 765-935-1585
Contact: Dennis Hollingsworth or Contact: Kevin Fouche
Phone: 765-977-2164 Phone: 765-969-3978

Williamsburg Fire Department
8323 No. Centerville Rd.
Williamsburg, IN 47393
Station # 765-886-6122
Contact: Bryan Spears or Contact: Josh Smith
Phone: 765-967-7288 Phone: 765-277-2594

Be prepared for the cold winter weather – get helpful information from the CDC’s Extreme Cold Guide at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp and the Winter Storm and Extreme Cold page at http://www.ready.gov/winter

Opportunity- Women in Leadership: Flawless Leadership

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Gloria burgess women's leadershipThe IU East Center for Leadership Development is hosting

Women in Leadership Flawless Leadership: Connecting Your Voice and Touch

Friday, January 23, 2015

Whitewater Hall Community Room 9 a.m. – Noon

Register Online

This year’s Women in Leadership session will feature guest speaker Gloria J. Burgess, “Flawless Leadership: Connecting Your Voice and Touch.” Gloria has performed and presented keynotes, master classes, forums, and tributes on leaders and leadership for 30+ years. Her poetry appears in numerous anthologies, including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. Burgess is also a Distinguished Scholar in Theater Performance and Direction. She holds graduate degrees in leadership and communication, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. There is a $75 fee for this event.  Registration is required; RSVP atiue.edu/leadership

A Season of Giving

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By Karole Passmore

holiday givingSo many organizations brought joy to families this Christmas season, but one story sticks out amongst them, as two people decide to make Christmas Day for families a happy one.

Organizations like Kicks 96/101.7, in conjunction with Wayne Bank, offered Help for the Holidays by supporting two non-profits: Second Helpings: Holiday Fun Meal and Toys For Tots with a canned food and toy drive.  Others include First Bank Richmond, whose employees made 40 children happier through their angel tree, as well as donating toys and money to Second Helpings, and helping a family of six with last minute relief.  Many area churches also provided food baskets, toys and support to families in need.  It was truly a season of giving.

But one story needs to be told of a generosity that became personal.  Joe Creech and Bob Heil, small business owners of Hometown Caterers, decided to run a contest for families in need, to be nominated for a full course meal on Christmas Day. The prize was to be awarded to three deserving families.

Joe explained, “we have wants, like most people, but not needs.”  He adds that they decided to give to those in need rather than spending for themselves.

Joe and Bob made their choices from the entries, and called those who nominated a family to let them know so they could give the families the good news.  One family touched Joe particularly because out of the five children, the youngest, five years old, is currently receiving chemo treatments.  He said he understood their struggles because cancer had hit their family as well.

He said it was a difficult decision to make for them so instead of offering three families Christmas dinner, they gave one to five families.  And the good news he shared was that Bethesda Ministries took the rest of the list of nominated families and provided food to each of them.  Joe adds that they hope to do this for years to come.  As with all who give, what one gets back is so much greater.

One of the recipents of the meals, the mother of the child with cancer, shared “we are all so thankful…they did a great job.”  She added that they also gave the kids toys and that her youngest son, normally a picky eater due to the chemo treatments, ate the ham and macaroni and cheese and enjoyed it. The meals were delivered on Christmas Day.

We never know the far-reaching impact that we may have on the lives of others by giving in times of need.  But the relief of a mother who is fighting every day for the health and well-being of her children is a great testimony to the power of helping others.  This will be a Christmas season that will live in hers and many other hearts for years to come.

Hometown Caterers is available for catering and will be opening soon on Main Street in uptown Richmond for eating in.  To contact them you can write to hometowncaterers@gmail.com.

*Note: Karole Passmore, author, is also an employee of First Bank Richmond and founder of Second Helpings: Summer Fun Cookouts for Kids & Holiday Meal.

 

 

 

 

Hagerstown Hometown Christmas December 6, 2014

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Hagerstown Hometown Christmas

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Abbott’s Candy will have free tours and candy making demonstrations December 6

If you are looking for a fun holiday event this weekend, you will want to put this one on your list:

Saturday, December 6, Santa will visit during the Hagerstown Hometown Christmas celebration. His schedule is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.  Santa will appear at Nettle Creek Hardware, 485 E. Main St.
  • 12:00 p.m., he will be at the Hagerstown Elementary School Gym, 299 N. Sycamore St.
  • 1:00 p.m. he will arrive at The Dairy, 255 E. College St.
  • 2 p.m., Old Saint Nick will arrive at holiday craft show at The Meeting Place, 11 E. Main St.
  • 3:00 p.m., Santa will end up at Abbott’s Candies, 48 E. Walnut St., at 3 p.m.

There are many more activities scheduled for the day, besides the Santa visits:

A holiday craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Meeting Place.  You can enjoy wood crafts, Scentsy products, jewelry, wall hangings, oil lamps, honey, scarves, Thirty-One merchandise, Pampered Chef, home decor and much more. The pumpkin baking contest will also take place at The Meeting Place, along with the Methodist Church Bell Choir performance, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

Dance With Cindy will provide live entertainment with a recital from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 98 W. Main St.   Holiday photos can be taken from noon to 6 p.m. during Psi Iotes Picture Booth Fun Shoots at The Arts Place, 96 ½ E. Main St. Boy scouts will light luminaries at 5 p.m. before they begin hosting a spaghetti dinner at The Meeting Place at 5:30 p.m. Carriage rides will be available from 5-8 p.m. in front of Antique Uniques, 96 E. Main St.

For a fun and festive holiday excursion, take a trip to Hagerstown this Saturday.