One World One Plate: A Celebration of Cultures at MRL

MRL  International Festival at MRL - April 11 2015

This looks like a wonderful, 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


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


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 and the Winter Storm and Extreme Cold page at

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

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

*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

Abbotts candy

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.

“(band) Geek’s Diary” All Region IBA Band

photoHey whats up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

A couple of weekends ago I spent the entire time sitting in a chair and looking at paper. No I was not going crazy. I was playing in the All Region IBA band. For the people who have no idea what the All Region Band is, it’s a bunch of kids that come together from different schools and play in one band.

Now not just anyone can just come and be in this band. You have to fill out a form and your director takes it to a meeting with them, and you get chosen out of hundreds of students. In this particular band there were 111 kids that were selected to play– me as one of the flutes. I can’t really describe what happens besides a lot of practicing. The music wasn’t that hard –it was more of working with people that you don’t normally work with.

It is honestly a lot of fun, but yeah… I’ve got a lot of homework to do so I’m going to leave this here. If you wanna watch my new video click the link here .

Well that’s about it…byyyyyyyeeeeee! *awkward wave*

(Dannielle writes a weekly blog post which includes observations and events in Wayne County from a young person’s perspective.  Dannielle has been writing from a young age and is also an artist, musician and amateur videographer.  You can read more about teen life from Dannielle’s view by visiting “The Geek’s Diary” each week.)


K-Ready Baby Genius Winter Bash December 1, 2015

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Veterans Day with Dannielle


Hey whats up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

photoToday was Veterans Day. Veterans Day is a day where we take time to honor and celebrate the veterans who have fought or died fighting. Everyday we should honor our veterans, but today was set aside for them so we can honor our veterans together. Some schools have Veterans Day Programs like my school. Everyone from the high school, middle school, and fourth through sixth grade from the elementary join in our main gym. There we have our symphonic band play a few songs, and our symphonic choir sing. (If you don’t know what symphonic means; that’s our better band and choir) Our middle school choir also sings, and so does every student from the elementary.

We allow the veterans that live around our school to come and join us during our program. They also get recognized by their names showing up on a screen. We have a guest speaker from the high school, middle school and the elementary. The guest speaker in my grade was Emma Merkamp. She is a very good friend of mine, and I am very proud of her. We end the program by a trumpet player from the symphonic choir playing Taps.

i just want to take the time to thank our veterans for doing something I could never do. Thank you Grandpa who served in the Air Force, and thank you dad who served in the Army. Thank you for protecting me, my family, and our nation.

I know this article is pretty serious, and I’m sorry if you didn’t like it. On a less serious side if you want to watch my new YouTube videos where me and some of my friends filmed the YouTube Whispers Challenge….

Well I guess this is me signing out. I’ll talk to you next week. Goodbye *salutes*

The “Geeks Diary” Entry 4

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danielleHey what’s up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

And I’m sorry if this is a little short, but I had a lot of homework the day I wrote this. Now I know I could have not written this, but I’m going to post every week. At least I’m going to try. Anyway did you guys have a good Halloween? I bet some of you at least got scared once. Well that’s what I’m going to talk about…fear.

dannielle cat eye pic for postEveryone has fears, some of them rational and some of them completely ludicrous. I’m the latter. You may say I’m a kid for saying this type of thing, but I’m scared of the dark… *insert laughs from you guys* I know, I know, I’m a baby, blah, blah. I don’t care. I’m not scared of getting robbed, or of some gun man trying to kill me. Okay maybe the last thing I’m a little scared of, but that’s not my point. I watch these gamers who play scary video games, and when there is a jump scare I’m literally two feet of the couch.  My mom and brother make fun of me for it, but it’s honestly scary.

I have normal fears to, like I’m scared of rejection and failure. Is that normal? Or am I alone?

Thats all I have to say about my fears. If you guys want to let me know some of your fears, comment with them down below, and we can all see that we are not the only ones scared of the weirdest things.

Well that’s about it…bye! *awkward wave*

The Geek’s Diary: Entry 3 “Halloween!”


danielleHey what’s up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

And guess what time it is?! Halloween! Most people are now carving pumpkins, planning costumes, going to haunted houses and trails (not too fond of the latter). Anyway, have you carved your pumpkins yet? I have, if you want to watch that see below:

dannielles story picture cat in pumpkinOkay since Halloween is supposed to be scary I’m going to join in with that spirit, and tell you guys a scary story… cue the scary music *scary music starts to play*

“Hey you guys.” I say as I walk into our place.
I get two “Hello’s” back, and I plop down on a really old torn up couch that is in the upstairs part of the barn. (Let me fill you guys in, ‘Our Place’ is a small barn out at Patrick’s house. His parents only use it to store their harvest for the fall, so at the moment their barn is full of potatoes, corn, and beans. Patrick is one of our ‘members’ in our ‘group’, the rest of the members are me and Tara).
“Guys I’m bored.” Tara says tossing an ear of corn up in the air and catching it. “Same.” I agree standing up and walking over to a list of things that we want to do.
  • TP someone’s house
  • Throw an amazing party
  • Go camping in scary woods
  • Set fire to a bag of potatoes
  • Make a potato turn purple
“Hey guys the only thing left on this list is make a potato turn purple.” I announce and turn around to grab a potato that is lying on the ground.
“We were joking about that.” Patrick says putting down his book.
“But we’re bored.” Replied Tara, “We don’t have anything else to do lets just mess around, and try to turn it purple.”
“Okay I’ll get the kit.” Patrick says leaving the room. Again let me catch you guys up. When we were cleaning out the upstairs of this barn we found this kit, thing, called Change Anything Any Color. Tara wanted to change something purple, and I wanted to change a potato a different color.
“Okay I got it!” Patrick calls holding a big box that’s as big as a board game. “Let’s do this.” Tara says standing up and runs over to Patrick.
“All done.” I say holding up the potato, we successfully created a purple potato.
“Guys it’s late I’m going home.” Tara exclaims as she picks up the potato to look at it, “Can I take it home with me?”
“Yeah sure, I don’t want it.” Patrick says putting the box back into the other room. “Bye!” Tara calls over her shoulder running down the stairs.
“Bye Patrick.” I say as I descend down the stairs, and ride my bike home.
“Have you seen Tara?” I ask, we are back at ‘our place’ and we haven’t seen Tara in a few days.
“No.” Patrick replies, sitting down next to me.
“Let’s go, and see if she is home.” I say, Patrick and I go over to Tara’s house. I knock on her door. Instead of Tara answering the door her mom did. “Hello Mrs. Spark is Tara home?” Patrick asks.”I’m sorry, but Tara died a few days ago.” Her mom said, “Oh she left a note saying give this back to you.” She handed Patrick the potato and closed the door. Tara is dead and now we got back the potato.
“Dude this is freakin scary.” Patrick says examining the potato. I turn and see what he was talking about. The potato just sprouted arms and legs, then it started violently shaking. It disappeared with a pop. And out of no where there was this awful scary screaming/moaning going on around both of us.
“Patrick do you hear that?” I ask looking around in all directions.
“Yeah-” Is all he gets out before there is another pop and we appeared back in the barn. “Patrick I’m scared.” I say walking towards him.
“It’s okay Jackie, I’m here.” He says engulfing me into a hug, “Jackie, there is something
I’ve been wanting to tell you, and now is a good as time as any. I just wish I told you sooner now that there is a possibility that we are going to die.” I look up at him and try to think of what he has been wanting to tell me.
“Jackie I-” Then out of no where the potato appears, but this time much bigger and with a sword.
“Patrick hurry up and tell me.” I say pulling myself out of shock.
“I love you.” And at that the giant potato grabs Patrick, and swallows him whole. “Patrick!” I scream.
‘I need to get out of here’ I think to myself. Then I remember the pitchfork that we put under the couch, and I pull it out from underneath it.
Once I successfully get the pitchfork and stand up. I realize that the giant purple potato is standing only a few feet away from me.
“I am Robert and I shall has you!” The potato roared. I pull my arm back and I throw the pitchfork straight at Robert’s head and it sinks right through the thin layer of skin. Robert falls onto the ground and doesn’t move a limb. Then it hits me, my best friends are dead and I can’t bring them back. I crouch down onto the ground, and cry. I cry as hard as my body will let me cry. Then there is darkness.
I look up and see that I am looking at the ceiling in my room. I stretch and sit up.
“It was only a dream.” I say to myself relieved, I turn to look at my nightstand, and sitting right there is a purple potato with arms and legs. With a sword in its hand. I scream, and everything goes black.
How did you guys like that? Good huh? I know I did write about potatoes. Oh well, it was nice to actually write a story.
Happy Halloween!!! *very excited wave*

Halloween Events In Wayne County October 31


haunted houseThis is perhaps scheduled to be the busiest Halloween day on record!  It probably helps that the 31st falls on a Friday this year, but regardless the reason for the heightened festivities, events will be happening all over Wayne County.

Along with all the regular Wayne County trick or treat schedules, in Cambridge City there will be a Halloween party at the “Stage Door” with games, snacks, face painting and more — from 8 p.m to midnight.  Cost is 3.00 in costumes or 5.00/person without a costume.  (this is a hint to wear a costume)

Also in Cambridge City there will be a Trunk or Treat at the Cambridge City Christian Church, from 6-8 p.m. on Church and Foote Street.  Prizes, treats, candy and more will be the safe alternative for kids at this site.

Centerville Elementary will be home to the annual Lions Club Halloween party in the gym with games, prizes and more, during trick or treat hours on Friday, October 31.

In Richmond, the annual Halloween Cancer walk will be taking place with sign up at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 65.  The walk starts at 7:00 and is 10.00 per walker. All proceeds will go towards Cancer aid and research.

There are other trunk or treat events at area churches in Richmond, including the Presbyterian Church on A Street, during trick or treat hours. (if you have an event to share, please comment below).

Safety tips:

  • Please watch out for the little ghouls as they cross streets
  • Add reflective tape to your kids costumes
  • Check all candy before letting your child dive in
  • Have kids stay on sidewalks whenever possible
  • If you are giving out non-food treats, please post a sign so families know that their kids with allergies can also enjoy a treat
  • Only go to houses with a front porch light on
  • Make sure an adult or older child is with young children
  • Make sure kids have a clear view of the ground from their mask/costume

 Have a safe & Happy Halloween!

From the staff of



“The Geek’s Diary” Week Two


danielleSubstitute Driver “Bob”

Hey what’s up you guys?! It’s Dannielle.

This entire past week I had a substitute bus driver, “Bob,” and…it’s not really that big of a deal unless you are me.

My actual bus driver says I’m the most responsible one on the bus, so I have to tell “Bob” where each student lives. That means I’m responsible for each and every person getting home on time and not missing their house. That’s a lot of pressure for a middle schooler!

There was this boy… I missed his house twice two days in a row. I felt so bad. He’s a kindergartner, so I couldn’t see him from the front of the bus. :/

I can’t imagine what “Bob” feels like having to drive a route that he has never driven before. Then there are the kids, yelling and constantly getting into trouble. It keeps him from hearing what I’m saying, so he does miss a few people’s houses. It’s so annoying!

Anyway thanks for reading! Sorry I didn’t talk about potatoes like I mentioned in my last article, but I’m going to say it now… I’m most likely never going to talk about potatoes. Ha ha.

Well that’s about it…bye! *awkward wave*

Fun Fall & Halloween Opportunities This Weekend

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The leaves are telling us the season is in full swing, and there are things to do all over Wayne County to celebrate Fall!  Check it out:

fall leavesMorrison Reeves Library: Glow In The Dark

Tonight (October 17) from 6 -7 p.m.  Food, glow in the dark fun and games.  Free, no registration required.



haunted houseWayne County Historical Museum: Haunted Museum

Starting tonight (October 17) from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  A not- too- frightening fun time for the whole family!  Papa Murphy’s pizza, story telling by Ghouliana, spooky book readers and more.  Come in costume if you wish…Cost 5.00 adults, 3.00 children 3-17.  2 and under Free.  You can also enjoy this event on 10/18, 10/24 & 10/25.

Dougherty Orchard: Animals & Fall Fun

The orchard is open weekdays from 10 – 6 pm and Sunday noon to 6:00.  Enjoy all your Fall favorites including apple dumplings, mini cinnamon donuts, fresh apples, pumpkins, gourds and feed the animals in the large petting area.  Always a great family tradition.  This year little ones can enjoy an apple ride.  No entry fee.  Individual costs for food, and feeding animals apply.

Get out this weekend this weekend and enjoy the Fall colors!