The Flying Circus: Another Successful Year! & Upcoming Events

Flying Circus: Hagerstown IN

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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 GoWayneCounty.com 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).

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

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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!

 

Foundation Announces New Challenge Match

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

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Wayne County Bands at Centerville Archway Classic

marching_band_silhouette_2Band Days are Here!

All over Wayne County, you may hear a collective sigh of relief from band directors who are happy to see some sun.  With only a few days until the first band competition, rain has been a big concern over the last few weeks.

According to Lisa Savage, band parent of two students at Northeastern, most of the bands are behind in practice due to the rain.  Several of the Wayne County bands have had to find alternate places to practice during the inclimate weather, some using the Tom Raper Center at the fairgrounds.  And some are making up time by having 12 hour practices.

Centerville Archway Classic

The Centerville Archway Classic is this Saturday, July 18, at Centerville High School at 7:00 p.m.  The creativity and work involved in getting these bands where they are today in time for the competitions is something to be applauded.  For Northeastern, their hardest work really begins following the Archway Classic when band camp starts next week.

Lisa Savage is excited to be able to help at band camp this year for her children’s band, but expects it to involve a lot of hard work for the kids.

She shared that most bands, including theirs, probably started practicing in May, but again the weather has put them all behind schedule.

Let’s get out this Saturday and support these bands and all their hard work at the Centerville Archway Classic!  The next band competition will be the Jay County Lions Contest on July 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Portland.  On August 1, 2015 you can catch the bands in Winchester at the Drums at Winchester competition, at 7:00 p.m.

Good luck to all the Wayne County Bands!

Note: State Fair Band day is August 8, 2015 with the line up of: Northeastern starting at number 11, Lincoln at 20, Richmond at number 29, Centerville at 30, and Hagerstown at 40.

 

This Weekend: Wild Wheels 4 Wernle

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Jimmy Sparks Band Coming Friday Night

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend AND something that supports a great organization?  Then you will want to head out to the Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds for the Wild Wheels 4 Wernle event.

Jimmy Sparks Bank

Starting Friday, July 17 at 8:00 the Jimmy Sparks Band will kick off a weekend of events.  Cost for the concert is 10.00 for tickets purchased in advance and 15.00 at the concert. (tickets can be purchased at the Whitewater Valley Marine Corps League, Berties Music Bar or Patio at the Ribeye).

Saturday is filled with events, and many are free to watch with a gate entry fee of 5.00 per vehicle.  The day includes a car and bike show in the Kuhlman Center at noon, a motorcycle rodeo at 2:00 p.m. and a mud bug by the 4H Fair committee at 7:00 p.m.  An addition to the schedule is the lawn mower derby (with speeds up to 60-70 mph) and demo derby at 3:00 p.m.  Of course food and other vendors will be available throughout the fairgrounds.

Dire Skates & Lipstick

Saturday night, the local Dire Skates derby ladies will take on the Sandusky Roller girls at 5:00 p.m., followed by a concert by Lipstick.  See below for more details or visit the facebook event page at Wild Wheels for Wernle 2015.

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Dive into Girls Scouts 2015

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Foundation Awards Announced for 2015

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Centerville Abington Elementary Earns 4 Star Status

News Release

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

April Activities at the Centerville Public Library

Look at all the great activities and events at the Centerville Public Library for the month of April:

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One World One Plate: A Celebration of Cultures at MRL

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

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Murals Project 2015: Calling All Artists!

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