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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Staff Changes

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Roxie Deer has joined the staff as Director of Programs and Events.
Roxie is a lifelong resident of Richmond and has served on the Chamber’s Business and Education Committee. Most recently, she has been a Student Success Coach and Counselor at IU East and previously served as an instructor and life coach at The Excel Center. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Her event experience includes volunteer leadership positions with Youth As Resources, Liberty Acres United Animal Sanctuary, Reid BRAvo! and HYPE. Roxie has a true passion for community – especially Wayne County.
 

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Stasia Veramallay-Hodges joins Vista Investment Partners (formerly The Bartel, Guiley group of Raymond James)

Stasia Veramallay-Hodges has been serving the financial needs of individuals, professionals, business owners and their families for more than twenty years. 

Stasia grew up in Richmond, Indiana and attended Indiana University with a concentration in Political Science and Economics. 

She holds the Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 Securities licenses as well as a Life and Health Insurance license. Veramallay-Hodges holds the Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 Securities licenses as well as a Life and Health Insurance license. 

 

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Wayne Co Area Chamber Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

* April 24th      The Springs of Richmond      4:30pm      400 W Industries Rd, Richmond, IN

* April 26th      Ugly Mugs Taproom & Grill    5:00pm      129 East Main St., Centerville, IN

* May 9th        Neighborhood Health Center  2:00pm     101 South 10th St., Richmond, IN

* May 17th     Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center 6:00 pm  2000 Wernle Road, Richmond, IN

 

Every month the Wayne County Area Chamber offers many different opportunities, including networking nights, educational workshops, business development seminars, ribbon cuttings for local business and so much more.   Chamber@WCAreaChamber.org 

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First Bank Richmond celebrates IU Day with $10,000 match

First Bank Richmond celebrated IU Day with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus.

 

 

 

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IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe, First Bank Richmond President and CEO Garry Kleer, and Rufus announce the IU Day match.

 

 


First Bank Richmond matched – up to $500 per donor – up to $10,000 in total giving to the IU East campus Wednesday.

Now in its third year, IU Day is a 24-hour worldwide celebration of Indiana University - a binge-watching, social-sharing, IU-wearing, gift-giving IU extravaganza. First Bank Richmond has the tradition of celebrating IU Day each year with a matching gift.

In November 2017, First Bank Richmond announced a $375,000 gift to IU East that includes the matching gift for IU Day, plus support for the IU East arts program, Red Wolves’ athletics, scholarships, Campus Life programs and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

This is also Campus Campaign week for the university, the annual fundraising initiative among faculty and staff for important programs and scholarships on the IU East campus.



 

 

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Jason Blunk - Reid Health's April Ambassador of the month

 The April Reid Health Ambassador says his coworkers are like a second family – and he’s had a lot of time to get to know them even better over the past year and a half.

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In his lead role for the implementation of a new electronic medical record system just launched in March, Jason Blunk has spent numerous extra hours in his role as Systems Project Manager on the Information Services team. His leadership in the implementation of the new system sparked his Ambassador nominations. (more - https://www.reidhealth.org/press_release/april-reid-health-ambassador-sees-power-of-teamwork/)

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IU East Recognized Faculty for Research Projects and Course Development.

 

IU East recognized five faculty members who are grant recipients for research projects and course development.

Amanda Kraha, assistant professor of psychology, received the Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow for 2018. Each year, the Center for Teaching and Learning offers one faculty fellowship in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), providing faculty members with an opportunity to cultivate and share their knowledge, techniques, and information on a particular teaching topic.

Tanya Perkins, assistant professor of English, received the Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant. The grant is made possible through the generous contribution of Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann. This award is offered annually to full?time faculty to support research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at IU East.

Three faculty members received the Chancellor’s Community Engagement Course Development Grant. Recipients are Robin Brunk, lecturer in nursing; LaDonna Dulemba, assistant professor of nursing; and Carrie Mier, assistant professor of criminology. The grant is designed to assist faculty as they develop new or modify preexisting courses based on the use of best practices in service-learning course design and assessment.

Awards were presented to an outstanding support staff member and professional staff member who have made significant contributions to IU East during the past year. Recipients of the Professional Council Service Award and the Staff Council Service Award are nominated by their peers.

Lori Johnson, degree audit specialist in the Office of the Registrar, received the Staff Council Service Award.The recipient of the IU East Staff Council Service Award is selected based on his/her attitude, commitment, teamwork, contribution, and inspiration to the mission, goals and strategic initiatives of IU East.

KT Lowe, coordinator of Library Instruction and Service Learning in the Campus Library, received the Professional Council Service Award. Professional Council Service Award recipients will have made a significant impact on IU East, as demonstrated through the areas of exemplary achievement and performance, excellence in customer service/personal interaction, outstanding education support/initiative and creativity.

 

 

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IU East presents Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards

Indiana University East presented several faculty and staff with awards during the Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony held March 29.

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, professor of English, is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished service—campus, community or professional, either one-time or sustained, by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.

Gregory Dam, assistant professor psychology, received the Teaching Award for New Faculty. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by an untenured faculty member throughout their first four years at IU East.

LaDonna Dulemba, assistant professor of nursing, received the Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 1991. Professor Emeritus Lees passed away in 1992, but her spirit continues in this annual award to honor a full-time faculty member who has taught at least 10 semesters at IU East.

Edwina Helton, professor of English, received the Faculty Special Achievement Award. Helton is also the director of Graduate Programs in English and co-director of Women's and Gender Studies. This award recognizes outstanding all-around achievement, either short-term or sustained, by an IU East faculty member, and can be awarded for any combination of teaching, research and service.

Dianne Moneypenny, assistant professor and program coordinator for World Languages and Cultures, received the Progress Award for New Faculty. This award is given to faculty to acknowledge their contributions to teaching, research and service.

Katherine Miller Wolf, assistant professor of Anthropology, received this year’s Award for Excellence in Research. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County names Charles Davis Volunteer of the Year

Davis volunteered at the Club for three academic years and worked as an intern at its summer camp for two summers. He volunteered as part of Earlham’s Bonner Scholars program, which is a leadership program that awards scholarships based on community service.

During the school year Davis helped in the gym and in the education room. He also organized and led a weekly poetry group for a year, and he often led the Club’s Passport to Manhood program for pre-teen boys.

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March Reid Health Ambassador - David Blevins

David Blevins, who works as a locksmith in the Engineering Department, admits he’s a “people guy” who just tries to help whenever he can. Nominators said Blevins “will drop what he is doing to help someone in need,” including “going out of his way to get a wheelchair for a patient or visitors and take them where they need to go.”

 

Not only does he help patients with wheelchairs, his job also involves making sure the chairs are in good working order. He regularly checks and services locks and doors on Reid Health’s main campus and satellite locations, which is how he often crosses paths with patients and visitors and logs thousands of steps each week.

“I love my coworkers,” Blevins said. “Everybody has been great to me here at Reid.”

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10 Outstanding Young Professionals in Wayne County to be Honored.

HYPE and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the 2018 Wayne County’s Outstanding Young Professionals recognition luncheon. Congratulations to the top 10 Outstanding Young Professionals in Wayne County, who will be honored at the Young Professionals Luncheon on April 12th!

Top ten are Jason Blunk, Caitlin Fleenor, Andy Frame, Brittany Irvine, Brittaney Sawyer, Ashley Sieb, Caleb Smith, Matt Smith, Jeremy Thomas, and Heather Wierzbinski-Cross.

This luncheon will provide ample networking opportunities as we celebrate the contributions of the many talented young professionals to this community. HYPE and the Chamber also hope that this luncheon will inspire continued professional development, encourage community involvement, and connect professionals of all ages and experience levels.

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Reid Health's "Richmond Family Care Center" Gets New Name

Reid Health’s “Richmond Family Care Center” is changing its name to the “Reid Health Residency Clinic.” The office’s last day of seeing patients at 1130 North J. street will be April 5.

The office will move back to its newly remodeled 795 Sim Hodgin Pkwy location on Monday April 9.

 

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New Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Melissa Vance

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has a new leader.  Melissa Vance has been named president and CEO following the resignation last month of Phil D’Amico.  Vance is no stranger to the Chamber; she had served as the organization’s Director of Education and Programs.  Her background includes stints with the Reid Health Foundation and Fayette Regional Health System.  Vance is a Wayne County native and Centerville High School graduate.

 

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Better Homes and Gardens First Realty Group Top Agents

Top Listing Agents for January 2018

#1 Rebecca Cate

#2 Debbie Rudd

#3 Brunton Team

 

Top Sales Agents for January 2018

#1 Rebecca Cate

#2 Jen Roggero

#3 Bill Fish

 

Congratulations! 

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The Italian Market is Now Open!

The Italian Market is now open! Monday- Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm 

Daily food and drink specials. 

450 North 10th St. 

Richmond, IN 47374

765-939-4152

 

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We're Happy to Welcome Sarah Mitchell to the EDC Staff

The EDC of Wayne County is pleased to announce Sarah Mitchell will be joining the staff as the manager of existing business and education on Monday, February 5th.  Mitchell brings a wealth of experience to the position from her previous role as city planner for the City of Richmond. Through her role, Mitchell has worked on a number of economic development projects in which the EDC was involved. She has a wealth of experience in facilitating new development through community partnerships that enhance the community and sustain economic growth.

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Better Homes and Gardens First Realty Group

We would like to recognize the following Realtors as Top Sales Agents for the month of November:

 

#1 Chandra Falcone

#2 Porter Miller

#3 Tracie Upchurch

#4 Brunton Team

#5 Chris Kovach

 

 

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West End Bank - Corporate Headquarters Ribbon Cutting December 14

     

West End Bank will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, December 14th from 3:30pm-5:30pm at their new Corporate Headquarters building located at 700 South A Street.

 

Touring of the facility will also be available during those times.

 

The new facility houses the company’s Executive Offices in addition to the finance, information technology, operations, auditing and marketing departments.

 

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County to Open New Westside Club

 

 

The Boys & Girls Club takes great pride in announcing the opening of a brand-new facility at at 1900 West Main Street, Richmond. Doors open Monday, November 13thThe new location is in the facility formerly housing the Richmond Academy. The Club will operate Monday and Wednesday – Friday from 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM and on Tuesday from 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM. 

 

This Club will be a fully equipped after school facility, offering all the programs in our three key impact areas including Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Citizenship.  

 

Over the last two years the Boys & Girls Club has experienced unprecedented growth in attendance. Membership has risen beyond the available space, forcing a temporary freeze on new members. The board of directors has worked diligently to expand our capacity in order to serve more children.

 

For more information, visit www.bgcrichmond.org

 

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Grand Opening for Nail One Salon

Nail One Salon

230 South 10th

Richmond, IN 47374

 

Phone 765)939-2675

Manager: Vanh 

Employee: Nina

Combined experience: 20+ years

Hours: M-F 9:00-7:00, Sat 9:00-5:00

Walk ins as well as appointments accepted.

 

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Synergy HomeCare of Richmond recognized as Office of the Year

No automatic alt text available.Synergy HomeCare of Richmond was recognized as Office of the Year at their Annual Franchise Meeting recently by the American Veterans Care Connection. American Veterans Care Connection is a partner that helps Vets with the Aid and Attendant Benefit. This is a program that provides a subsidy for non-medical home care services such as Synergy HomeCare of Richmond.

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Chamber Network Night, Thursday, at Water Tower Terraces

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Chamber Network Night - Thursday, 9/28, at Water Tower Terraces

  

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Water Tower Terraces would like to invite to a Chamber Network Night, Thursday, September 28, at 931 Winding Ridge Drive in Richmond (Across from Reid Health on Chester Blvd.) Tour the brand new luxury condos of Water Tower Terrace. Food will be provided by the Springs of Richmond and 101.7 the Point will have a LIVE remote broadcast with Phil Quinn.

 

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Taste of Wayne County Returns with Business Expo added for 2017

 

Image may contain: one or more people, text and foodThursday, October 5 at 5 PM - 7 PM
861 Salisbury Rd N, Richmond, Indiana 47374
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The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 2017 Business Expo & Taste of Wayne County at the Tom Raper Center. The business expo is presented by Opti-Vise IT. Both events will take place simultaneously from 5pm to 7pm with the expo lasting until 7:30pm.

Come and enjoy Wayne County’s finest restaurants and vote for your favorite specialty.

Tickets to Taste of Wayne County are $10 per person and available at the door the day of the event. The Business Expo is free entry.

 

 

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies with the Wayne Co. Area Chamber of Commerce

 

1. Eye Center of Richmond, Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, Sep 21 at Noon, (1900 Chester Blvd.)

2. DaVita, Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Sep 21 at 4:30pm, Open House from 3-7pm, (2302 Chester Blvd.)
3. McAlister's Deli on Monday, Sep 25 at 10:15am, new restaurant in front of the Richmond Mall, (4343 National Rd E)
4. Grandpa's Garage on Tuesday, Sep 26 at Noon, ‘Mantique’ storefront in the depot, next to Little Sheba’s, (183 Fort Wayne Avenue)
 

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Whitewater Eye Center Clinic Ground Breaking

Whitewater Eye Care Clinic

(Eye Center of Richmond)

Ground Breaking!!!!

Date: Thursday, September 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

Location: 1900 Chester Blvd., Richmond

Main Contact Person:  Bob Covington, General manager

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Radford's Meat Market and Deli help hurricane victims

Radford's Meat Market and Deli we would like to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. Starting Tuesday Sept 12 thru Tuesday Sept 19 they will collect nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, bottled water, bathroom tissue, baby wipes, diapers, trash bags and money for the victims of hurricane Irma. Our friends at Caregan Trucking will then be transporting your donations to Florida to help those in need. We will be accepting donations at both Richmond locations: 16 S.W. 18th St. and 81 S. 37th St.  Show Florida how much Richmond Indiana cares. Any questions please call 765-962-5830. Pass the word on to all your friends and family!!

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Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events

Here's a link to the calendar of events at the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Bookmark this page so you can refer to it often this fall! www.wcareachamber.org 

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Runnels Chiropractic celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Congrats to Casey Runnels and Runnels Chiropractic staff on their 2nd Anniversary at their 32 S 9th St. location. 

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WISH-TV'S DAVID BARRAS TO RETIRE

Indianapolis, IN – August 10, 2017 – WISH-TV announced Wednesday that 24-hour News 8 anchor David Barras will be retiring after 37 years.

Barras began his television career at WTVW in Evansville, Indiana, where he was the weekend anchor and producer. A year later he moved to Indianapolis and WISH-TV.

 

Barras is an Emmy award winner, and has also received several Associated Press awards for his reporting.

 

Barras’ last day on air will be Friday, December 1. 

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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Chamber Coworker Partnership with the Innovation Center

Center City Development Corporation announced a partnership with Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce members to use The Innovation Center’s coworking facilities. Chamber members will have 27 hours a month they can schedule meetings, use Center conference rooms or other tech resources for business development. Benefits of Coworking facilities and membership details are the topic of the Thursday, July 27 Chamber’s Business Education Lunch at The Innovation Center.

“The Innovation Center provides an opportunity for businesses to network and collaborate,” said Scott Zimmerman, Executive Director of Center City Development Corporation which runs the Innovation Center as the City’s Certified Tech Park hub. “We recognize that the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce represents business in Wayne County and want to make our resources available to their members to help grow business.” The Innovation Center’s existing members and computer business tenants will receive Chamber memberships.

The Chamber in return will offer memberships to entrepreneurs with one or two employees utilizing the Innovation Center’s Co-Working program.  “These memberships will provide additional educational opportunities as well as networking and business development support, which are vital to startup companies as they brand themselves in the community,” said Chamber President Phil D’Amico.  “It is a natural partnership between the Chamber and Center City Development Corporation (CCDC).  We both strive to help grow businesses. Our hope is that with the additional support, these small businesses will grow and thrive, ultimately making an economic impact to our community.”

Center meeting rooms include smart screens, whiteboards, secure internet connection through Parallax and accommodate one to fourteen people. Special studio space for recording podcasts or video production will also be available.  Discounts are available for renting larger rooms for workshops.

The Center’s business incubation program through the Indiana Small Business Development Center, which has an office in the Center, provides services including social media management, strategic planning, growth management and accounting.

NOTE: The next Business Education Series luncheon is about coworking with guests Scott Zimmerman, Executive Director for Center City, and Michael Hiles of Intelig8 and #StartupCincy. The lunch is next Thursday, July 27 at 11:30am, downtown at the Innovation Center. If you would like to attend this lunch please RSVP by following this link: https://richmondinnovates.com/product/biz-ed-lunch/ The Business Education Series Luncheons are sponsored by First Merchants Bank.

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Indiana Vision 2025 A Plan For Hoosier Prosperity

Indiana vision 2025

Monday August 7th

7:30 am - 10 am

Indiana University East in Vivian Auditorium 

2325 Chester Blvd.

Richmond, IN 47374

 

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Initiatives to enhance regional economic development and quality of place must be accompanied by a similar statewide effort. That is what is taking place through the Indiana Chamber-led Indiana Vision 2025 plan – first released in 2012 and updated in 2016.

This is the fourth round of regional forums (local sessions were conducted in 2012, 2013 and 2015) and the first for East Central Indiana related to Indiana Vision 2025. We encourage you to take part in the session on Monday August 7 from 7:30 am - 10:00 am, at Indiana University East in Vivian Auditorium: 2325 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374.

Be among the first to learn the latest state and regional rankings on a number of important metrics in the 2017 Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card. Engage in discussions on regional alignment, workforce challenges/opportunities and more. 

 

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Texas Jack's Lock, Sotck & Barrel Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Please mark your calendars for a ribbon cutting in Fountain City. Our newest Chamber member, Texas Jack’s Lock, Stock & Barrel, will host the ribbon cutting August 5th at 9:45 a.m., just before they open their doors for the first time. They will be located at 403 West Main Street, Fountain City.

Please join us in welcoming owner Jack Bales to the Chamber!

 

  

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West End Bank Julie Robinson

On July 5th, Hagerstown Branch Teller Julie Robinson celebrated her one year anniversary with West End Bank. Congratulations, Julie!

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The Leland Legacy

Amanda Marquis, who has been with The Leland Legacy for 9 years as the Marketing Director,  recently passed her boards to obtain her Indiana state license to be an Administrator for Assisted Living.  Amanda will be hanging that license in the Leland on August 3rd, a goal she is excited to reach and continue her presence in the building as well as the community.

Amanda Corman has joined the Leland team as Resident Services Coordinator.  Amanda will be helping new residents to the Leland through the admissions process as well as helping them in their needs whether it being socially, financially or physically--connecting them to the necessary sources.
 

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Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Tour Tuesday, July 25th

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite you to the Chamber Farm Tour Tuesday, July 25th from 6 to 8PM at Bell’s Strawberry Farm in Hagerstown! This family friendly event welcomes you to tour the farm and learn about their history, production, and how an area organization supports disabled farmers. Dinner will be provided by Willie & Red’s and transportation provided from Warm Glow Candle Company and Hagerstown Elementary.  Pre-register: http://business.wcareachamber.org/events/details/farm-tour-2017-6602 

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CountryMark Fueling Freedom event raises $50K for military families

Helping to support local military families, the CountryMark system raised more than $50,000 during Fueling Freedom events in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio on Friday, June 23.

 

“Fueling Freedom was a great success for CountryMark. We were able to sell high-quality CountryMark fuels all while giving back to local National Guard soldiers and their families,” said CountryMark Vice President of Supply and Marketing Matt Smorch. 

 

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Meridian Health Services Staff Awards

Meridan Health Services finalist for the annual Spirit Of Meridian awards have been announced. We had 3 team members from Wayne County in 3 categories this year! 

Behavioral Clinician

Julie Stingley

 

Medical/Clinical Support

Rebecca Thompson

 

Manager/Supervisor

Patrick Ripberger

 

 

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Keiser Honored for 15 Years at West End Bank

Senior Vice President/Credit Manager Emilee Keiser celebrated her 15 year anniversary with West End Bank. Pictured: President/CEO Timothy Frame presenting Emilee with her plaque. 

 

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