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Riverview Hospital Unveils New Name and Brand Identity

Noblesville – Riverview Hospital is changing its name to Riverview Health to more accurately represent its comprehensive network of healthcare facilities in Hamilton and Tipton Counties.

“Riverview Hospital has served the local community well since it first opened as Harrell Hospital and Sanatorium in 1909,” said Ms. Pat Fox, president and CEO of Riverview Health. “Over the years, we’ve expanded, making us much more than the four walls of a hospital. Through this name change, we’re not only embracing our rich history, but also reaffirming our strong commitment to our community.”

This change better reflects the organization’s full scope of inpatient and outpatien services, which includes family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN care, cardiac care, surgery, orthopedics & sports medicine, cancer care, interventional pain management, wound care,diabetes & endocrinology, internal medicine, and imaging, among others.

“As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, so must we,” said Fox. “With many more healthcare changes on the horizon, it’s critical that we focus on what’s most important to the peole in our community – things like having convenient access to exceptional primary care providers and women’s health services, as well as extraordinary orthopedic and cardiac care. As the need for care in these areas continues to grow, we want to reiterate to the members of our community that we offer a full-range of specialty providers and services.”

In addition to providing outstanding patient care, Riverview Health will continue to support its local communities through its extensive outreach efforts, expanded educational opportunities, and enhanced partnerships with local businesses and schools.

The organization’s physician network, Riverview Medical Group, will remain unchanged. Along with the name change, Riverview Health is unveiling a refined identity that includes a new logo.

“The decision to introduce a new identity was made only after careful consideration and many months of market research and strategic planning,” commented Fox. “We tested the new identity with focus groups to ensure we were heading in the right direction and getting real-time feedback. In the end, we found that people were overwhelmingly supportive of the name change and the reasons behind it.

Full implementation of the new identity will be phased in over the next six to 12 months. People can expect to see internal and external changes, such as a revamped website, the addition of an electronic message board sign at the hospital’s main entrance, and new signage at the hospital campus and physician offices.

“We invite members of our community to take a fresh look at Riverview Health. We continue to enhance our facilities through equipment and building upgrades, as well as expand our services by cultivating relationships with physicians and other healthcare providers. We’ve made major renovations throughout the last decade and are continually looking for new opportunities to enhance the patient experience.”

Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital and 26 primary, immediate and specialty care facilities in Hamilton and Tipton counties. Together, we provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in more than 35 healthcare specialties – and have been frequently recognized for our clinical and service excellence. For more information on Riverview Health, visit riverview.org.

Riverview Aerial Photo


IU Health North Hospital to Offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings During Oral Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. John Goldenberg will offer Free Oral Cancer Screenings on Wednesday, April 16, from 1-4 pm in Otolaryngology Associates Suite 445 in the Medical Office Building attached to Indiana University Health North Hospital.

This free exam is quick and simple. It takes less than 10 minutes and includes a visual screening of the mouth, lips and throat for noticeable signs of oral cancer. Interested individuals should call 317.844.7059 (ext. 1425) to schedule their appointment for April 16.

“With April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, this is a perfect opportunity to educate the public about the common risk factors associated with oral cancer and screen people who may be at risk,” said Goldenberg. “The vast majority of all head and neck cancers are related to tobacco abuse or the human papillomavirus (HPV), making this one of the most preventable diseases of our time.”

Event Details

  • Wednesday, April 16, 1-4 pm
  • Location: 11725 N. Illinois St., Suite 445, Carmel IN 46032 (Otolaryngology Associates office in the Medical Office Building attached to IU Health North Hospital)
  • Screening exam takes less than 10 minutes
  • Call 317.844.7059 (ext. 1425) to schedule your screening!

Most Common Risk Factors

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Having the human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Frequent alcohol use
  • Being over age 40
  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Growth or sores in mouth

About Indiana University Health North Hospital IU Health North Hospital, a part of Indiana University Health, has provided leading care to Carmel and Hamilton County residents since 2005. With dedicated pavilions for women, children and specialty surgery, and an attached medical office building, IU Health North Hospital brings together physician offices, inpatient beds and operating rooms. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital offers the peace of mind that comes with the service and support from Riley Hospital for Children’s nationally recognized programs. All patient rooms are private, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, within the 700,000-square-foot, 189-patient bed facility. To learn more about IU Health North Hospital, visit iuhealth.org/north.



IU Health North Hospital Invites Purse Lovers to Unite for a Good Cause

CARMEL, Ind.-Indiana University Health North Hospital invites the public to join its second annual purse donation and resale program – “Bags to Riches” – beginning March 25. Just in time for spring cleaning, the hospital is requesting donations of gently used and new handbags, purses, wallets or travel bags that will be sold during a public resale on April 25.

Proceeds from the “Bags to Riches” sale go directly to benefit patients in need through the IU Health North Hospital Philanthropy Social Work Fund.

Donations Accepted:   March 25 – April 15 | any time

Drop-off Location:       IU Health North Hospital – First Floor Welcome Desk, 11700 N. Meridian St., Carmel

Public Resale:             Friday, April 25 | 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., IU Health North Hospital – Room K130 (first floor)

The Office of Philanthropy at IU Health North Hospital was established in 2013 to enhance the family-centered care services the hospital is able to provide to patients. If you have questions or would like more information about IU Health North’s Office of Philanthropy or the Bags to Riches program, please contact Tracy Miller, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement, at 317.688.5678 or northgiving@iuhealth.org.



Riverview Hospital Completes Second Annual “Hamilton County Waist Reduction” Weight Loss Challenge

Noblesville—Riverview Hospital, through its corporate wellness program, Riverview HealthyWorks, recently completed the second annual “Hamilton County Waist Reduction” weight loss challenge. Beginning on January 6, employees from the City of Noblesville, City of Westfield, Hamilton County, Noblesville School Corporation and Riverview Hospital competed against one another in the spirit of health and wellness. This eight-week program was developed to build a sense of community and to provide an incentive for the new year to make lifestyle changes through healthy eating, exercise and weight loss.

Participants were challenged to lose weight, with the top prize—a Kindle Fire, provided by Riverview HealthyWorks—awarded to a male and female participant with the highest percentage of weight loss at the end of the program.

This year’s male winner was Andrew Carey, an employee of Hamilton County. Andrew achieved a 9.8 percent weight reduction.

“Hamilton County Waist Reduction gave me the motivation I needed to lose weight and get healthy,” said Andrew Carey. “Since the program included several organizations within Hamilton County, I was able to complete the challenge with my wife who is an employee of Riverview Hospital.”

The female winner was Lisa Bledsoe, MD, a physician at Riverview Hospital. Dr. Bledsoe achieved a 14.7 percent weight reduction.

“After joining the program, I decided to make some healthy lifestyle modifications. This involved eating more fruits and vegetables and incorporating moderate exercise in my daily routine,” said Dr. Lisa Bledsoe. “My goal is to make this a more permanent change. I’ve lost the same 20 pounds over and over again. I want this to be the last time.”

Program offerings included two weekly 50-minute exercise classes at Riverview Rehabilitation & Fitness in Noblesville. Exercise formats included Pilates, boot camp, yoga, kick-boxing, aerobics, Zumba and PiYo. Riverview also offered two 30-minute wellness presentations Topics included “How to lose one pound per week” and “Making self-care a priority.”

Riverview Hospital is a full-service, 156-bed hospital located in Noblesville, Indiana. Riverview Medical Group is comprised of 20 primary, immediate and specialty-care facilities located throughout Hamilton and Tipton counties. Together, we provide comprehensive healthcare services in 35 medical specialties—and we have frequently been recognized for our clinical and service excellence. For more information, visit riverview.org.



First Farmers Financial Corp. Declares Dividend

Converse, IN - First Farmers Financial Corp. (OTCQB:FFMR), the parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., announced that on March 11, 2014 the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend for the first quarter of 2014 of $0.23 per share, payable on April 15, 2014 to shareholders of record as of March 31, 2014. This quarterly dividend represents a 24.3% increase over the quarterly dividend declared in March 2013.

First Farmers Financial Corp is a $1.2 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse, Indiana. First Farmers Bank & Trust has 25 offices throughout Cass, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Johnson, Starke, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and Wabash counties in Indiana and 3 offices in Coles and Edgar counties in Illinois.



The Farmers Bank Promotes Ashley Cowart

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Frankfort, IN – Ashley Cowart has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at the Farmers Bank Noblesville office. She began her employment with the bank on December 1, 2010 as a Teller/Customer Service Representative. Cowart resides in Pendleton and was raised in Noblesville. Ashley is a member of the Young Professionals Group of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce.

The Farmers Bank is a $450 million asset organization chartered in 1876 with headquarters in Frankfort, IN. The Farmers Bank is locally owned and operated with 10 banking offices located in Central Indiana providing retail, business, trust & asset management, investment, mortgage, and electronic banking services. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.



The Farmers Bank Employees Receive IBA Teller Certification

Frankfort, IN – The Farmers Bank is proud to announce Christine Blastick, Tammy Clark, Kelli Ferguson, Karen Paradiso, Janet Ross, Kathleen Stults, and Leota Walker received their certification as Indiana Bankers Association Certified Tellers. The IBA Certified Teller Program is designed specifically for tellers and provides a means of personal and professional development.

The Farmers Bank is a $450 million asset organization chartered in 1876 with headquarters in Frankfort, IN. The Farmers Bank is locally owned and operated with 10 banking offices located in Central Indiana providing retail, business, trust & asset management, investment, mortgage, and electronic banking services. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.



The Farmers Bank Awarded Healthiest Worksite Award

Frankfort, IN – The Farmers Bank was awarded the Healthiest Worksite Award at the annual Clinton County Chamber of Commerce State of the Chamber Luncheon on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Arborwood in Frankfort, Indiana.

The Farmers Bank is dedicated to the health and well-being of each and every employee. With the implementation of a Wellness Coordinator and Committee approximately 4 years ago, great strides have been made in engaging the employees in wellness worksite challenges. The Wellness Committee is a diverse team that includes employees from different areas and levels throughout the organization. They implement 6 to 8 wellness challenges per year, complete with incentives. Employee participation rates have increased to approximately 75% on most challenges since the inception of the wellness program. Some of the initiatives implemented by Wellness Coordinator Robin Davis, have included weight loss programs, annual onsite health screenings and flu immunizations, an area for employees to exercise during lunch, and monthly health and wellness newsletters. In addition, we have “Tootie Fruity Friday” every week by having a selection of fresh fruit available in our employee lounges. The Farmers Bank is currently members of WELCOA and attend the annual Healthiest Employer breakfast sponsored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The Farmers Bank is a $450 million asset organization chartered in 1876 with headquarters in Frankfort, IN. The Farmers Bank is locally owned and operated with 10 banking offices located in Central Indiana providing retail, business, trust & asset management, investment, mortgage and electronic banking services, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

Robin Davis, Training Coordinator, of The Farmers Bank accepts the Healthiest Worksite Award form Carol Price at the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce's State of the Chamber Luncheon.

Robin Davis, Training Coordinator, of The Farmers Bank accepts the Healthiest Worksite Award form Carol Price at the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Chamber Luncheon.



Luanne Lewis Inducted Into Indiana Bankers Association Forty Year Banker Club

The Farmers Bank is pleased to announce that Luanne Lewis has been inducted into the Indiana Bankers Association Forty Year Banker Club. The Indiana Bankers Association salutes the Forty Year Banker Club members, who have dedicated at least 40 years of service to the banking industry. We thank these individuals for bringing strength and stability to the banking profession.

Luanne Lewis began her banking career July 3, 1973 with Boone County State Bank that through mergers and acquisitions became Key Bank leaving as Branch Customer Service Specialist in January 2000. Lewis began her employment at The Farmers Bank in September 2000 as the Branch Consumer Loan Officer which she continues as of today. Luanne has participated in many organizations throughout the years representing the bank in March of Dimes, Boone County Relay for Life, Lebanon Relay for Life, United Way Day of Caring and is an affiliate member of MIBOR.

The Farmers Bank is a $450 million asset organization chartered in 1876 with headquarters in Frankfort, IN. The Farmers Bank is locally owned and operated with 10 banking offices located in Central Indiana providing retail, business, trust & asset management, investment, mortgage and electronic banking services. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.



Duke Energy Issues Fraud Alert

The holiday season can create more opportunity for fraudulent activity, so be aware and protect yourself with these important reminders:

Utility payment fraud – People have reported receiving telephone calls from individuals who claim to represent Duke Energy. These individuals demand an immediate payment, usually within a short time frame, with a pre-paid debit card to cover past-due accounts, payments not received or checks that did not clear. Please remember – if you have an unpaid electric bill, you will be notified about overdue payments in advance. We also do not require that you pay your bills with a prepaid debit card. You may pay online, by phone, with a bank draft, by mail or in person.

Confirm employee identity – Official representatives of Duke Energy do not arrive unannounced at a customer’s home or business and ask to enter to perform work, unless there is an emergency or safety-related issue. We encourage you not to open your door for a utility worker unless you can confirm the person’s identity. Our employees carry company badges with photographs, and our contractors will also carry proper identification. Fraudulent vehicle signs and clothing can be easily created and look authentic, so please verify a person’s identity by their company badge before you give them access to your home or business.

If you suspect fraudulent activity or question the identity of a person claiming to represent Duke Energy in person, on the phone, via email or in any other way, please contact Duke Energy.



Godby Home Furnishings Employees Celebrate Jim Godby’s Special Sheridan Historical Society Charity

Employees of Godby Home Furnishings have surprised founder, Jim Godby, with a $500 donation in his name to the Sheridan Historical Society. The gift was made to help with roof repairs and is in special recognition of Jim’s love for his hometown community and its heritage.

According to Ron Stone, Sheridan Historical Society President, the contribution was a pleasant surprise because that roof leak was really troubling. Stone explained, “The former D. F. Hutchens & Co. Clothing storefront was a gift made (to the Historical Society) more than two decades ago so the space could serve as a museum for Sheridan. It is an older building and it will need a lot of care. It has served us well over time but the roof, which had been fully replaced in the last 15 years, is part of an aging structure that needs more upkeep. The floor is now sagging more each year – whispering for a replacement until the new cultural/community center is built. Our collections must be kept safe and lots of work is ongoing to log each artifact on a special museum register. The special gift consideration by the employees goes a long way to protect some one-of-a-kind exhibits.”

Those who wish to donate to the Sheridan Historical Society can send checks to assist with operations and maintenance to 308 S. Main Street, Sheridan, IN 46069. All contributions are tax deductible.



Sheridan Chamber Recognizes Leaders in the Community
at Annual Dinner

The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner on Tuesday, September 24th at the Sheridan Public Library. Just over 100 people attended the event which included an Award Presentation, Heavy Hors d’ Oeuvres, and a Casino Night.

Recognized during the Award Presentation were the community Volunteer of the Year, the Charity of the Year, and the Business of the Year.

Steve Martin of the Sheridan Public Library received recognition as the Volunteer of the Year for working hard to enrich the lives of young and old in the Sheridan community.  He is the chairperson of the Sheridan Learning Center committee and has helped spearhead educational efforts for adult enrichment.  He is also active with the Sheridan Historical Society, the Boxley Lecture Series Committee, the Sheridan Bluegrass Fever committee, Music and Arts in the Park and the Sheridan Rotary Club. He writes press releases for just about anybody and takes lots of pictures at community events.  Additionally, if it’s possible to be involved in anything more, he is responsible for the Library’s Holiday Bazaar and Spooky Boo Halloween program, and also serves on the Sheridan Bluegrass Jam committee.

The Charity of the Year was awarded to the Sheridan First United Methodist Church Lunch Club.  Seven years ago, Mary Lou Finchum and several other volunteers began a summer lunch program to provide meals to children in need in our community. The program grew from feeding not only children, but as the need became apparent, feeding adults in the community as well. This past summer, this charity served over 5000 meals!  Approximately 30 volunteers per week prepared and served these meals, and many others donated food, money or prayers to aide this effort. Many of these volunteers came from other church families and even other communities. Today, this group continues to work tirelessly provide meals to the Sheridan community through their Daily Lunch Club.

The final award given out was to JBS United for Business of the Year. JBS United is a leader in the Sheridan community, and is involved in countless ways to help support the community, its events, and schools. The business has been a major sponsor of many Chamber events including the Annual Golf Classic, and the Chicken Noodle Dinner and also helped sponsor the Annual Dinner by purchasing a corporate table of eight guests. Whatever the need, JBS United has always been willing to provide resources to the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce.  The business is also a major employer for the Sheridan community, and a major contributor to numerous community needs and initiatives such as the Harvest Moon Festival, Bluegrass Fever, Sheridan Main Street, Sheridan Community Schools and their sports teams, and much more.

Started with just two employees and $25,000 of money borrowed from family members. Today JBS United has over 325 employees manning eight grain facilities totaling over 20 million bushels of grain storage, nine feed mills, more research farms than anyone in the United States, and suppling customers throughout the United States and Asia.

The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce salutes these award winners and looks forward to many more years of working with them to improve the community and help those in need!

The next Sheridan Chamber of Commerce event will be the October Member Luncheon on Thursday, October 24th. Mayor Chris McBarnes of Frankfort, Indiana will be the guest speaker. Visit http://www.sheridanchamber.org/calendar to learn more about the event. Anyone in the community is invited to attend. The cost is $12.00 and RSVP’s are strongly requested. Contact Donald Vita at 317-758-1311 or don@sheridanchamber.org for more information or to register.


Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann Designates

Countryside Industrial Park as Shovel-Ready

Indianapolis, August 15, 2013 – Today, the Countryside Industrial Park located in the town of Sheridan was declared Shovel-Ready Silver by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann via the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Shovel Ready Silver designation shows the business community that the 61 acre Countryside Industrial Park is ready for economic development.

As part of designating the site, Lt. Governor Ellspermann will be presenting a certificate to community leaders on Thursday, August 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (EST) at the Countryside Industrial Park in Sheridan. This will give community leaders a chance to celebrate the certification of their new site and show appreciation to Duke Energy and WESCO for their assistance during the process.

“It’s always positive news when communities are ready to move forward with economic development opportunities,” said Ellspermann. “I look forward to seeing the growth that takes place in the near future and encourage new businesses coming to Indiana to consider Sheridan as a place to grow their companies.”

To be declared “Shovel-Ready” a site must have a base level of defined boundaries with a clear title, established price, demonstration of executive level local government support, defined utility capacity, and provided documentation such as Phase I environmental assessment, ALTA survey, and wetland delineation.

A Shovel-Ready Silver site will have current documentation, proper zoning, infrastructure to the property line as well as no environmental or wetland considerations.

“We are pleased that the Countryside Industrial Park is ready for new growth,” said Dax Norton, executive director of OCRA. “Sheridan has incredible potential and it is our hope that new businesses will choose to locate here. Their new site is a great way for the town to build capacity.”

“This certification is very beneficial as Sheridan pursues a competitive edge to advance economic development,” said David Kinkead, president of the Sheridan Town Council.

The goal of the Shovel-Ready program is to expedite the business location process by making the sites more attractive to companies and site-selection consultants who are looking to locate or expand their business.

The OCRA led Shovel-Ready program also works closely with the state’s Fast Access Site Team (FAST), which is comprised of multiple state agencies, including Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

Please visit www.in.gov/ocra/2622.htm for additional information on the Shovel Ready program.


The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. OCRA’s mission is to promote community prosperity to strengthen Indiana’s economy by providing capacity-building solutions to assure ready, marketable, and competitive communities for economic growth. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.in.gov/ocra.

For updates from the Lt. Governor and the agencies she oversees, please visit www.in.gov/lgov.


Get a Home Energy Assessment and Earn $25 for the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce Too!

Energizing Indiana is a united effort by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), participating utilities and consumer organizations to offer comprehensive statewide energy efficiency programs.

This innovative multi-utility, multi-year energy efficiency initiative has the potential to reach over 2 million Indiana residences and thousands of businesses. In the initial years of the initiative, it can save enough energy to power over 100,000 homes for a year! These energy savings will put money back in your pocket, while creating jobs and improving the economy and environment for all Indiana residents.

Residential Home Energy Assessments from Energizing Indiana are a smart approach to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home. All assessments can raise your home’s performance, lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality and increase your home’s value. Energy advisors will guide you step by step through the process to produce long-term, cost-effective energy savings by:

•  analyzing your energy use — We will assess the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in your home to determine if they are operating efficiently.

•  recommending appropriate weatherization measures — We also may inspect your home’s air duct sealing, insulation levels and more to evaluate your home’s energy consumption and heating and cooling efficiency.

•  facilitating the direct installation of specific low-cost energy-saving measures— We will install CFL bulbs, energy efficient sink aerators and shower head(s).

Depending on your home’s specific energy assessment results and what service recommendations are completed, you may reduce your energy use the very first month!

•  Once your home’s energy assessment is complete, you will receive a comprehensive report detailing what can be done to start saving energy and make your home more comfortable.

•  Many times, a Residential Home Energy Assessment reveals that only simple and relatively low-cost improvements are necessary to achieve significant energy savings.

When you improve your home’s energy efficiency, you’ll see and feel the difference right away.

And now when you sign-up for a FREE energy assessment for your home, you can earn $25 for the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce. What could be better? You save money on your utilities by learning how to save energy, and you help your community too!

Click here to see the Home Energy Assessment brochure to learn more. Then contact the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce at 317-758-1311 to sign up!


Sheridan Veterans Park:  Contributions Still Needed but Work Underway by Volunteers

“Numerous maintenance initiatives were planned for the 2013 season,” reports Parvin Gillim, Veterans Park Fund coordinator.  ”However, nothing would have been realized without the generous contributions of money and time from those that love Veterans Park,” he added.

Bridge2GazeboAccording to Gillim, Jim Godby, Godby Home Furnishings, offered a substantial monetary annuity to the park.  The large park gazebo is now named the Godby Home Furnishings Performance Gazebo.  In addition, Godby donated maintenance materials and has already given more than 100 hours of volunteer labor performing maintenance tasks at the park.  With the help of Mary Ann Cooper, they have cleaned and stained the gazebo, park benches and picnic tables.   He has washed concrete, mulched numerous planting beds, trimmed numerous bushes and pulled weeds.  ”Jim says that he likes the work but loves the park,” Gillim reports.

The campaign to raise funds received an additional contribution from Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt.  Gillim said, “Veterans Park is home to a beautiful cascading falls and Koi pond which is a favorite photo and meditation spot.  The pond must be cleaned every few years at an estimated cost of $1,600.  Contributions to the Veterans Park Fund helped to clean the pond this year and probably helped save many beautiful fish.”  Ongoing maintenance and care of the pond has been the voluntary commitment of Gene Leonard, Joe Bilby, and others for many years.  This year, Gene seeks to train a new group of volunteers to care for the fish and the pond.  Volunteers are welcomed to contact the Town of Sheridan.”

Other elements in the park that were completed for the 2013 season include cleaning and mulching at the historic Boxley Cabin as well as cleaning, planting, re-configuring and mulching numerous planting beds throughout the park.  The cabin, part of a former pioneer farm, was cleaned in April thanks to Ron Stone, Bill Stone, David Ogle, Phillip Pearson, Regan Kercheval, Phil Kercheval, Donna Jessup and Marty Hudson.   Substantial amounts of time and labor have been generously provided by Regan Kercheval along with Roy and Judy Langdon in effort to maintain the numerous planting beds throughout the park. Gillim added, “Regan’s ongoing volunteer work at the park is testament to her love of Veterans Park.”

Fav-Garden-PondcropGillim said that the enthusiasm for Sheridan Veterans Park has been steadily growing.  ”As a Vietnam veteran, Jim Godby feels a deep connection to Veterans Plaza and volunteered to maintain the plaza which includes cleaning the parade area and monuments, mulching the planting bed and trimming the shrubs.  I am so impressed by his work at Veterans Park.  We are tremendously fortunate to have Jim and others come forward with such unselfish commitment.”

According to David Kinkead, president, Sheridan Town Council, “We couldn’t do all this without our greater community coming forward to help. The budget crunch for small towns prompted a new level of citizen support.  We have had master gardeners, Judy Langdon and Regan Kercheval, involved in the thought process that eventually triggered plant contributions from the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association.  Gradually, all of the volunteers have been readying the property for the summer season.  It illustrates how a community can work together for greater good.  In addition to the Veterans Park initiatives, the Sheridan Rotary Club continues to upkeep and make improvements at Community Park and the Sheridan Kiwanis Club is now pursuing improvements for the Monon Trail.”

To make a contribution to the Veterans Park Fund, please send checks to the Town of Sheridan, Veterans Park Fund, 506 S. Main Street, Sheridan, IN 46069 or call (317) 758-5293 for more information.