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Riverview Health Foundation to Host 11th Annual Women’s Retreat

Noblesville – Riverview Health Foundation invites the public to participate in the 11th Annual Women’s Retreat.

This year, the Riverview Health Foundation Women’s Retreat will be held November 2 or 3-6, 2014, at Secrets Silversands Riviera in Cancun, Mexico. Experience the all-inclusive adult-only resort, featuring eight gourmet restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a full service spa.

This year’s retreat speaker is Jackie Walker, author of Doctor of Closetoloty and I Don’t Have a Thing to Wear, The Psychology of Your Closet. The retreat will also host a panel featuring style experts and co-owners of AH Collection, Anne White and Holly Kirsh, as well as co-owner of ClarityMD, Dr. Jodie Harper. The panel will be available to help women feel beautiful on the inside and outside.

The deadline to register for the 11th Annual Women’s Retreat is Friday, July 25. For more information or to register, please contact Bottom Line Travel Solutions at 317.536.5584. All pricing includes a $100 donation to Riverview Health Foundation Women’s Endowment Fund, which helps to fund women’s services, programs and equipment at Riverview Health.

About Riverview Health Foundation – Since its inception in 1976, Riverview Health Foundation – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – has served Riverview Health in preserving the health of the community through philanthropic efforts and fundraising. Funds raised by Riverview Health Foundation are gifted to Riverview Health for the purposes of purchasing advanced medical equipment and providing much-needed services to patients and their family members. For more information on Riverview Health Foundation, visit riverview.org/foundation.

About Riverview Health – Riverview Health is comprised of a full-servide, 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.

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Home Repair Initiative Accepting Applications

HAND Inc., a non-profit community development organization, has joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County to offer a comprehensive, county-wide home repair program designed to help homeowners live in healthy, safe and attractive housing. “Helping HAND, HAND’s home repair program, is core to the mission of HAND; bringing together our partnership with Habitat for Humanity to develop solutions for local area residents with home repair needs,” explains HAND Executive Director, Nate Lichti. He further adds, “The launch of Helping HAND enables our organization to help our neighbors throughout Hamilton County, on a one-by-one basis. We will be able to repair roofs, gutters, windows and more. These improvements enhance a homeowner’s quality of life immediately.” This new program is designed to offer assistance for home repairs or modifications to homeowners living with low to moderate incomes. The type of work can also include HVAC or water heater issues, electrical and plumbing deficiencies, or creating improved accessibility through installation of ramps, handrails, wider doorways, or bathroom remodels. HAND is placing a special emphasis on the communities of Sheridan, Cicero, Arcadia, and Atlanta as potential funding sources will be directed specifically to these communities. “HAND staff has been overwhelmed by the level of response to our new home repair program. Potential participants are deeply grateful for the assistance, sometimes even shy in their requests. HAND is glad to be of help to Hamilton County homeowners in need,” Lichti provides.

Anyone is welcome to request an application or a consultation about this program. At any time during the application or interview, you can withdraw from the program without consequence. There is no cost to apply, but there are several eligibility requirements for the repair program:

  • Income: The household must have an annual income of approximately less than: 1 person household – $36,500; 2 person household – $41,700; 3 person household – $46,900; 4 person household – $52,100; 5 person household – $56,300
  • Ownership and Property Taxes: You must be the owner of record and must be living there. Property taxes must be current. Contract buyers are not eligible.
  • Location: Your home must be located with Hamilton County.

A public input session will also be held on Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Hamilton North Public Library, 209 W. Brinton Street in Cicero. HAND welcomes your thoughts and ideas as they continue to develop the program. Please feel free to join in the discussion.

Through this program, HAND and Habitat hope to build relationships while addressing housing issues. In partnership with residents, neighborhood associations, government and community agencies, the initiative will help to revitalize and restore the housing conditions for existing homeowners. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Please consider joining in this impactful effort for the benefit of all of Hamilton County.

For additional information, please contact:

Michelle Westermeier, Housing Coordinator, HAND, Inc., 348 S. 8th St., Suite A, Noblesville IN 46060, (317) 674-8108, michelle@handincorporated.org, www.handincorporated.org.

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The Farmers Bank Hires Mary Dowling as Vice President – Commercial Lender

Mary DowlingFrankfort, IN – The Farmers Bank is pleased to announce that Mary Dowling joined the bank on June 9, 2014 as a Vice-President – Commercial Lender. She will be working in the Fishers, Indiana office. Mary has over 25 years’ experience in the Indianapolis area financial services industry.

Dowling graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri and received her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland. After receiving her MBA from the University of Indianapolis, she joined Chase and worked as a Relationship Manager in Business Banking for 20 years. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, she lived in Munich, Germany for 6 years, and worked for the US government, Army, as a budget analysis and auditor, after which she moved to Indiana and worked for a pharmaceutical wholesaler as a sales representative for 5 years.

Dowling lives in Zionsville with her husband, Jim. She has one daughter who lives with her husband and 2 children in Indianapolis. Mary is a member of Advent Lutheran Church. In her spare time she enjoys working with The United Way and traveling with her husband.

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.

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First Farmers Offers Fresh Approach, Old Values

First Farmers Bank & Trust (FFMR) offers its customers the best of both worlds: old-fashioned service combined with state-of-the-art banking products. Some call it “today’s bank with yesterday’s values.”

And that’s just fine with First Farmers, which is proud of its past and focused on the future. Based in tiny Converse, Indiana, it has been serving rural farming communities for almost 130 years. The bank remains committed to those customers, but it has also broadened its reach to include mid-sized communities
like Kokomo, Terre Haute, Marion and Huntington. And its banking expertise has broadened from the agricultural industry to commercial businesses of all kinds.

“We are committed to rural communities and have proven to be both a very progressive institution while retaining the core philosophy of community banking. At the same time, our service concept translates well to larger mid-size markets as well,” said First Farmers President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Miles.

Today, First Farmers offers a range of services – from deposit and investment accounts to commercial loans and leasing – that its commercial and Ag clients need to succeed.

First Farmers’ reputation has soared right along with the number of services it offers. American Banker magazine recently ranked the Top Community Banks in the nation based on average three-year return on equity. First Farmers ranked an impressive 13th in the country. It was the only bank in Indiana among the
top 75 and one of only three Hoosier banks in the top 100.

With assets of $1.2 billion, First Farmers has more than 50,000 clients served by 27 offices. It has locations throughout Hamilton, Johnson, Cass, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Starke, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and Wabash counties in Indiana, and three offices in Coles and Edgar counties in Illinois.

First Farmers has been in growth mode lately, announcing in May that it is buying the deposits of nine BMO Harris Bank branches. It will acquire seven of the nine branch buildings and will assume responsibility for the employees of all nine branches, which are located in Marion, Logansport, Terre Haute, Farmersburg, Sullivan, Clay City, Brazil, Carlisle and Shelburn.

Last year, First Farmers entered the Indianapolis-area market when it bought four Bank of Indiana offices, including one in Bargersville in Johnson County. First Farmers has had a presence in Hamilton County since 1998 with an office in Sheridan.

“Expansion and growth is welcome but only if we remain true to our core mission of exceptional customer service. Our model works …so a consistency in approach is as important in smaller markets as it is in larger ones. This acquisition fits nicely with our history of supporting rural communities. We are confident our services and products will complement these types of
communities,” added Miles.

While the availability of First Farmers’ services is spreading to commercial enterprises big and small throughout the state, so is its full line of personal and financial planning services.

“It is imperative that a bank have a full complement of services and delivery channels today. We have to match our much larger competitors in terms of e-commerce and convenience. At the same time, we offer the added value of significant experience in the Ag industry and a comprehensive client relationship. We consider our client experience to be very reflective of a traditional banking model in the way we interact and communicate with our
customers,” said Tade J. Powell, VP-Marketing & Public Relations.

Whether working with a business or a personal banking client, individual attention is the foundation upon which the bank has existed since 1885.

First Farmers Bank & Trust is proud of that rich tradition as a solid financial force with the highest of ideals. As First Farmers looks to the future, it will continue to focus on its strength of providing state of the art banking with old-fashioned service.

Reprinted with permission of Indianapolis Business Journal, IBJ Media, copyright 2014.

 

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Riverview Medical Group Welcomes New Orthopedic Physician

Dr.Williams_HeadshotNoblesville – Riverview Health is pleased to announce that board certified physician, Tim Williams, MD, has joined Riverview Medical Group. Dr. Williams serves patients at Westfield Orthopaedics and specializes in hip, knee and shoulder replacement, hip and knee arthroscopy, as well as care of fractures, sprains and lacerations.

“Dr. Williams is a great addition to our team of physicians and will enhance the already high-quality orthopedic care provided by Riverview Health,” said Mary Valdez, vice president of Operations for Riverview Medical Group. “His expertise in total joint replacement and the non-operative and operative treatment of arthritis will help improve the overall quality of life for our patients.”

Dr. Williams is a fellow of the prestigious American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and performs more than 300 joint replacements each year. He completed a fellowship in hip and knee replacement surgery at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he received advanced training in the care and treatment of arthritic joints. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Williams, call 317.867.5263.

About Riverview Health

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

 

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The Farmers Bank Named Five Star Member

Five Star Member_2014Frankfort, IN – The Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) has recognized The Farmers Bank with a Five Star Member award at the IBA’s Mega Conference on April 29th in downtown Indianapolis. The Farmers Bank earned the award in recognition of its commitment to the IBA in the areas of political awareness, issue advocacy,life-long learning, volunteerism and preferred service provider utilization.

The Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) supports Indiana banking through issues analysis, professional education, and products and services that enhance financial institutions’ ability to serve their communities.

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.

 

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The Farmers Bank Included in List of Top 200 Community Banks in the Country

Frankfort, IN – The Farmers Bank is pleased to announce they have been included in the American Banker Magazine ranking of the Top 200 Community Banks in the country. The Farmers Bank ranked number 167 with a three-year average Return on Equity (ROE) of 9.16%. To make the list, banks had to post a three-year average ROE of 8.66% or higher.

A total of 851 institutions fit the criteria for the ranking. The 200 top performers listed are doing significantly better as a group than the 851 as a whole. They posted a median ROE of 10.44% for 2013 (versus 5.70% for the entire peer group) and a median ROA of 1.05% (versus 0.67%).

Karen I. Miller, president and CEO states “Our management team and board of directors are quite proud of our continued financial success. Our employees are outstanding and are committed to developing deep relationships, providing exceptional service, bringing value to our customers, and assisting in their financial success. We are committed to community banking and the future looks promising. Our vision hasn’t changed; to financially serve our markets in central Indiana and to bring a strong return to our shareholders. We have a strong heritage and are honored and humbled to continue this legacy.”

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 9 banking offices located in Central Indiana providing retail, business, trust & asset management, investment, mortgage, and electronic banking services. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

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Riverview Health Foundation to Host 22nd Annual Heartfelt Thanks Golf Tournament

Noblesville - The public is invited to join Riverview Health Foundation for the 22nd Annual Heartfelt Thanks Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 25, at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville.

It’s sure to be a great day of golf brought to you by event sponsor, BMO Harris Bank. Not only will this be a great way to enjoy the summer sun, but it’s also an opportunity to enhance the already high-quality cardiac care provided by Riverview Health.

Registration for the Florida scramble begins at 9:30 am, with an 11 am shotgun start. There are two packages available this year. The Corporate package is $1,00 and includes cart and greens fees, lunch and dinner, on-course refreshments, eight mulligans and four skirts for ladies’ tee off. The team package is $750 and includes cart and greens fees, on-course refreshments, and lunch and dinner.

Register by June 13 by contacting Jessica Deering at jdeering@riverview.org or 317.776.7938.

About Riverview Health

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

About Riverview Health Foundation

Since its inception in 1976, Riverview Health Foundation – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – has served Riverview Health in preserving the health of the community through philanthropic efforts and fundraising. Funds raised by Riverview Health Foundation are gifted to Riverview Health for the purposes of purchasing advanced medical equipment and providing much-needed services to patients and their family members.

 

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First Farmers Bank & Trust (FFMR) Acquisition

Converse, IN First Farmers Financial Corporation (FFMR), parent company of First Farmers Bank & Trust, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire deposit relationships of nine BMO Harris Bank N.A. Indiana branches. The purchase includes deposit relationships at locations in Marion, Logansport, Terre Haute, Farmersburg, Sullivan, Clay City, Brazil, Carlisle and Shelburn, Indiana. First Farmers Bank & Trust will also acquire seven of the nine branches and retain the employees from all nine locations. The acquisition does not include any loans (other than overdraft lines of credit), commercial accounts, accounts with cash management services and certain deposit accounts associated with those locations.

“First Farmers Bank & Trust continues to uphold the philosophy and principles of community banking in a variety of markets. These new locations are representative of markets that our organization has successfully served for generations and we are very confident that our products and style service will be well received”, Gene Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Farmers Bank & Trust.

As of February 2014, the branches had deposits of approximately $134 million. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the latter part of 2014.

First Farmers Financial Corp (FFMR) is a $1.2 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse, Indiana. First Farmers Bank & Trust has 24 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.

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Riverview Health Foundation to Host Inaugural Women of Vision Series Event

Noblesville – Riverview Health Foundation will host the first of four Women of Vision Series events titled, “Spring Into Gardening: The Healing Power of Food” on Thursday, May 15 from 6-8 pm.

Come with a friend and join other women as they gather at Rita’s Backyard – located at 122244 E. 116th St. in Fishers – to learn about herbs and vegetable gardening with Rita herself. You will also learn about the healing power of food from 2014 Women of Vision Luncheon speaker and Riverview Medical Group physician, Dr. Amy Banter.

All women are welcome to attend this fun event. Everyone who attends will receive a 25 percent discount from Rita’s Backyard.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Jessica Deering at jdeering@riverview.org or 317.776.7938.

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.

 

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Riverview Health Foundation Successfully Hosts 10th Annual Women of Vision Luncheon

Noblesville – On April 17, Riverview Health Foundation hosted the 10th Annual Women of Vision Luncheon. The luncheon was created in 2004 to bring together interesting and talented women to educate them about their health and inspire them to follow their dreams. Over the last ten years, Riverview Health Foundation has reached out to 3,000 women and men who have helped us raise more than $600,000 for women’s services, programs and equipment at Riverview Health. In addition, this year’s luncheon raised nearly $62,000 to help fund women’s initiatives.

Riverview Medical Group Physician, Amy Banter, MD, and her sister, Cynthia Husted, PhD, shared their knowledge of holistic medicine and Dr. Husted’s story of strength and healing after being bitten by a black widow spider. Dr. Husted was also presented with the Women’s Retreat Impact Award, which is given to women who best exemplify life balance through who they are and the time, talent and energy they give through business, civic or philanthropic leadership.

Lastly, the Riverview Health Foundation was honored to present eleven “Women of Vision Giving Club” grants, totaling $28,287, to the following areas and programs at Riverview Health: Maternity Center, OB/GYN Specialists, Rehab & Fitness and Women’s Boutique. These grants are awarded to programs at Riverview Health that impacts the lives of women and girls in Hamilton County.

On the day of the event, the attendees opened their hearts by raising $24,879 and 48 women renewed or joined the Women of Vision Giving Club. If you’d like more information on how to join, please contact Jessica Deering at 317.776.7939 or jdeering@riverview.org.

The day was fun, inspirational and benefited a great cause!

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.

 

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IU Health North Hospital’s Joint Replacement Program Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission

Carmel – Indiana University Health North Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its joint replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes IU Health North Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

IU Health North Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review where Joint Commission experts evaluated the organization for compliance with national standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, IU Health North Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients requiring joint replacement,” Suzanne Del Boccio, chief nursing officer and vice-president of patient care services for the IU Health North Central Region, which includes IU Health North, Saxony and Tipton Hospitals. “Certification is a voluntary process and I am extremely proud of the leadership of our physicians and associates for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate our standard of care and instill confidence in the community we serve.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, was designed to elevate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certified programs must demonstrate a systematic approach to care delivery and a commitment to performance improvement through ongoing data collection and analysis.

“Achieving Joint Commission certification for our joint replacement program is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Hur, medical director for orthopedics and sports medicine at IU Health North. “Our associates’ dedication and commitment for quality of care for our patients is reflected in the success of the on-site survey. We have an excellent team that is focused on providing the best possible clinical outcomes and continually improving our joint replacement program.

 

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Karen Miller Named to Indiana Chamber Board of Directors

Karen I. MillerKaren Miller, President and CEO of the Farmers Bank, of Frankfort, has been named to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Representing Clinton County, Miller is among the more than 190 Indiana Chamber board members who are presidents, CEO’s and high-level executives from companies throughout the state.

The Indiana Chamber is dedicated to providing member companies with numerous cost-saving benefits and timely information that will enable them to grow their businesses. The Indiana Chamber represents nearly 5,000 companies that employ 800,000 Hoosier workers.

The Indiana Chamber’s board plays a vital role in developing all aspects of the organization’s business advocacy efforts. Members serve on various committees that research key topics and define policy positions for adoption by the entire board each fall. These positions are used by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team to initiate and evaluate legislation at the Statehouse and at the federal level.

Miller joined The Farmers Bank in 1995 and has served in numerous capacities before being named president and CEO in 2006. She was previously employed with Clinton County Bank & Trust and was an accountant before joining the banking industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and received her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification in 1986. Miller is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and volunteer with numerous local organizations.

“Each year we welcome new board members who offer fresh ideas from a variety of industries and life experiences,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “We appreciate Karen’s dedication and look forward to her input as we all work to promote economic prosperity and job growth in Indiana.”

Miller will serve a three-year term as an Indiana Chamber board member through 2016.

The Indiana Chamber partners with 15,000 members and investors – representing 2.6 million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.