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Citizen of the Year was selfless in everything she did

Called a “prominent fixture in the Connersville community for many years” by Jim Bertsch, Shirley Risch had a fulfilling and complete life.

Risch was the longest running Diplomat for the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, since its inception in 1985. She finally resigned that position in 2020.

She was an American Heritage realtor and a member of the East Central Board of Realtors. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) since 1996.

She was the St. Vincent DePaul President and was on the St. Gabriel Bereavement committee.

She had been on the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary since 1997 and had served as President several times during her tenure there.

But as wonderful as all those things are, they are still only titles.

But if there was someone who could rise above and become even more than those titles, Shirley was that person.

“She was just an awesome role model,” said Susan Kiefer, her daughter. “She was selfless in just about everything she did.”


In fact, if it weren’t for Bertch’s words written on a Chamber of Commerce nomination form for Citizen of the Year, most would never know that Shirley sponsored Fair Queen candidates or that she provided scholarships for Connersville High School seniors.

Yet, there she was, always behind the scene, doing what she could to make life better for others.

And it was there that she probably felt mose comfortable – living behind the scenes.

“She was never one who wanted any limelight for the things that she did,” Kiefer said.

Risch passed away, nearly a month before he name was called as the 2021 Citizen of the Year, last Thursday evening.

Even her obituary had to be updated by her daughter in order for her to receive credit for just a portion of the things that she had accomplished in her life.

“Mom was so very organized,” Kiefer said. “She had written her own obituary before she died, but she left out most of the things she had done in her life.

“I had to add those things, or they would never have been in there.”

Whether the words were marked down for the record or not, the important thing was that Shirley did them, and left a fantastic example behind for others to learn from.

“She has always been my hero, and I can only hope that I am a sliver of the person that she was. She was such an amazing woman,” Kiefer said.

Team members from Moore Precision Machines gather on Central prior to the Opening Day Babe Ruth parade on Saturday.

Opening Day

Big crowd, big fish

There were 91 teams who participated in the second annual Everton Volunteer Fire Department Annual Bass Fishing Tournament.

“This was the biggest turnout so far,” EVFD Chief Chad Gronning said. “There were 91 teams, last year we had 68. They came from all over Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.”

The morning started with a large breakfast and then fishermen hit the lake around 7 a.m. The tournament wasn’t able to start until the official time of sunrise.

The fishermen participated in teams of two. They were allowed to keep up to five bass and at the end of the event, the team with the highest combined weight of fish was declared the winner.

There was also a winner for largest bass caught. The first-place prize for combined weight was $2,500. There are 14 other teams that are runners up that are paid a purse.

“We have had zero fish kill, that is the goal of DNR, once the boat comes in you get the fish to the weighing station and back into the water as quick as possible,” Gronning said. “That is very important at this event. Everything went very smooth this year, it was great.

“The weather was perfect, we had a lot of people that came out just to watch the weigh-in process. We had a 50/50 raffle, four basket raffles, a large breakfast and more.”

The earlier one pre-registered meant they were able to get out on the lake faster, meaning they were able to get to their favorite spot.

“The first spot was bid on, we tried to make it fair for everyone,” Gronning said.

Full results will be available in the next couple days.

“Chip and Lisa Ayers were the directors of the event, they do an outstanding job, we want to give them a special thanks,” Gronning said.

“We want to thank everyone who came out to support the Everton Volunteer Fire Department. It is such a fun event and so many people come out and enjoy,” he added.

The date of the event in 2022 date will be announced in December.

Listed are the weights that cashed a check Saturday:

1. Chris Martinkovic, Ray Brunner (15.63); 2. Seth Fricke, Brian Short (14.86); 3. Cruze Eakins, Russel Singleton (13.93); 4. Jaime Hailstones, Rick Robertson (13.68); 5. Marty Head, Derek Schrieber (13.59); 6. Jim Burk, Glenn Turpin (12.87); 7. Eric Barrett, Kevin Lacy (12.54); 8. Blake Pincombe, Ronnie Garrett (12.50); 9. Ryan Collins, Trevor Howard (12.34); 10. Phil Hunt, Denny Johnson (11.78) (Big Bass 6.44); 11. Chris Burk, Jim Clark (11.75); 12. Tyler Frame, Stefen Hastings (11.52); 13. Tim Maupin, Dustin Burk (11.13); 14. Justin Grunkmeyer, Caleb Vanderreyden (11.10).

Celebration to bring community together

To help bring the community together and get back to normality after the pandemic, Amanda Faulk and four other individuals put together an event, “Celebration in the Ville” that will feature more than 100 vendors, live music and more.

“I talked to Brad Wilson with Discover Connersville and he had said he wanted to try to get something put together in May to get everyone back together,” Faulk said. “We want everyone to feel normalcy again so we decided to do this event and within four days, it was put together.”

The event, which will be held on May 21, will feature more than 100 vendors, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, crafters, a car cruise in and more.

“We will have music from Eric and Annalyn Adams, Closer to Clarity, Joy River Band, Caleb Daugherty Band and Ty Hornback Band. Bands will play until 11 p.m.”

There will be food trucks available starting at 2 p.m. Included will be food from Papa Johns, Wyatt Concessions, What the Truck, Daniel Girls and Concession Truck.

Vendors and food trucks will begin at 2 p.m., the car cruise in, live music and beer garden will begin at 4 p.m. Vendors and the car show will run until dark.

Faulk said if you want to wear a mask wear one, but they are not required. Just be respectful to one another.

“Bring a bag if you’re coming to shop and have your camera ready for all the cool Jeeps, trucks, cars and motorcycles that will be there,” she said. “And of course, bring your appetite for all the yummy food truck treats. If you plan on staying for live music please bring your own chair.

“I am excited for the event, many others are too. It is great that we can finally have fun and get to see friends and family we haven’t for a while. So many were excited to join in on this event and make it happen.”

For updates, please follow the event page on Facebook, Celebration in the Ville. For more information contact Amanda Faulk through Facebook messenger.

Walk-ins now welcome at Kuhlman Center vaccine clinic

RICHMOND — Reid Health is now taking walk-ins at the health system’s community COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

The Kuhlman Center Vaccine Clinic is open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, that still can be done through the state website, ourshot.in.gov, using either the Firefox or Chrome web browser. If you need help getting an appointment, you can register directly with the Kuhlman Center clinic by calling (765) 935-8484 during regular operating hours.

“The Indiana Department of Health has urged health systems giving vaccinations to open up to walk-ins, and we’re happy to do so,” said Thomas Huth, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs for Reid Health. “We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get vaccinated.”

Free vaccinations also currently are available through appointments at Reid’s Urgent Care sites in Richmond (1501 Chester Blvd.) and Connersville (1475 E. State Road 44). The Reid Ready Care Clinic inside the Richmond Meijer store will begin giving shots Monday.

Vaccinations at the Urgent Cares are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Sunday. The Ready Care Clinic will be open for shots 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There is no office fee or copay for vaccination-only visits at any of Reid’s locations.

After an appointment has been made, a link will be sent to complete the registration. That information doesn’t have to be filled out before arriving for a scheduled vaccination but doing so ahead of time will speed up the process.

Registration is preferred at the Urgent Care and Ready Care sites, but walk-ins are accepted.

Everyone 16 and older is eligible to be vaccinated in Indiana, but only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for those ages 16-17. Reid’s sites use the Pfizer product.

Parents or legal guardians of minor children who will be vaccinated need to be present at the child’s appointment.