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By Cindi Aukerman
When Virginia Hiatt took the job as director of the Union City Public Library, she thought she might move on after a year or two. Now she is retiring after 40 years in that job.
A proud 1964 graduate of Ridgeville High School and a 1968 graduate of Ball State, she served as librarian at the Batesville Community High School before returning to Ball State for her master's degree. Then there weren't any openings for school librarians, and she heard about the vacancy at the UC Public Library.
"I always thought I'd be in a school situation," Hiatt explains, "so I thought I can move on in a year or two when I make up my mind. Well, after 40 years, I've finally made up my mind. I'm moving on - to retirement."
Hiatt's 40 years as librarian at Union City has seen two major achievements: the 1988-89 library remodeling and automation.
The remodeling in 1988-89 provided an elevator for handicapped access and an expansion of shelving by using the library's high ceilings. At a cost of $135,000, the remodeling preserved the Carnegie building's architectural and interior integrity
Frank Miller donated the lumber that artisans used to create the new tall shelves. The entire project was paid for by library funds and donations.
Hiatt says, "We didn't have to issue bonds or borrow any money. I think that says a lot for the Union City community."
The second major achievement of Hiatt's tenure is the library's move to automation, although the director says that move didn't come naturally to her. When she began her job at UC, the bookwork was done by hand in a two-spread ledger, a process that took hours.
"I'm not really into electronics, and I really drug my feet," she recalls. "But when we got our first computer, it was so much easier to do the bookkeeping and to apply for grants."
Now the library is part of the state-wide Evergreen system that opens up the collections of libraries across the state to Union City patrons, who can search any participating library for a book they want.
The UC Public Library is in "very good financial shape" compared to other libraries, Hiatt says. Board members have credited Hiatt with that achievement, but she is quick to say the library's sound financial status is due to both past and present board members.
Joseph Skeen will become the new director on March 10. Hiatt says, "I believe he will do a good job for Union City. New blood hopefully will bring new people to the library. One of the most disturbing trends is the decline in use of the library since the advent of computers. The young and even some of their parents think they can get everything from the computer, and that's not so."
Hiatt has a pat answer when she's asked what retirement will mean for her.
"I have family in California, Maine, Florida and Georgia, and friends in North Carolina and Michigan, so travel will be on the agenda. Eventually I want to volunteer. Schools always need readers. I will keep busy."
She has been content working in Union City for 40 years. She did book reviews for service clubs and was active in professional library organizations. She adds, "I've had wonderful board members."
The library board is holding a retirement reception for Hiatt from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 16 at the Community Room. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to view the library's 40 years of scrapbooks and memorabilia while extending best wishes to the retiring librarian.
By Hailey Brewer
How many times have you had pain in your neck or back, the headache that turns into the never leaving migraine, sinus issues, sore and tired feet, and/or just a plain wore out body. Well, if you said yes to any of these, there is no reason to feel that way any more. Not when you can visit our local massage therapist who has received great reviews for helping people with these same issues and more.
Jackie Wallace is a licensed massage therapist at Relax The Stress Away LLC located at 1015 N Columbia St. in Union City, Indiana. This address may seem familiar to some of you and that is because Jackie is located in the same building as Dr. Brad Key Chiropractic.
Jackie first decided that she wanted to become a massage therapist after working with the elderly as a CNA at Brethren Retirement Community (BRC) in Greenville, Ohio. Jackie said, “I have always wanted to help people and that is why I first went into the health care field. I then saw the benefits that massage has and decided that is how I wanted to help people now." After making this decision she then set out to find a school and that she did. Jackie attended the Alexandria School Therapeutic Massage in Alexandria, Indiana. She was among the graduating class of 2004 from this state credited school.
After graduating, Jackie worked in Richmond, Indiana at a Salon and Day Spa doing massage part-time and still working full-time as a CNA at the BRC. Unfortunately, this arrangement did not work out for her and her family so, after two years she left the Day Spa and set out to find a new place to practice her trade. While seeking a new place, Jackie worked at several health fair events doing chair massage as well as being hired by businesses to come in and give the employees chair massages (which she is still for hire to do so).
In the early fall of 2011 Dr. Brad Key approached Jackie about renting a spot in his building and doing massage therapy there. Knowing all the benefits that massage and chiropractic work have for people, it just made since to have both in the same building. They began working together September 7, 2011. Jackie just recently left the BRC after 22 years to focus full-time on her massage therapy business.
Massage therapy has changed so much over the years and it is no longer just something that women do for relaxation. It is now an industry for men, women, and kids of all ages to benefit from. Massage improves blood circulation throughout your body, can give relief from pain, as well as helping with pain management. It has also been linked to helping with anxiety and depression.
Whether you have a specific problem that you need to have worked on or you just want to pamper yourself to a little me time and relaxation, call and get an appointment scheduled! You can call the front desk at Dr. Key's office at 765-964-3182 and one of the great staff members will help you. Another option is Facebook. You can find her business at Relax The Stress Away LLC, (make sure to type this out in the search bar) and send her a private message. Jackie does encourage people to like her Facebook page to get updates on upcoming specials as well as the chance to win free sessions when you get involved with her trivia games.
Jackie is available Tuesday from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M., Wednesday and Friday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., and every other Saturday from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.