Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greenville Public Library's Third Floor Film Series will be hosting two events during June

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On Saturday, June 13, at 11 am, join us for the wonder of special effects pioneer Willis O'Brien's groundbreaking visual effects as we screen his two most legendary film accomplishments: The Lost World & King Kong. Coffee, soft drinks, candy, and popcorn will be available free of charge throughout the event, and there will be free pizza between the films. If you are only able to make it to one of these films, The Lost World will begin promptly at 11 am (65 minutes), and King Kong will begin promptly at 12:45 pm (105 minutes). A brief discussion will follow King Kong at the conclusion of the event. More details can be found on the event's Facebook page:

On Thursday, June 25, at 7 pm, join us for one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made as we screen His Girl Friday (1940), directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. The witty quips come fast and from every direction is this masterclass of comedic timing and delivery. This promises to be a fun evening at the Third Floor Film Series! More details can be found on the event's Facebook page:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Phillipsburg Car & Plane Show to Benefit A Special Wish Foundation

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Pre-race Dedication Ceremony to Veterans at the Thank A Vet 5k Run / Walk

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2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Over 3 million service men and women left their loved ones to answer the call to duty and bravely serve in a country far away from home.

The Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution are hosting a 5k run/walk to not only Welcome Home those Veterans who saw our Nation through one of the most challenging times we have ever seen, but to thank all Veterans who have proudly served in our Armed Forces. They must never be forgotten.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to invite Veterans, their family and the public to the Thank A Vet 5k Run/Walk Pre-Ceremony.

Please join us on Saturday, May 30th at 8:45 a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds Veterans Building.

Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy will perform the opening ceremony and honor ALL Veterans with special recognition to Vietnam Veterans.

The program will also include the American Legion Post 140 Honor Guard.

You do not need to register or participate in the run/walk, just come and give the recognition due to our Veterans.

If you would like to register for the 5k, visit Mail in registrations can be printed from that site or register online. The 5K run / walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

This run/walk event is sponsored by VFW Post 7262, Post 7262 Men’s Auxiliary and Post 7262 Boosters.

Proceeds will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.

Please pass this information on to family and friends.
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VFW Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary and Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR in Greenville's Memorial Day Parade

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VFW Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary and Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members participated in the Greenville Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25. Members rode on a 1930’s fire truck sponsored by the Friends of Bear’s Mill and driven by Terry Clark, a Vietnam Veteran.

Greenville Junior High Band Program Ends Successful Year in Columbus.

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The Greenville Junior High Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian McKibben, recently traveled to Columbus, Ohio as guests of Representative Jim Buchy. The Jazz Band, made up of 7th and 8th grade band students, performed in concert at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower. Following their performance the students were treated to lunch and then took part in a wonderful tour of the Ohio Statehouse.

During lunch students spent time speaking with Representative Buchy, who discussed topics of government, how the House of Representatives functions as a law making body, and his role in the House of Representatives. Students also reviewed how many Senators (33) and Representatives (99) held office and how bills are introduced and become law. He also answered student and chaperone questions. Mr. Buchy stressed the importance of hard work and doing well in school. The students and adults thoroughly enjoyed the visit and time spent with Representative Jim Buchy.

The guided tour of our Ohio Statehouse was very interesting and educational as well. Students were guided, by a retired history teacher, through the expansive Greek Revival building that has a footprint of two acres. Students were able to see the chambers of both the Senate and House of Representatives. Students also were able to view the historic 1945 painting by Howard Chandler of the 1795 signing of the Treaty of Greenville as well as many other historical artifacts.

The GJHS Jazz Band is one of the activities in which Junior High Band members may choose to participate. The Jazz Band meets before school each Wednesday and is designed to give students, of any band instrument, an additional outlet to use and improve their musical skills. The Jazz Band also is used as an avenue to begin students on drum set, bass guitar, guitar, and keyboards and as a stepping stone into the GHS Jazz Scene.

The Junior High Band Program includes and emphasizes the concert bands, solo and ensemble participation, and the jazz band.
Pictured are members of the Jazz Band performing in Columbus on May 19, 2015.

2014-2015 Jazz Band Personnel

Katie Baughman, trumpet
Cassey Bolyard, flute
Andrew Bonfiglio, drum set
Madelyn Breig, alto sax
Calab Browder, trombone
Aaron Buchy, baritone sax
Levi Cain, clarinet
Anna Chavez, trumpet
Caleb Coppess, trumpet
Ashton Crowell, trumpet
Lauren Dull, trombone
Dennis Forte, trombone
Josh Galloway, tenor sax
Sophie Gettinger, piano
Destiny Grillot, flute
Garrett Hartle, tuba
Makayla Hess, flute
Taylor Hines, clarinet
Shelby Johns, trumpet
Caitlynne Kinard, clarinet
Marabelle Lance, piano
Ian Laux, trumpet
Casey Malott, flute
Anna Manges, flute
Samantha Newberry, clarinet
Shawna Osborne, trumpet
Dylan Snyder, alto sax
Lily Stiefel, flute
Jordyn Warren, flute
Levi Wilson, trombone

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society PLans Self Guided Tour of Ithaca and Beech Grove

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Enjoy a self guided scenic drive through Southern Darke County to learn more about Ithaca and Beech Grove. The tour planned by the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society highlights points of interest giving a glimpse of times long ago.

Ithaca was the first settlement to prosper in Twin Township serving as a trading center for what is now southern Darke County. When platted in 1832 by John Colville Ithaca was known as Twinsborough taking its name from Twin Creek. State Route 503 was known as Ithaca Pike, before that it was a trace used by Gen. Anthony Wayne marching north from Ft. Washington (Cincinnati) through Ithaca, Beech Grove to Ft. Jefferson and on to Greenville.

Beech Grove was a settlement at the intersection of what is today Hollansburg Arcanum Rd and St. Rt. 503. The cemetery stones give the names of the Karn family and their friends who came from Butler County in the mid 1800s to start a community where their lives centered around the German Reformed Church.

A display at the Arcanum Public Library shows photos of structures still in uses, gives the history and interesting facts about the buildings located in both Ithaca and Beech Grove.

Pick up a brochure at the Historical Society, Arcanum Library, Darke County Visitors Bureau, Garst Museum or download from the Historical Society website:

Enjoy the drive and the history of the area.

American Sign Language Classes at Library

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Linda is seen left with Librarian Kaley Breaden.
The Greenville Public Library is proud to host a free course in American Sign Language taught by interpreter Linda Crawford. The first class is Wednesday June 10th from 6:00 to 7:30. Classes continue for eight Wednesdays ending on July 29th. To register please call the Library at 548-3915 or call Linda directly at 423-0402.

The only cost will be $15 for a book and other materials a participant will most likely wish to have. Linda will teach basic conversation and provide an understanding of the history and culture of the deaf community.

Linda has been an interpreter for 30 years. She traveled with a missionary group over the US and Belize for seven years using music and dance to spread the gospel and to start deaf schools. The group consisted of both deaf and hearing. Linda is a singer who did the singing and voicing for the dramas.

Originally from Rochester NY, she met her husband - who is from Greenville - on her last tour. They became foster parents and have a son and grandchildren.

Linda interprets for EUM Church, TriVillage, Franklin Monroe, Arcanum, and Greenville schools. She is also associated with Community Services for the Deaf in Dayton and is EIPA certified. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

DCCA Representatives Meet with First Lady Karen Kasich at Ohio Arts Day

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Karen Kasich, First Lady of Ohio with DCCA representatives Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director; Darryl Mehaffie, Director and OAC Board Member; and Andrea Jordan, Executive Director, at Ohio Arts Day. Kasich spoke at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio Luncheon, sharing her support encouragement for the arts throughout the state.

Local arts council representatives met with elected officials as part of Ohio Arts Day, May 13th at the State Capital, to thank them for their support of the arts and share Darke County Center for the Arts story of encouraging cultural enrichment.

Darke County Center for the Arts representatives met with Karen Kasich, First Lady of Ohio to express the importance of DCCA’s presence in our community and thank her for her strong support and involvement in the arts throughout the state.

Throughout the day, DCCA representatives also met with Senate President Keith Faber and Senator Bill Beagle as well as State Representatives Jim Buchy and Stephen Huffman to share DCCA’s achievements and thank them for their strong support of DCCA’s mission and the arts in Darke County.

Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) is a community arts council whose purpose is to promote all art forms and to expand opportunities for cultural enrichment within the county. As the only Presenting Arts organization in Darke County, the DCCA Board of Directors feels the compelling responsibility for making the Arts accessible to all age groups of all economic sectors in our county. DCCA is a not-for-profit 501C3 organization that depends upon strong government support to enable the fulfillment of its mission. Ticket prices are kept low to make performances as affordable as possible. Ticket revenues account for approximately 25% of the total income necessary to present high quality performing artists and cover the administrative expenses involved in carrying out the day-to-day activities of a presenting arts organization. The remaining funds come from strong government and community support. Thanks to continued community and government support, DCCA has been able to maintain a strong financial position, without accessing its reserves.

DCCA’s desire is to offer quality programming, encouraging cultural enrichment in our community, and to do our part to make Darke County, Ohio a great place to live. For more information contact the DCCA office at (937)547-0908 or

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community.

Annie Oakley Golf Committee plan golf tournament for July 20, 2015

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2015 Annie Oakley Golf Committee members (left to right:) Matt and Angie Arnold, Larry Ullery, Kay and Ed Curry, Kent James (wife Lynn unavailable for picture,) Beth and Todd Durham, Christine Lynn, Ray and Bettye Laughlin.

Preparations for the 34th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway! Last year 116 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County. Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Kent & Lynn James, Todd and Beth Durham, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ed & Kay Curry, Larry Ullery and Christine Lynn.

Last year’s tournament was very successful and the event raised $19,000.00 for the Cancer Association of Darke County. This fundraiser helped the association to provide benefits to over 250 Darke County residents battling cancer. These benefits were provided in the form of reimbursement for medications, transportation, medical supplies and nutritional supplements such as Ensure.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 20 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and dinner for the golfer and their guest. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will once again benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with tee off time scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one in the eighth hole will win their choice of premium golf equipment. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eleventh hole will win a Yamaha Golf Cart.

Additional information and entry forms for the 34th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County (PH: 937-548-9960 or EMAIL: or from any tournament committee member.

Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy community cause.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring the Military Family, a Memorial Day story

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By Christina Chalmers

Pictured with Christina is husband Robert Chalmers.
Each May, we take time as a country to celebrate our veterans, lifting them up for all the sacrifices they have made for the freedoms we have. And doing so is the good and right thing. We wouldn't be the country we are without them.

But this weekend, as we mark Memorial Day by saying thank you to our veterans, there’s another group whose sacrifice, service and love of this country needs to be honored as well: the loved ones who are left behind to support them. Military family members—spouses, children, parents—serve their country, too, but in ways that are all too often overlooked.

Throughout a deployment, military families sacrifice every day to support their soldiers. This is particularly true for the spouses. I know. I am one.

Having your spouse on deployment feels like an endless journey, and you only want the basics that others often take for granted in day-to-day life—to see, hug and kiss your spouse and know that they are okay. Instead, we are alone. We must be brave and self-sufficient. We must be resilient, passionate and strong—even under extraordinary circumstances. We must rely on support from family members, friends, other military spouses and the community.

But, while we may look like we have it all together, the truth is often we’re just barely hanging on. It’s a difficult task to remain strong throughout the high stress of a deployment, laughing things off and trying to make the best of everything. It seems that we are always “at our limit” with no sleep and through tears worrying about our soldier’s well-being, taking care of our homes, children and ourselves.

For those military spouses with children, deployment immediately makes you a single parent, even though you’re technically not. And that’s difficult on everyone. Our soldiers miss a lot in their kid’s lives. They miss first steps, first words, school events, sports games and tucking them in each night. And military kids are strong, brave and adaptable, but their feelings of abandonment are real and cause anxiety and insecurities.

Local Author Signs Multi Million Dollar Publishing Deal

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John Scalzi, who lives in eastern Darke County, recently signed a 10 year publishing deal with Tor Books reportedly worth $3.4 million.

Scalzi, a best selling, award winning author primarily writes science fiction novels, including his debut Old Man's War, which includes many Darke County references in the open chapters. He was also a guest at a recent "Author's Night" event at Montage hosted by the Darke County Center for the Arts.

As part of the new deal with Tor, Scalzi will write 13 books for the publisher: 10 novels and 3 young adult novels.

Congratulations, Mr. Scalzi! Your success is much deserved and hard earned!

Click here to read the full story at the New York Times.

And click here to visit John Scalzi's home on the web, "Whatever."
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