Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Help The Light Foundation Win The All Stars of Giving Challenge

Please help the Light Foundation win a $100,000 grant.  Join fellow fans in selecting the ten All Stars of Giving. One of those All Stars will then be crowned the Humanitarian of the Year by All Sports United and receive in-kind services and a cash reward for his/her favorite cause. Donations, from individuals and corporate sponsors, will also increase the amount of cash rewards. Your votes decides the final 10 All Stars.

You may vote up to 3 times per day. Voting ends May 15, 2014.

Please go to All Stars of Giving >> Most Valuable Philanthropist 2014 - SPORTS and cast your vote!

Photo Workshop at Library

Members of the Darke County Photography Club will teach a photography workshop on May 3rd from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. Jeannie Grosch invites everyone to attend this free class and learn such skills as: basic camera use; what the dials mean and how to change settings; little things to make a better picture; composition, lighting, and depth of field - all in simple laymans‘s terms.

She asks participants to bring their own cameras, a flash drive, and a few of their own pictures. Because seating is limited, please call the Library at 548-3915 to reserve a place. This date also marks the start of a photo contest “Faces of the Library” - come and hear more about the contest!

The Photo Club meets at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday of every month at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Preserve Center. The meetings feature informative presentations by members and professional photographers, as well as themed monthly informal feedback sessions conducted by the members present. There are also themed formal quarterly critiques, con-ducted by guest professional photographers. More info at www.darkecountyphotoclub.com.

DAVIDSON NAMED SW DISTRICT BOWLER OF THE YEAR


The Ohio High School Bowling Coaches Association with sponsorship from Ebonite will award (1) Male and (1) Female bowler a college scholarship and will be awarded a plaque as the Ohio Southwest District Bowler of the Year. The award is voted on by the Coaches Association Board of Directors.

Criteria is a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average and must bowl on a high school team that is part of the OHSAA. Along with an essay that is submitted by the bowler, a list of OHSAA High School bowling accomplishments and non OHSAA High School bowling accomplishments are to be submitted.

“Michael was selected as the Southwest District Bowler of the Year for the 2013-14 Season. We feel he is not only the best High School Bowler in the SW District, but the best in the State as well. No matter what tournament or competition he is in, he always helps give his team and himself (in singles competition) a chance at the title,” stated Greg Coulles, Executive Director of the OHSBCA.

Michael will be attending Calumet College of St. Joseph just outside of Chicago majoring in Criminal Justice and will be competing for the Crimson Wave. “His goal is to help the team bring home a National Championship. Calumet has a very solid program and a very good coach. It will be exciting to see him compete at the next level.” said Coach Davidson.

VHCC CELEBRATES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEER WEEK

Volunteers left to right: Judy Shappie, Fred Drees, Susan Fields, Adela Hoke, Elsie Shappie, Diane Yakos, Karen Doseck, and Connie Stammen. Not Pictured: Beulah Fine.
In celebration of National Healthcare Volunteer Week held April 6-13, 2014, Versailles Health Care Center recognized and thanked volunteers for their hard work and dedication at a recent luncheon of pizza and salad at McBo’s Bowling Lanes in Versailles. Tokens of appreciation were given in the form of garden shovels filled with candy with attached note saying “We Dig You”. Special recognition of volunteer service years was made to the following volunteers: Beulah Fine, 27 years; Adela Hoke, 21 years; Susan Fields, 21 years; Fred Drees, 9 years; Elsie Shappie, 9 years; Connie Stammen, 5 years; Karen Doseck, 5 years; Diane Yakos, 5 years; and Judy Shappie, 10 months. Activities Director, Candy Stump, thanked volunteers, “The residents and staff at Versailles Health Care Center appreciate your kindness and thank you for the profound impact you make in the lives you touch every day. You help make Versailles Health Care Center what it is today!”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. If you would like to join the volunteer program at the care center, please call Candy Stump at 526-5570.

Diabetes Care

Spring has finally made its way to Ohio. Individuals can be observed walking or riding their bikes. Spring is a time to spruce up our yards and plant gardens. This time of the year individuals can be seen taking care of the outside of their yard, but it is also a time to take care of yourself if you have diabetes.

Remember to test your blood glucose level. This will help guide your treatment plan by determining the effects of activity, food, and medication on glucose. It also helps to prevent hypoglycemia. Do not forget to take your medications as directed.

Uncontrolled blood glucose can affect your heart, kidneys, nerves, mouth, feet, and eyes. Take into account screenings which can help with diabetes control: home blood glucose testing, Hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, lipid panel, dilated eye exam, kidney tests, foot exam, dental exam, and immunizations.

Also remember to include physical activity and exercise daily. You do not need to run a marathon to lower your blood glucose. You may consider walking for ten minutes three times a day. Take into account for every minute of activity/exercise, you will lower your blood glucose about 1 point.


Dr. Paul Jones to speak at Cancer Support Group May 1

The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold their monthly support group meeting on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at Wayne Health Care on the first floor in the Board Room down past the lab area.

Dr. Jones will be speaking about “FACT OR FICTION ~~ PETS AND PET CARE.” Come and test your knowledge.

Dr. Jones is a 1987 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has owned his own small animal practice in Greenville since 1989. He is a member of the American Veterinary Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine in Greenville Dr. Jones has, for the past 12 years, taught police officers first aid for their canine partners at a Canine Unit Training Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He consulted on the set up of companion animals at the Brethren's Home and continues to care for the pets there. Dr. Jones has 3 children, 2 stepchildren, a new grandson in Illinois, and a granddaughter who loves to visit "Grampa" at work. He resides in Darke County with his wife, Kathy, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses, and a flock of homing pigeons.

Cancer survivors, patients, families and those concerned about cancer patients are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The Cancer Association is affiliated with United Way.

The Corporate Sponsors (so far) of 2014 are: Wayne Builders, St. Henry Tile Company, Berne Ready Mix, American Legion Post 140, Second National Bank, Women of the Moose 102, Leis Realty, Shrader’s and Men of the Moose.

For questions, contact Christine Lynn, Exec. Director, PH: 937-548-9960 or email director@cadcinfo.org.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Celebrating 10 Years

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, one of the
local historic sites on the walking tour map.
The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is celebrating their 10 years existence this year as a historical society. As part of the celebration, the society house will be open on Saturday, May 3 from 9am until noon. The historical society is located at 123 W. George St. in Arcanum. The public is invited to attend and a special invitation is extended to all volunteers and people who helped with the rehabilitation of the house. Tours of the house, displays, and a history of the building and the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society organization will be available as well as refreshments and two walking maps of historic sites of downtown Arcanum. Maps located at historical society as well as display in Arcanum Library. This is also part of May’s National Historical Preservation Month local and community events.

Plan to join us in May to be inspired and embark in preservation efforts in our local community. From walking tours, learning about our historic sites, seeing the display at the Arcanum Public Library, and exploring what the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society and the town has to offer, you will be engaged. Pick up brochures from local businesses and the historical society which feature events during the month of May regarding preservation efforts in Darke County.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Awards St. Marys 7th and 8th Grade Students


Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR awarded students at St. Marys School for their participation in the American History Essays Contest. Twelve students in 7th and 8th grade wrote essays titled "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution". The winners Athan Whitney and Hayley Maher, 7th and 8th grade respectively, were presented their awards by DAR members Susie Brewer and Helen Wright. Afterwards the chapter hosted a pizza party for the students.

The topic for 2014/2015 DAR American History Essay Contest is “A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island”. The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States. Imagine yourself as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892. Essay participants will be asked to write "How would you describe your experience to your cousin who has never heard of Ellis Island?" All 5, 6, 7, and 8 grade students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled, are eligible.

Also there is an American History essay contest for grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. The 2014/2015 essay topic is “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World”. Imagine you have been chosen to join Christopher Columbus’ crew as he sets out for the New World. What are your thoughts and feelings as you prepare for this potentially hazardous mission? What skills do you possess that are essential to your success and survival? Why do you want to go on this voyage and what do you hope to gain from this experience?

Any students or teachers interested in participating, please contact 937-548-1040 or fortgvchapter@yahoo.com. The deadline for the 2014-2015 essay contests is November 1, 2014.

FREE JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASS OFFERED MAY 5, 2014

Versailles Health Care Center would like to invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class.

The class will take place on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6 pm in The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon, along with Versailles Health Care Center Therapists, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed.

This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled. The class will include handouts and a question/answer session. Light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a door prize to all participants, featuring a gift card, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn. Call Shannon Condon 937.526.0130 for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event.

Watch Matt Light Discuss the Light Foundation's Gauntlet 5k Trail Run

Matt Light appeared on Fox 45 this morning to discuss The Light Foundation's Gauntlet 5k Trail Run (which is June 7th at Chenowith Trails, check out their Facebook page here).

Click play for information about the mud run, but watch through the end to hear Matt's thoughts on how good Tom Brady smells...

Click here to watch the video at Fox45now.com.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

THE OLD ARCANA EATING HOUSE AND EVENTS ANNOUNCES SPRING MUSIC SCHEDULE

The Old Arcana Eating House & Events, the new “rural roots” restaurant in Arcanum, Ohio slated for opening in May, is announcing their Bluegrass Brunch entertainment lineup for spring.

Developed by JLS Hospitality Group, Inc., The Old Arcana plans to feature live musicians regularly with a focus on American roots music, including bluegrass, folk and the blues. Saturdays and Sundays, The Old Arcana will feature a “Bluegrass Brunch,” opening at 8AM with a unique brunch menu and live bluegrass music from 11-2. The Bluegrass Brunch will continue throughout the spring season with the integration of acoustic folk and blues groups joining the stage in the summer and autumn.

Shannon Perry Clark, Arcana’s front of house and music manager has booked talent from throughout the state Ohio and as far away as California to bring unique live music to the Arcana stage. The lineup for May and June includes:

  • May 3rd- The New Outlook Blue Grass Band
  • May 4th – The Corndrinkers
  • May 10th- Sugar Grove
  • May 11th-Lonesome Meadow
  • May 17th- Berachah Valley
  • May 18th- Bluegrass Mafia
  • May 24th-Orchard Brothers
  • May 25th- Scott Lee & the Whiskey River Boys
  • May 31st- Sterling Bluegrass Band
  • June 1st- Evan Lanier and Bluegrass Express
  • June 7th- The New Outlook Bluegrass Band
  • June 8th- The New Outlook Bluegrass Band
  • June 14th- Ann & Phil Case
  • June 22nd-Vern McIntyres Appalachian Grass
  • June 29th- Starving in the belly of the Whale

Tables are quickly filling for the month of May. Reservations are currently being accepted for Brunch at The Old Arcana via the restaurant’s web site at www.oldarcana.com. Musicians interested in performing at The Old Arcana should contact Shannon Clark at music@oldarcana.com.

Fairboard Update on Beef and Dairy Barn Project

April 22, 2014 – Greenville OH

The Directors for the Great Darke County Fair are pleased to announce that the fire investigation team and all outside, interested parties attended a joint evidence exam session on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00am regarding the December 27, 2013 fire loss.

As a result of that session, the Fairboard has regained possession of the area, allowing the Fairboard and Insurance Company approved demolition contractor to begin the cleanup project on April 23rd. Three weeks have been allotted for the cleanup, but it is possible it can be completed in two.

The Fairboard continues to work with Bruns General Contracting, Inc. regarding the final details of the new building design and construction. The Fairboard submitted the winning replacement bid to the Darke County Commissioners. The Darke County Commissioners have also submitted the bid to the structure insurance carrier for evaluation for like/kind/quality.

After getting the final response from Insurance carrier, the Fairboard will move forward with the Beef and Dairy Barn Project in a careful, cautious and expedient manner with the goal in mind of having the structure up by the 2014 Fair.

“Pot Candy” Homicide – Reefer Madness? - A Guest Post from Charles and Rebecca Reier

Guest posts are welcome and encouraged. If you have something to say and are able to do it in a respectful, reasonable way, send your piece to darkejournal@gmail.com. The contents of guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of DarkeJournal.com.

Marijuana: Inroad drug makes Golden Triangle rich.

Is “Reefer Madness” a legitimate defense for the Colorado man that shot his wife in the head after eating “pot candy”? The Defense will claim that the defendant was non compos mentis. But how could that be – 52% of Americans now believe that marijuana should be a legal substance? Perhaps the defendant had an impulse to kill his wife and ate the pot candy in the hope that its medicinal effect would ameliorate his homicidal impulse. It failed! The prosecution could state that it was not “Reefer Madness” from a joint but “pot candy” – not exactly the kind of stuff you would find in Grandma’s cookie jar.

Ever since the days of the “Yellow Submarine” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” there has been a continuous push to promote the acceptance of marijuana as being as safe as or better than alcohol. The assumption that marijuana usage will displace alcohol is not supported by data. Alcohol consumption has been increasing continuously along with marijuana use, thereby compounding the social nightmare. The general public appears oblivious to the toxic pharmacology of THC and related compounds. The most recent studies at Northwestern University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School describe the neural pathology and abnormal brain structure resulting from the usage of marijuana by those under age 30. Law enforcement officials, either knowingly or unwittingly, have been a part of this propaganda by continuously labeling DUI incidents as being “drug or alcohol” when clearly in many cases absolutely no alcohol was present. This leaves one with the impression that marijuana, cocaine, meth, and heroin are no different than our socially and legally accepted alcohol. This assumption is simply a case of the wolf disguising himself in sheep’s clothing.

The Golden Triangle – the intersection of the three Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos –can soon look forward to being the Platinum Triangle based on rapidly escalating poppy (opium) production. This region, that also manufactures methamphetamine as a side venture, can look forward to overtaking the major producer of opium in the world – Afghanistan. During one of the longest wars in the United States history, Afghan poppy production has dramatically increased according to the UN Offices on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). While we have sustained 2,178 military deaths in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban, the innocent poppy has destroyed more lives and families than the Taliban on their most successful incursions.

The question we ask during the Easter season is: “Are we as a nation in the process of crucifying ourselves? Without a market these scourges would wither away.”

The time is long past to put cannabis and poppies in their proper place in the ecosystem. Cannabis for hemp (rope) and poppies for the seeds they produce for the wonderful poppy seed rolls we enjoy at Easter and other special occasions.

Charles E. Reier MD
Rebecca A. Reier RN CRNA
Greenville Ohio

Pets of the week


We have Slinky at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3 year old Greyhound mix. He is white and tan with short hair. He is a friendly guy and loves to run around. He is current on his shots and is a happy dog. He will make a great walking or running companion and friend. He is ready for adoption.

We have Tilly at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3-year-old Mastiff. She is tan with black ears and nose. She is a friendly girl and could stand to gain a little weight. She will grow to become a big girl and should weigh around 100 pounds. She will make a lifelong companion and best friend. She is looking for a special home to grow up at. She is be ready for adoption.

We also have a hound mix, a Walker, a Min-Pin, a blond lab and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs we have, go to our web site at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

Darke SWCD Scholarship Deadline Approaching

GREENVILLE – The board of supervisors for the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to offer two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural or natural resources related field. Applications may be obtained at your high school guidance office or at the Darke SWCD office, located at 1117 South Towne Court, Greenville. The deadline to complete an application is April 25, 2014; all necessary materials must be received in the Darke SWCD office by 4:00 p.m.

In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a Darke County resident and be graduating from one of the county’s public or private high schools; have a minimum 2.5 grade point average; be entering their freshman year as a full-time student in the Fall 2013 at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, technical school or university; and be pursuing a degree in either an agriculture or natural resources related field.

The scholarship award is for $500 and will be processed through the University or College scholarship office and will be available to the students in January 2015 after proof of the students continuing enrollment at the school has been obtained.

The deciding committee reserves the right to refuse the application due to any component, including; incompleteness, essay and recommendation letter content, course type selected and/or previous scholarship earnings.

The intent of this scholarship is to help our best and brightest pursue a higher education in the field of agriculture or natural resources. For more information, please call 937.548.1715, Ext. 3 or email jared.coppess@oh.nacdnet.net.

Poultry Days Thanks Volunteers and Sponsors


Versailles Poultry Days is a volunteer based organization dedicated to serving the Versailles community by supporting community projects and activities that improve quality of life and create an inviting environment for people of all ages.

In the last ten years Poultry Days has donated more than $700,000 in the community and also supported fundraising by many other local organizations such as the Band Boosters and Knights of Columbus. Poultry Days donations have supported the Hole Field renovation, construction of a multipurpose (wrestling and weight lifting) athletic building, a new park shelter house, improvements to school grounds and mostly recently a commitment to the Diamond Club project.

Poultry Days owns and in partnership with the Heritage Park Board operates a 40 acre public park including shelters, ponds, a walking track and both soccer and baseball fields which is available for community use and athletics. Poultry Days thanks the volunteers and businesses that allow the festival to assist in our community.

The 2014 Versailles Poultry Days Festival will be held June 13, 14 and 15th. For more information go to www.versaillespoultrydays.com or email chairman@versaillespoultrydays.com.


Donations 2003-2013:

  • Heritage Park Fund
  • Versailles Acme Baseball
  • Children’s Shrine Hospital
  • Boy Scouts
  • Council of Churches
  • Versailles Historical Society
  • VHS Bowling Program
  • ACME Baseball
  • American Legion 435
  • VHS Board of Education
  • Versailles Community Scholarship
  • Kinder Korner
  • Versailles DARE
  • Versailles EMS
  • Versailles Bike Rodeo
  • Versailles Fire Dept.
  • Versailles VFW 3849
  • Versailles Performing Arts
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Relay for Life
  • VHS Girls Basketball
  • Friends of Hole Field
  • Diamond Club
  • Versailles Youth Wrestling
  • Versailles High School Theatre

Autism Spectrum Disorder support group to meet April 23

GREENVILLE - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Darke, a newly formed support group for parents and loved ones of those who are, or are suspected to be, part of the ASD community, will meet Wednesday at the Greenville Public Library, in the third floor community room at 6 p.m.

Because the group is newly formed, they hope to receive input from those who attend as to what format the meetings might take, what topics would be helpful for others, and activities parents/caregivers would like to see for their ASD child(ren).

For more information, call Heather Meade at 937-417-9274 or email asdinthedarke@gmail.com. Join the Facebook group by visiting www.Facebook.com/groups/asdindarke. View their blog at asdinthedarke.blogspot.com/.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Scholarship Deadline is May 2

Seniors attending Greenville High School, please notice the opportunity to submit your scholarship application is quickly approaching.

5 Scholarship Opportunities will be awarded.

  • Deadline – May 2, 2014
  • Amount of Award - $500

The successful applicants will be a graduating senior at Greenville High School with a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average after seven semesters.

You must have at least one varsity letter during the eligibility period in any sport. (This includes athletic participants, cheerleaders, trainers, and managers.)

The individual must not be a recipient of a “full ride” academic or athletic scholarship.

Recipient must be pursuing a post-secondary education.
*other details apply, applications are available in Greenville High School office or printable from the Athletic Booster page on at www.greenville.k12.oh.us

Please complete and return to the guidance office by 5/2/14.

Greenville Athletic Boosters' Mission Statement
The mission of the Greenville Athletic Boosters Organization is to support and encourage academic and athletic excellence in all Greenville Student Athletes and Athletic Teams, our goals include:

  • To promote active and involved parent and community involvement and leadership
  • To promote sportsmanship and provide supplementary financial support for all Green Wave Athletic Teams
  • To build on the history, pride, and tradition of Green Wave Athletics and the Greenville Community, which exemplifies our student athletes, coaches and teams.

Kiwanis of Greenville Helps Support The Darke County Special Olympics


Kiwanis of Greenville has again donated to support the 37th year of Darke County Special Olympics. This organization provides athletic opportunities for students and adults with varying types of disabilities from Darke County. Kiwanis has supported the program since its inception. The 2013 program served 310 athletes from Greenville City Schools, Darke County Schools and Wayne Industries competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, softball, equestrian, swimming and track & field. Shown in the photo left to right are Kiwanians Roy Haines, President, Christina Chalmers, Steve Litchfield and Max Shoemaker.

Canner Gauge Testing Time

Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 1, 2014, and continue through September 30, 2014.

There is a $5.00 charge for each gauge tested. You will need to bring your dial gauge into our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. We will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State College. If you have any questions, please call 937-548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

Nature Day at Shawnee Prairie


What better time to celebrate nature than Earth Day weekend? This year we have so much packed into Nature Day; we’ve extended the time! Nature Day will be on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00am-3:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). The Park will be a flurry of FREE activities , LIVE animals and information from beginning to end. Stations will be scattered throughout the trails surrounding the Nature Center encouraging admiration of all things Nature. Children will have the opportunity to have their “passport” stamped at each station for a prize. A snake, turtle, hawk and owl will be walking the trails and Brukner Nature Center will join the fun by adding an opossum, bat and a flying squirrel to the mix.

Entertainer extraordinaire, Chris Rowlands, will be joining us for a FREE concert at 12:00pm. Chris is a Naturalist Teacher for Aullwood Audubon Center, bringing music and life-size puppets to the stage for the benefit of children and adults alike! The Native Plant Sale is BACK! Select plants will be available for sale during Nature Day. The Friends of the Park will also be serving a low cost, hotdog lunch from 11am-1pm. Come on out to Shawnee Prairie for this FREE festival and let’s celebrate nature!

For more information visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org or call us at 937.548.0165. We hope to see YOU at Nature Day!

MVCTC Education Foundation and Mathile Foundation Award Honor Society Students with scholarships


Clayton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) inducted 61 students into National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The NTHS students as well as their honored educators from MVCTC and their partner school district, were recognized in a ceremony at MVCTC in front of family and friends.

Students are selected for NTHS based on the following requirements: a 3.75 grade point average or higher, 97 percent attendance, passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test and instructor recommendations. Each of the 2014 inductees is the recipient of a $500 scholarship made possible through the partnership of the MVCTC Education Foundation and the Mathile Family Foundation.

  • Stephanie Barga (Arcanum) enrolled in the Allied Health Technologies program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Ellen Bissey (Allied Health Technologies Instructor at MVCTC) and Marla Miller of Arcanum. Stephanie is the daughter of Darlene Barga from Arcanum and Steve Barga from Greenville. Stephanie plans to attend Kettering College in the fall majoring in Nursing.
  • Dustin Berger (Ansonia) enrolled in the Power Technologies program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Larry Seibel (Power Tehnologies Instructor at MVCTC) and Darrick Barga of Ansonia. Dustin is the son of Andy and Kim Berger from Ansonia.
  • Brad Byers (Arcanum) enrolled in the Robotics & Automation program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Van Henderson (Robotics & Automation Instructor at MVCTC) and Jason Stephan of Arcanum. Brad is the son of Duane and Shelly Byers from Arcanum. Brad plans to attend Sinclair Community College in the fall majoring in Automation & Control Technology with Robotics.
  • Lucas Chrisman (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Allied Health Technologies program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Beth Deaton (Allied Health Technologies Instructor at MVCTC) and Rick Ingold of Franklin Monroe. Lucas is the son of K. Jay and Brenda Chrisman from Arcanum. Lucas plans to attend Kettering College of Medical Arts in the fall majoring in Nursing.
  • Simon Denlinger (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Precision Machining program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Van Henderson (Precision Machining Instructor at MVCTC) and Scott Thayer of Franklin Monroe. Simon is the son of Danny and Suzanne Denlinger from Arcanum. Simon is already employed working for Denlinger Farm Drainage.
  • Parker Flood (Arcanum) enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Sandra Welborn (Criminal Justice Instructor at MVCTC) and Heather Whittaker of Arcanum. Parker is the son of Greg and Amber Shields from Greenville. Parker plans to attend Sinclair Community College in the fall majoring in Criminal Science/Corrections.
  • Lauren Landes (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Graphic Commercial Art program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Jack Spitler (Graphic Commercial Art Instructor at MVCTC) and Scott Thayer of Franklin Monroe. Lauren is the daughter of Mark and Clara Landes of Englewood. Lauren plans to attend School of Advertising Art in the fall majoring in Graphic Design.
  • Kelcie Lanham (Ansonia) enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Sandra Welborn (Criminal Justice Instructor at MVCTC) and Mary Lochtefeld of Ansonia. Kelcie is the daughter of Brad & Kim Middlestetter from Ansonia and James Lanham from Greenville. Kelcie plans to attend Sinclair Community College in the fall majoring in Criminal Science/Corrections.
  • Kimberly Ledbetter (Ansonia) enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Cortney Bergbigler (Culinary Arts Instructor at MVCTC) and Jason Wright of Ansonia. Kimberly is the daughter of James and Lucinda Ledbetter from Ansonia. Kimberly plans to attend Sinclair Community College in the fall majoring in Culinary Arts.
  • Brandy Profitt (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Sandra Welborn (Criminal Justice Instructor at MVCTC) and Diane Gray of Franklin Monroe. Brandy is the daughter of Amber Profitt from Arcanum. Brandy plans to attend Tiffin University in the fall majoring in Law Enforcement.
  • Craig Swartz (Tri Village) enrolled in the Precision Machining program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Frank Wright (Math Instructor at MVCTC) and Brenda Miller of Tri Village. Craig is the son of Myron and Brenda Swartz from New Madison. Craig plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University in the fall majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Motorsports Engineering.
  • Corbin Wray (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Construction Carpentry program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Kelly Kramer (Construction Carpentry Instructor at MVCTC) and Scott Thayer of Franklin Monroe. Corbin is the son of Russell and Faith Wray from Laura. Corbin is employed as an apprenticeship student with Premier Hardscapes.

MVCTC is located in Clayton and serves 27 area high schools in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami). The career technical programs at MVCTC are designed to teach students skills relevant to their career goals, while maintaining challenging academic classes and building relationships with classmates, instructors, and business leaders to help them be successful. The opportunities available at MVCTC prepare students for the workforce and college and allow them to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education.

For more information on the opportunities offered at MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.

Arcanum beats Franklin-Monroe at Fifth Third Field


Traditional rivals Arcanum and Franklin-Monroe faced each other Monday night at Fifth Third Field (home of the Dayton Dragons).

Arcanum took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Connor Pohl doubled and was driven home by Collin Habel. Franklin-Monroe matched Arcanum in the top of the second inning with a Landon Peters single followed by an RBI double by Ross Burnett. Arcanum took the lead for good in the third inning with another Connor Pohl double, driving in the first of six runs in the inning. Jordan Dubbs also added a two-run single in the inning.

Dubbs also started the game and pitched the first five innings, giving up just one run and getting the win. Brett Goubeaux pitched the final two innings to seal the win for the Trojans and a final score of 9-1.


Monday, April 21, 2014

The Josh Turner Roughstock and Rambler Tour With Special Guest Scotty McCreery to Perform Concert at The 2014 Great Darke County Fair

The Directors for The Great Darke County Fair are pleased to announce that Josh Turner will headline the Sunday, August 17th concert during the 158th Great Darke Fair. Scotty McCreery will be the opening act beginning at 7:30 p.m.

One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train, Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits (including three multi-week chart-toppers): "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," and "Why Don't We Just Dance" (a four- week No. 1 that was named the most-played song of the year in 2010 by MediaBase). His song, "All Over Me," from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.

A Hannah, S.C. native, Turner has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music. As a high school student, he had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts in the schools.

Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag on June 12, 2012 which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The debut single, “Time is Love” was #1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. The Associated Press says, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective -- and most hard-core country -- performers of his generation.” For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

Five months after winning Season 10 of “American Idol,” McCreery released his debut album, Clear As Day, which became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. Indeed, he became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 albums chart.
Clear As Day was certified platinum for sales of one million in just thirteen weeks, and the first two singles from that album were each certified gold. In 2012, his Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, was also certified gold. He was named Top New Artist by Billboard and won best new artist awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Country Awards, and the CMT Awards.

In two short years, Scotty McCreery became one of country’s hottest new stars, with album sales topping 1.6 million, including a platinum-selling debut album that made Billboard history and helped him win several new artist awards. During this whirlwind career explosion, he sang for President Barack Obama, performed the national anthem at the World Series, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “TODAY Show,” and toured the country from coast to coast.

In 2011, America fell in love with McCreery, then a shy 17-year-old boy with a wide smile, preternaturally deep voice and a love of faith, family and his hometown of Garner, N.C.. But that boyish image is merely a fond memory now that he’s turning 20. While the core of who he is and what he stands for remains the same, his strong voice has deepened as he has grown into a seasoned, confident performer. His impressive evolution is immediately evident on his second studio album, See You Tonight, which artfully captures who he is now, both as an artist and as a man.

See You Tonight demonstrates the growth and evolution of McCreery on all levels of his craft with well-rounded songwriting, skilled musicianship and fully developed vocal delivery. For someone who joined the country music scene only two short years ago, McCreery has achieved the sound of an accomplished pro. “My first album was good,” McCreery shares, “but I definitely want to top it and set my bar even higher. That was a goal of mine going into this—to make it a better album—and I think we’ve done that.” For more information on Scotty McCreery, visit www.scottymccreery.com.

All seats are reserved. Track seats are $30.00 each and Grandstand seats are $27.00 each. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. local time via internet (www.darkecountyfair.com) and by phone; 800-736-3671/937-548-5044 using a debit or credit card. Beginning Monday, May 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. local time, tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH. Persons 3 years of age and older are required to purchase a seat ticket. Persons under 3 years of age are admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying seat ticket holder.

Mark your calendars for this dynamic event.

Law School Scholarship Available

The Darke County Bar Association is offering a $1,200 scholarship to a local student attending law school. Applicants must have graduated from a Darke County high school and completed at least one year at an accredited law school.

The Darke County Foundation (formerly named the HOPE Foundation) is administering the scholarship for the Bar Association. Applications are available online at www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or by calling the Foundation office at 548-4673. Applications are due June 13, 2014.

The Darke County Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Darke County by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

FREE CONCERT-Chris Rowlands


Darke County Parks would like to invite you to join us for a FREE concert at our outdoor amphitheater.

We will welcome Chris Rowlands, a nationally acclaimed environmental educator and entertainer. The concert will be at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) on Saturday, April 26th at 12:00pm.

Chris uses musical instruments, puppets, comedy and song to teach children and adults about natural history. This concert is not to be missed! The concert will happen during Nature Day so there will be much to do and see before and after the show.

For questions or more information, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org

Greenville FFA attends Mercer County Ag Day

Greenville FFA senior class members are pictured above with Youtube star and agriculture advocate, Greg Peterson. (Top row, Middle)

On Tuesday, April 15th the Senior class of the Greenville FFA traveled to Celina Ohio to attend Mercer County Ag Day. The event was hosted at the Mercer county fairgrounds by Wright State Lake Campus and Mercer County Farm Bureau. The members got to visit and talk to many agricultural related vendors and completed a fun scavenger hunt. Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Bros ( Youtube sensation ) ,spoke on the benefits and advantages of supporting the agricultural lifestyle. Members had the chance to watch the Agricultural themed music video parodies that Greg and his family make on their family farm in Kansas. The members who were in attendance were : Thomas Shaw, Rachael Schmitmeyer, Sheiann Mead, Emily Vanhorn, Kiara Davidson, Rachel Bolyard, Madison Schatz, and Trever Mann, along with some of the Greenville FFA Alumni members. All who attended had a great time and would like to thank the hosts for the invitation!
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