Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teenager Rolls SUV on Gordon Landis Road

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On September 18, 2017 at approximately 3:27PM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue, Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team and Miami Valley Hospital Mobile Intensive Care Unit, responded to the 1300 block of Gordon Landis Road reference a one vehicle injury roll-over crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Tan 2002 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Taylor Bowles 17, Arcanum, was traveling Northbound on Gordon Landis Road and drove off the right side of the roadway then traveled off the left side of the roadway into a cornfield and the vehicle rolled over onto its top. Taylor was wearing her seat belt and was extricated by non mechanical means. Taylor was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by their Mobile Intensive Care Unit for her injuries.

This accident remains under investigation by Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Last Day for Greenville Limb Pick Up is September 29th

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THE CITY OF GREENVILLE STREET DEPARTMENT
LAST DAY FOR 2017 LIMB/BRUSH PICK-UP
WILL BE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH
PLEASE CALL THE STREET DEPT.
(937) 548-2215
TO SCHEDULE A PICK-UP

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Sojourner Quartet

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Sojourner Quartet on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 6 PM.

Sojourner Quartet is a Christian music ministry based in Findlay, Ohio. Sojourner began in 1991 as a contemporary Christian group playing their own instruments and writing many of the songs they performed. As their popularity spread, they began to play throughout the country. In 1998, the group went solely southern gospel. As their ministry grew, they shared the platform with many of today's top southern gospel groups including The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Ivan Parker, The Crabb Family, The Tally Trio, Triumphant Quartet and many more. Over the years, several songs released to southern gospel radio made the charts in the USA and in Europe.

These four men are completely devoted to Jesus Christ not only through their music ministry, but through their personal lives. Their mission is to glorify God, the Father, by witnessing the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, regardless of their denomination, through their music and personal testimony.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. A love offering will be accepted and refreshments will be served following the concert.

Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie

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Step through a wrinkle in time to experience life on the Ohio frontier. On the weekend of September 23rd and 24th the Darke County Park District will host its annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville. As festival attendants wander through the grounds they’ll hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil, smell fresh bread baking in the outdoor oven, and see long hunters tending their fires in the woodland encampment.

Come watch apple butter made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, view local artists’ works, enjoy live music and entertainment. This year there will be performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm. The Silver Grass Band will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday at 1pm, enjoy the stories of Johnny Appleseed as he passes through Prairie Days during his journeys. Also on Sunday, we welcome back the Thien Snipps Band who will perform at 2pm.

Between acts, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the log house or try your hand at candle-making, tin-smithing, and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Don’t forget to visit the Greenville FFA and their farm animal petting zoo for the young and young-at-heart to learn and enjoy. Be sure to take a lap around the festival with a horse and wagon ride provided by Carrs Belgians.

Calling all bakers! Prepare your best pie to enter in the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ pie-baking contest held Saturday at 9:30am! Just $2/pie to enter in any (or all!) of the following categories: Apple, Peach, Berry, or Other. Be sure to submit pies in a disposable pan and we cannot accept meringue or refrigerated pies. Winner takes home a cash prize!

There will also be a wide variety of food to choose from. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm, an ice cream cone from Just Ice Cream, or visit one of the non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks, and more! Feeling lucky? Enter our annual basket raffle before you leave! Baskets this year include themes such as Paddling, Kitchen, Gardening, and Bird Watching!

We hope to see you next weekend (September 23 & 24) at Shawnee Prairie Preserve where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective, and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be available in the paved lot at the Nature Center. (Please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org

Monarch Butterflies at Library

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One of the most widely recognized butterflies in the United States is also the one in the most danger of becoming extinct. Habitat loss, illegal logging, row crop agriculture and over use of pesticides are just a few factors that have led to the staggering population decrease. What can we do to reverse the damage?

Spend an evening with Darke County Parks Naturalist Mandy Martin to find out! She says “We’ll explore the natural history of this magnificent creature and discover all the efforts nationwide to spearhead movements to save this iconic species.” Mandy will also share what Darke County Parks has done to join the effort to save the monarch and how you can get involved.

After the presentation we will be making seed bombs! “These little balls of seed, clay, and compost are pre-planted with butterfly approved wildflower seeds. This fall just toss them on the ground, press them lightly into the ground, and watch them grow in the spring.”

Join us Wednesday September 27th at 6:00 in the Greenville Public Library. This is a free, family-friendly event. First come first serve seating with light refreshments provided.

Did you know that since 2006 the Library has also been certified as an official Monarch Waystation by “Monarch Watch” of the University of Kansas? This program was organized in 2005 by Chip Taylor, whose goal it is to have thousands of these “resource patches” created in back yards, school and church grounds, parks, nature centers, golf courses, and retirement homes.

According to www.MonarchWatch.org, a waystation is an intermediate station between principle stations on a line of travel. The principle stations for monarchs are the sites in Mexico they use for overwintering and the northern sites they use for reproduction in the breeding season. Without nectar flowers, fall migratory butterflies would be unable to make the journey to Mexico.

What distinguishes a Monarch Waystation from an ordinary butterfly garden is the inclusion of and emphasis on milkweed. The plant is essential because milkweeds are the only plants that monarch caterpillars recognize as food. MonarchWatch recommends that waystations include at least 10 milkweed plants.

Attorney to Speak to Public Employee Retirees Luncheon

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Nathan Hosek, Attorney with the Law Office of Rudnick & Hosek, Ltd, where his practice focuses on transactional law, will be the guest speaker at the Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) luncheon meeting on Monday, October 2, 11:30 a.m., in the VFW, on Ohio Street, Greenville. PERI members will be contacted by the calling committee and nonmembers may attend by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman, at (937) 548-3961 on or before Wednesday, September 27. Cost of the Luncheon is $9.00 per person.

Holding both a Business Administration degree and a Pettit College of Law (JD) degree from Ohio Northern University, where he graduated with high distinction, Hosek is also a member of the American and Ohio State Bar Associations and was past president of the Darke County Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the Christian Legal Society and serves on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Greenville, Inc. Married with two children and another on the way, Hosek has served the community at his current law office for over eight years.

During this time, he said his practice with transactional law has focused largely on work within the realms of estate and business planning, real estate law, estate administration and bankruptcy. Topics to be covered in the October 2 presentation will include Wills, Durable General Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Strategies for Probate Avoidance, and Strategies for Maximizing the Legacies Left to Heirs.

With Hosek's experience and expertise, this is a meeting from which both PERI members and nonmembers can gain helpful and important information that can be of benefit both to them and their families. Questions and Discussion will be welcome.

Ball Family Quartet to appear at Beamsville Christian Church October 1st

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Herbert Ball, with children Nelson Ball and Peggy Ball-Arnold, formed The Ball Family Gospel Singing Group in the late sixties. Since founding their Southern Gospel Group over 40 years ago, The Ball Family has remained true to their commitment to make a difference.

Through a compelling combination of harmonious vocals and outstanding musical accompaniment, this family group has been able to reach out to people challenging them to accept the Lord and make a change in their hearts and lives. Since the first appearance, The Ball Family has shared their inspiring music ministry at auditoriums, camp meetings, prisons, and churches throughout the country. They have shared the stage with such groups as the Gaithers, Dixie Melody Boys, Greenes, Palmetto State Quartet, Statesmen Quartet, Speer Family, Dixie Echoes, Squire Parsons, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, The Blackwood Brothers and appeared on Barbara Fairchild's Sunday Morning Program in Branson, Missouri. Today, The Ball Family is made up of seven talented singers and musicians who have come together to create an unmistakable sound and share a life changing message. Sarina Labig Ball wife of Nelson Ball, is a Darke County Native.

The Ball Family will be appearing at the Beamsville Christian Church on Sunday evening at 6 PM October 1st, 2017 located North of Greenville on US 127 & Beamsville Union City Rd. Please come and join in on the wonderful music and fellowship.

Trimble's Awarded Ladybug Garden Club's Beautification Award

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The residential gardens of David and Cherie Trimble at Park and Avenue B were chosen as the September Garden of the Month by the community beautification committee of the Ladybug Garden Club. The Trimble's family home showcases gardens of numerous perennials accented with colorful containers, window boxes and hanging baskets. Cherie retired from teaching ten years ago and has devoted her time to the gardens. Shown are David and Cherie Trimble with beautification committee members Angela Beumer, Lisa Marcum and Sherri Jones.

CareSource, Reid Health Physician Associates reach agreement

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Physician group will be in-network for CareSource Marketplace plan in 2018

Reid Health and CareSource have reached a contract agreement for Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA) to join the CareSource Marketplace plan network.

CareSource, a nonprofit health plan, announced recently it will offer Wayne County consumers a marketplace health plan option for 2018. Prior to CareSource’s announcement, the county was at-risk of having no marketplace options for next year.

The agreement between Reid and CareSource will allow individuals currently in the care of RHPA providers who enroll in a CareSource Marketplace plan for 2018 coverage to continue receiving outpatient care from their physician. The agreement does not extend to inpatient hospital coverage and other ancillary services at the hospital.

Services that will be in-network for CareSource Marketplace, under the agreement:

  • Outpatient care at RHPA practices
  • Lab services at RHPA practices
  • Radiology services at the Whitewater Valley Imaging in Connersville, Reid Orthopedics in Richmond, and Reid urgent care locations in Richmond, Connersville and Eaton
  • Emergency care at Reid Health

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the agreement was made to maintain important relationships between Reid providers and patients with marketplace coverage. As more insurance providers leave the marketplace locally and nationally, it was important for the hospital to ensure Wayne County residents with marketplace coverage continue to see RHPA providers.

“Reid Health Physician Associates is pleased that we have been able to work this out with CareSource and still follow our longstanding ‘Fairness in Pricing’ policy that maintains our fair prices for all patients at Reid,” Kinyon said.

Last month CareSource notified the Indiana Department of Insurance that it will offer marketplace coverage in 79 counties in Indiana, including Wayne.

“As a nonprofit health plan with a 28-year history of serving vulnerable populations, CareSource’s decision to offer marketplace coverage in Wayne County is a reflection of our deep commitment to helping Hoosiers obtain quality health care coverage,” said Steve Smitherman, CareSource Executive Director, Indiana. “Beyond offering Wayne County consumers an option for quality, affordable health insurance, we’re happy they will have the choice to continue seeing their Reid Health physician.”

VERSAILLES HEALTH CARE CENTER CELEBRATES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AND HOUSEKEEPING WEEK

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Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is celebrating National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week, September 10th through the 16th. Without the commitment of the environmental services, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance staff, the enjoyable stay of a patient or resident would be very short-lived. During the week, Versailles Health Care Center will focus on the members of this valuable team and the training and skills they use to maintain outstanding sanitary conditions at Versailles Health Care Center. Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services at Versailles Health Care Center, said “We have a great team! Every person is a team player and we help each other to get our tasks accomplished.” In honor of the week, staff will receive small gifts of appreciation and dress casual for the week.

L to R: Pauline Barga, Housekeeping; Larry Pierron, Director of Maintenance; Karen Stanley, Laundry; Yvonne Kelly, Housekeeping; Melissa Griffin, Housekeeping; Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services, and Carolyn Rose, Housekeeping. Not pictured: Pam Elifritz, Laundry; Lisa Jolly, Housekeeping; Kathleen McKibben, Laundry; Kathy Clark, Housekeeping; Sarah Miller, Housekeeping; Kasidy Davis, Housekeeping; Erin Shaffer, Housekeeping; Brittany Hammons, Hospitality; and Chelsey Godwin, Hospitality.

Historic St. Peter’s Homecoming this Sunday!

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Summer begins to fade and our thoughts turn toward autumn. Many of us also begin to look forward to the annual St. Peter’s Homecoming Celebration. This event marks a tradition which began over one hundred years ago.

When (the little Church in the wildwood), St. Peter closed its doors to a weekly worship, it was decided then to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year.

Most of the members of the congregation that remained moved their membership to nearby Lutheran churches like Trinity, at Versailles, Friedens at Bloomer, St. Paul’s at Willowdell, or St. John, near Greenville.

Why is St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship services, closing in 1905; this marks the 112th annual Homecoming service!

The little, country church, was founded by immigrants from Kammerforst, Langensalza, Providence Larheim, Kingdom of Prussia, (Germany) whom settled in what was known then as “Dutch Roost” offered regular German Lutheran worship services in this log structure from 1850 till 1905. When they closed the doors in 1905, all was left in place. It looks today much as it did when they worshiped here.

This Sunday, September 17th the historic church will host the annual worship and hymn sing, reminiscent of the old German Lutheran style of the late 19th and early 20th century. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Brian S. McGee of St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville will lead the abbreviated worship service. The Gospel lesson will be given in German and Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ featuring many hymns of those assembled choosing to be sung.

This year St. Peters continues to participate in the Ohio Historical Society’s “Open Door Initiative”; a celebration of Ohio’s hidden gems that are rarely viewed or open to the public.

While no meal will be served, you are invited to come early and bring your lawn chairs to sit on the shady east side lawn and share remembrances of the old days of the country church.

We will serve lite refreshments after the worship and you are welcome to bring pictures and history to share!

Remember your contributions are the only financial support this historic church receives and are vital to keeping her doors open, once a year and maintaining the property for years to come. St Peter’s is a 501c.3 and would welcome your support. A contribution may be made by check to St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church c/o J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331.

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is located one mile south of Versailles just east off of State Route 185 south of Versailles, on the St. Peter’s Road. Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon in the country.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Many Demonstrations at Prairie Days

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Once again, Prairie Days will feature many historical demonstrations. Volunteers will be demonstrating how pioneers would have made homemade bread in the outdoor bake oven, also known as the cob oven. This style oven is operated by building a fire inside in order to preheat the earthen structure, afterwards the coals are removed and the baking surface prepped with cornmeal to prevent sticking. The bread dough, cookies, or any other baked goods can then be baked before the oven cools down again. Full loaves of white bread, wheat bread, white herb bread or ginger molasses cookies will be available for a donation during Prairie Days in the General Store.

Also back this year are the sorghum pressing and boiling demonstrations. Journey to the top of the hill to witness stalks of sorghum, grown in Darke County, pressed to release their sweet juice. After capturing the sweet liquid from pressing the stalks, volunteers will boil it down similar to making maple syrup. The processed sorghum, also known as sorghum molasses, will be available for a donation while supplies last.

In addition to these demonstrations, visitors will also see blacksmiths working in the shop, a broom maker making corn brooms, soap making, apple butter boiling over an open fire, and many more historical demonstrations.

Come check out all of these trades and all the other fun, educational, and family friendly activities at the 2017 Prairie Days festival, September 23rd from 10am to 5pm and September 24th from 12pm to 5pm. The event has plenty of free parking and free admission. For questions or more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

Greenville Latchkey Program

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Greenville City Schools began offering a latchkey program (before and after school care of children) for students in grades K – 4. Latchkey is a service that parents have been asking for and the district finally has the space to make it available. It is a service provided to families for before and after school care for children.

Tiffany Labig is the supervisor of the program. Mrs. Labig is a lifetime resident of Greenville and is committed to the service that the program offers families with quality care for students.

The Latchkey program is being held in the kindergarten wing of the district’s new K-8 facility. This area provides easy access for drop off and pick up. It is also the ideal space because of its location to the gym and playground. iPads are available for extended learning time. Many teachers have expressed their support of the program because students are at school and available, if a teacher wants to give extra instructional support. Students are provided healthy snacks in the before school and after school sessions.

Registration for the program began on Aug. 15. The school age child care program opens at 6:30 a.m. for before school and remains open after school until 6 p.m. Fees for latchkey are as follows: Registration fee $20; full time a.m. and p.m. $60 per week; before school a.m. $40 per week; after school p.m. $40 per week; each additional child in family $40 per week both a.m. and p.m.; each additional child in family $25 per week for a.m. or p.m. only; emergency/drop in $15 per visit. If interested in registration, call the K – 4 Elementary school office at 548-3185.

First Presbyterian Church to Host Concert

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A concert of sacred vocal music will be presented at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville on Friday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. The free concert for the community will feature vocalists Bevin Fields, Mary McLear, Doug Klinsing, and John Person, and pianist/organist Terri Fryman. Come and enjoy music that includes hymns and classical repertoire. The musicians are offering a time for reflection and inspiration that glorifies God through music. A reception of light refreshments will follow the concert. First Presbyterian Church is located at 114 E. Fourth St. in Greenville. For more information, call 548-3188. Everyone is welcome to attend this concert celebrating the love of God, the church, music and friends.

Family Health Flu Vaccine Schedule

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PURSES WITH A PURPOSE DINNER & AUCTION

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(Tipp City, OH) — Enjoy a night out with friends while supporting a good cause, Thursday, October 5 from 6-9:30pm at the Crystal Room, 845 W Market St, Troy.

“New Path Outreach Ministries is on a mission to connect our neighbors and families in Miami County to provisions for basic needs and offer programing to inspire them on their journey,” shares Executive Director Bill Lutz.

“The purpose for this dinner and auction is to raise support for 15 different programs that provide everything from food to medical equipment for families who are under resourced as well as classes for growth and development.”

This evening of fun and fashion includes an Italian buffet and dessert bar, a private party boutique, silent and live auction of designer purses, games and prizes as well as an inspirational talk by local author and speaker, Christina Ryan Claypool.

Tickets are on sale now until Wednesday, September 27, for $40 at newpathserves.org, or stop by Anna’s Closet, 1405 S County Rd 25A, Troy to purchase tickets. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.

At this time, there are more than 200 (new and gently-used) purses in the boutique along with 20 items in the live auction and 31 items in the silent auction. The donations are growing daily with brand-new purses (Michael, Kors, Coach, Jessica Simpson, Kooba, Ugg and Henri Bendel) from CR Design in Sidney. More than 75 donations of gift cards and prizes have also been received.

If you are interested in supporting this effort with donations of purses, jewelry, scarves or gift cards to local businesses, please contact Sherry Loschi, New Path Program Coordinator at sloschi@ginghamsburg.org, or 937.669.1213.

Through over a dozen specialized ministry areas, New Path served nearly 45,000 individuals in Miami and Montgomery Counties in 2016, most notably through two food panties, GED classes, a medical equipment ministry and by providing cars to households that limited access to transportation. New Path was founded as the outreach ministry arm of Ginghamsburg Church in 2000 and is a federally recognized public charity. More information can be found at newpathserves.org.

Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee to Host Pork Chop Dinner

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The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee invites you to help them “Kick Off” their first fundraiser for the 2018 Scholarship Fund. On Friday, October 13th they will offer a Marinated Pork Chop Dinner including applesauce, a bag of chips, and a dinner roll for $7.50 at the Arcanum Field House prior to the football game. This will be available for pick up/curbside or dine-in.

All proceeds will go to the Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Fund. The committee also wishes to thank the community for their support of the Alumni and supporters of Arcanum Schools; last year they were able to award five $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors. They plan to match that accomplishment again this year.

You can help by purchasing a dinner ticket – they will be available at the home football games, September 5 vs. Bradford, September 29 vs. Bethel; home high school volleyball games until September 30; and also in Sutton’s lobby (Arcanum store) on Friday evenings and Saturdays mornings through September 30th.

SELLICK AND BERGESON OPEN DCCA COFFEEHOUSE SERIES

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Internationally touring husband and wife duo Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson will combine their talents to open Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series season at the Union City Arts Depot on Thursday, September 21.


Internationally touring husband and wife duo Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson will combine their talents to open Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series season at the Union City Arts Depot on Thursday, September 21. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Nashville native Annie Sellick is known for the organic sincerity she exudes from the stage as well as her ability to tell a compelling story with each song she sings. Her husband, Pat Bergeson, a versatile guitarist and harmonica player, has performed and recorded with Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Lyle Lovett. “Together, Annie and Pat cover much musical ground including cabaret classics, jazz standards, and soulful originals,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “They will impress and entertain everyone who enjoys good music of all kinds,” he concluded.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series provides high quality artists performing in a comfortable social setting where food and drink are also available. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan states that each venue hosting the intimate concerts offers its own unique charm to the proceedings. “The Arts Depot has a nostalgic atmosphere that is sometimes enhanced by the sound of a passing train,” she said. “Somehow, the train whistle and the rattle of the wheels adds to the timeless aura of the performances taking place,” she concluded.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by EB Real Estate, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.
DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for the concert by Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES TWO GRANTS

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Receive Grants from Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund and Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund

Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns,
receives grant from Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund
committee members.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns,
receives grant from The Ruth & Emerson Booher
Advised Fund for Versailles committee members.
The Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund along with The Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles both recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. The grants will be used for the Big Buddies after-school mentorship program at Versailles Exempted Village Schools. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program will focus on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program will also promote social and emotional development through various activities.

Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 46 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies program at Versailles Schools. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children w3ho spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become health, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke to expand and continue their Big Buddies program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Library Film Features The Third Man

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The 1949 British film noir The Third Man was directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotten, Valli (Alida Valli), Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The film takes place in post-World-War-II Vienna and centers on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime. But when Holly arrives in Vienna he gets the news that Lime is dead. Martins then meets with Lime's acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death.

The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted "Dutch angle" camera technique, is a major feature of the film. Combined with the iconic theme music, seedy locations and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical, post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which featured only the zither. The title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950, bringing the previously unknown performer international fame. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its acting, musical score and atmospheric cinematography. In 1999 the British Film Institute voted The Third Man the greatest British film of all time.

Join us Thursday September 21st at 7:00 p.m. Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie. This is an adult program and the discussion will be on the adult level. As always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

27th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, Bake Sale and Soupfest

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27th annual arts and crafts show, bake sale and soupfest, will take place on Sat. Oct. 28, 2017 from 9am to 2pm inside Monroe Central High School, located on State Road 32 East of Parker City, Indiana.

Come and shop for high quality, hand crafted or unique commercial items. Purchase delicious treats at the bake sale. At 11am our famous soupfest opens.

Admission $1.00 for adults, under 18 free.

Email etaiota.psiotes@gmail.com if interested in booth space.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Drivers Airlifted After Head on Collision Near Arcanum

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On September 12, 2017 at approximately 7:51 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 7700 Block of Hollansburg Sampson Road in reference to a head-on motor vehicle accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Kaylee Boolman, 20, of Arcanum was traveling west on Hollansburg Sampson Road. Ms. Boolman’s vehicle traveled across the center line striking an eastbound 2009 Saturn Outlook driven by Peggy Kerg, 65, of Greenville. The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt caught fire prior to rescue crews arriving on scene. Witnesses on scene removed Ms. Boolman from the vehicle to a safe location.

Ms. Boolman was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Mrs. Kerg was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Greenville Township Rescue where she was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for further evaluation. Both drivers had non-life threatening injuries.

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