Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Greenville Public Library is Now “Fine Free”

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The Greenville Public Library is now 100% fine free as of January 1st! Patrons will not be charged for overdue items. However any lost or damaged materials must be paid for. Our friendly librarians, Elois Hatfield and Beth Womboldt, are happy to share the good news! This is one way the Library can say thank-you to the community for all its support over the years.

Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinic

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The Darke County Health Department will be holding a Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, February 7, 2019 (while supplies last) at no cost to you. The clinic will be held at the health department from 3:00 pm until 6:30 pm. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card. However, if you are uninsured, there will not be a charge for the vaccine.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that can be spread without knowing it. It is spread from person to person through contact with the feces of people who are infected. This can easily happen if someone does not wash their hands properly. Hepatitis A virus can be found on doorknobs, grocery carts, diapers and even food.

Hepatitis A vaccines were recommended starting in 1996 in the United States. Since then, the number of cases reported each year in the United States has dropped from 31,000 cases to fewer than 1,500 cases! However, due to an outbreak, in 2018 nearly 1,500 cases were reported in Ohio alone! We have also had four deaths during this outbreak. Darke County had seventeen cases of Hepatitis A in 2018. To put that into perspective, Darke County had zero cases in 2015, one case in 2016 and one case in 2017.

It is recommended all children get the first dose of vaccine between 12 and 23 months. The second dose is needed 6 months later. However, it is never too late to get vaccinated! Children under 6 years old with Hepatitis A usually don’t have symptoms. Therefore, they pass the disease to others without knowing they were infected. Vaccination, along with proper and frequent handwashing, are critical to prevent Hepatitis A.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, light-colored stools and yellowing of the skin and eyes. Most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick a couple of months, but they typically recover with no lasting liver damage. However, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death. This is rare and occurs more commonly in people over 50 years old and people with underlying liver diseases.

Appointments are encouraged for the Hepatitis A vaccine clinic. For an appointment call 937-548-4196 x224. Walk ins are also welcome!

NOT JUST FOR BOOKS

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Winter has settled in and the Arcanum Public Library is a great place to be when it is cold outside. Besides finding a great book or movie, there are plenty of other things to do while at the library. There are board games patrons can use, Legos to create with, puzzles, activity sheets, and more. Patrons can utilize the computers for research or homework, or head upstairs to browse through the genealogy collection. The building the library is housed in has plenty of history with it, and packets of information are available at the front desk.

The library’s website, www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, has a full list of activities and programs.

Greenville City Schools Update - January 2019

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Submitted by Superintendent Doug Fries

Greenville City Schools has had a great first semester of the 2018-19 school year, both academically and with extracurricular activities. Thanks to the hard work of our students and staff and the support of our parents and community, the first semester is nearing the end and has been very educational and productive.

Students returned from Winter Break this year on Thursday, January 3, 2019. There will be no school on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2019 and the first semester ends on Friday, January 18, 2019. There will also be a staff workday on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with no school for students.

The K-8 complex continues to function with all bus drop off and pickups from the rear of the building and all parent drop off and pick ups from the front of the building. We continue to appreciate everyone slowing down on Ohio Street and Main Street in the school zone to allow for a safe traffic flow. Thank you to the City of Greenville for adding some pedestrian crossing lights on our two Ohio Street crossings which does assist our crossing guards.

We have been fortunate, thus far this school year, to have used few calamity days. We are again operating on days, not hours, for our school year requirements. Thus, we have four calamity days available to use before implementing any make-up days. The established make up days for this school year, if needed, are February 18th, May 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st.

February 18th would only be used if six days were missed before that day. As we enter the coldest of the Winter season, I encourage everyone to dress for the weather, particularly at bus stops, with heavy coats, hats, scarves and gloves. We try hard to arrive on scheduled times at bus stops, but weather conditions sometimes dictate being a little behind to maintain safety. I encourage all student drivers to take their time driving to and from school and in and around parking lots of the school throughout the Winter season.

We will try to communicate school delays and cancellations by One call, Channel 5, on our Facebook page, Dayton television stations, the local Tiger radio station, as well as, putting on our website.

For the fourth straight year, our district has successfully implemented the College Credit Plus Program at the High School. This program continues to benefit our students by allowing them to receive college credit while in high school. We have more than one hundred students taking advantage of this program. Also at the High School, we have implemented for the third year MAP testing in grades nine and ten. This is testing done three times during the year to measure student progress and help assist us in where students will perform on their end of course assessments. The High School is working hard to meet required curriculum standards to prepare students for these end of course exams. Graduation alternative pathways for the Class of 2019 have again been granted by the state legislation. They remain the same as 2018.

At the elementary and middle school level, we have advanced our one to one iPad technology program through the eighth grade. All students K-8 are working with one to one technology initiative, as well as, the ESpark curriculum K-6. The district continues to use the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing in the K-8. Again, the MAP test is a close measure on our student performance for end of year required state assessments.

The School’s report card for the 2017-2018 school year showed a three-year trend of upward performance in all 3-8 reading tests. Our graduation rate was 90.8 for the four year rate and 91.2 for the five year rate.

Edison State DCC students take anti-bullying message to schools, community

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Edison State students and members of the audience raise their hands to indicate they had been victims of bullying during their lives. Edison State team at the Greenville Public Library, left to right: Christopher Bucklew, Baylee Petry, Renee Netzley, Hope Byrum and Dawn Cleere.
GREENVILLE - “Bullying is about power,” said students from Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus. The bully uses superior strength or other forms of power to intimidate or threaten someone who is, or appears to be, weaker. “Take the power away,” they said. “Don’t participate. Walk away. Tell an adult.”

Thirty-six Edison State Fundamentals of Communication students from the Darke County Campus – composing eight teams - went off campus with their final speech presentation in December. They talked to Greenville Middle School students, Ansonia Elementary students, and adults, many with children, at Greenville Public Library. Their message went to nearly 400 students, while the library presentation was open to the public. It is on the library’s Facebook page, having received nearly 350 views.

The primary message to students was do not participate. If someone tries to bully you, walk away and tell an adult. The same message applies to “bystanders,” students who may see someone being bullied. Get involved, but don’t participate; tell an adult.

“Adults can be bullied, too,” said the Edison State students at the library. “Walk away. Don’t participate.” If it keeps up, they added, talk to a trusted friend or get the authorities involved.

The students talked about the four different types of bullying – physical, verbal, cyber and exclusion – and the impact it can have on the victims. It can result in depression, withdrawal, skipping school, or in some cases, even thoughts of suicide. While research indicated one in three students acknowledged being bullied, a show of hands during presentations indicated as many as four out of five had been victims of bullying. According to many sources, the problem reaches epidemic proportions.

“The students did the presentations for a grade,” said instructor Bob Robinson. “Teachers had the option of giving a low rating of one, to a high rating of five. All noted areas where student presentations could have been improved, while giving ratings of 4.5 and 5.”

Edison State communications students have a required off-campus team presentation using the skills they have been learning each semester. In the fall the topic is bullying. In the spring it is drug abuse, and in the summer it is literacy.

Italian Night Coming to the Shrine

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (January 14, 2019) – Have you always wanted to travel to Rome? Now is your chance to experience it close to home! On Sunday February 10th at 5:30pm, Matt Hess, Director of Hospitality & Ministry, will share highlights from his “Roman Holiday” last September, which will include the holy sites, special saints, attractions pertaining to our Precious Blood heritage and witty anecdotes from his Roman adventures.

“I really enjoyed my time in the Eternal City and look forward to sharing that with people” stated Hess, “We will tour the major basilicas, some of the side churches, as well the Ancient Roman sites and touristy spots. If you have ever been interested in seeing Rome and wish to hear firsthand experiences from the perspective of our local heritage, this is the event you won’t want to miss.”

The event is $25 per person and includes a catered meal from Bella's Italian Grill in Celina, wine and other beverages. RSVP online at mariasteinshrine.org under "Tours & Events" or email m.hess@mariasteinshrine.org.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit mariasteinshrine.org.

Edison State Presents Author Discussions

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Larry Hamilton, Christina DeLaet Burns, and Linda Hamilton.
Four area authors who explore diverse subjects and employ a variety of approaches, will be featured at the Creative Writing Club/Coalition at Edison State Community College during the spring semester. The public is invited to join college students and faculty during these monthly sessions.

All programs will be from 6-7 p.m. in Room 331 and are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the months of January, February, March, and April. Following the presentations by the authors, attendees will be invited to present their writing for group critiquing.

The selection of authors is designed to expose the audience to possibilities, strategies and diverse viewpoints with opportunities for dialogue with authors following their thirty-minute presentations.

The January 23 program will feature a Piqua trio: a historian, a writer, and an artist. Larry Hamilton, Christina DeLaet Burns, and Linda Hamilton will discuss their collaboration in producing accounts of the African American experience with a focus on Hamilton’s great, great grandmother Lucy Sams Ross., one of a group of fugitive slaves at Camp Nelson, Kentucky. Hamilton became interested in genealogy in 1975 after hearing Alex Haley discuss Roots at Wright State University. With degrees from Central State University and Wright State University, Hamilton served as genealogy researcher for “Slave Banjo” on the PBS series “The History Detectives” and has been recognized in a host of areas based on his work in African American history.

Tipp City resident Steve Marlowe, attorney, professor, and author, will be featured on February 27. With undergraduate degrees from Miami University, a law degree from the University of Toledo, and an M.F.A. from the prestigious creative writing program at the University of Iowa, Marlowe has written 20 plus columns and literary analyses. He will share the ways in which he uses his Appalachian heritage in his novel “Digging up the Bones” to earn a host of positive reviews: “Marlowe adeptly weaves a complex tale of the ways in which the often horrific behavior we heap upon each other reverberates across generations. His prose is harshly lyrical, demanding and dynamic, and evokes with exquisite accuracy this Kentucky holler from which no one emerges unscathed.” – Colette Sartor

Terry Pellman of Sidney spent his first work life as a social services administrator before beginning a second career as a prolific author who self publishes his work. On March 27, Pellman will discuss the self-publishing process as well as the marketing strategies he uses for his novels. A Republican who is politically active in the party, Pellman endorses a philosophy that maintains there are dangers in the political and cultural divide in the U.S. which could result in a breaking away of states to form a nation based on strict adherence to the original Constitution.

A native of Alabama, a retired college professor with dozens of publications in scholarly journals, and a frequent presenter on NPR, Piqua poet Jane Kretschman is scheduled for April 24 and will discuss her latest project, a study of lynchings in Alabama. She will elucidate the ways in which historical data can serve as a springboard for the production of poetry in which the poet delves deeply into the historic circumstances, the biographical information, and her creative powers to give voice to this horrific part of American history.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins: vblevins@edisonohio.edu (937) 778-3815.

Cancer Association of Darke County holds their annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle

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You could be the winner of this raffle!


A Gourmet Dinner for 8 will be prepared by a gourmet cooking team.

Tickets are currently available now through February 08 for $5 each or 6 for $25. The drawing will be held on February 11.

The date of the dinner is decided by the winner.

The winner gets to choose the location. (Local)

Cancer patients in Darke County are battling a difficult disease. Proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.

To get your tickets, call Christine at 548-9960, or email director@cadcinfo.org

Thank you in advance for your support!

Lucky Chops Engage Young Musicians at Edison State Music Education Clinics

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Lucky Chops saxophonist Daro Behroozi gives pointers to local students during a music education clinic held at Edison State Community College.
Following their performance at the 21st annual Holiday Evening at Edison State Community College, the high-energy brass funk band Lucky Chops put on two Music Education Clinics for over 370 area junior high and high school jazz students.

Lucky Chops set the stage for the second-day music education clinics by performing several top songs, including their original composition, “Without You,” a cover of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back,” and a mashup of several genres of music.

The band then took students through the process of composing music using improvisation techniques. Over fifty students had the chance to interact one-on-one with band members, performing improvised solos to The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

One student commented, “I went to the performance during the school day with my band and I got to go up and play with [Lucky Chops] and honestly, it was such a huge confidence boost. I learned a lot just from the short time I was up there and plan to use the information that I learned in band and during camps.”

Junior and senior high schools represented included Ansonia, Arcanum, Benjamin Logan, Hardin-Houston, Lincoln View, Miami East, Miamisburg, Mississinawa Valley, Piqua, Sidney, Tipp City, and Troy.

The Edison State Music Education Clinics were made possible by the Miami County Foundation, The Piqua Community Foundation, and The Edison Foundation.

Photographs, as well as a video, from the day can be viewed online at www.edisonohio.edu/clinic.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve

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No school on January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Register your child for Darke County Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. “Forts, Fire and Food” will begin at 10am and end at 2pm. Children from kindergarten through 6th. grade are invited to spend the day exploring the park, building forts, tracking, hiking, fire-starting and cooking over a roaring campfire. Park naturalists will lead your children through the activities, crafts and more while enjoying the day off school. The fee for the day is only $15 and can be made by cash or check upon registration. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather, as the majority of this camp will be spent outdoors. Please register by calling Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165 or info@darkecountyparks.org.

Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its annual Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala on Saturday, January 26th at the Tipp City Eagles (2nd floor) located at 202 E. Main St, Tipp City. TCAAC members and guests will enjoy several stations of heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with an evening filled with casino-style games. Game winnings can be used to bid on items donated by local artists, community members and businesses. Auction and raffle items will include original pieces of art, as well as, themed gift baskets, tickets and gift certificates to local events and businesses. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Cocktail hour will commence at 6:00 PM; a cash bar will be available. Games will begin at 7:00 PM with raffles and an art auction following. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by January 24th. You may purchase your ticket online at www.tippcityartscouncil.com/wager-on-the-arts or mail your check to Tipp City Area Arts Council, Box 74, Tipp City, OH 45371. Make checks payable to Tipp City Area Arts Council. You may also pay at the door. Casual or dressy casual attire is acceptable! All monies made at this event go to support our scholarship and children’s awards funds. You can help TCAAC celebrate their 10th year and their endeavors to support the arts in our community while enjoying a night out on the town at Wager on the Arts! We hope that you will join us!

EMT scholarship opportunities available to area locals

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Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced another round of scholarship opportunities to those interested in becoming an emergency medical technician. However, this time the classes will be offered at either Celina or Van Wert instead of Greenville.

Starting today through January 28, 2019, at 6 p.m., Spirit will again accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed field training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at www.spiritmedicaltransport.com and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Human Resource Assistant Andrea Cahill at acahill@spiritmedicaltransport.com.

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by a member of the Spirit Human Resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place the week of January 28th at Spirit’s Celina office located at 316 Portland Street, Celina. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. February 1, 2019. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Depending on the location of where most successful applicants live, will determine if the classes will be held at the Celina or Van Wert office of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC. Classes will be held five days a week starting February 25th through April 19tht. Scott Kaminski of Four County Career Center will serve as lead instructor for the class, while Mike Woodford and Scott Wolf of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, will serve as secondary instructors.

Company officials say the program offered by Spirit is unique, while mutually beneficial.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 50 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program. Last August, the company expanded its scholarship program to its working EMT’s, offering them a paramedic scholarship program. There are currently ten Spirit EMT’s in a 14-month paramedic program that will end in October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center.

“We are focused on making Spirit Medical Transport a place where people come to work, learn, and grow in their EMS career,” said Spirit President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Many of the people who have gone through our EMT program have come to love working in this career field. Many of the recipients of the program have shared that becoming an EMT is a dream come true for them that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.”

Hathaway said this scholarship opportunity is slightly different from ones that have been offered in the past.

“For the first time since the scholarship program started, we have looked to change the location of where this class will be held,” Hathaway explained. “There has been an increased calling for our services in the northern Ohio region combined with an increased interest of individuals in this area. Based upon this, we have chosen to change the location of the classes this time around to better accommodate the needs and interests of our new applicants.”

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas. Company officials also provide transportation assistance to successful applicants who may not live near the class location, but still have an interest in taking advantage of the scholarship opportunity.

2019-2020 Small Game and Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council

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COLUMBUS, OH – The 2019-2020 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Notable changes among the proposals include providing an opportunity to increase the daily bag limit of walleye, sauger or saugeye, in Lake Erie when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish. Each year, a total allowable catch is determined for walleye by the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The proposed bag limit increase would be from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River. (The four fish daily bag limit would remain in place in this river.) This proposed change would become effective in 2020.

Other notable proposals included modifying waterfowl bag limits by decreasing the brant and pintail daily bag limit from three to one and two to one, respectively; modifying annual shooting range permit fees to provide a savings to shooters when purchased at the same time as annual resident hunting licenses; and modifying the age requirements for youth hunting seasons so they are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This will provide for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.

Additional proposed rule changes included exempting nonresident anglers under the age of 16 from being required to obtain a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit; allowing hunters to carry a printed or electronic version of their spring turkey, fall turkey, or deer permit(s); and removing Mosquito Reservoir from the list of ODNR Division of Wildlife properties where permits are issued for the construction of waterfowl hunting blinds, providing more access to hunters. For a complete list of all proposed changes, please visit the Winter 2019 Proposed Rule Summary at wildohio.gov.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

Open houses to receive public comments about hunting, trapping and fishing regulations and other wildlife issues will be held on Saturday, March 2. Open houses will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District One, District Two, District Three and District Four offices, as well as the Greene County Fish and Game Association clubhouse in Xenia.

Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at wildohio.gov beginning on Thursday, Feb. 14. Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 21, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Edison State and Hobart Institute Partner to Offer Welding Technology Degree

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Charlie Carpenter (L), Director of Skill Education at Hobart Institute
of Welding Technology, and Dr. Tony Human (R), Dean of Professional and
Technical Programs at Edison State meet on behalf of the two
institutions entering a consortium agreement
Edison State Community College and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (Hobart Institute) have entered a consortium agreement, making it easier than ever before for students enrolled in Hobart Institute Accredited Welding Programs to continue on the path to an associate degree at Edison State.

Building upon a twenty-year partnership, the institutions’ latest agreement facilitates the transfer of credit from the Hobart Institute to Edison State for students who wish to pursue an Associate of Technical Studies (A.T.S.) in Welding Technology.

“We are pleased to bolster our partnership with Hobart Institute in which we provide educational opportunities to students from both institutions and strengthen their future work-based learning and employment opportunities,” said Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs at Edison State.

Dependent upon the students’ career goals, the institutions support three pathways of completion. Students have the option to work toward an A.T.S. in Welding Technology, with a focus on Management, Manufacturing, or Quality.

Students enrolled in the program may apply up to 30 credit hours from Hobart Institute toward one of the ATS degrees now offered at Edison State. The remaining balance of coursework required at Edison State may be completed online or in person in as little as one year.

“We feel it is important to provide our students with a multitude of opportunities once they graduate,” said Charlie Carpenter, Director of Skill Education at the Hobart Institute. “Our team does a great job with career assistance, and we believe partnering with Edison State can help expand the opportunities for our graduates interested in further education. We are excited about the partnership and believe Edison State is a great option for our graduates seeking further education.”

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, employment of professionals in the welding career field is projected to experience a 6-percent growth from 2016 to 2026. Welders will be sought to aid in the nation’s aging infrastructure which will require the expertise of welders to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. In 2017, professionals in this career field earned an average of $19.35 per hour or $40,240 per year.

The Associate of Technical Studies in Welding Technology degrees is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized with the highest order attainable by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges.

For more information about the degree pathways offered, call 937.778.8600 and ask to speak with a resource specialist.

2018 eFields Research Report Released January 9th

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High quality, relevant information is key to making the right management decisions for your farm. The eFields program at The Ohio State University was created to provide local information about critical issues for Ohio agriculture. The 2018 eFields Research Report highlighting 95 on-farm, field scale trials conducted in 25 Ohio counties will be released on January 9th. Research topics include nutrient management, precision seeding, crop management, soil compaction management, remote sensing, and data analysis and management. To help identify trial locations that are similar to your operation, each study includes information about weather, soil types, and management practices. Additionally, economic analysis was added to select trials this year. QR codes that link to videos featuring the researchers and partner farmers are available in the report.

The 2018 report is now available in both a print and e-version. To receive a printed copy, contact your local OSU Extension office or email digitalag@osu.edu. The e-version can be viewed and downloaded at go.osu.edu/eFields.

The eFields team has planned four regional results meetings to discuss local results and gather information about research interests for 2019. There is no cost to attend; for more information or to register for a meeting, visit go.osu.edu/eFieldsMeeting. Please plan to join us for the meeting nearest you:

  • Southwest Region: February 13th, 9AM-12PM, Wilmington
  • Northwest Region: February 20th, 9AM-12PM, Wauseon
  • East Region: February 27th, 5-8:30PM, Massillon
  • West Central Region: February 28th, 9AM-12PM, Piqua


We would like to sincerely thank all of our 2018 collaborating farms and industry partners. The eFields team enjoys working with each of you and we are looking forward to continuing to learn together in 2019.

Follow our social media @OhioStatePA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, Digital Ag Download (go.osu.edu/DigitalAgDownload), to keep up with the eFields program throughout the year. For more information on how to get involved in eFields in 2019, contact Elizabeth Hawkins at hawkins.301@osu.edu.

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Friday, January 11, 2019

January at the Arcanum Public Library

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It’s a brand new year, and the Arcanum Public Library can help you get off on the right foot. Come in to find a book to help you get organized, start an exercise routine, plan healthy meals, learn a new hobby, and lots more. Patrons can utilize the computers to start genealogical research or work on homework. Need a great story to read or movie to watch during a cold spell? The library is the place to go.

The library has several programs planned for January. StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and more. Kids in grade school can come to SPARK after school on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45 to play games, meet with friends, and learn something new.

On Thursday, January 24, the Winery at Versailles will be giving an informative presentation about wine at 6:30. Registration is required for this educational event and patrons are asked to call or come in to the library to sign up.

The adult winter reading challenge has begun and will and run through March 31st. Each title a patron reads will be an entry to monthly drawings and a grand prize. Come in to the library for details and to get an entry log sheet.

Patrons can call the library for more information at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 14,000 Deer during Ohio's Muzzleloader Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.

Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.

An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters using muzzleloaders during the four-day deer-muzzleloader season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for this year’s season, and last year’s numbers are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 284 (208); Allen: 56 (57); Ashland: 278 (204); Ashtabula: 310 (316); Athens: 359 (351); Auglaize: 61 (57); Belmont: 254 (306); Brown: 235 (159); Butler: 97 (93); Carroll: 363 (348); Champaign: 92 (60); Clark: 60 (47); Clermont: 178 (109); Clinton: 67 (63); Columbiana: 240 (292); Coshocton: 485 (487); Crawford: 93 (51); Cuyahoga: 1 (2); Darke: 54 (28); Defiance: 147 (91); Delaware: 79 (62); Erie: 43 (42); Fairfield: 144 (156); Fayette: 34 (29); Franklin: 37 (34); Fulton: 43 (40); Gallia: 203 (176); Geauga: 71 (102); Greene: 57 (51); Guernsey: 434 (463); Hamilton: 41 (34); Hancock: 70 (59); Hardin: 115 (101); Harrison: 326 (346); Henry: 48 (25); Highland: 219 (203); Hocking: 264 (358); Holmes: 330 (278); Huron: 175 (121); Jackson: 236 (218); Jefferson: 164 (182); Knox: 397 (328); Lake: 23 (31); Lawrence: 127 (83); Licking: 416 (363); Logan: 140 (127); Lorain: 138 (136); Lucas: 27 (28); Madison: 37 (21); Mahoning: 127 (138); Marion: 61 (49); Medina: 154 (104); Meigs: 338 (310); Mercer: 45 (28); Miami: 38 (45); Monroe: 214 (255); Montgomery: 31 (29); Morgan: 297 (366); Morrow: 133 (93); Muskingum: 455 (481); Noble: 263 (265); Ottawa: 35 (27); Paulding: 89 (69); Perry: 229 (240); Pickaway: 74 (55); Pike: 169 (168); Portage: 119 (112); Preble: 77 (69); Putnam: 27 (21); Richland: 269 (247); Ross: 257 (237); Sandusky: 63 (56); Scioto: 174 (168); Seneca: 117 (98); Shelby: 70 (60); Stark: 209 (166); Summit: 32 (38); Trumbull: 190 (216); Tuscarawas: 467 (396); Union: 79 (52); Van Wert: 32 (20); Vinton: 210 (255); Warren: 71 (82); Washington: 337 (344); Wayne: 194 (157); Williams: 111 (89); Wood: 51 (53); Wyandot: 108 (84).

Total: 14,168 (13,268).

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Emergency Operations Plan for Greenville City Schools

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Twelve professionals met on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 in the Anna Bier room at Memorial Hall to review, discuss and update the Emergency Operations Plan for the Greenville School District. Lieuteant Eric Roberts from the Greenville Police Department with present School Resource Officers Jesse Osswald and Ryan Borowske and future School Resource Officer (SRO) Darren Fox were in attendance. Representing the Greenville Fire Department was Assistant Chief Shannon Fritz. Representing the Darke County Emergency Management Agency was Josh Haney. Doug Fries, Stan Hughes, Andrea Townsend, Chris Mortenson, Rhonda Schaar and Jeff Cassell represented Greenville City Schools. Greenville City Schools updated the plan at the end of last school year and it was approved on June 21, 2018 with the addition of ALICE concepts with our Active Shooter section. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. These are strategies to use depending on the situation at hand.

The ALICE trainings were started at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year with an opening day presentation by Joe Hendry, a National Trainer and an expert consultant to the Ohio Department of Homeland Security for civilian response to active shooter incidents. After the opening day session, Mr. Henry along with Greenville City Staff conducted training exercises with different scenarios. Following this training, all staff with the exception of the bus drivers completed an online training session with ALICE. This training continued again this year with a refresher for returning staff and initial training for new staff and bus drivers. The bus drivers also did the online training, specific to their work. During the summer of 2017, three administrators were trained with ALICE Train the Trainer in northeast Ohio. This past summer, two more administrators were trained. Eight teachers have been trained this year and five more adninistrators will be trainied in June.

During the meeting on December 11, 2018, the group discussed “rally” and “reunification” locations if we need to evacuate GHS, K-8, or Memorial Hall. Building rally locations are where students and staff would go if they need to evacuate a building. Reunification location is a location that students would be transported to meet with family after an incident. This information is confidential so that the general public does not know our plan and could compromise it. We also discussed the use of door jamming devices with pros and cons and the process that is required to use them. In addition, we talked about the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training for staff and administrators. There are three courses online and a few more in the classroom. The NIMS classroom courses will be done by our SROs. The online courses are in addition to ALICE Trainings and they are focused with Incident Command Systems. The new Emergency Operations Plans are due and will be submitted to The Ohio Department of Education by February 3, 2019.

Submitted by Jeffrey S. Cassell, Director of Administrative Services

Trash Dumping Costs Taxpayers

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Each year the Darke County Park District is forced to spend over $1,000 in taxpayers’ money to clean up and remove trash dumped on park property. Recently Turkeyfoot Preserve on Bishop Road, just south of Greenville off State Route 121, was the victim of yet another dumping. A pile of trash was dumped near the parking area. This dumping was in direct violation of not only Darke County Park District rules and regulations, but also of the Ohio Revised Code. It is illegal to dump trash, household goods, yard waste, construction materials, or other refuse on park property.

Each time an issue like this arises, every attempt is made to locate, charge, and prosecute the person responsible. Director of the Darke County Park District, Roger Van Frank said, “We need the general public’s help in matters like this. If you see any suspicious activity in the parks during business hours, please call the Nature Center at 548-0165 or the Darke County Sherriff’s office after hours at 548-2020.” Van Frank continued saying that “tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible may carry a reward.”

As a reminder, the Darke County Park District, in conjunction with the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, is offering their Christmas Tree Recycling program again through Thursday, January 17th. Please bring your live, undecorated trees to Shawnee Prairie Preserve and follow the signs to the drop off location.

The Darke County Park District requests that if anyone has information on this trash dumping to please contact the park office at 548-0165.

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