Thursday, July 20, 2017

Final Bow Summer Theatre Workshop is proud to present PINOCCHIO!

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Performances will be at 3pm and 7pm at Gospel Baptist Church on Eidson Rd on Friday July 28th.

Tickets go on Sale on Monday. Cost is $5.00 and can be purchased by contacting Becky Hootman at (937) 467-9259 or Final Bow at (937) 459-8078 or at the door the day of the performance. Hope to see you all there!

Edison Students Present at Library

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According to a 2015 U.S. Department of Education report, 32 million adults cannot read above the fifth grade level… and one child in four currently grows up not knowing how to read. It’s not getting better. Today’s generation is less educated than the one before.

Edison State Darke County Campus Fundamentals of Communication students have focused on literacy as their term project and one team will be making a presentation to the public about this Cornerstone to Success at the Greenville Public Library Thursday July 27th at 6 p.m.

What is literacy? Is it just reading or does it involve more, such as being able to use the knowledge as a function of success? What is the relationship between literacy and poverty? Literacy and crime? What role does it play in the overall well-being of a community?

Edison students will explore this critical topic and what it means to a community and the individuals who live in it. They will offer suggestions that could help make a difference. The presentation is open to all ages and light refreshments will be served. Students will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

The good nutrition mission: Reid Health Diabetes & Nutrition Education

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Dallas Parson, Ball State University dietetic intern, shares about protein with
Third Grade Academy participants recently at Reid Health.
The best time to learn about good nutrition is at an early age when taste buds are still changing and when it is easier to make a lasting impression.

The Reid Health Diabetes & Nutrition Education team -- through various classes, programs and outreach -- spends time with all ages in their efforts to help people make better choices with their eating.

“It is important to begin nutrition education at an early age while children are impressionable,” said Christie Ferriell, Registered Dietitian and Manager, Diabetes & Nutrition Education & Clinical Nutrition. She said her department does that in various ways, including recent participation in the Third Grade Academy, one-on-one sessions with patients, community outreach and an assortment of classes.

Mini nutrition education sessions were given to participants while they were having breakfast in the Reid CafĂ© at Twelve Hundred during the recent Third Grade Academy. “We hope that these children will take this information home to share with their families, and that it begins to have an impact on the choices they make when eating snacks and meals,” Ferriell said.

Her team’s outreach includes free and contracted programs in several area counties, including:

  • annual participation in the Third Grade Academy with nutrition presentations, along with the provision of healthy breakfasts through Reid Health Community Benefit
  • a Nutrition Month partnership with Seton Catholic Schools this past March that engaged the Pre-K through Grade 2 students in hands-on learning activities
  • lunchtime programs through the Union County Health Department
  • Well @ Work Nutrition presentations for the Rural Electric Membership Corp. (REMC)
  • Healthy Snack Packs for kids with the Centerville Public Library this summer
  • Nourish You, a 16-week program for weight management in adults
  • STOP, a pediatric weight management program for children and families
  • Diabetes Self-Management Classes
  • and one-on-one nutrition counseling

Ferriell said one of the team’s frequent messages for families is the importance of family meal time. “Family meal time is a great time to model healthy behavior, engage in daily conversation with children and for parents to monitor and control intakes and portion sizes.”

Fun activities are added -- especially in programs targeting kids, Ferriell said. In an outreach in March at Seton schools, Pre-K through second grade students were given a nutrition lesson to kick off activities. A dietetic intern visited the students twice a week to present a trivia question, show food models, share information about sugar and illustrate sugar content hidden in snacks.

Ferriell said she heard from parents who said their children came home talking about what they learned and were more aware of how to pick healthier options. Kim Becker, Seton principal, said the presenter shared a nutritious snack that illustrated a healthy choice could taste good. “I think the students enjoyed the discussions – and they certainly enjoyed the treats!”

Ferriell said parents are often surprised when they learn just how much sugar is in many of the snack options available to their kids. “Many breakfast and snack options have excessive amounts of sugar,” she said. Another challenge is portion sizes, she said, noting that today’s typical serving sizes in the United States are often much larger than recommended.

And aside from all the nutritional benefits of some foods over others, one bottom line remains the same for maintaining a healthy weight – if you consume more calories than you burn, weight gain is the result.

For more information contact Reid Health Diabetes & Nutrition Education at (765) 983-3423.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR and VFW Post 7262 to Host Marker Dedication

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR along with VFW Post 7262 will be having a marker dedication for William Walker at the Ithaca Cemetery on July 28 at 6:00pm.

Walker is an American Revolutionary War Soldier who moved to Darke County after the War. Descendants of Walker from Texas and Ohio DAR Regent Nancy Schirm Wright will also be attending the dedication. The public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will follow at Grace United Methodist Church located in Ithaca on Arcanum Ithaca Rd.

Please plan to attend and honor our county's Patriot.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

State of the Heart Care and Treaty City Motorcycle Club host Hospice Benefit Run

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On Saturday, July 22 State of the Heart and TCMC will host the annual Hospice Benefit Run to raise funds for veteran care at State of the Heart.

In addition to the poker run, a flea market will be held at the Treaty City Motorcycle Club grounds (7270 Motorcycle Drive, Greenville). With over 30 local vendors and many concessions, there is sure to be something for everyone at the market. Bike registration and the flea market begin at 10:00am and the first bike out follows at noon. Registration is $10.00 per single rider and $20.00 per double rider. At approximately 11:45am, a flag ceremony will be held at Treaty City Motorcycle Club.

This ceremony will be broadcast live on State of the Heart Care’s Facebook page. The after party begins at 6:00pm and will last throughout the night. For non-riders, a cover charge of only $5 will grant you access to see Renegade rock out on stage, in addition to various concessions.

Please join us on Saturday and help support our veterans!


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Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having another “Coffee with the Commissioner” on Saturday, July 22nd at the Front Street Inn, 812 Front Street in Greenville. The public meeting will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. As always, the public is invited to come in and ask the Commissioner questions about the county, and let him know what concerns they have, or what they would like to see. Come on out and have a cup of coffee and breakfast in one of Darke County’s iconic places the Front Street inn, 812 Front Street in Greenville! The date is Saturday, July 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Monthly Gospel Concert

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present The Christianaires Quartet Concert on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 6 PM. The Christianaires’ music is a blend of the kinds of music that reaches the heart and positively communicates the message of Jesus Christ. From a distinct Southern Gospel sound to the precious old hymns of the church, their music is presented with deep sincerity and warmth of spirit. They are genuine in their love for Jesus Christ, committed to the ministry of the Christian message, and effective in their presentation of scriptural truth through gospel quartet music that reaches the heart and honors God.

Arcanum Faith UMC Sponsors Free Community Pool Party

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Saturday, July 29th from 6:30- 9:00 p.m., Arcanum Faith UMC will be hosting a Community Pool Party at the Arcanum Community Pool.

Admission is FREE and snacks and drinks will be provided. All are welcome to come and enjoy the pool and fellowship.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two Vehicle Accident at 127 and Greenville Celina Road

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On July 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Greenville Celina Rd on an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Ford box truck, driven by Austin Law (19) of Tipp City, was traveling north on Greenville Celina Rd and stopped at the intersection of US Route 127. The 2013 Ford entered the intersection to travel north on US Route 127. The 2013 Ford was struck by a southbound 2012 Cadillac SUV, driven by Darren Fourman (54) of Arcanum.

Both drivers were transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Rescue. A front seat passenger in the 2012 Cadillac was treated at the scene.

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


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The Carl and Anna Fuhr family immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1927 and 1928 and settled in Cincinnati, In 1940 they were told by the Naturalization Service and the FBI to register at the post office.

Then in 1942 they were taken into custody. Without a hearing they were ordered into internment. They boarded a train and headed to their "new" in Crystal City Texas. And their crime....they were German immigrants during WWII!! The camp was like a prison. Fences were 12 " high and guards towers every 50 yards!!

There is much more to this story. Please join Mr. Eberhard Fuhr, their son, to hear the rest of the story! He will give his talk on Sunday July 30 at the Versailles High Preforming Arts Center at 2:00

This event is sponsored by the Versailles Area Historical Society. Mr. Fuhr has a local connection, as he is Rosemary Paulus' cousin

This event is free and open to the public! Our Museum will be closed on July 30th so our volunteers may attend this special program.

Come and hear about this time of our history!!

Gathering at Garst Kids' Art Contest

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Calling all doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers! Gathering at the Garst is proud to announce this year’s student art contest theme: Ohio Invents!

You probably knew that the first airplane came from Ohio…but did you know that without Ohio inventors, we wouldn’t have light bulbs, speakers, video cameras, golf balls, rubber, and most importantly…hot dogs!

Darke County doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers between 4th and 8th grade, squeeze your creative juices from your noggin and invent the next masterpiece of invention art!

Create an original piece of art depicting a famous Ohio inventor, or inventions created in Ohio! Five creative doodlers & tinkerers will win between $25 and $75 in cash!

Artwork can be any medium, as long as it fits on a 12 inch by 16 inch poster or mat board. You can pick up free boards at Granny’s Corner in downtown Greenville.

Hurry doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers! You must drop off your next patent-pending masterpiece to The Garst Museum by July 22nd!

You can learn more about Gathering at the Garst’s Student Art Contest under the entertainment tab on

Best of luck doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers!

Cotterman Speaks to Darke County Republican Women’s Club

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Rebecca Cotterman, Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sister of Shelby & Darke County was the speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s Club July Dinner/Business Meeting.

She spoke of the mentoring programs which provide support, activities, education etc.

The DCRW will not meet in the month of August. We do hope you will visit the Republican Tent during the Darke County Fair.

The next business meeting will be September 11th. More information regarding that meeting will follow.


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Members of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) and Ohio Public Employee Retirees, (OPERS), who are eligible to become members, will not only enjoy a picnic lunch at the VFW on Monday, August 7, 11:30 a.m., on Ohio St., Greenville, but will have the opportunity to learn and evaluate new membership insurance benefits that are now available to them as Alan Kearns, Regional Vice President of AMBA, takes the floor. Nonmember Reservations must be in to Vivian Nieport, PERI Attendance and Contact Chairman, by calling (937) 548-3961 on or before Wednesday, August 2. Members will be contacted by PERI's calling committee.

AMBA, which stands for Association Member Benefits Advisors, entered into an agreement with the State organization of PERI earlier this year. As a result, members of all eleven PERI districts throughout the state of Ohio are eligible to participate. Each of the eleven districts includes eight chapters. Darke County is a member of District 3. Other Chapters in the District are Champaign, Clark, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties. Each chapter meets separately, holds its own meetings, and plans its own programs.

Kearns, pronounced Karns, has been with AMBA for nine years. Originally from Indiana, he moved to Ohio five years ago and oversees both Ohio's and West Virginia's programs. According to information published by the State office of PERI, twenty AMBA benefits are currently being offered to PERI members, only, and ten additional benefit programs are being planned.

All attendees at PERI's meeting, members or not, are welcome to ask questions. Some questions that have already come up are "How to apply for AMBA's benefits?" "What if any are the added costs?" and "How will they be coordinated with existing insurance reimbursements and Medicare Supplemental plans to avoid duplications that could cause some insurance claims to be denied?" Kearns is making himself available to answer these questions and many more.

Local cancer patient, John Greendyke, receives reclincer from cancer survivor, Josh Chaney

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Recently Josh had contacted Cancer Association of Darke County and expressed his desire to donate a recliner to a local cancer patient. The association coupled this with their yearly BBQ sales. Any patient who had received services in the past 5 years was eligible to enter the drawing. John entered his name and was very happy to learn that his name had been drawn the day of the sales.

Josh states: “In May of 2016 when I heard "It's cancer," it shook me to the core. It's a tough pill to swallow. Fast forward to October 2016 my cancer is in remission. I made a promise to myself that if my six month scan came back clear, I wanted to celebrate by giving back.

Unable to sleep flat in a bed anymore due to the aftermath of cancer, my recliner was my salvation through treatments and even now into recovery. I am grateful for all the love and support I received from family, friends, co-workers, employer and medical staff. Understanding and surviving the struggles of treatments, I wanted to offer a local cancer fighter or survivor their choice of a new recliner. Thanks to partnering with Christine Lynn at Cancer Association of Darke County and my employer at Furniture Express, I was able to make a difference. Not only for the winner of the recliner, but also myself. Helping another person affected by cancer helped make my journey come to full circle.

Again, thank you so much for making this possible.”

Cancer Association wishes to express a big thank you to Josh for helping to make this event a very special day. It is generous people like Josh who help to make a difference for those patients fighting the battle of their life. Thank you, Josh, and congratulations to John. Enjoy!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Details on July 14th Accident at Arcanum Bears Mill Road and 571

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On July 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Gettysburg Fire Dept. responded to a two vehicle, injury accident at the intersection of State Route 571 and Arcanum Bears Mill Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Chevy Equinox, driven by James Neitzelt, 68, of Arcanum, was traveling southbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Road when he failed to yield at the intersection and drove into the path of a 2004 Jeep Liberty, driven by Sandra Goff, 60, of Greenville, which was traveling eastbound on State Route 571. Both vehicles came to rest along the roadway.

Kerby Goff, 64, of Greenville, who was a front seat passenger in Mrs. Goff's vehicle, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.

Annie Oakley Parade to be held Saturday, July 29 at 10am

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The Annie Oakley Festival is only a couple of weeks away, and the Annie Oakley Parade is a wonderful part of the weekend. Come up to Greenville on Saturday morning, and enjoy the sidewalk sales, the Cancer Walk, the chance to see the men do the “Pink Mile” walk, and of course the parade.

The parade should reach downtown Greenville approximately at 10:00 am.

Bring your family and chairs and come down and enjoy the parade.

If you would like to be in the parade, please contact Jennifer Peck, 937-467-3160.


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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is proud to announce that our 2017 Annie Oakley Festival Parade Marshals are the Darke County Elected Officials.

We took time in choosing our Parade Marshals, and the Darke County Elected Officials have given so much to our wonderful county. Besides their dedication to the position that they have been elected to, many of our elected officials give many countless hours volunteering and working with other organizations. They have given back to Darke County in so many ways, and we want to acknowledge them and their service during the 2017 Annie Oakley Parade.

Thank you to each Darke County elected officials!!

Darke County Commissioners: Matthew Aultman, Michael Rhoades, and Michael Stegall
Auditor: Carol A Ginn
Prosecuting Attorney: Kelly Ormsby, III
Clerk of Courts: Cindy Pike
Sheriff: Toby Spencer
Recorder: Linda Stachler
Treasurer: Scott Zumbrink
Engineer: James Surber
Coroner: Timothy D Kathman
Common Pleas Judge (General): Jonathan P Hein
Common Pleas Judge (Probate/Juvenile): Jason R Aslinger
Municipal Court Judge: Julie Monnin

Animal Tour at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center

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Have you met our resident animal ambassadors? We even have two baby turtles! Learn why these animals live at the Nature Center and what it takes to care for them on a daily basis. Find out why each and every animal is an important part of the ecosystem and how you can help to keep them safe. Bring a friend and prepare to have an up-close encounter as you see (and possibly touch!) some of the amazing animals that call Darke County home. This program is FREE and registration is required.

For more information or directions, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Date: July 19 at 6:30pm
Location:  Shawnee Prairie Preserve’s Nature Center, 4267 OH-502 Greenville OH 45331

YMCA gymnastics team at Nationals

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Pictured at the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships in Savannah, GA, are YMCA of Darke County gymnastic team members Kyrie Unger, Sophie Mills, Claire Royer and Alia Hunt, Level 3; Lydia Knepshield, Level 4; Samantha Short, Level 7; and Kristen Short, Level 8.(not pictured: Raquel Jasso)
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- The YMCA of Darke County gymnastics team recently traveled to Savannah, GA, and competed in the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships.

The YMCA National Gymnastics Championships began in 1938 and welcomes more than 2,000 Y gymnasts from across the country annually for this 3 day event. This is, by far, the largest meet of the season, and it is something these gymnasts prepare for year-round.

Competing athletes represent USAG levels 1 through Championship (levels 9 & 10). In order to participate, each athlete must be a YMCA team member and must qualify with a specified all-around score at a competition with a USAG sanctioned judge.

The YMCA of Darke County had 12 team members qualify for championships. Eight girls made the trip to Nationals, and 3 brought home medals.

Kristen Short, Level 8, earned 7th place with her floor routine. Samantha Short, Level 7, earned 6th place in vault, and Lydia Knepshield, Level 4, earned 7th place in vault.

“The Y’s gymnastics program has been an important part of our youth programming for many years, not just for physical fitness, but to integrate the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” said Tyler Roberts, Program Director for the YMCA of Darke County. “The team has worked hard all year and we are very proud of their success, both within the program and as far as character development.”

Learn more about the YMCA of Darke County by visiting our Greenville or Versailles locations or our website at


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Greenville, OH (August 2017) – Three local churches are helping to provide safe water to people around the world by hosting a shoe drive from August 1 – 31, 2017. Shoes of any style, size and condition can be dropped off at Greenville Church of the Brethren located at 421 Central Avenue, First Presbyterian Church located at 114 East Fourth Street, and First United Methodist Church located at 202 West Fourth Street during office hours. The shoes will be donated to WaterStep, an organization that uses training and technology to create long-lasting water solutions for developing countries. Once the shoes are collected and donated to WaterStep, they are sold to an exporter. The funds raised from the sale of the shoes go to WaterStep’s work of providing safe water solutions to people in third world communities and disaster hit areas. The shoes are then re-purposed and re-sold in marketplaces providing affordable footwear to those in need. WaterStep collects an average 30,000 pounds of waste that is kept from going into landfills.


WaterStep, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to fight the global water crisis by addressing the root causes of waterborne illness.

More than 780 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water; a child dies every 30 seconds from waterborne illness. WaterStep works to develop and implement sustainable solutions to the global water crisis by equipping people around the world with the tools, technology and training to provide safe water in their own communities. Since 2001, WaterStep has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in almost two dozen countries including Haiti, Kenya, India, Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Costa Rica. To learn more, call (502) 568-6342 or visit

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jim Gill at “Family Fun Day”

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“Family Fun Day” at the Greenville Public Library continues on Wednesday July 19 at 11:00 a.m. with special guest Jim Gill. Jim has a unique approach to his concerts for young children and families. This is because his graduate studies in child development have convinced him that family play is more important to young children than music alone… whether the music is classical, folk, or rock and roll.

Each of Jim’s concerts is an active sing-along and clap-along. He bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, jumps, dances and even sneezes along. The concert is filled with songs and stories from Jim’s award-winning recordings and books for young children.

Meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund.


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Julie Helman has experienced the power of State of the Heart’s Care Center firsthand: in February 2015, she lost her husband, Dion, to esophageal cancer. For four days, Helman and her son Daniel, along with many friends and family members, were at his bedside until he eventually succumbed to the disease. “We had a big group of people up at the Care Center the entire time,” Helman remembers. “The nurses were always rearranging furniture to make sure someone had a place to sleep or offering blankets to everyone who wanted them. They made sure we were taken care of during our stay.”

State of the Heart Care’s Inpatient Unit, or Care Center, is located on the fourth floor of Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. The center serves as the only inpatient unit for the entire State of the Heart service area, which spans over 15 counties in both Ohio and Indiana. The Care Center is designed for short-term care to manage acute symptoms, adjust medications, or stabilize patients of State of the Heart’s hospice program. Because of State of the Heart’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status, many of the Care Center’s amenities, such as blankets and snacks, are funded through grants or donations made by community members.

Helman was determined to make sure that the Care Center could continue to take care of other families who were in the same situation Helman and her family found themselves in. In April 2015, two months after Dion’s death and also Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, Julie Helman decided to sell homemade cookies and donate the profits to State of the Heart. A talented baker, Helman began selling frosted sugar cookies with a purple ribbon (the symbol for esophageal cancer) in packs of six for $5 each. “In the beginning, [my son] Daniel told me to just aim for raising $1,000, but as the orders started rolling in, I knew that would be too easy,” Helman says. “So, I thought $10,000 sounded like a good amount.” After the first year of selling cookies proved to be successful, she decided to continue selling them every April until she reached $10,000.

After only three years, Julie Helman reached her goal. “I shipped orders to people in North Dakota and Texas, and my son and daughter-in-law delivered some to their friends in Pittsburgh,” Helman says. “Some of my family from out of town ordered cookies to have them delivered to the Greenville police and fire departments.”

Altogether, Helman baked 5,000 cookies between April 1 and June 15 and raised $4,300 for this year’s cookie drive. Every year, the profit has increased by about $1,000. Thanks to friends and family donating ingredients and some volunteering to help Helman bake, she was able to keep the costs of making the cookies low so she could donate all profits to State of the Heart Care. The money raised will be used to provide care for patients in the Care Center, as well as amenities for patients’ families such as snacks and toiletries.

Ladybug garden club scholarship

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The Ladybug Garden Club awarded scholarships to two Greenville High School graduates, Meg Rehmert and Mackenzie Slade. Meg will be going to Cedarville University and Mackenzie will enter Ball State University. Making the presentation was (l-r) Carol Hosbrook-Cole Scholarship Chairperson, Meg, Mackenzie and Dawn Hissong, committee member.

WHY ME? - Eberhard Fuhr Story

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The Versailles Area Historical Society presents a program by Eberhard Fuhr telling The Whole Story of his family’s World War II Internment on SUNDAY July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Versailles Performing Arts Center.

This is a RARE opportunity to hear a FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT of this unusual and important event in our American history.

We invite everyone to enjoy this FREE and informative presentation.


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The Arcanum Public Library would like to remind patrons of the events going on for the last couple of weeks for our summer reading program. Bring your preschooler to the library Monday, July 17th and 24th at 10:00 a.m. for StoryTime. Listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have lots of fun! Kids in grades 1 and up can come for Future Builders, Inc. on Tuesday, July 18th and 25th from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Join your friends in building structures, watching movies, playing games, and more. On Wednesday, July 19th, the library will be showing “The Frog and the Princess” at 10:00 a.m., and “Beauty and the Beast” at 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday, July 26th, the 10:00 movie will be “Curious George: Back to the Jungle” and the 2:00 movie will be “Boss Baby”. Popcorn will be served at all movies. The library will be having a craft day on Thursday, July 20th. It is a drop-in program for kids to come from 10:00-4:00 and create all sorts of fun things to take home. On Thursday, July 27th, there will be another craft day – for the wildlife in your own backyard! Drop in anytime between 10:00 -4:00 to make some things to help the critters.

As a reminder to all patrons; Saturday, July 29th will be the last day for sheets to be turned in to count toward prizes.

In addition to wrapping up the Summer Reading Program, the library will be hosting an adult coloring session on Tuesday, July 18th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Supplies are provided, but patrons are welcome to bring their own. Snacks will be served. Relax a bit, chat a bit, and color a beautiful picture to take home! Also on Tuesday, July 18th, the book club will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. They will be discussing “The Forgotten Garden” and picking up the next book, “The Traitor’s Wife”. Even if you have not joined yet, feel free to come and participate.

If you have any questions about these are any other programs, feel free to give the library a call at 937-692-8484. The library can be found on Facebook as well, and be followed on Twitter!

Darke County Civic Theater to perform at Annie Oakley Festival

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Darke County Civic Theater has been a community staple at the annual Annie Oakley Festival for many years. This year is no different, as DCCT will perform a classic old time melodrama once again. Melodramas have become very popular at the festival and many community members look forward to seeing this spectacular performance every year. This years melodrama selection is entitled “D.K. Molar, The Devious Dentist…Or…There’s gold in them Thar’ Teeth” by: Billy St John.

The depraved dentist, D.K. Molar (Mike Hamilton) and his noxious nurse, Nova Caine (Karen Hamilton) have crafted a dastardly scam: after putting their patients to sleep with nitrous oxide, they remove the gold crowns and replace them with fakes made of fool’s gold. The unsuspecting patients are none the wiser. That is until Dr. Molar’s new receptionist, the lovely Flossy Dailey (Christy Forthofer) starts chewing over some of the strange happenings in the office. With Phil de Tooth (Daniel Heymeyer) an upstanding young dentist, they discover Molar is prospecting for more than overbites. It’s guaranteed to be the most enjoyable visit to the dentist you have ever had! This performance features local residents performing a variety of entertaining characters. Also featured in the cast are Sandy Hartley and Jessica Setser. Dane Leeper has the responsibility of director for this production, along with his daughter Olivia Leeper, who will be running the lights and sound for the performances. Performances will take place at York Woods Friday July 28th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday July 29th at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Sunday July 30th at 1:00 p.m.

All performances are free to attend and will take place under the melodrama tent. Bring your friends and family and get ready to boo, hiss, laugh, clap, cheer and “aww” with us under the melodrama tent!

Big Brothers Big Sisters “Big Buddies” After School Program ends with Smiles!

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A Big and Little reading a habit out of their 7 Healthy Habits
of Happy Kids book. Big Buddy, Mackenzie Slade, daughter of
Bill & Tiffany Slade of Greenville and Little Buddy Brady Falknor,
son of Morgan Bannon of Greenville. 
The Big Brothers Big Sisters High School mentoring program concluded 2016/17 “Big Buddies” after-school program. Each site celebrated with snacks, games and crafts.

The program pairs high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors with local youth and the “matches” meet twice a month throughout the school year. The High School “Buddies” work together with their “Littles” on activities that focus on educational and social enhancement, as well as personal safety. All activities are planned and supervised by the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

The locations for the 2016/17 Darke County Big Buddies program included sites in Greenville Elementary, Ansonia Elementary, and Versailles Elementary. The Locations for Shelby County Big Buddies program includes sites at Emerson, Longfellow, Whittier, and Northwood Elementary Schools all located in Sidney.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is a nonprofit United Way agency and an affiliate organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Any high school student interested in becoming a mentor for the 2017-2018 school year should call the office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. The agency is also still in need of local adult volunteer mentors as well. If you have a couple of hours to spare two times a month we have volunteer opportunities for you.

Staycation on Sunday with Deron Bell & Jazz For You Band

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Deron Bell and the Jazz For You Band returns to downtown Versailles (fountain square) on Sunday, July 16 as Towne & Country Players continue their Staycation series. The featured entertainment has earned a large local following returning by popular demand to Darke County. “Deron Bell can do it all; he sings, plays a variety of instruments, and covers a broad spectrum of music,” said Keith Rawlins, Vice President of T&CP. “The quality of the musicianship achieved by Deron and his band is equaled by the group's joy in playing, making for a memorably good time for all concerned.”

Please remember that this week the entertainment is on Sunday and starts at 7pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a Sunday evening with Michael Anthony food items and the musical talents of Deron Bell & the Jazz For You Band. (In case of rain the entertainment will be in St Denis church basement.)

Angel Run 5k Registration is Now Open

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Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Angel Run 5k to be held Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM. The race starts and ends at North Star Park in North Star, Ohio, and is held in conjunction with the Fireman’s & American Legion Picnic.

The 5k is held each year to honor all lost loved ones, and was started by the family of Lynn Topp in 1998. It is also a raises funds for scholarships for local college students, as well as for donations to the North Star Fire Department and North Star American Legion.

You can learn more about the 5k at

In addition, you can download and print a registration form by clicking here.

“Last Mondays” Return

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Our sweet buzz word is bees! Did you ever wonder about that sweet treat, honey? Well we are all a buzz about hosting local bee keeper, Bruce Heft to learn all we can about the work of the bee keeper. Bruce will share the gear needed and answer our questions about what we need to encourage bee life in our area and the importance of a healthy bee crop in our gardens and throughout the area countryside.

On Monday July 30th at 1:00 p.m. we will offer this “Last Monday” program at the museum. What a wonderful time to come by for a most informative program and an unrushed tour of the museum. With many new and some old favorite displays to revisit, why not bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the shade with us?

There perhaps might even be a taste of that sweet liquid good to even enjoy!


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Kristy Earick, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is proud to announce that VHCC is contracted with, but not limited to, the following major insurance plans: Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Premier Health Group, Medical Mutual, TriCare, and United HealthCare. VHCC accepts over 25 commercial and Medicare HMOs.

Earick understands that sometimes it may be difficult to find out what skilled nursing facilities are in network with certain HMO contracts. “With so many different insurance plans in today’s market, we understand the difficulty in finding a skilled nursing facility in network. For this reason, please contact us and we can verify your coverage for you.”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. For insurance verification, please call 937-526-5570.

Fort GreeneVille DAR Continues to honor American Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Darke County

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On June 20 at Black Swamp / Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles OH, in honor of Richard Brandon, an American Revolutionary War Patriot, Fort GreeneVille DAR and VFW Post 7262 dedicated a new marker at Brandon's gravesite located at Black Swamp / Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles OH.

Besides DAR members and cemetery officials, there were seven descendants of Brandon in attendance. (Some meeting for the first time.) Richard Brandon contributed supplies to the war cause in Pennsylvania. He was born in Pennsylvania on Feb. 28, 1751 and died in Darke County Ohio on Oct. 20, 1835.

Pictured: DAR members Mary Jane Dietrich & Debbie Nisonger, 5th generation great granddaughters Janie Overley & Mary Brandon, 4th generation great granddaughter Beth Flora, 5th generation great granddaughter Brenda Arnett, 7th generation great grandson Joel Robinson, 6th generation great granddaughter Jodie Shumaker Robinson, Cemetery Superintendent Brian Gehart, DAR members Shirley Hughes, Helen Wright & Caroline Petitjean, Cemetery Board Members HB Hole & Betty Armstrong. (not pictured: Jonas Robinson)

Then on June 26 at Old Abbottsville Cemetery American Revolutionary War Patriot William Byers was honored by Fort GreeneVille DAR and VFW Post 7262. An “in memory of” marker was placed near William Byers’ son’s stone. Besides 8 DAR members and 5 township/cemetery officials, there were 19 descendants (4th-5th-6th great) of Byers in attendance.

Byers Descendants in Attendance (Pictured but not in order): Duane Byers Sr. and wife Pat, Duane Byers Jr. and wife Shelly with children Dustin, Brad and Chasity, Kathryn (Byers) Taylor and husband Jay with children Joshua and Victoria, Bryan Byers and wife Amy with children Dane, Brynn and Vaughn, Jason Byers and wife Erica with child Braylon.

Township Trustees in attendance (Pictured but not in order): Kent Thompson, Jed Smith, David Delk, Tim Warner. Cemetery Superintendent: Terry Rench

Fort GreeneVille DAR members in attendance (Pictured but not in order): Caroline Petitjean, Drema Wetzel, Helen Wright, Brenda Arnett, Linda Riley, Linda Bundy (not pictured Debbie Nisonger and Corinne Zwiesler)

Darke County Pond Clinic

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The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is coordinating a Tri- County recreational pond clinic. This will be hosted by Overholser Farms near Bradford .The event is scheduled for August 1st at 6:00 pm. Fish stocking, pond management, and weed control will be the main discussion points, but other topics can be addressed. This is an RSVP event, so please contact Darke, Miami, or Shelby County S.W.C.D.’s if you plan on attending by July 28th. The Darke County S.W.C.D. can be reached at 937-548 – 1752. Our Web site: or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Ct., Greenville for more information.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mosquito Spraying in City of Greenville

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Library Film Series Features Rocky

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Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. Rocky starts out as a small-time club fighter, and later gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship.

The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million and shot in 28 days, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976, and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film received many positive reviews and turned Stallone into a major star. In 2006, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Rocky is considered to be one of the greatest sports films ever made and was ranked as the second-best in the genre, after Raging Bull, by the American Film Institute in 2008.

Join us Thursday July 20th at 7:00 p.m. Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie and as always there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

GPD Warns of Vehicle Break Ins

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During the last couple of months, there has been a spike in thefts from vehicles.

Most of these have occurred when the vehicle was unlocked.

Please remove any valuables from your vehicle, and always remember to keep your vehicle locked when leaving it unattended.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious person activity, or any crime, is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tip line at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Final Bow Summer Theatre Workshop

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Who doesn't love the story of Pinocchio? Final Bow Center for Children's Performing Arts presents their Sumer Theatre Workshop. This year we will be presenting Pinocchio. So come be a part of our cast and audition for this beloved tale. All children 6 years and older are invited to Audition. Auditions will be Tuesday July 18 beginning at 10am at the Final Bow Studio, 107 W. Main in Greenville. Registration fee is $60 and includes a tshirt. Practices will be held from 10-3:30pm July 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th. Performances will be at 3pm and 7pm at Gospel Baptist on Eidson Rd on Friday July 28th.

Please contact Becky Hootman for more information or to register call (937) 467-9259 or Final Bow at (937) 459-8078 or email us at

Free Diabetes Program

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So you test you blood glucose and obtain a reading, now what do you do with the number? Join Karen Droesch RD, LD, CDE at Wayne HealthCare for the program “What to do with the Numbers”. This program will discuss reasons why your blood glucose may read higher or lower than expected. We will also discuss how to use the numbers to better manage your blood glucose. In addition we will look at your numbers for blood pressure and lipid levels which are indicators of risk for complications.

The program will be held on July 11, 2017 at 2pm in the 3rd floor conference room, at Wayne HealthCare. The program is FREE to attend. If you have questions about the program please call 937-569-6750.


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Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting a week-long Missoula Children's Theatre residency which begins with auditions offering the opportunity for all interested youngsters to try out for a role in a full-scale musical theatre production and concludes with performances starring local students.
Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting a week-long Missoula Children's Theatre residency which begins with auditions offering the opportunity for all interested youngsters to try out for a role in a full-scale musical theatre production and concludes with performances starring local students. Auditions for MCT's Aladdin will be held on Monday, July 31 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon; performances are scheduled for Saturday, August 5 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All activities will take place at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.

All students entering grades 1 through 12 are encouraged to audition for one of the approximately 60 roles available; there is no charge for participation in this production. Those wanting to try out should arrive by the scheduled starting time and remain for the entire session. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for the first rehearsal which begins 30 minutes after the casting announcement at the end of auditions. Rehearsals continue daily from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and 12:30 until 2:30 throughout the week. Although not all cast members are needed at every session, those auditioning should have a clear schedule for the entire week.

Among the roles to be cast are Aladdin, Scheherazade, Aladdin’s Mother, Ali Baba , and Sinbad the Sailor, as well as many other characters including a powerful Sultan. Wise Genies, lost Penguins, and talking Palm Trees also are integral to the tale. Assistant Directors will be chosen to assist with technical aspects of the production. No advance preparation is required for this group audition, but youngsters should be aware that paying close attention to the MCT Tour Directors' instructions is of great help to a successful audition.

The residency by Missoula Children's Theatre is made possible by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. DCCA also receives funding from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council and is supported by membership donations. Tickets to the show cost $5; to reserve tickets for either Saturday performance of Aladdin or for further details regarding auditions and the production, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

Nicole Anderson to speak at Annie Oakley Golf Tournament

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July 24 at Turtle Creek Golf Course

The 36th annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament will be held on July 24, 2017 at Turtle Creek. This event donates all proceeds to Cancer Association of Darke County.

Golfers will unite to help local cancer patients and enjoy a day of golfing and a dinner banquet as well. The speaker this year will be Nicole Anderson, a cancer survivor and friend of Cancer Association of Darke County. Nicole states “I am a housewife after retiring from 20 years of health care. I have been married to Bruce Anderson for 34 years and together we have 4 children. I am a breast cancer survivor and am in remission for 3 years so far. I can't stress enough how imperative it is for screenings. It can save your life.” Nicole will share some of her story of how cancer affected her life and how she overcame difficulties during that illness.

If you have questions about this event or would like to participate, call the office at 548-9960.

Darke County United Way Announces New Board Members

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Bethany Menke, Chance Cox, and Gavin Glasscoe
Greenville, OH (July 5, 2017): The Darke County United Way recently announced the addition of Chance Cox, Gavin Glasscoe, and Bethany Menke to its Board of Directors.

Chance Cox is an Associate Attorney at Goubeaux & Brand and Assistant Law Director for the City of Greenville. When asked why he joined the Board, Cox said, “I wanted to get involved in a nonprofit agency, and I feel that the Darke County United Way reaches more communities and positively impacts the lives of more individuals than any other entity in Darke County.” Cox resides in Oakwood with his wife, Allison (Eiting) Cox, and their dog Clutch.

Gavin Glasscoe is an insurance agent with Littman Thomas Agency, Inc. in Greenville. “I wanted to be part of something bigger,” stated Glasscoe when asked why he joined the Board. “I have seen what Darke County United Way has done for the community, and I wanted to be a part of an organization that helps so many. DCUW is investing in the individuals of our community and understands that fighting for the health, education, and financial stability in our community is what makes Darke County a great community.” Glasscoe lives in Greenville with his wife, Ann (House) Glasscoe, and their three boys.

Bethany Menke is a Senior Human Resources Generalist in the Human Resources department for Midmark Corporation in Versailles. When asked why she joined the Board, Menke stated, “I have always enjoyed being involved in community activities and volunteering my time for organizations that make a positive impact in our community. I feel the United Way is one of those organizations that reach so many areas of our community, and I feel privileged to be a part of the organization.” Menke lives in Versailles with her three children.

“I am looking forward to working with Chance, Gavin, and Bethany through the United Way Board of Directors,” stated Christy Baker, Executive Director for the Darke County United Way. “Each one brings valuable skills and talents to the table as well as a passion to make Darke County a great place to live and work for EVERY resident.”

The Darke County United Way fights for the health, education, and stability of every person in our community. For more information, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272 or
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