Monday, June 18, 2018

Community Grant Applications Due June 29

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Local non-profit organizations that serve Darke County residents are invited to apply for grants from the Darke County Foundation. Approximately 30 organizations will be selected to receive a total of $50,000 in grants. Organizations must be certified tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)3 or equivalent. Applications may be downloaded from www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

Deadline to apply is June 29, 2018.

Schools or groups that provide the following programs or services in Darke County are encouraged to apply:

  • Arts education and enrichment (music, visual arts, theater, etc.)
  • Agricultural-environmental awareness, or water and soil conservation
  • General education for youth or adults
  • Health and well-being
  • Community beautification
  • Recreation and sports
  • Religious
  • Social service and stability
  • Animal welfare

Grant payments will be made in August. The Darke County Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

Little Miss and Mr returns to Annie Oakley Festival

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Western Ohio Precision Ag Field Day Planned

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Western Ohio Precision Ag Field Day is planned for July 16, 2018 beginning at 8 a.m. at 9060 Versailles, Southeastern Road, Versailles.

This event will feature field demonstrations on nutrient placement, management, and utilizing field data to make decisions. Credits will be available for fertilizer applicator re-certification, certified crop consultants, and certified livestock managers.

Several agribusinesses will be participating in the trade show. Those currently include Integrated Ag Services, Apple Farm Service, Green Field Ag, Precision Agri-Service, Fennig Equipment, Crop Production Services, Southwest Automation, Ohio Ag Equipment, Koenig Equipment, Bumper Crop Imagery, Otte Ag, Rogers Grain, Ohio Soybean Council, Graves-Fearon Agency, Ebberts Field Seed, and Heritage Cooperative.

This event is open to the public and was organized by OSU Extension Darke and Miami County. Thank you to Koverman Dickerson Insurance and Nationwide - Matthew Jordan Agency for sponsoring breakfast and snacks for the day. For full details and a flyer, please visit http://go.osu.edu/westohioagevents . While the event is free, RSVPs are required by July 2 for a lunch count. Register online at go.osu.edu/westernohiofieldday or call 937.548.5215.

Local Artists Wanted for First Friday Event

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Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event will once again feature the Artisan Stroll! The goal of this event is to create a temporary “gallery” throughout our historic downtown district as well as curate interactive experiences to foster community involvement and support of the arts. The event will take place on Friday, August 3rd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the downtown district.

The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display, demonstrate, and sell their work at this interactive event designed to promote the local art community.

All local artists and talented creative individuals are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late and other activities that will be planned for the event.

Main Street Greenville is also pleased to announce the incorporation of a brand new art contest to the Artisan Stroll! This juried contest is open to all accepted participants of the Artisan Stroll, although participation in the contest is not a requirement to display your work at the Artisan Stroll.

The theme of the contest is “Shades of Summer.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces which celebrate the variety of hues, intense saturations, and unique light quality that the summer season brings. Pieces of all mediums will be accepted for participation in the contest and artists will have a chance to win cash prizes of up to $200! The art contest has been generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greenville, Ohio.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Greenville Ohio Rotary Club meets every Tuesday afternoon for lunch from 12:00- 1:00 PM in the Community Center at BRC's Chestnut Village.

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $20.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is July 20th, 2018. The vendor application can be found on Main Street Greenville’s website at www.mainstreetgreenville.org. For more information or to receive a vendor application, contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 or fowble51@gmail.com.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).

ONE MILLIONTH CHICKEN DINNER SOLD IN VERSAILLES

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The One Millionth Chicken Dinner has been sold! With the first dinner sold in 1952, Versailles Poultry Days sold its One Millionth Dinner Saturday shortly after 5:00pm. Ryan Stoneberger of Columbus purchased this dinner and was presented with gifts including a trip for two to Las Vegas from Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes, a supply of Platinum Chicken dinner tickets from Nelsons, and a One Year supply of MikeSells snacks.

This Ohio State graduate, originally from Cincinnati, wasn’t held back by a rain shower and in his raincoat stood in line for that delicious chicken dinner. Along with his fiancĂ© this is Ryan’s second year traveling to Versailles to complete in the Ultimate frisbee tournament.

Placed end to end One Million Dinners reaches ½ way around the earth. 2018 Festival Chairman, Jeff Lyme remarked with the continued support of festival goers and the Versailles community the festival will keep moving forward. Last year the festival sold record 27,620 dinners and in 2018 there are 28,500 dinners on the grounds.

For details and the full festival schedule go to www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

Greenville Girls Softball Association, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home and the Butterflies Junior Garden Club Beautify Stebbins Field

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Greg Zechar looks over the project of “Hero” marigolds
and “Red thread” alternanthera with junior members Kate Rehmert, Saige Fellers,
Brianna Fellers, Grace Spect, Kendall Cromwell
The Greenville Girls Softball Association, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home and the Butterflies Junior Garden Club teamed together to add a new landscaping flower bed to the Stebbins Field softball complex located just north of Greenville. Eric Fellers, President of the GGSA, was interested in creating some additional landscaping and called upon his daughters, Brianna and Saige, to present the idea to their junior Garden Club. It was decided to incorporate a 6ft. W x 2 ft. H. X 6 ft large galvanized round end stock tank to get a raised bed that would not be trampled. Eric enlisted members of GGSA to assist the Garden Club. Jason Hupman provided mulch, Daniel Myers helped with digging out the area, hauling in dirt and Sam Stebbins assisted with gravel and sand. Greg Zechar of Zechar Bailey Funeral became interested in the youth project by providing the flowers planted in the raised bed. The Garden club received a grant from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Foundation to cover the cost of the tank, fertilizer, compost, and other supplies.

Shown with the finished project is Jason and Brody Hupman, Kyle Cromwell GGSA trustee and flower bed caretaker, Daniel Myers and daughter Kenzie, Greg Zechar, GGSA President Eric Fellers, Jason Christian GGSA tournament director, Kim Cromwell leader of the Butterflies and Charlene Thornhill, leader of the club and trustee of OAGC Foundation, Inc. Seated in front are Butterflies members Brianna Fellers, Saige Fellers, Grace Specht, Kendall Cromwell and Kate Rehmert.

The junior club will maintain the flower bed throughout the summer as well as large containers planted near the concession stand.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Awards Scholarships

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Left to right Jennifer Bruns (BBBS Executive Director), Mikayla Bailey, Stevie Allen, Emme Farley, Linda Perkins, Paige Barker (BBBS After-School Program Coordinator), Chad Beanblossom (BBBS Board President)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke recently awarded high school graduates with scholarships as part of their Big Buddies Scholarship program. To be eligible, students must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, be a high-school senior enrolled in a Shelby or Darke County school, be a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters for two full academic years, have at least 75% attendance participation with the Big Buddies program, and plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or technical school.

Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County awards scholarships to both Shelby and Darke County graduates. This year’s $500 scholarships were awarded to Emme Farley, Linda Perkins, Stevie Allen, and Mikayla Bailey. Emme and Linda are the Shelby County recipients, and Stevie and Mikayla are the Darke County recipients. Emme is a Jackson Center High School graduate, and she plans to attend Wright State University majoring in biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. Upon completing college, Emme would like to be a pediatrician. Linda is an Anna High School graduate, and she plans to attend Wright State University – Lake Campus and major in Nursing. Stevie is a graduate of Versailles High School she will be attending college majoring in biomedical science. Mikayla is a graduate of Greenville High School, and she plans to attend Kent State University or Ball State majoring in Advertising.

Six scholarship applications were received from Shelby County students, and eight from Darke County students. All of the applicants had to complete an application, provide two personal references, and submit an essay on why volunteering is important in the community. The essay had to include factual information about the impact of volunteering and helping in the community, as well as personal reasons for volunteering. All of the applicants mentioned the Big Buddies program in their essays and the impact the program has on our community. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. Big Buddies helps promote social and emotional development through various staff-guided activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Soybean Tariff: How Much Could it Cost an Ohio Farmer?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio farmer could lose more than half of his or her annual net income if the threatened 25 percent tariff is imposed on U.S. soybeans and corn in China, a study from The Ohio State University has found.

Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) have projected a 59 percent loss in annual net farm income based on historical trends in yields on corn and soybeans and projections for price drops in both commodities.

For the study, the researchers compiled data from six Ohio corn and soybean farms of similar size and created a representative Ohio farm comprised of 1,100 acres split evenly between corn and soybeans. They used the representative farm to determine the financial toll a tariff could take on an Ohio farm.

Net annual income on that representative Ohio farm was projected to drop from $63,577 to $26,107 under the proposed tariff, according to the study performed by Ben Brown, manager of CFAES’s farm management program and Ian Sheldon an agricultural economist, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in CFAES.

Across Ohio, the loss of soybean exports to China would be an estimated $241 million annually.

The study is the first to show the financial impact a 25 percent tariff on China’s imports of U.S. soybeans and corn could have on an Ohio farmer and on the entire state.

“There are farmers who are struggling across the state,” Brown said. “If the proposed tariffs go into effect, we’re going to have farmers who will have to exit the industry.”

The financial losses stem from an expected drop in Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans and corn and in the world price for both crops.

“The biggest impact will be on profits from soybeans, however corn is affected too,” Brown said.

Soybeans are Ohio’s largest crop and the state’s top agricultural export. In April, China announced it would impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, corn and over 100 other American products. That was in response to the tariffs that the administration proposed on a range of Chinese imports valued at $50 billion. Other international trading partners, including Canada, the European Union, and Mexico have recently announced retaliatory tariffs in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as well, that could also dip into the profits of Ohio farmers.

The losses from soybeans sales are projected to be far greater than for corn. Every year, 31 percent of the soybeans and 2 percent of the corn Ohio produces are exported to China.

China is the largest buyer of soybeans in the world, and Brazil is its top supplier with the United States being second. If China imposes the threatened 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans that will drive up the price that Chinese companies have to pay for U.S. soybeans and encourage them to buy even more soybeans from Brazil, Brown said.

“The U.S. remains the largest producers of soybeans, but it is safe to say that Brazil could become the number one producer of soybeans in the world with increased demand for their products,” said Brown, who along with Sheldon are in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics within CFAES.

The United States may not be able to regain its share in selling soybeans to China, Sheldon said.

He pointed to how the United States lost market share for its beef beginning in 2003 following Japan’s ban on imports of U.S. beef due to cases of mad cow disease in the United States. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Australia was able to increase its exports of beef to Japan, and the United States has not regained its share in that market, Sheldon said.

“Why lose market share when you’re competing as well as you can,” Sheldon said of U.S. exports of soybeans and the prospect of a trade war with China. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”

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.

Wuebker Joins Marchal and Marchal as Associate

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Marchal and Marchal, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Matthew J. Wuebker as an associate to the firm. Wuebker is a native of the Maria Stein area. He is a graduate of Wright State University and University of Dayton School of Law where he interned with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Wuebker comes to the Marchal law firm with five years of legal experience in the areas of real estate, estate planning, probate administration, Medicaid, small business planning, and landlord-tenant law. Wuebker is also a licensed real estate title insurance agent.

Marchal & Marchal, Ltd. was founded in 1947. The firm is engaged in general practice with concentrations in the areas of probate, estate planning, business law and real estate law.

Edison State Students Join National Society of Leadership and Success

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Back Row (From Left): William Loudermilk, Jeremy Schutte, Kyle Jackson, Megan Kinnison, Jailyn Thwaits, Boz Howard, Joshua Walker, Andrew Young, Justin Seger, Kayla Tullis, Dr. Paul Heintz. Front Row (From Left): Amber Schoen, Kayla Seman, Jodi Hughes, Erica Hicks, Kelsey Kirchner, Christy Hughes, Kenzie Maxton, Kiley Grilliot, Christ Ramos, Abigail Harvey, Shelby Rodgers, Olivia Newman.
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) welcomed twenty-five inductees from Edison State Community College during the spring semester. Edison State Chapter Advisor and faculty member William Loudermilk led the induction ceremony and Dr. Paul Heintz, Dean of Arts and Sciences delivered a keynote address.

Those inducted into the Society included, Danielle Adams, of Covington, Ashley Cross, of West Milton, Kiley Grilliot, of Greenville, Abigail Harvey, of Urbana, Erica Hicks, of Piqua, Boz Howard, of Russia, Christy Hughes, of Sidney, Jodi Hughes, of Piqua, Kyle Jackson, of St. Paris, Carrie Kautz, of Greenville, Megan Kinnison, of Piqua, Kelsey Kirchner, of Conover, Kenzie Maxton, of Tipp City, Danielle Nelson, of Maplewood, Olivia Newman, of Troy, Christ Ramos, of Piqua, Shelby Rodgers, of Troy, Amber Schoen, of Greenville, Jeremy Schutte, of Minster, Justin Seger, of Russia, Kayla Seman, of Bradford, Jailyn Thwaits, of Ansonia, Kayla Tullis, of Urbana, Joshua Walker, of Sidney, and Andrew Young, of Piqua.

Students are initially invited to join the Society based on academic criteria. To achieve induction into the Society, members must attend Orientation, Leadership Training Day, 3 Speaker Broadcasts, and 3 Success Networking Team meetings. Members have until they graduate from Edison State to acquire the minimum of twelve hours of leadership training required for induction.

Advisor and Associate Professor William is confident that the newly inducted members will give participants a leading edge in the workforce.

“It was great to see these students learn about success and leadership throughout the past year,” said Loudermilk. “They all completed the rigorous five step program which included accepting nomination, attending orientation, attending leadership training, attending at least three lectures, and meeting with a smaller group of fellow students multiple times.”

“The NSLS program does an excellent job of teaching about setting and achieving goals and a great job building community and relationships among Edison State students.”

The Edison State Chapter honored Administrative Assistant Helen Willcox and Academic Project Specialist Karen Baker with NSLS service awards for their support throughout the year. Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Paul Heintz was made an honorary member of the NSLS. Associate Professor William Loudermilk was honored by NSLS for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The mission of the National Society of Leadership and Success is to build leaders who make a better world. The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

For more information about the Edison State Chapter Society, contact William Loudermilk at wloudermilk@edisonohio.edu.

2018 Celina Lake Festival on track for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

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The Celina Lake Festival is well known as a host event for the International Amphicar Owners Club. Each year 30-40 of the amphibious automobiles gather for the annual "Splash-In" held on the Friday evening of the Festival. Each owner and car/boat is introduced before they take their ritual Splash-In in to the "Hot Water Hole" along Lakeshore Drive in Celina, Ohio. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the last model year of the Amphicar. This year, the Amphicar club wants to make the annual Splash-In the biggest and best they have ever had. They are trying to get people who have never brought a car to Celina or who have not been to Celina for a number of years to come this year. The hope is for 100 cars, but will settle for 75 cars which would be the most cars ever at a Splash-In. If 75 Amphicars attend, they will apply to the Guinness World Records for the most Amphicars in one location. Currently, there are 70 Amphicars registered and the club expects to well exceed the minimum goal of 75. The Club will be offering rides to festival goers throughout weekend with a contribution to the local C.A.L.L. Ministries food pantry. The Celina Lake Festival & The Amphicar Splash-In are featured on this years cover of the Tourism Ohio publication. The Celina Lake Festival will be held July 27-29, 2018 in Celina, Ohio. www.celinalakefestival.comhttps://www.facebook.com/lakefestival/

For information on the Celina Lake Festival, contact Co-Chair Michelle Miller, 419-733-2436, michelleemerine@yahoo.com

For inquiries on the Celina Lake Festival Amphicar Splash-In event, contact event Chair Jonathan Williams, 419-296-2892, or reply email.

For information on the International Amphicar Owners Club, contact Michael Bayman, 419-937-652-2505, or 937-631-0824

Greenville Federal Once Again Becomes an Annie Oakley Festival Sponsor

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JoEllen Melling, President of the Annie Oakley Festival Committee, and Kristina Robinson, Secretary of the Annie Oakley Festival Committee, met with Jeff D. Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal, to receive their sponsorship on behalf of the 2018 festival. Greenville Federal has helped sponsor this Darke County long-time honored tradition for many years. Giving back to local communities has long been a trademark of Greenville Federal, the oldest bank headquartered in Darke County. We are happy to help the Annie Oakley Festival Committee in the continuation of this county tradition. states Jeff Kniese, President & CEO.

We, the Annie Oakley Festival Committee, want to thank Greenville Federal for their support of this festival once again. Without businesses like Greenville Federal, we would not be able to offer all of the wonderful activities like we do.

Each year, the success of the Annie Oakley Festival is due to the support of the residence of Darke County, and especially the businesses that continue to support the Annie Oakley Festival. This year, with the move to the Darke County Fairgrounds, the Annie Oakley Festival Committee, once again, is planning on having many activities for everyone to come out to enjoy, and we are happy about continuing to offer this to the public at no charge.

The area by the 4H Horse Barns and camping area at the Darke County Fairgrounds, provides a wonderful place for our festival. It offers some shade, a relaxing atmosphere, an area to bring in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, and a lot of room for growth. The Annie Oakley Festival offers a chance for everyone to come out and appreciate the shows, the food, and the chance to find that hidden treasure through one of our vendors.

The Annie Oakley Festival is less than two (2) months away, and we are still seeking sponsorships and would be willing to sit down and answer any questions, with any local businesses or individuals who are interested in becoming a sponsor. We also still have spots available for vendors and concessioners to come join with us for the 2018 festival.

Please contact JoEllen Melling at (937) 548-1018 or mellings@embarqmail.com . More information on the Annie Oakley Festival can be found at www.annieoakleyfestival.org .

Ladybug Garden Club Beautifies the Fairgrounds

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Members of the Ladybug Garden Club planted the entrance gardens to the Darke County Fairgrounds to welcome all who visit the grounds. Tahitian Vinca was planted in a star burst design with areas for containers in the garden and around the gazebo to be added at a later date. Each member will be growing various varieties of sun coleus to be included after maintenance is completed. Members are Shirley Linder committee member, Angela Beumer, Cathy Detrick, Becky Collins committee member, Carol Baughman, Sherri Jones, Kim Cromwell, Irma Heiser, and Lisa Marcum. Kneeling Cindy McCallister. Not shown were Sherry Ward and Charlene Thornhill.

Local Greenville BPW Member Elected OBW State Vice President

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Greenville, OH June 5, 2018 - Former Greenville BPW Club President, current member, and Region 5 President, Gail Snyder recently attended the BPW/OHIO conference and was elected Vice President of Ohio BPW.

The conference was held May 18th through 20th at the Berlin Grande Hotel in Berlin, Ohio and featured workshops on a variety of topics which included Sexual Harassment , Cardio Drumming, Human Trafficking, and Abuse Shelters.

Gail has been an active BPW member since 1984 and recipient of their Greenville BPW Woman of the Year award. She has also been awarded the Greenville VFW Citizen of the year. She is President of the Greenville Post 7262 VFW Auxiliary and volunteers to serve Veteran’s dinners at the local club to serve Honor Guard meals for Veteran Funerals. In addition she also serves as Greenville District 3B Republican Central Committee woman.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting from September through June. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair, Sonya Crist at 937-423-3657 or sonyacrist@gmail.com.

Photo Caption: Left to Right – Gail Snyder (Vice President Ohio BPW), Lucinda Covney (Eaton BPW Member and Region 5 Pres Elect) Ursula Bess  (Cincinnati BPW President)

Power Over Parkinson’s at Versailles Health Care Center

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L to R:  Shannon Condon, MA, CCSLP and Gina Boerger, P
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to our monthly event for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families! Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to empower, socialize, and learn.

This month, we are discussing “Coping with the Cognitive Changes of Parkinson’s.” Some people with Parkinson’s might experience cognitive impairment such as harder to focus, overwhelmed by making choices, or having difficulty finding the right words. Cognitive impartment in Parkinson’s is very different than dementia. Shannon and Gina will discuss the causes, signs, symptoms, treatment, and tips for caregivers on how to help their loved ones.

This exciting event will take place Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 4 pm. It will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

To RSVP, please call Stephen Winner at 937.526.0130.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER - May 2018

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May has certainly been an entertaining month in the Commissioner’s office! It seemed like every day there was a new challenge to deal with! We are hoping that this is because this is an election year, and as November gets closer maybe things will slow down to a normal pace! Let’s hope so.

The Darke County Economic Forum was held Friday May 4th at Romers in Greenville. The meeting was well attended, and Darke County is well set for future development and job growth. Our main focus, but not the only focus, is filling jobs and job growth. The Economic Development office encourages everyone to go to their website: hometownopportunity.com and look at all the jobs available, put your resume on the site, and learn more about the
companies looking for people.

We have had several proclamations this month for future events; Farm Power of the Past from July 5th through the 8th, The Community Action Committee’s Awareness Month, and the Steam Threshers on June 28th thru July 1st. Commissioners Matt Aultman and Commissioner Mike Stegall presented awards at the Special Olympics on May 11th. This is always a fun event to attend and to watch the children truly enjoying themselves. We appreciate being asked to participate every year.

In other news, the jail was reopened on May 19th and all prisoners were returned. The final cost of the cleanup is being added up, with some bills still not in yet, but we expect the final cost to be well over $100,000. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Miami and Mercer County jails for helping us at that time. It is very much appreciated. The Airport renovation project including pavement grinding, new lighting, resurfacing of the runway, and grading was started on May 14th. Sunesis Company has 71 days to complete the project, but if the weather cooperates, they may be done sooner. You can follow the progress on the Darke County Airport’s facebook page. The Manager, Seth Timmerman, has been taking aerial pictures with his drone so everyone can follow the progress. A substantial amount of dirt and asphalt grindings have already been moved, and paving and lighting should start soon, so stay up on the progress by viewing the facebook page.

Another project that has started isthe Midmark Research center in Versailles. This facility will be a welcome addition to the line-up at Midmark, and should continue their leadership in the Medical, Dental, and Veterinary fields. Congratulations to one of Darke Counties leading employers. The Brethren’s Home has started their construction project also. They are building new homes for people to buy in Greenville off Chestnut street and Oakwood. This is another of our great employers whose business continues to grow here in the County. While we are on expansion and new happenings, at the north end of Greenville, Whirlpool is installing their 3 Wind Turbines. That is something to see! The size of the turbines is fascinating, and their construction is fun to watch. If you get the chance, drive by and take a look. Thanks to all of our great companies who continue to see Darke County as their home for business.

The Memorial Day services around the county were all very well attended. This was good to see. Commissioner Stegall spoke to the gathering at Beamsville to a crowd of about 100, Commissioner Rhoades attended the services held at Gettysburg Cemetery, and Commissioner Aultman attended the services held at the Fort Jefferson Cemetery. Thank you to all who attended the services honoring those who had given their lives for the country, and realized that Memorial Day weekend is more than sales and BBQ’s.

Spring and Summer are finally here and things are starting to happen. Parade Season is upon us as well, so we will be out in the community at multiple events that started with Arcanum Old Fashion Days and ends with the Bradford Pumpkin Show in October. Find out what is happening by attending one of our meetings. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 in the Commissioner’s Office, 520 S. Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for June will feature Sarah Royer, a Naturopath, Certified Natural Health Professional and Reflexologist at The Natural Path in Greenville. Sarah says “It is my privilege to be a guest speaker for the Library’s Lunch & Learn. With so many different choices of supplements, herbs, and essential oils it can be very overwhelming to find the right products that you can trust. It is crucial to have someone with education and experience help guide you in your quest for a healthier more natural lifestyle. I look forward to sharing my story with you and a introduction to the wonderful world of natural health!”

Join us Wednesday June 20th at noon. Space is limited to 20 participants. If you would like the boxed lunch from the Coffee Pot please register by calling 548-3915. It costs $5 and includes a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or just come for the program!

June at the Arcanum Public Library

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The summer reading program has started at the library and there are plenty of activities to keep all ages involved. There are weekly Storytime sessions for preschoolers. Kids in grades 1 and up can participate in the Rock Stars on Tuesdays. Wednesdays are movie days, with show times at 10:00 and 2:00. There are programs planned for Thursdays that are drop-in events, including a program with Brukner Nature Center, a dance workshop, and a Name that Tune game. Come to the library to sign up and get a calendar of all of the events.

In addition to the summer reading program, there are other programs this month. On Wednesday, June 13, at 11:00 there will be the next installment of our gardening series. “Herbal Extravaganza” will cover how to care for herbs, how to choose them, and things to do with herbs. No registration required.

Feel free to call the library at 937-692-8484 for more information. Patrons can also go to the library’s website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, find the library on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Honors Members

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Regent Debbie Nisonger presented member Linda Kay Riley with a 25 year certificate for her dedicated service in NSDAR. Besides DAR, Linda is very active in the Darke County Genealogical Society.

A new member, Sherri Jones, was inducted into Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Sherri was inducted in a special ceremony at the gravesite of her American Revolutionary War Patriot, Daniel Rasor (John Daniel Rasor). Rasor is buried at Swank Cemetery in Montgomery County, Ohio near the Darke County line. Rasor provided supplies in the fight for freedom.


Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Held Three Dedications for American Revolutionary War Soldiers

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Fort GreeneVille dedicated three more American Revolutionary War graves in Darke County Ohio. The graves of Richard McGriff, Ezekiel Farmer and William Graham were dedicated.

On May 15, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR and VFW Post 7262 dedicated a new marker at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles for American Revolutionary War Soldier Richard McGriff. McGriff was a Private in the York County, PA Militia. He was born circa 1760 and died post 1820 in the Versailles area. Descendants still live in the Darke County area.

Ezekiel Farmer's dedication was during Memorial Day weekend at the Ithaca Cemetery Memorial Day Program. Members Michelle Alderman and Helen Wright gave the dedication speech and prayer. Ezekiel Farmer was a Private in the South Carolina Continental Line. He was born circa 17-64 and died in Darke County in 1841.

William Graham's marker was dedicated on June 2 at Providence Cemetery in Harrison Township. Graham's dedication was attended by family members from Indiana and Wisconsin. Following the dedication a reception was held at the nearby Darke County Fish and Game Club.

William Graham was a Private in the Virginia Militia, American Revolutionary War. He enlisted in May 1779. Graham served three tours of duty totaling over a six-month period. His first tour took him to Fort Donnally, Frankford, WV in pursuit of Indians. In other tours, Graham guarded prisoners and protected the country at places such as Burnt Mills, at the Nansemond River, Mecklenburg County N.C. and Williamsbug, VA. He was born in Virginia in 1764 and died in Darke County, Ohio on June 21, 1841.

Fort GreeneVille DAR appreciates all the support for this historical preservation project. The Township Trustees, Cemetery Trustees, VFW Post 7262 and Edwin Nickol Monuments have assisted with this project of preserving our local history. Thank you!

Northern Miami Valley Ohio Red Cross Volunteers Honored At Chapter’s Annual Meeting

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Myrna Yoder shown with Executive Coordinator James Wagner and Director Gump
Northern Miami Valley Ohio Red Cross Volunteers Honored
At Chapter’s Annual Meeting
Four residents of the Northern Miami Valley were honored at the local Red Cross Annual Meeting. The meeting was held to review last year’s accomplishments including: Sound the Alarm efforts, the election of new officers, and honoring outgoing board members.

The following volunteers were honored for their hard work and dedication to the Red Cross mission:

  • Helping Hand Award: The volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand, no matter who asks or what the job! The winner was Linda Miller from Springfield, Ohio, who volunteers in the First-Aid Station, in the Springfield office and is a leadership volunteer in the Veteran Visitation Program.
  • Hand in Hand Award: This award went to the PAIR of volunteers who have found joy in volunteering together. The winners were Tom and Karen Oliver, of Union City, Indiana and they volunteer all over the country as deployed disaster volunteers in Logistics and Mass Care.
  • Round of Applause Award: The volunteer who is everyone's cheerleader, consistently boosting morale and keeping their fellow volunteers positive and moving the mission forward. The winner was Myrna Yoder, of Troy, Ohio, and she volunteers in Disaster Services as a Caseworker and in Veteran Visitation.
  • Dirty Hands Award: This volunteer is always doing those jobs that no one thinks about, or no one else cares to do. The winner was John Gross, of Troy, Ohio who volunteers in Disaster Services.
Additional awards went out to all volunteers who were currently certified in CPR and First-Aid, as well as volunteers who also donated blood during the last year at an American Red Cross Blood Drive. The National Service to Armed Forces Pin was awarded to volunteers who had served in Veteran Visitation for the past twelve months, who logged over 1,300 visits to Veterans in assisted living facilities. Preparedness volunteers were awarded certificates and pins in the Sound the Alarm and Home Fire Campaign effort, which installed over 1900 alarms and was credited for saving a young family of three in Piqua, Ohio. “As a chapter, we had over 200 volunteers donate over 73,000 combined hours worked and on-call serving the communities in which we live. I’m proud of the efforts made b the willingness of engaged volunteers to assist whenever a need arises.,” said Terri Flood, Northern Miami Valley Ohio Board Chair.

Chapter staff were on-hand at the Annual Meeting Volunteer Picnic to thank not only the volunteers but the numerous partners that make the work happen. Over twenty-one area businesses were awarded various certificates, for their role in mission delivery. “Without our partners, such as Honda, who has an employee volunteer program or the Springfield Fire Department, who help install alarms, we couldn’t reach as many people as we do”, quoted Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter. In addition to the above mentioned, Chapter volunteers responded and gave aid to ninety disasters, assisting 140 families and educated over 1000 third-fifth graders in the Pillowcase Program. Volunteer donors gave over 3,200 blood donations, which saves over 9,600 lives.

If you would like to learn more about how you can volunteer with the American Red Cross, you can apply on-line at redcross.org or simply call your local office, Springfield, 937.399.3872, Greenville, 937.548.1002 or Troy, 927.332.1414, these three offices serve all six counties of the NMVO chapter, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby, providing local service with local volunteers and funded by local donors.

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