Monday, July 16, 2018


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Junior high girls, are you interested in getting ready to join the winning GHS girls’ tennis team when you get to high school? Then come out now and start practicing for the junior high season at open courts, which usually are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:00-5:30 at the high school tennis courts. Everyone plays and no cuts are made. The 2017 GHS Lady Wave, which had an 18-2 record, needs to groom the next generation of players. Tennis is one of the best sports for fitness and can be played for life! Call or text Coach Suzie Brown with questions at 459-9219.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser to Benefit Walk to End Alzheimer's

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Beer at the Library?!

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The Arcanum Public Library is excited to be hosting a “Brew Review” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The library will have an expert on hand to introduce patrons to the rapidly growing craft beer scene. With thousands of breweries and hundreds of styles, knowing what’s what when getting started can be overwhelming. David Nilsen, beer journalist and Certified Cicerone, will be here to talk about the basics of beer, how to taste beer like an expert, and lead patrons through a guided tasting of five craft beers from Ohio breweries. This class is filling up quickly, and is limited in size, so be sure to register in advance by calling the library at 937-692-8484 or by dropping in.


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Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting their annual week-long Missoula Children's Theatre residency offering youngsters the opportunity to participate in a full-scale musical theatre production; this year's show is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Auditions for Snow White will be held on Monday, July 30 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon; rehearsals continue throughout the week, culminating in two performances on Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All activities 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 Snow White, her friends Phineas, Foxy, and Fernando, the Queen, and the Seven Dwarfs. Other characters include the Magic Mirror, the King, Forest Animals, Black Forest Creatures, Bats, Henchmen, and Students. Assistant Directors who will aid in rehearsals throughout the week will also be chosen. 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 essential 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 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or for further details regarding auditions and the production, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

It’s a Fine Life! Lionel Bart’s Classic Musical, "Oliver!", Comes to Versailles.

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Left: Zach Ahrens (as Artful Dodger), Keegan Rismiller (as Oliver), Evan VanSkyock (as Charlie) and Collin Rismiller (as Dipper). Right: Mason DeMange (as Bill Sykes) and Erin McKibben (as Nancy)

In just two weeks, the Versailles Performing Arts Center will transform into 1830’s London as a cast of nearly 90 takes to the stage to bring to life the timeless tale of a young boy searching for a place to belong and someone to love. Join Oliver as he encounters a string of curious, questionable, heartwarming, and often rambunctious characters, including the infamous Mr. Fagin and his band of mischievous pick-pockets.

Oliver! Features a musical score that includes show stopping numbers such as “Consider Yourself,” “It’s a Fine Life,” and “Oom Pah Pah!” The music will be brought to life by a 20-piece orchestra consisting of musicians from all over the greater Miami Valley area. The set features a 7 foot tall bridge that spans the width of the stage and serves as a focal point throughout the production.

Plan to be a “part of the family” in Versailles July 19-22! Tickets are available now by going to Towne & Country Players’ website: and clicking “Oliver Tickets” to reserve your seat for show. Babysitting will be available at the school during the Saturday matinee and evening productions (donations accepted).

For questions, please call: 937-658-3317.

Jan Teaford to speak at Annie Oakley Golf Tournament July 23 at Turtle Creek Golf Course

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The 37th annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament will be held on July 23, 2018 at Turtle Creek Golf Course. 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 at the banquet will be Jan Teaford, a cancer survivor and friend of Cancer Association of Darke County. Jan 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.

Register Now for the 21st Annual Angel Run 5k

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Registration is now open for the 21st Annual Angel Run 5k to be held Sunday, July 22, 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.

Stacys accept the National Defense DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal

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National Defense DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal and certificate was awarded to U.S. Navy Petty Officer Kenton Stacy. His parents David and Tracey accepted the medal for Kenton. He is currently getting medical treatment in Huston, Texas.

Stacy, a 2002 graduate of Greenville High School, is recovering from injuries sustained as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED), which exploded during a hospital sweep in Syria on Nov. 9, 2017.

The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal is presented to an individual, 18 years of age and older, who fulfills the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal may be awarded to emergency first responders. active duty military and veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and citizens who have contributed to the defense and/or security, and thereby the freedom, of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner.

Following a prayer by Chapter Chaplain Karen Burkett, Regent Debbie Nisonger presented the medal. Nisonger stated, “The DAR presents this medal to Kenton Stacy, who has gone above and beyond his call of duty for our great nation,”.

DAR members in attendance were Chris Nehring, Debbie Nisonger, Linda Bundy, Helen Wright, Doris Aultman, Karen Burkett. Also in attendance were veterans Mick Maher and Larry McLear along with wife Carol, Greenville City Council President John Burkett, Darke County Commissioner Matt Aultman, and Carolyn Fisher of Greenville Public Library’s Genealogy Department.

Beat the Heat and Pulmonary Rehab

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Versailles Health Care Center invites you to “Beat the Heat” this summer at their facility. Some ways you can beat the heat this summer at Versailles Health Care Center is getting involved in cardiac rehab, LSVT, vestibular therapy, incontinence therapy, diabetic rehab, stroke recovery, wound care, and pulmonary rehab. These specialty programs are designed to help you get stronger during these hot summer months, especially if you are having issues that are pulmonary related.

During the past couple of weeks, Ohio has experienced record number temperatures in the 90’s. Because of this, pulmonary cases such as COPD, pneumonia, and asthma have affected some people in the communities. Versailles Health Care Center has a professional pulmonary strengthen program designated to help individuals in therapeutic breathing exercises to strengthen lungs while maximizing your oxygen intake with physical movements. The facility is experts in providing quality care in pulmonary strengthening, decrease oxygen dependence, supervising CPAP and Bipap requirements, and providing professional trach care. In addition Kurt, RT from Wayne Healthcare follows up on patients at Versailles Health Care Center every Wednesday and is available if needed during the week for any issues that might arise. The nurses at the facility are also trained in pulmonary as well.

For more information on how you can “Beat the Heat at Versailles Health Care Center,” please contact the facility at 937-526-5570.

Greenville National Bank Sponsors Gathering at Garst

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Lisa Martin from Greenville National Bank presents check to Katie Gabbard, Gathering at Garst Committee member
The Gathering at Garst returns to the grounds of Garst Museum on July 28-29. The event continues to grow and attract visitors from near and far. Support from sponsors like Greenville National Bank helps make it possible to bring this quality event to Greenville. “The expenses involved in staging the Gathering at Garst are many. Without sponsorships, we would have to charge admission to defray these expenses,” stated Jenny Clark, Gathering chairperson. “We are grateful for the financial assistance we receive from Greenville National Bank that helps to make the Gathering at Garst a favorite summer festival,” said Clark.

Time to “Stuff A Bus” with United Way

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Goal is to collect $10,000 worth of school supplies for area children

Greenville, OH (July 3, 2018): The Darke County United Way is once again having its annual Stuff A Bus school supply drive to collect school supplies and distribute them to all Darke County school districts for students in need. Items needed include: paper (wide and college-ruled), composition books, #2 pencils, blue and black pens, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, safety scissors, markers, washable markers, highlighters, post it notes, crayons in 16 or 24 packs, single subject notebooks, colored pencils, pocket folders, calculators, pencil sharpeners, pencil pouches/boxes, dry erase markers, backpacks, lunch boxes, ziplock bags, tissues, and/or antibacterial wipes.

Collection day is Friday, July 27th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot in Greenville. If you would like to drop off school supplies before July 27th, please drop items off at the following locations: Farmers State Bank, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Versailles Savings & Loan, Wayne HealthCare and the Darke County United Way Office.

“In 2017, we collected a little over $9,344.65 worth of school supplies. Our goal for 2018 is to collect 10,000 supplies, which will be nearly $10,000 worth, to give our community’s children the tools to succeed and learn,” stated Darke County United Way Executive Director, Christy Bugher.

Superintendent of Greenville City Schools, Doug Fries, appreciates the impact of this initiative. Superintendent Fries stated, “The Stuff a Bus Program has been a tremendous benefit to the students and staff at Greenville City Schools. These donations go a long way in supporting students to get needed school supplies. Thank you to all the community people who have and continue to support this beneficial program through their school supply donations. Thanks to the United Way of Darke County for coordinating this annual event.” Ansonia Local School Superintendent, Jim Atchley, says about the program, “Ansonia Local Schools appreciates the support of the Darke County United Way with the Stuff A Bus campaign. The United Way is able to provide needed classroom supplies for our students and staff.” And, Josh Sagester, Superintendent for Tri-Village said, “The Tri-Village Local School District greatly appreciates the support of the Darke County United Way and their Stuff A Bus campaign. The extra supplies the District receives through this drive every year are utilized by our students and staff immensely. On behalf of the Tri-Village Local School District, we thank you for your continuous generosity and look forward to an outstanding 2018-2019 School Year.”

Stuff the Bus benefits children in the following school districts: Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri Village, Versailles, and Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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

Wayne Health Sponsors Entertainment for the Gathering at Garst

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Wayne Health Care is a long-time supporter of the Gathering at Garst, and its prescription for a happy life would be a healthy dose of entertainment at the Gathering to lift your spirits and start your toes tapping. The Gathering at Garst is an annual event hosted on the grounds of Garst Museum the last Saturday and Sunday in July. It attracts visitors who come to engage in our history; stroll among a venue of artists, antiques, and craftsmen; sample delicious food; and enjoy the talented performers.

Thank you Wayne Health Care for supporting the Gathering at Garst.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for July will feature Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare on the topic of “Commercial Diets and the Research Behind Them.” In this presentation Jordan will cover some of the more popular commercial diets and delve into the research, if any, that these dietary philosophies are based on. He will also touch on eating disorders and why those affected by them are attracted to commercial diets.

Join us Wednesday July 18th at noon. Space is limited to 24 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!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Beer at the Library?!

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The Arcanum Public Library is excited to be hosting a “Brew Review” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The library will have an expert on hand to introduce patrons to the rapidly growing craft beer scene. With thousands of breweries and hundreds of styles, knowing what’s what when getting started can be overwhelming. David Nilsen, beer journalist and Certified Cicerone, will be here to talk about the basics of beer, how to taste beer like an expert, and lead patrons through a guided tasting of five craft beers from Ohio breweries. This class is limited in size, so be sure to register in advance by calling the library at 937-692-8484 or by dropping in.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Greenville Police Reminds You to Lock Your Cars

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On July 10, 2018 at approximately 3:30am, a citizen in the 200 block of Central Avenue contacted the Greenville Police Department to report a male suspect inside of the citizen's vehicle which was parked on the street in front of their residence. Officers responded and after a short foot pursuit in the area, arrested the suspect, Derek Dodson (29), of Richmond, Indiana. Dodson was charged with Vehicle Tresspass and Obstructing Official Business and subsequently incarcerated at the Darke County Jail.

The Greenville Police Department would like to remind citizens to always lock your vehicle and to contact the Greenville Police Department to report any suspicious activity.

APL is the place to be in July!

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The Arcanum Public Library is planning on a busy July. The summer reading program is going strong, with programs nearly every day. StoryTime will be held on Monday, July 9, 16, and 23 at 10:00. Preschoolers listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts and have lots of fun. No registration is needed. Rock Stars is a program for kids ages 7 and up, and will be on Tuesday, July 10, 17, and 24 from 10:00- 11:30. Kids can watch movies, make crafts, play games, and compete in some fun challenges. No registration needed, just drop on in. Wednesdays are movie days at the library. On July 11, the library will show “Land Before Time” at 10:00 and “Jurassic Park” at 2:00. On July 18, “The Sword in the Stone” will be at 10:00 and “School of Rock” at 2:00. On July 25, “Trolls” will be shown at 10:00, and “A Wrinkle in Time” at 2:00. On Thursday, July 12, the library will be having a drop-in craft program from 10:00 – 4:00. All ages welcome. On the 19th, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District will be here for a great program at 10:00. No registration needed, but be ready to get messy. On the 26th, the library will be set up for a “Can You Dig It?” morning of sand and fossil fun from 10:00 – 12:00.

In addition to the summer reading program, the library has other activities planned. On Tuesday, July 10, there will be an adult coloring session at 4:30. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and take home a masterpiece. Supplies are provided. Also on July 10, the book club will be meeting at 5:30 to discuss the current selection and pick up the new book. Newcomers are always welcome. The next gardening class will be on Wednesday, July 18 at 11:00. Come learn about terrariums, and make your own. Patrons are asked to bring a container; plants and other items will be provided. On Thursday, July 19, a consumer educator from Second National Bank will be presenting a cyber security awareness workshop at 6:30. Plan to attend this workshop to learn how to stay safe in cyberspace. No registration needed. The library will be hosting a “Brew Review” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30. An expert will be on hand to guide patrons through the craft beer craze. Registration is required for this space-limited event.

Patrons can call the library at 937-692-8484 with any questions, or check out the website at Patrons can also find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Shook Construction Sponsors Gathering at Garst

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True to its mission of being a dedicated corporate citizen and supporting the community causes meaningful to its employees, Shook Construction is sponsoring the living history encampment at the Gathering at Garst. As it continues to grow, the encampment is adding more historical reenactors and participants who will be interacting with visitors showing what early life was like in Darke County. Visitors can hear the cannons, smell the gunpowder, and step back into the time with early settlers of Darke County. The Gathering at Garst is an annual event hosted on the grounds of Garst Museum the last Saturday and Sunday in July. Visitors come to learn more about our history and enjoy a wonderful venue of artists, antiques, craftsmen, food, and entertainment. The event committee, participants, and the many visitors to the museum extend their grateful appreciation to Shook Construction for supporting the Gathering at Garst.

“Family Fun Day” at Library

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The Greenville Public Library welcomes Madcap Puppets to “Family Fun Day” Wednesday July 11th at 11:00 a.m. The show is Rumpelstiltskin where Rose must spin straw into gold to save her father. With the help of a strange little creature she does the impossible, but she could lose everything if she can't guess his name. This musical adaptation is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the show on the lawn under the shade trees. In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Steyer Family Trust for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days 2018.”

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