Friday, October 24, 2014

Kids Can Club Fall Fun Night



Covington blood donor Gary Lavey with grand prize Chevy Cruze.
DAYTON, Ohio - Covington donor Gary Lavey has a drawer full of blood drive t-shirts, but when it came to picking which one to wear on the night that he might win a new Chevy Cruze he said, “It was a no brainer.” He picked the Community Blood Center (CBC) “50 Years of Saving Lives” anniversary t-shirt he received when he made the donation that entered him into the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing. It turned out to be his lucky shirt.

Gary was one of the 10 computer-selected finalists in the “Summer Cruze-In” campaign to encourage blood donations during the challenging summer months. The finalists were invited to the downtown Dayton CBC Thursday, Oct. 23 for the tense, final drawing. They each selected a sealed envelope from a table, and after a 10-second countdown, opened them simultaneously. With a shocked look on his face, Gary held up the winning “golden ticket.”

“I opened this and saw that gold at the end and I said, ‘Incredible!’” After a round of handshakes from his fellow finalists and a long hug from his wife Amy he sat in his new Chevy Cruze and talked about being a blood donor.

“I want to be able to help, where I know it’s a needed thing,” he said. “I know a lot of people don’t give and they should.” He then gave credit to his daughter Kylie. “My daughter really did get me started and she started a good thing with me and I thank her for that. Just by going, just saying ‘Hey dad, go donate with me’ and I said ‘OK.’”

Gary’s lucky “50 Years of Saving Lives” t-shirt and the champagne color of his new Chevy Cruze will remind him that CBC celebrated its golden anniversary as the region’s first central blood bank on Sept. 14. During the May 30-through-Sept. 30 Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive 30,751 people registered to donate, including 3,029 first-time donors, resulting in 24,879 units donated.

“We are a team here, we all work together, but we couldn’t have done this without all our blood donors. They make this possible,” said Dr. David Smith, CEO of Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, during his welcome to the finalists. “I want to thank all 10 finalists. There are 10 heroes here.”


Enjoy lunch and shopping, and even a massage, in our unique, festive environment! Specialty gift items such as jewelry, baked goods, crafts, Scentsy, Essential Oils, Pampered Chef, and much more will be available! Coffee will be provided and served by A & B Coffee and Cake Company. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Don’t miss this opportunity for a great girl’s day out!

The Holiday Boutique will be November 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

Because we want to give back to the community, we invite you to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

Call 548-3211 for more information.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street and the contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Blessing of the Animals To Be Held in New Madison Tomorrow

On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a community Blessing of the Animals presented by Pastor Carol Duffield of the New Madison Methodist Church. Interested owners and their pets should meet in front of the New Madison Public Library by 10:30 that morning. Certificates will be presented to each participant.

Fran DeWine Visits Darke County on "Every County in Ohio" Tour

Among Ohio Federated Women welcoming Fran DeWine to Darke County are (L to R): OFRW President Lyn Bliss, Sharon Montgomery, Greater Dayton Republican Women’s Club President Robin Dodge, Fran DeWine, Barbara Fee, Dori Howdieshell, Darke County Republican Women’s Club President Sally Zeiter (front) Carol Ginn (back) Donna Harter and Anna May James.
“Fran DeWine is such a gracious lady, it was both an honor and a pleasure to be able to help welcome her to Darke County,” said Lyn Bliss, president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW).

DeWine recently visited Darke County as part of her “Every County in Ohio” tour on behalf of her husband Mike DeWine’s campaign to be re-elected as Ohio’s Attorney General. She visited Pickaway County on October 21, completing her tour of all 88 counties.

Welcoming her to the Darke County Republican Headquarters were Darke County residents and also members of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. In addition to Darke County Republican Women’s Club members, there were also members present from the Richland County Women’s Republican Club and the Greater Dayton Republican Women’s Club.

DeWine spoke about her husband’s accomplishments while serving as Ohio’s Attorney General. In addition to helping protect Ohio’s consumers, he has decreased the turn-around time for DNA testing, brought in thousands of rape-kits that were sitting in law enforcement offices, worked aggressively on finding programs to counteract heroin/prescription drug abuse, launched an elder abuse initiative, created a crimes against children unit and worked aggressively with local law enforcement to go after human traffickers.

Mike DeWine is on the November 4 ballot to be re-elected as Republican candidate for Ohio’s Attorney General. You may find out more about DeWine at:

State of the Heart Music Therapy Intern Introduces New “Wellness” Approach

Becky Welch is shown at left leading Hospice employees in HealthRhythms
State of the Heart Hospice Music Therapy intern, Becky Welch, introduced a wellness and empowerment program recently to her co-workers at State of the Heart’s Greenville office. Called HealthRhythms, the concept was created in 2001 and is aimed to ease stress and encourage wellness. The process uses drums and percussion instruments.

“”HealthRhythms drum circles are conducted for clinical, educational, and workplace sessions,” Welch explained, “and can be used for goals of teambuilding, stress relief and expression.” Welch said she recently used HealthRhythms in a grief support group conducted by State of the Heart.”

State of the Heart cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The nonprofit agency provides free bereavement support and also has two board certified music therapists who provide free music therapy to patients. Music therapy is an important part of hospice care and has many benefits to both patient and family.

Eleven staff gathered with HealthRhythms leader Welch for an hour of free expression using mostly drums, and a few other musical percussion instruments.

“HealthRhythms is particularly good in hospice settings,” she told the group, adding that hospice workers can be subject to burnout and stress. Welch completed a training session last February with a leader in the field of HealthRhythms and speaks enthusiastically of the benefits. In order to become a board certified music therapist, she must go through an internship program such as the one offered by State of the Heart.

Those employees participating said afterward that they found the hour of using the drums and other instruments produced a “relaxed” feeling and one of “well being.” Welch said that these feelings are particularly good for hospice grief support sessions as they encourage freedom of expression, allowing those grieving to better and more freely express themselves.

State of the Heart, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, has cared for patients for 33 years. For more information about all of the services provided by the agency, visit the web site at


Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer/songwriter/guitarist John Flynn at The Coffee Pot in Greenville on Thursday, November 6.

Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer/songwriter/guitarist John Flynn at The Coffee Pot in Greenville on Thursday, November 6. The second of DCCA's Coffeehouse Series presentations, the show begins at 7 p.m. “Known as 'a troubadour of justice, mercy and hope,' John addresses the times we live in through his songs,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Those who remember the coffeehouses of the 1960s and '70's will love this show; those who missed out on that era when meaningful and sometimes humorous songs were all the rage can get an idea of the passion and joy generated by music that speaks deeply to the heart and the spirit,” Rawlins stated.

John Flynn's significant body of work includes funny songs, story songs, love songs, and music for kids in addition to his songs of social justice and meditations on loss, tolerance, faith and hope. “Every song I write always feels like my first,” Flynn says. “I guess that's why I love it so much; each song challenges you to seek and see new possibilities. After all these years, I feel like I'm just getting warmed up,” he concluded. Legendary singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson describes his friend John Flynn as “one of a special breed of good-hearted artists whose reaction to the human condition finds kind, humorous expression” in the songs that he writes “with an eye for powerful imagery and anything funny.”

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series offers shows in casual social settings where food and drink are available for purchase, providing an opportunity to enjoy high quality professional performing artists in a relaxed atmosphere at an economical cost. The Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for John Flynn's show at The Coffee Pot cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Cancer Association of Darke County plans annual Gospel Sing November 9, 2014

The Lemon Family (Mike, Lori, Julie and Kari)
Nancy Livingston
The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert to be held at Saint Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, Ohio on November 9, 2014 starting at 4:00 PM. A freewill offering will be taken that afternoon with proceeds to go to the local cancer association.

Several groups are scheduled to sing, so please watch the newspapers and online news weekly for specific details.

Two of the groups scheduled to sing are and Nancy Livingston and The Lemon Family.

Nancy states “I can't imagine life without music. I was born into a musical family and inherited not only a love for hearing it, but a love for singing it!

I began performing music in public at the age of 21, with my husband, Dennis. We performed at various venues, singing a mix of country, big band, and pop. Our music took us on the road from 1981 to 1985, singing all over the Midwest. I had begun to write music in 1978 and was blessed to have worked with other writers in Nashville for several years. While my songs came close to being recorded by major artists, as they say...close only counts in horseshoes.

In 2000, Dennis decided to put his full time in farming and I continued to sing in local venues, which I enjoyed. However, because something happened to me earlier, in 1995, an added new and exciting direction was brought to my musical endeavors. I became a Christian!

At a point in my life where personal struggles were at an all-time high and my life seemed pretty much worthless, I called out to the God I had denied all my life. Within seconds, I experienced a mountaintop conversion from an atheist to a born again believer. Knowing the Savior is my greatest treasure. He has seen me through each and every storm, the greatest being the loss of my husband Dennis in January of this year. Dennis isn't really lost, of course. I know exactly where he is! Dennis' faith was an inspiration to me


Mimi Klipstine
New Madison - Members of First Universalist Church of New Madison are proud to announce Darke County Humane Society has been chosen to receive all proceeds from the 14th annual Harvest Sounds benefit concert. The concert will be presented at 3pm, Sunday, November 2, at First Universalist Church of New Madison, 331 East Washington St., New Madison.

The Darke County Humane Society, whose mission it is to instill humane principles and enforce laws for the prevention of cruelty, especially to children and animals, was founded in 1953. DCHS is an all-volunteer organization which cares for injured, abused, and unwanted animals. The Humane Officer is trained and has the responsibility of prosecuting any person guilty of an act of cruelty to people or animals. Funding is received through donations, bequests, grants and fundraising. The funds received are used to pay for expenses such as veterinary services, food, shelter, medicine and a spay/neuter assistance program.

Performing at Harvest Sounds will be Salem, a quartet of singers who came together this past July as members of the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio. Salem is an eclectic group, performs a cappela, and is composed of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and professions. Featured are Dan Garner as lead; Dyan Garner, tenor; Dave Middlestaedt, baritone; and Herb Peer, bass. The growing Salem repertoire includes favorite sacred and much-loved Southern Gospel music, bringing joy to the singers and to their audiences. At performances in churches and other venues, their music is their message, and they are eager to share their talent and love of life with those attending the Harvest Sounds concert.

Closing the program will be vocalist Mimi Klipstine. Until her last year of high school, Mimi attended school in West Milton, Ohio. She is a 2011 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan, where she portrayed Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. During her senior year, she received the Stephen Schwartz Scholarship, awarded by the Human Race Theatre Co. of Dayton. Mimi is currently a senior Musical Theatre major at Wright State University where she has performed as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and as Rose in Gypsy. She was Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the Weathervane Playhouse, Newark, Ohio, and has performed in Sunday in the Park at Short North Stage, Columbus. This past summer Mimi was an apprentice at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, appearing in The Winter’s Tale. After college, she aspires to do work on Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada, and with various national touring companies. At Harvest Sounds, she will be singing favorite show tunes accompanied by talented and well-known pianist Betty Lou Johansen of West Milton.

Tickets for Harvest Sounds remain at $8 and may be purchased from members of First Universalist, DCHS volunteers, and at the door the day of performance, with no charge for students through grade 12. Following the concert will be a reception and fall refreshments. For information please call 937-548-2480 or go to


Gary Hovey creates sculptures out of stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons. His unique work will be featured at Bear's Mill's “Art At the Mill,” along with the paintings of Jackson Center resident Dan Knepper, who taught art for 26 years before becoming a full-time artist. “This exhibit will be fun for all who view it,” said Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for Bear's Mill. “Dan paints lovely, accessible pictures that transport the viewer to a warm and comfortable place, while Gary's remarkable sculptures will take your breath away with their realism and beauty,” Ms. Clark stated. The exhibit will open on Friday, October 31 with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.; the artists will speak briefly about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. This exhibit continues through Sunday, November 23.

Dan Knepper started painting because he liked the challenge of capturing faces, and finds the human face and form to be amazing. But as the the award-winning artist continued to grow and develop, he discovered that what most fascinated and inspired him was the light, a driving force for the great Impressionists as well as many other painters. “When I paint landscapes it's the illumination of leaves and grasses, the glowing shadows,. . . those amazing moments when the air itself has color that I try to capture and pass on,” Knepper explains. He hopes that viewers step into the moments in time that he captures, hearing the breezes blow, feeling the warm sunlight, and following the inviting paths contained within the worlds he creates on canvas.

Gary Hovey says that his sculptures are about things he enjoys – wildlife, welding, and humor, factors readily apparent in diverse pieces that evoke smiles of delight. Gary finds his work challenging as well as therapeutic; diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1994, the New Knoxville resident says that meeting the high physical demands of his art provides “something to look forward to, a reason to get up in the morning.” According to Ms. Clark, Hovey's work has been among the most popular ever presented at Bear's Mill. “His impressive sculptures are at first appreciated for their life-like form; you see a graceful bird on the wing, a predator ready to pounce, and then you look closer and realize that the animals are made of stainless steel flatware creatively welded together, and your enjoyment reaches a whole new level,” Ms. Clark explained.

Bronze sculptures, paintings, and drawings by renowned Urbana artist Mike Major remain on display at historic Bear's Mill through October 26. “Art At the Mill” receives financial support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Art exhibits are on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear's Mill is owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

Arcanum Lion's High Bidder for $170 Pie

Left to Right: Dick Troutwine served as the auctioneer, Winston Brumbaugh of Brumbaugh Fruit Farm and Bakery donated the pie, Alan Fourman, winning the highest bid of the evening for the black raspberry pie.

The Arcanum Lion's Club held their annual Pie Auction, a fund raiser within the their own club with the proceeds going to a yet-to-be determined need in the community. Brumbaugh Fruit Farm and Bakery donated all the baked items for the local auction, among those items were several high dollar winning bids, an apple pie for $50, cherry pie for $55.50, 2 dozen cookies for $50.00, mini apple pie for $35.00 among other tasty pastries. A total of 23 bakery items were auctioned off to Lion's members and their wives, members gave an additional 5 monetary donations and one envelope bid for $15.00.

The highest winning bid for evening was won by Lion Alan Fourman for a black raspberry pie for the grand bid of $170.00. Lion Alan set an new club record the highest bid ever sold in the history of the previous pie auctions. The auction closed with a grand total of $1,285. Once again the Lion's Club continues their motto, WE SERVE, going locally with their own club fund raiser.

MVCTC Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for November 5-6

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has scheduled the 2014-2015 Parent Teacher Conferences for Wednesday, November 5, from 3-5 p.m. and Thursday, November 6, from 3-7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to visit MVCTC, meet the staff, and see examples of their child’s progress at MVCTC. Parents are asked to contact their child’s instructors to set-up a conference at a time that is convenient for them. A MVCTC staff directory with all phone numbers and e-mail addresses is available at Conference schedules fill up fast as appointments are made on a first-call, first-scheduled basis.

Make plans now to attend and call early to guarantee a conference time. For more information, please visit or call the main switchboard at 937-837-7781.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

County Loan Helps Spur JAFE Expansion

Second partnership between company and Darke County fuels new construction, added jobs

GREENVILLE- For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County’s low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create at least 20 new full-time positions and add 14,000 square feet to their Greenville production facility.

“The company has seen steady growth in the past few years so we couldn’t be more pleased to have this current expansion underway,” commented JAFE owner, Randy O’Dell. “The community support has been great but the project wouldn’t have been possible without the strong management and production team we’re fortunate to have in place at JAFE.”

This is the second time that JAFE has partnered with the county, in conjunction with the Partnering for Progress initiative, to help grow local operations. The county’s program helped JAFE acquire new machinery and equipment in 2011 in an expansion that almost doubled employment from approximately 30 employees to the 58 current positions. The current $180,000 loan has been issued by the county at 1.5% for seven years and again will be applied towards the purchase of new equipment. The resulting growth will likely push JAFE’s employment north of 80 positions, a total that should place the company among the Top-10 manufacturers in Darke County.

“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the continued growth of locally-owned companies such as JAFE,” stated Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “Growth among our largest companies is welcome and vital, but the future of the county is also strongly tied to the sustained growth of quality mid-size operations such as JAFE. This is a very important company and a very important expansion”

According to O’Dell, the upgrade will enable JAFE to better serve existing clients as well as take on new customers. To assist with the training requirements that will accompany the $2M expansion, JobsOhio has committed $21,684 to the project in the form of a workforce grant.

For more information on the company, please visit For more information on the Partnering for Progress initiative, please call the Darke County Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250

JAFE Decorating, Inc. has been in business since 1978 providing specialty color/paint coatings for various industries including: automotive aftermarket lighting, commercial lighting, consumer lighting, restaurant table lighting, pharmaceutical, floral wholesale, ad specialty, outdoor recreation, chrome mirrors serving industrial and specialty automotive, solar filters, and personalized gifts for all occasions. We specialize in putting color and specialty coatings on and in glass. For more than 35 years JAFE Decorating has provided the highest quality, reliability and value to our customers.

Infant Mortality Awareness - A Guest Post From Jean Young, Executive Director at Family Health

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Family Health is very concerned about the crisis level that Infant mortality has reached in our state. In Ohio, more than 1,000 babies die each year before reaching their first birthday. In fact, more than three Ohio infants die each week due to improper sleeping arrangements- 66% of those are infants who share their sleep space with another person. This puts our state at a dismal 47th in the nation for infant mortality.

As a member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, that is precisely why our Board of Directors has unanimously voted to designate infant mortality our top priority and will work in a statewide effort to reduce infant mortality and help shine a light on the unfortunate reality in Ohio.
To help bring a spotlight to this issue, Senate Bill 198, sponsored by Senators Shannon Jones and Charleta Tavares, designated October as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in Ohio. This gives us a valuable opportunity to educate our citizens about the importance of safe sleep practices, particularly during the first six months of an infant's life.

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expanded upon the original "Back to Sleep" campaign with updated safe sleep recommendations that encourage parents to not only place children on their backs while sleeping, but also stress the importance of creating a safe sleeping environment EVERY time a baby goes to sleep. The recommendations include:

  • Room sharing, NOT bed sharing;
  • Always putting the baby on his or her back to sleep; and
  • A sleep environment free from blankets, pillows, bumpers, stuffed animals and other soft objects.

Let’s work together to raise awareness about safe sleep practices so that more Ohio babies will celebrate their first birthdays!

Jean Young
Executive Director
Family Health, Inc.


Darke County Center for the Arts eleventh annual Ghost Walk will feature costumed tour guides who will lead participants to haunted sites in downtown Greenville as well as actors who will portray characters involved in the ghostly tales. Tour guides include Michael Bitner, Marilyn Delk, Keith Rawlins, and Jan Roestemadji. John and Karen Burkett, Amanda Coleman, Shanna Camacho, Larry Delk, Tanner Delk, Tristan Delk, Maxwell Jordan, Sammy Lobenstein, and Becci Miller will share spooky stories at some of the spots visited on the tour. The Ghost Walk will leave from Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Friday, October 24, Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 27. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

The stories told during the Ghost Walk are based on tales collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold who has published several volumes recounting spooky happenings within Darke County and beyond. Her books will be available for purchase at Memorial Hall prior to the Ghost Walk tours. Additionally, Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at Memorial Hall before and after the event.

Ghost Walk tickets cost $10, and can be purchased at DCCA's office as well as at Ann’s Gifts and Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Greenville; tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets may be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or purchased online at

“Fright Night Friday”

Already the Library is getting pretty scary and Halloween is weeks away! That’s because everyone is gearing up for a “haunted library” on Friday, October 31st from 7:00 to 11:00 (the Library will be closing early at 4:00). Mark your calendars for “Fright Night Friday!”

This event is being conducted by Gateway Youth with assistance from other community groups such as ACES kids, Darke County Recovery staff, Library staff, and the GHS theater group. They’re busy building scenes and characters and preparing costumes and makeup.

Some of the scenes encountered along the pre-designated route will be a chamber of horrors, a zombie graveyard, a mad scientist’s laboratory, a haunted maze, and the usual witches, monsters, and aliens. Be prepared to be surprised, shocked, and spooked!

Price is $5 per person at the door. “Fright Night Friday” is a fundraising event for Gateway which is a non-profit. As Prevention Specialist Rob Folker explains, Gateway is a program that helps kids in many ways such as resolving socialization issues, improving grades, learning good manners, helping with stress and family dynamics, and becoming involved in the community.

For instance the kids helped the Library three times this past summer with the set-up and take-down for Lunch on the Lawn. They enjoyed how people responded to their work efforts and the satisfaction of helping out. They also became interested in becoming Library patrons.

Gateway also hosts a supervised req center and has a summer program which this past year consisted of working at the city park, field trips, and “boot camp” exercise. Referrals come from various sources such as the schools or courts. More info at

Crazed YA Specialist Reuben Kennett and Rob are seen breaking through the boards trying to keep them at bay! We don’t know what kind of situations to expect between now and Halloween. Just be sure to join us that night for the fright of your life!


SPRINGFIELD, OH (October 2014) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau was presented with two RUBY (Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance) Citations of Excellence Awards during the Ohio Travel Association’s annual Conference on Tourism in Springfield, Ohio on October 16, 2014.

The first award presented to the bureau was in the Visitor Guide Category, with a budget of less than $300,000.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from The Ohio Travel Association,” stated Deanna York, designer of the guide and executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “Even though our yearly budget is less than half of our peers in this category, this recognition confirms that Darke County has a tourism draw due to the heritage, nature and culture of this area.”

“The Official Visitors Guide for Darke County was designed to resemble the look and feel of a lifestyle magazine,” stated York, “When developing the layout and feel of the guide, one of the main ideas was to share the warm hospitality and smiling faces found in our community.”

The Official Visitors Guide for Darke County is on display and available at tourist information centers, attractions, accommodations and restaurants across the State of Ohio. Local folks are encouraged to stop by the new Welcome Center in downtown Greenville to pick up guides for family reunions, weddings or for visiting friends and family, or visit any one of the brochure racks located in attractions, accommodations and restaurants across Darke County. Guides are also available at local festivals and events, and by calling the bureau at (937) 548-5158 or via email at Information and daily updates are also available on Facebook on the bureau’s fan page, “Darke County Visitors Bureau.”

Kroger Employees Donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Kroger store in Sidney employees recently donated over 200 snack bags to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to be used in their after school “Buddies” programs.

The funding comes at an opportune time for the agency which is kicking off its 15th year of the after school “Buddies” program in six elementary schools in Shelby & Darke County. Big Brothers Big Sisters will serve around 180 children under the age of 18 through the after school program. “This donation is such a wonderful gesture from such a generous company in our Shelby County community. We feel very grateful that they chose Big Brothers Big Sisters to assist in this manner.” Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns reports.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611 or go to

Free Super Show Brings Mind-Bending Performers to Edison

Robert Channing
Edison Community College will bring two masters of illusions and mind tricks to the Piqua Campus on Monday, November 3, at 7 p.m. for an evening of performances that will entertain and astound audiences of all ages. The event is open to the community and is being offered free of charge.

Award-winning “Master of Illusion and Magic,” Leon Etienne and the “World’s Foremost Mind Reader,” Robert Channing will make their return to the Robinson Theater for the College’s third Super Show.

Leon Etienne
“We are very excited to have these two world class entertainers on campus,” said Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life. “We hope that community members will try to attend this fantastic event.”

Leon Etienne, most recently known for his breath-taking performances on America’s Got Talent, is an accomplished magician with more than a decade of professional performing experience. His love and passion for the art of magic has taken him all over the globe, performing nationally in entertainment hotspots across the U.S. and internationally in Germany, Ireland, Wales, Australia, and at the world-famous magic circle in London, England.

Robert Channing, who also made a recent triumphed appearance on America’s Got Talent, is renowned for his extrasensory perception (ESP) and ability to demonstrate the incredible power of the human mind by exploiting its bugs and loopholes, offering a revealing look at the software between our ears. His dazzling and often very funny show brings audience members right onto the stage to participate in mind games that will leave them guessing for days.

Seating for the Super Show is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a seat. For further information about the event contact Nate Cole at or 937-381-1555.

Vote for Judi French for Ohio Supreme Court - A Guest Post from Lyn Bliss

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To Darke County Voters:

The next time you hear someone tell you that their vote doesn’t count – let them know that in Ohio there were 43 elections statewide won by only one vote in a previous general election.

Thus, voters should not only be sure to vote, but also think carefully about their vote -- casting it with care and consideration for the candidates for Ohio's Supreme Court.

Our state's highest court determines whether state laws are constitutional and hears cases appealed from lower courts. Because it is the court of last resort in Ohio, it's vital we elect experienced, principled justices and that means returning Justice Judi French to the bench.

She is committed to interpreting the law fairly, with respect for the role of the judiciary. Justice Judi French has ten years of appeals court experience. She is currently on the Ohio Supreme Court and also served eight years on the Tenth District Court of Appeals. Her opponent has never been an appeals court judge.

Justice French is rated "highly recommended" by the Ohio State Bar Association, and has been named a 2014 Friend of Agriculture by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She has been endorsed by a large number of diverse groups, including the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the Family Medicine PAC, Friends of Ohio Hospitals, and the Ohio Restaurant Association.

She has earned the confidence of Ohio residents and should be retained on the Ohio Supreme Court – please cast your vote for Judith French. (If you have a problem remembering the correct name when you vote for Supreme Court Justices – just vote for the women – they have both served Ohio with GREAT distinction).

Lyn Bliss, President
Ohio Federation of Republican Women

Versailles area Museum News

Museum Promises All Treats, No Tricks!
Trick or Treat will be here before you know it (Sunday October 26th from 2:00 – 4:00) and the Versailles area Museum will be open that day for our normal hours. But in the spirit of the season we will be offering treats to all the little goblins that drop by on their route through the village in search of candy.

Museum to Host “Last Monday”
On October 27th we will have our last, “Last Monday of 2014. We invite our senior friends to join us as we will discuss paranormal activity in Darke County and enjoy several stories from Rita Arnold’s books (on sale in our Gift Shop) about the ghost stories around Darke County. Also you’ll have a chance to share your stories about how you celebrated Halloween over the years.

After the program there will be time to enjoy the displays around the Museum. The Art Show, Travel display, and the Sweet Shop displays will be leaving the first week in November to make way for the Christmas season, coming November 14th with a special preview during the “Hometown Christmas Celebration”. So call your friends and invite them to this special afternoon.

Each afternoon ends with a delicious homemade dessert and coffee or punch (and of course we appreciate your generous donations to keep these programs coming).

So mark your calendars for October 27th at 1:00 p.m. and join us at the Museum for an afternoon of bewitching tales and Halloween treats!

Museum Looking for Items for Christmas
Your hometown museum is looking for Victorian era decorations for our tree and display as well as any items that show home life before 1910. Also fresh pine, holly and other fresh seasonal greenery are needed on or before November 10th to help prepare for the holidays. We also are looking for toys from the 40’s & 50’s to put in our mercantile story. If you remember Toy Land at Martin’s, you have an idea of what we are looking for. We are also looking for Post Office history, artifacts, and pictures to tell the special story of the Post Office in our communities. Hope you can help. You may contact us and leave a message at the museum at 526-4222 or Facebook us!

Reid doctor joins Lilly in recognizing long-time insulin user

Dr. Erica  Kretchman  presents the medal to Margaret Sligar at Arbor Trace.
When Margaret Sligar was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a toddler, insulin was a brand new treatment for a disease that just a few years earlier would have typically meant death within a couple of years.

This week, Sligar was celebrated in a reception at Arbor Trace in Richmond to mark more than 75 years of insulin use and successful management of her disease. Now 89, she’s actually used the medicine for 87 years. The recognition, created by Lilly Diabetes and presented by Reid Endocrinologist Dr. Erica Kretchman, includes a medallion and the placement of Sligar’s name on a monument at Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis.

Dr. Kretchman, who helps Sligar continue to manage her lifelong illness and who is herself a Type 1, said Sligar is an inspiration. “This can still be a devastating disease. I see people every day who struggle with it. And you lived at a time when this could be a death diagnosis. You are an inspiration to me in that you lived through all these changes and decided from Day One that you would fight this battle … I look at someone like you who has gone through all these changes and think, if Margaret can do it, I can do it too,” Dr. Kretchman said.

Sligar said she just determined long ago to take care of herself and be a good patient. “It takes willpower,” she said, noting she has always managed her weight and been careful about her diet.

Auditions Sought For Ohio Has Talent!

Auditions for the eighth annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 14 and 15 in Van Wert.

The top 20 acts will take part in the Feb. 28, 2015 Ohio Has Talent! show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome – single and group acts – especially those other than singing and dancing, to provide variety for the show.

Contestants will compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 based on votes collected from the audience. Proceeds from the show benefit a nonprofit hospice center in Van Wert.

Download an audition application at Application is due by Nov. 7.

For more information call Kim Mason at 419-238-9223.

Edison holds Guidance Counselor Conference

Scott Burnam, Vice President of Student Affairs speaks to area high school guidance counselors at Edison's Guidance Counselor Conference on October 9th at the Piqua Campus.
Edison Community College recently hosted 28 area high school guidance counselors on Thursday, October 9 in the Robinson Theater. Previously held as a luncheon, this year’s event marked the first half-day Counselor Conference, which allowed for more in depth presentations on important topics and networking opportunities.

“It’s really important connecting with high school counselors since they are who students go to right away to get information about college,” said Christina Raterman, Enrollment Manager at Edison. “We want to help inform students about all the wonderful opportunities Edison has to offer. We enjoy fostering our partnerships with counselors by honoring their hard work and collaborating with them on ideas. It was a great day!”

Beginning with a continental breakfast and networking session, attendees were introduced to the policies regarding the new College Credit Plus (CC+) initiative. CC+ provides high school students with the opportunity to gain college credits while still attending high school. The new initiative will replace the Dual Enrollment and Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEOP) currently offered throughout community colleges statewide.

Following the introduction of CC+, those in attendance were informed of the various programs offered at Edison including the various academic fields of Arts and Sciences, Business, Information Technology, English, and Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition to academics, student life, advising, and athletics were also discussed in a dynamic panel consisting of Edison staff and faculty. Guidance counselors concluded their visit at Edison with lunch, followed by a tour of the Piqua Campus.

For more information about the Counselor Conference, contact Christina Raterman at or call 937-778-7969.

The McCartney Years and comedian Dan St. Paul In Greenville this November

Presented by Darke County Center for the Arts

Darke County Center for the Arts will be presenting two “Special Events” next month at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, OH. Saturday, November 8 THE MCCARTNEY YEARS provide lucky patrons three decades of ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Wings’ live – with the world’s premier McCartney concert experience. Rewind into the 60′s and 70′s to dance, sing and relive your passion for McCartney with a band that has opened for Mariah Carey, performed sold-out shows across Canada and been featured on CNN, CBC and CTV. Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein – the guy that brought the real Beatles to North America – as “the best on the scene today…” The McCartney Years is loved by audiences all over the world and a must see for local music fans. Tickets are $30 for the 8 pm concert.

New to the DCCA roster is a “Special Comedy Presentation,” Saturday, November 15 comedian DAN ST. PAUL, featured on the syndicated Bob & Tom Show will perform. Combining a sharp, clean wit with an outstanding talent for creating characters, Dan’s show appeals to audiences of all ages. His CD “Natural and Good for You” contains one of the most requested comedy pieces on radio, “The First Baseball Game.” Dan has opened for such superstars as Jerry Seinfeld and Natalie Cole, and has appeared on several episodes of “An Evening at the Improv” in addition to numerous shows on VH-1, MTV and Comedy Central. The majority of Dan’s hilarious material stems from being a suburban husband and father and laughing at the frustrations and joys of everyday life. Tickets are $20 for the 8 pm comedy performance.

DCCA presents and promotes performing & fine arts providing cultural enrichment. For more information on either show or to purchase tickets contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or

Monday, October 20, 2014


GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Fall Concert, “Everybody Rejoice” will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall. All seats are reserved, and tickets may be purchased at the Greenville High School ticket booth, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. from Monday, October 6 through Tuesday, October 21.

Ticket price for this event is $5 for adults and $4 for students if purchased prior to the night of the show. The price for tickets will be $6 at the door for adults and $4 for students. There are no refunds or exchanges. Tickets may also be reserved by contacting Katie Netzley (evenings until 9 p.m.), 547-9659. The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.

The concert will begin with the combined choirs singing, "Everybody Rejoice".

Girls Glee is performing "Reflection," from the motion picture Mulan and "Born to Hand Jive" from Grease.

Choraliers are singing "Life's a Happy Song' from the Muppet Movie, "Go the Distance" from Hercules and "Singin' in the Rain".

The Concert Choir is performing "Alice's Theme" from Alice in Wonderland, "May it Be" from Lord of the Rings, and "Finale B: No Day but Today" from Rent.

Collage is singing "And All That Jazz" from the musical Chicago, "Footloose" and "Dancing Queen" from the hit musical Mamma Mia.

The Wavaires will give a sneak peek of their upcoming "A Night Out With The Wavaires” performing a medley of hits from the movie and musical, Jersey Boys. They will also perform "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'" from Teen Beach Movie, the "Theme from Spiderman" and "Bellas Finals" from the movie Pitch Perfect.

Spotlight acts will also be featured throughout the evening, including "On My Own" from Les Miserables, "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid, "Almost There" from Princess and the Frog, and a few other movie or show tunes.

The concert will conclude with the combined choirs singing "Defying Gravity" from the Broadway musical Wicked.


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The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will have a Fundraiser on October 22, 2014 (Wednesday) at JT's Brew & Grill, 1475 Wagner Ave, Greenville.

JT's Brew & Grill will donate 15% of all proceeds for the entire day from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Dine In or Carry Out) to the Darke County Friends of the Shelter to benefit Scentral Park Dog Park.

Please visit the new website of the Friends of the Shelter to learn more about the organization:

“Lone Survivor” Playing at Edison

Held in conjunction with Peace Week, Edison Community College will host a viewing of “Lone Survivor,” starring Mark Wahlberg on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Robinson Theater. The event is open to the community and offered free of charge.

Based on the 2007 non-fiction book of the same name, “Lone Survivor” tells the bloody, poetic, and true story of four Navy SEALS on a secret mission to kill a Taliban leader. What happens when they stumble across a trio of goat herders will test their survival skills. This film is rated “R” and is intended for mature audiences.

Following the film, a discussion of the movie will be led by Edison Professor, Steve Marlowe and will feature a panel of veterans from recent wars. For further information regarding this event, contact William Loudermilk at

DC Crew goes to Wright State

The DC Crew U11/U10 boys soccer teams from the Darke County Soccer Association took part in the Wright State vs. Cleveland State Men’s Soccer game Wednesday October 15th @ Wright State University Alumni Field. The 11 DCSA players were introduced and walked out onto the field with the starters for WSU prior to the game with Cleveland State. The players were ball kids during the game, but at half-time they got to play a scrimmage on the college field. Pictures and autographs were taken after the match with the players from Wright State. The players enjoyed a great game of soccer and an experience that they will never forget.

Annual Gospel Sing Fundraiser to benefit cancer patients in Darke County

The public is invited to the Annual Gospel Sing Fundraiser to benefit cancer patients in Darke County.

Who: Several gospel artists will share their talents.
What: Gospel Concert to help Darke County residents who are battling cancer.
When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 4 pm – 6 pm
Where: St. Clair Memorial Hall 215 W. Fourth St. Greenville, Ohio
Cost: Free admission. A freewill offering will be taken.

All proceeds go to Cancer Association of Darke County.

Thank you for your support!


DCCA will host a fund raising party featuring the music of
Zydeco legend Terrance Simien and his Zydeco Experience
band at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Halloween,
Friday, October 31.
Darke County Center for the Arts will host a fund raising party featuring the music of Zydeco legend Terrance Simien and his Zydeco Experience band at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Halloween, Friday, October 31. “To say that DCCA is absolutely thrilled to present this world-famous Grammy-award winning artist in an intimate venue like Montage would be a vast understatement,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “It's always a party when Terrance plays his Louisiana-based music; so you can dress up like it's Mardi Gras, wear Mardi Gras beads, come in costume, or just attend as you are, but you are guaranteed a good time at this event,” Rawlins stated.

Zydeco is the music of the French-speaking Creoles of South Louisiana whose unique blend of cultures form a cultural “gumbo” with a long rich history. The infectious and inviting music is enhanced by Terrance Simien's dynamic personality, drawing audiences into the groove of his memorable rootsy sound. His music has provided the soundtrack to several movies including The Lucky One starring Zac Efron and Disney's The Princess and the Frog. Cox Insurance, James and Julia Poeppleman and The Andersons Marathon LLC are sponsoring this performance by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.

“A Taste of Wine and Zydeco” provides a casual social setting where attendees can enjoy music, discover varying attributes of fine wines, and at the same time provide support for DCCA's cultural programming. Montage Cafe will prepare an exciting array of hors d'oeuvres to complement the Louisiana-flavored music as well as the evening's wine selections. The party begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco” are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at DCCA's office inside Greenville Public Library as well as on-line at For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

Indiana health care reform, HIP 2.0 topic of public forum Tuesday at Reid

A public information session on Medicaid and Indiana health care reform is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Lingle Auditorium at Reid.

The session will focus on issues such as the pending Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to increase coverage for thousands of Indiana residents, and the future of this and other programs in the state.

Representatives on hand will include staff from ClaimAid, a Reid partner that specializes in helping find programs to cover the uninsured, and Reid Patient Financial Services.

"With so many changes to health care coverage options in Indiana, it is important that members of the public seek out the educational resources that are available,” said J Hopkins, Vice President of ClaimAid. “Reid Hospital and ClaimAid are dedicated to working with patients to ensure that they make the beset health care coverage choices for both the individual and their family.”

Chris Knight, Reid Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, said the program is specifically about Indiana programs. “Reid’s focus is on the approximately 8,000 uninsured population in our region and the estimated 350,000 in the state who will have access to affordable coverage the new HIP 2.0,” Knight said.

For more information about the session, contact Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, extension 4676.

"Fresh Spirit"

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a concert by, “Fresh Spirit”, on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 6 PM. "Fresh Spirit” was originally a group of three sisters – Linda, Marilyn, and Pattie – who grew up traveling and singing as part of the Brewer Family. When Marilyn decided to return to her home in Tennessee, Linda and Pattie felt strongly that their ministry should continue. During this time, God was working on another of His children who had a similar background as the Brewer's -- born and raised to travel and sing. Having sung with her family for nearly 35 years until her father's home-going, Tish Newland was searching for the job God would provide for the next "chapter" of her life.

As only He can, God brought the three ladies together, and gave them harmony not only in voice, but in their hearts as well. Thus, “Fresh Spirit” was reborn and rededicated to the mission of lifting up the Body of Christ by sharing God’s goodness and love through song.

In early 2012, led by the Lord to come "off the road", sister Pattie announced her retirement and agreed to stay on until the Lord's choice for the group could be found. Our search led us to Sarah Hatfield, a young woman from the Dayton, Ohio, area, with a beautiful voice and the desire to use it for the Lord. Sarah's debut appointment with us was August 2012, and she's been hanging in there ever since!i

These three ladies, along with our tremendous "sound man", Stan Covert (Linda's better half), are Fresh Spirit.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304. The public is always welcome to these concerts. For more info call: Bruce @ 937-564-2891.

Family of God Ministries Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon

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