Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Young Women Explore STEM Careers at Edison State’s We Are IT! Event

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A group of Piqua Junior High students pose for a photo following the daylong We Are IT! event that attracted over 200 area students.
Anna students explore the Power of Business while managing a virtual café.
More than 200 students ranging from sixth to eleventh grade engaged in a day of learning and fun at Edison State Community College on Friday, December 2nd, for the eleventh annual “We Are IT!” event. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest of young women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

A group of Tipp City students pose for a photo following the daylong
We Are IT! event that attracted over 200 area students.
The event began with a keynote address from Shelley Thiebeau, a registered nurse at Grandview Hospital. Thiebeau, an Edison State graduate, spoke to the young ladies about how the principles of STEM fields impact her career as a nurse.

“It’s really important that we get the next generation excited about nursing because we are going to need a lot of nurses to replace current nurses as they retire,” Thiebeau explained. “And the healthcare community is growing due to an aging population.”

Thiebeau went on to explain the various types of career paths and areas of healthcare students could pursue after receiving a college education.

“So no matter what career path you choose, you are the future of America,” added Thiebeau. “It’s important for you to get an education because an education will stay with you your entire life. Once you get a degree, nobody can take that away from you and it is not something you can lose.”

Each of the girls chose three breakout sessions from a total of thirteen different sessions offered. Topics of breakout sessions ranged from crime scene investigation and computer hardware to human simulation and robotics. During lunch, students had the opportunity to network with area STEM professionals.

In addition to giving students a look at what they could do for a living somewhere down the road, many of the day’s sessions focused on topics that are relevant in their daily lives. A session titled, “Do I really use this later?” discussed math and science in the workplace and how things you learn now will help in the future.

To wrap up the day, students were encouraged to participate in an essay contest. The theme of the essay asked students to describe how they best embodied the characteristics of the event’s mascot, “Mitse” (Math, Information Technology, Science, Engineering). A total of 78 students entered the essay contest with the first place winner receiving a laptop with accessories.

To further reinforce the use of technology, a selfie station was made available to participants. Students had the opportunity to use their smartphones to take pictures and share with fellow participants using a hashtag on Instagram. At the end of the day, a selfie was selected at random to receive a prize.

Nearly 67,000 Deer Checked during Ohio's Weeklong Gun Hunting Season

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COLUMBUS, OH - Hunters checked 66,759 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2016 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, hunters checked 73,392 deer over the weeklong deer-gun season.

Two days (Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18) of deer-gun season remain. The muzzleloader season is Jan. 7-10, 2017, and archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

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

Hunting Popularity

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

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

A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the weeklong 2016 deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2016, and the 2015 numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 1,082 (1,585); Allen: 363 (387); Ashland: 1,225 (1,232); Ashtabula: 1,946 (2,002); Athens: 1,377 (1,666); Auglaize: 268 (299); Belmont: 1,360 (1,516); Brown: 823 (1,054); Butler: 289 (338); Carroll: 1,494 (1,576); Champaign: 356 (419); Clark: 184 (207); Clermont: 542 (776); Clinton: 260 (292); Columbiana: 1,307 (1,458); Coshocton: 2,325 (2,419); Crawford: 569 (576); Cuyahoga: 47 (46); Darke: 259 (282); Defiance: 773 (865); Delaware: 411 (418); Erie: 206 (192); Fairfield: 681 (760); Fayette: 108 (125); Franklin: 157 (133); Fulton: 362 (361); Gallia: 1,211 (1,523); Geauga: 479 (508); Greene: 203 (220); Guernsey: 1,885 (1,995); Hamilton: 155 (252); Hancock: 454 (486); Hardin: 477 (542); Harrison: 1,573 (1,664); Henry: 345 (365); Highland: 948 (1,189); Hocking: 1,288 (1,592); Holmes: 1,484 (1,362); Huron: 1,074 (1,006); Jackson: 1,031 (1,323); Jefferson: 1,138 (1,169); Knox: 1,942 (1,755); Lake: 167 (160); Lawrence: 795 (1,020); Licking: 1,609 (1,865); Logan: 639 (765); Lorain: 683 (637); Lucas: 129 (113); Madison: 158 (147); Mahoning: 594 (556); Marion: 403 (363); Medina: 604 (545); Meigs: 1,373 (1,544); Mercer: 262 (235); Miami: 196 (235); Monroe: 1,131 (1,316); Montgomery: 103 (128); Morgan: 1,179 (1,418); Morrow: 626 (584); Muskingum: 2,112 (2,283); Noble: 1,271 (1,333); Ottawa: 105 (97); Paulding: 425 (523); Perry: 1,156 (1,340); Pickaway: 270 (345); Pike: 753 (954); Portage: 559 (553); Preble: 235 (284); Putnam: 274 (304); Richland: 1,228 (1,222); Ross: 1,102 (1,264); Sandusky: 219 (258); Scioto: 890 (1,164); Seneca: 835 (779); Shelby: 334 (387); Stark: 798 (863); Summit: 174 (167); Trumbull: 1,144 (1,142); Tuscarawas: 2,045 (1,999); Union: 271 (336); Van Wert: 211 (237); Vinton: 1,111 (1,440); Warren: 236 (319); Washington: 1,502 (1,738); Wayne: 730 (683); Williams: 655 (823); Wood: 286 (293); Wyandot: 716 (696).

Total: 66,759 (73,392).

GREENVILLE LIBRARY ANNNUAL HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER

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The Friends of the Greenville Library will host their annual Holiday Open House on Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Little ones - come have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We offer a huge variety of cookies, punch and coffee.

Hope to see you downstairs at the Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore St.

Veterinary Feed Directive

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Hardin County – Effective January 1, 2017 or sooner, there will be changes to the way Over-the-Counter drugs can be used with livestock. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the distribution and use of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs and animal feeds containing such drugs. So what these federal regulatory changes mean to you and your livestock operation? First let’s define what a Veterinary Feed Directive drug is. According to the FDA, it is a “written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian’s professional practice that orders the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed”.

How does a Veterinary Feed Directive work? This written statement authorizes the client (owner of the animal(s) or other caretaker) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA. Examples of “Water-Use” and “Feed-Use” drugs or products that are to be VFD or are to be prescribed are listed below.

Examples of drugs or products classified as “VFD” are Aureomycin 4G Crumbles (contains chlortetracycline), Scour-Ease Medicated (contains neomycin and oxytetracycline), SAV-A-CALF Scours & Pneumonia Treatment (contains neomycin sulfate and oxytetracycline), and Calf Medic Plus (contains neomycin and oxytetracycline).

BLIND DONOR LARRY SMITH IS ‘MR. DECEMBER’ TURNING THE PAGE TO DONATION HALL OF FAME MEMBER

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Donor Larry Smith with his December page in the
2016 National Donation Hall of Fame calendar.
DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center celebrated blind donor Larry Smith a year ago this month when he was inducted in the Fresenius Kabi National Donation Hall of Fame. The honor included a profile and photo in the 2016 Hall of Fame calendar. With the turn of the page to the final month of the year, it’s time to honor “Mr. December.”

On the day after Thanksgiving 2016 Larry gave platelets for his 316th lifetime blood donation. His picture in the calendar is from the day after Christmas in 2012 when he braved a winter storm to make his scheduled blood donation. It was an important contribution to the blood supply because the weather forced CBC to cancel all blood drives that day and close the Dayton Donor Center moments after Larry’s donation.

Larry’s snow storm donation was the basis of his nomination to the Hall of Fame, and his compelling life story impressed the judges even more. Larry has been blind since birth and was abandoned as an infant on the steps of a state orphanage. He survived a childhood full of hardship by finding a purpose in helping others.

After his induction in December, 2015 Larry was interviewed for a WHIO-TV news report about making a needed New Year’s Eve donation. He then made his milestone 300th lifetime donation in February. Anchor James Brown was impressed by Larry and profiled him in a WHIO “Making a Difference” report about outstanding citizens that aired on Newscenter 7 in March. Larry and the other honorees were invited to the annual celebration dinner at Cox Ohio Media Group last summer.

“I got to talk about donating and how I enjoy saving lives,” said Larry. “I talked about how I get called about where the blood goes. I enjoy saving lives, but especially when I found out it went to Dayton Children’s Hospital.”

Larry’s own childhood was filled with misery. “James Brown talked about my early life and the fact that at a time in my life I didn’t want to live,” Larry said. “I didn’t want to eat. I was treated badly in the children’s home. I didn’t see the purpose. What am I here for? To suffer at the hands of these people?

“But a lady, a new house mother, came into my life and she was my sunshine. She started me on vitamins and I got stronger. The staff got better and my life really changed.”

Larry came to Dayton and found a job perfectly suited to him. He worked 40 years as a hospital dark room X-ray film technician and made many friends. He ran marathons, competed in a blind bowling league and sang in his church choir. He began donating blood in 1994 and has been a platelet and plasma donor since 2004.

“The good Lord sends people into your life to strengthen you, help you out and put you on the right track,” he said.

“The biggest part was forgiveness. Someone at my church helped me with that. We prayed and I woke up to a voice telling me I’ve got to learn to forgive. I decided to use it. Rather than be bitter about it, I used it gain strength and to help people.”

His mission remains unchanged. No matter how many storms sweep the Miami Valley this winter, long after the calendar page turns from “Mr. December,” Larry Smith will still be walking in the light that shines on a “Donor for Life.”

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tri-Village Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to honor the Westmont 1954 State Final Four Team

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The Tri-Village Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to honor the Westmont 1954 State Final Four Team, Saturday, December 10, 2016 between the JV and Varsity games.

Team members include: Jack Richards, Duane Moore, Kenneth Garrison, Carroll “Butch” Wilcox, Bill Wilson, Verla Sharp, Richard Hiatt, Garry Richards, Robert Prether, Duane Richards, Lowell Brinley, James Deeter, Jack Holland and Robert Cloyd.

Mr. Glenn Harter coached the Wildcats to a 17-1 regular season record in which they won the Darke County League and was a State Final 4 team in the Class “B” Small School Division. The overall record earned by the 1954 Westmont Wildcats was 26-2.

Congratulations to each member and their families. Your winning tradition continues in our consolidated Tri-Village School District.

Rodney Oda Sponsors DCCA Artists Series Holiday Performance of A Christmas Carol

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DCCA Artists Series Sponsor Rodney Oda with Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of the Darke County Center For the Arts.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Rodney Oda for his contributions to the DCCA 2016-2017 season. Oda is an Angel member of DCCA, and sponsors DCCA's Coffee House Series as well as the upcoming Artists Series holiday performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.

“On behalf of Darke County Center for the Arts, I want to express our appreciation of Rodney Oda and his patronage to the arts in Darke County. Oda h
as been long time supporter of DCCA, and it’s mission of providing cultural enrichment and the preservation of St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "Darke County is fortunate to have a vibrant arts presence, thanks largely to individual supporters, including Rodney Oda , who help make our community a great place to live."

A Christmas Carol the beloved tale of redemption and joy will be performed by the National Touring Company of the North County Center for the Arts, which has been providing award-winning theater for nearly 30 years. “This production features first class professional actors, lush costumes, and stunning sets, as well as traditional carols and a timeless message,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “DCCA is thrilled to be able to bring this delightful and entertaining show to our community; A Christmas Carol provides the perfect vehicle to fill audiences of all ages with the true spirit of the season.” “What a wonderful gift to the community! Rodney Oda’s generosity is inspiring,” continued Rawlins, “We appreciate Oda’s long term support of the arts, and eagerness to give back to our community,” he concluded.

KRISTY EARICK CELEBRATES 15 YEARS AT VHCC

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Therese Pohlman, Kristy Earick, and Dana Weatherspoon.
On October 29, 2016, Kristy Earick, CEO/Administrator, celebrated 15 years of employment at Versailles Health Care Center. She joined Versailles Health Care Center in 2001 as the Administrator and has seen her facility grow from 100 to 150 staff members. She commented that there have been a lot of changes over the last 15 years. “I am thankful for the strong team we have been able to sustain through the changes.”

When asked about her time at Versailles Health Care Center, Earick said, “I have had the privilege to meet and serve so many wonderful people from Versailles and surrounding communities. Versailles Health Care Center’s administrative team offers reliability and stability. Our administrative team has combined experience of 195 years – all at Versailles Health Care Center!”

Earick resides in Piqua with her four children. She is the proud mother of one daughter and triplet sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and shopping.
For her 15th year, staff decorated her office with balloons and signs! Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing and a 24-year VHCC employee, shared “We are fortunate to have Kristy as our Administrator. She has been a great leader through the many health care changes we have experienced during the past 15 years. She is the reason we have the longevity of our staff. Way to go Kristy!”

Therese Pohlman, Business Office Manager and a 32-year VHCC employee, said “Kristy is an outstanding leader and has great ideas to motivate the staff to keep patients and residents our top priority but also make working at VHCC fun and rewarding.”

Approximately 40% of nursing home administrators leave their jobs each year. Directors of nursing leave their positions at a slightly higher rate. The average tenure for nursing home administrators and directors of nursing falls just short of three years. Many facilities are forced to conduct new searches for administrators and directors of nursing annually.

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2015 and 182 patients so far in 2016! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Full-time LPN (with IV certification)
Monday-Friday 40 hours + Saturday rotation
Must be a team player & patient oriented.
EOE
Qualified applicants, please send resumes to HR@familyhealthservices.org

AND

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Full-time
Monday-Friday (40 hours + Saturday rotation)
Must be a team player and patient oriented.
EOE

Qualified applicants, please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Fort Greeneville DAR Dedicate Memorial Stone for Revolutionary Soldier in New Madison

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Fort GreeneVille DAR and VFW Post 7262 dedicated a new memorial stone for James Wood at the First Universalist Cemetery in New Madison OH.

Wood served in the American Revolutionary War. He was in the Virginia Militia with a rank of Private. He served from March 2, 1779 and discharged in August 1783 being wounded twice.
He was born on July 4, 1761 in North Carolina and died on January 15, 1839 in Darke County Ohio.


After School Program Impacts Students, Volunteers and the Community

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The Greenville City Schools bus pulls up in front of the Edison State Community College Darke County Campus. The door opens and, one-by-one, kindergarten through fourth-grade students climb off the bus and head inside where volunteers are waiting for them.

Some days there will be 25-30 students, others nearly 40. Students from South School or other districts are brought to the campus by parents.

Ten weeks into Empowering Darke County Youth’s After School Program (ASP) enrollment remains relatively stable at 57 students. Since some arrive daily while others are only there one to four days a week, program reach is based upon contact hours. Each arrival on campus, whether for one hour or two, counts as one contact hour. At the end of ten weeks, the ASP had recorded 1,439 contact hours.

For the first hour or so, students receive help with homework, one-on-one tutoring where needed, math skills, and word problems or reading. When all homework or other required work is done, students watch a movie, draw or color. Snacks are provided daily.

Volunteers have noted the successes of their efforts. Some ASP students resisted working in the beginning, but most have become accustomed to the schedule and what is expected of them.

As one Edison State volunteer, Courtney Toops, put it, “if you can get some of these kids to sit long enough to read a book out loud and interact with you, you can accomplish anything.”

Edison State volunteers Seth Phillippi and Jim Kildow noted some of the challenges.

“There was this kindergartner that didn’t want to go over his alphabet with flash cards,” Phillippi said. “I laid all the cards out and asked him who can find the letter the fastest. After that, he was all for finding his letters. He even wanted me to make flash cards for him to take home.”

Kildow noted the practical side of his Edison State Fundamentals of Communication class. “How do you explain four plus five to a kid who thinks four plus five equals 45?” he asked. “A lot of effort goes into being brief, clear, and earning respect. These fundamentals are communications on the most elementary level. If you’re not a good communicator, you won’t get through to them. They won’t get work done. You either adapt your communications skills, or you fail to help them.”

Many students saw the success of their efforts through first quarter report cards. Most students showed progress, some on Merit or Honor rolls, others proudly toting A’s and B’s.

Edison State volunteer Jacob Bradfield feels a sense of accomplishment working with the children. “I have seen growth not only in their school work but also in their behavior,” he said. “The kids’ faces light up when they get an answer right and this makes them more determined to work hard.”

While most volunteers saw the immediate value of the program, Edison State volunteer Scout Meyer envisioned something more.

“I feel this program benefits the community as well as the families in it,” she said. “These children are the future and in order to function as members of the community, they need to learn what they can now.”

“I think this program is great and effective in what it does for everyone in it and the surrounding communities,” she added. “I hope this program grows and influences more and more areas around the world, helping to educate children everywhere. While it is still pretty small now, I think it has huge potential to make a difference in everyone’s lives.”

For more information, contact Empowering Darke County Youth at empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com or call Edison State Darke County Campus at 937-548-5546.

Coyote Howl at December Park P.A.L.S.

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Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on December 10th from 10am to 12pm to explore coyotes during Park P.A.L.S! Explore the world of Ohio’s largest wild canine! Students are encouraged to bring their sense of adventure as they learn how these predators fit in to the ecosystem and how they are adapting to urban living. They’ll study tracks, fur, and scat as they do fun activities to discover more about the cunning coyote.

Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other park district programs or to register for the December class, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

Monday, December 5, 2016

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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Concert choir directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge.
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Christmas Concert - Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree - will be held on Monday, December 12 at 7:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Reserve and general admission seats are available this year. Tickets may be purchased at The Flower Patch, 104 Rhoades Ave., Greenville, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Reserve seats are $6 in advance, and $7 at the door. Tickets for students (K-12) are available for $4 each. General admission seats are $5. There are no refunds or exchanges.

The 2016 Vocal Music Christmas Concert will begin with the combined choirs performing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Girl's Glee will perform “Santa is the Man,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Where Are You, Christmas.”

Collage will sing “A Jingle Bell Christmas,” “Santa Baby” and “Swingin’ Into Christmas.”

The Wavaires will perform the following selections: “Carol of the Bells,” “Somewhere in my Memory”, “Falala,” “Frosty and the Hand Jive,” “What Christmas Means to Me” and “Underneath the Tree.”

The Concert Choir will sing “A Joyful Noel,” “Someday at Christmas,” “Mary Sat a Rockin’” and “Good King Kong.”

In addition to the choral selections, there will be various holiday spotlights featured throughout the evening. The entire company will sing “Silent Night,” and the concert will conclude with the combined GHS Choirs, Wind Ensemble and alumni singing “Hallelujah Chorus.”

The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills, and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.

For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, please like and follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GHSVocalMusicBoosters.

DCCA PRESENTS UNIQUE PERFORMANCE FOR JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present AudioBody in an Arts In Education performance for junior high students on Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. The second of DCCA's 2016-2017 season of Arts In Education programs which are presented free of charge to students in all grades of each local public school, AudioBody combines the performing arts with technology to create a unique show featuring music, comedy, and their own cutting-edge inventions. These performances are also open to the public.

“AudioBody will engage students in an interactive discussion about science and technology, giving some lucky youngsters the opportunity to actually come up on stage and play with the musical inventions featured in the performance,” explained DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Although critical thinking and problem solving will be enhanced and education will take place, the audience will mostly know that they are having a really good time during this amazing performance,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Arts In Education program is sponsored by DP&L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Edison State Community College, The Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Helen Hawkey Music Project, Richard Baker, BASF, and Littman-Thomas Agency. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The A.I.E. Program is also funded by DCCA memberships and local schools. 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.

AudioBody will also perform for the general public in a DCCA Coffeehouse Series presentation at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this show featuring a synthesis of comedy, music, circus arts, and technology cost $10 and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net or purchased online at www.centerforarts.net as well as at the door prior to the performance. DCCA officials schedule Arts In Education programming in cooperation with the schools; for more information regarding exact times for the AudioBody performances for junior high students, contact DCCA.

Virtual Tour of Edison State Now Available

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To remain on the cutting edge of technology, Edison State Community College now offers the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the campus. The recently launched YouVisit virtual tour takes users in and around the Piqua Campus, all from the comfort of their own home and device.

As participants follow the arrows through campus, an on-screen guide explains the various functions and features of fifteen select areas. While touring, users can view 360-degree images, videos, and photographs to gain an in-depth look at the Edison State campus.

"Virtual tours are becoming increasingly popular among colleges and universities and have proven to provide an excellent visual representation of an institution's ethos," said Bruce McKenzie, Director of Marketing at Edison State. "These types of tours give the viewer interactive control to become immersed in every detail of our college and campus grounds."

The virtual tour may be viewed on any desktop or mobile device with an Internet connection. For an even more engaging option, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can also be used while touring. Users may simply download and install the free YouVisit app and begin the tour.

"We want the communities we serve to gain a better understanding of all that we have to offer and this seems to be the most advanced, effective, and accessible method of delivery available today," added McKenzie.

To view the virtual tour, visit www.edisonohio.edu/#virtualtour.

The Ladybug Garden Club Decorate Trees at Memorial Hall

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The Ladybug Garden Club members have decorated several areas in Greenville for the Christmas Season. Several pillars with brilliant in colors of copper, green and cream greeted those attending performances at Greenville's Memorial Hall.

The artistic designs were completed by Sherry Ward, Irma Heiser, Tiffany Stebbins and Shirley Linder. The tree in the Pioneer room, south wall, at the Garst Museum was decorated by Shirley Linder, Becky Collins, Amy Erisman and Sherry Ward. The Wayne Health Care lobby was decorated by Carol Hosbrook-Cole, Anglea Beumer, Tiffany Stebbins and Carol Baughman.

Early Morning Discovery Hike Winter Schedule Change

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The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them every first and third Tuesday mornings at 8am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for their Early Morning Discovery Hikes. These hikes allow adults a chance to watch the seasons change and to discover the many life forms in their own backyard. Invigorating winter morning air makes this a great time to enjoy and learn about nature. These walks focus on bird watching, tree identification, winter animal tracks, and much more. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of binoculars if possible; otherwise some are available for loan. Hikes will be held regardless of weather, so please remember to dress to be outside. If you have any questions about the Early Morning Discovery Hikes or any other program offered by the park district, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

The morning sunshine glitters off the fresh snow at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB

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DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB Regular Monthly Dinner/Meeting and CHRISTMAS PARTY will be Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Chestnut Village Center/Brethren Retirement Community

BINGO with PRIZES after the meeting. Guests are always welcome.

If coming for dinner make reservations before noon on Thursday December 8thth by calling Wavelene at 547-6477 or e-mail wdenniston@woh.rr.com

WITH A POSITIVE LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE FOR ALL HERES WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR

Friday, December 2, 2016

WATCH: 196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway Dedication

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196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L. Fowble Jr. and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway Dedication can be viewed at


VFW Post 7262 Mike Maloney filmed the historical event. the video was submitted to us by Fort Greeneville Chapter DAR.


December Activities at the Arcanum Public Library

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With one more month to go for 2016, the Arcanum Public Library has enough activities planned to fill up your calendar until the New Year! Come make crafts, enjoy time with friends, visit with Santa, listen to stories, watch a movie, and more!

Bring your preschooler to StoryTime for stories, songs, crafts and fun. There are three Mondays left for the year: December 5th, 12th, and 19th. Each day will have two sessions, one starting at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m.

Your child in grades 1-4 can come over after school to participate in AfterWords. This fun group meets on Mondays from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. The remaining dates for this year are December 5th, 12th, and 19th. Come for friendship, crafts, snacks and more.

If you have a child in grades 5 and up, send them over to the library after school on Thursdays for the TNT group. Join us for snacks, games, crafts, puzzles, and lots more! The sessions on December 1st and 8th will run from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The final session in December will be on the 15th, and will be from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The library will be showing the new release, “Finding Dory” on Saturday, December 17th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Come enjoy the show and some popcorn!

The crochet group will be meeting on Thursday December 1st, and 8th at 6:30 p.m. Bring a project to work on, to finish, or get help getting started if you are a beginner.

There will be a Christmas-themed adult coloring session this month for some coloring, beverages, and relaxation. The program will be on Wednesday, December 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Supplies are provided, or you can bring your own.

One of the library’s most popular yearly events is the kid’s Christmas craft and visit with Santa evening. This year, come to the library on Thursday, December 15th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Kids can come make crafts for the season, and enjoy a visit with Santa.

The library would like to remind everyone of the dates it will be closed this month due to the holidays. The library will be closed on Saturday, December 24th, Monday, December 26th, Saturday, December 31st, and on Monday, January 2nd.

The library would also like to invite you to drop in to see the holiday décor. The display cases will be filled with Gingerbread houses created by the children’s groups and patrons. Be sure to also see our Parlor room and the rest of the library for a visual feast of the holidays.

If you have any questions about any of the programs, feel free to give us a call at 937-692-8484. You can also visit our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, or check us out on Facebook.

DCCA PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT ST. CLAIR MEMORIAL HALL

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the beloved tale of redemption and joy will be performed by the National Touring Company of the North County Center for the Arts, which has been providing award-winning theater for nearly 30 years. “This production features first class professional actors, lush costumes, and stunning sets, as well as traditional carols and a timeless message,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “DCCA is thrilled to be able to bring this delightful and entertaining show to our community; A Christmas Carol provides the perfect vehicle to fill audiences of all ages with the true spirit of the season,” he concluded.

The second production of DCCA's 2016-2017 Artists Series season, A Christmas Carol stars Scott H. Severance as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge; Mr. Severance, who also directs the show, says that Dickens' classic tale, first published in 1843, presents unforgettable contrasting images of darkness and despair, light and joy, and was one of the greatest influences rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. DCCA officials stated that this presentation brings musical theatre to their performing arts schedule, something often requested by patrons but difficult to present in the space offered at St. Clair Memorial Hall, while at the same time appropriately celebrating the holiday season through the arts.

A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Greenville National Bank and Rodney Oda. Additionally, 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 funding from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, as well as DCCA memberships.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol are $25 for adults and half-price for students, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, and at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Friends of the Greenville Public Library

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The Friends of the Greenville Public Library is a volunteer group devoted to the Library and its patrons. They stand ready to act on a moment’s notice to satisfy any need or solve any problem that comes up. They are true friends who uphold and support the many programs and activities the Library offers - programs that span a wide range of interests and age groups.

Just this year alone they gave thousands of dollars towards Lego Robotics Kits for teens, a new sound system with wireless mikes for the meeting room, sponsorship of the authors and music for four Author‘s Nights, the entertainment for the three “Lunch on the Lawn‘s,” and the entertainment for the eight Wednesday “Family Fun Days” that run through June and July.

They also host a delightful Holiday Open House replete with hundreds of cookies, live music, and photo-op with Santa & Mrs. Claus (photos given free to the kids). This year the Open House is Saturday December 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Be sure to stop in!

The Friends work hard to raise funds for all this support by hosting a Continuous Book Sale in the Library. It’s situated in the Computer Room on the second floor and consists of many shelves full of high quality books of every kind. New ones are put out every week by Dede Wissman. You could even get a few Christmas gifts! Just put your donation in the box.

Member Marilyn Robbins does her own fund-raiser - she makes beautiful bookmarks from greeting cards that sell for $1 at the Circ Desk. She’s requesting donations of old greeting cards to continue with her work! If you have a few please drop them off at the Library!

Everyone is welcome to join and to attend the meetings which are held the 4th Monday of each month.

Candlelight Walk TONIGHT at Bear's Mill

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Bear’s Mill welcomes all to our Candlelight Walk on Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Stroll down a luminary-lined path by the mill race and enjoy hot chocolate and hot dogs roasted over the fire. Shop for seasonal items in the mill store, peruse art in the Clark Gallery and delight in sweet treats inside the mill. The event is free and open to all ages.

Bear’s Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, OH. Ph: 937-548-5112.

Fort Greenville DAR Dedicates New Memorial Stone for Revolutionary War Soldier

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Greenville VFW Post 7262 recently dedicated a new memorial stone for Christian Hershey. Hershey served in the American Revolutionary War. He was in the Pennsylvania Militia with a rank of Private. He served in the York County Militia under Captain Thomas White.

Christian Hershey was born on December 13, 1757 in York County Pennsylvania and died on October 12, 1854 in Gettysburg, Ohio. Hershey is buried at the Old Harris Creek Cemetery near Bradford, Ohio.

Pictured at stone: Debbie Nisonger, Doris Aultman, Adams Township trustees Dave Brewer, Don Lecklider, Claude Fenstermaker, Mary Jane Dietrich, Helen Wright, Caroline Petitjean, Brenda Arnett, Don Dietrich, Isabella Hughes, Shirley Hughes and Anderson Hughes

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Hosting Donuts and Coffee for Veterans

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution invites all local Veterans for donuts and coffee in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 2016.

Stop in between 9:00am - 10:30am at the Darke County Extension Office Meeting Room (Located beside the Darke County Veterans Services), 603 Wagner Ave. Greenville, OH.

Pearl Harbor endures as a symbol of American resilience and resolve.

The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is an opportunity to honor the sacrifice and dedication of our "Greatest Generation" both civilian and military.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

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November is now over and hopefully, all of the leftover turkey is gone too. Thanksgiving is always a special time for families and friends to get together and give thanks for all the blessings we have received. This year, Darke County has a lot to be thankful for, and we hope all of you do too!

The year 2016 has turned out to be very good to Darke County, as we continue to grow and prosper, and we continually receive State and National recognition. The Darke County Visitor’s Bureau learned this month that we are the recipients of 10 awards from Ohio Magazine. The awards are: Best Main Street/Downtown(Greenville), Best County Fair (this doesn’t surprise us, does it!?) Best Historical Museum(Garst), Best Summer Festival (Gathering at Garst), Best Winery (Versailles), Fine Dining (Michael Anthony’s at the Inn), Casual dining (The Merchant House), Best Breakfast Spot (The Old Arcana), Best Coffee Shop/Roaster (The Coffee Pot) and Best Historical Site (Bear’s Mill). The first five in the list above are multiple year winners! These awards validate what a great place we have here in Darke County, and what we have to offer.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau has also won the prestigious Ruby Award, an award of Excellence from the Ohio Travel Association. Thanks to Matt Staugler of the Visitors Bureau, Amber Garrett of Main Street Greenville and all involved for doing Darke County Proud!!

On November 19th, several thousands of people were in Greenville for the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. The weather cooperated, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all of the participants and organizers for a really great evening. The 26th of November saw the Small Business Saturday in the County. It too seemed to be very successful. As the Christmas season approaches, please be sure to shop at and support our local businesses and continue to make all of our town’s merchants successful.

This month the Commissioners and our Elected Officials are working on appropriations for next year. Once again, the elected officials have done an outstanding job of holding costs in line, and continue to operate at peak efficiency. This has been a very good year, and with our Health and Wellness group our costs of insurance have seen very slight increases the last few years. Thanks to the entire Health and Wellness Team, and Denise Dillman and John Cook, for keeping us healthy and keeping costs low.

Thanksgiving gave us a lot to be thankful for. The Commissioners hope that as the year ends, you and your families will continue to prosper. The Commissioners would love to see you at one of our scheduled weekly sessions, so you can be in the know. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you there and have a great Holiday season.

The Darke County Commissioners

TASKS, Inc. Partners with VHS

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Effective with the graduating class of 2018, all graduating seniors in the state of Ohio must be trained in CPR and AED use. Although Versailles High School has taught CPR and AED use in sophomore health classes for several years, the majority of the training equipment being used was worn out and beyond its useful life. With the help of TASKS, Inc., VHS was able to purchase new training aids to be used with all sophomore health classes to meet the graduation requirement, as well as all 8th grade health classes as an orientation to CPR and AED use. Included in the recent purchase was 6 adult mannequins, 1 child mannequin, 6 infant mannequins, and 5 AED trainers. The mannequins purchased provide immediate digital feedback regarding rate and depth of compressions being performed by the students. The AEDs are fully automated with voice prompts and a metronome to assist students with maintaining the proper rate of compressions. With each class containing 20-24 students, these advanced training aids will greatly assist VHS with teaching students this important life-saving skill.


The picture above shows Scott Garrison of TASKS, Inc. presenting a check to Versailles school nurse Tracy Cordonnier. Also pictured are TASKS board members Brian Griesdorn and Dan Watren, as well as Superintendent Aaron Moran.

Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Takes Darke County Parliamentary Procedure Contest

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Article by Secretary Kara Hollinger and Reporter Brittany Brewer

On Monday, November 21, the Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Team won the Darke County Contest. Parliamentary Procedure is the body of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings and other operations of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies, and other deliberative assemblies. The team consisted of Chairmen-Maddie Downing(Freshman), Kara Hollinger, Brittany Brewer, Joshua Hollinger, Tyler Martin, Justin DePoy (Freshman), and Joshua Wiford. The team will continue on to the District 5 contest on Wednesday, November 30th.

Also on Monday, November 21, members from the Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Darke County Soil and Water Banquet. These members represented those who won the Darke County Land Evaluation Contest on September 20. The Darke County Soil and Water awarded the top team and top individual at the Darke County Land Evaluation Contest. The top team was Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter’s Maddie Downing, Brittany Brewer, Kara Hollinger, and Bailey Towery. The top individual was Joshua Hollinger.

(left to right, front row): Joshua Hollinger, Brittany Brewer, Kara Hollinger, Justin Depoy. Back row: Joshua Wiford, Maddie Downing, Tyler Martin.

Faith Church Hosts Girl Scout Troop 32131 and Accepts Donations

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Members of the Arcanum Girl Scout Troop 32131 presenting items to Faith UMC Food Pantry
Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church hosted Girl Scout Troop #32131 for their November Meeting. The Scouts, who usually meet at Trinity United Methodist Church, came to learn all about Faith’s Food Pantry that serves those in the Arcanum and the surrounding area. Faith Church gratefully accepted cash and 141 food items donated by Trinity and the Girl Scout Troop. To learn more about Faith’s Food Pantry, please call the church office Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 12:00 at 692-8934.


A Special Night at the Museum

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With tidings of comfort and joy, your Versailles Area Museum invites you to celebrate the joy of the season with a special evening by Christmas lights to enjoy our special displays. On Friday evening December 9th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. the lights will twinkle, and candles flicker and the scent of the season will fill our displays.

Guest presenters will be in the various rooms to share the stories of the season. Janet & Leo Rinderle will be hosting the “Sweet Treats” display and share the thrill of collecting M&M collectables and traveling to their unique conventions. Tom Mendenhall, one of our valued volunteers will host our Military Room sharing some of the history of those remembered in our exhibit. Another of our faithful volunteers, Cynthia Vogel will answer questions about northeastern Darke County’s own Annie Oakley and how she might have kept Christmas. Art Gaier will tell you all about the earliest bicycles that might have appeared under a real Christmas tree.

Sweet treats like Grandma made for the holidays will be offered and fantastic books are being offered for sale in our Gift Shop. You also may become a member or give a gift membership for the holidays. We also will have our 2017 Historic Dinner tickets available for you to reserve seats for yourself or to give as a gift to a special History lover on your list.

Please plan to spend a little time with us as we welcome the season at the Museum!

Remember we close for the season December 18th. We reopen in February for our 2017 season!

Butterflies Junior Garden Club Decorates Christmas Tree at the Garst Museum

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club decorated their Christmas tree in the Pioneer Room of the Garst Museum in preparation for the Open House, December 4 from 1-4 p.m.

The club was asked to celebrate the groups artistic talents in decorating the tree and they chose the pebble art pictures they made earlier this year. The tree topper was of cotton balls stems and birch branches. The burlap garland ribbon coordinated with the pebbles in the designs with frosted ornaments and snow flakes added. The skirt of the tree held excess pebbles matching those on the frames. Butterflies members decorating (l-r) Kate Rehmert, Saige Fellers, Mariana Ramos, Meg Rehmert, Audrey Allread and Brianna Fellers.

The club wishes everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

New Madison Public Library Christmas Open House

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Friends of the New Madison Public Library invite you to join them for their Annual Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Yummy refreshments will be provided beginning at 11AM. From 3-6:00 library patrons will be entertained by Tri-Village graduate, Eric Smith, who will share sounds of the season. At 6:00 the Board of Trustees will be honoring our Phyllis Cole Dubbs Library Service Award Recipient for 2016, Marilyn J. Fritz. Bring the family in to celebrate and stock up on books, magazines, movies, and music for the holiday season. Check out our website www.newmadisonpubliclibrary.org & LIKE us on Facebook for more information on programming throughout the year.

DCCA PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT ST. CLAIR MEMORIAL HALL

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens'
A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on
Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the beloved tale of redemption and joy will be performed by the National Touring Company of the North County Center for the Arts, which has been providing award-winning theater for nearly 30 years. “This production features first class professional actors, lush costumes, and stunning sets, as well as traditional carols and a timeless message,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “DCCA is thrilled to be able to bring this delightful and entertaining show to our community; A Christmas Carol provides the perfect vehicle to fill audiences of all ages with the true spirit of the season,” he concluded.

The second production of DCCA's 2016-2017 Artists Series season, A Christmas Carol stars Scott H. Severance as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge; Mr. Severance, who also directs the show, says that Dickens' classic tale, first published in 1843, presents unforgettable contrasting images of darkness and despair, light and joy, and was one of the greatest influences rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. DCCA officials stated that this presentation brings musical theatre to their performing arts schedule, something often requested by patrons but difficult to present in the space offered at St. Clair Memorial Hall, while at the same time appropriately celebrating the holiday season through the arts.

A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Greenville National Bank and Rodney Oda. Additionally, 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 funding from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, as well as DCCA memberships.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol are $25 for adults and half-price for students, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, and at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Beautiful Aquarium Gifted to Darke County Parks

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Twelve fish call this new tank their home and are ready
to take kids on underwater adventures.
Darke County Parks has a long standing legacy of educating young and old alike about nature with live animals. The renovation of the Nature Center classroom into the “Live Classroom”, which included built in terrariums, enclosures, and aquariums as well as wildlife murals painted on the walls, even earned them an award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association in 2012.

Recently two park supporters, Ed Koenig and Drema Wetzel, wished to continue the tradition of quality displays and donated a beautiful 170 gallon aquarium to the park district. The new display features an enclosed wooden cabinet stand and a wood top with crown molding. The tank is now home to the “pond life” creatures such as bluegill, redear sunfish, and a small catfish. Visitors can get an up close look at their native fish and explore underwater life. The park would like to extend a huge thank you to Ed and Drema for their gift and to the park volunteers who help move and transport the tank to the Nature Center. Naturalist Kathi McQueen said she’s so pleased that the “community is helping to keep our displays fresh and updated so the park district can continue to grow and prosper, teaching future generations about the importance of nature and conservation.”

In the near future, the display will feature informational signage about fish species and pond life, but for now Darke County Parks invites everyone to check out their gorgeous donation and all the other live animal displays. For more information about the Darke County Parks visit their website at darkecountyparks.org.

Fort GreeneVille DAR Holds Dedication at Old Castine Cemetery

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Despite the blusterous weather on November 19th, the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR held a graveside dedication for American Revolutionary War Soldiers Samuel Satterley and David Harriman. Both soldiers are buried at the Old Castine Cemetery on St Rt 127. The stones for each soldier were in disrepair due to the years of weather. The new stones dedicated were provided by the US government. The DAR was able to prove both soldiers were federalized and received pensions. Regent Debbie Nisonger gave the invocation and Greenville VFW Post 7262 Mike Maloney spoke of their contribution to our Nation. Following the dedication, DAR members thanked the Butler Township Trustees for their assistance in making this dedication happen.


Pictured: DAR members Caroline Petitjean and Helen Wright, VFW Post member Mike Maloney, Butler Township Trustees Curtis Yount, Tom Hans and Ryan Crawford

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Garst Museum Holiday Open House

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Christmas tree decorated by The Wildflower Garden Club
located in the Garst Museum’s parlor.
Garst Museum’s annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on this one afternoon.

Highlights of the afternoon include live seasonal music, light refreshments and beautiful decorations. The museum’s Christmas collection will be used for decorating throughout the museum. Plan to do a little Christmas shopping in the Museum Store, as there will be a 20% discount on all items.

The museum features a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees illustrating the talents of the following groups: The Wildflower Garden Club, Junior Butterflies Garden Club, Sun and Fun Garden Club, Ladybug Garden Club, Garden Ladies Garden Club, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Fort Greene Ville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Plan to stop by and enjoy the fun, shop, and also take advantage of the free admission to tour the museum.

The Darke County Historical Society and the Garst Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio as part of the development of the crossroads of the American experience. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, and Ohio Native Americans.



The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
937-548-5250

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through the winter wonderland on Saturday, December 3rd from 6 to 9pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! There will be over 350 luminaries lighting the way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As families hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, they can enjoy crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening.

In the log house, the fire will be warm with holiday snacks and drinks to sample. Enjoy pioneer music of Christmas past while relaxing in the comforts of the 18th century. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available upstairs in the log house and in the nature center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The nature center and gift shop will be open throughout the event offering a chance to discover a selection of unique gifts or that perfect holiday stocking stuffer! Don’t forget to bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path! Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Start a family tradition this year.

Arcanum Lion's Club Inducts New Members

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November 17th Arcanum Lion’s Club inducted 6 new members into the club. Arcanum Lion's Club has a total of 54 members and has been active in the Arcanum Community since it's founding in 1929.


Pictured left to right: Sponsor Lion Terry Mills, new member Micha Brown, new member Andy Heindle, Sponsor Lion Winston Brumbaugh, new member, Casey Heindle, Sponsor Lion Lexie Hackworth, new member Trent Tomlin, Sponsor Lion Wendell Miller, Sponsor Bob Kimmel, new member John Junkins, and new member Jaden Horner.

Pete the Cat at the Library

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Every kid's favorite groovy blue cat will make a rockin’ appearance at the Greenville Public Library on Saturday December 3rd from 2:00-4:00. There will be Pete the Cat themed games, snacks, and crafts set up. Pete will hang out, mingle, and pose for pictures!

The popular Pete the Cat book series is written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean and follows the antics of the skate-boarding, guitar-playing, cool-as-a-cucumber Pete. Be there or be square says Pete!

Katie Gabbard at Library

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Katie Gabbard from The Ivy League will present “Home for the Holidays” at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday December 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join us as Katie shares her techniques to help you discover the joys of decking the halls. She says “Use the heart of your home to decorate for the holiday season.” For more information on Katie and The Ivy League see www.ivyleagueflorist.com. This is a free program open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

DECORATE THE MITTEN TREE

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Representatives of the Darke County Commissioners continue the tradition of those county executives being the first to donate mittens and gloves to the Fish Mitten Tree.  Also pictured are Marilyn Delk, Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project, Fish Director Kristy Cutarelli, and Head Start students who will be among the children benefitting from the project.
The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its empty branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also will stand inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for almost fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 19. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. For more information, call the Fish phone number, 548-2000; a volunteer will return your call.

Annual Induction of Lineage Society Members

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Pictured (l to r) are lineage committee members and inductees, Brenda Arnett, Diane Brittenham, Mary, John & David Neff, Nita Allread, Nancy Stump, and Shirley Hughes
During the November, 2016 meeting of the Darke County Genealogical Society the annual induction of the descendants into the Lineage Families of Darke County, Ohio was held.

Inducted this year were Nita Allread, John Neff, Mary Louise Neff, and David Neff. Note: the year in parentheses is the year residence has been proven for Darke County.

The ancestors inducted into the Lineage Society are representative of those who settled our county in the 1800s. They include farmers and craftsmen who came in search of a better life with new opportunities. Birthdates cover over a century from 1794 to 1903. As always most proof is from birth, marriage, and death records but census records and wills were also used to prove residency in Darke County.

Nita Allread chose to honor three branches of her family. The Wandle family’s matriarch was German born Christina Barbara Kaut Wandle (1890) whose husband died in the Battle of Nashville, December, 1864. The other members of the family group are her son, Emanuel G. Wandle (1876), his spouse, Elizabeth Sease Wandle (1860) and their daughter and son-in-law, Esther D. Wandle (1896) and Alpha C. (1897) Lutz. The Lutz family lived in Monroe Twp. and included Jacob Lutz (1870) and his wife, Rebecca Ditmer Lutz (1870) and their son and his spouse, Franklin B.(1870) and Lillie B. Williamson (1900) Lutz. The third family branch is Abraham Sease (1850) and his wife, Margaret Baker Sease (1850).
The Neff family chose to honor several branches on both sides of the family. From John Neff’s side are John W. Neff (1870) and wife, Elizabeth Bowser Neff (1870), and their son’s family, George W. Neff (1880), Mary C. Crowell Neff (1880) and Joseph P. Neff (1903). Mary’s family traces back to John Orris (1877), an émigré from Russia, through his daughter, Catharine Orris Risser (1852), her husband, Joseph Risser(1852), and their daughter and her husband, Anna Risser (1860) and William (1877) Crowell.

From Mary Neff’s side are the Fryman family, Jacob Fryman (1850) and Catharine Ditmer Fryman (1850), George Fryman (1851) and spouse, Lydia Flory Fryman (1860), and their child, Calvin O. Fryman (1889) and his wife, Sylvia E. Heller Fryman (1891). The Flory line is represented by Emanuel Flory (1830) who came to Darke County as a minister to the Palestine area and his son and spouse, Benjamin (1860) and Mary Ann Spitler (1860) Flory. The Heller family is found in Franklin Twp. with patriarch, Henry D. Heller (1850) and his wife, Martha M. Earhart Heller (1850) and their son and his spouse, Henry E. (1862) and Martha S. Rife (1862) Heller. Martha’s parents were shoemaker, John J. (1900) and Anna Paul (1900) Rife.

The Lineage Families of Darke County, Ohio is open to persons who are members of the DCGS and who can successfully prove in the application process ancestors who were residents of Darke County. The specific categories are Pioneer Families (resident by 31 December 1830), First Families (resident of Darke County by 31 December 1850), Civil War Ancestors (Darke County resident who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865) and Century Ancestors (resident of Darke County from 01 January 1851 to present date minus 100 years).

Applications and a list of fees may be obtained at the Darke County Research Center located in Garst Museum in Greenville. The research center’s staff may be contacted at 937-548-5250.

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Christmas Vacation”

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Christmas Vacation”, on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 6 PM. The play was written by Pastor Ken Oren and directed by Pastor Ken and Youth Director Andrea Strawser. The play reminds us of the Spiritual side of Christmas amongst a secular society, and how two families with differing outlooks come to see the true meaning of Christmas. New Dawn Trio will be performing and congregational singing will be included. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas celebration. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304. For more info, call Bruce at 937-564-2891.

GREENVILLE MASONS SUPPORT DARKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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John Beard of the Greenville Masons is shown presenting a ribbon to Evan Beckley, Greenville East/Intermediate student after an event at the Darke County Special Olympics Track and Field Day last spring. Greenville Masonic Lodge #143’s donation to Darke County Special Olympics helps operate the many volunteer led and organized athletic programs for students and adults with disabilities throughout the year.

DCCA Recognizes Greenville Technology Inc. for their Sponsorship of recent Riders In The Sky Special Event

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Riders In The Sky recently performing for a full house at St. Clair Memorial Hall thanks to Spotlight Sponsor Greenville Technology Inc.  Photo by Gaylen Blosser of The Early Bird.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville Technology Inc. for their Superstar Sponsorship contribution to the DCCA 2016-2017 CONNECTIONS season and spotlight sponsorship of the recent Special Event Riders In The Sky Salute Roy Rogers at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for Greenville Technology Inc's sponsorship, which helps enable our efforts to provide culturally enriching experiences for the citizens of our community.”

Featuring film clips of Roy's greatest moments on screen as well as the songs that the western icon made famous; Riders in the Sky's “Salute to Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys” was enjoyed by the audience triggering memories for those who grew up idolizing the Ohio native, while introducing new generations to a wonderful man and artist. In addition to providing fun facts about the life of the Hollywood star, the performance highlighted Roy Rogers' influence on a generation of musicians and entertainers. “DCCA has brought Riders In the Sky to St. Clair Memorial Hall multiple times for many good reasons; these guys are extremely talented, present a delightful, fun-filled show representing the best of American values, and usually sell out the house,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.

“We thank Greenville Technology, Incorporated for their continued sponsorship,” stated Jordan. “We rely on the support of community minded local companies to continue bringing high quality entertainment to Darke County; their commitment to enhancing our community is much appreciated,” concluded Jordan.

Thanks to community support Darke County Center for the Arts has presented an Artists Series at St. Clair Memorial Hall, for over 35 years, featuring outstanding professional performing artists, right here in our own backyard. Remaining 2016-2017 Artists Series performances include A Christmas Carol on December 17; We Banjo 3 on February 4; and Toledo Symphony Orchestra's presentation of I've Got Rhythm on April 29th. Tickets are currently available for all upcoming DCCA events.

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2016-2017 “CONNECTIONS” season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at www.CenterForArts.net.

A Local Idea for "Giving Tuesday..."

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A great reaction to the "Black Fridays" and "Cyber Mondays" of our culture is the organization of "Giving Tuesday," a day to pause from the normal gift buying rush to donate to non profits who strengthen and enhance our communities all year long. Here's an idea for a local non profit you could give to on this "Giving Tuesday:"
Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation to help with the restoration of the Treasured Island in the city park, can do so by using the PayPal link on the website of the Friends of the Greenville City Parks (www.friendsofthegreenvillecityparks.org) or by sending a check made out to Friends of the Greenville City Parks mail to: P.O. Box 11, Greenville, Ohio 45331.
Are you giving to any local non profits today?
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