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Friday, April 24, 2015

Nature Day Update

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Darke County Parks is announcing that Nature Day is still ON for tomorrow! However after watching the forecast intently the last day or so, we have decided to move the stations indoors.

The nature exploration stations start at 10am-Noon. A hot dog lunch for donation begins at 11am and a free concert at Noon with Naturalist Musician Chris Rowlands. The stations re-open at 1 and close at 3. Bring the family, dress for the weather as some travel is required to reach the stations in the Log House.

For more information, please contact the Nature Center at 548.0165 or info@darkecountyparks.org.

Community Input Needed for Feasability Study Regarding Potential Downtown MicroBrewery Concept

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There is a group discussing the possibility to open a MicroBrewery and “pub” in the downtown Greenville area. Details are still very exploratory and no commitments have been made or locations secured.

The idea, at the moment (though it may change), is for a themed concept that pulls on the historical context of the Greenville/Darke County area. It would have a very “local” atmosphere, but be based upon an established recipe already established in several states in the Western US.

As part of our discovery process, it is important that we conduct a “feasibility” study to determine local input and demand. We invite you to participate in the following online survey to offer your opinion on this idea.


Greenville Double Homicide to Be Featured Tonight on TNT's "Cold Justice"

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A Darke County cold case is getting a national spotlight tonight.

TNT's "Cold Justice" is airing a look at the 1997 murders of Kimberly Stephan and Dennis Young. They were both shot to death and the killer was never brought to justice.

Click here to view a flyer from Darke County Crime Stoppers with more detail. A $10,000 reward is still available. A teaser for tonight's episode is below. You can watch it tonight (Friday) at 8:00pm on TNT.

This week we follow Kelly and Yolanda to Greenville, Ohio where they investigate a double homicide. Tune in Friday at 8/7c for an ALL NEW #ColdJustice.

Posted by Cold Justice on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Final Bow's Spring Curtain Call Performance

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Final Bow: Center for Children's Performing Arts is finishing up their second performance for the 2014-2015 season, under the direction of Becky Hootman and Hillary Holzapfel. Final Bow invites you to Be Our Guest as we fly on a magic carpet and discover the wonderful world of Final Bow. Saturday, May 23rd at 1:30pm please join us at Memorial Hall. This show will keep your young ones entertained and you old ones feeling young, as you sing along to some old and new favorite songs. Pre sale tickets are $7 until April 30th and after April 30th, $9. So come Step in Time with us as we fly through Neverland and follow the leader around The 100 Acre Woods. Call 937-459-8078 for tickets or questions.

Final Bow is a nonprofit organization that believes the performing arts enrich the lives of children. Final Bow strives for enrichment by boosting confidence, providing a creative outlet and by offering unique and educational opportunities to students. If you are interested in making a donation to Final Bow or want more information about their upcoming season please call 937-459-8078 or email finalbowkids@gmail.com. You can also keep up with Final Bow on their Facebook page or their website http://finalbowkids.weebly.com/. Final Bow: Center for Children's Performing Arts is located at 315 Central Ave. in Greenville and offers dance, choir and theatre.

Trio Arrested for Multiple Burglaries in the Bradford and Gettysburg Areas

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Ferguson, Schmidt, and Sargent
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Gabe P. Ferguson, twenty-one years of age of Bradford, Alex M. Schmidt, twenty-one years of age from Piqua, and Shane A. Sargent, nineteen years of age from Gettysburg, for multiple charges of burglary and breaking and entering.

The offenses involve several residential burglaries in the Village of Bradford and in the area of Gettysburg within the last two weeks. The matter has been turned over to the Darke County Prosecutor for charges relating to the conduct.

Detectives are still working to identify some of the recovered stolen property and additional charges may be forthcoming. It is believed that some of the unidentified property was stolen from vehicles in the Bradford area in which the victim(s) did not report the theft. We will be posting photos of the unidentified property on our Facebook page later today and will be made available to the media upon request.

Greenville Driver Turns into Path of Semi at 127 & Kruckeberg

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On April 23, 2015 at approximately 4:59 pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and Darke County EMA responded to an accident involving a semi and car at the intersection of US 127 and Kruckeberg Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed Tommie Morrison, age 62, of Greenville turned his 1999 Toyota Camry west onto Kruckeberg Rd. from US 127. Mr. Morrison failed to yield to a southbound 2013 Volvo Semi truck driven by Kraig Peters, age 52, of Bradford. Mr. Morrison failed to yield the right of way to the southbound semi.

Both drivers were treated and released from the scene of the accident. Mr. Morrison was issued a citation for failing to yield while making the left turn.

Indiana Driver Rolls Vehicle on Weavers Station Road

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On April 23, 2015 at approximately 3:25 p.m. Darke County Deputies along with Tri Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire and Lifeline were dispatched to Weavers Station Rd. south of US Rt. 36 for a one vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Audley McKenzie, 50, Lynn, Indiana was traveling north on Weavers Station Rd. Audley lost control in a curve overturning the vehicle in the roadway and coming to rest on the east side of Weavers Station Rd.

Audley was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Tri Village Rescue. Audley was treated and released.


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Online registration is available. Additional volunteers and coaches are welcome.

Indianapolis, Ind. – This summer kids will again have a blast playing Midwest Youth Team Tennis, which returns to Greenville for the 6th year. 10 and Under Tennis, using the QuickStart Tennis play format, features kid-sized equipment, court dimensions, and scoring. Kids develop tennis skills right away, and have a ball playing and competing in a fun, team environment. The 6 week Greenville “Quickstart” program for children 10 and under will be held on Sunday evenings starting June 14 through July 26. Depending on the number of registrants, children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will play from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, and children in 3rd through 6th grade will play from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. If all registrants can be accommodated in the earlier time slot, the two groups will be combined. For students 11-15 years old, the 6 week “Futures” program will be held on Tuesday nights, June 16 - July 21 from 6:30 -8:00 pm, with Dennis Kiser (Greenville High School Boys' Tennis Coach) running the program. The cost of the program is $65 and registration closes Friday, May 22. Registration is done online at www.midwestteamtennis.com. Parents can also visit this site to learn more about the philosophy of Quickstart Tennis. Volunteers and coaches are always welcome.

For more information about signing up to play, volunteer, or coach, please contact Bud Schroeder at Schroeder Tennis Center, (937) 669-5552 or email at mvctatennis@gmail.com. You may also contact Suzie Brown at suzanne1119@gmail.com / 937-459-9219 (text) / 937-547-9904.

While the program is geared to beginners, all are welcome to participate. For students who did not participate in the past, the participant package includes the following: new tennis racquet and ball, team t-shirt, sling bag and a one year USTA Junior membership. For players returning to the program who have not outgrown last year’s racquet, the option of a duffel bag, ball cap or visor will be offered.


Darke County Civic Theater to Hold Auditions

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The Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for a melodrama to be presented during the annual Annie Oakley Festival in July. If you ever thought of acting, then come and audition for “The Dangerous Diamonds.” The cast of characters in this play, range from a teenager and up. The Civic Theater is in need of new members and would like to see some new faces at the auditions. There will be no preparation needed, as they will conduct a cold reading from the script. The only thing needed to audition is a good attitude and a willingness to have fun.

The auditions will be held at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club on Broadway in Greenville from 6-8 p.m. on April 26. If you are interested in trying out, you may show up anytime during the above time frame. If you would like more information on the audition, contact Dane Leeper at 423-5183. Please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible. You can also check out www.darkecountycivictheater.org for updates and future productions information.

Greenville Athletic Booster’s Reverse Raffle - A Huge Success

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Greenville Athletic Booster President Barry Hounshell presenting a $5,000 check to Second National Bank, represented by Joy Greer,the winner of the March Madness Reverse Raffle.  Also shown are some of the committee membeers and event sponsors of the event. Sam Suter (committee), Scott Frens (committee), Stephanie Baumgardner (committee), Susan Shields (event sponsor Doug Shields Investment), Randy Swisher (committee), Lisa Martin (event sponsor Greenville National Bank) and Phillip Pierri (event sponsor Zechar-Bailey).
The Greenville Athletic Booster’s First Annual March Madness Reverse Raffle was held on Saturday, March 28th. The event was a huge success, and the Committee would like to thank all those who participated. A big thank you goes to Second National Bank. Their ticket was the $5,000 winner, and they generously donated their winnings back to the Athletic Boosters. It is our student-athletes who are the biggest winners.

Many businesses and individuals helped make this evening a success. We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for the evening. Final Four Sponsors: Jon Coomer Investment Management, Doug Shields Financial Planning Services, Financial Providence Group and Aesthetic Finishers. Elite 8 Sponsors: Greenville National Bank, Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, and Second National Bank. Sweet 16 Sponsors: Brumbaugh Construction, Dr. Tom Brown of Family Health Services, Lisa Francis/Leis Realty , Helen’s Flowers, Littman-Thomas Agency, Maid-Rite, Jim Gable Insurance Agency, Hittle Buick GMC Inc., Greenville Snap Fitness, Sanco Products, Wayne Builders Supply, MAC Athletics, Brethren Retirement Community and.

Our food sponsors for the event were Winner’s Meat, the Fairlawn, JT’s Brew & Grill, and J’s Country Store. Other businesses that donated items for the evening were The Flower Patch, Sanco Products, and Aramark. Don Lockhart provided music and fun activities throughout the evening. Silent auction items donated by Kroger, Snap Fitness, McDonalds, Hot Head Burrito, Montage, Besecker Cleaners, Kitchen Aid Experience, Greenville Federal, Dustin Leis-Leis Realty, Jeff Jenkinson, HER Realty (Sue & Regan Bowman), Turtle Creek Golf Course, Fullenkamp’s Frenchtown Trailer Sales & Supply, The Inn at Versailles, Ramco Electric Motors, Pepcon Concrete, Light Foundation, Blue Bow Boutique, Stillwater Valley Golf Course, 5678 Dance Studio, Country Bridal and Tux, Pamela’s Intimate Apparel, The Flower Patch, Hansbarger Home Solutions, and Ernst Sports. We thank you all!

Last but not least, the Greenville Athletic Boosters would like to thank the coaches, parents and community for participating in our first annual Reverse Raffle. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s March Madness Reverse Raffle. Your continued support of our student-athletes is greatly appreciated! GO WAVE!!

Thank A Vet 5k Run / Walk

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2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Over 3 million service men and women left their loved ones to answer the call to duty and bravely serve in a country far away from home.

The Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution are hosting a 5k run/walk to not only Welcome Home those Veterans who saw our Nation through one of the most challenging times we have ever seen, but to thank all Veterans who have proudly served in our Armed Forces. They must never be forgotten.

Please come out and join us at 9 am on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville to Thank a Vet.

To register online visit www.alliancerunning.com. Mail in registrations can be printed from that site.

This run/walk event is sponsored by VFW Post 7262, Post 7262 Men’s Auxiliary and Post 7262 Boosters.

If you have any questions, contact Chris Nehring at (937)771-3824 or email at thankavet5k@yahoo.com

Proceeds will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.

Please pass this information on to family and friends. Walk or Run, it all goes to a good cause!!!!

Click here to download a flyer/registration form.

Tons of Trilliums at Routzong Preserve

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A sea of Large-flowered Trilliums is what
visitors can expect to find at Routzong Preserve.
Darke County Parks’ Wildflower Walk Series continues on Wednesday, April 29 at Routzong Preserve.

Join a park naturalist at 6pm for this leisurely enjoyable stroll through the woodland in search of blooming wildflowers. Typically, Routzong Preserve, located on Routzong Rd. west of Greenville, is a magic carpet filled with lovely blooms.

We’ll take a closer look at spring ephemerals including Dutchman’s Breeches, Wild Violets, Trout Lilies, Wild Phlox and the showy Large-flowered Trillium.

For more information on this or any other park program please contact the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or email at info@darkecountyparks.org.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 Poultry Days Parade Marshals Annoumced

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2015 Honorary Parade Marshals Bob and Kathy Frey
Bob and Kathy (York) Frey are pleased to be selected as Parade Marshals for the 2015 Poultry Days Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13, as part of the three-day festival to be held June 12-14.

Bob has recently retired as Chief of the Versailles Fire Department, a position he held for 18 years. He served the Village of Versailles as a firefighter for a total of 35 years. He and his fellow firefighters have annually been called upon to set up the Poultry Days Parade, and Bob has enjoyed the role of judging parade entries several times.

Bob grew up in Osgood and graduated from Marion Local High School. He worked at Francis Manufacturing in Russia from 1973-1977, then began his career at Clopay Corporation (now known as Clopay Building Products). He has held a variety of factory, sales and managerial positions over the past 38 years, currently serving as project manager at the Troy office.

He has been involved in various organizations, including Versailles Rotary Club and Versailles Board of Zoning Appeals Citizens Volunteer Board. Bob is a longtime member of the St. Denis Knights of Columbus and currently serves on the Heritage Park Board. He received the distinction of being named 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Versailles Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include woodworking, fishing and gardening. In past years, he coached Versailles youth baseball, softball and basketball teams and continues to support Tigers’ sports.

After graduating from Russia High School, Kathy worked in Versailles as a secretary for Subler Transfer, Inc. prior to starting a family. She provided in-home child care for many years, and subsequently worked part time at local businesses. She has been employed at the offices of Hanes Law Group in Versailles and Greenville since 2005. Kathy taught CCD classes at St. Denis, and was a 20-year member of Serendipity Moms. She has been affiliated with the Fort GreeneVille Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1990. She has enjoyed belonging to the same card club for nearly 40 years. Kathy’s hobbies include decorating and learning about the history of Versailles and the surrounding area.

Bob and Kathy met through mutual friends. They are parents of Rob, Jessica (Heitman), Allison (Gonya) and Emily and both love spending time with the family, which now includes four grandchildren. They will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on June 21. The Freys feel very fortunate that their children have reaped the benefits of growing up in such a fine community as Versailles.

The Freys wish to extend a warm welcome to all who come to celebrate Poultry Days this year! The 64th annual festival theme is “Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival”. Please visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

Two Miami County Teens Turn Themselves in After Video of Burglary Shared on Social Media

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Two suspects have turned themselves in regarding the burglary in Miami County we shared video of yesterday...

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two burglars whose images were captured in a home surveillance video released to the media on April 21, 2015. A home in the 2500 block of west Monroe Concord Road was burglarized on April 20, 2015 and the burglary was recorded on a surveillance camera.

Colin T. Messler and Kasey W. Hennesy, both eighteen years of age from the City of Troy, have been identified as the two individuals in the surveillance footage. Criminal charges of burglary will be pursued with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office. The stolen property from the crime has been recovered.

Tips and cooperation from the community led to their positive identification. The Troy Police Department School Resource Officer program was also instrumental in resolving the case.

Edison Community College Announces New President

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Larson to head leading community college in Piqua

Dr. Doreen Larson is welcomed to Edison Community College by Darryl Mehaffie, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Piqua, Ohio, April 22, 2015 – The board of trustees at Edison Community College has announced Doreen M. Larson, Ph.D. as the new President of the institution. Larson will lead the two-year college which prepares students for transferring to four-year colleges or universities as well as preparing students for immediate employment.

Larson will join Edison Community College from Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia, where she has served as the President since 2010. Larson has previously held administrative positions at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. She began her career in higher education as an Assistant Professor of Education at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Edison Community College is seated in Piqua, Ohio, and serves the tri-county area of Darke County, Miami County, and Shelby County. Darryl Mehaffie, Chairman of the Board of Trustees shared, “Dr. Doreen Larson is what we hoped for when we opened our national search for the college’s next president. Her depth of experience as a community college administrator and her background in Ohio fits well with Edison Community College’s culture at an important time in its history.”

The search committee was chaired by former Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jim Thompson, who stated, “Dr. Larson is a renowned teacher who demonstrates a profound commitment to the mission of community colleges to serve their students and their communities. She understands the deep link between Edison Community College and the communities in Darke County, Miami County, and Shelby County. The broad experience that Dr. Larson brings will ensure that Edison Community College continues to advance while retaining its connection to the community.”

Dr. Larson earned her Ph.D. in Special Education-Adult Transitional Services from Kent State University and received her M.A. in Education from John Carroll University. Before attending graduate school she earned a B.A. in Education from Cleveland State University. Larson and her husband, Len, will be returning to her home state of Ohio after spending ten years in Massachusetts and West Virginia.

“Edison Community College has a solid foundation as one of the premier community colleges in the state of Ohio. Dr. Larson is a servant leader who will provide the leadership we need to maintain our strong record of student success,” said Tom Milligan, Vice Chairman of the Edison Community College Board of Trustees.

Now in its fifth decade of service, Edison Community College is committed to providing higher education and advanced training opportunities for the people of the greater Miami Valley. Edison is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized with the highest order attainable by the Ohio Board of Regents. With campuses in Piqua and Greenville, Edison provides a Personal Experience and Rewarding Education. Visit us online at www.edisonohio.edu.

We All Play a Role in Agricultural Pollution Abatement

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by Janell Weiss and Jared Coppess

Water quality has long been a concern, and recent events in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Buckeye Lake and the Gulf of Mexico have brought that concern to the front of people’s minds. Earlier this month, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) which aims to mitigate harmful algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Amid new legislation and increased interest in and scrutiny of agriculture, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will release a series of monthly articles on agricultural topics. Be on the lookout for future columns from Darke SWCD staff on SB1, manure application setbacks, manure storage and stockpiling, cover crops and other related topics. All articles will be released to local media and available online at www.darkeswcd.com.

Darke SWCD staff would like to engage the county in a conversation on environmental stewardship. This series of articles will provide farmers with information to help them protect water quality. Additionally non-farming community members can learn what farmers are doing and can do to protect water quality in our lakes, rivers and streams. This month’s article focuses on the role we all play in agricultural pollution abatement.

Darke SWCD staff encourages and welcomes the public to participate in the Ohio agricultural pollution abatement program. This program depends upon public participation. Darke SWCD has the authority and responsibility to investigate and seek the resolution of all complaints regarding agricultural or silvicultural pollution in the county. Please contact the Darke SWCD at 937-548-1752 if you see a manure spill, are concerned about an imminent manure spill, or have questions about the pollution abatement program.

When submitting a complaint, you may choose to provide your name or submit the complaint anonymously. Complaints may be submitted orally, over the phone, in person, or in writing. Darke SWCD staff will ask you to describe your concern, to provide location information, and to detail what waters of the state are impacted and any other information that may aid the investigation. If you choose to disclose your name and contact information, staff will ask what follow-up you would like to receive.

Darke SWCD investigates every agricultural pollution complaint received. During an investigation, Darke SWCD staff will attempt to determine if waters of the state are being degraded by manure or other agricultural wastes. If waters of the state are impacted, Darke SWCD staff will contact and coordinate with other government agencies that regulate pollution of surface water. The goal of Darke SWCD is to seek a voluntary, cooperative solution with the responsible party. Darke SWCD will recommend and work with producers to establish corrective actions, both temporary and permanent.

When a pollution complaint relates to a manure field application or stockpile, staff will review what agricultural best management practices (BMPs) were followed. These BMPs relate to field conditions and weather forecasts at the time of a manure application and manure application rates and setbacks. Agricultural producers, especially livestock producers, need to be familiar with the recommended BMPs. Please contact Darke SWCD if you need information on BMPs for handling manure.

The participation of the public in this program is crucial to its success. If you see a concern, contact Darke SWCD so staff can investigate the issue. Remember the choice of anonymity is available and will be honored, but it is your responsibility to request anonymity. Darke SWCD is committed to protecting the waters of the state, and part of that commitment is public outreach and education. Throughout this year, Darke SWCD will be releasing a series of timely articles related to agricultural and manure management BMPs.

One final thing to think about, if you see something that causes concern, please participate in the agricultural pollution abatement program by calling Darke SWCD at 937-548-1752 and giving the appropriate details. Let’s all commit to protecting and improving Ohio’s water quality.

Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Sponsors TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA “A Night at the Oscars” and DCCA Arts Programs For Children

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Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their support of the arts in Darke County. DCCA thanks the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contribution to the 2014-2015 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community.

The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust“ is a sponsor for “A Night at the Oscars” performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, April 25 as the final show in DCCA’s 2014-2015 Artists Series. The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust also supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and Arts in Education programs, which benefit Darke County youth and their families. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a professional artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “We are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

Toledo Symphony Orchestra will fill the stage at St. Clair Memorial Hall to perform “A Night At the Oscars,” a performance of Academy Award-winning music. Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music, the Toledo Symphony now in its seventy-first season, reaches an audience of more than 260,000 annually, and has built a strong national reputation for its artistic excellence and community programming. Tickets for the Saturday, April 25, 8:00 PM concert are $30/$15 students.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series presents three shows each season to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values. The 2014-2015 series included three performances; Theatreworks USA presented Skippy Jon Jones, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Schoolhouse Rock Live!

DCCA’s Arts In Education program annually takes professional performing artists to all grades of all Greenville City and Darke County schools. Programs for 2014-2015 included Mime, Mask & Storytelling with DOUG BERKEY performing for students in grades K through 3; Creole for Kids with Zydeco Artist, TERRANCE SIMIEN performing for students in grades 4-6; Words & Actions for Literacy with POETRY ALIVE! who performed for High School students; Canada’s internationally-acclaimed invented instrument, power percussion company SCRAP ARTS MUSIC performed for Jr. High students at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

Greenville Federal, Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Ami McClurkin are also sponsors of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra performance. The performance is also sponsored by the Ketrow Foundation. 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 operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website CenterForArts.net.

New Madison Tri-Village Alumni Banquet

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The New Madison Tri-Village Alumni Committee wishes to invite all New Madison and Tri-Village graduates for an evening of reminiscing and renewing old friendships at the annual alumni banquet to be held at Tri-Village High School May 16, 2015.

This year’s honored classes are: 75 year Class of 1940, 50 year Class of 1965 and the 25 year Class of 1990. Special recognition will be given to the graduating Class of 2015.

The meal will be catered by Tri-Village graduates Tanya and Chris Clark of Delight Catering.

Registration begins at 4:00 with appetizers offered from 4:30 to 5:30 and the main meal will be served at 6:00.

Invitations are mailed only to the honored classes with a mass mailing every five years. If you are not in an honored class please contact Monyca Schlechty at 937-548-0725 to place a reservation.

Deadline is May 4, 2015.

State of the Heart Hospice & Darke County Nursing Education Council Offers Complimentary Continuing Education Program

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State of the Heart Hospice and the Darke County Nursing Education Council are celebrating National Nurse’s week by co-sponsoring “Protect Yourself: Volatile Situations and the Ohio Nursing Law,” a continuing education program on Thursday, May 7th.

This two hour complimentary program will offer 2 CE (one is the required category A-law) to nurses for attending the program. Lisa Klenke, MBA, RN, NEA-BC and Mickey Ferguson RN, MSN-CNP, EMT-P will be presenting that evening.

Registration and a meal start at 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne HealthCare third floor conference room. The meal is sponsored by Wayne Healthcare. Indiana Wesleyan University and Wright State University will be on site for nurses interesting in furthering their education. There are a few open registrations available. Reserve your spot by contacting Kelley Hall, Education Coordinator for State of the Heart, at 316-0007 no later than April 28th.

MVCTC Electives, Business, and Information Technology Students of the Month March 2015

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MVCTC Electives, Business and Information Technology Department Students of the Month for March 2015, Brittany Howell (Milton-Union), Sean Wilt (Vandalia-Butler), and Emily Weaver (Franklin Monroe).
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the March 2015 Career Tech Students of the Month honorees from the Electives, Business, and Information Technology Department.

Brittany Howell, member of the Medical Office program taught by Mr. Rusty Sink, Sean Wilt, member of the Game Programming and Web Applications program taught by Mrs. Melissa Goodall, and Emily Weaver, member of the Business Academy taught by Mr. Ken Kessler, received a plaque to honor their selection and a gift certificate from Wendy’s Restaurant.

Brittany Howell, Milton-Union High School, was recognized by her instructor for her hard work, doing things the right way, and great attendance. Mr. Sink stated, “Brittany is one of those students you can rely on in your business. She does what it takes to get the job done the right way.”

Sean Wilt, Vandalia Butler High School, was recognized by his instructor for doing an outstanding job in working with an MVCTC client to create a web page as well as volunteering to assist on another project. Mrs. Melissa Goodall stated, “Sean has worked hard to prepare for Business Professionals of America, assisted during Sophomore Career Days, presented at the Ohio School Boards Association, and volunteered on several occasions.”

Emily Weaver, Franklin Monroe High School, is a senior student in the Business Academy and was recognized by her instructor for maintaining both a 4.0 GPA as well as perfect attendance. In addition, Emily was recognized for earning over 50 semester hours from Sinclair Community College and securing an internship at Greenville National Bank. Mr. Kessler stated, “Emily works very hard and is a goal oriented student with high expectations for herself and others around her.”

Congratulations to Brittany, Sean and Emily for being recognized as the Electives, Business, and Information Technology Students of the Month at MVCTC. Special Thanks to Wendy’s Restaurant on 7200 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio for their efforts in sponsoring outstanding student accomplishments at Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WHIO: Trash Bash Cleans Up County Roadways

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Check our our good friend Steve Baker's report for WHIO on this past weekend's Trash Bash, which saw volunteers canvas county roads to pick up trash and debris.

WHIO: Fugitive leads cops on 2-state, high-speed pursuit

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A man who was on a work release program from jail in Indiana led police on a high speed pursuit yesterday.

According to WHIO, Michael Penka, 34, was stopped by a Union City Police Officer and then sped off, leading officers on a pursuit that lasted longer than 25 miles and reach speeds exceeding 100 mph.

Apparently, this isn't the first time he has ran, as the article continues:
Police checked Penka’s background and discovered he has several felony convictions including fleeing from police in 2002 and 2011. 
The background check also revealed that Penka was on work release in Randolph County, Ind., and should have been in jail at the time of Tuesday’s incident, McHenry said.
Penka eventually led officers to a house in Hollansburg, where he ran inside before eventually giving himself up.

He was then taken into custody and booked in the Darke County Jail.

Click here to read the full article from WHIO.com

"The Way it Was" by Abraham Lincoln

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Editor's Note: I'm excited to have past DJ contributor Abraham Lincoln sending stories again. Check this one out, and click here to read some past entries...

When I lived in Gordon, Ohio, a long time ago I would get bored sitting around doing nothing and wondered what it would be like to see the rest of the world -- especially "out west" where I always wanted to be a cowboy. I dreamed a lot and did things just because I thought I could do it.

Sometimes I either dream or fall into a kind of stupor and seem to exist in a different time. I am able to see and hear whatever is around me. I also remember sitting up against an old oak tree at the speedway south of Greenville and remembered when I walked in and stood at the guard rail and imagined racing cars roaring around the dirt track. And I saw, as plain as day, one car hit the guard rail where I was standing, flew over me and landed on parked cars some 20 feet below where I stood. The south end of the old grandstand seemed to moan when it happened as if it knew the driver was going to either die or be seriously injured.

I was hunting once and walked down this long lane that went down a steep hill and over a small creek and up the hill on the other side. Down there in the middle at the lowest place I could hear what sounded like a million bees swarming in the dark woods on my left. I looked but it was so dense that I couldn't see a thing but something made the hair on the back of my neck curl up and I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I had a shotgun with me but whatever it was made me more afraid than my shotgun bothered it. I kept looking back and ended up walking way around that spot when I went back to get in my car. I never even saw a rabbit. I never heard of Sasquatch back then but maybe that's what it was.

I was sitting on a Greyhound bus on my way from Tucson, Arizona to Palm Springs, California where all the movie stars go to get away from Hollywood. I was told to go there if I ever had time by a lady from Massachusetts--a school teacher who took her summer vacations in Palm Springs. She said she made more money in tips than she made teaching for a whole year back home in Massachusetts and she was just a waitress at the Hotel Desert Air Parkway in Palm Springs. So when I had enough money saved, I bought a bus ticket and rode the bus from Tucson to Palm Springs and along the way, in several places, one could see the original stage coach road off to the side of the highway. In Palm Springs her and her giant glass water jugs in her bedroom filled with half dollars, quarters, rolled up bills and lots of loose change. She said they were too heavy to move and she wasn't worried about somebody walking out with a jug of her tips.

In those days I had no reason to live in the real world when I could live among the Stars in Palm Spring and taste the same cup of coffee they drank. I could eat a hotdog just like they were eating. I could set on the stone slab around the flowers right beside a star reading his mail from his post office box. I often wondered what it would be like to be a movie star and here I was living the same kind of life in their world on next to nothing and less than a dollar in my pocket.

Wildflower Garden Club Plants Tree at Sater Heights Park in Honor of Arbor Day

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Pictured are Barbara Rhoades Gary Kirby, Chris Lemon, Brenda Grant and Judy Burns.
With the help of Gary Kirby, the Wildflower Garden Club planted a Fall Fiesta Maple tree at the boy’s ball diamond in Greenville. Previously the club had planted trees at the Darke County Fairgrounds, Woodland Heights School, the girl’s ball diamond, Turtle Creek Golf Course, Rest Haven Nursing home, and the North Park behind Kroger Store.

The garden club will be selling fair tickets this year at Rural King instead of the Kroger store as they had been for 20 years. Kroger management is limiting the groups who have sold items there in the past to only boy and girl scouts now.

Money earned from the sale of fair tickets is used to finance their beautification projects around Darke County.

The club’s projects are as follows; Planters at Wayne Healthcare, the planters at the Lowell Thomas House behind Garst Museum. The flower beds at the Moose Lodge and the Darke County Animal Shelter flower beds.

They hope to see all the people at the new Rural King this year who bought fair tickets from the garden club every year when they were selling at Kroger for all those 20 years.

The times they will be selling tickets are Friday August 14th., Saturday August 15, 9AM to 9PM and on Sunday August 16th. 9AM to 6PM.

Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle Prize Highlight

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Annie’s Star Spangled Gala raffle prizes include a two-night stay at a three bedroom, luxury log cabin close to Gatlinburg, donated by Tom and Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service.
Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle features a wonderful prize. Tom and Cindy Scott/Scott Seed Service have donated accommodations for a two-night stay at their beautiful luxury log cabin close to Gatlinburg in Black Bear Falls Resort. The cabin has three bedrooms, all with queen size beds. Most of the interior d├ęcor features items from local Gatlinburg arts and crafts people. This fabulous prize comes with a peaceful view of the Great Smokey Mountains. Tickets are available for $5.00 per chance by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250 or by contacting a board member. Need not be present to win.

A major part of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Prizes for the raffle include:

  • $1,000 cash
  • Accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way donated by Tom & Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service
  • The new Apple Watch Sport

Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. This is a fundraiser for the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331

First Aid Goes Wild

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American Red Cross to Offer Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Darke County, OH . April 23, 2015 If you’re at work or home and a first aid crisis arises, with the assistance of 911 operators and emergency medical services, you are literally only minutes away from help. But what do you do if you are twenty minutes or twenty hours away from help, off of the beaten path or in an area were cell phone coverage is spotty or not available? How are you prepared to respond to an emergency? The American Red Cross will be offering the Wilderness and Remote First Aid this spring on May 2 & 3 from 9:00-5:00 at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center with instructor Roger Van Frank. If you love to go hike, kayaking or canoeing, camp or any other activity where you are in a remote area then Wilderness will provide you a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters.

The American Camping Association (ACA) reviewed and assisted in development of the Wilderness course. When accompanied with CPR training; the Wilderness Basics course also meets the ACA’s requirements for first aid training at any camps and outings which are an hour or more way from EMS. In addition the Wilderness and Remote First Aid class is approved by the Boy Scouts of America to meet training needs of not only scouts, but their leaders as well.

The Wilderness First Aid Basics class covers assessment and urgent first aid techniques, but you must carry current CPR training before taking the class.. Basic first aid skills are covered, making this course appropriate for anyone regardless of experience level.
Students will learn to:

  • Types of Delayed-help Situations
  • Checking the scene, patient and resources
  • Caring for the patient long term
  • Patient assessment and common treatments for injuries
  • Deciding how and when to move a patient
  • Carrying Out the Plan
  • Deciding to Evacuate

This is an excellent opportunity for Scouts and their Leaders to prepare themselves for summer camping, mountaineering and adventuring to name just a few. We encourage all those who would like to take this course to register online at www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RedCross.

5th Annual Psi Iota Xi Literacy Event

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Location: Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School, State Road 32, Parker City, IN

Race Benefits: Parker City Memorial Library, Monroe Central High School/Elementary Libraries and other local literacy projects
Features: 5K-cross-country grass trail or One Mile Fun Run

Registration: Make Checks Payable to: Psi Iota Xi

Mail entry to: Psi Iota Xi - Eta Iota, PO Box 64, Parker City, IN 47368

Entry Fees: All fees are non-refundable.

Pre Registration: $15/Adult, $12/Ages 18 & under. Must be postmarked by April 30, May 1st - Day of Event Registration Fee: $18/Adult, $15/Ages 18 & under

Start Time: 5K - 8:30 a.m. and One Mile Fun Run - 9:30 a.m.

Awards: 5K race - Overall male/female, Top male/female in age groups: 0-12, 13-18, 19-35, 36-50, 51+ One Mile Fun Run - Top male/female in age groups: 0-8, 9-12, and 13-16.

Awards will be given after the completion of both runs.

For more information visit our website at: www.5Kruntoread.com

Click here to download a flyer/registration form.

THE STUDY OF THE MASS COMING SOON at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greenville, OH

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THE MASS: Discover the Riches -- A 5-part Bible Study featuring Dr. Edward Sri.

2 options: Monday @ 7 p.m. beginning April 13 in lower level of school 233 W. Third St.

Thursday @ 9 a.m. beginning May 14 at the Youth House 235 W. Main St.

Study materials are very helpful at $20 per book and workbook.

You may audit the class, bring your own notebook.

To register, call the parish office at 548-1616, ask for Ann Kolb
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