Friday, January 13, 2017

571 E of Greenville to be Closed from 36 to Jaysville-St. Johns Road For at Least 60 Days

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The Darke County Engineer and Darke County Sheriff are issuing a public notice on the impending closure of State Route 571 east of Greenville, Ohio. This closure will impact travel on the east side of Greenville which is an area with many manufacturing and industrial businesses.

On Monday, January 16, State Route 571 will be closed to thru traffic between Jaysville-St. Johns Road and USR 36. This closure will last 60 days, or more, for the construction of a new bridge over Bridge Creek.

During this closure, all trucks will be prohibited from traveling East on SR 571 from USR 36, except those trucks making deliveries or pickups to businesses accessed from SR 571, West of Jaysville-St. Johns.

Westbound trucks on SR 571 coming to Greenville shall use Landsdowne Avenue and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, South of Landsdowne. Trucks other than those making deliveries or pickups shall not travel Jaysville-St. Johns North of Landsdowne. All trucks are specifically prohibited from using Jaysville-St. Johns between SR 571 and USR 36.

Signs will be placed to guide trucks and prohibit them from certain routes. These routes will be strictly enforced by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and drivers disobeying the routes will receive citations.

The official detour for the project is via SR 721, SR 49 and USR 127/36.

Please note that immediately following this project another bridge project will occur on SR 571 between Hartzell Road and Culbertson Road that will keep this route closed possibly into June 2017.

Motorists are asked to plan their routes accordingly especially if you live and work in the area of the project.


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Darke County Center for the Arts Family Theatre Series will present Laura Ingalls Wilder on Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m. at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.  
Darke County Center for the Arts Family Theatre Series will present Laura Ingalls Wilder on Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m. at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. One of the most beloved of ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's productions, the show chronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie. “Each character in the show in their own way embodies the pioneering sense of adventure that helped make our country great,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “The plot is based on Laura's childhood experiences, but the unique story-line explores the relationships between family members while at the same time bringing life on the prairie alive on the stage,” Mr. Rawlins stated.

As those who are familiar with the books chronicling her life already know, Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family faced many challenges as they traveled across this nation's unsettled frontier of the late 1800's and labored to establish their home. According to Mr. Rawlins, this show features a lush musical score that captures the restlessness and excitement of those pioneer times. “ArtsPower National Touring Theatre is committed to enriching the lives of families through the performing arts; Laura Ingalls Wilder provides a fine example of that commitment,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Family Theatre Series is sponsored by Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, The Andersons Inc., Wayne Healthcare, and Greenville Rotary Club. The series also receives support from DCCA memberships and the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation. The Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia Schaurer Memorial also provide operating support for DCCA. 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.

Tickets for Laura Ingalls Wilder are $5, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or purchased on-line at Tickets are also available at the Greenville Public Library and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, as well as at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles.

Storm Spotter Training Available

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Darke County Emergency Management Agency will host an annual Storm Spotter Training on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve 4267 St Route 502 Greenville, OH. 45331. To register for this class, contact Josh Haney at or 937-548-1444. Please register by 03/10/2017. Class is limited to 50 students.

The training is conducted through the National Weather Service out of Wilmington Ohio and covers thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms. Also part of the class is tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety when thunderstorms threaten. Details include storm ingredients, characteristics of severe storms, anatomy of a storm, super-cell storms and rotation.

By providing citizens with this education it allows the Weather Service to receive first hand reports of weather conditions from wherever the spotter is located. While “storm chasing” is not advised, reporting from your home, work or car (etc.) provides valuable information directly to meteorologists making decisions on watches and warnings.

With Severe Weather Awareness week coming up March 19th – 25th, 2017 it’s a great time to think about preparing ourselves and families for the threat of severe spring/summer storms. If you do not currently own a NOAA Weather Radio consider purchasing one. These radios are programmable with voice and/alarm modes that will notify you, your family or your business of impending severe weather any time of day.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about preparing yourself, your family or your business, please contact the Darke County Emergency Management Agency at 937-548-1444 or through our website
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Family Health is pleased to announce that on January 3, 2017, Dr. Lindsey King joined our practice. Dr. King joins Dr. Robert McLear and Dr. Krista Swensen at Family Health Eye Care located at 133 W. Main St., Greenville.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. King to our practice. She will see patients of all ages but has a passion and strong focus on vision care for children with special emphasis on pediatric and binocular vision.

Dr. King received her Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University and is a member of both the Ohio and American Optometric Associations., as well as the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

Dr. King offers an InfantSEE assessment for infants between the ages 6 months to 12 months that is 100% free. The assessment offers early detection of potential eye and vision problems and is a compliment to the eye screening conducted during a pediatric well-child visit. To learn more about this program visit Early next fall, Dr. King plans to offer vision therapy services for patients ranging from school age through adulthood that are experiencing difficulty with eye strain, headaches, double vision, avoidance of near work, poor sports performance, dizziness or motion sickness and difficulty reading and concentrating. School age patients that would benefit from vision therapy services may be experiencing the following problems that can impact their ability to read: skipping or re-reading lines, poor reading comprehension, extended time to complete homework, reversing letters like “b” and “d” and a short attention span with reading and schoolwork.

Family Health Eye Care opened our doors to patients on March 2016 and is a natural extension of Family Health's mission and commitment to provide for the healthcare needs of the underserved in our county regardless of their faith, race, age or ability to pay. We accept Medicaid, patient pay, the Prevent Ohio Blindness Program to patients below 200% of the poverty level, sliding fee discounts and bill private insurance companies as needed. We also provide a 15% discount to our patients if they pay in full at the time of service.

Family Health is a model for health centers across the country in managing chronic disease, promoting wellness, demonstrating cost effectiveness and empowering our patients to engage in healthy behaviors. Our mission statement is “building healthy lives together….” We support this mission by providing an array of services: medical care, behavioral health, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy services, dental services and patient education and support, but despite all these services, Family Health identified a huge need for vision services.

Family Health Eye Care is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 12 noon. For an appointment please call (937)548-6111.

Upcoming Events at The Arcanum Public Library

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The New Year is here, and the Arcanum Public Library is gearing up for a great start to 2017! There are activities planned for kids, programs for adults, new movies to watch, and more. Come find a book or two to help you keep any resolutions made. Read up on nutrition, health, organizing, decorating, learning a new language, or find a new recipe.

With schools closed on Monday, January 16th, the library will be hosting a movie double feature. Come watch “The Secret Life of Pets” at 10:00 a.m. and “Kubo and the Two Strings” at 2:00 p.m. Come enjoy the shows and some popcorn.

On Monday January 23rd, and 30th bring your preschooler to StoryTime. Hear stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have lots of fun. There are two sessions each day, one at 10:00 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m.

Also on Monday the 23rd and the 30th, kids in grades 1-4 can come for AfterWords. The group meets from 3:45 to 4:45. Enjoy a snack, play games, make a craft, and more.

Kids in grades 5 and up will meet on Thursday, January 19th and the 26th. TNT (Tweens and Teens) meets from 2:45 – 4:15. Come hang out with friends, make crafts, have snacks, watch movies, play games, and lots more.

Patrons can keep up with updates about StoryTime, AfterWords, and TNT on Facebook. Simply search for Arcanum Public Library Youth Programs.

The crochet group will be meeting on Thursday, January 19th and 26th at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to crochet, work on a project, or get help to finish one. No need to register – just drop in.

The library is pleased to announce that it is starting up a seed library! The “Ivy Ester Seed Vault” will be ready for patrons beginning in March. In the meantime, if anyone has seeds they wish to donate to help us get started, feel free to bring them into the library.

If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to give the library a call at 937-692-8484. Patrons can also check out our website at or like us on Facebook.

Katie Gabbard at Library

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Join us at the Greenville Public Library on Saturday January 21st at 1:00 pm for a beautiful program “Perfect Flowers for Your Unforgettable Wedding” by Katie Gabbard from The Ivy League. “Whether your idea of a perfect wedding is a festive evening gala or a rustic woodland shindig, fresh flowers and embellishments are the way to express your personal style and create an event that's completely unforgettable” says Katie.

Katie will show you how thoughtful details, creative combinations, and thrifty secrets can give you the wedding you've always dreamed of. This is a free ticketed event limited to 25 seats. Please pick up your ticket at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Library. Refreshments will be served!

Katie‘s had her shop in downtown Greenville since 2007. She says she first studied fine art before finding her entrepreneurial spirit and love for botanical art. “I think that my earlier focus on art has really affected the style and design of my work.” She travels extensively for her wedding work and has helped brides in Cincinnati, Kentucky, Columbus, Dayton, and everywhere in between. Please see for more information.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXX” on Friday, January 20 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “DCCA invites our community to shrug off the chill of winter and join us for a warm and wonderful evening of fun that will benefit our Arts In Education series as well as other beneficial DCCA programs,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.

Music will be provided by the Kim Kelly combo, a Dayton-based ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire. “This outstanding group of musicians includes many of the best players in the Miami Valley area,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “The group should please contemporary music lovers, fans of the Great American Songbook, and almost everyone who appreciates good music,” Mr. Rawlins concluded. The band's performance is made possible by the following sponsors: Merry Lee Cross and Shaun Hayes of BHHS Pro Realty; Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler, and Bill Wolke; Fry and Company; Kent and Melinda Myers, and Geoff and Jessie Surber.

“A Taste of Wine and Jazz” provides a casual social setting where attendees can enjoy the music or visit with friends while discovering the differing attributes of a variety of wines; other beverages will also be available. Montage proprietors Aaron and Michelle Cox will provide an exciting array of hors d'oeuvres to complement the wine selections. “Montage provides the perfect setting for our event,” Ms. Jordan said. “It's a place where everyone feels comfortable and ready to enjoy a truly amazing party,” she concluded. In addition to a free drawing for door prizes, a fun Wine Raffle will be held featuring the chance to win a bottle of the most prestigious of champagnes, Moet and Chandon's Dom Perignon.

Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at, or can be ordered by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

Fish Choice Pantry to provide free help with tax filing

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A capacity building grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks will support services

Greenville, Ohio January, 2017 – The Fish Choice Pantry is one of 43 organizations across Ohio that will receive funding to support the expansion of their free tax filing services through The Ohio Benefit Bank™. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks that provides free help with federal, state and school district tax filing to nearly 30,000 Ohio households each year.

Fish Choice Pantry will be providing free tax completion services to the Darke County community by appointment, by providing weekday, evening and Saturday appointments.

The OBB is made up of a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based organizations that connect Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and child tax credits, through one streamlined online service called The Benefit Bank®. Ohioans can visit Fish Choice Pantry to file their taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at Most households using the married filing jointly status with incomes less than $95,000 and most households using other filing statuses with incomes less than $65,000 are eligible to file their federal, state and school district taxes for free with the OBB.

In 2016, The Fish Choice Pantry served 342 residents of Darke and surrounding Counties. “This year, we hope to serve even more residents and help them keep the full tax refunds they’ve earned,” said Fish Director, Kristy Cutarelli.

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed through the OBB can call 937-547-9730. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings, or at one of their Saturday tax clinics.

Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Kristy or Laura at 937-547-9730 for more information.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Library Film Features Trouble in Paradise

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Trouble in Paradise (1932) is a witty and racy pre-Code comedy that tells the story of two master con-artists (Herbert Marshall and the inimitable Miriam Hopkins) who fall in love after trying to pull cons on each other. When their money runs out, they must find a rich and gullible victim to unwittingly fund their expensive lifestyle. They target the owner of a world famous perfume line (Kay Francis), but things get complicated when Marshall’s character develops complicated feelings for his charming mark.

Ernst Lubitsch made a series of excellent romantic comedies in the early 1930s. These films were marked by fast and clever dialogue, perfect comedic timing, and suggestive themes that were quite daring for their time. When Joseph Breen took over the Hays office in 1934 and began strictly enforcing the production code that governed morality in Hollywood films, Lubitsch's edgy style had to be curbed. These early talkie comedies show the direction Hollywood humor might have gone were it not for the Hays Code.

Join us on Thursday January 26 at 7 p.m. At the Greenville Public Library for this hilarious and stylish movie. David Nilsen will be leading a brief discussion after the movie, and, as always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there.

Darke County Park Board Meeting: Thursday, January 12, 2017

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Red Cross Helped Hundreds of Thousands of People as 180 Large Disasters Hit the U.S. in 2016

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(January 9, 2017) — In a year that set new records for severe and devastating weather, the American Red Cross provided more assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by these disasters all across the United States than in the past two years combined.

In 2016, 32,000 Red Cross volunteers responded to 180 significant disasters in 45 states and two U.S. territories including wildfires, storms, flooding, Hurricane Matthew and other emergencies. Those volunteers opened nearly 800 emergency shelters, provided 206,000 overnight shelter stays to people forced from their homes, served more than 4.1 million meals and snacks, and distributed more than 2.1 million relief items.

Volunteers from the are responded to 10 of those major disasters, including:

  • Flint, Michigan, water crisis in January
  • Alberta, Canada, wildfires in May
  • Texas flooding in May
  • West Virginia flooding in June
  • Orlando mass shooting in June
  • Kentucky flooding in July
  • Louisiana flooding in August
  • Indiana tornado in August
  • Iowa flooding in September
  • Hurricane Matthew in October

These national disasters were in addition to the local disasters that struck our region, including flooding in the spring and fall, tornadoes and severe storms.

“This year a seemingly endless chain of disasters affected hundreds of thousands of people and our Red Cross volunteers were there, helping,” says Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. “People impacted by disaster are facing what can be their darkest days, but we helped around the clock, making sure people had food to eat, a place to stay and help recovering. We couldn’t do all that we do without our volunteers or the generosity of the public. We aren’t a government agency, so the help we provide to families affected by disasters depends on generous financial donations of the American people.”

Amidst all of these devastating events, home fires continued to be the largest disaster threat in the United States. During 2016, the Red Cross nationally provided assistance to 79,000 families after a home fire left them with nowhere else to turn. The Red Cross and thousands of local partners are also working to help prevent home fires, deaths and injuries. Since 2014, at least 116 lives have been saved through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in which 574,000 smoke alarms have been installed and 625,000 youth have been taught about fire safety. To find out how you can help save lives, build a stronger community or even to prepare your family call your local Red Cross or the website

Masonic Lodges to Observe 300th Anniversary

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The Masonic Fraternity this year observes the 300th anniversary of modern Freemasonry and the more than 80,000 Masonic members in 480 Masonic lodges in Ohio are making plans for the celebration.

“On June 24, 1717, in London, England, four lodges decided to create the Grand Lodge of England.” Bradley Horsley, Master of Gettysburg Lodge #477 in Gettysburg, Ohio, explained. “And this structure of organization has continued for three centuries and has spread around the world.”
“Masonic lodges existed before that time,” he said, “But the 1717 date represents the basic, creative step in the overall continuity and agreement of principles that still govern the international fraternity we have today.”

The Grand Lodge of Ohio was formed in 1808, and observed its 200th anniversary a few years ago. In the United States, there are 51 Grand Lodges – one for each state, plus the District of Columbia. Total U.S. membership numbers nearly 1.2 million.

The Ohio observance begins on March 25, with a “Grand Master’s Class,” which will allow new members to complete all initiation work in one day. Normally, weeks or months are required for the process. On that Saturday, initiation ceremonies will be held simultaneously in 25 locations across Ohio, including at Temperance Lodge #73 in Sidney Ohio, which will be the designated location for the Third Masonic District which includes Darke, Miami, and Shelby counties.

In addition, large Masonic dinner celebrations are planned for June 24 across Ohio to culminate the 300th-year observances. Throughout the year, local lodges also will have their own anniversary dinners, open houses, educational meetings, and new-member gatherings.

“2017 is going to be a great year.” Ohio Grand Master Douglas N. Kaylor, of Dayton, said. “The world is changing and once again men are looking for the benefits that come from uniting with like-minded men dedicated to living well, to doing right, and to standing up for their beliefs when others seem to be stumbling.”

For more information on local activities, contact Gettysburg Lodge #477 at or

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Full-time RN/LPN (with IV certification)
Monday-Friday 40 hours + Saturday rotation
Must be a team player & patient oriented.


Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) (Versailles & New Madison offices)
Monday-Friday (40 hours + Saturday rotation)
Must be a team player and patient oriented.

Qualified applicants, please send resume to

Birds of a Feather at January Park P.A.L.S.

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The Red-bellied Woodpecker is often mistakenly called the “Red-headed”
Woodpecker, but while the Red-bellied has a patch of red on its head, the
Red-headed Woodpecker’s whole head is red.
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on January 14th from 10am to 12pm at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center to explore birds during Park P.A.L.S! Who is gathered at the Nature Center’s warm and cozy bird window this winter? Are they here year round, or do they migrate? Learn the answers to this and more as students play games and do a craft while watching our feathered friends feast from the feeders.

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 January class, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Give a Hoot at January DCP Preschool Program

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Owls’ flattened facial disk funnels sound to the ears and magnifies
it as much as ten times.
Darke County Parks Naturalist, Mandy Martin, invites preschoolers to join her for the January Parent and Preschool Adventures programs. Whoooo is it that calls in the night? Explore the owls of Ohio through song, story, games, and crafts. The secretive, silent hunters will delight the senses of every preschooler.

The “Little Explorers” class for 2-3 year olds will be held on January 11th from 10am to 11am, and the “Seedlings” class for 4-5 year olds will be held on January 12th from 10am to 11am, both at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. The Parent and Preschool Adventures program is a series of monthly, hour long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers and opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects.

A fee of $2 is charged for the program, and registration is required. For any questions about the preschool programs or any other park district programs or to register for the January class, please call 548-0165 or email

Winter Hiking Series: Full Wolf Moon Hike

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In Native American and early colonial times, the full moon
for January was called the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves
howled in hunger outside the villages.
Winter’s chilly weather brings with it unique hiking opportunities, and Darke County Parks is going to grab them. On January 12th at 6pm join a naturalist at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville to enjoy the full wolf moon. Remember to dress for the cold evening temperatures and to bring a flashlight if you choose. In the event of cloudy skies, call the Nature Center to find out about possible cancellation.

For more information about this or any of the other exciting hikes in this season’s series or other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Monday, January 9, 2017


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Darke County attorney Joseph J. Latas recently passed the Indiana Bar Exam and is now licensed to practice law in the States of Indiana and Ohio. In 2015, Joe joined the law firm of Marchal & Marchal, Ltd. after graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the University of Dayton Law Review.

Joe’s Indiana practice will expand upon Marchal & Marchal, Ltd.’s existing Ohio practice with concentrations in probate, estate planning, business law and real estate law. Joe lives in Greenville, Ohio with his wife, Amy.

Broom Making Class at DCP

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Back by popular demand, Darke County Parks will again host master broom maker, Frank Rouse at Shawnee Prairie’s Nature Center on Friday and Saturday, January 20 th and 21st. Frank has over 40 years of experience making brooms of all shapes and sizes and loves passing on the skill he learned from his grandfather. This time participants will have a choice to make either a turkey wing whisk broom, a full sized floor broom, or both. The turkey wing whisk broom is especially handy for sweeping out corners and tight spaces and originated as a broom to sweep the ashes out of the back corners of the hearth.

The whisk broom is great for first time broom makers, and the floor broom offers a little challenge. For the floor broom class carrying a $15 materials fee, participants will have a choice of Friday, January 20 th at 6pm or Saturday, January 21 st at 12pm.

The turkey wing whisk broom classes will be held on Saturday, January 21 st at either 9am or 3pm with a $12 materials fee. Space is limited, so be sure to call and reserve your spot for this program today.

For questions about this program or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks or to register, please stop by the Nature Center, call (937) 548-0165, or email

Place a Wager on the Arts at a Night in Vegas Celebration Gala!

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its annual Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala on Saturday, January 28th at the Tipp City Eagles (2nd floor) located at 202 E. Main St, Tipp City. TCAAC members and guests will enjoy a buffet prime rib dinner along with an evening filled with casino-style games. Game winnings can be used to bid on auction items donated by local artists, community members and businesses which include original pieces of art, as well as, several gift baskets, tickets to local events, and other items. Help TCAAC’s endeavors to support the Arts in our community while enjoying a night out on the town. 

Cost is $25 per person. Cocktails will be at 6:00 P.M. followed by dinner at 7:00; a dessert bar will be offered for after dinner sweet treats. A cash bar will also be available. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP and pay by January 23rd by purchasing your online ticket at or mail your RSVP and check to Tipp City Area Arts Council, Box 74, Tipp City, OH 45371. Make checks payable to Tipp City Area Arts Council. Casual attire is acceptable but feel free to “put on the Ritz” and join us for a Night in Vegas!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Online Bidding for Greenville School Items is Underway, Live Auction to Take Place January 28th

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Midwest Auctioneers and Realty Inc. would like to announce that the first of four school auctions of surplus items and furnishing is now ready for bidding.

The live, on site, portion of the auction will take place Sat. Jan 28th 2017 beginning at 9AM at the East Intermediate(Elementary) School, 301 E Fifth St in Greenville. However, bidding has started via internet bidding now and can be accessed at or

Photos, full descriptions of items and cataloged order of sale are also now available on these websites as well. There are over 1000 lots to bid on ranging from a commercial steam boiler to restaurant/kitchen equipment to school and office type furnishing.

Open pre auction on site inspection will be Thursday Jan 26th from 5-7PM and the day prior to the auction Friday Jan 27th from 9AM-5PM. Doors will open at 7AM auction day and the entire auction will be conducted inside and all items will be sold to the highest bidder.

Bird and Bird Feeding at Library

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Join the Greenville Public Library for a fun and timely program on “Birds and Bird Feeding” on Wednesday January 18th at 6:00 pm. Kathi McQueen, Naturalist and Volunteer Coordinator at the Darke County Park’s Shawnee Nature Center, will instruct you on how to successfully attract birds to your backyard. Discover the species you’re likely to see and how to keep them coming back to your feeders all year long.

Kathi joined Darke County Parks last year and currently resides in Middletown with my husband Tony and 4 year old daughter Kylie. She worked 15 years in finance then started college in 2006 “to pursue a career that I was passionate about.” She received her associates degree in science from Sinclair in 2009, her bachelors in biology from Wittenberg University in 2013, followed by a masters degree in zoology from Miami University in 2015. She started volunteering at Five Rivers MetroParks in 2007 and in 2014 served as an AmeriCorps naturalist doing outreach, in-reach, animal care, and volunteer management. Come and meet this knowledgeable nature lover!

This is a ticketed event limited to 25 seats. Please pick up your ticket at the Reference Desk on the Library’s second floor. Refreshments will be served.

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Bentley is a 1 year old terrier mix. He is tan with short hair. He is a super friendly guy who loves to play. He loves his toys and walks well on a leash. He only weighs around 20 pounds. He will make a wonderful loyal friend and companion. He is current on his shots and is ready for a new home.

Rover is a 7 month old Walked coon dog. He is tri-color with short hair. He is a friendly dog but a little timid. He will take a special person to adopt him. He will make a nice friend and companion. He is current on his shots and is ready for a new home.

They also have a black and brown Lab, a couple coonhounds, a couple of mountain Curr’s, a terrier and they will have 6 boxer mix puppies ready for adoption on January 10 at noon. They will be 8 weeks old and they have males and females. They also have cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

2017 dog license are in and ready to go. They can be purchased at Ace Hardware in Greenville and Versailles, Harry Birts store in New Weston, Marsh Hometown Market in Union City, Osgood State Bank, Pattys IGA in Bradford, Suttons Super Valu in Arcanum, Farmers State Bank in New Madison, and Ansonia Auto Parts in Ansonia. They can also be purchased at the Auditor’s Office and the Animal

You can get your license online at

ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at

Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter:


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Dr. Douglass Gordon of Gordon Orthodontics is presenting a check to Darke County Special Olympics director Cindy Rose. Gordon Orthodontics has been a long-time supporter of the year-long Special Olympics programs in the County. Presently, basketball is going on for the special olympians. In the next few months, bowling will begin and then it will be time for the annual Track and Field Event scheduled for Fri., May 12. Darke Co. Special Olympics is totally volunteer coached and led and locally funded.

Learn about Winter Survival Shelters with DCP

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A pile of pine boughs is not only a great insulator from the cold, but makes for a springy and comfortable emergency bed.
Give me shelter. Many people spend a fair amount of time outdoors, and while many do not choose to camp during the cold winter months, it’s nice to know how to set up a shelter in the event of an emergency while on the trails. Join Darke County Parks as they welcome back Rob Simpson from the Canteen Shop for a winter shelter building course on Saturday, January 7th at 12pm at Shawnee Prairie. Remember call the Nature Center to register and to dress for the weather because participants will be outside for the duration of this free survival course.

To register for the Winter Survival Shelters course or for more information about this or any other exciting program, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Darke County Parks Volunteer Open House

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Longtime volunteer turned Darke County Park Board Commissioner,
Roger Brocious helps teach school children about boiling maple syrup.
Start the new year off right by signing up as a volunteer with Darke County Parks! Park staff will be hosting a Volunteer Open House on Saturday, Jan. 14th at 2pm at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. The open house will feature an overview of the volunteer program, special events, programing, and regular operations. Veteran volunteers will be present to discuss their favorite aspect of volunteering, and Volunteer Coordinator, Kathi McQueen will guide new volunteers to their best fit in the parks.

Volunteering with Darke County Parks is so much more than helping with Prairie Days or summer camps. Everyone has their own particular talent, and that talent has a place with the parks. From school field trips to “Naturalist in the Classroom,” habitat healing to staffing the reception desk, animal care to “Adopt a Park,” and so much more, there is a place for everyone within the volunteer program.

If the open house date doesn’t work for you, but you’d still like to volunteer, feel free to contact the Darke County Parks Office for more information. Volunteer Coordinator, Kathi McQueen can be reached at the Darke County Parks’ Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 during normal business hours, or feel free to email her at

Darke County Parks Distributes Community Grants

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Every year the Darke County Park District receives the annual settlement from their tax levy. $50,000 of that is given back to the 21 communities in Darke County via the community grants program. These grants are used to improve active recreational facilities such as baseball diamonds, children’s’ playgrounds, and basketball courts. This year $46,676.61 was distributed throughout twelve communities.

Some examples of local park improvements include Versailles using their $7,000 grant to remove and replace the basketball court at Ward Park. The court had a raised lip around the edge that would facilitate flooding for a skating rink, and it had become a danger to basketball players. The lip was removed and the court replaced. In Wayne Lakes, the community used their $5,000 grant to upgrade plumbing and electric at the Little Beach Park Concession building in order to receive the permit to open for the next season. In Pitsburg a new backstop for baseball diamond #2 was constructed with their $5,000 grant.

The community grants program began in 1995, and since that time $757,799.76 has been dispersed throughout the county. Each March members of the 21 communities are invited to attend a meeting where they receive a grant packet describing the possible uses for the funds and the grant application process. They then submit their grant application by May 15th, and a committee of seven people, including the Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners, reviews these applications by June. At that point the grant recipients are notified and may begin work on the project. By December 1st, when the projects are completed and all paperwork has been submitted showing that the communities have paid for them, the reimbursement checks will be written and distributed.

Roger Van Frank, Director of the Darke County Park District, said, “This has been a full community program, and the Darke County Park District could not do it without the help of volunteers in each of these local communities.” For more information or questions about the community grants program through the Darke County Park District, please contact their office Administrative Assistant Deb Shiverdecker at (937) 548-0165.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Restoring Charleston," Hosted by Greenville Native Trent Fasnacht, to Air in a Marathon Tonight on DIY Network

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We've posted about it many times before, but if for some reason you still haven't checked out Greenville native Trent Fasnacht's DIY Network program "Restoring Charleston," tonight is another chance to remedy that mistake.

The show will air all episodes in a marathon that starts tonight at 8pm and will wrap up around 4am tomorrow morning (so set the DVR to catch what you miss after you inevitably pass out).

Charleston's local paper, The Post and Courier, posted this article in anticipation of the show and includes a few quotes from Trent about the show.

Watch the show and help give it a boost so that DIY will make more of them in the future!

Photo: The Post and Courier

Passenger Airlifted After New Year's Day Crash

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On January 1, 2017 at 9:58 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Laura Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatch to the intersection of SR571 and Delisle Fourman Rd. reference a two vehicle injury accident. Mutual aid was requested from Greenville Township Rescue and Union Township Rescue.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Ford Expedition driven by, Chad Pierce (27) of Arcanum was heading northwest on SR571. Pierce attempted to make a left turn on to Delisle Fourman Rd. when he was struck by a 2005 Toyota Camry driven by, Brandon Ervin (23) of Tipp City, which was heading southeast on SR571. Kelsey Tester (22) of Greenville was a front seat passenger in Ervin’s vehicle.

Pierce and Ervin were both treated at the scene by members from Arcanum Rescue and Union Township Rescue and were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Tester was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was transported by ground by Greenville Township Rescue to meet Miami Valley Hospital’s MICU, which finished transporting Tester to Miami Valley Hospital.

Ervin and Tester had a canine in their vehicle that was also injured from the accident. The Darke County Humane Society responded to the scene to take custody of the canine to transport it for medical care.

At this time the condition of the occupants from both vehicles is unknown. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Winter Encampment at DCP

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Darke County Parks invites everyone to visit their log house on Saturday, January 7th from 9am to 11am or 1pm to 3pm. The Wilcox family has graciously extended their hospitality and the use of their opulent log home to a group of long hunters traveling through the Ohio territory during these bitter months. They will have a roof over their heads and a warm fire to rest by at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Come visit with the Greenville Muzzleloaders and friends to learn about the long hunter and frontier way of life of 200 years ago.

For more information about this or any other program offered by the Darke County Park District, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

An experienced long hunter could stay toasty warm on a cold winter night with nothing more than a fire, a wool blanket or two, and piece of canvas for a three sided tent.

A Note of Thanks

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On behalf of the Trustees of the historic St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church outside Versailles at Webster, thank-you for your generous donations to preserve this Darke County treasure. We are grateful to our many friends who share in our vision of preserving this log church that is on the National Registry of Historic buildings.

Through your gifts this site is maintained completely by donations, as it has been since its closing in 1905. No public monies are used for the upkeep of the church, cemetery, or property.

The church opens it’s doors to the community on the third Sunday of September each year as history enthusiasts, decedents of the original German congregation, and community residence fill the old pews for a brief worship and hymn sing to commemorate those early settlers who built this tiny church in the dense forest of Webster settlement.

If you have not done so and would like to make a special “ gift” to support this historic legacy known as St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Your gifts may be sent in c/o either Richard Shumaker: 5958 Children’s Home Bradford Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or James Kelch: 105 Greenhaven Drive, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

DCP Thanks Supporters for Holiday Help

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The Greenville Daughters of the American Revolution
tree welcomes visitors to the Nature Center.
Darke County Park District would like to thank everyone who helped to decorate the Nature Center and log house of Shawnee Prairie for the holiday season:

Fort Greenville Chapter D.A.R., Darke County Birders Club, Arcanum High School IEP Class, Friends of Darke County Parks, Olde Thyme Gardeners, Horse & Rider 4-H Club, Carolyn Hollinger, Barbie Hansbarger, Wayne Nichols, Greenville Lowe’s, Sandy Hoying, Babette Delk, Beth Combs, Karan Houshouer, Lorraine Gebhardt, Girl Scout Troop #31223, and anyone else they inadvertently missed!

They hope that everyone stopped out to enjoy the decorating efforts of our staff, volunteers, and supporters to add even more beauty to the amazing education center. The Darke County Parks’ staff and volunteers wish everyone a season that is merry and bright!

Two OSU Extension Internship Opportunties Available in Darke County for this Summer

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Two unique and different paid summer internship opportunities are available through OSU Extension in Darke and Surrounding Counties.

The first is an internship that will be focused in agriculture and natural resources but will provide opportunities in all four program areas of extension. Details can be found in the attached flyer or at

Deadline to apply is February 19.

The second is an ACRES intern. The Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) program seeks to provide a rich training experience to undergraduate students in a wide diversity of disciplines related to agronomic crop research. Interns will support on-farm research by being placed in strategic hubs throughout the state. Students will gain real-world experience in scouting, sampling and evaluating agronomic crops in Ohio. Undergraduates, graduating seniors and incoming OSU graduate students are welcome to apply. Applications are due January 13th, 2017.

For more information and to apply:


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Versailles Health Care Center residents and staff brought in the New Year with musical entertainment by Tish from New Madison, Ohio.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Public Events at the Greenville VFW in January

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VFW Post 7262
219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, OHIO

BINGO - Sunday Jan. 8th, Jan 15th, Jan. 22nd and Jan. 29th. Bingo starts at 1:00 PM
SENIOR CITIZEN DANCE - Monday, Jan. 9th, Jan. 16th, Jan. 23rd and Jan. 30th. Dance is from 1 to 4 PM
TEXAS HOLD'EM - Friday January 13th 7:00 PM Doors open at 6:00 PM
TRIVIA - Saturday, January 14th - 8:00 PM
CHICKEN DINNER - Saturday, January 21st 4:00 PM $ 8.00. Tyler Stroh entertaining 7:00 PM
WHISKEY BIZNESS - Saturday, January 28th 7:00 to 11:00 PM (In the front hall)


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Begin your next journey by taking on a new fitness challenge with one goal in mind: 1000 miles!

This challenge, sponsored by Go Krown, is open to everyone in the community. Simply keep track of the miles you cover each week by walking, running, biking or swimming. You may also record miles for YMCA group fitness classes at 3 miles per class. Stop at the YMCA Welcome Center so we can record your miles. When you reach milestone distances, receive a reward!

100 miles - t-shirt
250 miles - t-shirt
500 miles – TBA
750 miles - TBA
1000 miles - TBA

This challenge enables the residents of Darke County to focus on each individual’s spirit, mind and body while taking the next step, stroke, or rotation in life.

Begin swimming, cycling, running, walking, or participating in classes today!

Questions may be directed to Cole DeNise, at or 526-4488.

Trash Dumping Costs Taxpayers

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Each year the Darke County Park District is forced to spend over $1,000 in taxpayers’ money to clean up and remove trash dumped on park property. Recently Winterrowd Wetlands on St. Rt. 47 just west of Ansonia was the victim of yet another dumping. A pile of broken concrete and trash were dumped near the parking area. This dumping was in direct violation of not only Darke County Park District rules and regulations, but also of the Ohio Revised Code. It is illegal to dump trash, household goods, yard waste, construction materials, or other refuse on park property.

This is the second case of dumping on park property in two years, and each time an issue like this arises, every attempt is made to locate, charge, and prosecute the person responsible. Director of the Darke County Park District, Roger Van Frank said, “We need the general public’s help in matters like this. If you see any suspicious activity in the parks during business hours, please call the Nature Center at 548-0165 or the Darke County Sherriff’s office after hours at 548-2020.” Van Frank continued saying that “tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible may carry a reward.”

As a reminder, the Darke County Park District in conjunction with the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are offering their Christmas Tree Recycling program again through January 13th. Please take undecorated trees to Shawnee Prairie Preserve, and follow the signs to the drop off location.

The Darke County Park District requests that if anyone has information on this trash dumping to please contact the park office at 548-0165.

Winter Hiking Series: New Year, New Hike

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Winter’s brisk weather brings with it unique beauty. Join Darke County Parks to seek out these seasonal sights and hiking opportunities. On January 5th at 10am join a naturalist at Alice Bish Park on the corner of Ohio St. and Eastwood Dr. in Greenville to see what sights and sounds the new year has to offer. Remember to dress for the weather. In the event of severe weather, call the Nature Center to find out about possible cancellation.

For more information about this or any of the other exciting hikes in this season’s series or other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or check out their Facebook page.

Fiscal Officer Wanted at New Madison Public Library

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New Madison Public Library (NMPL) seeks a part-time Fiscal Officer with accounting experience. Work for a great employer. Go to for job description and application details. Application deadline is January 13th.

NMPL is an equal opportunity employer.

Letter to the Editor: Mitten Tree Thank You

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Dear friends,

Thanks to the generous spirit of the people of our community, the Fish Mitten Tree has once again provided mittens and gloves to warm the hands and hearts of children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. This hearty demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas which lingers long beyond December 25th is very much appreciated.

Special gratitude is extended to Aaron and Michele Cox and their staff at Montage Cafe in Greenville and the dependable crew at Arcanum's Ben Franklin Store who watched over the trees in their places of business, as well as to Holly Hill, Janet Ashworth, and others at the Brethren's Retirement Community who looked after the Mitten Tree at that facility. Also, thanks to the Darke County Commissioners who enlisted the aid of their able staff to kick off the project, meeting and visiting with youngsters from Head Start while hanging the first mittens on the tree at Montage.

Many local churches, clubs, and organizations donated mittens, gloves, and more to the Mitten Tree; sincere thanks goes to these groups and the individuals who coordinated their involvement. Additionally, due to a significant monetary contribution from a Darke County native who now lives out-of-state, each Head Start student received a book of their own for Christmas.

This successful project could not have been possible without the publicity provided by our local news outlets The Daily Advocate, The Early Bird,, and County News Online; their assistance is greatly appreciated.


Marilyn Delk, Fish volunteer

DCP Naturalist Travels to World Bird Sanctuary

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DCP naturalist Kathi McQueen with World Bird Sanctuary
Site Manager Daniel Cone and Clark the Bald Eagle.
Recently Darke County Parks’ naturalist and volunteer coordinator, Kathi McQueen, travelled to the World Bird Sanctuary for a workshop learning about raptors or birds of prey. The purpose of the trip was to learn more about the care and use of Darke County Parks Great Horned Owl, Greta, as an education bird and preparing for the possibility of the parks obtaining other birds as well.

During the four day workshop, she learned more than she thought possible, commenting, “I knew that I knew very little about birds, but I didn’t understand just how little I knew.” She had opportunities to not only tour the facility which includes an in-house bird hospital, educational birds on display, and regularly scheduled programs, all on over 200 acres, but she also handled the birds herself.

The most exciting thing she recalls was handling and flying the critically endangered Hooded Vulture and seeing over 20 Bald Eagles at once housed at the sanctuary. Among many other things, Kathi learned to check birds for parasites, make her own equipment, trim beaks and talons, determine the cause of death, and train birds using reward systems.

Upon returning to Darke County, Kathi gave a presentation to volunteers and staff about what she learned and how the park district will apply it. One step will be the construction of a new mew or bird enclosure that will allow the public to view the educational birds during open hours at the Nature Center as well has adding more space for additional birds. Kathi plans to include more training for volunteers so they can work with the birds in order to facilitate the growing audience and school groups.

Kathi McQueen constantly strives to grow and improve the volunteer program, but she also manages animal ambassador care for Darke County Parks. During the presentation about her trip she said, “Everyone has things that touch their heart, and for me that is animals. Even though I love being the volunteer coordinator, Darke County Parks has allowed me to express that passion, and I’m very grateful.”

For more information about Darke County Parks animal ambassadors, volunteering, or scheduled programs, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165, or visit them online on Facebook, Instagram, or their website


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On September 23, 1857, Manhattan businessman Jeremiah Lanphier hosted a prayer meeting at noon. While only six people showed up, within a short period of time upward of 10,000 people were meeting in various churches for prayer every day at noon. Some estimate that one million people came to faith in Christ as a result of what became known as the great Prayer Revival of 1857-58.

Now, 159 years later, we have the opportunity to gather together and cry out to the Lord. What could be more vital for such a time as this, than for women to get on their knees—together—repenting, pleading with God to have mercy, and to intervene in our world…praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

On January 20-21, 2017, EUM Women’s Ministry will be hosting a True Woman conference called Cry Out! at their Worship Center, located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville, Ohio. This conference will be comprised of video messages from Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Janet Parshall, Mary Kassian, Stephen Kendrick, and other nationally known speakers. Also included will be the concert of prayer, which was live streamed at EUM in September. In addition, you’ll hear from some women from EUM, share worship, and a meal. Don’t miss the powerful time of personal revival and inspiration to reach our broken and hurting world for Christ!

Register at or contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211 ext. 213 or for more information. The cost for this conference is $15 if you register by January 8, and $20 after that date.

Just as the Lord used one small prayer meeting to spark a revival across this nation in 1857, it’s our prayer He would use this weekend to do a mighty work in your heart, your family, our church and our world.

Please join us in praying, “Lord, do it again!”

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


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Losing a loved one can be difficult even as a Christian. Griefshare is a place to come and be cared for, a place to talk about your loss, and learn how to deal with your grief. There is a video presentation, discussion, and then a workbook as we share together. GriefShare is a 13-week program that will begin Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the Greenville Library. Please call Sylvia at 937-548-5207 to sign up or for more information.

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