Friday, August 26, 2016

Driver and Passenger Airlifted After Head On Collision with Semi

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On August 25, 2016 at approximately 3:26 PM Darke County Deputies along with Rossburg Fire, Ansonia Rescue, Union City Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 12,400 block of State Route 49 North in reference to a head on injury accident involving a semi tractor trailer and a motor vehicle.

Preliminary investigation revealed a light blue 2003 Buick Lesabre driven by Christopher A. Wilson, 32 of Winchester, Indiana was traveling southbound on State Route 49 when he traveled left of the centerline striking a northbound 2015 white Volvo semi tractor trailer driven by Jerry B. Sturgell, 59 of Greenville, Ohio. Both vehicles came to rest off the roadway.

Sturgell was treated and released from the scene. Wilson and his passenger, Angela C. Paris, 26 of Ft. Wayne, Indiana were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Wilson is listed in fair condition and Paris is listed in serious condition.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Ohio State Patrol Motor Carrier Division also responded to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.


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The movie “Minions” will be featured during
Main Street Greenville’s September First Friday event. 
Greenville, Ohio: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends for an outdoor showing of “Minions”! The event will take place on Friday, September 2nd in downtown Greenville.

Main Street Greenville encourages everyone to dine, shop, and enjoy other activities starting at 6 pm, with the movie starting at dusk (around 8:15 pm).

In the movie, Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Theater on Third is an outdoor movie experience and will be located in the parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The movie will be projected onto the Canteen Shop building (120 W. Third St.). The event is free and open to all, kindly sponsored by Greenville National Bank and Interim Healthcare.

Pop, water, and candy will be available for purchase, with all profits donated to Main Street Greenville. In addition, First UMC will have free popcorn (while supplies last).

As with every First Friday, many downtown businesses will be open late! Some will also offer fun specials or promotions, including:

  • Sadie Grace will celebrate 4 years of business - champagne, door prizes, anniversary sales, and a photo booth from 6-8 pm, located at 530 S. Broadway
  • Live music at The Coffee Pot by John Kogge, located at 527 S. Broadway
  • Raffle for locally made items at the Canteen Shop, located at 120 W. Third St.
  • Bread of Life Christian Bookstore will host local author/pastor, Chris Cobb from 7-8:30 pm for a book signing of his newly released and very timely political fiction book, titled “The Candidate”, located at 533 S. Broadway
  • Send your college students back to school in style, stop in Greenville Hallmark to see their Vera Bradley Colligate Collection, located at 524 S. Broadway
  • Open house for the new F45 Training, located at 120 W. Third St.
  • Pizza special at The Don’s Pizza: 12” cheese for $5 and or 12” Pepperoni for $7, located at 617 S. Broadway
  • Danny’s Place will offer all you can eat fish and/or shrimp from 5-8 pm and live music by Levi Driskell from 6-9 pm, located at 308 S. Broadway
  • Chillz Frozen Yogurt will offer walking tacos and free samples of new menu items (while supplies last), located at 331 S. Broadway
  • Greenville National Bank will grill free hamburgers and hot dogs during the lunch hour (11 am - 1 pm) on Friday, Septmber 2nd, located at 446 S. Broadway

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be moved inside First United Methodist Church at 202 W. 4th Street. Visit our facebook page or website for any updates concerning the event.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also follow the organization on Facebook or Instagram to receive updates on a regular basis.

Mary Knapke to be Featured with the Greenville Municipal Jazz Band

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The Greenville Municipal Jazz Band will continue the Summer Concerts in the Park this Sunday, August 28th at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. This week the jazz band will feature and nice variety of jazz and pop music featuring the high powered vocals of Mary Knapke.

Mary has been a performer for many years and was prominently featured in TV and radio promos for Pepsi-Cola while she lived in North Carolina. She has been active in live theater for many years and had many leading roles. She is well known for her singing with big bands, such as the Hal Harris Orchestra, The Hauer Swing Band, Frank Neville Orchestra and Swing Era Big Band. Mary will sing great jazz standards such as Straighten Up and Fly Right, Blue Skies, Feelin’ Good and the great jazz standard Route 66.

The band will also feature Bill Westfall on the great guitar feature Sleepwalk and Jon Slonaker on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Many more wonderful tunes and soloists are programmed for the evening.

Please plan to join us this Sunday, August 28th at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park and invite some friends. We have had tremendous attendance this summer and we thank you. Seating is available or you may bring your own lawn chair or blanket. As always, our concerts are free and open to the public.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

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Our next orientation is September 12th - Sign up today!!!!

  • We work around your schedule
  • A Perfect way to give back to the community
  • High School Students Welcome - Great community service project

Register for Lead the Way Tractor Cruise

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Live United and Ride United on Saturday, September 24, 2016 for the 11th Annual Lead the Way Tractor Cruise presented by Jordan Insurance Agency.

ANYONE with a tractor is invited to ride in the Darke County United Way Tractor Cruise, and the community is invited to come out to watch the tractors and enjoy shopping locally. This event is being held in conjunction with Days of Harvest in Downtown Greenville and Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie, so spend the entire weekend in Greenville! The Tractor Cruise will be parading through town at 10:00 am, beginning at the Fairgrounds, traveling down Fair Street to Washington, from Washington onto Broadway, around the traffic circle, onto Main Street, and traveling back to the fairgrounds via Chestnut St/Fort Jefferson Ave. We would like to give special thanks to the City of Greenville, Greenville Police Department, and the Darke County Agricultural Society for help with this event.

The Tractor Cruise embodies the heart of Darke County, agriculture, and brings it front and center into the United Way’s event to help those in need. We would love to have at least fifty tractors in this year’s parade. Please call the United Way office at 547-1272 to register. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and a Tractor Cruise t-shirt. All proceeds support the Darke County United Way’s local programs to strengthen education, health and stability. We encourage all riders to collect pledges for the United Way. There will be prizes for the largest amount of pledges collected. Please register today. We would like to have registrations turned a few days before the event. Pledges can be turned in to the United Way office on Friday, September 16th or the morning of the ride. If you are riding please meet at the fairgrounds at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 24th.

The Lead the Way Tractor Cruise would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors which include Jordan Insurance Agency; Cooper Farms; Cornerstone Construction; Crop Production Services; Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln; Farm Power of the Past; Keller Grain & Feed; Medicine & More; Rebsco, Inc.; Second National Bank; SISCO – Superior Implement & Supply Co.; Trupointe Cooperative; and The Whistle Stop Bar & Grill.

For more information, to register a tractor, or to sponsor this event, please contact the United Way office at 547-1272 or via email at We hope to see you in downtown Greenville on Saturday, September 24th for our 11th Annual event.

An Opportunity to Help the Monarch Butterfly

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Pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly.

There are ways that we can help, even in Darke County. Starting on September 1st through October 31st, the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be collecting seed pods from the Common Milkweed plant. The Monarch relies on the milkweed plant as a host plant, to lay eggs and as a food source. Whether as an individual, or a group, you can make a difference in the Monarch Butterfly population by collecting these seed pods. Once collected, the seed pods will be sent away to be dried and cleaned. A portion of the seed will be sent back to Darke County to be incorporated with other seed mixes that will be planted for pollinator species.

If you would like to help, please call the Darke SWCD office at 937.548.1752, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out where the seed pods can be dropped off.

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren Fall Concert Series

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will begin their fall concert series on Sunday, September 4, 2016 @ 6 PM, by holding their semi-annual hymn sing. What better way to start off the fall season than by giving praises to God through song! This is the time for guests to call out their favorite hymn and join the entire congregation singing it. Please plan to attend and try to stump our musicians with your requests. (song books provided) The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.


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L to R: Kathy Galentine of Greenville plays Spin to Win at
Versailles Health Care Center’s booth with VHCC
Director of Business Development, Rebecca Detling.
Versailles Health Care Center recently participated in The 2016 Great Darke County Fair. Hundreds of fairgoers stopped by VHCC’s booth and played “Spin to Win” for a chance to spin the wheel and win a variety of VHCC novelty items for adults and bubbles for kids! This year’s booth featured information on upcoming events at Versailles Health Care Center.

In addition to VHCC’s monthly Power Over Parkinson’s and Joint Replacement classes, information was available about Versailles Health Care Center’s BACK TO SCHOOL FOR SENIORS and their caregiver classes in September and October. This will be a four-part Long-Term Care Educational Series, featuring speakers on financial considerations for seniors and vets, challenges on downsizing or transitioning to a condo, assisted living, or nursing facility, Elder Law planning, and recent changes in Ohio Medicaid.

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2015 and 118 so far in 2016! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at


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Dr. Stephen Winner & Dr. Chad Weber
Versailles Health Care Center would like to invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class. The class will take place on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6 pm in The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon and Rehab Medical Director, along with Versailles Health Care Center Therapists, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed. This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled. The class will include handouts and a question/answer session. Light refreshments will be provided.

Call Stephen Winner at 937.526.0130 for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


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A.R. Winery is excited to celebrate their first anniversary on Saturday, September 3rd from 2pm-10pm at their winery located on the farm at 3564 Gordon Landis Rd. in Arcanum (just off Route 49)! They’ve expanded their winery with a new covered porch & an outdoor brick oven for pizzas. They are also happy to announce their wines are now officially in 26 stores!

2:00 pm – Open to the Public.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration for Corn Hole Tournament (limited registration).
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – “Yappy Hour” – Meet the Famous Face on the Wine Labels, FUEL.
4:00 pm – Corn Hole Tournament Begins.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Happy Hour.
7:00 pm – Live Music by Jerry Gerace.

Wild Bill will be offering wood carving demos throughout the day along with other vendors onsite. On their new winery porch, they’ll be cooking brick oven pizzas along with hot dogs & hamburgers on the grill. In the wine tasting room, try a flight of their amazing one-of-kind sweet wines, their new wine slushies or wine floats with two scoops of ice cream and your favorite A.R. wine topped with a cherry. They will also be bringing El Loco Lime back in limited edition (55 bottles) so make sure to stop in and grab one while they’re available!

Check out Facebook, their website, follow them on Twitter @a_r_winery or call Russell at 937-417-0565 to keep up-to-date on all events happening on the farm!


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The Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth Street, Greenville. All DCCA members are invited to attend. The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year. Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing and fine artists. In addition to offering an Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA presents Special Performances, a Coffee House Series at local venues, and Arts In Education outreach programming which brings professional performers to inspire creativity in the students of all Darke County Public and Greenville City Schools. Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth and DCCA on the Road transports patrons to an event outside Darke County’s borders.

Darke County Center for the Arts is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall and welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment. The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery. The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and upon request, hearing aid devices are available, for the hearing impaired. Also, interpretive signers are provided upon request for all performances. DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs.

For more information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact our office on the 3rd floor of the Greenville Public Library (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year - by Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district. We hope to have everyone work together to make this another successful instructional and enjoyable year for all.

I trust each of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with your family and friends. I hope your vacations, special trips, and family gatherings have been fun, safe and educational. As September is upon us, I hope all of you are looking forward to another exciting and rewarding school year. As you return to school, notice the new K-8 facility is nearing completion with the hope of moving in during winter break. The high school has also had renovation work since last May that includes a new front parking lot, many sidewalks, cleaning of terrazzo floors, and adding technology access points. I hope you all share the same excitement and enthusiasm I have about our new and upcoming enhanced school facilities prepared for twenty first century education and learning.

At the K-8 facility the masons are nearly complete, short the brick and block work at the front entrance and back dumpster areas. They also have some rubbing of block and patch work to complete on the interior. Around the outside of the building perimeter drainage progresses including downspouts and boots. Concrete walks, curbs, playground pads have been developed. Likewise, two courtyards and exterior perimeter walls have been installed. Soon asphalt walking paths and parking lots, as well as entrance drives will be beginning. The green metal roof panels continue to advance. Storefront glass and entrance doors also continue to be installed. Many of the exterior windows have been set. On the inside of the facility, finishes are advancing. The wood gym floor is going down in one gym. Gym equipment and baskets have been installed, as well. The kitchen cooler, freezer and hoods are installed. Hallway terrazzo floor is being installed, grinded and polished. Ceramic tile is going down in restroom areas. Casework, lighting and plumbing fixtures are being installed in several areas of the building. Drywall finishes and ceiling grid progress throughout the building. Two elevators have been set, one on each end of the building. The painters are working on block fill, first and final coats of paint in various parts of the complex. Hallway lockers and music room cages are on site being put together and installed. The perimeter of the building will be totally secured shortly and a major push to complete interior furnishings and final exterior parking lots will progress through November. We sincerely appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the contractors working hard through the heat of the summer on our new state of the art K-8 facility.

We continue to enjoy our experience with Shook Touchstone Construction Manager at Risk and Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers as we move toward the final phase of the construction project. We also continue to post construction site pictures on the home page of our website at

Our district will participate in two approved waiver days this year. These are non-instructional days for students that allow for additional professional development for our staff. These two days are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, January 9th and 10th, 2017. These days come at the end of our extended winter break this year which is December 17th, 2016 through January 6th, 2017. We also have a staff work day scheduled for January 11th, 2017. Therefore, parents can plan now for an extended winter break with the scheduled first day of school in our new K-8 facility set for January 12th, 2017.

Greenville Schools has a tradition of excellence and we certainly are working to continue the excellence. The entire district wants to lead the way by making sure our students are ready for higher education and also jobs of tomorrow in a global economy.

Curriculum implementations our district is continuing with at the elementary level this year include our one to one iPad technology initiative at grades Kindergarten through second grade, as well as our ESpark program. Likewise, at all elementary and junior high grade levels we are participating in Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing ongoing throughout the year to keep a close measure on our alignment to end of year required state assessments. At the high school we will continue for the second year with the College Credit Plus program, as well as our high performing Career Tech programs. Some of our high school classes will also participate in MAP testing and we also will be involved in required state end of course exams and American Institute for Research (AIR) assessments. This year’s junior class will also be required to take the ACT test in the Spring. This is scheduled presently to be a paper version of the test.

Our district is on a rotation basis to purchase textbooks and supplemental materials beyond the required College Credit Plus textbook purchases. This year our district purchased many new English Language Art textbooks and materials and are piloting some supplemental language art materials at some elementary levels, as well.

The district has added many new wireless access points at the high school to improve the technology delivery. The district has added staff to the technology department to help manage all the new technology and online testing. We are looking to increase our curriculum supervision personnel to help oversee our testing achievement data and provide additional help to our instructional delivery process and involvement with our coordination in the Ohio Improvement process.

This Fall we will contract with the City of Greenville to provide us with two school resource officers. One will continue to be housed at the high school while the other will begin traveling to all elementary buildings and ultimately end up at the new K-8 facility when it opens. The SRO’s will assist us with safety and security, but also provide educational programming.

We look forward to our Advanced Manufacturing labs being used by our Career Tech program this year as well as some adult programming held in the evening coordinated by a joint agreement between Edison State and Greenville City Schools.

Please join me in welcoming the following new employees to the Greenville School District. We look forward to working with each of them in our educational delivery and are glad they have joined the Greenville School District team.

Stephanie Shafer – School Psychologist
John Lestinge – School Psychologist
Ryan Borowske – K-8 Resource Officer
Kristi Homan – CT – Marketing at the High School
Kathleen Kubander – English at the High School
Jessica Sommer – Family & Consumer Science at the High School
Dustin Yingst – Athletic Director
Tracy Andrews – English at the High School
Kyle Joseph – Athletic Support Services at the High School
Erin Eberwein – Assistant Principal Secretary at the High School
Derek Sumner – Intervention Specialist at the Junior High
Jinna Walters – Language Arts at the Junior High
Jon Tipton – Intervention Specialist at South School
Shelby Rehmert – Intervention Specialist at Woodland Primary
Kathy Unger – Bus Driver – Part Time
Andrew Grasty – Transportation Supervisor
Nichole Sommer – Enrollment Secretary at Memorial Hall

I invite everyone in the community to attend and support our students in the various extracurricular activities that take place throughout the school year. Your attendance is appreciated by the students and the school system.

Remember, the entire Greenville School faculty and staff is here to assist you – our students, parents and community. If we can be of assistance, please feel free to contact our principals or myself. I can be reached by phone at 937-548-3185. I can be reached by email at Let’s all work together to make 2016-2017 an outstanding school year and keep Greenville Schools a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach.

Help Sought From Korean War Era Veterans and Families

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In preparation for a program to honor Korean War Era veterans at Edison State Community College, the program coordinator, Dr. Vivian Blevins, is seeking the help of the community in two ways.

First, Blevins is requesting photos of those from the Miami Valley who were in all branches of the service during the period for a unique display on November 10. The photos may be scanned and sent as attachments to Blevins' email address at the college. The prints may also be mailed to Blevins at the college, and she will scan them and promptly return the originals to the senders.

Because both Korean War Era veterans and their spouses/widows will be recognized at the program, names, addresses, and telephone numbers are being requested so that invitations and information may be mailed.

The program on November 10 will begin with lunch at 11:45 a.m. provided by the Piqua VFW Post 4874. The Piqua Community Foundation is providing expenses for the remainder of the program. There will be music, a speaker, a panel of three Korean War veterans discussing their experiences, displays, and tokens of appreciation for veterans and their spouses as well as for widows, and a flag retirement ceremony.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend this program to honor those in the military during what has been termed "the Forgotten War."

For more information, contact Vivian Blevins by emailing or calling (937) 778-3815. Photographs may be mailed to the college with attention to Vivian Blevins at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH 45356.

Having Fun and Staying Safe at the Great Darke County Fair

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Darke County, OH 45331 August 19, 2016 The tents are going up, animals are getting baths and you can smell the funnel cakes; nine days and nights of rides, exhibitions, grandstand entertainment, 4-H shows and food, providing those who attend a marvelous time at the great Darke County Fair! To insure that you continue to have a marvelous time, the American Red Cross offers these safety tips for fairgoers:

  • Be aware of the animals around you and their environment. Cows still kick, horses still bite, chickens still peck-even if they are on their best “fair” behavior. If your child isn’t growing up with livestock, talk to them about petting, standing, too, close to animals and respecting their space. Even if your child is raised in an environment where they are used to animals, animals, not their own may respond differently than what they are used to dealing with and the livestock at the fair, is out of their normal environment.
  • When allowing older children to enjoy the fair independently, make sure you meet up with them frequently, which will allow them their fun, but also allow you to keep tabs on any ongoing situations. Make sure that children coming to the fair alone have a way to contact you at all times. In case of an emergency or if any medical treatment is needed, children under eighteen will need a parent’s or guardian’s signature to be released from emergency medical services care.
  • Establish with your younger children what do to if they become separated from you and “you” become lost. Tell them, who they should ask for help, where to go, who can they trust and how to deal with strangers. The Red Cross maintains a comfort station near EMS and Sheriff at the North End of the grandstands. This makes an excellent meeting place.
  • Carry with you a compact “first-aid kit” consisting of Band-Aids, pain relievers, emergency phone numbers, and antacids. Sunscreen is also a commonly forgotten item when attending the fair.
  • Pace yourself-there is plenty of fair and the time to enjoy it. Especially with hot weather, make sure that you drink plenty of water before you arrive. There are a variety of comfort and respite centers across the fairgrounds, stop in for water and rest your feet. Be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms, especially in the very young and the elderly who are the most susceptible.

For more information on family safety contact the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter at 548-1002 or go online to


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Greenville, OH. August 9, 2016 – Members and guests for the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club monthly meeting on September 8th will hear from local candidates for County Commissioner and Prosecuting Attorney. The meeting will be hosted by the Legislative committee members Gail Snyder (chair) and Diane Delaplane.

Candidates for County Commissioner, Matthew Aultman, Republican and Leon Rogers, Democrat will have an opportunity to speak to members. Also speaking will be candidates for Prosecuting Attorney, R. Kelly Ormsby III, Republican and David A. Rohrer, non-party.

Following the forum, plans will be discussed for the next meeting which is the annual guest night on October 14th to raise scholarship funds. The theme again this year will be “What a Girl Wants” and will include a silent auction, super raffle and vendors.

The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 pm at the Private Dining Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut, Greenville. The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Contact Marilyn Emmons at 548-5024 or by noon on Monday, September 5th, 2016 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $12.00 per person. The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.

“Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program Helps Students

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(L to R) Chad Beanblossom, Dean Edison State-Darke County; 2016 “Switching Gears” Summer Youth participants; Kathryn Osborne and Cheryl Pressly (Summer Youth Instructors).
The “Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) helps students focus on career exploration, employment preparation and life skills. The five week program ran Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 12 through August 11, 2016 and was open to Darke County students, ages 14 and 15, who receive services from Darke DD. Most sessions were held at Edison State Community College’s Darke County Campus. Students participated in a variety of activities to help them build skills in communication and teamwork. Continuing to fund, coordinate and support a variety of programming to individuals with disabilities, this program is just one way Darke DD assists individuals with transition skills and with coordinating services between school, home and job-readiness training to help students develop a post-graduation plan.

During their first week students focused on communication by participating in hands on activities, listening to a guest speaker and completing a business tour. One favorite activity was “People Search Bingo” where students cover a bingo square by finding someone in the class with whom they have things in common. Although the students attend six different schools, this activity allowed them to learn more about one another and to develop bonds. Another activity was titled “Marvelous Me” whereas; each student received a snack sized bag of M & M’s. Before eating each M & M the students answered a question aloud based on the color of the candy. These activities and others helped them practice talking about their strengths, abilities, and interests. The guest speaker for week one was John Rediger. John previously worked with Darke DD to assist in his job search and was more than happy to share his experiences of working at Kroger, volunteering, driving, and being engaged in his community. John encouraged the students to aim high, work hard and never give up on their dreams. On Thursday, the students enjoyed a tour of The Merchant House. Cassie Campbell, Managing Partner, and her team treated the students to a delicious pizza that the students topped themselves. While touring the Merchant House they learned about a variety of jobs in food service and what it takes to be successful in that field.

Teamwork was the focus on week two and students competed to build the tallest structure using marshmallows and spaghetti. Throughout this activity the students learned the importance of working together and practicing clear communication to reach their goal. On Thursday, students visited Brookdale Senior Living Solutions to learn more about job opportunities in the health care field. Tina McClanahan, Sales Manager, provided a tour and told students about the jobs and skills needed for entry level positions.

Life skills and self-advocacy was the focus for week three. On Tuesday, students met in the OSU Extension Learning Center where they prepared their lunch of Taco Grande and Simple Apple Pie. This activity taught them the importance of food safety, hygiene, kitchen cleanliness, using measurements and following a simple recipe. On Wednesday, Sue Huston, Darke DD Community Connections Coordinator, and Brett Brinley, self-advocate, shared with the students about the importance of advocating for oneself throughout their entire life. Students learned how to participate in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings and how to speak up for themselves during life’s transitions. Brett also shared with the students about his disability, his strengths and the many large and small ways that he advocates for himself. On Thursday, Kristen Alspaugh, Employee Relations Manager, guided students through a tour of the Greenville Kroger store. Associates in each department shared their job duties and stressed the importance of customer service and giving back to their community.

Weeks four and five included more cooking classes at the OSU Extension Learning Center, more hands on learning experiences and a tour at Whirpool. Assuredly, the students learned more invaluable information regarding Darke County commerce and the skills it takes to be successful in their community. August 11 concluded the 2016 Switching Gears summer youth program and the students deserved a day filled with games, stories, learning exercises, graduation events and a pizza party!

The 2016 Switching Gears summer youth program has been a huge success for the students and staff alike. Darke DD could not have made this event a success without having wonderful partnerships with Edison State Community College, The Merchant House, Brookdale Healthcare, OSU Learning Center, The Kroger Co., Whirlpool, Marcos Pizza, Petermann Transportation and the Darke County Community as a whole. For all of your accommodations and support, Darke DD would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all!

Darke DD serves approximately 325 individuals with disabilities in various areas including; service and support administration, transition services, employment supports, volunteer coordination, and community connections. For more information, visit our website and be sure to like us on Facebook! Those who would like to learn more may also contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 937-459-4626 or


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CBC “Blood Donors Don’t Moose Around” t-shirt design.
DAYTON, Ohio – Ansonia High School will host a community blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the gym, 600 East Canal St. The blood drive is open to students and community members. It comes during the final week of the “Wild About Alaska Summer Blood Drive” with a last chance to win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Blood Donors Don’t Moose Around” t-shirt, the final Alaska t-shirt in the summer blood drive campaign. The shirt is green and the design features an Alaska moose under a full moon in the snow-covered wilderness.

Everyone age 18 and older will be entered in the Community Blood Center “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two. The summer blood drive campaign ends Sept. 3 and the winner of the Alaska vacation for two will be announced in mid-September.

The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.
Donors can double their chances of winning by entering the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation before the summer blood drive ends on Sept. 3. Official rules are available at


Community Blood Center is taking additional precautions against the Zika virus by asking anyone who has traveled to Florida’s Miami-Dade County in the last four weeks to refrain from donating blood.

Several residents of a Miami neighborhood have contracted the Zika virus and health experts believe it was transmitted locally by mosquito bites.

CBC is currently deferring potential donors for 28 days who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America.

CBC has expanded the 28-day deferral to include potential donors who have traveled to Florida’s Miami-Dade County.

Adding new travel restrictions has the potential to impact the available blood supply by further limiting the number of people able to donate. Zika travel deferments already in place, and stricter FDA requirements for hemoglobin level and pulse screening that went into effect May 23, already represent a two percent potential impact on the donor deferral rate.

Oinkers Painting Event

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The Preble County Art Association and the Preble County Pork Festival have teamed up once again to present Oinkers for Art. Pigs are being painted on August 27th from 8am-1pm at the Eaton Earlybird Farmer’s Market. Selected teams this year include: Essence of Wellness, Preble Trails, Preble County District Library, Summit Chiropractic, Blue Star Mothers of America, Greenbriar Senior Campus, Spicy Bois, and painter Hannah Wojcik. Painted pigs will be displayed along the parade route, then it is off to the races as they will be moved to the fair grounds in front of the Rotary Junction for voting on Saturday, September 17th.

The winning pig will earn its painter $100, with 2nd place earning $75, and 3rd earning $50. Winners are determined by votes earned at the Pork Festival. Each pig will have its own penny voting bin where voters can cast a few cents or a few bucks for their favorite pig. All pigs will be up for auction on the 17th at Rotary Junction immediately following the announcement of awards at 5pm.

Give us a call at 937-456-3999 or stop in to visit us at 601 Hillcrest Drive. We are open 1pm to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday and until 8pm on Thursday. The Visual Art Center is operated by the Preble County Art Association. Visit to learn more about the Art Association.

DCP Volunteer Bingo A Blast!

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Volunteers enjoyed an evening of food and bingo.
Darke County Parks would like to send a huge thank you to all of their volunteers. Whether they regularly help with school groups, maintenance, animal care, historical interpretation, special events, habitat healing, or anything in between, the park district board and staff truly appreciate all their hard work and dedication! The staff hopes all the volunteers have enjoyed the past year at the park and will continue to volunteer for many years to come!

Last month, volunteers gathered for an evening of fun, food, and friendship at the Nature Center to celebrate a year’s worth of volunteer accomplishments. After a light supper, volunteers enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar where they could create the perfect cool treat for a hot summer evening. Then everyone played bingo and received a plethora of prizes including fairy garden planters, gift cards, Pampered Chef cookware, and even a Kindle Fire all donated by staff and local businesses. A special thank you goes to KitchenAid Experience and the Darke County Visitors Bureau for donating a KitchenAid blender won by Robert Wiest in a very lucky bingo.

Volunteer Coordinator, Kathi McQueen, who organized the event, said, “Our park volunteers are so generous with their time. I took over this position early this year, and they have worked so hard to help make the transition smooth.” She also encouraged anyone who may be thinking about volunteering to give her a call or an email to discuss the wide variety of opportunities available.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities or any of the exciting programs offered by Darke County Parks, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Historical Encampment at Prairie Days

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A pair of long hunters debate over a fair price for a powder horn.
Once again this year’s Prairie Days Festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve will feature a historical encampment with a plethora of entertaining characters from the distant past. Near the sugar shack, Tom Franklin will give an interpretation of David Conner, pioneer fur trader and Indian agent, and he will also have a cross cut saw demonstration. The historical encampment will feature long hunters, trappers, and blanket traders all dressed in period correct clothing and accoutrements. Those participating in the encampment will take part in a historical skill competition on Saturday at 1pm and a tomahawk and knife throwing competition on Sunday at 2pm. The encampment will also feature a muzzleloader display in the lean-to including firearms from the 1790s through the early 19th century.

Come talk with the historical interpreters and enjoy all the other fun, educational, and family friendly activities at the 2016 Prairie Days festival, September 24th from 10am to 5pm and September 25th from 12pm to 5pm. The event has plenty of free parking and free admission. For questions or more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Seeking Vendors for Annual Holiday Boutique

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The EUM Church Women’s Ministry is hosting a Holiday Boutique on November 12, 2016, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the EUM Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

The Holiday Boutique is designed for women of Darke County to connect with each other, build relationships, market their products or services and do their Christmas shopping all in a unique and festive setting. Vendor slots are open to all women in the community who have in-home or family businesses, and/or offer woman or child related services.

Because we want to give back to the community, attendees and vendors will be asked to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

 If you are a woman with a home-based business and would like more information about reserving a booth at the Holiday Boutique, please contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211, ext 213 or

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.

Upcoming Events at The Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library has wrapped up another fabulous Summer Reading Program. The eight weeks were filled with fun activities and lots of learning for all. Over 325 patrons participated in the reading, and more joined us at our drop-in programs. We also had a great turnout at our party to wrap up the summer. We wish to thank everyone who participated and hope you had a great time. We are already looking ahead to next summer! We would also like to thank the many parents and volunteers who helped throughout the program. Extra hands were a big help for so many events! We also would like to thank our sponsors and donors. Many local businesses donated cash and prizes to help make the summer a great success. For a list of those who donated, you can find a list on our website.

With the summer drawing to an end, we want to remind our patrons that the library will be closed during Fair Week – Monday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 27th. We will open and be ready for the busy fall on Monday, August 29th. Come on in to see what we have planned! There will be movies, Storytime, afterschool clubs for grades 1 and up, classes and programs for adults, and much more.

To start the school year off with a bang, we will be hosting a “Reboot Your Brain” Jeopardy game on Thursday, September 1st, at 3:00pm. Kids can come over after school and enjoy a fun, fast-paced afternoon of Jeopardy-style games. The games will end at 5:00pm.

Check our website,, frequently to get the latest information about this and other programs. You can also find us on Facebook, or give us a call at 937-692-8484.

Butterfly Monitoring Every Friday at DCP

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The Pearl Crescent get its name from the underside of hind wing’s dark marginal patch containing a light-colored crescent, but the colors and patterns are quite variable.
Darke County Parks needs help! Butterfly habitat is declining, and scientists need to monitor their populations very closely. Every Friday at 2pm from now through September, join a naturalist to hike a pre-set path and record all the butterflies observed. These numbers will then be sent on to the Ohio Lepidopterists for scientific study. There’s no need to be an expert. A staff member will be present for the hike, and field guides will be provided. Hikes will occur as long as temperatures are above 60 degrees without rain. For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Sign up for Final Bow's Production of Elf Jr. The Musical

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FINAL BOW: Center for Children’s Performing Arts announces sign ups for The Final Bow Company's Winter season performance, ELF JR. The Musical.

The cost is only $50. Rehearsals will be twice a week on Mondays 6:15-7:15 and Thursdays 6:15-7:45. EVERYONE who signs up will get a part in the musical! We are thrilled to be able to produce this beloved Christmas show about Buddy the Elf. Performances are Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at Lighthouse Christian Center's All Seasons Place.

Ways to register:
Call: Final Bow @ 459-8078 or Becky @ 467-9259

Tipp City Area Arts Council ART for ALL! – Own Original Art Affordably!

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Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its 2nd annual 6x6 ART for ALL! Benefit Reception and Sale on Saturday, September 10th from 7 to 10 P.M. Start your art collection or expand your existing one at this fun, family-friendly event while enjoying an evening of music and light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Artwork will be hung at our host site - Sugden’s Furniture at 40 W. Main Street in Tipp City – and may be previewed before the reception and sale on Friday, September 9th, from 10:00 to 5:00 P.M. Walk-ins are welcome at the event; however, reservations for the 6x6 ART for ALL! are strongly encouraged. The cost for the evening is $15 for non-members and $10 for TCAAC members; reservations may be made on the TCAAC webpage at or at Tipp Monroe Community Services located at 3 E. Main St. during business hours (9 to 5). Music by Jeanne Harmon and Michael Locke of Dayton and catering by Randall Residence of Tipp City will be provided in the cost of admission. A cash bar will be available. EVERY piece of art will sell for ONLY $20; however, $5 raffle tickets may be purchased on the evening of the event for a chance to be buyers #1 - #20. Purchased art may be taken home at the close of the reception.

The artists’ submissions for the sale, which can be made until Monday, September 5th, can be viewed online at Art will continue to be added to this site as it is received. All art is identified only with the number in which it was received; artist names will be revealed after the sale on September 10th. Visit our Facebook page at to learn more about this event or email questions to ALL proceeds will benefit the Tipp City Area Arts Council’s programs.

Help Wanted: Breastfeeding Peer Helper

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Position Title: Breastfeeding Peer Helper
Company: Darke/Mercer County WIC Program
Location: Greenville, OH

Summary: A WIC Breastfeeding Peer Helper is a professional support person who provides both basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and assists health professionals and all other support staff in supporting the importance of promoting breastfeeding.

Job Type: Part Time (18 hours per work week-will need to be able to work on Monday and Wednesday; the other day can be flexible.)

Experience/Certification Required: Qualifications
* Has breastfed at least one baby for at least 6 months (does not have to be currently breastfeeding).
* Is currently on the WIC program or has been on the WIC program in the past.
* Is enthusiastic about breastfeeding, and wants to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience with breastfeeding. This professional must be willing to work closely with clients dealing with breastfeeding issues.
* Professional and willing to work with other staff members and other community members.

Qualified applicants send resume to

Edison State students interact with BRC residents

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Edison State students left to right, are Ruby Sacher, Julie Roseberry, Cierra Kaufhold, Zach Bevins, Tamera Mendenhall, Cory Jefferis and RJ Rabi Gullet. Photo Courtesy of Jan Teaford, Brethren Retirement Community.
GREENVILLE—Communications students at Edison State Community College’s Darke County Campus have been going into local schools for several years, talking to elementary and intermediate students about drugs, bullying… even the values of being courteous and respectful.

Edison State’s summer Fundamentals of Communication class entered new territory this year, talking to Brethren Retirement Community residents about the challenges of the generations.

“You’ve lived through these decades,” the students said. “You have dealt with them, survived them.” They noted the Great Depression and World War II, and then offered brief summaries of the successes and challenges of each decade through today’s issues of racial tension and terrorism. Their point?

“You have lived through so much and dealt with so much... what advice do you have for us as we deal with our challenges,” they asked the seven residents in attendance.

“As a nation, we need to bring God back into our lives,” said one resident. The others immediately voiced their agreement. From their perspective, it was as simple as that.

The students, without exception, considered the presentation a successful experience, not only having a respectful offering to different generations but also in teamwork. While they were happy with the way their assignment went, they had a bonus their counterparts in the fall and spring semesters don’t have.

“What I really liked,” one of the students said, “was sitting down with the residents and simply talking.” The other students agreed. “We got a chance to get to know each other… learned a lot more than we did standing in front of them with our presentations.”

Bob Robinson, Edison DCC communications instructor, said the speech was the capstone of the course. It incorporated all of the elements of communication fundamentals – from research, ethics and critical thinking to teamwork and diversity – needed to be successful in today’s world.

“Today’s professionals – more than any time in the past – need to be able to work as a team and understand the issues of human diversity, not only among themselves but also those with whom they are communicating,” said Robinson. “They need to understand the roles that these values play in their dealings with others.”

In the fall and spring, Edison State students make their capstone presentations to students in kindergarten through sixth grades. This summer their audience consisted of adults in their 70’s and 80’s.

HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Career Opportunities

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Through our doors you will find the new career opportunity that you have been looking for!

At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Here, you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ journey back home while gaining valuable experience and the skills necessary to further your career. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that happen!

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming hiring events:

  • August 24th: Come see us at the Great Darke County Fair! We will be at the Partners in Caring table in the Coliseum all day.
    • We will have information available regarding current career opportunities & how to apply.
  • September 20th we are inviting STNA and RN candidates to come dressed for success and join us here at our facility.
    • There will be an opportunity to complete an application, interview with a member of our nursing leadership team and tour the facility.

We will also continue to conduct walk-in applications/interviews at our facility any weekday during office hours.

Apply TODAY at:

We are currently seeking new team members to join our 5-star team in the following careers:

Full-time, 1st & 2nd Shifts
Part-time, 1st & 3rd Shifts
Ask about our Sign-On Bonus program!
We also pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 6a-2p, 2p-10p & 10p-6a
All positions include every other weekend and every other holiday.
Will Reimburse for Classes/Test if criteria is met.
Interested in STNA class and have previous experience as a caregiver?
We have limited slots available for full funding & a place on our team!

Part-time, 2nd Shift
Part-time, 3rd Shift
Sign-on Bonus available!
PRN for experienced RNs
We pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 5:45a-2:15p, 1:45p-10:15p & 9:45p-6:15a
All FT/PT positions include every other weekend and every other holiday.

Dietary Services:
Part-time, Dietary Aide
Part-time or Full-time Cook

Interested candidates may also apply in person or on-line at
Complete your application today to join our team of excellent care givers!

HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy. Our candidate is a state-licensed nursing professional and will be accountable for providing care in order to maintain the patients’ physical and emotional well-being. In return for your expertise, you’ll enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare. Join our team today!

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331
For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
Apply online at ∙ EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Friday, August 19, 2016

Update in Darke County Fairground Vandalism Case

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On the morning of August 18, 2016, detectives from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Darke County Juvenile Probation Department in reference to the vandalism and thefts at the fairgrounds.

The Probation Officer had recovered stolen property from a juvenile suspect that was believed to have come from the fairgrounds. Detectives conducted interviews throughout the course of the day and identified three juvenile suspects involved. Detectives recovered additional stolen property during the investigation.

Two of the three juveniles were arrested on other unrelated charges and were taken to the West Central Juvenile Detention facility.

This investigation remains active as detectives attempt to identify victims of theft and recover additional stolen property.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 if you have any information regarding this incident.

Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937) 547-1661 or

Information can be left anonymously.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


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(Front row) Seniors Andy Hayes, Brianna Hartle, Hayley Burns, McKenna Crews, Justin McMiller, Kassidy York, Samantha Buchy and Zach Henninger. (Middle row) Seth Conway, Alivia Lindamood, Sierra Cress, Jenna Netzley, Gracie Pell and Taylor Denniston. (Back row) Chloe Cox, Zac Davis and Nic Colby.
GREENVILLE, OH (August 17, 2016) - The Greenville High School Wavaires will perform in the Grandstand, Friday, August 26, 2:30-3:15pm at the 160th GREAT! Darke County Fair.

Tickets are not required to enter the Grandstand for this free performance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are required to enter the gates of the fairgrounds. Daily tickets are $7 per person for ages 12 and older, and can be purchased at any gate. Ages 11 and under admitted free with paying adult.

The 2016/17 Wavaires will perform musical selections from their recent Camp Show, including: Dancing in The Street, Celebration, Nicest Kids in Town, Over the Rainbow, Nine to Five, Mountain Music, Stuck Like Glue, Photograph, Geronimo, Disney on Stage, Finale B / No Day But Today, Higher and Higher and Finale from Movin’ Out.

The Wavaires are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge.

For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, like and follow their Facebook page at


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Versailles Health Care Center is excited to announce receipt of a five-star rating for resident satisfaction from Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm.

Throughout its 30-year history of serving the community, Versailles Health Care Center has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every resident and patient is met. Throughout the year, a sampling of VHCC’s residents, patients and their families participate in monthly telephone interviews from Pinnacle that include open-ended questions, as well as the opportunity to rate Versailles Health Care Center in specific categories.

For the month of June 2016, Pinnacle Quality Insight has determined that Versailles Health Care Center residents rated their satisfaction rate at 100% with the national average being 73.9%. Responsible party satisfaction rate was 93.5% compared to the national average of 82.3%. Versailles Health Care Center also received a 98.1% short-term rehab stay satisfaction rate with national average being 84%.

“Every month we gather real-time survey results in order to gain a better understanding of the patient and resident’s needs and make improvements when necessary,” said Kristy Earick, CEO/Administrator of Versailles Health Care Center. “It’s quite an honor to receive five stars from our residents!”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2015 and 116 so far in 2016! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at


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Donor Steve Schlechty at 2015 Darke Co. Fair CBC T-shirt Day.
GREENVILLE, Ohio – The colorful tradition of Community Blood Center “T-shirt Day” returns to the Great Darke County Fair in Greenville Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Multiple door prizes are up for grabs, including a CBC t-shirt quilt donated by Vickie Hetrick, at the CBC tent near Gate 2. To be eligible to enter the drawings visitors must be age 16 and older, and must be wearing a CBC t-shirt.

CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh has again set the goal of at least 200 donors wearing CBC colors visiting the CBC tent for a photo on T-shirt Day.

For more information contact Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199 or

Learn more at


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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held September 22 and 29, 2016, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years. This will be 2 classes focusing on parent education, and parent and child interaction.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by September 16, 2016.

Museum’s August “Last Monday” to Time Travel

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“Layers of History” will be the theme for the Versailles Area Museum’s “Last Monday” for August 29th. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the museum.

Our feature guest will be Hannah Wiest Darke County Parks Naturalist. Hannah will present her unique program “Layers of History: Women’s Fashion During the War Between the States”. Joining Hannah will be local author and retired teacher, Cynthia Vogel who will talk about some of the women who weren’t so “lady like” fighting in the war.

Hannah’s lecture presents a revealing history about ladies’ fashion and undergarments during the early 1860s. She will expose each layer and the purpose of the individual garments and explain how the fabric content, print, dress style, and cut all disclosed a woman’s class, age, and social standing.

Wiest will be dressed in a complete ensemble and have many other garments to show as well as a Power Point. She is a member of The Ohio Valley Civil War Association which is made up of the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the 19th US Regular Infantry, the 1st Ohio Battery C Light Artillery, Birge’s Western Sharpshooter (the best US Signal Corp unit in the country), and the Civil War Civilians.

Wiest is a Darke county native, graduated from WSU in creative writing, and currently works as a naturalist educator at DCP. She has a passion for history and spends her free time researching, pattern drafting, and sewing historical clothing both for her living history hobby and for the Park District. She and her new husband, Robert, live in the Arcanum area.

Cynthia, a long time museum volunteer, has authored two books about Civil War women. She has spent many hours researching their unique story and contribution. From spying to fighting women were up to the task too!
While Cynthia’s first book is currently out of print her second volume is available in the museum gift shop.

Our afternoon will conclude with gentile refreshments of the day and of course conversation! Please join us ladies, and bring along the men folk too. They need to know how you all have suffered for them through the centuries!

Day Trip Enjoyed

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Levi Coffin Home/Fountain City, Indiana
My children loved the television show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”, a 1990’s show that traveled the country and the world. The Versailles Area Museum is recreating this by organizing their mini day trips to wonderful area historical sites.

On August 11th we traveled southwest of Versailles to Fountain City, Indiana, originally known as Newport. This was the one time home of Quaker abolitionist, Levi Coffin. this well preserved home, one of Indiana’s State Historical Sites, sheds light on the work of the Quakers and other abolitionists who strived to help runaway slaves travel on to Canada and freedom.

Catherine & Levi Coffin welcomed some 2000 runaways through the doors of their home for rest and safety on their journey north. From the false bottom wagon used to transport runaway slaves to the tiny garret in an upstairs back bedroom, there was a place to rest and hide to be safe on their way north, on what today is Indiana Route 27.

Fourteen friends of our Museum joined Board Members, Connie Droesch and Jim Kelch on a wonderful day in the country. What would a trip be without food? So lunch was enjoyed in the air conditioned comfort at Fountain City’s Family Diner. So what’s left to do after touring and a great lunch? Well shopping of course! We traveled just south of the outskirts of Fountain City to Fountain Acres, a large Amish store often referred to by the locals as the “Amish Walmart”. Here we were delighted by the array of delicious baked good, fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses awaiting our inspection.

So another adventure completed and enjoyed by all. Where will we travel to next?

Thanks to Larry Martin & Connie Droesch for kindly driving and to our President, Deb Pohl for providing our “mini” bus!

2016 Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review – September 20, 21 and 22

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The Farm Science Review is Sept. 20-22 this year and will offer farmers and other visitors to the annual farm show the opportunity to learn the latest agricultural innovations from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

That includes offering some 180 educational presentations and opportunities presented by educators, specialists and faculty from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.

Purdue University educators will also present, said Matt Sullivan, assistant manager of the Farm Science Review, which is located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

“Visitors to FSR will be able to learn new techniques and strategies to improve their farming operations’ bottom line,” Sullivan said. “Right now is a challenging time in agriculture with low commodity prices, so farmers and producers of all sizes will be able to come and learn about new programs and ideas to improve their farming operations.

Advance sale tickets for the 2016 Farm Science Review can be purchased at your Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, office at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. All advance sale tickets are $7.00 each; ages 5 and under are free. Gate tickets will be $10.00. We also have information at our office for the special needs vehicles.

“Topics will include several issues including the agriculture economy, grain markets, land values and cash rents.”

Following the theme “My FSR,” visitors will be able to experience the show with a more personalized perspective, Sullivan said.

“The goal this year it to invite people to see the Farm Science Review through new innovations and take part in educational programing that offers information on what they are looking for,” he said. “This event is now in its 54th year. It has become a place that people want to be a part of because we offer ideas from farming to conservation and everything in between, and people can experience it in their own way.

“Some people come for the exhibitors, others for field demonstrations or the Extension programing — that’s what makes it a truly unique event.”

This is just a sampling of what participants can expect to see during the three-day farm trade show, which is nationally recognized as a premier agricultural event. FSR annually draws between 110,000 and 130,000 farmers, growers, producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to more than 4,000 product lines from 630 commercial exhibitors and educational opportunities from Ohio State and Purdue specialists, other Review events will include:

  • Field to Faucet water and nutrient research tours. Participants can learn more about the joint projects between Ohio State and Beck’s Hybrids, featuring research on water quality and nutrients, nutrient use efficiency for nitrogen and phosphorus, precision agriculture and compaction, and high yield factors.
  • Plot demonstrations by members of the OSU Extension Agronomic Crops Team on corn, soybean, cover crops and bio-energy crops established at the eastern edge of the Review exhibit area. The plots are just outside Gate C near the main entrance gate.
  • Daily field demonstrations in the fields north of Interstate 70. The demonstrations will include corn harvesting, soybean harvesting, tillage, nutrient application, planters and field drainage installation.
  • Live streaming of an unmanned aerial system for real-time crop surveillance. Used as another tool in the farmer’s precision agriculture toolbox, the drones can be used to provide useful local site-specific data including crop scouting and geo-referencing. This allows growers to monitor pesticide dispersion, fertilizer usage and crop health parameters.
  • A building at the corner of Kottman Street and Land Avenue that features 40 new booths with a wide variety of agriculture industry exhibitors, including 20 new exhibitors to the Farm Science Review this year. They include seed, insurance and other agriculture companies. Adding these exhibitors will broaden the show’s breadth of exhibitors, Sullivan said.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

For more detailed information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest

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All proceeds benefit the Friends of Darke County Parks.
Do you think you have the best pie in Darke County? Come find out who really does! Join the Darke County Park District on Saturday, September 24th for the annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest, held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West.) The rules are simple. Have your pie (or pies if you would like to enter more than one) to the Nature Center between 9:30am and 10:00 am. Judging will start promptly at 10:00am. There is a $2 entry fee per pie. The judging categories will be divided into apple, berry, peach, and other. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. The pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as dishes cannot be returned. A cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry. After judging, the pies will be sold at the Mad Anthony’s Tavern, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. Please call the Nature Center at 548-0165 with any questions or for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2016 National DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER Campaign. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists, August 19th – September 5th– both day and night.

Did you know?

  • Labor Day weekend brings an increase in highway travel and drunk driving, so State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on this deadly epidemic and save lives.
  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in these preventable crashes.
  • On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC); 38 percent involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC); and more than a fourth (27%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal per se limit (.15+ BAC).
  • In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk-driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
  • Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren’t buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • In addition to the human toll drunk driving takes on our country, the financial impact is devastating as well: based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $49.8 billion annually.
  • In every state it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes in the United States.
  • Of the 10,076 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2013, 65 percent were the drunk drivers themselves.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August over the five-year period of 2009-2013, almost 1 out of 10 (8%) of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. In 2013, 23 percent of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 15 percent for females.
  • Drunk driving is more common at night, and Labor Day weekend in 2013 was no exception. Half of all the fatalities during the nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) involved drunk drivers, as compared to 14 percent during the day.
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2013, 45 percent of those fatalities involved a drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes. In 2013, 27 percent of the motorcycle riders killed were driving impaired.
For more sobering statistics on drunk driving in the United States, visit

Law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired drivers around the clock. You can expect to get a ride to the police station at the very least. “No excuses and no exceptions,” said Chief Butts.

More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be aggressively enforcing the law with a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

The Greenville Police Department urges everyone to DRIVE SOBER for yourself, your families, friends and strangers.

Coffee with the Commissioner Goes to the Fair

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This month is Fair month! In keeping with that, Commissioner Stegall will be at the Great Darke County fair with most of the people from the County and surrounding areas. Commissioner Stegall will be at the fair on Friday, August 19th, August 22nd, and August 26th from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Republican tent to answer any questions, or listen to any concerns or comments that you may have on any county issue. The county fair is always a good time to meet with friends and family, and a good time to stop by and say “Hi” to your county officials.

Hope to see you all at the Great Darke County Fair!

Notice of Accreditation Survey from Family Health, Inc.

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Family Health, Inc. has voluntarily requested an accreditation survey conducted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) as a means of having a third-party review the entire organization to build upon strengths and identify opportunities to improve our delivery of safe, high-quality health care. The survey will evaluate the organization’s compliance with AAAHC Standards for ambulatory health care.

Members of the general public, patients, and staff of Family Health, Inc. who believe they have relevant and valid information about Family Health, Inc. may present or report information in writing by mail to the address below; email to; or by telephone as listed below.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.
5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200
Skokie, IL 60077
Telephone: 847-853-6060
FAX: 847-853-9028

Faith UMC Welcomes Dr. Manohar James

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( Left to right) Sharon Troutwine presenting a check to Dr. Manohar James along with Pastor Tim Pieper of Arcanum Faith UMC.
Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church recently welcomed a missionary leader, Rev. Manohar James, to speak to their congregation. Dr. James is a recent PH.D graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the Executive Director of Serving Alongside International (SAI). His challenge is training leaders for effective evangelism and church planting in India. Faith UMC is privileged to partner with Dr. James with financial and prayerful support to this global mission. The hopes are to reach the lost, serve the needy, and train underprivileged pastors in this faraway, freedom challenged country.


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Gary and Jeanne Grosch of Pooch Parlor in Greenville have generously donated to Darke County Special Olympics.

They are shown here with Emi and Chase, their dogs and in the middle, Cindy Rose, the Director of Darke Co. Special Olympics. The yearly programming is funded totally by donations from our community. No funding is received from the national or state level Special Olympics to operate. Donations are used to pay for uniforms, state entry fees, travel costs, meals, rental fees, softball field maintenance and other expenses through the year. All donations support athletes from Darke County. 

Our program is directed, coached, and chaperoned by volunteers giving of their time. Darke County Special Olympics thanks the Pooch Parlor.

Teacher Workshop: Send a Monarch to Mexico

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In the fall, over 60,000 students across the globe created symbolic butterflies and sent them to Mexico as part of Journey North. The Symbolic Monarch represents the gift of goodwill that each country must contribute to ensure the survival of this shared natural resource. Children who live beside the Monarchs' winter sanctuaries in Mexico protect the paper butterflies and return them in the spring. Through the Symbolic Migration, children are united by the Monarch butterfly and celebrate its spectacular migration. They learn authentic lessons of conservation and international cooperation. A global study of wildlife migration, Journey North engages citizen scientists and K-12 students in sharing their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events.

The symbolic butterflies' fall flight is timed to correspond with the real Monarchs' journey south. As the eastern population of North American Monarchs are arriving in Mexico for the winter, students from the sanctuary region receive their symbolic butterflies. Sometime in March when the real Monarchs' departure from Mexico is announced, the paper butterflies return north carrying special messages from the students in Mexico.

Darke County Parks’ Naturalist, Mandy Martin, visited Mrs. Flora’s class at East Intermediate in September of 2015 and began the 8 month Journey North Symbolic Migration project with the students. The children learned about the natural history of the Monarch butterfly and the incredible journey the butterflies make each fall. Children discovered the life cycle of the beautiful insect, the tools the insect uses for survival and the migration path of the winged jewel. The students then decorated individual paper butterflies and one large class butterfly to be included in the Journey North Symbolic Migration. The children’s artistic creations were sent to classrooms in Mexico near the winter sanctuaries of the Monarch butterflies. In February of 2016, Mrs. Flora’s class was notified of the location in which their class butterfly ‘landed’ in Mexico. By connecting to the Journey North website, the students in Greenville were able to see pictures of the Mexican students holding their class butterflies! Finally, coinciding with the spring migration, Mrs. Flora’s class began receiving butterflies, after wintering in Mexico, from all over the United States and Canada.

Darke County Parks invites teachers on Saturday, August 27th at 2pm to participate in the global conservation effort of the iconic Monarch Butterfly. Join Mandy Martin for an afternoon highlighting how the program works and how to get involved. She’ll begin scheduling naturalist classroom visits to start your class on this magnificent journey. This program is completely free though registration is required. If you are interested in your classroom participating in the Symbolic Monarch program but can’t attend the workshop, contact Mandy Martin at the Nature Center. She will be happy to work with you individually.

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
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