Friday, September 14, 2018

"The Unsung Hero" by Chris Mortensen and Rhonda Schaar

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The K-8 students and staff will take a moment to remember a day of tragedy and of unification of people around those who stood as heroes on September 11, 2001. We have heard it asked many times, “Where are all the heroes today?” We often consider the acts of people that occur randomly, and in the moment, to be our indicators as to whether a person is heroic or not. In this, I would not disagree, but I believe we can look more superficially to find those heroes as well. We may find that there are more heroic acts than we would let ourselves acknowledge. To us September 11, 2001 was one event that brought this truth to light for our community and country as a whole, yet it seems that, that was a distant memory. Spotting heroes can simply be a matter of looking beyond our own preconceived notions of what a hero could be.

We, as a society, often overlook the simple acts of heroism as simply, “the job.” They are often not looked at as heroes, because they accepted the role and are often paid to perform the duty. This simple act takes one from being looked at as a hero to just performing their job. Take a couple of examples in mind and think to yourself how we portray this to those around us: A Police Officer or Sheriff Officer, is this someone who puts their life on the line every time they approach a car or enter a building or are they seen as someone who writes tickets for not stopping at the stop sign completely or stopping us, because we were driving too fast. How about this, make sure you have your seatbelt on, there is a police officer. They are portrayed as something to fear rather than someone who protects and defends.

In looking back, I would like to believe that our portrayal of these actions is one that demonstrates the risk and honor that our local law enforcement, fire fighters and rescue services face daily. I would also say that in conversation with any of these service men and women, they do not see themselves as heroes, but doing what needs to be done. In taking a closer look, we know that heroes abound, and they are individuals willing to stand against the fray. This is the reason that we take time on September 11 to recognize the members of these organizations as well as those members of the armed forces who take on the responsibility of keeping us and our children safe.

We are proud to have the opportunity to share with our students in the K-8 facility just what it means to truly be a hero and to accept the risk of keeping each of them safe every day. On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, we will take a small moment of our day to share our admiration for those heroes and to acknowledge the friends, family and loved ones lost in the name of our safety and freedom. We do this to remind us all, of the dedication and courage that it takes to stand up for what is right. It is not free, and it certainly comes at a cost.

Our guest speaker to the students for the September 11 ceremony is retired Army Veteran and retired Sheriff’s Officer, Steve Stebbins. He is a past graduate of Greenville City School of the class of 1966, was wounded twice in the Vietnam War receiving two purple hearts and the bronze star. He was a member of the Sheriff’s department for 35 years before retiring. We are excited to have him as a speaker for our students regarding September 11 and our unsung heroes who are here for us in the surrounding local community.

Perhaps, ask your son or daughter about what they learned regarding the events of September 11 and the selfless acts of our dedicated service personnel who answer the call for us all. We feel it is an honor to keep these memory’s fresh for our community, to commemorate our heroes and to acknowledge their sacrifice in the name of freedom. We salute them all for their courage and dedication to public safety.


Chris Mortensen, Principal @ Greenville Middle School 7/8
Rhonda Schaar, Principal @ Greenville Middle School 5/6


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This month Commissioner Stegall will be having his “Coffee with the Commissioner” at a family, fun event in the County, near Versailles! This Saturday, Sept. 15th is Darke County Aviation Days at the Darke County Airport! The event will be from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Commissioner Stegall will be there from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. There will be all kinds of activities, arts and crafts, aircraft on display, and aviation education to enjoy. You will enjoy the day and the aircraft, plus you have a chance to discuss county issues with a Commissioner. Please, bring the family and enjoy a fun-filled and educational day at the Darke County Airport, meet other
friends there, and talk to a Commissioner about your concerns.

The date is September 15th, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for Aviation days at the Darke County Airport, plus Commissioner Stegall will be there to answer questions from 10:00 until 12:00. Hope to see you there!!

Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day Live!

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Free Admission on September 22, 2018, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket

The National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas-With Lawrence and Beyond

Greenville, Ohio— Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s fourteenth annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available for download beginning in August at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2018 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit
Garst Museum CEO, Dr. Clay Johnson, stated that “We think it is important to participate in the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day. This is a great opportunity to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture.”

The Garst Museum complex is located at 205 North Broadway, (SR118N) in Greenville, OH; entrance is through the Garst House, which was built in 1852. The complex features six separate but connected buildings. The National Annie Oakley Center houses an extensive exhibit dedicated to the sharpshooter. Other exhibits focus on Native American history, the Treaty of Greene Ville, and broadcast journalism pioneer and nearby Woodington native, Lowell Thomas. There is a pioneer wing, an exhibit depicting a village of circa 1890-1930 shops, rooms furnished with American antiques, a military exhibit with uniforms and artifacts dating from The War of 1812 through the present, and a large collection of Currier and Ives works. The Darke County Research and Genealogical Center is housed at the museum as well. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays, major holidays and the month of January.

For more information, please visit

This Sunday Local History Shared with “Simple Service”

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This Sunday, September 16 some important local history is shared and celebrated as has been done for the past 113 years.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will open their doors to celebrate a short worship service and hymn sing to honor those settlers who founded this tiny congregation in 1850 and closing in 1905.

The last remaining of the log church in Darke County, was built in the forests north of Webster, Ohio known to locals as Dutch Roost by the locals, the German immigrants who first settled here in the 1830’s and desired a church, like they left at home built this tiny church in the woods to worship and celebrate God’s gifts.

The Church whose beautiful pewter communion service is now on display at the Versailles Area Museum is still filled with many artifacts from the Church’s founding including the original German Pulpit Bible and plain hand carved pews, pulpit and Altar table.

The 1890’s pump organ is used for the this service and the quaint, coved hair plastered room illuminates with the feelings of years gone by.

The Church will be open one hour before the “Simple Service”, led by Rev. Brian McGee of St. John’s Greenville to allow for browsing the building and cemetery grounds. The service will begin at 2:00 with hymns played on the pump organ. Light refreshments will be served on the lawn following the service.

This piece of our area’s history is truly a local treasure listed on the National Historic Register and it is maintained by the descendants of the original Congregation and gifts by the Community during the Open House.

This year St. Peters continues to participate in the Ohio Historical Society’s “Open Door Initiative”; a celebration of Ohio’s hidden gems that are rarely viewed or open to the public.

Your contributions are the only financial support this historic church receives and are vital to keeping her doors open, once a year and maintaining the property for future years to come. St Peter’s like our Museum is a 501c.3 and would welcome your support. A contribution may be made by check to: St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church c/o J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Please join us as we once again open our doors wide and welcome you home to St. Peter’s.

The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum joins Smithsonian Magazine's 14th Annual Museum Day.

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Free admission on September 22, 2018 with a downloadable Museum Day Ticket

The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum located at 200 N Miami Avenue Bradford, Ohio 45308 will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine's 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year's event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums, which will be continually updated at

The museum is open from 10 am- 3 pm.

We hope you will participate in Museum Day

The museum is offering vistation to the museum free of charge that day.

Greenville Eagles makes second Empowering donation this year

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Erica Price, Greenville Eagles 2177 treasurer, presents second donation
check this year to Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator for
Empowering Darke County Youth.
GREENVILLE – Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles 2177 presented a donation check to Empowering Darke County Youth recently. Noting the importance of supporting today’s youth, this was the organization’s second donation this year.

Community support donations come from Eagles Charitable Bingo funds. The fraternal organization has a long history of actively supporting young people, from college scholarships for graduating seniors to the Empowering tutoring programs.

“We are currently enrolling students in our After School Program,” said Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator. “Our goal is to make sure we have no waiting list this year… this donation goes a long way to helping us reach that goal.”

“We support a wide variety of nonprofit community service organizations,” Erica Price, Eagles treasurer, said. “This one is especially important because the kids we’re helping are our future.”

Membership in the Eagles is open to the public. Applications can be obtained at 113 E. Third Street. The organization also provides a variety of services and events to the public, including daily breakfast and lunch.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.


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GREENVILLE - A.R. Winery is all about the animals! Since opening three years ago on Labor Day weekend, A.R. Winery’s patrons have been donating to the “Fuel” Fund. The owners, Russell & Angie Rex, decided that they were going to help the animals as much as they could each year. The fund is named after their 5 yr. old Border Collie, Fuel. He’s on every one of their wine labels and is well known in the sport of Flyball.

This year, the Fuel Fund raised donations for the Darke County Dog Park, “Scentral Park.”

“Scentral Park” is over 3 acres in size and features walking trails, off leash areas for small and large dogs, seating benches, and ample parking. The Park is open from daylight to dark and is available to all (located on County Home Rd., beyond the Sheriff's Department in Greenville). The donations will help maintain the grounds and keep this park looking fabulous for all to enjoy!

Located in the picture (left to right) – Bob Harshbarger, Jeanie Harshbarger, Fuel, Angie Rex & Russell Rex.

DCCA Selected to Receive Funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund

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Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, to present pianist Alpin Hong as part of DCCA's Artists series and Arts In Education for the 2018-2019 Season.
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.

Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support Darke County Center for the Arts in their upcoming engagement of Alpin Hong. Arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry – thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding.”

Darke County Center for the Arts opens their 2018-2019 Artists Series season on Saturday, September 22 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall with a return performance by pianist Alpin Hong, who twice before has thrilled local audiences with his charismatic personality as well as his dynamic playing. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the program entitled “Chasing Chopin” will feature Chopin’s incomparable music while also offering a rare window into the extraordinary life experiences which drive Alpin’s gripping interpretation of those masterworks. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

DCCA will also present Alpin Hong at St. Clair Memorial Hall to junior high students from all local public schools on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21 as part of their Arts In Education program; these programs are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Artists Series’ “Chasing Chopin” concert cost $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond. For more information on ArtsMidwest please visit

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on their 2018-2019 Celebrating 40 Years - Ruby season and to purchase tickets, contact the DCCA Office at (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Reward Offered for Information in String of Suspicious Fires in Greenville

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There have been eight (8) fires which have occurred since July 10th, 2018, and are currently under police investigation. These fires have taken place in alleys with detached garages with the vehicles being targets.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for $1,000.00 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of these fires.


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Fort GreeneVille DAR Promotes Constitution Week

September 17 through 23 commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. To kick off Constitution Week, proclamations were given by the Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor Willman.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR would like to invite everyone to visit our local libraries in Darke County for Constitution Week. Each of the six local libraries (Arcanum, New Madison, Greenville, Union City, Worch Memorial and Bradford) and the Garst Museum were gifted by DAR members with a 750 piece jigsaw puzzle of the US Constitution. Patrons are encouraged to visit and work on the puzzles at the designated locations. Also there will be Constitution bookmarks for patrons while supplies last. A display cabinet featuring Constitution Week can be viewed at the Greenville Public Library.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.

The Ball Family to Entertain at Beamsville Christian Church Oct 7th at 6 PM.

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Herbert Ball, with children Nelson Ball and Peggy Ball-Arnold, formed The Ball Family Gospel Singing Group in the late sixties. Since founding their Southern Gospel Group over 40 years ago, The Ball Family has remained true to their commitment to make a difference. Through a compelling combination of harmonious vocals and outstanding musical accompaniment, this family group has been able to reach out to people challenging them to accept the Lord and make a change in their hearts and lives. Since the first appearance, The Ball Family has shared their inspiring music ministry at auditoriums, camp meetings, prisons, and churches throughout the country. They have shared the stage with such groups as the Gaithers, Dixie Melody Boys, Greenes, Palmetto State Quartet, Statesmen Quartet, Speer Family, Dixie Echoes, Squire Parsons, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, The Blackwood Brothers and appeared on Barbara Fairchild's Sunday Morning Program in Branson, Missouri. Today, The Ball Family is made up of seven talented singers and musicians who have come together to create an unmistakable sound and share a life changing message. Please come join them at Beamsville Christian Church at 6 PM Sunday Oct 7th. The Church is located North of Greenville approx. 4 miles on US Route 127. Refreshments served after concert.


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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (August 30, 2018) – On September 23 the Maria Stein Shrine will host the 3rd annual Heritage Day Celebration from 1pm-5pm. The family friendly event offers FREE ACTIVITIES including quilt and tractors shows, a juggler and weaver, youth games & crafts, Shrine scavenger hunt with prizes, pie baking contest and auction, gift basket raffle and Relic Chapel presentations. Free live music from Danny Schneible (1pm-3pm) and from Mike Koesters, Luke Fullenkamp and Keith Homan (3pm-5pm). Other activities include the popular Sweet Tooth Booth, balloon animals, face painting and ice cream!

Romer’s Chicken dinners are available (pre-sale only until Sept 13) for $7.00 with pick up at the Shrine driveway 4-5:30pm. Burgers, sausage patties and hotdogs are also available at the event.

Raffle tickets are on sale now at the Shrine and are also available the day of the event. A $1,000 grand prize winner will be drawn the day of the event and one $50 prize winner will be drawn weekly for 52 weeks.

The Heritage Day Celebration is held each year to raise funds for the operation of the Maria Stein Shrine. The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit

Peacefully Parenting

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OSU Extension, Darke County is offering a parenting class for those parents who wish to better their parenting skills. Peacefully Parenting is a 3 week series and will be offered from 6:00pm-8:00pm on October 3, 10 and 17, 2018. This class is adults only and limited to 15 people.

To register, please call 937-548-5215 or email Please register by September 27, 2018.


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Darke County Center for the Arts opens their 2018-2019 Artists Series season CELEBRATING 40 YEARS on Saturday, September 22 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall with a return performance by pianist Alpin Hong, who twice before has thrilled local audiences with his charismatic personality as well as his dynamic playing. 
Darke County Center for the Arts opens their 2018-2019 Artists Series season on Saturday, September 22 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall with a return performance by pianist Alpin Hong, who twice before has thrilled local audiences with his charismatic personality as well as his dynamic playing. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the program entitled “Chasing Chopin” will feature Chopin’s incomparable music while also offering a rare window into the extraordinary life experiences which drive Alpin’s gripping interpretation of those masterworks. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

When DCCA first presented Alpin Hong almost a decade ago, popular response to his performance, as well as thwarted Arts In Education plans due to winter weather conditions, motivated a return in 2014. His performances drew raves both times, and constant demands for his return continue to bombard DCCA authorities. The upcoming performance offers insight into the artist as well as appreciation for classic piano repertoire. “Throughout his life, Alpin has been inspired and sustained by the music of Chopin, even while the prize-winning artist experimented with extreme sports, video gaming, and teenage rebellion; this show offers an entertaining, unique mashup of autobiographical storytelling with dazzling piano performance that communicates directly to audiences of all ages,” Mr. Rawlins stated. Mr. Hong, a piano prodigy, experienced the catastrophic loss of his parents at age 12, and believes that music saved his life; his highly entertaining performances convey deep emotion and reflect his passion for music.

“Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin” is sponsored by Richard Baker and Greenville V.F.W. Post 7262. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

DCCA will also present Alpin Hong at St. Clair Memorial Hall to junior high students from all local public schools on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21 as part of their Arts In Education program; these programs are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Artists Series’ “Chasing Chopin” concert cost $20 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are also available online at

“I Want to Survive” at Library

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Local outdoor enthusiast Aaron Olson will discuss how trees can be used for more than just landscaping in “I Want to Survive: Medicinal Trees.” He will go over practical and medicinal uses for the bark and seeds of many trees native to Darke County and surrounding areas. Some of the trees covered will be Pine, Willow, and Walnut.

Join us at the Greenville Public Library Saturday September 22nd at 10:00. This is a free event that will be held on the front library lawn weather permitting. Refreshments will be provided.

Darke County Genealogical Society Fall Workshop

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The Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc. presents the Fall Genealogy Workshop, featured speaker is Katherine Willson. This will be Saturday, Oct 13, 2018. Doors open at 8:30 A.M. over at 3:30 P.M., at Garst Museum, Lowell Thomas Meeting Room, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. Katherine R. Willson is from Ann Arbor, MI. She is a national public speaker on Genealogy and has taught Genealogy classes for the last 13 years.

  • Session 1 : Resources for Foreign Research
  • Session 2 : Voyage to America
  • Session 3 : Records of NYC’s Emigrant Savings Bank
  • Session 4: Facebook’s 11,200+ Genealogy/History Pages & Groups

Pack your lunch – drinks and dessert furnished.

Juice, coffee, and rolls/muffins & fruit available in the morning. Door prizes and Handouts

Pre-Registration before Oct 4, 2018 - $20.00

Registration at the door - $25.00 Checks payable to the Darke County Genealogical Society and mail to Brenda Arnett 6545 Dull Rd., Arcanum, OH 45304-9402 (questions?) Email – to or call 937-692-6511

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Republicans to hold annual Pig Roast

Members of the decorations committee and food committee for the upcoming Darke County Republican Pig Roast meet at the A & B Coffee and Cake Company in Greenville to initiate plans for the October 21 event. Left to right: Betsy Ward, Katie Deland (Chairman), Aaron Ward and Carol Ginn.
The Darke County Republican Party will be hosting its annual Pig Roast from 3 –6 p.m. on October 21 in the Youth Building at the Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville.

The meal will consist of shredded pork sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, potato chips, cookies and assorted beverages. Tickets are free but will be collected at the door.

Greenville ROJTC will be presenting the colors, entertainment will be provided by Final Bow and a free raffle will be held for gift certificates from Cope’s Distributing. There will be a Bounce House, face painting and other entertainment for children. Ohio Senator Matt Huffman (R-12) will emcee the event.

The Pig Roast event provides the citizens of Darke County to not only hear from the Republican Candidates for office, but to meet and speak personally with each. Those candidates who will be in attendance are: Mike DeWine (for Ohio Governor), Frank LaRose (for Ohio Secretary of State), Dave Yost (for Attorney General), Robert Sprague (for Ohio Treasurer), Keith Faber (for Ohio Auditor), Justice Mary DeGenaro (for re-election to Ohio Supreme Court), Judge Baldwin (for election to Ohio Supreme Court), Judge Jeffrey Welbaum (for re-election to Ohio’s Second District Court of Appeals), Congressman Warren Davidson (for re-election to Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District), Steve Huffman (for Fifth District Ohio Senate), Susan Manchester (for 84th Ohio House District), Jena Powell (for 80th Ohio House District), Carol Ginn (re-election as Darke County Auditor), and Mike Stegall (re-election as Darke County Commissioner).

Members of the Darke County Republican Party serving along with Chairman Katie DeLand on the 2018 Pig Roast are: Jason Aslinger, Karen Aslinger, Matt Aultman, Lyn Bliss, Kelly Buschur, Ryan Buschur, Carol Ginn, Susan Manchester, Cindy Pike, Matt Poeppelman, Jena Powel, Matt Staugler, Ben Thaeler, Keith Threewits, Aaron Ward, Betsy Ward, and Alex Weaver.

Tickets are available from any elected Republican official, your Darke County Republican Central Committee Member or Pig Roast Committee Members. You may also request tickets by calling Pig Roast Committee Chairman Katie DeLand (937) 424-7086 . More information regarding the Darke County Republican Party and the upcoming Pig Roast may be found at


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Kathleen Regan, a Singer/Songwriter from Nashville, will perform at The Inn at Versailles on Thursday, September 13th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Since first appearing on stage at the age of 4 as Gretl Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” Regan has built an impressive resume of stage experience, first as an actor and singer and now as an up-and-comer on the Nashville music scene.

Regan credits her parents, Karen and John Regan, for recognizing and nurturing her interest in music and performance from a young age. They exposed her to a wide variety of musical genres and gave her opportunities to perform, beginning with that long-ago debut 20 years ago. She grew up in Massachusetts and at age 8 she signed with a Boston-based acting agency, became a member of SAG and began to perform at cafes and other venues around New England. She began writing songs when she was 10, and first picked up a guitar at 13. It was at about that time that she realized that she might actually be able to make a living doing what she loved best - writing and performing songs.

After high school graduation, she lived briefly in Los Angeles, making contacts in the music industry and performing at every opportunity. Not long after she realized that Nashville would be a better venue for developing her catchy folk/pop vibe that some have likened to artists such as as Jewel, Colbie Caillat and Maren Morris. She relocated there when she was 19. Since then she has continued to hone her craft, releasing her first EP, “Thank the Dirt,” soon after arriving in Nashville. Regan has since followed with a self-named EP in 2016.

“I am always meeting new artists,” said Regan, “and have had the joy of writing and recording with some great names in [Nashville].”

One such song is “Risk it All,” as well as her “personal anthem, “Bottle of Rain.” Regan’s music is deeply influenced by the eclectic music exposures she’s had over the years. “Nashville has really been a turning point for me as far as finding my own sound in this industry,” she explains, “I am always striving to become more creative, relatable and catchy while staying true to myself.” She is an official artist on Spotify. Her music can also be heard on iTunes and YouTube.

Regan will appear at The Inn at Versailles as part of her fall tour spanning from Boston to Ohio.

To reserve a table for dinner, please call The Inn at Versailles at 937-526-3020. You can also come by and enjoy the show from the bar area!

To find out more about Kathleen Regan, visit her Facebook page,

Knitting Class at Library

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Join us at the Greenville Public Library for a small group, beginner's knitting class on Tuesday September 18th at 7:00. We will focus on basic techniques and terminology through hands-on experience taught by Janet Wenning.

Registration is required. The class is limited to 10 participants. Please call us at 548-3915 to reserve your spot. Please bring the following materials with you per person: A pair of size 9 needles and Worsted Weight Yarn (medium weight or #4 or #5).

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for September will feature Erica Menke from Nature’s Heart Yoga Studio, situated at 120 W. Third Street. The mission of Nature’s Heart is to provide an inviting and encouraging space to all students, whether beginner or advanced, and abilities to practice the discipline of yoga for health and wellness.

Erica explains ”You don't have to be skinny and flexible to do Yoga like everyone thinks! Learn how Yoga truly is for everyone and can be done everywhere!"

Erica provides an environment where students support and spend time with one another, share their passions in life and practice yoga while giving back to our community. For more info see

Join us Wednesday September 19th at noon at the Library. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915. If you would like the boxed lunch from the Coffee Pot let us know. It costs $5 and includes a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own or just come for the program!

Special Award to Darke County Farmers Union Long-time President, Duane Shields

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Darke County Farmers Union President, Todd Rhoades, presents Duane Shields with certificates for several awards during the Darke County Farmers Union’s pre-fair meeting.
During a recent meeting of the Darke County Farmers Union members, a special award was given to Duane Shields, past Darke County Farmers Union President. Duane had served as President for the organization for over twelve years from the year 2000 to 2012. During that time period, Duane was the first person from the county to serve on the Ohio Farmers Union 5-Member Executive Committee. Duane participated in many, many long Executive Committee meetings and was instrumental in helping to reorganize the Ohio Farmers Union after a state-office malfunction in the years 2009-2010. Duane also made many trips to Washington, D. C. on their fly-ins to fight for the rights and interests of family farmers.

Duane was presented with certificates by the current County President, Todd Rhoades to show the appreciation for the progress made in the county under his leadership and as an acknowledgement of his gift for strengthening the local organization’s relationship with the State and National Farmers Union. Duane received the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Leadership from Darke County, a Certificate of Achievement for membership and a Certificate of Recognition.

Winners in the 2018 Darke County Farmers Union Theodore L. Finnarn Scholarship Essay Contest

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Brenna Loxley, first-place winner of the Theodore L. Finnarn Scholarship
award is pictured with Theodore O. Finnarn, son of Theodore L. Finnarn
and Secretary-Treasurer of the Darke County Farmers Union. 
This year’s Darke County Farmers Union Scholarship Essay Contest was a tribute to an active, lifetime member of the Farmers Union, Theodore L. Finnarn, who passed away on February 8, 2003, Mr. Finnarn had served as President and on the Executive Committee of the local Darke County Farmers Union. He was engaged in farming with his father and son, and the business was known as “Finnarn Farms”, located in Neave and Butler townships in Darke County. He maintained a herd of registered Shorthorn and Hereford cattle.

Mr. Finnarn was very active in farm policy matters and was a member of the Darke, Ohio and National Farmers Union, attending many state and national conventions and participating in several lobbying trips to Washington D.C. to promote the rights and interests of family farmers.

He was appointed by the late President John F. Kennedy to a special Feed Grains Council in the early 1960s which helped to develop the federal feed and grain farm programs of the 1960s and 1970s which served thousands of farmers. He also served as the local ASCS committeeman and on the local Darke County Planning Commission. In addition, he founded a Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurance co-op with the Darke County Farmers Union in the late 1950s, which lasted for over 50 years.

Darke County high school seniors or college freshman who have a membership in the Farmers Union (or have parents or grandparents who are members) are eligible to compete in the local county chapter’s essay contests. This year’s first place winner is Brenna Loxley, daughter of Katrina (Craig) Unger and Shawn Loxley, and granddaughter of Jed and Penny Smith. Brenna is attending The Ohio State University and majoring in Agri-science Education.

Many Demonstrations at Prairie Days

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Once again, Prairie Days will feature many historical demonstrations. Volunteers will be demonstrating how pioneers would have made homemade bread in the outdoor bake oven, also known as the cob oven. This style oven is operated by building a fire inside in order to preheat the earthen structure, afterwards the coals are removed and the baking surface prepped with cornmeal to prevent sticking. The bread dough, cookies, or any other baked goods can then be baked before the oven cools down again. Full loaves of white bread, wheat bread, rye bread, white herb bread or ginger sorghum molasses cookies will be available for a donation during Prairie Days in the General Store.

Also back this year are the sorghum pressing and boiling demonstrations. Journey to the prairie to witness stalks of sorghum, grown nearby, pressed to release their sweet juice. After capturing the sweet liquid from pressing the stalks, volunteers will boil it down similar to making maple syrup. The processed sorghum, also known as sorghum molasses, will be available for a donation while supplies last.

In addition to these demonstrations, visitors will also see blacksmiths working in the shop, a broom maker making corn brooms, soap making, apple butter boiling over an open fire, and many more historical demonstrations.

Come check out all of these trades and all the other fun, educational, and family friendly activities at the 2018 Prairie Days festival, September 29th from 10am to 5pm and September 30th from 12pm to 5pm. The event will be held at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve and has plenty of free parking and free admission. For questions or more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Dave Knapp continues support of Empowering programs

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Empowering Darke County Youth Program Coordinator Bob Robinson,
left, accepts a check from Dave Knapp, owner of Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln.
GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth expresses its sincere appreciation to Dave Knapp, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, for his continuing support of Empowering programs. He has been a supporter since the organization was founded in 2016.

“Dave is a pillar of the community,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Darke County Youth Program Coordinator. “I can’t keep track of all the community efforts he has supported. For many years he provided scholarships for Darke County athletes through our scholarship program. Now he helps us help local youth improve their academic skills.

“We appreciate all he does for us and his community.”

Empowering will soon be enrolling students at Greenville Elementary and Middle School for its third After School Program. Since 2016 the organization has provided nearly 7,700 contact hours of tutoring and support to 339 students.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.


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For the average American, it is difficult to imagine a life in which the city dump is both your home and place of employment. The garbage, the smell, and the filth are outside our realm of understanding. And yet these living conditions are reality for over 10,000 people who live and work in and around the Guatemala City Dump. Even in their own country, these impoverished citizens are outcasts. They are referred to as “scavengers,” devalued and treated as less than human. Their situation is dire as they live and work in dangerous and unsanitary conditions.

But there is hope!

Destination Known, a ministry of EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio, has partnered with Potter’s House Association International and has built 20 homes for families living in this area and would like to continue to build more; however, this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the increased cost of building supplies.

Destination Known is hosting a Missions Gala on October 27, 2018 that will be held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville beginning at 7:00 pm with dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. This is an alcohol free event with 100% of the proceeds being used to build homes for families living in a shanty community around the Guatemala City garbage dump.

Tickets are on sale now! The cost is $35 per person and may be purchased at EUM Church, Romer's Catering, the EUM Church app, or online at under events.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, you may do so on the app, or make your check payable to EUM Church and mail to: EUM Church, 111 Devor St., Greenville, OH 45331, and put "Guatemala Missions" in the memo line.

If you would like more information about the Missions Gala, visit or contact Cliff Rapier at 937-548-3211 ext. 212 or Also, follow EUM’s Facebook page and watch for continual updates on the auction items.

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. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Rapid Printing, Empowering’s Unsung Hero

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Empowering Darke County Youth Assistant Program Coordinator
Kay Sloat poses with Bob Claudy, owner of Rapid Printing,
while picking up this year’s Empowering After School Program signup sheets.
GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth would like to thank Bob Claudy, owner of Rapid Printing, for his years of support for the county’s youth.

“He is truly an unsung hero,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator. “He has printed all of our signup forms, business cards and any other printing needs we’ve had since day one. He’s never asked for a penny.”

Robinson added that Claudy’s service to young people didn’t start with the Empowering programs.

“Bob has been our printer since 2011 when we established the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund… again never charging for anything we asked of him. All he ever said was he was glad to help. It was for our kids.”

Robinson noted that this year the After School Program signup forms are on colored stock to make them stand out for parents. Colored stock is more expensive. No problem. Bob had them ready in a couple of hours. No charge.

“If you have a chance, please stop by and thank him for his support. We truly appreciate it.”

Empowering will be enrolling students at Greenville Elementary and Middle School for its third After School Program. Since 2016 the organization has provided nearly 7,700 contact hours of tutoring and support to 339 students.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

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