Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UPDATE: Suspect Has Been Apprehended - GPD Issues Arrest Warrant in Speedway Robbery Case

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Update: On February 21, 2017 at approximately 2:33 p.m., the suspect, Eric D. Higgins, was apprehended in Piqua, Ohio.

Original Post: On February 19, 2017 at 4:22 am, the Greenville Police Department responded to a robbery incident at Speedway, 201 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio.

Subsequent investigation identified, Eric D. Higgins, Jr., 28, from Piqua, Ohio, as a possible suspect in the robbery. An arrest warrant for Eric D. Higgins, Jr. has been issued.


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GREENVILLE, OH (February 15, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2016 Annual Report. The report can be accessed through the Visitors Bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org, or by picking up a printed copy at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville.

“2016 was a banner year for us,” said Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “Between ten ‘Best of Ohio’ awards around the county, record distribution of our visitors guide, and outstanding results through our digital platforms, the Visitors Bureau continues to grow and help our partners achieve increased visibility and success. We’re fortunate to live in a terrific county with amazing resources. We very much appreciate the support from the Darke County Commissioners, the Village of Versailles, the City of Greenville, and our private sector partners. Tourism drives over $65 million of economic activity to the county and is a very beneficial industry, supporting 1 in 18 jobs.”

Some of the highlights include a more than 100% increase in visitor guide distribution from 2014 to 2016, over 1.1 million digital impressions via the Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page, and a continued presence at tradeshows and events around the state.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, whose mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make this county unique. For more information, visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Make a Vow to Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Sodium Intake during American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Darke County urges everyone in the community to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year in the United States. Additionally, 32.6 percent—about 80 million adults—have high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. As part of this commitment, the YMCA of Darke County encourages heart health through many programs.

Our Healthy Heart program was started in 1996 by local medical professionals including Dr. Henry Chong MD, cardiologist. Participants in this class are led by Silver Sneakers® certified senior specialist Karyl Woolery, who supervises them as they do a combination of cardio and strength exercises that focus on continued cardiac rehabilitation. The Healthy Heart program takes place at the Greenville branch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 AM.

The Y’s Greenville branch also offers blood pressure monitoring at no charge at their monthly Silver Sneaker members potluck lunches.

Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a four-month period, along with regular physical activity, proper nutrition and reducing sodium intake, may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Besides monitoring your blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Per the American Heart Association (AHA), too much sodium in your system puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.

“There are many factors in keeping your heart healthy and having a handle on your blood pressure and sodium intake are effective tools in the preventing heart disease,” said Sam

Casalano, YMCA CEO. “Whether you have high blood pressure, are at risk for heart disease or want to keep your heart healthy, the Y has resources that can help achieve better health.”

In addition to programs and services offered in Darke County, the Y offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help reduce sodium in your diet.

  • Think fresh: Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.
  • Enjoy home-prepared foods: Cook more often at home—where you are in control of what’s in your food. Preparing your own foods allows you to limit the amount of salt in them.
  • Fill up on veggies and fruits—they are naturally low in sodium: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits—fresh or frozen. Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal.
  • Adjust your taste buds: Cut back on salt little by little—and pay attention to the natural tastes of various foods. Your taste for salt will lessen over time. Additionally, keep salt off the kitchen counter and the dinner table and substitute spices, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice to season foods.
  • Boost your potassium intake: Choose foods with potassium, which may help to lower your blood pressure. Potassium is found in vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, beet greens, tomato juice and sauce, sweet potatoes, beans (white, lima, kidney), and bananas. Other sources of potassium include yogurt, clams, halibut, orange juice and milk.

The YMCA of Darke County offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting www.ymcadarkecounty.org or stopping into one of your local Y branches.

Heartland of Greenville 2016 Employees of the Month!

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At Heartland of Greenville we have an entire team of outstanding caregivers, but each month we recognize one nominated individual who is selected by their peers to be our Champion of Caring. Congratulations once again for going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of your patients and teammates!

This person is presented with a gold name tag, a Champion of Caring pin, a gift of choice as well as having their name added to the plaque in our entryway. Our top notch survey and customer feedback results are a direct reflection of the hard work by this amazing group and all of our team members.

Our 2016 winners are pictured: Front (L-R) Kim Shuttleworth, Sandy Hutchinson, Joni Thomas, Betsy New, Bruce Strunks and Krista Beam. Not Pictured: Amy Tedder, Cheryl Rader, Tayler Hall, Cindy Bowman, Kiersten Smith, and Shannon Haar.

The Great Darke County Fair is looking for a new manager

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The Great Darke County Fair is looking for a new manager. Our new manager will be a person that best matches the following description. If you are interested in applying for the position, please pickup application and job description at office or online. Return with resume and cover letter to office. We will begin reviewing resumes during the week of February 20, 2017.

Click below for the 3 page job description.



Child Fitness Week

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The week of February 20- 24 the YMCA Child Development Center in Versailles will be holding our first Child Fitness Week for our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms. The YMCA of Darke County is dedicated to the HEPA Initiative (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) where we want to promote health and wellness throughout all YMCA programs. The children in Versailles will be actively participating in the following activities: American Martial Arts on Monday; swimming on Tuesday; gymnastics on Wednesday; Zumba on Thursday and yoga on Friday.

AUCTION: Greenville City Schools – South Middle School

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Greenville City Schools – South Middle School
701 Wayne Ave. – Greenville, OH 45331
February 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Live onsite auction and live internet bidding available NOW via www.Proxibid.com

Onsite INSPECTION: Thurs., Feb. 23rd from 5pm – 7pm & Fri., Feb. 24th from 9am - 5pm

This is the second auction being offered to liquidate the furnishing and assets of the k-8 buildings of Greenville City Schools. Items will include: Approx. 1,000 lots – School Surplus & Loose Furnishings – Commercial Kitchen & Restaurant Equipment – Electronics - Wood & Metal Cabinetry Electronics: Smart boards & projectors; NEC Projectors; Elmo document readers; Computer monitors & towers; Notebook laptops; DVD/VCR players; Routers; Media carts; Lg. sel. of wood and metal storage & file cabinets and shelving; Gym Equip.; 100’s of Student desks & chairs; Lockers; (2) Outdoor utility sheds. More information will become available including pictures and order of sale. Please check our website at www.midwest-auctioneers.com daily for updates on this auction, as well as future scheduled dates for the remaining 3 auctions. Terms: This auction is being conducted with no buyer’s premium to onsite bidders and no state sales tax is required to be collected. All items are required to be paid for day of auction with the following payment options: Cash, personal or business check w/ID, or Master Card and Visa. There will be an additional 3% clerking fee added for credit cards. Additional terms and conditions apply to internet bidders.

Homeschool Students Invited to College Credit Plus Information Session

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Edison State Community College invites homeschooled students and their parents to attend a presentation about the statewide College Credit Plus (CCP) program on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in room 504/505 on the Piqua Campus.

Students enrolled in the CCP program can earn college and high school credit concurrently, accelerating their college careers at little to no cost to them. Credits earned in the program are easily transferable to public and private universities nationwide under robust articulation agreements.

While on campus, attendees can learn about:

  • What CCP is;
  • How credit is earned;
  • How to apply and qualify for acceptance into the program
  • How to apply for state funding;
  • Learn about class options and scheduling;
  • Learn about assessment options such as ACT and ACCUPLACER;
  • Learn about additional policies, procedure, and funding deadlines.

For more information, contact Velina Bogart, Coordinator of College Credit Plus for Edison State by calling 937.778.7854 or emailing ccp@edisonohio.edu.

Bill Hole Has Passed Away

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William Edward Hole Jr., age 89 of Greenville, Ohio and son of William Edward and Dorothy (Coppock) Hole passed away at 10:35 AM Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Village Green. He was born July 2, 1927 in Greenville, Ohio.

Bill was a graduate of Greenville High School, Culver Military Academy, and the University of Michigan. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during W.W. II he taught sailing at Culver before entering the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society. Bill was an integral part of American Aggregates from 1951, becoming a Director in 1956, Vice President in 1964 and President of the Corporation in 1969. He also served as President of Ohio Aggregates and as National President of National Sand Stone and Gravel where he was also a Lifetime member of the Board. He also served on the Board of Consolidated Gold Fields in England. He served on the Board of Greenville National Bank for 35 years with 21 years as Chairman of the Board.

Bill was Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and a lifetime member of that Board. He had previously served as President of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

He was Chairman of the Building Committee of the Darke County Y.M.C.A. and was the first President of that Board. He had served a number of terms on the Y. board.

He served two terms as President of the Greenville Country Club and on that Board several different times.

He was a past member and on the board of Edison College, Hope Foundation, Garst Museum, Citizens Education Committee and was Vice-President of the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association.
He was a lifetime member of the Greenville Elks Lodge. He managed the Coppock-Hole Trust for many years.

Bill was a faithful member of the First Congregational Church of Greenville, where he taught Sunday school for 23 years sang in the Senior Choir and served on numerous committees including two Pastoral Search Committees.

He was honored to deliver the commencement address to a graduating class of Greenville High School.

After retirement Bill and Gloria enjoyed world travel, Bridge, golf, friends, family and most of all their summer place in Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Gloria (Shiverdecker) Hole, son William Jeffrey, daughter Julie Ann Kirk and husband Wilson, and grandsons Griffin and McGregor, of whom he was very proud. He also leaves two sisters, Susan Brewer and Barbara Brewer and in-laws Walter I. Thieme and Marcia Glenn. Also many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Jean Louise Thieme and in-laws Phyllis and Jim Blocher, Pauline Shiverdecker DeWitte and husband John, Dale Shiverdecker, Leon and Helen Shiverdecker, Lt. Commander Kent Shiverdecker, William D. Brewer and Richard Brewer.

Bill’s nature was that he saw something good in every person he knew.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday February 25, 2017 in the First Congregational Christian Church 115 West Fifth Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastors Don Myers, Peter Menke and Japheth Bear officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday February 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Donor’s Choice.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Greenville City Schools to Host Dedication for New K-8 Building

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South School Auction: Saturday Feb 25 at 9am

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Local reminder that the second auction for the Greenville City Schools loose furnishings will be this Saturday February 25th beginning at 9:00 AM (Doors will open at 7 am) at the South School located at 701 Wayne St.

Online pre-bidding is available NOW via www.proxibid.com.

Open inspections are taking place Thursday Feb. 23 from 5-7 PM and Friday Feb. 24 from 9am to 5pm. We encourage the public to get their bidder numbers at this time to avoid a long wait the morning of the auction. Please visit our website www.midwest-auctioneers.com for complete information including catalog and pictures. If you have any questions please contact our office at 937-548-2640.

Ohio Farmers Union 83rd Annual Convention

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During the 83rd Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention held recently in Columbus, Ohio, a two-day event, delegates worked to update their policies on matters such as trying to remedy the dramatic increases in taxes on farmland and instituting a process for compiling data on the density of livestock operations within Ohio’s watersheds. Other areas of discussion and policy-making included: maintaining a link between ag policy and public nutrition in the next federal Farm Bill, placing former Ohio Department of Corrections farmland into a “Community Land Trust” for use by young farmers with limited resources, making sure that any replacement of the Affordable Care Act assures comparable or improved health insurance coverage, re-visiting the nation’s dairy policy and pricing structure, and, once again, calling for a moratorium on using Class II injection wells to dispose of fracking and other oil and gas operations’ wastewater (and asking for adoption of adequate standards for Class I injection wells). These policy stances can now be used when lobbying the state legislature and serve as a basis for Ohio Farmers Union’s perspective on formatting policy at the national level.

Local delegate participants from Darke County included Todd and Amy Rhoades, Jim Zumbrink, Duane Shields, Ted and Holly Finnarn, Alison Finnarn, Joe Schmitz and Youth Delegate, Tom Schmitz. The delegates were enlightened on Friday evening with an address delivered by Barbara Patterson, Government Relations Director of the National Farmers Union and a video presentation by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Joseph L. Schiavoni, Ohio Senator from the 33rd District and also the Senate Minority Leader, was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award. Sen. Schiavoni spoke about his legislation that would hold charter schools accountable to taxpayers, SB 39, which is similar to his widely-supported bill, SB 398, which received hearings but was never voted on in the 131st Assembly. On Saturday, Ohio Senator Cliff Hite spoke to those attending concerning the dramatic increase in farmland and woodland taxes (200-600% in recent years) and his efforts in the Senate to look at the Current Agricultural Use Valuation which is used to figure the tax rate. The Federal Reserve interest rate, which has been very low since 2011, has driven this unforeseen consequence in the farm taxes and its input into the valuation needs to be re-visited. Fred Yoder, a member of Donald Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee, also spoke on Saturday and David Drake, Acting State Executive Director of the USDA attended, but could not speak due to the gag order that was imposed recently.

Edison State holds open house

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Edison State Community College invites community members, area high school students and their parents to an open house on Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater on the Piqua campus.

In addition to exploring over thirty of Edison State's academic programs, those in attendance will also have the chance to meet with professors, tour the state-of-the-art facilities, and attend breakout sessions to learn more about internship, scholarship, and financial aid opportunities.

High school students in attendance are also encouraged to learn more about College Credit Plus, which affords them higher learning opportunities at little to no cost. Guests can also speak with university partners about transferring credits earned at Edison State to a four-year college.

"This event is a great opportunity for folks to see for themselves all Edison State has to offer," said Christina Raterman, Edison State Enrollment Manager. "Attendees will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty in all of our academic areas, which is such a huge benefit."

A comprehensive list of career programs will be highlighted including, Business, Computer Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Health Science, Industrial Management and Technology, and Social and Legal Services.

Participants can also learn more about Edison State's 2+2 University Transfer Degrees, which allows students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at Edison State before transferring to their university of choice.

Industry leaders will also be in attendance to speak one-on-one with students and parents about the need for skilled workers in the Miami Valley.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with families and showcasing our wonderful college," added Raterman.

The evening includes light refreshments and attendees will also be entered to win a three-credit hour tuition waiver. The first fifty people who register to attend online will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. Register to attend online by visiting www.edisonohio.edu/Explore. For more information, call 937-778-8600.

Farmland Preservation—CAUV Meeting-Darke County, Ohio

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Calling all Ohio farmers, farmland owners, woodland owners, conservationists and preservationists to an informative meeting on the issue of farmland preservation and the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property taxation. Have you noticed an increase in your property taxes? Are they higher than you feel is affordable? Did you vote for this increase? On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Old Arcana Restaurant, 109 George Street, Arcanum, Ohio, farmers and landowners will meet to learn about the intricacies of this form of taxation and discuss the processes available that would remedy the excessive cost to our rural citizens. There will be a dinner followed by several presentations and educational workshops.

Recently, CAUV values for rural property owners have sky-rocketed tremendously with increases as high as 200-600%, leading to a heavy and unwarranted tax burden switch onto the backs of Ohio farmers. We need to achieve CAUV values that are closer to the actual income-producing ability of Ohio farmland and thus realize the original purpose and policy of the CAUV law, which is to allow farmland owners to pay reasonable real estate taxes based on a farm’s “use” rather than its speculative fair market value. Legislation recently re-introduced in the General Assembly seeks to correct these spikes in value and also provide that CAUV land used in a conservation practice, either state or federal program, would be valued at the lowest value assigned on the basis of soil type. This requirement would encourage farmers to engage in practices that protect the environment and water quality. Currently, under the CAUV rules, farmers are discouraged from participating in these programs because the farmland is taxed as though it is producing crops. The legislation would provide that conservation acres under CAUV would be valued at the minimum values used in the formula which would be appropriate because these lands are not producing any crops.

The meeting is sponsored by Ohio Farmers United, Ohio Farmers Union, NFO, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio State Grange, Woodland and Forestry Farmers, Ohio Family Farm Center, Second National Bank, Crop Production Services, Seed Consultants, Inc., Merchants Bank of Indiana and Finnarn Ag Law.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Scholarship Offered

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be offering two $500 scholarships for students attending college in the 2017/2018 academic year. One scholarship will go to a Darke County graduate, and one will go to a Shelby County graduate.

Those who wish to be considered for the scholarship should be students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA throughout high school and enrolled in a school within Shelby or Darke County. They also must have been a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Buddies program for two full academic years and have attended at least 75% of the sessions of which they were involved. Applicants must also plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or technical school.

Students interested in applying can get the application from their guidance office, their Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Service Coordinator, or online at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org on the “Resources” page.

The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2017, and recipients will be announced on May 6, 2017.

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am. This is a unique citizen science program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Observations from here in Darke County may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help! Bird watchers will gather inside the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station. Drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday from 9:30am-11:30am to help with the project. There will be warm drinks available for those enjoying nature from the comfort of an armchair on a cold winter’s day. For more information on Project FeederWatch or if you have questions about any of the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

The House Finch is often confused with the Purple Finch, but it is not nearly as bright or fully colored.

Olde Thyme Garderners Invite Susan F. Gray to Speak at Shawnee Prairie

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The Olde Thyme Gardeners are pleased to inform you that Susan F. Gray, local historian and naturalist, will be speaking at Shawnee Prairie at 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio 45331 on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 PM.

Susan Gray, a founder of the Darke County Park District, will speak on the practical uses and importance of Ohio native plants and their place in prairie systems. She is a longtime activist in preserving Darke County lands and history. As a Shawnee tribe member, she has educated the public on Native American culture. Susan Gray, also known as Tawaskote Menitsa, was given her name by Crow Woman, the Nation's Mother. Its meaning is" Prairie Spirits". Susan Gray is a rare individual. She was a pioneer in the preservation of the prairie. She took it upon herself to start the Shawnee Prairie with many obstacles. Darke County is very fortunate to have Susan Gray for many decades to ensure the past American environment is available to future generations. Susan has received many awards for her effort to preserve the grasslands. As you walk around the prairie with Susan, she is undaunted by the wonders of nature. She becomes your own knowledgeable guide of the past. She makes you feel welcome in the past of Darke County.

Come and join us and listen to our own local treasure as she shares her passion for preservation. The cost is $10 which includes refreshments. Registration forms will be available at the nature center and most local libraries, as well as on our blog. Please mail your registration form and $10 registration fee to Olde Thyme Gardeners, PO Box 74, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Registration deadline is March 10. 

Find us on Facebook for more information or check out our blog at http://oldethymegarden.blogspot.com. Registration confirmation will be sent by email only.

CORS Awarded Supplemental Head Start Funding

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Block areas in classrooms offer many opportunities for learning.
Literacy by talking about their building, math by teaching
number concepts and even social studies as they talk about spaces and places.
Through an increased federal investment in quality for early childhood education, Council on Rural Services (CORS) is receiving an award of $915,794 for supplemental preschool grant. This is part of a $290 million nationwide expansion award announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (HHS).

Congress allocated the new funds as a down payment toward ensuring that nearly all preschool-age children in Head Start attend programs that operate full-time as announced in the new standards that must be fully met by 2021. These new Head Start standards place higher emphasis on a vision of evidence-based, data-driven and outcomes-focused services. These new standards are a significant and positive step forward for the future of Head Start and the success of the children and families later in life.

Within the new standards, all CORS Head Start funded centers must expand minimum teaching time to 1020 hours per year. The awarding of this grant enables Kids Learning Place to begin meeting this benchmark by converting the Head Start services in these most critical locations:

  • Darke County will increase the hours of their existing Union City classroom to include the full day standard of 1020 hours per year.
  • Auglaize County in Wapakoneta will convert their existing part-day classrooms and now have two 6-hour full day Head Start classrooms with 40 child slots.
  • Auglaize County in St. Mary’s will open two NEW 6-hour full day Head Start classrooms with 36 child slots.
  • Van Wert County will convert their existing part-day classrooms and now have two 6-hour full day Head Start classrooms with 40 child slots.
  • Logan County will re-open a Bellefontaine classroom and convert it to a full day Head Start classroom with 20 child slots.

This grant includes funds to increase staff by approximately 22 positions and startup funds to fully equip the three new classrooms. All these full day classrooms will open in the fall of 2017.

All the above existing classrooms currently have awards for the highest recognition of “Five Stars” in Ohio’s “Step Up to Quality” program through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Dan Schwanitz, CEO at CORS said, “What CORS is most proud of is that for over 40 years we have been a leader in early childhood education in Ohio. We have a history of achieving outcomes for children both by supporting their health and learning and by enabling their families to achieve their own goals for education, employment, stability, and success. This additional funding will continue to expand these outcomes.” Kids Learning Place currently offers Head Start services to 1,364 children in their nine county service area through funds from HHS and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

“Last September we transitioned 589 children to kindergarten who are ready to learn, healthy, and developmentally on target,” said Liz Pfenning, Early Childhood Director. “They have self-help skills and can regulate their behaviors and feelings in-group settings. As important, their parents are involved in their schooling; they have the leadership skills and confidence to advocate for their child’s needs and to participate on parent committees. We here at CORS build lifelong learners in children and parents who set and achieve goals.”

For more information about the changes call our toll free number 1-866-627-4557 and talk with Liz Pfenning. Also, check our Web site at www.kidslearningplace.org or “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kidslearningplace.

Council on Rural Services provides education and support through Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES), in their nine county service area.


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Tammy Moyar, COTA and Shannon Condon, MA, CCSLP
Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Versailles Health Care Center, recently earned her certification in Recovering Function for Adults with Hemiplegia Using the Principles of Neuro-Developmental Treatment. For the certification, Moyar completed training over the last three years and passed the Recovering Function’s examination. She then received a certificate from Recovering Function bearing RPSFCA in NDT (RPSF certified assistant in Neuro-Developmental Treatment).

Moyar completed Part I (Introduction to NDT: Achieving Functional Outcomes) and Part II (Getting Results Faster: Managing the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity from an NDT Perspective) in 2014 in Pittsburg, PA. She then completed Part III (Applying the RPSF: A Step-by-Step Framework for Assessing Potential and Individualizing Functional Outcomes Using the Principles of NDT) and Part IV (Applying the RPSF: Manual Cues for Accessing Missing Components of Movement with Intensive Focus on the Trunk Using the Principles of NDT) in 2014 in Chicago, IL. Part V (Applying the RPSF: Manual Cues for Accessing Missing Components of Movement with Intensive Focus on the Upper Extremity Using the Principles of NDT) training took place in 2015 in West Orange, NJ. Lastly, Moyar completed Part VI (Apply RPSF: Implementing Client Interventions Using the Principles of NDT) in August 2016 in San Jose, CA.

Moyar, who is now certified in providing specialized stroke therapy, commented “I’m excited to play an important role in providing optimum patient outcomes in Neuro-Developmental Treatment at Versailles Health Care Center. We now offer a greater foundation for the treatment of stroke with more effective strategies and outcomes.”

Moyar is also the facilitator of VHCC’s quarterly NeuroConnect meeting. NeuroConnect meets to connect survivors of stroke and brain injury, including neurological conditions, and their families with positive support and beneficial resources. The next NeuroConnect meeting is Tuesday, February 28 at 4 pm at Versailles Health Care Center.

Shannon Condon, Facility Rehab Director, shared “Tammy has followed her passion for helping people following stroke and brain injury to achieve this challenging and esteemed certification. I am so proud of the amazing skill that she offers her patients; we are fortunate to have her level of care and expertise in Versailles.”

If you are interested in learning more Neuro-Developmental Treatment offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center or to RSVP to February’s NeuroConnect, please contact Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon at 937-526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Post Surgery Rehab, Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, and much more.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kiwanis supports Empowering programs

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Left to right: Al Greiner, Kiwanis of Greenville board member, and Mike Snyder, Kiwanis of Greenville past president.
Kiwanis of Greenville, plus long-time Kiwanian and board member Al Greiner, recently made donations supporting the Empowering Darke County Youth programs. The funds will be used for the After School Program at Edison State Community College and, once school is out, the Summer Tutoring Program at the Greenville Public Library.

Kiwanis of Greenville is a community service organization that meets every Wednesday at noon in the Chestnut Village Center at Brethren Retirement Community. Kiwanis supports youth in a variety of programs, including the Key Club at Greenville High School.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization focused on tutoring and mentoring kindergarten through sixth grade students who need academic help. Empowering relies on community support for its programs. More than 100 students have been helped since the organization formed in March 2016. Check out Empowering Darke County Youth on Facebook.

Library Film Series Features The Conversation

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The 1974 film The Conversation is an American psychological mystery thriller written, produced, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr and Robert Duvall.

The plot revolves around a surveillance expert and the moral dilemma he faces when his recordings reveal a potential murder. Coppola cited the 1966 film Blowup as a key influence. However since the film was released to theaters just a few months before Richard Nixon resigned as President, he felt that audiences interpreted the film to be a reaction to the Watergate scandal.

It was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1974 and lost Best Picture to The Godfather Part II, another Francis Ford Coppola film.

Join us at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday February 23 at 7 p.m. Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie and as always there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

Church Takes Ash Wednesday to the Streets of Dayton

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On Ash Wednesday, March 1, Ginghamsburg Church will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton from 11am-1pm.

Ginghamsburg Church is part of a nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to seek forgiveness and renewal.

In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes from palm leaves on the face at the beginning of the Lenten season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. “Ashes to Go” provides the opportunity to participate in that tradition for people who have lost their connection to a church or have never participated before.

“Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day. “It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace,” says Pastor Rosario Picardo, Executive Pastor at Ginghamsburg Church.

“As people get busier and busier, we need the church in new and non-traditional ways. We especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives. The people who accept ashes on the street are often people longing to make a connection between their faith and the forces of daily life, and 'Ashes to Go' helps them feel that connection,” Picardo continues.

In addition to offering ashes and prayers, the church is offering blessing bags filled with items most homeless people can use. Friends, family, scout troops, athletic teams, school classes and church groups are encouraged to gather together to create blessing bags: gallon-size Ziplock bags filled with warm wool socks, waterproof gloves, band-aids, deodorant, chapstick, wet wipes, beef jerky, peanut butter crackers, dried fruit, snack cups, mints and water.

All donations can be dropped off at either Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. Co. Rd. 25A, Tipp City or Fort McKinley, 3721 W. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, by Friday, February 24.

If you would like to make monetary donations or would like to be involved, please contact Pastor Rosario Picardo, Executive Pastor of New Church Development and Senior Pastor at The Point Campus of Ginghamsburg Church, rpicardo@ginghamsburg.org or 937.667.1069.

Brukner Woodcarving & Art Show

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Ohio's top carvers and artists invite you to enjoy and or purchase their works, including Fine Art, Collectibles, Chip Carvings, Decoys, Caricatures, minatures, Wildlife and much more. Free demonstrations, Vendors offering a wide variety of tools and supplies and much more.

Event dates: April 8 & 9, 2017
Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N Co Rd 25A, Troy, OH 45373
Hours: April 9 10AM-5PM, April 10 11AM-4PM
Admission: $4.00

Proceeds benefit Brukner Nature Center, Troy, Ohio

Preparations begin for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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This color comparison scale will help the volunteers grade the syrup and determine when it’s ready.
This week the maple sap has started to run, and many Darke County Parks’ volunteers have fired up the sugar shack for the maple sugaring season! Freezing nights and thawing days cause the sap to move, bringing the sweetness one step closer to the table. For some volunteers it will be just another February, for others it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill and help out the park district at the same time.

The Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival will be held on Saturday, March 4th, from 8am-4pm. This late winter day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science, learning the process of turning sap into syrup. After the tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack, and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the early settlers and discuss life on the frontier. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop and bake sale will be full of maple goodies fit for any sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Adults tickets are $6 and children 3-12 are $3. Carry-out is available, and extra sausage can be purchased for $1 more. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the breakfast or presale tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information!

Learn Backyard Sugaring with DCP

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Just in time for the upcoming maple sugaring season, join Darke County Parks to master a new woodland skill. At Shawnee Prairie on Saturday Feb. 18 th at 10am participants will learn how to tap their own maples, how and when to collect the sap, and finally, how to go about turning that sap into maple goodness! Demonstrations and hands-on experience will ensure that by the end of the program, everyone will have the skills needed to produce your very own maple syrup. Please remember to dress for the weather and call ahead to register for this free program.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Parks program or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

With a little ingenuity, anyone can make maple
syrup in their own backyard.


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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held March 13 and 20, 2017 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 barga.8@osu.edu. Registration needs to be completed by March 8, 2017.

Edison State and Honda Team Up For Work-Study Program

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Information Session Held February 23rd

Edison State Community College invites current students, high school juniors, seniors, and their parents to learn more about the direct pathway developed to lead students into a manufacturing career at Honda. This work-study program allows students to earn a two-year degree and possibly be debt-free upon completion. An information session will be held Thursday, February 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua Campus.

Equipment Service Technicians are currently in demand at Honda and require technical and analytical skills to identify and solve problems quickly. The Edison State to Honda Manufacturing Pathway program will help prepare students with the skills needed to take on these in demand roles.

The new program is available to students who opt to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electro-Mechanical or Automation and Robotics at Edison State.

Participating students will be able to earn a two-year degree in engineering, while working part time at Honda. Students will attend classes two days a week and work three days a week. If grade point average and work performance is maintained they will be eligible to receive a pay increase every semester. Participants in the program will make more than $16 per hour, and those who go on to full-time employment will start at more than $53,000 per year.

This will be the second year this opportunity has been available to students. The program requires that students begin taking classes at Edison State in the fall of 2017 and apply to Honda's work-study program in February of 2018. For additional information, contact Veronica French by calling 937-778-7865 or emailing vfrench@edisonohio.edu.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 182,000 Deer during 2016-2017 Season

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COLUMBUS, OH - Hunters checked 182,169 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2016-2017 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 188,329 deer were checked during the 2015-2016 season.

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

Deer hunting regulations over the past two seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer.

Hunting Popularity

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

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.

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

Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2016-2017 deer season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest number for the 2016-2017 season, and the 2015-2016 season number is in parentheses.

Adams: 3,272 (4,157); Allen: 1,039 (1,102); Ashland: 2,954 (3,026); Ashtabula: 5,040 (4,844); Athens: 3,646 (3,979); Auglaize: 751 (828); Belmont: 3,236 (3,205); Brown: 2,448 (2,754); Butler: 1,231 (1,382); Carroll: 3,586 (3,557); Champaign: 1,118 (1,242); Clark: 661 (759); Clermont: 2,343 (2,821); Clinton: 719 (789); Columbiana: 3,189 (3,299); Coshocton: 5,929 (5,700); Crawford: 1,113 (1,165); Cuyahoga: 1,124 (814); Darke: 679 (738); Defiance: 1,675 (1,767); Delaware: 1,527 (1,684); Erie: 868 (750); Fairfield: 1,800 (1,955); Fayette: 312 (310); Franklin: 837 (817); Fulton: 826 (802); Gallia: 2,720 (2,914); Geauga: 1,871 (1,886); Greene: 816 (835); Guernsey: 4,565 (4,435); Hamilton: 1,589 (2,007); Hancock: 1,179 (1,185); Hardin: 1,220 (1,270); Harrison: 3,763 (3,787); Henry: 708 (684); Highland: 2,587 (2,919); Hocking: 3,275 (3,727); Holmes: 3,731 (3,717); Huron: 2,279 (2,204); Jackson: 2,870 (3,194); Jefferson: 2,800 (2,663); Knox: 4,495 (4,465); Lake: 961 (908); Lawrence: 1,942 (2,113); Licking: 4,971 (5,364); Logan: 1,919 (2,071); Lorain: 2,511 (2,458); Lucas: 755 (759); Madison: 482 (497); Mahoning: 1,933 (1,835); Marion: 886 (892); Medina: 2,109 (1,872); Meigs: 3,476 (3,592); Mercer: 661 (603); Miami: 774 (833); Monroe: 2,571 (2,598); Montgomery: 591 (684); Morgan: 2,992 (3,096); Morrow: 1,486 (1,437); Muskingum: 5,118 (4,966); Noble: 2,855 (2,970); Ottawa: 450 (424); Paulding: 954 (1,064); Perry: 2,787 (2,867); Pickaway: 724 (803); Pike: 2,083 (2,382); Portage: 2,211 (2,178); Preble: 847 (965); Putnam: 709 (704); Richland: 3,246 (3,189); Ross: 3,029 (3,425); Sandusky: 862 (874); Scioto: 2,479 (3,034); Seneca: 1,842 (1,785); Shelby: 961 (1,050); Stark: 2,778 (2,760); Summit: 1,572 (1,487); Trumbull: 3,699 (3,293); Tuscarawas: 5,039 (4,921); Union: 842 (932); Van Wert: 458 (492); Vinton: 2,668 (3,059); Warren: 1,095 (1,266); Washington: 3,402 (3,526); Wayne: 2,020 (1,971); Williams: 1,687 (1,836); Wood: 857 (841); Wyandot: 1,484 (1,515). Total: 182,169 (188,329).


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Ansonia OH - On Friday, February 3, 2017 the Ansonia Athletic Wall of Fame Committee inducted two new members, Alexandria Mayo (2009) and her sister Brittany (Mayo) Harrod (2009).

Alexandria Mayo, class of 2009 will be recognized for her athletic accomplishments in Softball, Volleyball and Basketball. Alexandria earned 11 athletic letters in Softball years 9, 10, 11, 12, Volleyball years 9, 10, 11, 12 and Basketball year 10, 11, 12. Also in softball, Alexandria was: 2007 Offensive Player of the Year, 2007 CCC Honorable Mention, 2008 Most Improved and in 2009 she received her 4-year trophy award.
Brittany (Mayo) Harrod, class of 2009 will be recognized for her athletic accomplishments in Softball, Volleyball and Basketball. Brittany earned 9 athletic letters in Softball years 9, 10, 11, 12, Volleyball years 9, 10, 11, 12 and Basketball year 12. Also in softball, Brittany was: 2006 CCC Honorable Mention, 2007 Outstanding Pitcher, 2007 CCC First Team and 2008 CCC Honorable Mention.

Both Alexandria and Brittany also earned numerous team awards and were members of the 2009 softball team that went to State Final Four, losing in the Semi Finals 3-0 to eventual State Champion Strasburg-Franklin.

The ceremony will took place between the Junior Varsity and Varsity boy’s basketball game against Covington.

Wall of Fame applications can be obtained at the Ansonia Local School Office or Athletic Department. Nominees must be a graduate of Ansonia Local Schools, must have graduated not less than 5 years prior to nomination and the nomination form and supporting documentation must be received by March 1 annually.


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Dr. Safet Hatic and Dr. Chad Weber
Dr. Safet Hatic and Dr. Chad Weber, from Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, spoke on February 2, 2016, at Versailles Health Care Center. They shared their presentation “Managing Arthritis from Head to Toe” with the audience of over 45 people. They took questions from those in attendance during their presentation as well as following it.

The pain and loss of function associated with arthritis affects more than 50 million adults. They reviewed the latest options for managing this tough disease. Both operative and non-operative strategies were discussed with a primary focus the hip, knee, and ankle. Dr. Hatic, who focused on the ankle and foot, commented “Ankle arthritis is becoming more prevalent as we liver longer and ask more of our bodies.”

Shannon Condon, VHCC Facility Rehab Director,
and Mary Ann Bergman.
Dr. Weber asked the crowd, “When do you consider a joint replacement?’ His answer included, “When all non-operative options have failed. It’s an individual decision for each person impacted by decreases in quality of life.” He also offered the following advice, “Heat the area before and ice after to help with joint pain with activity”.

Congratulations to Mary Ann Bergman of Fort Loramie! She was the winner of the door prize giveaway, a $25 gift card to The Inn at Versailles.

For more information about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com. Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio has offices for consultations in Centerville, Dayton, Sidney, and Greenville. For more information about their services, please call 800.824.9861.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Museum to Take a Day Trip

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We are on the road again! The Versailles Area Museum will travel to Troy on March 14th leaving the museum at 9:00 a.m. for a tour of the WACO Museum to learn about this all important Troy industry and its contribution to the WWII efforts. Then we’ll travel off to Tipp City for lunch at the historic downtown restaurant, Harrison’s. Then we’re off to the visit the Tipp City Museum. This cozy little hometown museum shares the story of Tipp City from 1840 to the present and her roll on the legendary Miami Erie Canal.

What would a day out be without a little shopping? Tipp City is known for its famous antique shops and for the world famous Trophy Nut Company, which are available to enjoy as time permits. We plan to be back in Versailles by 4:00 p.m.

To sign up you may call and leave your name and number at the museum and we’ll return your call to confirm your booking. The cost is $6.00 for the WACO Museum plus lunch which runs about $8.00. We are limited to 20 guests unless more drivers volunteer and of course if the weather is bad we will reschedule.

Plan to join us and learn a little about what’s in our own neighborhood! Our thanks to Versailles Area Museum volunteer, Tom Mendenhall for coordinating this first adventure of 2017.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Behavioral Health and Wellness Center-Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist

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Family Health’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, a highly integrated and innovative behavioral health center in west central Ohio, seeks an experienced and motivated individual to join their therapy team. This position requires a generalist approach to counseling with experience in individual, child, senior and family therapy.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in either clinical psychology, or clinical social work. Independent licensure status and a minimum of two years clinical experience is essential. This position is offered on a fee-for-service, contractual basis.


Please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Red Cross, White Castle partnering to feed fans and raise money to support the Red Cross mission

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The two organizations are working to “Turn White Castle Red for Valentine’s Day”; Effort, now in its fourth year, has raised $370,000

Springfield OH (February 6) — The American Red Cross and White Castle, Inc., Columbus-based restaurant known for its “Sliders,” are partnering to “Turn White Castle Red for Valentine’s Day.”

The two organizations are inviting visitors to area restaurants between now and Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, to eat, drink and raise money for the Red Cross. When customers place an order, either in-store or at the drive-thru, they are being invited to purchase Red Cross icons for $1, $3 or $5 that are then displayed on the walls of the restaurant, all with the intent to “Turn White Castle Red for Valentine’s Day.”

Donations generated through the purchase of the icons go to fund critical programs of the Red Cross, including disaster relief, emergency messaging to the Armed Forces and community preparedness education, among others. The mission of the Red Cross is carried out by a workforce that is made up of 94 percent volunteers, fueled by the generosity of donors.

“We’re delighted and honored to recognize the kindness of White Castle and their customers,” says Lynne Gump, executive director of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. “White Castle has been a wonderful partner in our work, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the way they’re ‘sharing the love’ with us this Valentine’s Day.”

This is the fourth year and two organizations have partnered for the Valentine’s Day campaign, raising more than $370,000 through the effort.

“At White Castle, we believe in feeding hunger, hope and dreams,” says White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson. “We are honored to partner with the American Red Cross – an incredible group of people who feed hope every day, and show us all what it means to turn compassion into action.”

Valentine’s Day is already a special occasion at White Castle. For more than 20 years, White Castle has taken reservations and provided table service, linen tablecloths and candlelight to provide a romantic experience for its fans – or “Cravers” as they’re known to the chain.

The Versailles Area Museum to Feature Local Artists

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As the Museum unveils its new Art room we have dedicated the hall space as a gallery for local artists work to be featured. Our first artist is Carolyn Baltes Armstrong a native of the Versailles area. Carolyn is a member of the Versailles High School class of 1961 and is also a graduate of Edison State Community College. Carolyn has served as a Registered Nurse for 25 yrs. and retiring in 2007.

Carolyn was married to her late husband, David, and they have three sons. She has served her community by volunteering for 32 years as a member of the Versailles Life Squad.

Carolyn is a member of the Greenville Art Guild and enjoys the median of pencil drawings of which the ten pictures on display are a portion of her collection.

Seriously drawing since 1995 (except for as she said, when life got in the way). Her hobbies beyond this beautiful, creative works, includes designing and drawing greeting cards. Carolyn is also an accomplished wood carver.

We are honored to feature her work in our inaugural display and invite you to drop by to wander through the museum and to admire some wonderful art.

The museum is also excited to announce that the Greenville Art Guild will be presenting Art on the Lawn in July where you might enjoy watching many local artists at work!

Edison State Brings Best Selling Author to Area

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Kelsey Timmerman
Edison State Community College will welcome New York Times Best Selling Author, Kelsey Timmerman on March 1, 2017, to discuss his book, Where am I Wearing? The events are being offered free charge and are open to the community.

A Darke County native, Timmerman will engage listeners during two sessions on March 1. The first speaking engagement will begin at 10 a.m. at the St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville and the second will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Robinson Theater at Edison State's Piqua Campus.

Timmerman is the author of two books, Where am I Wearing? and Where am I Eating? In both books, Timmerman travels the world to meet the people who make his clothes or grow his food. In doing so, he puts readers face to face with globalization and the interconnectedness of all of our lives.

An acclaimed public speaker, Timmerman has lectured on travel and globalization around the world. He is particularly passionate about educating students through humor and storytelling, and encourages them to think globally and act locally.

These events are sponsored, in part, by a grant from The Piqua Community Foundation and with the support of Greenville High School.

Upcoming Events at the Versailles Area Museum

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Speaker Series to Open

The 2017 Speaker Series for the Versailles Area Museum will kick off on February 26th at 2:00 p.m. with the “Shocking Tale of Electricity in the Village”. Aaron Magoto who currently works for the Versailles Village Electrical Department and VAM Board of Directors member will present the story of how electricity came to the village and has developed through the years.

While one might think this story might be lacking, we assure you that from the early planning to the first plant to the dedication of that plant on July 4, 1901, just two days before the devastating fire that destroyed the village!

When did electricity become common? When did this expand to the countryside? Bring your questions and enjoy AJ’s enthusiastic story of our community’s coming of age.

“Last Monday’s” Return for 2017

The “Last Monday” programs begin anew on February 27th at 1:00 p.m. The first program of 2017 will be entitled “A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”, which will be about the 1901 Versailles Town Fire. Sarah Magoto does research as well as any locally historian and we are proud to have her to again bring an important story to life. Sarah has collected through research, information and photos of the time in the village before, during, and after the fire. Once described as a village not knowing “what to do” in the fires aftermath proves this myth wrong as in typical fashion, Versailles cared on!

We invite you to join us for our program complete with discussion and light refreshments served.

Winter Hiking Series: Full Snow Moon Hike

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This month’s full moon is called the Snow Moon because the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting is very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon.
Winter’s chilly weather brings with it unique hiking opportunities, and Darke County Parks is going to grab them. On February 9th at 6:30pm join a naturalist at Eidson Woods Preserve on the corner of St. Rt. 502 West and Palestine-Union City Rd. to enjoy the full snow moon. Remember to dress for the cold evening temperatures and to bring a flashlight if you choose. In the event of cloudy skies, call the Nature Center to find out about possible cancellation. For more information about this or any of the other exciting hikes in this season’s series or other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tickets Available for First Friday Culinary Tour

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During the Culinary Tour, ticket holders enjoy the demonstrations and samples featured at downtown dining establishments.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- When was the last time you enjoyed a meal in downtown Greenville? If it has been awhile, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event in March, the Culinary Tour!

This ticketed event, held on Friday, March 3rd from 6-9 pm allows you to eat and sip your way through the urban-spirited district. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore downtown dining locations you have not yet tried or an old favorite you need to be reintroduced to.

Tickets will be available at Brenda's Beanery for $20 each, starting Monday, February 13th at noon. There are only 120 tickets available for the exclusive fundraising event for Main Street Greenville.

The tour will consist of small groups, led by energetic tour guides. Each group will visit the businesses featured on the tour, enjoying a sample from each location.

Sponsored by Romer’s Catering and Entertainment Facilities, the two and a half-hour guided tour will begin promptly at 6:00 pm, allowing plenty of time to shop and explore in the historic district at the end of the tour. If you purchase tickets, it is very important you arrive in time for the tour to begin exactly at 6:00 pm. To remain fair to the other ticket holders, we will be unable to wait for those who arrive late. Each ticket will list a starting location, based upon which group you have been placed with. Report to the starting location listed on your ticket to join your tour guide and group.

First Friday events are presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on social media. You can contact them at agarrett@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Swingin' with the Saints Postponed

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Swingin’ With the Saints, a concert planned for Feb 12 at First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, has been postponed. The concert will be rescheduled at a later date.

HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Career Opportunities

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Find your fresh start and a rewarding career at Heartland of Greenville!

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:

Tuesday, February 14th at our Heartland of Greenville location from 10am – 5pm
Come dressed for success and have the chance to complete an application, interview and meet
with a member of our leadership team!
Tuesday, February 28th at our Heartland of Greenville location from 10am – 4pm
Come dressed for success and have the chance to complete an application, interview and meet
with a member of our leadership team!

We are currently seeking new team members to join our outstanding team in the following careers:

Full-time, 2nd Shift - Ask about our Sign-On Bonus program!
Part-time, All Shifts
PRN – must have flexible availability
Weekend Warrior option available for select positions which includes a pay premium.
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 classes? We have limited slots available for full funding & a place on our team!

Part-time, 2nd shift
PRN options available – must have flexible availability

Registered Dietitian:
Full-time serving patients at both Heartland of Greenville and Heartland of Piqua.

Payroll/AP Coordinator:
Experience in these functions is preferred.

Laundry & Housekeeping Aide:

Interested candidates may also apply in person or on-line at www.jobs.hcr-manorcare.com
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 jobs.hcr-manorcare.com ∙ EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Margie Unrast Named VHCC February Employee of the Month

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Dana Weatherspoon and Margie Unrast.
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Margie Unrast as the February 2017 Employee of the Month. Unrast has been a member of the nursing department staff since 2004. She first started at VHCC as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and is now working as a Registered Nurse (RN). She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for being a great nurse who takes pride in her work. One co-worker stated, “She is friendly and takes care of the patients as if they were her own family.”

Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, added “Margie is a fabulous example of the high quality nurses we employ. She exemplifies integrity, teamwork, and providing the best possible individualized care for each of our patients.” Unrast received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Margie Unrast!


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We Banjo 3 performs as part of DCCA's Arts In Education programming for local public High School students, thanks to support from Arts Midwest Touring Fund.  We Banjo 3 will also perform for a sold out audience at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 4th.
Feb 2, 2017 – 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 DCCA in their upcoming engagement of We Banjo 3. 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 will present We Banjo 3 for students in local high schools during the week beginning Monday, January 30; these award-winning musicians from Galway, Ireland will present an Arts In Education program blending American roots music with the traditional Celtic sounds from which those sounds were derived. “This group of amazing musicians has won numerous All-Ireland Championships, and is now winning devoted fans across the United States,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “We Banjo 3 plays music that is new, fresh, and daring, while remaining true to the deep heritage from which that music sprung,” Rawlins concluded.
In addition to the in-school performances by We Banjo 3, which are free and open to the public, DCCA will present the group in concert on Saturday, February 4 as part of their 2016-2017 Artists Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. “Without the assistance of Arts Midwest, DCCA could not bring internationally-acclaimed artists like We Banjo 3 to our underserved rural community,” Ms. Jordan explained. “DCCA greatly appreciates their commitment to enabling presentations that inspire creativity and joy, and help shape our nation's culture in positive and affirming ways,” she concluded.

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 Arts Midwest please visit www.artsmidwest.org.

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 2016-2017 CONNECTIONS season contact the DCCA Office at (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at www.CenterForArts.net.

3rd Annual Bad Art, Good Folk Line Up

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The Preble County Art Association is excited to announce the cast of their annual fundraiser, Bad Art, Good Folk. The cast includes Jean Bussell, Chad Creech, Travis Earley, Eric Marit, Matt Roberts, Brian Smith, Brad Unger, Meri Vosler, and Patty Wagner. The nine Good Folk are working on a piece of art under the guidance of a professional artist, that will be auctioned off later this spring. The winner will be the individual with the most votes (dollars raised) by the end of the April 22nd event.

To vote for your favorite Good Folk (or Folks), visit www.preblearts.org and follow the BAGF link. Votes will be collected until the close of the event on April 22nd. Not sure who to vote for? Each member belongs to a team represented by a professional artist.

Professional artists include Erin Abney, Robert Coveney, and Gail Springer. Any vote cast for a team will be equally distributed to the team members. The team with the most votes receives a trophy, almost as good as the individual winner’s, and the right to brag, indefinitely.

Bad Art, Good Folk is generously supported by Opti-Vise IT solutions, Lawns Plus, LCNB Bank, Eaton Floral and Gatherings on the Green. The fundraiser, in its third year, seeks to support the PCAA and the art programming it provides for the community. Tickets for this event will be on sale in March but voting is happening now! The Preble County Art Association is located at the Visual Art Center, 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton. Programming includes a variety of art classes and workshops, painted pottery, birthday parties, and outreach programs. For more information, visit www.preblearts.org or call 937-456-3999.

Darke County Parks Receives Grant From Enterprise Holdings Foundation

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Back Row (L to R): Dean Whipp, Friends of DCP-Treas.; Roger Etzell, Friends of DCP-Trustee; Dudley Hansbarger, Friends of DCP-Trustee. Middle Row: Tom Smith, Friends of DCP-Trustee; Tom Bish, Friends of DCP-Trustee; Tina White, former Friends of DCP Trustee and current DCP Commissioner; Barbie Hansbarger, Friends of DCP-President. Front Row: Nicole Scott, Enterprise employee and grant applicant; Sandy Hoying, Friends of DCP-Secretary
On December 6, 2016, the Friends of the Parks of the Darke Park District gratefully accepted a grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Nicole Scott, a Remarketing Logistics Supervisor for Enterprise, is a member of the Darke County Civic Theater which performs annually at Darke County Parks’ annual Prairie Days festival and uses the Nature Center facility often.

Because Darke County Parks have a commitment to education and learning offering activities for all ages, Scott applied for a grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation for the parks’ Prairie Days festival which includes historical attractions like trade demonstrations, the long hunter encampment, folk music performances, and old fashioned hand crafts. Scott said that she comes from a family of teachers who instilled the value of education. She believes the parks have a plethora of opportunities and activities right in Darke County’s backyard.

The funds will be used to help make the 2017 Prairie Days even better than ever. The park district strives to provide the best possible experience to the residents of Darke County and beyond and to ensure comprehensive education for the stewards of tomorrow. They would like to thank the Enterprise Holdings Foundation for helping to make this possible.
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