Monday, December 11, 2017

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

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November has come and gone for 2017. This was a very good November weather wise, for most of the month it felt like early October. Now that Thanksgiving is over, the next 30 days starts the big Holiday season for retailers, manufacturers, and for most people. We hope the weather continues to co-operate!

November is the month when we start our appropriation process with our departments. Our department heads always do a good job of holding the line on spending, and this is why Darke County has continued to grow and prosper. Our Health and Wellness group in conjunction with our insurer CEBCO (County Employee Benefit Consortium) has done an excellent job in getting our people to lead healthier lives, and that has translated into minimal health insurance costs for the County.

CORSA, (County Risk Sharing Authority) our property insurer, does regular checkups on our buildings, and risk assessments for the County. This co-operation with them and the training and awareness of certain hazards and maintenance needs they see has also led to very good insurance rates for Darke County. We will continue to do all we can to make sure that we do what is necessary to keep our rates as low as possible. The county has seen growth again this year, and in talking to our Economic Development Director, Mike Bowers, it seems things are still moving quite well. All of our companies are doing an excellent job in cost containment and growth, so when you see one of their employees or managers, congratulate them for their continued growth, and a job well done.

This year we have accomplished quite a bit, but as always, there is still more to do. With buildings to maintain, technology upgrades, and equipment purchases, and mandates from the State, we will continue to keep an eye on spending. This year came the news of the MCO tax going away for the State, and that translated into all 88 counties losing substantial amounts of money. That money will need replaced. The MCO tax is still in some discussion at the State level, so we will see what happens. The Sheriff will get three new cruisers again next year, a program that has been going on now for 4 years. We need to continue with this as Darke County is a large county and our Sheriff’s vehicles put on many miles. The Darke County Airport has seen great growth in usage this year, especially in fuel sales, and with some very nice comments on AirNav.com, it is good to see it getting greater exposure. Next spring will bring the improvements to grow the airport even further.
To see some great pictures and information, go to the Darke County Airport Facebook page.

December and Christmas are upon us. This has been a year to be thankful for here in the County. While you are Christmas shopping in Greenville, or just out shopping in your town, come on over, stop in and see what is going on by sitting in on one of our public sessions. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s office at 520 S. Broadway, in downtown Greenville just south of the Courthouse. We hope you had a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and wish all of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Darke County Commissioners

FRAM donates $1,000 to Cancer Association of Darke County

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Left to right : Duane Edwards (Cancer Association of Darke County Board Member), Stacy Burns (Fram), Monica Gloria (Fram), Pam Clark (Fram), Debbie Green (Fram), Nicole Moore (Fram), Sherry Marten (Cancer Association of Darke County Board Member), Brenda James (Fram)
FRAM employees recently held a fundraiser by raffling parking spots and selling Fram Filter Out cancer shirts.

The proceeds of the fundraiser were donated to the Cancer Association to help local cancer patients who are fighting a very difficult battle.

The organization is a 501c3 established in 1995. It is located inside the Wayne Cancer Center at 1111 Sweitzer Street. Benefits are provided in the form of reimbursement for mileage, medication, medical supplies and nutritional support. There are no strings attached to the benefits and all patients living in Darke County who have been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to receive help.

If you or a loved one or friend has cancer and lives in Darke County, please contact the office at 548-9960 for help.

The association thanks the Fram employees for their hard work in completing this fundraiser that will help many cancer patients.

The organization is not affiliated with American Cancer Society or any other cancer group. It is funded by grants, donations, fundraisers, and is a United Way Partner.

Corporate Sponsors for 2017 are:

American Legion Post 140, Ansonia Lumber, Bible Fellowship Church, Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln, Diane Evans Insurance, Farmers State Bank - New Madison, First Assembly of God, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Technology, Inc., Hittle Buick, GMC, Kiwanis Club of New Madison, Ray and Bettye Laughlin, Lowdy Office Machines, Mercer Savings Bank, Ramco Electric Motors, Second National Bank, Sisco, VFW Post 7262, Wayne Health Care ,Women of the Moose, and Williamson Insurance.

KIDS GIVE SANTA LISTS AT BPW BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

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Pictured back row left to right:  Susan Fowble, Dara Buchy, Karen Sink, (Mrs. Claus), Sue Huston, Vicki Cost, Leigh Fletcher, Diana Frazier. Front Row: Gail Snyder, Santa, Peggy Foutz with children.
Greenville, OH. December 5, 2017 – Children were on their “best behavior” at the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) annual Breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Greenville VFW. This year, Mrs. Claus joined him at the breakfast as well. Scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes, orange juice and milk were prepared and served by the Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students and their advisor and BPW member Dara Buchy. During the breakfast, Santa walked around and spoke with the children. After breakfast, they listened to the story of “Elfie’s Christmas” read by Leigh Fletcher followed by an individual meeting with Santa to give him their lists. Each child also received a goodie bag and gift from Santa. Photos from the event can be found on the club’s Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

Special thanks to the following: Dara Buchy and the Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students, Downing’s Fruit (apples), The Early Bird/Bluebag Media (pictures for coloring), the Greenville VFW, Weaver Brothers (eggs), Eikenberry’s IGA (donut holes), Winner’s Meats (sausage), and Melanie Shilt (for backdrop). Also juice, milk, tableware and candy were donated by the Greenville BPW club members. All proceeds from this event go towards scholarships for the young women of Darke County.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The club’s dinner meetings are held the second Thursday each month. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Marilyn Emmons at 548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com or find them on Facebook @ Greenville BPW Club.

State Partners with Local Organizations to help Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter

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HEAP Winter Crisis Program Begins November 1

The Community Action Partnership and Ohio Development Services Agency will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018.

“We want to help Ohioans stay warm this winter,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Working with Community Action Partnership, we’re helping Ohioans manage their energy costs this winter.”

More than 400 families in Darke County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year.

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirt of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other,

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050. From November 2016 – March 2017, more than 104,799 Ohioans were helped by the program statewide.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

  • proof of income (copies of pay stubs)
  • copies of their most recent energy bills
  • list of all household members with Social Security card and birth dates
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
  • copy of rental lease

Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance or visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.

For more information about energy assistance programs call (800)282-0880 and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

Tech Repair Service Opens in Downtown Greenville

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Ryan Wintrow and Trevor Brumbaugh opened iSelect Cellular Solutions at
109 E. 3rd St. in Greenville earlier this month
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Downtown Greenville has a pair of fresh faces standing by to fix your phone, tablet, or game system.

Ryan Wintrow and Trevor Brumbaugh opened iSelect Cellular Solutions in downtown Greenville on November 4th, 2017. The two are no strangers to running a business, however. Some may remember Go Go Gamers, a business created by Wintrow and managed by Brumbaugh. The store was opened by Wintrow in 2014 when he was just 17 years old.

The store offered used video games and gaming systems as well as phone repairs, but Wintrow wanted to shift his business model to focus on technology repair services. Repairing broken phones and game systems is something he took an interest in when he was young and it is a skill he taught himself and improved upon over the years. Wintrow is now imparting that knowledge to Brumbaugh as the two work side by side.

While Ryan was the proprietor of Go Go Gamers, it was actually Trevor Brumbaugh’s suggestion that led to the opening of iSelect Cellular Solutions.

“I was previously working in a factory job but knew I wanted to do something different,” said Brumbaugh. “I texted Ryan one day about starting a business specifically for repairs and we came up with the plans from there. He [Ryan] actually already had the name picked out!”

The two began developing the business model in August of this year and opened their storefront location about three months later. They credit the quick opening of the business to Wintrow’s foresight and previous business experience.
“Because I already had the name picked out and licensed with the state it made the process a lot quicker,” said Wintrow. Brumbaugh added, “He also had a lot of prior knowledge on the paperwork and procedures involved since he’s opened up a business before. That saves a lot of time.”

Trevor and Ryan were also grateful for the assistance of Eric Brown of EB Real Estate in finding the location for the store and getting moved in quickly.

“It is great to see young entrepreneurs in Darke County opening local small businesses,” said Brown. “iSelect Cellular is providing a service that was previously not available in Darke County. I hope the public will patronize and embrace this small business, as Ryan has already established himself within the community through his past business experience. The entire EB Real Estate team wishes Ryan and Trevor all the best!”

The business, located at 109 E. 3rd St, specializes in phone, tablet, and game system repairs. They can replace cracked screens, fix broken charging ports, help with minor software bugs, and much more.

Wintrow believes what sets them apart from a chain store is the fact that they keep things local.

“A lot of the larger phone stores will ship off your items for repair. You drop it off to them and they send it away and you’re left without your item. We do everything here in house. If it’s a minor problem you can either wait here while we fix it for you, or drop it off and come get it later in the day. Most repairs can be done within an hour or two.”

iSelect Cellular Solutions also uses Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or OEM grade parts, so you know your device is receiving the highest quality repair parts. They also offer a lifetime warranty on their repairs and have screen protectors and phone cases available for purchase. They are proud to offer a standing 15% discount for uniformed service customers.

The store hours are Monday-Thursday & Saturday 11 am - 5 pm and Friday 11 am - 6 pm. The store is located at 109 E. 3rd St, right behind The Blue Bow Boutique. For more information about the business and their offerings, follow them on Facebook at iSelect Cellular Solutions - Greenville, OH, or contact them at (937) 459-4959 or info@iselectcellular.com.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic development. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

TEDDY BEARS & FRIENDS BLOOD DRIVE IS DEC. 12

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22nd YEAR OF HOLIDAY CHEER FOR YOUNG WAYNE HEALTHCARE PATIENTS

Donor Logan Puterbaugh with Lion Bill Campbell at
2016 Teddy Bears & Friends Blood Drive.
DAYTON, Ohio – Lions Club from across Darke County will continue a holiday tradition by sponsoring the 22nd annual “Teddy Bears and Friends Blood Drive” Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville. It’s again a chance for donors to spread cheer with gifts of stuffed animals for young patients spending Christmas at Wayne HealthCare.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special holiday edition “Be a Deer – Donate Blood” long-sleeve t-shirt. Community Blood Center encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville and Pitsburg Lions Clubs join forces to sponsor the Teddy Bears and Friends Blood Drive. They volunteer during the blood drive and raised enough money to purchase more than 150 stuffed animals. Donors are invited to sign gift tags and send messages of encouragement to children at Wayne HealthCare. The gifts are distributed to the patients during the holiday season.

The holiday season is a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply. Holiday activities, wintry weather and seasonal illnesses can reduce the number of donors and disrupt blood drive schedules. If you must miss an opportunity to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Library Wellness Lunch & Learn

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With the year winding to a close, Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare will share how to bring the physical, mental, and nutritional aspects of your fitness plan together with the aptly named talk “Bringing it All Together.” Jordan will be sharing great health and wellness information for beginners and veterans alike, and also allow time for questions afterwards.

Join us December 13 at 12:30 pm at the Greenville Public Library. Space is limited to 20 participants; if you would like lunch, pre-registration is very helpful. The boxed lunch costs only $5.00, provided by the Coffee Pot, and will include a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own lunch or come just for the program! To register, call the Library 548-3915.

Gingerbread Party at Library

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Families, kids, and teens are invited to a Gingerbreadhouse Party on Tuesday December 12th at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Childrens and YA Departments at the Greenville Public Library. We will be making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers so no baking needed. We’ll have all the supplies and all you have to do is come and have fun. Several of us will be on hand to help.

Holiday music and refreshments will add to the festive atmosphere and we‘ll be giving away several copies of favorite author Jan Brett’s Gingerbread books. The Library is always beautifully decorated and there are lots of Holiday themed books and music just waiting to be checked out.

Edison Students Talk On Bullying

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A variety of sources note that children of all ages can suffer emotional problems due to bullying and that nearly three-fourths of all young people have been or are currently being bullied. Cyberbullying is also on the rise as nearly half of all teens are affected. Persistent bullying in teens can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior. So what can you, as adults, do to protect your children and grandchildren?

On Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m., four Edison State Community College Darke County Campus communications students will be at the Greenville Public Library to address the issue of bullying. Their goal is to provide adults with information that could help the young people in their lives. They are Kaitlin Howard, Brigette Filbrun, Elizabeth Williams, and Madison Little.

For a number of years, the Edison Fundamentals of Communication students have been educating young people on bullying, drug abuse, and literacy. They have visited nearly every school district in Darke County in order to talk about the consequences of risky or abusive behavior. This fall, nine Edison teams will be at Greenville’s K-8 campus, the Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley campuses, and the Greenville Library.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ansonia Community Christmas

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MORAN CONCLUDES DCVB PRESIDENCY

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GREENVILLE, OH – Current Darke County Visitors Bureau board president Aaron Moran, superintendent of Versailles Exempted Village Schools, was recognized by the board of trustees for his service at the organization’s regular November meeting. Moran was presented with a plaque commemorating his two-year tenure leading the board.

Moran’s time as president began January 1st, 2016 and will officially conclude December 31st, 2017.

“As I complete my term as President of the Darke County Visitors Bureau, I want to express my thanks to Executive Director Matt Staugler for his efforts in supporting local attractions and businesses. His efforts have positively impacted Darke County,” said Moran. “I also want to thank DCVB Board Members for their willingness to support the office, our partners and various local business/attractions that make Darke County a great place to live, work and grow.”

“The DCVB has experienced a lot of growth during Aaron’s tenure as President,” said executive director Matt Staugler. “In that time, we’ve launched our new branding, embarked on our new kiosk program, and continued to work on behalf of all the attractions and small businesses in Darke County. Under his leadership, the Visitors Bureau has continued to be an organization dedicated to moving the community forward in a positive way, and the results of that leadership speak for themselves.”

Moran will continue serving on the board into the future. Current sitting Vice President Daryl Riffle will assume the Presidency January 1st, 2018.

For more information on the Darke County Visitors Bureau and its mission, please contact the Visitors Bureau at 937-548-5158, or online at www.visitdarkecounty.org.

Friends of New Madison Public Library Christmas Open House

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Friends of the New Madison Public Library invite you to join them for their Annual Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Yummy refreshments will be provided beginning at 10AM. From 3-6:00 library patrons will be entertained by Tri-Village graduate, Eric Smith, who will share sounds of the season. At 6:00 the Board of Trustees will be honoring our Phyllis Cole Dubbs Library Service Award Recipient for 2017, Carol Bradford. Bring the family in to celebrate and stock up on books, magazines, movies, and music for the holiday season.

Check out our website www.newmadisonpubliclibrary.org & LIKE us on Facebook for more information on programming throughout the year.

December at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is ready for a busy holiday season, and has plenty of resources available for patrons to help with their own busy schedules. The library has a large collection of cookbooks, books about crafts, games, and decorating, plenty of holiday movies, and a separate section just for Christmas. Come on in for a dose of holiday spirit.

StoryTime for preschoolers will be on December 5, 12, and 19 at 10:00. The session on the 19th will be the winter party. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more.

The after school program for kids in grades 1-4 (SPARK) will be on December 5, 12, and 19 from 3:45-4:45. Hang out with friends, play games, have a snack, and have lots of fun. The 19th will be the winter party.

Patrons can help the library decorate for the holidays by entering the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Contest. Houses will need to be brought to the library on December 6, 7, 8, or 9. Judging will take place the following week. The houses will be on display for the month of December. Check with the library for more details, and come in to pick up your house “base”.

There will be an adult coloring program on Tuesday, December 12 at 4:00. This Christmas themed event is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Supplies are provided, and beverages will be served.

Also on Tuesday, December 12 will be the book club meeting at 5:30. In addition to discussing the book “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”, the next book, “Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin, will be handed out. All are welcome to join the group. Snacks are served.
There will be a Christmas Craft Night for children on Thursday, December 21 from 6:00 – 7:30. This event is a free, drop-in program, and is always well-attended. Kids will leave with plenty of awesome creations.

The library will be challenging adults to read more this winter with our “Resolve to Read More” winter reading challenge. The dates will be from January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018. Check with the library for details.

The library wants to remind patron that it will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 26, and on January 1 and January 2.

Call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484. Patrons can also go to our website at www.arcanunpubliclibrary.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Darke County Farmers Union—Fall Harvest Meeting 2017

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Greenville, Ohio – Darke County Farmers Union held their Fall Harvest meeting October 28, 2017 at the OSU Extension meeting room where they honored some of the 4H Youth that they supported during the livestock sales at the 2017 Great Darke County Fair. Pictured above seated (l-r): Kylee Freeman--Poultry, Brayden Freeman--Poultry, Luke Brinksneader—Beef Cattle, Lance Brinksneader—Beef Cattle, Faith Wooten—Swine. Standing at the back (l-r): Ethan Fischer—Sheep, Dave Shindollar—Ohio Farmers Union State Office Insurance Director and Todd Rhoades—Darke County Farmers Union President.

New Grazing Concept Benefits the Bird and the Herd

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Sign-up Deadline is January 19, 2018

Columbus, OH, November 14, 2017 – If you think livestock and quail don’t mix, a new concept in managed grazing may just change your mind. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for a unique program that focuses on establishing productive warm season forages to improve livestock production and provide large areas of prime habitat for ground nesting birds and other wildlife.

Ohio’s Northern Bobwhite in Grasslands project is part of a national Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership, a collaborative approach to conserving habitat for declining species on farms and working forests. NRCS works with partners and private landowners to focus voluntary conservation efforts on working landscapes.

The Northern Bobwhite in Grasslands project is designed to help bring back the quail that were once an integral part of Ohio’s farming way of life. Leading researchers have documented the wildlife benefits of managed grazing on native summer forages, concluding that this approach enhances the habitat for the ground nesting birds while improving livestock weight gains.

“Ohio’s new project is a ‘win-win’ for producers by enabling them to continue grazing on land with installed conservation measures,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “By replacing fescue with native grasses, participants can improve or maintain average daily weight gains, enhance soil health, and hedge against summer drought with fewer inputs.”

NRCS utilizes the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to offer technical and financial assistance to eligible livestock producers to implement conservation practices to address habitat loss without taking their land out of production. NRCS will conduct targeted restoration activities with a focus on 30 southern Ohio counties (see map).

All NRCS financial assistance programs are offered in a continuous sign-up; however, to be considered for Northern Bobwhite in Grasslands funding, applications must be received by January 19, 2018.

To learn more about technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or a local USDA Service Center.

Business offering additional EMT scholarships

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Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, was so pleased with the success of its first-ever EMT scholarship program this past fall, it’s going for another round just in time for the new year.

Starting today, Spirit will begin accepting scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at www.spiritmedicaltransport.com or by emailing Spirit’s Director of Employee Relations Sally Wilson at swilson@spiritmedicaltransport.com.

Candidates applying for the scholarship have until 5 p.m. on December 7th to apply. After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by the Director of Employee Relations. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place December 12th and 13th at the Greenville office. Orientation night will be at 6 p.m. December 15th. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Classes will be held in the classroom at Spirit’s Greenville office five days a week starting January 3rd. For those not living in the Greenville area, transportation options to and/or from class are also being made available.

Company officials say the program being offered by Spirit is very unique, while mutually beneficial.

“The biggest challenge people normally face is lacking the financial means to pay for the class and/or the dedicated time it takes to meet all the course requirements,” said Vice President Aaron L. Guthrie. “The scholarship program gives them the best of both worlds. Not only do they earn an income while attending class, they graduate with the opportunity to have national and state EMS certification with a clear career path for many years to come.”

“There’s a growing need for well-qualified EMTs in the areas we serve,” explained Spirit President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “In the past we’ve chosen to spin our wheels and have employed individuals who applied after working for our competition in most cases. This program allows us to grow our own group of people and train them the ‘Spirit’ way.”

Company officials say they will graduate 14 EMTs from their first class in a ceremony being held at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Celina on December 10th. Fifteen students started that program, with 14 passing the class final. Many of these students are currently scheduling their national EMT test. The remainder have experienced a high percentage of test passage on their first attempt and have started training with Spirit’s field training officers.

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas.

“As a company, our mission is to have local people taking care of local people as much as possible,” Hathaway explained. “To do this, we’ve established a scholarship program that not only creates a solution to the EMT shortage, but brings more jobs to the local communities we serve. The mission also provides additional resources for those volunteer and part-time organizations in need of EMS professionals, just like us. As a company, we are pleased to open the doors of opportunity to those individuals who are in pursuit of a rewarding career and have a passion to serve people during some of the roughest days of their lives. It’s so exciting to enable personal growth and career success to those who want to join us and our commitment to serve the community.”

Ohio's Deer-Gun Season Opens with more than 22,000 Deer Harvested

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 22,366 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 28, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Ohio’s deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 3. Two additional days of deer-gun season (Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17) have been added to increase the opportunity for people to hunt with firearms. Find more information about deer hunting in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.

Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest reports can be found at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.

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.

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.

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.

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

Adams: 354 (274); Allen: 93 (58); Ashland: 432 (411); Ashtabula: 821 (701); Athens: 478 (375); Auglaize: 94 (41); Belmont: 362 (407); Brown: 292 (167); Butler: 85 (36); Carroll: 575 (480); Champaign: 121 (70); Clark: 56 (29); Clermont: 179 (81); Clinton: 84 (58); Columbiana: 453 (419); Coshocton: 924 (767); Crawford: 177 (134); Cuyahoga: 15 (8); Darke: 90 (47); Defiance: 252 (179); Delaware: 135 (88); Erie: 69 (50); Fairfield: 213 (182); Fayette: 32 (30); Franklin: 45 (32); Fulton: 101 (79); Gallia: 396 (379); Geauga: 146 (147); Greene: 48 (43); Guernsey: 657 (592); Hamilton: 34 (18); Hancock: 133 (95); Hardin: 139 (94); Harrison: 497 (529); Henry: 112 (67); Highland: 315 (221); Hocking: 426 (431); Holmes: 648 (542); Huron: 370 (342); Jackson: 358 (270); Jefferson: 244 (365); Knox: 705 (651); Lake: 54 (53); Lawrence: 262 (208); Licking: 577 (463); Logan: 219 (155); Lorain: 200 (180); Lucas: 24 (23); Madison: 40 (30); Mahoning: 209 (168); Marion: 122 (96); Medina: 153 (154); Meigs: 414 (392); Mercer: 86 (38); Miami: 72 (28); Monroe: 406 (333); Montgomery: 35 (18); Morgan: 434 (364); Morrow: 228 (158); Muskingum: 780 (696); Noble: 445 (386); Ottawa: 39 (20); Paulding: 129 (75); Perry: 359 (339); Pickaway: 96 (65); Pike: 199 (180); Portage: 142 (155); Preble: 74 (47); Putnam: 94 (60); Richland: 411 (355); Ross: 307 (263); Sandusky: 68 (41); Scioto: 206 (195); Seneca: 244 (203); Shelby: 119 (79); Stark: 248 (208); Summit: 29 (30); Trumbull: 487 (425); Tuscarawas: 768 (645); Union: 103 (67); Van Wert: 50 (31); Vinton: 322 (338); Warren: 62 (34); Washington: 476 (438); Wayne: 265 (206); Williams: 251 (138); Wood: 74 (39); Wyandot: 224 (168). Total: 22,366 (18,776).

For more information, contact:
John Windau, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614-265-6325
Matt Eiselstein, ODNR Office of Communications
614-265-6860

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tips to Being a Successful Student from Greenville High School Assistant Principal, Carl Brown

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Over the years I have occasion to have conversations with friends that are parents (many of them educators themselves) discussing what makes a child a successful student. Throughout those conversations we have had, I believe we have identified a few key factors that make students successful.

We were able to look back at our study habits and practices were when we were in grade school, junior high, high school and college and discuss similarities and differences. Some of the methods we used were taught to us by teachers and some by our parents or siblings. Much of our methods or strategies were/are profoundly simple. Our experiences led to the following:

First the student must work hard. It is just a fact in reality—you must work hard. However, you cannot only focus on working hard, you must work hard doing things right and doing the right things. Many times I have had conversations with students and one of the first things s/he will say is, “This year I’m going to really work hard… I will do my homework and turn it in on time and I’m going to study for tests…” Well they start off doing just that and then they realize their grades aren’t getting better. They are basically doing the same thing they were doing before, just more of it and getting the same results. You can’t take inadequate study skills, do them more often and expect improved results. The cycle of disengagement and frustration begins and they think, “Well, I have done all that I’ve could… I’ve worked hard”—and they simply give up. I remember my junior high social studies teacher, Mr. Maltinsky, telling a few of us that we should write out questions to accompany our notes to help us remember and understand the information. He even “jump started” us by giving a few examples of questions that would help us link cause and effect. Sly man he was—effectively engaging students in learning and taking ownership of the learning process. Later in college I developed that skill to make and take pretests to help focus and identify what I needed to learn. By using practice tests the student can develop higher level thinking skills that allows them to analyze, evaluate and create arguments—elements of critical and independent thinking. We discovered that studying for tests was much more than memory-based activities. An exam is not a test of memory for you to show how much you can remember, but how you use what you remember.

Another factor is the ability to be resilient and persistent. The reality is that you will not be able to score 100% on every assignment, quiz or test. You have to be able to pick yourself up after a poor performance and go at it again. You have to be able to take a few hard lessons and learn to punch through difficult material and concepts. Learning the habit of grit was a common thread that my friends and I acquired first through our parents and then reinforced throughout our education by our teachers, tutors, professors and other mentors we’ve met along the way. You have to realize that not everything will come easy to you the first time. Reflect, take time, realize and be prepared for the consequence and work that is ahead of you to get back on track.

Part of working hard is being self-motivated and self-disciplined. This is the ability to sit down and work consistently and eliminate (or avoid) distractions like watching three hours of TV and “blooper videos” on YouTube and excessive time on social media. Part of self-discipline is learning to manage or budget your time. The goal behind this is to create balance of your responsibilities. Some mistakes that we made growing up and what I see in some students today are unrealistic time table schedules in the week. Most of the time this is done because the student first blocked out unrealistic study time and then filled in the schedule with social activities, sports, chores, and their job (if applicable). The result inevitably was a schedule that they could not hold and thus failed to provide what is needed. The more successful strategy is to schedule your responsibilities first and then honestly list your habits and evaluate what you need to adjust to create time to study. Next, schedule time for study and be honest with yourself because the result you want is to have something in every day that you like to do. Usually the result is being happy and being happy helps tremendously in being balanced. The sense of being balanced helps lay the foundation for being consistent throughout the year.

In summary, you not only have to work hard, you need to work hard at doing the right things. Learning is more than memorizing facts—learning is demonstrating how you use what you remember. To be successful and happy you need to realistically budget your time with work and play.

G.H.S. Vocal Music Presents “Jingle Bell Rock”

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Vocal Music students will perform their annual Christmas Concert “Jingle Bell Rock” on Monday, December 11th, at 7:00pm at Memorial Hall.

The concert will begin with all choirs singing “Jingle Bell Rock”. Girls Glee will perform “Let it Snow” and “Big Guy in Red.” Collage will perform “Santa Baby”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, and “Holiday Road.” Wavaires will be joined by the GHS Jazz Scene, under the direction of Mr. J.R. Price, for “Getting in the Mood for Christmas”, “Underneath the Tree” and “What Christmas Means to Me.” Concert Choir will perform “Sing We All Noel”, “Lully Lullay” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Collage and Girls Glee will join together for “Breath of Heaven”, and the Wavaire guys will sing “Mele Kalikimaka.” Wavaires will also perform “Carol of the Bells”, “Falala”, “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Run Rudolph Run.”

The concert will conclude with all the choirs coming together for “Silent Night”. The choirs will then be joined by the GHS Orchestra and Choral Alumni for “Hallelujah Chorus”. Various solo and small group acts will take place in between the choirs.

Presale tickets for the show on December 11th are $4 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets are available for purchase at Greenville High School in the choir room from 7:30am- 11:00am, or at The Flower Patch on Rhoades Ave. Monday- Friday from 9:00am- 5:00pm. You can also call Katie at 670-0063 to reserve tickets. Tickets MAY be available for purchase the night of the show in the ticket booth at Memorial Hall, but tickets at the door aren’t guaranteed if the show is sold out. All tickets sold at the door will be $7.00, and no discounts will be offered at that time.

Please join the GHS Choirs to help you get in the Holiday Spirit on Monday, December 11th. The choirs are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge and accompanied by Mrs. Judy Mills. The choreographers for the show are Brooke Jendrusik, Brooke Netzley, Sierra Cress, and Lauren Burns.

Be sure to like and follow Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters on Facebook to receive the latest news and ways to support the G.H.S. Vocal Music program and other events.

DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB Christmas Party

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DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB Christmas Party
6:00 p.m. Monday – December 11th
NOTICE TIME CHANGE
Chestnut Village Center - Brethren Retirement Community
Dinner of pork loin with all the trimmings will be prepared by the BRC
Make your dinner reservation by calling Wavelene before Thursday noon the 7th
at 547-6477 or e-mail wdenniston@woh.rr.com

Versailles Museum Unveiled its 2017 Holiday Display

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The Versailles Area Museum has chosen “A Depression Era Christmas” as its theme for this Holiday season.

The museum is decked for the holidays from our 1930’s era lobby complete with our 1929 Model T Ford out doing some holiday shopping. Many of the tree decorations come from the 1930’s. Our thanks goes to Tom & Norma Parin for sharing their wonderful collection of old period Santa’s with us. Our Depression theme continues with beautiful Depression glass from the collections of Joanne Eilerman and Janet Worz.

Other Christmas themed areas include our miniature train display, thanks to David Richart, our turn of the century Mercantile store, our 1900 kitchen, Toyland at Martin’s Department Store which is filled with toys from your childhood and so much more!

Each Sunday through December 17th and by special arrangement, we will be excited to welcome you all home for Christmas!

Museum by Christmas and Candlelight

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This popular tradition began in the early years of the museum and has grown each year! On December 15th from 5:30 till 8:30 in the evening the museum will be bathed in Christmas lights and the soft flicker of candles to illuminate the beautiful displays and artifacts.

While we agree it’s not the best way to see all our displays, it is a unique way to view things from a new prospective.

Various rooms will have costumed interpreters to share stories from our past. While many displays harkens to the late 1800’s this year’s theme comes from the early 1930’s and the Great Depression. Our Service Station display has a car ready for a few cents of gas and loaded with what few Christmas supplies could be afforded.

Other rooms reflect a nostalgic remembrance of Martin’s Department Store’s “Toy Land”. This room is laden with toys for good girls and boys from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Even Santa is there in “spirit” to recall those fond days gone by.

Of course at this festive time of year, a stop in the Church Room to remember the “reason for the season” is a must.

What were the shoppers buying for Christmas in the 1890”s? A stop at our Mercantile Room will show what our storekeeper, A. Huffman has in stock for the season.

Cookies hot from the 1900 gas oven, in our 1900 kitchen along with tree trimming is just what you might expect on a night before Christmas and is a special delight as well.

School might be out for the Christmas Recess but the classrooms are still trimmed from their last day party.

A solemn stop on your journey is our Military Room recalling the service and loss to our communities by war and those who were not at home for Christmas.

Dressed interpreters will be found in many rooms to share our story of Christmas past and maybe give some young visitors a glipse of what Christmas was like 50, 100, or 150 years ago!

This is a night for the whole family whether you are from the Versailles area or not to come together and savor and celebrate this special season!

A Monday Afternoon with Us

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Our present to you, just like Christmas of our youth, the Versailles Area Museum will take you back in time to an afternoon at the movies!

We all remember how special it was to go to the movies as a child and even more special at Christmas. We want to offer our guests on Monday afternoon, December 11th the opportunity to relive a classic holiday movie, “White Christmas” along with a classic short cartoon of the season to begin the afternoon.

Our concession stand will be open with pop corn, Christmas candies, and soda. (A donation is always appreciated!) We will open our doors at 12:30 p.m. and our feature film will start at 1:30 p.m. with the cartoon before.

Call your friends and plan to join us for one more hurrah for this season of fun and memories and relive the childhood of your memories and enjoy a special Christmas film with friends.

Holiday Health and Happiness is Theme for Greenville BPW Meeting

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Emmaline Gregory (left) and Karen Sink (right)
Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) will hold their monthly dinner meeting, Thursday, December 14th at the Brethren Retirement Community’s Brick Room @ 6:30 pm. The meeting will be hosted by Christmas committee members, Deb Smith (chair), Kasey Christian, Karen Sink, Shirley Morrow, Jennifer Fleagle, and Vicki Cost. Members and guests will hear from Emmaline Gregory and club member Karen Sink on Holiday Health and Happiness. They will share Enagic’s important theme of Healthy body, Healthy mind, and Healthy finances which they learned about from drinking healthy Kangen water and why it is valuable to “Change your Water / Change Your Life”.

Members and guests are also invited to bring an ornament to the meeting to participate in an ornament exchange. Tickets will still be available at the meeting for a chance to win one of four great “Super Raffle” prizes. The raffle prizes are: 1st place - a beautiful Frederic Duclos sterling silver and pearl necklace and matching bracelet donated by Wieland Jewelers, 2nd place - two $100 Collette vacation packages donated by Sue Christian’s Good Times Fun Times, 3rd place – a five-speed diamond white blender with 60 oz pitcher from KitchenAid, and 4th place - two tickets for the 2018 Ultimate Taste from the Winery at Versailles. The winners will be drawn during the meeting and winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Merle Norman (downtown Greenville) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or dsniekamp@gmail.com or any Greenville BPW Club member. All proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will go towards the club’s scholarship fund for Darke County young women.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Anyone interested in learning more about the club is invited to attend. The cost for the dinner is $12. For reservations please contact Marilyn Emmons by noon on Monday, December 11th at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com.

DCCT Holds Auditions for Children's Production

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for its annual Children’s Production on Sunday December 10th from 3-6 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. Auditions will be cold readings from the script and anyone who is able to read fluently without adult help in pronouncing words is encouraged to audition. There are roles available for children and for adults, so the whole family is welcome to take part in this exciting production. There are also crew positions available for those interested. Rehearsals will take place on Sunday afternoons and occasional Friday evenings for select cast. Performances take place March 17th and March 18th at the Cardinal Center in Gettysburg.

This years production is “Stuart Little.” This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary New York family. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are captured in this adaptation by Joseph Robinette, who also dramatized the highly acclaimed stage version of Charlotte's Web. The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this story theatre presentation. The acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a "real people's world."

For more information, visit our website at www.darkecountycivictheater.org or email darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com for any questions regarding this production.

Fort GreeneVille DAR dedicates 13th marker in Darke County

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On Oct 30, the Fort GreeneVille DAR dedicated a grave marker for American Revolutionary War Soldier Samuel McClure buried at Old Friendship Cemetery in Harrison Township (4 1/2 miles west New Madison). McClure was in the Virginia Militia as a Captain. He enlisted in 1777. McClure served under Colonel William Flemings and Captain Thomas Rowland. He was born in Augusta County Virginia on August 3, 1757 and died November 3, 1818 in Darke County Ohio. Regent Debbie Nisonger gave the eulogy, “We are so grateful to our founding Patriots who fought and sacrificed for our freedoms we have today”. Special thanks to Post 7262 for their generous donation towards this project. This is the chapter’s 13th marker placement and dedication in the past 12 months. Pictured: Corinne Zwielser, Brenda Arnett, Caroline Petitjean and Helen Wright.

The next American Revolutionary Soldier grave dedication will be for Richard McGriff at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. Any descendants interested in participating in McGriff’s dedication, please contact 448-2181.

VHCC TO HOLD HOLIDAY SHARING EVENT DECEMBER 13 AT 4 PM

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Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite the community to its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to empower, socialize, and learn.

Versailles Health Care Center would like to thank you for helping make this another great year for Power Over Parkinson’s! This month, we invite you to come share your story of empowerment over Parkinson’s. If you would like, please bring a plate of your favorite holiday treat to share with the group. Our December meeting will feature story sharing, holiday treat sharing, and 2017 BIG & LOUD success videos!

Versailles Health Care Center hopes to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, December 13 at 4 pm. It will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please call Stephen Winner at 937.526.0130.

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