Friday, February 15, 2019

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Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Schedule of Events for 2019

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Hours April- October: Saturday 10 am- 3 pm.

April 6
Salute to the railroader's 2- 4 pm. Current and Former Railroaders Welcome to share stories and visit the BF Tower.

We will be showing Edison Railroad movies from the 1890's.

May 4
Dining By rail 6- 9 Pm. Silent and Live auction of items from Wine Tasting Tours, to gift Baskets to tickets for train rides and Center Of Science and Industry or Cincinnati Reds Games. The Dinner is from Dining Car Service recipes. This year Diners get to tour the museum before Dinner as it will be held in the Community Club across the street from the museum.

June 1
10 -4 pm. Railroad Heritage Festival Thomas the train Play Area, Thomas the tank Ride and Carillon Park Portable Train Ride, Model train layouts. Drone Race in the Y aprk, Military vehicles to celebrate the 75 th anniversary of D- Day. Children's Play area at the museum Hobo Language and crafts, Railroad History Essay contest.

October 12
Run for the Rails 5 K Pumpkin Show Saturday 8 am rain or shine. Runners get to enjoy the museum following the race.

November 9
Honoring our Veterans Active and retired Military Service members are admitted to the museum Free of charge as a Thank You for their service to our Nation!

December 14
North Pole Express 11- 2 pm. Enjoy a visit with Santa, Hot cocoa and a special cookie and craft.
Meet the railroaders and Santa's helpers and be greeted by the Conductor and served by the Porters.
This year the museum is working again with Exhibit Concepts and Swafford Construction to restore the BF Tower.

The project has been supported by the Ohio Humanities Council, The State of Ohio general Assembly to create a Railroad Heritage Tourism Destination.

The project includes both interior and exterior exhibits to interpret the function of the tower in providing Railroad Safe traffic through the junction.

Signals will be restored and operational from the BF Tower.

Details are on the museum website at

The museum welcomes new members and volunteers and needs to raise another $50,000 to complete this preservation project.

History buffs and railroad fans are invited to participate in this exciting project to make the Tower as operational as possible.

Follow us on Facebook and visit the museum to see the rich railroad heritage and history at Bradford, Ohio.

Darke County Humane Society Seeks Help

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Bark, Bark, Meow, Meow!

We desperately need your help at our temporary home at the Darke County Humane Society! If you can help us in any way, please call and ask about the many opportunities to volunteer your time and love.

Call Darke County Humane Society at 937-548-1009.

Thank you!

Noah Back to Sing at Memorial Hall

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Friends of Noah Back will partner with Youth for Christ to present “An Evening with Noah” on Saturday, June 22 at Greenville’s St. Clair Memorial Hall. Tickets are $5.

Back is a young local entertainer from West Alexandria. He first started performing in public at the age of 12, so he has been delighting audiences for half his life. His major musical influences were John Denver, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Bee Gees. When asked what kind of music he likes to play, he always says, “My favorite music to play is whatever you want to hear.” His repertoire is made up of songs from the 20’s to the present and includes ballads, folk music, a little country and inspirational music.

Back began his career in Yellow Springs, which remains one of his favorite places to play. He sang in Greenville over 30 times last summer. Besides performing at restaurants, festivals, fairs, coffee houses, concert venues and churches, he does many private events. These include weddings, funerals, and graduation, birthday and holiday parties. He has performed in Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh, and in May he was invited to play at City Market in Charleston, South Carolina for the third year in a row.

Noah Back is small in stature, but there is nothing small about his voice. People who hear him for the first time are amazed by its richness, depth and range. It runs the gamut from the high, sweet notes of “Mary, Did You Know?” to the deep, gravelly sounds of “Friends in Low Places” and some of Elvis’s songs. Besides singing, Noah yodels, whistles and plays keyboard, harmonica and several guitars.

One of Back’s strengths is his connection with his audience. He asks for requests, and most of the time, he knows the songs people ask for. Noah Back is living his dream, spreading love and bringing joy to others through his musical performances.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Youth for Christ office, Bread of Life Bookstore, Cratiques Antiques and Collectibles, and Dave Knapp Ford, and Cavalier Clothing. A number of the Friends of Noah Back are also selling tickets. Price of the tickets is $5. Memorial Hall is located at 215 W. 4th Street, Greenville, Ohio, 45331. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke will be holding their annual Roll for Kids’ Sake on Sunday, February 17, at two separate locations and times. In Shelby County, the party will take place at Rolling Hills Skate from 6-10pm. In Darke County, the party will be held at The Skate Place from 6:30-9pm. The parties are open to the public and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. The cost is $10 per person and includes admission, skate rental, door prizes, the chance to win raffle prizes, and other entertainment. With it being President’s Day weekend, this year’s theme is “American Pride”, and the first 50 people dressed in patriot attire will receive a gift.

All proceeds will benefit the agency’s Big Buddies after-school mentoring programs which are held at seven different school locations throughout the two-county area. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way partner agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 1 and 2 at both Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Work, work, work; what is “work”?

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Submitted by First Presbyterian Church

Google defines the word “work” as “activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result; something a person (or thing) has to do”. Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours doing some kind of work – in the office, on the job site, or around the house. This means that the dinner you made for someone else, the package you dropped off at the post office, the hours you put in volunteering and even time spent cheering your child/grandchild on at their sporting event is work. So, what does it look like to worship God amongst all this work?

Unfortunately for a lot of Christians, faith and work do not often intersect. The connection between faith and work is not always obvious, but it is a God-given calling to make them connect.

What if we view all this work as an opportunity to worship God? The Bible is full of examples of people living their daily lives on an eternal mission, weaving together their faith and work in their everyday lives. “We are often tempted to compartmentalize our faith and our work separately,” according to RighNow Media President Brian Mosley, but “God has called us to live out our faith every day”, not just on Sundays. God also calls on us to live out our faith in all the work we do, not just as professionals, but as Christians!

Join First Presbyterian Church on Friday, February 22, 2019 for the day as Christian business professionals from around the world speak about the sacred connection between faith and work through a livestream event. New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Acuff, Founder/Chancellor of Eternity Bible College & bestselling author Francis Chan, President of Hobby Lobby Steve Green & Inside Edition Correspondent Megan Alexander are just a few of the guest speakers lined up for this meaningful day-long retreat.

The cost for the Work as Worship Retreat is $30.00 and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The livestream presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude around 3:30 p.m. Work as Worship is for you, whatever your current job situation is (unemployed, home-maker, part-time, full-time, retired, etc.).

First Presbyterian Church is located at 114 E Fourth St., Greenville, OH 45331; the retreat will take place in the fellowship hall. For more information and to register for Work as Worship at First Presbyterian Church, visit the direct link online at

Levi Coffin & the Underground Railroad at Library

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Joanna Hahn, Site Manager at the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, will present this free presentation on Tuesday February 19th at 6:00 at the Greenville Public Library. Registration is not required but seating is limited to 40. This event will be able to be viewed live via Facebook Live Stream.

Levi Coffin is often credited with the title of President of the Underground Railroad. Learn how Coffin was instrumental in leading efforts to resist the Fugitive Slave Laws by assisting freedom seekers, or runaway slaves, on their journey to Canada. Also, get a better understanding of why the Underground Railroad developed in states like Indiana and Ohio and why some historians see it as our nation’s first civil rights movement.


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Win a Trip to Ireland this March

Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with the return of the exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle". One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Tickets sales begin February 11th and the winner will be selected, by reverse raffle, at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 15th at the Montage Cafe.

"In looking for new ways for the community to support DCCA and the arts we decided to expand on one of our favorite evenings, Irish Wave celebrates all things Irish, and through our "Off To The Isle" raffle we will be giving one lucky winner the ultimate Irish experience", stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are encouraging those who want to be a part of the raffle to get their tickets right away, because there will only be 75 tickets sold."

The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. Brendan Vacations specializes in travel to Ireland and Scotland and has been providing authentic vacation experiences for over the past 47 years. "Off To The Isle" raffle tickets can now be purchased through the DCCA office.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.

Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Sponsors DCCA Arts Programs For Children

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DCCA Family Theatre Series presents Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s glowing production of Rainbow Fish, based on the classic children’s book, on Sunday, February 10th at 2 pm in St. Clair Memorial Hall.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their support of the arts in Darke County. DCCA thanks the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contribution to the 2018-2019 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community. The Ketrow Foundation supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and Arts in Education programs, which benefit Darke County youth and their families. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a professional artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “We are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

Featured productions in the 2018-2019 season include comedic juggling performance of Playing By Air on November 18. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s glowing production of Rainbow Fish, based on the classic children’s book, on Sunday, February 10, and on Sunday, April 7 Underneath a Magical Moon from Tutti Fruitti Productions, a re-imagining of the Peter Pan tale as it would be told by Wendy. All three performances will be on Sundays starting at 2 pm, at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Thanks to continued community support, ticket prices have remained at $5 since the first Family Theatre Series performance in 1997.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2018-2019 season include Kathakaar (grades K-3) "The Spinning Storytellers" sharing history and culture of India. Lee Murdock shares music and history of the Great Lakes (grades 4-6); Alpin Hong (grades 7 & 8) a Darke County favorite, returns bringing his own "pianistic firebrand" to St. Clair Memorial Hall; and Jonathan Kingham (grades 9-12) shares creative songwriting. In addition to performing for Junior High students, Alpin Hong was also presented as part of the DCCA Artists Series. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County. These programs are open to the public; contact the DCCA office for more information.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Empowering receives grant support for 2019 programs

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Empowering students work on their homework, and reading and math basics five days a week. Two Wednesdays a month they also participate in school-based-mentoring with volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Grants from Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation and Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations have helped make these programs possible.
GREENVILLE - Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation and Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations have each given grants to Empowering Darke County Youth to help solidify an aggressive program of service to students struggling in their educational goals this year.

“We can’t thank these organizations enough,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator. “Our biggest challenge every year is obtaining the resources to meet ever increasing requests for help from the parents and caregivers concerned about their students struggling at school. It takes full community support, and grants such as these are a major part of it.”

This is the second year of support from the Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund and Ketrow Foundation. Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations has joined with its support for the first time this year.

“This is our third full year of service to Darke County’s youth, and each year has been a learning experience and a challenge,” Robinson added. “Requests for help in our Greenville After School Program have more than tripled since 2016. We are starting to offer transportation through Greenville Transit for struggling students who need a ride home after tutoring. This needs to be expanded, as too many students who need help are being left out because they have no transportation.

“We also hope to provide a satellite After School Program in another school district in the next year or two. And we plan to explore the possibility of offering Summer Tutoring in other Darke County communities, in addition to our established programs at the Greenville Public Library and Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus.”

Empowering Darke County Youth needs help from the community, not only with donations, but also local citizens wanting to help in administrative, fundraising, marketing or other volunteer capacities. The organization’s third Annual Meeting takes place March 7, 7 p.m., at Tribute Funeral Home, Greenville Campus, 1000 North Broadway. It is open to the public; all interested persons are invited to attend.

Want more information? Message Empowering on Facebook, send an email to or write to Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Empowering Darke County Youth to hold Annual Meeting

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GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth will hold its third annual meeting on March 7, 7 p.m. at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, 1000 N. Broadway. The meeting is open to the public. In addition, the Empowering Board of Directors would like to consider applications from the public to fill two new Board vacancies.

“We want to expand our skill sets,” said Empowering President Eric Fee. “We need people who are experienced in administration, fundraising, marketing, promotion… or just simply wanting to help in any way they can.

“If you don’t feel comfortable working with kids in a tutoring environment, that’s okay. Whether you would like to sit on the board or just volunteer your time, if you consider our kids a top priority in Darke County, we want you!”

The Empowering After School Tutoring Program at Greenville K-8 continues to grow each year. Requests for help have more than tripled since 2016.

“We have no reason to believe the requests won’t continue to grow,” said Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator. “Teachers and support personnel are targeting students who need the extra support after school, as well as advising the areas they need help in. It’s a team effort… the beneficiaries are our kids and our community.”

The March annual meeting is an ideal time for anyone interested in learning more about the Empowering Darke County Youth programs. A brief overview of Empowering programs, as well as current challenges and successes will be provided.

For additional information, message Empowering on Facebook, email or write Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

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