Saturday, September 22, 2018

VHCC Host Power over Parkinsons Group, Theresa Nelson keynote Speaker

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The Versailles Health Care Center recently hosted their bi-monthly Power over Parkinsons disease (POP) event at the Kof C Hall in Versailles, Ohio. There were over 35 people currently being affected by this progressive disease in attendance. Our guest speaker for the event was Theresa Nelson, who presented on the benefits of reflexology for the Parkinson’s patient population. The purpose of the Power over Parkinsons group is to provide educational material to participants in an effort to empower them to live a more fulfilling life. The Versailles Health Care center is a leader in Parkinsons related treatments utilizing the LSVT BIG and LOUD protocol.

 If you are interested in learning more about this education based group (POP) or the LSVT BIG and LOUD program please call 937-526-0112 and ask for Dr. Stephen Winner.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie

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On the weekend of September 29th and 30th, step through a wrinkle in time to experience life on the Ohio frontier. The Darke County Park District will once again host its annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville. As festival attendants wander through the grounds they’ll hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil, smell fresh bread baking in the outdoor oven, and see long-hunters tending their fires in the woodland encampment.

Come watch as apple butter is made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, view local artists’ works, enjoy live music and entertainment. This year there will be performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm. The Silver Grass Band will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm, followed by Steve Madewell’s performance at 4pm. Starting Sunday’s stage performances will be the Ramblin’ Rovers are on at 12pm. Next up on stage at 2pm, enjoy the stories of Johnny Appleseed as he passes through Prairie Days during his journeys.

Between acts, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the log house or try your hand at candle-making, tin-smithing, and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Don’t forget to visit the Greenville FFA and their farm animal petting zoo for the young and young-at-heart to learn and enjoy. Be sure to take a lap around the festival with a horse and wagon ride provided by Carrs Belgians.

Calling all bakers! Prepare your best pie to enter in the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ pie-baking contest held Saturday at 9:30am! Just $2/pie to enter in any (or all!) of the following categories: Apple, Peach, Berry, or Other. Be sure to submit pies in a disposable pan and we cannot accept meringue or refrigerated pies. Winner takes home a cash prize!

There will also be a wide variety of food to choose from. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm, an ice cream cone from Just Ice Cream, or visit one of the non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks, and more! Feeling lucky? Enter our annual basket raffle before you leave!

We hope to see you Prairie Days weekend (September 29 & 30) at Shawnee Prairie Preserve where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective, and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be available in the paved lot at the Nature Center. (Please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org

City of Greenville Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

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The City of Greenville Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention Open House with the theme "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere." on Sunday, October 7th 2018 from 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. at the fire station in the City Municipal Building, located at 100 Public Square.

There will be several activities at the fire station including: Guided station tours, adult use of portable fire extinguishers, a static display of a complete set of firefighter turnout gear, fire escape educational talks, and fire apparatus displays. Rage and Rocko (firefighting Dalmatians) will also be visiting. Also there will be various fire safety handouts available.

As a reminder, the City of Greenville Fire Department has smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available for free for city residents. A 9v Battery Exchange, sponsored by the Darke County Solid Waste District will be available with a five battery limit for residents with a Darke County address.

Due to the generous donations we received, there will be free refreshments and door prizes available.

Hope to see you there!

VHCC Host Quarterly Joint Replacement Class

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The Versailles Health Care Center recently hosted their Joint replacement Class. The class is specifically designed for individuals contemplating the need for a joint replacement surgery. The class is structured to review all the steps of the joint replacement surgery, starting with pre registration at the hospital through the completion of rehab. The class was lead by Stephanie Goubeaux, VHCC physical therapist. The Versailles Health Care center is a leader in Joint Replacement rehab for inpatient and outpatient needs. If you are interested in learning more about this education based group or have questions regarding the joint replacement process please call 937-526-0112, and ask for Dr. Stephen Winner.

Emergency Medical Service Tax Levy to be Voted on in November

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Submitted by Greenville Township Emergency Services

On November 6th the Greenville Township Trustees will be asking the voters to approve 1.95 mil / 5 year additional tax levy in support of the Emergency Medical Service. In 2001 residents voted to combine and replace 2 existing levies but this current levy represents the first time since 1990 that the trustees have asked the voters to approve additional millage despite tremendous increases in call volume and expenses.

Over the past 28 years request for 9-1-1 EMS has increased along with the cost of the equipment we must utilize. Our 9-1-1 call volume has risen from 1,511 in 1990 to 3,322 in 2017, a 120% increase. The cost of an ambulance has gone from $52,000 to $163,000 in 2015. A Cardiac Monitor has increased in cost from $6,500 to over $35,000 today. As everyone knows a gallon of fuel has increased from approximately $1.15 per gallon in 1990 to $2.97 per gallon today. With a decrease in the number of volunteer EMTs and Paramedics over the years we have had to rely on paid personnel more and more to handle the demands not only of the call volume but also the ever increasing training requirements.

Over the years Greenville Township has instituted different initiatives to help control or offset cost. We compare prices of everyday items on a regular basis and we use state purchasing programs for larger equipment or use Grants to help offset cost. Greenville Township is a member of the Greater Miami Valley Emergency Medical Services Council. This council not only develops and administrates the regional protocol, it coordinates testing and allows the regional EMS organizations to obtain the medications required to operate at a very small fraction of the cost.

In 2005, we began billing the insurance providers of the people we transport to stretch the tax monies we receive even further. What this means is that if we transport a resident of Greenville / Greenville Township to the hospital, we will process a claim through their insurance company and accept the insurance payment as payment in full. Patients that do not reside in our service area will receive a bill for service. This program has gone a long way in helping Greenville Township avoid turning to the tax payers for additional revenues but the money generated by billing has stagnated as health insurance changes and deductibles increase. Unfortunately our operating cost has continued to rise and we are left with no other choice but to ask the residents to support an additional tax after 28 years.

Beyond answering over 3,300 calls for service Greenville Township’s EMS provides many other services to the community. The first Saturday of each month an open enrollment CPR class is held at the station. This provides anyone in the community an opportunity to learn CPR. We currently have 4 Car Seat Installation Technicians on staff. These technicians will properly install your child’s car seat in your vehicle and explain the proper size and use of the seat. If you qualify, the technicians can guide you through the process of obtaining a free car seat donated by a local manufacturer. Greenville Township provides Stand-by service for many organizations and events every year. Multiple Greenville City School athletic events such as football, Boys & Girls Soccer and Basketball, The Treaty City Cross Country Race, YOLO Races, various other 5Ks, The Holiday Horse Parade, The Gathering at the Garst, Downtown Car Show, to list a few.

In 2008 and 2018 Greenville Township EMS was awarded the State of Ohio EMS Star of Life. In both incidents we were nominated by a regional hospital. The first nomination was submitted by Children’s Medical Center and most recently we were nominated by Miami Valley Hospital / Care Flight. It was an honor to win the awards and to be recognized by your peers in this region but what is truly satisfying is providing quality care to the people of our community.

Greenville Township wants to assure that we are providing a good service to the residents and the best way to determine this is through Patient Satisfaction Surveys. These surveys are distributed each month to a random number of people with which we have interacted or treated in the previous month. The survey results show that over 98.3% of those surveyed rate Greenville Township EMS Excellent or Above Average. We are extremely pleased that our patients and their families are so satisfied with the service we have provided.

Times have changed. Technology, Procedures and medicine definitely have changed but compassion and quality service is timeless. Please allow us to continue to provide the top quality care that you deserve by Voting Yes for the Greenville Township Emergency Medical Service Levy on November 6th.

Empowering begins third year of After School tutoring

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GREENVILLE – On Monday, after weeks of preparation, Empowering Darke County Youth began its third year of After School tutoring, its second at Greenville Elementary and Intermediate Schools.

Preparation began almost immediately after Summer Tutoring at Edison State Community College had wrapped up. Empowering supervisors and Edison students worked with 42 students during June and July, primarily in the areas of math and reading comprehension, seeing major growth in most of them.

One student who had struggled all year in math “got it” this summer. When everyone else was ready for a break, he was ready for more math.

“Having several experienced tutors involved in preparing for this fall – plus more than 40 Edison State students ready to help – was the difference this year,” according to Program Coordinator Bob Robinson. “We’ve had two years to learn what works and what doesn’t work… and thanks to those who are supporting us, we are prepared for the increase we knew was coming.”

No more waiting list was the major goal for 2018-19.

Empowering’s initial enrollment in 2017 was 59 students. That was the most the program could effectively work with. Within a few weeks there was a waiting list of 32 students. This year the After School Program has already enrolled 79 students and has procedures in place to work with more if needed.

“Will we meet the ‘no waiting list’ goal in the long term? I don’t know,” said Robinson. “We know there are struggling students not in our program; whether or not they ask for help remains to be seen. If they do, we’ll do our best to help them.”

Robinson praised the teachers who work with the students each day. “They care about their kids and do a tremendous job. I know… I’m a sub and I see it in their students. Last year I was actually able to substitute for a little over two weeks. I was worn out!! Teachers have their charges for nine months. Many are offering to help with materials and lesson plans.

“It’s a team effort… we follow their lead and the kids get the benefit.”

On behalf of the kids, the Empowering Board owes a debt of thanks to the Darke County United Way and Greenville Eagles for major support, Greenville City Schools for the use of their facility, Edison State for the use of its Darke County Campus as its home base, Darke County’s Edison State students, and the dozens of individuals, organizations and businesses who have been supporting its programs. Without this united effort there would be no programs.

Want more information on how you can help? Drop us a line at empoweringyouth101@gmail.com or message us on Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides 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.

TASKS Assists Mississinawa Schools with CPR Education

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Prior to the July board meeting of Mississinawa Valley Local Schools, TASKS, Inc. board members Ted Braun, Dan Watren, and Scott Garrison were present to meet with MV board members Amy Hanes, Dale Breymier, and Superintendent Doug Dunham to look over the new CPR equipment purchased with grant money given by the TASKS organization. School nurse Jamie Wisner reached out to TASKS in early 2018 for assistance in purchasing 9 CPR mannequins (5 adult, 1 child, & 3 infant) and 2 AED trainers for classroom use, teaching students how to perform CPR. The equipment was received just prior to the end of the school year and will be used for the first time this school year. The mannequins (adult, pediatric, and infant) are equipped with electronic feedback indicators that tell the student if their compressions are being done at the proper depth and rate. The AED trainers are true to life and have all the voice commands found in a publicly available AED.

Nurse Wisner intends to use these equipment pieces to train students on CPR at both the 4th and 9th grade levels in hopes of obtaining Heart Safe School accreditation through the SADS Foundation for the school district. Heart Safe School accreditation is not a requirement, but a desire shared among the Darke county school nurses to ensure that Darke county schools are offering the safest environment possible to the youth in our community. Adhering to the required elements of this accreditation, will certify that students and staff are better equipped to act in the event of a cardiac emergency. More specifically, it will ensure a more coordinated campus-wide response, clarity of staff roles, efficient access to emergency equipment, and ultimately a safer platform for learning and sharing.

Pictured above are TASKS board members Braun, Watren, and Garrison, along with Mississinawa Valley Schools nurse Jamie Wisner and board members Amy Hanes, Dale Breymier, and Superintendent Doug Dunham.

TASKS, Inc. (Teaching About Safety Kids’ Style) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, as approved by the IRS in June of 2014. TASKS was created with the intent of funding safety education initiatives aimed at Darke County youth. As a 501(c)3, any contributions to TASKS, Inc. could be tax deductible and are substantiated with a written receipt from the organization. If you have any questions regarding TASKS, please feel free to contact Scott Garrison at 937-371-1249. Donations may be mailed to TASKS, Inc., 28 E. Ward St., Versailles, OH 45380.

ANNA BIER TO EXHIBIT PAUL ACKLEY – LOCAL EDITORIAL CARTOON ARTIST

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The Anna Bier Gallery will present Darke County’s historical editorial and political cartoon artist, Paul Ackley, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, September 22nd 2018; the exhibit will be open from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m. Enjoy a stroll down memory lane through a collection of many of Ackley’s cartoons over the years. A featured piece, drawn in the streets of Chicago, depicts a day in the life of an elderly homeless woman and a child. The young girl utilizes a paper bag to protect her head from the Windy City, smiling and holding tight to the front of the shopping cart, like Kate Winslet on the Titanic. She does not know her suffering and embraces the joy of her life in that moment. This piece and many others reflect Ackley’s bold interpretation of local and national issues, offering us an invitation to think. This is the beauty of art.

Born into the tribe of the Sokaogan Chippewa Community of Northern Wisconsin, Ackley is a product of two artistic parents and has been drawing since he can remember. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art and Columbia College in Chicago and had his first editorial cartoon published in 1978. Since then Ackley’s cartoons have been published by The Daily Advocate, The Early Bird and The Dayton City Paper. He has earned five Associated Press Awards and has been commissioned for countless works, one of which is hanging in the office of the Pentagon, and another in the home of Senator John Boehner.

This exhibit will run through October 6th, 2018. The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members and sponsors. We thank them. All exhibits are free to the public. The Gallery will be open every day by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, at 937-564-5863 to visit the gallery or for any questions. You may also visit us on Facebook for more information.

Arcanum Public Library Events

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With school back in session, children’s programming has returned with StoryTime for preschoolers and Spark for older kids. Patrons can bring their preschoolers to the library on Tuesdays at 10:00 for an hour filled with stories, songs, crafts and fun. Older children can drop by the library after school on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45 for snacks, crafts, games and more.

There will be an adult coloring program on Tuesday, October 9 at 4:30. Drop in for a relaxing afternoon and take home a masterpiece. The book club will also meet on Tuesday the 9th at 5:30. Newcomers are always welcome.

The library will also be hosting the 2nd Brew Review on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30. David Nilsen will be at the library again as he presents a class on beer ingredients. Registration for this event is required. Call the library or come in to sign up. This class will fill up quickly.

The library is excited to be unveiling a new website in the near future. It promises to be more user friendly and have more links to sites patrons will find helpful.

The library can be reached at 937-692-8484 for questions. Patrons can also check out the website at www.arcanupubliclibrary.org, find the library on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

XChange Clinic to Hold Informational Open House

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GREENVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2018) -- Family Health of Darke County will host an informational open house at 5735 Meeker Drive, Greenville, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. to provide information about the XChange Clinic slated to open in October.

The event will be an open house-style meeting and will include table exhibits, handouts and access to expert resources on the topics of needle exchange, behavioral health, infectious disease, and health and safety protocols. The community is encouraged to drop in any time during the open house hours. There will not be a formal program.

"This is an opportunity for the public to come and meet the partners who will make the one-to-one needle exchange a safe and effective method of addressing drug addiction in our community,” said Dr. Anna Hatic, addiction medicine specialist for Family Health. "It's understandable that some have concerns when they hear about a program like this, and we will be able to address all of those and help shed light on how this actually protects the public and provides an opportunity to help individuals in our community if they're struggling with addiction."

The XChange Clinic will be open the second and fourth Fridays of each month starting in October at Family Health, 5735 Meeker Drive and will be co-located with the Dental Clinic which is closed on Fridays. On those days, people will be able to exchange a used needle for a clean, retractable one without the fear of prosecution. The concept actually reduces harm to the drug user by not only providing them with a clean needle, but access to many resources in the community, such as counseling, treatment, recovery and education. In addition, the program protects the public by reducing unintentional needle sticks, which can result in infectious diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

"This is an increased opportunity to offer treatment services while addressing safety and health concerns," said Mark McDaniel, Executive Director of Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services. “Many of these individuals would not ordinarily come in contact with medical professionals but this program initiates that interaction."

City of Greenville Limb and Pick Up Ending, Fall Leaf Pick up to Start

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THE CITY OF GREENVILLE STREET DEPARTMENT’S
ANNUAL LIMB/BRUSH PICK-UP
LAST DAY WILL BE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH

ALL PILES MUST BE FREE OF TRASH AND LUMBER
LIMBS CAN BE NO LONGER THAN 12 FT. IN LENGTH
NO LARGER THAN 3 IN. DIAMETER

PLEASE CALL THE STREET DEPT.
(937) 548-2215
TO SCHEDULE A PICK-UP

FALL LEAF PICK-UP
WILL BEGIN MONDAY OCTOBER 29TH
NO ALLEY PICK-UP
ALL LEAF PILES MUST BE FREE OF TRASH AND LIMBS

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER - August 2018

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August was certainly an interesting month weather wise here in Darke County. It seemed like every day there was either a monsoon, or scorching heat to deal with. The weather and the recess of the legislature in Columbus, have certainly been the topic here in the Commissioner’s office. Now that September is here, let’s hope we have a normal fall! At this time of the year, the Commissioners are busy not only with working on the upcoming budget, but with their other duties and boards they are associated with Commissioner Stegall has had several conference calls with the CCAO energy committee on our prices for natural gas and electricity. The committee has done a good job, and we could see some valuable savings this winter. Commissioner Stegall has made several trips to Columbus to the CCAO headquarters to meet with the counties insurance board, CEBCO (County Employees Benefit Consortium). The good news is because of our employees’ health and wellness work, the counties premium for the year has dropped 0.5%! It is hard to believe insurance premiums can go down but thanks to the County employees who have bought into the program, our rates have done very well the last few years. Commissioner Rhoades stays busy with his commitments to the EMA and the Communications board. The MARCS system has had some issues, and the board is working on that and the pager issue and soon should have a solution.

Commissioner Aultman has been busy with not only the office, but the fair took a lot of his time with his own children and his work with the Farm Bureau. Matt spent a lot of time escorting and meeting with all the Candidates that appeared at the fair this year. Of course, no August is complete without the Great Darke County Fair. This year the fair had to suffer through some bad weather, as the tractor pulls had to be cancelled, but overall the fair did very well. The Commissioners met many people from out of State, and they were nice enough to explain how this is their favorite County fair! Thanks to the board for making the fair successful!

The biggest news in August was the re-opening of the Darke County Airport. Sunesis Corporation finally finished their work, and the new runway and jet turnaround look great! The striping was completed too, but in 45 days from the initial striping and painting, the FAA requires that it be done again, to make sure it stays and is seen. That may close the airport for another day, but then we are all set to go for several years. We would like to thank the FAA, ODOT Aviation, Sunesis, and Walls Brothers for a job well done. The World 100 at Eldora speedway was going to be a recipient of some fly in people to see the race (we had several jets and small aircraft fly in for the event), but it had to be postponed because of the weather. The World 100 will be held next month on October 12th and 13th.

As of now, the main concern is the County Budget. The commissioners and elected officials will work together to figure out a solution to the problem. We would like to stress that this is nothing the elected officials did to bring on the problem. They have done a great job with holding down costs. The problem is the State taking funding from the Counties. Counties find themselves in the extremely difficult position of balancing unprecedented revenue losses with higher costs. This is a result of State policy enacted over the last decade. The loss of the Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) sales tax, severe reductions in the local Government funds (LGF), and the phase out of tangible personal property tax (TTP) have eliminated $351 million per year in county revenue. Casino revenue has nowhere near covered this gap. Some counties are raising taxes; that is not the track we want to take. We will meet with the individual officials shortly and work out at solution.

As this is written, it is pouring rain outside, and we are supposed to get anywhere from 2 to 5 inches! Since it will be so wet next week, why don’t you come to a Commissioner’s meeting? We meet every Monday and Wednesday for public sessions (though we are always open through the week!) at 1:30 p.m. in the Administration building just south of the Courthouse in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

Trinity Wesleyan Church to Help Local Resident, and You Can, Too

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On September 29, Trinity Wesleyan Church, alongside Wes & April Lynch, are planning a different kind of outreach. The church and a team of volunteers are working on the home of Martha Warvel, who lives in Greenville. Pastor Wes says, “Martha is a widow within our church in Greenville, OH. She lives on a farm with numerous outbuildings and is in need of assistance with upkeep on the exterior of her home. We are honored to be able to bless her through this service project.”

Volunteers will not only be helping this widow, but they will also be raising funds to offset the cost for the Lynch family’s adoption. Wes & April have felt called to adoption for many years, and now that adoption is almost a reality. For more details visit www.BothHands.org/Lynch-7734.

Both Hands’ mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.” Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow’s home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow. The funds raised help an orphan become adopted into a forever family. Both Hands – one hand for the widow, one hand for the orphan. Committed to fundraising support for its operating expenses through private donors, no funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs.

Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised over $9,400,000 for adoptions and orphan care. Through 830 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 900 widows have been served, 1,000+ orphans are closer to forever families, and over 20,000 volunteers have served their communities.

Businesses and individuals may join hands with this team by donating supplies for this project. Please contact Pastor Wes at 765-546-1598 for more information.

Greenville Rotary Meets at Bish Discovery Center

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Recently the Greenville Rotary as part of their interest in holding meetings at different locations once a quarter, recently held their Tuesday gathering at the Darke County Parks new Bish Discovery Center. Roger Van Frank, Director of Darke County Parks and Rotarian welcomed the group of 30 to the center and were treated to presentations by staff and volunteers of what the future holds for the Bish Discovery Center. The Rotarians were treated to a walk after their luncheon in the Community Gardens and Pollinator Fields close to the center. Van Frank stated the Bish Discovery Center was in its infant stages and will grow towards the vision being self-sustainable. Exhibits of solar power, aquaponics, worm gardens, bicycle and canoe and kayak hubs are all just part of the future of the center. Van Frank stated, “it was an honor to host the Rotarians and we had a great day of weather to take a short walk!” Van Frank thanked his staff and volunteers for the help provided for programming and serving boxed lunches.

Should anyone have an interest in becoming a member of Greenville Rotary feel free to contact Roger Van Frank at the following number 937-548-0165.

Faith Church Participates in the Festival of Sharing

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Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church was recently a collection depot for Church World Service kits collected from the surrounding area churches of the various denominations. All school kits, hygiene kits and emergency clean-up buckets were packed into the trailer manned by Janice Michaels. The kits were then transported to Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio for the church World Service held on September 16. This is a Global Mission with participation from the National Council of Churches. Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church is a mission-minded church located at 101 E. South Street. All are welcome to attend the Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.

VFW Post 7262 Sponsors DCCA Presentation of Alpin Hong

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Dwight Emmons, Ron Mills, Commander, and Don Dietrich, Jr. Vice Commander of Greenville VFW Post 7262 present a check to Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of the Darke County Center for the Arts.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville VFW Post 7262 as a Spotlight Sponsor, for their contribution to the DCCA 2018-2019 season and the upcoming performances of Alpin Hong, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for Greenville VFW Post 7262's sponsorship, which helps enable our efforts to provide culturally enriching experiences for the citizens of our community.”

VFW Post 7262 was organized in May 26, 1946 by 208 founding members. In 1975 the Post moved to its current location that is owned by the Post. In 1987 the Veteran Memorial Park was established. Besides the Post members, the Post is fortunate to also include Men’s Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary and the Booster members. After 70 years, the Post is still giving back to the community and serving fellow Veterans.

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

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

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

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

Flu Shot Clinics at Family Health

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MVCTC Students Share Experiences with Tri-Village Sophomores

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The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors visited Tri-Village sophomores on Wednesday, September 12. Right to Left- . Students Ambassador’s from MVCTC included, Carter Ward (Graphic Commercial Art from Ansonia); Riley Cruse (Early Childhood Education from Tri-County North); Emma Price (Cosmetology from Tri-Village); and Caden Vance (Robotics and Automation from Valley View).
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors visited Tri-Village sophomores on Wednesday, September 12. Students Ambassador’s from MVCTC included, Carter Ward (Graphic Commercial Art from Ansonia); Riley Cruse (Early Childhood Education from Tri-County North); Emma Price (Cosmetology from Tri-Village); and Caden Vance (Robotics and Automation from Valley View).

Ambassadors shared career technical training programs and college opportunities. MVCTC offers 40 career technical programs for high school juniors and seniors. MVCTC continues to prepare students for college and careers after high school. Over 85% of students earn college scholarships and over 93% of students are employed, in an apprenticeship, in the military, or enrolled in college six months after graduating.

All sophomores from the MVCTC 27-partner school districts have the opportunity to select two career programs to visit at MVCTC during the annual Sophomore Career Days. This year, Sophomore Career Days are scheduled November 27-29. The Annual MVCTC Sophomore Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, from 4:30-7 p.m. For more information about Sophomore Career Days or visiting MVCTC, please call 937-854-8056.

For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.

What started almost 50 years ago as the Montgomery County JVS has transformed into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). While the name has changed, the mission remains the same. We are dedicated to providing training for in-demand jobs and college-readiness skills for high school and adult students across Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties.

Medicare 101 Program to be Held at Coldwater Public Library

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Chicken Dinners to Benefit Darke County United Way

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It’s the same question every night . . . what’s for dinner? How about a delicious Romer’s Chicken Dinner? The Darke County United Way is selling chicken dinners for Wednesday, October 3rd with all proceeds benefiting Darke County nonprofit agencies. The dinner includes Romer’s BBQ Chicken, Applesauce, Potato Chips, and a dinner roll. Tickets are $7.50 and are pre-sale only. Dinners may be picked up at the Greenville Romer’s located at 118 E Main Street between 4:00-6:00 pm. Simply drive thru and dinner is ready! To purchase tickets, stop by the Darke County United Way office located at 207 E Fourth Street in Greenville.

Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie

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Step through a wrinkle in time to experience life on the Ohio frontier. On the weekend of September 29th and 30th the Darke County Park District will host its annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville. As festival attendants wander through the grounds they’ll hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil, smell fresh bread baking in the outdoor oven, and see long-hunters tending their fires in the woodland encampment.

Come watch as apple butter is made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, view local artists’ works, enjoy live music and entertainment. This year there will be performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm. The Silver Grass Band will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm, followed by Steve Madewell’s performance at 4pm. Starting Sunday’s stage performances will be the Ramblin’ Rovers are on at 12pm. Next up on stage at 2pm, enjoy the stories of Johnny Appleseed as he passes through Prairie Days during his journeys.

Between acts, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the log house or try your hand at candle-making, tin-smithing, and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Don’t forget to visit the Greenville FFA and their farm animal petting zoo for the young and young-at-heart to learn and enjoy. Be sure to take a lap around the festival with a horse and wagon ride provided by Carrs Belgians.

Calling all bakers! Prepare your best pie to enter in the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ pie-baking contest held Saturday at 9:30am! Just $2/pie to enter in any (or all!) of the following categories: Apple, Peach, Berry, or Other. Be sure to submit pies in a disposable pan and we cannot accept meringue or refrigerated pies. Winner takes home a cash prize!

There will also be a wide variety of food to choose from. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm, an ice cream cone from Just Ice Cream, or visit one of the non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks, and more! Feeling lucky? Enter our annual basket raffle before you leave!

The Friends of the Parks are requesting donations to help make this event shine! Can you help us out? All donations can be dropped at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Monday - Saturday 9a-5pm beginning today. Donations should be delivered no later than September 22.

  • Canned Coke, Diet Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew and 7-up
  • Bottled Water
  • Tealight candles
  • Saltine crackers
  • Clean soup cans
  • Fresh herbs: (not to be delivered until Sept. 27 or 28)
    • Thyme, Rosemary, Mint, Lavender, Lemon balm, Sage

We hope to see you Prairie Days weekend (September 29 & 30) at Shawnee Prairie Preserve where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective, and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be available in the paved lot at the Nature Center. (Please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

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