Friday, April 19, 2019

GCS Annual Instrumental Music Festival and BBQ Dinner to Be Held April 25

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On Thursday, April 25th, the Greenville City Schools Instrumental Music Program will hold its annual Instrumental Music Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Greenville Senior High School gymnasium. The Festival is free and open to the public. Please come celebrate with the Instrumental students as they show their community what they have learned and prepared this school year. Performances will include the orchestra and band from the 5th and 6th grade, Junior High, and Senior High. The Jazz Scene will also perform.

In connection with the Festival, the Instrumental Music Boosters will host a BBQ Dinner in the Greenville Senior High School cafeteria. They will serve meals from 5 to 7 p.m. to those who have pre-ordered tickets and anyone who would like to purchase meals at the door. Customers have the choice of either a chicken (includes 1/2 a chicken) or a pork chop (includes 2 pork chops) meal. Both meals come with applesauce, a roll with butter, and chips. There are a limited number of extra dinner tickets available on a first come first served basis. Meal tickets are $8 a piece. Drive-thru pickup is available for those who have pre-ordered tickets.

The Instrumental Boosters will also be selling desserts and drinks in the cafeteria. Anyone is welcome to come to the cafeteria and purchase a dessert or a drink.

Proceeds from the BBQ will help purchase new instruments and music, repair current instruments, and fulfill other needs in the Instrumental Music Program.

Art Exhibit at Library

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The Greenville Public Library is proud to host the 2019 Second Annual K-6 Elementary Art Exhibit in the second floor Reference Room. This exhibit first hung in the Anna Bier Gallery and will be in the Library the month of April in case you missed it. An additional six pieces are displayed in the cabinet on the landing between floors.

Art teachers from Darke County public schools, DeColores Montessori, St. Mary’s School and the local home school community were invited to creatively challenge their students with varying art projects over the past few months. Each teacher was then asked to select and submit the best works from their students to be juried in the Anna Bier Gallery Elementary Exhibit. Certificates and cash prizes were awarded.

Librarians Deb Cameron and Candace Henne have partnered with Tamera McNulty of the Anna Bier Gallery to host this and future exhibits. Take a minute to stop by and enjoy these colorful and original works by our up-and-coming young artists!

Times of Our Lives at Greenville Elementary School

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by Kitty Davis, Greenville Elementary School Principal

Greenville Elementary is filled with third and fourth graders saying catchy phrases to assist them in remembering multiplication (times) facts. For example, walking down the hallway, you may hear “To drive a 4x4 you have to be 16, or 7 in a row, 7 in a line, the answer must be 49.” Mrs. Barga, Mrs. Britsch, Mrs. Borders, Mrs. Duncan, Mrs. Walling, and Mr. Westfall are in the process of ensuring all third and fourth graders know the multiplication facts through 10. State testing does not permit students to use a multiplication chart so having the facts memorized allows students to feel more confident when solving mathematical problems. Students are practicing multiplication facts at home, during inside recess, and at Empowering Darke County Youth (an afterschool tutoring program). Parents may want to investigate two of the more popular on-line programs that assist in mastering multiplication facts- Gynzy and XtraMath. Both programs have free trials to utilize at home.

Once students have mastered the facts, their teacher notifies the principal. Students then visit the office and are “quizzed” with flash cards. Successful students receive a t-shirt imprinted with the slogan, “I’ve had the TIMES of my life in third and fourth grade at Greenville Elementary School” to commemorate this special achievement in their mathematical learning. Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Holm’s homeroom classes have taken the honor of having the first students to have facts memorized. In Mrs. Duncan’s room, Landen Bryant, Tucker Cox, Brooklyn Crampton, Cael Cromwell, Mielah Garber, Brenden Goewert, Travis Hines, Alia Hunt, Lindsey Hoff, Tessa Leensvaart, Cole
Marshall, Dev Valera, Caitlyn Warner, and Julia Yohey earned t-shirts for their efforts in learning the facts. Aubrey Baumgardener, Allison Bolin, Avery Brown, Braylon Byers, Braydon Comer, Haven Marker, Maria Schmitmeyer, Clyde Slayback, Audrey Swiger, and Landen Unger in Mrs. Holm’s room are also having the “times” of their lives as they successfully know their multiplication facts.

Johnny Appleseed the BRC

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Who was Johnny Appleseed? You’ve heard the meet the real man! Join us for a Living History Production as Kenneth Hammontree portrays Johnny Appleseed. Learn about his life and journey crossing Ohio and Indiana and his legacy of the apple trees he left behind. For more info see

This event is sponsored by the Greenville Public Library but held at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room on Friday April 26th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Donates to Brethren Retirement Community Capital Campaign

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Brethren Retirement Community accepted a generous donation from Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their ongoing Capital Campaign.

Some of the projects that will be accomplished as a result of this project include renovation of the Rosewood Health Center and their "Second & Main" project which will include an enlarged Senior Fit Gym, a theater, ice cream parlor, computer center, family visitation room and our resale shop. Thank you! Brethren Retirement Community could not do all they do for their residents without generous donors like Zechar Bailey Funeral.

Left to Right: Fred Bernhard, Chairman of the BRC Board and Campaign Co-Chair, Greg Zechar, Manager of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Holly Hill, Chief Marketing Officer at Brethren Retirement Community.

Brethren Retirement Community to Host “Welcome to Medicare Event”

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On April 25 at 4:00 PM, Brethren Retirement Community will host “Welcome to Medicare Event” presented by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a service of the Ohio Department of Insurance. OSHIIP staff are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies,policies or agents. They just present the facts that concern Medicare and answer questions.

If you or a loved one are going to be eligible for Medicare soon or if you are on Medicare but still have questions or if you help someone with Medicare issue, then this FREE informative event is for you!

Thursday, April 25 at 4 PM
Chestnut Village Center at Brethren Retirement Community
750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, OH
RSVP to 937-547-7628

You will learn about Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required.


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This year, the Greenville Church of the Brethren decided to do things a little different for their Sunrise Service. Instead of meeting at the church building, they have decided to greet Easter morning this year where the most important part of the Easter Celebration happened – in a cemetery.

“Since Easter is later this year and the weather should be warmer, we decided to meet at the Greenville Union Cemetery,” said Pastor Ron Sherck. “The grave is where the women who came to prepare Jesus’ body for burial and where the angel told them the Good News that Jesus had been raised from the dead. So that is where we will begin our day as well.”

Everyone is welcome to join the church in this celebration at 8:00 AM on April 21 at the Greenville Union Cemetery at 200 West Street in Greenville. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In case of rain, the service will be moved inside the Mausoleum. Directions: Enter the cemetery from North Main Street. Go under the archway. Take first right and park near the Mausoleum.

A breakfast will follow the service at 9:00 AM at the church building at 421 Central Avenue in Greenville.


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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are sponsoring their annual 5KRun/Walk for Scentral Park dog park on Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 9a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds.

This race encourages you to bring your dog as a participant along with you. If you don’t have a dog you can still enter. Medals will be awarded to those racing with dogs as well as those racing without. A free Kid’s Fun Run will be at 8:30a.m. Free online registration can be found at Same day registration begins at 7:30a.m. at the fairgrounds.

ALL of the proceeds from this race go toward the maintenance of and improvements to Scentral Park Dog Park located at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, OH, next to the Animal Shelter.

The Friends of the Shelter opened Scentral Park, Darke County’s only dog park, in March of 2013 having raised the necessary funds from donations, grants and fundraisers. No taxpayer money was
used. Scentral Park is maintained and improved through the monies raised by this 5K race.

For more information please contact Race information is also available inside the Darke County Animal Shelter and at

Ketrow Foundation Supports DCCA Arts Programs For Children

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Underneath a Magical Moon, a retelling of the Peter Pan tale from the perspective of an up-to-date Wendy Darling, on Sunday, April 7 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville; the last presentation of DCCA’s 2018-2019 Family Theatre season, the show starts at 2 p.m. From Tutti Frutti Productions, a children’s theatre company based in the U.K., the show has won highly positive response in its native land, and is now touring internationally.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Ketrow Foundation for their support of DCCA’s programs for children. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as the Ketrow Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “Ketrow Foundation'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 included 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.

Tickets for Underneath a Magical Moon cost just $5, and may be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908; tickets are available online at and will also be sold at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark and Darke County Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, Worch Memorial Library in Versailles, and will be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

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

Blue Angels 4-H Club March Meeting Minutes

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The Blue Angels 4-H Club held a club meeting March 28, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Greenville. President Blake Addis called the meeting to order.

Community Service announcement reminded members of the upcoming Trash Bash and to continue to collect plastic tops for a commemorative bench. Health and Safety Officer Julia Raffle presented tips on online safety.

Members were reminded that April 27 will be the 4-H day at the Dayton Dragons baseball game.

Members votes on this year’s fair booth and float theme. Members were reminded to review the on line e-clover newsletter for county 4-H news. The Club voted to sponsor 2 trophies for this year’s projects. Members were informed of new committees available for this year and were able to sign-up if interested. 2019 Members books were distributed. Members registered for projects for the 2019 year.

Members will be meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm at McBo’s Lanes for bowling and pizza.

Submitted by Tyler McKinniss, April 7, 2019.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Celebrations at St John Lutheran Church in Greenville

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present guitarist/singer/songwriter Diana Chittester at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, April 25; the final presentation of DCCA’s 2018-2019 Coffeehouse Series season, the show starts at 7 p.m. “Diana blends intricate finger-picking guitar style with her intelligent, articulate lyrics to share captivating stories in her songs,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Even though this is an acoustic solo performance, audiences will be amazed at the raw yet elegant power Diana brings to her concerts, her natural versatility and wide vocal range making her delivery exceedingly appealing and listenable,” Rawlins said.

The Cleveland-based artist has been described as “kinda folk with a funky punk edge,” and compared to singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell and Ani DeFranco. According to Mr. Rawlins, Diana Chittester developed her signature guitar style by imitating a three-piece band while touring as a solo performer. “Her unique sound utilizing percussive thumping, popping bass lines, and melodic picking patterns garnered attention, enhancing her stature as she gained acclaim around the country,” Rawlins remarked.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series which presents artists performing in an inviting social setting where food and drink are also available is sponsored by Rodney Oda, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and The Andersons. 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 series.

Tickets for this concert by Diana Chittester are $10, and can be purchased by contacting the DCCA Office at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are also available at The Coffee Pot, online at and will be sold at the door if any remain by showtime.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s April Lunch & Learn will feature Jordan Francis speaking on "Finding Satisfaction: Creating Effort Based Rewards Systems."

Jordan explains “Finding satisfaction in daily activities can be difficult in modern society. This in part is a contributor to significant increases in depression, anxiety, and causes of death categorized as ‘deaths of despair.’ It’s important to find ways to live a meaningful, satisfying life. Creating Effort Based Rewards Systems is one of the best ways to find meaning and satisfaction. This session will help you find your own personal EBRS.”

Lunch is noon Wednesday April 17th. Please register at 548-3915!

Craft Beer & Artisanal Coffee at Library

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Craft beer and artisanal coffee have grown side by side over the last several decades, and coffee beer brings these two brews together. Brewers continue to find innovative ways to combine beer and coffee ever more creatively.

As we will discuss in this class, brewing malt undergoes some of the same processes and flavor transformations as coffee beans do when they are roasted, leading to many complementary flavors between them. In this class, Certified Cicerone David Nilsen will talk about the variety of coffee beer styles and walk attendees through a tasting of 5 unique examples.

These Craft Beer Education Series classes will be held on April 18th and May 2nd (identical classes). These classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Greenville Public Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!


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Greenville, Ohio
Holy Week Services

*MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
Tenebrae Service - Holy Communion

*GOOD FRIDAY MEN’S BREAKFAST, April 19, 7:00 a.m.
Sausage & Pancake breakfast, open to all men in the community

Sunrise Service – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast Sponsored by Youth Group – 8:30 a.m.
Easter Celebration Worship – 10:00 a.m.

*Nursery Provided for all services

An EPC Congregation

*Please come and rejoice with us. All are welcome!


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“The Way of the Cross”
April 19, 2019
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM

The Greater Greenville Ministerial Association is sponsoring Good Friday services on April 19, 2019, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We will follow Christ as he made his way to the Cross down the Via Dolorosa beginning with the first station where he was condemned to die. Join us as we walk and pray the steps that Jesus took to Calvary. We begin our journey at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and will end at St. Paul Lutheran Church. You are welcome to join us at any stop along the journey. Please note the various locations and times of each station are approximate.

God has done so much for us as God poured His love and grace upon us through Jesus Christ, His Son, at the Cross. Begin your Easter holiday weekend with an experience you won’t forget.

Noon                    St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
233 West Third Street

12:20 p.m.            St. Paul United Church of Christ
129 West Third Street

12:50 p.m.            First United Methodist Church
202 West Fourth Street

1:20 p.m.              First Presbyterian Church
114 East Fourth Street

1:45 p.m.              St. Paul Lutheran Church
131 East Fourth Street

Coppock-Hole Trust Sponsors Sold Out DCCA Artists Series Presentation of PIANO MEN - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

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DCCA thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for sponsoring the 2018-2019 “Ruby Celebration“ season and the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Piano Men - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel on Saturday, March 30th at St. Clair Memorial Hall
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Coppock-Hole Trust as a Spotlight Sponsor of the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Piano Men - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel on Saturday, March 30th at St. Clair Memorial Hall. “DCCA is grateful for the continued generosity of the Coppock-Hole Trust, which provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in our community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. The Coppock-Hole Trust has been a sponsor of DCCA programs for over 30 years as well as supporting the preservation of the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

“Piano Men” was also sponsored by Greenville National Bank and The Advocate & The Early Bird Newspaper . 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.

Joan Ellison Sings Judy Garland with the Toledo Symphony Saturday, May 11th for the final Artists Series performance of DCCA's 2018-2019 Ruby Celebration Season. "Forget your troubles, come on, Get Happy!" as Joan Ellison joins the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for a special performance in celebration of Darke County Center for the Arts' Ruby Anniversary. Featuring Judy Garland's original arrangements brought back to life, you'll hear her biggest hits from Hollywood to the concert stage, including "The Trolley Song," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "That's Entertainment," "Get Happy," "The Man That Got Away," and of course, "Over the Rainbow." Tickets are $35 and available now online and through the DCCA Office.

DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA the 2018-2019 Ruby Celebration Season contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Monday, April 15, 2019


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The Ansonia 4th of July Celebration committee is already hard at work on their 2019 celebration. The event will be held on July 5, 6, and 7 this year and will include a softball tournament, parade, BBQ chicken, bands, cornhole tournament and much more!

One of the first things that the Committee is working on are nominations for Grand Marshall for the parade. Anyone can submit a person they would like to see honored in the parade on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Submissions should be done at or by calling the First Church of God in Ansonia at (937) 337-3945. Submissions must be received by April 19, 2019.

MVCTC Offers Summer Camp Opportunities for Students grades 6-10

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Englewood, Ohio – Looking for something fun and educational for your 6th-10th graders this summer? Check out one of the exciting camp options offered at MVCTC! For full details on all offerings, please visit Lunch is provided each day and students will receive a camp t-shirt.

Career Camp, June 3-5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students entering 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Career Camp is a three-day career exploration program designed to give students hands-on experience in various MVCTC career technical programs. The goal of the camp is to help students begin to make career decisions for their future with the help of highly qualified career technical instructors and current students! Explore Careers in Agriculture, Arts, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, and Transportation Systems. Registration is $50 if your child attends one of MVCTC’s partner school districts or $75 if not attending a partner school district.

Robotics Camp, June 5-7, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students entering 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Spend three days learning to design, build, and program a VEX Robot. This camp will give students the opportunity to work in teams, problem-solving, and designing a robot to operate in competitions at the end of camp. Highly qualified MVCTC Robotics and Physics instructors, as well as current MVCTC students, will work with the campers to develop exciting projects. Registration is $50 if your child attends one of MVCTC’s partner school districts or $75 if not attending a partner school district.

STEM Camp, June 10-14, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. STEM Camp, is a one-week program for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Students will explore two career programs over the five-day camp with hands-on classroom activities that encourage problem-solving and critical thinking. Highly qualified MVCTC instructors, as well as current MVCTC students, will work with the campers to develop exciting projects! Explore Careers in Biotechnology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Arts, Firefighter/EMS, Natural Resources, Robotics, and Sports Medicine. Registration is $75 if your child attends one of MVCTC’s partner school districts or $100 if not attending a partner school district.

For more information about MVCTC, visit

Ohio's 2019 Wild Turkey Season Coming Soon

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Youth-only hunt set for April 13-14

COLUMBUS, OH – For many hunters, spring brings the unmistakable sound of gobbling wild turkeys as Ohio’s annual hunt of this popular game bird begins, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The state is divided into two zones for the 2019 spring turkey hunting season: a south zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, April 22, and a northeast zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, April 29. The youth wild turkey season will occur on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14. Hunters can view the 2019 spring turkey season zone map at

The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates approximately 50,000 licensed hunters will enjoy Ohio's popular spring wild turkey season before it ends on Sunday, May 19, in the south zone, and Sunday, May 26, in the northeast zone. The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide, except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County, which requires a special hunting permit.

All hunters are required to have a hunting license, in addition to a spring turkey hunting permit.

The youth-only turkey season is April 13-14 for youth possessing a valid youth hunting license and a turkey permit. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older. Only two wild turkeys may be checked by a youth hunter during the two-day season. Additionally, if two turkeys are harvested in the youth season, no additional birds may be taken by the youth hunter for the rest of the spring turkey season.

Hunting hours from April 22-28 in the south zone and April 29-May 5 in the northeast zone are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. Hunting hours from April 29-May 19 in the south zone and May 6-26 in the northeast zone are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours during the two-day youth season are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

The spring season bag limit is two bearded wild turkeys. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day, and a second spring turkey permit can be purchased at any time throughout the spring turkey season. Turkeys must be checked no later than 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest. All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system, which is available online, by phone or at a license agent. A complete list of participating license agents can be found at Visit the Turkey Hunting Resources page at, or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) for more information about the game-check process.

Hunters may use shotguns or archery equipment to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys using bait, live decoys or electronic calling devices, or to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree. The division advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas in order to remain visible to others.

Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern-day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year. Last year hunters checked a total of 22,571 wild turkeys during the 2018 spring turkey season.

The mission of the ODNR Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.

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

Coldwater library author visit/book signing

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K is coming up on Thursday, June 20, at Tawawa Park in Sidney. This fundraiser is open to the public, and individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate. This annual event is a fun and exciting way to support children within our local communities. By “adopting” a Duck Derby rubber duck for $5 each or 6 for $25, you not only have a chance to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize and 12 other prize packages, but you will make a positive impact supporting mentoring programs. New this year is the opportunity to adopt Defender of Potential Ducks for $25 each. The Defender of Potential Duck drawing is limited to only 250 tickets, offers better odds of winning, and one lucky person will be the winner of a $500 cash jackpot.

The Defender of Potential Duck winner will be drawn at 7:30pm, with the regular Duck Derby immediately following in Tawawa Park’s Mosquito Creek. Don’t miss out on the chance to see thousands of rubber ducks launched into the creek and see if your duck is the winner of one of 13 great prizes. This year’s prizes include the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize; two Country Concert tickets compliments of Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru; amusement park tickets compliments of Cedar Point and Kings Island; baseball tickets compliments of Cincinnati Reds, University of Cincinnati, Akron Rubber Ducks, and Lake County Captains; and many more wonderful prize packages that are listed on the agency’s website. The Duck-N-Run 5K is part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. Pre-registration for the 5K must be received by Monday, June 10. On the day of the event, 5K registration will begin at 7pm at Tawawa Park’s Geib Pavilion, and the evening race is set to start at 8:15pm.

If you’re looking for an affordable way to promote your business and help an organization that supports youth in our community, various sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $200 to $750. Door prize donations and general monetary gifts are greatly appreciated as well. If you would like to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office prior to Monday, June 10.

A Big Brothers Big Sisters representative will be offering duck adoptions and 5K registrations to the public during the Great Sidney Farmers’ Market starting May 25 and Greenville Farmers’ Market starting June 1. You can also adopt ducks from Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru in Newport, board members, local community festivals, and the agency office located at 121 E. North Street in Sidney. For a complete listing of prize packages, sponsorship opportunities, online duck adoptions, online 5K registrations, and more information, go to or call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency. Proceeds from the event will benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer role models. These volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost-saving ideas for activities that volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.

April events at Bradford Public Library

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Our calendar at Bradford Public Library fills up as the days grow longer and temperatures rise! Here’s what we have planned in April….

No STEAM workshop until September….plan to join us later this month at our Summer Reading Kickoff!

A new session of Story Hour will begin April 16. Story Hour is open for any child age 3 to those not yet in Kindergarten. Registration is required. Sign-up sheet is available now in the library. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, games and activities all geared to help your young ones be prepared for Kindergarten! This six week session will be about oceans and things under the sea.

Hannah Pennigton will return on April 18 at 6:30 with an Essential Oils Make and Take to get you ready for summer. Participants will make an After Sun Spray, Bug Off Spray, Boo Boo Spray and a Bug Bite Roller…all in beautiful glass bottles! Cost of workshop is $25, class size limited to 12. Registration is required and payment will hold your spot! Hannah has a wealth of knowledge concerning essential oils and their many benefits. Bring your questions to this informative and fun night!

Bradford Public Library will be closed Saturday, April 20th and Monday, April 22nd so staff can celebrate Easter with family and friends.

Our annual Book sale and Fine Free Week will be held April 23 through 26. We have plenty of books in all genres to choose from this year…something for everyone! In addition to books we have music CDs and even some holiday decorations and props from past programs. Everything is priced to sell. Friday will be $1.00 a bag day. Anything that will fit in a brown grocery bag for just $1.00! Proceeds from our book sale will benefit our programs throughout the year. We will have our fine free week the same week. Bradford cardholders can have overdue fines waived as well as fees for one lost item waived. You must come in to the library to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to “Wipe the slate clean for 2019!”

Bradford Public Library and Bradford Schools will join forces again to offer a Summer Reading Kickoff event on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-7:30 at Bradford Schools. Food, games, activities and crafts will be offered all for free. This event is open for any elementary student in the community, including those in the homeschool community and students from other school districts. Registration will be required to attend. Students of Bradford Schools will have registration information sent home with them. Students not attending Bradford Schools can pick up registration information at the Library after April 16.

The Good Grub Club has two cooking classes scheduled Saturday, April 27, one from 10:00-11:20, the other from 11:30-12:50. Limit of two children from the same household. Sign-ups are required with no exceptions. Limit of 12 students per class. Sign-up sheets are available now at the library. This month participants will be learning some Quick and Easy Lunches. The Good Grub club classes are Free and open to any student age 9-13! Call or stop in to sign up!

Plans are being made for our Annual Plant and Seed Swap on Saturday, May 4 from 10-noon. Mark your calendars and watch for information to come!

As always, if you have questions about these or any of our events, please call the library at 448-2612! Check out our Facebook page or find us at for more information on our events!

Poultry Days Parades

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Poultry Days will offer two of the largest parades in the county again this year. The Grand Parade will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday June 15th. Awards will be given for Junior Civic, Senior Civic, Commercial, Theme Award, Queen’s Trophy, Mayor’s Trophy and Chairman’s Choice. The deadline for registering for the Grand Parade is May 20th. For Grand Parade registration information, go to Activities at or email

The Antique Car Parade will be held on Sunday, June 16th at 2:30 pm. Registration for this parade is $8 and will be at the corner of Virginia & South Center St. from 10:00am to Noon the day of the event. The parade will be preceded by an antique vehicle display which will be held on S. Center Street adjacent to the festival grounds. Entrants will receive a chicken dinner ticket and parade plaque. Vehicles must be at least 20 years old. Details for this event can be found on our web site or email

The festival will also include an antique tractor display on the grounds. The 68th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held June 14, 15 and 16th with a festival theme of “Rock N Roll All Nigh & Poultry Every Day”. Please visit the website,, for more event details and schedules.

Garst Museum - 2019 Heritage Award Goes to DAR

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Members of the Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution and Dr. Clay Johnson
The Darke County Historical Society’s Heritage Award was created in 2004 to recognize distinguished citizens or organizations for their outstanding contributions or actions of unusual excellence that help connect people to Darke County’s past. Dr. Clay Johnson, CEO of the Garst Museum, notes, “For those familiar with the area, Darke County is rich in its history and traditions, and its significance touches so many in the community. The Darke County Historical Society (DCHS) recognizes this importance and feels its responsibility is to honor those that join in its mission in celebrating the county’s past.” The DCHS operates the Garst Museum according to its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County. This year’s Heritage Award goes to the Fort GreeneVille Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Fort GreeneVille DAR chapter was organized in January 1922. Over the years, the chapter has flourished and received high honors for its work in various areas that the DAR stands for. Honoring patriots of the Revolutionary War, the women’s service organization promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Today, the chapter has 61 dedicated members that own the Studebaker Schoolhouse, the first brick school house erected in 1840 in Darke County. The school house was gifted to the DAR in 1934, and the chapter has maintained the grounds and school as a beautiful entrance to Greenville on St. Rt. 49.

The DAR is very active in the county searching for the gravesites of Revolutionary War veterans. Over 20 Revolutionary War patriot graves in Darke County have been identified with grave markers or rededicated since 2016 with more to come. The members donate their time and money to preserve veterans’ uniforms and memorabilia in the Veterans’ Building at the Darke County fairgrounds. They have encased 31 uniforms over the past two years. They help organize and participate in Veterans Day parades and activities. This past December, they participated in Wreaths Across America at the Greenville-Union Cemetery and placed approximately 300 wreaths on veterans’ graves. The chapter has donated countless genealogical and historical books to local libraries and presents historical programs at local schools.

Sustaining its legacy, the organization continues to accomplish its mission with such high integrity. It is with great appreciation that Garst Museum recognizes the members of the Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution and honors its members with the 2019 Heritage Award for their dedication in preserving history, promoting education, and honoring patriots.

2019 Aktion Club Five County Food Challenge

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Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club donates food to Ansonia United Methodist Church food pantry.
Greenville Kiwanis Club Aktion Club members are living up to their pledge, which states:
I pledge on my honor to follow the Objects of Aktion Club.
To better my community,my country and myself.
To help those in need.
To demonstrate loyalty to our community and nation.
And to encourage others to do the same
At Monday's meeting, they presented Pastor Roger Emerson and the Ansonia United Methodist Church with food for their food pantry. Club members received notice at the meeting that their collection of 749 items designated them the winners of the Aktion Club Five County Food Challenge, which is an annual event held among the surrounding area Aktion Clubs. The Greenville club would like to thank the many people in the community that donated to their cause. Food was also donated to Grace Resurrection Center and Union City Community Help Center. They would also like to thank the following groups for participating - Greenville Kiwanis Club, Banner Bound 4-H group, Greenville City Schools Key Club/Community, Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Art Sense, Your Happy Place, Inc. and Person Centered Services.

Edison State and Nidec Minster Partner to Offer Degree

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Pictured L to R: Steven Sykes, Edison State Professor of Manufacturing
and Industrial Management; Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and
Technical Programs; Ben Brigham, Nidec Minster Talent Development
Manager; and Chris Spradlin, Edison State Provost.
Edison State Community College and Nidec Press & Automation in Minster (Nidec Minster) have partnered to develop a pathway to facilitate the awarding of academic credits by Edison State for technical training conducted by Nidec Minster.

The new pathway will create a seamless transition to the next step in education for Nidec Minster employees to obtain an Associate of Technical Study (ATS) degree with a major one of three pathways; Mechanical Design, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Advanced Manufacturing Systems.

“The leaders at Edison State Community College worked extensively and creatively with Nidec Minster’s Talent Development team. Together, we created a true private-to-public pathway from our company-based apprenticeship programs to good-quality associate degrees at the college. These pathways will provide our employees with experiences and education needed to prepare them for advancement opportunities within our organization,” said Ben Brigham, Talent Development Manager at Nidec Minster.

Students who successfully completed in-house training courses at Nidec Minster may apply up to 29 credit hours toward the ATS degrees now offered at Edison State. The remaining balance of coursework required at Edison State may be completed online or in person in as little as one year.

The Mechanical Design, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Systems ATS degrees help employees to qualify for advancement within the management ranks of Nidec Minster.

The Mechanical Design option provides students with basic mathematical, scientific, and engineering foundations necessary to mechanically design products for industrial, commercial, and personal applications.

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology option prepares students for the design, interface, installation, and troubleshooting of electro-mechanical systems as well as the skills to integrate electronics and electrical controls with mechanical systems in order to explore alternatives through the process of troubleshooting and problem-solving.

The Advanced Manufacturing Systems program prepares students for milling and turning operations, CNC programming, welding, casting, metal-forming, materials technology, and heat-treating processes.

“Developing the three ATS pathways with Nidec Minster provides an avenue for adult learners to gain the necessary education needed to compete in today’s job market,” said Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs.

“There are so many talented and experienced tradespersons in the workforce; we are moving to capture that experience and turn it into an educational opportunity.”

Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Mechanical Design, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Systems ATS degrees are approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

For more information about the degree pathways, call 937.778.8600 and ask to speak with a resource specialist.

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to begin at Edison State

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Edison State Police Academy cadets train during the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to prepare for a career in law enforcement.
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 23-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in July and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in December. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by May 28. Physical assessment tests may be completed on either May 30 from 1-4 p.m. or May 31 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., with the academy running from July 8 to December 21, 2019.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 937-778-7865.

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