Saturday, April 19, 2014

Explore Upper Floors During First Friday

Discover hidden treasures located in the upper floor locations of historic downtown buildings in downtown Greenville!
Have you ever wondered what is on the upper floors of our historic downtown buildings? If so, you will want to be part of Main Street Greenville’s First Friday Upper Floor Tour on Friday, May 2nd to see and discover these hidden locations! This amazing tour will take place from 6-9 pm and will include 4 upper floor locations and 1 bonus location in downtown! Also, since it is "First Friday", downtown businesses will be open late!

The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 620 S. Broadway (space above Studio One Hair Design), 117 E. Fifth St. (space above The Bistro Off Broadway), 434 S. Broadway (space above Sweet Annie’s Cabin), and 301 S. Broadway (space above Countryside Bike Shop). Our bonus location will be the County Administration Building, located at 520 S. Broadway.

A video-tour featuring the locations on the tour will be offered the same evening (during the same time) for those with limited mobility at The Bistro Off Broadway’s banquet room.

Tickets are $5.00 each and are available at Granny’s Corner (418 S. Broadway), Bread of Life (107 W. Main St.), The A & B Coffee & Cake Co. (501 S. Broadway), or Youniques Boutique (529 S. Broadway). Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event.

In addition to the upper floors featured on the tour, the following available properties (for sale or rent) will be open during the event: 100 Martin St. (open from 6-9 pm), 127 W. 5th St. (open from 7-9 pm), 537 S. Broadway, Suite 103 (open from 6-9 pm), and 529 S. Broadway (open from 6-9 pm).

Mote and Associates, Inc. sponsors the annual Upper Floor Tour, a professional design firm specializing in civil engineering and land surveying. The tour is presented by Main Street Greenville in collaboration with Historic Preservation Month to bring awareness and respect to our built environment.

First Fridays are a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and grown in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Celebrate Spring at Historic Bear’s Mill

The Friends of Bear’s Mill will be hosting their annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Mill Store will be offering food tastings of new gourmet products and special grab bag discounts storewide. Shop the Mill store for gift ideas for Mother’s Day with a wide selection of gourmet food, home d├ęcor, kitchen gadgets and women’s jewelry and accessories.

In the Mill Gallery enjoy works by two exceptional artists whose colorful creations celebrate springtime! Doug McLarty with scanography – a photographic process, and Jim DeLange with masterful hand blown glass pieces. This exhibit will remain on display in the gallery during normal business hours through Sunday, May 25.

“If you haven’t been to the Mill all winter it is time to pay a visit” stated Julie Clark, retail manager. “New merchandise is arriving daily in preparation for Mother’s Day, weddings and other gift-giving occasions this season. We invite the public and visitors to come out and take a walk on the beautiful grounds and a self-guided tour through the historic mill. Enjoy the nature and history that surrounds this special place.”

The Friends of Bear’s Mill, Inc. keep the Mill open to the public through individual and corporate donations, grants, an educational tour program, Mill Store & Gallery sales and several special events that generate interest in and visitation to the historic site.

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about five miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937.548.5112 or on the web at

A Study in Symmetry by Elizabeth Horner

I’ve been writing articles since I was nine years old. And, in all that time, I cannot remember having penned any about Valentine’s Day. Of course, my memory could have swallowed one or two up: some reference to the card exchanges in elementary school or the abundance of chocolate spilling out of the grocery aisles come February--- but I’m sure I never discussed the issue itself. Why?

I didn’t like admitting that I was alone.

And though I knew that there were many other people like me out there, who resented the love-saturated atmosphere of this particular holiday, I still thought my situation was particularly bad--- not because I wasn’t in a relationship, but because I had never been in one. In fact, I stopped thinking about chemistry and more about statistics: was there something so wrong with me that out of all the people in this world no-one had cared to look my way. It was completely the wrong attitude.

Now, a year-and-a-half into my first relationship, I am suddenly proud of all those years I spent by myself--- less so than I would have been if they had been my choice--- but still proud. Because if I had spent one of my past Valentine’s Days with someone else, who I knew was only a temporary fixture in my life, than it would detract from the significance of all future Valentines Days. If I had their arm around my shoulder, and shared my first kiss with them, then how could I help but compare my boyfriend to them--- and wouldn’t that be such a disservice, even if it proved he was infinitely better?

Edison brings Nashville Crush to campus

Nashville Crush to perform at Edison Community College April 26.
Edison Community College will come alive with the sounds of country music band, Nashville Crush. The group will bring their fun and energetic show to the Piqua campus gymnasium on Saturday, April 26. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last 90 minutes.

Admission to the show is free and donations collected throughout the evening will benefit Miami County Relay for Life.

“Cancer affects everyone,” said Amber Selhorst, Coordinator of Student Success and Student Life. “Participating in Relay for Life is our opportunity to show that we are stronger than cancer and that we are willing to fight. By bringing Nashville Crush to campus we’re hoping to provide a fun way for the community to get involved.”

For the past five years, Nashville Crush has been performing extensively throughout the region. The seven-member band from Lima, Ohio, presents a perfect balance of country and rock music. Their talent coupled with a high energy and award winning stage presence is sure to please concertgoers.

Edison Community College remains committed to bringing quality entertainment to campus throughout the year. The concert will provide an evening of unforgettable music and fun that’s appropriate for all ages.

Each year, more than 4 million people in over twenty countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement. Edison Community College is a proud participant of the Miami County Relay for Life event being held May 2, 2014.

For more information about the band, visit For questions regarding the show, contact Amber Selhorst at

Friday, April 18, 2014

Greenville Masonic Lodge’s Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Come one, come all to Greenville Masonic Lodge’s Annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Proceeds go to the Greenville High School Girls Softball Team

This event is open to the public on April 26th 2014 doors are open from 3-7pm. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and children 12 under are $3.00.

Greenville Masonic Lodge is located at 100 Memorial Dr. Greenville, Ohio

Included in the price is all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, tea, coffee, and water. Pop and pie are available for additional cost.

Tickets can be purchased from the girls GHS softball team or are available at the door during the event.

The girls will also have merchandise and other items available for purchase at the event as well.

May 6th Primary Election Info Provided by the League of Women Voters of Darke County

With the May 6th Primary elections fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Darke County urges residents to get out to vote for their favorite candidates.

This spring, LWV will not hold its usual Candidates Night due to local offices being unopposed. Each citizen should become informed about the candidates for local government and those running for state offices. However, several ballot issues are up for voter consideration.

In the village of Versailles, Issue # 8 proposes a Municipal Income Tax- Combination of ½% Levy on Income. This is for Street Reconstruction and Major Repair Purposes, consisting of Storm Drainage Improvements, Sanitary Sewer Improvements, Waterline Improvements and Street Reconstruction for 5 years, commencing January 1, 2015.

In the village of Wayne Lakes, Issue # 9 Proposed Tax Levy is a renewal of 7 mills for current expenses for 5 years, commencing in 2014, first due in the calendar year of 2015.

Greenville City School District, Issue #3 is a proposed tax Ley that is a renewal for 2 mills for the purpose of remodeling, renovating, and otherwise improving school buildings. Furnishing and equipping school buildings and equipping and otherwise improving school sites. This renewal is for 5 years; commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.

There are a few overlapping issues with nearby counties More information about those issues and candidates for office this primary is posted on

Poetry on Authors Night

The grand finale of the Friends of the Library’s Authors Nights on Friday April 25th will feature the beloved Greenville Poets! The season would not be complete until the poets entertained, moved, inspired, and delighted us with their beautiful literary works. As always they’ll have a special program cooked up.

The Greenville Poets formed in 1985 with Miriam Vermilya, Myrna Stone, and Belinda Rismiller. Today their members are left to right, David Lee Garrison, Lianne Spidel, Suzanne Kelly-Garrison, Cathy Essinger, Belinda Rismiller, and Myrna Stone. As a group they have published ten books of poems, three volumes of translation, one book of literary criticism, and two anthologies. Each has won numerous awards, grants, and contests.

David Lee Garrison’s poems have appeared nationwide in various literary journals. Browser Books published two of his four books: Sweeping the Cemetery and Playing Bach in the D.C. Metro. Garrison Keillor read two of his poems on The Writer's Almanac and Poet Laureate Ted Kooser featured one on his website

Lianne Spidel has published poems in many journals and anthologies as well as three books: Chrome, What To tell Joseme, and Pairings. Pairings was in collaboration with Anne Loveland, a Michigan artist. One of her favorite poetry subjects is art as well as people, especially family.



DAYTON, Ohio – The “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive – Lifesaver League” t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh-CBC Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or

CBC is celebrating spring and the return of baseball season by offering the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive” t-shirt as a donor gift to everyone who registers to donate now through Saturday, May 3 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The t-shirt is white with a red and blue emblem that features a baseball player swinging the bat. The casual, athletic look of this t-shirt is perfect for watching the Dragons or Reds at the ballpark, or running the bases at a softball game!

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bradford High School
750 Railroad Ave, Bradford
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Bradford High School Student Council
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Monday, April 21, 2014
Greenville Grace Church
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
4805 State Route 49, Greenville
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
13495 Greenville-St. Mary’s Road, Versailles/North Star
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Learn more at

Wildflower Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale

The members of Wildflower Garden Club will be having their plant sale on May 3rd. 2014.

The time for customers to purchase the many items for their gardens will be from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M.

The location is 5094 St. Rt. 49 South Greenville Ohio.

There will be a wide variety of plants available including perennials, annuals, scented geraniums, vegetables, herbs and worm casting, as well as worm casting tea.

Prices start at 50 cents, and most are no more than $2.50.

Pictured are two members of club, Judy Burns and Barbara Rhoades who are holding some of the plants that will be for sale.

Proceeds from the sale help finance all the club’s civic gardens and projects in the community.

Bob Evans' Fundraiser Benefits The Light Foundation's Youth Wild Turkey Hunt This Weekend

Support the Light Foundation's Youth Wild Turkey Hunt and dine to make a difference! When you dine in or carry out from Bob Evans in Greenville, OH April 18-20, 6am-9pm, 15% of sales will support our hunt! Make sure to print out this flyer and bring it with you.

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Annie Thanks Her Gold Star Sponsors

Annie has delivered a Star Spangled Gala Flag to the Early Bird Paper in recognition of their Gold Star sponsorship of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala fundraiser for the Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center.

Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014. This is a fundraiser for The Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.

Part of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Prizes for the raffle include accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way donated by Tom & Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service, an Apple iPad Air 16 GB, and a Bose, SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. Tickets for the raffle ($5.00 per chance) can be purchased by calling the Garst Museum, or from any Garst Museum board member.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
web site:

Edison Celebrates Week of the Young Child

Edison Community College President Dr. Cris Valdez signed
a proclamation designating the week of
April 6–12 as the Week of the Young Child at the College.
The Child Development Center at Edison Community College joined the National Association for the Education of Young Children from April 6–12 in celebrating The Week of the Young Child.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the event is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

“Although we build early childhood awareness during the school year through a variety of activities, we traditionally plan special events during the Week of the Young Child each year,” said Kelli Gerlach, Child Development Center Director. “The purpose of these special events is to further promote the importance of the early childhood years.”

To kick off the week, President Dr. Cris Valdez met with the children and signed a proclamation declaring April 6–12 Week of the Young Child at Edison.

“In addition to the proclamation ceremony, we hosted a Scholastic Book Fair and organized a month-long reading campaign to encourage parents and community members to read to the Edison children,” added Gerlach. “The campaign has been so popular that we have extended our reading invitation into the month of May.”

Throughout the week, students of the Child Development Center had special guest readers each morning, made special crafts, and participated in a fiesta night where families of the children were invited to campus.

“Students of the Early Childhood Education program taught the children a Spanish song and hosted a fiesta night this week as well,” said Gerlach. “We are grateful for the support of our college students, our family members and our community.”

Edison’s Child Development Center is a developmental program of care and education for children ages three to ten years. The program is open to the children of local communities as well as to children of Edison students, faculty and staff. Earlier this year, the highly acclaimed Center was once again granted five-year approval from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Church of God of Ansonia to Host Mad Dash for Missions 5k Run/Walk

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The First Church of God of Ansonia will be hosting the 4th Annual Mad Dash for Missions 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for local and global missions. This event will be held on Saturday, May 10 with registration opening at 8am and the race starting at 9am. Last year we were able to raise nearly $8,000 with 200 total racers! The use of these funds included roofing homes, providing community activities, supplying salt for winter months, and supplementing gas costs in the Darke County area! If postmarked by May 1, registration is $18 and includes a Dri-Fit t-shirt. After May 1, registration will be $25. Day-of registration will be available.

For more information or to register, check out, complete and mail the attached registration form, or call the church at 937-337-3945.

"Community Country Concert Jam"

On Saturday April 26th we will be celebrating the recent announcement of over 400 new jobs that are coming to Greenville in the near future. The purpose of this event is to help bring our city back together once again through the universal language of music.

On the bill for the evening are: Established Country musician Zac Hacker who will be coming from Nashville, Tennessee for the show. He has shared the stage with such acts as The Greg Allman Band, Rascal Flatts and the Marshall Tucker Band and now has struck out on his own solo career. We are pleased to have him! Let's show him what Darke County has!

Also a favorite in Darke County and the surrounding area, Higgins-Madewell who were voted Dayton's favorite band three years in a row! Their current CD's "Spider Bite" and "Sweet Medicine" have gained local and national attention. The duo is now working on their third studio CD.

Opening the night is an amazing young lady named Allison Babylon who brings her own twist of Country and Blues to the stage and is a crowd favorite.

The event is being held at the VFW front hall on April 26th with doors opening at 7:30pm show starts at 8pm. This is for 18 years olds and up. Hope to see you there and join us as the city begins to celebrate all the positive changes that are coming to our city and now we have hope of a bright and prosperous future for all of us.

For more information call the VFW at 548-4004 or Mark at 564-2071.

112th annual Arcanum Alumni Banquet to be Held April 26th

The 112th annual Arcanum Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday April 26,2014 with tours beginning at 5, registration beginning at 6 and dinner at 6:30 in the school cafetorium. The class of 1989 would like to cordially invite all Arcanum alumni and current and previous staff to attend. You may make reservations by mailing your name, graduating year, and $20 per meal to:

Sherry Corzine
10434 Lochrest Dr
Cincinnati, Oh 45231

Registration deadline has been extended to April 19,2014.

The Darke County Humane Society Announces New Shelter WishList Website

Everyday we help people find the perfect pet companion. Our goal is to find a home for every animal. You can help by visiting our new Shelter WishList website and making a donation. We've created a catalog of items we need at the shelter from food to fixtures.

Choose an item you'd like to see at the Shelter, make a contribution towards the purchase (no amount is too small), or sponsor an item in memory of a loved one. When the "wish" is completed we'll let you know, and the next time you're in the Shelter you can see the Wish you helped make come true.

You can also browse our volunteer opportunities. Even if you only have a couple of hours available each week, you can find an exciting and meaningful way to volunteer your time.

If you like to shop, check out our Online Consignment Store. Here people can list items for sale and donate a portion of the money to our Shelter. We encourage sellers to price their items low so you're sure to find some real bargains. While you're there take a look at our Shelter t-shirts, coffee mugs and book bags.

Last but not least, browse our animals with special needs. These are animals that require special medical assistance. It doesn't matter how much or how little you can donate, your contribution will, in many cases, be a life saver.

Visit our Shelter WishList and help make a Wish come true.

Thank you so very much.

The Staff at The Darke County Humane Society

Full Link to Shelter's WishList.
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