Tuesday, August 14, 2018

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER – July 2018

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July has certainly been an interesting month in the Commissioner’s office! It seemed like every day there was a new challenge to deal with! The weather and the coming recess of the legislature in Columbus have certainly played havoc at times with everyone’s plans. Hopefully things will clear up in the future.

Commissioner Stegall took a young man from CGI, the company who does the videos for our website, around Darke County for an upgrade to the videos done 5 years ago; it is hard to believe it has been that long! This is in conjunction with an upgrade in progress for our overall website. We will let people know when the videos are posted.

Parades have been the order of the day for the last 2 months. Weather and good crowds have made these events a lot more fun for the elected officials. Thanks to the Parade committees for always inviting us to attend. If you would like to have the elected officials in your parade, just let us know about a month before your event so we can arrange to have as many as possible attend.

In other news, we have several projects, either starting, in progress, or in final planning stages. The Airport project is in progress, and is moving along as good as possible considering the weather and a few problems with the asphalting part of the project. It seems our July 26th completion date has been moved back a touch due to weather, extra work at the west end of the runway, and problems with the milling of the asphalt. The runway was started with asphalt being laid on July 9th . Problems soon ensued with the milling aspect, and that is still being worked on at this time. The FAA specs are very strict and must be followed, and this has caused the delay. The various parties are discussing what their options are. Even though the asphalt is not done, the new Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lights and electrical upgrades have been installed. Once the milling and asphalt are done, then seeding of the graded areas should complete the project.

The Dispatch center upgrades at the Sheriff’s office is coming along and our conversion to the MARCS system is now complete. We are working on a few minor problems, and they will be fixed very shortly.

We are in the process of moving the Michaels Home for boys into the old vacant County home. This home will allow young men who have home problems, or other minor problems, to have a better place so our staff can work with them. Some concern has been shown that these young men are troublemakers from other counties. The object of the Michaels home is to take young men with problems at home and school that are nonviolent. The more violent young men are sent away and not kept here. We have found there is a definite need for such a place that other counties can utilize as well. This will make a perfect place to enlarge and improve on our current facility.

The end of July also sees two of the more attended and anticipated events in Darke County; the Gathering at Garst and Annie Oakley Days. The committees for each event worked very hard to make them a success, and that hard work paid off. Both were fortunate to have great weather and were very well attended. Congratulations to both committees on very successful events!

As we have stated the last couple of months, due to our loss of revenue from the state Medicare Sales tax, we have seen losses of about $60,000 a month. We have been watching this since late last year, so it was expected. This does make things far more difficult for 2019, as we are fine for this year. As of now, our budget has been set at a deficit. The budget is a tool to determine what appropriations are projected to look at next year and in November we do appropriations where we actually let our departments know what they can actually spend. Right now, we have told them to expect a 9% reduction across the board for 2019. The legislature in Columbus has seen an increase in their tax receipts and another $657.5 million added to the rainy day fund. With the recent Supreme Court ruling on Sales taxes of internet sales, it is possible we could see some help from Columbus. That would be nice, but we are not holding our breath. We will do what needs to be done, and that does not include raising taxes as many Counties around us have done.

July is over and there was a lot going on, with plenty of things to do with your families and friends. While you are out in August, come into one of our public meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 in the afternoon at the Commissioner’s office, 520 South Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

YOLO Park Close to the Fundraising Finish Line

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The YOLO organization has raised over $550,000 for the downtown Greenville Urban Park project, and hopes the community will rally to help complete the vision presented in this designers rendering.
Greenville, OH - An urban park in downtown Greenville has existed only as a dream and in designers renderings for 5 years. But now that construction has officially begun, the vision presented by the YOLO Organization is finally becoming a reality. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the YOLO Committee members, over half a million dollars has already been raised for the creation of this community gathering place. As the committee reaches the final stages of the fundraising process they are hoping that the community will come together to help support this project and push it over the finish line.

“Our vision for the Urban Park has always been to create a space for friends and families to spend time together and enjoy our historic downtown, and to support our local businesses by attracting visitors and new residents,” said Phillip Pierri, founder of YOLO of Darke County. “We want this park to be something that can be enjoyed for generations so incredible attention has been given to designing a park that is safe, accessible for all, and uses the highest quality materials.”

Funding for this project has come from several sources, including a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Local supporters include Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Wayne HealthCare/Foundation, Greenville Federal Bank, Greenville National Bank, Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund, The Light Foundation, Walls Brothers Asphalt Company, and Financial Achievement Services (FAS), among many others. A full list of park supporters can be found on the organization’s website, www.yoloorg.com/urban-park.htm.

YOLO of Darke County is incredibly grateful for every business, organization, and individual who has already donated to this project and thanks to the many contributions received the urban park is 73% funded! The YOLO Committee would now like to open this project up to community support in the form of a crowdfunding campaign.

A page has been created on the crowdfunding platform Fundly to allow community members to contribute to the park and be recognized as supporters within the park. To donate to this project please visit www.fundly.com/yolopark. Contributions will be used to purchase high quality furnishings for the park, including items such as tables, chairs, benches, trash cans, and bike racks, that will last for many years with minimal maintenance. Donations of any amount are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Support at any level, from $10 to $10,000 all help to make this dream a reality.

“We are incredibly grateful to YOLO of Darke County and the many donors who have contributed to this project so far,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “We wholeheartedly believe that the urban park will be incredibly beneficial for downtown Greenville and our local businesses. We are living in an experience-driven economy where people prioritize the unique beauty of spaces and the memorable events that take place in them. Investing in urban gathering spaces makes your town a destination and can spark new business investment and create demand for housing for those who want to live nearby.”

If you would like to donate to the urban park project, please visit fundly.com/yolopark. There are options for sponsoring specific park features or, alternatively, custom donation amounts can be entered. If you would like to donate directly to the project to help avoid processing fees, please contact Phillip Pierri at info@YOLOorg.com or 937-371-9088.

Y.O.L.O. of Darke County, Inc., founded by Phillip and Jodi Pierri, strives to continuously improve the community while also bringing together high energy people to promote healthy lifestyles and embrace living life to the fullest.The YOLO Community Fund was established with the goal of maintaining a fund that will be able to perpetually give back to the community in ways for which its members will be proud. All proceeds from Y.O.L.O. of Darke County, Inc. events will be deposited into this fund. The Y.O.L.O of Darke County, Inc is a non-profit organization and any donation is tax deductible.

Darke County Educators Tour Local Manufacturers

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Darke County Economic Development sponsored educator tours of BASF Corporation, Ramco Electric Motors, and Fram Group, one tour each month during summer break. Educators from Darke County Schools earned Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participating in the tours. Employees from each facility shared a brief history of their company, information about their current products and/or customers, and benefits of working there. The tours allow teachers to see modern manufacturing facilities, learn about the skills students need for success with local employers, and gain an understanding of the career opportunities available. “Our local manufacturers want to engage with our schools, because there are great career opportunities locally that don’t require a 4 year college degree. Our young people don’t have to leave Darke County for a good job with opportunities for training and advancement. Manufacturing tours help local educators see the opportunities first hand, “shared Tamala Marley, Workforce Specialist with Darke County Economic Development. Teachers can take the information they learn back to their students to help make lessons more relevant in the classroom. At lunch following one tour a teacher noted, “It is helpful to know specific skills the students may need on the job. When they question why they need to know a skill, I can tell the student the local employer that requires it.”

Thanks to BASF Corporation, Ramco Electric Motors, and Fram Group for hosting tours!

Roger "The Voice" Hoston to Call the Action at the Gene Riegle Memorial

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Roger "The Voice" Hoston
The Darke County Harness Horsemen would like to announce a special guest caller for this year’s Gene Riegle Memorial. Roger “The Voice” Hoston will be in the box calling all the excitement this year as a field of 8 vies for the winner’s circle.

Roger has announced over 175,000 races in his career, covering at least 126 different tracks in 17 states and 7 countries.

Born and raised in Xenia, Ohio, Huston grew up with a love of sports statistics. He learned race calling from his uncle, who called races at Lebanon Raceway. He attended Wilmington College, intending to become a teacher. He began announcing races at Ohio county fairs in 1960 and in 1965 he began announcing at The Red Mile. 1967 was his first year announcing at the Little Brown Jug and he became the track's regular announcer in 1968, a position he still holds. In 1976, he began announcing at The Meadows, where he also hosts The Meadows Racing Network.

The United States Harness Writers Association elected Huston to their Communicator's Hall of Fame in 2000 and awarded him their Proximity Award in 2011. The Keystone Chapter of the USHWA inducted Huston into their Hall of Fame in 2013 and he was elected to the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame in 2000.

Please mark your calendars for August 23rd. and join us at the Great Darke County Fair as Roger calls the races. Please see the embedded video below to hear Roger call the 1993 Little Brown Jug which was won by Darke County’s own Gene Riegle.


The race schedule for 2018 is as follows:
  • Friday August 17th – post time 6:30 PM
  • Saturday Morning August 18th – post time 11:30 AM
  • Saturday Evening August 18th – post time 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday August 22nd – post time 7:30 PM
  • Thursday August 23rd – post time 5:30 PM

WINNERS MEATS WINS NATIONAL HONOR

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ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (August 2, 2018) – Winners Meats, from Osgood & Greenville, Ohio, won national recognition at the American Cured Meat Championships (ACMC), held July 19-21, in Kansas City, Missouri. This event is held in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP).

The ACMC draws participants from across the United States. This year, there were 678 entries in 29 product classes. In total, 67 AAMP membership plants participated in the competition. Meat processors enter their products for evaluation by judges who are meat scientists and specialists in the industry. All entries are judged on the basis of aroma, flavor, eye appeal, color, and texture.

Winners Meats was awarded:

  • Reserve Champion – Specialty Flavor Small Diameter Smoked/Cooked Sausage Class

Earlier this year, in February at the 2018 Ohio Association of Meat Processors Convention, Winner’s Meats took home Grand Champion for our Jalapeno Summer Sausage and our Jalapeno Cheddar Brat. After 90 years in business we’re still making QUALTY MEATS our 1st priority.

City of Greenville Fair Parking Information

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The City of Greenville has provided us with two illustrations to help visitors understand how nearby traffic patterns will be disrupted during fair week. You can click on either to enlarge them to see more detail.

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The intersection at Sweitzer Street and Birt Street will see several changes, including two temporary pedestrian crossings (highlighted below in purple), and Birt Street will be closed off to automobile traffic. Pedestrian walkways will also be setup to enter the fair grounds at the gate.


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A number of nearby streets will be marked as no parking zones for the week. These are highlighted below.

Visit OhioMeansJobs Darke County at the Fair!

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Greenville Federal inducted into The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Hall Of Fame

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Greenville Federal inducted into The Annie Oakley
Golf Tournament Hall Of Fame
The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Committee recently inducted Greenville Federal into the Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Hall of Fame, which was established in 2006, the year of the tournament’s 25th anniversary.

Criteria for this honor was decided by the committee and consists of long term participation, enthusiasm, and support of the committee’s goals in helping Darke County cancer patients. Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal, accepted the award from Ed Curry, chairman of the golf tournament.

The Annie Oakley Golf Committee and the Cancer Association of Darke County are very much appreciative of the support that Greenville Federal has given to the golf tournament and the community through the years.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mosquito Spraying in City of Greenville

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THE CITY OF GREENVILLE WILL SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 AT 9:00 PM, SOUTH OF THE GREENVILLE CREEK AND THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 AT 9:00 PM, NORTH OF THE GREENVILLE CREEK. WEATHER PERMITTING.

ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE STREET DEPARTMENT AT 937-548-2215.

Gene Riegle Memorial Commemorative Glasses

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The Darke County Fair will once again this year be giving out the third in their series of glasses commemorating the Gene Riegle Memorial.

This event takes place prior to the start of racing on August 23rd. The first 1,000 people who purchase a program will receive a glass. Glasses will be distributed, as in years past, next to the voting windows under the grandstand.

Make sure you don’t miss out on adding to your collection or starting one if you haven’t participated prior. A $3 program will get you a glass. Make sure you also hang around for an exciting night of racing which includes the Arnie Almahurst Trot and the Gene Riegle Memorial. This year’s races are record setting purses and will be sure to draw a great field of horses.

The race schedule for 2018 is as follows:

  • Friday August 17th – post time 6:30 PM
  • Saturday Morning August 18th – post time 11:30 AM
  • Saturday Evening August 18th – post time 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday August 22nd – post time 7:30 PM
  • Thursday August 23rd – post time 5:30 PM

Downtown Cruise-In: September 1 in Downtown Arcanum

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August at the Arcanum Public Library

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Summer is drawing to a close, and that means just a couple of more weeks until the Great Darke County Fair! The Arcanum Public Library has a few programs planned in August to fill the time for patrons until then. On Tuesday, August 14 at 4:30 there is an adult coloring session. Come on in to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and coloring. Supplies are provided and no registration is required. Also on August 14 will be the next book club meeting at 5:30. The club will discuss the current selection and patrons can pick up the book for next month. Newcomers are always welcome; just drop on in. The next gardening class will meet on Wednesday, August 15 at 11:00. We will be discussing what to plant for a fall harvest and different ways to preserve items from the garden. No registration is needed.

The library will be open during fair week with the exception of being closed on Thursday, August 23. Regular hours for the library are Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 8:00, Fridays from 9:00 – 5:00, and Saturdays from 9:00 – 1:00.

Fall programming with begin in September. Keep an eye out for more information.

Feel free to call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484. Patrons can check out the library website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, find it on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Library's August’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for August will feature BJ Paulus, owner of Snap Fitness in Greenville. BJ will talk about weight management and the part strength training and exercise can play. Additionally he plans on explaining a basic level of the body and how its functions to help people put their exercise routines and dietary plans together to leverage the best success for themselves.

Join us Wednesday August 15th at noon at the Library. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915. If you would like the boxed lunch from the Coffee Pot let us know. It costs $5 and includes a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own or just come for the program! Lunch & Learn is a monthly class sponsored by the Library's Wellness Program, coordinated by Warren Richards.

Snap Fitness gears its routines to all ages and levels of fitness. Its mission is to change lives with a result-driven culture both inside and outside the gym. “Our goal is to encourage, motivate and drive our members to success. We are here to show support and ensure every member reaches his or her potential.“ For more info please see their website snapfitness.com/gyms/greenville-oh-45331/592.

Versailles Health Care Center Welcomes Hardwick

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We would like to welcome Stephanie Hardwick to Versailles Health Care Center. Stephanie is from Union City and has two boys named Mason and Colton. She has been in long term care for 25 years. She started out in the laundry department, and then went on to become a nursing assistant and treatment aide. Soon Stephanie felt the urge to do more and decided to take classes and become an LPN. She enjoyed helping others so much that she decided to go further and became a Registered Nurse.

She has been in nursing management for 18 years. She began as an MDS Nurse, became a Nurse Navigator, then an Assistant Director of Nursing, (ADON); and then a Director of Nursing, (DON). She attained specialized credentials as a Wound Care Certified Nurse.

Stephanie says that she got into the LTC field because of her grandfather. He was in a facility and while she was visiting, she could see how much enjoyment the staff got from providing resident care. “I have had no desire to work in any other nursing field than geriatrics, Stephanie states. I received my LPN certificate from IVY Tech, RN degree from Fortis College and wound certification through the Wound Care Education Institute.

Self Defense & Awareness Class to be Offered at Coldwater Public Library

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Holiday Evening at Edison State Presents Lucky Chops

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Lucky Chops band members
The 21st Annual Holiday Evening at Edison State will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at the Edison State Community College. We are happy to announce that five-member brass band, Lucky Chops, will be changing things up this year with their redefined sound and energy. Proceeds from this event directly benefit The Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund which supports Edison State students through scholarship opportunities.

We are excited about an additional component of this year’s event! We will be handing Lucky Chops over and they will be conducting Edison State Music Education Clinics for local junior and high school jazz band members on Thursday, November 29. These clinics have been made possible and are sponsored by the Miami County Foundation and the Piqua Community Foundation.

The members of Lucky Chops attended New York City’s LaGuardia Arts High School and got their start by performing in the New York City subway system. In 2015, a South American tourist posted their performance online and changed everything. The video went viral and Lucky Chops soon found themselves on a European tour. Upon their return, they appeared as the house band for a season of MTV’s hit talk show “Girl Code Live”. The band is passionate about visiting schools across the globe and holding masterclasses to inspire younger generations of musicians.

“Lucky Chops is a very entertaining instrumental group,” stated Holiday Evening Chair Stan Evans. “They are very active in the performance of their shows and provide great entertainment for all ages, from high-school to mature listeners. This event is a wonderful way to start the Holiday Season. You will have a fun evening visiting with friends, enjoying great food and hearing some very entertaining music. You will go home with a smile on your face, a song or two in your head and you can be pleased knowing you just helped a deserving student move ahead in their college career.”

A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are $125 per person and sell out quickly. Tickets may be purchased online at www.edisonohio.edu/holidayevening/. For more information about Holiday Evening at Edison State or the Music Education Clinics, please contact Julie Slattery at jslattery@edisonohio.edu or 937-778-7805.

Friday, August 3, 2018

DCCA ANNOUNCES CAST FOR SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present two performances of Missoula Children Theatre’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring local students at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 4; the matinee starts at 3 p.m. and the evening show begins at 7 p.m. An original musical adaptation of the classic tale, the production will transport audiences of all ages into the not-too-terrifying Black Forest where Snow White’s fearless Forest Friends dwell, as well as the Queen’s evil henchmen.

Following being cast during an open audition on Monday, July 30, the first- through twelfth-grade students chosen for a role attend intense rehearsals where in one short week they learn lines, music, and choreography to create a fully realized musical theatre presentation that will charm adults and delight youngsters. The role of Snow White was won by Sarah Crumrine; Snow White’s friends Phineas, Foxy, and Fernando, will be played by Anna Stump, Charlie Dickey, and Liam Jasenski. The evil Queen will be played by Allie Tanner, and her husband the King will be acted by Cameron Clark. Brothers Tucker Qualls and Carter Qualls were cast as the Queen’s Henchmen, and Gabby Spitzer will play the Queen’s Magic Mirror.

Also featured are Kaden Harrison, Christopher Shaltry, Nevan Miley, Isabella Gulley, Avery Yount, Callie Pope and Eli Cornett as the Seven Dwarfs. Completing the ensemble are Elizabeth Randolph, Danielle Francis, Elizabeth Moss, Katelyn Conway, Evelyn Pietrzak, Isabel Rawlins, Payton Herrmann, Emilee Frech, Olivia Wetzel, Alia Ayette, Lydia Ayette, and Harley West as Black Forest Creatures, Nola Miley, Ellie Sando, Zoe Ayette, Paul Todd, Allie Bergman, Tate Richardson, Travis Herrmann, Lillian Price, Taylor Holzapfel, Hallie Riethman, Brenna Reed, Eva Kramer, Sarah Buchy, Meredith Hunt, Charlize McCormick, Ivy Henne, Lucy Gettinger, and James Williams III as Forest Animals, and Brayden Kocher, Gabriella Browning, Lauren Holzapfel, Nalayna Miley, Emma Smith Brooke Reed, Bowen Yount, and Cate Condon as Bats.

Phebe Todd, Austin Shaltry, Aaron Buchy, and Sophia Aultman were chosen to serve as Assistant Directors throughout the week. The Accompanist for the performance is Mary Alice Newbauer. MCT Actor/Director Ashley Jones will play Witless the Woodsman in the production; Annie Liskow is the other MCT Director in charge of the week-long theatre residency.

DCCA received funding from Darke County Endowment for the Arts which helped make possible the week-long theatre residency by Missoula Children’s Theatre. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, as well as DCCA memberships.

Tickets for the performance of MCT’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are $5, and will be available at the door prior to the performances. For more information, visit DCCA’s Website at www.darkecountyarts.org or contact DCCA at 937-547-0908.

Dental Assistant Wanted at Family Health

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Dental Assistant

Full-time (Monday-Thursday/32 hours per week)
Must be certified dental assistant and have radiography certificate.
Must be a team player and be patient oriented.
Fulltime benefit package offered.
EOE

Qualified applicants, send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Local Effort Underway to Support Wreaths Across America at Greenville's Downtown First Friday in August

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Columbia Falls, MAINE, and Greenville, Ohio — Fort GreeneVille NSDAR Chapter members will be at the Greenville Courthouse on August 3, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm to give the community the opportunity to sponsor wreaths for Veterans at the Greenville Union Cemetery.

If you cannot come August 3rd, go to https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/search?searchType=group and sponsor a wreath there. If you would like to sponsor a wreath for a specific veteran, please contact Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution on Facebook, any Fort GreeneVille member or email FtGVille@gmail.com. Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Greenville Union Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country.

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to the community of Greenville for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.”

From now until November, volunteers will host various fundraisers to sponsor the approximately 2200 wreaths needed to honor every veteran at the Greenville Union Cemetery. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going to the local fundraising group, Fort GreeneVille DAR, as part of a special fundraising program developed by Wreaths Across America.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

Darke County Civic Theater Presents “Seasonal Allergies”

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Darke County Civic Theater will be performing a family friendly comedy (suggested for ages 12 and up) on Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th. The performances will take place at the Cardinal Center in Gettysburg (260 E Main St, Gettysburg, OH 45328). The Saturday August 11th performance will take place at 7 p.m. and the Sunday August 12th performance will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $7 presale (cash, check) or $8 (credit card) or can be purchased at the door for $10 (cash, check) or $11 (credit card). Presale tickets can be purchased by stopping by Shawnee Prairie Nature Center on Friday August 3rd between 6 and 6:30 p.m. or Sunday August 5th between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

When Julia Shelby’s brother shows up on her doorstep on Thanksgiving, heartbroken and hungry, she and her husband usher him into their home and invite him to stay a few days to sort everything out. After all, the holidays are all about family, right? But what they didn’t expect is for their guest to turn their house upside down, and take an extended vacation – in their living room! Find out what happens when a little brother outstays his welcome, and a loving family tries to show him how to move on.

The show is being directed by Nicole Scott and Logan Turnbull is assisting with crew assignments. The cast includes Kari Lemon, Chris Chapa, Laura Francis, Olivia Leeper, Karen Hamilton, Kathryn Vannoy and Mariah Edwards. Please visit our website for additional information – www.darkecountycivictheater.org – Darke County Civic Theater is a non profit organization 501(c)3.

THE GREAT DARKE COUNT Y FAIR IS A 2018 BLUE RIBBON FAIR

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The Great Darke County Fair is happy to announce that they were selected by the United States Trotting Association as the 2018 Blue Ribbon Fair.

Representatives from the USTA will be at the fair this year to make the presentation. The award will be presented during the last evening of races which features the Gene Riegle Memorial and the Arnie Almahurst Trot. This event takes place on August 23rd with racing starting at 5:30.

As in years past the first 1,000 people to purchase a program will receive a Riegle commemorative glass. Along with the glass we will be presenting a souvenir blue ribbon to fans in the stands. Each winning horse will also receive a rosette ribbon to mark the occasion.

The Darke County Fair has been featured in the August edition of Hoof Beats magazine. A video show casing what makes our fair so great will also be published on youtube.

We’d like to thank the Darke Co. Fairboard for their support and all the members of the Darke Co. Harness Horsemen who work hard each year to make our fair so special. We’d also like thank all our fans who helped us earn this prestigious award.

Please join us in the celebration. We look forward to seeing you there.

The race schedule for 2018 is as follows:

  • Friday August 17th – post time 6:30 PM
  • Saturday Morning August 18th – post time 11:30 AM
  • Saturday Evening August 18th – post time 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday August 22nd – post time 7:30 PM
  • Thursday August 23rd – post time 5:30 PM

Tipp City Preparing for a Community Christmas Bazaar Benefit

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Tipp City, OH: Although we are still sweltering through this hot summer, Black Friday will be here before we know it. Tipp City United Methodist Church is hosting its third annual Angel House Christmas Bazaar, offering unique and traditional handmade art and fine crafts for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family. This year, the Bazaar, which benefits the Angel House Children’s Home in Tanzania, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 1, at the church, 8 West Main Street.

New features will include a limited number of half-booth spaces for smaller vendors. All vendors will receive a free photo for future promotions that will feature their merchandise as they engage with their customers . Facebook promotions will again include vendor bios and photos of art/craft items.

As always, the Bazaar will coincide with the annual Cookie Walk, cookies sold by the pound, and the downtown Holiday Home Tour which will draw crowds of shoppers to downtown and to the church. This year, there will also be a beautiful Collection of Nativity sets on display in the church sanctuary and Gathering area. Local musicians will provide background music to set the atmosphere for Christmas shoppers.

Space is still being offered at a discounted rate of $40 through October 15. Applications are available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AngelHouseChristmasBazaar/ or the web site http://tippcityumc.org/angel-house-christmas-bazaar.

Judy Riesser, organizer of the event said, “This should be the biggest and best Bazaar, yet.” We encourage vendors to apply soon, as half the vendor tables are already reserved. Shoppers, please save the date, for unique, hand-made gift items.

Robinson Student Career Center Ground Breaking Ceremony

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President Doreen Larson and many others break ground on what will become the new Robinson Student Career Center at Edison State Community College.
Edison State Community College enjoyed a successful ground breaking ceremony for the Robinson Student Career Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Over 120 individuals were in attendance to witness President of Edison State, Doreen Larson, Thom and Pat Robinson and multiple representatives and community leaders break ground for the new center at Edison State. The new addition will be integrated onto the west hall building of the college and will serve as a catalyst for students by helping to bridge the gap in the employment process.

Special thanks to Thom and Pat Robinson for their continued support of Edison State and for making the vision of the Robinson Student Career Center a reality. The Robinsons have been involved for many years in the advancement and promotion of higher education.

Speakers at the event included Ben Thaeler, Deputy District Director from Representative Warren Davidson’s Office; Bill Beagle, State Senator; Steve Huffman, State Representative; Gary Cates, Senior Vice Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education; Tom Fernandez, Executive Vice President of SHP Leading Design; Tom Milligan, Chairman of the Edison State Community College Board of Trustees and Stan Evans, Past Chairman of The Edison Foundation.

Through detailed planning and strategic positioning, the Robinson Student Career Center will come to fruition in the fall of 2019 and will become a beacon for student career development in the future. This project is in addition to the opening of the new Edison State Troy campus, which will be opening Jan. 2019, and have a focus on the allied health field.

Greenville Eagles donates to the Annie Oakley Festival Committee

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GREENVILLE - The Greenville Fraternal Order of the Eagles recently gave donations to the Annie Oakley Festival Committee and five other nonprofit organizations. The donations come from their Charitable Bingo Funds. The Annie Oakley Festival Committee donation will be used for the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival.

The Committee thanked FOE 2177 for its support. The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is a non-profit organization that strives to keep the memory and image of Annie Oakley – Little Miss Sure Shot., Darke County’s native daughter – alive.

This year will be the 55th Annie Oakley Festival and these funds will be used to help with the cost of entertainment that will take place throughout the weekend. It includes local talent Country Harmony, Jeff Hittle, Spittin’ Image, the Melodrama, the American Western Arts Showcase, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event, and also the 2018 Annie Oakley Car Show.

The Annie Oakley Festival continues to be a FREE festival (no admission or parking fee) for all who attend. Support and donations from individuals and organizations, as well as grants, are what make this festival possible. Please visit www.annieoakleyfestival.org for more information.

The Greenville Eagles is a fraternal organization that supports its youth, seniors and community through donations and activities. Membership is open to the public. Applications can be requested at the Eagles: FOE 2177, 113 E. Third Street. The Eagles also gave donations to Empowering Darke County Youth, Friends of Bear’s Mill, Main Street Greenville, Boys and Girls Club of Greenville and Greenville Instrument Boosters.

Greenville Eagles donates to Empowering Darke County Youth

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GREENVILLE - The Greenville Fraternal Order of the Eagles recently gave donations to Empowering Darke County Youth and five other nonprofit organizations. The donations come from their Charitable Bingo Funds. The Empowering donation will be used to help provide snacks and professional tutors for the 2018-19 school year.

“The board of directors and I would like to thank the Eagles for the incredible support the organization is giving us,” said Eric Fee, President of Empowering Darke County Youth. “We are making a huge impact in the community and the Eagles are playing a major role in that.”

Empowering Darke County Youth was formed in 2016. Since then it has provided over 7,300 contact hours to more than 300 local students. It provides support in the academic basics – reading and comprehension, writing and math – for grades kindergarten through eight, although there are a number of students in high school who have also benefitted from the program.

“We’ve been privileged to help students at nearly all grade levels,” said Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator. “Every student who has consistently participated has shown improvement. Some of the improvement has been dramatic.”

Robinson added that in addition to paid tutors, who are also supervisors, Edison State students work with the youngsters, most of whom prefer being helped by students closer to their own age.

“Our Edison State students do a great job with these kids,” Robinson added. “They not only provide academic help, they are role models. It’s a win-win situation for our community.”

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

The Greenville Eagles is a fraternal organization that supports its youth, seniors and community through donations and activities. Membership is open to the public. Applications can be requested at the Eagles: FOE 2177, 113 E. Third Street. The Eagles also gave donations to the Annie Oakley Festival Committee, Friends of Bear’s Mill, Main Street Greenville, Boys and Girls Club of Greenville and Greenville Instrument Boosters.

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