Friday, October 19, 2018


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Shown left to right are the the candidates for the 84th House District, Susan Manchester and Joseph Monbeck and the 80th House District, D. J. Byrnes and Jena Powell.
The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Night on Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville . The forum will focus on the contested races for the 80th and 84th House Districts.

  • Candidates for the 84th House District: Susan Manchester (R ) or Joseph Monbeck (D )
  • Candidates for the 80th House District: D.J. Byrnes (D ) or Jena Powell (R )

The evening will feature the House District candidates followed by information shared on State Issue 1 and the two local Greenville issues. After two minute introductory speeches, candidates will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend and submit written questions. Questions are then screened by a panel of League members and presented to the candidates by a moderator. Other candidates may be present for a brief introduction only.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Further information about the Candidates Night may be obtained by calling Holly Finnarn 937.417.4483 or Eileen Litchfield, 937.623.1234, Voter Service Co-Chairs.



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Left: Nakiaya Arrone daughter of Renee Arrone of Sidney gets helps getting her fish off the hook from one of the Shelby County Bassmasters. Right: Bryce Swigart, son of Pam Watson of Greenville gets his fishing gear from a Shelby County Bassmaster
Volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their “Littles” recently enjoyed a Youth Day Fishing Derby at the home of Mike Meyer in Fort Loramie. The Fishing Derby was co-sponsored by the Shelby County BassMasters and Sidney Kiwanis. Over 25 volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 29. The outing included a cookout for all BassMaster members, their children, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Shelby County BassMasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other donations were received by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mike Meyer and Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Mully’s Drive Thru, Al’s Bar & Grill, MidMark Corporation, Minster Journeyman’s Club, Sidney Kiwanis, Russ Michael Russ Michael, Vicky Tipps, Wagner’s IGA, Greenthumb Nursery, and Dan Eilerman Construction.

Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, stated, “The Shelby County BassMasters do an outstanding job every year with this activity. The children who participate in this outing truly look forward to it each year, and it exposes them to a new hobby that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to do. I have kids ask me all year round when the fishing derby is going to be held. They love this event.” Bruns continued, “Being outdoors, getting fresh air, and learning about fishing is a neat experience for the children in the program; and for some of them the first time they have been exposed to the sport.”

Group activities are part of the mentoring program for children from at-risk homes. Presently, the Shelby & Darke County agency has 62 matches with a list of over 14 children yet in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month, offering support, fun, and educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteer’s calendar, and offer a fantastic way to have a positive impact on youth in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-492-7611 or go to for more information.


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On a beautiful Saturday morning, over 100 volunteers showed up at the home of a widow outside Greenville. They pulled weeds. They mulched. They painted. They power washed. They demolished a building. They did all this in the name of love.

The congregation of Trinity Wesleyan Church in Greenville put this work project together, not only to assist a widow, but also to help a family in the church adopt a child.

This is a Both Hands project. The idea behind Both Hands is to reach out both hands to help, one for the widow and one for the orphan. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” Trinity Wesleyan is taking this verse to heart.

Pastor Wes Lynch & his wife, April, have wanted to adopt a child for years. Through projects like Both Hands, they are very close to raising the finances they need to make it happen! Pastor Wes says, “I long to see the church come together and actually live out Scripture within the community of Greenville! We want to thank everyone who has been praying and supporting our family with our call from God to adopt little McKenna. Please continue to pray for our family as we walk in faith through our adoption journey. We currently are in need of $5,000 to be fully funded. Not everyone is called to adopt, but we are ALL called to take care of widows and orphans! (James 1:27).

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

Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised over $9.6 million for adoptions and orphan care. Through 830 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 916 widows have been served, 1,043 orphans are closer to forever families, and over 20,000 volunteers have served their communities. You can still help this family bring home Baby Makenna! For more details visit

Lowe's Heroes Adds Bike Repair and Rest Station at Bish Discovery Center

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The local Lowe’s Heroes group has again pulled together for the community in assisting the Darke County Park District in adding a bike repair and rest station at its new Bish Discovery Center located on Ohio Street in Greenville.

Local Lowe’s employees Julia Crosby, Kenny Gross, Jimmy Kinnison, Dean Pflieger, Noah Waymire and Doug Littman helped design as well as supplied the materials and manpower to build the station shell in time for the Grand Opening of the Bish Center in July. 

“The bike station which now provides shade, bike racks and a fixit rack with a tool set and air for bicycle repairs was also partially funded by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial”, stated Deb Shiverdecker, Administrative Assistant for the Park District. A water bottle filler station will be added in the near future. Benches are available at the Center for weary trail users to rest on, providing the perfect rest stop for the Tecumseh and Greenville Creek Trails which run nearby.

Darke County Park District thanks the local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store for its continued support of the community!

Vendors Sought for Horse Parade

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Main Street Greenville is seeking vendors for this year’s Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, which will be held on Saturday, November 17th at 7 pm. Vendor spaces are available to both for-profit or non-profit organizations who would like to set up a booth selling seasonally appropriate snacks or drinks during the parade.

Interested organizations need to contact Main Street Greenville at or 937-548-4998 to obtain a vendor application. Deadline for submission is Friday, October 26th. Hurry, space is limited!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

“On the Trail: Water Filtration” with Darke County Parks

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Water. It is crucial to our survival and when we are hiking, whether Darke County Parks, or Glacier National Park, we should always carry our water bottles. But what if you are on a long hike and need to refill along the trail?

Join a naturalist on Saturday, October 27 at 1pm at the new Bish Discovery Center (404 N. Ohio Street, Greenville) to learn the tools and techniques to filter your water on the trail. This informative, hands-on class will allow you a chance to get familiar with common methods and feel confident that when you are on the trail, you will have access to potable water. This class may require some short-distance walking and kneeling may be encouraged.

Registration is required for this free event. For questions about this or any other park district programs or to register for the class, please call 548-0165.

Down to Earth Book Club

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The Darke County Park District would like to remind the public about the Down to Earth Book Club’s autumn selection. Each quarter the program will feature a different book, some by well-known nature writers, some about outdoor adventure, and even some about pioneers settling Ohio. Everyone is invited to read the book and join them at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center to discuss the work, enjoy some yummy treats, and suggest future books.

This season, the Down to Earth Book Club is reading Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever by Gene Logsdon. Containing the author’s thoughts on nature, death, and eternity he recounts his life on an Ohio farm.

This season’s book club will meet on Monday, November 5th at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the upcoming book club discussion. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.

Ohio Hunters and Anglers Can Now Purchase Multiyear Licenses

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Lifetime licenses are also available for purchase at Wildlife District Offices and online

COLUMBUS, OH – Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9, hunters and anglers will be able to buy multiyear licenses in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio resident license buyers can choose from 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime hunting or fishing licenses.
All single-year and multiyear licenses can be purchased online at and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state if an Ohio driver license or state identification is associated with the customer’s account.

Those interested in purchasing a lifetime license may apply online or at any of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s five district offices or headquarters in Columbus. Locations of ODNR Division of Wildlife offices can be found at Lifetime licenses cannot be purchased at license agent locations at this time.

Prices for multiyear and lifetime licenses are as follows:

  • Youth 3-year hunting - $28.60
  • Youth 5-year hunting - $47.58
  • Youth 10-year hunting - $95.16
  • Youth lifetime hunting or fishing - $430.56
  • Adult 3-year hunting or fishing - $54.08
  • Adult 5-year hunting or fishing - $90.22
  • Adult 10-year hunting or fishing - $180.44
  • Adult lifetime hunting or fishing - $468
  • Senior 3-year hunting or fishing - $28.60
  • Senior 5-year hunting or fishing - $47.58
  • Senior lifetime hunting or fishing - $84.24

Youth multiyear and lifetime licenses are available to any Ohio resident 17 years old and younger at the time of purchase. Senior multiyear and lifetime licenses are available for Ohio residents age 66 and older born on or after Jan. 1, 1938.

All money generated from the sale of multiyear and lifetime licenses will be deposited into the Wildlife Fund, where it will be used to protect and enhance Ohio’s wildlife populations.

A hard-plastic card will be provided to lifetime license buyers, and these cards will be available for purchase at an additional cost of $4 to customers who purchase a multiyear license. Cards will be mailed to the customer’s address in seven to 14 days from the purchase date.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, a Lake Erie permit ($11) will be required for all nonresidents to fish Ohio waters of Lake Erie from Jan. 1-April 30 each year. Money generated by this permit will be used for specified purposes related to the protection and improvements of Lake Erie, such as combating invasive species, securing public access and providing for fish management projects in Lake Erie.
In other changes, apprentice hunters who have not yet completed hunter education will no longer be limited to purchasing only three apprentice hunting or apprentice fur taker permits. Apprentice hunters can continue to purchase an apprentice license each year until they successfully complete hunter education.

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


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Destination Known Missions Ministry of EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio is in its thirteenth year partnering with the Potter’s House Association in Guatemala. Over the years, teams from EUM Church have built twenty homes for families that live in the garbage dump shanty communities. They have visited countless families in their homes to pray with them, and to share Jesus with them in real and practical ways by installing wood burning cook stoves, providing much needed food to families, and passing out Bibles. Destination Known wants to continue building homes for families in the shanty communities; however, due to the increased cost of building supplies, funding these homes has become more difficult.

A Missions Gala will be hosted by Destination Known with 100% of the proceeds being used to build homes for families living in the Guatemala City dump communities. This will be a great time to dress up and enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing. This is an alcohol free event that will be held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville beginning at 7:00 pm on October 27, 2018.

There will also be live and silent auctions with some great things to bid on. Items include a five night stay at Cumberland, a lawn glider, an Ohio State quilt, and many more!

Tickets are on sale now! The cost is $35 per person. Tickets may be purchased at EUM Church, Romer's Catering, the EUM Church app, or online at

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make the check payable to EUM Church and mail to: EUM Church, 111 Devor St., Greenville, OH 45331, and put "Guatemala Missions" in the memo line.

If you would like more information about the Missions Gala, visit or contact Cliff Rapier at 937-548-3211 ext. 212 or Also, follow EUM’s Facebook page and watch for continual updates on the auction items.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Darke County GOP cuts ribbon to headquarters

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[Darke GOP Opening]: Republican Dignitaries, elected officials and Republican Party members gathered for the recent Official Grand Opening of its Party Headquarters at 606 South Broadway in Greenville.
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Republican Party recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Grand Opening of its 2018 Headquarters. Among the Republican Candidates present were candidate for Ohio House District 80 Jena Powell, candidate for Ohio House District 84 Susan Manchester, candidate for Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn and candidate for Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall.

Many other dignitaries, office holders and Darke County Republicans were present to help with the festivities at 606 South Broadway, Greenville. Powell and Manchester addressed those gathered and presented a brief synopsis of why each is running for office on the Republican platform.

Darke County Republican Central Committee Chairman Cindy Pike did the honors of cutting the official ribbon made from “Jim Renacci for Senate” stickers.

“We are so very pleased to be able to open this facility as the headquarters for the Darke County Republican Party,” explained Chairman Pike. “It will enable the Party to provide Republican campaign and election materials for this very, very important mid-term election.”

The Honorable Jim Buchy was in attendance and provided an insight into why it is so important to elect Republicans in the upcoming election, helping to continue the freedoms that have been guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

The Darke County GOP recognizes the November election is critical for Republicans across Ohio and the rest of the United States, therefore is opening the headquarters to promote success for Republicans at the polls in November.

The Headquarters will be open from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday. Yard signs and information on Republican candidates will be available.

Additionally, the annual Darke County Republican Hog Roast will be held from 3-6 p.m. on October 21 at the Youth Building on the Darke County Fairgrounds. This will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and speak with Republican candidates who will be on the November ballot, including: Mike DeWine (for Ohio Governor), Frank LaRose (for Ohio Secretary of State), Dave Yost (for Attorney General), Robert Sprague (for Ohio Treasurer), Keith Faber (for Ohio Auditor), Justice Mary DeGenaro (for re-election to Ohio Supreme Court), Judge Baldwin (for election to Ohio Supreme Court), Judge Jeffrey Welbaum (for re-election to Ohio’s Second District Court of Appeals), Congressman Warren Davidson (for re-election to Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District), Charlotte McGuire (for re-election to the Ohios Board of Education’s Third District), Steve Huffman (for Fifth District Ohio Senate), Susan Manchester (for 84th Ohio House District), Jena Powell (for 80th Ohio House District), Carol Ginn (re-election as Darke County Auditor), and Mike Stegall (re-election as Darke County Commissioner).

Hog Roast entertainment will include the Final Bow Dance Studio singing the National Anthem and the Girl Scouts will be presenting the colors. This will be a great event geared for the whole family to enjoy.

A special attraction this year will be a free raffle for a .22 Golden Boy rifle.

The Darke County Republican Party invites the public to attend. For more information, visit or Darke-County-Republican-Party-320984488263680 on Facebook. Contact Katie DeLand at or 937-424-7086 for tickets. Tickets are free, but are required.

Family Health Providers Accepting New Patients

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Murder in the Stacks at Library

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Bellhop, Sierra Perry; Dr. Orchid, Julie Kennett; Mr. Mustard, Zach Perry; Mrs. Peacock, Rachel Brock; Miss Scarlet, Caitlyn Clark; Professor Plumb, David Nilsen; Mr. Green, Reuben Kennett; not see, Mr. Boddy, John Vehre.
Ever wanted to take part in a real-life game of Clue? Here's your chance! Join me, YA Specialist Amanda Olson for “Murder in the Stacks: a Clue-themed Mystery Event” at the Greenville Public Library on Friday October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00. This is a free event but registration is helpful. Register online or stop in for a ticket.

Mr. Boddy, the library director, has been murdered! To figure out whodunnit you'll have to speak with each of the suspects, search for clues, and review video footage. You may even have to talk to a ghost or two! The first five investigators to solve the mystery will receive a prize! At the end of the night a new library director will be named and the murderer will be taken out in handcuffs, assuming the new director isn't the guilty party!

This event can be completed individually or as a group, so bring a friend or the whole family! There will be snacks available and we'll have a photo booth complete with a prop chest so you can stage your own photos! This event is intended for ages 10 and up but younger kids could participate with the help of a grown-up!

Runway & Rhythm Features Noah Back at Montage

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Join Darke County United Way on Friday, October 29, 2018 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. This fun, laidback Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d’oeurves, beer and wine selections by Montage Café, a silent auction, and great live music from Noah Back.

Noah Back is an aspiring musician, singer and performer from West Alexandria, Ohio. He has a great passion for music and loves to bring joy to those around him through his music. He performs a variety of genres and really has something for everyone.

“Runway & Rhythm is a great event,” states Christy Bugher, Executive Director for Darke County United Way. “Fantastic music, fantastic food, drinks, silent auction items, and a fashion show. A fun night out with friends and/or your significant other AND you are helping the United Way raise funds to serve over 14,000 Darke County residents. That is a win-win!”

Tickets for Runway & Rhythm are $25 each and are presale only. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today! You may purchase tickets at the United Way office by calling 547-1272 or at Youniques and Montage. Proceeds from this event will assist United Way partner agencies. Youniques will be open that evening for fantastic shopping during the event.

The Darke County United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every resident in Darke County.

Versailles Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration

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The Bicentennial Committee of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce and BMI are proud to announce a Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration to be held on Saturday, December 29th, 2018. This event is open to the public and not limited to Versailles residents. Come join us for a night of music, friends and laughter.

The Kick Off includes Comedian Mark Hemmelgarn at 6:30pm, Dueling Pianos at 7pm and 2x2 from 9-11pm. Mark Hemmelgarn’s talents include comedy, juggling and ventriloquism with laughs that are rapid-fire and fresh. "T" and Rich got their start at the former "Howl at the Moon Saloon" on the West bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland, Ohio and have crafted a unique brand of dueling pianos. Versailles’s own 2x2, including Jeff “Freak” and Jim “Buff” Francis, will offer a rare and one of a kind performance offering a wide range of music in their own style.

Plan your evening now! Doors open at 5:30 and entertainment begins at 6:30pm. Enjoy dinner in Versailles before the show or purchase a sandwich at BMI. A wide variety of drinks will be available from Anheuser-Busch, The Winery at Versailles and Endless Pint. The committee also has a few surprises planned for the evening.

Thanks to BMI and our sponsors tickets are extremely affordable at $10.00 for a night that would normally cost much much more. What a great Christmas Gift!! Tickets can be purchased at or in person at BMI at 791 E. Main St., Versailles. This event is limited to those 21 and older.

The Committee plans to celebrate the Bicentennial through a variety of events and activities throughout 2019 including a Celebration to be held Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at Heritage Park in Versailles. Mark your schedules now so you aren’t left out! Follow us on Facebook or email us at with questions.

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee - Submitted by Kitty Davis Greenville Elementary Principal

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The Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG) was developed in 2013 and is used as a method to identify students in grades kindergarten through third grade that are behind in reading. Third grade students will initially take the Ohio’s Grade 3 English Language Arts test on October 23, 2018. This test is designed to measure whether or not students meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for promotion to fourth grade. For the 2018-2019 school year, Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee mandates third grade students meet a minimum passing score of 45 on the assessment. This cut-score has been pre-determined by the Ohio Department of Education. There will also be a second administration of the Ohio Grade 3 English Language Arts assessment in March 2019. In order to prepare for the up-coming, state-wide, on-line assessment, the third grade students have been receiving forty minutes of technology/keyboarding instruction a week in addition to their language arts instruction. This is an increase of ten minutes from previous years. Additionally, within the classrooms, students are utilizing their iPads for reading of skill level appropriate books, vocabulary remediation, and spelling practice. This also helps students with practicing technology and keyboarding skills.

The third grade population has already had one opportunity to meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee by taking the reading portion of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in September. The questions on the MAP are designed to mimic the types of questions with which students will be presented on the Ohio Grade 3 ELA administration. Throughout the year, students will have additional opportunities to meet the requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. A minimum score of 193, again as determined by the Ohio Department of Education, is needed on the reading portion of the MAP assessment in order to be promoted to fourth grade.

The September MAP results have recently been communicated to parents. A reading improvement and monitoring plan (RIMP) has been developed for any third grade student who was “not on track” at the beginning of the year as indicated by the MAP measurement. This plan describes to parents what interventions are being utilized to ensure their child’s reading success. Parents are encouraged to contact their third grade child’s language arts instructor with any questions regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements, RIMPs, or ways to assist their child with reading.


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A Fall Harvest Meeting will be held on Saturday evening, October 27th, at 7:00 PM, at the Darke County Extension Office, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville.

The Darke County Farmers Union will recognize and honor the 4H kids they supported at the recent County Fair. The speaker for the evening will be Insurance Representative, Dave Shindollar, from the Ohio Farmers Union State Office. Mr. Shindollar will be presenting information on health insurance options for the upcoming year.

Refreshments will be served and a free Thanksgiving turkey/door prize will be given away.

Instant Pots Meals in Minutes

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Have you heard the hype about the instant pot, the new trend in cooking? Are you interested in learning more about how to use your instant pot? Are you curious on how they work and if they are worth purchasing? This class is for you. Come and join an interactive class, where we learn the functions on an instant pot and prepare and sample a dish or two made with an instant pot.

The class will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The class will be held at OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville OH. There is no cost for this program but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

For further information contact, Diane Barga, or 937-548-5215.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Thanks Donors to Wreaths Across America

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VFW Post: Helen Wright, Don Dietrich and Debbie Nisonger.
American Legion Auxiliary: Peggy Black, Linda Arthur,
Debbie Nisonger and Delores Sleppy.
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank the following for their recent Wreaths Across America donations: St. Paul Church of Christ Church, Greenville American Legion Post 140 Auxiliary and Greenville VFW Post 7262.

From now until November 10th, Fort GreeneVille DAR are accepting donations to sponsor the approximately 1,300-2,000+ 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. Fort GreeneVille Chapter will use monies raised to continue the wreath program at Greenville Union Cemetery and various local Veteran projects for years to come.

To donate a wreath, contact a member of the Fort GreeneVille DAR, Greenville Union Cemetery office or go to and sponsor a wreath there.
(Type in FORT GREENEVILLE DAR or OH0151P, choose Greenville Union Cemetery.)

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 DAR member or email

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.

On December 15, 2018 at noon, Fort GreeneVille DAR will be holding the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Greenville Union Cemetery before laying the wreaths. This annual event seeks to further the Wreaths Across America mission of REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who serve and TEACH our children the value of freedom. The local ceremony ensures that the memory of those who served our country endures. The ceremony will honor a ceremonial wreath for each branch of the United States military including the MIA/POW.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Donates Veterans Day Parade Banner

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR donated a Veterans Day parade banner in honor of the 100th Anniversary when major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Accepting the banner is the 100th Anniversary Veterans Day Parade committee.

The annual Veterans Day Parade will be on November 11 beginning at 10:30am to mark the 100th anniversary. The parade will travel the length of Broadway, stopping at the Darke County Courthouse for a ceremony.

Pictured: Stephen Eldred, Rod Saylor, Debbie Nisonger, Keith Denman, Chris Nehring, Kenny Price and Greenville Mayor Willman. (Not pictured: Craig Jenkinson, Richard Grow and Robert Foster)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Welcomes New Member

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR welcomed a new member in to the chapter. Sandra King became a member at the September chapter meeting.

Pictured: Brenda Arnett-acting Chaplain, Sandra King, Doris Aultman-Registrar and Debbie Nisonger-Regent

Cancer Association of Darke County receives donation from local neighborhood

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Brandon Clemens, Lauren Clemens, Jozlyn Woodall, Ellie Cochran, Bianca Cochran, Maddie Cochran, Boston Good, Logan Shepherd and Braydyn Deubner.
Local neighborhood raises $250 for The Cancer Association of Darke County. The Primrose/Holly Hill Block Party committee: Don & Kelly Atkins, Dan & Dawn Chapman, Robert & Rosemary Cochran and Robert & Amy Perry would like to thank the City of Greenville for allowing the street closure, Chief Thompson and the Greenville Fire Department for giving the kids an up-close look at a fire engine, Allen Keaser & Rage – Fire Prevention Team for stopping out, Wilbur Stewart for the awesome food, Doug with Greenville Ace Hardware for their donation and The Flower Patch for balloons to celebrate our cause. We loved the fellowship and purpose to our event as our own committee member Dan Chapman recently fought thyroid cancer. Thank you to all the neighbors for their donations and making it a great block party!

The Cancer Association of Darke County wishes to thank this neighborhood for going the extra mile to help Darke County cancer patients!

Early Childhood Education Openings at Head Start

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Early Childhood Education openings for children ages birth to 5 are available free to qualifying families in Greenville and Union City. Head Start programs are based in centers and schools, and also offer home-based services that assign dedicated staff who conduct weekly visits to children in their own home and work with the parent as the child's primary teacher. Home Based programs provide in-home instruction as well as a group socialization experiences to parents and children which will enhance the parents' ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child.

Head Start achieves kindergarten readiness for children and supports families with the educational, social, and mental health resources needed to reach economic independence. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

Eligible families include those below the 130% Federal Poverty Level. Regardless of income, Head Start also accepts at no cost, families who are homeless, foster families, and those with special needs children. CORS, the grantee for Head Start, operates the Early Childhood Programs in Darke County. All CORS Head Start classrooms are licensed by Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, all are 5-Star SUTQ rated, the highest rating for early learning and development. Teachers, Home Visitors, and Family Advocates are credentialed professionals who have met rigorous education and training guidelines and they are dedicated to the mission of empowering individuals and families to achieve stability, hope, and confidence.

To enroll your child in Head Start or learn more visit


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Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween-season tradition when they host their annual Ghost Walk in downtown Greenville on Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28; the walks begin at St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. However, DCCA will also be hosting a new Ghost Walk in Greenville Union Cemetery on Sunday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. and again on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. Many of the tales to be spun are based on stories collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold which tell of local ghostly encounters. “We are always pleased to present the Downtown Ghost Walk, and are very excited about the Cemetery Walk,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “This is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate the season, learn a little local history, and have a lot of fun,” she continued.

According to Ms. Jordan, the new Cemetery Ghost Walk will include some newly discovered spooky stories which will be told at the final resting place of the subject of the tale; she also made clear that, while the walk is planned as a fun-filled event, participants should remain aware of the solemn heritage of Greenville Union Cemetery and respect the final resting place for generations of local citizens. Both walking tours include surprising tales of spooky interaction that leave much unexplained. “The stories can give you chills, but are still not too scary for children old enough to enjoy a long walk in the dark,” Ms. Jordan explained. She also reminds potential Ghost Walk participants that some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be dimly lighted. As in years past, the Downtown Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told at Memorial Hall. However, no appropriate alternative site is available at the Cemetery; therefore, bad weather will force a cancellation of the Cemetery Walk.

Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the Downtown Ghost Walk. Tickets for the Downtown Ghost Walk and the Cemetery Ghost Walk each cost $10; however tickets for the two Walks are not interchangeable. While advance tickets for the Cemetery Walk are only available on-line at and by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or as well as at at Greenville Public Library, tickets for the Downtown Walk can also be purchased at Ann’s Gifts, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville. Tickets for the Downtown Walk will be sold at the door at St. Clair Memorial Hall; entry to the Cemetery Ghost Walk will be at the North Main Street Greenville Union Cemetery entrance where tickets may be purchased immediately prior to the event.

Putting Your Garden To Bed

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Join Darke County Parks to learn how prepping your planting area in the fall can maximize your success the following year. Additionally, we will explore how prior planning can reduce the amount of work needed in the spring. Held on October 16 @ 6:30pm, this free program will be at the Bish Discovery Center located at 404 N. Ohio Street. Registration is required so please call 937-548-0165 to register or if you have questions.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at Darke County Parks

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Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Looking for an alternative to scary Halloween events? Enjoy a new twist on an annual favorite! The Great Pumpkin Hunt is still an opportunity to explore the woods on a crisp fall day, but this year will be a little different; instead of clues on the map, families will focus on exploring the trails in search of orange-colored tricks OR treat. Don’t forget to stop by the pumpkin patch on the hill top behind the Nature Center to pick your pumpkin. You can take it home to carve, or paint it in the Nature Center. Children are encouraged to wear a costume!

The Great Pumpkin Hunt is fun for the whole family and will take place on October 20th at 1pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. Registration is required, and a $6 fee is charged. To register for this fun fall event, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

To find out more about the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the office, check out the website at, or visit the Nature Center Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.


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The Anna Bier Gallery will present mixed-media collage artist, Marsha Pippenger, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 13, 2018; the exhibit will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m.

Marsha has been active in Dayton’s arts community for more than 20 years, creating and exhibiting her colorful collages and promoting the visual arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University. Through Central State University, she completed independent coursework with local artist and educator Bing Davis. Marsha is an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University and the Kettering College of Medical Arts, where she teaches courses in art and art history. As a Kennedy Center trained artist, Marsha conducts workshops in arts integration for teachers. She has worked in graphic arts, taught art in the Dayton Public Schools, and served on the boards of local arts organizations. Her work can be found in local galleries and in a variety of public and private collections. More information on Marsha Pippenger’s art can be found at ,, and

Marsha states, “In my opinion, the best art is intuitive – one individual’s interior experiences outwardly expressed in artistic media. For me, this media is paper, combined with pencils, pastels and natural or found objects. For as long as I can remember, imagination has been my best friend, creating art as necessary as breathing. When I work in my studio I become totally immersed in a delightful universe of colors, textures and shapes. Time stands in limbo. Collage is perfectly suited to my philosophy of visual expression. It is at once painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage. Creating values and dimensions with paper, exploring new materials and combinations of objects to create a unified whole is always an exciting challenge. Working in the medium of collage, I must let the materials have the upper hand, which allows for a fresher, more spontaneous appearance to the final product.

Showing my work as a collection allows me to record my artistic development and progression of thought and technique. Viewing one piece alone is not adequate to illustrate this. It is helpful to stand back and view the body of work; it is also important to receive feedback from others. I love what I do. Art is such an essential part of our world; it records our history and reminds us of our humanity. Art feeds and fills the soul. To be even a small part of that grand tradition, to have even a minute association with the masters, is an honor and responsibility I am proud to uphold.

The Pippenger exhibit is sponsored by the generous donations of our members. The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, the Ami McClurkin Community Fund and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members. We thank them. This exhibit will run through December 9, 2017. All exhibits are free to the public. Gallery hours are every day by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, with any questions or comments and visit us on our facebook page for more information.

“Owls on the Prowl” at Library

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Let Naturalist Kathi McQueen help you discover what owls live in Darke County and why they are important to have around. Have an up-close experience with the Animal Ambassador owls from the Darke County Park District and learn what owls do when on the prowl.

Join us Wednesday October 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. This is a free, family event but registration is required. Call 548-3915.

Library's October’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for October will feature everyone’s favorite Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. The title of his presentation is “Beginning to Advanced Strength Training.” Jordan says “ Winter is coming and there’s no better time to focus on building physical strength! “

Jordan explains “Winter weather makes it difficult to get in enough outdoor aerobic activities. Don’t fret about fitting in enough fitness when the mercury drops because working on muscle strengthening can be done indoors. Join us to learn how to effectively program for increasing overall strength and improving holistic health.”

Join us Wednesday October 17th 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!


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The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting their annual fish sale. We are offering largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, yellow perch, black crappie, redear sunfish, hybrid bluegill, white amur,koi, and minnows. Call the Darke Soil and Water Conservation for order forms and pricing. You can visit us online at, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or stop by the office at 1117 South Towne Court in Greenville.

Orders must be received with payment at the office no later than Monday October 15th 2018 before 4:00pm, call 548-1715 ext. 3. You can pick up your order at 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 18th 2018. Please bring a 5 gallon bucket full of your pond water to transport the fish.

Accepting Entries for the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Over 90 festive entries decorated with lights make this a holiday parade you don’t want to miss! Photo by John Baker Photography, LLC. 
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Voted best community parade in the state by the readers of Ohio Magazine for 2018, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 17th.

The lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown Greenville area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway.

The parade begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Also, downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping and dining!

Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee is accepting entries for the parade. All entries must be horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders or buggies. Nothing motorized is permitted for this parade.

Entry forms can be submitted online by visiting, or by contacting the Main Street Greenville office at 937-548-4998 for a printed form.

Please visit or their social media accounts for more information about the organization and the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or

Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club Live Wreath Sale

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The Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club have kicked off their annual live wreath sale of fresh mixed wreaths, traditional door swags, roping and mixed bunches to decorate for the holidays.

Each wreath is constructed of fresh Noble Fir, accented with Incense Cedar, Blue Berried Juniper and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The wreaths are available in 20”, 24”, 28”, 32”, and 42” diameters. The roping is of white pine. The mixed bunches have Noble Fir, Princess Pine, Blue Berried Juniper and Incense Cedar. The traditional door swags are attractive with a combination of Western Red Cedar, Princess Pine, and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The 24 inch wreath is ideal for a front door or fireplace and sells for $25.00. A red velvet, red-plaid wired or natural colored bow can be added for an additional $5.00.

Orders can be placed with members of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club and the Ladybug Garden Club or by calling Kim Cromwell at 547-0899.

Ladybug Garden Club officers

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The Ladybug Garden Club officers for 2018-2020 are l-r President Cathy Detrick, Treasurer Becky Collins, Secretary Dawn Hissong and Vice President Irma Heiser. The club is active in the community with participation in flower shows, planting and maintaining the Darke County Fairgrounds flower beds, the Greenville traffic circle, participates in the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Exhibitors and Judges Schools in Columbus, decorates the Wayne Hospital lobby at the holidays, decorates a tree at the Garst Museum and sponsors involvement in the Butterflies Junior Garden Club. They participate in Arbor Day activities and encourage public beautification within the community and rewards residents for their hard work.

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