Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SHOP DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE TO WIN

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Shoppers can earn chances to win over $2,500 in merchandise and gift certificates through “Win the Window”, the 4th annual shop local campaign presented by Main Street Greenville and sponsored by Second National Bank.

"This promotion is a fun way to encourage people to shop at our local, independently-owned businesses this holiday season," said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville. “Instead of fighting the crowds in the big box stores you can shop small and enjoy the experience, and be entered to win some amazing prizes at the same time.”

Between November 15th - December 15th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses, a full list will be available on their website at www.mainstreetgreenville.org.

Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville’s window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway.

During the Win the Window promotion in 2016, Main Street Greenville was able to track over $630,000 spent in downtown Greenville.

Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, if you spend $100 at a business, you will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes. There is no limit to how many times you can shop to enter. The more you spend downtown at participating businesses, the more chances you have to win the window full of prizes!

Participating businesses will have tickets available at the time of purchase and a glass jar to collect all of the tickets for the drawing. The drawing for the winner will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 3:30 pm in the Main Street Greenville office. You are not required to be present to win.

Bring your holiday shopping downtown this year and enter to win BIG while supporting local businesses in the process!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization and the contest on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Belgium’s Abbey Ales at Library

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Few brews hold a level of mystique for beer lovers like that surrounding Belgium's abbey ales. These beers pay homage to Belgium's rich monastic history, and some are even brewed within the walls of operating monasteries. Steeped in tradition, these refined ales showcase expressive Belgian yeast characteristics and the graceful skill of Belgian brewers in coaxing complex yet subtle flavors from high gravity beers.

On Thursday December 7 and Thursday January 11 at 6:30 p.m. the Greenville Public Library's Craft Beer Education Series will discuss the fascinating history of Belgian abbey brewing. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by Certified Cicerone David Nilsen. He will guide attendees through a tasting of four beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

Craft Beer Education Series classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required.

MATCH DAY FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

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Courtney Batten helps James Henry with his flag project
during Big Brothers Big Sisters' Big after-school Buddies
mentoring program in Versailles.
Imagine never having someone to look up to when you were a kid. Imagine not having positive role models who guided you down a responsible path in life. Imagine a community where every child fulfills his or her potential and steers clear of bad decisions. Imagine every child in our county graduating high school and college, and giving back to his or her community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County continues to work hard arranging mentor relationships and developing innovative programs that bring positive role models into the lives of local children. From now until November 28, The Community Foundation of Shelby County is offering a Match Day to celebrate 65 years of community philanthropy in conjunction with the nationwide efforts of Giving Tuesday. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is challenged to generate donations that will be matched, up to $5,000, by the Community Foundation.

Match Day presents an incredible opportunity for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to infuse support into one of their most popular programs. “All donations received on Giving Tuesday will be utilized for our vital after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs,” said Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director. “Through Big Buddies, high school students are paired with elementary students throughout the county and meet two times per month immediately after school to offer mentoring services to one another. Big Buddies focuses on educational and social enhancing activities, healthy eating, fitness, personal safety, and sustainability.” For the current 2017-2018 academic year, Big Buddies is implementing a curriculum entitled “Earth Friendly Practices” which focuses on reducing waste, recycling, reducing the carbon footprint, pollution, conservation, water and air quality, and other earth-friendly sustainable practices.

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency also offers a Community-Based Program and a Couples Match Program. Adults and couples are always needed as matches and volunteers are welcome at any time. “Littles” are typically ages 5 to 16 and have a need for a positive mentoring relationship due to living in a single parent home, having poor school performance, difficulty with family or friend relationships, or isolation. “Mentoring relationships are also beneficial for mentors, not just mentees,” notes Bruns. “Mentors have reported more benefits than costs to being a mentor. Key benefits to mentors included a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, recognition from others, career and job renewal, and support from their protégés.”

To contribute to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County for Match Day, checks must be made payable to The Community Foundation of Shelby County and have “Match/BBBS” noted on the memo line. Giving details, forms, and mailing directions are available on the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com or at the organization’s office. Gifts must be received on or before November 28 to be eligible for matching funds.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like more information or to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Van Frank Speaks to Darke County Republican Women

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Roger Van Frank, Darke County Parks District Director was the speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s November meeting. Director Van Frank distributed a report from 1995 – 2017 showing the breakdown of monies received by Greenville and all 20 Darke County Villages from the Community Parks Improvement Program. Susan Gray from the Community Parks Program was also in attendance and shared some comments.

Others recognized were:

  • Ben Thaeler from the office of U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson, Ohio’s 8th District Representative shared the fact that legislation introduced by the Congressman “The Market Data Protection Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote just today (11/13).
  • Lyn Bliss outgoing OFRW President and the 2018 acting Treasurer for OFRW spoke of the deadlines for the Caring for America Project as well as the Achievement Awards Program.
  • Stephanie Garrett Republican State Central Committee Member - District 5 Serving Darke/Miami/Montgomery & Preble Counties was also recognized.

The DCRW’s Club December Christmas Party will be at 6:00 p.m. the 12th at Chestnut Village Center. NOTICE THE CHANGE IN TIME: All future dinner meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. which was approved by the Board Members. More details to follow.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Hart’s Grill”,

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Hart’s Grill”, on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6 PM.

The play was written and directed by Pastor Ken Oren. The play demonstrates how a diverse group of people react to each other while being stranded together during a snow storm, and how first impressions can often be misleading.

There will also be congregational singing of traditional Christmas songs. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas celebration.

The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304.

For more info, call Bruce at 937-564-2891.

Garst Museum Holiday Open House

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Christmas tree decorated by The Wildflower Garden Club
located in the Garst Museum’s parlor.
Garst Museum’s annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on this one afternoon.

Join us for an afternoon of seasonal music, light refreshments, and beautiful decorations. The museum’s Christmas collection will be used for decorating throughout the museum. Plan to do a little Christmas shopping in the Museum Store, as there will be a 20% discount on all items.
The museum features a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees illustrating the talents of the following groups: The Wildflower Garden Club, Junior Butterflies Garden Club, Sun and Fun Garden Club, Ladybug Garden Club, Garden Ladies Garden Club, Wood Sprites Garden Club, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Fort Greene Ville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Plan to stop by and enjoy the fun, shop, and also take advantage of the free admission to tour the museum.

The Darke County Historical Society and the Garst Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio, as it represents a crossroads of the American experience. The DCHS operates the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio, and its 35,000-square-foot campus houses over 300,000 artifacts. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, Ohio Native Americans, and the multi-racial settlement of Longtown.

Edison State Donation to benefit Dayton Children's

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The Information Technology department at Edison State Community College has partnered with the Springfield-based non-profit organization Charitable Recycling to benefit Dayton Children's Hospital. Through a recent charitable contribution of used computer equipment, Edison State was able to provide $1,000 to Dayton Children's Hospital.

"Donating surplus computer equipment was a great opportunity to give back to the community and to reduce the amount of electronic waste in the environment," said Jason Evans, IT Help Desk Supervisor. "Knowing that our charitable contribution will help other organizations and the Dayton Children's Hospital is well worth the time and effort."

Charitable Recycling collects empty ink and laser cartridges, old computer equipment, electronics, appliances, and many other items that can be recycled or reused from organizations such as Edison State Community College.

Once donated, items are sorted into reusable and recyclable items. Items deemed reusable are sent to the New2U store in the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, where they are cleaned, repaired, and put out for sale. Money collected at the New2U store directly benefits Dayton Children's Hospital. Meanwhile, items deemed un-repairable or obsolete are recycled to ensure proper disposal and to keep them out of landfills.

"All this because businesses and people like you cared enough about our environment and our local community to participate in our program," said Rachel Redmon, Program Manager for Charitable Recycling. "We truly thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in the future."

Staff from MVCTC Honored for Work with Special Needs Students

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From left to right: Staff recognized for work with special needs
students at MVCTC LouAnn Haburn (MVCTC), Tiffany Stebbins
(Franklin Monroe), Angela Freeze (MVCTC), Jack Poore (MVCTC).
Columbus, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Special Education staff was recently honored at the Annual Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) Special Needs Division meeting. Tiffany Stebbins (Franklin-Monroe) was honored as the Para-Professional of the Year and Angela Freeze (MVCTC) was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Both honorees work with special needs students at the MVCTC.

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

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com or follow MVCTC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MVCTC) or Twitter (Twitter.com/MVCTC).

Guardians of the Galaxy YA Movie Marathon at Library

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Come join us on Wednesday November 22nd for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie marathon at Greenville Public Library! Starting at noon we'll show the first Guardians movie, immediately followed by Guardians Vol. 2.

Not interested in seeing the first film, but dying to see the second? That’s okay! Stop in at 2 p.m. for the start of Guardians Vol. 2!

This is a free event. Snacks will be provided but we suggest you eat lunch before you come so you don’t miss any of the action! This event is being hosted by the GPL Young Adult Department and is open to all kids ages 18 and under, but parents are welcome when accompanied by a child!

Upcoming events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is gearing up for a busy holiday season, and has plenty of resources available to patrons to help with their own busy schedules. The library has a large collection of cookbooks, books about crafts, games, and decorating, plenty of holiday movies, and a separate section just for Christmas. Come on in for a dose of holiday spirit.

On Tuesday, November 21, the library will be hosting a family bingo event at 6:30 p.m. Come join the fun and try to win some prizes. This is a free, drop-in program.

Patrons can help the library decorate for the holidays by entering the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Contest. Houses will need to be brought to the library on December 6, 7, 8, or 9. Judging will take place the following week. The houses will be on display for the month of December. Check with the library for more details, and come in to pick up your house “base”.

There will be an adult coloring program on Tuesday, December 12 at 4:00. This Christmas themed event is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Supplies are provided, and beverages will be served.

Also on Tuesday, December 12 will be the book club meeting at 5:30. In addition to discussing the book “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”, the next book, “Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin, will be handed out. All are welcome to join the group. Snacks are served.
There will be a Christmas Craft Night for children on Thursday, December 21 from 6:00 – 7:30. This event is a free, drop-in program, and is always well-attended. Kids will leave with plenty of awesome creations.

The library will be challenging adults to read more this winter with our “Resolve to Read More” winter reading challenge. The dates will be from January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018. More information about this new program will be coming soon.

As a reminder, the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 22, and Thursday, November 23. The library will be open as usual on Friday, November 24. For Christmas, the library will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 26.
Call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484. Patrons can also go to our website at www.arcanunpubliclibrary.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Boil water advisory ends for the City of Greenville customers in the entire service area

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Customers in the City of Greenville Public Water System can use tap water for all purposes. The boil water advisory is lifted. The City of Greenville Public Water System, water quality has returned to normal parameters.

The City of Greenville Water Department collected 20 bacteriological samples throughout the City Saturday evening. The samples were taken to a lab late Saturday night for analysis. The Greenville Water Department consulted with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency during this time to correct the problem that occurred.

On November 18, 2017 a boil water advisory was issued to customers in the entire City of Greenville because of high turbidity levels in the finished water and to protect public health. The City of Greenville Water Department appreciates its customers patience and understanding during this time.

For more information, please contact:
The City of Greenville Water Department at (937) 548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at (937) 548-1815.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this advisory release directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this advisory in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boil Water Advisory for the City of Greenville

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UPDATE: THE BOIL ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED AS OF 10:27PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017/

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High turbidity levels found in the City of Greenville Water Plant’s water

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring your tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

What Happened?

Your water is routinely monitored for turbidity (cloudiness) to determine if it is being properly filtered. Water samples taken on November 18, 2017 had turbidity levels of greater than 2.0 turbidity units (NTU) due to a mechanical failure. This is above the allowable standard of 1.0 turbidity units (NTU). The duration of the event was very short about, seven minutes. Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. 
 
These may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water.

If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

What is being done?

The filter that caused the issue was taken off line quickly. Chlorine residuals have been increased and the Plant has switched to well water. These steps have been taken to ensure the safest possible water is produced.

In addition to this Crews are in the area now to collect sample to test the bacteriological quality of the water. It is likely that you will need to boil the water for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined. You will be informed in the same manner as this notification when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water. The Greenville Water Department is dedicated to resolving this problem in a timely fashion.

For more information, please contact: The City of Greenville Water Department at (937) 548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at (937) 548-1815.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this advisory directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this advisory in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

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