Saturday, February 6, 2016

State of the Heart Care To Offer Adult Grief Group Support in Darke County

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Those who have lost a loved one often find it difficult to continue the day to day routine that they used to enjoy. Often, those who are grieving feel alone and isolated in their grief. To help those who are grieving, State of the Heart Care will offer an Adult Grief Support Group beginning Wednesday February 3rd and continuing each Wednesday through March 9th at the Darke Office (1350 N. Broadway, Greenville). The sessions are free and open to anyone, regardless of association with hospice care.

“The Grief Support Groups are helpful to those who have lost a loved one and are experiencing grief that goes with that loss,” explained Meredith Carpe, a Licensed Social Worker who conducts grief groups for the agency. State of the Heart has offices in Portland, Greenville and Coldwater. The Adult Grief Support Group will meet from 10am-12pm.

“The one comment that we hear consistently from those attending the sessions is that they find comfort learning that they are not the only ones experiencing grief and feelings of loss,” Carpe said. “Once they find out that others feel as they do, they begin to open up about their feelings. It is healthy to acknowledge grief and realize it is a natural part of life when you lose someone you love.”

Bereavement support for adults and children is an important part of the services provided by State of the Heart. All bereavement support is free, including the Grief Support Groups. State of the Heart provides bereavement support to anyone in the communities the agency serves, regardless of association with hospice care. The agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

To find out more about all of the agency’s bereavement support services or to register, call 1-800-417-7535 and ask to speak with a member of the bereavement staff. Visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

NeuroConnect – Connecting survivors of stroke and brain injury with support and resources, Thursday, February 18, 4 pm

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Dr. Stephen Winner, and COTA Tammy Moyar
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to an event for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. NeuroConnect meets to connect survivors and their families with positive support and beneficial resources. Sessions will be led by Dr. Stephen Winner, Facility Rehab Director and Physical Therapist, and Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

The next NeuroConnect will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. It will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. The guest speaker will be Give Medical Ministry of Covington, Ohio. Give provides durable medical equipment to people in need through donations and volunteers. This is a FREE meeting for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more information, please call Stephen at 937.526.0130.

Friday, February 5, 2016

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU TO OFFER PAID INTERNSHIP

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer a paid summer internship to a qualified student in the areas of marketing, tourism and hospitality. This individual will be part of a dynamic marketing team and have the opportunity to be involved with virtually all aspects of the organization’s efforts.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to attract visitors to Darke County through promotion, education and development of Tourism.

The ideal, vibrant candidate will greet and assist visitors; answer phone and share information with callers; answer questions; maintain databases, e-newsletters, websites and social media outlets; assist in creation, setup, teardown and volunteer staffing of various booths at festivals; and assist with the creation of new marketing materials (including video), among other duties.

The candidate will be friendly and outgoing; have a genuine interest in serving others; demonstrate attention to detail; keep commitments; deal effectively with frequent change, delays or unexpected events; strive to build knowledge and skills; contribute to positive team spirit and have an interest in marketing and tourism, and have knowledge of Darke County. The candidate must be able to adapt to a flexible schedule working some evenings and weekend hours. They should possess a valid Ohio Drivers License and have reliable transportation.

Those individuals who possess the aforementioned talents are encouraged to submit their cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau at mstaugler@visitdarkecounty.org no later than 5:00 pm on April 1, 2016. Information can also be mailed to the Darke County Visitors Bureau at 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. Full job description can be accessed at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Meeting on Monday, February 8th

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The Greenville Athletic Boosters will be having their meeting on Monday, February 8th at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Greenville High School in the cafeteria. The public is always welcome! Please come join us and help to make a difference for every student athlete!

State of the Heart Hospice Seeking Volunteers: Orientation Set for February 15th in Greenville

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State of the Heart is seeking volunteers to help the nonprofit agency serve in many capacities, including work directly with patients as well as non-patient volunteer tasks. Volunteers are an important part of the team which cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. State of the Heart will hold an orientation for new volunteers Monday, February 15th from 8-4:30 at the agency’s Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway. The orientation is open to volunteers across our entire service area. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Below is a list of different opportunities available.

Patient Volunteers

  • Sitting, talking and interacting with patients at the nursing home, inpatient unit or in private home.
  • Run errands, light housekeeping or meal prep
  • Family support
  • Grief Group / Bereavement volunteers
  • Massage therapy
  • Pet therapy

enLIGHTEN Volunteer

  • Accompany to medical appointments
  • Family support
  • Connect families with community resources such as (meals on wheels, handyman service, legal and financial)
  • Help with volunteer recruitment
  • Run errands, light housekeeping or meal prep
  • Transportation assistance

Office Volunteer

  • Answer phones
  • Filing
  • Help in coordinating volunteer needs
  • Print monthly Bereavement mailings
  • Help prepare and label monthly mailings
  • Data entry
  • Fundraising

For more information and to register for orientation contact Christena Subler at 937.548.2999 or csubler@stateoftheheartcare.org. Volunteers are required to have a background check and be at least 16 years old. For more information about the services provided by State of the Heart, visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org

“Longtown: The History” at Library

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Connor Keiser returns with an encore presentation on Longtown, Ohio, Saturday February 20th at 1:00 p.m. in the Greenville Public Library’s upstairs meeting room. We are honored to host Connor again and to celebrate Black History Month by learning more about this important community and our rich local history.

The original “Greenville Negro Settlement,” later renamed Longtown, was founded by Connor’s fifth great-grandparents James & Sophia Clemens in 1822. Situated in Liberty Township it was established as a strongly abolitionist farming settlement. Many people have heard of Longtown but most are unaware of its significance as the first free black settlement and one of only two tri-racial communities in the state of Ohio.

The Clemens Family arrived in Ohio from Virginia with slave-owner Adam Sellers who freed his people and provided them with land. Other free blacks joined them and as the town grew, a school and several churches and cemeteries were established. It was an important station on the Underground Railroad.

The height of its population was around 900 people in the 1940’s. Many descendants live in the Muncie, Richmond, Indianapolis, and Dayton areas. A well-known tavern was opened in 1956 where Connor’s grandparents first met. Its baseball teams from the 1930’s onward, the Longtown Tigers and Longtown Giants, were legendary!

Today the Union Literary Institute Preservation Society is raising money and awareness for the above named school which was founded by Connor’s grandfather in 1914. It was a manual labor school for all races and provided room & board. One church from 1856 is still very active, the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, holding services every Sunday. The Community Center also hosts an annual “homecoming.“

Connor is proud to continue the research his grandfather Maze Clemens started and in the past year has uncovered even more interesting facts and pictures which he will share on the big screen TV. Please join us to learn more about our fascinating heritage. Light refreshments will be served.

“Seeds 4 All: Seed Swap” at Library

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The Growing Harvest Seed Library will host its annual “Seeds 4 All: Seed Swap” on Thursday February 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Greenville Public Library. Prior to the Seed Swap Janell Weiss from the Darke County Soil & Water District will provide a short presentation about starting seeds.

Bring your extra seeds and trade them for something you need or have been wanting to try. Remember, these are heirloom, open-pollinated seeds that grow year after year. The idea is to borrow seeds, plant them, and return a few from your harvest to the Library for next year.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Reservations are not required but helpful for set-up. As always refreshments will be served.

If you bring seeds, tubers, or starts, please have them labled with the seed name, variety, harvest date, and any additional growing or harvesting information that is pertinent.

For more information please call 548-3915 or visit the Library’s Facebook Event Page. This is a fun and informal event so be sure to come and have a good time getting ready for spring planting.

MVCTC Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Students of the Month

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MVCTC Electives, Business, Information Technology and Agriculture Department Students of the Month for January 2016 are Diesel Power Technology students Nathaniel Conway (Mississinawa Valley) and Charlie Waughtel (Bethel).
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture (EBITA) Department under the leadership of Supervisor, David Peltz, recognizes a Student of the Month each month during the school year. The award honors outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education.

January EBITA Students of the Month
Nathaniel Conway (Mississinawa Valley) and Charlie Waughtel (Bethel), both from Mr. Larry Seibel’s Diesel Power Technologies Program, were recognized as the EBITA January 2016 Students of the Month.

Nathaniel Conway, Mississinawa Valley, was recognized by his instructor, Mr. Larry Seibel for being a positive role model and student in the Diesel Power Technology Junior Program. Mr. Seibel stated, “Nate has the most positive attitude I have seen. He is always eager to learn and asks questions when needed.”

Charlie Waughtel, Bethel High School, was recognized out of the Senior Diesel Power Technology Program. Instructor Larry Seibel stated, Charlie has worked hard to improve his grades this year. His work in lab is top-notch and he exhibits some of the best qualities in the program.”


Congratulations to Nathaniel and Charlie for being recognized as the Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Students of the Month at MVCTC.

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com.

A Night in Hollywood NEEDS YOU!

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A Night in Hollywood – On March 5th, the second annual Special Olympics fundraising event, A Night in Hollywood, will be held at Greenville High School. This event spotlights the artistic talents of our Special Olympians recognizing them as the stars they are!

Now is the time for all Special Olympians to register to participate in this amazing event! It is also the time for the Darke County Businesses to join through sponsorship of this exciting event. Please consider joining Second National Bank and Supply Chain Management as a business level sponsorship.

Activities the Special Olympians can participate in are Who is the Baby?, Talent Show, or Art Auction. The Who’s the Baby game requires the Olympian to submit a baby photo and a current picture of themselves. This activity is open to all Special Olympians. The photos are displayed and guests at the event will make guesses to match the photos baby to now.

The Art Auction is a showcase of artwork created by a Special Olympian. Each piece of artwork is then auctioned off to the guests through a silent bidding process. ANY art is acceptable. Jewelry, paintings, chalk, trash turned to treasure, clay, and many more. Please consider donating the work of the Special Olympian to be showcased and then money raised from its sale.

The evening includes a Talent show. Please consider signing up to participate in this event. It’s the Special Olympians opportunity to shine on stage and in the spotlight. Music, dramatic reading, theatre, reading poems or other creative opportunities.

Guests will enjoy special guest performances from the Greenville Jazz Scene and Wavaires entertainment. Sign-up in your class at school or contact Mrs. Buchy via email - Dbuchy@greenville.k12.oh.us.

You will have many opportunities to give back to Special Olympics fund throughout A Night In Hollywood with business donations –Raffle prizes, Table Sponsorship $200.00 and Event sponsorship $500.00. In our inaugural event we raised $7,082 specifically for our very own Darke County Special Olympics. Our Goal for this year is to raise $7,000!! Won’t you please consider joining us in recognition of our Special Olympics in a way that they have never experienced before by joining with us for A Night in Hollywood?

The doors will open at 5:30 that night. Tickets are available at Greenville National Bank North town branch and at the door. We would love to get as many members of our community as possible involved to share this very special night with us. For further information please contact Mrs. Buchy -dbuchy@greenville.k12.oh.us. Hope to see you there!

DCCA ANNOUNCES "OFF TO THE ISLE 2016"

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Win a Trip to Ireland this March

Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with a new and exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle". One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Tickets sales begin February 11th and the winner will be drawn at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 11th at the Montage Cafe.

"In looking for new ways for the community to support DCCA and the arts we decided to expand on one of our favorite evenings, Irish Wave celebrates all things Irish, and through our "Off To The Isle" raffle we will be giving one lucky winner the ultimate Irish experience", stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are encouraging those who want to be a part of the raffle to get their tickets right away, because there will only be 75 tickets sold."

The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. Brendan Vacations specializes in travel to Ireland and Scotland and has been providing authentic vacation experiences for over the past 46 years. "Off To The Isle" raffle tickets can be purchased through the DCCA office starting February 11th.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.

Preparations begin for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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This color comparison scale will help the volunteers grade the syrup and determine when it’s ready.
Early next week, many Darke County Parks’ volunteers will attend training to gear up for the upcoming maple sugaring season! Then they’ll wait for the weather to cooperate, so the sap can flow. Freezing nights and thawing days will cause the sap to move, bringing the sweetness one step closer to the table. Volunteers will learn the process of boiling sap down to syrup on the Parks’ evaporator. For some it will be a refresher, for others it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill and help out the Park District at the same time.

The Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival will be held on Saturday, March 5th, from 8am-4pm. This late winter day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science learning the process of turning sap into syrup. After the tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack, and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the early settlers and discuss life on the frontier. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies fit for any sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Carry-out is available, and extra sausage can be purchased for $1 more. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the breakfast, for a $6 donation, or presale tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center beginning on Monday, February 8th. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information!

Zumbrink Elected Delegate to National Convention, U. S. Senator Sherrod Brown Speaks to State Delegates

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Jim Zumbrink, Delegate to the National Farmers
Union Convention
Columbus, Ohio - During the 82nd Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention held recently in Columbus, Ohio, local agricultural leader, Jim Zumbrink, was elected to represent Darke County at the Farmers Union National Convention to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota, on March 5-8, 2016. During the two-day event, delegates worked to update their policies on matters such as: farm corporations, land trusts, ag cooperatives, manure management, tax policy, farmland preservation, oil and gas wells, carbon sequestration, nutrient management, transportation, renewable and alternative energy, utilities, quality of life, health care, international trade and commodities agreements, check-off programs, education, etc. These policy stances can now be used when lobbying the state legislature and serve as a basis for Ohio Farmers Union’s perspective on formatting policy at the national level.

Local delegate participants from Darke County included Todd and Amy Rhoades, Jim Zumbrink, Duane Shields, Shirley Morrow, Ted and Holly Finnarn, Donna Evans and Youth Delegate, Aidan Evans. The delegates were enlightened by a visit from U. S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Friday where he spoke to the concerns on trade agreements and issues in current farm legislation. State Rep. Brian Hill, Chairman of the Ohio House Agriculture Committee, spoke on Saturday concerning regulations on manure and nutrient management and farm CAUV taxes. “Brian Hill has been especially good for Ohio’s family farmers in fixing the problems with CAUV,” OFU President, Joe Logan said. “Even before Rep. Hill was a chairman he stood with OFU members in seeking fair and measured reforms in farmland real estate taxes.” Logan said he credits Hill for the currently pending H. B. 398 which would make improvements to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation formula and take some of the wild fluctuations out of the tax rates farmers are paying on their farmland in production. “It should also be noted that Rep. Hill is one of the very few members of legislature who is a working farmer. He gets us, he understands our issues,” Logan said.
U. S. Senator Sherrod Brown with
Youth Delegate, Aidan Evans

U. S. Rep Marcy Kaptur also spoke via electronic conveyance at Saturday’s lunch. Kaptur has served in Congress since 1982 and is a perennial winner of the National Farmers Union Golden Triangle Award. The Golden Triangle is awarded based on a Congress member’s advocacy for family farm issues and alignment with NFU priorities. “Marcy Kaptur has been tireless in her advocacy for common sense consumer labeling-particularly mandatory country of origin labels for beef, pork and poultry,” said OFU President Joe Logan. “Marcy has also been strongly in favor of fair trade deals and stood with the Farmers Union against currency manipulation and so-called fast-track trade authority.” OFU named State Rep. Brian Hill and U. S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur the Legislators of the Year.

CAP Presidents’ Day closing

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Community Action Partnership will be closed Feb. 15, 2016, in honor of Presidents’ Day. This includes Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority and Community Transportation Services. Normal hours will resume Tues., Feb. 16, 2016.

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Federal is a 1 year old Boxer. He is tan, white and black with short hair. He is a friendly guy once you get to know him. He was found north of Greenville. He is current on his shots and will make a great companion and friend. He is looking for a good home and waiting to be adopted.

Henry is a 1-2 year old Australian Cattle dog mix (Red heeler). He is red and white with short hair. He is a little sweetheart and full of energy. He is current on his shots and would like to go to an active family. He will make a great hiking buddy and companion. He is looking for a good home and waiting to be adopted.

They also have a terrier, a beagle a couple of Australian Cattle dogs, a Rottweiler mix and numerous other dogs as well as cats and kittens for adoption. The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645. 2016 dog license are now available.

You can get your license online at www.doglicense.us/oh/darke . ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter: www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com

Help Wanted at Comprehensive Health Network

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Comprehensive Health Network is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive wage and benefit package. CHN looks to attract employees that share the company’s passion for helping the residents of our community remain safely in their homes.

CHN is currently accepting applications in the following areas of employment:

Experienced Medical Biller – Immediate Part-time Position Available

Qualifications

  • High School Graduate or GED preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year general office experience with some data entry.
  • Computer literate for functions of data entry, excel and basic word-processing.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and/or general medical background desirable.
  • Accurate and detail-oriented approach to projects.

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

Data Entry

  • Verifies consistency and accuracy of data to be entered into the system.
  • Responsible for accurate and timely data entry, printing and coding.

Claims Submission

Assists in client invoicing and third party claim submission.

  • Prepares claims for submission.
  • Submits claims either manually or electronically per agency protocol.

Other

  • Responds to client inquiries regarding accounts.
  • Prepares cash receipts for posting.
  • Follows-up on outstanding claims.
  • Submits delinquent claims to collections per agency policy.
  • Maintains records in an efficient manner and in compliance with agency guidelines and regulatory requirements.
  • Mails client satisfaction surveys.
  • Communicates necessary information to billing supervisor and management team to assure accuracy of data and coordination of agency functions.

Tickets Available for First Friday Culinary Tour

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During the Culinary Tour, ticket holders enjoy the demonstrations and samples featured at downtown dining establishments.

GREENVILLE, Ohio- When was the last time you enjoyed a meal in downtown Greenville? If it has been awhile, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event in March, the Culinary Tour!

This ticketed event, held on Friday, March 4th from 6-9 pm allows you to eat and sip your way through the urban-spirited district and explore dining locations you haven't tried or places you need reintroduced to.

The tour will consist of 11 small groups, led by energetic tour guides. Each group will visit 10 downtown establishments who will highlight a sample for ticket holders. The 11 businesses featured on the tour include: Romer's Catering, The Bistro Off Broadway, The Don's Pizza, KitchenAid Experience, D'Alessios, Brenda's Beanery, The Merchant House, Janet's Broadway Bakery, Montage Cafe, the Darke County Welcome Center, and The Coffee Pot.

Sponsored by Romer’s Catering and Entertainment Facilities, the two and a half-hour guided tour will begin promptly at 6:00 pm, allowing plenty of time to shop and explore in the historic district at the end of the tour.

Tickets will be available at Brenda's Beanery for $20 each, starting Monday, February 8th. There are only 120 tickets available for the exclusive fundraising event for Main Street Greenville.

If you purchase tickets, it is very important you arrive in time for the tour to begin exactly at 6:00 pm. To remain fair to the other ticket holders, we will be unable to wait for those who arrive late. Each ticket will list a starting location, based upon which group you have been placed with. Report to the starting location listed on your ticket to join your tour guide and group.

First Friday events are presented by Main Street Greenville, 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 on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

BUILDING BLOCKS II” PARENTING CLASS PLANNED

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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held March 7 and 14, 2016, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years. This will be 2 classes focusing on parent education, and parent and child interaction.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at barga.8@osu.edu. Registration needs to be completed by March 1, 2016.

VERSAILLES CARE CENTER ANNOUNCES DR. STEPHEN WINNER AS NEW FACILITY REHAB DIRECTOR

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Dr. Stephen Winner, Physical Therapist, and Kristy Earick, CEO/Administrator.
Kristy Earick, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is excited to announce Dr. Stephen Winner, Physical Therapist, as the new Facility Rehab Director. Earick said, “We are thrilled to have Stephen accept the Facility Rehab Director position. Stephen’s commitment to his community to provide the best therapy services close to home makes him an incredible asset to VHCC!” Dr. Winner will continue to treat patients in his new role.

When asked about his new position, Dr. Winner commented “It is truly an honor and privilege to work with and lead a great group of therapists. I believe our Rehab Department is second to none and look forward to providing our community and surrounding areas with both current and new rehab programs.”

Dr. Winner has been a part of the Versailles Health Care Center team as a Physical Therapist since 2012. He is certified in LSVT (Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment) BIG Parkinson’s Treatment Program, SASTM (Sound-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization), and Kinesiotaping with emphasis on Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

A native of the Versailles area, Winner graduated from Versailles High School in 2006. In 2010, he received a Bachelor of Science in Strength and Conditioning, an Associate of Science in Personal Training, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of Findlay. In 2012, Winner completed an internship at Versailles Health Care Center and was later awarded a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree.

Winner is the Assistant Football Coach at Versailles High School. When he’s not at work or busy with Versailles High School football, Dr. Winner enjoys spending time with his wife, Trina, as well as his family and friends. He enjoys attending community events and athletic events as well as outdoor activities.

If you are interested in learning more about the therapy programs offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, contact Dr. Winner at 937-526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 13 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab Therapy, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Joint Replacement Therapy, Sports Medicine, and much more.

Donation to the Animal Shelter

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GREENVILLE - Sara Loudy made a selfless donation to the Darke County Animal Shelter. Sara turned 8 years old and wanted to help the animals at the Animal Shelter. She decided, instead of birthday presents for herself; why not help the dogs and cats at the Shelter. She told her family and friends she wanted dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, and toys so she could help the 4 legged animals at the Shelter. On Saturday, Sara, her sister Ava and her mother Lorrie came to the Shelter with a whole van load of food, treats and toys. The Shelter staff was very surprised and grateful when they walked in. The four legged friends at the Shelter were very happy also. We want to thank Sara and her family for thinking of our 4 legged friends. This type of kindness proves that there are some very wonderful people in the world. Thank you.

Pictured are Sara, Ava, mother Lorrie and Officer Jobes

Holiday Party Thank you!

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On January 15th, State of the Heart Care shared some exciting news. With the roll out of a new logo, name and the announcement of the expansion of services, the staff and volunteers had much to celebrate. State of the Heart Care also held their annual New Year Party for staff and volunteers on that evening. The event would not have been possible without the support of several local businesses. We would like to send a huge thank you to those people that helped make the New Year Party such a success. Thank you to: Kennedy Vineyard, Miller’s Textiles, Moeller Brew Barn, Town Tavern Catering, Mrs. Wick’s Pies, Grilliot Alignment Service, Grove Hill and very special thank you to the Homan Family. The continual, generous support of local people and businesses allows us to continue our mission of “Care Without Limits.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Letter to the Community from YMCA of Darke County CEO Sam Casalano

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LETTER FROM THE CEO:

It gives me great pleasure to extend greetings on behalf of the YMCA of Darke County. 2015 was a year of transformative work, accomplished due to the efforts, edication and volunteerism of many, and your involvement played a vital role in our efforts. Collectively,we were able to work together to invest in our kids, our health and our legendary community.
Some exciting highlights include:

Striving to ensure youth realize their fullest potential in order to become active, engaged, and thriving members of the community, we worked to nurture their social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development through holistic youth programming, experiences, and supports. Our former Childcare program became a Child Development Center that served over 250 children, with improved quality benchmarks for early learning. Our Breakfast with Santa met with an overwhelmingly positive response and attendance, and was one of many new specialty offerings in 2015. Traditional programs also saw robust participation. Swim team numbers grew to a record high in recent years and gymnastics, traditional classes, and leagues provided rewarding experiences for our youth.

To improve lifestyle health and wellness outcomes in Darke County, the Y focused renewed attention on classes and programs that would elevate well-being in spirit, mind and body, with prevention and improved health as desired outcomes. The Group Exercise Staff held our first “Fall Fitness Preview” in August outside the Greenville location. The well-attended event received rave reviews and showcased several new class opportunities. We reached a peak of 1,141 participants in adult fitness and aquatics classes in November 2015.

Our partnerships with socially responsible corporations, generous individual donors and Y members enabled us to provide opportunities for all in the community regardless of their resources. Complimentary, community-wide events included Healthy Kids Day, Bike Safety Awareness Day, and our annual Water Safety program which helped more than 200 children in Darke County learn to be safe around the water.

Darke County United Way Taking Applications for 2016 Funding

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The Darke County United Way would like to announce that applications for 2016 funding are currently available.

There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management, and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human service non-profit in establishment for at least one year serving Darke County.

All applications are due to the Darke County United Way office by Friday, March 18, 2016 at Noon. Applications are available by contacting the Darke County United Way Office at 207 E. Fourth Street, PO Box 716, Greenville, OH or 937-547-1272.

2016-2017 Darke county Visitors guides now available

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GREENVILLE, OH (February 1, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that the 2016-2017 Darke County Visitors Guides are now available.

“This is the culmination of months of work,” said Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “We’re excited to get this guide in people’s hands, both visitors and locals. Our county has so much to offer.”

The new Visitors Guide contains a variety of county-wide information and highlights several attractions throughout Darke County, including the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center, the Inn at Versailles, the Garst Museum & National Annie Oakley Center, Bear’s Mill, the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, and more. It also features the new “Darke County Whiskey, Wine, & Ale Trail,” made up of six wineries, distilleries, and breweries in and around Darke County.

The Guide is available at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville, and by request at the Visitors Bureau’s official website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org. A digital version will be available soon, also online at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, focused on increasing commerce by encouraging travel to attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops, and events throughout Darke County.

Free Financial Aid Event to be held at Edison State

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Edison State Community College will host the statewide college financial aid event “College Goal Sunday” (CGS) on February 14, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Piqua campus.

The free event, presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, is designed to assist students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.

The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to. Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

Due to the great demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to pre-register for the free event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-800-233-6734.

For more information about the event held at Edison State, email Amy Borgert at aborgert@edisonohio.edu.

Help Wanted at Brilliant Beginnings

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NOW HIRING: Things are hoppin' at our Learning Center. We are growing our staff again! Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center is seeking energetic, qualified individuals to add to our team. We are hiring a floating Assistant Teacher to support our Head Teachers and Administration to help make learning fun for the families we serve. This position is for 25-30 hours per week, 1st shift. We are also hiring substitute teachers. We require a minimum of a high school degree and some experience working with children. Applicants should pick up an application at 380 Marker Road, Versailles or email resume and cover letter to brilliantbeginningslc@yahoo.com.

Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center is a state-licensed learning center serving children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. Built and opened in 2010, Brilliant Beginnings is a Step Up to Quality 2-star rated award winner that believes that making learning fun for young children builds a lifetime pursuit of knowledge. Our center serves Versailles and neighboring communities in the Darke, Shelby and Miami Counties.

Greenville Schools Foundation Elects Officers

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The Greenville Schools Foundation elected officers for 2016 during its regular meeting held Thursday, January 28, 2016. Elected for the year are:

Chair James Sommer
Vice Chair Nicole Pohlman
Secretary Mark Libert
Treasurer Susan Barker

The Foundation is a 501C3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1998 whose mission is to provide funds to students, alumni, faculty and employees of Greenville City Schools for the creation of, or participation in enrichment programs not available through other means. In 2015 the foundation awarded grants totaling $8706 to applicants from the school district’s various locations. Examples of items purchased or other uses of foundation grants are: purchase of a laptop computer, bus transportation for field trip, video camera for Wave Channel 5, replacement musical instruments, and attendance to State and Regional Business Professional Conference along with others. Much of the funding available to be used in this manner comes from fundraising efforts by the board of trustees throughout the year.

In addition to the officers, the board members are:

Joel Allread, Jody Lockhart, Gretchen Davis, Dianne Brown,   Patricia Jetter,  Kathy Lockhart, Loretta Etzell,  Nancy Person, Julie Kirk, Susan Shields, Douglas Fries, Superintendent ex officio

Versailles Area Museum to Reopen

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Well February has arrived and the Versailles Area Museum is alive with activity for our 2016 season.

Our kick-off is on Saturday February 6th with our Roaring 20’s Dinner. We hope you ordered a ticket for this exciting evening!

On Sunday February 7th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 the Museum re-opens with many wonderful new displays and upgrades. Thanks to our many generous donors, new windows have been added to the east in our north Gallery. New displays featured include “Native Sons & Daughters” in our center Gallery featuring many locals who have left to carry the name of our many villages to great heights in their life.

“Grandma’s Feather Bed” in our north Gallery features beds and bedding from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Also over 30 wonderful quilts add to this colorful display of early bedrooms.

“Give Me s Call” is a whimsical look at our early telephones. Who doesn’t remember a “party line” or operator assisted calls? “Say Cheese” is a look at cameras through the last century and how it has influenced our lives. Other areas have had a fresh touch that will surely bring back memories to many.

Also in February we kick off our Speaker Series. On February 21st at 2:00 p.m. we welcome home Conner Keiser to hear his fascinating story of his ancestors and their connection to Darke County’s own Longtown. This community for free blacks was an important place in America’s post Civil War society and our earliest struggle for Civil Rights. Conner has been welcomed to many area museums with his story, but this will be his first presentation for us and we are so proud to welcome him home to share with all of us his fascinating research.

On February 29th we celebrate Leap Year with the return of our very popular Last Monday’s at 1:00 p.m. Our first gathering of the new season we will reminisce about days gone by in Versailles. This will be the last in our Village series of “All Roads Lead Home”. We hope you’ll gather up your school chums, old neighbors and those who moved away to come back and join us as we remember going to school, or church, shopping or playing sports in Versailles!

If this is just February, can you imagine what’s in store for the rest of 2016? Plan to stop by and visit, we’ll be waiting for you! For private tours contact the museum at 526-4222.

Harry Stephens Memorial supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

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Pictured: Big Buddy, Betsy Roberts student at Franklin Monroe daughter of Jason Roberts, Big Buddy, Dylan Stepp student at Greenville and son of Michelle Stepp with their assigned Little Buddies, Bryce Smith son of Devon Smith & Lucas Scott son of Patsy Johnson.
The Harry Stephens Memorial recently made a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This donation is specific to the Darke County program and will assist the agency in continuing to serve “at risk” children through the Big Buddies after school program in Darke County.

Mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk.. The children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social and academic enrichment activities with the interaction of their mentor. It is our goal to teach these children, through their relationship with their mentor, skills in managing life in a high-risk environment.

Thanks to generous donations like that from the Harry Stephens Memorial Foundation matches continue to be made in the Darke County and continue to help children in a positive way.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, you may call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611

If you are interested in more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program or would like to volunteer; you can call our office at 937-492-7611 or 547-9622, or access more information at www.bigbrobigsis-shelby-darke.org.

Edison State Announces Fall 2015 Dean’s List

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Edison State Community College recognizes 359 students for excellence in academics on the 2015 Fall Semester Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Anna, OH: Brittnee Axem Luke Carter, Emily Cavinder, Joseph Cummings, Bryan Doak, Derek Elliott, Cody Flesher, Nathan Frilling, Lynda Groff, Kristopher Holland, Keith Hoying, Kain Luthman, Therese Nagengast, Zachary Noll, Nathan Poeppelman, Briawna Suthers, Colin Wuebker;
Ansonia, OH: Ashton Bradham, Ashley Dinkins, Alyssa Henderson, Janette Jones, Madison Young;
Arcanum, OH: Amanda Bilbrey, Sydney Bowser, Casey Dendler, Micki Earwood, Aaron Garber, Hannah Greene, Caitlynn Gunckel, Julie Hicks, Jessica Hinshaw, Karissa Hundley, Samantha Johnting, Brett Lavy, Landon Peters, Hunter Rich, Cole Skelton, Alan Warner;
Beavercreek, OH: Ton Le;
Bellefontaine, OH: Samantha Davis, Tabatha Jacobs, Jonathan Smith;
Botkins, OH: Austin Adams, Jennifer Larger, Drake Woodruff;
Bradford, OH: Mark Barga, Molly Dunlevy, Lori Gover, Alisha Patty, Crystal Reynolds, Sarah Santon, Shaylee Scarberry, Brett Sullivan, Stephen Wolf;
Brookville, OH: Sarah Mast;
Cable, OH: Lauren Godwin;
Celina, OH: Theodore Williams, Megan Wortman;
Centerville, OH: David Fries;

ZECHAR BAILEY TO SPONSOR ‘LOVE YOUR DONOR’ BLOOD DRIVE

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FEBRUARY DONORS ARE A BIG HELP DURING THE HEART OF WINTER

DAYTON, Ohio – Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes in Greenville is celebrating February as a month to “love your donor” with a community blood drive Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Love Your Donor – Save Lives Give Blood” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Love Your Donor” campaign comes during February’s traditional celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. The t-shirt is a deep blue with a light grey blood drop and the “Love Your Donor” slogan in red and white, painted distressed lettering. The t-shirt is free to anyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 27 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

February is the heart of winter, a time when weather often disrupts travel and seasonal illnesses interfere with donating. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule as soon as you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

RECORDS FALL AT ‘LIGHT THE NIGHT’ AWARD PARTY

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DAYTON WALK RAISES $310,000 WITH SUPPORT FROM PMCI, CBC/CTS

Light The Night ‘Honored Hero’ Zach Meredith & Dayton
Campaign Manager Karen Carter for the Tri-State Southern Ohio LLS chapter.
DAYTON, Ohio – Young leukemia survivor Zach Meredith can be a little shy in front of the crowds he meets serving as a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Honored Hero,” but he always charms them with his million-dollar smile. At the Light The Night Awards Party Jan. 27 in Beavercreek it was a $310,000 smile in celebration of the money raised by the 2015 Dayton Light The Night walk for the cause of fighting blood cancers.

Zach is now a sixth-grader at Springboro Intermediate School. He was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011. After enduring painful tumors and chemotherapy treatments he was declared cancer free prior to leading his team at the October 2015 LTN walk. He will also serve as the “Young Man of the Year” ambassador for the 2016 Dayton Man and Woman of the Year LLS fundraiser.

The award party was a night to celebrate another year of exceeding the fundraising goal and raising the bar for the Dayton Light The Night. “In 2011 we raised about $104,000 and in 2015 it was $310,000,” said Dayton Campaign Manager Karen Carter for the Tri-State Southern Ohio LLS chapter. “You should be massively, massively proud!”

The 2014 Dayton Light The Night raised $258,809, including a record contribution of $76,372 by the Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services team with CEO Dr. David Smith serving as the executive committee chairman. LLS set a goal of $283,000 for the 2015 LTN, and that was easily passed thanks to the efforts of 2015 executive committee chairman Donnie Hill, who was diagnosed with a chronic form of lymphoma (CLL/SLL) in 2008 and continues to undergo treatment.

“Without you we don’t have a chance,” he told the award party crowd. “It’s easy for me to come to speak because I’m fighting for my life. We’re winning this battle but unfortunately we’re still losing some people along the way.”

Donnie personally raised $27,385 for the 2015 LTN walk to win the executive challenge and his company Precision Manufacturing Company, Inc. raised $48,954 to win the LTN top corporate team award. “Every year you’re helping beat blood cancer, and you’re helping beat many other cancers,” he said. “Your money goes to cures.”

The CBC/CTS team was the second place corporate team with $42,572 raised for LTN in 2015. In the last two years CBC/CTS has raised $118,944 for Light the Night. “You are by far the biggest fundraising team in the history of our chapter,” said Karen.

The “Remember the Fallen – Fight the War(ner)” team was the top Friends and Family team with $15,459 raised for the LTN, followed by the “Always Friends” team with $6,775.

The Southern Ohio region, with walks in Dayton and Cincinnati, combined to raise $980,000 to help find cures for blood cancers and provide patient support. The 2016 Dayton Light The Night walk will be Sept. 29 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. The Cincinnati Light The Night will follow on Oct. 13.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

BASF SUPPORTS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR DARKE CO. SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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Julie Horsza, one of the many BASF volunteers, presenting a ribbon to Kara Rehmert of Greenville Schools at the Darke Co. Special Olympics Track and Field Day last May. BASF has also been a long-time financial supporter of the Darke Co. Special Olympics Program. The 2015 program served over 300 athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, softball, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field. The yearly programming is funded totally by donations from our community; no funding from the national or state level Special Olympics is received to operate the annual local budget. This year’s Track and Field event will be on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 9:45am-2:00pm at Harmon Field next to Greenville High School with a bad weather date of Monday, May 16th.


Oakland Dinner theater

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The Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road, Bradford(2 and a half miles north of Gettysburg, Ohio) will present “The Cemetery Club” by Ivan Menchell (produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.) as their 2016 Dinner Theater production. The play centers around three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. A romance begins between one of the widows and a widower having met at the cemetery. The other widows nip it in the bud leaving broken hearts, but surprises are in store as the characters evolve in this entertaining play.

Oakland’s annual dinner theater is well known throughout the community. Those who attend are warmly greeted with valet parking, a wide variety of freshly prepared salads, entrees and desserts as well as wholesome entertainment that highlights the talents that exist within the congregation.

Nan Hottle is the director/producer. The cast members are Rosie Fields, Lynne Hanes, Darlene Dillon, John Dillon, and Suzy Keller.

The dates will be March 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 6:00 pm, cost of the dinner buffet and play will be $22.00. On Sunday, March 6 dessert only will be served at 2:00pm with the play to follow at 3:00pm, cost of $12.00. Cost for children 10 and under will be half price.

Reservations may be made from 4-8 pm with Brenda Coblentz at 937-548-1895.

Proceeds from the dinner theater production will help support Oakland’s outreach projects.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

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Welcome to 2016! Here’s hoping that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! The ringing in of a new year always brings new hope of better things to come, and this year is no different. We in the Commissioner’s office are looking forward to another good year, continuing our progress as we have the last few years.

As of this writing, the Darke County unemployment rate is at 4.0%. This is good news, as this is one of the lowest in the State. However, the low rate does make it harder for companies to hire people. Fortunately, we are one of the State leaders in Workforce development. We will continue with this for the foreseeable future to make sure our employers have qualified workers to fill their needs. The Partnering 4 Progress initiative is always looking for new members, and if you wish to join this group who has helped make our efforts successful, you may contact any Commissioner or the Economic Development office for further details at 548-3250. Please don’t forget, if you are seeking employment, or are an employer looking for help, go to the website hometownopportunity.com. This website is a valuable tool for everyone, and helps to keep people and companies viable in Darke County, where we want them to stay and grow!

We have other areas we are going to try and work on this year. One of our pressing needs is the Courthouse steps. Our front steps are in need of replacement, and when the weather breaks, we will look at the right solutions.

On our radar also is continued building maintenance. Our buildings have some age on them, and continued upgrades are always needed to make sure they remain in working condition for many more years. Upgrades need to be made to our technology, too. As fast as technology changes, most upgrades need to happen at least every 5 years. These upgrades are expensive, and require a lot of maintenance. One area of technology that is requiring a lot of our time is the upgrades to the 911 system. As of this writing, we are still gathering information on the needs, and costs for the system. This will be a major expense, but we are looking at grants and other avenues to help with the funding. Along with the 911 system, the Darke County Jail and Sheriff’s office is another area in need of constant improvement.

Heartland of Greenville 2015 Employees of the Month!

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At Heartland of Greenville we have an entire team of outstanding caregivers, but each month we recognize one nominated individual who is selected by their peers to be our Champion of Caring.

This person is presented with a gold name tag, a Champion of Caring pin, a gift of choice as well as having their name added to the plaque in our entryway. Our top notch survey and customer feedback results are a direct reflection of the hard work by this amazing group and all of our team members.

Our 2015 winners are pictured: Front (L-R) Alexia Sykes, Wendy Buckley, and Krista Wuebker. Back (L-R) Chris Floyd, Tim Becker, Moe Sanati. Not Pictured: Leslie Wentworth, Allyson Subler, Amy Johns, Victoria Todd, Sylvia McCormick and Kathy Acton.

ENTER TO WIN!

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You could be the winner of a Gourmet Dinner for 8!

Your food will be prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club.

You get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served.

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.

If you wish to enter, please call Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 to purchase tickets. You may also email for information at director@cadcinfo.org

The deadline for turning tickets in is February 4, 2016.

Drawing will be held February 8, 2016 and the winner will be notified right away.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Thank you for your support of Darke County cancer patients and good luck on being the winner!

Edison State Earns Statewide Award for Career Preparedness

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Representatives of Edison State Pictured L to R: Morgan Abney,
Coordinator of Career Services, Dr. Doreen Larson, President,
and Pamela Gibellino, Director of Student Success.
COLUMBUS, OH – Edison State Community College was named the recipient of the Career Preparedness Award during the ACT State Award Ceremony on January 26, 2016.

The award ceremony concluded the fourth annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, which celebrates exemplary employers, community colleges, high schools, and high school seniors who promote readiness for college and career in states across the country.

Edison State’s selection was based upon student success indicators, including retention, graduation, and four-year college transfer rates; the strength of relationships with local employers and high schools; accessibility of career readiness assessments and preparation programs; and a support structure in place for students, especially those from underserved populations.

“This award not only validates the efforts of Edison State to focus our students on career outcomes, but also highlights our success in leveraging the resources of our educational and community partners,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.

“Our students have access to online tools, face to face counseling, and connections to Ohio Means Jobs to name just a few of the components of our career-focused approach.”

Edison State has developed robust relationships with local employers to provide students with training and education needed to enter the regional workforce. Partner companies include Emerson Climate Technologies, FRAM Air Filters, Abbott Nutrition, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., and Midmark Corporation to name a few. The newest partnership called “EPIC,” announced in 2015 with Honda North America, Inc., provides educational and training opportunities to prepare the next generation workforce for high-tech positions in the manufacturing industry. It offers scholarships as well as a work-study program.

Additionally, Edison State’s campus-wide service-learning program integrates academic study with non-profit organizations, often resulting in employment opportunities. Partner companies include Miami County Hospice, Troy Community Works, and Partners in Hope.

In addition to working with area employers, Edison State’s College Credit Plus program partners with over 40 high schools, translating to one of the highest high school students to total enrollment ratio percentages in the state at over 30%. Participation in this program increased by over 50% from the previous academic year.

“Community college students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including College Credit Plus high school students, traditional, and non-traditional students. Many are working while managing education and family responsibilities,” added Edison State Director of Student Success, Pamela Gibellino.

All students at Edison State have access to a customized Holland Career assessment and a second, more in-depth assessment, “Type Focus,” to help them determine or validate a career choice and match them to programs offered at the college or a four-year transfer school. Students are also required to complete a Student Education Plan (SEP), which provides an individualized road map for the student’s program of study. To help facilitate the plan, each student is assigned an advisor who provides support throughout his or her program of study.

“Our Success Advisors are all cross-trained in career advising and provide a holistic approach to establish a Student Education Plan, resources and education pathways that support career goals and student success,” added Gibellino.

Edison State will go on to participate in the national competition and culmination of the program at the National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June 2016 in Washington, D.C.

February Park P.A.L.S. Ask: Is it Spring Yet?

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Harbinger-of-Spring, a very early native wildflower,
is also known as “salt and pepper” because of its distinctive bloom.
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on February 13th from 9:30am to noon to search for signs of spring during Park P.A.L.S! This month everyone will meet at the Nature Center on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville to prepare for the coming spring. Students will check the nest boxes at Shawnee Prairie to ensure they are ready for spring inhabitants and check the woods for early spring wildlife or flowers.

Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other Park District programs or to register for the February class, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Author’s Night Presents Cyndi Pauwels

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The next Friends of the Greenville Public Library’s Author’s Night will feature author Cyndi Pauwels on Friday February 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. Doors open at 6:00 so come early for dinner and to enjoy the live music provided by virtuosos R.J. Price and Bill Westfall.

Writing under C.L. Pauwels, Cyndi recently published an exciting debut novel titled 40 & OUT which will be available for purchase at Author’s Night as well at Deadly Writes Publishing, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. “Someone is targeting Toledo’s single women when they turn forty, tucking them into bed and turning birthday greetings into obituaries. Newly-assigned Homicide Detective Veronica Jadzinski vows to prevent the body count from increasing and to prove her transfer from Narcotics wasn’t a fluke — departmental regulations, disparaging lieutenants, and a rigid new partner be damned.”

Cyndi is not new to writing! She holds an MA in creative writing from Antioch University McGregor in Yellow Springs and her short fiction has appeared in Mock Turtle ‘zine, Over My Dead Body!, The View from Here (UK), and other journals. In 2009, she published the award-winning non-fiction Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History. Sugati Publications has selected two of her essays for their Reflections from Women anthology series, and Sinclair Community College’s literary journal Flights has published several of her pieces over the past few years.

In addition to writing, Cyndi’s portfolio career includes book editing (The Enduring Legacy of Kahlil Gibran and The Essential Rihani), teaching freshman composition as an adjunct at Clark State Community College, and serving as assistant director for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Yellow Springs with her husband of thirty-seven years, three spoiled dogs, and six chickens. See http://clpauwels.com for more info.

Our Author’s Nights are a unique event for the area. Be sure to join us for another stimulating, fun evening - and a chance to enjoy Cyndi’s sense of humor and to ask her how she came to know about detective work! Her answer may surprise you.

Two other events of interest involve two of our Greenville Poets whom we always feature in April. Poet Cathy Essinger will be giving a reading at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy on February 25th at 7:30 p.m. and poet Lianne Spidel and artist Ann Loveland will be there on March 24th with Ann’s original art and Lianne’s matching poems from their book Pairings.

Darke County Visitors Bureau releases 2015 annual report

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GREENVILLE, OH (January 26, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2015 Annual Report. The report can be accessed through the Visitors Bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org, or by picking up a printed copy at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville.

“The Annual Report is a great way for us to be transparent and update the community on what we’ve accomplished throughout the year,” said Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, focused on increasing commerce by encouraging travel to attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops, and events throughout Darke County. For more information, visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Edison State holds open house

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Edison State Community College invites community members, area high school students and their parents to Explore Edison on Thursday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater on the Piqua campus. The open house event will showcase over thirty of the College’s academic programs.

In addition to exploring Edison State’s academic programs, attendees are invited to meet professors, tour state-of-the-art facilities, and attend breakout sessions to learn more about internship, scholarship, and financial aid opportunities. Guests can also speak with university partners about transferring credits earned at Edison State to a four-year college.

While here, attendees are also encouraged to learn more about College Credit Plus, the new state–supported post–secondary option program, which offers higher learning opportunities to high school students at little to no cost.

“This event is a great opportunity for folks to explore all Edison State has to offer,” said Stacey Bean, Edison State Enrollment Manager. “Those who attend will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty in all of our academic areas, which is such a huge benefit for those interested in learning more about the programs we have to offer.”

A comprehensive list of programs will be highlighted including career programs within such areas as Business, Computer Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Health Science, Industrial Management and Technology, and Social and Legal Services.

Participants can also learn more about Edison State’s 2+2 University Transfer Degrees, which allows students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Edison State before transferring to their university of choice.

Industry leaders will also be in attendance to speak one-on-one with students and parents about the need for skilled workers in the Miami Valley.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with families and showcasing our wonderful college,” added Bean.

The evening includes free pizza and refreshments and attendees will also be entered to win a three-credit hour tuition waiver. The first fifty people who register to attend online will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. Register to attend online by visiting www.edisonohio.edu/Explore. For more information, call 937-778-8600.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ohio/East Main Street Intersection in Greenville to Close February 1st - August 31st

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THE INTERSECTION OF OHIO/EAST MAIN STREET WILL BE WILL BE CLOSED STARTING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 @ 7:00 A.M. THE INTERSECTION WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST DUE TO THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERSECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NEW GREENVILLE CITY SCHOOL'S K-8 FACILITY.

OHIO STREET AND EAST MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC BETWEEN FOURTH AND GREENMOORE, AS WELL AS VIRGINIA AND ORCHARD RESPECTFULLY. THE CITY ASKS THAT MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS ADHERE TO THE ROAD CLOSED SIGNS. NON COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TRAVELING THROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS TO AVOID THE INTERSECTION SHALL FOLLOW THE 25 MPH SPEED LIMIT.

ALL COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC SHALL FOLLOW STATE ROUTE DETOURS. COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC SHALL NOT BE DIRECTED TO OR TRAVEL UPON NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS.

February is “Love Your Library” month at Arcanum Public Library

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February is “Love Your Library” month! Come to the Arcanum Public Library to discover all that the library can do for you. Did you know that at the library you can: send a fax, play a game, pick up tax forms, search the web, do genealogy research, host a meeting and more in addition to checking out books and movies. The Arcanum Public Library has a lot of activities planned for February. Come join the fun!

On Monday, February 15th, we will be showing two movies. Hotel Transylvania 2 will begin at 11:00am and Ant-Man will start at 2:30pm. On Saturday, February 20th, we will be showing War Room at 11:00am. Popcorn will be served at all of the movies.

On Thursday, February 25th, the library will be hosting a Game Day for kids after school. Come anytime from 3:00 – 5:00 to enjoy an afternoon of board games and snacks.

Bring your child to the very popular Storytime sessions held on Tuesdays here at the library. Kids up to preschool age sing songs, listen to stories, and make crafts. On Tuesday, February 2nd, 16th, and 23rd there will be two sessions. The first is at 10:00am, and the second is at 11:00am. On Tuesday, February 9th, there will be a combined session for a Valentine’s Party. It will be at 10:30am.

Also on Tuesdays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, kids in grades 1-4 can head over to the library after school for AfterWords. It runs from 3:45 – 4:45, and kids will be able to gather with friends, play games, and more!

If you would like more information about these programs or what else the library can help you with, feel free to give us a call at 937-692-8484. You can also visit our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, or check us out on Facebook!

Knick Farms Named Red Gold Master Grower

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Photo (L to R): Steve Smith, Director of Agriculture, George Knick, Jennifer Knick, Greg Knick, and Curt Utterback, Agriculture Coordinator
Greg and George Knick of Ansonia, OH were honored as Red Gold Master Growers at Red Gold’s 25th Annual Grower’s Banquet held in Indianapolis, IN and was held in conjunction with Purdue University’s Horticulture Congress. Greg and George received their tenth Master Grower Award and were presented with a Red Gold plaque. The Master Grower Award is given away each year to recipients who have distinguished themselves from others by delivering quality production, and exhibiting professionalism and industry leadership. All growers for Red Gold have had training on good production practices, employee safety, and human resources. As tomato grower for Red Gold, the Knick’s have excelled in stewardship and sustainable practices on their farm and participate in the Red Gold IPM program. This year’s production from Knick Farms would account for over 18 million cans of Red Gold whole, diced, stewed, and specialty tomato products. Red Gold is the leading tomato processor in the Midwest and specializes in high quality tomato products for markets in all 48 continental states and many foreign countries.

Scott Smith of Triple “S” Smith Farms from Windfall, IN was recognized at Red Gold’s 25th Annual Growers Banquet as Red Gold’s Grower of the Year by receiving the coveted E. A. Reichart Quality Achievement Award. The Reichart family was pleased to present the award to the Scott Smith before the group of nearly 200, consisting of growers and their families and Red Gold employees in attendance.

Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA Holds January Meeting

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By Shelby Manning, Reporter

On January 25th, the Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA Chapter held their annual January meeting. At this meeting, members were awarded their Chapter Degree and one member was honored as member of the month.

Requirements to earn your Chapter Degree are as follows: hold the Greenhand degree, have the ability to demonstrate 5 procedures of parliamentary law, have led a group discussion for 15 minutes, have a satisfactory SAE program in operation and invested $150 or worked 45 unpaid hours in your SAE, have 10 hours of community service, and have a satisfactory scholastic record. Members who earned their degree are sophomores Audree Weimer, Damon McGhee, Payton Reichard, Stevi Keen, Kinsie Blocher, Paxton Scholl, Kaylee Clark, Makenna Price, Ethan Bowman, Amanda Armstrong, Colton Hines, and Haley Loy. Freshmen were Laura Bland, Kyler Mote, Olivia Murphy, Daisy Brim, Bailey Johnson, Grant Stachler, Cole Simmons, Kyler Guillozet, Elijah Livingston, James Husted, Cole Townsend, Abby Abel, Trinity Konwiczka, Ethan Dirksen, Andrew Reichard, Casey Carrico, Will Hall, and Sidnie Hunt. Congratulations to those members.

Senior Kasey Hummel was named our January member of the month. Kasey has served on the officer team for two years, has participated in the food science and dairy cattle judging CDE, and she also attended our annual Dance Marathon. Congratulations to Kasey.

Greenville BPW Club Hosts February Meeting

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Dr. Debbie McFarland
Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Public Relations Committee will host their monthly dinner meeting, Thursday, February 11th at the Brethren Retirement Community’s Private Dining Room @ 6:30 pm. The program will feature Dr. Debbie McFarland speaking about “emotions”.

Emotions have a powerful effect on our lives and those that we love. There can be times in our lives that we can become overwhelmed, over-loaded, stressed and in general a “hot mess”. Options can include: venting on facebook (not very effective), ignoring the signs and pushing it down until we explode, Google remedies, taking medications or get counseling.
Dr. McFarland has some holistic natural approaches that can help “release” trapped
emotions preventing this downward spiral and attain a way to recovery.

Dr. Debbie McFarland is a Chiropractor, certified in acupuncture, trained in functional endocrinology, aromatherapy/essential oils, food coaching and general nutrition, a pastor and an author of seven books on holistic solutions. She is also an artist and the developer of the Greenville Art Group. Her office is located at 607 South Broadway in Greenville. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic in Kansas City, Mo in 1986. Dr. McFarland is a wife, mother to 6 children and grandmother to 10 with one on the way. She recently moved from her office of 20 years in New Philadelphia, OH to start a practice here in Greenville.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. For reservations please contact Marilyn Emmons by noon on Monday, February 8th at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com.

Babies born addicted: Extremely painful way to start life

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By C.J. JORGENSON for Reid Health

Her pregnancy inspired Grace to overcome addiction.
An underweight newborn lies swaddled in the arms of a nurse. Even though the blanket is warm, the little boy seizes and shakes. He’s dripping with sweat, and there’s nothing the nurse can do to ease his terrified cries. At only two days old, he’s suffering from heroin withdrawal- and is one of a growing number of affected infants, according to the community organization Heroin is Here.

These infants are the unfortunate victims of an increase in heroin and opiate use in the Richmond community. “The reality is we’re seeing this all over the country,” says Craig Kinyon, CEO of Reid Health, of the increasing heroin trend. And unfortunately, meaningful change is going to be a challenge. “It’s a long, drawn-out issue, requiring a long-term commitment.” Awareness of the issue is key, which is why Reid Health has developed a committee on heroin and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), the clinical term for a baby’s withdrawal, to put these babies front-and-center.

A baby’s life shouldn’t begin with detox
Defenseless and battling a monster they don’t understand, these infants have an especially challenging start in life. When a pregnant mother consumes drugs, they pass through her placenta and enter the baby’s system.

Like the mother, the baby becomes dependent on the drug. Lisa Suttle, Director of Reid Health’s Psychiatric Service Line, recently interviewed Grace, a new mother who was undergoing methadone treatment during her pregnancy. “There were times I didn’t care whether I lived or died,” Grace says of her heroin addiction, “I felt so lost.” One day, a snowstorm prevented her from leaving to buy heroin, and that’s the day she decided she wanted to change.

She found information about a methadone treatment facility and began treatment. Grace was afraid about what methadone was doing to her baby, and asked other mothers undergoing treatment if their babies had been born healthy.

Methadone treatment was a challenging time for her -- the combination of methadone and pregnancy meant she was always sick. She also said in the same breath that it made her stronger. Grace is one of the fortunate individuals able to commit to their personal addiction treatment plan, but other mothers are not as successful: “Even the patients who are motivated to get clean,” says Reid Health’s Dr. Erika Brandenstein, “most typically fall off [their addiction treatment plans] when they leave the hospital.”

Grace has been free from heroin addiction for two years. Grace’s daughter was born 11 months ago. “When she was born, you know the first time I saw her, I thought, I would do anything for her. It is hard to understand that feeling.” Because when the baby stops receiving the drug after birth, withdrawal begins.

Each baby’s detox symptoms are different and can range from excessive crying, fever, and poor feeding, to seizures, vomiting and rapid breathing. NAS is a scary and painful experience for the baby. “Infants with NAS experience pain,” says Reid Health Pediatrician Dr. Loretta Ryan, "evidenced by excessive crying and difficulty in being soothed.” As withdrawal set in, Grace’s little girl suffered tremors, cried inconsolably, and required a feeding tube. It was a painful time for Grace, too: “It was really hard to watch her go through it.”

Time is the only thing that can help these babies -- time for the drugs to leave their bodies and withdrawal symptoms to end. Some medical interventions can ease detox symptoms, but only if the syndrome is identified before mother and baby leave the hospital. However, withdrawal symptoms may not begin until 48 hours after birth, when most babies are being discharged from the hospital. Without treatment, babies suffering from NAS will struggle to gain weight, or may end up in the emergency room after experiencing severe symptoms like tremors or seizures.

These issues can become very severe, according to Dr. Ryan. “Short term prognosis is generally good if NAS is recognized and appropriate treatment is provided. Untreated NAS can lead to death from repeated seizures or dehydration from poor feeding,” she says, “I know of one baby several years ago that presented to the ER with seizures.”

After a baby is diagnosed with NAS, treatment can begin to ease withdrawal symptoms. A care team will carefully watch the baby and provide treatments like swaddling to calm fussiness, supporting weight gain with higher-calorie formula, or treating dehydration with an IV. In extreme cases, the baby will receive methadone or morphine to ease the transition. Babies suffering from heroin addiction need time to heal and overcome withdrawal, which can last up to six months.

The average hospital stay for a baby suffering from NAS is 16 to 20 days, compared to three days for typical post-birth care. Dr. Ryan says the child is likely to continue to encounter issues well into their childhood, including significant behavior problems, impulsivity and learning disorders. “Very few women who use drugs intend to get pregnant. I wish that any woman of child-bearing age who is using heroin or other street drugs had the opportunity to be on long-term birth control to prevent pregnancy. No mother wants her newborn to suffer withdrawal or to have long-term problems from the devastating effect of drugs on the developing brain.”

Awareness and action in our community
As of December 2015, Reid Health identified 54 babies born addicted to an opioid. By comparison, 31 babies were born addicted in all of 2014. Sadly, this increase in the number of affected babies is related to an increase in heroin activity in Richmond, Wayne County, and the surrounding areas. Reid Health is leading initiatives to bring awareness to both issues -- the increase in opioid use, and the increase in babies born addicted.

The Heroin is Here group, started in Fall 2014, regularly meets to share progress on awareness goals and identify intervention resolutions. The group hopes to bring awareness and change into the Richmond community through collaboration, communication, and education. A meeting in October included more elected officials, reflecting growing concern about the issue.

Reid Heath has assembled a NAS-focused committee in response to the alarming increase in the number of addicted babies. The group is charged with identifying key initiatives to lead change, such as education, prevention and treatments. Collaboration is key to effectively communicating and educating in our community, so the group is comprised of both Reid Health physicians and employees, Richmond Treatment Center, community mental health centers, independent practitioners, the Department of Child Services, law enforcement and court officers. All are working together to provide options and solutions to this crisis.

“It takes partnership,” to drive meaningful change, according to Kay Cartwright, Reid Health Vice President. The NAS committee is focused on how addiction impacts mothers and babies in our community, and will work cooperatively with local organizations like the Department of Child Services and the Richmond Treatment Center, to combat the prevalence of NAS.

Related links:
http://reidhealth.org/heroin/
http://reidhealth.org/heroin/addiction/
http://reidhealth.org/heroin/resources/
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