Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Andersons Continues to Support the Darke County Special Olympics

Ted Hafer of The Andersons is shown with Steve Litchfield, Darke County Special Olympics volunteer. The Andersons continues to support Darke Co, Special Olympics.

Final Bow: Center For Children's Performing Arts presents A Worldly Christmas

Under the direction of Hillary Holzapfel and Becky Hootman, Final Bow: Center for Children's Performing Arts will be having their first Christmas dinner performance, A Worldly Christmas. The students of Final Bow have worked very hard since September on their songs and dances from around the world. Not only have they learned their music but they have also learned about the holiday, ritual, or tradition that they will be portraying. Some of the countries that you will experience during their performance include France, China, Sweden, Spain, Germany and many more. There will be many surprises during the evening for the audience. Children of all ages will be captivated by the costumes and props and toe tapping songs. There may even be a visit from, "you know who!" Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th at Lighthouse Christian Center's All Seasons Place. Doors open at 6:00p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The menu for the evening is catered and will be chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll and dessert, drinks included. Tickets are $10 a piece until November 26th and will go up to $12 after the 26th. Tickets are also available at the door for $12. For tickets please contact Hillary at 937-459-8078.

Final Bow is a nonprofit organization which enriches the lives of children through the performing arts. Final Bow offers dance, theatre, and choir to youth ages 3-18 years of age. Scholarships are available to help assist families. Fundraisers are also available to help offset costs of costumes and props as well as other expenses. Final Bow believes that the performing arts are an important part in children's development and they strive to add education to dance, theatre and choir. If you are interested in participating in one of Final Bow's programs please contact Hillary at 937-459-8078 for dance and Becky at 937-467-9259 for theatre/choir or email Registration for the Spring dance/choir season begins November 24th. Please visit our Facebook page, Final Bow: Center for Children's Performing Arts or our website

MVCTC Observes Veterans Day

MVCTC Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students perform reveille on the MVCTC campus in honor of Veterans Day.
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) held its annual observance of Veterans Day starting on Friday, November 11, 2014. Staff and students across the school contributed to a meaningful and moving day. Among the activities were:

  • A reveille performed by the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • Posters honoring veterans on the MVCTC staff
  • Messages regarding Veterans Day sent by e-mail and on the video sign board
  • Social Studies teacher Robin Speer, worked with her students to research, create, and distribute red paper poppies for staff in honor of Veterans Day

Academics Supervisor, Mr. Eric Dolan organized all events scheduled at MVCTC on Veterans Day. This included inviting veterans from Brookhaven Nursing Home to have lunch at the Culinary Café and to tour the school. The MVCTC staff does a wonderful job of honoring our veterans and getting the entire school involved in observing Veterans Day.

The MVCTC Criminal Justice senior class participated in the “Feed the Veterans” event held at Rob’s Restaurant in Brookville on November 11.

The MVCTC Criminal Justice senior class participated in the “Feed the Veterans” event held at Rob’s Restaurant in Brookville on November 11.
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

Reid event to offer Affordable Care Act insurance information, signup

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) information and sign-up event will be offered at Reid Hospital from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10, hospital officials announced.

At least two insurance companies are offering insurance plans in the ACA marketplace in 2015 that are contracted with Reid and Reid physicians, said Chris Knight, Reid Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. “This is great news for our communities, since in 2014 we were not included in the marketplace plans offered in our region. We are pleased that our residents now have options for coverage through the marketplace.”

United Healthcare and Assurant Health are both listing Reid in their ACA plans for 2015, based on existing contracts they already have with Reid and Reid providers.

“We are pleased to be participating in the Marketplace Exchange with these two partners that have entered into our community with very workable plans,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This is a welcome addition to many families in our community and is another helpful solution for those that do not have affordable options for health care insurance coverage. In addition, Reid has increased our resources to the uninsured in assisting them in qualifying for traditional Medicaid, the Marketplace Exchange and Reid Patient Assistance. In 2013, Reid provided $65.1 million in write-offs for the uninsured, and we are projecting that this amount will be $64 million in 2014,” Kinyon said. In 2014, Marketplace Exchange plans didn’t include Reid Hospital and Reid Physician Associates.

The sign-up event in Lingle Hall will be five days ahead of the first window for getting a plan in time to allow coverage starting Jan. 1, Knight said. It will include Reid navigators, local insurance agents and representatives of the companies offering marketplace plans in the region.

Knight said Reid’s financial services team will also be working with local insurance agents and others in the community to coordinate information and sign-up sessions for community members who may qualify for Indiana’s expanded Healthy Indiana Plan, once the plan obtains anticipated federal approval as a replacement for the ACA Medicaid expansion that was adopted by some states.

“Meanwhile, I encourage people who need to find coverage to talk to their family insurance agent, to one of Reid’s navigators, or attend our event,” Knight said. Reid navigators can be reached by calling (765) 935-8591, (765) 983-3310 or (765) 983-3036.

Friday, November 21, 2014


A carriage travels down historic South Broadway during last year’s event.

GREENVILLE, Ohio- Don’t miss the last First Friday event of 2014! Main Street Greenville invites you to December's First Friday Event – A Christmas Night, scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 5th.

Sponsored by GTI (Greenville Technology, Inc.), this event will feature many fun activities in the downtown district for children of all ages to enjoy! “We hope many families will join us during December’s First Friday,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville. “Downtown has such a gorgeous ambiance. From the lights to the carriage rides, it will be a great way to get you in the Christmas spirit!”

  • Downtown businesses open late for shopping and dining!
  • Shop at participating businesses to earn entries in our Win the Window Contest!
  • FREE Horse Carriage Rides located in front of the Courthouse from 6-9 pm
  • Christmas at the Manor - located at St. Clair Manor from 5-9 pm (224 E. 3rd Street) from 5-9 pm
  • Visit with Santa - at The A&B Coffee & Cake Co. (501 S. Broadway) from 6-9 pm
  • Megan Osman (live music) - located at Brenda’s Beanery (410 S. Broadway) from 6-8 pm
  • Live Music by the Green de Villes - located at Montage Cafe (527 S. Broadway) from 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Live Music by Joseph Helfrich - located at The Coffee Pot (537 S. Broadway, Suite 101) from 7-9 pm
  • The Grinch will be strolling downtown Greenville – Presented by Readmore’s Hallmark
  • FREE Gift Wrapping - located at Pamela’s Intimates (wrapping by First United Methodist Church) from 6-9 pm

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 on their website,, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Young Women Explore STEM Careers at Edison’s We Are IT! Event

Students put on goggles, mixed chemicals and watched as they changed colors in a session titled, “Light, Color, Chemistry” at Edison’s annual We Are IT! event for young women.

Upper Valley Career Center students take advantage
of the selfie station at Edison’s annual We Are IT! event.
More than 200 students ranging from sixth to eleventh grade engaged in a day of learning and fun at Edison Community College on Friday, November 14, for the ninth annual “We Are IT!” event. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest of young women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“This year was the best year yet and next year we’ll celebrate our 10 year anniversary,” said Patti Ross, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “The girls loved the selfie station and took so many fun pictures throughout the day. Next year, we’re planning to invite all of our alumni back for our anniversary – over 2,000 girls have been ‘We Are IT! girls.”

The event began with a keynote address from Jen Fritz, a retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and an instructor in the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati. Fritz spoke to the ladies about how although her career in the Marine Corps prepared her for many aspects of life; she still needed formal training to pursue a career in information technology. She touched on the fact that life doesn’t always go as planned and encouraged the group to be persistent in reaching for their dreams.

Each of the girls chose three breakout sessions from a total of seventeen different sessions offered. Topics of breakout sessions ranged from diagnostic laboratory medicine and physics to digital photo editing and robotics. During lunch, students had the opportunity to network with area STEM professionals.

In addition to giving students a look at what they could do for a living somewhere down the road, many of the day’s sessions focused on topics that are relevant in their daily lives. A session titled, “What You See Isn’t Always What You Get” showed participants the ins and outs of image altering and how marketers use these techniques to sell products.

To wrap up the day, students were encouraged to participate in an essay contest. The theme of the essay asked students to describe how they best embodied the characteristics of the event’s mascot, “Mitse” (Math, Information Technology, Science, Engineering). A total of 96 students entered the essay contest with the first place winner receiving an iPad.

To further reinforce the use of technology, a new selfie station was made available to participants. Students had the opportunity to use their smartphones to take pictures and share with fellow participants using #WeAreIT14. At the end of the day, a selfie was selected at random to receive an iPod.

Former Board Member Receives Hib Rehab at Rest Haven

Joe Baily is seated in his private room
with Rest Haven’s Rehab Director,
Megan Junod, and Physical Therapist, Tyler Luthman.
Joe Bailey chose to come to Rest Haven after hip surgery for their reputation as a community leader in quality care, high ratings, as well as successful rehab outcomes. Joe also chose Rest Haven due to a strong personal connection. When Rest Haven was first established by Elma Moss; Mr. Bailey served on the advisory board, became an investor at the time, and served as President of the Board for a term. He was instrumental in the expansion of Rest Haven prior to Vancrest’s purchase.

Joe said, “Rest Haven has a first class therapy department. All of the staff is determined and know what they are doing. I noticed staff seemed to enjoy what they do too; take care of people. I’m very proud Rest Haven has continued to pride itself in quality care, like Elma did when she started it all. I know she would be very proud too.”

After several weeks of therapy Joe Bailey was able to return home filled with confidence, strength, and excited to be able to get around without pain or discomfort. Then he supplement his rehab by doing out-patient therapy at Rest Haven. “I would recommend Rest Haven! If I had to go back to a nursing home for any reason I would choose Rest Haven again,” he said.

At Rest Haven it is evident we follow our mission,C.A.R.E. C. Customer Focused, residents, family, and community; A. Attitude, always display a positive attitude; R. Responsibility, each person takes responsibility for results; E. Empathy, display empathy to customers in all situations. At Rest Haven WE DELIVER on all aspects of our quality care to each and every person who walks through our doors. Stop in for a tour at 1096 N. Ohio Street, Greenville or visit our new website at


Pottery by Julie Clark, Dionne Fleming and Loretta Wray plus jewelry created by Richmond, Indiana silversmith Terri Logan will be on display during the final “Art at the Mill” exhibit of this season which opens on Friday, December 5 and continues through December 31. The opening night reception will take place during Bear's Mill's annual Candlelight Open House on December 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.

“This exhibit is entitled 'Adorn,' because the ceramic artwork can adorn the home while the timeless jewelry adorns the body,” said Julie Clark, gallery coordinator for Bear's Mill. “In addition to offering unique pieces to adorn yourself or your home, this exhibit offers one-of-a-kind gifts that will be treasured long past the holiday season,” Ms. Clark explained.

Terri Logan earned a Masters degree in Art Therapy, uniting her love for her chosen career field, psychology, with her love for art and providing a professional career that utilized the arts in many forms. However, after 18 years as a psychotherapist, she decided to become a full-time artist; she describes this decision from a psychological perspective, saying that she makes jewelry because of the intimacy the function allows, and uses metal and stone because they are inherently strong materials with a rich historic value and intrinsic links to our civilization. Her work has garnered many awards and prestigious gallery placements.

Julie Clark has maintained a private pottery studio adjacent to Bear's Mill for 35 years. “Inspiration for my clay work comes from the history and beauty here, which I am honored to enjoy daily,” she said. Her pieces feature modern elements which are inspired by the historic site, pairing rustic and contemporary in appealing combinations that seem totally appropriate and natural.

In 1993, Dionne Fleming moved to Darke County, where she began working with Julie Clark in her studio. “Julie has taught me so many things about clay, firing, design, and form; and I continue to learn with her,” the Salt Lake City native stated. Dionne, who works full time at a job unrelated to art, says that she is drawn to natural shapes and surfaces, and hopes to continue her pursuit of the endless possibilities of ceramics. “Pottery is my creative outlet; it fills my soul,” she explained.

Loretta Wray says that she enjoys producing functional pieces that can be used on a daily basis. “I hope that when someone takes a piece of my pottery home, they will use it and enjoy it,” Loretta stated. The ceramic artist built her own salt/soda kiln on her small farm near New Castle, Indiana, where she pursues her dream of creating pottery that connects with people and with nature.

Artworks by Gary Hovey and Dan Knepper will remain in the Gallery at the Mill through November 30.

“Art At the Mill” receives financial support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Art exhibits are on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear's Mill, owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

Cancer Association of Darke County receives $1,000 donation from Versailles Eagles

Left to right: Marilyn Emmons, Treasurer of Cancer Association of Darke County, Bob Gerling, Secretary of Fraternal Order of Eagles 2347, and Christine Lynn, Executive Director of Cancer Association of Darke County.

Versailles Eagles recently presented the Cancer Association of Darke County with a donation of $1,000. Earlier this year, they donated $3,000 to the organization, as well. The Eagles donate to many other community causes as well including Versailles Community Scholarship Fund, Center for Neurology Development, Versailles Area Historical Society, Children’s Shrine Hospital, Versailles Area Charily Foundation and many school functions.

The Cancer Association appreciates this generous gift and will use the monies to help Darke County patients battling cancer. The organization is overseen by a volunteer board that determines how donations are to be used, etc. The association is a 501c3 nonprofit recognized by the government. The only requirement to receive benefits is to reside in Darke County and have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer. The benefit period begins the day the office is contacted.

The association partners with United Way and is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society or Relay for Life.

There is always a need for volunteers, especially volunteer drivers.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Christine at the office 937-548-9960. Please send donations to Cancer Association of Darke County, PO Box 781, Greenville, OH 45331. If you have questions, feel free to call the office which is open on M-W-F from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please leave a detailed message if no answer and someone will return your call.

Thank you for your much needed support.

CAUV Has Saved Farmers Billions - Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

The Current Agriculture Use Valuation has been a topic of discussion lately. I support this modified tax rate for agricultural land in Ohio because it has saved around $10 billion for farmers in Ohio since 1973.

Unlike previous tax laws, the CAUV is a tax assessment that allows farmland to be taxed based on its agricultural value, not on its full market value. The five factors that are included in the CAUV rate are cropping pattern, crop prices, crop yield, non-land production coasts, and capitalization rates.

The formula was developed with local input and voted on by Ohioans. The last few years have resulted in ups and downs in the fields, and as a result, the increases in CAUV rates are causing concerns for local farmers. I am in discussions with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation regarding any possible changes that can be made to reduce the continued increase in CAUV.

Ultimately, any major changes to the CAUV rates and formula will require a vote of the people to change the Ohio Constitution, and I would ask that local input be included in all of those discussions. We have fine agriculture attorneys locally and their efforts in the crafting of the CAUV amendment must be included going forward.

Reducing operation costs for all businesses including farmers has been a focus of the legislature in the past four years and I will continue to work for reductions in fixed operating costs. For Ohioans, reducing taxes and regulations will reduce operating costs.

Governor Kasich has worked to reduce the personal income tax on all working Ohioans and specifically included a 50-percent reduction for small business owners, which would include many farmers. In addition, we are working for continued reforms at the Bureau of Worker’s Comp to return money to employers. It is worth noting that one of the first accomplishments in Governor Kasich’s first budget was the elimination of the state death tax. Eliminating the state death tax was a benefit that helps farmers by reducing the costs of keeping a farm in the family.

The CAUV tax rate has provided billions of dollars of relief to Ohio farmers. Recently, events in the agricultural sector have caused the formula to result in a spike. Working to reduce the long-term effects of this spike is important and I support the state legislature doing what it can to accomplish this goal. Long-term changes may be needed that would require local input and a vote of the people. In state government, we remain committed to reducing the costs of doing business and have taken steps to help farmers in Ohio.

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Servicemen Invited to Attend Free Basketball Game

Edison Community College invites past and present servicemen to attend the men’s basketball game against Wright Patt Air Force Base free of charge. The game will be played on Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. at the Piqua Campus gymnasium.

Edison recognizes the tremendous contribution veterans and reservists make as citizens and students, and are honored by of the level of diversity, experience and academic excellence they bring to campus.

Edison’s Office of Veterans Services affords veterans and their families with a single point of contact. Providing academic, referral, and personal support services, the Office of Veterans Services aims to help ease access to higher education, foster success and build community. Any veteran interested in applying at Edison will find their application fee paid in full, thanks to the generous support of the Edison Foundation. The Office of Veterans Services can be contacted at 937-778-7868.

For further information regarding the upcoming basketball game, contact Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life at 937-381-1555.

Year-End Tax Planning Considerations

OSU Extension Agricultural Law & Taxation Blog

By: Larry Gearhardt, OSU Extension Asst. Professor, Taxation

For the past several years, Ohio’s farmers have had the enviable task of planning for higher incomes because of historically high crop prices. Year-end tax planning became increasingly important with the passage of the 2012 Fiscal Cliff legislation (passed on January 1, 2013, but made retroactive to 2012). This legislation contained several provisions that penalized high income earners, such as a new 39.6% income tax rate, a 20% tax on capital gains for taxpayers in the 39.6% range, and a new 3.8% net investment income tax and a 0.9% Medicare tax.

Most farmers normally do not have income that exceeds the thresholds that trigger these higher taxes. However, the higher crop prices over the past several years have pushed more farmers into the category where year-end tax planning was critical. Perhaps 2014 will be different because of the plummeting crop prices, but on the flip side, farmers have lost two very important tax planning tools, at least for today. Furthermore, as is often the case, when one sector of agriculture loses, another sector gains. Livestock and poultry farmers are still receiving high prices for their products.

The most important step in year-end tax planning is to establish a date to determine income and expenses for the year. I suggest that around December 1 of this year, the farmer should determine, as close as possible, what his/her income and expenses are for the year. This leaves ample time for the farmer to take action to reduce income taxes, if possible. As soon as the ball drops on New Years Eve, the farmer has lost his opportunity to take action to reduce his taxes in 2014.

There were 55 tax benefits, credits, and exclusions that expired at the end of 2013 and have not been re-authorized. The two most critical tax benefits for farmers that either expired, or were reduced, were bonus depreciation and the section 179 expense deduction. Until the end of 2013, section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code allowed a farmer to deduct up to $500,000 of the cost of capital improvements as an expense in the year of purchase. This amount has been reduced to $25,000 in 2014. In addition to the $500,000 expense deduction, a farmer could take a 50% bonus depreciation in the year of purchase of a capital asset. There is no bonus depreciation for 2014.

Sign Up For The Flower Patch’s Giveaway!

This Thanksgiving season, The Flower Patch would like to invite you to sign up for our giveaway. We want to give back to our community, so on Tuesday, November 25th at the end of the day, we will draw one lucky winner. That winner will receive a Farmhouse Feast from Bob Evans and a Floral Centerpiece. The Flower Patch will deliver on Wednesday the 26th during regular business hours.

No purchase is necessary, so stop in today to sign up!

Is flu season getting started? Numbers at Reid suggest that’s possible

A Reid hospital physician who monitors flu cases year-round believes he’s seeing signs of the beginning of this year’s flu season – and if true, it is coming earlier than last year.

Tom Huth, M.D., Reid Vice President/Medical Affairs, said the hospital has seen 14 confirmed cases in the past two weeks as of Thursday, enough for him to believe the annual uptick of flu cases is beginning. “Basing it on the trends of previous years, I might expect this year’s season may peak earlier than normal, possibly the first week of December,” Dr. Huth said. Last year’s flu season peaked in early January before beginning a decline, he noted.

Dr. Huth monitors flu-like illness by gathering information from Reid’s Emergency Department and Reid physician practices. He said now is a good time for people who have not had a flu shot to get one. “It’s not too late for a shot,” he said. “It is one of the best ways to avoid the flu and its potential complications.”
Otherwise, the basics of infection prevention are the same:

  • Wash your hands. Hand-washing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses.
  • Avoid sharing bugs. Students and adults who believe they are ill should avoid others – stay home from school and work when infectious, for example, and don’t visit people in the hospital or nursing home.
  •  Cover your cough. The best way to cover a cough is to use your sleeve and arm, not hands.

Huth said it is always best to utilize an emergency department only as a last resort if the flu is suspected. Reid also offers a free service where people can call a nurse for medical advice if they have questions about flu or other issues. “Reid Nurse Connect” can be reached 24/7 at 1-855-4REIDRN (1-855-473-4376).

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). Flu symptoms often appear suddenly and include a fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny nose and headaches or body aches. Unlike a stomach virus, the flu typically does not cause symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.

The best time to treat flu symptoms within 72 hours after the initial onset of symptoms.
Flu vaccines are usually available at doctors’ offices, urgent care centers, pharmacies and county health departments. The vaccine is often covered by insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age, especially for the very young, elderly and those who are caregivers. Early fall is the best time to get immunized, but it’s never too late.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


GREENVILLE, Ohio – Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events in Darke County through the Darke County Visitors Bureau in 2015. Deadline of December 1, 2014 is fast approaching.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to applications, which:
(1) attract overnight visitors; (2) attract visitors from more than 50 miles outside of Darke County and
3) feature new or expanded events or programs.

Interested non-profit organizations should contact the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) immediately for consideration. All completed application forms and support materials must be in the Darke County Visitors Bureau office by December 1, 2014. Application packets will then be reviewed by an independent group of citizens from all across Darke County serving on the DCVB’s Tourism Grant Committee. All applicants will be informed of the decision on or about January 31, 2015. Recipients are required to attend a free tourism orientation workshop and submit a final report.

To receive a tourism grant packet, contact Deanna York at the Darke County Visitors Bureau,
(937) 548-5158 or Information can also be found on the bureau’s website on the home page and on the ‘news and press’ page,

Edison Faculty Honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards

Edison Community College Professors Rachael Detraz (left)
and Sarah Hein honored with Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from SOCHE.
Edison Community College faculty members Rachel Detraz and Sarah Hein recently received the 2014 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for High Education (SOCHE). Detraz and Hein were honored at Faculty Excellence banquet on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Wright State University.

Each year SOCHE hosts a faculty awards banquet honoring excellence in teaching at member institutions. Edison nominated award winners based on the institution’s criteria, with special consideration of demonstrated excellence and awards received throughout the past academic year. Edison faculty members joined colleagues from ten of SOCHE’s twenty member institutions honored at the banquet including those from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wittenberg University, Wright State University and others.

“The SOCHE Excellence in Teaching Awards are one of the great ways that we can honor our faculty for the work that they do in the classroom every day,” said Naomi Louis, Dean of Arts and Sciences. “Both Rachael and Sarah have shown their commitment to the students and to providing an excellent learning experience. We are fortunate to have them as a part of our faculty at Edison and we are delighted they have received this award.”

Rachael Detraz, Associate Professor of Biology, has a great passion for teaching biology and relates well to her students. She challenges them to dig deeper than the surface and to find what is relevant to their lives. In addition to instructing, Detraz is actively involved in updating and maintaining Edison’s online biology courses and seeks to provide students with a rewarding and valuable online experience. As the coordinator of biology and chemistry, she provides a commitment to excellence in teaching from others as well.

Sarah Hein, Associate Professor of Sociology, shows great enthusiasm toward her students and her specialty area of sociology. She has an amazing ability to encourage students to investigate topics of interest and to participate in valuable discussions, fostering significant growth by the end of the class. Hein is always looking for opportunities for her students to experience the world, bringing speakers to campus who have been in historic social situations and describing first-hand what it was like to be there.

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a regional consortium of 20 colleges and universities in southwest Ohio. SOCHE is the collaborative infrastructure for higher education, helping colleges and universities transform their communities and economies through the education, employment, and engagement of more than 120,000 students in southwest Ohio. For more information about SOCHE visit

First Presbyterian Church to Host Thanksgiving Dinner

Come share a Thanksgiving dinner with our community family on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, from 11:30 to 1:00. Don’t settle for a TV dinner alone when you can join others in this family meal with “all the trimmings”! First Presbyterian Church at 114 E. Fourth Street invites you to share Thanksgiving blessings.

Besides the turkey and dressing, the meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, milk, coffee and lemonade, as well as assorted pies and desserts. Along with the good food, enjoy music and good company! Donations will be accepted.

Call 937.548.3188 to let us know you will be there.


Get your Pet's Picture taken with SANTA CLAUS on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at Greenville Walmart in the Garden Center.

The “Darke County Friends of the Shelter”, a 501c3 organization will be taking pictures of your companion animals with Santa Claus.

This is a fun time for everyone to enjoy and is your chance to meet members of the Friends of the Shelter. Everyone, including children, aunts, uncles and cousins are invited to have his or her pictures taken. The cost is only $4.00 and the proceeds help the dogs and cats at the Darke County Animal Shelter as well as the Scentral Park dog park and support the many endeavors of the Friends of the Shelter.

Past projects of the Friends of the Shelter include the Scentral Park dog park, an outdoor kennel area to get acquainted with your new canine friend (Canine Corral), dog leashes for new dog adoption, and new stainless cat cages. This is only a partial list of what the Friends of the Shelter have done for the companion friends at the Shelter. Learn more about the Friends of the Shelter at

There will also be 2015 calendars available.

Wal-Mart will offer a photo package deal for Christmas.

All pets must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance and must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Please come and support the Darke County Friends of the Shelter and be prepared to have some DOG-GONE FUN!

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645 or stop by at the Shelter at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville OH, 45331, just beyond the Sheriff's Department.


The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its empty branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also will stand inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for almost fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer who is coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 15. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every month. The Fish phone number is 548-2000.

Ohio Turkeys Go Presidential: This is How Ohio State Lends a Hand

Two of these turkeys being raised in western Ohio will travel to the
White House this Thanksgiving season. (Photo courtesy of Cooper Farms)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two lucky and grateful birds from the Buckeye state have been chosen this year for the presidential turkey pardon, which will take place Nov. 26 in the White House.

Cooper Farms, located in western Ohio, is providing the turkeys for the annual Thanksgiving tradition. The honor of supplying the birds is bestowed upon the chairperson of the National Turkey Federation — a position currently held by Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of the family-owned poultry operation.

These “presidential” birds, as well as the millions of other turkeys raised in Ohio each year, benefit from the internationally recognized research in breeding, nutrition and animal health conducted by researchers at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Cooper said basic research involving turkeys conducted at the college’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, has provided the poultry industry with much-needed information, particularly on genetics and disease.

“Leading poultry companies use these research findings to enhance their understanding of more efficient husbandry methods,” he said. Cooper Farms is the largest turkey producer in Ohio and the 12th largest in the U.S.

The college also works closely with the state’s poultry industry through its outreach arm, OSU Extension, delivering research findings and current information on issues such as emerging diseases and food safety.

Jeff LeJeune, head of the college’s Food Animal Health Research Program, said Ohio State has a long history of working with Cooper Farms and other poultry farmers to address production issues.

“We have provided diagnostic services to help detect and identify the causes of poor performance or illnesses,” LeJeune said. “In addition, we provide critical information about the strains of influenza viruses circulating in turkey populations so (producers) can make decisions on how to best protect their animals.

“We also work closely with their veterinary staff on a regular basis to discuss food safety issues such as campylobacter, salmonella and antimicrobial resistance.”

Ohio State’s research and outreach helps the turkey industry remain successful. According to the Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio ranks ninth nationally in turkey farming, producing more than 219 million pounds of turkey each year, valued at more than $158 million. Additionally, the state’s turkey industry is responsible for the creation of 2,183 jobs and $71 million in earnings.

The two turkeys that will soon travel to Washington, D.C. will be selected from a special flock of 20 birds that Gary Cooper’s son, Cole, has been raising on his farm in Ft. Recovery, Ohio. More information about the “presidential” flock, including pictures and videos, is available at

Learn more about CFAES’ pioneering work on turkey muscle growth development, one of several lines of turkey-related research taking place at the college, at


GREENVILLE, OH - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters would like to purchase a new equipment trailer for the Vocal Music Department. The current trailer is twenty years old, and is in very poor condition.

The Booster organization has budgeted part of the funding for the trailer out of their general funds, and is asking for community and business support to provide the rest. The total cost for the trailer is $5,000.

For a minimum donation of $75, an organization, business or family can have their name included on the artwork of the trailer. This is a great marketing opportunity for businesses as the trailer travels all over Darke County, as well as the Miami Valley. The trailer has traveled to New York in the past and will travel to Florida in a few weeks. All donations to the GHS Vocal Music Boosters are tax deductible.

Please contact director Chelsea Whirledge if you are interested in donating, (937) 548-4998, ext. 855 or Checks can be mailed to GHS Vocal Music at 100 Greenwave Way, Greenville, Ohio 45331. The organization is asking for commitments by Friday, November 21, 2014.

2015 Ohio Beef Feedlot School to be held in Greenville

Farmers and producers interested in learning more about beef feedlot nutrition and maximizing profits can participate in a discussion of the issues by experts from Ohio State University Extension during a Beef Feedlot School January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Anderson Marathon Ethanol 5728 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville, Ohio.

The school will focus on beef feedlot nutrition, maximizing profits by increasing feed efficiency and using byproducts to reduce feed costs.

The beef feedlot school will be taught by Francis Fluharty, a professor of ruminant nutrition at Ohio State. Fluharty specializes in feedlot nutrition and animal growth. The sponsor is OSU Extension, which is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Topics to be covered include:

  • January 8 Ruminant Digestive Physiology, Rumen Function and Carbohydrates
  • January 15 Protein Digestion and Metabolism, Protein Sources and DDGs
  • January 22 Receiving and Growing Strategies for Calves Versus Yearlings, and Holstein Growing
  • and Finishing
  • January 29 Methodologies to enhance Marbling and Feed Efficiency

Registration is $50 by December 22. Participants can register by contacting the Darke County OSU
Extension office at 937.548.5215.

The registration fee includes access to all four classes. To get the most of the school, producers need to come to all four nights to get information that builds each night.

The sessions will also be recorded and broadcast live at the Crawford County OSU Extension office.
Producers in the Bucyrus area who want to attend the school but aren’t able to travel to Greenville can contact the Crawford office.

Other sponsors include: Darke County Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Keller Grain & Feed, Inc., and Versailles Feed Mill, Inc.

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Versailles Area Museum Christmas Displays Open Sunday

The Versailles Area Museum invite you and your family for the Grand Opening of our new displays inspired by the theme “Home for the Holidays”.

We will be featuring the famous local treasure, On the Street Where You Lived with the Parmenter Popcorn Wagon which has been entrusted by the Charlie Parmenter family to the museum. Also a parlor trimmed for the holidays in true Victorian style. Martin’s Department Store’s Toy Land from the 1950’s will be a feature in the Entuprenure Room. Our 1900’s kitchen will have holiday treats right from the oven. Remember those first Christmas Cards and packages that came by U.S. Mail, not to mention writing a letter to the man up north? All those memories including the only local mail box for Santa Letters will be on display. We are also fortunate to have a portion of the amazing nativity scenes from the collection of Tim Nealeigh, which help us remember the real reason for the season. There will also be touches of the season to be found throughout the museum.

This would also be a great chance to stop by our gift shop and pick up our newest book “All Roads Lead Home” or some other great gift that will be appreciated and help support the museum. Memberships and tickets for our Winter Gala “All On a Winter’s Eve” on February 14th 2015 will be available.

Mark the calendar and join us often through the season to rekindle your childhood memories of Christmas’s Past!

Help Wanted at BRC


On Nov. 14 Garst Museum, Greenville, OH unveiled the Official Display Congressional Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to U.S. Marine PFC Douglas E. Dickey of Ansonia in 1967. Dickey earned the medal for heroism during Operation Beacon Hill in Vietnam. He lost his life in battle saving those with him.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR, a Vietnam War 50th Commemorative Partner, provided the refreshment table for this historical event.

Pictured with the members of the Fort GreeneVille Chapter are U.S. Marine PFC Douglas E. Dickey's brothers Norman and Dennis Dickey, both of whom are veterans.

Right care in the right place for patients with neck and back pain

Reid’s Joint and Spine Center, already established as a regional destination center for orthopedic issues, is expanding its focus on spine conditions. The new Integrated Spine Center will help patients with neck and back pain receive the care they need quickly—without long wait times.

At the heart of this center’s success is teamwork between two nurses: Marg Shepherd, nurse navigator, and Debbie Abney, care coordinator. Together, they oversee each patient’s experience and make sure that surgical and non-surgical patients receive the care they need as quickly as possible.

“Most patient with spine problems don’t need surgery, and can be treated successfully with pain management strategies or physical therapy,” said Abney. “Our goal is to make sure the best options are considered for each patient.”

The process begins when a patient calls Midwest Spine Surgeons seeking an appointment with Reid spine surgeons Gregory Hellwarth, M.D., or Ravishankar Vedantam, M.D. Instead of scheduling the appointment right away, Shepherd talks to the patient by phone to ask questions about his or her symptoms and health history. She then forwards the patient’s file, along with any imaging studies, to Drs. Hellwarth and Vedantam. They make a recommendation that Shepherd shares with the patient and referring physician.

Shepherd follows non-operative patients throughout their course of treatment to make sure they are receiving the care they need. The goal of this program is to schedule appointments with Hellwarth or Vedantam in a more timely manner, Shepherd said. If a patient opts for surgery, Shepherd provides pre-surgery teaching, then transitions the patient to Abney, who serves as point person during the hospital stay.

Abney and Shepherd communicate to ensure a smooth transition to outpatient care, which can include physical therapy and pain management. Shepherd follows patients’ progress for up to two years after surgery.

“Only four other facilities in Indiana offer an integrated spine program,” Abney said. “Providing this level of care coordination is very exciting, and we expect it to have a significant impact on patient satisfaction.”

The Integrated Spine Center is just one way the Reid Spine & Joint Center is helping people in our community experience relief and a better quality of life. The Center also offers comprehensive care for people with hip and knee pain, including those who need joint replacement surgery.

Reid Spine & Joint Center has been recognized as a Center for Advanced Recovery by the Stryker Corporation, which manufactures joint replacement systems. Stryker recognizes orthopedic and spine programs that exceed national benchmarks for excellence in clinical programs, operations and patient experience.

To learn more, please call the Reid Spine & Joint Center at 888-935-7572.

What it means to REALLY be snowed in...

Over the years, I've spent a fair share of time complaining about the cold and the snow (when it makes things inconvenient for me, otherwise I love snow), however, this photo from someone dealing with the crazy storm in New York gives me pause to ever complain again...


On Veteran’s Day, the residents and staff of Versailles Health Care Center held a special celebration to honor their veterans. The celebration started with all in attendance listening to a Veteran’s Day poem read by Activities Assistant, Susan Browder, followed by a round of applause to recognize the sacrifice and valor of all veterans. The residents then enjoyed a celebratory dinner compliments of V.F.W. of Versailles. Tim Wagner, Commander of the V.F.W. of Versailles, passed out American flags and service pins to each veteran, including: Gus Barga (Army), Earl Baltes (Army), George Bruns (Army), Basil Davis (Army), Earl Gigandet (Navy), Alfred Henry (Army), Leroy “Jim” Marchal (Air Force), William McNamee (Marines), Linus Monnin (Army), John Pepiot (Army), Don Plessinger (Army), Melvin Ristau (Navy), George Rhoades (Army), James Simmons (Marines), and Cyril Voisard (Army). Candy Stump, Activities Director at Versailles Health Care Center, said “Versailles Health Care Center would like to say thanks to those who have protected our freedom and a special thank you to our veterans in particular!” Several community members also paid tribute to Versailles Health Care Center veterans with visits and cards.
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