Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Greenville Limb/Brush Pickup to Begin April 7th

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Fort GreeneVille DAR, Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor Honors Vietnam Veterans Day

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Please join the Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution, Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor in honoring Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29. A Proclamation was signed in honor of March 29 which marked the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict, after more than a decade of combat. More than 3 million men and women served in Vietnam and more than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation. Today we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.

Fort GreeneVille DAR, Darke County Commissioners and the City of Greenville urges everyone in our county to honor those men and women who served their country faithfully and courageously during the Vietnam conflict.

Sitting: County Commissioners Mike Rhoades and Matt Aultman, Greenville Mayor Steve Willman. Standing: Betty Brodrick, Mary Jane Dietrich, Vietnam Veteran Don Dietrich, Doris Aultman, Brenda Arnett, Shirley Hughes and Helen Wright

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR attends the 118th Ohio DAR State Conference

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Brenda Arnett, Helen Wright, Taylor Nehring, Karen Burkett,
Debbie Nisonger and Mary Jane Dietrich (not pictured Chris Nehring)
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members recently attended the 118th Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference in Columbus, OH. The Ohio DAR members joined together to celebrate their many accomplishments over the past year.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter came home with many awards and recognition.

  • First place Outstanding Coverage of Print Articles awarded by OSDAR Public Relations and Media Committee (Committee Chair Debbie Nisonger)
  • OSDAR Honor Roll Report Cardinal Level and Outstanding Chapter Runner-up (Committee Chair Helen Wright)
  • Recognized for "Outstanding Service for Veterans from OSDAR Service for Veterans Committee
  • Recognized as a JROTC Bronze Medal Supporter
  • Recognized as a JROTC Monetary Supporter
  • Recognized for attending the 2016 Ohio Registrars' Workshop (Vice Regent Brenda Arnett)
  • Recognized for "Creative approaches to promoting and retaining membership"
  • Recognized for "Awarding a Scholarship from the Chapter"

Also several Fort GreeneVille Chapter members were recognized for the following:

  • Volunteer Genealogists GEP I Completion awarded to Brenda Arnett
  • American Heritage second place Fiber Arts Entry awarded to Shirley Hughes (Family Album Wall Hanging)
  • Outstanding Support for Veterans: Debbie Nisonger, Caroline Petitjean and Doris Aultman (Local American Revolution War gravesite restoration)
  •  Outstanding Support for Veterans: Chris Nehring (Thank A Vet 5K)

Scott Zumbrink donates to Empowering Programs

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GREENVILLE – Darke County Treasurer Scott Zumbrink shows his strong support for the community with a personal check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs.

Zumbrink, a member of Kiwanis of Greenville, has served the Darke County community as its treasurer for nearly 25 years. A farm family native, Zumbrink is also a member of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and multiple farm organizations.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization, organized a year ago March to work with children who need help in the basics: reading, grammar and math. The organization is wrapping up its first full year of service to Darke County young people. The After School Program, started in September, has helped nearly 70 students. The Summer Tutoring Program served 43 students last summer and will soon be enrolling students for Summer 2017.

Empowering’s services are free and can only exist with community support. If you would like to help with donations, snacks or volunteer service, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook page, or email: empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com.

MVCTC Diesel Power Technology Students Compete in District FFA Contest

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MVCTC Diesel Power Tech Team of (left to right) David Garber (Arcanum), Trey Rush (Miami East), and Zane Brehm (Arcanum, placed second in District Ag Mechanics Skills Career Development Event (CDE) at Franklin Monroe High School on March 16, 2017. The team qualified to compete at the state FFA Ag Mechanics Skills contest on Mach 31, at The Ohio State University Agricultural Institute in Wooster, Ohio.
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel Power Technology students competed in the FFA District Ag Mechanics Skills Career Development Event (CDE) at Franklin Monroe High School on March 16, 2017. The team of Zane Brehm (Arcanum), David Garber (Arcanum), and Trey Rush (Miami East) placed second in the district. The MVCTC team qualified to compete in the state Ag Mechanics Skills Contest on March 31, at The Ohio State University Agricultural Institute in Wooster, Ohio. They will compete against the top 30 teams in the state.

The Ag Mechanics CDE requires team members to demonstrate 10-15 skills from a master list of skills, including: acetylene cutting, acetylene welding, arc/wire welding, bench grinder use, caliper measuring, computer parts search, dial indicator reading, drill use, feeler gauge measuring, flaring tool use, hand tachometer reading, hand tool identification, hydrometer reading, identify bolts and nuts, injector-tester use, micrometer reading, plasma cutting, plastic gauge use, soldering-electrical, timing light use on a small engine, valve grinding, valve seat grinding, and volt ohm amp tester use.

According to the Ohio FFA website, “Agricultural Education CDE’s are educational activities that are organized and conducted by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, Agricultural Education. They are designed to assess student competence in business and industry verified occupational skills, as detailed in the Agricultural and Environmental Content Standards. CDEs are a motivating force that stimulates occupational interests in and personal development of high school students enrolled in school-based agricultural education programs.”

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

For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

Free Screening of ‘Being Mortal’ on April 18th

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Film Explores End-of-Life Care

State of the Heart Care in conjunction with Wayne HealthCare is holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Tuesday, April 18th, 6pm at Wayne HealthCare in their 3rd Floor Conference Room. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/.

There will be a complimentary meal at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6pm. Space is limited! Wayne HealthCare Foundation is graciously sponsoring this event. Please RSVP to Jordan Francis by April 14th at 937.547.7409 or jordan.francis@waynehealthcare.org. For more information about the free screening, contact Shanna Roberts with State of the Heart Care at 937.548.2999 or sroberts@stateoftheheartcare.org

DCP Presents “Skunks: They Make Scents”

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As if they weren’t easily identified by their distinct black and white coloration, skunks also have an unmistakable odor. On March 30th at 6:30 join a Darke County Parks naturalist to learn more about these odiferous mammals. Odor is putting it kindly; skunks really stink! Of all chemical defenses that wildlife employ, the smell of skunk is most offensive. Participants will discover why these mammals smell so bad and why they are an important part of the ecosystem.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Parks program or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail and when provoked, it can blast its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Driver Misses Stop Sign, Collides with Another Car at Delisle Fourman and Red River West Grove Roads

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On March 26, 2017 at approximately 6:23 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue and Laura Fire and CareFlight responded to the intersection of Red River West Grove Road and Delisle Fourman Road on a report of a serious injury crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2001 Chevy Malibu driven by 16 year old Luke Medve, of Arcanum was traveling southbound on Red River West Grove Road and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Delisle Fourman Road and was struck by a gray 2017 Honda Accord, driven by Debra Miller 54, of Troy along with her two passengers. Both vehicles traveled off the southwest corner of the intersection and the Chevy Malibu then struck the corner of a house. Miller and her front seat passenger, Madison Mankin 15, Arcanum was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue for possible injuries, and the drivers husband Michael Miller, rear passenger, was treated and released at the scene. Luke Medve was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for his injuries. The residence appeared to have not sustained any structural damage from the crash.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Two Women Ejected in Early Saturday Morning Crash

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On March 25, 2017 at approximately 2:56 AM Darke County Deputies responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Mills Road for a female who was knocking on a door intoxicated stating she was dropped off and needing a ride. Once the Deputy was on scene, he realized there was an injury crash and New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue and Careflight was dispatched.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2004 Chevy Cavalier occupied by two adult females was traveling westbound in the 1600 block of Mills road and the driver failed to negotiate a curve driving off the right side of the road and colliding with a guardrail and flipping over the guardrail and coming to rest in a field, ejecting both female occupants. One occupant was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight for serious injuries, and the other occupant was transported to Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN. The driver is unknown at this time. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in this crash.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Final Greenville City Schools Loose Furnishings and Surplus Auction: April 1st

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The LAST and FINAL Greenville City Schools loose furnishings and surplus auction is set for Saturday April 1st at the Junior High School on Central Ave. The auction will begin at 9:00 am with open inspections beginning Thursday March 30th from 5 to 7pm and Friday March 31 from 9am to 5pm. We encourage bidders to get their numbers at this time, as we are expecting a large crowd. Internet pre-bidding is available now and live internet bidding will be available during the live auction via www.proxibid.com. Midwest Auctioneers & Realty would like to thank everyone for their support and patronage. Please visit our website www.midwest-auctioneers.com for more information on the Junior High auction and check out our upcoming Auction Calendar for future auctions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 937-548-2640.

Family Health Eyecare is Moving to its New Home

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GREENVILLE, April 4, 2017 – “We are so pleased to offer eye care services to our patients and expand access to affordable healthcare in the same way we do with our medical, dental, behavioral health, lab and pharmacy services,” says Jean Young, Executive Director of Family Health. “…and we feel honored to have Dr. McLear, his staff, and his patients join Family Health.”

Family Health Eyecare will be moving from its current location on North Main Street to its new home at Family Health’s main campus on Meeker Road. They will see patients in the new space starting on Tuesday, April 4. A complete renovation of the original medical office building was done over the winter and a space was specially constructed for the recently acquired practice.

The renovation added a number of exam rooms and increased the number of frames available to patients. “We will carry over 1000 frames that range from designer brands to value plans. Specialty glasses like prescription sun glasses, safety glasses, and a special section for young children and adolescents will also be available,” says Jean.

Family Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances, and has affordable private pay options. For those who qualify, a sliding fee is available. The phone number will remain the same (937) 548-6111.

Jean extends a special thank you to App Architecture, Brumbaugh Construction, Mote & Associates, and the many local sub-contractors who made this project possible.

Family Health Eyecare is moving from their current location to their newly renovated space on Meeker Rd.


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Left to right are: Samantha Buchy, Mandi Bates, Courtney Faber, Hannah Grilliot, Kalista Harleman, Brenda Miller (BPW President),  Maggie Hedrick, Kari Kueterman, Genesis Malin, Jailyn Thwaits, and Taylor Ward. 
Greenville, OH, March 14, 2017 - The Scholarship Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the March 9th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Committee member and BPW President, Brenda Miller introduced the Anna L. Britton Scholarship winner Samantha Buchy who gave a three minute presentation highlighting her accomplishments and her plans to attend Wright State University and obtain a degree in criminal justice. The Anna Britton Scholarship goes to a daughter or granddaughter of a BPW Member. Samantha is the daughter of BPW member, Dara Buchy.

Brenda then introduced the other nine scholarship finalists from six Darke County High schools. The finalists were Mandi Bates (Bradford EVSD), Courtney Faber (Franklin Monroe LSD), Hanna Grilliot (Versailles EVSD), Kalista Harleman (Arcanum Butler LSD), Maggie Hedrick (Versailles EVSD), Kari Kueterman (Versailles EVSD), Genesis Malin (Greenville CSD), Jailyn Thwaits (Ansonia LSD) and Taylor Ward (Greenville CSD). Each finalist had three minutes to tell BPW members of their accomplishments and goals after graduation. They were then asked to answer a question extemporaneously. Following the presentations, BPW members voted by ballot to select the three additional scholarship winners. The scholarship winners are Hannah Grilliot (Versailles EVSD), Genesis Malin (Greenville CSD) and Taylor Ward (Greenville CSD). Winners were notified by letter.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting, however, the next meeting has been changed to Thursday, April 6th due to the Easter holiday. This meeting will be hosted by the Membership committee. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or das24bike@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

Get “5K Fit” with DCP

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Have you always wanted to try a 5K but never got around to it? Are you tired of those holiday pounds sticking around? Do you just need some motivation to get healthy? Darke County Parks is hosting a fitness program called 5K Fit every Thursday @ 5:30pm from March 30th through May 8th. Join them throughout the spring to get healthy. They’ll have three different programs for you to choose from (walking, walking/jogging, and running) to suit your fitness needs and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle.

With everyone setting their own goals and moving at their own pace, feel free to join them at any point during the program. For every time you attend, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the Raptor Run/Walk” on Saturday August 5th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Please dress for the weather and bring a timing device and water bottle. For questions or weather updates, call the Nature Center at 548-0165.

Because of hills, wind, avoiding puddles, people, and obstacles,
walking outdoors burns more calories than walking on a treadmill.


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Masterful musician and storyteller Scott Ainslie will sing,
play and tell tales at Union City’s Arts Depot of Thursday,
April 20, as part of Darke County Center for the
Arts Coffeehouse Series. 
Masterful musician and storyteller Scott Ainslie will sing, play and tell tales at Union City’s Arts Depot of Thursday, April 20, as part of Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series. “Scott brings the sounds and history of America alive with his music,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “He’ll play a variety of instruments and sing traditional songs based in roots music and the blues, as well as share carefully chosen anecdotes; Syou’ll leave his show feeling better than when you arrived,” Mr. Rawlins promised. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse concerts offer high-quality artists performing in an intimate social atmosphere where food and drink are also available. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that Scott Ainslie is the sort of performer for whom the coffee house concept was intended. “Scott is an innate musician who found his calling and never looked back,” she stated. “He directs his performance to his audience, maintaining a visceral connection with each listener as he pulls material from his vast repertoire with ease to state his musical case while satisfyingly fulfilling expectations; if you enjoy meaningful music that is also highly entertaining, this is a not-too-be-missed show,” Ms. Jordan concluded.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by The Andersons, Inc., EB Real Estate, Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for the concert by Scott Ainslee cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Sponsors DCCA Irish Wave 2017

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DCCA fundraiser sponsor Phillip Pierri of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home
with DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their sponsorship of the recent St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event Irish Wave 2017. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of sponsors, like Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, who value and are willing to support the arts in our community.”

The sold out 5th annual Irish Wave, hosted at the Montage Friday, March 17th celebrated all things Irish. Music was performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performed an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

Other sponsors for Irish Wave who made possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler, and Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown.

Irish Wave is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality professional performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact and their upcoming events visit www.centerforarts.net, or contact the DCCA office at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.


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Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having another “Coffee with the Commissioner” on Saturday, April 1st at Millers Tavern, 15 North High Street, in Arcanum. The public meeting will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. As always the public is invited to come in and ask the Commissioner questions about the county, and let him know what concerns they have, or what they would like to see. The date is Saturday, April 1st at Millers Tavern in Arcanum from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Jewish Missionary to share "Christ in the Passover" in Greenville

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Jewish missionary Douglas Carmel of the Rock of Israel Ministries will be sharing at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Avenue, on Thursday, April 13th, 6:30 pm during a special evening worship service.

This will be an interactive event where sample Passover foods will be enjoyed by attendees. The Exodus Meal and the Last Supper will be compared. Hebrew Songs will be sung and even the children will be incorporated in the service. An optional feet washing service will be offered.

Carmel was raised in a traditional Jewish home in New York and accepted Jesus as Messiah in 1986 at the age of twenty-one. With his family very upset over such a move, the family Rabbi and other Jewish men were called in attempting to persuade him to renounce his newfound faith. When all else failed, his family rejected his belief, that Jesus was the Messiah, and asked him to move out of their home.

Today, Carmel shares in evangelical congregations mostly around the mid-west. He speaks about the need for Jewish evangelism and teaches from the Old Testament showing Jesus from the Jewish Feasts and Mosaic Tabernacle perspective.

This event is free and open to the public. We do ask that you RSVP, as space is limited. The deadline is April 4. This is a free event; however, there will be an offering taken to bless Rock of Israel Ministries. Children are invited. Child care is available for children 5 and under but you must request this when making your reservation. To reserve, please call 937-548-3583.


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A FREE Easter egg hunt for children ages birth through 4th grade will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Darke County Fairgrounds at the soccer fields off Eidson Road at gate 6.

Starting time will be 11:00 am – 0-2 years old; 11:10 am – 3 & 4 years old; 11:20 am – 5 years old & Kindergarten; 11:25 am – 1st & 2nd grades; 11:30 am – 3rd & 4th grades. There will be one prize basket coupon hidden in an egg for each age group.

Free hotdogs and lemonade will be offered starting at 10:30 am until noon or until they are gone.

The egg hunt is sponsored by EUM Church where Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor. Everyone is welcome to join EUM’s Easter celebration on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 am at the Greenville High School gymnasium. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade four at the high school.

For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

Fort GreeneVille DAR Hosted the 5th Annual ROTC Demonstration Open House

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(Taken by Clinton Randall, Bluebag Media and Fort GreeneVille DAR)
Daughters of American Revolution Fort Greenville Chapter in conjunction with Greenville High School NJROTC hosted a drill demonstration at Greenville High School Gymnasium. The Greenville High School NJROTC gave drill demonstrations to the DAR members, family and friends. The DAR chapter donated $50.00 to the ROTC program.

The drill units that performed were the Color Guard led by Cadet Chief Petty Officer Jacob Brodick, Unarmed Basic led by Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Dalton Ratcliff and Armed Basic led by Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Tani Mancillas.

The Fort GreeneVille chapter also awarded Cadet Chief Petty Officer Kelly Louk with the JROTC Bronze Medal. The medal is awarded to a cadet that demonstrates loyalty and patriotism, earned a record of military and scholastic achievement, and be in the upper 25% of the ROTC class. They must show qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the ROTC training.

The GHS ROTC also promoted their officers during the demonstration. Naval Science Instructor Chief Stephen Eldred promoted Cadet Chief Petty Officer Kelly Louk (DAR 2017 JROTC Bronze Medal) to Cadet Ensign. Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Tani Mancillas was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant and appointed to be the Unit Executive Officer. Cadet Lieutenant Kelsey Gilbert (DAR 2016 JROTC Bronze Medal) was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Commander and appointed to be the Unit Commanding Officer.

Afterwards, refreshments were provided by the DAR.

Greenville BPW Club To Hear From Olympian Track and Field Athlete

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Chantae McMillan
Greenville, OH. - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Membership committee will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, April 6th at the Brick Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community.

Committee Chair, Debbie Smith will introduce Professional track and field athlete, Chantae McMillan. Competing in the heptathlon for the past 10 years, her greatest accomplishment thus far is being part of the 2012 United States of America Olympic team. Her personal best in the heptathlon is 6326 points. Over the next 4 years she will focus solely on making the 2020 Olympic team in the javelin. As a certified personal trainer, she will also focus on becoming a certified nutritionist to help others live a better lifestyle. Chantae grew up with both parents in the Army, moving from Tennessee and Texas, to Rolla Missouri. She then received a track and field scholarship to the University of Nebraska, where she received a degree in Education, with a focus on art. Training for the Olympics brought Chantae to Dayton, where her coach is from. In her free time she enjoys being with her two dogs, a great dane named Moose and an American bulldog named Benny. She also finds creative outlets by painting and creating DIY projects.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the club. The cost of the meal is $12.00 with dinner to start at 6:30PM. For reservations please contact Marilyn Emmons by noon on Monday, April 3rd at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com.


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Versailles Health Care Center celebrated National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 12th through the 18th. Through this year’s theme “Inspiration for Life”, Versailles Health Care Center promoted awareness about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung diseases. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with pulmonary function symptoms. These patients often have decreased daily life activities. Integrating monitored exercise, lifestyle modification, diet and behavioral health services, pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to reduce symptoms, provide an enhanced quality of life for patients and reduce health care costs by stabilizing and managing the disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation professionals are the link between the physician and ongoing patient assessment and care. Pulmonary rehabilitation fills the gap between hospital discharges and physician visits. Patients who complete Pulmonary Rehabilitation typically make long-term lifestyle changes decisions in nutrition, medications and exercise.

The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center Inpatient and Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program incorporates a professional Pulmonary Strengthening Program, develops individualized therapeutic breathing exercises designed to strengthen your lungs while maximizing your oxygen intake with physical movements, and works directly with your physicians to improve your respiratory health care needs. VHCC’s Pulmonary Rehab team members are experts in providing quality care in Pulmonary Strengthening, decreasing oxygen dependence, supervising CPAP and BiPAP requirements, and providing professional Trach Care.

Versailles Health Care Center also collaborates with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists at Wayne HealthCare to provide pulmonary services at VHCC. The Wayne HealthCare Pulmonary Specialists and Versailles Health Care Center Team provide high level pulmonary services to the patients in the community. As part of the partnership, the Wayne HealthCare Respiratory Therapists are on-site weekly at Versailles Health Care Center, work in conjunction with Versailles Health Care Center staff to evaluate and assess VHCC patients for respiratory care, and are available to act as a resource for questions concerning respiratory care.

No matter your starting point for Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Versailles Health Care Center is prepared to guide you on your path to using your lungs more efficiently. The Rehab Department at VHCC is happy to assist you in getting your physician’s orders to receive Pulmonary Services and to verify covered benefits through your insurance provider. If you are interested in learning more about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Versailles Heath Care Center, please contact Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, at 937-526-0130 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Craft Beer Education Series at Library

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David Nilsen is back at the Greenville Public Library with a new educational series on craft beer and ale. To join the class please contact the Reference Desk at 548-3915 to register. This program is for patrons 21 years and older. An ID will be required the night of the event. His first program is German Wheat Ales which will will be presented twice, Thursdays April 6th and May 4th from 6:30 to 8:00. Space is limited so if you don't make these classes you can have your name on a list for the next ones.

David explains “While Germany is primarily known in the beer world for its clean, classic lager styles, the northern European nation also has a long history of brewing characterful wheat ales with unique and sometimes eccentric flavors. In this class we'll sample 5 traditional German wheat ale styles, discuss their unusual histories, and talk about how their ingredients create their distinctive characteristics.”

SNB Supports Darke Co. Foundation

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The Darke County Foundation would like to thank Second National Bank for its generous support of the Foundation’s initiatives. SNB’s donation will help provide scholarships to Darke County students and grants to non-profit organizations that provide programs and services to Darke County residents. Pictured is Christy Prakel, left, executive director of the Darke County Foundation, receiving a check from Joy Greer, SNB vice president and retail banking administrator. The Darke County Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts.

For more information, visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org or call (937) 548-4673.

Time is Ticking!

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The 1950’s passed you by? Well now is the time to do it again! The Versailles Area Museum is offering a recreation of a spring evening in Versailles from the 1950’s. This may be your last chance to enjoy a real trip down memory lane as we recreate the drinks, the food, the desserts, the music, and the atmosphere of the 1950’s for what might be our last historic dinner on Saturday April 1st. This is a VERY important event and one of only three fund raisers for the museum annually. We encourage you to be apart of this exciting trip down memory lane.

We will reminisce about three iconic Versailles establishments, Frenchies, the C&J, and the Sweet Shop. Each of these places hold such fond memories as do all the little stops in each village. We are fortunate to have several owners and children of owners to tell in their own words about the fabulous 50’s.

We treat our guest’s right, pampered from your arrival we take care of everything! You receive delicious hor’derves, the opportunity to purchase an historic drink, or a complimentary classic soda, a tummy warming, buffet of comfort food like Mom use to make, and ice cream treats like all the soda fountains fixed for dessert.

Tickets remain on sale NOW at the Museum or by calling the Museum Office at 937- 526- 4222 and leaving your name and phone number and the amount of tickets needed and we will return your call.

All tickets remain at $50.00 each, but for you our Museum members will receive $5.00 discount on their tickets as a way for us to say “thank-you” for your support! A reminder that this event is a important fundraiser for your museum.

Full tables of eight are also available if ordered at one time. Sadly only a limited number of seats can be offered in the Father Jackle Room, located in the Versailles K of C. so order NOW so you won’t be disappointed!

From the juke box rocking the tunes, to our friends Ron & Elaine Marchall playing those love songs of the 1950’s it is sure to be an evening not to be forgotten.

So get the old gang together or bring some new friends and let’s enjoy, for one last time, being “Lost in the 50’s Again”.

Oliver Floyd, Braund Pope Funeral Homes donate to Empowering Programs

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Eric Fee, owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes, presents a check to Krista Stump, treasurer, Empowering Darke County Youth.
GREENVILLE – Eric Fee, owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes, continues his support of Empowering Darke County Youth programs, presenting his first of two checks for 2017 to Krista Stump, Empowering treasurer.

Shortly after purchasing Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in January 2016, Fee added Empowering Programs to his community support efforts. He is continuing that support in 2017. Fee, through both funeral homes, is involved in a variety of community programs. His stated goal is to support the community that supports his services.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization, organized a year ago March to work with children who need help in the basics: reading, grammar and math. The organization conducts two programs, The After School Program at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, and the Summer Tutoring Program at Greenville Public Library. To date it has helped more than 100 Darke County young people.

Empowering’s services are free and can only exist with community support. If you would like to help, including volunteering, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook page, or email: empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com.

Build a Fort for March Park P.A.L.S.

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Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on March 25th from 10am to 12pm at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center to explore the Natural Play Zone during Park P.A.L.S! They encourage students to bring their sense of adventure. Working together, they will design and build a fort using natural materials. Once that is accomplished, the group can creatively use the structure for unstructured play. Please remember to dress for the weather.

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 $3 fee is charged for the program, and registration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other park district programs or to register for the March class, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Unstructured outdoor play promotes creativity and imagination, gets kids moving, and builds confidence in tomorrow’s leaders. 


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Come enjoy a FREE breakfast with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at Versailles Health Care Center. The Easter Bunny will be arriving early at Versailles Health Care Center! This event will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. The community is invited to Versailles Health Care Center for donuts and drinks, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt!

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. This event is free and open to the community. If questions about this exciting event, please contact Kim Fair at 937.526.5570 or kfair@covenantcare.com. Versailles Health Care Center is located at 200 Marker Road, Versailles, Ohio.
Samantha Bell of Russia enjoyed breakfast with Easter Bunny in 2016!

Early Morning Discovery Hikes At Darke County Parks

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Purple Cress blooms here during March and April, and its
blooms can be almost white and mildly suffused with purple.
The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them every Tuesday morning at 8am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville for their Early Morning Discovery Hikes. These hikes allow adults a chance to watch the seasons change and to discover the many life forms in their own backyard. The slowly warming temperatures make this a great time to enjoy and learn about nature. These walks focus on bird watching, trees, fungi identification, and much more. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of binoculars if possible; otherwise some are available for loan. Hikes will be held rain or shine.

If you have any questions about the Early Morning Discovery Hikes or any other program offered by the park district, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution to Host Donuts and Coffee

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wavaires Concert - Sunday, March 26, 2017 - @ 10:30 am

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The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to perform their annual cantatas at local churches. Their second performance will take place at Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, on Sunday, March 26th during the worship service beginning at 10:30 am, and will feature modern worship songs from the well-known artists. There are no admission fees for the church performances, and the public is cordially invited to attend and support this group of young, talented performers. Be sure to invite your friends for this special event!

Redeemed Trio to Perform at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6 PM. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. The trio consists of:

Pastor Gary Bayes (baritone) started Redeemed Trio 13 years ago. Pastor Gary retired in 1999 for the secular world to become a staff pastor at Montgomery Assembly of God church. After 3 years there he became the Administrative Pastor at Christian Life Center Church in West Chester, Ohio for 6 years. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet along with Barney McFadden. It has been his life long dream to minister in Southern Gospel Music and Redeemed Trio has been a big part of this dream come true. Pastor Gary still serves The Ohio Ministry Network as the PCCNA liaison for the Royal Ranger Ministry and Area Commander for the Cincinnati Royal Rangers. He serves his city as the Chairman for the Zoning Board Of Appeals.

Barney McFadden (lead) has ministered in Southern Gospel Music since he was a teenager. He was raised in southern Indiana and began singing by filling in when a member of The Churchmen quartet became ill. After singing with them for several years, he formed his own trio, The Majestics. Barney’s full time occupation was a tool and die maker but was able to sing and travel on weekends and back to work on Monday morning. Moving to Ohio because of his job, he formed The Victors Quartet. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet and The McFadden’s with his wife and son. Barney has recorded numerous records and CDs and was privileged to sing at the National Quartet Convention when it was still in Memphis, Tennessee. Barney is currently the Music Director at the Church of the Nazarene in West Milton, Ohio

From a young age Dale Boreing (tenor) has enjoyed singing and playing in church, where his love for Southern Gospel Music and dream to travel in a group began. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he remained involved, and a huge SG fan, for many years while raising his family. It wasn’t until 2009 that his dream came true when Dale was offered the tenor position for the Sonmen Quartet . In 2012 he joined the Mission Quartet where he was blessed to travel nationally for 2 years. Having shared the stage with many top groups Dale has recorded multiple projects, appeared on the RFD-TV, and sang on the NQC Main Stage. He is excited to continue his singing career with Redeemed Trio.

2017 Home and Sports Show

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Darke County Genealogy To Meet Sunday, April 2nd

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Darke County Genealogy is meeting Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. This meeting will be in the Lowell Thomas room at Garst Museum in Greenville Ohio. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested. The speaker will be Bill Stevens. He will be speaking on Monroe Roberson, the only person ever hung in Darke County. Bill Stevens has written articles for the Advocate and the Early Bird Newspapers. His wife is the great great granddaughter of Robertson, this is where his interest in the hanging began. He has written several newspaper stories on Roberson and after lengthy research, he has written a book on the subject. To date, there is no one who knows more about this part of Greenville’s history than Bill. Bill is a 21-year veteran of the Air Force. His wife is a native resident of Greenville, who grew up in the area and graduated from Franklin Monroe. As a couple, they have been back in Greenville the last 13 years. This speaker will be followed by refreshments and the regular genealogy meeting. For more info call 548-8295.

Garst Museum Hosts Free Lecture on “Investigations of Early Military Related Sites in Western Ohio”

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Garst Museum’s 2017 Speaker Series continues at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 26. Greg Shipley will review the results of amateur archaeological projects that have been conducted on several late 18th and early 19th century sites in western Ohio. These investigations include 1780s Ohio Valley raids during the American Revolution, a popular War of 1812 era tavern stop along Hull’s Trace, and ongoing excavation projects and important discoveries at 1790s Wayne’s Legion military outpost sites located in Darke and Shelby Counties.

At age six, Greg Shipley’s fascination with archaeology began with his finding an arrowhead on his family farm. This chance discovery sparked a life-long interest in forgotten peoples and the cultural materials that they left behind. During the past fifty-five years, this fascination of history has only increased. A lifelong resident of Champaign County, Ohio, save for his college years at The Ohio State University, Greg’s work career was with Honda of America, where he served as an Engineering Coordinator for Vehicle Quality and Automotive New Model assignments. Since his retirement, Greg has devoted much of his time to more lengthy and detailed site investigations which includes using the latest technologies. Greg’s amateur archaeological activities include personally conducted excavation projects at dozens of prehistoric and historical period locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. Cultural periods investigated include Ohio Archaic, Woodland, Fort Ancient, Mississippian, 18th century Native American sites, and now, Ohio military sites related to Wayne's 1794 Indian Campaign.

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, and Keepers of Freedom exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Harry Stephens Foundation.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331

Versailles Health Care Center Announces the Addition of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

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Versailles Health Care Center is excited to announce the addition of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Physical therapy and the AlterG can get patients back to doing what they love! The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill controls gravity though air pressure to provide a gentle and comfortable lifting force that reduces a patient’s body weight by as much as 80% so the patient can walk freely and easily. With its unique unweighting capabilities, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows patients to move their rehabilitation and therapy forward by:

  • Reducing stress on joints and injured areas of the lower body
  • Giving patients the confidence and ability to run or walk longer and recover faster with less pain
  • Allowing limited weight-bearing individuals to start therapy sooner, reducing length of stay

According to Shannon Condon, Facility Rehab Director, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a welcomed addition to The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. “We are so excited to offer our patients this unique and cutting edge technology for improved walking and running. We feel that this is an opportunity for many in our local communities to elevate their physical therapy experience.”

For more information about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill or to schedule a free 10-minute trial on the AlterG, please call Shannon Condon at 937.526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Post Surgical Rehab, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Parkinson’s Therapy, and much more.

Photo: VHCC Outpatient Rosemary Cordonnier of Russia is the first patient to use the AlterG at Versailles Health Care Center.

Darke County Parks Offers Civil War Field Trip

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The Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) was made up of men from all walks of life.
Darke County Parks has offered hands-on, educational field trips that immerse students in natural and cultural history for years. They now have a very special field trip opportunity to offer about the Civil War, featuring the Ohio Valley Civil War Association at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

On Friday April 28th, hear the cannon blast, watch men drill, and smell a soldier’s supper simmering. Living historians will bring a pivotal point in American history to life, illustrating not only the political but the social and economic struggles faced by our nation. Students will be treated to demonstrations by the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, the 66th Illinois Co. G (also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters), both northern and southern civilians, President and Mrs. Lincoln, and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C, including seeing the cannon fired. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields, and Darke County Parks is proud to bring them back to Darke County.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available on a first come first serve basis for this exciting, free field trip. For more information or to register your class for this opportunity, contact Naturalist Hannah Wiest at (937) 548-0165 or hwiest@darkecountyparks.org.

The general public is welcome to attend the weekend living history April 29th and 30th to witness military demonstrations and observe daily life from over 150 years ago.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scholarships Available from Darke County Foundation (APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1st)

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Seniors from the class of 2017 who live in Darke County and attend a Darke County high school or are home-schooled may apply for scholarships from the Darke County Foundation (formerly HOPE Foundation). Application deadline is April 1, 2017. Students who are planning to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, or shorter vocational program are eligible to apply. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for 85 scholarships totaling about $130,000.

Students may download the application from the Darke County Foundation website, www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or see their high school guidance counselor. Awards are based on the following criteria, not necessarily in this order: grade point average, ACT score, activities, financial need, and essay. ACT score is not required if desired school does not require it. Provisional recipients will be announced at each high school’s graduation. Scholarship money will be disbursed following the student’s first semester in college, providing the student earns at least a 2.75 grade point average.

Since 1986, the Darke County Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to local students. DCF is a community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call (937) 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

New Computers at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is pleased to announce that the new computers are up and running. There are plenty of computers for patrons to surf the net, do homework, play games, check email, type documents, print items, and lots more.

The library wants to remind patrons about being able to download e-books from the library website. Once on the website – www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org – patrons can click on the link for e-books to locate and to download.

The library also has a nice collection of genealogy items and patrons can use our computers to search ancestory.com for more material. Staff is on hand to provide assistance.

There are two programs that meet on Mondays. StoryTime is for children in preschool, and meets at 10:00 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Kids listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts, and have lots of fun. AfterWords is for kids in grades 1-4, and meets from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. Come hang out with friends, have a snack, play games, and more. Both of these programs will meet on Monday, March 20th and on Monday, March 27th.

There is also a program designed for kids in grades 5 and up. TNT will be meeting on Thursday, March 23rd and on Thursday, March 30th from 2:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. Come join friends for fun, snacks, games and more. Check the calendar on the library website for specific plans for each day.

On Tuesday, March 21st, there is an adult coloring session at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy some quiet time with spring pictures and refreshments. Supplies are provided.

The library has plenty of programs coming up in April, so mark your calendars now! On Tuesday, April 11th, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District will be here to hold a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel” workshop at 6:30 p.m. Space in limited, and there is a fee if you want to take home a barrel. Also on the 11th will be the next meeting of the book club at 6:00 p.m. On Monday, April 17th, the library will be showing two movies during the day. On Tuesday, April 18th, there will be an adult coloring session. On Thursday, April 20th, Miller Flowers will be here for their annual event. On Tuesday, April 25th, the Darke SWCD will be here again to present a class on gardening for pollinators. More details about all of the events can be found on our website, www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. Patrons can also call us at 937-692-8484 to get more information. We can also be found on Facebook.

Kim Fair Named VHCC March Employee of the Month

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Kristy Earick and Kim Fair
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Kim Fair as the March 2017 Employee of the Month. Fair has been a member of the Versailles Health Care Center team as the Activity Director since July 2016. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for doing amazing things in the Activity Department and being a great team player. One co-worker stated, “She always has a smile on her face and you can hear her laughter throughout the facility.”

Kristy Earick, CEO/Administrator, added “Kim has brought enthusiasm and excitement to our facility! She has a contagious spirit that fills our center with laughter! Kim is phenomenal and we are proud to have her on our team!” Fair received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Kim Fair!

Darke County Birders’ Raffle “Raptor Run” Registrations

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The Darke County Birders’ Club is raffling off two paid registrations for the Aug. 5th “Raptor Run/Walk” at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. This new 5K will benefit the raptor, or birds of prey, education program offered by the Darke County Park District. The registration price is $20 with a t-shirt or $12 without a t-shirt. The Birder’s raffle will take place on April 22nd at the “Take Flight” event at Shawnee Prairie.

Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased at the Nature Center on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville or at the Darke County Birders’ Breakfast with the Birds booth at “Take Flight” on April 22nd. The drawing will take place at noon that day with two lucky winners each receiving a $20 paid registration to the Aug. 5th “Raptor Run/Walk.”

The Darke County Birders’ Club is entering its 20th year and prides itself on promoting wildlife conservation and encouraging community involvement as well as enjoying bird watching. The Birders’ raffle, Breakfast with the Birds booth at “Take Flight”, and the “Raptor Run/Walk” all benefit the raptor education program and new raptor enclosure at the Darke County Park District. For more information on the Darke County Birders Club, please attend a meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month, or contact Steve Miller at (937) 547-3340.

The Darke County Republican Women welcomed Sonya Crist

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Sonya Crist
The Darke County Republican Women welcomed Sonya Crist, Independent Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide Health and Wellness as the first of several speakers to be recognized in the “Women in Business” project.

If you would like more information about her business, Sonya’s website is: www.shopmyplexus.com/jaminandsonya

The meeting was held at Chestnut Village/Brethren Retirement Community March 13th with twenty-one members present.

DCRW Associate Member and OFRW President Lyn Bliss reminded the members of some meeting/activities coming in the near future. Also the upcoming election on May 2nd was discussed.

The next meeting will be April 10th more information will be announced later.

Wildlife Food Plot Workshop Scheduled

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The Division of Wildlife in cooperation with the Darke County Soil and Water District will be conducting a FREE Deer Wildlife Food Plot Workshop on April 10th, 2017 at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502. The workshop will begin at 6:00 pm. Topics will be soil fertility, soil sampling, seed selection, and best places to locate a food plot. Other topics can be discussed if questions are asked.

This is a RSVP event and will be limited to 50 people. Registration deadline is April 5th 2017 at 4:00 pm. See us on our Web site: www.darkeswcd.com or call the Darke S.W. C. D. @937-548-1752 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Ct., Greenville

4th 5K Run/walk for the Dog Park

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The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are having their 4th 5K run/walk to benefit the dog park.

Entrants may run or walk the event. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge. The forth annual 5K will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 22, 2017 and 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. If you have a dog, you're encouraged to run/walk with your dog. Special awards will be given to those with dogs. All regular age group awards will be given also. There will also be an award for the best dressed dogs. The Friends of the Shelter's goal for their first run/walk in 2014 was to make it like no other in Darke County - and they did. This year they will continue to build upon the success of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Marco’s pizza and breadsticks will be available to everyone at the finish line as well as free Boston Stoker coffee and hot chocolate. Special treats will also be available for the dogs. Sponsors for this event are:

GOLD: Barry Family Dentistry, LLC, Financial Achievement Services, Inc, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Schultz Motors, Dr Thomas Brown, Majestic Pet Cremation Service (A division of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home), Greenville National bank

SILVER: Hartzell Veterinary Service, Greenville Federal, Max Hole, Buddy and Turbo Dean, Darke County Veterinarian Services, Arcanum Veterinary Services. Donations are from Marco's pizza (pizza and breadsticks), Boston Stoker (coffee and hot chocolate), Heavy Medal Church (finish line water), Dannon (yogurt), Keller's (free give samples of dog food and treats), Brenda's Beanry (home made dog treats), Eileen Litchfield (cookies for the award winners), YMCA (6-week memberships for the first male and female to cross the finish line with a dog) and Walmart.

Advance America as well as the Heavy Metal Church will be volunteering and Josh Artin will be DJ. Dr Farst will have a booth at the event as well as the Greenville Area Dog Club. The park was built without tax dollars by members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter through fundraisers, grants and donations. The upkeep expenses, mowing and weeding are ongoing. The organization also wants further to improve the park.

You may enter online at www.gtraces.com. People wanting t-shirts must enter on or before Sunday, Aopril 2, 2017. There will be same day registration.

Please check for updates and information for this one of a kind event in Darke County at the organization's facebook page www.facebook.com/Shelterfriends5KRace.

Greenville Art Guild Sponsoring Class with Anne Willis

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A great way to "spring" into action is to paint your own unique tennis shoes with Anne Willis at the Artist Junction! All you need to bring is a pair of canvas shoes to paint on and the desire to express your own unique personality! This class, co-sponsored by the Greenville Art Guild, will be held at the Artist Junction, 6100 Routzong Road, Greenville Ohio 45331 on Wednesday, April 5 from 10:00 until 1:30. The cost is $35 and that includes all painting supplies, hands on instruction by an experienced art teacher and a delicious lunch. No art experience is required! This class is for adults of all ages, so plan to come and have a fun time! Registration is required and the class is limited in size. Don't delay! Call Anne Willis at 941-780-2490 right now for more information or to register.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Car Strikes Stopped Vehicle at 121 and Oliver Road

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On March 19, 2017 at 6:21 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Gettysburg Fire and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident at the intersection of State Route 121 and Oliver Road.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Roger Simons (67), of Greenville, travelled west onto Oliver Road from State Route 121. Mr. Simons vehicle struck an eastbound 1997 GMC Jimmy driven by Gayle Rhoades (78), of Greenville. Mr. Rhoades was stopped at the stop sign on Oliver Road.

Mr. Simons was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

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