Friday, December 15, 2017

Library Wins Snowman Contest

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Staff from the Greenville Public Library recently won a “Snowman Decorating Contest” sponsored by Darke County Parks at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Logs were provided but otherwise participants used their own supplies. The winner was selected by People's Choice at the Luminary Walk on December 2nd. The Library donated the $50 prize money back to the Park in memory of the late Wayne Nichols who worked as the Park's Maintenance Supervisor for many years.

High School Big Buddy Mentors Make Big Impact in the Lives of Local Children

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Big Buddy, Sarah Layman from Anna High School & Little Buddy,
Jennifer Webb daughter of Tonya Westerheide of Sidney.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce that another great year of the Big Buddies program is up and running. This is the eighteenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is an eight-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors agree to work with and mentor elementary-aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Earth Friendly Practices”.

The Buddies program is held at four different sites in Shelby County for the 2017-2018 school year, and additional volunteers are still needed. These sessions are held at Emerson, Longfellow, Northwood, and Whittier Elementary Schools in Sidney. This year’s program kicked off with a total of 61 volunteers from Anna, Botkins, Christian Academy, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Lehman, Russia, & Sidney. To date, the following high school volunteers for the 2017-2018 include:

  • Anna: Erica Schulze, Autumn Peterson, Brooke Haynes, Linda Perkins, Paige Wiktorowski, Laura Conley, Alyza Hoelscher, Shana Roe, Ashley Ferguson, Marissa VanGorden, Ashley Heitkamp, Amber Stewart, Sarah Layman, Lauren Stephens, Chloe Sharp, Maura Rose, Elizabeth Rickert, Elaina Crossen, Kelsie McKinney, Kayleigh Knew, Nylah Crosson, Liza Michael, Samantha Martin, and Samantha Gratz.
  • Botkins: Sarah VanBrocklin, Lauren Meyer, Lindsey Okuley, Jillian Thurmond, and Scotlynn Armstrong.
  • Christian Academy: Nick Wilson
  • Fort Loramie: Rachel DeLoye
  • Jackson Center: Emme Farley, Halie Shroyer, Maddie Yarkoskey, Maelee Enochs, Jada Yinger, and Regan Davidson.
  • Lehman: Claire Larger, Grace Dexter, Kaila Sims, Evie Olding, and Reese Geise.
  • Russia: Olivia Quinter
  • Sidney: Rachel Trudeau, Katie Butts, Emma Zerkle, Ryan Allen, Cheyanna Bolden, Kiara Holiday, Broc Bey, Kazlynn Douglas, Jayden Humphrey, Emily Sauers, Damien Jones, Blake Blakenship, Taylor Williams, Madisyn Allen, Madyson Crain, Jennah Spade, Kelly Curlis, and Soleil Drinnen.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy productive adults. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the Littles, but for the high school volunteers as well.

In addition to the after-school Big Buddies program, the agency has 75 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings which are planned around the volunteers own schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor, who can serve as a positive role model, and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities. Currently the agency has 11 children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the program, so now is the time to think about how you could put a little sparkle into the life of a child! If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our community-based program, please call 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611 for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The Buddies program is partially funded by The Vectren Foundation Fund, The Community Foundation of Shelby County’s Monarch Legacy Fund, and Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer, you may visit the agency web site at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org or call the Sidney office at 937-492-7611 or the Greenville office at 937-547-9622.

2017 MARKS COMPANY MILESTONE FOR FINANCIAL ACHIEVEMENT SERVICES (FAS) AS THEY COMPLETE THIER 40TH YEAR IN BUSINESS

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(December 8, 2017, GREENVILLE, OHIO) Financial Achievement Services (FAS), a leading independent financial services firm in Greenville, Ohio, is celebrating their 40th year in business.

Since its inception in 1977, Financial Achievement Services has provided expert, client-focused financial guidance to residents of Darke County and the Miami Valley area. In addition to the local area, the firm now serves a national clientele through 26 licensed reps in 14 branch offices in Ohio, Indiana and California.

“At FAS our vision is simple: We are a team of caring professionals partnering with our clients to navigate life’s experiences. I think what has made us the most successful over the past 40 years is truly taking the time to understand each client’s unique financial situation, life goals and needs,” states Matt Arnold, President of FAS. “We get to know our clients, and stand side-by-side with them, guiding them through their financial choices and decisions at every crossroad. At FAS, we like to say that are more than financial professionals because life is about more than dollars and cents.”

FAS’s Greenville location offers a team of 13 professionals who are dedicated to offering their clients the best possible financial guidance, information and service in the future.

Registered Representative/Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC, and Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Achievement Services is independent of Signator Investors, Inc.

About Financial Achievement Services Inc., 5116 Children’s Home-Bradford Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331:

Financial Achievement Services, Inc., provides the guidance you need for navigating life’s twists and turns. The FAS team offers a full range of financial services designed to provide a clear, no-nonsense financial roadmap; simple solutions designed to help achieve your plans for your life. Our goal is to take the mystery out of investing, managing risk, tax strategies, preparing for retirement and ultimately, transferring the wealth you’ve worked to build to those you care about most.

Learn more about Financial Achievement Services, Inc. by visiting their web site at www.teamfas.com, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teamfasinc.

Museum by Christmas and Candlelight this Friday!

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This popular tradition began in the early years of the museum and has grown each year! On December 15th from 5:30 till 8:30 in the evening the museum will be bathed in Christmas lights and the soft flicker of candles to illuminate the beautiful displays and artifacts.

While we agree it’s not the best way to see all our displays, it is a unique way to view things from a new prospective.

Various rooms will have costumed interpreters to share stories from our past. While many displays harken to the late 1800’s this year’s theme comes from the early 1930’s and the Great Depression. Our Service Station display has a car ready for a few cents of gas and loaded with what few Christmas supplies could be afforded.

Other rooms reflect a nostalgic remembrance of Martin’s Department Store’s “Toy Land”. This room is laden with toys for good girls and boys from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Even Santa is there in “spirit” to recall those fond days gone by.

Of course, at this festive time of year, a stop in the Church Room to remember the “reason for the season” is a must.

What were the shoppers buying for Christmas in the 1890’s? A stop at our Mercantile Room will show what our storekeeper, A. Huffman has in stock for the season.

Cookies hot from the 1900 gas oven, in our 1900 kitchen along with tree trimming is just what you might expect on a night before Christmas and is a special delight as well.

School might be out for the Christmas Recess but the classrooms are still trimmed from their last day party.

A solemn stop on your journey is our Military Room recalling the service and loss to our communities by war and those who were not at home for Christmas.

Dressed interpreters will be found in many rooms to share our story of Christmas past and maybe give some young visitors a glimpse of what Christmas was like 50, 100, or 150 years ago!

This is a night for the whole family whether you are from the Versailles area or not to come together and savor and celebrate this special season! We look forward to welcoming you!

Christmas Eve Service at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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Christmas Eve Service

Coming December 24th at 10:00 pm is our traditional Christmas Eve service in the lower fellowship hall. In a darkened, reverent atmosphere we read the Christmas story, share a children's time, sing lots of Christmas hymns and hear a short devotion.

The service is for children of all ages.

Come to Pitsburg Church of the Brethren at 8376 Pitsburg Laura Rd

For more information call Pastor Ken at 546 6808

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Busy This Holiday Season in Many Ways.

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Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently had a Christmas wreath dedication at the Darke County Veterans Memorial marker at the Darke County Courthouse. The wreath is in honor of all Darke County Veterans and active duty military.

Another wreath sponsored by Fort GreeneVille DAR will be dedicated on December 16 for Zachary Lansdowne at Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC. The wreath is part of the Wreaths Across America Program. Lansdowne was a US Navy Lieutenant Commander who was killed in the crash of the USS Shenandoah.

Fort GreeneVille DAR has also donated $200 to Greenville native Kenton Stacy. U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an IED while clearing a hospital in Syria. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Members also decorated Christmas trees in the Garst Museum military room and the Shawnee Prairie Preserve and Nature Center. Besides the tree decorating, members volunteered at the Darke County Parks' 10th Annual Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland event.

Wrapping up the holiday season, the chapter had its annual Christmas Luncheon at the St. Clair Manor. Following the luncheon, members went to Montage with mitten donations for the FISH mitten tree.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ansonia FFA's Parli Pro Team is Off to State!

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On Wednesday, November 29th, the Ansonia FFA’s novice and advanced parliamentary procedure teams traveled to Ft. Laramie schools to participate in the district contest. The advanced team made up of Amber Bergman, Olivia Wright, Aleesha Gates, Katie Werts, Mariah Troutwine, and Katelyn McKenna placed 4th out of six teams. The novice team made up of Emily Wright, Mckenzie Singer, Kaydee Campbell, Deanna Moody, Kiley Winner, Carrie Rhoads, Andrew Thornhill, and Jacob Prasuhn placed 2nd, which earned them a spot at the state competition. 

The novice Parli-pro team posed for a picture before getting on the bus to head to the district competition.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Rossburg Teen Crashes into Pole After Losing Control in the Snow

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On December 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Ohio Fire Dept., Union City, Ohio Rescue, and Union City, Indiana Rescue responded to an injury accident in the 11400 block of Staudt Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that 16 year old Kyler Guillozet, of Rossburg, driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, was traveling southbound on Staudt Road when he lost control on the snow covered roadway and slid off the left side of the road. Kyler's car struck a mailbox and a utility pole, breaking the pole and causing a power outage in the area. The front seat passenger, 15 year old Mason Hummel, of Rossburg, had to be mechanically extricated from the vehicle. Kyler and Mason were transported to Wayne Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office would like to remind motorists to be extremely careful during this time of year with snow and ice covered roadways.

Help Wanted at Family Health

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SBIRT Care Coordinator/Behavioral Health Nurse

RN-BSN preferred (Ohio license)

Family Health Services of Darke County, Inc., an Innovative community health center in west central Ohio, seeks a highly motivated individual to join their Behavioral Health and Wellness Center in developing comprehensive patient care plans and educational programs using the SBIRT model of care.

SBIRT stands for Screening, Basic Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. SBIRT is an evidenced based process to screen, identify, intervene, and treat people struggling with psychiatric, addiction and psycho-social disorders. The SBIRT Care Coordinator/Behavioral Health Nurse will complement the diverse team of providers and care coordinators in providing seamless, comprehensive and coordinated patient care.

Requirements:

* Minimum two years of experience developing clinical care plans and providing comprehensive care management for high risk patients, preferably pertinent to chemical dependency and psychiatric disorders.
* Must have great communication skills, ability to work both independently and cohesively with multi-disciplinary teams in establishing and managing care plan and continuity of patient care.
* Patience and flexibility in working with diverse patient populations, especially those struggling with mental health and addiction disorders. Coordinate mental health and addiction and recovery services, including medication assisted treatment programs.
* Outreach: Experience in developing and conducting individual, group, and community educational programs relevant to SBIRT modules and services.

For more details of job requirements, please go to Family Health website: www.familyhealthservices.org

EOE

Qualified applicants, please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Christmas Eve Service at First Presbyterian Church

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Inspirational Warm Uplifting Personal
All Welcome!

Piano Recital & Presby Trio, 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00 pm.
An Evening of Lessons, Carols and Special Music
Nursery Provided
John Person, Pastor

Cable Channel 5 @ 10:00 p.m. & Midnight
114 East Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio
937-548-3188

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Psycho-social Care Coordinator (full-time/40 hours)

Family Health, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated team player to join their Behavioral Health and Wellness team as a Psychosocial Care Coordinator.

Primary duties include providing care coordination, referral, advocacy, and support services to Family Health patients in need of financial assistance, resource allocation, emotional support and/or follow-up services. Ability to work both independently and cohesively with the community and multi-disciplinary team is essential.

Requirements:

  • Degree in social work, human services, or psychiatric-related field
  • Minimum two years of experience in providing psycho-social support services

EOE

For more details please go to www.familyhealthservices.org

Qualified applicants, please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

‘SANTA’ REMINDS ALL TO HO-HO-DONATE DURING HOLIDAYS

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GIVING BEGINS EARLY FOR ‘SANTA’ BILL MORGAN AT DAYTON CBC

DAYTON, Ohio - If you think your to-do list is filling up fast this holiday season, put yourself in Santa’s boots. The jolly old elf set a good example for planning ahead and precious gift-giving when he stopped by the Dayton Community Blood Center Tuesday, Dec. 5 to make a blood donation.

For the other 11 months of the year “Santa” is Centerville donor Bill Morgan. He’s a regular platelet donor at the Dayton CBC and his Tuesday visit marked his 169th lifetime donation. Bill is also a retired IT manager and professional Santa who still dons the red suit at Christmas time to benefit local charities.

His rounds usually include a donation in costume at CBC to celebrate the season with donors, and to remind everyone to make time during the busy holiday season to give the gift of life.

Bill is an Indianapolis native who moved to the Miami Valley with his wife Bonnie to become Development Manager at LexisNexis. He had a natural white beard and just needed some extra padding to transform into a professional Santa Claus. He debuted in 2000 at Springfield’s Upper Valley Mall.

“They brought in live reindeer and put me on a sled behind the back of the mall with a bunch of people dressed as elves,” he said about his grand entrance. “Just as we began to move it started snowing, and it was really snowing. By the time we got into the mall the sled was covered with snow. As soon as we got in the mall, it stopped. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

His wife Bonnie worked at his side, a perfect “Mrs. Claus” with her white bun and just 4-foot, 9-inches tall.

“We would go to the mall and the kids who were afraid of Santa had no problem with having their picture taken with her,” Bill said. “She would laugh and say, ‘This is tough work! You dress up and people shove babies in your arms. You can’t beat it!’ My wife was a sucker for babies.”

Bill and Bonnie gave up the mall to focus on charity appearances. It was rewarding, but also challenging. “My wife and I used to visit Dayton Children’s,” he said. “The families were going through so much with a sick child. We really needed each other afterwards to build ourselves back up.”

Bill lost his Mrs. Claus when Bonnie passed way in 2010. They were married 41 years and had two daughters and three grandsons. “My wife was a great hugger,” he said. “Everybody wanted to hug Mrs. Claus.”

It was around that time that Bill became an apheresis donor. Tuesday’s donation was his eighth of the year. With jolly optimism he continues playing Santa. When his natural beard thinned, he had a special wig and beard made from human hair.

Santa also has a Mrs. Claus again. Bill met his new wife Evelyn in Granville and they were married in July of 2016.

This season he will again visit Miami Valley Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to cheer up families. He will still be Santa for the holiday party at UES, Inc., a government contractor in Beavercreek. His fee from UES pays for the toys he donates every year to the St. Vincent de Paul Family Shelter. With Evelyn at his side as Mrs. Claus, he will deliver them to the shelter on Christmas morning.

“Anything seems to excite them,” he said about the happy children. “They have a good Christmas morning, and when they’re playing with their toys, Santa sneaks out.”

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Monday, December 11, 2017

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

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November has come and gone for 2017. This was a very good November weather wise, for most of the month it felt like early October. Now that Thanksgiving is over, the next 30 days starts the big Holiday season for retailers, manufacturers, and for most people. We hope the weather continues to co-operate!

November is the month when we start our appropriation process with our departments. Our department heads always do a good job of holding the line on spending, and this is why Darke County has continued to grow and prosper. Our Health and Wellness group in conjunction with our insurer CEBCO (County Employee Benefit Consortium) has done an excellent job in getting our people to lead healthier lives, and that has translated into minimal health insurance costs for the County.

CORSA, (County Risk Sharing Authority) our property insurer, does regular checkups on our buildings, and risk assessments for the County. This co-operation with them and the training and awareness of certain hazards and maintenance needs they see has also led to very good insurance rates for Darke County. We will continue to do all we can to make sure that we do what is necessary to keep our rates as low as possible. The county has seen growth again this year, and in talking to our Economic Development Director, Mike Bowers, it seems things are still moving quite well. All of our companies are doing an excellent job in cost containment and growth, so when you see one of their employees or managers, congratulate them for their continued growth, and a job well done.

This year we have accomplished quite a bit, but as always, there is still more to do. With buildings to maintain, technology upgrades, and equipment purchases, and mandates from the State, we will continue to keep an eye on spending. This year came the news of the MCO tax going away for the State, and that translated into all 88 counties losing substantial amounts of money. That money will need replaced. The MCO tax is still in some discussion at the State level, so we will see what happens. The Sheriff will get three new cruisers again next year, a program that has been going on now for 4 years. We need to continue with this as Darke County is a large county and our Sheriff’s vehicles put on many miles. The Darke County Airport has seen great growth in usage this year, especially in fuel sales, and with some very nice comments on AirNav.com, it is good to see it getting greater exposure. Next spring will bring the improvements to grow the airport even further.
To see some great pictures and information, go to the Darke County Airport Facebook page.

December and Christmas are upon us. This has been a year to be thankful for here in the County. While you are Christmas shopping in Greenville, or just out shopping in your town, come on over, stop in and see what is going on by sitting in on one of our public sessions. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s office at 520 S. Broadway, in downtown Greenville just south of the Courthouse. We hope you had a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and wish all of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The Darke County Commissioners

FRAM donates $1,000 to Cancer Association of Darke County

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Left to right : Duane Edwards (Cancer Association of Darke County Board Member), Stacy Burns (Fram), Monica Gloria (Fram), Pam Clark (Fram), Debbie Green (Fram), Nicole Moore (Fram), Sherry Marten (Cancer Association of Darke County Board Member), Brenda James (Fram)
FRAM employees recently held a fundraiser by raffling parking spots and selling Fram Filter Out cancer shirts.

The proceeds of the fundraiser were donated to the Cancer Association to help local cancer patients who are fighting a very difficult battle.

The organization is a 501c3 established in 1995. It is located inside the Wayne Cancer Center at 1111 Sweitzer Street. Benefits are provided in the form of reimbursement for mileage, medication, medical supplies and nutritional support. There are no strings attached to the benefits and all patients living in Darke County who have been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to receive help.

If you or a loved one or friend has cancer and lives in Darke County, please contact the office at 548-9960 for help.

The association thanks the Fram employees for their hard work in completing this fundraiser that will help many cancer patients.

The organization is not affiliated with American Cancer Society or any other cancer group. It is funded by grants, donations, fundraisers, and is a United Way Partner.

Corporate Sponsors for 2017 are:

American Legion Post 140, Ansonia Lumber, Bible Fellowship Church, Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln, Diane Evans Insurance, Farmers State Bank - New Madison, First Assembly of God, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Technology, Inc., Hittle Buick, GMC, Kiwanis Club of New Madison, Ray and Bettye Laughlin, Lowdy Office Machines, Mercer Savings Bank, Ramco Electric Motors, Second National Bank, Sisco, VFW Post 7262, Wayne Health Care ,Women of the Moose, and Williamson Insurance.

KIDS GIVE SANTA LISTS AT BPW BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

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Pictured back row left to right:  Susan Fowble, Dara Buchy, Karen Sink, (Mrs. Claus), Sue Huston, Vicki Cost, Leigh Fletcher, Diana Frazier. Front Row: Gail Snyder, Santa, Peggy Foutz with children.
Greenville, OH. December 5, 2017 – Children were on their “best behavior” at the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) annual Breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Greenville VFW. This year, Mrs. Claus joined him at the breakfast as well. Scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes, orange juice and milk were prepared and served by the Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students and their advisor and BPW member Dara Buchy. During the breakfast, Santa walked around and spoke with the children. After breakfast, they listened to the story of “Elfie’s Christmas” read by Leigh Fletcher followed by an individual meeting with Santa to give him their lists. Each child also received a goodie bag and gift from Santa. Photos from the event can be found on the club’s Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

Special thanks to the following: Dara Buchy and the Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students, Downing’s Fruit (apples), The Early Bird/Bluebag Media (pictures for coloring), the Greenville VFW, Weaver Brothers (eggs), Eikenberry’s IGA (donut holes), Winner’s Meats (sausage), and Melanie Shilt (for backdrop). Also juice, milk, tableware and candy were donated by the Greenville BPW club members. All proceeds from this event go towards scholarships for the young women of Darke County.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The club’s dinner meetings are held the second Thursday each month. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Marilyn Emmons at 548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com or find them on Facebook @ Greenville BPW Club.

State Partners with Local Organizations to help Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter

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HEAP Winter Crisis Program Begins November 1

The Community Action Partnership and Ohio Development Services Agency will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018.

“We want to help Ohioans stay warm this winter,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Working with Community Action Partnership, we’re helping Ohioans manage their energy costs this winter.”

More than 400 families in Darke County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year.

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirt of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other,

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050. From November 2016 – March 2017, more than 104,799 Ohioans were helped by the program statewide.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

  • proof of income (copies of pay stubs)
  • copies of their most recent energy bills
  • list of all household members with Social Security card and birth dates
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
  • copy of rental lease

Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance or visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.

For more information about energy assistance programs call (800)282-0880 and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

Tech Repair Service Opens in Downtown Greenville

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Ryan Wintrow and Trevor Brumbaugh opened iSelect Cellular Solutions at
109 E. 3rd St. in Greenville earlier this month
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Downtown Greenville has a pair of fresh faces standing by to fix your phone, tablet, or game system.

Ryan Wintrow and Trevor Brumbaugh opened iSelect Cellular Solutions in downtown Greenville on November 4th, 2017. The two are no strangers to running a business, however. Some may remember Go Go Gamers, a business created by Wintrow and managed by Brumbaugh. The store was opened by Wintrow in 2014 when he was just 17 years old.

The store offered used video games and gaming systems as well as phone repairs, but Wintrow wanted to shift his business model to focus on technology repair services. Repairing broken phones and game systems is something he took an interest in when he was young and it is a skill he taught himself and improved upon over the years. Wintrow is now imparting that knowledge to Brumbaugh as the two work side by side.

While Ryan was the proprietor of Go Go Gamers, it was actually Trevor Brumbaugh’s suggestion that led to the opening of iSelect Cellular Solutions.

“I was previously working in a factory job but knew I wanted to do something different,” said Brumbaugh. “I texted Ryan one day about starting a business specifically for repairs and we came up with the plans from there. He [Ryan] actually already had the name picked out!”

The two began developing the business model in August of this year and opened their storefront location about three months later. They credit the quick opening of the business to Wintrow’s foresight and previous business experience.
“Because I already had the name picked out and licensed with the state it made the process a lot quicker,” said Wintrow. Brumbaugh added, “He also had a lot of prior knowledge on the paperwork and procedures involved since he’s opened up a business before. That saves a lot of time.”

Trevor and Ryan were also grateful for the assistance of Eric Brown of EB Real Estate in finding the location for the store and getting moved in quickly.

“It is great to see young entrepreneurs in Darke County opening local small businesses,” said Brown. “iSelect Cellular is providing a service that was previously not available in Darke County. I hope the public will patronize and embrace this small business, as Ryan has already established himself within the community through his past business experience. The entire EB Real Estate team wishes Ryan and Trevor all the best!”

The business, located at 109 E. 3rd St, specializes in phone, tablet, and game system repairs. They can replace cracked screens, fix broken charging ports, help with minor software bugs, and much more.

Wintrow believes what sets them apart from a chain store is the fact that they keep things local.

“A lot of the larger phone stores will ship off your items for repair. You drop it off to them and they send it away and you’re left without your item. We do everything here in house. If it’s a minor problem you can either wait here while we fix it for you, or drop it off and come get it later in the day. Most repairs can be done within an hour or two.”

iSelect Cellular Solutions also uses Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or OEM grade parts, so you know your device is receiving the highest quality repair parts. They also offer a lifetime warranty on their repairs and have screen protectors and phone cases available for purchase. They are proud to offer a standing 15% discount for uniformed service customers.

The store hours are Monday-Thursday & Saturday 11 am - 5 pm and Friday 11 am - 6 pm. The store is located at 109 E. 3rd St, right behind The Blue Bow Boutique. For more information about the business and their offerings, follow them on Facebook at iSelect Cellular Solutions - Greenville, OH, or contact them at (937) 459-4959 or info@iselectcellular.com.

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

TEDDY BEARS & FRIENDS BLOOD DRIVE IS DEC. 12

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22nd YEAR OF HOLIDAY CHEER FOR YOUNG WAYNE HEALTHCARE PATIENTS

Donor Logan Puterbaugh with Lion Bill Campbell at
2016 Teddy Bears & Friends Blood Drive.
DAYTON, Ohio – Lions Club from across Darke County will continue a holiday tradition by sponsoring the 22nd annual “Teddy Bears and Friends Blood Drive” Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville. It’s again a chance for donors to spread cheer with gifts of stuffed animals for young patients spending Christmas at Wayne HealthCare.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special holiday edition “Be a Deer – Donate Blood” long-sleeve t-shirt. Community Blood Center encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville and Pitsburg Lions Clubs join forces to sponsor the Teddy Bears and Friends Blood Drive. They volunteer during the blood drive and raised enough money to purchase more than 150 stuffed animals. Donors are invited to sign gift tags and send messages of encouragement to children at Wayne HealthCare. The gifts are distributed to the patients during the holiday season.

The holiday season is a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply. Holiday activities, wintry weather and seasonal illnesses can reduce the number of donors and disrupt blood drive schedules. If you must miss an opportunity to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Library Wellness Lunch & Learn

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With the year winding to a close, Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare will share how to bring the physical, mental, and nutritional aspects of your fitness plan together with the aptly named talk “Bringing it All Together.” Jordan will be sharing great health and wellness information for beginners and veterans alike, and also allow time for questions afterwards.

Join us December 13 at 12:30 pm at the Greenville Public Library. Space is limited to 20 participants; if you would like lunch, pre-registration is very helpful. The boxed lunch costs only $5.00, provided by the Coffee Pot, and will include a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own lunch or come just for the program! To register, call the Library 548-3915.

Gingerbread Party at Library

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Families, kids, and teens are invited to a Gingerbreadhouse Party on Tuesday December 12th at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Childrens and YA Departments at the Greenville Public Library. We will be making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers so no baking needed. We’ll have all the supplies and all you have to do is come and have fun. Several of us will be on hand to help.

Holiday music and refreshments will add to the festive atmosphere and we‘ll be giving away several copies of favorite author Jan Brett’s Gingerbread books. The Library is always beautifully decorated and there are lots of Holiday themed books and music just waiting to be checked out.

Edison Students Talk On Bullying

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A variety of sources note that children of all ages can suffer emotional problems due to bullying and that nearly three-fourths of all young people have been or are currently being bullied. Cyberbullying is also on the rise as nearly half of all teens are affected. Persistent bullying in teens can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior. So what can you, as adults, do to protect your children and grandchildren?

On Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m., four Edison State Community College Darke County Campus communications students will be at the Greenville Public Library to address the issue of bullying. Their goal is to provide adults with information that could help the young people in their lives. They are Kaitlin Howard, Brigette Filbrun, Elizabeth Williams, and Madison Little.

For a number of years, the Edison Fundamentals of Communication students have been educating young people on bullying, drug abuse, and literacy. They have visited nearly every school district in Darke County in order to talk about the consequences of risky or abusive behavior. This fall, nine Edison teams will be at Greenville’s K-8 campus, the Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley campuses, and the Greenville Library.

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