Thursday, December 18, 2014

Help Wanted at Comprehensive Health Network

Comprehensive Health Network is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive wage and benefit package. CHN looks to attract employees that share the company’s passion for helping the residents of our community remain safely in their homes. There is flexibility in a home care work schedule that is not available in many other health care fields.

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

Experienced Home Health Aides
Immediate positions are available for Experienced Part Time and Casual home health aides.

  • Successful completion of a formal aide training program.
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in a hospital, nursing home or other home care agency.
  • High school diploma or GED preferred, otherwise demonstrated ability to read, write, complete basic math.
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to work over time when necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license and required auto insurance.
Essential Functions of Job
  • Renders services in strict accordance with a written Plan of Care.
  • Provides personal care services, basic range of motion exercises, and assistance with transfers and ambulation.
  • Performs homemaking services, meal preparation, and shopping.
  • Able to follow therapeutic diet plans.
  • Recognizes emergency situations and is able to implement emergency procedures when indicated

Black Sheep Christmas

Can you imagine if we hadn’t spent our entire lives knowing the story of Christmas? Can you imagine how our lives would change if He had not yet come? What would December look like? What would our faith look like? Cold, dark, and hollow? After waiting centuries, actually millennia for the Messiah, would we have given up hope by now? But what if He came today? What if He came here? Who would be told? Who would search for Him? Who would spread the word?

All are welcome to to join us for the Christmas Eve service, A Black Sheep Christmas, at Castine Church of the Brethren, December 24 at 8pm in the church sanctuary.

Darke County Fair Holiday Office Hours

Through Tuesday, December 23, 2014, the Fair Office will be open 8am to 4pm. Wednesday, December 24 the Office will be open 8am-Noon. To celebrate Christmas, the Office will be closed December 25 and 26.

December 29 and 30, the Fair Office will be open 8am to 4pm. Wednesday, December 31 the Office will be open 8am-Noon.

To celebrate the New Year, the Office will be closed January 1 and 2.


HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Career Opportunities

Through our doors you will find the career opportunity that you have been looking for!

At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Here,
you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ journey
back home. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that happen!

HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living,
post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy.
Our candidate is a state-licensed nursing professional and will be accountable for providing care in
order to maintain the patients’ physical and emotional well-being. In return for your expertise, you’ll
enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be
a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare. Join our team today!

STNAs (State Tested Nursing Assistants):
Full-time and Part-time opportunities available – Apply today as interviews are underway!

Our candidate will possess the ability to communicate with patients and other staff members.
Successful completion of a State approved Nursing Assistant Training and Competency Evaluation Program required.

If you have passed your state exam, good standing in the state registry is also required.

Prior experience as a nursing assistant preferred, but not required.

Interested candidates may apply in person or on-line at or you may copy this LINK into your browser:

Dietary Aide:
We have a part-time opportunity currently available.

Our candidate is able to perform a variety of tasks usually not requiring cooking skills in the preparation, service, and clean-up for meals served to residents and staff in the nursing center and other special events. Excellent customer service skills a must! Experience in food service preferred, but not required.

We also have opportunities for PRN status RNs or LPNs. Experience preferred.

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331
For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
Apply online at ● EEO/Drug-Free Employer

Family Health Closing Early Today: After Hours Will be Open

Family Health will close on Thursday, December 18th at 1:45pm for a Staff Christmas Party. After Hours will open at 5:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

‘Tis the Season: To Mark Your Calendars

Mark those calendars! Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2015 is scheduled for March 6 & 7, 2015, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney & Treaty Lanes in Greenville. Bowl for Kids’ Sake serves as the largest fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. We invite you to join us in the challenge of making 2015 the largest fundraising event to-date. Hundreds of area bowlers have teamed up every year to support this event and partake in the self-proclaimed “bowling event of the year.” Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this event in 2015. Between the bowling, prizes, free t-shirt & food and the smiles you’ll put on the faces of the youth in the local communities, this truly is a ‘can’t miss’ event.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is open to the public, with $40 admission or $25 for those under the age of 18. For registration forms and more information please visit You can also register by calling (937) 492-7611 or (937) 547-9622. All individuals and businesses from the surrounding areas are invited to participate. You can choose to form a team with friends, family and/or co-workers and raise money or bowl individually. High school students are also encouraged to participate and are eligible to bowl for just $25. Lanes are available Friday, March 6th from 4-6:00pm & Saturday, March 7 from 12 noon to 2:00pm at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney & Treaty Lanes in Greenville. You get to choose what one-hour block of bowling works the best for you.

Sponsor opportunities are available for the 2015 Bowl for Kids’ Sake event as well. This is a wonderful way to promote your business and help an organization that gives back to the community by providing positive interaction for the youth. Different sponsorship levels are available and prize donations are greatly appreciated. If you want to jump on this opportunity to create a positive association for your business directly within the community in which you serve, please call (937) 492-7611 or (937) 547-9622.


GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club winter session of obedience, agility, and conformation classes begins the week of January 6th., 2015. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training. Many people like the variety of classes available.

The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday, January 6th. Classes offered include Puppy (12 weeks to five months), Beginner Obedience, Novice Rally Obedience and Conformation.

“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, come and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, Director of Obedience Training.

She also added that a new class will be offered to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The Novice Rally Class is for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for this class is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without difficulty. CLASS SPACE IS LIMITED FOR RALLY, MUST PREREGISTER WITH BARB 548-0338.

The goal of the class is to introduce students to a new form of Obedience which involves walking a course with your dog and performing the exercises as illustrated on numbered signs along the path of the course. This class also preps the team of dog and handler to enter and work towards a novice title in Rally if so interested.

The classes are designed to be building blocks in obedience. We start with puppy and continue to build upon that training thru each of the later classes. However, if you missed the puppy class when your dog was a baby, you can still get great results with the dog starting with our Beginner classes.

Registration for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 6th. with orientation and classes to follow registration.

Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, and participants must bring a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class. Veterinarians need to certify all vaccinations given at home or by a breeder.

For information about obedience classes, and to register your intent to attend please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292

Charlotte Wisener, Director of Agility is also announcing that dog agility classes will be offered on, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. The classes offered include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Intermediate Agility, Advanced Agility, Shaping and Competition. All agility classes will begin January 7th. and 8th.

Pre-registration is required for agility classes. To pre-register, please call 937-692-5580, or cell #937-459-9170.

Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as near the rear entrance. The entrance for dog classes is located on the north side of the building, near the rear.

Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class.

Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized soft treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs.

All Dogs Must Be Leashed When Entering The Building

Participants also are reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Anonymity for Those Involved in Executions

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

A few months ago, I learned that state officials would not start executions again until certain protections were in place to keep the identity of those involved with the process private. What that means is the drug manufacturers and the physicians who are involved with the executions can rest easy knowing their names aren’t tied to the execution. This is a big roadblock that we need to get past so that we can begin the execution process again. The criminals on death row are murderers and have been on death row for an average of 17 years. We need to get this process moving so we don’t extend that timeframe.

Carrying out the court-ordered death penalty in the case of a heinous murder is very important for providing legitimacy across the legal system in Ohio. Potential criminals need to know that there will be punishment for their crimes and in the case of a murderer; they need to know that their punishment could very well be death.

Right now on death row, they are so slowed down that only a small fraction of inmates have received their court-ordered executions scheduled. This can be attributed to lawyers drawing out the process and pushing back the dates.

The pharmaceutical companies that make and sell the chemicals used for these executions may refuse to sell to the state anymore because they want anonymity. House Bill 663 keeps the pharmacies anonymous when it comes to their participation in the transactions that supply Ohio with the lethal-injection drugs we use.

All too often, lawyers see opportunities to take advantage of other people’s suffering. There are concerns that we may start seeing tort involving private citizens and companies that were just carrying out the will of the court system.

To carry out the lethal-injection process we need professionals who can administer drugs and conduct the executions in a humanitarian manner. Ensuring that their identity is protected will allow us to have the best possible people involved with the process. This is the largest step to restarting the capital punishment process and getting our court-ordered executions started again.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at

Note: County Offices to Close December 25th and 26th, January 1st & 2nd

**The County Offices will be closing on Thursday & Friday, December 25th and 26th, 2014, for the Christmas Holiday. Also, the Offices will be closed all day on Thursday & Friday, January 1st & 2nd, 2015, for the “New Year” Holiday. The Offices will be open all day on the 24th of December and also December 31, 2014.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR donates

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members donated mittens/gloves to the FISH Mitten Tree at Montage in downtown Greenville.

West Ohio Agronomy Day

West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 12th at St. Michael’s Hall, 33 Elm Street, Fort Loramie. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.; breakfast sandwiches, donuts, orange juice, and coffee will be available. A Grain Market update from Jerry Meyer (Cargill) and John Leighty (Trupointe) will be held at 8:30 a.m. The programs dealing with Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits for farmers, Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors, and Fertilizer Certification Training for those with Pesticide Applicator Licenses then begin at 9:00 a.m.

Once again, Purdue’s Dr. Fred Whitford (AKA “Fred from Purdue”) will be with us, this time talking about “Adjuvants and the Power of the Water Droplet.” This year’s line-up will also see Dr. Andy Michel from OSU talking about “Insects in Soybeans and Corn – What, When, Controls;” OSU’s Soil Scientist Dr. Steve Culman presenting on “Soils, Soil Testing, Interpreting a Soil Test; How Phosphorus Reacts in the Soil;” and OSU Corn Specialist Dr. Peter Thomison talking about “Corn: An Overview of Crop Inputs and their Relative Importance.”

Additional topics to be addressed include weed management, fumigation, managing pests of livestock and forages, and on-farm solar energy development. Private Pesticide Recertification Credits are available in CORE and Categories 1, 2, and 6. Up to five (5) CCA credits are also available.

The same program/same categories (except for the solar energy discussion) will be held that evening beginning at 5:30p for those not able to attend during the day. A light supper and the marketing update begin at 5p.

Farmers who want to recertify their private pesticide applicator’s license should go online at either to register with a credit card or to download the form to pay by check. Forms may also be picked up at any Ohio Extension office. If not registered online, the completed form can be submitted with the $35 fee on January 12. However, pre-registration is needed by January 2nd in order to ensure enough food.

For those just wanting to attend for the information (and the fellowship!), the cost is $10 if signed up by January 2nd, to be paid at the door on January 12 ($15 for “walk-ins”). A single call to 937-498-7239 or email to saves you Five Bucks!


Young boy enjoying the Eldora Speedway Sprint car simulator at
AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo Show.
COLUMBUS, OH – Deanna York, Tourism Marketing Professional and Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau announced today that the company will participate in the Great Vacations Travel EXPO presented by AAA, January 16-18, 2015, at Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus.

Billed as a ‘one‐stop shop’ for everything related to travel, the event offers Central Ohio consumers information and EXPO‐only deals, along with the best ever travel values on everything from exotic cruises to affordable escapes that are close to home.

With more than 250 exhibits, attractions and events ‐ including Darke County Visitors Bureau and regional partners of West Ohio Adventures ‐ the EXPO is a destination in itself. Favorite travel spots come alive with interactive events and experiences that are as entertaining as they are helpful and educational.

The six counties of West Ohio Adventures (Darke, Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, Shelby and Van Wert) will showcase the best of the region with interactive exhibits, live cooking demonstrations and food tastings as well as friendly travel experts. Many great prizes will be given away during the show to highlight Darke County and the region. For more information and to win free tickets to the show, visit West Ohio Adventures on Facebook.

The Great Vacations Travel EXPO opens Friday, January 16 and runs through Sunday, January 18, at the Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. EXPO hours are Friday Noon to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 11 am ‐ 5 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door (AAA members receive 50% off admission). Children 16 and under are admitted free. For additional event details or to purchase tickets in advance, visit

Olde Thyme Gardeners December News

Pictured: Diana Anderson, Regina Schieltz, Terry Tonovitz,
Jane Staley, Eileen Byrd, Andrea Long
The Olde Thyme Gardeners of Darke County Parks decorated a large, fresh cut evergreen Christmas tree in the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Since the tree is designated "for the birds" and will be put into the landscape for wildlife cover, many of the decorations are made of natural materials. Lowes donated the tree.

There are Christmas cookie cutter shapes of dried bread coated with a mixture of corn meal, peanut butter, and shortening then rolled in a pot luck of bird feed. Other natural materials include dried flowers, apples and chipotle peppers.

Recycled seed packets provide color while miniature gardening tools give sparkle.

The Olde Thyme Gardeners annual February workshop comes on the 21st. "Herbal Reflections" is the theme for the 2015 half day event. Mary Hofacker presents "Cooking with Herbs." Other speakers are yet to be determined. For updates visit or look on Facebook.

On May 16, 2015, the group presents a Spring Tea with Jan Brady giving her popular program on vintage women's undergarments.

The Olde Thyme Gardeners plant the garden near the log house at Shawnee Prairie. The group meets at the Nature Center at noon on the second Tuesday of most months.


GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Christmas Concert will be held Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

Reserve and general admission seats are available at the door. The price for reserved tickets is $6 at the door. Tickets for students are also available for $4 each. There are no refunds or exchanges.

The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills, and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.

The 2014 Vocal Music Christmas Concert will begin with all the choirs joining together in "Deck the Rooftop".

The Choraliers will sing "A Charlie Brown Christmas Medley."

Girl's Glee will perform "Feliz Navidad," and "Grown Up Christmas List."

Girl's Glee and Choraliers will join together to perform "Where are You Christmas?"

The Wavaires will sing "Underneath the Tree", "What Christmas Means to Me" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman.”

The Concert Choir will perform "Lully, Lullay", "What Child is This" and "Sing We All Noel."

Collage will perform “Santa Baby", "Welcome Christmas", and "Jingle Bell Rock."

In addition to the choral selections, there will be several spotlight acts featuring some Christmas favorites.

The entire company will sing “Silent Night,” and the concert will conclude with the combined GHS Choirs, Wind Ensemble and alumni singing “Hallelujah Chorus.”

For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, please like and follow their Facebook page at

Edison Students Join National Society of Leadership and Success

Twelve inductees pictured left to right: Kim Wall, Joe Fisher, Amanda Dysert, Eric Shoemaker, Randy Spradlin, Lauren Rammel, Kerrie Josefovsky, Janice Harshman, Jennifer Noren, Branda Peebles, and Sarah Hein.
Lauren Rammel, the Edison Chapter’s Executive Board President
and post-secondary student from Fort Recovery High School
is inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success.
Pictured with her are co-advisors, Kim Wall (left) and Sarah Hein (right).
The National Society of Leadership and Success (the Society) welcomed twelve inductees from Edison Community College on Monday, December 8. Edison Chapter Advisors and faculty members Sarah Hein and Kim Wall led the induction ceremony with greetings delivered by Dr. Karen Rafinski, Interim President, and a keynote address from Scott Burnam, Vice President of Student Affairs.

Those inducted into the Society included, Paige Christ of Arcanum; Amanda Dysert of St. Marys; Joseph Fisher of Troy; Heather Grillot of Fort Loramie; Janice Harshman of Troy; Kerrie Josefovsky of Piqua; Jennifer Noren of Troy; Emily Ocke of Sidney; Branda Peebles of Arcanum; Lauren Rammel of Fort Recovery; Eric Shoemaker of Sidney; and Randall Spradlin of Sidney.

Students are initially invited to join the Society based on academic criteria. To achieve induction into the Society, members must attend Orientation, Leadership Training Day, 3 Speaker Broadcasts, and 3 Success Networking Team meetings. Members have until they graduate from Edison to acquire the minimum of twelve hours of leadership training required for induction.

In its inaugural year, the Edison Chapter of the Society has a total of seventy-seven active students. Co-Advisor and Edison Professor Kim Wall is confident that the newly formed Society will give students a leading edge in the workforce. “What I keep reading about are the soft skills employers are seeking. I see the Society as an organization in which students can align themselves in effort to specifically develop, or hone, those soft skills further leveraging the experience on their resume and in those interviews to set them apart.”

The future of the Edison Chapter is bright as Executive Board Members meet to align core values with those of the College and the Society. “Starting next semester, we’ll begin engaging in community service activities,” added Co-Advisor and Edison Professor Sarah Hein. “This makes members think not just about what they can do for themselves but how they can give back to the community.”

Adding to the many benefits of joining the Society, scholarship opportunities are also available to participating students. Lauren Rammel, the Edison Chapter’s Executive Board President and post-secondary student, was awarded one of only two nation-wide Inspirational Leader Awards. She submitted a haiku of each of the Society’s core values and wrote an essay about how she strives to be an inspirational leader.

The mission of the National Society of Leadership and Success is to build leaders who make a better world. The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

For further information about the Edison Chapter Society, contact Sarah Hein at or Kim Wall at

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Thursday, December 18th

Is this Christmas season a time of mixed emotion for you? It is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. However, not everyone is up and cheery to celebrate the Christmas holidays! Dealing with the death of a loved one; facing life after divorce or separation; coping with the loss of a job or friendship; living with health issues; and a number of other situations that make the Christmas season “blue.”

For this reason, Trinity Lutheran Church at 204 E. Wood Street in Versailles will be having a Blue Christmas Worship Service on Thursday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. This service is unique in that it seeks to give space and time for loss in the midst of celebration. In this service, quiet songs and contemplative readings offer support and strength for the journey through the holiday season. Our hope is that worshipers will hear the word of God at this special service and will move from sadness to comfort and hope.

This service is open to the entire public. We hope that you will feel comfort in joining us for this special worship as we share in one another’s sorrows as well as the joy of the birth of the Christ child.

Have a Blessed Christmas Season!

O’ Come Let Us Adore Him!

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH invites you to join in their traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion. Special music begins at 8:30 p.m. with a variety of people sharing their gifts of music. Worship begins at 9:00 p.m (note the time change from previous years).

The scriptures, a Christmas message and singing of carols will prepare you for the birth of the Christ child. The evening will include the singing of Silent Night while lighting individual candles in remembrance of Jesus, the light of our world.

You are also invited and welcome to attend the Children’s Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 21st during our 10:30 am worship service. The children of the congregation will be performing "T'was the Night Before Christ's Birth."

Trinity is located at 204 E. Wood Street, Versailles or for more information go to

Versailles Lady Bowlers Continue a Winning Season

The Tigers bowled at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater defeating the Minster Wildcats 2188 to 2022, improving their record to 3-0. Leading the way for the Tigers was Makenzie Berning (198) and Megan Ward (179). There was a total team effort in the five baker games as they dominated the Wildcats. “Pla-Mor lanes lays an oil pattern that is one of the greatest challenges in the league. This was a good learning experience for the girls and showed where we need to work the hardest in practice this week” said Coach Phlipot. The next match is against the Coldwater Cavaliers at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert. “We will be working very hard in practice this week in preparation for facing one of the league’s toughest teams.”

If you want to follow the teams’ progress you can check standings and stats at

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Christmas Luncheon

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Christmas Luncheon was held at the beautiful historical St. Clair Manor in Greenville. Eighteen members attended.

The entertainment was a string quartet playing traditional Christmas music. A special guest, Santa, passed out door prizes to each member.

Reid, Reid Physician Associates join organization in preparation to become Medicare ACO

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services and Reid Physician Associates (RPA) have joined an innovative program to help our patients maintain their health and improve access to our services.

The new program is called the National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium (NRACO), which, as the name states, is tailored especially for rural areas like those served by Reid and RPA. The Consortium will help Reid and RPA work with our medical community and with Medicare patients to help ensure that they are given the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Part of this new process will be to add additional care coordinators who will work closely with doctors and community resources to assist patients stay healthy, secure care when needed, avoid repetitive tests, and navigate the health care system.

The NRACO creates Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in rural areas to permit health care organizations to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Our goal is to manage the costs of providing care in a more efficient way while achieving the highest levels of quality, customer service, and patient satisfaction.

Program activities include setting up advanced care coordination programs to provide additional services to the most vulnerable patients, and promotion of population health and wellness.

Reid is already undertaking activities to prepare to become a Medicare ACO. Medicare patients may hear from a primary care provider who would like to schedule a free Annual Wellness Visit (no copay).

More information about the Medicare Shared Savings Program is available at
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