Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Beer at the Library?!

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The Arcanum Public Library is excited to be hosting a “Brew Review” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The library will have an expert on hand to introduce patrons to the rapidly growing craft beer scene. With thousands of breweries and hundreds of styles, knowing what’s what when getting started can be overwhelming. David Nilsen, beer journalist and Certified Cicerone, will be here to talk about the basics of beer, how to taste beer like an expert, and lead patrons through a guided tasting of five craft beers from Ohio breweries. This class is limited in size, so be sure to register in advance by calling the library at 937-692-8484 or by dropping in.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Greenville Police Reminds You to Lock Your Cars

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On July 10, 2018 at approximately 3:30am, a citizen in the 200 block of Central Avenue contacted the Greenville Police Department to report a male suspect inside of the citizen's vehicle which was parked on the street in front of their residence. Officers responded and after a short foot pursuit in the area, arrested the suspect, Derek Dodson (29), of Richmond, Indiana. Dodson was charged with Vehicle Tresspass and Obstructing Official Business and subsequently incarcerated at the Darke County Jail.

The Greenville Police Department would like to remind citizens to always lock your vehicle and to contact the Greenville Police Department to report any suspicious activity.

APL is the place to be in July!

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The Arcanum Public Library is planning on a busy July. The summer reading program is going strong, with programs nearly every day. StoryTime will be held on Monday, July 9, 16, and 23 at 10:00. Preschoolers listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts and have lots of fun. No registration is needed. Rock Stars is a program for kids ages 7 and up, and will be on Tuesday, July 10, 17, and 24 from 10:00- 11:30. Kids can watch movies, make crafts, play games, and compete in some fun challenges. No registration needed, just drop on in. Wednesdays are movie days at the library. On July 11, the library will show “Land Before Time” at 10:00 and “Jurassic Park” at 2:00. On July 18, “The Sword in the Stone” will be at 10:00 and “School of Rock” at 2:00. On July 25, “Trolls” will be shown at 10:00, and “A Wrinkle in Time” at 2:00. On Thursday, July 12, the library will be having a drop-in craft program from 10:00 – 4:00. All ages welcome. On the 19th, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District will be here for a great program at 10:00. No registration needed, but be ready to get messy. On the 26th, the library will be set up for a “Can You Dig It?” morning of sand and fossil fun from 10:00 – 12:00.

In addition to the summer reading program, the library has other activities planned. On Tuesday, July 10, there will be an adult coloring session at 4:30. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and take home a masterpiece. Supplies are provided. Also on July 10, the book club will be meeting at 5:30 to discuss the current selection and pick up the new book. Newcomers are always welcome. The next gardening class will be on Wednesday, July 18 at 11:00. Come learn about terrariums, and make your own. Patrons are asked to bring a container; plants and other items will be provided. On Thursday, July 19, a consumer educator from Second National Bank will be presenting a cyber security awareness workshop at 6:30. Plan to attend this workshop to learn how to stay safe in cyberspace. No registration needed. The library will be hosting a “Brew Review” on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30. An expert will be on hand to guide patrons through the craft beer craze. Registration is required for this space-limited event.

Patrons can call the library at 937-692-8484 with any questions, or check out the website at Patrons can also find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Shook Construction Sponsors Gathering at Garst

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True to its mission of being a dedicated corporate citizen and supporting the community causes meaningful to its employees, Shook Construction is sponsoring the living history encampment at the Gathering at Garst. As it continues to grow, the encampment is adding more historical reenactors and participants who will be interacting with visitors showing what early life was like in Darke County. Visitors can hear the cannons, smell the gunpowder, and step back into the time with early settlers of Darke County. The Gathering at Garst is an annual event hosted on the grounds of Garst Museum the last Saturday and Sunday in July. Visitors come to learn more about our history and enjoy a wonderful venue of artists, antiques, craftsmen, food, and entertainment. The event committee, participants, and the many visitors to the museum extend their grateful appreciation to Shook Construction for supporting the Gathering at Garst.

“Family Fun Day” at Library

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The Greenville Public Library welcomes Madcap Puppets to “Family Fun Day” Wednesday July 11th at 11:00 a.m. The show is Rumpelstiltskin where Rose must spin straw into gold to save her father. With the help of a strange little creature she does the impossible, but she could lose everything if she can't guess his name. This musical adaptation is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the show on the lawn under the shade trees. In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Steyer Family Trust for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days 2018.”

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Greenville Municipal Concert Band to feature Taiko Drums and Chelsea Whirledge

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The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will once again take the stage this Sunday, July 8 at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. The concert will begin at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

This week the band would like to feature the sounds of Taiko Drums under the direction of Mrs. Audrey Hathaway from Mississinawa Valley High School. The Kuroi Taka Taiko drummers are a Japanese drumming ensemble that combine choreography and drumming along with cultural costuming (masks, kimonos, and props) to delight audiences of all ages. The handmade drums used are of three sizes: the very large Okedo daido drums, the medium-sized nagada drums and the smaller shime daiko drums. Gongs, shakeres, cymbals and other small trap instruments are also used in their performances.

The Kuroi Taka Taiko drumming group has achieved great success throughout Ohio and Indiana, performing at the Ohio State House, Langfest at OSU, the 2nd Summit of Educators, the Ohio School Board Association Convention, International Baccalaureate schools in Indianapolis and many local and school events. This unique drumming program was introduced at Mississinawa Valley eleven years ago and currently has 63 students in three performance groups, ranging from 5th and 6th grade, junior high and high school. It is one of only two such groups in the state of Ohio. The members of the group performing Sunday are Angel Avilez, Mallory Flesher, Naomi Hathaway, Adam Manning, Maria Ojeda, Josiah Philiposian, Gabby Rammel and Kailey Yohey.

The band is also proud to feature the beautiful voice of Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge. Chelsea will be singing Over the Rainbow and the wonderful jazz standard More Than You Know. The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will explore marches of Henry Fillmore, selections of pop and show music and perform the exciting Claude Smith opus Emperata Overture.

Please plan to attend the concert this Sunday, July 8th at 7pm at the brand new Marling Band Shell in our beautiful city park. Park bench seating is available and you can bring your own chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the show. The concert series is a great way to spend an evening listening to music, reading a book or just creating quality family time without computers or television. Bring a friend and enjoy the park.

A Message from the Greenville Friends of the Library

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Treasurer Craig Stickel and Co-President
Steve Shaw sort books for sale.
The officers of the Friends of the Greenville Library (FOL) wish to thank all its members for their support. As of the end of June, we have 35 single members, 58 family members, and 14 corporate members. Our members also provide the goodies for the Holiday Open House the second Saturday in December. We have a hard working group.

The FOL currently supports Author’s Nights, the summer Family Fun Days, and the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We also purchase items the Library is not budgeted for.

We appreciate all the book donations the public gives to us to sell. We generally get very nice books, but sometimes, people clean out their attics or basements, and the books are in bad condition. We know it is hard to trash personal books, but if they can’t be sold, please consign them to the rubbish bin or recycling. Some of these items have mold and animal droppings. They are a health hazard to everyone. Please donate books you would like to handle. Again, thanks for the many good donations.

If you wish to join the FOL, signup forms are in the library. A single yearly membership is $5.00, family - $10.00, and corporate - $100.

Register for Lead the Way Tractor Cruise Presented by Jordan Insurance Agency

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Live United and Ride United on Saturday, August 11, 2018 for the 13th Annual Lead the Way Tractor Cruise presented by Jordan Insurance Agency.

ANYONE with a tractor is invited to ride in the Darke County United Way Tractor Cruise, and the community is invited to come out to watch the tractors and enjoy shopping locally! The Tractor Cruise will be parading through town at 10:00 am. We would like to give special thanks to the City of Greenville and the Greenville Police Department for help with this event.

The Tractor Cruise embodies the heart of Darke County, agriculture, and brings it front and center into the United Way’s event to help those in need. Please call the United Way office at 547-1272 to register. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and a Tractor Cruise t-shirt. All proceeds support the Darke County United Way’s local programs to strengthen education, health and stability. We encourage all riders to collect pledges for the United Way. There will be prizes for the largest amount of pledges collected.

In addition, we still have room for additional sponsors. Sponsorships are $200 and include the business logo on the back of the shirt and a tractor registration.

For more information, to register a tractor, or to sponsor this event, please contact the United Way office at 547-1272 or via email at We hope to see you in downtown Greenville on Saturday, August 11th for our 13th Annual event.

Farm to Table Dinner Coming to Downtown Greenville

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Darke County Farm Bureau has been bringing people together for nearly 100 years and believes in opportunities for the next generation. Therefore, Darke County Farm Bureau and Main Street Greenville are proud to be collaborating to host a farm to table dinner in order to highlight independently owned businesses, draw attention to the importance of local farms, and promote the burgeoning agritourism industry in our county. Agriculture is Ohio’s largest industry, and over the last few years we’ve seen an increase in public interest regarding food production. Individuals are hoping for education about the agricultural economy and to have greater knowledge about where their food comes from and how it is prepared. It is with these goals in mind that we plan to host a locally sourced and prepared dinner which will feature local farmers and independent business owners. We are excited for this initiative where all net proceeds will benefit local 4-H and FFA Chapters. The dinner is set to take place on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on the beautiful Greenville Public Library Lawn and will be called Farm on Fourth.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Darke County Farm Bureau for Farm on Fourth," said Main Street Greenville Executive Director Crysta Hutchinson. "The collaboration of our organizations provides a great opportunity to both highlight independently owned local businesses and bring food producers and consumers together."

The food ingredients for the dinner will be sourced from farms in Darke or surrounding counties and the three course meal will be prepared by chefs and restaurateurs from downtown Greenville. The Merchant House will prepare the salad and entree, and desserts will be provided by Kathy's Cookies and Pies. Attendees will also be able to select their preference of beer or wine pairings expertly chosen to accompany the three course meal.

The event will also feature live music performance, informational presentations from food providers, displays from local farms, and more.

Tickets for Farm on Fourth are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Darke County Farm Bureau office at 937-335-1471. Tickets are $75 each, $125 per couple, or 4 for $200. Tickets include a three course meal and beer or wine pairing with each course. Event attendees will be asked to select their meal and drink preferences after ticket purchase.

This farm fresh community event is possible thanks to the support of our presenting sponsors: Jordan Agency and Graves-Fearon Agency, your local Nationwide agents.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

Local Garden Club Members Win Awards at Annual Convention

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The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc.held their 88th annual convention recently at the Deercreek State Park Lodge, Mount Sterling, with attendees from throughout the state. The flower show entitled "Designing Through the Seasons" accepted artistic and horticulture entries from talented registered garden club members.

In the adult horticulture flower show, the Garden Grower Award was awarded to Irma Heiser, Ladybug Garden Club of Greenville, with 'Spacious Skies' hosta entry for her garden excellence. Irma serves as Region 3 Director for Darke, Preble and Montgomery counties.

In the Junior flower show, Audrey Allread took Award of Merit honors with a 'Ivory Queen' hosta, Award of Merit for "Piggyback" container plant and Junior Best of Show for overall best Junior horticulture exhibit from all junior classes. In the junior artistic design, Kendall Cromwell won Junior Best of Show for the "From My Garden" class, designers own interpretation. Both juniors are members of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club.

Comprehensive Transition Program & Fully Accredited min-MBA for Veterans & Spouses: The Catalyst

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Tailspin, best-seller by Steven Brill, analyses the ways in which America is rigged in favor of the privileged by the wealthy. Brill indicates that the director of C4Q , a program in Queens that offers training programs to move displaced workers into software engineering job has said, “Some of the smartest, hardest-working people I’ve ever met were Soldiers… .”

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Catalyst, is designed for this very group. Captain Daniel Hance, U.S. Army and CEO of the Company, announces an upcoming Catalyst class in Partnership with Antioch University Midwest (AUM) in Yellow Springs, Ohio, from July 9 through August 10. This is the first fully accredited mini-MBA specifically for Military personnel & Spouses.

Launched in 2017, The Catalyst Program is a veteran-led, non-profit organization that helps high-potential military men and women transition to viable civilian employment/entrepreneurship & education.

The program offers credit toward an MBA in addition to the following:
  • Career and personal counseling/branding to assist participants in defining skills, passions, and opportunities in the business world;
  • Coaching on ways participants can benefit corporate America using their military knowledge and skills;
  • Thorough exploration inside of various industries & companies ;
  • Networking skill development;
  • Job shadowing, case work, and real-time projects with employment partners.
The Catalyst, a 501 c3 non-profit, has a skilled, diverse board with backgrounds ranging from psychology to finance to brand management.
Ideal candidates for the program will have the following qualifications:
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent military experience ( E-5 or higher);
  • At least one deployment preferred;
  • Unique qualifications such as certificates, awards and/or achievements preferred.
For more information, call (937) 414-9165.

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