Friday, October 12, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Welcomes New Member

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR welcomed a new member in to the chapter. Sandra King became a member at the September chapter meeting.

Pictured: Brenda Arnett-acting Chaplain, Sandra King, Doris Aultman-Registrar and Debbie Nisonger-Regent

Cancer Association of Darke County receives donation from local neighborhood

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Brandon Clemens, Lauren Clemens, Jozlyn Woodall, Ellie Cochran, Bianca Cochran, Maddie Cochran, Boston Good, Logan Shepherd and Braydyn Deubner.
Local neighborhood raises $250 for The Cancer Association of Darke County. The Primrose/Holly Hill Block Party committee: Don & Kelly Atkins, Dan & Dawn Chapman, Robert & Rosemary Cochran and Robert & Amy Perry would like to thank the City of Greenville for allowing the street closure, Chief Thompson and the Greenville Fire Department for giving the kids an up-close look at a fire engine, Allen Keaser & Rage – Fire Prevention Team for stopping out, Wilbur Stewart for the awesome food, Doug with Greenville Ace Hardware for their donation and The Flower Patch for balloons to celebrate our cause. We loved the fellowship and purpose to our event as our own committee member Dan Chapman recently fought thyroid cancer. Thank you to all the neighbors for their donations and making it a great block party!

The Cancer Association of Darke County wishes to thank this neighborhood for going the extra mile to help Darke County cancer patients!

Early Childhood Education Openings at Head Start

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Early Childhood Education openings for children ages birth to 5 are available free to qualifying families in Greenville and Union City. Head Start programs are based in centers and schools, and also offer home-based services that assign dedicated staff who conduct weekly visits to children in their own home and work with the parent as the child's primary teacher. Home Based programs provide in-home instruction as well as a group socialization experiences to parents and children which will enhance the parents' ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child.

Head Start achieves kindergarten readiness for children and supports families with the educational, social, and mental health resources needed to reach economic independence. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

Eligible families include those below the 130% Federal Poverty Level. Regardless of income, Head Start also accepts at no cost, families who are homeless, foster families, and those with special needs children. CORS, the grantee for Head Start, operates the Early Childhood Programs in Darke County. All CORS Head Start classrooms are licensed by Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, all are 5-Star SUTQ rated, the highest rating for early learning and development. Teachers, Home Visitors, and Family Advocates are credentialed professionals who have met rigorous education and training guidelines and they are dedicated to the mission of empowering individuals and families to achieve stability, hope, and confidence.

To enroll your child in Head Start or learn more visit www.kidslearningplace.org.

DCCA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL GHOST WALK SITE

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Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween-season tradition when they host their annual Ghost Walk in downtown Greenville on Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28; the walks begin at St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. However, DCCA will also be hosting a new Ghost Walk in Greenville Union Cemetery on Sunday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. and again on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. Many of the tales to be spun are based on stories collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold which tell of local ghostly encounters. “We are always pleased to present the Downtown Ghost Walk, and are very excited about the Cemetery Walk,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “This is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate the season, learn a little local history, and have a lot of fun,” she continued.

According to Ms. Jordan, the new Cemetery Ghost Walk will include some newly discovered spooky stories which will be told at the final resting place of the subject of the tale; she also made clear that, while the walk is planned as a fun-filled event, participants should remain aware of the solemn heritage of Greenville Union Cemetery and respect the final resting place for generations of local citizens. Both walking tours include surprising tales of spooky interaction that leave much unexplained. “The stories can give you chills, but are still not too scary for children old enough to enjoy a long walk in the dark,” Ms. Jordan explained. She also reminds potential Ghost Walk participants that some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be dimly lighted. As in years past, the Downtown Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told at Memorial Hall. However, no appropriate alternative site is available at the Cemetery; therefore, bad weather will force a cancellation of the Cemetery Walk.

Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the Downtown Ghost Walk. Tickets for the Downtown Ghost Walk and the Cemetery Ghost Walk each cost $10; however tickets for the two Walks are not interchangeable. While advance tickets for the Cemetery Walk are only available on-line at www.darkecountyarts.org and by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org as well as at at Greenville Public Library, tickets for the Downtown Walk can also be purchased at Ann’s Gifts, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville. Tickets for the Downtown Walk will be sold at the door at St. Clair Memorial Hall; entry to the Cemetery Ghost Walk will be at the North Main Street Greenville Union Cemetery entrance where tickets may be purchased immediately prior to the event.

Putting Your Garden To Bed

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Join Darke County Parks to learn how prepping your planting area in the fall can maximize your success the following year. Additionally, we will explore how prior planning can reduce the amount of work needed in the spring. Held on October 16 @ 6:30pm, this free program will be at the Bish Discovery Center located at 404 N. Ohio Street. Registration is required so please call 937-548-0165 to register or if you have questions.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at Darke County Parks

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Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Looking for an alternative to scary Halloween events? Enjoy a new twist on an annual favorite! The Great Pumpkin Hunt is still an opportunity to explore the woods on a crisp fall day, but this year will be a little different; instead of clues on the map, families will focus on exploring the trails in search of orange-colored tricks OR treat. Don’t forget to stop by the pumpkin patch on the hill top behind the Nature Center to pick your pumpkin. You can take it home to carve, or paint it in the Nature Center. Children are encouraged to wear a costume!

The Great Pumpkin Hunt is fun for the whole family and will take place on October 20th at 1pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. Registration is required, and a $6 fee is charged. To register for this fun fall event, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

To find out more about the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the office, check out the website at darkecountyparks.org, or visit the Nature Center Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

MIXED MEDIA VOLLAGE ART BY MARSHA PIPPENGER

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The Anna Bier Gallery will present mixed-media collage artist, Marsha Pippenger, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 13, 2018; the exhibit will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m.

Marsha has been active in Dayton’s arts community for more than 20 years, creating and exhibiting her colorful collages and promoting the visual arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University. Through Central State University, she completed independent coursework with local artist and educator Bing Davis. Marsha is an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University and the Kettering College of Medical Arts, where she teaches courses in art and art history. As a Kennedy Center trained artist, Marsha conducts workshops in arts integration for teachers. She has worked in graphic arts, taught art in the Dayton Public Schools, and served on the boards of local arts organizations. Her work can be found in local galleries and in a variety of public and private collections. More information on Marsha Pippenger’s art can be found at www.pippengerart.com. , https://www.facebook.com/marsha.pippenger, and http://www.pinterest.com/marshapip/.

Marsha states, “In my opinion, the best art is intuitive – one individual’s interior experiences outwardly expressed in artistic media. For me, this media is paper, combined with pencils, pastels and natural or found objects. For as long as I can remember, imagination has been my best friend, creating art as necessary as breathing. When I work in my studio I become totally immersed in a delightful universe of colors, textures and shapes. Time stands in limbo. Collage is perfectly suited to my philosophy of visual expression. It is at once painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage. Creating values and dimensions with paper, exploring new materials and combinations of objects to create a unified whole is always an exciting challenge. Working in the medium of collage, I must let the materials have the upper hand, which allows for a fresher, more spontaneous appearance to the final product.

Showing my work as a collection allows me to record my artistic development and progression of thought and technique. Viewing one piece alone is not adequate to illustrate this. It is helpful to stand back and view the body of work; it is also important to receive feedback from others. I love what I do. Art is such an essential part of our world; it records our history and reminds us of our humanity. Art feeds and fills the soul. To be even a small part of that grand tradition, to have even a minute association with the masters, is an honor and responsibility I am proud to uphold.

The Pippenger exhibit is sponsored by the generous donations of our members. The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, the Ami McClurkin Community Fund and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members. We thank them. This exhibit will run through December 9, 2017. All exhibits are free to the public. Gallery hours are every day by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, with any questions or comments and visit us on our facebook page for more information.

“Owls on the Prowl” at Library

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Let Naturalist Kathi McQueen help you discover what owls live in Darke County and why they are important to have around. Have an up-close experience with the Animal Ambassador owls from the Darke County Park District and learn what owls do when on the prowl.

Join us Wednesday October 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. This is a free, family event but registration is required. Call 548-3915.

Library's October’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for October will feature everyone’s favorite Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. The title of his presentation is “Beginning to Advanced Strength Training.” Jordan says “ Winter is coming and there’s no better time to focus on building physical strength! “

Jordan explains “Winter weather makes it difficult to get in enough outdoor aerobic activities. Don’t fret about fitting in enough fitness when the mercury drops because working on muscle strengthening can be done indoors. Join us to learn how to effectively program for increasing overall strength and improving holistic health.”

Join us Wednesday October 17th at noon at the Library. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915. If you would like the boxed lunch from the Coffee Pot let us know. It costs $5 and includes a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own or just come for the program!

2018 ANNUAL FISH SALE

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The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting their annual fish sale. We are offering largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, yellow perch, black crappie, redear sunfish, hybrid bluegill, white amur,koi, and minnows. Call the Darke Soil and Water Conservation for order forms and pricing. You can visit us online at darkeswcd.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or stop by the office at 1117 South Towne Court in Greenville.

Orders must be received with payment at the office no later than Monday October 15th 2018 before 4:00pm, call 548-1715 ext. 3. You can pick up your order at 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 18th 2018. Please bring a 5 gallon bucket full of your pond water to transport the fish.

Accepting Entries for the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Over 90 festive entries decorated with lights make this a holiday parade you don’t want to miss! Photo by John Baker Photography, LLC. 
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Voted best community parade in the state by the readers of Ohio Magazine for 2018, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 17th.

The lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown Greenville area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway.

The parade begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Also, downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping and dining!

Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee is accepting entries for the parade. All entries must be horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders or buggies. Nothing motorized is permitted for this parade.

Entry forms can be submitted online by visiting www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or by contacting the Main Street Greenville office at 937-548-4998 for a printed form.

Please visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or their social media accounts for more information about the organization and the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or info@mainstreetgreenville.org.

Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club Live Wreath Sale

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The Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club have kicked off their annual live wreath sale of fresh mixed wreaths, traditional door swags, roping and mixed bunches to decorate for the holidays.

Each wreath is constructed of fresh Noble Fir, accented with Incense Cedar, Blue Berried Juniper and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The wreaths are available in 20”, 24”, 28”, 32”, and 42” diameters. The roping is of white pine. The mixed bunches have Noble Fir, Princess Pine, Blue Berried Juniper and Incense Cedar. The traditional door swags are attractive with a combination of Western Red Cedar, Princess Pine, and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The 24 inch wreath is ideal for a front door or fireplace and sells for $25.00. A red velvet, red-plaid wired or natural colored bow can be added for an additional $5.00.

Orders can be placed with members of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club and the Ladybug Garden Club or by calling Kim Cromwell at 547-0899.

Ladybug Garden Club officers

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The Ladybug Garden Club officers for 2018-2020 are l-r President Cathy Detrick, Treasurer Becky Collins, Secretary Dawn Hissong and Vice President Irma Heiser. The club is active in the community with participation in flower shows, planting and maintaining the Darke County Fairgrounds flower beds, the Greenville traffic circle, participates in the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Exhibitors and Judges Schools in Columbus, decorates the Wayne Hospital lobby at the holidays, decorates a tree at the Garst Museum and sponsors involvement in the Butterflies Junior Garden Club. They participate in Arbor Day activities and encourage public beautification within the community and rewards residents for their hard work.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU RECOGNIZED FOR MARKETING EXCELLENCE

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SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Darke County Visitors Bureau recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation, held Sept. 26 in Sandusky, Ohio. The DCVB received a first-place RUBY award for the 2018-2019 Darke County Visitors Guide, and a “Citation of Excellence” in the print advertisement category. Accepting the award was executive director Matt Staugler.

The Ohio Travel Association’s Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance Yearly (RUBY) Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s travel industry for efforts in advertising, marketing and public relations. Competition was strong this year with more than 203 entries in print-based, web-based, marketing campaign, advertisement and video categories among others. The awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, were presented during the Ohio Conference on Travel held at Cedar Point.

“It’s an honor to be recognized amongst your peers in such a competitive year,” said Staugler. “Our guide is something we work incredibly hard on, so to be recognized as a top performer in the state is very humbling. It’s an honor to represent our Darke County attractions and small businesses.”

The Ohio Travel Association is the non-profit association representing attractions, destination marketing organizations, hotels, museums, suppliers, restaurants, campgrounds and other businesses that make up Ohio’s $44 billion travel industry. For more information about the Ohio Travel Association and how to get involved with colleagues in the travel economy, visit OhioTravel.org.

Greenville Middle School Helps Students through Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

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by Rhonda Schaar, Greenville Middle School Principal

We have high expectations at Greenville Middle School through Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to help all students learn.

At Greenville Middle School we have had the benefit of a PBIS team that supports our students’ social emotional learning as well as improving discipline and attendance. “Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavioral support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.” https://www.pbis.org/

How do we use this model at GMS? We simply follow the multi-tiered approach to support students and staff. The first tier is based on meeting the needs of 80% of the student population. At tier one we use quarterly incentives, for example, we have a school-wide attendance goal during the first 9 weeks. When we meet the goal, a student volleyball team will play the teachers in an all school assembly. This activity allows us to meet a school-wide goal but is also a climate building event for students and staff. Other school-wide tier one activities include Wave Award immediate student recognition tickets, teaching our school-wide WAVE expectations, grade level incentives such as patio seating opportunities and social emotion lessons through the 7 Mindsets curriculum.

The second tier of focused support at GMS involves the 15% of the students who need more. More support may include check in and check out with an adult or small group interventions with the counselors or administrative staff. The look of tier 2 depends on the need of the student. At this point the Attendance Assistance Team or a meeting with the Response to intervention Team may be needed. Whether it is behavior or attendance concerns our first response is to provide positive assistance.

The 5% of students who need more intensive interventions in response to social emotional needs, attendance concerns or behavior concerns will be individually appraised to determine the best approach to meet his/her needs. A student may be referred to an outside agency such as IDT, Gateway or Wellness and Recovery. These individual students will be given positive support in a variety of ways. We are approaching the varied and intense needs of many of the students by becoming a trauma sensitive school. We are grateful for the recently added K-8 counselor position. Our counseling team of Tiffany Fine and Kailey Guillozet are implementing a comprehensive approach to increase proactive opportunities for students with the assistance of Jamie Neely, who is fulfilling her counseling internship.

Our team approach to PBIS at GMS is making it a priority to “understand the educational impacts of trauma,” and become a “supportive environment where students make the positive connections with adults and peers they might otherwise push away, calm their emotions so they can focus and behave appropriately, and feel confident enough to advance their learning—in other words, …….make trauma sensitivity a regular part of how the school is run”. https://traumasensitiveschools.org/ In using our existing WAVE Expectations we are able to meet all students where they are and make learning accessible by providing positive support in a multi-tiered approach.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

"The First Toolmakers: Native Americans of the Miami Valley"

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Examples of arrowheads commonly found in Darke County
The Garst Museum Speakers Series returns on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 P.M. Kathy Creighton, Executive Director of the Butler County Historical Society, will be giving a program "The First Toolmakers: Native Americans of the Miami Valley." Kathy will be discussing the area's Native Americans and the tools they made from stone. In addition, the members of the Stillwater Chapter of the Archeology Society of Ohio will be exhibiting their collections.

Native American stone tools are durable artifacts surviving from the end of the last glacial period about 12,500 years ago. Stone Age technology and tools saw everyday use until the arrival of the European colonists in the 1500s. Flint-knapping techniques of chipping and flaking the brittle stone evolved from the earliest crude tools into sophisticated and finely manufactured artifacts. Pecking and grinding of hard granite provided long-lasting tools and stone implements. Each culture living in a particular time period had constraints on the shape of its tools, as if they were copied from a template. Other significant features of stone tools will be discussed to help identify what time period and culture may have used them.

All Garst lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas exhibit, and Longtown display. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Foundation.

October at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library has plenty of activities planned for October. StoryTime for preschoolers is on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts, and have a lot of fun. Also on Tuesdays is the afterschool program from 3:45 – 4:45. Kids can hang out with friends, play games, learn a new craft, and explore the outdoors. Both of these programs are drop-in.

On Tuesday, October 9 is an adult coloring session at 4:30. Patrons can come for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and coffee. No registration is required. Also on October 9 is the next meeting of the book club. It will meet at 5:30. New members are always welcome.

On Thursday, October 11, David Nilsen will be at the library for his second class about beer. “Brew Review #2” will focus on beer ingredients and seasonal beers. It begins at 6:30. This class is limited in size and registration is required. Come in to the library to sign up, or call to add your name to the list.

There will be a miniature garden workshop on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30. Come take a look at various examples, learn how to care for them, and put one together. No registration is needed. Patrons are asked to bring a small container for their garden.

Patrons can call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484, or visit the website www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS UNVEILS NEW BRAND POSITIONING AIMED AT VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, along with more than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers. “The need in Shelby and Darke County for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. “To attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of matching youth with mentors.”

Months of research, including focus groups with potential Bigs, as well as current Bigs, Littles, donors, staff, and leadership showed that the brand was not effectively connecting with younger, prospective mentors or conveying the urgent mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization is intentionally pivoting from messages of the importance of mentoring, to messages of the urgent need for the adults in the community to step up to defend the potential of every child. The mission will remain the same, as will the core model of building bridges in communities by connecting one adult with one child and supporting that match at every stage, but the organization will focus on a child’s potential, and our role as adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures.

“In our community, we know that youth are facing numerous challenges. Our organization’s new brand is designed to help us ensure we can serve more children in Shelby and Darke County by recruiting more volunteers,” said Bruns. The brand repositioning and new look are just the beginning. In the coming year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County will transition to a new, modern, nationwide technology system, participate in new training, and use the new positioning to refocus efforts on recruiting local volunteers for their Big Buddies, Lunch Buddies, Career Quest, and community based programs.

Learn more about the new brand positioning, the logo or messaging, or how to get involved at bbbs.org/bigpotential. Share the new look and follow updates on Facebook. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact your local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Darke County Democrats to Host Breakfast

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.

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