Friday, December 14, 2018

Beamsville Christian Church Christmas Services

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Join Beamsville Christian Church for our Family Christmas Program on Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30 AM. Our Christmas Worship musical focuses on “The King is Here”.

Family Christmas Eve Candle Light Service on Monday, December 24th at 10:00 PM.

This special service focuses our attention to our resurrected King. During our service we will worship in song, hear the birth story of our Savior, candle lighting, & celebrating as the body of Christ.

Please contact Pastor Steve at 937-547-0009 for any additional information.

6102 Beamsville-Union City Rd. Greenville, OH 45331

Wrapping up December at the Arcanum Public Library

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Come on in to the Arcanum Public Library for some quiet time during this busy time of the year. Spend some time browsing on the computers, make copies of Christmas letters and pictures, and stock up on books and movies for snow days and school breaks. Come in to enjoy the Holiday d├ęcor or to find a quiet place to read and relax. Kids can pick up Holiday- themed coloring pages and activity sheets.

On Tuesdays, preschoolers can come to Storytime at 10:00 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have a lot of fun. No registration is needed for this drop-in program. Also on Tuesdays, school age children can come for the afterschool program, SPARK, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Kids can make a craft, learn something new, explore the outdoors, hang out with friends, and much more. This is also a drop-in program.

The library is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky person! Patrons age 16 and up can enter the coloring contest for the Kindle. The winner will be chosen at random from the entries. Children under 16 can enter a coloring contest to win a “Holiday Happiness” jar filled with goodies. Come on in to get your coloring sheet.

The annual Christmas craft night with Santa has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 from 6:00 – 7:30. There will be plenty of crafts for kids to make at this drop-in event. Santa will be on hand for pictures.

There will be a winter reading challenge for adults starting in January. More information will be available toward the end of the month.

Also in January, Versailles Winery will be coming to present an informative program all about wine. The presentation will be on Thursday, the 24th at 6:30. Class size is limited for this program, so be sure to call or drop in to sign up.

The library would like to remind patrons it will be closed on December 24 and 25, and on December 31 and January 1.

Patrons can call the Library at 937-692-8484 with any questions or check out our new and improved website at The Library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

MVCTC Recognizes Students for Random Acts of Kindness

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Bowling, Brooks, and Runkel Recipients of first MVCTC Integrity Awards

Courtney Runkel (Pre-Nursing student from Tri-Village) was
awarded the November 2018 MVCTC Integrity Award.  Courtney was
presented her award by West Building Principal, Ms. Natasha Norvell.
Englewood, Ohio – During the 2018-2019 school year, Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) will introduce a new student recognition program to encourage the Choose Kindness Campaign started in April of 2018. The new MVCTC Integrity Award consists of “Caught Being Kind” cards that are awarded to students who are observed demonstrating kindness to other students. The “Caught Being Kind” cards are issued by any MVCTC staff member who observes a random act of kindness and wishes to acknowledge and recognize the student for their kindness/character. Students receiving a “Caught Being Kind” card put their name on one half of the card and deposit it in the Integrity Award box in each building’s front office. The other half of the card should be kept by the student to take home to share with family. Each month a drawing is held awarding one lucky “Caught Being Kind” recipient with the MVCTC Integrity Award for each building. The winners receive an MVCTC hooded sweatshirt, are recognized as a monthly Integrity Award winner on social media, the MVCTC website, and a special bulletin board in each building. The goal is to support and reinforce a culture of kindness by recognizing and rewarding random acts of kindness by MVCTC students.

The recipients of the November 2018 Integrity Awards are

  • Jacob Bowling (Auto Services student from Northmont). Jacob was presented his award by East Building Principal, Mr. Dale Winner.
  • Khali Books (Criminal Justice student from Vandalia). Khali was presented his award by West Building Principal, Ms. Natasha Norvell.
  • Courtney Runkel (Pre-Nursing student from Tri-Village). Courtney was presented her award by West Building Principal, Ms. Natasha Norvell.

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

Green Wave Navy is heading to the 2019 Navy JROTC National Orienteering Invitational for the 2nd consecutive year.

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The Greenville Senior High School Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) has just been notified for the 2nd consecutive year, that they are the only school in Ohio with in Area 3 to participate in the 2019 Navy JROTC National Orienteering Championship.

Orienteering is a group of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain. Participants are measured on speed, accuracy, and the ability to find control points in the proper order. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared Orienteering map, which they use to find control points.

Navy Nationals will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 15 - 18 February 2019, At Vasquez Rock Regional Park in Agua Dulce, CA. This will be the second time in the last two years that the Green Wave Navy will represent Area 3 and Greenville.

The estimated cost for a full team to attend and compete for the National Trophy this year will be about $18,000, which goes beyond the normal activities that were scheduled and budgeted for. Donation are needed and requested for the cadets to take advantage of such a great opportunity and rare opportunity. If you would like to support the Green Wavy Navy please, send any donations to the Greenville Green Wave Navy at, 100 Greenwave Way, Greenville, OH 45331. You may also contact Captain Scott Eberwine ( or Chief Stephen Eldred ( at (937) 548-4188 X1118 if you have any questions.

Maria Stein Shrine Hosting Diamond Ring Raffle

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (December 6, 2018) – The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics is hosting a diamond ring raffle, in which all proceeds will benefit the operational costs of the Shrine. The ring was donated by an anonymous supporter and is valued at $750, based on a certified appraisal from Jones Jeweler in Celina.

“It’s not uncommon for someone to remember the Shrine in their will” stated Diana Russell, Fund Development Director for the Shrine, “traditionally this comes in the form of a monetary donation, but occasionally we receive valuable items, such as jewelry. As a non-profit, we are grateful for all the different forms of the support we receive. An item like this not only allows us to raise funds for the day-to-day operations of the Shrine, but a lucky winner will also get to add a new piece of jewelry to their collection.”

The Shrine is selling the tickets for $20.00. They can be purchased through their website at under “Support the Ministry” or in the Pilgrim Gift Shop, where the ring is on display.

“Because this is a fundraiser, we are hoping to sell 150 tickets and will hold the raffle when that goal is met” added Russell.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Relic Chapel is home to the second largest collection of relics of the saints in the United States.

The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit or call 419-925-4532.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Downtown Greenville Beautification Winners

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The Ladybug Garden Club selected three lucky business winners in Downtown Greenville for the 2018 Christmas Outstanding window displays. Handmade decorations was a high priority in selecting the December Christmas winners.

The Bread of Life Bookstore received special recognition for their Outstanding Christmas window with a jolly handmade Snowman made by the Denlinger family. Shown l-r Ann Fields, Michelle Raffel, Heather Denlinger, Ladybug member Angela Beumer with the Bread of Life owner Julie Strait, and Ladybug Beautification chairman Lisa Marcum and Sherri Jones.

The KitchenAid Experience was chosen Outstanding for the special passion in recreating a globe owned by manager Gloria Keller-Brinley. The globe was captured in the image art work by Michael Glass. Making the presentation was Ladybug member Lisa Marcum to Gloria Keller-Brinley, Angela Beumer and Sherri Jones.

The handmade ornaments of dresses, tops and jewelry on a pink Christmas tree gave Kirstin Berghoff, owner and manager of Sadie Grace Boutique, the Christmas Community Beautification Award for outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of Commercial property and community beautification in Christmas decorating. Shown is Ladybug member Lisa Marcum, Kirstin Berghoff of Sadie Grace and Beautification committee members Sherri Jones and Angela Beumer.

1st Annual Wreaths Across America Event

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Wreath Dedicated at Veterans Memorial

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Fort GreeneVille chapter 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. The wreath was purchased from the Ladybug Garden Club.

(Pictured: Debbie Nisonger, Helen Wright, Chris Nehring, Carla Surber, Linda Riley, Karen Burkett, Doris Aultman, Sandra King, Darke County Commissioner Matt Aultman and Ladybug Garden Club Charlene Thornhill)

Arcanum Faith Church participates in Angel Tree program

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Left to right:  Dr. David Farst, Angel Tree Representative, Ava Farst, Debbie Metzner, Mission Committee Member
Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church is participating in Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship.

This mission project reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ at Christmas time. The Angle Tree project connects a child with their parent behind bars and offers joy and hope to a prisoner’s family. Church members contact the families and buys and delivers Christmas gifts in the name of the incarcerated parent. Faith is a mission-minded church located at 101 E. South St. in Arcanum.

Church service is at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.


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The Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., invites everyone to Christmas Eve services on December 24 at 8:00 PM. This special service entitled “ Come Let Us Adore Him” focuses attention on the Savior. The service includes a participatory sharing of the Christmas story along with the singing of carols, candle lighting and celebrating, Communion. Please come to worshipfully adore Jesus. A nursery is available. Contact 937-548-3583 for more information.

Edison State Students Recognized for Peace Essays

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William Loudermilk Associate Professor of English stands
with winning essay writers Mitch Bolin and Heidi Bundy.
At a time of discord in the nation, Edison State Community College continues to encourage its students to write essays in which they explore their personal challenges in coming to peace and reconciliation with obstacles they have faced.

Held in conjunction with the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize celebration of the end of the war in Bosnia in 1995, Edison State student writers this year have explored a variety of topics ranging from immigration to America to family conflicts to suicide.

Edison State Professor William Loudermilk indicates, “Judging was difficult as so many fine essays were submitted. After much consideration, the following students were selected: First place, Mitch Bolin; second place, Matthew Farrier; and third place, Heidi Bundy.”

Bolin, 32, of Piqua, is the father of a four-year-old son and is an integration lab technician at Emerson. He is majoring electro-mechanical engineering.

Farrier, 17, of Rossburg, is in the College Credit Plus program at Edison State and is a junior at Ansonia High School. He plays a variety of position on the varsity basketball team at the high school but plays “primarily point guard.”

Third place winner Bundy, 23, is from Sidney and is taking prerequisites and plans to seek admission to the Registered Nursing program at Edison State.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Blaine Bowman and HIS Goodtime Band are all set to perform Sat. Dec. 15 at the Gospel Music Center in Union City

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L to R Steven, Christine, Blaine and Mike; members of Blaine Bowman and HIS Goodtime Band are all set to perform Sat. Dec. 15 at the Gospel Music Center.
“God’s idea of a good time,” is how Blaine Bowman describes his programs. Blaine will be bringing HIS group to the Gospel Music Center at 340 N. Howard Street in Union City, Indiana on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge. A love offering will be taken.

Blaine has shared the gospel in word and song at over 160 venues this year. Blaine will go anywhere and everywhere from his annual “Party at the Ranch” to Car Shows, City Parks, to Biker Events, Special Church Events and a festival in Florida that drew 1500 people. Blaine can be reached: P.O. Box 100, South Lebanon, Ohio 45065. Phone: 513-479-6700 or or email at:

Blaine Bowman’s group is a very family oriented group performing with his wife Christine, grown children, spouses, and grandchildren soon to be growing into the group.

The Christmas season is a time for parties and get-togethers so plan to join us on the Dec.15 at the Gospel Music Center (former First Presbyterian Church) at the corner of N. Howard and Hickory St. in Union City Indiana. For more information phone: 937-423-6335 or 937-467-9305; email;

Everyone is invited to join us for a fun evening of “making a Joyful Noise”. Our next program will be Joelle York on Dec. 20, a Thursday evening, so plan to join us for an evening of beautifully sung Christmas carols.

Greenville Senior High Instrumental Music Department to Present Sounds of the Season

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The Instrumental Music Department of Greenville Senior High School will present its annual Sounds of the Season concert on Thursday, December 13th at 7pm at Memorial Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The Sounds of the Season Concert will feature the Jazz Scene, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Orchestra.

The Jazz Scene will feature music of the season by performing Big Noise from the North Pole, It’s the Holiday Season, And the Kings Shall Swing and All I Want for Christmas is You. The Symphonic Band will perform A Magnificent Christmas, Canon for Christmas and Christmas Time with Charlie Brown. The Wind Symphony will perform Christmas Festival, Adventum and Sleigh Ride. The Orchestra will close the show with Wizards in Winter, Jingle Bells, Christmas Pipes, Cantique De Noel and Christmas Eve Sarajevo12/24. The Greenville High School Concert Choir will join the Orchestra for the traditional performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
This wonderful Sounds of the Season concert will begin at 7pm on Thursday, December 13th at Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public. Please consider spending some time with these fine high school musicians and hearing some great holiday music.

St. Nicholas Visits Maria Stein Shrine

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (December 6, 2018) – On Sunday December 2nd, over 80 children and their families met in the Adoration Chapel at Maria Stein Shrine for a special visit from St. Nicholas. He shared details about his life and how his generosity mirrored that of Jesus’s self-giving. He chronicled the time that he paid the dowry for three young women to get married, calmed a storm thus saving a ship full of men, and gave many gifts anonymously.

Before entering the Chapel, the children left their shoes in the hallway and were excited to see St. Nicholas had left treats inside! The day continued with crafts, cookies, hot cocoa and a special appearance by renowned artist Tim Langenderfer. Tim hand-painted a portrait of St. Nicholas and the children enjoyed watching their beloved saint come to life on canvas. Tim then gave the painting away as a door prize, as well as a printed copy, to the children in attendance. The lucky winners were Joan Slonkosky (painting) and Brynn & Olivia Miller (print).

“This is one of our most exciting annual events at the Shrine” stated Susie Bergman, Marketing & PR Director for the Shrine, “each year it continues to grow and get even better, thanks to our numerous volunteers. In conjunction with the event, we contacted parishes all over Ohio and Indiana and shared our St. Nicholas Coloring Contest with their Religious Education teachers. The teachers use the coloring contest as a way to talk about St. Nicholas’s life and ministry with their students. We were excited to receive entries from nearly 400 children!”

The coloring contest winners were 5 years: Parker King & Jetson Thomas, 6 years: Ashlyn Chalk & Cameron Bodart, 7 years: Kamryn Schroeder & Tyler Homan, 8 years: Elizabeth Grieshop & Jackson Hoenie, 9 years: Lilly Walke & Will Rethman, 10 years: Elli Stammen & Caleb Westerheidi, 11 years: Payton DeMange & Avery Stachler, 12 years: Andrew Wuebker & Kelly Thompson. Each child received a children’s nativity set.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Relic Chapel is home to the second largest collection of relics of the saints in the United States.

The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit or call 419-925-4532.

"Hats off to the Holidays"

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You will be greeted by "Hats off to the Holidays" when you visit Wayne HealthCare, 835 Sweitzer Street in Greenville. Members of the Ladybug Garden Club decorated the front lobby with special Snowmen Christmas trees. Decorating were l-r Carol Hosbrook-Cole, Shirley Linder, Amy Addis, Angela Beumer, Barbra Skinner and Mariana Ramos. Not shown was Irma Heiser.


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The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also will stand inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in Fourman’s Variety Store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for over fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 19. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. For more information, call the Fish phone number, 548-2000; a volunteer will return your call.

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