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 blainebowman.com or email at: treemendus1@msn.com.

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 terryandraine@gospelmusiccenter.com; gospelmusicenter.com.

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 www.mariasteinshrine.org 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.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Greenville Street Dept Honored by Ladybugs

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The Greenville Street Department was honored by the Ladybug Garden Club for outstanding achievement in design, maintenance of Commercial property and Community Beautification in Christmas decorating.

The downtown Greenville has come alive with lighting on the traffic circle, all lamp posts, the City Building landscape, Annie Oakley Park, and this year they added special strands of snowflake garland across Broadway. All their efforts are appreciated for making the downtown outstanding.

Front row Ryan Delk, supervisor Greenville Street Department, Lisa Marcum, Ladybug Community Beautification chair. Second row- Jason Howard, Chris Hunt and Wes Wirrig. Third row, Cody Nealeigh, Ethan Saylor, Jennifer Robertson and Ladybug member Angela Beumer. Back row, Matt Myers, Billy Hoyt, Jerrod Marshall and Colton Nealeigh.

Not pictured is Rob Weyant, a vital contributor to the lightening.


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While many children have a traditional birthday party, nine year old Matthew Byram of Greenville decided he would like to do something else. Matthew and his mother Susie take their dog Sophie to Scentral Park Dog Park regularly. He decided he would like to do something to benefit the dog park. He asked that his friends bring monetary donations to his party instead of gifts. The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank Matthew for his thoughtful gift in support of Scentral Park. His generous donation will be used for the upkeep of the dog park for all to enjoy.

Shown in the picture is Matthew making his donation to members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter and Darke County Shelter staff.

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that raises funds to provide extra goods, services, comforts and amenities to benefit the shelter and maintain Scentral Park Dog Park. Scentral Park was built and is maintained through donations only. No tax money is ever used.The Darke County Animal Shelter and Scentral Park Dog Park are located at 5066 County Home Rd., 5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, Oh. 45331

Friends of New Madison Public Library - Christmas Open House - Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 10-5:30

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The Friends of New Madison Public Library invite you to attend their annual Christmas Open House at the Library on Tues. Dec. 11, 2018. We will celebrate throughout the day with homemade cookies and punch beginning at 10. From 3-5:30 local musicians, Eric Smith and Friends, will return with some Sounds of the Season to brighten your day. At 5:30 the Board of Trustees will be honoring our Phyllis Cole Dubbs Library Service Award Recipient for 2018, Tiara Brinley. Bring the family in to celebrate and stock up on books, magazines, movies, and music for the holiday season. Check out our website www.mynmpl.org, LIKE us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest for more information on programming throughout the year.

2019 Farm Management School to be Offered in Darke County

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According to AgWeek, “the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that the number of farmers ages 25 to 34 is growing nationwide. That’s the result of strong crop prices from 2007 to 2013, which generated higher farm income and gave young would-be farmers a better chance to support themselves and their families.

Young farmers and ranchers, for their part, say they’re not being handed anything and that they face major financial challenges. The strong crop prices that encouraged young farmers to get started are gone -- corn, which once sold for as much $8 per bushel, brings about $3.50 per bushel now -- but land prices, which soared during the boom years, haven’t come down.”

OSU Extension will be partnering with Farm Credit Mid-America to hold a Farm Management School this winter to address this need from the agriculture community. The series is for all those in farming or agriculture businesses interested in finances, business plans and how to make their operation successful.

What we will cover:

  • January 3 - Farm Mission and Business Plans
  • January 10 - Record Keeping and Balance Sheets
  • January 17 - Budgets and Enterprise Analysis
  • February 7 - Ag Law and Farm Transition

Presenters for the series will include Bruce Clevenger, Dianne Shoemaker, Sharon Harris, Peggy Hall and Sam Custer from Ohio State University Extension. Farm Credit Mid-America team members will also be presenters.

OSU Extension, Darke County would like to thank our sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America for their support in holding this program.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. Download the full flyer and registration at http://go.osu.edu/2019farmmanagementschool. $40 per person. Registration deadline is December 26, 2018. Registration includes snacks and materials. Make checks payable to Ohio State University Extension. Mail to OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Ave, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Edwin F Nickol Inc. Presented with the NSDAR Community Service Award

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Shirley Hughes, Caroline Petitjean, Gary Condon-owner, Arron Wise, Jody Groff , Mike Wise and Helen Wright. (not pictured Debbie Nisonger)
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently awarded Edwin F Nickol Inc. and staff with the NSDAR Community Service Award. In the past two years, Nickol has contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic and civic duty with Fort GreeneVille Chapter NSDAR's project of honoring American Revolutionary War Patriots' graves in Darke County, Ohio.

Nickol has assisted in the chapter's enormous task of repairing, cleaning and replacing monuments at the gravesites of American Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Darke County, Ohio. They have shown such dedication in helping preserve the history of our ancestry in Darke County.

Edwin F Nickol Inc. is still assisting with this project and plan to assist until we have finished honoring all American Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Darke County, Ohio. At this time, they have assisted Fort GreeneVille Chapter with 18 Patriot graves besides several more Patriots pending dedications or further research.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Secures Local Funding for Purchase of Chromebooks

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The Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County a grant to assist with the purchase of Chromebooks and docking station for their Career Quest program. Career Quest is a partnership with Sidney High School’s Opportunity School that offers one-to-one mentoring for youth to develop hope, build skills, and prepare for future careers in the community.

Career Quest invests in the workforce by creating pathways in manufacturing, construction, and health with local partners to assist youth with skills and services necessary to reach their maximum potential. Career Quest provides pathways for success to post-secondary education by partnering with Rhodes State College and Edison State Community College to provide evidence-based curriculum, field experiences, internships, job shadowing, and the opportunity to receive a credential and/or college credit. Career Quest teaches financial well-being for work and life via the Federal Reserve Bank’s “Keys to Financial Success” curriculum. Students learn the knowledge, skills, and processes required to make sound financial decisions and manage their own personal finances. Lessons engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Their vision is for all children to achieve success in life. One-to-one mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk. Thanks to generous donations like that from The Community Foundation of Shelby County,

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency with over 25 children waiting to be matched with a caring adult. Ten of those children are specific to the Career Quest program and volunteers are needed from 3-7pm, Monday through Thursday. 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.

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe supports DCCA Arts In Education Programs

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Award-winning singer/songwriters Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith recently performed for Arcanum High School students, as part of DCCA's Arts In Education programming for Darke County High School Students.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds in support of its Arts In Education (AIE) programs. DCCA, in conjunction with school administrative staff, annually takes performing artists to every grade of all Greenville City and Darke County public schools. "DCCA thanks the Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe and all our sponsors who make our AIE programs possible." shared Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are proud to present world class professional performing artists, in our local public schools, that engage and entertain students," concluded Jordan.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2018-2019 season include Kathakaar (grades K-3) "The Spinning Storytellers" sharing history and culture of India. Lee Murdock shares music and history of the Great Lakes (grades 4-6); Alpin Hong (grades 7 & 8) a Darke County favorite, returns bringing his own "pianistic firebrand" to St. Clair Memorial Hall; and Jonathan Kingham (grades 9-12) shares creative songwriting. In addition to performing for Junior High students, Alpin Hong was also presented as part of the DCCA Artists Series. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County. These programs are open to the public; contact the DCCA office for more information.

Most Arts In Education performers spend a week in Greenville traveling to all Greenville City and Darke County public schools, with the exception of the Jr. High program, which takes place at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being bused in. According to Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director, “During the Artist’s residencies we always point out local landmarks to visit, with Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe making the list as a ‘must’ to truly experience the treasures we have in Darke County.” “The support of a local icon like Maid-Rite is greatly appreciated by DCCA and sends a powerful message to the children,” he concluded.

All programs are free and open to the public. Additional Arts In Education sponsors include Bach to Rock, DP&L Company Foundation, Richard Baker, Greenville VFW Post #7262, Greenville Federal, Midmark, Gordon Orthodontics, the Wes & Patti Jetter Fund, the Mandy Green Fund, Edison State Community College, The Early Bird & Blue Bag Media, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Wayne Health Care. DCCA also receives local support from the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, Harry D. Stephens Memorial, and DCCA memberships, as well as funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine art encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA programs call DCCA at 937-547-0908 or visit their web-site at www.DarkeCountyArts.org.

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