Tuesday, July 28, 2015

elementsLife Announces “Classes by Donation” Program

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The owners of elementsLife, Emily & C.J. Jasenski are excited to announce that starting August 3rd all elementsLife Public Classes will be supported through a NEW donation program named "YOGA LOVE".

elementsLife will no longer require payment to participate in the Public Classes on their schedule, instead all students are asked to make a monthly, weekly or per visit donation to help cover the overhead costs associated with providing these classes to the public.

Now class registration fees will no longer present a barrier for anyone that wishes to take classes at elementsLife. Everyone can enjoy the benefits of Yoga and Healthy Living regardless of their economic situation!

If you are interested in learning more about elementsLife and the Yoga Love Donation program or the Current Public Class schedule, please visit their website at www.elementsLife.com (Click the YOGA LOVE logo on the home page), email at info@elementsLife.com or call 937-417-3592. elementsLife is located at 120 West Third Street in Historic Downtown Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Hairology Off Broadway Grand Opening

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Hairology Off Broadway located just one block off of Broadway at 215 East Fourth Street in Greenville would like to welcome the residents of Greenville and Darke County to their official Grand Opening scheduled to be held on Friday, August 7th, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in collaboration with Main Street Greenville's "First Friday" celebration for the month of August.

The Great Darke County Fair is coming but you don't have to wait to get a Darke County Fair favorite as "Hawaiian food by Delight Catering" will be onsite with teriyaki beef and chicken, fried noodles, egg roles, and dole whip.

Festivities will also include gift bags for the first 100 guests, a raffle which will include hair products and a Chi Flat Iron as the Grand Prize, refreshments, free haircut gift certificates, and a henna tattoo artist will be onsite, and more.

According to owners Tiffany Shaffer and Kenda Justice, Hairology Off Broadway is not just any startup salon. Their hairstylists are always keeping up with the latest trends and techniques in the hair industry to give each client the ultimate salon experience. What sets them apart from the rest is that they begin their journey with eight stylists including some of the best in the area with many years of experience following them from the recently closed JCPenney Styling Salon in Greenville. The eight stylists have a combined 148 years of experience in the hair industry. The salon will also carry a wide selection of hair products including, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Chi, Big Sexy, Kenra, and more.

Stylists include, Tiffany Shaffer, Kenda Justice, Jan Turner, Sandy Hoening, Lorea Drew, Mikayla Apple, Becky Quinn and Kayla Shellabarger. Follow Hairology Off Broadway on Facebook where you can connect with the stylists and schedule your next appointment online.

Mosquito Spraying in City of Greenville

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2015 Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review – September 22, 23 and 24

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Farmers and producers can gain a sharper edge and glean cutting-edge ideas from experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.

Advance sale tickets for the 2015 Farm Science Review can be purchased at your Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, office at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. All advance sale tickets are $7.00 each; ages 5 and under are free. Gate tickets will be $10.00. We also have information at our office for the special needs vehicles.

The Review will again emphasize the best agricultural research, resources, information and access for farmers, said Chuck Gamble, who manages the Review. Last year, the Review offered 180 educational presentations and opportunities presented by Ohio State University Extension educators, specialists and faculty, as well as Purdue University educators.

Farm Science Review is all about learning new tips, techniques and information to help producers increase their farm operation’s bottom line, Gamble said.

“As we encounter challenging economic times, it becomes even more important for farmers and producers to find the best information for their farm operations to remain solvent and to thrive,” he said. “We farmers have to operate as smart as we can in a challenging economy.

CORS Awarded Community Connectors Grant

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Piqua, Ohio - Council on Rural Services has recently learned that they are recipients of a new grant through the Ohio Department of Education as part of the Community Connector Initiative. The Community Connectors program is proposed to give Darke County students more access to inspirational role models and to nurture skills that will help them succeed both in school and in the workplace. The state received 192 grant proposals from Ohio community agencies that work with schools across Ohio; of these proposals the state has funded 82 at this date.

Community Connector grants must address the following key components that are focusing on developing partnerships to serve grades 5-12 and carry out 5 core principles:

  1. Setting goals to be prepared for the 21st Century Careers
  2. Building character
  3. Developing Pathways to Achievement
  4. Building a Sense of Resiliency
  5. Believing in a Positive Future

This grant in the amount of $89,716 was awarded to CORS/Gateway Youth Program as the lead organization. But as our community rallied and came together to propose this grant, many business, non-profit, faith-based and school partnerships are included. Partners involved are: Midmark, Wayne Healthcare, Norcold, Greenville National Bank, H & M Precision Concrete, State of the Heart Hospice, Darke County Wellness & Recovery Center of West Central Ohio, Darke County Municipal Court, Family Healthy Services of Darke County, Inc., Darke County Economic Development office. OSU Extension Office and the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.

Other community partners consist of First Baptist Church in Union City, Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren in New Paris, Mississinawa Valley and Tri-Village School Districts.

Through all the collaborative work of these partners, the target students in grades 5-12 will have access to one-on-one mentoring, skill building related to job readiness, career planning and work ethic. There will also be tutoring, career exploration, job shadowing opportunities and internships. A family component will be offered through a parent program called “Raising Highly Capable Kids”.

Because this state program provides a $3 to $1 match funding, the communities’ assistance both financial and supportive is a must to make this grant successful for the students. This grant benefits students to be more successful in school and their future. It helps the community with an increased graduation rate and a stronger, more knowledgeable, and successful workforce in the county.

Heirloom Garden Observations July 2015

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Pictured left to right are Regina Schieltz, Terry Tonovitz, Marilyn Banks and Andrea Long. Photo by Jane Staley
The Olde Thyme Gardeners of Darke County parks took inventory of the Heirloom Garden following umpteen inches of rain from June into mid July.

The volunteer cucurbit species of an as yet undetermined parentage covers a few yards of ground acting as weed control. They are climbing the fence on both sides of the garden gate. Their large yellow-orange blossoms are a good sign. A few of them are already setting fruit - or vegetable or whatever they may become.

That cucurbit mystery vine, accounts for one of the traditional three sister plantings of pioneer gardens, squash or pumpkin. The other two sisters are beans and corn.

Elsewhere a corn stock grows taller than the bumper crop of milkweed which will vector in the Monarch butterflies to feed upon their only food. Shawnee Prairie Preserve of Darke County, Ohio is an official Monarch butterfly banding station. Monarchs banded there have been tracked into Mexico.

Beans planted earlier in the summer have succumbed to the weather or hungry burrowing critters such as voles. Another anonymous critter has caused the Early Jersey Wakefield cabbage to disappear. Both will be replanted.

Some green apples, one showing rosy coloration, hang from the Winesap apple tree located inside the stockade fence for protection from deer.

Surviving perennial herbs such as wooly thyme, winter savory, santolina, tri-color sage and chamomile surround the apple tree. Newly planted pineapple sage, basil, chives and lovage look healthy.

Lemon balm thrives outside the fence as do blooming Golden Yarrow and Purple Coneflowers. The wormwood is so thick and bushy the rain storms seem to have put it in a prayerful position.

The Olde Thyme Gardeners may supplement their weeding and reseeding with a few prayers in hopes of a more favorable weather pattern.

Storytime at the Gathering

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution invited school age children to a storytime at the Gathering at Garst on Saturday, July 25th. There were sixteen children participating in the event.

The storytime was held at the Burkett Encampment Tent. DAR member Karen Burkett aand HoDAR John were in period dress in order to give a visual of the time period. John portrayed Fort GreeneVille's hero, Josiah Hunt. Karen told the story of family heros from the book "Customs and Traditions" written by Bobbie Kalman & Tammy Evert. Afterwards there was a drawing for a copy of the book. The winner was 6 yr. Old Ryan Fritz of New Madison, OH. The book was donated by the Garst Gift Shop to the DAR chapter's literacy program. Members of the chapter provided refreshments to the participating children.

“Last Monday” in August Area Museum will Celebrate Osgood

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The Versailles Area Museum’s “Last Monday” program will be this August 31st at 1:00 p.m. at the Versailles Area Museum.

This month we will reminisce about days gone by in the village of Osgood. What was it like to go to church or school here? What stores were in the village? Do you remember playing ball or what you and your families do for fun?

Come, sit and share your story or just listen to others. We look forward to learning your stories!

Join us for all the interesting tales and conversation that happen at each of these events! The afternoon is always capped off with a great dessert and a cool beverage. What better way to spend your late summer afternoon?

If you have ideas for programs we want to hear from you! After all it’s all about what YOU want.

In September we invite all area retired teachers and students to come and share “Tales from the Classroom”. Call your teacher friends now for this fun afternoon with our school memories!

Watch the local papers or our facebook page for additional details.

Support GHS Vocal Music and the Sunshine 5K

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Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters will again benefit from the Sunshine 5K, September 19. Your support, and the support of all runners, joggers and walkers is sought for this event and for GHSVMB.

This annual event will be begin at 8:30am on Saturday, September 19 in Greenville City Park. All the proceeds from participant’s registrations benefit local non-profit organizations. To register for the 5K, go to www.darkecountyfoundation.org. To designate GHS Vocal Music as the recipient of your funds, type “GHS Vocal Music” on the Team Name line. For more information, contact Christy Prakel at (937) 548-4673 or cprakel@darkecountyfoundation.org.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Help Wanted at State of the Heart Hospice

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DAYTON, Ohio – Greenville Grace Church will host a community blood drive Monday, Aug. 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 4805 State Route 49 with a splashy water bottle as the donor gift, plus a chance to win a deluxe Hawaii vacation for two.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Catch the Wave – Donate Blood” screw top water bottle with straw; everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an all-expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The grand prize includes air travel and deluxe accommodations for eight nights at two island locations. All taxes, fees and meals are included. The vacation package also includes pre-paid activities and sight-seeing excursions, plus all ground transportation.

Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate with CBC from May 4 through Aug. 28 will be automatically entered in the “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing. REACH magazine is the media sponsor and The Flowerman is the fresh flower sponsor. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Anyone who registers to donate Monday, July 27 through Saturday, Aug. 29 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive the final special-edition, Hawaiian-themed donor gift of the summer. The “Catch the Wave – Donate Blood” water bottle is a plastic, BPA free, mason jar-design with an orange screw top and sipping straw and the “Catch the Wave” slogan in blue with the CBC blood drop logo.

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during the summer months due to vacation travel and other changes in schedules. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.


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Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon and
Versailles Health Care Center Rehab Medical Director.
Patients in need of hip replacements have a new alternative with Dr. Chad Weber, a surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio (OASWO), who is performing a different technique that is less painful and requires a shorter recovery time.

Weber, who is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who provides comprehensive general orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma care throughout the Miami Valley and surrounding areas, is one of the only surgeons in the area performing what’s called the direct anterior hip replacement approach. This approach is a minimally invasive surgical technique.

The potential benefits of direct anterior hip replacement in comparison to the traditional approaches include:

  • Decreased hospital stay and quicker rehabilitation
  • Smaller incision and reduced muscle disruption may allow patients a shorter recovery time and less scarring,
  • Potential for less blood loss, less time in surgery, and reduced post-operative pain
  • Risk of dislocation may be reduced
  • May allow for a more nature return to normal function and activity

Traditional hip replacement techniques involve operating from the side (lateral) or the back (posterior) of the hip, which requires a significant disturbance of the joint and connecting tissues and an incision approximately 8-12 inches long. In comparison, the direct anterior approach requires an incision that is only 3-4 inches in length and located at the front of the hip. In this position, the surgeon does not need to detach any of the muscles or tendons.

Hip replacement, no matter how minimally invasive, is major surgery and patients are at risk for complications. However, the complication rate following joint replacement surgery is generally very low. Serious complications, such as joint infection, occur in less than 2% of patients. Besides infection, possible complications include blood clots, lung congestion or pneumonia. The risks that are normally encountered in conventional hip joint replacement remain. Not everyone is a candidate for this approach for various reasons.

Recovery success depends on several factors including surgeon training and experience, the surgical approach, the implant and the patient’s health and commitment to post-operative physical therapy.

Weber has performed the direct anterior method for about one year, which includes more than 50 surgeries. He emphasizes to his patients the importance of pre-planning their care before and after surgery. Weber encourages his patients to choose a rehabilitation center, such as Versailles Health Care Center, to benefit from extensive rehabilitation services and give the patient the best chance at a successful recovery. According to Dr. Weber, most people think that the surgeon will plan their post-surgical care and in reality it is up to the patient. Dr. Weber holds a free monthly Total Joint Replacement Class at Versailles Health Care Center. The event is open to anyone considering joint replacement and their families. Each class is taught by Dr. Chad Weber, Versailles Health Care Center Rehab Medical Director, and Shannon Condon, Versailles Health Care Center Facility Rehab Director. The next Total Joint Replacement Class is scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6 pm. For more information about this class, call Shannon Condon at 937.526.0130.

In addition to this monthly class, Versailles Health Care Center will host Dr. Weber for a special presentation titled “Alternative Hip Replacement: Direct Anterior Approach” on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 6 pm. This event is open to the public and will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. A complimentary dinner will be served. To RSVP for Dr. Weber’s special presentation, please call Shannon Condon at 937.526.0130 by September 1. Spots are limited!

Weber states, “My mission is to provide the highest-quality and most comprehensive general orthopedic and orthopedic trauma care to the community. My patients are my top priority. Consideration of the whole patient, open communication, and easy accessibility will enable us to be successful in obtaining our goal of a positive and functional outcome.”

Weber joined OASWO after completing his specialty training in Orthopedic Trauma with a fellowship through Ortho Indy at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Ohio University Kettering Network Grandview Medical Center. Dr. Weber through affiliation with OASWO joins the Athletic Workshop and was a Certified Athletic Trainer prior to becoming a physician. He served as an assistant athletic trainer for The Pittsburgh Steelers during summer training camps and preseason games. He is also a member of many organizations within the medical field, like the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, and Orthopedic Trauma Association. He has offices for consultation in Centerville, Dayton, Sidney, and Greenville. For more information about the direct anterior approach for total hip replacement or hip replacement in general, please call 800.824.9861.


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DCCA NEWS by Marilyn Delk

Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall is a local treasure, admired and envied by other communities large and small. Upon his death in 1908, St. Clair, a wholesale grocer bequeathed $100,000 to be used to erect a “Memorial Hall for the use and betterment of the public schools.” Construction began in 1910, and the structure was completed in 1912 at a total cost of $135,000. (Henry's widow, Ella St. Clair, donated the additional funds required.) Through the years, the Hall has seen political speakers and lecturers as well as hosted professional and amateur performing artists and many school functions. All of that activity took a physical toll; an effort to restore the beloved building to its former grandeur was undertaken in 1985 and successfully completed in 1991.

But wear and tear on the much-used structure did not end with the completion of that restoration project, and shabbiness once again began to invade the grand space. However, St. Clair Memorial Hall is once again being returned to its original impressive state of glory. The current refurbishing, about a month from completion, has reached a really exciting phase where upon entering the auditorium one not only instantly realizes that much-needed improvements have already occurred but can also imagine the impressive soon-to-be-completed final result.

Simply seeing the magnificence once again emerging in the hundred-year-old structure is an exciting prospect; but local workers appreciate the opportunity to actually contribute to this project. “It's an exciting privilege to work on this historical landmark, making it look new again,” stated Micah Coblentz, a Greenville elementary school teacher who moonlights as a painter.

All supplies and labor that could be obtained locally were obtained locally. McCabe Painting is adding color to the walls that were repaired by Nealeigh Plastering; G & G Flooring is installing the carpeting and tile. Brumbaugh Construction will refurbish the impressive front doors, using as much of the original materials as possible, and will also install an additional brass railing in the lobby's central stairway. Bud's Electric has also contributed expertise to the project.

Original restoration colors have been maintained throughout the building; things look the same, except better. Painting in the auditorium is completed, and the lobby will soon be finished. Durable and lovely vinyl-enhanced tile in a neutral shade of blue has been installed in the area where the impressive and comfortable new seats will be placed; subtly attractive blue carpeting tiles will soon cover the aisle ways. Cutting edge high-tech theatrical lighting that will serve the needs of all who use Memorial Hall for many years to come is being hung; other new equipment will soon be in place.

The walls in the Anna Bier Civic Room and the Anna Bier Gallery have been re-painted in an evocatively-named shade--Ethereal White; the new blue-flecked carpet is already laid in these oft-used public spaces. New LED lights that will properly illuminate artwork without needing replacement for years will soon be installed in the Gallery. (The Gallery's old track lighting was moved to the Civic Room where it will also see many years of additional use.)

All of this activity has been made possible by a grant secured through the efforts of our state legislators and administered by the State of Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. Project Manager Matt Jordan says “those people at OFCC couldn't be nicer to work with,” and also praises the Greenville City School officials overseeing the project for the extra effort they have put forth expediting improvements to St. Clair Memorial Hall during a very busy year of school construction.

After this project is completed, some needs will remain unmet. “Although $500,000 is a lot of money and appreciated more than words can express, it's still not enough to do everything that needs to be done,” Matt said. “But it provides a great start to what is a never-ending process to preserve and protect the great legacy that lies within this incredible building,” he concluded.

Exciting stuff is happening at St. Clair Memorial Hall; Henry and Ella would be proud!


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It’s as simple and as complicated as that!

Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs present the Love and Respect Marriage Conference – a dynamic, high energy, practical seminar designed to help couples and singles achieve the relationship of their dreams. Based on Ephesians 5:33 which says, “So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” and the three groundbreaking principles taught in Dr. Eggerichs’ best seller Love and Respect, Emerson and Sarah bring a message that imparts revolutionary insights on how to achieve a brand-new level of intimacy and friendship.

This event will take place at EUM Church, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, Ohio on Friday, October 2 from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday, October 3 from 8:15 am to 1:30 pm. The cost is $15 per person through September 21st and $20 per person after September 21st. For more information or to register for this video conference, go to www.loveandrespect.com.

What is Love and Respect? The Eggerichs believe love best motivates a woman and respect most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during marital conflict a husband most often reacts when feeling disrespected and a wife reacts when feeling unloved. They asked 7,000 people this question: when you are in a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you feel unloved or disrespected? 83% of the men said “disrespected.” 72% of the women said, “unloved.”

The Eggerichs conduct conferences and provide resources to the married, divorced, separated, dating and single. Men and women will learn how to resolve conflict, dealing with the negative reactions (the crazy cycle). They will also learn how to motivate each other by meeting each other’s need (the energizing cycle). Even those who feel hopeless in their relationships will gain understanding on how to handle an indifferent or unresponsive partner (the rewarded cycle).

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Emerson and his wife Sarah developed the Love and Respect Conference which they present to live audiences around the country.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street and the contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices and preschool. For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

Oakland COB Art Expo

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You are invited to Oakland Church of the Brethren’s first annual art expo, Saturday August 1, 2015 2-5pm and Sunday August 2, 2015 12-1:30pm at the church 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road Bradford, OH.

Come enjoy local member artist displays. Any questions please call 937-448-2287.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Last “Family Fun Day” at Library

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The last “Family Fun Day” of the summer is Wednesday July 29 at 11:00 a.m. on the lawn at the Greenville Public Library. Crowd favorite Mike Hemmelgarn returns for a new and exciting performance. As always, this year's program features a custom blend of ventriloquist characters and a wild variety of comedy juggling with a splash of magic. Mike's unique brand of entertainment is loved by all ages.

The Summer Reading Program also wraps up with prize winners! 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 2015.”
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