Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nature Center’s Kids Programs

Hey Parents! The kids are back to school and the Darke County Parks has plenty to offer to add to their education. We have several monthly programs available that your child will join a Naturalist for some hands-on learning about the natural world all around them! Programs are available for 2 year olds up to 6th graders!

For those children ages 2-5, we offer a monthly, hour-long program designed to investigate nature through activities, games, crafts and exploring. September’s topic is “A is for Apple”. We will spend the day under the apple tree. September class dates are Wednesday, the 10th and 17th (for 2-3 year olds) and Thursday, the 11th (for 4-5 year olds). October’s theme is “The Little Yellow Leaf” and November’s is “So Many Spiders.” Parents (or Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles!) must attend along with their preschooler. Pre-registration is required and the cost is only $2.00.

Park P.A.L.S. is offered once per month on Saturdays and is designed for kids in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. P.A.L.S. stands for practicing and learning stewardship. September’s topic is Hooray for Herps and will occur on Saturday, September 13th. Have you seen a toad or frog in your backyard? Join us as we discover everything there is to know about herps! October’s topic is “What’s that smell?” and November’s topic is “Buggy Bugs.” Pre-registration is required and the cost is only $3.00.

Students in grades 3-6 are invited to join us for Junior Naturalists, offered one Saturday per month. Hikes and projects are part of this fun-filled nature study club. September’s topic is “Perfect Prairies” and will be held on Saturday, September 20th. We will explore the prairies and discover the wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of these native ecosystems and learn what makes them special. October’s topic is “Mushrooms!” and November’s is “Autumn Trees.” Pre-Registration is required and the cost is only $3.00.

All programs are supervised by Naturalist Staff and Adult Volunteers. Call the Nature center today for more information and to sign up your child at 937.548.0165. More information can be found on our website: www.darkecountyparks.org

Update on Wayne Cinema

Update: There is a note taped to the ticket window at the theater that states...
To the Community of Greenville, Darke County, and the surrounding areas: 
Thank you for your past patronage of the Wayne. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Wayne Cinemas will not be opening in the month of September. Current negotiations are being made with a local investor for the procurement of the property. Announcements will be made in the local media when the arrangements are finalized. Please stop by for occasional updates. This cinema will be updated from 35mm to Digital projectors. 
The Prospective Owner
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty exited that someone is willing to invest in the theater, particularly at making the theater digital friendly (and therefore a much better picture). I also noted that the two posters currently displayed outside the theater (The final Hobbit film and the upcoming Hunger Games film) are both slated to release in December and November respectively. I have no clue if this has any relevance to the prospective owner's plans, however...

Edison announces Summer 2014 Dean’s List

Edison Community College recognizes 62 students for excellence in academics on the 2014 Summer Semester Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.
Listed in Alphabetical Order by City and Last Name

Anna: Hailey Harshbarger, Bonnie Penny, Arcanum: Chasity Fuson, Botkins: Ann McCafferty, Casstown: Emily Johnson, Celina: Judith Criswell Covington: Heather Minnich, Fletcher: Ashley Burton, Fort Loramie: Clair Ruhenkamp, Macy Turner, Greenville: Jodi Barhorst, Candy Gantt, Daniel Pence, Lucas Purdin, Kristen Stryker, Hilliard: Laura Hamilton, Huber Heights: Kimberlee Griffith, Huntsville: Heather Gordon, Kettering: Ashley Mickens, Minster: Brittany Conkle, New Carlisle: Betsy Frappier, New Weston: Erika Muhlenkamp, Piqua: Monica Avey William Caserta, Louis Gaier, Sean Martin, Ryan Scott, Natalie Williamson, Hillary Yutzy, Port Jefferson: Kellie Shoffner, Russia: Katie Borchers, Katie Petty, Sidney: McKenzie Anderson, Megan Beard, Derrick Brisker, Lynn Katterhenry, Abbigail Pickering, Megan Smart, Jared Tangeman, Saint Henry: Andrew Dues, Janice Knapke, Saint Marys: Lesia Arnett, Tipp City: Shellie Moyer, Troy: Susan Barhorst, Shannon Brunson, Terry Dennis, Misty Kavalauskas, Alexandria Penic, Nicholas Rosen, Linda Ryan, Joshua Usserman, Doug Wagner, Union City: Heather Dirksen, Vandalia: William Drees, Versailles: Cory Adkins, Gabrianna Mescher, Jesse Paulus, Erin Shaffer, Wapakoneta: Alexis Barnett, Nancy Topp, West Milton: Joel Bearss, Yorkshire: Lauren Kauffman.

2014 Fair Wednesday Flower Show Winners

Artistic Winners in the Wednesday flower Show were Barbara Rhoades, Charlene Thornhill, Irma Heiser, Tiffany Stebbins, sponsored by Greenville National Bank, Jody Lockhart representative.
Kim Cromwell, Jody Lockhart and Charlene Thornhill, family members of Mrs. Sheffer,  presented the Louise Sheffer Award to Irma Heiser for her creative fantasy flow design.
Horticulture winners in the Wednesday flower show were Donn Thornhill, Chris Detrick, Barbara Rhoades and Kim Cromwell.

Audio-essay Competition for grades 9-12

Scholarships to be awarded for 2014-2015 contest

The VFW Voice of Democracy contest provides students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore democratic ideals and principles through audio essays. The national winner will receive the $30,000 T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Learn more: http://www.vfw.org/VOD/

This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks students to explain, “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.” The Voice of Democracy scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner will receive the $30,000 T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) is now accepting entries for the 2014-2015 VFW Voice of Democracy scholarship competitions. This program is dedicated to promoting patriotism among our nation’s youth.

Student participants are asked to submit an essay in response to the question: their entry (along with a completed entry form) to their participating local VFW Post. The deadline for student entries in both contests is November 1, 2014. Please submit Darke County entries to: President Gail Snyder, LAVFW Post 7262, 219 North Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Students from across the globe took home their share of the more than $3 million in scholarships and awards from last year’s competitions.

Voice of Democracy http://www.vfw.org/VOD/

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000!

The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014. Download the application. http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFWorg/MY_VFW/Voice%20of%20Democracy%202015%20Stud%20Brochure.pdf

The theme is: Why Veterans are Important to our Nation's History and Future

Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).

By the November 1 deadline: Entries begin at the local VFW Post level. Once the Darke County student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to : President Gail Snyder, LAVFW Post 7262, 219 North Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

For application and further information:

VFW Now Accepting Entries for Youth Scholarship Competitions

New themes announced for the 2014-2015 contest

Patriot's Pen

Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014.
Download the application: http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/Community/Patriots%20Pen%202015%20Stud%20Flyer%20WEB%20VERSION%20edit.pdf

The theme is:
Why I Appreciate America's Veterans

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition.

Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words. They should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline. Entries from Darke County students should be sent to: President Gail Snyder, LAVFW Post 7262, 219 North Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points. You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points. Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points. Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.


Darke County, Ohio - The Versailles Poultry Days Committee invites you to donate blood in their annual blood drive being held Monday, September 15, 2014 at the Versailles K of C Hall, located at 8440 St. Rte. 47, from 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm. The annual Poultry Days blood drive was first held in 2002 and has collected over 2,000 units.

A new era in patient care began Sept. 14, 1964 when Community Blood Center (CBC) opened the doors of the region’s first central blood bank. CBC is celebrating its golden anniversary with the special edition “Celebrating 50 Years of Saving Lives” t-shirt, free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com., or contact CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199 or dputerbaugh@givingblood.org.

The 50th anniversary t-shirt features the “50 Years of Saving Lives” logo on a gold shield with a red and white stripe across a blue background. The special edition t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate Aug. 4 through Sept. 30 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

CBC is also marking its milestone year with a public awareness campaign, celebrations that included the assembly of staff members to form “a human blood drop,” and the special “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive.”

The color of the grand prize Chevrolet Cruze is “champagne silver” as a toast to CBC’s 50th anniversary celebration. Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the 2014 Chevy Cruze.

CBC has extended its traditional summer blood drive campaign to four months (May 30 through Sept. 30) and is also allowing eligible donors to 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.



DAYTON & Darke County, Ohio – Darke County will have several community, company, and school blood drives in September. The blood drive comes during the month when Community Blood Center (CBC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the region’s first blood bank. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a special edition “Celebrating 50 Years of Saving Lives” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com. Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh, CBC Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or dputerbaugh@givingblood.org.

The 50th anniversary t-shirt features the “50 Years of Saving Lives” logo on a gold shield with a red and white stripe across a blue background. It’s free to everyone who registers to donate now through Sept. 30 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

A new era in patient care began Sept. 14, 1964 when CBC opened the doors to its new home in the basement of the Fidelity Medical Building in downtown Dayton. Mrs. Barbara Bartley of Dayton was the first of six donors that day. CBC now supplies blood to 25 partner hospitals in its 15-country region with the standard goal of registering at least 300 donors per day.

CBC is also marking its milestone year with the special “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive.” The grand prize Chevrolet Cruze is “champagne silver” as a toast to CBC’s 50th anniversary. Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the 2014 Chevy Cruze.

CBC has extended its traditional summer blood drive campaign to four months (May 30 through Sept. 30) and is also allowing eligible donors to 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.

Reid emergency doctor ‘Medical Director of the Year’

Dr. Michael Smith, Reid emergency physician and Medical Director for Emergency Medical Services, was named the Medical Director of the Year at the recent Indiana Emergency Response Conference.

Dr. Smith was recognized by demonstrating “proficiency in oversight” and “an attitude of professionalism” to coworkers and the public. His citation recognized his efforts in serving as Wayne County’s EMS Medical Director for two years, using an emergency response vehicle to respond to calls at times, implementing Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support ambulances and developing other programs.

“The skills and training that Dr. Smith has shared with his teams have served our patients and families in immeasurable ways,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This recognition puts a bright light on the significant impact he has had in changing lives in eastern Indiana and western Ohio.”

Dr. Smith, of Oxford, Ohio, has been at Reid for seven years and is also Medical Director for over 20 agencies in Wayne, Union, Randolph and Preble (Ohio) Counties. Dr. Smith provides medical oversight for these agencies and develops protocols for all responders to use when treating patients.

“I’m very grateful for the recognition,” he said. “More than anything, I’m grateful for the efforts of local EMTs, firefighters, and law enforcement officers to provide a quality emergency response system in our region. It is easy to look good when one is lucky enough to work with such outstanding first responders. This award reflects chiefly upon the professionalism and dedication of our system as a whole.”

Prairie Days!

You’re invited to Prairie Days! Don’t miss out on this awesome historical event! Prairie Days is right around the corner, Saturday, September 27th, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 28th, from 12pm-5pm.

Come enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life! See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, take a horse and wagon ride, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests, view local artists’ works, listen to and enjoy live music and entertainment.

This year we will have performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11am and 3pm and Sunday at 3pm. Enjoy music from the Thien Snipps, Robert DeMange, Silver Grass and more! 

Between performances, sit-a-spell with our 200-year-old pioneer volunteers in the Log House as they demonstrate many skills such as spinning, leather work and making butter. Try your hand at candle-dipping, tinsmithing or take a wagon ride around the prairie.

Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Visit our Blacksmith Shop to see our master blacksmith working around the forge.

And what is a festival without food?! Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors. Or participate in a pie-baking contest, try your luck at the annual basket raffle, and so much more!

*New* this year, vendors from the regional Gourd Show will be present as it will no longer be held in Greenville. We hope to see you at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, where admission and parking are FREE! For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

2014 Greenville Transit System fair shuttle is a big success

The City of Greenville & Greenville Transit System again offered Greenville residents “The Darke County Fair Park & Ride shuttle service”. The word is finally getting out that you don’t have to fight the fair traffic, you don’t have to pay to park or walk a long distance, but instead you can park at the Greenville Municipal building or the Darke County Offices on Wagner Avenue and be dropped off right at gate #3 for a mere $1.00 a person.

GTS provided 1,416 rides safely to and from the 2014 fair. This is an decrease of 16% over last year, which is believed to be weather related. GTS provides wheelchair accessible vehicles and is a public transportation service open to the public. MV Transportation, Inc. provides the day-to-day operations.

The drivers and staff did a fantastic job and the City and MV received many compliments on the service. This service has been provided since 2003 and has continued to grow each year. Thank you to Greenville City Council and the City Administration for supporting public transportation in our community.

If you used this fair shuttle service or you use the regular GTS service, please call or write your Greenville City Council members and let them know how important GTS is to our community. To ride GTS, please call 547-1811.

Keys to Diabetes Self Management

There are several keys to Diabetes Self Management. These behavioral changes can be the most effective in managing diabetes.

The first key is Being Active. It is recommended that you have 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity 5 days per week or more. The activity can be split into three 10 minute sessions, if needed. Your activity should then be increased to include strength training and aerobic activity throughout the week. Also ask yourself how you can be more active throughout the day. This may include parking farther away, walking around the room during commercials, or taking one bag of groceries in the house at a time.

The second key is Self-Monitoring. You should monitor your blood glucose levels to determine if your blood glucose is within the normal range. Daily self-monitoring of blood glucose provides people with diabetes the information they need to assess how food, physical activity and medications affect their blood glucose levels. You should also monitor your blood pressure, feet, weight, and how well you are doing meeting your lifestyle goals.

The third key is Healthy Coping. Stress can raise your blood glucose levels. Learning to manage your stress will help with blood glucose control. Having diabetes can lead to diabetes burnout in which you develop an “I do not care” attitude towards your diabetes control. Understand that you do not have to be perfect in your diabetes management and setting small goals can have a big impact on your blood glucose control. Achieving realistic behavioral goals and learning to manage barriers to care can help you stay on track with your diabetes care.

The fourth key is Taking Medication. You should take your medication as prescribed by your physician, and learn how the medication works to help control blood glucose. As your diabetes progresses, you may need a change in your medications or even start on insulin. This does not mean that you have failed, but that your diabetes is progressing. The change in medication will reduce your risk of complications.

The fifth key is Problem Solving. Recognizing signs and symptoms of high and low blood glucose and how to properly treat is essential to reduce acute and long term complications. Knowing what to do when you are sick will help with diabetes control.

The sixth key is Reducing Risk. Diabetes increases an individual’s risk of developing complications including: heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease, amputations, and dental disease. Keeping your blood glucose under control and having proper screenings will help lower your risk of these complications.

The seventh key is Healthy Eating. Eating healthy does not mean that you can never eat your favorite food items again. Making healthy food choices, understanding portion sizes and learning the best times to eat are central to managing diabetes. You can learn to balance your portion sizes to improve your blood glucose. Gaining knowledge about the effect of food on blood glucose, sources of carbohydrates and fat, and appropriate meal planning can assist in making food choices.

These seven keys to diabetes control are covered in detail during group diabetes classes and individual educational sessions at Wayne HealthCare.

Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. The cost is $40 for the series of four classes. The next group classes will be held September 9, 15, 22, and 29, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm. Pre-registration for the classes is required. If you prefer, you can meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator.

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program please call 937-547-5750.

Edison Community College collecting goods for troops

In honor of the upcoming 9/11 National Day of Service, Edison Community College is hosting a care package drive for troops through September 14. Those interested in helping to support the troops with non-perishable foods, toiletries, and books are asked to deliver goods to designated barrels around the Piqua Campus. Donations can also be dropped off at the Miami Valley Centre Mall and Kroger in Piqua. AmeriCorps volunteers have made this initiative possible.

Monday, September 1, 2014

AWTHS Switching to Fall Hours

Flat Iron, George Street in Arcanum, 1865.
Currently known as the Rose Post.
The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is back to fall hours which are "Open the First Saturday" starting September 6 from 9-noon. We will be set up outside, weather permitting. Look for us on or near the grounds of the AWTHS. In the event of rain, then inside at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum. Come out and check out our display about Arcanum. Our books on Arcanum and businesses will be for sale as well as maps of the walking tour of Arcanum. The map features different historic sites the AWTHS has marked this year including our AWTHS house which was built by Louis Dietrich, Hotel and Saloon, 1894; Ivester House; California House Hotel 1868 which was moved to it's present location; Arcanum's founder's property which is currently where Bill Gunder lives; and the Flat Iron 1865 which is currently the Rose Post. There are also other historic sites and buildings included on the map.

The Tour De Donut will be going on so use caution in this area. Best to approach the town and location from the east or west side. There is construction on South Main. We have a new website format so check us out at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org. Our computer is moved downstairs to view digital files. However, appointments are needed. Call 692-6462 for appointments or if you cannot come in on First Saturday's and need another time for research. We have some recent donations of old photos of Castine from early 1900's. We are currently looking for old photos of the Center old school house on Grubbs Rex Road near Arcanum-Ithaca Road.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

City of Greenville to Hold Exam for Emergency Communications Operator

Notice is hereby given that the Civil Service Commission of the City of Greenville, Ohio, will hold an examination for the position of Emergency Communications Operator for the City of Greenville on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the basement classroom of the City Municipal Building, 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio. Applicant must be a citizen of the U.S. or have legally declared his/her intention of becoming a U.S. citizen, be age 18 or older, and have obtained a high school diploma or GED prior to October 15, 2014. The applicant must pass the civil service written exam, background check; polygraph, medical, and psychological examinations; and drug screen. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the written examination. Salary ranges from $14.07 to $ 20.42/hr, plus benefits.

Job Description: Emergency Communications Operators will be assigned to Dispatcher and Records Clerk duties and are responsible for the same basic duties as sworn personnel: protection of life and property, preserving the peace, preventing crimes and detection and apprehension of violators. Emergency Communication Operators have no arrest powers, but their use of communication skills (via phone and radio) is necessary to accomplish the listed duties; must answer telephone complaints, dispatch the proper police, fire or rescue personnel, maintain radio contact with the proper emergency personnel, operate the LEADS/NCIC computer systems, keep records of calls for service and abide by the rules and regulations established by the FCC. Emergency Communication Operators must also obey the orders and instructions of the shift Officer in Charge for business related to the particular watch and perform other functions that the administration deems necessary for the efficient operations of the Greenville Police Department.

Addition of credit: Applicants who are residents of Ohio and have completed service in the uniformed services, as described in R.C. 124.23, who are honorably discharged or transferred to reserve duty with evidence of satisfactory service and who otherwise meets the qualifications of that section, may file with the Commission a certificate of military service or honorable discharge Form DD-214 with the application whereupon he/she shall receive additional credit of twenty percent (20%) of the total grade given in the regular examination, provide that he/she has received a passing grade.

Any interested person can obtain an application on-line at cityofgreenville.org or from the Office of the Mayor, Greenville Municipal Building, 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio 45331 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on Fridays. The application must be completed and returned to the Office of the Mayor no later than September 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm to be eligible to take the examination. An examination fee of $25.00 must accompany the application upon submission. To gain admission to the written examination, applicants will be required to present a photo I.D. to the examining officer.

John Hensley, Chairman
City of Greenville Civil Service Commission

The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer, m/f

Greenville VFW and Greenville National Bank Donate to Crime Stoppers

Darke County Crime Stoppers Treasurer Tom Bish (left) accepts check from VFW Quartermaster Tom Mowery (right).
GREENVILLE - The VFW Post 7262 recently donated $500 to the Darke County Crime Stoppers (DCCS) organization to help fund rewards for tips leading to arrests of Most Wanted fugitives and unsolved crimes in Darke County.

GNB President Sam Suter (left) is pictured here presenting check to Darke County Crime Stoppers Treasurer Tom Bish (right).
GREENVILLE – Greenville National Bank recently donated $250 to the Darke County Crime Stoppers (DCCS) organization to help fund rewards for tips leading to arrests of Most Wanted fugitives and unsolved crimes in Darke County. To-date DCCS has captured over 100 fugitives.

To learn more about or to donate to Darke County Crime Stoppers log on to darkecountycrimestoppers.com

BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit First Congregational Christian Church

First Congregational Christian Church, 115 West Fifth St., is excited to announce their BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser in conjunction with a non-traditional time of worship at J&J Enterprises Party Facility! Located at 3875 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, worship begins at 10:30am on Sunday, Sept. 14 and also includes the Awana year kick-off.

Chicken dinner tickets must be purchased in advance at FCCC or from any member of the church. It is suggested to call ahead at 548-3575 to make sure someone is in the office for ticket pick up. You can also contact Betsy Erwin at 417-6998 to purchase. The cost is just $7 per ticket and the meal includes BBQ chicken, chips, applesauce and a roll from Paul’s BBQ. Pop and water will be available for 50 cents. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, September 7.

Meals can be picked up at J&J Enterprises on Sept. 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 or ticket purchasers can enjoy the Worship Service and spend the day swimming, enjoying the children’s playground and other outdoor activities! Registration for the Awana club year, offered for children ages 3 through seniors in high school, will also take place during this time. So purchase your tickets and plan now to spend the day with the FCCC family.

Hospice Chaplain Adds Harmonica To His Ministry Outreach to Patients

Rogers Durham is pictured at his recital.
Sixty-five years ago, State of the Heart Hospice Chaplain Rogers Durham tried playing the harmonica. “I admit, I played at it,” he said recently. He set the harmonica aside, and then a year ago, at age 77, he decided to take lessons to officially “learn how to play the harmonica.” The reason, he stated, is a simple one:

“I wanted to play hymns for the patients I was visiting as a chaplain. Often, we will get a call and a patient’s family will ask for music therapy along with a visit from a chaplain,” he explained. Sometimes, one or the other is not available. State of the Heart Hospice offers music therapy to patients and families. “Being able to play the harmonica provides a perfect blend of mixing music with my role as the chaplain,” he said.

Hospice care addresses the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of both the patient and the family. The chaplain is an important part of the State of the Heart team of caregivers which consists of physicians, nurses, health aides, social workers, bereavement specialists, volunteers and the music therapists and chaplains.

State of the Heart provides an on-call service for families called Ministry and Music. This service is provided after hours on an on call basis, he explained, and usually comes into play when a patient is near death. The call can come at any hour of the day, including weekends with the on call person providing care throughout the hospice service area. Music therapy is welcomed into the patient’s home as is the services provided by the hospice chaplain. State of the Heart has two certified Music Therapists and a Music Therapy intern. Music therapy is a valuable service to patients and families, helping with pain control, anxiety, recalling past times, and for its soothing impact on an individual.

Durham explained that he was seeking a way to supplement his chaplaincy with music. “My voice is not as good as it once was, so I knew I had to do something else,” he said. One day, he added, he recalled his playing the harmonica and decided to learn to play so he could play hymns for the patients who requested their favorite hymns.

His wife Janice, a State of the Heart volunteer, encouraged him. He found someone in Portland, Tom Frye, who gave harmonica lessons in addition to lessons on other musical instruments. So, for over six months, with some space intervals, he took one-on-one lessons for a half hour at a time. “It was strange taking lessons with the youngsters,” he said, “and maybe it took me a little longer.” But he persevered, he said, and Janice, he added, “tolerated his practice sessions at home.”

Vintage Red Cross Posters on Display First Friday

You are invited to the first Darke County public showing of the rare Vintage American Red Cross Poster Art. During the Main Street Greenville’s “First Friday ” event, September 5, the display will be open to the public from 6 – 8 PM to view this special exhibit in the Anna Bier Gallery of Memorial Hall. The Darke County Red Cross, a long-time downtown resident until a move a few years ago, continues to support the downtown community in participating in “First Friday” events.

This rare and unique collection of historic Red Cross posters from the early 1900s will be on display in Darke County for the month of September. These magnificent and colorful posters depict the American Red Cross Disaster relief, Armed Forces and Fundraising efforts during and following World War I. On display as well, will be American Red Cross volunteer uniforms from generations past and perhaps a few other surprises to make this historical visit fun and interesting.

The American Red Cross of Darke County Chapter has these unique posters on loan from the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley chapter. The posters were given to the Northern Miami Valley Chapter by a donor and volunteer, Mareta Headapohl, who found them in her father’s attic after he died. He was a printer and it is presumed that he printed these posters.

The display will also be at the Anna Bier Gallery of Memorial Hall in Greenville during these times in September : during the Darke County Center for the Arts Program on Saturday evening, September 13, which features artist The Anne Moses Band, five Juilliard-trained musicians from the same family tree with a sound all their own called chamber pop - a spicy blend of classical, jazz, pop and country. Also during regular Saturday gallery hours of 11 AM – 3 PM on September 6, 13, and 20.

Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the American Red Cross and to offer any assistance needed. American Red Cross Executive Director, Lynne Gump, stated, “This is an excellent opportunity to engage our youth in philanthropy, advocacy and history. What may start as a simple walk through a gallery may very well ignite community spirit, compassion and a thirst for more information!”

The posters were used as a fund drive when support for the Red Cross was through membership for $1.00. Children collected pennies to fund the Red Cross. In keeping with the spirit of the posters, a collection canister will be available and donations will be accepted.

Who has the Best Pie in Darke County?!

Do you have the best pie in Darke County? Let’s find out who really does!

Come join us on Saturday, September 27th for our annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest, held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West). The rules are simple. Have your pie (or pies if you would like to enter more than one) to the Nature Center between 9:30am and 10:00 am. Judging will promptly start at 10:00am. The pies will be divided into the following categories: Apple, Berry, Peach and Other.

There is a $2 entry fee per pie. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. Your pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as we cannot return dishes. A cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry.

If you have any questions, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

After judging, the pies will be sold at the Mad Anthony’s Tavern, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. Please call 937.548.0165 for more information.

MediCenter Pharmacies, Reid partner to better manage patient care

A new partnership between MediCenter Pharmacies, a group of community retail stores owned by pharmacists, and Reid is an example of a continuing major shift by caregivers nationally to better manage community health while reducing costs for providers and patients.

“A focus for Reid and other hospitals and health systems is that we have to better manage the health of our patients across the ‘continuum of care’, and not simply when someone is in the hospital,” said Brad Hester, Director of Pharmacy Services at Reid. While some of the changes are driven by how providers will be reimbursed for care, Hester noted that the overall goal is to have a team approach in the care for the community.

“It is not enough to just provide good care when someone is the hospital, or for a pharmacist to help ensure someone takes their medicine correctly, or for a physician office to treat someone episodically when they happen to come to an appointment,” he said. “Now, we all must become partners to help make sure we are working together to keep our community as healthy as possible.”

The goal of the MediCenter Pharmacy and Reid partnership, approved this week by the Reid Governing Board, is to better manage compliance by patients with their medicines, said Dr. Tom Huth, Reid Vice President/Director of Medical Affairs. “Medication programs have been shown to be critical to patients for maintaining good health,” Huth said. “Pharmacists work with patients to ensure medications are used as prescribed and provide patient education. Most importantly, they get to work directly with other caregivers to build relationships that are designed to achieve optimum health for patients.”

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