Thursday, August 17, 2017

Darke County Endowment for the Arts Sponsors Local Theater Residency

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The cast of Aladdin performed at St. Clair Memorial Hall, thanks to the support of the Darke County Endowment for the Arts.
DCCA recognizes the Darke County Endowment for the Arts for their support of the recent Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency and production of Aladdin. “Thanks to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts students in Darke County are able to experience every aspect of a musical theater production in one week, at no cost to the participants,” shared DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “We are absolutely thrilled to see the students in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

In one short week the Missoula Directors cast, rehearsed and presented the musical Aladdin, featuring 60 local students from grades 1-12 in roles from the familiar tale. On Aug. 5 the cast performed two productions at St. Clair Memorial Hall for a delighted audience.

The purpose of Darke County Endowment for the Arts is to keep the Arts alive forever in our community. Darke County Endowment for the Arts is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts, which are invested to produce income to benefit the Arts in Darke County. The Endowment assists donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies to enrich lives through the Arts for years to come.

Darke County Endowment for the Arts is managed by a board of trustees who meet regularly to manage investments and consider appropriate action to assist the Arts in Darke County as funds are available. Current trustees are Gary Brown, Suzanne Brown, Marilyn Delk, Roberta Feltman, Barbara Greiner, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan; Julie Strait serves as treasurer. For more information or to make a donation to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts contact DCEA at P.O. Box 155, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Aladdin was also made possible thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, local foundations and DCCA Memberships.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts and their upcoming 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season contact the DCCA office at 547-0908 or visit


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The Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting on Sept. 7, 7 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth St., Greenville. All DCCA members are invited to attend. The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year. Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing and fine artists. In addition to offering an Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA presents Special Performances, a Coffee House Series at local venues, and Arts In Education outreach programming which brings professional performers to inspire creativity in the students of all Darke County Public and Greenville City Schools. Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth and DCCA on the Road transports patrons to an event outside Darke County’s borders.

Darke County Center for the Arts is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall and welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment. The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery. The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and upon request, hearing aid devices are available, for the hearing impaired. Also, interpretive signers are provided upon request for all performances. DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs.

For more information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact our office on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, (937) 547-0908 or visit

Volunteers Make a Difference

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The heat of summer doesn't stop Chestnut Village residents, Mary Ann and Bob Cornell, from volunteering their time to sand and paint the benches around our Campus! Our volunteers make a huge difference and we are very appreciative of all they do to help us! We couldn't do everything we do for our residents without our volunteers!

An Opportunity to Help the Monarch Butterfly

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Most of you may have seen or read that pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly.

There are ways that we can help, even in Darke County. Starting on September 1st through October 31st, the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be collecting seed pods from the Common Milkweed plant. The Monarch relies on the milkweed plant as a host plant, to lay eggs and as a food source. Whether as an individual, or a group, you can make a difference in the Monarch Butterfly population by collecting these seed pods once they have matured and have turned a greenish-yellow or yellowish-brown and ready to burst open. Once collected, the seed pods will be sent away to be dried and cleaned. A portion of the seed will be sent back to Darke County to be incorporated with other seed mixes that will be planted for pollinator species.

If you would like to help, please call the Darke SWCD office at 937.548.1752, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out where the seed pods can be dropped off.


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(Clockwise from left) Christena Sharp, Monty Sharp, Sheri Arbuckle and Barbara Bell were among those in attendance at Saturday night’s Hip Sips festival at Wilson Wines. State of the Heart Care was a proud sponsor of the festival benefiting Cancer Services for Randolph County, Inc.
Modoc, IN—On Saturday, August 12, State of the Heart Care presented Hip Sips, a festival benefiting Cancer Services for Randolph County, Inc. The festival, held at Wilson Wines, featured music by Green de Villes, Garcia and Scott, and The Indigos, and also gave guests a taste of art, auction, and different wines and food from the winery. All proceeds from the event went to Cancer Services for Randolph County.

“Hip Sips was a lot of fun and had a genuinely laid back atmosphere to it. I was amazed by how many people of all ages came out on Saturday,” attendee Christena Sharp said. “It was a great opportunity to explore the wine that Wilson Wines had to offer.”

Hip Sips gave State of the Heart an opportunity to give a speech onstage during the event. Angela Sipe, Executive Director of the hospice, spoke about a family who was recently touched by the care State of the Heart’s inpatient unit was able to give them. “We shared a personal story of a family who utilized our services. The crowd appeared to have quite the emotional response, and it was great to see that we were able to show the importance of hospice in our area,” Sipe said.

State of the Heart Care is proud to have been able to sponsor Hip Sips this year. “Hip Sips is a great collaboration between Cancer Services for Randolph County and State of the Heart,” Director of Business Development at State of the Heart said. “It was great to see so many people out supporting the cause.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Greenville Public Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration opens in September. For more information, call the library at (937)548-3915, or visit our website,

This program is free of charge and is possible due to a generous grant from the Friends of the Library.

Darke County Aviation Day Returns September 9th

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The Darke County Commissioners are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Aviation Day at the Darke County Airport on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The event will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Darke County Airport, 9724 State Route 121, Versailles, Ohio 45380.

A Free, Fun Event for everyone.

Aviation Day is where locals from Darke and surrounding counties come together to learn about Aviation, and the Airports within.

A Hot Dog Cart will be at the Airport for Lunch & Refreshments.

Free EAA Young Eagle Flights
(Ages 8-17)

Education Provided by:
Richard Borgerding, private pilot.
Seth Timmerman, Private Pilot/ Airport Operations Manager
Civil Air Patrol, Search & Rescue
With many others throughout the event.

Aircraft on Display:
Experimental and Ultralight aircraft.
Darke County Airport Tenants will have their airplanes on display and stories to share.
Midmark Corporation’s corporate jet.
Civil Air Patrol Aircraft
All others that will Fly-in.
Along with Collegiate Universities Aircraft.

Parking & Security for this event will be provided by local volunteers.

The goal of the event is to provide insightful information of Aerospace opportunities, Aircraft and Airports within our communities, we invite guests of all ages.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Airport Operations Manager Seth Timmerman at (937) 467-9360

Father Edward Payne of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville Invited to Audition for Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City

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Editor's Note: Jan Dunwoody, Parish Secretary at St. Paul's Episocpal Church in Greenville, shared the below note she sent out about some amazing news regarding Father Edward Payne. This is fun and exciting and I'm sure you'll be pulling for him as much as I will.

Hello Friends,

I wanted you to know about a telephone call I received last week. Some of you have met one of the Supply Priests we have used here at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville ......Father Edward Payne.

Father Ed has had a very interesting career, even before becoming a priest. One of those careers was singing for the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City. It has been over 27 years since he's sung for the Metropolitan Opera. One of the many roles he had was in the production of “Porgy & Bess”. The Metropolitan Opera is bringing this production back to New York, in the year 2019, and he was asked to audition.

Father Ed was contacted last week and given his audition date of Tuesday, September 19. It is an honor to be asked to audition for the Metropolitan Opera, especially since he hasn't sung for them in 27 years. It's quite a compliment to Father Ed that they want to hear him sing again. When Father Ed asked how many arias he should prepare, he was told that if he only wanted to audition for “Porgy & Bess”, he wouldn't need as many pieces; however if he might be interested in other productions, he would need several other pieces to showcase his singing (i.e., an aria in Italian, or German, etc.).

According to Father Ed, maybe nothing will come from this audition, but he feels fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity.

We wish Father Ed well and wait to see if God is opening up another door for him.

On Sunday, September 17th, Father Ed will be our Celebrant and Preacher at St. Paul’s. If your schedules permits, please feel free to join us at our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service here at St. Paul’s, 201 S. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio, to wish him a safe trip to New York on Monday, in preparation for his audition on Tuesday.

Jan Dunwoody
Parish Secretary
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
201 S. Broadway
Greenville, Ohio

Greenville High School Wavaires Perform at The Great Darke County Fair

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Wavaires will perform at The Great Darke County Fair on Friday, August 25th, in the Grand Stand at 2:30 p.m. Admission into the grand stand is free of charge.

The Wavaires will be performing a variety of music, including “Bring the House Down”, “Try Everything”, from the movie Zootopia, “Hey Soul Sister”, “Into the West”, from the movie Lord of the Rings, “Hey Brother”, “I Want You Back/ ABC” from The Jackson Five, “A Thousand Years”, “September”, “Come on Everybody”, by Elvis Presley, “City of Stars” from La La Land, and “Africa”. The Wavaires will conclude their performance with a medley of songs from Journey’s “Greatest Hits” album.

The Wavaires are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge and Brooke Jendrusik is the choreographer.

Be sure to like and follow Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters on Facebook to receive the latest news and ways to support the G.H.S. Vocal Music program and other events.

Friends of the Parks Basket Raffle

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The Friends of the Darke County Park District are once again running their annual basket raffle this summer to culminate at Prairie Days on September 23rd and 24th. Local clubs donated baskets full of goodies to raise money for the Friends of the Parks.

Baskets include one from the Darke County Birders, containing a certificate for a 50lb bag of sunflower seeds, a National Geographic book “Birds of North America” and more. The Darke County Photo club donated a 14”x20” photograph entitled “Peony Stroll”. The Old Thyme Gardeners basket contains a chamber of commerce gift certificate, “Square Foot Gardening” book, and too many more gardening goodies to list. The Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club donated a basket which includes a $50 Dicks Sporting Goods certificate, a waist pack with water bottles and dry bag. The Tecumseh Trail Phoenix Committee donated a fabulous kitchen themed basket with a Kitchen Aid food processor, a Kitchen Aid two speed hand blender, all kinds of mixes and canned goods, and many more handy tools around the kitchen.

All of the baskets are on display at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West,) and tickets are available for purchase Monday through Saturday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Darke County Park District. The drawing will be held at Prairie Days on Sunday, September 24th; you do not need to be present to win. Help support the Friends of the Darke County Parks, and win an awesome basket full of goodies!

For more information about this raffle or any Park District program, please give the Nature Center a call at (937) 548-0165, or email


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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held September 21 and 28, 2017 at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years. This will be 2 classes focusing on parent education, and parent and child interaction.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by September 17, 2017.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Friends of Harmon Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The Greenville City Schools jointly with the Friends of Harmon Field, would like to announce the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newly renovated Harmon Field playing field. The event will take place Friday, August 25th @ 6:30PM prior to the Greenville-Eaton Football Game.

All donors to the Friends of Harmon Field Project, businesses, individuals or families, are invited to be on the field for the ceremony. We ask if you are a donor and would like to be on the field for the ceremony, please RSVP to either DYINGST@GCSWAVE.COM or DERNST1@WOH.RR.COM. Donors are asked to gather at the Northwest entrance to the stadium at 6:00PM. We are excited to share this momentous occasion with you, as we couldn’t have accomplished it without your support.

It is not too late to own a part of the new Field. FOHF will continue selling square yards for $100 until November 1st, 2017. At that point, all deeds will be sent out to the owners. So, don’t miss out on owning part of the new field.

Family Outdoor Nature Discovery program at Shawnee Prairie

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Darke County Parks are proud to offer a new monthly series, called Family Outdoor Nature Discovery (F.O.N.D.). F.O.N.D. is a timely opportunity for families to engage in unstructured and purposeful outdoor play in our parks. Our Naturalists will provide the tools and locations for kids and their parents to explore whatever nature provides each month.

It’s no secret that we all have way too much screen time. According to Scott D. Sampson, author of How to Raise a Wild Child, “The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores.”

Beginning at the Nature Center at 1pm on August 19th your family will be prepared to venture onto the trails to explore the topic of the month whether it is wetland discovery or fort building! No fee or registration is required, but please be sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Programs will be held outdoors in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Join us and get outdoors to discover the nature in your backyard!

For more information please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Reid Health to host job fair Aug. 16

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Reid Health Human Resources will conduct an on-campus career fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Lingle Hall.

Calista Robinson, Employment Specialist, said the fair is designed to showcase the many departments of the hospital and outpatient offices, and also illustrate the varied opportunities available. “Various departments from Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates will be on hand with booths to offer information about their departments, current openings and the types of skills required,” Robinson said.

The health system averages from 130 to 160 openings in a typical month, she said.

This will be the first Reid Health Career Fair. Robinson said the fair represents a creative way to reach job seekers with information about opportunities at Reid Health, including some that people generally may not realize are available.

“Our goal will be to showcase the various hospital departments and outpatient offices,” she said, noting that all departments – both clinical and non-clinical – will be represented.

Anyone interested in a career at Reid Health should consider attending.

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Historic St. Peter’s Homecoming Coming Soon

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As the summer begins to fade and our thoughts turn toward autumn, we also begin to look forward to the annual St. Peter’s Homecoming Celebration. This event marks a tradition which began over one hundred years ago.

When St. Peter closed its doors to weekly worship it was decided then to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year. Most of the congregation that remained moved their membership to nearby Lutheran churches like Trinity, at Versailles, Friedens Lutheran at Bloomer, St. Paul’s at Willowdell, or St. John, near Greenville.

Why is St. Peter Evangelical Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship, closing in 1905; this marks the 111th Homecoming service!

The little, country church, founded by immigrants from Kammerforst, Langensalza, Providence Larheim, Kingdom of Prussia, (Germany) whom settled in what was known then as “Dutch Roost” offered regular German Lutheran worship services in this log structure from 1850 till 1905. When they closed the doors in 1905, all was left in place. It looks today much as it did when they worshiped here.

On Sunday September 17th the historic church will host the annual worship and hymn sing, reminiscent of the old German Lutheran style of the late 19th and early 20th century. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Brian S. McGee of St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville will lead the abbreviated worship service. Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ and many hymns of a by gone era will be sung.

This year St. Peters continues to participate in the Ohio Historical Society’s “Open Door Initiative”; a celebration of Ohio’s hidden gems that are rarely viewed or open to the public.

Remember your contributions are the only financial support this historic church receives and are vital to keeping her doors open, once a year and maintaining the property for years to come. St Peter’s is a 501c.3 and would welcome your support. A contribution may be made by check to St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church c/o J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Come and be a part of the continuing story of St. Peters!

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is located one mile south of Versailles just east off of State Route 185 south of Versailles, on the St. Peter’s Road.

Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon in the country where our earliest settlers walked and prayed.

Communities Enjoying Museum’s New Display

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The Versailles Area Museum has officially opened a new display reflecting on the rich history of petroleum stations in the surrounding communities.

Tom Mendenhall, an active volunteer at the museum came up with this superb idea over a year ago working on the “How can we do this?” After much planning and the efforts of many the new display is ready for you to all come and enjoy.

This display features Versailles Oil & Gas which later became known to numerous generations as Gus’s. The Station was originally located west of the Buckeye Overall Company on West Main Street and later at the corner of South Center Street and Marker Road or State Route 121.

Numerous area Stations are also featured in photos and memorabilia. Yet Gus’s is our focus. Our thanks to Gus Barga’s son Doug, daughter, and son-in-law Carmen and Jon Snyder, several items are featured from the long-time Versailles establishment.

What would a Station be without a car? Thanks to John McEldowney and his Dad, Phil we have a fantastic 1929 Ford Model A parked in our lobby with a lovely lady waiting to have her car serviced at the local station as she returns home from a local shopping excursion. What might she have paid per gallon in 1932?

Other friends of the museum including Art Gaier, Sarah Magoto, Ron Kramer, and Tom Mendenhall added to the display that will be talked about by all who stop by to visit 1930’s Versailles.

We invite you to join us any Sunday from 1-4 and browse with old friends, enjoy the many new displays, and to hear our story.

Museum Looking for Fall Items

The Versailles Area Museum is getting in the mood for autumn and if you have any fall decor including leaves, gourds, pumpkins, grape vine, pots of mums, corn shocks, half bale of straw or other items we would be most appreciative. You may leave items on our porch, or call us at 526-4222 and let us know what you might have. Thanks in advance for your help!


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Pastor Todd Reish with a portion of some of the shoes that have been donated to support the Waterstep Program for Clean Water
Brethren Retirement Community will be supporting 3 area congregations in a Shoe Drive for the Waterstep Programduring the month of August.

Perhaps you are wondering what the Waterstep program is?

Organizations (like churches and BRC) collect shoes. The shoes are then sent to Waterstep. Waterstep sells the shoes for export and inexpensive re-sale in markets around the world. But most importantly, the money collected from the shoes supports Clean Water Programs.

Waterstep works to offer clean, safe drinking water for people and living things around the world. So, that's the end result of collecting shoes that we no longer need! :)

Please take a look in your closets! If you have new or gently used shoes you don't wear anymore, consider bringing them to BRC for the Waterstep Program.

We will be collecting shoes at these drop-off locations:
  • In the Main Lobby
  • In the hallway outside of Senior Fit
  • In the entrance area of the Chapel in the Shuff Christian Life Center
  • At the Mill Ridge Village Center
  • At the Chestnut Village Center.
The collection will run from August 1 - 31st.

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