Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kroger Donates Snack Packs to United Way


The Board of Directors and Staff at the Darke County United Way would like to thank the Kroger associates for donating 100 snack pack bags with nutritious food to United Way for children in need. United Way gave these fun snack bags filled with fruit, granola bars, and pudding cups to their partner agency Grace Resurrection Community Center. The GRCC used these donations for their Back Pack program helping hungry children throughout the county. The Back Pack program is a program at the local school districts in Darke County, which provides food to chronically hungry children over the weekend, between school weeks. For more information about the Back Pack Program or GRCC please contact Ann Ditmer, Back Pack coordinator, or Sharon Fellers, executive director at 548-2595. Thank you to Kroger and their staff for this generous donation.

St. Paul's Presents: An Evening of Joyful Sounds

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 201 South Broadway, Greenville, is presenting an organ concert by their church organist, Terry Cassel, with flute solos by Kim Bohler on Sunday, December 7th at 7:00 P.M. in the church. This candlelight concert will include a collection of Christmas classics as well as a wide selection of classical organ compositions. The public is invited to attend this free concert and celebrate the Advent season. Come and enjoy the magnificent music, festive decorations and beautiful stained glass windows. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Call the church at 937.548.5575 for more information.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gary Cooper, CEO of Cooper Farms Discusses His Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys with Alex Mikos of WTGR

You're probably familiar with the annual tradition of the President pardoning a turkey every year at Thanksgiving, saving it from the delicious fate that so many others meet. This year, the honor of raising and providing this turkey was bestowed upon locally based Cooper Farms.

COO of Cooper Farms and Chairman of the National Turkey Federation Gary Cooper joined Alex Mikos on WTGR's Community Ties program to discuss the process of raising the Presidential Turkey, as well as walks them through the process of traveling to Washington DC and the actual pardoning ceremony.

You can follow along with Cooper Farm's presidential experience by liking them on Facebook.

Make a Commitment to Quit Smoking


GREENVILLE (Ohio) - Wayne HealthCare Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist Linda Fridley poses with free turkey winner Lisa Jeffers of Winchester, IN.

The Wayne HealthCare 2014 Great American Smokeout event on November 20th gave local smokers the chance to join other across the U.S. in taking steps to start living a tobacco free life. Whether you stopped by the awareness table to make a pledge to quit or made a self commitment you’re taking important steps toward a healthier life.

The observance was started by the American Cancer Society in the 1970’s and has since helped change the nation’s perception of tobacco use. The day has been used to draw awareness to the health risks associated with tobacco and secondhand smoke, even leading to many state and local regulations.

Individuals who talked with our pulmonary rehabilitation staff about programs or reasons to quit using tobacco were encouraged to make a pledge. Individuals were also entered into our “Quit Cold Turkey” drawing to win a free turkey for Thanksgiving.

“It is our goal every year during the month of November to make our community more aware of COPD and encourage our community to stop smoking, even for just one day,” said Linda Fridley, pulmonary rehabilitation specialist at Wayne HealthCare.

For more information about the Wayne HealthCare Lifestyle Enhancement Center (LEC) which includes pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, healing hearts clinic, blood pressure clinic and tobacco cessations programs please call (937) 547-5917.

CIVIC THEATER AUDITIONS

The Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their upcoming winter production. The auditions will be held at The Boys and Girls Club on Broadway in Greenville. If you are interested in trying out, you can show up anytime between 6 and 8pm. There is no preparation required, as they will be having cold readings from the script.

This production will be a melodrama that will be presented at Paws Bingo Hall on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The melodrama has a large cast and consists of actors age 7 and up. If you or someone you know has ever wanted to act, now is the time to try out. The Civic Theater is currently seeking new members to join there group.

For more information, contact Dane at (937) 621-4916 or visit their web site at www.darkecountycivictheater.org.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE BOOKFAIR

Are you looking for some great Christmas gifts? Check out EUM Christian Preschool 's Holiday Scholastic Book Fair at EUM’s Downtown Campus, located at 111 Devor Street in Greenville, Ohio.

Books are a great educational and enjoyable gift for any child. Consider looking at our selection of books and choosing the ones that will make the children on your gift list smile.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open Wednesday, December 10 from 8:45 am to 3:15 pm; Thursday, December 11 from 8:45 am to12:00 pm; Friday, December 12 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm; and Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. All profits benefit the preschool. For more information, contact Elaine Snyder at 548-3211 ext. 210.

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.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Donates to Darke County Veterans Services


Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR donated $200 in health items, toiletries and cleaning supplies to the Darke County Veterans Services.

Pictured are Thomas Pitman, Department Head Of Veteran Services, Var Gehron, Veteran Services Officer and Chris Nehring, Fort GreeneVille DAR Service for Veterans chairman.

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Front row (left to right): Kayli Duncan, Sarah Green, Andy Hayes, Evan Kiser, Alex Davis, Brooke Netzley and Ashley Grote. Middle row (left to right): McKenna Crews, Kimmy Martin, Justin McMiller, Zach Henninger, Lyssa Middlestetter and Kassidy York. Back row (left to right): Casey Mortensen, Hannah Cloyd and Samantha Buchy.
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

Reserve and general admission seats are available this year. Tickets for reserved seating may be purchased at the Greenville High School ticket booth, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. from December 9 through the performance date. The price of the tickets is $5 for presale and $6 at the door. Tickets for students are also available for $4 each. There are no refunds or exchanges. Tickets may also be reserved by contacting Katie Netzley (evenings until 9 p.m.), 547-9659.

Additional sale locations are being added this year for convenience. The following locations will sell the general admission tickets only beginning December 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm: Tim’s Muffler Mart at 521 W. Third Street; The Flower Patch at 104 Rhoades Avenue and the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway next to KitchenAid Experience. General admission tickets for seating in the wings can be purchased in advance at these locations are $4 each.

The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills, and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.

The 2014 Vocal Music Christmas Concert will begin with all the choirs joining together in "Deck the Rooftop".

The Choraliers will sing "A Charlie Brown Christmas Medley."

Girl's Glee will perform "FelizNavidad," and "Grown Up Christmas List."

Girl's Glee and Choraliers will join together to perform "Where are You Christmas?"

The Wavaires will sing "Underneath the Tree", "What Christmas Means to Me" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman.”

The Concert Choir will perform "Lully, Lullay", "What Child is This" and "Sing We All Noel."

Collage will perform “Santa Baby", "Welcome Christmas", and "Jingle Bell Rock."

In addition to the choral selections, there will be several spotlight acts featuring some Christmas favorites.

The entire company will sing “Silent Night,” and the concert will conclude with the combined GHS Choirs, Wind Ensemble and alumni singing “Hallelujah Chorus.”

For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, please like and follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GHSVocalMusicBoosters.

WILDFLOWER GARDEN CLUB DECORATES TREE


The parlor of Garst Museum has a festive holiday flare due to the efforts of Wildflower Garden Club.

The beautiful 10 foot tree that stands each year during the Christmas season in the Victorian style front room of Garst, better known as the parlor, was again decorated by some of the members of the garden club on November 20th. The theme this year was, The Bounty of Darke County which the club members carried out with unique decorations, which included handmade, harvested, hunted and store bought items.

White lights provides the backdrop for strung wooden and painted cranberries, bunches as well as single apples and pears add red to the tree. The tree also has boughs dripping with pine cones that appear to have snow on them and sparkle with glitter. Along with the cones are bunches of Baby Indian Corn hung in glittered bunches. A few bird’s nests can also be found among the branches. Dried hydrangea blooms which have been spray painted pink and burgundy are also arranged all over the tree. The surprising added touch which is the hunted part of the bounty, is wild turkey feathers supplied by one of our members who actually bagged the turkey with a bow and arrow a few years ago. She also added a deer skin which she obtained from a deer she had downed from a hunting trip. It serves as a tree skirt for the fruit, berry, flowered and feathered tree. The tree is topped off with a huge burlap bow and streamers also of burlap. We wanted to keep the tree looking natural and feature the recourses found in Darke County. Apples, corn, pine cones, pears, wild turkeys and deer. Not sure about the cranberries. Also beautiful hydrangea bushes adorn our yards in summer which we used for added color and aiding us to stay true to our motto of growing and showing. They added just the right touch to a garden club tree.

When finished we all made the comment that it is the most beautiful tree we have ever done. This is the same comment we make after trimming our tree in the Parlor each year.

We truly enjoy getting together to make the decorations and decorating the tree.
Each year the tree is done differently according to the theme upon which the museum decides. This really challenges us to make it interesting and beautiful and depict as best we can the theme.

Pictured from left to right are; Nancy Baker, Martha Singleman, Christine Detrick, Bottom Row, Elke Melling, Terri Ann Kline, Barbara Rhoades. Right back row, Chris Lemon, Virginia O’Dell. Not pictured, Brenda Grant.

Submitted by
Barbara Rhoades, Reporting Secretary

14 Year Old Airlifted After Being Ejected in ATV Accident

On Sunday November 23, 2014 at approximately 12:38 PM, Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire Dept. and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6600 block of Smith Rd on a report of a private property injury accident involving a 4-wheeler ATV that had been flipped in a field.

Investigation revealed a Polaris 500 Scrambler 4-wheeler ATV was being operated by a 14 year old female from Bradford, OH. and was riding the ATV through a family owned field and lost control after riding in a grass waterway ejecting her from the ATV and then the ATV rolled on top of her. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital aboard Careflight for non-life threatening injuries, and she was not wearing a helmet at the time.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Christmas Bazaar

Friday, November 28th 6:00-8:00 p.m. is the kick off Preview Sale for early purchases at the Arcanum Historical Society. The bazaar opens again All Day on Saturday, November 29, 9:00 - 6:00 p.m. The annual Christmas Bazaar has a surplus and over stock of one-of-a-kind Christmas Decorations in every theme from pastels to a Red, White and Blue Christmas. Christmas trees, primitive, decorated and plain, table toppers, short and tall will be available for your choice. New this year will be the Cookie Walk, buy your cookies by the pound, plus more ready to use or freeze for the holidays baked goodies. As always, the historical society guarantees the lowest prices this shopping season. Come early and stay late for browsing and shopping.

MVCTC Sophomore Visitation Days and Open House Scheduled

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) annual Sophomore Open House is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, from 4:30-7 p.m. The school will be open for sophomores and their parents to tour all three buildings, meet instructors, and learn more about the 40+ career and technical programs that MVCTC offers for high school juniors and seniors. A complimentary spaghetti dinner will be served in the Student Activity Center.

December 2, 3, and 4 are the scheduled Sophomore Career Days at MVCTC. Sophomores from the MVCTC 27 partner school districts have the chance to visit MVCTC for a day and experience two career technical programs. The goal is to help students decide which career technical program they may want to pursue for their junior and senior year in high school.

MVCTC is located in Clayton and serves 27 area high schools in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami). The career technical programs at MVCTC are designed to teach students skills relevant to their career goals, while maintaining challenging academic classes and building relationships with classmates, instructors, and business leaders to help them be successful. The opportunities available at MVCTC prepare students for the workforce and college and allow them to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education.

For more information on the opportunities offered at MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SEN. BROWN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $6.3 MILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HEAD START PROGRAMS IN NINE WEST-CENTRAL OHIO COUNTIES

Council on Rural Services Offers Programs in Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby and Van Wert

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $6,302,675 in new federal funds to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs run by Council on Rural Services, a non-profit education organization serving Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby and Van Wert Counties. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“This is excellent news for West-Central Ohio families and their children,” Brown said. “Programs like Head Start help to ensure that children have the skills necessary to succeed in elementary school and beyond.”

Head Start is a federal program that provides young children from low-income families with programming to prepare them for school. Early Head Start focuses on children ages birth to three. These programs, including health, nutrition, and social services, are designed to ensure their healthy cognitive, social, and emotional development. More information on Head Start and Early Head Start can be found here.

Early Morning Hike Time Change


There is something invigorating about crisp winter morning air! Join a naturalist as we hike the trails of Shawnee Prairie (4267 State Route 502 West) each and every Tuesday morning. We will focus on birds, tree ID, winter animal tracks and anything else that catches our eye! Hikes will begin at the winter start time of 9:00am in December, January and February. Meet in the Nature Center parking lot dressed for the weather. If you have any questions, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org Don’t forget your binoculars!

Vehicle Catches Fire After Crash on 127, All Parties Treated and Released at the Scene

On 11-24-2014 Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Greenville Area Rescue, were dispatched to US RT 127 and Horatio Harris Creek Road in reference to an injury accident. Responding units were advised flames were showing from one of the vehicles.

Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2014 Freightliner, driven by Charles P. Baughman, Ansonia, was heading north and attempting a left turn onto Horatio Harris Creek Road, turning into the path of a southbound 1998 GMC Suburban, driven by James Hines, Greenville. Hines drove across the centerline to avoid contact, striking a northbound 2008 Peterbilt, driven by Daniel Leonard Jr, of Celina. Hines’ vehicle caught on fire and was eventually extinguished by Greenville Township Fire.

All parties were checked by Greenville Area Rescue and released at the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Rep. Richard Adams Receives Award for Distinguished Public Service

COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) recently received the 2014 Paul E. Gillmor Lifetime Public Service Award. He was honored November 13th during the Ohio Bankers’ League Annual Meeting.

The award, established in 2006, is not granted annually, but rather is given to select individuals who are especially meritorious, often at the end of their careers. It is named after Ohio Congressman Paul Gillmor, who served the residents of the 5th District for 18 years until his death in 2007.

“I was acquainted with Paul Gillmor when he served as member and President of the Ohio Senate,” Adams said. “Mr. Gillmor later served for the United States Congress. He was a hard worker and represented his constituents well. This causes me to be thankful for the recognition of the award named in his honor. I have always attempted to emanate his qualities in my service to citizens who entrusted me with responsibility.”

Rep. Adams is currently in his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives and serves the 80th District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County. He will be retiring from the legislature at the end of the year. A former two-term Miami County Commissioner, Adams also has a long history in education, banking, and public service. Most notably, he served as chairman of the National Association of Community College Trustees Board and as president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Board. He was a trustee for Edison Community College for 18 years, acting as chairman for three years.

For his distinguished work in the community and as an educator, Representative Adams has received many awards, including the Ohio Outstanding Administrator Award from the Ohio Vocational Association and the Citizenship Award for Distinguished Service to Humanity from The Ohio State Alumni Association. He was named a member of Distinguished Alumni by The Ohio State University College of Agriculture and named a Distinguished Citizen of Troy by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was honored with the Outstanding Community College Trustee in the United States and Canada Award by the Association of Community College Trustees. Recently, he received the 2014 Legislator of the Year from The Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association. The Richard N. Adams Educational Service Award has also been named in his honor from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

He and his wife, Sandy, live in Troy and have three children.

Medicare enrollment through Dec. 7; expert cites advantages of original Medicare

The Medicare open enrollment process, which continues through Dec. 7, can be confusing and overwhelming, according to an insurance expert who works with health care providers and consumers to try to clarify the issues.

Jim Richmond, with Managed Care Partners, explained the difference between original Medicare – which he likened to Classic Coke – and Medicare Advantage plans, which are actually managed by private insurers and replace rather than supplement Original Medicare.

Richmond said there are two basic “roads” to get to Medicare coverage – Original Medicare, with Parts A, B, and D; or Medicare Advantage plans, or Part C. “Original Medicare provides coverage directly to you,” he said, noting that it is made up of Part A and/or Part B. “Medicare Advantage plans are provided by private insurance companies and the costs, coverage and rules may be different than Original Medicare.”

He said Medicare Advantage plans “fully replace” original Medicare, though consumers sometimes confuse them with “supplemental.” He said the companies who offer these plans have contracts with Medicare to provide the coverage.

Richmond cited numerous examples of options for Medicare Advantage or Medicare supplement plans – sometimes called “Medigap” – and pointed out that an Original Medicare plan with a supplement policy is often the best choice for those who can budget the additional premiums. He used the example of regularly changing the oil filter in a car – the expense is more up front, but it can reduce costs down the road. That’s how he described the difference between Medigap policies – which can cost more in premiums up front – or a Medicare Advantage plan, which often can have lower premiums but can mean a lot more out-of-pocket expense when the consumer actually uses the plan.


Mrs. Clause holds a little one in her lap as Brenda Ballengee prepares to photograph him with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause at the Library Open House.  This year;s Open House is December 6th and the photos of children with Mr. and Mrs. Clause are free.
Hundreds of cookies, punch and even Library appropriate bookworms will be served to patrons and guests at the annual Greenville Public Library Open House on Saturday, December 6 from 10 am to 2 pm, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Mr. and Mrs. Clause will be the highlight of the event for the little folk who can tell Santa about wish lists and have a photo taken with the jolly old elf and his wife. Brenda Ballengee will be on hand to take free photos.

Entertaining guests with many holiday melodies and other compositions will be Nancy Jackson, playing her flute, and Alex Vehre with his violin. Tours of our wonderful Library and its many facets will also be available.

Each year, the Friends of the Greenville Public Library celebrate our Library, this gem in downtown Greenville, with an open house as the closing event of its calendar year. Authors Nights at Montage are in the planning stages already, as the January, February, March and April events that Friends sponsor.

This year, FOL will sponsor a mini used book sale on Friday, December 5th and during the Open House. This, in addition to the second floor on-going used book sale, helps to fund the many programs and projects for the Library to which FOL contributes.

Friends of the Greenville Public Library is a group of volunteers dedicated to enriching, promoting and sponsoring literacy efforts in our community and thus, its goal is the excellence of our Library. For information about membership or FOL events, call 548-1916.

Live United Softball Classic raises funds for Education Initiative

Darke County United Way hosted the Annual Live United Softball Classic in October at Stebbins Field. Five teams came out to play in the coed softball tournament to support the local United Way’s Education Initiatives.

Save 2nd Base was the winning team, with Hot Rods and Harleys as the runner-up. The United Way also welcomed teams from Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank and PolyOne Corporation.

The event raised over $1,300, and Greenville Federal’s team also did a special jeans and t-shirt day fundraiser at the bank leading up to the softball event, donating an extra $120 to the event.

The Darke County United Way would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support and donations to make this event a success including: all of our teams and players, Stebbins Field crew and our umpires, our committee of Melissa Mansfield, Debby Folkerth, Corey Eagle and Brian Beam, McDonalds, Doug Shields Investments, Oscreen, Spirit Medical Transport, Taco Bell, Burger King, Columbus Crew, Cincinnati Zoo, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Bengals, Scene 75, YMCA, University of Dayton, Columbus Zoo, Wright State University, COSI, Xavier University, Cincinnati Reds, Holiday World, and JT’s Brew and Grill.

The Darke County United Way is coming close to wrapping up the fall campaign in mid-December. The campaign goal of $375,000 is a hefty goal and the board is very thankful for so many wonderful individuals and businesses in this community that are working together to help Darke County United Way meet this goal. If you would like to donate please send donations to Darke County United Way, PO Box 716, Greenville, OH 45331, or donate online at www.darkecountyunitedway.org. “Your gift is important to the mission of Darke County residents working to increase the capacity to care for one another. These gifts stay in Darke County and go to helping neighbors in their time of need, whether it be health related, educational based to strengthen and build the future leaders of Darke County, or providing income stability - especially during this time, when families are in need of food, clothing and heat. Your gift provides hope for the future. There is no greater gift than to help another in need,” states Lauren Henry, Executive Director of United Way. Donations go to help residents in Darke County through the following programs: Education - Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Council on Rural Services (CORS) Gateway Youth Programs, CORS-Achievement Center for Educational Success, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Stuff a Bus, Income Stability programs - Red Cross, Community Action Partnership (CAP) Emergency Homeless Shelter, Supportive Housing, Community Unity, YMCA Financial Assistance, FAME, FISH Choice Pantry, Grace Resurrection Community Center, Bridge the Gap, & Health Programs - Cancer Association of Darke County, Catholic Social Services, CAP Medical and General Senior Transportation, Community Services for Deaf FSA, CORS Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Midwest Ohio Recovery and Wellness, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, SafeHaven, Inc., State of the Heart Hospice Bereavement programs, and Familywize Prescription Drug Discount Program. Community Fund recipients include: Scout Camperships, Salute to Military Families, Camp BEARable, and Greenville Girls Softball Association.

Project FeederWatch

Calling all birders!

Join Darke County Park District as we participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am. This is a unique ‘Citizen Science’ program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Your observations may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help!

We’ll gather inside the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit our bird-feeding station. Only available for a portion of the count time? That’s fine! Just drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday from 9:30am-11:30am. And did we mention we’ll have warm drinks available?

For more information on Project FeederWatch or if you have any questions, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

Darke County Parks Photo Calendar for Sale


After a year-long contest and many photo submissions, the 2014 Darke County Parks photo contest has come to fruition. The finalists have been selected and a 2015 calendar is complete. Talented photographers set out to the 12 Darke County Park areas and snapped photos during various seasons and all weather conditions. Judging was extremely difficult as there is great talent in Darke County! Along with photos from local amateur photographers, special events and important meeting dates are featured. The calendars are now for sale for $10.00 in the Gift Shop at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland!


This Holiday Season, join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our Winter Wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 6th from 6-9pm, there will be over 400 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you hike along the illuminated trails towards the Log House and Blacksmith Shop, you can enjoy the crisp air, bright stars and perhaps the light crunch of snow. This early December evening will also provide a full moon to light our way.

In the Log House, the fire will be warm and there will be the opportunity to enjoy pioneer music of Christmas’ past as you relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available upstairs in the Log House and in the Nature Center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The Gift Shop will be open throughout the event, offering a chance to discover a selection of unique gifts or that perfect holiday stocking stuffer.

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is a FREE event and is the perfect opportunity for families to celebrate the winter season and to start a new tradition. Don’t forget to bring a votive candle or two as a donation for next year’s path. Shawnee Prairie is located on 502 West, approximately 1 mile outside of Greenville. Call if you need directions around the detour. For more information on all of the programs offered by the Darke County Parks, visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org or call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.
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