Monday, January 14, 2019

Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve

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No school on January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Register your child for Darke County Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. “Forts, Fire and Food” will begin at 10am and end at 2pm. Children from kindergarten through 6th. grade are invited to spend the day exploring the park, building forts, tracking, hiking, fire-starting and cooking over a roaring campfire. Park naturalists will lead your children through the activities, crafts and more while enjoying the day off school. The fee for the day is only $15 and can be made by cash or check upon registration. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather, as the majority of this camp will be spent outdoors. Please register by calling Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165 or info@darkecountyparks.org.

Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its annual Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala on Saturday, January 26th at the Tipp City Eagles (2nd floor) located at 202 E. Main St, Tipp City. TCAAC members and guests will enjoy several stations of heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with an evening filled with casino-style games. Game winnings can be used to bid on items donated by local artists, community members and businesses. Auction and raffle items will include original pieces of art, as well as, themed gift baskets, tickets and gift certificates to local events and businesses. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Cocktail hour will commence at 6:00 PM; a cash bar will be available. Games will begin at 7:00 PM with raffles and an art auction following. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by January 24th. You may purchase your ticket online at www.tippcityartscouncil.com/wager-on-the-arts or mail your check to Tipp City Area Arts Council, Box 74, Tipp City, OH 45371. Make checks payable to Tipp City Area Arts Council. You may also pay at the door. Casual or dressy casual attire is acceptable! All monies made at this event go to support our scholarship and children’s awards funds. You can help TCAAC celebrate their 10th year and their endeavors to support the arts in our community while enjoying a night out on the town at Wager on the Arts! We hope that you will join us!

EMT scholarship opportunities available to area locals

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Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced another round of scholarship opportunities to those interested in becoming an emergency medical technician. However, this time the classes will be offered at either Celina or Van Wert instead of Greenville.

Starting today through January 28, 2019, at 6 p.m., Spirit will again accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed field training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at www.spiritmedicaltransport.com and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Human Resource Assistant Andrea Cahill at acahill@spiritmedicaltransport.com.

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by a member of the Spirit Human Resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place the week of January 28th at Spirit’s Celina office located at 316 Portland Street, Celina. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. February 1, 2019. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Depending on the location of where most successful applicants live, will determine if the classes will be held at the Celina or Van Wert office of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC. Classes will be held five days a week starting February 25th through April 19tht. Scott Kaminski of Four County Career Center will serve as lead instructor for the class, while Mike Woodford and Scott Wolf of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, will serve as secondary instructors.

Company officials say the program offered by Spirit is unique, while mutually beneficial.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 50 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program. Last August, the company expanded its scholarship program to its working EMT’s, offering them a paramedic scholarship program. There are currently ten Spirit EMT’s in a 14-month paramedic program that will end in October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center.

“We are focused on making Spirit Medical Transport a place where people come to work, learn, and grow in their EMS career,” said Spirit President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Many of the people who have gone through our EMT program have come to love working in this career field. Many of the recipients of the program have shared that becoming an EMT is a dream come true for them that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.”

Hathaway said this scholarship opportunity is slightly different from ones that have been offered in the past.

“For the first time since the scholarship program started, we have looked to change the location of where this class will be held,” Hathaway explained. “There has been an increased calling for our services in the northern Ohio region combined with an increased interest of individuals in this area. Based upon this, we have chosen to change the location of the classes this time around to better accommodate the needs and interests of our new applicants.”

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas. Company officials also provide transportation assistance to successful applicants who may not live near the class location, but still have an interest in taking advantage of the scholarship opportunity.

2019-2020 Small Game and Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council

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COLUMBUS, OH – The 2019-2020 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Notable changes among the proposals include providing an opportunity to increase the daily bag limit of walleye, sauger or saugeye, in Lake Erie when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish. Each year, a total allowable catch is determined for walleye by the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The proposed bag limit increase would be from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River. (The four fish daily bag limit would remain in place in this river.) This proposed change would become effective in 2020.

Other notable proposals included modifying waterfowl bag limits by decreasing the brant and pintail daily bag limit from three to one and two to one, respectively; modifying annual shooting range permit fees to provide a savings to shooters when purchased at the same time as annual resident hunting licenses; and modifying the age requirements for youth hunting seasons so they are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This will provide for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.

Additional proposed rule changes included exempting nonresident anglers under the age of 16 from being required to obtain a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit; allowing hunters to carry a printed or electronic version of their spring turkey, fall turkey, or deer permit(s); and removing Mosquito Reservoir from the list of ODNR Division of Wildlife properties where permits are issued for the construction of waterfowl hunting blinds, providing more access to hunters. For a complete list of all proposed changes, please visit the Winter 2019 Proposed Rule Summary at wildohio.gov.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

Open houses to receive public comments about hunting, trapping and fishing regulations and other wildlife issues will be held on Saturday, March 2. Open houses will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District One, District Two, District Three and District Four offices, as well as the Greene County Fish and Game Association clubhouse in Xenia.

Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at wildohio.gov beginning on Thursday, Feb. 14. Directions to the open houses can be found at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 21, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Edison State and Hobart Institute Partner to Offer Welding Technology Degree

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Charlie Carpenter (L), Director of Skill Education at Hobart Institute
of Welding Technology, and Dr. Tony Human (R), Dean of Professional and
Technical Programs at Edison State meet on behalf of the two
institutions entering a consortium agreement
Edison State Community College and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (Hobart Institute) have entered a consortium agreement, making it easier than ever before for students enrolled in Hobart Institute Accredited Welding Programs to continue on the path to an associate degree at Edison State.

Building upon a twenty-year partnership, the institutions’ latest agreement facilitates the transfer of credit from the Hobart Institute to Edison State for students who wish to pursue an Associate of Technical Studies (A.T.S.) in Welding Technology.

“We are pleased to bolster our partnership with Hobart Institute in which we provide educational opportunities to students from both institutions and strengthen their future work-based learning and employment opportunities,” said Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs at Edison State.

Dependent upon the students’ career goals, the institutions support three pathways of completion. Students have the option to work toward an A.T.S. in Welding Technology, with a focus on Management, Manufacturing, or Quality.

Students enrolled in the program may apply up to 30 credit hours from Hobart Institute toward one of the ATS degrees now offered at Edison State. The remaining balance of coursework required at Edison State may be completed online or in person in as little as one year.

“We feel it is important to provide our students with a multitude of opportunities once they graduate,” said Charlie Carpenter, Director of Skill Education at the Hobart Institute. “Our team does a great job with career assistance, and we believe partnering with Edison State can help expand the opportunities for our graduates interested in further education. We are excited about the partnership and believe Edison State is a great option for our graduates seeking further education.”

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, employment of professionals in the welding career field is projected to experience a 6-percent growth from 2016 to 2026. Welders will be sought to aid in the nation’s aging infrastructure which will require the expertise of welders to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. In 2017, professionals in this career field earned an average of $19.35 per hour or $40,240 per year.

The Associate of Technical Studies in Welding Technology degrees is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized with the highest order attainable by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges.

For more information about the degree pathways offered, call 937.778.8600 and ask to speak with a resource specialist.

2018 eFields Research Report Released January 9th

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High quality, relevant information is key to making the right management decisions for your farm. The eFields program at The Ohio State University was created to provide local information about critical issues for Ohio agriculture. The 2018 eFields Research Report highlighting 95 on-farm, field scale trials conducted in 25 Ohio counties will be released on January 9th. Research topics include nutrient management, precision seeding, crop management, soil compaction management, remote sensing, and data analysis and management. To help identify trial locations that are similar to your operation, each study includes information about weather, soil types, and management practices. Additionally, economic analysis was added to select trials this year. QR codes that link to videos featuring the researchers and partner farmers are available in the report.

The 2018 report is now available in both a print and e-version. To receive a printed copy, contact your local OSU Extension office or email digitalag@osu.edu. The e-version can be viewed and downloaded at go.osu.edu/eFields.

The eFields team has planned four regional results meetings to discuss local results and gather information about research interests for 2019. There is no cost to attend; for more information or to register for a meeting, visit go.osu.edu/eFieldsMeeting. Please plan to join us for the meeting nearest you:

  • Southwest Region: February 13th, 9AM-12PM, Wilmington
  • Northwest Region: February 20th, 9AM-12PM, Wauseon
  • East Region: February 27th, 5-8:30PM, Massillon
  • West Central Region: February 28th, 9AM-12PM, Piqua


We would like to sincerely thank all of our 2018 collaborating farms and industry partners. The eFields team enjoys working with each of you and we are looking forward to continuing to learn together in 2019.

Follow our social media @OhioStatePA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, Digital Ag Download (go.osu.edu/DigitalAgDownload), to keep up with the eFields program throughout the year. For more information on how to get involved in eFields in 2019, contact Elizabeth Hawkins at hawkins.301@osu.edu.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

January at the Arcanum Public Library

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It’s a brand new year, and the Arcanum Public Library can help you get off on the right foot. Come in to find a book to help you get organized, start an exercise routine, plan healthy meals, learn a new hobby, and lots more. Patrons can utilize the computers to start genealogical research or work on homework. Need a great story to read or movie to watch during a cold spell? The library is the place to go.

The library has several programs planned for January. StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and more. Kids in grade school can come to SPARK after school on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45 to play games, meet with friends, and learn something new.

On Thursday, January 24, the Winery at Versailles will be giving an informative presentation about wine at 6:30. Registration is required for this educational event and patrons are asked to call or come in to the library to sign up.

The adult winter reading challenge has begun and will and run through March 31st. Each title a patron reads will be an entry to monthly drawings and a grand prize. Come in to the library for details and to get an entry log sheet.

Patrons can call the library for more information at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 14,000 Deer during Ohio's Muzzleloader Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.

Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.

An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters using muzzleloaders during the four-day deer-muzzleloader season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for this year’s season, and last year’s numbers are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 284 (208); Allen: 56 (57); Ashland: 278 (204); Ashtabula: 310 (316); Athens: 359 (351); Auglaize: 61 (57); Belmont: 254 (306); Brown: 235 (159); Butler: 97 (93); Carroll: 363 (348); Champaign: 92 (60); Clark: 60 (47); Clermont: 178 (109); Clinton: 67 (63); Columbiana: 240 (292); Coshocton: 485 (487); Crawford: 93 (51); Cuyahoga: 1 (2); Darke: 54 (28); Defiance: 147 (91); Delaware: 79 (62); Erie: 43 (42); Fairfield: 144 (156); Fayette: 34 (29); Franklin: 37 (34); Fulton: 43 (40); Gallia: 203 (176); Geauga: 71 (102); Greene: 57 (51); Guernsey: 434 (463); Hamilton: 41 (34); Hancock: 70 (59); Hardin: 115 (101); Harrison: 326 (346); Henry: 48 (25); Highland: 219 (203); Hocking: 264 (358); Holmes: 330 (278); Huron: 175 (121); Jackson: 236 (218); Jefferson: 164 (182); Knox: 397 (328); Lake: 23 (31); Lawrence: 127 (83); Licking: 416 (363); Logan: 140 (127); Lorain: 138 (136); Lucas: 27 (28); Madison: 37 (21); Mahoning: 127 (138); Marion: 61 (49); Medina: 154 (104); Meigs: 338 (310); Mercer: 45 (28); Miami: 38 (45); Monroe: 214 (255); Montgomery: 31 (29); Morgan: 297 (366); Morrow: 133 (93); Muskingum: 455 (481); Noble: 263 (265); Ottawa: 35 (27); Paulding: 89 (69); Perry: 229 (240); Pickaway: 74 (55); Pike: 169 (168); Portage: 119 (112); Preble: 77 (69); Putnam: 27 (21); Richland: 269 (247); Ross: 257 (237); Sandusky: 63 (56); Scioto: 174 (168); Seneca: 117 (98); Shelby: 70 (60); Stark: 209 (166); Summit: 32 (38); Trumbull: 190 (216); Tuscarawas: 467 (396); Union: 79 (52); Van Wert: 32 (20); Vinton: 210 (255); Warren: 71 (82); Washington: 337 (344); Wayne: 194 (157); Williams: 111 (89); Wood: 51 (53); Wyandot: 108 (84).

Total: 14,168 (13,268).

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Emergency Operations Plan for Greenville City Schools

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Twelve professionals met on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 in the Anna Bier room at Memorial Hall to review, discuss and update the Emergency Operations Plan for the Greenville School District. Lieuteant Eric Roberts from the Greenville Police Department with present School Resource Officers Jesse Osswald and Ryan Borowske and future School Resource Officer (SRO) Darren Fox were in attendance. Representing the Greenville Fire Department was Assistant Chief Shannon Fritz. Representing the Darke County Emergency Management Agency was Josh Haney. Doug Fries, Stan Hughes, Andrea Townsend, Chris Mortenson, Rhonda Schaar and Jeff Cassell represented Greenville City Schools. Greenville City Schools updated the plan at the end of last school year and it was approved on June 21, 2018 with the addition of ALICE concepts with our Active Shooter section. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. These are strategies to use depending on the situation at hand.

The ALICE trainings were started at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year with an opening day presentation by Joe Hendry, a National Trainer and an expert consultant to the Ohio Department of Homeland Security for civilian response to active shooter incidents. After the opening day session, Mr. Henry along with Greenville City Staff conducted training exercises with different scenarios. Following this training, all staff with the exception of the bus drivers completed an online training session with ALICE. This training continued again this year with a refresher for returning staff and initial training for new staff and bus drivers. The bus drivers also did the online training, specific to their work. During the summer of 2017, three administrators were trained with ALICE Train the Trainer in northeast Ohio. This past summer, two more administrators were trained. Eight teachers have been trained this year and five more adninistrators will be trainied in June.

During the meeting on December 11, 2018, the group discussed “rally” and “reunification” locations if we need to evacuate GHS, K-8, or Memorial Hall. Building rally locations are where students and staff would go if they need to evacuate a building. Reunification location is a location that students would be transported to meet with family after an incident. This information is confidential so that the general public does not know our plan and could compromise it. We also discussed the use of door jamming devices with pros and cons and the process that is required to use them. In addition, we talked about the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training for staff and administrators. There are three courses online and a few more in the classroom. The NIMS classroom courses will be done by our SROs. The online courses are in addition to ALICE Trainings and they are focused with Incident Command Systems. The new Emergency Operations Plans are due and will be submitted to The Ohio Department of Education by February 3, 2019.

Submitted by Jeffrey S. Cassell, Director of Administrative Services

Trash Dumping Costs Taxpayers

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Each year the Darke County Park District is forced to spend over $1,000 in taxpayers’ money to clean up and remove trash dumped on park property. Recently Turkeyfoot Preserve on Bishop Road, just south of Greenville off State Route 121, was the victim of yet another dumping. A pile of trash was dumped near the parking area. This dumping was in direct violation of not only Darke County Park District rules and regulations, but also of the Ohio Revised Code. It is illegal to dump trash, household goods, yard waste, construction materials, or other refuse on park property.

Each time an issue like this arises, every attempt is made to locate, charge, and prosecute the person responsible. Director of the Darke County Park District, Roger Van Frank said, “We need the general public’s help in matters like this. If you see any suspicious activity in the parks during business hours, please call the Nature Center at 548-0165 or the Darke County Sherriff’s office after hours at 548-2020.” Van Frank continued saying that “tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible may carry a reward.”

As a reminder, the Darke County Park District, in conjunction with the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, is offering their Christmas Tree Recycling program again through Thursday, January 17th. Please bring your live, undecorated trees to Shawnee Prairie Preserve and follow the signs to the drop off location.

The Darke County Park District requests that if anyone has information on this trash dumping to please contact the park office at 548-0165.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Library Open House for John Vehre

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Please join us Friday at Greenville Public Library on January 18th from 3:00 to 6:00 for an Open House in honor of Director John Vehre’s retirement. John had been director since 1991 and accomplished many major undertakings such as the building expansion and renovation in 2007 and the passing of our levy in 2010. Cards would be appreciated!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Asks Us All to Make the Big Resolution

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January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors, “Bigs”, and also recruiting volunteers.

Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthfully, hit the gym more often. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is changing that story and asking: What if this year, you could resolve to something more important, more impactful? What if you could make a resolution worth keeping, one that inspires more resolutions? In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is asking people in our local communities to resolve to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.

“Bettering yourself in the new year is a great goal,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Executive Direction, Jennifer Bruns, “but we know people are also thinking about how to better their community and how to make sure that when they reflect on the year, they know they made a difference.”

Currently, there are 20 children in Shelby County and 8 children in Darke County waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and the only way to ensure they have someone to inspire them to reach their potential is for more adults to step up and volunteer to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Being a Big means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person doing things that you love to do, like playing basketball, visiting the library, or learning how to cook.

On social media, local residents can get involved by following Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Throughout the month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is encouraging followers to tag a friend who would be a great Big Brother or Big Sister, using the hashtag #TheBigResolution. Visit www.thebigresolution.com to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way partner agency. If you would like to become a volunteer, event sponsor, donor, or learn more about how you can defend the potential of youth in our community, contact your local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

January Events at Bradford Public Library

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The New Year has finally arrived and the staff at BPL are busy planning some great events for the coming year. Please visit our website at www.bradfordpubliclibrary.org, like us on FaceBook, call the staff at 937-448-2612 or just stop by and see us to find out more about these upcoming events.

Ready to get in shape in the New Year? Cardio Drumming will be offered on Monday evenings from 7-8:00 PM and Wednesday mornings from 9-10:00. The classes are free, you supply your own equipment. A yoga stability ball, a large garden tub and a pair of drumsticks are all you need! Total cost can be less than $30 for all three items. You can even substitute a laundry basket and cut down a dowel rod to save on cost. Sign-ups are available now. Current classes will run through February.

Our Preschool Story Hour is back for a six week session. Children who are at least three years old but have not started Kindergarten are able to participate. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to stay and help with our engaging hands-on activities, songs, crafts, games and of course, lots of stories! Children must be signed up in advance, space is limited to 12 children per session. If you miss this six week session, you can always sign up for the next one! Our Story Hour is taught by Mrs. Candice Skinner.

Our American Girl Party will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 10:30-noon. Sign-ups are full for this special day for our young ladies and their dolls! Stop by before then to see some of the dolls and doll furniture we have on display! If you are signed up, please be at the library before 10:30 so we can start on time. Bring along your favorite doll…you might even want to dress alike for your photo booth picture! Games, snacks, crafts and door prizes will make this a day your young lady will not soon forget. There will be no walk-ins the day of the event since supplies have been purchased already. We appreciate your cooperation with this.

Our telescope is available to check out, please see our staff for more information about this exciting opportunity for Bradford Cardholders! Crisp winter evenings can allow for some amazing star gazing! Bradford Public Library has also acquired an IMac computer and HP inkjet printer with a grant from the Miami County Foundation in 2017. This powerful computer can be used by our adult patrons any time. Apple computers are known for their easy to use photo and video editing. Come in to see how this can help with your videos and pictures for special events such as weddings and graduations parties. New laptop computers will be available soon for adult patron use throughout the library thanks to a grant from the Miami County Foundation in 2018. We also have six newer Chromebooks for student use.

Regularly scheduled events at the Library include the GRO garden club, meeting the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30; Cozy Hen Quilt Club meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30; STEAM workshop for Homeschoolers grades 1-8 the second Thursday from 10:15-11:30; Knit and Crochet group meets the fourth Tuesday at 6:30; Weekly non-denominational Bible Study meets Sunday evenings at 6:00; the Sisters-n-Spirit Book Club meets the 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:00 AM and our Board of Trustees meet the 4th Monday of every month at 5:30.

Please call or stop by for more information about any of our events!

Maria Stein Shrine to Host St. Dymphna Prayer Service

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (January 7, 2019) – Prayer to ask the help of Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of those suffering from neurological and mental health conditions, will take place on Sunday, January 27, in the Adoration Chapel at Maria Stein. The service begins at 2:00 p.m. It is open to the public, especially those who personally suffer from, are concerned about, and give care to those suffering from these conditions. The service will include a prayer, song, testimonials and veneration of the relic of Saint Dymphna. Refreshments and a short social period will follow.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit mariasteinshrine.org.

Soup, Glorious Soup Event to be hosted at Coldwater Public Library

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