Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Poultry Days Committee is Looking for Your Photos of Past Years' Event

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Poultry Days is asking for assistance in gathering copies of historic pictures of the festival. This would include chicken barbecue, the parade, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days. In particular our goal is to gather pictures of all Miss Chicks, the very first 1952 festival and copies of the 1953, 1955 and 1958 Festival Programs. If you have pictures that you would like to share either email a jpeg file to or call Eric Stachler at 937 526-3878. To view the historical pictures we have collected go to and the pictures are organized by year under “PHOTOS & VIDEOS”.

Partnering for Economic Development in the Tri-County Area!

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As I embrace my new role as the Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Edison Community College, I understand how essential it is to work with organizations in Miami, Shelby and Darke counties, to achieve our common goal of economic development through small business start-ups and helping existing companies grow.

The SBDC at Edison, along with 38 State-wide departments, offer comprehensive business management and education services.

Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and no- or low-cost training is available in areas of Business Start-up, Filing Your Entity Status, Writing a Business Plan and many other topics for successful business starts and growth.

We launch our first sessions of training and workshops for entrepreneurs and existing businesses this month and I invite you to help us reach the individuals whom can benefit from these programs.

Please see attachment and distribute or post as related to your organizations policies. If multiple copies are needed, please contact us and we can send as requested.

I sincerely appreciate your help with this request. I will be sending additional program announcements in the future unless you notify me to remove you from our contact list.

Thank you for your time and consideration of our request.

Lori Minnich, M.Ed.
Director, Small Business Development Center and Workforce Sales
Edison Community College
1973 Edison Drive
Piqua, Ohio 45356
SBDC at Edison Community College

Edison Hosts Charger 400 Club Event To Support Athletics

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The Edison Community College Foundation and Athletics Department will partner to host the sixth annual Charger 400 Club event on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The event is held to help raise funds for the College’s athletic programs.

A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $12,000 prize. Other cash drawings will be held throughout the night and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.

“This will be my first year participating in the Charger 400 and I’m beyond excited,” said Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life. “If you like tailgating, you will enjoy this event! There will be plenty of great food, good company, and a chance to win twelve grand–all while helping our student-athletes.”

Tickets are $100 per couple and include a buffet, beverages, entertainment and a chance to win. A silent auction will also be held featuring items such as NFL tickets, sports memorabilia, gift cards, and more.

“Edison is fortunate to have such a high–caliber pool of athletes to draw from in the area,” added Cole. “This event is important because it helps support these athletes by alleviating costs that they may otherwise have to pay. They can become part of an athletic team and take classes without worrying about the financial burdens typically associated with college.”

Funds raised by the event assist Edison in providing the best experience possible for student-athletes and have previously assisted the teams in post-season travel, uniform expenses, and equipment upgrades.

Edison’s teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and are Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. In addition to playing for Edison, numerous athletes have been able to take their skills to the next level as they move on to play at four-year institutions.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 400 Club event, go online to or call Nate Cole at 937-381-1555.

Deadline Approaching for “Green” Scholarship

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Rumpke selects one student for academic and environmental commitment

GREENVILLE, Ohio—March 2, 2015— Local students have until March 20 to apply for an environmental stewardship scholarship.

Since 2010, Rumpke has selected one college-bound student each year for the Rumpke Darke County Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate environmental stewardship, and be a resident of Darke County, Ohio graduating this spring.

Past recipients from Mississinawa, Versailles and Ansonia high schools have organized school recycling programs, participated in litter clean-ups and helped with trash collection at the Great Darke County Fair.

Applications are available through school guidance counselors or by contacting Rumpke at (800) 223-3960 ext. 2617.

Rumpke has operated a trash transfer station and truck depot in Greenville since 1989, with trash, recycling and portable restroom service throughout Darke County and the surrounding area.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environment friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered near Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hundreds of Old Aerial Photos Now Available Online

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If you're on Facebook, odds are high that you've seen folks sharing old aerial photographs of our area. Vintage Aerial, a website that archives these old photos and offers prints for sale has published hundreds of photos from various years that offer a peak of how Darke County used to look.

Click here for the Darke County landing page of their site. Here's a one I liked. What others have you found?

Mehaffie Named Chairman of Edison’s Board of Trustees

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Darryl Mehaffie
Darryl Mehaffie has been elected to serve as chairman of Edison Community College’s Board of Trustees. Mehaffie’s appointment took place at the January 28 board meeting and will continue for the next two years.

As a member of Edison’s Board of Trustees for over fifteen years, Mehaffie is accustomed to the College and realizes the significance in being named chairman. “I was pleased to learn of my election to chairman and look forward to leading Edison’s Board of Trustees in the upcoming years,” said Mehaffie. “The first order of business is hiring a new president to lead the college. In doing this, we hope to take this outstanding institution to the next level.”

Teaching at Northmont City Schools in Englewood for over 30 years has afforded Mehaffie with considerable expertise in education. Retiring in 1996, Mehaffie continues to serve onnumerous boards and committees advocating for education, agriculture, arts and the region.

Mehaffie has been actively involved with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges since 2002, serving as chairman of the state organization, executive committee, legislative committee, and trustee engagement and leadership committee. He’s also a member of the finance and audit committee and the Ohio coordinator of the central region for the Association of Community College Trustees.

In addition to his involvement with higher education, he is active in politics, representing the counties of Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble as the Ohio Republican State CentralCommitteeman for the Fifth Senate District. He also serves as chairman of the Ohio Republican Budget and Oversight Committee.

Assuming responsibility as vice chairman is Thomas Milligan who has also been involved with Edison’s Board of Trustees for over fifteen years. In addition to his contributions to the board, Milligan is a successful entrepreneur who serves as the founder, president, and owner of Western Ohio Cut Stone in Sidney.

Edison’s Board of Trustees is comprised of three representatives from each county in its primary service area—Darke, Miami, and Shelby. For more information about Edison’s Board of Trustees, visit

Read Across America Day at Woodland Primary

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Here at Woodland Primary, we work very hard everyday teaching kindergarten through 2nd graders how to read. It is an amazing transformation watching the students become readers. GCS Superintendent Mr. Doug Fries once said, “In K-2 we learn to read, in grades 3 through 12 we read to learn.” We are giving our students a solid foundation in literacy to ensure that our children grow up to be successful life-long learners. Our mission statement reads: We, the Woodland Primary Team, are here to provide a safe and secure learning environment and to develop healthy independent lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Our goal is to make a positive difference in students’ lives and to be a school of excellence! To accomplish this goal, students, parents, school staff, administrators and other community members will work together with patience and enthusiasm to encourage our students to reach their fullest potential.

Monday, March 2 is Read Across America Day. NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading!

At Woodland Primary, we are celebrating reading by having guest readers from our community come into the school to read to our students. Guest readers include: Julie Schmidt from the Greenville Public Library; Mandy Martin, a naturalist form The Darke County Parks; Andrea Jordan from DCCA; Susan Gettinger, from the Bread of Life Bookstore; Kathy Lockhart, a retired teacher from GCS; Fred Matix, BOE President; Josh Moore, general manager at Cal-Maine Foods; Kathy Steyer, Woodland grandmother and retired teacher;, and Mayor Mike Bowers. The Woodland Primary PTA has purchased one book for every student at Woodland Primary. High school students enrolled in the Careers with Children will be “reading buddies” with our kindergarten students during our school wide “stop everything and read a book anywhere” event. We also have one parent volunteer from every classroom coming into their child’s classroom to read. We are so thankful for our community for supporting us and coming to Woodland to celebrate the fact that we can read! Thank you to all our parents, grandparents, and community members for taking time to read with us! “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child!” – Dr. Seuss

“Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival”

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In advance of the upcoming festival, and in an effort to allow parade and festival goers to prepare, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the 2015 theme, which pays tribute to the spirit of spring and baseball. The 2015 theme is “Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival”.

The 64th annual festival will be held June 12, 13, and 14th in Versailles Ohio. One of Ohio’s oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area’s poultry producing history as well as its sense of community. The board welcomes everyone to come enjoy the festival. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at

MVCTC FFA Students Perform Well at District Speaking Contest

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Englewood, Ohio - Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA members from the Hoke Road Campus and many of the MVCTC Agriculture satellite programs participated in the District 5 FFA Speaking Contest recently. The contest included five speech categories and contestants from Anna, Ansonia, Botkins, Coldwater, Covington, Eaton-MVCTC, Ft. Loramie, Greenville, Houston, Miami East-MVCTC, Milton Union-MVCTC, MVCTC main campus, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC, National Trail-MVCTC, Newton, Preble Shawnee, Sidney, St. Marys, Tri-Village-MVCTC, and Versailles.

Students placing in the contest from MVCTC and MVCTC Satellite Agriculture programs included the following students.

FFA Creed Speaking Contest:

  • Katelyn Niehaus, Eaton-MVCTC Satellite, 1st Place
  • Erika Gallaher, National Trail-MVCTC Satellite, Gold
  • Abigail Hissong, Milton-Union-MVCTC Satellite, Gold
  • Emily Thimmes, Miami East-MVCTC Satellite, Gold

FFA Advanced Creed Speaking Contest:

  •  Rachel Watern, Tri-Village-MVCTC Satellite, Silver

Beginning Prepared Speaking Contest:

  • Natalie Wuebker, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC Satellite, Gold
  • Lauren Muncy, MVCTC, Silver

Advanced Prepared Speaking Contest:

  • Aubrey Stevenson, Eaton-MVCTC Satellite, Silver

Extemporaneous Speaking Contest:

  • Nick Wheeler, MVCTC, 1st Place
  • Alison Grimes, National Trail-MVCTC, Silver

Nick Wheeler, a senior in the Natural Resource Management program from Milton Union, will advance to the State FFA Public Speaking Contest in March.

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

For more information about MVCTC, visit

GPD Hiring Patrol Officer

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Versailles Bowling News

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Versailles Boys Bowlers Heading to State

With all of the weather delays, it was a big week of bowling with Sectionals being held on Tuesday the 24th and Districts to follow on Thursday the 26th. The Tigers had no issues getting out of Sectionals by finishing in 5th place. 10 teams qualified for Districts out of 28 teams. They rolled a 900, 849 and 949 in the regular games. In the Baker Games, they rolled 158, 185, 180, 214, 147, 211. “I told the boys after we qualified for Districts, that we had one day to get back to the basics. Our basic fundamentals were awful today and we left a lot of pins on the lanes today. So, Wednesday will consist of a lot of drills and a lot of practice shooting spares,” Said Coach Davidson. The Tigers were led by Kenny Nagel with a 597, Zach Marshal 568 and Dustin Ruhe 565. “Michael Hemmelgarn came in the 3rd game to replace one of our starting players that was struggling. Michael has been working hard and sure helped save the last regular game by shooting a 180,” said Davidson.

This year’s District Championships were held at the 68 lane Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio on Thursday, February 26th, 2015. The format was 3 regular games and 6 baker games. Total pinfall would determine the State Qualifiers. “After the “fun day” of drills the day before, I could see in warm ups that it paid off. All of them looked so much better in their approach.” said Coach Davidson.

The Tigers started the 1st 2 games with a 928 and a 904. Things got very interesting the 3rd game as they only rolled an 882. “I was pretty sure we dropped out of the cut line with that last game, but I knew we would still be within striking distance for the Baker Games,” said Davidson. The Tigers found them out of the cut by 48 pins with 6 Baker Games to go.

The Tigers got off to a slow start by rolling a 168 the 1st game. However, they caught fire the next 2 games with a 226 and a 242. The next two games they gave some back with a 150 and a 174. The Tiger Bowlers were not to be denied their 2nd straight OHSAA State Competition in a row as they rolled a fine 213 the last game to finish in 3rd place. “It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I finally witnessed these guys believing in themselves, even when it looked like our season was going to end. They just need to continue with confidence as they are all a lot better than they sometimes think they are,” said Coach Davidson. The Tigers were led by Sophomores Kyle Cotner 607 and Alex Groff 597.

The OHSAA Division II State Tournament will be held Saturday, March 7th at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The format will be 3 regular games and 6 baker games. The field of 16 teams will then be cut to the top 8 based on total pinfall. The tournament will then proceed onto Bracket style match play (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, etc) using the Baker style format in a best 3 out of 5 game match until the 2014 State Champion is crowned. All bowlers that qualified as a team and 16 bowlers that qualified as an individual will also be competing for the individual State Championship by using their 3 game score.

Lady Tiger Bowlers Compete at District Tournament

The Tigers bowled at Beaver-vu Lanes in Beavercreek, OH on Thursday, Feb 26th in District Tournament.  The lanes proved to be a little of a challenge for the girls to get started for the day.  The first game total for the Tigers was 650, well below their normal average.  This created a 200 pin deficit from 4th place.  The girls knew they needed to get up to at least 4th to advance to State. In game two they improved with a score of 800, moving them to 10th place overall.  After their 3rd game with a score of 814 the girls remained in 10th place.  Leading the way with individual scores were Megan Ward (143, 212, 200= 555 series), Hannah Niekamp (144, 150, 144= 438 series), Makenzie Berning (168, 152), and Olivia Bruening (153, 166).  “Heading into the baker games we knew we needed to come out strong to have a chance to advance to the State tournament as a team,” said Coach Phlipot.  Unfortunately, with a total score of 3180 the Lady Tigers ended up in 9th place overall and missed the cut to advance.  “This was a disappointing end to a great season.  I was able to watch the girls improve and their hard work pay off week to week,” said Coach Phlipot.

Megan Ward qualifies for State

Although the Lady Tigers team did not advance, Megan Ward’s hard work paid off and she finished in the top 4 overall and advanced to the State bowling tournament as an individual.  “I told the girls that we were driving to Columbus next week whether with the team or individual bowlers,” said Coach Phlipot.  Megan Ward took that to heart and fought hard utilizing her good spare shooting to achieve her goal.  “Megan has worked hard over the last four years to be a team leader and improve her game.  I congratulate her on her efforts and am happy that her season has not ended yet.”  She will be competing at Wayne Webb Lanes in Columbus, OH on Friday, March 6th 10:00 a.m.  She will bowl 3 individual games and her total score will be compared with all of the bowlers at the bowling center.  To view Megan’s results go to


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present percussive group Scrap Arts Music at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, March 14; the show begins at 8 p.m. Energetically playing amazing instruments skillfully fashioned from salvaged and recycled junk, the artists perform music based on world music traditions to present a dynamic performance suitable for all ages.

Scrap Arts Music inventively combines musical skill with innovative choreography and welding to present unique concerts which have been enjoyed by audiences around the world. Darke County Center for the Arts will present percussive group Scrap Arts Music at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, March 14; the show begins at 8 p.m. Energetically playing amazing instruments skillfully fashioned from salvaged and recycled junk, the artists perform music based on world music traditions to present a dynamic performance suitable for all ages.

“The action never stops as these high-kicking virtuosos leap and twist and play instruments created by the group's founder, Gregory Kozak, who has welded together materials reclaimed from scrap heaps to form the sculptural tune-able musical instruments they so effectively use to perform,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. According to Rawlins, the list of 145-plus instruments one can expect to see at the show includes drums made from steel oil cans and a sound-maker created from dishwasher hose, bagpipe reeds, and a balloon. “The re-use of industrial cast-offs is central to Scrap Arts' mission, but the power of the music presented by five impressive musical talents is what has brought audiences to their feet across the globe,” Rawlins stated. Among their many notable performances, Scrap Arts Music was featured during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The performance by Scrap Arts Music is sponsored by The Bistro Off Broadway, Greenville Technology Inc., and Richard and Shirley Baker. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional Contributions from the Ohio Arts Council, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for the show cost $25, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Scrap Arts Music will also present Arts In Education performances at St. Clair Memorial Hall for junior high students in all Darke County public schools at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.on Thursday, March 12 and at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, March 13. These sessions are free and open to the public.

Greenville Art Guild is sponsoring a free rock painting workshop

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Think spring and paint a rock for your garden! The Greenville Art Guild is sponsoring a free rock painting workshop for adults on Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville Ohio 45331. No experience is necessary.

Just bring yourself and maybe a small rock to paint. The Greenville Art Guild will supply all the painting materials. Donations made through our face painting booth at Prairie Days helps to fund these community art projects. This workshop is for adults only; however, children will be able to do rock painting at Shawnee Prairie on Nature Day, April 25. You must preregister for the workshop so we will be sure to have enough materials. Please call Marilyn Banks at 937-678-6870 to register.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Reward Offered for Information about Bald Eagle Shot in Preble County

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Xenia, OH - The ODNR Division of Wildlife is asking the public for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in Preble County. The incident occurred around Saturday, Feb. 21. The bird was found northeast of Eaton. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

Bald and golden eagles are protected under federal law by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact State Wildlife Officer Brad Turner, assigned to Preble County, at 937-372-5639, ext. 5219.

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


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(From left to right) Joyce Barrett with Heritage Ohio meets with Amber Garrett (Executive Director for Main Street Greenville), Mayor Mike Bowers (City of Greenville), Chad Henry (Planning & Zoning Director, City of Greenville), and Diane Delaplane (Darke County Commissioner).

Columbus OH – Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2014 certification of Greenville as a National Main Street Community.

“It takes great effort to achieve National Accreditation and it shows the progress Main Street Greenville is making with the businesses downtown and the community as a whole, making downtown Greenville a truly desirable destination,” said Dave Ernst, Board President for Main Street Greenville.

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtown and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™.

Greenville became a member of the Main Street program in 2003, and since continues to revitalize the historic downtown district. Main Street Greenville is being recognized as proficient in the ten criteria set by the National Main Street Center.

Heritage Ohio Executive Director, Joyce Barrett, conducted the review, noting that, “Greenville continues to attract new businesses, looking for improved historic spaces. If the real estate market can keep pace there are many creative new businesses and living spaces in Greenville’s future.”

According to those involved in the organization, this designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Main Street Greenville Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.

“The City of Greenville has preserved a historic district that many communities strive to achieve. Our vibrant downtown is the heart of our city. Celebrating its history and planning for its future is important to the success of our entire community,” said Mayor Mike Bowers. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Main Street Greenville and their efforts.”

Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville through stimulating and supporting revitalization, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website,, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Heritage Ohio helps people to: save the places that matter, build community, and live better. Learn more at


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Although the deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is not until April 1, 2015, now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the 4-H program in Darke County, plan to attend the 4-H Open House, Monday, March 9, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at All Seasons Place, Lighthouse Christian Center, 5256 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville.

Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to visit club displays and talk to current 4-H members and advisers about what 4-H has to offer.

What exactly is 4-H? 4-H is Ohio State University Extension’s non-formal, educational program for youth. Eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child has reached age five and is enrolled in kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbud program); participation in the “traditional” club program begins when a child is eight years of age and enrolled in third grade as of January 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19.

Boys and girls enrolled in the 4-H program have educational and fun experiences with their friends at meetings, social activities, tours, 4-H camp and the county fair. They learn by actually doing interesting things, such as taking care of animals, cake decorating, community service activities, and cleaning up the environment.

In 2014, there were 1, 175 youth enrolled in the Darke County 4-H Youth Development Program. Over 230 adults provided leadership for these youth. 4-H offers over 200 projects in a variety of subject matter. Youth can learn specific skills such as sewing, cooking, child care, animal care, and gardening, as well as improve their leadership and communication skills.

For general information about the Darke County 4-H program, visit the web site at Click on the link for 4-H Youth Development. For additional information about the Ohio 4-H program, visit To learn about the many projects available in 4-H, visit Project Central at

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Darke County 4-H Youth Development Program, contact OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331, telephone 937-548-5215.


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The Herbal Reflections workshop presented by the Olde Thyme Gardeners has been rescheduled to March 15, due to the snow storm on the original date of February 21. New registrations will be accepted until March 10 for $15.00. A downloadable registration form is on Mail it to Olde Thyme Gardeners, PO Box 74, Greenville, OH 45331. Or simply mail name, address and phone number along with a check to that address. Make checks payable to Olde Thyme Gardeners. The February form may still be used. Walk-ins will be welcomed at $20.00.

The program details are the same, but the time is 2:00 p.m. on March 15. It was the only date available at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Charlie Cressell returns to relate his master organic gardener techniques. Mary Hofacker of the Preble County Herb Society provides herbal lunch samples along with her talk about herbs and how to use them.

Previous registrations will be honored. Anyone who cannot attend on March 15 may call Jane at 692-8634 to request a refund or by sending email to

Darke County Republican Women’s Club to Host Monthly Meeting

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Darke County Republican Women’s Club
Regular Monthly Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Chestnut Village Center/
Brethren Retirement Community
Dinner/Speaker/Business Meeting

You will need to make your dinner reservations
by noon on March 5th.

Call Wavelene at 547-6477
or e-mail

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Friends of the Shelter choose pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Trooper is a 6 year old Golden Retriever/Husky mix. He is tan and white with short hair. He is a playful guy who loves attention. He weighs around 60 pounds and will make a great friend and companion. He is waiting to be adopted.

Harley is an 8 year old Pomeranian. He is black and tan with long hair. He has been altered, is current on his shots and is housebroken. He does have accidents once in a while. He loves to be around people and wants to be part of the family. He is a little guy and would love to sit at home and watch TV with you. He is waiting to be adopted.

They also have a red tick coon dog, a Shepherd mix, a collie mix, a beagle, a Husky mix, a black lab and numerous other dogs as well as cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

Remember with frozen ponds and streams around, be sure your dogs stay away from the open water. If they fall in, sometimes they won’t be able to get themselves out.

You can get your license online at . ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at

Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter:

Indiana Woman Airlifted After Saturday Evening Crash

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On February 28, 2015 at approximately 8:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Liberty Twp. fire Dept., Tri-Village Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the 900 Block of US Route 36 in reference to an injury accident. The caller reported a vehicle into a pole with entrapment.

Investigation revealed that a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country, driven by Brandy Mills, 37 of Lynn, Indiana, was westbound on US Route 36 when the vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Ms. Mills had to be extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means. Ms. Mills was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with non-life threatening injuries.

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


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EUM Christian Preschool is hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 111 Devor Street in Greenville and will be accepting registrations for the 2015-16 school year for ages three to five years old. The open house will provide families an opportunity to meet the teachers, see our spaces, and learn about the unique Christian environment that allows our students to thrive.

“My daughter is more confident; she looks for ways to associate her learning outside of school and has made many friends,” states one parent.

A local kindergarten teacher said, “It is one of the best preschools around. You take the time to individualize the instruction for each child to make sure they are academically and socially ready for kindergarten.”

EUM Christian Preschool has been in operation for over 35 years. We provide an a environment where three, four, and five year olds can assemble, work, learn, and play in an atmosphere that is dominated by love and sharing with others. We strive to develop children spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally through creative instruction.

EUM Christian Preschool is a ministry of EUM Church where Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor. 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 or call 548-3211.

State of the Heart Hospice 5K Set for March 28th at Eldora Speedway

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State of the Heart Hospice will hold the nonprofit agency’s second annual “Heart & Sole 5k” on Saturday, March 28 at Eldora Speedway. Proceeds from the 5k will be used to provide support to the agency’s Care Center at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. The Hospice Care Center is for patients from all of the communities served by the agency.

“We were extremely happy with last year’s event which was held in February when we had five inches of snow and ice on the ground and it was nine degrees and we had 300 participants,” stated Christy Baker, State of the Heart Hospice event organizer and Development Specialist. “Even though we loved having the race at Rossburg Acres, we outgrew our venue after one year. We are anticipating 500 participants at this year’s 5k,” she added. “We appreciate Eldora Speedway graciously hosting our event this year.” Last year, the race raised $12,653.

The presenting sponsor for the fund raising event is Preferred Insurance Center of Coldwater. State of the Heart has partnered with Preferred Insurance Center on other fund raising projects. “We are delighted that they are once again our presenting sponsor,” Baker said.

With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The agency opened the Care Center in 2013 and anticipates serving nearly 400 patients by the end of this year.

This year’s event “theme,” Baker explained, “is based on a ‘race’ since we are at the well known race venue near New Weston. The 5k will be an out and back with the last half mile around the Eldora race track, weather permitting.” Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m.

The cost to enter is $20 and with this you get a tech shirt. It is $15 if you do not want the shirt. Children 14 and under the cost is $12 with a shirt, and $5 without. These prices are good if entered before March 13. After that date, the price is $25 per adult and the pricing stays the same for children. Baker said that shirts could not be guaranteed after March 13.

“We will once again have a candy stop on the course along with post-race refreshments,” Baker said. “We will have cash prizes for the top three overall male and female finishers. We will also have a cash prize for every first place age division finisher.”

The event is open to both runners and walkers, and strollers are also welcome. Those interested in participating can find registration forms to mail in on the State of the Heart web site: The Heart & Sole 5k is the second race in the Darke County Wellness Challenge. For information about the Challenge go to . To register for that race go to

If any businesses are interested in being an event sponsor for the Heart & Sole race, they can contact Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart at 1-800-417-7535, or by email at For questions about the race itself, contact Christy Baker at the same number or by email:

A Hidden Gem in Darke County.

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Cure your cabin fever and get out of the house. There’s a hidden gem you can visit in Greenville. The Anna Bier Gallery in Memorial Hall is hosting the paintings of Dan Knepper during the month of March.

Many of the oil paintings feature those amazing sunrises or sunsets we all wish we could capture. The watercolors figures on display have won state and national awards and one was recently a finalist in an international competition.

Dan says, “I started painting because I liked faces and the challenge of capturing them…. The light in a person’s eye, or the glow as it passes through skin. The human face and figure are amazing. They are the basis of our standard of elegance and proportion. Painting with watercolors allows me to capture that as if using layers of little chips of stained glass.

It’s sounds cliché, but the more I’ve painted, the more I realized it was the atmosphere of light I was trying to capture…. And so when I paint landscapes, it’s the light, and its effects, the illumination of leaves and grasses, the glowing shadows, the dance of the sunset on the water, and those amazing moments when the air itself has color, that I try to capture and pass on.

I hope you’ll step into the moments. Feel the rocking of the waves, hear the wind through the grass, feel the sunlight, explore the barns, and take the path beyond that next hill.”

Take a few minutes to get out of the house, explore the gallery, and enjoy the warmth of the paintings.

State of the Heart Hospice & Versailles Health Care Center Partner to offer Grief Support Session March 17

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Pictured is Meredith Carpe
State of the Heart Hospice and the Versailles Health Care Center are continuing their collaborative efforts to present grief support groups to the public. The two entities conducted several grief support groups last year. On Tuesday, March 17 the topic for the evening will be “Spirituality and Grief.” The session is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Care Center, 200 Marker Rd. in Versailles. It is free and open to anyone regardless of association with hospice or the Care Center.

“This is a continuation of our efforts to take our bereavement services to the community,” stated Traci Straley, Director of Social Services for State of the Heart. Bereavement support is an important part of the services offered by State of the Heart. The agency cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. In previous sessions, the topics covered included: Feelings and Grief; Holiday Grief Support and Healthy Grieving.

Facilitating the sessions on behalf of State of the Heart will be Meredith Carpe, a Hospice Licensed Social Worker who has facilitated other grief support groups. Jackie McEldowney, a Licensed Social Worker at Versailles Health Care Center, will be in attendance and will assist Carpe.

McEldowney said the staff at Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to work with State of the Heart to bring the grief support series to the public. “Helping people is what it is all about, and this is an extension of that philosophy,” she said. Registration is required and this can be done by calling McEldowney at 937-526-5570.