Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"Art at the Mill" Series

Historic Bear's Mill presents the paintings of Karen Benedetti - and the clay of George Armstrong. The exhibition continues through July 26. For more info, call 548-5112 - or visit: www.bearsmill.com.

Monday, June 29, 2009

1000+ attend co2 protest at Lighthouse Christian Center

Whoa! If anybody was wondering if Darke County had the will to oppose co2 sequestration, that question was answered tonight. At 7pm this evening, when the co2 protest was to begin, there was literally a traffic jam on 127 & Sebring-Warner Road. Late arrivers (including our photographer) had to walk a quarter mile just to get to the meeting. Once inside, the meeting room (capacity 800) was filled to the rear doors with extra spectators in the hall outside.

The program began with co-chair Ann Vehre giving introductory remarks. Vehre noted that she had been called just today by a representative of Andersen's stressing that there had been no final decision on sequestration - and that Andersen's was concerned in its own right about liability.

Vehre recognized the elected officials and "traditional" media in attendance before turning the program over to Judge Julie Monnin. Monnin gave a passionate speech in opposition to co2 sequestration pointing out that she lived just a mile from the test site.

Other speakers included: Jim Surber, county engineer; Susan North, the Power of One; Jan Teaford, co-chair, State Representative Jim Zehringer, and many others. Zehringer commented afterward on the huge crowd saying "it shows how passionate Darke County is about this issue." Zehringer said the co2 sequestration was "not a political or partisan issue," and "there were still a lot of questions to be answered." Yes there are!

Progress on EUM Church construction

If you weren't aware, Greenville's EUM Church has a new construction project at the bend in the road on Sebring-Warner (at the edge of town close to the Sater ball diamonds). Here are a few pictures form the project.

Dire financial situation in Darke County government

A drop in sales tax revenues - and reduction in state funds - has caused an emergency financial situation in the local county government. Multiple sources are indicating that county offices are being asked to reduce hours.

But the cuts so far have not been enough. On the table are all of the following: reduced hours for county employees, a 4-day work week, and employee terminations. The situation is especially intense in the courthouse where employees are waiting to see what happens next. Some action is expected this week.

Stay tuned.

Bowers to speak at Womens Club - July 13th

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will meet Monday, July 13 at the Chestnut Village Community Center for a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers. This is a dinner meeting so reservations are required, please call Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or e-mail at wdenniston@woh.rr.com by July 9. Those who do not wish to have dinner could come at 7:00 p.m. New members are always welcome, please call President Margaret Muhlenkamp at 548-7172.

Bernard Madoff Sentenced ...

... to 150 years in prison. He will be 221 years old when released.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Who else can say they lettered 16 sports in high school?

I had a conversation with long-time Greenville residents Bill and Gloria Hole this evening. Gloria proudly noted that Bill had lettered in four different sports for four years at Greenville High School. Bill played football, basketball, baseball, and tennis before graduating from Greenville in 1945.

Gloria was disappointed that Bill never gets recognized for his accomplishment. Well, it's only the Darke Journal ... but way to go Bill Hole. That's an incredible accomplishment.

Does anybody else out there have a similar story?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Citizens rally against co2 sequestration

A group of protesters rallied this morning at the Annie Oakley park in Greenville - but before too long these activists took their bass drum and walked up and down Broadway several times to further spread their message that co2 sequestration is not welcome here in Darke County.

The rally was a precursor to the group's action meeting set for Monday (info here).

Exit question: What's up with Roger McEowen's sign? Has he given up already?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Where Are the Jobs?

If there’s one thing the American people should demand of their elected representatives, it’s that’s we should know what’s in bills before we vote on them. In February, the U.S. House passed a 1,100-page “stimulus” bill that was supposed to create 3.5 million jobs and keep unemployment no higher than 8 percent. Since that bill was signed into law, we’ve lost 1.6 million jobs and unemployment nationwide is now 9.4 percent. The so-called stimulus has been a disaster in Ohio where our unemployment is a record-breaking 10.8 percent.

The House late on Friday, June 26, passed Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax – a more than 1,500 page bill that included 300 pages added to it fewer than 24 hours before the final vote. No one – not one single lawmaker – had read that entire bill before voting on it. So I did something unprecedented. I read portions of those 300 pages to the American people. By tradition, the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader have the right to talk for as long as they like on the Floor. I used my prerogative as the Minority Leader to read to the American people parts of a bill that will raise their taxes, send American jobs overseas and punish hard-working, middle-class families with higher energy costs.

I had hoped that lawmakers would understand that this new national energy tax on middle class families would further punish people who are struggling to make ends meet. But in the end, political pressure from Speaker Pelosi and former Vice President Al Gore proved to be too much.

What’s missing from this bill is what America needs right now: jobs. Of the six counties that make up the 8th Congressional District, not one has an unemployment rate lower than 9 percent; in fact, four have double-digital unemployment. Preble County sits at a staggering 12.3 percent unemployment, double what it was this time last year.

So where are the jobs? Because at the moment, they’re not in Ohio. The city of Dayton, which has a 12.6 percent unemployment rate, just lost its last Fortune 500 company when NCR decided to relocate the bulk of its operations to Georgia.

But where are the jobs? Our economy is hemorrhaging jobs at a frightening pace and middle class Americans are suffering. Legislation like Speaker Pelosi’s massive national energy tax that she rammed through the U.S. House will only punish hard-working families even more. Every family who has the audacity to turn on their TV, flip on a light-switch and put gas in their car will pay more for it. Family farmers, whose energy costs account for 60 percent of their spending, are going to see their fuel costs, especially diesel, skyrockets while their incomes plummet.

Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax is a job-killer. It will punish responsible American families with crushing taxes that will suffocate our economy. It creates a slew of new government programs to take and redistribute trillions of dollars away from our families overseen by a tangled web of government agencies that will ultimately answer to the Environmental Protection Agency.

While government bureaucrats squabble over how best to regulate our lives, other countries are moving ahead with innovations and technologies that are propelling their economies in front of ours’. And while American manufacturing companies and energy-intensive industries shutter their doors, foreign nations that don’t impose punitive taxes will roll out the welcome mat. The next time you wonder where the jobs are, take a look at China, India and other countries that refuse failed policies like the cap-and-trade scheme that makes up Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax – that’s where our jobs have gone.

[From the office of Congressman John Boehner]

Does anybody care that Michael Jackson died?

I don't.

Are the media overplaying the story?

Comments?

Lightning causes fire; damages Darke County farmhouse

As reported by WHIO: story here - and video here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Harold A. Pickett, aka Slim Acres (January 1, 1913 - June 24, 2009)

Roses are red,
Violets are blue;
But they don't get around
Like dandelions do.
-- Poem by Slim Acres
 
Harold A. Pickett, 96, died June 24 at Hospice of Dayton. Since 2000, he lived at the Brethren's Retirement Community in Greenville. He was born Jan. 1, 1913, near the hamlet of Cosmos in Darke County, the second son of Benjamin H. and Edna (Study) Pickett. He was a 1930 graduate of Jackson Township High School (now Mississinawa Valley).

Following his graduation and a short venture with an advertising firm in New York City, he began his industrial career as a tool and pattern-maker at the Union City (Ind.) Body Co., where he became superintendent and plant manager during and after World War II. Later, he served for 15 years as supervisor of engineering at Avco-New Idea in Coldwater. Thereafter, he was named plant manager of Pax Corp., then plant manager of Ley Equipment Co. in Van Wert, from which he retired in 1974. He managed a nursery business near Union City, which he and his late wife, Genevieve, started in 1952.

In 1978, they sold the nursery to an employee and moved to New Paris. There, Harold started a different career as a college instructor. He earned college degrees through home study in industrial engineering and law and received an LL.B. degree in 1944. He taught in Richmond and Fort Wayne, Ind., for 12 years, retiring in 1989.

Through his industrial and teaching career, Harold gained recognition as a poet and public speaker, accumulating nearly 3,000 speaking engagements throughout Ohio, Indiana and adjoining states. His poems, most written under the pen name of "Slim Acres," and articles appeared regularly in 18 newspapers and magazines over a 40-year period. Harold also was active in political and civic affairs, serving as a charter member and president of Union City Kiwanis and, 40 years later, president of the New Paris Kiwanis. In 1988, he was awarded the Distinguished President citation by Kiwanis International. He was a past master of the Ansonia Masonic Lodge, which later merged with the Versailles Lodge. In addition, he was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

In 1936, he married the former Genevieve Jamison, who died in 2000. Subsequently, he married the former Mary Stover of Bradford, who died in 2004. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, who died in infancy; Paul and Forrest; and two infant daughters. He is survived by one daughter, Ramonda (Jack) Ryan of Niles, Ohio; four sisters, Irene Greenstein of Winterhaven, Fla., Florence Teegarden and Olive Alspach of Greenville, and Mary Newnam of Kettering; a brother, Robert, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a stepson, Max (Judy) Stover of Bradford; and 15 grand, great-grand and step-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held Friday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the chapel of The Brethren's Retirement Community in Greenville, and services will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Jericho Friends Cemetery near Winchester, Ind.

The family requests that any memorial tributes be made to The Brethren's Retirement Community and/or Hospice of Dayton.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville.


The Cap and Tax Fiction - and the death of Jacko

Unbelievably (or maybe it's all too believable), all the news channels are devoting minute-by-minute coverage of the death of Michael Jackson, when they should be discussing tomorrow's congressional debate of what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history. And, by the way, cap and trade will be devastating to Ohio. But all that takes a back seat on the evening of 6/25/09 when the king of pop died.

A Call to Action (Stop the CO2 Sequestration)

This is an all out call to action - - public action-- to stop the experimental injection of one million tons of CO2 at the Andersons Marathon Ethanol Plant Site in Greenville’s Industrial Park. If it isn’t stopped now--later could be too late.

Be involved by becoming informed. Join other concerned citizens at a Citizens Action Meeting on Monday, June 29, 7:00 p.m., at the Lighthouse Christian Center All Season’s Place on Sebring-Warner Road in Greenville. Any one who wants this project stopped is urged to attend. The public is invited.

Kicking off the meeting will be Kathleen Boutis, President of the Green Coalition of Western Ohio, and Kerwin Olson, Project Director and Lobbyist for Citizens Action of Indiana. As they step up to the podium, they will share their expertise and experience at conducting nonviolent campaigns against companies that do not have a community’s or a county’s best interests at heart.

In addition, a surprise speaker will be introduced at the meeting. This person, who has an extensive legal background, and who is well known and highly respected in the area, will inform those in attendance about the legal problems involved with the CO2 sequestration process, and how it will impact property values, property damages, and other issues that could pose liability risks for area officials and residents.

“Attending this meeting can make a difference,” said Paula Schwanitz, a Citizens Action member. The Battelle-led Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, who is responsible for this proposed experiment, has indicated that public acceptance is important if this project is to continue. “It is not a done deal,” as so many think,” she said, adding, “However, public silence is being interpreted as public acceptance - - acceptance which will give them the go ahead, if we do not let them know how we feel.” By attending this meeting, she said, we can let our numbers demonstrate that there are people in this area, who are against this experimental project.

Since August, when Battelle first introduced plans to dispose of one million tons of CO2 by sequestering it 3,500 feet below the earth’s surface into the Mount Simon Sandstone Reservoir, there has been controversy regarding the project but no action to stop it - - that is until now. Joan Klein, retired school teacher and a Citizens Action member, said the reason is possibly because people think they can’t stop a project that is being funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Klein, who, has been talking to state legislators, said, “It can be stopped. It is simply a matter of getting the attention of the right people - - the people who are in power.”

Boutis said small citizens’ action groups have power, too, but only if they are willing to stand up and speak out for what they believe. These are the people who are not afraid to voice their convictions. Too often, she said, people hesitate to act because they are afraid they will lose their jobs, their political offices or their reputations. In the end, they lose much more - - such as clean water to drink, fresh air to breathe or a clean and safe environment.

Olson warns that uninformed citizens can become unsuspecting victims, falling prey to powerful companies with big pockets and bigger promises. By targeting areas that have a low percentage of college graduates and a high percentage of unemployment, these companies will promise the moon - - only to benefit themselves at the expense of others, who are less fortunate. With promises of jobs, shares in carbon cap and trade schemes or the chance to save the world from climate change, these companies will appeal to public desperation, greed, and pride in order to gain support. Mostly, he said, they count on ignorance and apathy to win out in the end.

From trees and plants to the corn needed to produce ethanol, CO2, is beneficial in its natural environment. Without it, life could not be sustained. However, it can become dangerous, even deadly, when it is condensed and injected, under pressure, through the bottom of a freshwater aquifer into rock formations deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Not only does it have the potential to pollute the area’s major water supply, but it can cause subsurface rocks to slip, resulting in an injection-induced earthquake. At several presentations that he has given throughout the city of Greenville, Dave Ball, manager of the project, said an injection-induced earthquake could happen whether a fault exists or not.

What he doesn’t say, however, is that the real danger occurs when it is condensed under pressure into its Super Critical Phase, which is how it will be injected at the ethanol plant site. During this phase, both Ball and Judith Bradbury, Battelle’s Public Outreach Coordinator, say it remains a gas but can be poured the same as a liquid. Neither Ball nor Bradbury speak of its dangers. In fact, in the Wednesday, June 17, 2009, issue of the Daily Advocate, when Bradbury referred to the classification for the injection of CO2, she said, “ - - carbon dioxide (CO2) is not toxic or hazardous.” While this might be true of CO2 in its natural state, it is certainly not true of CO2 in its condensed and Super Critical Phase, where one Michigan geological report indicated it could possibly be condensed at 100 times its surface pressure to occupy at least 300 times less space.

Gary A. Aurand of the University of Iowa’s Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering describes this Supercritical Phase in much stronger terms than both Ball and Bradbury. According to Aurand, it can dissolve organics, biological molecules, minerals, and even glass. In other words, it is definitely not a harmless bubbly or carbonated water as it has been described.

Steven Connolly, Health and Safety Executive for the Offshore Safety Division in the U.K., who won an award for his research on both offshore and onshore sequestration, said in this Supercritical Phase, CO2 becomes SCCO2, an acidic solvent, which is used in medical labs to clean lab equipment. He warns that CO2 sequestration, including its capture, transport, and underground storage, has major accident hazard implications for both the workforce and public.

Not only is it corrosive to pipes and pipe sealants, Connolly said, but if it escapes from underground containment areas in sudden and large amounts, it explodes back to its original gaseous state. Because it is heavier than air, it hovers near the ground, and can cause loss of life from the depletion of oxygen - - unconsciousness can occur in less than a minute. If it escapes in slower amounts, such as seeping up from the ground, it can destroy subsurface micro-organisms and other life forms necessary for nutrient-rich soil. Because there is relatively little experience worldwide in managing the risks associated with CO2 sequestration, it should not be compared with oil and gas injection sites, pipelines or enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells, he warns.

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (PCC) warns that many people mistakenly confuse geologic sequestration with EOR wells. There is a major difference, they say. EOR wells pump CO2 or other gases into oil or gas fields in order to access more oil and gas. The permanent storage of CO2 into underground rock formations is not the same process. They also warn that despite substantial talk on the part of the coal and electric-utility industries, who are pushing for the pumping of CO2 into geologic formations, there are no guarantees that CO2 will be pumped into the earth in a safe and effective manner.

Concerned Citizens worry that an earthquake - - whether naturally occurring or injection induced - - could cause the sudden release of CO2. Susan North, a local artist and Citizens Action Member, said, “It was bad enough that the foundation of my house was damaged in an earthquake that occurred in April 2008, why should I and other residents be forced to worry about both an earthquake and escaping CO2?”

As the June 29th Citizens Action Meeting draws near, Frankie Gilmore, Jr., who is the youngest member of the group, emphasizes that attendance at this meeting is crucial if the experimental sequestration of CO2 is to be stopped. “Taking CO2 from aboveground and injecting it underground, is only going to trade a minor problem for a major one,” he said. “This is a problem that could impact the city, the county, and the entire area surrounding us.”

[reprinted with permission of the author Anne Vehre, co-chair of Citizens Against CO2 Sequestration]

2009-10 Wright State University-Fairborn/Beavercreek/Riverside/Dayton Area Community Profile

Deadline: July 5, 2009 ... Wright State University and College Town Profile are partnering to produce this brand-new publication in both print and digital formats. This high-quality publication will be the first point of contact for parents, students, new employees, families and businesses interested in relocating to the Fairborn/Beavercreek/Riverside/Dayton Area areas as well as a valuable guide to longtime residents, and tourists.

Thousands of these full-color printed publications will be distributed throughout the year -- to prospective customers for YOUR business, products and services!

The Community Profile will also be accessible worldwide, 24/7, through the Internet, free downloadable eBooks, on wireless handheld devices --- with the most advanced publishing and communication technology of the College Town Profile's Convergence Publishing Program™.

Prominent editorial sections include information discussing: Business, Real Estate, Dining, Lodging, Education and Healthcare in the area; a Fairborn , Riverside , Beaver Creek and Dayton area community profile, and much more!

THANK YOU to some of our participating advertisers as of June15, 09: The City of Riverside, The Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Quick Stop Transportation LLC, Greene Dental Assoc., The City of Fairborn, Dayton Development Coalition, Wright State Univ.-Office of Residence Services, Holiday Inn Dayton-Fairborn, Baymont Inn and Suites-Fairborn, US Army ROTC, Claypool Apartments, LLC, The Downtown Fairborn Betterment Association, Greene Dental Association, Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Twenty First Century Energy (TFC Energy)

A sign-up sheet is includeded with the prior article: here.

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Citizens Against CO2 Sequestration Rally - Saturday (Call to Action Mtg. Monday)

Saturday, June 27th - 9:45 a.m. to noon - Annie Oakley Park in Greenville

Citizens Against CO2 Sequestration Rally * Homemade signs encouraged
Come show your support to STOP the proposed project to bury CO2 waste in Darke County
(sign petitions - get more information)
 
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Saturday's rally will be followed by a Call to Action meeting Monday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Christian Lighthouse Center at 5256 Sebring-Warner Road. Guest speakers, yard signs, and more details are avaialble at http://citizensagainstco2sequestration.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's a good thing we spent all that stimulus money

Here are the unemployment rates for Ohio counites and cities for May 2009 followed by the unemployment rates for May 2008, released by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services:
  • Butler County: 9.7 percent / 5.4 percent
  • Darke County: 11.3 percent / 5.8 percent
  • Mercer County: 9 percent / 4.3 percent
  • Miami County: 12.1 percent / 5.7 percent
  • Montgomery County: 11.4 percent / 7.5 percent
  • Preble County: 12.3 percent / 6.2 percent
  • Akron: 10.5 percent / 5.9 percent
  • Cincinnati: 8.8 percent / 5.6 percent
  • Cleveland: 12.2 percent / 8.8 percent
  • Columbus: 8.2 percent / 5.1 percent
  • Dayton: 12.6 percent / 8.5 percent
  • Toledo: 14.3 percent / 7.7 percent


Update on courthouse renovation

The renovation of the first floor of the Darke County Courthouse seems close to completion. The word in the courthouse is a mixed bag ... some people really like the renovation, some don't. And some have pretty vocally called it a waste of money.

The good ... revealing the original ceiling is a terrific addition. And that part, presumably, didn't cost very much since it was already there (behind an ugly drop ceiling). The entire hallway feels bigger. And the lighting is very nice - after the addition of backilighting in the bulkheads ... The bad ... the bulkheads. They're not period appropriate. And worst of all they cross the hallway at each end, obscuring a nice arch toward the front of the courthouse.

Overall, the project is a net-plus. The bulkheads were necessary to cover existing piping and utilities. And this project started off with a big "earrings-on-a-pig" quotient anyway. It was the best that could be done economically, with the grand ceiling height restored. The end result, with some paint and pictures on the wall, should look pretty nice.

Geyser in downtown Greenville !!

Woops! The ongoing circle renovation took an unexpected turn this afternoon when an estimated three-story tall geyser of water came shooting out of the ground. Could this have been a planned release of water? Possibly - although the third picture might negate that theory.

Thanks to D.L. for the great pictures!

Also: the early word is that the geyser will have absolutely no effect upon the replacement trees that will be planted around the circle, which I hear will be beautiful!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ansonia's Master Industries is in court-ordered receivership

Ansonia's Master Industries, Inc., is having apparent financial difficulties - and was just recently ordered into receivership.
In February, Avon Lake, Ohio-based Polyone Corporation was awarded a $311,679.62 judgment against Master in Darke County Common Pleas Court. In April, Sabic Innovative Plastics obtained a default judgment in the same court against Master Industries in the amount of $89,568.56. Sabic temporarily had a "lock order" permitting it to shut down the business, presumably for sale. However, that judgment was superceded by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Order granting a multi-million dollar judgment for National City Bank against Master Industries. The same court also appointed Chikol Equities, Inc. of Dayton to act as receiver.

The Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on June 2, 2009, granted National City Bank judgments against both Master Industries and James Brogden as follows:

  • Count 1: against Master Industries Inc. in the amount of $2,301,283.53
  • Count 2: against Master Industries Inc. in the amount of $56,733.69
  • Count 3: against Master Industries Inc. in the amount of $176,879.92
  • Count 4: against Master Industries Inc. in the amount of $553,918.29
  • Count 5: against James Brogden in the amounts of: $2,301,283.53; $56,733.69; $176,879.92; and $553,918.29 

James Brogden is either the current of former CEO of Master Industries. He is currently listed as the owner of a residential home in Piqua, Ohio - and owns real estate in Miami and Darke County. And according to the Montgomery County judgment, he is personally liable for an approximate $3 million judgment to National City Bank.

The phones are still being answered at Master Industries, as a man there confirmed the receivership and identified the court from which the receiver was appointed.

The Master Industries website is still up - and describes the business as ...
Founded in Detroit in 1950, Master Industries designs and manufactures injection molded products for the demanding automotive OEM market and other "first tier" suppliers. In addition, we serve a number of industrial OEM markets, including HVAC, Computer Hardware & Peripherals and more. Today, we operate two facilities totaling 55,000 square feet. These facilities in Ansonia and Piqua, Ohio are both conveniently located near the intersection of the 1-70/I-75 corridors.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Budget proposal will cripple public libraries

There has been a lot of press today concerning Gov. Strickland's plan to put casinos at the Ohio race tracks as a part of his new budget proposal. A fact that is not as big in the news arena is the fact that this budget proposal is going to severely cripple, if not destroy, public libraries. This budget would slash the funding to libraries by almost 50% for 2010 and almost that much again in 2011. Many libraries in the state (I believe all in Darke county) depend on this state funding for their operating funds. Even the libraries that are funded in part by tax levies need the state funding to complete their budgets. These cuts will mean that many libraries will have to close their doors completely. Many more will have to make drastic reductions in hours and services.

The next few days are critical to contact our state representatives to make known the need to continue funding public libraries. In these tough economic times, many people depend more and more on the libraries to provide their internet service, books, reference materials, and entertainment.

This link is a notice that was sent out by the Ohio Library Council regaring this budget issue. http://www.olc.org/pdf/OLCPLFCutRelease062209.pdf.

I would encourage you to email or call the politicians listed below in the next few days. These are the ones for the Darke County area [southern Darke County, actually]. If you live in another area, please contact your politicians.

Senator Fred Strahorn, 614.466.6247, senatorstrahorn@maild.sen.state.oh.us

Representative Richard Adams, 614.466.8114, district79@ohr.state.oh.us

Governor Ted Strickland, 614.466.3555

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Barga Heating Air Conditioning & Refrigeration to move operations

Barga Heating Air Conditioning & Refrigeration is still operating out of its office on Vine Street in Greenville, but in the upcoming week the company will be moving to the location formerly occupied by Farm & Fleet (years ago) in the 5000 block of Dayton Road. A representative of the company said that Barga will occupy part of the building with two other businesses (including an auctioneer who is already in the building).

A taste of wine and jazz - July 17th

Darke County Center for the Arts


A Taste of Wine and Jazz
Friday, July 19, 2009, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Montage Cafe


Join DCCA for an evenings of extraordinary music, exceptional hors d'oeuvres and four delicious wine selections.

Don't delay! These popular events sell out early!

Free concert in the park - July 4th

The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will kick off the summer season with this concert in the Park. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free summer concert!

July 4th - 7pm - Marling Band Shell, Greenvile City Park. For more information, contact Tracey Martin at 548-1314.

The band will do an encore at 7pm on July 12th.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

To all the dads out there ... Happy Father's Day.

To one special dad ... it is the harder path in life to be a good and decent person. And you are generous, sometimes too generous. And like all great leaders, you take on burdens you don't need to - and which you did not create. It would be much easier to just not care, but that's not you. And that's not us either, because you would never let us be that way.

So while I am enjoying my own Father's Day, I am thinking of you - and hoping you can have a great day anyway. Happy Father's Day.

Ansonia Church of God chicken dinner - June 28

Barbecue chicken, chips, applesauce, and a roll for $6. Drive-thru and carry out are avilable from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 - at the Ansonia Church of God, 750 South Main Street in Ansonia.

The event is sponsored by the youth group. Tickets are available this week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - or call 337-3945. Dinners will also be available Sunday without a ticket until sold out.

A change in the comment section

The website host has expanded the options for comments. Previously, the only choice for comments was a separate comment box (which was actually on a separate website). A new upgrade now allows comments to be embedded under the article, right here on this site. To leave a comment, click on the link at the bottom of the post you are reading. You will then go to a dedicated page for the article, along with all the comments for that article. There you can read the existing comments and/or leave your own. Anonymous comments are allowed subject to the limitations below. When finished, you can return to the main page by clicking the "home" links at the top or bottom of the page.

It is not currently possible to have comments on the main page (many have asked).

Comments are still being moderated, which means they are screened for content before appearing on the website. While almost every comment is approved, certain categories of comments are more likely to be rejected, such as: attacks on private individuals, factual statements that can not be verified, and comments with profanity. So try to avoid those please.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Garst preview party was a great success

Garst Museum had a well-attended preview party tonight. The event was emceed by State Senator Keith Faber ... and numerous board members were also on hand, including Barbara Martin, Eileen Litchfield, Kathy Kilgallon, Barbara Martin, John Marchal, Darryl Mehaffie, and many others (sorry to those not mentioned). Director Penny Perry gave an exclusive tour of the museum. Of particular note, the bottom photograph is an incredible scale model of the Fort of Greenville that every Greenville native should see.

Also in attendance tonight was State Sentor Fred Strahorn, whose district includes the southern part of Darke County, Miami County, and inner-city Dayton. Strahorn was apparently feeling the heat from this prior Darke Journal post. In all seriousness, Senator Strahorn seems like a great guy, and it was nice for him to travel to Darke County for this event.

[Apologies for the photo quality, as all were taken with a camera phone. The Advocate guy was there firing away - so make sure to check out his photos.]




Update: [received via email from the Preview Committee]

The Garst Museum Fundraiser and Preview Committee would like to thank the DarkeJournal for including information about the event on June 19. The articles certainly added to the success and the museum and the community will benefit from that.

Thank you, The committee: Darryl Mehaffie, Kathy Kilgallon, Eileen Litchfield, Charlotte Wright, Marilyn Robbins, Pete Hemer, Diane Evans, Barbara Martin

Governor Strickland flips on gambling

Faced with a budget shortfall, and with just a little over a week to solve the problem, Governor Strickland has proposed that Ohio make up the difference with gambling proceeds from slot machines. The governor has chosen this proposal rather than simply cutting the size of government - and in spite of numerous prior statements denouncing gambling of any kind:

  • Democratic Congressman Ted Strickland, a psychologist, warns of the social costs that accompany gambling addiction, which he called "an insidious condition that can ruin lives." (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/24/06)
  • Although the proposal includes money to treat gambling addictions, Strickland said its inclusion "points to my biggest concern as a psychologist: This is a difficult addiction to treat." (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/24/06)
  • "Quite frankly, if I'd been in the legislature when the Ohio lottery passed, I would have opposed it," [Strickland] said. "It amounts to a regressive tax. The benefits of casino gambling in my judgment are significantly outweighed by the negative consequences." (Toledo Blade, 4/10/06)
  • Strickland, the Democratic frontrunner, told The Plain Dealer's editorial board earlier this week that he is not supportive of expanding legalized gambling in the state. While he didn't bring up religion, his denomination's Social Principles, which are its guideposts of faith, are clear. They denounce gambling as "a menace to society, deadly to the best interests of moral, social, economic, and spiritual life, and destructive of good government." (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/25/06)
  • "I don't think an answer to Ohio's economic future is expanded gambling," [Strickland] said." (Columbus Dispatch, 4/13/06)
  • Strickland said he always has regarded gambling as a false solution to Ohio's economic-development needs. (Columbus Dispatch, 5/13/06)
  • Strickland ... opposes expanded state-sponsored gambling in Ohio as well as three proposed ballot issues this fall to allow casinos or slot machines at racetracks. Strickland, a six-term congressman from Lisbon and a Methodist minister, said his opposition isn't based on moral issues but on a belief that gambling isn't good for the state. (Columbus Dispatch, 4/13/06)
  • "The people of Ohio have spoken with a clear voice on this issue time and time again. They do not want an expansion of gambling in their state." - Ted Strickland, 10/25/07


Friday, June 19, 2009

Craig Stammen gets first big league win

On Thursday, the Nationals were in New York to play the Yankees for a 1pm game, with former Versailles Tiger Craig Stammen set to start for Washington. But a driving rain (the same rain that washed out the first round of the U.S. Open) delayed the game for over five hours. The timing was just perfect for Craig Stammen, though, who shut down the Yankees for 6 1/3 innings.

The Nationals went on to win 3-0, and Stammen got his first big league win with this line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Stammen's ERA dropped to a respectable 4.76.

The Nationals still didn't provide Stammen much run support, which can be partially explained by the three former Reds batting 4-5-6: Adam Dunn (.265), Austin Kearns (.196), and Corey Patterson (.077). For more comic relief, the pitcher who replaced Stammen was Ron Villone. No wonder the Nationals are in dead last ... they're loaded with bad former Reds players.

Garst Museum Preview Party ... Tonight

Greenville’s Garst Museum is announcing a Preview-Fundraiser for the benefit of the museum and its educational programs. The PREVIEW part is to introduce the return of Annie Oakley’s guns and her Russian cape, which was presented to her by the Russian Czar when she was on tour in that country. These items were on loan to another museum and are home again at the Annie Oakley Center.

The special Preview Party Fundraiser is Friday, June 19 tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the museum, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. There will be food and music by J.R. Price as well as a chance to see the new exhibit of Annie’s items. Donation is $20.00 each person. The FUNDRAISER part includes a Silent Auction (one example: OSU Football tickets!) and a “Super Sure Shot Raffle” .

Super Sure Shot Raffle prizes are: a beautiful Heart-shaped ½ carat diamond from Michael’s Jewelry and Clocks; a Cherry Red Anniversary Artisan Stand Mixer from KitchenAid Experience; A Limited Edition Serigraph “Garst Porch” by artist Kathy Kilgallon and framed by B&B Frame Gallery; a $500 Savings Bond from Greenville National Bank; a $200 Savings Bond from Second National Bank; and a fabulous 40 inch flat screen LCD HDTV from Hansbarger Home solutions. One need not be present to win.

Super sure Shot Raffle tickets are available at the museum office, at any of the above participating businesses, and from the following Garst Museum Board members: John Marchal, Steve Birt, Dick Brown, Kay Brown, John Burkett, Diane Evans, Alan Hauberg, Joan Hawley, Dr. Jesse Heise, Pete Hemer, Kathleen Kilgallon, Eileen Litchfield, Barbara Martin, Darryl Mehaffie, Bob Nixon, Rodney Oda, Marilyn Robbins, John Stevenson, Nancy Stump, Sam Suter, Dean Thompson and Bob Welch.

Reservations are not required.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two more big trees will soon bite the dust on circle project (??)

The Greenville circle project has progressed to the northwest quadrant next to the city building. The tree carnage continues as two mature trees, one much larger than the other, were at the center of today's demolition. All of the other large trees have been removed from the other islands, so these two also seemed destined to become mulch. There has been a degree of public backlash for the removal of trees - and the circle project in general. So what do you think?

Update: They're gone.

Great news: George Voinovich crosses the aisle to pass "Cash for Clunkers" bill

Under the "Cash for Clunkers" program, consumers may trade in their older vehicles and receive vouchers worth up to $4,500 toward the purchase or qualified lease of a new, more fuel-efficient car or truck. The program will be authorized from July 1, 2009 to November 1, 2009 with $1 billion in emergency funding.

The trade-in vehicles must: 1) Be in drivable condition, 2) Be continuously insured and registered to the same owner for at least one year, 3) Have a combined fuel economy value of 18 mpg or less (Work trucks must be pre-2002 regardless of mpg), 4) Not be more than 25 years old with historic or aesthetic value. These vehicles are valued by hobbyists or are a valuable source of restoration parts.

Voinovich joined three other Republicans to hand Senate Democrats the 60 votes needed to get this expensive project added to the war funding bill. [article submitted]

WHIO reports drowning investigation is over ... "a tragic accident"

Great reporting as usual from Steve Baker. His video report is here.

Jonathan Robert Kinnison (August 22, 1998 - June 17, 2009)

Jonathan Robert Kinnison, 10, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 9:27 PM at Children’s Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. He was born on August 22, 1998 in Greenville, Ohio to Brian & Tiffany (Davis) Kinnison of Greenville, Ohio.

Jonathan was a student at Tri Village School. He loved to ride bikes, take care of his chickens, play video games and work on tractors with his dad.

He is preceded in death by; grandfather, John R. Kinnison; and Great Grandfather, Robert Spurlock.

In addition to his parents Jonathan was survived by; sister, Jazmine Kinnison who lives at home; maternal grandmother, Kathy Davis of Ansonia, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Linda & Merle Newbauer of Rossburg, Ohio; maternal great grandmother, Pauline Spurlock of Greenville; paternal great grandparents, Larry & Emma Crider of Greenville; Uncle Al, Uncle Sean, Aunt Holly Davis and aunt and uncle Stephanie and Ryan Lewis, as well as several cousins.

There will be a service held on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville with Pastor Gary Cloyd officiating. There will not be a burial following the service. Family will receive friends from 12-3 on Saturday at the funeral home. There will be fund set up at a local bank for memorial contributions. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com.

Greenville Farmers Market - downtown Greenville at 4th & Broadway


Main Street Greenville Farmers Market *Wednesdays 2pm to 6pm * Saturdays 8am to 1pm
The market runs from June 3rd to October 31st, 2009

Although it is still early in the growing season, the market has plenty of local vendors with fresh baked goods, homemade preserves, organic foods and unique products. Be sure to check out our communal table this week for fresh picked lettuce and handmade rugs.

This week at the market: Prayer Preserves: Peach, Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry Wine, and Hot Pepper Preserves

E.A.T. Food for Life Farm - Your local, grass-fed, Certified-organic family farm. Check out the weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Packages. Week of June 15th Order includes: 4 Greek Steak Patties, 1 dozen eggs, 1 pack of Spelt Crackers, 1/2# package of Canal Junction Swiss Cheese and 1 pint Plain Sauerkraut. This is a $30.00 value for $25.00 Total. Place your order for delivery or pick up at the market.

Janet's Bakery - fresh baked breads, cinnamon rolls, cookies and pies
Rhoadeside Noodles & More - noodles, potpie and angel food cakes
Woodsview Alpaca Farm - Alpaca Fiber & Yarn Products
Kauffman's Cupboard - whole wheat bread, cinnamon bread, muffins and dinner rolls

It is not too late! If you are interested in being a vendor at the downtown Greenville Farmers' Market, please contact Main Street Greenville at 937.548.4998 or visit or website at http://www.mainstreetgreenville.org/.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tragic accident in southern Darke County

A young 10-year-old boy may have drowned in a swimming pool this evening in southern Darke County. He was taken away by CareFlight. The initial reports are not good.

Update: the boy did not survive (report and video from WDTN). Please say a prayer for the family of Jonathan Kinnison.



MVCTC Adult Education Open Houses Scheduled

Clayton, Ohio -- Attention Job Seekers! Are you considering a career change? Then do not miss the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Adult Education Open Houses on Tuesday, July 7, from 10 a.m.-Noon and Thursday, July 9, from 7-9 p.m. Learn about programs in Health Occupations, Public Safety, Industrial Trades, and Construction Trades. Financial aid is available for those that qualify! For more information, call 937-854-6297 or 800-716-7161. More information about the Adult Education programs at MVCTC is available at www.mvctc.com.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday night rainstorm

This is what happens when you shoot with a flash into a driving rainstorm at night (not that anyone asked). To the science geeks out there: why do all the raindrops appear as tiny pentagons?

Deputy hurt in collision with deer (on 49 near Pitsburg)

Details at WHIO.com. Update: WHIO.com now has a video report and identifies the officer as "Deputy Hanes." The officer was not seriously injured.

CO2 signs are going fast

If you want your own "Stop the CO2" sign, it will cost you $5. You can get a sign from Isabel Culbertson at 548-7174 - or email StopExperimentalCO2projects@yahoo.com and someone will get in touch with you. They are going fast, so don't wait.

Update: signs are also available at Tropical Isle on Broadway.

A message from the president of the United States

Last year, millions of Americans came together for a great purpose.

Folks like you assembled a grassroots movement that shocked the political establishment and changed the course of our nation. When Washington insiders counted us out, we put it all on the line and changed our democracy from the bottom up. But that's not why we did it.

The pundits told us it was impossible -- that the donations working people could afford and the hours volunteers could give would never loosen the vise grip of big money and powerful special interests. We proved them wrong. But as important as that was, that's not why we did it.

Today, spiraling health care costs are pushing our families and businesses to the brink of ruin, while millions of Americans go without the care they desperately need. Fixing this broken system will be enormously difficult. But we can succeed. The chance to make fundamental change like this in people's daily lives -- that is why we did it.

The campaign to pass real health care reform in 2009 is the biggest test of our movement since the election. Once again, victory is far from certain. Our opposition will be fierce, and they have been down this road before. To prevail, we must once more build a coast-to-coast operation ready to knock on doors, deploy volunteers, get out the facts, and show the world how real change happens in America.

And just like before, I cannot do it without your support.

So I'm asking you to remember all that you gave over the last two years to get us here -- all the time, resources, and faith you invested as a down payment to earn us our place at this crossroads in history. All that you've done has led up to this -- and whether or not our country takes the next crucial step depends on what you do right now.

Will you donate whatever you can afford to support the campaign for real health care reform in 2009?

It doesn't matter how much you can give, as long as you give what you can. Millions of families on the brink are counting on us to do just that. I know we can deliver.

Thank you, so much, for getting us this far. And thank you for standing up once again to take us the rest of the way.

Sincerely,
President Barack Obama

[received via email]

Thursday: Spring into Wellness - BRC Wellness fair ... June 18th

Monday, June 15, 2009

Possible armed standoff in Greenville

An army of law enforcement officers has cordoned off Laurel Street in Greenville in what one officer called a standoff. A number of sheriff deputies were on scene in specialized gear, most likely the local s.w.a.t. team. (5:27pm)

Update: suspect in custody without incident.

June 15th - tax day

A lot of you are probably saying "June 15th isn't tax day, that's April 15th." A few years ago, I would have been saying the same thing. And that is because until a few years ago, I spent my life working as an employee for other people. Four years ago I started my own business and joined the ranks of the self-employed.

As all of my fellow business owners are aware, estimated tax payments are due four times a year - and the second quarter is due today, June 15th (in the true spirit of governmental efficiency, the four quarterly payments are not all three months apart).

For those of you who don't know, here's the idea behind estimated tax payments ...

The government seizes its taxes up-front from employed individuals by forcing employers to withhold taxes from employees' paychecks. The government even has it rigged so that most people pay too much, and therefore a lot of taxpayers get a refund (of their own money) sometime in the new year.

But a self-employed person has no weekly paycheck. So the government mandates that self-employed people estimate their taxes and pay up, in advance of the total bill being due, four times a year.

Now the pain is barely noticeable for employees, as many do not even know or care what is being seized from their weekly paycheck. But for self-employed people the quarterly estimates hurt a little more. Or maybe a lot.

So anyway, my morning can be summed up as follows: I spent an hour figuring out what my estimated taxes should be, printing off the forms, filling out the forms, printing out envelopes, and writing out checks. And then, after putting three 44c stamps on my envelopes, dropped them in the mail. The check I wrote to the I.R.S. will easily be the largest check I write all year (not counting the other quarterly checks). But at least I have the peace of mind of knowing that my money is going to Washington DC where it will certainly be put to good use.

I think we all need to wake up on the issue of taxes. You folks who are among the employed (which was me not too long ago) need to look at those check stubs and understand how much money you are losing on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis to taxes. And then imagine having to write a big fat check for that amount instead of being bled dry slowly through withholdings. The government has it way too easy when it can tax the masses in such a way that the full bill isn't readily understood.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Greenville Athletic Boosters Golf Scramble - June 20th

** Monday, June 15th is the last day to sign up **

On behalf of the Greenville Athletic Boosters, we are writing to inform you of our annual golf scramble being held on Saturday June 20, 2009. The annual golf scramble is a main fundraiser for our organization. From annual scholarships, to locker room renovations, to the new PA system at Harmon Field, to the new softball scoreboard at Stebbins Field; proceeds from past events have help fund numerous worthy items for our athletes and our community.

The strength of the Booster organization has always depended upon the generosity and support of Greenville’s businesses and professional men and women. We deeply appreciate those of you who have contributed to our past success and we look forward to your continued support. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

GREENVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS GOLF SCRAMBLE

DATE: Saturday June 20, 2009; TIME: 1:00 P.M. Shotgun Start, PLACE: Greenville Country Club
HOLE/TEE SPONSOR: $50.00; CART SPONSOR: $25.00; PRIZE SPONSOR: $25.00

Your Name or Business will be acknowledged with signage and recognition. Please submit you company logo to: dwarner33@woh.rr.com

Entry due by June 15th, 2009. Please make donation checks payable to Greenville Athletic Boosters and mail them to: Matt Steyer, 226 East Harmon Drive, Greenville, OH 45331, 564-3487

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! ... Sincerely, Greenville Athletic Booster Officers

Download your team signup sheet: here (Word format)

Download your corporate signup sheet: here (Word format)

Happy Flag Day

If you've never seen this video, take 4 minutes and watch.

There have, of course, been greater acts of heroism and sacrifice for our flag and country. But this is a great story nonetheless, especially against the backdrop of the spoiled professional athletes of this generation.




Saturday, June 13, 2009

Arcanum Farmers Market is now Open

The Arcanum Farmers Market is open for business, and will be offering homemade and homegrown goods Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through August 8. The Farmers Market is located in Memorial Park (near the gazebo). Four or five vendors were out today, with a steady stream of customers.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stammen has solid outing against the Devil Rays

Craig Stammen's fifth start was arguably his best, going 5.2 innings while giving up just 4 hits and 2 earned runs Friday night against the Devil Rays in Tampa Bay. Stammen will not factor in the decision and is still looking for his first big league win.

Greenville's Jeff Feltman is interviewed on Al-Jazeera

Assistant Secretary of Neareastern Affairs - and Greenville native - Jeff Feltman was interviewed June 8th on al-Jazeera to discuss the recent Lebanese election (though the reporter clearly had her own agenda).


Uhh ... how many times does Feltman have to say the United States doesn't talk to terrorists before this lady gets it? Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. You don't legitimize terrorist organizations by sitting down and having tea with them. You don't have to be an experienced diplomat to know this, though Feltman stood his ground admirably.

If you are interested in more information about Jeff Feltman, read this.

Chicken dinner fundraiser - Robinson for Commissioner

DARKE COUNTY – It’s fried chicken time at Romer’s. The Committee to Elect Bob Robinson for Commissioner is holding a fundraiser… it isn’t asking for a handout – you get a great fried chicken dinner for your support.

The meals are $7 each and include four pieces of chicken, a roll and two sides. And you get to “chew” on Bob Robinson when you pick up the dinners… he will be handing them out in the Romer’s carport (Greenville circle) from 4 until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.

If you would like to help sell tickets, or simply want a great fried chicken dinner, tickets are available at Tropical Isle, 629 S. Broadway, Greenville, or call Kay Seiler, Campaign Chair, at 548-6537 for more information. All tickets must be purchased by noon June 22.

Also, keep your calendars open on July 18 for a great summer entertainment event and meet-and-greet at Wayne Lakes, details to be announced. Who says political campaigns can’t be fun?

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Could we ever see a black bear in Darke County?

You might think you'd never see a bear in Darke County. But there have been several sightings of a black bear in Warren County over the last several days (including the video below from Waynesville ... narrated by Larry and his brother Darryl). This bear might eventually end up in downtown Pitsburg if he happens to wander a mere 35 miles to the northwest.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Ohio Department of Development was in a state of chaos as NCR left Dayton

The Ohio Department of Development (according to its own website) works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and meaningful, targeted investments. These efforts however apparently failed to help Dayton retain its only Fortune 500 company. So what was going on with the Ohio Department of Development in the crucial final months before NCR left?

Until February 17, 2009, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher served as director of the Department of Development. On February 17, Fisher resigned as director noting "It's not fair to the state or the governor ... I can't do justice to the work of development director because managing the department is a full-time job." That same day, Fisher announced his candidacy for the senate seat being made available by the retirement of George Voinovich.

Following Fisher's resignation, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Mark Barbash as the interim director. Barbash would end up serving less than three months before revelations about serious tax problems. According to the I.R.S., Barbash owes nearly $150,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest. The Ohio Department of Taxation also has a tax lien over $12,000. And a foreclosure was filed against Barbash's Bexley home just prior to his resignation (all despite Barbash receiving an annual salary of $128,356). And even after the resignation, Barbash was offered his old position as chief economic development officer.

When questioned about the naming of Barbash as director, Governor Strickland made these incredible admissions to the Columbus Dispatch:

Gov. Ted Strickland said yesterday that he probably would have appointed Mark Barbash interim director of the state development department even if he had known that Barbash owes nearly $160,000 in federal and state taxes.
On May 15, 2009, 44-year-old Lisa Patt-McDaniel took over as successor interim director for Barbash. Two weeks later, NCR announced that it was moving its headquarters out of Dayton.

Could Lee Fisher have kept NCR in Dayton? Maybe - but he gave up his director position out of ambition to become a senator. Was Barbash the best appointment? Certainly not. And what was he doing during the critical three months when he served as interim director? Is it possible that he was distracted by the foreclosure and six-figure tax liens that dropped during his short tenure?

It is impossible to know if the outcome on NCR could have been different. But the chaos, questionable appointment, and musical chairs in leadership at the ODOD could not have helped.

Shields and Pressly named all-area players of the year

The Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association has named its all area teams.

Greenville's Marc Shields was named First Team first baseman - as well as player of the year for Division I.

Franklin-Monroe's Austin Pressley was named First Team pitcher - and player of the year for Division IV. Pressly, who was set to play for Sinclair next year, was drafted yesterday by the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Other Darke County players making the all-area team were:
  • Tripp Davis, Greenville (2nd team pitcher, D-I)
  • Jon Richard, Versailles (1st team pitcher, D-III)
  • Patrick Mescher, Versailles (2nd team pitcher, D-III)
  • Luke Cox, Versailles, (honorable mention pitcher, D-III)
  • Tyler Bey, Versailles (honorable mention infielder, D-III)
  • A.J. Aikman, Arcanum (special mention, D-III)
  • Cody Neleigh, Franklin-Monroe (1st team catcher, D-IV)
  • Heath Kaufman, Franklin-Monroe (1st team infielder, D-IV)
  • Cody Gunckel, Tri-Village (2nd team infielder, D-IV)
  • Grant O'Dell (2nd team outfielder, D-IV)

And congratulations also to Franklin-Monroe's Mike Morris, the D-IV coach of the year.


Republican Party Golf Scramble - June 28

13th Annual Darke County Republican Golf Scramble
Sunday June 28, 2009 -1:00 P.M. Shotgun Start
Greenville Country Club

Entry fee is $75 per person and includes: 18 holes of golf, green fees and cart, beverages on the course, and a steak dinner. Non-golfers can show up for dinner at 5:30 P.M. for $25.

For more information, call Cindy Pike at 937-548-1731 - or email at cpike3@woh.rr.com.

Wayne Hospital & Midmark provide grant for Wayne Industries


The charitable foundations of Wayne Hospital and Midmark have provided a grant to Wayne Industries for the purchase of an AED (automated external defibrillator). SPIRIT Medical Transportation previously provided AED training to the Wayne Industries staff at no cost. The AED will contribute to the safety of the facility.

At right, you can see Wayne Industries Adult Services Director Jeff Miller giving a tour to representatives of Wayne Hospital and Midmark.

Wayne Industries is a 501(c)(3) corporation which in addition to vocational training, also delivers other services which include:personal care, motor development, communication, social interactions, and leisure based activities.

Wayne Industries is located at 5844 Jaysville-St. John Road in Greenville. You can learn more about Wayne Industries at wayneindustries.org.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rush Limbaugh suggests that Greenville change its name to Alka-Seltzer Village

A few weeks back, Greenville resident Marion Arnold called in to the Rush Limbaugh radio show to discuss the isue of CO2 sequestration. After the conversation, America's Anchorman remarked:
You know what? I'm sitting here thinking. I'm going to have to look into this. I've heard all these schemes about trapping CO2 emissions from smokestacks. I've heard about trying to do that and some of the other wacko things. But pumping it underneath a town, I have not heard about. I think you people in Greenville Ohio really ought to -- I'm serious about this -- change the name of the place to Alka-Seltzer Village. Get in on this before it happens.
The word on the street is that Arnold will appear on Limbaugh's show again sometime soon. Click here for a transcript of the original call.

[thanks to red plastic roses]

Mehaffie named chair of Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Darryl D. Mehaffie of Greenville, a member of the Edison Community College Board of Trustees since 1999, has been named the chairman of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC).

He is the third Edison trustee to lead the OACC as chair in the 17-year history of the organization.

Trustee Dr. Richard N. Adams of Troy was chair from 1997 to 1999 and Trustee Lewis A. Blackford, formerly of Sidney, was chair from 2005 to 2007. Mehaffie, in fact, previously earned OACC’s Richard N. Adams Education Service Award.

The Association comprises 23 independent public community and technical colleges conceived in 1993 to promote the quality, strength, vitality and effectiveness of its member institutions.

Mehaffie, whose two-year term as chairman begins in July, is currently completing a two-year term as vice-chairman of the OACC.

As chair, Mehaffie will serve as one of four OACC officers, who include the vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. In addition, these four are members of the OACC executive committee which also includes two community college trustees, two community college presidents, and the chairs of the legislation and trustee education committees.

In his new position as chairman of the OACC, Mehaffie said he will provide overall leadership for the activities of the OACC by preparing annual objectives to address the purposes of the organization. He noted that he will also speak for the OACC and implement Board resolutions.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Versailles Poultry Days ... this weekend

Are you ready for some poultry? No, it's like this ... ARE YOU READY FOR SOME POULTRY? If you go to Versailles this weekend, you probably won't see a guitar-playing chicken dressed like Hank Williams, Jr. on a football field. But you can experience the annual Versailles Poultry Days festival.

Poultry Days is known for its great chicken, huge parade, live entertainment, beer tent, and much more. This is one of the best festivals around. If you need any information, Poultry Days has a very thorough website (we have linked the website index, mercifully skipping past Hank the chicken ... check out the front page of the website if you're confused).

Go to Versailles this weekend and enjoy Poultry Days!

Boehner Statement on Strickland Administration’s Quest for Additional “Stimulus” Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) coming to Washington, D.C., to ask for more “stimulus” dollars:

“The so-called stimulus package has been a disaster in the Buckeye State, yet the Strickland administration is looking for more federal dollars to spend. While hundreds of thousands of Ohioans remain out of work and companies leaving the state, the administration continues to refuse to set up an independent, bipartisan oversight board to ensure Ohioans that their precious dollars are being spent appropriately. If Gov. Strickland’s administration refuses to submit to this scrutiny, why should taxpayers agree to entrust them with millions of dollars more?”

NOTE: Ohio has suffered more than its share of “stimulus” missteps, among them:

  • A $57 million slush-fund to study projects that may never get built while denying funding for shovel-ready projects;
  • Attempting to award $1.1 million to clean up a Cold-War era weapons facility that was declared clean two years ago;
  • $1.2 million to pay the salaries of Columbus City police recruits with no plan
    for how to continue paying them when federal dollars dry up.

Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.


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Bradford couple sentenced for drug charges

William and Lori Swob were each sentenced to a year in prison yesterday by Judge Lindeman of the Miami County Common Pleas Court. The Swobs were busted last year when police found two pounds of marijuana in their home.

More details at WHIO.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New business at 771 Martin Street


It appears that a new business is now occupying the long-vacant building located at 771 Martin Street in Greenville. Medical massage and natural health alternatives are available at Immanence Massage Wellness Center ... 548-7282.

[Immanence, derived from the Latin in manere - "to remain within" - refers to philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence, which hold that some divine being or essence manifests in and through all aspects of the material world ... if you were curious.]

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Wayne Theater Movie Review: Up

Disney Pixar's latest animation feature is "Up." The movie begins with grumpy widower Carl Frederickson about to be thrown out of his house and sent to a nursing home. But Carl has other ideas (the pic below might give you a hint) and sets out in quest of Paradise Falls.

Carl tries to realize the dream of his deceased wife Ellie, but ends up learning a lot of other lessons along the way. There are plenty of goofs and gags for the kids. The 11-year-old and 7-year-old sitting next to me loved this movie. But there's a nice and sentimental story for the adults too (if you can suspend disbelief with all the talking dogs). And the ending is great.

Yahoo viewers gave this movie an A. The critics gave an A-. I'll also give it an A-, and recommend this movie for anybody. If you have a child 13 or under: go see it.

Main Street Greenville Announces Cancellation Of Flicks on 5th for 2009

Main Street Greenville has announced that Flicks on 5th, the outdoor summer movie series, will be postponed until the summer of 2010, due to lack of adequate sponsorship.

In 2007, community members presented Main Street Greenville with the idea of outdoor movies being played downtown during the summer. From 2007 to 2008, a committee worked on funding this event as well as hiring a full service vendor to show the movies. The summer of 2008 provided three free family movies on the first Thursday night in June, July and August. Lawn chairs and blankets were permitted into the viewing area, located on East Fifth Street between Walnut and South Broadway, as families watched movies projected on a two story inflatable screen. Each movie recorded an attendance of approximately 120 people.

“It was a very difficult decision that was not easily made. While we hate losing an event, we look forward to bringing the movie series back next year, just as strong as it was in 2008” commented Amber Schmerge, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

The purpose of the event is to provide a unique experience in Greenville that is family-friendly and provides affordable entertainment for people of all ages. In 2008 those attending enjoyed movies such as The Goonies and The Sandlot. “This is a way to attract families and friends to our historic downtown, have dinner and enjoy an evening close to home,” Schmerge said.

Dan Rehmert, who attended the summer movie series with his family expressed his dismay at the decision. “This is unfortunate news but I do understand. My family has enjoyed the summer movies and will look forward to the return in 2010. What a great event. Thank you Main Street Greenville.”

For further information regarding Flicks on 5th or Main Street Greenville contact the office at 937.548.4998 or online at www.mainstreetgreenville.org.

Friday, June 5, 2009

June 5, 1944

Sixty-five years ago tonight, thousands of American soldiers prepared themselves for the most massive military offensive ever attempted. Those same soldiers - each of them - knew that June 5, 1944, could well be the last full day of his life. As you enjoy a beautiful spring evening tonight, just imagine how much different it must have been for our guys on another June 5th evening all those years ago. And how brave they were to contemplate what was coming the next day.


On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

Greenville Federal donates Dayton Dragons ticket package for Garst Fundraiser



One of the valuable prizes at the Silent Auction part of the fundraiser event for Garst Museum on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. This package called "Take me out to the Ball Game" was donated by Greenville Federal and includes 4 Dragons tickets behind home plate for July 16; VIP parking; a really nice cooler; snacks and souveniers. Tickets to the event can be purchased at Garst Museum, call 548-5250 or e-mail: garstdirector@embarqmail.com.

Meeting set on EMS Feasibility Study

A meeting will take place Friday, June 19, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in the council room of the Greenville City Building for the ad hoc committee reviewing the EMS feasibility study for Greenville.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

State Representative Dick Adams hosts constituents at the Ohio Statehouse

State Representative Dick Adams (79th dist.) recently hosted a few of his constituents at the Ohio Statehouse, giving a tour of the Statehouse as well as the neighboring Riffe Building where Adams has his official office. Shown below is Adams and one of his non-voting constituents on the house floor.


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