Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanks to Marlowe Law Office for advertising on DarkeJournal

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Changes to the chat

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Employees Give to Adopt-a-Child Program

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During this time of year we see the spirit of the holidays begin to shine, and Gateway Youth Program gives thanks to all those who support our Adopt-a-Child program. Pictured is Kathy Matthew representing the employees at Second National Bank in Darke County with Kelly Harrison, Gateway Youth Advocate. The employees donated $200.00 to the program so that in these difficult times all children are remembered with gifts. We are thankful for all our partners in the community who give us special inspiration for the work we do all during the year.

Gateway Youth is a program of the Council on Rural Services which provides education, support, and volunteer services in their nine county service area. For more information about the organization and their programs check the web site at www.councilonruralservices.org.and become a friend of Council on Rural Services on Facebook to see all that is happening in the programs.

Greenville Rotary Club Meeting

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Amber Schmerge, Mike Henderson,
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 The Greenville Rotary Club met Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at the Chestnut Village Community Center of the Brethren Retirement Community.

Following lunch at Noon, fellow Rotarian, Amber Schmerge shared with the club the many activities and functions that Main Street Greenville organizes and supports in the downtown area. She highlighted the recent Holiday Horse Parade and noted some 10,000 people were in attendance for the parade that boasted 57 entries this year. Other promotions they support are the Farmers Market, Days of Harvest, Beggars Night, Flicks on Fifth, Adopt-A-Box, Dining in the Darke, Church Stroll and Buckeye Bash.

Amber shared about several projects that enhance the beauty of downtown including, the 4th year of the Adopt-A-Box program. She also shared about the Banner Replacement program in which they partnered with the GHS Senior art class to come up with four new designs. Amber also mentioned the newly refurbished Christmas decorations from the 1980's.

Amber introduced this year's Grand Marshall of the Holiday Horse Parade, board member and volunteer, Mike Henderson. Mike shared his passion for preservation and renovation and reminded us how fortunate Greenville is to have a vibrant downtown with occupied buildings and no in-lots or vacant lots. Amber concluded by sharing that Main Street Greenville operates on a $63,000 budget and is funded by individuals, businesses, City and County support and fundraisers.

Anyone interest in becoming a member of the Greenville Rotary Club may contact the Club Secretary, Christy Baker at 937-548-3779 or by email at cbaker@ymcadarkecounty.org; or the Club Treasurer, Diane Shuff at 937-548-6181 or by email at dshuff@myfsbdirect.com.

Those were the days — by Abraham Lincoln

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People raised their own food, in their vegetable gardens, and had their own eggs fresh from the chicken house, out back. Sears and Roebuck still mailed out catalogs and the old one was promptly carried out back to the privy for a new supply of toilet paper. During World War II, a good substitute for candy was Smith Brothers "Cherry" cough drops. In those days, the roads were not plowed and you were lucky to get from Gordon to Ithaca and on to Arcanum. They didn't use road salt then and never plowed the roads but they sometimes shoveled coal cinders on major intersections so people could stop. You had to get in ruts made by other cars to stay on the roads.

Gordon's Main Street used to freeze over and pack down so hard that we ice skated down the street. There were no school buses to Gordon School so we had to walk to get there. When Miss Beatrice Brown got to school from Arcanum, she rang the school bell to let us know that she was at school—it was OK to send the kids to school. We all walked that 1/2 mile and fought some stiff blizzards to get there with hands and feet so cold that she put them in a bucket of water when we opened the door.

Mom used to dress me in long underwear, shirt, trousers, sweater, coat, scarf and a knitted toboggan pulled down over my ears, and gloves. Mittens were much warmer but only the girls wore them. If a boy wore mittens, the rest of the boys would call him a "sissy." The long underwear were usually put on at the beginning of winter and never taken off until spring. Find that hard to believe?

When I grew up a little more I became a teenager and was always trying to look good. So the theme was different. I tried to tame duck-tail haircuts, slicked in place Brylcreams: "A little dab will do ya!" If there was plenty of money I had penny loafers or white buckskin shoes like Pat Boone wore. Our pants were pegged and we wore collars turned-up. Girls were especially sexy in crinoline petticoats, and pony-tails. I got the first Mohawk haircut in Darke County after seeing the famous wrestler, Don Eagle, walking down Broadway in Greenville.

Those were the days when you had to ask the pharmacist for condoms. I didn't know a single boy who used them. They were important to carry around in your pocket and "show them" to the right people. They were a sort of status symbol for boys. Boys all lied about who they had sex with and how many times. I guessed girls talked the same way about the boys. I would have been too ashamed to ask.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Free Family Movie Nights at EUM!

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Every first Saturday of the month immediately following 6:30 p.m. worship, EUM Church hosts a FREE Family Movie Night, complete with popcorn and drinks. The movie this Saturday, December 5, is Polar Express. Come and check out the new EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street on the corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road and enjoy a great family night out!

Come for worship… Stay for the movie!

Children’s programs are provided during worship. For more information, call 548-3211 or go to www.eumchurch.org.

The Greenville Rotary Club Meeting

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Susie Riegle, Carlolyn Mobbs,
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The Greenville Rotary Club met Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the Chestnut Village Community Center of the Brethren Retirement Community with 25 members and 4 guests in attendance.
Following lunch at Noon, the club heard an informative program by Carolyn Mobbs and Linda Fridley, a respiratory therapist from Wayne Healthcare. They shared information on the signs and symptoms of COPD. Approximately 30 million Americans have COPD. The major objective once diagnosed is learning proper breathing techniques to curb symptoms as well as determining a preventative action plan that could include medication, breathing treatments, inhalers and oxygen as well as ongoing therapy. The best course of action once diagnosed with COPD is to schedule an appointment with a respiratory therapist or begin pulmonary rehab.

Anyone interest in becoming a member of the Greenville Rotary Club may contact the Club Secretary, Christy Baker at 937-548-3779 or by email at cbaker@ymcadarkecounty.org; or the Club Treasurer, Diane Shuff at 937-548-6181 or by email at dshuff@myfsbdirect.com.

HOLIDAY CITIZENS MEETING

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DECEMBER 4, 2010, 10:00 am
Greenville Masonic Temple, 200 Memorial Drive

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA TO BE HELD December 11, 2010

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The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage.

Santa will be there, along with the elves and entertainment.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by December 3rd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending.

Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 5965 Willis Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending.

If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for the children and lots of fun.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BPW Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stegall sworn in as new Darke County Commissioner

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In a ceremony Sunday, Mike Stegall was sworn in by Judge Hein in front of a gathering of friends and family.

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Tommy Renfro's new single: The Light

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Darke County's own Tommy Renfro has a new single: The Light. There will be a release party soon - possibly at Memorial Hall - and the details will be posted here. In the meantime, let 88.9 Joy-FM and 96.9 K-Love in Troy know you want to hear this song over and over again.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kesco Products is moving locations

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On Monday, November 29th, Kesco Products, Inc. will move into their new location. Having been on West Third St. for the last 17 years, Kesco will be relocating to 411 Walker St. in Greenville. This was the former Plumbsmith building.

Kesco will continue to service a 50 mile radius of Greenville. Kesco sells janitorial products, foodservice disposables, restaurant equipment, and swimming pool chemicals. Stop in and check out our revamped showroom and look for an "open" house in the spring.

Kesco Products, Inc. offers free delivery and there are no minimums. For a quote on any products, call 548-5735. Kesco is open Monday -- Friday -- 8:00 to 5:00. Walk ins are welcome.

Greenville firefighters collect donations for foster kids (click image for video)

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Local vendors unite to benefit Darke County Families in need this Christmas Season

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Darke County native Mandy Flatter has organized a fundraising event to provide Darke County families in need the Christmas they have been praying for. Patrons can make contributions while supporting area vendors at the Christmas for the Community Marketplace. The event will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at First Congregation Church in Greenville, Ohio. First Congregation is located on at 115 W. 5th St. in Greenville, OH.

“I had been wrestling the thought of hosting another fundraiser, but this time for families in need this Christmas Season, but wasn’t sure. It was confirmed that I had to do this event when I heard an amazing sermon this past week at Church (EUM) I sat and listened to our pastor (Bill Lyle) speak about the feeding of the 5,000 from 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. I knew that hosting this event and bringing our community together for this great cause was my 5 loaves and 2 fish. I can’t give this much alone, but with the support of my family, friends, community and ultimately the blessing of God I know that all things are possible. I wanted to create something bigger that may possibly inspire others to give too,” said Flatter, independent consultant for Pampered Chef. “I mentioned my idea to host another fundraising event to some of my friends and other local business owners and they all jumped on board asking how they could participate. I am very appreciative for the amount of support from the local community.”

The Christmas for the Community event is open to the public and admission is free. A variety of food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase as well as raffle tickets for an array of great prizes. Local vendors will also be onsite selling their products and services. Proceeds from this event will be used to adopt local families in need this Christmas Season.

Retail booths are at capacity with vendors offering an assortment of products ranging from cookware and utensils to make up, and jewelry to baby gifts and accessories. A reflexologist and massage therapist will also be on location. (For a full vendor list, please contact Mandy Flatter.)

Community members are encouraged to give for the greater good by supporting local families in need at the Christmas for the Community Marketplace event. For more information contact: Mandy Flatter, Event Organizer, voice: 937-423-7234, Email: mrcates4@hotmail.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Santa to Visit New Madison Library - December 6th

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The Friends of the New Madison Library will hold their annual Christmas Open House on Monday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the school day, storyteller Ezra Crabtree (portrayed by Tim Nealeigh) will entertain the students at Tri-Village Elementary School with Christmas memories from his childhood in the early 1900s. In the evening, Santa Claus will visit the Library at 6 p.m. He will share a special reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and then listen to the requests of the children in the audience. Parents and grandparents are reminded to bring their cameras. The Friends of the Library, the New Madison Kiwanis Club and several generous donors are providing goodie bags for the children who visit with Santa. Cookies and punch provided by community members will be served throughout the day and evening. The school children will also enjoy cookies donated by the community during their visit with Ezra Crabtree. The Friends Open House is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 142 South Main in New Madison. Call 996-1741 with questions.

Playing now at Wayne: Tangled

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Watch the trailer here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Operation Warm Winter Wear

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Click on Steve Baker's badge for the video.

Park Board Meeting - December 9th

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Kiwanis donates to FISH

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Kiwanis president Joe Payne “cuts up” with fellow Kiwanian Gary Brown and FISH Director Kristy Cutarelli as the community service club makes its annual donation to FISH on Wednesday. Kiwanis donates collected food and a check to help FISH feed families in need. Cutarelli said their organization anticipates helping to feed 2,800 households (9,800 people) this year, up from 2,375 households and 7,125 people from last year.

Greenville Kiwanis meets each Wednesday at noon in Chestnut Village Community Center, BRC. Membership is open to all interested individuals.

Christmas Bazaar at Arcanum Historical Society on Nov. 27th

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Come to the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society's Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, November 27th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. located at 123 W. George Street. Prices are guaranteed to be low and affordable. New bazaar items are the latest fashion rage of Fun'N'Fancy scarves that can be draped, flipped or doubled to enhance any outfit from denim to elegant ensembles. Stack Art is featured for the holiday table or to be used year around, made in clear glassware, china and ceramic. It is a must see item. Christmas decorations galore! Create a new Christmas theme or add to your existing decorations. Beautiful holiday wreaths, swags, centerpieces, Santas, Angels, lighted Christmas Village pieces, ornaments, candles and so much more that can be purchased at low prices. Grandma's Bake Shop will have goodies and sweets for sale. Look for Christmas gifts for the summer gardener and children on your list. In-house raffle items include a wine basket donated by Sutton's Grocery with wine from the Versailles Winery, item from the Primitive Country Shop in Arcanum plus other raffle items, all waiting for your chance to win, tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. Also a 50-50 raffle, tickets will still be available at the bazaar. Both drawings will be at 4:00 P.M. The winners need not be present to win. The Historical Society will reopen the bazaar from 6:00 P.M. - 9: P.M. to participate in the Luminary Christmas Walk on George Street. This annual bazaar this year is better than ever and one not to be missed.

Thanksgiving Dinner—1943

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We would have fresh churned butter on bread and green beans and a little bean broth and maybe a couple of green onions—it was a heavenly dinner in 1943. We were thankful but never called any meal or day, "Thanksgiving."

Spading the garden was one job that I didn’t like to do. But it was important, if we wanted anything to eat; to spade the garden; rake it, and plant good seeds. I used to sell World War II Victory Garden seeds to neighbors who thought they might need to try something new. And sometimes I had a package of seeds that I couldn’t sell and mom would plant them. After the garden was planted and things began to grow mom would often have me hoe the weeds before they took over.

And then one day mom would have a big kettle of beans on the table for dinner. More often than not, just plain green beans, because we didn’t have meat and no money to buy meat for the beans. In late summer we stopped eating vegetables and let the plants go to seed. We never bought seeds from a store, but saved seeds; or, somebody gave us their favorite seeds to try out. We always left a row of beans, unpicked, until they dried out and the hard, dry beans, were saved for next year.The same with pea, and even onions. Most folks saved seeds from their garden and seldom had to buy new seed.

I can still see those ball-like seed heads filled with spikes and black seeds on onions. Mother was proud of her sweet onions and she saved every single seed for next summer. When the green beans and lima beans dried up, they were shelled out and saved for seed for next summer. We either ate the harvested vegetables right after picking or mother “canned” everything we grew in the vegetable garden. That was our food for the year and the best meal was green beans and butter bread and small green onions.

The most butter we ever bought from a store was one stick at a time or 1/4th of a pound. Nobody had an ice box or a refrigerator to keep things cold in so we only bought what could be used up in a day or two. Butter was like that and so was fresh milk and cream. Sometimes the neighbor’s milk cow was giving more milk than he could use and we got the extra. When that happened, mother would make me stay at home to churn butter from the milk. I thought it took longer to churn butter than it did to make homemade ice cream—which we never did because we never had rock salt, but I helped crank a lot of ice cream for other people in hopes of getting a dish or two as a reward for my hard work. ~A. Lincoln

60 years for the murderer of Patrick Cheadle

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Additional note - in Indiana, you get one day off for every day of good behavior, so 60 years really means 30 years. Details of the sentencing here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving – a time to be thankful

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Greenville/Darke County is a gifted community whose reason for pride now lies in the character of its everyday people.

From the signing of the Treaty to Annie Oakley, Zachary Lansdowne and Lowell Thomas (the voice recognized around the world), the area has had reason for pride resulting from national and worldwide recognition. Among these notables are interspersed less recognized heroes that have served in the military and elsewhere. In recent decades though, the community has been very much like a spent fire with only flickering embers remaining.

Then, thanks to the US Department of Energy (DOE)/Battelle Memorial Institute’s plan for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), the fire reemerged like Lazarus. In their battle, everyday people opposed the United Nations IPCC committee, DOE, Wall Street and international financial tyrants who stood to make billions on the Carbon Climate Exchange. Faced with this overwhelming force and lacking support of their own leaders, the citizens of Darke County said “NO”. “No” to the bizarre worldwide scheme trumpeted by no less than Al Gore who stood to make billions in this orgy of greed. Our citizens fully understood that burying clean pure organic CO2, the lifeblood of plant growth and agriculture, was a scheme financed by the powerful and propagated by hysteria. Now, only a few years later, news articles attest to the collapse of the climate change fraud and with it the now defunct Chicago Climate Exchange. Most vivid in our memory of this battle is octogenarian Herman Neff, now deceased, who vigorously supported and generously donated to the movement.

More recently the community, generous and overall God-fearing, has stood against a social plan spawned in Columbus designed to reduce the state’s responsibility and costs of dealing with the problems of felons and parolees. Naturally, just as in the case of burying carbon dioxide, the social elitists there selected what they thought was the weakest community – or so they thought. The community, through research and reflection, has come to recognize what is known by reputable sociologists. The rehabilitation of felons, although necessary, can only be achieved by distributing the parolees evenly among communities based on the financial and intellectual resources available for the task. Once again, alas, a community threatened by the ACLU, finds its greatest support coming from a most unlikely source. The state of California has just passed Chelsea’s Law to be added to Megan’s Law, Adam’s Law and the Amber Alert.

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Also included in this time to be thankful is the fact that we live in a culinary cornucopia with an entire array of Thanksgiving foods from Darke County. A partial list includes turkeys, poultry, beef, pork, venison, lamb, shrimp, eggs, milk, cheese, pumpkins, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, fruits, apple cider, wine and pure water from our undamaged aquifer - all produced and grown responsibly by our neighbors who through their work also support our economy. Lastly, a drive into this beautiful countryside can be fueled by locally produced ethanol or soy diesel. ~Charles E. Reier MD

elementsLife Yoga -Winter Preview Schedule (December 6 – 23)

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Tuesday: Hatha Vinyasa @ 6:00-7:00pm | Wednesday: Mixed Styles @ 6:00-7:00pm
Thursday: Hatha 8:30-9:30am (Morning Class!) | Thursday: Slow Flow Vinyasa 6:00-7:00pm

The Winter Preview is a great time for new and existing clients to try out a new Yoga style or learn more about our services. Please feel free to contact Emily at 937-417-3208 or via email at elementsyogastudio@yahoo.com for more information. Also, visit our website to view current and future schedules www.elementslife.com.

The Clark Family - by Abraham Lincoln

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Mary Hilliard was born in April 3, 1839 in Piqua. She was one of four children and while very young, Mary was separated from the family by some unfortunate domestic experience and never saw her family afterwards. She was raised by her uncle, Charles Hilliard, who built the first house in Piqua, Ohio. Mary was a descendant of one of the original 15 families living in Piqua. She met and married James Clark who lived in Piqua and who had originally come to Ohio from Illinois. James was a cooper and it was the large stands of hickory, walnut, and oak that caused him to move to Gordon. Hickory was used to make barrel hoops at the local cooperage in Gordon and that's where he went to work. In 1866 when Mary [Hilliard] Clark and her husband moved to town from Dayton she recalled, “We moved up here from Dayton when this was still a wilderness. There was nary a ditch nor a pike. We didn't expect to stay long, but here I am (seventy years later) in the same house (in 1936).” They had three children, Maggie 11, and her sister, Capetola 7, and brother, Willie 6 months. In the 1900 Census, James Clark is listed as a "fork maker." His age is not correctly shown at 41—he was 61. In the 1880 Census, he is listed as a laborer and is 51— that is the correct age. He must have taken-up making forks to compensate for a dwindling income since the cooperage was no longer in operation. During the Civil War, while tending their vegetable garden, Mary recalls the day the news came that Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. “We were in our garden when the whistles blew and bells rang as news was received of Lincoln's assassination.” She said, “Mr. Clark voted both times for Lincoln (he voted in the Gordon Town Hall for ten presidential elections). My husband always was a Whig (Republican).” Mrs. Clark was the third oldest voter in the 'Old Voters' contest run by the Dayton News. The contest was won by John Lafferty, then 100. Mary Clark was the great‑grandmother of Clark and John Ray Davidson. The boy's father, John Oliver Davidson, lived in Dayton. After her husband died, Mary raised the boys. She had an attack of influenza and after 5 days passed away. Mary was 97 years and 11 months old when she died and was buried in Ithaca Cemetery. She was baptized a Baptist when 11 years of age and was a member of the Gordon Baptist Church until it closed and then she worked in the Methodist Church and for many years teaching a girl's class.

Remember the sacrifice of our military families as you celebrate Thanksgiving

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Amy Scarpulla hopes her deployed husband can call home tomorrow before the final Thanksgiving meal dish is rinsed and the last of the turkey leftovers are packed away in the fridge.

But after dealing with five deployments in 12 years, she's all too aware of the mission-first mentality of the combat zone. Her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Scarpulla, is serving with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment on Forward Operating Base Connolly, Afghanistan.

"If he's able to call, he'll call," she said with the hard-earned patience of a seasoned Army wife.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Wildflower Garden Club Tree at Garst

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The Wildflower Garden Club again was asked to decorate the Christmas tree in the parlor of Garst Museum in Greenville. The year of Annie Oakley is coming to a close and one of the best ways to celebrate her contributions to Darke County is to honor her with beautifully decorated Christmas Trees.

The members of the garden club began planning a few months ago just how they would decorate the tree to represent her life in a classy, dignified and beautiful manner. The parlor of the museum is a formal room and requires a tree to reflect that feeling.

Decorations on the large 10 ft. tree consists of strings of wooden cranberries, picks of cranberries, also picks of red bunches of apples and pears. Earthy colored Christmas balls ( olive green, bronze, muted gold) are hanging among the branches, which blend great with the large gold antique ribbon bow atop the tree, with the same ribbon cascading down the length in 5 areas.

The gals had a great time painting gold tips on real pinecones and hanging their little beauties throughout the branches. The tree then takes on a wild look with real wild turkey feathers and pheasant feathers tucked in here and there.

The boldest effect to the tree and the finishing touch comes with an under lay of an elk pelt and dear hide. Spokesperson for the club, Barb Rhoades says this is our tribute to a lady who was a true outdoors person and master hunter. She conserved what was good in the environment and only took from nature what she and her family needed to live.

The members of Wildflower G.C. along with the other Garden clubs which have trees in Garst invite the public to come and tour the rooms and see how each club has interpreted Annie's life.

Greenville Federal Sponsors Handel’s Messiah and other DCCA programs

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Julie Strait of DCCA accepts check from Jeff Kniese,
President and CEO of Greenville Federal
Greenville Federal has donated funds to Darke County Center for the Arts, sponsoring Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus’s presentation of the most beloved oratorio of all time, Handel’s Messiah. Greenville Federal also supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and Arts in Education programs which benefit Darke County youth and their families. When asked what inspires Greenville Federal to so enthusiastically support the Arts in our community, Jeff Kniese replied “Greenville Federal is proud to be a major sponsor of Darke County Center for the Arts. We feel it is critically important to the vibrancy of our community to have strong cultural programs and we are happy to support all of the DCCA events. DCCA is a true asset to all of Darke County and all of the teammates at Greenville Federal look forward to many years of continued support,” he concluded.

Handel’s Messiah will be presented in its entirety on December 11, 7:00 om at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. DCCA representatives ask folks to take note of the early start time due to the length of the program. Dayton Philharmonic’s 25 member orchestra and 50 member chorus will fill the stage at St. Clair Memorial Hall, and permeate the auditorium with the beautiful sounds of the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students, and may be purchased at the door or ordered in advance by contacting DCCA at (937) 547-0908 or DCCA@CenterForArts.net.

Frederick, Swimmy, and Inch By Inch is the next performance in DCCA’s Family Theatre Series this season. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will share their delightful and creative interpretation of Leo Lionni’s beloved books at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased one month prior to the show at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville and at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, or contact DCCA now at 547-0908 or DCCA@CenterForArts.net. Family Theatre Series productions are selected for the young and young at heart. Ticket prices are intentionally kept as low as possible in order to enable families to introduce their children to the wonder and delight of live performances.

DCCA strives to expand horizons and inspire creativity in young hearts and minds through Arts In Education where professional performing artists are presented annually to every grade of all Darke County public schools. Coming up next in this year’s program is concert pianist Alpin Hong performing for Jr. High School students who will be bussed to St. Clair Memorial Hall on February 3 & 4 of 2011. Students will be inspired as Hong teaches them to recognize the classical roots of music in today’s movies, video games, and in their everyday lives. According to Julie Strait, these programs are made possibly through the generous support of Greenville Federal and other sponsors.

“WALKIN’ IN A WINTER WONDERLAND”

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This Holiday Season, join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our Winter Wonderland! On Saturday, December 4th from 6-9pm, there will be over 300 beautiful luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails of Shawnee Prairie Preserve, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you hike along the illuminated trail towards the Log House, you can enjoy the crisp air and bright stars of an early December eve.

At the Log House, our Pioneer Hosts will have the fire roaring, holiday snacks and warm drinks to enjoy. Enjoy pioneer music of Christmas’ Past as you sit back and relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Several holiday crafts will be available for the children (or young-at-heart!) to pass the time and take home. The upstairs of the Log House will once again be open for the children’s crafts.

Once you are done in the Log House, head up to the Nature Center to visit the Gift Shop (SALE), get your photo with Mrs. Claus, make an ornament to take home and even get a few gifts wrapped by the Friends of the Parks! Start a new family tradition with Darke County Parks this year. Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect event to bring the family and celebrate the season! Dress for the weather.

To Heaven and Back (a true story) ~ by Abraham Lincoln

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I already knew some things about religion. I knew that if I was born to Muslim parents I would never become a Jew. If I was born to Baptist parents I would never become a Catholic. If I was born to Methodist parents I would never become a Muslim. I was always looking for a solution to where do we go from here.

I was speaking at a university in Washington State; not about religion but about writing and my invitation was from a group of people in the area, and the university.

After I had finished my lecture and at Q&A (question and answer) time, a religious group, from Portland, began to tell me about my future. I felt uncomfortable but tried to be nice and listen.

At Noon, after I had finished my speaking obligation, I was invited to a private home for lunch and when I got there, this religious group was already there.

Their spokesman said they were told to come and hear me talk but never said who told them. If I had to guess they would have said, God told them.

Their leader was a portly middle-aged woman who, they claimed, could send me to Heaven. I must admit the idea of going to Heaven and getting back in one piece was interesting and I had nothing to lose if I took the trip and she guaranteed it.

I have never been put to sleep or put in a trance until I had surgery for an aortic aneurysm. When I woke up from that they had both Dramamine and Morphine drips stuck in my body.

Drugs helped the pain as I flew in and out of my hospital room, in the bed—back and forth right through the window. I saw Elvis Presley in a painting hanging on the wall in my room and I told everyone and they smiled and saw him too.

So there I was, offered a trip to Heaven and back without Dramamine or Morphine and I didn’t get a shot or swallow any pills.

I remember the lady from Portland saying something about going back to another time and place and I assumed this was about Life Regression and had nothing to do with Heaven or Hell. And then I popped into Heaven...
What was this Heaven like?

Heaven was a blue sky with white fluffy clouds—the fluffy clouds were people but without any human features and were brighter than clouds. I just don't know what word works better than "cloud."

I remember trying to see myself there but there were no mirrors, so I remember that I looked down to see my feet but I had none. All I could see was white and fluffy and I was like the other clouds in this blue sky.

I discovered to get from where I was to any other spot I just thought it and I went there. I could see myself floating through the sky and passing other clouds. Somehow they knew that I was just visiting and I felt like they smiled as I passed.

For some reason I thought about, God, and when I did the place I was in went from blue sky to white-hot white; and there was the whitest cloud of all and the most brilliant. The light was so intense it would have blinded me instantly if I was back in Ohio but here the light was so pleasant that I didn't want to move or go anywhere. I believed this brilliance must be God.

I heard a woman warning me not to let go of her hand. If I did she said I would be lost in a mental limbo neither here nor there. She pleaded that it was time for me to come back. I heard her voice and yet I hung onto Heaven as hard as I could. She insisted I had to return and with tears streaming down my cheeks, I came back and woke up holding hands with this middle-aged, portly, woman from Portland, Oregon.

Greenville Kiwanis donates books to kids

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For the second year, Greenville Kiwanis has donated books to kindergarten, first and second graders at Woodland Heights as a “special reading program with a treat.”

Six hundred books were delivered to the school Monday by five members of Kiwanis, with each child told to take the book home and read it with their parents or another member in their family. They were given slips to have signed and returned with the promise of a special treat – cookies and milk or juice – for the whole class if everyone did it.

Pictured is Kiwanis Past President Mike Henry. Also participating were Joe Payne, President, and Kiwanians Jim Scharr, Lynne Gump, Holly Hill and Bob Robinson.

Share Gratitude with Service Members This Thanksgiving

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During this week of Thanksgiving, the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross encourages families to take some time to share their gratitude in messages to veterans and active-duty members of the Armed Forces. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are leading an effort to collect and send 1 million holiday cards to service members overseas and at home through the fourth annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign (www.redcross.org/holidaymail). Whether printed or handmade, the cards carry meaning for the recipients and the senders.

“I love this program,” said singer Amy Grant, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and spokesperson for Holiday Mail for Heroes. “I think it’s the most accessible, hands-on way to express gratitude for anyone in the military.”

The public can print cards designed by Grant and three other members of the Celebrity Cabinet from the Red Cross website. Grant used colored pencils and black markers to design her card for the Holiday Mail program; actress Jane Seymour used watercolor with pen and ink on paper for hers.

“I’ve heard so many testimonials from people who have been overseas that letters mean the most,” said Grant, who added handwritten notes to service members on the cards she designed. “Letters are magical….It’s a great time of year to think about someone else and express thankfulness.”

In Darke County, Commercial Printing and Craig Schmidt, photographer, stepped up to the challenge by creating a local card, featuring a Hometown Parade photo and donated 1,100 cards for local community members to sign. Over five-hundred cards were signed November 20th the night of the parade as local Red Cross volunteers and K-club members, youth group of the Greenville Kiwanis, walked through downtown asking people to sign the card. Additionally, the Chapter is sponsoring a Save the Day Open House on December 4th from 9:00-5:00 for those who would like to drop by at 130 Martz Street and sign a card. Donors are still being sought to sponsor the cost of shipping the cards.

“More today than any other time as I talk to members of our community, I discover their personal connection to the Armed Forces,” stated Lynne Gump, Executive Director, “this is such a simple way to reach out and share the holiday spirit.”

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will accept holiday cards until December 10, 2010 at Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD, 20791-5456. Pitney Bowes will screen the cards for hazardous materials, then package and ship them in time for delivery during the holidays.

Volunteer fundraisers needed

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby/Darke County are in need of Fundraising Volunteers. Volunteers would assist with preparing mailers or calling businesses that have previously supported the agency.  “Our fundraising season is December through June,” says Sara Mitchell, who works with the agency. “As a non-profit, United Way member agency, we need assistance with funding the agency to further our mission.”

Volunteers would help to build on the already established means of funding; i.e., donations for group activities, and Bowl for Kids’ Sake, but are also open to new ideas for raising money. Volunteers would also work in conjunction with the Publicity and Recruitment Committee to gain support of community for donations.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org. HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, Darke County Commissioners, Lydia E. Shaurer Trust, Harry Stephens Trust, Greenville Rotary Club and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Greenville High School National Honor Society Tap Assembly Program

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Click on photo for super-sized version. A list of all inductees is below the jump

SING AND CELEBRATE!

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Historic First Universalist Church, 331 East Washington St., New Madison, will present a Service of Carols and Holiday Music on Sunday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. The service will open with the lighting of the church Christmas tree. There will be congregational carol singing and special music by the First Universalist Trio, featuring Margaret Schryver on flute and piccolo, Lloyd Kettering on piano and organ, and Roberta Feltman on piano. Carillon music will add to the joy and spirit of the Christmas Season. Scriptural, traditional, and responsive readings will be part of the special day. All are welcome, and following the service are invited to stay for coffee and conversation, then enjoy lunch with church members and friends at New Madison's Ft. Black Cafe'.

Another special day at First Universalist will be December 19 when Rick and Hillary Wagner, the Rev. Richard Venus and granddaughter Misa perform music of the season at the 10:00 a.m. service. These talented musicians will present musical offerings on flute and stringed instruments.

The First Universalist Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 6:00 p.m., December 24. The annual service of carols, candlelight and music is for everyone, lifting up the true meaning of the season. For information about First Universalist Church and the Christmas program, please go to http://www.uuchurchnm.org/ or call 937-996-3403.

CHILDREN THANK KROGER MAN PLUS

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The children from Kids Learning Place visited Kroger to learn about food and nutrition this month, and on hand was KROGER MAN PLUS. Every year he takes all the children around the store and shares information about all the foods available to make them strong and healthy.

Kim Bowers, head teacher in the New Beginnings classroom said, “We have been bringing our children to Kroger’s for many years and Roscoe Hinkle has always been here as Kroger Man Plus, to help teach our children about good nutrition. He is retiring this year and we were his last field trip. We thank him for all his good work and we will miss him; he loves the kids and this community.”

Be sure to say “Thank You” to Roscoe next time you are at the Kroger store for all he has given to the community.

For more information about Kids Learning Place call us today - toll free 1-866-627-4557- to schedule a visit and to learn more about our services. Council on Rural Services provides education, support, and volunteer services through Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, and HandsOn West Central Ohio in their nine county service area. For more information on their programs call 937-778-5220 or check the web at http://www.councilonruralservices.org/.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors, Greenville, Ohio joined millions of volunteers around the world in participating in “Make A Difference Day”. This day of community service demonstrates what is possible when companies, communities and non-profit organizations and individuals join together to create change.

This year, Mote & Associates provided the labor to remove and install a new roof on the Boy Scout Shelter House located in Arcanum’s Village Park. The work was completed on the sunny days of Thursday, October 21st, and Friday, October 22nd.

Mote & Associates, Inc. is appreciative of Ansonia Lumber for providing materials at a reduced cost and for the Village employees’ assistance with providing a dumpster and the front end loader.

Last year Mote & Associates’ provided a new roof on the Boy Scout Fort restrooms within the Greenville City Park.

Those employees participating this year included Brenda Meyer, Sharon Hemmelgarn, Pam Raffel, Connie Kaplan, Tom Boyer, Mike Bruns, Sean Kahlig, Jerry McClannan, Mike Henderson, Heath Riffell, Ron Darrow, and Lou Bergman.

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ANOTHER CRASH AT US 127 & KRUCKEBERG ROAD

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On November 22, 2010 at approximately 6:49 PM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a serious crash at US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road in Greenville Township. Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Fire and Rescue units responded.

Carolyn Dickey, age 79 of Ansonia, Ohio was traveling east on Kruckeberg Road in her 2005 Buick LeSabre. Dickey was attempting to make a left hand turn to the north on US Route 127 when she pulled into the path of a south bound Ford pick up truck driven by Gary Flatter, age 61 of Greenville, Ohio.

Dickey and her 16 year old female passenger were both transported to Wayne Health Care in Greenville by Greenville Township Rescue where their condition is unknown. Flattter was treated by EMS at the scene and refused transport.

Dickey was cited for failing to yield to the south bound vehicle.

The intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road has been the site of a number of injury accidents over the last few years. The Darke County Sheriff reminds motorists to be especially diligent at this intersection in checking for crossing traffic on US Route 127 due to the multiple lanes of traffic. Motorists should slow down and take the time to have a second look in all directions; it just might save your life. An additional reminder to motorists on US Route 127 the posted speed limit is 55 mph. The divided highway around Greenville lends itself to excessive speeding; Darke County Deputies will be enforcing traffic laws vigilantly in these areas. Always wear your seatbelt and arrive at your destination safely during this holiday season.

“An Annie Oakley Christmas” is the theme for the entire holiday season at Garst Museum

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Trees are decorated by the area garden clubs with an Annie Oakley theme. Terri Carlow of Newark, Ohio, has generously offered her Nativity collection for display. These nativities will be on exhibit from November 20 to the end of the year. This is a temporary exhibit and can be seen without an entrance fee if visitors enter through the side doors. Holiday hours at Garst Museum through December 30th: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. For more information call 548-5250.

Monday, November 22, 2010

State Rep Zehringer hosts Ansonia 4th graders in the Ohio State House Monday

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First in a long series: old Greenville photos

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Dick Brown has shared his collection of old Greenville photos and post cards for display on DarkeJournal. This first photo shows Teddy Roosevelt addressing the crowd at the Penn RR station in Greenville in 1912. Roosevelt was running for president as an independent (the "Bull Moose" party); he had been the president earlier in the 1900's.


Disclaimer: We are going to share these photos from time to time. It is highly unlikely that any of these photos are copyrighted, but if you have a copyright claim, then you can can notify us at darkejournal@gmail.com and we will immediately credit you or remove the photo, whichever you prefer (whether or not there is a valid fair use exemption). This first photo, however, has no copyright since it predates U.S. Copyright protection by several years.

Rep. Adams Announces Funding Support for Creative Extruded Products

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State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) today announced the release of state funds to Creative Extruded Products, Inc. in Tipp City for costs associated with new machinery and equipment necessary for the development of 34 new, full-time jobs. With this funding, Creative Extruded Products will not only create jobs, but retain 15 at-risk, full-time jobs.

“I am very relieved and encouraged that the Controlling Board recognizes the significance of job creation in our district,” Adams said. “Creative Extruded Products will provide our community with much-needed jobs and encourage recovery in our area.”

Creative Extruded Products has been part of the community since 1979.

[Richard Adames represents the 79th House District, which includes Miami County and part of Darke County]

CANDLELIGHT WALK AT BEAR’S MILL

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The Friends of Bear’s Mill will hold their annual Candlelight Walk at historic Bear’s Mill Friday, December 3rd from 6pm to 10pm.

“If a visit to the Mill is not already a part of your holiday routine, this is the year to begin a new tradition,” said Becky Dynes, outreach manager for the Friends of Bear’s Mill nonprofit organization. “Luminaries lining the millrace light the path leading to a crackling bonfire in the woods where hot chocolate is served by the fire. Inside the Mill, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee and a cookie while you listen to festive music and visit with friends,” concluded Dynes.

“This time of year reminds us to be thankful that this piece of history is here for all to enjoy,” said Friends of Bear’s Mill president Paul Ruck. “When a visitor gives a donation or makes a purchase, they are helping to keep the Mill open. Tax-deductible donations and profit from sales in the Mill Store & Gallery are vital to the nonprofit organization,” concluded Ruck.

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or on the web at www.bearsmill.com.

Cancer Association of Darke County Thanks Total Image of Versailles for their Support!

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L to R: Monica Alexander, CADC Board Member; Mary Goettemoeller,
Owner-Total Image; and Delores Beisner, CADC Board Member
Total Image of Versailles held a day of pampering to benefit the Cancer Association of Darke County. This “Spa Day for a Cure” was held because the employees of Total Image have all been touched by cancer in some way and they wanted to “Give Hope a Hand.” The Cancer Association of Darke County thanks Total Image for their generous donation and for putting on the “Spa Day for a Cure.”

The Cancer Association of Darke County exists to provide support for people in Darke County that have been diagnosed with cancer. The Cancer Association reimburses their patients for expenses including: mileage, medication, medical supplies, and nutritional supplementation. Our organization also offers a monthly support group, a volunteer driver program, free wigs and head coverings for cancer patients, educational materials for the prevention and early detection of all cancers, information booths at various Darke County events, and speakers for groups interested in learning more about our organization. The Cancer Association also makes one yearly donation to an accredited research organization that works with Darke County residents. The Cancer Association is an independent non-profit organization that exists because of donations from people just like you! The Cancer Association of Darke County is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society and does not receive donations or financial assistance from their organization. For more information about the Cancer Association of Darke County, please call the office at 937-548-9960.

Local Troops benefit from Cell Phone Recycling

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Pete Trocano, Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee member, (center)
presents SSG Dustin Miller (L) and SSG Andrew Edgerly (R)
500 minute pre-paid phone cards for 10 of our local troops
stationed away from home. 
The Darke County Solid Waste District and Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee member Pete Trocano are collecting unwanted cell phones. Pace-Butler Corporation from Edmond, OK will pay the district for phones shipped to them.
The funds received from the collection of unwanted cell phones will be used to purchase pre-paid phone cards for our Darke County troops stationed away from home. The Darke County National Guard Armory is handling the disbursement of the phone cards.

We are asking for your help. All we are asking is that you donate any cell phones that you have at home. Also, if you know of any businesses that provide cell phones to employees, please ask if there are unwanted cell phones they would like to donate. Chargers and accessories are not needed.

There is no cost to the district to participate in this program, so 100% of the proceeds will benefit our Darke County troops stationed abroad.

Where can you drop off your unwanted cell phones? Donation boxes can be found at the following locations: Darke County Solid Waste, Darke County Veteran Services, Sweet One O One, Mercer Savings Bank Main Office, Old National Bank in Union City, Francis Furniture, Kroger’s, PAWS Bingo, Eikenberry’s, Tractor Supply, YMCA, Brethren Home Community Room, Kitchen Aid Experience and Mississinawa Schools.

Pete Trocano, member of the Darke County Solid Waste District Policy Committee, Krista Fourman, Director of the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, and Linda McKibben, Administrative Assistant for the Solid Waste District are responsible for planning, promoting, and coordinating the program. For more information, call 937-547-0827.

Burned home in Greenville is torn down

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This is the home on East Main Street (across from Leis Realty) that was destroyed after a kitchen fire several weeks ago. Thanks to TMR for the photos.

When it comes to sex offenders – how does Ohio compare to California?

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Even California, the medicinal marijuana center of the world, recognizes danger. If located in California, the registered Tier III sex offenders in Greenville and Darke County would be (1) given 25 years to life imprisonment, (2) require GPS monitoring and (3) in a “containment model that requires more costly treatment, intensive monitoring and polygraph tests. Those who committed a violent sex crime against a child under 14 would be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.” It is evident by the strident measures they have taken, that the state of California has absolutely no fear of the ACLU. Criminologists and sociologists alike agree that dumping an excessive number of felons into a community can overwhelm its resources and thereby endanger its citizens. This is especially true of a community with large numbers of the sex offenders’ most common victims - single mothers with children that live in poverty.

It is obvious the Ohio Dept of Corrections is dumping this particular kind of felon into small communities to avoid the expense of housing, training, monitoring and psychotherapy. Can Mr. Buchy, on his return to Columbus politics, help us make certain that sex offenders are evenly distributed across the state so that the communities will be able to fully assist and assimilate them, thereby reducing their recidivism? ~ Opinion submitted by Rebecca A. Reier

Republican Women's meeting - December 13th

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The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will have their annual Christmas meeting on Monday December 13th at the Brethren Community Center. There will be food, games, fun, a visit from Santa Claus and a silent auction. The new club officers will be sworn in. Reservations for dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., are required, please call Wavelene Denniston 547-6477 or wdenniston@woh.rr.com by December 9th.

DAR Annual Christmas Luncheon - December 11th

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, December 11, 2010, at Noon for the annual Christmas Luncheon. The location is the Darke County Park District on St. Rt. 503W, Greenville.

This is a luncheon and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting 548-1040 by December 4.
The Christmas holiday entertainment will be provided by the Melody Line.

Anyone interested in joining DAR is welcome to attend the meeting for more information but will need to make reservations for this luncheon.

Greenville Transit to close for Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)

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Greenville Transit System will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after as in the past. (Nov. 25th & 26th)

“Living with Cancer” Christmas Carry-In to be held on December 2nd, 2010

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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, December 2nd from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the Wayne HealthCare Cafeteria. This month’s support group is the annual Christmas Carry-in. Meat and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring in a covered dish or desert to share. Feel free to bring guests along with you to share in the celebration!

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the “Living with Cancer” group in cooperation with Wayne HealthCare. The Support Group is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer; the family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend the group as well. Facilitating the support group meetings will be Warren Richards from the Cancer Association, Kay Kirby, Jill Brown, and Vicky Henderson from Wayne Hospital, and Pam Spitler from Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office at 937-548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.

Local vendors unite to benefit Darke County Families in need this Christmas Season

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Darke County native Mandy Flatter has organized a fundraising  event to provide Darke County families in need the Christmas they have been praying for. Patrons can make contributions while supporting area vendors at the Christmas for the Community Marketplace. The event will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at First Congregation Church in Greenville, Ohio. First Congregation is located on at 115 W. 5th St. in Greenville, OH.

“I had been wrestling the thought of hosting another fundraiser, but this time for families in need this Christmas Season, but wasn’t sure. It was confirmed that I had to do this event when I heard an amazing sermon this past week at Church (EUM) I sat and listened to our pastor (Bill Lyle) speak about the feeding of the 5,000 from 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. I knew that hosting this event and bringing our community together for this great cause was my 5 loaves and 2 fish. I can’t give this much alone, but with the support of my family, friends, community and ultimately the blessing of God I know that all things are possible. I wanted to create something bigger that may possibly inspire others to give too,” said Flatter, independent consultant for Pampered Chef. “I mentioned my idea to host another fundraising event to some of my friends and other local business owners and they all jumped on board asking how they could participate. I am very appreciative for the amount of support from the local community.”

The Christmas for the Community event is open to the public and admission is free. A variety of food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase as well as raffle tickets for an array of great prizes. Local vendors will also be onsite selling their products and services. Proceeds from this event will be used to adopt local families in need this Christmas Season.

Retail booths are at capacity with vendors offering an assortment of products ranging from cookware and utensils to make up, and jewelry to baby gifts and accessories. A reflexologist and massage therapist will also be on location. (For a full vendor list, please contact Mandy Flatter.)

Community members are encouraged to give for the greater good by supporting local families in need at the Christmas for the Community Marketplace event.  For more information contact: Mandy Flatter, Event Organizer, voice: 937-423-7234, Email: mrcates4@hotmail.com

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ABM says you better get your coat

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He predicts a cold and wet day for Thanksgiving. Click on the badge.

Dayton Daily News now has some of its web content behind a subscriber's wall

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A note to DarkeJournal readers on links in general - and Dayton Daily News' recent move to limit access to web content. DarkeJournal frequently links to other news and information websites. The general attitude on the internet is that more integration and traffic is better. In most cases, other websites welcome links to their pages. Some websites (such as Dayton Daily News, WHIOtv.com, and Cincinnati Enquirer, for example) allow links per their official user agreement. We have also made informal agreements with other sites (Celina Daily Standard, Tipp News, Mercer County Outlook, and others) to use or share links and information. But even without these links, the current law is that nobody can claim "ownership" of a hypertext link. It is public information just like a street address. And so - over time - DarkeJournal has sought to not only provide original content, but also to be a convenient place to find Darke County-related content on other websites.

In the last week, however, Dayton Daily News has chosen to put some of its content behind a "wall" that only subscribers can access. It's hard to tell exactly where they are going with this, but several of the stories on their homepage currently are for subscribers only ... with this message: "This story will not appear on our free website. Our most extensive reporting is only available to our subscribers. To subscribe, call (937) 222-5700 or visit DaytonDailyNews/subscribe. Subscribers have online access to this story at edition.daytondailynews.com." As an aside, the "subscription wall" has been a disaster for most newspapers that have tried it ... but best of luck DDN!

We do not want to put dead links on this site, even if they are dead links just for some people. And therefore DarkeJournal will not link any stories on Dayton Daily News that require a subscription. If you see a link here, it will be one that everybody can access.

Darke County Photo Club winner in the Nature Category: Regina Schieltz

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Inspectors praised Zehringer's operations

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In the Columbus Dispatch

Saturday, November 20, 2010

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANT

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On November 19, 2010 at approximately 8:41 PM the Darke County Drug Task Force consisting of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department executed a search warrant at 208 Covington Street in the Village of Ansonia. Also responding to the scene was the Village of Ansonia Police Department and the Village of Ansonia Rescue. The Darke County Sheriffs Office Special Response Team made entry into the residence and secured the occupant. One adult male was removed from the residence. Once inside Drug Task Force Officers found evidence that the occupant was involved in trafficking drugs. Officers did remove several pieces of evidence from the residence including several firearms.

The suspect is Sebastian R. Cardenas , age 55 of that address. Cardenas was eventually released from the scene pending charges.

This search warrant stems from over a month long investigation conducted by the Darke County Drug Task Force.

This case remains under investigation.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Buchy to return to the Ohio Statehouse?

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The recent appointment of Jim Zehringer as Agriculture Director has left a vacancy in the 77th District House Seat. WHIOtv.com and WHIO radio are reporting that former Rep. Jim Buchy is interested in the appointment. Whoever gets the appointment will serve a full two-year term and then be up for re-election in 2012.

Buchy previously served this office from 1983 to 2000, when term limits prevented him from running for another term. Jim Buchy is currently the President of Buchy Foods in Greenville.

Here are the links to WHIOtv.com and WHIO radio.

MARKETING AGENCY SERVICES DARKE COUNTY COMMUNITIES

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Encounter Marketing announces its merge with Jostle Media to create Full-Service Marketing Agency.

Encounter Marketing is pleased to announce its recent merge with Jostle Media. The new company, Encounter Marketing will expand on services previously offered under Jostle Media, to include a wide range of marketing solutions for the small town business community environment. The company’s location will remain in Versailles, Ohio.

The merger and new company were established to better represent a pooling of the expertise of Encounter Marketing’s Partners and Co-Owners, Matt Heffner and Tonya Ramsey. “Tonya brings a wide breadth of marketing experience and understanding, especially relative to grassroots and small town marketing. The partnership and new company was the perfect next step for both of us.” stated Matt Heffner, Founder of Jostle Media.

“I’m very excited with the opportunities the new company’s focus will bring,” said Tonya Ramsey. “We now offer branding, advertising, and market planning options as well as the social media and web services formerly offered under Jostle Media. Essentially acting as a client’s virtual marketing department, so to speak.”

Encounter Marketing serves the rural, small town business owners, not-for-profits and public sectors of southwest Ohio. The company offers quality marketing solutions at affordable rates, to meet the needs of local communities and better create viability and sustainability for the Client and the communities in which they operate.

For more information, feel free to call 937.459-1002 or 937.553.1621. Visit the company website at: www.encountermarketingonline.com, or catch us on Facebook and Twitter.

30th Annual Charity Auction for the Ronald McDonald House

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The MVCTC FFA Chapter will be hosting their 30th Annual Charity Auction for the local Ronald McDonald House in Dayton, Ohio. Last year with your support, we raised over $6300.00 to support this worthwhile charity. Our auction will be held on December 15, 2010 from 11:30 to 2:30 pm in the Ag Resources lab. Through all your efforts we hope to surpass $140,000.00 in total donations over the last 29 years to this charity.

We are again asking you to help us by donating items that we can auction off for this event. In the past we have sold hats, coats, toys, hand painted saws, tools, stuffed animals, collectables, NASCAR items and the list goes on. Your support is greatly appreciated and EVERY DOLLAR goes to support this worthwhile charity. All donations can be mailed directly to the school in care of the instructor. Thank you for all you have done in the past and we hope you can continue to help us with this activity. Please send all items to: MVCTC c/o Bill Hershberger, 6800 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio 45315.

Governor Strickland will appoint a new Probate/Juvenile judge by January 9th

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Judge Michael D. McClurg, Sr. will be resigning as Darke County Probate/Juvenile Judge effective December 31, 2010.

Governor Ted Strickland previously adopted a protocol for appointing new judges which involved a review panel and personal interviews. That protocol, however, will apparently be abandoned so that the Governor can appoint a handful of judges prior to the expiration of his term on January 9, 2011.

The Governor's press release (referencing the Darke County vacancy) can be read here. Information on the former protocol can be read here.

HD Supply moving sale

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HD Supply recently relocated to a new building and will be selling extra desks, chairs, bookshelves, filing cabinets and miscellaneous office supplies! The sale is open to the public and will be held on Friday, November 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1025 Martin Street in Greenville (the old Corning building). All items will be sold “as-is” and only cash will be accepted.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures

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Hey Parents and Preschoolers! Looking for some hands-on learning about the natural world all around you?  Join a Naturalist at Shawnee Prairie for a monthly, hour-long program designed to investigate nature through activities, games and exploring.  Each month there are two offerings for each program.  The program for 2-3 year olds (held on Wednesday) and a program for 4-5 year olds (held on Thursdays).  December’s topic is “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree”.  Your preschooler will enjoy this heartwarming story about the wildlife of a forest cheering up a lonely Christmas tree.  We will also decorate a tree of our own.  December’s 2-3 year old dates are the 8th and the 15th and the 4-5 year old dates will be the 9th and 16th.  Each program runs from 10-11 am.  Parents must attend along with their preschooler.   Pre-registration is required and the cost is $2.00.  Also coming up in January we have a program on Snowflakes and in February we will be making gifts for the birds.  Call the Nature center for more information at 927-548-0165.  Hope to see you then!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Demographics of Sex Offenders in Ohio (Myths vs. Facts)

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MYTH: Sex offenders are evenly distributed across the state so that the communities will be able to fully assist and assimilate them, thereby reducing their recidivism.

FACT: Greenville per capita has 15 times more registered sex offenders than Columbus, Ohio. Darke County excluding Greenville has only twice the number of registered offenders per capita than Columbus Ohio.

Table 1 Comparative sex offender demographics Greenville, Darke County and Columbus Ohio

*Citi-Data.com April 2010: http://www.city-data.com/so/so-Columbus-Ohio.html **Darke County Sheriff website:

[oops ... 5th row in table above should have the numbers 2 and then 7, not 7 and then 8. Will fix later]

MYTH: Sex offenders are relatively free of other problems.

FACT: According to one case management report over 80% of the offenders of a resident program have substance abuse issues. In addition 8-16% of the prison population has at least one serious mental disorder and is in need of psychiatric services. To the extent that these issues present serious barriers to transitioning prisoners, they also present serious risks to the communities to which large numbers of prisoners return. Parole officers of Darke County have three times the number of parolees that is considered manageable.

MYTH: Darke County can offer employment to the sex offenders.

FACT: The unemployment rate in Darke County is 12 percent higher than Columbus and Franklin County. Those that mentor ex-felons clearly state that having a job is the most essential component of rehabilitation and the prevention of recidivism.

Submitted by Rebecca A. Reier

Greenville resident signs with Pittsburgh Steelers

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Veteran kicker Shaun Suisham was signed Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Suisham has kicked previously for the Cowboys and Redskins, but has not yet kicked in 2010 despite tryouts with a couple other teams. You know Suisham is a good guy because he attended the best university in Ohio. Suisham and his wife recently moved to Greenville.

Photo credit to chandaboo2004

OHIO STATEHOUSE TOUR & CHOCOLATE CANDY FACTORY TOUR

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by Carefree Connection Bus Tours - Tuesday, January 25th

Lunch and Tour of the Ohio Statehouse for our group ONLY!
Join us this winter on a "Classic Tour" of the Ohio Statehouse that includes an overview of the history, art and architecture of the Statehouse. We'll marvel at the beautiful Rotunda, Atrium, and the Chambers still used by the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives as they make the laws of Ohio. We'll step back in time as we're served a delicious Victorian home cooked lunch in our own personal room of the Ohio Statehouse.

2nd Stop is the famous Book Loft of German Village and Golden Hobby Shop...
German Village Book Loft Book Loft is one of the nation's largest independent book stores with 32 rooms of bargain books and the Golden Hobby Shop is home to unique, handcrafted gifts made by Central Ohio seniors.

3rd and Final Stop - Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory. "Oh what a treat!"
We'll finish the day experiencing candy making from beginning to end in their 152,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art candy factory. We'll take a one hour walk along a comfortable, glass-enclosed suspended "Cat-Walk" and observe eight lines producing 25,000 pounds of chocolates per shift. "The tour finishes in a beautiful 2,500 square-foot retail shoppe where we can buy all the sweets that we want!" Bus leaves Greenville's Kmart at 8:00 am. Back to Greenville around 6:00 pm (in time for supper).

Hurry and reserve your seat now! Call Angela at 800-530-6019 / www.carefreeconnectiontours.com

AMI McCLURKIN SPONSORS HANDEL’S MESSIAH

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Verd and Gini Stuckey with Julie Strait of DCCA
Verd and Gini Stuckey have donated funds in the name of their daughter, Ami McClurkin, sponsoring the upcoming December 11 performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Darke County Center for the Arts presents an orchestral performance annually as part of its artists series; according to the Stuckey’s, Ami enjoys all of the performances but the orchestra is her favorite. Julie Strait, DCCA’s Executive Director stated, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to have the support of individuals who recognize the value of the performing arts and who choose to give of their personal funds to help make the programs accessible and more affordable. Their donation provides folks in our community the opportunity to experience the beauty of live performances in our beautiful and acoustically excellent St. Clair Memorial Hall,” she concluded.

Dayton Philharmonic’s 50-member choir and 25-member orchestra will fill the stage at St. Clair Memorial Hall when they present the most beloved oratorio of all time. Handel’s Messiah personifies the true spirit of the Christmas season in its entirety, with a program lasting three-hours in length. The concert begins at 7:00 pm, one hour earlier than normal start time in order to accommodate the longer program.

Tickets for the Messiah cost $30 for adults and $15 for students; good seats are still available. To order, contact DCCA at dcca@centerforarts.net or call 937-547-0908. Tickets will also be sold at the door if any remain by showtime.

Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Greenville Federal are also sponsors of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus’s performance. Additionally, operating support is provided by the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Fund as well as the Ohio Arts Council which helps fund Darke County Center for the Arts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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