Tuesday, May 31, 2011

USE OF COVER CROPS

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For my column this week I’m adapting an article written by the great Roger Bender, AgNR of Shelby County. I was going to cover the topic but Roger did such a great job that there is no need for me to reinvent the wheel. I simply polished it to a high gloss for our Darke County farmers.

In recent years, more farmers have embraced the use of cover crops for a host of different reasons, often with a prominent focus on surface water quality. From reducing soil erosion to retaining nutrients applied as commercial or organic fertilizer, use of plant species to protect our surface water, while improving the soil, has been encouraged by a host of different local, state and federal government entities.

Recently, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the termination date required for cover crops from May 15 to May 20 and as of last Thursday June 1 for corn and June 10 for soybeans (for spring planted crops to retain eligibility for crop insurance coverage). This action seemingly recognized the dilemma faced by farmers who had seeded soil protective plantings last fall. Of course most of us realize that much more flexibility is needed to destroy these cover crops due to the extended period of saturated soil conditions. Unfortunately, at this writing, national level meetings between RMA officials and farmer commodity group leaders, among others, were unable to resolve several issues related to cover crops not yet terminated.

Additional concerns surfaced during recent crop insurance meetings designed to update farmers on specifics related to late planting and prevented planting options. Policy decisions made at the national level allegedly penalize farmers whose cover crops have gone to seed and supposedly delay planting of corn or soybeans into killed cover crops by two weeks.

Essentially, RMA personnel cited unnamed Ohio State and Purdue informational resources for their positions on both termination dates and delayed planting into killed cover crop stands. Over a two day period, Roger Bender tried to identify those informational pieces with both OSU and Purdue agronomy specialists. Between calls and emails, we gained additional insight on the much of the bureaucratic snafu.

Contacts made by Mr. Bender with Ohio State University Extension Specialists Mark Loux (Weeds), Peter Tomison (Corn), Mark Sulc (Forages), Alan Sundermeier (Cover Crops) and Harold Watters (Ag Crops Team Coordinator) allowed Mr. Bender to forward related information to Rob Joslin, American Soybean Association Chairman, who was representing farmer perspectives on a national level. Additional knowledge contributions from Purdue Extension Specialists Bob Nielsen (Corn) and Eileen Kladivco (Cover Crops/Water Quality) were also forwarded to Joslin. Kladivco indicated that the Midwest Cover Crop Council and the National Wildlife Federation added their perspectives, encouraging the RMA to not penalize farmers who chose to grow cover crops.

Everyone Roger visited with recognized the irony of various government agencies encouraging the use of cover crops as a conservation practice being contradicted by another federal bureaucracy now proposing a penalty on farmers unable to modify their actions due to the temperament of Mother Nature.

We also agreed that the use of cover crops as a soil and water conservation practice is “dead in the water” if present RMA policies are not modified.

Once again, be sure to stay in touch with your crop insurance representative to stay in compliance with the latest guidelines. As most are aware, June 5 is the “final plant date” for corn and June 20 is the “final plant date” for soybeans. If saturated soils force a prevented planting decision, be sure to contact your crop insurance agent.

Volunteers Needed for The Summer Food Service Program

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With media reporting both widespread childhood obesity and a lack of nutritious food available to many children, local residents are needed to tackle both of these issues here in Darke County during the upcoming summer months.

Help make sure nutritious meals are available to local children this summer by volunteering with EUM Church Outreach Ministries’ summer food service program. The organization needs volunteers to organize, prepare, serve and clean up lunches for local children during the summer break from school. Training will be provided by both the Ohio Department of Education and a site supervisor. This position is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. between June 6 and August 12. Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. Children under the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer with a parent.

“The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious, hot lunches for the children of Darke County,” says Kristy Cutarelli, EUM Outreach Ministries Coordinator. “This program is a wonderful resource for our community and would not be available without the support of our volunteers.”

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, and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Greenville National Bank Donates to Annie's Wild West Gala

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Here’s Annie at Greenville National Bank; this time without her rifle! Gloria Harpest is presenting a certificate for a $500 bond to be auctioned at Annie’s Wild West Gala on June 11. 

Admission tickets ($10) for the Gala are available at the museum. Besides the live auction, there will be a silent auction, a light buffet, door prizes and raffles. Dress is casual. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For a preview of some of the other items available for auction, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/garstmuseum. For information or tickets call 548-5250.

Opinion: "Industrial Wind Turbines May Destroy our Communities" Submitted by Maria Coffman

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 Note: The following is an opinion piece submitted to Darke Journal. The thoughts and opinions below are that of the author. It was originally posted in February, but was recently resubmitted. With the conversation of wind energy lately, we thought it made sense to put it back to the top and let it serve as the central place for the wind energy conversation. Feel free to comment below, and/or submit your own opinion articles to darkejournal@gmail.com
 
After doing research in the Darke County Recorders Office, I discovered there are an estimated 12,000 acres in signed land contracts with various wind energy companies according to the Darke County recorder’s office. We know of 2 projects in the process; one in northwest Darke County and the other in northeast Darke County. We’ve heard wind energy companies are also in southern Darke County talking to land owners. If the wind energy companies get these giant industrial machines built, Darke County could be engulfed with hundreds wind turbines.

This is NOT a situation where there is just one wind turbine here or there and they are NOT the size of a silo…these are monstrous Turbines that are 475 feet tall! They could go taller (if the technology changes!) There are already 2 different wind farm projects, consisting of over 150 turbines currently under construction up in Van Wert and Paulding Counties. The same wind energy companies are signing land leases in Mercer and Auglaize counties as well. These huge turbines can be placed as close as 1500 feet from any home or structure and it could be yours!!

Palestine Memorial Day Service (Reader Submitted)

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Palestine Memorial Day parade stepped off at 10:00 am with the Hollansburg American Legion and Auxiliary leading the way.  The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts followed; then the Tri-Village marching band and members of the community carrying flowers to decorate the graves.  Over 130 graves of Veterans were decorated.  In all and estimated 75 participants marched down Main Street pass on-lookers to the cemetery.  The American Legion honor guard commemorated the fallen soldiers.  The band played a patriotic medley and the Star Spangled Banner.  Pastor Mike Simmons of the Palestine Church of Christ offered the commemorative speech to the estimated 150-175 in attendance.  Preparations were made by the Liberty Township Trustees and sound provided by Brewer Sound. 

On this beautiful Memorial Day, the tradition of the Palestine  and Liberty Township community continues as we remember our fallen soldiers.  It was wonderful to see all those who participated and were in attendance.  This multi-generational commemoration was a great opportunity to remind us all about remembering those who serve our country, respecting our American Flag, and showing reverence for God our Creator.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Chicken BBQ Slated for June 4, 2011 Hosted by the New Madison Fire Belles

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The first of the two annual chicken barbecues that are sponsored for the benefit of the New Madison Volunteer Fire Department by the New Madison Fire Belles will be held at the firehouse on Saturday, June 4 starting at 11 A.M. and lasting until sold out.

The adult meal consists of a half of chicken, choice of two sides: baked beans, coleslaw, or applesauce, roll and butter, pie, and orange drink or coffee. The child's meal consists of one- fourth of chicken, choice of two sides, roll and butter, pie, and orange drink. Hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches can be purchased also. Soft drinks will be also be available to purchase.

Cost for an adult meal is $6.50 and the cost for a child's meal is $4.50. A half of chicken can also be purchased for $3.50.

Eat in or carry out is available. There will be no phone-in orders taken or deliveries available.

All proceeds go to help defray the cost of equipment and items for the New Madison Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you for your support!

Greenville Area Dog Club Offers Dog Training Classes

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School is in session for dogs this summer. For the first time, the Greenville Area Dog Club is offering summer classes to the public. “With our new building, we can offer classes year-round,” said Barb Rhoades, director of obedience training.

Earlier this year, the Greenville Area Dog Club began offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49. For winter and spring session, classes were offered three nights each week. “For the summer session, we’re only offering classes on Tuesday evenings,” said Charlotte Wisener, director of agility training. “However, we’re offering a nice combination of agility and obedience classes.”

Classes offered include Intermediate/Advanced agility at 6:30 p.m., Beginning Obedience at 7:45 p.m., Beginning Agility at 7:45 p.m. Classes begin on Tuesday, June 7. Due to limited class sizes, pre-registration is required for both obedience and agility classes for the summer session. To pre-register for obedience classes, please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292. To pre-register for agility classes, please call 937-692-5310.
The completion of the registration process will take place prior to classes on Tuesday, June 7. Registration for agility classes is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Registration for obedience classes is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Orientation and classes will follow registration.

Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, and participants must bring a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as near the rear entrance. The entrance for dog classes is located on the north side of the building, near the rear. Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class.

Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs. Participants also are reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes.

"Hope in Recovery" Meets Tuesdays and Fridays

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“Hope in Recovery” is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the abuse of any mood altering chemical or a compulsive behavior. Hope in Recovery offers the extra care, understanding and encouragement necessary to grow beyond the wounds of life’s battles, the difficulties in family relationships, the bondage of addictive habits and behaviors, and the isolation caused by shame. “Meetings are filled with the faith, hope, and love that only God can provide, in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment.”

“Hope in Recovery” meets every Tuesday from 2:00 – 3:00 pm and every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio. If in need of support, just show up. For questions, call 937-621-4297.

Visit us on the web at: www.hopeinrecovery.org.Childcare not provided.

Reader Submitted Photo of the Goodyear Blimp Crossing Darke County

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Darke Journal reader Chris sent in the following photo that was taken of the Goodyear Blimp as it was on its way to Indy on Saturday.

Jim Tressel Resigns as OSU Football Coach

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Jim Tressel has resigned as Ohio State University's football coach in the middle of a deep ethics and rules violation investigation. Assistant coach Luke Fickel will serve as interim coach (he was previously announced to fill in during the 5 games Tressel was to be suspended).

So, what do you think? Right? Wrong? Indifferent?

Where should the search for a new coach begin? What do you expect out of the program in the future?

Source: ESPN.com

Memorial Day Photos Submitted By Jeannie Grosch

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wolf Country 101 to Present Weekend Fest & Country Concert Jamboree 2011

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Flea - Market Space - 20 x 20: Electric - $150 - weekend or Non Electric $50 - Weekend. If you would like a space, contact Dave Reed - 937-737-0086

Camping: $20 a night with electric. Includes water and sewage

Schedule of Events: 

Friday June 3rd

Teen dance at the youth building - $5, Midway rides and games for both children and adults, Granpa Cratchet mobile Muppet show, Flea Market, Boston Boys will be performing in the Gazebo - 7 pm, Sweet Surrender - 9 pm - Gazebo, F&F Production presents “Pig Races”, Exotic animal Petting Zoo,
Division BMX Stunt Show

Saturday June 4th


Country concerts in the grand stands, Midway rides and games for both children and adults, Granpa Cratchet mobile Muppet show, Flea Market, Cow Patty Bingo, F&F Production presents “Pig Races”, Exotic animal Petting Zoo, Division BMX Stunt Show

Sunday June 5th

Car Show, Midway rides and games for both children and adults, Granpa Cratchet mobile Muppet show,
Tommy Renfro - Gazebo - Noon, King & McCoy - Gazebo - 3 pm, Grove Hill - Gazebo - 6 pm, Flea Market, Church service in the Gazebo at 10 a.m, F&F Production presents “Pig Races”, Exotic animal Petting Zoo, Division BMX Stunt Show, Engine lock up rally

Bands for Saturdays Concert (Show runs 9:30 am - Midnight):

Mark Cantwil - 9:30
Lost Highway - 11:00
Austin Hicks - 12:30
Wyatt McCubbin - 2:00
Britney Jones - 3:30
ShadowFacts - 5:00
Country Mile - 6:30
Kings Landing - 8:00
Rocket Club - 10:00

The Flick on Fifth on June 3rd Will Be "The Little Rascals"

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The Little Rascals is the flick pick for the Friday, June 3 Flicks on 5th!


A two story inflatable screen will be assembled on East 5th for a free family event. The movie will begin at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm)


Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy dinner from one of downtown's many restaurants. Flicks on 5th is part of First Fridays, where downtown is open late!

GREENVILLE TRANSIT WILL BE CLOSED ON MEMORIAL DAY MAY 30, 2011

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This is a reminder sent into us from Greenville Transit System that they will be closed for Memorial Day on May 30th.

Celina Couple Involved in Shooting, Blame Abuse of Bath Salts

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I know, weird title, right? WHIOtv.com has a story about a man who may have accidentally shot his wife in the hand during a hallucinatory trip. What was the drug that could make someone mistake his own wife for an attacker? Bath salts, apparently. 

You can read more in the full story from WHIOtv.com here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Reader Submitted Photos and a Question from Main Street Greenville's Upper Floor Tour

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AW took Main Street Greenville's Upper Floor Tour Saturday morning and sends along some pictures with the following:
We took part in the Upper Floor Tour of some of the downtown buildings this morning. It was fascinating to see these buildings, but sadly, no one could give much insight as to what these rooms were originally used for. I have attached pictures of the Ohio Block Building (built in 1883), and thought maybe someone would remember what used to be there.

Thanks,
A.W.
PS- Thanks to the building owners for this rare opportunity!

WHIOtv.com: Tornado Sirens Activated Thursday Night

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WHIOtv.com has the following story detailing the tornado sighting and subsequent tornado siren activation in Gettysburg this past Thursday night, as well as some local comments regarding the seriousness of tornado warnings in the wake of the national disasters across the south.

Click on the image below to see the video.

Darke County Natives Featured on MSU Homepage

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Darke County natives Aaron and Roseanne Scammahorn are currently featured in a story on Mississippi State University's homepage. Check out the profile on the couple who found each other in Ohio and have since moved south to Mississippi to further their educations, careers and lives.

Click here to read the profile.

Tonight's Events at the Score Board Sports Club

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Don't miss tonight's UFC 130 live at The Score Board Sports Club in Greenville. Stick around for After Hours with DJ Keaz from 10pm - 1am at TNT!

Arcanum Senior Marissa McLain to Graduate with Perfect Attendance, K-12

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Wouldn't it be amazing to think that someone could go through an entire career of school (K-12) without missing a single day? WHIOtv.com has the story below of an Arcanum senior who has done just that.

Marissa McLain will graduate next week with a record of perfect attendance. Congrats, Marissa! Click on the image below for the full video from WHIOtv.com

Southwest Ohio Stream Monitoring Program

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Greenville Ohio - Stream Quality Monitoring Project (SQM) had its beginnings in the 1970’s as a program for the Fur, Fish, and Game 4H Club in Darke County Ohio. The program, developed by their Advisor Susan Gray, was used to determine the quality of the water using macroinvertebrates. Macroinvertebrates are organisms with no backbone and can be seen with the naked eye. This method is now used to evaluate water quality.

The State Scenic Rivers SQM Project, established in 1983 with the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, is now under the direction of ODNR’s, Division of Watercraft. The three scenic rivers in Southwest Ohio, Greenville Creek, Stillwater River, the Little Miami River, have SQM sites, which are monitored by citizen volunteers. The SQM project relies on volunteers to monitor these sites three times a year during the monitoring season.

Volunteers are trained by Scenic River’s staff. Training can be at the convenience of the volunteer or the volunteer can attend one of the prescheduled training dates. After the training the necessary tools and materials needed to monitor the sites will be provided. The SQM project works well for individuals, clubs, organizations or groups, if you or your group would enjoy learning what lies below the surface and the water quality of these rivers consider becoming a volunteer.

For further information or to schedule a training date contact: Bob Welch, SQM
Coordinator, Southwest Scenic Rivers, at glennwelch1@gmail.com, glenn.welch@dnr.state.oh us, or call 937-968-3514 Hm, 937-423-1596 Cell

Pet of the Week

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We have Holly at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 5-year-old Cocker Spaniel. She is black and white and had long hair. Her hair was very matted and we had to trim her hair shorter. She is a friendly dog, but didn’t think too highly of the idea of having her hair trimmed around her feet. She is looking for a good home and is ready for adoption.

We have Kimy and Anny at the Darke County Animal Shelter. They are 5-month-old Australian Cattle dogs. They are red and white with a little black and have short hair. They appear to be sisters. They are current on their shots and very friendly. They love people and love to play. They will make great companions and are ready for adoption.

We have Jack at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 4 year old Jack Russell terrier. He is mostly white with a little brown on his ears. He has short hair. He is a friendly little guy, has been altered, is current on his shots and is housebroken. He is looking for a new home to play in and have a good time. He is ready for adoption.

We also have a Chocolate and a Blond Lab, a Boxer mix, a couple of beagles, and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption.
The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547- 1645.

June is "Adopt a Pet" month at the Shelter. We will be having an open house on June 18th from noon to 3pm. Hotdogs and snacks will be available for everyone. It will be a great time to find your next 4-legged friend. If anyone would like to share some thoughts about a dog park for the County, send us an e-mail. We would love to hear from you. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs we have, go to our web site at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

Friday, May 27, 2011

DCSA to Hold Open Soccer Sessions Throughout Summer

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Darke County Soccer Association Announces



Open Soccer

The DCSA announces that starting June 5th, Open Soccer will be held at the fairgrounds’ soccer fields every Sunday from 5-7PM (weather permitting).  Open Soccer is for all players over the age of 10 through Adult that would like to come out and play soccer for a couple of hours each Sunday evening. Fields will be divided up according to the number of participants each evening. Be sure to come out early and bring a friend. Appropriate soccer protective equipment would be encouraged for those who choose to play.

Any further questions please contact, Dave Ernst 937-459-7967 or ernstd@greenvillenationalbank.com.

Wednesday Evening's Sunset (Submitted by Dick Brown)

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Darke Journal contributor Dick Brown sent along the following gorgeous view he had of last night's sunset. Thanks for sharing, Dick!

Granny’s Corner Frame Shop Donates to Annie's Wild West Gala

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Annie visits Granny’s Corner Frame Shop and thanks Julie Kessen for donating a signed OSU football players photo to the Annie’s Wild West Gala to be held on June 11 at Garst Museum. There will be several sports items available that evening.

Admission tickets ($10) for the Gala are available at the museum. Besides the live auction, there will be a silent auction, a light buffet, door prizes and raffles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dress is casual. For a preview of some of the other items available for auction, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/garstmuseum For information about purchasing tickets call 548-5250.

Super Strides for Safehaven to Hold Two 5k Run/Walks (One in Troy and one in Sidney)

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Two 5k run/walks have been announced that will benefit SafeHaven in Darke, Shelby, and Miami counties. 

The first will be held at Duke Park in Troy on Saturday, July 23. Much more info can be found on the registration form found by clicking here.

The second will be at Tawawa Park in Sidney on Saturday, July 30. The signup for this race can be found by clicking here.

DCSA Announces Say Soccer is Coming to Greenville

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Darke County Soccer Association Announces


SAY SOCCER IS COMING TO GREENVILLE !!!

WE WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL SEASON
IN THE FOLLOWING AGE GROUPS
LOLLIES 5 & 6 PASSERS 7 & 8 WINGS 9 & 10
STRIKERS 11 & 12 KICKERS 13 & 14
*** AGE AS OF AUGUST 1, 2011 ***
COST IS $ 45.00 PER CHILD

REGISTRATION WILL BE AT THE DARKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, EDISON ROAD ON SATURDAY JUNE 4TH FROM 1PM TO 4PM

GAMES AND PRACTICES WILL BE AT THE DARKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS (EDISON ROAD ENTRANCE)

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE REGISTRATION OR HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL GREENVILLESAYSOCCER@YAHOO.COM

Darke County Commissioners Proclaim June is Adopt-A-Pet Month

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The Darke County Commissioners have issued a proclamation making June Adopt-A-Pet Month. The slogan is “Adopt don’t Shop”. This is in conjunction with the Darke County Animal Shelter and the Darke County Humane Society. Darke County is fortunate to have two facilities where cats and dogs can be adopted. One is the Darke County Animal Shelter, located on County Home Rd., just beyond the Sheriffs Department. The second is the Darke County Humane Society, located on St. Rt. 49 north, across from the ball fields.

Together, we want to make our community aware of the many homeless pets in our County. Currently, there are many cats and dogs housed in both Shelters waiting for a good home. When looking for a new pet for your home, remember the many lovable pets available at both locations. Our goal is No More Homeless Pets and this can only be realized by the responsible practice of spay/neuter.

Two More Photos from the Darke County Photo Club

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Here are two more photos from this month's meeting of the Darke County Photography Club. You'll remember that the theme was "shallow depth of field." Thanks for so many great shots!




by Janet DeHart
by Shelley Miller

Garage Sale Listings for This Weekend (May 27-29)

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You can find a list of all of the garage sales that have been submitted to us for this weekend by clicking here.

Remember, you can submit listings at any time to darkejournal@gmail.com and we will post them free of charge. You can always find complete listings for the coming weeks at our garage sale listings, found by clicking on the image below.

DCSA 2011 Soccer Tryouts & Registration to Be Held June 4th

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Darke County Soccer Association Announces

2011 Soccer Try-outs/ Registration
            
The Darke County Soccer Association promotes soccer throughout Darke County at its highest level. The program is open to boys and girls of all ages and abilities. Scholarships are availiable for those who qualify.

DCSA currently fields 3 Boys and 2 Girls soccer teams that compete in the Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association throughout the miami valley. DCSA is looking to expand the number of teams that we field.

If you are looking for the next level of soccer, look no further than DCSA!

WHEN: JUNE 4TH 1-3PM

WHERE: DARKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS (Edison Rd. entrance)

RAIN DATE: JUNE 5th 1-3PM


If you are unable to come to the Tryout/Registration please contact Dave Ernst @ 548-3815 or ernstd@greenvillenationalbank.com

WHIOtv.com: Storm Cleanup Outside of Greenville

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Steve Baker of WHIOtv.com posted the following video of cleanup after the storm on Jaysville-St Johns Rd. A tree was uprooted, and significant damage was left behind. Click on the image below to watch the report.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reader Submitted Photos (Courtesy Anne and Jess E)

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Darke Journal reader Anne sent in these photos of the fallout of last nights major storms: lots of water!





An unidentified reader  Jess E found some good in all of it, however, finding this rainbow near the softball diamonds:

Tornado Warning

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Tornado warning for Northeastern Darke County until 8:15pm.

State of the Heart Hospice Schedules Support Meetings at Area Offices

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In a continuation of regular monthly grief support meetings, State of the Heart Hospice has scheduled the agency’s June meeting which will feature the topic, “The Uniqueness of Your Grief.” The sessions are free and open to anyone who is dealing with grief issues, explained Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for the non-profit agency who leads the “Basic Bereavement” meetings.

“There are many aspects of grief,” she said. “By covering a variety of topics we will be able to provide help on particular issues that individuals may have.” Examples of some of the topics covered in the “Basic Bereavement” meetings are: Developing a support system; music and grief, and spirituality and grief.

The meetings are from 3 to 4 p.m. and will be held Monday, June 6 at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway; Tuesday, June 7 at the Coldwater office, 230 W. Main St., and the following Wednesday, June 8 at the Portland office, 1237 W. State Road 67.

“The meetings offer the opportunity for a person to express feelings about their grief and to hear from others who feel as they do,” Black said. “We have prepared the series of meetings on a variety of topics, realizing that some may prefer to attend particular sessions, depending on the topic.” In July, the sessions will cover “Recognize You Are Not Crazy.”

State of the Heart Hospice cares for families and patients confronting a life limiting illness. The non-profit agency cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. Bereavement support is an important part of State of the Heart’s community outreach. For more information about the “Basic Bereavement” meetings, call Marlene Black at 1-800-417-7535. Visit the web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

"Over the Wall" to Film in Darke County this Summer

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According to this article on MSNBC,"Over the Wall," an independent thriller, is set to film in Darke County, along with multiple other locations, over the summer. The film is taking advantage of tax credits Ohio is offering and is expected to generate around 60 jobs for Ohioans during production.

According to imdb.com, "Over the Wall" is a story that "tests the boundaries of true love after one tragic event rips apart the lives and relationships of four closely intertwined people."

It is set to star Jennifer Morrison (Top Left: "House MD," "How I Met Your Mother," "Star Trek"), Kim Basinger ( Top Right: "A ton of movies. Really, you know who Kim Basinger is"), Nick Stahl (Bottom Left: "Sin City," "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"), and Freddie Rodríguez (Bottom Right: "Ugly Betty","Grindhouse"). The film is written and directed by Steven Christopher Young and is produced by NEHST Studios.

EUM Church of Greenville Sponsors OHIO SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

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The EUM Church of Greenville announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under or persons over 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA —related activity should write or call immediately to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th & Independence Ave. S. W., Washington DC 20250-9410; (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).

Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below: EUM Church 111 Devor St Greenville, OH 45331 Lunches will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM, June 6th through August 12th, 2011.

USA Cycling Ohio State Time Trial Championships to Start/End at Versailles School on June 5th

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Traffic alert: The 2011 USA Cycling Ohio State Time Trial Championships will take place on Saturday morning June 5 with a start/finish at the new Versailles School. Traffic in the area will be affected.

All roads will be open during the race, and riders will be required to maintain the use of the roads within accordance to Ohio state law. Roads may be temporarily congested. The first rider will start at 8:00 and every minute until finished. All riders should be off the road by 12:00.

The Darke and Miami County Sheriff, and Versailles Police and volunteers will monitor intersections. Please be alert and follow their directions to clear intersections for the racers.

Riders will start on St Rt 185 at the School and proceed East on 185 to 48.
Right on 48
Right on Klinger (becomes Childrens Home-Bradford when crosses into Darke County)
Right on Gettysburg-Webster
Straight at Gettysburg-Webster & St Rt 185 back to the start.

An awards ceremony will be at the school once the last rider is finished.

There is no fee to watch the race so come out and cheer the riders on.

Thanks for your help in making this a great event.

For additional information please contact Roger Bowersock 9374175772 or visit www.colavitazipptt.com

Canner Gauge Testing Time at the Darke County OSU Extension Office

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Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, is now checking dial type pressure canner gauges.

There is a $5.00 charge for each gauge tested. You will need to bring in your dial gauge to our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. We will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State Community College. If you have any questions, please call 937-548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

OSU Alumni of Darke County Awards Scholarships

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(L-R) Taylor Piel (Arc HS), Nicole Williams (Ans HS),
Blake Williams (Vers HS), Mark Albright (Arc HS)
The OSU Alumni of Darke County have awarded this years scholarships to Mark Albright of Arcanum, Blake Williams of Versailles, Nicole Williams of Ansonia, and Taylor Piel of Arcanum.

Congrats to the scholars and good luck on your future endeavors.

Read more about the scholarships and the recipients at OSU Alumni of Darke County's blog.

Hail Northwest of Greenville from Last Night's Storm (Submitted by MK)

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Darke Journal reader MK sent in the following pictures of hail that fell last evening. Anyone else have photos? So far, we haven't heard of any damage. Did everyone's windshields and windows make it out ok?


Neave Twp. Memorial Day Ceremony - May 29th

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The Neave Township Memorial Day ceremony will be held this year on Sunday, May 29th, noon, at the Ft. Jefferson Cemetery (on State Route 121 just south of Ft. Jefferson). This year's featured speaker will be Jesse Green, assistant Darke County prosecutor and Iraq War veteran. Music will provided by the Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church worship team, as well as Greenville High School student and Wavaire Julie Lemon.

If it rains, the event will be held in the Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Video from May 25th Storm in Greenville

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Here's what the storm looked like at Darke Journal HQ.



And here's the view from the front of HQ:

Get the Latest on the Incoming Storms at Darke County Weather

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Update: Darke County now has a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 845pm. Incredibly strong storms have made their way through the region and several rounds could continue to be on their way through the evening/early tonight. Keep checking the page below for the latest information.

As of 3:00pm, Darke county is under a tornado watch until 9pm. You can get the latest updates and information at Dayton Weather's Facebook page, so be sure to check back often for the latest.

DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE BEAUTIFICATION DAY

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Girl Scout Troop 31293 plants their adopted box during Planting Day.
Nearly 100 people from businesses, organizations and families participated in beautify downtown on Saturday, May 21. With an early morning start, volunteers from BASF and Boy Scout Troop 373 assisted mulch spreading and planting Annie Oakley Park. From 8:00am until 11:00am on a Saturday morning , Adopt A Box participants were invited to plant their adopted box organized by the Main Street Greenville’s Design Committee.

If you are in downtown this summer, check out the colorful additions to the downtown along with the rows of street poles recognizing the Adopt-A-Box participants. Children, parents, grandparents, co-workers, and friends all took part in the planting of the vibrant colors along South Broadway. “This program was designed to reach out and involve the community and to have an appreciation for downtown Greenville,” stated Mike Henderson, Main Street Greenville Design Chair. Throughout the summer the participants will be maintaining their box while helpful hands from Wayne Industries and community volunteers water, weed and pick up trash.

This year’s program recognizes Miller Flowers, Greenville Rotary Club, BASF, Spencer’s Landscaping, Fresh Air Farms, City of Greenville Street Department, Beltone Hearing, and the Greenville FFA for contributing time, materials and or monetary donation towards this community project.

A great big thanks to the 2011 Adopt A Box participants: AAA Miami Valley, Advanced Eye Care, American Title Resources, Inc, AMS Uniforms, Ann's Gifts, Beltone Hearing & Audiology Service, The Bowers Family, Braund Funeral Home, Brethren Retirement Community, Cavalier Clothing, Century Link, Chad, Lauren & Carson Henry, Christie Randall, CJ Highmarks, Commercial Printing, Commissioners Stegall, Daily Advocate, Delaplane & Rhoades, Ryan & Becky Dynes, Comprehensive Health Network, Danny's Place, D'Alessios Italian Inspired Cuisine , Darke County Chamber of Commerce, Darke County Democratic Women, Darke County Farmers Union, Darke County Visitors Bureau, Dianne Marroletti to honor Donate Life Ohio, Dick and Debby Sodders, Don and Janet Weills, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Flora Carpenter-Home Lending Source, George & Becky Luce, Girl Scout Troup 31293, Granny's Corner, Greenville High School, Greenville Key Club, Greenville National Bank, In Memory of Howard and Dolly Marshall, KitchenAid Experience, Linda Stachler, Recorder, Mark, Merri & Payton Niekamp, Mercer Savings Bank, Michael's Clocks, Mike and Debbie Henderson, Mote & Associates, Pamela's, Romer's Catering, Second National Bank, Sweet One O One, Ted Finnarn Law Office, The Meat Shop, The Middlecoff Family, The Schmerge Family, The Wilson Family, Wayne HealthCare, Wayne Industries, Woodland Primary and Youniques.

With people working together and having fun, great things can be accomplished-planting community pride one box at a time.

1st Louisiana Zouaves / 2nd Ky Cavalry, Artillery Detachment to Present Living History Encampment This Summer

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The 1st Louisiana Zouaves / 2nd Ky Cavalry, Artillery Detachment will present a living history encampment on a day in the life of a civil war camp. Located near the Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, they will have demonstrations of Civil War era weapons, flags, clothing and cooking each day. The first Encampment will be held Saturday, June 4th from 9AM-5PM and Sunday, June 5th from 9AM-3PM. A second Encampment will be held Saturday, July 2nd from 9AM-5PM and Sunday, July 3rd from 9AM-3PM.

Call the Nature Center for more information at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org. We hope you can join us for a taste of Civil War camp life.

Greenville City Schools Board of Education Accepts Facilities Committee's Master Building Plan

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At the Board of Education meeting last evening, the Facilities Committee recommended to the Board of Education to build a K-8 building on the Ohio Street Property, do some renovation to the existing high school, and put the other buildings out of commission.

Of course, you can find details of what was recommended in our previous posts, found here and here.

Finally, while the recommendation has been made, the final decision of putting this issue on the ballot in November has not yet been made, but it should be in the coming weeks and months. We will keep you apprised throughout the summer as we head closer to the election.

Second National Bank Donates a Gift Card for Cherry Valley Lodge to Annie's Wild West Gala

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The Second National Bank display at Garst Museum exhibits some of the past history of that establishment in Greenville. Annie probably remembers that very window! The Second National Bank is donating a gift card for Cherry Valley Lodge at Newark, for Annie’s Wild West Gala on June 11. This includes a one night stay, four water park passes and more.

Admission tickets ($10) for the Gala are available at the museum. Besides the live auction, there will be a silent auction, a light buffet, door prizes and raffles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dress is casual. For a preview of some of the other items available for auction, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/garstmuseum For information call 548-5250.

Free Lowell Thomas House Tour This Saturday at Garst Museum

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May is National Preservation Month. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the theme this year is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.”

At the local level, Darke County will be joining communities across the country commemorating their own unique heritage. Darke County’s “Celebrating Our Local Treasures” includes events throughout the month and offers the community ways to support and recognize our diverse history and built environment.

In honor of Darke County’s “Celebrating Our Local Treasures” National Historic Preservation Month event, the Lowell Thomas House will be open from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm this Saturday, May 28th. The Lowell Thomas House was recently repainted thanks to a generous donation from Kay Brown.

Admission to the Lowell Thomas House is free through the double glass doors located next to the parking lot. Regular admission prices apply to tour the museum.

How is the wheat crop doing?

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This week there isn’t much to report on corn and soybeans. Acreage is being piecemealed in as rains allow. Some corn fields that were planted in late April are just now emerging. With the potential for several more inches of rain this week, if we believe the weatherman, it may be longer until we see the county planted. So what about our third largest crop in the county? The wheat crop seems to be a mixed bag.

Most of the wheat crop is looking good this year. Fields braved a dry planting and rebounded through the rains this spring. As of Saturday the crop is between Feekes’ growth stage 10 and 10.1, which is boot to heading stage. In “boot” the wheat head is just about to emerge from the sheath. “Heading” obviously refers to the stage where the head is fully emerged. There are several management considerations that go along with heading that revolve around the term, dare I say, “head scab”. But more on that later. The biggest management decisions of variety selection, fertility and weed control are long behind us. We have also passed the optimal timing of fungicide applications for control of foliar diseases (Feekes 8 and 9).

The most recent trip to the field this past Saturday revealed that we do have foliar diseases present. The most common disease is Septoria tritici, a fungal disease that grows best in cool, wet conditions. There are also signs of Stagonospora leaf blotch, which prefers warmer, wet conditions. Right now we are at a transition time between the two diseases. Septoria will decline with the warmer temperatures of late May and early June. However, Stagonospora may increase with warmer temperatures. The good thing is that no fields scouted Saturday were above economic thresholds. An economic threshold is the point where applying a treatment like a fungicide will pay for itself in returned profits.

A major concern from this past week’s scouting is that wheat is approaching flowering. It can be as little as three to five days from the time the wheat head is fully emerged to when flowering begins. If during flowering the weather is warm and wet, there is a higher risk of infection by head scab. Sunday night the wheat head scab prediction tool forecasted a low risk for Darke County because wheat is not flowering. However, if rain persists for a few days before or during flowering we have an increased risk. There is no completely effective treatment for head scab. If a resistant variety is planted and an effective fungicide is timed correctly only 75% control can be expected. So how do we maximize control of head scab?

The first way to maximize control is proper timing of the fungicide application. The application needs to occur at flowering. Before flowering, the location of infection will not be protected, after flowering, the infection will have already occurred. The application needs to be timed to catch as many flowering plants as possible.

Second, apply an effective fungicide: Prosaro 421 SC, Proline 480 SC, or Caramba. A few of these fungicides also have activity on some foliar diseases like Septoria and Stagonospora. So it is typically not necessary to mix another fungicide in the tank. An exception would be if you have a variety that is susceptible to a foliar disease not controlled by the fungicide and that disease is present and at or near economic levels. Fungicide efficacy is rated at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/wheat/OFCDwheatfungicides.pdf.

Third is to apply the fungicide correctly. To provide adequate protection of the flowering wheat head thorough coverage is needed. If ground application is utilized apply fungicides in at least 10 to 15 gallons per acre with nozzles and pressures to produce fine droplets. Higher spray volumes can increase coverage. Be sure to utilize any additives on the fungicide label. Be sure to read the application directions on the label before utilizing the product.

If we see wet weather persist during flowering and the decision is made to spray, apply at flowering, apply an effective fungicide, and apply it correctly. Scout the field ahead of time to make sure wheat is flowering and see if other diseases are present at or near economic levels. Thresholds for our top three (with a susceptible wheat variety planted) are 1-2 lesions on the leaf below the flagleaf for Septoria and Stagonospora, and 2-3 powdery mildew lesions on the leaf below the flagleaf. For more information visit http://agcrops.osu.edu and click on ‘diseases’ on the right hand side of the screen or visit the CORN Newsletter at http://corn.osu.edu/. There are also factsheets available here in the office about our wheat diseases.

Bread of Life Christian Bookstore to Host Tom C McKenney on Friday, May 27

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The Bread of Life Christian Bookstore has scheduled Tom C. McKenney to appear at their store this Friday (May 27) at 3:00 PM to discuss his latest book on Freemasonry. The general public is welcome to attend and meet this interesting gentleman. The Bookstore is located by the Traffic Circle.

Tom McKenney was a popular biology teacher at Greenville High School from 1960 to 1965, and then was re-activated by the Marine Corps serving in Vietnam until severely injured in combat. Tom also previously served as an Marine Corps infantry officer in the Korean Conflict. Due to his injuries Tom was medically retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1969. Since then Tom has authored numerous books and magazine articles (eg) the Leatherneck Magazine.

Googling Tom C. McKenney is a rewarding experience.

Many of Tom's former students will gather at the Bookstore this Friday to once again chat with our role model. After the book signing, several of us will take him to dinner at the Greenville Inn. If anyone cannot make it to the book signing due to work, come and listen to Tom at dinner.

UFC 130 and After Hours W/ DJ Keaz

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Call 937-548-2117 for details on lane reservations and seat reservations for the fight! We hope to see you this weekend!

* Both are separate events

The Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR will meet Saturday, June 18

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Noon. The location is the Brethrens Home, Exexcutive Dining Room, 750 Chestnut St. Greenville.
This is a luncheon meeting and reservations are required.
The program will be in honor of flag day and the guest speaker is Jim Buchy.
Anyone interested in joining DAR is welcome to attend the luncheon for more information.
Reservations can be made by calling 937-548-1040.

We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.

Darke County Photo Club's "Depth of Field" Photo (Fourth of Four)

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At the Darke County Photography Club's May meeting, members submitted photos with the theme of "shallow depth of field." Along with the note about their meeting, the photo club sent in 4 examples of the members' submissions. Here is the last of the four. Thanks again to the photo club for sharing their great artwork with us!


This photo is courtesy of Jeannie Grosch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

OSU Extension Office to Hold Ag Breakfast Meeting

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WHAT: Ag. Breakfast Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 2011, 7:30am
WHERE: Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville
Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.

Hope to see you there. Our next meeting will be July 7, 2011.

Quick Tips for Staying Healthy with Diabetes from Wayne HealthCare

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Follow the healthy eating plan developed by a registered dietitian. Talk with a dietitian if you have questions about eating healthy and incorporating carbohydrates into your meal plan. The dietitian will also work with your meal plan and incorporate adjustments if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Learning to eat healthy does not mean that you have to give up your favorite food items. Medicare will pay 100% of individual diabetic diet education.

Be active. Start out by gradually increasing physical activity. Try parking farther away in the parking lot, walking during commercials, and being active for 15 minutes each hour you are on the computer. Work toward 30 minutes of activity five days a week. This can be broken down into 10 minutes of activity three times a day. Incorporate some strength training activities like using exercise bands with aerobic activities like walking.

Take your diabetes medications at the same time each day. Your doctor has prescribed medications to help control your blood sugar, so you need to make sure you are taking the medication. If you often forget to take your medication try putting a note on the bathroom mirror or placing our medication on the table.

Check your blood glucose everyday. Checking at alternating times throughout the day will let you know if there is a pattern in your blood sugar based on time of day, activity, food, illness, etc. This information will help determine if an adjustment in your diabetes care is needed.

Check your feet everyday for cuts, blisters, sores, swelling, redness, or sore toenails. Let the doctor know if you injure your feet in any way. Never go barefoot. Always wear shoes and socks that fit well. Remember to have a comprehensive foot exam every year.

Schedule routine screenings- eye exam, dental exam, cholesterol and lipid levels checked, A1C test, comprehensive foot exam, kidney tests, and blood pressure checked. These screenings can help identify problem areas which can increase your risk from complications.

Individual Diabetes Education is also covered in part or in full by several insurance companies and Medicare.

To learn more about staying healthy with diabetes consider attending education at Wayne HealthCare. You can receive individual or group education from a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.

Group classes are provided in a series of four classes, which will cover many different aspects of diabetes care. The next class series will be held on June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare. The low price of $10.00 per class includes handouts and interactive education. Registration is required to attend the classes.

If you have questions about the educational opportunities provided by Wayne HealthCare or you would like to register for class, please call (937) 547-5750.

State of the Heart Hospice Gears Up for Camp BEARable

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 Pictured is Emily Jasenski.
Children grieve differently from adults which is why Camp BEARable has a mix of fun, games and serious dialogue during the agency’s annual Camp BEARable. The camp which is free and open to all youth grieving the loss of a loved one will be held July 22-24 at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein.

“There is a variety of ways that provide a fun experience and at the same time, help the children deal with their issues about loss,” explained Marlene Black, State of the Heart Bereavement Specialist and Camp Director. This year, Emily Jasenski who along with her husband C.J., owns and operates elementsLife, 620 S. Broadway in Greenville, will provide a new aspect for camp.

“We will be doing some guided imagery for the youth at camp,” said Jasenski, a certified instructor, who has done guided imagery. She explained that guided imagery may be something like asking the children to pretend they are on an underwater voyage, accompanied by their deceased loved one. “This is playful and colorful and helps the child remove themselves from their current situation in life. Later, when they return home from the camp, they can recall a positive playful experience they had, particularly on days when they are feeling the loss of their loved one.”

Black said the idea of guided imagery is a good one as it mixes fun with a way to revisit a positive experience. “If they are having a day when they are feeling sad, they can think back to something positive that they experienced at camp, such as the guided imagery.”

Jasenski said there are other ideas to help the youth. “We might try a time travel game, either going back in time, or going forward. All ages seem to like these kinds of games which are very helpful. These games and ideas help them to tap into their emotions and express themselves.”
Children who attend the camp, which is being held for the eleventh year, say they enjoy the camp as they find it to be a “safe environment” where they can talk openly with others about their grief.
“They find out that they are not alone in their grief, and begin to express how they feel,” Black said. Each child has a specially trained adult “buddy” who spends time with them.

Camp is for children ages six to 15 and there need be no association with hospice care. Most who have attended in the past have no connection with State of the Heart Hospice care. The children experience a welcome Friday night with a campfire which is repeated Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, they participate in a balloon launch, attaching messages to loved ones and sending the balloons into the air.

Hospices nationwide conduct similar camps. Bereavement specialists believe that early intervention with grieving children can prevent problems later in life. State of the Heart cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

It is necessary to register for the camp which normally hosts about 50 youth. Applications are available at the agency website, www.stateoftheheartcare.org. Acceptance is on a first come, first served basis. Applications are also available by visiting the agency’s offices in Greenville, Portland and Coldwater. Volunteers are needed for camp as well. To register or find out about volunteering, call Black at 1-800-417-7535.

Commissioner's Corner

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The showers that showed up in April are still here in May. Just a few farmers have been in the fields, and as of this writing on May 23, the forecast is for rain on and off all week. Hopefully, the weather man is wrong and we can finally see a good stretch of sunshine. However, the rain has not slowed down things in the Commissioner’s office; we are still continuing to pursue certain projects.

The State Rte. 242 project is moving along very nicely. Commissioner Rhoades had a meeting with the State Highway District 7 people last week, along with Engineer Jim Surber and Grants Coordinator Jeff Marshall. The District 7 Programming Engineer, Matt Parrill, informed them that the time table for this project is a little ahead of schedule. This project is important to Darke County for the simple reason of easier accessibility for the larger businesses in the county. A future expansion of the airport is critical for economic growth, and we will continue to advance this agenda. The State of Ohio should have their budget completed by mid June, so until then a lot of items are on hold. We are having preliminary budget hearings and as of now everybody has done a nice job of holding the bottom line steady. The Commissioners do want to sincerely thank all the Department Heads for their cooperation and understanding during these tough economic times. Most of our people in the Courthouse and Commissioners Office have not had raises for several years, yet they continue to produce at a very high and efficient level. Their dedication and hard work is greatly appreciated.

We have 11 applications for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds, but as of now we do not have any idea how much will be available to the County. We will prioritize the applications and when we do find out how much is available, we will distribute the funds as needed. It is rumored in Columbus that the CDBG grant will be disappearing altogether, but we have heard nothing as of yet. This is a good tool for us to use in helping fund much needed projects throughout the County. In June, there will be 2 hearings on the proposal to raise the conveyance fee from 2 dollars per thousand to 3 dollars per thousand on property sales. This increase will be used exclusively for economic development. None of the increase will go to the County to be used in the general fund. The money will be earmarked for the #106 fund which is economic development. Once the money is put in this fund, it must be used only for economic development. This will give the Economic Development Department a much needed tool to help small and large businesses to expand, and attract new businesses into Darke County. The hearing dates are June 15th and June 20th at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office if you wish to express your opinion.

On the economic development front, we seem to be having quite a few successes and continue to pursue more opportunities. Continental Carbonic will be up and running at full tilt soon, and we welcome them to Darke County. In talking to their leadership, they seem to be committed to Darke County and will be a good corporate citizen for we hope a very long time. The Integrity Ambulance development should be starting soon, and this will be a welcome addition also. Thanks to Mayor Bowers of Greenville for his assistance in helping this project get underway. Marc Saluk, the E. D. Director, continues to be very busy with expansion and new projects. We hope this trend continues, even though Marc doesn’t seem to have much time for anything else! Sorry Marc, but we do appreciate your efforts and hope you continue with the success we have had so far.

The parade season has started in Darke County and the Elected Officials hope to see you at all the Darke County events. If we don’t see you at the parades, or festivals, hopefully we will see you at a meeting. The Darke County Commissioners meet publicly every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., at 520 South Broadway, in downtown Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Hope to see you there!


The Darke County Commissioners

30th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tourney set for July 25, 2011.

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It’s official! Preparations for the 30th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway! Last year 96 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County. Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Ed & Kay Curry, Kent & Lynn James, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ray & Jo Lear, John & Diane Swallow, and Warren Richards.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 25 at the Greenville Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes, and dinner for the golfer and their spouse. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with tee off time scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one in the eighth hole will win their choice of premium golf equipment. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eleventh hole will win a Yamaha Golf Cart.

Additional information and entry forms for the 30th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County or from any tournament committee member.

L to R – 2011 Annie Oakley Golf Committee members Matt and Angie Arnold, Kent and Lynn James, Ray and Jo Lear, John and Diane Swallow, Ray and Bettye Laughlin, and Ed and Kay Curry

Darke County Photo Club's "Depth of Field" Photo (Third of Four)

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At the Darke County Photography Club's May meeting, members submitted photos with the theme of "shallow depth of field." Along with the note about their meeting, the photo club sent in 4 examples of the members' submissions. Here is the third of the four, and the others will be posted throughout the week.



This photo is courtesy of John Snell. Check back throughout the week to see more!

Storm Photos from David Dill

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NEW COORDINATOR CHOSEN FOR AREA AMERICORPS PROGRAM

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Council on Rural Services is pleased to welcome Kristy Warren as a new member of the Council on Rural Services team. She has been selected as the project coordinator for the AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success program in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties. The AmeriCorps program, an extension of Gateway Youth Programs, will address the school-to-workforce skills gap that many vulnerable youth in our area experience.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides people the opportunity to give back to their communities. AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success will prepare vulnerable youth to join the workforce and maintain economic independence through career exploration, entrepreneurial activities, academic support, and family intervention services. The program will feature the Junior Achievement curriculum at the middle and high school levels. Participants will have the opportunity to learn basics about the economy, business, and entrepreneurship, while also job shadowing local enterprises and business leaders. AmeriCorps Members will eventually aid in the launch of participant-driven social enterprises within their communities.

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