Thursday, June 30, 2011

WHIOtv.com: Continental Carbonic Holds Grand Opening

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Continental Carbonic held its grand opening event today. They represent one of the largest investments in the area, having already created 51 jobs, with a commitment to reach at least 75 jobs within 3 years.

Click on the image below for the video report from WHIOtv.com

WHIOtv.com: Report on Additional Information on Budget Cuts/Layoffs

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WHIOtv.com: More Details on Greenville Budget Cuts and Layoffs

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WHIOtv.com has new information regarding the impending budget cuts and layoffs in the City of Greenville. Among the things that stand out, more specifics are given on the positions being eliminated, as well as the revelation that the city is talking with the county about moving GPD dispatch to the Darke County 911.

Click here for more details, then come back and tell us what you think.

Update: DarkeJournal has also been told unofficially that all non-essential personnel are having their hours reduced. This would include workers in the city building, utilities and transit minus safety forces. In addition, the pools will not be open next year.

DCCA's BARBECUE AND BLUES IS SPONSORED BY LOCAL COUPLES

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Darke County Center for the Arts’ second annual outdoor summertime event, Barbecue And Blues, will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Greenville Golf Course on Friday, July 22 starting at 6:30 pm.

Music, an integral part of every DCCA fundraiser, will be performed by Michael Locke and the Repeat Offenders, outstanding blues musicians who have played prestigious venues throughout the eastern United States. The band is made possible thanks to generous sponsorship donations by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and first-time sponsors Bob and Jean McLear. DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait commented, “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these local couples who give of their personal finances to support this fundraiser from which proceeds will be used to help bring professional performing artists to Darke County. “DCCA is fortunate to be part of a community where individuals are willing, and often even volunteer, to donate funds that are used to help make Darke County a great place to live,” Strait concluded.

Food and drink will be available to purchase from Hog Wild Bar-B-Que of West Alexandria. On the menu will be ribs, brisket, pulled pork, homemade sides, and other offerings like loaded nachos, walking tacos, iced tea and lemonade. Soft drinks along with alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the Greenville Golf Course.

DCCA invites the community to bring their lawn chairs and blankets, friends and family, and come to the Greenville Golf Course for delicious food, great music, and a good time. Tickets for this family-friendly event are $10 and can be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville or by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST

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Ansonia- On June 29, 2011 at approximately 3:16 PM, the Darke County Drug Task Force, consisting of Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Greenville Police Department arrested Sherry Tomlinson, 61, of Greenville. This arrest comes after approximately a one month long investigation on Ms. Tomlinson.

Ms. Tomlinson was arrested in the 100 block of N. Main St. in Ansonia and was taken to the Darke County Jail. Ms. Tomlinson is held without bail until her initial appearance for a charge of drug trafficking in prescription drugs.

The investigation remains active.

Did you know that you can rent a camping spot at the Annie Oakley Festival?

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The 2011 festival is being held July 29, 30, and 31.

You can arrive at the fairgrounds as early as Tuesday, July 26, stay until Sunday, and pay only $20 per night. You can stay past Sunday by making arrangements with the secretaries office at the fairgrounds.

For that small payment you will get a full hookup: electric, water, sewer and a weekend of great entertainment. You could also take side trips to other Darke County destinations. Take in the great sidewalk sales in Downtown Greenville, visit the Bears Mill, tour the KitchenAid factory, wine tasting at The Winery at Versailles, and many other great attractions.

To reserve you camping spot call Judie Hathaway, Festival President at 548-2391.

Remember that camping is always more fun with your friends, neighbors, and relatives. Be sure to pass on this information and make plans before the limited spots are taken, and join us in July.

The complete schedule of events for the Annie Oakley Festival is available at our web site: http://www.annieoakleyfestival.org

DARKE COUNTY PARKS’ NATURE NOTES NEWSLETTER: Stay Up To Date with YOUR Parks!

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Do you like walking the trails of your local Darke County Parks? How about attending one of our many festivals and events (many that are FREE!)? If so, you need to be signed up for our quarterly Newsletter!

The Nature Notes is your seasonal guide to what programs, events and festivals are taking place within the Park District over a three month period. In addition, this is the best way to stay up to date with the District’s news and future plans. Best of all, we will mail or email this 12 page newsletter to you for FREE!

If you choose to receive the Nature Notes via email, you will receive first notice of all upcoming programs and be able to download your Nature Notes in full color. Emails also have the option of a near-weekly update or just the quarterly Nature Notes.

If you are interested in signing up to receive our newsletter, please choose one of the following options and look for your newsletter to reach you upon the next mailing (We regret that we are unable to produce a special mailing for each new subscriber. Your first edition will mail at the next bulk mailing, late August).

  1. Go to www.darkecountyparks.org, click on Nature Notes and either enter your email or postal address and we’ll get a copy to you soon.
  2. Swing by the Nature Center (Mon-Sat 9-5) and sign up.
  3. Call the Nature Center and request to have your mailing address added over the phone.

Want the current edition NOW? Hop onto our website: www.darkecountyparks.org and click on the Nature Notes link and download the current edition in full color! Contact us with any questions or comments: 937-548-0165 or info@darkecountyparks.org

A Salute to Military Families: Saturday July 9th

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DDN: Ohio House Passes "Heartbeat" Bill

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According to the Dayton Daily News, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a law that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill will now go to the State Senate.

For perspective, the fetal heartbeat can typically be detected approximately around the 6-8 week of pregnancy, although it can vary.

A second bill was also passed that would prohibit abortions after week 20 of the pregnancy and a third bill was passed that, according to DDN, "prohibit health plans in the state exchange to be created as part of the new federal health care law from providing coverage for non-therapeutic abortions."

What do you think? (Here's a friendly reminder to keep the comments civil, mature and respectful)

Grand Lake St. Mary's ... eat your heart out

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15 inch, 1 lb 9 oz. White Crappie caught in Darke County pond Saturday, June 25th. Reier Farms

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

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A Memorable July 4th

Gathering together and watching fireworks for the 4th of July is one of this country’s longest-standing traditions. Even as a young boy, I can remember the excitement that came with the day. It was one of the most enjoyable times to gather with family and friends. However, as we enjoy the festivities that come with celebrating our nation’s independence, we must honor the sacrifices and personal risk put forth by the extraordinary leaders who united our nation.

Much like it did during the time of our Founding Fathers, America continues to be a beacon of hope and promise to the rest of the world. Through the efforts of men like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Ben Franklin, our land is known as one that is filled with courageous citizens who live in freedom. Over the years, July 4th has come to mean many different things to our vast array of citizenry, but no one can deny that on this day in 1776, something truly remarkable began.

That’s why, this July 4th, I ask that you join me in honoring those who provided us with our freedom, while at the same time honoring those who today are serving on our soil and in other places across the globe to protect our freedom. These men and women, along with their families, sacrifice a great deal for this great nation, and it is only appropriate that we thank them for their service especially on patriotic days such as Independence Day.

Our Independence Day will always serve as a reminder that in this county, it was decided man is born with certain rights. It is here that government is a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers except those that its people grant. This virtue must not be forgotten.

Musicians Coming to the Gathering at Garst - July 30th and 31st

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The Gathering at Garst, a new and exciting annual event planned for July 30 and 31, 2011 at Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio will include talented musicians performing as part of the Pickin’ on the Porch: The Thomas House Sessions. Performances will take place on the steps of the Thomas House, former home of American writer, broadcaster and world traveler, Lowell Thomas.

Saturday July 30: 12:00 - Bob Behringer, playing Native American flutes; 1:00 - The Darke County Dulcimer Society; 2:00 - J.T. Hathaway, acoustic singer/songwriter; 4:00 - Eric Loy, experimental musician. Eric plays a unique Guitar harp; 6:00 - Bill Light, a mix of witty storytelling and music.

Sunday, July 31: 12:00 Aaron Frohna, acoustic guitar blues and classic rock; 1:00 - Shannon Clark plays originals, Indie rock, folk and alternative music; 2:00 - Vaudeville Freud performs experimental funk/rock. All original music; 3:00 - Richard Ringer offers experimental music, all original

Held in a beautiful outdoor park-like setting behind Garst Museum, the Gathering will feature unique vendors in the categories of artists, antiques, historical craftsmen, garden exhibitors, farmers market and food. Public admission to the Gathering at Garst is free but admission to the museum applies. All proceeds will benefit the Garst Museum.

Event hours will be from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday, July 30 and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 31. Vendor set up will be on Friday, July 29 from 12:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Gathering at Garst has a website where vendors can get applications and the public can access detailed information ... www.gatheringatgarst.com. Email is info@gatheringatgarst.com. Supported by a grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

The Garst Museum is located at: 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331, 937-548-5250. Contact is Dr. Clay Johnson, executive director of Garst Museum. Museum web site: www.garstmuseum.org. Museum email: information@garstmuseum.org.

Elain Holzapfel's backyard neighbor

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From Elaine ... Snapping turtle about one foot long laid eggs in my flower bed on Memorial Drive in Greenville on June 16. I laid chicken wire over the eggs to protect them from predators. Tiny turtles should emerge in 50 to 90 days. [click on image for larger view]

Blood, Guts and Maybe a Few Tears!

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FAA Grudge Match Drive Goes Down to the Wire

You don’t have to look any further than the June 27 Blood and Guts Grudge Match Challenge Blood Drive to see how seriously some local high school FFA students enjoy a challenge. You’ve heard “Missed it by that much”? How about Mississinawa Valley over Ansonia by just one “vote.”

A total of 74 donors registered for the drive held Monday afternoon at MVHS Jackson Gym. Each donor registration on behalf of a team represented a vote. The Community Blood Center staff collected 62 units of blood, which is a whopping 107 percent of goal.

The Mississinawa Valley High School FAA walked away with the trophy, reluctantly handed over by Ansonia FAA advisor Brad Lentz to MVHS FFA member Jonell Winger. Appropriately, Jonell was the final donor to register and put Mississinawa Valley over the top.

CBC representative Dana Puterbaugh called it a great drive with lots of students, parents, and friends coming out to support the challenge. Perhaps most important, the drive grew. It topped last year’s total of 69 registered with 61 units collected. Donors were treated to lots of refreshment, including everyone’s favorite, pizza! Dana called it a great way to get the students out to donate during the summer months.

The only question remaining, can Ansonia hold a grudge? Apparently yes! They’ve already set the date for next year’s Blood and Guts Grudge Match Challenge Drive: June 25, 2012.

Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch and blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.  

Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit www.givingblood.org.

Rep. Richard Adams Releases Statement on Passage of Historic Budget

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Today, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a historic budget that successfully fills an $8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes on Ohioans. In addition to improving government efficiency and making Ohio more economically competitive, Substitute House Bill 153 makes significant improvements to the programs and services that matter most to Ohioans, while at the same time respecting Ohio’s taxpayers.

In response to the passage of Sub. H.B. 153, State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has released the following statement: “The development of a two-year budget to spend taxpayer dollars was a difficult task. Taxes were not increased for operating state government. As a result, the Ohio economy will continue to improve, and more jobs will be created in the private sector during the challenging, national economic downturn.”

Council on Rural Services Seek Volunteers to Teach Oral Hygeine

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A beautiful smile not only enables a person to eat and speak properly, but it also builds stronger self-confidence. Too often, however, we don’t realize the devastating effects of not caring for our teeth before it is too late. “Preventing dental disease before it occurs is our focus. Left untreated, cavities can cause infection which can impact a child’s health and future,” said Linda Primrose-Barker, Health and Disabilities Manager. “We need to make a difference in children’s lives now by teaching them good oral health practices that last a lifetime.”

Council on Rural Services needs volunteers who are passionate about improving the oral health of local preschool children and their families. Volunteers will educate parents about the effects of drinking sweetened drinks, leading discussions about these drinks’ impact on both oral and overall health in children. This position is available for volunteers who are at least 18 years of age, and a very flexible schedule is available to those willing to serve at least two hours per month. Individuals should be able to work with a diverse population, have good presentation skills, and demonstrate a working knowledge of oral health care practices. Certification in approved dental studies is preferred, although not required. Volunteers should also practice good oral hygiene personally.

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.

HOT JULY BLOOD DRIVES IN DARKE COUNTY

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DARKE COUNTY, OH — (June 29, 2011) We have Hot July blood drives everywhere in Darke County! Pick one that fits your summer schedule and give a life saving gift by donating blood. One pint of donated blood can help to save the lives of up to three people.

Everyone who registers to donate blood June 27 – July 9th will walk away with a specially designed “STEP UP TO THE PLATE DONATE BLOOD” Hat with CBC & Dayton Dragons logo on it.

Starting July 11 – August 6 all donors that register to donate blood will receive a “Be an All-Star Donor” t-shirt featuring Dayton Dragon’s mascot.

It’s a Jeep Patriot and its Red Hot! Best of all you could be driving away with it at the end of
the summer, just for registering to donate a pint of blood you will automatically be entered for a
chance to win this sweet ride! Now through Labor Day you still have a chance by registering at
any CBC blood drives or branch location. You must be 18 or over to be registered. See the dates after the break:

Pet Therapy to Be Part of State of the Heart Camp BEARable

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This summer when youngsters attend State of the Heart Hospice’s annual Camp BEARable, they will find a new friendly face to interact with. The camp, which is for children grieving the loss of a loved one, mixes fun and games with serious dialogue, enabling them to speak openly about their grief and loss. The camp is free and will be held July 22-24 at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein.

Joining the children this year for the first time will be Benson, a 140 pound black Newfoundland dog owned by Jackie Jutte of Celina. Both Jutte and Benson are certified in pet therapy by the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association.

“I am looking forward to seeing how he will interact with the young people there,” said Jutte. Benson has visited hospitals and nursing homes and worked with elderly people and children before. He is a “happy” dog, Jutte said, who knows when to turn on the charm. The Newfoundland breed is known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm dispositions and loyalty.

Marlene Black, State of the Heart Bereavement Specialist and Camp Director, said Benson “will bring something new to camp and will offer another means for the children to be relaxed and comfortable, helping them to feel they are in a “safe” environment where they can talk openly and address their issues about grief and loss.”

Findings indicate pets can trigger the body’s normal relaxation responses in times of anxiety and stress and release endorphins that increase pleasure. About 50 children, ages six to 15, will be at the weekend camp. They will have the opportunity to pet him and be around him. Each child is paired with a specially trained adult “buddy.”

“Even though he is huge, he has a soft look which draws people to him,” explained Jutte. And, he can entertain, she added. “He can play getting shot and falling to the floor, give you a high five, shake hands, talk on command, and kiss on command.” All of this is done by the use of hand signals.

Benson, Jutte believes, can bring another element of “happiness” to Camp BEARable. “When a child loses someone, they lose some of their ability to be happy,” she said. “When children see him and sense his aura, they want to be around him. He brings smiles to people’s faces.”

This year marks the 13th year that State of the Heart has conducted the camp. The local non-profit agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart is observing 30 years of service to area communities.

Registration is necessary for camp. There need be no association with hospice care in order to attend the camp. The application for Camp BEARable is available at the agency’s website: www.stateoftheheartcare.org. Call Marlene Black at 1-800-417 7535 for more information.

Editor’s Note: Top: Pictured is Benson, with Olivia, Jackie Jutte’s daughter, at his graduation from Pet Therapy School. Bottom: Jackie Jutte

Photos and More on OSU President Gordon Gee's Visit to Darke County

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Yesterday we shared WHIOtv.com's story and video from Dr. Gee's trip to Darke County. Check out the Ohio State Alumni Club of Darke County's blog for more photos and more details on Dr. Gee's visit!

Down the Lazy River

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What better way to spend a summer day than floating down the river? It’s time to relax and join Darke County Parks for an amazing float down one of Ohio’s Scenic rivers; the Stillwater. With all of the rain from spring, the water will be just right for a float. On Saturday, July 9th meet at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center at 9am where will take you to the river to put in the boats. Bring a sack lunch as we will stop for lunch on the river to take a break and then continue onward. Passing through wide farm valleys with tree lined banks, the Stillwater offers a stream float suitable for all levels of experience. You can solo a kayak or grab a partner for a canoe.

Visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org or call us at 937.548.0165 for more information and to sign up for your boat. The cost is $10 per paddler. See you on the water!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WHIOtv.com: Greenville Police, Fire Unions Speak Out Against Layoff Plan

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WHIOtv.com's Steve Baker caught up with representatives from the Police and Fire Unions to get their reaction to the news of the impending layoffs. Click on the image below to see the story. Among the highlights, the Fire Union mentions reducing their budget and providing union concessions to reach the same savings potentially.

Extreme Camp Held

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During the week of June 20-24, campers at Darke County Parks got extreme! Campers began the week getting to know each other quickly by having to work together at a challenge course at Camp Yale. After the challenge course they encouraged each other as each camper climbed to the top of a fifty foot tower and then hopped on a zip-line and sailed to the bottom. The second day, they were broken into teams and battled at a paintball course.

The whole group then headed up to Lake Loramie where they paddled through high winds. Everyone did an amazing job and took some time to rest by swimming at the beach. To finish up the week, campers headed to John Bryan State Park where they set up camp and set out on the trails. After a long afternoon of hiking, the campers enjoyed a delicious campfire meal. Then, it was back to the trails to check out scenic Clifton Gorge. After an exhausting day, everyone was ready for their s’mores and retired to their tent.

Overall, these teens thoroughly enjoyed their week at Darke County Parks Extreme Adventures Camp. Call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 for more information on upcoming summer camps or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

WHIOtv.com: tOSU President Visits Darke and Miami Counties

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Ohio State University President Dr. Gordon Gee visited Darke and Miami Counties today. Among the stops were Versailles and Greenville. Click below for the story and some video from WHIOtv.com

KASICH VISITS DANNON – COMPANY TO ADD 100 NEW JOBS: $88 Million Investment at Minster Plant

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Update: Click below for the video report from WHIOtv.com


MINSTER – Today Gov. John R. Kasich joined company executives at The Dannon Company in Minster to announce a more than $88 million company investment creating 100 new jobs over the next three years and increasing production capacity its western Ohio facility – the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in North America, currently employing 410 workers and producing more than three million cups of yogurt per day. Incentives offered by the Ohio Department of Development, combined with Dannon’s belief in Ohio’s strong workforce, were key factors in the company’s decision to expand in Ohio, rather than in Pennsylvania or Iowa.

The company’s capital investment of more than $88 million will expand the current 400,000-square-foot facility and improve machinery and equipment production lines to be operational by the end of this year. The Department of Development offered the incentives necessary to win the project, including a job-creation tax credit of $566,000, and a $460,000 grant to be used for workforce training and new equipment.

Dannon is a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful healthy food companies in the world, with 160 plants and more than 80,000 employees, across five continents. Its core mission is to develop healthy, nutritious foods, advance nutritional education, and combat childhood obesity for as many people as possible.

This Week At ElementsLife: New Location

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Summer Camps Begin at Darke County Parks

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During the week of June 13-17, the Darke County Parks hosted their first of many summer camps, “Paddling, Hiking & Camping”. The young campers had a blast learning the ins and outs of their canoes and kayaks on a local pond, taking advantage of the gorgeous summer weather by splashing around during game time. The enthusiastic campers then put their skills to the test on an afternoon paddle down Greenville Creek, daringly dodging rainclouds and rocks. The week concluded with an exciting campout at Lake Loramie State Park, which included a beautiful canoe trip during twilight around the canals and an owl hike after dark where the campers were blessed by a couple of talkative Barred Owls. The camper’s demonstrated true skill throughout the camp; in fact not a single person tipped their boats all week! If you missed this camp, don’t worry there are more to come.

For more information regarding upcoming summer camps please feel free to check out the website at www.darkecountyparks.org or give the Nature Center a call at 937-548-0165.

Press Release from City of Greenville on Budget Reductions

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Due to current economic conditions and recent reductions in funding from the State of Ohio, the City of Greenville has regrettably been forced to make further budget reductions which include permanent layoffs to city personnel. In a preemptive move, the city had previously laid-off employees, reduced existing staffing by attrition, as well as implemented a hiring freeze, thus reducing staffing levels throughout the city. Unfortunately, due to an anticipated reduction in local government funding and the accelerated reduction Tangible Personal Property Reimbursement, These previously implemented cost-saving measures have proven to be inadequate. As a result, further cost-saving measures have been necessitated in order to balance the budget for 2012, without imposing a direct financial burden upon the residents of the City of Greenville.

Staff and funding reductions currently being recommended will include both safety (Police and Fire) along with service departments including Street, Parks and Recreation, Transit, Engineering and City Administration support staff. Reductions in the hours of operation of the Greenville City Building are also anticipated. The City of Greenville remains committed to providing essential service to citizens in an efficient and cost productive manner.

Winner of the Coloring Contest at the Open House of the Darke County Animal Shelter

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The winners of the kids coloring contest at the Open House of the Darke County Animal Shelter were chosen. All kids did a great job and it was hard for the jury to determine the winners in the 3 classes (up to 5 years old, 6 - 7 years old, 8+ years old).

Finally the judges chose 5-year old Andrew Wilkerson (pictured left), 7 year old Gage Hammer (pictured second from left) and 9 year old Shelby Crafton (pictured right). All winners received a gift basket.

Monday, June 27, 2011

WHIOtv: Greenville Makes Staff Reductions To Balance Budget

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Click on the image below to see the video report from Steve Baker, including comments from Mayor Bowers on today's announcement.





According to this report from WHIOtv.com, the City of Greenville is cutting approximately $1 million from it's budget for 2012. Some details are available at the link above, and they include cuts to services and programs, as well as to the headcount of several departments. UPDATE: It's been clarified that 7 total positions will be eliminated, including 2 from the Fire Department and 2 from the Police Department.

Click here to view the full story. As more details become available, we'll post them.

What's your reaction? Happy to see the tough calls being made? Think some things are too important to cut? Can we afford the cuts? Can we afford not to cut?

OFRW Appoints Greenville's Dori Howdieshell to its Board of Directors

The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) recently appointed Dori Howdieshell, Greenville, to its Board of Directors. Howdieshell will fill the Women in Business Chair. Part of Howdieshell’s duties in this position will be to aid in assembling a directory of businesses owned and/or operated by members of the Ohio Federation.

The OFRW is comprised of six Ohio districts with a total of 79 clubs statewide, representing over 2,500 Republican women members. Howdieshell will be a member of the OFRW Board of Directors under the Chairmanship of Jean Turner.

Howdieshell has long been active in the Darke County Republican party. She has served as Republican precinct committeeman for Greenville’s second ward, precinct A for ten years and served as treasurer of the Darke County Central Committee for the past six years. She also serves on the Darke County Republican Executive Committee.

Howdieshell has Co-chaired the Darke County campaign for Mary Taylor for Ohio State Auditor, Mary Taylor for Ohio Lt. Governor and the 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign. She has served as treasurer for Phil Hoover’s campaign for Darke County Municipal Judge and Campaign Chairman for Barbara Fee’s campaign for Greenville Treasurer. She has also worked on numerous other Republican candidates’ campaign committees, including that of the Hon. John Boehner.

Howdieshell has Co-chaired the annual Darke County Republican Pig Roast for the past six years, and helped with numerous other projects of the Darke County Republican Party. She has been a long-term member of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club, serving two years as treasurer and is the current social chairlady. She has worked on a multitude of projects for, and donated many hours to, the club.

Howdieshell graduated from King High School, Tampa, Florida. She has been a resident of Greenville for 36 years. She opened her first Tanning Salon business in 1990 and currently operates Tropical Isle Tanning on Broadway in downtown Greenville. Howdieshell is married and lives with her husband Mark in Greenville. She has two children and five grandchildren.

Pre-Diabetes Class Offered from Wayne Healthcare

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Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but lower than the levels associated with the diagnosis of diabetes. Pre-diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. However, by making lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Fact Sheet estimated in 2010, 79 million Americans aged 20 years or older had pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes allows you to make lifestyle changes and reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar increases your risk of developing complications including eye disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and other complications.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program invites you to join us for a Pre-Diabetes Class to learn lifestyle changes you can incorporate to improve your health. The class will be held on June 30, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Rooms at Wayne HealthCare.

The cost to attend the class is $10. Pre-registration is required. Call 937-547-5750 to register.

Adult Tennis Lessons at Greenville City Park

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Registration is open now through July 11 for adult tennis lessons at the Greenville City Park. All registrations are done at the website StartPlayingTennis.com. Lessons will begin on Sunday, July 10 and run through Sunday, August 7 with 2 sessions available, 6:00-7:00 pm or 7:00-8:00 pm.

Questions? Email tbrown2@woh.rr.com or call 547-9904

49 Darke County High School Graduates Receive HOPE Foundation Scholarships

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The HOPE Foundation of Darke County awarded $73,600 in college scholarships to 49 graduates of Darke County high schools. On June 21, the students gathered at the Darke County Educational Services Center to be recognized and receive their checks. Since the foundation started in 1986, a total of $949,166 has been awarded to Darke County students. Money for the scholarships comes from 35 HOPE funds that have been established by individuals, families and businesses in Darke County. Many of the funds are endowed, which means they will provide scholarships indefinitely, and many donors have personalized the name of their funds, creating a legacy in honor of a family member or someone special. For information on starting a fund for a scholarship or community grant, contact president Christy Prakel at 548-HOPE or visit HOPE’s website at www.hopedarkecounty.com. As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents.

  • Ansonia recipients: Mark Barga, Emily Berger, Tyler Kinner, Hannah Linebaugh, Josh Overholser, Kate Schmitmeyer, Kayla Young, Kylie Knick, Ashley McEldowney, Lindsay Skiles.
  • Arcanum recipients: Zach Brandon, Natallie Branham, Dustin Byers, Colton Ritz, Jessica Tuco, Jessica Allen, Nicolas Buhrman, Kayla Johnston, Katelyn Shellabarger, Jessica Sink, Cora Wayman, Ian Werts
  • Franklin-Monroe recipients: Landon Bundenthal, Stephen Kell, Brittasha Oswalt, Jacqueline Tomlin.
  • Greenville recipients: Danielle Bankson, Holly Bruner, Jonathan Payne, Benjamin Scott, Bradley Spettel, Ambrosia Davidson.
  • Mississinawa Valley recipients: Kyle Bueter, Trent Heitkamp, Bryce Hile, Kent Moneysmith.
  • Tri-Village recipients: Adriana Finkbine, Perry Fraylick, Amy Willcox.
  • Versailles recipients: Bethany Ahrens, Valerie Barga, Caylee Billenstein, Cody Brunswick, Mindy Didier, Michael Heft, Max Kindell, Amanda Marchal, Keith Schlater, Danielle Williams.

FIRST FRIDAYS CRUISE INTO JULY

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First Fridays started last month on Friday, June 3.
Many families, friends and couples enjoyed the
evening, as over 25 downtown businesses
were open late.
The first Fridays of June, July and August have taken on a new meaning in downtown Greenville! ‘First Fridays’ aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. Local downtown businesses will stay open until 9:00 pm.

The second ‘First Friday’ of the summer season is scheduled for July 1st and will include an old time favorite to Greenville; Cruising. The evening will end at dusk with ‘Flicks on 5th,’ featuring the original 2006 film “Cars,” a movie about Lightning McQueen, the famous racecar who finds friendship and love in the local residents of a small town. The two story inflatable movie screen will be located on East Fifth Street between Broadway and Walnut. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for this free family friendly event.

“Main Street Greenville works closely with downtown businesses in an effort to create cultural experiences in small town Greenville, Ohio. Events like ‘First Fridays’ remind local residents of the resources and talent available in our downtown,” states Amber Schmerge, director of Main Street Greenville. “The purpose of ‘First Fridays’ is to get us excited about our community. During tough economic times, it’s easy to forget that there is much to offer right here in our own backyard. We need to be taking advantage of it," she concluded.

Over 25 businesses are participating in ‘First Fridays.’ They include AMS Uniforms, Ann's Gifts, Bread of Life, Candy Bouquet, Cavalier Clothing, China Garden, Country Primitives, Countryside Bike Shop, D' Alessios, Danny's Place, Double M Diner, Fair Photo Express, Granny's Corner, Gray's Comics, Janet's Bakery, KitchenAid Experience, Little Italian Cafe, Merle Norman, Michael's Clocks, Montage Cafe, Pamela's, Readmore's Hallmark, Sweet Annie's Cabin, Sweet One O One, The Bistro Off Broadway, The Bootery, The Don's Pizza, The Ivy League, Wayne Cinema, and Youniques.

The third and final ‘First Friday’ is August 5. If you have enjoyed ‘First Fridays’ so far and would like to see the event continue year round, please express your interest to participating businesses or to Amber Schmerge at 937-548-4998.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE FUN!!!! GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC BOOSTERS GOLF SCRAMBLE

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The Greenville High School Athletic Boosters will be holding a fundraising golf scramble on July 9 at the Greenville Golf Course with a 12:15 shotgun start.

The annual golf scramble is a fundraiser with proceeds helping to fund numerous worthy items for athletes and the community. Recent projects have included the continuation of the boosters’ annual scholarships, team sporting equipment, and renovations to Harmon Field.

The entry fee is $60/person or $50/GHS student on a four-person team. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, food, and a door prize ticket.

There will be a team skins game and several skill contests on the course.

For entry forms and information, contact John Lockhart at 547-1722 or Don Lockhart at 548-0866. All entries must be received by June 30.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

WHIOtv.com: Wayne Industries Helps Keep Greenville Clean

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Check out the following video from WHIOtv.com. Wayne Industries recently visited Annie Oakley Park off of Broadway in Greenville in an effort to clean up the area. Click on the image below for the full story, which may or may not include the best sign off I've ever seen.

(The link now works!)

WHIOtv.com Video of Arcanum's Old Buildings Demolition

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Click below for Steve Baker's report for WHIOtv on the demolition of the old Arcanum-Butler High School, including some local reaction. It seems as though the demolition is sad and the new building is, in fact, pretty cool. 

Light Foundation's Outdoor Leadership Camp Participants Build New Waterfall Fountain in Greenville City Park

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As mentioned in the full story about Matt Light's "Outdoor Leadership Camp," Matt and the boys built a new waterfall fountain on the island in the park. Reader Cherie Frost was there and snapped these photos for us!

Thanks, Cherie! And thanks to the Light Foundation for helping make our city even more beautiful, but also for letting us play a role in shaping future leaders! (Even more photos after the break below).



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Darke County Republican Women's Club is holding “A Fascinating Time” at noon on July 16

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Committee members met recently to make plans for “A Fascinating Time” to be held at the Greenville Country Club on July 16. Left to right are: Social Committee Chair Dori Howdieshell, First Vice-president Micki Earwood and her daughter, Social Committee member Cindy Pike and Ways and Means Chair Kay Seiler.
Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is holding “A Fascinating Time” at noon on July 16 at the Greenville Country Club. The theme is a take-off on the recent wearing of “fascinators” by the women attending the Royal wedding.

Fashions will be modeled from Youniques and fascinators from the Ivy League will be featured.

Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s Club (OFRW) state president Jean Turner will be the featured speaker and OFRW

Lunch will be chicken breast, cob salad, sherbet, and coffee or tea. Cost is $10 per person and must be prepaid before July 12. This amount includes tax and tip. Reservations must be sent to Wavelene Denniston, 790 Berkshire Drive, Greenville, Ohio.

For questions about DCRWC or this event, call club president Sally Zeiter at (937) 423-2391.

Towne & Country Players Present Highest Local Theatre Award to Jim & Karen Kelch

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President Angie DeMange and Vice President Keith Rawlins presented the Towne & Country Players highest award, “The Esther Pitsenbarger Award for Lifetime Achievement last evening at the new Versailles Performing Arts Center, just prior to the group’s production of “The Secret Garden”.
At the beginning of preparation for this production, the Kelch’s announced that they were stepping back from this work after some fifty productions of which many Mr. Kelch directed and Mrs. Kelch did the costuming. The couple have decided that the time is right to step back and think about their next adventure.

If you have not yet seen this most unique production of “The Secret Garden”, you have two remaining opportunities, Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. E-mail us at tcptickets@Yahoo.com or you may call our box office at 937-214-4139. All seats are reserved and are $12.00 adults and $10.00 for students. Your tickets will be available at the “Will Call” line, in the theatre lobby one half hour prior to the show.

Friday, June 24, 2011

DCSO Press Release: Standoff With Suicidal Suspect in Gettysburg, Bath Salts Involved

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Gettysburg – On June 24, 2011 at 4:45 p.m. Darke County 911 received a call in reference to a suspicious white male running northbound on Horatio New Harrison Rd. from Childrens Home Bradford Rd. The 911 caller advised that the male subject was not wearing a shirt and was claiming that people were chasing him.

Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the area and upon their arrival they located a white male subject matching the description in front of the residence at 7676 Horatio New Harrison Rd. When deputies approached the male subject he pulled a knife from his pocket and immediately put the knife to his throat threatening to kill himself. Deputies realized the potential severity of the situation and immediately called for additional man-power. Negotiators and Special Response Team personnel were immediately activated. Gettysburg Rescue was also dispatched to the area to stand by. Horatio New Harrison Rd. was immediately blocked off. Darke County Negotiators began a two and a half hour negotiation with the white male subject who had identified himself as Jim; later fully identified as James W. Jordan (30) of Sidney, OH.

During the negotiation Jim continued making threats of taking his life multiple times and began showing great paranoia. The Special Response Team was able to position them selves to be able to deploy a less lethal means in order to take Jim in to custody. Negotiators were then able to move Jim towards the team and Jim was taken into custody without serious injury.

Jim was treated at the scene by Gettysburg Rescue and transported to Wayne Hospital. At last report Jim remains hospitalized for further observation.

During the investigation it was learned that Jim’s behavior was abnormal and was later learned that his altered behavior was due to the use of “bath salts.”

Deputies continue to investigate the incident and wish to caution businesses that providing “bath salts” to the public even though “bath salts” remain legal to sell to date, but does not eliminate those businesses from other liabilities.

The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed further with the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney some time next week.

New England Patriot Matt Light Kicks Off Annual Outdoor Leadership Camp at Chenoweth Trails Facility in Greenville, Ohio

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The Light Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2001 by three-time SuperBowl Champion and New England Patriot Matt Light, is gearing up for its annual Outdoor Leadership Camp. The 10-day program will be held June 20th through June 29th, 2011, at Camp Vohokase, located on the Foundation’s 400-plus acre facility, Chenoweth Trails, in Greenville, Ohio.

The Camp brings together 16 boys from four different communities across the country: Greenville, Ohio, where Light was raised; Rhode Island, where he holds his annual fundraising event; West Lafayette, Indiana, where he played at Purdue University, and Nashville, Tennessee, where a local youth organization looking to build leadership into an existing program reached out to participate.

Light says the boys will participate in trail-based activities that include hunting, fishing and archery; they’ll clean the Greenville Community Park and help build a stone waterfall fountain there as part of their community service project; learn how to make their bows from Matt’s father, Bill Light; visit several area businesses during career day, and engage in “fireside chats” about goals and expectations. They’ll also enjoy a Camp Yale ropes course, a paint ball competition, go-kart races, and a dirt bike riding program. “The main goal of the Camp is to break down prejudices and barriers,” says Light. “These kids all come from different places and have different backgrounds, but ultimately, they realize they have a lot in common, like family issues, and peer pressure,” he adds. “When they find common ground and learn from one another, it’s a great experience for all of us.”

Versailles Performing Art Center Opening a Huge Success!

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Towne & Country Players opened the new Versailles Performing Arts Center in style last evening.

From the red carpet, to the string quartet that welcomed guests, a first class production followed.

Not many community theatres can boast of the success of this group. From outstanding musicians in the orchestra, to phenomenal vocalists on stage this production is one not to miss! The production team led by James Kelch and David Berger with Phyllis Corbin, Angie DeMange gave their audience an amazing theatrical experience without leaving Darke County!

A feast for the eyes was created through masterful set design and composition and the lighting and costuming only further enhanced a stellar performance. Leads, Anthony Sollenberger, Jacob Brown, and Emily Werling were amazing as well as a strong ensemble cast. Miss Brooke Robinson of Versailles though stole the show as the wonderful girl, lost, but found in the character of Mary Lenox.

Tickets remain for Friday & Saturday evening shows at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. E-mail us at tcptickets@Yahoo.com or by calling our box office at 937-214-4139. All seats are reserved and are $12.00 adults and $10.00 for students. If you do not reach anyone at the box office you may reach the director at 937-526-4271 for assistance.

Gene & Catherine Sharp to Celebrate 75 Years of Marriage!

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Gene & Catherine Sharp will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on July 3, 2011. In their honor, there will be a reception at the First United Methodist Church, corner 4th and Sycamore, Greenville, from 1 to 3 p.m. Congratulations & happy anniversary, Gene & Catherine!

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 July meeting which will feature the topic, “Recognize You Are Not Crazy.” 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, July 11 at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway; Tuesday, July 5 at the Coldwater office, 230 W. Main St., and Wednesday, July 6 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 August, the sessions will cover “Developing a Support System.”

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.

"Picnic Favorite" Cooking Demo to be Held on July 1st

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After Hours at TNT

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$10 per person!!  Call now for reservations to make sure you get a lane! 937-548-2117

Reminder: Car Wash and Carnival Benefit is Saturday!

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This is a reminder of the benefit we posted about last week. The Kim Weidner Benefit will now also include a single elimination Cornhole Tournament with 50% payout. Tournament to begin at 1:30 pm. Sign up begins at 1pm. Come out and enjoy a fun filled day! We have over 600 prizes to be won at carnival games, 30+ raffles, a 50/50, car wash, and much much more! Hope to see everyone Saturday, from 1-5 pm @ Hummers of Greenville. All proceeds go to Kim and her family to help offset expenses during her battle with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer! Call Mindy @ 564-1207 with questions or to make a donation!

CAR WASH & CARNIVAL BENEFIT
For Kim Weidner and Her Family


SATURDAY JUNE 25TH 1-5 pm
Hummers Of Greenville Parking Lot (644 Wagner Ave)

Come enjoy the afternoon! Make a donation to have your car washed, play carnival games, corn hole, hillbilly golf
and try your luck at the many raffles.
Hummers menu items & beverages will be available to purchase!


Kim is a young wife & mother who has been diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Kim is employed at Wayne Healthcare as an ER Registration Clerk. She is known & loved by many, including Wayne Hospital Staff Members, EMS crews, & the Catholic Community.
All Proceeds will go directly to the Weidner family
to offset their Medical and Day to Day Expenses!

For More Information or To Make a Donation Contact:
Mindy McGlinch (937) 564-1207
Courtney Spencer (937) 423-0349
Roberta Hiatt (937) 417-0242

Columbus Dispatch: Election Reform Bill Stalls, Is Back

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The Columbus Dispatch has the following story regarding the proposed election reform bill that is expected to pass soon, now as two separate bills. One with most of the changes, and a second that would require a photo ID to vote. This is causing quite the stir in Columbus.

Check out the story by clicking here, then let us know what you think.

Open Positions At GTI

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Provisional Associate Opportunities: $10.50 – $12.00 per hour


  • Temporary job opportunity for up to 3 years, possibly leading to fulltime employment.
  • Start $10.50/hr., 6 mth. increase to $12.00/hr.
  • Benefits package includes holidays, vacation, bonus, uniforms, health insurance, disability & life insurance.
  • Openings on 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts.
  • Positions in paint, injection, assembly and shipping.

Send Resume to: GTI Human Resources Dept., 0611-4, PO Box 974, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Deadline: July 6, 2011, We are an equal opportunity employer. Drug testing required.

SBA Deadline for Economic Injury Disaster Loans in Western Ohio is July 19

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Western Ohio that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations that were affected by the toxic algae bloom in Grand Lake St. Marys that began on June 21, 2010.

"Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-interest loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the July 19, 2011 deadline," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) up to $2 million are available at 4 percent for small businesses and 3 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes, with terms up to 30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, disaster victims need to apply by the deadline.

These EIDLs are available to businesses and non-profit organizations in Allen, Auglaize, Darke, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby and Van Wert counties in Ohio; and the counties of Adams and Jay in Indiana.

To obtain disaster loan information and application forms, call the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, or send an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan application forms can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov.Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Interested business owners and organizations may visit the SBA's website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply for disaster loans.

The deadline for economic injury applications is July 19, 2011.

Click Here to See a Disaster Loan Fact Sheet

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's Been How Long?!

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If you don't remember the person in the picture then maybe you need to attend the Greenville Class of 1981 30 Year Reunion!

It will be held Saturday July 2nd at the Greenville Elks Lodge from 7:00 - 11:30 p.m. The reunion is also open to classes 1978 - 1982. Cash bar and appetizers will be served. We will have door prizes and DJ Don Lockhart will be spinning the tunes from our days. It is $8.00 per person for preregistration and $10.00 per person at the door. Please come for an evening of catching up and reliving high school memories! Contact Connie (Yohey) Shiverdecker at (937) 547- 6098, Tina (Hocker) McClanahan (937) 603 - 2878, Connie Foureman (937) 423 - 3399, or Sherry (Corder) Runner (937) 564 - 2365 if you wish to attend.

Yoga Teacher Training Program from elementsLife

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elementsLife Yoga Studio, located in historic downtown Greenville, Ohio is currently registering experienced Yoga students for the 2011-2012 Yoga Certification Program. Participants who satisfy all requirements (National Yoga Alliance standards) for this program will acquire a National 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga upon completion. This program combines expert instruction, workshops, observation hours, hands on training and guest speakers to develop a deep understanding of both the mental and physical aspects of Yoga.

If you are interested in learning more about the elementsLife Teacher Training Program, please contact Emily at 937.417.3592 or visit our website at www.elementsLife.com to learn more about elementsLife. We hope you will join us for the 2011-2012 program (starts August 1) and the opportunity to expand your personal and professional practice.

State of the Heart Hospice Hosts 16th Annual Golf Tournament

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(Left): Dave Westfall, Gary Zechar, Mike Barber and Pete Jeffers
(Middle): Dale Grillot
(Right): Mitch Eiting, Angie Phlipot, Jeff Sanders and Jeff Cottner.
In today’s economic climate, one of the things in business that has become increasingly more difficult is hosting a successful fundraising golf tournament. But State of the Heart Hospice’s 16th Annual Tournament was still ahuge success thanks to the many businesses that chose to make State of the Heart a priority.

“We know businesses are asked many times in a week to donate to this event or that event,” said Ken Kurz, Director of Development for State of the Heart Hospice. “That’s why we felt so honored by the businesses that made this event so successful.”

Thanks to a wide variety of businesses, the 16th annual event was one of the more successful in history, according to Kurz.

“We had 26 teams play and netted almost $11,000 to benefit State of the Heart Hospice with this one event,” he said. “We had many companies step up big time. Midmark Corporation was the overall event sponsor. “

Greenville ROTC Student Receives Award from Greenville DAR

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Chief Petty Officer Chris Cox, Kayla White, and DAR ROTC Committee Chairman Carla Surber.
Fort Greenville Chapter DAR recently awarded Greenville ROTC student Kayla White with the ROTC Award. The award is for outstanding academics and character for a high school student.

Annie Oakley Festival Bingo Breakfast

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Do you like to play bingo and win prizes?

Then you will want to attend the Annie Oakley Festival Bingo Breakfast on Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Darke County Fairgrounds, youth building. The morning of fun will begin at 9am and will start with a great breakfast, (scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice and coffee) a robust game of bingo with prizes.

The cost for your morning of fun is only $6.00 and you also receive a weekend festival pass. We always have to turn some people away so be sure to call and reserve your spot today. Call Judie Hathaway, festival president at 548-2391 and be ready for a very fun filled morning.

The complete schedule of events for Annie Oakley Days is also available from our web site: http://www.annieoakleyfestival.org

Big Production this Coming Weekend

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The Towne & Country Players of Versailles are pleased to invite you to be our guests for the opening of The Versailles Performing Arts Center. This noted local Community Theatre group is pleased to help open the Center for Community Theatre with the highly acclaimed production of Lucy Simon’s masterpiece, “The Secret Garden” and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been preparing.

A large cast has committed themselves to bringing this classic to the stage for the first time locally.

The cast includes from Versailles and beyond including V.H.S. students, Brooke Robinson, Kristen Condon, Rebecca Schreffler, Adam Borchers, and Mason DeMange, along with recent graduates Michael Heft, Tim Weaver, and Derek Eakins are featured in the cast. They join Towne & Country veterans, Bonnie Philpot, Kim Borchers, Becci Miller, Brian Collins, Arlene Luttmer, Jacob and Mike Brown who again return to our stage. Several newcomers’ Anthony Sollenberger, Emily Werling, Kimbi Nagel, Shanna Comacho, Haley Hogenkamp Devin Rindlerand Melanie Balster are welcome additions to our group! They join an additional chorus of some twenty singers and dancers, who bring to life this story of intrigue, death, and possible murder, set in 19th century Yorkshire, England. Beautiful costumes, haunting special effects, and a wonderful vocal score with a full orchestra make this a show one not to be missed.

David Berger, formerly of Versailles comes home as the Musical Director and Versailles native, Jim Kelch takes his final turn in the Director’s Chair.

Towne & Country strives to continue in bringing quality Performing Arts programs to the community and seek your support to keep this worthwhile tradition alive.

We urge you to support us as we support the Arts in our community, by ordering your tickets today. The dates and times are June 23rd, 24th, and 25th, at 7:00 p.m. and on June 26th at 2:00 p.m. E-mail us at tcptickets@Yahoo.com or by calling our box office at 937-214-4139. All seats are reserved and are $12.00 adults and $10.00 for students. If you do not reach anyone at the box office you may reach the director at 937-526-4271 for assistance.

Darke County Animal Shelter Open House

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The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank the following businesses and private individuals for donating goods and services to our first open house of the Darke County Animal Shelter on Saturday ,June 18, 2011. Countryside Gardens, Kitchenaid Experience, Justin Tegtmeyer (music), Bev Baker, and Brenda McDonald of Yappy Treats. A great time was had by all and this could not be possible without the support of our community.

elementsLife Offers Free Yoga Class for Area High School Athletes

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BUILD STRENGTH AND STAMINA:

FREE Yoga class for all area High School athletes. With a strong emphasis on building strength and stamina by focusing on abdominal core strength, balance, flexibility, breath work, and injury prevention. This is a challenging, yet fun addition to in-season, and off-season conditioning. This is a free class for all area High School Athletes any donations made by the students will be given to the Greenville Athletic Boosters to support their efforts.

Starts Saturday July 16 @ 10:30-11:30 (6 week session)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cancer Association of Darke County Thanks Clear Choice Hearing Aid Centers for Donation

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Pictured Above (L to R): Ryan Anderson, BC-HIS, Lisa Anderson, and Delores Beisner CADC President
Clear Choice Hearing Aid Center’s owners Ryan and Lisa Anderson have opened an office in Greenville this past March and have decided that they would like to give back to the Darke County community by donating to the Cancer Association of Darke County. Clear Choice Hearing Aid Center disburses Starkey Hearing Aids, who happen to be the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Starkey’s headquarters are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and are USA made and owned. Anytime a person purchases a Starkey hearing aid, a portion of the purchase goes to a foundation to fit children with hearing aids that are in need.

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.

Guest Column from State Representative Richard Adams

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Focusing on Job Creation in Ohio

Since the beginning of the new legislative session in January, the Ohio House of Representatives has made job creation a primary focus. In recent years, our state has suffered from crippling unemployment rates and a steady exodus of businesses to more economically attractive states. While these trends have begun to turn around, we still have a long way to go in order to have a booming job market and a healthy economy.

In the coming months and years, I am confident that Ohio will reach new heights of economic development. I am able to say this with such conviction because of the huge strides the state legislature has already made this General Assembly. The innovation of the jobs-focused legislation passed by the House so far is truly something of which all Ohioans can be proud. We are steadily making our way down a road paved with potential for economic prosperity and sustainability.

The first bill passed by the state legislature this year created JobsOhio, the new private, not-for-profit entity focused on economic growth. Working in tandem with the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), it will offer a lean, responsive approach to economic development that is more responsive to small businesses’ needs. In this way, we can give Ohio businesses a competitive edge and attract jobs inside our borders from other states.

Ohioans Should Have the Freedom to Determine Fate of Health Care Mandates

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State Representative Jim Buchy today expressed disappointment that despite unanimous support from the House Republican Caucus, the Ohio House failed to pass Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would propose an amendment to the Ohio Constitution to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage. In order for this resolution to successfully pass from the House, only one additional vote from the minority caucus was necessary; however, partisan motives obstructed this common-sense initiative.

Commonly known as the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act, S.J.R. 1—and its House companion bill, House Joint Resolution 2—would allow the citizens of Ohio to vote on whether to prohibit any law or rule from forcing any person, employer or health care provider to participate in a health care system.

“I respect the ability of Ohioans to choose what is in their Constitution,” Representative Buchy said. “I am disappointed that not one Democrat could stand up against the big-brother mentality that has been exhibited by proponents of Obamacare. This is a decision that should be left to the citizens.”

Followup: One Teen Still Hospitalized After "Bath Salt" Overdose

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The Dayton Daily News provides a follow up to the story we've been following all week. One of the four teens hospitalized after abusing the "bath salt" drug remains hospitalized. The story also adds that the teens were at a house on E 4th St when the incident occurred, and also that the drug was purchased in Sidney.

Click here for the story from DDN for all of the details, including another incident with bath salts, this time in Sugarcreek Township.

MVCTC Schedule Pick-up Nights Scheduled for Juniors and Seniors

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) junior and senior students enrolled for classes during the 2011-2012 school year may pick up their school schedules on:

  •  Tuesday, August 2, 5:30-8 p.m. for students enrolled in Construction Trades and Agriculture career technical programs, including: Agricultural Services, Center of Science in Agriculture, Carpentry, Electrical Trades, HVAC and Plumbing, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Masonry.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 5:30-8 p.m. for students enrolled in Business, Graphics, Information Technology, or Trade and Industry career technical programs, including: Air Force ROTC, Architectural/Engineering, Auto Collision, Auto Services, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Business Ownership, Clerical Services, Computer Network Engineering, Computer Technology Academy, Criminal Justice, Digital Design, Electronics Engineering, Graphic Commercial Art, Graphic Commercial Photography, Interactive Multimedia, Legal Assistant, Marketing and Media, Medical Office Management, Precision Machining, Robotics, and Welding.

  • Thursday, August 4, 5:30-8 p.m. for students enrolled in Health and Consumer Sciences career technical programs, including: Allied Health Technologies, Biotechnology, Dental Assistant, Health Careers Academy, Sports Medicine, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Services, and Teacher Academy.

Junior students and their parents are also invited to a brief orientation about MVCTC and are able to pick up their school issued laptop computers in the Student Activity Center located in the West Building.

Schedules for all students, both juniors and seniors will be available in the Student Activity Center. Students may also pay school fees and visit their career technical labs on these evenings.

For more information about MVCTC or the Schedule Pick-up Night, please visit, www.mvctc.com or call 937-837-7781.

Volunteer at Heartland Hospice

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Being seriously ill can be a frightening experience, but you have the opportunity to provide the simple gift of comfort to an individual facing the most life-threatening of illnesses.

Heartland Hospice invites you to share the end-of-life journey with a patient who has no friends or family members to support them. Volunteers hold vigil by visiting with patients as they near the end of their lives, ensuring that “no one dies alone”. This truly generous volunteer position is available to individuals who are at least 18 years old, and a very flexible schedule is available for volunteers who wish to serve on an on-call basis. A background check, TB test, training, and on-going support from the organization are provided.

“Heartland Hospice’s goal is the no one dies alone, vigil volunteers help the team by sitting with the patient until the nurse, Chaplain or family can get there or to be there because family can Not be there,” says Sandy Naas, Volunteer Coordinator.

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.

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