Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Colors Captured by Anne Mangen

Submitted by Anne Mangen. Click to enlarge.

Schlechty Named Grand Marshal of 2012 New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair

“Supporting Our Community Through the Generations” is the theme of the 2012 New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair and the family of Grand Marshal, Monyca George Schlechty shines with generations of her family being a part of the school fair.

“My grandpa, Kenny George was chairman of the Pony Show in 1965 and 1966 which was held on the ball diamonds at the school. My dad Dick George was a committee member for the Pony Show in 1966, 1967 and 1968. My mother the late Peggy George served on the committee in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Our daughter Kami Hollinger has been on the committee since 2007 and I have enjoyed being on the committee since 2000, with six of those years being President. Our daughter Kara Graham is not an official member of the committee but helps me with the baking contest and is a first grade teacher at Tri-Village. My uncle and aunt, Dave and Beck George and sons Rocky, Mike and Troy have also helped in past years with the greased pig contest.”

“All New Madison or Tri-Village graduates, my family now has the fifth generation attending Tri-Village schools as grandsons Jayden and Kasyn Hollinger are in first grade and kindergarten.”

Monyca and Bob Schlechty celebrated 31 years of marriage this past March. They have three children; Josh and wife Amy of Harrisburg, North Carolina and grandchildren Cameron, Cadyn and Emma Grace; Kami and Adam Hollinger of New Madison and grandsons Jayden and Kasyn Hollinger; and Kara and Zac Graham of New Madison whom are both teachers at Tri-Village School.

“I have sincerely enjoyed working with members of the Tri Village communities and school officials. When our committee President Lauren Armstrong announced at our follow up meeting last year that I was chosen as Grand Marshal for 2012, I couldn’t believe it. I truly enjoy organizing events and working for the community. I appreciate the honor of being chosen to represent my family as well.”

Monyca is a member of the Tri-Village Athletic Hall of Fame, New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair Committee, New Madison Tri-Village Alumni Committee, past junior high volleyball coach and fifth and six grade basketball coach, grandsons T-Ball coach, assistant coach for girls jr. high softball and past member of New Madison Fourth of July Committee. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crocheting, sewing, yoga, zumba, spending time with friends and family and playing with her grandchildren.




Saturday, September 29, 2012

WHIOtv.com: Greenville Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

WHIOtv.com is reporting that a Greenville man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to sex charges involving children.

Michael Gilmore pleaded guilty to one count of gross sexual imposition and no contest to another gross sexual imposition charge. The charges involve incidents with two girls under the age of 13.

Gilmore was released on his own recognizance until his sentencing, which is scheduled for November 26.

Click here to read the story at WHIOtv.com

Guillozet Crowned Homecoming Queen

Dick Brown sends us more photos, this time of the crowning of Greenville's Homecoming Queen.

Tara Guillozet became 2012's Homecoming Queen. She is pictured below with Chief Greenwave Lucas Keller, then the two with the entire homecoming court.

Congrats to Tara and Lucas!


Commissioners Corner - September 2012

September is almost gone already, High School Football, College, and the N.F.L. are in full swing, temperatures are cooler, and all of our summer festivals are done. With the onset of fall and then the winter season, one would think that things would slow down for us here in the County. Right now, we have a lot of projects in the works, and tying up loose ends is going to be the work for now.

We have been working on our buildings now for quite a while. Earlier this month in the Commissioner’s Office, we had an overflow of a third floor toilet that ruined both second floor bathrooms and one basement office. This happened on a weekend when no one was in the building. We are now in the process of getting both floors refurbished by our maintenance department. They have done an excellent job of completing this task in a timely manner. Some of you may have noticed the work being done on the Visitation House on 5th Street. After going through the quote process, Nealeigh Plastering is replacing the outside stucco on the west and north sides of the building. This has needed to be done for a while, and this work will certainly enhance the exterior of the building. The total cost of the project is $3900. One of the major projects we have completed is cleaning the duct work at the Sheriff’s Department. The air ducts at the Sheriff’s Office had not been cleaned since the building was built. Service Tech Corporation out of Dayton won the quote to clean the ducts for $18,068.00. The work took about 3 weeks to complete. This process has increased the airflow in the building dramatically. While this work was being done, our maintenance people refurbished the cells at the jail. This work was also needed, and with the duct cleaning, it was the right time to complete this work.

Annual Silent Auction & Dinner to Benefit Greenville Schools Foundation


The Greenville Schools Foundation is having its Annual Silent Auction & Dinner on Saturday, October 13th, at Romer’s. The doors will open at 5:00 pm with dinner beginning at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $15.

Many local businesses have donated items for you to bid on during the silent auction. Two special items from the high school on which to bid are a section of the gym floor that says "GREEN WAVE" (dimensions: GREEN is 9'3" long by 18" wide and WAVE is 7'4" long by 18" wide) and a wall mat with the "G" logo inside of a diamond pattern.

Besides the auction and entertainment from the GHS Jazz Scene and the Wavaires, there will be a drawing to determine the winner of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle. Raffle tickets are still available to purchase.

The Greenville Schools Foundation mission is to provide funds to students, alumni, faculty, and employees of the Greenville City Schools for the creation of, or participation in, enrichment programs not available through any other means.

Contact any of the Greenville Schools Foundation members: Sam Suter, Patti Jetter, Dianne Brown, Loretta Etzell, Suzie Brown, Nicole Pohlman, Gretchen Davis, Kathy Lockhart, Jim Sommer, Mike Rieman, Fred Matix, Julie Kirk, or Dave Ernst to buy tickets for the dinner & auction or raffle tickets for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Please call Sam Suter (548-1114) or Jim Sommer (548-7775) for tickets or information. Last day for ticket sales is Sunday, October 7th.

Edison Community College Hosts Annual College Fair

Finding the right school can be like putting together the pieces of a puzzle. Things like size, location and cost are all elements that can have a major impact on a student’s decision for where they will attend college and how successful they will ultimately be.

Edison Community College will again be helping students and their parents with this monumental decision, by hosting the annual College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center of the Piqua Campus.

Nearly 50 colleges and universities from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan will be on Edison’s campus to talk with students, parents and guidance counselors about opportunities in higher education. Advisors and representatives will be able to address questions regarding courses, tuition, job placement rates for majors, accreditation and the transfer process, and more.

“The annual college fair is a great way for students and parents to come in and get a good, well-rounded look at what colleges and universities have to offer,” said Teresa Roth, director of admissions for Edison. “To have so many great institutions coming to one location here on campus is a huge benefit for Edison’s students and to all of our area high schools as well.”

Some of the highlighted schools attending this year’s college fair will be Ball State University, Eastern Michigan University, Hocking College, Indiana Tech, Northern Kentucky University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo and Wright State University.

Edison Community College is a fully accredited two-year institution that offers more than 30 associate’s degrees and one-year certificate programs designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities or help launch a professional career. For more information on Edison’s extensive academic catalog, go online to www.edisonohio.edu.

2nd Annual GGSA Golf Scramble October 6th

The 2nd Annual GGSA Golf Outing will be held at White Springs Golf Course beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 6th. Four man/lady teams and individual sign-ups are welcome for this Greenville Girls Softball Association fundraising event. All proceeds are in support of the Greenville Girls Softball Association and the Stebbins Field Softball Complex.

Entry for this event is $50.00 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, food and soda, as well as prizes for the top 3 finishing teams. Special games include, men and women's long drives, longest putt, putting contest, closest to the pin, and skins games are optional. Please contact Jeff Shilt at 423-3688 or any GGSA officer or trustee for more information or to sign-up for this event.

GGSA is a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization founded in 1972 offering slow-pitch and fast pitch softball to all Darke County girls. In 2012 nearly 800 softball games were played on the Stebbins Field diamonds with over 570 girls signing up to take part in GGSA activities. Hole and cart sponsors are still being accepted and are a tax deductible contribution.

For more information, including contact information, please go to www.ggsaonline.com or follow GGSA on facebook

GREENVILLE BPW CLUB ANNOUNCES GUEST NIGHT

Greenville, OH. September 27, 2012 What happens to the garbage in your neighborhood? Where does it go after you throw it away? What can you do to reduce the amount of trash going into the landfill? Landfills are expensive to build, take up space and pose risks to the environment, particularly water and groundwater.

The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club Guest Night Committee has invited Krista Fourman, Director of Darke County Solid Waste to be their featured speaker. Krista will discuss how landfills are made and what safety precautions are taken when building a landfill. To enhance her presentation, Krista will create the “Edible Landfill”. In addition to discussing the creation of landfills, Fourman will discuss some of the district’s most popular recycling events and programs. This event is open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring empty Pringles cylinders or containers and clean empty baby food jars for a Solid Waste Recycling project.

The dinner meeting on Thursday, October 11, 2012 is to start at 6:30 PM at a cost of $10.00. The location is in the Chestnut Village at the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, OH. Reservations need to be made by noon on Monday, October 8, 2012 by calling Susan Fowble at 937/548-1414.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to Darke County senior high school girls.

2012 New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair

The 79th Annual New Madison Community and Tri-Village School Fair is set for Friday and Saturday, October 5th & 6th. Grand Marshal in honor of her many years of service to community is committee member Monyca Schlechty. The Theme this year is “Supporting Our Community Through The Generations”. Honorary Grand Marshal is Breanna Locke for winning the Poster Contest. Our website, linked from the school’s site www.tri-village.k12.oh.us, has a complete schedule, contest rules and other information about our fair.

The King and Queen Contestants are as follows: Freshmen – Ms. Paige Sloan and Mr. Wesley Murphy; Sophomores – Ms. Ecko Brown and Mr. Jesse Bright; Juniors – Ms. Alex Baker and Mr. Kyle Brock; and Seniors – Ms. Shaye Thomas and Mr. Haedon Schlechty.

There will be a vast assortment of vendors, artists and local groups providing booths at the fair. On Friday the Cutest Patriot Contest will be held along with the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Entries for the Crop & Produce Section will be accepted Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Booths will open at 5:00 p.m. and the cafeteria will be manned by Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren. They will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Little Mr. & Miss Patriot Contest is being held prior the crowning at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. The Friday evening program beginning at 7:00 p.m. consists of music provided by the Tri-Village High School band and chorus. The crowning of the King and Queen sponsored by the School Fair Committee will take place, and a dance will be held after the program from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The dance for students K-6 will be held at the New Madison Civic Center and 7-12th grades will dance in the high school auditorium with music provided by Aaron Sebring of “Pardon the Noise”.

Saturday activities include: The Masonic Temple All You Can Eat Sausage and Pancake Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Masonic Temple on East Washington Street. This is a first time that they have been serving during the School Fair and the Fair Committee is very excited to have new activities offered to the community. The Booths and the Petting Zoo open at 9:00 a.m. The Baking Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. in the High School Gym. Also at 9:00 a.m. is a Treasure Hunt for all ages with a Super Colossal Prize. Parade line-up begins at 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Anderson St. with the parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. Cedar Grove Church will be serving lunch at 11:00 a.m. in the cafeteria until 4:30 p.m. Following the Parade on the front lawn the Tri-Village High School Band along with the Starlets Drill Team will perform a selection from the Darke County Fair Program. The Pinewood Derby Race held by the Boy Scouts will start Registration at 1:00 p.m. and then the race begins at 2:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. The outdoor games will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the front lawn with the return of the rolling pin toss for the adults. The Civic Organization will hold Bunco in the Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. The mini tractor pull will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the student parking lot. The 4th Annual School Fair Auction by our gracious auctioneer Mr. Brian Rismiller will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Commons. Daniel Wittler from Wittler’s Black Belt Academy will be doing a Martial Arts Demonstration at 4:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. The special Saturday evening program will begin at 4:30 p.m. sharp! The “Minute To Win It Game” will be taking place in the Auditorium with contestants ages Kindergarten to Adults who are randomly chosen from the audience. The final activity which is planned by the American Legion is their Chicken Supper that begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Legion on Fayette Street.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

FFA Observes Farm Safety Week in Greenville

Several hundred thousand dollars worth of tractors rolled into Greenville High School during Farm Safety Week—eight pieces of agricultural equipment in all. Their investment—to promote safety on the farm, both today and in the future.

The annual TractorCade, which is held to close up National Farm Safety Week, begins a week of safety activities for members of the Greenville FFA Chapter. “Our purpose is to promote farm safety on and off the farm,” said Greenville FFA Vice President Thomas Shaw. “We are hoping by recognizing this week and promoting safety, we can help to reduce accidents during this busy harvest season.”

National Farm Safety Week is more than showing off tractors to friends and neighbors as members show parade tractors in front of Greenville High School. It is planting the seed of safety into the minds of the community.

“This is the FFA’s way of promoting safety in a positive way,” Shaw said. “I enjoy seeing all the tractors, of course, but it really says something when you see this many kids come together and want to promote safety.”

Shaw said the need to practice safety, while sharing the roads with farm implements and motorized vehicles, is a year round practice motorists need to remember. “National Farm Safety Week is just that –a week. Safety should be practiced year round though,” he said.

As a promotional feature, students wore T-shirts, which observed the special week and highlighted its meaning. Students will wear their shirts throughout the year, which will remind individuals of the real meaning of Farm Safety Week—safety for the year.

Livestock Farmers Dealing With the Results of the Drought

The first thing we may think of for livestock farmers is the lack of availability of feed and the cost of it as we deal with the aftermath of this summer’s drought. But in this article you will learn of a few more concerns.

If you have planted cover crops and plan to graze, ensile, or make hay out of them to feed to livestock, Marc Sulc, OSU Extension, says you should consider the potential for nitrate toxicity in the forage this year. This could be especially of concern for cover crops planted after corn silage that was stunted by drought and received a good dose of N fertilizer earlier this year. Nitrates can accumulate in about any cover crop, including oat, cereal rye, annual ryegrass, and brassica species. If there is potential for N carryover in fields where you planted cover crops, or if N fertilizer was applied to the cover crop forage, it is advisable to test the forage for nitrate content before you harvest or graze the forage this fall. Recent rains could have promoted a flush of nitrates to be taken up by the plant. To make matters worse, the current cold snap might shut down plant growth (depending on the cover crop species) preventing further accumulation of yield, so high nitrate concentrations will not be diluted out in the plant. So consider the N carryover situation in your fields, and test your cover crop forage accordingly.

Fall is in the air and Jack Frost will strike sooner or later. When he does, questions always arise concerning the dangers of feeding frosted forages. A very few forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost.

Sulc says the warm-season annual grasses in the sorghum family and other closely related species are capable of becoming toxic to livestock after a frost event. Those species contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that convert quickly to prussic acid in freeze-damaged plant tissue. Prussic acid is also known as hydrogen cyanide – the very substance of murder mysteries!

October Funday sale at The Museum Store at Garst Museum

It's time to get ready for the October Funday sale. Stop in The Museum Store at Garst Museum on Friday, October 5 as we celebrate Do Something Nice Day. All non-consignment items in the store will be discounted 20% as our gift to you. You do not need to tour the museum to visit The Museum Store. Just enter through the glass doors at the rear of the museum complex to visit the store. Store hours are the same as the museum hours, 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 pm on Sunday.

“Woofing” it at Worth: A Dog’s Hike

Grab “Fido’s” leash and head out to Worth Family Nature Preserve on Thursday, October 11th at 6:30pm for an evening hike through the woods! We’ll meet at Worth Family Nature Preserve (located on Springhill Road just off of 502-West) and cover as much ground as the daylight permits. Please be sure to keep the leash short and bring bags to pick up any “deposits” Fido may leave behind. In the event of poor weather, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 for more information.

Please visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org to view all of our upcoming events and programs.

Free Computer Classes at Library

The Greenville Public Library is again offering free computer classes for beginners. There are three different classes: Basic Computer Skills, Internet, and Email. These three will be offered two times – Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on October 11th, 18th, and 25th and also on Mondays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on October 15th, 22nd, and 29th.

Librarian Stephanie St. Myers is our new instructor, as seen above. She's a computer whiz and a very patient, easy-to-understand teacher.

Please sign up at the Circulation or Reference Desks or call the Library at 548-3915 to reserve a place in class.

H.I.T. Foundation offering foreclosure prevention services

Homeowners in Darke County facing unemployment or struggling to make monthly mortgage payments due to decreased income can take advantage of free counseling and services offered by the H.I.T. Foundation in Eaton. In the past two years, the agency has assisted in distributing more than $400,000 in direct funding to area homeowners, as well as provided foreclosure information and counseling.

The foreclosure prevention program is designed to help homeowners who are unable to keep up with monthly mortgage payments and/or are in the foreclosure process. The program targets homeowners facing job loss, medical issues or other hardship.

Whether a homeowner is simply struggling to make mortgage payments or is already in the foreclosure process, the H.I.T. Foundation may be able to help. Homeowners are encouraged to contact the agency, even if they are current on their mortgage, if they are experiencing “financial hardship” and they foresee difficulty making payments in the future.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keller Named Chief Greenwave at Homecoming Pep Rally

Dick Brown sent along the following photos from tonight's pep rally where Lucas Keller was crowned Chief Greenwave for 2012. Dick sent the photos with the following description...
Thursday night Greenville High School Homecoming festivities included an Alumni Parade with 30+ floats through downtown Greenville, a Pep Rally at the Band Shell, and the crowning of this year's Chief Green Wave. Senior Lucas Keller is the winner this year and is pictured being crowned by Andrew Cech, last year's Chief Green Wave. Both served as Senior Class President. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at the football game Friday in a pregame ceremony at 7:00.
2011 Chief Greenwave Andrew Cech crowns Lucas Keller, 2012 Chief Greenwave

FISH ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL “FEED DARKE COUNTY” FOOD DRIVE

Members of Greenville High School athletics program help stock FISH Choice Pantry.
The Greenville FISH organization is currently engaged in an extreme food drive to help stock their pantry which provides food to local citizens with limited resources. The food drive, dubbed FEED DARKE COUNTY by the ecumenical volunteer organization, was launched on September 15th in conjunction with the Illumination Festival at the Darke County Fair grounds, and will close on Saturday, October 20.

“The need is great, and our resources are becoming depleted. During this harvest season, we are hoping that generous Darke Countians will once again donate as they are able so that we can continue to serve our neighbors,” said FISH Coordinator Kristy Cutarelli. Donations of non-perishable food items may be delivered to the FISH Choice Pantry, 400 Markwith Avenue, Greenville, at anytime, and dropped off in the box located at the rear of the building. A Harvest Day Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on the final day of the drive; all donors are invited to participate in the celebration.

FISH has served local citizens since 1967, and currently operates the Choice Pantry, which is open Mondays from 1 p.m. till 2 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. till 11 a.m., and Fridays 4 p.m. till 5 p.m. Donations are welcome at any time throughout the year. In 2011, FISH served 3,085 households; this year has thus far seen a 26% increase in participation. For more information or to make different arrangements for donations, contact Ms. Cutarelli at 937-316-8420 or leave a message on the FISH phone at 548-2000.

EXTREME GUITAR DUO TO PERFORM AT UNION CITY ARTS DEPOT

Darke County Center for the Arts will present Extreme Guitar Duo in concert at the Arts Depot in Union City on Thursday, October 25. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Keith Knight and Don Alder, the energetic guitarists who make up the Duo, play a wide range of musical genres including modern finger-style guitar, delta blues, Appalachian folk, bluegrass, and calypso on 6-string and 12-string guitars, harp guitars, dobros, and mandolin, and frequently add vocals to the mix. The show, a part of DCCA's casual Coffeehouse Series, begins at 7 p.m.

“The Duo's collaboration takes audiences to the extreme edge of modern guitar finger-picking, thus the name,” Rawlins stated. “These two guys are monster players who deliver an unforgettable upbeat performance peppered with delightfully engaging stories that charm all ages and make the Extreme Duo a perfect fit for our Coffeehouse Series,” Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series was created to offer performances by high quality artists in comfortable social settings where food and drink are also available. The Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. Darke County Center for the Arts also receives support from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Tickets for the Extreme Guitar Duo concert are $10, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or purchased online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at the Arts Depot, 115 North Howard Street, Union City, Indiana.

Tri-Village Closes Due to Lice Outbreak

Per the school website (click here), Tri-Village Schools is dealing with a lice outbreak. As a result, all athletics for tonight are cancelled, as is school for tomorrow. Athletics tomorrow, however, are expected to proceed as scheduled.

Full message from the site:
We regret to inform you that we have had a head lice outbreak. We are strongly suggesting that you treat your students as if they have head lice, to be on the safe side. Attached is a form that was sent home with your student detailing how treatment should be done.

We will be closed tomorrow, September 28th, to give you time to have your students treated and the building cleaned. Thank you for your support and cooperation in this matter.

All athletics are cancelled for today. Tomorrow, September 28th, all athletics will proceed as scheduled.
In addition, you can find a copy of the letter that was sent home with students on the site, which includes instructions on how the school recommends the students be treated.

Quilt Show at the Library

The Greenville Public Library is hosting a free Quilt Show on Friday October 5th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The show is in conjunction with Downtown Greenville's “First Friday” theme Artisan Corner. The Towne Squares Quilt Club will provide the quilts for display as well as a few technique “demos” throughout the day. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase. This year the prize is a queen-size quilt in the “Evening Star” pattern seen in the picture.

The Towne Squares Quilt Club is presenting its 31st annual Harvest of Quilts the following weekend on Friday & Saturday October 12th & 13th at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This show is a huge event with over 200 quilts, a Merchants Mall, a Country Store, scissors sharpening, and food vendors. There is a quilt auction at 2:00 pm Saturday and and the raffle drawing for “Evening Star.”

The Club was started in September 1980 by Raine Hunt and her mother Leola Crowell in the Extension Office on Wayne Street. They began with 45 members and soon moved their meetings to the Brick Room at the BRC where they still meet every third Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The meetings are informational and everyone is invited to join – whether a quilter or not! Some people love quilts though they don't sew.

The Club holds workshops, takes bus trips to quilt shows, attends retreats, and hosts guest teachers. The proceeds from their annual show and raffle are given to charities. A person can get $1 off the price of admission by bringing a non perishable food item to the show. These are then given to the food pantry. See their website http://townesquares.blogspot.com. And come to the Library for a glimpse of their beautiful quilts!

Tailgators present donation to Cancer Association of Darke County

(Left to right) Marilyn Emmons, Treasurer of Cancer Association of Darke County and Melissa Vore, Tailgators.

A local resident, Alice Marker, was diagnosed with cancer and her friends and family held a benefit poker run for her in June. Alice said that she had insurance and her bills were being paid and she wanted all proceeds to go to the cancer association to benefit local cancer patients.

The ride was 108 miles and along with it were raffles, door prizes, music with Amanda Livingston, Frohna and Warner and Renegade RailRoad. A meal was also provided.

The association wants to thank the Tail Gators and Alice for their generosity toward the patients battling the serious illness of cancer.

The Tail Gators state they want to do this each year and donate to the association. The association is most grateful for this and all donations. It exists to provide financial benefits, nutritional support and emotional support to local cancer victims. CADC is local and partners with United Way. It is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.

“Where there is help, there is hope.”

Announcements from CAP: Closed on Columbus Day

Columbus Day closing
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be closed Mon., Oct. 8th in honor of Columbus Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Metropolitan Housing Authority. Normal hours will resume on Tues., Oct. 9th.

Transportation service available
Community Transportation will be in operation for those who need service through the JARC program Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8th. Reservations should be made by Oct. 5th by calling 547-9129.

COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER RECOGINIZES DARKE COUNTY BLOOD DONOR MILESTONES FOR JULY & AUGUST

Left: 100 LTD - Dan Lenker, Center: Husband & Wife Team Kathy (60 LTD) and George (100 LTD) O'Dell,
Right: 100 LTD Ron Stauffer
425 LTD - Donn Thornhill
DARKE COUNTY, OH — (September 25, 2012) Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their milestones. Thanks to the generosity of all donors many lives have been saved.

Donors are recognized for their Life Time Donations (LTD) Milestones

5 LTD
Nicholas Borchers, Kathleen Bruns, Ryan Butts, Jeffrey Dohme, Ryan Drees, Chad Drew, Rachel Duncan, Jason Durbin, Pete Eikenberry, Kimberly Ferryman, Laura Francis, Rehbekah Guaderrama, Karen Herndon, Brooke Howard, Angie Kaiser, Shawn Kemper, Katlyn Kenworthy, Kyle Lehman, Kayla Linkous, Adam Magoto, Christopher Miller, Misty Murphy, Tommy Nelson, Brittany Peters, Ashley Pipenger, Logan Puterbaugh, Thomas Shaw, David Stacy, Michael Stump, Shawn Thomas, Jim Thornburg

10 LTD
Susan Ackley, Cheryl Batten, Sherri Beisner, John Crider, Steven Dapore, Brent Driver, Timothy Ellis, Daniel Fourman, Travis Francis, Donald Hathaway, Monica Heckman, Kevin Hedrick, Jerome Heitkamp, Wanda Henninger, Scott Hill, Todd Householder, Gary Hummel, Brenda Johnson, Keith Kretschmar, Fonda Newbauer, Brooke Pierron, Rockne Seiler, Rita Sharp, Sue Swartz, Judy Webber, Robert Widener

New Madison Friends of the Library to Sell Used Books October 5-13

As part of the School Fair festivities, the Friends of New Madison Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale from Friday, October 5 through Saturday, October 13.

The sale will be held during the library’s normal business hours, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday- Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices are 10 cents for magazines, 25 cents for paperbacks, 50 cents for hardcover books and $1.00 for CDs, audiobooks and software. Library tote bags will also be available for $5.00.

Donations of gently used books will be accepted beginning Monday, October 1. No encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books, please. Proceeds from this sale will be used to fund book purchases and special projects for the Library.

The Library is located at 142 South Main Street in New Madison.

Oakland Church of the Brethren to Begin Kids Can Club

Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Rd. will begin Kids Can Club for children in kindergarten through sixth grade on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. It will continue each Wednesday night through May.

Kids Can Club is divided into two age groups, K-3 and 4-6. Each group will rotate between activities during the evening. Kid Cluster is a time for gathering together for singing. Kids Can Discuss features the theme of the day, the Bible story and scripture reinforced through drama and skits. Kids Can Create provides hands on activities which will support the theme of the day. Kids Can Move encourages building friendships and sportsmanship through play. The evening will close with Kids Can Eat where a simple snack will be offered.

Participants of the Kids Can Club will be supervised at all times by adult leaders and their assistants. Oakland Church of the Brethren welcomes all children to experience fun and meaningful evenings at Kids Can Club. For further information and/or questions call 548-6412.

Garst Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live! Free Admission for All Participants

The National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas-With Lawrence and Beyond

The Museum Day Live! Ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday (not available at the museum). Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

A studio pose taken in New York of
Annie Oakley, circa 1880
Greenville, Ohio—On Saturday September 29, 2012, Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which Garst Museum will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, Garst Museum will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.

Garst Museum executive director Dr. Clay Johnson stated that “We think it is important to participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. This is a great opportunity to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture.”

The Garst Museum complex is located at 205 North Broadway, (SR118N) in Greenville, OH; entrance is through the Garst House, which was built in 1852. The complex features six separate but connected buildings. The National Annie Oakley Center houses an extensive exhibit dedicated to the sharpshooter. Other exhibits focus on Native American history, the Treaty of Greene Ville, and broadcast journalism pioneer and nearby Woodington native, Lowell Thomas. There is a pioneer wing, an exhibit depicting a village of circa 1890-1930 shops, rooms furnished with American antiques, a military exhibit with uniforms dating from The War of 1812 through the present, and a large collection of Currier and Ives works. The Darke County Genealogical and Research Center is housed at the museum as well. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays, major holidays and the month of January.

Announcements from CAP: Closed on Columbus Day

Columbus Day closing
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be closed Mon., Oct. 8th in honor of Columbus Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Metropolitan Housing Authority. Normal hours will resume on Tues., Oct. 9th.

Transportation service available
Community Transportation will be in operation for those who need service through the JARC program Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8th. Reservations should be made by Oct. 5th by calling 547-9129.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Greenville BPW Kicks off 2012-2013 Business Year

The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club kicked off their 2012-2013 business year by holding their first meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Center.

The Legislation Committee consisting of Chair Diana Frazier, and members Deb Smith, Opal Lease, and Miriam Knick hosted the meeting. President Jane Carroll showed excerpts from the film’ Ironed Jawed Angels’. The film depicts Alice Paul and her cohorts’ efforts to secure the right to vote for all women – nationally. The film is very moving and focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910’s.

Discussion was held on the MainStreet Greenville’s First Friday event ‘Artisan’s Corner’. The Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) has been given the wonderful opportunity to partner with MainStreet Greenville and JAFE for the event on October 5, 2012. All local artists, creators, and craftsmen are invited to be a part of this happening. Greenville BPW is taking on this challenge as we believe in involvement with the community and making downtown Greenville a vital part of Darke County. Won’t you join us and be a part of this exciting evening? This is the chance for local artists and vendors to showcase their talent and business and be a part of downtown Greenville. Local downtown merchants will be offering their place of business to put up a display in their inside space or on the sidewalk. Contact Leigh Fletcher at 937/564-8017 or Susan Fowble at 937/548-1414 for more details.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Gail Snyder at 937/423-4854.

New Training Program Launched

Businesses, government, and education team up to address skills gap in local workforce

DARKE COUNTY- After months of planning, the first stage of Partnering for Progress’s (P4P) workforce development initiative has been launched with the recent issuance of a training curriculum designed, in conjunction with the area’s businesses, to address the oft-spoke of skills gap in Darke County’s existing workforce. The program will be based at Greenville High Schools’ Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) but will also include partners such as the Darke County Job Center and Edison Community College. According to officials, initial training will largely focus on employees in the manufacturing sector and is designed to give companies the opportunity to provide local, affordable, and customizable training to their new and existing workforce.

“Many area employees, including some in neighboring counties, had a hand in helping us craft this initial course offering,” explained Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “We will always keep this a program driven by the input of local companies since this is obviously the best way to ensure that our employers have the specific skills training they need available to fuel their current and future growth.”

According to Saluk, several large manufacturers have already expressed an interest in having courses customized for specific training needs in areas such as machining, maintenance, hydraulics, and manufacturing readiness. He states that, although the initial course catalog does include generalized curriculum, the initiative’s ability to design customized classes across a broad range of disciplines is the true growth engine for the project.

“That’s the best way to ensure that our workforce is getting trained specifically to meet the needs of business and industry in the West Central Ohio area,” said Saluk. “We are also lucky enough to have consultants working on this effort that have extensive experience in manufacturing skills training.”

The consultants, ProtoGen Group, LLC, includes staff experienced in developing workforce solutions for business and industry in conjunction with Sinclair Community College, Edison Community College, Upper Valley Joint Vocational School, and the Ohio Department of Development, among others.

The incumbent worker training program is the first stage of an initial three-tiered approach to implementing a workforce development solution for Darke County. According to Partnering for Progress officials, the initiative is also preparing to launch a manufacturing awareness campaign and a manufacturing readiness initiative which is designed to assist the under-employed and under-skilled segment of the population to be better prepared for positions in the local manufacturing community.

Questions about the training curriculum can be directed to Jon Heffner of ProtoGen Group, LLC at 937-526-5315 or 937-658-3641. Questions about Darke County’s workforce development initiative or about Partnering for Progress can be directed to the Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250

POLICE SEEK INFORMATION ON TRAFFIC CRASH

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On September 25, 2012, at approximately 9:44 p.m., the Greenville Police Department received a call of a traffic crash on US 36 E at US 127. After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that two separate crashes had occurred. The first crash involved a silver 2001 Ford Windstar van traveling eastbound on US 36 E. The unknown driver of the van lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to strike the guardrail and roll over onto its top.

The second crash then occurred when a 1994 Buick Celebrity, driven by 27-year-old, Heather Gregorace, was eastbound on US 36 E and changed lanes, striking the van that was on its top. The van then struck a pedestrian, 18-year-old, Casey McGlothlin, who had stopped to render aid to the driver of the van. McGlothlin was taken by Greenville Rescue to Wayne Health Care. Gregorace was also taken to Wayne Health Care by Greenville Rescue and her passenger, 21-year-old, Anna Kenworthy, was flown by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital.

The driver of the van is believed to have entered a maroon vehicle which fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

This case remains under investigation by the Greenville Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at (937) 548-1103.

Tri-Village School Fair Baking Contest

The Tri-Village School Fair committee is a sponsoring a baking contest on Saturday, October 6th, 2012. The categories are: PK through 6th grade and 7th grade through 12th-Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes and Candy.

The adult divisions will include-Pies, Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes and Candy.

New this year is the Family Project which is for unique items made together as a family, such as edible play dough, baking in a jar, crafty food projects, etc.

There is also a Professional category. This includes Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes, Pies and Candy.
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Baked goods will be accepted in the high school gym from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Saturday. If you have any questions please contact Monyca Schlechty at 548-0725 or click here.

Greenville Teachers Perform "Let Me Teach You Maybe"

Teachers at Greenville put together the following video, available on YouTube, as a precursor to the new school year. They parody "Call Me Maybe" and the video features several teachers and students. From the description on YouTube:
With "Positively Greenville" the 2012-2013 theme of Greenville High School, the Language Department at GHS wanted to get students excited about the new school year. Additionally, they wanted to show the students what was possible with a little collaboration. Despite being a school that doesn't have all of the latest technology in every classroom, the Language Department was determined to make their idea happen. Thus, they created a parody of Call Me, Maybe. Their rendition, Let Me Teach You, Maybe, shows that when teachers and students come together, positive things can happen!
The comments on YouTube are likely NSFW (because it's youtube, and that's what commenters on youtube do), so beware.


(Thanks to chatter "Outsider" for the heads up)

City of Greenville Fire Dept to Host Fire Prevention Open House

The City of Greenville Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention Open House with the theme "Have 2 Ways Out," on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 1:00 - 4:00pm at the fire station in the City Municipal Building, 100 Public Square.

Activities on the agenda will include: guided station tours, a static display of complete set of firefighter turnout gear presented, a vehicle extrication demo at 2:30pm, thermal imaging camera demonstrations, a kiddie fire hose station, EZ-Child ID (hard copy of ID & will burn to CS to take home), adult use of portable fire extinguishers, and blood pressure screenings. Various safety handouts will be available.

As a reminder, the City of Greenville Fire Department has smoke detectors available free for city residents. Refreshments and door prizes offered (donated).

BEAR’S MILL PRESENTS 2012 LEGENDARY FALL OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 6TH & 7TH


The Friends of Bear’s Mill will be holding their annual Legendary Fall Open House on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. The event will include free guided tours and grinding demonstrations by Master Miller Terry at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 both days. Visitors will also be entertained on Saturday by multi-instrumentalists Brian Keith Wallen & Alexis Klosinski, Bob Behringer playing the Native American flute and local artists Cinder Home. On Sunday, Steve Ward of Springfield and Ron & Elaine Marshall of Versailles will both be playing guitar and singing familiar songs, everything from rock to country, adult contemporary to alternative. This event is free to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated.

“The mission of the Friends of Bear’s Mill is to provide a rich cultural experience and community-oriented events including educational tours, demonstrations and nature walks while preserving the Mill’s historical significance and natural beauty,” said Outreach Manager Merri Niekamp. “This is a fun, family-oriented event that appeals to young and old alike. Bear’s Mill offers a beautiful fall setting that encourages the community to come out and celebrate the harvest and changing of the seasons with nature... take in some history, grab a bowl of delicious bean soup with cornbread, perch on a straw bale and relax to some local entertainment,” Ms. Niekamp concluded.

In addition to stoneground flours and meals, the Mill Store offers kitchen and gourmet goods as well as Boston Stoker Coffees and Bakehouse Breads. Original pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters, giftware and women’s jewelry and accessories are also available for sale. The gallery at Bear’s Mill will feature the October artists for the ‘Art at the Mill’ series. Included will be the sculptures by Gary Marcinowski as well as photography by Fred Niles, both professors of visual art at the University of Dayton. “Unique new items are coming in daily,” stated Julie Clark, Retail Manager. “And of course we have the traditional pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet that everyone looks forward to displaying in celebration of the autumn season,” she explained.

Bear’s Mill, a working national landmark, is operated by the Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization. Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or visit www.bearsmill.com.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Help Find a Lost Cat in Greenville

Missing, large Calico cat. South side of town. Needs medication and needs to be found ASAP. Please contact 564-1767.

OPERATION BUNDLE OF JOY: Public Baby Shower

The Public is Invited to a Very Special Baby Shower For Women Veterans
A MATERNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM by the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (DVAMC)

On Saturday, October 13th, the VFW Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary and Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR are hosting a public baby shower, Operation Bundle of Joy.

The public is asked to donate needed baby and mother items for this program. The shower is from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at the Greenville VFW Post 7262, 219 North Ohio St., Greenville. Refreshments will be provided to everyone that donates. Also everyone that donates the day of the shower will be eligible for a door prize drawing (need not be present to win).

Donations can also be dropped off at the Greenville VFW Post 7262 now until Oct. 13th or by calling 548-2398.

The Operation Bundle of Joy program is being developed to assist in providing continuity of care for our maternity Veterans and to show women Veterans our commitment to their health care needs throughout their lifespan. Maternity Veterans are referred for obstetrical care in the community. Once referred DVAMC often does not hear from the Veterans until after the delivery of their child. The program will help us to close the gap and help women Veterans transition from VA to the private sector and from the private sector back to the VA.

BABY ITEMS NEEDED:
Receiving Blankets, New Born Pampers, Infant Towels & Layettes, Pacifiers, Bottles, Booties, Clothing, Safe Baby Toys, Basic Infant Care Needs

MOM ITEMS NEEDED:
Candies, Lotion, Bubble Bath, Bathrobes, Candles, Sparkling Grape Juice/Cider

Flora Wins the DJ Pick 'em Contest Week 5! Prize added to Season Champ Prize Pack!

Congratulations to Brad Flora for winning DarkeJournal.com's High School Football Pick 'em Challenge week 5!

This week saw Jerry Bey continue to expand his lead in the overall standings by correctly picking all 5 winners while wagering a full 10 points on each game, ending up with a perfect score of 60. 

Among non-previous winners, there was a 3 way tie at 30 points, including a first time player! Brad Flora will earn the prizes for picking the tiebreaker closest to the total score in the Ansonia/Bradford game.

Brad will receive a free school t-shirt from Cavalier Clothing and 6 free wings from Tail Gators!

Now for the second half of the season! There are still plenty of chances to win the weekly prize, in addition to accumulating points towards the grand prize package that will include a blue tooth headset from Prime Communications and a $50 gas card courtesy of the lovely people at DarkeJournal.com.

As with last week, list your predicted winners and rate how confident you are on a scale of 1-10. This is not in relation to other picks, so each pick will have a number between 1-10 associated with it, and you may repeat confident ratings across multiple games. If you get the pick right, you will receive that many points (so if you're sure of your pick, rate it a 10). However, if you get that pick wrong, you will lose that many points (so if you have no idea who will win, you may want to rate it lower). The entry with the highest total score will win!

Also, make a guess for the total score of the games designated as tiebreaker 1 and tiebreaker 2. In the event of a tie, the guess that is the closest to the total combined score of that game will be the winner.

Email your picks and confidence ratings to darkejournal@gmail.com with the subject line of "Football Picks - Week 6" by 6pm on Friday to be eligible for prizes. 

If you have questions on the format, feel free to send an email or leave a comment on this post.

This Week's Games
  • TCN @ Bradford (Tie Breaker 1)
  • National Trail @ Mississinawa Valley (Tie Breaker 2)
  • Versailles @ Parkway
  • Vandalia Butler @ Greenville
  • Ansonia @ Arcanum
Find full results and standings after the break.

Events at Sterling House

Community Euchre & Bingo

A Community Euchre party is held every Monday at 2 p.m. and Community Bingo is held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 10 a.m. Please join us at Sterling House, 1401 N. Broadway, Greenville for both events. Euchre games are free & 1 hour of Bingo is $0.25. All are welcome! Complimentary refreshments are served.

Memory Matters – Alzheimer’s Support

Memory Matters, an Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6-7p.m. at Sterling House, 1401 N. Broadway, Greenville. Complimentary refreshments are served.

For more information on either of these programs, contact Amy Schwieterman at 937-564-1120 or aschwieterman@brookdaleliving.com

Identity Theft Prevention Workshop to be Held

Did you know that every four seconds someone’s identity is stolen? That’s why our friends a Thrivent Financial are partnering with Friedens Lutheran and Trinity of Versailles to host a workshop to help protect all of us from this crime of Identity Theft.

This Sunday September 30, 2012 Rob Rucker & Mark Reedy will present a free workshop to anyone interested in protecting themselves against this fast rising crime at two different times designed to fit into your schedule. The identical workshops will be at Friedens, located just east of Versailles on Seibt Road (becomes Versailles Road as you cross into Miami County) at 10:00 a.m. following their 9:00 a.m. worship which you’re invited to attend if you choose. For the workshop you may enter through their back door. A lite breakfast will be served with the 45 minute workshop. Or if you choose, Trinity at the corner of Wood and Steffin Streets in Versailles will host the same workshop at 11:45 a.m. following their 10:30 a.m. worship in the rear fellowship area. A lite luncheon will be served and child care will be provided.

To assure enough room is provided, please call to make a reservation at (937) 526-3091 for either workshop. If no one answers, please leave a message that includes your name, how many will be attending, and your preferred location.

While both congregations invite you to worship it is not required to attend this important workshop. Please join us as we learn to protect ourselves from this growing crime.

Midmark Expands Support of Economic Development

Faith in county’s P4P initiative leads to increased participation

VERSAILLES- Midmark Corporation has announced that it will significantly increase its contribution to Partnering for Progress (P4P), Darke County’s collaborative economic development initiative, beginning in 2013. The $10,000 annual contribution, which represents a substantial increase from the company’s initial $1,000 annual level of participation, will be reviewed again at the end of next year.

“The increase represents Midmark’s growing confidence in the programs being developed by the economic development office, the direction the partnership has plotted for the county, and in the way it has handled development projects in recent years,” commented Midmark President & CEO Anne Eiting Klamar

According to Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) President Jim Poeppelman, Midmark’s support of the county’s development efforts has gone beyond the financial. Poeppelman stated that the company has assisted P4P officials with the county’s workforce development initiative and has also recently accepted a seat on the CIC board. The Darke County CIC is the governing board of the economic development office and the entity that guides the P4P initiative’s goals and objectives.

“We are extremely fortunate to get the level of participation that we do from a company like Midmark,” said Poeppelman. “They are a very respected company with a great reputation. Their support is obviously appreciated and their input is essential to maximizing our efforts.”

Midmark is currently Darke County’s second largest employer and has recently announced plans to expand its physical plant in Versailles. The company’s growth and diversification in recent years, along with the outstanding reputation it has earned for customer service and quality products, has helped make Midmark one of the most respected companies in the Dayton region. Klamars’ appointment to the Dayton Development Coalition’s governing board, the region’s umbrella development organization, is one of many examples of that respect.

“Partnering for Progress is an initiative driven by local business and industry. To truly achieve our long range goals, we need the support of companies like Midmark,” commented Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “It’s quite a compliment that they believe in our future plans and in what we have already achieved. There’s no doubt that we’ll be that much stronger with their involvement.”

Diabetes Education Classes to be Held at Wayne HealthCare


MURDER MYSTERY/DINNER THEATER AT MONTAGE CAFE

The Darke County Civic Theater will once again be hosting another Murder Mystery/Dinner Theater at Montage Café. Due to the overwhelming response to these shows, they have decided to have four performances this fall. The title of this production is “Murder on Maui” and will be presented in the same format that works so well for the Civic Theater. The murder mystery is an interactive play that allows the guest to question the suspects. The actors will be in character while they make their rounds to each table and give out important information. It is then up to the guests to take notes through out the evening to help solve the mystery. Below you will see the official invite to this fun-filled evening.

You’re invited to one of Harold A. Logan’s (in) famous luaus. It’s also a fund-raiser for HAAL, the Hawaiian Association of Authentic Leis, so bring your checkbook! Get ready to party on, but know this: Trouble is brewing for Mr. Logan.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to solve a murder (or two).

Are you up to the challenge?

The cost for a ticket is only $20.00 and that will include the dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and the play. There will be a cash bar available at all four performances. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are available at Montage Café, 527 S. Broadway, Greenville. Please call to make sure tickets are available before traveling a distance. Tickets for past performances have sold out in a matter of days. Phone orders will be accepted by Montage @ (937) 548-1950, but a Credit Card must be used to hold your reservation. In person purchases at Montage may be paid with Cash, Check or Credit Card. If paying by check, please make check payable to: Darke County Civic Theater.

The dates for the performances are October 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th. The doors will open at 6:00pm and the play will start at 6:30pm. Please arrive early enough so that you will have time to mingle with the actors before the play starts. The half hour before the play starts is when you will learn about the characters and the storyline.

Cancer Support Group to hold monthly meeting on Thursday, October 4, 2012

The cancer support group will hold their monthly meeting at Wayne Healthcare on the 3rd floor in the Conference Room on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 pm.

There will be an open forum this month with attendees encouraged to come ready to share information with each other, nutritional tips that have worked for you, new treatments you have heard about, any hand-outs you would like to share, questions you want to ask each other, etc.

Cancer patients and friends/family are encouraged to attend.

Light refreshments will be served.

This support group is sponsored by the Cancer Association of Darke County. The association partners with United Way. They are not affiliated with the American Cancer Society or other organizations.

Christine Yount, Executive Director of the association and Jill Brown, RN from Wayne Hospital will facilitate the meeting.

For questions relating to the association or cancer support, please call the office at 937-548-9960.

The association is always looking for volunteer drivers to drive patients to and from appointments in Greenville, to Good Sam North, Richmond, etc. Reimbursement for mileage is provided if requested. Call the office if you think this might be something you would like to do to assist our patients.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR UPCOMING

Last year’s holiday customers enjoyed leisurely
shopping at the many different kinds of craft booths.
Calling crafters and vendors – MARK YOUR CALENDAR - the holiday bazaars are beginning soon and November 17 is the date of the “Annual Holiday Bazaar” at A Learning Place in Piqua. There are so many talented crafters and wonderful gift dealers in our area that will be attending. This is the time to mark your calendar to attend and make your reservation for crafter’s rental space.

This is our 11thannual bazaar and it being held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at A Learning Place Conference and Training Center at 201 R.M. Davis Parkway, Piqua, Ohio. The crafters areas will accommodate up to 40+ booths approximately 10’x10’ spaces. The space cost will be just $60.00 for the day.

In this eleventh year for the bazaar and we are looking forward to a great day with talented crafters, dealers and all the great customers. In addition to the bazaar there is always a great lunch; on the menu this year is home-made chicken and noodles, pulled chicken sandwiches and lots of desserts. There will a huge raffle that offers wonderful prizes. Would you like to win an Apple iPad donated by Unity National Bank or a 32”flat screen TV with built in DVD player, maybe a gas grill or one night free stay at Comfort Inn in Piqua. There are many more prizes and they will be on display at the bazaar, you can buy tickets now at the office or at the Bazaar.

Shopper’s, watch for our posters, flyers, and web site ads, and mark your calendars too. Plan to come with your Christmas lists. Profits from the fundraiser will assist children and youth in programs at Council on Rural Services.

Call today at 937-773-6851 – extension 422 or email to tsherry@alearningplace.org. Don’t wait till the last minute, mark your calendars and reserve your crafters space NOW!

Greenville Schools Foundation Harley Raffle

Have you bought your ticket yet for the Greenville Schools Foundation Harley Davidson Raffle?


Time is growing short!

Come check out this beautiful bike and hear it run at the Greenville Homecoming Parade this Thursday evening at 6:30 pm on broadway in Greenville.

Tickets may be purchased after the parade at Harmon Field or Friday evening at the Homecoming football game. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

The drawing is the evening of October 13th at Romer's Catering in Greenville so don't delay! Tickets are available at Advance Auto or Greenville National Bank until the drawing.

Buy a ticket and support our schools. Invest in something that lasts......our children, our schools, a Harley.

DCARES to Participate in Simulated Emergency

The Darke County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (DCARES) is abuzz as we enter Fall. October 6 will find us practicing our skills, as part of the national Simulated Emergency Test, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Much like firefighters and other emergency personnel have mock disasters, this will provide local ham radio operators the opportunity to hone their skills in sending emergency messages.

Building on knowledge from the 1978 blizzard, hams will be relied upon as if telephone and wireless services are out of comission. Setting up temporary stations at various government agencies and fire departments, messages will be sent over radio in various ways, both within Darke County, and throughout the state of Ohio.

For more information on this activity, or ham radio in general, feel free to join us Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm, for our monthly meeting at the Darke County Emergency Management Office. Contact information, and more about the group can be found at http://www.qsl.net/w8dca

Monday, September 24, 2012

Have you heard who has the best pie in Darke County?

Neither have we so we want to find out who does!

Come join us on Saturday September 29th for our third annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest. To be held at Shawnee Prairie Reserve located at 4267 St. Rt.502 Greenville.

The rules are simple. Have your pie(s) to the Nature Center’s classroom between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. judging will promptly start at 11:00a.m. There is a $2 entry fee per pie. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. The pies will be divided into the following categories: Apple, Berry, Cherry, Peach, Pecan and Other. Your pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as we cannot return dishes. Cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry. If you have any questions call 937-548-0165.

Do you have Darke County’s best pie?

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!


  • ACE Hardware
  • Monica & Dan Alexander
  • Brumbaugh Construction
  • Buchy’s Food
  • The Coffee Pot
  • Financial Achievement Services
  • Francis Furniture
  • Greenville Auto Care
  • Greenville National Bank
  • Montage Café
  • Purveyor of Improbable Possibilities Stories By Chris Supinger
  • Second National Bank
  • VFW Post 7262
  • Wielands Jewelry


PHOTO CLUB ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF 2012 SHOW

Left: Student Best of Show, taken by Kate Young. Right: Best of Show, taken by Mel Cabeen. Click on either to enlarge.

On September 8, 2012, the Darke County Photography Club held their 5th annual photography competition, “A Moment of Time”. The club would like to thank judge Scott Thayer and the sponsors for helping make the show a success. In addition, the club thanks C.J. and Emily Jasenski for the use of the home of Elements Life Yoga/Third Street Market as the site of this year’s show.

Best of Show, sponsored by Greenville National Bank, was awarded to Mel Cabeen. Student Best of Show, sponsored by Financial Achievement Services, was awarded to Kate Young. Ron Swank People’s Choice, sponsored by Jeannie’s Pooch Parlor, was awarded to Denice Martz.

In addition to these special awards, fifteen Sponsor Choice Ribbons were awarded as follows:

“Meeting the Needs of Progressive Dementia” to be Presented

Please join us on September 25th to gain valuable insight into Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. Guest speaker Sheryl Ludeke-Smith, Divisional Memory Care Specialist with Brookdale Senior Living, has over 40 years of experience in long term care as a national speaker, policy maker, trainer and consultant. Sheryl will discuss the topic “Meeting the Needs of Progressive Dementia”.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 25th
  • Time: Registration @ 11:45 and Program @ 12noon
  • Location: Wayne Healthcare, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 835 Sweitzer St., Greenville
  • RSVP: Amy Schwieterman @ 937-564-1120 or reply to this e-mail

Complimentary admission and lunch (RSVP necessary for lunch only)

Flu Vaccine Schedule for Family Health Patients

Family Health-Greenville
October 10th 8:30-12 & 1-4pm
October 17th 8:30-12 & 1-4pm

Please Enter at Main Entrance

Family Health-Arcanum
October 23rd 9am-12 & 1:30-4pm
October 24th 9am-12 & 1:30-4pm

Family Health-Versailles
September 25th 10am-11:30 & 1:30-4pm
October 2nd 8-12 & 1-4pm

The cost for the flu vaccine is $25.00 and may be billed to your health insurance.

Public Health Notice: Flu Vaccines to be Administered at Tri-Village Rescue

The Darke County Health Department will be administering Flu Vaccines at Tri-Village Rescue Saturday September 29th from 9-11, while supplies last. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual Flu Vaccination. Cost of Flu Vaccine is $20. Insurances accepted include; Ohio Medicaid, Molina, Amerigroup, Caresource, Medical Mutual, Anthem BC/BS, Medicare Part B.

Don’t get caught without the shot!

St. Marys Walk With Nature / Fall Festival - October 21, 2012

Click here to download: Event BrocureGirty Town FlyerCraft Show Application

The St. Marys Kiwanis, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and Heritage Trails Park District along with the help of several other community partners invites everyone to enjoy the 43rd Annual “Walk with Nature” on the Miami-Erie Canal Towpath and the 4th Annual “Fall Festival in Memorial Park”.

The “Walk with Nature” is a pleasant, level walk along the Towpath of the Canal and can begin or end at several points.

The length of the walk can be from 3.3 miles to as much as 10 miles. Buses are available for transport to and from starting and stopping points. The Towpath extends north from St. Marys, Memorial Park to 40 acre pond and on to Lock 14.

Also, Grand Lake Health Systems invites you to get on the “Road to Fitness” and earn 10 to 20 points for the GLHS Fitness Challenge.

The “Fall Festival in Memorial Park” in downtown St. Marys will feature:

  • Entertainment at the Gazebo by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass Band, Paula Schumm & other local favorites.
  • Old Car Show with prizes.
  • Re-enactors from the Civil War period, Frontier times and Canal Boat era.
  • Pre 1840 Rendezvous will camp all weekend on the Canal banks, north of High St., with a Lantern tour Saturday evening at 8 pm.
  • Fall Craft Show & Farmers Market – Baked goods – Crafts – Garden Produce.
  • Historic St. Marys Photography Exhibit at Arts Place on Spring St.
  • Youth Activities (free) – Pumpkin Painting – Free scroll cut wood figures for painting – Bounce Toys & other games.
  • Historical Exhibits and Demonstrations.
  • Train Tours around Historical St. Marys

Registration for the “Walk with Nature” and “Road to Fitness” will be in Memorial Park in Downtown St. Marys.

Fall Festival events will also be in Memorial Park, High St. Park and Arts Place at 138 E. Spring St.

The date of the “Walk with Nature” & “Fall Festival in the Park” is Sunday, October 21st. The “Walk with Nature” will occur between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Entertainment will from 1:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For further information concerning the event, contact the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-394-4611 or wwwstmo@bright.net

Hike to Health with Darke County Parks


The weather is cooling down and the bugs aren’t bugging us anymore. It’s the perfect time to join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist as we hike to better health! Each session is FREE and designed for you to enjoy the benefits of exercising with a group but still be able to go at your own pace, all while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. We will meet at different parks across the county and hike at a brisk pace to get our blood pumping.

The first session will be Thursday, October 4th at 6:00pm at Eidson Woods Preserve (located at the corner of 502 West and Union City-Palestine Road). The second session will be Thursday, November 1st at 6:00pm at Worth Family Nature Preserve.

For more information or directions, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org We hope to see you on the trails!

Triumphant Quartet Concert at Hoffman United Churc


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Greenville Schools Foundation Plans Silent Auction

The Greenville Schools Foundation has been busy planning for our Annual Silent Auction that will be held on October 13, 2012 at Romer’s. The doors will open at 5:00 pm with dinner beginning at 6:15 pm. The menu for the evening will consist of beef chuck roast, golden fried chicken, green beans almondine, rice pilaf, au gratin potatoes, fresh garden salad and dessert.

Jim Sommer and Sam Suter are co-chairing this year’s event, which we anticipate to be a smashing success. Tickets are only $15.

The Greenville High School Jazz Scene under the direction of Mr. J.R. Price and the GHS Wavaires under the direction of Ms. Michelle Smith will provide entertainment.

Many local businesses and individuals have donated items for you to bid on during the silent auction with some great surprises. A couple of those surprises are sections of the old gym floor from Greenville High School and a weekend near Gatlinburg at Tom and Cindy Scott’s mountain cabin retreat.

The other event that evening will be the drawing of the winning ticket for the Harley Davidson motorcycle for which we have been selling raffle tickets. If you don’t have your raffle tickets yet, contact the numbers listed below or any Greenville Schools Foundation member.

Greenville Schools Foundation mission is to provide funds to students, alumni, faculty and employees of the Greenville City Schools for the creation of, or participation in, enrichment programs not available through any other means.

We look forward to a full house on Oct. 13, so get your tickets soon by calling Sam Suter (548-1114) or Jim Sommer (548-7775) or contact any Foundation Board member. Last day for ticket sales is Sunday, Oct. 7.

Career Technical Education News from Greenville City Schools

Both the CIS and Engineering Tech Prep Programs at Greenville High School have been asked to represent the school at the Ohio School Board Association Conference November 11-14. To honor this selection the Southwest Region will be recognizing the district with a framed certificate at their Annual Fall Meeting on October 11 at the Warren County Career Center. Greenville Senior High School is proud to be a comprehensive high school offering a variety of career opportunities for our students. In addition to the programs detailed here and presenting at the Ohio School Board Association conference, The Greenville Career Technical Center offers the following programs for students:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Automotive Technology
  • Biomedical Science/Project Lead the Way
  • Careers with Children (Greenville Learning Center preschool)
  • Career Based Intervention
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Engineering College Tech Prep
  • Financial Specialist (accounting, insurance, HR, finance)
  • Hospitality and Facility Care
  • Interactive Media
  • Marketing
  • Medical Tech Prep
  • Supply Chain Management (logistics)

Gravitational Water Vortex - Greenville Engineering Tech. Prep.


The Gravitational Water Vortex Power Plant is a horizontal form of the hydroelectric dam. The benefits of using an artificially induced vortex above gravity- accelerated water increases efficiency, decreases cost, and not only lowers the negative impact on the environment, but actually increases the sustainability and health of the river as a whole. The ingenious invention was designed and developed by Franz Zotlterer, an Austrian engineer, who saw the advantage of using this natural process.


To date there are no Gravitational Water Vortex Power Plants present in the USA; they exist only in Europe. The most prevailing feature of the device is its necessary drop height is a minimal of 0.7 meters; whereas the minimal drop height necessary for a hydroelectric dam is two meters, a drastically larger drop. The reason that the small drop height is so important is due to construction; a smaller drop height means that less terra forming will be necessary to build the construct.

From a technical standpoint, the power plant is incredibly simple. A small channel is drawn off from a creek or river, which is then delivered, into a large rotation tank. Once in the tank, the water spirals around the center point until reaching the turbine designed by Zotlterer, located at the center point is poised directly above a hole where the water finally exits the tank. While falling through the hole, the water spins the turbine producing energy; the water then reenters the initial body of water from where it was drawn. While the water is in the tank many biological events occur; the water is aerated, decomposition is accelerated, and microbial growth is promoted. One final, major advantage that the Gravitational Water Vortex Power Plant has over the traditional hydroelectric power source is that no fish ladder is required; fish and organisms are able to pass through the device freely in both directions.

For the 2012 Engineering 12 class at Greenville Senior High School, teammates Chase Jenkinson, Lane Flora, and Scott Wirrig have chosen to follow in the footsteps of the 2011 Engineering 12 class by further researching and developing the project. With instructor Chris Sykes, these students will prepare a written report, portfolio, a new functioning model, and a presentation to be used for various events. What makes this project different from previous projects is its ability to go further than the class itself. The students will be presenting the Gravitational Water Vortex Power Plant project at the Ohio State Board of Education in November.

Computer Information Systems


The CIS program at Greenville High School was asked to represent the school at the Ohio School Board Association Conference November 11-14. To honor this selection the Southwest Region will be recognizing the district with a framed certificate at their Annual Fall Meeting on October 11 at the Warren County Career Center. This will be the second year for them to attend this conference. They will be presenting information on the employment experiences offered them through the CIS class. The Greenville City Schools has been hiring students from the CIS class between their junior and senior years to work over the summer with the network administrators to help get the district’s computers ready for the school year. The hired students were able to participate in a Progress Book training session so they were able to work with the returning teachers as the district changed to a different online grade book program. The students continue to work after the school day on an as-needed basis. This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Several of last year’s graduates have already secured positions in computer related fields at GTI and Crown Equipment while continuing their related education at Sinclair Community College.

The CIS program is a two-year program offered to juniors and seniors. It is taught using Cisco’s online curriculum which prepares students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam, the industry standard in computer networking. CIS also covers IT Essentials which prepares students for CompTIA’s A+ certification exam, which is the industry standard in computer repair/help desk. For more information contact Mr. David Peltz, CT Director at 937-548-4188 x 848 or the instructors Mr. Robert Warner, rwarner@greenville.k12.oh.us, or Mr. Nathan Sharp, nsharp@greenville.k12.oh.us.
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