Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Give Brad Gettinger Your Vote" - A Guest Post from Mark and Tammy Abell

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Dear Community:

We are writing in support of Brad Gettinger for Greenville School Board. Brad is person of exceptional character and is an active member of our community. Brad is a deacon at his church, helps with children’s ministry and has been involved with young people while coaching sports. Brad has a desire to see all children succeed.

Brad is a graduate of University of Toledo and is an Information Systems Analyst at Midmark. Brad & his wife Susan have strong roots in the community with four children in the school district. Brad is a hard worker and is committed to his endeavors. We believe Brad will bring integrity, wisdom & energy to this position. Please give Brad your vote on Tues, Nov. 5.

Sincerely,
Mark and Tammy Abell

REV. RON NAYLOR TO SPEAK AT FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN NEW MADISON

NEW MADISON – First Universalist Church of New Madison is proud to welcome Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor as guest minister for morning worship, 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at the church located at 331 E. Washington St., New Madison. The message for the day will be “Giving Away the Borders of Your Life,” chosen from words in the book of Deuteronomy.

Rev. Naylor retired in August after 28 years as senior pastor of The First Presbyterian Church, Muncie, Ind. Prior to his ministry in Muncie, he served churches in Rushville, Ind., Port Huron, Mich., and 5 and a half years at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville.

Naylor is a graduate of Westminster College, Fulton, Mo. and Princeton Theological Seminary. He did doctoral studies in spiritual development at The Ecumenical Seminary in Detroit and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Westminster in 2006 for his extensive work in mission.

Naylor has led over 30 mission trips to Mexico, Honduras and Haiti. Following the Balkan War, he was part of a team from the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America that met with Reformed Church leaders in Central Europe working on reconciliation among different faith groups He has also represented the UPUSA at the Vatican in interchurch dialogue. Ron and his wife Susan have two sons, Joel and Ryan, and two granddaughters.

The public is invited to a special day at First Universalist on No. 10 with Rev. and Mrs. Naylor, church members and friends. Guests are promised a warm welcome, a meaningful service and time well spent with a church community which celebrates life’s diversities and explores spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth for individuals of all ages. For information, call 937-548-2480.

“A Holiday of Hope”

The Cancer Association of Darke County will be taking orders for poinsettias for the upcoming holiday season.  The poinsettias are from Star Greenhouses, Inc. and are always beautiful and very healthy plants.  The proceeds will be used to help cancer patients living in Darke County.  Don’t miss this opportunity to have beautiful Christmas flowers in your home, church or business and also help the community to battle cancer.    There are two different sizes available and 5 different colors:   6 ½ inch pots are available for $11.00  in Jingle Bells, Red and also White.  10 inch pots are available for $20.00  in Red, White, Burgundy and Marble.  You may order your poinsettia by calling the Cancer Association at 937-548-9960  or mailing your check and detailed order with your address and phone number to Cancer Association of Darke County, PO Box 781, Greenville, OH  45331.   The order deadline is November 29.   Poinsettias may be picked up on Saturday,  December 7th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at VFW Greenville on Ohio St.   Delivery is available if necessary.  Please let the office know if you need delivery.

The Cancer Association is local and independent and not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.  It is a 501c3 non-profit organization that serves Darke County.  If you would like to donate or have any questions, contact Christine Lynn, Executive Director at 548-9960.

American Red Cross Family Fire Drill

Celebrates Inaugural Challenge

You wake up to the sound of your smoke detector blaring, the air is heavy with smoke, you realize in a split second that your house is on fire and you must escape. The harsh reality is the risk of home fire is one of the greatest risks your family faces. Will your children know what to do, how to escape, where to go? To help Darke County families answer the question, the American Red Cross issued a challenge to families across the county, to hold a fire drill with their family on October 22nd from 5:30-6:30, teaching families the importance of what to do if their house caught on fire.

Local volunteers and staff canvassed Darke County taking photos, “catching” families practicing their drills and awarding prizes generously donated by area businesses Versailles, Arcanum & ACE Hardware, Troutwine Auto Sales, Tony Roberts Insurance and Hot Head Burrito. Additionally, families shared their photos on the Darke County American Red Cross Facebook page for even more prizes!

"Practice your Fire Drill at least twice a year,” said Lynne Gump, Executive Director, “This is one of the easiest ways to keep your family safe, our hope is that next year, every family in Darke County participates, it’s that important.” Visit www.redcross.org/OH/greenville for more tips and ways you can get involved with keeping your family prepared.

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night


The Guest Night Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club hosted the October 10, 2013 meeting which was held at Brethren Retirement Community’s Brick Room.

Diane Delaplane and her committee members Bev Delk, Phyllis Miller, Andria Haworth and Kaye Moore planned an informative meeting with a focus on breast cancer to recognize October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. Kathy McDonald, RSN, RN, CBHN from Reid Hospital along with Claudia Anderson, RN, BSN, Physician Relation’s Manager were present. McDonald who is a breast navigator spoke on breast cancer awareness and the BRCA test. This is a breast cancer (BRCA) gene test that is a blood test to check for specific changes (mutations) in genes that help control normal cell growth. Finding changes in these genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, can help determine your chance of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Costs for these tests have recently been reduced in price.

Pamela Spitler from Pamela’s Intimate Apparel located in downtown Greenville spoke on what she has available in her store for women who have gone through breast cancer. Bra gadgets that are available in Pamela’s store were on display. Marilyn Emmons from The Cancer Association of Darke County had a display table exhibiting the services they offer. Reid Hospital provided a table manned by Claudia Anderson with information on services offered by the hospital. Reid Gift shop also provided a gift basket that was given away that evening.

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.

Jewelry-Making Class & A Movie

The Greenville Public Library is offering a free beginner’s jewelry-making class on Tuesday November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the upstairs Meeting Room. It’s called “A Fresh Look at Fabric” taught by Briana Makombe. All you need to bring is a plain t-shirt without side seams and a sharp pair of scissors. Class is limited to ten people so call the Library soon at 548-3915.

The free movie for November is the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. Now showing twice! On Friday November 8th at 2:00 p.m. and on Saturday November 9th at 1:00 p.m. With two showings we hope more people will be able to attend. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor meeting room and bring your snacks!

Saturday Family Services to be Held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church


Greenville Career Tech Center to Hold Recruitment Night


Fine Receives Advanced Service Manager Certification


Koenig Equipment is proud to announce that Jeremy Fine of our Greenville dealership recently received Advanced Service Manager Certification from John Deere University. Certification requires core technical training in electrical and hydraulic systems. In addition to the core training, classes in Selling and Marketing, Resource Utilization and Product Applications must be completed, along with additional classes in Service Management. In addition to training at Koenig Equipment, Jeremy completed over 100 hours of training with John Deere to achieve this award.

“Jeremy has been with Koenig Equipment for over five years, and is deeply committed to our customers and technicians. He has worked hard to stay up to date with the rapidly changing technology, and has been very proactive in his training efforts with John Deere. This achievement from the manufacturer represents that commitment, and I am pleased that Jeremy has been recognized as one of the leading Service Managers in the region. He has earned it, and we are very fortunate to have him on our team,” said Matt McConnell, Director of Service Operations for Koenig Equipment.

Fine said that there are many opportunities to advance within Koenig Equipment; they offer help when needed and the go above and beyond for every customer.

Koenig Equipment has locations in Greenville, Oxford, Germantown, Tipp City, Anna, Botkins and Urbana. Please visit for all your Agricultural and Lawn & Garden service and parts solutions.

Getting to Know David Madden - Part 1 of 3

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by David Madden

In an effort to provide as much information I can about myself, my views and why I am running for School Board, I am doing a three (3) part article that will be posting on Darke Journal over the next three (3) days.  I hope the information is helpful in helping you to get to know me better, I have received such positive feedback throughout my campaign that I wish I could meet every vote earned in person, knowing this isn’t possible, I have chosen this additional forum to increase your comfort level in voting Madden on November 5th.  This first article is a modified version of my original campaign letter that was sent out in late August, early September.

I would like to share with you why I believe I am the best candidate to lead our District and Community through our new construction project along with advancing the best policies to prepare our students for their futures and activating additional community involvement and partnerships with the District.

My wonderful wife Kristina has lived in Greenville for her entire life, I joined her here, over a decade ago.  I relocated from a rural town, Trenton, OH, with very similar community values.  Along with our two children, ages 7 and 13, we have been blessed with wonderful neighbors and friends who are active throughout the community, their passion along with the new construction project approval inspired me to try and make a difference within the community.

For the past 15 years I have worked at consulting engineering firms in Dayton, the last 11 years at Heapy Engineering, which specializes in new school building construction. My firm has been part of over 40 school construction projects in Ohio, with construction totaling over $1 billion. I have had direct oversight on projects exactly like the one our community has approved.  My job requires me to coordinate all stakeholders--school district officials, architects, financial officials, and community leaders—to produce results that everyone is proud of.  Now that our community has entrusted the Board with millions of taxpayer dollars for school construction, nothing is more important than making sure that money is being spent exactly as voters approved.  Having pro-active engagement with our consultants throughout the design and construction period will only assist in our new school construction project being viewed as a major success for the District and our community. As a project manager at a firm specializing in school building construction, I am uniquely qualified to make sure your money is being spent effectively, efficiently and as best suited for our children.

I am committed from day one to listen to you and utilize my experience to bring forth strong policies that encourage high expectations for teaching and learning and build strong partnerships with the city, county, local businesses, private schooling institutions, agricultural industry and local nonprofit organizations.  Like every parent, I want excellence and the best opportunities for all of our kids.

The next two (2) articles will focus on my three (3) principles for a Strong School District: Strong Education Policy, Strong Leadership and Strong Community Partnerships.  My goal for those articles is to share my vision and what I view as important in helping our school district being viewed as one of the STRONGEST districts in the region and the State of Ohio, there is tremendous opportunity in Greenville and we need to capitalize on it.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at david.madden35@yahoo.com or at 937-271-4483 and visit us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/DavidMaddenforBOE page for more campaign information.
I look forward to everyone reading all my views and explaining my plan to give our kids every opportunity to succeed moving forward while protecting your investment in the short term.  Please show your support by Voting Madden on November 5th.

David Madden

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Safety Measures in Fall Sports are Changing

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

The fall sports season is in full swing, and here in west central Ohio we have some great athletes that we all want to cheer on. Whether it is tennis, cross country, volleyball, soccer and football or any other number of fall activities, safety is paramount. At many sporting events a medical professional accompanies the team to ensure safety.

Over time we have gained more understanding of the importance for a competent medical professional to accompany the team because the quick attention to injury in these children is so important. In west central Ohio, we have great medical doctors but in many communities having a medical doctor present at a sporting event is not always possible. In the past chiropractic doctors could fill that void.

This year Ohio law changed to require a medical doctor to approve an athlete to return to the game following signs of a potential concussion. Providing young people proper care is a serious matter. In west central Ohio, chiropractic doctors had been providing this care for schools, which meant the athletes would receive more immediate care from a highly trained professional.

Chiropractic physicians are already involved in the management of concussions and have taken extensive course work where they studied the neurological system. In addition, their training includes hands-on learning and experience in the field. They have been involved in the practice of monitoring concussions on the athletic field since 1975. Certainly the debate over what is best for the young people is important because their safety is paramount.

The final impacts of this change are still being measured. Your feedback on this issue is important to guide the legislative process. Please answer a question about this issue and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyoct

A Guest Post from Sue Bowman

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I am seeking re-election to the Greenville School Board because I care about this community and our children. While serving my first term on the Greenville School Board, I have gained valuable experience that will help our schools continue moving in a positive direction. As I grew up, my parents and grandparents taught me that education and hard work was the key to my future. It is from those life lessons that I learned my responsibility to give back to my community.

I have gained the experience to keep Greenville Schools moving in a strong, positive direction and been a member of the team that hired a new superintendent and implemented team building activities . As a Board member, I have been accessible, listened to the public that elected me, and have done my homework. I have attended workshops and conferences to gain knowledge and better serve our community as an elected school board member.

I stand for fair process, curriculum alignment, compliance and personal accountability. The Board is a steward of taxpayers’ dollars. Having a degree in accounting and working in the accounting, purchasing and the sales fields, I understand the need for a sound fiscal policy and for transparency. With business and management skills, I recognize the importance of discussion and compromise, no matter how difficult or controversial the issue. I am not here to judge; I am here to be a positive influence to our schools and community.

I ask for your support and, if elected, I will continue the important work of ensuring that all our children have the opportunities for a quality education in a strong community. In the 21st Century, our schools need to be the gateway to our children’s career and college successes. Their future, our future and Greenville’s future depends on a quality education.

I ask for your vote November 5th to continue this most important challenge.

Sue Bowman,
Current President of the Greenville School Board

Hawk on a Wire - Photo Submitted by Jennifer Burkett

Puthoff Received Advanced Certification


Koenig Equipment is proud to announce that Michael Puthoff of our Greenville dealership recently received Advanced Certification from John Deere University. Certification requires core training in electrical and hydraulic systems. In addition to the core training, classes in Selling and Marketing, Resource Utilization and Product Applications must be completed. Michael completed over 150 hours of training to receive this status.

“Michael has been with Koenig Equipment for three and half years and has demonstrated great skills in his area of expertise. He is terrific with our customers, always considering the best options for the customers,” said Jeremy Fine, Service Manager at Koenig Equipment, Inc.

Michael said that he enjoys working with the staff and management at Koenig Equipment and also enjoys working with the customers on a daily basis.

Koenig Equipment has locations in Greenville, Oxford, Germantown, Tipp City, Anna, Botkins and Urbana. Please visit for all your Agricultural and Lawn & Garden service and parts solutions.

Darke County Park Board to Hold Meetings November 11th & 14th

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Board Meeting on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. at the Nature Center located at 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, Ohio. This meeting will be a work session to review the Strategic Plan and Maintenance Manual of the Park District.

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

GREENVILLE BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB INVITES PUBLIC TO ATTEND NOVEMBER MEETING

The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their November 14, 2013 meeting. The meeting is hosted by the Individual Development Program (IDP) committee. The Individual Development Program is BPW’s seminar series in personal and professional leadership development. The program will assist people to succeed in meeting their personal and professional goals, as well as their goals for community action and change.

IDP committee chair Jane Carroll has invited Carmen Milano to be the speaker for the evening. The program is entitled “Brain Fitness Can Be Fun”. The program explores practices and behaviors that can change our brains and result in generating new brain cells. Learn what can keep us sharp and happy at any age! Milano is a registered Yoga teacher specializing in gentle, therapeutic classes and private sessions. Carmen meets lots of people seeking to feel better physically, mentally, energetically and emotionally and learns something from each and every one of them. What fascinates her greatly these days is the experience and adventure of aging and how to enjoy it in good health.

The Club meets at the Private Dining Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com by noon on Monday, November 11, 2013 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $10.00 per person.

Hank Deneski to speak to Cancer Support Group on November 7

The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold its monthly support group (held the first Thursday of each month) at Wayne Health Care on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room on the 3rd floor.

Hank’s story is a personal journey with cancer (Head & Neck, 2005 and Prostate, 2006) and what he has done to NOT be a victim of cancer or just a survivor of cancer. As a result of his diagnosis and treatment, he started an Oral, Head & Neck Cancer support group, OHNC education and awareness and advocacy program, FREE OHNC Screening program, and a Cancer Ministry at his church. His Dx was squamous cell carcinoma, stage IV, base of tongue, inoperable with a less than 25% 5-year survival rate prognosis.
OHNC, it's not just your fathers cancer anymore is a little of his story, but goes into the detail and history of OHNC. Major emphasis is placed on the changing dynamics of those diagnosed and the disease itself. Risk factors, prevention methods and screening info are all covered. Hank was part of the inaugural LIVESTRONG SUMMIT, and the second Summit which both were geared to building long term Survivorship programs, education and help resources. Survivorship issues from day of diagnosis, thru treatment and for life under the "new normal" are discussed. Potential resources, local and outside our region are talked about. He also covers Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Therapy.
Don’t miss this opportunity of hearing encouraging words from Hank!

The Cancer Association is a non-profit 501c3 organization and exists to provide benefits to Darke County residents battling cancer. The organization partners with United Way and accepts donations from many different sources, both personal and business. The Corporate Sponsors this year are: American Legion Post 140, Diane Evans Insurance, 5th 3rd Bank, FOE Ladies Auxiliary Greenville, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Osgood State Bank, Carlos and Patti Menendez, FOE 2347 Charity Fund Versailles, Family Health, Francis Furniture, Leis Realty, Second National Bank and First Assembly of God.
The association is most appreciative of all donations. There is always a need for volunteer drivers to drive our patients to appointments. If you can help in the way of driving or wish to make a donation, please contact Christine Lynn, Executive Director at 937-548-9960 or email at director@cadcinfo.org

Edison Brings Peace Week Events to Campus

The Edison English Department will be hosting a week of peace-focused events in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The events, which will be held at Edison’s Piqua Campus, are free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and the community. The week’s events include:

  • Film Invisible Children screening and discussion–Monday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 455.
  • Poets Reading for Peace–Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hub.
  • Guest speaker Rick Polhamus–“How You Can Be a Peace Keeper”–Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 a.m. in Room 443A. As a member of the Christian Peace Keepers, a group dedicated to “embracing diversity of the human family and living justly and peaceably with all creation,” Polhamus has worked for peace in places like Israel and Palestine, Mexico, and Iraq.
  • The Diversity Book Club will hold a Brown–Bag Lunch Discussion of “Far From the Tree” by Andrew Soloman–Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. in room 2 of the Library.
  • Dramatic readings from the 2013 winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and announcement of Edison Peace Essay contest winners–Thursday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m. in the Hub.
  • Presentation by local filmmaker Thomas Girvin about the media’s influence and our concept of peace–Thursday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hub.
  • The 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s “Talk With the Author Event” featuring Wendell Berry at Sinclair Community College–Sunday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. Those interested are asked to RSVP to wloudermilk@edisonohio.edu.
  • The 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Awards Ceremony at the Benjamin J. Shuster Center in Dayton–Sunday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Presentation by author and Dayton Literary Peace Prize judge Chris Cerf–Monday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hub. Cerf played a significant role in the creation and production of the television show Sesame Street, most notably as a regular contributor of music and lyrics. Currently, Cerf serves as Executive Producer and Music & Audio Producer of Between the Lions, the children's literacy series created for PBS. Between the Lions has won the Television Critics’ Award as the nation’s outstanding children’s television program twice and the show has amassed six Emmy Awards. Outside of television, Cerf is known for his work as an author and satirist.
  • A peace-focused, student-created graffiti display can be viewed throughout the week in the art hallway of the West Hall.

Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding.


For further information about the week’s events contact William Loudermilk at wloudermilk@edisonohio.edu.

Greenville Federal Kicks-Off Softball Classic


Greenville Federal is a long-time supporter of the Darke County United Way, and they suited up for the United Way Softball Classic.

To kick-off the event in October, Greenville Federal held a casual day/jeans day fundraiser for the United Way the Fridays before the tournament. Greenville Federal presented a check to United Way to help local residents in need, strengthening 28 local non-profit programs with initiatives of education, health and stability.
The staff and board at Darke County United Way are proud to have Greenville Federal Live United for our Community! On behalf of the United Way, we would like to thank Greenville Federal for their loyal support of Darke County. Greenville Federal lends support to many great causes for this community and the United Way is honored to be partners with the bank.

Local Company Partners with MVCTC Precision Machining Program

Reynolds Machining, Inc. employee, Tyler Murphy, a MVCTC Precision Machining graduate, demonstrates the CNC Lathe that Reynolds Machining is leasing to the Precision Machining Program for a dollar a year. Left to right – Austin Ripple (Arcanum), Tyler Murphy (Reynolds employee and MVCTC alumnus), Craig Swartz (Tri-Village), and Brad Berridge (Miamisburg).
Reynolds Machinery, Inc., a local machining company located in West Carrollton, is partnering with the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Precision Machining program to help develop a highly skilled workforce in the Miami Valley Region. Reynolds Machinery, Inc. recently leased a CNC Lathe to MVCTC for a dollar a year. MVCTC has several Precision Machining graduates working for Reynolds, the hope is that the partnership will encourage more young people to consider a career in machining. Reynolds Machinery sees the value of the education MVCTC students receive in the Precision Machining program and hopes to hire more graduates from the program.

Reynolds employee, Tyler Murphy, who set up the new machine, is a former MVCTC precision machining student from Valley View. After setting up the lathe, he provided a demonstration in operating the machine, and spoke to current students about the careers available at Reynolds, as well as his experience working for the company.

For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

National Diabetes Month

In observance of National Diabetes Month 2013, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and Wayne HealthCare want you to know that Diabetes is a Family Affair.

Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. For people living with diabetes and their loved ones, family support is very important when it comes to managing diabetes and preventing serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage that can lead to amputation. It’s also important to know that having a family history of diabetes – such as a mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes – increases a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Wayne HealthCare is working with individuals and families to take action. We encourage simple, but important lifestyle changes to improve your health. Lifestyle changes can be based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators Self-Care Behavioral Goals: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping, and reducing risks. Examples of goals may include: exercising so many days a week, reducing portion sizes at your largest meal, taking medication on time more often, monitoring blood glucose, treating low blood sugar appropriately, having an eye or foot exam, or working on ways to lower stress.

Did you know?

  • Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes.
  • Seven million people with diabetes do not even know that they have this disease.
  • An estimated 79 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Having a family history of diabetes places you at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • If you are a woman who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, you are at increased risk for developing diabetes, and the child of that pregnancy is at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

But there is good news! If you are at risk for diabetes, there are things you can do to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, it's important to work together to manage diabetes to stay healthy and prevent complications. Managing diabetes is not easy, but support from family members can make it much easier.

Support includes learning more about diabetes, knowing your diabetes ABC’s (A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol), managing your diabetes, and completing routine care to avoid problems. Support can come from family or the community to help you manage your diabetes.

Wayne HealthCare would like to provide you support in November if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes. On November 6, 2013 Karen Droesch, RD,LD,CDE will provide a free presentation on “An Overview of Diabetes” at Wayne HealthCare. The program will be held at 2 pm in the conference room on the first floor. The program will discuss an overview of the following topics: blood glucose numbers, diabetes physiology, healthy eating with diabetes, review of diabetes medications, reducing complications, and exercise. If you have any questions, please call 937-547-5750.

Museum Requests Help

It will soon be time for Christmas at the Versailles Museum. While the leaves are just beginning their final, colorful turn, we are busy making plans to be a part of the Versailles Community Hometown Christmas on November 15 &16.

So to prepare our displays for the holiday season, we are seeking on loan the following items:

  1. Vintage costume jewelry, especially rhinestones and sparkles from the 1930’s 40’s and 50’s
  2. Antique toys from the 1930’s 40’s and 50’s and earlier
  3. GI letters/cards sent home during the War I & II

In 2014 Versailles will mark 200 years since the first land grants were sold and Wayne Township was established. We will be doing a display of first of First Families. So if you have connections to those early settlers we would love to display beginning the first of the year, treasured family items, small furniture, and photos of those early pioneers. Also we are looking for military items from War of 1812, Mexican American War, Spanish American War and Civil War; these would be welcome editions to our excellent Military Room.

Also as we decorate for the season we are always in need of dried hydrangeas, snow balls, wheat, cocks comb, pheasant feathers, berries on branches and small tree branches. These items will be collected at the museum on Saturday, November 9th from nine till noon.

Also volunteer decorators are needed on Nov. 13 & 14 both morning and evening shifts are available. To volunteer, donate, or to just contact us, please call the museum at (937) 526-4222 and leave a message. We will be glad to get back to you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Commissioner's Corner - October 2013

October is almost over, and with that the end of fall grows closer. That means colder weather cannot be far behind, the end of High School Football is nearer, and fall events lessen and winter events take over. It has been a good fall so far, so let’s hope that winter will treat us just as kindly.

October has been a particularly busy month in the County for the Commissioners, as we get ready for appropriation meetings in November. Things are looking cautiously optimistic for us as the year closes. Sales tax is up, and all departments have done a good job of holding spending in check. The big question is what is going to happen in Washington, and what effect that will have on us? One thing we will make sure of is we will not count on any or very little help from Washington. There is a lot of unknowns for next year, so we will take a “wait and see” attitude with the budget. It is hard to do when we need to advance some departments, but the uncertainty with budgets in Columbus and Washington require us to take a very conservative approach, which we always do anyway. We will be very cautious.

On Wednesday October 23rd, the P4P (Partnering for Progress) group held a mixer at the Bistro off Broadway in Greenville for its investors and anyone interested in what this group has accomplished. So far, this group, along with the Darke County C.I.C (Community Improvement Corp.) and others, have accounted for over 1,000 jobs created or retained in the last 3 years! This is a great achievement for the Economic Development office and all the hard work they have put in. Marc Saluk may be one of the best E.D. Directors in the State, so when you see him, truly thank him for making Darke County one of the premier hot spots in the State for job growth. We also have several projects still brewing, and our workforce efforts should start bearing some real fruit in the near future. We think the Workforce Coordinator, Lisa Wendel, is someone people need to meet. She is aggressively working with the Schools, Jobs and Family Services, and businesses to make sure that our manufacturers and businesses have enough qualified workers to stay in Darke County. Lisa is putting in a lot of hours in this, and with the help of the superintendents, plant managers, and guidance counselors, we think Darke County’s efforts are on the leading edge of this needed program. State Senator Bill Beagle is impressed with our efforts, and is in contact with us on a number of issues we are doing so he can bring the States ideas back to us, and take ours back to the State. Lisa will be keeping people informed of our progress as we move forward.


Dave Ernst for Greenville School Board - A Gust Post from Wilson & Julie Kirk

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Dear Community,

We are writing this letter to express why we feel Dave Ernst would be a great addition to the Greenville School Board.

Dave is very much in touch with our community and our area children. Through his position at Greenville National Bank, Dave has established a good working relationship with our local citizens and has a good feel for their wants and needs.

With three children currently in various schools in the Greenville School system and a spouse that is a teacher in our system, Dave has ongoing daily experience with the pulse of our schools.

Most importantly, what we think sets Dave apart is the personal time he graciously donates to our area children. Dave gives endlessly of his personal time to support our local children by coaching countless soccer programs, assisting other sports programs, and being an active member of our youth sports and school related associations. He is there for the children and is a great mentor to our local youths. The children look up to Dave and feel welcome to approach him. For many, he is their sole positive male role model.

Drive down Edson Road sometime when the weather is nice and you will find Dave mowing the soccer fields at the fairgrounds. Once we inquired, “How do you find time to keep up with the mowing with everything else you do?” Dave was not looking for a pat on the back. He simply smiled and replied, “It is just one of the many hats I wear.”

Kudos, Dave. We need more people like you that truly care and want the best for all of the children in our community.

Thank you, readers, for your time and consideration,
Wilson & Julie Kirk

A Guest Post from Jan Teaford in Support of Sue Bowman for GCS Board of Education

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I am happy to endorse Sue Bowman for re-election to the Greenville City School Board. Her term as Board president has been the most successful in decades. During those years, the Board unified and worked together to hire a great new superintendent, pass a school bond levy to build a new K – 8 school and upgrade our high school. Additionally, Greenville Schools Career Tech Program has grown and won recognition.

Sue has shown great leadership skills and deserves to be re-elected. Not only did she recruit the Greenville Strong team that ran the successful school bond levy, she rolled up her sleeves, attended every meeting, recruited others and chaired committees.

I ask that you thank her publicly for her selfless service to the community she loves and vote to return her to the Greenville School Board with the knowledge that she will do the job well.

Jan Teaford
Greenville, OH

Coffee with the Commissioner: Saturday

This Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Commissioner Mike Stegall will be holding his last “Coffee with the Commissioner” of the year at the M&M Café located in the Palace at the corner of 5th and Broadway in Greenville.

Commissioner Stegall will be there from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. to answer questions about the county, or economic development, or future plans for the county. The Commissioner holds these meetings to allow the citizens of the county to interact with local government officials. All questions are allowable, and any concerns of the citizens of the county will be addressed.

Won’t you join the Commissioner for a cup of coffee, and a good breakfast is you desire, and discuss the direction of the county? Commissioner Stegall looks forward to these meetings and in the last 3 years, many constructive thoughts and ideas have come out of them.

Please join Commissioner Mike Stegall on Saturday, November 2nd for the Last “Coffee with the Commissioner” of the year at the M&M Café located in the Palace in Greenville.

MVCTC Early Childhood Education Program

Alexis Cusick, MVCTC Class of 2014 Early Childhood Education student from Vandalia.
 The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Early Childhood Education program teaches students about children from birth to school age. In this program, students develop lesson plans and put their skills to work learning to operate the MVCTC Preschool. They will gain an understanding of how children develop and how to incorporate the Ohio Department of Education preschool standards into their curriculum. Each student will be trained in CPR, First Aid and Child Abuse recognition/prevention and communicable disease recognition. This program will give the students the knowledge and foundation to become a teacher in the Early Childhood field.

As a junior in the Early Childhood Education program, students are introduced to how a preschool operates. They study units on assessing children, nutrition, child development, guidance and many more. Seniors continue to operate the MVCTC preschool, with activities that include art, science, math, writing, and language arts. Seniors complete a major project designing a plan to start their own day care center from the floor plan drawing to finalizing a business plan.

Students in the Early Childhood Education program will go on to work in child care programs and can earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. Many of the students go on to Sinclair Community College and earn their Associate's Degree and work as an early childhood educator. Others choose to complete a four-year degree in education, become nannies, teachers in daycare centers, teacher's aides, or home day care providers.


United Way Softball Classic Raises $2,800

Champions Leis Realty-Darren Leis Team
Darke County United Way with the help of Stebbins Field/GGSA put on the United Way Softball Classic on Sunday, October 20th. Ten coed teams competed in a double elimination tournament. “We are so thankful to all of our participants for supporting United Way and having fun playing softball to help so many in need. The Softball Classic supports the 28 local non-profit partner programs of Darke County United Way. Their competitive play helps us serve over 24,000 members in the community every year including our at-risk youth, those in crisis, those seeking self-sufficiency and our seniors strengthening education, health and stability,” said Lauren Henry, Executive Director at United Way. The original date of play was to be on October 6th, but Mother Nature had other plans, due to this ten teams competed but more donated sponsorships. The United Way was honored to have teams sponsored by CashMax, Gem City Tire, Greenville Federal, Greenwave-Greenville Schools, Hupman’s Lawncare, Leis Realty-Darren Leis, PolyOne, Second National Bank, State of the Heart Hospice, Wayne HealthCare and Whirlpool Corporation/Munchkins supporting the charity tournament. 1st place went to the team sponsored by Leis Realty-Darren Leis, 1st Runner-up went to Hupman’s Lawncare, 3rd Place went to CashMax, and 4th Place went to Gem City Tire.

Runners-up Hupman’s Lawncare Team.
The United Way had a wonderful staff at Stebbins Field helping for the day donating their time and would like to express a generous thank you to Shawn Shaffer, Eric Fellers, Randy Shell, Jason Leach & Galvin Strait and the rest of the crew. Our wonderful umpires donated their time to make the day a huge success - a special thank you goes to Justin Washington, Ron Price, and Jason Marion. “The United Way board and staff express sincerest thanks to the volunteers at Stebbins Field. They are a wonderful partner to make this event a success and we really appreciate their dedication to United Way. Thank you all so much,” states Lauren Henry. Many businesses donating items and services for the event as well adding to the success of the day. Thank you to Spirit Medical Transport for partnering with United Way to provide medical expertise and first aid, the staff did a nice job keeping everyone safe and comfortable. Thanks go out to Doug Shields Financial Services for game winning trophies, Chad Oler at Oscreen for softball t-shirts, Hot Head Burritos for the umpire gifts, Taco Bell for winning team gifts, McDonalds for participant coupons, and the following companies for raffle prizes: Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, JT’s Brew & Grill, Hibbett’s Sports, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Scene 75, Wilds Safari at Columbus Zoo, Holiday World, Xavier Athletic Department, COSI, Greenville Federal and Wright State University Athletic Department.

The Darke County United Way would also like to express special thanks to a wonderful softball committee that worked very hard to plan and support the United Way Softball Classic including members: Brian Beam, Corey Eagle, Debby Folkerth, and Melissa Mansfield. Over $2,800 was raised to serve those in need in Darke County. On behalf of the board of directors and staff the United Way would like to extend a very gracious thank you to all of our participants, umpires, sponsors, spectators, Stebbins Field and the GGSA, and all of our volunteers. To learn more about United Way visit darkecountyunitedway.org. Send donations to 207 E Fourth St, PO Box 716, Greenville, OH 45331 to support your neighbors in need today!

"Honor Our Local Vets" to Be Held by Arcanum Wayne Trail History Society

Please help us get the word out about our "Honor Our Local Vets" which will be this Saturday, November 2 with an open house from 9am-noon at the Arcanum Wayne Trail History Society building, 123 W. George St. in Arcanum.

This is for anyone currently serving or who has served from the Arcanum & Pitsburg area or who served but currently lives in the local area.

Optional is to be bring your photos, letters, or memorabilia to share with others. Small fare reception will be served. Call 937-692-6462 for RSVP's or with questions.

CareFlight Pays Respects to Local Fireman - A Photo by Gary Grosch


Gary Grosch took this photo as CareFlight flew over Mr. Leroy Murphy's funeral last week.

"Thanking Our Veteran’s" From The Versailles Area Historical Society

How do we say thanks for all that our Veteran’s have done for us? The Versailles Area Historical Society wishes to invite the community to join us in saying “Thank-you” to our Veteran’s at a special program of thanksgiving and remembrance.

On Sunday November 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Versailles Museum, the Honorable Judge Michael McClurg will serve as keynote speaker for our first ever Veteran’s Remembrance Program.

In addition to Judge McClurg, the reading of several special writings will be shared along with a special Candle lighting and wreath presentation.

A reception will follow the event to allow for fellowship and an opportunity for you to thank our local Veteran’s for their service. Our program is open to all, but especially our Veteran’s and their spouses.

Fall is in Full Effect - A Photo by Anne Mangen


It was a little dreary this morning. In case that happens again, you can refer to this wonderful photo sent by Anne Mangen.

The Greenville Union Cemetery Now Has a Web Site

The Greenville Union Cemetery Now has a web site: greenvilleunion.com

Visit it at the link above to see photos, maps, and tons of information about the local landmark, instance, did you know that "It was Frank McWhinney and his wife Martha who funded not only their stunningly handsome family monument in section 1, but also the massive main entrance archway and the union soldier monument in the veterans' section, no. 6?"

GTS to Close for Veteran's Day


Versailles Alumni Ornaments

Only a few remain of our commemorative Versailles School building ornaments. These beautiful pewter ornaments are available while supplies last for only $10.00 each, an extraordinary value and wonderful gift for Christmas, Graduation, or reunions.

Ornaments are available at The Versailles Area Historical Society or Nancy O’s in downtown Versailles. We will not be reordering, so when they are gone they will be gone!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Miami County Officials Conduct Sex Offender Address Verification Operation

The below listed federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies conducted a sex offender address verification operation in Miami County starting at 6 A.M. this morning and concluding at 3 P.M. The operation was to verify that those sex offenders required to register with the Sheriff’s Office were in compliance with the law. Miami County has a total of 168 registered sex offenders. The following preliminary numbers resulted from the combined agency sweep;

  • 8 offenders were found to not be in compliance. Incident reports have been filed and detectives assigned to follow-up and if substantiated file charges for failure to register proper address. All offenses are felonies.
  • 32 offenders were not home. Miami County road patrol deputies will be following up to ensure they are in compliance.
  • 128 offenders were found to be in compliance with the registration requirements.
  • One offender was arrested on an unrelated driving under suspension warrant and incarcerated in the Miami County jail.
  • One offender was found to have a shotgun and rifle in his residence while being under a weapons disability. Relatives at the residence claimed the firearms belonged to them and not the offender. Deputies seized the firearms pending an investigation and owner trace on the firearms and further consultation with the county prosecutor.

Miami County deputies have an active nationwide warrant on Jason A. Perkins for failure to register address (felony charge) and failure to pay child support. The failure to register warrant has been active since 2009. Miami County deputies request the public’s assistance in locating Perkins. Anonymous tips can be left on the Sheriff’s Office website, www.miamicountysheriff.org. Perkins’ photo is attached and identifiers listed below.

Jason A. Perkins – white male
At Large
DOB: 01/27/1974
5’11/175/BLND/BLU

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following listed law enforcement agencies and the 25 officers who participated in the operation. The sweep went smoothly due to the professionalism and cooperation of all agencies and their respective officers.

Piqua Police Department
Troy Police Department
Covington Police Department
West Milton Police Department
Tipp City Police Department
Ohio Adult Parole Authority
United States Marshals Service
Miami County 911 Center
Miami County Sheriff’s Office

Greenville Schools Foundation Announces Talent Show Winners


The Greenville Schools Foundation wants to thank the community for coming out and supporting our area youths and adults that participated in our first Greenville’s Got Talent Show, BBQ and silent auction. We were proud of the effort given by all of the contestants and the cheering support of their families and friends.

The following are this year’s winners in the Junior Division. First was Chloe Cox singing “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. Second was Sarah Herzog singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Third was a vocal and guitar duet of “Toxic” by Britney Spears performed by Kassidy Estes & Cory Penkal.

In the Senior Division we have the following results. First place went to Kim Bohler with her flute solo “Sonata in A Minor” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Second place went to Caleb Custer for his vocal rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes”. Third place went to Kristen Meeks singing “Never Alone” by Lady Antebellum.

A big thank you to everyone that donated their time and energy to make our show happen. We think this was a fun event for everyone involved and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Edison Presents at Annual ACCT Leadership Congress

Pictured L to R: Cris Valdez, President; Tom Milligan, Trustee; Patti Ross, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ken Monnier, Vice President of Engineering, Emerson Climate Technologies.
Edison Community College trustees, administrators, staff, and industry leaders gathered with nearly 2,000 of their peers at the 44th Annual Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress, held October 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Members of the group also contributed to the programming for the event, sharing their expertise and vision by presenting to a national audience on best practices for collaborations between community colleges and the manufacturing industry.

The team from Edison included Marvella Fletcher, Trustee; Darryl Mehaffie, Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Board; Tom Milligan Trustee; Jim Thompson, Trustee and Chairman of the Board; Cris Valdez, President; Patti Ross, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Heather Lanham, Executive Assistant to the President. Also in attendance was Ken Monnier, Vice President of Engineering at Emerson Climate Technologies. Milligan, Monnier, Valdez, and Ross delivered a presentation titled, “Moving Manufacturing Forward in Southwest Ohio.”

“Of course I am happy to present on behalf of Edison at any level, local, regional, national, international if given a chance, because I believe so much in our mission,” said Tom Milligan. “At this particular conference, it was stimulating to share ideas with trustees from across the country and validating to know that in the area of ‘Moving Manufacturing Forward’ through industry partnerships, the area on which we presented, we are seen as an innovator and leader.”


Dan Hoelscher of Seniormark, LLC to speak at Power Over Parkinson’s Group

Dan Hoelscher of Seniormark, LLC to speak at Power Over Parkinson’s Group, Wednesday, November 13, 4 pm

Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite the community to its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to exercise, socialize, and learn. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dan Hoelscher, Certified Financial Planner and Certified Senior Advisor. Mr. Hoelscher, founder of Seniormark, LLC, began his financial service career in 1997 because he wanted to help people. With offices in Sidney and Troy, Seniormark helps retirees transition from the workplace into retirement. Mr. Hoelscher will be sharing his presentation entitled “Attention Retirees…Beware of Sharks” with the group. He will discuss five ways retirees can protect themselves during this year’s Medicare Annual Enrollment Period which runs from October 15 to December 7.
The Power Over Parkinson’s session will be led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. They will lead the group in vocal and physical exercise. Shannon and Gina hope to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, November 13 at 4 pm. It will be held at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be a door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Shannon at 937.526.0130.

Greenville FFA Participates in District Soil Contests

The District 5 Soils Contest was held recently in Preble County. The soil contest consists of a written test, a Soil Survey test, and three pits to evaluate. The team, consisting of four students, graded the soil pit based upon the guidelines provided on the scoring card. The team was given approximately twenty minutes at each of the three pits to determine various soil characteristics. Then based on what characteristics were found, rural management practice recommendations were made.

The Greenville FFA rural team placed 10th out of 32 teams. High scorer was Patrick Garber with Thomas Shaw, Emily Vanhorn, and Catherine Gibson as his team mates. These members also had participated in the earlier, county soils contest placing 8th. The members will be recognized for their efforts at the chapter banquet held in March.

GREENVILLE BOE CANDIDATES FORUM ON CABLE (and Right Here!)

Update: The League of Women Voters kindly provided video of the event, able to be viewed right here. If you missed it, here's your chance to listen to this election's candidates speak about their beliefs and plans for their offices should they be elected.


Original Post: The Candidates' Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Darke County will be broadcast on GPAT following the event, Monday, October 21 (7 PM).

If you were unable to attend the Candidates’ Night, held at the American Legion, please be sure to tune into Greenville Public Access Television (GPAT), Channel 5 at a time convenient to you: Thursday, October 24 @ 4 PM, Friday, October 25 @ 7 PM; Saturday, October 26 @ 7 PM and Sunday, October 27 @ 4 PM. The program will be broadcast in its entirety.

The candidates were videotaped and those citizens unable to attend the Forum will have an opportunity to view the candidates and hear their responses to questions. The program will be less than 1 1/2 hours.

The event began with very brief introductions by unopposed Greenville City candidates on the ballot who were in attendance. There was a brief presentation by a League member about Issue 1, the Darke County Park District levy. Then the evening focused on the five opposed Greenville Board of Education candidates.

Candidates gave two minute introductory speeches. Following that, they answered questions submitted by the audience and discussed issues. They concluded with a one minute statement. Opposed candidates involved include:
  • Greenville Board of Education (Vote for three): Sue Bowman (incumbent), Dave Ernst, David Madden, Brad Gettinger and Cindy Scott (incumbent).
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Special thanks to Nick Schmidt of Schmidt Photography for videotaping the evening, Todd Kaiser from Bach to Rock for the sound system and for setting up the equipment and to the American Legion for use of their facility.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5.

SENIOR NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME TAILGATE

Come out and join Greenville Athletic Boosters during the Pre-game Tailgating Party versus Sidney on Friday, November 1 which is also Senior Night! There will be Live Music by DJ West and free hot dogs and brats while they last. Tailgating times are 5-7 pm at Harmon Field with soft drinks & popcorn available for sale at the concession stand. A special thanks to our Game Sponsor; Greenville Federal.

Greenville Athletic Boosters can be contacted via email at greenvilleboosters@yahoo.com or visit our page at www.greenville.k12.oh.us under Athletics. GO WAVE!

FFA holds annual Safety Awareness Days

Greenville High School students shared their knowledge about food production and safety with first-graders on Thursday, Oct. 10th, during the FFA’s Annual Safety Awareness Day at the Darke County Fairgrounds.

“We host this annual event because it’s a learning experience for both our high school students and our school district’s first-graders,” said John Guttadore, agricultural teacher and FFA adviser.

First-graders from Greenville City Schools and St. Mary’s first-graders attended the event at the fairgrounds. The high school students set up many learning stations at the fairgrounds.

“It’s an urban education day,” said Patrick Garber, FFA President, “They get to taste cheese made from the cow, taste apple butter and apple cider, eat popcorn, roast marshmallows, taste honey, and learn how certain situations are dangerous.” He also said that as the children boarded the buses to return to school, they received a few reminders of their trip to Safety Awareness Days. They included pencils, coloring pages, safety brochures, apples, and pumpkins.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

"I am endorsing Dave Ernst for Greenville School Board" - A Guest Post from Mike Rhoades

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I am writing this letter to endorse Dave Ernst for Greenville School Board. In my opinion, you will not
find a better person for this position. Dave is dedicated to his family and his community. He is involved in Main Street Greenville, Darke County Soccer Association, Greenville School Foundation, and
Greenville Athletic Boosters. His involvement with these groups and the hours that he volunteers for
the betterment of Greenville's children is well documented and appreciated.

Dave has chosen "Commitment to Excellence” for his campaign slogan. This is not only a slogan, it is
what Dave strives for in everything he is involved in. He will not settle for average, he will demand
accountability for all in the district.

If you have not had the honor to meet Dave and talk to him about his ideas for the Greenville School
Board, he is easy to find. Dave is the one either mowing the soccer fields, coaching youth soccer, grilling
hot dogs for either Main Street Greenville or the Athletic Boosters. Please take the time to talk to him
about his ideas, because he can make‘the difference the School Board needs.

I am endorsing Dave Ernst for Greenville School Board.

Mike Rhoades

"Elect Sue Bowman, Brad Gettinger and David Madden for Greenville School Board" - A Guest Post from Rita McCans

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I am writing in support of Sue Bowman, Brad Gettinger and David Madden for Greenville School Board. As one of the tri-chairs for the successful K-8 school campaign, and member of the Business Advisory Council working closely with the Board of Education for the last 4 years, I am asking for your vote for Sue Bowman, Brad Gettinger and David Madden. During the 4 month long campaign, we worked with many leaders of integrity and character and these three (3) people were at the forefront of the campaign from the very beginning in every sense of the word.

Sue Bowman is an excellent, honest proven leader as board president, and under her leadership many positive, tough and heart-felt, forward moving changes have taken place to bring Greenville Schools to our current level of high momentum. Sue and her husband Regan have 5 children (1 special needs), who all graduated from Greenville Schools. Sue runs a business, works on their farm, and still makes time to be a positive voice to bring high standards for all students in Greenville Schools.

Brad Gettinger is an outstanding leader of character and honesty and is an informed parent of four children in the school district. Brad is a Greenville alumnus, graduate of the University of Toledo, employed at Midmark, and is motivated to ensure that our public schools provide the best possible educational experience for all students. Brad believes that strong schools are the foundation of a great community and he is very passionate about, reenergizing the BOE, listening to the community, and working with integrity for the students of Greenville Schools.

David Madden is also an outstanding leader, with 2 children in the school district and is an engineer at HEAPYwith much experience with building schools and universities. David was also a strong active leader in the k-8 campaign and he has been very committed from day one and wants to listen to the community and use his experience to bring forth strong policies. David will encourage high expectations for teaching, learning, and building strong partnerships with the city, county, local businesses, private schooling institutions and local nonprofit organizations.

All three (3) of these excellent candidates want excellence and opportunity for all children and have been a pleasure to work with. Please give them your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Respectfully,

Rita McCans
Greenville, OH

An Evening of Pampering

All About You Therapeutic Massage will be holding a special event for the ladies at Romer’s Catering in Greenville, on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 4-9 p.m.

All proceeds will be donated to The Cancer Association of Darke County.

WE NEED LADIES TO HELP WITH THIS GREAT CAUSE!!

This is the 2nd annual Ladies Night Out for the CADC. Hosted by All About You Therapeutic Massage on Wagner Avenue in Greenville. Last year was a great success & we're hoping this year will be even more successful! Come out & enjoy a fun filled evening for a great cause. Tickets are $45 a piece or 2 for $80. This includes a catered meal, entertainment by comedian Leslie Norris Townsend (as seen on Jay Leno, A&E, etc.), shopping with over 25 local vendors, a DJ, door prizes & free services such as mini-manicures, chair massage, facials, satin hands treatments & more!!! Tickets are available at All About You, 1402 Wagner Ave. or call (937) 202-4104 or find us on Facebook.

Credit cards are accepted.

FFA Observes Farm Safety Week in Greenville


Several hundred thousand dollars worth of tractors rolled into Greenville High School during Farm Safety Week—ten 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.

WENDELL CLARK MAKES MILESTONE 600TH BLOOD DONATION

‘JUST ANOTHER DONATION’ FOR CBC’S TOP ACTIVE DONOR

Wendell Clark seemed bewildered when he emerged from screening prior to his milestone 600th lifetime blood donation and was greeted by cheering donors and Community Blood Center (CBC) staff members Thursday, Oct. 24. He walked past them into the Donor Room, where he found the wall above his donor bed plastered with 600 paper dolls with blood drop heads. “It’s just another donation!” he said, smiling shyly with embarrassment.

Wendell did expect some fanfare for his milestone. He’s been an ambassador for CBC who has thrown out the first pitch at a Dayton Dragons game and been honored as a “Community All-Star.” Still, he was surprised by the TV news cameras and interviews. “I guess I’ve been blessed and been pretty healthy,” he explained. “It’s just something I can do to help out my fellow man.”

Wendell started donating in the early 80’s and had made 74 whole blood donations before being asked to become an apheresis donor by Collections Services Director Kay Ollech. He commonly donates platelets which are critically needed by cancer patients, transplant recipients, and trauma victims. His AB-positive blood type makes him a universal platelet donor.

“You’re the one that kept coming after we got you in here that first time,” Kay said to Wendell as she presented him with a “Donor for Life – 600 LTD” certificate, “and you’ve been coming ever since.”
Wendell is also a CMV-negative donor, which makes his donations important for transfusion to newborns, people with weakened immune systems, and organ transplant patients. One of his proudest accomplishments was donating specifically for a little Centerville girl named Molly who needed blood during bone marrow transplants, and seeing her grow healthy.

Wendell lives in Lewisburg and works at Neaton Auto Products Manufacturing in Eaton. His appointment routine is to go directly from work to the Dayton CBC. He enjoys reading during his platelet donations and his favorite author is Louis L’Amour. That inspired the western theme for his celebration party, including a bright red cowboy hat and a giant “600” made of cupcakes.

On July 25, 2011 when Wendell was honored at the Dayton Dragons baseball game he had made 535 lifetime donations and said, “My goal is to hit 600, but if I can stay healthy, I can hit 800.” With 600 accomplished he can get back to making “just another donation,” perhaps saving another life, and taking the first step to his next milestone.

DC Elite 99 Wins Again to Move to 5-0

DC Elite 99 continued their season of 5 wins and 0 loses with another win against the tough Warrior team. With a final score of 3-0, 2 goals in the first half and 1 in the second.

The First goal was scored by Tani Mancillas on a pass from Sam Boston on the goal line to the side net on the opposite side. Then, Addison Ernst with a goal from a deflection of the defender. The third was by Kyle Ressler in the second half with a goal from a little bit outside the eighteen that went back corner that the keeper had no chance at.

Even with the cold, windy weather the Elite 99 had some good build up from the back and good possession through the mid field. Cole McGlinch had some good saves to protect the shutout and the defense played well to take away shots on our goal.

DC will continue their season this weekend in the Warrior Fall Classic with some tough teams. DC will need to keep up their hard work.

Ohio State University Fact Sheet Offers Guidance on Soil Sampling

Agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have created a fact sheet designed to provide growers guidance on soil sampling to develop nutrient recommendations.

The fact sheet helps outline the steps needed to better ensure a quality soil sample is achieved, which is key for growers to accurately manage fertility input costs and promote environmental stewardship, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field specialist and one of the leaders of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team. The team also includes scientists from the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.

“The major goal of soil testing is to measure the soil’s ability to provide what levels of the vital nutrients phosphorous and potassium are needed for crop production,” LaBarge said. “Growers use fertilizer applications to make up the difference for what nutrients aren’t already present in the soil for what is needed for crop production.”

One way to measure that is through soil testing, where a small volume of soil is used to determine recommendations for a larger field area, he said.

Taking a quality soil sampling that best represents the field area being sampled is key to having a repeatable result, LaBarge said.

“It gives us confidence that our sample best represents what is in the field so that growers aren’t left short on nutrients,” LaBarge said. “Accurate soil sampling allows growers to get a good numeric value for what level of phosphorous and potassium is in a field to ensure that they aren’t over-applying nutrients and minimizing losses of nutrient at the edge of field affecting water quality, while at the same time not under-applying resulting in less than maximum crop yields.”

More information on soil sampling can be found on the fact sheet at http://ohioline.osu.edu/agf-fact/pdf/Soil_Sampling_to_Develop_Nutrient_Recommendations_AGF-513-12.pdf.

For more information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

DARKE COUNTY PARK DISTRICT ON BALLOT

Have you explored any of the twelve Darke County Parks? Or, perhaps your community park has been the recipient of playground equipment, recreational equipment or general upgrades through the Darke County Community Park Improvement Grants. Your great Darke County Park system helps make your community outstanding!

On November 5, the only countywide issue on the ballot will be the ½ mill Replacement Levy for the Darke County Park District. With passage of this levy, the Darke County Park District will receive ½ mill at today’s valuations to be able to better maintain and update facilities, equipment and programming needs for 10 years, starting in 2015. Also, with passage, funding for the Community Park Improvements Grant program will be increased. Since its inception 19 years ago, over $650,000 has been awarded through grants to the local village and Greenville City park, through grant application. All 21 villages and city can apply. Everyone benefits.

The mission of the Darke County Park District is to acquire and preserve land areas possessing special natural and historical features and to manage and maintain these resources for the benefit of its residents through appropriate educational and passive recreational programs and activities. Since 1972 when the Park District was created, all park area lands have been donated to the Darke County Park District.

The original ½ mill levy was passed in 1994 and renewed at ½ mill in 2003. A replacement levy continues a current millage, but at the current tax valuation. It is not a “new” tax but a recalculation of the old tax rate at the current valuation. For the owner of a $100,000 home , with passage of this levy and the changes at the State, you will pay $17.50, for the year. If you qualify for the homestead exemption, you would pay $15.31 for the year.

Good parks raise property values and encourage economic development and tourism. Keep our great park system truly a part of our outstanding community!

The Citizens for Darke County Parks group working for passage of the levy encourages you to vote on November 5.

Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition (WOFAC) Presents its First Town Hall Meeting

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"Will Western Ohio Become part of Ohio's Dumping Ground for Toxic/Radioactive Waste from fracking?" This is the question that will be asked when the Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition (WOFAC) presents its first Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the EUM Church, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville. Because of the seriousness of this question and other questions that will be asked, the public is urged to attend.

There is a dark side to fracking and its growing need for disposal wells. Where documented spills have occurred in Wyoming, Texas, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and yes, Ohio, farmland has been turned to wasteland and productive dairy cows have been poisoned along with their milk, making it unfit for human consumption.

According to a study done by Michelle Bamberger and Robert E. Oswald, two researchers from Cornel University, the consequences ranged from near-immediate death to still births and genetic defects in offspring that persisted years after the cows were exposed to fracking brine waste water. Bamberger and Oswald said that evidence was scarce, in large part because drilling companies go to great lengths to keep that information hidden. In spite of its repression, the information is getting out loud and clear. People throughout the state and the country are finding out the hard way that what is harming cows is also harming them.

According to a report in the Pennsylvania's Beaver County Times, Randy Moyer became ill after he had been driving a tanker truck to haul brine mixed with waste water from hydraulically fractured gas wells to a waste injection site. A hard worker, he took pride in his job, sometimes scrubbing down the inside of the tanker. After he had been on the job just a few months, from August to November 2011, he was too ill to work. Suffering from dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, difficulty breathing, swollen lips and appendages, he was also in tremendous pain from a fiery red rash that he said covered almost 50 percent of his body.

"They called it a rash," Moyer said of the doctors who treated him during his 11 trips to the emergency room. "A rash doesn't set you on fire."

"Madden For Greenville School Board" A Guest Post by Nick and Shanna Good

Guest posts are welcome and encouraged. If you have something to say and are able to do it in a respectful, reasonable way, send your piece to darkejournal@gmail.com. The contents of guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of DarkeJournal.com.

I met David Madden about a year ago. We met through mutual friends as we started a small group, (Bible study if you will) led by Mike (Mayor) & Kim Bowers. We have been great friends ever since. David was very active in the efforts to promote voting for this community by voting for new schools. He has a deep passion for this community, for our schools, and our children’s education. David has two children in this school system, one in eighth grade and one in second. So for the immediate future, and the long term, David has children that, once voted onto school board, his decisions would directly affect. David wants them both to succeed, but at the very core, he believes in that their education is of what is most crucial as they continue to grow.

David is a man who stands on his own two feet. I fully believe that he will make decisions for the best of our schools, for the best of our children, and for the best of our community. David is a family man who likes to joke around and have fun with family and friends, but when it comes down to business and matters that have potential impact, he employs complete focus.

David is also very active with his family and children. He’s involved in both children’s lives and when presented the opportunity to be even more active in the school setting, he jumps on it. His activeness during the campaign to support strong community by voting for strong schools was relentless. He’s been part of several different facets throughout his children’s schools, and recently we both joined the first team put together under the Watchdog Program that dedicates time within the schools to be active with children throughout the day and be a male role model, which many children are lacking in their lives.

Dave has a significant background in dealing with Ohio Schools Facility Construction that would be invaluable to the School Board! There are many reasons why I believe David Madden SHOULD be our vote for one of the three open seats on school board, but this is the icing on the cake. His track record of project management and leadership skills can only help protect our community investment. We need someone who has direct knowledge of budgets, structural implementations, and someone who knows this business inside and out. David Madden will ALWAYS make decisions that are best for our children’s future, but also what is best for this community! His vision for the Greenville District moving forward is second to none with regards to seeing the success of all of our children. It is for these reasons I encourage everyone to vote Madden for the City of Greenville Board of Education on November 5th, a vote for Madden is a vote for our children, our schools and our community.

Nick and Shanna Good

A Guest Post from Randall Breaden in Support of Dave Ernst for Greenville City School Board

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I am a graduate of the Greenville City School System, and a life-long resident of this community. I have had a successful law practice in Greenville for over thirty years. I am supporting Dave Ernst for the Greenville City School Board.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave Ernst for a number of years. Dave has always been deeply involved in his family and his children. Dave has been active in our community and the lives of a number of other children. He has coached a number of athletic teams, shaping not only the athletic skills of those children, but also building the character of the children he has had the pleasure of coaching. Dave has also served as a member of a number of community oriented boards. He strives to improve not only downtown Greenville, but also the Greenville City Schools, through his tireless work with the Greenville Athletic Boosters.

Dave is an independent thinker. He is not a politician. You will always know what Dave thinks on any given issue. He will carefully listen, and weigh the arguments of all sides, but he will always remain independent, choosing what is right in any given situation. He is not a follower, he is a leader. A person who is not afraid to do what is right and necessary to move Greenville City Schools towards a position of excellence. He will demand from all concerned, administration, teachers, students and parents, the steps necessary to establish Greenville City Schools as the premier school system in Darke County, Ohio.

In my opinion the Greenville City School Board has lost credibility with the public. The recent passage of the bond levy now presents the Board with an opportunity to move forward, to leave the past behind, and to take the steps necessary to move Greenville City Schools to a position of excellence. Dave is the right individual, at the right time to accomplish this goal.

When Dave advised me that he was running for the Greenville City School Board, I asked him why. His response tells you everything you need to know about Dave. "The reason very is simple, I can help so many more children by being a member of the Board, then I currently do now as a coach and a member of the Greenville Athletic Boosters."

Please join with me in electing Dave Ernst for Greenville City School Board.

Sincerely,

Randall E. Breaden
Greenville, OH
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