Saturday, August 30, 2014

City of Greenville to Hold Exam for Emergency Communications Operator

Notice is hereby given that the Civil Service Commission of the City of Greenville, Ohio, will hold an examination for the position of Emergency Communications Operator for the City of Greenville on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the basement classroom of the City Municipal Building, 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio. Applicant must be a citizen of the U.S. or have legally declared his/her intention of becoming a U.S. citizen, be age 18 or older, and have obtained a high school diploma or GED prior to October 15, 2014. The applicant must pass the civil service written exam, background check; polygraph, medical, and psychological examinations; and drug screen. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the written examination. Salary ranges from $14.07 to $ 20.42/hr, plus benefits.

Job Description: Emergency Communications Operators will be assigned to Dispatcher and Records Clerk duties and are responsible for the same basic duties as sworn personnel: protection of life and property, preserving the peace, preventing crimes and detection and apprehension of violators. Emergency Communication Operators have no arrest powers, but their use of communication skills (via phone and radio) is necessary to accomplish the listed duties; must answer telephone complaints, dispatch the proper police, fire or rescue personnel, maintain radio contact with the proper emergency personnel, operate the LEADS/NCIC computer systems, keep records of calls for service and abide by the rules and regulations established by the FCC. Emergency Communication Operators must also obey the orders and instructions of the shift Officer in Charge for business related to the particular watch and perform other functions that the administration deems necessary for the efficient operations of the Greenville Police Department.

Addition of credit: Applicants who are residents of Ohio and have completed service in the uniformed services, as described in R.C. 124.23, who are honorably discharged or transferred to reserve duty with evidence of satisfactory service and who otherwise meets the qualifications of that section, may file with the Commission a certificate of military service or honorable discharge Form DD-214 with the application whereupon he/she shall receive additional credit of twenty percent (20%) of the total grade given in the regular examination, provide that he/she has received a passing grade.

Any interested person can obtain an application on-line at cityofgreenville.org or from the Office of the Mayor, Greenville Municipal Building, 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio 45331 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on Fridays. The application must be completed and returned to the Office of the Mayor no later than September 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm to be eligible to take the examination. An examination fee of $25.00 must accompany the application upon submission. To gain admission to the written examination, applicants will be required to present a photo I.D. to the examining officer.

John Hensley, Chairman
City of Greenville Civil Service Commission

The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer, m/f

Greenville VFW and Greenville National Bank Donate to Crime Stoppers

Darke County Crime Stoppers Treasurer Tom Bish (left) accepts check from VFW Quartermaster Tom Mowery (right).
GREENVILLE - The VFW Post 7262 recently donated $500 to the Darke County Crime Stoppers (DCCS) organization to help fund rewards for tips leading to arrests of Most Wanted fugitives and unsolved crimes in Darke County.

GNB President Sam Suter (left) is pictured here presenting check to Darke County Crime Stoppers Treasurer Tom Bish (right).
GREENVILLE – Greenville National Bank recently donated $250 to the Darke County Crime Stoppers (DCCS) organization to help fund rewards for tips leading to arrests of Most Wanted fugitives and unsolved crimes in Darke County. To-date DCCS has captured over 100 fugitives.

To learn more about or to donate to Darke County Crime Stoppers log on to darkecountycrimestoppers.com

BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit First Congregational Christian Church

First Congregational Christian Church, 115 West Fifth St., is excited to announce their BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser in conjunction with a non-traditional time of worship at J&J Enterprises Party Facility! Located at 3875 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, worship begins at 10:30am on Sunday, Sept. 14 and also includes the Awana year kick-off.

Chicken dinner tickets must be purchased in advance at FCCC or from any member of the church. It is suggested to call ahead at 548-3575 to make sure someone is in the office for ticket pick up. You can also contact Betsy Erwin at 417-6998 to purchase. The cost is just $7 per ticket and the meal includes BBQ chicken, chips, applesauce and a roll from Paul’s BBQ. Pop and water will be available for 50 cents. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, September 7.

Meals can be picked up at J&J Enterprises on Sept. 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 or ticket purchasers can enjoy the Worship Service and spend the day swimming, enjoying the children’s playground and other outdoor activities! Registration for the Awana club year, offered for children ages 3 through seniors in high school, will also take place during this time. So purchase your tickets and plan now to spend the day with the FCCC family.

Hospice Chaplain Adds Harmonica To His Ministry Outreach to Patients

Rogers Durham is pictured at his recital.
Sixty-five years ago, State of the Heart Hospice Chaplain Rogers Durham tried playing the harmonica. “I admit, I played at it,” he said recently. He set the harmonica aside, and then a year ago, at age 77, he decided to take lessons to officially “learn how to play the harmonica.” The reason, he stated, is a simple one:

“I wanted to play hymns for the patients I was visiting as a chaplain. Often, we will get a call and a patient’s family will ask for music therapy along with a visit from a chaplain,” he explained. Sometimes, one or the other is not available. State of the Heart Hospice offers music therapy to patients and families. “Being able to play the harmonica provides a perfect blend of mixing music with my role as the chaplain,” he said.

Hospice care addresses the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of both the patient and the family. The chaplain is an important part of the State of the Heart team of caregivers which consists of physicians, nurses, health aides, social workers, bereavement specialists, volunteers and the music therapists and chaplains.

State of the Heart provides an on-call service for families called Ministry and Music. This service is provided after hours on an on call basis, he explained, and usually comes into play when a patient is near death. The call can come at any hour of the day, including weekends with the on call person providing care throughout the hospice service area. Music therapy is welcomed into the patient’s home as is the services provided by the hospice chaplain. State of the Heart has two certified Music Therapists and a Music Therapy intern. Music therapy is a valuable service to patients and families, helping with pain control, anxiety, recalling past times, and for its soothing impact on an individual.

Durham explained that he was seeking a way to supplement his chaplaincy with music. “My voice is not as good as it once was, so I knew I had to do something else,” he said. One day, he added, he recalled his playing the harmonica and decided to learn to play so he could play hymns for the patients who requested their favorite hymns.

His wife Janice, a State of the Heart volunteer, encouraged him. He found someone in Portland, Tom Frye, who gave harmonica lessons in addition to lessons on other musical instruments. So, for over six months, with some space intervals, he took one-on-one lessons for a half hour at a time. “It was strange taking lessons with the youngsters,” he said, “and maybe it took me a little longer.” But he persevered, he said, and Janice, he added, “tolerated his practice sessions at home.”

Vintage Red Cross Posters on Display First Friday

You are invited to the first Darke County public showing of the rare Vintage American Red Cross Poster Art. During the Main Street Greenville’s “First Friday ” event, September 5, the display will be open to the public from 6 – 8 PM to view this special exhibit in the Anna Bier Gallery of Memorial Hall. The Darke County Red Cross, a long-time downtown resident until a move a few years ago, continues to support the downtown community in participating in “First Friday” events.

This rare and unique collection of historic Red Cross posters from the early 1900s will be on display in Darke County for the month of September. These magnificent and colorful posters depict the American Red Cross Disaster relief, Armed Forces and Fundraising efforts during and following World War I. On display as well, will be American Red Cross volunteer uniforms from generations past and perhaps a few other surprises to make this historical visit fun and interesting.

The American Red Cross of Darke County Chapter has these unique posters on loan from the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley chapter. The posters were given to the Northern Miami Valley Chapter by a donor and volunteer, Mareta Headapohl, who found them in her father’s attic after he died. He was a printer and it is presumed that he printed these posters.

The display will also be at the Anna Bier Gallery of Memorial Hall in Greenville during these times in September : during the Darke County Center for the Arts Program on Saturday evening, September 13, which features artist The Anne Moses Band, five Juilliard-trained musicians from the same family tree with a sound all their own called chamber pop - a spicy blend of classical, jazz, pop and country. Also during regular Saturday gallery hours of 11 AM – 3 PM on September 6, 13, and 20.

Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the American Red Cross and to offer any assistance needed. American Red Cross Executive Director, Lynne Gump, stated, “This is an excellent opportunity to engage our youth in philanthropy, advocacy and history. What may start as a simple walk through a gallery may very well ignite community spirit, compassion and a thirst for more information!”

The posters were used as a fund drive when support for the Red Cross was through membership for $1.00. Children collected pennies to fund the Red Cross. In keeping with the spirit of the posters, a collection canister will be available and donations will be accepted.

MediCenter Pharmacies, Reid partner to better manage patient care

A new partnership between MediCenter Pharmacies, a group of community retail stores owned by pharmacists, and Reid is an example of a continuing major shift by caregivers nationally to better manage community health while reducing costs for providers and patients.

“A focus for Reid and other hospitals and health systems is that we have to better manage the health of our patients across the ‘continuum of care’, and not simply when someone is in the hospital,” said Brad Hester, Director of Pharmacy Services at Reid. While some of the changes are driven by how providers will be reimbursed for care, Hester noted that the overall goal is to have a team approach in the care for the community.

“It is not enough to just provide good care when someone is the hospital, or for a pharmacist to help ensure someone takes their medicine correctly, or for a physician office to treat someone episodically when they happen to come to an appointment,” he said. “Now, we all must become partners to help make sure we are working together to keep our community as healthy as possible.”

The goal of the MediCenter Pharmacy and Reid partnership, approved this week by the Reid Governing Board, is to better manage compliance by patients with their medicines, said Dr. Tom Huth, Reid Vice President/Director of Medical Affairs. “Medication programs have been shown to be critical to patients for maintaining good health,” Huth said. “Pharmacists work with patients to ensure medications are used as prescribed and provide patient education. Most importantly, they get to work directly with other caregivers to build relationships that are designed to achieve optimum health for patients.”


Friday, August 29, 2014

Chris Miller Benefit to be Held in New Madison

The New Madison United Methodist Church is sponsoring a benefit for Chris Miller, son of Ted and Melanie (Bruner) Miller, grandson of Judy Miller and Mike and Robin Bruner on Saturday, September 6 from 4:30-7:00. A traditional cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes and dessert will be offered along with family fun consisting of volleyball, corn hole, face painting and pony rides. This is a donation only event with the proceeds going to help fund Chris’ daily needs.

Chris is 1 ½ and had the rare disease known as Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome or CFC. There is no known cure. CFC is very rare and is thought to occur in approximately 1 in 810,000 births. Currently, less than 500 individuals worldwide are diagnosed with the disease. Despite his many complex challenges, Chris is a happy little boy. In the last few months, he has gotten glasses and a wheelchair, which have helped him tremendously. Chris has found his sweet smile again, and is currently working on reaching for objects, controlling his head, and trying to sit.

Please join us in support of Chris and his family. For more information, you may contact the church at 937-996-5341.

Commissioner's Corner - August 2014

August means the traditional end of summer, especially now that the fair is over.

Hard to believe schools have started, and harvest time is not far behind. That also means cold weather is not far behind either. Aren't we all looking forward to that!?

Quite a lot has happened this month in the County. Whirlpool, the new Greenville K-8 building, the Greenville High renovation, Reid Hospital, Jafe Glass, Village Green, and Koenig Equipment, are all in some stage of construction. The new jobs created by all this construction should give a huge boost to the County! Thanks to all of our great companies, and to all else who made this possible. The Great Darke County Fair always provides a boost, not only economically, but psychologically as well! The Fair is always fun for all, no matter your age! The new barn received great reviews. The Fair Board, Bruns Construction, and Bud's Electric and others are to be commended on a job well done. Thanks for making this building a real showpiece! Thanks to everybody who went and enjoyed the fair, and the wonderful entertainment.

As you can tell, Darke County continues to move along economically. Our workforce efforts are bearing fruit, and we will continue to get more results from this.

The Darke County Solid Waste is now registering people for the ‘Scrap Tire Recycle’ Day, which will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014. This event requires that you pre-register at their office, 603 Wagner Ave., in Greenville, by September 12, 2014.

We want to extend an invitation to anyone that would want to attend a meeting. We meet every Monday and Wednesday publicly at 1:30 p.m. in our office located at 520 South Broadway in downtown Greenville. We are that nice building just south of the courthouse, so come on in and find out what is happening in your county. Hope to see you soon!

The Darke County Commissioners

GTS to Close for Labor Day


Meeting of Darke County Volunteer Network

The Darke County Volunteer Network will meet on September 2nd at noon at the State of the Heart Hospice building, 1350 North Broadway in Greenville. All area volunteer administrators are invited to attend. This group is free and we encourage anyone that manages volunteers to join. The meetings are a great way to network, share ideas, discuss and advance new volunteering techniques and learn from guest speakers.

It’s a brown bag lunch meeting and we work to keep the meetings strictly to an hour. Any questions, call Ahby Mangen, RSVP Coordinator at 937-548-8002 or email at rsvpdk@councilonruralservices.org.

Edison seeks Alumni for new mentoring program

Edison Community College’s Alumni Association is piloting a new Alumni Mentoring Program for current Edison students. Beginning this fall, the program aims to prepare students for the transition from college to their professional lives; foster student networking opportunities, which can potentially lead to employment; and streamline the change from student status to active alumni association membership.

The College is currently seeking applications from alumni of Edison who are interested in becoming a mentor as well as current students seeking mentorship. Mentor and mentee applications are available online at www.edisonohio.edu/mentoringprogram.

To ensure lasting relationships, pairs will be created based on similarities in career field, major, hometown, hobbies, and interests. Information submitted will be kept on file until applicants are assigned to a pair.

The Edison Community College Alumni Association is committed to creating a modern, global community for its 10,000 plus graduates. The Alumni Association exists to promote the general welfare of the College and its graduates, facilitate lifelong learning opportunities and stimulates lasting means of communication.

Questions regarding the application process or Edison’s Alumni Association can be directed to Carrie Rinehart, Coordinator of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at 937-778-7993 or crinehart@edisonohio.edu.

MVCTC Education Foundation 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser Scheduled

All proceeds go to help MVCTC Students

Clayton, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Education Foundation will be holding the 7th Annual MVCTC "Pi Miler" - 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. on the MVCTC Campus at 6800 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio.

All proceeds from this event will go to the MVCTC Education Foundation and are used for MVCTC student scholarships and student assistance. The “Pi Miler” honors the MVCTC initiative of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which promotes the need to develop more rigorous math and science knowledge for all students.

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 15th, 2014

Cost: MVCTC students $15 pre-registration by 9/15 includes shirt ($10 no shirt)
All others $25 pre-registration by 9/15 includes shirt
After 9/15 $30 and shirts aren't guaranteed

All pre-registered participants will be eligible for door prizes (must be present to win)

Division: Male/Female 10 and under, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+, Athena/Clydesdale

Awards: 1st place overall winners male/female, Top three finishers in each age category for both males/females.

Register online at www.mvctc.com/pi-miller

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

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

WTGR Community Ties - YOLO Festival of Races

WTGR's Community Ties returns to DarkeJournal.com today (several episodes will be posted between now and Monday to catch up heading into the new week).

This episode features Phillip Pierri of the YOLO Organization speaking about this weekend's YOLO Festival of Races, an event being held on Sunday in the Greenville City Park (with race routes extending all of Greenville). The organization is hosting not only a 5k, but a 15k and a half marathon as well. Phillip talks with host Alex Mikos about the origins of the YOLO group and the first fundraising goal of the organization.

Listen below, and learn more about the YOLO Organization at their website and on their Facebook page.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Greenville Grad Featured on debut DIY TV show TONIGHT

Tonight at 11pm on the DIY Network, "American Rehab: Charleston" will debut featuring the work of a Greenville native and graduate of GHS.

The show will feature Trent Fasnacht, son of Keith and Judith Fasnacht of Greenville, as he works to rennovate a 107 year old house in Summerville, South Carolina.

A feature was written on the show at the Journal Scene which includes the following:
“We’re very excited about it,” Fasnacht said. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been more fun than I even imagined, too. I’m having the time of my life!” 
Fasnacht said he was first approached by the network in October 2013; they had several discussions and by April 2014 camera crews were in Summerville. 
“I can’t really say exactly how it all started,” he said. “I have a blog about renovating old houses, Blood, Sweat and Pigs Ears (bloodsweatandpigsears.blogspot.com), that I’ve been writing for several years. I suppose the right people read it and decided to get in touch with me.” 
Fasnacht said he has renovated houses that no one else wanted – abandoned, damaged, even burned. He has some 28 years in the construction business and says he is hands on when it comes to his projects.
Read more about the show at the Journal Scene, and be sure to check out the premiere of the show tonight at 11pm on the DIY Network.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Arrest Made in Small Business Assault and Robbery

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the aggravated robbery and felonious assault of a small business owner that occurred Monday night. The robbery happened at a small engine repair shop located at 5740 Jaysville St. Johns Road in Darke County just east of the City of Greenville.

Arrested in Greenville this afternoon is Delphus Ray Peace age 28. He is being booked in to the Darke County Jail for Aggravated Robbery, Felonious Assault and Drug Trafficking pending formal charges upon review by the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.

Delphus Ray Peace is suspected of entering the repair shop on Monday afternoon and striking the 63 year old male owner in the head with a wood handle more than once and then stealing his wallet and cash from him. Delphus R. Peace is believed to have left the victim unconscious and bleeding on the floor with a serious head injury. The victim was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where he remains at the time of this release.

Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and Darke County Crime Stoppers would like to thank all of the citizens who called in and provided tips and information on this case.

Citizens in Darke County with information on any crime are encouraged to call Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020. Tips may also be reported through the Darke County Crime Stoppers website at www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com. As always tips may be submitted anonymously.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office believes through a partnership with its citizens we will have an impact on crime.

First Friday Brings Outdoor Movie

Kids of all ages will love The Lego Movie!
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends for an outdoor showing of the The Lego Movie during Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event, Theater on Third!

The First Friday event will take place on Friday, September 5th from 6-9 pm. Main Street Greenville encourages everyone to dine and shop downtown from 6-8:30 pm with the movie starting at dusk (around 8:30 pm).

Theater on Third, an outdoor movie experience, will be located in the parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The movie will be projected onto the elementsLife building (120 W. Third St.). The movie is free and open to all, kindly sponsored by Greenville National Bank.

As with every First Friday, many downtown businesses will be open late! Make sure you check out the following, with many other downtown businesses staying open late for the evening:

  • First Presbyterian Church - free ice cream and parking from 6-8 pm (114 E. 4th St.)
  • Red Cross presents a rare Vintage Poster Gallery from 6-8 pm at the Anna Bier Gallery in the St. Clair Memorial Hall
  • Live Music at Montage Cafe - The Green de Villes from 6:30-9:30 pm
  • 20% off all Tervis Tumblers & 30% off Yankee Candles at Readmore’s Hallmark
  • 20% off Loly in the Sky shoes at Sadie Grace
  • Live Music at The Coffee Pot - Adam Liette from 7-9 pm
  • Double M Diner will be open until 8 pm during the evening

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).

Beautiful Wildflowers - A Photo Submitted by Annette Stewart

Beautiful wildflowers growing on Edison Road near fairgrounds entrance. For those of you who missed them, they are still blooming: cosmos, black eye susans, poppies and others.


Sept. 13 SUNshine 5K Benefits GHS Vocal Music


Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters is one of several Darke County organizations benefiting from the Sept. 13 SUNshine 5K at Greenville City Park, hosted by the Darke County Foundation. Pictured are the Greenville High School Wavaires at their summer camp. To register for the 5K, go to www.darkecountyfoundation.org. To designate GHS Vocal Music as the recipient of your funds, type “GHS Vocal Music” on the Team Name line. Entry fee is $15 (including tech t-shirt) by Aug. 30 and $20 after Aug. 30 (t-shirt likely but not guaranteed). Kids fun run starts at 8:20 am, and the 5K starts at 8:30 am with registration starting at 7 am.

THE OLD ARCANA EATING HOUSE AND EVENTS ANNOUNCES AUTUMN MUSIC SCHEDULE AND SUNDAY LOCAL MUSICIAN SHOWCASE

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The Old Arcana Eating House & Events, the new “rural roots” restaurant that opened downtown Arcanum, Ohio this May, is announcing their weekend entertainment lineup for autumn 2014.

The autumn music lineup at The Old Arcana includes a variety of traditional American roots music, from bluegrass to folk and even the blues. Talent has been booked from throughout the state of Ohio and from far away as Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturdays for weekend brunch.

The Saturday lineup for September, October and November includes:

  • Saturday, September 6th – Sugar Grove (Bluegrass)
  • Saturday, September 13th – Denny Cottle (Contemporary / Folk)
  • Saturday, September 20th – Michael Locke (Blues)
  • Saturday, September 27th – Lowland Hum (Contemporary / Folk)
  • Saturday, October 11th – Sarah Goslee Reed (Contemporary / Folk)
  • Saturday, October 18th – Michael Locke and Jeanne Harman Duo (Blues / Flute)
  • Saturday, October 25th – David Payne of The New Old Fashioned (Contemporary / Folk)
  • Saturday, November 1st – Jerry Hughes (Contemporary / Country)
  • Saturday, November 8th – Hazy Sonic (Contemporary /Jazz)
  • Saturday, November 15th – Cory Breth (Contemporary / Folk)

The Old Arcana is reserving Sunday entertainment as a showcase for local amateur entertainers. They are currently in search of local independent singers, songwriters and musicians who play acoustic / stringed instruments like guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin or those who play the piano. Musicians, school or church groups should contact the Old Arcana at 937-692-0068 or via email at music@oldarcana.com.

Old Arcana plans to feature live musicians regularly with a focus on American roots music, including bluegrass, folk, gospel and the blues. Saturdays and Sundays, The Old Arcana will feature a full service brunch with live entertainment from 11am-2pm. Doors open Saturday at 7am for coffee and baked goods and 9AM for table service. Doors open Sunday at 10am and brunch is served until 3pm both days.
Tables for Brunch at The Old Arcana fill quickly, so reservations are recommended. Call 937-692-0068 to reserve your table. Professional musicians interested in performing at The Old Arcana should contact Jeff at music@oldarcana.com.

SECOND NATIONAL DONATES TO BRIDGES TO COLLEGE

Second National Bank recently donated to the Bridges to College program.

“Bridges to College appreciates the support Second National Bank has given the program since its inception in 2006,” said Anne McKinney, executive director of Bridges to College. “The bank’s generous contributions will enable us to help students go to college though mentoring, college awareness programming, and scholarships.”

To learn more about Bridges to College, visit its website at www.bridges2college.org or call 423-2442.

In the photo, John Swallow, president and CEO of Second National Bank, is shown presenting the check to Anne McKinney, Bridges to College executive director.

PBS SENSATION KICKS-OFF DCCA SEASON

Annie Moses Band brings "Rhapsody In Bluegrass" to St. Clair Memorial Hall

Saturday, September 13th at 8 p.m., the critically acclaimed Annie Moses Band will perform Rhapsody In Bluegrass: The Art of American Music at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, OH, to open the Darke County Center for the Arts 2014-2015 Roots & Wings season.

Written and arranged by the Annie Moses Band, Rhapsody in Bluegrass is a panoramic exploration of America and her music. Featuring favorites from Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and other American originals, the show fuses Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, classic themes and roots music to create a beautiful and transporting concert experience.

“With Rhapsody in Bluegrass, we wanted to cover the scope of the American musical landscape," says Annie Dupre, lead vocalist of the Annie Moses Band. "We can't wait to share this cinematic experience with audiences."

With accolades that include 1200+ hours on PBS and recent debuts at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, the Annie Moses Band is bringing a distinctive style to American music. Their cutting edge sound fuses American roots, folk rock, and jazz in stunning performances that feature strings, keyboards, guitar and rhythm. The family that makes up the Annie Moses Band is musically diverse - their converging artistry on stage creates a unique and beloved style. Together they are leading an artistic renaissance, inspiring all generations to join the beauty and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony says of the Annie Moses Band: “Our audiences had an overwhelming experience. Their combination of high energy, raw talent, and showmanship is a consistent recipe for success."

The opening concert with the Annie Moses Band is sponsored by Second National Bank and presented as part of DCCA’s Artists Series. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

The Annie Moses Band will perform at St. Clair Memorial Hall in historic downtown Greeneville, OH on Saturday, September 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.centerforarts.net, or through the DCCA office 937-547-0908, located on the 3rd floor of the Greenville Public Library. In addition, tickets for this performance will be sold at Bread of Life, in downtown Greenville, OH.

GHS VOCAL MUSIC BOOSTERS INVITE PARENTS TO ATTEND MEETING

GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters invite all parents of students in the high school vocal music program to attend their first meeting of the new school year. Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm in the Choir Room at Greenville High School.

MVCTC Adult Education Open Houses Scheduled

Clayton, Ohio – Learn more about Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) training available to fill current job openings, by attending one of the upcoming Adult Education Open Houses. Open Houses are scheduled for Thursday, September 16 and Thursday, October 16, from 6-8 p.m. both days. There will be two sessions each night starting at 6 p.m. with Adult Education staff sharing current program information and a campus tour offered at 6:30 pm. The second session starts at 7 p.m. with program information and a campus tour at 7:30 p.m.

Registration for fall Career Programs is going on now.

  • September 8, 2014 program starts – Carpentry, Electrician, Heating and Air Conditioning Technician, Heavy Equipment Operation, and Plumbing.
  • September 22, 2014 program starts – Precision Machining and Veterinary Aide
  • September 29, 2014 program starts – Medical Assisting and Optometric Technician
  • September 29, 2014 program start – Practical Nursing at the Greenville Brethren Retirement Center Location.
  • October 6, 2014 program starts – Central Service/Sterile Processing Technician and Dental Assisting
  • January 5, 2015 program start – Practical Nursing

In addition to the career programs offered, MVCTC Adult Education also offers many short-term courses and GED/Adult Basic Skills classes throughout the year. For more information about the MVCTC Adult Education programs, visit http://ae.mvctc.com or call 937-854-6297.

GYFL Receives donations for AED

Pictured are the GYFL Board members accepting checks
from Pablo Munoz, Las Marias Mexican Grill and Officer Dave Kiser
from the Fraternal Order of Police, Thomas P.L. Lowe #130.
Recently Greenville Youth Football purchased an automated electronic defibrillator (AED). An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes. If an AED is available at the place the victim collapses, survival increases exponentially. This purchase was done through the Wayne Healthcare Foundation with the generous donations from the Fraternal Order of Police, Thomas P.L. Lowe #130 and Las Marias Mexican Grill. Without their support this might not have been possible.

The GYFL would like to Thank these local organizations for their generous donations!

Friend Sunday

Kick off your fall the right way… with FRIENDS! First Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to Church on Sunday, September 7, 2014 for “Friend Sunday”. This is also our “Fall Kick-Off”, when Sunday School starts back up at 9:30 a.m. and Worship returns to 10:30 a.m. Following Worship that morning, we will be serving FREE hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill with lettuce salads, potato chips and cookies. Join us at 114 East Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio.

Also available on Friend Sunday will be FREE popcorn, balloons, freebies, lots of information about First Presbyterian Church and it’s various ministries, and tons of friendly faces to Fellowship with! We invite everyone to bring a friend, even if you have never visited First Presbyterian Church before! This will be a day to celebrate all friends!

Also available on Friend Sunday is one of the last opportunities to register to win a FREE iPad. The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 14 at First Presbyterian Church following Worship (during Coffee Hour) at approximately 11:30 a.m. One registration per person; Staff members, Deacons & Elders are not eligible; registration form must be completed and legible to qualify.

Reservations are being taken now to help make sure we provide enough food – please stop by the church office Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM to make your reservations, or you can call them in at 937-548-3188.

Fall Genealogy Workshop will be Saturday, Oct 11

The Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc. Fall Genealogy Workshop will be Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 9:15 A.M. Garst Museum, Lowell Thomas Meeting Room, 205 N.Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. The doors open at 8:30 A.M. The featured speaker: Michael D. Lacopo. Session 1: Mennonite Research, The Forgotten Swiss Germans (includes German Baptist Brethren also) Session 2: Finding Treasure in the Hoosier Courthouse (or any other courthouse) Session 3: Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants Session 4: How to Overcome Brick Wall Problems in Pennsylvania. Pre-Registration before Sept 30,2014 for Members is $15 & Non-members is $20. Registration at the door for Members is $20 & Non-members is $25. Make check payable to the Darke County Genealogical Society & mail to Brenda Arnett, 6745 Dull Rd., Arcanum OH 45304-9402. (have questions) Email to: office.manager@garstmuseum.org or call 937-692-6511

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

$1,000 REWARD OFFERED IN DARKE COUNTY ROBBERY

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the aggravated robbery and felonious assault of a small business owner in Darke County just east of the City of Greenville.

At approximately 5:10 PM Monday August 25, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a male subject at 5740 Jaysville-St. Johns Road had suffered a serious head injury. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to the address which is the location of a small engine repair shop. A 63 year old male appears to have suffered serious head injuries as a result of an assault during a robbery of the business. The male victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where he is being treated as of the time of this release.

Darke County Deputies and Detectives are investigating the robbery and working with witnesses on the case. Leads are being aggressively pursued.

Darke County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. Citizens with information on this crime are encouraged to call the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661. Tips may also be reported through the Darke County Crime Stoppers website at www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com. As always tips may be submitted anonymously.

Local Artists Wanted for First Friday Event

Chalk art created by Stephanie Schieltz.

Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in October, which has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan craft! The event will be held from 6-9 pm in the downtown district on Friday, October 3rd.

The committee (consisting of Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Victoria Horsley, Fran Brubaker, Deb Niekamp, and Susan Fowble) is working with Main Street Greenville's Director, Amber Garrett, to plan the Artisan’s Stroll and they are looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children’s apparel, wreaths, flower arrangements and more during the event.

All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late for October’s First Friday event. The event will also feature music and Chalk the Block (a chalk-art contest for those who attend the event)!

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is September 10th, 2014. For more information contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 or fowble51@gmail.com.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).

1ST ANNUAL FALL KICKBALL TOURNAMENT

  • When: Saturday September 20th at 4:00 PM (some games may be under the lights)
  • WHO: Kids and all adults welcome. Must be at least 9 years old to play. Teams can be boys, girls, or mixed. Teams can be kids, adults, or mixed.
  • Where: Greenville’s Sater ballpark diamonds 1-4. (small all dirt fields)
  • Why: 100% of proceeds will go directly back into our ballpark.
  • Cost: $100 per team (8-12 players) or $10 per person
  • Call: Keith Heidrich at (937)760-2008 to sign up.

You can sign up an entire team (8-12 players) or sign up as individuals. We will group you with others to complete a team. Example: If you have only 6 players we will do our best do keep all 6 together on the same team.

Each team is guaranteed 2 games. Games will be 6 innings long.

Trophies and medals handed out for top teams.

Concession stand will be open all night long.

Kids- Wouldn’t you love to play kickball against some adults? Or drill your dad with a kickball as he runs to second base? Now’s your chance. Get some buddies together and come out and play.

Adults- I know it has probably been a long time since you played kickball. This may be the last time you are given the chance to play. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to feel like a kid again.

First Friday Tailgating

Join First Presbyterian Church, (114 East Fourth Street, Greenville), for another Tailgating Party during Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event on September 5, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free parking and Ice Cream to go with all the “fixins” will be available outside the church. Tables and chairs will also be available for anyone that wishes to rest or stop and enjoy some socializing while listening to Christian music. The Theatre on Third Street movie will begin at dusk.

Just a short hop and skip east of Broadway on Fourth Street (directly behind Second National Bank Broadway branch) the Presbyterians are excited to once again join in the festivities of Main Street Greenville’s First Friday.

Don’t forget to register for a chance to win an iPad when you pick up your ice cream. The drawing will be held on Sunday, September 14 at First Presbyterian Church following Worship (during Coffee Hour) at approximately 11:30 a.m. One registration per person; Staff members, Deacons & Elders are not eligible; registration form must be completed and legible to qualify.

We are looking forward to seeing you at First Friday!

Wayne HealthCare inducted into The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Hall Of Fame

(Left to right) Ed Curry, Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Chairman
presenting Hall of Fame plaque to Wayne Deschambeau,
President/CEO of Wayne HealthCare.
The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Committee recently inducted Wayne HealthCare into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 2006, the year of the tournament’s 25th anniversary.

Criteria for this honor was decided by the committee and consists of long term participation, enthusiasm, and support of the committee’s goals in helping Darke County cancer patients. Wayne HealthCare is a state of the art facility which works diligently with individuals and organizations from around the region to meet the ongoing healthcare needs of the community. They have routinely supported the golf tournament which donates all proceeds to the Cancer Association of Darke County, to help cancer patients living in Darke County.

The plaque was presented to Wayne Deschambeau by Ed Curry, Chairman of the tournament. The golf committee is very much appreciative of the support that Wayne HealthCare has given over the years.

MVCTC Students Competed in STAR Event Competition at FCCLA National Leadership Conference

Left: Alexus Foster (Early Childhood student from Northmont) and Alison Westgerdes (Early Childhood student from Versailles) won a GOLD medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for the Life Event Planning Contest. Right: Emma Baker (Early Childhood student from Franklin Monroe) and Angelica Mullen (Early Childhood student from Miamisburg) won a GOLD medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for their Chapter Service Display
Clayton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students participated in the National FCCLA competition July 6-10, 2014, in San Antonio, TX. More than 7,000 students and advisers attended for inspiration, training, and opportunities to make a difference locally and across the country.

FCCLA offers over 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. These events include Culinary Arts, Knowledge Bowl, Career Investigation, and Fashion Construction to name a few. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, 18 MVCTC students were among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in San Antonio. This is the largest number of competitors at any National STAR Events competition.

MVCTC students winning awards at the national competition include:

  • Emma Baker (Early Childhood student from Franklin Monroe) and Angelica Mullen (Early Childhood student from Miamisburg) won a GOLD medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for their Chapter Service Display
  • Ashley Bergin (Early Childhood student from Tri-County North); Sarah Roelle (Early Childhood student from Eaton); and December Strawser (Early Childhood student from Tri-County North) won a SILVER medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for their Chapter Service Portfolio.
  • Alyson Moberly (Early Childhood student from Brookville) and Gabriella Sarno (Early Childhood student from Northmont) won a GOLD medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for the National Program in Action event.
  • Alexus Foster (Early Childhood student from Northmont) and Alison Westgerdes (Early Childhood student from Versailles) won a GOLD medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for the Life Event Planning Contest.
  •  Peyton Yeary (Early Childhood student from Brookville) won a SILVER medal at the NATIONAL FCCLA Conference for the Chapter in Review contest.


County Offices Closed for Labor Day

The County Offices will be closed for the “Labor Day” Holiday on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let’s Go to the Sweet Shop!

Generations of Versailles youth have said that phrase over and over again! Now at your Versailles Area Museum, you can visit our reconstructed tribute to this Versailles icon. With Larry Brown and sister, Arlene Keiser, many of their father and mother’s treasures from all those years at the Sweet Shop are being displayed or recreated for the community to share and enjoy. This new “All Class Reunion” displays is a tribute to Harry & Dola Brown and 75 years at the Sweet Shop! You will almost taste the sweet rolls and ice cream treats (and no gum under the tables, please). The museum wants to thank to Bob Condon for the loan of the juke box. We’ve even got the ole juke box playing those hip tunes from those crazy fifties!

You’ll see the “gang hanging out after another Versailles Tiger victory. Including a rare 1950’s Versailles Band uniform and some awesome tiger gear.

Moving down the hall will be a peak into a 1950’s girls bedroom filled with her “treasurers” and across the hall is our tribute to the old school. From the one room school, to the 1927 building, to the 1952 building we are full of all those collective memories of our community’s youth! Be sure to notice the unique floors from each building. We thank the Versailles Alumni Association for donating funds to keep these memories alive.

The museum will be open August 29, from noon to 4:00; August 30, from noon till six and August 31, from 11:00 till 4:00 (remember Soup on the Lawn!) Come and relive our history this Alumni weekend.

DCSA Registration for Fall Youth Soccer now open

Registration for DCSA Fall Youth Soccer is now open and will run through September 6th. The Fall season will start on September 10th at Greenville’s North Park(behind Kroger) and run through October 19th. There are several ways to register for the program: mail-in, drop-off or in-person registration.

Registration: August 9th through September 6th

Cost: $20.00 per child by Sept. 6th

Late Registration: $30.00 if after Sept. 6th until Sept. 13th

In Person Registration: Aug. 30th 2:00-3:30 PM @ North Park

Mail-in Registration to: Darke County Soccer Association
PO Box 1144, Greenville, OH 45331
Drop-off Registration at: Greenville National Bank/ Consumer Loans
114 W. Fourth Street, Greenville, OH 45331

Location: North Park Soccer Fields – Behind Kroger

Game Times: Wednesdays 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 PM
Saturdays will be from 12:30 to 3:30 PM

Meet the Team: Wed. Sept. 10th 3-5 yr. olds @ 5:30 PM, 6-8 yr. olds @ 6:00 PM and 9-12 yr. olds @ 6:30 PM – All Players need to attend to pick-up information

Coaches Meeting: Saturday Sept. 13th @ 12:30-1:30 PM – All Coaches need to attend

For more information or questions please contact Dave Ernst @ 937-548-3815 or visit www.darkecountysoccer.com

BURKE and DAILY SWEEP AT GREENVILLE

Friday August 22 was a huge success at the Great Darke County Fair which featured the 3rd annual Gene Riegle Memorial Pace for a purse of $30,000. Also featured this year was the first annual Three Diamonds Mare Pace for $10,000. Kerby Wilcox the President of the Darke County Harness Horsemen Association was quoted with “That without all the support from the sponsors and the association members this wouldn’t be possible”.

The first annual Three Diamonds Mare Pace was a very fine group of pacing ladies. All were poised to put on a show for the fans and they did flying around the last turn. Rescue Team driven by Jack Dailey was the first to the line in a quick 1.54 1/5. She is a 4 year old mare out of Western Terror trained by Ron Burke.

The Gene Riegle Memorial had a strong group of horse and gelding pacers all aimed at taking the prized trophy home. When the dust settled Jack Dailey with Easy Again took the victory in a new track record 1.53 2/5. Easy Again is a 5 year old out of Dragon Again also trained by Ron Burke.

Once again, thanks to all of our sponsors along with the owners and trainers for bringing your horses to our county fair. A special thanks to all the great fans that fill our grandstand and line our fence. Without you this all wouldn’t be possible.

Fair Flower Show Winners

Junior Division Horticulture winners were Junior Rose of Royalty, Kendall Kriner; Junior Green Thumb, Garden Cultivar Audrey Allread;  Junior Flora Award, Haley Smith and Junior Showcase Award was Kate Rehmert.  Sponsors of the awards were Kim Cromwell, Charlene Thornhill, Becky Collins, Linda and Glenn Rehmert and Sue Bowman of HER  Realty.
Jody Lockhart of Greenville National Bank presents the Darke County Fair flower show Artistic winners on Saturday to Sherry Ward, Cindy McCallister, Tiffany Stebbins, Becky Collins and Charlene Thornhill
Adult Horticulture winners were Judy Burns, John Lockhart, Barb Rhoades, Kim Cromwell with sponsor Jim Ward from Fry & Co.

BLOOD DONORS HAVE FUN ‘BUMMIN’ AT DARKE CO. FAIR

Blood donors & GTI co-workers (L-R) Patty Hunt, Dot Ellis, Jackie Magee & Debbie Miller.

SO MANY COLORS, SO MANY CHOICES AT CBC T-SHIRT DAY

GREENVILLE, Ohio – “Got that one…. Got that one… ah, I like that one!” There may be prize livestock to judge and ice cold crushies to choose at the annual Great Darke County Fair, but for blood donors on Community Blood Center (CBC) “T-shirt Day” it’s a treasure hunt for the elusive t-shirt design you don’t yet own.

CBC Darke Co. account representative Dana Puterbaugh and her citizen advisory board volunteers worked the “T-Shirt Day” booth under the hot afternoon sun Wednesday, Aug. 20. Any donor who arrived at the booth wearing their favorite CBC t-shirt could draw a chip and choose from a heaping pile of “retired” t-shirts, leftover from previous blood drive campaigns.

They could also enter a drawing to win a quilt, lovingly stitched together by donor Tammy Pugh from some vintage CBC blood drive t-shirts.

“Got that one, got that one… ah! I like chocolate,” said Union City, OH donor Patty Hunt, who grabbed a Hershey chocolate brown t-shirt with the slogan “How Sweet It is to Save a Life!” “I’ve been donating for a couple of years now and I’ve got five or six of these,” she said of her hunt through the t-shirts before finding a keeper.

Patty donates at CBC mobile blood drives held at Greenville Technology Inc. and she was soon joined by a group of friends from GTI. Donating together at work is a tradition for them, and so is enjoying the fair. “I’m a ‘fair bum’ said Patty. “I take the whole week off!”

“We come every year,” said Jackie Magee, who wore a “Keep Calm & Carry On Saving Lives” t-shirt to the fair, and chose the same chocolate t-shirt as Patty. Jackie did even better at last year’s “T-Shirt Day” when she won the drawing for a pair of Kings Island tickets.

“They give us time to donate,” their friend Dot Ellis said about the GTI blood drives. “Afterwards you get your juice and cookies and you go back to work, or go home, whatever you’re ready to do.”

Summer weather definitely returned in time for the fair, with temperatures in the high 80’s and plenty of visitors wearing broad hats and sunglasses with their donor t-shirts. Picking a t-shirt is one of dozens of choices for fairgoers. Fried cakes, grilled sandwiches, and kegs of root beer abound. The midway rides spin, while a live elephant gets ready to make the rounds with paying passengers on his back. Dairy cows relax on beds of hay in the luxurious new dairy barn, retirees line dance in front of the gazebo, kids race around the fairgrounds enjoying the last freedom of summer, and the grandstand gets ready for the night’s tractor pull and the Veterans Parade.

Back at the CBC T-Shirt booth, Piqua donor Sarah Smith wore an American flag donor t-shirt and for her free t-shirt chose the October Breast Cancer Awareness “I Fight Cancer, I Give Blood” pink ribbon design. “I have an aunt that died from breast cancer she said. “My daughter Katelynn is 15. She remembers her Aunt Trix. Every time she sees a pink ribbon she has to have it.”

Pink is clearly Sarah and Katelynn’s choice. The “I Fight Cancer” t-shirt was Dana’s choice on T-Shirt Day too. Even in the rainbow of CBC t-shirt colors, the electric kaleidoscope of lights on the midway, and all the candy box of attractions at the Great Darke County Fair… one color can sometimes stand out from all the rest.

Raptor Ambassador Open House

Visit with our Raptor Ambassadors! We’re opening the raptor mew (enclosure for raptors) to the public on Saturday, September 6th from 1:00pm-3:00pm to allow Greta the Great Horned Owl and Joseph the Red-tailed Hawk to show off their homes. Staff and Volunteers will be present to answer questions and of course you’ll get a great look at Greta and Joseph! This program is open to the public, but we ask that all visitors remain calm and quiet while within the raptors’ area for the consideration of the birds.

For more information call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org. Also occurring on this day, the Log House and Blacksmith Shop will be open from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Flint Knapping

Join the Darke County Parks on Thursday, September 4th at 6:30pm for a program about the technical and artful skill of transforming pieces of specialized rock into useful tools, producing knives, spear points, scrapers and many other interesting materials. Bill Light will demonstrate this useful art form using ancient techniques and more modern ones. Various types of rocks (chert, flint, etc.) will be described and shown. Depending on the size of the audience, you might get the opportunity to knock off a few chips and create a remarkably sharp tool. This FREE program will occur at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) and pre-registration is required. You can pre-register by calling the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. Visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org for information about all of our upcoming programs.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter members attended the Great Darke County Fair Harness Races

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members attended the Great Darke County Fair harness races. The chapter donated a win blanket. Members in win pic: Linda Riley. Regent Mary Jane Dietrich, Debbie Nisonger, Cindy Austen, Shirley Hughes, Jean Gunn, Taylor and Christina Nehring, Helen Wright, Karen Burkett and Susan Brewer. Not pictured: Doris Aultman. The winning driver was Jeff Nisonger, son of chapter member Vice Regent Debbie Nisonger. The winning trainer was Kayne Kauffman, Darke County native.

Picture by Conrad Photography.

Autism support group to meet

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the Darke will meet in the third floor Community Room of Greenville Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

This group was created by local mothers in response to the lack of a support system for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Darke County. The hope is that the group can be a resource and support group for other parents, caregivers and loved ones of those who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Parents/caregivers who suspect ASD, but who have not gotten a diagnosis yet, are welcome to attend as well. The group is not limited to parents/loved ones of ASD children, parents of any special needs children are welcome to attend if they think the topic will be relevant.

ASD in the Darke wants to know what parents want to learn more about; what topics will be helpful, and what activities parents/caregivers might want to see brought to the area for ASD children and young adults.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/asdindarke, email asdinthedarke@gmail.com or call Heather at 937-417-9274 for more information.

Soup on the Lawn Returns for Alumni Sunday Festivities

Last year you helped make the first annual “Soup on the Lawn “so successful the Versailles Area Museum is bringing it back this August 31 from 11:00 till 2:00 on the museum grounds. This will be in conjunction with the annual “All Class” Reunion Week-end.

We’ll feature homemade bean soup, with corn bread & chili soup, hot ham sandwiches, hot dogs with all the trimmings and yummy desserts! All of this, under the friendly tents on the Museum Lawn with Karen Holsapple as D.J. What more could you ask for to end your August?

Don’t miss this annual event while enjoying your Alumni Week-end or stop by after church for lunch and support a worthwhile cause!

Edison Stagelight Players hold open auditions for fall production

The Edison Community College Stagelight Players are holding open auditions for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, on Tuesday, September 2 and Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Robinson Theater at Edison’s Piqua Campus. Frankenstein is the popular tale of a grotesque creature, created by an eccentric scientist, and the havoc it wreaks on a small Russian town in the late 18th century. Auditions will last approximately two hours and consist of cold readings from the script. Production dates will run from October 24 through November 2. For more information contact Matt Beisner at mbeisner@edisonohio.edu.

And the September Theater on Third Movie Is...

...The Lego Movie!

DarkeJournal.com readers voted and The Lego Movie will be shown for free at the Theater on Third on Friday, September 5th at dusk!

As part of Main Street Greenville's First Friday event, the movie will be projected on the east side of the elementsLife building on West Third Street. As with past events, movie goers can bring blankets and chairs and watch the movie from the municipal parking lot behind Bach to Rock.

The Lego Movie is smart, funny, and full of action and adventure. If you're not familiar, check out the trailer below and make plans to see it for FREE on Friday September 5th.

BOUNDARIES AND OTHER SUPPORT CLASSES OFFERED AT EUM CHURCH

Have you ever found yourself wondering: “Can I set limits and still be a loving person? How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy or money? Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?” In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend give you answers to these tough questions and more, and show you how to set healthy boundaries with your parents, spouse, children, friends, coworkers, and even yourself. These sessions present the importance of developing healthy boundaries in order to maintain healthy relationships. This course is for those already in healthy situations who would like to have a better sense of “yes” and “no”, as well as those who are in great need of setting healthy boundaries.

Boundaries is a unique journey – of growth, of challenge to change, of problem solving, of recovery, of hope. Offering practical help and encouragement to all who seek a healthy and balanced life, Boundaries presents insight and wisdom for those seeking to deal with their inability to say no. Each of the eight Boundaries sessions contains a video presentation by Drs. Cloud and Townsend. It's the centerpiece for insights, exercises, and spirited group discussion that can profoundly improve the quality of your relationships in every sphere of life---marriage, family, friendships, church, and the workplace.

Boundaries starts on Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 PM at the Downtown Campus of EUM Church located on the corner of Devor and Wayne. Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to belong to EUM Church or any other church in order to attend.

Other support offerings include DivorceCare, Every Man’s Battle, GriefShare, Joy Keepers Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group and more. Please visit our website at www.eumchurch.org and check out all our support group opportunities in our Fall Connection Catalog. Or simply call the church office and ask for Susan at 937-548-3211. Registrations are appreciated but not required.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. Beginning September 6 & 7, an additional worship service is being added at EUM and the service times are changing. Our traditional worship service will be Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street and our contemporary worship services will be Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOLLOW BALEIGH TO THE GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR

GREENVILLE, OH – It’s that time of year again… The GREAT Darke County Fair! Many mark this as their last hoorah before going back to school, some even make traveling to the fair their vacation for the year, and others spend the entire year getting their projects ready for this moment. Whatever the reason for coming to the fair, you should expect good food, fun times, things to do and see, and the same ole’ classic fair time feeling.

For most, the fair is something they have grown up around. It is a place where Mom and Dad could take you to look at the animals, get some food, play games, and just spend some quality time with one another. I am positive that almost everyone can share at least one, “Remember that one year at the fair …” story. Including myself.

I spoke with several people at the fair who were traveling from Florida, Alabama, and even New England just to come to this fair because, “You can’t beat the experience of coming to The Darke County Fair.” Not only is it great to bring everyone together at this time, but with all the new travelers, businesses around Darke County are booming with new customers! Most of the people that I spoke with gushed about the wonderful memories they have made over the years, and I wish to give a big thanks to all of those on the fair board who spend countless hours making that happen.Without you, none of this would be possible.

There have been several new additions to the fair this year including the new cow barn and metal wagons called “people movers” to bring people into the fair. It’s no wonder why it is called The GREAT Darke County Fair. I was wowed by both upon my arrival, but I was very impressed when I stepped into the new barn! It is so spacious and cool, and I talked with many people in the barn who have said what an improvement it is, and how grateful they are to have it.

Darke County Fair Junior Flower Show winners


The Darke County Fair Flower Show winners in the Junior Division Artistic Show were left to right: Haley Baker, Olivia Herron, Audrey Allred, Brianna Fellers, Mackenzie Slade and Mariana Romos. Their sponsors were (second row) Todd and Lindsey Henry, Cindy McCallister and Amy Erisman of Erisman Aire Heating & Cooling.

Sept. 13 SUNshine 5K Benefits Local Non-Profits

Join the fun at Greenville City Park on Saturday, September 13, as the annual SUNshine 5K raises funds for a number of Darke County non-profit organizations. Hosted by the Darke County Foundation, this year’s event benefits 6 groups including St. Mary’s School (Greenville) and State of the Heart Hospice. For every participant registered under the St. Mary’s or State of the Heart team name, that group receives $10-$15.

SUNshine 5K runners and walkers will enjoy a quality 5K race with electronic chip timing, a bright neon technical t-shirt, door prizes, plus post-race drinks, fruit and homemade cookies. New this year – cash prizes totaling $350 will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers! Awards are also given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

To register, visit the Darke County Foundation website at www.darkecountyfoundation.org. To designate St. Mary’s School as the recipient of your funds, type “St. Mary’s” on the Team Name line. To designate State of the Heart, type “State of the Heart” on the Team Name line. Entry fee is $15 (with tech t-shirt) by Aug. 30 and $20 after Aug. 30 (t-shirt not guaranteed). Kids 800-meter fun run is $3 or $8 (with cotton t-shirt). Free childcare during the race is provided. The kids run starts at 8:20 am, and the 5K starts at 8:30 am.

Major sponsors of the SUNshine 5K include Reid Hospital and Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio. The SUNshine 5K is part of the Wayne HealthCare Challenge “Get Moving” Series.

Other groups that benefit from the SUNshine 5K proceeds are Arcanum Bunco for Breast Cancer, Mandy Green Memorial Fund, Greenville Girls Softball Association and Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters.

The Darke County Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For more information, call 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

St. Mary’s School (Greenville) is one of several Darke County organizations benefiting from the Sept. 13 SUNshine 5K, hosted by the Darke County Foundation. Pictured are St. Mary’s students with principal Vern Rosenbeck.
State of the Heart Hospice is one of several Darke County organizations benefiting from the Sept. 13 SUNshine 5K, hosted by the Darke County Foundation. Pictured are staff members from State of the Heart.

Preparedness Walk Partners Needed

Again this year, during September, National Preparedness Month, Darke County Emergency Agencies, American Red Cross, Emergency Responders and volunteers are going door to door to over 3000 homes with packets of preparedness. Of special interest this year are the inclusion of preparedness items, such as the Vial of Life, with help from Pepsico, First Aid kits and other items by Wayne HealthCare and Sunscreen from Dayton Power and Light. Packets are packed and ready to go, but what is needed are the volunteers willing to walk door to door and deliver the packets. Walkers, Runners, Local Company Employees, 4-H Groups, Scouts, Churches, Families, Organizations, Businesses, Schools, Service Organizations are all invited to participate on September the 8th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Some groups even wear their uniforms or company logo shirts on the walk. All volunteers will be badged and receive a safety orientation before beginning.

Volunteers will go out in teams to assigned neighborhoods and all materials needed. To help in this project, simply call the American Red Cross Darke County Chapter at 548-1002 or email Lynne.Gump@Redcross.org.

Edison Names 2014 Holiday Evening Chair

Thomas Milligan named 2014 Holiday Evening Chair.
Edison Community College has named Thomas Milligan as the Chair of the 17th Annual Holiday Evening. Holiday Evening, held on Thursday, December 4, is a fund-raising event that directly supports Edison’s General Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to traditional and non-traditional students in their academic pursuits.

As a member of Edison’s Board of Trustees since 1999, Milligan is accustomed to the College and is aware of the importance this event holds in creating student scholarship opportunities. “The heart of our mission as an institution is to provide access to higher education for students, helping to break barriers to entry where they exist, among them financial barriers, and to provide an environment that helps students be successful in attaining their educational goals,” said Milligan. “The scholarships provided from Holiday Evening are critical to achieving that mission.”

Milligan’s stewardship on the Edison Board includes testifying before the Ohio Senate Education Committee on the importance of public and private alliances and their role in enhancing the quality of community college education throughout Ohio. While serving as Board Chair from 2006-2008, he was essential in creating partnerships during The Campaign for Edison Community College, which funded most of the cost to build the 35,000 square foot Emerson Center at the Piqua campus. In 2009, Milligan was chosen to receive the Excellence in Trusteeship Award sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

In addition to his contributions as a trustee, Milligan is a successful entrepreneur serving as the president, founder and owner of Western Ohio Cut Stone in Sidney since 1995. In 2013, he was recognized for his contributions to the rock products industry as an inductee into the Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association Hall of Fame.

Currently residing in Sidney with his wife Martha, Milligan is aware of what a great asset Edison is to the community and is pleased to act as the 2014 Holiday Evening Chair. “Since I became an Edison trustee 15 years ago, I have tried to look for opportunities where I see I can be of most help to Edison’s mission,” added Milligan. “This year, leading Holiday Evening presented itself as such an opportunity.”

This year’s Holiday Evening event will feature The Manhattan Transfer, a highly regarded a cappella, jazz fusion group. “We are excited to have this Grammy award winning act come to Edison. The Manhattan Transfer will bring high energy and first class entertainment to the Edison stage,” added Milligan. “We feel it offers something for an audience of all ages.”

The annual holiday event has previously included performances by renowned musicians The Return, Tim Janis, Australia’s The Ten Tenors, Straight No Chaser, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra and former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinson.

Now in its 17th year, the annual occasion has become a staple of the holiday season for many. Attendees spend the evening with family and friends while enjoying quality entertainment and cuisine. “It’s a fun event that brings many people from our region to Edison for an evening of fine food and entertainment,” added Milligan. “Save the date and make plans to be a part of the Holiday Evening.”

Tickets are limited and tend to sell out quickly. Various levels of sponsorship are available for those interested in attending the event. Sponsorship for the evening will support more than 3,500 students who attend classes at Edison annually. For further information or to be added to the Holiday Evening mailing list, contact Julie Slattery at jslattery@edisonohio.edu or 937-778-7805.

BRETHREN RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HONORS 2014 TEEN VOLUNTEERS

Pictured: Tess McClure, Olivia Herron, Danele Price, Lucie Garber, Julie Roseberry, Haley Baker, Mackenzie Bryant, Harley Fisher, Logan Kirk, Josh Galloway, Grace Washington, Gianna Bixler

Brethren Retirement Community honored their teen volunteers with a Wrap Up Lunch to end the summer volunteer program. The teen volunteers were invited to be recognized for their dedication to the residents throughout the year.

Janet Ashworth, Coordinator of Volunteers, welcomed the group and thanked them for their generosity of time. She shared with them that over 265 hours of volunteer time was given by 19 young people since January.

Brethren Retirement Community is appreciative and grateful for all those who come and spend time with the residents. Anyone interested in volunteering at Brethren Retirement Community may contact Janet Ashworth, Coordinator of Volunteers at 937-547-7682.

MVCTC Welcomes Students for 2014-2015 School Year

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors welcome the Class of 2016 to their first day of school. Front row left to right – Morgan Ellis (Arcanum); Brittany Rinehart (Vandalia Butler); Tasia Addison (Huber Heights); McKenze Moss (Trotwood Madison); Angelica Mullen (Miamisburg); Allison Phillips (Brookville); Anna Dixon (Twin Valley South); Tess Howdieshell (Eaton); Jordan Stickley (Franklin Monroe); Taylor Johnson-Brighton (Preble Shawnee); Josh Moorehouse (Miamisburg); Ty-Asia Griggs (West Carrollton); Chelsea Hoskins (Northmont); Kelsey Glaze (Northmont); Caitlin Braughton (Tri County North); Brianna Brunette (Tipp City); Taylor Giles (Northmont); Jesse Ly (Vandalia Butler); Brady Anderson (Miami East); and KC Howe (New Lebanon).  Back Row left to right – Brooke Artz (Bethel); Erica Stover (Eaton); Justin Rhoades (Franklin Monroe); Kathryn Peterman (Northmont); Jarryd Bridges (Mississinawa Valley); Kenny Fisher (New Lebanon); Justin Warner (Valley View); Daniel Wiseman (National Trail); Eric Wathen (Miamisburg); Chris Buck (Miamisburg); Adam Daniels (Huber Heights); Lucas Rodriguez (Centerville); Austin Johnson (Tri-County North); Brandon Nesbitt (Bethel); Takoda Benedict (Tri Village); Brooke Bayer (Milton Union); and Kara Nuss (Miami East). 
The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) staff welcomed students for their 43rd year of classes on Thursday, August 14, 2014. MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy, staff, and Student Ambassadors greeted close to 1,000 junior students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year.

MVCTC is offering career technical programs for 2014-2015 in:

  • Agriculture Resources Management
  • Air Force Junior ROTC
  • Allied Health
  • Animal Care Management
  • Architectural Design
  • Auto Collision
  • Auto Services
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Ownership
  • Clerical Services
  • Computer Engineering & Automated Technologies
  • Computer Network Engineering
  • Computer Repair & Technical Support
  • Computer Technology Academy
  • Construction Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diesel Power Technologies
  • Digital Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Trades
  • Firefighter/EMS
  • Game Programming & Web Application
  • GIS & Technical Intelligence
  • Graphic Commercial Art
  • Graphic Commercial Photography
  • Health Careers Academy
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Hospitality Services
  • Media and Video Production
  • Medial Assistant
  • Medical Careers
  • Medical Office Management
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Precision Machining
  • Retail Agriculture Services
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Medicine
  • Veterinary Science
  • Welding

New for the 2014-2015 school year MVCTC opened the Firefighter/EMS program for juniors and seniors attending classes at the main MVCTC campus. MVCTC also partnered with Miami Valley Hospital South to offer a Project SEARCH program. Project SEARCH is a one-year, school-to-work transition program for students with disabilities in collaboration with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and the local Board of Developmental Disabilities. Project SEARCH is designed to provide entry-level job experiences in collaboration with local business partners and agencies. The Project SEARCH instruction focuses on developing competitive employment skills. The student interns are expected to pursue competitive employment upon graduation.

Additionally, MVCTC opened new satellite programs in partnership with local school districts including, Eaton Teacher Academy; Franklin Monroe Business Academy; Milton Union Agriculture and Business Academy; and Valley View Business Academy.

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

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