Friday, January 30, 2015

Pizza and a Movie to be Hosted by Castine Church of the Brethren

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Please mark your calendars for Sunday, February 15, 2015, when Castine Church of the Brethren marriage ministry welcomes the public for an evening out. Pizza, salad and dessert will be followed by the movie The Song, which offers poignant teaching based on passages from Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. Tickets are free, with an opportunity for an offering to defray costs. Please consider inviting friends. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and the movie by 7:00 pm. Your evening will conclude by 9pm. The movie website TheSongMovie.com will provide more detail and a movie trailer to view.

To obtain your ticket, please contact Jeni Berger at jdberger416@roadrunner.com, or call 937 548 2253. You may also contact Castine Church at 937 678 9945. We look forward to hearing from you and would be honored by your presence.

MONEY MANAGEMENT SERIES PLANNED

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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a "Managing Your Money" series. The classes will be held March 9, 16 & 23, 2015, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:30-7:30pm. Participants attend all three sessions. The fee to attend is $20.00 per individual or $30.00 per couple.

The "Managing Your Money" classes are appropriate for singles or couples who wish to develop a family budget and catch up on bills. We will discuss credit and debt management. Realize there are no quick fixes for financial problems. However, we can offer some tips that will make the process easier. We will not be telling you how you "should" spend your money. After attending this series you will have set financial goals, know where your money goes, have developed a budget, and have a plan for saving money or reducing debt.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937.548.5215 or email Diane Barga at barga.8@osu.edu. Registration needs to be completed by March 3.

MVCTC Pre-school Registration Opens for 2015-2016 School Year

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Englewood, Ohio -- Laughter, encouragement, and hands-on exploring is what you will see and hear coming from the preschool at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). This preschool is unique in that junior and senior high school students run it as part of the Early Childhood Education program. The program’s instructors, Connie Marshal and Darnice Wilkinson, educate students on all areas of child development, instructional strategies, and curriculum set forth by the State of Ohio Board of Education. Students apply their knowledge and skills by operating a fully functional preschool for three to five year olds. Every day the preschoolers explore and learn through various activities designed and implemented by these bright young educators.

The preschool is divided into two different classes, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. On any given day, you will find children in the preschool actively involved and enjoying learning. “Each morning these children walk through that door with a smile on their face and an aura of sheer delight to be here and to learn with us and we are honored by that,” said Alicia Newman, program assistant.

Enrollment for the next school year begins February 1, 2015. Children ages three to five (must be three by June 1) and that are potty trained may apply. Both morning and afternoon classes will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. The morning class is from 9-11:25 a.m. and the afternoon class is from 11:50-2:15 p.m. There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee and yearly tuition is $420. Please call 937-854-6070 for more information regarding the MVCTC Pre-school program.

For more information on MVCTC’s Early Childhood Education program, please visit www.mvctc.com/ec. For more information on the preschool program, please visit www.mvctc.com/preschool.

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.

Swingin' With the Saints, Again!

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Swingin' With the Saints, Again! is a free community concert presented by First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. Kim Bohler, Paula Ulrich with Mike Hogg, Darrell Fryman, Terri Fryman, Jane Tester and Don Lockhart will provide an hour of entertainment. Musical styles range from Celtic to classical, gospel to pop, and bossa nova to big band. Refreshments will follow the concert. The church is located at 114 E. Fourth St. in Greenville. For more information, call 548-3188.

CBC CELEBRATES VECTREN FOR 10 YEARS OF SCHOLARSHIPS

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VECTREN CONTINUES SUPPORT WITH ‘LEAD THE WAY’ SPONSORSHIP

CBC honors Vectren for support of the Lead The Way Creative Scholarship program; (L-R) Retiring Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman, CBC/CTS CEO Dr. David Smith, Vectren Community Affairs Manager Rachel Goodspeed, & CBC COO Jodi Minneman.
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is celebrating 10 years of partnering with Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Vectren) to award college scholarships to high school seniors who creatively challenge their peers to be blood donors. Vectren has provided $50,000 in tuition assistance since first sponsoring the original CBC “Save Our Supply” scholarship in 2005. Vectren’s $5,000 pledge for the 2015 CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship marks its 11th year of sponsorship.

The Lead The Way goal is to motivate young adults to become blood resource leaders of tomorrow by annually awarding $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five scholarship recipients. Any student whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive can compete for the scholarship by creating a winning blood drive recruitment campaign. The 2015 application deadline is April 20.

The announcement of funding for the 2015 Lead The Way scholarship is an opportunity for CBC to honor Vectren for its 10-year history of support. Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services (CBC/CTS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Smith and CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman presented a glass “Lead The Way” lighthouse statuette and plaque to Vectren, and also honored retiring Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman with a glass lighthouse statuette. New Community Affairs Manager Rachel Goodspeed now serves as Vectren’s liaison with CBC in the Lead The Way Creative Scholarship Program.

“This has been an extremely satisfying partnership,” said Dr. Smith. “We’ve seen the level of competition grow each year and it’s very impressive. With Vectren’s help, these bright young scholarship winners are using their talents and following their dreams. We’re also very thankful to the administrators and volunteers at our 118 blood drive high schools. They welcome us into their schools and support our lifesaving mission.”

Vectren has assisted 50 scholarship winners and the program continues to attract well-qualified applicants. In 2014 CBC accepted 64 applications from students representing 35 schools from 11 counties in CBC’s 15-county service area, a 48 percent increase from 2013. Applications in 2013 increased 30 percent over the previous year.

“We are proud to support a program that not only challenges students across the Miami Valley to think like leaders while cultivating their creative skills – it gets them involved at a deeper level in our community,” said Vectren’s Rachel Goodspeed. “It’s important to keep our youth motivated to further their education and involved in giving back to our community. They are the community leaders of tomorrow.”

A Lead The way tradition is to put winning scholarship campaigns to work. Submitted campaign videos are shown at area high schools and winning campaign slogans and graphic designs are often adopted for CBC use. A recent example is from 2013 scholarship winner and Russia High School graduate Shana Meyer. She inspired the 2014 CBC high school t-shirt design with her social media driven theme “#Saving Lives is Always Trending!”

Lead The Way is open to all graduating high school seniors in CBC’s 15-country service area who are college bound and whose high school hosted a CBC blood drive during the 2014-15 academic year. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is the minimum academic requirement.

Applicants are challenged to create a winning Donor Recruitment Campaign. They must create a theme expressed in a marketing slogan; explain why the theme will effectively encourage students to donate; and creatively demonstrate the theme using conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic expressions.

All candidates should submit their application and blood drive marketing campaign to CBC. Mailings must be postmarked by April 20, 2015. Five winners will be announced in May. Application forms and samples of award-winning campaigns are available online at www.GivingBlood.org. For more information contact Education Specialist Cristina Pickle at 937-461-3453 or bloodeducation@givingblood.org.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DCSO Release: Icey Roadway Leads to Truck Rolling Into Creek Bed

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On January 29, 2015 at approximately 9:17 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue, New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2800 Block of Littles Road in reference to a rollover injury accident into a creek bed.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Ranger Extended cab truck, driven by Lucas A. Gower, 18 of Arcanum, Ohio was northbound on Littles Road north of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road. Gower lost control of his vehicle on the ice covered roadway causing him to travel off the right side of the roadway. Gower's vehicle spun out of control as it struck a mailbox and traveled over the embankment into the creek bed. Gower's vehicle came to rest on it's side in the water.

Gower and his 10 year old female passenger were transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue. Gower's 11 year old male passenger was airlifted to Dayton Children's Hospital by CareFlight.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when driving on snow and ice covered roadways, as it creates hazardous conditions.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

WHIO: Student trapped in truck that crashed into creek

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WHIO reports that a group of Arcanum students were involved in a crash this morning on their way to school. The 18 year old driver lost control of his vehicle which rolled into a creek. A juvenile passenger was taken to Children's Hospital via CareFlight. Watch the report above, click here for the current story from WHIO, and check back later when DCSO releases their report on the accident.

A Sales Tax Holiday to Relieve Costs Associated with Back to School Items

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Ohio families can now prepare for a new major retail shopping season. Senate Bill 243, which passed both chambers and was signed into law during the 130th General Assembly, means that Ohioans will be able to save sales tax dollars when handling their back-to-school shopping this coming year. Ohio’s first ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7th-9th, and experts say shoppers should expect Black Friday-like excitement.

This bill is very important to me, as eliminating the sales tax on these items both at retail stores and on the internet will help ensure that all children and students can get what is necessary for the upcoming school year. A good investment in their education is a good investment into their future, and that’s what the Sales Tax Holiday seeks to create.

Many popular retail stores have shown their support for this new Sales Tax Holiday, such as Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penny, CVS, and Best Buy. These stores are frequent stops for back-to-school shoppers, and their backing makes it even more exciting. With the help of this bill, Ohio families with children K-12 will save roughly $40 each on their school shopping list in a normal school year.

This measure will promote economic growth in Ohio and will allow consumers to spend manageable amounts of money on the things that they need for the upcoming school year. The Sales Tax Holiday is expected to put $78 million back into the pockets of Ohioans. It would also provide a boost for Ohio’s retail sector, which makes up 18 percent of Ohio’s GDP and employs one in four Ohio citizens.

There are eighteen other states in the country that have a Sales Tax Holiday. Implementing this could potentially result in an economic boost very similar to the one seen in Florida. That state posted $115 million more in tax revenue during the three-day tax-free period, showing that consumers were buying many items that were not tax-free as well.

The bill made its way through the legislative process, passing through both the House and the Senate, and was signed by Governor Kasich on December 19th, 2014. We now look forward to seeing its outcome this coming August. I am confident that we have done good work for the people of Ohio with this bill.

Please take a minute to look over a website explaining more about the Sales Tax Holiday at tinyurl.com/ohiosalestaxholiday. In addition, a special survey is available at tinyurl.com/ohiosalestaxholidaysurvey which will be useful in gathering feedback about this new measure.

Longtown: A Reason To Celebrate African American History Month

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Connor Keiser with pictures of
his Longtown ancestors.
On Thursday February 5th at 6:30 the Greenville Public Library will host a presentation by Connor Keiser on the history of Longtown Ohio. Many people have been to Longtown or have heard of it but most are unaware of its significance and rich history as the first free black settlement in Ohio. It was founded by Connor’s 5th great-grandparents James & Sophia Clemens in 1822.

The Clemens Family arrived in Ohio from Virginia with slave-owner Adam Sellers who freed his people and provided them with land. Other free blacks joined what became known as the Greenville Negro Settlement. As it grew, a school and several churches and cemeteries were established and it was an important station on the Underground Railroad.

The height of its population was around 900 people in the 1940’s. Many descendants live in the Muncie, Richmond, Indianapolis, and Dayton areas. A well-known tavern was opened in 1956 where Connor’s grandparents first met. Its baseball teams from the 1930’s onwards, the Longtown Tigers and Longtown Giants, were legendary!

Today the Union Literary Institute Preservation Society is raising money and awareness for the above named school which was founded by Connor’s grandfather in 1914. It was a manual labor school for all races and provided room & board. One church from 1856 is still active, the Bethel Long Wesleyan Church, holding services every Sunday. The Community Center also hosts an annual “homecoming.“

Connor is proud to continue the research his grandfather Maze Clemens started. He will have many interesting pictures and facts to share on the big screen TV in the third floor Meeting Room. You’ll learn how the name was changed to Longtown! Light refreshments will be served.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Seeking New Members

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Darke Co. Rep. Women’s Board Meeting: Dori Howdishell, Carol Ginn, Lila Pinney, Sherry Ward, Betty Hill, Wavelene Denniston, JoEllen Melling, Marilyn Hittle, Sallly Zeiter, Vivian Foreman
!!! LADIES !!!

Are you a registered Republican or would you like to be?

Are you interested in promoting qualified Republicans to office for the City, County, State or National?

Or would you just like to voice your opinion?

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club would like to invite you to our February meeting for possible new members. It will be at the Chestnut Village Center (Brethren Retirement Community)
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

The speaker for the evening will be: Clerk of Courts, Cindy Pike.

A business meeting will follow. Also the purpose of the club will be explained for your benefit.

Bring a friend or friends. Husbands are also welcome.

Since this is a dinner meeting you will need to make reservations with:
Wavelene Denniston at 937-547-6477 or wdenniston@woh.rr.com by Thursday noon on 2/5/15

If you would like to skip the dinner, you can let Wavelene know and be at Chestnut Circle at 7:00 p.m.

Would you like to win a Gourmet Dinner for 8?

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There is still time to enter!

Your food will be prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club.
You get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served.

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.
Deadline for purchasing tickets is February 2, 2015.
Drawing will be held February 9 and you will be notified right away if you are the winner.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Call Christine at 548-9960 to order tickets and also for questions.

Thank you for your support of Darke County cancer patients.

HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Hiring Event

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Through our doors you will find the career opportunity that you have been looking for!

At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Here, you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ journey back home. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that happen!

Mark your calendars for upcoming hiring event:

OPEN INTERVIEWS for RNs, LPNs & STNAs:
Join us on:
Tuesday, February 3rd ● 10am – 5pm
Heartland of Greenville,
243 Marion Drive
Greenville, OH 45331

We will be looking for candidates to join our dynamic team for the following career opportunities:
STNA:
Full-time and Part-time, All Shifts
$500 Sign-on Bonus for FT and $250 for PT
Will Reimburse for Classes/Test if meets criteria

RN:
Full-time 3rd Shift (9:45pm – 6:15am)
Full-time 2nd Shift (1:45pm – 10:15pm)
PRN
Sign-on Bonus Available for FT RNs!

LPN:
Full-time 2nd Shift (1:45pm – 10:15pm)
PRN

Interested candidates may also apply in person or on-line at www.hcr-manorcare.com
Complete your application today to join our team of excellent care givers!

HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy. Our candidate is a state-licensed nursing professional and will be accountable for providing care in order to maintain the patients’ physical and emotional well-being. In return for your expertise, you’ll enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare. Join our team today!

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331

For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
or
Apply online at jobs.hcr-manorcare.com • EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

SOUP’S ON! AT DARKE COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE

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‘WARMING UP TO GIVE BLOOD’ SOUP CROCK IS FEBRUARY DONOR GIFT

DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Come in out of the cold and donate blood at a Darke County blood drive. Everyone who registers to donate will receive February’s special collection donor gift, the “Warming Up To Give Blood” soup crock. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com.

Beethoven struck the right note when he said, “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” CBC is hoping to warm hearts during the heart of winter with the “Warming Up to Give Blood” soup crock and spoon. It’s a free donor gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 28 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The ceramic soup crock is mug size with two handles, red on the inside and black on the outside, with “Warming up to Give Blood” in red lettering along with the CBC blood drop logo. It comes with a red ceramic soup spoon.

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January can be an especially difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. CBC begins the New Year with an ample reserve and careful blood collection planning in place to reliably provide the blood and blood products needed to our 25 partner hospitals in CBC’s 15-county service area.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Greenville Technology, Inc.
12:30 am – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Greenville Technology, Inc.
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"The Blue Bow Boutique" Opening Soon in Downtown Greenville

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A new retail store will soon open its doors in Greenville as The Blue Bow Boutique will open its second location at 401 S Broadway in the coming months. They will sell "women's fashion from L. A. Designers at affordable cost."

The Blue Bow's first location is in Troy at 123 E Main St. where the success of the store has led to opening this second location.

The store's opening date has not been announced yet, but you can follow their progress as they renovate the space at 401 S Broadway in Greenville and prepare to open by liking them on Facebook.


Greenville High School Wavaires Present 2015 Cantata Season Schedule

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GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to announce the 2015 schedule for their annual cantata performances.

This year's presentation is “Rise Up” and will be held in local churches. The cantata will feature modern worship songs from the well-known worship band “Casting Crowns” and worship artists Michael Gungor, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac and Francesca Battistelli.

There are no admission fees for the church performances, and the public is cordially invited attend and support this group of young, talented performers.

2015 Wavaire's Cantata Schedule:

  • Sunday, March 8 @ 10:30 am - First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. Fourth St., Greenville
  • Sunday, March 15 @ 10:30 am - First Assembly of God, 7219 St. Rt. 118, Greenville
  • Sunday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm – Castine Church of the Brethren, 624 US 127, Castine
  • Sunday, March 22 @ 9:00 am – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7418 St. Rt. 121 N, Greenville
  • Sunday, April 12 @ 9:30 am - First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Fourth St., Greenville

Director Chelsea Whirledge and The Wavaries are thrilled to announce a Community Cantata scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. This performance is open to the public. Donations are welcome to support the program.

Please visit the groups Facebook page at Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters to learn more.

"On A Mission For Mitch" Fundraiser to be Held at Schlechy's Sports Bar and Grill

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Schlechty's Sports Bar and Grill located at 124 W. Washington St., New Madison, OH will be holding a fundraising event for "On A Mission For Mitch", February 7.

A dinner at the cost of $10.00 consisting of pork chop, baked potato, green beans and a roll will be served at 6:30 p.m. until sold out. Carry out is available. 50% of funds collected for the meal will be donated to Mitch McCabe.

Tommy Renfro will perform at 8:00 p.m. A $2.00 cover charge will be collected at the door with all proceeds collected being donated.

Tommy has graciously donated his fee to the cause as well.

There will be raffles with Ohio State and Tri-Village filled baskets, a 50/50 drawing as well as the opportunity to purchase a Mitch McCabe logo for $1.00. The logos will be hung on the restaurants walls to show our support!! All proceeds from the raffles and logos will be donated to the "On A Mission For Mitch" fundraiser.

DARKE COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

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The Darke County Center for the Arts will hold a special membership meeting on Thursday, February, 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth Street, Greenville. All DCCA members are invited to attend.

The purpose of the special membership meeting is to adopt amendments to the DCCA Code of Regulations to: establish an Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, setting forth its membership and purposes; and to correct typographical errors.

The proposed amendments will be effective upon passage.

Darke County Park Board to Meet February 12

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 8-3

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The Versailles Varsity Bowlers had a couple of close losses to Wapakoneta and Minster during a lot of action the last couple of weeks. Their record is now 8-3 for the season.

The match against Wapakoneta went back and for the from the 1st game all the way through the Baker games. Going into the last Baker game, the Tigers were up 12 pins. However, they failed to convert key spares the last game and Wapak beat them 180 to 161. The total score ended Wapak 2,806 to Versailles 2,794.

The next match was against New Bremen and they had no issues on this match winning 2,051 to 1,686. This was a shortened match due to this being a double shift. The 2nd match was against a much improved Minster team. The Tigers continued to have issues converting crucial spares under pressure situations and rolled a 115 their last Baker Game to Minster’s 189. The match ended up in Minster’s favor, 1,851 to 1,832. (once again this was a short format due to the double shift)

On Martin Luther King Day, the boys competed in the Pioneer Classic in Lima. “Now that we are out of the running to defend our WOHSBC title, it is time to re-focus and get ready for post season play. Our new season starts today. You guys need to start believing in yourselves more and executing better under pressure,” said Coach Davidson. Well, the boys answered. The lane pattern was the state pattern from last years tournament, so it was going to be difficult, especially on 40 year old wood lanes.

The boys were 13th after the 1st game and continued to work hard. They shot up to 7th after two games and remained there after the 3rd game and 5 baker games. The stage was set for the best 3 out of 5 Baker games. The 1st match was against St. Henry. The Tigers were down, but not out going into the 8th frame. “We got on a roll and rolled some really good shots and struck out to put the pressure on St. Henry. All they needed to do was mark in the 9th or 10th. St. Henry failed to do so and we won the 1st game”, said Davidson. The next 2 games were won by the Tigers with ease to move on to the final 4.

The always tough Wapakoneta Redskins were ready to bowl the Tigers. Although the Tigers rolled a couple of 200 games, Wapak was just too tough that day. They ended up beating the Tigers in 3 games and then rolled over Coldwater in 3 games to win the tournament.

This past Saturday, the boys had two more matches against Mississinawa Valley and Parkway. The Tigers defeated them 2,779 to 2,315 in a full match and 2,235 to 1,543 in a shortened match due to a double header. Dustin Ruhe led the Tigers for the day with a high game of 246 and a 441 series for 2 games.

All results and standings can be found at www.wohsbc.com.

Mississinawa Valley Girl Bowlers Defeat Minster

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The M.V. Ladyhawks defeated the Minster Wildcats Saturday 2361-2107 with games of 817-675, 773-619 with baker totals of 771-813 The Ladyhawks were lead by Quincy Warren with a 2 game total of 362, followed by Maegan O'Connor's 325 & Alysha Thompson's 276, and single games by Spencer Warren of 197, Tiffany Westfall's 153 & Cydney Adams' 141.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VISITORS BUREAU SUPPORTS THREE EVENTS IN 2015

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Top: Illumination Festival. Bottom Left: Tour de Donut. Bottom Right: YOLO: Festival of Races
GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2015 Darke County Tourism Grant. This year, three recipients were chosen. They are: Illumination Festival, Tour de Donut and YOLO: Festival of Races.

“The grant committee received several applications from various organizations throughout Darke County,” stated grant committee member, Lisa Martin. “All of the applications came from great organizations with worthwhile events to promote. The three recipients chosen were those that best align with the purpose of the Visitors Bureau grants: to provide funding to market events that attract overnight visitors and impact local economy.”

The Illumination Festival started with a handful of people with a common goal in mind – to bring the top artists in contemporary Christian music to Darke County. After the first year it was clear that Darke County residents were ready for this to become an annual event. Now in its ninth year, the Illumination Festival Committee has continually expanded, and this year has made some major changes as the event has moved back to Saturday. While the committee still has details to work out, The Illumination Festival will continue to be a family friendly, quality day of events and an amazing concert to wrap up the evening. While there is a good representation of Darke County residents, more and more people from outside the community are discovering the Illumination Festival with tickets having been sold to persons from across western Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. But that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since they attract the top names in the music industry, such as TobyMac, Newsboys, Big Daddy Weave, MercyMe, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North, Plumb, and Britt Nicole to name a few. Bands have yet to be named for this year. Illumination Festival is supported by a grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau that helps us in the marketing of the festival to the surrounding counties.

The committee responsible for putting the event together includes Marty and Connie McCabe, Daryl Riffle, Dan Franks, Julie Strait, Chris Hammaker, Nick Hammaker, Jennifer Thomas, John Gilmore, Sean Lawrence and Ryan Berry.

The Tour de Donut is successfully ran by Rocketship Sports Management, a non-profit event management company that promotes athletic events that it owns, and assists other non-profits in maximizing their return on running, cycling and multisport races. Founded in 2007, the group has produced over 200 events including state and national cycling championships. The group is probably most known for The Tour de Donut or Colavita-Zipp time trial series though also promotes The Grand Lake marathon, The Donut Dash and The Shawshank Hustle.

The Tenth Annual Tour de Donut will take place in Arcanum on the first Saturday after Labor Day, September 12, 2015. The event is like no other as it combines bicycle riding and donut eating. In 2007, more than 100 racers took part and last year, more than 1,800 from 26 states and 5 countries ate 750 dozen donuts. A fun-filled weekend of activities begins Friday afternoon with Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment before the free kids’ events and rides take place on Saturday. New for 2015 will be totally new courses, for all 3 ride distances. Full details are available at: www.thetourdedonut.com

The YOLO Organization, founded by Phillip and Jodi Pierri, strives to continuously improve the community while bringing together high-energy people to promote healthy lifestyles and to embrace life to the fullest. The Pierri’s created the YOLO organization because of their passion to give back to their community. Their events include the YOLO Festival of Races, Poultry Day’s 5K and the YOLO Open. All proceeds from these events will be administrated through the Darke County Foundation. These funds will be used for community projects throughout Darke County that the entire community can enjoy.

“We want to thank the Darke County Visitors Bureau for their continued support,” expressed Phillip Pierri. Please visit www.YOLOorg.com for more information on the YOLO Organization.

“With the award of these three grants, the Darke County Visitors Bureau takes another step toward achieving its mission to attract visitors to Darke County,” stated Roger Van Frank, President of the Darke County Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees.

Funds are made available to non-profit tourism attractions and organizations sponsoring special events and programs in Darke County. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to applications, which: (1) attract overnight visitors; (2) attract visitors from more than 50 miles outside of Darke County and (3) feature new or expanded events or programs.

“This grant program is designed to encourage creative thinking to gain “new” money from travelers into our community,” stated Executive Director, Deanna York. “Many new ideas and concepts were presented during this process. The bureau encourages local non-profit organizations to continue to think outside the box and apply for the grant.”

To learn more about these events as well as other festivals and activities taking place in Darke County, please visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

ANSONIA WALL OF FAME TO INDUCT NEW MEMBERS

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Ansonia OH- On Saturday, February 14, 2015 the Ansonia Athletic Wall of Fame Committee will induct two new members, Melissa Grilliot (Richards) - Class of 1996 and Jim Whittington - Class of 1958.

Jim Whittington is being inducted as an Honorary Member, getting recognized for his post high school athletic accomplishments, while mentioning his Ansonia High School accolades.

Melissa Grilliot (Richards), class of 1996 will be recognized for her athletic accomplishments in basketball, softball and volleyball. A partial listing of her honors include: basketball years 9, 10, 11, 12; softball years 9, 10, 11, 12; volleyball years 9, 10, 11, 12.

Jim and Melissa will be inducted on Saturday, February 14, 2015 during halftime of the boy’s home basketball game against Versailles.

“Last Monday” Rescheduled due to weather

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We have a sure cure for those winter blahhs. The Versailles Museum announces the return of our successful “Last Monday of the Month”. Beginning on February 2nd at 1:00 p.m. we will host our first gathering of 2015 with the theme Webster Memories. A brief history of this area and its early settlers will follow with a discussion of village life throughout the area.

As always we have great discussions because you bring the stories and old pictures to us and we all learn more about the people and places that make up northeastern Darke County.

Webster is also the community selected to be the theme for this year’s annual historic dinner on February 14th at the K. of C. in Versailles. Tickets for that event are available by calling the museum at 937-526-4222.

The afternoon will conclude with a warm beverages and a sweet treat before you go back out into the January cold.

You also may get a sneak peak at the many changes at the museum displays in preparation for our February reopening.

Remember that if we are on a Level 2 snow emergency or Versailles schools are closed we will NOT meet.

This is rescheduled due to last Monday’s weather. We hope you’ll join us.

Please call your friends and plan to get out of the house and join us for an afternoon of conversation and fellowship, as we kick off the New Year at the Versailles Area Museum.

Edison holds open house for students and parents

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Edison Community College invites area high school students and parents to “Explore Edison” on Thursday, February 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Emerson Center at the Piqua Campus. The open house event will showcase over thirty of the College’s available academic programs.

In addition to exploring academic programs available at Edison, area high school students and parents are invited to meet professors, tour state-of-the-art facilities and labs, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and speak with university partners about transfer options.

Industry leaders from Emerson Climate Technologies, Hartzell, and Honda of America will be also in attendance to speak one-on-one with students and parents about the need for skilled workers in the Miami Valley.

A comprehensive list of programs will be highlighted including, Arts and Sciences; Business, Accounting, and Marketing; Nursing and Health Sciences; Information Technology; Engineering; Paralegal Studies; Social Services; Early Childhood Education; Criminal Justice; and more.

While here, attendees are also encouraged to learn more about College Credit Plus, the new state mandated post secondary option program, which offers higher learning opportunities to high school students.

The evening includes pizza and refreshments and a free flash drive will be given to the first one hundred people to pre-register and attend the event. Attendees will also have the chance to win a three-hour tuition waiver. To register online, visit www.edisonohio.edu/ExploreEdison. For more information regarding this event call 937-778-8600.

Monday, January 26, 2015

BRC Bids Good Bye to Retiring Activity Professional

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Penny Strawser recently retired from Brethren Retirement Community, and as part of the festivities celebrating her career, some of her co workers put together this little diddy (skip about a minute into the video to get to the song)...


Order Your Tickets Today for Exciting Valentines Evening Planned by the Versailles Area Historical Society

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This year’s annual historic dinner will be held at the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall on St. Rt. 47 West. The special evening will be a true Valentines treat come February 14th.

Cocktails will be available beginning at 6:00 pm at our new cash bar. Dinner with two courses of wine included will be served at 7:00 pm.

We will be recreating the Welcome Dinner possibly hosted by Herr Seibt and his wife as they invite their newest neighbors in Dutch Roost or today, we would say Webster. In 1840 many German/Prussians came up the Stillwater to the tiny village that would come to feel like home.

Your hosts will transform you back to an old Inn and will recount the days of a bustling Webster with taverns, mills, general store, and many prosperous farms that surrounded the fertile rural area.

Dinner will be served by candle light and will feature German/American foods, from roasted turkey and dressing, to fresh sausage and sauerkraut, along with several delicious side dishes and a fabulous dessert, not to mention the appetizers of stuffed mushrooms and sauerkraut balls.

Live music of the period will enhance your trip back in time to a special place in our areas history. Once again our friends Tim & Kathleen Nealeigh will create the roles of the Seibts who were prosperous leading citizens of the community. Today the Seibts are honored with a road running through Webster to the Miami County line and their many neighbors are also remembered in the names of the roads around this picturesque village and the farms that surround.

Limited seating is available, so it is recommended to purchase tickets early! They are on sale now by contacting the museum at 937-526-4222 for $50.00 each or you may mail your check made out to the Versailles Area Historical Society to Jim Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Dr. Greenville, Oh. 45331 and your tickets will be held at the door for your convenience.

Help Wanted: Family Health Seeks LPN/RN

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Family Health LPN/RN Job Opening

Immediate opening for a LPN/RN.

Hours:Monday-Friday (40 hours per week + Saturday rotation).
Must be a team player and patient-oriented.
Must have Ohio LPN/RN license.

Qualified applicants email resume to: HR@familyhealth.cc
EOE

Reid launches new ‘responsive’ health system web site

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ReidHospital.org (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO)

Reid has launched a new health system web site that has a focus on wellness and offers a simpler, “responsive” design.

“Our goal was to provide a resource that still contains extensive information about our system, but with a look and feel that is better organized and more adaptable,” said Larry Price, Reid Director of Community Relations. Price noted that the site is set up in a responsive design, which means it adjusts content to fit a personal computer, tablet or smart phone.

“We will also continue to add resources that promote and provide for community health and wellness,” he said. The web system also allows content to be customized for the user depending on whether the person using the site identifies themselves as a visitor, patient or physician. “As a growing regional health system, we know that the amount of information we need to provide on multiple health services can be overwhelming,” Price said. “We provide services that affect people at all stages of life. We have multiple programs and service lines, each with a story to tell. We asked our developers to keep the consumer in mind as they redesigned and reorganized extensive information.”

Besides mobile optimization, the site includes:

  • Dedicated areas for service lines such as orthopedics, heart & vascular and cancer
  • Quick access to the MyReidHealth patient portal, which connects patients with their providers and information, and the “Find a Doctor” search function
  • An increased focus on wellness and the importance of screenings
  • More accessible links to Reid’s social media channels such as Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter
  • Improved maps and location information
  • An improved calendar of events
  • Simplified organization
  • Regular news and wellness postings on the home page
  • And more scheduled postings of health and wellness information

The redesigned main hospital site completes a phased project that also included the development and launch of a new site specifically for Reid Physician Associates (RPA): www.ReidDoctors.org. The site includes information about the numerous physician practices and satellite offices in the region.

Price said it was also gratifying for Reid that the web redesign project was handled by a local business -- Irongate Creative, an agency in Hagerstown, IN. “Reid by policy seeks to use local vendors and businesses whenever possible. And they have done a great job for us.”

Help Wanted at GTS

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Greenville Transit System is looking for a part time dispatcher available to work mornings, closing shift, and weekends as needed. Must have good computer and telephone skills. Starting pay is $8.65 per hour. This is a great job for someone who only wants to work a limited schedule and has other income coming in.

If interested please call Kathy Cool, General Manager at (937)548-0437 or stop at the building to fill out an application. To submit a resume via email send to Kathy.cool@mvtransit.com.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dayton Man Airlifted After Hitting a Utility Pole on US 127

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On January 25, 2015 at approximately 4:01 am Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and Indiana University Air Life Line were dispatched to the 3900 block of US Route 127 in reference to a single vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Jordan Perry, 19, Dayton, Ohio was southbound on US Route 127. Perry traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole.  Perry was trapped in the vehicle until New Madison Fire department extracted him by mechanical means. The 3900 block of US Route 127 was closed for approximately 3 hours.

Perry was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by Indiana University Air Life Line where his condition is unknown.

The Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team was also called to the scene.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Ansonia Woman Airlifted After Single Vehicle Crash

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On January 24, 2015 at approximately 10:30 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 4900 Block of State Route 47 reference a one vehicle injury accident. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2005 Chevy pickup truck, driven by Karen Reier of Ansonia, was traveling east on State Route 47. Ms. Reier went off the left side of the road and came to rest in a ditch.

Reier was transported to the CareFlight landing zone at the Darke County Criminal Justice Center by Ansonia Rescue and then transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Spring Gardening Workshop 2015 to be offered by Olde Thyme Gardeners

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The annual spring gardening workshop presented by the Olde Thyme Gardeners of Darke County Parks is Saturday, February 21, 2015. The theme, "Herbal Reflections," will be a half day event beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

Due by February 15, for $15.00, preregistered participants will learn about successfully growing herbs and how to use them along with door prizes, tastings and nibbles. Walk-ins are welcome at $20.00 per person, but planned goodies may be limited.

Popular speaker Charlie Cressel returns to share his techniques for great organic gardening. Mary Hofacker, an enthusiastic gardener, will elaborate on herb culture and provide samples of herbed butter, crostini, soup and cookies.

Questions? E-mail oldethynegardener@gmail.com or look on Facebook. A down loadable registration form is on oldethymegarden.blogspot.com. Forms are available at most local libraries. Or mail your name, address and phone number along with a check to Olde Thyme Gardeners, P. O. Box 74, Greenville, OH 45331.

National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month

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2015: Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects - Make a PACT for Prevention

Birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born in the United States and are a leading cause of infant mortality. Babies who survive and live with birth defects are at increased risk for developing many lifelong physical, cognitive, and social challenges. Medical care and support services only scrape the surface of the financial and emotional impact of living with birth defects.

Each year, the month of January is designated National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. This annual campaign is promoted by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and throughout Ohio. The network assesses the impact of birth defects upon children, families, and health care; identifies factors that can be used to develop prevention strategies; and assists families and their providers in secondary disabilities.

The theme for 2015 National Birth Defects Prevention Month is "Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects-Make a PACT for Prevention." NBDPN's goal for 2015 is to continue to increase awareness that birth defects are "Common, Costly and Critical" and to offer actionable steps that can be taken by professionals, community groups, and the public to prevent birth defects.

Here in Darke County, Help Me Grow offers services that help with prevention and offer individuals an opportunity to earn needed items for their baby. The services are for pregnant first time moms or moms with infants up to age three. To take advantage of this program a new mom must enter the program during her prenatal period or before the new baby reaches 6 months of age. The program helps educate individuals on topics that are of interest to pregnant moms and new moms. It also provides community resource education. Some examples of items that can be earned from being part of the program are cribs, pack n plays, bassinets, toddler beds, car seats, swings, boosters, baby food, bottles, and diapers.

The goals of the program are to increase healthy pregnancies, improve parenting confidence and competence, and improve child health, development, and school readiness.

To sign up for this program call the Health Department Help Me Grow Program at (937) 547-9392.

Sponsor A Bucket and Support the Darke County Park District

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Looking for a way to support the Darke County Park District? You can sponsor a bucket at the Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival on Saturday, March 7th. For a $30 donation, you will have your name placed on a sap bucket along the trail during the Festival. Sponsors will also receive two complimentary tickets to the Waffle and Sausage Breakfast on March 7th from 8AM-Noon (a $10 value), and a 250ml bottle of Darke County Parks Pure Maple Syrup in a decorative maple leaf shaped glass bottle.

To “Sponsor A Bucket” stop by the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West) and fill out the sponsor form. The form is also available on our website, www.darkecountyparks.org Call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 for more information.

Winter Full Moon/Groundhog Day Hike!

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Hiking by the light of the full moon is a special experience and there is no better time than during the winter months. With the lack of leaves on the trees overhead and the possibility of crisp, white snow underfoot, the glow of the moon transforms to near daylight luminosity! Want to add a special element to your hike? Bring your leashed pooch for the hike! Dogs love hiking in winter!

February’s Full Moon Hike will be held on Monday, February 2nd at 6:00pm at Routzong Preserve (located on Routzong Road, off of 571-East) In the event of poor weather or cloudy skies, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 to confirm these hikes are still occurring. Dress for the cool night-time temperatures and bring a flashlight.

For more information on all the programs offered by the Darke County Park District, please visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org

JOYCE BRUNS R.N., B.S.N. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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The Darke County Education Council (DCNEC) and Tony Bruns are pleased to announce the availability of a nursing scholarship(s) in memory of Joyce Bruns, R.N., B.S.N. The scholarship is administered through the Darke County Foundation.

Qualifications for the scholarship application are as follows:
  • Registered Nurse
  • Employed in health care in Darke County for the last five (5) years
  • Provide a listing of community activities
  • Provide a listing of professional and work related activities
  • Write a summary of what the educational pursuit will provide for the community
Applications may be made for:
  • Completion of a B.S.N., M.S., M.S.N., P.N.P, PhD. Or related nursing degree
  • Certification preparation and exam
  • National or state nursing convention
  • Continuing education
Applications will be screened by DCNEC with the Darke County Foundation awarding the final scholarship(s). Final date for submitting applications is April 1, 2015.

Mail to: Theresa Hall R.N., B.S.N., CWON
C/o Wayne HealthCare
835 Sweitzer Street
Greenville, OH. 45331

For any questions contact:
DCNEC is honored and privileged to facilitate the only nursing scholarship in Darke County for the established registered nurse. If anyone is interested in donating to this scholarship, please send donations to:

The Darke County Foundation
C/o Joyce Bruns R.N., B.S.N. Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 438
Greenville, OH 45331
(937) 548-4673

Greenville CIC Committee to Hold Annual Meeting

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The Greenville CIC Committee will hold it's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Greenville Transit Facility, 1425 KitchenAid Way.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Darke County Photo Club to Offer Free Learning Workshop

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Hospice Schedules Grief Support Group

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Many people struggle with the long gray days of winter, but for those dealing with grief, those days can seem even darker. State of the Heart Hospice has scheduled adult grief support group sessions beginning Wednesday, February 4 for anyone in the community who needs help dealing with grief and loss.

The meetings will be held each Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the evening at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway, The sessions, which are free, will continue each Wednesday evening through March 11. It is not necessary to have experienced hospice services.
“Adult grief support groups offer those experiencing grief to be with other people who feel as they do,” stated Meredith Carpe, a Licensed Social worker who is part of the State of the Heart bereavement staff and who will facilitate the group sessions. “People have the opportunity to talk about their grief and feelings of loss; they realize they are not the only ones feeling as they do,” she added.

Bereavement support is an important service provided by State of the Heart Hospice. The non-profit agency offers grief support to adults and children.
State of the Heart also offers a summer camp for children who are grieving called Camp BEARable. Camp this year will be July 17-19.

“Each person handles grief in their own way,” Carpe explained. “Those who have attended grief support groups in the past say they have found the sessions to be helpful and valuable to them. Many of those who have attended have formed friendships and now have someone they can call who understands their feelings of grief and loss.”

State of the Heart has offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. The agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. It is necessary to register for the grief support groups. Call 1-800-417-7535 and ask for extension 545 to speak to a member of the bereavement staff to register. For more information about the services offered by State of the Heart, visit the web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

Editor’s Note: Pictured is Meredith Carpe

Versailles Knights of Columbus Missions Breakfast

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The Versailles Knights of Columbus will be having a Missions Breakfast at the K of C Hall on St. Rte 47 in Versailles on Sunday February 15th. Serving will be from 8a-12:30pm with the menu including scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, sausage, ham, grits, OJ and coffee. Cost is a Free-Will Donation with all of the proceeds going to the Missions.

MONTHLY BOARD MEETING NOTICE

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GREENVILLE – For 2015, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly board meetings on the first Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m. The meetings will be held at the Darke SWCD office, 1117 South Towne Court, Greenville. Special board meetings may be scheduled throughout the year. If a special board meeting is necessary, the location, date and time will be posted on the office door and www.darkeswcd.com. Meetings are subject to rescheduling; therefore, please call 937-548-1752 to verify meeting date and time. If you are interested in receiving meeting notices, please contact the office to be placed on a phone or email notification list.

For additional information or if you would like notice of board meeting date/location/etc. changes please contact the district office at 937-548-1752 or email jared.coppess@oh.nacdnet.net. The Darke SWCD office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Reid ranked among the best in the country for infection control

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Reid Hospital achieved the highest possible infection prevention rating in a recent survey by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center—one of only 37 hospitals in the country to do so. In Indiana, Reid shared top honors with Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City for having the top Consumer Reports score among the state’s 121 hospitals.

Consumer Reports evaluated about 4,000 U.S. hospitals for their success in avoiding bloodstream, surgical site and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The ratings included information on each of those types of infections, and combined them into an overall infections rating that reflects a hospital’s ability to prevent infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were an estimated 720,000 hospital-acquired infections in U.S. in 2011. That’s one in every 25 patients. Even more worrisome: about 75,000 people a year die because of those infections.

“Of the many quality indicators that we manage and track, infections are arguably among the most important of all, given their life threatening potential. Reid physicians and staff take safety very seriously, whether they are caring for patients in the hospital, a physician office or another outpatient facility,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This commitment is system wide, and begins at the top of our organization—our Governing Board and Medical Staff review quality and safety data each month. In addition, the health system maintains a multidisciplinary Safety and Quality Committee to ensure we are doing all we can to prevent infections.”

Patient Safety Officer Mitch Neal, R.N., said Reid’s culture is one of safety and teamwork. “All employees are trained in safety practices, and actively demonstrate those skills on a daily basis,” he explained. “The team is always striving to be better. It is gratifying to be recognized as the best in the state and among the top nationally.”

Greg Carter, Reid’s Infection Control Practitioner, also credited the Reid team. “We have a great staff that strives to create a safer environment for our patients through infection prevention practices. They understand the importance of following infection policies and procedures. This recognition is a testimony of their accomplishments and hard work.”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Greenville Man Arrested for Trafficking in Drugs in the Vicinity of a School

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On January 21, 2015 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, along with Greenville Police, executed a search warrant at 216 Victoria Drive, Greenville. Erik Straub (35) of that address was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Darke County Jail. Straub is being charged with Trafficking in Drugs in the vicinity of a school. This investigation stems from ongoing complaints of illegal narcotics trafficking in the area. The search warrant produced prescription medication, drug paraphernalia and other items indicative of trafficking drugs.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the use of illegal drugs and drug trafficking in our community. One of the most effective weapons is the information received from concerned citizens who observe and report illegal activities in their areas. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 with information regarding any criminal activity. Citizens may also contact the Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937) 547-1661 and at www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com. Information can be left anonymously.

For more information, please visit the Darke County Sheriff’s Office online at www.DarkeCountySheriff.org or www.Facebook.com/DarkeCountySheriff

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger Leading the 131st General Assembly

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

At the start of the new year, many changes took place here at the House. Some members of the General Assembly completed their terms as representatives while some new members came in to start their service to the people of Ohio.

The new year and a new General Assembly also welcomed in a new Speaker of the Ohio House. Representative Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville, Ohio will serve as the 102nd Speaker of the Ohio House.

Speaker Rosenberger will be one of the youngest speakers ever to lead the Ohio House of Representatives. In the past, most of the Speakers of the Ohio House had served in the legislature for more than twenty years. That isn’t the case anymore because of term limits, which prevent members from serving longer than eight years. Speaker Rosenberger brings new ideas to the table. His ideas will lead the state of Ohio into the future.

Speaker Rosenberger has always been recognized as a man of many talents that have helped him represent the people of Ohio. One of those talents is his ability to build coalitions. He has the remarkable gift of organizing other members to rally around a policy idea, a gift that he will undoubtedly use as leader of the Ohio House.

As a resident of Clarksville, a very rural area, Speaker Rosenberger knows the concerns of people in his district. Many of those concerns are the same ones that people in western Ohio share. As a veteran of the Air National Guard, ensuring that veterans are taken care of is a top priority of his. The same issues that matter to us, matter to him.

Being a senior member of the state Legislature myself, I know what it takes to lead other members and represent the people of Ohio. The character that Speaker Rosenberger carries himself with and the way he is willing to take all the opinions of his colleagues into account assures me that recruiting him to be the next Speaker of the House was a good decision.

Ohio is beginning to turn around. For the past four years, we have been fortunate enough to have Governor Kasich as the leader of our state, as well as many other caring and capable officials. Speaker Rosenberger has made his intention to work with Governor Kasich closely very clear. Together I expect a better, more prosperous Ohio.

Please give me your opinion on this topic and others in the news this month by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/buchyjanuary2015.

Free Financial Aid Event to be held at Edison

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Edison Community College will host the state-wide college financial aid event “College Goal Sunday” (CGS) on February 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. The free event, presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.

Due to the great demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the free event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-800-233-6734. The FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to. Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete the FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected to be in attendance.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

For further information about the event at Edison, contact Stacy Schloss at sschloss@edisonohio.edu or 937-778-7910.

Events Planned for New Madison Public Library's Winter Reading Club

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New Madison Public Library is pleased to announce two special events planned during the Winter Reading Club for Adults.

Author Visit:
Local author, Elaine Tomski will be visiting New Madison Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6-7 PM. Tomski, a graduate of Tri-Village, mother of two and grandmother of twins, will share about her process of becoming a published author, which she says is essentially about growing up just like the theme of her book. Behind My Bellybutton, Tomski’s children’s book will be available for $14.99. Please join us in welcoming Elaine back home.

Yoga Talk:

Yoga teacher and book club member, Claire Brooks Williams will be presenting a Yoga Talk on Friday, Feb. 6 at 5PM. Williams will explain what yoga is and describe different types of yoga. She will also discuss how to integrate yoga into your life and even demonstrate a few yoga postures. Please join us in learning more about this growing trend.

Upcoming Programs at The Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library invites you to join in their programs scheduled for January.

As always, the popular story time sessions are offered on Wednesdays at 10:00 and 11:00 am. They are for children up to preschool age, and include singing, stories, and crafts. Also on Wednesdays is the afterschool club –AfterWords- for kids in grades 1-4. It meets after school and goes until 4:45 pm.

This month’s special program is a presentation given by the American Automobile Association. AAA will be here on Thursday, January 29th at 6:30 pm with their “Dare to Prepare” program. Seasoned drivers, new drivers, and soon-to-be drivers will all appreciate the information about making sure you and your car are ready for the road!

The movie of the month is the newly released “The BoxTrolls”. It will be shown on Saturday, January 31st at 10:00 am. Popcorn will be served!

Feel free to call the library if you have any questions at 937-692-8484, or check our website for these and other upcoming events at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org.

Swingin’ with the Saints to Perform at the First Presbyterian Church

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Terri Fryman on the piano, Jane Tester on the bass, and Don Lockhart on the drums prepare for the free concert, "Swingin' with the Saints Again", coming soon on February 8..
If you've experienced past years’ concerts, you won’t want to miss Swingin’ with the Saints, Again! Darke County musicians present a variety of musical styles in this hour of fun, entertainment and beautiful music.

This free concert for the community is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. 4th Street in Greenville.

Kim Bohler will play traditional celtic tunes on the flute with piano accompaniment. Paula Ulrich, with Mike Hogg, will provide vocal selections that include “Simple Song”, “The Prayer”, and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. Darrell Fryman will play a piano solo and then will join Terri Fryman in a piano duet. Terri brings the sounds of the organ with a lively French composition. Topping off the afternoon will be numbers by the Presby Trio, Don Lockhart, Jane Tester and Terri Fryman, performing the bossa nova “Desafinado”, a gospel hymn medley and then combining a foot tapping “Tuxedo Junction” and “Take the A Train”.

With performers leading, the audience is invited to join in the stirring “When the Saints Go Marching In” before everyone meets in the church social hall for refreshments following the concert.

Want to win a Gourmet Dinner for 8?

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Enter now for your chance to win!

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.

They are available at Cancer Association of Darke County,

1111 Sweitzer St., Wayne Cancer Center, Greenville, OH.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday, February 2, 2015.

Your food will be provided by Eikenberry’s IGA and prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club.

You get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served.

Drawing will be held February 9 and you will be notified right away if you are the winner.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Call 937-548-9960 and talk with Christine for details.

Thank you for your support of Darke County cancer patients!

Versailles Lady Bowlers Improve To 5-1

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The Lady Tiger’s defeated Russia 2357-0 on January 10th at Plaza Lanes in Celina. The lady bowlers were bowling unopposed this match due to Russia having a school conflict. Leading the way for the Tigers were Hannah Niekamp (212 and 193), Megan Ward (203), and Brooke Condon (160). “Bowling an unopposed match is tough for the girls because going into the match the girls know we already have a win,” said Coach Phlipot.

We have a busy week ahead of us this week. The week starts in Lima, OH on Monday at the Pioneer Classic Tournament. Last week’s match versus New Breman is rescheduled for this Thursday at McBo’s Lanes at 5:30. On Saturday the Tigers travel to New Breman and bowl a double header with the first match against Van Wert and the second match versus Temple Christion.

If you want to check on the most recent standings and stats visit www.WOHSBC.com

MV Ladyhawk Bowlers Finish Second in Tournament

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The Mississinawa Valley Ladyhawk bowling team competed in the pioneer classic Monday, 1/19/15, in Lima, OH. They advanced all the way to the championship game, finishing second to Coldwater. Congrats, Ladyhawk Bowlers!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MARKETING PROFESSIONALS JOIN VISITORS BUREAU BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Martin and Flood
GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) elected two new members to the board of trustees at its recent meeting. They are Mrs. Lisa Martin and Mrs. Terri Flood.
Lisa Martin

Mrs. Lisa Martin has been a resident of Greenville most of her life and is a graduate of Greenville High School. Fresh out of high school, Mrs. Martin began her career with Greenville National Bank. She took various classes at Edison Community College, attended Bank Compliance School and the Blythe School of Banking. After 18 years in banking, Mrs. Martin left to enter the non-profit sector working with teenagers and adult volunteers while employed by Youth for Christ of the Miami Valley (fka Darke County Youth for Christ).

Eleven years later, Mrs. Martin returned to Greenville National Bank where she was recently promoted to Marketing and Development Officer. She and her husband, Tracey, have two adult children. Mrs. Martin is excited to serve on the Visitors Bureau Board as she believes that Darke County is a great place to live, raise a family, work and visit; and she wants others to fully experience all that Darke County has to offer.

Terri Flood

As the Director of Marketing and Communications at Wayne HealthCare, Mrs. Terri Flood brings several years of experience in marketing, public relations and community outreach to Darke County.
Prior to Wayne HealthCare, Mrs. Flood was employed for 9 years at Western Kentucky University Health Services, where she developed their brand and managed all marketing efforts. Mrs. Flood also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Healthcare Administration program at the university.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mrs. Flood earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees.

Flood and her husband Haleston, have a one child (stepson). Mrs. Flood is a Kentucky native, who moved to Greenville in 2014.

In addition to serving as a member of the Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Mrs. Flood is looking forward to increasing the awareness of the unique opportunities available for residents of Darke County as well as those who are looking for a great place to live, work and visit.

Terri has numerous leadership and volunteer roles, as well as professional memberships, including the following:

  • • Board of Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County
  • • Ambassador for Darke County Chamber of Commerce
  • • Member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development

Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Flood join other professionals on the board of trustees for the Darke County Visitors Bureau. They are: Roger Van Frank, Executive Director of Darke County Parks and President of the DCVB Board; Aaron Moran, Superintendent Versailles Schools and Vice President of the DCVB Board; Scott Hartings, Controller, KitchenAid and Treasurer of the DCVB Board; Merri Niekamp, Office Manager, Esarey & Associates, LLC and Secretary of the DCVB Board; Larry Boos, Eldora Speedway Operations and Past President of the DCVB Board; Ted Abney, The Bistro Off Broadway; Dennis Baker, Darke County CIC; Roy Brown, Inn at Versailles; Diane Delaplane, Darke County Commissioner; Sharon Deschambeau, Darke County Chamber of Commerce; Amber Garrett, Main Street Greenville; Clinton Randall, Bluebag Media; Daryl Riffle, Darke County Fair; Leon Rogers, City of Greenville and Deanna York, Executive Director of the DCVB.

“The board of the Darke County Visitors Bureau is dynamic with trustees that are actively engaged in the community,” stated Roger Van Frank, President of the DCVB Board of Trustees. “We are excited that both Mrs. Flood and Mrs. Martin have agreed to serve on the board. They bring valuable assets to the bureau and the Darke County community.”

The members of the board met on January 7, 2015, to strategize a new mission and vision for the DCVB. Results will be released at the board’s March meeting.

For additional information on the organization, visit the website at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org. Daily updates can be found on Facebook by following DarkeCountyOhio.

COFFEE WITH THE COMMISSIONER

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Please join Commissioner Mike Stegall this Saturday, January 24th, at the Double M Diner for the first “Coffee with the Commissioner” for 2015. This meeting will be a good time to chat with the Commissioner about problems or concerns, or just to chat, about the direction of your County.

The meeting is from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. at Double M Diner, located at 537 S Broadway, Suite 104 (corner of 5th & Broadway) in Greenville.

Please join in on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. and enjoy good coffee and find out what is going on in your County.

TREASURED ERIC CARLE STORIES LIVE ON STAGE AT MEMORIAL HALL

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Darke County Center for the Arts Family Theatre Series will present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's production The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, February 15. This show is truly magical; Eric Carle's beloved stories are delightfully told through the magic of fluorescent puppets and black light, captivating youngsters and charming adults with their imaginative beauty and originality. Other stories retold in the musical presentation are Little Cloud and The Mixed-up Chameleon; the show starts at 2 p.m.

Darke County Center for the Arts Family Theatre Series will present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's production The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, February 15. “This show is truly magical,” said Keith Rawlins. “Eric Carle's beloved stories are delightfully told through the magic of fluorescent puppets and black light, captivating youngsters and charming adults with their imaginative beauty and originality,” Rawlins explained. Other stories retold in the musical presentation are Little Cloud and The Mixed-up Chameleon; the show starts at 2 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed author Eric Carle has written and illustrated more than seventy books for young children; these books combining imaginative tales with stunning collage artwork have sold over 110 million copies worldwide. Since its founding in 1972, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has offered unique adaptations of children's literature to over five million people in sixteen countries on four continents. “DCCA is thrilled to offer this outstanding production to our community giving young families an opportunity to benefit from participation in the arts without breaking the bank,” Rawlins stated.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, DCCA's Family Theatre Series was established to provide local families the opportunity to enjoy professional theatrical productions within their home community at an economical cost. Tickets are $5; these low ticket prices are made possible by the contributions provided by the following sponsors: DP & L Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Andersons Marathon LLC, Edison Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, and Greenville Rotary Club.

The Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation and DCCA memberships also support Family Theatre. 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.

Contact DCCA at dcca@centerforarts.net or 937-547-0908 to reserve tickets for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites or purchase them online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, as well as Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be sold at the door prior to the performance.

DC Crew is looking for a few players

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Darke County Soccer Association’s DC Crew U10 & U11 teams are looking for a few players to fill out rosters for this upcoming season. The DC Crew plays in the Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association. Dc Crew’s practices are held at the Darke County Fairgrounds and games are played across the Miami Valley. The DC Crew will be holding a preseason meeting on Tuesday, January 27th @ 7PM at the Academy Training Center at 615 Riffle Ave. Players to be eligible under 10 & 11 years old as of Aug. 1, 2014. Questions can be directed to Dave Ernst @ 937-459-7967 or dernst1@woh.rr.com. Practices start March 1st and the season ends June 1st.

The Oakland Church of the Brethren 2015 Dinner Theater

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The Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road, Bradford(2 and a half miles north of Gettysburg, Ohio) will be presenting When Bullfrogs Sing Opera by Carl L. Williams (produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.), as their 2015 Dinner Theater production. The play centers around two sisters who grew up in Bullfrog Waller, but Millicent left the country for the big-city life while Coreen stayed in the country as a cornbread and grits kinda’ girl. Now meeting again, Millicent continues to make plans to advance up the social ladder while trying to keep her embarrassing past a secret. Coreen is now thinking of leaving Bullfrog Waller. Come and hear the bullfrog sounds as deceit and conceit ultimately reveal not just secrets but what matters most in this award-winning comedy.

Oakland’s annual dinner theater is well known throughout the community. Those who attend are warmly greeted with valet parking, a wide variety of freshly prepared salads, entrees and desserts as well as wholesome entertainment that highlights the talents that exist within the congregation.

Darlene and John Dillon are the co-directors. Nan Hottle is the producer. Rochelle Holsapple is dinner coordinator. The cast members are Amanda Sgro, Betty Byrd, Mike Hogg, Lynne Hanes, John Dillon, Holden Klingler, and Alison Helfrich.

The dates will be March 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 6:00 pm, cost of the dinner buffet and play will be $22.00. On Sunday, March 8, dessert only will be served at 2:00pm with the play to follow at 3:00pm, cost of $12.00. Cost for children 10 and under will be half price.

Reservations may be made from 4-8 pm with Brenda Coblentz at 937-548-1895.

Proceeds from the dinner theater production will help support Oakland’s outreach projects.

Children Experience Art and Creativity

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GREENVILLE – Do you want your child to learn more about art and to be creative? The Art-Rageous Experience – Children’s Art Program is beginning their winter session of art classes for children. In these classes children experience different kinds of art each Saturday morning with a professional artist teaching the class. The parent also attends for the support and encouragement while the children are working. Children work on different projects each week where they learn about different artists, art techniques and also visits from local artists with some of their paintings.

These classes are fun, age appropriate, and keep children’s mind and hands busy! The classes are sponsored by Council on Rural Services and taught by an experienced teacher/artist at a local downtown Greenville setting. There is one class for 4-5-6-7 year olds and another for 8-9-10-11 year olds.

Art programs help young children explore creativity, to pay attention to detail, build self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

Full scholarships are available for families if needed, all supplies are furnished. To enroll your child in this class, call Council on Rural Services at 1-866-627-4557 and ask for Debby Brayfield.

The Greyson James Steyer Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series

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TheatreworksUSA production of SKIPPYJON JONES opened DCCA’s 2014-2015 Family Theatre Series, Sunday, October 12th at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as the Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

Community support allows DCCA to present high quality artistic performances for youngsters and their families at a low ticket-price of $5. According to Jordan,” the goal of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values.”

DCCA’s 2014-2015 Family Theater Series continues with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites February 15, 2015 and Schoolhouse Rock Live! March 1, 2015. Performance times are scheduled to fit conveniently into most schedules at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. Most of the productions are original musicals based on popular tales adapted from current and classic children’s literature, although non-theatrical creativity-inspiring performances are presented as well.

All performances take place at the beautiful, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, online at www.centerforarts.net or through the DCCA office at 937-547-0908. For more information on DCCA or the Family Theatre Series visit our website or contact Executive Director Andrea Jordan.
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