Sunday, May 31, 2015

Three Teens Injured in ATV Accident

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On May 30, 2015 at 3:24 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Osgood Rescue, Osgood Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the 8800 block of Foote Rd on a ATV accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki 4 wheeler/ATV carrying 3 juveniles was west bound in the ditch along Foote Road. The 4 wheeler struck a culvert then a utility pole causing the juvenile’s to be ejected from the 4 wheeler, they were not wearing helmets.

The 16 year old male driver and 10 year old male passenger were transported by CareFlighted from the scene to Children’s Hospital in Dayton where they are listed in stable condition. A 13 year old male passenger was transported by Osgood Rescue to Wayne Health Care in Greenville where he was treated and released.

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

Friday, May 29, 2015

DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET OPENING DAY

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Enjoy shopping for local goods in beautiful downtown Greenville!

GREENVILLE, Ohio- The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market will return on Saturday, June 6th in front of the Darke County Courthouse on the corner of 4th and Broadway. The market will take place every Saturday until October 10th from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market has been a Darke County staple since 1998. This year promises to be another great year for fresh produce, baked goods and crafts from local vendors.

Visit the market throughout the season to find a varied selection of goods from the local vendors, including: fresh produce, honey, craft items, handcrafted jewelry, fudge, seedlings, organic produce, herbs, baked goods, jams & jellies, local meat (beef, chicken, pork, and lamb), eggs, vegan & gluten free items, homemade noodles, bread, fresh flowers, chocolates, candied nuts, dog treats, seasoning mixes, candles, microgreens, and much more!

Would you like to see your items at the Farmers' Market? Vendor applications are accepted throughout the season! For application inquiries or further information about the Farmers’ Market, visit Main Street Greenville’s website or contact their office.

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).

Updated Guidelines for AWTHS Including Library

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The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society’s Reference Library has updated their guidelines for research and donations. For research it is advisable to call for an appointment at 937-692-6462. Our open hours are the First Saturday of the month from 9-noon. Summer hours include open most Saturday mornings unless a Coffee and Conversation is scheduled. Please bring a CD or flash drive if you wish to have a copy of a digital photo or document when researching. Please note our new e-mail: contact@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.

Our digital files were recently organized and are available for viewing. We have around 4,000 photos of Southern Darke County in our collection available through the computer and various organized binders.

We currently are seeking Ithaca or Beech Grove artifacts, photos, and memorabilia. This corresponds with our historic self-guided driving tour the society is sponsoring. A copy of the brochure can be downloaded from the event page at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org

For donating acquisitions to the library and research please refer to our guidelines available at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org. under the “Research” tab. We are still accepting family histories in paper form or digital. To avoid duplicates please search the “Reference Materials List”. For donation of photos, please keep size to 8 X 10 to fit into binders. Due to space, storage, and display issues please call for larger items at 692-6462 or to donate. Photos and paper items do not weather well; please, do not leave items on the outside porch or in the door. If you are unable to drop off during open hours, please call for a time or appointment. Other items may be mailed to: Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Attention Genealogy, PO Box 4, Arcanum, OH 45304. Documents to include in our digital files may be emailed to: contact@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org. We accept originals and quality copies of photos and materials relating to Southern Darke County area including Pitsburg, Arcanum, New Madison, Gordon, Ithaca, Castine as well as school, church, village’s reference materials and family histories. We are currently in need of census records, births, marriages, and cemetery records. For all other donations that are not reference library materials (photos, books, family histories) please call Carolyn Furlong or Carolyn Troutwine.

Summer events include the historic driving tour, Summer Saturday Open House Hours, Coffee and Conversation series, and we will be participating in the Volunteer Fair in Greenville on June 5. Stop by and visit us.

Versailles Health Care Center Honors 2014 Homeward Bound Graduates

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Pictured is 2014 Rehab Graduate Peg Bundy of Covington, Ohio,
along with VHCC Physical Therapist, Gina Boerger.
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently held a Homeward Bound Graduation to honor the 185 patients they helped return to the community in 2014. The Homeward Bound programs help patients return to their homes or to their maximum independence level. Homeward Bound rehabilitation programs include: Cardiac Recovery, Continence Improvement, Contracture Management, Fall Management, Orthopedic-Fracture Recovery, Outpatient Therapy, Pain Management, Patient and Family Training and Education, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Respiratory Specialty, Stroke Recovery, and Wound Care and Skin Management. Homeward Bound graduates in attendance renewed friendships with each other as well as with staff members, and received diplomas and medals.

Mr. John Schmidt of Senior Servants, Inc. was the guest speaker for the graduation. Schmidt shared his story with the group which began while he was serving as the City of Greenville, Ohio’s Safety-Service Director. During that time, he had the opportunity to speak with many senior citizens within the community who needed assistance with minor home repair and maintenance, lawn care, snow removal, and other tasks, but were either unable to find anyone interested in doing the work, or were unable to afford to have the work done. For many of these senior citizens, family members resided out-of-state and were unable to assist them. After retiring, the needs of the seniors were still weighing heavily on his heart. It was apparent to him that a Christian, faith-based ministry was needed to assist seniors, age 65 or older, at little or no cost to them. This would allow the seniors within the community to feel more confident in trying to maintain their independence and remain in their homes. After much prayerful consideration, the Senior Servant ministry was initiated and received its first request for assistance. Since that time, Senior Servants, Inc. has established its own financial account and hundreds of volunteer man-hours have been given to the seniors within the Greenville and Darke County, Ohio, area. The number of seniors contacting Senior Servants for assistance has continued to increase, as has the number of volunteers contributing to the organization. For more information about Senior Servants, please call 937-564-9084, send an email to seniorservants@hotmail.com, or visit on the web at seniorservants.org.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 VHCC Homeward Bound Graduates! Versailles Health Care Center offers short-term rehab, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com

VHCC CELEBRATES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEER WEEK

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Volunteers pictured left to right: Elsie Shappie, Susan Fields, Connie Stammen, Fred Drees, Kate Custenborder, Adela Hoke, Diane Yakos, and Karen Doseck.
In celebration of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, Versailles Health Care Center recognized and thanked volunteers for their hard work and dedication at a recent luncheon held at the health care center. Tokens of appreciation were given in the form of gift bags filled with goodies. Special recognition of volunteer service years was made to the following volunteers: Adela Hoke, 22 years; Susan Fields, 22 years; Fred Drees, 10 years; Elsie Shappie, 10 years; Connie Stammen, 6 years; Karen Doseck, 6 years; Diane Yakos, 6 years; and Kate Custenborder, 2 years. Activities Director, Candy Stump, thanked volunteers, “This year’s theme is ‘Who Makes a Difference? You do!’ and you truly do. We appreciate the impact you make each and every day on our residents and patients. Thank you!”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. If you would like to join the volunteer program at the care center, please call Candy Stump at 526-5570.

Darke County Republican Women to Meet

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The DCRW’s Club will meet on June 8th at 6:30 p.m at the Chestnut Village Center. Guest Speakers will be from the DARKE CO. BOARD OF ELECTIONS Becky Martin, Director and Terry Haworth, Board Member.

You’re invited to join us. For dinner reservation call Wavelene at 547-6477 or e-mail at: wdenniston@woh.rr.com before noon on June 4th.

Cancer Association of Darke County receives generous donation from The Borderline, The Union City Country Club and Baker’s Motorcycle Shop

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Left to right: Tracey Kautz, Christine Lynn, Executive Director of Cancer Association of Darke County and Bud Kautz

The Borderline, The Union City Country Club and Baker’s Motorcycle Shop would like to thank everyone who attended and donated to the May 16TH STANDING UP FOR DARKE COUNTY event held to help cancer patients in Darke County. The event featured a poker run, 3 man golf scramble, benefit auction, 50/50 drawing, chicken dinners and door prizes. With everyone’s generous donations, they were able to donate $3,946.00 to help cancer patients in Darke County. Last year they donated $2,000.00 to the association. Each year the donations continue to grow! The groups want to thank the local businesses and all who attended and helped in any way to make this so successful. A special thanks goes to Kenny Live, Rance Crane, Dyslexic Funk and The Bobby Crane Band.

The cancer association appreciates all donations and is overseen by a volunteer board that determines how donations are to be used, etc. The expenses are kept to a minimum so the bulk of the monies go to the cancer patients living in Darke County. The only requirement to receive benefits is to reside in Darke County and have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.

The association partners with United Way and is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society or other cancer groups.

If you would like to donate, please send donations to Cancer Association of Darke County, PO Box 781, Greenville, OH 45331. If you have questions, feel free to call the office and speak with Christine Lynn, Director at 937-548-9960. Also a special thanks to the corporate sponsors for 2015 for the association:

Johnston Chiropractic Clinic North Star Hardware and Implement Williamson Insurance
Greenville Memorial Auxiliary American Legion Auxiliary FOE Ladies Auxiliary
Farmers State Bank ~ New Madison Women of the Moose 102 Leis Realty
Family Health Brothers Publishing (Early Bird) Osgood State Bank
Ansonia Lumber Company Brethren Retirement Community William Hole, Jr.
Judge Julie Monnin, Darke County Municipal Court Second National Bank
American Legion Post 140 Greenville Technology, Inc.
Diane Evans, State Farm Agency VFW Post 7262

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Max and Pat Teegarden celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary

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Max and Pat were Married May 31, 1975 at New Lisbon Christian Church in Union City, Indiana by Pastor Earl Lance.

Max works at Cal-Maine feed mill, Crop Production in Ansonia, and Farming. He is the son of the late Web and Pauline Teegarden. Pat is the daughter of the late Bill and Betty Hylton all from Union City IN.

The Couple have six children; Steve (Aracelias) Teegarden, Angie Ramos, and Betsy (Chad) Clemons Union City IN. Alan (Carol) Teegarden MI. Aaron Teegarden OH. and Adam (Jeanne) N.C. Eleven Grandchildren; Thia (Dustin) Garringer, Whitley (Jesse) Thacker, Janiese Ramos, Kayla Teegarden, Kyler, Kelby, Kaden Purdin and Kolson Clemons, Jenni and Jarod Teegarden, and Christiana Teegarden. Five Great-grandchildren: Kiearra, Jet and Jack Thacker, Leland and Levi Garringer, and one on the way. One dog and two goats and a barn full of cats.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary they are going to a Shania Twain Concert.

DCCA Celebrates Successful 2014-2015 Season

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Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the community for their support of the arts and a successful 2014-2015 Roots & Wings season. “YOU truly are the ROOTS that give DCCA and the arts in Darke County WINGS!!!” shared Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Over 35 years ago, DCCA’s roots were started and a beautiful legacy began. Today, the lives of students, families, patrons and community members are enriched by the arts. Your dedication to DCCA’s mission branches throughout Darke County making this a great place to live.”

In the 2014-2015 season DCCA spread it wings to bring The MCCartney Years, comedian Dan St. Paul and Grammy Award winning zydeco artist Terrence Simien. As well as the innovative percussion ensemble SCRAP ARTS MUSIC, who WOWED the Artists Series audience and junior High Students as part of our Arts in Education outreach. Growing through the arts...every student in Darke County public schools attended an Arts in Education program geared to their specific grade level, and designed to engage, educate and entertain. This seasons presentations did that and MUCH more!!

Because of community support through sponsorships, memberships and grants DCCA is able to keep ticket prices low and continue to introduce new audiences to the wonder of live theater. This seasons Family Theatre Series welcomed the return of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which sold out Memorial Hall and charmed, young and old alike.

DCCA encourages growth through the arts, with the Summer Residency by The Missoula Children’s Theatre and the annual High School Art Exhibit shown in the Anna Bier Gallery.

The secret is out on DCCA’s fantastic Coffee House Series, numerous performances brought in record attendance for the 2014-2015 series. Patrons enjoyed talented artists and sharing the unique arts experience that this series provides.

From A DCCA Night at the Oscars with Toledo Symphony Orchestra to Wine & Jazz with Daron Bell and DCCA on the Road, DCCA’s 2014-2015 Roots &Wings season delighted returning patrons and entertained new audiences, pleasantly surprised by what DCCA has to offer.

“Thank you all for seeing the value of the arts to our community and helping DCCA to fulfill its mission of enriching lives and growing through the arts,” concluded Jordan.

DCCA’s desire is to offer quality programming, encouraging cultural enrichment in our community, and to do our part to make Darke County, Ohio a great place to live. For more information contact the DCCA office at (937)547-0908 or www.CenterForArts.net.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community.

Marilyn Robbins—All things Annie Oakley

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The Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center want to thank Marilyn Robbins, who was recently honored by the Darke County Historical Society with the 2015 Heritage Award, for her continued support of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala. Marilyn is the museum’s expert source on all things Annie Oakley and has authored several books on Annie Oakley Butler and Frank Butler. Among many of Marilyn’s donations to the Gala is a framed collage of vintage postcards from towns and villages around Darke County. To see many other donated auction items, look for the link on the museum’s website www.garstmuseum.org

Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. This is a fundraiser for the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come and join in on this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light hors d’oeuvres.

If you cannot come to the Gala, but want to participate in the raffle, you need not be present to win.
One of the Gala raffles is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Prizes include:

  • $1,000 cash
  • Accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way donated by Tom & Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service
  • The new Apple Watch Sport

Tickets for this raffle are available for $5.00 per chance by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250 or by contacting a board member. Need not be present to win. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
937-548-5250

DCSA wraps up Youth Season with All-Star Games

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DCSA had 200 participants this spring in the Youth Soccer Program at North Park. The age groups were 3 to 5 year olds; 6 to 8 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds, there were a total of 14 teams. The players were coached by volunteer parents and played a total of at least 10 games. DCSA wrapped up their Spring Youth season with 2 All-Star Games held at the Darke County Fairgrounds Soccer Fields. The East Squad (4 players from teams 5, 6 &7) faced-off against the West Squad (4 players from teams 8, 9 &10) for a highly competitive soccer match. The 2 squads were coached by members of the Greenville High School Varsity Girls soccer team. In the second All-Star Game, the DC United (composed of 4 all-stars from each 9 to 12 year old team) played the DC Crew, the U11 boys’ team that play in the highly competitive Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association. The DC United squad played well throughout the entire match. DCSA would to thank the coaches for both of the All-Star Games: Chelsea Stout, Maddie Shepard, Maddie Baker, Kayla Arnold, Jason Arnold, Matt Baker, the Greenville JV Girls Soccer Coach and Steve Shepard, the Greenville Girls Varsity Soccer Coach. A special thank you to Scott Denman and Jordan Ernst for officiating both of the games. DCSA would also like to thank all of the parents that volunteered their time to help with coaching and player support all of the players at North Park.

DCSA holds tryouts for Fall/Spring Select Teams:

DCSA will hold tryouts for next season’s select teams on June 3rd and 4th at the Darke County Fairgrounds Soccer Fields. DCSA’s Select teams play in the highly competitive Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association League. Each team will play 4 Home games and 4 Away games during each season. The tryouts will be divided by ages, 8 to 10 year olds will be 6 to 7PM and 11 to 14 year olds will be from 7 to 8PM. The tryouts are open to boys and girls, please be dressed to play. DCSA is one of the most inexpensive clubs in the area. Fee structure will be provided to parents at time of tryouts. Any questions please email dcsasoccer@gmail.com or call 937-459-7967.

DCSA hosts FREE Soccer Camp for Youth 3 to 14 years of age:

DCSA will be hosting a FREE soccer camp for ages 3 to 14 on June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. The camp will be held at the Fairground Soccer Fields on Eidson Rd. Ages 3 to 8 will be from 5:45 to 7:00PM and 9 to 14 year olds will be from 7:00 to 8:30PM. Registration deadline is June 15th. Registration forms can be found on darkecountysoccer.com. Camp check-in will be Monday, June 22nd at 5pm at the Fairgrounds Soccer fields.

Fall Youth Soccer Sessions

DCSA will be offering FREE to the public, Youth Soccer Sessions this fall. Sessions will be scheduled for Sunday afternoons. Times and Dates will be published at a future date. Please check www.darkecountysoccer.com for more information.

DCSA Board Meeting

DCSA will be holding a Board Meeting to replace officers and fill vacant positions on the board. Public is encouraged to attend this meeting. June 15th @ 7PM at the Fairgrounds Soccer Fields, please bring a chair. The meeting should take no more than 1 hour.

Information will include, but not limited to: Fall/Spring Youth Soccer, Select program and North Park improvements.

For more information please check: www.darkecountysoccer.com

STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS

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The Greenville H.S. Career Tech. Supply Chain Management Program students are shown with an enlarged check for $7082 at the recent Darke County Special Olympics annual Track and Field event, May 15. Shown left to right, Dara Buchy, class instructor with students, Chelsea Stout. Addie Hart, Logan Emrick and Terin Ellis presenting the check to Cindy Rose, the director of the Darke County Special Olympics program. The students organized an event on April 18 at Greenville H.S., A Night in Hollywood. That event showcased the Special Olympics’ athletes by sharing their artistic abilities with the public through a talent show and a Silent Art Auction. The funds, which were the single largest donation to the organization, will be used for the many programs the locally funded and operated Darke Co. Special Olympics program hosts throughout the year in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, softball, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field. The Supply Chain Management students intend to continue the event next year.

Poultry Days' Rich History

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By Eric C. Stachler, 2013 Chairman


Although the village of Versailles, Ohio is small in size, its production of eggs and poultry was recognized far beyond Ohio as it became known as the Poultry Capital of the Midwest at the turn of the century. This was due in large part to Gasson’s Poultry Farms which were recognized worldwide for their strain of Leghorn chickens, and the Versailles Poultry Producers which processed both eggs and poultry. Additionally, Weavers Bros., Inc., founded by George Weaver in 1929, continued to grow larger each year as a top egg producer and processor in the nation. The numerous poultry farms that operated in the area at that time included Rolls Turkey Farm, Begin Brothers, Swank Turkey Farm, Reigle Poultry, Greenhoff, and Ridenour as well as the companies that supported them: Alexander Bros Elevator, Rosenbeck Implement, Harvey Hole Implement, Ohio Egg Producers Association, Willowdell Grain and Feed, Amstutz Hatcheries. As such, truckers came to refer to Versailles as Chicken City. This rich history has been highlighted with the tradition of the annual Poultry Days Festival.

The intriguing history of our local Poultry Days Festival began as a single day event held on a Thursday and referred to as Poultry Day. This first festival was small and community focused but grew quickly drawing visitors from surrounding communities and from as far as Dayton. In 1962, the Day was expanded to a two day event on Wednesday and Thursday. In 1966, the festival was moved again making it a weekend event held on Friday and Saturday. In 1969, expansion included the now ever-present carnival rides. Finally, in 1972, the annual Poultry Days Festival was expanded to a three day event on held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Arguably the area’s oldest festival, Poultry Days has settled into being held on the second full weekend in June.

The length of time in which the festival lasts is not the only aspect that has changed over the last 64 years. Even the selection of foods available at the festival has evolved. Throughout the years choices included an egg smorgasbord, turkey and noodles, turkey burgers, and deviled eggs. In 1974, barbequed chicken was finally served throughout the entire festival. The first dinners cost $1.25 and included half a chicken, a roll, butter, chips, cranberry salad, pickles and a choice of coffee or pop.

In 1952 alone it took approximately 125 volunteers to construct and operate the BBQ pits. As the volume of chicken served grew so did the army of volunteers who worked to deliver. By 1970, after 18 years of chicken dinners being cooked by local volunteers the festival had outgrown the capacity of these hard working individuals. After an exhaustive search across many states a partnership began with Nelson’s BBQ (formerly known as Port-A-Pit) a small, but growing, chicken barbecue business. Nelson’s was the only company capable of meeting the quality standards expected by the festival and cooking enough of those delicious World Famous chicken dinners to satisfy demand. This partnership continues today with the third generation of the Nelson family providing delicious chicken for Poultry Days, which remains their single largest annual event.

The early chicken serving lines were ran by “The Ladies Serving Committee,” while the men ran the barbecue pits. A drive through line was added in 2001. Further enhancements have culminated in a smooth running operation which in 2014 averaged 1,300 dinners served per hour, with a peak of nearly 2,000 dinners per hour, or a dinner every 2 seconds.

In a festival full of tradition the first “Miss Chick,” Bonnie Sue Besecker (Laura, Ohio), was crowned in 1952 and the festival has continued to recognize vibrant, dynamic, young women. The pageant has drawn as many as 112 contestants from throughout Ohio and beyond, requiring an extensive judging process that begins before the festival. Today the event is limited to young ladies from Darke and surrounding counties. Thirty-three years after the first Miss Chick was crowned a new tradition was born when Trisha Rhoades became the festival’s first “Little Miss Poultry Days” in 1985.

As early as 1957 or 1958, Colonel Warner Nichols added the Grand Parade which he organized until his death in 1965 at which time John “Red” Elson took over. Red went on to start the successful Antique Car parade in 1973 which is now run by the Dickman Family. In the late 60s the Versailles Fire Department took over organizing the Grand Parade which has continued for nearly 50 years. Both parades continue today and draw in excess of 100 units annually making them among the largest parades in the region. The honorary Grand Parade Marshall position has been awarded to community leaders who are recognized for their contribution and volunteerism in the community.

Festival events have included live chickens, ducks, a giant mystery egg, egg art, giant wishbone pulling, and a rooster calling contest. For many years duck races were a familiar sight and sound on the grounds. In the early 1970s, Poultry Days attempted to break the world record for the largest egg omelet with another attempt in 1982. This culminated in an omelet that measured nearly 9 feet in diameter and required 22,128 eggs, 100 pounds of onions, and 100 pounds of ham that were combined in a concrete mixer. The custom-built omelet pan was an exhibit for many years and ended up in the Versailles pool at least once.

Two important chicken-related traditions associated with Poultry Days include the Giant Chicken Float and chicken painting. The Giant Chicken float first made its appearance in the late 80s and was originally purchased by the Versailles Development Association to promote Versailles. While known as the “Giant Chicken” in most parades this chicken was originally seated on a nest and had to be cut down to maneuver under power lines. Annual chicken painting started in 1996 to welcome visitors to town and later to designate board members and festival VIPs. The creation of a festival theme began in 1987 and since then selecting a fun theme has become one of the most challenging tasks for the chairman.

Poultry Days is no stranger to celebrities either. In 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first women to fly solo around the world that same year in The Spirit of Columbus, landed by helicopter on the baseball field. Heart throb, Bob Braun attended the festival in 1969. Versailles native, Sam Graves, participated in the 1980 festival after winning a national competition for a “Mork from Ork” lookalike search. In 1985 and 1986 Super Chicken the world’s only Skydiving Clown appeared. In 1983, actor George Wendt, best known as Norm on Cheers, visited to thank Don Wick, a Versailles High School counselor, who successfully created a campaign to save Cheers from being canceled after its first season. After his duties were over, Wendt went around to the local bars and drank with the patrons. Legend has it when the Cheers gang is in the pool room “GO TIGERS” is on the chalkboard in the background as a reference to the Versailles Tigers for the help Mr. Wick gave to save the show. The festival was also a frequent destination for Governors and Senators and those seeking office, which continues today.

Darke County Park District Sponsors Miami Valley Cycling Summit

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Darke County Park District is proud to be a sponsor for the Miami Valley Cycling Summit held May 29, 2015 in Piqua, Ohio. Over 400 participants are already registered to attend! The Miami Valley Cycling Summit aims to use the power of cycling and trails to drive economic development in communities both large and small throughout the region. This year’s theme is “Cycling Cultivates.” National experts will detail how cycling and trails can benefit numerous aspects of our community, region, and nation. Get ready for influential speakers, powerful breakout sessions, and motivating discussions! Darke County Park District invites bicycling enthusiasts and local government officials especially to attend this event and see how the power of trails and bicycling can help in the advancement of our community.

For more information and to register for this event go to http://cyclingsummit.com/ Darke County Park District hopes to see you there!

Cancer Association Board Members invite the public to attend the annual SURVIVOR’S DAY WALK

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Held in conjunction with the National Cancer Survivor’s Day Walk.

The walk will be held at Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331

June 7, 2015, Sunday afternoon 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Registration 3:30 pm

No registration fee, No admission fee

Hamburgers, brats, chips and desserts will be served for a donation. Bottled water also available.

LIVE MUSIC!

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Call 548-9960 and talk with Christine or Marilyn with any questions.

With pools opening this weekend and vacations near, the Red Cross offers five key water safety tips

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May 20, 2015 – With swimming pools opening this weekend and summer vacations on the horizon, people will be flocking to pools and beaches. That can be a great way to beat the heat. But it can also be disastrous without the proper precautions.

“Water is fun to be around and everybody loves it, but it also has a dangerous side to it,” says Jill Toennis, the Red Cross’s aquatics specialist for the Northern Miami Valley. “An average of 10 people die from drowning every day, and half of them are under the age of 14.”

Additionally, different environments create different challenges, she says, so just because someone is skilled at swimming in a pool doesn’t mean he or she is skilled swimming in an ocean.

To help, Toennis offers five key safety tips for the water this summer:

  1. Swim in a designated area supervised by lifeguards.
  2. Maintain constant supervision. Never leave a child unattended near water—not even for a minute. It takes less time than that to drown. And do not trust a child’s life to another child. Also, teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  3. Make sure everyone in your family can swim well. Enroll them in Red Cross swim lessons.
  4. Have the appropriate equipment at your pool to be able to reach or throw in case of an emergency. Have a cell phone, first aid kit and lifejacket available. Also, learn CPR and resuscitation breathing, and download the Red Cross emergency and first aid apps.
  5. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

The Red Cross offers a free swimming app that includes more safety tips, as well as interesting quizzes for swimming in different bodies of water.

The Red Cross has been teaching people to swim for more than 100 years, and through a Centennial Grant continues its mission to help children learn to swim by working with swimming pools in areas of need to provide free or discounted swim lessons.

To speak with Toennis or arrange an in-person/on-camera interview, email her at jill.toennis@redcross.org.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greenville Public Library's Third Floor Film Series will be hosting two events during June

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On Saturday, June 13, at 11 am, join us for the wonder of special effects pioneer Willis O'Brien's groundbreaking visual effects as we screen his two most legendary film accomplishments: The Lost World & King Kong. Coffee, soft drinks, candy, and popcorn will be available free of charge throughout the event, and there will be free pizza between the films. If you are only able to make it to one of these films, The Lost World will begin promptly at 11 am (65 minutes), and King Kong will begin promptly at 12:45 pm (105 minutes). A brief discussion will follow King Kong at the conclusion of the event. More details can be found on the event's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/392706304266606/

On Thursday, June 25, at 7 pm, join us for one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made as we screen His Girl Friday (1940), directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. The witty quips come fast and from every direction is this masterclass of comedic timing and delivery. This promises to be a fun evening at the Third Floor Film Series! More details can be found on the event's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428677507446156/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Phillipsburg Car & Plane Show to Benefit A Special Wish Foundation

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Pre-race Dedication Ceremony to Veterans at the Thank A Vet 5k Run / Walk

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2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Over 3 million service men and women left their loved ones to answer the call to duty and bravely serve in a country far away from home.

The Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution are hosting a 5k run/walk to not only Welcome Home those Veterans who saw our Nation through one of the most challenging times we have ever seen, but to thank all Veterans who have proudly served in our Armed Forces. They must never be forgotten.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to invite Veterans, their family and the public to the Thank A Vet 5k Run/Walk Pre-Ceremony.

Please join us on Saturday, May 30th at 8:45 a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds Veterans Building.

Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy will perform the opening ceremony and honor ALL Veterans with special recognition to Vietnam Veterans.

The program will also include the American Legion Post 140 Honor Guard.

You do not need to register or participate in the run/walk, just come and give the recognition due to our Veterans.

If you would like to register for the 5k, visit www.alliancerunning.com. Mail in registrations can be printed from that site or register online. The 5K run / walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

This run/walk event is sponsored by VFW Post 7262, Post 7262 Men’s Auxiliary and Post 7262 Boosters.

Proceeds will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.

Please pass this information on to family and friends.

VFW Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary and Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR in Greenville's Memorial Day Parade

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VFW Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary and Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members participated in the Greenville Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25. Members rode on a 1930’s fire truck sponsored by the Friends of Bear’s Mill and driven by Terry Clark, a Vietnam Veteran.

Greenville Junior High Band Program Ends Successful Year in Columbus.

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The Greenville Junior High Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian McKibben, recently traveled to Columbus, Ohio as guests of Representative Jim Buchy. The Jazz Band, made up of 7th and 8th grade band students, performed in concert at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower. Following their performance the students were treated to lunch and then took part in a wonderful tour of the Ohio Statehouse.

During lunch students spent time speaking with Representative Buchy, who discussed topics of government, how the House of Representatives functions as a law making body, and his role in the House of Representatives. Students also reviewed how many Senators (33) and Representatives (99) held office and how bills are introduced and become law. He also answered student and chaperone questions. Mr. Buchy stressed the importance of hard work and doing well in school. The students and adults thoroughly enjoyed the visit and time spent with Representative Jim Buchy.

The guided tour of our Ohio Statehouse was very interesting and educational as well. Students were guided, by a retired history teacher, through the expansive Greek Revival building that has a footprint of two acres. Students were able to see the chambers of both the Senate and House of Representatives. Students also were able to view the historic 1945 painting by Howard Chandler of the 1795 signing of the Treaty of Greenville as well as many other historical artifacts.

The GJHS Jazz Band is one of the activities in which Junior High Band members may choose to participate. The Jazz Band meets before school each Wednesday and is designed to give students, of any band instrument, an additional outlet to use and improve their musical skills. The Jazz Band also is used as an avenue to begin students on drum set, bass guitar, guitar, and keyboards and as a stepping stone into the GHS Jazz Scene.

The Junior High Band Program includes and emphasizes the concert bands, solo and ensemble participation, and the jazz band.
Pictured are members of the Jazz Band performing in Columbus on May 19, 2015.

2014-2015 Jazz Band Personnel

Katie Baughman, trumpet
Cassey Bolyard, flute
Andrew Bonfiglio, drum set
Madelyn Breig, alto sax
Calab Browder, trombone
Aaron Buchy, baritone sax
Levi Cain, clarinet
Anna Chavez, trumpet
Caleb Coppess, trumpet
Ashton Crowell, trumpet
Lauren Dull, trombone
Dennis Forte, trombone
Josh Galloway, tenor sax
Sophie Gettinger, piano
Destiny Grillot, flute
Garrett Hartle, tuba
Makayla Hess, flute
Taylor Hines, clarinet
Shelby Johns, trumpet
Caitlynne Kinard, clarinet
Marabelle Lance, piano
Ian Laux, trumpet
Casey Malott, flute
Anna Manges, flute
Samantha Newberry, clarinet
Shawna Osborne, trumpet
Dylan Snyder, alto sax
Lily Stiefel, flute
Jordyn Warren, flute
Levi Wilson, trombone

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society PLans Self Guided Tour of Ithaca and Beech Grove

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Enjoy a self guided scenic drive through Southern Darke County to learn more about Ithaca and Beech Grove. The tour planned by the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society highlights points of interest giving a glimpse of times long ago.

Ithaca was the first settlement to prosper in Twin Township serving as a trading center for what is now southern Darke County. When platted in 1832 by John Colville Ithaca was known as Twinsborough taking its name from Twin Creek. State Route 503 was known as Ithaca Pike, before that it was a trace used by Gen. Anthony Wayne marching north from Ft. Washington (Cincinnati) through Ithaca, Beech Grove to Ft. Jefferson and on to Greenville.

Beech Grove was a settlement at the intersection of what is today Hollansburg Arcanum Rd and St. Rt. 503. The cemetery stones give the names of the Karn family and their friends who came from Butler County in the mid 1800s to start a community where their lives centered around the German Reformed Church.

A display at the Arcanum Public Library shows photos of structures still in uses, gives the history and interesting facts about the buildings located in both Ithaca and Beech Grove.

Pick up a brochure at the Historical Society, Arcanum Library, Darke County Visitors Bureau, Garst Museum or download from the Historical Society website: www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.

Enjoy the drive and the history of the area.

American Sign Language Classes at Library

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Linda is seen left with Librarian Kaley Breaden.
The Greenville Public Library is proud to host a free course in American Sign Language taught by interpreter Linda Crawford. The first class is Wednesday June 10th from 6:00 to 7:30. Classes continue for eight Wednesdays ending on July 29th. To register please call the Library at 548-3915 or call Linda directly at 423-0402.

The only cost will be $15 for a book and other materials a participant will most likely wish to have. Linda will teach basic conversation and provide an understanding of the history and culture of the deaf community.

Linda has been an interpreter for 30 years. She traveled with a missionary group over the US and Belize for seven years using music and dance to spread the gospel and to start deaf schools. The group consisted of both deaf and hearing. Linda is a singer who did the singing and voicing for the dramas.

Originally from Rochester NY, she met her husband - who is from Greenville - on her last tour. They became foster parents and have a son and grandchildren.

Linda interprets for EUM Church, TriVillage, Franklin Monroe, Arcanum, and Greenville schools. She is also associated with Community Services for the Deaf in Dayton and is EIPA certified. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

DCCA Representatives Meet with First Lady Karen Kasich at Ohio Arts Day

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Karen Kasich, First Lady of Ohio with DCCA representatives Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director; Darryl Mehaffie, Director and OAC Board Member; and Andrea Jordan, Executive Director, at Ohio Arts Day. Kasich spoke at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio Luncheon, sharing her support encouragement for the arts throughout the state.

Local arts council representatives met with elected officials as part of Ohio Arts Day, May 13th at the State Capital, to thank them for their support of the arts and share Darke County Center for the Arts story of encouraging cultural enrichment.

Darke County Center for the Arts representatives met with Karen Kasich, First Lady of Ohio to express the importance of DCCA’s presence in our community and thank her for her strong support and involvement in the arts throughout the state.

Throughout the day, DCCA representatives also met with Senate President Keith Faber and Senator Bill Beagle as well as State Representatives Jim Buchy and Stephen Huffman to share DCCA’s achievements and thank them for their strong support of DCCA’s mission and the arts in Darke County.

Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) is a community arts council whose purpose is to promote all art forms and to expand opportunities for cultural enrichment within the county. As the only Presenting Arts organization in Darke County, the DCCA Board of Directors feels the compelling responsibility for making the Arts accessible to all age groups of all economic sectors in our county. DCCA is a not-for-profit 501C3 organization that depends upon strong government support to enable the fulfillment of its mission. Ticket prices are kept low to make performances as affordable as possible. Ticket revenues account for approximately 25% of the total income necessary to present high quality performing artists and cover the administrative expenses involved in carrying out the day-to-day activities of a presenting arts organization. The remaining funds come from strong government and community support. Thanks to continued community and government support, DCCA has been able to maintain a strong financial position, without accessing its reserves.

DCCA’s desire is to offer quality programming, encouraging cultural enrichment in our community, and to do our part to make Darke County, Ohio a great place to live. For more information contact the DCCA office at (937)547-0908 or www.CenterForArts.net.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community.

Annie Oakley Golf Committee plan golf tournament for July 20, 2015

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2015 Annie Oakley Golf Committee members (left to right:) Matt and Angie Arnold, Larry Ullery, Kay and Ed Curry, Kent James (wife Lynn unavailable for picture,) Beth and Todd Durham, Christine Lynn, Ray and Bettye Laughlin.

Preparations for the 34th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway! Last year 116 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County. Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Kent & Lynn James, Todd and Beth Durham, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ed & Kay Curry, Larry Ullery and Christine Lynn.

Last year’s tournament was very successful and the event raised $19,000.00 for the Cancer Association of Darke County. This fundraiser helped the association to provide benefits to over 250 Darke County residents battling cancer. These benefits were provided in the form of reimbursement for medications, transportation, medical supplies and nutritional supplements such as Ensure.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 20 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and dinner for the golfer and their guest. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will once again benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with tee off time scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one in the eighth hole will win their choice of premium golf equipment. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eleventh hole will win a Yamaha Golf Cart.

Additional information and entry forms for the 34th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County (PH: 937-548-9960 or EMAIL: director@cadcinfo.org) or from any tournament committee member.

Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy community cause.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring the Military Family, a Memorial Day story

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By Christina Chalmers

Pictured with Christina is husband Robert Chalmers.
Each May, we take time as a country to celebrate our veterans, lifting them up for all the sacrifices they have made for the freedoms we have. And doing so is the good and right thing. We wouldn't be the country we are without them.

But this weekend, as we mark Memorial Day by saying thank you to our veterans, there’s another group whose sacrifice, service and love of this country needs to be honored as well: the loved ones who are left behind to support them. Military family members—spouses, children, parents—serve their country, too, but in ways that are all too often overlooked.

Throughout a deployment, military families sacrifice every day to support their soldiers. This is particularly true for the spouses. I know. I am one.

Having your spouse on deployment feels like an endless journey, and you only want the basics that others often take for granted in day-to-day life—to see, hug and kiss your spouse and know that they are okay. Instead, we are alone. We must be brave and self-sufficient. We must be resilient, passionate and strong—even under extraordinary circumstances. We must rely on support from family members, friends, other military spouses and the community.

But, while we may look like we have it all together, the truth is often we’re just barely hanging on. It’s a difficult task to remain strong throughout the high stress of a deployment, laughing things off and trying to make the best of everything. It seems that we are always “at our limit” with no sleep and through tears worrying about our soldier’s well-being, taking care of our homes, children and ourselves.

For those military spouses with children, deployment immediately makes you a single parent, even though you’re technically not. And that’s difficult on everyone. Our soldiers miss a lot in their kid’s lives. They miss first steps, first words, school events, sports games and tucking them in each night. And military kids are strong, brave and adaptable, but their feelings of abandonment are real and cause anxiety and insecurities.

Local Author Signs Multi Million Dollar Publishing Deal

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John Scalzi, who lives in eastern Darke County, recently signed a 10 year publishing deal with Tor Books reportedly worth $3.4 million.

Scalzi, a best selling, award winning author primarily writes science fiction novels, including his debut Old Man's War, which includes many Darke County references in the open chapters. He was also a guest at a recent "Author's Night" event at Montage hosted by the Darke County Center for the Arts.

As part of the new deal with Tor, Scalzi will write 13 books for the publisher: 10 novels and 3 young adult novels.

Congratulations, Mr. Scalzi! Your success is much deserved and hard earned!

Click here to read the full story at the New York Times.

And click here to visit John Scalzi's home on the web, "Whatever."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rider Airlifted After Losing Control of Motorcycle

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Greenville- On May 23, 2015 at approximately 9:03 p.m. Darke County Deputies. along with Union City Ohio Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to the 7700 block of Palestine Union City Rd. reference to a reported motorcycle accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by Matthew R. Glenn (21) of Greenville, was northbound on Palestine Union City Rd. when Glenn lost control and went off the right side of the roadway. Glenn was ejected from the motorcycle. Glenn was treated by Union City Rescue and transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight.

Glenn's condition is unknown at this time. Glenn was not wearing a helmet and speed appears to be a factor in the accident. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ladybug Garden Club Beautifies Greenville City Traffic Circle

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The Ladybug Garden Club enhanced the beauty of the Greenville City Traffic Circle. They planted flowers and vines in the pole hayracks and traffic circle flower beds. A new addition to the circle beds are four new beautiful containers filled with flowers.

Pictured are only a part of the club that helped. Committee Chairpersons for the planting were Angela Beumer and Cindy McCallister.

The next project for the club will be planting the Darke County Fairgrounds gazebo area.

Pictured: Kneeling: Traffic Circle Co Chairman Angela Beumer with Lisa Marcum. Standing: Charlene Thornhill, Kim Cromwell, Becky Collins, Carol Baughman and Cathy Detrick. Back row: Club President, Amy Erisman. Member Irma Heiser took the photo.

Friday, May 22, 2015

DCCA Recognizes RSVP Volunteer Ushers

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Front row (left to right): Elise Shappie, Barbara Zacharias, Velma Schlater, Doris Keiser. Back row (left to right): Mary Shrader, Mildred Hoover, Carol Apple, Alice Niekamp, Bernadine Niekamp, Eileen Barga. Not pictured: Theresa Thobe, Marilou Coverstone, Linda Harsh, Patricia Beck, Dixie Luce, Judy Marchal. In memory of Nihla Davis who passed away January 27, 2015.

Darke county Center for the Arts recognizes RSVP Artists Series Volunteer Ushers and would like to thank them for their help in the 2014-2015 Season. “The volunteer ushers are a vital part of the success of our Artists Series performances. We are grateful for their time and expertise, shared Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.”

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community. For more information contact the DCCA office at (937)547-0908 or www.CenterForArts.net.

Rumpke Reminds Residents about Holiday Collection and Proper Pool Chemical Disposal

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DAYTON, Ohio—May 20, 2015—Memorial Day is the perfect time for barbecues, picnics and opening swimming pools. It’s also the perfect time for trash truck drivers—like men and women at Rumpke—to be aware of dangers posed by pool chemicals placed in the trash.

Pool chemicals are flammable, poisonous and explosive. When mixed with other household items in a garbage truck, the combination can be extremely dangerous, especially to the driver.

Pool chemicals, such as chlorine, are considered to be a household hazardous waste and should be disposed as such. Below are some tips to keep pool owners and trash truck drivers safe this summer:

  • If an item is labeled “Danger” or “Poison,” do not put it in the trash or recycling. Also, do not pour extra chemicals down a drain, especially if it leads to a septic tank.
  • Ask your local pool store if they are able to dispose of pool chemicals for you.
  • Review Rumpke’s guidelines located at www.rumpke.com
  • Check with your solid waste district to find a local household hazardous waste facility in your area.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Residential services may be delayed for Memorial Day. Customers should check the holiday schedule at www.rumpke.com.

Economic Impact of Avian Influenza

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Since December 2014, the USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.

168 Influenza findings have been reported since December, a majority of which have been turkeys and most recently layers. The HPAI H5N2 virus strain has been confirmed in several states along three of the four North American Flyways: Pacific, Central and Mississippi. The latest findings can be found at http://go.osu.edu/AIupdate.

The novel HPAI H5N1 virus is not the same virus as the H5N1 virus found in Asia, Europe and Africa that has caused some human illness. This HPAI H5N1 strain is a new mixed-origin virus that combines the H5 genes from the Asian HPAI H5N1 virus with N genes from native North American avian influenza viruses found in wild birds.

Biosecurity is critical for all poultry producers including backyard flocks. Consider a review of the recent news release from our college http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio-poultry-owners-advised-increase-biosecurity-virus-spreads-in-western-us.

Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, recently reported losses in poultry production and related businesses due to avian influenza are estimated at $309.9 million in Greater Minnesota, according to a newly released emergency economic impact analysis from University of Minnesota Extension.

Edison Students Receive High Honors

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Kerrie Josefovsky (L) of Piqua and Lucas Purdin (R) of Greenville were named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Ohio Third Academic Team.
Two Edison Community College students have been named to the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Ohio Academic Team. Kerrie Josefovsky of Piqua and Lucas Purdin of Greenville have been selected as two of this year’s fifty-one statewide recipients.

To be eligible for the All-Ohio Academic Team, students are first nominated by their college president and must be eligible for graduation during the current academic year while holding a minimum 3.25 GPA. Winners are chosen on the foundation of academic performance, demonstration of leadership, and community service involvement.

Both Josefovsky and Purdin were named to the All-Ohio Academic Third Team and received cash scholarships of $250 and medallions, certificates, and pins made possible through the generosity of Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

Ms. Josefovsky is currently working toward an Associate of Art degree at Edison and is set to graduate in May. Upon graduating, she plans to attend the University of Dayton to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Mr. Purdin is currently working toward becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant at Edison and will enter the workforce upon graduating.

“It is really quite an honor for two Edison Community College students to be named to the All-Ohio Third Team,” said Beka Lindeman, English Professor and PTK Advisor. “This is a big accomplishment for both Kerrie and Lucas. We are proud of their achievement.”

A special ceremony was held to recognize the All-Ohio Academic Teams in Columbus at the Statehouse Atrium. The All-Ohio Academic Team is co-sponsored by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

Greenville Business & Professional Women selling BBQ Chicken Dinners

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Greenville, OH. May 18, 2015 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is sponsoring a fund raiser selling BBQ Chicken Dinners for Wednesday, June 24th 2015. Dinners are available for carryout or eat in. Pre-sale tickets are $7.50.

The dinners consist of one half barbeque chicken, applesauce, chips, and roll and butter. Dinners may be picked up or you can dine in on June 24th between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at the Greenville VFW at 219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville. Tickets can be reserved by calling Deb Niekamp at (419)305-2178 or picked up at the Second National Bank location at the Brethren Retirement Community at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, OH.

All profits will go toward scholarships to be awarded to the young women of Darke County. The Greenville BPW Club thanks you for your support.

Freezing, Canning Workshop Set for June 3, 10 and 17, 2015

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Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables. Now they can, by attending a free “Food Preservation Workshop,” presented by Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.

There will be three sessions to the workshop:

  • June 3 – Pressure Canning
  • June 10 – Freezing Fruits and Vegetables
  • June 17 – Jams, Jellies and Preserves

Each session is from 10:00am-11:00am. All sessions are free. Class size is limited to 20.

The workshop focuses on the basics of home canning and preservation and is appropriate for people with all levels of experience.

We emphasize the science behind preservation. We want everyone who cans or freezes fresh fruits and vegetables to understand why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.

All pressure canner gauges except weighted gauges should be tested for accuracy each year. Canner gauge testing is available for $5.00.

To reserve a spot in the class, contact OSU Extension, Darke County, at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at barga.8@osu.edu.

Liberty Township Annual Hog Roast

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On July 18, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM or sold out, the Liberty Township Fire Department would like to invite you to the hog roast at the fire department, 108 North Main Street, Palestine, OH 45352. Come enjoy delicious roast pork, miscellaneous sides and desserts including hand dipped ice cream. Bring your children to see firehouse dalmatians, and engage in other activities as well as receive handouts.

MVCTC Education Foundation and Mathile Foundation Award Honor Society Students with scholarships

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Top: Allison Flora (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Allied Health Technologies program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educator, Andrea Bullmaster of Franklin Monroe. Morgan Ellis (Arcanum) enrolled in the Dental Assistant program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Rob Klepinger (Science Instructor at MVCTC) and Andrew Bryant of Arcanum. Marcus Horner (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Construction Carpentry program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educator, Troy Myers of Franklin Monroe.
Bottom: Rachel Marker (Tri Village) enrolled in the Dental Assistant program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Cheryl Johnson (Dental Assistant Instructor at MVCTC) and Kristen Verhoff of Tri Village. Daniel Wiseman (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Business Academy program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Frank Wright (Math Instructor at MVCTC) and Carrie Wiant (Franklin Monroe-MVCTC Business Academy Instructor).
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) inducted 66 students into National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Sunday, March 22, 2015. The NTHS students as well as their honored educators from MVCTC and their partner school district, were recognized in a ceremony at MVCTC in front of family and friends.

Students are selected for NTHS based on the following requirements: a 3.75 grade point average or higher, 97 percent attendance, passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test and instructor recommendations. Each of the 2015 inductees is the recipient of a $500 scholarship made possible through the partnership of the MVCTC Education Foundation and the Mathile Family Foundation.

  • Morgan Ellis (Arcanum) enrolled in the Dental Assistant program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Rob Klepinger (Science Instructor at MVCTC) and Andrew Bryant of Arcanum. Morgan is the daughter of Todd and Karla Ellis of Arcanum.
  • Allison Flora (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Allied Health Technologies program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Tonya Barnett (Allied Health Technologies Instructor at MVCTC) and Andrea Bullmaster of Franklin Monroe. Allison is the daughter of Brian and Marie Flora of Greenville.
  • Marcus Horner (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Construction Carpentry program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Kelly Kramer (Construction Carpentry Instructor at MVCTC) and Troy Myers of Franklin Monroe. Marcus is the son of Dave and Kami Horner of Pitsburg.
  • Rachel Marker (Tri Village) enrolled in the Dental Assistant program at MVCTC, chose to honor as her most significant educators, Cheryl Johnson (Dental Assistant Instructor at MVCTC) and Kristen Verhoff of Tri Village. Rachel is the daughter of Daniel and Michelle Marker of Greenville.
  • Daniel Wiseman (Franklin Monroe) enrolled in the Business Academy program at MVCTC, chose to honor as his most significant educators, Frank Wright (Math Instructor at MVCTC) and Carrie Wiant of Franklin Monroe. Daniel is the son of Mark and Bobbi Wiseman from Bradford.

MVCTC is located in Clayton and serves 27 area high schools in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami). The career technical programs at MVCTC are designed to teach students skills relevant to their career goals, while maintaining challenging academic classes and building relationships with classmates, instructors, and business leaders to help them be successful. The opportunities available at MVCTC prepare students for the workforce and college and allow them to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education.

Arcanum Cheer Camp

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Darke County Park Board to Hold Special Meeting

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W., Greenville, OH. This meeting is being held to discuss matters of land.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Village of Gettsyburg is seeking Quidditch teams for a charity tournament at its Homecoming Festival, Saturday June 27th.

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Quidditch is well-known by Harry Potter fans as an exciting and action-packed game played hundreds of feet in the air by broom-riding witches and wizards. It has been translated into ground version for non-magical folk called Muggle Quidditch. This coed sport has grown in popularity over the last several years to the point that there is a movement to make it a professional sport. There is already a multinational governing called the International Quidditch Association (iqaquidditch.org).

A Quidditch team is comprised of seven members: three chasers, two beaters, one keeper and one seeker. The chasers score points by throwing the quaffle (volleyball), past the opposing team’s keeper and through one of three hoops. The beaters block chasers with bludgers (dodge balls). Once hit, the chaser drops the quaffle and must touch his/her team’s goal post before returning to play. While the main action is going on, the seekers attempt to catch the “golden snitch.” The snitch is a tennis ball in a sack attached to the back side of a fast runner. Catching the snitch counts as triple points and ends the game. And just as in the Harry Potter version, all players ride brooms.

Teams of any skill level are encouraged to register for the Gettysburg Homecoming Festival Tournament. Males and females of all skill levels aged 13 to 18 as of June 27 are eligible to play. There is an entry fee of $10 per player and all profits will go to the charity of the winning team’s choice. The tournament will take place on the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School) ball field. More information is available by contacting the Gettysburg Village Office (937)447-2171. Registration forms are available at villageofgettysburg.net/thecardinalcenter.htm.

YMCA HOSTING ZUMBATHON FUNDRAISER

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VERSAILLES, OH – Dance, work out, and raise money for a great cause! The YMCA of Darke County, Versailles Branch, will be hosting a Zumbathon Charity Event on Saturday, May 30, from 10 – 11:30 AM. Reservations are required and a $10 minimum donation will benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign.

This event will be 90 minutes of high-energy fun, featuring raffles, prizes, and 8 incredible instructors! All ages are welcome, and the event is open to the public.

The goal of the Y’s annual campaign is to raise support for all community members to have access to Y programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“There’s no place quite like the Y,” said Sam Casalano, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Darke County. “We are a vital part of Darke County – a welcoming place to learn new skills, connect with others and access support in times of need. It’s both humbling and inspiring to see how the lives of so many friends and neighbors are transformed through the Y’s programs.”

The YMCA of Darke County is dedicated to serving all local residents, regardless of age, income or background. Through the annual campaign, the Y provides scholarships to individuals and families in need including subsidized childcare, memberships, child swim lessons, and low cost or free programs that address community needs.

To register for the Zumbathon, stop in either YMCA of Darke County Branch or call 937 526-4488 in Versailles or 937 548-3777 in Greenville.

American Red Cross Offers Citizen CPR

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“Lake Loramie State Park Welcomes Life-Saving Program”

Greenville, OH, May 18, 2015 – Nestled into northern Ohio farmland is one of the state’s finest park facilities, Lake Loramie State Park, where activities range from boating, swimming, hiking and biking to hanging around camp with friends and families. As camping season “officially” kicks off, there will be something new this Memorial Day weekend, an exciting partnership between Ohio State Parks and the American Red Cross, offered on site a life-saving class Citizen CPR, where in thirty minutes participants can learn this compression based course.

The courses teach you:

  • Hands Only CPR
  • Care for choking victims
  • 911 Emergency Services
  • How to stay safe during emergencies

“Emergencies can happen anywhere, so why not prepare for them everywhere as well” noted American Red Cross NMVO Executive Director, Lynne Gump, “The leaders for this class are campers as well, so they know just what kind of circumstances will effect an emergency response.”

The course is being offered twice on May 24th, once at 2:00 pm and again at 2:30. Class will be held in the park maintenance area, picnic table seating or bring your camp chair. Class is open to those ten and up; adults will need to accompany their children. Leaders for this course are: Mary Lane, Don Gilbert, Christian and Christina Chalmers, all Red Cross volunteers.

Wayne HealthCare is a Gold Star Sponsor

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Terri Flood, Director of Marketing and Communications (L)
and Wayne Deschambeau, President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare( R)
present Annie’s Star Spangled Gala with a Gold Star Sponsorship.
The Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center want to publicly thank Wayne HealthCare for their Gold Star sponsorship of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala.

Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. This is a fundraiser for the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come and join in on this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light hors d’oeuvres. Event tickets are $15.00 per person in advance or $20.00 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Garst Museum. Reserve tables are available for groups of six or more. You can view the many auction and raffle prizes at this link
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garstmuseum/

If you cannot come to the Gala, but want to participate in the raffle, you need not be present to win.
One of the Gala raffles is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Prizes include:

  • $1,000 cash
  • Accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way donated by Tom & Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service
  • The new Apple Watch Sport

Tickets for this raffle are available for $5.00 per chance by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250 or by contacting a board member. Need not be present to win. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
937-548-5250

BPW ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2015-2016 YEAR

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Greenville, OH May 18, 2015 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) held their installation of new officers at the May 14, 2015 meeting held at Brethren’s Retirement Community in Greenville. The meeting was hosted by the Foundation Committee consisting of Lindsey Gehret and Shirley Morrow.

Committee chair Lindsey Gehret conducted the installation of new officers. The elected officers for 2015-2016 are Deb Smith as President, Brenda Miller as First Vice President, Jane Carroll as Secretary, Dorothy Poeppelman as Treasurer and Susan Fowble as Assistant Treasurer.

Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Information on BPW can be found at the website www.bpwohio.com. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Tasha Anderson at 937-621-4569 or tasha.anderson05@gmail.com

Running for a cause: Reid team member honors his father in marathons

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Justin Daniels has always been athletic, but he’d never run a marathon—until his father, Leonard, was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2010. Now, Justin has set his sights on running a marathon in each of the 50 states to honor his dad and others who suffer from this progressive disease.

COPD is a lung disease that blocks airflow, making it difficult to breathe. The main cause of COPD is smoking, although pollution can play a role. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Justin’s journey began in 2011, when he entered the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon to honor his dad. After a strong finish (69th in his age group), he began to think about how he could do more to raise awareness about COPD. He began to follow a rigorous training schedule, with the goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states.

So far, he has run marathons in Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, California and Oregon. Justin is ramping up his race schedule in 2015, and hopes to complete his quest by the end of 2016. His mom, Kathy, accompanies him to races; they set up a booth at each race site, distributing educational materials provided by the COPD Foundation. “I’ve talked to a lot of people at races, and listened to their stories about dealing with COPD or watching someone they love cope with it,” says Justin, 33. “I encourage people to see their doctor if they have symptoms, and if they are smokers I urge them to get the support they need to quit.”

Justin, who works at Reid Hospital as a nursing care technician, will use all of his vacation days this year to run marathons. A number of organizations — including the Indiana Pacers and the COPD Foundation — have donated money and products to help him reach his goal. Justin keeps supporters informed through his Facebook page, where he also sells T-shirts to support the cause.

Meanwhile, Justin’s dad continues to battle the disease and stays as active as he can. He is hoping to see Justin run a marathon sometime soon.
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