Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dusty, Rusty, and Lovely Items Sought for the Gather Round Auction House

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Seeking kind folks to donate pieces to The Gather Round Auction House! Don’t have a place for Great Auntie Mabel’s trunk? Can’t bear to store Uncle Lester’s tandem bicycle for another summer? Donate it! Graciously accepted are the grand, dusty, vintage, or primitive. Furniture, textiles, Darke County memorabilia, architectural pieces, garden ornaments, hand-made lovelies, and more are welcomed donations! Donated pieces will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in The Gather Round Auction House at The Gathering at Garst, on July 26th.

Donations of small-medium sized items can be taken to the Garst Museum during regular museum hours.

For large pieces, like furniture, please send a description and/or photograph of the piece to 517 South Broadway in downtown Greenville or email the image to: flowers@ivyleagueflorist.com.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 North Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331
Phone: 937.548.5250
Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00-4:00 and Sunday 1:00-4:00

The Gathering at Garst takes place on the lawn behind the Garst Museum on July 25th and 26th. Make sure you join us! www.gatheringatgarst.com

Proceeds benefit The Garst Museum.

AMERICAN LEGION SUPPORTS DARKE CO. SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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The American Legion Post #140, Greenville, has once again supported Darke Co. Special Olympics.

Shown at the annual May Track and Field Event is Ted Bruner presenting a ribbon to Savannah Leach, East Elementary student. Savannah participated in the 100 m. run, 200 m. run and softball throw, earning ribbons in each event.

Annie Oakley Golf Tournament will be held July 20, 2015 at Turtle Creek Golf Course

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Top: Don Hittle and Jeff Hittle of Hittle Buick-GMC, Inc. and Dave Knapp of Dave Knapp Ford, Lincoln, Inc.
Bottom: Jim Troutwine of Troutwine Auto Sales, Inc. and Ron Garrett of Ron Garrett Chevrolet, Inc.
The 34th annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament is fast approaching. Get signed up with your team today for a chance to win a new car or truck from one of four Darke County area car dealers! You can also purchase a T Sign to be displayed to advertise your business or in honor or memory of someone.

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

Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car or truck valued at $ 27,500.00 for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. Hittle Buick-GMC, Inc., Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln Inc., Troutwine Auto Sales and Ron Garrett Chevrolet, Inc. are again joining together to sponsor this years Hole-in-One competition. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one on the 11th hole wins a Yamaha Golf Cart. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eighth hole will win a choice of Premium Golf Equipment.

Additional information and entry forms for the 34th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 or from any tournament committee member.

Towne & Country Players’ Concerts continues

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Towne & Country Players is proud to continue the Summer Entertainment Series for 2015 this Friday evening, July 3rd from 7-9pm with Bob Ford and Friends. The enthusiasm of this group is infectious. When Bob Ford takes the stage, it doesn’t take long until casual toe-tapping and humming turns into an all-out sing-along. The audience can’t help itself. Bob presents an array of heartwarming songs and hilarious stories that draw in listeners – and whisk them back to yesteryear. From familiar folk tunes to classic Burl Ives, Tommy Makem, and the Kingston Trio, his musical repertoire evokes nostalgia for the simpler pleasures of the good old days. You can’t simply watch or listen to Bob play – the melodies and memories are so contagious, you can’t help but join in the foot-stomping, hand-clapping fun. Bob Ford and Friends will entertain and enliven any gathering with their skilled musicianship, light-hearted humor and family fun.

Remember to bring your lawn chairs for the free concert beginning at 7pm at the Fountain Square on Main Street, Versailles.

Edison Nursing Graduates Continue to Excel

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Edison Community College nursing graduates are scoring big with local employers. According to the 17th annual survey of persons with hiring responsibility in area hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and physician’s offices, Edison nursing graduates are reportedly just what the doctor ordered.

In a sample of 37 regional employers of nurses, those with hiring responsibilities were asked to identify the most sought-after qualities and skills in prospective nurses.

Employers found it ideal for professionals to possess the ability to deliver safe nursing care, exhibit professional behavior, deliver quality care, display customer service skills, and reflect strong ethical values. They also pursue nurses who advocate for patients, demonstrate assessment skills, incorporate critical thinking skills and clinical judgment in their care of patients, and can be team players.

Upon determining top qualities, the same sample of employers were then asked to evaluate the Edison nursing graduates in their employ. The nursing graduates were rated overall and in terms of each of their top strengths. The results showed that the nine greatest strengths sought by the employers were identical to the strengths found in Edison nursing graduates.

“The fact that the qualities and skills sought by employers match the strengths of our nursing graduates says volumes about the preparation our nursing students receive to enter the nursing profession,” said Gwen Stevenson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our nursing faculty members are very knowledgeable about current healthcare settings and patient care delivery and ensure the curriculum prepares our students to enter today’s nursing workforce.”

Edison Community College’s nursing program has maintained full accreditation and approval over its thirty–five year history. In 2013, Edison’s Associate of Nursing Degree program was granted a full five-year approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. In 2011, the program earned an eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the highest level a program can receive.

Applications for Edison’s Registered Nursing program are currently being accepted for spring 2016 semester. For more information about the program, visit www.edisonohio.edu or call 937-778-8600.

The Workshop Learning Center is now hiring!

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We are looking for a caring individual to help us as we grow and expand. Applicants should be nurturing, enthusiastic and have a natural love of working with children. We are looking for a part-time to full-time infant/toddler teacher to start in late July or early August. Applicants should have a flexible schedule, be willing to attend required trainings and be able to pass a background check. Preference will be given to someone who has advanced training in early childhood education: CDA, associate’s degree or higher. Interested people should send a resume to michelle@theworkshoplc.com.

Students Tour GTI to Learn About Manufacturing

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Bryan Adams, Assembly Manager gave students a tour of GTI
Students participating in the Switching Gears Summer Youth Program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) toured Greenville Technology, Inc. (GTI). Their focus was to learn about manufacturing as an industry that offers a variety of job opportunities.

Bryan Adams, Assembly Manager, gave an overview of the factory and highlighted the many departments and jobs within the company. He led the students through the facility and suggested that as learned about the different jobs, they consider their future for schooling and/or the different skills they would need for that particular job. When one student asked what skills are important to work at GTI, Adams said that it is very important to be dependable, have good math skills, and have a good attitude. He continued by saying that attitude is very important in a job - the way you interact with your team members can have a big effect on overall job satisfaction.

Over the five-week program, students will tour businesses that highlight industries specific to our area (retail, manufacturing, agriculture, health care and food service). Through these experiences, students can begin to gather information and start to form opinions as to what interests them. One student said the GTI tour was helpful because it made him realize that he really would like to work in a factory, he especially liked the robotics. One girl had a completely different response, stating…. “I’m not a factory girl!” These insights can help them develop their areas of interests to focus on through their remaining years in high school. Darke DD provides transition services to coordinate between school, home and job-readiness training to help students develop a post-graduation plan.

This week the kids also got to hear from Lauren Warner, a young lady who has worked at Village Green Health Campus for the past six months. Darke DD Community First Department helped Lauren interview for and secure her job as a dietary aide in the food service department. An Employment Specialist helped her learn her job duties, become acclimated to the facility and get to know her co-workers. After six short weeks, Lauren was able to do the work on her own and has been a valued employee for the organization. She has made great friends at The Village Green; she feels very much a part of the team and says she absolutely loves her job.

Lauren graduated from Tri-Village high school in 2013 and had some good words of advice for the students. She said it is important to be on time, follow rules, show respect to others, listen to your teachers and have a great attitude. She summed it up best by saying that she tries to have a positive attitude at all times, “…being in the community and having a job where I can help others is what I have always wanted to do, I always try to do my best and be nice to others……being positive is powerful!”

Students spent time in the classroom at Edison Community College working on activities for career exploration. These included career assessments, job searches, and interests/abilities inventories – all contributors in building a solid foundation for considering what they may want to do after high school. Some may want to go straight into employment, while others may want to continue with training or education to learn a skill and/or obtain a degree. Darke DD coordinates services to assist individuals with disabilities in each of these areas.

Darke DD serves over 450 individuals with disabilities in various areas, including case management, transition, finding jobs, volunteering, and becoming more involved in community events. If you would like to learn more about our programs, contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 548-9057 or rodneyw@darkedd.org

ARCANUM TO HOST ‘GET ON BOARD’ BLOOD DRIVE

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HAWAII VACATION FOR 2 IS GRAND PRIZE IN SUMMER DRAWING

DAYTON, Ohio – Faith United Methodist Church in Arcanum will host a blood drive Saturday, July 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall, 101 East South St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an expense-paid deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The grand prize includes air travel and deluxe accommodations for eight nights at two island locations. All taxes, fees and meals are included. The vacation package also includes pre-paid activities and sight-seeing excursions, plus all ground transportation.

Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate with CBC from May 4 through Aug. 28 will be automatically entered in the “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing. REACH magazine is the media sponsor and The Flowerman is the fresh flower sponsor. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Anyone who registers to donate Monday, June 15 through Saturday, July 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive CBC’s second special-edition, Hawaiian surf board design t-shirt of the summer. The “Donor Surf Co.” t-shirt is bright blue with a colorful surfboard and island floral design, plus the CBC blood drop and the slogan “Drop In, Lei Back, & Donate.”

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during the summer months due to vacation travel and other changes in schedules. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

NEXTSTEP MINISTRIES TO BE SUPPORTED BY SUNSHINE 5K

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Runners, joggers and walkers: you are needed by NextStep Ministries at the Sunshine 5K! The annual Sunshine 5K will be held at 8:30 am on September 19 at the Greenville City Park. All the proceeds from participant registrations benefit local ministries. This year, you may choose NextStep Ministries to benefit from your registration! To support us and register for this event visit: https://gtraces.formstack.com/forms/2015_sun. Please remember to put NextStep Ministry on the organization line of your registration form.

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Poultry Days overcomes weather’s curve balls for another successful festival

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Poultry Days wrapped a successful “Take Me Out to the Poultry Days Festival” on Sunday despite the weather throwing several curve balls. The familiar question is, “What was the number of dinners sold?” While the record of 26,101 remains elusive, dinner sales did increase from 24,780 to 25,200. Storms on Friday afternoon and late Sunday put a damper on volume but couldn’t hold the festival back from breaking 2014 numbers. Attendance was so high that after the World Famous Barbecue Chicken sold out many other vendors began selling out of food as well. The weekend was a blur of activity with entertainment, contests, and displays. The switch to Kissel Brothers Rides and their greatly reduced ride prices was very successful pulling in large crowds to the midway. The Social Tent aka The Coop continued to serve canned beer and saw increased attendance with many taking advantage of the expanded seating near the tent. First-time visitors and vendors were surprised at the large numbers in attendance and are eager to return to the Chicken City celebration next year.

Rhylan Broerman is this year’s Little Miss Poultry Days while Averi Ahrns of Yorkshire was first runner up and Caleigh Stebbins of Greenville was the second runner up. Rhylan is the daughter of Nick & Amber Broerman and lives in Yorkshire. Christa Puthoff of Versailles (daughter of Steve and Marlene Puthoff) became the 2015 Miss Chick and was sponsored by St. Denis Youth Ministry. Christa is a 2015 Versailles graduate and a member of the State Champion Basketball and Volleyball teams as well as active in St. Denis Church, FFA, student council, 4-H and National Honor Society. She will be attending The University of Findlay in the fall where she will be studying nursing and playing basketball. First runner up, Taylor Stover, daughter of Eric and Julie Stover, was sponsored by Pohl Trucking and second runner up, Rachel Osterloh, daughter of Luke and Sharon Osterloh, was sponsored by Versailles FFA. Expect to see more of Christa, Taylor, Rachel and Rhylan as they represent Poultry Days over the next year. The Miss Chick Pageant was sponsored by Second National Bank while The Versailles Savings & Loan sponsored Little Miss Poultry Days.

Bob and Kathy Frey were the Honorary Parade Marshals of the Grand Parade which saw increased participation to over 125 units. The Antique Car & Tractor Display and Parade saw strong participation despite the chance of storms early Sunday and enjoyed the new location at Versailles High School. Grand Parade Awards were: Junior Civic Award- Versailles Busy Beavers, Senior Civic Award - Minster Oktoberfest, Commercial Award - Midmark, Theme Award - The Winery at Versailles, Queen’s Award - Brilliant Beginnings, Mayor’s Trophy - YMCA of Darke County - Gymnastics Team and Chairman’s Choice - Kaup’s Pharmacy. One of the parade favorites was the Midmark float which was pulled by a replica of the 1968 El Camino that retired CEO Jim Eiting used to make early medical sales.

Local Healthcare Facilities Collaborate to Offer Sports Physicals

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Wayne HealthCare, Family Health and Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio collaborated to offer 2015-16 school year comprehensive sports physicals to Wayne HealthSports athletic contracted schools which included athletes at Greenville, Versailles and Ansonia.

Wayne HealthCare has supported local high school athletes since 2012 when they started offering sports physicals. As the Medical Director for Wayne Health Sports, Safet Hatic, D.O. discussed the new collaboration with Jim Beyke, PT, MPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Wayne HealthCare, Lynne Hawley M.D. and Jean Young, CEO at Family Health. It was determined that the organizations would provide collaborative services to athletes to meet the Ohio High School Athletic Association sports participation requirements.

All athletes were screened for hearing, dental, vision, height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, behavioral health, orthopedic, and general medical examinations. Vaccinations were also offered to athletes who did not have current vaccination records.

Student athletes were examined by fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Family Health Physicians and other Family Health medical providers. Other professionals participating included Dr. Lucille Hosfeld, Family Health dental staff, Wayne HealthCare Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists, Dayton Sports Medicine Institute, Greenville High School Med Tech students and Greenville Area Emergency Rescue Services. Office personnel from Family Health and Wayne HealthCare were essential to provide registration, traffic flow and record keeping.

As athletes completed their physical, they were given a cinch bag, water bottle and educational information from the event sponsors.

All of the services were offered at a low cost of $10. With more than 50 providers and volunteers working together, 230 athletes completed their sports physical for the 2015-16 school year. “This year was a new experience for us, however we were pleased with the Athletic Directors at each school who communicated with parents and helped students sign up for sports physicals,” said Jim Beyke, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Wayne HealthCare.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer the collaborative sports physicals to local athletes.” “This was a great team effort involving several organizations coming together to provide a great community service.” We are looking forward to the event next year and will continue working together to provide quality care to all members of the Darke County community.

Family Health patients can still schedule a sports physical by contacting their medical provider. Family Health encourages their patients to schedule their sports physicals as soon as possible since many fall sports begin practices during the summer months.

Darke County Offices to Close Friday July 3rd for Independence Day

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**The County Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in “Observance of Independence Day”.

Greenville BPW Holds Fundraiser

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Greenville, OH. On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) held a chicken BBQ dinner fundraiser. BPW would like to thank all those that purchased tickets for the fundraiser. Thanks also to the Greenville VFW Post 7262 for allowing the Club to use their facilities for the drive up deliveries.

The money raised from the chicken dinner fundraiser will be used to award scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of each month for a dinner business meeting. Contact membership chair Tasha Anderson at 937/621-4569 or tasha.anderson05@gmail.com like to learn more about the Club.

FAMILY FEST TO BE HOSTED BY EUM CHURCH

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Kick off your Fourth of July weekend at Family Fest on July 3, 2015 at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This FREE event begins at 1:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.

The goal of Family Fest is to have a full day of free events such as games for the entire family, a guest speaker who will encourage families, information on hand to help families succeed and thrive, and a FREE Meal for families to enjoy together. The EUM Worship Band and The Quest Band will also be performing. The evening will end with the City of Greenville hosting a fireworks celebration at the fairgrounds. So be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and prepare to spend the day at Family Fest, and end the evening with a bang.

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

GTS will be Closed for July 4th

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Life After High School

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(Left to Right) Beth Jennings (Bridges to Transition Coordinator Darke DD), Kyle Eichelberger (Rural King), Kris Hurd (HR Manager Rural King), Chef Matthew Gramlin (Village Green), Lauren Warner (Village Green), Tamala Marley (Employment Advisor Darke DD).

A group of Greenville High School students and their parents participated in a ‘Life After High School’ tour to learn more about employment and living options after high school. This tour was arranged by The Community First Department at the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD), in partnership with Greenville High School. To begin the day students toured Kroger to learn more about job opportunities, employer expectations, and work skills needed for success. Kristen Alspaugh, Associate Relations Manager, provided the interactive tour which allowed students to see job duties from the worker’s perspective. The bakery and meat departments were two of the students’ favorite areas and offered much discussion. The students then toured Village Green Health Campus and were led by Erika Smith (Environmental Services Assistant) and Lauren Warner (Dietary Assistant). Ms. Smith and Ms. Warner are both thriving in their respective jobs and are served by Darke DD. During this tour the students were shown areas behind the scene at Village Green, allowing them to learn more about the day to day operations.

After enjoying a lunch prepared by Chef Matthew Gramlin (Village Green Health Care Director of Dining Services) participants learned more about community employment through a panel discussion facilitated by Tamala Marley. Representatives on the panel included Kyle Eichelberger (Rural King), Kris Hurd (HR Manager Rural King), Chef Matthew Gramlin, and Lauren Warner. Kyle and Lauren shared their journey to employment as participants in the Bridges to Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership grant. Kris Hurd shared the positive effect Kyle has at Rural King, “Kyle says that he never has a bad day at work. He always does what he is asked with a smile.” Chef Matthew shared that he, “…has the same expectations of Lauren as I do of my other employees. As a dietary assistant, Lauren has a job to do and Lauren knows and does her job well.” Kyle went on to say that he “loves to work”. When asked about her work, Lauren replied it is “awesome” and shares that she believes it is important to serve others. Students ended their day by visiting the home of a young man with disabilities who is working at Arby’s and lives in his own apartment. This tour was successful as it allowed high school students with disabilities the opportunity to learn about self-determination, self-advocacy and the value of community!

Local businesses interested in learning more about partnering with Darke DD can contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 548-6025 or rodneyw@darkedd.org

New residency program to bring physicians in training to Reid

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Another step ‘to take Reid to the next level’

Regional media and Reid team members gather for announcement in Reid’s Governing Board Room.
RAW VIDEO LINKS to conference recordings: https://video.reidhospital.org/Watch/rpc

Reid is offering a Family Medicine Residency program starting this summer, which ultimately could bring up to 18 family medicine residents to the community with up to six for each calendar year. The program is affiliated with Marian University college of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo.

“This is great news, not only for Reid Physician Associates, but also for the communities we serve,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This provides us another great resource in our ongoing efforts to meet the health care needs of the region by expanding our provider team and being able to offer outstanding care to more patients.”

Kinyon said the program also positions the Reid system in a more competitive place in ongoing efforts to recruit and keep physicians in the region. “And we are competing with the entire country in finding, attracting and keeping a strong supply of physicians to care for our communities. This program is another positive for us to share with potential candidates.”

Phillip Scott, D.O., Family Medicine Program Director, said the approval by the American Osteopathic Association is the culmination of an extensive process to establish a training program for family medicine specialists. "Residency programs are the key to training physicians. It begins with graduation from medical school in which all students are given a common foundation. Residency programs provide the training to bring these newly minted physicians into the discipline in which they hope to practice. For family medicine this is a three-year training commitment in which the residents learn the breadth and depth of family medicine. Residents will spend time in virtually every medical discipline that Reid offers, as well as developing their skills in a family medicine clinic that will provide services to the community."

Tom Huth, M.D., Reid Vice President/Medical Affairs, said the program further establishes Reid as a regional medical and educational center. “This is a natural development of our programs that are already providing clinical clerkships for third and fourth-year medical students through Indiana University,” Huth said.

Annuradha Bhandari, M.D., Associate Residency Program Director, said she served as chief resident during her own time in a program in Detroit and knows first-hand how it benefits the health system. “This is another step to take Reid to the next level,” she said. “Reid, to me, already functions as an academic center. A residency program has a trickle effect on all aspects of hospital training, with nursing staff, physician assistants and others. It is exciting, and it makes sense for Reid to be an academic hub in this area.”

Bhandari said the planned program was a factor in her decision to join the Reid team, and she believes it will be for other physician candidates. “Doctors want to be in a place where medicine is moving; it will have a good effect on recruitment.”

Kinyon agreed, noting that the existing clerkship and residency programs will help make Reid and RPA even more competitive in efforts to attract new providers in the extremely competitive national health care environment. The program also is a testament to the commitment by Reid’s Governing Board and medical staff to the importance of attracting and training physicians to the family practice specialty.

“Family care by a physician is the heart, the center of ensuring our communities are healthy and thriving,” Kinyon said. “A health care system cannot survive without cultivating and growing its team of providers. And Reid is committed to this cause with this program, and our longstanding dedication of resources for many years to the cause of recruiting and keeping physicians in the communities we serve.”

Charles Henley, D.O., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs with Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, said the school is excited to work with Reid’s program. “Residents need strong teaching centers and we see Reid not only offers the strength of experienced physicians, but also a great community in which they can locate for their learning. The college understands the need to create more opportunities for graduate medical education in Indiana and fully supports the residency program at Reid.”

Huth said the residency participants, the first of whom started June 22, will live in the community and work at Reid and in RPA physician offices. “For our patients, it means that they will participate in the training of new physicians, which many of them are pleased to do. Additionally, patients will benefit from the new knowledge and accelerated teaching for residents and attending doctors that come about as a part of an academic environment. For the community, this raises the bar of the quality of doctors and support staff who will be recruited to participate in the teaching program and it raises Reid’s and Richmond’s image in the state as a high quality, academic medical center.”

Jon Ford, chair of the Reid Governing Board, said having the program will make Reid stand out even more as a great choice for physicians seeking a place to practice and raise their families. “Our experienced physicians are excited about the program and it is another example of Reid’s continuous efforts at thinking forward.”

The leadership team of the program will include:

  • Tom Huth, M.D., Reid Vice President of Medical Affairs – Executive Sponsor.
  • Phillip Scott, D.O., Program Director
  • Annuradha Bhandari, M.D., Associate Program Director
  • Roy Teng, D.O., Director of Graduate Medical Education
  • Paul Rider, M.D., Director of Continuing Medical Education
  • Lynda McClelland, Residency Coordinator

Other facts:

  • 2015 is the first year that the number of students graduating from U.S. medical schools will exceed the number of positions available.
  • A resident is a physician who participates in an approved residency program.
  • A residency program is required for a minimum of one-year for licensure and three to five years for most specialties and is required for board certification.
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, are licensed physicians who can practice in all specialty areas. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thank You, Versailles!

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On behalf of the Versailles Poultry Days Chairmen and Board of Directors, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that assisted in making the 2015 Poultry Days festival a success. I have been fortunate to be a part of the Versailles Poultry Days Committee for many years and I would especially like to thank this year’s committee: Brian Henry, Kevin Kissinger, Jeff Lyme, Alex Luthman, Shawn Peters, Teresa Slonkosky, Dawn Luthman, Vicki Ruhe, Sharon Barga, Brian Wood, Jeff Barga, Luke Subler, Josh Brooks, Nicole Lyme, Paige Slonkosky, Ron Gehret, Brent Pepple, Emily Frey, Dereck Smith, Jodie Bohman, Eric Stachler and Louie VonDuhn. This group was willing and able to make things happen in 2015 and is eagerly looking forward to the 2016 festival. Thanks is not enough for me to express to them gratitude for all their hard work and dedication to the festival. They are truly an amazing group!

I would also like to thank: Versailles Fire Department, Versailles Emergency Medical Services, Versailles Police Department, Village of Versailles Employees, Versailles School Custodians, and Versailles Board of Education for their continued outstanding support of the Poultry Days Festival. Due to the efforts put forth by so many individuals, Poultry Days is able to play a part in improving the quality of life for a better Versailles. The crown jewel of these efforts is Heritage Park, which was developed by and is maintained with proceeds from the annual Poultry Days festival.

I am very grateful for the tremendous cooperation and generous contributions from local businesses and individuals that add to the planning and running of the festival. It takes a community to have a festival like ours. Whether it’s being there to show their support or to lend a hand, as always this community has demonstrated their commitment to another successful festival. This is just another example of what makes Versailles such a great community in which to work and call home! Again, thanks to all of you and let’s work as a community to make Versailles and Poultry Days better every year!

Brian Pearson
2015 Poultry Days Chairman

Local Educator & Author to Debut Book @ New Madison Public Library

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Jeanne Nordstrom, retired Tri-Village teacher,
will appear on Tues. June 30 @ 5:30
to share about her journey as a teacher & an author.
Nordstrom will also be signing copies of her book,
which will be available for purchase.
Please plan to join us.

Questions? Call Brenda @ 937-996-1741

DARKE COUNTY OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO OFFER FREE CERT TRAINING

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Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be offering a Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 20 hour training course beginning September 12th, 2015.

Citizens Corps is a community-based initiative that engages citizens in homeland safety and emergency management by increasing knowledge and skills through training and education. By providing opportunities for everyone to participate in programs, citizens become stronger and make their communities a safer place to live.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a component of the Citizen Corps program, helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their community. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to themselves, their family, and their neighbor. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.

Following a major disaster first responders will be overwhelmed and may not be able to meet the high demand of emergency services such as search and rescue, medical services, and fire. In these situation people rely on each other for help. Family members, neighbors, and fellow employees will try to help each other until professional services can arrive. Attending the CERT training course will enable you to learn how to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for a disaster, and how to safely respond in disaster situations, and how to organize in the aftermath of a disaster.

The course is free of charge and will benefit any citizen who takes it. The course will be held at the Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management office located at 5183 County Home Rd., Greenville. It is a 20 hours course divided over 4 days. Course dates and times are as follows:

September 12th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00PM
September 13th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September 19th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September 20th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (includes a drill/exercise to re-enforce learned skill, followed by Certificate presentations)

***Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in attending the course please register by email at josh@darkecountyema.org or call 937-548-1444. ***Registration deadline is August 28th, 2015.

Be Prepared, Be READY; begin by registering for the upcoming CERT class.

FOOD AND FUN AT DCCA'S “BARBECUE AND BLUES”

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DCCA presents “Barbecue and Blues,” at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 17. The Doug Hart Band, a group that has been a major force in the southwest Ohio blues scene for over 15 years, will be the headlining music act. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites The Green DeVilles. Tickets for the event are $10. The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening.

Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a family-friendly fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 17. The Doug Hart Band, a group that has been a major force in the southwest Ohio blues scene for over 15 years, will be the headlining music act. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites The Green DeVilles providing the feel good danceable music for which they are well-known. Tickets for the event are $10. The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that “Barbecue and Blues” has become an extremely popular summertime event. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with lively, listenable music in a lovely setting. We invite the community to bring their lawn chars and blankets and head on out to Turtle Creek for a good time that can be enjoyed by the whole family” Ms. Jordan said. In addition to BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, the special menu available at The Thirsty Turtle includes fried chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs, plus delicious sides. Desserts and a specialty summer bar drink will also be available.

Matt & Angie Arnold, Tom & Jennifer Bish, George & Becky Luce, and Dr. Robert & Jean McLear are sponsors of the musical performances by the Green DeVilles and the Doug Hart Band; the performance stage is provided by Erwin Brothers Trucking. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, band-leader Doug Hart is a relentless live performer. “You can feel the passion in his guitar playing, and hear the soul in his voice as he blends his blues and rock influences into a unique sound,” Rawlins stated. The Doug Hart Band, which also includes bassist Mike Hausfeld, drummer Keith Cozart, and keyboardist Mike Jordan, incorporates many blues standards into their show along with Doug's original compositions.

In case of inclement weather, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net or ordered online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Upcoming Events at Arcanum Public Library

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Summer is in full swing at the Arcanum Public Library. Kids and adults alike have had numerous activities to enjoy, with the promise of more to come. Read on for more information, and there is enough planned to keep anyone from being bored for the rest of the summer!

You can still register for the Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story”. We are learning all about everyday heroes, Ohio heroes, Superheroes, and how each person can become a hero. Just drop in, and fill out a form. It is never too late to encourage kids (and adults) to keep up with reading.

We have four more storytime days planned through the end of summer. Storytime is our very popular activity for those kids up to preschool age to come listen to stories, make a craft, and sing songs. On Monday, June 29th, July 6th, and July 20th there will be two sessions each day. The first begins at 10:00am, with the second following at 11:00am. On Monday, July 13th, there will be only one session, starting at 10:00am. There will be a special guest here at the library that day for the kids to meet. You can pick up a calendar of the Summer Storytime Schedule at the library.

On Tuesdays, the library has been holding Heroes In Training (H.I.T.) lessons for kids from kindergarten age and up. The sessions begin at 10:00 am and last about an hour. There are crafts, games, and lots of activities with a hero theme to enjoy! There are four sessions left for the summer. Tuesday, June 30th, July 7th, 14th, and 21st.

We have three movie dates left for the summer. There are two movies each day, with the first movie showing at 10:00am, and the second starting at 2:00pm. Popcorn is served at all showings! On Wednesday, July 1st, the first movie will be Balto, the second will be Thor. On Wednesday, July 15th, the first movie will be The Incredible Mr. Limpet, and the second movie will be Iron Man II. On Wednesday, July 22nd, the first movie will be The Rescuers, and the second will be The Avengers.

We also have some extra special programs planned during July. On Wednesday, July 8th, the Southwestern Ohio Search and Rescue group will be here at 10:00 to present a few of their rescue dogs and answer questions about what they do. This event is for all ages. Come and see some of our local furry, four-footed heroes!

On Thursday, July 9th, we will be hosting a card game day. There are so many games that can be played with an ordinary deck of cards. Come learn a new one, play one you know, or teach someone else how to play. This drop-in event will run from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

On Thursday, July 16th, the library is hosting their annual drop-in craft day. Supplies for crafts will be set up from 10:00am until 6:30pm. Come and make several crafts to take home.

We also have an event planned for Thursday, July 23rd, featuring some of our local heroes. Firemen, policemen, rescue workers, and more will be here for you to meet. (Time TBA) Stay tuned for more details to come!

Feel free to call us here at the library at 937-692-8484 if you have any questions, or visit our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org.

GREENVILLE EDUCATION ASSOC. TO SPONSOR ‘GET ON BOARD’ BLOOD DRIVE

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HAWAII VACATION FOR 2 IS GRAND PRIZE IN SUMMER DRAWING

DAYTON, Ohio – The Greenville Education Association will sponsor a blood drive Tuesday, July 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an expense-paid deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The grand prize includes air travel and deluxe accommodations for eight nights at two island locations. All taxes, fees and meals are included. The vacation package also includes pre-paid activities and sight-seeing excursions, plus all ground transportation.

Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate with CBC from May 4 through Aug. 28 will be automatically entered in the “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing. REACH magazine is the media sponsor and The Flowerman is the fresh flower sponsor. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Anyone who registers to donate Monday, June 15 through Saturday, July 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive CBC’s second special-edition, Hawaiian surf board design t-shirt of the summer. The “Donor Surf Co.” t-shirt is bright blue with a colorful surfboard and island floral design, plus the CBC blood drop and the slogan “Drop In, Lei Back, & Donate.”

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during the summer months due to vacation travel and other changes in schedules. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Good Samaritan Health Center Greenville Set to Open

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GREENVILLE, Ohio (June 25, 2015) – Construction is complete on Good Samaritan Health Center Greenville, a new 7,900 square foot office building across the street from Wayne HealthCare’s main campus. Equipment and furniture is being moved in this week, and patients will begin using the new building starting Monday, June 29.

Good Samaritan Health Center Greenville is a new medical office building which soon will house the cardiology practice of Dayton Heart Center Greenville and space for other medical specialties. The new facility is bringing updated office space and the opportunity for additional specialty medical services for Darke County residents.

“We are pleased to provide expanded medical services in Darke County,” said Jim Pancoast, president and CEO of Premier Health. “By working together with Wayne HealthCare, we are able to offer a range of advanced healthcare services that support the wellbeing of the Darke County community.”

“With Good Samaritan Health Center Greenville, we are able to offer a modern facility with easy access to specialty care,” stated Eloise Broner, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. “The building is opening with cardiac and cardiac imaging services in place, but we anticipate adding other specialties over time – all designed to benefit patients and their families.”

Premier Health and Wayne HealthCare have partnered twice before to improve healthcare access to Darke County residents. The first collaboration was for cancer services, an area where both systems have earned recognition from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The second partnership between Premier Health and Wayne HealthCare came in the form of TeleStroke services, which provide faster diagnosis and treatment of stroke through a secure computer connection between the Premier stroke team and the Wayne emergency department. This connection allows patients to be examined quickly by a trained stroke specialist, enabling faster treatment locally or initiation of clot-busting medications even before the patient is transferred to advanced stroke care.

“We are pleased to once again partner with Premier Health to offer convenient cardiology and other specialty services close to home for our community,” said Wayne Deschambeau, president and CEO of Wayne HealthCare. “This collaboration is helping to serve the growing medical needs of our region both now and into the future,” he added.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house is planned for later this fall, after the old office building is razed and additional parking is available.

NORTH CENTRAL RESCUE TO SPONSOR ‘GET ON BOARD’ BLOOD DRIVE

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HAWAII VACATION FOR 2 IS GRAND PRIZE IN SUMMER DRAWING

DAYTON, Ohio – North Central Rescue in Eldorado will sponsor a blood drive Monday, July 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Community Blood Center (CBC) Bloodmobile will be at the Eldorado AMVETS Post 726, 340 West Mill St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an expense-paid deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The grand prize includes air travel and deluxe accommodations for eight nights at two island locations. All taxes, fees and meals are included. The vacation package also includes pre-paid activities and sight-seeing excursions, plus all ground transportation.

Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate with CBC from May 4 through Aug. 28 will be automatically entered in the “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing. REACH magazine is the media sponsor and The Flowerman is the fresh flower sponsor. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Anyone who registers to donate Monday, June 15 through Saturday, July 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive CBC’s second special-edition, Hawaiian surf board design t-shirt of the summer. The “Donor Surf Co.” t-shirt is bright blue with a colorful surfboard and island floral design, plus the CBC blood drop and the slogan “Drop In, Lei Back, & Donate.”

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during the summer months due to vacation travel and other changes in schedules. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

DARKE COUNTY ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDS

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Darke County Endowment for the Arts recently granted funds to six applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance for their arts-related projects. According to DCEA Chair Marilyn Delk, one of DCEA's major purposes is to assist organizations and individuals in achieving artistic goals that benefit the citizens of Darke County. The grants were awarded to: Marcus York, Greenville Municipal Band, the Annie Oakley Committee, Friends of the Cardinal Center, Darke County Park District, and Main Street Greenville.

“All of the applications this year were worthy of support, and will provide opportunities for enjoyment of the arts by a broad range of people; this year's grants will financially assist an art camp, an art exhibit, musical performances, and other cultural presentations,” Mrs. Delk stated. “We look forward to the community embracing the opportunities provided by the programs we've funded,” she concluded.

With financial assistance from DCEA, Marcus York will bring an art exhibit to the Clark Gallery at Bear's Mill featuring former local residents Marilee Pallant, a watercolorist and photographer who taught at Arcanum High school for many years, and painter Christopher Madden, a 1981 Arcanum graduate who literally makes money in his day job as an engraver for the U.S. Treasury Department. Greenville Municipal Band's popular annual concert series in Greenville City Park has provided free entertainment to generations of local residents. The granted funds from the Endowment will be used to help cover operating costs including musicians' fees so that this summer tradition can continue to fill summer nights with music for Darke Countians of all ages.

DCEA will also assist another local tradition, the Annie Oakley Festival, which provides cultural enrichment for our community in a variety of ways. In addition to furnishing a venue for Darke County Civic Theatre's melodrama and a “Western Arts Showcase,” the Annie Oakley Committee offers a free historical bus tour throughout the festival's 3-day run. The Friends of the Cardinal Center who are working to preserve the historical and educational heritage of Gettysburg School will host a free arts camp this summer. Endowment funds will help offset the cost of materials, instruction, and facilities.

In addition to music augmenting the Prairie Days Festival, Darke County Park District will present a Summer Concert at Shawnee Prairie Preserve's outdoor amphitheater; performers include Higgins-Madewell, Joseph, Silver Grass, and Berachah Valley. DCEA funding will help compensate the artists at these free events celebrating the cultural heritage of the area. Main Street Greenville requested funds to initiate Street Arts Saturdays, presenting high quality performing and visual artists on the streets of Greenville during warm weather months. This concept is a work-in-progress, so although funds have been allocated, disbursement will not occur until concrete plans are in place.

DCEA is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts that are invested to produce income benefitting the arts in Darke County. For more information, contact a member of DCEA's governing board; in addition to Mrs. Delk trustees are Suzi Brown, David Feltman, Tom Graber, Barbara Greiner, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan. Julie Strait serves as DCEA treasurer.

Library's Next “Family Fun Day”

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“Family Fun Day” at the Greenville Public Library continues on Wednesday July 1 at 11:00 a.m. with “The Math Maniac Show.” This fast-paced, upbeat, highly visual demonstration of awesome math facts proves learning math and having fun go together. The Math Maniac is the same fellow who did the Dr. T. Rex and Mr. Molocule shows in the past. He's always a blast.

Just meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the Library and follow the Children & Teen pages on Facebook for more information about all the summer programs.

Again “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by generous grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund.

Musician Wanted

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First Congregational Christian Church is seeking a musician to play during their 10:30am Sunday morning Worship Service

  • Contemporary music as well as traditional hymns are incorporated during the service
  • Guitar or piano/keyboard skills are a plus!
  • Compensation is negotiable

If interested, please contact the church office at 548-3575 Monday through Friday, 9am to 1pm

“I Scream, You scream, We all Scream, for Ice Cream”

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This little ditty has been recited by many children (and adults) over the years and now the Versailles Area Museum hears you! Back by popular demand we will close out the Independence Weekend with our annual Ice Cream Social. On July 5th from 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. we will once again offer delicious ice cream, desserts and sandwiches for a donation and assorted beverages (for a charge). Everything that is donated will benefits the museum.

The Grandmas & Grandpas will provide their brand of good old songs to keep your feet taping. The highlight of the afternoon will be the drawing for the wonderful crafted prizes from our annual summer raffle (there will still be time to purchase tickets).

Regular museum hours will be kept with extended time throughout the event. This will be a great time to enjoy the summer displays and perhaps see some old friends. All Annie Oakley gift items are reduced 50% through July and our fabulous book “All Roads Lead Home” is in stock and will also be available.

So gather the whole family, put on your red, white, & blue and join us for fun on the lawn at the Versailles Area Museum!

“Last Mondays” for June is this Monday

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The Versailles Area Museum announces the continuing “Last Monday” program. This activity is held the last Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Versailles Area Museum. These gatherings are designed for our “senior” friends or those free for the afternoon. We will from month to month enjoy various activities such as look at old picture to identify, or play a game of Village Trivia. Of course we enjoy reminiscing about towns or events in our area too, and occasionally we welcome in a guest speaker.

This month we will reminisce about days gone by in Yorkshire. What was it like to go to church or school here? What stores were in the village? What did you and your families do for fun?

Come, sit and share your story or just listen to others. We think that you and others have much to share and we look forward to learning your stories!

Join us for all the interesting stories and conversation that happen at each of these events! The afternoon always are capped off with a great dessert and a cool beverage. What better way to spend your summer afternoon?
If you have ideas for programs we want to hear from you! After all it’s all about what YOU want.

In July we will be celebrating life in the village of North Star.

Watch the local papers or our facebook page for additional details.

SECOND NATIONAL BANK SPONSORS 2015 GATHERING AT GARST

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Second National Bank has been serving the needs of our community for 130 years and continues to support local projects and events like The Gathering at Garst. It is the Gathering committee’s hope that this year’s event, will continue to represent our community in a proud and unique manner, and will attract local citizens, as well as tourists, from surrounding areas. The event showcases some of the best features that our community has to offer including Garst Museum, Greenville City Park, and the Darke County Park District. The Gathering at Garst committee thanks Second National Bank for its generous sponsorship which helps to make this possible.

Pictured: Antonia Baker, marketing director, John Swallow, president and CEO.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THE EARLY BIRD SPONSORS THE GATHERING AT GARST

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The Gathering at Garst Committee is very thankful to have a partner like The Early Bird. “Keith Foutz and his staff continue to help us promote The Gathering.” stated Jenny Clark, Chairperson. “This is an event that attracts thousands of people to our community. We try to get the word out in our event newspaper and brochures that we place in Darke and surrounding counties.” she said.

The event newspaper, printed by The Early Bird, goes to 26,000 homes. What a great way to tell people about The Gathering and the rich history of Darke County. Look for the Gathering at Garst newspaper in the July 19th edition of The Early Bird and be sure to attend the Gathering on July 25 and 26 at Garst Museum.

Pictured: From left to right: Ryan Berry (managing editor), Keith Foutz (president/publisher), Scoop, and Clinton Randall (webmaster/staff writer)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle Winners

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(L to R) The Garst Museum executive director, Clay Johnson, Ph.D. Marian Eley, Debbie Kuhnle, Angie Marker.
Annie wants her friends to know who won the three major prizes in the Star Spangled Gala event. Annie was delighted with the sparkling success of the June Gala. All attended enjoyed a fun and laughter filled evening. All funds raised at the Gala go directly to support the efforts of the Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center.

Winner of accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way was Debbie Kuhnle, Angie Marker won the Apple Watch, and Marian Eley took home $1,000 cash.

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

Daffy Derby and Duck N’ Run Winners Announced

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their annual Daffy Duck Derby and 5K on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 in Tawawa Park in Sidney.

Over 2700 rubber ducks, which were “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors, were drawn out of a ticket barrel this year due to the high waters in the nearby mosquito creek. The event sponsors included Hits 105.5, Trupointe Cooperative, Dave Russell, CPA, LLC, Sidney Body CarStar, DBA J&J Enterprises, Holloway, County Focus Group, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., Alvetro Orthodontics, MJS Plastics, Inc., Emerson Climate Technologies, C.R.E. liable Home Services, Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Versailles Savings & Loan, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Production Paint Finishers Inc., Hemmelgarn Services, Inc., Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Sell, Hegemann & Zimmerman Law, Reliable Business Solutions, Shockey Ryan Insurance Agency, Best One Tire, McCrate, DeLaet & Co., Financial Achievement Services, Village Green Dental, Hansbarger Home Solutions, Gillespie Construction, Scene 75, Beechwood Golf Course, Kitchenaid Experience, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, J. Thomas and Co. Inc., COSI, J. Robert Schweitzer Insurance, Kings Island Cares, Francis Schulze Co., and Can’t Stop Running.

Overall 13 prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby. The grand prize winner of $1000 was Lisa Tumbusch of Minster.

Other prize winners included Chris Gillespie, of Sidney, who won Two 3-Day Passes to Country Concert compliments of Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru and One Free Pizza compliments of Key Hole Pizza, Roberta Hart who took home the two Single Day Park Passes compliments of Kings Island, a $25 Darden Restaurants gift card, and $50 compliments of Bob Schweitzer Insurance. Lisa Spaugy, of Sidney, won the All Around Darke County Package including $25 gift certificate to Bear’s Mill, $25 gift certificate to Hansbargers, Kitchen Aid Gift Bag & 2 Rounds of 18 hole golf with cart compliments of Beechwood Golf. Beth Schultze, of Russia, will enjoy the Family Fun Package! Game Basket of goodies compliments of Big Bro/Big Sis, 4 Dayton Dragon’s Tickets & a $25 Darden Restaurants gift card, Eden Dawson, of Kentucky, won the $100 Kroger gift card compliments of Kroger. Barb Arnett took home a $100 Walmart gift card Compliments of Gillespie Construction, Gloria Miller, of Versailles, was the lucky winner of the camping package that included a tent, two sleeping bags, lawn chair and an Ohio State park 2 day camp certificate. Scott Swartz of Sidney will enjoy Four Admission tickets to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and $25 Walmart gift card. Peggy Brown, of Covington, won the Pig out Package including 2 pizzas from Al’s Pizza in Sidney, four 2pc meals from Lee’s Famous Recipe, 1 extra large pizza from Cassano’s and a $25 gift card to Applebee’s. Heather Zechar, of Greenville, was the lucky winner of a $20 Gift Card for Scene 75, a $25 Darden Restaurants gift card, and $50 compliments of Bob Schweitzer Insurance. Carrie Hayes, of Greenville, took home a $25 gift card to Walmart, 2 tickets to COSI in Columbus, and a $25 Darden Restaurant s gift card, and Dustin Townsend of New Madison won the $25 gift card to Sunoco & $25 cash.

The ninth Annual 5K run/walk had over 250 registered participants. Overall results can be found at www.goodtimesracing.com

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer adult role models. These volunteers who are screened thoroughly by agency staff meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost saving ideas for activities that our volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past years, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. For more information on how you can become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life contact the local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or log onto our website at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.

Towne & Country Players is proud to start the Summer Entertainment Series this Friday featuring Lone Raven.

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Rapidly becoming one of the top bands in the Midwest, Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music from the Celtic lands and various areas of the world, as well as their own original compositions. With over 20 instruments on stage, the band soars through everything from fiery Irish Reels to Gypsy Fiddle Tunes to haunting airs. Their instrumentals are fueled by the award-winning guitar playing of Neil Jacobs, the twin fiddles of Elizabeth Blickenstaff and Kara Markley, while being driven by an explosive rhythm section of Craig Markley and Sid Omasta. In addition, Kara's breathtaking and expressive vocals are featured throughout each performance, with Elizabeth and Craig adding the perfect harmony blend.

The Caliban Press reviews them as "A musical journey that is, at the same time, an American creation and a child of the entire globe"

Please bring your lawn chairs to the fountain square and enjoy an evening of amazing talent Friday, June 26th from 7-9pm.

New Executive Director Named At State of the Heart Hospice

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Angela Sipe
Angela Sipe, a healthcare professional for over 20 years, has been named Executive Director at State of the Heart Hospice, a community-based, non-profit agency serving patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio that provides care to those who are confronting a life-limiting illness. Sipe assumed her duties as executive director on June 15.

Michael Rieman, President of the State of the Heart Board of Trustees, stated, “Angela Sipe brings the right mix of education and experience to lead our organization, and we believe she will be a great fit for State of the Heart Hospice.” Sipe earned a Masters in Health Law from Loyola School of Law in Chicago and has a Bachelor’s degree in business and psychology from Indiana University. Prior to joining State of the Heart Hospice, Sipe was a director with the Advisory Board Company, a global healthcare research and consulting firm based in Washington, DC.

Sipe, who lives near Union City, was raised in Randolph and Delaware counties in Indiana. Commenting on her new role, Sipe stated, “I am delighted to serve my community at State of the Heart Hospice because I am passionate about the care provided by hospice at one of life’s most difficult times. Through my own personal experience with my brother who died of a long-term illness at age 12, I recognize the need for quality hospice care for both the patient and family. Hospice is more than care for the patient; it also supports the immediate needs and well-being for grieving families.”

She added, “I think what makes State of the Heart unique is that it is a community-based organization. In essence, those who provide hospice care live in our service area and are caring for friends, neighbors, relatives and others who live in their community.”

For more information about any of the services provided by State of the Heart, visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Randy is a 1 ½ year old blond Lab. He is a sweetheart and loves to play. He weighs around 70 pounds and is a big baby. He is current on his shots and friendly. He will make a lifelong friend and companion. He is ready for adoption.

Pepper is white and tan with short hair. She is a friendly little girl and loves to sit on your lap. She is a sweet little girl and will make a great house friend. She is current on her shots and a happy dog. She will make a great friend and companion. She is ready for adoption.

Minn is a 1 year old Black Lab. She is a typical Lab, loves people and very smart. She loves to retrieve. She thinks she’s still a puppy. If you’re looking for an all around good dog this is the one. She is housebroken but is full of energy. She is a sweet girl and will make a great companion. She is current on her shots and happy. She is ready for adoption.

They also have a Lab mix, a boxer mix, a Blue tick, an Irish wolfhound mix, a couple of terriers, an Aussie mix, Husky, a black Lab and numerous other dogs as well as cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

The “Friends of the Shelter” are putting together their 2016 Pets Calendar. Your pet could become a “Star”. This is a super calendar filled with companion animals. Drop their pics off at the shelter or go to www.kometweb.com/calendar2016 to submit online.

You can get your license online at www.doglicense.us/oh/darke . ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter: www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com

“Family Fun Day” at Library

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The Greenville Public Library presents its next “Family Fun Day” event on Wednesday June 24th at 11:00 a.m. Meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair – ready to welcome back our favorite juggler Tom Sparough “The Space Painter.” Tom's shows are breathtakingly fun and always include tons of laughter, audience participation, and skill.

Again “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by generous grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the Library and follow the Children & Teen pages on Facebook for more information about all the summer programs!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Driver Fails to Yield, Car Collides with Van Causing Multiple Injuries

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On June 18, 2015 at approximately 9:14 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Bradford Rescue, Covington Rescue and Bradford Fire were dispatched to the 9900 block of US 36. for a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed the 2000 Buick LeSabre, driven by Walter Doubledee of Bradford, Ohio, pulled from the stop sign at State Route 721 and US Route 36 traveling south into the path of a 2005 Honda Odyssey driven by Brenda Wendel of Ft. Recovery, Ohio traveling east on US Route 36. The 2000 Buick LeSabre struck the 2000 Honda Odyssey in the driver’s side. The Honda Odyssey traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a sign post and utility pole. The 2000 Buick LeSabre came to rest in the roadway facing north.

Walter was transported to Wayne Healthcare by rescue. Brenda was transported to Wayne Healthcare by rescue. Two passengers were with Brenda. One of the two passengers were transported to Wayne Healthcare by rescue.


Citation issued to Walter for Failure to Yield from a stop sign.

"The Media and Mass Shootings" - By Barbara Martin

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Editor's Note: The following was originally published in December of 2012 in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Massachusetts. It was written by the late Barbara Martin and seems to be just as relevant this week as it was two and a half years ago, so I'm republishing it today...

I can remember watching sports on television in years past, and every so often an overzealous (and maybe intoxicated) fan would run onto the field. The crowd would cheer, and the network cameras would follow the fan around until he inevitably got clobbered by security officers. Admittedly it was fun to watch. Who would turn away, right?

As time went by, there were more and more fans running onto ballfields. Eventually the networks realized they were feeding the problem. The fans were seeking attention, and the networks were obliging them by televising their one moment of glory. These days, the networks turn the cameras away when a fan runs onto the ballfield. And not surprisingly, there are far fewer crazy fans running onto fields these days.

We have had a series of mass shootings in our country beginning with Columbine in 1999, and continuing with Virginia Tech in 2007. But we have now had three new attacks in just under two years (Tucson, Aurora, and now Newtown). The trend is not good. And what common factors can we see in all of these events? These attacks were all premeditated and well-planned. And all of them occurred in the age of around-the-clock cable news coverage.

Clearly, there were mental health issues involved in all of these cases. I am no psychologist, but it seems pretty clear that these mass killers want a grand spectacle, some sort of sick notoriety from their acts. They want to be famous, and it turns out the American media is happy to oblige them. As with the fans running onto sports fields, the American media are providing a platform for mentally ill killers to sensationalize their crimes.

The media’s coverage of the Newtown massacre was an absolute circus. In the first hours after the shooting, major media outlets got many of the basic facts wrong. It was reported that the killer had a child in the school. It was reported that the killer’s mother worked at the school. It was reported that there was a second shooter. The media reported at one point that the killer was 24-year-old Ryan Lanza and posted his photo on television and the internet. All of this reporting was wrong. Horribly wrong.

American Red Cross Opens Shelter In Bellefontaine For Flooding Evacuees

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Flooding still a threat; Red Cross urges people to download free emergency app

Bellefontaine OH June 18, 2015 – The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in Bellefontaine to assist those affected by recent flooding. Currently, numerous people have made inquiries about where to go if they need to evacuate and what to bring to the shelter. Red Cross workers are providing warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs. The shelter has been opened since the evening of the June 17th.

As of noon today, the following Red Cross shelter is open:


  • Bellefontaine Middle School
    1201 Ludlow Road , Bellefontaine, OH 43331

“Red Cross disaster teams have been on standby most of this week and are eager to help,” stated Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter, “They are in the shelter and also out in the community doing damage assessment in affected areas.” Logan County is one of many counties in Ohio that is experiencing flooding due to rain, with additional rain and storms in the forecast.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
  • Note – Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.

With more severe weather forecasted through the week, the Red Cross in encouraging people to prepare.

  • Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared – can be found on redcross.org in the “Plan and Prepare” section under “Prepare Your Home and Family.”
  • Disaster-specific checklists and other resources can be downloaded from the Disaster Safety Library on redcross.org

We urge you to share these Red Cross preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time. Stay informed: The Red Cross has several smartphone apps available that will alert you to National Weather Service warnings for severe weather and flash flooding and provide you with preparedness and safety information. These free apps are available at redcross.org/apps.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Help people affected by disasters like [wildfires/floods/tornadoes] and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio on Twitter and Facebook. You can also contact the Chapter at 937) 650-5000, visit www.redcross.org/NMVO or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

BPW LEARNS OF ‘CLOTHES THAT WORK’ SERVICES

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Left to right: BPW President Deb Smith, Stephanie Llacuna from Clothes that Work and BPW secretary Jane Carroll.
Greenville, OH June 18, 2015 Stephanie Llacuna, Development Manager for Clothes That Work was the guest speaker at the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) at their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Center in Greenville, OH.

The meeting was hosted by the recently elected club officers: President Deb Smith, Vice President Brenda Miller, Secretary Jane Carroll, Treasurer Dorothy Poeppelman, and Assistant Treasurer Susan Fowble.

Clothes That Work was formed in 1998 according to Ms. Llacuna. Their intent is to provide interview and work appropriate clothing for women transitioning from public assistance to employment. Job seekers are referred to them by a network of thirty-six community partners and are provided one-on-one appointments with a volunteer personal coach that assists them through the process of selecting interview appropriate clothing and offer guidance on how to make a good impression. All clothes are donated. The Greenville BPW club collected clothing to donate to the agency. Stephanie stated they also offer educational training programs to teach those looking for a job and to maintain a job. They hold fundraisers during the year and accept donations to sustain the program. They are located in Dayton, OH. They can be contacted through www.clothesthatwork.org

The 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. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Tasha Anderson at tasha.anderson05@gmail.com or at 937/621-4569.

Library Film Series Continues

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The Greenville Public Library's next Thursday evening “Third Floor Film Series” movie will be on June 25 at 7:00. Come and watch one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made in 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.

Coffee, soft drinks, candy, and popcorn will be available free of charge and a brief discussion led by David Nilsen follows each screening. This promises to be another fun evening!

Wayne HealthCare Hires Wellness Coordinator

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(Greenville, OH) June 17, 2015 - Wayne HealthCare is pleased to announce that Jordan Francis, MPH, has joined Wayne HealthCare as the Wellness Coordinator.

Mr. Francis comes to Wayne with a passion for serving the health and wellness needs of a large population. Prior to serving as wellness coordinator, Jordan assisted with Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), developed wellness programs and fitness plans for employees at West Virginia University.

Mr. Francis earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and community health education at Malone University and a master’s degree in public health at West Virginia University. While in graduate school he worked as a Health Educator with WellWVU and as a Health Education Specialist with WVU Healthcare Wellness Program.

“Jordan will be a great asset to Wayne HealthCare and our employees,” said Peggy Schultz, Vice President of Human Resources. “Jordan has a strong background in both employee health and community wellness. I am confident that he will help improve the health and well-being of our employees and the Darke County community.”

“I have a passion for exercise science, physical activity and wellness. I am excited to not only work with local businesses to improve the lifestyle of their employees, but all community partners. In order to improve the health of residents in Darke County, we must collaborate and offer age appropriate services and programs,” said Mr. Francis.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elite Women in Mortgage: Local broker named industry’s best

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Centennial, CO (June 16, 2015) – A Greenville mortgage broker has just been recognized in a list of the industry’s female elite.

Desteni Mason of KTL Performance Mortgage has been included in Mortgage Professional America magazine’s Elite Women in Mortgage feature.

This annual list recognizes 50 female rising stars in the industry - women who are blazing new trails in the mortgage profession. The list is diverse – including marketing geniuses to CEOs to loan officers.

“We asked our readers to nominate women who’d broken new ground in the industry, and the response was overwhelming,” said Ryan Smith, editor of Mortgage Professional America. “These women represent the mortgage world’s best and brightest.”

To find out more, click here.

New Wage and Benefits Survey Launched by West Central Ohio Chambers

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GREENVILLE - Five chambers of commerce in West Central Ohio have rolled out a new wage and benefits survey to their members after local businesses expressed the need.

West Central Ohio chambers’ wage and benefits survey is a collaborative effort of the Celina-Mercer, Darke, Preble and Southwestern Auglaize counties and Wapakoneta Area chambers.

Miami Valley chambers have conducted a similar survey since 2007, with Shelby County joining the process several years ago. "This cooperative effort of neighboring chambers not only promotes a closer relationship amongst the chambers, but more importantly offers the advantage of sharing resources to provide information for our members," said Sharon Deschambeau, president, Darke County Chamber of Commerce.

In January, the Human Resources (HR) Council of the Darke County Chamber began discussing conducting the survey in conjunction with other chambers in the region. "All of the West Central Ohio chamber executives quickly decided that this was of benefit to our memberships," Deschambeau said. "As with any wage and benefits survey, the more businesses participating the better the data,” explained Darke County HR Council Chairman Peggy Schultz.

Schultz, vice president of Human Resources at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, encourages all business owners to participate in the local wage and benefits survey and said all will benefit from the information.

“Many human resources professionals have participated in regional and national surveys and while this data is good, a local wage and benefits survey provides businesses with the data necessary to become and/or remain competitive in today’s local market place," Schultz said. "Becoming or simply remaining competitive within a particular industry is key to attracting and retaining the employee base we each need."

Jason Murphy, senior manager, Human Resources, at Whirlpool said the company is excited about the creation of the survey. “The data provided will help local businesses remain competitive and meet the needs of our working communities. I encourage all employers to participate and provide any necessary feedback," said Murphy.

The survey is especially beneficial to businesses and organizations that operate in multiple areas, like Council on Rural Services, that operate in nine counties. “The survey is a user-friendly and practical tool to assist regional employers in determining appropriate and competitive wages for our area,” said Millie Woryk, chief HR and administration officer, Council on Rural Services.

Greenville National Bank participated in the Miami Valley Chamber Wage and Benefit Survey. Gloria Harpest, assistant vice president, Human Resources encourages area businesses to help. "The West Central Ohio survey is a great opportunity for our local area," said Harpest. Survey Designer Scott Hamman said the survey is completed electronically and businesses are assigned an identification number. “The information submitted this year is saved and next year survey participants will only have to review and update the information,” said Hamman. “All completed forms are confidential and respondents will not be identified in the results."

The survey closes on August 11, said Hamman, and survey results are expected to be available late August, when many businesses begin to strategically plan for 2016.

The results will be distributed free of charge to those who participate. Chamber member businesses that do not participate will have to purchase it at $50 per copy. The cost for non-chamber members is $100.
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