Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MUSIC TO PLAY YEAR-ROUND IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE

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The next time you are in downtown Greenville, close your eyes and open your ears. Quickly, you will notice background music now fills the air of the historic district.

Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization created to help revitalize the downtown district, typically plays holiday music throughout downtown from the end of November through the first of January. Now, music will be offered all year-round for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Our Design Committee works to create a welcoming environment in the downtown area. They felt offering music all-year would make the district more inviting,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. Shortly after coming up with the idea, the YOLO Organization and the Greyson James Steyer Fund through the Darke County Foundation partnered to provide the financial support to make the project possible.

The YOLO Organization was created by Phillip & Jodi Pierri, through their passion to give back to their community. The Pierri’s established a funding source through the festival of races the organization has created and managed. Proceeds from their events are used to assist with local projects to help build a better place to live.

When asked why YOLO made the decision to get involved with the project, Phillip said, “Our family loves downtown Greenville and believes in the work that Main Street Greenville is doing. This is the first project YOLO has donated to. We look forward to helping with many more future community projects similar to this one.”

The Greyson James Steyer Fund was created by Matt & Mindy Steyer, in memory of their son. “Thank you to our family and friends who continue to remember our son,” said Matt. “As a supporter of downtown Greenville, our family is happy and honored that Greyson is able to partner with us on this music project.”

In March, the YOLO Organization and the Greyson James Steyer Fund donated $3,500 to Main Street Greenville, for the purpose of updating the downtown speaker system. The upgrade allowed for new equipment and wiring the sound system into Main Street Greenville’s office.

Music played in public places and shopping districts is much more than just simple background music. Studies have shown it can encourage a longer visit, reduce crime, and even increase sales. “We want downtown Greenville to be a destination where people will want to visit, time and time again. We feel this is one more step in the right direction,” said Garrett.

Before moving forward with the project, Main Street Greenville asked for the downtown business owner’s opinions and suggestions about the days and hours in which music would be played. The organization also contacted the city about any potential concerns or issues.

Work for this project was completed by local businesses, Greg Peck Sound, 3-Way Electric, and Doss Business Systems. At this time, Main Street Greenville is testing different volume levels to find the best fit for the district. They also plan to change the type of music offered each day, ranging from oldies to current hits.

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

Fall Open House at Bear’s Mill

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The Traditional Fall Open House at Bear’s Mill will be held on October 4th & 5th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day, featuring our famous Bean Soup & Cornbread, Hot Dogs & Brats, Apple Dumplings and other delectable treats, pumpkins, gourds, and apples. New products will be in the Mill Store, music on the deck and vendors in the side yard. Come on out and join us for the festivities!


The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series

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TheatreworksUSA production of THE LIGHTNING THIEF opens DCCA’s 2015-2016 Family Theatre Series, Sunday, October 4th at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Tickets are $5.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Darke County Foundation and The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Jean Louise Thiem started DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, in 1997; this series provides young children, their parents, grandparents & great grandparents the opportunity to enjoy professional live theater in Memorial Hall.

Thanks to strong community support, DCCA has been able to keep a $5 ticket price for professional, high quality, artistic, Family Theatre Series performances, for almost two decades. According to Jordan, "the goal of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values.”

DCCA’s 2015-2016 Family Theater Series includes The Lighning Thief October 4, Madeline & the Bad Hat November 15 and Moon Mouse – A Space Odyssey April 3, 2016. Performance times are scheduled to fit conveniently into most schedules at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. Most of the productions are original musicals based on popular tales adapted from current and classic children’s literature, although non-theatrical creativity-inspiring performances are presented as well.

All performances take place at the beautiful, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, Greenville Public Library, Worch Memorial Library in Versailles, online at www.centerforarts.net or through the DCCA office at 937-547-0908. Ticket bundles are also available for all three shows for $12. For more information on DCCA or the Family Theatre Series visit our website or contact Executive Director Andrea Jordan.

Runway & Rhythm Features Higgins-Madewell at Montage

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Join Darke County United Way on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. This fun, laidback Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d’oeurves, beer and wine selections by Montage Café, a silent auction, and great live music from Higgins-Madewell.

Higgins-Madewell is a duo that delivers a unique blend of acoustic music, polished with each of their individual styles and influences. Formed in late 2006, Higgins Madewell has performed well over 1000 shows together and enjoys a loyal regional following which has earned them the Active Dayton Best Band award for three consecutive years. Their roots in blues, country, and classic rock can be heard in the powerful, yet melodic vocals of Erin Higgins and the tastefully aggressive guitar work of Jeff Madewell. Performing songs from their two self-released CDs, and covering artists such as Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd and the Allman Brothers, you will leave a Higgins Madewell show checking their schedule for the next performance. For more information about Higgins-Madewell or to hear a sample of their music visit www.higginsmadewell.com.

Tickets for Runway & Rhythm are $25 each and are presale only. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today! You may purchase tickets at the United Way office by calling 547-1272 or at Youniques and Montage. Proceeds from this event will assist United Way partner agencies. Youniques will be open that evening for fantastic shopping during the event. United Way would like to thank our sponsors for this event who help to make this night possible including Brumbaugh Construction, Edwards Jones Financial Advisor Andria Haworth, Romer’s Catering, Second National Bank, The Bootery, and Youniques.

Greenville BPW Club announces ‘What a Girl Wants’ evening!

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Greenville, OH. “What a Girl Wants” is the theme for this year’s Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club Annual Guest Night on Thursday, October 8th. A silent auction, vendors, super raffle and a special shopping experience by ‘cabi’ are planned for the fun packed evening. ‘Hope Diller, Independent cabi Stylist, will be presenting a style show filled with fashion and style ideas and must-haves for the fall season. ‘cabi’ originated with 12 founding women and has grown to thousands of Stylists today and is revolutionizing the way women shop and work through its unique fashion experience and career opportunity.

The BPW club is launching their ‘super raffle’ at the guest night event. A stunning diamond necklace donated by Wielands Jewelers, a countertop appliance from KitchenAid®, a spa package from Mae’s Beauty Salon and a Versailles Winery ‘Thrill of the Grill for 2’ are items that you can win. The drawing will be held at the Club’s December 10th meeting. The evening will include delicious appetizers, door prizes and a cash bar.

The organization is actively promoting membership into the Club. Come and join us for the evening and find out more about our Club! The event on Thursday, October 8th starts with a social time from 6-6:30 PM. The cost is $12.00 and the location is the VFW at 219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, OH. Reservations need to be made by noon on Monday, October 5, 2015 by contacting Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

AWTHS DESIGNATED SITE “THE FLAT IRON”

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The #3 designated historic building featured by The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is The Flat Iron, which is now the Rose Post, located at 111 West George Street in Arcanum. William Gunder was the original lot owner in 1851 and the building was constructed in 1865. The unique shape, like a flat iron, is the reason behind the structure’s name and has been many establishments and businesses thru its long period in Arcanum history. This building was one of the first businesses to be erected in Arcanum.

According to the Arcanum Business Book by Anita Short, we find the Shafer Bakery & Confectionery from 1882-1885. Fresh bread, cakes, pies, etc. All kinds of fancy baking done to order for parties, Weddings, etc… This was in the (Arcanum Tribune, August 5, 1882) Other businesses and stores include: Saloons, Hotels, Shoemaking Shop, Emma Smith Millinery, The Weekly Times (later Arcanum Times), Piano Store, Real Estate, and a Tire Store.

There are not clear records but a mention of a lean-to on the rear of the old Schafer building (Flat Iron) on West George Street, across the track from the Dayton and Union Station. Per the Arcanum Times, Thursday, September 11, 1952 there is mention of the 100 year old building being converted into living quarters. Per Arcanum…a secret place book we read that the place could have been a chewing gum factory.

Presently, Rose Lambert operates and owns the Rose Post, a unique flower shop. Rose has been here since 1995 making and selling flower arrangements for all occasions. Unique seems to be the word as there has been a variety of businesses here since 1865.

This building sits west of the old John Smith Company General Store and the railroad track went by the west side of the Flat Iron building with the Railroad Depot being on the other side of the tracks. This would be in the area of the Veteran’s Park today which is on the east side of the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society building.

Pick up a map of the Self-Guided Walking Tour at the historical society building or e-mail contact@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org. Enjoy the tour around the block in town starting at the corner of North Main and North Street (by Kreitzers Funeral Home). Across from Kreitzers is the old California House Hotel. Continue west by the Arcanum Public Library, past the Founders Home site (all on your right) and turn left on North Sycamore Street. Make another left at West George Street and continue east toward the downtown area. The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will be on your left followed by the Rose Post and the John Smith Company General Store which is the Arcana and Smith Merchants today. Walk, Shop, and Eat all in historic downtown Arcanum. Another example of historic preservation of our buildings in town.

25th Annual Arts & Crafts Show

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Mark your calendars now for the 25th Annual Arts & Crafts Show sponsored by Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Eta Iota Chapter of Parker City, Indiana!

The Arts & Crafts Show will take place on Saturday October 24, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm inside Monroe Central High School, located on State Road 32 East of Parker City, Indiana. Admission to this event is just $1.00 per adult, 18 and under are free.

Bring your holiday gift list along with your best shopping buddies to shop the array of high quality, hand-crafted items offered by vendors from across Indiana. Be sure to stop by the bake sale table and purchase delicious specialties prepared by our sorority members.

The SoupFest Luncheon will be served from 11 am to 2 pm, serving a variety of made from scratch soups-- including the popular Cream Of Broccoli--and homemade pies.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the charitable projects of Psi Iota Xi, Eta Iota, including Scholarship Award opportunities for college bound seniors, and fulfillment of funding requests from area school music, art, and speech and hearing. Additionally, Parker City Memorial Library, a free lending library provided and staffed by the sorority as a community service to the residence of Parker city and Monroe and Stoney Creek Townships, is supported by Psi Iota Xi, Eta Iota fundraising activities.

Bottle Gentian Search at DCP

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Bottle Gentian populations are directly tied to wetlands,
and as a result of wetland destruction, are declining across their range.
The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them in a search for bottle gentian plants which grow in the back prairie at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

Autumn offers some of the best hiking in Darke County. The bugs are nearly gone, humidity is a memory, the landscape is awash with fantastic colors, and crunch of leaves underfoot pleases the soul every step of the way. On Saturday, October 3rd at 2pm the Park District welcomes everyone to search for these intriguing blue flowers which grow about two feet tall and have blooms that resemble bottles. The bottle gentian blooms in late summer and early fall and even in maturity, the blooms resemble large purple or blue buds. The hike may lead off trail, so remember to dress for the weather and wear long pants and hiking shoes.

For more information on bottle gentians, the hike, or any of the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the Park District website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Friends of the New Madison Public Library Book Sale

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“BUILDING BLOCKS I” PARENTING CLASSES PLANNED

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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks I” parenting series. The classes will be held October 12, 20 and 26, 2015, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks I” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skills or parenting techniques for children ages 0-6 years. There will be 3 classes focusing on parent education, parent and child interaction and age appropriate activities.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937.548.5215 or email Diane Barga at barga.8@osu.edu. Registration needs to be completed by October 7, 2015.

Volley for a cure

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Autumn Eco-Tour with DCP

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On Friday, October 2nd the Darke County Park District invites everyone to join them for the Autumn Eco-Tour. This time participants will travel to Siebenthaler Fen, part of the Beaver Creek Wetlands, east of Dayton. The Beaver Creek Wetlands Association has protected over 1800 acres of pristine wetland ecosystems since 1988. Wetlands purify water, prevent flooding, and provide habitat for wildlife and recreation. Sadly, Ohio has lost 90% of its wetlands. Siebenthaler Fen is known as the “crown jewel” of the preserve, and if there’s time, participants will explore other aspects of this pristine strip of parks. The Park District asks that those planning to attend bring binoculars, a camera, a sack lunch, and to dress for walking and in bright colors if possible as there may be some hunting occurring near the walking trail. This program does require preregistration and has a $10 fee. Departure will be at 7am, Friday, October 2 from Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. For more information about Beaver Creek Wetlands, check out their website at www.beavercreekwetlands.org. For more information about the Eco-Tour, to preregister, or to find out more about other programs offer by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Family Health Flu Clinic Dates & Times

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Tri-Village Community and School Fair Annual Baking Contest

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The Tri-Village Community and School Fair Committee will once again be hosting a baking contest on Saturday, October 3rd. Groups include: PK-6th grade, 7th–12th grade, Adult and Professional. Categories include: cookies, decorated cookies, cupcakes, decorated cupcakes, decorated cakes, pies and candy.

Family projects are also welcome and can include unique items such as; edible play dough, “something” in a jar, crafty foods, etc.

Decorated cakes and cupcakes for Professionals should be decorated and/or presented with the theme in mind “Tri-Village Community and School Fair – From Old Roots To New Beginnings”

All items will be sold at the auction, so entries should be presented on plated, pans, etc. that can be sold.

Due to Department of Agriculture and Darke County Health Department regulations, all entries are required to list the following on a 3 X 5” index or recipe card: ingredients (including measurements), entrant’s name and address, and state “This product was made in my home”, also list the weight of the finished product.

There will be cards available at the registration table in the morning and volunteers to give assistance if it is needed.

Baked goods will be accepted in the high school gym from 8 – 9 a.m. Saturday, October 3rd. If there are any questions please feel free to contact Staci Singer at 937-459-2084.

Bear's Mill Fall Open house October 3-4, 2015

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John Bundy and I (Greg Adams) will return to one our favorite art venues and historic places for the annual open house at Bear's Mill October 3-4, 2015. We will combine our work for an outdoor exhibit on the lovely grounds along Greenville Creek outside Greenville, Ohio.

I will bring a sampling of my handmade rustic willow furniture and John will bring a large assortment of his carved duck decoys which we will combine into a display for patrons of the open house to check out. John's decoys are world famous and are in the collections of Presidents, Governors and Kings. I have long been proud and honored to exhibit with him.

He and I have combined our efforts to produce tables. John produces the highly figured and finished tiger maple tops which echo the finish of his decoys and I produce the rustic willow bases. These tables are designed to add a colorful and striking accent to any home.

In addition to a selection of my willow furniture, I will bring my birchbark and leather picture frames, vases and stools.

As always, early October is a wonderful time to spend outdoors and sit by the bonfire next to the mill and watch leaves fall to float down the lovely creek. Good food will be available and there will be some wonderful music. The gallery will be open exhibiting the latest of director Marti Goetz's latest compilation of work by local artists.

John and I invite you to join us in enjoying a lovely time at the Mill.

26th Annual United Way Golf Outing raises $17,000

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On Monday, September 14th, the Darke County United Way held its 26th Annual Golf Outing. The golf committee at the Darke County United Way is excited to announce that the golf outing raised $17,318 with all proceeds going to the 26 non-profit programs of the United Way for the 2016 campaign. The campaign goal this year is $375,000. The golf committee for the 26th annual event consisted of Andy Brown, Matt Jordan, Dave Connelly, Brian Griesdorn, Zach Newbauer, Dave Keiser, Mike Snyder, Steve Willman, and Christy Baker. The committee would like to thank the 25 teams that golfed, the generous sponsors, and those who donated raffle prizes.

The United Way was honored to have Whirlpool and The KitchenAid® Experience as the lead sponsor for this outing which was held at Turtle Creek Golf Course. United Way was also very thankful to have the following co-sponsors helping make this event a success from the start including Anderson Ethanol, LLC, BASF, Boots Breaden, Brethren Retirement Community, Bruns Realty, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Doug Shields Investments, Early Bird - Bluebag Media, Edison Community College, Edward Jones, Family Health, Fry & Company, CPA’s, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hittle Buick GMC, Hot Rods & Harleys, Mercer Savings Bank, Midmark Corporation, MJS Plastics, Inc., Second National Bank, The Farmers State Bank, Village Green Health Campus, and Wayne HealthCare.


Health fair Oct. 6 on lung health to kick off Better Breathers Club

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A special health fair focused on lung health on Oct. 6 at Reid Health will launch a new group dedicated to helping people with chronic lung issues.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lingle Hall on Reid Health’s main campus on Reid Parkway, will include presentations by physicians and information from departments who offer services for people with chronic lung problems.

The event opens at 10 a.m. with “COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” a presentation by Dr. Horia Draghiciu, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care. A noon presentation will feature Dr. Dana Reihman, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care, titled “Therapy of Lung Disease, From Inhalers to Oxygen to Lung Transplantation.”

The event will also feature representatives and information including these areas and topics:

  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Infection Control
  • Respiratory
  • Home Medical Equipment
  • Wellness
  • Palliative Care
  • Deciding Together
  • And HIP 2.0 enrollment information

The new Better Breathers Club will offer regular sessions on various topics throughout the next year. The club is affiliated with the American Lung Association.

Related links:
http://www.reidhealth.org/better-breathers-club-coming-soon/

http://www.reidhealth.org/how-to-quit-smoking-and-never-look-back/

MVCTC Students Attend Construction Career Day

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MVCTC students attend the Construction Career Day at the Butler County Fairgrounds – Pictured left to right are MVCTC Juniors that won the Quiz Bowl Competition - Lance Hundley (Electrical Trades junior from Franklin-Monroe); Gavin Brown (HVAC junior from Miami East); and Dominic Badger (Construction Carpentry junior from Trotwood-Madison).
Hamilton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) building trades students attended the 14th Annual Construction Career Day on September 16, 2015, at Butler County Fairgrounds. Construction Career Days is brought about by Southwest Ohio building and construction trades businesses partnering to help high schools students learn about the vast and different career opportunities within the Construction Industry. Sponsors of the event include IEC, John R. Jurgensen Co., Messer Construction Company, Millwrights Local 1090, NAWIC, Dayton Carpenters Local 132, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Valley ABC, Operating Engineers Local 18 JATC, Plasterers & Cement Masons JATC, Reinforced Concrete Iron Workers Local 372 JATC, and Spirit of Construction Foundation.

As shared by Construction Career Days, “The Construction Industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. If not addressed, the shortage will increase affecting quality and safety. Construction Career Days are designed to educate our youth about a friendlier and more professional industry that cares about them and their future”.

As part of the Construction Career Days, students get hands-on experience with construction equipment and participate in fun construction-related activities and games. Students also had the chance to talk to industry professionals and explore educational opportunities with local colleges, apprenticeship programs and construction-related associations. This includes participating in the Annual Quiz Bowl, where teams of up to four student representatives test their construction knowledge against other schools. The MVCTC team of Dominic Badger (Construction Carpentry junior from Trotwood-Madison); Gavin Brown (HVAC junior from Miami East); and Lance Hundley (Electrical Trades junior from Franklin-Monroe), won the Quiz Bowl.

For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com and for more information about Construction Career Days, visit http://www.okiconstructioncareerdays.com.

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

VERSAILLES HEALTH CARE CENTER HOSTS GRANDPARENT’S DAY CELEBRATION

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Versailles Health Care Center recently hosted a party for Grandparent’s Day. National Grandparents Day, first proposed by a West Virginia housewife and made official by a Presidential Declaration in 1978, is a wonderful opportunity to express appreciation for our older generation. National Grandparent’s Day is always the first Sunday after Labor Day. Over 200 people, from newborn grandchildren to age 102, celebrated at Versailles Health Care Center with cake, ice cream treats, family photo booth, sounds of music from Dan Anderson, and balloons by Mr. Twister, The Balloon Man.

L to R: Brylee and Craig Breeze, children of Tabitha and Mathew Breeze of Houston and great-grandchildren of VHCC resident, Mae Stoltz, are entertained by Mr. Twister.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Main Street Greenville Elects New Board Members

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Sean Miller (left) & Amy Pelaston (right) join Main Street Greenville’s board of trustees.
Main Street Greenville elected two new members to their board of trustees. They are Mrs. Sean Miller & Mrs. Amy Pelaston.

Sean Miller

Sean is the Marketing and Events Director for Outreach Promotional Solutions, a small marketing business out of Columbus that allows her to work from her home in Arcanum during the day. In addition, she works at the Coffee Pot as a barista on evenings and weekends, as well as working with local small businesses and organizations, including the Garst Museum on various design and marketing projects.

Sean is a 2010 graduate of Greenville High School and a 2014 graduate of Ball State University, with a degree in Public Relations. She and her new husband, Jenson (an Arcanum native) moved back to Darke County nearly one year ago, and are thrilled to be home. Both are huge supporters of Main Street Greenville and take the opportunity to volunteer for the organization as often as possible.

Sean's passion for Downtown Greenville started as a 2012 Main Street Greenville summer intern. Not only did she learn the ins and outs of the organization, but she also discovered a love and excitement for the quaint, historic town that she has always called "home."

Amy Pelaston

Lifelong Greenville resident and Director of Human Resources at State of the Heart Hospice, Amy Pelaston (Sloan) is happy to join Main Street Greenville in order to be a part of enhancing the community in which she and her husband, Jeremy, love so much.

Before joining Main Street Greenville, Amy was a part of the planning board for GOBA, the bicycle tour that was hosted in Greenville. She also is a member of the Darke County Human Resources Council.

Amy is looking forward to promoting the historic downtown area of our great town. She believes residents working together is what made Greenville such a tight knit and charming city in the past, and Amy believes that is what will help drive Greenville toward success in the future.

“I have had the pleasure of working directly with both of these women on projects in the past. I am certain their talents and skills as board members will be a benefit to the organization,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Last Night's Blood Moon, as Photographed by John Baker

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Credit: John Baker

Friends of Harmon Field Kickoff

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“Friends of Harmon Field” would like to announce the kickoff of a fundraising campaign to build a new Harmon Field Athletic Complex. Friends of Harmon Field is a task force of loyal, passionate Harmon Field supporters comprised of coaches, school administrators, faculty, alumni, local businesses and industry, and parents who want to recognize the past, honor Greenville traditions, and reconstruct and modernize the Harmon Field Athletic Complex so that it serves generations to come. We’re confident that, together we can achieve our goal of making Greenville’s main sports facility a source of pride and community spirit.

The new Harmon Field Athletic Complex will include: a new multi-purpose playing field, synthetic turf football/soccer field inside the main stadium, new stadium seating, new 8-lane track and field facility, new locker rooms, restrooms and concessions, energy-saving lighting fixtures, expanded parking, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant facilities.

The new athletic complex will be used by Greenville’s football, soccer, track & field, band and physical education classes. The community and other outside groups will be able to access the space when scheduling permits.
This project, in its entirety, will cost in upwards of 5 million dollars. Funding of the project will come from a collaborative effort that includes private sector funding, Greenville City Schools, individual donations, the Good Samaritan partnership funding, and applicable grants. To reach our auspicious goal it will require a combination of hard work, creativity, unique fundraising ideas, and the commitment of the entire community. Together, it’s a goal that can be reached. Along with the promise of additional jobs that will come with a large construction project such as this, will be the benefit to having a state-of-the-art facility that will attract additional sporting and community events. The investment we make now will pay dividends far into the future.

The entire project will be executed over a 3-4 year period, but certain parts of the project will be staggered so that the complex can immediately be put to use. The target date for the completion of the 8-lane track and multi-purpose playing field is late 2016, followed by the football/soccer stadium and fieldhouse construction which should be completed in 2017-2018.

For more information please check out: www.friensofharmonfield.com or on Facebook: Friends of Harmon Field or Twitter @friendsofharmon or email @ friendsofharmonfield@gmail.com.

Go Green Wave!

Cutest Patriot Contest

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As a part of the Tri-Village Community & School Fair celebration, parents & grandparents are encouraged to enter their little darlings in the Cutest Patriot Contest.

Children between the ages of newborn – 2 years old who live within the Tri-Village School District are eligible to enter. Prizes, sponsored by The Farmer’s State Bank, are 1st place - $50, 2nd - $30, & 3rd - $20.

Registration forms are available @ the school & the New Madison Public Library. Forms & a picture of the child must be turned in to the school office or NMPL by Monday, Sept. 28. Voting will be done by adding money to the canisters located in the elementary gym during the fair. Winners will be announced Sat. Oct.3 during the auction in the TV Commons.

If you have questions, call Brenda @ 996-1741.

Medicare Information Days at Family Health

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GREENVILLE – Medicare open enrollment begins in October! Do you have questions or need help in selecting plans? Come to Family Health for free assistance!

Medicare recipients can change their Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans from October 15th to Dec. 7th each year, as well as, explore other options for coverage, including Medicare Supplements.

In the process of selecting a Medicare Plan, individuals may feeling confused or overwhelmed. “Medicare Information Days” at Family Health hopes to make this process easier for Medicare recipient’s by offering information about options for coverage in 2016.

Family Health will host two Medicare Information Days. The first will be held on Thursday, October 8th and the second on Wednesday, October 28th. Agents will be available to answer questions and offer individualized assistance.

Also, Family Health Services will offer one OSHIIP Day to assist in making changes or selecting a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will have three representatives available on Wednesday, November 11th to aide in this process.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a list of their medication. Family Health will provide worksheets to help individuals identify what type of assistance they may need in comparing plans for 2016.

Please note that although agents will be present at the first two meetings; there will be no pressure and no obligation to enroll in a plan.

Dates and Times are as follows:
Medicare Information Days: Assisting with Advantage Plans and Supplements, Thursday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 28th both from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

OSHIIP Medicare Check-Up Day: OSHIIP Representatives on site to sign up for prescription drug plans, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 am.

All events will be held in an “open house” fashion and will be located in Family Health’s Large Conference Room, 5735 Meeker Road, Greenville. Please use the Main Entrance (Lab/Pharmacy) in the center of the building. Light refreshments will also be provided. For more information, call 547-2312.

Miller Joins EB Real Estate

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The EB Real Estate team is pleased to announce the addition of Casey Miller to our sales team! Casey is dedicated to providing her clients and referrals with the same warm and professional service as always. We invite you to join us in welcoming Casey to the EB Real Estate team.

VERSAILLES HEALTH CARE CENTER CELEBRATES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AND HOUSEKEEPING WEEK

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L to R: Karen Stanley, Laundry; Lisa Jolly, Housekeeping;
Larry Pierron, Director of Maintenance; Jean Unger,
Director of Environmental Services; and Melissa Griffin, Housekeeping & Maintenance.
Not pictured: Pam Elifritz, Laundry; Jane Martin, Housekeeping;
and Samantha Willoughby, Housekeeping.
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, celebrated National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week, September 13th through the 19th. Without the commitment of housekeeping, laundry and maintenance staff, the enjoyable stay of a patient or resident would be very short-lived. During the week, Versailles Health Care Center focused on the members of this valuable team and the training and skills they use to maintain outstanding sanitary conditions at Versailles Health Care Center. Jean Unger, Director of Environmental Services, said “I truly appreciate the many hours that my staff dedicates to our facility. One of our number one compliments is a clean and odor free facility!”

Kristy Earick, VHCC Administrator, lunched out with Unger and her staff as well as Larry Pierron, Director of Maintenance, and recognized them for their great work. Earick thanked them for keeping such a pristine environment. In honor of the week, staff received small gifts of appreciation and dressed casual for the week!

High school “Big Buddy” mentors needed to make big impact in the lives of local children

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Big Buddy, Allison Phillipi and Little Buddy, Kayla Hackler
daughter of Michael & Jonie Hackler of Ansonia working on homework
together at one of the after Big Buddies school sites.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. For our 17th program year, we are again seeking fun and energetic high school students who want an opportunity to give back to the community. This is a great opportunity to obtain community service hours, as well as make a difference in the life of a child.

The Buddies program is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary school students two times per month. During these meetings, the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program will focus on positive life skills and will also promote social and educational enhancing activities.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the “Littles” but for the high school volunteers as well.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our High School Buddies program please call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622, email us at info@bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org, or visit our website at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. If you would like more information about becoming involved or information about our other programs, you may visit the agency web site at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org or call the Sidney office at 937-492-7611 or the Greenville office at 937-547-9622.

2015 Tri-Village Community & School Fair

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“From Old Roots to New Beginnings” is our theme for this year’s Tri-Village Community & School Fair. Representing our roots will be long-standing community members chosen from each of our three communities: Hollansburg – Wyoneda Stephens, Palestine – Herb Saylor and New Madison – Joe Eliker. The festival will be held Friday and Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd.

There will be a vast assortment of vendors, artists and local groups setting up their booths after school on Friday afternoon including The Cutest Patriot Contest and the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Beginning at 5 p.m. the TV Jr. Class & Student Council members will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Friday evening program begins at 6:00 with The Little Miss/Mr. Patriot and continues at 7:00 with a music program provided by the Tri-Village High School band and chorus. The crowning of the King and Queen, sponsored by the Kiwanis of New Madison, will take place for the 82nd year. The candidates, voted on by their classmates, are: Freshman Breanna Locke and Corbin Holzapfel, Sophomores Morgan Sparks and Cameron Munchel, Juniors Payge Malott and Josh Wiford and Seniors Jenna Fisherback and Knox Morris. The TV Music Boosters will be sponsoring Bingo in the commons area after the program. The dance for students K-6 will be held at the New Madison Civic Center from 8:30 - 10:30.

As the theme implies, there has also been great excitement at Tri-Village with a State Basketball championship this past spring and this fall with the beginning of a new tradition-football! There will be a bonfire, pep rally and also an open air dance that will be open for those 7th - adult. This activity will take place in the south parking lot area Friday evening from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. DJ Aaron Sebring of “Pardon the Noise” will be providing music. Admission is free.

On Saturday at 7:00 a.m., The Masonic Temple, located on Washington Street, will be offering an All You Can Eat Sausage & Pancake Breakfast until 10 a.m. Entries will be accepted for the produce contest from 8:00 - 8:45 in the elementary gym and entries for the baking contest may be entered in the high school gym from 8:00 - 9:00. The booths will be open from 9:00 - 4:00. Parade line-up begins at 10:00, judging at 10:30 with the parade beginning at 11:00. The parade will start on Anderson Street and proceed to the school. This year the Tri-Village High School Band, along with the Tri-Village Dance Team, will perform “Oz and Back” after the parade. Lunch will be offered immediately following the band/dance performance in the commons area by the TV Student Council & Jr. Class members. New this year is a Car Show with registration beginning at 12:30, with Car Show running from 1:00 - 4:00. Car Show questions, contact Monyca Schlechty at 548-0725. Registration will begin at 1:00 for the Pinewood Derby in the high school gym, and races begin at 2:00. Also at 1:00 is the 1st annual Alumni Baseball Game, contact Jim Maples at the school. Games will also begin at 1:00 on the front lawn. The 7th annual School Fair Auction will begin at 3:00 in the commons area. At 3:30 the Mini Tractor Pull, sponsored by the FFA, will begin in the student parking lot, with registration beginning at 3:00. The American Legion will be serving chicken dinners at their facility on Fayette Street beginning at 5:00. Hope to see you at the fair!

Darke County YMCA to Host Diabetes Education Classes

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(Greenville, OH) September 17, 2015 – The Darke County YMCA, in conjunction with the Wayne Healthcare Foundation, the Greenville Rotary Club, and local health professionals, is pleased to offer free diabetes education classes beginning this fall.

The YMCA encourages residents of Darke County to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps they can take to manage the disease once diagnosed. Currently, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and one in three (79 million) individuals have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.

The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise, but the amount of people with prediabetes is a growing issue that can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other conditions.

“The YMCA of Darke County recognizes that changing one’s lifestyle can be daunting, therefore, our free, eight-week course will give you the support and education to help you achieve success in preventing diabetes or to successfully manage the disease,” noted Sam Casalano, CEO.

The eight-week course will provide participants with weekly education, free materials and support on a wide range of diabetes related topics including monitoring and testing, diet and nutrition, exercise, foot and eye care, medication maintenance, and making healthy choices.

Classes will begin Thursday, October 1 and run through November 19 from 6:15-7:30pm. There is no cost to participate; please call the Y at 548-3777 to register. Classes will be held at the YMCA at 301 Wagner Ave., Greenville. For those who attend seven of the eight weeks, a free one-month YMCA membership will be awarded.

“We are grateful to the Greenville Rotary Club and the Wayne Healthcare Foundation, as well as many other community individuals, for helping us provide the classes at no cost to participants,” said Casalano. “As a leading non-profit committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Darke County YMCA is a community of diverse individuals from all walks of life supporting one another in meeting wellness goals.”

For more information about the YMCA or to register for the course, please contact the YMCA at 937.548.3777 or visit www.ymcadarkecounty.org.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Soup on the Lawn Returns

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For the last four years you helped make the annual “Soup on the Lawn” a success. So the Versailles Area Museum is bringing it back again on October 11th from 11:30 till 3:00 on the museum grounds. What a great way to end a glorious autumn week-end.

We’ll feature homemade bean soup, with corn bread & chili soup, fresh grilled hot dogs with all the trimmings and of course yummy desserts! All of this, under the friendly tents on the Museum Lawn with Karen Holsapple as D.J. Antique cars and tractors are invited to park on our south lawn and inside you’ll be able to visit our new cider press and see the Midmark display on its last day. What more could you ask for to welcome the cool and colorful days of October?

Don’t miss this annual event to support the museum. Stop by after church for lunch and support a worthwhile cause!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Prairie Days Schedule

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The Darke County Park District invites everyone to the 2015 Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. The weekend line up is full of fun activities, learning opportunities, and entertainment for the whole family. Check out the schedule! For any questions or more information on any of the performances or activities listed, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or contact Roger Van Frank, Director of the Darke County Park District, at director@darkcountyparks.org.

Saturday, September 26th 10am-5pm

  • 10am- Welcome, Flag Raising, and Gun Salute
    Pie Baking Contest Entries and Judging
  • 10:15am- School Presentation
  • 10:30am- Trading Post Presentation
    Corn Shredder Demonstration
  • Leather Demonstration
  • 11am- Civic Theatre Performance
    Sorghum Pressing Demonstration
  • 12:30pm- Pie baking Contest Awards
    Trading Post Presentation
    Corn Shredder Demonstration
  • 1pm- Thien Snipps Performance
    Encampment Competition
    Spelling Bee
  • 2pm- Children’s Games
    School Presentation
    Sorghum Pressing Demonstration
  • 2:30pm- Corn Shredder Demonstration
    Civic Theatre Performance
  • 3pm- Spelling Bee
    Leather Demonstration
  • 3:30pm- Trading Post Presentation
  • 4pm- Joseph, Folk Singer and Storyteller Performance
    School Presentation
    Sorghum Pressing Demonstration
  • 5pm- Closing

Sunday, September 27th 12pm-5pm

  • 12pm- Leather Demonstration
  • 12:30pm- Berachah Valley Performance
    Corn Shredder Demonstration
  • 1pm- Spelling Bee
    Trading Post Presentation
    Sorghum Pressing Demonstration
  • 2pm- Children’s Games
    Silver Grass Band Performance
    Tomahawk and Knife Throwing Competition
    School Presentation
  • 2:30pm- Corn Shredder Demonstration
    Trading Post Presentation
  • 3pm- Spelling Bee
    Sorghum Pressing Demonstration
  • 3:30pm- Civic Theatre Performance
    Trading Post Presentation
  • 4pm- School Presentation
  • 4:30pm- Basket Raffle Drawing
  • 5pm- Close

2015 Tri-Village Community & School Fair

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“From Old Roots to New Beginnings” is our theme for this year’s Tri-Village Community & School Fair. Representing our roots will be long-standing community members chosen from each of our three communities: Hollansburg – Wyoneda Stephens, Palestine – Herb Saylor and New Madison – Joe Eliker. The festival will be held Friday and Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd.

There will be a vast assortment of vendors, artists and local groups setting up their booths after school on Friday afternoon including The Cutest Patriot Contest and the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Beginning at 5 p.m. the TV Jr. Class & Student Council members will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Friday evening program begins at 6:00 with The Little Miss/Mr. Patriot and continues at 7:00 with a music program provided by the Tri-Village High School band and chorus. The crowning of the King and Queen, sponsored by the Kiwanis of New Madison, will take place for the 82nd year. The candidates, voted on by their classmates, are: Freshman Breanna Locke and Corbin Holzapfel, Sophomores Morgan Sparks and Cameron Munchel, Juniors Payge Malott and Josh Wiford and Seniors Jenna Fisherback and Knox Morris. The TV Music Boosters will be sponsoring Bingo in the commons area after the program. The dance for students K-6 will be held at the New Madison Civic Center from 8:30 - 10:30.

As the theme implies, there has also been great excitement at Tri-Village with a State Basketball championship this past spring and this fall with the beginning of a new tradition-football! There will be a bonfire, pep rally and also an open air dance that will be open for those 7th - adult. This activity will take place in the south parking lot area Friday evening from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. DJ Aaron Sebring of “Pardon the Noise” will be providing music. Admission is free.

On Saturday at 7:00 a.m., The Masonic Temple, located on Washington Street, will be offering an All You Can Eat Sausage & Pancake Breakfast until 10 a.m. Entries will be accepted for the produce contest from 8:00 - 8:45 in the elementary gym and entries for the baking contest may be entered in the high school gym from 8:00 - 9:00. The booths will be open from 9:00 - 4:00. Parade line-up begins at 10:00, judging at 10:30 with the parade beginning at 11:00. The parade will start on Anderson Street and proceed to the school. This year the Tri-Village High School Band, along with the Tri-Village Dance Team, will perform “Oz and Back” after the parade. Lunch will be offered immediately following the band/dance performance in the commons area by the TV Student Council & Jr. Class members. New this year is a Car Show with registration beginning at 12:30, with Car Show running from 1:00 - 4:00. Car Show questions, contact Monyca Schlechty at 548-0725. Registration will begin at 1:00 for the Pinewood Derby in the high school gym, and races begin at 2:00. Also at 1:00 is the 1st annual Alumni Baseball Game, contact Jim Maples at the school. Games will also begin at 1:00 on the front lawn. The 7th annual School Fair Auction will begin at 3:00 in the commons area. At 3:30 the Mini Tractor Pull, sponsored by the FFA, will begin in the student parking lot, with registration beginning at 3:00. The American Legion will be serving chicken dinners at their facility on Fayette Street beginning at 5:00. Hope to see you at the fair!

OLDE THYME GARDENERS HOST THE HERITAGE GARDEN AT PRAIRIE DAYS

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On September 26 and 27, the Olde Thyme Gardeners welcome Prairie Days visitors to the garden near the log house. Although the growing season has been challenging, the garden displays familiar herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme and the more unusual period correct savory, santolina, lovage and more.

Early summer rains drowned the first planting of beans and lettuce among other seedlings. Ravenous raccoons destroyed the surviving corn stalks. In the pioneer spirit of the early settlers, the Olde Thyme Gardeners replanted mainly fall root crops of radishes, beets and carrots.

Several varieties of squash and pumpkin volunteered along two sides of the stockade fence. Early settlers of the area which became Darke County would have hung the thick skinned squash high and dry in their cabins for winter eating.

The period correct Winesap apple tree produced its first rosy fruit this year.

In cooperation with the Greenville Art Guild, the Olde Thyme Gardeners will provide an authentic early American craft for children - air clay leaf prints.

The Olde Thyme Gardeners meet on the second Tuesday of most months in the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on State Route 502 near Greenville. For more information go to www.oldethymegarden.blogspot.com or look on FaceBook.

Greenville BPW Kicks off 2015-2016 Business Year

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club kicked off the new 2015- 2016 business year by holding their first meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Brethren Retirement Center. The meeting was hosted by the Legislation Committee consisting of Diane Delaplane, Miriam Knick, and Andria Haworth.

Darke County Commissioner and BPW Member Diane Delaplane was the featured speaker. Delaplane is the first women elected to county commissioner and is currently in her second term in office. She is also the Neave Township Fiscal Officer. Her interest in legislation started when she became a member of the farm bureau in 1976. She spoke on the three State Issues that are on the ballot in the upcoming November election. She urges everyone to educate themselves to make an informed vote on the issues. As a commissioner they are required to serve and be active on many boards in the community. Darke County is the 8th largest county (land size) in the state, has the most road miles and is the number one producer of eggs in the state AND nation. The commissioners are in charge of 15 different properties. Currently there is much emphasis on work force development in Darke County. There are job opportunities in the county and she encourages students to stay in Darke County. Delaplane will be concluding her career as county commissioner with her term ending December, 2016. The early announcement was to allow possible candidates to register/file by the December, 2015 deadline.

Plans are being made for the next meeting which is the annual guest night on October 8th to raise scholarships funds. The theme is ‘What a Girl Wants’ to include a silent auction, a super raffle, and vendors.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to Darke County senior high school girls and young women furthering their career. 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 Brenda Miller at Brenda@newmadisonpubliclibrary.org or 937/996-1741.

Homecoming Held

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The Annual St. Peter’s Homecoming was recently held at the “little church in the wildwood” on St. Peter’s Road south of Versailles. The little log church now covered in white clap board is believed to be the last log church in Darke County. The building now appears on the National Register of Historic Places and is only open on the third Sunday of September. The church remains much as it looked when it closed in 1905 for the lack of a German speaking congregation.

The Board of Trustees wishes to thank those in the community who took part in the worship service: the Lance Family for their gift of beautiful music before the service, to our organist, Karen Lawrence of Trinity and to soloist, Paul Neff, & accompanist Carla Hummel of St. Paul, North Star. A special thank-you is extended Rev. Bob Akins, of Trinity in Versailles and Friedens in Bloomer for leading worship. We also want to acknowledge our church sexton, Chalmer Unger, for keeping our church looking so nice. We appreciate those attending from Michigan, Virginia, and Arizona, as well as all across Ohio. Your assistance, attendance, and financial giving are appreciated.

Without these gifts we would not be able to maintain this historic site. If you were not able to attend and still wish to make a donation, you may do so by sending your gift of support in care of Richard Shumaker: 5958 Children’s Home Bradford Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

We thank-you again for your continuing support!

September’s “Last Mondays” is Next Week

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Our September last Monday will be a trip back to school. We invite all our area school employees from kitchen, custodial, bus drivers, secretaries, retired teachers (and their former students) to come and share memories from their days in the school/classroom with a fun program we call “Behind the Chalk Board”.

Please feel free to bring your stories and pictures. If you are not a retired school employee or teacher, you surely were a student and might have a tale or two to share now that there is no detention.

After the program there will be time to enjoy the Museum’s autumn displays and of course reminisce in the schoolroom display. So call your friends and invite them to this special afternoon at the Versailles Area Museum.

Each afternoon ends with a delicious homemade dessert and coffee (and of course we appreciate your generous donations to keep these programs coming).

So mark your calendars for September 28th at 1:00 p.m. and join us at the Museum.

25th Annual Arts & Crafts Show

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Mark your calendars now for the 25th Annual Arts & Crafts Show sponsored by Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Eta Iota Chapter of Parker City, Indiana!

The Arts & Crafts Show will take place on Saturday October 24, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm inside Monroe Central High School, located on State Road 32 East of Parker City, Indiana. Admission to this event is just $1.00 per adult, 18 and under are free.

Bring your holiday gift list along with your best shopping buddies to shop the array of high quality, hand-crafted items offered by vendors from across Indiana. Be sure to stop by the bake sale table and purchase delicious specialties prepared by our sorority members.

The SoupFest Luncheon will be served from 11 am to 2 pm, serving a variety of made from scratch soups-- including the popular Cream Of Broccoli--and homemade pies.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the charitable projects of Psi Iota Xi, Eta Iota, including Scholarship Award opportunities for college bound seniors, and fulfillment of funding requests from area school music, art, and speech and hearing. Additionally, Parker City Memorial Library, a free lending library provided and staffed by the sorority as a community service to the residence of Parker city and Monroe and Stoney Creek Townships, is supported by Psi Iota Xi, Eta Iota fundraising activities.

TRI VILLAGE SCHOOL FAIR LITTLE MISS/MR. PATRIOT CONTEST

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The annual Tri -Village School Fair will be Oct. 2nd and 3rd. Again we will have the Little Miss/Mr. Patriot Contest.

The contest is open to any boy or girl between the ages of 3 & 5 years old by the registration deadline of Sept. 25, 2015

Contestants must be a resident of Tri-Village School District, be enrolled at Tri-Village or be in a preschool in the school district.

The contest will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday of the school fair before the crowning of the school fair king & queen.

Contestants will be judged on the following:

  • Dress (attire should be appropriate for promoting Patriot Pride.)
  • Personality
  • Poise (Response to the following questions) Favorite Song (May be asked to sing)
  • Favorite Food
  • Favorite Thing to Do

All contestants will receive a prize at the judging. The winners will be awarded a crown and will ride in the school fair parade on Saturday.

Entry forms are available online at the Tri-Village School Fair website, the New Madison Public Library and the New Madison Mini Mart. Forms were also sent home with pre-school students.

All entries must be postmarked by September 19, 2014 which is 2 weeks prior to the School Fair.

We hope to see a lot of “Little Patriots” compete.

Gene Sherfy in Concert, Presented by The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host Gene Sherfy in concert on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 6 PM

Gene is from Muncie, Indiana and has been singing Gospel Music since 1975. Before striking out on his own, he has sung with three different gospel groups, including “Alpha and Omega”, and has toured several states sharing the word of God in song. Although he specializes in Southern Gospel music, he can mix in some of the old popular tunes that stirs the memories of an age long past.

The public is invited, and refreshments will be served following the concert. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

Help Wanted at Greenville Transit System

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Greenville Transit System is looking to fill a weekend dispatcher position at the Transit office. We need a person who can work 8-7 on Saturday and 8-1 on Sunday.

Pay is 8.65 per hour. Some flexibility in the shifts are possible. Ability to type on a computer and good talking voice for the radio. Must be able to work independently, be reliable and flexible. To apply call Kathy Cool, GM at 937-548-0437 or stop in the office at 1425 Kitchenaid Way, Greenville.

Free Comedic Performance at Edison

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Evan Wecksell
Edison Community College brings comedian and singer–songwriter, Evan Wecksell to the Piqua Campus on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. This side–splitting performance is open to the community and offered free of charge.

Often compared to comedic superstars Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch, Evan’s act is a blend of comedy and music that celebrates the college experience, endorses Internet addiction, and lampoons bad music. Evan has been noted as one of the funniest and most energetic performers to emerge from New York’s comedy clubs and musical venues.

Evan has made a series of appearances on TBS’ Conan, was named a “Hot Comedy Act” by Campus Activities Magazine and has emerged on radio stations across the globe. Evan is also recognized from his appearances on such pop-culture shows as VH1’s “I Love the 80s” and E! Television’s “30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds” and more.

Seating for the performance is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a seat. For more information about the event, contact Nate Cole at ncole@edisonohio.edu or call 937-381-1555.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF OPENS DCCA'S FAMILY THEATRE SERIES SEASON

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Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2015-2016 Family Theatre Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, October 4, presenting TheatreworksUSA's production of The Lightning Thief, based on the first book in author Rick Riordan's popular Percy Jackson series.

Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2015-2016 Family Theatre Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, October 4, presenting TheatreworksUSA's production of The Lightning Thief, based on the first book in author Rick Riordan's popular Percy Jackson series. “The Lightning Thief is an action-packed musical with heroic battles and mythological monsters that will thrill kids and entertain adults,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. The show starts at 2 p.m.

According to Rawlins, the story centers around bright but troubled sixth-grader Percy Jackson who is expelled from school—again. During the youngsters subsequent quest to find his Mom and prevent a war of Olympian proportions, he encounters monsters and Medusa as well as others like himself, and learns the reassuring lesson that “normal is a myth; everyone has troubles they're dealing with.” “The movie version relied on computer-generated imagery to tell the tale, but live actors and imaginative stage magic can be even more fascinating to audiences of all ages,” Rawlins stated. “A lightning flash and a loud bolt of pop-rock get the musical off to a rollicking start that doesn't let up throughout the fast and funny production,” he concluded.

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

The Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation and DCCA memberships also support Family Theatre. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Help Wanted at State of the Heart Hospice

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Darke County United Way Receives Grants for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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Darke County Foundation (L to R) – Christy Prakel, President of the Darke County Foundation; Verd &  Gini Stuckey, Ami’s parents; Ami McClurkin, Christy Baker, Executive Director of the Darke County United Way; Jean Young, Board Member for the Darke County United Way
Booher Fund  – Christy Baker, Executive Director for the DCUW,
receives funds from the Ruth & Emerson Booher Fund Committee

The Darke County United Way recently received three grant awards for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program provides a free book every month to children 5 years old or younger. There are only two criteria to be enrolled in the program. The first is the child must live in Darke County and the second is he/she must be 5 years old or younger. No other criteria are required for this program.

DP&L Foundation – Christy Baker, Executive Director of the
Darke County United Way receives a check from Holly Wiggins,
Director of Community & Corporate Social
Responsibility for the DP&L Company
According to a study conducted in April 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. That's 14% of the population. 21% of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19% of high school graduates can't read. Dolly Parton created the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with the intent to combat illiteracy in the United States. The purpose of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, children will be excited about books and feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, the program ensures that every child will have books, regardless of their family’s income.

The Darke County United Way received grant awards from the DP&L Foundation ($12,500), The Ruth & Emerson Booher Fund ($2,550), and the Ami McClurkin Community Fund through the Darke County Foundation ($1,200). These awards will allow the Darke County United Way to serve approximately 625 children this year. Currently, 562 children in Darke County receive a book each month.

“There are over 3,000 children currently living in Darke County who are 5 years old or younger. We are only serving 19% of the eligible children in our community. We’ve only scratched the surface with what this program can do. We are extremely grateful for the grant awards we have received but we are aware we still have work to do,” said Christy Baker, Executive Director for the Darke County United Way. Baker added that in order for all 3,000+ children to receive a book every month, the Darke County United Way would need to raise nearly $80,000.

To enroll your children or for information in how you can get involved through a financial gift towards the program, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272.

State of the Heart Hospice Schedules Children’s Grief Group in Greenville

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A children’s Grief Support Group will occur on Thursdays in October at State of the Heart Hospice’s Darke County Office (1350 N. Broadway, Greenville). The free sessions will be held each Thursday evening through October 29th from 4:30 to 6pm and are for children ages six through twelve. There need be no association with hospice and the sessions are free.

“The loss of a loved one impacts us all in a different way,” stated Ashlee Carder, Hospice Music Therapist and grief support specialist. “This is particularly true of children as they grieve differently from adults.” She added, “The grief support groups provide a ‘safe place’ for young people to express themselves and to find that there are other youth who are experiencing the same feelings and emotions that they have.”

State of the Heart Hospice, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, provides care to families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are facing a life limiting illness. An important part of the care is bereavement support which is provided free to anyone in the communities served, regardless of association with hospice.

“We offer our grief support groups for children at different times throughout the year,” Carder said. “We always have a good response which tells me there is a definite need to offer this grief support to youth in our community.” She added that the non-profit agency also offers grief support sessions at area schools. The bereavement team from State of the Heart has helped schools when a death occurs suddenly, offering counseling to both students and staff.

State of the Heart will provide additional services to youth grieving the loss of a loved one at the agency’s annual Camp Bearable which will be held July 15-17, 2016 at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. The camp is free and there need be no association with hospice care.

Those wishing to attend the Children’s Grief Support Group must register in advance. To register or to learn more about bereavement care for all ages, contact any member of the bereavement staff at 1-800-417-7535. Visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

FOLK ICONS KIM AND REGGIE HARRIS OPEN DCCA'S ARTS IN EDUCATION SERIES

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Kim and Reggie Harris, a husband and wife duo who have been performing internationally for over thirty years, will present “Music of the Underground Railroad” for kindergarten through third grade students in all Darke County and Greenville City schools from September 21 through September 25. 

The first artists presented in Darke County Center for the Arts' Arts In Education series this season, Kim and Reggie will use sing-alongs, audience participation and a multi-media presentation to share facts and legends of a memorable chapter in American history. These performances are free and open to the public. “In addition to their amazing musical abilities, Kim and Reggie are widely admired for their ability to provide a universal understanding of the secrets and passion of this powerful and historic era,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “We are excited to bring these exceptional artists to local schools, and believe that their performances will have a positive effect lasting well into the future,” Rawlins concluded.

According to Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of DCCA, the arts organization will present outstanding performing artists to students in all grades of each local public school during the upcoming year, taking the show to the audience and reaching youngsters who otherwise might never be exposed to high quality arts performances. “Our A.I.E. program is appreciated and praised by educators who understand the life-enhancing benefits of arts exposure for youngsters and are grateful for the opportunity to offer their students excellent shows at no cost to the students,” Ms. Jordan stated.

DCCA's Arts In Education presentations are sponsored by Target, DP&L Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Edison Community College, Richard Baker, BASF, Family Health, and Littman-Thomas Agency. Funds have also been received from Helen Hawkey Music Project of the Darke County Foundation, and the Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation. The Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Trust, Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust, and the Ketrow Foundation are also major contributors to DCCA's A.I.E. program. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The local school districts and DCCA membership contributions also help with funding for Arts In Education.

The performances by Kim and Reggie Harris are coordinated with the schools' schedules. For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.

SEEKING VENDORS FOR ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

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The EUM Church Women’s Ministry is hosting a Holiday Boutique on November 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the EUM Church Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

The Holiday Boutique is designed for women of Darke County to connect with each other, build relationships, market their products or services and do their Christmas shopping all in a unique and festive setting. Vendor slots are open to all women in the community who have in-home or family businesses, and/or offer woman or child related services.

Because we want to give back to the community, attendees and vendors will be asked to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

If you are a woman with a home-based business and would like more information about reserving a booth at the Holiday Boutique, please contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211, ext 213 or ccrawford@eumchurch.org.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. 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 and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. 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. For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center Joins Smithsonian magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live!

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Free Admission on September 26, 2015, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket

The National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas-With Lawrence and Beyond


Greenville, Ohio— Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Garst Museum executive director Dr. Clay Johnson stated, “We think it is important to participate in the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day. This is a great opportunity to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture.”

The Garst Museum complex is located at 205 North Broadway, (SR118N) in Greenville, OH; entrance is through the Garst House, which was built in 1852. The complex features six separate but connected buildings. The National Annie Oakley Center houses an extensive exhibit dedicated to the sharpshooter. Other exhibits focus on Native American history, the Treaty of Greene Ville, and broadcast journalism pioneer and nearby Woodington native, Lowell Thomas. There is a pioneer wing, an exhibit depicting a village of circa 1890-1930 shops, rooms furnished with American antiques, a military exhibit with uniforms and artifacts dating from The War of 1812 through the present, and a large collection of Currier and Ives works. The Darke County Research and Genealogical Center is housed at the museum as well. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays, major holidays and the month of January.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available for download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

For more information, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.

CHOCOLATE WALK TICKET SALES

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Main Street Greenville’s Chocolate Walk event will
return for the First Friday in November.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event in November is the popular Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Readmore's Hallmark of Greenville. The event will take place on Friday, November 6th from 6-9 pm.

This is a ticketed event which serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. All of the chocolate on the walk has been donated by participating downtown businesses.

Tickets for the Chocolate Walk go on sale during Main Street Greenville’s A Day of Harvest event on Saturday, September 26th at Readmore's Hallmark. The doors for ticket sales will open at 9 am. “The popularity of this event grows every year. I highly suggest people arrive early to line-up for tickets, we sold out in 13 minutes in years past!”, says Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

Tickets will be $20 each and there is a limit of 4 tickets per person. You are required to purchase the tickets in person (no phone call orders will be allowed).

“We are thrilled with the amount of support our organization receives for this event and we can't wait for another great year!”, says Garrett.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Visit Main Street Greenville on Facebook or their website at www.MainStreetGreenville.org. You can contact the organization at 421 S. Broadway or by phone at 937-548-4998.
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