Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Kindergarten registration and readiness at Greenville City Schools

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If your child turns 5 on or before August 1st, he or she is eligible for kindergarten! Greenville City Schools is registering students for kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 5th, 6th and 7th from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Memorial Hall. You will need to bring an official birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency, and a photo ID. Your child does not need to be with you for registration. Once you have your child registered, you will be given a day and time for kindergarten screening that will take place in May. Your child will be screened by a speech therapist, a nurse, and a teacher. Your child will be asked to identify letters, count objects, write their name, demonstrate gross motor skills, and have the opportunity to get on a bus.

We are excited for you and your child as you prepare for the transition into kindergarten! This can be a very exciting and yet anxious time for you and your child. We have nine wonderful kindergarten teachers at Woodland Primary that will teach your child many things. It is amazing how much your kindergartener will learn and grow. By the end of their kindergarten year, your child is expected to know all the letter sounds, read beginner leveled books, read and write 35 sight words, write narratives, read informational and how-to books, count to 100, decompose numbers, simple addition and subtraction, and the list goes on.

Things your child should already know before entering kindergarten include how to write their first name, talks in sentences, identify some of the letters in the alphabet, count objects to 10, properly hold a pencil and scissors, recognize their first name in print, and attend to an activity for 10 minutes.

Preparing your child for school should be fun for the both of you! Children will enjoy the interaction, attention and spending time with you. The single most important thing you can do with your child is READ! Reading to your child during this young developmental stage is so very important and the time together in conversation will be forever cherished by your child. Reading is the foundation skill for all learning. Read, read, read and read some more, and then talk about what you read. Have conversations with your child. Listen to your child as he or she retells stories and makes observations about the world.

Talking to your child, asking questions and listening to their answers is a great way to develop their language skills. Developing language skills will prepare your child for reading and writing. Your child should be able to carry on a conversation, ask questions and listen to answers, retell stories and talk about past experiences, and recognize rhymes. To help your child develop these skills, talk, talk and talk some more with your child; chat about your day, share something funny, ask questions. Retelling nursery rhymes, finger plays, and making up stories will help your child develop the necessary language skills they need to be successful in school.

Playing games such as Uno, Candy Land, and Chutes and Ladders is a fun and interactive way to learn about numbers and counting. Count steps, jumps, M&M’s, how long it takes to run across the room, how many steps from the car to the house etc. Make learning fun! Drawing family portraits, writing family members names, and playing games are great ways to interact with your child. This will help them learn letters, numbers, and storytelling along the way.

Of course there is more than reading and arithmetic to being successful in school. Physical development, fine-motor and gross motor skills, self-help skill, social and emotional skills along with a healthy diet and sleep patterns are very important as well. To do well in school, children need to be supported and nurtured in all areas of development. Establishing consistent routines of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day and doing the same activities before bed helps the child know what to expect and prepares them for the kindergarten schedule. So, encouraging outdoor play, coloring and drawing with your child, eating balanced meals and spending quality time with your child will naturally prepare them for school.

Don’t worry if your child does not yet know all of their letters, counts to 100, or ties their shoes etc., that is ok. That is where we can help. We will teach them that and much, much more, such as how to write letters and put letter sounds together to make words. What we can’t provide for them is the foundation for literacy that is developed long before a child enters school. You are your child’s first teacher; you are also a partner in their education-both in the classroom and at home. Parent involvement in a child’s education is a major factor in determining success in school. We look forward in being part of your child’s educational team. The Wave starts here.

Darke Co. Farm Bureau donates to Montessori Farm School

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Jordan Dill & Kale Conway, Montessori Students and Darke County Farm Bureau President – Matt Aultman
The Montessori School has been in our community for many years and in recent years added the farm school. It allows students to have hands on experiences involving different aspects of agriculture, which is determined by the students. Darke County Farm Bureau sees the value in fostering the growth and education of agriculture in schools. At a recent board meeting it was decided to donate $500.00 to the school’s Micro Economic Club at the Organization’s Annual Membership Kickoff held at the Shawnee Prairie Reserve. Farm Bureau works on many public policy, regulatory and community building activities each year and depends on membership dues to carry out all these great projects. For more information on Farm Bureau and how you can become a member visit www.growwithfb.org.

DCCT and DCHS Pair Up Once Again

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Darke County Civic Theater and Darke County Humane Society are teaming up once again for a fun filled family day of activities and performance of a full length play.

This is the second year that this pair has pulled together to create an event that the community has come to enjoy. Last year, the event was a “Western Family Fun Day” and featured western style games, prizes and food for all to enjoy. This year, the Darke County Civic Theater will be performing the beloved family classic, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and will feature games and activities centered around this theme. The Darke County Humane Society will once again be providing various snacks and food items for purchase before, during and after the shows performance.

The performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” features thirty local talented actors and actresses, ranging from age six to adult. The family fun day will take place Saturday March 5th, 2016 at Paw’s Bingo Hall, located on Martin Street in Greenville. The games and activities will take place from 4-6 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a full length show and there will be a brief ten minute intermission half way through the performance. There will be ten games and activities set up for families to enjoy and tickets can be purchased at the event. Ticket costs for games will be ten tickets for two dollars, with each game or activity costing one ticket to enjoy. There will also be a Sunday matinee performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” that will be performed on Sunday March 6th, 2016. This Sunday matinee will be a performance only and no games will be available for playing. The show will begin at promptly 1:30 p.m. at Paw’s Bingo Hall, located on Martin Street in Greenville.

Tickets can be purchased pre-sale by seeing a cast or crew member or by stopping into Roots Hair Salon on Broadway in Greenville, or by visiting Paw’s Bingo Hall. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased with the price of five dollars for adults and three dollars for children and seniors. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event, with the cost of six dollars for adult tickets and four dollars for children and senior tickets.

For more information on the Darke County Humane Society, visit their website at www.darkecountyhumanesociety.org and for more information on this event and information on Darke County Civic Theater, visit Darke County Civic Theater’s website at www.darkecountycivictheater.org Darke County Civic Theater can also be reached by email at civictheatre@embarqmail.com Darke County Civic Theater and Darke County Humane Society are both non-profit organizations and all funds gained from this event will be used for local improvements and organizational needs.

THE VILLAGE OF VERSAILLES AWARDS EMS BILLING CONTRACT TO MEDICOUNT MANAGEMENT INC.

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Cincinnati, OH – February 23, 2016. Medicount Management Inc. announced today that it has been awarded the EMS Billing services contract for the Village of Versailles in western Ohio.

Versailles Village Administrator Rodd Hale commented, “With recent mandated changes in medical service coding, the high priority of patient privacy and the difficulty of working through medical insurance systems, it became necessary for us to contract with a company that specializes in medical billing. Citizens who use the EMS service should notice little if any difference.”

“The Village of Versailles is one of the last EMS service organizations in the county to move to a contracted billing arrangement,” Hale noted. “We are happy to utilize Medicount for the Village’s future EMS billing service. With today’s need to be familiar with medical terms and coding, we feel Medicount is an outstanding resource for our billing needs.”

Medicount’s President Joseph Newcomb added, “We are thrilled to have been chosen by The Village of Versailles to be their EMS billing provider. Establishing long-term partnerships with great communities like Versailles are an important part of our overall growth strategy. We are proud to be the leading EMS billing services provider in the State of Ohio and will continue to work hard to further expand our presence throughout the State.”

Edison State Community College To Host Annual Career Expo

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Edison State Community College will host its annual Career Expo on Tuesday, March 15, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in the North Hall of the Piqua campus.

More than 50 organizations ranging from business, construction, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail, social services, and the armed forces are expected to be in attendance, representing a wide range of job opportunities for west central Ohio area residents.

The Career Expo is sponsored by Edison State Community College, the Upper Valley Career Center, area job center networks, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Miami and Shelby County representatives will also be present to provide resume help and job search assistance.

“The Career Expo at Edison State is a great resource for those interested in finding out which employers are hiring and the skill sets they are seeking,” said Morgan Abney, Coordinator of Career Services. “By speaking one-on-one with employers, job seekers have an excellent opportunity to quickly build relationships and leave lasting impressions.”

More than 300 job seekers are expected to attend the free event. Representatives from organizations including Crown Equipment Corporation, The Dannon Company, Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., Ferguson Construction Company, Hartzell Industries, Hospice of Miami County, Premier Health, Raymath Company, and many others will be present. There will also be staffing services present, representing some of the major employers in the area.

“Participating in a collective gathering with other job seekers and multiple employers in the same area will allow attendees to discover several things that they can use to increase their chances of landing their dream job,” added Abney.

Edison State’s Career Services department provides resources to students, alumni, and the community in the areas of career searching and advising. Individuals are invited to the department for guidance as they consider a career change or experience a job loss. Skilled career advisors are available to guide them through a career assessment process and introduce them to resources with significant data on career fields and the job market.

For a complete list of organizations attending the 2016 Career Expo, visit www.edisonohio.edu/jobfair. For questions regarding the event, contact Morgan Abney by calling 937-381-1537 or emailing mabney3254@edisonohio.edu.

Greenville BPW Club to Choose Scholarship Finalists at March Meeting

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Scholarship Committee will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, March 10th.

Committee Chair Dorothy Poeppelman will introduce Darke County high school students vying for the scholarships that are available from the local BPW Club this year. The students have met certain criteria to qualify for the scholarships and will give a short presentation on their accomplishments and goals.


The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. For reservations please contact Marilyn Emmons by noon on Monday, March 7th at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com.

Help Wanted at State of the Heart Care

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Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction

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St. Mary’s School is pleased to announce the Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2015 and will be held at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio.  This is the largest single day fundraiser for the school so we are hoping for another successful year. The auction will begin at 6:00 and features a live and silent auction ran by Brian Rismiller of Rismiller Auctioneer Service. Make sure to mark your calendars and let your family and friends know the date of our auction. Also feel free to contact the school if you have any items you wish to donate at 548-2345. We are also accepting monetary donations which will be used to purchase items for the auction.

Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative: Creating Habitat in Ohio

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Monarch butterfly populations and the habitat they need are in decline across North America, Mexico and Canada. Ohio has been identified as a priority state for monarch migration and fourth-generation monarchs. Fourth-generation monarchs are the individuals who will travel back to Mexico, spend the winter there, and then start their amazing life cycle all over again in the spring, ending back up in Ohio the next summer.

In May 2015, the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators (The Pollinator Health Task Force) tasked all states to work through federal, state, public and private actions in order to restore or create pollinator habitat with the goal of 7 million acres across the United States over the next five years.

The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) is meeting this challenge head-on, working with multiple partners throughout the state in order to achieve this goal. OPHI is a statewide network of diverse partners that work together to provide education, outreach, research, hands on conservation, native seed collection, and technical assistance to all that have an interest in pollinators and protecting our food supply.

Our growing list of partners include the Ohio Department of Transportation, American Electric Power, Pheasants Forever, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, The U.S. Department of Agriculture, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University Extension, The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, Wright State University Biological Sciences, and the Levin Family Foundation.

We need Your Partnership

It will take all of us working together to achieve our goal of providing pollinator and monarch butterfly habitat across the state of Ohio. It will take each of us, doing all we can, where we can. It may be in your backyard garden, at your school, church or place of business. The potential is great and opportunities exist almost everywhere. From big to small, these projects have the potential to help reverse the decline in monarch and other pollinator populations. We are looking for partners to help grow OPHI. You or your organization can help us sustain our efforts through a variety of ways including social media and online communication, outreach and public education, technical support and assistance, financial support, hands-on habitat creation, and more.

We fully believe that through a collective effort we can reach these goals to provide a healthier future for monarchs and Ohio pollinators.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
E-mail: Marci Lininger (marci_lininger@fws.gov)
Jeff Burris (jeffrey.burris@dnr.state.oh.us)
Lori Stevenson (lori_stevenson@fws.gov)

Build for Birds with DCP

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About two thirds of an adult Eastern Bluebird’s diet consists
of insects and other invertebrates.
Bluebird! Few birds entice such excitement as the Eastern Bluebird. Nest boxes provide critical habitat for cavity nesting birds. Join a Darke County Parks Naturalist on Saturday, February 27th at 10am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve to build your own nest box. Depending on the location of the box, you can attract Bluebirds, Chickadees, Tree Swallows, and House Wrens to your property. Participants will spend a brief time discussing the various species that may use the nest box and then get to work constructing their own. All nest box materials will be provided, but participants need to bring their own hammer. There is a $10 material fee for this program, and preregistration is required.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Park program or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

There's Now a Rock Balancing Artist Making Random, Temporary Works of Art Around the County...

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If you happen across some balanced rocks in the area, it's likely they're the work of Sterling Gregory, a rock balance...

Posted by DarkeJournal.com on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Aultman Youth Development and Advancement Scholarships Now Offered

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Submitted Photo of the Aultman Family
Now accepting applications for the Aultman Youth Development and Advancement Scholarships. This is the inaugural year that the Matt and Morgan Aultman Family will be offering TWO scholarships for the specific advancement and support of students looking to further their education in the fields of political science, business, or at a skills driven trade school. We believe that in the future our county will need shrewd business people and skilled workers so we are offering these two very different scholarships.

The first of two $500.00 scholarships will be available to students graduating from a Darke County high school in 2016 and entering college to study business, business management, or political science. Business is the backbone to the Darke County community and in the future will require people of this skill set to someday continue running the business that are found here.

The second $500.00 scholarship will be available to 2016 Darke County graduating high school students continuing their education at a trade school or in a trade program. Not everyone desires a four year education and are more tactile with their skill sets. This is an opportunity for students going into programs such as welding, carpentry, masonry, dental assisting, CNC technician, or related field to receive monetary assistance for this education path.

Matt and Morgan Aultman have been supportive of their community and the advancement of youth in the past several years. They are advisors for 4-H, have helped with FFA Alumni programs, and assisted with class programs and after school activities. It is their hope that what is done today will transfer to a better tomorrow for our community.

You may ask why now and why these specific continuing education programs. The NOW part came when Matt decided to run for Darke County Commissioner and assessed the expenditures associated with the run for that office. Like the farmers they are or any other good business people, before spending money they look at the whole picture of the money spent versus the return and overall benefit. They decided that whether or not the campaign was successful they wanted to make a positive impact on the community. Matt and Morgan believe there is no better way to do this than helping the youth of the community; they have decided to use part of their personal finances to set up these two scholarships instead of purchasing yard signs for the primary election campaign. This is a continuation of their long lasting commitment to youth and Darke County. The Aultman’s hope it will yield talented and trained individuals returning to our community to fill the shoes of those who are currently running businesses, working in public service jobs, and working for community programs.

The Aultman’s have learned through many programs, activities, and teachings that one of the most effective ways to “make the best better” is to instill that sense into the next generation and provide opportunities for them to grow and flourish. They wish to leave a lasting impression on the next generation and leave Earth in better condition than when we inherited it, this is their small attempt at doing that.

Applications can be requested through email at: darkecountyfarmer@gmail.com, by sending a letter of request to Aultman Development and Advancement Scholarship, 6721 Horatio Harris Creek Rd, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or by visiting our website at www.aultmanfarms.weebly.com. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2016.

Open House and Public Meeting to be Held Regarding Hog Farm Permit

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PUBLIC NOTICE
Date of Notice: January 27, 2016

Name and address of facility:
Arnold Road Farm
TBD on Arnold Rd.
Greenville, Ohio 45331

In accordance with OAC rule 901:10-6-01, public notice is hereby given that the Ohio Department of
Agriculture is accepting comments and will hold an open house and public meeting on the draft Permit to Install (PTI) and the draft Permit to Operate (PTO) that has been issued to Arnold Road Farm, which would be located on Arnold Road (with an exact address to be determined), Greenville, Ohio 45331 in Darke County, Greenville Township in the Upper Great Miami Watershed. If the final permit is issued, the PTO would be valid for five years.

The open house and public meeting will be held on February 29,2016 at the Darke County Commissioner’s office, 520 South Broadway Greenville, Ohio 45331. The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, to obtain additional information limited to the criteria applicable to the permit noticed herein. A recording of the public meeting will be made to ensure accuracy. Interested parties may appear and submit oral or written comments concerning the permit; or may submit written comments to: Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP), 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068; (614)387-0470. Comments must be received no later than 5:00 pm, March 7, 2016. Comments received after March 7, 2016 will not be considered. Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470.

LOCAL AND STATE CANDIDATES TO APPEAR AT CANDIDATES FORUM

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Monday, February 29, the League of Women Voters of Darke County’s Candidates’ Night will feature the contested Republican Primary race for Darke County Commissioner at the American Legion beginning at 7:00 PM. Shown here are the Republican Primary Darke County Commissioner Candidates Joe LeMaster, Freddie E. Dean and Matthew Aultman with Holly Finnarn and Kathy Schmidt from the League of Women Voters.

The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Monday, February 29 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville , the non-partisan forum will focus on the contested Republican primary race for Darke County Commissioner for the seat presently held by Diane Delaplane.

Candidates for U.S. Congress, 8th District (the seat formerly held by John Boehner) will be giving brief introductions at the start of the program, as well as local non-contested candidates. Also, contested Republican Primary candidates, John Adams and Matt Huffman, for the seat presently held by Keith Faber, the State Senate, 12th District seat, have been invited to attend.

• Candidates’ Night Featured Race: Republican Primary Candidates for Darke County Commissioner, term commencing 1/2/17 (vote for one)– Matthew Aultman, Freddie E. Dean & Joe LeMaster. The successful Primary Election Republican candidate will face the Democratic Primary candidate, Leon Rogers, in the November General Election.

The contested Commissioner candidates will give two minute introductory speeches. Following that, they will answer questions. Te public is encouraged to attend and submit written questions. Questions are then screened by a panel of League members, equally represented by the Democratic and Republican parties.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Funding for voter service activities comes from the League House Tour. Further information about the Candidates Night may be obtained by calling Holly Finnarn 937.417.4483 or Eileen Litchfield, 937.623.1234, Voter Service Co-Chairs.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 15.

Mark Your Calendar “Last Mondays” Returns on February 29th

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The Versailles Area Museum’s popular “Last Monday’s” return on Leap Year day as we celebrate the last of our area villages, Versailles, which is the oldest of the communities that make up our book, “All Roads Lead Home”.

We have had awesome turnouts for all the villages and their stories as well as the history we’ve shared. All of which has been fascinating to hear. Now it’s time for Versailles to come, gather, and share pictures and stories of growing up in Tiger Town and what made it special to you as a child. From the Sweet Shoppe, to football, from Toy Land to Mrs. Pittsenbarger’s Minstrel Shows, there are many stories to share and enjoy!

Call your friends and family and let’s have a great turn out as we remember happy days growing up in Versailles.

Our program begins at 1:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served to end our afternoon. Questions may be directed to the museum at 526-4222. If school is closed or we are on a Level 3 the afternoon will be rescheduled.

Looking for Some Special Items

The Versailles Area Museum is looking for loans of Wedding gowns, grooms wear, and other Wedding memorabilia, old wedding pictures and even gifts given over the last century for an upcoming display in early June. Also needed are mannequins and dress forms for display. If you have such items please call the museum at 937-525-4222 and leave a message and we will get back with you. Thank-you in advance for your help, you are appreciated!

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons at 6 PM on Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Faithful Sons have been sharing the Gospel of Christ through Southern Gospel Music for many years.

John Short sings the lead part for the group. He lives in Union City, OH, and is mostly retired. John has sang with several groups over the years, including the Promised Heirs and the Chordsmen, before starting The Faithful Sons.

Kim Gilbert sings the baritone part, and has been with the group from the beginning. He has also sang with a barbershop quartet through the years. Kim lives in Greenville, and is also recently retired from Flagg Lumber in New Madison.

Singing tenor is the newest member of the group, Kent Waller. Kent also makes his home in Greenville, and works for Crown Equipment in New Bremen as a Packaging Engineer. Before joining The Faithful Sons, Kent sang baritone with The Dayton Ambassadors for three years until the group disbanded in 2012.

This group has but one goal, lift up the name of Jesus Christ in word and song, and lead others to a loving, personal relationship with Him. Come and worship with us and you will surely be blessed.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. The public is invited to this gospel concert and a freewill offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the concert.

For booking information, you can contact John at 937-423-7827 or Kent at 937-621-5494.

MVCTC Receives Robot Donation from Fuyao

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Fuyao Glass America, Inc. donates KUKA robots to the MVCTC RAMTEC facility as part of the new partnership between both organizations.

MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy, accepts the donation of four KUKA Training Robots from John Gauthier, president of Fuyao Glass America Inc. The new KUKA Robots will be part of the RAMTEC Facility built at MVCTC in 2015 thanks to an Ohio Straight A Fund Grant. This makes MVCTC the only school in the country with access to robotics certifications on Fanuc, Yaskawa, and KUKA robots. Training opportunities are offered for both high school and adult learners at the MVCTC RAMTEC Faculty.
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) recently was given four KUKA training robots from Fuyao Glass America, Inc. as a donation to the MVCTC RAMTEC Facility. The KUKA robots are the same as the ones used for production at the Fuyao factory in Moraine and Fuyao Worldwide. The donation will allow MVCTC to offer training for both high school and adult learners on KUKA robots, thus providing a more viable workforce for Fuyao and excellent employment opportunities for MVCTC students, both high school and adult. This is a part of Fuyao’s commitment to the Miami Valley and goal of hiring 1,500 employees this calendar year.

MVCTC began discussions with Fuyao officials in January of 2015. Mike Stanoikovich, a consultant for Fuyao who provided the introduction said: “Fuyao and MVCTC are great for one another, Fuyao brings high-tech manufacturing knowledge and through a cooperative partnership, MVCTC will supply highly skilled employees through both graduating students and the adult education program”.

In September of 2015, Fuyao Glass Chairman, Mr. Cao Dewang, and other representatives of Fuyao, including Junming Wang, Judy Lewkowski, Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaunessey, Dave Burrows, and Tom Thompsen, visited MVCTC to see the new RAMTEC facility and to finalize a partnership with MVCTC Officials.

The donation was made on Tuesday, February 9, when John Gauthier, president of Fuyao Glass America Inc., visited MVCTC. He discussed the importance of the partnership between Fuyao and MVCTC and the commitment to build a quality workforce in the Miami Valley.

According to MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy, “Fuyao has demonstrated from the beginning that they want to be a part of our community. Chairman Dewang has once again invested in our community and in our youth. The new training equipment will allow students and Fuyao employees to receive a wide range of instruction that has not been available in our area before now. The MVCTC is proud to call Fuyao a partner and look forward to working with them to improve the regional economic outlook. I would also like to extend my thanks to Mr. Mike Stanoikovich for his efforts in connecting the district and Fuyao and his passion in supporting MVCTC.”

In August of 2014, an Ohio Straight A Fund Grant was awarded to career center partners to create nine Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) facilities in Ohio. The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) is the Miami Valley’s regional RAMTEC facility providing training opportunities to a 12 county area (Darke, Preble, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Clark, Mercer, Auglaize, Champaign, Greene, Clinton, and Shelby Counties). The proven success of the RAMTEC facility at Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio, is the model for the additional eight facilities. The goal is to strengthen the collaboration between industry, education and government to offer industry certifications for robotics, CNC machining, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, and robotic welding, all at a regional career center. This will provide a means to supply area industry leaders with a viable and highly trained workforce. It is also a pathway for both high school and adult learners to receive in-demand training in the latest technology and leave with industry certifications, highly technical skills and optimally a new career. As part of the collaborative, the MVCTC received $1.47 million of the grant to provide state-of-the-art equipment and to renovate space at their Hoke Road campus into a RAMTEC center.

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

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com or follow MVCTC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MVCTC) or Twitter (Twitter.com/MVCTC).

DCP Presents Black Bears in Ohio

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Despite being quadrupeds, bears can sit
and stand similarly to humans.
On Thursday, February 25th at 6:30pm, Darke County Parks will host an evening lecture on black bears in Ohio. Although a small population does exist in eastern Ohio, no black bears have been found in Darke County. However, they are still creatures of immense intrigue and curiosity. Spend an evening taking a closer look at the life history of this large mammal. What is their status in Ohio? Will they continue to move west? How likely is it to find one in Darke County? A naturalist will answer all these questions and more during this free informational session.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Park program, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Arcanum Library Pursues Levy Renewal to Maintain Quality Service

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The trustees of the Arcanum Public Library voted to place a renewal of the existing 1.0 mill library support levy on the March 15 ballot. The original levy was approved in 2011 to replenish the 30% cut in funding by the state. Since then the library has been able to maintain a full operating schedule, expand its book and DVD collection, implement a new book drop and offer a wide variety of programming. The library also joined a network of libraries across the state, which has provided better on-line services and access to the materials at all of the member libraries.

The residents of our community rely on the library to provide free educational and recreational resources. Services like computer and high-speed internet access allow patrons to apply for jobs or government benefits, complete homework assignments or just keep in touch with friends and family.

Since this is a renewal levy, you will not see any increase in your taxes. It is also to be continuous, so it will remain in place unless it need to be changed through a future ballot measure. The income generated by the levy will allow the library to maintain its current hours and the variety of services. The levy will be on the ballot for voters within the Arcanum Butler Local School District.

The library staff and trustees feel that the library continues to offer a good value for the community and appreciate the public support of the library and the levy. In the meantime, questions and comments can be shared with levy co-chairmans: Marilyn Walden at 692-8484 or Paul Myers at 692-8115.

Black History Month Discussion

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Shane Carter, Executive Director of the
Lincoln Community Center in Troy.
The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is bringing Shane Carter, Executive Director of the Lincoln Community Center in Troy, Ohio, to campus for a special town hall discussion titled, “Reflection on Unity.” Offered free of charge, the discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at 12 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Piqua campus.

Mr. Carter will speak to the value of acceptance and moving forward in today’s quest for unity. Carter’s presentation will include excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the relationship he had with Piqua’s own, William McCulloch. Carter will provide ways in which the ideas fostered by Martin Luther King, Jr. have helped shape his life.

CELEBRATE ST. PATRICKS DAY AT DCCA'S “IRISH WAVE”

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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 11, featuring music by, returning favorite Lone Raven. Tickets are $35.


Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 11. “DCCA will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day a bit early with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting, as well as an exciting new addition to the fun—a “limited edition” raffle offering a very good chance of winning a trip to Ireland,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. “As with all of our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause,” Ms. Jordan stated. Proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees can count on a diverse choice of beers to taste as well as a commemorative beer glass, all included in the price of admission. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available. Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided. Adding to the excitement, the winner of DCCA's “Off to the Isle” raffle will be announced during “Irish Wave.” “Since only 75 raffle tickets will be sold, I'd recommend not waiting to enter the raffle to win a $5000 voucher entitling you to a customized vacation in Ireland,” Ms. Jordan said. Raffle tickets cost $100 each, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA's office.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They'll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more,” Rawlins said.

The musicians who make up Lone Raven, Craig Markley, Kara Markley, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Neil Jacobs, and Sid Omasta, play a broad variety of instruments including keyboard, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, whistle, and percussion. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Jim and Julia Poeppelman, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, Family Health, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased on-line at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

Money Management Course offered at Oakland Church of the Brethren

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Are you IN DEBT? Have TROUBLE MANAGING YOUR MONEY? A nine-session course from Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University on Money Management will be offered at Oakland Church of the Brethren, Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Cost for the course is $100 per family. Call 937-448-2287 by March 3rd. to register. The first class begins Monday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m.

MVCTC Electrical Trades Students Receive Tool Bag Awards

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The Southwest Ohio Division of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) donated five-tool bags to MVCTC Seniors

The Southwest Ohio Division of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) donated five-tool bags to MVCTC Seniors. Pictured Left –Right. Back Row – Mr. Jon Baumhauer (MVCTC Guidance Counselor), Mr. Jon McGreevey (MVCTC South Building Principal), Mr. Greg Bauer (MVCTC Electrical Trades Instructor), Mr. Robert Ewry (MVCTC Apprenticeship Coordinator), Mr. Dewayne Jenkins (Southwest Ohio Division of the IAEI Vice President, and Tool Bag Award Chairman). Front Row – Jacob Gehret (Versailles), Austin Gibbs (Wayne), Damon Miller (Versailles), Daniel Chaney (Franklin Monroe), and Landon Flora (Franklin Monroe).
Englewood, Ohio -- Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Electrical Trades seniors were recognized on Thursday, February 11, 2016, by the Southwest Ohio Division of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) for receiving the Annual Tool Bag Awards. Each year the Southwest Ohio Division of the IAEI awards tool bags valued at $250 to Career Centers offering an electrical trades program in the 19 counties they serve.

Dewayne Jenkins, Southwest Ohio Division of the IAEI Vice President and Tool Bag Award Chairman, shared, “This is a great opportunity for young people in the electrical trades to receive some financial assistance for the tools necessary for their career technical class and in the field. Our membership works diligently to provide the funding possible for these needs-based awards each year. “

The MVCTC seniors receiving the Tool Bag Award this year include Daniel Chaney (Franklin Monroe), Landon Flora (Franklin Monroe), Jacob Gehret (Versailles), Austin Gibbs (Wayne), and Damon Miller (Versailles). In order to be considered for the Tool Bag Award, each student needed to submit a letter stating why they needed the tool bags and what they would do with the tools.

Mr. Jenkins spent some time with the students discussing careers in the Electrical Trades field and changes in Electrical Code.

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

Learn Backyard Sugarin’ with DCP

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With a little ingenuity, anyone can make
maple syrup in their own backyard.
Just in time for the upcoming maple sugaring season, join Darke County Parks to learn a new woodland skill. At Shawnee Prairie on Saturday Feb. 27th at 10am participants will learn how to tap your own maples, how and when to collect the sap, and finally, how to go about turning that sap into maple goodness! Demonstrations and hands-on experience will ensure that by the end of the program, everyone will have the skills needed to produce your very own maple syrup. Please remember to dress for the weather and call ahead to preregister for this free program.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Park program or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

A Night in Hollywood – On March 5th

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A Night in Hollywood – On March 5th, a Special Olympics fundraising event will be held at Greenville High School to spotlight the Special Olympians as the stars they are with a black tie themed dinner and show. A Night in Hollywood will showcase the Special Olympics participants by opening their artistic abilities to the public through a talent show and an art auction. Guests will enjoy special guest performances from the Greenville Jazz Scene and Wavaires along with Hollywood themed refreshments throughout evening.

You will have many opportunities to give back to Special Olympics fund throughout A Night In Hollywood with business donations, ticket prices, fun family games and much more. Last year for our inaugural event we raised $7,082 specifically for our very own Darke County Special Olympics. Our Goal for this year is to raise $7,000!! We are looking to get our community connected to the Special Olympics in a way that they have never experience before by putting on A Night in Hollywood.

Usually, the Special Olympic participants are limited to athletics. We are aware that the Special Olympians are extremely talented in many ways! So, we would like to give them the opportunity to show off their own unique talents to our community. Our goal is to have all eyes on our Special Olympics participants so they may feel like the stars they are. If you would like to be a guest at A Night in Hollywood, pre-sale tickets will be available at all Greenville Nation Bank branches. $10 for student tickets and $15 dollars for adults. You may, also, purchase a table for $200. If you are interested in making a financial donation, please make checks payable to Supply Chain Management at 100 Greenwave Way, Greenville OH 45331. For further information, contact Dara Buchy at dbuchy@greenville.k12.oh.us or (937) 564-8211. The doors will open at 5:30 that night. We would love to get as many members of our community as possible involved to share this very special night with us. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ROLLOVER ATV ACCIDENT

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On February 20, 2016 at 11:33 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Rossburg Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident involving an ATV in the 13600 block of Rhynard Fink Rd.

Preliminary investigation reveals that Jared Hummel (35), of Rossburg Ohio, lost control of his 2012 Polaris Ranger ATV. Mr. Hummel was ejected from his ATV causing injury. Mr. Hummel was not wearing safety equipment at the time of the accident and was flown by careflight to Miami Valley Hospital.

This crash remains under investigation.

Friday, February 19, 2016

FAREWELL TO A FRIEND

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By Mike Stegall

This past week, Marc Saluk, the Darke County Economic Development Director, resigned from his position to take a similar position in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Marc is going home. Marc is from the Philadelphia area, and his new job gets him about 50 miles away. I can’t blame him for leaving, it is what he wants, and we all like familiar places.

Since Marc has been here, Marc and I have worked on a lot of things together. I bet he won’t remember the first time we actually talked to each other?

I was still a Township Trustee with Greenville Township, and Rowland Truck and Equipment had contacted us about expanding to their current location on Children’s Home Road and 127. All of the trustees agreed to help them all we could, and I called Marc to let him know what was going on. I remember telling him that I thought this was how Economic Development should work; If anyone hears any rumors of businesses, no matter how small, we need to let the office know and let them take care of it.

That is what happened.

Marc, working with the company and us, successfully got Rowland where they wanted, and today their business is very visible and doing well. Since that time, Darke County, under Marc’s direction, has exploded with company expansion, job additions, and new business coming into the County. We are one of the leaders in the State with our workforce efforts that combine Schools, businesses, Individuals and Government together to make things better for us all. Marc was a huge part of this. His individual talents have made him a name that is recognized anywhere in the State. He has helped put Darke County on the map. Marc has an enthusiasm, and energy that will be sorely missed. I will miss him greatly. I consider him more than a business acquaintance, I consider him a good friend.

Marc, whatever path you take, I hope it is the happy one. You have done wonders here, and I know you will do the same in New Jersey, no question of that. If you ever need anything, just call, and I will do my best to help. I wish you and your family well, and may good fortune follow you all the days of your life. Farewell, my friend, and remember, you will always have a home here in Darke County.

An old Irish toast to you, My Friend:
“Walls for the wind
A roof for the rain
And drinks beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you
And all that your heart may desire”
Mike Stegall-Darke County Commissioner

Greenville Federal celebrates new branch located inside Troy Kroger Marketplace

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Greenville Federal Bank, in business since 1883, recently held a Grand Opening ribbon cutting at their Troy Kroger Banking Center, located inside the “new” Kroger Marketplace at 731 W. Market St. in Troy, on Thursday, February 4th, 2016.

In attendance were Greenville Federal Bank representatives, Troy Area Chamber of Commerce representatives and community members. All guests were invited to enter a drawing for a chance to win a 42” television. Entries can be submitted until the end of February and one lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, March 4th.

In addition to Greenville Federal’s Grand Opening ribbon cutting, the bank also gave away $10,000 to one Miami County non-profit organization. After receiving 26 applications, 5 finalists were chosen. The Miami County community voted via Greenville Federal’s Facebook page and after receiving a total of 3,500 total votes, Greenville Federal awarded a $10,000 check to The New Path Outreach. “New Path’s mission is to help our neighbors in need. We are very gracious for this $10,000 donation as it will go toward replacing a freezer and chiller at our food pantry which serves the entire Miami County community” said Executive Director Bill Lutz.

Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal reiterated the excitement of Greenville Federal coming to Miami County. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring our style of customer-focused banking to the Miami County community. There is a difference in banks and we are confident the good people of Miami County will enjoy the GF option for all their banking needs. Stop in and enjoy the ultimate convenience of banking where you shop!”

Greenville Federal’s Troy Kroger Banking Center is a full service bank that features 24/7 safe deposit boxes, access to an ATM inside the Kroger Marketplace, extended banking hours for lobby and drive-thru along with commercial and consumer loan origination. The branch lobby and drive-thru will be open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Your feedback needed! Take the Community Health Needs survey by Reid Health

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What do you believe are the most important health needs of the region served by Reid Health?

The health system has launched a Community Health Needs survey for the region to gather vital information that helps better understand the health status and needs of the communities Reid serves. “This input will help us shape future programs and areas of focus as we work to improve the health of our citizens,” said Billie Kester, Director of Continuum of Care at Reid Health.

Kester noted that the survey is part of extensive requirements for the health system to maintain its not-for-profit status as a mission-focused organization. “This survey allows community members to tell us what they feel are the most important health issues facing our region,” Kester said. “This ensures their voices are heard as we shape programs and make decisions for our priorities, and about ways we can help other organizations dedicated to addressing community health needs.”

The online survey will be open until April 1, and is estimated to take only 10-15 minutes to complete.

Kester said the survey results will be combined with results from key interviews, focus groups and other data to be presented in July for review. Then the information will be used to shape Reid Health’s priorities for addressing community health needs over the next three years.

The last survey from 2013 identified several areas of focus that included mental health and substance abuse, physical activity, nutrition and obesity, and access to health services among others. These issues helped drive the focus of outreach, programs and grants given through Community Benefit, as will the results of the 2016 survey going forward, Kester said.

To take or share the survey: Community Health Needs Survey

Related link:
https://reidhealth.org/about/community-wellness/

BPW FEBRUARY MEETING FOCUSES ON EMOTIONS

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(From left to right) BPW Member Peggy Foutz, Speaker Dr. Debbie McFarland, and BPW Member Diane Delaplane
Greenville, OH February 15, 2016 - The Publicity Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the February 11th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Guest speaker Dr. Debbie McFarland was introduced by Committee Chair Peggy Foutz. Dr. McFarland, Chiropractor and certified in Acupuncture spoke about emotions. She spoke about the need to deal with emotions as opposed to ignoring or “pushing them down” as they may eventually manifest themselves in other health related issues. She noted some of the different emotions and the organs they may affect. For example anger can manifest itself in the liver, diabetes in the lower side of the back and the stomach can be affected by anxiety and worry. She told members that you cannot separate the mental from the physical effects. Dr. McFarland also emphasized the importance of forgiving others, forgiving ourselves, and the need to repent. One of the ways Dr. McFarland assists people is by creating a release through acupuncture for which she uses just her finger and does not involve the use of needles. Other ways of dealing with our emotions include journaling, scrapbooking, and coloring. Each member was given a coloring book and a small bag which included labels for problems and peace among other small items. Dr. McFarland said that we each have enough problems of our own and stressed the importance of not taking on other people’s problems. Dr. McFarland’s office is located at 607 S. Broadway, Greenville and she can be reached at (330) 447-9680 or holisticendocrinology@gmail.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 fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. 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 937-996-1741 or by email to brenda@newmadisonpubliclibrary.org

Largest Easter Egg Hunt in Miami County – FREE Family Fun

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Ginghamsburg Church draws thousands of families each year.
Children 12 and under enjoy hunting for eggs.
February 16, 2016 (Tipp City, OH) — Families with children up to age 12 are invited to not just any Easter egg hunt—but the largest Easter egg hunt in Miami County with more than 50,000 filled eggs, Saturday, March 19 at 9:30am on the front lawn of Ginghamsburg Church.

Come and experience the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, through a live drama. Kids also enjoy crafts, games, petting zoo with chicks, donkeys and bunnies as well as a visit from the Easter bunny and snacks, hot chocolate and much more.

Registration for this fourth annual event begins at 9:30am the morning of the event with the first egg hunt beginning at 10am. Each hunt zone is broken down into four different age groups: walking-age 2, age 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Each hunt zone also includes prize eggs and golden eggs that are redeemable for large prize items. This is one hunt families won’t want to miss!

In the past, more than 3,000 families with kids have enjoyed this free, safe and fun community event.

For more information about this event and other activities taking place at Ginghamsburg Church, visit thewebsite—ginghamsburg.org or call the church at 937.667.1069.

NORTH STAR TO HOST ‘LOVE YOUR DONOR’ BLOOD DRIVE

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FEBRUARY DONORS ARE A BIG HELP DURING THE HEART OF WINTER

DAYTON, Ohio – St. Louis Catholic Church in North Star will sponsor a community blood drive Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the North Star Community Building gym, 124 East Star Road in celebration of February “love your donor” month. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Love Your Donor – Save Lives Give Blood” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Love Your Donor” campaign comes during February’s traditional celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. The t-shirt is a deep blue with a light grey blood drop and the “Love Your Donor” slogan in red and white, painted distressed lettering. The t-shirt is free to anyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 27 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

DONATE DURING THE HEART OF WINTER

February is the heart of winter, a time when weather often disrupts travel and seasonal illnesses interfere with donating. Beginning Monday, Feb. 15 any potential donor who has traveled to Zika virus endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America will be deferred from donating for 28 days. This is expected to result in the loss of approximately 2.25 percent of otherwise acceptable donors during the winter months when such travel is more common. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate when able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Canteen Shop Owner to Speak at DCP

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Darke County Parks is pleased to welcome Rob Simpson, owner of the Canteen Shop, to the Nature Center. The shop is currently located in The Palace building on Broadway, but will soon be moving to Third Street just off Broadway. On Thursday, February 18th at 6:30pm Rob will discuss his favorite everyday-carry (EDC) items and their importance.

Many people spend a fair amount of time outdoors, and while the usual items like a cell phone, wallet and keys are helpful, there are a wide range of additional tools on the market to help make life easier. Rob will discuss the benefits of having these items on your person in the best, and worst, of times. In addition, he will discuss other options for preparedness tools used for winter hiking, driving, and living. Preregistration is required for this free night of survival education.

For more information about this program or any other Park District program or to register, please give the Nature Center a call at (937) 548-0165.

Saluk Resigns as Economic Director, Search is On for Replacement

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As many of you likely know, The Darke County CIC has accepted the resignation of our Economic Development Director, Marc Saluk, who has accepted a director position elsewhere. Mr. Saluk's last day in the position will be March 1st. A well-organized transition process has been underway that ensures the Partnering for Progress team will execute the programs and projects of the office effectively until a new director is appointed.

The CIC has appointed a committee to run that search process. Work will begin immediately but no set timeline has been established. Please be assured that we will utilize the strength of the entire P4P initiative to maintain the organization in the interim, to hire a strong economic development professional, and to ensure a smooth transition process.

In the meantime, please direct any input, questions, or concerns to the Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250 or to CIC Board President Dave Keiser at 937-548-2131. Thank you.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Remembering Freedom: James Clemens and the Longtown Settlement

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Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: 2:00PM
Where: The Garst Museum, Greenville, Ohio

Here is a perfect opportunity to get out of the house and learn something new. On Sunday, February 28, at 2:00 PM, Roane Smothers will discuss the documentary that describes the life and times of James Clemens and the Longtown Settlement, a multi-racial settlement on the border of Indiana and Ohio during the 1800’s.

Smothers, a former urban planner for the City of Dayton, serves as president of the Union Literary Institute Preservation Society. A descendent of Longtown’s Bass family, Smothers has done extensive research on the Longtown settlement. Smothers nominated the James and Sophia Clemens Homestead for the National Register of Historic Places.

Longtown was a predominantly African American settlement in Darke County that included people of African, European, and American Indian ancestry. The population included many freed or runaway slaves. With the establishment of a vocational school known as the Union Literary Institute, Longtown created an opportunity for African Americans to become land-owning farmers, craftsmen, skilled workers and professionals during a period when slavery and racism were prevalent.

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center and CrossRoads of Destiny exhibits. Support for the Garst Lecture series comes, in part, from the Stephens Foundation.

Photo Caption: The James and Sophia Clemens homestead circa 1907.

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

Darke County Park District Seeks Summer Intern

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The Dark County Park District will offer a 10 week summer internship beginning in June with a potential stipend to a student possessing or working toward a degree in cultural, natural, or environmental studies. Duties will include participation in a full range of tasks associated with natural and cultural history programming, organization of summer day-camps on a variety of subjects, environmental education/interpretation, general maintenance, and operation of a Nature Education Center and park areas.

Representative tasks include assisting full time naturalists with a variety of day-camps; basic customer service; caring for animal ambassadors, including birds of prey; assisting with educational programming and special events; supporting skill-based programming such as canoeing/kayaking, camping, and hiking; executing at least one general-public program; and completing an intern project directed by chief naturalist. The ideal candidate should enjoy working with young children and the public, being outdoors, and possess excellent communication skills. Swimming proficiency and other outdoor skills will be helpful. Applicants must be willing to adapt to a flexible schedule working some evening and weekend hours and must be able to lift 50lbs. They must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and be able to pass a drug-screening and background investigation.

Applications should include a cover letter, personal resume, and the answers to the following three questions: What program/course do you enjoy most in college & why? Have you assisted with a child day camp (or similar topic) before? Tell us a bit about your experience and thoughts on this. What would you list as your favorite outdoor pastime? Please submit application via email or postal mail to Darke County Park District, Attn: Chief Naturalist, 4267 State Route 502 West / P.O. Box 801, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or info@darkecountyparks.org on or before April 10th. See www.darkecountyparks.org for full job description.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County Receives Grant from Vectren Foundation for Mentoring Children of Prisoners

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Sidney, Ohio – To fulfill the increasing need for intervention and prevention services for high-risk youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Shelby and Darke County received a grant for Mentoring Children of Prisoners.

Thanks to community partners such as Vectren, BBBS of Shelby and Darke County is moving forward matching children who have an incarcerated parent high with positive role model mentors, Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

“Through the Vectren Foundation grant we will be able to reach out to those children in our two county communities that have a parent who is currently incarcersated and offer them a friendship with a positive role model during the hard times that they are currently going through” said Jennifer Bruns, executive director for BBBS of Shelby and Darke County. “The children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social and academic activities through the interaction with their mentors.”

“We’re proud to support the Big Buddies After-School Mentoring Program,” said Rachel Goodspeed, Community Affairs Manager of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio. “This program equips children with the knowledge and skills that allow them to be successful inside and outside of the classroom.”

HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – RECRUITING EVENT!

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Fall in love with a new career. At Heartland of Greenville we are thoroughly committed to clinical Excellence and compassionate care. Discover an atmosphere that will have you loving your career again. At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day.

Here, you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ Journey back home. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that
happen!

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HIRING EVENT!! Enjoy Lunch on us at BOB EVANS here in GREENVILLE!
Tuesday, February 23rd from 10am – Noon
Come dressed for success and have the chance to complete an application, interview and meet
members of our management team! *All qualified candidates will receive an appreciation bag
and a lunch on us.
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STNAs:
Full-time, 1st & 2nd Shifts
Part-time, all shifts
Sign-on Bonuses available for FT and PT if application is completed by 2/23.
We pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 6a-2p, 2p-10p & 10p-6a
All FT/PT positions include every other weekend and every other holiday
Will Reimburse for Classes/Test if meets criteria

RN:
Fulltime, 3rd shift
Sign-on Bonus available if application is completed by 2/23.
We pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 5:45a-2:15p, 1:45p-10:15p & 9:45p-6:15a
All FT/PT positions include every other weekend and every other holiday

RN/LPN:
Part-time, 2nd shift
Sign-on Bonus available if application is completed by 2/23.
We pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 5:45a-2:15p, 1:45p-10:15p & 9:45p-6:15a
All FT/PT positions include every other weekend and every other holiday
PRN for Experienced nurses

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

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

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331
For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
or
Apply online at jobs.hcr-manorcare.com ∙ EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

2016 Speaker Series Opens Sunday

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Conner Keiser
The Versailles Area Historical Society announces the kick-off of their 2016 season by welcoming home Versailles native and V.H.S. alum, Conner Keiser on Sunday February 21st.

Conner has been giving many talks lately about his ancestors the Clemens who helped to find the western Darke County village of Longtown. This mostly African American community was founded in 1822 by mostly freed or runaway slaves. This amazing Darke County story is told no better than by one of the original decenents of this community.

If you know nothing about this Longtown or even if you’ve heard Conner speak elsewhere before, you’ll want to be here as Conner recalls the story of this unique community, his family and there important contributions to our area.

The program begins at 2:00 and Conner will be happy to talk with you afterward as we serve lite refreshments and welcome one of our own… home.

“Last Mondays” Return on February 29th

The Versailles Area Museum’s popular “Last Monday’s” return on Leap Year day as we celebrate the last of our area villages, Versailles, which is the oldest of the communities that make up our book, “All Roads Lead Home”.

We have had awesome turnouts for all the villages and their stories as well as the history shared. All of which has been fascinating to hear. Now it’s time for Versailles to come, gather and share pictures and stories of growing up in Tiger Town and what made it special to you as a child.

Call your friends and family and let’s have a great turn out to remember happy days growing up in Versailles. Our program begins at 1:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served to end our afternoon. Questions may be directed to the museum at 526-4222. If school is closed or we are on a Level 3 the afternoon will be rescheduled.

Rotary Club of Greenville Grant Applications Now Available

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Greenville will allocate grant funding to non-profit, charitable organizations for general operating needs or other programs related to your organization’s mission.

If you wish to apply for grant funding, please contact, Lindsey Gehret, Committee Chair, at 564.3016 or email, lgehret@vancrest.com, for an application or any other questions you may have. Please note the application deadline is April 1, 2016. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Requests are reviewed by the club’s Charitable Committee and are then approved by the club’s Board of Directors. While we strive to provide support for all organizations who apply, please keep in mind that not all requests can be met. If your organization received funds in past years, it is not guaranteed that you will receive funds in the future, as all requests are reviewed new each year.

Funds distributed to organizations are made possible by the Greenville Rotary Lemon Shakes sold at The Great Darke County Fair, as well as our Election Machine Project.

Meet Matt Aultman, Candidate for Darke County Commissioner

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Versailles Health Care Center offers Sound-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)

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L to R: PTA Jennifer Everman, PT Stephanie Goubeaux,
COTA Cindy Bowers, and PT Stephen Winner.
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center offers sound-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (SASTM), which is an amazing soft tissue therapy technique. Physical therapists, Dr. Stephen Winner and Stephanie Goubeaux, along with Physical Therapy Assistant, Jennifer Everman, and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Cindy Bowers, are certified in SASTM. The SASTM method is used by the NFL, NBA, MLB, Cirque du Soleil, USA Olympics and Track and Field, NIKE Training Center, and university athletic training programs. By doing the same SASTM method, VHCC patients receive similar outcomes as professional and amateur athletes.

SASTM, a research-based method developed by David Graston, is a form of soft tissue mobilization, which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat individuals diagnosed with soft tissue dysfunction. The SASTM method allows the clinician to detect scar tissue and treat it in an alternate manner utilizing a variety of ceramic-polymer based tools, as opposed to using hands alone. The instruments used also provide the clinician with a mechanical advantage and are also sensitive to subtle restrictions in the tissue. SASTM has proven to have highly effective results as it provides an innovative method to expedite the restoration and recovery of patients to full, functional lives.

Based on the “Gua Sha” technique used in Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years, SASTM assists in cross-fiber massage. This is used to find and break down areas exhibiting soft-tissue fibrosis or constant inflammation. The micro trauma inflicted through the instrument initiates a healing flow, and then ice and stretching are used to help control pain, remodel tissue and restore function.

Soft tissue mobilization has been used to treat a number of diagnoses. SASTM has most effectively been used in the restoration of function and the reduction of pain. Below is a list of diagnoses SASTM can help to treat:

Achilles Tendonitis (Heel Pain)
Ankle Strains/Sprains (Medial/Lateral)
Bicep Tendonitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cervical Pain (Neck)
DeQuervain’s Syndrome (Gamer’s thumb)
Frozen Shoulder
Groin Pulls
Hammer Toe
Hamstring Injuries
Hip Replacements
Joint Contractures
Knee Replacements
Knee Sprains
Lumbar/Sacral Pain (Low Back)
Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis
Morton’s Neuroma
Musculoskeletal Imbalances
Patellar Tendonitis (Anterior Knee Pain)
Quadriceps Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Scars (Surgical/Traumatic)
Shin Splints
Sacral Iliac Pain (Low Back)
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Thoracic Pain (Mid Back)
Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis
Trigger Finger
Turf Toe

A recent Versailles Health Care Center Outpatient Patient was thrilled with her outcome utilizing the SASTM method. “A few years ago I had surgery on my right foot for a neuroma and since then, it’s been nothing but a mess. When I developed a neuroma on my left foot, I opted for no surgery and instead sought treatment at VHCC. My therapist used the SASTM method and I had great results with no need for surgery!”

If you are interested in learning more about the SASTM method offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, contact Dr. Stephen Winner at 937.526.0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 13 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Other specialty programs offered are Cardiac, Orthopedic – Pre & Postsurgical, Pulmonary, Pain Management, Urinary Incontinence, Stroke Recovery, Vestibular-Balance/Falls, Parkinson’s, Sports Medicine, Hand/Wrist, Shoulder, Traction, Manual Therapy, and much more.

GGSA/GCBL "Grand Slam" Cornhole Tournament Set For March 12

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The 8th Annual GGSA/GCBL Grand Slam Cornhole Tournament with its $1,000 guaranteed purse is set to take place on Saturday, March 12 at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio. Over the first seven years of the tournament many of the top ranked players in the world rankings have competed in this annual event including 6-time World Champion Matt Guy, Jay Dotson, Adam Hisner, Cody Henderson, Brett Guy, Steve Vanderver, and Chris Hobbs. The event will consist of both singles and doubles tournaments.

A double elimination singles tournament will begin at Noon with check-in beginning at 11:00 AM. The cost to play in the singles bracket is $20.00 per player with a 75% payout.

The doubles tournament will be broken down into two separate divisions including recreational and competitive divisions. Both tournaments will run simultaneously beginning at 3:00 PM with check-in beginning at 11:00 AM. The "Grand Slam"/competitive bracket will have a guaranteed $1,000 purse while the recreational bracket will payout 75% of all entries. The cost to enter the doubles tournament is $40.00.

Paws Bingo Hall is located at 848 Martin St in Greenville, Ohio. For more information go to www.ggsaonline.com or call Shawn Shaffer (GGSA) at 937-459-9187 or Scott McKinniss (GCBL) at 937-467-9042. All proceeds to benefit The Greenville Girls Softball Association and Greenville Citizens Baseball League. Both organizations are available on Facebook.

BRADFORD HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST ‘LOVE YOUR DONOR’ BLOOD DRIVE

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FEBRUARY DONORS ARE A BIG HELP DURING THE HEART OF WINTER

DAYTON, Ohio – The Bradford community will sponsor a community blood drive Thursday, Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bradford High School auditorium, 750 Railroad Ave. in celebration of February “love your donor” month. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Love Your Donor – Save Lives Give Blood” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Love Your Donor” campaign comes during February’s traditional celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. The t-shirt is a deep blue with a light grey blood drop and the “Love Your Donor” slogan in red and white, painted distressed lettering. The t-shirt is free to anyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 27 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

DONATE DURING THE HEART OF WINTER

February is the heart of winter, a time when weather often disrupts travel and seasonal illnesses interfere with donating. Beginning Monday, Feb. 15 any potential donor who has traveled to Zika virus endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America will be deferred from donating for 28 days. This is expected to result in the loss of approximately 2.25 percent of otherwise acceptable donors during the winter months when such travel is more common. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate when able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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The sugar shack is a great place to warm up this time of year at Shawnee Prairie.
The sap is flowing and the fire is roaring in the Sugar Shack; that means it’s time to enjoy nature’s sweet treat. Saturday, March 5th from 8:00am-4:00pm is Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie! This festival at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) offers guided tours through history and science to learn the process of turning sap into syrup. After the tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the 200-year-old pioneers and historical maple sugar uses. Finally, complete the day at the nature center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies for anyone’s sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Breakfast will be Saturday, March 5th, from 8:00am-12:00pm. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available for only $6 at the door on the day of the breakfast or presale is available at the nature center from 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday.

If you have any questions about this or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Three Tri-Village Sisters Injured in Single Car Accident Near New Madison

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On February 17, 2016 at approximately 7:56 AM, Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the 1900 block of Mills Road on a report of a one vehicle injury crash with a possible ejection.

Preliminary investigation revealed three siblings were injured in this crash after their Black 2000 Grand Prix driven by Brooklyn Godown 17, of Hollansburg, was traveling eastbound in the 1900 block of Mills Road and lost control in a curve with icy road conditions. The vehicle then traveled left of center and then traveled off the right side of the roadway into a yard striking a tree with the driver rear side of the vehicle, phone junction box, and another small tree and the corner of the house with the passenger rear side of the vehicle. The driver and the front seat passenger Allison Godown 15, sustained minor injuries, and the rear passenger Chloe Godown 13, was partially ejected out the back window. The driver and front passenger were wearing seat belts, and the rear passenger was not. Three different medical helicopters were called to the scene but none would fly because of weather conditions.

All three occupants of the vehicle were then transported to Wayne HealthCare by Tri-Village Rescue and Chloe was then transferred to Dayton Children's Hospital by Tri-Village Rescue for her injuries.

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

Helping Your Greenville High School Student Schedule Classes for Next Year

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by Assistant Principal, David Torrence

For seniors at Greenville High School, the beginning of the second semester is a time to start counting the days left before graduation. For everyone else, however, it is a time to start thinking about next year’s schedule. Over the next two months, students in grades 8 thru 11 will be starting the process of scheduling classes for the 2016-17 school year. Here are a few things parents and students should consider as they start to build their schedules:

1) Every High School Class Matters! The first, and most important, thing to remember is that almost two-thirds of the credits a student needs to earn a diploma are determined by both the Board of Education and the State of Ohio. Students will need four Language Arts credits, four Math credits, three Social Studies credits, three Science credits, a Fine Arts credit (Art or Music), a half-credit of Health (one semester), and a half-credit of Physical Education (two semesters). That’s sixteen of the twenty-two credits a student needs to graduate.

In our new schedule, students have seven class periods in which they can take classes. In four years, that allows for twenty-eight class periods, which should be more than enough periods to gather the twenty-two credits a student needs. Most of these classes, however, build upon the ones from the previous year. So if you fail a class, you may not be prepared to take the next class in that discipline. At the same time, you have to give up a class period in your schedule next year to make up the class you failed last year. So, if you fail Language Arts 9, you don’t have seven periods for your sophomore year; you have six, plus Language Arts 9 again. This can cause a student to be unable to take a desirable elective in order to re-take a class that should have been passed the previous year. So it is important to remember that whatever classes you choose, your paramount goal is to make sure that you pass all the classes on your schedule.

2) Know Your Foundation Classes. Many of our Career Technical programs have what are called “Foundation Classes.” Foundation Classes are a way for students to get a feel for the program they might want to pursue. In some cases, however, they are required for future participation in a Career Technical program. Foundation Classes also serve as an elective, and can help students fulfill their elective requirements for graduation.

3) Watch Out for Classes that Have Prerequisites. By the time students reach their junior year, they may find that advanced classes have some sort of prerequisite. Prerequisites can be as simple as having earned a minimum grade in a particular class, or as complex as going through an audition or a meeting with the instructor. This may not seem important to incoming freshmen, or next year’s sophomore, but it can help your student make a good choice when it comes to scheduling. Even though you are looking at next year, it is a good idea to think about what you might want to do in two (or three) years, so that you can take classes now that will make it easier to take other classes in the future.

4) You Will Have to Make Choices. Because of the limited resources we have and because some classes are attractive to only a small number of students, there may be times when your student will have to choose between two classes that he or she wishes to take. When this happens, difficult choices must be made. When faced with this situation, students need to seek the counsel of the teachers teaching the conflicting classes, their guidance counselor, and their parents. Ask for help in identifying the positives and negatives of each choice. Consider why each class is attractive to you as a student. The key is to understand WHY one class is more important to you over the other one. If you have valid reasons for your choice, you can know that the choice you made was a good one. Ultimately, you may find yourself having to choose one class over another.

5) College Credit Plus is Good – IF You Are Ready to Work Hard. With the adoption of the College Credit Plus program, students can now earn college credit and Greenville High School credit at the same time in a single class. These classes, however, are much more rigorous than a traditional high school class. Students thinking about attending college should consider taking a College Credit Plus class, but only if they are ready to do college-level work at a college level pace. And consider this: a student who does not successfully complete a College Credit Plus course will have to pay the tuition for that class him- or herself. Before you sign up for a College Credit Plus course, make sure that you have talked with both your guidance counselor and the College Credit Plus teacher with whom you are thinking about working. Make sure that you are ready to take on a College Credit Plus class.

6) Career Tech Programs Are For Students at ALL Levels. There was a time when the phrase “Vocational Student” was thought of as a sort of code for “that kid isn’t college material.” This is certainly not the case for the Career Technical programs at Greenville High School. Our Career Tech program offers opportunities for students to be trained in a wide range of fields, many of which will lead a student into college studies. These programs can also prepare students to move right into the workforce, offering students the chance to earn industry-standard credentials that make access to a number of jobs easier. Most of these classes, however, require a two-period class commitment in your junior and senior year, which means that having room to schedule them can be difficult. So, students should make sure that they look at these programs, even as a freshman, to make sure they are getting as many required classes and electives completed in their first two years as possible.

Keeping these things in mind will help you and your student put together a schedule that not only meets your student’s graduation requirements, but that will also help him or her prepare for life after high school.
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