Monday, October 31, 2016

Demolition Begins on Moody's in Ansonia

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Ladybug Garden Club Donates to Friends of the Greenville City Parks

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The Ladybug Garden Club is supporting community beautification with their donation to the Friends of the Greenville City Parks. The Greenville City Parks are not supported by a separate tax levy; the money for city park improvements and maintenance comes from Greenville City Income taxes that are budgeted according to city council. Recent budget cuts and dwindling tax revenue have left the city park at the end of the receiving line. The Friends of the Greenville City Park have formed a non-profit corporation and are accepting donations from individuals, families, and businesses to keep the park beautiful.

Barbara Skinner, President of the Ladybug Garden Club is shown making a donation to Jenny Clark, President of Friends of the Greenville City Parks and Barb stated, "We can't put a price on the memories we all have of our family times in the park and we need to give our support".

The Friends of the Greenville City Park committee is having an Island Dreams Party hosted by the Merchant House Restaurant on Nov. 5 Tickets to the party are $35 per person that includes, appetizers, drinks and entertainment.

Greenville Federal Supports 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal presents their donation to Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Main Street Greenville recognizes Greenville Federal as one of the Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 19th.

“Greenville Federal has been a continued supporter of the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade for many years,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “Their support allows us to provide a quality event for all to enjoy and is greatly appreciated.”

The 2016 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade will feature entertainment leading up to the grand parade, which will begin at 7 pm. The lighted event includes 90+ horse entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area.

“Greenville Federal, the oldest bank headquartered in Darke County, is happy to partner with Main Street Greenville in its efforts to help our community thrive and create a quality of life important to all of us,” said Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal. “Investing back to local communities has long been a trademark of Greenville Federal. Enjoy the parade and remember this holiday season to “Bank Local - Buy Local”.”

Main Street Greenville also thanks the many other local businesses who help to sponsor this annual event, a full list of sponsors can be found on their website. This year's Platinum Parade Sponsors are Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Federal, Interim HealthCare, & Edison Community College. “We are thankful for all of our sponsors’ support. Many are continued sponsors who help us create this event for our community each year,” said Joel Allread, Board President for Main Street Greenville.

Please visit www.downtowngreenville.org or www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville for more information about Main Street Greenville and the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or agarrett@mainstreetgreenville.org.

Harvest Sounds 16th Annual Concert

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Members of First Universalist Church of New Madison are proud to announce The Recovery and Wellness Center of Midwestern Ohio - Greenville Clinic, has been chosen to receive 100% of the proceeds from the Church’s 16th annual benefit concert. The Harvest Sounds Concert will be performed at 3 p.m. on November 13 at First Universalist Church of New Madison, 331 E. Washington St., New Madison, Ohio.

The Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, have been meeting the behavioral health needs of Darke County, Ohio since 1979. They provide high quality, direct care to individuals with mental health challenges in order that they might attain the best possible quality of life. The Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio provide leadership within the communities to foster optimal behavioral health through connections with local and regional partners to discover ways to prevent, reduce and minimize effects of behavioral health concerns.

Opening the concert will be the Williams Brothers; Ash, a13 year old 8th grader, and Leo, a 12 year old 6th grader. Ash started playing viola at the age of 7 and piano at the age of 9. Leo began playing piano at the age of 4 and violin at the age of 8. The brothers are students at DeColores Montessori School, show Arabian horses and take Kung Fu. Ash has 16 pet mice and Leo loves dogs. Each boy will play a solo, and will combine their talents in a duet.

Bevin Fields, soprano, will sing favorite arias and art songs, accompanied by Terri Fryman. Bevin is a native of Worcester, MA., and earned her BA in classical performance from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA. While a member of her college choir, and during their tour of Eastern Europe, Bevin performed as the featured soloist with the Romanian National Orchestra and the Sibiu State Orchestra, Sibui, Romania.  Bevin is a licensed practical nurse working in crisis care for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.  She and her husband, Ryan, live outside Greenville with their six cats and two dogs.

Terri Fryman, pianist and organist, studied piano at Manchester College and Baldwin Wallace College. She was the accompanist for Greenville High School choirs for fifteen years while working with various civic theatre organizations and playing for twenty five musical theatre productions.  In 1990, she played with Towne and Country Players for the production of “The Fantastics” at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Terri has served for twenty four years as organist at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, and is the pianist for Melody Line vocal ensemble.  She and her husband, Jim, have two sons, Darrell (Gina), and Andrew, and make their home in Greenville.

The Sinclair Community Quintet will also be featured at this year’s Harvest Sounds Concert. The Quintet is so named because it consists of past or present members of the Community Wind Symphony and Concert Band from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. The skill of these seasoned players will be evident as they perform. The Quintet includes: Nancy Harrison, Flute; Ed Ewing, Oboe; Clarence Brown, Clarinet; Don Rader, French Horn; and Sherylee Swartz, Bassoon. They will perform the lively Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Op. 46 by Antonin Dvorak, the beautiful Divertimento for Woodwinds by Franz Josef Haydn, and a delightful arrangement of the traditional tune Turkey In The Straw by Lewis J. Buckley.

Today’s musicians all generously donate their time and talents to the 16th annual Harvest Sounds Concert benefitting The Recovery and Wellness Center of Midwestern Ohio - Greenville Clinic .

Tickets for Harvest Sounds are $10 per person and may be purchased from members of First Universalist Church, The Recovery and Wellness Center, Greenville, OH. or at the door the day of the performance, with no charge for students through grade 12. Following the concert will be a reception and fall refreshments. Come and enjoy an afternoon of good music for a good cause! For information, please call 996-4134.

Down to Earth Book Club

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“In 1903 Muir gave President Theodore Roosevelt a personal tour of the
Sierra Nevada Mountains and convinced him to work to preserve
the land that would become Yosemite National Park.” ― John Muir
The Darke County Park District would like to remind the public about the Down to Earth Book Club’s autumn selection. Each quarter the program will feature a different book, some by well-known nature writers, some about outdoor adventure, and even some about pioneers settling Ohio. Everyone is invited to read the book and join them at the nature center to discuss the work, enjoy some yummy treats, and suggest future books.

In its fourth season, the Down to Earth Book Club is reading My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir. First published in 1911, it is based on the diary Muir kept during a four month stay with sheep herders in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1869. It tells of the magnificent vistas, diverse wildlife, and wild country that would one day become Yosemite National Park.

This season’s book club will meet on Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the upcoming book club discussion. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.

MV-MVCTC FFA Members Attend Washington Leadership Conference

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Shaiann Livingston, Reporter

While attending the FFA Washington Leadership Conference,
Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA members Shelby Manning and
Shaiann Livingston learned about the nation's capital and were challenged to
"live to serve."
The Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA chapter, along with the help of a generous community and alumni association, had the opportunity to send two eager members to Washington D.C. for the Washington Leadership Conference.

Senior officers, Shaiann Livingston and Shelby Manning, headed to the nation’s capital for a five day experience to help develop their leadership skills. Their expectations were wildly exceeded! At the conference, the girls were roomed separately, along with three other girls chosen at random from FFA chapters across the country.

The conference as a whole was then split into “community groups”, each with one facilitator. These groups spent much of the conference together, getting to know one another and assisting with each other’s Living to Serve (LTS) plans.These plans were developed through the guided actions of the conference facilitators to emphasize the need for leaders in every community. Students were taught to formulate plans by recognizing their strengths, their passions, the advantages of diversity, needs in their communities, methods of advocacy, and developing active plans to relieve the needs around them. For example, Shaiann Livingston’s LTS plan is to raise money to make repairs and upgrades to the Union City Pool so children in the community have a safe and fun environment available to them.

The FFA motto is, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” At the Washington Leadership Conference students were taught what it really means to “Live to Serve.” Students gathered to package meals for hungry US citizens through an organizations called Meals of Hope. Together, the 340 students that attended the conference packaged 60,826 meals to feed the local community! The Mississinawa Valley- MVCTC Agriculture Program and FFA Chapter is a satellite of Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Driver Arrested for OVI Following Head On Collision with Another Vehicle

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On October 29, 2016 at approximately 11:14 PM Darke County Deputies along with Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 8300 block of State Route 185 in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident.  
           
Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2008 Ford F-250 driven by Nevin T. Benedict, 38 of Versailles, Ohio was traveling northbound on State Route 185 when he traveled off the right side of the roadway striking multiple mailboxes. Benedict overcorrected traveling across the roadway striking a white 2002 Chevy Avalanche driven by Terry J. Meade, 42 of Bradford, Ohio. Both vehicles collided head on causing severe damage.
           
Benedict was treated and released at the scene by Bradford Rescue. Meade was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in stable condition.
           
Benedict was arrested at the scene for OVI and transported to the Darke County Criminal Justice Center.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Early Voting is Available Now!

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I've never voted early in past elections. Partially because I was always plenty available on Election Day (November 8th!), but also because I sort of enjoy the excitement of going to the polling place and casting my vote on Election Day.

This year, though, I am not sure if I will have time to make it to the polling place on Election Day proper, so I took advantage of voting early. To be honest, when it is available, I may never vote on election day ever again.

The Board of Elections has hours available every day (including weekends) until the day before Election Day. All you need to do is bring a valid form of ID/address verification and fill out a short form to confirm your address and other information. They have plenty of signage directing you where to go and helpful folks that will answer any questions you may have.

I wanted to bring this up, since I'm not sure if everyone is aware of how accessible early voting is. I'll put it this way: my wife and I took our 5 and 2 year old along with us on a day and at a time that was convenient for us and were in and out in maybe 10 or 15 minutes. That in and of itself is tremendously more convenient and even much less stressful than going on Election Day and hoping to hit the our polling place at a time when the line is as small as possible.

My advice? Vote early, get it out of the way, and relax with the knowledge that you've done your civic duty while you wait for the results to be announced late on the evening of November 8th.

Click here to visit the Darke County Board of Elections' site, which has tons of information about early voting, most importantly, a list of all the hours they are open to take your vote.

Accepting Entries for the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Voted best parade by the readers of Ohio Magazine in 2015, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 19th.

The lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown Greenville area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway.

The parade begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Also, downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping and dining!

Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee is accepting entries for the parade. All entries must be horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders or buggies. Nothing motorized is permitted for this parade.

Entry forms can be submitted online by visiting www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or by contacting their office at 937-548-4998 for a printed form.

Please visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or their social media accounts for more information about the organization and the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or agarrett@mainstreetgreenville.org.

James Alexander Thom Book Signing at DCP

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Darke County Parks is pleased to announce that the “New York Times” bestselling author James Alexander Thom will be visiting the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center on November 12, at 1pm for a book signing of his new release Fire in the Water. Thom is the well-known historical fiction novelist of Follow the River, Long Knife, The Red Heart, Sign-Talker, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Panther in the Sky among many others.

Fire in the Water follows the story of two decidedly different men traveling together to pay their respects to one of America’s most beloved presidents after our nation’s deadliest war. Its synopsis reads “Early in the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln shook Paddy Quinn's hand, grinned and winked at him, the war correspondent felt as if he'd been given a medal. At the end of the war, "Father Abraham" lies dead by an assassin's bullet, but Quinn's writing hand still feels that grip, "like warm iron," pulling him. He gets himself assigned to cover the President's burial in Springfield, Illinois for Harper’s Weekly, and boards the doomed steamboat Sultana to go up river and write Lincoln’s elegy.

Private Robbie Macombie, a deathly sick prisoner of war, always felt that he was soldiering not for "the Union," but for Abe Lincoln, who grew up just like him laboring in hardscrabble frontier Indiana. That sense of kinship makes him want to go to the funeral more than home, if he can stay alive long enough.

And so the two war-addled men, each one's strengths balancing the other's weaknesses, join like converging rivers in a life-current strong enough to carry them through the sudden horror of the worst maritime disaster in American history.

Prize-winning historical novelist James Alexander Thom, compassionately creates these two pilgrims as eyewitnesses of that tragedy. Both learn, as desperate men do, that Fate has wiser plans for them than their own.”

Everyone is invited to attend this exciting book signing at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center just west of Greenville on State Route 502. For any questions, please call the center at (937) 548-0165.

GREENVILLE BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB INVITES PUBLIC TO ATTEND ‘Individual Development Program’ MEETING

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their November 10th meeting hosted by the Individual Development Program (IDP) committee. The Individual Development Program is BPW’s seminar series in personal and professional leadership development. The program will assist people to succeed in meeting their personal and professional goals, as well as their goals for community action and change.

IDP committee chair Jane Carroll has invited Elizabeth Craycraft, owner and CEO of The Ostrich and Frog located in Covington, Ohio. She is by profession a pharmacist of all things! She is also an artist and the lead designer and creator in the expression of the living of her life. Elizabeth’s art takes on many genres of expression. She creates the characters that define The Ostrich and Frog (Stella and Archibald for example), does acrylic paintings, sculpts, dyes and spins fiber. Craycraft even once owned an alpaca farm! She sews, sketches, and does just about anything you can do to express life. A Jack of All Trades, but master of none, -that’s Elizabeth Craycraft. She has studied sculpting with Phillipe Faraut and has taken several art classes in college, but is basically self-taught.

The Club meets at the Private Dining Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com by noon on Monday, November 7, 2016 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $12.00 per person.

Cancer Association Annual Gospel Sing

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James Rainey will emcee the Cancer Association Annual Gospel Sing on November 6 at Memorial Hall at 3 pm. Admission is free and it is open to the public. Refreshments will be served along with a bake sale. James is no stranger to the gospel music industry. He started playing the piano at the age of 5 and after the age of 14 he started full time with the Gospel Harmony Boys from Huntington, West Virginia. He went on a 21 year run playing for groups like The Hoppers, Rusty Godman and Dalton Gang, The Greenes, The Singing Americans, Wendy Bagwell and the Sunlighters, The Trailblazers, Crismon River, the Blackwood Quartet and the legendary Stamps Quart with Ed Enoch. He is excited about sharing this time with Darke County.

The Raineys have launched one of the greatest recording labels and recording studios in Southern Illinois. They state that they are at a place in life where we want to give back to artists, helping them achieve their goals in music, without the big price tag attached.

All of the artists sharing their music on that day are donating their time and talent to support the Cancer Association of Darke County. The organization is most grateful to so many that are so willing to give freely to help those battling a devastating illness. You won't want to miss this special event. If you have questions, call Christine at 548-9960.

Not-For-Profit Technology Workshop Offered at Edison State

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Leib Lurie with Ivy the Kids Read Now dog.
The Edison Foundation's Academy for Community Leadership in partnership with The Paul G. Duke Foundation will present the final Fall Mini Series session which is geared toward strengthening not-for-profit organizations by providing quality educational and training opportunities on Wednesday, November 9 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Piqua campus.

The "Right Technology Can Keep You Alive, The Wrong Technology Can Kill You" aims to help the not-for-profit groups that do a great job serving their primary mission but often get frustrated with the operational aspects of the organization.

This workshop covers easy, low-cost ways to make computers work for organizations as they hire and grow great people, manage operations, simplify fundraising, and generate more income. Some highlights will include computer security and ways to safeguard confidential information, passwords, and data; how to use shared checklists and telephone, email, and texting for effective communication; and evaluating the success of fundraisers.

Leading the session is Leib Lurie of Kids Read Now. The cost to participate is $15 per person and includes lunch. Registration is preferred by November 4 to ensure a seat. Registration may be completed online by visiting www.edisonohio.edu/miniseries or by contacting Julie Slattery at 937.778.7805 or emailing jslattery@edisonohio.edu.

FIRST FRIDAY FEATURES FREE INDOOR MOVIE

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Didn’t get tickets for Main Street Greenville’s sold out Chocolate Walk event for November’s First Friday? No worries, they have a FREE bonus event for all to enjoy!

Head to Greenville First United Methodist Church on Friday, November 4th for a free showing of the movie UP. The church is located at 202 W. 4th Street in downtown Greenville.

With it being a First Friday event, many downtown businesses will stay open late. Main Street Greenville encourages everyone to dine and shop downtown, with the movie starting at 7:15 pm.

Free popcorn will be provided by First United Methodist Church, and the event is kindly sponsored by Greenville National Bank.

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

9 Volt Battery Exchange

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MV FFA Hosts Officer Leadership Retreat

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by Shaiann Livingston, Reporter

The Mississinawa Valley- MVCTC FFA officer team consists of Madison Stachler, Shelby Manning, Mason Hummel, Kelsie Hunt, Will Hall, Cody Dirksen, Blake Scholl, Shaiann Livingston, Justin Miller, Tom Schmitz, Kyler Mote, Emily Schmitz, Sidnie Hunt, and Olivia Murphy. This group of charismatic young leaders met over a three days and two nights at The Light Foundation's Chenoweth Trails for a leadership retreat. Brian Rehmert was a huge help in organizing this outing for the group and making sure all was well during the students’ experience.

Throughout the retreat, students were paired with one another to perform tasks such as cooking meals, starting camp fires, team building activities, and setting goals for the year. The goal was to encourage younger leaders that are just as capable and valuable as their senior members. Together the group has made several changes to the traditional plans of the MV FFA chapter. The students are hoping to be able to give more to their community this year than ever before in an attempt to show gratitude for the full support that has always been offered to them. Thanks goes to Brian Rehmert and The Light Foundation for the opportunity to use the facility. Mississinawa Valley- MVCTC Agriculture Program and FFA Chapter is a satellite of Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

COFFEE WITH THE COMMISSIONER

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The Holiday season is upon us and with that people will be busy with all of their Holiday planning. Every year seems to get busier and busier. So, with that in mind, Commissioner Stegall has held the last “Coffee with the Commissioner” in October.

This year the meeting will be held at the Coffee Pot located in Downtown Greenville at the Corner of 5th and Broadway. People with any concerns or questions about the county may come in, grab a cup of coffee and discuss their problems or ask their questions. The “Coffee” will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29th. Come on out, enjoy some good coffee and some great pastries, ask questions, and stay informed on what is happening in the County.

Once again, Saturday, October 29th, at the Coffee Pot in Downtown Greenville, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there, and HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!! See you in January!!

Towhees and Tombstones with DCP

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In many different traditions All Saints Day and
All Souls Day are times of reflection and remembrance
for the dearly departed.
On All Saints Day, November 1st at 5:30pm, join Darke County Parks at Greenville Union Cemetery to pay respect to local history and to check out a birding hotspot.

From philanthropist Fred Coppock, to the county’s early pioneers and from six US Congressmen to the only man ever legally hanged in Darke County, these names have quite the stories to tell. While we wander back in time, we’ll also keep an eye out for late fall migrating birds and arriving winter residents. Whether you’re a birder, a history buff, or both, bring your binoculars for this quiet evening hike through the cemetery. Meet at the cemetery office on the corner of West St. and Main St. in Greenville, and dress for the weather.

Registration is requested for this event; to do so or for any questions about this or other park programs, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

“Wrap Up an Organized Holiday” at Library

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Do you look forward to the holidays but also dread having too much to do! Then you'll want to be at the Greenville Public Library on Wednesday November 9th at 6:30 pm when Olive the Compassionate Organizer will share organizing solutions that will help you celebrate and enjoy the holiday season.

Olive will help you: Set realistic limits; Simplify holiday meals; Schedule meaningful traditions; and Select clutter-free gifts. Her motto is Decide. Organize. Celebrate! She asks that you bring up to 5 holiday items to swap or donate! We will not be taking reservations for this event, however seating is limited to 45. Please come early to ensure your seat! Refreshments will be served.

Olive Wager is a member of the The National Association of Professional Organizers, a not-for-profit professional association whose members include organizing consultants, speakers, trainers, authors, and manufacturers of organizing products. Founded in 1985, it is the largest national association of and for organizers with more than 3,800 members throughout the world.

A story about a Dad, his Daughter, his Grand Daughters and their new dog

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GREENVILLE - A year ago Gary Arnett’s family wanted a new dog. His Daughter and Granddaughters decided to set up a Lemonade stand during the 127 garage sales to raise money to adopt a dog.

These girls did a super job with the lemonade stand and went to the Darke County Animal Shelter and found their new best friend. Their new friends name is Minnie and she is a Chocolate Lab. Minnie has been such a wonderful addition to the family the girls decided they wanted to do more.

This year the girls sat up another Lemonade stand during the 127 garage sales. Their goal was to help out the Animal Shelter any way they could. They decided to donate all the money they made from the
stand to the Animal Shelter. They are so happy with Minnie; they felt it was just the right thing to do.

The girls, their dad/grandfather and Minnie came to the Darke County Animal Shelter and made the donation. The Officers at the Shelter were so surprised; they didn’t know what to say. They all remembered Minnie and were so happy she went to such a loving and caring family. All they could say was thank you.

In the picture are Officers Thomas and Sanning, along with Allena, Alexis, Gary and Adalynn Arnett. In the front row is Minnie Arnett.

MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Begins the Year

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Submitted by: Lindsay Owens, HOSA Reporter 2016-2017

2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Chapter Officers left to right – McKayla Mangen, Chloe Price, Ashley Kirby, Kahsia Hawkins, Molly Pierce, Riley Click, Lindsay Owens, Lauren Eck
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) HOSA Senior Chapter began the year with two meetings, the first held on August 26, 2016 and the second held the on September 27, 2016.

The 2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Officers are:

  • President – McKayla Mangen (Health Careers) Tippecanoe
  • Vice-Presidents – Chloe Price (Biotechnology) Arcanum-Butler, Ashley Kirby (Allied Health) Northmont
  • Secretary – Kahsia Hawkins (Health Careers) Trotwood-Madison
  • Treasurer – Molly Pierce (Health Careers) Miamisburg
  • Reporter – Lindsay Owens (Biotechnology) Tri-County North
  • Historian – Lauren Eck (Allied Health) Northmont
  • Parliamentarian – Riley Click (Biotechnology) Dixie

The 2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Committee Co-Chairs are:

  • Community Service – Cheyenne Bentley (Biotechnology) Butler, Kody Setser (Health Careers) Versailles
  • School Service – Elsa Huffman (Allied Health) Dixie, Briana Triplett (Allied Health) Carlisle
  • Career Awareness – Taylor Rindler (Allied Health) Versailles, Brooke Cunningham (Allied Health) National Trail
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Shannon Masters (Allied Health) Wayne, Lacey Brand (Sports Medicine) Northmont
  • Social – Stephanie Hulsman (Health Careers) Miamisburg, Samantha Arnett (Health Careers) Preble Shawnee
  • Editors – Deanna Winner (Allied Health) Brookville, Lanora Mitchell (Allied Health) Northmont

The 2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Voting Delegates are:

  • Maggie Lane (Health Careers) Vandalia-Butler
  • Elizabeth Allen (Health Careers) Mississinawa
  • Gabrielle Combs (Health Careers) Eaton
  • Kiara Benjamin (Health Careers) Trotwood
  • Samone Milner (Health Careers) Trotwood
  • Shiya Allen (Health Careers) Tri-Village

The MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter has started the 2016-2017 school year off strongly. The first meeting was held on August 26, 2016, on Junior Welcome Day. This meeting included both the Senior and Junior HOSA Chapters. At this meeting, the MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Officers and Committee Co-Chairs were inducted into office. HOSA students also competed against each other in a series of games.

196th Light Infantry Brigade, SP4 Robert L Fowble Jr, and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway to be Dedicated

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Korean War Veterans to be Honored

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Edison State Honors Student, Riley Poland tries on the official jacket and hat of Korean War veteran, Weldon Oakley.
Korean War Era veterans of the Miami Valley will be honored on Thursday, November 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Robinson Theater at Edison State Community College. The public is invited to pay tribute to these heroes, and admission is free.

The Piqua VFW Post 4874 will provide lunch for all guests beginning at 11:30 a.m., while Thienn Snipps, led by former Edison State Professor and Vietnam veteran Larry Dragosavac, performs patriotic songs.

A week prior to the program, Edison State honor student and Sidney native Riley Pollard, accompanied by Korean War veteran Weldon Oakley, will make presentations to 150 Upper Valley Career Center government students who will be special guests at the event. Pollard will be acquainting the students with the history of the Korean War, the novel “MASH” written by Korean War surgeon Dr. Richard Hornberger, and the oral history of Piqua attorney Ben Hiser, who served as a medic in that war.

Oakley of Sidney is one of three Korean War veterans who will be sharing their war experiences with the audience on Nov. 10. Piqua Korean War veterans, Fred Shively and Don Motter, will join him. These veterans along with veteran Dale Snyder and Joe Boetz will have displays of their war artifacts for audience members to examine.

To bring the audience up to date on the history of the U.S. involvement with Korea, Urbana University Professor Ryan Enlow will deliver a mini-lecture on today’s threat from North Korea.

The Piqua American Legion Elite Color Guard will post the colors; the Ohio Patriot Guard will form a flag tunnel; and the Piqua Ohio National Guard Transportation Company will perform an American flag retirement at the conclusion of the program.

The Patriotic Pin-Ups will present roses to the spouses and widows of Korean War Era veterans, and photographer James Smith will take portraits of Korean War Era veterans beginning in Room 057 at 11 a.m., courtesy of the Piqua Community Foundation.

Through the efforts of Piqua City Manager and Army veteran Gary Huff, Kazy Hinds, Mayor of Piqua, will read a proclamation honoring Korean War Era veterans.

Dr. Vivian Blevins, Edison State professor and producer of the program says, “We honored World War II and Vietnam Era veterans during 2015, and I am expecting tremendous community support for this initiative. Many of these veterans feel that their war is the forgotten war, and we want to recognize their important service to our country.”

For more information or to reserve a portrait time slot, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at vblevins@edisonohio.edu or call (937) 778-3815.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS ENJOY FISHING DAY SPONSORED BY SHELBY COUNTY BASSMASTERS

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Little Brother, Damion York grandson of'
Gary Baker from Greenvillegets help baiting his
hook from Shelby County Bassmaster, Phil Jones.
A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers and Littles recently enjoyed a beautiful day at the home of Mike Meyer of Fort Loramie, where they attended a fishing derby hosted by the Shelby County Bassmasters & Kiwanis. Over 45 Volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 17th.

The outing included a cookout for all Bassmaster members, their children, and the BBBS Volunteers and their Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Shelby County Bassmasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other sponsors included Kiwanis Club, ODONR, Al’s Pizza in Fort Loramie, Molly’s Drive Thru, Spillway Bait & Tackle, Russ Michaels, Wagner IGA, Greenthumb Nursery, Playtex, Striker Bow in Minster, Dan Eilerman Construction LLC, Patrick’s Bar & Grill and Mike Meyer.

Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters stated, “The Shelby County Bassmasters do an outstanding job every year with this activity. The children who participate in this outing truly look forward to it each year, and it exposes them to a new hobby that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to do. I have kids ask me all year round when the fishing derby is going to be held. The LOVE this event.” Bruns stated, “Being outdoors, getting fresh air, and learning about fishing is a neat experience for the children in the program and for some of them the first time they have been exposed to the sport.”

Group activities are part of the mentoring program for children from at-risk homes. Presently, the Shelby & Darke County agency has 65 matches with a list of over 30 children yet in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month, offering support and fun, educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteer’s calendar, and offer a fantastic way to have a positive impact on youth in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit, United Way member agency. We are always looking for additional volunteers. If you would like more information on enrolling your child in the program or becoming an active volunteer, please call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622. You can also log onto the agency website to view all the volunteer opportunities and upcoming activities at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

At Least 3 Sought After Purse Stolen from 83 Year Old Woman at Walmart

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On October 21,2016 at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding a theft at the Walmart on Wagner Ave., Greenville.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a purse and its contents had been stolen from an 83 year old woman's grocery cart. The police department has a copy of the surveillance video from Walmart.

Anyone with information regarding this crime ls asked to contact Det. Roberts at the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-11O3, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Here is the video from WHIO of the surveillance footage from Walmart.

NeuroConnect – Connecting survivors of stroke and brain injury with support and resources, Thursday, November 10, 2016

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Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to our quarterly event for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. NeuroConnect meets to connect survivors and their families with positive support and beneficial resources.

The next NeuroConnect will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 4 p.m. at Versailles Health Care Center. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Carol Gigandet of Versailles. Mrs. Gigandet’s husband, Roger, is a survivor of a stroke in 2015. She will share their story.

As usual, the event will be led by Dr. Stephen Winner, Facility Rehab Director and Physical Therapist, and Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. This is a FREE meeting for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more information, please call Stephen at 937.526.0130.

The Jean Louise Thieme Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series

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Darke County Center for the Arts will open their 2016-2017
Family Theatre Season at Versailles Performing Arts Center,
280 Marker Road, on Sunday, November 6 with ArtsPower National
Touring Theatre's production of Chicken Dance.
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.”

Darke County Center for the Arts will open their 2016-2017 Family Theatre Season at Versailles Performing Arts Center, 280 Marker Road, on Sunday, November 6 with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's production of Chicken Dance. Based on the award winning book by Kansas farm girl turned children's book author Tammi Sauer, Chicken Dance tells the tale of Marge and Lola, two hilarious hens on a mission to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show; the musical features songs composed by award-winning songwriter, humorist, and record producer John Forster. The show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets for Chicken Dance are $5, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.netor on-line at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at the Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, and Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles.

Addition presentations in the 2016-2017 DCCA Family Theatre Series include Laura Ingalls Wilder on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle on Sunday, April 23, 2017, which will be presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. All DCCA Family Theatre programs begin at 2 p.m. and tickets are $5 for children 2 and up. Series tickets for all three performances are $12 and can be purchased through the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or online at www.centertforarts.net.

Additional sponsors for DCCA's Family Theatre Series include Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, The Andersons Inc., Wayne Healthcare, and Greenville Rotary Club. The series also receives support from DCCA memberships. The Ohio Arts Council, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia Schaurer Memorial also provide operating support for DCCA.

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

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

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Super Raffle items – Necklace from Wieland Jewelers, Travel vouchers from
Good Times Fun Times, Diamond Blender from KitchenAid, and
2 Tickets for Winery at Versailles “Thrill of the Grill”
Greenville, OH. - Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) guests and members recently enjoyed shopping, food and fashion at their annual guest night “What a Girl Wants” event on October 13th. The evening started with social time and appetizers catered by J’s Country Store. Many silent auction items were available for bidding along with shopping at various vendor tables. Several door prizes were given out and a 50/50 raffle drawing was held.

Committee chair Debbie Niekamp along with committee members Susan Shields and Vicki Cost treated those in attendance to a fashion show with Tracy Wheeler, stylist for LuLaRoe. Several members and guests served as models for the evening. LuLaRoe is a unique company that offers original limited edition, on-trend clothing at pop up boutiques.

The ‘super raffle’ was launched with a chance to win one of four prizes: a stunning Austrian Crystal Necklace from the Oliver Weber collection made with Swarovski elements donated by Wieland Jewelers, a travel package with two $125 Collette travel vouchers from Good Times Fun Times, a 5 speed Diamond Blender with 60 oz. pitcher from KitchenAid, and tickets to the Winery at Versailles “Thrill of the Grill for 2”. Raffle tickets are available at the New Madison Public Library, by contacting Susan Shields at 937/548-2592 or Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The drawing will be held at the Club’s meeting on December 8th. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00.

Special thanks to the following vendors, silent auction donors and members for making this event a success: Wieland Jewelers, Good Times Fun Times (Sue Christian), KitchenAid, Winery at Versailles, Tracy Wheeler (LuLaRoe), Pam Sharp (Merle Norman), Leona Douglas (Brown Bag Soap Company), Gail Snyder, Park Lane Jewelry (Glenna Martin), doTERRA (Sheila Voisard), The Flower Patch, Hairology Off Broadway, Darke County Center for the Arts, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal Bank, Deb Niekamp, Leigh Fletcher, Ann’s Gifts, Beth Schiller, Beth Piel, Creations Salon, Dara Buchy, Deb Smith, Doug Shields Investments, Erica Wentworth, Helen’s Flowers, Jane Carroll, Karen Sink, Gold Canyon Candles (Kayleigh Parks), Longaberger (Kathy O’Dell), Mary Kay, Massage on Main, Origami Owl, Damsel in Defense, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Sunset Awards, Susan Fowble, Susan Shields, Vicki Cost, Dorothy Poeppleman, Peggy Foutz, Freedom Years (SNB),Sweet Annie’s Cabin, Village Flower Shop and VFW Post 7262.

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. Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or das24bike@gmail.com.

Museum to host October 31st “Last Monday” with a trip to the Movies

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Remember the thrill of going to the movies in your youth. While my generation missed the golden age of film, I do remember as a child, what a treat it was to go to the movies. We hope it will be a treat for you too!

For our “Last Monday” of October, we are traveling back in time to October/November 1938. We are going to the movies! (Well maybe we should say we are going to recreate the movies). Settle down in your seat and let the lights dim. You are now being transported to the Versailles Movie Palace of old.

From a short reflection of the local Versailles Area autumn news in 1938 to an actual newsreel played in local theaters in 1938. This will be followed by a cartoon and then your feature film. The movie choices are two 1938 Academy Award Winning classics which you will vote for as you arrive. The choices are “You Can’t Take it with You” or “Robin Hood”. Both great movies and a tough choice for the audience!

Now we can’t go to the movies without a stop at the Concession Stand. It will be stocked with delicious old style soda, pop corn, and candies for your enjoyment, all complimentary, but of course we will be happy to take your donations!

The party starts at 1:00 on the dot. Stay as long as you can and forget the Halloween haunts and travel back with us for a treat to a wonderful age we don’t want to forget!

A WONDERFUL AND SPECIAL DONATION MADE BY DANIELLE FRANCIS ON HER BIRTHDAY

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Pictured are Danielle and Debbie with their donation.
GREENVILLE - Danielle Francis made a selfless donation to the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Danielle turned 10 years old and wanted to help the animals at the Animal Shelter. She decided, instead of birthday presents for herself; why not help the dogs and cats at the Shelter. She told her
family and friends she wanted dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, and toys so she could help the 4 legged animals at the Shelter. Danielle and her Mom Debbie came to the Shelter and donated bags
and bags of dog and cat food. The Shelter staff was very surprised and grateful when they walked in.

The four legged friends at the Shelter were very happy also. The Darke County Animal Shelter and the Friends of the Darke County Animal Shelter want to thank Danielle, her family and friends for thinking of our 4 legged friends. This was a wonderful gift from Danielle and is a true example of her character and upbringing.

Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Home Tour

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The Christmas in the Village Committee invites you to ignite your holiday spirit on a self-guided tour of eight homes on Second street in historic Tipp City on Saturday, December 3rd. The tour will be a seasonal feast for your senses. Delight your eyes in every home with unique décor proved by local designers, florists and master gardeners. Hear heart-warming Christmas music as you walk about the venue. Indulge your nose and taste buds with a stop at the Trophy Nut Outlet Store. Feel the fun of the theme “Haiku Tippecanoe” woven into the festivities.

Special treats this holiday season include the opportunity to tour “Tiny Teal” a Tiny House in progress, along with illumination showcases by Christmas Décor/Patriotic Illuminations.

Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of Christmas and discover why Tipp City was named the Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine for 2015-2016. It is located in the southwest corridor of Ohio and about 15 minutes north of downtown Dayton in Miami County. Located just north of the I-70/I-75 interchange, Tipp City is nestled in a charming community of unique shopping, dining and recreational activities.

Tour hours are noon to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. They are currently available online at www.tippchristmasinthevillage.com or through our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/christmasinthevillage.

Beginning November 1st, tickets will be available at the following locations: Bodega Wine & Specialty Foods Market, Greenfire Bistro, Harrison’s Restaurant, Hock’s Pharmacy (Tipp & Vandalia), Home Comfort Gallery (Troy), Hotel Gallery, Sugden Furniture, and Tipp Monroe Community Services.

Proceeds from the Home Tour are donated back to the community through its many non-profit organizations who assist in making the event possible.

Parking is available in the Tipp City Park and shuttle buses will be traveling around the venue.

For more information on the tour, visit our website or Facebook page. Contact tippchristmas@gmail.com via email with specific questions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

After 54 years, Arcade Express Will Not Return to the Great Darke County Fair

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Greenville OH: After 54 years, a historic Great Darke County Fair vendor has decided to not return to Greenville.

In 1963, Melvin Moore from Lancaster OH first brought the Arcade Express to the Great Darke County Fair. Melvin operated the arcade until his son, Jon Moore, took over the business in 1970. John’s daughter Holly and her husband Mike Williams became the owners in 1997 and have continued the tradition by returning to Greenville for the annual event that always begins the 3rd Friday in August.

It was a very emotional decision and Holly spoke with her 93 year old grandfather before she and husband Mike confirmed they would not return. Holly’s father, Jon passed away in 2009.

Holly stated it was strictly a business decision only. Holly and Mike reassure everyone that they are not going out of business, they are just minimizing their travel distances and overnight setups and teardowns. The entire Moore and Williams families wish to extend a since thank you to everyone that has played and enjoyed the arcade these past 54 years.

MAN SUSTAINED GUNSHOT WOUND TO LEG IN DARKE COUNTY

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On October 23, 2016 at 3:45 A.M., the Darke County 911 Center received a 911 call in reference to a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the yard located 3652 US Route 127 South. Darke County deputies and investigative division along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene.

Tyler L. Minton (29) of Verona, Ohio sustained a single gunshot wound to his right thigh. Mr. Minton was treated at the scene for his injury and airlifted by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital for further treatment. At that time, his condition was listed as stable. Mr. Minton was discharged from Miami Valley Hospital later that day.

Based upon multiple witness statements and the physical evidence at the scene, the investigation revealed the injury appeared to be the result of an accidental discharge by the victim with his own firearm. Alcohol can not be ruled out as a factor.

This incident remains under investigation.

DCCA ANNOUNCES GHOST WALK TOUR GUIDES AND ACTORS

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Darke County Center for the Arts' thirteenth annual Ghost Walk on Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30 will feature costumed tour guides who lead participants to haunted sites in downtown Greenville as well as actors who will portray characters involved in the ghostly tales.
Darke County Center for the Arts' thirteenth annual Ghost Walk on Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30 will feature costumed tour guides who lead participants to haunted sites in downtown Greenville as well as actors who will portray characters involved in the ghostly tales. Tour guides include Michael Bitner, Marilyn Delk, Tim Nealeigh, and Keith Rawlins. John Burkett, Karen Burkett, Shanna Camacho, Nick Colby, Larry Delk, Maxwell Jordan, Katheleen Nealeigh, and Jan Roestamadji will share spooky stories at some of the sites visited on the tour. The Ghost Walk will lead from St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. and last at least an hour and a half each night. Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at Memorial Hall before and after the event.

“I can't think of a better way to celebrate Halloween weekend than by taking a fun, spooky, and informative walk through downtown Greenville,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “The stories can give you the chills, but are not too scary for children old enough to enjoy a long walk in the dark,” Ms. Jordan continued. The stories told during the Ghost Walk are based on tales collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold who has published several volumes recounting spooky happenings within Darke County and beyond.

Ms. Jordan also reminds potential Ghost Walk participants that some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be located in dimly lighted areas. As in years past, Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told indoors.

Tickets for Ghost Walk cost $10, and are available at Greenville Public Library as well as at Ann's Gifts, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville; tickets will also be sold at the door. Tickets may be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net or purchased online at www.centerforarts.net.

Two MVCTC Programs Honored

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Receiving the Southwest Ohio School Board Association recognition for participating in the 2016 Student Achievement Fair from MVCTC are Cassidy Alspaugh (senior from Dixie), Chloe Price (senior from Arcanum), and MVCTC Biotechnology Instructor, Mrs. Erin Molden.
Receiving the Southwest Ohio School Boards Association
Multi District Impact Program award from MVCTC are Nicholas Combs
(senior from Dixie), Dylan Kemp (senior from Eaton) and
Computer Network Engineering Instructor, Mr. John Underwood.
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Computer Network Engineering and Biotechnology programs were both honored at the Southwest Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Fall Conference on Thursday, October 13, at MVCTC.

The Computer Network Engineering program was given the “Outstanding Multi District Impact” award. As stated in the nomination, “Teaching in the 21st Century requires a multi-talented individual that cares about kids and Mr. John Underwood (MVCTC Computer Network Engineering instructor) more than fits the bill. He works to make learning engaging and fun for students. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching coupled with a genuine concern for kids makes him a true educator and Computer Network Engineering an outstanding Multi District Impact Program.”

The Biotechnology program was recognized for being selected as a 2016 Student Achievement fair Participating program. MVCTC Biotechnology instructor, Mrs. Erin Molden, will be representing MVCTC at the 2016 OSBA Capital Conference in November. Her students will be presenting “Improving our Future with Biotechnology.”

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

Fall Hiking Series: Sunrise Hike

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The air is turning crisp, and mosquitoes are a thing of the past. It’s time to hike! We are entering one of the best times to get out doors, and Darke County Parks has a variety of walking programs to offer. On October 28th at 7:30am join a naturalist at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville for an early walk in the woods to enjoy fall colors, the morning sun’s glow, and hopefully some deer, coyotes, or other critters still out and about from their morning excursions. Remember to dress for the cooler morning temperatures. For more information about this or any of the other exciting hikes in this season’s series or other park district programs, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

Animals that are most active in the early dawn and late dusk times are said to be crepuscular rather than nocturnal or diurnal.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tickets Still Available for Friday's Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Montage Cafe

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Darke County Civic Theater will be presenting its annual fall murder mystery dinner theater at Montage Café this fall.

The theatrical performances will take place on October 28, 29, November 5, 11, 12. All of the dates have sold out, with the exception of Friday, October 28th.

This years murder mystery is entitled "Rushmore's Revenge" By: Haley Productions, and features a story about an all female beauty school that has began accepting males into their school. Clearly, this is going to cause some issues and lead to a murder. The show takes place in the year 1979 and dressing up to fit the theme is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Tickets are just $20 and this includes a catered dinner by Montage Café, desert, non alcoholic beverages and the production. These tickets sell out very quickly, so if you have ever wanted to experience this great Darke County entertainment, now is your chance.

Order your tickets by visiting our website, www.darkecountycivictheater.org OR by emailing us at darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com.

Two Vehicle Collision at Childrens Home Bradford Road and 127

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Greenville - On October 23, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US127 and Childrens Home Bradford Rd reference a two vehicle accident. The original dispatch advised that one vehicle rolled.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevy Blazer, driven by Starla Bowers(51) of Union City, IN, was westbound on Childrens Home Bradford Rd. Bowers pulled through the intersection at US127 and was hit by a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by Jonathan White(37) of Troy,OH, which was southbound on US127. Bowers vehicle overturned on its side from the impact of the two vehicles. Bowers and her minor child passenger both climbed out of the vehicle as emergency units arrived. White had two adult passengers and two minor children in his vehicle. All subjects were treated at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue, but refused transport to the hospital.

Bowers was issued a citation for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.

YMCA basketball clinic

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GREENVILLE, OH (October 20, 2016) - The YMCA of Darke County is excited to once again welcome coach Thom Townsley, of the Indiana Pacers, to our Y on Saturday, November 5. Coach Townsley will be instructing shooting clinics for youth ages 8-14. The Greenville shooting clinic will be 9:00 am – 11:00 am, with a second clinic in Versailles from 12 noon – 2:00 pm. The fee for the clinic is $20 for members and potential members alike.

Coach Townsley brings over 25 years coaching experience with players from age 4 to NBA professionals. He has led over 6,500 clinics worldwide. Attend the clinic and you can expect to improve your game by learning new skills and working on the fundamentals, like how to execute the proper chest pass and bounce pass. Participants can also expect to work on shooting technique and layups, as well.

"This is a great opportunity for the youth of Darke County to learn professional skills at an easy to understand level. You won't want to miss this opportunity to share in this basketball experience,” said Tyler Roberts, Youth and Sports Director at the Y.

Registration for the clinic can be made in person at either Y branch, via phone at 548-3777 or 526-4488, or online at http://ymcadarkecounty.org/registration/.

The Y will have their youth basketball league beginning in January 2017 at both the Greenville and Versailles locations. The league will cover age groups of 4-6 and 7-10. Look for further details to come in December.

See all our programs and everything the Y has to offer at our website, www.ymcadarkecounty.org, or visit our facebook page for up to date information.

Heartland of Greenville to Host Community Trick or Treat

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BWI Group Supervisor, Brent Fourman, Inducted into MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame

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MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee, Brent Fourman
with MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy.
Englewood, Ohio – Brent Fourman, a resident of New Paris and Senior Lead Designer/Supervisor for BWI Group in Kettering, was inducted into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 6, 2016, during the All Advisory Dinner. Fourman, a 1984 graduate of Tri-Village High School, attended the Industrial Drafting program at MVCTC (when it was known as Montgomery County Joint Vocational School).

Brent has spent the past 18 years as the Senior Lead Designer/Supervisor for the BWI Group (formerly part of Delphi and General Motors). He started his career as a print boy progressing quickly to detailer on the board (pencil and vellum), working mainly in tool and die work. He took the training he received at MCJVS/MVCTC and obtained a job in the industrial drafting field and was able to take advantage of the company paid tuition to obtain his associate's degree in Applied Science Mechanical Engineering Technology from Sinclair Community College. With hard work and dedication, he moved into 2D CAD working on a variety of items from healthcare to automotive.

Excelling in 2D CAD, Brent was soon promoted to 3D CAD beginning with wireframe and surfacing of steering wheel designs, and then into solid modeling with the design and development of engine and transmission mounting systems. This included the design of technologically advanced fluid filled mounts, on which Brent is the co-inventor on U.S. patents. MR Controlled Mounting Systems was the next and most current technology where again Brent is instrumental in the design of new technology with additional patents and pending patents in his portfolio. This technology led to the company receiving the Vehicle Dynamics Innovation of the Year award for 2009.

Brent maintains a high degree of integrity and is highly regarded within his company, his subordinates and by the customers with which he interacts. MCJVS/MVCTC was the start of a very successful career in which he has made a good living and allowed him to give back to the community in various ways.

In his spare time, Brent is a Tri-Village High School Varsity Bowling Coach, served as President and Vice President of the Tri-Village Music Boosters, and as Vice President of the Tri-Village Athletic Boosters.

Brent shared the following about his MCJVS/MVCTC education, “MCJVS/MVCTC provided an educational opportunity otherwise not available to me that gave me a jump-start on an excellent career and life!”

NEW BOARD MEMBERS FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest members on our Board of Trustees. They are: Carol Johnston of Sidney. Carol works at Wilson Health as a Nurse Manager same day surgery & PACU Preadmissions testing. Lauren Lee of Sidney. Lauren works as a HR Generalist for Freshway Foods. Mike Rosengarten of Sidney works for the Sidney Police Department as Police Captain., and Linda Searls of Greenville. Linda is AVP Load Processing Manager at Greenville Federal Bank.
Top: Carol Johnston, Mike Rosengarten,
Bottom: Linda Searls, Lauren Lee

The returning board members include: Peggy Baird of Sidney. Peggy works At Emerson Wagner Realty as a realtor. Chad Beanblossom of Greenville. Chad works at Edison Community College as the Executive Director. Cathy Bevan of Troy. Cathy works as Vice President of Human Resources for Emerson Climate Technologies. Velina Bogart of Sidney. Velina is Coordinator of Early College Programs at Edison Community College. Jane Carroll of Greenville. Jane works for Midmark Corporation as Post market Survelliance Supervisor. Barbara Dulworth from Sidney. Works for the City of Sidney as Community Serrive Director. Terri Flood works as Director of Marketing & Communications for Wayne Healthcare in Greenville. Keith & Peggy Foutz of Greenville. Keith is the President and Publisher for Brothers Publishing and Peggy is Administrative Specialist for Financial Achievement Services, Inc. , David Keiser of Versailles. David is owner of Littman-Thomas Inc. James Lehmkuhl’ of Sidney. James is employed as a Controller at Edison Community College. Tom Martin is President of Sidney & Troy Body Carstar and is from Sidney. Angie Ross of Sidney. Angie works at Money Concepts where she is the Client Relationship Specialist. Lesley Schweitzer works at US Bank as the Commercial Operations Supervisor and is from Sidney. Tonya Slonaker of Sidney. Tonya works for the Russia schools as a guidance counselor. Mike Snyder of Greenville. Mike is retired. Melissa Wood of Sidney is employed as an Associate Attorney for Sell, Hegemann & Zimmerman Co. LPA. Greg Zechar of Greenville. Greg works as the Funeral Director for Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes.

Board Members play an intricate role in ensuring the success of our Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally-supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, national leadership, and standards of excellence.

There are currently 35 children in Shelby and Darke Counties waiting to be matched with an adult mentor. If you would like to play a vital role as a role model in a child’s life please call (937) 492-7611 or (937) 547-9622.

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to begin at Edison State

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The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 21-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by November 29. Per the State of Ohio regulations, new regulation requires applicants to pass a physical assessment on either November 30 or December 1. The spring academy will begin January 9 and conclude June 9, 2016.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at vfrench@edisonohio.edu or call 937.778.7865.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Hoosier Harmony Quartet on Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ 6 PM.

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In April 2003, Hoosier Harmony Quartet was formed, bringing a fresh and exciting approach to Southern Gospel Quartet music in the Midwest. Since that time, Hoosier Harmony has continued to proclaim the gospel of God’s forgiving grace to congregations and events from Michigan to Tennessee and Illinois to Ohio. The members of Hoosier Harmony, Tom Correll (Tenor), Johnathon Dodrill (Lead), Johnny Dodrill (Baritone) and Steve Bahler (Bass and Manager) are true examples of what God’s Grace and Forgiveness can do in the lives of individuals. If you love Southern Gospel Quartet music, especially the “old songs”, you will love the harmony and testimony of the Hoosier Harmony Quartet.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. (mailing address is Arcanum, 45304) The public is invited to come and listen to this nationally known gospel singing quartet.

Naturally Fit Series with DCP

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Simply walking can help alleviate depression and
anxiety and helps boost mood.
Darke County Parks is hosting a series of fitness programs called Naturally Fit occurring the fourth Monday of every month. Everyone wants to lead healthier lives and spend more time outdoors. However, workout machines aren’t always environmentally friendly, and gyms aren’t very exciting. Besides, sometimes life just gets in the way! Use these programs as an “excuse” to schedule time outside and get moving. Each of these programs focuses more on fitness than nature, with everyone moving at their own pace, whether that’s one loop or ten. The October program will take place October 24th at 4:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve which has more than two miles of trails through woods and mature prairies. The park is located on State Route 502 West just outside of Greenville. Meet there, and don’t forget to bring a water bottle.

Friday, October 21, 2016

WAYNE HEALTHCARE AWARDED THE HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ACCREDITATION PROGRAM (HFAP) ACCREDITATION

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Greenville, Ohio – Wayne HealthCare was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality and safety Standards of Wayne HealthCare.

“Wayne HealthCare clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Lawrence Haspel, DO Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for the HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Wayne HealthCare met or exceeded the standards in every case.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Wayne Deschambeau, CEO and President of Wayne HealthCare. “The awarding of the HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”

About The HFAP:
The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Originally created in 1945, the HFAP is the oldest accrediting body in the country. The HFAP surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information about the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Programs, go to: www.hfap.org.

In 2015, the HFAP was acquired by the Accreditation Association, a family of organizations committed to developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Accreditation Association organizations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement and Acreditas Global.

About Wayne HealthCare:
Wayne HealthCare is a rural, nonprofit acute care hospital located in Greenville, Ohio. The hospital provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to patients in the Darke County community. Services include a nationally recognized cancer center, telemedicine, outpatient rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, perioperative services and community wellness. With approximately 450 employees and 250 credentialed providers, Wayne HealthCare is proud to be the sole independent hospital in Darke County.

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Full-time
Monday-Friday (40 hour + Saturday rotation)
Must be a team player and patient oriented.
Job requires front office and back office responsibilities.
Experience preferred
EOE
Qualified applicants, please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Upcoming Events at The Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library has several programs going on until the end of October. There is something for everyone. Bring your preschoolers to StoryTime on Monday mornings. Come for stories, songs, crafts and fun! On October 24th, there will be two sessions. One session is at 10:00am and one at 11:00am. For the StoryTime on October 31st, call the library for times and more details. Also on Mondays is the after school club for kids in grades 1-4. Afterwords will be on October 24th and October 31st from 3:45 – 4:45pm. Kids can come after school to visit with friends, play games, have a snack and make some crafts.

The newest after school program, TNT, is for those in grades 5 and up. This group meets on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:30pm. October 27th will have a Halloween theme. Come for a movie, some Halloween Bingo, and more!

There will be a great program designed for adults on Wednesday, October 26th, from 10:00am – 11:00am. Come for a Halloween coloring session and relax with some beverages and snacks. Supplies are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

There will be one more crochet session for October. On Thursday the 27th, you can meet with others at 6:30pm to learn the basics, work on a project, or find out how to finish one.

The staff at the library has put together a display of baby pictures of themselves, which will be out for the rest of the month. Come on in and see if you can guess which staff member goes with which picture!

As always, give the library a call at 937-692-8484 if you have any questions. You can also check out our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org or find us on Facebook!

Bats at October Park P.A.L.S.

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Active Little Brown Bats eat half of their body weight per night, and lactating females eat more than their body weight per night.
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on October 29th from 10am to noon to explore bats during Park P.A.L.S! With Halloween myths and everyday legends, the bat has a wicked reputation. Come learn why bats are actually beneficial and what we can do to help keep them in our backyards. Explore bat biology, and take a peek around Shawnee Prairie to see if there are any winged residents sleeping the day away.

Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required.

For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other park district programs or to register for the October class, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

ENGAGE DISCIPLESHIP SUMMIT FEATURING WOUNDS THAT HEAL

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God is not distant or aloof. On the contrary, through the ministry of Jesus, God enters our painful situations to bring healing and redemption. Balancing sound biblical exposition with sensitive pastoral care, Dr. Stephen Seamands, author of the book Wounds That Heal, examines the profound implications of Jesus' crucifixion for our healing and restoration. Because Jesus experienced abuse, shame and rejection, he understands the hurts we experience today. And his response to pain and suffering gives us hope that we too can experience forgiveness and new life. Filled with real-life stories of people’s brokenness and healing, Wounds That Heal offers comfort for our wounded souls. Ultimately, we take heart that God not only understands our pain but has done something about it. Encounter here the promise that the wounds of Jesus are wounds that heal.

Dr. Seamands is presenting a workshop based on this book that demonstrates how God enters our lives through Jesus' crucifixion---and brings healing and redemption. This workshop is an event in EUM's Engage Discipleship Summit, a discipleship ministry of the church. It will take place at EUM Church, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, Ohio on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $20 per person. For more information or to register for this workshop, visit www.eumchurch.org/event/wounds-that-heal-workshop.

Dr. Stephen Seamands currently serves as professor of Christian Doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to assuming a teaching position at the seminary in 1983, he pastored United Methodist churches in Linwood, Florence, and Elmer in southern New Jersey for eleven years. Steve is known for gracefully merging the classical and the practical. His courses on theology and doctrine are taught with a scholar’s mind and a pastor’s heart.

The son of missionary parents, Steve was born and grew up in India. In addition to teaching and working with seminary students, Steve is actively engaged in leading seminars and retreats and conducting spiritual renewal events in local churches across the U.S. He also has a deep concern for the spiritual needs of pastors and Christian leaders.

Steve has developed a particular interest in the areas of emotional healing, spiritual warfare, and intercessory prayer. His workshops, “The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” and “Overcoming Barriers to Receiving God’s Love,” which he has presented at scores of churches and conferences, have ministered deeply to the brokenness in people’s lives.

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, visit www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.
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