Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Woman Airlifted After Crashing While Passing a Farm Tractor

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On April 25, 2017 at 9:02pm Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 4400 block of State Route 121.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Tiffany Bercaw (24), of Greenville, was northbound on State Route 121 when she was attempting to pass a farm tractor. Ms. Bercaw lost control of her vehicle, traveling off the right side of the roadway overturning multiple times, Ms. Bercaw was ejected from the vehicle.

Ms. Bercaw was airlifted from the scene by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.

This accident remains under investigation

Darke County Baseball History Featured in Garst Museum Exhibit

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Jack Baldschun as a Cincinnati Red.
Who pitched an entire 26-inning ballgame? Who played for the Cincinnati Reds and is part of the Greenville High School Hall of Fame? Who just entered his 17th season with the Royals organization? Who is in the National Senior Softball hall of Fame? Who was a legal “spitballer?” Check out the latest exhibit at Garst Museum to find out!

Otto “Jelly” Burns, Jack Baldschun, Lil Broughman, Tripp J. Davis, Jeff Davenport, Evelyn J. Durst Nealeigh, Allan Sutton, and Craig N. Stammen are just a few local baseball and softball legends featured in this temporary exhibit in the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room at the Garst Museum.


Temporary baseball exhibit at Garst 

New Madison Public Library Honors Julie Dafler

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Since the 1980’s, residents of New Madison and patrons of New Madison Public Library have seen Julie Dafler behind the circulation desk. She has worked with three different directors, multiple library staff, and thousands of patrons over her 32 years, and she is the last employee to work in the “old” library building. Given a nice sunny day, we still see her walking home from work with her husband Bill by her side. To celebrate the impact that Julie has had on our community, Friday, May 5, has been declared Julie Day at the library. Please join us from 10:00 -5:00 as we honor Julie and share memories. Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of New Madison Public Library.

Edison State Students Inducted to Honor Society

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Pictured L to R: Front Row: PTK Advisor William Loudermilk, Charity Barnes, Carrie Kautz, Michelle Collett, Melissa Tucker, and McKenna Bollinger. Back Row: Samuel Schulze, Sierra Keller, Mary Mohr, Matt Collett, and Johnathan Holman.
Sixteen new members were inducted to the Edison State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 12 at the Piqua Campus. Each semester, students are invited to join the honor society based upon academic criteria.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming.

New inductees include Charity Barnes of Ansonia, McKenna Bollinger of Troy, Kari Clements of Troy, Matt Collett of Piqua, Michelle Collett of Piqua, Jonathon Holman of Greenville, Carrie Kautz of Greenville, Sierra Keller of Greenville, Amanda Mitchell of Sidney, Mary Mohr of Union, Jacquelynn Roediger of Sidney, Joshua Ruff of Dayton, Ayoub Samari of Sidney, Samuel Schulze of Fairborn, Penny Stallard of Tipp City, and Melissa Tucker of Troy.

During the ceremony, Associate Professor of English William Loudermilk recognized the candidates for their academic achievements.

"We welcome, congratulate, and are proud of our newly inducted, well-deserving members," said Loudermilk.

Each semester, the Student Leadership Committee selects a member of the Edison State faculty or staff to honor during the ceremony. This semester, Andrea Francis, Marketing Communications Specialist, was commended for supporting community outreach goals put forth by Edison State's PTK.

"It is a privilege to be honored," said Francis. "The work that these students are doing to support communities throughout the region is tremendous and I'm happy to help them reach their goals."

Recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society for two-year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters.

For more information about the Edison State chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, email ptk@edisonohio.edu.

Ice Cream Social at the American Legion in Greenville

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Whitney Dodd Named VHCC April Employee of the Month

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Whitney Dodd
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Whitney Dodd as the April 2017 Employee of the Month. Dodd has been a member of the nursing department staff since November 2014. She first started at VHCC as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and is now working as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for taking great care of her patients. One co-worker stated, “She is always willing to help wherever needed with a smile.”

Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, added “Whitney always keeps the patient’s best interest close to her heart. She is very impactful to our excellent clinical outcomes and low rehospitalizaion rates.” Dodd received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot.

Congratulations to Whitney Dodd!

Man Stabbed in Bradford on Friday

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On Friday, April 21, 2017 at approximately 11:49 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to 7724 Martin Road Bradford, Ohio in reference to a man that was stabbed.

Darke County deputies responded to that residence along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue. The investigation revealed Benjamin J. Reed (35) and Benjamin J. Hampshire (23) both from Union City, Ohio, made entry into the residence and assaulted Jason R. Garrett (33) of Greenville, Ohio. During the altercation, Mr. Garrett stabbed Mr. Reed in the chest and abdomen. Mr. Garrett and Mr. Hampshire both fled the residence prior to the deputy’s arrival. Mr. Reed was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital. Mr. Garrett was located shortly after in Greenville and was transported to Wayne Health Care by Greenville Township Rescue for treatment of the injuries he sustained during the altercation and was released later that day.

On Saturday April 22, 2017 at 3:53 P.M., deputies located Mr. Hampshire at the Hunter Oak Apartments in Greenville, Ohio where he was taken into custody without further incident on charges of Aggravated Burglary.

Mr. Reed’s condition is unknown at this time.

This case will be presented to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for further review and additional charges are likely.

This case remains under investigation.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Greenville High School Wavaires Present Third Annual Community Cantata

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Front row (left to right): Seniors McKenna Crews, Hayley Burns, Kassidy York, Bri Hartle and Samantha Buchy. Second row (left to right): Chloe Cox, Taylor Denniston, Sierra Cress, Gracie Pell, Alivia Lindamood and Lauren Burns. Third row (left to right): Senior Justin McMiller, Zac Davis, Senior Andy Hayes, Seth Conway, Senior Zach Henninger and Nic Colby.
GREENVILLE (April 24, 2017) - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to present their church cantata to the entire community at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 30 at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

This year's presentation is titled “Blessed Be Your Name” and features modern worship songs from well-known worship band, Jesus Culture, Bethel Worship and Hillsong as well as worship artists, Natalie Grant, Matt Redmond and I am They.

This community cantata is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend and support this group of young, talented performers. Donations are welcome to support the vocal music program at Greenville High School. The show choir is under the direction of Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge.

Tickets for Choir-O-Rama 2017, “Better When I’m Dancing,” will go on sale following the community cantata in the Anna Bier Gallery. Tickets prices are: Student Tickets - $5; General Admission Tickets (lower level wings) - $5; Reserved Tickets Purchased in Advance - $6 and Reserved Tickets Purchased at the Door - $7.

Be sure to like and follow the groups Facebook page at Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters to stay current on performances, tickets and fundraisers.

JUDAISM 101

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Curious about the Jewish religion?


Have questions about what Jews believe and what they do? Come for a one-day “Judaism 101” class taught by Student Rabbi Sara Otero of Congregation Anshe Emeth in Piqua, OH on Saturday, May 13 from 10 - Noon.

We will cover some of the basics of Judaism by focusing on three of the highest values in Judaism: Torah (sacred text), Avodah (prayer and ritual), and G'milut Chassadim (acts of kindness). There will be ample time for questions, so be sure to bring your own!

The class will be held at Congregation Anshe Emeth, 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua, www.ansheemeth.org, a Reform Jewish congregation formed in 1858.

The goal is to share information, not impose beliefs. There is no charge for the class, however, reservations would be appreciated to allow for sufficient seating, to Eileen, 937.623-1234 or ansheemeth@gmail.com

NEW OFFICERS TO BE INDUCTED INTO GREENVILLE BPW

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Greenville, OH. April 21, 2017-The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club Foundation Committee is making preparations for their May meeting. Members of the committee are Lindsey Gehret, Betty Kosier and Brenda Miller. The newly elected officers will be formally inducted into the Club.

At the April meeting the club recognized and welcomed 15 new members in to the local BPW Club. The Club boasts that they are proud to be the second largest BPW club in the state of Ohio. All women are invited to join us for the evening and consider becoming a part of our group. You can learn more about our local club by checking us out on Facebook at ‘Greenville BPW Club’.

Members are currently selling tickets to their Chicken BBQ fundraiser to be held on June 21, 2017. For tickets, contact any BPW member or Deb Niekamp at 419-305-2178. Tickets are $7.50 and the pick-up location is the Greenville VFW, 219 N. Ohio from 4:30PM-6:30PM. All proceeds go toward granting college scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

The Club will be meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the Brick Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. The cost is $12.00 per person.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Contact Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5024 or demmons@embarqmail.com by noon on Monday, May 8, 2017 to make a reservation to attend this meeting.

Borderline and Baker’s Motorcycle Shop to hold their 5th year fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County May 20, 2017

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The event will be held at Borderline, which is located at 6140 Hillgrove-Southern Road, Union City Ohio.

There will be a Poker Run, $5 BBQ Chicken Dinners, Benefit Auction and a 50/50 drawing and 7 live bands.

A HOG RAFFLE will be held with 200 tickets only being sold at $5.00 each. Processing donated by Hunt’s Processing. Hog donated by Borderline.

Don’t miss this one!

Proceeds will go to Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.

For more information call Bud at 417-3026.
For information about the cancer association, call Christine at 548-9960.

Dr Henry H. Chong to Speak at Brethren Retirement Community’s “Supper and Seminar” Event

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Dr. Chong
Greenville, OH – Dr. Henry H. Chong, M.D. FACC , a Cardiologist with Reid Specialty Physicians of Greenville, will be the featured speaker at Brethren Retirement Community’s “Supper and Seminar Series: Heart Health” event at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The free event, which will be held in the Brick Room, will also include a complimentary light supper.

Dr Chong is graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Chemistry, and he obtained a medical degree from University of Maryland Medical School in 1990. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester, followed by a fellowship in Cardiology at University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Chong has been practicing cardiology in Greenville since 1996. He is board certified in cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

His professional interests include heart failure management, preventive cardiology, and cardiac imaging. In addition to caring for patients, he frequently speaks on various cardiology topics as a teacher and a lecturer. Dr. Chong is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

In Greenville, Dr.Chong’s office is located in the Bethel Cardiology suite of the Reid Medical Building on Jackson Street. The practice is led by Dr. Chong, and is affiliated with Richmond Cardiology, a 14-provider cardiology group. He is affiliated with Wayne Healthcare and Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Holly Hill at 547-7655 or by email to holly.hill@bhrc.org.

WILDFLOWER GARDEN CLUB’S ANNUAL PLANT SALE

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The officers and members of Wildflower Garden Club are pleased to invite the public to their annual plant sale on May 6, 2017.

Time of the sale is 9 to 11 A.M. Location is at 5094 St. Rt. 49 South, Greenville, Ohio. Be sure to look for the sign about the sale at this location in the near future.

The club members are offering for sale the following; annuals, perennials, scented geraniums, bulbs, tomatoes, and many more garden veggies. Prices start at 50 cents and go up. They will also have available worm castings in 15 lb. bags.

The profits from this annual sale help defray the expenses of their civic projects around Greenville. They plant and maintain the gardens at the Moose, the Dog Park, the urns at Lowell Thomas House, also the Hospital urns. They will be rejuvenating the flower beds at the Juvenile Court/Health Department/Board of Elections Building as a new project started last year.

Pictured are Judy Burns Treasurer, Barb Rhoades Vice President. For more info call 547-0704. Ask for Brenda.

Darke County Park Board to Hold Special Meeting

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Nature Center located at 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, Ohio. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss matters of land.

Early Morning Discovery Hikes At Darke County Parks

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Native American ate wild hyacinth bulbs
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The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them every Tuesday morning at 8am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville for their Early Morning Discovery Hikes.

These hikes allow adults a chance to watch the seasons change and to discover the many life forms in their own backyard. The slowly warming temperatures make this a great time to enjoy and learn about nature. These walks focus on bird watching, trees, fungi identification, and much more.

Attendees are asked to bring a pair of binoculars if possible; otherwise some are available for loan. Hikes will be held rain or shine.

If you have any questions about the Early Morning Discovery Hikes or any other program offered by the park district, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Driver Goes Left of Center Causing Head On Collision on SR 49

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On April 24, 2017 at approximately 6:47 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum EMS were dispatched to State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Rd. in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed Amy Hill 42 (Union City, Indiana) was driving a green 1998 Buick Century traveling southeast on State Route 49. James Leddy 24 (Westerville, Ohio) was driving a gray 2007 Ford Escape traveling northwest on State Route 49. Ms. Hill traveled left of the center line striking Mr. Leddy in the left front of the gray 2007 Ford Escape. Ms. Hill drove off the left side of roadway striking a metal fence. Mr. Leddy’s vehicle spun around coming to rest facing southeast in the roadway.

Ms. Hill was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum EMS where her condition is unknown. Mr. Leddy was treated and released at the scene.

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

Alcohol a Suspected Factor in Friday Evening Crash

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On April 21, 2017 at approximately 7:56 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Union City OH. Rescue and Liberty Township Fire and CareFlight responded to the 7400 block of Palestine Union City Rd on a report of a injury crash with a car into a tree.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1995 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Jeremy M. Kimball 42, of Winchester IN., was traveling northbound in the 7400 block of Palestine-Union City Rd and drove left of center traveling off the left side of the roadway and striking a tree. The driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for his injuries and Kimball was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is a suspected factor in this crash.

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

Open House for GHS Alumni to be Held Monday, May 1st

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Pitsburg Church of the Brethren to Host "Harmony Quartet"

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will be hosting Darke County’s own, Harmony Quartet on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 6 PM.

Harmony has been singing together since 1997. They came together singing songs of the Statler Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys - both secular and gospel. They were introduced to Southern Gospel through the Gaither concerts and immediately began including some of them in their repertoire. The songs they sing reflect a love of God and tell stories from the Bible. The group is made up of Bill Drew, singing tenor, Terry Longfellow, singing bass, Mike Royer singing baritone and second tenor, and Bruce Shank, singing lead. The public is cordially invited to this event. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the performance. The church is located on the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

Ansonia FFA puts on an "Eggcellent" Eggstravaganza

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by Olivia Wright, Ansonia FFA Reporter

Pictured is one of Ansonia’s Agricultural instructors, Mr. Zane Fessler.
He made a special appearance as the Easter Bunny
during the Eggstravaganza. 
The Ansonia FFA chapter, along with the help of the Ansonia First Church of God, the Ansonia Methodist Church, and the Ansonia American Legion, hosted an Easter Eggstravaganza at the Ansonia Local Schools on Saturday, April 15th. This Eggstravaganza consisted of many activities that children from local communities could participate in throughout the day. Kids of various ages loved hunting for over 4,000 eggs on the school property. Children from ages 0-11 were divided up into multiple age groups and then escorted to a specified area on the school property to hunt for their eggs. In addition, one child from each age group was lucky enough to find the golden egg, awarding them an Easter basket filled with goodies.

Visitors also had fun coloring eggs, having their face painted, and interacting with a variety of animals at the petting zoo. Goats, sheep, rabbits, and ducks were all on hand to greet the kids and families.

While the “eggcellent” activities were going on, the Ansonia Local School Greenhouse enjoyed their 2017 Grand Opening. Patrons found hundreds of different types of flowers, garden seed packs, garden plants, individual pots, and hanging baskets to help meet all of their spring-time decorative needs.

Starting on Monday, April 24th, the greenhouse will be open from 4 pm - 6 pm on weekdays, from 9 am - 3 pm on Saturdays, and from 12 pm - 3pm on Sundays through the end of May.

Local Artists Wanted for First Friday Event

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Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in August. The event has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan crafts. The event will take place on Friday, August 4th from 6-9 pm in the downtown district.

The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children’s apparel, wreaths, and more during the event.

All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late and other activities that will be planned for the event.

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $10.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is July 21st, 2017. For more information contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 or fowble51@gmail.com.

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).

"Tips on Downsizing and Decluttering" Presentation to be Held at BHRC

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JOHN KALAMAN MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE IS APRIL 27

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FAMILY MARKS 20TH YEAR OF SAVING LIVES IN SON’S MEMORY

Paula and John Kalaman
DAYTON, Ohio – The 20th annual Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive will take place Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Centerville Police Department. John and Paula Kalaman say the best tribute to their son at this milestone will be a strong showing of support by donors.

Community Blood Center will hold the blood drive in the CPD training room, 155 West Spring Valley Road. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 293-3373.

Officer Kalaman and Washington Township Firefighter Robert O’Toole were killed, and another firefighter injured, while responding to an accident on I-675 in January of 1998. A motorist lost control, crossed three lanes of traffic, and struck the men in the median.

John and Paula Kalaman hosted the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday. Since then more than 4,000 unit of blood has been donated in his name.

“It’s amazing,” said John Kalaman. “We have folks that have donated every year since we started and come back year after year. If the second year nobody showed up we would have stopped right there! It’s heart-warming that so many do this in memory of John.”

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Down to Earth Book Club

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The Darke County Park District would like to remind everyone of the Down to Earth Book Club’s spring selection. For their sixth season, they will read The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats’ Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales by Diane Ackerman. In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures.

This season’s book club will meet on Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Each quarter the Down to Earth Book Club has featured 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.

Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the book club discussion. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.

Crocodiles jaws have 24 teeth that are meant to grasp and crush, not chew. They swallow stones that grind food inside their stomachs and also act as ballast.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Darke County Special Olympics Thanks Second National Bank

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At last year’s Darke County Special Olympics Track and Field Event, Brian Wagner representing Second National Bank served as an Awards Presenter. He is shown here following an awards presentation for the softball throw to (left to right), Daniel Gonzalez, Greenville; Quinton Couchot, Mississinawa Valley; Josh Albright, Franklin Monroe and Isaac Gulley, Greenville. Tanner Bey from Versailles H.S. was a volunteer helper. This year’s Annual Track and Field Event will be held on Friday, May 12 (inclement weather day is Monday, May 15) at Harmon Field in Greenville. Special athletes from all Darke County schools will be participating. The 2016 program served over 320 athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, powerlifting, softball, soccer, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field.

Darke Co. Special Olympics is directed, coached, and chaperoned by volunteers giving of their time. Special thanks to Second National Bank for their donation and support of the program.

Updated Audition Times for Annie

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Versailles Towne & Country Players is proud to announce their upcoming production of Annie! Robin Brown will be the director and Ken DeMange the assistant director. Performance dates are July 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Versailles Performance Arts Center. Auditions for this large cast will be held in search of talented performers of many ages – both male and female. Auditions for the orphans have occurred – now we’re seeking talented adults/young adults ages grades 7 and older.

GRADES 7 AND OLDER (male and female): Audition dates for 7th grade and older will be Friday, April 28, any time between 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. in Miss Tipton’s room at Versailles Schools (enter door 19 and go right). Each individual should come prepared to perform a one- minute or less monologue, as well as a one-minute or less song (please bring CD or sheet music for the provided accompanist). Dance audition for this age group desiring to be in chorus numbers is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. in the Versailles Performing Arts Center where the group will be taught a short routine. If you know how to tap dance, please bring your tap shoes. Callbacks is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. in Miss Tipton’s room.

If you have questions, please contact Robin at 937-423-4978 or Ken at 937-776-4775.

AGING IN PLACE – MANY REASONS WHY HIRING BRETHREN HOME COMMUNITY SERVICES HOME CARE MAY BE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST

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Many adults wish to “age in place”, in their own home. If they do, at some point it may be necessary to hire in-home care. To your aging parents, they may see it as giving up but in reality, it makes sense to realize their limitations and keep them safe.

Many elderly adults need some type of home care assistance to help with personal care and their activities of daily living such as bathing, hygiene, dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, errands, light housekeeping and laundry. They may not be able to be left alone and need supervision and if you are the primary caregiver, you will need some time to yourself to take care of your own responsibilities and needs.

Once the decision has been made to get additional help in the home, the question becomes whether to hire someone you find to care for your parent or if you turn to the expertise of your local home care provider, such as Brethren Home Community Services Home Care.

There are many reasons to work with Brethren Home Community Services Home Care.

Brethren Home Community Services Home Care is a licensed, full-service home health care agency. All of our in-home caregivers are employees who are fully bonded and insured. As the employer, we withhold all necessary employment taxes and provide worker’s compensation, which relieves our clients from the burden of these liabilities.

Brethren Home Community Services Home Care invests significant time and attention in screening, training and supervising our caregivers to ensure we provide the highest quality care. Our comprehensive screening process includes a thorough background check, in addition to reviewing professional, criminal and driving records. Additionally, we work with you to match our our caregivers with your loved one for the best match.

Family Health EyeCare Open House - May 9th, 2017

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Darke County Parks Summer Camps

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For over a decade, Darke County Parks summer camps have been an annual tradition for families. In the parks continued commitment to get kids outside to learn, appreciate, and enjoy nature, they offer two styles of camps, day camps and mini camps. The classic day camps are similar to the format the parks has done for the last ten years featuring crafts, take home items, lots of nature, and fun.

The day camps include hand on activities, a t-shirt, a snack, and fun take home items. Camps for 6-7 year olds are as follows. “Things With Wings,” a flight themed camp, will run June 19th through 23rd from 10am to 12pm with a $65 fee being charged, and “Rocks,” a geology camp, will run June 26th through 30th from 10am to 12pm with a $65 fee being charged.

The camps for 8-9 year olds include “Trailblazers,” an adventure and hiking themed camp on July 10th through 14th from 10am-12pm with a $70 fee, and “Ocean Explorers,” a sea themed camp on July 24th through 29th from 10am-12pm with a $70 fee.

The 10-12 year old camps are “Let’s Paddle,” a canoe and kayak camp on June 12th through 16th from 1pm to 4pm with a $75 fee, and “Survive the Ohio Territory,” a survival themed camp on July 31st through August 4th from 10am-12pm with a $75 fee.

The final day camp offering is “Adventure Zone,” an action packed camp for 13-15 year olds on July 17th through 21st from 10am-4pm with a $125 fee.

The two mini camps for 6-9 year olds offer a condensed program with three days of camp involving hands on activity, take home crafts, and lots of time outdoors. The sessions offered are “Stamp into Nature,” a letterboxing camp on Monday, June 12th through Wednesday, June 14th from 9:30am-12pm with a $30 fee, and “Christmas in July,” a Christmas themed camp on Wednesday, July 5th through Friday, July 7th from 10am to 12pm.

For more information about any of these camps or to sign children up, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

DARKE COUNTY FARMERS UNION SPONSORS AUGUST ZUMBRINK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

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The local Darke County Farmers Union is sponsoring an essay contest again this year for the area’s high school seniors or those who are attending college as freshmen. This year, the essay will honor August “Gus” Zumbrink. August was an active, lifetime member of the Farmers Union and served with the Darke County A.S.C.S. Office (now the F.S.A.) as the Director for fifteen years, from January 1963 to January 1978.

Mr. Zumbrink was also very active in his church and community and he served in all the offices of the Darke County Farmers Union and was also a member of the Executive Committee. He, along with his wife, Mary, attended many state conventions and also traveled to the national convention to fight for the rights and interests of family farmers. Gus, as he was known, was very well respected among the farmers of this county and was an excellent administrator as he worked with the sometimes very complicated federal farm programs. To his credit, he was consulted by the Kennedy administration in the early 1960s to develop the “feed grains farm programs” that helped many family farmers to survive during the 1960s and 1970s. Gus also farmed with his family in York and Wabash Townships in northern Darke County and was a true believer in the economic importance of the small family farmer. He helped his two sons, James and John Zumbrink, both lifetime members of Farmers Union, get started in farming. The two brothers continued to farm together until John passed away in May of 2012 and Jim took over the operation with the help of his wife, Diana, and his children, Scott Zumbrink and Dawn Muhlenkamp.

For more information on our Darke County Farmers Union, Ohio Farmers Union, or National Farmers Union scholarship essay contests and their applications, please call your local Farmers Union office at 937-548-3240 or stop in at our office on the Circle at 421 Public Square in Greenville. Information may also be found with the high school guidance counselors at the various schools in the county.

5K RUN/WALK FOR SCENTRAL PARK

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are sponsoring their annual 5KRun/Walk for Scentral Park dog park on Saturday, April 22nd, beginning at 9a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This race encourages you to bring your dog as a participant along with you. If you don’t have a dog you can still enter. Medals will be awarded to those racing with dogs as well as those racing without. There will be a Best Dressed Dog contest at 8:15a.m. with medals going to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. A free Kid’s Fun Run will be at 8:30a.m. Free online registration can be found at www.gtraces.com. Same day registration begins at 7:30a.m. in the Ohio Center at the fairgrounds.

A race like this cannot take place without the contributions from the following sponsors: Pooch Parlor, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic and Laser Center, Barry Family Dentistry, LLC, Financial Achievement Services, Inc., Majestic Pet Memorial Services (A Division of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home), Schultz Motors, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Dr. Thomas Brown, Eldora Speedway, Zeke & Mini Litchfield, Matt & Angie Arnold & Bailey, Arcanum Veterinary Service, Kevin Flory Landscaping & Lawn Care, Darke County Veterinary Service, Buddy & Turbo Dean, Double M Diner & Shelby, Gordon Orthodontics, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Max Hole, Kline Timber, KTL Performance Mortgage LTD, Second National Bank and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

The following people, groups, or businesses have contributed toward the success of the race: Advanced America, Josh Artin, John Aukerman, Boston Stoker, Brenda’s Beanery, Burger King, Dannon, First Heavy Metal Church of Christ, Girl Scouts, Johnston Chiropractic, Inc., Kellers, KFC, Eileen Litchfield, Marco’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Rocketship Sports Management, Linda Searls, Snap Fitness, Taco Bell, Walmart and YMCA.

ALL of the proceeds from this race go toward the maintenance of and improvements to Scentral Park Dog Park located at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, OH, next to the Animal Shelter.

Contact Jeannie Grosch @ 548-6287 with any questions.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Captivating Civilian Impressions at Civil War Heritage Weekend

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OVCWA ladies demonstrate a wide variety of clothing styles common during the War Between the States.
The Ohio Valley Civil War Association not only brings top notch military presentations, but also incorporates the fascinating civilian side as well. Visit them on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on State Route 502 west of Greenville and step back in time. While many able bodied young men enlisted to fight on both sides of the War Between the States, women were left to keep life running at home, in the shops, and on the farms. Sometimes this even brought them into camp as a nurse, camp follower, or visitor bringing comforts of home. Civilian men also had roles to play in the war effort, like the displaced farmer turned cook for the army or preacher providing comfort to the anxious or grieving families.

The civilians of the OVCWA are dedicated men and women who take on first-person personas of real people during the American Civil War. They educate, entertain, and enlighten visitors on a wide variety of topics and issues our ancestors faced. The members portray a full gamut of Civil War civilians: from prostitutes to nuns, farmers to business men, laundresses to telegraphers. The Civil War Civilians are devoted to educating the public about the many roles civilians, especially women, filled during the Civil War. Come discuss the war effort, marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions, and find out what it took to keep our country running with the work force away fighting. Special for this event, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen of Nashville will regale visitors with stories from her life on a southern plantation, and the captain will demonstrate his beautiful calligraphy skills from his life before the army. Visit Shawnee Prairie on April 30th or May 1st to see it all.

Make sure to make time between talking to civilians to observe daily life for a Union soldier, hear the cannon blast, watch men drill, and smell a soldier’s supper simmering. Daily demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields.

They have partnered with Darke County Parks in July of 2012, April of 2015 and 2016, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again. This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165, or email to info@darkecountyparks.org.

Vera Barberine to Present Spring Tea and Program for The Greenville Art Guild

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The Greenville Art Guild and the Artist Junction are excited about sponsoring a spring tea and program on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 PM with local presenter Vera Barberine featuring an fabulous show of vintage hats. Vera will model hats from a different era and point out the distinguishing features of each. After the presentation, a spring tea consisting of a coffee, tea and dessert buffet will be held in a lovely Victorian setting. The cost is $20 for Guild members and $30 for nonmembers. Everyone who comes is encouraged to wear an "arty" hat of their own and if you do, you will have a chance to win a prize! The spring tea will be held at the Artist Junction, 6100 Routzong Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Pre registration is required along with your check made out to the Greenville Art Guild and mailed to PO Box 172, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Registration forms can be found on our website at www.greenvilleartguild.com or at most Darke County libraries.

Deadline for registrations to be received by the Guild is May 16 and email confirmations only will be sent. Be sure to register early since we can only accommodate the first 30 who sign up due to seating limitations. Please call Marilyn Banks at 937-423-0630 or Anne Willis at 941-780-2490 for more information.

GREENVILLE FEDERAL DONATES TO BRIDGES TO COLLEGE

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Greenville Federal is continuing its support of the Bridges to College Program. In the photo, Jeff Kniese, president and CEO of Greenville Federal, is shown presenting the check to Anne McKinney, Bridges to College executive director. The Bridges to College program helps students attend college through educational programming, mentoring and scholarships. This year it is working with students at Ansonia, Franklin Monroe, and Greenville High School. “We’re very appreciative for Greenville Federal’s continued support of Bridges to College,” said McKinney.

To learn more about the Bridges to College program, visit its website at www.bridges2college.org or call Anne McKinney at 423-2442. “Greenville Federal is helping us educate families that college is possible!”


MVCTC SkillsUSA Members Qualify for National SkillsUSA Competition

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Left: Justin Collins, Automotive Technology student from Twin Valley South, Automotive Service Technology Contest.
Middle: Natalie Campbell, Graphic Commercial Photography student from Wayne, Photography Contest.
Right: Joshua Dirksen, Heavy Equipment student from Versailles, Heavy Equipment Contest
Columbus, Ohio -- Members of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA chapter competed at the Ohio SkillsUSA Contest in Columbus, Ohio on April 11-12, 2017. The State Contest, located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, brought together thousands of SkillsUSA students from all over the state to compete in everything from Advertising Design to Welding.

The SkillsUSA Ohio championship consists of 81 Technical and Leadership contests. Participants were challenged to complete a project in their area of technical training within a specified time while being scored by a panel of judges from business, industry, and education. Top state qualifiers earned a chance to compete in the SkillsUSA championships in Louisville, KY, in June for national honors.

MVCTC State Winners are as follows:

Gold – First Place – All first place winners qualified to compete at the National SkillsUSA Contest in June!

  • Justin Collins, Automotive Technology student from Twin Valley South, Automotive Service Technology Contest
  • Natalie Campbell, Graphic Commercial Photography student from Wayne, Photography Contest.
  • Joshua Dirksen, Heavy Equipment student from Versailles, Heavy Equipment Contest
  • Cleveland Boes, MVCTC Adult Ed HVAC student, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Post-Secondary Contest

Silver – Second Place

  • Dental Assistant Opening and Closing Team - Chelcee Carroll (Arcanum); Kelsea Morgan (Wayne); Richard Huynh (Northridge); Linley Spoonmore (Brookville); Morgan Bell (Miamisburg); Jaycee Groves (Carlisle); Taylor Nuse (Tri-County North); and Carly Newman (Milton-Union) – Alternate
  • Elizabeth Newton, Graphic Commercial Art student from Miamisburg, Prepared Speech Contest
  • Robotics and Automation students Colton Schroer from Valley View and Christian Brooks from Bethel, Robotics and Automation Technology Contest
  • Michael Bilbrey, Electrical Trades student from Franklin-Monroe, Telecommunications Cabling Contest

Bronze – Third Place

  • Echota Henderson, Aviation Maintenance Technician from Tri-County North, Aviation Maintenance Contest
  • David Garber, Diesel Power Technology student from Arcanum, Diesel Equipment Technology Contest
  • Kylie Witters, Cosmetology student from Milton-Union, Prepared Speech Contest
  • Jacob Stefanco, MVCTC Adult Education student, Sheet Metal Post-Secondary Contest

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

For over 45-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.

Take Flight: A Celebration of Our Feathered Friends at DCP

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Come watch and learn about our feathered friends here in Darke County!
Join Darke County Parks to celebrate birds on Earth Day! On Saturday, April 22nd from 7am to 2pm spend the day with family exploring the wild birds that call our region home.

This fun-filled birding festival will take place at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville. The festivities will begin with “Breakfast with the Birds,” a fundraiser by the Darke County Birders Club, which will offer breakfast bites in an effort to raise money to care for Greta, the Darke County Parks’ owl. Five Rivers MetroParks will join the celebration with a wide selection of the birds of prey animal ambassadors. See a Screech Owl, Kestrel, and a Red-tailed Hawk up close, and learn about these amazing animals! The day will continue with a variety of bird-themed activities for all ages, walk, workshops, and more!

Join the naturalists to discover who’s nesting around the Nature Center or a lunch-time chat about bird feeding. At 7:30am avid birders can enjoy a discovery hike, with an 8:30am beginners bird walk to follow. The whole family can discover birds together on the 9am hike, and ongoing after 10am there will be nest box building, a bird feeder craft, toys that fly, bird bingo, workshops on gardening for birds, backyard bird feeding, time to explore the Natural Play Area, and much more. From 11am to 1pm the Friends of the Parks will be offering a quick hotdog lunch. The park staff and volunteers hope to see everyone enjoying Earth Day on the trails of Shawnee Prairie!

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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS MOTORISTS TO BE ALERT TO LOCAL VOLUNTEERS ON THE ROADWAY APRIL 22nd & 23rd

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Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Director Krista Fourman would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling Darke County roadways on the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd.

On that weekend Darke County Solid Waste Management District will be holding its 10th Annual Trash Bash. Over 1100 volunteers and organizations will be cleaning up 735 miles of Darke County and Township roads. These volunteers will be walking along roadways and picking up trash. The volunteer’s vehicles will be parked along or near the roads where the trash pick up is occurring. Participants should be wearing bright colored shirts to increase visibility. Trash pick up is scheduled to occur from dawn to dusk on Saturday and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention to volunteers working near the roadway. As always you should not engage in distracted driving while operating a vehicle and keep your attention focused on driving your vehicle. Practice defensive driving techniques by looking ahead and being prepared for any problems that may occur.

Darke County deputies will be patrolling Darke County roadways and enforcing traffic laws. Always wear your seat belt and take the time to look both ways at intersections. Lets all work together to make Darke County roadways safe for volunteers and other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club

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Speaking on April 10th to the DCRW’s Club was Kim Bohler, Consultant for Perfectly Posh.

Kim shared her experiences as well as her products. Our thanks to Kim for the Gift Bags she had for all of the members.

The next guests for the “Women in Business” project will be: Dr. Kylie Young, Owner of Belton, and also a STYLE SHOW by Kirsten Berghoff, Owner of Sadie Grace.

More information for the May 8th meeting will be coming later.

Darke County Civic Theater to Hold Auditions for Two Productions

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for TWO productions that will take place this summer. Auditions for "James and the Giant Peach" which will be performed in August at Paw's Bingo Hall and auditions for "D.K. Molar, The Devious Dentist" which will be performed at the Annie Oakley Festival in July will take place on Sunday April 30th, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center.

"D.K. Molar, The Devious Dentist...OR...There's Gold in them thar' teeth!" By: Billy St. John will be performed on July 28th, July 29th and July 30th at the Annie Oakley Festival that takes place at York Woods. The depraved dentist, D.K. Molar, and his noxious nurse, Nova Caine, have crafted a dastardly scam: after putting their patients to sleep with nitrous oxide, they remove the gold crowns and replace them with fakes made of fool’s gold. The unsuspecting patients are none the wiser. That is until Dr. Molar’s new receptionist, the lovely Flossy Dailey, starts chewing over some of the strange happenings in the office. With Phil de Tooth, an upstanding young dentist, she discovers Molar is prospecting for more than overbites. Molar, true to his calling, pulls a gun on them and threatens to drill anyone who tries to stop him. Rehearsals for this melodrama will take place in the months of May, June and July on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Seeking actors and actress ages 10 and older. No prior preparation is needed, as auditions will be cold readings from the script. Arrival can be anytime within the allotted audition time period. Auditioning does not guarantee a role in the production.

"James and the Giant Peach" Adapted for the stage by: David Wood, from the classic book written by Roald Dahl will be performed August 12th and 13th at Paw's Bingo Hall, joined with a benefit for the Darke County Humane Society. The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York. A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. Rehearsals for this family production will take place in the months of May, June, July and August on Sunday afternoons. Seeking actors and actress ages 10 and older. Cast size could range from 6 cast members to 20 cast members, depending on the directors vision and the amount of actors/actresses that audition. No prior preparation is needed, as auditions will be cold readings from the script. Arrival can be anytime within the allotted audition time period. Auditioning does not guarantee a role in the production.

Crew members will also be needed and if you have an interested in this, please come to the audition and express your interest to the director. For more information, visit Darke County Civic Theater's website at www.darkecountycivictheater.org - please contact darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com for any questions you may have concerning auditions.

First Class Military Presentations at Civil War Heritage Weekend

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Soldiers demonstrate firing by rank as a part of the daily infantry presentations.
When the Ohio Valley Civil War Association visits Shawnee Prairie Preserve April 29th and 30th, they will bring some of the best military living history presentations in the country. Daily demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C.

The infantry demonstration will feature an in depth look at many different types and styles of uniforms and shoes, a comparison between the Springfield and Enfield rifles including the mechanics of black powder firearms, and a peek into the daily life of the Union soldier. Visitors will observe soldiers perform basic drill maneuvers including a live black powder firing demonstration.

During the sharpshooter presentation, visitors will learn about target rifles and the mechanization process that made the Henry and Sharps repeating rifles possible, see various shooting positions, and understand the amazing skill it took to be a sharpshooter in the Union Army. The presentation will also include an extremely telling speed demonstration comparing a repeating rifle to a standard issue musket.

Lastly, artillery men will demonstrate each man’s specific tasks in the cannon firing process, show the tools and implements used, and describe the different types of projectiles used during the war. The presentation will culminate by firing the smooth bore cannon!

Between demonstrations, camp visitors can observe daily life for a Union soldier, discuss the war effort with civilians, or marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields. They have partnered with Darke County Parks in July of 2012, April of 2015 and 2016, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again.

This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. From the military veteran to the seamstress, the cook to the doctor, and everything in between, come see how all these pursuits unfolded over 150 years ago. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165, or send an email to info@darkecountyparks.org.

Poultry Days Announces Donations

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1st Row: 4th Vice Chairman-Brent Pepple, 2nd Vice Chairman-Alex Luthman, 2017 Festival Chairman-Kevin Kissinger, 1st Vice Chairman-Jeff Lyme, 3rd Vice Chairman-Lucas Subler, Rage & Rocko-Allen Keaser.  2nd Row: Versailles Historical Society-Arlene Luttmer, Versailles Historical Society-Deb Pohl, Versailles Bike Rodeo & Versailles EMS-Crystal Buteau, Council of Churches-Dan Brown, Kinder Korner-Penny Treon, Versailles Hometown Christmas-Rodd Hale.  3rd Row: TASKS-Scott Garrison, Bob Frey and Dan Watren, Versailles Youth Wrestling-Jerry Bey, Heritage Park-Mike Poling. Not pictured: Children's Shriner Hospital, Boy Scouts, Versailles Acme Baseball, Versailles Community Scholarship, VFW, and Versailles Musical Theatre.
Versailles Poultry Days is a volunteer based organization dedicated to serving the Versailles community by supporting community projects and activities that improve quality of life and create an inviting environment for people of all ages. Since 1952 Poultry Days has donated festival proceeds back into the community. Over the last ten years Poultry Days has donated more than $700,000 to the community and took time recently to recognize 2016-2017 donation recipients. Efforts to benefit the community are not limited to direct donations. Poultry Days owns and, in partnership with the Heritage Park Board, operates a 40-acre public park including shelters, a pond, walking track and both soccer and baseball fields which are available for community use and athletics. This investment keeps the cost for sports such as baseball and soccer low.

Poultry Days also provides an opportunity for local non-profits to conduct fundraising including Versailles Band Boosters, Rotary, Serendipity Mothers, YOLO and St, Denis Knights of Columbus. As an example, YOLO (You Only Live Once) has recently announced plans to take this to another level. After taking over running the Poultry Days 5K in 2015 YOLO is investing proceeds from the 5K (and fundraising) into a plan to build an amphitheater at Heritage Park. Heritage Park owned by Poultry Days originally had an amphitheater built into its plans but that project was never completed.

The Poultry Days Board has also conducted a blood drive for over 20 years and supports other activities through volunteering or providing support. For the last several years the board has volunteered at the Bike Rodeo and more recently has a new event called Confident Chicks for girls in grades 5-8.

Poultry Days also benefits the community by drawing in visitors who support local businesses. The Ultimate Frisbee Tournament alone nearly doubles the Versailles population bringing in over 2,000 competitors from throughout the United States. Estimates are that festival draws a total 40,000 visitors over the weekend.

Poultry Days thanks the volunteers and businesses that contribute their time and resources as well as festival goers which allow us to support community projects. The 2017 Versailles Poultry Days Festival will be held June 9, 10, and 11th. For more information go to www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

Every Woman Has a Story Series

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Cut glass, like this decanter, is much more valuable
than glass made by pressing into a mold.
The Friends of Darke County Parks is excited to announce the first event of their exciting new series “Every Woman Has a Story.” Join them on Saturday, May 20th from 10am to 1pm in the Darke County Parks’ log house for a special ladies’ brunch to celebrate women and their stories. The first session will highlight local glassware collector, Ms. Mitzi Johnson. She will discuss how she got interested in this hobby and show some of her unique collection. They are getting out the special china, so dress in vintage style and wear your favorite hat! There will be door prizes and prizes for the best bought and handmade hat worn.

The menu will include: special breakfast casserole, waffles with fruit and real cream topping, chocolate dipped strawberries, coffee, and tea. The cost is $20 per person at the time of reservation. To register, mail a note with your name, email, and phone number along with payment to Friends of Darke County Parks P.O. Box 801 Greenville, Ohio 45331.

For questions or more information, contact Friends’ President Barbie Hansbarger at (937) 447-3355.

YMCA Daddy & Daughter Dance

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Raffle winners at last year’s Daddy & Daughter Dance
at the YMCA of Darke County.
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- The YMCA of Darke County is excited to announce the second annual Daddy & Daughter Dance, to be held on Saturday, April 22 at our Greenville branch.

Don’t miss this opportunity for dads and daughters of all ages to spend some quality time together! Join us for dancing, games, prizes, pictures and more! Doors open at 6:00PM, with the last song played at 8:00PM. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for dad + 1 daughter, $12 for dad + multiple daughters. Tickets can be purchased at the Y. Tickets at the dor will also be available for $12 or $15. Tickets are limited so get yours today! Come and join us and help make this dance fun and exciting!

The Daddy & Daughter dance will include dancing (of course) with a live DJ, light snacks, games, a photography area for portraits, and a raffle with some fabulous prizes! Prizes include a variety of themed gift baskets, with the grand prize of an American Girl Doll! Raffle tickets will be $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length.

If you have questions or would like purchase tickets, please call the Y at 548-3777.

Get “5K Fit” with DCP

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Have you always wanted to try a 5K but never got around to it? Are you tired of those holiday pounds sticking around? Do you just need some motivation to get healthy? Darke County Parks is hosting a fitness program called 5K Fit every Thursday @ 5:30pm from now through May 18th. Join them throughout the spring to get healthy. They’ll have three different programs for you to choose from (walking, walking/jogging, and running) to suit your fitness needs and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle.

With everyone setting their own goals and moving at their own pace, feel free to join them at any point during the program. For every time you attend, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the Raptor Run/Walk” on Saturday August 5th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Please dress for the weather and bring a timing device and water bottle. For questions or weather updates, call the Nature Center at 548-0165.

Because of hills, wind, avoiding puddles, people, and obstacles, walking outdoors burns more calories than walking on a treadmill.

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 approximately 21-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

"The job market is alive and well," said Joseph Mahan, Commander of the Basic Peace Officer Academy at Edison State. "On average, we're receiving two to three job notifications per week."

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in July and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in December. 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 June 9. Per new State of Ohio regulations, applicants are required to pass a physical assessment on either June 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or June 9 from 12-4 p.m. The fall academy will begin July 10 and conclude December 15, 2017.

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

DP&L Foundation Sponsors DCCA Arts in Education and Family Theatre Series

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The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs.  DCCA Family Theatre Series presents Brown Bear Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, Sunday, April 23 at St. Clair Memorial Hall starting at 2 p.m.
The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DP&L Company Foundation’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a culturally enriching artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “DCCA thanks the Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation for their strong support of the arts; we are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity.”

Presentations in DCCA’s 2016-2017 Family Theatre Series include Arts Power's Chicken Dance, November 6th, and Laura Ingalls Wilder January 29th 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.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2016-2017 included Jason Farham presenting "Piano Outside the Box" for students in grades K-3; Tasha Stielstra presenting "Pulling Together" on teamwork and leadership for grades 4-6; AudioBody presented the synthesis of music and technology in their unique performance at St. Clair Memorial for grades 7 & 8; and international Irish musicians We Banjo 3 shared Irish culture and music while performing for Darke County High School students. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County.

For more information on DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, Arts In Education outreach or other programming contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website CenterForArts.net.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Markswomen Wanted for the 2017 Miss Annie Oakley Shooting & Costume Contests

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Wanted:

Darke County Women Age 14-19 for the Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest & Costume Contest.

The contest is part of the Annual Annie Oakley Festival that is held at York Woods, the last weekend of July. The Miss Annie Oakley Shooting and Costume contest begins on Wednesday, July 12 for a mandatory publicity photo shoot at the Annie Oakley Park Statue at 6pm in downtown Greenville. Then the shooting practice will be held at York Woods on Tuesday, July 25 at 6pm, with the shooting preliminaries held the next night, Wednesday, July 26 at 6pm. The winners of the preliminaries will have a shoot off on Thursday, July 27 at 6pm.

All of the shooting contest is open to the public with no admission charged. Darke County Women Age 14 to 19, complete the application and send it in. Deadline is Wednesday, July 12 at 6pm. No Exceptions. IF YOU NEED INFORMATION, or HAVE QUESTIONS. CALL (937) 547-9947.

Click here to visit AnnieOakleyFestival.org and to download an application.

Poultry Days Vendor Space

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The Serendipity Mothers are accepting reservations for space in the Vendor Tent for the Poultry Days Festival, June 9-11th. Options include 10 x 10 ft. spaces in the Vendor Tent or space for your own tent. All Vendor Tent spaces are on asphalt, while 15 x 15 ft. spaces for your own tent or display are available on either asphalt or grass.

If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, please download Vendor information at www.versaillespoultrydays.com and return the signed application and your payment. Registration will remain open until noon on Friday, June 9, 2017 or until all spaces are full. Email can be sent to serendipitymoms@hotmail.com.

The Barnbuilders: An Architectural Legacy in Ohio’s Rural Landscape

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The Darke County Genealogical Society will host Tom O’Grady with his presentation, The Barnbuilders: An Architectural Legacy in Ohio’s Rural Landscape, on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Garst Museum in Greenville, OH. This program is made possible in part by The Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tom O’Grady sailed as a deck hand on an ore carrier on the Great Lakes abroad a sister-ship of the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald, surveyed for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, launched the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in the state of Ohio, and has been promoting waste reduction and sustainable economy for thirty years. He has spent a good deal of the past twenty-five years as a student of Ohio history, researching its geography and settlement, the mound builders, Ohio canals, and several of its interesting characters and their stories. Tom has been teaching astronomy at Ohio University for 32 years.

Tom’s presentation will explain how culture groups migrating from New England, Middle Atlantic states, and from the South, settled in various regions of Ohio, and their distinct farms and barns can be observed when travelling throughout the state. The barnbuilders have an architectural legacy throughout rural Ohio that can help understand much about the heritage of the region. The geographic distribution of the various barn types is due to routes followed into the state, geographical influences, or cultural affinities. One can identify regions settled by people of Pennsylvania German descent, those settled by migrants from the upland south, or those migrating to Ohio from New England, by the type of barns and other building on farmsteads remaining on Ohio byways. These artifacts of timber frame construction, house the remnants of Ohio’s primeval forests.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments and the regular meeting of the Darke County Genealogical Society. For more information call (937) 692-6511.

Greenville High School Concert Choir to perform at State Choir Contest

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Greenville High School Concert Choir
GREENVILLE, OH (April 11, 2017) - The Greenville High School Concert Choir has earned the right to perform at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) State Choral Contest at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City on Friday, April 21 at 8:20pm.

The concert choir under the direction of Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge will perform Cantar!, Three Madrigals and Ezekiel Saw The Wheel.

Family and friends are encouraged to attend the free event to support the students and the music program at Greenville High School.

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public school districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio.

BPW INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS

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Membership Chair Deb Smith, with new members Melissa Barhorst, Kasey Christian, Dara Buchy, Sherrie Foster, Sonya Crist, Sue Huston, Erica Menke, Annette Sanders, Deb Shiverdecker, and Michelle Hook.

Greenville, OH, April 6, 2017 - The Membership Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the April 6th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Diana Frazier (Membership committee), Chantae McMillian (Speaker),
Debbie Smith (Membership Committee Chair), and
Jane Carroll (Membership committee).
Committee Chairman, Deb Smith introduced Chantae McMillan, Olympic Athlete who is currently training for the Javelin event for the 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo. She spoke about growing up as an “Army Brat”, graduating from a Missouri High School and obtaining a scholarship in track to attend the University of Nebraska where she obtained her degree in Art education. She was a participant in the 2012 Olympics in London in the heptathlon. She spoke of the importance of setting overall goals and about visualizing yourself achieving those goals and each of the steps needed to accomplish them. One thought that keeps her focused is to ask the question “Did I get better today?”

Ten new members were also inducted at the meeting: Melissa Barhorst, Kasey Christian, Dara Buchy, Sherrie Foster, Sonya Crist, Sue Huston, Erica Menke, Annette Sanders, Deb Shiverdecker, and Michelle Hook. Also attending the meeting were scholarship winners and their families, Samantha Buchy, Hannah Grilliot, Genesis Malin, and Taylor Ward.

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 Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or das24bike@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

Edison State to recognize administrative professionals

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Edison State Community College will present a program on Wednesday, April 26 in recognition of Administrative Professional Day that salutes the many contributions of support staff throughout the area. The Office Systems and Administration Advisory Committee at Edison State sponsors the program.

The program is open to all office support professionals, including administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers, and other employees who provide secretarial or administrative support for one or multiple supervisors. Supervisors and managers of those administrative professionals are encouraged to attend with their valued employees.

“This will be the 25th year that we have held an event for Administrative Professionals at Edison State,” said Dr. Paul Heintz, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Edison State. “We design this event as a celebration of the contributions and value that all administrative professionals bring to all work environments. We partner with corporate sponsors whose financial support makes this day possible.”

This year’s corporate sponsors include Emerson; Greenville National Bank; Hobart/ITW Food Group; the City of Piqua; Upper Valley Career Center-Adult Division; and Wilson Health.

The featured speaker at this year’s program will be Stacy Pettit, an accomplished speaker, trainer, and licensed professional counselor in private practice that has appeared regionally and at various statewide conferences and meetings.

Food Preservation Workshop

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

There will be four sessions to the workshop:

May 23, 2017 - Canning Basics
June 20, 2017 – Freezing Basics
July 18, 2017 – Pickles
August 15, 2017 – Canning Meat & Soup

Each session is from 6:30pm-7:30pm. All sessions are free. Class size is limited to 20 people.

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

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

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

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

THE LYDIA SCHAUER FOUNDATION DONATED TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank the Lydia Schauer Foundation for its wonderful donation. Most of the walls inside the Darke County Animal Shelter are cinder block and needed to be painted, so the Director of the Shelter has asked the organization to brighten up the inside of the Shelter with a special paint scheme to create a nice and friendly atmosphere for the people who are coming to the Shelter to find a four-legged companion or family member. The Director of the Shelter envisioned a rainbow of colors with some pleasing animal scenes. The group is always working to keep the Animal Shelter and Dog Park looking nice as well as updated and wants the community to have a positive experience at the Animal Shelter when they come to look at the dogs and cats that are available for adoption. Lydia Schauer’s donation made all of this possible!!!!

The adoption room now has a ceiling. It is a small room inside the shelter that is surrounded by cinder block walls and a door. It is close to the dog kennels and very noisy in the small room. To improve the noise level, the ceiling was lowered and small roof was placed on top of it. This had actually been suggested by people that were looking to adopt their four-legged companion. The group also had one of the walls decorated with dogs and cats and a pleasing mountain scene. The rest of the money is put towards the upkeep of “Scentral Park”. The Dog Park requires a lot of daily, weekly and monthly maintenance. Most of it is done by the volunteers.

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter cannot thank the Lydia Schauer Foundation enough for all they do for the Darke County Friends of the Shelter.

Audition Dates Announced for Annie

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Versailles Towne & Country Players is proud to announce their upcoming production of Annie! Robin Brown will be the director and Ken DeMange the assistant director. Performance dates are July 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Versailles Performance Arts Center. Auditions for this large cast will be held in search of talented performers of many ages – both male and female.

GRADES 1 THROUGH 6 (male and female): Auditions for grades 1 through 6 (male and female) students will be Thursday, April 20, 4:30 p.m., Miss Tipton’s room (enter door 19 and go right). Students will need to be prepared to sing the first part of the song, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”. To prepare, please listen to the song on this link: https://youtu.be/WWvvj9_KyDY. No parents are permitted in the audition room. Callbacks will be Friday, April 21, at 3:15-4:30 p.m., Miss Tipton’s room.

GRADES 7 AND OLDER (male and female): Audition dates for high school and older will be Friday, April 28, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. in Miss Tipton’s room at Versailles Schools (enter door 19 and go right). Each individual should come prepared to perform a one-minute or less monologue, as well as a one-minute or less song (please bring CD or sheet music for the provided accompanist). Dance audition for this age group desiring to be in chorus numbers is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. in the Versailles Performing Arts Center where the group will be taught a short routine. If you know how to tap dance, please bring your tap shoes. Callbacks is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. in Miss Tipton’s room.

If you have questions, please contact Robin at 937-423-4978 or Ken at 937-776-4775.
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