Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Friends of Harmon Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The Greenville City Schools jointly with the Friends of Harmon Field, would like to announce the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the newly renovated Harmon Field playing field. The event will take place Friday, August 25th @ 6:30PM prior to the Greenville-Eaton Football Game.

All donors to the Friends of Harmon Field Project, businesses, individuals or families, are invited to be on the field for the ceremony. We ask if you are a donor and would like to be on the field for the ceremony, please RSVP to either DYINGST@GCSWAVE.COM or DERNST1@WOH.RR.COM. Donors are asked to gather at the Northwest entrance to the stadium at 6:00PM. We are excited to share this momentous occasion with you, as we couldn’t have accomplished it without your support.

It is not too late to own a part of the new Field. FOHF will continue selling square yards for $100 until November 1st, 2017. At that point, all deeds will be sent out to the owners. So, don’t miss out on owning part of the new field.

Family Outdoor Nature Discovery program at Shawnee Prairie

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Darke County Parks are proud to offer a new monthly series, called Family Outdoor Nature Discovery (F.O.N.D.). F.O.N.D. is a timely opportunity for families to engage in unstructured and purposeful outdoor play in our parks. Our Naturalists will provide the tools and locations for kids and their parents to explore whatever nature provides each month.

It’s no secret that we all have way too much screen time. According to Scott D. Sampson, author of How to Raise a Wild Child, “The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores.”

Beginning at the Nature Center at 1pm on August 19th your family will be prepared to venture onto the trails to explore the topic of the month whether it is wetland discovery or fort building! No fee or registration is required, but please be sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Programs will be held outdoors in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Join us and get outdoors to discover the nature in your backyard!

For more information please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

Reid Health to host job fair Aug. 16

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Reid Health Human Resources will conduct an on-campus career fair from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Lingle Hall.

Calista Robinson, Employment Specialist, said the fair is designed to showcase the many departments of the hospital and outpatient offices, and also illustrate the varied opportunities available. “Various departments from Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates will be on hand with booths to offer information about their departments, current openings and the types of skills required,” Robinson said.

The health system averages from 130 to 160 openings in a typical month, she said.

This will be the first Reid Health Career Fair. Robinson said the fair represents a creative way to reach job seekers with information about opportunities at Reid Health, including some that people generally may not realize are available.

“Our goal will be to showcase the various hospital departments and outpatient offices,” she said, noting that all departments – both clinical and non-clinical – will be represented.

Anyone interested in a career at Reid Health should consider attending.

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Historic St. Peter’s Homecoming Coming Soon

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As the summer begins to fade and our thoughts turn toward autumn, we also begin to look forward to the annual St. Peter’s Homecoming Celebration. This event marks a tradition which began over one hundred years ago.

When St. Peter closed its doors to weekly worship it was decided then to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year. Most of the congregation that remained moved their membership to nearby Lutheran churches like Trinity, at Versailles, Friedens Lutheran at Bloomer, St. Paul’s at Willowdell, or St. John, near Greenville.

Why is St. Peter Evangelical Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship, closing in 1905; this marks the 111th Homecoming service!

The little, country church, founded by immigrants from Kammerforst, Langensalza, Providence Larheim, Kingdom of Prussia, (Germany) whom settled in what was known then as “Dutch Roost” offered regular German Lutheran worship services in this log structure from 1850 till 1905. When they closed the doors in 1905, all was left in place. It looks today much as it did when they worshiped here.

On Sunday September 17th the historic church will host the annual worship and hymn sing, reminiscent of the old German Lutheran style of the late 19th and early 20th century. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Brian S. McGee of St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville will lead the abbreviated worship service. Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ and many hymns of a by gone era will be sung.

This year St. Peters continues to participate in the Ohio Historical Society’s “Open Door Initiative”; a celebration of Ohio’s hidden gems that are rarely viewed or open to the public.

Remember your contributions are the only financial support this historic church receives and are vital to keeping her doors open, once a year and maintaining the property for years to come. St Peter’s is a 501c.3 and would welcome your support. A contribution may be made by check to St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church c/o J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Come and be a part of the continuing story of St. Peters!

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is located one mile south of Versailles just east off of State Route 185 south of Versailles, on the St. Peter’s Road.

Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon in the country where our earliest settlers walked and prayed.

Communities Enjoying Museum’s New Display

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The Versailles Area Museum has officially opened a new display reflecting on the rich history of petroleum stations in the surrounding communities.

Tom Mendenhall, an active volunteer at the museum came up with this superb idea over a year ago working on the “How can we do this?” After much planning and the efforts of many the new display is ready for you to all come and enjoy.

This display features Versailles Oil & Gas which later became known to numerous generations as Gus’s. The Station was originally located west of the Buckeye Overall Company on West Main Street and later at the corner of South Center Street and Marker Road or State Route 121.

Numerous area Stations are also featured in photos and memorabilia. Yet Gus’s is our focus. Our thanks to Gus Barga’s son Doug, daughter, and son-in-law Carmen and Jon Snyder, several items are featured from the long-time Versailles establishment.

What would a Station be without a car? Thanks to John McEldowney and his Dad, Phil we have a fantastic 1929 Ford Model A parked in our lobby with a lovely lady waiting to have her car serviced at the local station as she returns home from a local shopping excursion. What might she have paid per gallon in 1932?

Other friends of the museum including Art Gaier, Sarah Magoto, Ron Kramer, and Tom Mendenhall added to the display that will be talked about by all who stop by to visit 1930’s Versailles.

We invite you to join us any Sunday from 1-4 and browse with old friends, enjoy the many new displays, and to hear our story.

Museum Looking for Fall Items

The Versailles Area Museum is getting in the mood for autumn and if you have any fall decor including leaves, gourds, pumpkins, grape vine, pots of mums, corn shocks, half bale of straw or other items we would be most appreciative. You may leave items on our porch, or call us at 526-4222 and let us know what you might have. Thanks in advance for your help!


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Pastor Todd Reish with a portion of some of the shoes that have been donated to support the Waterstep Program for Clean Water
Brethren Retirement Community will be supporting 3 area congregations in a Shoe Drive for the Waterstep Programduring the month of August.

Perhaps you are wondering what the Waterstep program is?

Organizations (like churches and BRC) collect shoes. The shoes are then sent to Waterstep. Waterstep sells the shoes for export and inexpensive re-sale in markets around the world. But most importantly, the money collected from the shoes supports Clean Water Programs.

Waterstep works to offer clean, safe drinking water for people and living things around the world. So, that's the end result of collecting shoes that we no longer need! :)

Please take a look in your closets! If you have new or gently used shoes you don't wear anymore, consider bringing them to BRC for the Waterstep Program.

We will be collecting shoes at these drop-off locations:
  • In the Main Lobby
  • In the hallway outside of Senior Fit
  • In the entrance area of the Chapel in the Shuff Christian Life Center
  • At the Mill Ridge Village Center
  • At the Chestnut Village Center.
The collection will run from August 1 - 31st.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year at Greenville City Schools from Superintendent Douglas Fries

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district. We hope to have everyone work together to make this another successful educational and fun filled year for all.

I trust each of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with your family and friends. I hope your vacations, special trips, and family gatherings have been fun, safe and educational. As August is upon us, I hope all of you are looking forward to another exciting and rewarding school year. As you return to school, notice the new K-8 facility has had many punch list items completed this summer, including beautiful painting to the playground surfacing, further seeding and lawn work around the perimeter of the school and many other painting, furnishings, and corrective punch list items inside the complex. At the High School complex, you will see the finished product of our field turf at the football stadium with other improvements around the field. Work continues at our track and field complex with completion scheduled by the end of Fall. We also have completed many required annual inspections in preparation for the upcoming school year. I hope you all share the same excitement and enthusiasm I have about our upcoming year in our new K-8 complex, as well as, our upgraded football and track facilities. Thank you to the Greenville community for your ongoing support.

A special thank you to the Friends of Harmon Field who have assisted the school district in off-setting funding for our new stadium projects. Thank you to all community members and businesses that have contributed to the project. We look forward to our upcoming soccer and football seasons on the new turf. Our first home game on the stadium turf is scheduled for Friday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. versus Eaton. We hope many community members attend the game to see the renovated field and support our team.

We have certainly enjoyed our experience with Shook Touchstone Construction Manager at Risk and Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers as we work through the final stage of construction, being the punch list phase. Our co-owner, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and the district will soon be conducting our eleven month walk through of our new K-8 facility making sure punch list items are complete and reviewing that HVAC, electrical, technology, plumbing and geothermal equipment are functioning appropriately. We want to thank Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. for serving as our commissioning agent on both the High School renovation and the K-8 new facility. We appreciate their review and functional test performed on our HVAC, electrical and geothermal systems. Their commissioning and the district commitment to ongoing preventative maintenance are both instrumental to the operations of our buildings.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party @ New Madison Public Library

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We are OUT of Solar Eclipse glasses, except for those RESERVED for the Viewing Party here at NMPL. Join us Aug. 21 2-3:00 for the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party with glasses, activities, & Solar Snacks!

Gathering at Garst Living History Encampment Thanks Sponsors

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The Gathering at Garst Living History Encampment would like to thank the following sponsors for making this year such a success.


  • C and F Shoes- Greenville
  • C and T Rental-Greenville
  • Cratiques Antiques and Collectibles-Greenville
  • Danny’s Place Sports Bar and Grill-Greenville
  • Darke County Park District
  • Derksen Automative LLC-Greenville
  • Fort Greenville Muzzleloaders-Greenville
  • Francis Condon Insurance Agency-Greenville
  • Friend of the Gathering
  • Hair Shack-Greenville
  • Hamilton Auto Sales LLC-Greenville
  • Ivy League-Greenville
  • Jackson Hewlett-Greenville
  • Law Office of Rudnick and Hosek LTD-Greenville
  • Lori Rader
  • Lost Wild Outdoors-Greenville
  • Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe-Greenville
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics-Greenville
  • Montage CafĂ©-Greenville
  • Moose Lodge 329-Greenville
  • Rex Auto and Truck Repair LLC-Greenville
  • Ron’s Southtown Garage-Greenville
  • Scott and Kim Rudnick
  • Studio 1 Hair Design-Greenville
  • Tim’s Muffler Mart Undercar Center-Greenville
  • VFW Post-7262-Greenville
  • Weiland Jewelers-Greenville
  • Westfalls Plumbing and Heating LTD-Greenville
  • Winners Meat Farm- Greenville

Darke County American Legion and Fort GreeneVille DAR Receives Donations

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Pictured: Jim Kammer, Dean Delk and Bruce Shaw
Darke County American Legion and Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently received donations for the Darke County Fair Veterans building interior renovations project. The project will provide enclosed display cases for military uniforms. Donations have been received by the following: 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 196th Commander David Eichhorn, Arcanum VFW Post 4161, Growe Farms of Ansonia, Ansonia American Legion Post 353, Hollandsburg American Legion Post 708, Greenville American Legion Post 140, Greenville Memorial VFW Post 7262 and Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR.

Phase 1 renovations are under way and can be seen during the Great Darke County Fair. Please stop by to see the uniform cases.

Also during the fair, Fort GreeneVille will be having a

"Remember Our Troops" Operation Toy Soldier. DAR members will be asking everyone to take a toy soldier home and place it somewhere to remind everyone to keep our active military in their prayers. A donation is appreciated and the donations collected this year will go towards the Darke County Fair Veterans building interior renovations project.

"Remember Our Troops" Operation Toy Soldier will be during the Fair at the Veterans Building.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Municipal Band Performs in Park

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The Greenville Municipal Concert Band returns to the Greenville City Park on Sunday, August 13 for a performance of traditional and modern band music. Concert time will be 7:00pm. There is seating available on park benches, or listeners may bring their own lawn chairs. There is no admission charge for the concert. The band will be conducted by its associate director, Doug Albright.

The band is well known for its performance of traditional march music. Marches scheduled to be performed on Sunday’s concert include “The Billboard” by John Klohr, “The Big Cage” by Karl L. King and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

The overture for the evening will be “Spirit of the Winds” by Robert Smith. Smith wrote the music to depict a hot air balloon rally in the Temecula Valley region of California. Another highlight of the program will be Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts,” a suite of Shaker influenced music. The songs and dances of this religious group have proven to be a rich resource for modern composers.

Lighter musical selections will include a medley of early rock and roll tunes entitled “The Golden Age of Rock and Roll.” Also on the program is a selection of songs from the Broadway musical, Hello Dolly. Hello Dolly has been a hot ticket on Broadway once again, with Bette Midler starring in revival that won four Tony Awards in 2017. Brian McKibben will step out of the trombone section to lead the band in a performance of “Uptown Funk,” the recent pop hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

There will be no concert on August 20, but concert attendees can look forward to Sunday, August 27 and a performance by the Greenville Municipal Big Band. The big band is will be under the direction of JR Price, and will be playing jazz and swing favorites.

City of Greenville Additional NO PARKING Areas During The Great Darke County Fair

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  • Central Ave. from Martz St. to Birt St. (Both sides of street)
  • Martz St. from Ft. Jefferson Ave. to Sweitzer St. (South side of street)
  • Martz St. from Central Ave. to Harrison Ave. (Both sides of street)
  • Martz St. from Harrison Ave to Washington Ave. (South side of street)
  • Fair St. from Central Ave. to Gray Ave. (Both sides of street)
  • Harrison Ave. from Birt St. to Sherman St. (East side of street)
  • Wayne Ave. from Birt St. to Sherman St. (East side of street)
  • Birt St. from Sweitzer St. to Washington Ave. (South side of street)
  • Sherman St. from Ft. Jefferson Ave. to Central Ave. (South side of street)
  • Sherman St. from Central Ave. to Wayne Ave. (Both sides of street)
This has been deemed necessary during the Fair to increase public safety for pedestrians, motorist, and residence. It will also allow Emergency vehicles and equipment to safely and efficiently move in and around these areas.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.


Fort GreenVille DAR Dedicates Memorial Stone for William Walker

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Fort GreeneVille DAR Members, OSDAR Regent Nancy Wright, Descendants Diana and Janet Wallner and Twin Township Trustees.
On July 28th, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a memorial stone for American Revolutionary War Soldier William Walker.

Walker was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered in September 1778 and served as a Private in the Virginia Militia with Captain John Shannon's Virginia Company at Fort McIntosh against the Indians for five months. Walker enlisted a second time in December 1780 as a Private in Captain James Hanley's Virginia Company and later joined General Morgan's Army in South Carolina. He served until March 1781. Walker was wounded twice during his service.
William Walker was born March 1759 in Bedford County Virginia and died in Darke County Ohio March 1837. He is believed to be buried in Ithaca Cemetery.

Also in attendance were Twin Township Trustees, Regent Nancy Schirm Wright of the Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution, VFW Post 7262 members and descendants of William Walker, Diana Shanks Wallner and Janet Wallner from Texas. William is Diana's 5th great grandfather and Janet's 6th great grandfather.

Following the dedication was a reception at Grace United Methodist Church located in Ithaca.

Left: Twin Township Trustees with Descendants Diana and Janet Wallner.

OSU Extension Offers Final Fertilizer Classes

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Ohio State University Extension will be hosting the last programs in the area for all farmers and commercial applicators who apply fertilizer to 50 or more acres of crops to become certified. The first will be on August 28, 2017 and have two classes, one from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM and the other from 6:15 PM to 9:15 PM. There will be a dinner between the two sessions. The meeting location will be the Palazzo in Botkins, Ohio (309 S. Main St.). Please RSVP by August 23 to the Auglaize County Extension office 419-739-6580.

The last program in the area to become certified will be held on September 7, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Elizabeth Township Community Center, 5760 Walnut Grove Rd, Troy, Ohio. Please RSVP to 937-440-3945 to the Miami County Extension office.

If you do not receive your certification before September 30, 2017, applicators will need to take an exam and there will be a fee for future classes.

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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The Arcanum Public Library wrapped up its summer reading program with a party for patrons on Saturday, August 5th. At the party, there were balloon animals, building toys, and outdoor games. Kids could get their face painted, and enjoy ice cream and popsicles. Prizes for the top readers were displayed and handed out, along with other prizes patrons had earned during the 8 week program. A great time was had by all.

The library would like to thank all who participated and helped make this a fun-filled, learning event for all. There were a record number of participants, and many incentives given throughout the summer. The library also wants to thank all of the local businesses and patrons who donated gifts, decorations, supplies, or money to help us put on a great program: Young’s Jersey Dairy, Troy Recreation Department, Vandalia Recreation Center, Papa John’s Pizza in Greenville, Marco’s Pizza in Greenville, Jumpy’s Fun Zone, Beechwood Golf Course, Dayton Dragons, The Scott Family McDonald’s, Lowes in Greenville, Lowes in Troy, Sherwin Williams Paints in Greenville, Kroger, Troutwine Insurance, Picnic’s Pizza, Cynthia Vogel, Kennedy Vineyard, Subway in Arcanum, Subway in Greenville, Hot Head Burritos in Greenville, Rural King, Brumbaugh’s Fruit ‘N Fun Farm, and anyone else who may have helped with their time, talent, and more!

On Tuesday, August 15th, join us for a relaxing afternoon of adult coloring, from 4:00-5:30. Unwind and de-stress as you color and chat. Refreshments will be served, and supplies are provided.

The next meeting of the book club will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 6:00. The book “The Traitor’s Wife” will be discussed, and the next book will be selected. All are welcome to come join the club.

The library would like to remind patrons that it will be closed the week of the Great Darke County Fair, from Monday, August 21- Saturday, August 26. Enjoy the fair, and all it has to offer!

Check our webpage often for a list of upcoming events, as we set the dates for a “Gilligan’s Island” day, a genealogy workshop, and more. www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 937-692-8484. You can also check out our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Brethren Retirement Community’s Rosewood Health Center Residents Enjoy Fishing

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Residents in our Rosewood Health Center plan to go fishing on our campus every Thursday morning when the weather permits but they were rained out for most of the month of July! Yesterday, the weather cooperated and they were out fishing in our large pond and enjoyed a beautiful summer morning.

Edison State Community College inducted into The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Hall Of Fame

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Ed Curry, Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Chairman presenting Hall of Fame plaque to Dr. Doreen Larson, President of Edison State Community College (Left to right: Len Larson, Dr. Doreen Larson and Ed Curry.)
The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Committee recently inducted Edison State Community College into the Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Hall of Fame, which was established in 2006, the year of the tournament’s 25th anniversary. Criteria for this honor was decided by the committee and consists of long term participation, enthusiasm, and support of the committee’s goals in helping Darke County cancer patients. Dr. Doreen Larson, president of Edison State Community College, accepted the award from Ed Curry, chairman of the golf tournament.

Edison has supported the golf tournament for several years and also co-sponsored the lunch the day of the tournament. Proceeds from this tournament are donated to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

The college provides the learning opportunities, support services and commitment that enable students to complete their educational goals and realize their dreams. Their vision is to be be the region's premier resource for higher education by employing their core values, commitment to student success, strategic initiatives and community collaboration.

The golf committee and the Cancer Association of Darke County are very much appreciative of the support that Edison has given to the golf tournament and the community through the years.

Ansonia FFA Officer Training

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left to right: Olivia Wright, Ross Dapore, Trenton Prasuhn, Mark Mayo, Mariah Troutwine, Amber Bergman, Katie Werts, Aleesha Gates, Katelyn McKenna.
The Ansonia FFA officers went on a weekend getaway from Saturday, July 29th, to Monday, July 31st, at Chenoweth trails in Greenville, OH. The team of 10 officers had loads of fun doing all sorts of activities while camping out and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

On Saturday, the team arrived at Chenoweth Trails along with their FFA advisors (Mrs. Emily Williams and Mr. Zane Fessler). They unpacked all of their belongings and picked their bunk inside of the yurts. The day was filled with activities, and some of the kid’s favorites were taking a hike in the trails, fishing at the pond, and making s’mores by the fire.

On Sunday, everyone was up early for breakfast and a day full of work to plan the exciting upcoming events during the school year. After all of the work was completed, the kids were rewarded with an evening of swimming and kayaking in the pond, capped off with a midnight movie.

On Monday, everyone deep cleaned everything such as; the kitchen, the bathrooms, the yurts,and the outdoor cooktops, all before packing up and heading home to see their families.

The trip was very productive, allowing the officer team to train and prepare for their upcoming duties this year.


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DAYTON, Ohio – Bradford Fire & Rescue will sponsor a community blood drive Monday, Aug. 14 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bradford High School auditorium, 750 Railroad Ave. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

It’s open throttle for the “Scouting 4 Donors Summer Blood Drive” as it rides into the final month of summer. Everyone who registers to donate is automatically entered in the drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle.
Donors must be 18 by the Sept. 2 conclusion of the campaign to win.

From July 31 to the campaign finish line on Sept. 2 everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt.

The “Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt is green and the design features a motorcycle engine in the shape of a heart with the CBC blood drop logo.


Summer is a challenging time for maintaining the regional blood supply and this summer has seen an unusually high demand for type O blood. To maintain an ample blood supply CBC must register approximately 300 donors per day, despite the interruptions of the high school summer break, family vacation travel and outdoor activities. CBC encourages donors who must miss appointments to please reschedule as soon as possible. We continue to seek the support of type O whole blood donors.


CBC is scouting for donors this summer and banking on a true American legend to help boost the summer blood supply. The “Indian Scout Sixty” is descended from the historic line of America’s legendary Indian Motorcycle Company, www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Enter the drawing to win the Indian Scout Sixty by registering to donate May 26 through Sept. 2 at a CBC Donor Center or any CBC mobile blood drive. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period.

CBC will select the winner from a group of 10 randomly-drawn finalists in mid-September. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Monday, August 7, 2017


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(L-R) Brandon Williams, Kyle Gower, and owner Jerry Gower of Gower & Sons Painting pose in front of one of their company vehicles. Gower & Sons donated a pig for the pig roast at this year’s Hospice Benefit Run.
State of the Heart Care would like to thank Gower & Sons Painting of Union City, OH for donating the pig for this year’s pig roast at the hospice benefit run on Saturday, July 22 at Treaty City Motorcycle Club in Greenville. Owner Jerry Gower, also a member of the motorcycle club, was ready and willing to help make the benefit run a success any way he could. “Last year I got two pigs for the event, and this year they just asked me to get one,” Gower said. “I’m going to continue to donate every year, because I feel the event is really taking off.”

Ladybug Garden Club Chooses July Award Winners

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Left Photo: Left to right Lisa Marcum, Angie Beumer of Ladybug Community Beautification committee, Linda Wapplehorst and Sherri Jones, Ladybug committee member.
Right Photo: Community Beautification committee members Lisa Marcum, Angie Beumer, Colleen and Jerry McClannan and Ladybug Sherri Jones.
Two area residential gardens were chosen by The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and the Ladybug Garden Club for outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of a residential property and community beautification for the month of July. The gardens of Linda Wapplehorst on Shawnee Drive, Greenville, showcases numerous containers of petunias, impatiens, geraniums with perennials of hosts, roses and more. She has been gardening for 40 years having learned from her mother, Mildred Boyer of North Star.

The gardens of Jerry and Colleen McClannan of Bur Oak Drive has been on-going for 18 years with different varieties of roses, hanging baskets, cannas, annuals, perennials and wonderful landscape of trees and shrubs. In the past, the McClannan's have been exhibitors of roses in the Darke County fair flower shows just as Jerry's mother had done.


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Racing returns to Greenville, Ohio on Friday night, August 18th at 6:30 PM for the Great Darke County Fair’s annual week long race meet. Racing also takes place on Saturday, August 19th at 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM, and on Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th starting at 5:30PM.

On opening weekend, Friday and Saturday nights will feature the Ohio Colt Racing Association events. Friday night also will feature The Terry Thomas Memorial Signature Series Trot. Saturday night will feature the Rhys Bowman Memorial Signature Series Pace.

The following Thursday and Friday night sessions will feature the Dr. HM Parshall Memorial Futurity. All the sessions will host several overnight events for both trotters and pacers.

Closing night will feature the sixth edition of the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace. The event is open to the world, with no more than 8 starters; first preference to Ohio Sired, second preference wholly Ohio owned, third preference to top 2017 money earners. There are no trainer’s entries. The event is carded as one dash for a purse of $42,000, with $300 to start. We also will be hosting the Arnie Almahurst Trot. This race will carry a purse of $22,000, The Arnie Almahurst Trot race has the same conditions as the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace with $150 to start.

Closing night will feature a giveaway of a collectable glass to the first 1,000 fans buying a racing program.

The Great Darke County Fair wishes to thank all of the sponsors and the warm outpouring of contributions to make this year’s events possible. Please check out all the sponsors, activities, & the condition sheets at www.generieglememorial.com along with lots of photos and information on Hall of Famer Gene Riegle.

YMCA’s Child Development Center Earns Star Rating

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Darke County, OHIO (August 1, 2017) The YMCA’s Child Development Center in Versailles has recently become star rated under Ohio’s Step Up to Quality rating system. Both Darke County locations of the Y’s Child Development Centers have now achieved one star and are continuing to work toward additional stars.

Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.

Standards include: low child to staff ratios, higher staff education, on–going specialized staff training, and utilization of a research-based curriculum that aligns to Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards.
Families and children attending our program will benefit from: highly trained teachers; emphasis on the development of school readiness skills; assurance that the program is committed to continuous improvement; and a focus on family engagement.

“Our Child Development Center works hard to provide our children and families with a quality early learning experience and it is wonderful to see our hard work recognized through this Step Up To Quality Star Rating,” said Child Development Center Site Director Patty Gehret.

For more information on our Child Development Centers, stop by either our Greenville location at 301 Wagner Avenue, our Versailles location at 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Rd, or call 548-3777 or 526-4488 to schedule a tour.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Man Airlifted After Getting Arm Caught in a Conveyor Belt near Rossburg

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On August 6, 2017 at approximately 7:49 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call in reference to a serious industrial farming accident in northern Darke County. The Darke County Communications Center immediately dispatched Ansonia Rescue, Rossburg Fire, CareFlight and Darke County Deputies to 13291 Cochran Road Rossburg.

Preliminary investigation revealed Matt S. Rogers (35) of Portland, Indiana is a employee of Howe’s Hens Layer Farm was conducting his daily duties when his arm was caught in a conveyer belt. Mr. Rogers was treated by Ansonia Rescue at the scene and transported to Miami Valley Hostipal by CareFlight. Mr. Roger’s condition is unknown at this time.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Motorcyclist Dies in Two Vehicle Accident at 36 and Stahl Road

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On August 03, 2017 at approximately 5:47 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue and Careflight, were dispatched to US36 and Stahl Rd. reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Darla E Rench (57) of Arcanum, was southbound on Stahl Rd. Rench stopped at the stop sign at US36. Rench then pulled into the intersection attempting to make a left turn onto US36. Rench's vehicle was struck by a 2006 Harley Davidson, driven by David L Wray (54) of Piqua, which was westbound on US36. Wray was treated at the scene by Gettysburg Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where Wray succumbed to his injuries. Rench was treated at the scene, but refused treatment from Gettysburg Rescue.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team was called to the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.


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Local students cast in Missoula Children Theatre’s production of Aladdin, presented by DCCA, performances will be at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 5; tickets for the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances are $5 and will be available for purchase at the door.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present two performances of Missoula Children Theatre’s production of Aladdin starring local students at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 5; the matinee starts at 3 p.m., and the evening show begins at 7 p.m. Described as a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales featuring memorable characters from Ali Baba to Sinbad the Sailor, this adventurous musical play is designed to garner 1001 gasps of delight from audiences of all ages.

Eighty-two youngsters turned out on Monday, July 31 to audition for the 60 available roles in the production which will be created in one short week. Cameron Clark will play the title character, while Aladdin’s Mother will be acted by Madison Kinner. Sarah Crumrine won the role of Princess Dory, whose father, the Sultan will be played by Gavin Mills. Isaac Gully was cast as the Sultan’s advisor, the Grand Vizier. The keepers of the Book of Answers, sisters Dinazade and Scheherazade will be played by Briannah Harshbarger and Allie Tanner.

The mischievous Genies will be played by Katelyn Conway, Maya Conway, and Abby Swenson; Tessa Tyo will act as The Mysterious One. The stubborn Donkey will be portrayed by Grace Krauss, and Evan VanSkyock has the role of the spunky Goat.

Hayden Stewart will act as Ali Baba, while scheming Cassim will be played by Isabel Rawlins. The role of Sinbad was won by Maxwell Jordan; Lydia Ayette, Isabella Gulley, Henry Jordan, Abby Krauss, Hope Misel, Liz Randolph, Anna Stump, Karis Wright, and Zeke Wright will play Sinbad’s band of Sailors. Allie Misel and Haddi Treon will portray the wise-cracking Palm Trees, and the fleet-footed Camels will be played by Charlie Dickey, Eliya Harshbarger, and Ella Williams. Alia Ayette, Lauren King, Cierra Miller, Elizabeth Moss, and Rachel Wright will act
as the Wonders found in the Cave of (not-so-great) Wonders.

A pack of lost Penguins wandering through the desert will be played by Kenyon Browner, Kaden Harrison, Lydia Harshbarger, Taylor Holzapfel, Nalayna Miley, Nola Miley, Julia Misel, Elouise Sando, Paul Todd and Daniel Williams. William Aultman, Zoe Ayette, Sarah Marie Buchy, Eli Cornett, Ivy Henne, Molly Krauss, Nevan Miley, Lillian Price, Christopher Shaltry, Tessa Stewart, and Malachi Wright will act as the Vagabonds.

Seth Shaffer, Austin Shaltry, Bradley Stewart, and Haddi Treon will serve as Assistant Directors, who will assist the MCT staff throughout the week. MCT Actor/Director Christina Heagney will be playing the part of the Genie; Ben Hermann is the other MCT Director in charge of the week-long theatre residence. Mary Alice Newbauer will serve as Accompanist for the performance.

DCCA received funding from Darke County Endowment for the Arts which helped make possible the week-long theatre residency by Missoula Children’s Theatre. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, as well as DCCA memberships.

Tickets for the performance of MCT’s Aladdin are $5, and will be available at the door prior to the performances. For more information, visit DCCA’s Website at www.CenterForArts.net or contact DCCA at 937-547-0908.

“Back the Wave” Scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th

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Greenville City Schools student athletes, in conjunction with the Greenville Athletic Boosters, will be holding their annual fundraising event, traditionally known as “Back the Wave”, on Wednesday evening, August 9th from 5:00-7:00pm.

This door-to-door annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Greenville Athletic Boosters, an organization vitally interested in promoting and encouraging the activities and athletic programs of Greenville City Schools. This organization feels athletics is a worthy cause. The ideals of sportsmanship and competition instilled in these young athletes carry into their adult lives, helping them to establish and accomplish personal, college, and professional goals.

Student athletes along with parent representatives will begin the event at 5:00 from Greenville High School Football Stadium. With your donation you will receive a Greenville Green Wave decal. If you will not be home during the event but would still like to contribute; you can also mail your donation to Greenville Athletic Boosters c/o "Back the Wave" 100 Green Wave Way Greenville, Ohio 45331. Any questions concerning this event may be directed to Greenville's Athletic Office between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm at 548-4416.

Greenville Municipal Concert Band to feature The Green DeVilles

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Concerts in the park will continue this Sunday, August 6 with a concert scheduled by the Greenville Municipal Concert Band. The concert will begin at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell area of the Greenville City Park.

This week, the band will perform a fantastic concert of Motown favorites. Motown provided the world with many great songs and artists. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” popularized by Diana Ross, “Land of a Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett and “You Make Me Feel” by Aretha Franklin are great examples of the brilliance of the music written and performed in that era.

Featured performers for the evening will be the Green DeVilles. The Green DeVilles is a local band that covers a variety of music and artists such as Etta James, the Beatles, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne and Elvis to name a few. The band consists of Cindy Slick (vocals), Will Stacy (bass /vocals), Mike Homan (drums/vocals) and Bill Westfall (guitar/vocals). The Green DeVilles will join the Greenville Municipal Concert Band for a tribute to two great Motown Legends, The Four Tops and The Temptations. The bands will perform together Can’t Help Myself(Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) and Baby I need Your Lovin’ from the Four Tops and My Girl and Get Ready from the Temptations.

Please plan to attend this wonderful show of Motown hits. The concert will begin at 7pm with limited park bench seating available. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the concert as well. Food trucks will be on hand to satisfy your pre-concert appetites. The concerts are always free of charge and a great family date night. It is shaping up to be a very big evening in the park on Sunday, August 6th, so plan to arrive early for good parking.

Noodles Miami County Project Dawn Comes to FOA Greenville Support Meeting

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Miami County Project Dawn's Jordan Phillips to host training and distribution of Naloxone for FOA Families of Addicts

Paint a Pig in Preble County

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The Visual Arts Center of Preble County is teaming up with The Preble County Pork Festival to decorate the town with nine painted concrete pigs. The art center is accepting designs from individuals or teams to be chosen to paint one of the nine pigs. Teams will paint their pigs at the Preble County Fair Grounds in the Rabbit Barn on August 26 from 8am-1pm. All painting must be completed in the allotted time. Painted pigs will be displayed for all to see around the town, then it is off to the races as they will be moved to the Preble County Fair in front of the Rotary Junction for judging.

The winning pig will earn its painter $100, with 2nd place earning $75, and 3rd earning $50. Winners are determined by votes earned at the Pork Festival. Each pig will have its own penny voting bin where voters can cast a few cents or a few bucks for their favorite pig.

The contest is open to everyone of all ages. Teams can also be formed but can have no more than 5 people per team. Designs must be submitted to be considered for the competition and submitted with an entry form. Deadline to enter is August 11th, 2017. Questions? Want to pick up a form? Give us a call at 937-456-3999 or stop in to visit us at 601 Hillcrest Drive. We are open 1pm to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday. The Visual Art Center is operated by the Preble County Art Association. Details for this event can be found at www.preblearts.org.

Edison State Students Expand Community Service Outreach

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Students presenting “Literacy: the Cornerstone of Success” at the Greenville Public Library are Lindsay Schultz, Julia Mellott, Abigail Bond, Amanda Schiflit, Drew Monnin and Paige Burns. Photos courtesy of Rachel Brock, Greenville Public Library.
Communications students at the Edison State Community College Darke County Campus expanded their community service outreach recently with a public presentation on “Literacy: the Cornerstone of Success” at the Greenville Public Library. During the presentation, students discussed the challenges of illiteracy.

“Among developed nations, the United States ranks 16th in literacy,” Edison State students told the audience. They also noted that 12 percent of adults in this country are considered illiterate, unable to read beyond the sixth grade level. With more and more lower level jobs moving to automation, high school dropouts – sometimes even those with only high school diplomas – will have more difficulty obtaining employment that pays enough to support a family.

A byproduct of illiteracy is crime and poverty, the students added. From their research, about two-thirds of students unable to read past a fourth grade level are likely to end up in prison or on welfare. The Edison State students wrapped up their presentation by talking about the resources that are available to help students in Darke County, including local school districts, Empowering Darke County Youth, We Are the Majority, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and more.

Edison State Darke County Campus Executive Dean Chad Beanblossom attended the presentation and commended the students for the quality and value of the information provided to the community.

“Edison State’s Darke County Campus is committed to serving our community in a variety of ways,” he said. “Class presentations that focus on important topics, such as literacy, are ways in which our students become involved in something much bigger than the campus.”

Edison State Darke County communications students have been giving presentations on Bullying and Drug Abuse at local school districts for several years. Districts that have invited them in the past include Arcanum, Mississinawa Valley, Ansonia, and Greenville. They also participate in tutoring and mentoring programs such as Empowering Darke County Youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Darke County.

This is the first time they have taken on the topic of literacy and presented it in a public forum. Edison State students have been invited back in the fall for a public presentation on bullying.

Beanblossom noted that students from the Darke County Campus have accumulated over 1,500 hours of service to the community during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“These activities benefit the individual student, the campus, and the community overall,” he said.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

County Commissioners "Clear the Air" on 911 Dispatch Situation and the Proposed November Tax Levy

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In the last few months, there has been a tremendous amount of misleading information concerning the proposal and the operation of the dispatch/9-1-1 emergency service that was discussed between the County and the City. During this time, there have been many opinions formed based upon half information, tidbits of fact, and emotions that has led to tension between those involved. Some of the information that was shared was incorrect and in some cases was not corrected. In an effort to present what transpired, the County Commissioners, respectfully submit the following information to clear the air. We will discuss three major areas; who initiated this last round of discussions; what this means to the citizens of the city and Darke County; and what the tax levy proposed actually involves.

The joining of services has been an ongoing conversation between the city council and the commissioners off and on for many years. Whenever the county has been approached on this topic, it has been by individuals from the city. The latest discussion came about when the commission board passed a resolution to recommend our representative on the 9-1-1 committee to go down to one public safety answering point (PSAP); and included within the resolution was an offer to provide free dispatching to the City of Greenville as provided to the other forty plus agencies throughout the county. At that point, it was up to the City at their discretion whether to consider the offer. The obvious reason for the City to want to combine services has, and will continue to be, safety and cost savings to the citizens. The county has always thought it made sense due to the savings of time and tax dollars. For whatever reason, these discussions have never been able to yield an agreement. The Commissioners were asked to provide an offer in good faith, which we did, and at no time did we ever threaten, coerce, or try to force the city into joining. The offer was always in their court to consider or enter into with the county; and if they wanted to reach a deal that was fine, if not that is all right too!

With recent decisions made by the City Council, this means the City will maintain their dispatch services for fire and police, and the county will continue dispatching for all other entities in the County. What changes will occur for the citizens of Greenville? Now that the County has only one PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point), as a citizen, you will not see any change in service. When implemented all calls will go through the county dispatch (both cell and landlines) to dispatch respectively or transferred to the City dispatch for fire and police within the city limits. During this process, one fact that wasn’t well known was the City’s PSAP was the property of the County; even now if the City chooses to purchase their own PSAP equipment, all calls will route through the county as previously stated. The reason for the County 9-1-1 Committee (consisting of the Mayor of the largest city (Greenville), the Chairman of the largest Township (Greenville Twp.), and the Chairman of the County Commissioners) decided on one PSAP is simple; in 2012, Ohio’s Emergency Services Internet Protocol Network (ESInet) started preparing for the States Next Generation 911 system. Within this preparation process, the State wanted to eliminate unnecessary PSAP’S to save taxpayer money and redundancy. With that in mind, Darke County has no need for two PSAP’S, and since this was an extra County expense, the choice was decided to only operate and maintain one PSAP thus eliminating the need to house one in the City of Greenville.

The levy the County Commissioners are putting on the ballot for November of this year came recommended by the Communication Commission board. The board consists of members of the fire departments, police departments, the Sheriff’s office, Darke County EMA, Rescue squad services, members of the community including a mayor’s representative, Commissioners, and 3 representatives from the City of Greenville (Fire, Police, and the city safety service director, who all voted to recommend this levy be put on the ballot). These services, responders, and citizens saw the need for upgrading to the MARCS system, and upgrade all aspects of our communication systems for these vital services. Our emergency responder’s safety and the safety of our citizens is our first priority. Their safety and ours will be improved with the enhanced ability to communicate freely between departments in emergencies. Communication across County and State lines is vital as we border other counties and Indiana who have already gone to this new system, or are in the process. Our VHF system is reaching the end of its useful life, and we had the choice of spending millions of dollars to fix this old system; which would mean we could not communicate with other counties and Indiana, or do a complete switch to MARCS and have the ability to work with adjoining services. We chose the latter. The .45 mill levy will generate $572,350 dollars a year. That will allow us to do the upgrades needed now, and to set money aside in this fund for future upgrades, continuing license and maintenance fees, and future replacement of this system. If passed in November, this levy would go into a separate fund that would only allow for use in communication equipment, services, and fees. If approved, the levy would never exceed $572,350 unless upgrades are made to your property. Therefore, if you have not made changes to your home, your tax portion for this levy will stay the same. We feel this levy should be enough to do all we need. Our emergency services need the assurance the levy we are requesting for communication services and equipment will support them as they do their important jobs.


Final Bow announces Registration for Season Four

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Final Bow Center for Children’s Performing Arts, entering into their fourth year, is pleased to announce our winter season. Dance classes will begin September 5th, and Final Bow Company, our theatre troupe, will begin rehearsals for their Christmas play, A Seussified Christmas Carol on September 7th.

A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with—if he ever had his way with the story. Anyone in Grades K-12 may audition. Everyone who auditions will receive a part. Performances are December 1st and 2nd at Memorial Hall.

This September, Final Bow will again be offering dance classes in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Pre-Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Contemporary, Hip Hop and Tumbling. The dance season runs from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the week of December 11th, ending with an in-studio performance. Hip Hop classes will begin learning the choreography for their very own music video. This year’s Hip Hop 3 and 4 classes have partnered up with Tangle’s Salon. Stay tuned for their video to be released around the end of November.

Co-directors Hillary Holzapfel and Becky Hootman are pleased to announce two new additions to their class schedule this season. Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Final Bow have partnered up to bring the performing arts to adults and children with disabilities and current Final Bow students. Artistic Variations, an integrated class for Final Bow students age 12 and up and adults with disabilities, has already performed twice for July and August’s First Friday events. More events are in the works for this group of talented adults and teens. We are adding this year a children’s version of this called Kendall’s Music Crew. About three years ago, a little girl named Kendall Rogers registered for classes. Kendall was just like all 3 year old little girls; into Hello Kitty, the color purple and sparkle! But there was one difference; Kendall used a wheelchair. Kendall adapted the class to fit her needs and with the help of another student she danced and moved around the stage just like the rest of the girls. This inspired us to include all children in a class, encouraging them to work together. Final Bow was so inspired by Kendall, they named a class after her and Kendall’s Music Crew was born! This class is for any current Final Bow student age 6 and up and children with disabilities up to the age of 18. These classes are free to all students, children and adults, however, class space is limited. Final Bow is looking for sponsors for these programs to help keep the cost low. For information on how to donate or sponsor these groups please call Hillary at 937-459-8078

Final Bow is located at 107 West Main Street, Greenville, Ohio. An Open House and Registration for new and current students will be held August 7th, 8th, and 9th from 4-7 pm at their downtown studio. Richmond’s Uptown Dancewear will be fitting shoes and have leotards and tights for purchase on Tuesday, August 8th from 4-7pm. Cash or check only. Any questions or for additional registration times, please call 937-459-8078.

Final Bow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Final Bow’s mission is to inspire children through the performing arts to reach their full potential and to be a positive influence in our community. Final Bow has two main stage performances a year, numerous small in-studio performances, and small stage opportunities throughout the year giving the kids many options to experience the performing arts.

August Events the VFW Post 7262 in Greenville

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219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, OH

Every Sunday (except August 20), BINGO 1:00 PM
Every Monday, BURGERS & FRIES 6 TO 8 PM
Every Friday, TENDERLOIN & FRIES 6 to 8 PM
Saturday, August 12, TRIVIA 8 PM
Friday, August 11, COLT DOUGLAS in Shelter House 8 to 11 PM

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Coffee and Conversation Series

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  • Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Coffee and Conversation Series
  • August 12, 2017 10:00 a.m.
  • Guests- Dr. Jesse Heise, Esther Heiser Hoover, Gregg & Patty Spencer

Dr. Jesse Heise will be guest of the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society August 12 at 10:00 a.m. for the final Coffee and Conversation session for this year.

Joining Dr. Heise will be his daughter Esther Hoover as well as Gregg and Patty Spencer, all who will be sharing stories of living in Pitsburg.

The Historical Society invites everyone to come join them for an hour to reminiscence living in the southern Darke County village. They want you to tell your stories too.

Maybe you remember when the Pitsburg branch of the Arcanum National Bank was robbed. Did you know there were two other names for the village before it was voted on to be called Pitsburg? Where you crowned as a Pitsburg Lion Club Queen? Maybe you rode the train from Pitsburg to neighboring Arcanum. There are many events to talk about.

AWTHS has a great photo of a Pitsburg baseball team dated 1948 which reads E. Indiana & W. Ohio League. They would love to have help in identifying the ten players.

Bring stories and photos to share. AWTHS staff will be on hand to scan your photos for our files.
Located at 123 W. George St. AWTHS can be contacted by email - contact@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org. or Barb Deis 662-0119

Mosquito Spraying in City of Greenville

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Annual City of Greenville Paving Projects to be Completed

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Greenville, Ohio – The City of Greenville has initiated its annual paving of roadways throughout the City. This paving program prioritizes streets to be resurfaced based upon the condition of the asphalt under criteria set forth by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Walls Brothers Asphalt, located on Hollansburg-Sampson Road in Greenville, was the awarded contractor who will be milling and repaving the streets. The milling operation consists of removing approximately 1½ to 2 inches of old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt.

It is anticipated that there will be some interruptions to the regular flow of traffic where these paving projects will take place. Those interruptions will be appropriately marked with signs to alert motorists, and residents in these areas impacted will receive adequate notice prior to the project commencing.

Motorists are asked to use caution as they travel through these construction zones.

The paving is to be completed by September 30, 2017.

The proposed projects will not impact any cultural resources, suspect hazardous waste sites or result in substantial impacts to ecological resources. The proposed projects will not result in substantial impacts to the environment either individually or cumulatively.

The complete list of streets to be planed and resurfaced include:

  • Buckeye Drive
  • Chestnut Street
  • Childrens Home-Bradford Road
  • Euclid Street (Pine – south terminus)
  • East Harmon Drive
  • Hickory Drive (E. Main - Eastwood)
  • Highland Drive (Russ - Sugarmaple)
  • Jackson Street (Sater - Fair)
  • Oak Street
  • Oak Tree Drive (Russ - Highland)
  • East Russ Road
  • Walnut Street (E. Main – north terminus)
  • East Water Street

In addition to these paving projects, miscellaneous curb ramp updates conforming to Americans with
Disabilities Act standards will be occurring in areas preceding new pavement throughout the City.

Dave Knapp adds Empowering to his community support

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Left to right, Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator,
and Dave Knapp, owner Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln.
GREENVILLE - Dave Knapp, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, has been active and supportive of community programs and services for the 23 years he has been in business. His support ranges from providing vehicles for parades to donations to organizations such as Gathering at Garst, Cancer Association of Darke County and more.

He has recently added Empowering Darke County Youth to his community support, noting the work the organization does is important to Darke County. The Empowering Board, volunteers and kids they serve appreciate his support.

Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

Empowering is wrapping up summer programs soon and preparing for its second year working with students after school. The After School Program served 79 students in the inaugural 2016-17 year, with many of them achieving Merit and Honor Roll or otherwise improving their academic skills. Nearly 60 students were helped to maintain or build on their academics this summer.

Community volunteer and funding support is constantly needed. If you would like to help, please contact Empowering on its Facebook page, email: empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com or P.O. Box 1113, Greenville 45331. To those who have helped us during our first year of service, thank you! We appreciate your support and concern for our kids.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Two Vehicle Crash at 49 and County Home Road

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On August 2, 2017 at approximately 4:52PM, Darke County Deputies along with with Greenville Township Fire & Rescue responded to a two vehicle injury crash at the intersection of State Route 49 and County Home Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Black 1999 GMC Sonoma, driven by Richard D. Campbell 73, of Ansonia was traveling Northwest on State Route 49 and had slowed down to make a left turn onto County Home Road when he was rear-ended by a Black 1995 Chevy Camaro driven by Bradley E. Nunley 39, of Union City IN. Mr. Nunley was not wearing a seat belt and transported to Wayne HealthCare for a head injury. Campbell was treated and released at the scene.

Mr. Nunley was cited for assured clear distance ahead.


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The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS) along with the Jackson family will be sponsoring an “old school house” open house and tour on September 10, 2017 from 2-4pm rain or shine. Center School is located on the farm of Tom and Barbara Jackson located at 6891 Grubbs Rex Road located near Arcanum in Twin Township. Tom has been working on the old school for several years in an attempt to help preserve our educational history and buildings. Class starts at 2pm with a brief history lesson of the school followed by student stories and tour. Afterwards, participants may drive the self-guided driving tour of the other schools on the brochure in the area. Info will be available on site or can be downloaded from AWTHS web site or FB event page.

The school is also a designated historic site by the AWTHS earlier this year. In reading the plaque you can see the start of this particular location as 1884. In Twin Township minutes we find the school mentioned as early as 1839. However, at this point we are not certain if this was the exact location today as back in earlier days. In September 1884 the present school was completed for $1284.00 and the old brick from the first school was used in the project. The school was also known as #4.

In 1864 we find Center averaged 58 students at the school which was grades 1-8. In later years, once 8th grade and graduation was completed students then had the option of going to high school by attending where those grades were established. The school in Arcanum would have been an option. In talking to some past students of the school we can speculate that classes ended here around mid to late 1930’s.

As far as the sale of the little red school house we find the following about Center and other nearby schools: Three Red Brick Schools Sold At Public Auction Saturday (August 17). Three old red brick school houses located in the vicinity were sold at public sale Saturday afternoon from the steps of the Arcanum public school. The sale was supervised by the local board of education with Dave Williams as auctioneer. … Center School located two miles south of Arcanum brought $185 and was purchased by James Bryson of Greenville. (Arcanum Times Aug. 22 1940)

We hope you will plan to join us September 10 for a step back in time. If you attended here as a student or had family who attended or taught, please join us with your stories and photos. Information from the AWTHS reference library will also be on display. If you can’t attend but would like to contribute please send to our email: contact@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org or contact Annette Stewart, tour and school brochure coordinator.

We will mention briefly the other old schools in the area such as Mt. Summitt, Sockum, Haines and Ithaca of which some were covered in our last driving tour of “Ithaca”. Memorabilia will be on display of the other 10 points of interest in this year’s driving tour which include: Arcanum School, Nealeigh, Tar Bucket, Oakland, Poplar Ridge, Ninevah, #9, Delisle and West Point. A map of these and all old schools in area will be available.

As always we are seeking info such as start, end, and selling dates on the schools; if building was taken down as well as students and teachers names or photos.

Sites for more information: http://www.ohio.org/events/old-school-house-tour. https://www.facebook.com/events/1962315907336797 and www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.

Free Diabetes Program

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Having diabetes can be scary when you think of the complications that can occur with uncontrolled blood glucose. A lot of individuals are worried about how diabetes affects your eyes.

Join Karen Droesch RD, LD, CDE at Wayne HealthCare for the program “Diabetes and Your Eyes”. The program will focus on how diabetes can impact your vision. We will also discuss strategies to reduce your risk of these complications.

The program will be held on August 8, 2017 at 2pm in the 3rd floor conference room, at Wayne HealthCare. The program is FREE to attend. If you have questions about the program please call 937-547-5750.


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Eva Goubeaux, daughter Wes and Chandra Goubeaux of Russia,
enjoys time with VHCC long-term care resident Mae Stoltz.
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, would like to thank all of the community members, especially children and young adults, who have visited the residents and patients over the past year. These community members make such a difference in the lives of Versailles Health Care Center residents and patients.

According to Kim Fair, VHCC Activities Director, “Being a part of intergenerational activities and being able to participate with each other gives our residents and patients a chance to see what is going on in the world today. The world is ever evolving and spinning faster and faster. The older we become the faster time seems to go. Each generation is more advanced than the previous generation and we strive to keep up.”

By interacting with various age groups, Versailles Health Care Center residents and patients are able to learn from each other and share valuable information with each other. Fair shared, “It is really quite amazing and a beautiful way to exchange ideas and information with each other. Sharing information with each other guarantees the survival of knowledge for future generations to come.”

The mental, emotional, and physical benefits of taking a few minutes out of a busy day to join each other for an activity are great. Not only is it an advantage to the elderly to learn from the youth, it is an advantage for the youth community members.

Kristy Earick, VHCC CEO/Executive Director, commented “Our community is quite fortunate to have such well rounded families which believe in education, knowledge, and the ability to give back to their community. Having such a wide variety of age groups visiting Versailles Health Care Center is a wonderful opportunity to make friends and share laughter with each other.” Versailles Health Care Center residents and patients look forward to visits every day. Handmade cards to celebrate the season, a birthday, or even just to make a day brighter, are enjoyed by all. The theater productions and sing-a-longs are favorites too.

Fair smilingly concluded, “And that is why we send out such a heartfelt thank you to everyone for making the intergenerational program offered at VHCC so successful. Children and young adults have come from every age group and every school in our area. They have enhanced our quality of life greatly by sharing all of their stories and triumphs with us. We are so fortunate to have such amazing, thoughtful people in our lives everyday. Thank you all so much!”

Versailles Health Care Center offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy services. If you would like to join the volunteer program at the care center, please contact Kim Fair at 937-526-5570 or kfair@covenantcare.com.

Ansonia FFA helps hurdle hogs

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The above picture shows those who volunteered to help out at the event. Front row, left to right: Ethan Fischer, Katelyn McKenna, Amber Bergman, Olivia Wright, and Aleesha Gates. Back row, left to right: Mark Mayo, Ross Dapore, and Isaac Oswalt.
On Wednesday, July 27th, the Ansonia FFA traveled to the Shelby County Fair to help run the gilt and barrow hog show. Members had loads of fun while assisting the showmen in penning their hogs and keeping them from being trapped in the many corners of the show ring. They used a plastic red board, called a hurdle, to push the pigs and make them cooperate while being judged in the ring. This is an annual event for the kids in the Ansonia FFA to volunteer in opportunities outside of their own county fair. On the way home, the tired FFA members were rewarded with a stop at Taco Bell!


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DAYTON, Ohio – The Darke County Retired Teachers Association will sponsor a community blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

It’s open throttle for the “Scouting 4 Donors Summer Blood Drive” as it rides into the final month of summer. Everyone who registers to donate is automatically entered in the drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors must be 18 by the Sept. 2 conclusion of the campaign to win.

From July 31 to the campaign finish line on Sept. 2 everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt.

The “Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt is green and the design features a motorcycle engine in the shape of a heart with the CBC blood drop logo.


Summer is a challenging time for maintaining the regional blood supply and this summer has seen an unusually high demand for type O blood. To maintain an ample blood supply CBC must register approximately 300 donors per day, despite the interruptions of the high school summer break, family vacation travel and outdoor activities. CBC encourages donors who must miss appointments to please reschedule as soon as possible. We continue to seek the support of type O whole blood donors.


CBC is scouting for donors this summer and banking on a true American legend to help boost the summer blood supply. The “Indian Scout Sixty” is descended from the historic line of America’s legendary Indian Motorcycle Company, www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Enter the drawing to win the Indian Scout Sixty by registering to donate May 26 through Sept. 2 at a CBC Donor Center or any CBC mobile blood drive. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period.

CBC will select the winner from a group of 10 randomly-drawn finalists in mid-September. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

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