Thursday, September 21, 2017

Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th Annual Museum Day Live!

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Free Admission on September 23, 2017, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket The National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas-With Lawrence and Beyond

Greenville, Ohio— Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available for download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
Garst Museum CEO, Dr. Clay Johnson, stated that “We think it is important to participate in the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day. This is a great opportunity to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture.”

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

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

WEEK OF OCTOBER 16 -20, 2017 - FALL CLEAN UP IN GREENVILLE

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Rumpke Waste Incorporated will provide Fall Clean Up service for the residents of the City of Greenville during their scheduled pick up day of the week of October 16 through October 20, 2017. (This is for large items only –no bags)

The following items WILL be accepted for removal: (LIMIT OF 5 LARGE ITEMS)

  1. PUSH TYPE LAWN MOWER (60 LB. LIMIT)
  2. REFRIGERATOR WITH FREON REMOVED BY A TECHNICIAN
  3. WATER HEATER, STOVE, WASHER, DRYER
  4. BED SPRINGS OR MATTRESS
  5. FURNITURE
  6. LAWN FURNITURE
  7. BICYCLES
  8. TELEVISION SET, STEREO EQUIPMENT, MICROWAVE OVENS, COMPUTER MONITORS
  9. CARPET CUT & TIED IN NO MORE THAN 4 FOOT LENGTHS
  10. CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS TIED IN NO MORE THAN 4 FOOT LENGTHS
  11. BRANCHES – BUNDLED & TIED IN NO MORE THAN 4 X 2 FOOT LENGTHS (MUST HAVE A YARD WASTE STICKER ATTACHED)

The following items WILL NOT be accepted for removal:

  1. NO 50-65 GALLON DRUMS
  2. NO FENCE ROLL
  3. NO HAZARDOUS WASTE
  4. NO LIQUIDS
  5. NO ASBESTOS
  6. NO GAS PROPANE BOTTLES
  7. NO TIRES
  8. NO YARD WASTE WITHOUT STICKERS

Floating for Colors with Darke County Parks

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Darke County Parks is going to try for one more float for the 2017 season. On Friday, October 6th from 11am to 5pm join us for a relaxing autumn paddle. After meeting at the Nature Center, participants will carpool to Lake Loramie State Park. Once there, everyone will enjoy a picnic lunch then launch the boats for an afternoon on the lake! Depending on the afternoon, the group may choose to paddle among the islands or choose a more secluded route through the channels searching for the best fall colors. Be sure to dress for the weather in quick drying, synthetic clothing, bring water, bring a packed lunch, and sunglasses with a strap. Due to the cooler air and water temperatures of this float, it is more suited for those with some experience.

Paddling outings are weather dependent, and adjustments may be necessary due to conditions. All equipment is provided. Parks’ staff members are certified canoe and kayak instructors. Call to reserve a kayak or canoe, and there will be a $5 fee for the program. For more information about this or any of the other exciting program or to register for the outing, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

Arcanum Public Library to Host Genealogy Workshop

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Have you wanted to know more about your family’s history? Wondered how and when relatives arrived in America? Need information about where someone is buried?

The Arcanum Public Library can help with the research.

The library will be hosting a genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 30, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Those brand new to genealogy are welcome, and those with experience are invited to further their research. Computers will be available for use, and staff will be on hand to provide help with resources in our collection. This will provide a great environment for sharing ideas, helping each other out with research, and discovering other places to go for more information.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please call the library at 937-692-8484 to add your name to the list.

YMCA instructor award

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Karyl Woolery was presented a Certificate of Excellence for her work as a Silver Sneakers instructor at the YMCA of Darke County. Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO, spoke about Karyl’s dedication to Y members and her caring personality.
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- The YMCA of Darke County has been this area’s leader in health and wellness for many years. Karyl Woolery, one of the Y’s certified Silver Sneakers specialists, has recently been chosen by her class participants and Tivity Health to be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence for the Instructor Spotlight of the Quarter. With this national recognition, she joins other winning instructors from Florida and Arizona in the running for Silver Sneakers Instructor of the Year.

The Y offers the Silver Sneakers program for senior citizens, which brings many people into the Y where they can take group exercise classes that are geared to work on balance, strength, mobility and cardiovascular health. They also are encouraged by the camaraderie of other members who have similar wellness goals for continuing health and independence.

The Y hosted a special luncheon event to recognize Karyl’s achievement on Thursday, September 14. This event coincided with the monthly carry in lunch the Silver Sneakers have each month.

“The YMCA of Darke County appreciates all that Karyl does for our SilverSneakers members every day. We would like to join Tivity Health in honoring and recognizing her for a job well done,” said Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO. “Besides Karyl’s skills as an instructor, her genuine spirit, her magic smile, and her caring personality demonstrate the the Y’s core values as she works with our members each day,” he added.

Karyl has been a Silver Sneaker instructor at the Y since 2006. “I love my job, it is so rewarding! I hear testimonials from members every day about how these classes have changed their lives,” she says.

She added that she sees participants in her classes typically improve their balance and flexibility, and also often see a lowering of their cholesterol and blood pressure. She also works with many seniors who have had knee, hip or shoulder replacements done.

“Their doctors comment on how fast their recovery is because of doing the Silver Sneakers classes prior to surgery,” she said.

For more information on the YMCA’s programs, stop by any time for a tour. The Y has two locations in Darke County ready to serve members- in Greenville at 301 Wagner Avenue and in Versailles at 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Rd.

Darke County Small Business to Attend Coterie Event in NYC

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A Greenville woman, Pamela Graves will hit the road with her business, Unbelievable Skin Care, LLC to attend the 2017 Beauty at Coterie NY Women’s September Marketplace presented by UBM Fashion. The event will take place next week, September 17-19 at the Jacob Javitz Center, NYC. Unbelievable Skin Care will showcase their products for the people of NYC to try and purchase amidst hundreds of New York City's top fashion and consumer product designers.

“As a small business, events like this are a huge deal,” said Graves. “We try to be incredibly cognizant of the events we invest in each year. After a great deal of research by our team, the Women’s September Marketplace seems to be the perfect fit to share our products with the people of New York City.”

Each Unbelievable Skin Care product is handcrafted in small batches and contains quality botanicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components, which help to feed the skin. All products can also be tailored to serve those who live a vegan lifestyle. Unbelievable Skin Care products are never tested on animals and are proudly made in Greenville, Ohio.

"It is because of the unwavering support of my Darke county customers that I have the courage to take this leap into a new market," shared Graves. "So many customers have become friends and have encouraged me to share my products outside of Darke county."

To learn more about Unbelievable Skin Care, LLC and the team that creates their stunning products, visit www.unbelievableskincare.com. You can also be found on Facebook (@Unbelieveable Skin Care) and Instagram (@unbelievableskincare.)

Kristina Heath Speaks to Darke GOP Women

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Kristina Heath, Co-Owner KTL Performance Mtg. was the Guest Speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s Club September Dinner/Business Meeting.

She told of her before and after experiences while becoming the Owner/Loan Officer of KTL which she shares with her husband John Heath.

The DCRW would like to thank the ladies listed below for their participation in our “Women in Business” project. These women are all in business locally and we applaud them for their services to our community:

  • Sonya Crist with Plexus Worldwide Health and Wellness Co.
  • Kim Bohler, Consultant with Perfectly Posh
  • Dr. Kylie Young, Owner of Belton
  • Kirsten Berghoff, Co-Owner Sadie Grace
  • Rebecca Cotterman, Program Director Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • and the above
  • Kristina Heath, Co-Owner KTL Performance Mtg.

The next dinner/business meeting will be 6:30 pm Monday October 9th. Information regarding that meeting will follow.

Learn About Smart Energy Living at the Coldwater Public Library

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Classic car show helps Empowering youth

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Dave Niley hams it up as he and Kenny Erwin present a check
from the Rolling 50s Classic Car Club to Bob Robinson to
help support Empowering Darke County Youth.
Dave Niley, Kenny Erwin and the Rolling 50s Classic Car Club wrapped up their 35th Annual Fall Cruise-In Car Show with donations to three deserving entities: The Shriners Hospitals, Cancer Association of Darke County and Empowering Darke County Youth.

Coming off a successful event Sept. 9, the Club was able to improve on its donations the previous two years. Its first support was given to an “idea” in 2015; in 2016, the club supported the official Empowering Darke County Youth organization as its inaugural After School Program was about to begin.

“Hopefully we can do even better next year,” Erwin said. Once again, Empowering is preparing for its second After School Program to begin.

The 2017 Rolling 50s Classic Car Show featured over 500 vehicles, with excellent weather bringing out major crowds. One of the organizers noted early in the afternoon that they were running out of spaces for the entries.

The car club holds several shows a year for classic car enthusiasts and, according to Niley, all proceeds go to deserving organizations. “We love what we do and we love helping the community,” he said.

The Empowering Darke County Youth Mission: 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chevy's Collide, One Airlifted in Accident on US 127

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On September 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue, Greenville Twp. Fire, and Careflight responded to a two vehicle, injury accident at the intersection of US Route 127 and Greenville Celina Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, driven by Scott A. Wornstaff, 57, of Dayton, was traveling eastbound on Greenville Celina Road, when he failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Thomas E. Smith, 24, of Greenville, which was traveling southbound on US Route 127.

The drivers were the lone occupants in the vehicles. Wornstaff was ejected from his vehicle and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with unknown injuries. Smith was transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Rescue where he was treated and released.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt. This accident remains under investigation.

Decoding the Teenage Brain – Community Forum with Josh Shipp

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(Tipp City, OH) — Parents, teachers, school counselors and administrators join other parents, ministry leaders and church staff from across the Miami Valley for an opportunity to learn from Josh Shipp, best-selling author and global youth empowerment expert – Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-8pm, Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S County Rd 25A, Tipp City.

A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for his documentary TV series that followed his groundbreaking work with teens. His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. Learn more at joshshipp.com.

“Parents are requesting resources to assist them in parenting their kids,” shares Erica Sharp, Pastor of Family Ministry at Ginghamsburg Church. “This seminar is targeted to parents, teachers and leaders of kids in grade 3-12, but all are welcome to this free event.”

Family Ministry at Ginghamsburg Church is a specially designed place for children age 6 weeks - grade 12 to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Kids are met right where they are through powerful worship, engaging teaching and relationship-building moments.

The Orange strategy is used at Ginghamsburg to grow champions for Christ. Orange is a nationally known and widely praised curriculum. It is family-friendly and family-focused to drive home key lessons from God’s word through fun and adventure and equips parents to be their children’s primary faith builder all week long.

For this event, Ginghamsburg is partnering with Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI) whose mission is Empowering Families, Providing Hope.” FYI began in 1978 as the Tri-County Right to Life Educational Foundation. It has transformed over the years to encompass multiple programs addressing the needs of our communities. Providing pregnancy/parenting skills, educating youth about making healthy decisions, helping clients get their GED, preparing preschool children by helping them develop necessary social and emotional skills and providing mentors and leadership skills for at risk middle/high school students are all programs designed to partner with families at various stages of life.

“We seek to empower families for a better future and give youth tools to grow in character, responsibility and self-sufficiency,” shares Pat Banaszak, Executive Director and Co-Founder of FYI.

According to Sharp, “This parent forum with Josh Shipp is the first of four opportunities for parents, school and community leaders to gather together to gain valuable insight in raising, guiding and encouraging our children. The topics for the next forums will be racial reconciliation, relationships and technology.”

For more information on these events, contact Pastor Erica Sharp at 937.667.1069 or esharp@ginghamsburg.org.

For more information about Ginghamsburg Church, visit the website—ginghamsburg.org.

Darke County Food Pantry Celebrating 50 Years in The Community!

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FISH Celebrating 50 Years in the Darke County Community

The Fish Choice Pantry will kick off our annual food drive during the 2017 Illumination Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2017. 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Fish in Darke County and the 9th Annual Feed Darke County Food Drive. Our Darke County FISH organization began with a small group of community minded people who saw many un-met needs around and about Greenville. In December of 1967 they came together to begin an ecumenical outreach they simply called ‘FISH’. The fish ( <>< or Ichthus) was a symbol used by early Christians who might have been persecuted had their allegiance to the principles espoused by Christ been known. The movement began in England where people were concerned about the lack of “neighborliness” in their communities. This movement rapidly spread around the globe, now existing as independent entities of neighbors helping neighbors in communities across the U.S. To get the word out to our community flyers were passed around Greenville asking people with needs, any need, to call the FISH number and make their request. In the beginning, these willing servants provided services such as babysitting, driving people to Dr Appointments, paying on utility bills, delivering groceries to homes, and everything in between! The Mitten Tree (donations of mittens, scarves and hats for Darke County children) was added during the Christmas season after a couple of years. A few years later it was decided the main needs were food and help with utilities and for several more years FISH’s main focus were those two needs. FISH again changed their directives in 2000-2001 to mainly helping the Greenville area with food deliveries. In 2009 another change came and it was a big one! In the fall of 2009 FISH was moved to a location on Gray Ave and became a ‘choice’ pantry and also a 501©(3) or non-profit organization, making all donations tax exempt! Home deliveries were still made to people unable to come to the pantry due to illness or transportation, but the majority of our neighbors with food needs were encouraged to come and ‘shop’ at our pantry. The Fish Choice Pantry was open to the public twice a week for people to ‘choose’ food for their families instead of being met at the door with a bag of groceries they may or may not use. Clients could pick the foods to fit their individual dietary needs and wants. In the fall of 2009 the initial Feed Darke County Food Drive was started by a then local pastor, Bill Lyle, who was very passionate about supporting this community effort. In 2012 The Choice Pantry moved from Gray Ave to 400 Markwith Ave in Greenville, where it is now located. Home deliveries are still made 6 days a week (Monday – Saturday) to ‘shut-ins’ by calling 937-548-2000. This is the same number made available to our neighbors back in 1967! The pantry is open to the public three times a week. Our open hours are: Monday: 1-2 PM, Wednesday: 10-11 AM & Friday: 4-5 PM.

Fish became a tax site for the Ohio Benefit Bank in the fall of 2015 by partnering with them to provide a free tax completion service to Darke and our surrounding counties. This is possible through a grant offered by the Ohio Association of Food Banks. Last year, alone, our site completed 994 tax forms for 511 clients and ranked 13 in the state.

Fish continues to rely on our friends and neighbors for their support to keep our pantry stocked and open! We also still receive hundreds of gloves, hats and scarves each year through the Mitten Tree outreach. These items are donated to the Darke County Head Start. We’ve even added story books to this donation in the last couple of years! We could not have provided the necessary help needed in our community for the past 50 years without the generous support of our Darke County family! Fish has received food and monetary donations from many of our local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals as well as from other counties and states, over the years. We have also received many hours of service from our dedicated volunteers. Choice Pantry volunteers logged over 2,500 hours in the pantry alone in 2016. We are always in need of help with sorting, stocking, cleaning, serving clients during open hours and delivering food to shut-ins. As you can see we have many, many supporters and are grateful for each and every one.

If you would like to donate to the Feed Darke County food drive or volunteer your time, there are many ways you can do so. Are you are attending the Illumination Festival? Bring non-perishable food to the gate on your way in. You could organize a food drive for your company, club or church during the harvest season or any time during the year. Donations can also be dropped off in the receptacle located behind the food pantry at your convenience. Remember, donations to Fish can be deducted from your taxes! Contact Kristy Cutarelli at 937-316-8420 if making a large or perishable donation or if you would like more information on how you can become involved with our food pantry, home deliveries or by becoming a tax counselor.

DCCA PRESENTS TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY PERFORMERS

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When music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis engaged in an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, the music producer wisely recorded the proceedings. Darke County Center for the Arts will present a tribute to that memorable meeting,“One Night In Memphis,” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 7. Photo Credit - Mikayla Khramov.
When music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis engaged in an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, the music producer wisely recorded the proceedings. Darke County Center for the Arts will present a tribute to that memorable meeting,“One Night In Memphis,” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 7. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the show features a cast with the uncanny sound, look and feel of the original performers. “The audience feels as though they are witnessing rock and roll royalty perform their hits in this exhilarating high energy concert featuring timeless tunes that almost everyone loves,” Mr. Rawlins stated. The show starts at 8 p.m.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that this special event will appeal not only to those who witnessed these legendary performers in real time, but also anyone who appreciates their legacy which continues to inspire innovative artists. “Although the roots of this music go back a century or more, the lasting revolutionary effect of these pioneers resonates yet today,” Ms. Jordan explained. “And, just as important, this show promises to be a really good time for all concerned,” she concluded.

“One Night in Memphis” is sponsored by Rodney Oda & Second National Bank. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.
DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for “One Night in Memphis” cost $30, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

Accepting Entries for the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Over 90 festive entries decorated with lights make this a holiday parade you don’t want to miss! Photo by John Baker Photography, LLC. 
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Voted best parade by the readers of Ohio Magazine in 2015, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 18th.

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

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

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

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

Please visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or their social media accounts for more information about the organization and the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or info@mainstreetgreenville.org.

Chicken Dinners to Benefit Darke County United Way

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It’s the same question every night . . . what’s for dinner? How about a delicious Romer’s Chicken Dinner? The Darke County United Way is selling chicken dinners for Wednesday, October 4th with all proceeds benefiting Darke County nonprofit agencies. The dinner includes Romer’s BBQ Chicken, Applesauce, Potato Chips, and a dinner roll. Tickets are $7.50 and are pre-sale only. Dinners may be picked up between 4:00-6:00 pm at a new location this year. Find us in the Marsh Parking Lot, 395 Martin Street in Greenville, under the tents. Simply drive thru and dinner is ready! To purchase tickets, stop by the Darke County United Way office located at 207 E Fourth Street in Greenville.

“Tower Youth” Kick-Off Party

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 6:00 - 8:00
Location: Pitsburg Church of the Brethren
Children and youth are most welcome.
Meal and beverage will be complimentary.

Inflatable Obstacle Course, volleyball, music, and other games.

Guest Speaker: Judge Julie Monnin.

We invite you to be a part of our family to learn, to live, to grow, and to care for one another. Our goal is to work together and strive to be more Christ-like.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teenager Rolls SUV on Gordon Landis Road

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On September 18, 2017 at approximately 3:27PM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue, Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team and Miami Valley Hospital Mobile Intensive Care Unit, responded to the 1300 block of Gordon Landis Road reference a one vehicle injury roll-over crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Tan 2002 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Taylor Bowles 17, Arcanum, was traveling Northbound on Gordon Landis Road and drove off the right side of the roadway then traveled off the left side of the roadway into a cornfield and the vehicle rolled over onto its top. Taylor was wearing her seat belt and was extricated by non mechanical means. Taylor was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by their Mobile Intensive Care Unit for her injuries.

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

Last Day for Greenville Limb Pick Up is September 29th

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THE CITY OF GREENVILLE STREET DEPARTMENT
LAST DAY FOR 2017 LIMB/BRUSH PICK-UP
WILL BE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH
PLEASE CALL THE STREET DEPT.
(937) 548-2215
TO SCHEDULE A PICK-UP

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Sojourner Quartet

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Sojourner Quartet on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 6 PM.

Sojourner Quartet is a Christian music ministry based in Findlay, Ohio. Sojourner began in 1991 as a contemporary Christian group playing their own instruments and writing many of the songs they performed. As their popularity spread, they began to play throughout the country. In 1998, the group went solely southern gospel. As their ministry grew, they shared the platform with many of today's top southern gospel groups including The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Ivan Parker, The Crabb Family, The Tally Trio, Triumphant Quartet and many more. Over the years, several songs released to southern gospel radio made the charts in the USA and in Europe.

These four men are completely devoted to Jesus Christ not only through their music ministry, but through their personal lives. Their mission is to glorify God, the Father, by witnessing the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, regardless of their denomination, through their music and personal testimony.

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

Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie

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Step through a wrinkle in time to experience life on the Ohio frontier. On the weekend of September 23rd and 24th the Darke County Park District will host its annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville. As festival attendants wander through the grounds they’ll hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil, smell fresh bread baking in the outdoor oven, and see long hunters tending their fires in the woodland encampment.

Come watch apple butter made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, view local artists’ works, enjoy live music and entertainment. This year there will be performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm. The Silver Grass Band will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday at 1pm, enjoy the stories of Johnny Appleseed as he passes through Prairie Days during his journeys. Also on Sunday, we welcome back the Thien Snipps Band who will perform at 2pm.

Between acts, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the log house or try your hand at candle-making, tin-smithing, and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Don’t forget to visit the Greenville FFA and their farm animal petting zoo for the young and young-at-heart to learn and enjoy. Be sure to take a lap around the festival with a horse and wagon ride provided by Carrs Belgians.

Calling all bakers! Prepare your best pie to enter in the Friends of the Darke County Parks’ pie-baking contest held Saturday at 9:30am! Just $2/pie to enter in any (or all!) of the following categories: Apple, Peach, Berry, or Other. Be sure to submit pies in a disposable pan and we cannot accept meringue or refrigerated pies. Winner takes home a cash prize!

There will also be a wide variety of food to choose from. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm, an ice cream cone from Just Ice Cream, or visit one of the non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks, and more! Feeling lucky? Enter our annual basket raffle before you leave! Baskets this year include themes such as Paddling, Kitchen, Gardening, and Bird Watching!

We hope to see you next weekend (September 23 & 24) at Shawnee Prairie Preserve where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective, and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be available in the paved lot at the Nature Center. (Please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org

Monarch Butterflies at Library

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One of the most widely recognized butterflies in the United States is also the one in the most danger of becoming extinct. Habitat loss, illegal logging, row crop agriculture and over use of pesticides are just a few factors that have led to the staggering population decrease. What can we do to reverse the damage?

Spend an evening with Darke County Parks Naturalist Mandy Martin to find out! She says “We’ll explore the natural history of this magnificent creature and discover all the efforts nationwide to spearhead movements to save this iconic species.” Mandy will also share what Darke County Parks has done to join the effort to save the monarch and how you can get involved.

After the presentation we will be making seed bombs! “These little balls of seed, clay, and compost are pre-planted with butterfly approved wildflower seeds. This fall just toss them on the ground, press them lightly into the ground, and watch them grow in the spring.”

Join us Wednesday September 27th at 6:00 in the Greenville Public Library. This is a free, family-friendly event. First come first serve seating with light refreshments provided.

Did you know that since 2006 the Library has also been certified as an official Monarch Waystation by “Monarch Watch” of the University of Kansas? This program was organized in 2005 by Chip Taylor, whose goal it is to have thousands of these “resource patches” created in back yards, school and church grounds, parks, nature centers, golf courses, and retirement homes.

According to www.MonarchWatch.org, a waystation is an intermediate station between principle stations on a line of travel. The principle stations for monarchs are the sites in Mexico they use for overwintering and the northern sites they use for reproduction in the breeding season. Without nectar flowers, fall migratory butterflies would be unable to make the journey to Mexico.

What distinguishes a Monarch Waystation from an ordinary butterfly garden is the inclusion of and emphasis on milkweed. The plant is essential because milkweeds are the only plants that monarch caterpillars recognize as food. MonarchWatch recommends that waystations include at least 10 milkweed plants.

Attorney to Speak to Public Employee Retirees Luncheon

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Nathan Hosek, Attorney with the Law Office of Rudnick & Hosek, Ltd, where his practice focuses on transactional law, will be the guest speaker at the Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) luncheon meeting on Monday, October 2, 11:30 a.m., in the VFW, on Ohio Street, Greenville. PERI members will be contacted by the calling committee and nonmembers may attend by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman, at (937) 548-3961 on or before Wednesday, September 27. Cost of the Luncheon is $9.00 per person.

Holding both a Business Administration degree and a Pettit College of Law (JD) degree from Ohio Northern University, where he graduated with high distinction, Hosek is also a member of the American and Ohio State Bar Associations and was past president of the Darke County Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the Christian Legal Society and serves on the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Greenville, Inc. Married with two children and another on the way, Hosek has served the community at his current law office for over eight years.

During this time, he said his practice with transactional law has focused largely on work within the realms of estate and business planning, real estate law, estate administration and bankruptcy. Topics to be covered in the October 2 presentation will include Wills, Durable General Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Strategies for Probate Avoidance, and Strategies for Maximizing the Legacies Left to Heirs.

With Hosek's experience and expertise, this is a meeting from which both PERI members and nonmembers can gain helpful and important information that can be of benefit both to them and their families. Questions and Discussion will be welcome.

Ball Family Quartet to appear at Beamsville Christian Church October 1st

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Herbert Ball, with children Nelson Ball and Peggy Ball-Arnold, formed The Ball Family Gospel Singing Group in the late sixties. Since founding their Southern Gospel Group over 40 years ago, The Ball Family has remained true to their commitment to make a difference.

Through a compelling combination of harmonious vocals and outstanding musical accompaniment, this family group has been able to reach out to people challenging them to accept the Lord and make a change in their hearts and lives. Since the first appearance, The Ball Family has shared their inspiring music ministry at auditoriums, camp meetings, prisons, and churches throughout the country. They have shared the stage with such groups as the Gaithers, Dixie Melody Boys, Greenes, Palmetto State Quartet, Statesmen Quartet, Speer Family, Dixie Echoes, Squire Parsons, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, The Blackwood Brothers and appeared on Barbara Fairchild's Sunday Morning Program in Branson, Missouri. Today, The Ball Family is made up of seven talented singers and musicians who have come together to create an unmistakable sound and share a life changing message. Sarina Labig Ball wife of Nelson Ball, is a Darke County Native.

The Ball Family will be appearing at the Beamsville Christian Church on Sunday evening at 6 PM October 1st, 2017 located North of Greenville on US 127 & Beamsville Union City Rd. Please come and join in on the wonderful music and fellowship.

Trimble's Awarded Ladybug Garden Club's Beautification Award

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The residential gardens of David and Cherie Trimble at Park and Avenue B were chosen as the September Garden of the Month by the community beautification committee of the Ladybug Garden Club. The Trimble's family home showcases gardens of numerous perennials accented with colorful containers, window boxes and hanging baskets. Cherie retired from teaching ten years ago and has devoted her time to the gardens. Shown are David and Cherie Trimble with beautification committee members Angela Beumer, Lisa Marcum and Sherri Jones.

CareSource, Reid Health Physician Associates reach agreement

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Physician group will be in-network for CareSource Marketplace plan in 2018

Reid Health and CareSource have reached a contract agreement for Reid Health Physician Associates (RHPA) to join the CareSource Marketplace plan network.

CareSource, a nonprofit health plan, announced recently it will offer Wayne County consumers a marketplace health plan option for 2018. Prior to CareSource’s announcement, the county was at-risk of having no marketplace options for next year.

The agreement between Reid and CareSource will allow individuals currently in the care of RHPA providers who enroll in a CareSource Marketplace plan for 2018 coverage to continue receiving outpatient care from their physician. The agreement does not extend to inpatient hospital coverage and other ancillary services at the hospital.

Services that will be in-network for CareSource Marketplace, under the agreement:

  • Outpatient care at RHPA practices
  • Lab services at RHPA practices
  • Radiology services at the Whitewater Valley Imaging in Connersville, Reid Orthopedics in Richmond, and Reid urgent care locations in Richmond, Connersville and Eaton
  • Emergency care at Reid Health

Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO, said the agreement was made to maintain important relationships between Reid providers and patients with marketplace coverage. As more insurance providers leave the marketplace locally and nationally, it was important for the hospital to ensure Wayne County residents with marketplace coverage continue to see RHPA providers.

“Reid Health Physician Associates is pleased that we have been able to work this out with CareSource and still follow our longstanding ‘Fairness in Pricing’ policy that maintains our fair prices for all patients at Reid,” Kinyon said.

Last month CareSource notified the Indiana Department of Insurance that it will offer marketplace coverage in 79 counties in Indiana, including Wayne.

“As a nonprofit health plan with a 28-year history of serving vulnerable populations, CareSource’s decision to offer marketplace coverage in Wayne County is a reflection of our deep commitment to helping Hoosiers obtain quality health care coverage,” said Steve Smitherman, CareSource Executive Director, Indiana. “Beyond offering Wayne County consumers an option for quality, affordable health insurance, we’re happy they will have the choice to continue seeing their Reid Health physician.”

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

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Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is celebrating National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week, September 10th through the 16th. Without the commitment of the environmental services, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance staff, the enjoyable stay of a patient or resident would be very short-lived. During the week, Versailles Health Care Center will focus on the members of this valuable team and the training and skills they use to maintain outstanding sanitary conditions at Versailles Health Care Center. Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services at Versailles Health Care Center, said “We have a great team! Every person is a team player and we help each other to get our tasks accomplished.” In honor of the week, staff will receive small gifts of appreciation and dress casual for the week.

L to R: Pauline Barga, Housekeeping; Larry Pierron, Director of Maintenance; Karen Stanley, Laundry; Yvonne Kelly, Housekeeping; Melissa Griffin, Housekeeping; Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services, and Carolyn Rose, Housekeeping. Not pictured: Pam Elifritz, Laundry; Lisa Jolly, Housekeeping; Kathleen McKibben, Laundry; Kathy Clark, Housekeeping; Sarah Miller, Housekeeping; Kasidy Davis, Housekeeping; Erin Shaffer, Housekeeping; Brittany Hammons, Hospitality; and Chelsey Godwin, Hospitality.

Historic St. Peter’s Homecoming this Sunday!

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Summer begins to fade and our thoughts turn toward autumn. Many of us 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 (the little Church in the wildwood), St. Peter closed its doors to a weekly worship, it was decided then to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year.

Most of the members of the congregation that remained moved their membership to nearby Lutheran churches like Trinity, at Versailles, Friedens at Bloomer, St. Paul’s at Willowdell, or St. John, near Greenville.

Why is St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship services, closing in 1905; this marks the 112th annual Homecoming service!

The little, country church, was 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.

This 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. The Gospel lesson will be given in German and Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ featuring many hymns of those assembled choosing to 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.

While no meal will be served, you are invited to come early and bring your lawn chairs to sit on the shady east side lawn and share remembrances of the old days of the country church.

We will serve lite refreshments after the worship and you are welcome to bring pictures and history to share!

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.

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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Many Demonstrations at Prairie Days

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Once again, Prairie Days will feature many historical demonstrations. Volunteers will be demonstrating how pioneers would have made homemade bread in the outdoor bake oven, also known as the cob oven. This style oven is operated by building a fire inside in order to preheat the earthen structure, afterwards the coals are removed and the baking surface prepped with cornmeal to prevent sticking. The bread dough, cookies, or any other baked goods can then be baked before the oven cools down again. Full loaves of white bread, wheat bread, white herb bread or ginger molasses cookies will be available for a donation during Prairie Days in the General Store.

Also back this year are the sorghum pressing and boiling demonstrations. Journey to the top of the hill to witness stalks of sorghum, grown in Darke County, pressed to release their sweet juice. After capturing the sweet liquid from pressing the stalks, volunteers will boil it down similar to making maple syrup. The processed sorghum, also known as sorghum molasses, will be available for a donation while supplies last.

In addition to these demonstrations, visitors will also see blacksmiths working in the shop, a broom maker making corn brooms, soap making, apple butter boiling over an open fire, and many more historical demonstrations.

Come check out all of these trades and all the other fun, educational, and family friendly activities at the 2017 Prairie Days festival, September 23rd from 10am to 5pm and September 24th from 12pm to 5pm. The event has plenty of free parking and free admission. For questions or more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

Greenville Latchkey Program

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Greenville City Schools began offering a latchkey program (before and after school care of children) for students in grades K – 4. Latchkey is a service that parents have been asking for and the district finally has the space to make it available. It is a service provided to families for before and after school care for children.

Tiffany Labig is the supervisor of the program. Mrs. Labig is a lifetime resident of Greenville and is committed to the service that the program offers families with quality care for students.

The Latchkey program is being held in the kindergarten wing of the district’s new K-8 facility. This area provides easy access for drop off and pick up. It is also the ideal space because of its location to the gym and playground. iPads are available for extended learning time. Many teachers have expressed their support of the program because students are at school and available, if a teacher wants to give extra instructional support. Students are provided healthy snacks in the before school and after school sessions.

Registration for the program began on Aug. 15. The school age child care program opens at 6:30 a.m. for before school and remains open after school until 6 p.m. Fees for latchkey are as follows: Registration fee $20; full time a.m. and p.m. $60 per week; before school a.m. $40 per week; after school p.m. $40 per week; each additional child in family $40 per week both a.m. and p.m.; each additional child in family $25 per week for a.m. or p.m. only; emergency/drop in $15 per visit. If interested in registration, call the K – 4 Elementary school office at 548-3185.

First Presbyterian Church to Host Concert

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A concert of sacred vocal music will be presented at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville on Friday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. The free concert for the community will feature vocalists Bevin Fields, Mary McLear, Doug Klinsing, and John Person, and pianist/organist Terri Fryman. Come and enjoy music that includes hymns and classical repertoire. The musicians are offering a time for reflection and inspiration that glorifies God through music. A reception of light refreshments will follow the concert. First Presbyterian Church is located at 114 E. Fourth St. in Greenville. For more information, call 548-3188. Everyone is welcome to attend this concert celebrating the love of God, the church, music and friends.

Family Health Flu Vaccine Schedule

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PURSES WITH A PURPOSE DINNER & AUCTION

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(Tipp City, OH) — Enjoy a night out with friends while supporting a good cause, Thursday, October 5 from 6-9:30pm at the Crystal Room, 845 W Market St, Troy.

“New Path Outreach Ministries is on a mission to connect our neighbors and families in Miami County to provisions for basic needs and offer programing to inspire them on their journey,” shares Executive Director Bill Lutz.

“The purpose for this dinner and auction is to raise support for 15 different programs that provide everything from food to medical equipment for families who are under resourced as well as classes for growth and development.”

This evening of fun and fashion includes an Italian buffet and dessert bar, a private party boutique, silent and live auction of designer purses, games and prizes as well as an inspirational talk by local author and speaker, Christina Ryan Claypool.

Tickets are on sale now until Wednesday, September 27, for $40 at newpathserves.org, or stop by Anna’s Closet, 1405 S County Rd 25A, Troy to purchase tickets. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.

At this time, there are more than 200 (new and gently-used) purses in the boutique along with 20 items in the live auction and 31 items in the silent auction. The donations are growing daily with brand-new purses (Michael, Kors, Coach, Jessica Simpson, Kooba, Ugg and Henri Bendel) from CR Design in Sidney. More than 75 donations of gift cards and prizes have also been received.

If you are interested in supporting this effort with donations of purses, jewelry, scarves or gift cards to local businesses, please contact Sherry Loschi, New Path Program Coordinator at sloschi@ginghamsburg.org, or 937.669.1213.

Through over a dozen specialized ministry areas, New Path served nearly 45,000 individuals in Miami and Montgomery Counties in 2016, most notably through two food panties, GED classes, a medical equipment ministry and by providing cars to households that limited access to transportation. New Path was founded as the outreach ministry arm of Ginghamsburg Church in 2000 and is a federally recognized public charity. More information can be found at newpathserves.org.

Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee to Host Pork Chop Dinner

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The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee invites you to help them “Kick Off” their first fundraiser for the 2018 Scholarship Fund. On Friday, October 13th they will offer a Marinated Pork Chop Dinner including applesauce, a bag of chips, and a dinner roll for $7.50 at the Arcanum Field House prior to the football game. This will be available for pick up/curbside or dine-in.

All proceeds will go to the Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Fund. The committee also wishes to thank the community for their support of the Alumni and supporters of Arcanum Schools; last year they were able to award five $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors. They plan to match that accomplishment again this year.

You can help by purchasing a dinner ticket – they will be available at the home football games, September 5 vs. Bradford, September 29 vs. Bethel; home high school volleyball games until September 30; and also in Sutton’s lobby (Arcanum store) on Friday evenings and Saturdays mornings through September 30th.

SELLICK AND BERGESON OPEN DCCA COFFEEHOUSE SERIES

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Internationally touring husband and wife duo Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson will combine their talents to open Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series season at the Union City Arts Depot on Thursday, September 21.


Internationally touring husband and wife duo Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson will combine their talents to open Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series season at the Union City Arts Depot on Thursday, September 21. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Nashville native Annie Sellick is known for the organic sincerity she exudes from the stage as well as her ability to tell a compelling story with each song she sings. Her husband, Pat Bergeson, a versatile guitarist and harmonica player, has performed and recorded with Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Lyle Lovett. “Together, Annie and Pat cover much musical ground including cabaret classics, jazz standards, and soulful originals,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “They will impress and entertain everyone who enjoys good music of all kinds,” he concluded.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series provides high quality artists performing in a comfortable social setting where food and drink are also available. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan states that each venue hosting the intimate concerts offers its own unique charm to the proceedings. “The Arts Depot has a nostalgic atmosphere that is sometimes enhanced by the sound of a passing train,” she said. “Somehow, the train whistle and the rattle of the wheels adds to the timeless aura of the performances taking place,” she concluded.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by EB Real Estate, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.
DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for the concert by Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES TWO GRANTS

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Receive Grants from Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund and Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund

Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns,
receives grant from Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund
committee members.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns,
receives grant from The Ruth & Emerson Booher
Advised Fund for Versailles committee members.
The Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund along with The Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles both recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. The grants will be used for the Big Buddies after-school mentorship program at Versailles Exempted Village Schools. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program will focus on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program will also promote social and emotional development through various activities.

Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 46 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies program at Versailles Schools. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children w3ho spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become health, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke to expand and continue their Big Buddies program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Library Film Features The Third Man

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The 1949 British film noir The Third Man was directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotten, Valli (Alida Valli), Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The film takes place in post-World-War-II Vienna and centers on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime. But when Holly arrives in Vienna he gets the news that Lime is dead. Martins then meets with Lime's acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death.

The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted "Dutch angle" camera technique, is a major feature of the film. Combined with the iconic theme music, seedy locations and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical, post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which featured only the zither. The title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950, bringing the previously unknown performer international fame. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its acting, musical score and atmospheric cinematography. In 1999 the British Film Institute voted The Third Man the greatest British film of all time.

Join us Thursday September 21st at 7:00 p.m. Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie. This is an adult program and the discussion will be on the adult level. As always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

27th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, Bake Sale and Soupfest

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27th annual arts and crafts show, bake sale and soupfest, will take place on Sat. Oct. 28, 2017 from 9am to 2pm inside Monroe Central High School, located on State Road 32 East of Parker City, Indiana.

Come and shop for high quality, hand crafted or unique commercial items. Purchase delicious treats at the bake sale. At 11am our famous soupfest opens.

Admission $1.00 for adults, under 18 free.

Email etaiota.psiotes@gmail.com if interested in booth space.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Drivers Airlifted After Head on Collision Near Arcanum

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On September 12, 2017 at approximately 7:51 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 7700 Block of Hollansburg Sampson Road in reference to a head-on motor vehicle accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Kaylee Boolman, 20, of Arcanum was traveling west on Hollansburg Sampson Road. Ms. Boolman’s vehicle traveled across the center line striking an eastbound 2009 Saturn Outlook driven by Peggy Kerg, 65, of Greenville. The 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt caught fire prior to rescue crews arriving on scene. Witnesses on scene removed Ms. Boolman from the vehicle to a safe location.

Ms. Boolman was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Mrs. Kerg was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Greenville Township Rescue where she was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for further evaluation. Both drivers had non-life threatening injuries.

Monday, September 11, 2017

THE ANNIE OAKLEY COMMITTEE IS TAKING AIM AT MAKING THE 2018 ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER

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The 2017 Annie Oakley Festival has come to a close, however, the Annie Oakley Festival Committee is already hard at work, making the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival even bigger and better.

Our monthly meeting will be held on September 13th at 7:00 pm at the Nature Center, in Greenville. We would love to have more input from those who want to see the Annie Oakley Festival continue to grow. Please come and join us in planning the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival.

Activities we are planning on for 2018:

  • 2018 Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest
  • Possible shooting competition the gentlemen????
  • Possible shooting competition for those who are slightly older and wiser????
  • Live Entertainment (Singing groups)
  • Melodrama
  • GLD Enterprises Communications (Whip cracking + knife throwing = Total Thrilling event
  • Horse Shows
  • Dogs (Search and Rescue Team & Darke County Sheriff Drug Dogs in action)
  • Free Bus Tours (Narration of Annie Oakley details and lots of Darke County Information)
  • Fast Draw Competition
  • 2018 Annie Oakley Car Show
  • 50/50 Shoot Outs (can you shoot better than the 2018 Miss Annie Oakley??)
  • Little Miss Annie Oakley & Mr Buffalo Bill Competition
  • 2018 Weiner Dog Racing
  • 2018 Annie Oakley Festival Demonstrations
  • National Kiddie Tractor Pulls
  • 2018 Family Fun Day (Sunday) with lots of activities for the Family to enjoy
  • And so much more!!!

Come and help us make the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival an event that will be remembered!!!

Call JoEllen Melling, President of Annie Oakley Festival Committee at 937-548-1018 with any questions.

Darke Co. Retired Teachers Association (DCRTA) Sept. Meeting:

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DCRTA will hold its Sept., 2017, general meeting/luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m., in the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville. The meal will be a box lunch consisting of: soup of the day, 2 cookies, chips, and your choice of a club croissant OR club wrap, both with ham, turkey, cheese, bacon, tomato, and lettuce, OR a chicken Caesar salad. Cost of the meal is $8.00 (make checks payable to DCRTA). The program will be presented by Elois Hatfield speaking on her prison ministry activities. To make reservations, contact Jean Kelly by Sept. 13, using any of the following contact information:

Jean Kelly, 606 W. South St., Arcanum, OH 45304; 937-692-6248 (leave message if no answer); mjkelly@woh.rr.com

Programs starting at Arcanum Public Library

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With school back in session children’s programs are about to begin at the Arcanum Public Library. The StoryTime program for preschoolers will be on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Come listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and more. The program for children in grades 1-4 will also be on Tuesdays, kids can come over after school from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. for snacks, games, crafts, experiments, and lots of fun with friends. StoryTime and the after school program both begin Tuesday, September 12th. Kids in grades 5 and up can join us at the library for T.N.T (Tweens and Teens) on Thursdays from 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Hang out with friends, watch movies, play games, participate in challenges, create, and have fun. The first session will be on Thursday, September 14th.

Also this month at the library will be an adult coloring session with a fall theme. Join us for a nice relaxing time coloring and socializing on Tuesday, September 12th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided, and beverages served. The book club will also meet on September 12th at 5:30 p.m. This month participants are bringing in a recipe to share from last month’s book choice, and also picking up the book for next month. Newcomers are always welcome!

The library is also pleased to announce it will be hosting a beginning genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 30th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Participants will be able to utilize the computers for research, get help with researching methods, and more. Call the library or check the website for more details about the workshop.

If you have any questions about these programs contact the library at 937-692-8484. See the website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

“BUILDING BLOCKS I” PARENTING CLASSES PLANNED

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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks I” parenting series. The classes will be held September 27 and October 4 and 11, 2017, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

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

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937.548.5215 or email Diane Barga at barga.8@osu.edu. Registration needs to be completed by September 22, 2017.

Winners in the 2017 Darke County Farmers Union August Zumbrink Scholarship Essay Contest

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This year’s Darke County Farmers Union Scholarship Essay Contest was a tribute to an active, lifetime member of the Farmers Union, the late August “Gus” Zumbrink. August 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 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.

Darke County high school seniors or college freshman who have a membership in the Farmers Union (or have parents or grandparents who are members) are eligible to compete in the local county chapter’s essay contests. This year’s first place winner is Brenna Loxley, daughter of Katrina (Craig) Unger and Shawn Loxley, and granddaughter of Jed and Penny Smith. Brenna will be attending The Ohio State University and majoring in Agriscience Education. Other winners this year were: Audrey Aslinger, daughter of Jason and Karin Aslinger and granddaughter of Bill and Carol Funderburg; John Fischer, son of John and Amanda Fischer and Tom Schmitz, son of Don and Tina Schmitz.

Student Ambassadors Represent MVCTC with Pride

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 school year from Darke County - Ivan Pohlman, Diesel Power Technologies student from Versailles; Cody Matchett, Animal Care and Management student from Mississinawa Valley; Isabelle Middleton, Business Ownership student from Tri Village; and Caleb Clark, Auto Services student from Arcanum. Not pictured - Kyle Fourman, Heavy Equipment Operator student from Franklin Monroe and Christina Smith, Agriculture and Livestock Production student from Ansonia.
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has 44 senior students who will serve as Student Ambassadors during the 2017-2018 school year. These students learn leadership skills and public speaking to represent MVCTC as spokespersons for the school.

The MVCTC Student Ambassadors visit the 27 MVCTC partner school districts in the fall to share their experiences, career technical programs, and career goals with high school sophomores. All of the sophomores from the 27-partner school have the opportunity to select two career programs to visit at MVCTC during the annual Sophomore Career Days in December. For more information about Sophomore Career Days or visiting MVCTC, please call 937-854-8056.

MVCTC Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 school year are:

  • Caleb Clark, Auto Services student from Arcanum
  • Kyle Fourman, Heavy Equipment Operator student from Franklin Monroe
  • Cody Matchett, Animal Care and Management student from Mississinawa Valley
  • Isabelle Middleton, Business Ownership student from Tri Village
  • Ivan Pohlman, Diesel Power Technologies student from Versailles
  • Christina Smith, Agriculture and Livestock Production student from Ansonia

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, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

Ansonia FFA Holds Staff Car Wash

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On Wednesday, August 30th, the Ansonia FFA Chapter performed their 2nd annual staff car wash at the Ansonia Local Schools.This event was a great opportunity for FFA members to serve their hardworking teachers. After the teachers signed up their vehicle to be washed, it would be pulled up next to the ag shop, where there was an assembly line for the cars to be cleaned. Every single one of the 20 cars were squeaky clean by the end of the morning.

Isaiah curtis and Mr. Zane Fessler were hard at work washing their assigned car.

Arcanum High School Agriculture Program at Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society

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The 2017 Arcanum MVCTC FFA Stars and Outstanding Members that were recognized at the FFA Banquet were: (Front L to R) Alexandria Less – Star Greenhand, Cameron Warner – Outstanding Freshman, Sidney McAllister – Star Greenhand, Brenna Loxley – Outstanding Senior, Cole Spitler – Star Farmer, (Back L to R) Jacob Osswald – Star Ag Business, Carver Gostomsky – Outstanding Sophomore, Zach Smith – Star Ag Placement, Alexander Weiss – Star Greenhand, and Samantha McAllister – Outstanding Junior.
September 14 7:00 p.m. * Arcanum High School Agriculture Program *Instructor Brian Pohlman & FFA Officers at Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, 123 W. George St.

The past school year of 2016-2017 agriculture education returned to Arcanum Schools after a long hiatus. Brian Pohlman will share with us students' accomplishments the first year and tell of program goals for the future. Agriculture Education and Future Farmers of America made a comeback, with the district partnering with the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Starting in middle school students attended classes in agriculture education and high school student were given several class options. Many of the students did well in State competitions. This is a welcomed scholastic program to our farming community school.

VERSAILLES HEALTH CARE CENTER HOSTS BINGO NIGHT

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Rose Henry of Versailles enjoys a game of bingo at VHCC!
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, hosted a FREE Bingo Night open to the public in August! Bingo winners received nonperishable food items and small household items for their prizes! Once again, attendees enjoyed popcorn and drinks during the fun night of bingo.

“Make sure to mark your calendars for bingo night at VHCC, you are guaranteed an evening filled with laughter and good fun! Don’t forget that bingo is a great way to stimulate your mind and stay mentally active, Kim Fair, Activity Director states, “and it’s also a great way to meet new people.” Versailles Center Care Center will offer FREE Bingo Night monthly and will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Bingo is open to the public, and our next bingo will be held on September 26, 2017, from 7-8 p.m. Bingo winners will again receive nonperishable food items and small household items for their prizes. This is a free event and is open to the public. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Versailles Health Care Center is located at 200 Marker Road (State Route 121), Versailles, Ohio. For more information about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Fort GreeneVille DAR and VFW Post 7262 to Honor American Revolutionary War Soldier at Greenlawn Cemetery

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR along with VFW Post 7262 will be dedicating a marker in honor of American Revolutionary War Soldier Zachariah Hole on Saturday, September 16th at 3:30pm at Greenlawn in Versailles.

Zachariah Hole was a soldier in the Virginia Militia who served under Col. George Rogers Clark.

Please plan to attend and honor our county's Patriot. Descendants of Hole are still in the Darke County area and are welcome to attend the dedication.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Driver Over Corrects, Crashes into Tree

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On September 3, 2017 at approximately 8:50 AM Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, Tri Village Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3900 Block of Palestine Hollansburg Road in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 1986 Volvo driven by Alison Klingler, 21, of Hollansburg was northbound on Palestine Hollansburg Road when her vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, Mrs. Klingler overcorrected losing control causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway striking a tree.

Mrs. Klingler was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in stable condition.

New Madison Man Runs Stop Sign, Causes 2 Car Accident

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On September 1, 2017 at approximately 7:07 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Gettysburg Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Union Township Rescue and Laura Fire responded to the intersection of Delisle Fourmans Road and Red River West Grove Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2010 Ford F-350 Medical Transport van driven by Tony Lindamood, 64, of New Madison, Ohio was traveling northbound on Red River West Grove Road. Lindamood failed to stop at a clearly marked stop sign at the intersection of Delisle Fourmans Road when he was struck by an eastbound white 2017 GMC Acadia driven by Diana Hans, 66, of Arcanum, Ohio. Lindamood’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a tree.

Lindamood and his five juvenile passengers whom are area students were transported to Wayne Healthcare with non life threatening injuries. Mrs. Hans was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio with non life threatening injuries.

Lindamood was issued a citation for failure to yield after a stop sign.

FORT GREENEVILLE DAR PARTICIPATION IN THE SUNshine 5K THIS YEAR

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Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution’s annual Thank A Vet 5k run/walk has been scheduled instead with the SUNshine 5K. The Darke County Foundation has graciously invited us to be a part of the SUNshine 5k. The event will be held 8:30am, September 16, 2017 at the Greenville City Park.

Once again we are raising money to support Angels for Veterans program Angel PAWS. They are an organization that gifts service dogs to local Veterans. Last year after our run/walk, we were able to donate $4000 to Angel PAWS.

If you would like to participate and help us support this worthy cause, please sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Greenville/SUNshine. Please make sure that you select DAR-Fort GreeneVille as your Group/Team. When you select us as your group, your registration fee will be donated to Fort GreeneVille DAR’s Angel PAWS donation.

If you would like to place a donation, you can go to https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Greenville/SUNshine and select “Donate” then select “Other” and type in DAR-Fort GreeneVille. Your donation will be directed to Fort GreeneVille DAR’s Angel PAWS donation.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us in the past. Please take the opportunity to thank a veteran and support all active military. We hope to see you and your friends on September 16th!!!

If you register by September 7th, the prices are:

$18 (includes long sleeve tech shirt)
$15 (14 and under with long sleeve tech shirt)
$5 age 14 and under no shirt

There will be homemade cookies, drinks, fruit, valuable door prizes and free childcare.

Thank you to the following Sunshine 5K sponsors: Premier Health, Reid Health, Wayne Healthcare and VFW Post #7262.

For more information about Angels for Veterans and Angel PAWS, please visit their website angelsforveterans.org

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES GRANT

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Rotary Club of Greenville donates $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County
The Rotary Club of Greenville recently donated $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. The grant will be for used for the Big Buddies after-school mentorship program. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program will focus on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program will also promote social and emotional development through various activities.

Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 302 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies program within Shelby and Darke counties. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to expand and continue their Big Buddies program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

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