Tuesday, October 31, 2017

3 CHARGED IN FIREARM THEFT FROM AUTO IN LAURA

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Miami County Sheriff’s detectives have charged three subjects for their involvement in a theft from auto in the Village of Laura in which a firearm was stolen. Several weeks ago deputies took several theft from auto reports in the Villages of Laura and Ludlow Falls. The thefts were occurring overnight and all are believed to be related. Charged with felony theft is Isaiah D. McKenzie, age 20, last known address Lynn, Indiana. McKenzie is at large so an arrest warrant has been filed. Charged with complicity to felony theft are Celeste M. Julian, age 23, of Greenville along with Jamin W. Brenner, age 28, of Greenville. Julian is currently incarcerated in the Darke County jail. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Ben Garbig at 937-440-3965 EXT. 6634. Anonymous tips can be left on our website, www.miamicountysheriff.org.

Area Youth Join Wavaires for Camp Presentation: A Magical Evening of Music!

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Wavaires are preparing for the Annual Youth Show Choir Camp with the performance on November 17th, in Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase as the Flower Patch beginning on November 1st and 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Each November, The Wavaires invite area students in grades 3 through 8 to a show choir camp. This year, 25 youth are joining the Wavaires to learn about staging, performing, dance moves and to just have fun making music together. The opportunity to meet the Wavaires and get to know them is wonderful and exciting for the students.

The campers will join the Wavaires on stage to perform a variety of music, including “The Magic of Disney”, “Love is an Open Door” and “Mickey Mouse Medley. Rehearsals for the campers are approximately one hour each day during evening rehearsals leading up to the grand performance on November 17th. The excitement when the two groups get together, students and Wavaires, is awesome!

“Wavaire Camp is a lot of fun! I love getting to meet the Wavaires and sing with them on stage!”, according to return camper Kierstyn Clark The registration for camp is closed for this year, but mark your calendar now for next year. The details are announced on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters Facebook page.. Plan to attend this year’s show to enjoy A Magical Evening of Music!

Joining the Wavaires will be the Greenville High School Jazz Scene under the direction of J.R. Price. The Wavaires and Jazz Scene will join together for songs by Earth, Wind and Fire as well as few Christmas tunes to get you ready for the holiday season!

The Wavaires are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge and Brooke Jendrusik is the choreographer. Be sure to like and follow Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters on Facebook to receive the latest news and ways to support the G.H.S. Vocal Music program and other events.

VERSAILLES HEALTH CARE CENTER WELCOMES CHILDREN FOR HALLOWEEN FUN

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Kate Landenburg, LPN with VHCC long-term care resident Carmen Sanders
The Mad Scientist/Doctor with a full bucket of candy
The patients, residents, and staff of Versailles Health Care Center welcomed over 400 children to the health care center for a fun-filled afternoon of trick-or-treating. Prior to the afternoon, patients and residents spent an afternoon sorting candy and getting ready for the Halloween fun! The children included neighborhood kids, grandchildren of patients and residents, and employees’ kids. The kids dressed up as princesses, witches, doctors, pirates, and much more!

“It was amazing to see all the work some of the family members put into creating just the right costume for their children,” Kim Fair, Activities Director, said. “One of my favorites was the gigantic big baby in just an old fashioned pin on the side diaper! There were just so many great costumes to look at! We began trick or treat just a few minutes early because the halls were so crowded with children ready to visit the patients and residents! There was a steady stream of children and family members in costumes until the very last minute of the event! Our residents and patients filled baskets and bags until they ran out of candy! Thanks to everyone, we had just enough candy!” Fair would like to thank everyone for donating candy for the event.

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

History Being Published

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Descendants of the John Nicholas Kelch family (in particular Janet Schilling Wortz) have collected after over ten years of dedicated research in America and Germany the history of our family.

This handsome two volume set will tell the story of the Kelch’s in Kammerforst, Prussia to their settling and prospering in America.

This collection brings the family into the 5th generation.

The volumes include some color and many never before seen pictures of the family.

If you are a part of our group or just enjoy genealogy we invite you to order your copies today. We will not order extra books so it is important to pre-order. Books are $40.00 for the two volumes and an additional $10.00 if we are mailing books.

You may order by check made payable to Jim Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331. Please mark in memo “Kelch History”.

Books should be available in mid December and may be picked up at the Versailles Area Museum.

Versailles Museum Looking for Christmas Assistance

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Did your special Christmas Gift come from Martin’s Department Store’s “Toy Land”? What wonderful memories we have from the late forties to the late seventies of the special toys bought here. It was the place to shop for our Christmas toys.

We want to recreate a room full of dolls, games, books, Roy Rogers to puppets all the toys that were popular and might have come from Toy Land.

If you are willing to share, please call the Museum at 526-4222 or drop them off over the next two Sundays as we are getting ready to make our change over for the holiday.

Also looking for large items promoting the Versailles Area Tobacco industry for display items and also some fresh grown tobacco harvested plants as well as tools used.

Any magazines or newspaper from the early 1930’s along with family photos and Christmas cards would greatly enhance our displays! Remember it is only a loan and will be available in January for pick-up.

Please help us create a realistic picture of a 1930’s Depression period Christmas. We are counting on you!

November Road Trip by the Versailles Area Museum Next Week

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On November 9, 2017 we will gather at the Garst Museum in Greenville at 10:15 a.m. for a guided tour of one of Darke County’s gems. The cost is $9.00 ea. and is payable at the door. This is new as we will not ride together to this event.

Following our tour we will travel downtown to have our lunch at the Montage Café and to celebrate the upcoming Holiday season. Your meal is yours to choose.

Following our lunch we will travel the short distance down Route 502 to the Shawnee Prairie for a tour of all the wonders the Prairie has to offer.

It is very important that we have a complete list of attendees to assure adequate seating and guides. This will be our last Road trip until 2018. Please call the Museum at 5264222 or Jim at 937-467-1585 to sign-up. There will be some walking at the Prairie.

We look forward to having you join us for our last fun outing of the season.

6x6 Art for All! Exhibition and Sale

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Tipp City Area Arts Council in collaboration with the Mayflower Arts Center are excited to announce their 3rd Annual 6x6 Art for All! Event. The Opening Reception for this year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Mayflower Arts Center located at 9 West Main St., Troy, Ohio. All artwork will be sold for just $20; you may purchase raffle tickets at the Opening Reception for the opportunity to have one of the first twenty pieces of art sold. Artwork purchased during the Opening Reception will remain on display through the Final Reception to be held on Saturday, December 16th at 6:00 PM. Art will remain on exhibition throughout this time. Both receptions are free of charge and the public is invited.

Artists may submit work through Saturday, November 4, 2017 by 2:00 P.M. Please see our website at http://www.tippcityartscouncil.com/6-x-6-art-for-all.html for details and forms.

Important dates:

November 10 | Preview Day | 10:00am–6:00pm
November 11–December 16 | Exhibition Dates
November 11 | Opening Reception, Raffle & Sale| 5:00-7:00PM
November 11–December 14 | Public Voting
December 14 | People's Choice Public Voting Ends | 2:00PM
December 16 | Closing Reception & People's Choice Award Presentation | 6:00–8:00PM
December 16 | Exhibition Closes | 8:00PM
December 16 | Art Purchase Pick-up | 6:00–8:00PM
December 18–19 | Art Purchase Pick-up | 10:00AM–2:00PM

We hope that you are able to attend this year’s 6x6 Art for All! – making art affordable for everyone!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Christopher Leach Announces Candidacy for Versailles Board of Education

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Christopher Leach (Photo: Clinton J Randall)
Dear Editor,

I would like to announce my candidacy for the Versailles Board of Education in the upcoming election on November 7th. I grew up in the Versailles community and graduated from Versailles High School in 1990. I am a husband, a father, and a concerned citizen of the Versailles School District. I believe that our students must come first, and that the mental, physical, and emotional growth of our students occur through properly structured academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

If you would like to learn more about me or my viewpoints, please visit my website at leach4education.com.


Sincerely,

Christopher Leach

Motorcyclist Loses Control and is Airlifted Saturday Night

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On October 28, 2017 at 10:19p.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Arcanum Fire Department and Careflight responded to the 2900 block of Jaysville St. John's Road on an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Maroon Suzuki driven by, Brent Perry (46), of Arcanum, was traveling south on Jaysville St. John's Road. Mr. Perry lost control of the motorcycle causing him to lay the motorcycle down on the roadway Mr. Perry was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Mr. Perry was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where he is listed in stable condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

Brethren Retirement Community Hosts Free Supper & Seminar About Diabetes on November 14, 2017

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Greenville, OH – Brethren Retirement Community will host a free “Supper & Seminar ” on Diabetes with guest speaker Rebecca Roberts, ANP-BC, CDE from the Bull Family Diabetes Center.

For Becky Roberts, diabetes is personal. As a child, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at eight years of age, and learned first-hand the importance of managing blood sugars. As a nurse practitioner (ANP-BC) and certified diabetes educator (CDE), Becky is committed to helping others manage their own diabetes. She’s been involved with diabetes education with a particular focus on insulin pump therapy for more than 13 years. Becky is employed by the Bull Family Diabetes Center, and is currently a board member of Diabetes Dayton. Volunteer experiences include diabetes education through the YMCA and other community outreach programs.

The Supper and Seminar event will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at Brethren Retirement Community, in the Brick Room, at 5:30 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 937-547-7655 to reserve your space.

MVCTC Students Share Experiences with Darke County Sophomores

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Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors visited Darke County sophomores over the past month.

Ambassadors visited Tri-Village to talk with sophomores on Monday, September 18, 2017. They were Chantel Banks – Firefighter/EMS (Carlisle), Brianna Fourman – Criminal Justice (Vandalia-Butler), Isabelle Middleton – Business Ownership (Tri-Village), and Zantiago Velasco – Culinary Arts (Tri-County North).

Student Ambassadors went to Arcanum and then to Franklin Monroe on Friday, September 22, 2017. They were: Caleb Clark – Auto Services (Arcanum), Fletcher Durham – Architectural Design (Eaton), Cody Matchett – Animal Care and Management (Mississinawa Valley), Ariel Richardson – Biotechnology (Eaton), and Daiton Vinson-Sharp – Criminal Justice (Vandalia Butler).

Student Ambassadors visited Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley High School on Monday, October 2, 2017. They were - Christina Smith-Agriculture and Livestock Production (Ansonia), Cody Matchett-Animal Care and Management (Mississinawa Valley), Kyle Fourman-Heavy Equipment Operator (Franklin Monroe), and Ivan Pohlman-Diesel Power Technologies (Versailles).

At each visit, ambassadors shared career technical training programs and college opportunities. MVCTC offers 40 career technical programs for high school juniors and seniors. MVCTC continues to prepare students for college and careers after high school. Over 85% of students earn college scholarships and over 93% of students are employed, in an apprenticeship, in the military, or enrolled in college six months after graduating.

All sophomores from the MVCTC 27-partner school districts have the opportunity to select two career programs to visit at MVCTC during the annual Sophomore Career Days. This year, Sophomore Career Days are scheduled November 28-30. The Annual MVCTC Sophomore Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 30, form 4:30-7 p.m. For more information about Sophomore Career Days or visiting MVCTC, please call 937-854-8056.

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

What started almost 50 years ago as the Montgomery County JVS has transformed into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). While the name has changed, the mission remains the same. We are dedicated to providing training for in-demand jobs and college-readiness skills for high school and adult students across Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties.

Chestnut Village King’s Men Host Annual Fall Pancake Breakfast

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Join the Chestnut Village King’s Men for their annual Fall Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 11 from 8-9:30 a.m., in the Chestnut Village Center on the campus of Brethren Retirement Community. It’s a great breakfast for a great cause.

The King’s Men use Grandpa Pierce’s famous pancake recipe that has been handed down generation after generation for over 100 years. They will have pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, coffee and tea for the suggested donation of $5. All proceeds benefit the Resident Aide Fund which helps to cover the cost of caring for residents who have outlived their financial resources. Everyone is welcome.

Giving Tuesday and New Path Outreach

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October 27, 2017 (Tipp City, OH) — New Path Outreach joins the Global #GivingTuesday movement, and pledges to continue to meet the basic needs of their neighbors in Miami and Montgomery Counties.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that has brought more than 98 countries together around the world to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. This year #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, November 28.

#GivingTuesday is utilizing the collective thoughts of a vast assortment of partners to change how people think about, talk about and participate in the holiday giving season. “We are very excited that the City of Troy, City of Piqua and Village of West Milton have joined in the movement this year and have proclaimed Tuesday, November 28 as #GivingTuesday in their communities,” shares Bill Lutz, Executive Director of New Path Outreach.

New Path would like to extend an invitation to other communities in the Miami Valley to take action - to improve their communities; to give back in better and smarter ways to the charities and causes that they hold dear to their heart; to donate to the food drives in their community; to drop some change in collection buckets; to donate hats and gloves to homeless shelters; to have a bake sale and donate to their favorite organizations; to pay for the person in the drive thru line behind them. Whatever way is chosen, New Path asks that the reason for the season is remembered and people take action in their community.

For more information about New Path and #GivingTuesday, check out newpathserves.org.

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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

GHS Walking Program

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Again this year, Greenville High School will open its doors to community members seeking a warm, safe place to walk on winter evenings.

The public is invited to walk at the high school from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Monday, Nov. 6, and continuing through March 29, 2018. There will be no walking during Christmas break. Also, if school is closed during a day or there are parent/teacher conferences, then it will be closed to walking that evening. A complete calendar of available walking dates will be available to walkers at the sign-in desk.

Greenville High School opened its doors to walkers many years ago. The Greenville Board of Education has continued to support this activity in the high school.

Last year, dozens of people enjoyed the program. Greenville City Schools is happy to support this wellness activity to benefit residents of the community. Seven and a half laps around the interior hallway loop is equivalent to one mile. Walkers go in a clockwise direction on Mondays and Wednesdays and counterclockwise on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The district is pleased to provide a safe, free and warm place for people to walk. The program does not cost the school district extra money because volunteers monitor the walkers and custodians are usually working in the building during the evening. Thank you to those who help monitoring the activity including SADD Club, IMTV, Varsity G Club, NJROTC, Key Club, French Club, Student Council, Med Tech, student body, members of the school board and school district personnel.

Those interested in walking at the high school are asked to enter by the main entrance by the flagpole, sign in upon arrival and check off their name when leaving. Walkers are asked to walk only on the first floor. No running or jogging is allowed. Also not allowed are wheeled items such as strollers and skateboards. Students under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Enjoy the activity to assist you with your wellness.









Jean Louise Thieme Fund supports 20th Season of DCCA Family Theatre Series

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Featured in DCCA's 2017-2018 Family Theatre Series is a
heartwarming holiday spectacular, for all ages, with the return of
Lightwire Theatre to present A Very Electric Christmas on
Sunday, November 19th, 2 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation and for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Jean Louise Thieme started DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, in 1997; this series provides young children, their parents, grandparents & great grandparents the opportunity to enjoy professional live theater in Memorial Hall.

Thanks to strong community support, DCCA has been able to keep a $5 ticket price for professional, high quality, artistic, Family Theatre Series performances, for two decades. According to Jordan, “the goal of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values.”

Featured in the 2017-2018 series are, a heartwarming holiday spectacular for all ages with the return of Lightwire Theatre to present A Very Electric Christmas on November 19th; Theatreworks' production of E.B. White's treasured tale Charlotte's Web on February 18th; and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's production of the award winning classics Guess How Much I Love You and My Little Storybook on April 8th. All three performances will be on Sundays starting at 2 pm, at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Thanks to continued community support, ticket prices have remained at $5 since the first Family Theatre Series performance in 1997. Series tickets can be purchased for $12, for all three shows

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

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

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at www.CenterForArts.net.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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Tis the season for overeating, regrets, and too much pie; the topic for this month’s Lunch & Learn will be “Making Healthy Decisions for the Holidays.” Jordan Francis will be discussing how to navigate the nutritional danger zones of the holidays but still have fun with your family, friends, and co-workers without wrecking the success you have cultivated throughout the year.

The Greenville Public Library is proud to partner with Wayne HealthCare for Lunch & Learn. Space is limited to 20 participants; if you would like lunch, pre-registration is very helpful. The boxed lunch costs $5.00, provided by the Coffee Pot, and will include a salad or wrap, a soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own lunch or just show up for the program!

The History of Chocolate at Library

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Join us Thursday November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. At the Greenville Public Library for a delicious and educational program presented by Kathy Creighton from the Butler County Historical Society in Hamilton Ohio. This is a free family-friendly event, however seating is limited so please call 548-3915 to reserve your seat.

Chocolate has been woven through the fabric of American culture for centuries. With its origin in the rain forests of Central and South America at least 3,500 years ago, chocolate’s rich history is intertwined in the stories of our ancestors.

Thanks to American Heritage Chocolate, the historic division of Mars Chocolate North America, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of chocolate and taste what this treat was like in the 1700s.

Kathy will also serve Victorian-era hot chocolate and the Library’s usual refreshments will be provided.

More than Capable

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Edison State, Capabilities Partnership Continues to Grow

Mary Swank, of Piqua, recently gained employment thanks to the skills she gained while working as an intern with Capabilities, Inc. and Edison State Community College.
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Edison State Community College and Capabilities, Inc. are shedding light on the unique partnership that continues to provide internship opportunities and career exploration for individuals with developmental disabilities.

It is through this partnership that Edison State has had the opportunity to host interns four days a week, who not only contribute to the operations of the College, but are also given the opportunity to learn, develop, and enhance valuable job skills in a real-world setting.

“We started this partnership a little over two years ago in September of 2015 with our first intern Tony Muhlenkamp [of Russia, Ohio]. Not too long after Valerie Leanza [of Troy] joined us,” said Bonnie Riell, Medicaid Leader at Capabilities, Inc.

“We have since grown from two interns and one consultant to eleven interns and two consultants.”

Because of the diverse career opportunities available, Capabilities, Inc. has found Edison State to be an ideal workplace for internship candidates to experience several career fields and hone in on areas that fit their desires.

“We’re doing this a little bit differently as we’ve grown. We now work with more departments on campus including the library, IT, maintenance, AVI, who handles food and banquet preparation, and student services,” said Riell.

As the Capabilities interns gain hands-on job experience, they have already built strong relationships with colleagues and students that they get to see every day at Edison State. Some of these relationships lend themselves to becoming the source of professional references when their internships are over and they are looking for jobs in the larger community.

“The departments that the interns have been involved with on campus have helped them to develop excellent working skills. Not only that, we also like putting them in a college setting for the social aspect.”

“They’re interacting with students, faculty, and staff regularly throughout the day, which has helped them to develop social skills. Faculty and staff have embraced the interns, even Edison State students have embraced the interns, which has been so awesome to see happen.”

Because of the opportunity to learn hands-on work skills and the exposure to the college community, many of those who work with Capabilities, Inc. and Edison State have since experienced life-changing events.

“As a direct result of this partnership, two individuals have continued to be successful community employed for over 30 years combined, three have recently gained employment, two are in the process of Job Development, two have moved from their family homes into independent apartments, one is taking driver training classes, and two are currently enrolled as students at Edison State Community College,” explained Riell.

“The interns that Capabilities has provided have become woven into the fabric of our college community,” said Scott Burnam, Assistant Provost at Edison State. “They are recognized not only by faculty and staff, but by students as well, all of whom ensure they feel supported and appreciated.

“While the contributions of the work they perform is significant to us, it really pales in comparison to the gift their presence on campus has become. Though it is an indication of success in the program, when one of them gets placed with a job in the broader community, it’s always a bittersweet piece of news for us.”

Capabilities, Inc. strives to provide people with differing abilities the maximum support needed to successfully achieve and sustain their goals. Headquartered in St. Marys, Ohio, the organization holds accreditation from CARF. In addition to providing community integration services, Capabilities, Inc. also provides help in the areas of community employment services, driving services, career exploration services, professional training, and technology services.

Langsdon Mineral Collection Visits Darke County Parks

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The Mercer County District Library has a hidden gem in the Langsdon Minerals Collection - over 900 minerals showcased at the library.

In 2006 Ron & Ruth Langsdon donated a substantial part of their personal rare mineral collection to the Mercer County Library in order for future generations to learn and enjoy. They felt a public library would be an ideal location for all present and future generations. The collection consists of more than 900 minerals from all over the world in 21 display cases.

The traveling educational program, to be held November 2nd beginning at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center, includes a presentation and hands-on exploration of 20 minerals. Learn about mineral composition and uses while being entertained with memorabilia and stories about these minerals. Did you know that Cleopatra wore azurite and malachite as eye shadow? Or that jade is said to promote peace and tranquility? Minerals aren’t just beautiful to look at - they’re amazing to learn about as well.

Call the Nature Center today at 937-548-0165 to reserve your spot for this fascinating presentation on the Langsdon Minerals Collection!

Gospel Fundraiser to Benefit Cancer Association of Darke County

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Cancer Association of Darke County will hold their annual gospel music fundraiser on November 5 at St. Clair Memorial Hall. The event will start at 3 pm and last until approximately 5 pm. There will be refreshments along with a bake sale. ADMISSION IS FREE. There will be a freewill offering and the association hopes that many will be able to come and enjoy the music as well as donate to help Darke County cancer patients.

Mark Crary, the emcee, has been in gospel music most of his life. He is a concert promoter with Daystar and has worked with Mercy's Mark Quartet, Cathedral Quartet, Downings and the Kingsmen Quartet. For 7 years he was the publisher of Cornerstone Christian Newspaper that reached 3500 churches in the tri-state area. Mark is Pastor of Somerville Community Church in Somerville, Ohio. You can reach him by going to his web site at www.hope24-7.org He is excited about helping with the Gospel Sing this year.

Bill Jones will minister in song along with several other singers. He grew up in Tennessee and also in church. He married at the age of 16 and joined the Marines when he was 18 and served in Vietnam.
They have 4 sons and Bill enjoys ministering to others. Bill says, “How can you not be affected by a song that tells you God's love protects and only wants the best for you?”

The Faithful Sons are a local quartet and have sung together for many years. They will share their music that afternoon as well.

Others scheduled for that day are: The HomeLighters, Debbie Lynn Bryson, Lovin' Life and The Christianaires.

Mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon on November 5! We think you will enjoy this event and your heart will be blessed and renewed with hope.

If you have questions, call the Cancer Association office at 548-9960.

Faithful Sons

DCCA PRESENTS ACOUSTIC KENTUCKY TRIO “ZOE SPEAKS” AT THE COFFEE POT

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Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series continues with a concert at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, November 9 featuring “Zoe Speaks,” a trio from the mountains of Kentucky.
Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series continues with a concert at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, November 9 featuring “Zoe Speaks,” a trio from the mountains of Kentucky. “This group can play everything from traditional ballads to contemporary tunes with their mellow mix of close harmonies accompanied by guitar, banjo, upright bass, and dulcimer,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “And they are powerhouse songwriters as well, having won a slew of top songwriting awards for their amazing work,” Rawlins stated. The concert will start at 7 p.m.

The trio “Zoe Speaks” consists of Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, and Owen Reynolds, all of whom grew up playing songs rooted in Appalachia; however, their sound draws on a variety of rhythms and styles from pop to blues to calypso. According to Rawlins, their songs are socially conscious and spiritual, with themes ranging from the environment to relationships, and lyrics populated by tricksters, angels, addicts, fools, mules, and heroes. “Their music can be described as mountain twang meets contemporary folk; it’s fresh, catchy, and steeped in rural sensibility,” he concluded.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series presents high quality artists performing in a casual social setting where food and drink are also available; Eileen and Steve Litchfield and Rodney Oda are sponsors for these casual concerts. 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 “Zoe Speaks” cost $10, and are available at The Coffee Pot. For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Parents are the Key - Submitted by Greenville City Schools

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Diversity is such a broad concept in our world today. As a society, the idea of diversity is elusive and challenging. Our society has evolved so much in our understanding of equality and how it is impacted by diversity. Our state and federal laws help schools provide rich learning opportunities to diverse groups of learners. Public education receives supplemental funding to address learning needs for diverse learners. One of those laws is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which has been in effect since 1990, sets strict guidelines for ensuring that all students with disabilities are served in such a way that they have access to the same free and appropriate education as their non-disabled peers.

Thanks to the legislative work of IDEA we have structured standards for providing special education at Greenville City Schools that put parents at the fore front for children. According to IDEA, all special education services start with a clear understanding of how individual learners learn while at school. Schools need parents to know students and what students need to be successful. When partnering with parents, schools can provide learning that is geared to students and their needs. Through the collection of data regarding the student and their learning, teacher-parent teams provide high quality instruction. Typically this process continues for the time that each student is in school. If at any time, a student’s family or teachers suspect that a learning difference exists for a particular student, the teacher-parent team gathers to take a close look at the performance of the student a determine if a disability is suspected. According to IDEA the team must include parents, teachers, and administrators.

Once the team suspects a disability, a multi-factored evaluation is completed. IDEA guides this process with timelines, participants, requirements, and criteria for qualifying as a student with a disability. Once again, the parent-teacher partnership works together to complete the assessment and utilizes the guidelines from IDEA to determine if the student qualifies as a student with a disability.

If the student qualifies as a student, the team works to develop an individual education plan (IEP) for the student that specifically outlines the specially designed instruction for the student’s needs. The supports and services outlined in the IEP are designed by the team and revisited annually to ensure the student’s needs are met in the educational setting.

Educational teams work hard for students throughout the special services process. These teams, including parents, develop and review the IEP plans. Team members, especially parents are able to call IEP meetings to review their student’s progress and services if concerns arise or needs change. The continued conversations of team members is essential to the success of students. As students change and grow, their needs change as well. Parents have the right to request a meeting, revoke consent for specially designed services or request further review of their student’s needs.

The team process is a great tool for students with disabilities. Parent participation is critical to the success of students. The collaboration of IEP teams including parents can dramatically impact the outcomes for students in a very positive way. IDEA outlines the process for parents to select the best options for individual students. Parents are the key to success for all students. If you have a student with a disability, your input into the development and review of the IEP as well as your participation in the IEP meeting is very important to the teachers and staff at Greenville City Schools. Without parents, the parent-teacher partnership is only half as effective. Students with diverse needs benefit greatly from the parent-teacher partnership. If you have any questions about IEP’s or specially designed services, please contact Andrea Townsend at atownsend@gcswave.com.

Gordon Orthodontics Sponsors DCCA Season

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DCCA Sponsors Dr. Doug Gordon and Dr. Lindsay DeSantis
of Gordon Orthodontics with Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director
and Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Gordon Orthodontics for their support of the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT Season and thanks Dr. Doug Gordon for being an outstanding voice for the arts in our community. “We are touched by Gordon Orthodontic's commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children in our community both in the orthodontics practice and by helping provide opportunities for youngsters to learn and grow through the arts,” stated DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.

Dr. Gordon and Gordon Orthodontics have been long time supporters of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and this season will also be helping DCCA to present the a cappella group Six Appeal as part of the Artists Series and Arts in Education Outreach for local junior high school students.

DCCA’s 2017-2018 Artist Series continues with the award-winning a cappella group Six Appeal in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on November 4th. From their beginnings singing as a collegiate hobby, the group has evolved to become an in-demand act that performs everywhere from college campuses to state fairs to theaters and classrooms. The group has become known for their vivid musical style, unmatched energy, and playful charm. Their repertoire spans decades and genres, and includes pop, country, classic rock, jazz, rhythm and blues, and more. Tickets for the November 4th Artists Series show by Six Appeal are $20 and student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased through the DCCA office 547-0908, located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by show time, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Six Appeal will also present their educational outreach program for junior high students in four performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on November 2 and 3; these presentations are free and open to the public. Contact DCCA for more information regarding specific show times which are scheduled in coordination with local schools.

Trough Arts In Education, and in conjunction with local schools, performing artists are taken to each grade of every public school in Darke County, ensuring that children in the community have the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. “Gordon Orthodontic’s support of children’s programming makes it possible to present professional Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a culturally enriching artistic program each year,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is celebrating its 20th season! Presenting three shows each season, the goal of the series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, and encourage the expression of creativity. Featured in the 2017-2018 series are, a heartwarming holiday spectacular for all ages with the return of Lightwire Theatre to present A Very Electric Christmas on November 19th; Theatreworks' production of E.B. White's treasured tale Charlotte's Web on February 18th; and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's production of the award winning classics Guess How Much I Love You and My Little Storybook on April 8th. All three performances will be on Sundays starting at 2 pm, at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Thanks to continued community support, ticket prices have remained at $5 since the first Family Theatre Series performance in 1997. Series tickets can be purchased for $12, for all three shows.

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2017-2018 ASRTS COUNT season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at www.CenterForArts.net.

Early Intervention Free screenings

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The Darke County General Health District Early Intervention Program is hosting a FREE screening day for infants and toddlers (newborns and children up to three years of age) who are Darke County residents. Child development research has established that the rate of human learning and development is more rapid during the preschool years. Timing of intervention becomes particularly important when a child runs the risk of missing an opportunity to learn during a state of readiness. If the most teachable moments are not taken advantage of a child may have difficulty learning that skill. Additionally, growth in each area of development is related to growth in the other areas. So, if there is a difficulty in one area (eg. speech and language), it is likely to influence development in other areas (eg. social and emotional).

The FREE developmental screening will take place on November 15th. They include checks for motor, communication, cognitive, self-help, and social/emotional skills. The screenings will take place at the Darke County General Health District, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville. Screenings are by appointment. To schedule an appointment call (937) 547-9392.

10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

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On November 11, the EUM Worship Center will be transformed into a unique and festive atmosphere for Holiday Boutique. This marks the 10th year that EUM’s Women’s Ministry has hosted the annual event. In that time, we have grown from about 25 vendors to over 70! Whether you have Christmas shopping to do, need a Girls’ Day Out, or just want to help a great cause, stop out at the EUM Church Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. You can grab lunch, get a chair massage, do some shopping, or pick up some wonderful baked goods. Vendors will be bringing truckloads of home décor, baked goods, soaps, essential oils, jewelry and more! Several ministries will be selling merchandise and handing out information about foster parenting, crisis pregnancies, and missions.

Because we want to give back to the community and back up our pro-life philosophy in a practical way, SAFY Foster Care Agency will be sharing information about foster parenting. This is all a part of EUM Women’s Ministry’s passion for offering life-giving options for young families who find themselves in crisis situations. We will also be collecting baby and new momma supplies for the Pregnancy Help Center here in Greenville.

Holiday Boutique is about so much more than buying and selling. It’s about connecting, giving and sharing the love of Jesus. Mark your calendars for this year’s Holiday Boutique on November 11! Bring a friend and enjoy lunch together, shopping for a great cause, and more! See you there!

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

Register Now for Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series Beginning in November

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As the farm economy becomes tighter and the environmental pressure greater on farmers, understanding your soil fertility and nutrient needs becomes increasingly important. The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will again be hosting the Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series beginning in November. This is a four-part workshop that begins with the basics and ends with a farm plan for up to 50 acres on your farm. Registration is $25.00, but space is limited. Register early to guarantee your spot in this workshop geared toward helping farmers better understand soil needs and efficient nutrient use.

The Darke SWCD along with its partners at Shelby SWCD, OSU Extension, Otte Ag LLC, and Wright State-Lake Campus are excited to announce another round of this workshop series. Your $25.00 registration includes meals, reference materials, and two soil samples. That’s over a $100.00 value! Thanks to our partners and other funding sources, we are able to offer this at an affordable rate of $25.00. The workshop series will be held at the North Star Community Center and includes a tour of Brookside Lab in New Bremen. Here are the important dates to remember: November 13th, December 4th, January 9th and January 22nd. All meetings, except for the lab tour, will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The lab tour on January 9th will begin at 10:00 AM.

Each workshop will begin with a meal followed by presentations related to environmental stewardship, basic agronomy, commercial fertilizers, manures, nitrogen testing, Tri-State Fertility Recommendations, the fertilizer value of manure, and development of a farm plan based on the Tri-State Spreadsheet. Participants will be given a binder full of reference materials, record sheets and each speaker’s presentation. The binder is meant to be a tool and reference guide when the workshop is complete.

If you are a Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) or a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), participation in this workshop will earn you credits toward keeping your certification(s) current. Each session will have a sign-in sheet to verify attendance and proper disbursement of credit hours.

Registrations will be accepted until the class is full, space is limited to 30 people. Registration isn’t complete until you have paid the $25.00 registration fee. For more information please visit www.darkeswcd.com or call 937.548.1715, extension 3. Make $25.00 registration payable to Darke SWCD and mail or drop off at 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Understanding the benefits of proper nutrient management are two-fold, lower input costs and reduced environmental impairments. These are two goals any farmer should have because they relate to money and protecting the land. Given recent water quality events around Ohio and the nation, agriculture is under the microscope when it comes to nutrient use and management. Register today for the Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management Workshop Series to help improve your farms bottom line and impact on the environment.

What will dicamba changes mean for farmers?

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont to change dicamba registration and labeling beginning with the 2018 growing season. EPA reports that the agreement was a voluntary measure taken by the manufacturers to minimize the potential of dicamba drift from “over the top” applications on genetically engineered soybeans and cotton, a recurring problem that has led to a host of regulatory and litigation issues across the Midwest and South. The upcoming changes might alleviate dicamba drift issues, but they also raise new concerns for farmers who will have more responsibility for dicamba applications.

The following registration and labeling changes for dicamba use on GE soybeans and cotton will occur in 2018 as a result of the agreement:

  • Dicamba products will be classified as “restricted use” products for over the top applications. Only those who are certified through the state pesticide certification program or operating under the supervision of a certified applicator may apply the product. Training for pesticide certification will now include information specific to dicamba use and application, and applicators will be required to maintain records on the use of dicamba products.
  • The maximum wind speed for applications will reduce from 15 mph to 10 mph.
  • There will also be greater restrictions on the times during the day when applications can occur, but details are not yet available on those restrictions.
  • Tank clean-out instructions for the prevention of cross contamination will be on the label.
  • The label will also include language that will heighten the awareness of application risk to sensitive crops.

Farmers should note that the additional restrictions and information on dicamba labels shifts more responsibility for the product onto the applicator. An applicator must take special care to follow the additional label instructions, as going “off label” subjects an applicator to higher risk. If drift occurs because of the failure to follow the label, the applicator is likely to be liable to the injured party for resulting harm and may also face civil penalties. Producers should take care to assess the new dicamba labels closely when the manufacturers issue the revised labels for 2018.

To learn more about legal issues with pesticide use, be sure to sit in on the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium’s upcoming webinar, “From Farm Fields to the Courthouse: Legal Issues Surrounding Pesticide Use.” The webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at Noon EST and will feature an examination of regulatory issues and litigation surrounding pesticide use around the country by attorneys Rusty Rumley and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet. To view the free webinar, visit http://nationalaglawcenter.org/consortium/webinars/pesticide/

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.

Can you give an hour a week for Empowering kids?

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More than 30 students waiting for help

GREENVILLE – Each day, Monday through Thursday, 35 to 40 students, kindergarten through seventh grade, head to the cafeteria at Greenville’s new K-8 facility. The same happens with about half that number on Fridays. All are part of the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program.

Each day, Edison College student volunteers work with the kids, helping them with reading, writing and math skills. Some older students may be struggling with homework assignments; they get the help they need. Depending on the schedules of the Edison students, 13 to 15 volunteers provide the needed help daily; about half that number on Fridays.

“It works well,” said Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator. “Greenville students are getting help; Edison students are getting community service, plus experience working with a young audience. They are passing on skills they learned years earlier.”

The Empowering After School Program currently serves more than 60 students seeking help on various days each week. Unfortunately, more than 30 students are on a waiting list due to the lack of volunteers.
Can you give these kids one hour a week?

“Empowering needs volunteer tutors plus volunteer support help,” Robinson said. “Even if you aren’t comfortable tutoring, a volunteer each day to take care of snacks, or to log student attendance and participation, frees up another volunteer to work with one or more students.”

With more community support, the After School Program can begin to move students from the Waiting List into the program. Without this support, most of those students will likely not get the help they need.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency. Its After School Program is in its second year, and has experienced a huge increase in requests for help from its first year. This means a proportional increase in community support is needed.

Financial donations can help obtain licensed and experienced tutors to provide additional tutoring, plus backup and support for the Edison volunteers. Snack donations can help relieve a major expense in providing snacks to more than 150 students every week…

“But more than anything else, we need caring adults to give us one or more hours each week,” Robinson said. “Each hour can help make a huge difference in the lives of some of these kids.”

Anyone interested can message Empowering’s Facebook page, email empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com, or leave a message for Robinson at Edison State Community College, 548-5546. Financial help can be sent to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville 45331.

The Empowering 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.

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

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their November 9th meeting hosted by the Individual Development Program (IDP) committee with Jane Carroll, Chair and members Michelle Hook and Lindsey Gehret. The Individual Development Program was developed in the 1960’s to further enhance leadership and communication skills for working women. It has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of women but the core of the program remains with communications and public speaking focus.

BPW President, Brenda Miller will share with members and guests ways to use writing journals to help organize, focus, relax and grow in our personal lives and in the workplace and one of the easiest ways to begin using writing to improve your daily outlook.

Tickets for the club’s Super Raffle will also be available at the meeting for a chance to win one of four prizes: 1st place - Frederic Duclos sterling silver and pearl necklace and matching bracelet donated by Wieland Jewelers, 2nd place - two $100 Collette vacation packages donated by Sue Christian’s Good Times Fun Times, 3rd place - five-speed diamond white blender with 60 oz pitcher from KitchenAid, and 4th place is two tickets for the 2018 Ultimate Taste from the Winery at Versailles. Raffle tickets are available at Merle Norman (309 S Broadway, Greenville Mon 10-4, Tues through Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-2) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The drawing will be held at the Club’s meeting on December 14th. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00.

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

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com by noon on Monday, November 5th to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $12.00 per person.

Darke Co. Retired Teachers Assoc. (DCRTA) Will Meet November 9

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DCRTA will hold its November, 2017, general meeting/luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m., in the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville. The meal, catered by the BRC staff, will consist of: turkey with dressing & gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans with bacon, rolls, drinks, and a choice of pumpkin pie with whipped topping OR pumpkin cake with cream frosting. Please indicate dessert choice when making your reservation. Cost of the meal is $11.00 (checks payable to DCRTA). The annual Memorial Service honoring deceased members will be followed by a program presented by Mandy Martin, Darke Co. Parks, speaking about their nature programs available to Darke Co. schools. To make reservations, use the contact information here:

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

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Diane Billenstein from Sweet Annie’s Cabin who hosted the fashion show.
Greenville, OH. - Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) guests and members enjoyed shopping, food and fashion at their annual guest night “What a Girl Wants” event on October 12th. The evening started with shopping the featured downtown Greenville businesses of The Cozy Nest, KitchenAid, Merle Norman, Sadie Grace, Sweet Annie’s Cabin and Youniques from 4 to 6 pm. Social time started at 6:00 pm at the VFW with appetizers catered by J’s Country Store. Many silent auction items were available for bidding along with shopping at various vendor tables. Several door prizes were given out and a 50/50 raffle drawing was held.

Committee chair Debbie Niekamp along with committee members Gail Snyder, Deb Shiverdecker, Susan Shields, Susan Fowble, Kasey Christian, Vicki Cost and Pam Sharp treated those in attendance to a fashion show with Diane Billenstein and models from Sweet Annie’s Cabin who featured various fall fashions.

The ‘super raffle’ was launched with a chance to win one of four prizes: 1st place - Frederic Duclos sterling silver and pearl necklace and matching bracelet donated by Wieland Jewelers, 2nd place - two $100 Collette vacation packages donated by Sue Christian’s Good Times Fun Times, 3rd place - five-speed diamond white blender with 60 oz pitcher from KitchenAid, and 4th place is two tickets for the 2018 Ultimate Taste from the Winery at Versailles. Raffle tickets are available at Merle Norman (309 S Broadway, Greenville Mon 10-4, Tues through Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-2) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The drawing will be held at the Club’s meeting on December 14th. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00.

Special thanks to the following vendors, silent auction donors and members for making this event a success: Wieland Jewelers, Good Times Fun Times (Sue Christian), KitchenAid, Winery at Versailles, Sweet Annie’s Cabin, Brenda’s Beanery, Brown Bag Soap Co, Creations Hair Salon, Cozy Nest, Damsel in Defense, Darke County Center for the Arts, Darke County Parks, Deb Shiverdecker, Deb Smith, Diane Delaplane, DoTerra, Forever Keeps, Gold Canyon Candles, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hairology, Helen’s Flowers, Hansbarger’s Home Solutions, Lip Sense, LuLa Roe, Longaberger, Kennedy Vinyard’s, M&M Diner, Mary Kay, Massage on Main, McDonalds, Merle Norman, Montage, Norwex, Pampered Chef, Parklane Jewelry, Plexus, Posh, Rhi-Invented, Scentsy, Second National Bank, Sherrie Foster, Susan Fowble, Susan Shields, Sweet Annie’s Cabin, and the Village Flower Shop.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com.

ANNA BIER GALLERY ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES

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The Anna Bier Gallery would like to present the Artist Workshop Series - offering monthly workshops in many different genres, including our upcoming workshop Calligraphy on Reclaimed Wood - by Instructor Janelle Vargo. This workshop is scheduled for Wednesday November 8th at 6pm in the Anna Bier Civic Room, located inside the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. This class is an introduction to sign lettering and calligraphy without using stencils. Signs will be fall themed on reclaimed wood. For Adults – Cost is $20. All supplies are included. To register for this workshop, please contact Gallery Director, Tamera McNulty at 937-564-5863.

Edison State Community College Supports 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Chad Beanblossom, Executive Dean of the Darke County
Campus presents their donation to Crysta Hutchinson,
Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Main Street Greenville recognizes Edison State Community College as one of the Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 18th.

“This is Edison State Community College’s second year of sponsoring the parade and we are proud to partner with them,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “They are working to train and educate local leaders and Main Street Greenville is working to provide quality of life and build community. It’s a natural partnership and one we are grateful for. ”

The 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade will feature entertainment leading up to the grand parade, which will begin at 7 pm. The lighted event includes 90+ horse entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area.

“Edison State Community College is a proud supporter of Main Street Greenville and the 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade,” said Chad Beanblossom, Executive Dean of the Darke County Campus. “We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting community event, and look forward to participating for the second year in a row.”

Now in its fifth decade of service, Edison State Community College is committed to providing higher education and advanced training opportunities for the people of the greater Miami Valley. Edison is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized with the highest order attainable by the Ohio Board of Regents. With campuses in Piqua and Greenville, Edison State provides a Personal Experience and Rewarding Education. Visit us online at www.edisonohio.edu.

Main Street Greenville also thanks the many other local businesses who help to sponsor this annual event, a full list of sponsors can be found on their website. This year's Platinum Parade Sponsors are Edison State Community College, Greenville Federal & Wayne Healthcare.

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

OFRW adopts resolution opposing Ballot Issue 2 and elects officers

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) recently held its Fall Conference in Akron, Ohio. At the convention, the members adopted a resolution in support of a "No" vote on Ohio Issue 2, which is on the November 2017 ballot. The Issue requires state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the Department of Veterans Affairs and to require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law.

Additionally, the organization elected new officers including: President Janet Kushlan (Bolton Republican Women's Club), First Vice President Mary Beth Kemmer (Miami County Republican Women's Club), Secretary Andrea Barnes (Federated Republican Women of Summit County), Treasurer Lyn Bliss (Miami County Republican Women's Club), Central District Vice President Mary Lou Saliaris (Delaware County Republican Women's Club), East District Vice President Michelle Blanton (Pickaway County Women's Republican Club), Northeast District Vice President Carol Lovas (Ashtabula County Republican Women), Northwest District Vice President Beverly Hirzel (Wood County Republican Women's Club), South District Vice President Sandy Darby (Pickaway County Women's Republican Club), and Southwest District Vice President C. J. Bieghler (Beavercreek Republican Women's Club).

During the meeting, members voted to redistrict the organization, expanding to 13 districts. New vice presidents were elected to serve those districts: District Four Vice President Amber Stump (Allen County Federated Republican Women), District Five Vice President Cindy Bias (Richland County Republican Women's Club), District Seven Vice President Robin Dodge (Greater Dayton Women's Republican Club), and District 11 Vice President Carol Kalwa Pickron (At Large).

Linda Lee Tarver, President of the Republican Women's Federation of Michigan, was the event's keynote speaker.

"Her insightful, often humorous, discussion of how to take action and get results, had attendees tuned in to President Tarver's every word," said OFRW President Lyn Bliss.

Two workshops featured topics on how to decide whether to run for office and then, how to be elected to that office.

The OFRW, founded in 1929, is a statewide organization of hundreds of members in constituent clubs. It is the largest, most powerful political organization in Ohio providing the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Ohio. The OFRW is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. It is Federated under the National Federation of Republican Women. For more information regarding the OFRW, visit www.ohfrw.com.

Darke County Economic Development Director Supports MVCTC Bond/Levy

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“The strong career training provided by MVCTC is critical to our future economic growth and prosperity. This investment is for our students.”

In Darke County, we are very fortunate to have a strong manufacturing base to complement our agricultural roots. I have worked hard over the last several years to assist these businesses with the sustainability and growth of their companies. I have developed strong relationships with these businesses and a genuine interest in their success.

One thing I consistently hear from these employers is their need for a skilled workforce. My office works with these companies and the local school districts to make sure there is opportunity for our local students in the years to come. These young people are our greatest future asset. We have an opportunity to continue to move this forward, not only for the businesses but the students as well. The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (some of you may still call it JVS) has a bond/levy issue on the ballot this November. This bond/levy issue will be able to increase the number of students it can place in the workforce and provide modern equipment for training these future employees.

This bond/levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $4.18 per month for 10 years and then drop to $3.17 per month for the remaining 20 years. This small investment will provide tremendous dividends to Darke County employers for years to come. The strong career training provided by MVCTC is critical to our future economic growth and prosperity. This investment is for our students.

On November 7th, I ask you to support the MVCTC bond/levy and continue the investment in the future of Darke County.

Mike Bowers
Economic Development Director

Veterans Round Table Discussion " We Served-We Remember"

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Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society
Program: Veterans Round Table Discussion " We Served-We Remember"
AWTHS, 123 W. George St.
November 9th 7:00 p.m.

Honoring veterans of our armed forces Nov. 9th at 7:00 p.m. the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society at 123 W. George St. is hosting an evening of remembering experiences during their tour of duty.

Some AWTHS members who have served and also WWII veterans will take part in a round table discussion, "We Served-We Remember". WWII veterans Glenn Eley and Herb Anthony will join Larry Wallace, Lynn Trump, Bill Campbell and Bill Metzar.

No matter rank, everyone who served in any branch of service has made sacrifices and contributed to the safety and security of our great nation.

The evening is planned as an open discussion event. Please join in to share your stories. You are invited to bring memorabilia to display during the evening for others to see.

"May the flag wave boldly with its vibrant and glorious hues honoring Veterans with the beautiful red, white and blue."

Everyone attending will receive an American Flag to display in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. For more information contact Larry Wallace, 620-2800 or email arcanumhistoricalsociety.org

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Sammie is a 2 year old Terrier/Lab Mix. He is a sweet boy that loves attention. He does have some nerve damage in his one front leg, but it does not seem to bother him. He is current on his shots and looking for a great forever home.

Lilla is a sweet 1 year old female Boxer. She is current on her shots and loves attention. Lilla knows some commands and loves to give handshakes and sit pretty. Lilla is looking for her forever home.

Mac (a.k.a. Big Mac) is a 10 year old male Lab. He is current on his shots and absolutely loves attention. Mac is a gentle giant whom is looking for his forever home to retire to.

Sandy is a 7 year old female Beagle/Terrier Mix. She is super loving and appears to be housebroke. Sandy is current on her shots and is looking for her forever loving home.

They also have a lab mix, a coon hound mix, terrier mixes, a shepherd mix, and numerous other dogs as well as cats ready for adoption.

They have had a tremendous adoption/redemption rate. If they don’t have what you want now, please keep checking. The right dog might come in tomorrow. The rate is over 80%. This success is due to the website, pet finder, newspapers, word of mouth and radio. Their only social media outlet is “The Darke County Friends of the Shelter”. Any other social media postings are not affiliated or endorsed by the Darke County Animal Shelter.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

2017 dog license can be purchased at the Auditor’s Office and the Animal Shelter. You can get your license online at www.doglicense.us/oh/darke

ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter: www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com

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

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Little Brother, Elijah Barger grandson of Cheryl Wolaver waits patiently for a fish to bite at the Shelby County Bassmasters Fishing Derby.
Volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their “Littles” recently enjoyed a Youth Day Fishing Derby at the home of Mike Meyer in Fort Loramie. The Fishing Derby was co-sponsored by the Shelby County BassMasters and Sidney Kiwanis. Over 30 volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 16. The outing included a cookout for all BassMaster members, their children, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Shelby County BassMasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other donations were received by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Buckeye Ford, Minster Machine, Jayne Watkins and Carol Freisthler with Wagner Realty, Patrick’s Pub & Grill, Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Mully’s Drive Thru, Spillway Bait & Tackle, Al’s Place Pizza, Russ Michael, Playtex, Wagner’s IGA, Greenthumb Nursery, and Dan Eilerman Construction.

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

Group activities are part of the mentoring program for children from at-risk homes. Presently, the Shelby & Darke County agency has 62 matches with a list of over 14 children yet in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month, offering support, fun, and educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteer’s calendar, and offer a fantastic way to have a positive impact on youth in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-492-7611 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Edison State Scholarship Recipients Recognized at Banquet

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Edison State Community College students stand before family, friends, and faculty and staff members as they are recognized for their achievement in receiving scholarships.
Taylor Adami is recognized by Edison State President
Dr. Doreen Larson following her address to Edison State
Community College students and their families during the
Edison Foundation’s annual scholarship banquet.
Edison State Community College in partnership with the Edison Foundation recognized over 70 students during a banquet on Thursday, October 5. The scholarship banquet is held annually to provide recipients with the opportunity to meet the patrons that made their scholarships available.

Following networking and dinner, Taylor Adami, Computer Information Technology instructor at Sidney High School and Upper Valley Career Center Satellite Program, spoke encouraging words to the scholarship recipients about her path to success.

Adami talked about her experience as a high school student and taking the next step to higher education. “As a 2010 graduate of Troy High School and Upper Valley Career Center, I was one of those people who never really gave much thought to what I wanted to do after high school.”

“After being asked by my teacher what I had planned to do, my initial thought was that I’m just going to start my own business doing what I love, I’m not going to go to college.”

“But after sitting down with my teacher, it turned out that I was able to get scholarships and 26 of my credits transferred to Edison State. I had my first year done and out of the way for the degree that I wanted.”

Adami went on to express her gratitude for the donors who made her scholarships possible.

“It was a great motivation to receive these scholarships. It made me think that I can continue my education, become something great, and succeed in life. I graduated in 2012 from Edison State with minimal debt thanks to the scholarships I received.”

After graduating from Edison State, Adami went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and she most recently completed a master’s degree in marketing communication from Franklin University.

“I’m going to continue my education to get a master’s in education to support my long-term goal of becoming a superintendent,” added Adami.

“If I didn’t receive these scholarships, I’m not sure I would have found my ambition in life and discovered what I want to do.”

Made possible by the Edison Foundation, Edison State Community College, and local organization sponsorships, recipients honored were awarded a total of nearly $130,000 in academic and need-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded will aid in students’ pursuit of higher education at Edison State Community College.

Founded in 1993, the Edison Foundation has raised millions of dollars, primarily giving through scholarships to Edison State students. For more information about the Edison Foundation and scholarship opportunities, visit www.edisonohio.edu/Foundation.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Matt Light and the Light Foundation Supports the Miami Valley Career Technology Bond/Levy

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Let’s join together and provide many future life-changing experiences for our youth and vote for the MVCTC bond/levy on November 7.
Dear Darke County,

The Light Foundation was established back in 2001 to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. The Foundation has the goal of leading young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities. It is truly a life-changing experience for the youth whom we serve.

Another organization that provides life-changing experiences and embodies the beliefs of the Light Foundation is the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). This organization serves a vital role in not only providing job training skills but instilling all of the values we strive to impart through the Foundation.

As a community, we have the opportunity on November 7th to guarantee that the MVCTC has the tools available to train future generations of students. We can ensure that our old JVS labs and equipment are updated to provide the training needed for our region’s current and future employees. I cannot stress enough how the minimal cost of this bond/levy will have a tremendous impact on the future of our region.

Let’s join together and provide many future life-changing experiences for our youth and vote for the MVCTC bond/levy on November 7.

With deepest gratitude,
Matt Light

Family Health Will Upgrade its Electronic Medical Record

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GREENVILLE, January 2018 – Family Health Services will be upgrading their electronic medical record (EMR) software in January 2018. The change in vendors will bring many benefits to their patients including increased security, improved continuity of care, and more access to providers and medical documents. During the transition, some patients may temporarily experience increased wait times or appointment delays.

Brian Subler, IT Director at Family Health, says, “Changing our EMR to eClinicalWorks is very important to our patients and to us for a couple of reasons: It not only puts all of our patients into one database, but ensures continuity of care through all of our specialties: Dental, Medical, Eyecare, Lab, Radiology and Behavioral Health & Wellness...” Until now, each department had their own individual EMR adding layers of complexity to patient care. He adds, “…with all of the concern about security breaches, the cloud-based EMR uses multifaceted security measures to protect our patient data.” Patients will have better care, and increased security. “It’s a win-win.”

In addition, patients will have more access to their provider, staff, and health information. Eventually, they will be able to view their charts, lab results, and medical documents any time from a computer or smartphone. All services will now be on one system so patients will be able to make payments, view statements, receive notifications, and manage the whole family with one login. They will be able to send messages to staff through the patient portal online or from their smartphone. Multiple layers of authentication will add security.

The staff at Family Health will be receiving intensive training throughout December and January in preparation for the change, and then will have trainers on hand as they use the system in real time with patients in January and February. Providers have adjusted their schedules so they can continue to give high quality healthcare.

Jean Young, Executive Director, understands a change of this size can be difficult for patients and staff alike. She continually ensures everyone that, “we will do everything we can to make it a smooth transition.” Jean estimates it will be the end of February before the schedule returns to a normal pace and recognizes the potential impact on patients, “…some patients may experience increased wait times or appointment delays, so, we are asking for extra patience as we make this change together. It will be worth the effort.”

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