Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Shoppers can earn chances to win over $2,500 in merchandise and gift certificates through “Win the Window”, the 4th annual shop local campaign presented by Main Street Greenville and sponsored by Second National Bank.

"This promotion is a fun way to encourage people to shop at our local, independently-owned businesses this holiday season," said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville. “Instead of fighting the crowds in the big box stores you can shop small and enjoy the experience, and be entered to win some amazing prizes at the same time.”

Between November 15th - December 15th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses, a full list will be available on their website at www.mainstreetgreenville.org.

Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville’s window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway.

During the Win the Window promotion in 2016, Main Street Greenville was able to track over $630,000 spent in downtown Greenville.

Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, if you spend $100 at a business, you will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes. There is no limit to how many times you can shop to enter. The more you spend downtown at participating businesses, the more chances you have to win the window full of prizes!

Participating businesses will have tickets available at the time of purchase and a glass jar to collect all of the tickets for the drawing. The drawing for the winner will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 3:30 pm in the Main Street Greenville office. You are not required to be present to win.

Bring your holiday shopping downtown this year and enter to win BIG while supporting local businesses in the process!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization and the contest on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Belgium’s Abbey Ales at Library

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Few brews hold a level of mystique for beer lovers like that surrounding Belgium's abbey ales. These beers pay homage to Belgium's rich monastic history, and some are even brewed within the walls of operating monasteries. Steeped in tradition, these refined ales showcase expressive Belgian yeast characteristics and the graceful skill of Belgian brewers in coaxing complex yet subtle flavors from high gravity beers.

On Thursday December 7 and Thursday January 11 at 6:30 p.m. the Greenville Public Library's Craft Beer Education Series will discuss the fascinating history of Belgian abbey brewing. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by Certified Cicerone David Nilsen. He will guide attendees through a tasting of four beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

Craft Beer Education Series classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required.


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Courtney Batten helps James Henry with his flag project
during Big Brothers Big Sisters' Big after-school Buddies
mentoring program in Versailles.
Imagine never having someone to look up to when you were a kid. Imagine not having positive role models who guided you down a responsible path in life. Imagine a community where every child fulfills his or her potential and steers clear of bad decisions. Imagine every child in our county graduating high school and college, and giving back to his or her community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County continues to work hard arranging mentor relationships and developing innovative programs that bring positive role models into the lives of local children. From now until November 28, The Community Foundation of Shelby County is offering a Match Day to celebrate 65 years of community philanthropy in conjunction with the nationwide efforts of Giving Tuesday. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is challenged to generate donations that will be matched, up to $5,000, by the Community Foundation.

Match Day presents an incredible opportunity for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to infuse support into one of their most popular programs. “All donations received on Giving Tuesday will be utilized for our vital after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs,” said Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director. “Through Big Buddies, high school students are paired with elementary students throughout the county and meet two times per month immediately after school to offer mentoring services to one another. Big Buddies focuses on educational and social enhancing activities, healthy eating, fitness, personal safety, and sustainability.” For the current 2017-2018 academic year, Big Buddies is implementing a curriculum entitled “Earth Friendly Practices” which focuses on reducing waste, recycling, reducing the carbon footprint, pollution, conservation, water and air quality, and other earth-friendly sustainable practices.

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency also offers a Community-Based Program and a Couples Match Program. Adults and couples are always needed as matches and volunteers are welcome at any time. “Littles” are typically ages 5 to 16 and have a need for a positive mentoring relationship due to living in a single parent home, having poor school performance, difficulty with family or friend relationships, or isolation. “Mentoring relationships are also beneficial for mentors, not just mentees,” notes Bruns. “Mentors have reported more benefits than costs to being a mentor. Key benefits to mentors included a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, recognition from others, career and job renewal, and support from their protégés.”

To contribute to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County for Match Day, checks must be made payable to The Community Foundation of Shelby County and have “Match/BBBS” noted on the memo line. Giving details, forms, and mailing directions are available on the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com or at the organization’s office. Gifts must be received on or before November 28 to be eligible for matching funds.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like more information or to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Van Frank Speaks to Darke County Republican Women

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Roger Van Frank, Darke County Parks District Director was the speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s November meeting. Director Van Frank distributed a report from 1995 – 2017 showing the breakdown of monies received by Greenville and all 20 Darke County Villages from the Community Parks Improvement Program. Susan Gray from the Community Parks Program was also in attendance and shared some comments.

Others recognized were:

  • Ben Thaeler from the office of U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson, Ohio’s 8th District Representative shared the fact that legislation introduced by the Congressman “The Market Data Protection Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote just today (11/13).
  • Lyn Bliss outgoing OFRW President and the 2018 acting Treasurer for OFRW spoke of the deadlines for the Caring for America Project as well as the Achievement Awards Program.
  • Stephanie Garrett Republican State Central Committee Member - District 5 Serving Darke/Miami/Montgomery & Preble Counties was also recognized.

The DCRW’s Club December Christmas Party will be at 6:00 p.m. the 12th at Chestnut Village Center. NOTICE THE CHANGE IN TIME: All future dinner meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. which was approved by the Board Members. More details to follow.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Hart’s Grill”,

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Hart’s Grill”, on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6 PM.

The play was written and directed by Pastor Ken Oren. The play demonstrates how a diverse group of people react to each other while being stranded together during a snow storm, and how first impressions can often be misleading.

There will also be congregational singing of traditional Christmas songs. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas celebration.

The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304.

For more info, call Bruce at 937-564-2891.

Garst Museum Holiday Open House

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Christmas tree decorated by The Wildflower Garden Club
located in the Garst Museum’s parlor.
Garst Museum’s annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on this one afternoon.

Join us for an afternoon of seasonal music, light refreshments, and beautiful decorations. The museum’s Christmas collection will be used for decorating throughout the museum. Plan to do a little Christmas shopping in the Museum Store, as there will be a 20% discount on all items.
The museum features a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees illustrating the talents of the following groups: The Wildflower Garden Club, Junior Butterflies Garden Club, Sun and Fun Garden Club, Ladybug Garden Club, Garden Ladies Garden Club, Wood Sprites Garden Club, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Fort Greene Ville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Plan to stop by and enjoy the fun, shop, and also take advantage of the free admission to tour the museum.

The Darke County Historical Society and the Garst Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio, as it represents a crossroads of the American experience. The DCHS operates the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio, and its 35,000-square-foot campus houses over 300,000 artifacts. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, Ohio Native Americans, and the multi-racial settlement of Longtown.

Edison State Donation to benefit Dayton Children's

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The Information Technology department at Edison State Community College has partnered with the Springfield-based non-profit organization Charitable Recycling to benefit Dayton Children's Hospital. Through a recent charitable contribution of used computer equipment, Edison State was able to provide $1,000 to Dayton Children's Hospital.

"Donating surplus computer equipment was a great opportunity to give back to the community and to reduce the amount of electronic waste in the environment," said Jason Evans, IT Help Desk Supervisor. "Knowing that our charitable contribution will help other organizations and the Dayton Children's Hospital is well worth the time and effort."

Charitable Recycling collects empty ink and laser cartridges, old computer equipment, electronics, appliances, and many other items that can be recycled or reused from organizations such as Edison State Community College.

Once donated, items are sorted into reusable and recyclable items. Items deemed reusable are sent to the New2U store in the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, where they are cleaned, repaired, and put out for sale. Money collected at the New2U store directly benefits Dayton Children's Hospital. Meanwhile, items deemed un-repairable or obsolete are recycled to ensure proper disposal and to keep them out of landfills.

"All this because businesses and people like you cared enough about our environment and our local community to participate in our program," said Rachel Redmon, Program Manager for Charitable Recycling. "We truly thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in the future."

Staff from MVCTC Honored for Work with Special Needs Students

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From left to right: Staff recognized for work with special needs
students at MVCTC LouAnn Haburn (MVCTC), Tiffany Stebbins
(Franklin Monroe), Angela Freeze (MVCTC), Jack Poore (MVCTC).
Columbus, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Special Education staff was recently honored at the Annual Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) Special Needs Division meeting. Tiffany Stebbins (Franklin-Monroe) was honored as the Para-Professional of the Year and Angela Freeze (MVCTC) was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Both honorees work with special needs students at the MVCTC.

What started almost 50 years ago as the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School (JVS) has transformed into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). While the name has changed, the mission remains the same. MVCTC is 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.

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com or follow MVCTC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MVCTC) or Twitter (Twitter.com/MVCTC).

Guardians of the Galaxy YA Movie Marathon at Library

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Come join us on Wednesday November 22nd for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie marathon at Greenville Public Library! Starting at noon we'll show the first Guardians movie, immediately followed by Guardians Vol. 2.

Not interested in seeing the first film, but dying to see the second? That’s okay! Stop in at 2 p.m. for the start of Guardians Vol. 2!

This is a free event. Snacks will be provided but we suggest you eat lunch before you come so you don’t miss any of the action! This event is being hosted by the GPL Young Adult Department and is open to all kids ages 18 and under, but parents are welcome when accompanied by a child!

Upcoming events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is gearing up for a busy holiday season, and has plenty of resources available to patrons to help with their own busy schedules. The library has a large collection of cookbooks, books about crafts, games, and decorating, plenty of holiday movies, and a separate section just for Christmas. Come on in for a dose of holiday spirit.

On Tuesday, November 21, the library will be hosting a family bingo event at 6:30 p.m. Come join the fun and try to win some prizes. This is a free, drop-in program.

Patrons can help the library decorate for the holidays by entering the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Contest. Houses will need to be brought to the library on December 6, 7, 8, or 9. Judging will take place the following week. The houses will be on display for the month of December. Check with the library for more details, and come in to pick up your house “base”.

There will be an adult coloring program on Tuesday, December 12 at 4:00. This Christmas themed event is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Supplies are provided, and beverages will be served.

Also on Tuesday, December 12 will be the book club meeting at 5:30. In addition to discussing the book “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”, the next book, “Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin, will be handed out. All are welcome to join the group. Snacks are served.
There will be a Christmas Craft Night for children on Thursday, December 21 from 6:00 – 7:30. This event is a free, drop-in program, and is always well-attended. Kids will leave with plenty of awesome creations.

The library will be challenging adults to read more this winter with our “Resolve to Read More” winter reading challenge. The dates will be from January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018. More information about this new program will be coming soon.

As a reminder, the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 22, and Thursday, November 23. The library will be open as usual on Friday, November 24. For Christmas, the library will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 26.
Call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484. Patrons can also go to our website at www.arcanunpubliclibrary.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Boil water advisory ends for the City of Greenville customers in the entire service area

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Customers in the City of Greenville Public Water System can use tap water for all purposes. The boil water advisory is lifted. The City of Greenville Public Water System, water quality has returned to normal parameters.

The City of Greenville Water Department collected 20 bacteriological samples throughout the City Saturday evening. The samples were taken to a lab late Saturday night for analysis. The Greenville Water Department consulted with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency during this time to correct the problem that occurred.

On November 18, 2017 a boil water advisory was issued to customers in the entire City of Greenville because of high turbidity levels in the finished water and to protect public health. The City of Greenville Water Department appreciates its customers patience and understanding during this time.

For more information, please contact:
The City of Greenville Water Department at (937) 548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at (937) 548-1815.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this advisory release directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this advisory in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boil Water Advisory for the City of Greenville

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High turbidity levels found in the City of Greenville Water Plant’s water

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring your tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

What Happened?

Your water is routinely monitored for turbidity (cloudiness) to determine if it is being properly filtered. Water samples taken on November 18, 2017 had turbidity levels of greater than 2.0 turbidity units (NTU) due to a mechanical failure. This is above the allowable standard of 1.0 turbidity units (NTU). The duration of the event was very short about, seven minutes. Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. 
These may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water.

If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

What is being done?

The filter that caused the issue was taken off line quickly. Chlorine residuals have been increased and the Plant has switched to well water. These steps have been taken to ensure the safest possible water is produced.

In addition to this Crews are in the area now to collect sample to test the bacteriological quality of the water. It is likely that you will need to boil the water for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined. You will be informed in the same manner as this notification when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water. The Greenville Water Department is dedicated to resolving this problem in a timely fashion.

For more information, please contact: The City of Greenville Water Department at (937) 548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at (937) 548-1815.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this advisory directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this advisory in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Friday, November 17, 2017

State of the Heart Care is Hiring!

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What do you get when you combine the classic wisdom of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" with the crazy antics of Dr. Seuss? A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL!

Final Bow Company will present A Seussified Christmas Carol. on Friday December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. The show is described by the author as “A whimsical reinvention of Dickens' most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with -- if he ever had his way with the story...

The Show stars Erin Stephens as THE Scrooge, Carter Qualls as his friend, Jake Marley, with Nina McDaniel and Callee Moore as Narrator (Thing) 1 and 2. THE Scrooge's nephew , Bed-Headed Fred, and his wife are played by Kamdon Riethman and Gracelynn Harter. The Cratichit family is made up of Ian Delk as Bob Chratchit, Scrooge's clerk, Zoe Harter as the Mother, Lillian Price and Carter Qualls are Cratchit Children and dear little Timmy Loo Hoo played by Taylor Holzapfel. Ella Williams haunts Scrooge as the Ghost of Christmas Past along with Isabel Angle as The Ghost of Christmas Present and Gabe Stephens as Sven, the Ghost of Christmas Future. The Solicitors are played by Aldon Edger and Elizabeth Nelson, Boy Scrooge by Tucker Qualls, Little Fan (Scrooge's sister) by Macey Shetler, with Lindsey McDermott as the School Master and Belle, (Young Scrooge's girlfriend) played by Josie Winemiller. There are several cast members who have been called upon to play multiple parts along with being Whoo-Villagers. These cast members include Gabrielle Nelson, Olivia Angle, Anna Stump, Maria McDaniel, Christina Crawford, Maddy Cooper, Victoria Cave, and Makaila Palmer.

For Tickets please call 937-459-8078 or stop by Final Bow at 107 West Main Street. Pre-Sale tickets are $8.00 and ticket purchased at the door will be $10ea. and Children 2 and under are FREE! Check us out our new website at finalbow.org or on FACEBOOK. For more information on the show please call 937-459-8078.


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Greenville donor Mike Dohme with OSU Buckeyeman Larry Lokai.
GREENVILLE, Ohio - The Darke County OSU Alumni Club was on a roll Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the 24th annual Tailgate Blood Drive. Donors rolled up their sleeves, volunteers rolled out chocolate Buckeye treats, and superfan “OSU Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai rolled into town with Buckeye necklaces and his special brand of fun.

“We’re going to learn a lot this time around,” said Alumni Club President Bill Barga, who stepped in as blood drive coordinator in place of long-time coordinator Jan Boyer who passed away in August. “But we have lots of volunteers, lots of door prizes, and lots of treats, including lots of good Buckeyes!”

Donors filled the beds in the Greenville Church of the Brethren for the Tailgate Blood Drive, totaling 126 whole blood donors and 107 donations, plus 11 platelet and plasma donors.

Greenville’s Fred Roll was the first apheresis donor of the day, donating platelets for his 247th lifetime donation. “I don’t really follow sports,” he said about the Tailgate theme. “But I rub shoulders with plenty of people who do, so I hear everything I want to hear about Ohio State!”

Almost near enough to rub shoulders with Fred was Greenville donor Mike Dohme. He wore a scarlet OSU shirt to make his 191st lifetime donation. “I always support the Buckeyes,” said Mike. “I come every year for this.”

When Mike sat down for a chocolate Buckeye in the Donor Café he was soon shaking hands with “Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai, who crowned him with a necklace of Buckeye nuts and snapped pictures together for Facebook.

“How do you overcome being shy?” Larry quizzed Mike. He replied, “You’ve got to talk to people, and always smile.” Larry nodded his wild wig-covered head in approval.

Smiles came easy for Buckeye fans at the blood drive, thanks to Saturday’s blow-out win over Michigan State that helped the erase the pain of the prior week’s stunning loss to Iowa. Larry was at both games, riding the wave of emotion.

When Ohio State plays Michigan on Nov. 23 it will mark the 20th anniversary of the first game Larry donned the wig, OSU jersey and face paint to become “Buckeyeman.”

This anniversary season has been a wave of emotion for a guy whose job is to keep everyone upbeat. Fans felt sick about the loss to Oklahoma, but Larry was literally sick with a stomach bug. He left at halftime and spent the next four days in bed.

“I missed two games this year,” said Larry. “My dad passed away at 103 and my sister with Down syndrome at 63. They passed away within two weeks of each other.”

Larry got back in the game, but he had to make some changes. The weight of eight Buckeye necklaces (for OSU’s eight national titles) and 114 Buckeye nuts (for the number of games against Michigan) was too much for his neck.

“I’ve cut it back to 42 Buckeyes for the year I was born,” he said, “and four necklaces for all four of my children that went to Ohio State.” For the record, Larry was the first in his family to graduate from OSU in 1967. His granddaughter graduating in December will be the 23rd.

Larry refuses to cut-back on his superfan schedule, especially with Michigan Week coming up.

“The key thing is I try to do as many activities as I can with area OSU alumni clubs,” he said. “I belong to four clubs (including the Darke County club) and four societies, and I do as much as I can with them. If they’re in, oh, about 100-mile driving range I try to come.”

That includes squeezing in a stop at the Nov. 21 Farm Bureau Women’s Committee blood drive in Sidney, co-sponsored this year for the first time by the Shelby Co. OSU Alumni Association.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

John Tesh to Headline Holiday Evening at Edison State

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John Tesh
The Edison Foundation will welcome John Tesh to Edison State Community College as the entertainment for 20th annual Holiday Evening event. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, November 29 at the Piqua Campus and is held annually to support student scholarship opportunities.

A four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee, John Tesh has maintained a highly successful and varied career path that includes a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, a string of number one radio hits, and his popular nationally syndicated radio show.

John Tesh’s Grand Piano Christmas offers holiday favorites with Tesh’s signature style. Twenty-five years and fifty plus recordings into his multifaceted, ever-evolving musical career, John Tesh blends easy listening, classical, pop, and new age.

Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund to support Edison State students through scholarship opportunities.

“This is not just a one night event but rather a community effort to impact lives,” said Jim and Ginny Thompson, Co-Chairs of the Holiday Evening event. “Thanks to event sponsors and attendees, student scholarships made available through the Edison Foundation will continue to impact lives in our community.”

Presenting sponsors for the event include Edison State Community College, Emerson, and Premier Health/Upper Valley Medical Center.

Gold sponsors include AIM Media Midwest, Crayex Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, HORAN Marketing, Medical Mutual of Ohio, and The Robinson Fund of the Troy Foundation.

Silver sponsors include Acorn Society, Ferguson Construction, Dan and Jill Francis, Greenville National Bank, Doreen and Len Larson, Bettye and Ray Laughlin, The Paul G. Duke Foundation, Inc., Tom and Sandy Shoemaker and the Troy Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Unity National Bank, and Wayne Healthcare.

Bronze sponsors include Alvetro Orthodontics, Atlantis Quality Imprinted Sportswear, Robert and Ann Baird, Ed and Kay Curry, Stan Evans, French Oil Mill Machinery of the Piqua Community Foundation, Rick and Beth Hanes, Hartzell Propeller, Inc., Bill and Wanda Lukens, Miami Valley Centre Mall, Tom and Mardie Milligan, Paul Sherry Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Second National Bank, VPP Industries, Inc., and Wilson Health.

A limited number of tickets are available at $125 each and tend to sell out quickly. Each ticket purchased includes heavy hor de ‘oeuvres, wine, and admission to the show. Tickets may be purchased online at www.edisonohio.edu/holidayevening.

For more information, contact Julie Slattery by emailing jslattery@edisonohio.edu or calling 937-778-7805. The Edison Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Versailles Museum to Continue Special Tribute

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The Versailles Area Museum’s hosting of its Veteran’s Day Commemoration was well received, so we will offer this tribute for one more Sunday. The Children’s book by Margot Theis Raven which tells the story of preparing the table for the soldier that is not coming home. Either a POW or MIA the soldier will not be breaking bread with their family. The story came out of the Vietnam Era by a group known as the Red River Fighting Pilots Association, as a way to honor their lost Brethren.

The book is entitled “America’s White Table” and shares the symbolic table and its missing guest.

The Versailles Area Museum will place a special focus on this table in their Military Room. Along with many photos of those who have served and special memorabilia the room will be softly illuminated for reflection.

This also marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. Our room features several important artifacts from this War.

We are also privileged to have a video of a recent interment of a veteran at Arlington National Cemetery. This beautifully filmed and stirring tribute will be shown continuously on the big screen in the Military Room. The video is through the courteous of Leo and Janet Rinderle.

Please join us for this continuing remembrance on Sunday, afternoon November 19th. The museum is open from 1:00 to 4:00. What a special way to remember and give thanks for our Freedom.

Versailles Museum Unveils 2017 Holiday Display

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The Versailles Area Museum has chosen “A Depression Era Christmas” as its theme for this Holiday season.

The museum is decked for the holidays from our 1930’s era lobby complete with our 1929 Model T Ford out doing some holiday shopping. Many of the tree decorations come from the 1930’s. Our thanks goes to Tom & Norma Parin for sharing their wonderful collection of old period Santa’s with us. Our Depression theme continues with beautiful Depression glass from the collections of Joanne Eilerman and Janet Worz.

Other Christmas themed areas include our miniature train display, thanks to David Richart, our turn of the century Mercantile store, our 1900 kitchen, Toyland at Martin’s Department Store which is filled with toys from your childhood and so much more!

Starting this Sunday, November 19th and each Sunday through December 17th and by special arrangement we will be excited to welcome you all home for Christmas!

The Edison Foundation Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement

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Pledges to support student scholarship opportunities

Isatou Kassama, Wyatt King
The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Donations made to the Edison Foundation on Giving Tuesday will directly benefit the Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund to support Edison State students through scholarship opportunities.

Occurring this year on November 28, Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

The Edison Foundation joined the Giving Tuesday movement to further support its mission to assist the students of Edison State Community College in meeting their educational goals and dreams. Edison State is a vibrant college providing educational opportunity to anyone desiring it. The Edison Foundation invites community members to help pave the path to these scholarship opportunities through the Giving Tuesday effort.

Students who receive scholarships are encouraged by the generosity coming from community members.

Isatou Kassama, of Troy, is studying social work at Edison State and plans to transfer to Wright State University to complete a bachelor’s degree. Her passion is to help people and in doing so, to help create a better and brighter future for all.

“Due to this kind gesture, I am able to focus on my education and am less stressed about tuition and expenses,” said Kassama.

“This gift shows me that there are people out there who understand the importance of education and are willing to support people who are on the journey of making their lives better.”

Wyatt King, of Greenville, is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree and is majoring in Agriculture Business. In 2018, King will become Edison State’s first agriculture graduate and will either continue on the path toward a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce.

“The scholarship I received will help to lighten the financial burden of college and help me to reach my goal of graduating without any debt,” said King.

“I will then be able to fully focus on my career without having to worry about my financial state. By doing this, I then hope to try to give back to other students, allowing them to achieve their goals as well.”

Those who are interested in joining The Edison Foundation’s Giving Tuesday initiative and supporting students like Wyatt King and Isatou Kassama with scholarship opportunities can visit www.edisonohio.edu/foundation.

For more details about the Giving Tuesday movement, visit the Giving Tuesday website at www.givingtuesday.org.

Fifth Annual Randall Residence Festival of Trees and Silent Auction to Benefit Tipp City Area Arts Council

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Randall Residence of Tipp City has announced that it will partner with the Tipp City Area Arts Council for their fifth Annual Festival of Trees Silent Auction and Gala. The public is invited to attend this event to be held at the Randall Residence of Tipp City located at 6400 South County Road 25A, on December 7, 2017. A social hour begins at 5:30 P.M., with appetizers served by Tippecanoe High School students and music provided by Flutes Etc.; an exquisite dinner prepared by Chef Nate will begin at 6:00 P.M. The Tippecanoe Community Band will provide the evening’s entertainment following the dinner hour. Dinner prices are $25 for adults and $8 for children (under 12). Please make your RSVP by calling 937-667-8200 by December 1st; seating is limited. Valet parking will be provided.

The Festival of Trees, donated by local businesses, organizations, and Randall Residence employees and families, will once again deck the halls. Trees of all shapes and sizes, themes and décor along with wreaths, swags, other Christmas decorations and raffle baskets will be sold during a silent auction that begins November 27th. You are invited to stop by Randall Residence between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM starting November 27 through December 7 to bid on these lovely decorated holiday items. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Tipp City Area Arts Council. By placing a bid you will not only get a one-of-a-kind holiday keepsake, you will also get a tax deduction and support the arts in our community.

The Tipp City Area Arts Council offers many free and minimally priced events for the area’s families and children. Besides their three major events: the February Fine Art Exhibit & Sale, Canal Music Fest and Art in the Park/Children’s Art Adventure, they also host a variety of camps, contests, and other events for adults and children. Proceeds from this year’s auction will help to support the 2018 programs.

Kick off the holiday season and join us this year for Randall Residence’s Festival of Trees Silent Auction & Christmas Gala. If you are unable to attend that evening and would like to support the arts in our community, you can do so by clicking the DONATE button on the Tipp City Area Arts Council website or by becoming a member of TCAAC, also via the website. If you would like a membership brochure mailed to you, please contact the Arts Council at 937-543-5115.


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DAYTON, Ohio – Bailey Zechar Funeral Home will team up with Community Blood Center to host a Thanksgiving week blood drive Monday, Nov. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Versailles Knights of Columbus Social Hall, 8440 St. Rt. 47. The “Buckeye Blood Donor” football t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Buckeye Blood Donor” campaign celebrates Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry week and the drive for football championships that peak during the Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone who registers to donate Monday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 9 at a CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” t-shirt. The gray t-shirt features a scarlet and gray football helmet with the map of Ohio and the CBC blood drop as the helmet emblem.

Thanksgiving begins the holiday season, a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


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Brenda Miller – Speaker and Club President
Greenville, OH. – Greenville BPW Members and guests enjoyed an evening of learning how to express themselves through journaling at their November 9th meeting held at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room. The program was hosted by IDP committee members Jane Carroll, Chair with Brenda Miller, CoChair, and committee members Michelle Hook and Lindsey Gehret. BPW President, Brenda Miller discussed the benefits of journaling some of which are to help reduce emotional pain, create better relationships, and provide emotional release. Also she noted that people who journal, achieve higher test scores. She also discussed various types of journals which can be either structured or non-structured. Journals can be a time capsule which captures a specific time frame or can also be on specific topics such as exercise, career, travel, dreams, family, projects, business etc. She urged members to create their own “Gratitude journal” for the month of November.

Following the program, members made plans for the upcoming “Breakfast with Santa” which will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 2nd at the Greenville VFW. Also, the Super Raffle Drawing will be held at the December 14th BPW meeting. Tickets are still available at Merle Norman (downtown Greenville) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or email dsniekamp@gmail.com or any BPW Club Member. Winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Proceeds from both events go toward scholarships for Darke County young women.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Marilyn Emmons at 548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com or find them on Facebook @ Greenville BPW Club.

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9pm, there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, you can enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening.

In the Log House the fire will warm you while enjoying pioneer music of Christmas past as you relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Stop and warm up by the campfire and visit with the Parks Director. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available in the Nature Center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The Nature Center and gift shop will be open offering a selection of unique gifts or that perfect stocking stuffer! Santa will once again pay us a visit from the North Pole!

New this year for the 10th anniversary, we will offer an extended path option for those who can’t get enough of the luminary trails. Don’t forget about our new Snowman Decorating Contest! Local businesses and non-profits decorate their own “snowman” to compete in a people’s choice award! Call the Nature Center today to participate in this great way to advertise your business/non-profit to our estimated 1,000 luminary visitors!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect FREE event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Don’t forget to bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path!

For information on this event or other park district programs check out our website www.darkecountyparks.org, find us on facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Fort GreeneVIlle DAR Donates to Darke County Veterans Services

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In honor of Veterans Day, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution donated over $200 in toiletries and personal items to Darke County Veterans Services.

Pictured are Fort GreeneVille members Chris Nehring, Helen Wright, Shirley Hughes and Veteran Service officer Var Gehron and Head Veteran Service Officer Thomas Pitman.

Edison State Hosts RN to BSN Information Fair

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Edison State Community College is hosting a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information Fair on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center at the Piqua Campus. Current nursing students and practicing nurses are invited to learn about the opportunities available to them in pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

Representatives from 10 universities will be available to share information about their completion programs and to guide interested nurses toward their next steps for enrollment. This event gives prospective students the ability to obtain information about many programs in one visit. The faculty and administration at Edison State work collaboratively with all of the represented universities to provide for a smooth pathway to the BSN degree.

Edison State encourages graduates of the nursing program to plan for their future educational and career goals and this is an excellent opportunity to do so. Nursing students currently in the capstone class will graduate in December and applications are being accepted now through January 31 for students interested in beginning Edison State's nursing program in Fall 2018 semester.

For more information, contact Edison State Associate Professor of Nursing, Rick Roberts at rroberts@edisonohio.edu

PERI to Host Christmas Luncheon

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Left to right are Shari Wolf, Steve and Dot Thornburg, Don Thompson, Joyce Harrison, and Mary Pipenger.
PERI will be traveling back to the good ole days when the "Country Strings Band" performs at their Christmas luncheon on Monday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. at the VFW on Ohio Street, Greenville. Lead by PERI member, Joyce Harrison, the band will enliven the Christmas Spirit with the toe tapping tunes of dulcimers and songs, fun and surprises that are planned to revive memories of holidays past but not forgotten. The group has been playing together for over fifteen years.

In addition to food, entertainment, surprises and fun, John DiPietro, who is the Representative of District Three, which includes eight PERI counties, including Darke, will be the guest speaker. He has been working closely with Steve Toth, who is a member of the Ohio Public Employees (OPERS) Board of Trustees. Both men have been instrumental in fighting the loss of COLA benefits, which was recently approved by OPERS but has as yet to be implemented. DiPietro will bring PERI members and other OPERS retirees up-to-date on the most recent efforts that are being done to stop the loss of their COLAS as well as other critical issues of which they need to be aware.

Open to PERI members, their guests, and Ohio Public Employee retirees who are eligible for membership, reservations for the luncheon meeting must be in no later than Wednesday, November 29 by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman, at (937) 548-3961. PERI Members will be contacted as usual by the PERI calling committee.

While this meeting has been planned to be entertaining and fun, it is also an important and informative meeting that remains true to the PERI Mission of protecting and preserving OPERS pension funds and benefit programs that are in the best interest of all PERI members and OPERS eligible members.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wayne HealthCare Sponsors 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Terri Flood, Director of Marketing at Wayne HealthCare presents
their donation to Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of
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GREENVILLE, Ohio- As part of its commitment to the local community, Wayne HealthCare is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 18th in downtown Greenville.

The 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, hosted by Main Street Greenville, will feature entertainment leading up to the grand parade, which will begin at 7 pm. The lighted event includes 70+ horse entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area. This event has become an annual holiday tradition for local families and visitors.

“Our commitment to provide quality care and promote wellness close to home is at the forefront of everything we do for the community,” said Terri Flood, Wayne HealthCare Marketing Director. “We are proud to continue our Platinum Sponsorship and support a great event for all to enjoy.”

Wayne HealthCare provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to patients. Additional services include a nationally recognized cancer center, telemedicine, rehabilitation services, diagnostic imaging, perioperative services and community wellness programs.

“We are very grateful for Wayne HealthCare’s sponsorship of the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade and their support of Main Street Greenville’s mission,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “We are working to provide a healthy and enjoyable quality of life here in Greenville and Wayne HealthCare continually partners with us to encourage people to stay active and get involved. They are dedicated to seeing this community thrive.”

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

Please visit www.downtowngreenville.org or www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville for more information about Main Street Greenville and the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or info@mainstreetgreenville.org.

Last Days to Order History of the Kelch Family

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We want to thank-you for your generous interest in the Kelch Family history book. Books will be printed in the next several weeks and we are NOT able printing extra copies. If you are interested, please order now.

The book details the descendants of the John Nicholas Kelch family (in particular Janet Schilling Worz) 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.

Should any book should remain from the order, they will be $60.00. So by ordering now you assure yourself a wonderful book at a very reasonable price.

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.


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Greenville, OH. November 7, 2017 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage and will be cooked and served with the assistance of Dara Buchy and Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students. Santa will be there and also Mrs. Claus will be joining him this year.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by November 27th. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending. Please include a contact phone number or e-mail address in case there are questions.

Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 5965 Willis Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending.

If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for each child and lots of fun.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BPW Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

MVCTC Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Students of the Month

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MVCTC Electives, Business, Information Technology and Agriculture
Department Students of the Month for October 2017, Charisse Hoblit
(National Trail High School), Chloe Noble (Ansonia High School),
and Noah Daugherty (Tri-County North High School) were recognized
for being outstanding representatives of their respective career tech programs.
Englewood, Ohio -- The Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Department at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the October honorees for the Department’s Career Tech Students of the Month. Charisse Hoblit (National Trail High School), Chloe Noble (Ansonia High School), and Noah Daugherty (Tri-County North High School) were recognized for being outstanding representatives of their respective career tech programs.

Charisse Hoblit (National Trail High School) has excelled at MVCTC since day one. She is an FFA Chapter Officer and has displayed outstanding teamwork. Animal Care and Management Instructor Christy Blauvelt stated, “Charisse always has a great attitude, has perfect attendance, and does an outstanding job.”

Chloe Noble (Ansonia High School) and Noah Daugherty (Tri-County North High School) were selected for their leadership in a collaborative project with Brookville Middle School students. Over the past month Chloe and Noah have worked together to make a google slides presentation in order to teach 6th grade students from Mrs. Jill Lester’s 6th Grade Science class at Brookville. The students skyped into the classroom at Brookville from MVCTC and taught every Brookville 6th grade student how to use google slides for their year-long science project. The projects will then be displayed in March at Brookville. Media and Video Production Instructor Pat Carlisle stated, “Noah and Chloe did a great job with the technical side as well as presenting the information.”

Congratulations to Charisse, Chloe, and Noah for their outstanding representation of MVCTC and their respective programs. Special thanks to Hot Head Burrito of Englewood, Ohio for donating gift certificates. Both students received plaques to honor their accomplishments.

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.

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Two Airlifted After Single Car Crash Early Sunday Morning

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On November 12, 2017 at 4:42a.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Arcanum Fire Department and Miami Valley Careflight responded to Jaysville St. John's Road north of Weaver's Ft. Jefferson Road on an injury accident with entrapment.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Nissan driven by, Shonda Thomas (33), of Union City, was traveling north on Jaysville St. John's Road. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway striking a guardrail before going airborne into a utility pole, the vehicle came to a rest on it's top. Ms. Thomas and her passenger, Alicia Flory (32) of Greenville, were taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where they are both listed in stable condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner - Sunday, November 19th

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The community is invited to a Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 19th at 12:00 pm Noon. There is no cost for the meal. The dinner is hosted by the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, OH. People from the church will be sharing delicious dishes of food. Guests are welcome to bring a dish to share, but it is not required. Just come and enjoy good food and fellowship. We also invite you to join us for our worship service at 10:30 am. Nursery care is available. Call 548-3583 for any more information.

Night Out with the Wavaires! A Magical Evening of Music!

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Wavaires are preparing for the Night Out With the Wavaires 2017 with the performance on November 17th, in Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase at the Flower Patch and 30 minutes prior to the performance at the box office in Memorial Hall.

A Night Out With the Wavaires will be an enjoyable evening of entertainment with familiar songs: “Bring the House Down”, “Try Everything”, “Hey Soul Sister”, “Hey, Brother”, “I Want You Back/ ABC”, “The Armed Forces Salute” and “May Our Paths Meet Again. Members of the 2017 – 2018 Wavaires are Aaron Buchy, Nic Colby, Kale Conway, Chloe Cox, Zachary Davis, Taylor Denniston, Christian Fluke, Alivia Lindamood, Natalie Milligan, Jenna Netzley , Gracie Pell, Kelsey Stewart, Eliza Wysong and Seniors – Lauren Burns, Seth Conway, Sierra Cress, Sarah Crumrine, and Nicole Stewart.

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

The Greenville High School Jazz Scene under the direction of J.R. Price will perform with the Wavaires to round out the evening. The 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.

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday from 9-11am and Wednesday from 3-5pm. This is a unique citizen science program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Observations from here in Darke County may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help! Bird watchers will gather inside the nature center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station. Drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday during the above times to help with the project. There will be warm drinks available for those enjoying nature from the comfort of an armchair on a cold winter’s day.

For more information on Project FeederWatch or if you have questions about any of the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

MVCTC IT Students Explore Careers

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MVCTC Computer Repair and Tech Support Students Learn About Future Careers and Collaborate with Sinclair Professors

MVCTC Computer Repair and Technical Support junior class
recently attended the Information Technology Career Day at
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Computer Repair and Technical Support junior class recently attended the Information Technology Career Day at Sinclair Community College. Students listened to a representative from The Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium explain about all the advantages of being a Tech Prep student at MVCTC including earning a $3,000 scholarship to Sinclair and earning college credit while at CTC. Students also participated in two break-out sessions taught by Sinclair CIS professors. The first session on Servers was taught by Kara Brown who explained the Secure System Administrator degree program and how Sinclair utilizes hands-on learning with live working servers to teach the classes in this major. The 2nd session was with Kyle Jones on Security. Students learned about all the newest security threats and how CIS students learn how to stay up to date on dealing with these threats and security issues. Both sessions gave the students a firsthand look at growing career fields in the IT industry.

Program Instructor Amy Sugden stated, “This educational visit allowed my students to see the many opportunities that Sinclair has to offer in the Computer Information Systems department and see what a college CIS class would be like.” She added that participating in this educational experience provided students with a chance to visit the Sinclair campus, interact with current CIS professors, and learn about the different CIS degrees available at Sinclair.

Computer Repair and Technical Support prepares students to enter the IT career field or be prepared to enter the next level of training in the IT field. Students will learn to install, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware systems. They will perform maintenance practices and learn techniques for maintaining computer hardware security. Students will also learn the fundamentals of database management. Communication skills and professionalism in troubleshooting problems is emphasized

What started almost 50 years ago as the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School (JVS) has transformed into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). While the name has changed, the mission remains the same. MVCTC is 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.

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com or follow MVCTC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MVCTC) or Twitter (Twitter.com/MVCTC).

Betsy Detrick Named VHCC September Employee of the Month

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Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Betsy Detrick as the September 2017 Employee of the Month. Detrick started at VHCC in November 2000 as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and is now the Payroll Coordinator. Betsy is also a member of the admissions team (A-Team). She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for always having a positive attitude, helping out in many departments when needed, and always willing to lending an ear to anyone in need.

Therese Pohlman, Business Office Manager, added “We, all the employees love Betsy! She makes sure we get paid! Seriously, Betsy has been with the company for many years and continues to be a loyal and dedicated employee. Betsy wears many hats and will help out whenever needed.” Detrick received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Betsy Detrick!

DCCA Recognizes the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe For Continued Support of Arts In Education

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Terrance Simien shares the Creole flag, explaining the four different symbols, to local students during a recent Arts In education performance for grades 4-6. Through DCCA's Arts In Education programs students are entertained and educated by professional performing artists.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds in support of its Arts In Education (AIE) programs. DCCA, in conjunction with school administrative staff, annually takes performing artists to every grade of all Greenville City and Darke County public schools. "DCCA thanks the Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe and all our sponsors who make our AIE programs possible." shared Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are proud to present world class professional performing artists, in our local public schools, that engage and entertain students," concluded Jordan.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for the 2017-2018 season include health and wellness enthusiast KID POWER (grades K-3) presenting "Operation Lunch Line" a 3D interactive production on nutrition and exercise. Two time Grammy award winner TERRANCE SIMIEN & The ZYDECO EXPEREINCE (grades 4-6) returns by popular demand to present “Creole for Kidz" sharing Creole music and culture. SIX APPEAL (grades 7 & 8) brings a capella with hands-on critical listening to St. Clair Memorial Hall, and SIX GUITARS (grades 9-12) presents the "Voices of Chase Padgett" portraying 6 different guitar playing characters, each presenting their own story and style of music. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County. These programs are open to the public; contact the DCCA office for more information.

Most Arts In Education performers spend a week in Greenville traveling to all Greenville City and Darke County public schools, with the exception of the Jr. High program, which generally takes place at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being bused in. According to Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director, “During the Artist’s residencies we always point out local landmarks to visit, with Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe making the list as a ‘must’ to truly experience the treasures we have in Darke County.” “The support of a local icon like Maid-Rite is greatly appreciated by DCCA and sends a powerful message to the children,” he concluded.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA programs call DCCA at 937-547-0908 or check out their website at www.CenterForArts.net.

Friday, November 10, 2017

St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar: This Weekend!

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St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar: St. Mary’s Rosary Altar Society, Greenville, Ohio, will be holding their 45th annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This is a true old-fashioned bazaar with most items made and/or donated by parish members. The famous cinnamon rolls baked fresh on-site each morning, baked goods including homemade bread, candy, such as buckeyes, and snacks, arts and crafts, Christmas and Thanksgiving items, religious items, new gift items and raffles are available.

Soup and sandwiches are available on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the Children’s Choir from St. Mary’s School will sing at 11:30 a.m. The raffle prizes include $100 Winner’s Meat, Magnolia Home items, OSU Crockpot Package, Framed picture and lighted statue of the Holy Family and a Gift Certificate Tree. Raffle tickets are available from society members and will be for sale at the bazaar. Tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. St. Mary’s School and Glory youth group will also be selling items.

The holiday bazaar will be held at St. Mary’s School, 238 West Third Street, Greenville, Ohio. Please plan to attend this local holiday event. For raffle tickets or information, contact 548-1924 or 548-1616.

Lost Dog: Olde White, Tan, and Black Beagle Named Sadie

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On 11/8/17 we lost our 16 year old Beagle Sadie. She is white, tan and black. She is sweet, doesn't bite.

If you have seen her please call 574-849-4378 and ask for Misty.


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GREENVILLE, Ohio - It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade returns on Saturday, November 18th at 7 pm in downtown Greenville! This annual tradition in Darke County has kicked off the holiday season for the downtown district the past 14 years!

The 2017 Grand Marshal will be Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association.

The lighted event boosts 70+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway.

The committee would like to remind spectators to stay off of the street during the parade and do not try to cross S. Broadway once the parade has begun. In addition, please do not dangle your legs over the edge of the curb. “We want a safe environment for everyone. For those who are watching the parade and for those who bring their horses to participate,” said Steve Strick, Chief of Police for the City of Greenville.

Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee utilizes many volunteers within the community to make the event happen, as well as provide multiple entertainment options leading up to the parade. “This event helps to highlight our beautiful downtown to those who live here and those who visit. It is a great way to start your family’s holiday celebrations,” said Diana Stebbins, 2017 Parade Chairperson.

Below you will find the current list of entertainment / events for the day, please follow Main Street Greenville's Facebook Page to receive updates as they occur.

10 am-5 pm • The Cozy Nest Christmas Open House
519 S. Broadway - See their new Christmas Decor and enter to win giveaways

4-6:30 pm • Romer’s Catering Delightful Dinner Buffet
118 E. Main St. - Reservations required, includes free premier parking. Call 937-548-2202 to reserve your spot

4-7 pm • Shop & Dine Downtown Before the Parade
Over 30 independent shops and dining establishments

5-7 pm • FREE Pony Rides
First Congregational Christian Church - 115 W. 5th St. - Located on the side lawn

5:00-6:00 pm • JoEllen Melling & Jennifer Peck
Local singers, performing your favorite holiday hits in front of the Darke County Courthouse, corner of 4th & S. Broadway

5:30-7:00 pm • Greenville Middle School Carolers
Enjoy this roaming performance by local 7th and 8th graders as they travel around downtown spreading cheer

5:30-7:00 pm • Big Brothers Big Sisters Open House
205 E. 4th Street - Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies

5:45-6:45 pm • Chelsea & John
Local singers, performing your favorite holiday hits at the Circle Fountain, intersection of Broadway & Main St.

6-8 pm • HER Realtors Holiday Open House
537 S. Broadway, Suite 202, located on the Second Floor, follow the signs - refreshments, appetizers & music

7 pm • 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade
Over 70 lighted horse-drawn carriages, hitches and riders illuminate South Broadway for a grand holiday tradition

Main Street Greenville would like to thank the families who bring their horses to this parade event. “It is a lot of work for them. They arrive at the staging area as early as 3 pm to prepare for the event. The parade simply would not be possible without their commitment and we are grateful for their contribution to make this a great holiday tradition,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

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

Please visit www.mainstreetgreeville.org or www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville for more information about Main Street Greenville 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.

Bringing it all Together at Greenville Middle School Stand Up and Stand Out! We’re Worth It!

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As the first nine weeks draws to a close, many different facets at Greenville Middle School are coming together to prepare a positive environment that recognizes and encourages student positive decisions. Students at Greenville Middle School ‘Stand Up and Stand Out because It’s Worth It!’(phrase coined by Principal Chris Mortensen). The school wide initiatives have been stream lined to ‘bring it all together’ through assemblies, guest speakers, school wide positive behavior acknowledgements systems, activities, and character education.

The first opportunity this year to reinforce positive decision making was a large screen assembly presented by Camfel Productions titled “Worth It!”. Students in grades 3-8 attended the motivational, musically enhanced presentation in September. This provided an opportunity to stress the reasons for making good choices and being motivated for the future. The assembly is, “designed to erase the insecurities and fears students face daily, replacing them with an understanding of their true potential and the desire and motivation to be the best they can be in whatever circumstances they face” (camfelproductions.com).

Following the assembly, Greenville Middle School’s Positive Behavior and Intervention Support Team gave the acknowledgement system a face lift. What has been formally known as B.U.G. Awards (Being Unusually Good) is now called WAVE Awards. Staff will use this as an immediate acknowledgement of students’ positive decisions and connections made to the weekly social emotional learning curriculum. A student is given a WAVE Award slip to trade for an immediate prize when a staff member is able to recognize positive actions.

To support academic intervention as well as social emotional learning opportunities, the Middle School schedule has been adjusted to provide a 30-minute period at the end of the school day. Once a week, the entire school has a mindset lesson. The 7 Mindsets curriculum solidifies the positive decision focus at Greenville Middle School by focusing on a different Mindset each month. For example, the month of September's mindset was ‘Everything is Possible’. Students and staff explored dreaming big and making goals for those dreams to happen. Through the 7 Mindsets Academy, the students experience a social emotional learning curriculum that helps them develop, “a) a firm belief in their potential, b) an optimistic vision for the future, and c) a strong sense of personal authenticity, perform better academically and forge more substantial relationships in life” (7MindsetsAcademy.com).

Aligned with the ability to make good decisions is the need to empower the students of Greenville Middle School to Stand Up and Stand Out against drug use. In conjunction with Greenville Elementary School and St Mary’s Catholic School, Greenville Middle School has been awarded two separate grants from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County. One grant will support the purchase of a t-shirt for each student that will be worn for a variety of school wide walks, assemblies, and activities to support good decision making and standing up and out against drug use! The second grant will be used to bring motivational speaker Logan Weber to passionately encourage the participants to bring it all together on a personal level (http://www.weberassociates.com/Logan_Weber_Bio.aspx).

Through all of the initiatives at Greenville Middle School, there are many advantages to the changes being made. The best way to help our students make concerted and sustained changes in their attitudes and behavior is to ground their beliefs and activities together in a variety of ways. At Greenville Middle School, the students and staff are bringing it all together to ensure that good decisions and the ability to Stand Up and Stand Out is foundational in all that is done because we are Worth It!

Zero Weight Gain Challenge

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Are you interested in maintaining your weight or even losing a few pounds during this holiday season? Could you use some encouragement and guidance but don’t have time to attend classes? Give our Zero Weight Gain holiday wellness challenge a try.

The “Zero Weight Gain Challenge” is an on-line challenge designed to help participants get fit by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, and wellness tips during the upcoming holiday season. Participants will receive weekly e-communications and have access to supplemental information available on Blogs and Facebook. All participant information will be kept confidential.

Each week participants will receive free weekly e-communications, containing nutrition, health and fitness tips. Additional food and activity logs will be available for download to help participants track their progress. Pre- and post- online-survey assessments are used to collect comments to improve future challenges and track participant progress.

Interested in participating in this on-line challenge? Sign up by following this link to enroll: http://go.osu.edu/DarkeZWG17. You will be enrolled and begin receiving e-communications starting the week of November 20. While Facebook™ will be utilized; participants only need to have an email address. The program is funded by Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio State University Extension embraces human diversity and is committed to ensuring that all research and related educational programs are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. This statement is in accordance with United States Civil Rights Laws and the USDA.

Roger Rennekamp, Associate Dean and Director, Ohio State University Extension

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing, please contact Ohio State University Extension using your preferred communication (e-mail, relay services, or video relay services). Phone 1-800-750-0750 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Inform the operator to dial 614-292-6181.


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Kandy Gamble the Crazy Coupon Lady, and Vickie Norrod, a Zombie Demon
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, hosted a FREE Bingo Night open to the public in October! 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. Players who dressed up were entered to win a ‘spooktacular’ prize.

VHCC will hold the next bingo on February 13, 2018, from 7-8 p.m. Bingo winners will again receive nonperishable food items and small household items for their prizes. This bingo session, if players dress up like cupid, they will enter to win a special Valentines Day prize. 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.

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