Friday, February 24, 2017


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Kristina Knapp Bradley donating at the May 30, 2012 Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln blood drive.
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center has lost a member of the blood donor family with the passing of Englewood’s Kristina Knapp Bradley. She was a young mother dedicated to helping others as a community volunteer, a faithful blood donor, and as the blood drive coordinator for the family Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc. dealership in Greenville.

Kristina died Feb. 18 at the age of 32. It’s a tragic loss for her husband Vinny, daughter Makayla, parents Dave and Karen Knapp, and all their family, friends and community.

Kristina made her first blood donation in 2002 as a senior at Northmont High School. She became the marketing director at Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc. and was soon coordinating Saturday morning community blood drives in the dealership showroom.

The Knapp family dealership has been hosting community blood drives since 2007, averaging at least two blood drives per year. In 2012 Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln partnered with CBC to serve as sponsor for the 2012 “iFocus on Saving Lives” summer blood drive campaign with the grand prize of a new Ford Focus.

Dave and Kirsten decided to launch the campaign with a blood drive at the dealership on May 30, 2012, and Dave made his first lifetime donation. “I’ve got to lead by example,” he said. “I’ve helped in many other ways, but this is the first time with the God-given resource that is so needed.”

Kristina was his inspiration. Many learned about the blood drive that day because of a special call for type O donors. Kristina was among those who answered the call.

“I’ve always tried to talk him into it,” she said as she made her 15th lifetime donation. “He didn’t argue, not this time!”

She continued to donate regularly at the dealership blood drives. Her final blood donation came Nov. 11, 2016 at the Northmont Community blood drive. Her donations were truly life-saving gifts because Kristina was both a “Universal Donor” and a “Baby Donor.”

Her blood type was O negative, which any patient in need can receive. She was also a CMV-negative donor, meaning she had never been exposed to the common cytomegalovirus. Hospitals prefer to use CMV-negative blood for units designated for children and to ensure the safety of blood transfusions to newborns.

She was dedicated to giving back to the community, with a special focus on helping children. She served as the 2016 chairperson for the Darke County March of Dimes, taught dance at All About Dance and was a former cheerleading coach for Northmont Pee Wee football.

CBC remembers Kristina Knapp Bradley as an honored “Donor for Life.”

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Author’s Night at Montage

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Author’s Night is a free event opened to the public, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenville Public Library. Held at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville where delicious food & drink can be purchased, the evening is always extra-festive with live music by the cool J.R. Price and Bill Westfall. Doors open at 6:00 and the program starts at 7:00.

The dates for March and April have been changed so as not to conflict with Mainstreet’s “First Fridays.“ March 10th features Lee Martin and April 14th Vivian Blevins. We can’t wait to meet these interesting, accomplished, award-winning writers and hear their stories.

Lee Martin has a fabulous bio on his website along with info on his books, a delightful blog, and links to interesting interviews. It’s impossible to do justice in a short article to this Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of five novels, two memoirs, and a short story collection. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in all the quality publications and he’s received many major awards and fellowships. Lee teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University where he was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Lee is originally from southeastern Illinois but lived as a “nomad in academia for a good while, living and teaching (and always writing!)” in various states. He now lives in Columbus, Ohio. His favorite quote about writing, which he passes on in each class he teaches, comes from Isak Dinesen who said, “Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.” Don’t miss the chance to meet and chat with this distinguished and humorous author!

Behavioral Health and Wellness Center-Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist

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Family Health’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, a highly integrated and innovative behavioral health center in west central Ohio, seeks an experienced and motivated individual to join their therapy team. This position requires a generalist approach to counseling with experience in individual, child, senior and family therapy.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in either clinical psychology, or clinical social work. Independent licensure status and a minimum of two years clinical experience is essential. This position is offered on a fee-for-service, contractual basis.


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Charger 300 Event to Support Student-Athletes

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The Edison State Community College Athletics Department and the Edison Foundation are partnering to host the eighth annual Charger 300 event on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

Just as academic programs at Edison State are enhanced by internship and co-op experiences, intercollegiate athletics allow students to test and form life-long values and habits that build character and shape identity.

Edison State’s student-athletes are well prepared for both the academic and competitive challenge. As athletic success grows, so do opportunities to compete at elite conference, regional, state and national levels.

“The Charger 300 event helps to support our student-athletes in more ways than one,” said Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life at Edison State. “With financial support from this event, our student-athletes have the opportunity to grow as individuals through academic and athletic rigor without having to worry about the financial burdens often associated with college.”

Intercollegiate athletics have become a valuable part of the Edison State community. Each year, over 100 student-athletes participate baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. The Edison State Athletic Department also recently announced the addition of women’s softball to its list of intercollegiate athletic programs beginning in the spring of 2018.

Investment in Edison State’s student-athletes through the Charger 300 allows them to compete at the highest level in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) while supporting every player, every coach, and every sport.

A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $10,000 prize. Other cash drawings will occur throughout the night, and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.

Tickets are $100 per couple and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages, entertainment, and a chance to win the grand prize. A silent auction will also feature such items as NFL and Dayton Dragon tickets, as well as gift baskets from local businesses and organizations.

“We had a lot of supporters show up last year and hope to have even more this year,” added Cole. “It’s a fun night that’s held for a great cause.”

Edison State’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and are Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 300 Club event, visit or call Nate Cole at 937.381.1555.


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Betty Hill – JoEllen Melling – Dorothy Oda Recognized Members
with February Birthdays As well as Associate Member Lyn Bliss not in attendance.
DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’s CLUB first meeting for 2017 was February 13th at Chestnut Village Center.

There were seventeen Members present plus DCRW Associate Member and State Central Committee Member Stephanie Garrett Guest: Danielle Martin and Kristina Heath Ben Thaeler from the office of Representative Warren Davidson and Keith Threewits, President of the DCRM’s Club.

Kellyanne Conway was the topic for the program.

President Melling named the 2017-2018 Chair and Co-Chairman for the following Committees:

  • Membership – Katie DeLand
  • Social – Carol Ginn, JoEllen Melling
  • Program – Betty Hill, JoEllen Melling
  • Publicity – Betty Hill, Wavelene Denniston
  • Legislative – Katie DeLand
  • Reservations – Wavelene Denniston
  • Greeters - Vivian Foreman, Sherry Ward
  • Chaplain – JoEllen Melling
  • OFRW/NFRW Representatives – JoEllen Melling, Katie DeLand
  • Handbook – Carol Ginn

Ways and Means and Historian are still to be filled.

Next meeting will be March 13th, 6:30 same place.

Gospel Concert

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Salem Quartet on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6 PM. The quartet consists of:

Dave Mittlesteadt, baritone, was born and raised right here in Dayton OH and graduated from Northmont High School. Dave has always stayed active in church choirs, but this Southern Gospel music and quartet singing is a brand new experience. And he loves it!

Herb Peer, bass, was born in South Bend, Indiana. Herb graduated from Bethel College, Indiana and earned a Master’s Degree in education from Indiana University. Herb sang with the concert choir, of which he served as president, and with the Envoys quintet at Bethel College, with the One Way Singers in the mid-70’s and with the Atonement quartet for many years at his previous church. He has also sung in various choirs over the years.

Dan Garner, our lead, was born and raised in Akron, OH. After graduating from High School, he joined the US Air Force and served for 10 years. Dan went on to earn a BA from North Greenville College in Tigerville, SC. As a vocal major he had the opportunity to sing with the college's choir, barbershop quartet and many ensembles. Dan has served several churches since 1993 as a Music Minister/Worship Pastor and Youth Minister.

Dyan Garner, tenor, was born at Chanute AFB in Rantoul, IL and as a military brat had the opportunity to live in several states. Dyan has had the opportunity to serve at several churches as a Minister to Youth, Children and Families. Dyan and her husband Dan have been singing together in Southern Gospel trios and quartets since 1995.

The public is invited to come and enjoy the music of the Salem Quartet. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.


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DCCA will present “An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham”
at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday,
March 2 as part of the DCCA Coffee House Series. This event is sold out.
Jason Farnham will also perform for kindergarten through
third grade students in all local public schools February 27
through March 3 as part of DCCA's Arts In Education program;
these performances are free and open to the public.  
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham” at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, March 2; the concert, part of DCCA's Coffeehouse Series, begins at 7 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the composer/pianist has been dubbed “Schroeder” by his fans, after the piano-playing character found in the Peanuts comic strip. “Jason Farnham delights audiences with his wide-ranging repertoire, some of which is skillfully played on a toy piano, accounting for the Schroeder comparison,” Mr. Rawlins explained. “Jason's show includes contemporary romantic songs, some blues, stride piano sounds, and classical music with a modern twist, along with witty Victor Borge-style comedy antics and clever interaction with his audience,” the DCCA official stated.

DCCA's Coffeehouse presentations offer high-quality artists performing in an intimate social atmosphere where food and drink are also available. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that this casual format will enhance audience enjoyment of Jason Farnham's performance. “Jason has been described as a combination of Jerry Lee Lewis, Victor Borge, and Beethoven on steroids who sometimes plays the piano while lying upside-down, which should provide a fascinating and exciting evening for music lovers of all ages,” she commented.

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

Tickets for ”An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham” are sold out. For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or check their Website at Jason Farnham will also perform for kindergarten through third grade students in all local public schools February 27 through March 3 as part of DCCA's Arts In Education program; these performances are free and open to the public.

Greenville National Bank supports Empowering programs

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GREENVILLE - Lisa Martin, Marketing & Development Officer for Greenville National Bank, recently presented a check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. She got to meet some of the kids the local bank was supporting.

“This is a good program,” she noted, “one that is definitely needed in the county.” Greenville National Bank is locally owned and operated. The bank supports a variety of community-oriented projects, including the Harmon Field Stadium Arena and more.

Empowering Darke County Youth, a 501c3 community service organization, was formed in March 2016 and currently conducts two programs to help young people meet and overcome their academic challenges. The After School Program is held on the Edison State Community College Darke County Campus. The Summer Tutoring Program is held at the Greenville Public Library.

All services are free. Empowering Darke County Youth is dependent upon community support to provide the services.

Darke County Genealogical Society to Give Presentation

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The Darke County Genealogical Society Inc. is having a historic presentation on Mar. 5, Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at Garst Museum in Greenville, OH.

Enjoy a presentation through time as you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, OH. Woodland Cemetery is the final resting place of the King and Queen of the Gypsies “Levi and Matilda Stanley”.

Many of the nation’s most well-known inventors and innovators are buried in this well-known Dayton cemetery, such as, Orville and Wilbur Wright, poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar, writer: Erma Bombeck, and George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles). Others buried at this historical cemetery, George Newcom, one of Dayton’s founders and Clement Vallandigham, the man without a country.

The speaker is Angela Hoschouer. She is the Manager of Development and Marketing for Woodland. She is a founding member of the Randolph Twp. Historical Society, a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society with a status as a First Family of Ohio, First Family of Greene County, and a member of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio. This presentation is free and open to anyone interested. It will be followed by refreshments and a regular Darke County Genealogy meeting.

For more information call 548-8295.


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DCCA will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. An annual DCCA fundraiser, “Irish Wave” features Irish music, Irish food, and an assortment of beers.  Music will be performed by, returning favorite, Lone Raven, a popular Ohio-based band known for its eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and original tunes. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. An annual DCCA fundraiser, “Irish Wave” features Irish music, Irish food, and an assortment of beers. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, the proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. “We promise a good time for a good cause, a win-win situation for everyone,” Ms. Jordan said. The fund-raising party begins at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, the lucky winner of the “Off to the Isle” limited edition raffle will be announced at “Irish Wave.” Raffle tickets costing $100 each are now on sale for a chance to receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a popular Ohio-based band known for its eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and original tunes. A diverse choice of beers will be offered for tasting, as well as a commemorative beer glass to take home. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, and Todd Subler, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coalition awards grants for youth substance abuse education, prevention

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DARKE COUNTY — The Coalition for a Healthy Darke County (Coalition) celebrated its one-year anniversary as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in January by awarding local grants for youth substance abuse education and prevention.

In 2016, the Coalition applied and received grants from the Darke County United Way and the Greenville Rotary Club. Those funds were added to Coalition dollars to offer Substance Abuse Education and Prevention grants.

“The collaboration among the Coalition, United Way and Rotary demonstrates the purpose of the Coalition, which is to understand and promote community decision making, collaboration and ownership among many different organizations to work together to resolve specific community challenges such as health and substance abuse,” said Coalition President Sharon Deschambeau.

Grants were awarded to a student group from Darke County We Are The Majority (WRTM) and Greenville Elementary School. WRTM has approximately 60 students and Kelly Harrison, Prevention Specialist, Recovery and Wellness of Midwest Ohio is the advisor.

“Recovery and Wellness sincerely appreciates the opportunity to use the allocated funds from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County and we look forward to implementing and hosting the “We are the Majority” Winter at the Y (YMCA) Night on February 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” said Harrison. The Recovery and Wellness event sponsored evening activities will include swimming, leadership skills, team building, pizza, a bounce house, giveaways and more.

Harrison added, “The focus of this event will be to gather community youth grades K- 6 with the teen drug/alcohol prevention team to inspire young students to make positive choices and stand strong against drug/alcohol use. The goal of We are the Majority is to spread the word that statistically most students do not use drugs and alcohol and are paving the way to a brighter future! The commitment community members, agencies, and youth have displayed to tackle drug concerns by working together has been amazing and much appreciated!”

Greenville Elementary School plans to use their grant dollars to hold two student assemblies for grades K-2 and 3-4 in May 2017.

“We are so thankful to the Coalition for awarding us this grant,” said Greenville School Counselor Katy Copas.

“This grant will allow us to bring in a dynamic speaker, who not only educates students about the dangers of drugs, but also gives them strategies to deal with being offered drugs or unknown substances. Presenting this material at the elementary level will help to set students on the right path in making healthy choices in their lives.

Additionally, Greenville Police Officer/School Resource Officer Ryan Borowske is a part of the program.”

Greenville Elementary Principal Jody Harter estimates that the grant dollars will impact at least 1,000 students.

Coalition President Sharon Deschambeau recently attended a statewide meeting hosted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that was focused on fighting the drug epidemic in Ohio.

“The 1,600 attendees listened to Attorney General DeWine present the recommendations of the Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education.

The group’s report offers a plan to incorporate drug education in all grade levels,” said Deschambeau.

“It was apparent from the findings of the study and discussion throughout the meeting that our communities must start the substance abuse education and prevention process early. Some Ohio communities are educating as early as pre-school.”

Deschambeau also serves as the president of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and indicated that investing in substance abuse education and prevention for our children at an early age may benefit our businesses and communities in the long term.

“Perhaps we will see a difference in the health of our future workforce in Darke County in the next 10-12 years by starting substance abuse education and prevention now,” she said.

Plans are in process for the Coalition to host a Community Conversation on Youth Substance Abuse Education and Prevention in May 2017.

For more information or to join the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County visit


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Mallory Pleiman
Mallory Pleiman, an Occupational Therapist at Versailles Health Care Center, recently was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. According to Shawnee State University, Mallory Albers (now Pleiman) had one of the most significant careers in the illustrious history of the Shawnee State women’s basketball program. A four-year player, she played in at least 30 games all four seasons of her career. Albers is seventh all-time in scoring in program history with 1,622 points, and is one of 29 players in program history to surpass the 1,000 point plateau. She is also eighth all-time in field goals made (525), fifth in three-point field goals made (214), fourth in field goal percentage (.386), second in free throw percentage (.808), fifth in steals (226), seventh in minutes played (3,390), and is in the top 25 in virtually every other category. Albers was a three-time All-American Mideast Conference selection, named to the third team in 2007-08 and to the first team in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. She was a two-time NAIA All-American, named to the third team in 2008-09 and to the first team in 2009-10. Albers was the best player on the 2009-10 Shawnee State women’s basketball team that finished the NAIA Division II National Runner-Up, averaging 17.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

A native of Fort Loramie, she graduated from Fort Loramie High School in 2006. Following high school, she attended Shawnee State University where she earned her Bachelor of Natural Science with Biology Concentration in 2010 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2012. Pleiman has been a part of the Versailles Health Care Center Therapy Team since November 2014.

Pleiman and her husband, Jordan, live in Fort Loramie with their two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, and attending Fort Loramie athletic and community events.

“It is such an honor to be inducted into the Shawnee State University Hall of Fame,” shared Pleiman. “I would like to thank my various teammates over the years at SSU and Fort Loramie High School who helped me make it to the Hall of Fame. It definitely was not a sole effort but required the help of all of them. This same teamwork is what I love about working at Versailles Health Care Center. Our therapy department works together as a team for the best outcomes for our patients.”

When asked about Pleiman, Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, said “Mallory has been an excellent addition to our team. Her sense of teamwork and flexibility sets her apart as a leader among leaders. She is well respected by her peers and loved by her inpatients and outpatients. We are all very proud of her accomplishments, on and off the basketball court.”

If you are interested in learning more about the therapy programs offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Post Surgery Rehab, Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, and much more.


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Saturday, February 25th, at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Commissioner Stegall will be holding a “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting for those interested at The Bob Evans Restaurant in Greenville. Bob Evans is located at 1403 Wagner Avenue at the north end of Greenville. This is an opportunity for people to discuss county matters with one of its local elected officials. Come on out, enjoy a delicious breakfast and discuss county matters. That is Saturday, February 25th, 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Bob Evans in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

Edison State Works Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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Edison State Community College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the West Hall of the Piqua Campus to introduce its latest resource, Edison State Works.

Edison State Works is a workforce development and education initiative intended to connect Edison State students and staff, regional employers, and communities with an opportunity for growth.

The initiative is tightly bound to Edison State's mission statement and strategic plan which states: "Edison State Community College provides the learning opportunities, support services and commitment that enables students to complete their educational goals and realize their dreams."

"It is my hope that Edison State Works will act as the catalyst for creative avenues between our talented students and high-demand, well-paid careers in our region," said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.

"Edison State Community College has the potential to act as a major factor in the health and growth of the economy in the region and Edison State Works will provide the framework from which we can begin to reach that potential."

The designated area will serve as a place for area businesses and organizations to connect with Edison State students, faculty and staff to raise awareness, build and strengthen relationships, and further develop workforce opportunities.

"While a major component of Edison State Works is the newly purposed space, the project itself aspires to engage the entire campus and communities we serve to impact each of our students in a positive way," added Dr. Larson.

"We want to take a new approach to the work-based learning experience and strengthen our overall partnerships with regional employers."

The open house event will include light refreshments. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Edison State Office of Business and Community Partnerships by calling 937-778-7805 or emailing

Natural Skin Care 101 at Library

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Pamela Graves returns to the Greenville Public Library with a new program on natural skin care Thursday March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. She says “Want to put your best face forward and don't know where to begin? This is the event you've been waiting for!”

Come join us for the "Natural Skin Care 101" where Pamela will discuss an easy step by step routine to help you look your best and eliminate the guesswork. Skin is your largest organ and taking care of it makes a noticeable difference. This program is ideal for all age groups and genders.

This is a free event and space is limted so sign up today to guarantee your seat by calling 548-3915. Each guest in attendance will receive a free Unbelievable Skin Care sample.

Pamela creates products that are made from only the finest ingredients such as therapeutic grade essential oils and certified organic when possible. For info see Her products are available locally and are very affordable.

Library's “Lunch & Learn” for Wellness

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The Greenville Public Library's “Lunch & Learn” Wellness Program continues on March 1 at 12:30 in the upstairs meeting room. Guest speaker Jordan Francis, Director of Wellness Services and the Lifestyle Enhancement Center at Wayne HealthCare will present "Eat Well 101: Treat your Body Right with Every Bite." This program will cover the basics of nutrition, including what a well balanced diet looks like, understanding the role of calories and energy expenditure in weight management, macro- and micronutrients, and the role of nutrition in preventing chronic disease.

Lunch will be provided by Brenda's Beanery at a cost of $5.00. You are invited to enjoy this lunch or bring your own or just come for the free program. Please call the Library to make a reservation if you would like to buy the lunch. Everyone is welcome!

Rotary Charitable Giving

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Greenville will allocate grant funding to non-profit, charitable organizations for general operating needs or other programs related to your organization’s mission.

If you wish to apply for grant funding, please contact, Lindsey Gehret, Committee Chair, at 564.3016 or email, , for an application or any other questions you may have. Please note the application deadline is April 15th, 2017. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Requests are reviewed by the club’s Charitable Committee and are then approved by the club’s Board of Directors. While we strive to provide support for all organizations who apply, please keep in mind that not all requests can be met. If your organization received funds in past years, it is not guaranteed that you will receive funds in the future, as all requests are reviewed new each year.

Funds distributed to organizations are made possible by the Greenville Rotary Lemon Shakes sold at The Great Darke County Fair, as well as our Election Machine Project.

Garst Museum Hosts Free Lecture on “The Community Within: Discovering African-American History in Rural Ohio”

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Ric S. Sheffield
Garst Museum’s 2017 Speaker Series will kick off at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 26. Ric S. Sheffield will speak on the diverse African-American history in rural Ohio. Many rural areas in Ohio have long established black communities, such as Darke County’s Longtown community, that are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. Mr. Sheffield’s program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African-Americans in Ohio and explains the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage.

Ric Sheffield is a Professor of Legal Studies and Sociology at Kenyon College. In addition to having served as Associate Provost of the College, he is the Director of Kenyon’s Law and Society Program and the John Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-legal Studies. His research has focused upon the relationship between law and issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. He has lectured widely on issues of race and law as well as African Americans in rural Ohio.

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, and Longtown exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Stephens Foundation.

Driver Flees Crash Near Arcanum that Knocked Out Power and Created a Natural Gas Leak

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On February 21, 2017 at approximately 11:22PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Police, Arcanum Fire & Rescue responded to the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road on a report of a one vehicle possible injury crash with a utility pole knocked down. Preliminary investigation revealed an unknown driver operating a 1989 White Buick Riviera was traveling westbound in the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway striking a Vectren gas meter and then colliding with and knocking down a utility pole causing a short power outage for nearby residents. Further investigation revealed the driver had fled on foot. Crews from Vectren and Arcanum Power responded to the scene to restore electric and to stop the natural gas leak. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UPDATE: Suspect Has Been Apprehended - GPD Issues Arrest Warrant in Speedway Robbery Case

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Update: On February 21, 2017 at approximately 2:33 p.m., the suspect, Eric D. Higgins, was apprehended in Piqua, Ohio.

Original Post: On February 19, 2017 at 4:22 am, the Greenville Police Department responded to a robbery incident at Speedway, 201 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio.

Subsequent investigation identified, Eric D. Higgins, Jr., 28, from Piqua, Ohio, as a possible suspect in the robbery. An arrest warrant for Eric D. Higgins, Jr. has been issued.


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GREENVILLE, OH (February 15, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2016 Annual Report. The report can be accessed through the Visitors Bureau’s website,, or by picking up a printed copy at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville.

“2016 was a banner year for us,” said Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “Between ten ‘Best of Ohio’ awards around the county, record distribution of our visitors guide, and outstanding results through our digital platforms, the Visitors Bureau continues to grow and help our partners achieve increased visibility and success. We’re fortunate to live in a terrific county with amazing resources. We very much appreciate the support from the Darke County Commissioners, the Village of Versailles, the City of Greenville, and our private sector partners. Tourism drives over $65 million of economic activity to the county and is a very beneficial industry, supporting 1 in 18 jobs.”

Some of the highlights include a more than 100% increase in visitor guide distribution from 2014 to 2016, over 1.1 million digital impressions via the Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page, and a continued presence at tradeshows and events around the state.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, whose mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make this county unique. For more information, visit

Make a Vow to Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Sodium Intake during American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Darke County urges everyone in the community to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year in the United States. Additionally, 32.6 percent—about 80 million adults—have high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. As part of this commitment, the YMCA of Darke County encourages heart health through many programs.

Our Healthy Heart program was started in 1996 by local medical professionals including Dr. Henry Chong MD, cardiologist. Participants in this class are led by Silver Sneakers® certified senior specialist Karyl Woolery, who supervises them as they do a combination of cardio and strength exercises that focus on continued cardiac rehabilitation. The Healthy Heart program takes place at the Greenville branch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 AM.

The Y’s Greenville branch also offers blood pressure monitoring at no charge at their monthly Silver Sneaker members potluck lunches.

Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a four-month period, along with regular physical activity, proper nutrition and reducing sodium intake, may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Besides monitoring your blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Per the American Heart Association (AHA), too much sodium in your system puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.

“There are many factors in keeping your heart healthy and having a handle on your blood pressure and sodium intake are effective tools in the preventing heart disease,” said Sam

Casalano, YMCA CEO. “Whether you have high blood pressure, are at risk for heart disease or want to keep your heart healthy, the Y has resources that can help achieve better health.”

In addition to programs and services offered in Darke County, the Y offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help reduce sodium in your diet.

  • Think fresh: Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.
  • Enjoy home-prepared foods: Cook more often at home—where you are in control of what’s in your food. Preparing your own foods allows you to limit the amount of salt in them.
  • Fill up on veggies and fruits—they are naturally low in sodium: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits—fresh or frozen. Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal.
  • Adjust your taste buds: Cut back on salt little by little—and pay attention to the natural tastes of various foods. Your taste for salt will lessen over time. Additionally, keep salt off the kitchen counter and the dinner table and substitute spices, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice to season foods.
  • Boost your potassium intake: Choose foods with potassium, which may help to lower your blood pressure. Potassium is found in vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, beet greens, tomato juice and sauce, sweet potatoes, beans (white, lima, kidney), and bananas. Other sources of potassium include yogurt, clams, halibut, orange juice and milk.

The YMCA of Darke County offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting or stopping into one of your local Y branches.

Heartland of Greenville 2016 Employees of the Month!

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At Heartland of Greenville we have an entire team of outstanding caregivers, but each month we recognize one nominated individual who is selected by their peers to be our Champion of Caring. Congratulations once again for going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of your patients and teammates!

This person is presented with a gold name tag, a Champion of Caring pin, a gift of choice as well as having their name added to the plaque in our entryway. Our top notch survey and customer feedback results are a direct reflection of the hard work by this amazing group and all of our team members.

Our 2016 winners are pictured: Front (L-R) Kim Shuttleworth, Sandy Hutchinson, Joni Thomas, Betsy New, Bruce Strunks and Krista Beam. Not Pictured: Amy Tedder, Cheryl Rader, Tayler Hall, Cindy Bowman, Kiersten Smith, and Shannon Haar.

The Great Darke County Fair is looking for a new manager

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The Great Darke County Fair is looking for a new manager. Our new manager will be a person that best matches the following description. If you are interested in applying for the position, please pickup application and job description at office or online. Return with resume and cover letter to office. We will begin reviewing resumes during the week of February 20, 2017.

Click below for the 3 page job description.

Child Fitness Week

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The week of February 20- 24 the YMCA Child Development Center in Versailles will be holding our first Child Fitness Week for our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms. The YMCA of Darke County is dedicated to the HEPA Initiative (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) where we want to promote health and wellness throughout all YMCA programs. The children in Versailles will be actively participating in the following activities: American Martial Arts on Monday; swimming on Tuesday; gymnastics on Wednesday; Zumba on Thursday and yoga on Friday.

AUCTION: Greenville City Schools – South Middle School

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Greenville City Schools – South Middle School
701 Wayne Ave. – Greenville, OH 45331
February 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Live onsite auction and live internet bidding available NOW via

Onsite INSPECTION: Thurs., Feb. 23rd from 5pm – 7pm & Fri., Feb. 24th from 9am - 5pm

This is the second auction being offered to liquidate the furnishing and assets of the k-8 buildings of Greenville City Schools. Items will include: Approx. 1,000 lots – School Surplus & Loose Furnishings – Commercial Kitchen & Restaurant Equipment – Electronics - Wood & Metal Cabinetry Electronics: Smart boards & projectors; NEC Projectors; Elmo document readers; Computer monitors & towers; Notebook laptops; DVD/VCR players; Routers; Media carts; Lg. sel. of wood and metal storage & file cabinets and shelving; Gym Equip.; 100’s of Student desks & chairs; Lockers; (2) Outdoor utility sheds. More information will become available including pictures and order of sale. Please check our website at daily for updates on this auction, as well as future scheduled dates for the remaining 3 auctions. Terms: This auction is being conducted with no buyer’s premium to onsite bidders and no state sales tax is required to be collected. All items are required to be paid for day of auction with the following payment options: Cash, personal or business check w/ID, or Master Card and Visa. There will be an additional 3% clerking fee added for credit cards. Additional terms and conditions apply to internet bidders.

Homeschool Students Invited to College Credit Plus Information Session

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Edison State Community College invites homeschooled students and their parents to attend a presentation about the statewide College Credit Plus (CCP) program on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in room 504/505 on the Piqua Campus.

Students enrolled in the CCP program can earn college and high school credit concurrently, accelerating their college careers at little to no cost to them. Credits earned in the program are easily transferable to public and private universities nationwide under robust articulation agreements.

While on campus, attendees can learn about:

  • What CCP is;
  • How credit is earned;
  • How to apply and qualify for acceptance into the program
  • How to apply for state funding;
  • Learn about class options and scheduling;
  • Learn about assessment options such as ACT and ACCUPLACER;
  • Learn about additional policies, procedure, and funding deadlines.

For more information, contact Velina Bogart, Coordinator of College Credit Plus for Edison State by calling 937.778.7854 or emailing

Bill Hole Has Passed Away

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William Edward Hole Jr., age 89 of Greenville, Ohio and son of William Edward and Dorothy (Coppock) Hole passed away at 10:35 AM Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Village Green. He was born July 2, 1927 in Greenville, Ohio.

Bill was a graduate of Greenville High School, Culver Military Academy, and the University of Michigan. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during W.W. II he taught sailing at Culver before entering the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society. Bill was an integral part of American Aggregates from 1951, becoming a Director in 1956, Vice President in 1964 and President of the Corporation in 1969. He also served as President of Ohio Aggregates and as National President of National Sand Stone and Gravel where he was also a Lifetime member of the Board. He also served on the Board of Consolidated Gold Fields in England. He served on the Board of Greenville National Bank for 35 years with 21 years as Chairman of the Board.

Bill was Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and a lifetime member of that Board. He had previously served as President of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

He was Chairman of the Building Committee of the Darke County Y.M.C.A. and was the first President of that Board. He had served a number of terms on the Y. board.

He served two terms as President of the Greenville Country Club and on that Board several different times.

He was a past member and on the board of Edison College, Hope Foundation, Garst Museum, Citizens Education Committee and was Vice-President of the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association.
He was a lifetime member of the Greenville Elks Lodge. He managed the Coppock-Hole Trust for many years.

Bill was a faithful member of the First Congregational Church of Greenville, where he taught Sunday school for 23 years sang in the Senior Choir and served on numerous committees including two Pastoral Search Committees.

He was honored to deliver the commencement address to a graduating class of Greenville High School.

After retirement Bill and Gloria enjoyed world travel, Bridge, golf, friends, family and most of all their summer place in Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Gloria (Shiverdecker) Hole, son William Jeffrey, daughter Julie Ann Kirk and husband Wilson, and grandsons Griffin and McGregor, of whom he was very proud. He also leaves two sisters, Susan Brewer and Barbara Brewer and in-laws Walter I. Thieme and Marcia Glenn. Also many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Jean Louise Thieme and in-laws Phyllis and Jim Blocher, Pauline Shiverdecker DeWitte and husband John, Dale Shiverdecker, Leon and Helen Shiverdecker, Lt. Commander Kent Shiverdecker, William D. Brewer and Richard Brewer.

Bill’s nature was that he saw something good in every person he knew.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday February 25, 2017 in the First Congregational Christian Church 115 West Fifth Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastors Don Myers, Peter Menke and Japheth Bear officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday February 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Donor’s Choice.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through

Monday, February 20, 2017

Greenville City Schools to Host Dedication for New K-8 Building

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South School Auction: Saturday Feb 25 at 9am

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Local reminder that the second auction for the Greenville City Schools loose furnishings will be this Saturday February 25th beginning at 9:00 AM (Doors will open at 7 am) at the South School located at 701 Wayne St.

Online pre-bidding is available NOW via

Open inspections are taking place Thursday Feb. 23 from 5-7 PM and Friday Feb. 24 from 9am to 5pm. We encourage the public to get their bidder numbers at this time to avoid a long wait the morning of the auction. Please visit our website for complete information including catalog and pictures. If you have any questions please contact our office at 937-548-2640.

Ohio Farmers Union 83rd Annual Convention

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During the 83rd Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention held recently in Columbus, Ohio, a two-day event, delegates worked to update their policies on matters such as trying to remedy the dramatic increases in taxes on farmland and instituting a process for compiling data on the density of livestock operations within Ohio’s watersheds. Other areas of discussion and policy-making included: maintaining a link between ag policy and public nutrition in the next federal Farm Bill, placing former Ohio Department of Corrections farmland into a “Community Land Trust” for use by young farmers with limited resources, making sure that any replacement of the Affordable Care Act assures comparable or improved health insurance coverage, re-visiting the nation’s dairy policy and pricing structure, and, once again, calling for a moratorium on using Class II injection wells to dispose of fracking and other oil and gas operations’ wastewater (and asking for adoption of adequate standards for Class I injection wells). These policy stances can now be used when lobbying the state legislature and serve as a basis for Ohio Farmers Union’s perspective on formatting policy at the national level.

Local delegate participants from Darke County included Todd and Amy Rhoades, Jim Zumbrink, Duane Shields, Ted and Holly Finnarn, Alison Finnarn, Joe Schmitz and Youth Delegate, Tom Schmitz. The delegates were enlightened on Friday evening with an address delivered by Barbara Patterson, Government Relations Director of the National Farmers Union and a video presentation by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Joseph L. Schiavoni, Ohio Senator from the 33rd District and also the Senate Minority Leader, was awarded the Legislator of the Year Award. Sen. Schiavoni spoke about his legislation that would hold charter schools accountable to taxpayers, SB 39, which is similar to his widely-supported bill, SB 398, which received hearings but was never voted on in the 131st Assembly. On Saturday, Ohio Senator Cliff Hite spoke to those attending concerning the dramatic increase in farmland and woodland taxes (200-600% in recent years) and his efforts in the Senate to look at the Current Agricultural Use Valuation which is used to figure the tax rate. The Federal Reserve interest rate, which has been very low since 2011, has driven this unforeseen consequence in the farm taxes and its input into the valuation needs to be re-visited. Fred Yoder, a member of Donald Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee, also spoke on Saturday and David Drake, Acting State Executive Director of the USDA attended, but could not speak due to the gag order that was imposed recently.

Edison State holds open house

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Edison State Community College invites community members, area high school students and their parents to an open house on Thursday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater on the Piqua campus.

In addition to exploring over thirty of Edison State's academic programs, those in attendance will also have the chance to meet with professors, tour the state-of-the-art facilities, and attend breakout sessions to learn more about internship, scholarship, and financial aid opportunities.

High school students in attendance are also encouraged to learn more about College Credit Plus, which affords them higher learning opportunities at little to no cost. Guests can also speak with university partners about transferring credits earned at Edison State to a four-year college.

"This event is a great opportunity for folks to see for themselves all Edison State has to offer," said Christina Raterman, Edison State Enrollment Manager. "Attendees will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty in all of our academic areas, which is such a huge benefit."

A comprehensive list of career programs will be highlighted including, Business, Computer Information Technology, Engineering Technology, Health Science, Industrial Management and Technology, and Social and Legal Services.

Participants can also learn more about Edison State's 2+2 University Transfer Degrees, which allows students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree at Edison State before transferring to their university of choice.

Industry leaders will also be in attendance to speak one-on-one with students and parents about the need for skilled workers in the Miami Valley.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with families and showcasing our wonderful college," added Raterman.

The evening includes light refreshments and attendees will also be entered to win a three-credit hour tuition waiver. The first fifty people who register to attend online will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. Register to attend online by visiting For more information, call 937-778-8600.

Farmland Preservation—CAUV Meeting-Darke County, Ohio

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Calling all Ohio farmers, farmland owners, woodland owners, conservationists and preservationists to an informative meeting on the issue of farmland preservation and the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property taxation. Have you noticed an increase in your property taxes? Are they higher than you feel is affordable? Did you vote for this increase? On Monday, March 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Old Arcana Restaurant, 109 George Street, Arcanum, Ohio, farmers and landowners will meet to learn about the intricacies of this form of taxation and discuss the processes available that would remedy the excessive cost to our rural citizens. There will be a dinner followed by several presentations and educational workshops.

Recently, CAUV values for rural property owners have sky-rocketed tremendously with increases as high as 200-600%, leading to a heavy and unwarranted tax burden switch onto the backs of Ohio farmers. We need to achieve CAUV values that are closer to the actual income-producing ability of Ohio farmland and thus realize the original purpose and policy of the CAUV law, which is to allow farmland owners to pay reasonable real estate taxes based on a farm’s “use” rather than its speculative fair market value. Legislation recently re-introduced in the General Assembly seeks to correct these spikes in value and also provide that CAUV land used in a conservation practice, either state or federal program, would be valued at the lowest value assigned on the basis of soil type. This requirement would encourage farmers to engage in practices that protect the environment and water quality. Currently, under the CAUV rules, farmers are discouraged from participating in these programs because the farmland is taxed as though it is producing crops. The legislation would provide that conservation acres under CAUV would be valued at the minimum values used in the formula which would be appropriate because these lands are not producing any crops.

The meeting is sponsored by Ohio Farmers United, Ohio Farmers Union, NFO, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio State Grange, Woodland and Forestry Farmers, Ohio Family Farm Center, Second National Bank, Crop Production Services, Seed Consultants, Inc., Merchants Bank of Indiana and Finnarn Ag Law.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Scholarship Offered

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be offering two $500 scholarships for students attending college in the 2017/2018 academic year. One scholarship will go to a Darke County graduate, and one will go to a Shelby County graduate.

Those who wish to be considered for the scholarship should be students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA throughout high school and enrolled in a school within Shelby or Darke County. They also must have been a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Buddies program for two full academic years and have attended at least 75% of the sessions of which they were involved. Applicants must also plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or technical school.

Students interested in applying can get the application from their guidance office, their Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Service Coordinator, or online at on the “Resources” page.

The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2017, and recipients will be announced on May 6, 2017.

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am. 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 from 9:30am-11:30am 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.

The House Finch is often confused with the Purple Finch, but it is not nearly as bright or fully colored.

Olde Thyme Garderners Invite Susan F. Gray to Speak at Shawnee Prairie

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The Olde Thyme Gardeners are pleased to inform you that Susan F. Gray, local historian and naturalist, will be speaking at Shawnee Prairie at 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio 45331 on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 PM.

Susan Gray, a founder of the Darke County Park District, will speak on the practical uses and importance of Ohio native plants and their place in prairie systems. She is a longtime activist in preserving Darke County lands and history. As a Shawnee tribe member, she has educated the public on Native American culture. Susan Gray, also known as Tawaskote Menitsa, was given her name by Crow Woman, the Nation's Mother. Its meaning is" Prairie Spirits". Susan Gray is a rare individual. She was a pioneer in the preservation of the prairie. She took it upon herself to start the Shawnee Prairie with many obstacles. Darke County is very fortunate to have Susan Gray for many decades to ensure the past American environment is available to future generations. Susan has received many awards for her effort to preserve the grasslands. As you walk around the prairie with Susan, she is undaunted by the wonders of nature. She becomes your own knowledgeable guide of the past. She makes you feel welcome in the past of Darke County.

Come and join us and listen to our own local treasure as she shares her passion for preservation. The cost is $10 which includes refreshments. Registration forms will be available at the nature center and most local libraries, as well as on our blog. Please mail your registration form and $10 registration fee to Olde Thyme Gardeners, PO Box 74, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Registration deadline is March 10. 

Find us on Facebook for more information or check out our blog at Registration confirmation will be sent by email only.

CORS Awarded Supplemental Head Start Funding

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Block areas in classrooms offer many opportunities for learning.
Literacy by talking about their building, math by teaching
number concepts and even social studies as they talk about spaces and places.
Through an increased federal investment in quality for early childhood education, Council on Rural Services (CORS) is receiving an award of $915,794 for supplemental preschool grant. This is part of a $290 million nationwide expansion award announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (HHS).

Congress allocated the new funds as a down payment toward ensuring that nearly all preschool-age children in Head Start attend programs that operate full-time as announced in the new standards that must be fully met by 2021. These new Head Start standards place higher emphasis on a vision of evidence-based, data-driven and outcomes-focused services. These new standards are a significant and positive step forward for the future of Head Start and the success of the children and families later in life.

Within the new standards, all CORS Head Start funded centers must expand minimum teaching time to 1020 hours per year. The awarding of this grant enables Kids Learning Place to begin meeting this benchmark by converting the Head Start services in these most critical locations:

  • Darke County will increase the hours of their existing Union City classroom to include the full day standard of 1020 hours per year.
  • Auglaize County in Wapakoneta will convert their existing part-day classrooms and now have two 6-hour full day Head Start classrooms with 40 child slots.
  • Auglaize County in St. Mary’s will open two NEW 6-hour full day Head Start classrooms with 36 child slots.
  • Van Wert County will convert their existing part-day classrooms and now have two 6-hour full day Head Start classrooms with 40 child slots.
  • Logan County will re-open a Bellefontaine classroom and convert it to a full day Head Start classroom with 20 child slots.

This grant includes funds to increase staff by approximately 22 positions and startup funds to fully equip the three new classrooms. All these full day classrooms will open in the fall of 2017.

All the above existing classrooms currently have awards for the highest recognition of “Five Stars” in Ohio’s “Step Up to Quality” program through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Dan Schwanitz, CEO at CORS said, “What CORS is most proud of is that for over 40 years we have been a leader in early childhood education in Ohio. We have a history of achieving outcomes for children both by supporting their health and learning and by enabling their families to achieve their own goals for education, employment, stability, and success. This additional funding will continue to expand these outcomes.” Kids Learning Place currently offers Head Start services to 1,364 children in their nine county service area through funds from HHS and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

“Last September we transitioned 589 children to kindergarten who are ready to learn, healthy, and developmentally on target,” said Liz Pfenning, Early Childhood Director. “They have self-help skills and can regulate their behaviors and feelings in-group settings. As important, their parents are involved in their schooling; they have the leadership skills and confidence to advocate for their child’s needs and to participate on parent committees. We here at CORS build lifelong learners in children and parents who set and achieve goals.”

For more information about the changes call our toll free number 1-866-627-4557 and talk with Liz Pfenning. Also, check our Web site at or “like” our Facebook page at

Council on Rural Services provides education and support through Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES), in their nine county service area.


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Tammy Moyar, COTA and Shannon Condon, MA, CCSLP
Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Versailles Health Care Center, recently earned her certification in Recovering Function for Adults with Hemiplegia Using the Principles of Neuro-Developmental Treatment. For the certification, Moyar completed training over the last three years and passed the Recovering Function’s examination. She then received a certificate from Recovering Function bearing RPSFCA in NDT (RPSF certified assistant in Neuro-Developmental Treatment).

Moyar completed Part I (Introduction to NDT: Achieving Functional Outcomes) and Part II (Getting Results Faster: Managing the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity from an NDT Perspective) in 2014 in Pittsburg, PA. She then completed Part III (Applying the RPSF: A Step-by-Step Framework for Assessing Potential and Individualizing Functional Outcomes Using the Principles of NDT) and Part IV (Applying the RPSF: Manual Cues for Accessing Missing Components of Movement with Intensive Focus on the Trunk Using the Principles of NDT) in 2014 in Chicago, IL. Part V (Applying the RPSF: Manual Cues for Accessing Missing Components of Movement with Intensive Focus on the Upper Extremity Using the Principles of NDT) training took place in 2015 in West Orange, NJ. Lastly, Moyar completed Part VI (Apply RPSF: Implementing Client Interventions Using the Principles of NDT) in August 2016 in San Jose, CA.

Moyar, who is now certified in providing specialized stroke therapy, commented “I’m excited to play an important role in providing optimum patient outcomes in Neuro-Developmental Treatment at Versailles Health Care Center. We now offer a greater foundation for the treatment of stroke with more effective strategies and outcomes.”

Moyar is also the facilitator of VHCC’s quarterly NeuroConnect meeting. NeuroConnect meets to connect survivors of stroke and brain injury, including neurological conditions, and their families with positive support and beneficial resources. The next NeuroConnect meeting is Tuesday, February 28 at 4 pm at Versailles Health Care Center.

Shannon Condon, Facility Rehab Director, shared “Tammy has followed her passion for helping people following stroke and brain injury to achieve this challenging and esteemed certification. I am so proud of the amazing skill that she offers her patients; we are fortunate to have her level of care and expertise in Versailles.”

If you are interested in learning more Neuro-Developmental Treatment offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center or to RSVP to February’s NeuroConnect, please contact Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon at 937-526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Post Surgery Rehab, Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, and much more.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kiwanis supports Empowering programs

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Left to right: Al Greiner, Kiwanis of Greenville board member, and Mike Snyder, Kiwanis of Greenville past president.
Kiwanis of Greenville, plus long-time Kiwanian and board member Al Greiner, recently made donations supporting the Empowering Darke County Youth programs. The funds will be used for the After School Program at Edison State Community College and, once school is out, the Summer Tutoring Program at the Greenville Public Library.

Kiwanis of Greenville is a community service organization that meets every Wednesday at noon in the Chestnut Village Center at Brethren Retirement Community. Kiwanis supports youth in a variety of programs, including the Key Club at Greenville High School.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization focused on tutoring and mentoring kindergarten through sixth grade students who need academic help. Empowering relies on community support for its programs. More than 100 students have been helped since the organization formed in March 2016. Check out Empowering Darke County Youth on Facebook.

Library Film Series Features The Conversation

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The 1974 film The Conversation is an American psychological mystery thriller written, produced, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman with supporting roles by John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr and Robert Duvall.

The plot revolves around a surveillance expert and the moral dilemma he faces when his recordings reveal a potential murder. Coppola cited the 1966 film Blowup as a key influence. However since the film was released to theaters just a few months before Richard Nixon resigned as President, he felt that audiences interpreted the film to be a reaction to the Watergate scandal.

It was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1974 and lost Best Picture to The Godfather Part II, another Francis Ford Coppola film.

Join us at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday February 23 at 7 p.m. Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie and as always there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

Church Takes Ash Wednesday to the Streets of Dayton

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On Ash Wednesday, March 1, Ginghamsburg Church will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton from 11am-1pm.

Ginghamsburg Church is part of a nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to seek forgiveness and renewal.

In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes from palm leaves on the face at the beginning of the Lenten season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. “Ashes to Go” provides the opportunity to participate in that tradition for people who have lost their connection to a church or have never participated before.

“Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day. “It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace,” says Pastor Rosario Picardo, Executive Pastor at Ginghamsburg Church.

“As people get busier and busier, we need the church in new and non-traditional ways. We especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives. The people who accept ashes on the street are often people longing to make a connection between their faith and the forces of daily life, and 'Ashes to Go' helps them feel that connection,” Picardo continues.

In addition to offering ashes and prayers, the church is offering blessing bags filled with items most homeless people can use. Friends, family, scout troops, athletic teams, school classes and church groups are encouraged to gather together to create blessing bags: gallon-size Ziplock bags filled with warm wool socks, waterproof gloves, band-aids, deodorant, chapstick, wet wipes, beef jerky, peanut butter crackers, dried fruit, snack cups, mints and water.

All donations can be dropped off at either Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. Co. Rd. 25A, Tipp City or Fort McKinley, 3721 W. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, by Friday, February 24.

If you would like to make monetary donations or would like to be involved, please contact Pastor Rosario Picardo, Executive Pastor of New Church Development and Senior Pastor at The Point Campus of Ginghamsburg Church, or 937.667.1069.

Brukner Woodcarving & Art Show

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Ohio's top carvers and artists invite you to enjoy and or purchase their works, including Fine Art, Collectibles, Chip Carvings, Decoys, Caricatures, minatures, Wildlife and much more. Free demonstrations, Vendors offering a wide variety of tools and supplies and much more.

Event dates: April 8 & 9, 2017
Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N Co Rd 25A, Troy, OH 45373
Hours: April 9 10AM-5PM, April 10 11AM-4PM
Admission: $4.00

Proceeds benefit Brukner Nature Center, Troy, Ohio

Preparations begin for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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This color comparison scale will help the volunteers grade the syrup and determine when it’s ready.
This week the maple sap has started to run, and many Darke County Parks’ volunteers have fired up the sugar shack for the maple sugaring season! Freezing nights and thawing days cause the sap to move, bringing the sweetness one step closer to the table. For some volunteers it will be just another February, for others it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill and help out the park district at the same time.

The Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival will be held on Saturday, March 4th, from 8am-4pm. This late winter day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science, learning the process of turning sap into syrup. After the tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack, and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the early settlers and discuss life on the frontier. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop and bake sale will be full of maple goodies fit for any sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Adults tickets are $6 and children 3-12 are $3. Carry-out is available, and extra sausage can be purchased for $1 more. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the breakfast or presale tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information!

Learn Backyard Sugaring with DCP

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Just in time for the upcoming maple sugaring season, join Darke County Parks to master a new woodland skill. At Shawnee Prairie on Saturday Feb. 18 th at 10am participants will learn how to tap their own maples, how and when to collect the sap, and finally, how to go about turning that sap into maple goodness! Demonstrations and hands-on experience will ensure that by the end of the program, everyone will have the skills needed to produce your very own maple syrup. Please remember to dress for the weather and call ahead to register for this free program.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Parks program or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

With a little ingenuity, anyone can make maple
syrup in their own backyard.


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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held March 13 and 20, 2017 at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years. This will be 2 classes focusing on parent education, and parent and child interaction.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by March 8, 2017.

Edison State and Honda Team Up For Work-Study Program

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Information Session Held February 23rd

Edison State Community College invites current students, high school juniors, seniors, and their parents to learn more about the direct pathway developed to lead students into a manufacturing career at Honda. This work-study program allows students to earn a two-year degree and possibly be debt-free upon completion. An information session will be held Thursday, February 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua Campus.

Equipment Service Technicians are currently in demand at Honda and require technical and analytical skills to identify and solve problems quickly. The Edison State to Honda Manufacturing Pathway program will help prepare students with the skills needed to take on these in demand roles.

The new program is available to students who opt to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electro-Mechanical or Automation and Robotics at Edison State.

Participating students will be able to earn a two-year degree in engineering, while working part time at Honda. Students will attend classes two days a week and work three days a week. If grade point average and work performance is maintained they will be eligible to receive a pay increase every semester. Participants in the program will make more than $16 per hour, and those who go on to full-time employment will start at more than $53,000 per year.

This will be the second year this opportunity has been available to students. The program requires that students begin taking classes at Edison State in the fall of 2017 and apply to Honda's work-study program in February of 2018. For additional information, contact Veronica French by calling 937-778-7865 or emailing

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 182,000 Deer during 2016-2017 Season

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COLUMBUS, OH - Hunters checked 182,169 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2016-2017 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 188,329 deer were checked during the 2015-2016 season.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Deer hunting regulations over the past two seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2016-2017 deer season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest number for the 2016-2017 season, and the 2015-2016 season number is in parentheses.

Adams: 3,272 (4,157); Allen: 1,039 (1,102); Ashland: 2,954 (3,026); Ashtabula: 5,040 (4,844); Athens: 3,646 (3,979); Auglaize: 751 (828); Belmont: 3,236 (3,205); Brown: 2,448 (2,754); Butler: 1,231 (1,382); Carroll: 3,586 (3,557); Champaign: 1,118 (1,242); Clark: 661 (759); Clermont: 2,343 (2,821); Clinton: 719 (789); Columbiana: 3,189 (3,299); Coshocton: 5,929 (5,700); Crawford: 1,113 (1,165); Cuyahoga: 1,124 (814); Darke: 679 (738); Defiance: 1,675 (1,767); Delaware: 1,527 (1,684); Erie: 868 (750); Fairfield: 1,800 (1,955); Fayette: 312 (310); Franklin: 837 (817); Fulton: 826 (802); Gallia: 2,720 (2,914); Geauga: 1,871 (1,886); Greene: 816 (835); Guernsey: 4,565 (4,435); Hamilton: 1,589 (2,007); Hancock: 1,179 (1,185); Hardin: 1,220 (1,270); Harrison: 3,763 (3,787); Henry: 708 (684); Highland: 2,587 (2,919); Hocking: 3,275 (3,727); Holmes: 3,731 (3,717); Huron: 2,279 (2,204); Jackson: 2,870 (3,194); Jefferson: 2,800 (2,663); Knox: 4,495 (4,465); Lake: 961 (908); Lawrence: 1,942 (2,113); Licking: 4,971 (5,364); Logan: 1,919 (2,071); Lorain: 2,511 (2,458); Lucas: 755 (759); Madison: 482 (497); Mahoning: 1,933 (1,835); Marion: 886 (892); Medina: 2,109 (1,872); Meigs: 3,476 (3,592); Mercer: 661 (603); Miami: 774 (833); Monroe: 2,571 (2,598); Montgomery: 591 (684); Morgan: 2,992 (3,096); Morrow: 1,486 (1,437); Muskingum: 5,118 (4,966); Noble: 2,855 (2,970); Ottawa: 450 (424); Paulding: 954 (1,064); Perry: 2,787 (2,867); Pickaway: 724 (803); Pike: 2,083 (2,382); Portage: 2,211 (2,178); Preble: 847 (965); Putnam: 709 (704); Richland: 3,246 (3,189); Ross: 3,029 (3,425); Sandusky: 862 (874); Scioto: 2,479 (3,034); Seneca: 1,842 (1,785); Shelby: 961 (1,050); Stark: 2,778 (2,760); Summit: 1,572 (1,487); Trumbull: 3,699 (3,293); Tuscarawas: 5,039 (4,921); Union: 842 (932); Van Wert: 458 (492); Vinton: 2,668 (3,059); Warren: 1,095 (1,266); Washington: 3,402 (3,526); Wayne: 2,020 (1,971); Williams: 1,687 (1,836); Wood: 857 (841); Wyandot: 1,484 (1,515). Total: 182,169 (188,329).
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