Monday, April 30, 2018

In-Demand Jobs Week: May 7-11

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May 7-11, 2018, will be our first-ever In-Demand Jobs Week in Ohio.

WHAT ARE IN-DEMAND JOBS?

In-demand jobs are jobs that have a sustainable wage and a promising future based on the projected number of openings and growth. Ohio has in-demand jobs in more than 200 occupations across a wide range of industries. The state’s In-Demand Jobs List was developed using labor market information, job postings on OhioMeansJobs.com, JobsOhio regional forecasts and employer forecasts. For more information, visit omj.ohio.gov/OMJResources/InDemandBooklet.stm.

WHAT IS IN-DEMAND JOBS WEEK?

In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of the jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Communities statewide are encouraged to plan events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers.

FOR STUDENTS AND JOB SEEKERS

In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to learn more about the rewarding and high-demand careers available locally through events and activities in your area.

FOR EMPLOYERS AND WORKFORCE PROFESSIONALS

In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to open your doors to students and job seekers to increase interest in local jobs and build a talent pipeline.

FOR EDUCATORS

In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to inspire students by exposing them to in-demand careers and pathways in the classroom and beyond.

FOR COMMUNITIES

In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity for like-minded stakeholders to partner, plan events, and increase awareness about jobs available in the community.

Guest Post from Mike Stegall

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Guest posts are welcome and encouraged. If you have something to say and are able to do it in a respectful, reasonable way, send your piece to darkejournal@gmail.com. The contents of guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of DarkeJournal.com.   

Elections are about choices. This election, in particular, is about either moving forward on a path of stable growth in the economy, in community improvement and in job creation or putting a halt to that progress and choosing to make a blanket change based on reckless election promises.

These past seven years, I have had to make some hard decisions. Usually, those decisions involved money. Your money. My money. Our Darke County money. These hard decisions were made with careful consideration. Those decisions and their results are positively impacting Darke County. I am proud to say that we have already made significant progress since I was elected to serve in 2011.

The unemployment rate has decreased from 10.4% to around 4%. Job growth has increased and over 2200 people have kept jobs or been put to work. Our Partner investment of a little over $2.3 million has led to Capital investment of over $267 million and we will add over $70 million just this year. We have secured over $35 million in State and Federal funds to help with our growth. Midmark, Whirlpool, BASF, Jafe Glass, GTI, Ramco motors, Integrity Ambulance and others have all expanded their businesses or facilities.

The county’s debt continues to decrease. In 2013, Darke County’s Bond Rating from Moody’s Investor service was A1, and now in 2018 that rating has increased to Aa3! We are making steady progress!

The hard decisions we have made have led to the creation of policies that may have seemed controversial, but are proving they were worth making. Our policy decisions are working. Our entire team of elected officials are proving that the course we have chosen as a team is growing the county.

During my “Coffee with the Commissioner” meetings and maintaining an open door policy with you, I’ve listened to you, the citizens of Darke County, and I have heard your concerns. This is the time to speak the truth. Let’s talk about actions, rather than perception. Perception is often exaggerated from rumors which develop out of fear.

My opponent has said what he thinks will help the county, but has never said HOW he would make those changes.

I just illustrated how the path we have set is working. I am confident in the team we have, and that I can continue to help lead and make decisions that deliver tangible benefits for Darke County. Often times there are hard decisions that need to be made. I want to stay positive in my thoughts of Darke County and will always speak highly about our County. I am optimistic about our future! We are moving in a positive direction! I also know that tough times eventually will come. I want to stay with and work with this fantastic group of people we have to help us through the tough times. Please, when you go to the polls on May 8th, I would appreciate your vote to maintain our consistent growth, and progress.

Thank you all for allowing me to serve you!

Respectfully, Commissioner Mike Stegall

BEAR’S MILL SPRING OPEN HOUSE

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Bear’s Mill is having its Annual Spring Open House on May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Come on out to see our new merchandise in the store, enjoy the art exhibit in the Clark Gallery, and watch grain be stone-ground by our Master Miller, Terry Clark at 12 Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A special addition to the event this year will be the Pottery Studio Tour. Julie Clark and Rita Wiley will have their pottery studios open to the public. Both studios are in walking distance to the mill, and will offer demonstrations of clay handling, creation by wheel-throwing and showing their kilns. As many locals know, pottery is a staple feature at Bear’s Mill because the Millrace Potter’s Collective are always creating new pottery to be presented and sold exclusively at Bear’s Mill.

The nonprofit organization, Friends of Bear’s Mill, relies on store proceeds, grants and donations to preserve the historic mill and its beautiful surrounds for the public to enjoy.

Bear’s Mill is at: 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, OH 45331. www.bearsmill.org. (937) 548-5112.


DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 TOURISM CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

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GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Tourism Citizen of the Year Award is the highest community recognition award given by the Darke County Visitors Bureau. It is presented annually by the Visitors Bureau at the Darke County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting to honor an individual who exemplifies the best in tourism to the community. Nominees are now being sought for the 2018 recognition.

The criterion for the selection is as follows:

  • The nominee is a member of the Darke County community. They work in a business or volunteers in a group that brings people into our community to enjoy events, attractions, shops, accommodations and other aspects of the tourism industry.
  • The nominee is a person that is well-rounded in their commitment to tourism through community, employment and volunteerism. Above all, the nominee is a person who looks first at what they can do for Darke County and tourism within Darke County.
  • The nominee has demonstrated extensive and diverse participation, leadership and support in public and/or private tourism endeavors over a period of years.
  • The nominee is a leader capable of getting others involved in tourism within the community.
  • All selections are made without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age or national origin.

Nomination forms are available at the Darke County Welcome Center located at 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, by calling the office at (937) 548-5158, or by email at mstaugler@visitdarkecounty.org.

Nominations are due no later than May 15, 2018.

Diagon Valley kickoff benefits Empowering Youth

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“I don’t have anything to read… those books are for little kids!” The student was right. A major shortage in the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program was having reading materials for Middle School students.

Diagon Valley came to the rescue. Beka Lindeman, Assistant Professor of English, Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, set up a table in the Edison State lobby, then pulled Melissa Eve, Edison State Resource Specialist, and Bob Robinson, Edison State Adjunct Instructor, momentarily from their duties to make a presentation which included a week’s worth of snacks and drinks, and enough books to challenge all 5-8 Middle School students for the remainder of the year. Eve and Robinson are the Empowering Assistant Program Coordinator and Program Coordinator, respectively.

According to Lindeman, Diagon Valley is the Miami Valley chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance. The Harry Potter Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that uses the power of storytelling to “turn fans into heroes.” The Harry Potter Alliance’s goal is to make activism more accessible by using popular stories and fandoms to engage people in activism involving equality, human rights, and literacy.

“Our chapter, Diagon Valley,” Lindeman said, “is dedicated to making our local community more magical by focusing on magical acts of kindness and literacy.”

“Some of our recent projects have included the Free Dobby Sock Drive for area warming shelters, Wizard Rock the Vote voter registration drive, Crafts for a Cause where we made fleece blankets for Safe Alternatives for Youth (SAFY) and arm pillows for the local dialysis center, and hosting a yarn circle where we made red scarves for Foster Care 2 Success’s Red Scarf Project.”

“The Harry Potter Alliance’s biggest project every year is Accio Books,” she continued, “and it is our chapter’s biggest project as well.”

“Last year we distributed over 1,000 books in the community. We set up a “book shop” during teacher work days in Sidney for teachers to pick books for their classrooms and passed out over 500 books to trick-or-treaters at Piqua’s downtown Trick-or-Treat, among other smaller distributions.”

She added that this year’s Accio Books campaign is just starting. The organization is accepting donations of any books through the end of April. There are collection boxes at Turntable Café in Piqua and at the SAFY office in Sidney, but they can also be dropped at Lindeman’s office in the Edison State, Darke County Campus.

“We hope to distribute well over 1000 books again this year—and the tutoring program was our kickoff!” Lindeman said.

“Beka’s timing couldn’t have been better,” Robinson said. “We had just started working with junior high students, and we’ve had over a dozen intermediate students come into our program since the beginning of the fall term After School Program at Greenville Elementary and Middle School.

“It was a shock!” he added, grinning. “We are extremely grateful to Beka and the Diagon Valley chapter. This was a wonderful donation.”

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

Darke County Retired Teachers (DCRTA) To Award Scholarships

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DCRTA will award scholarships to 3 Darke Co. graduating seniors who are entering the field of education during their meeting/banquet on May 22. The meeting will be held in the Brick Room at the Brethren Retirement Community at 6:30 p.m. The menu will be: roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, glazed carrots, tossed salad, rolls, black forest cherry delight, and drinks. The cost of the meal is $11, with checks payable to DCRTA.

Reservations for this meeting are being handled by Marilou Coverstone, 207 West Meeker Ave., Greenville, OH, 45331, 937-548-9314, coversm@woh.rr.com. Please make reservations using her contact information.

THE MEGA WILD 5K – INVEST IN THE NEXT GENERATION

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Summer Camp, that special time in a young person’s life when they can swim, hike, make crafts, eat s’mores, canoe, and forge lasting friendships. It’s a time of fun and growth that challenges our young people to become outstanding leaders in our community.

We want every kid to experience summer camp! Unfortunately, the cost of sending kids to camp has risen over the years and families struggle to afford sending their children. But there is a way we can all help! We can ivest in the children of our community through EUM’s summer camp program, by running or walking in the Mega WILD 5K.

Make this the year you run or walk so a kid can go to summer camp. The 2018 Mega WILD 5K will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville. The race begins at 9:30 am with a free children’s fun run beginning at 9:00 am. As part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, this race is open to runners and walkers alike, and the ability to assign your funds to a camper makes this a great charity as well.

To learn more or to register for the 5K, visit www.goodtimesraces.com. For more information, contact EUM Church at 937-548-3211.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 937-548-3211.

BPW INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS

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Membership Chair Sonya Crist, with new members Desteni Mason, Kristina Heath, Loure Bohn, and Kathy O’Dell. (not pictured are new members Holly Comley, Tammy Dietrich, and Louisa Kennedy)
Greenville, OH, April 17, 2018 – The April 12th meeting of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club was hosted by the Membership committee with Sonya Crist, Chair and committee members Tammy Dietrich, Annette Saunders, and Peggy Foutz at the Brethren Retirement Center Brick Room.

Sherrie Foster, Scholarship Chair, introduced scholarship winners Kylie Lyons, Sydney Anderson, and Grace Coakley who attended. They each introduced their family members who attended with them.

Peggy Foutz introduced speakers, Lauren Roetgerman and Erica Oldiges. Lauren and Erica spoke of their journey through childhood, high school and college and their decision to start a premium athletic Christian clothing line, Almighty One Athletics. Lauren spoke of praying during her runs and had a vision from God to pursue this venture. It incorporates her love of sports, art and Faith. Of course, she had to include her life-long friend Erica in this new mission.

Committee Chair, Sonya Crist welcomed and inducted new club members, Kristina Heath, Loure Bohn, Holly Comley, Desteni Mason, Tammy Dietrich, Kathy O’Dell, and Louisa Kennedy. Each received a packet of seeds and were reminded that they are a part of a thriving organization that makes a difference in the lives and careers of our members both locally and nationwide.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact club President, Brenda Miller at 937/423-7552 or brenda@newmadisonpubliclibrary.org or you can find them on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

The Greyson James Steyer Fund Supports 20th Season of DCCA Family Theatre Series

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Young patrons meet Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare after the recent DCCA Family Theatre Series performance of Guess How Much I Love You at St. Clair Memorial Hall
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as the Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

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

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

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

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

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

DCCA COFFEEHOUSE SERIES PRESENTS SINGER/SONGWRITER JILL JACK

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Jill Jack
as part of their intimate Coffeehouse Series on Thursday, May 3 at
Arcanum Historical Society’s Wayne Trail House in downtown Arcanum.
Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 7 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Jill Jack has won numerous awards in her hometown of Detroit, and has launched successful tours of England as well as across America. Darke County Center for the Arts will present the charismatic artist as part of their intimate Coffeehouse Series on Thursday, May 3 at Arcanum Historical Society’s Wayne Trail House in downtown Arcanum. The show begins at 7 p.m.

According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Jill Jack is a unique performer who has no interest in pigeonholing herself into one or even a few genres. “Jill makes herself at home in all musical styles; she can croon a pop standard like “Moon River,” whisper the folk lullaby “All the Pretty Little Horses,” or belt out the gospel tune “Oh Happy Day” with equal conviction and proficiency,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “Her innate talent is matched by her ability to form a connection to her audience that pulls everyone in to the world she creates with her songs,” he concluded.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan explained that DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series was established to present high quality artists performing in a casual social setting where food and drink are also served; this concert is the final Coffeehouse presentation for the 2017-2018 season. “In addition to the opportunity to enjoy an outstanding concert in a comfortably accessible setting, patrons can partake of an enticing array of tasty homemade tidbits available for a small donation provided by the Arcanum Historical Society,” Ms. Jordan said. “These exciting uptown shows in a down-home environment provide rare access to first-class performers, and can be thoroughly enjoyed by music lovers of all ages,” she concluded.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by Eileen and Steve Litchfield and Rodney Oda . 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 these shows.

Tickets for the Jill Jack show cost $10, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at dcca@centerforarts.net or calling 937-547-0908. Tickets are also available online at www.CenterForArts.net.

A Night Long to be Remembered

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The Versailles Area Museum hosted its annual Historic Dinner recently. “An Evening in France” was this year’s theme. The Father Jackle Room was turned into a French Barn in the Alsace region. The historic figure used was Franciosi (Franklin) Grisez. Guests were greeted at the door by a local villager (Ron Kramer). Madame Grisez (Judy Treon) served as hostess for the evening. Dressed in an Empire gown of the early 1800’s, Madame welcomed her guests seating them at a rough long table filled with unique items of the period including small pots of lavender, salt cellars, and spoon holders. Delicious breads, oils, cheese, pate, and root vegetables presented on rough boards were the first course. Each place was marked with linen napkins, dinner plates, a knife and a fork. Candles in hurricane globes provided light down the table. Unmatched wine glasses and canning jars held wine, ciders, and water poured from stone pitchers.

The wait staff was dressed in period long black dresses with starched aprons and mop caps. Each course was explained as it was being served. The banquet table was filled with foods from various regions of France to choose from including beef bourguignon, spinach salad, rigatoni, and a Cassoulet-style sausage ‘n’ beans.

Monsieur and Madame La Faux (Tim and Kathleen Nealeigh) were there to show their craft of lace making prior to the French Revolution and now laying low as the Gentry Class were still at risk in post-revolutionary France.

At dinner, Monsieur La Faux was invited by Madame Grisez to offer the prayer in both French and English as well as the toast to hospitality, friendship, and good food!

Monsieur La Faux read from a most interesting diary about the famous French Five Hundred who came to Ohio at Gallipolis and Marietta to make French settlements and how they were tricked into the voyage.

Jean Claude (Jim Kelch) shared some bits of history from the work of noted author of French Ancestor Mary Ann Doyle. He also shared interesting facts about the “French Crescent” and the change of names from Jacksonville to Versailles and the tale of the strange pronunciation of our villages name.

Music of the early French style was prepared by Ron and Elaine Marchall and filled the “barn” with sounds of old France.

Many farm items decorated the room to give the feeling of being there.

Desserts were served in long trays for the tables filled with fresh fruits, dessert cheeses, chocolates. This was paired with crème bru’lee and a delicious raspberry dessert wine.

The wonderful evening ended with the silent auction of a wonderful gift basket from the Versailles Winery.

We want to thank K’s Catering, our sponsors, our volunteers, and our supporters who each year join us to celebrate history!

“On the Road Again”

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Coming in May the Versailles Area Museum will once again plan to take our first Road Trip of 2018.

This trip will be on Tuesday May 15th, leaving our Museum parking lot at 8:15 a.m. with a return time of 4:30 p.m. planned.

Our trip will take us across the fresh green fields traveling east to Springfield, Ohio and their fabulous Heritage Center Museum. This museum which is housed in a wonderful historic building with the unique architectural style referred to as Richardsonian Romanesque. The building which is in the heart of downtown Springfield that literally takes up an entire city block!

The museum showcases the building of the National Road (Route 40) and the pioneers who settled what would become Clark County and really the America’s heartland.

Of-course lunch is always fun and as good French or German decedents we never miss the opportunity for a great meal and fellowship along with our history!

Lunch this trip will be at the Heart of Country Teaberries in Springfield. This converted school house has been turned into a charming country gift shop and wonderful lunch spot.

After a refreshing lunch, perhaps a visit to one of the many Springfield Antique shops to end our day?

The cost for the day is a gratuity to your driver, a donation at the museum, and the cost of your lunch.

If you plan to attend and or wish to drive, please let the Museum know by calling 937-526-4222 to make reservations no later than May 11th.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Annie Oakley Committee is looking for the next Miss Annie Oakley!!

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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is preparing for the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival, and our new 2018 Miss Annie Oakley!!

We are looking for Darke County Women, ages 14-19, who would like to become the 2018 Miss Annie Oakley. For more information, please go to our website: www.annieoakleyfestival.org.

There will be a Shooting Contest and a Costume Contest for all who sign up. Cash prizes will be awarded in the Shooting Contest, to the 2018 Miss Annie Oakley, and the first and second runner up. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Annie Oakley Festival President at 937-548-1018 or by email at: mellings@embarqmail.com.

Wright State to Offer Organizational Leadership Degree at Edison State

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Information Session Set for April 30

Wright State University will soon offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Organizational Leadership at Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus.

To cement the partnership, Edison State Community College and Wright State University have entered an articulation agreement to ensure a seamless transfer for students interested in pursuing this degree.

“We are excited to partner with Wright State University to offer the Organizational Leadership program to our students,” said Chris Spradlin, Provost for Edison State. “It is a wonderful opportunity for students to stay close to home and develop their leadership skills in preparation for many different career paths.”

Wright State’s Organizational Leadership undergraduate degree is a multidisciplinary degree that focuses on the people side of organizations and managing others. Graduates of the program learn to establish trust, build effective teams, enhance presentation skills, problem-solve, engage with and motivate employees and co-workers, appreciate diversity in a global work environment, take initiative, and leverage individual strengths for success.

Using a combination of interactive video distance-learning (IVDL) technology and interactive online learning, students can complete their coursework being on Edison State’s campus one evening per week.

“I’ve also been impressed by the IVDL technology; it delivers an authentic, interactive classroom experience for everyone, no matter where they are located,” added Spradlin.

The cohort-based program will be offered beginning in fall 2018 and students can complete the degree in as little as 16 months, depending upon the number of transfer credits they have earned.

To enter the B.S. in Organizational Leadership degree program at Wright State, Edison State students must first complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science transfer degree. Alternatively, completion of 60 or more semester credit hours, cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher, and completion of Ohio Transfer Module Math will also grant admission to the program.

An information session will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in room 504/505 on the Edison State Piqua Campus for those interested in joining the Organizational Leadership cohort in fall 2018. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments and giveaways. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Brenda Kraner, Program Director, Organizational Leadership, Wright State University, 937-775-3951, or brenda.kraner@wright.edu.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Edison State’s Professional and Technical Programs at thuman@edisonohio.edu or call 937.778.8600 to speak with a Success Advisor.

Spring at the Arcanum Public Library

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Winter has come to an end, and the results of the library's adult winter reading challenge are in. The circulation for the three months increased by a whopping 67.3% over last year. Everyone who participated was entered into drawings for prizes - congratulations to all of the winners!

Miller Flowers will be at the library on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 for their annual program. Come hear about the latest and greatest new selections for your garden! Get answers to your questions, and see the plants in person. Plants will be available for purchase.

On Thursday, May 3, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District will be at the library for a Rain Barrel Workshop. Details to come soon - check the library website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.com.

The library is now fine free! There will no longer be fines for items as long as they are returned. Patrons with late fees already on their account for items not returned can have those fees forgiven if they bring in the materials in good condition.

Call the library for more information at 937-692-8484 or check out the webpage at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. Patrons can also find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Darke County Parks Announces Trail Closure at Prairie Ridge Meadow

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There will be a trail closure at Prairie Ridge Meadow, part of the Darke County Park District located between North Broadway and Wilson Drive. The closure will begin near the trestle bridge and continue Northeast towards Wilson Drive. This trail will remain closed until likely late autumn. The site will be part of the construction for Phase VI of the Tecumseh Trail and modifications are underway. Please use caution in the area as there may be machinery and/or other equipment present during this time. Contact the Park Offices at 937-548-0165 for questions.

2018 Honorary Parade Marshals Jim and Diana Subler

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2018 Honorary Parade Marshals Jim and Diana Subler
Jim and Diana Subler are honored to be your 2018 Poultry Days Honorary Parade Marshals. The parade will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 9 as part of the three-day festival from June 8th thru 10th.

Jim graduated from Versailles High School in 1972. He grew up in the trucking business and began working for his father, Basil Subler, from the time he was 12 years old. He worked his way up from dumping trash and being the wash boy to a mechanic. Jim bought his first truck in 1971 and today he is the owner and president of Classic Carriers, Inc. Classic has grown to 150 power units delivering refrigerated freight to the 48 contiguous states. Based in Versailles, Ohio, Classic also has offices in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and Parkersburg, West Virginia. In 2000, Jim started Classic Warehousing providing dry and cold storage in both Versailles and Greenville. Jim is heavily involved in the Truckload Carriers Association and the Ohio Trucking Association on which he currently serves on both executive boards.

Over the years, Jim and Diana have supported many local organizations and charities including Versailles Little League, Friends of Hole Field, the Versailles YMCA, Versailles Swimming Pool, Versailles Swim Team, and Versailles Poultry Days to name just a few. Some years back, they helped organize a fundraising effort to make major repairs to the public swimming pool. More recently, Jim and Diana were instrumental in helping to establish the Versailles Swim Team as a high school sport. For many years, Jim and some of the crew at Classic Carriers have assisted Poultry Days in many behind the scenes activities with logistics and storage from transporting that delicious chicken and other supplies into town to parking storage trailers on the grounds for meal prep items. Jim also sponsors a member of the Versailles Rotary Club and employs a Versailles E.M.S. paramedic and a Versailles Volunteer Firefighter allowing them time away from work to support/aid the community of Versailles.

Diana (Magoto) Subler graduated from Versailles High School in 1979. She started her career at Carl Subler Trucking then became a flight attendant for ATA. Diana grounded herself and worked at John's IGA for a couple of years before partnering with her husband at Classic Carriers. Later, she became a Domestic Engineer raising their two children, Lucas (Courtney) and Lauren (Lucas Moeller).
Jim and Diana have two grandchildren and are expecting their third in August. In addition to Lucas and Lauren, Jim's family includes his sons, James Jr. and Shane, and two grandchildren.

Jim and Diana ask that everyone come out to enjoy Poultry Days on June 8, 9 and 10. There is something for everyone from BBQ Chicken, rides, exhibits, parades, fun & games, vendors and music under the big tent. The 67th annual festival theme is "Poultry Going Platinum" to recognize the ONE MILLIONTH Chicken Dinner sold. Visit www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and St. Mary's School Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018

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St. Mary’s School is pleased to announce the Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 and will be held at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio. This is the largest single day fundraiser for the school so we are hoping for another successful year. The auction will begin at 6:00 and features a live and silent auction ran by Brian Rismiller of Rismiller Auctioneer Service. Make sure to mark your calendars and let your family and friends know the date of our auction. Also feel free to contact the school if you have any items you wish to donate at 548-2345. We are also accepting monetary donations which will be used to purchase items for the auction.

WWII Airborne Soldier Jim Martin at Memorial Hall

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The Greenville Public Library is proud to host Jim "Pee Wee" Martin to share his experiences in an effort to promote and preserve the legacy and lessons of the Second World War. This free event will be held at the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday April 21st from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. All ages welcome!

Jim was a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion, G Company, from 1942 to 1945. These men went through intense training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, where the 506th was formed, an elite company consisting of 140 men and seven officers. Known as the "Toccoa Originals" they were made famous by the book Band of Brothers by historian Stephen Ambrose which was later made into the HBO mini-series.

Their harrowing story began the night before D-Day, June 6th 1944, when they parachuted over Normandy and touched down in enemy-controlled territory behind Utah Beach. They fought for 43 days as part of the Normandy campaign before moving on to invade Holland, fending off Nazi fighters during the Battle of the Bulge, and finishing off by taking Berchtesgaden, site of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" redoubt in the German Alps.

On June 6th, 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Jim became the last WWII era American paratrooper to jump over Normandy at the age of 93. He landed behind Utah Beach just as he had 70 years earlier. He felt fine after the jump and reportedly said "It didn't compare because there wasn't anybody shooting at me today."

During the commemorations Jim was fortunate to meet several of the actors involved in HBO’s “Band of Brothers” series. He has said on many occasions that he holds all of these men in high regard. Jim considers them to have brought attention to the legacy of WWII.

While attending the wreath laying ceremony at the Winters Leadership Memorial near Sainte Marie du Mont, Jim had a completely unexpected conversation with the British actor Damian Lewis. Lewis portrayed Maj. Richard Winters in the series. Damian asked Jim about his experiences from Toccoa through Bavaria and spoke about his experiences during the production of “Band of Brothers”. This unexpected encounter was a special moment for Jim.

A Q&A and picture opportunities will follow the presentation!

Garst Museum’s 2018 Heritage Award Goes to Phyllis Crick

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Dr. Clay Johnson (left) presents the 2018 Heritage Award
to Phyllis Crick (right).
Established in 1983, the Darke County Historical Society’s Heritage Award was created to recognize outstanding citizens or organizations for their distinguished contributions or actions of unusual excellence that help connect people to Darke County’s past. Clay Johnson, Ph.D., CEO of the Garst Museum, notes that “for those familiar with the county’s history, the area is rich in its history and traditions and its significance touches so many in the community. The Darke County Historical Society (DCHS) recognizes this importance, and feels its responsibility is to honor those that join in its mission in celebrating the county’s past.” The DCHS operates the Garst Museum and its mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County. This year’s Heritage Award recipient, Phyllis Crick, has spent decades helping people research their family history and assisting the Garst Museum with the history of Darke County and Greenville.

As head librarian, Phyllis is responsible for the Darke County Research Center, answering questions and doing research, whether by phone, computer, or if a patron stops in. Research and genealogy is her strong suit. Along with her team in the Research Center, she assists individuals seeking information about family histories and so much more. With an eye to detail and accuracy, Phyllis and the center’s staff maintains the genealogy information for a vast number of current and former Darke County residents, organizations, and schools. Phyllis’s cousin and fellow head researcher, Nancy Stump, comments that “Phyllis is interested in all schools – the old ones – and she has increased that part of the library.” Of course, there is a lot more to do now than when the Research Center was started. While rarely in the public eye, Phyllis quietly makes a huge difference for so many here at Garst and beyond.

Phyllis was born and raised in the Bradford area and graduated from Bradford High School. Married to Harvey Crick, another great Garst volunteer, they have three daughters, one in New York, one up north in Ohio, and one in Colorado. All were grown and gone when Phyllis started working at the Research Center. Of interest is that Harvey and Phyllis are big square dancers – wherever there is a caller, Dayton, Bellefontaine, or Greenville. They help teach square dancing as well. Perhaps what may be most surprising about a librarian is that Phyllis used to motorcycle tour with Harvey.

Phyllis works part-time in the Research Center and also volunteers, like co-workers Nancy and Karen Besecker. Harvey helps, too. Harvey and Phyllis put up the trees and some of the decorations for the Garst’s Christmas Open House. Harvey is always willing to help in whatever needs to be done in the Research Center or museum.

Congratulations, Phyllis, on your well-deserved recognition.

MIDWEST YOUTH TEAM TENNIS PROGRAM TO TAKE PLACE IN GREENVILLE

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Midwest Youth Team Tennis gives kids the opportunity to have fun and play on a team.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The USTA/Midwest Section (United States Tennis Association) is offering a Midwest Youth Team Tennis program for the Greenville, Ohio community. Featuring the USTA’s Youth Tennis play format, which uses age appropriate equipment, court dimensions and scoring, Midwest Youth Team Tennis makes the game more fun right from the start. No tennis experience is needed and with the game tailored to kids’ size and age, participants learn skills quickly while playing in a team environment.

Following is more information about the upcoming program, including times and location:

Grades K-5

  • Sundays: June 10 – July 15, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Grades 6-9

  • Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 26; July 10, 17, 24
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Greenville High School | 100 Green Wave Way, Greenville, Ohio 45331
Cost: $65 per player (includes age appropriate racquet, t-shirt and goodie bag)
Registration closes Sunday, May 13, 2018!

Visit www.midwestteamtennis.com/ to learn more about the program and for easy online sign-up. Coaches and volunteers are always needed and training will be provided to those who volunteer.

Midwest Youth Team Tennis is open to girls and boys ages 5-14 years of age. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome to participate. The program participant package includes the following: new age-appropriate tennis racquet and ball, team uniform, and additional items based on the specific program.

Versailles Health Care Center offers Dry Needling

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Physical Therapist Stephanie Goubeaux.
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center offers dry needling, which is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. Stephanie Goubeaux, Physical Therapist at Versailles Health Care Center, is certified in dry needling and received her training at KinetaCore in West Virginia.

Dry needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves a very thin needle being pushed through the skin to stimulate a trigger point. Trigger points are irritable, hard “knots” within a muscle that may cause pain over a large area, leading to difficulty performing everyday tasks. When a person has painful muscles and trigger points, it is sometimes called myofascial pain syndrome. Common locations for these problems are the arm and neck. Dry needling may release the tight muscle bands associated with trigger points and lead to decreased pain and improved function. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient.

If you are interested in learning more about Dry Needling offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, contact Stephen Winner, Facility Rehab Director, at 937-526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 13 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Other specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab Therapy, Sports Medicine, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Therapy, Stroke Recovery, Continence Improvement, Wound Care, Joint Replacement Therapy, and much more.

Wavaires to Perform at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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Canner Gauge Testing Time

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Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 1, 2018, and continue through September 30, 2018.

There is no charge to have your gauge tested. You will need to bring your dial gauge into our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. We will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State College. If you have any questions, please call 937-548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

GCS Crossing Guards

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Submitted by Jeff Cassell, Director of Administrative Services

Greenville City Schools has two crossing guards that are employed by the school district. One crossing guard is located at Ohio Street and Greenmoore Court. The second paid crossing guard is at East Main Street and Orchard Drive. The school provides another crossing guard as part of a duty for a school employee, which is located on Ohio Street in front of the school at Cambridge Avenue. All three of these cross walks are displayed with the cross walk marked on the road and with signs by street.

The speed limit on Ohio Street is 35 mph unless students are present. When students are present, it is dropped to 20 mph. Students are presence between 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the mornings and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the afternoon. The city has recently put up some extra lights on the sides to help drivers see that students are in the cross walk.

The speed limit on East Main Street is 25 mph all the time, but drivers need to be aware of students crossing at Orchard Drive with the crossing guard. Speed is a critical factor in allowing our crossing guards to do their job. A crossing guard cannot stop traffic in the sense that they order you to stop from the curb, but if a person is in the cross walk, a car must stop. This is according to Ohio Revised Code 4511.46.

Our crossing guards are trained to help students across the road. They wait for a break in traffic to enter the cross walk and stand in the middle of traffic, putting their body between students and vehicles. They get to know every child’s name, notices if a student has forgotten their backpack, they hurry tardy teenagers along and cheerfully wishes everyone a good morning and a good afternoon. They are at their post without fail, rain or snow, on frigid days and blazing hot ones.

Our crossing guards are wearing a bright vest or jacket with a blinking stop paddle that lights up. They stay in the intersection until all students have made it across the street. If you are stopped at a cross walk, please wait until the crossing guard gets to the curb.

Having an adult crossing guard is considered the “gold standard” in having students cross the road. Greenville City Schools is proud and lucky to have two Greenville citizens help with this very important duty. Working together, our students will be safe.

MVCTC 2018 Prom Court

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MVCTC 2018 Prom Court. Back row left to right - Noah Rohling, Keir Wambo, Ben Lawson, Peyton Philips, Daiton Vinson-Sharp, and Logan Hayes. Front row left to right- Chantel Banks, Shelby Perkins, Guadalupe Arrona, Christina Johnson, Keara Tellis, and Morelia Balli
Shelby Perkins, Graphic Art student from Valley View was crowned
queen and Daiton Vinson-Sharp, Criminal Justice student from
Vandalia was crowned king.

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) 2018 Prom, “An Enchanted Evening” was Saturday, April 7, 2018. The MVCTC Prom Court included a male and female candidate nominated by each of the MVCTC Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO).

The 2018 Prom Court:

BPA Candidates:

  • Morelia Balli, Medical Office Management student from Huber Heights
  • Logan Hayes, Sports Management & Marketing student from Miami East

FFA Candidates:

  • Christina Johnson, Veterinary Science student from Huber Heights
  • Ben Lawson, Diesel Power Technologies student from Brookville

HOSA Candidates:

  • Keara Tellis, Biotechnology student from Huber Heights
  • Peyton Phillips, Biotechnology student from Northwestern

SkillsUSA Chapter 1 Candidate:

  • Guadalupe Arrona, Cosmetology student from Mississinawa Valley
SkillsUSA Chapter 2 Candidates:
  • Shelby Perkins, Graphic Art student from Valley View
  • Keir Wambo, Photography student from National Trail

SkillsUSA Chapter 3 Candidates:

  • Chantel Banks, Firefighter/EMS student from Carlisle
  • Daiton Vinson-Sharp, Criminal Justice student from Vandalia

SkillsUSA Chapter 4 Candidate:

  • Noah Rohling, Electrical Trades student from Northmont

The MVCTC 2018 Prom King and Queen were announced on Saturday, April 7, as Shelby Perkins from Graphic Art and Daiton Vinson-Sharp from Criminal Justice.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DARKE COUNTY JAIL EVACUATED

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DEPUTIES TREATED FOR EXPOSURE TO METHAMPHETAMINE

On April 17, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM Darke County, Sheriff’s Deputies and Corrections Officers were in the process of booking a male subject into the jail when they were exposed to an unknown white powder. Please see yesterday’s news release.

On April 18, 2018, the Darke County Jail had resumed normal operation after it had been believed to be decontaminated. In the morning hours, air-handling units were turned back on in the affected area of the jail. After several hours of routine operation deputies and corrections officers began to feel ill and experienced abnormal vital signs. Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were called to the jail and five corrections officers were transported by EMS to Wayne Healthcare. Additional deputies and officers were called in to staff the jail.

As crews worked to identify and contain the situation, five additional officers began to exhibit symptoms of contamination and required transportation to Wayne Healthcare.

The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab was able to identify that the white powder spilled in the jail by arrestee Stephen Garner on April 17th was methamphetamine. It is believed that the methamphetamine was drawn in to a ventilation air handler at the time of the spill. On the morning of April 18th when the air handler was turned back on it distributed enough methamphetamine throughout the prisoner booking and intake area of the jail to result in a toxic exposure to jail staff. This exposure did not immediately show signs until a few hours after the air handler had been turned on. Because this particular area of the jail is also where the control room is located, the jail had to be shut down.

The control room is the location where all mechanical security aspects of the jail are operated. Since this room could no longer function due to contamination, it required that the Darke County Jail be evacuated of all inmates and the jail operation be shut down. Some inmates were scheduled to be released or were released by the judge on an OR bond. Approximately 28 inmates were transported to Miami County and Mercer County Jail. The Darke County Clandestine Drug Lab deputies operated the control room while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus until the evacuation was complete. Greenville Township Fire and Rescue remained on the scene to assist during the operation.

The Darke County Jail structure operates on multiple separate air-handling units. None of the air-handling units in other areas of the jail including inmate wards, 911 dispatch and the road patrol was affected by the contamination. As a result, none of the inmates in the jail was contaminated or complained of illness.

The jail operation of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will remain closed until a private environmental contractor can clean and decontaminate the affected area.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center and road patrol remains operational as usual. All Sheriff’s Office numbers remain in service and will be answered as normal.

LEAGUE CANDIDATES' NIGHT

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Republican Primary Candidates for the 80th & 84TH House District seats will be featured at the upcoming League of Women Voters Candidates Night on Monday, April 23 at the American Legion Hall.  Shown here are the 84th House District Candidates (left to right):  Travis Faber, Susan Manchester and Aaron Heilers. 
The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville , the forum will focus on the Republican Primary contested races for the 80th and 84th House Districts:

  • Republican Primary Candidates for the 84th House District (Vote for one): Travis Faber, Aaron Heilers or Susan Manchester
  • Republican Primary Candidates for the 80th House District (Vote for one): George H Lovett, John W. O'Brien, Jena Powell or J.D. Winteregg

The evening will focus on the two House District candidates. After two minute introductory speeches candidates will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend and submit written questions. Questions are then screened by a panel of League members and presented to the candidates by a moderator. The evening will conclude with introductions only of contested or non-contested Primary Candidates.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about candidates. Further information about the Candidates Night may be obtained by calling Holly Finnarn 937.417.4483 or Eileen Litchfield, 937.623.1234, Voter Service Co-Chairs.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 8.

Zechar Baily Funeral Home Continues Empowering support

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GREENVILLE - Empowering students and tutors join in thanking Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for its continuing support of their tutoring programs. Presenting the check to Empowering Volunteer Coordinator Chelsea Jones is Greg Zechar.

Zechar Bailey has a history of supporting programs to improve services to residents of the community. Its donation will help purchase supplies and snacks, as well as bring in licensed tutors and teachers to work with and oversee Edison State and adult volunteers.

Since its inception in March 2016, Empowering programs have provided over 6,000 contact hours to more than 200 students. The programs have elicited dozens of success stories for students who have taken consistent advantage of the services available to them. The Empowering program, along with the efforts of teachers and support staff, has been proven to show greater student improvement, or growth, than for those not in the program.

Help is still needed to finish the current school year and prepare for the Summer Tutoring Program. Anyone interested in helping, either tutoring or with program support or donations, should contact empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com or Facebook Empowering Darke County Youth. If you would like more information, mark your calendar to join other volunteers Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m., Tribute Funeral Home Greenville, 1000 N. Broadway for the next Empowering Volunteer Meeting.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

Radiology Tech Wanted at Family Health

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Family Health Services of Darke County, Inc. is seeking a full-time Radiology Tech at the Greenville office. Position includes radiology duties, back office (MA duties), and lab duties. 40 hour week, consisting of 2 After Hours shifts per week. Must be friendly, a team player, and patient oriented. Full-time benefit package offered. Must be licensed in the State of Ohio. EOE

Qualified applicants send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Summer Camp at Camp Canopy

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The 2018 Camp Canopy, previously Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, is scheduled for June 10th - 15th, 2018 at the FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio.

This co-ed residential camp is open to students entering their freshman year through senior graduation in 2018. This is a wonder opportunity for students to learn about Ohio's forest, wildlife, conservation, tree identification, ecology, and much more.

To find out more information on camp canopy go to www.campcanopy.com or 888-388-7337.

If cost of the camp is a concern, you can contact the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District at 937 - 548 - 1715 or stop by the office for possible funding through our local Pheasants Forever Chapter.

Garst Museum Searching for History on Darke County Barns

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Chris and Gretchen Snyder's Barn
Drive anywhere in Darke County and you will see an old barn. Although many have outlived their purpose, they are still admired for their weathered beauty and the craftsmanship that has enabled them to stand for hundreds of years. Garst Museum has some recorded history in their reference library on some of the interesting barns that once dotted Darke County. Many of the century old barns that still stand are worth documenting. Garst Museum was recently contacted by artist Robert Kroeger from Cincinnati who offered his artistic talent as a fundraiser for the museum. Kroeger, 71, is an interesting fellow. He is actually Dr. Kroeger, a retired dentist. He is a marathon runner and avid golfer. He has also written several books on dentistry and the golf courses of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. His interest in art started at a young age and came from his father, who earned a degree in fine art from Notre Dame and worked as a commercial artist in Youngstown.

Kroeger's goal is to paint barns from all 88 counties in Ohio and capture what he sees as part of Ohio history that is vanishing to age and decay. He has visited about two dozen counties so far and is looking at Darke County as one of his next destinations. He has enlisted the help of Jenny Clark, Marketing and Program Manager at Garst Museum, to help him find local barns to photograph and paint. "We are excited to have Robert spend time in Darke County. He will be visiting in late April. We will select 10-12 barns that he will photograph and do rough sketches of. In November, he hopes to deliver the finished paintings to the museum. He donates these wonderful paintings to the museum to auction off with the museum receiving 50% of the auction proceeds." stated Clark.

If you know of an interesting barn that would be a good candidate for this project, please contact Jenny Clark at 937-467-9953 or email: jenny.clark@garstmuseum.org. The artist is especially interested in barns built in the 1800s, weathered-looking, sagging roofs, missing barn siding add character, and a good story.

More information on Kroeger's barn paintings can be found online at barnart.weebly.com. or www.robertkroeger.com.

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU TO OFFER PAID INTERNSHIP

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GREENVILLE, OH - The Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer a paid summer internship to a qualified student in the areas of marketing, tourism and hospitality. This individual will be part of a dynamic marketing team and have the opportunity to be involved with virtually all aspects of the organization's efforts.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make Darke County unique.

The ideal, vibrant candidate will greet and assist visitors; answer phone and share information with callers; answer questions; maintain databases, e-newsletters, websites and social media outlets; assist in creation, setup, teardown and volunteer staffing of various booths at festivals; and assist with the creation of new marketing materials (including video), among other duties.

The candidate will be friendly and outgoing; have a genuine interest in serving others; demonstrate attention to detail; keep commitments; deal effectively with frequent change, delays or unexpected events; strive to build knowledge and skills; contribute to positive team spirit and have an interest in marketing and tourism, and have knowledge of Darke County. The candidate must be able to adapt to a flexible schedule working some evenings and weekend hours. They should possess a valid Ohio Drivers License and have reliable transportation.

Those individuals who possess the aforementioned talents are encouraged to submit their cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau at mstaugler@visitdarkecounty.org no later than 5:00 pm on April 21, 2018. Information can also be mailed to the Darke County Visitors Bureau at 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. Full job description can be accessed at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU AWARDS SIX GRANTS IN 2018

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GREENVILLE, OH - The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2018 Darke County Tourism Grants. This year, six recipients were chosen (up from four in 2017) - The Annie Oakley Festival Committee's Cowboy Mounted Shooting Contest, Versailles Poultry Days, Main Street Greenville's Popcorn & Prohibition event, the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum's Run for the Rails 5K, the Fort Greene Ville Muzzle Loader's Wayne's Legion Historical Encampment at the Gathering at Garst, and the Treaty City Motorcycle Club's "Best of Ohio Summer Series."

"We set a record for the number of applications received for our grant program, which is now in its tenth year," said Matt Staugler, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. "The board felt that due to the quality of the applicants and the increased number of applications, we'd commit more resources to supporting events that bring visitors to Darke County. Geographically, we're also touching several communities around the county, which is great to see." Since its inception, financial commitments from the Tourism Grant Program have totaled over $23,000 to local organizations and events.

The Tourism Grant Program is designed to enable event organizers to be more successful by subsidizing their marketing budgets to reach more potential visitors. Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events and programs in Darke County. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

"We were very pleased to see a lot of new applicants this year, and we always encourage organizations who are looking to start new events in Darke County to take advantage of this opportunity for support and expertise from the Visitors Bureau," continued Staugler.

To learn more about these events as well as other festivals and activities taking place in Darke County, please visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

True Life Church to Host Blended & Blessed Livestream Event

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RECYCLE YOUR OUT OF DATE ELECTRONICS FOR FREE

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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor a “FREE” Electronics Recycling Day on May 23, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling. 1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to Grace Resurrection food pantry.

After many suggestions from participants, the district has decided to try this event without the requirement of preregistration!!! To try to help alleviate long lines, we ask that those with the last name A-M arrive between 9 am and Noon and those with the last name N-Z arrive between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. By assigning a specific time frame for arrival, we are trying to circumvent long lines, longer waits, and traffic jams. However, if something should occur that prevents you from taking in your equipment at your assigned time, you may still take it for collection as long as you arrive before 5 pm. You will be served on a first come, first served basis.

The program, which is “free” to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents, will involve the participation and support of nine Darke County agencies to make it work. These Darke County agencies are the adult probation office’s community service and litter collection department, the board of county commissioners, buildings and grounds department, common pleas court, municipal court, and general health district’s environmental division. Best of all, neither your tax dollars nor the county’s general fund are being used to fund this program!! The Solid Waste District uses fees collected from area disposal companies to fund this program.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. This year, CRT televisions and monitors will not be accepted through the district’s collection. 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling will accept televisions for a fee. Neighboring county residents have paid as much as $1 per inch to have their computer or television monitors recycled. 1 Shot will accept CRT monitors and televisions up to 32” for $5 each, 32” and above for $10 ea and projection televisions for $15 each. Fees are subject to change after May 23, 2018.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be disassembled for recycling. Computer hard drives will be drilled on site to protect your personal information. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, PCs, laptops), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, copiers, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

Another Successful DCCA Irish Wave

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Irish Wave sponsors Dr. Tom Brown and Phillip Pierri of Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, Aaron & Michele Cox of the Montage Café; Ryan Cox, DCCA President, Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director with Lone Raven at the recent sold out DCCA fundraising event. 
Darke County Center for the Arts thanks all who made the recent Irish Wave fundraising event a success and recognizes the music sponsors Second National Bank, Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe, and Todd Subler, Dr. Tom Brown, The Andersons, and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, who made the music possible, and event host The Montage Cafe. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and patrons who value and are willing to support the arts in our community, providing unique arts experiences right here in Darke County.”

The sixth annual Irish Wave, hosted at the Montage on March 16 celebrated all things Irish. Attendees enjoyed Irish themed food prepared by the Montage and a tasting selection of craft beers, offered for tasting by Rhinegeist Brewery . Music was performed by, returning favorite, Lone Raven.

Irish Wave is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at www.centerforarts.net.

Vendors and Concessioners Wanted for Annie Oakley Festival

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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is still accepting applications for Vendors and Concessioners for the 2018 festival, which will take place July 27, 28 & 29, 2018 at the south end of the Darke County Fairgrounds. We will be having a lot of activity on the grounds this year and we would like to have as many vendors and concessioners as we can.

Electric is available, and the cost for Vendors is $65.00 a spot and Concessioners is $175.00 a spot. Handmade crafts, hobbies, gifts and more, we would like to have you join us this year at our festival. We are also looking for a few more food concessioners for this year. If you are either a vendor or concessioner, please contact us by calling JoEllen Melling (President) 937-548-1018, or by calling Richard Robinson (1st Vice President) 937-489-0750 or by email rickrobinson725@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DEPUTIES TREATED FOR EXPOSURE TO POWDER IN DARKE COUNTY JAIL

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On April 17, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM Darke County, Sheriff’s Deputies and Corrections Officers were in the process of booking a male subject into the jail when they were exposed to an unknown white powder.

Greenville Police Department transported 37-year-old Stephen A. Garner Jr. to the Darke County Jail.  He was arrested at the request of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.  After arriving at the Darke County Jail, the search and intake process was taking place when multiple plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance dropped from the subject’s body.  The Garner subject immediately attempted to retrieve the items while corrections officers ordered him to drop them.  At some point Garner opened some of the bags exposing white powder on the floor, himself and the officers.  Deputies and Corrections Officers were able to gain control of Garner and secure him in a holding cell.  A very short time later Deputies and officers began to feel light headed and ill.  Garner became unconscious and unresponsive.  The jail staff requested additional deputies to respond and assist.  Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded with multiple units to the Darke County Jail.  Detectives, Deputies from the road and off duty Corrections Officers responded to assist.  A total of four deputies and Garner were transported to Wayne Healthcare.  Some subjects were treated with Narcan during this event.

The Darke County Jail was locked down and closed temporarily while the unknown substance was collected and the area decontaminated.  The Darke County Jail was out of service for approximately 2 hours during the investigation and decontamination.

No other inmates were at risk during the event and they were secured in their respective wards.  The deputies that were transported have since been treated and released from the hospital.  The Garner subject has been turned over to the Ohio Adult Parole Authority. 

Samples of the substance will be sent to the crime lab for processing and identification.  A criminal investigation into this incident is underway.  At the conclusion of the case, it will be forwarded to the Darke County Prosecutor to review for possible criminal charges against Garner. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ANNIE OAKLEY SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is celebrating 55 years of being a festival in Greenville Ohio. We are so excited that our festival continues to be a time-honored, family oriented, fun-packed festival that everyone can come out and enjoy. We continue to offer our festival as a “Free event” for everyone who attends. As of the 2018 festival, we have moved to the south end of the Darke County Fairgrounds, and with this move, we are continuing to keep our entertainment, our vendors and concessioners, Family Fun Day events, Annie Oakley Car Show, and we are adding to our schedule this year a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition.

Our budget is approximately $27,000.00 for our 3-day event, and if you would like to sponsor a specific event, your name would be announced throughout the weekend, and also while that event is taking place. Our events and the budgeted amount include:

  • Cowboy Mounted Shooting Contest - $2,500.00
  • Entertainment - $4,000.00 (Live Local Musical Entertainment-Melodrama-Ohio Western Arts Showcase-Renegade Equestrian Team)
  • 2018 Annie Oakley Car Show - $1,500.00
  • National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association - $390.00
  • Festival Sponsor (includes helping cover rental and misc expenses) - $23,350.00

If you would be interested in being a sponsor of the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival, and helping us continue the loved and time-honored festival, or if you have any questions about the festival or becoming a sponsor, please feel free to contact JoEllen Melling, President of the Annie Oakley Festival Committee at 937-548-1018 (leave a message) or by email to: mellings@embarqmail.com

A Night in Hollywood Total Success

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Supply Chain Management class hosted a special reception in recognition of State level awards achieved and to announce this year’s total dollars raised by A Night in Hollywood for Darke County Special Olympics

Mrs. Buchy welcomed guest from Greenville City School Board and Administration along with Sue Huston from Darke DD, event participants Elizabeth Brewer and Sam Ploch and the SCM team juniors and seniors.

Supply Chain students shared what A Night in Hollywood meant to them and the continued success of the event. “I just really enjoyed seeing all of the Special Olympic participants so happy sharing their talents, singing, art and dance”, said Jacob Goldsmith a junior in the Supply Chain Management program.

Sue Huston shared the collaboration between the D.D. Day-habs and the Supply Chain students really made a positive impact on the participation level of the adult sector. SCM seniors visited area day-hab facilities and created artwork, shared a laugh, and played games. “It was a win win for everyone”, according to Mrs. Buchy, “the students were able to see the positive effects spending time and building relationships had on the attendees of D.D. Day-habs.” Attendance numbers and participation numbers well exceeded the past event numbers. “The crowd was HUGE”, said senior Garrett Strait, “and everyone seemed to have a great time!”

Elizabeth Brewer explained how much she loves participating in the event, “It is a way I can be helpful in the community and I just love it!” It is just unique enough that according to Mrs. Buchy, “The event stirs compassion in everyone; it is a truly magical experience one you have to witness first hand!”

The SCM Team were happy to announce they earned two State Level Awards of Achievement from Business Professionals of America. Senior Kaleb Anderson explained the team earned the coveted Special Olympic traveling trophy given to the program who raises the most money for Special Olympics. For the reporting period the team raised $10,400. According to Anderson,” this is extra special because we did this! Our competition was Batavia High School, who traditionally wins this award by participating in the National Fund Raising event- the Polar Plunge.” The funds from that event are divided across the state, where the funds raised by A Night in Hollywood stays right here in Darke County.

The second award the SCM team received from State BPA of Ohio was for BPA Cares Community Service. Anderson shared the team had served 1000 hours working in the community, primarily for A Night in Hollywood. The SCM team also works closely with the Business Professional Woman’s group of Darke County on their Breakfast with Santa Scholarship Fundraiser as well as the Main Street Greenville for Beggar’s Night. Alexa Davis, SCM Senior shared, “the community service activities bring us closer together as a team; we learn while helping and that really awesome!”

Senior Connor Null, the treasurer for the SCM Team spoke about the fundraising process and had the honor of revealing this year’s total…. $7,100 the largest amount raised in the 4 years the event has taken place.

If you want to be a part of something that is truly indescribable mark your calendars for March 2nd, 2019. The SCM Team encourages all Special Olympic Athletes to donate their Artwork, work on your special talent and sign-up for A Night in Hollywood year 5! The community is also encouraged to mark your calendars NOW – March 2nd – attend this life changing event!

SCM team thanks the community, Greenville City Schools, People Centered Services, Art Sense, Your Happy Place, Darke D.D., Cindy Rose, and all of the Special Olympians and their families for another outstanding year!! If you would like to receive email updates on A Night in Hollywood, March 2nd, 2019 please contact – dbuchy@gcswave.com

Kiwanis continues Empowering Support

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Pictured Left: Kiwanis of Greenville President Greg Zechar presents a donation check to Empowering Darke County Youth Program Coordinator Bob Robinson.
GREENVILLE – Kiwanis of Greenville recently continued their support of Empowering Darke County Youth with a donation for the organization’s After School and Summer Tutoring Programs.

Kiwanis is active in the community with support for the Greenville High School Key Club, a teen service organization, and the Aktion Club, a service organization for the Developmentally Disabled. Kiwanis also provides newborn car seats for free distribution by Wayne HealthCare, college scholarships and a variety of other programs. Membership is open to the public and it meets each Wednesday at noon at the Chestnut Village Center, Brethren Retirement Community.

Empowering Program Coordinator Bob Robinson, along with Edison State tutoring students Morgan Sparks, Ashley Karns, Ashley Rutherford, and Micah Light have made a presentation to Kiwanis and other community programs, about the success of the After School and Summer Tutoring programs.

Any organization or business considering support for Empowering Darke County Youth, and would like more information about the program’s successes and needs, may contact Robinson or Melissa Eve, Assistant Program Coordinator, at empoweringdarkecountyouth@gmail.com or leave a message at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, 937-548-5546. They will be happy to provide additional information or set up a presentation.

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