Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ansonia FFA Gives Back to the Community

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Left: Ansonia FFA President, Ethan Fischer (left) with Alex Randolph from the Dayton Ronald McDonald House. (right).
Middle: Ansonia FFA president, Ethan Fischer (left) with April Billenstein from the APA.
Right: Ansonia FFA President, Ethan Fischer with Ericka Kramer from the Ansonia Youth League.
Each year the Ansonia FFA has a unique opportunity to give back to the community through our Silent Auction. The 2018 FFA Silent Auction took place this past March in conjunction with the FFA Banquet. In the weeks leading up to the auction, Ansonia FFA members worked to secure donations from area businesses and organizations to auction off. Many wonderful items were donated in order to raise money for local charities and organizations. Parents and community members who attended our banquet silently bid on the donated items. We are always grateful to the community for supporting this event in such a great way. Because of their generosity we were able to raise $2,320.00. The companies that made this possible are: Abel’s Barber Shop, Ace Hardware, Advanced Auto Parts, Ansonia Auto Parts, Ansonia Lumber, Auto Zone, Back to Rock, Bruns Animal Clinic, Burkettsville Garage, Campbell Electric, The Coffee Pot, Cope’s Distributing, Country Auto Sales, Crop Production Services, Cut Throat Tattoo, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Darke County Ag, Davis Camper Sales, Drees Dairy Barn, Dickman Supply, Eldora Speedway, Elite Truck & Auto Repair, Ernst Sporting Goods, Floral Reflections, Frenchtown Trailer Sales, Gilbert Station, Greenville National Band, Grilliot Alignment, Harry Birts Store, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Harvestland Co-Op, Heartland Vet Care, Herb Pantry, Homestretch Sportswear, House of Flowers, Hull Brothers, Hunt Butcher Shop, J&M Tire, J&M Manufacturing, John’s IGA, JT’s Brew & Grill, K&L Tractor Sales, Keller Grain and Feed, Kevin Flory Landscaping, Kim Campbell LMT, King’s Poultry, Klingshirn & Son’s Trucking, Knick Show Pigs, Koenig, McBo;s Lones, Napa Auto Parts, Nature’s Reflections, North Star Hardware and Implement, North Star Plumbing, Ohio Crankshaft, Rapid Fired Pizza, Rowland Trucking & Equipment, Seed Consultants, Spencer Landscaping, The Anderson’s, The Butcher Block, The Inn of Versailles, The Whistle Stop, The Winery at Versailles, The Wooden Spoon, Treaty Supply, Wayne Builder Supply, Werling and Sons, Wieland Jewelers, Worch Lumber, Worch Memorial Library, and the YMCA of Versailles.

The local organizations who benefited from the proceeds are chosen by the Ansonia FFA members. This year the members choose the Ansonia Youth League, the APA - Ansonia Parents Alliance, and the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton. A portion of the proceeds also comes back to the Ansonia FFA Chapter for program needs. Each organization received a check in the amount of $580.00 for them to put toward their organizational needs.

Ansonia Rural Safety Education Initiative

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Leticia Millikin and Hannah Hartzell giving a safety presentation to a 2nd grade class.
Rylie Marker and Kierra Reichert playing
a recycling game with a 3rd grade class.
Ansonia FFA - On May 17th the Ansonia FFA led an initiative to increase awareness of rural dangers and reduce farm-related accidents for our 2nd and 3rd grade elementary students. This is the 8th year that our students have brought safety resources to our area children.

Smart choices for Life is a 112 page handbook written for children who live and often work on or near a farm. Produced by Community Safety Net whose mission is “Protecting Kids for LIFE”, this family resource contains practical information on everything from electricity to safety around animals, and educates children on many aspects of farm safety. This resource is available through the generous support of our local businesses and organizations.

The National Committee for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention estimates that more than 100 children die and another 100,000 are seriously injured annually in North American farm accidents. Of those injured, 50% do not actually live on a farm -- a statistic that underscores the need to provide rural safety education for all children living in rural areas.

In order to prepare for this day the agriculture education students prepared presentations on topics ranging from animal safety, safety signs, farm equipment safety, and others. At the end of each presentation the ag students interacted with the elementary students through questions and games and gave out goodie bags to accompany the Rural Safety books.

There is always a lot of positive feedback from the elementary teachers regarding this activity and it also teaches the high school students how to organize and execute an activity that involves others.

Ansonia 3rd grade class learning safety hand signals.

Ladybug Garden Club Decorates Memorial Hall for Orchestra Performance

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Members of the Ladybug Garden Club added some extra touches to the lobby of the St. Clair Memorial Hall for the concert of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Guest artist was Connor Bogart, who performed Broadway hits from Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and more. Decorating was Sherry Ward, Becky Collins, and chairman Shirley Linder. Not shown Barbara Skinner and Irma Heiser.

Second National Bank supports Empowering with donation, supplies

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Bob Robinson, Empowering Darke County Youth Program Coordinator, Vickie Wessling, Second National Bank Administrative Assistant & Marketing Manager, left, and Antonia Baker, Second National Bank Assistant Trust Officer, right, pose with Empowering students as the 2017-18 After School Program draws to a close. In the back is Jim Kildow, two-year Edison State student-tutor who will be graduating this year. 
GREENVILLE – Second National Bank donated a check for the second year in a row, plus added much needed supplies, including paper, notebooks and black dry-erase markers for Empowering Darke County Youth’s Summer Tutoring and 2018-19 After School Programs.

“The kids were excited, especially about the notebooks and markers,” Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator, said. “They were constantly using up markers… seems there were never enough to meet the needs of all students. These should get us through the summer and into next year’s After School Program.”

Second National Bank executives, Vickie Wessling, Administrative Assistant and Marketing Manager, and Antonia Baker, Assistant Trust Officer, were impressed with the Empowering kids, all Greenville Schools Elementary and Middle School students. They noted the excitement and demeanor of the youngsters.

“I want to thank you for all that you are doing for these kids,” said Wessling later. “They were so well behaved and I loved seeing all those smiles. Good job!”

Second National Bank is active in its support of the community, with recent donations to Arcanum’s Wall of Honor, Main Street Greenville, Gathering at Garst and more, Robinson noted. “We are pleased and proud they have chosen to support our kids as well,” he added.

According to Robinson, Empowering Darke County Youth has wrapped up its second year of service by providing over 7,300 contact sessions with more than 250 students, grades K through 8. Students who consistently take advantage of the program experience strong growth in the academic areas of language arts and math, some of it dramatic, he added.

Empowering is currently taking applications for its Summer Tutoring Program. Applications are available at the Greenville Library and Edison State Darke County Campus. Go to Facebook or email for more information.

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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"The Kroger Lady" is Retiring

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On May 25, 1979, a young 19 year old lady started working at our Greenville Kroger. She was just another unknown Kroger employee face amongst many others in the store we all shopped in each week (give or take). I don’t know how over the past 39 years Denise Koontz (now Koontz Dowell) has become “The Kroger Lady,” but somewhere over the years it seems that is where everyone in and around Darke County knows her from. She cannot go anywhere in Greenville (and sometimes other places in the county) without hearing someone say “Oh, aren’t you the Kroger lady,” or “Where do I know you from?” “Yes, that’s it, you are The Kroger Lady."

She started like most of the young kids at Kroger working in other departments, doing stocking, bagging, pushing carts in from the parking lot, working with produce, and eventually making her way up to the front end as a cashier where most everyone now has come to recognize her. While she is not someone working in one of the Public Safety functions of our Community, she is still one of our Home Town Hero’s for serving our Community for the past 39 years of customer service all in our Greenville Kroger Stores (both the old one and the current one).

On this Friday, May 25, 2018, Denise (The Kroger Lady) will be ringing up her last orders at our Greenville Kroger. When she clocks out at the end of her shift on Friday, she will hang up her black vest for the final time and retire 39 years to the day from when she started at Kroger.

Thank you, Denise, for your 39 years of service to the community and enjoy your retirement.

If you are in Kroger on this Friday, May 25, 2018, (between 7 am and 3 pm) please take a minute to tell Denise thank you for her service to our community and congratulations on her retirement.

On a side note, she is not going anywhere. Denise and her husband Bruce are still going to be living in Darke County, shopping at Kroger and you will still be able to see the newly “Retired Kroger Lady” around town from time to time taking it easy and enjoying not having to work.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"The Media and Mass Shootings" - A Guest Post from Barbara Martin

Editor's Note: The following was originally published in December of 2012 in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Massachusetts. It was written by the late Barbara Martin and seems to be just as relevant this week as it was two and a half five and a half years ago, so I'm republishing it today...

I can remember watching sports on television in years past, and every so often an overzealous (and maybe intoxicated) fan would run onto the field. The crowd would cheer, and the network cameras would follow the fan around until he inevitably got clobbered by security officers. Admittedly it was fun to watch. Who would turn away, right?

As time went by, there were more and more fans running onto ballfields. Eventually the networks realized they were feeding the problem. The fans were seeking attention, and the networks were obliging them by televising their one moment of glory. These days, the networks turn the cameras away when a fan runs onto the ballfield. And not surprisingly, there are far fewer crazy fans running onto fields these days.

We have had a series of mass shootings in our country beginning with Columbine in 1999, and continuing with Virginia Tech in 2007. But we have now had three new attacks in just under two years (Tucson, Aurora, and now Newtown). The trend is not good. And what common factors can we see in all of these events? These attacks were all premeditated and well-planned. And all of them occurred in the age of around-the-clock cable news coverage.

Clearly, there were mental health issues involved in all of these cases. I am no psychologist, but it seems pretty clear that these mass killers want a grand spectacle, some sort of sick notoriety from their acts. They want to be famous, and it turns out the American media is happy to oblige them. As with the fans running onto sports fields, the American media are providing a platform for mentally ill killers to sensationalize their crimes.

The media’s coverage of the Newtown massacre was an absolute circus. In the first hours after the shooting, major media outlets got many of the basic facts wrong. It was reported that the killer had a child in the school. It was reported that the killer’s mother worked at the school. It was reported that there was a second shooter. The media reported at one point that the killer was 24-year-old Ryan Lanza and posted his photo on television and the internet. All of this reporting was wrong. Horribly wrong.

Greenville Police Department Joins Click It or Ticket To Crack Down on Seat Belt Use – Especially at Night

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Greenville, OH – The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2018 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, May 21-June 3, 2018.

During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts – both day and night.

We’re all excited about the potential for automated vehicles to help prevent crashes and save lives. They promise a far safer future on our roads. But what about safer driving today? There are loads of new safety features that help make crashes avoidable and more survivable. But there’s one technology in today’s cars and trucks that is central to safe driving: the seat belt.

You might not think of seat belts as a safety technology, but they’re the foundation of safer driving. In 2015 alone, seat belts saved 13,941 lives. However, 2,804 additional lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up. That’s why NHTSA remains committed to convincing every American to always buckle up.

Thanks to a combination of the enforcement of seat belt laws and public awareness campaigns, seat belt use reached a record high of 90 percent in 2016, up from about 83 percent a decade ago. That’s progress—but it also means that every day, millions of people needlessly put their lives at risk because they don’t buckle up.

Our annual Click It or Ticket national mobilization is one of our best tools for increasing awareness and belt use. This year, it starts on May 21st with advertising that explains the importance of wearing seat belts and the dangers of not buckling up. If you don’t heed the warnings and obey the law, they will be backed up by law enforcement, who will be making a special effort to hand out tickets for failing to buckle up between May 21st and June 3rd.

Seat belts are the single most effective safety technology in the history of the automobile. A NHTSA study of lives saved by vehicle technologies found that, between 1960 and 2012, seat belts saved more lives—329,715, to be exact—than all other vehicle technologies combined, including air bags, energy-absorbing steering assemblies, and electronic stability control. Of course, seat belts have been available much longer than many of the other safety features the study reviewed. But they remain your first line of defense in a crash and your first step toward safer driving.

Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions,” said Chief Strick.

While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs through June 3rd officers and troopers will continue their zero tolerance policy year-round when motorists are stopped for other violations and are found to not be wearing their safety belt.

More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be aggressively enforcing the law during the mobilization, which runs May 21st – June 3rd, 2018.
“It’s simple - safety belts save lives and reduce injury in crashes,” said John Born, Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “It is the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your friends.”

Remember this May 21st to June 3rd: It’s Click It or Ticket. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren to Host Harmony Quartet

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will be hosting Darke County’s own, Harmony Quartet on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 6 PM.

Harmony has been singing together since 1997. They came together singing songs of the Statler Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys - both secular and gospel. They were introduced to Southern Gospel through the Gaither concerts and immediately began including some of them in their repertoire. The songs they sing reflect a love of God and tell stories from the Bible. The group’s members are: Bill Drew, singing tenor, Terry Longfellow, singing bass, Mike Royer singing baritone and second tenor, and Bruce Shank, singing lead. The public is cordially invited to this event. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the performance. The church is located on the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

Darke County Animal Shelter No Longer Providing Spay/Neuter Certificates with Adoption

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter wants to inform everyone that due to the fact that their running pet Grant is expiring, they are no longer giving the $30 certificates with adoptions for spaying/neutering.

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

2018 license can be purchased at the Auditor's Office or at the Darke County Animal Shelter. 2018 license go on sale December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. You can also get your license online at ALL DOGS OVER THE AGE OF 3 MONTHS, MUST HAVE A

Please contact the shelter by phone or in person for any additional information.

Bridges to College Supports Area Students Prepare for Higher Education

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Several years ago, area business leaders and educators came together to address an issue: how to increase the number of Darke County students who go to college. After researching college access programs throughout the state and receiving a start-up grant from the Ohio College Access Network, the Darke County College Access Program was started in 2006. Over time, it began offering advising, educational programming and scholarships. In 2010, the Darke County College Access Program board changed the organization’s name to Bridges to College (B2C) to better reflect its mission.

The journey from high school to college can be tough – especially if a student is the first in his or her family to go to college. Bridges to College makes it easier by providing free educational materials and programming, advising, and needs-based scholarships to high school students. To date, the organization has served hundreds of students and parents through its educational and advising programs. In addition, B2C has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to students since 2007.

This school year, Bridges to College arranged for Greenville High School sophomores and juniors to visit the University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, Ball State University and Miami University. Students learned about careers and majors, admissions and financial aid as part of the GHS College Club. The club is a collaborative effort between Bridges to College and GHS guidance counselors.

Recently B2C began offering ACT Prep Sessions to prepare students to take the ACT, a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. The cost of these sessions is subsidized by B2C, with students only paying a fee of $20 per session. ACT Prep Sessions are a great way to become familiar the ACT test and process.

This summer’s ACT Prep Sessions schedule is as follows:

  • Reading Session ONLY : Tuesday, 6/5, GHS Room 226
  • English Session ONLY : Wednesday, 6/6, GHS Room 226
  • Math Session ONLY : Thursday, 6/7, GHS Room 226
  • Science Session ONLY: Friday, 6/8, GHS Room 186

Bridges to College believes that educated citizens are the basis of a prosperous local economy and are the foundation of the future high quality of life in Darke County. Currently, B2C provides services to Ansonia, Franklin Monroe and Greenville High School students and their parents. In the coming years, Bridges to College wants to increase its impact in Darke County by serving more students in its member schools and expanding to other high schools in the county.

Does this sound like an organization you would like to support? The 9th annual Karlh McCallister Memorial Golf Outing to benefit B2C will take place Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Turtle Creek Golf Course in Greenville. Sign up to play, sponsor or both!

For more information about Bridges to College or the Golf Outing, check out their website at

Delores Beisner retires from Cancer Association of Darke County

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Front Row left to right : Christine Lynn, Executive Director, Delores Beisner, Becky Saylor
2nd Row left to right: Barbara Fee, Susan Fowble, Sherry Marten, Secretary
3rd row left to right: Trudy Eastland, Treasurer, Sharon Kerns, Carolyn Fletcher, Kay Curry, President.
Back Row: Duane Edwards, Vice President

After serving 22 years on the Board of Directors, Delores recently retired.

She states “It is an honor have served the organization for this many years.”

The organization would like to thank Delores for her hard work and her care and concern for local cancer patients. “Delores has always served the community very passionately in this manner and we wish her and her husband the very best in the future,” states Christine Lynn, Exec. Dir.

The Cancer Association has been serving the community since 1995 and provides reimbursement for mileage, medication and medical supplies as well as nutritional supplements.

The organization is supported with donations, memorials, grants, fundraisers and Corporate Sponsors..

The association partners with United Way and is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society. They currently enlisting for 2018 Corporate Sponsorship and so far the following businesses have enlisted: Mercer Savings Bank, Greenville, First Assembly of God, Versailles Savings and Loan, Brothers Publishing and Early Bird, Law Office of Rudnick and Hosek, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville National Bank and Second National Bank.

If you have questions, feel free to call the office and speak with Christine, Director, at
937-548-9960 or email

Monday, May 21, 2018

New Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program

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Summer is almost here, and your library is ready for lots of fun and learning with Summer Reading Program events for June, July, & August, 2018. The theme this summer reminds us that “Libraries Rock!” We begin the summer with a returning family favorite. The naturalists from Brukner Nature Center will bring the animals to share for the Robert Bennett Memorial Wildlife Encounter on June 6th from 2-3:00. This year children will be able to touch a Corn Snake and learn more about Big Brown Bats & Eastern Screech Owls. Last year’s visits from the staff at Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum were so popular that we have 3 planned for this year. Kids will get a chance to experiment with sound, music, & sound waves on Tues. June 19 @ 2:00 & Fri. July 27 @ 11:00. On Mon. June 25 we have a Family Night planned with food, museum staff sharing about astronauts who played their musical instruments in space, and even a visit from State Senator Bill Beagle! Plan to join us for this and other events because this year we will have a prize drawing to reward the adults who attend events with their children! All dates and descriptions for additional programs will are included on the Summer Reading at NMPL calendar available at the library desk as well as on our web site You can also follow us on Facebook and Pinterest. See you @NMPL this summer!

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GNB Announces Promotion & Board Reorganization

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Greenville National Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Susan Shields who joined their Senior Management team this spring as Senior Vice President & Controller. Susan began working at GNB shortly after graduating from Greenville High School. Over the years she has worked as a Teller, Loan Clerk, Compliance and Audit Assistant, Auditor, Assistant Controller, and Controller.

Shields attended Capital University while working at the Bank and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (Finance). She and her husband, Doug, reside in Greenville. They have three grown children, Marc, Elizabeth, and Jason. Susan is the Assistant Treasurer of the Greenville Business & Professional Women (BPW) organization. She is a member of St. Mary’s Church and serves on the board of trustees of the Greenville Schools Foundation. In her spare time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

GNB would also like to acknowledge the addition of Dan Watren to their Board of Director in February in preparation for the retirement of Board Chairman, Dave Watts, following the annual Shareholders Meeting on March 27. Dan Franz was elected to serve as GNB’s new Chairman of the Board.


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CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship: (L-R) Greenville Senior High School Medical Tech Prep teacher & blood drive coordinator Amanda Koenig, scholarship winner Hayley Maher, & CBC Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh.
GREENVILLE, Ohio – Community Blood Center and Vectren awarded a $1,000 Lead The Way Creative Scholarship to Greenville Senior High School senior Hayley Maher for her “Blood Gives” blood drive recruitment campaign.

Hayley is the class of 2018 valedictorian at Greenville Senior High School and has made five lifetime blood donations. Her “Blood Gives” campaign featured a video and it received the highest score from the Lead The Way judges.

“Giving blood is a celebration of the little things in life that recipients of blood donations are able to experience more of,” she wrote. “Birthdays, family vacations, laughs with friends, anniversaries, and hundreds of other invaluable life experiences.”

She illustrated the “blood gives more life” theme both in a graphic design for a blood drive t-shirt, and in an original video montage of life celebrations. The video also includes facts about blood donations, images from the school blood drive, and multiple interviews with classmates about why they donate.

Hayley plans to study exercise science at the University of Mount Union with the goal of working in sports medicine. She is a member of the Medical Tech Prep program at Greenville High, the student group that sponsors the spring blood drive.

“Hayley is an outstanding student,” said Medical Tech Prep teacher and blood drive coordinator Amanda Koenig. “The blood drives are a good experience. At Med Tech the students are interested in pre-med and health careers and with the blood drive they feel more connected.”

The 2018 Lead The Way winners include: Mikayla Schaffner from Miami East High School; Karson Hudson from Valley View High School; Kacie Tackett from Newton High School; and Kayla Helmick from Cedarville High School.

Arcanum Faith UMC Purse Project

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Pictured: (left to right front row) – Nancy Long, RaeAnn Pieper. (left to right back row) Jeannie Miller, Sharon Karns, Tyra Clark, Kay Wieser, Janet Johns
The ladies of Faith United Methodist Church celebrated Mother’s Day by collecting purses and filling them with personal hygiene products. The purses will be donated to the Women’s Shelters in Darke County. This “Mission Minded” church is located at 101 E. South Street, Arcanum.

Church serviced is at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.

Darke County Senior Citizen of the Year Luncheon

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Pastor John Person – First Presbyterian Church presenting Darke County Outstanding Senior of the Year to Helen Miller
This past Wednesday, the Darke County Senior Outreach volunteers were pleased to host the Darke County Senior Citizen Luncheon for Senior Day. May is Senior Citizen month and a special time to celebrate our wonderful leaders that have made the community what it is today and give the rest of us inspiration to continue to build on their legacy. The Area Agency on Aging presents the award for Outstanding Senior Citizen each year at this event. The award is based on leadership and a life of volunteering and service to this great community. This year Helen Miller was presented with the award for Outstanding Senior for 2018 representing Darke County. Helen is a lifelong resident of Darke County, born at Wayne Hospital, and exemplifies the meaning of service, volunteering much of her time with the First Presbyterian Church, Wayne Hospital Auxiliary, and Tutoring for the local schools to name a few. Lauren Henry, Susanne Barga and Pastor John Person spoke about Helen’s giving heart as they read from their nomination to the Area Agency on Aging about Helen.

“Helen Miller is a beautiful woman with a heart and soul for helping others. She exemplifies the motto: Service Above Self, and does this guided by and glorifying the Lord,” Lauren read, continuing by saying, “Helen volunteers for many organizations and I’m sure I am leaving some out. Helen has volunteered for Wayne HealthCare serving on the Auxiliary for over 10 years, where she served as President for 6 years, as well as 2 years as Vice President and 2 years as Past President. She is the gift shop coordinator and coordinates the reception desk at the hospital. She makes sure patients and greeted with a friendly smile and gets them safely to their procedures all while easing their minds. She helped with the transition of the gift shop to using a cash register, and is a leader at the hospital for all volunteers. She is also a fierce servant for the Lord. Helen has volunteered as a member of First Presbyterian Church in all facets of the church life. She has served for over 50 years at the church, giving of her time and talent to help others through the Deacons, Sessions, Stephan Ministers – visiting those that are home-bound or nursing-home bound, leader of the Parish Life Committee – serving many dinners and lunches for those families suffering from the loss of loved ones at home and following funeral services. With her sweet song bird voice – she is a long-time member of the choir and has served as a children’s education volunteer for bible school, vacation bible school and LOGOS – the children’s Wednesday night ministry. She is a strong part of the tutoring program at Greenville Middle School as well –serving to help children with Math, Science and Language Arts. The list goes on and on and I am so blessed and humbled to call her part of my church family and my very cherished friend.”

Susanne Barga read, “I first met Helen when she applied to be a volunteer at Wayne HealthCare. A good friend and a former colleague of hers first clued me in to what a great person she was and what she could mean to our volunteer program. She has stepped up time after time when there was a need, such as when we had two vice-presidents step down which left a huge vacancy. She has worked on many of the hospital volunteer programs, such as escort, reception, gift shop coordinator. I have known Helen for over 14 years plus and I think she exemplifies what a true volunteer at the highest standard should be. She is generous, thoughtful, caring, resourceful and loves to be of service to her community,” Susanne continued saying, “ Her vision of helping people, whether it is tutoring kids, volunteering at her church or at the hospital it has resulted in an effort in leading us to a better Darke County community for all of us.”

Local Wreaths Across America Group to Host a Wreath Signup on Memorial Day

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Fort GreeneVille DAR, the local coordinators and fundraising group for Wreaths Across America (WAA), will host a wreath signup event at the Memorial Day Service at the cemetery.

The event is to raise awareness and support efforts to place a wreath at each veteran’s headstone at Greenville Union Cemetery this December 15 on National Wreaths Across America Day. The Veterans section of the cemetery will get first priority of wreaths donated unless wreaths are donated for specific graves. When the Veterans' section is completed, wreaths will then be placed at all other Veterans' graves as supplies last. The goal is to lay wreaths at the approximately 130 soldiers' graves in the Veterans section then proceed to finish with all 1,300 Veterans' graves.

On Memorial Day, Fort GreeneVille DAR will be offering information and signup for donating wreaths at the cemetery's Memorial Day Program at 1:00pm.

If you are unavailable to attend the event, you can order online at
(Place the zip code for Greenville, OH-click on Greenville Union Cemetery-Scroll down to "Donate Through a Group-Donate. (Fort GreenVille DAR 4-038OH (OH0151P)-Scroll down to "Sponsor a wreath" OR if you want to be "grave specific" scroll down to select that option-click on Donate. Then choose your selection.)

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and overseas.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


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Pictured left to right: Legislative Chair Lindsey Gehret and BPW officers: Peggy Foutz, Susan Shields, Dorothy Poeppelman, Sonya Crist and Kasey Christian.
Greenville, OH May 16, 2018- The 2018-2019 Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club Officers were sworn in at the May10th meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Foundation Committee that consisted of chair Lindsey Gehret, Betty Kosier, Brenda Miller and Leigh Fletcher and held at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room.

The officers were sworn in to office by committee chair Lindsey Gehret. The new officers are President Peggy Foutz, Vice President Kasey Christian, Secretary Sonya Crist, Treasurer Dorothy Poeppelman and Assistant Treasurer Susan Shields.

The Club is working on their summer fundraiser and selling BBQ chicken dinners. The dinners consist of one half barbeque chicken, applesauce, chips, and roll and butter. Dinners may be picked up on June 20th between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at the Greenville VFW at 219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville. Tickets can be purchased by calling Deb Niekamp at (419)305-2178 or picked up at one of the following locations: Merle Norman Store at 309 S. Broadway, Financial Achievement Services at 5116 Children’s Home Bradford Rd., Greenville or New Madison Library at 142 S. Main, New Madison, OH.

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 President Chair Brenda Miller at 937-996-1741 or through

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


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Pictured left to right:  BPW Members Susan Fowble, Deb Niekamp, Vicki Cost, Gail Snyder, Leigh Fletcher, Marilyn Emmons (who has sadly passed away), Dorothy Poeppelman and Peggy Foutz.
Greenville, OH. May 15, 2018 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is sponsoring a fund raiser selling BBQ Chicken Dinners to be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Dinners are available for carryout only. Pre-sale tickets are $7.50.

The dinners consist of one half barbeque chicken, applesauce, chips, and roll and butter. Dinners may be picked up on June 20th between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at the Greenville VFW at 219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville. Tickets can be purchased by calling Deb Niekamp at (419)305-2178 or picked up at one of the following locations: Merle Norman Store at 309 S. Broadway, Financial Achievement Services at 5116 Children’s Home Bradford Rd., Greenville or New Madison Library at 142 S. Main, New Madison, OH.

All profits go toward scholarships to be awarded to the young women of Darke County. The Greenville BPW Club thanks you for your support.


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DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is counting on blood donors and their “Do it yourself” spirit to help build a better blood supply this summer.

Everyone who registers to donate blood at a CBC Donor Center or a CBC mobile blood drive from May 29 through Sept. 1 will be automatically entered in the “Build a Better Blood Supply Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a $5,000 home improvement gift card. Donors must be 18 by the end of the campaign period to win.

Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

The grand prize in the “Build a Better Blood Supply Summer Blood Drive” campaign will help a lucky donor complete a dream project in their home or yard. CBC hopes the dream will encourage more donors to help boost the blood supply during the challenging summer months.

“Summer is a favorite time for home improvement projects, but it’s also when many people travel, vacation and enjoy outdoor activities – everything that may keep them from donating,” said CBC Donor Relations Director Tracy Morgan. “Our mission year round is to make sure area hospitals and their patients have the blood they need. We’re counting on both regular donors and new donors to help build a supply that will stand up all summer long.”

CBC will announce the winner in September. Official rules will be available at


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Sign-up your organization to participate in First Friday: Live Music & Volunteer Fair!

Main Street Greenville is seeking non-profits to participate in their June First Friday event. The Volunteer Fair, created in partnership with the Darke County Volunteer Network, gives local non-profits the opportunity to set up in downtown Greenville and provide information about their missions and ways the community can help!

The event is set to take place on Friday, June 1st from 6-9 pm, and all participating organizations are asked to provide a family friendly activity at their booth. Registration with Main Street Greenville is required for participation in this event, and the application form can be found on their website, For profit organizations will not be permitted to set up at this event.

This is a great way to showcase your agency, recruit volunteers, and say thank you to the community! Please contact the Main Street Greenville office with any questions at or 937-548-4998.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit

Prepare for a “Landslide” in Tipp City on June 9… as “Tusk–The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute” takes the stage!

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council is finalizing preparations for the 9th Annual Canal Music Fest. This year’s event is presented by Edison State Community College and Thrivent Financial Associate Matt Buehrer, and will feature the outstanding Fleetwood Mac cover band, “Tusk–The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute”. The 2018 Canal Music Fest will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m., at City Park, in Tipp City, Ohio. Food and beverages will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. Vendors joining us this year include Bella Sorella Pizza Co., Bolenski’s Kettle Corn, Kona Ice, Loafin’ Around, McNasty’s, Pa’s Pork, Sam & Ethel’s and TJ’s Nice Cream.

Based out of New Jersey, the members of Tusk have been making music together in various ways for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that the artists should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Tusk takes the audience on a sweet ride down memory lane. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, Tusk leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

The Canal Music Fest is free and open to the public. 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase. No coolers or backpacks are permitted. “Don’t Stop”—bring your lawn chair or blanket, along with your family and friends, and join us at the Canal Music Fest on June 9! You will find us in the park, north of the Tipp City Aquatic Center. Enter from Parkwood Drive, where free parking will be available. Additional information and directions can be found on our website at or at

Thanks to our additional TCAAC and event and supporters including Joseph Airport Toyota/Hyundai, Randall Residence of Tipp City, Regal, Favorite/Hamler-Gingrich Insurance, Arbogast, Emerson, Gibson Law Offices, Holiday Inn Express, Monroe Federal, Unity National Bank, Voss Honda, World Wide Commercial Realty, Bowman and Landes, Broadway Hair Studio, Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, Dare Electronics, Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Eagles Aerie 2201, Lovett & Lovett, Luken Interiors, New Carlisle Bank, Pro-Trim of Ohio, Repacorp Inc., Royal Crest Agency, Rusty Harden Studio, Tipp Eye Center and Tipp Vision.


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The Darke County Fair Board and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are placing another order for Memorial benches. These six foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs as a lasting tribute to family and friends and will be placed around the Gazebo and other areas of the Fairgrounds for Fairgoers to enjoy the festivities of the Fair.

These benches may be purchased and lettered as a lasting memorial to a loved one, as an advertisement and donation from your business, or just a donation from your family to the Fair. These benches will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be enjoyed by Fairgoers for generations to come.

The cost per bench, which includes lettering, is $575.00 and the order deadline to ensure delivery prior to the 2018 Fair is July 3. For more information or to order call Krista Fourman @ 937-547-0827, or the Fair Office @ 937-548-5044. Order forms can be found on the district website,

‘Jack Edelman Cardiac Catheterization Center’ to honor late philanthropist

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Jack and Debra Edelman
Jack Edelman loved his community, was a veteran who served his country, and a generous mentor who gave much of his time and resources in his life to help others – especially for the cause of community health.

When Jack passed away in October 2017 at 92, his wife of 64 years, Debra, decided to do even more in his honor. With a gift of $1 million to Reid Health Foundation in honor of her late husband, the Edelman’s combined lifelong contributions reached $2.12 million – becoming the largest contribution ever received by the Foundation from individual donors.

“We are humbled and we are extremely grateful for Jack and Debra’s confidence in Reid,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Health Vice President/Foundation President, of the Edelman’s generosity. “Jack and Debra have never sought attention for their years of support that has helped Reid Health and the community in so many ways. Debra’s leadership with the Foundation board fueled our success with the New Reid capital campaign. Further, her many years co-chairing Art to Heart, a collaborative gala partnership with the Richmond Art Museum, brought one of the greatest fund-raising success stories to our community’s history.”

To commemorate the most recent gift, ceremonies in May will celebrate the renaming of the Reid Health Outpatient Cardiac Catheterization Center to the Jack Edelman Cardiac Catheterization Center. The outpatient cath lab is on the second floor of the Outpatient Care Center at 1100 Reid Parkway.

With a gift of $1 million to Reid Health Foundation in honor of her late husband, the Edelman’s combined lifelong contributions reached $2.12 million – becoming the largest contribution ever received by the Foundation from individual donors.

Kirk said the Edelmans have long supported the health care system’s mission and fund-raising efforts. Side by side, they were familiar faces at Reid Health Foundation events over the years.

“Jack and Debra have such a long history of commitment to their community and support for Reid’s mission to provide high quality care to the patients we serve,” Kirk said.

The Edelmans are founders of the Recycling Center, Inc. in Richmond and also owners of Franklin Iron & Metal Corp. in Dayton, OH. Debra Edelman served 18 years on the Foundation board, including as board chair in 2000 and 2001 when the health system began planning the construction and move to a new campus. “She was instrumental in leading the vision that resulted in a $46 million transfer of Foundation funds to help pay for the New Reid,” Kirk said.

After a serious illness suffered by Jack in 2004, the Edelmans became dedicated supporters of the project to build a replacement hospital. At the time, Debra Edelman cited “exemplary care” for her husband during a three-week hospital stay on the former Chester Boulevard campus. In that stay, however, they experienced some of the constraints of the former campus – small patient rooms, for example — that illustrated the need for an updated facility. As grateful patient and spouse, the experience prompted Jack and Debra to give $1 million toward the New Reid project in 2005.

As a result of their 2005 philanthropy, two areas of the campus already bear the family name – the Jack & Debra Edelman Board Room in the administration area, and the Israel “Izzy” Edelman Cardiac Center, a cardiac diagnostics area, in tribute to the memory of their late son Israel “Izzy” Edelman.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Darke County Courthouse Parking to Be Temporarily Restricted for Security Purposes

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Per the Darke County Sheriff's Office...

Due to security measures that are being taken during an upcoming trial at the Darke County Courthouse in Greenville, parking will be restricted in certain areas around the Courthouse.

The following is subject to change based on the status of the trial and associated hearings.

The following parking restrictions are expected to take place on Wednesday May 16th, Thursday May 17th and Friday May 18th. The parking lot directly behind the Courthouse will be closed off to public parking. There will be no parking on the street in the 100 block of W. Fourth Street. There will be no parking on S. Broadway in front of the Courthouse. The times of the parking restrictions are expected to be during business hours on those days but are subject to extended times depending on how long Court remains in session on a given day.

Deputies will make reasonable efforts to assist and accommodate members of the public that have disabilities/ADA parking needs in the area of the Courthouse. Citizens with such needs will have to have the appropriately ADA placarded/permitted vehicles and have legitimate business in the Courthouse area. The parking will be permitted temporarily to conduct the business in the Courthouse. The vehicle could be subject to search to maintain security of the area if they choose to park in this area.

MVCTC Robotics and Automation Students Build XtremeBots

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Congratulations to the MVCTC Robotics and Automation team of Kaylee Brandt (Valley View), Caleb Bergen (Northmont), Jonathan Kitchens (West Carrollton), Alec Dickenson (Huber Heights) and Cole Good (Franklin Monroe) they won Best Engineered and Best Sportsmanship with their Bot Sloth at the XtremeBots competition.

Congratulations to the MVCTC Robotics and Automation
team of Caden Vance (Valley View), Jordan Green (Valley View),
Cade Carter (Eaton), Kane Greiner (Tipp City) they won 1st Place and
People’s Choice Award at the XtremeBots Competition with their Bot Jim.
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Junior Robotics and Automation program created battle robots in class to compete in the XtremeBots Combat Robotics Tournament at the ThunderDome on April 20-21, 2018, in Dayton.

There were 50 teams present at the competition and two MVCTC teams brought home trophies.

Team: That Better Team Won 1st Place and People’s Choice Award

  • Bot: Jim
  • Caden Vance (Valley View)
  • Jordan Green (Valley View)
  • Cade Carter (Eaton)
  • Kane Greiner (Tipp City)

The Goonies: Won Best Engineered and Best Sportsmanship

  • Bot: Sloth
  • Kaylee Brandt (Valley View)
  • Caleb Bergen (Northmont)
  • Jonathan Kitchens (West Carrollton)
  • Alec Dickenson (Huber Heights)
  • Cole Good (Franklin Monroe)


  • Bot: Warhead
  • Jake Meeker (Miamisburg)
  • Tyler Dishman (Ansonia)
  • Carsten Benge (Tipp City)
  • Nicholas Gibbons (West Carrollton)
  • Jacob Szilagyi (Milton-Union)

Team: The transformers

  • Bot name: Ironhide
  • Amber Cook (Milton-Union)
  • Soullen Grier (Huber Heights)
  • Ceirek Daniels (Mississinawa Valley)
  • Baily Garber (Tri-County North)
  • Owen Lewis (Milton-Union)

For more information about MVCTC, visit

Greenville BPW Announces Woman of the Year

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Greenville Business and Professional Women award the BPW Woman of the Year Award to Peggy Foutz. Pictured: BPW Secretary Susan Fowble, ‘Woman of the Year’ winner Peggy Foutz and BPW President Brenda Miller.Greenville, OH. May 15, 2018 – The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is proud to announce that Peggy Foutz has been named the Club’s ‘Woman of the Year’.  
“Peggy goes above and beyond on everything she is involved in…she is a dynamo...thoughtful, caring…she challenges me by who and what she is…she is full of energy and has creative ideas…she is quite an ambassador for BPW…she is awesome, warm, caring, competent and a great example of women in business…she is very active in the community and the award is very well deserved”, were just a few comments her fellow members noted when nominating Peggy for this award. She has accepted the position of President of the Greenville Club this upcoming year.

When asked why she joined BPW, Peggy answered, “Even before we moved to Greenville, we had The Early Bird mailed to our home in Oregon each week for a year in order to learn about what was going on in the community. I read the articles about Greenville BPW club meetings and thought to myself "That sounds like an organization I would like to be a part of". I was especially passionate about the fact that they helped raise funds for scholarships for Darke County Young Women. As a recipient of a couple of similar scholarships when I graduated high school, I thought this would be a great opportunity to "pay it forward" After we moved here I became part of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Jenny Bruns, the Executive Director of BBBS and member of the BPW club invited me to attend the annual Guest Night in October. That year it was held at Turtle Creek Golf Club, but it has grown so much over that first year I attended. I was "hooked” immediately. I was a member for the 1st year, but didn't really get involved until the following year when I was added to the publicity committee where I was able to contribute and get much more involved.”

Foutz stated the benefits she has received from her membership in the Greenville BPW is the ability to network with amazing women. “I like hearing what they are involved in. Many of them have home-based businesses and are raising families and have very busy lives. Others work outside the home and still others are retired. I enjoy how our older members mentor the newer members and are open to new ideas as well as give them opportunities to lead within the club. I also enjoy the fact that many of our meeting speakers have been our own club members who have been able to share information about their home based businesses. And I love how we work to support each other in business as well as other aspects of life.”

Peggy’s description of BPW to a potential member is, “The Greenville BPW Club is a group you can rely on to draw from their experiences, and receive support from. You can become as involved as you want. And if you are looking for help, you can usually find someone in the group who is able to help or knows someone who is able to help you.”

Foutz feels fortunate to have a wonderful employer at Financial Achievement Services who is also extremely supportive of our events as well as many others in the community. She also feels fortunate to have her husband, Keith, who supports her and BPW with The Early Bird / Bluebag Media which makes it so easy to share information via the Greenville BPW Club Facebook page as well as in the newspaper and on the Website. Peggy stated it is such an honor to have been selected by the members of our club for this award as so many club members contribute to the success of the club in so many ways.

The Club presented an engraved award and flowers to Peggy to honor and thank her for her time, hard work and support to the local Club. Foutz received her award at the monthly dinner meeting held on April 12, 2018 at Brethren Retirement Community.

We challenge and invite any woman with an interest in learning about Greenville BPW, networking, and community service with a heart for innovation in the realm of today’s professional women to join us. Please contact President Brenda Miller at 937/423-7552 or for updates on events and meetings or check the Greenville BPW Club Facebook page.

Applications accepted for Empowering Summer Tutoring

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GREENVILLE – Applications are now being accepted for Empowering Darke County Youth’s Summer Tutoring Program. This free program is open to all Darke County students, kindergarten through high school. Tutoring begins June 11.

There are two program formats. The first is a small-class format at Edison State Community College Darke County Campus on Wagner Avenue, Greenville. Tutors will be available 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students should be scheduled for one-hour increments, either at 3:30 or 4:30. Students can be scheduled multiple days a week if needed.

The second is one-on-one tutoring at the Greenville Public Library. This is limited to tutor availability and typically meets once a week, Monday through Thursday mornings or all day Friday.

Applications can be picked up at the Greenville Public Library or at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus. Caregivers can also email to request an application or go to to download an application. Completed applications can be dropped off at Edison or the library, emailed back to or mailed to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Empowering Darke County Youth is entering its third year of tutoring for young people struggling academically. It is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is supported by donations from local businesses and individuals, grants from the Darke County Foundation, Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Ketrow Foundation, Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles, Wayne HealthCare Foundation and more. Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency.

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


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CBC ‘Gave in the USA’ t-shirt design.
DAYTON, Ohio – The Versailles Knights of Columbus will host a community blood drive Monday, May 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, 8440 State Route 47 in recognition of May Military Appreciation Month. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special edition “Gave in the USA” t-shirt. Community Blood Center encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Gave in the USA” t-shirt is olive green with a special two-sided design that includes the CBC blood drop on the front and “Gave in the USA – Protecting America’s Blood Supply & More” in flag stenciled letters on the back. It is available through June 9 when you register to donate at a CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives.


The Memorial Day holiday period can be a challenging time for maintaining the blood supply. The Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer, a time when high schools are on summer break, families are taking vacations, and outdoor activities increase. All this can disrupt donation schedules and impact supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.


CBC is looking for more platelet and plasma donors in 2018. The automated process of giving platelets and plasma is called “apheresis” and the number of these special donors is dwindling. CBC’s most dedicated donors are ageing, with about 53 percent of the donor base now over the age of 50.

Platelet and plasma donations are essential to the treatment and survival of trauma, cancer, transplant, and blood disorder patients

CBC is calling on young people to become the “next generation of donors” and asking new and current donors to help CBC meet the challenges of the future by becoming apheresis donors.

Monday, May 14, 2018


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DAYTON, Ohio – Five area high school seniors have earned $1,000 Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarships for illustrating giving blood as acts of courage, compassion and celebration in their award-winning blood drive campaigns.

The 2018 Lead The Way winners are: Hayley Maher from Greenville Senior High School; Mikayla Schaffner from Miami East High School; Karson Hudson from Valley View High School; Kacie Tackett from Newton High School; and Kayla Helmick from Cedarville High School.

Two winners are from Miami County high schools. It’s the third consecutive year a scholarship has gone to a Miami East senior and the second year in a row to a Newton High senior. It’s the first year to have winners from Greenville, Valley View and Cedarville.

Lead The Way applicants were challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They submitted a campaign slogan, explained why it would encourage fellow students to donate, and expressed their campaign theme with one or more innovative and artistic marketing techniques.

Hayley Maher, Greenville Senior High School: “Blood Gives.”

Hayley Maher
Hayley is the class of 2018 valedictorian at Greenville Senior High School and has made five lifetime blood donations. Her “Blood Gives” campaign featured a video and it received the highest score from the Lead The Way judges.

“Giving blood is a celebration of the little things in life that recipients of blood donations are able to experience more of,” she wrote. “Birthdays, family vacations, laughs with friends, anniversaries, and hundreds of other invaluable life experiences.”

She illustrated the “blood gives more life” theme with a graphic design, and in an original video montage of life celebrations. The video also includes facts about blood donations and multiple interviews with classmates about why they donate.

Hayley plans to study exercise science at the University of Mount Union with the goal of working in sports medicine.

Mikayla Schaffner, Miami East High School: “Giving up isn’t in our blood.”

Mikayla emphasized courage and strength in her “Giving up isn’t in our blood” campaign. The judges were impressed by her original artwork. She explained, “The picture I created includes a blood bag in the shape of a heart that is filled with blood and words of encouragement.”

Mikayla is an award-winning athlete at Miami East, and her campaign emphasized confidence and team spirit. “Both the individuals who donate and who are in need of blood are brave and bold,” she wrote. “Not a large number of people like to volunteer to get their blood drawn for donation, and that’s why the people who do are so important. ‘Giving up isn’t in our blood’ is a slogan that can bring people together to donate and save the lives of individuals who are in need of blood.”

Mikayla will attend the Columbus College of Art & Design and would like to work for a major motion picture company.

Karson Hudson, Valley View High School: “The Sound of Life… Keep it Going.”

Karson sang in school musicals and the chamber choir at Valley View. She’s also a hospice volunteer and has made four lifetime blood donations. She says her “The Sounds of Life… Keep it Going” theme combines her twin passions of helping others and music. She designed artwork for both a t-shirt and recyclable shopping bag. It features a musical scale with blood drops as the notes, with each representing a different blood type.

The judges were impressed by her “sound of life” theme, both as a metaphor for blood donations, and the calming use of music at blood drives.

“Just like notes and melodies make up the music that we live, blood drives are heartbeats that give us the sound of life,” she wrote. “Additionally, if people are apprehensive or nervous about donating blood, incorporating music can serve as a way to relax people and make them more comfortable.”

Karson plans to major in nursing at Case Western University and would like specialize in neonatal nursing.

Kacie Tackett, Newton High School: “Put up a Fight for the ones that are Fighting.”

Kacie was NHS president at Newton High and earned a CBC “Red Cord” for supporting school blood drives. The t-shirt she designed for her “Put up a Fight for the ones that are Fighting” campaign features a bright red pair of boxing gloves. Kacie also submitted a special photo with grandmother, who receives dialysis treatments three times a week. Kacie wore red boxing gloves in the photo and they both wore her “Put up a Fight” t-shirts.

“Many people have someone special to them that is fighting,” wrote Kacie, using the examples of cancer patients and accident victims. “Many people could also know someone who has lost their fight. Students usually think there is nothing they can do to help their loved one. However, with this campaign students can feel like they are helping their loved one by something as simple as donating blood.”

Kacie plans to attend Edison State Community College and later Urbana University to study early childhood education and guidance counseling.

Kayla Helmick, Cedarville High School: “Be Brave… And Save!”

Kayla caught the judges’ attention by designing a poster with a detailed drawing of the human heart. She included thought-provoking information about blood donations along the arteries branching from her heart design.

“I really geared by poster towards those who are afraid of needles,” Kayla wrote. “This is what sparked by interest in this scholarship. I think this poster would be very successful in pointing out that having a little bravery and getting past the thought of needles can have a huge impact and save someone’s life.”

Kayla plans to study exercise science and nutrition at Miami University. She has a passion for health and wellness and hopes to start her own business helping people live healthier lifestyles.

The $5,000 Lead The Way scholarship program is supported by a grant from Vectren. CBC and Vectren annually award $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive.

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Oak Grove Memorial Day Service

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Ft. Jefferson- A Memorial Day service at Oak Grove Cemetery will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Oak Grove Cemetery is located south of Ft. Jefferson on State Route 121. The service will begin with Laroy Farst of the New Madison American Legion Post 245 presenting the colors. The invocation and benediction will be given by Rev. David Brisker of Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church. Special music will be provided by vocalist Julie Lemon. The New Madison Boy Scout Troop #96 will place the Memorial Day wreath. Additionally, the guest speaker for the service will be Bill Miller, a veteran having served our country from January 1958-December 1959. In case of rain, the service will be held inside the Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church.

Please join us in paying tribute to those who have served and are serving our great nation, as well as to respect and remember many loved ones.

6th Annual Rummage Sale at Faith UMC in Arcanum

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The 6th Annual Rummage Sale will be held at Faith United Methodist Church during Old Fashioned Days on Wednesday, May 16 (9:00 – 5:00), Thursday, May 17 (9:00 – 3:00) and Friday, May 18 (9:00-3:00).

Come to one-stop-shopping and have lunch. Guaranteed air conditioning and pleasant in-door display of large items for the home and personal use to small items for d├ęcor, books, jewelry, dishes, pictures, holiday items and much more too numerous to mention. Have lunch while shopping indoors from Faith’s Lunch Counter featuring delicious sandwiches, drinks and more. Check out the featured Baked Sale for a take-home item.

Come early to shop each day beginning Wednesday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. and return often until the sale ends on Friday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11, 2018


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Kids ages 5-14 can join the fun this summer at the GHS tennis courts, but registration is closing soon. Go to for all the information and to register before midnight on May 13 or call 937-547-9904 for details.


Bock-Style Beers at Library

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Bock-style beers have a long history in Germany. First brewed in the northern city of Einbeck in the 14th century, Bock made its way to Munich in Bavaria and blossomed into an array of related styles. One such beer was first brewed by monks to sustain themselves during their Lenten fasts as "liquid bread." Another was developed by a female brewer in tribute to her recently-deceased husband. The Bock family has a rich history, and many are traditionally brewed during the Spring months.

In this class, we will discuss the fascinating history of Bock beer styles. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by David Nilsen, Certified Cicerone. He will guide attendees through a tasting of five beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

Join us Thursday May 24th at 6:30 at the Greenville Public Library. Craft Beer Education Series classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!


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Volunteers will plant more than 70 locations throughout the downtown
district during Main Street Greenville’s Planting Day!
In 2007, Main Street Greenville created the Adopt-A-Box Flower Program in downtown Greenville. Since then, more than 70 flower boxes and pots are funded and planted each Spring by individuals and businesses located in the community.

This year’s Downtown Planting Day will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 8:00 - 11:00 am. During this time, more than 60 volunteers gather downtown to plant the flowers along South Broadway. Main Street Greenville invites you to get your family, business, church, or organization together and join us as we work to beautify our town!

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program was created to increase community pride and provide an active and colorful atmosphere. “Planting fresh flowers in the boxes along Broadway brings such a sense of life and vibrancy to the downtown district,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “The volunteers who donate their time take pride in their hometown and they know that little touches can make all the difference.”

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program also receives sponsorship and assistance from BASF Corporation, Miller Flowers Greenhouse & Florist, and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please report to the gazebo in front of the courthouse at 8:00 and bring a hand trowel, gloves, and a broom if possible. All are welcome to help with this community activity. Please contact Main Street Greenville at with any additional questions.

If you are interested in adopting a flower box, please contact Main Street Greenville or fill out the adoption form on their website. Flower boxes can be sponsored for $35 and flower pots for $50. Plaques are placed on each box and pot to recognize our wonderful family of donors who contribute to making downtown a beautiful destination!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Wayne HealthCare Helps Sponsor Annie’s Star Spangled Gala

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Terri Flood, Director of Marketing and Communications (L) and
Wayne Deschambeau, President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare( R)
present Annie’s Star Spangled Gala with a Gold Star Sponsorship.
Annie’s Star Spangled Gala, a casual event and FUNdraiser, will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. All proceeds benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come and join in on this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and great appetizers by Montage. You can view the many auction and raffle prizes at the Garst website or at this link, with more being added daily:

The Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center want to publicly thank Wayne HealthCare for their continuing Gold Star sponsorship of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala. The Gala costs $20.00 per person or $15.00 for Garst members with paid advance reservations by June 6. At the door, tickets are $25. Tables of six or more can be reserved. Dress is casual. Wines, courtesy of The Bistro off Broadway, and various beers from Montage and Friends of the Museum are available on a donation basis. Garst beer or wine glasses from JAFE Decorating are available for purchase for $3.00. Brian Rismiller will be the Live Auctioneer, and Steve Gruber, Garst Board member will be the announcer for the evening.

One of the advance raffles is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle, which you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are $5.00 a chance. Prizes include:

  • $1,000 cash
  • Two night deluxe cottage at Glenlaurel, a Scottish Inn in Hocking Hills, with gourmet breakfasts and one 6-course gourmet dinner for two. Donated by Glenlaurel and Friends of the Museum.
  • $500 cash

Odds are you are going to have fun – and the odds are in your favor with typically less than 1000 tickets sold. And, if you are present at the Gala, there are two bonus draws - $250 cash and $100 gift certificate to the Garst Museum Store.

Reservations for the event are available by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250. Tickets for the Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle are available at the Museum or by contacting a board member. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center in Greenville, Ohio.

Borderline to hold annual fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County

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Borderline to hold annual fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County. Lots of fun activities: Poker Run, Door Prizes, Auction, 50/50 drawing, Chicken Dinners, Hog Raffle and much more!

Save the date of May 19th and join in the fun at the Borderline Club, 6140 Hillgrove-Southern Road, Greenville, Ohio. Doors open at noon. Questions, call Bud at 417-3026.

Arcanum Lion’s Serve BBQ Chicken

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Arcanum Lion’s Club will be having their annual Chicken BBQ, May 19th during Old Fashion Days Festival. Serving time will begin at 11:30 until sold out at the Arcanum Firehouse. Your choice: eat in or drive thru for pickup service. The chicken dinners will consist of ½ BBQ chicken, potato chips, coleslaw, dinner roll and orange drink. The meal will cost $7.50, also pie by the slice will also be available for purchase.

This is one of many fund raising projects in which the Arcanum Lion’s was able to give back last year to the community nearly $20,000 through their philanthropic endeavors.

Edison State Hosts Annual Leadership Conference

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The Center for Leadership Development at Edison State Community College is hosting the 15th annual Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference on Wednesday, May 23, from 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Piqua Campus.

The annual conference brings together executive directors, board members, staff, and volunteers to explore in–depth topics related to nonprofit management and leadership. The one–day conference features morning and afternoon breakout education and work sessions led by nonprofit professionals.

Breakout sessions will focus on a series of topics dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations including: “Grant Do’s and Don’ts,” “Nonprofit Financial Considerations,” “Recruitment and Managing Volunteers,” “Legal Obligations of Charity Leaders,” “Grant Funding Information,” “Board Recruitment and Development,” “Charitable Fundraising,” “Anatomy of a Partnership,” “Friend Raising,” “Planned Giving,” “Making the ‘Ask’,” and “Marketing.”

The annual conference is made possible through the continued support and generosity of The Paul G. Duke Foundation.

Event registration is open now through Friday, May 18. The cost to attend the event is $49 per person and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and free parking. To learn more or register to attend the one-day conference, visit

For more information, contact The Edison State Center for Leadership Development by calling 937.778.7806 or emailing

Thursday, May 10, 2018


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April, it seems, has been a continuation of February and March! This may have been the coolest April on record. The amount of snowfall and rain surely has set some kind of record and made it impossible for farmers to get to work. Since this is the end of the month, maybe May will act like it should and we can get on with enjoying our Spring and Summer!

This has been one of those months here in the Commissioner’s Office. Commissioner Rhoades has been busy with Board of Revision reviews and other things. We have all been busy with the Airport and the start date for the work to begin, numerous meetings, deadlines, and of course coping with the problem at the jail. Right now, the jail has taken a priority. This has been a very costly venture for the county. The high grade methamphetamine that was spread throughout the ventilation system must be cleaned out. We are working on getting the jail back as quickly as possible because each day costs the County about $60 per prisoner to house elsewhere. So far, the jail cleanup has cost the county about $75,000 dollars. Our insurance will not cover this as this is such a unique situation. There has to be some duct work changed, and we are modernizing things so we can shut down the area that was most affected to keep this from happening again. Thanks need to go to the Sheriff’s office for working as fast as they did to get prisoners transferred to other facilities. Hopefully the jail will be back up and running by the middle of May.

In other big news, the airport renovation and reclamation project will hopefully start by May 12th, weather permitting of course. This is the 1.9 million dollar renovation to the grading, lights and runway that the FAA grant will cover. After the grading and lighting at the airport is done over 2” of new asphalt will be laid on the runway and this will increase its length to just over 4850 feet, the optimum length for runways now, and a new turnaround for aircraft will be put in at the west end of the runway. Sunesis Construction Co. will be doing the work, and they hope to complete the work inside 71 days. Let’s hope the weather cooperates. We would like to thank the FAA for its continuing interest in seeing Darke County grow!

In other news, we are seeing the effects of the loss of the Medicare tax. Our tax revenue is showing a decrease every month. We will continue to monitor this situation, and see about adjustments in the middle of the year, if needed.

In some better news, Commissioner Stegall was elected to the CEBCO (County Employees Benefit Consortium) board for the State of Ohio. This will give Darke County a voice on policies for Health Insurance for our employees. The Steps on the Courthouse are moving forward, and we hope to start construction later this year, and have a new Courthouse Security plan in place. The new steps, and the security of our people in the courthouse will all tie together. We will know more once we see the final layout. On April 26th, 8 students from Darke County schools were winners in the “20 under 20” banquet at Romers in St. Henry, Ohio. This was sponsored by the Shelby, Mercer and Darke County Economic Development offices to honor those students that have excelled in working at their jobs while going to school. Both of our papers did an excellent article on the banquet, and the Commissioners want to congratulate those students who are setting the example for all of us.

One area we need to emphasize is about our meetings. All of our meetings are open to the public. We are here from 8:00 until 4:30 (our normal hours, but we are usually here for sure by 7:00!) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and anyone can stop in and see us, usually no appointment needed.

One of those months for sure. We all have them, but it is nice to stay informed on all that is going on, good and bad. Won’t you join us? We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s office for our advertised public sessions located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

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