Friday, October 19, 2018

LEAGUE CANDIDATES’ NIGHT

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Shown left to right are the the candidates for the 84th House District, Susan Manchester and Joseph Monbeck and the 80th House District, D. J. Byrnes and Jena Powell.
The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Night on Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville . The forum will focus on the contested races for the 80th and 84th House Districts.

  • Candidates for the 84th House District: Susan Manchester (R ) or Joseph Monbeck (D )
  • Candidates for the 80th House District: D.J. Byrnes (D ) or Jena Powell (R )

The evening will feature the House District candidates followed by information shared on State Issue 1 and the two local Greenville issues. 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. Other candidates may be present for a brief introduction only.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. 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, NOVEMBER 6.

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

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Left: Nakiaya Arrone daughter of Renee Arrone of Sidney gets helps getting her fish off the hook from one of the Shelby County Bassmasters. Right: Bryce Swigart, son of Pam Watson of Greenville gets his fishing gear from a Shelby County Bassmaster
Volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their “Littles” recently enjoyed a Youth Day Fishing Derby at the home of Mike Meyer in Fort Loramie. The Fishing Derby was co-sponsored by the Shelby County BassMasters and Sidney Kiwanis. Over 25 volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 29. The outing included a cookout for all BassMaster members, their children, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Shelby County BassMasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other donations were received by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mike Meyer and Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Mully’s Drive Thru, Al’s Bar & Grill, MidMark Corporation, Minster Journeyman’s Club, Sidney Kiwanis, Russ Michael Russ Michael, Vicky Tipps, Wagner’s IGA, Greenthumb Nursery, and Dan Eilerman Construction.

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

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

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

OUTREACH A SUCCESS!

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On a beautiful Saturday morning, over 100 volunteers showed up at the home of a widow outside Greenville. They pulled weeds. They mulched. They painted. They power washed. They demolished a building. They did all this in the name of love.

The congregation of Trinity Wesleyan Church in Greenville put this work project together, not only to assist a widow, but also to help a family in the church adopt a child.

This is a Both Hands project. The idea behind Both Hands is to reach out both hands to help, one for the widow and one for the orphan. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” Trinity Wesleyan is taking this verse to heart.

Pastor Wes Lynch & his wife, April, have wanted to adopt a child for years. Through projects like Both Hands, they are very close to raising the finances they need to make it happen! Pastor Wes says, “I long to see the church come together and actually live out Scripture within the community of Greenville! We want to thank everyone who has been praying and supporting our family with our call from God to adopt little McKenna. Please continue to pray for our family as we walk in faith through our adoption journey. We currently are in need of $5,000 to be fully funded. Not everyone is called to adopt, but we are ALL called to take care of widows and orphans! (James 1:27).

Both Hands’ mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.” Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow’s home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow. The funds raised help an orphan become adopted into a forever family. Both Hands – one hand for the widow, one hand for the orphan. Committed to fundraising support for its operating expenses through private donors, no funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs.

Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised over $9.6 million for adoptions and orphan care. Through 830 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 916 widows have been served, 1,043 orphans are closer to forever families, and over 20,000 volunteers have served their communities. You can still help this family bring home Baby Makenna! For more details visit www.BothHands.org/Lynch-7734.

Lowe's Heroes Adds Bike Repair and Rest Station at Bish Discovery Center

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The local Lowe’s Heroes group has again pulled together for the community in assisting the Darke County Park District in adding a bike repair and rest station at its new Bish Discovery Center located on Ohio Street in Greenville.

Local Lowe’s employees Julia Crosby, Kenny Gross, Jimmy Kinnison, Dean Pflieger, Noah Waymire and Doug Littman helped design as well as supplied the materials and manpower to build the station shell in time for the Grand Opening of the Bish Center in July. 

“The bike station which now provides shade, bike racks and a fixit rack with a tool set and air for bicycle repairs was also partially funded by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial”, stated Deb Shiverdecker, Administrative Assistant for the Park District. A water bottle filler station will be added in the near future. Benches are available at the Center for weary trail users to rest on, providing the perfect rest stop for the Tecumseh and Greenville Creek Trails which run nearby.

Darke County Park District thanks the local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store for its continued support of the community!

Vendors Sought for Horse Parade

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Main Street Greenville is seeking vendors for this year’s Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, which will be held on Saturday, November 17th at 7 pm. Vendor spaces are available to both for-profit or non-profit organizations who would like to set up a booth selling seasonally appropriate snacks or drinks during the parade.

Interested organizations need to contact Main Street Greenville at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998 to obtain a vendor application. Deadline for submission is Friday, October 26th. Hurry, space is limited!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).

“On the Trail: Water Filtration” with Darke County Parks

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Water. It is crucial to our survival and when we are hiking, whether Darke County Parks, or Glacier National Park, we should always carry our water bottles. But what if you are on a long hike and need to refill along the trail?

Join a naturalist on Saturday, October 27 at 1pm at the new Bish Discovery Center (404 N. Ohio Street, Greenville) to learn the tools and techniques to filter your water on the trail. This informative, hands-on class will allow you a chance to get familiar with common methods and feel confident that when you are on the trail, you will have access to potable water. This class may require some short-distance walking and kneeling may be encouraged.

Registration is required for this free event. For questions about this or any other park district programs or to register for the class, please call 548-0165.

Down to Earth Book Club

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The Darke County Park District would like to remind the public about the Down to Earth Book Club’s autumn selection. Each quarter the program will feature a different book, some by well-known nature writers, some about outdoor adventure, and even some about pioneers settling Ohio. Everyone is invited to read the book and join them at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center to discuss the work, enjoy some yummy treats, and suggest future books.

This season, the Down to Earth Book Club is reading Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer’s Thoughts on Living Forever by Gene Logsdon. Containing the author’s thoughts on nature, death, and eternity he recounts his life on an Ohio farm.

This season’s book club will meet on Monday, November 5th at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the upcoming book club discussion. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.

Ohio Hunters and Anglers Can Now Purchase Multiyear Licenses

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Lifetime licenses are also available for purchase at Wildlife District Offices and online

COLUMBUS, OH – Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9, hunters and anglers will be able to buy multiyear licenses in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio resident license buyers can choose from 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime hunting or fishing licenses.
All single-year and multiyear licenses can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state if an Ohio driver license or state identification is associated with the customer’s account.

Those interested in purchasing a lifetime license may apply online or at any of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s five district offices or headquarters in Columbus. Locations of ODNR Division of Wildlife offices can be found at wildohio.gov. Lifetime licenses cannot be purchased at license agent locations at this time.

Prices for multiyear and lifetime licenses are as follows:

  • Youth 3-year hunting - $28.60
  • Youth 5-year hunting - $47.58
  • Youth 10-year hunting - $95.16
  • Youth lifetime hunting or fishing - $430.56
  • Adult 3-year hunting or fishing - $54.08
  • Adult 5-year hunting or fishing - $90.22
  • Adult 10-year hunting or fishing - $180.44
  • Adult lifetime hunting or fishing - $468
  • Senior 3-year hunting or fishing - $28.60
  • Senior 5-year hunting or fishing - $47.58
  • Senior lifetime hunting or fishing - $84.24

Youth multiyear and lifetime licenses are available to any Ohio resident 17 years old and younger at the time of purchase. Senior multiyear and lifetime licenses are available for Ohio residents age 66 and older born on or after Jan. 1, 1938.

All money generated from the sale of multiyear and lifetime licenses will be deposited into the Wildlife Fund, where it will be used to protect and enhance Ohio’s wildlife populations.

A hard-plastic card will be provided to lifetime license buyers, and these cards will be available for purchase at an additional cost of $4 to customers who purchase a multiyear license. Cards will be mailed to the customer’s address in seven to 14 days from the purchase date.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, a Lake Erie permit ($11) will be required for all nonresidents to fish Ohio waters of Lake Erie from Jan. 1-April 30 each year. Money generated by this permit will be used for specified purposes related to the protection and improvements of Lake Erie, such as combating invasive species, securing public access and providing for fish management projects in Lake Erie.
In other changes, apprentice hunters who have not yet completed hunter education will no longer be limited to purchasing only three apprentice hunting or apprentice fur taker permits. Apprentice hunters can continue to purchase an apprentice license each year until they successfully complete hunter education.

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

MISSIONS GALA HELPS BUILD HOMES

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Destination Known Missions Ministry of EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio is in its thirteenth year partnering with the Potter’s House Association in Guatemala. Over the years, teams from EUM Church have built twenty homes for families that live in the garbage dump shanty communities. They have visited countless families in their homes to pray with them, and to share Jesus with them in real and practical ways by installing wood burning cook stoves, providing much needed food to families, and passing out Bibles. Destination Known wants to continue building homes for families in the shanty communities; however, due to the increased cost of building supplies, funding these homes has become more difficult.

A Missions Gala will be hosted by Destination Known with 100% of the proceeds being used to build homes for families living in the Guatemala City dump communities. This will be a great time to dress up and enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing. This is an alcohol free event that will be held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville beginning at 7:00 pm on October 27, 2018.

There will also be live and silent auctions with some great things to bid on. Items include a five night stay at Cumberland, a lawn glider, an Ohio State quilt, and many more!

Tickets are on sale now! The cost is $35 per person. Tickets may be purchased at EUM Church, Romer's Catering, the EUM Church app, or online at www.eumchurch.org.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make the check payable to EUM Church and mail to: EUM Church, 111 Devor St., Greenville, OH 45331, and put "Guatemala Missions" in the memo line.

If you would like more information about the Missions Gala, visit www.eumchurch.org or contact Cliff Rapier at 937-548-3211 ext. 212 or crapier@eumchurch.org. Also, follow EUM’s Facebook page and watch for continual updates on the auction items.

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

Darke County GOP cuts ribbon to headquarters

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[Darke GOP Opening]: Republican Dignitaries, elected officials and Republican Party members gathered for the recent Official Grand Opening of its Party Headquarters at 606 South Broadway in Greenville.
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Republican Party recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Grand Opening of its 2018 Headquarters. Among the Republican Candidates present were candidate for Ohio House District 80 Jena Powell, candidate for Ohio House District 84 Susan Manchester, candidate for Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn and candidate for Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall.

Many other dignitaries, office holders and Darke County Republicans were present to help with the festivities at 606 South Broadway, Greenville. Powell and Manchester addressed those gathered and presented a brief synopsis of why each is running for office on the Republican platform.

Darke County Republican Central Committee Chairman Cindy Pike did the honors of cutting the official ribbon made from “Jim Renacci for Senate” stickers.

“We are so very pleased to be able to open this facility as the headquarters for the Darke County Republican Party,” explained Chairman Pike. “It will enable the Party to provide Republican campaign and election materials for this very, very important mid-term election.”

The Honorable Jim Buchy was in attendance and provided an insight into why it is so important to elect Republicans in the upcoming election, helping to continue the freedoms that have been guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States.

The Darke County GOP recognizes the November election is critical for Republicans across Ohio and the rest of the United States, therefore is opening the headquarters to promote success for Republicans at the polls in November.

The Headquarters will be open from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday. Yard signs and information on Republican candidates will be available.

Additionally, the annual Darke County Republican Hog Roast will be held from 3-6 p.m. on October 21 at the Youth Building on the Darke County Fairgrounds. This will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and speak with Republican candidates who will be on the November ballot, including: Mike DeWine (for Ohio Governor), Frank LaRose (for Ohio Secretary of State), Dave Yost (for Attorney General), Robert Sprague (for Ohio Treasurer), Keith Faber (for Ohio Auditor), Justice Mary DeGenaro (for re-election to Ohio Supreme Court), Judge Baldwin (for election to Ohio Supreme Court), Judge Jeffrey Welbaum (for re-election to Ohio’s Second District Court of Appeals), Congressman Warren Davidson (for re-election to Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District), Charlotte McGuire (for re-election to the Ohios Board of Education’s Third District), Steve Huffman (for Fifth District Ohio Senate), Susan Manchester (for 84th Ohio House District), Jena Powell (for 80th Ohio House District), Carol Ginn (re-election as Darke County Auditor), and Mike Stegall (re-election as Darke County Commissioner).

Hog Roast entertainment will include the Final Bow Dance Studio singing the National Anthem and the Girl Scouts will be presenting the colors. This will be a great event geared for the whole family to enjoy.

A special attraction this year will be a free raffle for a .22 Golden Boy rifle.

The Darke County Republican Party invites the public to attend. For more information, visit www.darkegop.org or Darke-County-Republican-Party-320984488263680 on Facebook. Contact Katie DeLand at kathleendeland@gmail.com or 937-424-7086 for tickets. Tickets are free, but are required.

Family Health Providers Accepting New Patients

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Murder in the Stacks at Library

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Bellhop, Sierra Perry; Dr. Orchid, Julie Kennett; Mr. Mustard, Zach Perry; Mrs. Peacock, Rachel Brock; Miss Scarlet, Caitlyn Clark; Professor Plumb, David Nilsen; Mr. Green, Reuben Kennett; not see, Mr. Boddy, John Vehre.
Ever wanted to take part in a real-life game of Clue? Here's your chance! Join me, YA Specialist Amanda Olson for “Murder in the Stacks: a Clue-themed Mystery Event” at the Greenville Public Library on Friday October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00. This is a free event but registration is helpful. Register online or stop in for a ticket.

Mr. Boddy, the library director, has been murdered! To figure out whodunnit you'll have to speak with each of the suspects, search for clues, and review video footage. You may even have to talk to a ghost or two! The first five investigators to solve the mystery will receive a prize! At the end of the night a new library director will be named and the murderer will be taken out in handcuffs, assuming the new director isn't the guilty party!

This event can be completed individually or as a group, so bring a friend or the whole family! There will be snacks available and we'll have a photo booth complete with a prop chest so you can stage your own photos! This event is intended for ages 10 and up but younger kids could participate with the help of a grown-up!

Runway & Rhythm Features Noah Back at Montage

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Noah Back
Join Darke County United Way on Friday, October 29, 2018 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. This fun, laidback Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d’oeurves, beer and wine selections by Montage Café, a silent auction, and great live music from Noah Back.

Noah Back is an aspiring musician, singer and performer from West Alexandria, Ohio. He has a great passion for music and loves to bring joy to those around him through his music. He performs a variety of genres and really has something for everyone.

“Runway & Rhythm is a great event,” states Christy Bugher, Executive Director for Darke County United Way. “Fantastic music, fantastic food, drinks, silent auction items, and a fashion show. A fun night out with friends and/or your significant other AND you are helping the United Way raise funds to serve over 14,000 Darke County residents. That is a win-win!”

Tickets for Runway & Rhythm are $25 each and are presale only. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today! You may purchase tickets at the United Way office by calling 547-1272 or at Youniques and Montage. Proceeds from this event will assist United Way partner agencies. Youniques will be open that evening for fantastic shopping during the event.

The Darke County United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every resident in Darke County.

Versailles Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration

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The Bicentennial Committee of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce and BMI are proud to announce a Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration to be held on Saturday, December 29th, 2018. This event is open to the public and not limited to Versailles residents. Come join us for a night of music, friends and laughter.

The Kick Off includes Comedian Mark Hemmelgarn at 6:30pm, Dueling Pianos at 7pm and 2x2 from 9-11pm. Mark Hemmelgarn’s talents include comedy, juggling and ventriloquism with laughs that are rapid-fire and fresh. "T" and Rich got their start at the former "Howl at the Moon Saloon" on the West bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland, Ohio and have crafted a unique brand of dueling pianos. Versailles’s own 2x2, including Jeff “Freak” and Jim “Buff” Francis, will offer a rare and one of a kind performance offering a wide range of music in their own style.

Plan your evening now! Doors open at 5:30 and entertainment begins at 6:30pm. Enjoy dinner in Versailles before the show or purchase a sandwich at BMI. A wide variety of drinks will be available from Anheuser-Busch, The Winery at Versailles and Endless Pint. The committee also has a few surprises planned for the evening.

Thanks to BMI and our sponsors tickets are extremely affordable at $10.00 for a night that would normally cost much much more. What a great Christmas Gift!! Tickets can be purchased at www.bmikarts.com/Concert-Events or in person at BMI at 791 E. Main St., Versailles. This event is limited to those 21 and older.

The Committee plans to celebrate the Bicentennial through a variety of events and activities throughout 2019 including a Celebration to be held Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at Heritage Park in Versailles. Mark your schedules now so you aren’t left out! Follow us on Facebook or email us at VB1819@gmail.com with questions.

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee - Submitted by Kitty Davis Greenville Elementary Principal

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The Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG) was developed in 2013 and is used as a method to identify students in grades kindergarten through third grade that are behind in reading. Third grade students will initially take the Ohio’s Grade 3 English Language Arts test on October 23, 2018. This test is designed to measure whether or not students meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for promotion to fourth grade. For the 2018-2019 school year, Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee mandates third grade students meet a minimum passing score of 45 on the assessment. This cut-score has been pre-determined by the Ohio Department of Education. There will also be a second administration of the Ohio Grade 3 English Language Arts assessment in March 2019. In order to prepare for the up-coming, state-wide, on-line assessment, the third grade students have been receiving forty minutes of technology/keyboarding instruction a week in addition to their language arts instruction. This is an increase of ten minutes from previous years. Additionally, within the classrooms, students are utilizing their iPads for reading of skill level appropriate books, vocabulary remediation, and spelling practice. This also helps students with practicing technology and keyboarding skills.

The third grade population has already had one opportunity to meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee by taking the reading portion of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in September. The questions on the MAP are designed to mimic the types of questions with which students will be presented on the Ohio Grade 3 ELA administration. Throughout the year, students will have additional opportunities to meet the requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. A minimum score of 193, again as determined by the Ohio Department of Education, is needed on the reading portion of the MAP assessment in order to be promoted to fourth grade.

The September MAP results have recently been communicated to parents. A reading improvement and monitoring plan (RIMP) has been developed for any third grade student who was “not on track” at the beginning of the year as indicated by the MAP measurement. This plan describes to parents what interventions are being utilized to ensure their child’s reading success. Parents are encouraged to contact their third grade child’s language arts instructor with any questions regarding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements, RIMPs, or ways to assist their child with reading.

DARKE COUNTY FARMERS UNION FALL HARVEST MEETING—OCT. 27th

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A Fall Harvest Meeting will be held on Saturday evening, October 27th, at 7:00 PM, at the Darke County Extension Office, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville.

The Darke County Farmers Union will recognize and honor the 4H kids they supported at the recent County Fair. The speaker for the evening will be Insurance Representative, Dave Shindollar, from the Ohio Farmers Union State Office. Mr. Shindollar will be presenting information on health insurance options for the upcoming year.

Refreshments will be served and a free Thanksgiving turkey/door prize will be given away.

Instant Pots Meals in Minutes

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Have you heard the hype about the instant pot, the new trend in cooking? Are you interested in learning more about how to use your instant pot? Are you curious on how they work and if they are worth purchasing? This class is for you. Come and join an interactive class, where we learn the functions on an instant pot and prepare and sample a dish or two made with an instant pot.

The class will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The class will be held at OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville OH. There is no cost for this program but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

For further information contact, Diane Barga, barga.8@osu.edu or 937-548-5215.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Thanks Donors to Wreaths Across America

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VFW Post: Helen Wright, Don Dietrich and Debbie Nisonger.
American Legion Auxiliary: Peggy Black, Linda Arthur,
Debbie Nisonger and Delores Sleppy.
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank the following for their recent Wreaths Across America donations: St. Paul Church of Christ Church, Greenville American Legion Post 140 Auxiliary and Greenville VFW Post 7262.

From now until November 10th, Fort GreeneVille DAR are accepting donations to sponsor the approximately 1,300-2,000+ wreaths needed to honor every veteran at the Greenville Union Cemetery. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going to the local fundraising group, Fort GreeneVille DAR, as part of a special fundraising program developed by Wreaths Across America. Fort GreeneVille Chapter will use monies raised to continue the wreath program at Greenville Union Cemetery and various local Veteran projects for years to come.

To donate a wreath, contact a member of the Fort GreeneVille DAR, Greenville Union Cemetery office or go to https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/search?searchType=group and sponsor a wreath there.
(Type in FORT GREENEVILLE DAR or OH0151P, choose Greenville Union Cemetery.)

If you would like to sponsor a wreath for a specific veteran, please contact Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution on Facebook, any Fort GreeneVille DAR member or email FtGVille@gmail.com

Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Greenville Union Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country.

On December 15, 2018 at noon, Fort GreeneVille DAR will be holding the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Greenville Union Cemetery before laying the wreaths. This annual event seeks to further the Wreaths Across America mission of REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who serve and TEACH our children the value of freedom. The local ceremony ensures that the memory of those who served our country endures. The ceremony will honor a ceremonial wreath for each branch of the United States military including the MIA/POW.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Donates Veterans Day Parade Banner

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR donated a Veterans Day parade banner in honor of the 100th Anniversary when major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Accepting the banner is the 100th Anniversary Veterans Day Parade committee.

The annual Veterans Day Parade will be on November 11 beginning at 10:30am to mark the 100th anniversary. The parade will travel the length of Broadway, stopping at the Darke County Courthouse for a ceremony.

Pictured: Stephen Eldred, Rod Saylor, Debbie Nisonger, Keith Denman, Chris Nehring, Kenny Price and Greenville Mayor Willman. (Not pictured: Craig Jenkinson, Richard Grow and Robert Foster)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Welcomes New Member

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR welcomed a new member in to the chapter. Sandra King became a member at the September chapter meeting.

Pictured: Brenda Arnett-acting Chaplain, Sandra King, Doris Aultman-Registrar and Debbie Nisonger-Regent

Cancer Association of Darke County receives donation from local neighborhood

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Brandon Clemens, Lauren Clemens, Jozlyn Woodall, Ellie Cochran, Bianca Cochran, Maddie Cochran, Boston Good, Logan Shepherd and Braydyn Deubner.
Local neighborhood raises $250 for The Cancer Association of Darke County. The Primrose/Holly Hill Block Party committee: Don & Kelly Atkins, Dan & Dawn Chapman, Robert & Rosemary Cochran and Robert & Amy Perry would like to thank the City of Greenville for allowing the street closure, Chief Thompson and the Greenville Fire Department for giving the kids an up-close look at a fire engine, Allen Keaser & Rage – Fire Prevention Team for stopping out, Wilbur Stewart for the awesome food, Doug with Greenville Ace Hardware for their donation and The Flower Patch for balloons to celebrate our cause. We loved the fellowship and purpose to our event as our own committee member Dan Chapman recently fought thyroid cancer. Thank you to all the neighbors for their donations and making it a great block party!

The Cancer Association of Darke County wishes to thank this neighborhood for going the extra mile to help Darke County cancer patients!

Early Childhood Education Openings at Head Start

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Early Childhood Education openings for children ages birth to 5 are available free to qualifying families in Greenville and Union City. Head Start programs are based in centers and schools, and also offer home-based services that assign dedicated staff who conduct weekly visits to children in their own home and work with the parent as the child's primary teacher. Home Based programs provide in-home instruction as well as a group socialization experiences to parents and children which will enhance the parents' ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child.

Head Start achieves kindergarten readiness for children and supports families with the educational, social, and mental health resources needed to reach economic independence. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

Eligible families include those below the 130% Federal Poverty Level. Regardless of income, Head Start also accepts at no cost, families who are homeless, foster families, and those with special needs children. CORS, the grantee for Head Start, operates the Early Childhood Programs in Darke County. All CORS Head Start classrooms are licensed by Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, all are 5-Star SUTQ rated, the highest rating for early learning and development. Teachers, Home Visitors, and Family Advocates are credentialed professionals who have met rigorous education and training guidelines and they are dedicated to the mission of empowering individuals and families to achieve stability, hope, and confidence.

To enroll your child in Head Start or learn more visit www.kidslearningplace.org.

DCCA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL GHOST WALK SITE

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Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween-season tradition when they host their annual Ghost Walk in downtown Greenville on Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28; the walks begin at St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. However, DCCA will also be hosting a new Ghost Walk in Greenville Union Cemetery on Sunday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. and again on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. Many of the tales to be spun are based on stories collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold which tell of local ghostly encounters. “We are always pleased to present the Downtown Ghost Walk, and are very excited about the Cemetery Walk,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “This is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate the season, learn a little local history, and have a lot of fun,” she continued.

According to Ms. Jordan, the new Cemetery Ghost Walk will include some newly discovered spooky stories which will be told at the final resting place of the subject of the tale; she also made clear that, while the walk is planned as a fun-filled event, participants should remain aware of the solemn heritage of Greenville Union Cemetery and respect the final resting place for generations of local citizens. Both walking tours include surprising tales of spooky interaction that leave much unexplained. “The stories can give you chills, but are still not too scary for children old enough to enjoy a long walk in the dark,” Ms. Jordan explained. She also reminds potential Ghost Walk participants that some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be dimly lighted. As in years past, the Downtown Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told at Memorial Hall. However, no appropriate alternative site is available at the Cemetery; therefore, bad weather will force a cancellation of the Cemetery Walk.

Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the Downtown Ghost Walk. Tickets for the Downtown Ghost Walk and the Cemetery Ghost Walk each cost $10; however tickets for the two Walks are not interchangeable. While advance tickets for the Cemetery Walk are only available on-line at www.darkecountyarts.org and by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org as well as at at Greenville Public Library, tickets for the Downtown Walk can also be purchased at Ann’s Gifts, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville. Tickets for the Downtown Walk will be sold at the door at St. Clair Memorial Hall; entry to the Cemetery Ghost Walk will be at the North Main Street Greenville Union Cemetery entrance where tickets may be purchased immediately prior to the event.

Putting Your Garden To Bed

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Join Darke County Parks to learn how prepping your planting area in the fall can maximize your success the following year. Additionally, we will explore how prior planning can reduce the amount of work needed in the spring. Held on October 16 @ 6:30pm, this free program will be at the Bish Discovery Center located at 404 N. Ohio Street. Registration is required so please call 937-548-0165 to register or if you have questions.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at Darke County Parks

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Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Looking for an alternative to scary Halloween events? Enjoy a new twist on an annual favorite! The Great Pumpkin Hunt is still an opportunity to explore the woods on a crisp fall day, but this year will be a little different; instead of clues on the map, families will focus on exploring the trails in search of orange-colored tricks OR treat. Don’t forget to stop by the pumpkin patch on the hill top behind the Nature Center to pick your pumpkin. You can take it home to carve, or paint it in the Nature Center. Children are encouraged to wear a costume!

The Great Pumpkin Hunt is fun for the whole family and will take place on October 20th at 1pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. Registration is required, and a $6 fee is charged. To register for this fun fall event, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

To find out more about the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the office, check out the website at darkecountyparks.org, or visit the Nature Center Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

MIXED MEDIA VOLLAGE ART BY MARSHA PIPPENGER

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The Anna Bier Gallery will present mixed-media collage artist, Marsha Pippenger, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 13, 2018; the exhibit will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m.

Marsha has been active in Dayton’s arts community for more than 20 years, creating and exhibiting her colorful collages and promoting the visual arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University. Through Central State University, she completed independent coursework with local artist and educator Bing Davis. Marsha is an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University and the Kettering College of Medical Arts, where she teaches courses in art and art history. As a Kennedy Center trained artist, Marsha conducts workshops in arts integration for teachers. She has worked in graphic arts, taught art in the Dayton Public Schools, and served on the boards of local arts organizations. Her work can be found in local galleries and in a variety of public and private collections. More information on Marsha Pippenger’s art can be found at www.pippengerart.com. , https://www.facebook.com/marsha.pippenger, and http://www.pinterest.com/marshapip/.

Marsha states, “In my opinion, the best art is intuitive – one individual’s interior experiences outwardly expressed in artistic media. For me, this media is paper, combined with pencils, pastels and natural or found objects. For as long as I can remember, imagination has been my best friend, creating art as necessary as breathing. When I work in my studio I become totally immersed in a delightful universe of colors, textures and shapes. Time stands in limbo. Collage is perfectly suited to my philosophy of visual expression. It is at once painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage. Creating values and dimensions with paper, exploring new materials and combinations of objects to create a unified whole is always an exciting challenge. Working in the medium of collage, I must let the materials have the upper hand, which allows for a fresher, more spontaneous appearance to the final product.

Showing my work as a collection allows me to record my artistic development and progression of thought and technique. Viewing one piece alone is not adequate to illustrate this. It is helpful to stand back and view the body of work; it is also important to receive feedback from others. I love what I do. Art is such an essential part of our world; it records our history and reminds us of our humanity. Art feeds and fills the soul. To be even a small part of that grand tradition, to have even a minute association with the masters, is an honor and responsibility I am proud to uphold.

The Pippenger exhibit is sponsored by the generous donations of our members. The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, the Ami McClurkin Community Fund and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members. We thank them. This exhibit will run through December 9, 2017. All exhibits are free to the public. Gallery hours are every day by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, with any questions or comments and visit us on our facebook page for more information.

“Owls on the Prowl” at Library

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Let Naturalist Kathi McQueen help you discover what owls live in Darke County and why they are important to have around. Have an up-close experience with the Animal Ambassador owls from the Darke County Park District and learn what owls do when on the prowl.

Join us Wednesday October 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. This is a free, family event but registration is required. Call 548-3915.

Library's October’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for October will feature everyone’s favorite Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. The title of his presentation is “Beginning to Advanced Strength Training.” Jordan says “ Winter is coming and there’s no better time to focus on building physical strength! “

Jordan explains “Winter weather makes it difficult to get in enough outdoor aerobic activities. Don’t fret about fitting in enough fitness when the mercury drops because working on muscle strengthening can be done indoors. Join us to learn how to effectively program for increasing overall strength and improving holistic health.”

Join us Wednesday October 17th at noon at the Library. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915. If you would like the boxed lunch from the Coffee Pot let us know. It costs $5 and includes a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own or just come for the program!

2018 ANNUAL FISH SALE

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The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting their annual fish sale. We are offering largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, yellow perch, black crappie, redear sunfish, hybrid bluegill, white amur,koi, and minnows. Call the Darke Soil and Water Conservation for order forms and pricing. You can visit us online at darkeswcd.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or stop by the office at 1117 South Towne Court in Greenville.

Orders must be received with payment at the office no later than Monday October 15th 2018 before 4:00pm, call 548-1715 ext. 3. You can pick up your order at 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 18th 2018. Please bring a 5 gallon bucket full of your pond water to transport the fish.

Accepting Entries for the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Over 90 festive entries decorated with lights make this a holiday parade you don’t want to miss! Photo by John Baker Photography, LLC. 
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Voted best community parade in the state by the readers of Ohio Magazine for 2018, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 17th.

The lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown Greenville area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway.

The parade begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Also, downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping and dining!

Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee is accepting entries for the parade. All entries must be horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders or buggies. Nothing motorized is permitted for this parade.

Entry forms can be submitted online by visiting www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or by contacting the Main Street Greenville office at 937-548-4998 for a printed form.

Please visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or their social media accounts for more information about the organization and the 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or info@mainstreetgreenville.org.

Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club Live Wreath Sale

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The Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club have kicked off their annual live wreath sale of fresh mixed wreaths, traditional door swags, roping and mixed bunches to decorate for the holidays.

Each wreath is constructed of fresh Noble Fir, accented with Incense Cedar, Blue Berried Juniper and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The wreaths are available in 20”, 24”, 28”, 32”, and 42” diameters. The roping is of white pine. The mixed bunches have Noble Fir, Princess Pine, Blue Berried Juniper and Incense Cedar. The traditional door swags are attractive with a combination of Western Red Cedar, Princess Pine, and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The 24 inch wreath is ideal for a front door or fireplace and sells for $25.00. A red velvet, red-plaid wired or natural colored bow can be added for an additional $5.00.

Orders can be placed with members of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club and the Ladybug Garden Club or by calling Kim Cromwell at 547-0899.

Ladybug Garden Club officers

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The Ladybug Garden Club officers for 2018-2020 are l-r President Cathy Detrick, Treasurer Becky Collins, Secretary Dawn Hissong and Vice President Irma Heiser. The club is active in the community with participation in flower shows, planting and maintaining the Darke County Fairgrounds flower beds, the Greenville traffic circle, participates in the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Exhibitors and Judges Schools in Columbus, decorates the Wayne Hospital lobby at the holidays, decorates a tree at the Garst Museum and sponsors involvement in the Butterflies Junior Garden Club. They participate in Arbor Day activities and encourage public beautification within the community and rewards residents for their hard work.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU RECOGNIZED FOR MARKETING EXCELLENCE

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SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Darke County Visitors Bureau recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation, held Sept. 26 in Sandusky, Ohio. The DCVB received a first-place RUBY award for the 2018-2019 Darke County Visitors Guide, and a “Citation of Excellence” in the print advertisement category. Accepting the award was executive director Matt Staugler.

The Ohio Travel Association’s Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance Yearly (RUBY) Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s travel industry for efforts in advertising, marketing and public relations. Competition was strong this year with more than 203 entries in print-based, web-based, marketing campaign, advertisement and video categories among others. The awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, were presented during the Ohio Conference on Travel held at Cedar Point.

“It’s an honor to be recognized amongst your peers in such a competitive year,” said Staugler. “Our guide is something we work incredibly hard on, so to be recognized as a top performer in the state is very humbling. It’s an honor to represent our Darke County attractions and small businesses.”

The Ohio Travel Association is the non-profit association representing attractions, destination marketing organizations, hotels, museums, suppliers, restaurants, campgrounds and other businesses that make up Ohio’s $44 billion travel industry. For more information about the Ohio Travel Association and how to get involved with colleagues in the travel economy, visit OhioTravel.org.

Greenville Middle School Helps Students through Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

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by Rhonda Schaar, Greenville Middle School Principal

We have high expectations at Greenville Middle School through Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to help all students learn.

At Greenville Middle School we have had the benefit of a PBIS team that supports our students’ social emotional learning as well as improving discipline and attendance. “Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Technical Assistance Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavioral support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.” https://www.pbis.org/

How do we use this model at GMS? We simply follow the multi-tiered approach to support students and staff. The first tier is based on meeting the needs of 80% of the student population. At tier one we use quarterly incentives, for example, we have a school-wide attendance goal during the first 9 weeks. When we meet the goal, a student volleyball team will play the teachers in an all school assembly. This activity allows us to meet a school-wide goal but is also a climate building event for students and staff. Other school-wide tier one activities include Wave Award immediate student recognition tickets, teaching our school-wide WAVE expectations, grade level incentives such as patio seating opportunities and social emotion lessons through the 7 Mindsets curriculum.

The second tier of focused support at GMS involves the 15% of the students who need more. More support may include check in and check out with an adult or small group interventions with the counselors or administrative staff. The look of tier 2 depends on the need of the student. At this point the Attendance Assistance Team or a meeting with the Response to intervention Team may be needed. Whether it is behavior or attendance concerns our first response is to provide positive assistance.

The 5% of students who need more intensive interventions in response to social emotional needs, attendance concerns or behavior concerns will be individually appraised to determine the best approach to meet his/her needs. A student may be referred to an outside agency such as IDT, Gateway or Wellness and Recovery. These individual students will be given positive support in a variety of ways. We are approaching the varied and intense needs of many of the students by becoming a trauma sensitive school. We are grateful for the recently added K-8 counselor position. Our counseling team of Tiffany Fine and Kailey Guillozet are implementing a comprehensive approach to increase proactive opportunities for students with the assistance of Jamie Neely, who is fulfilling her counseling internship.

Our team approach to PBIS at GMS is making it a priority to “understand the educational impacts of trauma,” and become a “supportive environment where students make the positive connections with adults and peers they might otherwise push away, calm their emotions so they can focus and behave appropriately, and feel confident enough to advance their learning—in other words, …….make trauma sensitivity a regular part of how the school is run”. https://traumasensitiveschools.org/ In using our existing WAVE Expectations we are able to meet all students where they are and make learning accessible by providing positive support in a multi-tiered approach.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

"The First Toolmakers: Native Americans of the Miami Valley"

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Examples of arrowheads commonly found in Darke County
The Garst Museum Speakers Series returns on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 P.M. Kathy Creighton, Executive Director of the Butler County Historical Society, will be giving a program "The First Toolmakers: Native Americans of the Miami Valley." Kathy will be discussing the area's Native Americans and the tools they made from stone. In addition, the members of the Stillwater Chapter of the Archeology Society of Ohio will be exhibiting their collections.

Native American stone tools are durable artifacts surviving from the end of the last glacial period about 12,500 years ago. Stone Age technology and tools saw everyday use until the arrival of the European colonists in the 1500s. Flint-knapping techniques of chipping and flaking the brittle stone evolved from the earliest crude tools into sophisticated and finely manufactured artifacts. Pecking and grinding of hard granite provided long-lasting tools and stone implements. Each culture living in a particular time period had constraints on the shape of its tools, as if they were copied from a template. Other significant features of stone tools will be discussed to help identify what time period and culture may have used them.

All Garst lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas exhibit, and Longtown display. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Foundation.

October at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library has plenty of activities planned for October. StoryTime for preschoolers is on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts, and have a lot of fun. Also on Tuesdays is the afterschool program from 3:45 – 4:45. Kids can hang out with friends, play games, learn a new craft, and explore the outdoors. Both of these programs are drop-in.

On Tuesday, October 9 is an adult coloring session at 4:30. Patrons can come for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and coffee. No registration is required. Also on October 9 is the next meeting of the book club. It will meet at 5:30. New members are always welcome.

On Thursday, October 11, David Nilsen will be at the library for his second class about beer. “Brew Review #2” will focus on beer ingredients and seasonal beers. It begins at 6:30. This class is limited in size and registration is required. Come in to the library to sign up, or call to add your name to the list.

There will be a miniature garden workshop on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30. Come take a look at various examples, learn how to care for them, and put one together. No registration is needed. Patrons are asked to bring a small container for their garden.

Patrons can call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484, or visit the website www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS UNVEILS NEW BRAND POSITIONING AIMED AT VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, along with more than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers. “The need in Shelby and Darke County for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. “To attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of matching youth with mentors.”

Months of research, including focus groups with potential Bigs, as well as current Bigs, Littles, donors, staff, and leadership showed that the brand was not effectively connecting with younger, prospective mentors or conveying the urgent mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The organization is intentionally pivoting from messages of the importance of mentoring, to messages of the urgent need for the adults in the community to step up to defend the potential of every child. The mission will remain the same, as will the core model of building bridges in communities by connecting one adult with one child and supporting that match at every stage, but the organization will focus on a child’s potential, and our role as adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures.

“In our community, we know that youth are facing numerous challenges. Our organization’s new brand is designed to help us ensure we can serve more children in Shelby and Darke County by recruiting more volunteers,” said Bruns. The brand repositioning and new look are just the beginning. In the coming year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County will transition to a new, modern, nationwide technology system, participate in new training, and use the new positioning to refocus efforts on recruiting local volunteers for their Big Buddies, Lunch Buddies, Career Quest, and community based programs.

Learn more about the new brand positioning, the logo or messaging, or how to get involved at bbbs.org/bigpotential. Share the new look and follow updates on Facebook. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact your local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Darke County Democrats to Host Breakfast

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.

Friday, October 5, 2018

City of Greenville to be 5pm -7pm This Year

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[Editor's Note: As a Darke County raised 33 year old, this is awesome. I only experienced a dusk/evening trick or treat for the first time last year when we took our kids to visit extended family in Xenia and the atmosphere was amazing. I hope this is supported and successful and can become the new normal.]

Trick or Treat in the City of Greenville will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping with this time frame.

If you plan on participating in handing out candy, please turn on your porch light.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to accompany children during this time.

Two Mill Permanent Improvement Levy Due for Renewal At Greenville City Schools – NO NEW TAXES

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Submitted by Doug Fries, Superintendent

On both May 17, 2018 and June 21, 2018 the Greenville City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved resolutions to place a 2 mill permanent improvement renewal issue on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Greenville City Schools has utilized a permanent improvement levy since 1989 and successfully renewed the issue in the required five year cycle each time thereafter. That cycle for renewal continues on November 6, 2018.

Permanent improvement money can only be used for improvements and projects with an estimate life or usefulness of five years or more. Some examples are building improvements and repairs, technology upgrades, parking lot and athletic facility improvements, as well as educational and safety equipment. Permanent improvement monies cannot be utilized for salaries, benefits or consumable items.

In the last five years Greenville City Schools used the P.I. fund to complete the following projects:

2014

  • Tennis Court Project
  • All weather track maintenance
  • Roof maintenance and painting on storage building behind high school tennis court
  • New roof on ticket booths and dugouts at high school stadium and front softball field
  • Repair and paint stadium stands
  • Carpet high school guidance office
  • Painting stadium restrooms
  • Painting high school walls
  • Concrete walks at high school and Memorial Hall
  • Purchase skid loader and snow plow for maintenance truck
  • Additional fence around bus garage area
  • Painting high school book cases and old heating units in classrooms
  • Service air conditioning at high school and Memorial Hall
  • Additional LED lights at high school
  • Technology purchases – switches, smartboards, Epson projectors, servers
  • Purchase dry eraseboards at high school

2015

  • Drainage repair at high school stadium
  • Sealcoat asphalt parking lot at high school student lot and day care entrance area
  • Sealcoat/crack fill transportation parking lot
  • New carpet at high school media center and day care area
  • Additional LED lights at high school
  • Two new drinking fountains at high school
  • New chairs/desks high school computer labs
  • New rubber base at high school athletic and music areas
  • Concrete walks and ramps at high school and Memorial Hall
  • New lights Memorial Hall shop
  • Roof repair at district rental house next to high school
  • Establish new front high school landscaping
  • Repair roof top heating/air units at high school
  • Spectrum TV feed at high school
  • Phone line voice feed to servers
  • Additional high school renovation work, heating and cooling in career tech building
  • Technology purchases – Epson projectors, speakers, wireless microphones, switches, CD player
  • Painting additional high school old heating units in classrooms

2016

  • Trophy cases at high school
  • Clean/strip/seal high school terrazzo floors
  • Soil test borings, surveys, architecture fees, new high school parking lot
  • Concrete landing steps at high school weight room and concrete walks at high school
  • Asphalt new front high school parking lot and drive
  • Paint high school hallways and auto shop
  • Heating/cooling repair and service work at high school and Memorial Hall and transportation office
  • Electric conduit installed for additional computers at high school study hall
  • Technology purchases - Epson projectors, smartboards, scanners, cabling

2017

  • Architecture fees and new storage building at K-8
  • New lockers in high school locker rooms
  • Additional concrete around athletic fields
  • Track and field parking lot at high school
  • Electric repair - high school poles at front band and softball field
  • Phone fiber at Memorial Hall tied to other buildings
  • Service roof top heating/air units at Memorial Hall
  • Technology purchases - Epson projectors, printers, server
  • Painting upgrades at high school and Memorial Hall

2018

  • Memorial Hall window/door replacement
  • Memorial Hall window painting
  • Memorial Hall new concrete front entrance
  • Memorial Hall tuck pointing back outside upper wall
  • Repair stadium concrete
  • Repair drainage on Eric Street K-8 property
  • Sealcoat and crack fill high school parking lot, new asphalt at day care entrance
  • Plaster repair Memorial Hall inside rooms
  • New security cameras at Jennings Complex, Harmon Field, and outside high school and Memorial Hall
  • New technology server for outdoor cameras

Specific permanent improvement needs over the next five years include:


  • Improved/developed athletic fields and facilities at K-8 grounds and high school front baseball/softball field
  • New Harmon Field Stadium seating, restrooms, concessions, ticket booths, and lighting
  • Additional technology purchases related to switches, servers, fiber, infrastructure, smartboards, Epson projectors
  • Begin to put money back annually to a cost center designated for maintenance/replacement work at Harmon Field turf and Jennings Center track resurface
  • Ongoing Memorial Hall restoration projects including tuck pointing and indoor painting/plaster work as well as roof upkeep
  • Additional classroom furniture at high school
  • LED lighting at high school
  • Ongoing site work upkeep at high school, Memorial Hall, transportation office for parking lots/sidewalks
  • Upgrade carpeting projects at high school and Memorial Hall
  • Removal of the final high school front hallway rooms asbestos tile
  • New school van
  • Upgraded high school locker room projects in school and at stadium
  • Continued safety upgrade equipment
  • Snow removal and mowing equipment replacement

The 2 mill permanent improvement renewal issue would result in NO NEW TAXES and would continue to provide the district with an annual amount of $450,000 for building and grounds and capital improvements. This issue is a request to renew an existing levy and again would result in no tax increases or additional millage. The issue will cost the tax payer no more than they pay today. The Greenville City School District will continue to operate within the constraints set forth by the budget and demonstrate prudence and accountability with your tax dollar.

School buildings and grounds are a major investment that requires ongoing and continual maintenance and upgrading that benefit the students and staff as well as the entire community. The half mill maintenance fund at the K-8 facility can never be used at the high school facility, career tech building, Memorial Hall, transportation building, or any outdoor athletic field for buildings and grounds upkeep.

Renewal levies mean that voters can still take advantage of the State of Ohio funded rollback. All new levies have lost this advantage which was eliminated in the summer of 2013.

I hope these facts provide you the need for this renewal levy for the P.I. fund at Greenville City Schools. Our school district and community have been going forward with their facilities. There are ongoing needs to maintain buildings and grounds. This renewal levy has NO NEW TAXES.

If you have ANY questions about the levy or any other school issue, don’t hesitate to call the Superintendent/Treasurer office at 937-548-3185 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We believe Greenville City Schools is a great place for students to learn and teachers to teach and our community is a great place to live.

Cooks Wanted at Brookdale Greenville Assisted Living and Memory Care

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Brookdale Greenville Assisted Living and Memory Care is currently seeking Cooks. Experience is not required as we are willing to train the right person!

If you are interested, please email your resume to Tara Carter at ttilton@brookdale.com or apply in person at 1401 N. Broadway St. Greenville. If you have any questions, please contact Tara at (937)548-6800.

DCCA PRESENTS HUMOROUS SALUTE TO BABY BOOM YEARS

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present The Wonder Bread Years starring former Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

Darke County Center for the Arts will present The Wonder Bread Years starring former Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. Merging stand-up and theatre, the production tells of Hazell’s experiences growing up during the baby boom years, communicating universal truths while humorously recalling the mythical period when a child’s only responsibility was to play, eat and sleep. “Pat Hazell involves the audience in his show while he tells dozens of stories remembering Slinkys, lawn darts, and vintage TV jingles,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “The Wonder Bread Years will not only bring smiles to the faces of Baby Boomers, but will entertain audiences of all ages by hilariously evoking the wonder of it all,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

According to Mr. Rawlins, this nostalgic show is an especially appropriate fit for DCCA’s Artists Series as it celebrates forty years of presentations. “Looking back at the history lived by Baby Boomers is also a look back at the era when DCCA was formed; while much change has occurred, memorable DCCA moments remain an important factor in our lives today just as Pat Hazell’s recollections touch on the staying power of childhood experiences throughout life,” the Artistic Director stated.

Midmark Corporation is sponsoring The Wonder Bread Years. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for The Wonder Bread Years are $20; students will be admitted for half-price. To reserve your tickets, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org; tickets are also available online at www.darkecountyarts.org. Tickets will also be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

WOMEN’S DAY AT MARIA STEIN SHRINE

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio - On October 13 the Maria Stein Shrine will host a special Women’s Day of Faith, Fun and Friendship. The day will start at 10am with a vendor fair that will remain open until 4pm. Over 20 unique vendors will be on hand with hand-made crafts, beauty products, chair messages, apparel and many more great items to pamper yourself or gift to others this holiday season!

Other activities include Saturday morning Mass at 10am in the Adoration Chapel. Afterward, a Faith Formation Presentation and Book Signing event with writer and speaker, Julia Monnin, will be held in the Chapel at 11am. Julia is a small town girl from west-central Ohio whose life revolves around faith and family. Though family has always been a focal point in her life, faith was less important to her until recently. It wasn’t until she had a massive conversion in her mid-20’s that God became her reason for being. Since rediscovering her faith and, by God’s grace, turning her life around, She now spends her time serving Him joyfully and gratefully in her vocation as a wife, writer, and most recently, mother. Julia holds a degree in psychology. In 2013 she began to realize that God might have plans for her that were different than her own. It was around this time that she left her career to pursue a strong, unshakable “calling,” to not only write, but to publish her writing. Fast forward four more years, and in 2017 she was holding her first book “The World is Noisy – God Whispers” in her hands. This presentation and book signing is free and open to the public.

Next, at 12pm in the Upper Room, Theresa Nelson will present “Natural Health in the Medical World and How Prayer Opened the Doors”. Theresa has been a medical massage therapist for 20 years. She owns her own therapy office, Versailles Medical Massage, just outside of Versailles and offers medical massage therapy at Premier Health UVMC campus in Troy Ohio. There she provides therapy for mainly Oncology, MS and Parkinson’s patients. Theresa has been an avid researcher for natural health and alternative therapy since the age of 17. She is a certified health practitioner, certified oncology massage therapist, infant massage certified, a reflexologist as well as trained in many other modalities of medical massage. She also owns a family/homebased business Nelly Packs LLC. This presentation is $20 per person and includes lunch. RSVP is required.

Wrapping the day up at 2pm is Tim Langenderfer with Shrine and Canvas! Tim was an instructor at the University of Dayton for 22 years and is currently a Lehman Catholic High School Art instructor. He has his work included in the permanent collections of Coca-Cola Co, Christendom College, Athenaeum, General Electric and University of Dayton. His freelance career includes creating illustration art for clients such as Anheuser Busch, Bath and Body Works and United Airlines. Under the pseudonym, Tim Stout, he also illustrated for the Chicago Tribune, Forbes and Golf Magazine. Tim has also been commissioned to do portraits of Saints and Blesseds for the Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin Ohio, which is now on display in the Upper Room at the Shrine through December 2018. The Shrine & Canvas event is $30 per person and includes all supplies, appetizers and beverages. RSVP is required.

This special day of Faith, Fun & Friendship was designed to give busy moms, sisters and wives a chance to come together and explore their faith in a positive, engaging environment. Attend an event or just browse the vendor fair – the day is yours to enjoy! To RSVP, call Susie Bergman at 419-925-4532 or email s.bergman@mariasteinshrine.org.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit www.mariasteinshrine.org

Cancer Association of Darke County announces the 37th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Results

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Left: Low Net Score Division Winners~~Team #8 Brethren Retirement Community: Players~ Todd Reish, Tom Bernhard, Bob Bitner and Ray Laughlin
Right: Low Gross Score Division Winners~~~ Team #12B Joe Sowers Team ~ Tom Young, Scott Bowman, Joe Sowers and Shaun Duplessis
Results are in from the 37th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament held July 23, 2018 at Turtle Creek Golf Course. 96 golfers teed off in the annual event.

The winners in the Low Gross Division were ~~~ Team #12B Joe Sowers Team ~ Tom Young, Scott Bowman, Joe Sowers and Shaun Duplessis

The Low Net Score Division Winners were: Team #8 Brethren Retirement Community: Players~ Todd Reish, Tom Bernhard, Bob Bitner and Ray Laughlin

The annual tournament banquet was held at Turtle Creek Golf Course where golfers and their guests were served a delicious meal with special prizes awarded. The emcee of the event was Jim Buchy with special speaker and cancer survivor, Jan Teaford. The proceeds from the tournament ~ $15,000 ~ was presented to the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County. The association provides benefits to cancer patients in Darke County who are battling cancer.

My Strange and Spooky World

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Join us for an evening with author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis on Thursday October 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Clair Memorial Hall for “My Strange and Spooky World.”

For the past thirty years James has been walking on the weird side of life. For this special program he wants to tell you all about his strangest and spookiest adventures.

James will present photographs and video and audio clips because, after all, seeing (and hearing) is believing. You'll learn about all sorts of strange and spooky locations, some of which may be a lot closer than you think! This is a free event brought to you by the Greenville Public Library.

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