Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Aggravated Robbery in Greenville, Police Seek Help Locating Suspect

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On November 20, 2018, an aggravated robbery occurred at a residence in the City of Greenville.

The suspect, Ryan S. Ruppe, 28, of Greenville, Ohio, fled the area after the incident. An arrest warrant for Ruppe has been obtained through the Darke County Common Pleas Court in reference to this aggravated robbery. Ruppe also has multiple other warrants for his arrest.

Anyone with information about Ruppe's location should contact law enforcement immediately.

please report any suspicious activity to the Greenville Police Department (937) 548-1103.

Fort Greenville DAR Escorts Vietnam Veterans

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, proudly escorted area Vietnam Veterans in Greenville’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

DCCT To Host Auditions for “Cinderella”

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their Spring Production of “Cinderella.” All the ingredients that have made the story a perennial favorite are here: dirty, ragged, pitiful, but optimistic and loving Cinderella; her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters; the ball and the handsome prince looking for a bride, the fairy godmother; the glass slipper and the search for the foot that fits it, and the happily-ever-after ending.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 2nd 2018, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. Actors and Actresses age 12 and older are needed. This show features children and adult performers, so all are welcome! Auditions will be cold readings from the script and no prior preparation is required. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. There will also be occasional Friday evening rehearsals and added weekday rehearsals the week of the performance. Performances are scheduled for March 23rd and 24th at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

For more information, visit our website www.darkecountycivictheater.org or email director Chris Chapa at darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com

Gingerbread Barn-Raising at Library

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Kick-off the holiday festivities and unleash your creative side with a new twist to the traditional gingerbread house on Thursday November 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. We’ll supply the fixins; you bring the family. This event is free but the ginger-bread kits are limited. Please call 548-3915 to save your spot!

The first known recipe for gingerbread came from Greece in 2400 BC. Chinese recipes were developed during the 10th century and by the late Middle Ages, Europeans had their own version of gingerbread. Gingerbread houses, themselves, originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition.

Event Aims to Close STEMM Employment Gap Among Women

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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2017, Women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs. Likewise, women constitute slightly more than half of college-educated workers but makeup only 25 percent of college-educated STEM workers.

On Friday, December 7, 2018, Edison State Community College will host the 13th annual Women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) Expo. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest in STEMM career fields among young women in grades 8-12.

“The STEMM Expo is a great way to enable young women to explore different career paths and help to connect them with inspiring women who are currently working in STEMM careers,” said Sandra Streitenberger, Associate Professor of Accounting and Business and Women in STEMM Expo coordinator.

Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of STEMM careers through hands-on learning with industry professionals. Past events have included sessions ranging from medical laboratory diagnostics and information technology to engineering and animal science.

For more information about the event, visit www.edisonohio.edu/STEMM or contact Sandra Streitenberger at sstreitenberger@edisonohio.edu.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will open their Family Theatre Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, November 18 with “Playing By Air,” a trio of artists in a comedic performance featuring juggling, music, and circus. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will open their Family Theatre Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, November 18 with “Playing By Air,” a trio of artists in a comedic performance featuring juggling, music, and circus. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the show features an electrifying display of lights, color, and motion featuring engaging characters and musical instruments that fly through the air. “’This imaginative theatrical experience is full of breathtaking feats, creative silly stuff, and more,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “’Playing by Air’s” contagious comedy and high energy performances are guaranteed to captivate audience members of all ages,” he concluded. The show starts at 2 p.m.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series was inaugurated in 1997 to provide local youngsters and their parents the opportunity to experience the joy of theatre at an accessible cost. Other productions in the 2018-2019 season include Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s glowing production of Rainbow Fish, based on the classic children’s book, on Sunday, February 10, and on Sunday, April 7 “Underneath a Magical Moon from Tutti Fruitti Productions, a re-imagining of the Peter Pan tale as it would be told by Wendy. General admission tickets for each of the Family Theatre presentations cost $5; tickets for the entire season are available for just $12.

Sponsors of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series are Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, James Steyer Fund of Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Rotary Club and Family Health. The series also receives fupport from the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation and DCCA memberships. This performance is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experience to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. 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.

Tickets for “Playing By Air” may be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org; tickets are available online at www.darkecountyarts.org and will also be sold at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark and Darke County Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, and Worch Memorial Library in Versailles and will be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

Victim Identified in Versailles Area Train Incident

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On November 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., the Darke County Coroner’s Office officially identified Shelby Lynne Bey, 27, Versailles, Ohio as the victim in this fatality. No foul play is suspected.

On November 16, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Versailles Rescue, Versailles Fire Department, Versailles Police Department and CSX responded to the 10,500 block of H.B. Hole Road at the railroad track crossing on the report of a pedestrian struck by a train.

Preliminary investigation revealed an unknown female was struck by an eastbound CSX Train. The unknown female was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Darke County Coroner and The Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team were also called to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation pending identification.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Present 1st Annual Holiday Craft Show

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November 17th Airplane Crash News Release

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On November 17, 2018 at approximately 4:20 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Versailles Rescue, The Darke County Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team, and the FAA were dispatched to the Darke County Airport at 9724 State Route 121 reference a plane crash.

Investigation revealed that the pilot, Charles White, 77, of Gallatin, Tennessee was attempting to land the 1999 Piper Saratoga, single engine aircraft, eastbound on the main runway. The aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and came to rest in a farm field that is owned by Darke County. One of the landing gear and the left wing came off of the aircraft during the crash. There was no fire or explosion during this incident.

White and the lone passenger, and owner of the aircraft, Jeffrey Kingsbury, 66, of Gallatin, Tennessee were uninjured in the crash and refused medical treatment at the scene. Kingsbury was later transported to Wayne Hospital for issued unrelated to the crash.

The NTSB will be on scene Sunday as this crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, November 19, 2018

YMCA Youth Basketball League Begins in January

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DARKE COUNTY, OH  -- If you are searching for a fun way to get your kids active during the winter months, the YMCA’s Youth Basketball league begins in January. This league is a fundamental program to help build skills for future athletes.

Registration runs through Jan. 4.

This year’s league will take place on Saturdays at both the Greenville and Versailles YMCA locations.

Kids who participate in youth basketball at the Y develop a variety of skills, from passing and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship. Just as important, they learn firsthand the benefits of being healthy and active — and that virtual games just can’t compare to the real thing.

This year’s league will have teams in three age groups: ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-11.

Preseason evaluation is Saturday, Jan. 5, for the 6-8 and 9-11 age groups. There will be no evaluation for the 4-5 age group. Practice for all age groups begins Saturday, Jan. 12, and the last game is Saturday, March 16.

The league is $30 for Members and $55 for Potential Members. All participants will receive a T-shirt.

Volunteers are crucial to the league’s success! We need coaches, assistants and officials. Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact the YMCA.

Questions may be directed to Jessie Langenkamp in Greenville at 548-3777 or at jlangenkamp@ymcadarkecounty.org, or Cole De’Nise in Versailles at 526-4488 or cdenise@ymcadarkecounty.org.

National Elks Hoop Shoot Competition

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Greenville Elks Lodge #1139 announce the Local Competition of the National Elks Hoop Shoot Competition on November 25, @ 1:00PM at the Greenville High School. The competition is FREE and OPEN to all participants in Darke County. Registration will open at Noon with competition beginning at 1:00PM. The Elks National Hoop Shoot is free throw contest for youth ages 8-13.

Beginning at a local Elks Lodge, winning contestants advance through District, State, Regional and National Competitions. The program is free to all contestants. The Elks help sponsor contestants and their families at every level of competition. One boy and one girl from each division will a national title at the National Finals and have their names inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. contestants will compete in one of three age groups: Ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.

Contestants age as of April 1, 2019 will determine which age group they compete in. Contestants must be 8 years old by April 1, 2019 to compete.

Any further questions please contact Dave Ernst @ dernst1@woh.rr.com.

Upcoming events at the Arcanum Public Library

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On Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. the library will be hosting a “Name That Tune” game. Patrons are invited to come and join teams and guess tunes based on clues and the music played on the piano. All ages are invited as the music choices span generations. There will be some Christmas music in the mix as well to help get the holiday season off to a musical start.

On Tuesdays, preschoolers can come to Storytime at 10:00 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have a lot of fun. No registration is needed for this drop-in program. Also on Tuesdays, school age children can come for the afterschool program, SPARK, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.. Kids can make a craft, learn something new, explore the outdoors, hang out with friends, and much more. This is also a drop-in program.

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd.

Patrons can call the Library at 937-692-8484 with any questions or check out our new and improved website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The Library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Wednesday, December 5, 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.

Edison State Scholarship Recipients Recognized

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Dwayne Thompson addresses scholarship recipients during a banquet held in their honor.
Edison State Community College in partnership with The Edison Foundation recognized over 110 students during the annual scholarship recognition dinner on Thursday, October 4. The event provides recipients with the opportunity to meet the patrons that made their scholarships available.

Following networking and dinner, Dwayne Thompson, Edison State alumni, and Piqua City Schools Superintendent talked about some of the obstacles he had to overcome as a first-generation college student.
“I’m a first-generation college student in my family. No one in my family had gone to college prior to me, I had no blueprint, and I had no real knowledge of how I was going to pay for college at that time. I knew college was important to my goals and I simply did not have the means.”

As a lifelong resident of Piqua, Thompson was well-aware of Edison State but initially chose a different route, pursuing education from a four-year university.

“My first college application after high school was actually accepted to another university. But after speaking with a mentor to help me fully understand the transition process from high school to college, it caused me to cancel my placement and seek a job that I thought would provide me with a stable income.”

“I could not stop thinking about college, however, with a goal to become an educator so I reached out to a counselor at Edison State for the first time. After my first visit, my unsure, reluctant, emerging young self, left with confidence, hope, and a plan for my future. I realized after that one meeting that I could afford my education and I would personally have to fund it but I could work while I was taking classes here at Edison State.”

Thompson credits Edison State for setting him on the path to success. “Simply put, my positive experience at Edison State, served as a strong foundation to my post-secondary education and was everything that I needed as a first-generation college student.”

After graduating from Edison State, Thompson went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and most recently completed a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Superintendent Certification from Wright State University.

“Even when I transferred to Ohio University, I would continue to enroll in classes at Edison State when I would come back and work over the summer break. This ultimately allowed me to earn my bachelor’s degree in just two-and-a-half years, saving me both money and time.”

Thompson has since served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent and now superintendent over the past 26 years - all in the Piqua City Schools System. He was selected as the Piqua Teacher of the Year in 1999 and was a finalist for State Teacher of the Year in 2000. His wife, Merrianne, is a teacher at Piqua Central Intermediate School where their 6th-grade twin daughters and 5th-grade son also attend as students.

Made possible by The Edison Foundation, Edison State Community College, and local organization sponsorships, recipients honored were awarded a total of nearly $130,000 in academic and need-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded will aid in students’ pursuit of higher education at Edison State Community College.

Founded in 1993, The Edison Foundation has raised millions of dollars, primarily giving through scholarships to Edison State students. For more information about The Edison Foundation and scholarship opportunities, visit www.edisonohio.edu/Foundation.

CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge

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Count CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge

For many, the holiday season is a busy, stressful time of the year, and it’s common for our health goals to take a backseat to the celebrations and obligations of the season. Do you want some tips and ideas to relax and enjoy the holidays in a healthier way this year? Join the Count CALM Down for the Holidays email wellness challenge for healthy living tips and encouragement to help you make the most of this holiday season.

The “Count CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge” is an on-line challenge designed to help participants improve their health by exploring ways to simplify during the upcoming holiday season. Messages will include tips to help you find your quiet place, reduce stress, move more, practice mindfulness and gratitude. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your current health practices. Do you need a little extra motivation to help you get started? Are you stressed for time and need ideas to help you fit activity into your day? If so, join us for this Challenge!

Participants will receive weekly e-communications and have access to additional information on Blogs, Facebook and Wellness Text Messages.

Each week participants will receive free weekly e-communications, containing wellness and reflection tips. In addition, a checklist will be available for download to help participants track their progress. Pre- and post- online-survey assessments collect comments to improve future challenges and track participant progress.

Interested in participating in this on-line challenge? Sign up by following this link to enroll: http://go.osu.edu/calmdarke18 . You will be enrolled and begin receiving ecommunications starting the week of November 19th. Participants only need to have an email address to enroll. The program is funded by Ohio State University Extension.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information: go.osu.edu/cfaesdiversity

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


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Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville and Diana Stebbins, Horse Parade Committee Chair, present Dick Brown with the honor of serving as the 2018 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal.
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Main Street Greenville’s Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association, as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.

Dick Brown was initially selected as the Grand Marshal for the 14th annual event, but due to the cancellation of the 2017 parade the committee chose to extend the honor for a second year.
“We felt that in order to properly honor Dick and thank him for his service to the community he should get the full experience of being Grand Marshal,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “Dick has contributed so much to the schools and the alumni association over the years and his spectacular Christmas displays are a shining example of small-town hospitality. We are thrilled to have him as the Grand Marshal for the 15th year of this beloved tradition and we are looking forward to a fantastic parade!”

Dick Brown was born and raised in Darke County and graduated from Greenville High School in 1964. He then went on to Miami University and graduated in 1968. He briefly worked at Pratt & Whitney after college before buying McVay’s Sporting Goods. After McVay’s, Brown worked as a real estate appraiser for Greenville Federal.

Many local natives may also know Mr. Brown for his spectacular Christmas light display. The decorations have drawn people from all over the area to the Browns’ home for the past 25 years.

As the tradition enters its 26th year, anyone who has experienced the amazing exhibit before will tell you that it is more than just a display. The Browns also open their door to greet visitors and hand out thousands of full sized candy canes to those who stop by.

Dick married his wife Diane in April of 1975 and they settled in Greenville not long after. They have two daughters, Brandy & Betsy, and two sons-in-law, Josh Hill & Kraig Reiber. The Browns also have a 18 month old granddaughter named Hazel.

Dick and Diane are members of First Presbyterian Church and Dick has previously served on the board of trustees for the Garst Museum.

In their spare time the couple enjoys traveling, working on projects, and spending time with their friends and family.

Like Dick, Diane is also very involved with the the Greenville School System. She volunteers at the high school office and is on the Greenville School Foundation. For his loyal support of the Greenville School System, the Greenville High School Alumni Association unanimously voted in 2010 to award the first ever lifetime membership to Dick Brown.

“Mr. Dick Brown is an outstanding man,” said Laura Bemus, Assistant Superintendent for Greenville City Schools. “He has dedicated time and effort in attending school district events and photographing memories of a lifetime. We appreciate him and his work in truly making a positive difference for generations of Greenwaves!”

The 2018 Hometown Hometown Holiday Horse parade will be on Saturday, November 17th. The parade will begin at 7 pm, with entertainment leading up to the parade. You can find additional information on Main Street Greenville’s website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville .

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio
through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic
growth. You can contact them at 937-548-4998 or info@mainstreetgreenville.org .

Team Greer from Union City, Ohio hold fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County.

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Left to Right   Trudy Eastland, Treasurer, Cancer Association of Darke County, Sandy Greer, Team Greer
On October 20, 2018, Team Greer held an auction at the EUM Church in Union City, Oho. The fundraiser raised $653.00 and donated it to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

They want to help local cancer patients in their difficult battle with cancer. The team hopes to make this an annual event to donate to the organization.

Cancer Association of Darke County appreciates all donations and uses the money for reimbursement for mileage, medication, medical supplies and nutritional supplements to Darke County cancer patients.

The association is funded by donations, memorials, special fundraisers, grants, United Way and Corporate Sponsors. The Corporate Sponsors for 2018 are:

Brothers Publishing, Diane Evans Insurance, First Assembly of God, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, Greenville National Bank, Hansbarger Home Solutions, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Law Office of Rudnick and Hosek, LTD, Mercer Savings Bank, Second National Bank, STAR 88.3, Versailles Savings and Loan, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

The organization’s Board of Directors meet monthly to oversee the funds, benefits, etc.
If you would like further information, please call the office and speak with Christine at 548-9960. She is also available to come and speak to groups regarding the organization and benefits, etc. (At no charge.)

Thanksgiving dinner at First Presbyterian Church

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Come share a Thanksgiving dinner with our community family on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, from 11:30 – 1:00. Don’t settle for a TV dinner alone when you can join others in this family meal with “all the trimmings”! First Presbyterian Church at 114 East Fourth Street invites you to share Thanksgiving blessings.

Besides the turkey and dressing, the meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, milk, coffee and lemonade, assorted pies and desserts. Along with the good food, enjoy music and good company! Donations will be accepted. Call 937-548-3188 to let us know you will be there.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Garst Museum Pays Tribute to Veterans with Free Lecture

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Garst Museum’s Keepers of Freedom Exhibit Logo
On Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m., Garst Museum will pay tribute to veterans with a special Veterans Day program focusing on the 100th anniversary of World War I with featured speaker Dr. Jonathan Winkler, professor and chair of the Department of History at Wright State University. A native of Ohio, Dr. Winkler is the author of Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I (Harvard University Press 2008/paperback 2013) and winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association (2010), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Ohio Academy of History (2009), and the Theodore & Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize awarded by the FDR Presidential Library, the Roosevelt Institute, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and the New York Council of the Navy League of the United States. He has delivered lectures before the American Philosophical Society and at the National Security Agency. He teaches, researches, and writes on U.S. foreign relations (1776 to the present), military and naval history, international history, and strategic thought in the modern era.

Garst Museum will be honoring the service of local veteran, Forest Marshal, who was a WWI aviator. The public is invited to this special program to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by our veterans to protect our freedom.

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

Evangelism Conference coming to Greenville November 9-10

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The Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., is hosting the two-day conference: Kingdom Building: An Evangelism Conference November 9-10, 2018.

The presenter is Rev. Paul Mundey from Frederick, MD. Paul has been a pastor, church administrator, writer, speaker, workshop leader, consultant, and teacher for more than 40 years.

He is currently, Moderator-Elect of the Church of the Brethren denomination. In June 2016, Paul completed a 20-year tenure at the largest American congregation - Frederick Church of the Brethren in Frederick, MD. During the 13 years before his pastorate at Frederick, Paul was a staff member for the national ministry of the Church of the Brethren, serving as director of evangelism and congregational growth, and staff for Korean ministry.

Paul earned an M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Rutgers University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Johns Hopkins University.

The conference is open to both church leaders and lay persons. Registration is $20 and includes lunch on Saturday. The first session is on Friday at 3:00 pm. A second session starts at 7:00 pm. The conference continues on Saturday at 9:00 am and concludes at 3:00 pm. Childcare is available. Registration and information is found at www.greenvillecob.weebly.com or call 937-564-1176.

New Madison United Methodist Church to Serve Annual Harvest Supper This Saturday

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The New Madison United Methodist Church will be serving their annual Harvest Supper on Sat. November 10, 2018 from 4:30-6:00 pm. A traditional thanksgiving meal will be served including turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, dressing (plain or oyster), green beans, cranberry salad, pie. The church is located at 149 N Main St. New Madison OH. Donations will be accepted. Carry out available. Handicapped accessible.

Preparedness program and more at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is pleased to be hosting the Darke County Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. Patrons can learn how to prepare for power outages, winter storms, localized flooding, and other types of emergencies. This preparedness program will show patrons how to make a plan and prepare a kit so they and their families are ready for any possibility. There is no registration required for this event.

On Tuesday, November 13 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. there will be an adult coloring session. Come on in for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and chatting. No registration is required.

Also on Tuesday, November 13 will be the next meeting of the book club at 5:30 p.m. The club will be discussing “The Education of Dixie Dupree” by Donna Everhart and picking up the next book “Coal River” by Ellen Marie Wiseman. No registration is required, and newcomers are always welcome for this lively group. Beverages are served.

On Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. the library will be hosting a “Name That Tune” game. Patrons are invited to come and join teams and guess tunes based on clues and the music played on the piano. All ages are invited as the music choices span generations. There will be some Christmas music in the mix as well to help get the holiday season off to a musical start.

On Tuesdays, preschoolers can come to Storytime at 10:00 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have a lot of fun. No registration is needed for this drop-in program. Also on Tuesdays, school age children can come for the afterschool program, SPARK, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.. Kids can make a craft, learn something new, explore the outdoors, hang out with friends, and much more. This is also a drop-in program.

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd.

Patrons can call the Library at 937-692-8484 with any questions or check out our new and improved website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The Library is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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A dedication ceremony for the newest Annie Oakley historical marker,
at Mendenhall Cemetery, occurred on Saturday, October 20.
On the left of the stone are Jeff Perry, Joan Dowler and Bonnie Perry,
Annie’s relations.  Bonnie is also vice president of the Annie Oakley
Center Foundation.  Behind the stone is Steve Meier, Sidney, formerly
of Yorkshire, and initiator of the idea.  To the right of the stone are Ken Subler,
Yorkshire mayor;  Steve Puthoff and Sam Pohlman,  township trustees;
and Kathy Bruns, researcher.
“While at this spot, imagine the legendary Annie Oakley, ‘Little Sure Shot’, standing and gazing at her family’s graves.” This is the beginning of the wording of a new black granite marker at the Mendenhall Cemetery in Yorkshire, Ohio. The marker features a photo of Annie and the listing of her father, Jacob Moses (Mosey); mother, Susan Shaw; and four of her siblings who are buried there.

Joan Dowler, a great-great-great-grandniece, related that “Annie’s half sister, Emily, my great-grandma, told my grandma, Bonnie Blakeley, to take care of the cemetery just as she had. They were also instructed to put the cemetery flowers on the grave for Memorial Day.” Joan added that she went with her mom and grandma many times because the Mendenhall Cemetery was important to her family.

The originator of the idea, Steve Meier, felt that Annie Oakley’s family’s cemetery plots needed to be recognized and this part of the history of Yorkshire needed to be preserved. He, along with the Annie Oakley Center Foundation, donated the funds to pay for the stone, which Nickol Monument of Versailles generously contributed at cost. Gary Condon at Nickol donated his time and labor for the inscription. Nickol Monument has been a part of all the historical markers designating Annie’s birthplace and childhood home created in past years.

Steve, with wife Karen’s support and encouragement, pursued his goal. Their friend, Kathy Bruns, began research online, starting with the smallest stone marker beside Annie’s father’s grave. Steve then followed up at the Garst Museum Research Center on the accurate dates for each of the family graves. Wording was refined by the Annie Oakley Center Foundation members and Dr. Clay Johnson, Garst Museum director.

Township trustees Steve Hoelscher, Steve Puthoff and Sam Pohlman donated the site preparation and foundation work for the stone. Ken Subler, mayor of Yorkshire, and the town council and trustees have installed a new sign at the entrance of the cemetery acknowledging Annie’s family.

The Mendenhall Cemetery will be added to the map at Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center to direct visitors to the new historical marker and various locations related to Annie and her family. The Annie Oakley Center Foundation’s purpose is to promote the accurate memory of Annie Oakley and to support The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. For further information on the Annie Oakley Center Foundation, see www.annieoakleycenterfoundation.com or the Facebook page.

Darke County Democrats to Hold Breakfast This Saturday

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, November 10, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. This will be the last meeting for 2018. Meetings will resume in February 2019.
For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.


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November 10, 2018 EUM Women’s Ministry is hosting their annual Holiday Boutique. Whether you have Christmas shopping to do, need a Girls’ Day Out, or just want to help a great cause, stop out at the EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, OH on Saturday, November 10! We will be open for business from 9 am – 2 pm. You can grab lunch or pick up some wonderful baked goods. We will also have jewelry, skin care, kitchenware, baby items, purses, home décor and much more! Bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center and bless a new or expecting mom who needs a little help.

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

Veterans Parade to be Held in Downtown Greenville

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This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Day. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France for the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.

The historical event took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. In the United States, Armistice Day coincides with Veterans Day.

In commemorating this historical anniversary, the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day committee and local Veterans would like to invite everyone to the Veterans Parade in downtown Greenville on November 11. The commemoration will start at 10:00am with military vehicles available for view next to the Darke County Courthouse. The vehicles are being organized by Dave Miller.. Also there will be free donuts and coffee available while supplies last before the parade at the Annie Oakley statue and Greenville National Bank on Broadway. Donuts and coffee are being provided by CMA Church and Greenville National Bank on Broadway. Flags will be provided by the Darke County DAV and handed out by the local Boy Scouts to those attending the parade.

The parade will begin at 10:30am at the Annie Oakley statue. The parade will stop at the Darke County Courthouse with a memorial ceremony marking this historical day. Peck Sound Systems will provide sound throughout the Broadway area. Greenville Mayor Steve Willman will be the Master of Ceremonies and United States House of Representative Warren Davidson from Ohio's 8th congressional district will be the guest speaker. Ohio Rep Davidson will assist the Darke County DAV Robert Foster with laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial. The Darke County Color Guard will honor our fallen veterans with a firing squad salute and taps to mark the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Greenville Schools 8th grader Marissa Portemont. Marissa won the honors by writing an essay "What Veteran's Day Means to Me". The essay contest was sponsored by the GHS Navy Junior ROTC. The Star Spangled Banner will be led by Brooke Netzley.

Also in the parade will be WWII Veterans, GHS Navy Junior ROTC, Vietnam Veterans escorted by Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR, DAV unit, American Legion units, local Boy Scouts, GHS Band of Pride, Darke County Jeepsters, Darke County Sheriff and Greenville fire, police and rescue squad units. Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed around the circle to the Greenville Fire Dept.

Please plan to attend and support all our Veterans.

Greenville Federal Supports 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal presents their donation to Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Main Street Greenville recognizes Greenville Federal as one of the Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming 15th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 17th.

“Greenville Federal has been a platinum sponsor of the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade for many years,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “Their top-tier commitment has helped this event to continue for over a decade and become a tradition in the community.”

The 2018 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade will feature entertainment leading up to the grand parade, which will begin at 7 pm. The lighted event includes 80+ horse entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area.

“Greenville Federal, the oldest bank headquartered in Darke County, is happy to partner with Main Street Greenville in its efforts to help our community thrive and create a quality of life important to all of us,” said Jeff Kniese, President and CEO of Greenville Federal. “Investing back to local communities has long been a trademark of Greenville Federal. Enjoy the parade and remember this holiday season to ‘Bank Local - Buy Local’.”

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

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

Saturday, November 3, 2018


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Patsy Riley and Fort Black OED invites everyone to come to their Christmas Bazaar

There will be 50 vendors with a wide selection of craft items, baked goods, and specialty items.

There will be a concession stand available.

Santa will be there from 10 am to 2 pm for parents to take pictures of their little ones.

There is no charge for admittance.

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