Friday, December 14, 2018

Beamsville Christian Church Christmas Services

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Join Beamsville Christian Church for our Family Christmas Program on Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30 AM. Our Christmas Worship musical focuses on “The King is Here”.

Family Christmas Eve Candle Light Service on Monday, December 24th at 10:00 PM.

This special service focuses our attention to our resurrected King. During our service we will worship in song, hear the birth story of our Savior, candle lighting, & celebrating as the body of Christ.

Please contact Pastor Steve at 937-547-0009 for any additional information.

6102 Beamsville-Union City Rd. Greenville, OH 45331

Wrapping up December at the Arcanum Public Library

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Come on in to the Arcanum Public Library for some quiet time during this busy time of the year. Spend some time browsing on the computers, make copies of Christmas letters and pictures, and stock up on books and movies for snow days and school breaks. Come in to enjoy the Holiday décor or to find a quiet place to read and relax. Kids can pick up Holiday- themed coloring pages and activity sheets.

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 is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky person! Patrons age 16 and up can enter the coloring contest for the Kindle. The winner will be chosen at random from the entries. Children under 16 can enter a coloring contest to win a “Holiday Happiness” jar filled with goodies. Come on in to get your coloring sheet.

The annual Christmas craft night with Santa has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 from 6:00 – 7:30. There will be plenty of crafts for kids to make at this drop-in event. Santa will be on hand for pictures.

There will be a winter reading challenge for adults starting in January. More information will be available toward the end of the month.

Also in January, Versailles Winery will be coming to present an informative program all about wine. The presentation will be on Thursday, the 24th at 6:30. Class size is limited for this program, so be sure to call or drop in to sign up.

The library would like to remind patrons it will be closed on December 24 and 25, and on December 31 and January 1.

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

MVCTC Recognizes Students for Random Acts of Kindness

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Bowling, Brooks, and Runkel Recipients of first MVCTC Integrity Awards

Courtney Runkel (Pre-Nursing student from Tri-Village) was
awarded the November 2018 MVCTC Integrity Award.  Courtney was
presented her award by West Building Principal, Ms. Natasha Norvell.
Englewood, Ohio – During the 2018-2019 school year, Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) will introduce a new student recognition program to encourage the Choose Kindness Campaign started in April of 2018. The new MVCTC Integrity Award consists of “Caught Being Kind” cards that are awarded to students who are observed demonstrating kindness to other students. The “Caught Being Kind” cards are issued by any MVCTC staff member who observes a random act of kindness and wishes to acknowledge and recognize the student for their kindness/character. Students receiving a “Caught Being Kind” card put their name on one half of the card and deposit it in the Integrity Award box in each building’s front office. The other half of the card should be kept by the student to take home to share with family. Each month a drawing is held awarding one lucky “Caught Being Kind” recipient with the MVCTC Integrity Award for each building. The winners receive an MVCTC hooded sweatshirt, are recognized as a monthly Integrity Award winner on social media, the MVCTC website, and a special bulletin board in each building. The goal is to support and reinforce a culture of kindness by recognizing and rewarding random acts of kindness by MVCTC students.

The recipients of the November 2018 Integrity Awards are

  • Jacob Bowling (Auto Services student from Northmont). Jacob was presented his award by East Building Principal, Mr. Dale Winner.
  • Khali Books (Criminal Justice student from Vandalia). Khali was presented his award by West Building Principal, Ms. Natasha Norvell.
  • Courtney Runkel (Pre-Nursing student from Tri-Village). Courtney was presented her award by West Building Principal, Ms. Natasha Norvell.

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

Green Wave Navy is heading to the 2019 Navy JROTC National Orienteering Invitational for the 2nd consecutive year.

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The Greenville Senior High School Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) has just been notified for the 2nd consecutive year, that they are the only school in Ohio with in Area 3 to participate in the 2019 Navy JROTC National Orienteering Championship.

Orienteering is a group of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain. Participants are measured on speed, accuracy, and the ability to find control points in the proper order. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared Orienteering map, which they use to find control points.

Navy Nationals will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 15 - 18 February 2019, At Vasquez Rock Regional Park in Agua Dulce, CA. This will be the second time in the last two years that the Green Wave Navy will represent Area 3 and Greenville.

The estimated cost for a full team to attend and compete for the National Trophy this year will be about $18,000, which goes beyond the normal activities that were scheduled and budgeted for. Donation are needed and requested for the cadets to take advantage of such a great opportunity and rare opportunity. If you would like to support the Green Wavy Navy please, send any donations to the Greenville Green Wave Navy at, 100 Greenwave Way, Greenville, OH 45331. You may also contact Captain Scott Eberwine ( or Chief Stephen Eldred ( at (937) 548-4188 X1118 if you have any questions.

Maria Stein Shrine Hosting Diamond Ring Raffle

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (December 6, 2018) – The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics is hosting a diamond ring raffle, in which all proceeds will benefit the operational costs of the Shrine. The ring was donated by an anonymous supporter and is valued at $750, based on a certified appraisal from Jones Jeweler in Celina.

“It’s not uncommon for someone to remember the Shrine in their will” stated Diana Russell, Fund Development Director for the Shrine, “traditionally this comes in the form of a monetary donation, but occasionally we receive valuable items, such as jewelry. As a non-profit, we are grateful for all the different forms of the support we receive. An item like this not only allows us to raise funds for the day-to-day operations of the Shrine, but a lucky winner will also get to add a new piece of jewelry to their collection.”

The Shrine is selling the tickets for $20.00. They can be purchased through their website at under “Support the Ministry” or in the Pilgrim Gift Shop, where the ring is on display.

“Because this is a fundraiser, we are hoping to sell 150 tickets and will hold the raffle when that goal is met” added Russell.

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 Relic Chapel is home to the second largest collection of relics of the saints in the United States.

The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit or call 419-925-4532.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Downtown Greenville Beautification Winners

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The Ladybug Garden Club selected three lucky business winners in Downtown Greenville for the 2018 Christmas Outstanding window displays. Handmade decorations was a high priority in selecting the December Christmas winners.

The Bread of Life Bookstore received special recognition for their Outstanding Christmas window with a jolly handmade Snowman made by the Denlinger family. Shown l-r Ann Fields, Michelle Raffel, Heather Denlinger, Ladybug member Angela Beumer with the Bread of Life owner Julie Strait, and Ladybug Beautification chairman Lisa Marcum and Sherri Jones.

The KitchenAid Experience was chosen Outstanding for the special passion in recreating a globe owned by manager Gloria Keller-Brinley. The globe was captured in the image art work by Michael Glass. Making the presentation was Ladybug member Lisa Marcum to Gloria Keller-Brinley, Angela Beumer and Sherri Jones.

The handmade ornaments of dresses, tops and jewelry on a pink Christmas tree gave Kirstin Berghoff, owner and manager of Sadie Grace Boutique, the Christmas Community Beautification Award for outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of Commercial property and community beautification in Christmas decorating. Shown is Ladybug member Lisa Marcum, Kirstin Berghoff of Sadie Grace and Beautification committee members Sherri Jones and Angela Beumer.

1st Annual Wreaths Across America Event

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Wreath Dedicated at Veterans Memorial

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Fort GreeneVille chapter had a Christmas wreath dedication at the Darke County Veterans Memorial marker at the Darke County Courthouse. The wreath is in honor of all Darke County Veterans and active duty military. The wreath was purchased from the Ladybug Garden Club.

(Pictured: Debbie Nisonger, Helen Wright, Chris Nehring, Carla Surber, Linda Riley, Karen Burkett, Doris Aultman, Sandra King, Darke County Commissioner Matt Aultman and Ladybug Garden Club Charlene Thornhill)

Arcanum Faith Church participates in Angel Tree program

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Left to right:  Dr. David Farst, Angel Tree Representative, Ava Farst, Debbie Metzner, Mission Committee Member
Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church is participating in Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship.

This mission project reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ at Christmas time. The Angle Tree project connects a child with their parent behind bars and offers joy and hope to a prisoner’s family. Church members contact the families and buys and delivers Christmas gifts in the name of the incarcerated parent. Faith is a mission-minded church located at 101 E. South St. in Arcanum.

Church service is at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.


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The Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., invites everyone to Christmas Eve services on December 24 at 8:00 PM. This special service entitled “ Come Let Us Adore Him” focuses attention on the Savior. The service includes a participatory sharing of the Christmas story along with the singing of carols, candle lighting and celebrating, Communion. Please come to worshipfully adore Jesus. A nursery is available. Contact 937-548-3583 for more information.

Edison State Students Recognized for Peace Essays

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William Loudermilk Associate Professor of English stands
with winning essay writers Mitch Bolin and Heidi Bundy.
At a time of discord in the nation, Edison State Community College continues to encourage its students to write essays in which they explore their personal challenges in coming to peace and reconciliation with obstacles they have faced.

Held in conjunction with the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize celebration of the end of the war in Bosnia in 1995, Edison State student writers this year have explored a variety of topics ranging from immigration to America to family conflicts to suicide.

Edison State Professor William Loudermilk indicates, “Judging was difficult as so many fine essays were submitted. After much consideration, the following students were selected: First place, Mitch Bolin; second place, Matthew Farrier; and third place, Heidi Bundy.”

Bolin, 32, of Piqua, is the father of a four-year-old son and is an integration lab technician at Emerson. He is majoring electro-mechanical engineering.

Farrier, 17, of Rossburg, is in the College Credit Plus program at Edison State and is a junior at Ansonia High School. He plays a variety of position on the varsity basketball team at the high school but plays “primarily point guard.”

Third place winner Bundy, 23, is from Sidney and is taking prerequisites and plans to seek admission to the Registered Nursing program at Edison State.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Blaine Bowman and HIS Goodtime Band are all set to perform Sat. Dec. 15 at the Gospel Music Center in Union City

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L to R Steven, Christine, Blaine and Mike; members of Blaine Bowman and HIS Goodtime Band are all set to perform Sat. Dec. 15 at the Gospel Music Center.
“God’s idea of a good time,” is how Blaine Bowman describes his programs. Blaine will be bringing HIS group to the Gospel Music Center at 340 N. Howard Street in Union City, Indiana on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge. A love offering will be taken.

Blaine has shared the gospel in word and song at over 160 venues this year. Blaine will go anywhere and everywhere from his annual “Party at the Ranch” to Car Shows, City Parks, to Biker Events, Special Church Events and a festival in Florida that drew 1500 people. Blaine can be reached: P.O. Box 100, South Lebanon, Ohio 45065. Phone: 513-479-6700 or or email at:

Blaine Bowman’s group is a very family oriented group performing with his wife Christine, grown children, spouses, and grandchildren soon to be growing into the group.

The Christmas season is a time for parties and get-togethers so plan to join us on the Dec.15 at the Gospel Music Center (former First Presbyterian Church) at the corner of N. Howard and Hickory St. in Union City Indiana. For more information phone: 937-423-6335 or 937-467-9305; email;

Everyone is invited to join us for a fun evening of “making a Joyful Noise”. Our next program will be Joelle York on Dec. 20, a Thursday evening, so plan to join us for an evening of beautifully sung Christmas carols.

Greenville Senior High Instrumental Music Department to Present Sounds of the Season

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The Instrumental Music Department of Greenville Senior High School will present its annual Sounds of the Season concert on Thursday, December 13th at 7pm at Memorial Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The Sounds of the Season Concert will feature the Jazz Scene, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Orchestra.

The Jazz Scene will feature music of the season by performing Big Noise from the North Pole, It’s the Holiday Season, And the Kings Shall Swing and All I Want for Christmas is You. The Symphonic Band will perform A Magnificent Christmas, Canon for Christmas and Christmas Time with Charlie Brown. The Wind Symphony will perform Christmas Festival, Adventum and Sleigh Ride. The Orchestra will close the show with Wizards in Winter, Jingle Bells, Christmas Pipes, Cantique De Noel and Christmas Eve Sarajevo12/24. The Greenville High School Concert Choir will join the Orchestra for the traditional performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
This wonderful Sounds of the Season concert will begin at 7pm on Thursday, December 13th at Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public. Please consider spending some time with these fine high school musicians and hearing some great holiday music.

St. Nicholas Visits Maria Stein Shrine

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (December 6, 2018) – On Sunday December 2nd, over 80 children and their families met in the Adoration Chapel at Maria Stein Shrine for a special visit from St. Nicholas. He shared details about his life and how his generosity mirrored that of Jesus’s self-giving. He chronicled the time that he paid the dowry for three young women to get married, calmed a storm thus saving a ship full of men, and gave many gifts anonymously.

Before entering the Chapel, the children left their shoes in the hallway and were excited to see St. Nicholas had left treats inside! The day continued with crafts, cookies, hot cocoa and a special appearance by renowned artist Tim Langenderfer. Tim hand-painted a portrait of St. Nicholas and the children enjoyed watching their beloved saint come to life on canvas. Tim then gave the painting away as a door prize, as well as a printed copy, to the children in attendance. The lucky winners were Joan Slonkosky (painting) and Brynn & Olivia Miller (print).

“This is one of our most exciting annual events at the Shrine” stated Susie Bergman, Marketing & PR Director for the Shrine, “each year it continues to grow and get even better, thanks to our numerous volunteers. In conjunction with the event, we contacted parishes all over Ohio and Indiana and shared our St. Nicholas Coloring Contest with their Religious Education teachers. The teachers use the coloring contest as a way to talk about St. Nicholas’s life and ministry with their students. We were excited to receive entries from nearly 400 children!”

The coloring contest winners were 5 years: Parker King & Jetson Thomas, 6 years: Ashlyn Chalk & Cameron Bodart, 7 years: Kamryn Schroeder & Tyler Homan, 8 years: Elizabeth Grieshop & Jackson Hoenie, 9 years: Lilly Walke & Will Rethman, 10 years: Elli Stammen & Caleb Westerheidi, 11 years: Payton DeMange & Avery Stachler, 12 years: Andrew Wuebker & Kelly Thompson. Each child received a children’s nativity set.

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 Relic Chapel is home to the second largest collection of relics of the saints in the United States.

The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Road in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit or call 419-925-4532.

"Hats off to the Holidays"

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You will be greeted by "Hats off to the Holidays" when you visit Wayne HealthCare, 835 Sweitzer Street in Greenville. Members of the Ladybug Garden Club decorated the front lobby with special Snowmen Christmas trees. Decorating were l-r Carol Hosbrook-Cole, Shirley Linder, Amy Addis, Angela Beumer, Barbra Skinner and Mariana Ramos. Not shown was Irma Heiser.


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The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also will stand inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in Fourman’s Variety Store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for over fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 19. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. For more information, call the Fish phone number, 548-2000; a volunteer will return your call.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Greenville Street Dept Honored by Ladybugs

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The Greenville Street Department was honored by the Ladybug Garden Club for outstanding achievement in design, maintenance of Commercial property and Community Beautification in Christmas decorating.

The downtown Greenville has come alive with lighting on the traffic circle, all lamp posts, the City Building landscape, Annie Oakley Park, and this year they added special strands of snowflake garland across Broadway. All their efforts are appreciated for making the downtown outstanding.

Front row Ryan Delk, supervisor Greenville Street Department, Lisa Marcum, Ladybug Community Beautification chair. Second row- Jason Howard, Chris Hunt and Wes Wirrig. Third row, Cody Nealeigh, Ethan Saylor, Jennifer Robertson and Ladybug member Angela Beumer. Back row, Matt Myers, Billy Hoyt, Jerrod Marshall and Colton Nealeigh.

Not pictured is Rob Weyant, a vital contributor to the lightening.


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While many children have a traditional birthday party, nine year old Matthew Byram of Greenville decided he would like to do something else. Matthew and his mother Susie take their dog Sophie to Scentral Park Dog Park regularly. He decided he would like to do something to benefit the dog park. He asked that his friends bring monetary donations to his party instead of gifts. The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank Matthew for his thoughtful gift in support of Scentral Park. His generous donation will be used for the upkeep of the dog park for all to enjoy.

Shown in the picture is Matthew making his donation to members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter and Darke County Shelter staff.

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that raises funds to provide extra goods, services, comforts and amenities to benefit the shelter and maintain Scentral Park Dog Park. Scentral Park was built and is maintained through donations only. No tax money is ever used.The Darke County Animal Shelter and Scentral Park Dog Park are located at 5066 County Home Rd., 5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, Oh. 45331

Friends of New Madison Public Library - Christmas Open House - Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 10-5:30

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The Friends of New Madison Public Library invite you to attend their annual Christmas Open House at the Library on Tues. Dec. 11, 2018. We will celebrate throughout the day with homemade cookies and punch beginning at 10. From 3-5:30 local musicians, Eric Smith and Friends, will return with some Sounds of the Season to brighten your day. At 5:30 the Board of Trustees will be honoring our Phyllis Cole Dubbs Library Service Award Recipient for 2018, Tiara Brinley. Bring the family in to celebrate and stock up on books, magazines, movies, and music for the holiday season. Check out our website, LIKE us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest for more information on programming throughout the year.

2019 Farm Management School to be Offered in Darke County

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According to AgWeek, “the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that the number of farmers ages 25 to 34 is growing nationwide. That’s the result of strong crop prices from 2007 to 2013, which generated higher farm income and gave young would-be farmers a better chance to support themselves and their families.

Young farmers and ranchers, for their part, say they’re not being handed anything and that they face major financial challenges. The strong crop prices that encouraged young farmers to get started are gone -- corn, which once sold for as much $8 per bushel, brings about $3.50 per bushel now -- but land prices, which soared during the boom years, haven’t come down.”

OSU Extension will be partnering with Farm Credit Mid-America to hold a Farm Management School this winter to address this need from the agriculture community. The series is for all those in farming or agriculture businesses interested in finances, business plans and how to make their operation successful.

What we will cover:

  • January 3 - Farm Mission and Business Plans
  • January 10 - Record Keeping and Balance Sheets
  • January 17 - Budgets and Enterprise Analysis
  • February 7 - Ag Law and Farm Transition

Presenters for the series will include Bruce Clevenger, Dianne Shoemaker, Sharon Harris, Peggy Hall and Sam Custer from Ohio State University Extension. Farm Credit Mid-America team members will also be presenters.

OSU Extension, Darke County would like to thank our sponsor Farm Credit Mid-America for their support in holding this program.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. Download the full flyer and registration at $40 per person. Registration deadline is December 26, 2018. Registration includes snacks and materials. Make checks payable to Ohio State University Extension. Mail to OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Ave, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Edwin F Nickol Inc. Presented with the NSDAR Community Service Award

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Shirley Hughes, Caroline Petitjean, Gary Condon-owner, Arron Wise, Jody Groff , Mike Wise and Helen Wright. (not pictured Debbie Nisonger)
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently awarded Edwin F Nickol Inc. and staff with the NSDAR Community Service Award. In the past two years, Nickol has contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic and civic duty with Fort GreeneVille Chapter NSDAR's project of honoring American Revolutionary War Patriots' graves in Darke County, Ohio.

Nickol has assisted in the chapter's enormous task of repairing, cleaning and replacing monuments at the gravesites of American Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Darke County, Ohio. They have shown such dedication in helping preserve the history of our ancestry in Darke County.

Edwin F Nickol Inc. is still assisting with this project and plan to assist until we have finished honoring all American Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Darke County, Ohio. At this time, they have assisted Fort GreeneVille Chapter with 18 Patriot graves besides several more Patriots pending dedications or further research.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Secures Local Funding for Purchase of Chromebooks

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The Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County a grant to assist with the purchase of Chromebooks and docking station for their Career Quest program. Career Quest is a partnership with Sidney High School’s Opportunity School that offers one-to-one mentoring for youth to develop hope, build skills, and prepare for future careers in the community.

Career Quest invests in the workforce by creating pathways in manufacturing, construction, and health with local partners to assist youth with skills and services necessary to reach their maximum potential. Career Quest provides pathways for success to post-secondary education by partnering with Rhodes State College and Edison State Community College to provide evidence-based curriculum, field experiences, internships, job shadowing, and the opportunity to receive a credential and/or college credit. Career Quest teaches financial well-being for work and life via the Federal Reserve Bank’s “Keys to Financial Success” curriculum. Students learn the knowledge, skills, and processes required to make sound financial decisions and manage their own personal finances. Lessons engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Their vision is for all children to achieve success in life. One-to-one mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk. Thanks to generous donations like that from The Community Foundation of Shelby County,

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency with over 25 children waiting to be matched with a caring adult. Ten of those children are specific to the Career Quest program and volunteers are needed from 3-7pm, Monday through Thursday. 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 for more information.

Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe supports DCCA Arts In Education Programs

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Award-winning singer/songwriters Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith recently performed for Arcanum High School students, as part of DCCA's Arts In Education programming for Darke County High School Students.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds in support of its Arts In Education (AIE) programs. DCCA, in conjunction with school administrative staff, annually takes performing artists to every grade of all Greenville City and Darke County public schools. "DCCA thanks the Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe and all our sponsors who make our AIE programs possible." shared Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are proud to present world class professional performing artists, in our local public schools, that engage and entertain students," concluded Jordan.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2018-2019 season include Kathakaar (grades K-3) "The Spinning Storytellers" sharing history and culture of India. Lee Murdock shares music and history of the Great Lakes (grades 4-6); Alpin Hong (grades 7 & 8) a Darke County favorite, returns bringing his own "pianistic firebrand" to St. Clair Memorial Hall; and Jonathan Kingham (grades 9-12) shares creative songwriting. In addition to performing for Junior High students, Alpin Hong was also presented as part of the DCCA Artists Series. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County. These programs are open to the public; contact the DCCA office for more information.

Most Arts In Education performers spend a week in Greenville traveling to all Greenville City and Darke County public schools, with the exception of the Jr. High program, which takes place at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being bused in. According to Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director, “During the Artist’s residencies we always point out local landmarks to visit, with Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe making the list as a ‘must’ to truly experience the treasures we have in Darke County.” “The support of a local icon like Maid-Rite is greatly appreciated by DCCA and sends a powerful message to the children,” he concluded.

All programs are free and open to the public. Additional Arts In Education sponsors include Bach to Rock, DP&L Company Foundation, Richard Baker, Greenville VFW Post #7262, Greenville Federal, Midmark, Gordon Orthodontics, the Wes & Patti Jetter Fund, the Mandy Green Fund, Edison State Community College, The Early Bird & Blue Bag Media, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Wayne Health Care. DCCA also receives local support from the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, Harry D. Stephens Memorial, and DCCA memberships, as well as funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine art encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA programs call DCCA at 937-547-0908 or visit their web-site at

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fatal Crash at Children's Home Bradford Road and State Route 118

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On December 6, 2018 at approximately 6:25 AM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Darke County Coroners Office and Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the intersection of State Route 118 and Children's Home Bradford Road for a serious two vehicle injury accident with ejection.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Black 2014 Hyundia Sonota driven by Klinton Knapke 29, of Fort Recovery was traveling eastbound on Children's Home Bradford Road and failed to stop at a clearly marked stop sign at State Route 118, and collided with a White 2002 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Melanie Morrow 42, of Union City, Indiana who was traveling northbound on State Route 118. Morrow was ejected from her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Morrow was not wearing a seat belt, and Knapke was wearing a seat belt and uninjured and later released. This is Darke County's fourth fatal crash for 2018.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.


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November is the unofficial start of winter, and the official month of Thanksgiving. It seems the weather has brought winter in early on some days, and on other days it seems it was trying to hang onto fall! Our farmers have had a devil of a time getting crops in because of the rainfall this month, and at this writing, there is still plenty to harvest.

November turned out to be eventful in the Commissioner’s office. This month saw us get a handle on the budget for next year. Thanks to the conservative hard work of our elected officials along with the Commissioner’s Office we will have a balanced budget for 2019. This budget issue was the fault of none of our officials, nor the Commissioners; this was a revenue loss from the State, along with increased demands for other mandates.

With the new administration, these problems can be solved in the future. We have met the new Governor and Lt. Governor and expressed our concerns, along with the County Commissioner’s Association (C.C.A.0.), and it seems very hopeful a new era of co-operation can be reached. The Courthouse security issue is closer to being resolved, we hope. We have all agreed that one entrance only is the preferred way to secure the Courthouse. We have come up with a plan to do just that, and that will mean closing the front steps and back door to the public, using them for emergency exit only, and having a new entrance in the front that is handicap accessible. The front steps will remain the same for the time being, and in the near future, we will hopefully be able to do a proper set for the front of the Courthouse.

Looking back on 2018, this has been a banner year for the County. We have seen Midmark invest upwards of 44 million dollars in a new Research center, BASF has invested 30 million in new equipment for new customers, and Whirlpool has installed the first wind turbines in Darke County to help defer some of their electrical costs. The Early Bird has moved to its new home in Downtown Greenville and we want to welcome them and wish them much fortune in their new location! Our unemployment rate is still very low, and our businesses are still hiring. Greenville has won more awards from Ohio Magazine for being the best in eight different categories again! All of our small town festivals in the County were well attended and the Main Street Greenville Horse parade was named the best in Ohio, along with The Garst Museum and others!

All-in-all, this has been a good year for the County, and we see no real slowdown in economic development and growth for 2019. When you stop and really think about it, we have a lot to be thankful for this year. Things are good here, it’s a great place to live and work with lots to do for everyone. Not every place can say that!

Now that November has come and gone, and by now we should all be out of our turkey coma, it is time to get back to a regular routine until Christmas. While you are out shopping or just looking around, you may stop in any Monday or Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Commissioner’s office in downtown Greenville and catch one of our open public sessions.

We are located at 520 South Broadway, just south of the Courthouse.

Hope to see you soon!
Darke County Commissioners

Wreaths Across America Announces 2018 Theme, “Be their witness.”

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MAINE and Greenville, Ohio — Dec 2, 2018 — Each year, millions of Americans come together to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of individuals and communities takes place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. Locally, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR will be coordinating Wreaths Across America at the Greenville Union Cemetery on December 15th at noon. Each year, a new theme is chosen to assist local supporters focus the message and outreach in the community. Today, the national office of Wreaths Across America announced the theme for 2018 is “Be their witness.”

The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War.

“I was deeply impacted by this story and found it difficult at times to fathom the burden this young man carried in his task. Lt. Col. Strobl volunteered to be a witness for PFC Phelps, and as the movie so eloquently states, he is now responsible in no small part for PFC Phelps’s legacy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “Through the Wreaths Across America program, we are ensuring that the lives of our men and women in uniform are remembered, not their deaths. It is our responsibility as Americans, to be their witness and to share their stories of service and sacrifice with the next generation.”

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Greenville Union Cemetery would like to invite everyone to the Wreaths Across America event. This is the first year that the cemetery is having this honorable event and planning for many years to come.

The local ceremony will begin at noon at the Greenville Union Cemetery mausoleum and Soldiers section. Local Veterans will be representing their branches of service: Chris Rehmert-Army, Charles Shields-Marine, Elaine Harter-Air Force, Kevin Shuttleworth-Coast Guard, Dean Delk-Navy, Stephen Eldred-Merchant Marines, along with Starranne Wise, Army, playing taps.

National Wreaths Across America Day, will take place this year on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. At Greenville Union Cemetery, the event will be at noon and more information can be found at

In 2017, more than 1.5 million veteran wreaths were placed on headstones at 1,422 participating cemeteries around the country in honor of the service and sacrifices made for our freedoms, with each name said out loud.

National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event and open to all people. For more information on Wreaths Across America, please visit


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Darke County Farmers Union will have its Annual Meeting (116th Anniversary year) on Tuesday evening, Dec. 18th, 6:30 PM, at J.T.’s Brew and Grill restaurant in Greenville.

Dinner will be partially paid for by the Local and will commence at 6:30 PM with the program to start at 7:15. The featured speaker will be Greg McGlinch, OSU Graduate Research Assoc., who will present a program on barley production. There will be an election of officers this year, and a selection of delegates to the OFU State Convention. Farm policy, health insurance, and other items will be discussed and a door prize will be given away.

 All farmers are welcome.

The Village Singers to Perform Locally

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The Village Singers will be back together this year for some seasonal Christmas music.

The Village Singers have been enjoying song, fellowship, and friendship for over 25 years. Anyone with a desire to sing beautiful music is invited to join this 4-part harmony choir under the direction of Roseanna Bogan. To prepare for the performances listed here, the choir will have one more practice on Sunday, December 2, 3:00 p.m., at Trinity Methodist Church in Arcanum. If interested in singing with the choir, contact Jean Kelly at 692-6248 for more information.

The Village Singers will be at the following locations: December 8 - Arcanum's Christmas Lights Gala, Field House, 3-4 p.m.; December 11 - Rest Haven, Greenville, 6 p.m.; December 13 - Brookdale, Greenville, 6 p.m.; and December 13 - Oakley Place, Greenville, 7 p.m.

Arcanum Students Help Decorate DCP's Nature Center

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Arcanum High School IEP students, Jason Sturdevant, Liz Cave, Josh Lambert, Hunter Farmer, Sheldon Bates, Leahvi Halderman, Austin Bailey and Lucas Bailey along with their teacher, Eric Weibel came to the Nature Center to help decorate again this year. The Darke County Park District appreciates all the help it receives in getting the Nature Center ready for the Winter Wonderland event that was held on December 1.

Administrative Assistant Deb Shiverdecker commented, "This group of young men and women are a joy to have each year as they do their community service so willingly. They make me smile!"

Friends of the Library Holiday Open House

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Join us for our annual holiday cookie extravaganza on Saturday December 8th from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. As always there will be tables full of delicious cookies, punch, and coffee, plus live music provided by a string quartet and flutist Nancy Jackson. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be attending! Kids can get their picture taken with them for free.

The Friends will also have many beautiful Christmas books available at their Continuous Booksale in the Computer Room of the Library. They have quality books of all genres so be sure to shop gifts for yourself or others on your list. Or stock up for those cold winter nights ahead.

The Friends are a volunteer group who raises money for the benefit of the Library. They sponsor the Summer Reading program including the entertainment for Family Fun Day each year as well as purchase expensive items outside the budget. Recently they bought a portable stage and additional puppets for the GPL Puppeteers.

Seen left are Carolyn Fisher, President Vicky Stickel, and Treasurer Craig Stickel, by the Christmas book display.

Edison Students on Bullying

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Five “Fundamentals of Communication” students at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, will offer a presentation addressing the issues of bullying on Tuesday December 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library.

Dawn Cleere, Hope Byrum, Baylee Petry, Renee Netzley and Christopher Bucklew will talk about the different types of bullying, its impact on victims and different ways to address the problem. The program is a culmination of 16 weeks of preparation in public speaking, research, and teamwork.

While statistics may vary somewhat, all sources agree bullying is a major problem in the U.S. For instance, one national anti-bullying site reports that 90 percent of fourth through eighth graders report being victims of bullying, with over 3.2 million victims reported every year. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school daily due to bullying, and one in 10 will eventually drop out of school.

Surveys done in three Edison State communications classrooms indicate nearly two-thirds of the students have been bullied, about a third have actually participated in bullying and almost without exception students have observed bullying (referred to as bystanders).

In addition to the library presentation, six other Edison State communications teams have been invited to Greenville Middle School and Ansonia Local Schools to talk with students, first through eighth grades, about the harmful effects of bullying. Their focus will be directed to the students, while the library program will be directed toward adults and students.

What are the harmful effects of bullying? Why does it happen? What can victims and bystanders do about it? These are just a few of the questions the Edison State team hopes to address. Registration is not required.

Hunters Brave the Elements on First Day of Ohio's Deer-Gun Season

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More than 13,000 deer harvested

COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 13,614 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 26, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

There is still time to get out and enjoy Ohio’s deer-gun season, which remains open through Sunday, Dec. 2. Two additional days of deer-gun season (Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16) have been added to increase the opportunity for people to hunt with firearms. Find more information about deer hunting in the 2018-2019 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

Past year’s harvest summaries and weekly updated harvest reports can be found at

For the first time this year, Ohio resident hunters can purchase multiyear and lifetime licenses at and at hundreds of participating agents throughout the state. License buyers can choose from 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and lifetime hunting or fishing licenses. All money generated from the sale of multiyear and lifetime licenses is deposited into the Wildlife Fund, where it will be used to protect and enhance Ohio’s wildlife populations.

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

Hunting Popularity

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

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

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during opening day of the 2018 deer-gun hunting season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for opening day 2018, and the 2017 opening day harvest numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 187 (354); Allen: 45 (93); Ashland: 277 (432); Ashtabula: 488 (821); Athens: 281 (478); Auglaize: 60 (94); Belmont: 215 (362); Brown: 153 (292); Butler: 26 (85); Carroll: 339 (575); Champaign: 64 (121); Clark: 38 (56); Clermont: 63 (179); Clinton: 43 (84); Columbiana: 269 (453); Coshocton: 587 (924); Crawford: 112 (177); Cuyahoga: 11 (15); Darke: 50 (90); Defiance: 145 (252); Delaware: 72 (135); Erie: 41 (69); Fairfield: 126 (213); Fayette: 13 (32); Franklin: 29 (45); Fulton: 77 (101); Gallia: 237 (396); Geauga: 113 (146); Greene: 34 (48); Guernsey: 402 (657); Hamilton: 20 (34); Hancock: 79 (133); Hardin: 91 (139); Harrison: 285 (497); Henry: 59 (112); Highland: 183 (315); Hocking: 249 (426); Holmes: 386 (648); Huron: 204 (370); Jackson: 241 (358); Jefferson: 152 (244); Knox: 424 (705); Lake: 35 (54); Lawrence: 152 (262); Licking: 395 (577); Logan: 137 (219); Lorain: 130 (200); Lucas: 24 (24); Madison: 22 (40); Mahoning: 144 (209); Marion: 86 (122); Medina: 109 (153); Meigs: 229 (414); Mercer: 55 (86); Miami: 35 (72); Monroe: 220 (406); Montgomery: 19 (35); Morgan: 274 (434); Morrow: 120 (228); Muskingum: 489 (780); Noble: 283 (445); Ottawa: 15 (39); Paulding: 87 (129); Perry: 243 (359); Pickaway: 51 (96); Pike: 122 (199); Portage: 104 (142); Preble: 41 (74); Putnam: 59 (94); Richland: 261 (411); Ross: 186 (307); Sandusky: 48 (68); Scioto: 126 (206); Seneca: 141 (244); Shelby: 65 (119); Stark: 184 (248); Summit: 23 (29); Trumbull: 283 (487); Tuscarawas: 511 (768); Union: 56 (103); Van Wert: 43 (50); Vinton: 168 (322); Warren: 38 (62); Washington: 320 (476); Wayne: 184 (265); Williams: 150 (251); Wood: 43 (74); Wyandot: 134 (224).

Total: 13,614 (22,366).

Edison State staff surprises Empowering students with Halloween visit

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Edison State staff members pose with Empowering students and volunteers following a Trick-or-Treat visit featuring “keep” books and candy.
GREENVILLE - It was the day before Halloween; Empowering Darke County Youth students were enjoying their daily after school snack when three Edison State staff members - Chad Beanblossom, Vice President of Regional Campuses, Rhonda Rich, Darke County Success Advisor, and Melissa Eve, Darke County Resource Specialist - made a surprise visit to their After School Program.

They came bearing gifts... candy and books targeted to the different grade levels in the program. The books were the students to keep.

“We wanted to do something that was fun and educational, and thought books would be the perfect fit,” Beanblossom said. He added that he and his staff members had a great time visiting with the students and volunteers of Empowering Darke County Youth.

Edison State Darke County Campus is the home base of operations for the Empowering programs and provides administrative support when needed. The campus hosted Empowering's first After School Program in 2016 and continues to host its Summer Tutoring Program each year.

Empowering's 2018-19 ASP is available to kindergarten through eighth grade students in the new Greenville Schools Elementary and Middle School campus on North Ohio Street. Currently, more than 130 students are enrolled and attendance averages about 50 daily. Edison State students have been, and continue to be, the main source of volunteers.

“Empowering Darke County Youth and Greenville City Schools are providing a valuable service to our community,” Beanblossom noted, “and Edison State Community College is proud to be a part of these efforts.”

Empowering continues to have a great need for adult volunteers, as well as financial support. Donations can be sent to Empowering Darke County Youth, PO Box 1113, Greenville 45331. To volunteer or for additional information, email or go to our Facebook page.

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

December at the Arcanum Public Library

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The holiday season is underway, and the Arcanum Public Library has plenty of events, programs, and things to do to for all ages.

Patrons can do holiday browsing on the computers, make copies of Christmas letters and pictures, and stock up on books and movies for snow days and school breaks. Come in to enjoy the Holiday décor or to find a quiet place to read and relax. Kids can pick up Holiday- themed coloring pages and activity sheets.

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.

Patrons can participate in the Gingerbread House decorating contest. The houses will be put on display through December. Come on in to get the details and pick up the base for the house.

The library is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky person! Patrons age 16 and up can enter the coloring contest. The winner will be chosen at random from the entries. Children under 16 can enter a coloring contest to win a “Holiday Happiness” jar filled with goodies. Come on in to get your coloring sheet.

On Tuesday, December 11 there will be an adult coloring session at 4:30. No registration is needed for this program, and supplies are provided. Also on December 11 will be the book club meeting at 5:30. Newcomers are always welcome, and snacks are provided for this drop-in program.

The annual Christmas craft night with Santa has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 from 6:00 – 7:30. There will be plenty of crafts for kids to make at this drop-in event. Santa will be on hand to take pictures.

There will be a winter reading challenge for adults starting in January. More information will be available toward the end of the month.

The library would like to remind patrons it will be closed on December 24 and 25, and on December 31 and January 1.

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

Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club takes 1st Place in International Contest

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With the completion of over 1,100 hours of service/volunteer hours in the 2017-2018 club year, Greenville Kiwanis Aktion Club wanted to highlight their accomplishments by entering the scrapbook portion of The Aktion Club district contests. The club averaged a monthly reporting of 112.5 hours of service with 35 members participating in 13 services projects.

Aktion Club is a Kiwanis – Family Club for Adults with Disabilities. The club was sponsored by Greenville Kiwanis Club in 2016 and began with 47 members. Cheryl Pressly and Sue Huston, employees of Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities – Darke DD, are co-advisors of the club. They support members in developing service leadership projects that benefit the community.

“It is important that our projects are member driven. As advisors, we are here to support them in their mission.” said Huston. The club seems to have evolved into two general directions based on members’ interests - recycling and helping people.

One member wanted to “go green” and learn more about recycling, so they partnered with The Darke County Solid Waste District. Their largest project is collecting caps/lids to be recycled into benches. They have collected enough for 20 benches which will be secured throughout the county on the bike path this spring.

Aktion Club members are also very passionate about helping people – they have many projects that involve helping children both locally and internationally. Locally, they have purchased backpacks full of school supplies, brand new bicycles for Christmas, held annual food drives and have adopted several families during the Christmas season. Internationally, they raised over $500 to purchase 15 bed kits for Sleeping Children Around the World.

An ongoing project that is important to our members is the Chemo-Bag Project. The club raises money through fundraising to purchase bags and fill them with items. To date, members have delivered nearly 40 bags to Greenville’s Dayton Physician’s Network office. They visit with people as they are receiving treatment. Sam Ploch, Aktion club president, has personally delivered bags and is very proud of this project. “Our project is very touching to a lot of good people in need. It is amazing to hear all the stories of their journey. We just hope that we can give them a little hope and wish them the best.”

“We couldn’t do the work we do if it weren’t for our partnerships with local Day Services and independent providers. Art Sense, Your Happy Place, and Person Centered Services as well as several providers and parents assist in not only the driving members to the meetings, but also the coordination and oversite of many of the projects. It is truly a group effort and we are grateful for the collaboration.” said Huston.

One such collaboration was completing the scrapbook. It was a monumental project and the members worked hard to decide the layout and design of each page. “We were thrilled to win first place at the district level and then have the opportunity to compete internationally. When we got the news that we won first place internationally, our members were ecstatic.” said Pressly.

The scrapbook is currently on display at Darke DD and the club hopes to highlight it at various locations throughout the county. It is quite impressive to see an entire year of activity and all of their hard work. To see many of the pictures used in the scrapbook, like them on Facebook at The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

To learn more about Aktion Club contact Sue Huston at 459-4629/ or Cheryl Pressly at 459-4627/

Melody Line to Perform at BPW Christmas Meeting!

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Melody Line Choral Group
November 20, 2018 Greenville, OH - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, December 13th at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be hosted by Christmas committee members: Brenda Miller, Lindsey Gehret, Destani Mason, Kristine Heath, Vicki Cost, and Leigh Fletcher.

Members and guests will be treated to a Christmas program by the Melody Line choral group. Melody Line is a 9 member signing group that has been performing for over 35 years at company parties, family gatherings, church banquets and other community events. The group is comprised of pianist: Terri Fryman and singers: Marilyn Light, Becky Hartnagle, Kathy Douds, Leigh Fletcher, Cathy Cornell. Debbie Weyrick, Mary Kell, Brenda McCoy and Ann White

This will also be the last chance to purchase super raffle tickets. Winners will be drawn at the meeting. The raffle is a chance to win one of five prizes: a 2 night stay at the StoneHead Ridge Cabin in Brown County, Indiana (Debbie Niekamp), a Frederic Duclos Sterling Silver necklace and earrings (Wieland Jewelers), a 39” Element Smart TV (Your Expert Mortgage Team of John & Kristina Heath), Suds in a Bucket Cleaning/3 hrs. (Loure Bohn), and a 3 speed hand blender (KitchenAid Experience). Raffle tickets are available at Merle Norman at 309 S. Broadway, Greenville or by contacting Susan Shields at 937/548-2592, Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. All proceeds are used to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.

At the meeting the Club will be taking up collections for the Darke County Shelter from Violence. Gently used or new stuffed toys, paper products, shampoo and conditioner, Tide laundry soap, kitchen trash bags, diapers, family oriented videos, and cash donations will be accepted.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the club is invited to attend. The cost for the dinner is $12. For reservations contact Vicki Cost by noon on Monday, December 10th at

Butterflies and Ladybugs Decorate Garst Christmas Trees

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club and the Ladybug Garden Club decorated beautiful trees for the Garst Museum’s annual Holiday Open House, 205 North Broadway, Sunday, December 2 from 1-4 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend and witness all the Christmas decorations from various organizations. Special attractions will be an afternoon of seasonal music, light refreshments, and the beautiful decorations.

The Butterflies Junior Garden Club decorated a “Christmas on the Farm” tree with the help of Alivia Addis, Saige Fellers, Hannah Smith, Kate Rehmert and seated Brianna Fellers. Assisting was Kim Cromwell . The club selected the buffalo plaid colors of red and black to highlight the many ornaments made by Club members. Ornaments read ‘if you ate today, thank a farmer’ and ‘Christmas is better on a farm’. Snow ball ornaments were made using styrofoam balls wrapped in the buffalo plaid ribbon. Burlap and plaid tulle served as the tree skirt. The tree topper was a 1942 metal chicken made by Frank Sheffer. Special interest was a Case toy tractor displayed from the Smith family.

The Ladybug Garden Club decorating a tree at the Garst Museum were Amy Erisman, Becky Collins, chairperson Shirley Linder, Amy Addis and seated Mariana Ramos. The decorations reflected life on a farm using bales of straw, vegetables, gardening supplies, grains, fake animals and even a mouse.


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Wieland Jewelers Necklace and earrings are just one of the many prizes availabile...
Greenville, OH. The Greenville BPW is holding their Super Raffle. All proceeds from the raffle go towards the club’s scholarship fund for Darke County young women. Last year the club awarded four $750 scholarships. This year, the club will offer five $750 scholarships, one $500 (Anna Britton) scholarship and the club also sponsors a $250 (Sheryl Brinley) Scholarship which is awarded through the Edison College Scholarship Foundation.

This year there will be five great prizes offered. 1st place prize is a 2 Night Stay at StoneHead Ridge Cabin in Brown Co, Indiana donated by Deb Niekamp. The Cabin sleeps 2 to 4 people with wood burning stove and hot tub. 2nd place is a beautiful Frederic Duclos sterling silver necklace and earrings donated by Wieland Jewelers. The 3rd place prize is a 39” Element Smart TV donated by Your Expert Mortgage Team – John & Kristina Heath. 4th place prize is 3 hours of cleaning services from Suds in a Bucket Cleaning (Loure Bohn) and the 5th place prize is a 3 speed hand blender donated by KitchenAid Experience.

Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10 and are available at Merle Norman downtown Greenville or contact Susan Shields at 937-548-2592 or Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or any BPW Club member. Drawing will be held at the club’s meeting December 13th and winner does not need to be present to win. The club would like express their appreciation to the raffle prize donors.

The Thin Man at Library Film Series

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The Thin Man, released in 1934 and directed by W. S. Van Dyke, is a mystery-comedy film that follows the exploits of crime-solving couple Nick and Nora Charles as they seek to unravel a labyrinthine murder mystery. Released just as the Hays Code was coming into effect, the film displays some mildly racy humor that was erased from Hollywood films within the year.

Few comedic film couples have ever had better chemistry on screen than William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora. They exchange witty one-liners, flirting and teasing their way through one absurd situation after another, looking dashing and stylish all the while and drowning a never-ending stream of cocktails. A murder mystery has never been so charming.

Join us on Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m., as we screen this comedic crime caper as part of the Third Floor Film Series at Greenville Public Library. Free popcorn, candy, and soft drinks will be provided, and David Nilsen will lead a brief discussion after the film. We hope to see you there.

Darke County Farmers Union—Fall Harvest Meeting 2018

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Greenville, Ohio – Darke County Farmers Union held their Fall Harvest meeting October 27, 2018 at the OSU Extension meeting room where they honored some of the 4H Youth that they supported during the livestock sales at the 2018 Great Darke County Fair. Pictured above seated (l-r): Ethan Fischer--Sheep, Faith Wooten—Swine, Adi Schmitz—Sheep. Standing at the back is Todd Rhoades—Darke County Farmers Union President.

Jean Louise Thieme Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series

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Featured in DCCA's 2018-2019 Family Theatre Series is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s glowing production of Rainbow Fish, based on the classic children’s book, on Sunday, February 10th at St. Clair Memorial Hall starting at 2 p.m.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation and for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Jean Louise Thieme started DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, in 1997; this series provides young children, their parents, grandparents & great grandparents the opportunity to enjoy professional live theater in Memorial Hall.

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

Productions in the 2018-2019 season include the recent comedic juggling performance of Playing By Air on November 18. 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.

Additional sponsors for DCCA’s Family Theatre Series include Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne HealthCare, Greenville Rotary Club, Wes & Patti Jetter, and Family Health. The series also receives support from DCCA memberships. The Ohio Arts Council, John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia Schaurer Memorial also provide operating support for DCCA.

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

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2018-2019 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at

Monday, December 3, 2018

MVCTC Natural Resources Program Gains Valuable Experience at Cox Arboretum MetroPark

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Senior MVCTC, Natural Resources program, visited Cox Arboretum
MetroPark’s Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture and
worked with the Director of Five Rivers MetroParks Hardwood Reforestation
Project. Left to right -  Trinity Konwiczka (Mississinawa Valley),
Clayton Simpson (Valley View), and Devin Lanier (Carlisle).
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) senior Natural Resources program visited Cox Arboretum MetroPark’s Barbara Cox Center for Sustainable Horticulture in late October. The students worked with the director of Five Rivers MetroParks Hardwood Reforestation Project. The goal of this project is to collect seeds, germinate and cultivate Oaks, Hickory, and other native hardwood species. Five Rivers MetroParks is committed to reforestation of parklands suffering from loss of Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer and the conversation of fields back to hardwood forests.

MVCTC students assisted MetroPark staff in cleaning Wahoo seeds and planting White Oak seeds. These seeds will be cold hardened in refrigerators at the center. The Natural Resources students will return in the spring to help transplant Oak seedlings. These trees will be planted at Carriage Hill and Medlar View MetroParks and the FRMP Wetland Mitigation Bank, reshaping our local parks to provide prime habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for park visitors for many years to come.

Senior Natural Resources student Wes Hoening (Northmont) stated, “It was a really cool visit. We toured the park and learned a great deal.”

Natural Resource student and current MVCTC FFA President, Trinity Konwiczka (Mississinawa Valley) added, “We split up into two groups and had some great learning experiences that included tree identification and analysis of the data we collected.”

In the MVCTC Natural Resource Management program, students will use the classroom, laboratory and outside fieldwork experiences to prepare for employment and advancement in the environmental engineering and natural resource management fields. Students develop skills working on our campus 50-acre land lab, stocked pond, 2-acre wetland, and aquaculture production facility. Students will study fisheries and wildlife management, equipment operation, and habitat restoration.

For more information on the opportunities offered at MVCTC, please visit

Second National Bank Sponsors DCCA Special Holiday Event THE TEXAS TENORS in Deep In The Heart of Christmas

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Photo  -  Todd Durham, VP/ Trust & Investments Officer and Antonia Baker, Assistant Trust & Investments Officer of Second National Bank with Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. SNB is an Impresario Sponsor for the 2018-2019 DCCA  Season including the upcoming Special Event The Texas Tenors in Deep in the Heart of Christmas.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Second National Bank as an Impresario sponsor of the 2018-2019 Celebrating 40 Years season, including the upcoming Special Event The Texas Tenors in Deep in the Heart of Christmas. The award-winning trio, a top four finalist in the fourth season of America’s Got Talent and the highest ranking vocal group in the entire history of the show, combine country, classical, and pop influences in their highly popular performances which attract enthusiastic crowds around the nation. Their popularity is reflected locally as only a few single tickets remain for this special event. The show will be at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, in Greenville, on Sunday, December 9th at 7 p.m. Second National Bank also supports DCCA’s Irish Wave FUNdraiser and Family Theatre Series, which benefit Darke County youth and their families.

“Second National Bank’s sponsorship provides a variety of opportunities for all members of the community to learn and grow through participating in the arts,“ stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. “DCCA appreciates SNB’s commitment to the community through supporting events that help make Darke County a great place to live.”

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series was inaugurated in 1997, presenting three shows each season, the goal of the series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, and encourage the expression of creativity. Productions in the 2018-2019 season include the recent comedic juggling performance of Playing By Air on November 18. 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.

DCCA's Irish Wave FUNdraiser celebrates the rich traditions of the Emerald Isle, escape to an evening of unique Irish fare and craft beers for the tasting, featuring music by returning favorite Lone Raven, at the Montage, Friday, March 15th.

Tickets are on sale for all upcoming DCCA events. To purchase tickets and for more information on DCCA and the 2018-2019 Celebrating 40 Years season visit their website at or contact the DCCA office at 937-547-0908.

The Y’s Fourth Annual Breakfast With Santa is coming up!

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Santa himself will be at the YMCA of Darke County’s
Breakfast with Santa! Don’t miss a chance to visit him!
This year we will have this fun event at both YMCA of Darke County branches. Santa will be in Versailles on Saturday, December 1, and in Greenville on Saturday, December 15.

Last year, more than 150 people attended the event in Greenville, which features a pancake and sausage breakfast, holiday-themed crafts and games, story time with Mrs. Claus, and a visit with Santa. Remember to bring a camera to capture photos with Santa!

Tickets for this event are $5 for children and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the YMCA Welcome Center or at the YMCA Child Development Center, or at the door the day of the event. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00am and the event will continue until 11:00am.

For more information about this event, contact the YMCA at 548-3777 in Greenville, or 523-4488 in Versailles.

Styles on Main in Versailles donates to Cancer Association of Darke County

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On October 27, 2018, Styles on Main, Versailles, Ohio held a Blow Out Cancer event. Patrons were asked to make a donation to the Cancer Association of Darke County for a Blow Out and Style. Patrons were given appetizers, refreshments and a goodie bag. The total donation collected was $700.00

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.) Volunteer drivers are needed on occasion to take patients to their treatments. The drivers and are reimbursed at 25 cents a mile. If you would like to volunteer your services, just call the office.

Red Cross Collecting Coffee for Area VA Hospitals & VA offices

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Launching new program called Java for G.I.s

Across our community this week, families will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, spend time with family and friends and take time to give thanks and share with each other what matters most. Please consider, remember and give thanks for the men and women of the United States Military, who bravely serve everyday. Your Red Cross is inviting the public to participate in a project to support those who are serving and those who have served, by donating cans of coffee to the “Java for G.I.s program. These donated cans, which, in turn, will be given to area veterans’ facilities.

The coffee is being collected now through the end of December and will be delivered to the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospitals (which is where our veterans go for treatment, Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, as well as VA subsidiaries in Springfield, Piqua, Sidney and, Greenville.

The public can drop off coffee at any of these locations from 8:30 to 4:30:

  • NMVO Troy office: 1314 Barnhart Rd. Troy OH
  • NMVO Springfield office: 1830 N Limestone, Springfield, OH
  • NMVO Greenville office: 130 Martz Street, Greenville, OH
  • Sidney Daily News: 1451 N Vandemark, Sidney, OH

“A cup of coffee, might not be what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving,” explained Lynne Gump, Executive Director, American Red Cross, “But there will be many Veterans that will be thankful that they were in your thoughts, remembered their service and treated them to a cup of Java”.

The Red Cross is tasked by its Congressional Charter to provide services to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. Our Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) Department offers Resiliency Training, Preparedness Training, Emergency Communications Services and support to military hospitals and veterans’ facilities. “Java for G.I.s is a companion piece to the more substantive SAF services we provide,” said Andy Guidugli, Regional Services to the Armed Forces Director. “It’s a way for us to make personal connections with our veterans and show our appreciation over a simple cup of coffee—a small, yet meaningful gesture. As a veteran myself, I understand the importance of knowing that our service to our country hasn’t been forgotten.”

In the Spring, the Red Cross will host hospitality sessions at the VA facilities where volunteers can spend time with our veterans sharing fellowship over a cup of coffee. “This is my favorite aspect of this program,” said Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Regional CEO Stephanie Byrd. “Red Cross volunteers, many of them who are veterans themselves, will gather with vets for coffee and conversation. We’ll also invite high school students, giving them an opportunity to participate in a meaningful public service experience.”

Cans and bags of ground coffee, as well as individual serving coffee and k-cups are accepted.

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