Monday, January 14, 2019

Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve

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No school on January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Register your child for Darke County Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. “Forts, Fire and Food” will begin at 10am and end at 2pm. Children from kindergarten through 6th. grade are invited to spend the day exploring the park, building forts, tracking, hiking, fire-starting and cooking over a roaring campfire. Park naturalists will lead your children through the activities, crafts and more while enjoying the day off school. The fee for the day is only $15 and can be made by cash or check upon registration. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather, as the majority of this camp will be spent outdoors. Please register by calling Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165 or

Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its annual Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala on Saturday, January 26th at the Tipp City Eagles (2nd floor) located at 202 E. Main St, Tipp City. TCAAC members and guests will enjoy several stations of heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with an evening filled with casino-style games. Game winnings can be used to bid on items donated by local artists, community members and businesses. Auction and raffle items will include original pieces of art, as well as, themed gift baskets, tickets and gift certificates to local events and businesses. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Cocktail hour will commence at 6:00 PM; a cash bar will be available. Games will begin at 7:00 PM with raffles and an art auction following. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by January 24th. You may purchase your ticket online at or mail your check to Tipp City Area Arts Council, Box 74, Tipp City, OH 45371. Make checks payable to Tipp City Area Arts Council. You may also pay at the door. Casual or dressy casual attire is acceptable! All monies made at this event go to support our scholarship and children’s awards funds. You can help TCAAC celebrate their 10th year and their endeavors to support the arts in our community while enjoying a night out on the town at Wager on the Arts! We hope that you will join us!

EMT scholarship opportunities available to area locals

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Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced another round of scholarship opportunities to those interested in becoming an emergency medical technician. However, this time the classes will be offered at either Celina or Van Wert instead of Greenville.

Starting today through January 28, 2019, at 6 p.m., Spirit will again accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed field training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Human Resource Assistant Andrea Cahill at

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by a member of the Spirit Human Resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place the week of January 28th at Spirit’s Celina office located at 316 Portland Street, Celina. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. February 1, 2019. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Depending on the location of where most successful applicants live, will determine if the classes will be held at the Celina or Van Wert office of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC. Classes will be held five days a week starting February 25th through April 19tht. Scott Kaminski of Four County Career Center will serve as lead instructor for the class, while Mike Woodford and Scott Wolf of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, will serve as secondary instructors.

Company officials say the program offered by Spirit is unique, while mutually beneficial.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 50 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program. Last August, the company expanded its scholarship program to its working EMT’s, offering them a paramedic scholarship program. There are currently ten Spirit EMT’s in a 14-month paramedic program that will end in October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center.

“We are focused on making Spirit Medical Transport a place where people come to work, learn, and grow in their EMS career,” said Spirit President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Many of the people who have gone through our EMT program have come to love working in this career field. Many of the recipients of the program have shared that becoming an EMT is a dream come true for them that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.”

Hathaway said this scholarship opportunity is slightly different from ones that have been offered in the past.

“For the first time since the scholarship program started, we have looked to change the location of where this class will be held,” Hathaway explained. “There has been an increased calling for our services in the northern Ohio region combined with an increased interest of individuals in this area. Based upon this, we have chosen to change the location of the classes this time around to better accommodate the needs and interests of our new applicants.”

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas. Company officials also provide transportation assistance to successful applicants who may not live near the class location, but still have an interest in taking advantage of the scholarship opportunity.

2019-2020 Small Game and Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council

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COLUMBUS, OH – The 2019-2020 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Notable changes among the proposals include providing an opportunity to increase the daily bag limit of walleye, sauger or saugeye, in Lake Erie when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish. Each year, a total allowable catch is determined for walleye by the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The proposed bag limit increase would be from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River. (The four fish daily bag limit would remain in place in this river.) This proposed change would become effective in 2020.

Other notable proposals included modifying waterfowl bag limits by decreasing the brant and pintail daily bag limit from three to one and two to one, respectively; modifying annual shooting range permit fees to provide a savings to shooters when purchased at the same time as annual resident hunting licenses; and modifying the age requirements for youth hunting seasons so they are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This will provide for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.

Additional proposed rule changes included exempting nonresident anglers under the age of 16 from being required to obtain a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit; allowing hunters to carry a printed or electronic version of their spring turkey, fall turkey, or deer permit(s); and removing Mosquito Reservoir from the list of ODNR Division of Wildlife properties where permits are issued for the construction of waterfowl hunting blinds, providing more access to hunters. For a complete list of all proposed changes, please visit the Winter 2019 Proposed Rule Summary at

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

Open houses to receive public comments about hunting, trapping and fishing regulations and other wildlife issues will be held on Saturday, March 2. Open houses will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District One, District Two, District Three and District Four offices, as well as the Greene County Fish and Game Association clubhouse in Xenia.

Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at beginning on Thursday, Feb. 14. Directions to the open houses can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 21, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215.

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

Edison State and Hobart Institute Partner to Offer Welding Technology Degree

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Charlie Carpenter (L), Director of Skill Education at Hobart Institute
of Welding Technology, and Dr. Tony Human (R), Dean of Professional and
Technical Programs at Edison State meet on behalf of the two
institutions entering a consortium agreement
Edison State Community College and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (Hobart Institute) have entered a consortium agreement, making it easier than ever before for students enrolled in Hobart Institute Accredited Welding Programs to continue on the path to an associate degree at Edison State.

Building upon a twenty-year partnership, the institutions’ latest agreement facilitates the transfer of credit from the Hobart Institute to Edison State for students who wish to pursue an Associate of Technical Studies (A.T.S.) in Welding Technology.

“We are pleased to bolster our partnership with Hobart Institute in which we provide educational opportunities to students from both institutions and strengthen their future work-based learning and employment opportunities,” said Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs at Edison State.

Dependent upon the students’ career goals, the institutions support three pathways of completion. Students have the option to work toward an A.T.S. in Welding Technology, with a focus on Management, Manufacturing, or Quality.

Students enrolled in the program may apply up to 30 credit hours from Hobart Institute toward one of the ATS degrees now offered at Edison State. The remaining balance of coursework required at Edison State may be completed online or in person in as little as one year.

“We feel it is important to provide our students with a multitude of opportunities once they graduate,” said Charlie Carpenter, Director of Skill Education at the Hobart Institute. “Our team does a great job with career assistance, and we believe partnering with Edison State can help expand the opportunities for our graduates interested in further education. We are excited about the partnership and believe Edison State is a great option for our graduates seeking further education.”

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, employment of professionals in the welding career field is projected to experience a 6-percent growth from 2016 to 2026. Welders will be sought to aid in the nation’s aging infrastructure which will require the expertise of welders to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. In 2017, professionals in this career field earned an average of $19.35 per hour or $40,240 per year.

The Associate of Technical Studies in Welding Technology degrees is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized with the highest order attainable by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges.

For more information about the degree pathways offered, call 937.778.8600 and ask to speak with a resource specialist.

2018 eFields Research Report Released January 9th

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High quality, relevant information is key to making the right management decisions for your farm. The eFields program at The Ohio State University was created to provide local information about critical issues for Ohio agriculture. The 2018 eFields Research Report highlighting 95 on-farm, field scale trials conducted in 25 Ohio counties will be released on January 9th. Research topics include nutrient management, precision seeding, crop management, soil compaction management, remote sensing, and data analysis and management. To help identify trial locations that are similar to your operation, each study includes information about weather, soil types, and management practices. Additionally, economic analysis was added to select trials this year. QR codes that link to videos featuring the researchers and partner farmers are available in the report.

The 2018 report is now available in both a print and e-version. To receive a printed copy, contact your local OSU Extension office or email The e-version can be viewed and downloaded at

The eFields team has planned four regional results meetings to discuss local results and gather information about research interests for 2019. There is no cost to attend; for more information or to register for a meeting, visit Please plan to join us for the meeting nearest you:

  • Southwest Region: February 13th, 9AM-12PM, Wilmington
  • Northwest Region: February 20th, 9AM-12PM, Wauseon
  • East Region: February 27th, 5-8:30PM, Massillon
  • West Central Region: February 28th, 9AM-12PM, Piqua

We would like to sincerely thank all of our 2018 collaborating farms and industry partners. The eFields team enjoys working with each of you and we are looking forward to continuing to learn together in 2019.

Follow our social media @OhioStatePA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, Digital Ag Download (, to keep up with the eFields program throughout the year. For more information on how to get involved in eFields in 2019, contact Elizabeth Hawkins at

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.

Friday, January 11, 2019

January at the Arcanum Public Library

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It’s a brand new year, and the Arcanum Public Library can help you get off on the right foot. Come in to find a book to help you get organized, start an exercise routine, plan healthy meals, learn a new hobby, and lots more. Patrons can utilize the computers to start genealogical research or work on homework. Need a great story to read or movie to watch during a cold spell? The library is the place to go.

The library has several programs planned for January. StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and more. Kids in grade school can come to SPARK after school on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45 to play games, meet with friends, and learn something new.

On Thursday, January 24, the Winery at Versailles will be giving an informative presentation about wine at 6:30. Registration is required for this educational event and patrons are asked to call or come in to the library to sign up.

The adult winter reading challenge has begun and will and run through March 31st. Each title a patron reads will be an entry to monthly drawings and a grand prize. Come in to the library for details and to get an entry log sheet.

Patrons can call the library for more information at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 14,000 Deer during Ohio's Muzzleloader Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.

Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.

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.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters using muzzleloaders during the four-day deer-muzzleloader season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for this year’s season, and last year’s numbers are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 284 (208); Allen: 56 (57); Ashland: 278 (204); Ashtabula: 310 (316); Athens: 359 (351); Auglaize: 61 (57); Belmont: 254 (306); Brown: 235 (159); Butler: 97 (93); Carroll: 363 (348); Champaign: 92 (60); Clark: 60 (47); Clermont: 178 (109); Clinton: 67 (63); Columbiana: 240 (292); Coshocton: 485 (487); Crawford: 93 (51); Cuyahoga: 1 (2); Darke: 54 (28); Defiance: 147 (91); Delaware: 79 (62); Erie: 43 (42); Fairfield: 144 (156); Fayette: 34 (29); Franklin: 37 (34); Fulton: 43 (40); Gallia: 203 (176); Geauga: 71 (102); Greene: 57 (51); Guernsey: 434 (463); Hamilton: 41 (34); Hancock: 70 (59); Hardin: 115 (101); Harrison: 326 (346); Henry: 48 (25); Highland: 219 (203); Hocking: 264 (358); Holmes: 330 (278); Huron: 175 (121); Jackson: 236 (218); Jefferson: 164 (182); Knox: 397 (328); Lake: 23 (31); Lawrence: 127 (83); Licking: 416 (363); Logan: 140 (127); Lorain: 138 (136); Lucas: 27 (28); Madison: 37 (21); Mahoning: 127 (138); Marion: 61 (49); Medina: 154 (104); Meigs: 338 (310); Mercer: 45 (28); Miami: 38 (45); Monroe: 214 (255); Montgomery: 31 (29); Morgan: 297 (366); Morrow: 133 (93); Muskingum: 455 (481); Noble: 263 (265); Ottawa: 35 (27); Paulding: 89 (69); Perry: 229 (240); Pickaway: 74 (55); Pike: 169 (168); Portage: 119 (112); Preble: 77 (69); Putnam: 27 (21); Richland: 269 (247); Ross: 257 (237); Sandusky: 63 (56); Scioto: 174 (168); Seneca: 117 (98); Shelby: 70 (60); Stark: 209 (166); Summit: 32 (38); Trumbull: 190 (216); Tuscarawas: 467 (396); Union: 79 (52); Van Wert: 32 (20); Vinton: 210 (255); Warren: 71 (82); Washington: 337 (344); Wayne: 194 (157); Williams: 111 (89); Wood: 51 (53); Wyandot: 108 (84).

Total: 14,168 (13,268).

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

Emergency Operations Plan for Greenville City Schools

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Twelve professionals met on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 in the Anna Bier room at Memorial Hall to review, discuss and update the Emergency Operations Plan for the Greenville School District. Lieuteant Eric Roberts from the Greenville Police Department with present School Resource Officers Jesse Osswald and Ryan Borowske and future School Resource Officer (SRO) Darren Fox were in attendance. Representing the Greenville Fire Department was Assistant Chief Shannon Fritz. Representing the Darke County Emergency Management Agency was Josh Haney. Doug Fries, Stan Hughes, Andrea Townsend, Chris Mortenson, Rhonda Schaar and Jeff Cassell represented Greenville City Schools. Greenville City Schools updated the plan at the end of last school year and it was approved on June 21, 2018 with the addition of ALICE concepts with our Active Shooter section. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. These are strategies to use depending on the situation at hand.

The ALICE trainings were started at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year with an opening day presentation by Joe Hendry, a National Trainer and an expert consultant to the Ohio Department of Homeland Security for civilian response to active shooter incidents. After the opening day session, Mr. Henry along with Greenville City Staff conducted training exercises with different scenarios. Following this training, all staff with the exception of the bus drivers completed an online training session with ALICE. This training continued again this year with a refresher for returning staff and initial training for new staff and bus drivers. The bus drivers also did the online training, specific to their work. During the summer of 2017, three administrators were trained with ALICE Train the Trainer in northeast Ohio. This past summer, two more administrators were trained. Eight teachers have been trained this year and five more adninistrators will be trainied in June.

During the meeting on December 11, 2018, the group discussed “rally” and “reunification” locations if we need to evacuate GHS, K-8, or Memorial Hall. Building rally locations are where students and staff would go if they need to evacuate a building. Reunification location is a location that students would be transported to meet with family after an incident. This information is confidential so that the general public does not know our plan and could compromise it. We also discussed the use of door jamming devices with pros and cons and the process that is required to use them. In addition, we talked about the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training for staff and administrators. There are three courses online and a few more in the classroom. The NIMS classroom courses will be done by our SROs. The online courses are in addition to ALICE Trainings and they are focused with Incident Command Systems. The new Emergency Operations Plans are due and will be submitted to The Ohio Department of Education by February 3, 2019.

Submitted by Jeffrey S. Cassell, Director of Administrative Services

Trash Dumping Costs Taxpayers

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Each year the Darke County Park District is forced to spend over $1,000 in taxpayers’ money to clean up and remove trash dumped on park property. Recently Turkeyfoot Preserve on Bishop Road, just south of Greenville off State Route 121, was the victim of yet another dumping. A pile of trash was dumped near the parking area. This dumping was in direct violation of not only Darke County Park District rules and regulations, but also of the Ohio Revised Code. It is illegal to dump trash, household goods, yard waste, construction materials, or other refuse on park property.

Each time an issue like this arises, every attempt is made to locate, charge, and prosecute the person responsible. Director of the Darke County Park District, Roger Van Frank said, “We need the general public’s help in matters like this. If you see any suspicious activity in the parks during business hours, please call the Nature Center at 548-0165 or the Darke County Sherriff’s office after hours at 548-2020.” Van Frank continued saying that “tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible may carry a reward.”

As a reminder, the Darke County Park District, in conjunction with the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, is offering their Christmas Tree Recycling program again through Thursday, January 17th. Please bring your live, undecorated trees to Shawnee Prairie Preserve and follow the signs to the drop off location.

The Darke County Park District requests that if anyone has information on this trash dumping to please contact the park office at 548-0165.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Library Open House for John Vehre

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Please join us Friday at Greenville Public Library on January 18th from 3:00 to 6:00 for an Open House in honor of Director John Vehre’s retirement. John had been director since 1991 and accomplished many major undertakings such as the building expansion and renovation in 2007 and the passing of our levy in 2010. Cards would be appreciated!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Asks Us All to Make the Big Resolution

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January is National Mentoring Month, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors, “Bigs”, and also recruiting volunteers.

Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthfully, hit the gym more often. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is changing that story and asking: What if this year, you could resolve to something more important, more impactful? What if you could make a resolution worth keeping, one that inspires more resolutions? In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is asking people in our local communities to resolve to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.

“Bettering yourself in the new year is a great goal,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Executive Direction, Jennifer Bruns, “but we know people are also thinking about how to better their community and how to make sure that when they reflect on the year, they know they made a difference.”

Currently, there are 20 children in Shelby County and 8 children in Darke County waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and the only way to ensure they have someone to inspire them to reach their potential is for more adults to step up and volunteer to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Being a Big means committing to spending a few hours a month with a young person doing things that you love to do, like playing basketball, visiting the library, or learning how to cook.

On social media, local residents can get involved by following Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Throughout the month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is encouraging followers to tag a friend who would be a great Big Brother or Big Sister, using the hashtag #TheBigResolution. Visit to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way partner agency. If you would like to become a volunteer, event sponsor, donor, or learn more about how you can defend the potential of youth in our community, contact your local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

January Events at Bradford Public Library

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The New Year has finally arrived and the staff at BPL are busy planning some great events for the coming year. Please visit our website at, like us on FaceBook, call the staff at 937-448-2612 or just stop by and see us to find out more about these upcoming events.

Ready to get in shape in the New Year? Cardio Drumming will be offered on Monday evenings from 7-8:00 PM and Wednesday mornings from 9-10:00. The classes are free, you supply your own equipment. A yoga stability ball, a large garden tub and a pair of drumsticks are all you need! Total cost can be less than $30 for all three items. You can even substitute a laundry basket and cut down a dowel rod to save on cost. Sign-ups are available now. Current classes will run through February.

Our Preschool Story Hour is back for a six week session. Children who are at least three years old but have not started Kindergarten are able to participate. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to stay and help with our engaging hands-on activities, songs, crafts, games and of course, lots of stories! Children must be signed up in advance, space is limited to 12 children per session. If you miss this six week session, you can always sign up for the next one! Our Story Hour is taught by Mrs. Candice Skinner.

Our American Girl Party will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 10:30-noon. Sign-ups are full for this special day for our young ladies and their dolls! Stop by before then to see some of the dolls and doll furniture we have on display! If you are signed up, please be at the library before 10:30 so we can start on time. Bring along your favorite doll…you might even want to dress alike for your photo booth picture! Games, snacks, crafts and door prizes will make this a day your young lady will not soon forget. There will be no walk-ins the day of the event since supplies have been purchased already. We appreciate your cooperation with this.

Our telescope is available to check out, please see our staff for more information about this exciting opportunity for Bradford Cardholders! Crisp winter evenings can allow for some amazing star gazing! Bradford Public Library has also acquired an IMac computer and HP inkjet printer with a grant from the Miami County Foundation in 2017. This powerful computer can be used by our adult patrons any time. Apple computers are known for their easy to use photo and video editing. Come in to see how this can help with your videos and pictures for special events such as weddings and graduations parties. New laptop computers will be available soon for adult patron use throughout the library thanks to a grant from the Miami County Foundation in 2018. We also have six newer Chromebooks for student use.

Regularly scheduled events at the Library include the GRO garden club, meeting the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30; Cozy Hen Quilt Club meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30; STEAM workshop for Homeschoolers grades 1-8 the second Thursday from 10:15-11:30; Knit and Crochet group meets the fourth Tuesday at 6:30; Weekly non-denominational Bible Study meets Sunday evenings at 6:00; the Sisters-n-Spirit Book Club meets the 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:00 AM and our Board of Trustees meet the 4th Monday of every month at 5:30.

Please call or stop by for more information about any of our events!

Maria Stein Shrine to Host St. Dymphna Prayer Service

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (January 7, 2019) – Prayer to ask the help of Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of those suffering from neurological and mental health conditions, will take place on Sunday, January 27, in the Adoration Chapel at Maria Stein. The service begins at 2:00 p.m. It is open to the public, especially those who personally suffer from, are concerned about, and give care to those suffering from these conditions. The service will include a prayer, song, testimonials and veneration of the relic of Saint Dymphna. Refreshments and a short social period will follow.

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

Soup, Glorious Soup Event to be hosted at Coldwater Public Library

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Arcanum Faith Food Pantry receives donation from Community of Faith Church

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Left to right: Margaret Craig, Faith Food Pantry Chairman and Sharon Troutwine, Faith Food Pantry Volunteer with food donations.
Arcanum - Faith United Methodist Church thankfully accepted bags and bags of non-perishable food for their Food Pantry. This wonderful Christmas gift was donated by the Community of Faith Church, also located in Arcanum, under the new leadership of Pastor Justin Wiegard.

Faith United Methodist Church is a mission-minded church located at 101 East South Street, Arcanum, with weekly services at 10:00 a.m. and Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” on Friday, January 18 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “DCCA invites our community to shrug off the chill of winter and join us for a warm and wonderful evening of fun,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.

Music will be provided by Deron Bell and his “Jazz For You” band, a group that has earned a large local following. “Deron and the band are extremely skilled musicians who love to play, and are dedicated to making sure that their audience has a good time,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. The band’s performance is sponsored by Geoff and Jessie Surber and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

“A Taste of Wine and Jazz” offers an inviting ambiance for enjoying a variety of wines in a comfortable social setting; additionally, Montage proprietors Aaron and Michelle Cox will provide an exciting array of hors d’oeuvres to complement the wine selections. “This is truly an amazing party for a good cause; whether you attend with a group of friends or arrive alone, you’ll leave feeling glad you came,” Ms. Jordan stated. Funds raised are directed towards DCCA programming, including the organization’s Arts In Education series which presents high quality artists who perform for students in every grade of all local public schools.

Seating is limited for this highly popular event, which is already nearly sold out. "Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” are $40 each, and can bepurchased online at or by contacting the DCCA office (937) 547-0908.

Edison Foundation Raises Over $70K for Student Scholarships

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Lucky Chops performs in front of an audience of over 320 at the Edison Foundation’s 21st annual Holiday Evening at Edison State.
The Edison Foundation held the 21st annual Holiday Evening at Edison State on Wednesday, November 28, raising over $70,000 for student scholarships. The evening featured high-energy brass funk band Lucky Chops as the headlining entertainment.

Over 320 guests attended the annual gala, where they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, the company of others, and great music, all while supporting countless students in the upcoming academic year with scholarships.

While known for their popularity among students, the Lucky Chops’ performance proved to be a crowd pleaser, complete with original material, covers, mashups, and a holiday hit. The band performed the classic holiday hit “Silent Night,” a cover of Arianna Grande’s “Problem,” a mashup of Lipps Inc.’s “Funky Town” and James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” along with original hits “Buyo,” “Miami,” and “Behroozi” to name a few.

The band’s trombonist, Josh Holcomb expressed to the audience the positive impact that scholarships had made on his and other bandmembers’ lives while attending school in New York City and thanked them for supporting such a worthy cause.

“It was an honor to present the creativity and musicianship of the Lucky Chops to our community of Edison State supporters,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Edison Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund, which directly assists recent high school graduates and those returning to the classroom to start, change or advance their careers.

“The scholarship dollars raised as a result of the Holiday Evening at Edison State not only directly impact our students, but they contribute to the overall morale of Edison State employees as a tangible act of support for our daily work to educate students and help them fulfill their dreams,” added Larson.

“I am amazed each year with the level of generosity in our community to promote higher education.”

Also contributing to the success of the event was the evening’s co-chair, Stan Evans, of Tipp City.

“What better way to kick off the holiday season – than by attending this event – and giving from the heart,” said Evans. “This event helps to fund the many scholarships that The Edison Foundation and the College award each year.”

“The level of sponsorship beginning with our presenting sponsors, Edison State Community College, Emerson and Premier Health–Upper Valley Medical Center, all the way through individual ticket sales of the evening makes these scholarships possible.”

Holiday Evening at Edison State includes past performances by John Tesh, Tim Janis, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Harry Connick, Sr., Marvin Hamlisch, Australia’s The Ten Tenors, Straight No Chaser, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinson.

To learn more about Holiday Evening and view a slideshow of the evening’s proceedings and attendees, visit

U.S. Bank Foundation contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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Jennifer Bruns (left), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby &
Darke County's  Executive Director, receives a check from
Kim Doak, US Bank Branch Manager, for a grant from US Bank
Foundation to help with their Career Quest program.
U.S. Bank recently awarded a Community Possible grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to assist with its Career Quest program. Career Quest is a partnership with Sidney High School’s Opportunity School and offers one-to-one mentoring for youth to develop hope, build skills, and prepare for future careers in the community. Community Possible is the corporate giving and engagement platform at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home, and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home, and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation, and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving programs reached $58.4 million in 2017.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s Career Quest program 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. The program 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.

Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 60 students within its Career Quest program. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to expand and continue its Career Quest program at Sidney High School.

U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $465 billion in assets as of September 30, 2018, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when, and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news. For more information regarding U.S. Bank’s Community Possible grants, visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to for more information. The Career Quest program is still in need of at least ten volunteers.

Western Ohio Agronomy Day

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The 2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Monday, January 14th at St. Michael’s Hall in Fort Loramie. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8 a.m. with a marketing update from Cargill and Sunrise Cooperative at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the program including Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the one-hour Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Training for those who are already certified to apply commercial fertilizers will begin. In addition, Certified Crop Advisor CEUs (NM, SW, IPM, CM, and S) and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits (Core, 2A, and 2C) have been approved. The program will conclude at 4 p.m.

Once again, Purdue’s Dr. Fred Whitford will be there, this time to talk about “Mixing Chemicals: Is there a right order?” Also presenting will be Dr. Pierce Paul, OSU Plant Pathology on “Plant Diseases,” Dr. Kelley Tilmon, OSU Entomology with a “Field Crop Insect Update,” and Dr. Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension Educator addressing “Management of Key Weeds” and “Principles of Weed Management.” In addition, Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Dayton, OSU Research Scientist will be updating us on the “On-Field Ohio: Use Case for the Revised Ohio Phosphorus Risk Index” and Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension Educator will be talking about “Using Cover Crops to Manage No-Till Soil Fertility” and “Is Your Soil Alive?” Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins and Dennis Riethman (OSUE Mercer County) will be conducting the Fertilizer Applicator Recertification training.

The evening portion of the 2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at the VFW Post 4239 (I-75 at CR 25A, exit 94) in Sidney. This program will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a light supper and a marketing update from Cargill and Sunrise Cooperative personnel. We will be providing only Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits (Core and Categories 1, 2, and 6) and the one-hour Fertilizer Applicator Recertification Training; no Commercial Pesticide or CCA credits. These trainings will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will be conducted by OSU Extension personnel.

You can find a copy of our “tentative” schedule for both events at The registration fee varies based on credits needed: $30 for the Private or Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification, $10 for the Fertilizer Applicator Recertification, $10 for CCAs and for those coming just for the Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Lots of Information!! Contact the Shelby County Extension office at 937.498.7239 or email Debbie Brown at by January 3rd to make your reservation. Be sure to indicate which program you wish to attend (daytime or evening) and what credits you need.

Sponsors for the 2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day (to date!) include A.G. Boogher & Son, Inc. (Wapakoneta), Fertilizer Dealer Supply (Anna), From the Ground Up Ag Service, LLC (Anna), Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed (Jackson Center and Pemberton), New Ag Horizons (Minster), Lena Ag Center (Conover), Farm Credit Mid-America (Versailles), Precision Agri-Services – Planter and Technology Service (Minster), Ohio Soybean Council, Otte Ag, LLC (Maria Stein), Koenig Equipment (Anna), Cargill (Sidney), Seed Consultants (Maria Stein and other), Precision Agri-Services, Inc. (Minster), Ohio Corn and Wheat (Delaware), and Shelby County Farm Bureau. Thank You for your support!!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust supports Empowering programs

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GREENVILLE - The Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust recently presented a check to Empowering Darke County Youth, supporting its Summer and After School Tutoring programs. President of the trust, Dianna Wagner, made the presentation to Empowering Treasurer, Lyn Bliss. The Empowering Board, program volunteers and the students benefitting from the programs are extremely appreciative of the support.

The Trust began in 1990, with distributions made for the public benefit of residents of the Greenville, Ohio area. Grants are made annually in June and December from the Trust’s interest income. Trust Fund members include Wagner, Jennifer Bish, Dr. Michael Fourman, Scott Zumbrink and Becky Jenkinson.

The Empowering After School Program resumes Jan. 14 following the Christmas break. At this time, there are over 100 students, grades kindergarten through eight, actively participating in the program. Since 2016, Empowering tutors and volunteers have worked more than 10,000 hours with over 450 students.

As the program continues to grow, so does its needs. Donations may be sent to Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio. Adult volunteers are needed, as are snacks and supplies. If you would like more information on how you can help, email or message Facebook.

New Madison Public Library - Winter Reading & Trustee Meetings

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The New Madison Public Library will kick off its Winter Reading Program for readers ages 18 and above on Jan. 7. Readers will earn entries into a prize drawing by reading books or a combination of books, magazines, and attendance at Library programs. Prizes are provided through the generosity of The Friends of NMPL and other donors. The program will end on Feb. 15. Stop in today for your guidelines, suggested reading, and an entry form.

The New Madison Public Library Board of Trustees will hold their Organizational Meeting on Mon. Jan. 14, 2019, at 5:00 PM at the library. Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00 unless otherwise noted. The public is always welcomed.

Greenville Art Guild Acrylic Workshop January 12

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Is your New Year's resolution to try your hand at painting? Here is your chance! A great way to start a creative year is to register for the Greenville Art Guild's Acrylic Workshop on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 to 1:00 in the former junior high art room at the rear of Memorial Hall in Greenville. We are so excited that the Greenville Schools are letting us use this convenient and art friendly room with no stairs or elevators. The cost for the workshop is $20 and all supplies are provided. The Guild received a grant to cover the cost of the supplies, allowing this event to be reasonably priced. With the aid of grant money, the Guild is able to provide quality fine art instruction for our community at such a low cost. Therefore, this workshop is geared to newer artists or more experienced artists who want to try a new medium with little money invested. You will walk away with a painting and if you don't finish, you will be able to take a small palette of the acrylic paint with you that you have used at the workshop.

Our instructor, Caitlin Cartwright from Preble County describes her class as follows:

"This acrylic workshop will focus on color and paint application to elevate painting skills. Participants will be guided through a short interactive color theory session, learning how to mix colors for maximum effect. The teacher will then guide the participants in creating a beautiful birch painting that builds on color mixing. The class will also focus on application of acrylic paint to model shapes and create depth."

Register early for this exciting workshop as there is a limit of 20. This event is for adults of all ages. Please call Guild President, Marilyn Banks, at 937-423-0630 ASAP for more information or to register.

“Lunch & Learn” at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s “Lunch & Learn” for January will feature Karen Droesch, Diabetic educator and dietitian at Wayne HealthCare. The title of Karen’s presentation is “A New Look at Food in the New Year,” a very timely subject.

Karen explains “The new year is a great time to refocus on making healthy lifestyle choices which includes eating healthy. Food is needed for our body to properly function and is an enjoyable part of life. However, you do not always eat because you are hungry. You tend to eat when you are stressed, bored, angry, or sad. Mindful eating will help you to understand why you eat to help avoid extreme hunger and overeating.

Mastering the grocery store is another great way to make sure you are choosing healthy food options. Join us as we discuss these topics to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

Lunch starts at noon on Wednesday January 16th at the Library. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915. If you would like the boxed lunch from the Coffee Pot let us know. It costs $5 and includes a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own or just come for the program!

Andrew Fernandez Joins Hanes Law Group

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Andrew L. Fernandez recently joined the Hanes Law Group, Ltd. as an associate. Andrew graduated from the Ohio State University with cum laude honors obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a customer relations specialist in BMW North America’s Customer Relations Department. Andrew worked with BMW dealerships and the corporate office to address and resolve customer issues and concerns.

Desiring to pursue a legal career, Andrew attended the University of Cincinnati Law School from the Fall of 2015 to the Spring of 2018. While attending law school, Andrew was a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review as a blog contributor and later served as a blog editor. Andrew obtained his Juris Doctor Degree in May of 2018 and graduated with cum laude honors. He passed the Ohio State Bar Examination and was sworn in as a licensed attorney on November 11, 2018.

Andrew is excited to begin his legal practice in Darke County.

Hanes Law Group, Ltd., whose members include Thomas H. Graber, II, Thomas L. Guillozet, Paul E. Wagner, Matthew J. Pierron, and Andrew L. Fernandez, has two offices: 507 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio; 207 East Main Street, Versailles, Ohio. Areas of practice include: civil litigation, criminal defense, probate, estate planning, real estate, domestic relations, bankruptcy, and employment. Attorneys may be reached at (937) 548-1157 or (937) 526-3501 within the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

January at the Arcanum Public Library

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It’s a brand new year, and the Arcanum Public Library can help you get off on the right foot. Come in to find a book to help you get organized, start an exercise routine, plan healthy meals, learn a new hobby, and lots more. Patrons can utilize the computers to start genealogical research or work on homework. Need a great story to read or movie to watch during a cold spell? The library is the place to go.

The library has several programs planned for January. StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and more. Kids in grade school can come to SPARK after school on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45 to play games, meet with friends, and learn something new.

There will be an adult coloring session on Tuesday, January 15 at 4:00. Come in to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of coloring with other adults. No registration is required. The book club will be meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30. Newcomers are always welcome to join this lively group as they discuss the book of the month. This is also a drop-in program.

On Thursday, January 24, the Winery at Versailles will be giving an informative presentation about wine at 6:30. Registration is required for this educational event and patrons are asked to call or come in to the library to sign up.

The adult winter reading challenge is set to begin on January 7 and run through March 31st. Each title a patron reads will be an entry to monthly drawings and a grand prize. Come in to the library for details and to get an entry log sheet.

Patrons can call the library for more information at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Darke County will host some of the first blood drives of the inaugural Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the commemorative “Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month” t-shirt. Schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

CBC has an immediate need for blood donors to maintain the blood supply during the challenging holiday week and the start of the New Year. CBC is also emphasizing the strategic goals in 2019 of identifying and recruiting new platelet and plasma donors.

Donors can be a part of history by donating during Ohio’s first “Blood Donor Awareness Month.” The commemorative t-shirt shirt is grey with a red map of Ohio. It’s free when you register to donate at the Dayton CBC Donor Center or any CBC mobile blood drive. CBC is offering the commemorative shirt from Dec. 31 through March 2 so more donors will be eligible to receive it.

Blood donor and emergency room physician Rep. Steve Huffman from Tipp City sponsored the legislation to make January Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month. CBC played an important role in its passage by providing proponent testimony.

CBC is expanding the opportunity to donate platelets and plasma at select community blood drives. Platelets are the cells that control bleeding while plasma is the fluid that maintains blood pressure. Both are vital for the treatment of cancer, trauma, organ transplant, and burn patients. New platelet donors are in high demand, especially those with blood types A, AB, or B positive. Find out more at or talk to an apheresis specialist at (937) 461-3220.

Monday, January 7, 2019
Union City City Building
105 North Columbia Street, Union City, IN
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored by: Union City Lions Club
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Greenville Church of the Brethren
421 Central Ave., Greenville
12:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored by: Greater Greenville Ministerial Association
Appointments Encouraged!
Open to the Community

Volunteers Needed to Clean up WAA Wreaths at Greenville Union Cemetery

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The time has come to pick up the WAA wreaths that were placed at the Greenville Union Cemetery during the 2018 Wreaths Across America Day Remembrance Program.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting the removal of WAA wreaths. Volunteers are invited to participate in this annual WAA Project.The WAA Retirement Ceremony will be on Saturday January 19th at 9:00am followed by the removal of WAA wreaths at Greenville Union Cemetery.

This is a special opportunity to again honor those who have served our country. Each Veteran's name is spoken as the wreath is retired so that they may live on our hearts and memories for all they sacrificed. Make the WAA Wreath Project at Greenville Union Cemetery one of your family’s holiday traditions.

Volunteers are asked to pick up ONLY those WAA wreaths placed in December, leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place. It is recommended to wear gloves and bring a small cutting tool to cut zip ties. It is also suggested to bring a long stick, mop or broom handle to carry several wreaths at a time.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

City of Greenville Reminder: 4th & Sweitzer Street Continued Closure

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Submitted by Curt Garrison, Safety / Service Director

The Fourth/Sweitzer Street project may appear to be finished, but it is not. The project is still under way. Therefore, the road remains closed to through traffic.

Brumbaugh Construction, the contractor, does have the initial two layers of pavement, sidewalks, curbs and landscaping completed; however, we are still awaiting the installation of street lights and the final layer of asphalt.

Only local residents living within the immediate area (or local businesses) may use the road while it is still under construction.

We are very pleased with the progress that has been made thus far, and look forward to its final completion/opening in Spring 2019.

Arsenic & Old Lace at Library Film Series

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Arsenic & Old Lace, released in 1944 and directed by the great Frank Capra, is a screwball comedy film with a dark streak. Cary Grant plays Mortimer Brewster, a New York City writer who returns to the home of his aunts Abby and Martha on the day of his wedding. He accidentally discovers they've been ushering lonely old men to their eternal rest without a thought to the legal or moral ramifications of their machinations. Hilarity, of course, ensues.

Grant is perfect as the bemused and increasingly exasperated Mortimer, and Josephine Hull and Jean Adair portray the sweetest murdering old ladies you'll ever meet. Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton, Jack Carson, and Priscilla Lane round out a top comedic cast.

Join us on Tuesday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m., as we kick of the winter 2019 schedule for the Third Floor Film Series at Greenville Public Library with this comedic gem. 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.

Thanks for contributing to Fish Mitten Tree

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Dear Friends,

Thanks to the generous spirit of the people of our community, the Fish Mitten Tree has once again provided mittens and gloves to warm the hands and hearts of children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. This hearty demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas which lingers long beyond December 25th is very much appreciated.

Special gratitude is extended to Aaron and Michele Cox and their staff at Montage Cafe in Greenville and Dawn Arnett and crew at Arcanum's Fourman’s Variety Store who watched over the trees in their places of business, as well as to Holly Hill, Janet Ashworth, and others at the Brethren's Retirement Community who looked after the Mitten Tree at that facility. Also, thanks to the Darke County Commissioners who took time from their busy schedule to kick off the project, hanging the first mittens on the tree at Montage.

Many local churches, clubs, and organizations donated mittens, gloves, and more to the Mitten Tree; sincere thanks goes to these groups and the individuals who coordinated this generous involvement. Also, special recognition to the employees of King’s Command Foods in Versailles whose commitment to the project was essential to its ultimate success. Additionally, due to a significant monetary contribution from a generous Darke County native who now resides out-of-state but remains involved with helping others in her home community, each Head Start student received a copy of A Snowy Day, The Mitten, Owl Moon, or another wintry story book to take home for Christmas.

This successful project could not have been possible without the publicity provided by our local news outlets The Daily Advocate, The Early Bird,, and County News Online; their assistance is greatly appreciated.


Marilyn Delk, Fish volunteer


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Greenville BPW Member Loure Bohn is featured speaker
for Virginia Allen Young Careerist program.
Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is excited to announce Loure Bohn as the featured speaker for their January 10th meeting. Loure is a young entrepreneur located near New Madison, Oh here in Darke County. She founded Suds in a Bucket Cleaning Service, LLC which is a residential and commercial cleaning service serving Darke and Wayne Counties. She will be participating in the Virginia Allen Young Careerist (YC) program which gives young professional women the opportunity to polish their skills for leadership and presentations and improve upon their written and oral communication skills. Loure will be preparing a short speech for the meeting as part of the YC program and talk about entrepreneurship and starting her own business.

The meeting hosted by the Young Careerist Committee will be meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at the Brick Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The committee includes chair Michele Hook and members Loure Bohn, Diane Delaplane, Jessica Hester and Tammy Dietrich.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Contact Vicki Cost at by noon on Monday, January 7, 2018 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $12.00 per person.

An Empowering “Thank You!” to its Sponsors

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GREENVILLE – Although the school year is not quite half over, the end of the calendar year completes the third year of operation for Empowering Darke County Youth (EDCY). The Empowering Board, its volunteers, its tutors – and especially its kids – would like to thank everyone that has stepped forward and helped EDCY help children succeed.

Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, opened its doors to Empowering students for the first After School Program (ASP) in the fall of 2016. The college still hosts, along with Greenville Public Library, the Empowering Summer Tutoring Programs. Edison State provides administrative support, and its students are the primary source of volunteers for Empowering programs.

The Greenville City School District saw value in Empowering efforts to help its students. The ASP moved to the new Elementary & Middle School Building in the fall of 2017. The move closed a communication gap between Greenville staff and program tutors. It also opened the program up to Middle School students.

“Greenville teachers and staff are talented and dedicated,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator. “As a substitute teacher, I’ve seen the efforts they go into to address the different needs of a wide variety of student learning levels. They have specialists to support special needs. And they have welcomed and supported Empowering as an additional educational opportunity for those who need it. It is truly a team effort and they have made us feel like part of the team. I can’t thank our teachers and staff enough for what they do… day in and day out.”

“Greenville City Schools is extremely appreciative of working with the Empowering Darke County Youth Intervention Program,” said Greenville Superintendent Doug Fries. “We would like to thank all the parents, community members, and Edison State students for their willingness to tutor many of our students in grades K-8 after school at our new facility.”

Chad Beanblossom, Edison State Vice President Regional Campuses, noted that the Empowering After School Program provides Edison State students with valuable volunteer experience. “This partnership is a win-win for the college and the community in general,” he added.

The Empowering programs could not happen without the financial support of so many. Empowering has been a United Way Partner since December 2016. Major contributors since 2016 have included Greenville Eagles 2177, Bistro Off Broadway, Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation, Wayne HealthCare Foundation, Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, Tribute Funeral Homes, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Ramco Electric Motors, Rapid Printing, our friends in the media, Greenville Rotary, Kiwanis of Greenville, Ed Ault CPA, Lambda Chi Omega Society, First Presbyterian Church, MJS Plastics, Mark & Cindy Libert, Rolling 50s Car Club, Scott Zumbrink, Al & Lyn Bliss and more. For a complete list of sponsors and donors, please go to

Fries concurred, noting that the District is equally thankful for the community businesses and individuals that have provided financial support to allow the program to exist. “We are happy to partner with Edison State and the Greenville Public Library to provide facilities for this intervention,” he added. “A special thank you also to Mr. Robinson for his coordination and passion for the after school Empowering Darke County Youth Program.”

Empowering recently wrapped up its fall semester with its Third Annual Christmas Party for students and caregivers. After 57 days of tutoring, the program has worked with 129 students, kindergarten through eighth grade, for nearly 2,500 contact hours. According to parents who have provided feedback, 90 percent of ASP students have shown improvement and have a better attitude toward their education. Parents have reported six students made Merit Roll and three made Honor Roll. Many for the first time.

Since its inception in March 2016, Empowering has worked 10,143 contact hours with 458 students from four school districts.

The Empowering Board of Directors, tutors and volunteers – and Empowering kids and their caregivers – say thank you to all of you for your support, and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

Experienced Attorney Joins Dungan & LeFevre

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TROY, OHIO December 17th, 2018 - Dungan & LeFevre is pleased to announce that Michael Rieman has joined the firm’s Troy office as a Director/Partner and member of the Board of Directors. A seasoned civil litigator, Mr. Rieman has significant experience across a wide array of legal fields. Throughout his career, Rieman has handled cases involving business law, real estate, criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice defense, and legal malpractice defense.

Prior to practicing in Troy, Ohio, Mr. Rieman worked at Bieser, Greer, and Landis in downtown Dayton handling complex civil litigation cases. He also has experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney handling felony criminal cases. Mr. Rieman continues to reside in Greenville, Ohio, his hometown, with his wife Amanda and their two children, soon to be three.

Mr. Rieman is admitted to the bars of the State of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

“Michael comes to us with a unique background. With shared time as an assistant prosecutor and defense attorney, he is able to see all angles of a case,” said Steven Justice, General Partner with Dungan & LeFevre. “His extensive litigation experience will be a tremendous asset to the firm and our clients.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Dungan & LeFevre and its elite group of attorneys,” Mr. Rieman said. “I am proud of the work I’ve done at Bieser, Greer, & Landis, and now look forward to providing the highest level of legal services to Dungan & LeFevre's clients. Working at Dungan and LeFevre will allow me to better serve my friends and neighbors in Darke County.”

Rieman received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2011, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Ohio State University. While at Notre Dame, he was elected to the Honor Council and was a member of the Business Law Forum.

About Dungan & LeFevre

The Troy, Ohio law firm of Dungan & LeFevre consistently provides positive outcomes for their clients located in Darke, Miami, and Montgomery counties. The firm’s motto of “Every Client Matters” plays out every day as the firm’s eleven attorneys practice legal representation in the areas of business law, civil litigation, criminal defense, domestic relations, family law, estate planning, elder law, estate administration, real estate, title insurance, personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.

TASKS, Inc. Donates to New Madison Boy Scouts

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TASKS, Inc. (Teaching About Safety Kids Style) recently donated over $2,000 to New Madison Boy Scout Troop 96 to purchase equipment to assist in teaching first aid to their scouts. Included in the purchase is a full body CPR/trauma moulage mannequin with full moulage kit, AED trainer, and two additional CPR training mannequins, including one infant mannequin. The First Aid merit badge is a required badge for a Scout to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest honor. The First Aid merit badge requires Scouts to be able to perform CPR, use an AED, control bleeding, immobilize fractures and dislocations, and recognize signs and symptoms of various ailments and injuries. With this equipment, the learning experience for the Scouts will be much more realistic.

The TASKS board is excited about this project due to the fact that the equipment will be made available for all troops in the Wayne Trace District to utilize. The Wayne Trace District is made up of all 13 troops in Darke and Preble Counties. Therefore, the impact of this award will be felt across two counties, enabling numerous teens to learn and refresh their first aid skills at their local meetings, camping trips, and district-wide events.

As a 501(c)3, any donations made to TASKS, Inc. are fully tax deductible and supported with a receipt and thank you letter from the organization. If you would be interested in donating to TASKS, donations may be sent to TASKS, Inc., 28 E. Ward St., Versailles, OH 45380. If you have any questions about our organization or the programs we would support, you may contact Scott Garrison at 937-371-1249.

Pictured above is TASKS President Scott Garrison, along with leaders and members of New Madison Troop 96, displaying the CPR mannequins, AED trainer, and moulage mannequin.

United Way POWER Group contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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Shelby County United Way’s POWER group recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to assist with their Career Quest and Sister Power programs. Career Quest is a partnership with Sidney High School’s Opportunity School and offers one-to-one mentoring for youth to develop hope, build skills, and prepare for future careers in the community. The Sister Power program is for current Community-Based “Big Sister” and “Little Sister” matches and offers bonding between female participants. The grant is being utilized for the purchase of personal and feminine hygiene kits that will be given to children enrolled in these two programs.

POWER is the Shelby County United Way’s Women’s Initiative Group. POWER stands for Passionate, Optimistic, Women, Encouraging, Results. The mission of POWER is to build a powerful force of women philanthropists who develop financial resources, unite in service, and are advocates for programs and initiatives that benefit children and their families in Shelby County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns, added, “the new support that we received from the POWER grant will be used to teach the youth in our program about Healthier Futures. Each student involved in Career Quest and Sister Power will be taught the fundamentals and importance of hand washing along with personal hygiene as habits of good health. At the end of each session the students will take home a hygiene kit for their own personal use. We are appreciative of the POWER support to make all of this possible.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. The agency currently has over 25 children ready and waiting to be matched with a caring adult. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to for more information.

2019 Tree Sale Underway

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The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 22nd. Pick up date is scheduled for April 9th - 11th.

We are offering some new species and some larger varieties. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist. Our seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of trees are offered for sale to urban and rural landowners. the plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. These can be an economical way to work toward establishing or adding to a wildlife area, to create a windbreak, or landscaping.

Payment must be received when placing order. Prices range from $5-$10 in packets of 5 seedlings.

Visit our website: or call the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District at 937.548.1715 x3 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Cr, Greenville with any questions.


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Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing from the loss of a loved one when friends and family have returned to their daily routines. GriefShare is a 13-week program where you can find encouragement, support, and help in grieving the loss of your loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories, followed by small group discussion about the video along with a workbook.

Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. GriefShare will be held on Tuesday nights beginning January 15, 2019 at the Greenville Public Library. Price of the seminar is $25 a person which includes the workbook. To register, please call Sylvia McKibben at 937-548-5207 or Melissa Werling at 937-467-1799. If no answer, please leave your name and number and we will return your call.

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 or call 937-548-3211.

Farmland Preservation Applications Available for Darke County Landowners

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GREENVILLE – Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to announce that applications for the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) are now available.

The LAEPP provides funding to farmland owners for placing a perpetual agricultural easement on their property. This permanent, voluntary easement is a legally binding restriction placed on a farm that will forever protect your farmland from development. LAEPP is a very competitive program that allows the current owners to continue to own the land as well as preserve the productivity of their farm for future generations.

The LAEPP easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.

If you own a farm in Darke County and are interested in preserving the farmland, you can visit to learn more about the program and request an application. For additional information and questions call the Darke SWCD office at 937-548-1715, extension 3. The local deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

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