Friday, February 15, 2019

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Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Schedule of Events for 2019

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Hours April- October: Saturday 10 am- 3 pm.

April 6
Salute to the railroader's 2- 4 pm. Current and Former Railroaders Welcome to share stories and visit the BF Tower.

We will be showing Edison Railroad movies from the 1890's.

May 4
Dining By rail 6- 9 Pm. Silent and Live auction of items from Wine Tasting Tours, to gift Baskets to tickets for train rides and Center Of Science and Industry or Cincinnati Reds Games. The Dinner is from Dining Car Service recipes. This year Diners get to tour the museum before Dinner as it will be held in the Community Club across the street from the museum.

June 1
10 -4 pm. Railroad Heritage Festival Thomas the train Play Area, Thomas the tank Ride and Carillon Park Portable Train Ride, Model train layouts. Drone Race in the Y aprk, Military vehicles to celebrate the 75 th anniversary of D- Day. Children's Play area at the museum Hobo Language and crafts, Railroad History Essay contest.

October 12
Run for the Rails 5 K Pumpkin Show Saturday 8 am rain or shine. Runners get to enjoy the museum following the race.

November 9
Honoring our Veterans Active and retired Military Service members are admitted to the museum Free of charge as a Thank You for their service to our Nation!

December 14
North Pole Express 11- 2 pm. Enjoy a visit with Santa, Hot cocoa and a special cookie and craft.
Meet the railroaders and Santa's helpers and be greeted by the Conductor and served by the Porters.
This year the museum is working again with Exhibit Concepts and Swafford Construction to restore the BF Tower.

The project has been supported by the Ohio Humanities Council, The State of Ohio general Assembly to create a Railroad Heritage Tourism Destination.

The project includes both interior and exterior exhibits to interpret the function of the tower in providing Railroad Safe traffic through the junction.

Signals will be restored and operational from the BF Tower.

Details are on the museum website at

The museum welcomes new members and volunteers and needs to raise another $50,000 to complete this preservation project.

History buffs and railroad fans are invited to participate in this exciting project to make the Tower as operational as possible.

Follow us on Facebook and visit the museum to see the rich railroad heritage and history at Bradford, Ohio.

Darke County Humane Society Seeks Help

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Bark, Bark, Meow, Meow!

We desperately need your help at our temporary home at the Darke County Humane Society! If you can help us in any way, please call and ask about the many opportunities to volunteer your time and love.

Call Darke County Humane Society at 937-548-1009.

Thank you!

Noah Back to Sing at Memorial Hall

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Friends of Noah Back will partner with Youth for Christ to present “An Evening with Noah” on Saturday, June 22 at Greenville’s St. Clair Memorial Hall. Tickets are $5.

Back is a young local entertainer from West Alexandria. He first started performing in public at the age of 12, so he has been delighting audiences for half his life. His major musical influences were John Denver, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Bee Gees. When asked what kind of music he likes to play, he always says, “My favorite music to play is whatever you want to hear.” His repertoire is made up of songs from the 20’s to the present and includes ballads, folk music, a little country and inspirational music.

Back began his career in Yellow Springs, which remains one of his favorite places to play. He sang in Greenville over 30 times last summer. Besides performing at restaurants, festivals, fairs, coffee houses, concert venues and churches, he does many private events. These include weddings, funerals, and graduation, birthday and holiday parties. He has performed in Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh, and in May he was invited to play at City Market in Charleston, South Carolina for the third year in a row.

Noah Back is small in stature, but there is nothing small about his voice. People who hear him for the first time are amazed by its richness, depth and range. It runs the gamut from the high, sweet notes of “Mary, Did You Know?” to the deep, gravelly sounds of “Friends in Low Places” and some of Elvis’s songs. Besides singing, Noah yodels, whistles and plays keyboard, harmonica and several guitars.

One of Back’s strengths is his connection with his audience. He asks for requests, and most of the time, he knows the songs people ask for. Noah Back is living his dream, spreading love and bringing joy to others through his musical performances.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Youth for Christ office, Bread of Life Bookstore, Cratiques Antiques and Collectibles, and Dave Knapp Ford, and Cavalier Clothing. A number of the Friends of Noah Back are also selling tickets. Price of the tickets is $5. Memorial Hall is located at 215 W. 4th Street, Greenville, Ohio, 45331. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke will be holding their annual Roll for Kids’ Sake on Sunday, February 17, at two separate locations and times. In Shelby County, the party will take place at Rolling Hills Skate from 6-10pm. In Darke County, the party will be held at The Skate Place from 6:30-9pm. The parties are open to the public and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. The cost is $10 per person and includes admission, skate rental, door prizes, the chance to win raffle prizes, and other entertainment. With it being President’s Day weekend, this year’s theme is “American Pride”, and the first 50 people dressed in patriot attire will receive a gift.

All proceeds will benefit the agency’s Big Buddies after-school mentoring programs which are held at seven different school locations throughout the two-county area. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way partner agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 1 and 2 at both Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Work, work, work; what is “work”?

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Submitted by First Presbyterian Church

Google defines the word “work” as “activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result; something a person (or thing) has to do”. Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours doing some kind of work – in the office, on the job site, or around the house. This means that the dinner you made for someone else, the package you dropped off at the post office, the hours you put in volunteering and even time spent cheering your child/grandchild on at their sporting event is work. So, what does it look like to worship God amongst all this work?

Unfortunately for a lot of Christians, faith and work do not often intersect. The connection between faith and work is not always obvious, but it is a God-given calling to make them connect.

What if we view all this work as an opportunity to worship God? The Bible is full of examples of people living their daily lives on an eternal mission, weaving together their faith and work in their everyday lives. “We are often tempted to compartmentalize our faith and our work separately,” according to RighNow Media President Brian Mosley, but “God has called us to live out our faith every day”, not just on Sundays. God also calls on us to live out our faith in all the work we do, not just as professionals, but as Christians!

Join First Presbyterian Church on Friday, February 22, 2019 for the day as Christian business professionals from around the world speak about the sacred connection between faith and work through a livestream event. New York Times Bestselling Author Jon Acuff, Founder/Chancellor of Eternity Bible College & bestselling author Francis Chan, President of Hobby Lobby Steve Green & Inside Edition Correspondent Megan Alexander are just a few of the guest speakers lined up for this meaningful day-long retreat.

The cost for the Work as Worship Retreat is $30.00 and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The livestream presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude around 3:30 p.m. Work as Worship is for you, whatever your current job situation is (unemployed, home-maker, part-time, full-time, retired, etc.).

First Presbyterian Church is located at 114 E Fourth St., Greenville, OH 45331; the retreat will take place in the fellowship hall. For more information and to register for Work as Worship at First Presbyterian Church, visit the direct link online at

Levi Coffin & the Underground Railroad at Library

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Joanna Hahn, Site Manager at the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, will present this free presentation on Tuesday February 19th at 6:00 at the Greenville Public Library. Registration is not required but seating is limited to 40. This event will be able to be viewed live via Facebook Live Stream.

Levi Coffin is often credited with the title of President of the Underground Railroad. Learn how Coffin was instrumental in leading efforts to resist the Fugitive Slave Laws by assisting freedom seekers, or runaway slaves, on their journey to Canada. Also, get a better understanding of why the Underground Railroad developed in states like Indiana and Ohio and why some historians see it as our nation’s first civil rights movement.


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Win a Trip to Ireland this March

Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with the return of the exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle". One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Tickets sales begin February 11th and the winner will be selected, by reverse raffle, at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 15th at the Montage Cafe.

"In looking for new ways for the community to support DCCA and the arts we decided to expand on one of our favorite evenings, Irish Wave celebrates all things Irish, and through our "Off To The Isle" raffle we will be giving one lucky winner the ultimate Irish experience", stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are encouraging those who want to be a part of the raffle to get their tickets right away, because there will only be 75 tickets sold."

The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. Brendan Vacations specializes in travel to Ireland and Scotland and has been providing authentic vacation experiences for over the past 47 years. "Off To The Isle" raffle tickets can now be purchased through the DCCA office.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.

Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Sponsors DCCA Arts Programs For Children

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DCCA Family Theatre Series presents Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s glowing production of Rainbow Fish, based on the classic children’s book, on Sunday, February 10th at 2 pm in St. Clair Memorial Hall.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their support of the arts in Darke County. DCCA thanks the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contribution to the 2018-2019 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community. The Ketrow Foundation supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and Arts in Education programs, which benefit Darke County youth and their families. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a professional artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “We are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

Featured productions in the 2018-2019 season include 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. All three performances will be on Sundays starting at 2 pm, at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Thanks to continued community support, ticket prices have remained at $5 since the first Family Theatre Series performance in 1997.

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.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Empowering receives grant support for 2019 programs

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Empowering students work on their homework, and reading and math basics five days a week. Two Wednesdays a month they also participate in school-based-mentoring with volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Grants from Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation and Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations have helped make these programs possible.
GREENVILLE - Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund, Ketrow Foundation and Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations have each given grants to Empowering Darke County Youth to help solidify an aggressive program of service to students struggling in their educational goals this year.

“We can’t thank these organizations enough,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator. “Our biggest challenge every year is obtaining the resources to meet ever increasing requests for help from the parents and caregivers concerned about their students struggling at school. It takes full community support, and grants such as these are a major part of it.”

This is the second year of support from the Lydia Schaurer Memorial Fund and Ketrow Foundation. Kroger Cincinnati Community Donations has joined with its support for the first time this year.

“This is our third full year of service to Darke County’s youth, and each year has been a learning experience and a challenge,” Robinson added. “Requests for help in our Greenville After School Program have more than tripled since 2016. We are starting to offer transportation through Greenville Transit for struggling students who need a ride home after tutoring. This needs to be expanded, as too many students who need help are being left out because they have no transportation.

“We also hope to provide a satellite After School Program in another school district in the next year or two. And we plan to explore the possibility of offering Summer Tutoring in other Darke County communities, in addition to our established programs at the Greenville Public Library and Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus.”

Empowering Darke County Youth needs help from the community, not only with donations, but also local citizens wanting to help in administrative, fundraising, marketing or other volunteer capacities. The organization’s third Annual Meeting takes place March 7, 7 p.m., at Tribute Funeral Home, Greenville Campus, 1000 North Broadway. It is open to the public; all interested persons are invited to attend.

Want more information? Message Empowering on Facebook, send an email to or write to Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Empowering Darke County Youth to hold Annual Meeting

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GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth will hold its third annual meeting on March 7, 7 p.m. at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, 1000 N. Broadway. The meeting is open to the public. In addition, the Empowering Board of Directors would like to consider applications from the public to fill two new Board vacancies.

“We want to expand our skill sets,” said Empowering President Eric Fee. “We need people who are experienced in administration, fundraising, marketing, promotion… or just simply wanting to help in any way they can.

“If you don’t feel comfortable working with kids in a tutoring environment, that’s okay. Whether you would like to sit on the board or just volunteer your time, if you consider our kids a top priority in Darke County, we want you!”

The Empowering After School Tutoring Program at Greenville K-8 continues to grow each year. Requests for help have more than tripled since 2016.

“We have no reason to believe the requests won’t continue to grow,” said Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator. “Teachers and support personnel are targeting students who need the extra support after school, as well as advising the areas they need help in. It’s a team effort… the beneficiaries are our kids and our community.”

The March annual meeting is an ideal time for anyone interested in learning more about the Empowering Darke County Youth programs. A brief overview of Empowering programs, as well as current challenges and successes will be provided.

For additional information, message Empowering on Facebook, email or write Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 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.

Monday, February 11, 2019


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A.R. Winery has expanded its business beyond wines and has recently added unique craft beers to their drinking menu!

A.R. Winery’s new brewery, Briar Brown Brewing Company, will be debuting Brown Ale, Hefeweizen, Scotch Ale & Black IPA at their Grand Opening on Saturday, February 16th from 12pm-9pm.

Come on out to sample their tasty beers in beer flights, pints or purchase a growler to take home. There will be raffle drawings for glasses, t-shirts and free pizzas throughout the day along with a 10% discount on all wood fired brick oven gourmet pizzas.

They’re located on the farm at 3564 Gordon Landis Road in Arcanum (between 49 and 571). Check out their website at for more information or contact them at 937-417-0565.


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GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau and Main Street Greenville recently unveiled the theme for Darke County’s second annual restaurant week, “Pizza & Pints.” Pizza & Pints will take place from February 17-23 at five participating restaurants around the county. Diners will be able to enjoy pizza and beer-themed specials during that week. When they eat out, they’ll be able to earn punches on a punch card – three punches earn them an entry in a drawing for a $100 gift card to a participating restaurant of their choice. The five participating restaurants are The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville, The Don’s Pizza in Greenville, The Whistle Stop in Ansonia, The Merchant House in Greenville, and Michael Anthony’s at the Inn in Versailles.

“We have so many terrific, locally-owned restaurants in the county that make a promotion like this really fun to put together,” said Matthew Staugler, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “Having a thriving food scene is a critical part of a healthy economy, and we’re excited to help our local restaurants and watch them be successful.”

In Ohio, the restaurant industry makes a significant contribution to the overall tourism economy. Restaurants add $16 billion to the state’s economy and support over 500,000 jobs. In Ohio, the overall tourism economy is a $44 billion industry, with a nearly $75 million annual impact in Darke County.

“We're excited to once again partner with the Darke County Visitors Bureau on a Restaurant Week to highlight local businesses,” said Main Street Greenville executive director Crysta Bloomingdale. “Pizza & Pints is a fun and affordable way to shake off the winter blues, try something new, and support independently owned restaurants.”

Pizza & Pints will take place February 17-23.

February’s Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Publci Library’s Lunch & Learn for February will feature Jesse Berry from Blue Lantern Tea. Jesse will speak on the exceptional health benefits tea has to offer, and demonstrate the beauty, rich philosophy, history and overall culture of tea.

Blue Lantern Tea is a family owned and operated business. Jesse & wife Kim have over fifteen years of tea experience in all aspects of tea and tea culture. They have traveled as far as China, enjoying teas from around the world and educating themselves.

As Jesse shares “We have done this so that not only can we have richer, fuller tea and life experiences, but so that we may share our experiences and help others experience tea as well; the way it was meant to be experienced.”

Lunch starts at noon on Wednesday February 20th 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!

Fry & Company Sponsors DCCA A Taste of Wine & Jazz

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DCCA recognizes Fry & Company for their sponsorship of the
recent sold out fundraising event. Fry & Company CPAs
Bottom Row(Left to Right) Julie Strait, Heather Dirksen,
Ginger Thomas, & Bev Delk; Middle row(Left to Right) Jessica Gower,
Becky Luce, & Melissa Wilson;
Top Row(Left to Right) Jim Ward & Rodney Oda.
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Fry & Company for their sponsorship of the recent sold out fundraising event A Taste of Wine & Jazz at the Montage Cafe. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan said, “DCCA thanks Fry & Company for their continued support of the arts in Darke County, as one of the first sponsors for this event they truly started the party that has become DCCA’s most anticipated fundraising event. The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

A Taste of Wine and Jazz included four wines for tasting, complemented by exceptional hors d’oeuvres created by Aaron and Michelle Cox of Montage. “Deron Bell And The Jazz For You Band” returned to bring the party to life. Bell and his “Jazz For You” band, 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,” DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins explained. The band's performance was made possible by the following sponsors: Kent and Melinda Myers; Edward Jones Investment representatives Zachary Bruening, Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe, & Todd Subler; Family Health; Geoff & Jessie Surber; and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

A Taste of Wine & Jazz is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at

Preparations begin for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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This week the maple sap has started to run, and many Darke County Parks’ volunteers have fired up the sugar shack for the maple sugaring season! Freezing nights and thawing days cause the sap to move, bringing the sweetness one step closer to the table. For some volunteers it will be just another February, for others it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill and help out the park district at the same time.

The Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, beginning at 8am. This late winter day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science, learning the process of turning sap into syrup. After the tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack, and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the early settlers and discuss life on the frontier. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop and bake sale will be full of maple goodies fit for any sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Adults tickets are $6 and children 3-12 are $3. Carry-out is available, and extra sausage can be purchased for $1 more. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the breakfast or presale tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information!

Darke SWCD Scholarship Available

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GREENVILLE – The board of supervisors for the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to offer a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior pursuing a degree in an agricultural or natural resources related field. Applications may be obtained at your high school guidance office or at the Darke SWCD office, located at 1117 South Towne Court, Greenville. The deadline to complete an application is April 30, 2019; all necessary materials must be received in the Darke SWCD office by 4:00 p.m.

In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a Darke County resident and be graduating from one of the county’s public or private high schools; have a minimum 2.5 grade point average; be entering their freshman year as a full-time student in the Fall 2019 at a 2- or 4-year accredited Ohio college, technical school or university; and be pursuing a degree in either an agriculture or natural resources related field.

The scholarship award is for $500 and will be processed through the University or College scholarship office and will be available to the students in January 2020 after proof of the students continuing enrollment at the school has been obtained.

The deciding committee reserves the right to refuse the application due to any component, including; incompleteness, essay and recommendation letter content, course type selected and/or previous scholarship earnings.

The intent of this scholarship is to help our best and brightest pursue a higher education in the field of agriculture or natural resources. For more information, please call 937.548.1715, Ext. 3 or email

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 172,000 Deer during 2018-2019 Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 172,040 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2018-2019 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 186,247 deer were checked during the 2017-2018 season.

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.

Deer hunting regulations over the past four seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer.

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.

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2018-2019 deer season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest number for the 2018-2019 season, and the 2017-2018 season number is in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 2,944 (3,231); Allen: 878 (979); Ashland: 2,953 (3,254); Ashtabula: 4,884 (5,076); Athens: 3,442 (3,732); Auglaize: 824 (848); Belmont: 2,615 (2,931); Brown: 2,267 (2,521); Butler: 1,270 (1,401); Carroll: 3,465 (3,935); Champaign: 1,112 (1,197); Clark: 744 (685); Clermont: 2,294 (2,471); Clinton: 702 (810); Columbiana: 2,787 (3,257); Coshocton: 6,040 (6,559); Crawford: 1,122 (1,222); Cuyahoga: 929 (1,033); Darke: 687 (731); Defiance: 1,587 (1,600); Delaware: 1,406 (1,574); Erie: 1,017 (1,119); Fairfield: 1,793 (1,969); Fayette: 288 (353); Franklin: 733 (788); Fulton: 706 (745); Gallia: 2,487 (2,599); Geauga: 1,849 (1,818); Greene: 804 (778); Guernsey: 4,288 (4,753); Hamilton: 1,536 (1,639); Hancock: 1,142 (1,228); Hardin: 1,160 (1,253); Harrison: 3,198 (3,674); Henry: 675 (733); Highland: 2,275 (2,668); Hocking: 2,794 (3,321); Holmes: 3,916 (4,108); Huron: 2,100 (2,377); Jackson: 2,838 (2,984); Jefferson: 1,678 (1,903); Knox: 4,257 (4,658); Lake: 799 (883); Lawrence: 1,802 (1,784); Licking: 4,573 (5,009); Logan: 1,943 (2,055); Lorain: 2,073 (2,255); Lucas: 721 (748); Madison: 480 (511); Mahoning: 1,897 (2,032); Marion: 787 (893); Medina: 2,081 (2,012); Meigs: 3,072 (3,115); Mercer: 673 (677); Miami: 735 (787); Monroe: 2,276 (2,618); Montgomery: 699 (704); Morgan: 2,923 (3,278); Morrow: 1,476 (1,544); Muskingum: 4,646 (5,274); Noble: 2,902 (3,036); Ottawa: 474 (482); Paulding: 965 (1,022); Perry: 2,436 (2,769); Pickaway: 727 (822); Pike: 1,870 (1,934); Portage: 2,289 (2,289); Preble: 973 (969); Putnam: 695 (781); Richland: 3,254 (3,505); Ross: 2,749 (3,053); Sandusky: 829 (904); Scioto: 2,155 (2,326); Seneca: 1,770 (1,895); Shelby: 895 (983); Stark: 2,779 (2,880); Summit: 1,464 (1,474); Trumbull: 3,448 (3,640); Tuscarawas: 5,221 (5,722); Union: 921 (939); Van Wert: 492 (499); Vinton: 2,379 (2,802); Warren: 1,125 (1,186); Washington: 3,097 (3,327); Wayne: 2,081 (2,226); Williams: 1,555 (1,598); Wood: 905 (931); Wyandot: 1,448 (1,559). Total: 172,040 (186,247).

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

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

United Way supports Empowering efforts to help kids

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Christy Baker, Executive Director of United Way of Darke County, is surrounded by appreciative kids and volunteers in Empowering’s After School Program at Greenville Schools new K-8 facility. Empowering Darke County Youth has been a United Way Partner since 2016.
GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth was brought into the United Way family with a Community Fund grant in 2016. The young organization was made a full-fledged partner in 2017, and was renewed in 2018.

“This was big for us,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Program Coordinator. “The application process is tough, and since the United Way relies on community support, they make sure the programs they support will benefit the community. United Way opened the door for us. For what we are trying to do for our kids.”

Recently, United Way Executive Director Christy Baker had an opportunity to find out just how appreciative participants and volunteers were for the support, as well as seeing the Empowering program in action. She stopped by Greenville Schools K-8 building on a day that Big Brothers Big Sisters was there for its twice-a-month school-based mentoring program. Edison State and Greenville High School volunteers tutored more than 40 Empowering students, then worked together on an activity prepared by the Big Brothers Big Sisters leaders.

Darke County United Way helps fund 23 agencies in the areas of education, income stability and health. Empowering receives its support through the education part of the program.

Empowering Darke County Youth is actively seeking adult volunteers for tutoring, but also to help build the program to meet the increasing demand for its services. Thirty-nine requests for help for its After School Tutoring Program in 2016, with the support of Greenville teachers and staff, has jumped to 136 requests in 2018. Supervisors and Edison State student volunteers work with kindergarten through eighth grade students, five days a week.

“We need help from individuals with all types of skills,” said Robinson. “Administrative, fundraising, marketing, financial support… if you care about our kids and our future, we need you. Message us on Facebook or email Want more information? Our annual meeting is March 7, 7 p.m., Tribute Funeral Home, Greenville Campus, on North Broadway. It is open to the public.” Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 non-profit community service organization.

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.

Friday, February 8, 2019


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Greenville Post 140 of the American Legion makes donation of a new American Flag that will fly over Greenville Masonic Lodge #143. The flag is being presented by Ken Price, Commander of the Greenville American Legion.

Pictured left to right are: Ken Price, Commander of American Legion Post 140, John Dutro, Worshipful Master, Greenville Lodge 143, Larry Ullery, Past District Deputy Grand Master, 3rd Masonic District and Chris Rehmert, Marshal, Greenville Lodge 143 and Commissioner for the Darke County Veterans.

Freemasonry is the leading fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, but it formally organized in London, England in 1717. Current worldwide membership totals over 3 million members, 1.1 million of whom are in North America. With 75,000 Masons and 450 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.

As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.

Congressman Jim Jordan to Speak at Darke GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

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Greenville Softball Registrations Open

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Registration for the 2019 Greenville Girls Softball Association summer softball program is underway. GGSA offers slow pitch and fast pitch softball to all girls ages 4-19 years of age. All Darke County girls are welcome to play slow pitch softball at the Stebbins Field facility located on State Route 49 North in Greenville. Slow Pitch leagues include T-Ball, Munchkin, Minor, Junior, and Senior Leagues. Fast Pitch Softball is offered to all Greenville Girls in ages 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th Grades and also to girls in adjoining school districts who are not offered organized Fast Pitch Softball.

Go to for more information about the upcoming season at Stebbins Field and registration options which include, online registration, mail-in registration, and by attending one of their three GGSA Sign-Up Days at Stebbins Field. Sign-up days are scheduled for March 9th, 16th, and 23rd from Noon-2:30 PM at Stebbins Field. Officers will be available to answer questions, collect completed registration forms, and help with the registration process.

Stebbins Field will be another busy softball destination for area teams in 2019 with the Greenville Lady Wave High School and Jr High Softball teams kicking things off this spring, then the 47th Annual GGSA Opening Day on May 4th, the GGSA Summer Smackdown USSSA National Qualifier June 14th-16th, the Annual GGSA Treaty City Shootout Rec All-Star Tournament in July, and ending the season with the 12th Annual GGSA Fall Fast Pitch League in September. Other event dates are in the works for the upcoming season as well and will be announced soon.

The Greenville Girls Softball Association was established in 1972 and is a 501 (3) (C) Non-Profit Organization located in Greenville, Ohio. GGSA is dedicated to providing recreational softball activities for countless young ladies from across the region including Greenville, Darke County, the Southwestern Ohio Region, and across the State of Ohio.

Please visit their website at or follow the organization on Facebook by searching Greenville Girls Softball Association for more information on upcoming programs and events.

Shiverdecker Presents at Ohio Parks and Recreation Association

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Deb Shiverdecker, Administrative Assistant for Darke County Park District was selected to present an education seminar at the annual Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) conference at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio on February 3-6, 2019.

The presentation is titled, “Let the Reviewing Begin! Basic Grant Planning and Writing.”

After working in public accounting for many years, Deb applied for a position at Darke County Parks after a friend told her “I know of a job opening and they need you”. She has been with the Park District for almost 14 years now. She is responsible for financial, budget and board reporting, planning and managing events, administering the Community Parks Improvement Grant program and assisting the Director in the development of the cross county Tecumseh Trail that will eventually connect Ohio trails to the Indiana trail system. She served as the Parks’ liaison to the Citizens for Darke County Parks committee during their last levy campaign. She writes and administers many of the grants that provide extra support to the Park District including all of their trail grants.

In her “spare time” she often dons period costumes at Park sponsored historical events, helps make maple syrup and represents the Darke County Parks at various meetings and events. Deb is proud to be able to represent the Park District at the conference and to hopefully share some tips and information to help her peers in the parks and recreation field.

“I am passing along things that I wish I had known when I started learning to write grants on my own,” she said. She was supported in this project by local grant writer and funding specialist Susan Laux of Mote and Associates, Inc. in Greenville.

Darke County Parks Adopt-a-Bird Program

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It’s not every day you have the opportunity to come face to face with a bird of prey. At Darke County Parks, we provide food, medicine and, above all, a home for four raptor species. Each of the five birds we house have been rehabilitated and can no longer be released into the wild due to injuries that prevent release into the wild.

Caring for a bird of prey is an expensive endevour. Feeding just one bird can cost anywhere between $60-$80 a month and that doesn’t include medication, equipment, or facility expenses that also play an important role in the care of these animal ambassadors.

You can make a difference through the Adopt-a-Bird program which allows you to “adopt” a bird through a year-long donation. There are two donation tiers:

  • A $40.00 donation includes a certificate of adoption, a full color photograph of your bird, and a complementary pin from the Darke County Parks Raptor Education Center.
  • A $75.00 donation includes all of the above as well as a personal meet and greet with your bird for up to four people!

All adoption donations help offset the cost of care of “your bird” and can be renewed annually. For more information on how you can donate, or to see our raptors in person, visit the Darke County Parks Nature Education Center or contact the park office at (937) 548-0165 or

Darke County Parks’ Bish Discovery Center prepares for spring

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Darke County Parks has been busily preparing their newest facility, the Bish Discovery Center, located at 404 N. Ohio Street in Greenville. The public hours through March will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm and Saturday 12:00-5:00pm. Stop in and see what we’ve been working on!

This year you will enjoy new educational displays that will accompany the existing aquaponics and vermicompost displays. Learn about water conservation, recycling, how you can impact biodiversity issues, and much more, all in your own backyard! Gardening programming and features continue to grow including new cold frames which will extend our growing season. Upcoming summer camps and public programs will include topics ranging from preparing your garden for the spring, growing your own pizza and table-top terrariums!

No space to garden at home? Community Garden plots are filling quickly, so call and reserve one today.

This spring, ride along the highly-anticipated Tecumseh Multi-use Trail, running directly behind the Bish Discovery Center and connecting Greenville to Miami County, by renting a bike or bring your own. Bike rentals begin in April.

The building is also on its way to becoming energy efficient with all LED lighting and solar panels soon to be implemented. A new permeable pavement parking area allows for rainfall to replenish the local aquafers opposed to entering the storm drains. Learn how to become self-sustainable and environmentally conscious by attending upcoming programs.

Warm season hours will begin April 1st allowing you to visit Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00-3:00, Thursday& Friday 12:00-7:00, Saturday 9:00-5:00.

If you would like further information on this or any other upcoming programming, please contact the Bish Discovery Center at 808-4120, the Darke County Parks Office at 937-548-0165 or online at

Greenville BPW Club Member Desteni Mason Featured Speaker at February Meeting

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BPW Member and Featured Speaker Desteni Mason
Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Public Relations Committee with members Chair Susan Fowble and members Peggy Foutz, Annette Sanders, Melissa Barhorst and Sue Huston will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, February 14th at the Brick Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community’s Brick Room at 6:30 PM.

The featured speaker Desteni Mason, along with Kristina and John Heath, is co-owner of KTL Performance Mortgage in Greenville and creator of “Rising Above with Desteni Mason,” an online program designed to help women learn to "rise above circumstance" and take care of their financial lives. Desteni came from humble beginnings and rose to become a financially independent at the age of 36 by creating a clear, step-by-step plan for her life. She’ll be talking with us about her story, how she “Rose Above,” and how she has turned her experiences into a way to help women all over the world do the same.

Desteni completed her undergraduate studies at Urbana University, achieving dual Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Human Service Leadership. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Business from Bluffton University while growing her company to one of the top achievers in Ohio and Indiana.

In 2015 then again in 2018, Desteni was named one of Mortgage Professional America Magazine’s “Elite Women in Mortgage,” one of only 50 women selected from thousands of nominations from across the country who are “blazing new trails in the mortgage industry.”

In 2016 Desteni was awarded the honor of being named one of Mortgage Professional America Magazine’s “42 Young Guns.” This national honor presented 42 of the brightest stars in the mortgage industry under the age of 35.

Desteni's success is largely due to her dedication to helping others learn and succeed. She came from humble beginnings and knows what it takes to turn knowledge into life strengths and successes. She has gained great respect for her commitment to helping underserved clients or those with limited financial knowledge learn how to improve their situations.

In 2017, she launched an online presence that is dedicated to helping women break through the perceived mental barriers that hold them back so they can realize their true power and potential and gain control over their lives. Rising Above is about making decisions, shifting your choices and creating the right plans in the right order for achieving success. To learn more about Desteni and her Rising Above programs for women, visit her website at

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those wanting to know more about Greenville BPW are invited to attend the meeting. The cost of the meal is $12.00 with dinner to start at 6:30 PM. For reservations please contact Vicki Cost by noon on Monday, February 11th at

Storm Spotter Training Available

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Darke County Emergency Management Agency will host an annual Storm Spotter Training on Tuesday, March 19th, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Greenville Township Emergency Services - 1401 Sater St, Greenville, OH 45331. To register for this class, contact Josh Haney at or 937-548-1444. Please register by 03/15/2019.

The training is conducted through the National Weather Service out of Wilmington Ohio and covers thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms. Also part of the class is tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features, and safety when thunderstorms threaten. Details include storm ingredients, characteristics of severe storms, anatomy of a storm, super-cell storms and rotation.

By providing citizens with this education it allows the Weather Service to receive first hand reports of weather conditions from wherever the spotter is located. While “storm chasing” is not advised, reporting from your home, work or car (etc.) provides valuable information directly to meteorologists making decisions on watches and warnings.

With Severe Weather Awareness week coming up March 17th – 23rd, 2019 it’s a great time to think about preparing ourselves and families for the threat of severe spring/summer storms. If you do not currently own a NOAA Weather Radio consider purchasing one. These radios are programmable with voice and/alarm modes that will notify you, your family or your business of impending severe weather any time of day.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about preparing yourself, your family or your business, please contact the Darke County Emergency Management Agency at 937-548-1444 or through our website

Darke County Democrats Holding Breakfast Tomorrow

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, February 9th, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.


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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Several donation opportunities are available for the month of February in Darke County. The blood drive comes during the heart of winter and continues the theme of Ohio’s first 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 winter season. CBC is also emphasizing the strategic goals in 2019 of identifying and recruiting new platelet and plasma donors.

The commemorative Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month t-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 through March 2 so more donors will be eligible to receive it.

Blood donor and emergency room physician State Sen. 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.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Tri-Village Rescue
320 North Main, New Madison
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sponsored by: Tri-Village Rescue
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

A Gift from the Flower Patch
Everyone who registers to donate blood, at this blood drive,
will receive a free carnation courtesy of the Flower Patch
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Greenville Church of the Brethren
421 Central Ave., Greenville
12:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored by: Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Bradford High School
750 Railroad Ave., Bradford
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored By: Bradford HS
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Ansonia High School
Community Blood Center Donor Coach
New Hours
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sponsored by Ansonia High School FFA
Open to the Community, Students, Staff, & Faculty

Saturday, February 23, 2019
North Star Community Center
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Sponsored by: North Star American Legion Auxiliary
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Learn more at

Monday, February 4, 2019


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The Board of Darke County Commissioners is seeking a community member who may be interested in filling an unexpired term ending December 31, 2020, as a “Volunteer Board Member” of the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Individual must be a Darke County resident and be interested and knowledgeable in the field of developmental disabilities with preferred professional training and experience in business management, finance, law, health care practice, personnel administration, or government service.

Family members of people eligible for Darke DD services are encouraged to apply. Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Darke County Board of Commissioner’s Office at 520 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH – by February 22, 2019.

Darke County Republican Party Seeks Applicants for Greenville City Treasurer

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The Darke County Republican Party is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the positions of Greenville City Treasurer. Any registered Republican residing within the City of Greenville, Ohio, interested can apply to Darke County Republican Party at P. O. Box 45, Greenville, OH 45331 or e-mailed to

The deadline for submission is Noon on March 1, 2019.

Indiana Artisan Furniture Guild to Host Reception

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Library's “Book Blizzard”

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The ever popular Adult Winter Read “Book Blizzard” starts February 1st at the Greenville Public Library and runs all month. Participation is for ages 18 and older and consists of the same easy process: read a book, ebook, magazine, audiobook, or attend an event - then fill out a form with your name and the title.

Prizes for the weekly drawings are soaps, lotions, balms, and wax melts from Misty Tucker’s “Granny Farkel’s Soaps & More.” Scents include Bourbon on Ice, Blackberry Wine, Chocolate Mint, Lavender, Cherry Wine, and Black Current Wine, appropriate for both men and women. The grand prize will be a big gift basket. Come in and enjoy a winter of reading and beautiful fragrances!

2019 Seed Swap at Library

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The Growing Harvest Seed Library will host its annual Seed Swap and “Seed Library 101” on Thursday February 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Bring seeds to swap, talk with fellow gardeners, and enjoy light refreshments!

If you bring seeds, tubers, or starts, please have them labeled with the seed name, variety, harvest date, and any additional growing or harvesting information that is pertinent. Prior to the seed swap Caitlyn Clark will be presenting about the Growing Harvest Seed Library. She will share how to utilize our seed library to aide you in growing your own garden at home.

Game Club at Library

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Join us every second Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 at the Greenville Public Library for Game Club. The board game: humanity’s fun, social, and cheap form of easy entertainment. Man’s love for competition has evolved over the centuries; and over the years, strategic board games have triumphed as man’s greatest and most challenging passion.

So come and test out your strategy skills with some of the all time best strategic board games. Let’s skip the digital world of gaming, and duke it out over good-ol’-fashion cardboard and plastic. All ages are welcome to attend this monthly meeting of the minds. However, those in attendance should be able to maintain focus and competitiveness for about an hour. Also: Chess Club every second Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club to host Ohio Treasurer of State’s Public Affairs Team Member

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Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s Representative to Speak

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is hosting featured speaker Marcie Longenecker at 6 p.m. on February 11 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

Longenecker is a member of the Public Affairs team representing newly elected Treasurer of State Robert Sprague in southwest Ohio.

“We are so pleased to provide this chance for the residents of Darke County to have a real inside look at one of Ohio’s state offices,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

“I like to describe myself as being the ears, and eyes on the ground, in southwest Ohio,” explains Longenecker. She works as a direct extension of the Columbus office and serves as the first line of contact for local chambers, elected officials, community leaders, small business owners and Ohioans.

The program is free and does not require reservations. The Club does offer an optional dinner prior to the speaker’s program at a cost per person of $10 for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations must be made prior to noon, February 7 by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at:

Longenecker grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo. and has a Bachelor of Administration degree in Marketing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is also on the board of Ohio Cancer Research Associates, past board member of the Cincinnati Ballet and Make a Wish Foundation.

DCRWC is a political group founded to provide political education and legislative information; provide a wider knowledge of the principles of the Republican Party; increase the number of registered Republicans; recruit, promote, and support qualified Republican women for political office; give exposure to and work actively for all Republican candidates; and lend support to the activities of other Republican organizations. The DCRWC is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. The Club is chartered by the National Federation of Republican Women and is a member of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. For more information, visit: or email President Betty Hill at:

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