Monday, May 13, 2019

Greenville Police Ask for Help Locating Domestic Violence Suspect

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On May 2nd, 2019, the Darke County Common Pleas Court issued a warrant for Joseph T. Smith, 38, of Greenville for domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree.

Anyone with information regarding Smith’s location is asked to contact law enforcement.

Darke County Parks to Offer Bicycle Rentals

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Darke County Parks’ Bish Discovery Center now offers bicycle rentals! In an effort to make it even easier for residents and visitors to bike the Tecumseh Trail, bicycles were purchased from Countryside Bike Shop using a local grant from Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc.

These comfort cruiser-style bikes are available in two sizes, 26” and 24”. The 24” should be able to be ridden by older children (10+) or smaller-framed adults. “These bikes are a great unisex design for all activity levels with their “step-thru” design, allowing the rider to mount the bike without the need to swing a leg up and over the seat,” Chief Naturalist Robb Clifford explains. “This same feature also allows for riders to stop the bike and stand with their feet flat on the ground, all while ensuring the rider is seated in an optimum riding position! They have a very comfortable ride and enough gears to allow you to easily cruise at whatever speed you desire,” Clifford continued.

Rentals may be reserved online at darkecountyparks.org or by visiting the Bish Discovery Center, will cost just $5/hour or $20/day and may be rented during Bish Discovery hours. Rental fee must be paid by credit card and includes use of bicycle, helmet and trail map. Renters must be at least 16 years old. Cyclists are encouraged to bring water bottles.

Thank you to the Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc. for the funding in order to make this goal a reality! The Darke County Parks would also like to thank Mr. Bob Bitner of Countryside Bike Shop on Broadway for his help in selecting and purchasing the ideal bike for our needs.

To contact the Darke County Park District regarding rentals and policies, please contact the Bish Discovery Center 808-4120 or the park offices at 548-0165.

G.H.S. Vocal Music Department Presents- Choir-O-Rama 2019

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Vocal Music Department will present their annual spring production of “Choir-O-Rama” May 18-19 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. On Saturday, May 18, the show will begin at 7:00pm and on Sunday, May 19, the show will begin at 2:00pm.

The show will open with all the choirs performing “Sing” by Pentatonix, followed by “High Hopes” and “Meant to Be” with the Wavaires. The Girls Glee will perform a “Superhits” medley. Collage will perform “Put Another Dime in the Jukebox” - a medley of classic rock hits, as well as a tribute to Aretha Franklin with “Respect” and “Think”. Concert Choir will be joined by live musicians to perform selections by the popular music group, Imagine Dragons.

The Wavaires will be joined by a small live band to perform selections by Queen, including “We are the Champions”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Will Rock You”, “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

The Greenville High School Jazz Scene, under the direction of Mr. JR Price, will also be performing for both shows, as well as accompanying some senior spotlight performances. The Jazz Scene and Wavaires will join for “Skyfall” and “Lean on Me”.

The show will conclude with a tribute to all the seniors in the vocal music program, as well as the combined choirs performing “Stand By You”, “Most People are Good” and “We are the World.”

Tickets are available online NOW by visiting gcswave.brushfire.com/events. Adult tickets are $8 in advance and student tickets are $5 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for purchase, with the cost of $7 for students and $10 for adults. Please plan to purchase tickets online prior to the event to guarantee a better seat selection and lower admission cost.

The GHS Choir are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge and accompanied and assisted by Mr. Christopher Andres. Please make sure to visit and like “Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters” on Facebook to receive the latest news and updates on the choral music program at GHS.

EMT scholarship available to area residents

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Upcoming high school graduates encouraged to apply

From left Brandon Joseph of Willshire and Sarah Combs
of Lima practice immobilization on their classmate Christie Miller
of Greenville during a recent EMT class held in Celina. The students
in this class not only excelled with perfect attendance during
the course, but all students passed their national EMT exam
on the first attempt.
Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced it will again consider upcoming high school graduates and others interested in mobile healthcare for its scholarship offering to become an emergency medical technician.

Now through May 13th, 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 www.spiritmedicaltransport.com and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Employee Relations and Human Resource Director Andrea Cahill at acahill@spiritmedicaltransport.com.

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 May 12th at Spirit’s Greenville office. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. May 17th. 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. Classes will be held five days a week starting June 10th through August 3rd. 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.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 60 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program.

“When you get to see the faces of the people who work so hard in their EMS studies to pass the national test, it’s truly amazing,” explained Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Over the years many have shared that had it not been for our scholarship program, they would have never been afforded the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming an EMT.”

Hathaway said the scholarships have been awarded to people as young as age 17 getting ready to graduate from high school, to a 57-year-old factory worker looking for a career change.

“College isn’t for everyone and these classes not only allow people the opportunity to become highly trained in a much-needed profession, but also ensures them a position in a very rewarding healthcare field once passing the tests and completing field training,” Hathaway said.

A recent class held February through April, yielded all the students in the class not only passing their class final, but also the National EMT Registry exam on their first try. All but one student in this class also maintained perfect attendance during the seven-week long course.

“The more classes we sponsor, the more we learn,” he said. “We continue to make minor changes for the better and it’s showing with an increasing number of students passing the national exam on their first attempt.”

In late summer of 2018, 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 this October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center. Besides Spirit, other healthcare partners assisting with clinical experience for the classes include Wayne Health Care, Reid Health, Greenville Township Rescue, and Richmond Fire Department.

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.

State of the Heart Care Announces Newest Addition to Board of Directors

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State of the Heart Care is excited to announce its newest Board of Directors member-Mike Schlamb.

Mike Schlamb is the co-owner of R.J. Warner Insurance Agency, with locations in Greenville, Arcanum, and Troy. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wright State University, and is a Certified Insurance Counselor. He is also involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus and local Elks Club.

When asked what brought him to State of the Heart Care Mike shared, “I have seen the positive impact that State of the Heart has on individuals and their families. So, when I was asked to serve on the Board I was eager to be a part of such a caring organization.” Mike resides in Greenville, OH.

Two Perspectives from Camp Encourage

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Attend Camp Encourage just once and it could change your life forever. This is how Abigail Jutte of Ft. Recovery feels. Abigail has been volunteering at Camp Encourage as a camp buddy and group leader for the past few years, but she has been involved with camp since she was just a child. She first attended camp at the age of five. Her mother had heard about State of the Heart’s then Camp Bearable within their community and decided to sign up Abigail. After her first year, Abigail continued to attend camp throughout her whole childhood. As a child, she recalls how hard it was living in a small town and not having many people to connect with that could relate to losing a loved one. Camp Bearable allowed her to realize she wasn’t the only one who had lost a parent and opened up the door for her to make many new friends that she could share similar feelings and memories with. To this day Abigail is still friends with several of those same campers.

When looking back on some of her favorite memories of attending camp as a child, Abigail specifically remembers the balloon launch held during Camp Bearable and receiving small keepsake items that she still has to this day. Abigail shared that those activities and topics demonstrated during camp helped her learn coping mechanisms she could use in her grieving process. “When you are five you don’t realize what death is but camp helped with feelings of loneliness.” Camp also taught her it was normal to feel angry, sad, or upset and provided tools on how to manage those feelings like using breathing techniques. Abigail said it is important for youth that have experienced or been affected by a loss to attend camp to learn these habits and to see “they aren’t the only kid in the world to have close losses in the family.”

Abigail, now a teacher’s aide at St. Marys, knew she wanted to remain involved with camp since attending as a camper had left such a huge impact on her life. This year marks her 5th year as being a camp volunteer. When asked why she wanted to come back as a volunteer Abigail stated she wanted to “truly give back to camp for what they gave me. Helping kids is my passion and this had one of the biggest impacts on my life.” She also enjoys volunteering because of the opportunity it gives her to pay it forward and help as many kids as she can through this process, maybe seeing some of the campers come back one day as volunteers themselves. To Abigail, Camp Encourage is humbling and she wants to stay involved with it as long as she can. She said it best when she explained what Camp Encourage means to her, “Family. Although only one weekend, it is a family for a lifetime. It’s a safe place to let feelings out and a place to feel loved and accepted.”

This year’s camp will be held July 12-14 at The Spiritual Center Montezuma Retreat House in Montezuma, Ohio. Camp Encourage continues to strive to bring the children it serves the resources they need to fully express themselves and know that they are not alone in their grief. Our camp began in 2000 with 15 children and over the past eighteen years, we have served more than 730 youth in our communities. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding attending or volunteering for Camp Encourage please give us a call at 800-417-7535. Ashlee Slavin, Camp Director or Sarah DePoy, Assistant Camp Director would be happy to speak with you.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Important 1793 Drawing of Fort Greene Ville Ohio Discovered

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Submitted by Dr. David M Cox

Left: a recently discovered 1793 drawing of Fort Greene Ville, Right: the dimensions of the drawing overlaid an image of modern day Greenville showing the exact location of the fort.
Years of searching has finally paid off. An original 1793 drawing of Greene Ville showing how the fort was laid out, and its exact measurements, has been found at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It is untitled and not dated, hence archivers had placed the drawing as best they could, but in an unusual spot where no one had previously thought to look.

Combining this drawing with known orderly notes, diaries, recent archaeological investigations, 1801 survey notes, and an early manuscript plan of the camp at Greene Ville allows researchers to overlay the fort outline on a map of present downtown Greenville, Ohio.

This discovery will pinpoint Anthony Wayne Headquarters and the council house where the famous "Treaty of Greene Ville" was signed.

More information can be found at Garst Museum in Greenville where artifacts and displays of the 1793-97 for are on exhibit.

An article, with pictures, can be found in the latest Ohio Archaeologist, the publication of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, which was just released.

We thank Jim Surber and the Darke County engineers office for converting measurements and putting the different maps in the same scale.

Monday, April 29, 2019

2019 Poultry Days Honorary Parade Marshals Jim and Julie Poeppelman

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Jim and Julie (Monnin) Poeppelman are very pleased and honored to be selected as Parade Marshalls for the 2019 Poultry Days Grand Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00am on Saturday June 15 as part of the three-day festival to be held June 14-16, 2019.

Jim was raised in Versailles and aside from his years in college, has been a lifelong Versailles resident. Julie was born in Piqua and spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Russia, OH, where she attended and graduated High School. The two were married on August 22, 1981 in Russia, OH and established residence in Versailles where they have been happily married ever since.

Jim graduated from Versailles High school and went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Through the years Jim has dedicated time to many boards and committees in the Versailles community. Those organizations include director and president of the Versailles Development Association, Rotary Club Member, Friends of Hole Field Reconstruction Volunteer, President of the Darke County YMCA, board member at the Darke County Airport, and 2007 Versailles Area Citizen of the Year. Additionally, Jim was a member of the Versailles Poultry Days committee for many years serving as chairman for the 1989 festival. He served on the Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association Board and was Chairman in 1996, along with serving as a board member and Chairman for the Ohio Ready Mix Concrete Association. Currently, he is a board member at the Versailles Savings and Loan, and a director on the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation board. Jim is the co-owner of C.F. Poeppelman, Inc. and PEPCON Concrete where he has served as President since 1988. He claims retirement is in the near future, but in the meantime enjoys the transfer of experience, knowledge and leadership to his two sons Ben and Matt.

Upon graduating from Russia High School, Julie took her skills to the workforce as a beautician and barber at the A-Cut-Above Salon in Versailles. As their family started to grow, Julie changed career paths and focused her efforts on raising their children. After all three kids entered school, Julie spent numerous years as a teacher at the Kinder Korner Pre School in Versailles. Julie has served on the Versailles Youth Baseball board, the Darke County Election Committee board, and was President of Modern Mothers. Julie has graciously volunteered her service to many local organizations, including the Versailles Nursing Home, and Versailles School systems.

The two enjoy traveling, boating, listening to blues music, and spending time with their family and friends. Jim and Julie are the proud parents of three children: Ben and Michelle Poeppelman of Troy OH, Matt and Diana Poeppelman of Versailles OH, and Kate Poeppelman of Versailles, OH. They are blessed with seven grandchildren: Owen, Kyle, Cody, Jacob, Claire, Grace, and Seth.

Jim and Julie encourage everyone to support the Versailles community by attending the Poultry Days festivities on June 14-16. The 68th annual festival theme is “Rock -n- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day". Please visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

DARKE CO SPECIAL OLYMPICS TRACK AND FIELD DAY

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Dr. Kyle Lehman is awarding a ribbon to Pearl Smith, Greenville student following her 50 m. run at last year's Track and Field event.
Darke Co. Special Olympics is beginning the 41st year of providing athletic opportunities for students and adults with intellectual disabilities from Darke County and Greenville City Schools and the adult Darke County Community. The 2018 program served over 300 athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, powerlifting, softball, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field. Dr. Lehman provides sports physicals for many of the student athletes.

The 40th annual Track and Field Eventwill be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 9:45am-2:00pm at The Jennings Center Track and Field Complex next to Greenville High School. Bad weather date will be Monday, May 13th. This is our biggest event of the year that celebrates our school age athletes. Come out and celebrate their achievements.

ANNIE’S STAR-SPANGLED RAFFLE

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Want to win $1000 cash? A three-night stay at a fabulous log home in Gatlinburg? A 14k gold diamond bracelet? Get your tickets for Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle. Raffle tickets at $5 a chance will be drawn at the annual Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala on Saturday, June 8. Going to be away? No worry, you need not be present to win the Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle.

The use of a log home featuring three bedrooms and a hot-tub just outside of Gatlinburg has been donated by Tom and Cindy Scott, TC Properties LLC. For the Gatlinburg get-a-way and the $1000 cash, you don’t need to be present to win. Bonus drawings on the raffle tickets will be made that evening for $500 cash and a final drawing, also for $500 in cash, for those who are in attendance at the time of the drawing.

The Gala, a casual event and FUNdraiser, will be held on Saturday, June 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. All proceeds benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come for this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light appetizers provided by Montage. You can view the many auction and raffle prizes, with more being added daily, at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/garstgala2018/.

The Gala costs $20 per person or $15 for Garst members with advance reservations by June 5. At the door, tickets are $25. Tables of six or more can be reserved. Dress is casual.

Reservations for the event are available by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250. Ticket sources for the Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle are the Museum, Montage, or any board member. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center in Greenville, Ohio.

RECYCLE YOUR OUT OF DATE ELECTRONICS

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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day on May 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling. 1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to Grace Resurrection food pantry.

After many suggestions from participants, the district has decided to try this event without the requirement of preregistration!!! To try to help alleviate long lines, we ask that those with the last name A-M arrive between 9 am and Noon and those with the last name N-Z arrive between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. By assigning a specific time frame for arrival, we are trying to circumvent long lines, longer waits, and traffic jams. However, if something should occur that prevents you from taking in your equipment at your assigned time, you may still take it for collection as long as you arrive before 5 pm. You will be served on a first come, first served basis.

The program, which is open to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents, will involve the participation and support of nine Darke County agencies to make it work. These Darke County agencies are the adult probation office’s community service and litter collection department, the board of county commissioners, buildings and grounds department, common pleas court, municipal court, and general health district’s environmental division. Best of all, neither your tax dollars nor the county’s general fund are being used to fund this program!! The Solid Waste District uses fees collected from area disposal companies to fund all their programs.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. Again this year, CRT televisions and monitors will not be accepted through the district’s collection. 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling will accept televisions for a fee. Neighboring county residents have paid as much as $1 per inch to have their computer or television monitors recycled. 1 Shot will accept CRT monitors and televisions up to 32” for $5 each, 32” and above for $10 ea and projection televisions for $15 each. Fees are subject to change after May 22, 2019.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be disassembled for recycling. Computer hard drives will be drilled on site to protect your personal information. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, PCs, laptops), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, copiers, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

Awards Presented at YMCA of Darke County Annual Meeting

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Sam Casalano, YMCA of Darke County CEO, presents Gloria Hole with the Y’s Member of the Year award.
Sam Casalano, YMCA of Darke County CEO, presents
Jose Badell with the Y’s Volunteer of the Year award.
The YMCA of Darke County recently hosted their Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for celebrate and highlight the Y’s accomplishments over the past year, to recognize some of the individuals who went above and beyond to make the Y a better place, and to express appreciation to the Y’s board members and other volunteers.

Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO, spoke about the Y’s mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. He emphasized that the mission is centered on balance and a holistic approach.

Casalano said, “Every single one of us makes an impact on the planet every single day, and we can choose what sort of impact we’re going to make.”

He also spoke about how volunteers are crucial to the Y’s mission, saying that the Darke County Y is blessed to have many volunteers who give of their time and talent. Nationwide, more than 600,000 volunteers serve in more than 2,700 Ys in more than 10,000 communities. Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy, Casalano noted, saying, “You vote in an election once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The Darke County Y’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jose Badell. Jose was a member of the Y’s swim team for 12 years, and has 30 seasons of swim competition under his belt. He stepped up to volunteer as the Darke County Sharks head coach this year.

The Y’s Member of the Year award was presented to Gloria Hole. Gloria’s late husband, Bill, gave a lifetime of service to the Darke County Y, and Gloria has chosen to continue that legacy with her dedication, loyalty and support. She also is active at the Y, taking senior fitness classes twice a week.

The Y also thanked outgoing board member Alex Warner, and welcomed new board members Laurie White and Denis Short.

Casalano also recognized Champions of Hope, who gave $5,000 or more to the Y in 2018: Matt and Angie Arnold, Dennis and Shirla Neff, Gloria Hole, Jeff Hole, GTI, Wes and Patti Jetter, Second National Bank, Midmark Corporation, and Financial Achievement Services.

The meeting concluded with a reminder that the Y’s message is grounded in love.

Casalano said, “It is love that helps someone who walks into the Y and says, ‘I need to find a place.’ It is that love that motivates someone to say it doesn’t matter if you can pay. It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in. It doesn’t matter how broken you are or how strong you are, if you’re affluent or poor, a businessman or a felon just out of prison. We have a place for you, and we want to love you. It is that love that changes the world.”

TAMMY DIETRICH GIVES PRESENTATION TO LOCAL BPW CLUB

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Pictured from left to right are: BPW Membership Members Kathy O’Dell, Speaker Tammy Dietrich and members Sonya Crist, Kacey Christian and Susan Shields.   Not pictured Holly Lovely.
Greenville, OH April 15, 2019 The Membership Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the April 11, 2019 meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community. The committee consisted of Sonya Crist, Kathy O’Dell, Susan Shields, Kacey Christian, Tammy Dietrich and Holly Lovely.

Committee chair Sonya Crist introduced the featured speaker Tammy Dietrich who is an Executive Sales Leader as a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant. Dietrich is very passionate about helping people make their homes safer and healthier by removing toxic chemicals. Norwex was started 25 years ago in Norway. She stated most store bought cleaners include synthetic fragrances which is a combination of chemicals that can be carcinogenic. Stabilizers are included in the formulas to promote longer shelf life. Tammy performed demonstrations utilizing the Norwex micro-fiber cloths from removing butter on windows to germs revealed by a black light on a piece of wood. Dusting micro-fiber cloths, dust mitts, a mop system and a body line cloth that requires no soap were exhibited. Dietrich is wife to Jeff and mother of four children. For further information on Tammy find her at www.tamarahdietrich.norwex.biz

Author Jodie Bohman was present at the meeting promoting and autographing her books Mattie and I Believe. Bohman was a featured speaker at a prior BPW Meeting. Her website is: jodierichardbohman.com

The Club is currently promoting their Chicken BBQ fundraiser which will be held on Wednesday, June 19th from 4:30-6:30PM at the VFW on Ohio Street, Greenville, OH. The price is $7.50 and includes one half BBQ chicken, applesauce, chips and a roll. Tickets can be purchased from any BPW member, at the Merle Norman Studio, 309 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH or by calling Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Information on BPW can be found at the website www.bpwohio.com. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937-423-3657 or through sonyacrist@gmail.com.

State School Budgets and Potential Changes Explained by Jenna Jurosic, Treasurer of Greenville City Schools

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Written by Treasurer Jenna Jurosic, Greenville City Schools

In Ohio we operate on biennial budgets (one that lasts for two years), with the next budget starting in July. School funding from the state is a large part of the biennial budget. Funding Ohio’s schools has long been criticized and even ruled unconstitutional in the DeRolph case. The importance of providing a quality education to our youth is of utmost importance, so funding this education is a concern for our community and political leaders throughout the state. Opinions on the best way to fund our public schools has led to decades of changes to state funding models, and it appears that we will, once again, experience some change to our state funding formula with the next state budget.

The current state funding model, which is usually described as complex, starts with base funding per pupil of $6,020 and then adjusts this amount using a formula to determine the portion of this each district gets per pupil. The adjustment is determined by the State Share Index of each district, which is measured by property valuation and the income of the residents of the district. The index is a sliding scale from 5% to 90%, with the wealthiest districts having an index of 5% and the least wealthy districts having and index of 90%. Caps and guarantees further complicate the index, meaning no district gets the full $6,020 in base funding, but rather some portion of that amount per student. In fact, because of caps and guarantees, very few districts are being funded by the actual formula amount.

With the change in Governor, as we have with Governor DeWine, we typically see a change in the funding model for schools. In his initial budget released in mid-March, Governor DeWine proposed that each K-12 district receive the same funding as the year before plus additional funding for mental health services, wraparound supports, mentoring, after school programs and other services. The additional funds are on a sliding scale, based on poverty level. For fiscal year 2020 the funding is up to $250 per student and for 2021 up to $300 per student. Under the Governor’s proposed budget, it is anticipated that Greenville would receive the full funding for these services, thus increasing our state funding by an estimated $619,987 in 2020 and $743,984 in 2021.

While the Governor has his proposed budget, the final budget will not be fully established until late June. The budget has to go through the House and Senate first and will likely be modified a number of times. Currently in the House, Representatives Patterson and Cupp have a proposal to change school funding. The Cupp-Patterson model takes into account actual enrollment at the school, as well as property and income levels in the district. While some districts projections under this model are very favorable, for Greenville this model just gives us similar funding to the current formula. The model sets out to be more fair, and it would pump even more money into K-12 schools than the Governor’s plan, $1.1 billion over two years compared to $500 million with Governor DeWine’s plan. However, based on enrollment, poverty, income and property tax values for Greenville City Schools, using this method results in the district falling into a small group that experiences very little change to state funding levels.

At this time, we have to wait to see which model or combinations of ideas will end up funding our schools for the next two years.

Pollinator program and more at the Arcanum Public Library

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On Tuesday, May 21, there will be an adult coloring session at 4:00. Patrons can drop in for a relaxing afternoon of beverages and coloring. No registration is needed.

The book club will be meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 to discuss the month’s selection and to pick up the newest book. There is no registration needed, and newcomers are welcome to drop in.

StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft to take home. No registration is needed.

Also on Tuesdays is the afterschool program for grade school children from 3:45 – 4:45. Kids get to hang out with friends, play games, create and more. This is a drop-in program.

The library ran a book bracket for March Madness with patrons voting each week as new ballots were created with the winners. Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs & Ham” beat out 63 other books to claim the title of “The book I would most like to read”.

The library wants to remind patrons of the new app available that will allow access to their library account, make it possible to download e-books, place books on hold, and much more. Search for the COOL Libraries app in Google Play and the App Store.

Patrons can call the library at 937-692-8484 or find us at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

In-Demand Jobs Week Recruiting and On Site Interviews

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