Friday, February 14, 2020

Garst Museum Speakers Series Presents “Moving Off the Farm and Staying Amish”

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On Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m., Garst Museum welcomes Susan Trollinger, Ph.D. Dr. Trollinger is a Professor of English at the University of Dayton (Ohio) where she teaches courses on rhetoric and writing as well as a year-long interdisciplinary course on the development of the West in a global context with faculty from English, history, religious studies, and philosophy. Her research interests include visual rhetoric, religion (especially the Amish and Protestant fundamentalism), and tourism. Her recent publications include Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia (Johns Hopkins UP, 2012) and Righting America at the Creation Museum, co-authored with William Vance Trollinger, Jr. (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016).

The Amish have in the last few decades moved through an incredible transition, what some have called an Amish industrial revolution, that has profoundly changed their way of life. In this presentation, Dr. Trollinger will describe the traditional way of life that the Amish lived and how that has been transformed by the need to make a living off the farm. The question at the heart of this talk is: Can the Amish remain Amish in an economy that demands that they make a living off the farm?

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

Valentine Get Away { without the kids }

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The Ansonia United Methodist Church, 204 W High St Ansonia Oh, will be " Babysitting The Kids " for parents who would like to spend some time with their significant other this Valentines weekend.

This event will be held on Saturday February 15th from 5:30 pm till 10:30 pm.

The cost is just $5.00 per child, per hour. Snacks, Drinks, Crafts, Games and a Movie, will be provided for all the kids who show up.

You deserve a break, and so do your kids. So stop by and drop off the kids, then go out and have an enjoyable evening with each other.

If you have any questions or concerns fell free to contact the Youth Pastor at (937)569-1130 or email bradleytodd1981@gmail.com.

Maple Sugarin’ on the Prairie

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We are fast approaching that time of year… The smell of delicious maple syrup is coming from the sugar shack which means it’s time to sponsor a bucket and reserve your very own bottle of maple syrup made right here at Shawnee Prairie! Each sponsor will have his/her name placed on the sap bucket along the trail during the Maple Sugarin’ Festival on March 7.

“Amber Grade” ($25) sponsors will receive a 250 ml bottle of Darke County Parks maple syrup in a decorative maple leaf-shaped glass bottle. In addition to a bottle of maple syrup, “Fancy Grade” ($40) sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets to the Waffle & Sausage breakfast the morning of the festival.

This year, we’ve made it even easier to sponsor your bucket by accepting sponsorships through our website. Follow the link below, create/sign in to your account, and click “Sponsor a Bucket” under the memberships tab to get started. https://darkecoparks.recdesk.com/Community/Home .

Forms and payment will be due on February 21, 2020. If you have any questions, need help creating your account or sponsoring your bucket, please call the Nature Center at (937)548-0165. We are looking forward to another successful year of maple sugarin’!

Annual Seed Swap at Library

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On February 20th at 6:00 Growing Harvest Seed Library will hold its annual Seed Swap at the Greenville Public Library. Megan Schmidt from Darke County Parks will be our guest speaker as we kick off the 2020 growing season. She will give a brief presentation on aquaponics, a process in which plants and aquatic animals coexist together in a controlled ecosystem. Following her presentation, patrons will be able to select seeds from our newly stocked seed library. There is no registration required for this free event.

Bring your extra seeds and trade them for something you need or have been wanting to try. Remember, these are heirloom, open-pollinated seeds that grow year after year. The idea is to borrow seeds, plant them, and return a few from your harvest to the Library for next year.

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.

For more information please call 548-3915 or visit the Library’s Facebook Event Page. This is a fun and informal event so be sure to come and have a good time getting ready for spring planting!

Instant Pot - Meals in Minutes

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Have you heard the hype about the instant pot, the new trend in cooking? Are you interested in learning more about how to use your instant pot? Are you curious on how they work and if they are worth purchasing? This class is for you.

Dr. Roseanne Scammahorn, FCS Educator for Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, will be hosting an introduction to Electronic Programmable Pressure Cookers class on Tuesday, March 10 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. The class will be held at Arcanum Public Library, 101 West North St., Arcanum.

Come and join an interactive class, where we learn the functions on an instant pot and prepare and sample a dish made with an instant pot.

There is no cost for this program but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

For further information contact the Arcanum Public Library at 937-692-8484.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library's February Lunch & Learn welcomes back crowd-favorite Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. His topic is very relevant “SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder & Mental Health”

Jordan asks “Do you notice yourself feeling more sluggish during the winter months? Not enjoying activities that used to make you happy? Getting food cravings more intensely? These are just a few of the signs and symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer.”

Join us at noon on Wed the 19th to learn more about signs and symptoms, risk factors, and therapies/treatment for one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues.

You may buy the Coffee Pot lunch for $5 or bring your own or just come for the program! We usually have a wrap with soup or salad and fruit and drinks. Please register and let us know about lunch at 548-3915.

Greenville Union Cemetery Spring Cleanup

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The Greenville Union Cemetery has scheduled their spring clean-up for the first week of March. During the clean-up all grave decorations will be removed and disposed of. The Trustees of the cemetery ask that any family who has a loved on buried in the cemetery and wish to keep the decorations to have them removed before March 1, 2020.

As a reminder of the cemetery rules; only one grave decoration is permitted except during special holidays. Shepherd hooks and decorations that interfere with mowing are not permitted. All holiday decorations are to be removed within a week of the holiday. No decorations of any kind are allowed from April1 to May 15.

The cemetery will be having the grass treated, so those who walk their pets should look for signs to protect their pets from any harm.

If their are any questions the public may call the cemetery office Monday through Thursday 9am - 3pm at (937) 548-3235.

The Cemetery Trustees wish to thank the public for their cooperation.

Big Buddies Program Announces Greenville Volunteers, Seeks more role models

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GREENVILLE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County has named the Greenville High School volunteers who are participating in its Buddies program this year.

The Big Buddies program is a nine-month commitment, during which high school students work with and mentor elementary-aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the 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, Big Brothers Big Sisters is utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum, which focuses on violence prevention, social and emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character and values, and bullying prevention.

Greenville High School volunteers include: Carlos Badell, Carmen Badell, Abbie Barton, Courtney Bryson. Hannah Gartenman, Talasia Foland, Leticia Gonzalez, Yu Xuan Lin, Jessica Maize, Faith Mansfield, Kierra Reichert, Grace Self and Shyanne Slade. The Greenville Buddies program is a partnership with Empowering Darke County Youth. Both agencies are a a 501 c3 nonprofit United Way Partner agency.

In addition to the after-school Big Buddies program, the agency has numerous community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke counties. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings, which are planned around the volunteer’s schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor who can serve as a positive role model and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities.

Big Brother Big Sister is seeking volunteers, donors and event sponsors all throughout the year. To learn how to become a volunteer or learn how to make a difference in a child’s life, call 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org. The organization can also be reached on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Darke County Delegates Return from Ohio Farmers Union Convention

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Family farming group focused on Ohio water quality, rural healthcare

LIMA, OH – Local delegates represented Darke County at the Ohio Farmers Union 86th Annual Convention in Lima recently. Those delegates included: Todd and Amy Rhoades, Jim and Diana Zumbrink, Ted and Holly Finnarn and youth delegate, Emily Schmitz, who spent their time considering policies ranging from water quality to rural healthcare reform.

Each January, the Ohio Farmers Union holds its annual convention and this year it was held in Lima, Ohio. One of the most important duties the delegates undertake each year is to identify the “Special Orders of Business” for duration of the current year. These special orders are what convention delegates determined through debate and votes should be the highlights of OFU policy for the year.

OFU convention delegates passed special orders of business for 2020 on the following issues:

  • A Focus on Lake Erie Water Quality and Nutrient Management
  • The Congressional Will on the SNAP Work Requirements
  • Increased Accountability for State and Federal Checkoff Funds
  • Healthcare Reform for Rural America
  • Supporting Renewable Energy in Rural Ohio
  • Needed Regulation on Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Lands
  • Renewable Fuel Standards Decisions in Washington that Reward Fuel Companies at the Expense of Farmers
  • Environmental Cleanup in Regards to Concentrated Animal Feeding Facilities and Operations
  • Monopolistic Corporate Concentration in Ag Industry
  • Prohibition of Radioactive Brine Being Used as Dust Suppression and De-Icing Treatments

Darke County received both of the Joe Fichter Essay Scholarship Awards this year, garnering first and second place in the State. John Fischer, a senior from Ansonia High School, won first place and Emily Schmitz, a senior from Mississinawa Valley High School, won 2nd place in the scholarship contest.

For a complete rundown of all of OFU’s policy considerations for 2020, see https://ohfarmersunion.org/. For information about the Darke County Farmers Union, contact Holly Finnarn at 421 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio, 937.548.3240.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

SARA Title III Chemical Reporting Deadline March 1, 2020

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The Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in conjunction with the Darke County EMA would like to remind Darke County companies/facilities that the SARA Title III (Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act) chemical inventory reporting deadline is fast, approaching. The annual reports are due to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) c/o Ohio EPA, the Darke County LEPC and your jurisdictional fire department by March 1, 2020. A filing fee is associated with the annual chemical inventory reporting and is to be submitted to the SERC only. Approximately eighty percent (80%) of the total fees generated under this program are redistributed back to the local LEPC for administrative costs and training of our first responders. These reports are required by Ohio Revised Code 3750 and financial penalties can be imposed, up to $10,000 per day, if you are required to file and do not.

Who should file? The owner or operator of a company/ facility must submit a report when all the following conditions are met:

  1. Facility is subject to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard; and
  2. Facility uses, produces, and/or stores a Hazardous Chemical and/or has an “Extremely Hazardous Substances” above the listed Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ ); and
  3. The quantity of one of the Hazardous Chemicals and/or an “Extremely Hazardous Substance is in excess of the “Threshold Quantity” (TQ). For Hazardous Chemicals, the TQ is 10,000 pounds or more for any given day (Examples include, but are not limited to, gasoline, diesel fuel, Kerosene, Propane, Toluene, etc.); For Extremely Hazardous Substances the TPQ is chemical specific for 359 listed chemicals and varies from 1 to 500 pounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, chlorine, ammonia, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid.

Complete information is available at: http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/27/serc/SERC_Manual.pdf

It is the responsibility of each business to know if they meet the above criteria for reporting. Please remember this information is vital in the emergency planning and response for Darke County and all of its residents.

More information is available by contacting Darke County LEPC at 937-548-1444.

Local Seniors Win State Scholarship Essay Contest

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Two high school seniors from local county school districts won the first and second-place designations for the Joe Fichter Scholarship Essay Contest at the Ohio Farmers Union Annual State Convention held in Lima, Ohio this year. Ethan Fischer, a senior at Ansonia High School, garnered the first place award and Emily Schmitz, a senior from Mississinawa Valley High School, was awarded the second-place designation.

Ohio Farmers Union honors Joe Fichter, a well-informed and dedicated advocate for family farms, and his work through yearly scholarships to deserving rural youth. Joe Fichter’s primary work was the preservation of the family farm and its values. He made numerous trips to Washington to lobby for the family farmer and the small towns they supported. Joe was a major part of Ohio’s Farmers Union and helped build the organization throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Fichter was also a professor of English, from 1936 to 1958, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he lived.

A Night in Hollywood

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Don’t miss a Night with the STARS – Hollywood Style. Join us on March 7th for the 6th Annual A Night In Hollywood. It’s the event created for kids by kids. The event spotlights the Special Olympian’s artistic talents – putting the spotlight on the stars they are. Greenville High School gymnasium will turn Hollywood with the doors opening at 5:30 pm and music beginning at 6 pm.

A Night in Hollywood will showcase the Special Olympics participants by presenting their artistic abilities through a talent show that includes singing, dancing and performances by Kendell’s Crew and Artistic Variations from Final Bow Studio. You will be able to bid on the many amazing pieces of art made by Special Olympians in the silent art auction.

You will have many opportunities to give back to Special Olympics throughout A Night in Hollywood with business donations, raffle items, fun family games and much more. Since this will be our sixth year, for this fundraising event made specifically for the Darke County Special Olympics, our goal is $10,100. We have raised $38,00- in the first 5 years of this event.

We need your help to fill the audience to support our Darke County Special Olympians. The event is unlike any event anywhere – Join us and make a difference for our Special Olympics in a way that they have never experienced before through A Night in Hollywood. Usually, the Special Olympics participants are limited to athletics and on this night... they are our Shining Stars!

We are aware that the Special Olympics are extremely talented in many ways! So, we would like to give them the opportunity to show off their own unique talents to our community. If you know a Special Olympian who would like to showcase their artistic talents – please contact us! Our goal is to have all eyes on our special Olympics participants so they may feel like the stars they are.

If you would like to be a guest at A Night in Hollywood, tickets will be available at the door for $5.00 a piece. You may also purchase a table for $200 and receive 10 free tickets or become a major sponsor for $500. If you are interested in making a financial donation, please make checks payable to Greenville City Schools with SCM in the memo line and mail to GHS 100 Greenwave Way Greenville, OH 45331.

For further information, contact Jaida Kelly at 20Jaidakelly@gcswave.com, Alyssa Evers at 20alyssaevers@gcswave.com, or Alivia Lindamood at 20alivialindamood@gcswave.com. We would love to get as many members of our community as possible involved to share this very special night with us. Hope to see you there!

Darke County Democrats to Hold Early Riser Breakfast

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

Greenville BPW Presents Dr. Alisha Reiss as Speaker at February Meeting

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Public Relations Committee with Chair Susan Fowble and members Peggy Foutz, Pam Sharp and Maria Moore will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, February 13th at the Brethren’s Retirement Community’s Private Dining Room at 6:30 PM.

The featured speaker Dr. Alisha D Reiss, MD, is a Staff General Surgeon at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. After graduation from Arcanum High School in 2003 she attended and graduated from Wilmington College in 2007 with a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Reiss graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2011. She completed surgical residency at Mount Carmel Health System in 2016 and joined Wayne HealthCare Surgeons in 2016. She was re-elected to serve as alternate delegate of the Young Physicians Section Governing Council for the 2019-2020 years. In 2018 she took over as Medical Director of the Cancer Program. ‘Quality Cancer Care Close to Home’ is the focus of the presentation including an overview of breast cancer management followed by what it means to be an accredited facility. Wayne HealthCare Cancer Care Coordinator Jill Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN will be in attendance to assist with the presentation. A question and answer session will follow.

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 10th at vcost@coxinsurance.com.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bloomingdale to Join Financial Achievement Services

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- The Main Street Greenville Board of Trustees announced today that current Executive Director Crysta Bloomingdale has submitted her resignation in order to accept a position at Financial Achievement Services Inc.

“The board is very sad to see Crysta leave Main Street Greenville as the Executive Director,” said Phillip Pierri, Board President. “She has been a great asset to this organization from day one with her creativity and fresh ideas. We all wish her nothing but the best in her next challenges in life. With change comes opportunity. The board of trustees for Main Street Greenville will work hard to ensure a smooth and seamless transition as we look for the next Executive Director.”

Bloomingdale has served as the Executive Director of Main Street Greenville since 2017 and will be transitioning out of this role in early March. In her letter to the Board of Trustees, Bloomingdale said she was “honored to have been chosen to lead this organization and it is my sincere hope that it continues to thrive and carry out the ongoing work of building a strong community.”

“I am very grateful to the Board for their confidence in me and consistent support over the last three years,” said Bloomingdale. “It has been a privilege to work with and advocate for the small business owners who are so very passionate about our community. Creating a vibrant downtown would not be possible without our committed supporters and volunteers, and I look forward to being one of those as I transition into a new role.”

The Main Street Greenville Board of Trustees remains committed to fostering a strong non-profit organization that serves to make downtown Greenville a desirable destination for entrepreneurs. The Board will be announcing their plans for the transition period and job posting for the new Executive Director shortly.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio, through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on social media at facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Southwest Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event

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Tipp City, Ohio (Saturday, February 8th 9 AM- 1 PM)

It is estimated 1,078 Ohio children fall victim to human trafficking yearly, and another 3,016 children are at-risk. This is not okay! Human trafficking happens within our communities.

“As a Darke Countian, I would be naive to say this doesn’t affect my rural community. Human trafficking is not limited to the big cities, it touches small communities as well. We must not bury our heads in the sand, but help prevent this atrocity!” says Caitlin Miller, Miller Flowers.

Haley Garber, Beauty By Haley Garber, joins Miller in hosting the Southwest Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event, to offer training to the community. "Nearly all of us have heard of human trafficking by now and the horror that it is, but often we don’t know what to do about it or even fully understand what it is. By taking time out of one day to learn and connect with other people who also are actively fighting this we set ourselves up for a future of prevention and safety. Knowing the facts helps us protect those we love and keep our communities safe." Says Haley.

This event will take place on February 8th, 9 AM-1 PM at the Tipp Center on 855 N. 3rd St. Tipp City, Ohio.

This event is to equip and train professionals, parents, and youth to recognize the signs of trafficking. It will include: A representative from She Has A Name, Columbus. This is a community of abolitionists that exists to fight human trafficking through education, collaboration, and survivor care. https://shehasaname.org/

Stephanie Rollins is the prevention education coordinator at Gracehaven House. Gracehaven is Ohio’s only faith-based safe house near Columbus, working with rescued girls under 18. www.gracehaven.me

Brandi Schindler, Dayton, director of Child Internet Safety for Human Trafficking Essentials, LLC, will be focusing on social media safety.

This event is free and open to the public. Childcare & refreshments will be provided. For a complete list of sessions and to RSVP, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/482054879088207/.

Promoting Pollinators with DCP

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If you’re curious about how you can help pollinator populations this spring, let Darke County Parks give you hand!

Mason Bee Program

On February 6th at 6pm, join a naturalist at the Bish Discovery Center for “In the Garden: Mason Bee Homes”. Mason bees are very productive pollinators and of the bees of Ohio, they’re the easiest to maintain. Come and learn how to increase mason bee populations by raising them in your backyard or garden. Plus, we’ll assist you in building your very own bee house to take home! Registration is required and can be done so by visiting our website at www.darkecountyparks.org Fee: $10

Native Plant Sale

Native pollinators thrive with access to native plants. In fact, they’re four times more likely to be attracted to a native plant vs other blooms. Help boost pollinator species by stocking your garden area or backyard with native plants available through the Darke County Park’s Native Plant Sale! Several varieties of milkweed will be available, along with Prairie Blazing star, Wild Geranium, New England Aster, Royal Catchfly and more. Pre-sale forms and payment must be turned in by February 21. Plants are available for pre-sale only (a few select plants may be available during the sale).
Plant pick up will take place May 9th, 10am-4pm at the Bish Discovery Center.

Visit darkecountyparks.org or stop by either of the two centers to submit and order. Questions? Please call Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165.

Library Features Film Another Year

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On Tuesday February 11 at 6:30, the Third Floor Film Series at the Greenville Public Library will be watching the 2010 film Another Year. The film was directed by Mike Leigh and stars Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, and Lesley Manville.

This honest but heartwarming film follows a year in the life of a middle-aged couple (Sheen & Broadbent) who have a healthy, happy marriage. Their friends though are largely struggling with life's challenges, and the film takes a look at the role this couple has as the stable foundation for the tumultuous lives around them.

At turns hilarious and heathbreaking, awkward and endearing, Another Year is ultimately a life-affirming portrait of a supportive and loving relationship. Leigh's signature technique of collaborating with his actors to shape their characters and dialogue lends vitality to a beautiful story.

Refreshments will be provided and a short discussion with David Nilsen will follow the film. This movie is rated PG-13. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you at this charming classic film!

Big Buddies program announces Versailles volunteers, Seeks more role models

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VERSAILLES — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County has named Versailles High School volunteers who are participating in its Buddies program this year.

The Big Buddies program is a nine-month commitment, during which high school students work with and mentor elementary-aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the 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, Big Brothers Big Sisters is utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum, which focuses on violence prevention, social and emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character and values, and bullying prevention.

Versailles High School volunteers include: Audrey Allen, Anna Barlage, Paige Gasson, Abby Gilmore, Chloe Grillot, Madison Henry, Jaimee Hoelscher, Breanna Nieport, Jayla Pothast, Allison Reed, Lauren Sherman, Kamren Simons and Madelyn Vogel.

In addition to the after-school Big Buddies program, the agency has numerous community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke counties. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings, which are planned around the volunteer’s schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor who can serve as a positive role model and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities.

Big Brother Big Sister is seeking volunteers, donors and event sponsors all throughout the year. To learn how to become a volunteer or learn how to make a difference in a child’s life, call 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org. The organization can also be reached on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

K of C SUPPORTS DARKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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The Ohio State Council, Knights of Columbus represented by Luke Stachler served as an awards presenter at the 40th annual Track and Field Day, last May. He is shown here following the boys, 50 m. run, ages 16+ with ribbons presented left to right, 1st place: Jeremiah Bunch, Greenville H.S.; 2nd place, Jordan Hampshire, Versailles H.S. and 3rd place Jacob Parsons, Greenville H.S. This year's Track and Field Day will take place on Friday, May 8 with bad weather date of Monday, May 11. Darke County Special Olympics is an all volunteer organization, sponsored by the generous donations of local organizations like the Knights of Columbus. There are athletic events year-round. Presently, basketball and cheerleading season is entering tournament time. Two basketball teams will compete at the end of the month in Cincinnati.

Ohio Business & Professional Women’s Retirement Foundation offers Nursing Scholarship

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Left to Right – Nursing Scholarship Recipient – Shelbey Dowler
with Greenville BPW Club President – Deb Smith
The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is sponsoring applicants for a $1000 scholarship which will be granted to a nursing student enrolled in any accredited school or nursing program. The scholarship is made possible by the Ohio Business & Professional Women’s Retirement Foundation as a way of keeping with the tradition of “women helping women” and is selected from applicants from local organizations throughout the state of Ohio. Applications must be received by Kristi Strawser by March 6th in order for Deb Smith, Club President to sign and submit the application for consideration. Applications are available at the Greenville Public Library, the New Madison Public Library, Beanz Bakery or by contacting Kristi Strawser at kstrawser77@gmail.com or 937-423-1794. They are also available on the club’s Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

The 2018-2019 scholarship was awarded last May to Tri-Village Graduate Shelbey Dowler who is currently attending the Edison State Community College School of Nursing. Shelbey’s decision to study nursing began after her Mother was diagnosed in 2011 with cancer. She was instrumental in her recovery process after her surgery which confirmed her decision that nursing was what she was called to do. When her Mother again fell ill in 2018 after Shelbey had begun her Nursing program, she became an advocate for the care of her Mother. Shelbey plans to be a Nurse Practitioner. If there are any questions about the application, please contact Kristi Strawser kstrawser77@gmail.com or 937-423-1794.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Kasey Christian at 937/417-4314 or see their Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

Greenville City Schools Opposes State's EdChoice Scholarship (Voucher) Program

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Written by: Asst. Superintendent Laura Bemus and Greenville Elementary Principal Jody Harter

Ohio’s ballooning EdChoice voucher program threatens to undermine the system of public education in Ohio. The program uses a flawed school report card to unfairly label public schools as “failing” and forces districts to subsidize the cost of private school tuition. Due to recent changes, hundreds of millions of public tax dollars will subsidize private school tuition for students, many of whom have never attended a public school.

Next school year, more than 70% of Ohio’s districts will have an EdChoice-eligible building. The number of eligible buildings will mushroom from approximately 230 last year to more than 1,200 next year — a 422% increase.

Nearly half of these buildings received overall grades of A, B or C on their current state report card. Vouchers cost $4,650 for K-8 students and $6,000 for high school students, funneling money away from public schools to pay for private and parochial tuition. Students can keep the voucher throughout their academic career, costing taxpayers nearly $66,000 per pupil to fund a private education. These costs far exceed what the state provides school districts, so districts must rely on local tax dollars to cover the difference.

Greenville City School’s Board of Education passed a resolution at the Jan. 9, 2020 meeting to oppose the State of Ohio’s EdChoice scholarship program (voucher). The estimated loss of revenue to the Greenville City School District over the next four years is $3,250,800 which would devastate the District’s finances.

Vouchers also threaten districts’ ability to serve their remaining students and jeopardize the quality of those students’ educational experiences. Public school districts are held to high standards and accountability, unlike private schools that do not have to use the same state tests to assess student achievement and can determine their own enrollment and admission policies. In the end, local taxpayers who never intended for their tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools lose. Students are placed in educational settings where there is little-to-no accountability, and school districts that are doing great things for kids are inappropriately labeled as “failing.”

Legislators will act on changes to the voucher program when they return to session the week of Jan. 27th. As they work on developing those amendments, public school educators across the state will continue to contact legislators to oppose the expanded voucher program and the effects it will have on public education in Ohio. We are urging Legislators to stop draining funds from public school budgets and also to stop funneling taxpayer dollars to private and parochial schools. We support Ohio’s system of public education, where every child is accepted and educated.

Greenville BPW Club Features 2020 Vision

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Pictured left to right: Young Careerist BPW committee members
Loure Bohn, Brenda Miller and Melissa Barhorst celebrating
the New Year New You 2020!
The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club welcomed all members to the January 9th meeting to plan for the New Year, New You 2020! The meeting was hosted by the Young Careerist Committee with chair Brenda Miller and members Loure Bohn, Tiana Brown, Tina White and Melissa Barhorst and held at the Brethren Retirement Center.

The Virginia Allen Young Careerist program is a specialty program developed to help young professional women polish their skills for leadership and presentations. The purpose of the program is to recognize the achievements of young working women, between the ages of 21 and 35, inclusive by May 31, 2020, and to introduce them to the many diverse opportunities available with a membership in Business and Professional Women. Participation in this program will enhance written and oral communication skills, both of which are critical to any profession. In addition, it is an opportunity to meet and network with other young women in the same stage of their careers. Participants can express themselves and become a powerful woman in the workplace. The local BPW Club had no candidates to participate this year.

Committee chair Brenda Miller opened the committee’s program with each member introducing themselves and telling a little about themselves. New Year’s resolutions were shared as well as other ideas of starting the New Year…with bullet journals and word of the year. Miller shared her word for 2020 is ‘connect’. She wants to connect to more people and groups new to her and also renew her connections with BPW and friends. She encouraged others that shared their resolutions to set goals and let go to wanting to control of everything. A 2020 Vision flyer was given to all members to list their Goals and Accountability with the focus on: Mind, Body Spirit and Service.

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 throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to Darke County senior high school girls and young women furthering their career. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Kasey Christian at 937/417-4314.

LOVE AND RESPECT MARRIAGE CONFERENCE

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Marriage can be hard. We get that, but we believe that it’s worth fighting for and giving our best effort to succeed.

Whether you feel you have a pretty good marriage that you just want to make even better, are currently sturggling and looking for guidance, or are just about to set out in marriage and desire to make an investment in your relationship now, the Love and Respect Conference is a great place to start!

Unconditional respect for him and unconditional love for her. This teaching will help you and your spouse achieve a deeper level of intimacy by stopping the crazy cycle of conflict, initiating energizing change, and enjoying renewed passion. Register today www.eumchurch.org/events and join us Friday evening and Saturday morning, February 14 & 15 for this transformational conference!

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

Help Darke County Clean-Up!!

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Do you want to help Darke County look it’s best? Join the Darke County Solid Waste District in our twelfth annual Darke County “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2020. By participating, you help create a good impression on prospective employers, retail businesses, professionals, and others who visit our “clean” county.

A recent survey conducted by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. indicated that 48 percent of Americans admit to littering in the past 10 years. What's worse, a separate poll showed that 30 percent of youths, aged 8-14, said they don't care about litter. There are solutions to the litter problem. An aggressive approach towards keeping an area clean is a simple and effective measure. Everyone deserves to live in a community that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful, and we all have a role to play in achieving this goal. Through volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 600 miles of Darke County’s most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer, James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent, Shane Coby.

"Litter brings more litter," Krista Fourman, Solid Waste District Director said. "The cleaner you keep a place, the less chance it will be littered. I think you pick up less litter if you keep an area clean. It's easier for people to throw litter where they see tons of other litter."

How can you participate? The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2020, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to for more information. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. Forms must be turned in by March 6, 2020.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $75.00 (per 2+/- mile section) for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 20, 2020.

So, Darke County, Let’s Clean-Up!!

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