Friday, September 13, 2019

First Responders Thanked on 911

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In commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the 911 attack, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution thanked local first responders for serving our communities. In collaboration with Eikenberry’s IGA and McDonalds North, donuts and coffee were served on 9-11 at the Greenville City Fire Dept.

We should never forget the victims and survivors, as well as the first responders and volunteers who risked their lives to save others on the fateful day of 9-11. For first responders, their dedication of duty to our communities extend to everyday and should be appreciated and recognized.

Delicious Food Offered at Prairie Days

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What is everyone’s favorite part of a festival? That’s right, the food! Parking and admission to Prairie Days are free, so that gives families a few extra bucks to splurge on some pie and ice cream. From hamburgers to hot dogs, walking tacos to sloppy joes and sausages, there is sure to be a sandwich to satisfy everyone’s cravings. There will also be French fries, kettle corn, pork rinds, fresh fruit, cider slushies, and much more. Once again, most food available during the Prairie Days festival will be provided by local non-profit organizations, such as East Zion Community Church and Knights of Columbus #1779. So, while you’re filling your belly, you can also help out a good cause!

Don’t forget to wash all the food down with some old-fashioned sodas and top off the meal with a piece of the best pie in Darke County from our pie baking contest! Bring us your best Apple, Berry, Peach, or Other favorite pie on Saturday, September 28th between 9:30 am-10:00 am for our annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest! Entries are $2 per pie and best in show will win a cash prize! The festival will be held Saturday, September 28th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 29th from 12pm-5pm. For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165, or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

CELEBRATE THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Promotes Constitution Week


Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is commemorating Constitution Week with a display at the Greenville Public Library. A display cabinet will feature Constitution Week the month of September. Please plan to visit the display.

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins September 17, 2019.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.

“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren. “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.”

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more. For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org.

MILLRACE POTTERS PLUS TERRI LOGAN JEWELRY FEATURED AT BEAR’S MILL

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“Art at the Mill” will feature the stone and sterling jewelry of Richmond, Indiana artist Terri Logan along with “BOWLS!” created by the Millrace Potters Collective from September 27 through October 20. This exhibit in the Clark Gallery at historic Bear’s Mill opens on the final Friday of September with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. offering finger food and drinks as well as brief talks by the artists who will share information about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark is free and open to the public.

According to Ms. Clark, herself one of the exhibiting artists, “BOWLS!”will include functional and decorative bowls of all sizes and shapes. “We are using many different techniques to make serving bowls, cereal bowls, mixing bowls, bowls meant for floral arranging, and much, much more,” the potter and former-co-owner of Bear’s Mill stated. Jan Roestamadji highly recommends the work of fellow silversmith Terri Logan, saying that Ms. Logan’s artistic esthetic in making wearable art objects makes her a welcomed repeat exhibitor at the Mill. “Her pieces look stunning as a one-of-a-kind separate or together with other pieces; proud owners of Terri’s work know that they have a keepsake that will last forever and be handed down from generation to generation,” Ms. Roestamadji concluded.

Terri Logan utilized art in many forms of treatment, diagnosis, and prevention during her eighteen-year-career as a psychotherapist before deciding to devote all of her energy to the arts. “Art was my first real language,” she says. “I began making art around the age of three; upon approaching retirement from an intense and demanding profession, I took a jewelry class, and I was three years old once again!” she explains She creates her jewelry with stones found in nearby rivers or the Great Lakes which she creatively sets in sterling silver. Her materials, rich in historic value and intrinsic to our growth as a civilization, allow her to integrate the organic and industrial elements of our world, jubilantly celebrating the individuality of each stone and making each piece unique.

The Millrace Potters Collective is made up of four friends who share clays, glazes, and other tools of their trade as well as a love for their craft; their collaborations inspire them to joyfully experiment and create, stretching their imaginations while learning new skills and honing their abundant talents. In addition to Julie Clark, whose work displays a simple modern yet rustic aesthetic, the Collective includes Salt Lake City native Dionne Mayhew, who at one time served as manager of the Mill store and credits Ms. Clark with teaching her about clay, firing, design, and form, Rita Wiley, who has collaborated with Ms. Clark for decades and says that she enjoys her pursuit of the endless possibilities of ceramics, as well as Loretta Wray, who also once managed the Mill store, and who derives the forms, shapes, and colors in her pottery from nature and is inspired by the wonder of creation. Their new work is always eagerly anticipated by the many fans of their creative output, who happily seek to add to their treasured collections.

Vibrantly colored blown-glass pieces by Cedarville artist Jim DeLange will remain on display in the Clark Gallery alongside the the light-filled paintings of Jackson Center resident Dan Knepper through Sunday, September 22. Owned and operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, the historic mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. “Art At the Mill” is funded in part by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts, and can be viewed during regular Mill store hours. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.org.

YOLO Park a Hit for Fitness

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YOLO Urban Park in downtown Greenville may have opened just a month ago, but it has already been welcomed with open arms by the community. Every day, children can be seen playing in the park’s water feature, adults can be seen chatting with friends, and – with great consistency – the community can be found participating in fitness classes.

To celebrate YOLO Urban Park’s opening weekend, Fit by Loy offered a free cardio drumming class at the park, where over 15 people of all ages worked up a sweat while having fun. The following weekend, BMF and Nature’s Heart Yoga provided “on the go” workouts, and on September 8 and 9, the three fitness studios were at it again. This time, Fit by Loy hosted REFIT, led by instructor Sarah Beard, while BMF and Nature’s Heart Yoga offered a continuation of their previous class.

“Leading fitness classes at YOLO Park has been fantastic,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “It’s always fun to be outdoors, and this beautiful location has made the classes even better. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and the turnout has been wonderful.”

All three studios hope to continue to offer classes at YOLO Park until the weather dictates otherwise. “We care about ensuring people have fun while working out,” said Loy, “and we are grateful YOLO Park offers us the opportunity to increase the excitement by exercising outdoors.”

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER - August 2019

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August is a busy month for everybody. Usually, families go on vacations before school starts, there are things to accomplish before fall, and in Darke County of course it is Fair time! One thing that can be said for an agricultural county like ours; the Darke County Fair is not only the best one, it is very important to all the young 4H students and their parents. The junior fair is what makes the Great Darke County Fair great! The hard work that goes into the animals and projects the students submit should be recognized.

This effort put in by these students will set the standard for their success in later years. They are learning the meaning of hard work, dedication and sacrifice for a better future. The Darke County Commissioners want to thank all of them for their hard work, and a job very well done!

Of course, because of the fair there is not a lot that goes on in our office. One accomplishment was the contract for the ramps between the hangars at the airport. Sunesis Corp., the people who did the runway, will start that project hopefully on the week of Sept. 23rd. This is another project 90% funded by the FAA. We continue to be thankful for a great relationship with them and ODOT aviation.

In other happenings, JAFE Glass is nearing completion on their new building. Congratulations to Randy and his wife Lisa on the successful expansions that have been going on at JAFE the last few years! Midmark’s new research center is moving along in Versailles, as well as some new housing projects in the village.

Versailles is just one of our small villages with projects; New Madison has the new firehouse and water tower, Arcanum is working on a new city building and has a water treatment plant, and looking into more housing, Ansonia is looking into new housing expansion also. Greenville has road and sidewalk projects in the works, as some interest in housing expansion.

Now that school has started, things should be back to normal again. One thing that stays the same is our public sessions. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 in our office at 520 South Broadway, just south of the courthouse (the sign in front says Administration Building). Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

Bicentennial Celebration in the Park

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Join us to celebrate the Versailles Bicentennial on Saturday, September 14th at Heritage Park for a day of fun and festivities. The day will begin at 11:30 with the grand opening of the newly constructed amphitheater followed by the Versailles High School Band’s first performance at the venue and a Bicentennial Commemoration. The High School Band will be the first of ten musical performances throughout the day on two stages. The day will be full of entertainment and ends when Brother Believe Me finishes their performance at 11:pm. This event isn’t limited to Versailles residents. Our friends, family and neighbors are invited and welcome to spend the day in Versailles.

The festival will offer the largest number of musicians and widest variety of musical styles ever offered in Versailles on a single day. Artists will include the Versailles Community Band, Taylor Westerheide & Bryant Ahrens, Danny Schneible, The DeMange Brothers with special guest Jocelyn. Headliners include appearances by the United States Air Force Band of Flight at 2pm, legendary Bushwack at 3:30, Buzz Ford and the American Kings at 5:30, Nine Mile Creek at 7:30 and Brother Believe Me at 8:00.

Family friendly, the day will offer Amusement Rides and FREE Children’s activities including the Ninja Challenge operated by the Versailles Christian Church and the Fire Fighter Challenge operated by the Versailles Firefighters. There will be a number of displays including historical reenactors, pre-war automobiles and historic fire equipment. The Arcanum Fire Department will conduct a demonstration of their 1885 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine. This “steamer” is Hay Propelled and Steam Powered and a very rare opportunity to see how fires were fought 100 years ago.

The committee has spent considerable time planning a fireworks display to be held at 9pm. Fireworks will be set off by High Tech Special Effects from just south of Heritage Park. High Tech provides fireworks for events across several states as well as concerts and music videos. The display is designed to be best viewed from Heritage Park and is sure to impress. Thank you to our sponsors including the Pohl Transportation, Midmark, Weavers, Village of Versailles, Second National Bank, Poultry Days, Bruns Animal Clinic, Direct Tooling, Versailles S&L, Endless Pint and the Versailles Chamber of Commerce.

Refreshment will be offered by the Versailles Alumni Association which will be serving beverages from Anheuser-Busch, Endless Pint Brewery and The Winery at Versailles. A wide selection of food will be offered by food trucks including: Creme de la Creme Cakery, Wood Fired Pizza, Tin Roof Mobile Food, Kona, Mo’s Mexican and a selection of fair food from Big O Amusements.

Visitors are welcome to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and open sided canopy tents to spend the day at the park. If bringing a canopy tent please contact committee member on arrival for direction. We ask that visitors don’t bring carry in alcohol, animals, golf carts or drones. The park has three parking lots in which a number of spots will be reserved for disabled parking. For more information follow Versailles Bicentennial or Poultry Days on Facebook or email VB1819@gmail.com.

ENERGETIC STEP-DANCING SIBLINGS OPEN DCCA ARTISTS SERIES SEASON

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The Fitzgeralds, a trio of fiddling, step-dancing siblings from Canada’s Ottawa Valley, open Darke County Center for the Arts 2019-2020 Artists Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, September 21. “This energizing show by fabulous musicians will get our new season off to a joyous start,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. “Their gorgeous fiddle music and exhilarating dance routines should please audiences of all ages who will be blown away by the talents of these artists who love what they do, and do it so very well,” he concluded. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Tom, Kerry, and Julie Fitzgerald have earned awards in their native land for their musicianship, and are gaining acclaim throughout North American for their action-packed crowd-pleasing shows. Tom Fitzgerald who plays fiddle and guitar, step-dances and provides vocals, has toured professionally since he was ten years old; in 2012, he won the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Championship as a first time competitor. Kerry Fitzgerald, an Ontario Open Step-dance champion and a Canadian Grand Master fiddle finalist, also plays keyboards, and sings, as does her sister Julie Fitzgerald, who is a two-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and a two-time Open Step-dance Champion. According to Mr. Warner, the trio continues to push boundaries by fusing traditional and modern styles of fiddle and dance to create their own unique sounds and style.

This performance by The Fitzgeralds is sponsored by Richard Baker and Greenville Technology Inc. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for The Fitzgeralds concert are $25, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at www.darkecountyarts.org. If any remain by showtime, tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the performance. Patrons are reminded that parking is now available at the new parking lot, including four handicap-accessible spaces just outside the now readily accessible entrance on the west side of St. Clair Memorial Hall; the lot can be entered from Armstrong Street and Central Avenue.

Darke County Democrats to Hold Breakfast Saturday Morning (Tomorrow!)

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, September 14th, 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.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for September will feature Erica Menke from Nature’s Heart Yoga Studio, situated at 120 W. Third Street. The mission of Nature’s Heart is to provide an inviting and encouraging space to all students, whether beginner or advanced, and abilities to practice the discipline of yoga for health and wellness.

Erica explains ”You don't have to be skinny and flexible to do Yoga like everyone thinks! Learn how Yoga truly is for everyone and can be done everywhere!"

Erica provides an environment where students support and spend time with one another, share their passions in life and practice yoga while giving back to our community. For more info see naturesheartyoga.com.

Join us Wednesday September 19th at noon 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!

The Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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Shane Stonebraker, Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund Committee member, presents Jennifer Bruns, BBBS Executive Director, with a check to help fund the after-school Big Buddies program at Versailles Schools.  The funds will be utilized for activities associated with the Peace Works curriculum.
The Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund, in conjunction with The Troy Foundation, recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. This grant will be used for the Versailles after-school Big Buddies program. 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, are matched with and elementary student and work with them on different educational and recreational activities. The agency will be utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum which focuses on violence prevention, social & emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character & values, and bullying prevention.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 30 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies program in Versailles. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to expand and continue their Big Buddies program in Versailles.

The agency is currently recruiting high school students to participate as Big Buddy mentors for the elementary school Little Buddy mentees who are enrolled in the Big Buddies programs. Big Buddies programs are held at Ansonia Local Schools, Greenville City Schools, Sidney City Schools, and Versailles Exempted Village Schools. For more information, students can contact their school guidance counselor or call the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency office.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

GREENVILLE CITY PARK ROUNDHOUSE PROVIDES WORK EXPERIENCE

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L to R – Joseph Badell, Darke DD Community Services Director; Shelby Emrick, L&M Products Inc.; Jessica Shaffer, Greenville City Park Board Member; Julianne Klopfer; Seth Younce; Matt Harrison; Lisa Headley, Ohio Means Jobs - EDGE; Jesse Mowen; Michael R. Beasecker, Darke DD Superintendent; Cindy Kaufman, L&M Products, Inc.
If you had the opportunity to visit Greenville City Park over the summer, you may have noticed the City Park Roundhouse was open and staffed to sell packaged snacks and drinks to park patrons and visitors. This work opportunity was made available to help people obtain beneficial work experience over the summer months. This hands-on opportunity to learn small business operations – including customer relations, inventory tracking, purchasing, and bookkeeping – was an ideal match for the nine employees.

The employment opportunity was made possible through a multi-agency collaborative effort to support people in need of work experience. The agencies participating included L & M Products (Eaton, Ohio), Ohio Means Jobs – EDGE, Greenville City Park, and the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD). Nine employees worked more than 500 hours throughout the eight-week summer program to help make the Greenville City Park experience enjoyable by having packaged snacks and drinks available for purchase. The Roundhouse was generally open from 11 am to 7 pm daily.

L & M Products provided supervision while scheduling employees to work each day. L & M Products Executive Director, Cindy Kaufman, worked with Greenville City Park Manager, Deb Fall, to identify park events that would be enhanced by the availability of concessions. Kaufman stated, “The experience was rewarding for both employees and L & M staff members supporting them. Seeing each employee discover their potential while increasing confidence in their ability to work was the highlight of the program.”

EDGE and Darke DD worked to support the employment opportunity through eligibility determination and financial support. The City Park Board made the partnership possible by approving the collaborative concept and making the space available for the summer work experience.

The agencies involved in the project this year hope to see the work experience at the Greenville City Park Roundhouse continue in 2020.

Civil War Soldier Receives Marker

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A new government-issued VA marker for Civil War soldier Simon P. Jervis was recently placed by direct descendant and Piqua Lewis Boyer Chapter DAR member Nancy Steinke with the support of Fort GreeneVille DAR at the East Zion Cemetery.

Simon served in the Civil War as a Private in the Union Army 8th OH Cavalry. He entered service in 1864 .He served in several campaigns, some which were Otter Creek, Lynchburg and Fisher's Hill in the Virginia area. Simon was captured by the Confederates Jan. 11,1865 and taken to Libby prison. There he became very ill and after being paroled returned to Camp Chase in Ohio then returning to Darke County on March 15, 1865. Simon died April 1, 1865 from his illness at his home in New Harrison and was buried n East Zion Cemetery.

Attending the dedication were Nancy Steinke and spouse Jim Steinke, Piqua Lewis Boyer Chapter DAR member Becky Miller, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members Regent Brenda Arnett, Caroline Petitjean, Linda Riley, Karen Burkett, Shirley Hughes, and Mary Jane Dietrich. Also attending were John Burkett and Don Dietrich.

FORT GREENEVILLE DAR DEDICATE MARKERS AT HOOVER CEMETERY

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On August 28th in conjunction with the Versailles Bicentennial celebration, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held gravesite dedications for American Revolutionary War soldier David Ward and (younger) David Ward who was one of the first settlers in the Versailles area. Although both named David Ward, they are uncle and nephew.

The Versailles Veterans Honor Guard gave a 21-gun salute and taps for American Revolutionary War soldier David Ward. The Honor Guard was led by VFW Post 3849 Commander Tim Wagner.

Also in attendance were Wayne Township Trustees Michael Lawrence and Kenneth Moorman and Versailles Bicentennial Committee members Deb Pohl, HB Hole, and Bob and Arlene Luttmer. Members from the Ward ancestry were also in attendance.

“As a member of the Versailles Area Historical Society and the Versailles Bicentennial Committee, I think it’s a great thing the Fort GreeneVille DAR chapter is doing. By dedicating the grave sites of the Revolutionary soldiers it reminds us of those who came before us. I thank them for doing this”, said Deb Pohl.

Also the date of August 28 was chosen for the dedication to also honor Silas Atchinson. DAR member Caroline Petitjean stated, "Atchinson was one of the first 4 settlers in the area, and on August 28, 1819 he platted the village of "Jacksonville" on the south side of Swamp Creek. Jacksonville consisted of 20 lots within 3 blocks."

The dedication can be seen on https://m.facebook.com/fortgreenevilledar/ or http://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=hXNMFABcNAE

(Photos by Richard Coffield)

J. Michael Beard Community Fund contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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Mike Beard was an active resident of Darke County, dedicating himself to his family, church, friends, and work at the Darke County Highway Department. Mike was fond of being outdoors, particularly at county or state parks, where he enjoyed hiking, fishing from the family boat, and/or going camping. His family chose to extend his legacy throughout the community via non-profit grants and scholarships through the Darke County Foundation.

The J. Michael Beard Community Fund, in conjunction with Darke County Foundation, recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. The grant will be used for Darke County Big Buddies after-school mentorship programs within Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles School Districts. 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. During the 2019-2020 school year, the agency will be utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum which focuses on violence prevention, social & emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character & values, and bullying prevention.

Last school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 94 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies programs throughout Darke County. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to expand and continue their Big Buddies programs in Darke County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to defend the potential of a child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Freezing, Canning Workshop Set for September 20 & 27, October 4, 2019

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Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s bounty by learning more about home-preserving vegetables. Now they can, by attending a free “Food Preservation Workshop,” presented by Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.

There will be three sessions to the workshop:

  • September 20 – Canning Basics – Introduction to Water Bath and Pressure Canning
  • September 27 – Canning Tomatoes/Salsa (Water Bath Method)
  • October 4 – Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Each session is from 10:00am – 11:00am All sessions are free. Class size is limited to 20.

The workshop focuses on the basics of home canning and preservation and is appropriate for people with entry level of experience.

We emphasize the science behind preservation. We want everyone who cans or freezes fresh fruits and vegetables to understand why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.

All pressure canner gauges except weighted gauges should be tested for accuracy each year.

Canner gauge testing is available for $5.00.

To reserve a spot in the class, contact OSU Extension, Darke County, at 937-548-5215 or email Dr. Roseanne Scammahorn at scammahorn.5@osu.edu.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Pot Pie Supper

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The New Madison United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Beef and Chicken Pot Pie Supper Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5:00-6:30. Supper will include beef or chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, salads and homemade desserts. The church is located at 149 N Main St. New Madison OH. Donations will be accepted.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Lively Entertainment Set for 2019 Prairie Days

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Looking for some local, free entertainment? Mark your calendar because Prairie Days is just around the corner. Prairie Days has a full schedule of entertainers on the outdoor stage and around the festival grounds. Visit Shawnee Prairie for the festival, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 28th and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 29th. Admission and parking are FREE!

Darke County Civic Theater will present an old-fashioned melodrama three times during the festival. Saturday’s performances will take place at 11:00 am and 2:15 pm, and Sundays performance will take place at 3:30 pm.

There are also several musical performances to enjoy. Saturday delight in a concert from the SilverGrass Band at 12:30pm and the Ramblin’ Rovers at 3:45pm. Sunday features a performance from Noah Back at 1:30pm. All of these performances are free and fun for the whole family. For more information on Prairie Days, please contact the Darke County Park District at (937) 548-0165 or visit their website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

First Responders to be Honored September 11

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September 11 is a time to reflect and thank first responders who selflessly risk their lives each and every day for the safety of our nation and its people.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution would like to invite local first responders for donuts and coffee on September 11, 9am-10am at the Greenville City Fire Department. Thanks to Fort GreeneVille chapter's collaboration with Eikenberry's IGA, donuts will be available while supplies last.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Honoring Two Soldiers

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On Wednesday September 11 at 6:00pm, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be holding a gravesite dedication in memory of American Revolutionary War soldier William Noble at the Fort Jefferson Pioneer Cemetery.

Revolutionary War Soldier William Noble was born in Scotland around 1756 and later came to the United States. Noble died about November 19, 1791 and was buried in the Fort Jefferson Burial Ground.

William first served in the Revolutionary War, entering the Pennsylvania Continental Line on September 17, 1781. He first served as a PVT. and later as a SGT. under Col. William Butler’s command. He took part in the Battle of Brandywine.

After the Revolutionary War he re-enlisted early in 1791 when President George Washington requested soldiers to fight the Indians in the North West Territory. William served as a SGT. in the 2nd Regt of Levies (the first Army of the United States) under the command of Col. George Gibson. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of the Wabash also known as St. Clair’s Defeat in the Northwest Territory on November 4, 1791.

On September 16 at 6:00pm, a new Veterans government-issued marker will be dedicated for Civil War soldier William P. Rickman at Clemens Cemetery, Liberty Township.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR with the assistance of Liberty Township Trustees has placed a new VA grave marker for Civil War Soldier William P.Rickman. William was born in Warren County Tennessee in 1846 and died July 16, 1870 in German Township, Darke County Ohio. He is listed on the 1860 census German Township with his brother James Rickman who also served in the Civil War and is buried near William.

William entered the Union Army as a Private August 22 1864 . William was assigned in CO F 5th REGT United States Colored Troop Infantry. His regiment moved deep into Henrico County Virginia where he participated in the Battles of Chaffin’s Farm, Fort Harrison, and Fair Oaks.

In December 1864 the 5th was assigned to the newly formed XXV (25th) Corps where his unit took part in the Battles of Fort Fisher, Sugar Loaf Hill, and Federal Point and the capture of Wilmington.

In March 1865, the 5th Regiment was assigned to the X (10) Corps and took part in General William Sherman’s Carolina’s Campaign. The 5th captured Goldsboro and the occupation of Raleigh .With the end of the war at hand, the men of the 5th witnessed the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his army at Bennett Place, North Carolina on April 26,1865. William mustered out August 29, 1865.

William died while only 24 years of age possibly from injuries he received while serving his country.

DCRTA to meet on September 19

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Darke County Retired Teachers Association will hold a general membership meeting/luncheon on September 19 in the Brick Room of the BRC, Greenville, at 11:30 a.m. The program, “Living a Well Balanced Life”, will be presented by Jane Urlage, RN, BSN. Jane is the Patient Care Coordinator with Family Health. Cost of the lunch is $8.00 and checks are payable to DCRTA. Reservations must be made to Jean Kelly by September 12, 2019. The menu will consist of homemade soup of the day, 2 cookies, chips, and a box lunch of: club croissant OR club wrap with ham, turkey, cheese, bacon, tomato, and lettuce, OR a chicken Caesar salad. Please indicate your choice of luncheon item when you make your reservation!

Make reservations using any of this contact info:
Jean Kelly, 606 W. South St., Arcanum, OH 45304
937-423-0274 (can text)
937-692-6248 (leave message if no answer)
mjkelly@woh.rr.com

SEPTEMBER FIRST FRIDAY BRINGS THE 1920S TO DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE

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The 1920s are returning to downtown Greenville during Main Street Greenville's September First Friday event! This event will tell the story of Ida Thomas, Greenville's "Popcorn Lady." This local legend has been all but forgotten by most, but we hope to tell her story and celebrate the spirit of the time by giving away lots of free popcorn, featuring live jazz bands, hosting speakeasys stocked by local breweries and wineries, creating a kid-friendly "dry zone," and much more!

This uniquely Greenville event will be taking place on Friday, September 6th from 6 - 9 pm. Attendees are encouraged to go to the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway to get a wristband which will grant access to the three “speakeasys.” There will be one outdoor and two indoor speakeasys, each will have drinks for sale and live jazz bands can be enjoyed at two of the locations! Wristbands are $5 each and you must be 21 or older to purchase.

The locations of the speakeasys will be revealed when wristbands are purchased, but we are excited to confirm the breweries that will be represented at the outdoor location! You will be able to enjoy the musical stylings of Wild Note Jazz Quartet while sipping on the craft brews of Tailspin Brewing Co., Moeller Brew Barn, and Warped Wing Brewing Company. Local wines will also be available. Enjoy a late summer sunset while listening to live music and toasting the repeal of prohibition!

Not interested in jazz & “juice joints”? No problem! Main Street Greenville will be giving away free popcorn and telling the story of Ida Thomas at the location of her iconic popcorn stand on the corner of 4th and Broadway in front of the courthouse. Stop by to learn about a local legend and enjoy hot buttered popcorn as you stroll the street and shop at downtown businesses. Many businesses will be open late for First Friday and offering sales and specials.

The speakeasys are adults only but First Friday is open to all ages! A kid-friendly “dry zone” will be set up on W. Third St. Kids of all ages can enjoy a root beer or lemonade and learn how to do the Charleston with instructors from 5678 Dance Studio, make a craft provided by Advance America, and take part in games and a kid-friendly obstacle course offered by BMF Fitness Studio and Fit By Loy.

First Friday: Popcorn & Prohibition is sponsored by Second National Bank. Headquartered in Greenville, Second National Bank is part of the Park National Corporation, a group of strong community banks based in Ohio. Second National was originally chartered in July 1883 and has 8 offices in Greenville, Arcanum, Versailles, Fort Recovery and Celina. Additional thanks to our media sponsors, Gordon & DeSantis Orthodontics and Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.MainStreetGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).

YMCA Fall Soccer

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DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- Get ready for fall soccer league at the YMCA of Darke County, starting in September! The league will take place at the Y’s Greenville location. Practices and games will be on Saturday mornings on the field behind the Y. Registration is open now!

YMCA Youth Sports teach kids to play by the rules, respect the game, and maintain an attitude of good sportsmanship. Y youth sports coaches teach your child the fundamentals of the sport, and just as important, focus on the YMCA’s character development traits of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

YMCA Youth Sport offerings are available to both members and non-members. Children who are included on family memberships can participate in soccer league at no charge, other than a $6 t-shirt fee! The fee for youth members is $30 and $55 for non members.

The league includes 2 age groups, ages 4-6 and 7-10. Parent volunteers are needed to coach, assist and manage the teams.

Please visit the Greenville Y to register in person. Registration forms/waivers are available at the Y. Also, a printable registration form/waiver is available on our website. www.ymcadarkecounty.org

Key Dates:

  • Registration deadline- Thursday, September 12
  • Pre-season assessments for ages 7-10- Saturday, September 14
  • Volunteer Coaches meeting: Tuesday, September 17
  • Practices for all age groups- September 21 and 28
  • First game: October 5 | Last game: November 9

Our leagues would not be possible without the support of parent volunteers to coach and assist! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mitchell Bosse at 548-3777, or let us know at the time of registration.


Sample and Swap at Library

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Are you interested in growing your recipe collection? Do you prefer to try something before you commit? Then register to join us at the Greenville Public Library for our Sample and Swap event Tuesday September 10th at 11:00 a.m.

Come prepared with 15 copies of an easy recipe and enough samples for 15 people. We’ll provide the plates, utensils, and beverages, as well as recipe binders for you to assemble to hold your collection.

Space is limited so call 548-3915 or stop in to hold your place. All seasoned or aspiring chefs and cooks are welcome!

Darke County Genealogy’s Fall Workshop

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Darke County Genealogy’s Fall Workshop will be Saturday, Oct 5, 2019.

This workshop will be at Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH, with featured speaker: Dana Palmer. Doors open at 8:30 A.M., pack your lunch, drinks and dessert furnished. Juice, coffee, rolls/muffins, and fruit available in the morning.

Pre-Registration before Sep 25, 2019 is $20, at the door registration will be $25. Mail to: Karen Besecker, 4266 Kilbourn Rd., Arcanum, OH 45304.

Topic 1 will be: Effectively using Ancestor.com, Topic 2: Using Fold 3 for Military Research, Topic 3: Reading Germany Handwriting, and Topic 4: Ohio a Genealogy Treasure. Workshop will end about 3:30 P.M.

Questions? Send to karen.besecker@gmail.com or call Linda Riley at (937) 548-8295.











American Red Cross Award Humanitarian Leaders and Partners

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Over one-hundred volunteers and partners gather to share success and celebrate those who make the mission happen.


Miami Valley, Ohio- August 28, 2019— Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter leadership and volunteers, along with community partners and area leadership gathered on August 12th in Troy, Ohio at one of the chapter’s three offices, to honor those who have made delivering the Red Cross mission possible, this past year. The chapter delivers services in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby counties.

During the past year, (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), 460 people were helped with disaster relief and although the majority of people were affected by a family fire, most recently were people who were affected by the Miami Valley tornadoes. Awarded the Disaster Services Partnership Award were three partners, Tzu Chi, Midmark Corporation and Miami County EMA for their work on the tornado effort and Greenville Fire Department for their effort in saving lives by partnering with the Red Cross on the Home Fire Campaign, installing alarms and educating families. Additionally, Rachel Brubaker, was awarded the Excellence in Disaster Services Award. Her service includes both local and national disaster deployments, as well as work in preparedness. “Her ability to take on complex situations and deliver results make her invaluable to our chapter, our region, our division and national disaster relief operations as well,” stated Marc Cantrell, Disaster Program Specialist.

Almost 4,000 blood and platelet donations were made over the past year, enabling up to 12,000 lives saved. Awarded the Biomedical Partnership Award was Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, for their superior client service when hosting mobile blood drives at their location.

Humanitarian Partnerships were award to Miami County Juvenile Courts, Just 4 Fun 4-H and the Ohio Masonic Home all for aiding in the Chapter’s ability to deliver services and provide support for volunteers. Awarded the Excellence in Humanitarian Services were the volunteer leaders of the Veteran Visitation Program, Linda Miller, Rita McManis and Carol Smith.
Additionally, the Excellence in Volunteer Services was awarded to John Wright, for over a decade of diverse and exemplary service, which includes not only local and regional support, but volunteering over 429 days across the country, which doesn’t include the time he’s donated internationally.

Highlights of the evening had to be the Volunteer Saving Lives Award which is only given when a family or member is saved due to the direct action of the Red Cross Smoke Alarm Program. Rex and Rachel Brubaker, son and mother team, installed alarms in 2016 in the Langford home and on April 9th, 2019, those very alarms went off, saving father, Shawn Langford. It also could have been in the Nursing Pinning Ceremony, were long-time volunteer, Mareta Headapohl, who received her pin in 1969, pinned, Lindsay Sanders, a newly minted Board Member and nurse. Awards were also given to DAT (Disaster Action Team) members, as well as the Clara Barton Society and rookies who participated in the Sound the Alarm event, which occurs in spring, across the nation.

September and October at the Arcanum Public Library

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The APL is pleased to present a new program starting up this month. The Roaming Readers Walking Club is a drop-in program that will begin Monday, September 9th and meet every Monday through November 11th. Participants will meet at the library at 9:00 a.m. and walk for 30 minutes. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, get some exercise, and have some fun. There is no need to register, however, patrons will be asked to sign a waiver.

The adult coloring session for September will be on Tuesday, the 10th at 4:00 p.m. Come on in to enjoy a relaxing session of coloring, beverages, and community. Supplies are provided.

The book club will be meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30. Newcomers are always welcome to join the discussion and to pick up the next selection.

Coming up in October, the APL will be presenting another installment of the popular Brew Review series, with the topic being local beers. This program will be on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm. Patrons will need to pre-register for this event. Also in October, the library will present a mini-garden program on Tuesday, the 8th at 6:00 p.m. No registration is needed for this event, but patrons are asked to bring their own mini-container. Plants and d├ęcor will be provided.

The APL would like to remind patrons it now has mobile hotspots and a telescope available for adults to check out.

The library can be reached at 937-692-8484, and found at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Advance Screening of PBS's County Music by Ken Burns at New Madison Public Library

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New Madison Public Library is proud to announce that we will hold an Advance Screening of Ken Burns’ newest endeavor, County Music, on Tues. Sept. 10 @ 6:00 PM. Please call 937-996-1741 to reserve your seat.
"Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns Ken Burns' eight-part, 16-hour documentary series, COUNTRY MUSIC, chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form, focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created it. More than eight years in the making, the film follows the evolution of country music from its diverse and humble origins as it emerged, by the end of the twentieth century, into a worldwide phenomenon. Filled with memorable musical moments, interviews with more than 80 country music artists, and evocative footage and photographs - many never seen before - it weaves an unforgettable story that is both intimate and sweeping. No one has told the story this way before.” - shop.pbs.org

BASF Employees donate to help Empowering kids

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Ashley Kozak, BASF Corporation, drops off supplies donated
by employees to help in Empowering After School
Tutoring Programs.
GREENVILLE – Ashley Kozak and several other employees at BASF Corporation got together and purchased supplies to donate to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School Programs in Greenville and Ansonia.

“We can’t thank Ashley and the rest of the BASF employees enough for taking a personal interest in our kids,” said Empowering Executive Director Bob Robinson. “Corporate, non-profit and business gifts are essential in allowing us to meet our budget goals each year; personal gifts are important as well, but more than that, they tell our kids that the residents of Darke County also care.”

Empowering is a United Way Partner Agency and, in addition to giving supplies to Empowering programs, BASF employees helped fill the recent United Way Stuff-A-Bus Campaign.

“Small business and individual donations are a significant part of the community support we rely on each year,” Robinson added. “They tell our children that we all care about them.” Parents have made donations – supplies, snacks and monetary – as have many residents over the years. “It all adds up,” Robinson added. “We appreciate all the help we can get.”

For more information go to Facebook Empowering Darke County Youth or email: empoweringyouth101@gmail.com. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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.

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