Monday, September 14, 2020

Traveling Vietnam Wall at the POW/MIA Honor Weekend in Versailles

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A POW/MIA Honor Weekend will be celebrated Sept. 18 thru 20 at Marker Rd. and Grand Ave. in Versailles, Ohio. All is welcome to attend and show your support for this great country we are so fortunate  to live in.

During the weekend there will be the traveling Vietnam Wall, military reenactment team, military vehicles, and chow trailers. Recognition Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5:00pm will honor our POW/MIA military men and women with a 21-gun salute and ceremony.

The Versailles VFW, American Legion, and Sons of the legion are inviting Veterans to an honorary bivouac  (camping). Campers and tents are welcome. 

For more information, call Dave Miller at 937-526-3836.

Remember to be responsible for the guidelines set by the state.


ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

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Wondering if you are registered to vote?  If you want to vote in the November 3 General Election, you need to be registered by October 5.  Not sure if you are registered?  Go to the Darke Co. Board of Elections website https://www.boe.ohio.gov/darke/ and tap or click on the “Am I Registered” link.  You can put in your name and see if you are presently registered.  The same is available at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, VoteOhio.gov. Or call the local Board of Elections, 937.548.1835

Are you qualified to register?  You may be if you are a citizen of the United States, are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election, and will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election. 

If you aren’t registered, you can do so at VoteOhio.gov, or in person at the Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, or other locations noted on the website.  With the registration deadline looming, it would be best to register in person or online.  Absentee or in-person early voting starts October 6, the day after the registration deadline.

The League of Women Voters, Darke County, is a non-partisan organization encouraging active participation of citizens in their government.

Garst Museum New Parking Lot Dedicated

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Something new in the neighborhood? Indeed there is! 


On Friday, August 14, 2020, Garst Museum celebrated the near completion of its new parking lot by recognizing the people who helped make it a reality. Invited guests were Jim Buchy, Eunice Steinbrecher, Keith Faber, Darryl Mehaffie, Pete Hemer, Rodney Oda, John Marchal, Steve Gruber, Darren Reeves, and Tim Flora.  Keith Faber, Ohio Auditor of State, presented Dr. Clay Johnson, President and CEO of Garst Museum, with a certificate of dedication for the new parking lot and also recognized Darryl Mehaffie, emeritus board member of the Darke County Historical Society, as one of Ohio’s finest citizens, for his many years of devoted service to his community and the state of Ohio. Garst Museum will be forever grateful to all those involved because it is clear that the scope of the project took many hours of planning from start to finish. 

But, when did the project actually begin? Standing vacant, the century-old Buchy’s plant was razed in 2012. On March 23, 2015, five years before the pandemic brought activities to a standstill, John Marchal and Pete Hemer met with Louis Bergman at Mote and Associates to “get down and dirty” about a parking lot at Garst Museum. And hence, the project is launched.  Garst Board Committee members led by Pete Hemer, Darryl Mehaffie, Steve Gruber, and Garst CEO Dr. Clay Johnson prepared for the project and secured funds from grants and donations to finance it.  The Ohio Facilities Construction Committee awarded $150,000 to partially fund the project; a private benefactor, who wished to remain anonymous to direct the focus to the future of the community and the Museum, donated monies; and the Buchy family made a valued contribution to the project adhering to their decades of commitment to the community. The Museum worked closely with the Darke County Park District and County Engineer’s Office to assimilate the parking facility into the surrounding lands to benefit future generations through calculated foresight and employed local businesses to bring the project to fruition. The comprehensive plan will make efficient use of the property and enhance the aesthetics of the North Broadway thoroughfare. Today, just a few final touches need to be added and then the parking venue will be an essential part of the Museum’s operations and events.

But thinking back, many of us remember the presence of the Buchy Food Service plant on that same North Broadway property—the iconic rooftop sign, the red brick building, and the trucks parked ready for the next day’s deliveries.  But, beyond what we can remember is a fascinating history of growth and five generations dedicated to quality, service, and community.

In 1870, George Buchy fled the Alsace-Lorraine region when it was invaded by Germany and immigrated to the United States with the equivalent of $.85 to his name. He continued his travels from New York to Pittsburgh along the Ohio River then to the Miami Valley while working as a butcher, and eventually he was employed in Greenville in 1871 by his relative Albert Klee, who was operating a slaughterhouse.  Seeking the entrepreneurial experience a few years later, George ventured out on his own in 1878 and eventually expanded his business, the George Buchy Slaughterhouse, with the brick building.  But, upon his death in 1897, the business was sold to Albert Bailey. 

Wanting the business to remain in the family, George’s son Charles quit school, saved money, and borrowed additional funds to buy the business back in 1901 subsequently changing the name of the operation from the George Buchy Slaughterhouse to the Charles G. Buchy Packing Company. Before the advent of refrigeration and automobiles, Charles spent long days delivering meats by wagon to customers in surrounding communities. Lacking modern refrigeration for the warmer months, he cut ice from a pond behind Vine Street and stored it at the plant.  In 1918, the first gas compressor for refrigeration was purchased, and then 15 years later, the business’s first refrigeration truck was on the road.

Upon the death of Charles Buchy in 1963, his son George J. became the third Buchy to steward the company.  The company continued to evolve with the addition of a freezer, a computer system, and a more diverse customer base. But, the dynamics of the business showed George and his son Jim that buying cuts of pork and beef was cheaper than slaughtering their own. Economics dictated that the slaughter operations cease in 1968. 

Jim, the fourth-generation Buchy to be involved with the business, started doing odd jobs at the plant when he was 12.  Through the years, he swept floors, drove a delivery truck, cut meat, and advanced to company president in 1978. While still at the helm of Buchy Food Services, Jim also served Greenville and the state well as a 12-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He has stated, “I firmly believe there will be a revitalization of downtown Greenville.  If patience prevails, I envision businesses growing on Broadway.  And we have a beautiful park.  Gosh, I love that park…[and] Garst Museum is a great asset to our community.”

By the late 1980s, the labyrinth of government regulations for manufacturers made distributing more profitable than processing, and the business changed to a wholesale distributor of food items by 1991. In 2006, the business moved to a new building in the Greenville Industrial Park but maintained the desire to develop the North Broadway lot. Ultimately in 2012, ownership of Buchy Food Service was transferred to Sysco Cincinnati—thus, ending an era.

Buchy’s North Broadway plant has evolved from a slaughterhouse to a meat manufacturing facility to a distribution center to finally a much-needed landscaped parking area to serve Garst Museum and a biking/walking path that is an essential link in the Darke County Park District’s recreational trails throughout the county. Nostalgically, the four-acre tract is remembered as a meat-packing plant; presently, a section of the property will be appreciated by the nearly 12,000 visitors to the museum annually and the adjacent trail will be dedicated as the Buchy Mile to be enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists daily.

The Garst Museum is located at: 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331  phone: 937-548-5250   website: www.garstmuseum.org.

Cancer Association of Darke County Holds Gourmet Dinner Raffle Fundraiser

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Left to right  Mark Davis, Eikeknberry’s, Julie Graber, Dinner Club, and Tim McKibbben, Eikenberry’s
Cancer Association of Darke County held their annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle Fundraiser earlier this year. Mark Davis and Tim McKibben of Eikenberry's IGA  are shown with Julie Graber of the dinner club (that prepares the Cancer Association's Gourmet Dinner.)  Sharon Wilson was this year's winner.  

Eikenberry's once again donated the ingredients for the dinner, which featured beef tenderloin in the entree.  The multi-course meal was prepared by volunteers as usual but delivered and not served this year.  All proceeds, $2,845.00, went to the locally operated and independent Cancer Association of Darke County (CADC).

The Gourmet Dinner Club provides this wonderful service each year by preparing the gourmet meal.  Suzie Brown coordinated the efforts.

The fundraiser is always well received in the community and has good participation.

Cancer Association of Darke County is funded by donations, memorials, grants, fundraisers, United Way, and Corporate Sponsors.  The Corporate Sponsors for 2020 so far are:  The Andersons Marathon, Borderline, Brookdale Senior Living, Bunco 4 Boobies, Cal Maine Foods, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Dayton Physicians, DCTPA, DL Beck Inc., Edward Jones, Family Health, First Assembly of God, Geis Audio Video, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hittle Buick-GMC, Members Choice Credit Union, Motes, Park National Bank, Premier Health, Rudnick and Kosek, Star  88.3,Sisco,SVG Auto, Troutwine Auto, Vannoy Cox Insurance, Weaver Brothers, Williamsons, Zechar Bailey.

Friday, August 21, 2020

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE TUESDAY BANK ROBBERY

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On August 18, 2020 at 9:40 a.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Farmers State Bank in New Madison at 101 South Main Street on a report of a bank robbery.  Officers responding were advised that it was an armed robbery and the suspect had fled the bank. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money from the teller.  The suspect was given an undetermined amount cash before fleeing the scene.  Through the course of the investigation Deputies made contact with Bryan Adkins (41), of Hollansburg, at 112 West Washington Street in New Madison.  Mr. Adkins was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, drugs, and evidence linking him to the bank robbery. 

Several other items were located at the residence that were recovered.  Those items were linked to other theft offenses in Darke County.  Those cases will remain under investigation.

Mr. Adkins was arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail where he will await his initial appearance on the charges. 

This case will remain under investigation.

DCP takes part in Monarch Monitoring

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On July 28th, park naturalists Mandy Martin and Megan Schmidt took part in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP). The two naturalists worked together to survey over 100 milkweed plants at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. During this survey, they searched for eggs, different stages (instars) of caterpillars, pupae and adults. After over an hour of inspecting each milkweed plant, they were able to report that they found sixteen eggs, eight 1st instar caterpillars, one 2nd instar caterpillar, two 3rd instar caterpillars, and four adults. This data was then submitted to Monarch Joint Venture online. Collecting and reporting this data is very important in conservation efforts for the monarch butterfly. 

In the early spring, monarchs begin their migration north from Mexico. This generation flies to the gulf states and begin to lay their eggs. Shortly after, they die and the next generation emerges and flies further north. The third generation spends its summer in Ohio. They will mate and lay eggs creating the “methuselah generation” that will then migrate south. Unlike its ancestors who lived a short four to five weeks tops, these migratory Monarchs will live up to eight months, so they can successfully migrate thousands of miles to the oyamel fir forests in Mexico, overwinter there, and then migrate north in the spring to start the process over again. This makes Ohio an interesting area for citizen science projects like MLMP, but also tagging and tracking migration patterns.

Monarch caterpillars are dependent on milkweed alone as a host plant. By eating the toxic leaves of the plant, they are able to develop a protective defense from predators. As the number of milkweed plants decline, it directly impacts the monarch population. This is why Darke County Parks naturalists continue to urge everyone to plant milkweed to save the monarchs. They also invite you to take part in citizen science projects such as the MLMP! This type of community-based science not only contributes to existing scientific data it also educates and engages the public (YOU!) on critical environmental issues. 

For more information on how you can help save the Monarch butterfly, feel free to reach out to park naturalists. You can also visit https://monarchjointventure.org/ or https://journeynorth.org/ for more information.

Tire Recycling Day Near

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Tired of looking at those old tires lying around?  Not only are they an eyesore, they can be dangerous.  The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Ohio EPA want to help you with your tire problem.  The district and EPA will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and wooded areas.  Used tires make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika, Lascrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow Fever.  

Some mosquitoes have long-lived eggs, which can remain unhatched for years in old tires that were once wet and have dried out.  The eggs can be transported in tires that are trucked between counties, states and even countries.  When it rains, these tires collect water, wetting the inside of the tires where the eggs once were deposited, hatching out mosquitoes by the thousands.  By disposing of used tires properly, we reduce the chance of disease.

The Tire Recycling Day is open to all Darke County residents, farmers, municipalities and townships.  Unfortunately, no tires will be accepted from junk yards or junk dealers, garages, auto repair shops; tire, automobile, truck, farm-equipment dealerships; atv/motorcycle shops or commercial trucking/hauling businesses.

Those interested in participating in this one-day event must pre-register.  Pre-registration begins Wednesday, September 2, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 684 Wagner Ave, Suite C, Greenville (behind Edward D. Jones; 2 doors North of KFC.).  Pre-registration ends on Friday, September 18, 2020.  Participants must provide a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification and sign a waiver that the tires being brought for recycling are from a residence in order to participate.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but on September 7, 2020, the district will be closed due to the Labor Day holiday.  Also, on September 11 & 14th, the district will be closed for Trash Bash 2020 set-up and clean-up.

Participants are asked to remove rims from all tires before taking them to Rumpke Transfer Station at 5474 Jaysville-St John Rd, Greenville, on September 23, 2020.  Those tires left on rims WILL NOT be accepted.  Passenger tires will be accepted at a $1.00 a tire. However, there is a limit of 15 tires per Darke County resident and/or address.  Tractor tires pre-registered will be charged a $15.00 fee per tire at the time of registration.  Tractor tires larger than 28” wide will not be accepted.  Semi/truck tires pre-registered will be charged a $5.00 per tire fee.  Payment is due at the time of sign-up in the form of CASH or CHECK ONLY.  At this time, we cannot accept credit cards and can only accept exact change.  

According to the Ohio Revised Code, all tires must be secured and tarped before arriving at the transfer station unless they are in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, etc.  Untarped loads can be refused.  Also, the Ohio EPA requires a transporter’s permit for those hauling more than 10 tire at a time.

Assisting the Solid Waste District and Policy Committee will be Community Service workers, the Environmental Division of the Darke County Health Department, Darke County Engineer, Darke County Highway Garage, Rumpke employees and many volunteers.

Greenville Area Dog Club Offering Obedience Classes

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GREENVILLE COB HOLDING SHOE DRIVE FOR WATERSTEP

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The Greenville Church of the Brethren is having a shoe collection during the month of August for the charitable organization, WaterStep.  All types of shoes will be accepted -- shoes can be new, lightly used or even heavily used but must not include mold or mildew.  Your contribution can be dropped off in collection boxes at Greenville COB, Greenville Federal and Ansonia United Methodist Church.

In addition, there will be a scheduled shoe drop-off at the Greenville COB (421 Central Avenue) on Saturday, August 22 from 9 AM – noon.  Anyone can pull up under the awning on the north side of the building and volunteers will take their gift of shoes.

WaterStep provides life-saving technology and education to people in developing countries who lack safe drinking water.  Your donation of shoes will literally save lives.  WaterStep collects all shoes and sells them to a company that pays by the weight.  Proceeds are used to fund safe water projects all over the world.  The shoes are then distributed to small business owners in developing countries, who prep the shoes for re-sale, providing themselves an income. 

In addition to funding water projects, donated shoes keep hundreds of tons of waste out of our landfills. They accept gently used shoes that are free of mold/mildew. Athletic shoes are preferred, but they will accept all styles of shoes. Shoes are sold to an exporter and funds received help bring clean water to those in need.

For additional information, please contact the Greenville Church of the Brethren at 937-548-3583.

Greenville National Bank Announces Retirement and Promotions

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Left to Right: Brad Bixler, Angela Benedict, and Natasha Lefeld

Recently GNB Banking Centers recognized the retirement of Brad Bixler and the promotion of Angela Benedict and Natasha Lefeld to officer level positions. 

Brad Bixler was a Senior Vice President, Chief Loan Officer, Troy Banking Center Manager, and the previous Arcanum Branch Manager. Brad joined the GNB family in 1980.  Born and raised in Pitsburg, he and his wife, Lisa, made Pitsburg their home where they raised their two sons, Marcus and Gavin, and were very involved in the community.  Brad managed the Arcanum branch for many years before he and Lisa decided to move to Troy.  Shortly thereafter, GNB opened the Troy Banking Center and Brad became the first manager of that office.  Over the course of his years at GNB, Brad made lots of loans helping folks purchase homes, fund farm operations, start businesses, buy cars, trucks, equipment, and more.  During his tenure at GNB, Brad also built many friendships and cared deeply about his customers.  Though you won’t see him in his office anymore, you will likely run into Brad out and about with Lisa (to whom he’s been married for 40 years!) and his 6 grandchildren - who are very excited about his retirement.  

The GNB Troy Banking Center is left in the capable hands of Kevin Kissinger and Angela Benedict.  Kevin has been a Loan Officer at the Troy Banking Center since he came to GNB in 2018.  Angela has worked in Customer Service in Troy since the temporary Banking Center opened in 2017.  She was very involved in decisions regarding the design and d├ęcor of the new, permanent office where the bank is now located on Main Street.  Angela was promoted to Loan Officer and Manager of the Troy Banking Center as Bixler retired.  She joined the GNB family in July, 2000.  Beginning as a Teller at the Sycamore Branch for 5 years, Angela then moved to the Arcanum Branch where she did Teller and Customer Service work as well as commercial and consumer loan processing for 10 years.  She then moved to the Bookkeeping Department in Greenville for 3 years before progressing to the Troy Banking Center.  Angela and her husband, Jason, have 2 sons and reside outside Arcanum.  She is a member of the Troy Kiwanis Club and Troy Chamber of Commerce.  

Natasha Lefeld was also added to GNB’s officer ranks in June when she was promoted to the position of eBanking Center Manager.  Natasha and husband, Darin, reside in St. Henry with their 3 sons.  Natasha became part of the GNB family in July, 1998.  With an Associate Degree in Office Information Systems from Sinclair Community College, Natasha began at GNB as an Administrative Assistant for 22 years, some of that working part-time.  Whether part-time or full-time, Natasha was always willing to jump in and help wherever needed and gained a wealth of knowledge about the bank’s deposit operations.  As Internet Banking became more popular with customers, Natasha became the go-to person for questions.  Natasha now oversees GNB’s eBanking Center.  Outside the bank Natasha can often be found at the ballfield cheering on one or more of her boys.

Solve State of the Heart Care's Word Search for a Chance to Win a Gift Basket

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Darke County Retired Teachers Association Update

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The DCRTA Executive Board held a socially-distanced meeting in the Greenville Park shelter house on Monday, August 10, to discuss our options at this time due to the continuing Covid-19 situation.  It was decided that all meetings and activities for the remainder of 2020 will be canceled and the board will meet again in January, 2021, to reevaluate the situation.  

It was also decided that collection of 2021 dues will be suspended, and we ask instead that members consider donating to our scholarship fund.  Since we were not able to do anymore fundraisers for our scholarship fund this year, the fund was depleted when we awarded the 3 scholarships this spring.  Our Treasurer, Charlene Foster, has more information about this in the upcoming newsletter.  

We also want to remember the passing of 5 of our members this year:  Fred Matix, Ed Gruber, Kathy Myers, Ramona Nickol, and Marjorie Praekle.  We will conduct a memorial service for them when we have our first general meeting in 2021.  

When you receive your newsletter, please read through it carefully for more important information.  The DCRTA Executive Board members are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers and hope the rest of 2020 finds you happy and healthy!

State of the Heart Care to Open Office in Winchester!

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State of the Heart Care is excited to announce they will be opening a new office location in Winchester, Indiana in September. 

Upon much time and consideration by their internal directors and board of directors, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of the agency to move from their Portland, Indiana office to the new location in Winchester, Indiana. 

Kristi Strawser, Executive Director at State of the Heart Care shared some factors that led to the decision to move. “State of The Heart Care has been a part of the Portland community for many years, and we look forward to continuing to serve the community and Jay County. Over the years, technology has changed, and our staff no longer are dependent on an office setting to provide our exceptional hospice care. We no longer needed a large office setting and decided to downsize our office. We are moving our office location to Winchester; however, nothing will change regarding our care and services in Jay County. It will continue to be our mission to provide exceptional hospice and palliative care to those in the Portland and Jay County communities, while also taking a more active role and presence in the Winchester community that we have served for many years. This move from Portland to Winchester will allow our hospice and palliative care organization to serve Indiana from a more centralized location.” 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact State of the Heart Care at 800-417-7535. 

 



Monday, August 10, 2020

Poultry Days Barbecue Moving Forward

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Versailles will offer is its 69th annual Poultry Days barbecue on August 14-16th, 2020.  While COVID related restrictions didn’t allow the social portions of the festival the community is moving forward with the annual barbecue.  This community of 2,800 plans to sell 20,000 chicken dinners over the weekend.  Join us in celebrating the 69th Annual Versailles Poultry Days, August 14-16th, 2020.

The Poultry Days festival is rooted in 69 years of community and family involvement.  The festival has always been about neighbors, family, friends, classmates, and community coming together.  The circumstances of 2020 will not change that.  Even though Poultry Days will not host a large gathering, we encourage the community to responsibly embrace the spirit of the Poultry Days Festival.  Get out your chicken decorations.  Invite your friends and neighbors.  Set up lawn chairs and games for the kids.  Rekindle old friendships.  And most importantly, enjoy that World Famous Poultry Days chicken!

Versailles is extremely proud that despite cancelling the social portion of the festival and COVID restrictions the festival has adapted and plans to sell a very impressive 20,000 dinners.  Each dinner costs $8.00 and is sized for a single meal with half a chicken, Mike-Sells potato chips, Roll, Butter, Applesauce and the traditional Chilly Willy Orange Drink.  All dinners will be assembled and distributed by volunteers wearing the appropriate PPE and in compliance with a plan approved by the Darke County Health Dept.  Chicken sales will be at Heritage Park with cars entering the drive through from the north on Klipstine Road.  There will not be a walk-up chicken line.  The Chicken Drive Thru will open at 3:30 on Friday, 11:30 on Saturday and 11:00 on Sunday.  Please come early because we plan to sell out each day.

The 2020 Festival Board is led by Lucas Subler.  Festival Chairman Lucas Subler has been on the Poultry Days Board of Directors for 9 years.  Lucas is employed at Classic Carriers, is a Versailles graduate and attended Bowling Green State University.  Lucas resides in Versailles with his wife Courtney, and children Ariel, Kathryn and Alexander.  Follow Poultry Days on Facebook for updates.  Direct questions to poultrydayschairman@gmail.com and chicken questions to vpdchickenline@gmail.com.  Don’t let COVID take away the best parts of summer.  Established in 1952 and supporting summer fun for 69 years.

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