Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Park National Bank Makes Artful Donation of Brubaker Paintings

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One might wonder how young Bob Brubaker was when his fingers first wrapped around the handle of a paintbrush, given the long list of artistic opportunities that seemed to manifest before him at nearly every stage of his life. Brubaker was born in Union City, Ohio, in 1921 and, as a child, he confidently dove in to the lake of the art world to win bragging rights and a prize for his hand-drawn entry to a magazine cartoon contest. It seemed early on that fate had a highly artistic plan for him.

Brubaker was a veteran and, having been drafted during WWII, found himself supervising a dozen other artists as they drew radio circuits.  A post-war job at Union City Body Company lettering fleets of school buses filled his time before establishing his own studio in downtown Greenville.  It was in this 434½ South Broadway studio that Bob Brubaker became the beloved and fiercely collected fine artist and local sign painter most are familiar with.

The question that begs to be asked is how does one become a fine artist? Most would agree that it takes utmost devotion to furthering one’s craft, studying lines and proportion, and understanding the subtle tones of color. Brubaker adhered to these ideals continuously enrolling in courses of study and taking instruction from both the Dayton Art Institute and respected artists Grattan Condon, Paul Strisik, John Pike, and Don Stone. He was considered a star pupil under painter and sculptor Martin Wogoman, the principal pioneer of the Darke County Art Colony.

Study and focused practice can take an artist far. Ultimately, when individuals have the innate ability to magically capture the feeling of their subject’s soft exhale of warm breath in a portrait or to remember the fleeting, yet electrified, orange backdrop of October sunsets for a landscape, they are not simply considered masterfully artistic but, rather, master artists. After establishing the downtown Greenville studio, Grumbacher, a highly respected manufacturer of fine art paints and supplies, presented an enviable opportunity to Brubaker to provide inspired instruction to arts organizations and colleges from Cincinnati to Cleveland. The opportunity, in itself, was testament to Brubaker’s highly developed skill and natural abilities as an artist. In addition to a long list of awards, numerous solo shows and exhibitions of Brubaker’s work have been touted by respectable galleries at the University of Dayton, Oxford University, Fifth Avenue Art Gallery (Columbus, OH), McGuire Hall (Richmond, IN), and the Zanesville Art Institute.

For many years, Park National Bank (formerly Second National Bank) avidly collected the work of Brubaker to display within its downtown Greenville branch. In early October, Park National Bank generously donated 13 Brubaker watercolor and oil paintings from its collection to the Garst Museum for fundraising purposes. “We are pleased to be able to support the Garst Museum with our recent donation of Bob Brubaker pictures and know they will be used as a valuable resource for various fundraisers to generate financial support. The Garst Museum is a local treasure and their work in preserving and telling the story of Darke County and beyond is an essential part or our heritage and history,” Park National Bank President John Swallow said.  The Brubaker paintings are currently on display through a temporary exhibit inside the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room and accompany seven other paintings by Brubaker that were kindly given to the Darke County Center for the Arts’ Anna Bier Gallery by Park National Bank.

The Garst Museum invites the public to view this artful exhibit, which is on view through December. The paintings range from Brubaker’s watercolor works depicting rural farm scenes to still-life oil paintings and mesmerizing nature scenes. In his own words, Brubaker described his painting style as “naturalism combined with impressionism.” In our words, we describe Bob Brubaker as a legendary artist who immortalized the beauty of our region through a paintbrush.

The Garst Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00-4:00. Masks are required.

Dr. Stephen Gruber to speak to GOP Women

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 Vice Chairman of Historical Society to give update on Garst

GREENVILLE, OHIO – Dr. Stephen Gruber will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC). He will be discussing the Darke County Historical Society and giving an update on what is happening at the Garst Museum. The program will be held at 6 p.m. on November 9 at the U-Turn Building on the Radiant Lighthouse Campus, 5256 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville.

“Garst Museum is such a wonderful asset of our community, keeping up with what is going on there is important to all,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President. “We are looking forward to hearing from Dr. Gruber, and hope the community will join us.”

Dr. Gruber served as Chair of the Education Department at Cedarville University and is currently Professor Emeritus of Education. In addition, he served as the Director of the Master of Education Degree Program.  He has 43 years of education experiences including public education as a Social Studies teacher, coach, Principal of Arcanum Middle School and Principal of Greenville High School. Dr. Gruber earned both Master of Education and Education Specialist Degrees from Wright State University and his Doctor of Education degree at Miami University. His wife Christa is a former computer business teacher at Greenville High School and they have three children, daughters Erin Fout and husband Tracy, Sara Waldo and husband Jon, Scott Gruber and wife Andrea.  Dr. Gruber is a licensed private pilot and enjoys riding his Harley, and sports of all sorts. He also enjoys being a docent at Garst museum and teaching adult Sunday school at Bible Fellowship Church in Greenville.

The evening’s program is free and does not require reservations. The Club does offer an optional dinner, prior to the speaker’s program, at a per person cost of $10 for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations must be made prior to noon, November 5, by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at: DCRWReservations@darkegop.org. Reservations made are expected to be paid.

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

THE 2021 PET CALENDAR IS AVAILABLE

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Greenville - Since 2007, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter have assembled a 12 month calendar as a fundraiser for their several projects. The monthly pictures are made up of local pets. The 2021 calendar is now available and has photos of any kind of pets. 

The calendars make great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. and are available at the Shelter (5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, OH, 45331 (just beyond the Sheriff’s Office) or you can get them from the members of the Darke County Friends of the Animal Shelter for a donation of just $10.

All proceeds help maintaining the Scentral Park Dog Park and projects for the Animal Shelter!

Letter to the Editor: Tina White in Support of the Darke County Parks Levy

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Letter to the Editor:

If you believe in protecting our land for future generations and preserving our history vote FOR Darke County Parks, Issue #1.  If you believe in protecting our natural resources and enjoying nature in all its beauty vote FOR Darke County Parks.

The Darke County Park District was created in 1972.  Since that time we have seen much grown, adding parks due to their natural and cultural history while also increasing programming and opportunities for the community.  In those 48 years expenses have increased and community needs have evolved.  As a Park Board Member we have the duty of efficiently and economically managing our funds to ensure all aspects of our Parks are taken care of with the best interests of the community in mind.  Due to inflation on expenses and increased costs for maintenance and repairs managing the budget with the cost of this inflation has become more challenging.  Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Education Center was built in 1997.  There are needed repairs upcoming, to this building and other structures within our park system that have weathered in time.  This additional levy will ensure funds within the budget for these upcoming needs.  The Darke County Parks budget is public record and can be viewed by requesting a copy from the Park Office at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  This levy also opens possibilities of land partnerships to preserve local history.  Voting FOR the Darke County Parks and Issue #1 benefits us all in numerous ways.  As a longtime volunteer for Darke County Parks, a previous Board Member of the Friends of Darke County Parks, and as a current Park Board Member my life has been enriched in so many ways thanks to Darke County Parks.  I will always be grateful and always support Darke County Parks.  I ask that you join me in voting FOR Darke County Parks on Issue #1 and for the continued enrichment of our community and preservation of our history.

Tina White, Park Board Member
Commissioner At Large
Darke County Parks

Greenville High School Offers New Program- Project LIFE

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October 19, 2020, Greenville, Ohio- Greenville High School is proud to announce the newest addition to the opportunities offered to students. Greenville High School is offering Project LIFE. Project LIFE is a comprehensive, multi-year transition-to-adulthood program in which individuals (ages 16+) with disabilities can develop practice and strengthen skills that are high predictors for increased adult independence and successful, integrated community employment. Project LIFE is a combined education and work experience program that give high school students and young adult “interns” with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn and build skills leading to future employment and a more independent adulthood.

Utilizing evidence-based practices proven to build independence, Project LIFE has been promoting quality job training partnerships with area businesses in Southwest Ohio for more than 12 years and now is doing the same in Greenville. Project LIFE interns are currently working toward becoming proficient in Team Building, Work Place Safety, Soft Skills, Basic Technology, Financial Literacy,  Gaining Employment, and Maintaining Employment. This targeted course of student combined with participation in experiential life skills and work-based learning supports students on their journey to adulthood and greater independence.

Project LIFE began in 2007 and is now impacting lives nation-wide. Thanks to a collaborative partnership between Greenville City Schools, Darke DD, Project LIFE & Butler Tech, and Mitsubishi Electric Foundation, Greenville High School can offer this program to students. Project LIFE believes that all individuals, regardless of disability, will grow in independence when expectations for learning are raised.

Pattie Shrom a parent of a former Project LIFE intern says, “There are many hills and valleys during transition. As our children grow, the fear of the “real world” becomes a looming wall, like a tidal wave getting ready to swallow our children. It is a very scary time. Project LIFE provides a solid baseline of support for parents and students as they progress toward adulthood and employment.”

We are seeking opportunities for Project LIFE Interns to explore and gain skills leading to future employment. Partnering with Greenville High School Project LIFE to provide authentic learning opportunities result in outcomes such as additional marketing for organizations, building new relationship, identify great future employees and more. Currently our Project LIFE interns are partnering with Bob Evans, The City of Greenville and Greenville City Schools Transportation Department.

A typical day at Project LIFE includes classroom learning focused on course of student topics and several hours of work-based learning experiences under the supervision of a qualified instructor or Job Skill Trainer. Each intern’s job skills are assessed based on employer standards and expectations and weekly job skill reports help proved data that focuses on individual progress. Project LIFE is already making a difference in the lives of our local interns. Jeremiah Bunch (left), an intern in Project LIFE says, “The jobs Project LIFE have been working are excellent ways for me to learn new skills. Carter Suttle (below), another intern shared, “I like this program because I like the physical work. I like helping my co-workers. I like the independence I’m learning.”

Greenville City Schools strives to be the leader in educational offerings, student performance and community involvement and will maximize the potential of each and every student. Project LIFE is another way that Greenville is moving toward that vision. If you are interested in learning more about Project LIFE or would like to partner with Greenville’s Project LIFE please visit our website at https://www.greenville.k12.oh.us/ProjectLIFE.aspx or btprojectlife.org or contact Andrea Townsend or Julia Slyder at 937-548-3185 ext 1301.

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AT EUM CHURCH

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November 14, 20202, EUM Women’s Ministry is hosting their annual Holiday Boutique. Whether you have Christmas shopping to do, need a Girls’ Day Out, or just want to help a great cause, stop out at the EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, OH on Saturday, November 14! We will be open for business from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. You can grab lunch or pick up some wonderful baked goods. We will also have over 50 vendors with jewelry, skin care, kitchenware, baby items, purses, home d├ęcor and much more! Bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center and bless a new or expecting mom who needs a little help.

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.  Kids’ Ministry is available for kids in grades one through six at the 9:00 and 10:30 services. Ages 0-Kindergarten meet at the 10:30 service. Grades seven through twelve meet at the 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices.  For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 937-548-3211.

Group Taking Orders for Fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and raffle.

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In place of holding our annual Holiday Bazaar during the Covid-19 health crisis, St. Mary’s Rosary Altar Society is taking presale orders for their famous fresh cinnamon rolls.  They will be available the weekend of November 14 and 15.  The order and payment must be in by November 8, 2020. A pan of 6 rolls will l be $4.00  See website below.   Roll orders may be sent to RAS, 233 W. Third St., Greenville, OH 45331. 

There will also be a raffle with prizes:  $400, Cleaning package with Shark Mop, Chenille Snowman wall hanging with Ash Hanger, Winner’s Meats Package, Small Lighted Rosary with other religious items, and  Gift Certificate Tree.  You can mark each ticket for item you would like to win. Tickets are $1.00  or 6 for $5.00.  Tickets will be available until the drawing on November 15, 2020.  For raffle tickets, contact 937-547-9529.

For Cinnamon Roll order form and information on raffle prizes, go to St. Mary’s website  https://www.stmarysgreenville.org/Rosary-Altar-So

Friday, October 23, 2020

Harvest Supper Cancelled due to COVID-19

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The New Madison United Methodist Church annual Harvest Supper scheduled Nov. 14, 2020 has been canceled due to covid-19. We feel in the best interest of safety for our loyal community support and church members this was the best decision. 

We look forward  to seeing you all soon. 

Mark your calendar for Nov. 13, 2021. Hope to see you next year.

SHINE FALL FESTIVAL 2020!

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On October 25, from 3:00-6:00 PM, EUM Church will be hosting the annual Fall Festival, SHINE. This will be a great afternoon of FREE fun for the whole family! So round up the kids in their costume and join us for a host of fun fall festivities at the EUM Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street in Greenville. Here is what you can expect…

  • A free meal for the entire family
  • Our first ever SHINE Corn Maze!!!! 
  • A Hayride that will take you to the pumpkin patch where everyone gets to pick the perfect pumpkin
  • A Rock climbing wall. (Bring a mask, it is their requirement that you have to wear a mask to climb on the wall. Don’t worry, we will have extra In case you forget.) 
  • A Petting zoo that will feature pigs, goats, sheep, baby calf, and a pony. 
  • Speaking of ponies… Free Pony rides!
  • Story tellers complete with costumes, props and fun, interactive skits
  • The all new SHINE Experience! Get your dance moves on for this worship party with the EUM Worship and Youth Bands! At the end of the worship experience, we will hold a drawing for a brand new Nintendo Switch. 

All along the way, you’ll receive full sized candy bars… even for the parents! We can’t wait to see you there!

For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or visit our Facebook event page or call (937) 548-3211

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. Kids’ Ministry is available for kids in grades one through six at the 9:00 and 10:30 services. Ages 0-Kindergarten meet at the 10:30 service. Grades seven through twelve meet at the 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices.  For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 937-548-3211.

New Madison Public Library - We Are Opening More Days!!!

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Now we are OPEN  Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - 10-6:00  &  are adding a day

Beginning Oct. 24 we are OPEN Saturdays - 10-2:00

CURBSIDE & Appointments are available Tuesday & Thursday - 10-6:00

  • If you are sick, please do not visit
  • FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED
  • Limited to 15 Patrons at a time for 30 min. visits
  • Children under 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES
  • Computer usage is limited to 30 minutes a day
  • Meeting Room are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

For updated info visit us on Facebook & follow us on Instagram #NMPL45346

As always, if you have questions or concerns, call Brenda @ 937-996-1741.

DCP hosting Great Pumpkin Hunt

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The Darke County Park’s Great Pumpkin Hunt will begin October 24th.  Please note the pumpkin hunt will be a different format this year due to group size limitations.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt will take place at your own pace over a two week period. A pumpkin will be 'hidden' at 4 different parks including Eidson, Coppess, Worth and Routzong. Inside each pumpkin will be a stamp for your passport! Once you register, we will email you a PDF of the

"Pumpkin Passport".  You have two weeks to visit each park, 4 total, find the pumpkin, stamp the passport and return it to us. Once your mission is complete, we will have fall-themed goodies for your family to pick up at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

This year, the Great Pumpkin Hunt will take children on a scavenger hunt throughout the Districts preserves in search of a pumpkin container!  Park staff will email all participants the week of October 19 with detailed directions.  Participants who do not have a printer, can pick up the passport at nature center, Bish discovery center, or have it mailed.

Questions?  Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Registration is required and can be completed on line at https://darkecoparks.recdesk.com/Community/Calendar

Letter to the Editor: Eiting Supports the Darke County Park Levy

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Dear Editor:

Imagine back in 1972, when someone thought a Darke County Park District would be a great thing for the county, but that person wasn’t able to get public support. If that would have happened, we wouldn’t have the Shawnee Prairie Reserve and 12 other parks, 14.9 miles of paved multi-use/bike trails and 11.1 miles of hiking paths, all within almost 1,200 acres. 

Fast forward to 2020, our Darke County Park District is considering additional operating funds to keep our gorgeous parks open and growing. Our current ½ mil park levy is set to expire in 2025 and in order to keep the parks open down the road, we are seeking an additional ½ mil levy to overlap the next several years to help with the capital improvement schedule so when the first levy expires the park can continue with upkeep. 

Park data snapshot:

  • Seven full-time employees and one part-time employee
  • 62 percent of the budget goes to payroll and benefits
  • 250-300 annual volunteers
  • Annual visitors – 50,000 to 70,000
  • Current annual budget - $528,000

Additionally, over the past 20 years the park district has granted almost 1 million dollars to all Darke County municipalities toward their own park projects. Now you are probably asking yourself, like most of us, what’s this going to cost me if it passes? Well in the overall scheme of things, it’s inexpensive. If the levy passes, a property owner will pay an additional $17.50 per year based on a home appraised at $100,000. With both levies combined over the next several years, that same homeowner will only pay $31.74 per $100,000 of appraised household, and if you break it down per month, it is only $2.65. 

Parks are essential to a healthy community. They enable citizens to participate in physical activity and engage in nature, which both have been known to improve mental health. Economically, public parks significantly increase property value of surrounding properties. And ecologically, they help preserve nature and the critical wildlife habitats within. 

So, what would happen if the levy doesn’t pass? The park district will eventually be forced to cut back its operating expenses and its commitment to grow in the county. For example, Bears Mill and Ft. Jefferson will not be able to be brought under the management of the district, as they are considering at this time. 

In conclusion, please consider voting “YES” on Issue #1 on November 3rd!

Thank you for your consideration! 

Mitch Eiting

Letter to the Editor: Darke County Parks Levy Information from Roger Brocious

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Darke County Parks levy: Don't let a very negative person influence your vote.

Look at the facts:

  • We have 13 county parks in Darke County.
  • There are 14.9 miles of multi-use bike trail built and maintained by Darke County Park District.
  • There are 11.1 miles of hiking trails in your Darke County parks.
  • Our naturalists visit all Darke County schools. That amounts to over 5,000 students.  Students visit our parks as well on field trips.  Several schools from surrounding counties visit as well.        
  • 50,000-75,000 visitors use our county parks annually.  They come from all over the state of Oho and other states. 
  • Shawnee Prairie has a nature center, log cabin, sugar shack, restored log house, black smith shop, aviary and much more.
  • The Bish Discovery Center houses the Park’s maintenance facility and has community gardens, a pollinator garden, bike repair station with water bottle filling station and many other educational displays. 
  • Darke County Parks offers many free family fun events such as, Maple Sugarin’, Prairie Days, History Encampment at the Gathering at Garst, and Walking in a Winter Wonderland to name a few.  
  • Biking, canoeing, kayaking, arts, crafts, gardening, raptors and education programs about nature and history are but a few of the exciting things that Darke County Parks has to offer. You just can't list everything here.

I am a Park Board Commissioner for the parks; there are 3 of us.  We make sure that the Darke County Park District’s mission statement is followed.  We help determine the best way to handle the budget.  We are volunteers; we receive no pay.  We are part of the approximately 300 volunteers who do our best to make Darke County Parks -YOUR parks, the best. I urge you to please vote for Issue I.  

Roger Brocious

We Knead U Massage and Cancer Association of Darke County announce raffle winner

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Left to right Rena Slater of We Knead U and Barbara Rice, winner of raffle drawing

Rena Slater of We Knead U Massage has provided the community with massages for many years

Desiring to give back to the community, she is providing a year of free massages to the winner of a raffle ticket drawing.  Barbara Rice’s name was drawn and she is working with Rena on her year of free massages.

This raffle netted $1,421.87 which is being used to help Darke County cancer patients with their difficult fight against a deadly illness.

A big thanks to Rena for providing this and a big congratulations to Barbara, who is quite happy about this.

 Cancer Association of Darke County is supported by private donations, fundraisers, United Way, Rotary, Darke County Foundation, Darke Rural,  Lydia Schaurer Grant, Ketro Grant and Stephens Grant along with Corporate Sponsors for 2020 of:   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 and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. 

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

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Instead of waiting for a smoke detector to jolt you out of bed in the middle of the night with the loud chirping or beeping sound it makes when the batteries begin to die, it makes sense to beat it to the punch by replacing the battery twice a year on a regularly-scheduled basis, during the time change.

This is a good time to replace all of your smoke detectors' batteries, because it serves as a twice-yearly reminder, is on the weekends when we set our clocks forward for daylight savings time and back to standard time. This year, the time change is on November 1, 2020.

Smoke detectors may be either battery powered or wired directly into a home’s electrical system. But nearly all smoke detectors, including those that run on household current, do contain a battery.

Detectors that are hard-wired to the home's electrical system use this battery to provide backup power in case a fire knocks out the house’s electrical power. Both battery-operated and household-current smoke detectors sound the previously-mentioned beeping or chirping low-battery alarm. This alarm is different than the deafening, blaring fire alarm that occurs during a fire: it is a sporadic beep, not a constant blast. If you hear the beeping or chirping low-battery alarm, do not ignore it; change the battery immediately. Do not ever remove the battery without replacing it with a new one--smoke detectors with fully-functional batteries are critical to the safety of your family and home. Sadly, news reports of tragic fires often point out that the home had smoke detectors but those detectors had been disabled.

The Darke County Solid Waste District and our local Fire Departments have teamed up to offer a battery exchange for 9-volt batteries. There is a limit of 5 batteries per household. Batteries can be exchanged at the following locations:



“Murder in the Stacks” is Back for a Third Year

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Dr. Orchid, Miss Scarlet, and the whole crew are up to no good again at Greenville Public Library!  “Murder in the Stacks,” GPL’s spin on a live-action version of the board game Clue, will go on as planned this year, but with a new twist.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event will take place online only. Those participating will be allowed to roam the library virtually, searching for clues, and will even get a look at rooms that are normally off-limits to patrons. 

A link to the event will be available beginning at noon on Friday, October 30, and will appear on all of the library’s Facebook pages, as well as the Facebook event page and the GPL website.  A “Murder in the Stacks” brochure will be available for download at the same locations.  Anyone wishing to participate can also pick up a copy of the brochure at the Library during regular business hours beginning on Monday, October 26.

For more details, call the library at (937) 548-3915 or visit the event page on Facebook. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

VFW Auxiliary encourages everyone to vote

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It is your voice, your right and your responsibility

GREENVILLE – The VFW Auxiliary to Post 7262 is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the privilege so many Americans have fought and died for – your right to vote. There are many reasons for you to exercise this right that is uniquely American. The basic one is because it gives you a say in what your government does in relation to making laws, regulations and spending your tax dollars.

Your community depends upon input from all residents about what is believed to be the right actions to be taken by government – that is why levies such as those on this November’s ballot are important for everyone’s opinion to be voiced through the ballot box.

Voting is how those in City Hall, the Court House, Congress and the White House are made responsible to each citizen. It is our chance to let them know how each of us feels about the job they are doing. To play liberally with the words of Plato, if you do not vote to decide who will rule you, you are likely to be ruled by fools.

Your vote does count! According to a 2001 study of state and federal elections in the United States between 1898 and 1992, "one of every 100,000 votes cast in U.S. elections, and one of every 15,000 votes cast in state elections, ‘mattered’ in the sense that they were cast for a candidate that officially tied or won by one vote.

Voting for Ohioans is very convenient. In addition to in-person voting on November 3 at your polling place, voters may vote by mail or do in-person early voting seven days a week at the Board of Elections located at 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville. 

Honor those who have served by voting in the November General Election to choose who you believe will best represent you.  Visit https://www.boe.ohio.gov/darke/ for all voting information in Darke County. The Board of Elections may be reached by calling 937-548-1835.

Open Letter to Darke County Parks by William Light

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At a time when our political leaders are fractious, and our fellow citizens have been led to fear too much, I am writing this note to you as an open letter to the general public to express my sincere desire for people of Darke County to fully support the Darke County Parks in the upcoming elections.

When the last local election was held, fear kept a majority of Darke Countians from voting when confused and fearful Ohio politicians closed the polling places and did a very poor job of explaining to the electorate how people could still vote. Unfortunately, I believe the Darke County Parks’ millage initiative suffered because of this confusion.

In addition, I have noticed for many years that our public educational system has done a great disservice to our youth by trying to rewrite our magnificent and colorful historical record for political reasons. In my youth I was much more interested in science, engineering and music than history; however, this changed dramatically with age, and recently I became involved with a group of educated patriots who are busily trying to restore the truth about what happened in this area of America that literally help change the world for the betterment of all mankind.

A group of us formed what is known as the Friends of Fort Jefferson, a not-for-profit organization that is trying to reclaim the Fort Jefferson Park, get the park turned over to the Darke County Parks, and turn the dilapidated park into a modern and well-used education center to teach the history of the once head-of-the-line fortress that paved the way for the settlement of the Northwest Territories during the late 1790’s. 

I cannot tell you how instrumental it is for our organization to work in tandem with the Darke County Parks to restore Fort Jefferson, and your help in this program has been wonderful. Since you took the helm of the Darke County Parks it has grown into well-oiled machine that serves all of Darke County regarding the teaching of nature and history. And, the low cost to run this successful organization is remarkable.

The Friends of Fort Jefferson will continue to support the Darke County Parks, regardless of the status of the bond issue renewal; however, we do believe that every effort be made to tell the citizens of the county that the bond initiative is literally a small millage (.5 mill) with a very slight increase ($1.46 a month on a $100,000 home) to defray the continual operational and maintenance costs to run and maintain the numerous facilities. When Fort Jefferson Parks comes under the auspices of the Darke County Parks, the Friends of Fort Jefferson will still be a partner in the development of the facilities there, and artifacts found and knowledge learned will remain in Darke Country for all to see, touch and educate themselves.

Thank you, your staff and your many volunteers for providing Darke County with a wonderland of learning. Hopefully my fellow residents will recognize the beneficial services your organization provides.

Respectfully submitted,

William C. Light
Greenville, OH 45331


Rep. Davidson visits Dayton manufacturer to discuss COVID-19 impact

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DAYTON - Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) visited Southwest Ohio manufacturer Bullen Ultrasonics Friday afternoon to learn about the business and the effects COVID-19 is having on the company, and offer his support. Located in Eaton, about 25 miles west of Dayton, Bullen is a globally-recognized leader in ultrasonic machining and has played a crucial role in manufacturing essential parts for various life-saving devices throughout the pandemic.

“Bullen is a prime example of a small Ohio company with big impact during this nationwide crisis,” said Rep. Davidson. “Not only has the company done their part in the manufacturing of key components found in ventilators, but g is continuing to prioritize the safety of its employees and keeping morale up during a time of economic strain.” 

A survey conducted in late March by the National Association of Manufacturers found that nearly 80 percent of manufacturers expected the pandemic would have a financial impact on their business. While Bullen provided 90 percent of pressure sensor components used in the manufacturing of ventilators during the early-pandemic demand, other facets of the company came to a standstill, including its work in the aerospace industry. Like many businesses, Bullen took part in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in early April to help offset the economic blow.

Bullen President Tim Beatty took the opportunity to thank Rep. Davidson for the program.

“We sincerely appreciate your work with the Payment Protection Program,” said Beatty. “The PPP infused cash into our business, helping us continue to invest in our future and our employees. Instead of a massive layoff, we have been able to maintain 95 percent of our workforce despite not having the profits we were expecting this year.”

According to Beatty, the PPP loan allowed Bullen leadership to get creative in providing its essential frontline staff with paid days off. 

“We gave our frontline staff what we called ‘limit days’ in April and May, allowing one paid day off a week during the early days of the pandemic,” said Beatty. “Unlike much of the workforce that could operate from home, our manufacturing team is deemed essential, meaning they have to be on site. We feel the limit days boosted morale and kept them engaged.”

“The PPP helped keep more than 100,000 workers from Ohio’s eighth District on payroll,” said Rep. Davidson. “Just like Bullen, nearly 9,000 businesses in our district who used the program simply passed the cash through to keep their workers employed. This has provided essential stability for individuals, families and businesses. Now, the banks and Treasury need to finish the work and complete the important work of forgiving the loans that were used in full compliance. This has equipped our economy to resume its momentum as swiftly and safely as possible.”

As for Bullen’s future, Beatty says the company forecasts demand ramping up again with recovery happening in the first quarter of 2021. 

Preble County Commissioner and State Rep. Candidate Rodney Creech was also in attendance for the meeting. After the group finished their discussion, Beatty gave a tour of the facility, introducing some of Bullen’s frontline workers and providing an overview of Bullen’s machining processes.

“While the year may not end with the revenues we forecasted, we are thankful to have a thriving business,” said Beatty. “Not every manufacturer can say that, unfortunately. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to count our blessings. We are ending the year grateful and hopeful for brighter days ahead."

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

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Left to Right: Greenville BPW Guest Night Committee members Kim Fisher, Melissa Barhorst, and Susan Shields

Greenville, OH.  -  Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) guests and members held their annual guest night “What a Girl Wants” event on October 8th. This year, a “scaled down” version was held to allow for social distancing due to current Covid restrictions. The evening was held at the VFW on Ohio Street with social time, limited vendors, silent auction, mask contest and appetizers catered by J’s Country Store.  Several door prizes were given out and a 50/50 raffle drawing was held. 

The meeting was hosted by Committee chair Debbie Niekamp along with committee members: Melissa Barhorst, Vicki Cost, Kim Fisher, Leigh Fletcher, Hallie Foureman, Susan Fowble, Deb Shiverdecker, Deb Smith, Susan Shields, and Gail Snyder.  The evening included a program by Melissa Barhorst, Damsel in Defense consultant who provided tips for self-defense. Special guest and Region 5 President, Linda Wiegand of the Lebanon Club reminded members and guests of the upcoming Region 5 virtual meeting with Author of the book “Stand Up and Stand Out – Let’s Go Kick Some Glass” by Pattie S Grimm  All proceeds for the “What a Girl Wants”  event go toward scholarships for young women of Darke County.

Special thanks to all those who attended as well as the following vendors, silent auction donors, and members for making this event a success:  Billers Stamps & Engraving, Damsel in Defense (Melissa Barhorst), Norwex (Tammy Dietrich) Optavia (Deb Shiverdecker), and Touchstone Jewelry (Glenna Martin), Ault Henderson & Lewis, Beanz Buttercream Bakery, Bear’s Mill, Bread of Life, Darke County Park District, Debbie Niekamp, Flower Patch, Gail Snyder, GNB Banking Centers, Greenville Federal, Hallie Foureman, Holly Lovely, JT’s Bar & Grill, Kathy O’Dell, Leigh Fletcher, Merchant House, Merle Norman, Montage, Prosperity Promotions (Kim Custenborder), Refined Purveyors, Studio 1 Hair Design, Sunset Awards, Susan Shields, Sweet Annie’s Cabin and VFW Post 7262. 

The BPW Club is working on a new fundraiser to replace some of the fundraising events they were unable to host earlier in the year.  Members are contacting small businesses to produce a coupon booklet which they will sell with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. There is no charge for the merchant. Coupons must be received by November 2nd to be included in the book.   The goal is to encourage people to shop our small businesses and the books will be available at the club’s November 12th meeting in time for the holiday shopping season.  If you are a business owner interested in participating in this fundraiser, please contact any Greenville BPW member or Deb Niekamp, project chair, at 419-305-2178 or email dsniekamp@gmail.com for a coupon form or more information.  

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.  The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County.  Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting.  Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Susan Fowble at fowble51@gmail.com or 937-423-2387. Information can also be found on their Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club. 

Fall Family Fun Day a great success

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On Saturday October 10th, Darke County Parks hosted its first Fall Family Fun Day. The weather was absolutely perfect for the event and the changing leaves at Alice Bish Park made a gorgeous autumn back drop. The event was held outdoors at the Bish Discovery Center with activities spread throughout the grounds. Activities included Pumpkin Bowling, Rocket Launch, Paint a Pot, Leaf Rubbing, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Giant Bubbles, Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, and a Leaf Toss. The Bish Discovery Center was also open for the public to explore. Many visitors spent part of the day playing in the augmented reality sandbox, using the pedal power bike, and gaining knowledge from other various sustainable and eco-friendly displays. Badges BBQ food truck was also set up in the parking lot selling delicious BBQ pulled pork, brisket, and other tasty menu items. Darke County Parks would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that helped make this event such a huge success!

Don’t miss out next time! Follow Darke County Parks on Facebook or sign up for a newsletter by visiting http://www.darkecountyparks.org/nature-notes-newsletter.

Letter to the Journal: Litchfield's Support Darke County Parks Levy

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Dear Editor, 

Darke County Park District improves our quality of life, one of the reasons Darke County is great!  

Seeing people of all ages using the parks is exciting. We love that there are so many opportunities for the public to enjoy their parks.   Have you hopped onto the new Jim Buchy mile of the paved trails? It starts at the corner of Broadway and Wilson Dr. and runs behind the MaidRite.  Walking or bicycling on it, creekside, with the beautiful scenery is great for mental and physical health.

We love getting out on our bikes and continuing on the almost 15 miles of paved trail, with some ‘share the road’, all the way to east of Gettysburg.  We enjoy walking through all of the non-paved trails in the 13 Darke County Parks.  We are thrilled that with passage of this levy, that Bear’s Mill will become a forever-cared-for Darke Co. Park, the transfer for zero dollars.  And Ft. Jefferson, too.  This historic site can also be improved by the people of Darke County with passage of his ½ mill levy.  

We appreciate the staff going to the schools or doing programs virtually to educate our youth.  We appreciate the staff going to nursing homes, outside residents’ windows, sharing wildlife to bring joy to those who cannot get out.  

We are thankful to Darke Countians for the past and continued support of your Darke County Parks.  The time has come to improve the funding for needed upgrades, improvements, equipment and personnel.  Staffing levels haven’t changed since 2003, but the number of parks has increased.  The owner of a $100,000 home will be paying $1.46 a month more for the year than you are paying now.  With passage, a total of $2.65/ month for the great outdoors.  And, we appreciate that the 21 county village and city parks can apply for an increased amount of grants for their local parks with the passage of this levy.

The Darke Co. Park District board has proved that they are good stewards of the land and our tax dollars.  The parks enhance quality of life for all of us!

Please join us in voting FOR the levy to continue to see improvement in all parks.

Sincerely,

Steve and Eileen Litchfield

GHS Walking Program

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Again, this year Greenville High School will open its doors to community members seeking a warm, safe place to walk on winter evenings.

The public is invited to walk at the high school from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and continuing through March 25, 2021. There will be no walking during Christmas break. Also, if school is closed during a day or there are parent/teacher conferences, then it will be closed to walking that evening. A complete calendar of available walking dates will be available to walkers at the sign-in desk.

Greenville High School opened its doors to walkers many years ago. The Greenville Board of Education has continued to support this activity in the high school. 

In the past, dozens of people enjoyed the program. Greenville City Schools is happy to support this wellness activity to benefit residents of the community. Seven and a half laps around the interior  hallway loop is equivalent to one mile. Walkers go in a clockwise direction on Mondays and Wednesdays and counterclockwise on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The district is pleased to provide a safe, free and warm place for people to walk. The program does not cost the school district extra money because volunteers monitor the walkers and custodians are usually working in the building during the evening. Thank you to those who help monitoring the activity including SADD Club, IMTV, Varsity G Club, NJROTC, Key Club, Foreign Language Clubs, Student Council, Med Tech, student body, members of the school board and school district personnel.

Those interested in walking at the high school are asked to enter by the main entrance by the flagpole, wear a mask upon entering and leaving the building to sign in and out, social distance from one another while walking at least six feet apart, sign in upon arrival and check off your name when leaving. While exercising, or walking, a mask is not required but social distancing is from people that are not in your family. Walkers are asked to walk only on the first floor. No running or jogging is allowed. Also, not allowed are wheeled items such as strollers and skateboards. Students under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Enjoy the activity to assist you with your wellness.

‘CRISIS WARRIORS’ NEEDED TO DONATE COVID-19 PLASMA

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COVID-19 CONVALESCENT PLASMA AT PEAK DEMAND

 Rebecca Whited donates COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma.

DAYTON, Ohio – The rising number of coronavirus cases has triggered peak demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) and Community Blood Center needs more COVID-19 survivors to donate. Learn more about CCP and become a “Crisis Warrior” by registering to donate at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.

Last week area hospitals performed the highest number of CCP transfusions since CBC launched Ohio’s first CCP collection program in early April.

The antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus is vital for the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients. CBC must expand the base of eligible donors to meet the increasing demand and help save the lives of those fighting the disease

Potential CCP donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 by the RNA test or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies by blood test and must be completely recovered.

All CCP donors will receive the “COVID-19 Crisis Warrior” t-shirt.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper all blood drive collections. Type O positive is the most common blood type and continues to be in demand. The short supply is related to high usage, but also to collections limited by smaller blood drives and fewer first-time donors.

Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives.

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