Friday, June 21, 2019

A Statement in Support of Greenville's Proposed Sidewalk Replacement Program

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by John Liette

The City of Greenville recently announced plans for a proposed project to target the city's neighborhoods, one section at a time, to enforce an 18 year old ordinance requiring property owners to replace broken or otherwise damaged sidewalks at the owner's expense. Under the proposed plan, property owners would be given a time frame to complete the work. If the property owner would fail to complete the replacement within that time frame, the city would bid the work out and have it completed for them, assessing the resulting bill onto their property taxes over a given number of years (the exact timeline and number of years, as well as other variables in this program, remain to be firmly decided).

This has, understandably, caught traction as a hot topic among property owners as estimates for specific areas needing addressed have already gone out to home owners. The city sent out letters that highlight the areas of the properties that need addressed as well as any large, obstruction causing trees that will need to be removed. The city contracted with a third party company to evaluate this first section, which encompasses the areas east of Broadway, west of Tecumseh Street, south of E Water St and north of East 5th Street, and delivered estimates for each lot. If seen through, the plan would see the entirety of the city's sidewalks addressed over a 10 year period.

I attended this week's city council meeting and spoke in support of the program, as I believe the sidewalks as a whole have been neglected for far too long. I live in the area deemed 'phase 1' and received an estimate that was a little over $6,000 to replace 604 square feet of sidewalk. I would imagine that many property owners, like me, desire new sidewalks but they have simply been a low priority on the list of big ticket things that need addressed with our family's budget. I believe that this program, if implemented with care and consideration, can significantly raise the standard of living in our neighborhood while creating access via walkable pathways that have been the victim of deterioration for far too long, while taking steps to lighten the financial blow this would land.

You can read my full remarks to city council below:

Library's “Family Fun Day”

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The Greenville Public Library's next “Family Fun Day” is Wednesday June 19 at 11:00 a.m. on the Library lawn. We will feature Madcap Puppets, a puppet theater was founded in Cincinnati in 1981 by the late Jerry Handorf and Beth Kattelman. Since the beginning they have been firmly rooted in the art of professional puppet theater, children’s literature and world cultures.

Madcap quickly built a repertoire of comic-absurd and original fairytale performances, touring up to six ensembles concurrently to schools, community centers, art museums and libraries. Classic stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and others were adapted for Madcap’s giant puppets and expressive hand-in-mouth characters.

In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund of the Darke County Foundation for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

Arcanum Public Library Events

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The Summer Reading Program is in full swing at the Arcanum Public Library, and there are plenty of activities planned for the rest of June and July. Patrons of all ages are able to sign up for the reading program at the front desk.

There will be StoryTime sessions for preschoolers at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays; June 25, July 9, July 16, and July 23. Bring the youngsters in for stories, songs, games and crafts. No registration is needed.

Space Camp sessions for kids in grade school will from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays; June 24, July 8, July 15, and July 22. No registration is needed for this program that includes hanging out with friends while creating, playing games and more.

On Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m., the library will be hosting a family evening filled with trivia about space movies and TV shows. There is no registration needed for this event- just drop in for the fun.

There will be a painting program for ages 16 and up on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. Patrons will be painting their very own rendition of van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. There is limited space for this event, and there will be a fee of $10. Patrons are asked to sign up early to be sure to be able to attend.

On Monday, June 24 at 6:30, representatives from Miller Flowers will be at the library for a program on succulents and air plants. They always give a fabulous presentation and will be bringing plants in that patrons can purchase. Registration is needed for this free event, and patrons can drop in or call to get signed up.

The library has recently purchased several WiFi hotspot devices for adult patrons to check out. These are great for travel, projects that require internet service and more. Check with the library for more information.

The library would like to remind patrons it will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, July 4.

If there are any questions, feel free to call the library at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

BOO RADLEY VERSAILLES CONCERT HOPES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GOOD CAUSE

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Versailles Towne and Country Players’ annual Summer Entertainment Series includes many opportunities to enjoy good music, but when Cincinnati-based band Boo Radley takes the stage for their performances on Versailles’ inviting Main Street Fountain Square on Saturday, July 6, they will also challenge their audience the help raise funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Boo Radley, consisting of lead vocalists Mark Hamilton and Stacy Jordan, plus Chris Mulvaney and Mark Roden on guitar, drummer Jerry Cline, and John Kellington playing bass, has been on the scene for over ten years, playing at high-profile venues in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Now, lead guitarist Chris Mulvaney, a 1981 Versailles High School graduate, has established a partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to host a fund raising campaign combatting the disease which took the lives of both his father and mother, longtime Versailles residents Jerry and Jane Mulvaney.

Chris and his sisters Erin Marshall, Elizabeth Alexander, Teri Shuler, and Deb Gallagher are hoping to involve the greater community in this drive, and have enlisted the support of other families who have been impacted by pancreatic cancer, including Chris’s classmates Brenda Bohman Rice who lost her father Fred to the feared disease, and Mike Prakel, who in honor of another victim, his father Stewart has issued a special challenge to the VHS Class of 1981, to make contributions which anonymous donors will match up to $500, achieving a significant first step in reaching the campaign’s goal of $2500. Also the families of Scott Shappie, VHS Class of 1978, and Vaughn Wakefield are participating in this effort to fight the scourge which has disastrously affected so many community members.

“We are banding together to raise money for a great cause, and hope to see you on the square in Versailles on July 6; you will be supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020,” explained Mr. Mulvaney. Currently, only 8% of pancreatic cancer patients survive their battle with the dread disease. Donations to this campaign against pancreatic cancer can be made by visiting the Boo Radley for Pancreatic Cancer Research page on the support.pancan.org Website: http://support.pancan.org/site/TR/DIY/DIYTeamraisers?team_id=21103&pg=team&fr_id=1850. Contributions can also be made at the concert.

STAR 88.3 Gives Love to Tyler Schlarman

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Tyler and Lindsey Schlarman love their growing family. They’re a hardworking family from Versaillles who know what it means to pick up the pieces and find a way to adjust to a new normal. Two years ago, they brought home baby Joshua with serious health complications. Through everything the family has been through, Tyler has been a rock-solid, wonderful father. This Father’s Day, he got a surprise!

STAR 88.3, our area’s local Christian radio station, heard locally on 88.9 in Union City, is all about finding ways to serve the community. That’s why they Give Love several times a year. They accept nominations for someone to surprise, and then they pick a few recipients and surprise them. For Father’s Day, they again accepted nominations from the community for someone they’d like to surprise. Usually, it’s someone who is going through a hard time or is an inspiration in some way. Tyler’s wife, Lindsey, nominated him.

“Two years ago, our third child was born with many problems, like seizures, inability to swallow, and extremely weak muscles,” Lindsey told STAR 88.3. “It has made the last two years extremely hard for us with many lows. I would love to brighten Tyler’s day in any way possible.”

STAR 88.3 community representative Naomi Cantrell reached out to Pastor Quentin Elsea at Christ Chapel, where the Schlarman family go to church. The pastor had many good things to say about Tyler, even saying that baby Joshua’s nurses have been impressed with how good Tyler is with him.

“It is an absolute honor to surprise someone like Tyler,” said Cantrell. “Tyler has been an amazing husband and father to all his kids through the last two years. He inspires so many people! This is the kind of thing we love to do – to surprise a person who continues to give selflessly of himself day in and day out and let him know he is seen and appreciated.”

Local businesses contributed to Tyler’s surprise. Special thanks go to Greenville National Bank and The House That Lulu Built for their financial support. Tyler and his family got a gift card to Olive Garden, passes to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, concert tickets to the Mercer County Fair’s Christian concert this summer, and more. Cantrell surprised Tyler at his church on Father’s Day.

STAR 88.3 will be accepting nominations again, and they find many other ways to Give Love all year. Listen to STAR 88.3 at 88.9 in this area and let them know of someone you would like to nominate at www.star883.com.

MARION LOCAL FFA & SHRINE PARTNER ON COMMUNITY GARDEN

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (June 17, 2019) – God has a special way of bringing people together. Thus was the case when Matt Hess, Ministry & Hospitality Director of the Maria Stein Shrine, reached out to Matt Elsass, Agricultural Education Advisor at Marion Local Schools about his idea for a community service project.

“I had been playing with the idea of a community garden on the Shrine grounds” stated Hess, “Sisters had gardens on this land from the very beginning and I felt a calling to reinstate them as a service project, but I wasn’t sure where to start.”

It wasn’t until Shrine staff member Susie Bergman, who has a child involved in the Versailles FFA program, suggested contacting the school, that it became clear just how significant God’s timing was. Turns out the Marion Local FFA students, who had always maintained a garden on school grounds, had just recently found themselves in need of a new location.

According to Elsass, “When I was contacted by Matt Hess last spring to gauge our interest in a community garden, we knew we wanted to be a part of this project. We are always looking for service learning opportunities so of course we were hooked!”

The biggest concern for both parties initially was maintaining the garden with volunteers throughout the growing season, but with the FFA and the Shrine both involved, they are confident many hands will make light work.

“Steadfast volunteerism at the Shrine is a primary reason it still thrives today as a place of peace, prayer and hospitality in our community” added Hess.

The garden is currently planted with onions, potatoes and peppers, with hopes to expand in the coming years. If you would like to volunteer your time to assist the Shrine and students with the garden, contact Matt Hess for more information at 419-925-4532.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit www.mariasteinshrine.org.

Aquatic Adventures Camp

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As part of their summer schedule, Darke County Parks is hosting an Aquatic Adventures camp July 8-12 for 8-9 year olds.

The camp is 10am-12:30pm each day. The cost for the week is $90. Each day, campers will be investigating the life of riparian corridors throughout the county. While wading in the water, the kids will be excited to find crayfish, insect larvae, fish and other macroinvertebrates. In addition to identifying the creatures they find, the kids will be learning about stream quality monitoring and how to determine the health of our creeks and rivers based on the life within. At the end of the five day camp, the participants will be comparing their findings from each location and submitting their discoveries to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! If your child loves getting into the creek and turning over rocks, then this is the camp for them. For more information, please contact Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165.

Registration must be completed by June 28 and can be done at https://darkecoparks.recdesk.com/Community/Home.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Single Vehicle Accident Injures One at 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road

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On June 20, 2019 at approximately 2:57 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire Department and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the area of State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road in reference to an accident with injury.

Preliminary investigation revealed a White 2002 Ford F-250 driven by Landon Garber ,20, of West Alexandria was traveling Southeast on State Route 49 near Pitsburg Laura Road. Mr Garber failed to maintain control of his vehicle traveling off the left side of the roadway and coming to rest after striking a utility pole. Mr Garber was transported to Wayne ER by Arcanum Rescue with minor injuries.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ACCIDENT

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On June 18, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue Squad responded to State Route 49 north of State Route 47 on a single vehicle accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Tan Honda driven by Cody Kemmerling (29), of Portland Indiana, was southbound State Route 49 and failed to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle. Mr. Kemmerling’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Mr. Kemmerling was treated and at the scene by Ansonia Rescue.

Mr. Kemmerling was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle.

DCCA’S BARBECUE AND BLUES BRINGS FUN DOWNTOWN

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DCCA is once again bringing it’s annual fun-filled fundraiser “Barbecue and Blues” to downtown Greenville; the event will be held Friday, July 12 on the spacious lawn at the Greenville Public Library, Music which starts at 5:30 p.m. will be provided by master bluesman Eric Jerardi and his band as well as by special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane.”

Darke County Center for the Arts is once again bringing it’s annual fun-filled fundraiser “Barbecue and Blues” to downtown Greenville; the event will be held Friday, July 12 on the spacious lawn at the Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore Street; the fun begins at 5 p.m. Music which starts at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until 10:30 p.m. will be provided by master bluesman Eric Jerardi and his band as well as by special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane.”

“’Barbecue and Blues’ has always been a fantastic summer party, and the move downtown has made it even more exciting; grab your blanket or lawn chairs and come out to celebrate summer with us,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “Food vendors include local food truck favorite Nacho Pig and Main Street Greenville businesses Merchant House and Romer’s who will be bringing their BBQ chicken dinners, plus newly-opened Beanz bakery which will be serving their luscious cupcakes,” Ms. Jordan stated. In addition to soft drinks, wine will be available as well as micro brews from Moeller Brew Barn.

According to retiring DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Eric Jerardi has gained renown as a masterful soul blues singer/songwriter. “Simply put, Eric has mastered the blues,” Mr. Rawlins said. “His just-right notes and his moving vocals enhance his honest and real lyrics, expressing the emotions of his songs and moving his audience to feel the spirit of the blues,” he said. Mr. Rawlins also stated that special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane” has won quite a local following due to several previous performances for DCCA. “This Clevelander sounds like an early blues singer from the Delta; his story-telling abilities pull audiences in and his smooth baritone keeps them listening and leaves them begging for more,” Rawlins explained.

Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Merry Lee Cross and Shaun Hayes of BHHS Professional Realty, Matt and Angie Arnold, and George and Becky Luce. The event venue is provided by Greenville Public Library; other sponsors are Erwin Brothers, Rumpke, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund. Proceeds from “Barbecue and Blues” support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA's Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children's Theatre.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; food and drink are not included in the ticket price. A limited number of tables for six are available for purchase and can be reserved for a donation of $100. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org, and are also on sale at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center.

SHRINE ART SHOW & SALE JUNE 22-28

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio – Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Shrine Art Show & Sale, June 22-28! This event, held in conjunction with Maria Stein CountryFest, is free and open to the public.

The display will be located on the 2nd floor of the Shrine, in the Gast Gallery. See thought-provoking works of art from artists all over the US, including some available for purchase. Cast your vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award.

Additionally, a beautiful abstract piece, donated by James F. Dicke II will be available for purchase. Dicke was born in 1945 in San Angelo, Texas. Raised in Ohio and Indiana, he returned to Texas for college at Trinity University and has built a thriving career as a businessman in Ohio. Dicke is also an artist. A photographer from the age of five, he started painting at Culver Military Academy in 1963 under the tutelage of the late Warner Williams, a bas-relief, realist artist. Later, he studied with Nelson Shanks of Pennsylvania. Dicke’s work has been influenced by his extensive collection of 19th century, 2Oth century and contemporary art.

Show hours are Monday – Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm and 11:00am-5:00pm on Sunday. For more information regarding the art, awards, show judge or sponsors, visit mariasteinshrine.org or call Diana Russell at 419-925-4532.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit www.mariasteinshrine.org.

Bradford Public Library Bluegrass Festival

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Mark your calendars for June 28th for Bradford Public Library’s 20th Annual Bluegrass Festival. This FREE event is our way of saying “Thanks” to our great patrons and community for their support of our events and services!

This year’s festival will be held in the auditeria of Bradford Schools. Music will start at 5:30 and will end by 10:00 pm. Four great bands are scheduled to entertain including : 5:30-Rum River Blend; 6:30- Showtime Grass with a special Salute to veterans; 7:30- Laurel Mountain ;8:30- Berachah Valley. These generous musicians donate their time and talents for the community to enjoy. Bands will have CDs available to purchase. Emcees for the evening will be Caleb and Morgan Ingram who will share some of their talents as well.

A raffle will be held during the event of unique items donated by local businesses and individuals to help cover festival expenses. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Library on Monday, June 17 as well as the night of the festival. Drawings will take place throughout the evening between the band’s performances. You do not need to be present to win.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase provided by the Bradford Historical Society.

Plan to attend this free family event and bring along a friend or two! For more information please call the library at 937-448-2612 or stop by to see us!

COFFEE WITH THE COMMISSIONER

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On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Commissioner Stegall will have his “Coffee with the Commissioner” at A&B Coffee located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville. This will be the 6th one of the year for 2019. The Commissioner will be at A&B from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. to hear questions and concerns of the Darke County citizens. Stop at the A&B Coffee company, pick up a cup of coffee, and come over and chat with the Commissioner. Once again, Saturday, June 22nd, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at A&B Coffee, 4th and Broadway for Commissioner Stegall’s “Coffee with the Commissioner”!

Craft Beer on German Lagers

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Germany is the land of lagers. The country's brewers demonstrate precision and refinement in brewing clean, crisp beers of profound quality within narrow stylistic guidelines and traditional techniques. In this first part of a two part series (part two will be held in August and September), join us as Certified Cicerone David Nilsen talks about the variety of German lager styles and walks attendees through a tasting of 5 traditional examples.

These Craft Beer Education Series classes will be held on Thursday June 27th and July 11th (identical classes). These classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Greenville Public Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!

EAGLE Program Takes Flight at Edison State, Homan Pilots Program

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Dalton Wolf works on a 3-dimmensional perspective drawing during art class at Edison State.
Ashley Homan
With a $50,000 grant from The Ohio State University, Edison State Community College has been afforded the opportunity to provide postsecondary education options to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through the EAGLE Program.

Students of the EAGLE Program are supported through interactive career assessments, academically inclusive courses with Edison State students, supplemental and life skills courses, peer tutors and mentors, internships, and financial assistance to those who qualify.

With the goals of the EAGLE Program in mind, Edison State Community College has hired Ashley Homan, of Houston, as Director.

“This is a great program because it allows students with disabilities the opportunity to attend college. They take general education classes, as well as a few classes based on their interests, to complete a certificate. Once they complete the program, they will have the opportunity to walk at graduation just like every other Edison State student,” said Homan.

Homan, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University, brings more than a decade of experience to the table, most recently working as a Service and Support Administrator at the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In that role, Homan was charged with coordinating services for adults with disabilities.

“I am still working with individuals with disabilities, which is what I love. It is nice to be able to place more focus on one area of the person’s life, which is taking college courses and pursuing their dreams. Becoming a college student is something they are excited to do,” added Homan.

Homan’s hopes for the future of the program not only include helping students achieve success in the workforce but also sustaining program growth.

“We are piloting this semester with two students. One student is interested in biology and the other is showing interest in animation and has been taking art courses.”

“I am hoping to potentially get Edison State students involved in the future to become social coaches for the EAGLE program participants. It would be nice to have students who were willing to step in and attend campus functions with the participants.”

The grant is supplemented by funds from the Miami, Darke, and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Edison State Community College.

“I have done a lot of outreach with the County Boards. They are familiar with the program and can help us make the connections needed for this program to succeed.”

Edison State Community College serves as one of only eight postsecondary program hosts in the State of Ohio to have such a program. Other program hosts include, The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Cincinnati to name a few.

For more information about the EAGLE Program at Edison State, contact Ashley Homan by emailing ahoman3@edisonohio.edu or calling 937.778.7995.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We've Gotten a Lot of Rain

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Photo Credit: Rose Liette

Last night, my family and I went for a walk in Greenville, thinking we would take the path that connects the little park on 4th Street to the main park. This path runs under the bridge on Main Street right along the creek.

We hadn't anticipated needing a boat on the journey, so we turned around and went back the other way.

Ohio Supreme Court Justices French and Kennedy to be featured speakers at public event

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Darke County Republican Women’s Club to host public program

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is inviting the public to a special program featuring two justices of the Ohio Supreme Court. Speaking will be Justice Judith French and Justice Sharon Kennedy.

The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 in the Brick Room of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville. An optional dinner is available at 6 p.m., with prior reservations. Details appear below.

The Justices will speak about challenges faced by members of the Ohio Supreme Court, structure of the Ohio Judicial system and what is involved in becoming a member of the Ohio Supreme Court.

“Having two members of the Supreme Court of Ohio is a great honor. Justices French and Kennedy will be in Darke County to provide insight into the personal side of the Court. We are so pleased to provide this opportunity for the residents of Darke County to meet with two of the Justices and have a chance to speak with them personally,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

Justice French was seated on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2013. With a history of public service and wide-ranging legal experience, a passion for equal justice and a special interest in civic education, she is committed to serving as a resource for the people of Ohio.

Justice Kennedy was seated on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2012. With her, she brought a history of work within the justice field ranging from serving as a police officer, through running her own legal practice, to sitting on the Domestic Relations branch of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.

The program is free and does not require reservations. However, the Club does require reservations for the optional dinner offered prior to the speaker’s program. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations may be made any time prior to noon, July 4, by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at: DCRWReservations@darkegop.org.

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

FITNESS STUDIO FOCUSING ON FUN TO OPEN IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE

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Greenville, OHIO – While the fitness industry can promise improved physical health, it can’t always assure fun. That’s about to change when Fit by Loy, a boutique fitness studio, opens in downtown Greenville. With classes such as cardio drumming, REFIT, jump rope, yoga, and Throwback – a workout that brings back the nostalgia of recess – the studio places a large emphasis on fun for the individual, family, and community.

“Exercise is hard work, but it doesn’t have to feel that way,” said Nicole Clementz, owner of Fit by Loy. “Our classes incorporate cardio and strength, but our most important component is play. We want people of all ages and physical fitness abilities to feel welcome, comfortable, and engaged in everything we do.”

Several of the classes offered at Fit by Loy are unique to the area, including Throwback, which features adult workouts based on classic playground games. Fit by Loy has the only certified Throwback class in the state of Ohio, an achievement Greenville can be proud of.

In addition to fitness classes, Fit by Loy plans to offer wellness workshops, adventure speaker series, and special events. “We are in the process of securing workshops for this fall that focus on healthy eating on a hectic schedule, fun and healthy foods for kids, and the use of essential oils,” said Loy. “Our special events will include bike and brews, candlelight yoga, and more.” Fitness apparel will also be sold at the studio.

The studio’s opening week will provide participants with the opportunity to win free fitness classes for a year. Each class participant will be able to sign up for the chance to win. The more classes a person attends, the higher the chances of winning.

Fit by Loy will open July 8 at 120 W. Third Street in downtown Greenville. Class and workshop schedules can be found at www.fitbyloy.com or on the Fit by Loy Facebook page.

GHS Class of '94 to Celebrate 25th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 3

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Greenville, OH (June 6, 2019) – The Greenville High School Class of ’94 Reunion Planning Committee is excited to announce its 25th Class Reunion for Saturday, August 3rd.

Gather at the Thirsty Turtle at the Turtle Creek Golf Course to visit and reconnect with friends. Heavy appetizers and desserts will be served.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years,” said Jason Anderson, Class of ’94 President. “We hope to see as many graduates as possible this year! Please help spread the word.”

The reunion will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, from 7-10pm. The Thirsty Turtle is located at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Reservations are $20 per person and may be made by sending a check to the attention of Susan (Allread) Barker at Greenville Federal, 690 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331. Checks should be made payable to the GHS Class of ‘94. Please include attendee names in check memo line. Reservations are requested by Monday, July 15th.

Follow all of the reunion details on the Greenville High School Class of '94 Facebook page.

Questions may be directed to Rachael (Wagner) Stebbins at wagner_rachael@hotmail.com.

Butterflies Civic Planting

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club have planted their annual civic planting at the Greenville Girls Softball Association, Stebbins field. The club planted Taishan, Janie and Durango Bee marigolds. Added was the galvanized letters GGSA to the stock tank. They planted 2-36” fire rings with the same varieties of marigolds and two galvanized trash cans with cannas, million bells and sun coleus. Members keeping the flower beds watered for the summer are l-r, Maleah Hines, Brianna Fellers, Hannah Smith, Saige Fellers, Audrey Allread, Callee Moore and Ellie Grosch.

GGSA New Landsape Plantings

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club has added two 36” fire rings to the landscape of the flower plantings at the Greenville Girls Softball Association at Stebbins Field on State Route 49 North. Support for the project came from the Ladybug Garden Club from the Michael Beard Fund Support presented to the club from the Beard family. Shown are Butterflies members Ellie Grosch, Callee Moore, Maleah Hines, Audrey Allread, Brianna Fellers, Saige Fellers and Hannah Smith.

Ladybug and Butterflies Arbor Day donation

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The Ladybug Garden Club and the Butterflies Junior Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Greenville Girls Softball Association for shrubbery to be planted near the flag poles at Stebbins Field. Shown is Kim Cromwell of Ladybug Garden Club and Arbor Day chairperson, Eric Fellers, President of GGSA, Butterflies members Hannah Smith and Audrey Allread of the Arbor Day committee.

Your Pet can be a star

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Greenville - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2020 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2020 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 5, 2019.

You can also submit the form online. Go to http://www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com/calendar2020 fill out the form and send the digital photo of your pet via e-mail to dcas@kometweb.com.

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

Greenville Eagles continues support of Empowering Programs

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Left to right: Shane Reed, Eagles Trustee, Richard Robinson, Eagles President, Bob Robinson (no relation), Executive Director Empowering Darke County Youth, and Steve Fowble, Eagles Trustee.
GREENVILLE – Greenville Eagles 2177 continues its strong support of Empowering Darke County Youth as part of its mission to enhance the lives of local children, their parents and the residents of the Greenville community.

The local non-profit organization, in addition to a wide variety of community support programs, has provided college scholarships for years, and has since supported Empowering programs with major donations for the past two years. Recent Eagles donations, in addition to Empowering, have included Main Street Greenville, Bear’s Mill, Greenville Boys and Girls Club, Annie Oakley Festival and more.

According to Eagles Secretary JoEllen Melling, the Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles is a fraternal organization that focuses on helping people in the local community through donations and activities. With charitable bingo funds, the Eagles can give back through donations that directly impact the local community.

“We welcome the public to join our organization, located at 113 East Third St., Greenville, Ohio, where you can be a part of our mission that focuses on people helping people.”

“The Eagles has been a strong supporter of programs supporting our kids,” said Bob Robinson, Executive Director of Empowering Darke County Youth. “We can’t thank the organization enough for what they do.”

Empowering Darke County Youth recently completed its third year of After School Tutoring Programs, working over 5,000 hours with 151 students. Since 2016, Empowering tutors and volunteers have worked 15,013 hours with 572 students from six Darke County school districts.

Empowering services are free to the student and his or her family. They are paid for with donations, grants and fundraisers such as a Day for Empowering at JT’s Brew & Grill on June 26. Anyone who would like to help, volunteer or donate, can contact Empowering Darke County Youth at PO Box 1113 Greenville, empoweringyouth101@gmail.com or on Facebook.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing 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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