Thursday, April 1, 2021

State of the Heart Care is now EverHeart Hospice

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The past year has been a difficult one. It has been difficult for our staff, difficult for our patients and their families, and difficult for our communities. We want to take a moment to recognize the hard-working women and men who work here for their continued dedication and sacrifice in caring for our patients and their families under extraordinarily challenging conditions. We would also like to thank the communities we serve for your continued support and solidarity in confronting these uncertain times with courage and conviction.

Keeping our employees, patients, communities, and partners safe has always been — and will continue to be — our top priority and concern for the foreseeable future.

And speaking of our future, we’re happy to say that we have something to celebrate today. Prior to the COVID outbreak, we started doing extensive internal and external brand research to identify our strengths and weaknesses as an organization. We conducted focus groups with employees, interviewed our strategic partners and friends in the community, and sent out hundreds of surveys to people throughout West Central Ohio and East Central Indiana to get their thoughts and feedback about our organization.

Through this intensive process, we learned that our identity often created confusion for people who work with us and for the community at large.

Based on these findings, our staff and leadership made the bold decision that a new identity was needed, one that would better match the stellar reputation we’ve worked so hard to earn in caring for our patients. We wanted a name that our employees would be proud of and use with confidence, and an identity that would resonate with our partners and customers by reflecting our purpose and mission. Most importantly, we wanted a name and identity that wouldn’t create any questions about who we are or what we do.

We are excited to announce that our new name is now EverHeart Hospice.

EverHeart Hospice conveys what State of the Heart Care was trying to say all along, but more clearly, concisely, and directly: we will always care for our patients, and honor the privilege of caring for them in their time of need. EverHeart simply means “forever caring,” a pledge of unending compassion for, and loyalty to, those who have entrusted us with their care.

For our organization, EverHeart Hospice represents both a continuation and a departure: we will always be State of the Heart Care and carry a piece of that identity with us, but we are also growing and improving to better serve our communities moving forward.

This has been a challenging but important process, and we are thrilled with where it has taken us. Ultimately it is the work we do that will continue to define us, and that simple fact has made this

process much more reassuring. But we are happy to be moving forward with a fresh look. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

MOTE & ASSOCIATES, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors, located in Greenville, Ohio established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying.  The scholarship is for a commendable student seeking a post high school education or enrolled in an accredited college program in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study.

High School and College Undergraduate Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year can be accessed and completed on-line at www.moteassociates.com; or may be requested by contacting the company office listed below.

Mote & Associates, Inc., in business for over 49 years, encourages all qualifying students to apply.  Applications must be returned to the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio by Friday, April 2, 2021.  For more information, contact our office at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at info@moteassociates.com.

Poultry Days Announces Chicken Delivery

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Now is the time to order your cooler of World Famous Poultry Days Chicken at VersaillesPoultryDays.com.  Don’t wait, we have a limited supply of coolers and you do not want to miss out!  Coolers will only be sold presale at versaillespoultrydays.com.

The Versailles Poultry Days Festival is right around the corner on June 11-13th 2021!  This means it's time to guarantee your delicious Poultry Days BBQ Chicken. Once again, we will be offering our chicken via bulk coolers that can be shared with coworkers, family, friends, or saved for yourself!  Our savory BBQ chicken freezes well which means Poultry Days Chicken can be enjoyed all year long!  Our chicken, which is slow cooked over charcoal and dipped in the secret Poultry Days sauce, is always a hit, and now you can share by buying a cooler or chicken!  

The Poultry Days Board heard you loud and clear.  We will be offering a NEW PICK UP LOCATION!  Pick up your cooler without waiting in the main chicken line. Pick up will be at the Versailles Exempted High School, right across the street from the festival grounds. This location will be for bulk orders only and provides easy access and quick pick up.  Our goal is to provide the best experience possible, and we hope this change does just that!

Bulk chicken coolers include 20 half chickens and are priced at $150 per cooler.  Ordering and payment can be completed at VersaillesPoultryDays.com.  Select your preferred pick-up time at VersaillesPoultryDays.com, [11:30 a.m. | 3:00 p.m. | 5:00 p.m.] on Friday and [11:30 a.m. | 1:00 p.m. | 3:00 p.m.] on both Saturday and Sunday.  We ask that you provide proof of purchase (email, image, or printed copy all accepted) on the day of pick up.  

Delivery will be offered again this year!  Delivery is only available Friday, June 11th by 11:30 a.m. to those who purchase a minimum of 2 coolers within 25 miles of Versailles.  For delivery only, we will be offering sides (minimum of 2 orders) for an additional $40!  That's right, you can get your chicken along with 40 Mikesell's potato chips, 40 containers of applesauce, 40 dinner rolls with butter, 40 orange drinks, and plastic cutlery!  Perfect for a business lunch or to enjoy with family and friends!

The main line located at the old High School will remain in place and focus exclusively on single dinners.  Presale tickets for individual dinners will go on sale at John’s IGA, the Versailles S&L and the Versailles Branch of Park National Bank in early April.  

Serving up summer fun since 1952.  We are happy to answer chicken questions at vpdchickenline@gmail.com.  Festival questions can be directed to poultrydayschairman@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates.  We look forward to seeing you at the 70th Annual Poultry Days Festival!

Internship opportunity at Darke County Parks

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The Darke County Park District is looking for a summer intern to assist the naturalist staff. The intern would aid in a range of tasks associated with the natural & cultural programming, organization of summer day-camps, environmental education, maintenance, and operation of the Nature & Bish Discovery Centers and other parks. This is a great opportunity to develop job skills by working hands on with the public, caring for the park’s animal ambassadors and more. For more information about this opportunity, visit www.darkecountyparks.org/employment. 

Darke Rural Electric Company Helps Fund iPads for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from Darke Rural Electric Company. This grant was given to our agency to help fund IPads to be used  at Ansonia, Versailles and the Boys and Girls Club after school Big Buddies program. Their generosity of funding these IPads has made our after school buddies sessions a lot easier. It has allowed us to be able to bring technology into the sessions. In today's school's technology is everywhere, with these IPads we are able to easily access records, watch videos, capture moments by taking pictures. The efficiency of getting things accomplished at the buddies’ sessions has been extremely helpful because of these IPads. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency.  Proceeds from the event will benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer role models.  These volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling.  The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community.  It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Are you wanting to get involved? Call our office at 937-492-7611 or visit our website at https://www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org/ to find out how you can get involved in our programs. Or you can stop at the agency office located at 121 E. North Street in Sidney or 205 E. Fourth Street in Greenville.  For any questions don’t hesitate to call or go to our website. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be a United Way Partner agency. 

Tom & Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner & St. Mary's School Auction: April 24, 2021

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Friday, March 12, 2021

State of the Heart Care to become EverHeart Hospice April 1st, 2021

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State of the Heart Care is excited to announce that effective April 1st, they will officially become EverHeart Hospice. It is important to note that they are not changing ownership or leadership; they are simply changing their name. 

Kristi Strawser, Executive Director at State of the Heart Care, shared how excited she was for the name change, stating, “EverHeart Hospice represents both a continuation and a departure. We will always be State of the Heart Care and carry a piece of that identity with us, but we are also growing and improving to better serve our communities moving forward. This has been a challenging but important process, and we are thrilled with where it has taken us. Ultimately it is the work we do that will continue to define us, and that simple fact has made this process of changing our name much more reassuring. We are happy to be moving forward with a fresh look and a renewed mission.” Kristi also shared, “Nothing has changed in the exceptional and compassionate care we provide to our patients and their families. We are still the communities’ hospice and look forward to continuing to serve our communities as we have for the past 40 years.”

You can find more information at http://everhearthospice.org/

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