Monday, November 11, 2019

DCSO: Fatal Accident on 121 Near Versailles

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On November 11, 2019 at 7:34 a.m. Darke County Deputies, Darke County Accident Reconstruction, along with Versailles Rescue, Gettysburg Rescue, and Versailles Fire Department were dispatched to the 9700 Block of State Route 121 in reference to an accident with injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Grey Town and Country Van, driven by, Daniel Meyer (45) of Versailles, OH. was traveling South on State Route 121. Mr. Meyer's vehicle, and a 2001 Brown Pontiac Montana Van, driven by Kimberly Fugett (42) of Greenville, OH, who was traveling North on State Route 121, collided with each other.

Mrs. Fugett was transported to Wayne Hospital by Versailles Rescue. Deputies learned that Mrs. Fugett succumbed to her injuries sustained in the accident shortly upon arriving at Wayne Hospital. Mr. Meyer was transported to Wayne Hospital by Gettysburg Rescue, where he was treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation.


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The North Pole will be coming to Bradford, Ohio again this year. On December 14 from 10:30 AM until 1:00 PM, children from the area get to visit the Bradford Railroad Museum, visit with Santa, be greeted by costumed characters from the railroad, make a special take home item and more!

“Last year was such a great success,” says Peggy Emerson, event coordinator. “that we knew we wanted to offer the event again. Every child receives a golden ticket in the mail from the museum. I love it when they bring them in the door to be punched and start their magical journey. From hot chocolate and custom designed sugar cookies to a personal visit with Santa (and lots of photo opportunities!), kids are the star of the event.”

Tickets are $10 for each child and $5 for adults. They can be purchased at until the event is sold out.

Bradford Public Library Invites you to Light Up the Park

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Bradford Public Library would like to invite you to join us as we help Light Up the Park on November 30, 2019. This fun, family celebration will start at Iddings Park where community members will gather for Christmas carols and stories followed by the main event…the lighting of the holiday decorations in the park. After a time to enjoy the lights all are invited to cross the street for cookies, hot chocolate and a visitor from the North Pole at the Bradford Public Library! The festivities start at 7:00. Please dress for the weather! In case of rain, event will be held in the library. We hope you can join us and make this special community celebration a part of your family traditions!

Previously published articles advertised this event for November 23. Bradford Public Library would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope you can join us on November 30th!


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Spread Christmas cheer this holiday season at the inaugural Santa’s Stocking 5K, benefitting the Darke County FISH Choice Pantry. This family-friendly, untimed event invites you to venture through Penguin's Pass, enjoy the music of Caroler's Corner, and experience the joy of Candy Cane Lane during this run/walk/stroll held at Greenville City Park on Saturday, December 7 at 9:30am.

“We’re excited to host the Santa’s Stocking 5K,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “It’s great to offer the community a fun way to exercise while also supporting a wonderful non-profit that provides emergency food to those in need.”

“We are also thrilled to announce that The Coffee Pot will be sponsoring the finish line,” said Loy. “They will be serving hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies – just as Santa would want it!” All participants will also receive a gift from Santa and an edible medal. In addition to the run/walk/stroll at the Park, the Santa’s Stocking 5K is offering a virtual run for those who are out of town or would prefer to put in those miles indoors.

Participants in the virtual 5K will be mailed an edible finisher’s medal.

Details and registration for this event can be found at

Greenville Middle School is “ALL IN”! By Rhonda Schaar, GMS Principal

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What does it mean to be “All In”? Greenville Middle School students can tell you and show you. Last March Gian Paul Gonzalez, a motivational speaker, came to GMS (thanks to a grant from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County), to encourage students to be prepared for the challenges of life as well as to be “All In” and make positive life choices. Gian Paul Gonzalez is known for his chapel message to the NY Giants in 2011. After Gian Paul asked the Giants to consider if they were “All In” in their life and career many of the players took this to heart and worked at becoming the best they could be. This hard work and determination led to the Giants winning the Super Bowl that year. When he spoke to Greenville students, Gian Paul used this real life example as an opportunity to encourage Greenville students to be “All In” and to work daily at being their best.

Gian Paul’s words of encouragement resonated with the students and staff of GMS and it was agreed that this year the annual theme for GMS would be to “Be All In and Be Responsible”. This is the theme for all contents and all activities at GMS showing our motivation behind learning and becoming citizens of Darke County that make a difference. From showcase displays to class lessons and special activities the students and staff at GMS are applying this theme. The talk and walk at GMS is a climate of giving it our all every day. It’s not easy but the students and staff take each day as a new opportunity to start fresh and be “All In”.

As GMS students and staff work at being “All In” this year a few activities and opportunities have already highlighted their devotion to this mantra:

When the Fish Food Pantry reached out to GMS student leader advisors, Jeff Miller and Chad Curtis, there was not a moment of hesitation, the leaders took quick action to organize a Flash Food Drive to refill the food bank shelves. The student leaders were currently involved in other activities that took a back seat to the importance of providing for the less fortunate in our county. A Flash Food Drive is a food collection effort to raise as many donations as possible in a short time period. The week of Oct 29- Nov 1 the student leaders challenged their peers to bring in donations of nonperishable items to restock the shelves of the FISH food pantry. As an added motivation the leaders organized the drive in the form of a competition. The grade level that collects the most items of their suggested donation goods will earn a choice activity based on a grade level poll led by the Student Leaders.

Another example of GMS being “All In” is the group of students who have agreed to meet with the principals monthly to decide how GMS can continue to be “All In”. This group is called the Student Principal Advisory Council (SPAC). The SPAC group meets monthly with the middle school principals, Rhonda Schaar and Chris Mortensen. Discussions involve opportunities to make sure GMS continues to focus on being “All In” with learning and student growth. There are students from each grade that include a wide representation of the student body providing a voice for student concerns and needs. Here’s what students say about being “All In”; 5th grader Gabe, “being “All In” means to do your work and not arguing. It means when you do your work you put in a lot of effort and you come to school every day!” 6th grader, Sarah and Taylar, “it means helping out our community by picking up trash and doing what needs to be done, helping students who might be being bullied by others or not have friends and sitting by them at lunch, doing your best on your school work and just doing what needs to be done!” 7th grader, Josh stated that, “”ALL IN” is doing everything to your very best!” 8th grader, Hailey reinforced the being “All In”, “is a chance to show the best you have to give in all you do, whether its athletics, music, classes, or with your friends and family.”

Being ‘All In ‘ is a challenge that GMS students and staff have taken on this year and we plan on using this theme to make sure we make a difference, reach our goals and continue to make Darke County a great place to be!


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Get your Pet's Picture taken with SANTA CLAUS on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at Greenville Walmart in the Garden Center.

The “Darke County Friends of the Shelter”, a 501c3 organization will be taking pictures of your companion animals with Santa Claus.

This is a fun time for everyone to enjoy and is your chance to meet members of the Friends of the Shelter. Everyone, including children, aunts, uncles and cousins are invited to have his or her pictures taken. The cost is only $4.00 and the proceeds help the dogs and cats at the Darke County Animal Shelter as well as the Scentral Park dog park and support the many endeavors of the Friends of the Shelter.

Past projects of the Friends of the Shelter include the Scentral Park dog park, an outdoor kennel area to get acquainted with your new canine friend (Canine Corral), and dog leashes for new dog adoption. This is only a partial list of what the Friends of the Shelter have done for the companion friends at the Shelter. Learn more about the Friends of the Shelter at
There will also be beautiful 2020 Darke County Friends of the Shelter calendars with local pets for only $10 available. They can also be picked up at the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Wal-Mart will offer a photo package deal for Christmas.

All pets must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance and must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Please come and support the Darke County Friends of the Shelter and be prepared to have some DOG-GONE FUN!

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645 or stop by at the Shelter at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville OH, 45331, just beyond the Sheriff's Department.

Stutzman Family Singers to Perform at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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The Shiloh Congregation of Pitsburg will host the Stutzman Family Singers at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren on Sunday, November 17th at 6 PM.

This gospel singing family from the Midwest consists of three generations, each following in the footsteps of the former. From the mission fields to one room country churches, they spread the gospel message through song, teaching and sermon.

The public is invited to come and listen to their message. Admission is free, and a love offering will be collected. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH.

Upcoming Events at Bradford Public Library

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There is a chill in the air…cold enough to bring us snow! Fall is the perfect time to visit your library to stock up on great books and magazines, movies to entertain your family or join a class or workshop to learn a new skill! We can check off all the boxes at Bradford Public Library this month!

Fit & Fab will continue to meet on Monday evenings at 7:00 and Wednesday mornings at 9:00. Join us as we walk with Leslie Sansone videos. All fitness levels are welcome for these low impact classes that you can tailor to meet your fitness needs. Classes are free and no equipment is needed, just a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a water bottle.

Our November STEAM workshop for homeschoolers will be held on November 14 from 10:15 to 11:30. These hands-on classes are planned for students in grades 1-8. Registration is not required, but we do appreciate knowing you are coming. For more information, please call the library at 448-2612 and ask for Stacie.

The Good Grub Club will meet on November 16 from 10-noon. Our free cooking classes for students age 9-13 are always a hit so don’t wait to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students. This month participants will be making mini apple dumpling treats and Apple Pie Cups. Parents are invited to come share their treats at noon. Last day to register is November 12. Sign-ups are available now.

The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so staff can celebrate with family and friends, we will be open on Friday, November 29.

The return of our Lego Village means that Christmas is just around the corner! Lego-Lovers of all ages are welcome to help us build our grand display. We will have the kits available Friday, November 29 from 11:00am -4:00pm and will finish up on Saturday November 30 from 10:00am to noon. Be sure to check out our display in December and try your hand at “I Spy” in the Village or see if you can find the imposter each week. Patrons with an eagle eye can have a chance to win an awesome Lego set at the end of December.

We are thankful for our wonderful community and patrons…we hope to see you soon at Bradford Public Library!


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Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2019-2020
Family Theatre Series season with Virginia Repertory Children’s
Theatre’s adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, November 17 at
Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.
Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2019-2020 Family Theatre Series season with Virginia Repertory Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, November 17 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Based upon the beloved story by Margery Williams illustrating the power and magic of unconditional love, the fanciful musical production takes the stage at 2 p.m. “Children of all ages will be charmed by this enchanting production,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. “The Velveteen Rabbit has been a favorite of youngsters and their families since it was first published in 1922, and has never become out-dated; we are excited to bring the live theatre version of this lovely story to our community,” Mr. Warner stated.

The Velveteen Rabbit opens with a boy discovering a velveteen rabbit in his Christmas stocking and goes on to chronicle the child’s growing love for his sawdust-filled toy. “While this show is not filled with action, children become captivated with the characters and the puppets, and can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next,” Mr. Warner commented. Running time for all Family Theatre Series shows is about one hour; other FTS presentations are Lightwire Theatre’s electro-luminescent Dino-Light on Sunday, January 19, and Llama Llama Live! from Bay Area Children’s Theatre on Sunday, March 22.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is sponsored by the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Family Health, Greenville Rotary Club, and Wayne Health Care. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Inc., and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for the The Velveteen Rabbit are just $5, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at Tickets are also available at the Greenville Public Library and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, as well as at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles. If any remain by showtime, tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the performance. Season tickets for Family Theatre Series presentations are still available at the highly affordable rate of $12 for all three shows; contact DCCA for more information.

DCP to offer FREE Monthly After School Program (Tomorrow!)

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Darke County Parks are now offering free, after school programs on the second Tuesday of each month! The programs will be held at the Bish Discovery Center located at 404 N Ohio Street. “Conservation Kids” will focus on discovering the natural world and understanding environmental sustainability. Children that attend will explore everything from recycling to conserving water to composting! Each month, the topic will change and focus on relevant stewardship topics. During November’s program, kids will learn all about water conservation and what they can do at home to be water wise. Adventure awaits on November 12 starting at 4:15pm! Come discover the natural world and leave knowing how to protect it.

Ages 8-11. Registration required at or by calling 937-808-4120.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Donates to Wreaths Across America

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Donation will add 10 wreaths to December event in Darke County

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Treasurer Cindy Pike (L)
and Wreaths Across America Chairman Katie Grow (R)
present a check to Fort Greenville Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution Regent Debbie Nisonger (C). The donation will be
used to purchase 10 wreaths to be laid during the Darke County Wreaths
Across America event on December 14.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) recently donated funds to the Fort Greenville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to help in their Wreaths Across America project for 2019.

The mission of the National Wreaths Across America of “to remember, honor and teach” is carried out on National Wreaths Across America Day by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. The National Wreaths Across America Day is held on the second Saturday in December. It will be held locally at the Greenville Cemetery on December 14.

“The club is very pleased to be able to help with this project by donating the funds necessary to place an additional 10 wreaths on the graves of our Darke County veterans who served this great nation,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President. “The Wreaths Across America is a wonderful way to honor and remember them. Our DCRWC members are looking forward to helping with the wreath laying event in December.”

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: or email President Betty Hill at:

Sunday, November 10, 2019


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On November 10, 2019 at 11:26 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Rescue, Liberty Township Fire Department and Miami Valley Careflight were dispatched to a wooded area near the intersection of Wildcat Road and Palestine Union City Road on a single vehicle injury crash. 
Preliminary information revealed that a 2017 Red Beta motorcycle that was ridden by Steven L. Vollmar (48), of West Unity, Ohio, struck a tree while competing in an Enduro Race.  Other riders came to Mr. Vollmar’s aid, in what is believed to be, a short period of time after the accident.
Mr. Vollmar was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.  Deputies learned that Mr. Vollmar succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident shortly upon arriving at Miami Valley Hospital. 
Investigation is pending

Friday, November 8, 2019


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On November 8, 2019 at 6:19 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Ohio Fire, Union City Ohio Rescue, Union City Indiana Fire Department and Union City Indiana Rescue.
Preliminary information revealed that a 2009 Gray Chevrolet Malibu driven by Joel Colchado (28), of Union City, Ohio, was southbound on Ohio Indiana State Line Rd.  Mr. Colchado’s vehicle entered the northbound lane striking a northbound 2001 Maroon Chrysler Town and Country driven by Maria Osornio (32), of Union City, Indiana.
Ms. Orsonio was taken by squad to an area hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.  The passenger in Ms. Orsonio’s vehicle, Luis Orsonio (19), of Union City, Indiana, refused treatment at the scene.
Mr. Colchado was wearing his seatbelt but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 
Darke County Sheriff Accident Reconstruction team was called to the scene as well as Darke County Coroner’s Office at that time.
This accident is the ninth fatal accident taken in 2019. 
This case will remain under investigation


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Diana Stebbins, Horse Parade Chair, and Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville, present Betty Birt with the honor of serving as the 2019 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal.
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Main Street Greenville’s Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Betty Birt, previous Main Street Greenville Board Secretary, as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.

Betty Birt graduated in 1967 from Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst, Illinois (a NW suburb of Chicago), before attending and graduating from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan in 1971.

Betty married Rick Birt, who was born and raised in Greenville, in November of 1971.

“I ended up in Greenville just like a lot of ‘transplants’ have,” said Betty. “My husband, Rick, told me that he would take me to ‘God's country’ and here I am! And very happy that I am!”

Betty worked at Brethren Retirement Community and she and husband Rick have 3 children, Betsy, Sarah, and Rick. Betsy lives in London, Ohio with her partner, Dave, and works for Cardinal Health in Dublin. Sarah lives in Greenville with her partner, Jeff, and recently graduated cum laude from Kettering College of Medicine with a Bachelor of Science. Sarah and Jeff have 3 children, Kali, 15, Piper, 5, and Cai, 20 months. Rick lives in Wilmington, Ohio and was just recently promoted to Lieutenant at the Wilmington Fire Department. Rick and his wife Devin have 2 children, Foster who is 6 and Reece who is 5 years old.

Betty first began volunteering for Main Street Greenville under the leadership of Amber Schmerge and worked closely with both Amber and Deanna York, the previous Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. Betty collaborated with Deanna to bring GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) to Greenville, which saw over 2,000 cyclists from around the world descend on Greenville. Riders got the chance to experience hallmarks of Greenville such as The Maid-Rite, The Garst Museum, and downtown shopping. When the Main Street Greenville Executive Director role was filled by Amber Garrett, Betty’s involvement grew as the two had previously worked together for several years at BRC. Betty became a member of the board in 2013 and served as board secretary beginning in 2015.

During her term on the board First Fridays were instituted and quickly grew to be an integral part of the services that Main Street Greenville offers. Betty’s involvement and consistent volunteerism helped to create a vibrancy in the district that attracted new businesses and spurred more interest in the downtown from the citizens of Greenville.

“Betty Birt was an easy choice to serve as a Main Street Greenville Board Member,” said previous director Amber Garrett. “Her positive attitude, willingness to volunteer, and her continuous support of downtown Greenville were all beneficial to the organization over the years. Betty has been involved with numerous projects, programs, and events including the free pony rides during the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.”

When asked about her favorite part of downtown Greenville, Betty touched on may of the events that bring the community together throughout the year: “When I think about my favorite part of downtown, I think of the people! I like walking downtown and seeing folks I know and stopping and chatting along the way. I like walking into the shops and to be greeted by the owners. I love the Halloween Parade! I love hearing the GHS Band playing the same scary music that was played when our children were littles and marched down Broadway! I love the Horse Parade and all of the lights and the horses prancing down the street and all of the good smells from the street vendors! I love Christmastime and seeing the beautiful windows and the Circle and the street lights decorated and hearing the Christmas music. I love the car show and the nostalgic tunes and all of the memories that are brought to mind. I love seeing and participating in the fun stuff at the YOLO park. The Homecoming Parade and all of the spirit and enthusiasm wrapped around it is just so much fun! The Greenville Fire Department, when they bring out the aerial trucks and hang the flag....I could go on and on. Too hard to pick a favorite--there is just too much good stuff going on.”

In addition to her ongoing support of downtown, Betty has coordinated the Last Chance Mercantile for the Gathering at Garst for the last 5 years. She also volunteers monthly with the Soup Kitchen at Grace through St. Mary’s Church. Betty and Rick are both involved with Citizens for Safer Streets, a grassroots group determined to create a clean and safe community, and Rick is a member of the “Friends of the Greenville City Parks” committee.

When not volunteering, Betty and Rick enjoy travel, spending time at Indian Lake, and living within walking distance to all of the downtown activities, restaurants, and shopping! “And of course,” Betty says, “the best of any activity always involves family and friends.”

The 16th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade is just such an activity, as all are invited to bring family and friends to enjoy the spectacle of 90+ lighted horse drawn carriages, buggies, and riders as they jingle through downtown and welcome in the holiday season. The 2019 event will take place on Saturday, November 23rd, with pre-parade entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm and the parade starting at 7:00 pm.

You can find additional information on Main Street Greenville’s website, or follow them on Facebook at


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Historic Bear’s Mill, established in 1849 and located about 5 miles east of Greenville, requires constant upkeep and repair to maintain structural integrity; this basic fact is a constant concern for board members of Friends of Bear’s Mill, the non-profit corporation that owns and operates the treasured structure. In April of this year, a unique-fundraising event was proposed to the Mill Board by Tessa Clark, who had essentially grown up at the Mill which her parents, Terry and Julie Clark, had purchased in 1979 and managed until the Friends of Bear’s Mill took over the operation in 2013.

Tessa, a fashion designer, had gained some celebrity as a contestant on Project Runway, and believed that her moment of fame offered the opportunity to attract attendance at a Bear’s Mill fashion show which she would plan and execute, with all profits benefitting the treasured property. The board accepted her proposal, and are still amazed by the highly successful outcome of their decision. “The Miller’s Daughter: A Fashion Show” drew 332 attendees and earned over $19,000, which will be used to sustain and preserve the historic structure that has been integral to the lives of Tessa and her parents.

Tessa, a graduate of University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning school, has developed her own clothing line, Grind and Glaze, honoring her father, a miller, and her mother, who is a potter. The Darke County native now lives and works in Cincinnati, where she sells her designs, plus her mother’s pottery and her cousin’s handbags at Idlewild Woman, the shop she manages in the trendy Over-the-Rhine district.

In organizing her event, the 28-year-old bundle of energy not only dealt with running the style show, including recruiting other designers, securing models, enlisting the participation of local boutiques and arranging for the set-up of the runway in the Mill-yard, but also solicited sponsors as well as donors of highly-desirable raffle prizes and planned the marketing for the fundraiser. Friends of Bear’s Mill greatly appreciates Tessa’s generous gift of her unique skills, talents, and labor benefiting the beloved structure the organization is dedicated to preserving.

A portion of the funds raised has already been spent, as a breech created by tunneling wildlife occurred in a dam integral to the Mill’s water flow. This unexpected problem was successfully addressed, with the repair work donated by the afore-mentioned former owner Terry Clark, who continues to look after the property he has worked so long to preserve. Other vital repairs to the Mill’s infrastructure still needing to be addressed have been estimated to cost $200,000, so a Capital Campaign to raise additional funds will soon be undertaken. However, Friends of Bear’s Mill is grateful that this daughter of the mill, Tessa, jump-started the money-raising efforts with her talents, labor, organizational ability, and creativity.

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