Wednesday, December 4, 2019

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE INJURY ACCIDENT

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On December 2, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Versailles Rescue and Versailles Fire Department responded to the intersection of State Route 121 & Beamsville-Webster road in reference to a two vehicle accident with injury.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Chevrolet 3500, driven by Patrick Schmitmeyer (22), of Greenville, was traveling westbound on Beamsville-Webster road. Mr. Schmitmeyer stopped at the intersection of State Route 121 & Beamsville-Webster, before continuing into the intersection. A 1997 Honda CR-V, driven by David Bell (30), of Versailles was traveling northbound on State Route 121 at Beamsville-Webster road. Mr. Schmitmeyer's vehicle was struck by Mr. Bell's vehicle when it entered into the intersection.

Mr. Bell and the occupants of his vehicle were treated on scene, then later transported to Wayne Hospital to be further evaluated. Mr. Schmitmeyer was not injured as a result of the accident.

This accident remains under investigation.

Single Car Accident Knocks Down Power Lines on 121

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On December 3, 2019 at approximately 7:46 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 121 and Preble County Butler Township Road in reference to a vehicle into a utility pole with power lines down.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2001 GMC truck driven by Brickton Ginger, 44 of Greenville was traveling northbound on Preble County Butler Township Road approaching the intersection of State Route 121. Mr. Ginger advised he was reaching for an item inside the cab of the truck when he realized the stop sign was there. Mr. Ginger locked up the brakes causing him to traveling off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole. Mr. Ginger remained inside the vehicle until DP&L and New Madison Fire removed the downed power lines from the vehicle.

Mr. Ginger was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Tri-Village rescue where he was treated and released. Mr. Ginger was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle.

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 7th from 6-9pm, there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you travel along the illuminated path toward the log house and blacksmith shop, you can enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening. In the log house, the fire will warm you while enjoying pioneer music of Christmas past. Sip on a beverage or snack as you cozy up by the campfire and visit with the Parks Director. Santa will once again pay us a visit from the North Pole!

New for 2019: Due to its overwhelming popularity, online registration is required for this event. If you do not have internet access, call the Nature Center at 548-0165. A “winter wagon ride” will offer participants a new experience through the winter woods traveling from the new parking area. Don’t forget to visit with our regional partner, Historic Bear’s Mill, during their luminary walk (held Dec 6th) to receive your coupon card for both giftshop locations (details at our website)!

Don’t forget about our Snowman Decorating Contest! Local businesses and non-profits decorate their own “snowman” to compete in a people’s choice award! Call the Nature Center today to participate in this great way to advertise your business/non-profit to our estimated 1,000 luminary visitors!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect FREE event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Please bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path!

For information on this event or to register your family today, check out our website www.darkecountyparks.org, find us on facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Donations made to Blue Star Mothers

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Darke County Republican Women’s Club provides supplies

DCRWC members with items to be donated for the Blue Star Mothers Holiday Hugs project are (l to r): Anna May James, Wavelene Denniston, Pat Showalter, President Betty Hill, Lyn Bliss, Jaime LeVeck, Delores Ely and Katie Grow.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – As part of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club’s (DCRWC) recognition of President Trump’s designation of November as Veterans and Military Families Month, members contributed items for the Blue Star Mothers “Holiday Hugs” project.

“Even though our November meeting was cancelled, we were still able to collect quite a lot of supplies for the Blue Star Mothers’ Holiday Hugs project. It is such a wonderful program, we were happy to help.” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

Due to the early snow storm, the Club’s November meeting was cancelled. However, members brought their donations to the Quarter Auction held to benefit the Darke County Veterans Washington DC Trip.

DCRWC members not only donated supplies, but several members traveled to Eaton to help at the packing party where the Christmas gift boxes were assembled and made ready for mailing.

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.

Versailles Oldest and Youngest Announced

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As part of the Versailles Bicentennial, the committee sought the oldest and youngest Versailles residents as of the 200th anniversary. Based on submissions the Bicentennial Committee has identified the following two notable residents.

On July 2nd at 11:53 am, Mr. Theodore Jay was born and became the youngest resident of the village. The son of Tatiania & Russell Jay and sister of Alexis Jay, Versailles turned 200 years old on August 28th and Theo was just seven weeks old. In recognition of Theo’s significant place in Versailles history the Bicentennial Committee has named him an honorary member of the committee for the 250th anniversary of the village on August 28, 2069.

In 1913, Europe was still ruled by kings and queens, this included Great Britain, Russia and Germany which were ruled by Emperors who happened to be cousins. During 1913 tensions were building and armies were growing as the world was less than a year from the outbreak of the “Great War”, now known as World War One. The United States wouldn’t join the war until 1917 the results of which would change the face of Europe and catapult the United States a world power. In the United Stated there were celebrations over completion of the nation’s first paved coast to coast highway, the Lincoln Highway even passed through Ohio 50 miles north of Versailles. The 16th Amendment passed which gave the federal government the right to levy income taxes, the temperance movement was forming which and would eventually lead to Prohibition. In March of 1913, Ohio experienced the worst natural disaster in its history. The Great Dayton Flood killed 360 people and destroyed 20,000 homes with waters reaching 20 feet deep in downtown Dayton. Many notable people were born in 1913; On the political front Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford were born. In sports Vince Lombardi, Bear Bryant, and Ohio State’s Jesse Owens were born. Burt Lancaster, Lloyd Bridges, Irwin Shaw would become entertainers while Rosa Parks would join the world and later refuse to take the back seat.

Amid all this change on September 10, 1913, Mildred Miller was born in Fontana, Kansas to Isaac and Nora Miller. Mildred’s mother died when she was 9 and she was the oldest of five children. Her father remarried and had five more children. All siblings are deceased. Mildred originally moved to Lima and married Noah Leichty in 1932. Noah was a farmer and lived near Bluffton Ohio until 1945, when they moved to Versailles. In 1945 Mildred lived just outside of Versailles near Webster and Jamison Road on 185 and farmed with her husband. By this time Mildred and Noah had five children: Forest, Evan, Lester, Rochelle and Keenan. Forest and Lester are deceased. Noah died in 1979 and Mildred married Joe Dill and lived in Greenville for 7 years. When Joe passed away Mildred moved back to Versailles.

Mildred worked for 25 years at G.C. Murphy in Greenville and volunteered at Wayne Hospital for another 25 years until she was 95. Mildred was 105 years old on the Versailles Bicentennial and has since reached 106. Mildred resides in Versailles and last summer was the oldest attendee at the Great Darke County Fair.

We want to recognize several additional Versailles residents. Annabel Subler is 102 years old and with her late husband Basil contributed to Versailles as a leader in transportation. Earl Grilliot was born in 1921 near Frenchtown and after serving in World War II purchased a farm outside of Versailles before moving to town in 1996. Virginia Goubeaux was 96 on the Bicentennial and is the daughter of Paul Gasson who started the poultry industry in Versailles by ordering Leghorn chicks from Europe and starting Gasson Poultry Farms.

Mildred has experienced a tremendous amount of history and we can only imagine the changes Theo will witness. In addition to this prestigious recognition, both received congratulations from Congressmen Warren Davidson and commemorative carvings donated by Ron Marshal. Please extend your congratulations to both.

Photos of Mildred and Theodore will be included in a time capsule to mark the bicentennial which will be placed by the Bicentennial Committee with the assistance of Edwin F. Nichol Monument and the Village of Versailles. The capsule will be identified with a granite marker donated by Edwin Nichol Monuments and kept safe by the Village to be opened in August of 2069.

DECORATE THE MITTEN TREE

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Darke County Commissioners Mike Rhoades, Matt Aultman,
and Mike Stegal ready to donate to the Fish Mitten Tree,
with Head Start participants Lincoln and Maddox Griffith and
Fish Mitten Tree coordinator Marilyn Delk.
The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also will stand inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in Fourman’s Variety Store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for over fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 16. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. For more information, call the Fish phone number, 548-2000; a volunteer will return your call.

Rachel Carlisle Featured Speaker for Greenville BPW

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November 20, 2019- Greenville, OH. Edison State Director of Enrollment and Student Services Rachel Carlisle was the guest speaker at The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club November 14th meeting. The meeting was hosted by the Individual Development Program (IDP) Committee with chair Leigh Fletcher and members Karen Sink, Kathy O’Dell, Diana Frazier and Annette Sanders and held at the Brethren Retirement Center.

Leigh Fletcher re-visited the Club’s mission to learn and develop our personal missions and introduced Rachel Carlisle to expound on the quest. She feels learning goes on for all of our lives. We need to stay marketable and keep learning. She spoke a little on the history of Edison State Community College with the main campus in Piqua, and other campuses located in Greenville, Eaton and Troy. The on-line classes continue to grow in numbers. Their student population covers all demographics and ages. The college credit plus program allows high school students to take classes and potentially earn their Associates degree at no cost. Transfer degree pathways and Technical degree pathways are offered. Building a skilled workforce is a big demand at present. Carlisle stated they are working with local businesses and industry on providing skilled workers with non-credit classes and certificates. Also available are STNA and insurance apprenticeships. There are currently a total of 4,000 students enrolled, 3,000 at the main campus and on line with the remaining at the other campuses. Rachel said it is thrilling to work with the youth of our community. She thanked the Greenville BPW Club for their support of the scholarship that is granted each year to a young woman continuing her education. Delores Fox was awarded the 2019 Sheryl Brinley Edison State scholarship sponsored by the Club and is in the nursing program.

The Club is working on their Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. It is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at the Greenville VFW from 9-11AM. There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by December 2nd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending. Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 130 Willow Dr., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending. If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for each child and lots of fun. Follow “Greenville BPW Club” on Facebook for 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 Darke County senior high school girls and young women furthering their career. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Christ at 937/423-3657 or sonyacrist@gmail.com.

GREENVILLE BPW HOLDS SUPER RAFFLE

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Necklace and Earrings donated by Wieland Jewelers
Greenville, OH. The Greenville BPW is holding their Super Raffle. All proceeds from the raffle go towards the club’s scholarship fund for Darke County young women. Last year the club awarded five $750 scholarships. This year, the club will offer seven $750 scholarships, one $500 (Anna Britton) scholarship and the club also sponsors a $250 (Sheryl Brinley) Scholarship which is awarded through the Edison College Scholarship Foundation.

Prizes are: 1st place - a 14 Karat White Gold Necklace and Earrings with Crystals donated by Wieland Jewelers, 2nd place - a 39” Element Smart TV donated by Performance Mortgage, 3rd place - a 5 Speed Blender donated by KitchenAid, 4th place - $100 of Dining Gift Cards donated by Deb & Gene Niekamp, and 5th place - a Relaxation Massage donated by Escape Spa LLC.

Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10 and are available at Merle Norman downtown Greenville or contact Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or any BPW Club member. Drawing will be held at the club’s meeting December 12th and winner does not need to be present to win. The club would like express their appreciation to the raffle prize donors.

Fort GreeneVille DAR Donates to Scholarship

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution donated $1,000 to the Darke County Foundation DAR-Ft. GreeneVille Chapter Scholarship. The donation was made possible due to the proceeds raised from the 100th anniversary of Ohio Ratifying the 19th Amendment event in June.

Honoring its pledge to support historic preservation, patriotism and education, the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter started a fund to reward a female student who exemplifies the characteristics of DAR: “Daughters are vibrant, active women who are passionate about community service, preserving history, educating children, and honoring those who serve our nation”. More information can be found at https://www.darkecountyfoundation.org/listofscholarshipfunds

(Pictured: DAR member Kathie Evans, Christy Prakel, Executive Director, and DAR member Helen Wright. Not pictured: DAR Regent Brenda Arnett)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Chistmas Story in Music Featuring Harmony and The Pitsburg COB Players

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present their annual Christmas Program on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 6 PM. This year’s program will include, The Christmas Story in Music, presented by Harmony, and a play titled, A Fruitcake Homecoming, presented by the Pitsburg COB Players, and featuring Norma Baker as Momma. The evening will conclude with candlelight singing.

The public is invited to share in this annual event. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

Blue Christmas

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The holidays are not always jolly for everyone. There are those who feel the sorrow of loss, whether loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of a job, or simply the loss of happiness.
Ansonia UMC will be holding a “Blue Christmas” service on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 7:00 pm. This will be a special time to seek comfort and the presence of God in the midst of the sadness we may feel during the Christmas holidays. Everyone is welcome to this casual, informal, but meaningful service.

National DAR Day of Service Celebrated

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated National DAR Day of Service. The chapter chose to have a landscaping clean up day at the historical Studabaker Schoolhouse. Several members spent the day trimming trees and bushes and picking up debris on the property.

National DAR Day of Sevice is celebrated each year on or around October 11th. It is a day to honor the anniversary of DAR's founding on October 11, 1890. DAR chapters and individuals are encouraged to engage in meaningful service projects in their communities each year on or around Oct. 11.

The Studabaker Schoolhouse was the first brick schoolhouse in Darke County. The schoolhouse was built in 1840 on the Studabaker homestead. Studabaker Schoolhouse was deeded to the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR on Nov 20, 1934. Mrs. Grant, Regent of the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR received the deed in Oct. 1934 and the official formal announcement of the gift was in April 1935. Restoration by the chapter was completed in 1937. During the earlier years after acquiring the landmark, Fort GreeneVille Chapter periodically held meetings, guest days, and picnics at the property. The schoolhouse was previously used as a clubhouse for the Treaty City Amateur Radio Association for 66 years.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter is currently doing major repairs on the schoolhouse's exterior. Future plans are to restore the interior to its time as a schoolhouse and have educational events at the property.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH MUSIC AND FUN FROM VOICEPLAY

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present award-winning a cappella quintet VoicePlay in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 14; this special holiday event begins at 8 p.m. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present award-winning a cappella quintet VoicePlay in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 14; this special holiday event begins at 8 p.m. “Their hilarious on-stage theatrics and amazing musical skills combine to create inventive, unique, and memorable performances; that probably explains why our audience demanded that we bring VoicePlay back to our community,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. “This holiday concert is like no other, but without doubt will inspire the joy of the season and spread holiday cheer,” he stated.

VoicePlay originally gained fame as a finalist on season four of NBC’s The Sing-Off, and has continued to win acclaim touring across the U.S. and around the world. According to Mr. Warner, the group’s members, Earl Elkins, Jr., Eli Jacobson, J. None, Geoff Castellucci, and Layne Stein, use only their own voices to create a fully orchestrated sound while performing songs from many eras in a broad variety of styles. “They have a lot of fun emoting and vocalizing and creating their own musical accompaniment, and that sense of fun is transmitted to the audience which can’t help but get caught up in the magic,” Mr. Warner commented.

DCCA’s presentation of VoicePlay’s holiday show is sponsored by Greenville Federal and Coppock-Hole Trust. This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. 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 VoicePlay Holiday Concert are $30, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at www.darkecountyarts.org. If any remain by showtime, tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the performance. Patrons are reminded that parking is now available at the new St. Clair Memorial Hall parking lot, which can be entered from Armstrong Street and Central Avenue.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Holiday Craft Show

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Events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The annual children’s craft night and visit with Santa is coming up at the Arcanum Public Library. Patrons can drop in on Thursday, December 5th starting at 6:00. Craft tables will be set up for children to create a few masterpieces to take home. Santa will arrive at 6:30 for visiting. No registration is needed for this fun event.

StoryTime will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. This drop-in program for preschoolers includes stories, songs, crafts, and lots of fun. Also on Tuesdays is the afterschool program for children in grades K-6. The Explorer’s Club meets from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. and provides a chance for kids to have a snack, make a craft, play games, and hang out with friends. This is also a drop-in program.

The library has purchased five “Discovering STEM” kits that introduce concepts such as levers, gears, velocity, and more. The kits are available for patrons ages 8 and up to check out and take home for building fun. The library also has mobile hotspots and a telescope available for check-out to adult patrons.

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The library can be reached at 937-692-8484, and found at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 7th from 6-9pm, there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature!

New for 2019: Due to its overwhelming popularity, online registration is required for this event. If you do not have internet access, call the Nature Center at 548-0165. A “winter wagon ride” will offer participants a new experience through the winter woods traveling from the new parking area. Don’t forget to visit with our regional partner, Historic Bear’s Mill, during their luminary walk (held Dec 6th) to receive your coupon card for both giftshop locations (details at our website)!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect FREE event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Please bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path!

For information on this event or to register your family today, check out our website www.darkecountyparks.org, find us on facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Darke County Park District Receives Interpretive Project Grant from the National Association for Interpretation

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The National Association for Interpretation Region 4 recently announced its Interpretive Project Grant Award Winners, and is pleased to report Darke County Park District is among the 2019 recipients.

The Interpretive Project Grants (IPG) program is designed to provide a source of funding for small projects by Association members within the Great Lakes region including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Projects may include exhibitry, signage, programs, or other ideas that enhance visitors’ interpretive experience. Applications are submitted annually, and reviewed by the IPG Committee consisting of members of NAI Region 4 who guide the grant process and make recommendations to the Region 4 Board of Directors.

Darke County Park’s project – Property of the Pollinators – will add interpretive signs to the Bish Discovery Center’s grounds. These signs will add interpretation to their pollinator field and herb garden about local pollinators, the threats to their livelihood as well as their importance to the environment. According to grant applicant Mandy Martin of Darke County Park District “[this] project fits perfectly into what Darke County Parks wishes to promote at the Bish Discovery Center- environmental sustainability. The interpretive signs will educate visitors about the importance of making conscious choices that positively impact the planet.”

IPG funds will add financial support for the project, acquiring the new interpretive signs as well as installation materials. “It is always interesting and enlightening for the Committee to see all of the wonderful projects underway in Region 4 - we have very passionate and creative members in our region,” said Victoria Zablocki, Acting Chair of the Interpretive Project Grants Committee. “Congratulations to Darke County Park District on their work to spread the word about positive ways to impact the environment.”

Applicants receiving funding this year along with Darke County Park District include: Blendon Woods Metro Park (OH), Dawes Arboretum (OH), and Glacier Ridge and Homestead (OH).

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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Library Participates in Reading Initiative

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“One Book Many Communities” is a reading initiative for northern Miami Valley residents. Each year participating libraries ask patrons to vote for one book that everyone will read and share. This program unites readers from eight public library systems and one academic library as they experience the same book through a variety of entertaining discussions and programs.

Over the summer representatives from over 22 libraries across 8 counties, including staff from the Greenville Public Library, met to whittle down a substantial list of books to four titles that they asked patrons to vote on. The four finalist titles were selected for their timeliness of topics or overall themes which the group felt would resonate with local communities. The finalists were:

  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco CantĂș
  • The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Widows by Jess Montgomery.

Voting took place during the month of September and the winner will be announced on Monday November 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Champaign County Library. State Representative Nino Vitale will do the honor of revealing which book and author was chosen. Following the presentation there will be a reception with refreshments. The Champaign Ukulele Group will play thematic music appropriate to the winning title. The public is invited to attend.

Stay tuned to the Greenville Public Library's website and Facebook page for information on upcoming programs and special “One Book Many Communities” events to be held at different locations in March and April. A grand finale event with the winning author will wrap up the
program in mid-April.

Darke County Civic Theater Holding Auditions

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their 2020 Spring Family Production of "Dorothy in Wonderland" on Sunday, December 1st from 2 - 6 p.m.

Auditions will take place at DCCT's new location, "Final Bow Performing Arts Center" (located at 116 East Third St, Greenville OH 45331.)

DCCT is seeking all actors and actresses who are above reading age and ready to perform. Auditions will be cold readings from the script and no prior preparation is needed. All ages are welcome to audition for this show, as the cast ranges in age from children to adults - the whole family is welcome! Those auditioning will not need to stay for the entire audition time and can leave as soon as their audition is over. Rehearsals will take place on Sunday afternoons and occasional Friday evenings. Detailed calendars will be provided after the cast has been selected and will be available for review at auditions.

"The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fantastically fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. But before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over the Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion away to Wonderland. Equipped with their new assets — brains, heart and courage — Dorothy’s friends try to help her find her way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way, including Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more. They also must face a dangerous new foe — the Queen of Hearts! Dorothy and Alice team up to defeat the queen at croquet, but will that be enough to return Wonderland to normal? And how will they ever get back home to Kansas and to London?"

*Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado -

For additional information or for more questions, contact DCCT President and director, Chris Chapa, at darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com.

FISH ORGANIZATION HAS SERVED DARKE COUNTY FOR OVER 5 DECADES

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Greenville’s Fish, an ecumenical volunteer organization, first began serving Darke County in 1967 and continues to work to help those in need today, providing emergency food assistance at the Fish Choice Food Pantry at 400 Markwith Avenue. The organization is part of a charitable movement that began in England in 1961 when an Anglican pastor and one of his parishioners challenged their congregation to demonstrate God’s love in the world by helping neighbors in need; this concept spread to communities throughout the world, each local Fish group operating independently with no central headquarters dictating policies and regulations. Although some organizations have used the letters of Fish as an acronym, ascribing words to each letter, the use of the Fish symbol actually harks back to early Christians, who used the sign of the fish as a secret code.

Since Fish’s beginning, people seeking help have called 548-2000, and received a return call from a volunteer offering assistance. At first, the organization provided many services, including transportation, financial assistance for utility bills, friendly visitors, babysitters, and more; however, as governmental agencies began offering help for many of these needs, sometimes using data from Fish records to document the need to establish such programs, emergency groceries became the sole service provided. The need for food has only increased through the years, with the number of households receiving assistance rising to over 6,000 in 2018.

Fish clients are only required to provide identification verifying their name, age, and current address to receive assistance. Because of vast need and limited supplies, clients can be helped only once every four weeks. Visitors to the Choice Pantry choose their food items from the stock on the shelves, just as they would at a grocery store, although Fish guidelines based on the number of household members determine the number of items allowed.

Food and money to purchase groceries which stock the Choice Pantry shelves are donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches; the Fish Choice Pantry is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers also deliver groceries to shut-ins unable to get to the Pantry who live within Greenville City limits. Donations are always needed and welcomed, as are volunteers eager to assist their neighbors in need. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, contact Fish at 548-2000.

Second Annual Ansonia Lighted Christmas Tractor Parade

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Edison State and Honda Team Up for Student Internship Program

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Information Session to be Held December 5th

Edison State Community College invites current students, high school juniors, seniors, and their parents to learn more about the direct pathway developed to lead students into a manufacturing career at Honda. An information session will be held Thursday, December 5, from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center, Room 504-505 at the Piqua Campus.

Equipment Service Technicians are currently in demand at Honda and require technical and analytical skills to identify and solve problems quickly. The Edison State to Honda Manufacturing Pathway program will help prepare students with the skills needed to take on these in-demand roles.

The program is available to students who opt to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electro-Mechanical or Automation and Robotics at Edison State.

Participating students will be able to earn a two-year degree in engineering while working part-time at Honda. Program participants will earn at least than $16 per hour, and those who go on to secure full-time employment will start at more than $53,000 per year.

In addition to the Honda Student Internship Program, Honda also offers a “Honda Excellence in Manufacturing Scholarship” worth $2,500. The scholarship was established to benefit students who are pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing. For more information about the scholarship, visit www.edisonohio.edu/scholarshipapps and view “scholarships/grants requiring separate applications”.

This will be the fourth year this opportunity has been available to students. Pizza and pop will be provided by Honda to all attendees. RSVP for this free information session to Veronica French at 937-778-7865 or vfrench@edisonohio.edu.

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-11am. This is a unique citizen science program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Observations from here in Darke County may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help! Bird watchers will gather inside the nature center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station. Drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday during the above times to help with the project. There will be warm drinks available for those enjoying nature from the comfort of an armchair on a cold winter’s day.

For more information on Project FeederWatch or if you have questions about any of the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

UNIQUE SCULPTURAL ART DISPLAYED AT BEAR’S MILL

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In the final exhibit of this season, “Art at the Mill” will feature the figurative story-telling ceramic sculptures of Jan Wiesner along with the unique architectural structures created by her husband, Mark Wiesner from November 29 through December 29. This exhibit in the Clark Gallery at historic Bear’s Mill opens on the final Friday of November with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. offering finger food and drinks as well as brief talks by the artists who will share information about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark is free and open to the public.

“This talented couple works side by side, their talents cross-pollinating to create fascinating pieces that seem to talk to each other,” commented Ms. Roestamadji. “Their striking output delightfully captures attention, and distinctly speaks to each viewer from a personal perspective,” she stated. According to Ms. Clark, some of Jan Wiesner’s ceramic sculptures were created to complement her husband’s houses made of cardboard and found objects, most of which were made specifically for the exhibit at Bear’s Mill. “We are excited to bring this talented duo to our Gallery, and invite everyone to explore their captivating artwork,” Ms. Clark said.

The Wiesners maintain a working studio at the Pendleton Arts Center in Cincinnati; both are retired art teachers who have earned numerous awards during their teaching careers. Inspired by artists they admire, the couple is influenced by all they see around them, caught up in ideas and what they can do with the vast input. Jan’s figurative ceramic sculptures have stories to tell; those stories can be fanciful or filled with everyday magic, dealing with responses to parts of our culture that surround and affect women and their lives. She forms clay into evocative figures that vary in size from 9 to 12 inches high and 6 to 7 inches wide, giving many of the sculptures intriguing titles that also ignite imaginations and excite emotions.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA TO BE HELD December 7th, 2019

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Greenville, OH - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 7th at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage and will be cooked and served with the assistance of Dara Buchy and the Greenville High School Supply Chain Management. Santa will be there along with Mrs. Claus.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by December 2nd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending. Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 130 Willow Dr., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending. If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for each child and lots of fun.

The BPW club will also have available for sale ‘super raffle’ tickets. Winners will be drawn at the December 12th meeting. The raffle is a chance to win one of five prizes: 1st prize - 14 Karat White Gold Necklace and Earrings with Crystals (Wielands). 2nd Prize 39” Smart TV – Element Brand (Performance Mortgage), 3rd Prize KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender (KitchenAid), 4th Prize $100 of Dining Gift Cards (Deb & Gene Niekamp) and 5th Prize Relaxation Massage (Escape Spa LLC). Super Raffle tickets are available at Merle Norman at 309 S. Broadway, Greenville, by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. All proceeds from our fundraisers are used to award scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.

Darke County Chapter of Disable American Veterans Donates to Fish Pantry

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Fish received a generous monetary donation today from the Darke County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. The donation was delivered by Adjutant Treasurer Donald Dietrich (shown with Kristi Cutarelli in the picture).

Thanksgiving dinner at First Presbyterian Church

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Come share a Thanksgiving dinner with our community family on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, from 11:30 – 1:00. Don’t settle for a TV dinner alone when you can join others in this family meal with “all the trimmings”! First Presbyterian Church at 114 East Fourth Street invites you to share Thanksgiving blessings.

Besides the turkey and dressing, the meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, milk, coffee and lemonade, assorted pies and desserts. Along with the good food, enjoy music and good company! Donations will be accepted.

Call 937-548-3188 to let us know you will be there.

Darke County Farmers Union—Fall Harvest Meeting 2019

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Greenville, Ohio – Darke County Farmers Union held their Fall Harvest meeting November 2, 2019 at the OSU Extension meeting room where they honored some of the 4H Youth that they supported during the livestock sales at the 2019 Great Darke County Fair. Pictured above seated (l-r): Gabrielle Wooten--Swine, Faith Wooten—Swine, Adi Schmitz—Sheep, Emily Schmitz—Sheep, Ethan Fischer—Sheep.

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