Thursday, November 26, 2020

DCP presents Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

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Darke County Parks kick off the holiday season with their annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland event on December 4th, 5th and 6th. This event is a favorite of the staff and public alike, and is a wonderfully peaceful start to the holiday season. While we can't all gather in celebration the way we had hoped, Darke County Parks is excited to offer a brand-new take on this classic event!

This year, the Winter Wonderland will be a Covid-safe auto tour at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. While we will miss the luminary walk through the woods, this will be a wonderful alternative for 2020. Instead of only three hours on one evening, this year's event will be offered Friday (12/4) through Sunday (12/6) from 6p-9p each night. You choose when to visit!

Each night, staff will be passing out a take-home craft kit to the first 65 children. Wave to Santa and the elves as you drive by the Log House and Blacksmith shop. Don’t forget your letter to Santa, there will be a drive by mailbox!

As part of the annual luminary event, Darke County Parks are taking entries for the snowman decorating contest. The snowmen will be well lit and are a great opportunity to advertise your community group, business, non-profit, church or scout troop! The contest itself will take place virtually on Facebook and Instagram. Followers will vote for their favorite snowman by 'liking' their favorite snowman!

For more information about this FREE event visit www.DarkeCountyParks.org/news or call 937-548-0165.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Thanks Sponsors

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The Greenville Athletic Boosters would like to thank all our sponsors in our Back the Wave drive 2020.

Through your generous donations, we raised over $3,000!  This money will be distributed amongst our athletic teams to purchase equipment, uniforms, and various other needs.  We appreciate your support for our student athletes!

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • Greenville Federal Bank
  • American Legion Post #140
  • Shook Construction
  • Grilliot Alignment Service, Inc.
  • Mote & Associates, Inc.
  • Drew Family Farms
  • RJ Warner Insurance
  • D. A. Fitzgerald Company & Fitzgerald Motorsports
  • Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Inc.
  • Walker Construction Drywall Division
  • Jon Coomer Investment Management
  • Jim Gable Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Hot Head Burritos
  • Francis Furniture
  • Treaty City Industries, Inc.
  • Dickman Supply, Inc.
  • American Title Resources
  • Doug Shields Financial Services
  • Garmann/Miller Architects & Engineers
  • Park National Bank
  • Greenville National Bank
  • Mark & Cindy Libert
  • Dick & Dianne Brown
  • Jim & Sharon Buchy
  • Teaford's Pizza & Subs
  • G & G Floor Fashions
  • Margaret B. Hayes, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • Splash & Dash Carwash
  • MJS Plastics, Inc.
  • Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc.
  • Marchal & Marchal, Ltd.
  • Zechar Bailey Funeral Home
  • Hittle Buick GMC, Inc.
  • Marshall Combs Insurance

Greenville Public Library Offers Free Home Delivery

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Two members of the Extension Services team:
Susana Castano-Miller and Jeffrey Deeter.
Greenville Pubic Library is especially mindful to provide services to the public in a way that is safe for our patrons and staff, such as curbside pickup and “Grab and Go” by appointment.  Another service that comes in handy during this time is our free home delivery.

Home delivery is part of the Library’s Extension Services program and brings reading materials to those patrons in the community who cannot leave their homes.  Members of our team select books that suit the patrons’ preferences and deliver them directly to their homes on a monthly basis.  

Home delivery can be temporary if desired such as during the winter months or while convalescing.  If interested, please contact Susana at 937-548-3915 or by e-mail at extensionservices@greenville-publiclibrary.org.  Extension Services delivers not only to individuals but also to local nursing homes and preschools.  An average of 700 books a month are circulated.  

Job Posting - Community Health Worker at Family Health

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Community Health Worker

Family Health is seeking a Community Health Worker (CHW) who will be responsible for working with Family Health’s staff, and other HCSI (Healing Community Studies Initiative) organizations, in helping clients and their families, who are struggling with OUD (Opioid Use Disorder) navigate community services, obtain resources, and adopt healthy behaviors. Their primary responsibilities will include promoting, maintaining, and improving the health of OUD clients and their families through social support, referral, informal education/counseling, and advocacy at the individual and community level. Community outreach, such as home visits and collaboration with community agencies will be required. This position may require irregular hours. This position will also require travel by the employee in his/her own vehicle or one provided through Family Health.  Must 

Responsible for establishing trusting relationships and effective communication with clients and their families while providing general support and encouragement.

Job Requirements:

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Successful completion of a Community Health Worker formal training program such as from a college or other education institution. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all available services provided at Family Health, community resources, interpersonal communication strategies, and computer software. 
  • Communicating effectively in both written and verbal form, managing multiple priorities, effective time management practices, de-escalation skills, problem-solving skills, and managing change and conflict.
  •  Manage time and deal with multiple priorities, problem solving, exercise sound judgment, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, make decisions, maintain information in confidential manner, listen well, maintain records and data, use the computer programs and communicate effectively including via the computer. Encourage staff to work towards their full potential and to provide excellent services to our clients and their fellow co-workers.
  • Verifiable good driving record and reliable transportation 
  • Possess ability to relate to all persons of various economic levels and cultural orientation who present for services at Family Health.
  • Family Health offers a full-time benefit package, including PTO, paid holidays, and retirement plan.

Qualified applicants please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org 

Ansonia United Methodist Remains Active

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Ansonia United Methodist Church – 200 West High Street in Ansonia – has regular worship services every Sunday at 10:30 am.  The service is also available through live-streaming by visiting Facebook.com/AnsoniaUMC.  Unfortunately, during this time of COVID-19, the Sunday school classes at 9:15 am are only available for adults.

The church will hold two Christmas Eve services on December 24th, the first at 7:00 pm and the second at 11:00 pm.  As we will practice social distancing, seating is limited.

During the Christmas season volunteers from the church also take part in bell-ringing to solicit donations in support of various county food banks and agencies offering assistance with utility bills.  Ansonia UMC is also host to the Ansonia Community Food Pantry, providing for local families in need.  To use the Food Pantry please call (937)-338-4798 for an appointment.

For more information please visit the church web site at Ansoniaumc.com, contact the church – PO Box 457; Ansonia, Ohio 45303, or call (937)-337-5781.

Light Up the Park 2020

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Make plans to join the Bradford Community as we come together to start the holiday season. This year’s Light Up the Park event will be held on Saturday, November 28 at 7:00 PM. Gather in Iddings Park for carols and stories before the main event…the lighting of Iddings Park. Kids, be sure to stop by the Letters to Santa station to get your requests in and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies provided by Bradford Public Library.  

Participants are asked to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing as we gather together. Please dress for the weather.  Parking is available in the library parking lot at 138 East Main Street and at the Depot at 203 East Main Street. 

This year’s event will be held completely outside. In case of inclement weather, the lights will still be turned on, but most activities will not take place. Please watch the Bradford Public Library Facebook page and website for updates on the status of the evening’s festivities. 

Area Bazaar Goes Virtual

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The 2020 Angel House Christmas Bazaar has been restructured into a Virtual Christmas Sale. Shoppers may preview items on facebook.com/AngelHouseChristmasBazaar and at tippcityumc.org/bazaar. The sale will take place online only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 5. Buyers will make selections, have the option to pay securely online by credit/debit card, or pay in person at pickup the day of the event, at Tipp City United Methodist Church, Third and Main Streets, Tipp City. 

In its fifth year, the transformed event is sponsored by TCUMC to support Angel House Children’s Home in Tanzania, Africa. Planning for the 2020 event was on target with most of the previous year’s vendors having registered.  Then COVID-19 reared its ugly head, and the Bazaar Team was back to the drawing board.

“We considered sponsoring a fully virtual bazaar,” said co-chairwoman, Gina Duncan, “but, determined we didn’t have the specific skill set or adequate time to develop an effective retail outlet for our loyal vendors.” 

The Virtual Christmas Sale will consist entirely of items donated by church members and friends as well as vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Home in Tanzania. “Our vendors have been extremely generous in their support,” co-chairwoman, Judy Riesser said. “A number of them donated their prepaid registration fees; plus, we have received a wide variety of items to sell.“

The church typically participates in the annual Community Garage Sale, which also generates significant funds for Angel House. Once that sale was canceled, it became more urgent to devise a means to maintain the support TCUMC had provided in previous years. 

The 2020 goal is to raise $8,000 to provide funds to help complete the kitchen/dining hall at Angel House. According to Associate Pastor, Bonita Ritchie, the ministerial staff also decided in the spring to designate the 2020 Gift of Advent Offering toward this goal.

The community is invited to participate in the alternate format and is also encouraged to support the vendors who have donated items. Contact information will be listed on the site.

Items for sale will include: Celtic art, wire-wrapped and fused-glass jewelry, totes for wheelchairs, novels by a local author, Christmas décor, hand-sewn items, trivet sets handcrafted from siding removed from the Bear’s Mill in Greenville, and more.

The Bazaar Team looks forward optimistically to safely reinstating the in-person bazaar in December, 2021.

GREENVILLE CITY PARK STOCKADES RESTORATION UNDERWAY

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The restoration and moving of the two stockades have begun in the Greenville City Park.  The goal is to save both stockades by repairing them and moving them from the pond bank to higher ground. The restoration is being done by Myers Excavating and Construction, LLC and the Greenville Street Department. Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Historical Preservation Committee Chair, Debbie Nisonger, along with Friends of the Greenville City Parks Project Manager, Tom Lucas, are overseeing the project. Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR received a grant from the Coppock-Hole Foundation.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR is asking citizens to share their earliest memories of the stockades. Please post memories of the stockades at https://www.facebook.com/fortgreenevilledar/

Darke County Parks Goes Solar

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The Darke County Parks is excited to announce that they will be going solar! Last year, staff members met with representatives from Electro Green Energy Solutions (GES) http://www.electrogreenenergy.com , a green energy company located out of Sidney, OH, to talk about the possibility of getting solar power implemented at the Bish Discovery Center. EGES was thrilled to potentially be part of this project and diligently worked with their local electrical partner and Indianapolis based Engineering Firm to develop a cost-effective solution for the Center.

While EGES went to work on finding a strategy to make the project happen, parks staff began submitting grant applications in order to acquire the funds needed.

Electro Green Energy Solutions (EGES) has partnered with Garber Electrical Contractors Inc. https://www.garberelectric.com/ who will be donating 100% of the installation, Sims Durkin Associates Engineering Company https://www.sims-durkin.com/, and Dickman Supply http://www.dickmansupply.com/ to bring this project to life. The solar panels that will be installed on the roof of the Bish Discovery Center and will offset over 90% of the Centers current annual energy consumption (5.46kW) and because of the partnerships the Bish Discovery Center will have a payback of under 5yrs.

Staff has plans for a future educational solar display inside the center, as well as various programs focusing on solar energy. Additionally, the Darke County Parks hopes for a collaborative educational partnership with Edison Community College sometime in the future. The Darke County Park District is excited to be a renewable energy leader in the community. This project was made possible with partial funding granted by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Fund. 

Annie’s G.A.L.A Hits the Bullseye for Garst Museum

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Thanks to the creative thinking and diligent work of devoted volunteers, Annie’s G.A.L.A. proved to be a success story! Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala has been a long-standing annual fundraiser for the Garst Museum and normally takes place in June. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID, many things had to change in order to keep the fundraiser on the calendar for 2020. This included the new date of October 3, a different name—Annie’s G.A.L.A (Garst Alternative to the Live Auction), an event website, and pre-ordered dinners that were picked up in the new Garst Museum parking lot.

But, the energy and anticipation did not change. Eager bidders filled the Lowell Thomas Gallery watching the final offers for items mount before the auction closed and waiting for the beach-house drawing winner to be announced. Much excitement of the auction surrounded the competitive bidding on a Bob Brubaker painting, donated by Park National Bank, depicting a fort scene of what might have occurred in the days of General Anthony Wayne.  And, the lucky winner of the drawing for the one-week Florida stay in the Ft. Myers’ home, donated by Mike and Sherri Jones, was Bonnie Perry!

It is the enthusiastic support of the people of Darke County and the generous corporate sponsorships and donations that made Annie’s G.A.L.A. a success. The Garst Museum wishes to thank Aim Midwest Media for their Premier Sponsorship.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Park National Bank Makes Artful Donation of Brubaker Paintings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Stephen Gruber to speak to GOP Women

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 Vice Chairman of Historical Society to give update on Garst

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

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

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

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

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

THE 2021 PET CALENDAR IS AVAILABLE

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

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

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

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

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Letter to the Editor:

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

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

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

Greenville High School Offers New Program- Project LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AT EUM CHURCH

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

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville.  Kids’ Ministry is available for kids in grades one through six at the 9:00 and 10:30 services. Ages 0-Kindergarten meet at the 10:30 service. Grades seven through twelve meet at the 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices.  For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 937-548-3211.

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 23, 2020

Harvest Supper Cancelled due to COVID-19

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

We look forward  to seeing you all soon. 

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

SHINE FALL FESTIVAL 2020!

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

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

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

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

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kids’ Ministry is available for kids in grades one through six at the 9:00 and 10:30 services. Ages 0-Kindergarten meet at the 10:30 service. Grades seven through twelve meet at the 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices.  For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 937-548-3211.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DCP hosting Great Pumpkin Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dear Editor:

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

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

Park data snapshot:

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your consideration! 

Mitch Eiting

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

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

Look at the facts:

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

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

Roger Brocious

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Cancer Association of Darke County is supported by private donations, fundraisers, United Way, Rotary, Darke County Foundation, Darke Rural,  Lydia Schaurer Grant, Ketro Grant and Stephens Grant along with Corporate Sponsors for 2020 of:   The Andersons, Marathon, Borderline, Brookdale Senior Living, Bunco 4 Boobies, Cal Maine Foods, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Dayton Physicians, DCTPA, DL Beck Inc., Edward Jones, Family Health, First Assembly of God, Geis Audio Video, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hittle Buick-GMC, Members Choice Credit Union, Motes, Park National Bank, Premier Health, Rudnick and Kosek, Star  88.3, Sisco, SVG Auto, Troutwine Auto, Vannoy Cox Insurance, Weaver Brothers, Williamsons and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. 

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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