Tuesday, October 20, 2020

VFW Auxiliary encourages everyone to vote

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It is your voice, your right and your responsibility

GREENVILLE – The VFW Auxiliary to Post 7262 is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the privilege so many Americans have fought and died for – your right to vote. There are many reasons for you to exercise this right that is uniquely American. The basic one is because it gives you a say in what your government does in relation to making laws, regulations and spending your tax dollars.

Your community depends upon input from all residents about what is believed to be the right actions to be taken by government – that is why levies such as those on this November’s ballot are important for everyone’s opinion to be voiced through the ballot box.

Voting is how those in City Hall, the Court House, Congress and the White House are made responsible to each citizen. It is our chance to let them know how each of us feels about the job they are doing. To play liberally with the words of Plato, if you do not vote to decide who will rule you, you are likely to be ruled by fools.

Your vote does count! According to a 2001 study of state and federal elections in the United States between 1898 and 1992, "one of every 100,000 votes cast in U.S. elections, and one of every 15,000 votes cast in state elections, ‘mattered’ in the sense that they were cast for a candidate that officially tied or won by one vote.

Voting for Ohioans is very convenient. In addition to in-person voting on November 3 at your polling place, voters may vote by mail or do in-person early voting seven days a week at the Board of Elections located at 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville. 

Honor those who have served by voting in the November General Election to choose who you believe will best represent you.  Visit https://www.boe.ohio.gov/darke/ for all voting information in Darke County. The Board of Elections may be reached by calling 937-548-1835.

Open Letter to Darke County Parks by William Light

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At a time when our political leaders are fractious, and our fellow citizens have been led to fear too much, I am writing this note to you as an open letter to the general public to express my sincere desire for people of Darke County to fully support the Darke County Parks in the upcoming elections.

When the last local election was held, fear kept a majority of Darke Countians from voting when confused and fearful Ohio politicians closed the polling places and did a very poor job of explaining to the electorate how people could still vote. Unfortunately, I believe the Darke County Parks’ millage initiative suffered because of this confusion.

In addition, I have noticed for many years that our public educational system has done a great disservice to our youth by trying to rewrite our magnificent and colorful historical record for political reasons. In my youth I was much more interested in science, engineering and music than history; however, this changed dramatically with age, and recently I became involved with a group of educated patriots who are busily trying to restore the truth about what happened in this area of America that literally help change the world for the betterment of all mankind.

A group of us formed what is known as the Friends of Fort Jefferson, a not-for-profit organization that is trying to reclaim the Fort Jefferson Park, get the park turned over to the Darke County Parks, and turn the dilapidated park into a modern and well-used education center to teach the history of the once head-of-the-line fortress that paved the way for the settlement of the Northwest Territories during the late 1790’s. 

I cannot tell you how instrumental it is for our organization to work in tandem with the Darke County Parks to restore Fort Jefferson, and your help in this program has been wonderful. Since you took the helm of the Darke County Parks it has grown into well-oiled machine that serves all of Darke County regarding the teaching of nature and history. And, the low cost to run this successful organization is remarkable.

The Friends of Fort Jefferson will continue to support the Darke County Parks, regardless of the status of the bond issue renewal; however, we do believe that every effort be made to tell the citizens of the county that the bond initiative is literally a small millage (.5 mill) with a very slight increase ($1.46 a month on a $100,000 home) to defray the continual operational and maintenance costs to run and maintain the numerous facilities. When Fort Jefferson Parks comes under the auspices of the Darke County Parks, the Friends of Fort Jefferson will still be a partner in the development of the facilities there, and artifacts found and knowledge learned will remain in Darke Country for all to see, touch and educate themselves.

Thank you, your staff and your many volunteers for providing Darke County with a wonderland of learning. Hopefully my fellow residents will recognize the beneficial services your organization provides.

Respectfully submitted,

William C. Light
Greenville, OH 45331


Rep. Davidson visits Dayton manufacturer to discuss COVID-19 impact

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DAYTON - Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) visited Southwest Ohio manufacturer Bullen Ultrasonics Friday afternoon to learn about the business and the effects COVID-19 is having on the company, and offer his support. Located in Eaton, about 25 miles west of Dayton, Bullen is a globally-recognized leader in ultrasonic machining and has played a crucial role in manufacturing essential parts for various life-saving devices throughout the pandemic.

“Bullen is a prime example of a small Ohio company with big impact during this nationwide crisis,” said Rep. Davidson. “Not only has the company done their part in the manufacturing of key components found in ventilators, but g is continuing to prioritize the safety of its employees and keeping morale up during a time of economic strain.” 

A survey conducted in late March by the National Association of Manufacturers found that nearly 80 percent of manufacturers expected the pandemic would have a financial impact on their business. While Bullen provided 90 percent of pressure sensor components used in the manufacturing of ventilators during the early-pandemic demand, other facets of the company came to a standstill, including its work in the aerospace industry. Like many businesses, Bullen took part in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in early April to help offset the economic blow.

Bullen President Tim Beatty took the opportunity to thank Rep. Davidson for the program.

“We sincerely appreciate your work with the Payment Protection Program,” said Beatty. “The PPP infused cash into our business, helping us continue to invest in our future and our employees. Instead of a massive layoff, we have been able to maintain 95 percent of our workforce despite not having the profits we were expecting this year.”

According to Beatty, the PPP loan allowed Bullen leadership to get creative in providing its essential frontline staff with paid days off. 

“We gave our frontline staff what we called ‘limit days’ in April and May, allowing one paid day off a week during the early days of the pandemic,” said Beatty. “Unlike much of the workforce that could operate from home, our manufacturing team is deemed essential, meaning they have to be on site. We feel the limit days boosted morale and kept them engaged.”

“The PPP helped keep more than 100,000 workers from Ohio’s eighth District on payroll,” said Rep. Davidson. “Just like Bullen, nearly 9,000 businesses in our district who used the program simply passed the cash through to keep their workers employed. This has provided essential stability for individuals, families and businesses. Now, the banks and Treasury need to finish the work and complete the important work of forgiving the loans that were used in full compliance. This has equipped our economy to resume its momentum as swiftly and safely as possible.”

As for Bullen’s future, Beatty says the company forecasts demand ramping up again with recovery happening in the first quarter of 2021. 

Preble County Commissioner and State Rep. Candidate Rodney Creech was also in attendance for the meeting. After the group finished their discussion, Beatty gave a tour of the facility, introducing some of Bullen’s frontline workers and providing an overview of Bullen’s machining processes.

“While the year may not end with the revenues we forecasted, we are thankful to have a thriving business,” said Beatty. “Not every manufacturer can say that, unfortunately. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to count our blessings. We are ending the year grateful and hopeful for brighter days ahead."

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

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Left to Right: Greenville BPW Guest Night Committee members Kim Fisher, Melissa Barhorst, and Susan Shields

Greenville, OH.  -  Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) guests and members held their annual guest night “What a Girl Wants” event on October 8th. This year, a “scaled down” version was held to allow for social distancing due to current Covid restrictions. The evening was held at the VFW on Ohio Street with social time, limited vendors, silent auction, mask contest and appetizers catered by J’s Country Store.  Several door prizes were given out and a 50/50 raffle drawing was held. 

The meeting was hosted by Committee chair Debbie Niekamp along with committee members: Melissa Barhorst, Vicki Cost, Kim Fisher, Leigh Fletcher, Hallie Foureman, Susan Fowble, Deb Shiverdecker, Deb Smith, Susan Shields, and Gail Snyder.  The evening included a program by Melissa Barhorst, Damsel in Defense consultant who provided tips for self-defense. Special guest and Region 5 President, Linda Wiegand of the Lebanon Club reminded members and guests of the upcoming Region 5 virtual meeting with Author of the book “Stand Up and Stand Out – Let’s Go Kick Some Glass” by Pattie S Grimm  All proceeds for the “What a Girl Wants”  event go toward scholarships for young women of Darke County.

Special thanks to all those who attended as well as the following vendors, silent auction donors, and members for making this event a success:  Billers Stamps & Engraving, Damsel in Defense (Melissa Barhorst), Norwex (Tammy Dietrich) Optavia (Deb Shiverdecker), and Touchstone Jewelry (Glenna Martin), Ault Henderson & Lewis, Beanz Buttercream Bakery, Bear’s Mill, Bread of Life, Darke County Park District, Debbie Niekamp, Flower Patch, Gail Snyder, GNB Banking Centers, Greenville Federal, Hallie Foureman, Holly Lovely, JT’s Bar & Grill, Kathy O’Dell, Leigh Fletcher, Merchant House, Merle Norman, Montage, Prosperity Promotions (Kim Custenborder), Refined Purveyors, Studio 1 Hair Design, Sunset Awards, Susan Shields, Sweet Annie’s Cabin and VFW Post 7262. 

The BPW Club is working on a new fundraiser to replace some of the fundraising events they were unable to host earlier in the year.  Members are contacting small businesses to produce a coupon booklet which they will sell with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund. There is no charge for the merchant. Coupons must be received by November 2nd to be included in the book.   The goal is to encourage people to shop our small businesses and the books will be available at the club’s November 12th meeting in time for the holiday shopping season.  If you are a business owner interested in participating in this fundraiser, please contact any Greenville BPW member or Deb Niekamp, project chair, at 419-305-2178 or email dsniekamp@gmail.com for a coupon form or 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 the young women of Darke County.  Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting.  Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Susan Fowble at fowble51@gmail.com or 937-423-2387. Information can also be found on their Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club. 

Fall Family Fun Day a great success

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On Saturday October 10th, Darke County Parks hosted its first Fall Family Fun Day. The weather was absolutely perfect for the event and the changing leaves at Alice Bish Park made a gorgeous autumn back drop. The event was held outdoors at the Bish Discovery Center with activities spread throughout the grounds. Activities included Pumpkin Bowling, Rocket Launch, Paint a Pot, Leaf Rubbing, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Giant Bubbles, Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, and a Leaf Toss. The Bish Discovery Center was also open for the public to explore. Many visitors spent part of the day playing in the augmented reality sandbox, using the pedal power bike, and gaining knowledge from other various sustainable and eco-friendly displays. Badges BBQ food truck was also set up in the parking lot selling delicious BBQ pulled pork, brisket, and other tasty menu items. Darke County Parks would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that helped make this event such a huge success!

Don’t miss out next time! Follow Darke County Parks on Facebook or sign up for a newsletter by visiting http://www.darkecountyparks.org/nature-notes-newsletter.

Letter to the Journal: Litchfield's Support Darke County Parks Levy

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Dear Editor, 

Darke County Park District improves our quality of life, one of the reasons Darke County is great!  

Seeing people of all ages using the parks is exciting. We love that there are so many opportunities for the public to enjoy their parks.   Have you hopped onto the new Jim Buchy mile of the paved trails? It starts at the corner of Broadway and Wilson Dr. and runs behind the MaidRite.  Walking or bicycling on it, creekside, with the beautiful scenery is great for mental and physical health.

We love getting out on our bikes and continuing on the almost 15 miles of paved trail, with some ‘share the road’, all the way to east of Gettysburg.  We enjoy walking through all of the non-paved trails in the 13 Darke County Parks.  We are thrilled that with passage of this levy, that Bear’s Mill will become a forever-cared-for Darke Co. Park, the transfer for zero dollars.  And Ft. Jefferson, too.  This historic site can also be improved by the people of Darke County with passage of his ½ mill levy.  

We appreciate the staff going to the schools or doing programs virtually to educate our youth.  We appreciate the staff going to nursing homes, outside residents’ windows, sharing wildlife to bring joy to those who cannot get out.  

We are thankful to Darke Countians for the past and continued support of your Darke County Parks.  The time has come to improve the funding for needed upgrades, improvements, equipment and personnel.  Staffing levels haven’t changed since 2003, but the number of parks has increased.  The owner of a $100,000 home will be paying $1.46 a month more for the year than you are paying now.  With passage, a total of $2.65/ month for the great outdoors.  And, we appreciate that the 21 county village and city parks can apply for an increased amount of grants for their local parks with the passage of this levy.

The Darke Co. Park District board has proved that they are good stewards of the land and our tax dollars.  The parks enhance quality of life for all of us!

Please join us in voting FOR the levy to continue to see improvement in all parks.

Sincerely,

Steve and Eileen Litchfield

GHS Walking Program

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Again, this year Greenville High School will open its doors to community members seeking a warm, safe place to walk on winter evenings.

The public is invited to walk at the high school from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and continuing through March 25, 2021. There will be no walking during Christmas break. Also, if school is closed during a day or there are parent/teacher conferences, then it will be closed to walking that evening. A complete calendar of available walking dates will be available to walkers at the sign-in desk.

Greenville High School opened its doors to walkers many years ago. The Greenville Board of Education has continued to support this activity in the high school. 

In the past, dozens of people enjoyed the program. Greenville City Schools is happy to support this wellness activity to benefit residents of the community. Seven and a half laps around the interior  hallway loop is equivalent to one mile. Walkers go in a clockwise direction on Mondays and Wednesdays and counterclockwise on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The district is pleased to provide a safe, free and warm place for people to walk. The program does not cost the school district extra money because volunteers monitor the walkers and custodians are usually working in the building during the evening. Thank you to those who help monitoring the activity including SADD Club, IMTV, Varsity G Club, NJROTC, Key Club, Foreign Language Clubs, Student Council, Med Tech, student body, members of the school board and school district personnel.

Those interested in walking at the high school are asked to enter by the main entrance by the flagpole, wear a mask upon entering and leaving the building to sign in and out, social distance from one another while walking at least six feet apart, sign in upon arrival and check off your name when leaving. While exercising, or walking, a mask is not required but social distancing is from people that are not in your family. Walkers are asked to walk only on the first floor. No running or jogging is allowed. Also, not allowed are wheeled items such as strollers and skateboards. Students under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Enjoy the activity to assist you with your wellness.

‘CRISIS WARRIORS’ NEEDED TO DONATE COVID-19 PLASMA

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COVID-19 CONVALESCENT PLASMA AT PEAK DEMAND

 Rebecca Whited donates COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma.

DAYTON, Ohio – The rising number of coronavirus cases has triggered peak demand for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) and Community Blood Center needs more COVID-19 survivors to donate. Learn more about CCP and become a “Crisis Warrior” by registering to donate at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.

Last week area hospitals performed the highest number of CCP transfusions since CBC launched Ohio’s first CCP collection program in early April.

The antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus is vital for the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients. CBC must expand the base of eligible donors to meet the increasing demand and help save the lives of those fighting the disease

Potential CCP donors must have tested positive for COVID-19 by the RNA test or tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies by blood test and must be completely recovered.

All CCP donors will receive the “COVID-19 Crisis Warrior” t-shirt.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper all blood drive collections. Type O positive is the most common blood type and continues to be in demand. The short supply is related to high usage, but also to collections limited by smaller blood drives and fewer first-time donors.

Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The First Annual Broadway 🎃Trunk-Or-Treat!🎃

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Last Saturday of October!

October 31st 2020!

6pm- 8pm

Downtown Greenville, Ohio

S. Broadway & Yolo Urban Park 


Come fill the parking spots!

Back your decorated trunk, bike, truck bed into parking spots and pass out candy to the kids that walk the sidewalks of Downtown  Greenville. 

BEST DECORATED VEHICLE WINS CASH PRIZE & TROPHY!!!! 

Costume Contest, Trophies and Cash Prizes! Food Trucks! 50/50 Raffle! Silent Auction! Live Music 8PM

  • 3-8PM: is the (#TylerStrong) Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle, also taking donations for Tyler Gear Ferrands who is a 15 year who was hit by a car while on his skateboard in Sept. this year. 
  • 8PM: 50/50 Raffle & Silent Auction End
  • 6-8PM: Trunk-Or-Treat on S. Broadway with Kids Costume Contest at 7pm @ Yolo Urban Park!
    • Ages: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 Girls
    • Ages: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 Boys
  • 8-10PM: Live Music @ Yolo Urban Park with Adult Costume Contest at 9PM
    • Best Overall Costume 
    • Best Group Costume 
    • Best Couples Costume

Please come out and support this community driven event!

“Jim Buchy Mile” Grand Opening

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Have you been on the new Jim Buchy Mile of your Darke County Park’s Tecumseh Trail?  Come and check it out at the Grand Opening on Saturday, October 24 at 1 PM.  The ceremonies will be held at the corner of Broadway and Wilson Ave., in Greenville, at the start of the Jim Buchy Mile.  Please park in the Garst Museum’s new parking area and use the cement walkways to save the newly planted grasses.  

Named in honor of Jim Buchy, the man who as our former long-term State Representative was so instrumental in the growth of your Darke County Park District. Jim was continuously supportive of the building of the Tecumseh Trail, one of your Darke County Parks, not only during his tenure as a legislator but also after his retirement. Without his creative written support and his liaison work with several different State of Ohio organizations, the continual expansion of the Tecumseh Trail would not have happened.  

Jim Buchy commented, "It is a very special honor to have this mile of the Tecumseh Trail named after me.  My hope is that it will serve as a reminder, to all who walk this mile that the Darke Co. Park District considers this land very important to the success of the Treaty of Greenville signed in 1795."

The Tecumseh Trail Multi-Use Pathway is partially on a former railway line, the same one used for the Lincoln Funeral Train in 1865.  The trail construction began in downtown Gettysburg almost 13 years ago, is now complete from Bradford New Harrison Rd. to the point where the Grand Opening will be held at the site of the former Buchy Meat Packing Company.  The trail is split fairly equally in its 15 miles between paved trail and “share the road”.  It provides a great opportunity for walkers, bicyclists, joggers and horse back riders (on the grassy sides of the trail). The Trail connects with the Greenville Creek Trail, developed in a partnership with the City of Greenville at the Bish Discovery Center on Ohio Street where there is a bike repair station and water available to users.

Jim Buchy is truly a visionary working for the betterment of our community.  Please join us on October 24 to celebrate the newest sections of our paved trail and the man who helped it happen.  We ask that you please bring a mask to be used if social distancing cannot occur at this outdoor event.  For more information or to RSVP, please call Deb Shiverdecker at the Darke Co. Park District at 937.548.0165.


Letter to the Journal: Support the Darke County Park District Levy

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Residents of Darke County, please join us in SUPPORTING the Darke County Park levy that will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot.  

As has been proven in the last nine months, the Darke County Park District is a vital part of Darke County.  With the limitation of places to go and things to do, the park areas and bike/walking trails have provided Darke County residents with a variety of places to enjoy, explore, and experience.  Darke County is truly fortunate to have such a hardworking, forward thinking park district.

As residents of Darke County, we appreciate the history of our area and feel strongly in the preservation of our natural and historical sites.  We appreciate the preservation and naturalization of the areas of donated land that is part of Darke County Parks.  

Did you know that the Darke County Park District also reaches out to help with all of our local villages and City of Greenville requests for funding their own park projects? Did you know that Darke County Parks is responsible for maintaining all of the parks and trails be it downed trees, high-water damage or anything else nature might throw our way.

In voting FOR the Darke County Parks levy, you are ensuring the past of Darke County will be preserved and maintained.  In voting FOR the Darke County Parks levy, you are ensuring a FUTURE for the Darke County Park lands to be preserved and maintained. 

Please be a PROUD “Yes” vote for the Darke County Park District Levy! 


Truly,

Scott and Kimberly Rudnick

Supporters of Darke County Parks

Citizens for Darke County Parks Urges You to Vote FOR Issue 1

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The Citizens for Darke County Parks would like to share some information with you regarding Bear’s Mill and the upcoming levy for the Darke County Park District.

Bear’s Mill is a National Historic Site on the registry list of the National Park Service. Established in 1849, the Mill has remained an authentic piece of agricultural history for nearly 175 years in Darke County. In fact, it is one of only three operating water-powered mills left in Ohio today.

Since the year it was built, the Mill has changed hands several times and in 1979, Bear’s Mill would find its way to Terry and Julie Clark who purchased the Mill and surrounding land. Thanks to the Clark’s endless efforts and continued support, Bear’s Mill has become a Darke County tourist attraction and an historic landmark. Today, the Mill property is owned by the Friends of Bear’s Mill, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves the Mill’s historic significance. The Mill’s needs are now managed by a ten-person board of trustees.

Recently, the Friends of the Bears Mill, with assistance from Darke County Parks, have written a request to and met with our state legislators requesting capital improvement funds to repair the foundation of the Mill, which, if left unchecked, could be detrimental for the entire structure. The Friends have since created a collaborative effort to become a Darke County Park. When Issue 1 passes in November, the Friends of the Mill, 501C3 will, with the approval of the Ohio Public Works Commission, transfer Bear’s Mill to the Darke County Park District at ZERO cost. This ensures this National Historic Site and the surrounding 35 acres would belong to the people of Darke County; to be preserved and cherished by all future generations.

Join us in voting FOR Issue 1 on November 3.

Upcoming Election Day Operational Renewal Levy for Greenville City Schools Facts and Information From Superintendent Doug Fries

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This fall on Election Day, our school district will have an operational renewal levy on the ballot. This levy will have no new taxes but is simply the renewal of an existing 5.50 mill tax levy that has been in existence since 1996.

Again, this renewal levy will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot as approved by the board of education and it represents no new taxes, just a continuation for another five-year cycle for what exists in our current operational cycle. This renewal levy would also allow the homestead reduction factor to continue for qualifying residents.

The election day renewal levy will appear on the ballet as issue 7. Since March of 1996, this levy has been brought to the ballot six times with successful passage by the voters of the district. This levy represents no change in taxes, since it receives no inflationary increases with values. It brings approximately $2,080,110.00 to the district annually and supports education within our district.

The levy is for general operations. This money has always been spent for district maintenance, school buses, school books, technology, salaries, and whatever it takes to keep the daily operations going for the good of students.

Some additional facts to consider:

  • Over the past seven years the district has become a one-to-one technology district providing iPad devices for every student and teacher in the district. This is provided totally by district general funds or grants. No technology fee has ever been assigned to any family. This district purchase served the district and community well during last year’s Stay at Home Order. This year the one-to-one devise implementation is supporting our remote learning and the establishment of our Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Last year the district successfully refinanced the bonds at the K-8 building and the high school renovation. In restructuring the financing at both buildings, the district tax payers saved 18.35% over the life of the bonds. This is an overall savings to the district tax payers on the K-8 building project and high school renovation of $10,528,594.00 again over the life of the bonds. District tax payers saw a reduction on their last tax settlement because of the refinancing.
  • During the pandemic last spring our transportation, food service, para professionals, custodians, and administrators worked together to serve 16,750 free student lunches to students who ordered them. We continue this year to have curbside pick up of lunches for remote students who order them at no charge through December of this year.
  • Our district does not incorporate an athletic or extra-curricular pay to participate fee. We are working hard to maintain this practice so all kids can participate in extra-curriculars without an established fee. More than half the schools in the Miami Valley League have such a fee. 

Remember, passage of the renewal levy would continue the homestead reduction factor for qualifying tax payers in the community. There will be no new taxes from passage of this levy.

Please be sure to vote in the November 3rd election. Issue 7 is the renewal issue for Greenville City Schools.

Early Voting in Ohio has Started!

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While you can only vote once, you don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote. Early or absentee or mail-in voting starts on October 6. The League of Women Voters of Darke County in cooperation with the Darke County Board of Elections wants you to have the facts.

Election Day is November 3, with voting hours of 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM at your polling place.

Early voting is in-person option at the Darke County Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave.  Showing your I.D. and voting on the electronic voting machines like you would at your regular polling place is what you can expect when you go to vote at the hours shown in the photo between October 6 and ending November 2 at 2 PM.  

Early voting is also done by mail-in or absentee voting and starts October 6.  Since 2012, Ohio has mailed absentee ballot request forms to registered voters in every even-year general election. Only after your application is verified by the bipartisan teams at the Darke County Board of Elections is a ballot mailed to a voter. If you did not receive an absentee ballot request form, you can print one by going on-line to www.boe.ohio.gov/comoh/Absentee_Request_11-A.pdf or by calling the Darke County Board of Elections office at 937-548-1835.

To help avoid potential processing delays, doublecheck the information on your request. Review your absentee ballot request ensure you have filled it out properly and entirely, including writing the appropriate date, providing your required identifying information, and signing the form.

For the first time in a general election, the Darke County Board of Elections will be calling or e-mailing voters who may need to remedy information on their ballot request form or absentee ballot envelope. Including your phone and e-mail information will ensure you can be reached in a timely manner if your ballot request doesn’t have everything filled out properly. Once your request is received by the Darke Co Board of Elections, you may track your ballot at VoteOhio.gov/Track

After you receive your absentee ballot and vote that ballot, you must return it to the Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, OH  45331, either to the office or the drop-box outside of the office by the deadline of 7:30 PM on November 3. Alternatively, you can mail the ballot but it must be postmarked by November 2, the day before the election, and received within 10 days after Election Day to be counted. Because of processing at the Board of Elections and the time necessary for the United States Postal Service to deliver elections mail, please don’t procrastinate.  Additionally, your voted absentee ballot cannot be accepted at your traditional polling place on Election Day because it will not be received at the Board of Election’s office by the deadline. 

The non-partisan League of Women Voters Darke County works towards voter education. Please call your local Darke County Board of Elections office with any questions at 937-548-1835.

Friday, October 9, 2020

WHAT ISSUES WILL BE ON MY BALLOT?

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Depending upon your voting precinct in Darke County, these are the issues that may be on your ballot.  

These are provided to you by the  League of Women Voters of Darke County, a non-partisan organization that promotes voter education and active participation of citizens in their government.  

Election Day is November 3, and early voting has begun at the Darke County Board of Elections office, where this list of issues is posted on their website. 

Questions about your precinct or early voting hours?   Call the Board of Elections at 937-548-1835.

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Garst Museum Announces New Marketing Director

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Garst Museum is pleased to welcome Katie Gabbard as the new marketing director and chairperson of the Gathering at Garst. She replaces Jenny Clark, who has stepped down to spend some deserved time off in northern Michigan devoting many days to fishing, painting, and relaxing. The Garst Museum applauds all that Jenny has spearheaded for the community and wishes her the very best.

Katie Gabbard has been a familiar face at the Garst Museum as a volunteer for the Gathering at Garst since its inception in 2011. For this new role as marketing director, Katie brings specific insights into engaging social media, promotions, and events. “Prior to accepting this position, I spent 15 years as the owner of a small business in downtown Greenville. The lessons that I’ve learned about community engagement, outreach, and dynamic marketing are invaluable. I’m thrilled to apply those skills to this new adventure at the Garst Museum,” states Gabbard.

Wasting no time and already working on ideas for the Garst Museum, Gabbard says, “With COVID-19 affecting nearly every facet of business and life, I think it’s important to get a strong plan in place for 2021.  I’m looking ahead to hosting a stellar 2021 Gathering at Garst, bringing more awareness about the dynamic volunteer opportunities at the Garst Museum, and drawing visitors from across the Midwest to experience all that the Garst Museum has to share.”

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