Wednesday, July 8, 2020

State of the Heart Care's Camp Encourage Preps for 20th Year

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2020 marks a very exciting milestone for State of the Heart Care’s Camp Encourage-its 20th year of camp! State of the Heart Care’s grief camp, first known as Camp BEARable, started in 2000 with 15 campers. It has since been renamed Camp Encourage and has helped over 800 total children on their journey through grief. We wanted to reflect on how camp has transformed over the years, so I recently spoke with Pam Pohlman, Social Worker at State of the Heart Care for 30 years, on her experiences while helping with camp through the years.

Pam began helping at camp about 18 years ago as an adult buddy. Each child is paired with a buddy during the weekend to offer one on one support and encouragement. She then became a group leader, and now serves as camp social worker. When speaking with Pam I could see the passion she has for camp as her eyes lit up with the many memories she wanted to share. I asked her why she was first interested in helping with camp, and she said, “As a social worker I spent time with children during the dying process of their loved ones and could see such a need for that kind of bereavement follow up after their loss. As time has gone on, participating in camp has also become a way to honor my mother.” Pam’s mother knew the importance of bereavement care, as she lost her own mother (Pam’s grandmother) when she was only 7 years old. She often told Pam that there were no bereavement programs for children back then, and always encouraged Pam to continue her work at camp and to “help as many children as possible” because she could see how great a benefit it would have been for her and knew how helpful it was to all the children now.

Pam shared that many aspects of camp have remained the same over time, including a traditional camp song, as well as a campfire night which Pam said, “is very peaceful as we sit together and watch the fire. This often leads to the kids opening up and expressing their feelings.” There have been changes over the years in some activities, but they’ve all been very helpful in accomplishing the mission of Camp Encourage. Different activities over the years have included trust exercises, nature hikes, fishing, jumpy houses, caricature artists, creating cookbooks, and having water balloon competitions. Some activities have become tradition, such as the classic car clubs that come and visit. One of Pam’s favorite moments is when the kids get to ride in the cars because she “loves seeing the huge smiles indicating pure delight in every face, which represents a respite from their current life challenges.” Another tradition of camp is a takeaway item that the children can treasure as a memento of their time at camp. These include crafts the children make, such as calming jars and memory boxes. Volunteers also have made special items for the children each year. In the beginning, they sewed handmade teddy bears. Last year, a group called The Blanketeers made enough blankets for each child to receive one for use during camp and to take home with them.

Along with the purely fun activities are more serious exercises designed to offer guidance and healing through grief the children may be experiencing. This includes a session called the panel of experts. The panel is usually comprised of a physician, chaplain, and funeral home employee, and gives the children a chance to speak with and ask questions to these professionals. Pam has been a moderator at the panel for a few years and shared that the campers are very insightful and ask amazing questions. Another important exercise is the letter release. Each year campers are encouraged to write letters to the loved ones that they have lost. There have been different ceremonies held with the letters over the years, including a balloon launch where the letters were attached to balloons and then released outside. More recently, they’ve done a water letter release ceremony. The children still write a letter to their loved one and come forward individually to drop their letters in a bowl of water, dissolving the letter. These ceremonies offer closure in a safe place for the children to express their feelings where they won’t be judged.

Pam reflected that one of the most healing and powerful activities occurs on the last day of camp each year. The camp memorial service is held before the campers are picked up by their loved ones. The children’s caregivers come early for a session providing education on what their child has experienced at camp, encouraging them to use this information at home as they interact with them. The caregivers then attend the memorial service, where each camper walks forward in the group and says the name of the loved one they have lost. Pam shared that this benefits the child and also the child’s family members when they hear the name as “it validates their shared grief and loss experience.”

According to Pam, perhaps the most important aspect of camp over the past 20 years and continuing into the future, is that it normalizes the children’s grief experiences and they realize they are not alone. They see that other kids are experiencing similar feelings and concerns and can relate to one another. “I am always amazed at the strength and resilience shown by the kids after experiencing such a traumatic and life-changing event of losing someone special.” When asked what her favorite memory from camp has been, Pam shared that it would be regarding two seven-year-olds, one who lost their dad and one who lost their mom-both in tragic accidents. Pam was the group leader that year and remembers that both were very quiet in the beginning; they didn’t feel comfortable sharing their stories. At one point during the weekend they had an opportunity during an activity apart from the larger group to open up and support one another through their losses. That created a wonderful bond throughout the rest of their camp experience. And when they returned the following year, they remained friends.

Pam hopes to continue her work at camp each year and wants others to know what a meaningful and fulfilling experience it is, highly recommending it to others who would like to volunteer, as there is always a need for adult buddies who have a heart for supporting children during their grief journey.

This year’s camp will look a bit different. In the best interest and safety for our families, volunteers, and staff involved with camp, we are hosting Camp Encourage virtually this year! “Camp Encourage at Home” will be July 10-12 and our camp staff are hard at work preparing activities for the campers, ensuring they still have a special camp experience! Camp Encourage accepts children ages 6-15 who have experienced the death of a loved one, no matter their affiliation with our hospice care. For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.stateoftheheartcare.org/camp-encourage or contact our Camp Director, Ashlee Slavin at aslavin@stateoftheheartcare.org.

Trash Bash 2020 Rescheduled!!

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Do you want to help Darke County look it’s best? Join the Darke County Solid Waste District in our twelfth annual Darke County “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2020. By participating, you help create a good impression on prospective employers, retail businesses, professionals, and others who visit our “clean” county.

"Litter brings more litter," Krista Fourman, Solid Waste District Director said. "The cleaner you keep a place, the less chance it will be littered. I think you pick up less litter if you keep an area clean. It's easier for people to throw litter where they see tons of other litter."

How can you participate? If you signed-up in the spring before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we are still counting on you to participate. If you can NOT participate during these dates, please let us know so that we may give your assigned roadway to another group. If you want to participate but are not already signed-up, contact the district at 937-547-0827.

The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is rescheduled for September 12 & 13, 2020, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 persons to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to for more information. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. New participants must have their forms must be turned in by July 30, 2020.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $75.00 (per 2+/- mile section) for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags on the targeted collection roads on September 14, 2020.

So, Darke County, Let’s Clean-Up!!

The Darke County Historical Society Announces the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship for 2020

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Dr. Harry G. Thomas
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg in memory of their father Dr. Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s will with the investment interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.

Dr. Thomas received his degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa and Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s Army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.

Eligibility for the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must be accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school but must resubmit a letter of interest each year. The application deadline is September 17, 2020.

For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, please contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum, 205 North Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331,
937-548-5250, or information@garstmuseum.org.

Poultry and Pints Homebrew Competition

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Ladies and gentlemen…start your brewing! If you’re a garage brewer or weekend hops warrior, now is your opportunity to enter your favorite beverage in the area’s BJCP homebrew competition. The Midwestern Ohio Brewing Society (MOBS) in collaboration with sponsorship from Endless Pint Brewery and Poultry Days will host its second Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned homebrew competition on Sunday, August 16th in Versailles, Ohio. The “Poultry and Pints” competition is limited to 30 entries with each person limited to two entries, each in a separate subcategory. The deadline to register is August 5, 2020 and all entries must be received by end of day August 9th. The registration fee is $10 per entry and delivery instructions are provided at registration.

In addition to awards, the Best of Show will have the opportunity to brew their recipe at Endless Pint Brewing in Versailles, Ohio. Endless Pint Brewing has also agreed to enter the recipe in the Pro-Am portion of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), if the requirements and deadlines are met. Last year, Tony Enneking of Minster won Best of Show (BOS) with his Belgian Tripel at the first Homebrew Competition. Private Judging will be held offsite and the winner announced at Poultry Days on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

For questions about the competition go to “Poultry and Pints” on versaillespoultrydays.com or email jvbergman1@gmail.com. While you’re there check out the option for purchasing a cooler of 20 halves of delicious bbq chicken. Order for pick-up August 14-16th or order two or more coolers and we will deliver within 25 miles by noon on Friday, August 14th. And if we don’t serve chicken, we will provide a 100% refund on presale orders. The 69th annual Poultry Days Festival will be held August 14-16th with a theme of “Loaded Up and Cluckin.” Find a full schedule at versaillespoultrydays.com. Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance as it relates to the health and safety of our guests.

Darke County Parks’ Program Brings Joy to Nursing Home Residents

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Darke County Parks’ naturalist staff has been hard at work brainstorming and developing new ideas for programs that follow current health guidelines. One of the newest initiatives, “Rest Home Roam” started this month. Our groundbreaking program consists of various animal ambassadors visiting the rest homes in and around the county. Since many of these residents have been secluded to the facility with limited visitation, naturalist staff felt this was a great opportunity to provide them with a new experience. “It’s so wonderful seeing their faces light up when you walk up to their window” said naturalist Megan Schmidt. So far, Village Green Health and Rehabilitation, Oakley Place Assisted Living Community, and Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation have all taken advantage of this unique opportunity. Many other facilities have already registered for future visits including Brookdale, Rest Haven and Versailles Rehabilitation. “The resident’s excitement of seeing these wild animals up close is apparent by the smiles through the windows. I am thankful that I get to be the one to share this experience with them" added naturalist Mitch Pence.

Rest Home Roam is free to all Darke County facilities. If you're interested in one of DCP’s animal ambassadors visiting your facility, please email Mandy Martin at mmartin@darkecountyparks.org or call the nature center at 937-548-0165.

2020-2021 BPW OFFICERS INSTALLED

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2020 – 2021 BPW Officers (left to right) President, Kasey Christian; Vice President, Peggy Foutz; Secretary, Karen Sink; Treasurer, Tammy Dietrich; and Assistant Treasurer, Maria Moore
Greenville, OH June 16, 2020 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) June 11th meeting was by the newly elected officers President Kasey Christian, Vice President Peggy Foutz, Secretary Karen Sink, Treasurer Tammy Dietrich and Assistant Treasurer Maria Moore at the shelter at the VFW Post 7252.

The officers were sworn in by former Club President, Deb Smith. This was the last meeting prior to the summer break. The new meeting year will start again with the September 10th meeting. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from September through June. The club holds four fundraising events throughout the year to raise funds for scholarships for Darke County Young Women. This past year they awarded seven $750 scholarships, along with a $500 Anna Britton scholarship. The incoming officers will meet over the summer months to make plans for the upcoming club year.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact any of the officers by email at greenvillebpwclub@yahoo.com or visit our Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

Garst Welcomes Visitors Again

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Annie Oakley masks available at online museum store. 
Garst Museum will open its doors to the public on June 16, 2020. The staff will be greeting you with smiling faces at the receptionist station located at the entrance to the Lowell Thomas Wing (the front entrance is temporarily closed). Well, you might not see the smiles behind their required masks, but you will see the welcoming twinkle in their eyes! As the museum plans to reopen, its primary concern is for the safety of visitors and staff so new measures have been put in place to adhere to all Ohio Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

Masks are the in-thing. Everyone must wear a mask—staff, patrons, board members, volunteers, and even Annie Oakley if she were to appear! And, Annie would surely be wearing a stylish custom-designed Annie Oakley mask that is available exclusively at the Museum Store or through its website by visiting www.garstmuseum.org/product-page/annie-oakley-face-mask.

If you have spent your Covid-19 stay-at-home time doing historical research and have questions, you can get the answers now. Although the Research Center/Genealogy Library is closed to the public due to its small physical space, the staff is eager to assist you. You can make requests by phone (937-548-5250) or email (genealogy@garstmuseum.org). Fees for copies may apply, but the research is a service to you.

As for artifact or genealogy donations, docent-led and school tours, and public programs, they will have to wait until a future date is announced.

Plan to visit Garst Museum as Ohio begins to open up its entertainment venues. While you are here, stroll through the exhibits for Annie Oakley, the Crossroads of Destiny, Keepers of Freedom, Lowell Thomas, and the Villages—but always remember to be safe and stay six feet apart. The museum awaits you Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Grab & Go at the Library

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The Greenville Public Library is now offering a new program called Grab & Go which allows patrons to come into the building one at a time and chose their own books for checkout. All you have to do is call for an appointment and show up at the door! You will be allowed to browse the shelves and take your materials to the circ desk like usual. Right now we can allow only one person or one family per appointment. Masks are required.

We are still asking that all returned materials go into the bookdrop so we can process them properly. Please do not bring them into the building with you. We also have reactivated the ability to place reserves online through our website. You may now reserve up to five books online. We will call you when they are ready for curbside pickup.

The Library staff looks forward to returning to normal functioning as soon as it is safe. When that time comes the doors will be unlocked with everyone welcome to stay to relax, socialize, and enjoy our full services including programming. But for now we are offering Grab & Go, curbside pickup, services by appointment, and digital downloads and databases. Phone lines are open 10:00 to 6:00 five days a week 937-548-3915.

Darke County GOP reorganizes: New officers and committees chosen

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GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Party recently met in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code to reorganize for the 2020 and 2021 years. This is done in each even numbered year after new committeepersons are elected in the primary election.

The Party congratulated the following election winners: Terry L. Haworth (Precinct 01), Darryl D. Mehaffie (Precinct 03), Doris Howdieshell (Precinct 04), Cindy Pike (Precinct 09), Jeffrey D. Whitaker (Precinct 10), Lynda W. Bliss (Precinct 11), Dean G. Burk (Precinct 16), John K. Keller (Precinct 20), Jim Ward (Precinct 22), Gwendolyn K. Tinkle (Precinct 24), Betty J. Grimes (Precinct 25), Kevin Threewits (Precinct 26), Michael W. Foreman (Precinct 27), Tom Lucas (Precinct 31), Kelly Brehm (Precinct 36), Gloria Harpest (Precinct 37), and Michael W. Rhoades(Precinct 39).

The newly elected Republican committeepersons met and elected the following officers for the Darke County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC): Chairman Cindy Pike, Vice Chairman Jeff Whitaker, Treasurer Gwen Tinkle, Secretary Doris Howdieshell.

In accordance with the Darke County Republican Party Bylaws, the DCRCC elects the Chairman of the Darke County Republican Executive Committee (DCREC) and five DCRCC members to serve on the DCREC. Katie DeLand was elected to serve as DCREC Chairman for the upcoming term. Additionally, the following people were elected to serve on the DCREC: Lyn Bliss, Kelly Brehm, Ryan Buschur, Kevin Threewits, and Gwen Tinkle.

The DCRCC also established two new officers to serve on the DCREC: Education and Constitution Chairman Keith Threewits and Technology and Social Media Chairman Lyn Bliss.

The DCREC met following adjournment of the DCRCC and elected its other officers for the 2020-2021 term: Vice Chairman Matt Aultman, Treasurer Roxanne Willman and Secretary Jaime LeVeck.

The DCREC appointed the following members to the DCRCC: Matt Aultman, Dennis Baker, Russ Bennett, Ryan Buschur, Delores Ely, Carol Ginn, Anna May James, Kate Poeppelman and Jeff Ruffing.

The purposes of the Republican Party of Darke County are to secure the most capable, honest, and forward-looking administration for the government of the nation, state, county, township and municipalities, and in accordance with the principles of the Republican Party continually assist in advancing and achieving the common welfare and the benefits of liberty and justice for ourselves and our posterity.

The members of the DCRCC and DCREC pledge themselves to support the principals espoused in the Republican Platform as adopted by the delegates to the most recent quadrennial Republican National Convention and to assist in achieving the purposes of the Republican Party of Darke County.

For questions or further information please contact Chairman DeLand at (937) 424-7086.

DCCA WILL NOT PRESENT 2020 SUMMER EVENTS

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Darke County Center for the Arts announces that the local non-profit arts organization will not be presenting its annual summer events BBQ & Blues and Missoula Children’s Theatre. “Normally DCCA would be gearing up for a new season and excitedly announcing our plans for coming events,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. “As we all know too well, nothing is normal right now and though live performance is currently taking an intermission, DCCA is still planning and eagerly anticipating our 2020-2021 VISION Season,” Jordan shared.

In addition, ticket holders for shows that DCCA was forced to cancel have until June 30 to contact DCCA to request a refund or consider the amount of the ticket a donation to continuing DCCA’s mission of presenting and promoting the arts in Darke County. Should you choose to donate your tickets and would like a tax letter, acknowledging your valued contribution contact DCCA or simply send us an email with your name, address and the tickets you are donating to DCCA@darkecountyarts.org.

“The DCCA Board of Directors and Staff thanks our patrons, sponsors, and the community for their commitment to our organization and the arts in Darke County, when we are able to get a clearer picture, we will be announcing the 2020-2021 VISION Season and DCCA annual membership campaign. We are all looking forward to when this intermission comes to an end, and the thrill that live performance brings will feel more special than ever before,” concluded Jordan.

The DCCA Office in the Greenville Public Library is currently closed but can be reached at (937) 547-0908, dcca@darkecountyarts.org or visit DarkeCountyArts.org for more information.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community.

Mural Completed at Bish Discovery Center

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While the Bish Discovery Center has been closed to the public in efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, progress inside the building is still being made. One new feature for the building is the addition of a mural on the north wall. Last year, the Rotary Club of Greenville awarded the Darke County Parks funds to complete this project and Naturalist staff went to work brainstorming a vision for the mural. After a couple of months of searching, artist and author April Newton was chosen to bring the vision to life.

April grew up in New Madison and raised her 5 children there as well. She now resides in Columbus with her husband Tom and stepson Weston. April published and illustrated her first children’s book, “Popcorn-The Wondering Little Lamb” in November of 2019. Her book is now available on Amazon.

April started working on the mural April 24th, during the shutdown. “I really enjoyed being able to get out of the house during the coronavirus shut down” she remarked. After a few weeks of hard work, the mural was completed on May 15th. The mural features several storybook style outdoor rec scenes that illustrate the relationship between people and wild places. When asked which feature of the mural was her favorite to work on, April replied “I enjoyed painting the beavers!”

The Darke County Parks’ board of commissioners would like to thank April for all of her hard work in making the mural come to life. A reopen date for the Bish Discovery Center is currently being discussed, stay tuned.

Greenville Public Library's New Databases

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Greenville Public Library's Warren Richards reminds everyone “The quest for more knowledge doesn’t have to stop just because your local library is closed. There are many new database options available that we would like to highlight for our patrons. These resources can be accessed via our website www.greenville-publiclibrary.org/services by selecting “Ohio Web Library (OWL)” under “Web Resources.”

“We were especially excited to add these new editions to the collection beginning on June 1st. There is a total of seven categories within the OWL Database and their contents range broadly, from “Continued Learning” to “Business Support” to “Genealogy” and more! Perhaps the best feature of this database is that these resources are completely FREE to our patrons!

“Curious to know more about the opposing viewpoints of an issue? Check out the “Points of View Reference Center” for presentations on multiple sides of an argument. This database is a great tool for information seekers of all ages and is made available to help patrons develop persuasive arguments and analytical thinking skills.

“Most people are familiar with the Ancestry database, but many are unaware that we also provide access to OWL’s specialized databases as well. The African American Heritage resource allows patrons to find historical records specific to African Americans. Fold3 is a compilation of U.S. military records that aids in bringing to life the details of military veterans and many other special features related to America’s military. Heritage Quest allows patrons to search census records and other historical documents to help aid them in the study of genealogy.

“There is also a wide range of Do It Yourself (DIY) and Homework Help resources available that cover a broad range of subjects. Some subjects available include “What’s that Snake?”, “Home Improvement”, and “Hobbies.” Additionally, access is also provided to the Chilton’s database, an instructional guide for answering many of your auto-related questions. Chilton can even help you get an idea on what certain repairs might cost for your specific vehicle.”

The staff at Greenville Public Library are available by phone to help with finding the right resources you need, whether you are a life-long learner or student just new to the system. Please call 937-548-8372 for more assistance on these Free databases.

100th Anniversary of the Bradford Fire to be Commemorated at The Bradford Public Library

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The Bradford Public Library will be hosting an Open House on August 1, 2020 from 10:00-1:00 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bradford Fire. On August 3, 1920 much of the business district of Bradford was wiped out in a devastating fire that forever changed the landscape of the village. To prepare for the open house event, we are looking for artifacts and photos from that era. Items borrowed for the display will remain in the Bradford Public Library History Room during the open house and will be returned to their owners after the event. If you have any items to lend for this special occasion, please contact Stacie at 937-448-2612.

We thank you in advance and hope you can join us on August 1st.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

State of the Heart Care to Host 20th Annual Grief Camp

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State of the Heart Care is preparing for its 20th annual grief camp, Camp Encourage, this summer. In the best interest and safety for our families, volunteers, and staff involved with camp, we are hosting Camp Encourage virtually this year! Camp Encourage at Home will be July 10-12 and our camp staff are hard at work preparing activities for the campers, ensuring they still have a special camp experience even if it may be a little different this year. Camp Encourage accepts children ages 6-15 who have experienced the death of a loved one, no matter their affiliation with our hospice care.
Camp Encourage at Home will be virtual for the families to attend. Families who register will receive a box of grief activities along with Camp Encourage swag, treats, and goodies that we typically give to the campers through the weekend. Our camp director, Ashlee Slavin stated, “The idea behind the virtual camp is to create the camp environment at home for each camper.” Slavin also shared that families will be required to sign up for individual meeting times with herself and Bereavement Specialist, Sarah DePoy.

Camp Encourage will have planned virtual meeting times throughout the weekend starting on Friday, July 10 with a red-carpet introduction for all staff and campers involved. Beginning Saturday morning, campers will be able to participate in group video chats to work through activities with our trained volunteers so that they can process some of the big emotions that come with grief while in a supportive environment. Part of our activities also includes a Panel of Experts featuring a physician, one of our hospice chaplains, and a funeral home director. Children can ask those tough questions that they may not have had a chance to ask before. Campers will also participate in Music Therapy with our music therapists.

We understand the sensitivity of grief and that children do not always have the means to express themselves. That is why throughout the remainder of the weekend, campers will be able to connect and ask questions to our hospice staff and volunteers so that they have the support that they need during a vulnerable time for them.

For more information, please visit our website at stateoftheheartcare.org/camp-encourage or contact our Camp Director, Ashlee Slavin at aslavin@stateoftheheartcare.org.

Monday, June 8, 2020

The 7th Annual Heart and Sole 5K will be VIRTUAL this year!

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State of the Heart Care is excited to announce its 7th Annual Heart and Sole 5K will be VIRTUAL this year! This makes it easier than ever to support a great cause, while running or walking on your favorite trail, path, or even treadmill! All proceeds will benefit State of the Heart Care’s Hospice Inpatient Unit. Registration and result submission will be open now through August 3rd.

Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/AnyCityAnyState/HeartandSole5KOH to sign up today!


Fatal Accident Motorcycle Accident

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On June 6, 2020 at approximately 3:32 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City Fire Department, Union City Rescue, Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 47 and Coletown-Lightsville Road in reference to a serious injury accident involving a motorcycle and pick-up truck.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2009 Dodge 3500 driven by Levi Livingston, 22 of New Weston was traveling eastbound on State Route 47 approaching the intersection at Coletown-Lightsville Road. Livingston was attempting to turn northbound onto Coletown-Lightsville Road when he turned into the path of the westbound black 2019 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Douglas A. Shaneyfelt, 55 of Union City Indiana.

Livingston was treated and released from the scene. Both Shaneyfelt and his passenger, Hope Shaneyfelt, 48 of Union City Indiana succumb to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Shaneyfelt’s were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Darke County Coroner’s office were called to the scene for further investigation.

STAR 88.3 Gives Love in Greenville

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Greenville, OH – She was told in the sixth grade that she would end up in a wheelchair, maybe not even make it to graduation. Most people would give up and stop trying. Not Asia Sykes. She graduated this year from Greenville High School, not only walking, but on the swim team, a cheerleader, and a lifeguard. She has a great GPA and already has college courses under her belt. The sky is the limit!

STAR 88.3 is Greenville and Darke County’s local Christian radio station at 88.9.

“Several times a year, we take nominations for something we call Give Love,” explains Naomi Cantrell, Community Representative for STAR 88.3. “This year’s graduates didn’t get the usual celebration, so we decided to find one we could surprise in a big way.

STAR 88.3 picked Asia Sykes to receive a surprise visit this week. She received a big basket of goodies from STAR 88.3, Anne’s Avon, Bread of Life Bookstore, and EUM Church.

“It was a blessing to see Asia so surprised and delighted,” Cantrell reflects. “It is definitely one of my favorite parts of what we do!”

STAR 88.3 is run by STAR Educational Media Network and based in Fort Wayne, IN, with signals around Northeast and East Central Indiana, Northwest and West Central Ohio, and Southern Michigan.

According to STAR’S President and CEO Melissa Montana, STAR “wants to build a deep connection with the local community, reaching out to churches, ministries, and Christian owned businesses to help make the area we’re serving an even better place to live.”

STAR Educational Media Network was formed in 2009 and has frequencies in Fort Wayne, Angola, Auburn, Kendallville, Richmond, Union City and Warsaw. Its mission is to provide uplifting and encouraging music that is safe for the whole family.

You can hear STAR 88.3 locally on 88.9 in Darke County or listen online at www.star883.com.

Foundation Awards Engineering Scholarships

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Two Greenville High School graduates were awarded the Robert and Mary Beasecker Engineering Scholarship recently. The $5,000.00 award is made annually to a Greenville student who plans to attend college in pursuit of a degree in an engineering field. This year, two scholarships were awarded: one to Tyler Beyke, who will attend Trine University studying civil engineering, and the second to Mason Wykes who will study mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Greenville Schools Foundation administers the program established as a memorial to the late Robert and Mary Beasecker. Mr. Beasecker was an engineer and retired as an engineering supervisor for General Motors in 1981.

Foundation Suggests Gifts for Grads

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The Wave Way plaza in front of Greenville High School is full of bricks imprinted with names of graduates from every year.

Your graduate can be part of Greenville history, and their name will become part of the plaza for generations to come.

A brick measuring 4” x 8” is just $50.00, and larger sizes are available as well. A commemorative brick makes a terrific, one of a kind graduation gift.

Call Dianne at 548-9895 to talk about ordering yours.

Confidently Buy Poultry Days Chicken

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The Poultry Days board is committing to sell chicken or provide a full refund. In the unfortunate event that restrictions prevent the sale of chicken, all pre-sale bulk orders will be 100% refundable. There will not be refunds if chicken sales are conducted the weekend of August 14th.

For 2020, bulk chicken can be purchased online at versaillespoultrydays.com. Chicken will be sold in coolers of 20 halves for $130. After placing your order online, present your receipt in the walk-thru or drive-thru chicken lines to receive your chicken. All orders for bulk chicken must be placed by July 27th.

Also NEW for 2020 the festival is offering a Business Lunch Special on Friday, August 14th. Purchase a minimum of two coolers of chicken and Poultry Days will deliver the chicken. Business Lunch Special chicken will be delivered by noon on August 14th within 25 miles of Versailles. This includes Greenville, Troy, Sidney, Minster, New Bremen and Piqua.

Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance when assembling and distributing chicken dinners as it relates to the health and safety of our guests. Contact us at vpdchickenline@gmail.com with questions.

SHRINE NAMES LANGENDERFER 10TH ANNUAL ART SHOW JUDGE

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (May 28, 2020) – Tim Langenderfer has been named as the Maria Stein Shrine 10th Annual Art Show & Sale judge. After earning a BFA from Ohio University in 1984, Tim began his artistic career as an illustrator at a Dayton commercial art studio. In 1989, he began his freelance career creating illustration art for clients such as Anheuser Busch, Bath and Body Works, Coca-Cola, Dell, IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Delta Airlines. Under the pseudonym, Tim Stout, he illustrated for the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Golf Magazine, and other national publications.

As an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton for over twenty years, Tim taught illustration, drawing, advanced figure drawing and designed a new pilot class, Anatomy Drawing for Pre-Med Students. Tim began a second career teaching at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney, Ohio. “Seeing the excitement expressed by a student who has developed a skill that they previously weren’t sure of has been fulfilling in a way I had not imagined” he stated.

Tim is the current artist-in-residence at the Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin, Ohio and is the founding Director of the MOSA Academy of Art. The Academy provides skilled-based art instruction for high school students, art educators and adults.

Tim’s work is included in the collections of The Athenaeum of Ohio, Coca-Cola Co., Christendom College, The Diocese of Covington, General Electric, The Museum of Spiritual Art, and the University of Dayton.

The 2020 Maria Stein Art Show & Sale will be held June 26 – July 17 in the Gast Gallery, located on the second-floor of the Shrine and online. Each year 25-30 artists submit their original artwork for display and judging. Artwork is judged on specific criteria and applicants have the opportunity to win monetary prizes. The 2019 Best of Show was awarded to Phil Wood from Ft. Recovery.

The Shrine is grateful for the support of local businesses and donors who sponsor the event each year. For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Diana Russell at 419-925-4532 or d.russell@mariasteinshrine.org.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit www.mariasteinshrine.org.

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