Thursday, June 4, 2020

Summer Reading at the Library

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Julie Kennett and Joanna Brown display the first batch of “Story Time To Go” Kits to be picked up at the Library.
Even though the Greenville Public Library building is still closed at this time, the Children's Department is hosting a Summer Reading Program called “Imagine Your Story.” The program will begin June 1st and end August 14th:

Julie Kennet explains ”Children can register online, and we will send them a reading log to complete throughout the summer and return to the Library. Completed reading logs will go in to a drawing for prizes at the end of the program.

“During the summer we plan to post an online story each Monday through Friday with such titles as Mo Willems, Totally Buggy, Wild about Reading, and Fractured Fairy Tales. Patrons who comment on the online videos will be entered to win weekly Summer Reading Prizes.

“In addition to the online story times, we will offer 2-3 fun, online videos from some of our Family Fun Day performers (to be announced). We will also offer “Story Time To Go” kits for families to enjoy books and a craft at home. Kits can be requested by calling the Library.

“Kits that we have prepared in our first batch include: Barns, Bears, Chickens, Clifford, Cowboys, Cowgirls, Cows, Crows, Dogs, Ducks, Eggs, Elephant and Piggie, Elephants, Fireflies, Fish, Freight Train, Frogs, Gorillas, Grover, Hats, Hedgehogs, Hippos, Hot Air Balloons, Ice Cream, Karma Wilson, Lady Bugs, Lions, Mice, Monsters, Music, Nighttime, Pete the Cat, Pigs, Polar Bears, Raccoons, Roosters, Sharks, Squirrels, Swimming, Trucks, Turtles, and Wolves.”

The Library continues with curbside pickup and other services by appointment. Call 937-548-3915 and let us know what you need. To better serve our patrons our hours starting June 1 are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. five days a week.

Darke County Parks to Hold Virtual Summer Camp

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The Darke County Parks’ naturalists have been hard at work exploring new ways to offer educational opportunities that adhere to social distancing guidelines. This spring, many educational videos were featured on the Darke County Parks’ Facebook page as well as Youtube.

Now, naturalists are transitioning into summer camp season. While originally scheduled summer camps were cancelled due to the virus, DCP is offering a unique summer camp this year, “Outside the Box”. Since current situations due to COVID-19 concerns do not allow us to gather, we will bring summer camp to you!

Here's how it will work:

  1. Each "OUTSIDE-the-Box" camp will feature 5 days of activities, with most, if not all, supplies provided.
  2. First day of camp, swing by the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie to pick up your supply box. (If you are unable to pick up your supply box, click the box at registration and we'll drop it off at your address!)
  3. Each day's activities will feature a special camp-only Youtube video link featuring one of the Parks' naturalists leading your camper on the day's activities. You can do camp activities any time of day that works for your family!
  4. On Friday of camp week, we will host a web-stream (zoom-style) for all campers to join the group and share what they discovered with all Parks' Naturalists and we will do a final activity with everyone on the stream!

To register your child for “Outside the Box” summer camp, visit www.darkecountyparks.org/programs or call the nature center at 937-548-0165.

Annie’s Got You Covered

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Sharre Grubb models the unique Annie Oakley mask.

Look closely at the masks from Garst Museum; they are truly unique! They are made from custom-designed fabric featuring the portrait of Annie Oakley. These distinctive masks are available exclusively at the Garst Museum Store. The store is presently taking online orders through the website at www.garstmuseum.org/museum-store and shipping to customers. Garst Museum is preparing to reopen soon and will then offer the masks in the Museum Store in addition to online availability. Be stylish and safe!

Behind these masks, you will see the eyes and hearts of generous people. Sharre Grubb has made and donated over 500 masks to Garst Museum, Reid Health, Darke County General Health District, and Tri-Village Rescue; Lorri Vo assisted her in cutting the fabric for these one-of-a-kind Annie Oakley masks; and a loyal patron donated the fabric to the museum. The Coronavirus has presented all of us with challenges to maintain the lifestyles we embrace, but Sharre with her $50 sewing machine and the Annie Oakley Center Foundation are making that just a little easier–and adding pizazz to the mix.

Community Grant Applications Available

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Local non-profit organizations that serve Darke County residents are invited to apply for grants from the Darke County Foundation. Approximately 30 organizations will be selected to receive a total of $40,000 in grants. Organizations must be qualified tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)3 or equivalent. Applications must be completed online at www.darkecountyfoundation.org/grantinfo. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.

Organizations, schools, or churches that provide the following programs or services in Darke County are encouraged to apply:

  • Social service and stability
  • Health and well-being
  • Arts education and enrichment (music, visual arts, theater, etc.)
  • Agricultural-environmental awareness, or water and soil conservation
  • General education for youth or adults
  • Community beautification
  • Recreation and sports
  • Religious
  • Animal welfare

Grant payments will be made in August. The Darke County Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call 548-4673, e-mail dcf@darkecountyfoundation.org, or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

Arcanum Public Library opens

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After a couple of months of being closed, the APL is open for patrons to come in a grab a great book, movie, board game, or Stem Kit to take home. The library’s hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Patrons are not required to wear masks, but the number allowed in at one time will be limited. Staff members will be wearing masks, and sanitizing items and surfaces frequently.

The library is now offering a pick-up service for anyone uncomfortable going inside. Just phone with your wish list and staff will have it available for drive up service a bit later. Call for details or to reserve reading material at 937-692-8484.

The library is pleased to announce it will still host the Summer Reading Program for patrons young and old. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story”, and the official start of the program is Monday, June 1st. There will unfortunately not be any in-library activities for the month of June, and the programming for July will be determined at a later date. There are still prizes to be earned, and take-home activities available. Registration can be done at the library or over the phone.

The APL wants to remind the community we still have plenty of seeds available in the Ivy Ester Seed Vault. There are seeds for flowers, herbs, and veggies for patrons to take home. There is no charge for the seeds, but will need to be checked out using a library card.

The annual book sale has been moved to coincide with Old Fashioned Days to be held this year in October. Exact dates for the book sale will be determined at a later date.

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

Curbside Service at Greenville Public Library

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The Greenville Public Library has started curbside pickup. Our hours will return to normal with the phone lines open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Library building itself is still closed to the public until further notice.

The services we have been offering by appointment are still in place: printing tax forms, copying/faxing, general answers to questions, help with technical problems done over the phone, and use of a computer for unemployment or job related issues only.

The outside bookdrop is open every day so please return your books and materials to the bookdrop. The bookdrop is emptied every morning and the items placed into a 72-hour quarantine before being shelved. This is the time required for any Covid-19 contamination to die off.

Curbside pickup will allow patrons to check out books, DVDs, and magazines over the phone. A patron can call and request 10 specific items at a time with a limit of six movies. Please browse our online catalog for more information. The Library will call patrons when their items are ready in order to arrange a delivery date and time.

When coming for pickup, please park in the diagonal parking spaces on Fifth Street along the sidewalk and call the Library upon arrival. Someone will then bring your items to your car in a plastic bag. We will not be scheduling pickups after 7:00 pm. The Library thanks its patrons for their patience and cooperation!





FREE DOCUMENT SHRED DAY

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On Saturday, June 6, 2020, the Darke County Solid Waste District will partner with Mercer Savings Bank to hold a “FREE” County Shred Day. This event will allow you to help protect you and your family from identity theft.

What is Identity Theft? Identity Theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers and uses them for their own personal gain. It can start with lost or stolen wallets, pilfered mail, a data breach, computer virus, phishing, a scam, or paper documents thrown out by you or a business. This crime varies widely, and can include check fraud, credit card fraud, financial identity theft, criminal identity theft, governmental identity theft, and identity fraud.

What should you shred? Old taxes, bank statements, pay stubs, checkbooks, insurance policy info, medical information, legal files, utility bills, credit card statements, receipts, invoices, pre-approved credit card offers, investment records, etc.

The shred hours of operation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. This event will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds located at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Please enter at the gate (gate 2) closest to Wayne Healthcare. Pre-registration is NOT required for this event. Because this is a FREE event, each household or business will be limited to 10--1 cu. ft. boxes. All documents will be shredded on-site. A certificate of destruction is available upon request. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!

For more information or questions concerning the County Shred Day, contact Krista or Melissa at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 937-547-0827.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club donates to Senior Shut-In Initiative

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Republican women find way to remain active

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Treasurer Cindy Pike presents
a check from the Club to Josh Welker, Outreach Pastor at EUM Church.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) recently donated funds to help support the local Senior Shut-In Initiative.

The club usually meets monthly and holds public service programs as well as supporting Republican candidates and causes. With the current health orders in place that has been impossible. However, the club voted electronically to approve a donation to the Senior Shut-In Imitative which delivers meals to shut-in seniors during the shelter-in-place order in Darke County.

“The corona virus has impacted our club’s ability to hold meetings and carry out other regular activities. By donating to this great community service, the club was able to continue its support of the community. This gave us an opportunity to remain active in a new way.” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

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.

Ohio Hunters Enjoy Spring Wild Turkey Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hunters checked 17,891 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2020 spring hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. In 2019, hunters harvested 19,168 wild turkeys during the same time.

“Hunting wild turkeys is one of the most cherished and challenging activities for outdoor recreation in Ohio,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Our wild turkey population remains strong thanks to the generous support of hunters and many others who contribute to conservation in the Buckeye State.”

The top 10 counties for wild turkey harvest during the 2020 spring hunting season include: Belmont (533), Monroe (532), Tuscarawas (528), Guernsey (508), Meigs (503), Muskingum (499), Washington (484), Harrison (458), Coshocton (450) and Ashtabula (449).

Young hunters harvested 1,843 wild turkeys during Ohio’s youth season on April 18-19. The youth season results are included in the final harvest tally.

The state has two zones for spring wild turkey hunting: the south zone and the northeast zone. The northeast zone includes Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties, while the south zone covers the rest of the state. South zone hunting ended May 17. Northeast zone hunting ended May 31.

The spring turkey season bag limit was two bearded wild turkeys. Hunters could harvest one bearded turkey per day. All hunters were required to check in their harvest using the game-check system. A turkey could be harvested with a shotgun or archery equipment.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife began an extensive program in the 1950s to reintroduce wild turkeys to the Buckeye State. Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The total number of harvested turkeys topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Turkey hunting was opened statewide in 2000. The record Ohio wild turkey harvest was in 2001, when hunters checked 26,156 birds.

Note: A county list of all wild turkeys checked by hunters during the 2020 spring and youth hunting seasons are shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2020, and the 2019 numbers are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 421 (424); Allen: 79 (74); Ashland: 170 (217); Ashtabula: 449 (558); Athens: 379 (464); Auglaize: 54 (42); Belmont: 533 (567); Brown: 433 (413); Butler: 237 (190); Carroll: 368 (386); Champaign: 106 (97); Clark: 17 (17); Clermont: 367 (337); Clinton: 92 (74); Columbiana: 395 (327); Coshocton: 450 (554); Crawford: 59 (67); Cuyahoga: 7 (8); Darke: 68 (61); Defiance: 244 (197); Delaware: 127 (115); Erie: 41 (51); Fairfield: 115 (118); Fayette: 17 (13); Franklin: 21 (21); Fulton: 118 (117); Gallia: 398 (402); Geauga: 213 (259); Greene: 22 (26); Guernsey: 508 (530); Hamilton: 147 (108); Hancock: 48 (34); Hardin: 103 (95); Harrison: 458 (477); Henry: 56 (63); Highland: 412 (390); Hocking: 271 (280); Holmes: 241 (283); Huron: 112 (118); Jackson: 351 (395); Jefferson: 412 (417); Knox: 317 (349); Lake: 70 (73); Lawrence: 228 (237); Licking: 319 (365); Logan: 116 (113); Lorain: 141 (141); Lucas: 54 (69); Madison: 11 (10); Mahoning: 198 (186); Marion: 46 (30); Medina: 118 (148); Meigs: 503 (555); Mercer: 30 (17); Miami: 29 (24); Monroe: 532 (654); Montgomery: 28 (27); Morgan: 322 (400); Morrow: 146 (142); Muskingum: 499 (589); Noble: 399 (488); Ottawa: 1 (5); Paulding: 75 (70); Perry: 283 (309); Pickaway: 33 (23); Pike: 197 (241); Portage: 248 (259); Preble: 125 (136); Putnam: 61 (65); Richland: 221 (318); Ross: 334 (295); Sandusky: 23 (19); Scioto: 272 (288); Seneca: 108 (154); Shelby: 39 (38); Stark: 270 (299); Summit: 79 (80); Trumbull: 378 (431); Tuscarawas: 528 (570); Union: 48 (58); Van Wert: 22 (20); Vinton: 294 (331); Warren: 110 (102); Washington: 484 (595); Wayne: 123 (126); Williams: 192 (228); Wood: 31 (21); Wyandot: 87 (84).

2020 total: 17,891.
2019 total: (19,168).

Ohio’s 2020-2021 Hunting Seasons Approved by Wildlife Council

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hunting dates and bag limits for seasons that begin in September 2020 were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, May 13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

“Ohio’s hunting and trapping seasons are developed by wildlife biologists, combining public input with the best science available,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “Our population safeguards are designed to support the important activities of hunting and trapping, while sustaining Ohio’s wildlife. The Buckeye State has some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation, and we are proud to continue serving all Ohioans.”

Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting seasons for 2020-2021:

  • Deer archery: Sept. 26, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021
  • Youth deer gun: Nov. 21-22, 2020
  • Deer gun: Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2020; Dec. 19-20, 2020
  •  Deer muzzleloader: Jan 2-5, 2021

Some 2020-2021 county bag limits have changed in response to deer hunter and farmer surveys. The statewide deer bag limit remains at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

Small game and furbearer hunting is now open during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2020. All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) are required to wear hunter orange clothing during these seven days. Keeping small game and furbearer seasons open provides consistency and more hunting opportunities. Also, Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County is now exempt from the antlerless deer restrictions enacted on public lands following the weeklong gun season. This is because of the proximity of Lake La Su An to the Chronic Wasting Disease-positive area in Michigan.

New regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on for the upcoming hunting seasons:

  • The 2021 spring turkey season begins on Saturday rather than Monday in both the south zone and northeast zone. This provides two extra weekend dates to hunt. The south zone opens Saturday, April 24, 2021, and the northeast zone opens Saturday, May 1, 2021.
  • The 2021 youth wild turkey season dates are April 17-18, 2021, statewide.
  • Quail hunting is closed on all state-owned and controlled public hunting areas, with the exception of Tri-Valley Wildlife Area and controlled hunts on Crown City Wildlife Area. The bag limit for quail hunting is reduced to two birds in 16 southern Ohio counties. This change is in response to the continued long-term reduction of Ohio’s quail population. Reduction of the daily bag limit provides for the opportunity to hunt this species, but reduces the potential impact to fragmented populations.
  • Ruffed grouse hunting season is from Oct. 10 to Nov. 29, 2020, on state-owned and controlled public hunting areas, and from Oct. 10, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021, on private land. The ruffed grouse bag limit has been reduced to one bird statewide. Ohio’s ruffed grouse population has experienced a long-term decline since the 1980s. Population declines and emerging disease concerns have prompted reduced hunting season dates and bag limits. Reduction of the season dates on public hunting areas provides the opportunity to hunt this species, while reducing the potential impact to fragmented populations.
  • Members of the U.S. armed forces and veterans are permitted to hunt waterfowl for two days, Oct. 3-4, 2020, corresponding with the dates for the 2020 youth waterfowl season. The same bag limits during the regular season apply. This special season for U.S. armed forces and veterans has been made available within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines.
  • Waterfowl season in the north zone begins one week later, on Oct. 24, 2020, to allow for more November hunting days in that zone.
  • The bag limit for scaup has been reduced to one bird during the first 15 days of the season in each zone, and two birds during the last 45 days of the season in each zone.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all Division of Wildlife rule and regulation changes. The Ohio Wildlife Council voted on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

2020 Annie Oakley/Cancer Association of Darke County Golf Tournament Cancelled

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Ed Curry, Chairman of Annie Oakley/Cancer Association of Darke County Golf Tournament, announces that due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the golf outing for July 20, 2020 has been canceled.

A big thanks to everyone who has supported the tournament in any way in the past and we look forward to next year!

Please mark your calendars for the 2021 outing which will be held July 19, 2021.

Ed Curry, Chairman
Annie Oakley Golf Tournament

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2020 Miss Chick Pageant Registration

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Versailles Poultry Days, Inc. is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2020 Miss Chick Pageant. The contest, sponsored by Versailles Savings & Loan and Versailles Poultry Days, Inc., will take place August 14 & 15, 2020 beginning with personal interviews at noon on Friday the 14th and the onstage interview beginning at 2 PM on Saturday the 15th in the old VHS High School Gymnasium located at 459 S. Center Street in Versailles. Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance as it relates to the health and safety of our guests. Plans are being made to modify the event for the safety of contestants and the audience.

After 69 years of celebrating vibrant, dynamic young women as part of the Poultry Days Festival, the Miss Chick pageant has earned its place as a rich community tradition. Members of the Miss Chick court promote the festival throughout their reign acting as ambassadors to the Ultimate Frisbee community that participates in the tournament held in conjunction with the festival and at several other local festivals.

The court also participates in philanthropic events that raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, and/or conducts events like Confident Chicks Night; a program created to inspire and uplift young women.

In addition to the honor of representing Poultry Days during their reign, the chosen Miss Chick will receive flowers, a plaque, crown and $1,000; First Runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque, and $400; and Second Runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque, and $200.

Contestants must be females 16 years of age by the day of the contest, and no older than 19 years of age (Limited to graduating high school seniors of the class of 2020.) Contestants must reside in Darke County and contiguous counties (Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Shelby, Auglaize, Preble, Jay, Randolph and Wayne)

Sponsors can be any high school organization (including athletic teams, clubs, band and musical), 4-H clubs, and businesses. A list of potential sponsors and contacts is available from the pageant chairpersons if contestants should require help in securing sponsorship. Early applicants will receive a discounted entry fee of $5 payable by the sponsor or contestant. The early application deadline for entries will be July 18, 2020. After this date contestants will be subject to a $10 entrance fee. Final deadline for entries is August 1, 2020. Anyone interested becoming involved as a sponsor or contestant should contact Amanda or Madelyn via misschick.vpd@gmail.com or follow the link to the application form via the Poultry Days website.

Contestants will be judged on the following basis:

  1. Appearance - 25%
  2. Clothing - 25%
  3. Poise, ability to speak, platform presence - 25%
  4. Personal Interview - 25%

For more information and the application, please visit www.versaillespoultrydays.com
or like our Facebook page, Miss Chick - Versailles Poultry Days. The 69th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held the weekend of August 14th with a theme of “Loaded Up and Cluckin.”

Mask Distribution at the Health Department

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On Thursday, May 21st, the health department will be holding another drive thru mask distribution event. We will have masks available to the public at the Darke County General Health District, 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville from 3pm to 6pm or while supplies last. Traffic flow will be to enter the parking lot on the north side of the building and exit onto Garst Avenue.

We will give 1 mask per person, and up to 4 per family (all family members do not need to be present). This event is intended to serve residents of Darke County who do not have the ability to obtain a mask elsewhere.

For questions, please call Traci at 937-548-4196 ext. 232.

Poultry Days Bulk Chicken Sales Open

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The committee is excited to announce more options for purchasing World-Famous Poultry Days BBQ Chicken to be served the weekend of August 14th. NEW for 2020, bulk chicken can be purchased online at versaillespoultrydays.com. Chicken will be sold hot and tasty without sides in coolers of 20 halves for $130. All orders for bulk chicken must be placed by July 27th.

Coolers of bulk chicken can be purchased online for pick up at the festival. After placing your order online, present your receipt in the Poultry Days walk-thru or drive-thru chicken lines to receive your chicken.

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 while assembling and distributing chicken dinners as it relates to the health and safety of our guests. If in the unfortunate event that local restrictions prevent the sale of chicken, all pre-sale will be 100% refundable. Reach us at vpdchickenline@gmail.com with questions and visit versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

State of the Heart Care Hosting Virtual Grief Connection Group Sessions

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State of the Heart Care wants to invite anyone who may be grieving the loss of a loved one to their new Virtual Grief Connection Group. Staying socially connected is more important than ever, and State of the Heart Care wants to continue supporting you on your grief journey. Bereavement support will be offered by our Bereavement Specialist, Sarah DePoy and Music Therapist, Amy Pearson.

Virtual meetings are held every Thursday from 3-4 pm and again at 6-7 pm. Since these groups are virtual, they can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. For more information or to register, visit stateoftheheartcare.org or call 800-417-7535.

BENCHES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

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Anna Lee Dickerson, Judi Pence and Patty Foreman stand behind the bench they purchased and placed on the Darke County Fairgrounds in honor of their parents Web and Dorothy Ganger.
Comfortable, contemplative benches as a lasting tribute to family and friends who so enjoy the Great Darke County Fair. Recycled benches are also a great way to advertise your local business in one of the fairs’ most popular sit-down areas.

Benches for public use are a well-established and publicly-appreciated way to express our esteem and sympathy or to advertise a business. We see them in cities and parks all over the world in honor of people and businesses where benches are placed. Just imagine having your own special bench to look forward to!!

These six-foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs. Each bench will be placed around the fairgrounds gazebo for fairgoers to sit and enjoy the day’s entertainment. Benches will be placed indoors for winter storage. Your family gift or business donation of a recycled plastic bench will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be used by future generations to come. Businesses wanting to purchase a bench can have it personalized with their logo for no extra charge.

Making a gift of a bench is simple. Cost is $600 per bench and the deadline to order is June 1, 2020. Just call Darke County Solid Waste at 937-547-0827 for more information. Bench order forms can also be found on the district’s website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste.

Health Department Sees Great Community Need for Masks

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The Darke County General Health District was able to distribute approximately 800 masks during their first drive-thru mask distribution held on Wednesday, May 6, at the Health Department, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, Ohio. We want to thank everyone who came out to get masks and a special thank you to all those who put in the time and effort to make and donate the masks. “It is so great to see the community respond to helping each other during this public health crisis," stated Brittany Weitzel, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Health Department.

The Health Department will continue to accept donations of masks and will be scheduling another drive- thru event as supplies allow. Many people have called and asked where they can get masks. This is a great way for people to give back. We will announce the date and time of the next event as soon as it is determined.

If you have general questions regarding masks, you can call the Ohio Department of Health’s hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. Information can also be found at www.darkecountyhealth.org. If you are interested in donating masks, call Traci Owens at the Health Department at 937-548-4196 ext. 232.

Friday, May 8, 2020

From the desk of Sheriff Toby Spencer:

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There seems to be some misinformed people, in regards to the role of the Sheriff, when it comes to enforcing the social distancing rules or closing of stores and businesses, etc., with the orders that have been passed down from the State and Federal agencies.

These rules and guidelines have been passed down by health agencies across the country. The closing or opening of stores and businesses is NOT the result of a Sheriff’s Order. Is there a mechanism in place for violators to be cited and/or arrested? Absolutely. Are we, at the Sheriff’s Office, going to search for violators? No.

We are as anxious as anyone to get things opened back up and running. We encourage those that can meet the guidelines set forth by the Ohio and Darke County health agencies, by all means, get up and running.

If anyone thinks the Sheriff has the authority or power to authorize the opening of stores or businesses against the rules and regulations set down by the Health agencies is completely misinformed.

For the most part, all citizens of Darke County have been terrific to deal with and have completely and voluntarily followed the guidelines.

All that being said, yes, we have issued citations to two people; however, it was not as a result of us out looking for violators, it was a result of someone violating another law when they were not supposed to be out at all.

We, at the Sheriff’s Office, are not interested in and will not make criminals out of hard-working people that are trying to make an honest living.


Thank You,
Sheriff Spencer

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER - April 2020

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Last month we said we were holding out hope that April would be different from March. It wasn’t. We are still under all sorts of restrictions and orders, but they finally have a plan to open up Ohio. We are not overly thrilled with it, but…..at least it’s a plan!

April was better weather wise, but not much. Still, there was some farming done, and we started work on our airport project. This project involves moving the two farthest west hangars to the east side big lot. This will allow for the future expansion of the required taxiway. The two buildings would have impeded that construction. The two hangars will be taken and moved as soon as the new pad being constructed by Denlinger Construction is completed. This also will allow for future expansion of new hangars as needed. In the last several years, our airport has experienced much growth, and through the help of the FAA, it will continue. We are fortunate that the FAA sees what we have done and agrees with our future plans.

In other news, Darke County has a new Visitors Bureau director, Ryan Berry. Ryan, the former editor of the Early Bird is the new director. The Commissioners are happy that Ryan was selected by the Main Street and Visitor Bureau’s boards as the man to replace Matt Staugler. We feel that Ryan will be an excellent addition and will do the job very well. Welcome aboard Ryan! Other than that, things have been running smoothly in the County. Our elected officials continue to do a great job in this trying environment. If you see one of them or their employees out and about, let them know they are appreciated. The commissioners certainly do applaud their efforts and dedication.

Social distancing has been tough on our public meetings, even though we do practice it. You can always read about what we do on our website, mydarkecounty.com, or attend a meeting as some limited seating is available. Our address is 520 South Broadway, just south of the Courthouse, and we meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1;30 p.m. Have a great May everyone!

The Darke County Commissioners

DCCA ANNOUNCES EARLY END TO 2019-2020 SEASON

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Darke County Center for the Arts 2019-2020 season has come to an early end due to ramifications from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to earlier cancelations of the planned presentation at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall of Bay Area Children’s Theatre Llama Llama Live on March 2 to close DCCA’s Family Theatre Series and the April 18 Artists Series show by rock supergroup “The Hit Men,” the highly anticipated concert by Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 30 has also been canceled. Additionally, DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series was prematurely concluded due to restrictions necessitated by health concerns, forcing cancellation of planned shows by singer/songwriter Luke McMaster at the Coffee Pot on March 25 and eclectic fiddler Doug Hamilton at Montage on April 30.

“I am saddened by the abrupt end to our season, but greatly appreciate the measures taken to protect the health and safety of our patrons. DCCA is working on adapting plans for the 2020-2021 season, and looks forward to seeing everyone at future DCCA events,” stated DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. She went on to say that if you are a ticketholder to one of the canceled events, you can request a refund by using the form on DCCA’s Website www.DarkeCountyArts.org; all tickets purchased through E-Tix with a credit or debit card will be refunded automatically. If you choose to donate the ticket amount back to DCCA, helping to keep the local arts organization stable and healthy during this trying time, contact DCCA to request a letter documenting your donation for tax purposes.

Although concrete plans are in place for a full slate of events during the upcoming season, many unknowns still exist impacting how DCCA officials can proceed with those plans. More information will be forthcoming soon concerning season ticket sales as well as about popular fund-raising events. Membership donations supporting the organization during this difficult time can be made by visiting DCCA’s Website or forwarding your contribution to DCCA at P.O. Box 718, Greenville, OH 45331-0718. DCCA’s office, located on the third floor of Greenville Public Library, is currently closed, as is the Library.

RECYCLE YOUR OUT OF DATE ELECTRONICS

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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day beginning May 20, 2020 through June 30, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling. 1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio.

This event is normally a one-day event, however, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are extending the collection. By extending the event, we will eliminate the gathering of a large group at one location during a specific time.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. Again this year, CRT televisions and monitors will not be accepted through the district’s collection. 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling will accept televisions for a fee. Neighboring county residents have paid as much as $1 per inch to have their computer or television monitors recycled. 1 Shot will accept CRT monitors and televisions up to 32” for $5 each, 32” and above for $10 ea and projection televisions for $15 each. Fees are subject to change after June 30, 2020.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be disassembled for recycling. Computer hard drives will be drilled on site to protect your personal information. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, PCs, laptops), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, copiers, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

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