Tuesday, May 4, 2021

2021 Miss Chick Pageant Registration

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Win $1,000 and a title for life!  This contest is sponsored by Park National Bank and Versailles Poultry Days, Inc. The preliminaries are online, Friday, June 11th, 2021 at noon and finals will be held on the festival grounds located at 459 S. Center Street on Saturday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the former high school gymnasium. This contest is open to females 16 years of age by the day of the contest, and no older than 19 years of age.  Limited to High School underclassmen and 2021 graduates.  Contestants must reside in Darke County or a contiguous county (Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Shelby, Auglaize, Preble, Jay, Randolph and Wayne).  Register at VersaillesPoultryDays.com.  

After 70 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 local festivals.  The court also participates in philanthropic events that raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, or conducts events like Confident Chicks; 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. 

Applicants require a business or club sponsor.  Early applicants will receive a discounted entry fee of $5 payable by the sponsor or contestant. The early application deadline for entries will be May 15, 2021.  After this date contestants will be subject to a $10 entrance fee. Final deadline for entries is May 31, 2021. Please email MissChick.vpd@gmail.com with any questions.

Contestants will be judged on: Appearance - 25%, Clothing - 25%, Poise, ability to speak, platform presence - 25%, and Personal Interview - 25%.

For online registration and festival information, please visit VersaillesPoultryDays.com.  Like our Facebook page, Miss Chick - Versailles Poultry Days.  Versailles.  Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance as it relates to the health and safety of our guests.  

Bradford Public Library Spring Book Sale: Happening Now!

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Bradford Public Library will be hosting a Spring Book Sale on May 3,4,6 & 7. Sale will be ready each day by 10:00 am.  Weather permitting, sale will be held in the parking lot and library lobby. Books will be sold by the bag as we did in the fall. Simply ask our staff or volunteers for a bag to fill up and pay as you leave..only $1.00 a bag! We have plenty of gently used books of all genres including adult fiction, inspirational fiction, non-fiction and lots of children’s books.  Make plans to stop and pick up some titles for your summer vacations or reading by the poolside. 

Garst Mission: Possible

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A new day dawns at the Garst Museum!
Garst Museum is adding the position of Development Director to its staff to ensure that it remains an award-winning institution of excellence.  Sustaining and enhancing the 35,000 square-foot facility in Greenville, Ohio, its 300,000 artifacts, and permanent exhibits of national significance and recognition (Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, the Treaty of Greenville, Ohio’s Native Americans, and the multi-racial settlement of Longtown) will require external funds. These funds exist at local, state, and national levels, and the process of securing these funds is challenging and often very competitive. 

The Development Director will be essential to the Garst Museum’s mission to collect, exhibit, and preserve its assets by cultivating relationships among past, current, and potential donors and sponsors. The director will be recruiting volunteers for development activities and overseeing the fundraising process, including preparation of proposals, grant applications, fundraising publications, correspondence, and reports.  

This position is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional to showcase expertise in fund development, donor and public relations, networking, event planning, and grant writing for 25-30 hours per week at a salary commensurate with experience.  Strong skills in fundraising, leadership, communication, sales/marketing along with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, or a related field—and passion for Garst’s mission—are necessary. 

If you are that person who is the key link to viability and growth as part of the Garst Museum’s mission team and would like to apply, please send a resume with three references and a cover letter by May 14, 2021, to the Darke County Historical Society, Attn: Development Director, 205 North Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. You can also visit the museum’s website for more information and application material: garstmuseum.org/post/garst-museum-job-opportunity.


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COLUMBUS, OH: American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of two scholarship programs, the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship and the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship. AMP is awarding a total of nine scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Lauren Menke of Versailles is a recipient of the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship.

Lyle B. Wright was a strong public power advocate who served on the AMP Board of Trustees from 1979 until his death in 1986. The $3,000 Wright scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors whose households receive electricity from an AMP member utility. This year, 23 students were nominated for the Wright Scholarship, and the recipients were selected based on their scholastic record, personal achievements and test scores. Four graduating seniors are receiving the 2021 Wright Scholarship.

Lauren is a graduating senior of Versailles High School and plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to study nutrition and pre-medicine. Lauren, the daughter of Bethany Menke and Robert Menke, is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in many activities, including student government, marching and concert band, cross country, swimming and track. She has won many honors in district and state science fairs and most recently has had scientific research on mealworms and soybean stover published online through the Ohio Soybean Council.

"It is great to have a strong municipal electric community like Versailles as home to one of this year’s Wright scholarship recipients,” said Jolene Thompson, AMP President and CEO. “This year’s group of scholarship applicants was outstanding, and I congratulate Miss Menke on her exceptional achievements and wish her the best of luck in her educational pursuits.”

The AMP Board of Trustees established the Richard H. Gorsuch and Lyle B. Wright scholarship programs in memory of public power leaders who contributed significantly to AMP and municipal electric systems in the region.

Since 1988, more than $400,000 has been awarded to deserving high school seniors through the AMP scholarship program. For more information about the program, click here.

Kiwanis Resumes Meetings

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The Greenville Kiwanis Club is resuming its weekly meetings starting Wednesday May 5 and will continue each Wednesday.  Meetings are held at the recently remodeled Darke DD building at 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Road at twelve noon.  This spacious venue has plenty of room for social distancing.  Lunch will not be provided so members must bring their own.  Anyone interested in Kiwanis or who would like more information is welcome to attend. 

It’s time to beautify downtown Greenville

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Members of the Darke County Democratic Women
have helped beautify historic downtown Greenville for many years.
GREENVILLE - In 2007, Main Street Greenville created the Adopt-A-Box Flower Program in downtown Greenville. Since then, more than 70 flower boxes and pots are funded and planted each spring by individuals and businesses located in the community. 

This year’s Downtown Planting Day will be held on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 8 a.m. During this time, a group of volunteers gather downtown to plant the flowers along South Broadway. Main Street Greenville invites you to get your family, business, church, or organization together and join us as we work to beautify our town!

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program was created to increase community pride and provide an active and colorful atmosphere. “Planting fresh flowers in the boxes along Broadway brings such a sense of life and vibrancy to the downtown district,” said Ryan Berry, executive director of Main Street Greenville. “The volunteers who donate their time take pride in their hometown and they know that little touches can make all the difference.”

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program also receives sponsorship and assistance from BASF Corporation, Miller Flowers Greenhouse & Florist, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln and Flory Landscaping.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please report to the area in front of the courthouse at 8 a.m. and bring a hand trowel, gloves, and a broom if possible. All are welcome to help with this community activity. Please contact Main Street Greenville at info@mainstreetgreenville.org for additional information. 

If you are interested in adopting a flower box, please contact Main Street Greenville or fill out the adoption form on their website. Flower boxes can be sponsored for $50 and flower pots for $75. Plaques are placed on each box and pot to recognize the wonderful family of donors who contribute to making downtown a beautiful destination!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.MainStreetGreenville.org, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Empowering In-Person Summer Tutoring returns

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DARKE COUNTY – Empowering Darke County Youth will be bringing back in-person summer tutoring this year. It will be offered at the Greenville Public Library, in addition to Empowering Distance, which was instituted last summer when in-person tutoring was not available.

Health guidelines will be observed, including masks and social distancing. The program is designed to help students struggling in Language Arts or Math, to better prepare them for the requirements of their grade level in the fall.

Available tutors, whether Distance or in person, will be experienced and background checked. They will focus on grammar, comprehension and math basics, however they will also tie in games and rewards for effort. The goal is to encourage students to get excited about learning!

Distance tutoring is currently available and will continue throughout the summer. Greenville Library tutoring is tentatively scheduled to begin June 21 and continue through the end of July. Enrollment will be limited due to available tutors and time slots. Summer tutoring – both at Greenville Library and Empowering Distance – is available to all Darke County students, grades K through 8, regardless of their school district.

There is never a charge for Empowering programs. For more information, or to schedule your child for tutoring, email empoweringyouth101@gmail.com or message Empowering Darke County Youth on Facebook. If you would like more information or to help, you may also contact Empowering at www.empowerdarkecounty.com or P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of reading, language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.


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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 1, 2021 through May 31, 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.  Please call 937-447-3300 for Saturday and holiday hours.

This event is normally a one-day event, however, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and success last year, 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 for 50¢ per inch.   Fees are subject to change after May 31, 2021.

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.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Engineering Tech Prep Class, Greenville High School Career Technical Education Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

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In commemoration of National Engineer’s Week (Feb. 21-27), the Engineering Tech Prep Class at Greenville High School held an annual competition involving the construction of balsa wood bridge structures. The thirteenth annual competition partnering with local engineers, Mote & Associates, was held on Friday, March 5 and Monday, March 8, 2021.  In the past, bridges, boom cranes, and earthquake resistant multi-story towers have been constructed of balsa wood as well as wood cranes built on floating Styrofoam platforms in a pool of water.  This year, due to gathering limitations invoked during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the event had to be modified.  In lieu of a gathering of all students together with guests, two smaller events were held separately without outside guests. Traditionally with past events, guests attended from Mote & Associates, the City of Greenville, and Darke County Economic Development.   Snow events also delayed the event this year.  Consequently, it was not held until after Engineer’s Week. 

Engineering Tech Prep Teachers Chris Sykes and Adam Eberwein determined the guidelines for this year’s competition.  The junior and senior students were instructed to build single span truss bridges of balsa wood.  Corey Bremigan and Dave Mathews of Mote & Associates were able to mentor the students as they prepared their designs the week prior to the competition.

Team members were tasked with building an efficient bridge that will support weight hanging from it (a bucket of sand).  Sand was added to the bucket as each bridge was connected to a table until it collapsed.  The structure holding the most weight with the highest efficiency won the competition.  Efficiency was calculated by dividing the weight held in the bucket by the structure’s weight.

The winning teams were:

  • 1st Place - Aaron Suter and Jordan Warner.  Bridge held 51 lbs. and had a 102,133% efficiency.
  • 2nd Place - Jacob Barr and Ashton Shaffer.  Bridge held 42.5 lbs. and had a 50,255% efficiency.
  • 3rd Place - Seth Shaffer and Nathan Miniard.  Bridge held 46 lbs. and had a 49,680% efficiency.

Mother's Day Chicken Dinner

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Ansonia UMC Offers Blessing Box

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The Outreach Team at Ansonia United Methodist Church, with the guidance and help of Radiant Lighthouse Church, has created a Blessing Box for local families in need.  Built by church member Russ Midlam with donations from the church; Ansonia Lumber; and North Star Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.  With cooperation from Ansonia First Church of God and the Ansonia Community Center, the box has been placed on the east side of the Ansonia Community Center on the corner of Pearl and Weller streets in Ansonia.  Volunteers from the church worked to install the box.

The blessing box offers non-perishable foods as well as books for any local family to have.  The blessing box will be refilled as necessary by Ansonia UMC, as well as by donations from local organizations and groups, and Ansonia residents.  The food and books are free for anyone and are offered to assist families who may be facing a time of need.

The blessing box was dedicated on Saturday, April 3 by members of the Outreach Team, a representative from the Ansonia Community Center, and a representative from Radiant Lighthouse Church.  The box is ready to benefit others.

PHOTO: Pictured at the dedication of the Blessing Box are (l to r) Russ Midlam, Mike Gessler, Amy Gessler, Laura Turner, and Beth Campbell.

Darke county swim team summer sign-up information

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The Darke county stingrays swim team will be holding sign-ups in the Arcanum High school library on Saturday April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be signs posted as you enter the school. Darke county swim team is hosted by the Greenville city swimming pool. we will hold all practices and home meets at this location. Darke county swim team is a community-based recreational team open to all Darke County children with an emphasis on having fun, learning and refining swim techniques, individual accomplishment, and team spirit. The season runs from the beginning of June to the middle of July. Indoor practice season at the Darke County YMCA will be every Thursday in may (may 6, may 13, may 20, and may 27) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. outdoor practices will begin in June and are held Monday through Friday starting from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Our swim meets are held on weeknights or Saturday mornings and include events for kickboard-assisted swimmers to high school state qualifiers.

Payment is due at registration. there is a registration fee of $40./swimmer or $90/Family and the cost of a Greenville city pool pass is $100/person or $150/family. our board members will be present at sign-ups to answer any questions. in lieu of in-person registration, You may register online at our website: teamunify.com/recdcs. you can also check out our website for additional information including our calendar of events. Please email the drake county swim team for further questions: DARKECOUNTYSWIMTEAM@OUTLOOK.COM

2021 Poultry Days Honorary Parade Marshals: Mike and Sandy McClurg

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As proud members of the Versailles community, Mike and Sandy McClurg are honored to be named Parade Marshals for the 2021 Versailles Poultry Days Grand Parade.

The couple has deep and long-standing roots in Versailles. Both Mike and Sandy grew up in the Versailles area and graduated from Versailles High School. After moving away briefly for training and work, the two returned home and were married in St. Denis Catholic Church. They made Versailles their permanent home and have remained committed to the ‘People-Pride-Progress’ of the Village of Versailles.

After graduation, Mike attended Miami University, Oxford. Mike held multiple jobs in and around Versailles while working his way through college. Mike temporarily placed his education on hold after volunteering for service in the United States Army. He was assigned and served as a Military Policeman in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his service, he returned home to continue his education, obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Wright State University. He then entered law school and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University. Mike worked full time as a lawyer in Versailles with Hanes, Schipfer, Hurley, McClurg, Cooper, and Graber law firm and as the Attorney for the Village of Versailles for 25 years. During his tenure he provided legal assistance to many local non-profit organizations, including Kinder Korner Pre-School, Versailles Swimming Pool, Friends of the Library, and Versailles Rescue Squad. Mike was then elected and served as Darke County Probate/Juvenile Judge for 8 years. He continues to work part-time as a Magistrate in the court. Mike is a member of the Darke County Bar Association (Past President) and Ohio State Bar Association.

Mike served as Chairman of Versailles Poultry Days in 1987 and participated on the Board for 10 years. He was a co-founder of Heritage Park and served as Park Board President. Mike actively supported Versailles Schools and youth as Chairman and Treasurer for School Bond Issues, Versailles Athletic Boosters President, and Trustee of Little League and Girls Softball. He coached soccer, YMCA basketball, and Little League baseball/softball. He served as a board member of Versailles Savings and Loan for 16 years and as President of Rotary Club. He was instrumental in establishing and incorporating The Hope Foundation (now the Darke County Foundation). Mike is a member of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Knights of Columbus, and Versailles Area Pride and Progress Association. He was also a member of the Versailles Development Association.

After graduating from Versailles, Sandy moved to Dayton and worked as a dental assistant in Oakwood. After moving home, Sandy also embraced the Versailles community while raising their children. She was on the Founding Committee and a board member of Kinder Korner Pre-School. Sandy served as board member of the Versailles Scholarship Committee and Worch Memorial Library for over 10 years. She was a Girl Scout Leader and served as part of the Founding Committee of Darke County Relay for Life, Steering Committee of Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, Catholic Social Services Northern Fundraising Committee, and Parents Advisory Committee for Versailles Schools. She was a Coterie Club member and chaired the Coterie Club Ice Cream Parlor at Poultry Days.

The two are parishioners of St. Denis Catholic Church where Mike was a Lay Communicant for 20 years, Lay Reader and served on the Church Council. Mike and Sandy now find greatest joy in spending time with and supporting their children and grandchildren through all of their academic and athletic endeavors. They are the proud parents of three children: Angie (Alan) Hoelscher of Fort Loramie, Michael (Heather) McClurg of Minster, and Liz (Dr. Ryan) McNeilan of Versailles. They have been blessed with nine grandchildren: McKenzie, Ryan, Katie, Maddi, Cole, Crew, Cameryn, Kenley, and Nolan. Mike and Sandy encourage everyone to support the Versailles community by attending Versailles Poultry Days June 11-13.

The full festival schedule and event information can be located at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. Bulk Chicken sales remain open along with registration for the Grand Parade, 5K, Vendors and Miss Chick pageants. Established in 1952 and serving up summer fun for 70 years.

Poultry Days Vendor Space

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The good spaces are starting to go fast. The Zac Richard Scholarship Fund is accepting vendor reservations at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. With 35,000 chicken halves ordered we are expecting a big year at the festival. Options include 10 x 10 ft. spaces in the Vendor Tent or space for your own tent. All vendor Tent spaces are on asphalt, while 15 x 15 ft. spaces for your own tent or display are available on either asphalt or grass. Booths inside the tent start at $100 with discounts on additional space and discounts if you register before May 1st.

If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, please access Vendor information at VersaillesPoultryDays.com and return the signed application and your payment. Registration will remain open until noon on Friday, June 11th or until all spaces are full. All proceeds benefit the Zac Richard Memorial Scholarship Fund which manages the area and can be contacted at zrichardscholarshipfund@gmail.com.

Any requests for vendors preparing food at the festival or activities or displays are reviewed by the Poultry Days board and should be sent to PoultryDaysChairman@gmail.com. Presale chicken sales have opened at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. Contact VPDChickenline@gmail.com for all chicken related questions. Established in 1952 and serving up summer fun for 70yrs. For more details follow us on Facebook or go to VersaillesPoultryDays.com.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

State of the Heart Care is now EverHeart Hospice

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The past year has been a difficult one. It has been difficult for our staff, difficult for our patients and their families, and difficult for our communities. We want to take a moment to recognize the hard-working women and men who work here for their continued dedication and sacrifice in caring for our patients and their families under extraordinarily challenging conditions. We would also like to thank the communities we serve for your continued support and solidarity in confronting these uncertain times with courage and conviction.

Keeping our employees, patients, communities, and partners safe has always been — and will continue to be — our top priority and concern for the foreseeable future.

And speaking of our future, we’re happy to say that we have something to celebrate today. Prior to the COVID outbreak, we started doing extensive internal and external brand research to identify our strengths and weaknesses as an organization. We conducted focus groups with employees, interviewed our strategic partners and friends in the community, and sent out hundreds of surveys to people throughout West Central Ohio and East Central Indiana to get their thoughts and feedback about our organization.

Through this intensive process, we learned that our identity often created confusion for people who work with us and for the community at large.

Based on these findings, our staff and leadership made the bold decision that a new identity was needed, one that would better match the stellar reputation we’ve worked so hard to earn in caring for our patients. We wanted a name that our employees would be proud of and use with confidence, and an identity that would resonate with our partners and customers by reflecting our purpose and mission. Most importantly, we wanted a name and identity that wouldn’t create any questions about who we are or what we do.

We are excited to announce that our new name is now EverHeart Hospice.

EverHeart Hospice conveys what State of the Heart Care was trying to say all along, but more clearly, concisely, and directly: we will always care for our patients, and honor the privilege of caring for them in their time of need. EverHeart simply means “forever caring,” a pledge of unending compassion for, and loyalty to, those who have entrusted us with their care.

For our organization, EverHeart Hospice represents both a continuation and a departure: we will always be State of the Heart Care and carry a piece of that identity with us, but we are also growing and improving to better serve our communities moving forward.

This has been a challenging but important process, and we are thrilled with where it has taken us. Ultimately it is the work we do that will continue to define us, and that simple fact has made this

process much more reassuring. But we are happy to be moving forward with a fresh look. 

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